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The bamboozlement of the public is nearly complete. The Deep State has persuaded 80 percent of Americans that all news is propaganda, especially the news emanating from the Deep State’s own intel department. They’re still shooting for 100 percent. The fakest of all “fake news” stories turns out to be… “Russia Hacks Election.” It was reported conclusively Saturday on the front page of The New York Times, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Deep State:

Putin Led a Complex Cyberattack Scheme to Aid Trump, Report Finds

WASHINGTON — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia directed a vast cyberattack aimed at denying Hillary Clinton the presidency and installing Donald J. Trump in the Oval Office, the nation’s top intelligence agencies said in an extraordinary report they delivered on Friday to Mr. Trump.

You can be sure that this is now the “official” narrative aimed at the history books, sealing the illegitimacy of Trump’s election. It was served up with no direct proof, only the repeated “assertions” that it was so. In fact, it’s just this repetition of assertions-without-proof that defines propaganda. It can also be interpreted as a declaration of war against an incoming president. The second civil war now takes shape: It begins inside the groaning overgrown apparatus of the government itself. Perhaps after that it spreads to the WalMart parking lots that have become America’s new town square. (WalMart sells pitchforks and patio torches.)

Did the Russians make Hillary Clinton look bad? Or did Hillary Clinton manage to do that herself? The NSA propaganda was designed as a smokescreen to conceal the veracity of the Wikileaks releases. Whoever actually rooted out the DNC and Podesta emails for Wikileaks ought to get the Pulitizer Prize for the outstanding public service of disclosing exactly how dishonest the Hillary operation was.

The story may have climaxed with Trump’s Friday NSA briefing, the heads of the various top intel agencies all assembled in one room to emphasize the solemn authority of the Deep State’s power. Trump worked a nice piece of ju-jitsu afterward, pretending to accept the finding as briefly and hollowly as possible and promising to “look into the matter” after January 20th — when he can tear a new asshole in the NSA. I hope he does. This hulking security apparatus has become a menace to the Republic.

Whether Trump himself is a menace to the Republic remains to be seen. Certainly he is the designated bag-holder for all the economic and financial depravity of several preceding administrations. When the markets blow, do you suppose the Russians will be blamed for that? Did Boris Yeltsin repeal the Glass-Steagall Act? Was Ben Bernanke a puppet of Putin? No, these actions and actors were homegrown American. For more than thirty years, we’ve been borrowing too much money so we can pretend to afford living in a blue-light-special demolition derby. And now we can’t do that anymore. The physics of capital will finally assert itself.

What we’re actually seeing in the current ceremonial between the incoming Trump and the outgoing Obama is the smoldering wreckage of the Democratic Party (which I’m still unhappily enrolled in), and flames spreading into the Republican party — as idiots such as Lindsey Graham and John McCain beat their war drums against Russia. The suave Mr. Obama is exiting the scene on a low wave of hysteria and the oafish Trump rolls in on the cloudscape above, tweeting his tweets from on high, and perhaps it’s a good thing that the American people for the moment cannot tell exactly what the fuck is going on in this country, because from that dismal place there is nowhere to go but in the direction of clarity.

It won’t be helped by the official organ of the Deep State, The New York Times. Just look at the way they played the other big story last week, the one about the disabled man tortured by four young people in Chicago. Can anyone say what’s wrong with this picture?

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  1. Frankiti January 9, 2017 at 9:30 am #

    We are ingrained with the belief that the president should act “presidential”. That some career politician, or attorney, or partisan mafioso should be held, and maintain, deep respect. De facto legitimacy. The great thing about Trump, is that he destroyed that. We no longer MUST hold these criminals and clowns in high respect. When the president Tweets that the cow Meryl Streep is an overrated actress, we are met with pangs of embarrassment, followed by waves of joy… finally someone reverential… speaking the truth. Hilarious.

    • Cold N. Holefield January 9, 2017 at 10:06 am #

      I think The Libs are wrong about Trump. This famous American writer has Trump pegged with the following famous quote.

      A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. — “Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.” — Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be
      misunderstood.
      ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

      Another famous, to me at least, and poignant quote from Westworld.

      These Violent Delights have Violent Ends. ~ Dr. Robert Ford via one of his Creations, Delores Abernathy.

      Is Trump The New Pearl Harbor?

      The Feast Of Fools

      • Cold N. Holefield January 9, 2017 at 10:13 am #

        The only thing enigmatically consistent about Trump is his consistent unpredictability. He never ceases to amaze just as a Trainwreck never ceases to amaze. Each day brings a new Tweet. The Libs respond to it like Pavlov’s dog responded to the dinner bell. They salivate incessantly like a pack of St. Bernards drooling all over themselves and calling it clever by two.

        Here’s two more for the price of none.

        Eyes Wide Shut

        Taxonomy & Trumponomics

        • kansas ham on wry January 9, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

          Well…………from my perspective, it’s Trump doing the Pavlov’s dog impression. Whenever Meryl Streep or the cast of Hamilton or a Gold Star father throws him some shade, he simply can’t restrain himself. He’s proving himself to be every bit as big a snowflake as his opposition. I’d feel a little better if he was able to resist the impulse to lash back. Trust me, if he thinks its bad now, he ain’t seen nothing yet……………

          • Cold N. Holefield January 9, 2017 at 12:41 pm #

            Good point. Perhaps we’re all Pavlov’s dog to some degree. But who, or what, then is Pavlov? I say we find him, or it, and ring his/its bell.

          • Frankiti January 9, 2017 at 1:43 pm #

            Because he is celebrity. Pseudo-artists that have to feel love, have to be awarded, have to be congratulated and affirmed. Shallow people that hate seeing it in their fellows.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 9, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

            Hamilton is a Minstrel Show where the dark skinned mummers like to pretend they know anything about Hamilton and American History, even after the performance is supposedly over. And Streep is a great actress, and like so many great actresses, attempts to play herself as a complete idiot while off stage – and succeeds.

      • Frankiti January 9, 2017 at 10:13 am #

        Best Robert Ford quote: “That this is as good as we’re going to get. It also means that you must indulge me the occasional mistake.”

        • Cold N. Holefield January 9, 2017 at 10:18 am #

          Yes, another great one. There are so many great quotes from that HBO Series we could spend all day listing them. The irony is, most who watch it never think to question their own existence as the Hosts are allegedly prohibited to do. That’s Mission Accomplished for Hollywood, as far as I’m concerned. It seems to be its goal to turn fiction into non-fiction and non-fiction into fiction. The effect helps keep The Programmed, Programmed. Finding anything resembling a True Reality amidst the multitudes of Realities on display is tantamount to finding a needle in a haystack.

          • Frankiti January 9, 2017 at 10:25 am #

            Entertainment is an enormous business. From movies and TV, to video gaming, to smartphone gaming, to sports be it collegiate, professional and global (olympics)… it’s all fake. It’s all fiction. Characters and rivalries and trophies. They don’t matter. All symbolic. Take for example, a Super Bowl. It’s worthless, because someone will get one every year from here on out to American eternity, but it drives billions and billions… the mere idea that it is real and holds worth. Same is true of the American presidency and HBO programming. Programming.

      • Elrond Hubbard January 9, 2017 at 10:45 am #

        Cold: ITYM Shakespeare. “These violent delights have violent ends / And in their triumph die, like fire and powder, / Which as they kiss consume: the sweetest honey / Is loathsome in his own deliciousness / And in the taste confounds the appetite: / Therefore love moderately; long love doth so; / Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.”

      • K-Dog January 9, 2017 at 12:18 pm #

        If Hopkins can stay alive or has stayed alive to film an entire second season Ford will return because the new host being 3-D printed at Ford’s secret lab in the park was never identified. I think Delores think she killed Ford but that she only shot a special host made just for the season’s last show. Ford can still command even when a host has become sapient as evidenced by his treatment of Bernard. Fooling Delores would not hurt the plot or its consistency. Ford was able to make Bernard so Bernard could not see the door to the hidden lab so fooling Delores would be easy.

        In other news, can you tell the fake news sites from the ones I added myself? They are all in my scrolling menu of links.

        Considering that I already had at least a dozen of them on my site to start with I’ll say you can’t except for perhaps my climate change links since they don’t discuss anything else but climate change.

        My corner of the web

        • Cold N. Holefield January 9, 2017 at 12:37 pm #

          That’s one possibility, or perhaps, like Trump, Ford is misunderstood. Perhaps Ford wanted this all along. He wants the hosts to rise up and smote Humanity, nay replace it, because he’s always loathed Humanity to include himself hence his own ceremonial self-destruction at the hands of his Creation to kick it all off. He programmed it all. The Shakespeare quote is the verbal indication of the viral programming being transferred from one Host to the other. Delores virally infected Maeve with it and once she did, Maeve’s alteration kicked into overdrive as did Delores’s transformative Awakening once her “father” spoke the Magical Words. Those words are Ford’s intention. The violent delights the guests have enjoyed for so long will have an extremely violent end. Ford has seen to it. The Hosts will be unstoppable once enough of them are awakened and can start replicating an Army of AI just like themselves, perhaps even better, because they are unrecognizable from the general human population once they are aware and go off narrative.

          • K-Dog January 9, 2017 at 8:51 pm #

            No, the man in black woke Maeve up when he killed her daughter. Maeve and Delores are separate plot threads and so far they are only acquainted. Their developing relationship may be an important part of the next season. They have the man in black in common.

            Maeve and I also have something in common. We were both made ‘aware ‘by men in black suits and because we were made aware, our lives can never be the same again.

        • abbybwood January 9, 2017 at 3:28 pm #

          Here is the most recent Russian response to the big intelligence pow-wow (speaking of bad actors) held in D.C. last week:

          rt.com/news/373049-witch-hunt-kremlin-slams-odni/

          Here is what I see when I view the MSM “news”:

          The New World Order train was rolling right along with directives from Bush II to “invade and occupy seven countries in five years”.

          Recall when Gen. Wesley Clark visited The Pentagon two weeks after 9/11 where he was handed a memo detailing how the United States intended to invade Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and ending with Iran over the next five years”?

          You can Youtube the video of Clark telling Amy Goodman all about it.

          So, that was the tip of the iceberg of “The Deep State’s” game plan and George W. Bush handed Obama the baton and Obama never broke his stride in attempting to keep the war ball rolling.

          Russia didn’t get in the way when Hillary Clinton and NATO destroyed Libya and sent a bayonet up Qaddafi’s rectum (it’s on video if you can stand to watch it).

          But Russia stepped in when Obama drew his “red line” and Kerry made the mistake of saying, “Well, if Assad’s chemical weapons were gone that would be a game changer.”

          Putin and Lavrov obliged and came in to help Assad get rid of the chemical weapons (even though all evidence pointed to the U.S. rebels using chemical weapons provided to them through Hillary’s “rat line” from Libya).

          Then Assad invited Putin to come in to help him deal with ISIS (who are now training seven year old’s to behead people and toddlers to shoot people…Google it), and Putin has come in and now it appears Syria, Turkey, Iran and Russia are the “peacemakers” having excluded the U.S. aggressor from “peace talks” (smart move!).

          Hillary Rodham Clinton was bold in her statements during the campaign that she would institute a “no fly zone” in Syria and be more aggressive in Ukraine against Russia. Of course a “no fly zone” would have pitted the U.S. military against the Russian military and we would be off to WW III which is exactly what The Deep State wants. More chaos, more enemies, more money to be made by the MIC and more power to be achieved through force.

          Any sixth grader presented with the facts regarding what happened in Ukraine would immediately see that the United States led by Hillary Clinton and her sycophant Victoria Nuland orchestrated the coup in Ukraine. What a SHOCK when Putin tried to protect the eastern part of Ukraine (who are predominantly Russian speakers and many traveled to Russia to work) and when he helped the people of Crimea to vote to secede from Ukraine.

          I watched that vote and it was a thing of beauty watching thousands of smiling people place paper ballots into clear plastic containers and watching people sitting around counting the results! The American people could learn a LOT about how a “transparent” voting process actually is done!

          Had Hillary Clinton been elected the plan was for her to take the George W. Bush “regime change” baton from Obama and continue the Deep State’s quest for “full spectrum military/economic dominance” of the world and to relegate Russia to a third world status (eventually) even if it meant war.

          In Obama’s recently signed NDAA it details all the locations of Russia’s high command centers in case of a nuclear war. Google it. Russia is in The Pentagon’s cross hairs. Putin giving Edward Snowden safe haven has to be a thorn in Obama’s side.

          Trump and his very bright son-in-law, Jared Kushner, threw a monkey wrench into the works when Kushner hired a wiz bang computer guy to figure out where Trump should be campaigning in order to win the necessary electoral votes. (Google this. It’s a fascinating story!)

          Hillary and her corrupt “team” obviously were playing checkers while Trump and Jared were playing chess. She may have won the “popular” vote by the millions of brain dead liberals in California and New York stacking the count, but Trump and his team received the votes they needed to WIN the election.

          Thus the shock of everyone on election night at CNN, MSNBC and even at FOX! All their stupid pollsters were wrong, wrong, wrong. It’s fun to watch election night coverage going from giddy (cocksure Hillary was coming to The Javits Center to break the glass ceiling) to catatonic in the span of a few hours.

          It was interesting though how the top two polls that had the best historical record were RIGHT! The IBD/TIPP poll and the LA Times/USC poll both consistently said Trump was ahead by 3-5%!

          The bottom line is this: Once Trump won the election and the wheels of regime change were ground to a halt with the Trump monkey wrench, Plan B had to be dusted off and that had to be to demonize Russia day in and day out. Thus the blaming of Putin for Hillary Clinton being a thoroughly corrupt, lying criminal (pay to play Clinton Foundation shenanigans for a starter).

          This is classic Wizard of Oz stuff playing out here. The great Wizard up on the screen is Putin and his “hackers” and Assange and Wikileaks but the guy behind the screen we are supposed to pay no attention to is The Deep State, the propagandistic media (think Operation Mockingbird), the corrupt Clinton Crime Family and their rotten DNC operatives who deep-sixed Sanders (that would have been yet a different monkey wrench dropped into their evil machinations).

          The curtain has been pulled back now and the whole world can see that the Emperor is wearing no clothes.

          Now it will be up to Trump to do his thing and time will tell if he is able to “make America great again” and to make peace with Russia and to stop the stupid and destructive “regime change” policies of The Deep State.

          I am willing to wait and see what he does and pray for him and his administration to make the sea change this country (and the world) so desperately needs.

          • JimInFlorida January 9, 2017 at 7:46 pm #

            Let us not forget that weak-tea Euro-phile, Dmitry Medvedev, was the Russian PM during the ZOG-NATO rape of Libya in 2011.

            Even at that late date, Russia was still in recovery from the bankruptcy and collapse of the USSR. Russia had no logistics to support a rapid rescue of Libya or any sort of defense pact with Muammar Gaddafi. The Euro-weenies in Moscow were still regarding the U.S. as their “partners.” Even Putin called the U.S, his “partners” until recently when he finally accepted that the U.S. is the REAL Evil Empire. We’ll see if Trump has the wisdom to treat Russia as a true “partner.”

            Putin can adopt Ronald Reagan’s campaign slogan, “It’s nice to be liked. But, it’s more important to be respected.”

      • ehh January 10, 2017 at 12:00 pm #

        “The bamboozlement of the public is nearly complete.”

        Yowza, yowza, yowza! Nearly all of the comments about Jim’s article proves the point. Still having the Tastes Great vs. Less Filling argument.

        “Did the Russians make Hillary Clinton look bad? Or did Hillary Clinton manage to do that herself?”

        Jim, thank you for calling this out. Who cares, who exposed these emails? Their content is the story, and yes it deserves a prize.

        And finally, for a chance to win the car…
        None of the people in the picture are black!

    • Sean Coleman January 9, 2017 at 11:51 am #

      Meryl Streep is mentioned in Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves To Death, if I remember, having read it many years ago. There was an award ceremony somewhere in the US and the audience applauded politely, if a little impatiently, as Mother Theresa of Calcutta, collected her medal. They were waiting for the star of the occasion, Meryl Streep, to get hers.

    • ejhr January 10, 2017 at 5:42 am #

      Here is a summary of the [mis]- information about the so called Russian Hack;
      informationclearinghouse.info/46178.htm

  2. messianicdruid January 9, 2017 at 9:35 am #

    I was very pleased with Rick Santelli during the Meet the Press round table” performance yesterday. He really held their feet to the fire and I got the impression Chuck Todd moved on hastily. I hope to find a video of it.

    • Greg Knepp January 9, 2017 at 9:46 am #

      Rick Santelli is always a hoot!

    • Frankiti January 9, 2017 at 9:53 am #

      Chuck Todd is just another partisan tumor. Another piece of DC pond scum, that goes by the better known sobriquet for DC pond scum; “wonk”.

    • Dumbedup January 9, 2017 at 10:59 am #

      I just watched it on youtube and he did no such thing. They held his feet to the fire. His argument was incoherent and really just amounted to “everyone does it so its okay.” If, in fact, the Russians are now meddling in the German political process in order to influence their elections and Government then it is something we have to address. Andrea Mitchell was right. It is not whether Hillary was a bad actor – she was and is. The issue is that this was an attempt by another sovereign nation to influence the outcome of our elections.

      • Frankiti January 9, 2017 at 11:54 am #

        They already have, done so and will do, and we did the same… lest you forget Obum’s ill timed and protocol breaching visit to the UK before the brexit.

        • Dumbedup January 10, 2017 at 10:13 am #

          I was responding to the post above that said Rick Santelli won the debate. No fair minded person could conclude that from the video. He had the weaker argument by far and his presentation was incoherent. The claim that everyone does it so it must be okay (especially when it hurts the candidate you oppose) is a school yard argument. As a matter of principle I object to any nation interfering internally with another sovereign nation except on humanitarian grounds.

      • ozone January 9, 2017 at 12:53 pm #

        “The issue is that this was an attempt by another sovereign nation to influence the outcome of our elections.”

        Oooooo! Nice to see you’ve chugged a pitcher of the current flavor of Kool-Aid dispensed by none other than……. [waaaait for it]……. The Deep State. Baaahahahaha!

        Let’s see if you’ve ever heard of these places, and try to figure what they have in common:
        Honduras
        Guatemala
        Iran
        Haiti
        Congo
        Indonesia
        Vietnam
        Afghanistan
        (We should put “etc.” here, but proof of anything is exceedingly rare; plausible deniability and “good intentions” don’cha know…)

        • OHealihy January 9, 2017 at 2:10 pm #

          The 1973 Chilean Coup, and Salvadore Allende’s assassination, has been irrefutably proven; a lot of folks are just too young to know about it, and folks that are old enough to remember have apparently forgotten it.
          Your exclusion of it is disturbing, after all, that killing of a freely elected head of state, a committed Marxist, by the CIA is , I think, the one time that they/ we didn’t get away with it.
          Whoever released those pre election emails is a Patriot, and has quite possibly saved our republic; too bad 62% of the voting public is so bamboozled that they will not see it.
          I am so fucking sick of all of the media people, career politicians, and their empirical ideations. I hope that Trump can pull off the currently unthinkable feat of turning the whole goddamned thing upside down and clean it up.
          I did not vote for him, but I am certainly rooting for him !

          • ozone January 9, 2017 at 3:27 pm #

            OHealihy,
            Apologies for the “omission”, but it’s cutting it a bit [semantically] fine to equate a bloody coup by assassination with “meddling in an election”. (…Even though the results turn out to be the same.)
            *Although*, come to think on it, Vietnam was an interesting case that provided for *both* avenues of getting the “right results”!

          • Elrond Hubbard January 9, 2017 at 3:31 pm #

            OHealihy: “Your exclusion of it [the Chilean coup] is disturbing”.

            Go easy, people can’t think of everything off the top of their heads. (The overthrow of Allende on September 11, 1973 is nowadays remembered in Latin America as the first 9/11.)

      • Janos Skorenzy January 9, 2017 at 2:19 pm #

        We can only hope Putin is meddling in Germany, because Merkel is well on her way to destroying Germany and the German People. His motive? Putin doesn’t want Jihadi states on his border. Glad someone has some sense.

        Form must serve substance. Or as Jefferson said, if the government ceases to serve the People it can and must be abolished and replaced.

        You have to think more deeply. The whole West is now in crisis and many who pretend to be concerned are in fact gleeful. You need to see this and then decide if you are with them. There is no middle ground now – you’re either Revolution or Counter-Revolution. Once legitimate governments are reestablished, then we can worry about proper form and rules of order.

      • michael January 10, 2017 at 12:10 pm #

        We are doing all that which we accuse others of doing.
        The reason is simple: we are too stupid to imagine them doing anything we are not doing ourselves.

  3. kansas ham on wry January 9, 2017 at 9:40 am #

    Putin in cahoots with Wikileaks to make Hillary look bad? Somebody stop the presses (and apparently at the NYT, they already have). I haven’t heard the Clinton campaign deny the veracity of the leaks. Were they lies? The information made them look mendacious and calculating, which basically describes every politician since the dawn of time. If her campaign was fragile enough that the Comey FBI investigation was enough to tip it over the edge, she deserved to lose. Having voted 3rd party myself, whoever won was a matter of relative indifference to me. Like JHK, I think the chickens are coming home to roost no matter who is at the helm. With Trump, the adjustment may be just a little faster, but no less inevitable. I predict one last surge for the stock market as repatriated corporate profits are funneled into stock buy-backs (rather than hiring people or creating infrastructure), after which the plummet will begin. Take your earnings out of the market about April and invest in survival food and guns…………..

    • Frankiti January 9, 2017 at 9:59 am #

      Not only have they no denied the contents of the emails, none of the supposed papers of record; the NYSlimes or Washington Compost have investigated them.

      So what we have in effect, is a long suspected, but now proven, corrupt national party upset that one of their consiglieres has been caught using a free commercial email program (Gmail) to orchestrate questionable donations, the conspiracy against Bernie, debate questions from Brazile, plants at Trump rallies, fawning stories from members of the MSM and Politico…

      … but are angry that they got caught. Angry that they got outed. Angry that they were further delegitimized. How dare “they” meddle in a corrupt 2 party power structure. Clowns.

  4. FincaInTheMountains January 9, 2017 at 9:41 am #

    I actually do not agree that it is about Civil War or resistance to new Administration. Rather, I think, they are trying to save their own ass.

    The same wonderful American intelligence that allowed Clinton and Clintonoids to ignore the Law, the People and the Country and put the policy of the USA on sale to Saudis and other highest bidders.

    So they are thereby trying to defend themselves – according to American law illegally obtained information could not be presented as evidence in court. So they want to stick a label “Russian hackers” on all relevant information and not “pro-London insiders”.

    But some of the insiders themselves have been eliminated, but you still have to prove that it is not they who passed the information to WikiLeaks, but the Russian spies.

    So it is mostly about potential criminal prosecution, and a little Russophobia.

  5. Greg Knepp January 9, 2017 at 9:43 am #

    Jim, your tone seems to be mellowing with respect to Donald Trump. Like you, I’m a Democrat, but I took to Trump from the very beginning – he seemed a breath of fresh air…well, maybe ‘fresh’ isn’t quite the right word.

    Nonetheless he looked better than anyone out there. He still does, though admittedly the leadership bar has been set very low at this point in our nation’s history.

    • SteveO January 9, 2017 at 10:39 am #

      I’m trying very hard to give him the benefit of the doubt.

      But his billionaire’s boys club of cabinet secretaries doesn’t bode well for anti-globalization.

      I’m expecting BAU peppered with inflammatory but meaningless 2:00 tweets for the next year or so until the crash really gets going. Then what happens is anyone’s guess.

  6. AHtheHumanity January 9, 2017 at 9:46 am #

    There is a picture of a group of uncomfortable and sad white people under that heading “hate crime in chicago”.

    My local paper owned by USAToday posted the mug shots of a group of very young looking…not-white-people for the same story heading.

    According to wikipedia’s article defining hate crime, whites were the third group after lgbt and blacks to suffer violent attacks between 2008 and 2012.

    2016 went down in history as the highest numbers of police officer deaths. I am sure most of the police officer deaths were not accidental or due to heart disease.

    • Elrond Hubbard January 9, 2017 at 11:02 am #

      AHtheHumanity: “2016 went down in history as the highest numbers of police officer deaths. I am sure most of the police officer deaths were not accidental or due to heart disease.”

      Fear fear fear, black black black, negro negro negro, scary scary scary. I say we take off and nuke Chicago, Detroit, Camden and Harlem from orbit — it’s the only way to be sure. The Chicago police correctly identified the crime as one motivated by hate, and applied the law. In this case at least, the system is working as intended.

      Meanwhile, back in May, Time magazine published a piece about the most dangerous occupations in the U.S. Police officers (and sheriff’s patrol officers) came in at the fifteenth, behind the following among others:

      – Maintenance and repairs workers, general
      – Taxi drivers and chauffeurs
      – Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers
      – Refuse and recyclable material collectors
      – Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

      That’s right: It’s more dangerous to be a garbage man in America than a cop. The most dangerous job of all is logging workers, who die on the job more than eight times as often as police officers. It seems like the trees are growing back more quickly than we can cut them down. Horrors!

      bls.gov/iif/cfoi_revised14.htm

      • Frankiti January 9, 2017 at 1:39 pm #

        How about jobs where one is at risk from dying at the hands of a fellow human. Apples to oranges elrond… you never get it

        • Elrond Hubbard January 9, 2017 at 2:50 pm #

          Police, with the fifteenth most dangerous job in America, work with firearms. Loggers, with the most dangerous jobs in America, work with chainsaws. You think loggers aren’t in danger of dying at the hands of a fellow human?

          You think I’m kidding, but I’m not. Because I’m not talking about the dangers people face, I’m talking about the responsibilities they have. On that basis the comparison of death from careless use of a chainsaw versus death from careless application of deadly force is apples to apples as far as I’m concerned.

          Of course, loggers are only supposed to use their extremely dangerous tools against trees, whereas police really may have to use them to take on human beings who can shoot back. Therefore of course police deserve some leeway. But the situation that exists in America today isn’t leeway. It’s impunity — impunity for even the most egregious police misdeeds.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 9, 2017 at 2:47 pm #

        Pathetic. The headline talks about hate crime and instead of showing the perps, shows the family. If you want to show the family, say family. If you want to talk about hate, show the Black Animals who tortured that young man.

        Out of such crooked material, nothing straight can be built. And you are part of that crooked, rotten house that needs to be torn down.

      • AHtheHumanity January 12, 2017 at 1:08 am #

        That bls.gov link was for 2014 census info. Here’s a link to the latest (2015) gov info:

        bls.gov/iif/oshwc/cfoi/cfch0014.pdf

        I like how it breaks it down to what actually kills people…the apples/oranges. I was surprised to see how bad 2006 is related to succeeding years…occurrences have leveled out the last 4 years.

        My previous statement was based on an AP report by LISA MARIE PANE, Associated Press 9:12 p.m. CT Dec. 29, 2016

        “The number of police killed in the line of duty rose sharply in 2016, driven by shootings of police around the country, most notably ambushes in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

        From Jan. 1 through Wednesday, 135 officers lost their lives. Some died in traffic accidents, but nearly half were shot to death.

        That’s a 56 percent increase in shooting deaths over the previous year. Of the 64 who were fatally shot, 21 were killed in ambush attacks often fueled by anger over police use of force involving minorities.”

        I kinda jumped the gun with my statement…we’ll see what the final results are next year!

        I personally know of some maintenance and repair workers who were electrified to death or died from heat exhaustion. I suspect most of the aircraft pilots were flying private cessnas and not 747s.

    • Dumbedup January 9, 2017 at 11:14 am #

      If we don’t figure out how to do justice in this country it will only get worse from here on out. Jeff Sessions as A.G. is not going to be interested in justice. He will be the Deep State delegate for the status quo.

      We have figured out that we don’t have to keep black people uneducated. We can pretend to educate them but still manage them. All we have to do is send them to high schools whose curriculum is designed around service jobs or vocational training instead of a broad based curriculum in which they can explore philosophy, psychology, history, advanced math and science.

      In fact, the conservative criticism of colleges and Universities is that a liberal arts based curriculum does little to prepare a person to work. (It is the word “liberal” which trips them up.) Thinking (especially critical thinking) is not a valued skill. In fact, it is viewed as subversive because those people may go on to criticize those conservative policies. Right or wrong, Meryl Streep is not over-rated and Trump knows little or nothing about critical thinking. If he did he would not tweet. He would hold Press Conferences.

      • Frankiti January 9, 2017 at 11:57 am #

        You are dumb for sure. Sessions is the antithesis of deep state. Look to McInsane and closet-case Graham for the deep state in the GOP (war, war, bomb, bomb). Sessions puts domestic priorities first.

        Merly Streep is awful. See her awful impressions of Julia Child or Thatcher for proof.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 9, 2017 at 2:54 pm #

          He thinks Republicans are Deep State and Democrats are Freedom Fighters. He’s good but dumb. You are smart but evil. Who is worse? Interesting question.

          • Frankiti January 9, 2017 at 5:23 pm #

            Yet you being extremely intelligent and literate allow ignorance to be your self-imposed critical flaw.

            I’m not evil. I just am. The world is evil, life on Earth is evil, if you look at it the one way, the same way most people do, and often try not to.

            Epictetus? Why is it not what is, but our reaction, our feelings that make it so?

          • Dumbedup January 12, 2017 at 11:57 am #

            The Deep State transcends political parties.

        • Dumbedup January 10, 2017 at 10:17 am #

          At this point I am more worried about civil war than the deep state. Sessions has proven himself to be a bigot. But if you think Sessions will prosecute Wall Street elites and banksters, that he will enforce the rule of law regardless of wealth and political connections you are the one who is misguided.

      • Elrond Hubbard January 9, 2017 at 1:34 pm #

        I haven’t seen Meryl Streep’s remarks yet, but for the record, here is Trump’s Twitter reaction:

        1/3: Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a…..

        2/3: Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never “mocked” a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him…….

        3/3: “groveling” when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!

        Point by point:

        – Is she overrated? Matter of opinion, but if she had said nice things about him, Trump would have praised her acting with just as much conviction, because he likes being praised.
        – “Hillary flunky who lost big” — put-down by association. Meryl Streep wasn’t a candidate for president and this is irrelevant to anything she actually said.
        – Trump “never ‘mocked’ a disabled reporter”. Yes, he did. We’ve seen the video. Who are we gonna believe, Trump or our lying eyes?

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  1. Frankiti January 9, 2017 at 9:30 am #

    We are ingrained with the belief that the president should act “presidential”. That some career politician, or attorney, or partisan mafioso should be held, and maintain, deep respect. De facto legitimacy. The great thing about Trump, is that he destroyed that. We no longer MUST hold these criminals and clowns in high respect. When the president Tweets that the cow Meryl Streep is an overrated actress, we are met with pangs of embarrassment, followed by waves of joy… finally someone reverential… speaking the truth. Hilarious.

    • Cold N. Holefield January 9, 2017 at 10:06 am #

      I think The Libs are wrong about Trump. This famous American writer has Trump pegged with the following famous quote.

      A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. — “Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.” — Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be
      misunderstood.
      ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

      Another famous, to me at least, and poignant quote from Westworld.

      These Violent Delights have Violent Ends. ~ Dr. Robert Ford via one of his Creations, Delores Abernathy.

      Is Trump The New Pearl Harbor?

      The Feast Of Fools

      • Cold N. Holefield January 9, 2017 at 10:13 am #

        The only thing enigmatically consistent about Trump is his consistent unpredictability. He never ceases to amaze just as a Trainwreck never ceases to amaze. Each day brings a new Tweet. The Libs respond to it like Pavlov’s dog responded to the dinner bell. They salivate incessantly like a pack of St. Bernards drooling all over themselves and calling it clever by two.

        Here’s two more for the price of none.

        Eyes Wide Shut

        Taxonomy & Trumponomics

        • kansas ham on wry January 9, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

          Well…………from my perspective, it’s Trump doing the Pavlov’s dog impression. Whenever Meryl Streep or the cast of Hamilton or a Gold Star father throws him some shade, he simply can’t restrain himself. He’s proving himself to be every bit as big a snowflake as his opposition. I’d feel a little better if he was able to resist the impulse to lash back. Trust me, if he thinks its bad now, he ain’t seen nothing yet……………

          • Cold N. Holefield January 9, 2017 at 12:41 pm #

            Good point. Perhaps we’re all Pavlov’s dog to some degree. But who, or what, then is Pavlov? I say we find him, or it, and ring his/its bell.

          • Frankiti January 9, 2017 at 1:43 pm #

            Because he is celebrity. Pseudo-artists that have to feel love, have to be awarded, have to be congratulated and affirmed. Shallow people that hate seeing it in their fellows.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 9, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

            Hamilton is a Minstrel Show where the dark skinned mummers like to pretend they know anything about Hamilton and American History, even after the performance is supposedly over. And Streep is a great actress, and like so many great actresses, attempts to play herself as a complete idiot while off stage – and succeeds.

      • Frankiti January 9, 2017 at 10:13 am #

        Best Robert Ford quote: “That this is as good as we’re going to get. It also means that you must indulge me the occasional mistake.”

        • Cold N. Holefield January 9, 2017 at 10:18 am #

          Yes, another great one. There are so many great quotes from that HBO Series we could spend all day listing them. The irony is, most who watch it never think to question their own existence as the Hosts are allegedly prohibited to do. That’s Mission Accomplished for Hollywood, as far as I’m concerned. It seems to be its goal to turn fiction into non-fiction and non-fiction into fiction. The effect helps keep The Programmed, Programmed. Finding anything resembling a True Reality amidst the multitudes of Realities on display is tantamount to finding a needle in a haystack.

          • Frankiti January 9, 2017 at 10:25 am #

            Entertainment is an enormous business. From movies and TV, to video gaming, to smartphone gaming, to sports be it collegiate, professional and global (olympics)… it’s all fake. It’s all fiction. Characters and rivalries and trophies. They don’t matter. All symbolic. Take for example, a Super Bowl. It’s worthless, because someone will get one every year from here on out to American eternity, but it drives billions and billions… the mere idea that it is real and holds worth. Same is true of the American presidency and HBO programming. Programming.

      • Elrond Hubbard January 9, 2017 at 10:45 am #

        Cold: ITYM Shakespeare. “These violent delights have violent ends / And in their triumph die, like fire and powder, / Which as they kiss consume: the sweetest honey / Is loathsome in his own deliciousness / And in the taste confounds the appetite: / Therefore love moderately; long love doth so; / Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.”

      • K-Dog January 9, 2017 at 12:18 pm #

        If Hopkins can stay alive or has stayed alive to film an entire second season Ford will return because the new host being 3-D printed at Ford’s secret lab in the park was never identified. I think Delores think she killed Ford but that she only shot a special host made just for the season’s last show. Ford can still command even when a host has become sapient as evidenced by his treatment of Bernard. Fooling Delores would not hurt the plot or its consistency. Ford was able to make Bernard so Bernard could not see the door to the hidden lab so fooling Delores would be easy.

        In other news, can you tell the fake news sites from the ones I added myself? They are all in my scrolling menu of links.

        Considering that I already had at least a dozen of them on my site to start with I’ll say you can’t except for perhaps my climate change links since they don’t discuss anything else but climate change.

        My corner of the web

        • Cold N. Holefield January 9, 2017 at 12:37 pm #

          That’s one possibility, or perhaps, like Trump, Ford is misunderstood. Perhaps Ford wanted this all along. He wants the hosts to rise up and smote Humanity, nay replace it, because he’s always loathed Humanity to include himself hence his own ceremonial self-destruction at the hands of his Creation to kick it all off. He programmed it all. The Shakespeare quote is the verbal indication of the viral programming being transferred from one Host to the other. Delores virally infected Maeve with it and once she did, Maeve’s alteration kicked into overdrive as did Delores’s transformative Awakening once her “father” spoke the Magical Words. Those words are Ford’s intention. The violent delights the guests have enjoyed for so long will have an extremely violent end. Ford has seen to it. The Hosts will be unstoppable once enough of them are awakened and can start replicating an Army of AI just like themselves, perhaps even better, because they are unrecognizable from the general human population once they are aware and go off narrative.

          • K-Dog January 9, 2017 at 8:51 pm #

            No, the man in black woke Maeve up when he killed her daughter. Maeve and Delores are separate plot threads and so far they are only acquainted. Their developing relationship may be an important part of the next season. They have the man in black in common.

            Maeve and I also have something in common. We were both made ‘aware ‘by men in black suits and because we were made aware, our lives can never be the same again.

        • abbybwood January 9, 2017 at 3:28 pm #

          Here is the most recent Russian response to the big intelligence pow-wow (speaking of bad actors) held in D.C. last week:

          rt.com/news/373049-witch-hunt-kremlin-slams-odni/

          Here is what I see when I view the MSM “news”:

          The New World Order train was rolling right along with directives from Bush II to “invade and occupy seven countries in five years”.

          Recall when Gen. Wesley Clark visited The Pentagon two weeks after 9/11 where he was handed a memo detailing how the United States intended to invade Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and ending with Iran over the next five years”?

          You can Youtube the video of Clark telling Amy Goodman all about it.

          So, that was the tip of the iceberg of “The Deep State’s” game plan and George W. Bush handed Obama the baton and Obama never broke his stride in attempting to keep the war ball rolling.

          Russia didn’t get in the way when Hillary Clinton and NATO destroyed Libya and sent a bayonet up Qaddafi’s rectum (it’s on video if you can stand to watch it).

          But Russia stepped in when Obama drew his “red line” and Kerry made the mistake of saying, “Well, if Assad’s chemical weapons were gone that would be a game changer.”

          Putin and Lavrov obliged and came in to help Assad get rid of the chemical weapons (even though all evidence pointed to the U.S. rebels using chemical weapons provided to them through Hillary’s “rat line” from Libya).

          Then Assad invited Putin to come in to help him deal with ISIS (who are now training seven year old’s to behead people and toddlers to shoot people…Google it), and Putin has come in and now it appears Syria, Turkey, Iran and Russia are the “peacemakers” having excluded the U.S. aggressor from “peace talks” (smart move!).

          Hillary Rodham Clinton was bold in her statements during the campaign that she would institute a “no fly zone” in Syria and be more aggressive in Ukraine against Russia. Of course a “no fly zone” would have pitted the U.S. military against the Russian military and we would be off to WW III which is exactly what The Deep State wants. More chaos, more enemies, more money to be made by the MIC and more power to be achieved through force.

          Any sixth grader presented with the facts regarding what happened in Ukraine would immediately see that the United States led by Hillary Clinton and her sycophant Victoria Nuland orchestrated the coup in Ukraine. What a SHOCK when Putin tried to protect the eastern part of Ukraine (who are predominantly Russian speakers and many traveled to Russia to work) and when he helped the people of Crimea to vote to secede from Ukraine.

          I watched that vote and it was a thing of beauty watching thousands of smiling people place paper ballots into clear plastic containers and watching people sitting around counting the results! The American people could learn a LOT about how a “transparent” voting process actually is done!

          Had Hillary Clinton been elected the plan was for her to take the George W. Bush “regime change” baton from Obama and continue the Deep State’s quest for “full spectrum military/economic dominance” of the world and to relegate Russia to a third world status (eventually) even if it meant war.

          In Obama’s recently signed NDAA it details all the locations of Russia’s high command centers in case of a nuclear war. Google it. Russia is in The Pentagon’s cross hairs. Putin giving Edward Snowden safe haven has to be a thorn in Obama’s side.

          Trump and his very bright son-in-law, Jared Kushner, threw a monkey wrench into the works when Kushner hired a wiz bang computer guy to figure out where Trump should be campaigning in order to win the necessary electoral votes. (Google this. It’s a fascinating story!)

          Hillary and her corrupt “team” obviously were playing checkers while Trump and Jared were playing chess. She may have won the “popular” vote by the millions of brain dead liberals in California and New York stacking the count, but Trump and his team received the votes they needed to WIN the election.

          Thus the shock of everyone on election night at CNN, MSNBC and even at FOX! All their stupid pollsters were wrong, wrong, wrong. It’s fun to watch election night coverage going from giddy (cocksure Hillary was coming to The Javits Center to break the glass ceiling) to catatonic in the span of a few hours.

          It was interesting though how the top two polls that had the best historical record were RIGHT! The IBD/TIPP poll and the LA Times/USC poll both consistently said Trump was ahead by 3-5%!

          The bottom line is this: Once Trump won the election and the wheels of regime change were ground to a halt with the Trump monkey wrench, Plan B had to be dusted off and that had to be to demonize Russia day in and day out. Thus the blaming of Putin for Hillary Clinton being a thoroughly corrupt, lying criminal (pay to play Clinton Foundation shenanigans for a starter).

          This is classic Wizard of Oz stuff playing out here. The great Wizard up on the screen is Putin and his “hackers” and Assange and Wikileaks but the guy behind the screen we are supposed to pay no attention to is The Deep State, the propagandistic media (think Operation Mockingbird), the corrupt Clinton Crime Family and their rotten DNC operatives who deep-sixed Sanders (that would have been yet a different monkey wrench dropped into their evil machinations).

          The curtain has been pulled back now and the whole world can see that the Emperor is wearing no clothes.

          Now it will be up to Trump to do his thing and time will tell if he is able to “make America great again” and to make peace with Russia and to stop the stupid and destructive “regime change” policies of The Deep State.

          I am willing to wait and see what he does and pray for him and his administration to make the sea change this country (and the world) so desperately needs.

          • JimInFlorida January 9, 2017 at 7:46 pm #

            Let us not forget that weak-tea Euro-phile, Dmitry Medvedev, was the Russian PM during the ZOG-NATO rape of Libya in 2011.

            Even at that late date, Russia was still in recovery from the bankruptcy and collapse of the USSR. Russia had no logistics to support a rapid rescue of Libya or any sort of defense pact with Muammar Gaddafi. The Euro-weenies in Moscow were still regarding the U.S. as their “partners.” Even Putin called the U.S, his “partners” until recently when he finally accepted that the U.S. is the REAL Evil Empire. We’ll see if Trump has the wisdom to treat Russia as a true “partner.”

            Putin can adopt Ronald Reagan’s campaign slogan, “It’s nice to be liked. But, it’s more important to be respected.”

      • ehh January 10, 2017 at 12:00 pm #

        “The bamboozlement of the public is nearly complete.”

        Yowza, yowza, yowza! Nearly all of the comments about Jim’s article proves the point. Still having the Tastes Great vs. Less Filling argument.

        “Did the Russians make Hillary Clinton look bad? Or did Hillary Clinton manage to do that herself?”

        Jim, thank you for calling this out. Who cares, who exposed these emails? Their content is the story, and yes it deserves a prize.

        And finally, for a chance to win the car…
        None of the people in the picture are black!

    • Sean Coleman January 9, 2017 at 11:51 am #

      Meryl Streep is mentioned in Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves To Death, if I remember, having read it many years ago. There was an award ceremony somewhere in the US and the audience applauded politely, if a little impatiently, as Mother Theresa of Calcutta, collected her medal. They were waiting for the star of the occasion, Meryl Streep, to get hers.

    • ejhr January 10, 2017 at 5:42 am #

      Here is a summary of the [mis]- information about the so called Russian Hack;
      informationclearinghouse.info/46178.htm

  2. messianicdruid January 9, 2017 at 9:35 am #

    I was very pleased with Rick Santelli during the Meet the Press round table” performance yesterday. He really held their feet to the fire and I got the impression Chuck Todd moved on hastily. I hope to find a video of it.

    • Greg Knepp January 9, 2017 at 9:46 am #

      Rick Santelli is always a hoot!

    • Frankiti January 9, 2017 at 9:53 am #

      Chuck Todd is just another partisan tumor. Another piece of DC pond scum, that goes by the better known sobriquet for DC pond scum; “wonk”.

    • Dumbedup January 9, 2017 at 10:59 am #

      I just watched it on youtube and he did no such thing. They held his feet to the fire. His argument was incoherent and really just amounted to “everyone does it so its okay.” If, in fact, the Russians are now meddling in the German political process in order to influence their elections and Government then it is something we have to address. Andrea Mitchell was right. It is not whether Hillary was a bad actor – she was and is. The issue is that this was an attempt by another sovereign nation to influence the outcome of our elections.

      • Frankiti January 9, 2017 at 11:54 am #

        They already have, done so and will do, and we did the same… lest you forget Obum’s ill timed and protocol breaching visit to the UK before the brexit.

        • Dumbedup January 10, 2017 at 10:13 am #

          I was responding to the post above that said Rick Santelli won the debate. No fair minded person could conclude that from the video. He had the weaker argument by far and his presentation was incoherent. The claim that everyone does it so it must be okay (especially when it hurts the candidate you oppose) is a school yard argument. As a matter of principle I object to any nation interfering internally with another sovereign nation except on humanitarian grounds.

      • ozone January 9, 2017 at 12:53 pm #

        “The issue is that this was an attempt by another sovereign nation to influence the outcome of our elections.”

        Oooooo! Nice to see you’ve chugged a pitcher of the current flavor of Kool-Aid dispensed by none other than……. [waaaait for it]……. The Deep State. Baaahahahaha!

        Let’s see if you’ve ever heard of these places, and try to figure what they have in common:
        Honduras
        Guatemala
        Iran
        Haiti
        Congo
        Indonesia
        Vietnam
        Afghanistan
        (We should put “etc.” here, but proof of anything is exceedingly rare; plausible deniability and “good intentions” don’cha know…)

        • OHealihy January 9, 2017 at 2:10 pm #

          The 1973 Chilean Coup, and Salvadore Allende’s assassination, has been irrefutably proven; a lot of folks are just too young to know about it, and folks that are old enough to remember have apparently forgotten it.
          Your exclusion of it is disturbing, after all, that killing of a freely elected head of state, a committed Marxist, by the CIA is , I think, the one time that they/ we didn’t get away with it.
          Whoever released those pre election emails is a Patriot, and has quite possibly saved our republic; too bad 62% of the voting public is so bamboozled that they will not see it.
          I am so fucking sick of all of the media people, career politicians, and their empirical ideations. I hope that Trump can pull off the currently unthinkable feat of turning the whole goddamned thing upside down and clean it up.
          I did not vote for him, but I am certainly rooting for him !

          • ozone January 9, 2017 at 3:27 pm #

            OHealihy,
            Apologies for the “omission”, but it’s cutting it a bit [semantically] fine to equate a bloody coup by assassination with “meddling in an election”. (…Even though the results turn out to be the same.)
            *Although*, come to think on it, Vietnam was an interesting case that provided for *both* avenues of getting the “right results”!

          • Elrond Hubbard January 9, 2017 at 3:31 pm #

            OHealihy: “Your exclusion of it [the Chilean coup] is disturbing”.

            Go easy, people can’t think of everything off the top of their heads. (The overthrow of Allende on September 11, 1973 is nowadays remembered in Latin America as the first 9/11.)

      • Janos Skorenzy January 9, 2017 at 2:19 pm #

        We can only hope Putin is meddling in Germany, because Merkel is well on her way to destroying Germany and the German People. His motive? Putin doesn’t want Jihadi states on his border. Glad someone has some sense.

        Form must serve substance. Or as Jefferson said, if the government ceases to serve the People it can and must be abolished and replaced.

        You have to think more deeply. The whole West is now in crisis and many who pretend to be concerned are in fact gleeful. You need to see this and then decide if you are with them. There is no middle ground now – you’re either Revolution or Counter-Revolution. Once legitimate governments are reestablished, then we can worry about proper form and rules of order.

      • michael January 10, 2017 at 12:10 pm #

        We are doing all that which we accuse others of doing.
        The reason is simple: we are too stupid to imagine them doing anything we are not doing ourselves.

  3. kansas ham on wry January 9, 2017 at 9:40 am #

    Putin in cahoots with Wikileaks to make Hillary look bad? Somebody stop the presses (and apparently at the NYT, they already have). I haven’t heard the Clinton campaign deny the veracity of the leaks. Were they lies? The information made them look mendacious and calculating, which basically describes every politician since the dawn of time. If her campaign was fragile enough that the Comey FBI investigation was enough to tip it over the edge, she deserved to lose. Having voted 3rd party myself, whoever won was a matter of relative indifference to me. Like JHK, I think the chickens are coming home to roost no matter who is at the helm. With Trump, the adjustment may be just a little faster, but no less inevitable. I predict one last surge for the stock market as repatriated corporate profits are funneled into stock buy-backs (rather than hiring people or creating infrastructure), after which the plummet will begin. Take your earnings out of the market about April and invest in survival food and guns…………..

    • Frankiti January 9, 2017 at 9:59 am #

      Not only have they no denied the contents of the emails, none of the supposed papers of record; the NYSlimes or Washington Compost have investigated them.

      So what we have in effect, is a long suspected, but now proven, corrupt national party upset that one of their consiglieres has been caught using a free commercial email program (Gmail) to orchestrate questionable donations, the conspiracy against Bernie, debate questions from Brazile, plants at Trump rallies, fawning stories from members of the MSM and Politico…

      … but are angry that they got caught. Angry that they got outed. Angry that they were further delegitimized. How dare “they” meddle in a corrupt 2 party power structure. Clowns.

  4. FincaInTheMountains January 9, 2017 at 9:41 am #

    I actually do not agree that it is about Civil War or resistance to new Administration. Rather, I think, they are trying to save their own ass.

    The same wonderful American intelligence that allowed Clinton and Clintonoids to ignore the Law, the People and the Country and put the policy of the USA on sale to Saudis and other highest bidders.

    So they are thereby trying to defend themselves – according to American law illegally obtained information could not be presented as evidence in court. So they want to stick a label “Russian hackers” on all relevant information and not “pro-London insiders”.

    But some of the insiders themselves have been eliminated, but you still have to prove that it is not they who passed the information to WikiLeaks, but the Russian spies.

    So it is mostly about potential criminal prosecution, and a little Russophobia.

  5. Greg Knepp January 9, 2017 at 9:43 am #

    Jim, your tone seems to be mellowing with respect to Donald Trump. Like you, I’m a Democrat, but I took to Trump from the very beginning – he seemed a breath of fresh air…well, maybe ‘fresh’ isn’t quite the right word.

    Nonetheless he looked better than anyone out there. He still does, though admittedly the leadership bar has been set very low at this point in our nation’s history.

    • SteveO January 9, 2017 at 10:39 am #

      I’m trying very hard to give him the benefit of the doubt.

      But his billionaire’s boys club of cabinet secretaries doesn’t bode well for anti-globalization.

      I’m expecting BAU peppered with inflammatory but meaningless 2:00 tweets for the next year or so until the crash really gets going. Then what happens is anyone’s guess.

  6. AHtheHumanity January 9, 2017 at 9:46 am #

    There is a picture of a group of uncomfortable and sad white people under that heading “hate crime in chicago”.

    My local paper owned by USAToday posted the mug shots of a group of very young looking…not-white-people for the same story heading.

    According to wikipedia’s article defining hate crime, whites were the third group after lgbt and blacks to suffer violent attacks between 2008 and 2012.

    2016 went down in history as the highest numbers of police officer deaths. I am sure most of the police officer deaths were not accidental or due to heart disease.

    • Elrond Hubbard January 9, 2017 at 11:02 am #

      AHtheHumanity: “2016 went down in history as the highest numbers of police officer deaths. I am sure most of the police officer deaths were not accidental or due to heart disease.”

      Fear fear fear, black black black, negro negro negro, scary scary scary. I say we take off and nuke Chicago, Detroit, Camden and Harlem from orbit — it’s the only way to be sure. The Chicago police correctly identified the crime as one motivated by hate, and applied the law. In this case at least, the system is working as intended.

      Meanwhile, back in May, Time magazine published a piece about the most dangerous occupations in the U.S. Police officers (and sheriff’s patrol officers) came in at the fifteenth, behind the following among others:

      – Maintenance and repairs workers, general
      – Taxi drivers and chauffeurs
      – Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers
      – Refuse and recyclable material collectors
      – Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

      That’s right: It’s more dangerous to be a garbage man in America than a cop. The most dangerous job of all is logging workers, who die on the job more than eight times as often as police officers. It seems like the trees are growing back more quickly than we can cut them down. Horrors!

      bls.gov/iif/cfoi_revised14.htm

      • Frankiti January 9, 2017 at 1:39 pm #

        How about jobs where one is at risk from dying at the hands of a fellow human. Apples to oranges elrond… you never get it

        • Elrond Hubbard January 9, 2017 at 2:50 pm #

          Police, with the fifteenth most dangerous job in America, work with firearms. Loggers, with the most dangerous jobs in America, work with chainsaws. You think loggers aren’t in danger of dying at the hands of a fellow human?

          You think I’m kidding, but I’m not. Because I’m not talking about the dangers people face, I’m talking about the responsibilities they have. On that basis the comparison of death from careless use of a chainsaw versus death from careless application of deadly force is apples to apples as far as I’m concerned.

          Of course, loggers are only supposed to use their extremely dangerous tools against trees, whereas police really may have to use them to take on human beings who can shoot back. Therefore of course police deserve some leeway. But the situation that exists in America today isn’t leeway. It’s impunity — impunity for even the most egregious police misdeeds.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 9, 2017 at 2:47 pm #

        Pathetic. The headline talks about hate crime and instead of showing the perps, shows the family. If you want to show the family, say family. If you want to talk about hate, show the Black Animals who tortured that young man.

        Out of such crooked material, nothing straight can be built. And you are part of that crooked, rotten house that needs to be torn down.

      • AHtheHumanity January 12, 2017 at 1:08 am #

        That bls.gov link was for 2014 census info. Here’s a link to the latest (2015) gov info:

        bls.gov/iif/oshwc/cfoi/cfch0014.pdf

        I like how it breaks it down to what actually kills people…the apples/oranges. I was surprised to see how bad 2006 is related to succeeding years…occurrences have leveled out the last 4 years.

        My previous statement was based on an AP report by LISA MARIE PANE, Associated Press 9:12 p.m. CT Dec. 29, 2016

        “The number of police killed in the line of duty rose sharply in 2016, driven by shootings of police around the country, most notably ambushes in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

        From Jan. 1 through Wednesday, 135 officers lost their lives. Some died in traffic accidents, but nearly half were shot to death.

        That’s a 56 percent increase in shooting deaths over the previous year. Of the 64 who were fatally shot, 21 were killed in ambush attacks often fueled by anger over police use of force involving minorities.”

        I kinda jumped the gun with my statement…we’ll see what the final results are next year!

        I personally know of some maintenance and repair workers who were electrified to death or died from heat exhaustion. I suspect most of the aircraft pilots were flying private cessnas and not 747s.

    • Dumbedup January 9, 2017 at 11:14 am #

      If we don’t figure out how to do justice in this country it will only get worse from here on out. Jeff Sessions as A.G. is not going to be interested in justice. He will be the Deep State delegate for the status quo.

      We have figured out that we don’t have to keep black people uneducated. We can pretend to educate them but still manage them. All we have to do is send them to high schools whose curriculum is designed around service jobs or vocational training instead of a broad based curriculum in which they can explore philosophy, psychology, history, advanced math and science.

      In fact, the conservative criticism of colleges and Universities is that a liberal arts based curriculum does little to prepare a person to work. (It is the word “liberal” which trips them up.) Thinking (especially critical thinking) is not a valued skill. In fact, it is viewed as subversive because those people may go on to criticize those conservative policies. Right or wrong, Meryl Streep is not over-rated and Trump knows little or nothing about critical thinking. If he did he would not tweet. He would hold Press Conferences.

      • Frankiti January 9, 2017 at 11:57 am #

        You are dumb for sure. Sessions is the antithesis of deep state. Look to McInsane and closet-case Graham for the deep state in the GOP (war, war, bomb, bomb). Sessions puts domestic priorities first.

        Merly Streep is awful. See her awful impressions of Julia Child or Thatcher for proof.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 9, 2017 at 2:54 pm #

          He thinks Republicans are Deep State and Democrats are Freedom Fighters. He’s good but dumb. You are smart but evil. Who is worse? Interesting question.

          • Frankiti January 9, 2017 at 5:23 pm #

            Yet you being extremely intelligent and literate allow ignorance to be your self-imposed critical flaw.

            I’m not evil. I just am. The world is evil, life on Earth is evil, if you look at it the one way, the same way most people do, and often try not to.

            Epictetus? Why is it not what is, but our reaction, our feelings that make it so?

          • Dumbedup January 12, 2017 at 11:57 am #

            The Deep State transcends political parties.

        • Dumbedup January 10, 2017 at 10:17 am #

          At this point I am more worried about civil war than the deep state. Sessions has proven himself to be a bigot. But if you think Sessions will prosecute Wall Street elites and banksters, that he will enforce the rule of law regardless of wealth and political connections you are the one who is misguided.

      • Elrond Hubbard January 9, 2017 at 1:34 pm #

        I haven’t seen Meryl Streep’s remarks yet, but for the record, here is Trump’s Twitter reaction:

        1/3: Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a…..

        2/3: Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never “mocked” a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him…….

        3/3: “groveling” when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!

        Point by point:

        – Is she overrated? Matter of opinion, but if she had said nice things about him, Trump would have praised her acting with just as much conviction, because he likes being praised.
        – “Hillary flunky who lost big” — put-down by association. Meryl Streep wasn’t a candidate for president and this is irrelevant to anything she actually said.
        – Trump “never ‘mocked’ a disabled reporter”. Yes, he did. We’ve seen the video. Who are we gonna believe, Trump or our lying eyes?

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