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Many threads to tug on at the close of this tumultuous work-week before the supreme holiday of white privilege rolls through, all silver bells and hovering angels. It took hours of rumination and prayer to arrive at a coherent notion about the strange doings in Gen. Mike Flynn’s sentencing hearing, but here goes: Judge Emmet Sullivan sent Gen Flynn to the doghouse for three months to reconsider his guilty plea. The judge may believe that Gen. Flynn needs to contest the charge in open court, where all the Special Prosecutor’s janky evidence will be subject to discovery and review. Mr. Mueller tried to toss a wrecking bar into the proceedings the day before by pressing charges against two of Gen. Flynn’s colleagues in the Turkish lobbying gambit, which was meant to terrify Gen. Flynn as a hint that separate charges would be dumped on him if he doesn’t play ball. A lot can happen in three months, including the arrival of a new Attorney General, and we’ll leave it there for the moment.

The stopgap spending bill before congress — to avert a government shut-down — is based on the comical idea that the money is actually there to spend. Everyone with half a brain knows that it’s not money but “money,” a hypothetical abstraction composed of hopes and wishes. The USA is worse than broke. It’s down to liquidating its rehypothecated hypotheticals. After all, financialization added up to money with its value removed. The global credit markets seem to be sensing this as the tide of borrowings retreats, exposing all the wretched, slimy creatures wheezing in the exposed mudflats who have no idea how to service their old loans or generate credible new ones. But, no matter. We’ll continue pretending until the US$ flies up its own cloacal aperture and vanishes.

Contingent on that exercise is “money” for Mr. Trump’s promised-and-requested border wall. The wall is really a symbol for the nation’s unwillingness to set a firm policy on immigration. Half of the political spectrum refuses to even make a basic distinction between people who came here legally and those who snuck in and broke the law. They’ve super-glued themselves to that position not on any plausible principle, but because they’re desperate to corral Hispanic votes — and notice how eager they are to get non-citizens on the voting rolls. Their mouthpiece, The New York Times, even ran an op-ed today, None of Us Deserve Citizenship, (is that even grammatical?)  arguing that we should let everybody and anybody into the country because of our longstanding wickedness.

The simple resolve to firmly and politely send interlopers back across the border would go a long way to providing border security, but we’ve allowed this process to be litigated into incoherence so that it is increasingly impossible to enforce the existing rules. Mr. Trump’s wall is an acknowledgement of that failure to agree on lawful action to defend the border. It evokes the works of past empires, like the wall built across Britain by the Roman emperor Hadrian to keep out the warlike, filthy, blue-faced Scots, or the Great Wall of China built to block marauding Mongols. Of course, these societies didn’t have closed circuit TV, drones, laser sensors, four-wheel-drive landcruisers, and night-vision goggles. I’m not persuaded that the US really requires Mr. Trump’s wall, but it does require a functioning consensus that national borders mean something, and the president’s argument is a lever to produce that consensus.

In the meantime, the condition of the US economy, which Mr. Trump has boasted is roaring on his account, wobbles badly. It has been based for two decades on a three-card-monte trade set-up in which China sends us amazingly cheap products and we send them IOUs (dollars, i.e. Federal Reserve promissory notes). It was not an arrangement bound to last. And it entailed a lot of mischief around the theft of complex intellectual property. The damage there appears to be already done. China may have enough computer mojo now to make all kinds of trouble in the world. Of course, China will have enough political and economic trouble when its Molto-Ponzi banking system flies apart, so I would not assume that they are capable of attaining the kind of world domination that scenario-gamers in the US Intel-and-Military offices dream up.

To me, these disturbances and machinations suggest the unravelling of the arrangements we’ve called “globalism.” That’s what we face most acutely in 2019, along with the fragile conditions in banking, markets, and currencies that can put the schnitz on supply lines as everybody and his uncle around the world fear that they will never get paid. It all makes for a suspenseful holiday. Bake as many cookies as you can while the fixings are still there and stuff a few in your ammunition box for the fretful days ahed.


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  1. Georges1202 December 21, 2018 at 10:10 am #

    As was pointed out by one of the late-night hosts (they all seem so interchangeable now) – it seems that the last adult in the horrid Trump’s orbit who we loving knew as ‘Mad Dog’ has finally had enough. I guess the clue was being charged by an airline for the bags under his eyes.

    So, Trump will usher in the holiday season by force-furloughing thousands of loyal employees w/o pay. Meanwhile he flits off to do whatever it is rich garbage like himself does on a 18 day break.

    • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 10:22 am #

      The government shutdown is meaningless since a vast majority of the government continues normal operations. Shut it down forever as far as I am concerned. I wonder what rich people like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer will do on their 18 day breaks funded by taxpayers?

      • Reality Check 1 December 21, 2018 at 11:56 am #

        They will be the same that Donald Trump is doing.

        • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 12:00 pm #

          Except Trump made his own money and they stole our money.

          • jdhines December 21, 2018 at 1:14 pm #

            SSL,

            Made his money? Please, he got most of it from daddy and is no doubt laundering the rest of it for, I don’t know, the RUSSKIES maybe? He also. overbills his charities and rips-off his contractors, the US government, etc. etc.

            Let’s wait to see his taxes before we declare him a true nabob, eh?

            JDH

          • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 3:01 pm #

            Can’t get past those dastardly Russians can you :-)?

    • DrTomSchmidt December 21, 2018 at 10:27 am #

      What do those “loyal employees” actually DO for their employers, the citizens of the United States?

      Recall that 10 of the 11 richest counties in the USA are in the penumbra of the District. That was money extorted from people who had to produce it in NY, Cleveland, Omaha, Phoenix, and yes, even Silicon Valley. In return for making DC the richest suburban metro area, what did we get?

      Military success? Racial peace? Health care that isn’t a scam? An economy that serves the connected and the disconnected relatively equally? A dollar that holds its value? Rail infrastructure better than
      Bulgaria? Thriving social capital? The admiration of the world?

      You know the answers to these questions. Those loyal employees have failed, abjectly. They deserve not a furlough but reduction to the impoverished level of the Gary Indiana’s and Detroit Michigan’s that their policies have brought about; not just firing, but seizure of their ill-gotten wealth and distribution to the denuded.

      • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 10:32 am #

        Exactly, there should be punishment for their extortion of Middle America!

      • pequiste December 21, 2018 at 11:11 am #

        Thank you, Dr. Tom, for asking those particular and concise questions concerning our “situation” that no one, with the exception of some CFNers and other such social pariahs, wants to ask, let alone know the answers to.

        • DrTomSchmidt December 22, 2018 at 4:35 pm #

          Thanks for your kind note. It would be one thing if the elites who’ve profited from running the country were honest. As George Washington Plunkitt once said: “they seen their opportunities and they took em.” Of course, that was “honest graft,” where political insiders took a small cut in return for building public infrastructure that benefitted all.

          Not so the insider trading wizards in Congress who could invest in companies getting government contracts to do unaccountable and to most citizens useless things. I could tolerate the stealing if they simply explained that that’s what powerful people do. Instead, they have to insist that they got their wealth because they are better than the people who pay their bills.

          Orwell was right about one thing: Big Brother will hound you, like Winston, until you love him. Well, our elites make themselves more hated by the day. It’s not a good situation.

      • Linda December 21, 2018 at 8:49 pm #

        Agree Dr. Tom. Very eloquently put.

    • cbeard December 21, 2018 at 12:55 pm #

      Mattis is part of the war mongering, deep state, military industrial complex. Good riddance. Most people won’t see any difference with a shutdown. The furloughed employees will eventually receive their pay anyway. TV, drones, laser sensors and night vision goggles are all well and good, but a wall is cheaper and better in the long run. The wall would at least slow them down enough to make them easier to apprehend. Back to Mad Dog. Trump pledged during his campaign to get us out of bullshit wars. Mattis was a big part of that problem.

      • Nightowl December 21, 2018 at 5:59 pm #

        I agree. Trump is actually starting to win me over. I initially merely accepted him since he is disrupting the war economy and the push for globalism, but I am actually starting to like the guy.

        Peace with North Korea underway, and now full withdrawal from the Neocon joyride into Syria.

        The expulsion of Mattis and Whittaker’s refusal to recuse himself from Mulehead’s phony investigation are positive signs.

        I have not voted for anyone since Nader ran, but I could be persuaded.

      • Linda December 21, 2018 at 8:51 pm #

        cbeard, a great observation and comment. You are right.

        • AKlein December 24, 2018 at 6:51 am #

          I second Linda’s statement. Thank you Dr. Tom.

    • Ishabaka December 21, 2018 at 2:00 pm #

      That the President has seen fit to stop the endless War-a-Go-Go policy of H. Bush, Clinton, W. Bush, and Obama is something almost all of us (Mad Dog Mattis excluded) can be thankful for.

    • Walter B December 21, 2018 at 2:04 pm #

      Congrads on crapping on top of the pile once again Georges. You are a true Dingleberry. Dingleberry, dingleberry, dingleberry all the way.

    • Ricechex December 21, 2018 at 10:32 pm #

      The “shutdown” is ridiculous. Because every year there are threats of shutdown, seems the feds have figured out how to manipulate the system. As a federal employee myself (lower rungs for sure) all of a sudden I am now “essential.” I am not really “essential.” Contractors and NAF employees ( a low level type of government work) are also “essential.” National Parks and research shuts down. If you have a trip planned to Yosemite, you will be screwed. Other than that, this is meaningless.

      And those National Park employees if they get shut down, have a very good likelihood that they will get back pay.

      It is all just a show.

    • shotho December 24, 2018 at 9:37 am #

      “loyal employees”?

  2. malthuss December 21, 2018 at 10:11 am #

    What about the Petro Dollar?
    How much longer will it be the reserve currency?

    • pequiste December 21, 2018 at 11:16 am #

      And that is precisely the quadrillion dollar (Euro+Yuan+Ruble+Peso+Riyal+Pound+Yen+Baht+Zloty+Lira+Shekel+Dinar+Rupee…..) question of the century.

    • Epicur December 21, 2018 at 11:34 am #

      The position of the dollar as reserve currency is based on our spreading it all over the world (spending), so that everyone can supposedly have enough of it to conduct exchanges.

      The dollar could cease to be the world reserve when either of two things happen. We must either stop spending so much or we inflate so egregiously that other nations stop accepting it. By “egregiously” I mean so much more than everyone else as all are inflating their currencies now.

      A third way, and the way I predict, is for globalization to fail and nations break up into trading blocs. The US$ will then cease to be the world reserve because “world” trade will contract. The dollar would continue to be used within our bloc until the music stops.

      • Walter B December 21, 2018 at 4:01 pm #

        Very astute indeed Epicur, I concur. Americans have little knowledge on how many gazillions of paper dollars are handed out in duffle bags, wooden crates, and steel shipping containers around the world to buy hearts and minds. “Here’s a pile of money. Come to our base and you can trade it for stuff, like cigarettes and condoms”. Get ’em hooked and reel ’em in. Unfortunately it starts to get counterproductive when the recipients start pooling their cash and buying and operating enclaves such as the one in Deposit, New York as well as all over the rest of the US.

        From what I am told there are so many dollars floating around out there in the wild that sooner or later, like you say, the dollar will have serious, fatal problems.

        • RocketDoc December 21, 2018 at 5:54 pm #

          I heard years ago that N. Korea could counterfeit $100 bills so well that they were used all over the world by people who could not identify that they were fake. There is thus an “alternative” supply.

        • SpeedyBB December 22, 2018 at 8:31 am #

          A few years ago I read that there are more cash dollars in circulation in the Russian Federation than rubles.

          Even if it is exaggerated it’s a pretty impressive statistic.

  3. Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter December 21, 2018 at 10:13 am #

    “They’ve super-glued themselves to that position not on any plausible principle, but because they’re desperate to corral Hispanic votes — and notice how eager they are to get non-citizens on the voting rolls. Their mouthpiece, The New York Times, even ran an op-ed today, None of Us Deserve Citizenship, (is that even grammatical?) arguing that we should let everybody and anybody into the country because of our longstanding wickedness.”

    So my question is, why does anybody with any common sense or even a basic degree of integrity still vote for Democrats?

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 10:24 am #

      Why is there even a Democrat Party anymore? These days it seems like a fifth column operation dedicated to population replacement and perpetual power.

      • Linda December 21, 2018 at 8:56 pm #

        So many insightful comments today. Agree SSL.

    • swazimoto December 21, 2018 at 11:45 am #

      I changed my affiliation in 2016 from Independent to Democrat because in the Red state where I reside, Independent-registered voters were not allowed to vote in the Democratic primary. I am not particularly sympathetic to identity politics voters. I wanted Bernie to have a shot and thus was “coerced” into changing my affiliation. Ha! I “threw away” my vote in the general election as I could not support either the Dem or Rep candidate.

      • DrTomSchmidt December 21, 2018 at 1:31 pm #

        I registered Democrat because in NY State, the only real choice you get is in the primary. The problem is, I’ve gone all my life without ever being called for jury duty, largely because NY has minor parties (Conservative, Working Familes, the late, great Liberal and Right-to-life parties) that, if one registers for them, one gets not called. I expect my first summons soon.

        • Walter B December 21, 2018 at 2:14 pm #

          Good to see that people have recognized that party affiliation’s only value is in voting in primary elections. We have the same problem in my Township and the movement to get democrats to switch over in order to oust the corrupt career Committee members is working at last. Way to go guys, keep up the great work!

    • jdhines December 21, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

      Squeaky,

      “So my question is, why does anybody with any common sense or even a basic degree of integrity still vote for Democrats?”

      That’s easy. 1. The Republicans are good at campaigning, but can’t govern to save their lives and 2. Nobody (not even the Republicans) can stand their economic policies of giving everything to the very rich. it really is that simple.

      Don’t mention it,
      JDH

      • seawolf77 December 21, 2018 at 6:51 pm #

        Sometimes it’s easy, but not simple. I just voted in Texas. We had the choice of the creepy old white guy Ted Cruz, maybe the creepiest old white guy with the possible exception of Trump, and cool, last Coca Cola in the desert guy Beto O’Rourke. We lost. Buuuut… this guy was inspirational, made sense and appealed to Texans for Christ sake. On a national stage paired with Karmela Harris from California. All Hillary had to do to win was pick Bernie. The stupid bitch couldn’t do that one thing, that one fucking thing would have made the ticket unbeatable. As soon as I heard Clinton picked Gore as a running mate I said that ticket is unbeatable. As soon as I heard Gore picked Elmer Fudd I knew he was toast.

    • benr December 23, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

      A question I have asked for twenty years!
      Why would anyone vote for a Democrat it defies common sense to do so if you like your country and want it to succeed.

      • jdhines December 23, 2018 at 6:23 pm #

        Ben,

        Better to vote to put money into the pockets of the right-wing elites (Koch, Mercer, Adelson, et al) and keep getting screwed economically at every turn, eh? Save the country from the evil Dems, but be a sucker/fool for the hard-right. Tough choice.

        JDH

  4. Cavepainter December 21, 2018 at 10:14 am #

    Thanks JHK, and Merry Christmas.

  5. Neon Vincent December 21, 2018 at 10:17 am #

    Happy Winter Solstice to you and your readers! Ten other holidays share the date, so I wish pleasant observances of them as well. The one that struck me was Underdog Day. So for K-Dog and any others who identify as canines, I say “There’s no need to fear, Underdog is here!”

    As for the “US economy…wobbl[ing] badly, the best example I have is the fall of Sears. Since I started following the story, the level of nostaglia and despair among those who remember the chain in its heyday never fails to strike me. On the other hand, I see very little of those feelings for its sister chain, K-Mart. I don’t know anyone who misses K-Mart, certainly not as much as Sears.

    • K-Dog December 21, 2018 at 10:46 am #

      There’s not need to fear, Underdog is here!

      That would seem to be the Kool Aid being served. Fear is to be greatly feared in this Trumptopia. We may wooble but the overall spirit seems to ever be ‘Let The Good Time Roll. Gas goes up and gas goes down, but all dogs want to do is roll and roll. Don’t mind the wobble.

      I always liked Underdog.

      Happy Holidays Pinku

      • Luhrenloup December 21, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

        Belated Underdog holiday from a member of the Canis Lupus family, K-Dog!

    • LagingRunatic December 21, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

      Amazingly enough, NV, someone over at JMG’s blog was lamenting K-Mart just two days ago: ecosophia.net/the-flight-from-nature/#comments

      • Neon Vincent December 21, 2018 at 4:27 pm #

        Thank you for mentioning it. I got so busy Wednesday that I wasn’t able to read all of Greer’s post, let alone the comments. Here is the relevant paragraph from Pogonip.

        “[W]hen American peasants finally rebel, I hope the first one they jail for life is that so-and-so who destroyed K-mart! At our local K-mart you could get durable clothes at a reasonable price. I have a summer blouse I bought there for $5 25 years ago that’s barely faded.”

        Looks like Pogonip had very good luck with clothes from KMart. I’ll tell her that Company Man did a pre-mortem on KMart long before he did one on Sears. As for closed KMart locations, some of them experienced an afterlife as Spirit Halloween locations, complete with homeless people camping out behind them.

    • benr December 23, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

      Sears had cool stuff K-mart had a bad odor of cheap greasy popcorn and cherry slurpies!

      We won’t even go into poorly stocked shelves products toss all over the ground, mislabeled and chaos everywhere!

  6. 100th Avatar December 21, 2018 at 10:17 am #

    “Contingent on that exercise is “money” for Mr. Trump’s promised-and-requested border wall. The wall is really a symbol for the nation’s unwillingness to set a firm policy on immigration.”

    There is a firm policy. 1996.
    Politicians gutted it. Fail to enforce. It has a wall built into it.
    It looks like this:

    Can’t get a job, can’t drive, can’t open a bank account, can’t get health insurance, can’t enroll children in schools.

    The wall is desire. If coming here illegally makes life worse.
    And makes life worse for employers: huge sanctions.

    In the late 90s Wells Fargo wanted some of Western Union’s remittances money. So they lobbied congress to allow banks toooen accounts without an SSN. Stay here, keep your money here.

    A brick in the wall removed.
    Schools used to require residency… another brick gone
    DMVs required legal status.. another brick
    Hospitals required insurance… but ERs were forced to treat no emergencies without insurance.. another brick
    Voters were required to be legal residents.. that brick is gone

    Fitting, swimming in rubble of a once great civilization

    • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 10:25 am #

      All because of the refusal to uphold standards, laws and societal obligations.

    • malthuss December 21, 2018 at 10:25 am #

      si

      • 100th Avatar December 21, 2018 at 10:57 am #

        No necesitamos educacion
        No necesitamos control de pensamiento
        No hay sarcasmo oscuro en el aula.
        Los profesores dejan solos a los niños
        Hey, maestros, dejen a los niños solos!
        En resumen, es solo otro ladrillo en la pared.
        En resumen, solo eres otro ladrillo en la pared.
        No necesitamos educacion
        No necesitamos control de pensamiento
        No hay sarcasmo oscuro en el aula.
        Los maestros dejan a esos niños solos
        Hola maestros, dejen a esos niños solos!
        En resumen, solo eres otro ladrillo en la pared.
        En resumen, solo eres otro ladrillo en la pared.
        “¡Mal, hazlo otra vez! ¡Mal, hazlo otra vez!”
        “Si no comes tu carne, no puedes comer pudín.
        ¿Cómo puedes comer pudín si no comes tu carne?
        “Tú, sí, tú detrás de los cobertizos para bicicletas, quédate quieto, muchacho

        • elysianfield December 21, 2018 at 12:33 pm #

          Avatar,
          …Speak ‘Murican, goddamit!

        • aibohphobia December 21, 2018 at 4:47 pm #

          As in,

          “We don’t need no education
          We don’t need no thought control
          No dark sarcasm in the classroom.
          Teachers– leave them kids alone…”

          I think that’s a British sentiment as expressed by Pink Floyd.
          Not sure why you posted it in Spanish, but since
          “aqui se habla espagnol—“

          By contrast, Emiliano Zapata once said,

          “El que quiera ser aguila que vuele,
          El que quiera ser gusano que se arrastre—
          Pero que no grite cuando lo pisen.”

          Which is roughly,

          “You can choose to be a bird that flies, [or]
          You can choose to be a worm that crawls—
          But crawlers shouldn’t yell if they get stepped on.”

          • RobH December 22, 2018 at 6:16 am #

            LOL and birds shouldn’t yell if they get diced and sliced by the rotor of an Apache helicopter

        • Eoin December 21, 2018 at 6:09 pm #

          Insignias?

          No tenemos insignias !

          No necesitamos insignias !

          No tengo que monstrarte ninguna insignia inutil !

          youtube.com/watch?v=VqomZQMZQCQ

          Feliz Navidad Cabrones !

        • seawolf77 December 21, 2018 at 7:54 pm #

          La Bamba in English

          To dance the Bamba,
          to dance the Bamba,
          one needs a bit of grace.
          A bit of grace for me, for you,
          now come on, come on,
          now come on, come on,
          for you I’ll be, for you I’ll be, for you I’ll be.

          I’m not a sailor,
          I’m not a sailor, I’m a captain.
          I’m a captain, I’m a captain.
          Bamba, bamba,
          bamba, bamba,
          bamba, bamba, bam…

          To dance the Bamba,
          to dance the Bamba,
          one needs a bit of grace.
          A bit of grace for me, for you,
          now come on, come on.

          Rrrraa-ha-haa…

          To dance the Bamba,
          to dance the Bamba,
          one needs a bit of grace.
          A bit of grace for me, for you,
          now come on, come on,
          now come on, come on,
          for you I’ll be, for you I’ll be, for you I’ll be.

          Bamba, bamba,
          bamba, bamba,
          bamba, bamba…

          As big a waste of time as “The Wall”

    • RocketDoc December 21, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

      @100th- So right. The key has always been jobs and the simple expedient of requiring wages paid into a bank account that can only be set up with legal paperwork has been known for 50+ years(1965 Immigration Act). The other “bricks” would be useful adjuncts. Employer penalties could also help.
      As to why the obvious has not been pursued–is where it becomes interesting. The many well intentioned beneficiaries, the “feel good” contingent perhaps? How about former immigrants that were fortunate to get in wishing others could share their good fortune? How about the process people that thought everyone should have their hearing, a day in court? Isn’t that the genius of America to be fair to even the least of these? So we read the Grapes of Wrath and felt the pain of Cesar Chavez and his lettuce pickers and thought they deserved something more for picking our vegetables. And these are all the sunny side thoughts.
      What about the dark possibilities? Those who would ruin America for some devilish end. Or, Is it possible to unite all the minorities against the majority to curb its natural ascendancy and make room for more minority possibilities? America as it was–perhaps was a threat to those minorities who would like their own “opportunities”?
      So perhaps we historical Americans were just “naive”–we thought sharing was about others joining our project but instead the others had a project that did not include us. You know–topsy turvy–as Alan Arkin said, “me topsy–you turvy”…..

      • Janos Skorenzy December 21, 2018 at 8:54 pm #

        America is so far gone that even though the aliens are treated better than the White natives, they natives often still coin their anti-illegal immigration argument in terms of what is fair to immigrants who did it legally – not to what is fair or good for themselves. Truly it’s a triumph of the journalistic class over the White grazers who have neither individuality NOR consciousness as a group.

        Chavez was against illegal immigration because of how it lowered wages. But now even Labor is for it – since the little brownies can get all they need from the government teat anyway and it wouldn’t be “fair” to deny them anything or give the White suckers an even break for a NY second.

      • Linda December 21, 2018 at 9:05 pm #

        Yes, RocketDoc, the Democrats used to stand with Cesar Chavez and his Farm Workers Union. We used to boycott table grapes and iceberg lettuce, and Chavez was against illegal immigrants. It used to be a plank in the Democratic Party’s platform. No more. I also left the Party in 2008 after seeing the corrupt Chicago politician get the Democratic nomination. The country is in a mess and all the Democrats want to do is continue to investigate Trump. Bah.

  7. Lawfish December 21, 2018 at 10:25 am #

    I’m surprised there was no mention of the abrupt withdrawal from Syria. That move has sparked even the super right-wing radio talking heads to criticize Trump. This just proves that the false left-right paradigm is alive and well. Both sides are total warmongers – obviously controlled by the military industrial complex Eisenhower warned us about.

    • malthuss December 21, 2018 at 10:26 am #

      But Dwight was a monster.

      • amb December 21, 2018 at 8:41 pm #

        RIght. Just need to read “The Politician” — Robert Welch

    • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 10:26 am #

      Bring all the troops home for Christmas!

      • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter December 21, 2018 at 11:01 am #

        You may get your wish, plus to the person who was bitching about Mattis resigning:
        —–
        Early reports suggest the troops could be home for Christmas after Trump has declared victory over ISIS, with one Pentagon official giving Reuters a 60 to 100 day timeline for troop withdrawal, and the same report noting the U.S. State Department is evacuating all its personnel in Syria within 24 hours.

        America’s Syrian Kurdish partners on the ground are said to be “shocked” and scared, given that Turkey is poised to immediately invade. However, US “options” are aptly summarized in the following recent intelligence study: “The prospect of US being militarily involved in Syria, caught in middle of one of most complex conflicts in recent memory, with shifting objectives & ambiguous endgame, has been met with congressional indifference and public apathy.”

        Yet the usual hawks and pundits act as if the sky is falling, as Eric Jones, a former US Army soldier and Afghan war combat veteran rightly puts it:

        To interventionists, the US military is used as a strategic fire-and-forget weapon: deploy forces somewhere, then react hysterically to an impending apocalypse when someone calls for the troops to be withdrawn. Both parties are addicted to military force as a first and only foreign policy option.

        And further on Wednesday’s surprise Syria decision out of the White House, Jones slams the commentariat current gnashing their teeth over Trump’s draw down:

        It is always enjoyable to see people who cannot be bothered to pay attention to the longest war in US history, Afghanistan, suddenly jump to provide their uninformed opinions on military deployments way back in the civilian rear when it comes to demanding US forces fight in Syria.

        As Ron Paul is now urging in the wake the announcement… “don’t Buckle Mr. President”!

        zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-19/ron-paul-warmongers-upset-trumps-syria-decision
        —-
        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

        • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 11:08 am #

          Rand Paul has a lot of good points, especially when it comes to the fake wars and wasteful spending.

    • DrTomSchmidt December 21, 2018 at 10:31 am #

      Yep. All in, we spend $1trillion on defense, including interest on debt run up for defense spending, and the VA. Cut that in half and you can build the wall with 1% of it, giving Americans all a $1500 peace dividend with the rest.

      • Exscotticus December 21, 2018 at 1:36 pm #

        All we need to do to fund the wall is cut off illegal immigrant welfare.

        • DrTomSchmidt December 21, 2018 at 9:25 pm #

          That’s a fascinating link. Thanks for posting.

          • Exscotticus December 21, 2018 at 9:35 pm #

            Here’s another link you may find insightful. It reinforces the aforementioned link. Billions are indeed being spent on illegal immigrant welfare. It’s insanity. Hence California constantly scheming up new taxes in the guise of helping one tribe or another. But money is fungible, and all of these taxes ultimately free up other funds for illegals.

    • robert magill December 21, 2018 at 10:47 am #

      We’re still waiting for an abrupt withdrawal of troops from Germany and Japan. But then it’s only been 70+ years.

      • Ol' Scratch December 21, 2018 at 11:41 am #

        +++ Nice! +++

      • Exscotticus December 21, 2018 at 1:45 pm #

        And you don’t hear liberals complaining about it. On the contrary, when Trump suggested that Europe actually pay for their own defense, liberals flipped out in a paroxysm of TDS. I guess it never occurred to liberals that maybe if we stop subsidizing European healthcare, we could afford to invest in healthcare of our own.

    • Janos Skorenzy December 21, 2018 at 12:49 pm #

      Trump campaigned on THIS too, remember? We do. It may well have been some desperate attempt to assuage his betrayal of his base over the Wall. It didn’t work, so now he’s refusing to sign the order of betrayal.

      In any case, it’s a good idea. Leave Mr Asad alone. Let the Forces of Light over there crush the Islamic savages. Together, he and Mr Putin have things well in hand. That we are allied with ISIS is a shame for the ages – even as Hispanic savages continue to swarm across our undefended border.

    • Nightowl December 21, 2018 at 6:01 pm #

      Truth!

  8. SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 10:30 am #

    Build the Wall! The Wall is the first step of regaining sovereignty and National Pride. It represents a renewal of our civilization! Notice how people who hate America also hate the Wall. I am grateful that President Trump did start this important conversation.

    • robert magill December 21, 2018 at 10:52 am #

      The day the wall is complete the headlines will read “First Boat People Land in Florida”. We got a lot of coastline folks.

      • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 10:57 am #

        Ok, then we will have to send the Navy and Marines in and line the coasts with troops. This way we can have all of our troops come home from around the world and protect the homeland which is what a normal country would do.

        • RocketDoc December 21, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

          SSL- The wall is representative of will and it is will to resist that we don’t have. Enforcing no work–no under the table payments, no tax deductions for illegal work, it requires only enforcement–will. With no will–the wall is useless just a construction project.

          • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

            Hmmm, do you think maybe the elites do not have the will? Many regular Americans have the will but have limited means to do anything in addition to trying to support and feed their families.

          • Exscotticus December 21, 2018 at 1:53 pm #

            >>> With no will–the wall is useless just a construction project.

            Agreed. But at least 60 million Americans have the will. And many on the Left oppose the wall simply because it’s associated with Trump. If Dem leaders suddenly supported border security, most liberals would fall in line like the lemmings they are.

            The Left loves a good wall just as much as the Right. The Left builds walls around their schools and homes. They love their exclusive gated communities.

      • JohnAZ December 21, 2018 at 11:16 am #

        Ha! You are right. However, it is easier to walk across a non-existent border in Arizona, than to cruise across the Cuban strait.

        The idea that the wall is ineffective is a cop out from the Left. Every tool available should be used to stem the flow of illegals. The divide and conquer folks will try to segregate all the tools to kill all of them. We need the wall, we need the high tech aids, we need more border guards, we need more Coast Guard surveillance of our coast, we need whatever accumulative means it takes to enforce the law.

        And the excuse that the Wall is too expensive at 5 billion dollars makes me laugh. In Washington, DC where the Pentagon loses that much every week.

        • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 11:23 am #

          Such clear-headed thinking is desperately needed!!!

        • Exscotticus December 21, 2018 at 1:58 pm #

          There’s overwhelming evidence that barriers (fences, walls, whatever) dramatically increase security and reduce unlawful crossings.

          It’s also not the case that all those millions crossing our 2000 mile long border could suddenly pivot to boats or planes or some other means of unlawful entry.

      • pequiste December 21, 2018 at 11:30 am #

        Haitians float in with the tides, and have been washing up onto Florida’s balmy shores, sometimes on mere 2X4s, nearly every day for decades. They then disappear into dark, lawless enclaves from Homestead to Tequesta. Many even make it to the Boston area. And happily, they get on those wonderful programs that are so generously supplied by the kind politicians at county, state, and federal levels.

        We had better wish them a happy Voodoo holiday or something.

        Being the subject of one of their “dolls” that have pins pushed into them for a curse or revenge puts new meaning to the term “prick”.

    • jdhines December 21, 2018 at 1:23 pm #

      SSL,

      “Mr. Gorbachv, tear down this wall!” Ronald Reagan.

      Not everyone loves walls.

      JDH

      • Exscotticus December 21, 2018 at 2:12 pm #

        Straw man. Did Ronald Reagan demand that the barrier around the White House be removed? Or that the walls separating the Oval Office from the other rooms be removed? His own private palatial home was not an open floor plan, either, and was surrounded by—you guessed it—a wall.

        • jdhines December 21, 2018 at 3:51 pm #

          EX,

          I stand corrected.

          JDH

      • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 2:57 pm #

        That is a totally different situation JDH. That wall was built to keep people in. Our wall is to keep people out.

        • jdhines December 21, 2018 at 3:52 pm #

          SSL,

          You are quite right, my apologies.

          JDH

          • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 4:59 pm #

            Wow really? I accept :-).

  9. K-Dog December 21, 2018 at 10:35 am #

    In the meantime, the condition of the US economy, which Mr. Trump has boasted is roaring on his account, wobbles badly.

    You seem to be the lone voice howling in the wilderness. The rim may be bent but the tire is patched it seems. Dedicated doom and gloomers will always find reason but it seems to take an effort to find bad news now. More of an effort to find it online than to get dressed go outside and find and actual tent city. At least for me.

    Nothing to fret about. Try and find a WaPo piece on poverty. The most recent is almost two years old now. The 40 million Americans in poverty, it seems, disappeared in the age of Trump. As if they are thrown out a virtual cyberspace airplane window over a virtual cyberspace sea. Manna from heaven for imaginary creatures in an imaginary deep.

    Good reason for a fretful holiday. Tiny Tim and the Cratchits have been forgotten, but may Tim’s quote live on.

    “God bless Us, Every One!”

    • JohnAZ December 21, 2018 at 10:47 am #

      The Rust Belt folks that elected Trump spoke loud and clear during the Midterms. He promised much during his campaign and the Power structure in DC blocked almost everything. That is all it is a quest for power. The people of the US are the last thing these Deep State creeps are concerned with. Problem is, who the heck do you vote for? Both sides are stealing us blind. Where is our third party? DC is a cesspool, Swamp is too eloquent to describe that place.

      By the way, the real villains of the situation are the gutless, sheep in wolf’s clothing Deep State Republicans, led by the now deceased John McCain. These people are as close to traitors to the people of the US as has existed in our history. Can you imagine McCain now with the troop withdrawals.

      • Janos Skorenzy December 21, 2018 at 12:56 pm #

        Any number of little Leftists judges can stop the POTUS in his tracks. What the hell? The System doesn’t work anymore. Perhaps it only ever did based on some kind of honor system NOT to do things like that.

        Only Martial Law can save America now. Such Judges simply need to be arrested when they try to throw a wrench into the gears of the nation.

        Yes, the Republicans are scum. Now that McCain is dead, Lindsay Graham is starting to become a man. What was their relationship? One shudders at the very thought.

      • jdhines December 21, 2018 at 1:32 pm #

        John,

        Not Deepstaters thwarting Trump’s efforts. Trump promised things he could not ever deliver. Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin factory living wages are about $30-$35/ an hour (all in). Mexican, Chinese, Vietnamese, Bangladeshi, Indian wages are less the $2 an hour.

        It does not work ECONOMICALLY and Trump ALWAYS knew that. Why do you think he staffs his country clubs with illegals and all his “Trump” junk is made overseas, even his MAGA hats? Think about it, Trump is not your friend!

        Give the deep state shit a rest, please! Your supposed pals are eating your lunch.

        JDH

        • aibohphobia December 21, 2018 at 7:14 pm #

          Oddly, trade barriers would help the auto workers. On the plus side, the entire manufacturing base could be brought back to a shadow of its former self in 20 or 30 years, and machinery needed by civilization could once again be made on the North American Continent.
          On the minus side, a new American car would cost about $60,000.00, and a new car from anywhere else would be about $100K or more. But even this is a plus, as Americans would need to get used to traveling less. We might also renew the railroads with domestic manufacturing.
          So its all good–
          International business loses, local economy recovers, we all get a lot more exercise and get to know our neighbors better.

          While its likely true that Trump is a narcissistic dunderhead who can’t keep his pie-hole shut, time and again the things he wants to do are exactly what we all need for the long-term greater good of the country.

  10. 100th Avatar December 21, 2018 at 10:37 am #

    After the wars, rising sea levels, depleted fossil fuels, violence fueled by lawlessness, famine, disease, and possibly malicious AI, there will be a lot less people.

    A lot less problems. A silver lining.

    People like silver linings in dark clouds, and every year thousands get killed by lightning looking for them

    • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 10:43 am #

      According the scientists that were great extinction events and terrible natural disasters long before humans existed. So problems appear to be part of the scheme of things. At least in the natural realm. So it appears there will always be problems whether there are humans around or not.

      • 100th Avatar December 21, 2018 at 10:59 am #

        You used the clarifier, “natural”, not I

        • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 11:09 am #

          Yes, I know you mentioned AI in there. I guess we will have to see about that one. I was just saying terrible things have always been.

          • 100th Avatar December 21, 2018 at 1:44 pm #

            No.

            That’s not it.

            None of the disasters I listed are natural.

          • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 2:58 pm #

            Explain more. I get that the disasters you originally mentioned are human-induced per the context you provided.

  11. thenuttyneutron December 21, 2018 at 10:39 am #

    The wall has morphed from being a simple part of security to a tetem.

    It will be interesting to see how long the shutdown lasts. Trump had better stick to his guns or he will be a lame duck for the rest of his first term and likely not win reelection.

    If he sticks to his guns and maintains the shutdown until he gets his funding, many people will feel the pain. I think the shutdown will adversely affect more of his opposition than his supporters. If he sticks to his guns and brings the pain to all, I think his supporters will rally behind him and cheer the turmoil.

    This is now a game of chicken and blinking is losing.

    The DNC would probably fair better if they gave him the money for the damn wall and pushed for their own goodies in the funding bill to placate their base. That would be the smart thing for the DNC to do.

    • thenuttyneutron December 21, 2018 at 10:39 am #

      *totem

    • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 10:45 am #

      It has become a totem at least in part because the elites deny the people basic security all the while living within gated and walled off communities.

    • JohnAZ December 21, 2018 at 10:49 am #

      There is the problem. The DNC has not a clue about smart things to do. If it doesn’t rhyme with Hate Trump, forget it.

      • jdhines December 21, 2018 at 1:35 pm #

        Well, we really must hate someone as hateful as Trump, especially since he practically begs us to hate him with his antics and actions. After all…

        JDH

        • benr December 23, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

          Verses what?
          What is your ideal President?
          Obama got into it with people all the time.
          GWBush got into a few tiffs as well.
          Do you want a spineless turd like GHWBush?
          I like the fact Trump goes after people that attack him!

    • Janos Skorenzy December 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm #

      Yes, we need a Symbol – they are important. The Wall is It. It is worth every penny and should be complete – no fencing anywhere, no matter what the cost.

      Trump is our very flawed representative – who thought he could get away with not building it despite his promise to do so. He is not leading but following. So sad.

      • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 2:53 pm #

        Yes, it is worth every penny indeed.

  12. Epicur December 21, 2018 at 10:44 am #

    “Of course, China will have enough political and economic trouble when its Molto-Ponzi banking system flies apart, so I would not assume that they are capable of attaining the kind of world domination that scenario-gamers in the US Intel-and-Military offices dream up.”

    China’s main advantage over the US is a cohesive population, something the US no longer has. What is amazing is that the destruction of the cohesiveness has been intentional and is supposed to make us stronger – “diversity is strength”, they said. Want to bet?

    The coming “emergency” will test all nations. Without unity we are at a definite disadvantage.

    • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 10:47 am #

      So absolutely correct!!! Diversity is no strength at all. For a nation, diversity is a fatal liability.

    • JohnAZ December 21, 2018 at 10:55 am #

      The theory of the Founding Fathers is that allegiance to the Rule of Law will unite the people of America, The breakdown of allegiance to the Rule of Law by the ult-Left is destroying that cohesion. That has presaged every revolution in history.

      You are right, ethnic unity is a huge advantage for competition.

      • Epicur December 21, 2018 at 11:45 am #

        “The theory of the Founding Fathers is that allegiance to the Rule of Law will unite the people of America,…”

        Another of their theories was that the United States, like all democracies before, would commit suicide. When I feel the anger welling up inside as I witness this act of national suicide, I find some solace in the realization that there is a force much stronger than human will at work here.

      • Janos Skorenzy December 21, 2018 at 1:05 pm #

        It was incredibly hard to unite the different ethnicities and sects of Europe – and they were all White and Christian. And that was when we were strong and they were needed to build America. So now the “pundits” think we can do the same with vastly different peoples with nothing in common, who aren’t needed, when we are weak?

        Such pundits are liars and scoundrels – paid guns of the Economic and Political special interests.

        America is full grown. It is not a sign of health for an adult person to keep growing – but rather a sign of a terrible disease that predicts a difficult and short life.

        How about a focus on quality not quantity? That is equivalent to death to the Capitalists and their Consumer junkies. Thus our Nation has no real future.

        • malthuss December 21, 2018 at 2:13 pm #

          Some thing the East Indians, Pakis are divided by nation and religion BUT in the USA they unite, to bring down Whites.

          • elysianfield December 21, 2018 at 7:06 pm #

            “BUT in the USA they unite, to bring down Whites.”

            Malthuss, do we really need any help to self-destruct?

      • jdhines December 21, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

        “The theory of the Founding Fathers is that allegiance to the Rule of Law will unite the people of America.”

        Exactly, that is why Mueller has so many indictments/convictions and Trump is close to being indicted/impeached. You do get it!

        JDH

      • Tate December 21, 2018 at 2:38 pm #

        “The theory of the Founding Fathers is that allegiance to the Rule of Law will unite the people of America…” — JohnAZ

        One founder, John Jay, in Federalist Paper #2, only indirectly alluded to Rule of Law:

        “attached to the same principles of government…”

        The full quote:

        “With equal pleasure I have as often taken notice, that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country, to one united people; a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs, and who, by their joint counsels, arms and efforts, fighting side by side throughout a long and bloody war, have nobly established their general Liberty and Independence.”

        Thus, what united us in the beginning was common ancestors, a common language, a common religion, sharing in common ideas about government, common cultural practices, & lastly sharing a common history.

        So only one of those original unifiers is left? I think we’ve got problems.

  13. wm5135 December 21, 2018 at 10:54 am #

    With winter upon us may the Joy and Promise of Christmas be with you. I offer you my hope that the new year will bring you success and nobility.

    Take Care
    wm

  14. jdhines December 21, 2018 at 11:12 am #

    Jim et al,

    “Judge Emmet Sullivan sent Gen Flynn to the doghouse for three months to reconsider his guilty plea.”

    Still hoping for a “White Christmas,” er, March, eh? Please take it easy, as I wouldn’t want you to hurt your hip contorting yourself into pretzels. It is fitting that we’ll know in March, as hope springs eternal.

    My bet, for the record, is that Judge Emmet Sullivan really is DISGUSTED with “good” General Flynn and he really did mean it when he said, “You SOLD OUT your country,” but we shall see…

    I am wondering how your readers like what they have wrought, putting this orange GGG into office? They love wrench’s in the gears and all but is this chaotic enough for them or would they prefer bloody fighting in the streets? Not that, that is very far off.

    I ask myself how long and under what circumstances GGG’s supporters are going to say to themselves, “you know what? He really has fucked things up and I want to go back to the old stable gridlock? I suppose they will continue for the foreseeable future to insist that his Orangeness is a victim of the Deep State boogieman and will forever pine for their savior’s mistreatment.

    I recall OJ Simpson supporters who, when asked if there was a verified, valid video tape showing OJ committing the Brown / Goldman murders, would they change their position to guilty. Many of his supporters said NO (if you can believe) that incontrovertible evidence would not change their minds. I suspect that is what we have here.

    Soon, I predict we may see a quasi-religious cult surrounding GGG, where he is made out to be some sort of messiah type entity. The high priests of this new sect will, of course, be adorned in ornate orange robes with gold trim. For me, however, Mr. Trump reminds one of another long prophesized character out of the annals of religious myth. I’ll leave it to your imagination to ponder whom that might be.

    Things to consider:
    – Israel left to fend for themselves in Syria against Russia and Iran.
    – The Kurds, our allies, thrown under the Turkish mega bus.
    – One General (Adult) Mattis, a warrior monk, must leave due to disagreements with Orange.
    – The stock market, worst December since 1931 (so far).
    – Trump Shutdown on schedule for this evening with 100,000 federal works (TSA, Border Patrol, DEA) on the job, but without pay.
    – Congressman Hurd (R) Texas, who has the longest stretch of the border along the Rio Grande (ex CIA too) said the wall is ineffective and voted AGAINST the $5 billion wall funding.

    I could go one, but I don’t think anything anyone or anything will persuade you Trumpster folks of this magnificent, new orange and gold religion to which you are all such devout followers. “There are none so blind as those who will not see and none so deaf as those who will not hear.”

    We will see how long it takes (a long time, I surmise) for y’all to cry, UNCLE! It will be too late by then. Sorry.

    Yours in faith,
    JDH

    • jdhines December 21, 2018 at 11:17 am #

      One quick follow-up question. Do y’all agree with L. Ingram, A. Coulter (the coultergeist) and R. Limbaugh running the show with Orange now?
      Just wondering?

      JDH

      • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 11:22 am #

        Ann Coulter is our new Queen!!!!

        • jdhines December 21, 2018 at 12:51 pm #

          Hail your new Queen SSL! With GGG being the savior, is Rush Limbo the King? Or is it Tucker C., who is having a bit of a tussle with some of his advertisers over his “dirty” immigrant comments. We were all treated to a fine performance (meltdown) by Stephen Miller on CNN last night with Wolf. Did you happen to catch it? Oh well.

          JDH

          • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 2:43 pm #

            I will hail my new Queen. She deserves to be treated as such for standing up for the people. Hmmmm, I definitely think that Tucker is becoming Kingly. He is in grooming and is being prepared for the role. Rush doesn’t want to be a King. He is happy being an educator.

            So who cares if Stephen Miller yells and who cares if he smiles about the government shutdown. I am in TOTAL agreement with him and his behavior is cool with me.

    • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 11:21 am #

      Right, the old “stable gridlock” has really done the country so many favors. Yep, it allowed for craven traitors to extort the working and middle classes, millions of illegal aliens who have no interest in assimilating into our borders, and our troops to be sent to fight phony wars, among many other things. Sorry JDH but the sun is setting on your old school governance.

      And Israel can fend for itself. They have a Wall. We have never been allowed to have anything that is good for our country!

      • jdhines December 21, 2018 at 12:54 pm #

        SSL,

        “…millions of illegal aliens who have no interest in assimilating…”

        Right. Many of them apparently working at GGG’s country clubs or in his daughter’s sweatshops (but those are foreign, I suppose). Hail the Saviour!

        JDH

      • Janos Skorenzy December 21, 2018 at 1:10 pm #

        Well said. Israel has one of the most powerful militaries in the World – and that’s apart from their control over America and our military. They’ll be fine.

        • malthuss December 21, 2018 at 2:15 pm #

          bomb wise, maybe.
          Foot soldier wise, China is powerful.

        • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 2:44 pm #

          They don’t need our money anymore either. They are a productive little country and they have shown they will and can take care of themselves.

        • seawolf77 December 21, 2018 at 7:55 pm #

          Because they beat the Arabs!!!! I think even the French and the Italians could beat the Arabs.

      • Exscotticus December 21, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

        Not only do millions of illegal aliens have no interest in assimilating, but they’re discouraged by Democrats from doing so. Liberals and progressives advocate “multiculturalism”—not the “meling pot” of the 19th and 20th centuries.

        It’s time for English to be declared as the official language of the USA.

        • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 2:46 pm #

          That is right!! It is time to declare English as the official language. It is so silly this wasn’t done over a hundred years ago.

    • Janos Skorenzy December 21, 2018 at 1:08 pm #

      Why is Israel in Syria? Could it be part of their “Securing the Realm” plan to destabilize the whole Middle East? I hope they fail and pay dearly for the hubris and chutzpah – just like they did when they were crushed in Lebanon by Hezbollah.

      • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 2:50 pm #

        Syria had many Christians at one time. So did other ME nations that have been destabilized like Iraq.

    • Tate December 21, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

      Hahahaha! Poor widdle Israel…

      “From the Nile to the Euphrates,” in furtherance of the Oded Yinon Plan… Greater Israel WTF! They already own the land from the Manhattan Island to the cliffs at Malibu.

      And if none of that works, there’s always the Samson Option…

      • jdhines December 21, 2018 at 1:40 pm #

        It’s your Republicans, Trump, and Jared that is in love with Israel, no?

        JDH

        • Tate December 21, 2018 at 2:04 pm #

          Boy is that ever true, although they’re not my Republicans. I’ve never been a member of that crowd.

        • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 2:48 pm #

          LOL really JDH? The Jews are in everything. They certainly control your party and it’s agenda. Oh yeah, and they control you too.

          • jdhines December 21, 2018 at 4:09 pm #

            SSL,

            Moi!? I suppose that may be true, indirectly, but Trump and Jared are really under control / in love with Israel, which may or may not be good, I don’t know;)

            JDH

          • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 4:58 pm #

            All of us more or less probably. I prefer they love America. At the end of the day it is impossible to serve two Masters.

    • cbeard December 21, 2018 at 7:55 pm #

      Most people, myself included have no love or admiration for Donald Trump. Its just that I hate the status quo, deep state so much anyone or anything that throws a wrench in the spokes is a good thing.I don’t care what kind of man he is or what he has done in the past. At first it seemed he would cozy up to the Russians, which in my opinion was a good thing. He kept too many of the old guard in his administration that give him very bad advice. He is, for better or worse at the present time, the best hope we have for any meaningful change in DC. I think JHK may be right about going back to a simpler way of life after everything shakes out. If we are lucky. I just hope we don’t wind up back in the stone age. The world seems to be run and controlled by mad men. I for one will never cry UNCLE. To hell with Israel, the Kurds, The Wall Street ponzi scheme, the military industrial complex and everything else jdhines bitched about.

  15. “A Movement in France Grows Out of a Crisis of Mobility”, The New York Times, A4, by Michael Kimmelman, is a must-read for serious clusterfuckers, and Mr. Kunstler, for the analysis of the Yellow Vest phenomena, here connected to the mobility situation in a context of the national trail network he proposes for America, but also for the frank look at French socioeconomic realities of the present day.

    Naturally none of it has to do with climate change or carbon taxes.

  16. volodya December 21, 2018 at 11:31 am #

    It’s not surprising that Mattis left. There’s more coming. The basic problem is that the American upper-crust in the Deep State foreign policy establishment, and in the military, and on Wall Street, etc, pretty much agree on the broad strokes of economic and military and foreign policy and trade and investment policy. The disasters that you’ve seen in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, etc are all brought to you by this same upper-crust that see things synoptically. Same with the multi-decade degradation of Fly-over America. After all, membership requires adherence to doctrine.

    The problem as I said in a prior post is to NOT have a fifth-column of globalists in government which is what exists now. But with each departure, that fifth-column dissipates. The problem naturally is that each new addition to replace those departed will necessarily expose themselves to the wrath of the Deep State that for its own interests and reasons wants a continuation of the status quo. It doesn’t matter if this status quo is disastrous, they want it because they can’t bear that anyone call out their idiocy and gross incompetence not to mention rank treason in selling out the US and its citizens. And of course it’s also a matter of money. Always follow the money.

    • pequiste December 21, 2018 at 11:44 am #

      Ka-ching!

      youtube.com/watch?v=W25_jgiY51I

      • volodya December 21, 2018 at 11:58 am #

        Flying Lizards – apt.

        You can make a Flash Gordon-ish movie out of it: Starring Bill as King of the Flying Lizards and Hill as his Queen.

        Co starring the hissing Chuck Shumer as Flying Lizard First Minister and the tongue-flicking, lip-licking Nancy Pelosi as Flying Lizard Sorceress.

        • elysianfield December 21, 2018 at 12:46 pm #

          “the tongue-flicking, lip-licking Nancy Pelosi as Flying Lizard Sorceress.”

          Volodya,
          Pelosi would never accept the role…too much danger of being type-cast….

        • S M Tenneshaw December 22, 2018 at 10:29 am #

          Nancy is displaying her time management skillz – soliciting cock and campaign cash at the same time.

    • JohnAZ December 21, 2018 at 11:49 am #

      Ask a simple question. What good does leaving those troops in Syria, and Afghanistan do for us. The MICC says that ISIS with roar forth again, maybe?, the Taliban will reform, they already have, and it is their country, not ours. It is such an obvious power grab by the Deep State in DC to have that enemy out there.

      If ISIS or al-queda ever raise up again, it will be simple to destroy them again. Basic knowledge of the fundamentalists will tell you that they will just keep coming back over and over. Military action will not stop them. Give them something else to do, like improving their nation’s, feeding their countrymen, building infrastructure. Send peace corps, not soldiers.

      The US has never been able to define victory in its wars since Korea. The damn politicians keep getting in the way. Victory means get our folks home!

      • elysianfield December 21, 2018 at 12:48 pm #

        John,
        Stop looking for the logic. Consider other, less observable and more imponderable considerations.

        • JohnAZ December 21, 2018 at 1:21 pm #

          Oh no, logic separates us from the beasts. If I stopped trying to rationalize the actions of the world and looked at imponderable considerations, I would have to vote Democrat. No Way!

      • volodya December 21, 2018 at 12:51 pm #

        I tried to post an answer and got a mysterious service not available message.

        Anyway, to answer your question, what good does it do, none that i can see. Leave it to them to sort out their own affairs. Imagine if middle-easterners took it on themselves to intervene in American affairs on the basis of Koranic teaching, Muslim exceptionalism and cultural and religious and moral superiority. Imagine that Muslims send troops and boats to enforce their will and views.

        What do Americans know? Is there any supposed expertise to justify military or any other intervention? What’s there in those locales is a civilizational layer cake that’s ten thousand years deep. Can Americans imagine that the cuneiform writing system is five thousand years old and in use for more than three thousand years, or that Iran was an imperial power already in its third millennium when the thirteen colonies declared independence or, to look further east, China has got eight thousand year old artifacts that appear to show writing? Can Americans imagine that what’s now called Turkey was the likely place of origin at around the same time for farmers and herdsmen that migrated to Europe and likely brought the ancestral language to Latin and Greek and Slavonic and Teutonic etc. with them?

        I say that the American foreign policy elite that THINKS they have the expertise actually has none. What they THINK they know comes filtered through the lens of their own interests and biases and actually has got little to do with what’s on the ground over yonder or in the minds people over there.

        Nobody has to believe me. Judge them by results. Was it a good idea to blow off Saddam or Khaddafy? What has American sown? Is it any good?

    • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 11:58 am #

      Instead of Death to America it is Death to the Deep State!

  17. JohnAZ December 21, 2018 at 11:35 am #

    SSL

    I read an article yesterday that said that females will be affected much more than males by the implementation of AI. Mostly because “female jobs” are easier to replace by machines, but also because girls do not go into STEM training as much as boys.

    Another comment.

    Anybody who has Read The Grapes of Wrath knows that technology implementation caused big pieces of the Great Depression. Dislocated sharecroppers and small farmers lost the battle to the gasoline engine and flocked to the cities. In the cities, there were no opportunities for employment so they just stacked up like cordwood, adding to the unemployment rolls. The only thing that broke the US out of the malaise was WW2 which finally sent all those “excess” workers off to war and into production facilities. Great Depression disappeared.

    • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 11:52 am #

      Very interesting and frightening! I always see articles talking about why and how women should be corralled into being interested in the STEM fields. Only a few address the issue that STEM subjects don’t interest most women and women tend to go into fields like education, nursing, counselling, social work, etc. No doubt bots will replace most things that women do as that is sort of the intent in many cases. If we ever actually make it that far technologically before the big collapse that is.

      I say let’s not do AI and bots. We are already so dependent on technology that most of us will die without it. Why keep going in the same dangerous direction?

      • Janos Skorenzy December 21, 2018 at 1:17 pm #

        Wisdom. Is technology for us or are we for technology? Who serves who? I’m afraid the latter since the owners and managerial class don’t give a rats ass about us. Love has grown cold and endless horror is going to be inflicted on via high tech. Even the Anti-Christ will use it as part of his magic show.

        • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 2:35 pm #

          Yes, love is growing cold in the hearts of men (and women) and the coldness of high-tech is ascendant. I have heard that the Anti-Christ will be able to deceive even the Elect. Maybe that high-tech magic will be used to achieve this. Maybe some of that is even happening now.

    • elysianfield December 21, 2018 at 12:53 pm #

      ““female jobs” are easier to replace by machines”

      John,
      Done…and done.

      krbe.com/2018/09/18/sex-robot-brothel-in-houston/

      Notice that the location of the brothel is in Houston, Texas? No law against screwing a machine.

  18. pequiste December 21, 2018 at 11:40 am #

    If The Man From Queens wants to really give the world a surprise, Earth-shaking Christmas gift to remember for this holiday season, and not available at Amazon.com, he should do everything in his power and have the Kurds declare nationhood within the next fortnight.

    That ought to perk up upcoming New Year’s Eve fireworks displays, eh?

  19. The Chinese government sposored having of American critical infrastructure and corporations continues…

    I’m pretty sure regular Americans don’t even think about this, and the lack of political spine in policy confirms it.

  20. capt spaulding December 21, 2018 at 11:46 am #

    John Bolton would be the perfect choice for Secretary of Defense. He already knows the launch codes, which are numeric because Trump can’t spell: covfefe, smok, etc.

    • oilie December 21, 2018 at 11:52 am #

      It is a mystery to me just why Bolton is kept around. He is bad enough as a loose cannon. He would be a real nightmare as a loose nuke.

      • Janos Skorenzy December 21, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

        Trump is allied with the Zionists – who loath his base. He is being pulled in diametrically opposite directions.

        • Tate December 21, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

          Good point. How does news gets filtered to him? He got all chuffed at Anne & ‘unfollowed’ her for her cheekiness. The influence of the Ivanka-Jared axis grows in proportion.

    • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 11:57 am #

      And we know that spelling mistakes are basically the most critical mistakes a person can make….

    • seawolf77 December 21, 2018 at 12:21 pm #

      Nobody wants to work with this guy. Another month everybody will be acting fill in the blank, except family.

    • elysianfield December 21, 2018 at 7:13 pm #

      Captain,
      I have been entertaining the thought of Bolton as SecDef…scares the shit out of me….

      • seawolf77 December 21, 2018 at 7:59 pm #

        John Bolton makes Ramsey Bolton look pleasant.

  21. Luhrenloup December 21, 2018 at 11:48 am #

    On this high holy day of Yule to us pagans, we celebrate the coming of the Sun God. As the child of an “illegal alien” I solemnize this sabbat with a breakfast of crepes slathered with maple syrup, crisp bacon and a cup of strong coffee. My father, Armand had been in the country many years without bother as were many of our neighbors and a good part of our town, until one day the government gave him an ultimatum, Look Sam, you’re a good guy, but war had begun and you have to make a decision, either you take the oath and become a citizen or you’ll you’ll have to go back to Quebec. Well, Dad assented, and here I am today. (really happened)
    At one time, Canadians crossed the border at will without so much as a – by your leave. My thoughts on immigration. People cross the border illegally because of the country’s cockamie laws governing immigration, which are applied by some administration and not others. If a Cuban steps one foot on Miami soil he’s cleared by immigration, but not a Mexican.
    There’s a need for laws that governs ports and borders, and protects its citizens. The wall? Has never worked, and is seen as an affront by those on the other side, and a challenge. We will cross your border at will, Gringo! Better to have an adequate force to defend the borders and laws that are upheld.

    • JohnAZ December 21, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

      Your allegiance to the Leftist admonition that Walls do not work is unfortunately wrong.

      Successful walls some good some not.

      The Great Wall of China stemmed the Mongol invasions of China and stabilized the Chinese government.

      Hadrian’s wall.shoved the Picts into Scotland and stabilized the border for Rome. England progressed as a Roman province, Scotland never did catch up.

      The Iron Curtain divided Europe for forty years. A few lucky souls were able to escape but the Curtain was effective at keeping Europe separated.

      Israel’s Palestinian Wall, I believe with Gaza, has stopped successfully the inflow of terrorists into Israel and has pretty much halted the border warfare is the area.

      Small leakages will occur on any walled border, but the snuffing out of illegal crossing as overwhelmingly successful.

      Which is exactly why the Left does not want this Wall!!

      • jdhines December 21, 2018 at 1:06 pm #

        John,

        As I have asserted before, if Corporate America had wanted a wall along the Southern border, there would have been one there decades ago. The folks who were the beneficiaries of the great Trump/Republican tax give away want cheap labor and more customers. Period. The USA’s low and middle classes be-damned. Trump and the Republican’s allies are not your friends, neither are Trump and the Republicans.

        They have been making economic fools out of right-wing supporters for years now. I guess y’all have come to rather enjoy it, yes?

        JDH

        • Janos Skorenzy December 21, 2018 at 1:25 pm #

          You think we don’t know that? That’s what the Alt-Right is all about. The Repugnants don’t serve We the People or America in any sense. They are One with the Democrats at the highest levels. The program is communism and poverty for us and Capitalism and wealth for them. Who do you think funded Communism? How few Leftists know! Are you one of the fools too?

          • jdhines December 21, 2018 at 1:43 pm #

            Janos,

            Well, I am glad, that at least you know, the Right does not have your best interests at heart. You should spread the word amongst the other “voters” who don’t seem to get it.

            JDH

          • cbeard December 22, 2018 at 7:37 am #

            For jdhines. Janos is right, the Reps. and Dems. are essentially one and the same. The other “voters” you mentioned will never “get it” as they are imbeciles. The founding fathers may have been on to something, in only allowing property owners to vote.

        • JohnAZ December 21, 2018 at 1:34 pm #

          You are right. But remember that Corporate America is now mostly liberal folks in Silicon Valley and their offshoots. California has been importing cheap labor into itself for a couple of generations now. Hey, what do you do with a laid off tech worker who is replaced with AI? Put him in a homeless center in San Francisco and give him welfare. That situation is spreading fast.

          So, in answer, look around, it is not just right wing folks. It is all the Deep State Elite.

          Why I have hope for Trump? He is the only voice in town who is saying “Down with the Deep State, Drain the Swamp.” Whether he produces, that is another question.

          If he doesn’t, what is next?

          • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 2:30 pm #

            I pray someone who is way more bold than him. I am more and more convinced he is a conversation starter and precursor.

        • Exscotticus December 22, 2018 at 11:27 pm #

          >>> Trump and the Republican’s allies are not your friends, neither are Trump and the Republicans.

          Trump is not a RINO Republican. RINO Republicans are why Trump can’t even get 50 Senate votes for the wall, let alone 60. Perhaps you see no difference between Trump, Flake, Bush, or anyone else who has ever called themselves Republican, because you hail from the extreme Left.

          >>> The folks who were the beneficiaries of the great Trump/Republican tax give away want cheap labor and more customers. Period.

          Don’t pretend that this is all about cheap labor for Corporate America. The entire leadership of the Left encourages more illegal immigration and more welfare for illegals. It’s also very much about votes for the Democratic party.

          Both Dems AND the GOP have allowed 20 million illegal aliens in—each for their own reasons. Trump alone is the first POTUS to put on the brakes.

  22. Reality Check 1 December 21, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

    Flynn the Felon is not going to retract his guilty plea, because he was under oath at the time he took the plea, and any subsequent (under oath) retraction makes him guilty of perjury. What a silly, uninformed idea.

    Flynn spent 81 hours with Mueller. Trump is cooked.

  23. The Netherlands and Australia are taking Russia to the international court over the hundred civilians killed when a missile out of a Russian Buk antiaircraft system was fired from the Donbass region of Ukraine.

    100 persons are named on the investigation, which ranges across two continents, as Russia tries to sabotage the investigation.

    • Ol' Scratch December 21, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

      The “investigation” was a sham. They should ignore it. The aircraft was shot down by the US backed contingent.

  24. “Donald’s right, and I agree with him.” V. Putin on Trump’s order to evacuate 2,000 special forces from the Syrian Theatre.

    • JohnAZ December 21, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

      I hope Russia has as much success dealing with the Middle East as we have.

      Yeah!

      They did have as much success with Afghanistan as we have.

      Get out! In the Middle East, the Swamp becomes quicksand.

  25. seawolf77 December 21, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

    “I make great deals. I do. I always have. I probably make the best deals of… like… anyone out there. And they’re good deals. It’s because I’m a deal maker. I’ve been doing it all my life. I make great deals.” Trump holds his tiny hand up for emphasis, his thumb and forefinger closed together in a curly Q. “You’re going to so tired of these great deals I make, they’re going to make you so rich, and this country so prosperous, you’re going to be exhausted form all the winning. You’re going to say ‘Donald please no more winning. I can’t take all this winning’ and will I stop? Of course not. I am going to continue to make great deals.” WELLLLLLLLLLL. We’re waiting.

    • JohnAZ December 21, 2018 at 12:26 pm #

      You are right! Trump produces or the country will look for another answer. What scares a lot of folks is that there is no other answers. The political field is a joke.

    • elysianfield December 21, 2018 at 12:56 pm #

      Wolfie,
      You do that very well….

      • seawolf77 December 21, 2018 at 6:38 pm #

        I think of a good used car salesman, then I imagine him on steroids ( you know the kind “Yes it’s an inline 4, but it has the power of a V-8 and it gets better mileage than a moped), then I make sure I repeat the main talking points 2 to 4 times at a minimum, then I gesticulate like monkey on some good coke, and my facial expressions like a Jackie Gleason or a John Belushi speed balling in front of an live audience, then I say the stupidest shit that no one but a complete moron would ever believe in a thousand years… and I get Trump.

        • jdhines December 23, 2018 at 6:40 pm #

          Wolf,

          You’ve got the formula down man!

          JDH

  26. Analysts are worried this vacuum will allow a situation to develop similarly to the evacuation of Iraq in 2011, leading to the rapid descent of the region into chaos created by the Sunni caliphate, whose sleeper cell woke up in Morocco and slashed the throats of two young Norwegians at a camp site on a mountain popular with tourists.

    Norwegian police are trying to scrub grisly videos of them screaming while being decapitated from the internet.

    • JohnAZ December 21, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

      Debbie

      If we put 10000 troops into Syria or any where else in the ME, will it stop the fundamentalists. If we want to permanently control the region for our benefit, why not annex it and make Syria the 51st state? After all, our military fights more for other borders than it does for ours.

      • akmofo December 21, 2018 at 1:01 pm #

        Syria should become Kurdistan. That’s where all the Christians are anyway, seeking refuge. About a third of Syria, east of Euphrates, is already Kurdistan. The Kurds have the oil and gas. They need US weapons and logistical support to defend against the occupying Russians and the Turks. The Turks are in violation of NATO. They are occupying north Syria. They should be kicked out of NATO and the US/EU should end all cooperation with Turkey until its Sultan and his Islamonazi imperialist ambitions are thoroughly expunged from Turkey. As regards the Russians, make it expensive for them to stay in Syria. That can be done very easily.

        • Janos Skorenzy December 21, 2018 at 1:29 pm #

          Mind your own business there. Stay out of other people’s countries, you Imperialist.

          • akmofo December 21, 2018 at 1:42 pm #

            Again with your delusional criminal projections.

          • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 2:24 pm #

            You just don’t like it akmofo because he is right. You need to stop encouraging war games.

          • akmofo December 21, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

            You fscking nazis have an ego that’s just unbelievable. I’ll do and I’ll say whatever I like, Germans, and I don’t need youz fscking nazi permission to do so.

          • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 4:54 pm #

            It’s fun getting you so worked up. Yes indeedy do, all of us Germans and Nazis are surrounding you and in total control of the world lol.

          • elysianfield December 21, 2018 at 7:20 pm #

            “You fscking nazis have an ego that’s just unbelievable. I’ll do and I’ll say whatever I like, Germans, and I don’t need youz fscking nazi permission to do so.”

            Mofo,
            Finish the bastard off…label him a Papist….

          • akmofo December 21, 2018 at 7:33 pm #

            They label themselves, Ely, I just verbalize the obvious.

          • SoftStarLight December 22, 2018 at 1:45 am #

            Verbalize the obvious? In your view sure. Still doesn’t change the fact that you were advocating for intervention and nation-building. That is what imperialist do.

          • akmofo December 22, 2018 at 5:26 am #

            Again with your nonsense nazi lies.

            I commended President Trump for pulling out of Syria and added a whole long list for him to follow. My comment was directed at Russian and Turkish imperialism and how to counter it. Sell weapons to the Kurds and give them logistical support such as training and satellite reconnaissance so they can properly defend themselves against the invading Russians and Turks.

            But for you German Nazis it’s amusing to turn everything on its head and then claim innocence. It’s a very common and distinguishing criminal trait that you share with your the Islamo Nazi brethren. You Vatican snakes deserve each other, and I can’t wait for you to eat each other alive.

          • SoftStarLight December 23, 2018 at 1:08 am #

            So now we are just like Islamists? What is this fascination you have with calling us criminals? Are we criminals for wanting to focus on our own country rather than wars in the Middle East? Russia and Turkey have more of an interest in the region. Let them figure it out. Vatican snakes? Really? You are entertaining akmofo lol.

          • akmofo December 23, 2018 at 4:43 am #

            I just verbalize the obvious. You know very well that what I say is the truth, and that’s why the nervous laugh on your every other reply. Another obvious observation is that you’re a complete loser nazi troll who spends the whole day every day trolling people on this here blog. Pretty much like the other nazi loser that keep clapping your flippers for, like show seal in SeaWorld.

          • SoftStarLight December 23, 2018 at 2:34 pm #

            Well how sweet of you akmofo. I thought you would have more substance for me here. I am disappointed. You’ll need to work on that in the New Year don’t you think?

        • jdhines December 23, 2018 at 6:43 pm #

          akmofo,

          I like your thinking on this. I never thought about Syria becoming Kurdistan. Good idea: regime change and all. Your proposal would seem to solve a number of problems. Nice!

          JDH

    • Epicur December 21, 2018 at 1:45 pm #

      @ Li’l Debbie December 21, 2018 at 12:18 pm

      “…leading to the rapid descent of the region into chaos”

      I doubt that it is the chaos they fear, but the Leviathan that will inevitably arise to bring order to the chaos.

      ” And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
      Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?”

    • cbeard December 22, 2018 at 7:55 am #

      The rapid descent of the region is totally inevitable. Its complete chaos already. Keeping the US military there just exacerbates an impossible situation. Bring the troops home, end all involvement in foreign wars, embrace nationalism and defend our borders to the death. America could be self sufficient if need be. Let the Arabs have Arabia, the
      Africans can have Africa, the Asians have Asia, The Europeans have Europe. The different nations and races of the world will never be one big happy family. At least not for thousands of years, if ever.

      • SoftStarLight December 23, 2018 at 1:14 am #

        Exactly! We can be self sufficient. And it would be so much better if the full force of the military was used to protect our borders and not those of other countries. That is, once we have the Wall up of course.

  27. akmofo December 21, 2018 at 12:41 pm #

    President Trump is on the right path. He should add to the list: Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkey, Germany/Poland/Baltics, EU, Japan, etc.

    Place the same sanctions on Russia and China as on Iran and N. Korea. The former are no better than the later.

  28. robert magill December 21, 2018 at 12:46 pm #

    [To me, these disturbances and machinations suggest the unraveling of the arrangements we’ve called “globalism.” That’s what we face most acutely in 2019, along with the fragile conditions in banking, markets, and currencies that can put the schnitz on supply lines as everybody and his uncle around the world fear that they will never get paid.]

    So much so that China, Russia, India et al are prepared to launch a crypto system amongst  themselves backed by gold to a great extent and coded beyond belief. This will insure payments to each other if the West goes blah.

    • JohnAZ December 21, 2018 at 1:12 pm #

      Interesting thought. I think that you said that the “bad guys” are launching a crypto offensive against the West. I think you are right. If we go, then they will fight each other. Nice folks, these humans.

      Here is an idea. Why don’t we expunge ourselves of the dependence on computers, no, just the interconnections via computers. What good would it do for them to have crypto weapons if we did not have crypto running our lives.

      Oh I forgot the dictatorship of Silicon Valley and MICC.

      • robert magill December 21, 2018 at 1:25 pm #

        No, JohnAz. What they are doing is protecting themselves from dependence on the US dollar if there comes a cropper with it. It is a money transfer system within themselves.

  29. EvelynV December 21, 2018 at 1:10 pm #

    How soon we forget.

    The fear anyone not in coma was experiencing in 2008 when the wheels were ready to come off was mere foreshadowing of what is soon to come.

    All this chittering by people who seem to have no where else to spend time but this forum is ludicrous.

    • volodya December 21, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

      Spending time here is ludicrous is it? So why are you here?

      • EvelynV December 21, 2018 at 1:43 pm #

        I ask myself that question every time I visit. I may be kicking the habit soon, such as it was.

        • Billy Hill December 21, 2018 at 2:20 pm #

          We applaud your brave decision!

          Still, we will miss your grammatical creativity.

  30. ozone December 21, 2018 at 1:21 pm #

    DrTomSchmit asks (generally):
    “What do those “loyal employees” actually DO for their employers, the citizens of the United States?”

    10:22am – 10:24am – 10:25am – 10:26am – 10:30am – 10:32am – 10:43am – 10:45am – 10:47am – 10:57am – 11:08am – 11:09am – 11:21am – 11:22am – 11:23am – 11:52am – 11:57am – 11:58am – 12:00pm – 12:39pm (……and on and on and on and on….)

    Well Dr. Tom, at least you know what *one* of those dedicated lackeys is toiling away at. “Just puttin’ in my time for your betterment and education, Citizen!”

    Poisonous, pernicious piffle. (Clusterfuck indeed; the joke is on most of you, and you don’t even realize it. You will prove useless when discernment is not only desirable, but the essence of necessity. Push? Meet, Shove.)

    • Tate December 21, 2018 at 1:45 pm #

      Whatever that means.

      • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 2:14 pm #

        He’s stalking me :-). No big deal. He is harmless and he actually means well.

    • Janos Skorenzy December 21, 2018 at 2:04 pm #

      Add to that 1:21pm.

    • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 2:13 pm #

      Still can’t get past me can you? I never quite got past you either ;-). Do keep an eye on me. Like you said I have a penchant for bad behavior and need that helping hand.

    • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 2:31 pm #

      Oh yeah I just remembered. If you happened to miss the last thread Mr. O. I finally made that altar you talked about :-). Why not, right?

  31. NoLongerHuman December 21, 2018 at 1:22 pm #

    Yuletide Greetings and a Very Merry Christmas to Jim and the community at CFN.

    I read the blog for contributions and not to follow the idiot theater of the Trump prosecution. The US Corporate Media can fill their rags with garbage of these unremarkable crimes, while a whirlwind of sinister doings crosses the horizon.

    The PTB are going to determine a cure for these global maladies, its just a question of how many currencies, governments, and wholesale nations of people will be sacrificed in their next crisis

    • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 2:26 pm #

      Merry Christmas to you too!

  32. EvelynV December 21, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

    We should all be celebrating the alleged birth of an alleged deity who was sent here to be mercilessly tortured and slaughtered by a civilization of goat fuckers and eventually became zombified.

    For Him it was a necessary exercise to show the big daddy deity that the goat fuckers were worthy enough to be allowed back up where the big after-death parties were being held. Big daddy deity was lonely and unhappy because after He rashly forbade any new party goers from attending his parties in the sky things got pretty dull for Him and he began to rethink about how serious eating an apple truly was.

    Many confused humans have been scrapping about it ever since until finally throwing up their hands and just buying a lot shit before the Superbowl party that they ginned up as a way to compensate for the privileges taken away from because of that God Damned Everlyn (aka Eve).

    • jdhines December 21, 2018 at 1:49 pm #

      EvelynV,

      That’s one of the truest Christmas stories I ever heard. Nice! Jingle bells, jingle bells… Ho, Ho, Ho… Merry Christmas!

      JDH

      • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 2:06 pm #

        Why is it not a surprise that you revel in filth and shamelessness.

        • jdhines December 21, 2018 at 4:13 pm #

          SSL,

          Can’t we have a bit of fun for the holidays? I thought we weren’t supposed to be so “PC” or is that out the window now?

          JDH

          • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 4:53 pm #

            Ah clever, but being anti-Christian is super PC.

    • Epicur December 21, 2018 at 2:20 pm #

      @ EvelynV December 21, 2018 at 1:38 pm

      I get angry at the world sometimes. When I do it helps me to refer to a card I carry in my wallet that says:

      IMPORTANT QUESTIONS:

      1. Do you believe that evolution is a fact of life?
      2. Do you believe that man has sufficiently evolved that evolution should stop at the present stage of development?
      3. Do you have any reason to believe that evolution is, has been, could be, or should be a pleasant process resulting from logical choices?
      4. Why are you so pissed?

      (My answers are: 1.yes 2.no 3.no 4.sigh)
      On the flip side it says:

      IMPORTANT TRUTHS

      1. You live in a universe that is constantly and randomly weeding out the less fit or unlucky.
      2. Evolution is an unfeeling and profligate process.
      3. Man is not so much a rational animal as an animal that rationalizes its feelings.
      4. One way evolution weeds some out is by getting them inappropriately angry.

      • EvelynV December 21, 2018 at 5:04 pm #

        Thanks for an interesting reply.

        You got all correct answers except #4 – No anger in me at all. Scorn although still a vice is not equivalent to anger.

        I’d leave out the important truths part. Trivial and arguable.

        Only a few truths deserve to be called important and they aren’t on your list.

    • Kafkaesque December 21, 2018 at 5:24 pm #

      Gadzooks.
      Velikofsky, come back to the book store, there is too much polemic, too little integrity.

      • K-Dog December 22, 2018 at 12:39 am #

        First things first. You need bookstores. Then you need brains. Keep looking.

    • elysianfield December 21, 2018 at 7:25 pm #

      Evelyn,

      …A bit strident, but entertaining…an A for effort….

    • Walter B December 21, 2018 at 8:52 pm #

      I say Evelyn, why do you have to put it like that? Why the anger and angst? Can you not embrace the idea that we humans can do a heck of a lot better in our lives, if we simply work together with one another rather than every man for himself? This is the basic premise for this Belief System and for those that would choose to go every man for themselves, I only hope that you and I never cross swords, for with that attitude, turning the other cheek will not be something that I will be able to do.

  33. Walter B December 21, 2018 at 2:02 pm #

    Damn, I am getting a late start here today as the incessant rain here in New Jersey has demented countless road-ragers and visiting alien truck drivers into piling into each other on every highway and road in the state. Late to the party buy party still we shall. I see George’s stalking has worked out once again to keep his spot at the top of the crap pile intact. A shame that he cannot sing another tune thanTrump sucks, or Jim sucks, or we suck. Merry-fricken-Christmas.

    Yes James, “but we’ve allowed this process to be litigated into incoherence” has never been more evident as it is today. I always said that “It is fatal mistake to allow any man (certainly greedy Americans) to write his own paycheck”, and you know as well as I do, that is EXACTLY WHAT the lawyers have been doing since Doc Holliday’s breathed his last.

    I am not so sure that building The Wall is not a good idea though, perhaps a century from now, wealthy Asians will come here spending tourist dollars to snap selfies on top with California’s tent cities (if it still exists) in the background. I hope they build the top wide enough for two way traffic.

    Don’t count the Chinese economy out yet though my host, for they too have a Central Bank and can print, print, print just as we can. I never conceived that World War Three might be fought with printing presses instead of real weapons, but then “money, as worthless as it may be, is the ultimate weapon isn’t it?

    Time to play catch up. Later.

    • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

      Merry Christmas Walter!! Be careful in that crazy traffic!!

      • Walter B December 21, 2018 at 3:41 pm #

        Thank you Softie, a safe, joyful and Merry Christmas to you too. Happy Birthday Jesus!

  34. malthuss December 21, 2018 at 2:19 pm #

    How is the DJIA today?

    I say even if it goes down to 5000 it is over valued.

    • malthuss December 21, 2018 at 2:20 pm #

      about 22700

      marketwatch.com/investing/index/djia

    • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 2:25 pm #

      You must be a big-time investor.

    • Ol' Scratch December 21, 2018 at 3:01 pm #

      Depends on how much “value” you assign to worthless pieces of paper, I guess.

      • Walter B December 21, 2018 at 3:24 pm #

        What it truly has become Scratch my friend, is a savings bank for Wall Streeters and their insider buddies. During good and ok times, they pump it up, “Give us your cash, your excess income, your retirement funds and pensions and we shall make you money”, they cry and people do. But when things get squirrely you can count on Mr. Hedge Fund manager to pump and dump and waltz off to Switzerland and the good life with the loot. So when you think retirement fund, remember that it is their retirement funds at our expense.

      • PeteAtomic December 22, 2018 at 10:27 am #

        “Depends on how much “value” you assign to worthless pieces of paper, I guess.”

        as long as they continue to allow me to stock up on can of beans, I gonna use ’em lol

  35. Exscotticus December 21, 2018 at 2:41 pm #

    No one has mentioned the latest fake news revelation so I will.

    Once again, Trump has been proven correct, and an esteemed, trusted, and award-winning purveyor of “news” has been busted as publishing fake news.

    And while they try to limit the damage to a single reporter and perhaps a few editors, the fact remains that these fake news stories passed through the gamut of “fact checkers” without a scratch.

    The only thing that will solve this epidemic of fake news is to actually hire conservatives to balance out the ridiculously lopsided political affiliations of those who work for such publications. A single conservative fact checker would have known immediately that Claas Relotius’s story about Trump’s supporters was fake news bullshit. Naturally, the TDS progressive liberal fact checkers didn’t even blink.

    Of course the same thing happened to the fake news NYT as well. And despite all the promises of self-investigation, the politically biased culture and purging of all conservatives ensures that fake news is systemic and will continue.

    • Walter B December 21, 2018 at 4:32 pm #

      Perhaps that is why we have a resident NYT shill whose mantra is “Buy the NYT”, subscriptions only 20 cents a week! Sort of splains it don’t it?

    • EvelynV December 21, 2018 at 4:55 pm #

      Nice to see you are finally getting the sleep out of your eyes.

      Every recorded account in the history of man is “fake news”. That is to say it is one person’s interpretation of reality as he sees it.

      If you ever have an intense experience on a consciousness expanding drug you will briefly realize everything anyone experiences is an illusion. To communicate the qualia of the experience is not possible.

      Tar them all with the same brush, fool. Stop with the ‘liberal’ vs whatever, there is no difference.

      • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 5:03 pm #

        You often mention this consciousness expansion. You must really like to trip :-).

        • EvelynV December 24, 2018 at 1:22 am #

          Not for many years. I took some advice to heart, “Once you get the message, hang up the phone.”

      • Exscotticus December 21, 2018 at 5:48 pm #

        >>> Every recorded account in the history of man is “fake news”. That is to say it is one person’s interpretation of reality as he sees it.

        This is a logical fallacy known as “false equivalence”. To claim that what Claas Relotius did is somehow equivalent to what all reporters do, because it’s all just “one person’s interpretation of reality” ignores the difference between trying to report truth and flat out lying.

        Your attempt to make everything relative and a state of mind is typical liberal behavior.

        • EvelynV December 21, 2018 at 8:36 pm #

          I’m sorry, you took it wrong. My bad for leaving it so fuzzy. He deliberately and purposely created fiction so his actions were definitely in the wrong. Most others simply do it unconsciously not even realizing it themselves what they are doing.

          • Exscotticus December 21, 2018 at 9:29 pm #

            No problem. You’re right: we’re all inherently biased. That’s why the only solution to the problem of fake news is an adversarial process involving ALL SIDES of an issue. Again, if there had been conservatives involved in the “fact checking”, these stories would have been debunked early on. But what the MSM has created instead is a vast echo chamber.

        • PeteAtomic December 21, 2018 at 9:52 pm #

          nice job, exscott

          logic & reasoning ought to lead to the truth, not emotion.

      • jdhines December 23, 2018 at 7:01 pm #

        Eve,

        “Every recorded account in the history of man is “fake news”. That is to say it is one person’s interpretation of reality as he sees it.”

        This is absolutely correct, as it could be no other way given the nature of consciousness, perception, etc. It is even born out in quantum mechanics, where everything is much stranger than just about any fiction one can imagine (eg something doesn’t really happen until it’s been observed – see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double-slit_experiment)

        JDH

  36. BuckP December 21, 2018 at 3:11 pm #

    I look forward to reading Jim’s blog for he is a master of the English language and his analogies, allierations,allegories, metaphors and similies are unique and always get the point across.. For instance, ” The global credit markets seem to be sensing this as the tide of borrowings retreats, exposing all the wretched, slimy creatures wheezing in the exposed mudflats ,,,,”.

    Bravo! to Trump for pulling our troops out of Syria and who will soon pull them out of Afghanistan.Let’s get them out of Iraq and Africa and let’s also, for starters, close at least half of the 800 bases around the world. Shrink the defense budget by half and work smarter. It is past time to end the failed warmongering policies of Bush I, W, Clinton and Obama which actually created more terroists than it stopped and completely destabilized theMiddle East. Dictators in Latin America and Asia are acceptable to the US defense apparatus but not in the Middle East for some reason.Has Obama returned that Nobel Peace Prize yet?

    Watching liberal and conservatives together on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and in the NYT and Wapo gnash their teeth over Trump’s troop withdrawl is hilarious and shows that they both really belong to only one party, the Party of Endless War.

    Russia is now an oligarchal, authoritarian, Christan nation which is kind of like us. How are they then still a major enemy? A Russian oligarch owns the Nets, beloved Russian athletes play in the NHL and NBA and we share a space station. In addition, my nephew works for a Russian steel company here in the US, which pays top union wages with excellent benefits.. China owns vast blocks of commercial and residential real estate in the US and Canada. If we go to war, who will make all the junk and the cheap trinkets we buy at Walmart let alone the Smartphones. We are all in the northern hemisphere so usage of nuclear weapons is off the table.We hope! It’s like deja vu all over again!

    • Walter B December 21, 2018 at 3:39 pm #

      Well gee whiz Buck, they guy IS an accomplished writer you know (just kidding). I am glad you said this because you point out one of the dividends that Mr. Kunstler pays us by our visits here. After a while you find yourself picking up some of his ability to create with words, don’t you? Its sort of like Clusterfuck College.

      Yes, bravo to the President for pushing troop withdrawals from policing actions for profit. It is a welcome development for all but those screaming liberal dipsticks that were never going to fight any battles for our nation in the first place. Yes the Bush Bozos, DICK Cheney, the Clintons and BHO all towed the war for profit line and good riddance (I hope). BTW, I believe you were mistaken about Obama’s Peace Prize. I am pretty sure it was a PIECE prize that he won for exploding human beings into pieces at wedding parties

      Who will make the trinkets and crap that what few consumers that will be left will fight over? Well it won’t be Americans I can tell you that. It might be robots or maybe there won’t be any to be had at all. How many couch potatoes will die from Cheese Curl withdrawal? Could be scary. A good thing the medical thievery industry is around to profit from it. At least somebody will still have high paying jobs.

      Have a Merry Christmas my friend, Happy Birthday Jesus!

      • pequiste December 21, 2018 at 3:51 pm #

        “Clusterfuck College”!!

        Walter B., just went genius with that turn of a phrase.

        Jim Kunstler, this is your golden opportunity to get/negotiate the rights from Walter B.; copyright, trademark and get to capitalizing on this century’s truest growth potential: global clusterfucks.

        I would return to graduate school even taking an online courseload just to be able to acquire the soon-to-be greatly desired degree – Master of Clusterfuck Sciences.

      • BuckP December 21, 2018 at 4:01 pm #

        Good call Walter! I like the idea of “Clusterfuck College”. Jim always throws in a word or two in every post that I have to look up for a definition so my vocabulary is improving.It is true that our education is a lifelong pursuit.
        “PIECE prize…” is right on and sad. Your comments are always insightful and well-stated.
        Merry Christmas Walter!

        • tucsonspur December 21, 2018 at 4:46 pm #

          Here we are enrolled along with a witty, insightful student body.
          Ching Chow’s wise words keep me here; “a wise man is always a student”.

          Maybe I’ll never graduate!

          • tucsonspur December 23, 2018 at 2:55 am #

            immortal words

        • seawolf77 December 21, 2018 at 5:39 pm #

          That he does.

      • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 4:47 pm #

        Yeah it’s true, I always feel like I am in school when I come here.

    • K-Dog December 22, 2018 at 1:11 am #

      Creatures of the mudflats would not wheeze but technical complaints aside it is good.

      I missed that one because right after it:

      cloacal is used!

      Oh yeah, as a reader CFN reader i know what a ‘cloaca’ is. If you don’t want to look it up just think about what the central them is in American porn. Rhymes with banal. That’s close enough. One size fits all. If you want more accuracy look it up.

      For a while gills open and close but no wheezing.

  37. Asoka.... December 21, 2018 at 4:38 pm #

    Wow! All my posts removed! Merry Christmas to all!

    • SoftStarLight December 21, 2018 at 4:46 pm #

      Merry Christmas janet!

    • elysianfield December 21, 2018 at 11:41 pm #

      “Wow! All my posts removed!”

      Asoka,
      A word of advice?

      Softly, softly catchee monkey….

    • K-Dog December 22, 2018 at 12:44 am #

      Not quite your four period version obviously made it through.

      There could be a law against this but it wouldn’t work. Riddle me this; when was the last time a State Trooper was pulled over for speeding?

      • elysianfield December 22, 2018 at 11:26 am #

        “when was the last time a State Trooper was pulled over for speeding?”

        Dog,
        Believe it or not, it happens. Rather you should ask how often one is CITED for speeding.

  38. Luhrenloup December 21, 2018 at 5:56 pm #

    I think Trump is giving it one last roll of the dice, winner take all. He has nothing to lose at this point; the swamp is getting ready to throw him and his family, including Barron, in prison.

    Pulling the troops out of Syria and also adding Afghanistan is the biggie. Bigger than the wall that’s for sure. The last man to have challenged the MIC was assassinated in Dealey Plaza on a sunny day riding in an open top convertible

    • tucsonspur December 21, 2018 at 6:26 pm #

      The mob had the stones and the scapegoat.

      The big Squeeze is on, and it may not have to be a bullet for Donald.

    • Walter B December 21, 2018 at 6:48 pm #

      Never forget Dealey Plaza Luhrenloup, well done. Even though I lived through it myself, I have exhausted every possible source of writing on the issue by those that lived it at the time. Despite what the shills will write, JFK reached the point where he adamantly declared that he was pulling out of the shitty rat hole of a policing action that was Vietnam. The murder of Vietnam president Diem the month before they whacked JFK was the final straw and apparently the many, many enemies he had made were more than ready to stamp his ticket too. In their own words, I have read what Jack and Bobby suspected would happen to them if they continued their assault on the organized criminals that had wormed their way into government. Yet the did not relent, not even until it cost them their lives. No bolder leaders has this country known since their time. I do hope that DJT does not become the next JFK for even you Trump haters will puke when you see what plays out afterwards. .

    • Janos Skorenzy December 21, 2018 at 9:07 pm #

      Nothing is bigger than the Wall. Or else he would be building the Wall or have built it already. If he’s trying to do this instead of the Wall, well no dice. As Pat said, what’s the point of saving Anbar Province and losing Arizona. What a skewed logic. Arizona come before Anbar. Not even close.

      • tucsonspur December 22, 2018 at 1:52 am #

        Dilly! Dilly!

      • Luhrenloup December 22, 2018 at 1:42 pm #

        You are wrong; stopping the Middle East wars is bigger than the wall. Billions upon billions are spent on these wars, millions of people have gone through unimaginable horrors, have died, countries decimated, to say nothing of the horrific psychological damage this has done to our country where it’s become a weekly event to have someone go out and kill dozens of people.
        We now have the elite preaching about the misery of blacks, Latinos, Muslims, women, who in the next breath are castigating Trump for wanting to stop the killing. The madness in this country has reached such a pitch that it’s no longer possible to listen to grown-up voices. People across the US southern border have been played with since there’s been a border. The wall is just another game. As noted above plans are already afoot to circumvent it.

        America’s greatness is based on its MURDERING MASSES OF PEOPLE AND TAKING THEIR RESOURCES. Until it is ready to acknowledge this and move on to a more realistic approach to providing for its people and enriching its stock the madness will continue, and undoubtedly expand.

        • Janos Skorenzy December 23, 2018 at 2:34 am #

          Without the border, there will be no America. And thus no Western Civilization or White People in the end. This is what you want I think, since for better or worse, America is “Gotham” or the Hub of it all. I agree America has had a very bad influence on the West. That’s why I’m Alt-Right: to change but not destroy per se. Compare that with what you want!

          • Luhrenloup December 23, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

            JohnAz says: Your allegiance to the Leftist admonition that Walls do not work is . . .

            Janos says: Without the border, there will be no America. And thus no Western Civilization or White People in the end. This is what you want I think . . .

            Folks, we have to stop talking in cliches. There is no left or right, no democrats or republicans. You have very rich people working very hard to get richer; they will say and do whatever it takes, swear allegiance to this or that, to maintain power. And you have a poorly educated populace who nevertheless have figured there is something very wrong in the country and swearing allegiance to whatever entity professes they will deliver some modicum of sensibility back into the country.
            The situation has reached such a level that we are approaching the probability of a coup.

            I am not Leftist, and as a white person I have no desire to rid the world of white people nor do I seek the destruction of Western Civilization.

            There is only one ism that I care to join and that is for the betterment of humankind. The rest of it is a cowardly need for false power and fearful acquisition of ever more fortune by those who consider themselves our betters and appoint themselves leaders.

          • SoftStarLight December 23, 2018 at 1:25 pm #

            But it seems like the noble pursuit to help all of humanity has consistently fallen short. Maybe in the end it would be better if we just focus on bettering the lot of our own country. We desperately need to end the foreign wars as you point out. But we also desperately need a Wall to protect the southern border. And who knows, maybe the northern border too. The idealism of helping all of humanity is a driver for most of the world’s religions. Practically speaking we should focus on solving our own country’s problems.

    • K-Dog December 22, 2018 at 12:46 am #

      If they try Barron as an adult, does that mean Trump gets tried as an adult too?

      • tucsonspur December 22, 2018 at 1:55 am #

        Could be, they’re trying really hard to pull him out of his play pen.

  39. tucsonspur December 21, 2018 at 6:15 pm #

    The drama continues as we approach government shut down time. There’s talk of face saving measures, exit ramps, and possible accommodations. So far, talk about everything to make it all look good, even if the funding is insufficient for anything like a full fledged wall. What’s new.

    It’s a sad fact that too many politicians don’t want the wall. The enemy Is within. Propose any other really effective, robust plan to control the border and it too will most likely go down in flames.

    Trump is now taking more incoming than the troops in harm’s way. Erdogan told Trump that the Turks could deal with what remains of Isis. The fate of the Kurds was still somewhat nebulous. Bolton stated that “victory over Isis had to be enduring”. Could the Turks make that happen? But Erdogan himself warned Trump against a quick withdrawal.

    After 17 years in Afghanistan, it seems that we could be there another 17 decades. Maybe if the Bush Iraq invasion had added to our Afghan presence instead, we could have really said, “mission accomplished”.

    As Trump is fond of saying, “we’ll see what happens”. He truly does “bestride this narrow world like a colossus”. And the narrow world screams and squeals under his colossal steps.

    MAGA NOT MAKA

  40. trypillian December 21, 2018 at 6:58 pm #

    When even decent cabinet members like Mattis, have huge eye bags you know you are in deep trouble. It could be worst. The bags could double on each side and turn a putrid black. I have seen this on someone who professed to be a professor who didn’t profess much of anything, except a reading list of Sunset Books. By the way, now that California fires have consumed the Santa Susana Field Laboratory 40 miles from downtown LA, contaminated with radioactive material from a nuclear meltdown in the fifties and now subsequently redepositing ionized plutonium throughout Orange County; what are you going to do about it. Once things have blown up in your face you will find you have soiled yourself in the process.

    • capt spaulding December 21, 2018 at 8:30 pm #

      Don’t worry about it, tryptillian, it’s only gonna last 50,000 years. Build more nuclear power plants I say! Get 40 years use out of ’em, and board ’em up. Without electricity, I can’t watch Netflix. Let’s get some perspective on this.

  41. seawolf77 December 21, 2018 at 7:22 pm #

    Walls don’t work stopping the flow of drugs as Trump lies. Sophisticated criminals can always take it to the next level. Hell they put railroads in their tunnels.
    Drug smugglers have been using tunnels to get drugs into the United States ever since Mexico’s most famous drug trafficker, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán of the Sinaloa Cartel, pioneered the method in 1989. And the sophistication of these tunnels has only grown over time. In April 2016, U.S. law enforcement officials discovered a drug tunnel that ran more than half a mile from Tijuana to San Diego and was equipped with ventilation vents, rails, and electricity. It is the longest such tunnel to be found so far, but one of 13 of great length and technological expertise discovered since 2006. Altogether, between 1990 and 2016, 224 tunnels have been unearthed at the U.S.–Mexico border.
    Here is the rest of the article that completely and unequivocally shoots down the wall with a 50 caliber Browning, as a complete waste of money, time, and cooperation.
    brookings.edu/essay/the-wall-the-real-costs-of-a-barrier-between-the-united-states-and-mexico/

    • capt spaulding December 21, 2018 at 8:35 pm #

      Seems to me that the easiest way to control immigration is to require social security verification by businesses when hiring. It would require a verification agency to check for forgeries. There may be better ways to do it though. It’s just a thought.

      • K-Dog December 22, 2018 at 1:20 am #

        Can bathroom remodels be excepted?

      • 100th Avatar December 22, 2018 at 8:25 am #

        It was called E-verify. It was too successful.
        It was due to be rolled out in ‘08.
        It was more or less shelved.

        The businesses didn’t like what they saw.
        How would everything from Cheesecake Factory to meat processing plants to hotels get away from their de facto slave wage/labor system without negatively affecting the quarterlies

  42. FincaInTheMountains December 21, 2018 at 7:40 pm #

    Big Bargain: From Judge Kavanaugh Confirmation to General Flynn Verdict. Part 3.

    Since Vladimir Putin the day before yesterday at his annual press conference has confirmed all those assumptions that I have already made, as well as those that I was going to publish in this post, I will start with retrospectives of events related to the Big Bargain:

    On September 26, Trump’s anti-globalization speech at the UN was clearly influenced by the Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, Demetrios, who led the prayer service of over 4,000 delegates to the convention of the Republican Party that nominated Trump for the US presidency

    September 27, 2018 – The Big Bargain was concluded between Trump and the Bush family, which made possible the successful confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh as a judge of the Supreme Court

    On October 11, it becomes known about the attempt of the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew to remove Archbishop Demetrios from his post as First Hierarch of the Greek Church in the USA, and also about the plan to grant an autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church

    October 14, Trump’s speech to the Federal Reserve, which was a continuation of his anti-globalization speech to the UN on September 26.

    The meaning of this speech is that in 2008-2009 President Obama received the unconditional support of the US Federal Reserve (printing press) to deal with the global economic crisis, and now Trump essentially demanded that the Federal Reserve while reducing speed, but not stop the printing press completely for the re-industrialization of America that serves the same purpose

    businessinsider.com/stock-market-sell-off-why-trump-blames-fed-2018-10

    October 18 – Putin’s speech in Valdai: “We as martyrs will go to Heaven, and they will just die”. Orthodox Christianity becomes a factor in the nuclear war scenario

    October 27 The shooting of a synagogue in Pittsburgh, and prominent members of the Democratic Party receive parcels with bombs. Ukrainization of the American media and the warming up of the US civil war: Trump is accused of anti-Semitism

    October 30. A week before the election a sudden and inexplicable decrease in the intensity of the political struggle. Trump refuses to use his economic successes in the Republican election campaign and transfers the burden of political struggle to illegal immigration. The political elite of the United States felt that it was losing control over the situation and was frightened by the civil war from below. The need for Big Bargain is beginning to be discussed in the media
    November 7 – anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution and mid-term elections in the USA. In full accordance with the ideology of the Big Bargain, the Democrats seize control of the House of Representatives, while Republicans retain and strengthen control over the Senate. Almost all never-trumpers – Republicans openly opposing Trump – lose the election. The Republican Party finally becomes the Trump party.

    On November 17, it becomes known about a massive ballot stuffing received by mail in the districts where the Republicans had already declared victory, especially in the districts that elected senators. Republican control over the Senate is under threat, which violates the Great Bargain. Trump sends investigators to check, but election commission leaders mix ballots received by mail with ballots received at polling stations and the check becomes impossible.

    Trump says it is necessary to hold repeat elections and put the perpetrators of the mixed ballots on trial for treason. The apotheosis of this struggle is becoming Mississippi, where the Republican candidate says that she would like to be present at the public hanging, and the media present this statement as a desire to attend the Negro’s public hanging. It really was the most common thing in this state 100 years ago, but New York rumors claim that she meant Hillary Clinton’s public hanging and in a few days these rumors are found in other cities of America and penetrate the media, turning out to be a informational throw-in. Extraordinary elections in Mississippi are becoming a test of Bush’s determination to follow the Big Bargain.

    November 21, in New York dies under suspicious circumstances, the leader of the Democrats, who advocate cooperation with Trump

    November 25. Naval Ram in the Kerch Strait. It will later become clear that in the event of the death of the Ukrainian sailors, this provocation would provoke serious changes in the United States up to canceling the Big Bargain.

    On November 28, the Bushes confirm their determination to follow the Big Bargain and Hillary is not able to stuff in the mailing lists (at that moment it is still unknown that Trump made a Deal with Bushes) Cindy-Hyde becomes the senator from Mississippi by a large margin.

    The first failure of the Clintons policy to Race-ficate the forthcoming civil war. Trump-Republicans control over the Senate becomes final, and the count of votes cast for congressmen in the House of Representatives has not yet been completed.

    November 29 media demands Trump to cancel the meeting with Putin because of a collision in the Kerch Strait. The media actively use the word Ram (in Russian sounds as NAVAL) as the English “Naval”.

    Former Trump’s lawyer admits to quite serious crimes to at least somehow combine the results of Mueller’s investigation with the mandate to investigate Trump’s campaign ties with the Russian government. They put pressure on Trump to turn the meeting with Vladimir Putin into a confrontation over Ukraine, and under the influence of these two pressures, he refuses to meet at all.

    November 30 George Bush dies.

    To be continued…

  43. Pucker December 21, 2018 at 7:40 pm #

    Black slave Labor was perfect for the 19th Century Plantation economy. Imagine being able to literally train the perfect servant or “Employee” from childhood to perform a specific task such as blacksmithing, furniture making, cooking, cleaning, etc. Not only the servant’s workmanship, but even his/ her attitude and demeanor would’ve been tailored to your needs and desires. Extremely high quality, and disciplined, captive labor force…. The women slaves would over time become very attractive mulattoes also tailor made to please the males. Statistically about 9% of the slaves would have elements of a criminal personality who might be a problem. This cohort you could use to control and abuse the other slaves, a natural police force. For extreme cases, you’d either whip the hell out of them, or sell them. This typically would not be necessary as Religion would generally keep them docile.

    Of course, the Slave labor paradigm is totally inappropriate to a modern, high tech economy, which just wants quick, cheap turn around, albeit wage factory labor in which the employees are warehoused in employee dormatories and fed out of plastic slop buckets is rather grim.

    • capt spaulding December 21, 2018 at 8:38 pm #

      I wouldn’t worry about it, Pucker, most of the manufacturing is done in China now, let them figure it out.

    • EvelynV December 21, 2018 at 8:41 pm #

      In the long view of things it would probably work out great if for a millennium or six the tables got reversed and whites became slaves to non-white cultures.

      I wouldn’t want to be one of the ones who had to be there but that’s the nature of the beast. The non-whites weren’t thrilled with the arrangement either.

      • Janos Skorenzy December 21, 2018 at 9:13 pm #

        She’s serious. This is the mentality of the Left: they want to see Whites suffer as long as they can escape, personally. They Elite put Leftist professors in our colleges and poisoned young minds for generations and now we have millions of Evelyns out there. And all this time, the Right was worrying about making money, invading other countries, throwing kids in jail for drugs, and throwing other Righties under the bus for “racism”.

        Pathetic. The Left played the Long Game and they have triumphed. The Long March is over and our White Chickens/Traitors now roost in the highest levels of Academia, Business, and Government.

        • EvelynV December 22, 2018 at 3:00 am #

          Janos, you are nuts! The right has it all – most of the money, the well entrenched oligarchy, control of the government, the media.

          You just have a bad habit of calling everyone who is poor, powerless, and without a decent quality of life “the Left”.

          • malthuss December 22, 2018 at 10:21 am #

            yawn.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 22, 2018 at 2:27 pm #

            It’s professional wrestling, Evie. They’re all friends in the locker room. You still believe in Left and Right as absolute categories? That’s just for the hoi polloi. Sad!

            Hillary had far more funding than Trump did, btw.

          • EvelynV December 23, 2018 at 3:40 am #

            Janos, is that bad smell still drifting up from where you are sitting?

            What is your fixation on that hag?! I don’t care how much funding it had. Technically she probably had more than hump but legal funding probably not. And who gives a sh&t, Trump got so much free coverage from the media it put the sum total of all other candidates of both parties to shame. But why do you care or think it is even a point worth bringing up. You have to be a drooling simpleton to think it somehow relates to the stand alone fact Trump is not competent as a politician and he makes heinous decisions that are going to result in the quality of life for murikans sinking lower than it already was thanks to the likes of bush junior.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 23, 2018 at 11:31 am #

            I was challenging your point about Democrats not having much funding. But you’ve either forgotten your own point or choose to attack rather than defend a position that I showed you to be incorrect.

            There is no discussion or rational debate with people like you. You can only argue like a woman.

          • EvelynV December 24, 2018 at 1:30 am #

            I don’t think you were challenging it because I never said anything about it. I’m not responsible for whatever cockamamie else you infer from words that I wrote.

      • SoftStarLight December 22, 2018 at 2:13 am #

        Since Whites have already been enslaved by non-Whites for millenia what you are really saying is that you simply want to see Whites suffer. You are also just advocating for the historical status quo.

        • Luhrenloup December 23, 2018 at 6:36 pm #

          No softie, looking out for number 1 is precisely what got us into the situation we are in. I note that you read my post and found the one thing in it you might have something so say about.
          A word to the wise: you have to read the whole post and figure out what the person is saying before you offer inappropriate comment.

          You see the solution you’ve brought up is precisely why we are in the fix we are in presently, i.e, looking for short term gains instead of an overall approach. The problem at our southern border will not end with the fence until we stop considering those countries our little bitch that we like to mess with now and then.

          You know, the grownup approach. We have a slew of people hogging the media who are doing precisely what you advocate, looking out for number 1 and look where it’s gotten us.

      • Exscotticus December 22, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

        >>> and whites became slaves to non-white cultures.

        Whites are already economic slaves to millions of non-white welfare recipients—including illegal aliens.

        The way for poor people to improve their situation is not to leech off others, but to figure out what skills the labor market is willing to pay for and acquire those skills. Most students going to college are completely divorced from reality. They’re asked “What do you want to be?” instead of “How much do you want to make?”. Degrees in Hate-Whitey don’t pay very well. Degrees in STEM do.

        Meanwhile, for those who aren’t college-bound, there’s a serious shortage of people with trade skills: plumbers, electricians, construction—that sort of thing.

        Lots of opportunities exist for the poor, but Dems have made it so much easier to just be a parasite, while simultaneously enjoying the imprimatur of victimhood.

  44. amb December 21, 2018 at 8:51 pm #

    America is the sum of its parts. The quality of government that the citizenry has is based upon the average level of ethics, education, vigilance and responsibility (and sanity and survival-potential) that is possessed by the individuals that make up the citizenry.

    Makes sense to me.

    We get what we deserve!

    Due to low levels of the above attributes, the people always tend to elect their executioner.

    Heavy.

    • PeteAtomic December 21, 2018 at 9:33 pm #

      ya

      however, what if I don’t wanna be ‘governed’ ?

      By anybody but my self? or free association with other people?

      Maybe my area ‘governs’ itself just fine.

      • amb December 21, 2018 at 9:48 pm #

        Well, that would depend upon your level of ethics, education, vigilance and responsibility now wouldn’t it?

        Yet, a basic government is needed for an actual civilization (the basics: infrastructure, defense, rule of law, etc.).

        If you don’t agree with that then I surely don’t want to live in your society!

    • PeteAtomic December 21, 2018 at 9:35 pm #

      I don’t mean to pick on you amb 🙂

    • SoftStarLight December 22, 2018 at 2:35 am #

      Our society is too complex and diverse for any kind of good government to exist now. Today, government in America often undermines the very people it is supposed to represent. So I disagree that we get what we deserve. No matter how moral or how educated you are how do you stop rampant corruption when it exists in every nook and cranny of govenment?

      • Janos Skorenzy December 22, 2018 at 1:14 pm #

        Did you see “The Dark Knight Rises” – the third in the Batman trilogy? Bane, the Leader of the Brotherhood of Shadows, said to Bruce Wayne, “We have infiltrated every level of your society, there’s nothing left to fight for.” They saw themselves as the good guys, the White blood cells that destroy cancerous growth so that society can begin anew. Much like Mr Kunstler’s vision of a World Made by Hand. What is toppling can be pushed. Or what Walter said a few days ago: there is no bench of good guys to replace the knaves and fools. There are good people as you often say, but they took different paths away from such total corruption. There is no way such people can either elected or appointed at this point. We must begin again from scratch.

        • SoftStarLight December 23, 2018 at 2:00 am #

          I haven’t seen it but it sounds interesting. I was afraid the situation was this bad. We won’t be able to revive what we have. Instead, as you say we will need to begin again from scratch. Start completely over. It’s the getting from point A to point B that scares me. Presumably it will be very bad before it gets better.

  45. Pucker December 21, 2018 at 9:11 pm #

    “Free Bill Cosby, God Damn It! Free Them All!”

  46. rhys12 December 21, 2018 at 9:41 pm #

    How to get the Wall built and funded, while bringing the looming trade war to an end:

    Contract with China to build the wall in China in sections and ship it over and erect it. Giving China all that business should put a halt to the trade war. The wall will be cheap – built from old beer cans and painted with cadmium and lead, probably full of holes, but it will be up and Trump can claim victory in every area! ?

  47. Pucker December 21, 2018 at 10:21 pm #

    Throw the illegal immigrants in jail and then make them build the fuck’n Wall working in huge “Chain Gangs”. When they die from exhaustion, disease, and hunger, then bury them inside the mortar of the Wall as a testament to American Empire. Erect a huge Iron Penis pointing Southward towards Latin America with a big knob that is polished bright by Chinese tourists for Good Luck….

    • Janos Skorenzy December 22, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

      Blood makes great mortar as Asoka used to tell us when he lived in an Adobe hovel.

      Great imagery there, Friar Puck.

  48. Pucker December 22, 2018 at 12:06 am #

    With Bill Cosby denied his 6th Amendment protections due to the considerable Pussy whipping of the judge and jury?

  49. K-Dog December 22, 2018 at 1:00 am #

    Once oh Palmyra your beauty was known far and wide. Treasures plenty from afar came to your sandy shore. Long ago your cunning queen brought Rome to its knees. But now no new rains fall as they did in times past and all your oil is gone. You have no beauty to captivate our craven king who finds pleasure only in grassy fields and not in your barren sandy womb. So Syriously fair Palmyra; I must say farewell.

    • Janos Skorenzy December 22, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

      Is that near the Finger Lakes region, where the Lost Tribes of Mormons set up their civilization – only to be attacked by the Lamanites, the ancestors of today’s Indians? Why can’t they leave us alone!

      • K-Dog December 22, 2018 at 2:05 pm #

        Zenobia would have been too much for you. She’d have made your noodle wilt faster than Hypatia ever could have. I could be wrong but a woman on top of things would freak you out.

      • 100th Avatar December 23, 2018 at 12:49 pm #

        Civilization? A tried and true huckster got a bunch of low IQ bumpkins to believe in his story of an Indian named Macaroni and his gold plates. Just promise a tithe of 15% to 20% and you can have a harem and eternal salvation.

        Religion: the greatest racket in human civilization.

        • SoftStarLight December 23, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

          Maybe so, but it is a natural inclination for people one way or another. Believing in something greater than yourself is as natural as needing water.

          • EvelynV December 24, 2018 at 1:33 am #

            I don’t think you were challenging it because I never said anything about it. I’m not responsible for whatever cockamamie else you infer from words that I wrote.

          • EvelynV December 24, 2018 at 1:39 am #

            Jeez, double posts ending up in the wrong places is telling me some programmer somewhere ought to be flogged.

            SSL – in your case that natural need should be easily satisfied. I’m thinking a donkey that stamps its foot four times when you ask it how many legs it has should punch your ticket.

  50. deetrump December 22, 2018 at 1:32 am #

    For those who thought a last minute agreement would avoid the inevitable, the government has partially shut down — thanks to Trump’s demands for $5 billion in border wall funding. It is a partial shutdown. Much of the government remains open, but a portion has now gone into shutdown mode, including the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department and the Justice Department. Good luck everyone!

    • Exscotticus December 22, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

      Ask for 5, hopefully get 1. $1 billion would definitely get the ball rolling.

  51. tucsonspur December 22, 2018 at 2:13 am #

    Here’s a nice example of someone who hasn’t been pulverized by political correctness. I don’t think that this bathing beauty has a chance at Miss America. Well, I dunno, haven’t seen her from the back yet.

    yahoo.com/lifestyle/virgin-island-vicky-woman-yells-loves-president-trump-hates-black-people-2324446…

    • SoftStarLight December 22, 2018 at 3:28 am #

      Lol you are funny. Gotta check the kaboose before making a final determination ;-).

      But for real, the media will always jump on the opportunity to use people acting like this to smear all Whites. A non-White could talk about Whites like this and it would be a big yawn. Whites in general have to understand how everything is rigged against us and start behaving accordingly. This for one means acting more noble than haters. And choosing your battles wisely.

      • tucsonspur December 22, 2018 at 3:03 pm #

        Ha, ha. As serious as things are, I like to “kid around”. Keeps me balanced.

        You have a good grip on things and a voice that matches your starlight but carries a redoubtable, resonant honesty.

        • SoftStarLight December 22, 2018 at 3:40 pm #

          Well thank you for those kind words tucsonspur :-). I like to kid around too, maybe sometimes an itsy bit too much. Because like you said, things are serious, even very serious and an escape every now and then can bring some relief.

    • Tate December 22, 2018 at 1:17 pm #

      Gee, what’s with Vicky? Is she trying to ruin it for all us White Supremacists? She’s giving the game away for the whole world to see. This is why a woman cannot be trusted with The Secret. Woman must be subordinate to Man. Her Omega man was telling her to shut her pie hole but she disobeyed him with a sneering impunity. A good back-hand would have solved that problem.

      • SoftStarLight December 22, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

        She should have kept her mouth shut. Can’t argue with that.

    • Janos Skorenzy December 22, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

      I love Vicky but she’s in deep dodo. They’re going to find her and make her suffer. I mean why go somewhere filled with Blacks if you hate Blacks? I was going to go to Hershey, Pa but then I found out it was like 60% Black. In central Pennsylvania? Wtf?! I didn’t go.

      Blacks do this kind of thing all the time to Whites, but no one cares, not Blacks and not Whites. Not the Police and not Employers. And we’re the dominant race? Really? Think people. You too, Zone.

      • SoftStarLight December 22, 2018 at 4:03 pm #

        That was my thoughts exactly. Why go to a majority Black place if you don’t want to be around Blacks. Come on, do some thinking here.

  52. Pucker December 22, 2018 at 2:39 am #

    When is “Boy George” going to grow up and “Be a Man”?

    m.youtube.com/watch?v=51lde0inQYg

  53. SoftStarLight December 22, 2018 at 3:08 am #

    LOL funny how women get blamed for every little thing. CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin said last night in so many words that President Trump shut the government down because Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham started questioning Trump’s manhood over the whole wall funding fight fiasco. Toobin said Ann Coulter is driving the federal government now and of course followed up with a “God help us”. In the end if that is what it takes then oh well I am all for it. Make sure this man follows through with what he told us he was gonna do!

    • Exscotticus December 22, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

      >>> LOL funny how women get blamed for every little thing.

      Just be happy that liberals haven’t made use of the term “women” unlawful hate speech in their never-ending quest to destroy families, tradition, and normality.

      >>> Toobin said Ann Coulter is driving the federal government now

      Better Ann Coulter than Lying Dr. Ford. Better Ann Coulter than Creepy Porn Lawyer.

    • Janos Skorenzy December 22, 2018 at 1:27 pm #

      If so, he brought it on himself. He promised Us again and again and we’re going to keep him to his word. It’s not our fault he humiliated himself. He told us he was different. I mean we’ve been betrayed on this issue (and every other) for generations now.

  54. FincaInTheMountains December 22, 2018 at 4:58 am #

    Danger!!!

    Peace in Syria can break out any minute now !!!

  55. FincaInTheMountains December 22, 2018 at 5:02 am #

    The Charge of the Light Brigade

    To rhyme or to repeat itself – that’s the most important question of history!

    The result of this charge was disappearance of a generation of British aristocracy and Russian ok to German Empire, that defeated France 1870-1871

    youtube.com/watch?v=u8kIPiyhw4A

  56. JohnAZ December 22, 2018 at 5:59 am #

    Just a reminder to everyone. The Founding Fathers made the Constitution to create a government that does nothing until a persistent problem makes action imperative. Our shutdown right now is exactly what is needed. The real problem is that most of the government wants to do nothing and are so good at it. We have so many critical problems now due to the kick the can down the road syndrome, and the government is in overload. Collapse is inevitable. Trump is the agent of change. Hang in there GGG.

  57. S M Tenneshaw December 22, 2018 at 6:32 am #

    Our establishment is pretending all our problems sprang newborn from Drumpf’s mouth or his tweets. But as bad as he is, I could not bring myself to vote for Hillary either. In fact, if she had been elected, Chances are we would already be vaporized in a pointless criminnal war with Russia.

    They never give us a choice we can live with. Maybe they’re trying to kill us off so they can have the whole globe to themselves..

    • PeteAtomic December 22, 2018 at 10:16 am #

      I think maybe you’ve just stumbled on a basic truth there

    • Janos Skorenzy December 22, 2018 at 1:33 pm #

      Quite so. That’s the End Goal. Whites get genocided first and then they’ll work on the East Asians and Muslims. A mixed, dumbed down population of mulattoes and/or mestizos will be easy to control and decrease in numbers. Maybe they’ll keep some Whites around as hate objects and sex toys.

      The poorest people in Jamaica? The Blacks? No, the “red legs”, descendants of White slaves who never lost their racial pride and refuse to interbreed with the Blacks. They live in remote areas, surviving by fishing and gardening. And yes, some of the richest people in Jamaica are the Establishment Whites, descendants of the colonial rulers. No doubt there are rich Blacks now as well. Otherwise there would be real trouble.

      • elysianfield December 23, 2018 at 12:15 am #

        “. A mixed, dumbed down population of mulattoes and/or mestizos will be easy to control”

        Janos,
        Baltimore, Detroit, Oakland, and many other cities containing “dumbed down population of mulattos…” cannot be controlled to the extent that you could walk the streets in safety. They are hardly controllable. What is easily controllable is a fat and happy middle/lower middle class population that is complacent in it’s bondage.

        You can’t have it both ways….

        • Janos Skorenzy December 23, 2018 at 2:43 am #

          They will be taught virtue – or else. As you know, Blacks have been coddled for generations. Before that they felt the baton of the policeman on their noggins. They will adapt back. Sing spirituals like “Nobody knows the Trouble I’ve seen” and beyond that, be allowed to feel superior to the remaining wild Whites.

          After one Irish Revolution was put down, thousand of Irish slaves were sent to the West Indies. The Irish girls got to work naked in the fields under the hot sun and the eyes of the Black overseers.

          A world away, the same. The Abos were taught contempt for the Irish slaves by the English. They would refuse used clothes from an Irish person because of their inferiority. When a slave escaped, Abo trackers would be sent after them, free to pulverize them once caught. But the Irish did gain their freedom in the Outback, and they made the Abos pay dearly for their arrogance.

  58. seawolf77 December 22, 2018 at 7:36 am #

    If they try and build that wall, Dems ought to blow it up as they finish sections. They’ll be thinking YEAH look at that baby, and the next day POOF it’s gone. It is after all, what they do. UNDO everything the Dems do. Let them have it, and then blow the fucker up. Paint some graffiti on it. “OOps!” “Nice try.” “It was here, now it’s gone.” “Wall. Small. Gone.”

    • SoftStarLight December 22, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

      I hadn’t realized you joined Antifa. They enjoy blowing up stuff and graffiti and all that. And all of this before Papa Noel comes to town!

  59. seawolf77 December 22, 2018 at 7:41 am #

    We can do a “Repeal and replace the wall.” And then when everything is said and done, just repeal. Then put up welcome signs.

    • FincaInTheMountains December 22, 2018 at 8:11 am #

      Medicare for Wall!!

  60. FincaInTheMountains December 22, 2018 at 8:41 am #

    Finca attempt of composing American Poetry:

    Down Mississippi floats a boat,
    Boat host TV-Neocons a lot
    And behind them, riding water scooter,
    Sails and swears an Army recruiter

  61. PeteAtomic December 22, 2018 at 10:29 am #

    Merry Christmas, Clusterfuckers!

    I’m sure most of you have been on the naughty list this year 😉

    • ozone December 22, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

      Pete A.:
      “…Government surveillance since I started to walk; ain’t no tellin’ what I did…”
      “…He’s on a one-way ticket down a dead-end street; ’cause Mama he’s a bad, bad kid.”

      youtu.be/voyZ0hESWks

      Holiday enjoyment! 😀

      • PeteAtomic December 23, 2018 at 10:32 am #

        ha ha thanks, good song

    • elysianfield December 23, 2018 at 12:18 am #

      ” most of you have been on the naughty list this year”

      Pete,
      Not I, but the year is not yet finished, and, God Willing, I might still prevail….”

  62. JohnAZ December 22, 2018 at 10:57 am #

    The Federal government has had a GOP majority in both houses and a GOP president. They should have control, right? Except for one of Hingis, the 60 member super majority required in the senate to do anything. The Dems have used that to control anything happening in DC, and their machinations have been almost totally successful. A little help from some Dems in GOP clothing has expanded that control.

    The Dems will get control of the House in January, and the country will really grind to a halt. The prospect of this is one factor dropping the Stock Market, the great economic prognosticator. Remember during Obama’s reign, the GOP stymied everything and nothing happened.

    The Deep State’s aim is to do nothing. Do not make waves. Sit in DC and do nothing. Work the lobbyists to make money, and do not make waves. Be invisible to the public, and for gosh sake, do not ever challenge the party leaders, i.e. Do not make waves. Listen only to people who will make you money. Frank Capra could not find a model for Jefferson Smith in today’s D.C. And the most amazing thing is that these jackasses have convinced half of the public that this is the right way to operate. So who are the real villains here.

    So in 2016, Trump shows up saying that this needs to change, that the government has a responsibility to the people to make things right. The Deep State hates him, including a big chunk of the GOP. Here is someone who will make waves. Impeach him. Get rid of him, we want out paradigm back. We want to get rich doing absolutely nothing. We want to continue fooling the public. We do not want to risk coming up with new ideas and making waves.

    The socialist leaning of the country will make the situation worse. Putting more responsibility onto a system that shuns responsibility is really dumb, and as many will say, suicidal. A great example is their responsibility to protect the country. Look at the last twenty or so years. Everyone is afraid of the cyber capabilities of the world raising havoc with our oinfrastructure. What has our illustrious government done? Get us more into cyber dependence and steal our privacy with the NSA. We need to protect the cultural identity and the low income classes of the economy from pollution from outside the country. Yeah, right. Protect the borders. Yeah, right. Lower taxes on the economic machine, yeah right. Take away money from the bureaucracy? Not on your life.

    The real evil in the country is not the political parties, not Trump, it is the gullibility of the American voters who continue sending these jerks back to D.C. To continue the Deep State game. Shame on us. We are either totally indoctrinated or just plain dumb!

    • Exscotticus December 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm #

      >>> the 60 member super majority required in the senate to do anything. The Dems have used that to control anything happening in DC,

      To be fair, it’s used by both sides. It was such a burden to Dems with regard to appointments during Obama’s administration that Harry Reid used the “nuclear option” and got rid of it.

      Anyway, the point is to encourage debate and compromise. Trump wants a wall but Dems want things, too.

    • Janos Skorenzy December 22, 2018 at 2:14 pm #

      Only National Socialism can save us now, John. Capitalism needs to be MANAGED by a benevolent Elite for the benefit OF the Nation. Marxism, being a Globalism and not a Humanism, never had any intention of doing that. That you conflate the two is tragic but of course, common. I ask you to become Uncommon. Is that too much?

      • Exscotticus December 22, 2018 at 6:55 pm #

        What you’re describing is what China has. No thanks.

        Socialism should be used sparingly—like seasoning. It’s good for things where market forces either don’t work, or where we’re unwilling or unable to handle the volatility of the market. Basic shared services like power and water are good examples (regulated by “Public Service Commissions”). The Enron fiasco is a good example of the risks we take by leaving everything up to market forces.

        It should also be said that it is the responsibility of government to ensure fair markets (no market manipulation, no monopolies, etc.). Unfortunately, time and again, the government has shown itself to be incredibly inept when it comes to this fundamental responsibility.

        • SoftStarLight December 23, 2018 at 2:35 am #

          China is Marxist and is committed to Globalism. A mix of capitalism and socialism may be what it takes for there to be fairer markets and reliable basic services. Plus you need the nationalist element of government so businesses and individuals can’t sell out the country and its resources for their own profit.

        • Janos Skorenzy December 23, 2018 at 2:47 am #

          No, more like National Socialist Japan. They copied us Outwardly, not Inwardly. There are Elite circles who decide what the Capitalists can and cannot do. Alas they are weakening, recently deciding to allow 500,000 foreign workers in. The cracks are getting bigger and bigger.

          Obviously they weren’t stupid enough to call themselves National Socialist. They smiled and bowed to the conquerors and put up statues to their War Heroes nonetheless after a while. And their commitment to the Race Nation remained unexcelled until recently.

        • Exscotticus December 23, 2018 at 11:25 pm #

          >>> China is Marxist and is committed to Globalism.

          If by this you mean the “globalism” of neocons then I disagree. China… is for the Chinese. They don’t want a one-world government—unless it’s a world dominated by China and the Chinese. They don’t accept other cultures. They don’t accept refugees (unless they’re Chinese). They don’t accept non-Chinese immigrants. By liberal standards, they’re racist and proud of it. The proposition that they’re still trying for international Communism is false. They gave up that dream decades ago. They couldn’t even get “international Communism” to work between themselves and the USSR, between themselves and Vietnam—let alone the world.

          IMHO, we could learn a lot from the Chinese—particularly their willingness to preserve their own culture, and their efforts at population control. You don’t see the Chinese fighting each other over whether or not they should let in another 20 million gimmigrants that don’t even speak Chinese.

    • SoftStarLight December 22, 2018 at 2:59 pm #

      Because the reality is that we will never be able to get away from an Elite. It has always been the case that some people are able to rule over and socially control everyone else. This seems to be a natural law. So it is better to have an Elite that is benevolent and strives for the common welfare than one occupied by greed and the accumulation of personal wealth.

  63. JohnAZ December 22, 2018 at 11:16 am #

    Just a thought.

    Do you think that if the partial shutdown continues for an extended time, and everything just hums along okay, that we can just make it permanent. Maybe that is what really scares the Deep State the most, exposure that their bureaucracy is not necessary. Hopefully, Trump realizes this too. Same with our foreign adventures! Now that the Deep State is sticking a knife into Trump, maybe he will get the cojones to plunge it back into them.

    • Exscotticus December 22, 2018 at 11:52 am #

      >>> Do you think that if the partial shutdown continues for an extended time, and everything just hums along okay, that we can just make it permanent.

      This is exactly why shutdowns never favor the Executive.

      For most people, the shutdown will not be felt, and they may very well ponder the rush to return to the status quo. Especially Trump supporters who likely prefer smaller government anyway.

    • Walter B December 22, 2018 at 1:01 pm #

      Well John I was just talking with my good friend about this early this morning. My friend is one of those who will have to work “without pay” for however long the charade goes on and was one of the first people called into General Mattis’ office to be told of his retirement last week. In our discussion I said, “This is all theater and we all understand that. In the end you are more than compensated aren’t you?” “Of course”, was the response. It is all a joke and I bash my head against the wall whenever I hear people talk about it as if it was a real issue. By pulling crap like this your elected sellouts are telling us that as far as they are concerned, we all have shit for brains.

      President Trump pulling out of Syria was not so big a deal, but pulling out of Afghanistan is. That was not expected and you can be assured that as we decrease our presence, China will be increasing theirs. In considering whether or not the power brokers behind the scenes will be angry enough with this turn of events to pull another Dealey Plaza Special, keep one thing in mind. Jack and Bobby Kennedy had made serious enemies in the organized crime business and seriously enraged Allen Foster Dulles. Donald Trump probably has more friends in organized crime that JFK had enemies and has not done the spooks dirty either. I think he should be pretty safe even after the pull backs. Let us hope so. I do not want to go through that again even if Hillary herself was the target.

    • Janos Skorenzy December 22, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

      They would love that. Capitalism is deeper than Communism and in fact, founded and funded it. Let them run things? Who do you think is running things now behind the scenes and indirectly? Oh John….!

      • Tate December 22, 2018 at 4:36 pm #

        Communism if you think about it is just the final stage monopoly form of Capitalism. All means of production subsumed & under the control of the State. All issues reduced to the economic management of the State. No room for non-economic concerns. The ultimate madness.

        • Janos Skorenzy December 22, 2018 at 6:12 pm #

          Well that’s what Marx believed or pretended to believe. But Conspiracy Theory states ask the question no one else asks: Who funded Communism? And we know the answer: the Bankers. Next question: Wtf! Why would they do that? Answer: To overthrow traditional states and economies, ones not palatable to modern Capitalism. To crush the middle classes of states that were already in modern Capitalism. And to defeat and destroy States that had gone in defensive mode against Capitalism and its attack dog, Communism – namely the Fascist and National Socialist states.

          This hidden (because suppressed) Tradition also states that Marx was working for a group of hidden Masters.

          Is this far fetched? Why? We can see it working today with Soros’ backing of the Antifa, BLM, etc. In the end, the Capitalists will Reign supreme, and for the rest – a miserable 3rd World Communism of mixed race people. What a glorious vision, eh? A “New Order for the Ages”. The fulfillment of both Judaism and Freemasonry: nothing but a giant turd.

  64. seawolf77 December 22, 2018 at 1:04 pm #

    Finally, someone does a good job explaining why the wall is so stupid.
    youtube.com/watch?v=nvdlRpcsf_k

    • Walter B December 22, 2018 at 2:09 pm #

      I still say that the only effective way to keep illegal immigrants out is to make or help make the countries they live in places that they do not want to leave. Here are some ideas of the amounts of cash we forked over to places for what reason I have no idea in 2017:

      Mexico – $ 289,895,165.00
      Guatemala – $257,347,600.00
      El Salvador – $118,222,593.00
      Nicaragua – $43,575,959

      Here’s a great site to check this out with:

      explorer.usaid.gov/

      Just don’t go there after eating a large meal or you might find yourself rushing to the head to puke.

      So why can’t the USA help make these countries better for those people that live there so they will want to stay instead of making it worse so they cannot? Ever hear of Jacobo Arbenz?

      unitedfruit.org/arbenz.htm

      • Janos Skorenzy December 22, 2018 at 2:19 pm #

        We’d have to turn the immigrants away, but give them combat rifles in order to overthrow their own countries. But of course, they’d just set themselves up in power as new dictators. The racial quality just isn’t there, Walt. And what you’re suggesting is just business as usual. What do you think we have been doing? And of course their Elites just take that money for themselves and keep it.

        • Walter B December 22, 2018 at 4:27 pm #

          I cannot argue your point Janos, perhaps I am suffering from a hope hangover, not that I ever had any hope in BHO except for the hope that he would go away, which he has done, sort of. I suppose that after a career as an engineer analyzing and solving problems, I like to drift into the realm of the “Ideal” solution scenario. Unfortunately yes you are right, our little brown buddies do seem to be even more out of control than we no good, rotten white guys. At least from what I have seen and read.

        • Tate December 23, 2018 at 3:34 pm #

          They aren’t ‘immigrants’ they are ‘gimmigrants’ or ‘immivaders’ or ‘illegal aliens’.

      • SoftStarLight December 22, 2018 at 2:37 pm #

        Fifty billion in “obligations” and what to show for it? I have heard that much of this money finds its way into the pockets of corrupt officials and political groups. We can never pay other people to care about their countries. And yet we have nothing for the security of our own borders. Foreign aid for the most part needs to come to an end.

      • elysianfield December 23, 2018 at 12:25 am #

        “So why can’t the USA help make these countries better for those people that live there”

        Walter,
        Charity begins at home….

        Eat the Poor,
        Fuck the Rich,
        Shoot the other Son of a Bitch… ~ P.J. O’Rourke (paraphrased)

  65. EvelynV December 22, 2018 at 1:32 pm #

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    by Dave Lindorff | December 21, 2018 – 5:42am

    Credit where credit’s due

    It’s entertaining to read and watch the collective horror being expressed in the US media and the Congress as President Trump unexpectedly calls for a quick end to US military involvement in Syria, where for years US forces and CIA-trained fighters have been wreaking havoc and death and sowing chaos in a doomed effort to oust Syrian dictator Basher al-Assad from power.

    There’s the New York Times, still grimly trying to gin up a new Cold War with Russia, huffing in an editorial that the president is ignoring his own advisors like National Security Director John Bolton (this is a bad thing?) and the recommendations of his generals and his Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis (isn’t Trump the commander in chief?). There’s Sen. Lindsay Graham, whom the Times says feels Congress has been “blindsided” by the president’s decision to pull out 2000 US troops from Syria within 30 days — the same Graham who never was troubled by US presidents sending troops into other countries without Congressional approval, but who for some bizarre reason doesn’t like having them brought home without permission.

    I even heard a reporter and a host on NPR yesterday agreeing that the president, in ordering the US out of Syria, was “ignoring the wishes” of his generals in the Pentagon, whom we were told, “want the US to stay in Syria for years” to “provide stability” in the region.

    Really. Stability!

    Have these people looked at the photos of Syria over the years of US involvement in that nation’s brutal civil war? Have they seen the cities bombed to rubble by US aircraft? The hospitals struck? Have they observed the hundreds of thousands of refugees streaming out of that country desperate to flee the violence often caused by the US directly, or by forces backed by US special forces and CIA trainers — forces that include elements of the same Al Qaeda movement that the US is supposedly fighting in places like Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere in our country’s endless “War” on terror?

    I say it’s entertaining to listen to and to read the horror expressed in the corporate media over this sudden Trump volte-face on Syria, but really, it’s not that funny.

    Who knows why Trump is suddenly turning from wantonly launching waves of Tomahawk cruise missiles at Syrian urban targets to calling an end to US military operations in that benighted land. Whatever the reasons, though, it is a long-overdue right move.

    Some articles have noted that the US intervention in Syria was begun by President Obama with a bombing attack in 2014, which is true. These articles have gone on to sometimes add that Obama’s invasion was an “illegal” action because it was launched without Congressional approval. This is actually wrong. It is an illegal US war, but not because of a lack of Congressional authorization but because it violates international law…

    • SoftStarLight December 22, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

      He campaigned on ending US involvement in these far-flung places so it is about time. I am sure numerous advisers and the Deep State stopped him from doing this earlier. Even the liberal establishment loves these endless wars. Too many people making profits from bloodshed!

      • Janos Skorenzy December 22, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

        A few people have fantasized: He’s going to take the money used on these Military Industrial Complex Welfare Programs and use it to build the Wall already. Please God let it be so – or make it so!

        • SoftStarLight December 22, 2018 at 2:41 pm #

          Yes! God we ask You to please make it so!

          • EvelynV December 24, 2018 at 1:17 am #

            If you were smart (which over and over again you’ve made clear you aren’t) you wouldn’t be wise to ask god to get involved.

            If you think fat, stupid, greedy, selfish Americans have received their proper share of divine justice, you would find out soon enough how truly deluded you are.

  66. deetrump December 22, 2018 at 1:49 pm #

    Asking for $5 Billion from taxpayers was never mentioned during the campaign. Hundreds of times Trump’s promise was that Mexico would pay for a wall. Campaign promise broken.

  67. mow December 22, 2018 at 2:28 pm #

    Bring the world wide Centurions home.
    That would save five billion denarii per day.
    Let the rest of the planet defend itself.
    Free lunch is over .

  68. Janos Skorenzy December 22, 2018 at 2:42 pm #

    Plenty of water on Mars. But we can’t colonize because, as Brother Anglin says, we have to turn little boys into female strippers and take care of double pregnant Elsa the Central American with the blonde kids.

    RT

    The European Space Agency has shared an incredible composite image showing a 50-mile wide crater on Mars that is filled with water ice all year long.

    Budding future colonists hoping for a white Christmas on Mars will be somewhat disappointed as the ESA has confirmed that sitting in the Korolev crater is, in fact, a thick block of water ice, not snow. The enormous, 82-kilometer-wide, 2-kilometer-deep “ice trap” could still be good for ice skating though.

    Even better, the 2,200 cubic kilometers of water ice – same as the volume of Canada’s Great Bear Lake – could be important for the survival of future colonists, and may even enable them to return back home, as water could be split into hydrogen and oxygen for rocket fuel.

    There’s a reason we can’t colonize Mars though, unfortunately.

    We’re strapped for cash.

    We gotta pay for child trannies to have hormone injections. And then that whole dick-snipping business.

    It’s a human right.

    Then we’ve got double-pregnant Elsa to pay for.

    And billions just like her, who the Jewish Sanhedrin court has ruled all have a right to live in America.

    Because it’s sad that their countries are poor, they must come to our country and live on welfare.

    And after all, this country was founded by 75-IQ Central American immigrants coming to live on welfare provided by white people.

    It is going to cost trillions and trillions. We’re going to have to build houses for billions of them, then feed and clothe them while they breed at an astronomical rate.

    We’re really going to have to lower our quality of life and work more to make sure these people are all taken care of.

    It’s a human right.

    Furthermore, we’ve got to start paying lots of new taxes to stop the weather from changing.

    I’m sorry, guys.

    A city on Mars just isn’t in the cards.

    • Walter B December 22, 2018 at 4:40 pm #

      More than just increased taxes my friend, if these climate change people ever looked at their own agendas, even they would realize that in order to have any effect on this phenomenon we humans world have to atop making electricity by any other means than hydro-electric and solar. I cannot see anyone doing that.

    • malthuss December 23, 2018 at 3:45 pm #

      Elsa the Central American with the blonde kids.

      Blonde?

  69. Janos Skorenzy December 22, 2018 at 2:52 pm #

    Thank God for the Russia, the Russian Media, and President Putin. Our Elite and their media have been hiding the fact of water on Mars from us.

    rt.com/news/447139-mars-water-ice-images-esa/

    • SoftStarLight December 23, 2018 at 3:40 am #

      They are beautiful images. Why do they want this hidden from us? They will destroy our environment here by allowing all of these millions of “refugees” in. The new housing and infrastructure needed for them will increase sprawl, deforestation, and habitat loss. Meanwhile, the Elite might sneak off to Mars to start their own world.

  70. JohnAZ December 22, 2018 at 4:57 pm #

    Good Lord!

    Deetrump.

    Will we ever hear something constructive from a Liberal on this blog?

    Anti-Trump, Anti-Trump, Anti-Trump!

    Something positive, something to help out the situation.

    How about one suggestion on how to control global warming, or maybehow to make more revenue to feed , clothe and house all the illegal immigrants without screwing the American citizens, or what to do for the displaced Americans that are accumulating in the cities in Tent cities, or how to control the debt, or how to stop interfering with other countries, or how to stop the ravages of market crashes, or how to invent enough money to supply the enormous groups of folks who are fixing to retire in the next twenty years, or how to supply energy with the down supply of oil.

    Just a few questions that I have never heard one damn solution from a Liberal poster on this blog.

    Just shut up about Trump, and start talking some ideas. If you can.

    • seawolf77 December 22, 2018 at 5:36 pm #

      It depends on your definition of the word “Constructive.” I seem to be having difficulty remembering your list. I know mine have included allowing illegal aliens to earn their citizenship through conscription in the military (6 years), prosecuting the Catholic Church under the Rico statute as an ongoing criminal enterprise, making religion like alcohol and tobacco whereby you cannot be exposed to it until you are 18, legalizing cannabis and exploring and exploiting its medical properties (it may cure cancer), getting rid of American exceptionalism by exposing the lies of Apollo, nuclear weapons, the JFK assassination. Some of those may seem destructive to some.

  71. seawolf77 December 22, 2018 at 5:27 pm #

    I’m seeing lots of ads for “BIDEN/BETO” t-shirts. I never thought of that one. I think Biden is too old, but hey he could certainly stand toe to toe with his Orangeness.

    • K-Dog December 22, 2018 at 5:47 pm #

      You never thought of that one for good reason. We are like the old Norse of Greenland who when faced with extinction by climate change chose death rather than seek the aid of their prosperous immigrants, the Inuit. Unable to see the value of new ways and trapped by old prejudice they died.

      As it was so shall it be.

      • Janos Skorenzy December 22, 2018 at 6:16 pm #

        Yeah, but the Hispanics are beggars who get violent when their demands aren’t met. Parasites can’t stand the idea of their hosts having rights. Face it: your analogy doesn’t hold water, not even the piss water Seawolf loves so much. How much would he pay for a video of Trump on that bed. He knows it’s all a fantasy, but now it’s his fantasy and “he wants to believe”, a mildewed Mulder – so he does.

        • Janos Skorenzy December 22, 2018 at 6:20 pm #

          The Waters of Mars are clean and virginal, untouched by Man, Ape, Alien, or Illegal Alien. We shall drink these waters and become young again. Someday, not long – perhaps the Day After Tomorrow – we shall return to Earth as Conquerors. The Dark Skinned shall worship us as gods. The few remaining White Liberals, we shall impugn and expunge.

          • K-Dog December 22, 2018 at 6:51 pm #

            I’m not going to spend two years in a tin can going to Mars with you. I did Mission:SPACE at Epcot over the Thanksgiving Break. The Orange Mission. I was thankful when it was over and you were not even next to me.

            Quite enough for me thanks. I’ll stay behind and when you come back and interplanetary radiation has burnished your skin to an ebony black; I’ll worship you.

          • K-Dog December 22, 2018 at 6:57 pm #

            And now way could that place keep running without a healthy share of Ecuadorians and others of a Hispanic Persuasion.

          • K-Dog December 22, 2018 at 7:01 pm #

            Santana

          • K-Dog December 22, 2018 at 7:10 pm #

            I enjoyed the Mexico Pavilion:

            “As you turn into World Showcase, the Pyramid sits high on the skyline. It is modeled after an Aztec Temple of Quetzalcoatl (the god of life) at Teotihuacan. Quetzalcoatl is represented by large serpent heads along the entrance stairs.

            The serpent heads were cool. Good folk art too.

          • seawolf77 December 22, 2018 at 8:50 pm #

            Next time you converse with one of those dark-skinned, make sure you hold that respirator mask close to your mouth, close and tight. You don’t want to breathe in some germ that will speed to your brain and transform you into a mongoloid. That way you will be able to lash them to within an inch of their lives. I think your pyloric valve needs adjustment. It probably closed when you were riding home on the streetcar.

          • elysianfield December 23, 2018 at 12:34 am #

            ” White Liberals, we shall impugn and expunge”

            Janos,

            Impugn, Lampoon, and eventually entomb.

      • Tate December 22, 2018 at 9:46 pm #

        Not a good comparison.

  72. FincaInTheMountains December 22, 2018 at 6:24 pm #

    Big Bargain: From Judge Kavanaugh Confirmation to General Flynn Verdict. Part 4.

    The events listed in the previous post speak for themselves and show almost without comment that Hillary Clinton reacted to the Big Bargain by striking at World Orthodoxy. But after the death of George H.W. Bush Big Bargain has become visible to the naked eye and now we can talk about it as a fact, and those who do not want to reckon with this fact are forced to invent explanations of these events in their delirium giving a hundred points to any conspiracy theory.

    For example, in Russia and in the United States, a wide variety of theories about envelopes are distributed, which were handed to the heads of the Deep State at the funeral of George Bush Sr.
    youtube.com/watch?v=pmHwJbS_ku8

    But all these theories are one thing in common – they suggest that Bushes are Trump are enemies, and this reminds me that the main topics on the G-20 were Poroshenko’s provocation and whether Trump would be invited to Bush’s funeral, and this topics were highlighted by over-horizon radar “Container” that closed the last holes in the Russian Federation early warning system of a nuclear attack and made senseless all kinds of stealth flying from Europe, including the notorious F-35.

    The fact of the matter is that the coincidence in time of the G-20, Poroshenko’s provocations in the Kerch Strait and the worst attack of the New York prosecutors on Trump was not accidental, and Putin decided to highlight this coincidence with the Container because for Russia it plays a crucial role.

    Judge for yourself: if I am right and Bush conclude a Big Bargain with Trump, this means that Trump will now pursue a foreign policy that was agreed with the Bush at the time of the deal, but now he will not have to look back at the Clintons and the withdrawal of American troops from Syria confirms this hypothesis, especially in combination with the resignation of Mattis and the reaction to this resignation by the American media.

    And this is good, because Bush Jr. proved his attitude towards Putin by seeing the soul in his eyes in 2001 and meeting him in Beijing in 2008, when it became known that the Georgians attacked Russian peacekeepers in South Ossetia. In any case, Trump’s Russophilia, in combination with his inability to stop Hillary’s provocations, is worse than Bush’s “Russophobia” coupled with Bastinda bound hand and foot.

    True, even during the Bush presidency, she managed to spoil things in the Middle East and in New Orleans, but she still didn’t have such an impact as in Libya and Syria.

    In view of the above, it becomes obvious that the coincidence of the Autocephaly of the Ukrainian church and the provocation in the Kerch Strait was planned in the same center as the attack of the New York prosecutors on Trump. Only those could deny it who do not know that according to a similar scenario, one of the first attacks on Trump by Special Prosecutor Mueller was organized, who received from Poroshenko Yanukovich’s so-called granary book, which contained statements of payments to Manafort, which allowed Muller to put Trump’s campaign manager to jail.

    And if you recognize this rather obvious fact, it immediately becomes clear that the provocation in the Kerch Strait was much more ambitious than that described by the media, and in combination with the attack on Trump, should have resulted in Putin’s isolation on the G-20.

    But it was a minimum goal, and if we recall that Trump was successfully isolated on the G-20, then the maximum goal was the next coup d’état in the USA, only a successful one.

    Moreover, I do not rule out a plan to seize power on a global scale after isolating both Putin and Trump, and only the bloodless character of the seizure of Ukrainian sailors spoiled this holiday for the flying monkeys.

    These are all assumptions, of course, but significantly more realistic than the assumption that after the sentence to Manafort, which was announced an hour before Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen officially confessed to crimes allowing Mueller indirectly connect Trump with the mandate to investigate him, Trump will cancel the meeting with Putin because of outrage at Russia’s actions in response to Poroshenko’s provocations.

    I am sure that if Trump discussed Poroshenko with Putin when they nevertheless met in secret in Buenos Aires, it was only where and on which rope to hang him.

  73. Pucker December 22, 2018 at 8:56 pm #

    I think that you may be Greek?: Should Men take Zeus as their Mentor and Paragon? Zeus does not seem too preoccupied with Capital Accumulation? What was the Nature of Zeus’s (Thor’s) Lightening Bolts? Thank you

  74. Pucker December 22, 2018 at 9:16 pm #

    Did the Moundville Chiefdom employ forced Slave labor to cultivate corn, beans, hemp, catfish, ducks, dog, acorns? If so, how did he enforce discipline in the labor force? Sharecropping? Social Hierarchy creates discipline through patronage and theft? Control of a major resource and strategic trade route? Prestige as the Son of the Sun God? Hell, I don’t know….

    Merry Christmas!

    • K-Dog December 23, 2018 at 11:46 am #

      They had bowling leagues and the most productive farmer got to sleep with the corn queen pageant winner for the year. The system worked until it didn’t.

    • K-Dog December 23, 2018 at 11:47 am #

      Only one night though, then it was back to work. Ho Ho Ho.

  75. Tate December 22, 2018 at 9:41 pm #

    A post by Vox Day led me to this article.

    Witchcraft Moves to the Mainstream in America as Christianity Declines — and has Trump in its Sights

    by Rachel Ray, The Telegraph 21 Dec 2018

    “Witchcraft is thriving in the US, with an estimated 1.5 million Americans now identifying as witches… As Christianity declines across the country, paganism has swung to the mainstream, with witchcraft paraphernalia for sale on every high street and practises normalised across popular culture. In the past two years, it has also become darkly politicized.” 

    “Dakota Bracciale, a 29-year-old transgender/queer witch and co-owner of Catland Books and witch shop in Brooklyn, is pleased with the outcome of the ritual hex placed on US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in October. The curse, carried out from Catland Books, was well attended by witches, atheists ad humanists – and was followed around the country on social media.
    Millennials, says Bracciale, are looking for spiritualism outside traditional religion…”

    “Bracciale is ‘absolutely’ willing to cause physical harm through a hex – ‘no issue with that’. And while Bracciale would have been just as pleased with the new Supreme Court Justice’s death, resignation or physical disfigurement, the main goal of the Kavanaugh hex, and the three hexes on President Donald Trump from Catland Books this summer, was to ‘let them be exposed for who they are – especially as impotent men’. The curse began with a recitation of the Biblical scripture Psalm 109: 8: ‘let his days be few, let another take his office.’”

    “Witchcraft ‘has a ton of roots in Christianity’, [Bracciale] says. Indeed, in Bracciale’s view, the Bible is a spell book, particularly the Book of Psalms.”

    “Witchcraft is powerful, according to Bracciale, because of the ‘intersectionality of feminism, sexuality, gender, the fight for freedom, eschewing the patriarchy and having sort of a vitriolic response towards it.’”

    The accompanying picture of Bracciale is truly demonic.

    Vox Day says in response to the article,

    “When God leaves the nation to its well-merited fate, evil rushes in to fill the vacuum.

    “I used to wonder how the Israelites could see such wonders and then turn around and whore after golden calves and false gods. Having witnessed the decline of America from its bicentennial celebration to its current state, I don’t wonder about it anymore.

    “Either Americans will repent and restore their nation or America will be destroyed.

    “For Jerusalem has stumbled and Judah has fallen because they spoke and acted against the LORD, defying His glorious presence. The expression on their faces testifies against them, and like Sodom they flaunt their sin; they do not conceal it; woe to them, for they have brought disaster upon themselves.

    “Tell the righteous it will be well for them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their labor. Woe to the wicked; disaster is upon them! For they will be repaid with what their hands have done.Youths oppress My people, and women rule over them.

    “O My people, your guides mislead you; they turn you from your paths.

    – Isaiah 3:8-12

    • FincaInTheMountains December 22, 2018 at 9:48 pm #

      Witches spells do not affect Christian Kings.

      Read Brothers Grimm’s Chronicle of medieval Europe in form of fairy tales.

    • KesaAnna December 23, 2018 at 12:20 am #

      Perhaps it would be better just to point out rather mundane and prosaic things like ;

      the atheist Ayn Rand admitted atheism was a negative dead end.

      The atheist H.P. Lovecraft thought that if the Judeo – Christian – Islamic tradition were dumped , people would just quickly revert back to worshiping rocks and shit , and eating grandmother for dinner.

      Ask a secularist to posit a concept of right and wrong , or justice , sans a good God and an afterlife , that does not basically come down to kicking or killing the folks who lose tomorrows vote.

    • KesaAnna December 23, 2018 at 12:42 am #

      ” in Bracciale’s view, the Bible is a spell book, ”

      sorry , but the pagan is right , in a manner of speaking.

      You can read into the Bible , or read out of the Bible , anything you like.

      Martin Luther , who was working for a rather different group of fat cats , didn’t liberate you , he fucked you.

      ” Having witnessed the decline of America from its bicentennial celebration to its current state, ”

      Pffft , much too narrow a yardstick there.

      500 years ago you ruled the world. ( Or , at least , ruled the only part of it that didn’t totally fucking suck )

      to now , truth be told , you don’t even rule your own household .

      500 years ago ?

      Like i said , Martin Luther fucked you .

      • Tate December 23, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

        One way of looking at it. Another way, maybe Leo X fucked us.

  76. Pucker December 22, 2018 at 11:32 pm #

    Believe it or not, Pee Wee football is not really Heroic, at least not in a Homeric sense….

    • elysianfield December 23, 2018 at 12:46 am #

      Puck.

      Believe it or not, Pee Wee Herman is not really Homo…not in an erotic sense…

  77. KesaAnna December 23, 2018 at 12:00 am #

    “Why go to a majority Black place if you don’t want to be around Blacks. ”

    come now , a much better question would be ;

    Why do so many , including our host , continue to endorse a union which has a long , clear cut , and rather obvious habit of fucking the natives , whoever the natives happen to be at the moment ?

    And why do the fans of this union keep comparing it to states typically one – forty- fifth its size ?

    Why don’t they make the obvious comparisons ; To Russia , China , and Brazil ?

    How come none of these red white and blue fans seem to arrive at the rather elementary conclusion that if we do run out of cheap energy , or if the ponzi scheme that is modern banking collapses ,

    this union is not going to look like Switzerland , and it might well make North Korea look like a nice place ?

    Really , in the dictionary , under the term , ” U.S. Patriot ” there should be a picture of this guy ;

    upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d1/Ferdinand_Schmutzer_-_Franz_Ferdinand_von_%C3%96st…

    • elysianfield December 23, 2018 at 12:43 am #

      “Why do so many , including our host , continue to endorse a union which has a long , clear cut , and rather obvious habit of fucking the natives , whoever the natives happen to be at the moment ? ”

      Kesa,
      Do not moralize…you know that this is the natural order of human conduct.

      The big fish eat the little fish…

      He who has the gold makes the rules…

      Might (as a function of reality) makes right.

      You do not have to like it…I do not necessarily like it. But recognize it as the Realpolitik of life.

      • KesaAnna December 23, 2018 at 2:15 am #

        ” Do not moralize… ”

        Pfft !

        Don’t spin , ” I’m a devout Catholic ” into a Hell of a lot more than it is.

        I’m quite sure I’m the least idealistic person i know.

        ” The big fish eat the little fish…

        He who has the gold makes the rules…

        Might (as a function of reality) makes right. ”

        that has what the fuck to do with what i wrote ?

        ” Realpolitik ”

        Calling shit chocolate is reasonable and practical ?

        i rather think that even if the moon turned out to be a solid ball of petroleum you would still be fucked.

        • elysianfield December 23, 2018 at 1:12 pm #

          Kesa,
          Well, what you say may be correct…but…I cannot think of a single country, with the ability to “screw the natives given the opportunity and the ability, that has demurred.

          Countries work in their best interest given the opportunity…always.

          “that has what the fuck to do with what i wrote ? ”

          “…“Why do so many , including our host , continue to endorse …”

          Your statement seems to call into question a moral choice of acceptance or endorsement….

          Realpolitik is not a moral view, but rather a reality-based assessment.

          “Calling shit chocolate is reasonable and practical ? ” Only at the Dollar store….

          The fact that we are fucked, or soon to be, is seemingly without question.

      • Epicur December 23, 2018 at 10:15 am #

        “Do not moralize…”

        Yet one must also realize that human social organization, even at the level of the hunter-gatherer band, is not possible without morality. Morals are the sine qua non of human society.

        I submit that the problem is applying morality at a level beyond its competence in attempting to build a social system that is too large, too all encompassing. Our global, even national, problems are not amenable to moral solutions, but the answer is not to moralize about that, but to prepare for the inevitable.

        • SoftStarLight December 23, 2018 at 1:06 pm #

          The inevitable being? A return to smaller social systems more easily governed by morality?

          • Epicur December 23, 2018 at 2:07 pm #

            Yes, but only after population is reduced.

  78. KesaAnna December 23, 2018 at 2:43 am #

    ” The big fish eat the little fish…

    He who has the gold makes the rules…

    Might (as a function of reality) makes right. ”

    lol.

    that wouldn’t be your country then.

    Ho Chi Minh kicked your ass , and he wasn’t impressive.

    The stupid Russians had sense enough to leave Afghanistan after only ten years.

    and it turns out you think the Berlin Wall was a good idea after all.

    • FincaInTheMountains December 23, 2018 at 4:56 am #

      The stupid Russians had sense enough to leave Afghanistan after only ten years

      Yeah? And what did you do with the place?

      i.pinimg.com/564x/6f/3f/6d/6f3f6dffe0ac2a5b0531ced89c713f5a.jpg

    • FincaInTheMountains December 23, 2018 at 5:13 am #

      In the late 70s, historic Russia, faced with a threat of introduction of American nuclear missiles to Afghanistan, threatening its Siberian launching pads for retaliatory strike, responded with the introduction of troops into Afghanistan, and the Afghan war was extremely unpopular among Soviet citizens who did not understand that the city of Kandahar, the meeting point of two columns of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, was excellent starting position for a tank columns march across a flat table to the Persian Gulf.

      But then the state of Pakistan was practically a protectorate of the United States, and now it is a state that is almost at war with United States after the murder of arch-terrorist Osama bin Laden. And US have to turn to Russia in order to pull out their troops from Afghanistan.

      In addition, then the followers of Ayatollah Khomeneyi called the USSR just a “Little Satan” (the “Big Satan” was the USA, of course), and Iran signed a memorandum of cooperation with Russia to deny the role of the dollar as the main instrument in oil trade.

      But the most important thing is that a few months after the Soviet troops in Afghanistan inflicted a series of serious defeats on the Mujahideens, Suslov died, and a few weeks later Brezhnev died and the “five years stretch of magnificent funerals” began, which resulted in entire Soviet leadership gone away, and in the chair of the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPSU emerged the Spotted Judas Gorbachev.

    • Walter B December 23, 2018 at 5:14 am #

      Actually KesaAnna, Ho Chi Minh was indeed impressive. Were you aware that he was very much enamored with the US form of government and wrote letters to two US presidents asking for help in setting up his government decades before our involvement? Did you know that both ignored him and then another sided against him to our embarrassment? Yes he was impressive and America, or at least its leadership was not. In fact they were pretty damned stupid as evidenced by the results.

      archives.gov/historical-docs/todays-doc/?dod-date=228

    • SoftStarLight December 23, 2018 at 1:03 pm #

      Howard Dean says we need to stay in Afghanistan to promote feminism. Rumor has it that he is going to launch a burka buy back program.

  79. deetrump December 23, 2018 at 11:24 am #

    If Congress is not going to do their job, then Congress should not be paid. If Congress cannot pass a budget to keep the government from shutting down, then Congress should not receive any pay during the shutdown.

    So far there is only one Congress person who is proposing not receiving their own paycheck during the partial shutdown: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

    • K-Dog December 23, 2018 at 11:54 am #

      Women who look like her rarely need a paycheck.

    • K-Dog December 23, 2018 at 11:59 am #

      The rest of them being billionaires and millionaires and no honey will not say no to money .

  80. K-Dog December 23, 2018 at 12:54 pm #


    Nothing Scares The Identity Politics Left Like An Actual Working-Class Uprising

    a multiplicitous, leaderless, extremely pissed off, confederation of working class persons, have been conducting a series of lively protests in cities and towns throughout the country to express their displeasure with Emmanuel Macron and his efforts to transform their society into an American-style neo-feudal dystopia. Highways have been blocked, toll booths commandeered, luxury automobiles set on fire, and shopping on the Champs-Élysées disrupted. What began as a suburban tax revolt has morphed into a bona fide working class uprising.

    Macron has been trying to impose the American paradigm, promoting “a profound ideological transformation of the French ideal of égalité, equality, from a horizontal concept, meaning equal benefits for all, to the vertical ideal of ‘equality of opportunity’, meaning the theoretical chance of every individual to rise above the others.” Fortunately, “The French have traditionally been logical enough to understand that everyone can’t rise above the others.

    There’s a different default setting for working-class movements. They will almost always be looked upon with suspicion, until and unless they prove their attitudinal and demographic race and gender bona fides to the satisfaction of American/Western/college-educated “leftists.” That interrogation has effectively become a prior condition of solidarity for working-class movements. Leftists have adopted a kind of checklist of concerns, and class has moved way down.

    Because the truth is identity is a shell game to prevent SOLIDARITY from being understood in America.

    class has moved way down

    That was the plan Stan.

    • K-Dog December 23, 2018 at 12:56 pm #

      And why media won’t cover it.

    • K-Dog December 23, 2018 at 1:25 pm #

      Historically, the core definition of the ‘left’ has been solidarity with the working class (everyone who depends on wages to live), which includes all races and genders.

      The right leaning American status-quo managed to convince all that the ‘left’ was only about the second part of this definition. Not about the first part at all, when the second part actually only follows from the first part and has no legs of its own without the solidarity of the first part.

      • SoftStarLight December 23, 2018 at 2:56 pm #

        You actually believe the American status quo is right leaning? Isn’t it more like they are what they need to be to consolidate their power? Very interesting thoughts presented. Seems like identity is more important now than ever before since our country has been intentionally balkanized by the overlords. No matter how much we wish it weren’t true human nature is very tribal and it will never change.

  81. capt spaulding December 23, 2018 at 1:06 pm #

    It’s been suggested that if Mexico was smart, they’d agree to pay for the wall, then after it’s built, tell Trump he did a bad job and refuse to pay for it. There is precedent for doing that, and Trump is sure to understand.

    • seawolf77 December 26, 2018 at 8:53 am #

      Trump him. Unfortunately that will leave us holding the defecational bag.

  82. deetrump December 23, 2018 at 7:42 pm #

    “human nature is very tribal and it will never change.” –softstarlight

    What changes is the size of the tribe, from biological family to community, to state, to nation, to planet. We are now in a global family with instant global communication.

    • K-Dog December 23, 2018 at 7:57 pm #

      Who is in and out can change. It does all the time.

    • JohnAZ December 23, 2018 at 8:52 pm #

      Baloney!

      As the competition for resources intensifies, ethnic differences are going to intensify, from one geographic area to the next.

      We cannot even get along in this country due to the Have nots trying to bring down the haves. Some of the latest studies are showing that separation in the US is more tied to economic conditions, especially education, rather than race.

      One thing is happening now that is different. Ethnocentrism arose in a “tribe” in the past, one part of the tribe just packed up and left, going to new areas. There are no new areas left, and Mars is a impossibility. There are serious people that have Mars as an expansion possibility. Yeah, right. Frigid, no oxygen, no gravity, little water, just like back home.

      Tribalism is on the rise, everywhere! The US, the Middle East, Europe, USSR in the past. The US has tried to control on a global scale the tribalism increase and has destroyed its own financial integrity doing it. It will not work.

      Kumbaya all you want, but keep your eyes open. As Satchel Paige said, keep an eye out, someone is gaining on you.

      Sidebar

      Ethnically unified countries will succeed in the future competing for resources, diverse countries will break up to try to compete with them.

      And never count out the European Caucasians, they have led the world technically for thousands of years and will continue.

      • FincaInTheMountains December 24, 2018 at 7:55 am #

        And never count out the European Caucasians, they have led the world technically for thousands of years and will continue.

        Yeah, right – especially when they were stealing intellectual property from Byzantium Libraries and Byzantium refugees, who originated as a result of the Pogrom of the Fourth Crusade organized by Western Europeans.

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