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“He says what he really thinks.” That is the standard explanation for the astounding political rise of Donald J. Trump. Somehow the news media have missed the meaning of this: that the rest of political America refuses to say what it really thinks. Why is that and how can it be?

The simple answer: they’re afraid of how it will play on television. One error of the mouth and you’re politically crucified. You’re done. Taken out with the trash. Trump’s secret is that every error of his unfiltered mouth — and the hypothetical mind connected to it — emphasizes and celebrates his liberation from that fear. Trump is like the fabled Honey Badger of YouTube fame: he doesn’t give a shit. He just forges ahead through all the biting, stinging, snapping, yapping, odious, poisonous opposition in his dogged journey to the prize. As Trump might say: they love him and he loves them (for that).

The less simple answer is that America has become a matrix of rackets based on fraud, swindling, and extortion that can only support itself on lies, which form the armature that enables all the racketeering. That explains one of the central mysteries of Mr. Obama’s double term in the White House: why his Department of Justice never prosecuted (possibly never even dared to investigate) criminal misconduct in banking after the 2008 mortgage bond debacle. The Holy Trinity of Bank Fraud: Rubin, Geithner, and Summers paid him a call after election day and said, “Look here, fucker: one false move out of you in the direction of our friends doing ‘God’s work,’ and this whole house of cards comes fluttering down.” Hence, Obama appointed the trio to positions of authority and counsel, and the racketeering resumed without hindrance — to the greater affliction upon the common weal.

The issues at stake were apparently too abstruse for the public to grasp, so they just rolled with it clear to the statute of limitations and beyond. Of course, the trouble with operations based on lies is that sooner or later reality intrudes with all its implacable wrath and you get a mighty correction impossible to ignore. That is likely to be fate’s parting gift to Barack Obama. He will go out the way he came in: amidst financial maelstrom.

As only one example of the collateral damage to all this filtering of what’s real, note a consequence of zero interest rates (a swindle designed to prop up Too Big To Fail banks): ordinary people past their working years can’t earn any income from all the traditionally safe ways of doing this: savings accounts, certificates of deposit, and bonds. Due to my advanced age, I get vast and constant rafts of mailings from an outfit called AARP pretending to be the American Association of Retired Persons. (I don’t pretend to have any intention of retiring, by the way.) Not one of these incessant messages mentions the harm being done by zero interest rates to people of modest means beyond their earning years desperate to get by. If they happen to have, say, thirty-eight thousand dollars of savings, they can’t generate enough income off it to pay for their yearly ration of ibuprofen. That’s because AARP doesn’t represent the stakes of this group. AARP is an insurance racket. AARP is a charade designed for asset-stripping the hapless.

It’s most ironic, of course, that the perceived antidote to the pandemic of lying in America is this arguably crooked real estate developer and gambling casino tycoon Trump. The grand entrance of Trump, with his unfiltered mouth, into the political arena becomes a preliminary argument for sweeping away the accumulated sclerotic political baggage of four generations lucky enough to have lived in a world that briefly allowed fantasy to override the laws of physics and human nature. What we really ought to worry about is what follows in the foul wake of Trump, both in awful circumstance and the as-yet-unknown cast of characters who will have to grapple with it.

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  1. orbit7er April 4, 2016 at 10:03 am #

    But Bernie won Nevada after all it appears… and is poised to win Wisconsin tomorrow. If Bernie can win New York it is all over for the Ice queens march to the throne for her plutocratic backers.

    • SteveO April 4, 2016 at 10:23 am #

      Oh please, oh please, oh please…

      Words cannot express my disdain for Hillary Clinton and the kleptocracy she represents.

    • miasmo April 4, 2016 at 1:56 pm #

      I don’t think that is an accurate analysis. Sanders will need to win WI, NY and many other remaining stares by wide margins to catch up in pledged delegates. It’s not impossible, but it’s what needs to happen for him to win.

      I sincerely hope he can beat the corporatist warmonger, but we may all end up having to put ointment on the Bern.

    • abbybwood April 4, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

      Even if Sanders comes to the convention with MORE pledged delegates than Clinton her Super Delegates she locked in with a dirty DNC deal well over a year ago will seal Bernie’s fate:

      http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/04/01/how-hillary-clinton-bought-the-loyalty-of-33-state-democratic-parties/

      Regardless of the fact that many of Clinton’s Super Delegates are sticking with her (financing of their re-election campaigns depend on it) in spite of the fact that their states voted for Sanders.

      If this happens I am hoping that Sanders will refuse to endorse the pathological lying war criminal and will get all his supporters to file for him in all 50 states to run as an Independent to keep his “political revolution” alive. Because if he “endorses” her the revolution will die.

      He will have the money and the necessary amount of supporters needed to collect the hundreds of thousands of signatures that will be needed to make it onto all the ballots for November.

      He will easily poll well beyond the necessary 15% polling threshold enacted by the Presidential Debate Commission and if Trump is true to his word he will also probably end up running as an Independent if he is not treated fairly by the RNC. He has been chirping this meme in the last week.

      The Republican convention is poised to dump Trump and with the D.C. Madam’s Black Book being dropped onto the internet Cruz would be the next shoe to drop.

      Kasich, due to the “Ron Paul Rule” 40-B would be excluded from the running as by the time of the convention he will not have won 8 states.

      There is a very good possibility that Paul Ryan will be brought in to “save the day!” and the Republican convention will turn into the fiasco it deserves to be.

      Which means, if all the stars align the way I anticipate they will, we will end up with four or five presidential debates in the fall with Sanders/Clinton/Trump and Ryan.

      According to all the national polling Sanders would win in a landslide.

      In the meantime I just keep hoping that Comey has grown a pair and will either indict Clinton or if Obama and Lynch nix that idea that Comey and his FBI agents will pull a “Saturday Night Massacre”. Either way Clinton will be the very damaged goods she is.

      • Sticks-of-TNT April 4, 2016 at 3:32 pm #

        Excellent analysis Abby. -Sticks

      • SteveO April 5, 2016 at 2:51 pm #

        “Kasich, due to the “Ron Paul Rule” 40-B would be excluded from the running as by the time of the convention he will not have won 8 states.”

        The rules committee meets at the beginning of the convention. These rules are not craved in stone, in fact, “carved in mud” is a more accurate description. They could change the rules to say no one with the initials “DT” can be the nominee and it would be legal.

    • mdm1mdm1 April 4, 2016 at 4:36 pm #

      You would NEVER know that from the MSM………..the Bernie camp made the mistake of admitting they should have gone after Clinton s juggler much earlier and of course the mainstreeet media runs with it and reports even Sanders campaign admits he is toast……..Bernie is our only hope this election cycle………don’t know what might happen 4 years hence, maybe a much larger radical reaction to the status quo,one can only hope,

      • FourFootSnake April 4, 2016 at 11:12 pm #

        Those jugglers are bastards and should have stayed in the circus.

        • Sticks-of-TNT April 5, 2016 at 5:40 am #

          Clinton must have her own personal juggler. Maybe he keeps an eye on her clown (Bill) when Hillary’s on the road. -Sticks

  2. Neon Vincent April 4, 2016 at 10:04 am #

    “Of course, the trouble with operations based on lies is that sooner or later reality intrudes with all its implacable wrath and you get a mighty correction impossible to ignore.”

    That’s happening on a smaller scale here in Michigan regarding the Flint Water Crisis. First, Snyder testified before Congress. He had to suffer through calls for his resignation from the Democrats. At the same time, the EPA Director got the same treatment from the Republicans. Next, his own task force issued its findings. They repeated Snyder’s mantra that this was “a failure of government at all levels,” but this time they focused on the state of Michigan, declaring it “fundamentally accountable” for the problems. One of the main culprits they identified was the state’s Emergency Manager Law. Good luck changing that, as the lawmakers like it. The previous version was repealed by a vote of the people and the legislature passed a new version the next month, they approved of it so much!

    • MisterDarling April 5, 2016 at 2:48 am #

      “Of course, the trouble with operations based on lies is that sooner or later reality intrudes with all its implacable wrath and you get a mighty correction impossible to ignore.”-Neon V.

      All I have to do to remind myself of that “implacable wrath” is check the commodity charts periodically:

      Oil DOWN -6% for the month, -31% for the year – along with every other commodity, save (of course) precious metals – where we see a cute little back-n-forth tussle with the Fed’s gold/silver shorting operation every day…

      Hey, don’t blame me, “I’m just the messenger”…

      😉

      Cheers!

  3. seawolf77 April 4, 2016 at 10:12 am #

    President Bif Tannen. Amazing how Back to the Future was so prescient, especially its references to 9/11.

  4. davidreese2 April 4, 2016 at 10:22 am #

    As always, JHK gets it right! One of his best posts to date.

  5. orbit7er April 4, 2016 at 10:22 am #

    the Panama Papers, unmentioned in the NY Times yet, reveals the vast web of tax avoidance corruption by elites everywhere – Russian Plutocrats, David Cameron’s father, Poroshenko, the Ukraines bankster president, !!
    The corruption proves to be in political leaders worldwide…
    This is something Wikileaks had claimed to be working on some years ago but now appears to have come out from another whistleblower source…

    http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/04/03/panama-papers-biggest-leak-history-exposes-global-web-corruption

    • WannaBleave April 4, 2016 at 11:48 am #

      The NYT does have an article posted to their website but hardly visible… buried way down the page. What a shame, because it’s likely to be a very, very consequential story.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/04/us/politics/leaked-documents-offshore-accounts-putin.html

      • Pogo April 4, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

        Oh there will be shock and awe for awhile and concomitant calls for reform, but in the end nothing will change.

        For example, recall the Mitt Romney SEP-IRA of $102 million? How did he every get that much in tax-sheltered retirement savings? He cheated, that’s how…using the trick of “carried interest”. Has anything changed? No. Will it? No, not until the Great Upheaval that is on the horizon.

        • Frankiti April 4, 2016 at 2:01 pm #

          Exactly. It will be explained that setting up corporate shells and backdating documents and hiding accounts is all perfectly legal and is simply the result of an arcane tax structure. The tax system will be reformed by the oligarch’s army of lobbyists making it legal ex post facto. That’s how things get done in ‘murica.

          • Pogo April 4, 2016 at 2:21 pm #

            I was employed by United Health Company back when the CEO, Dr. Bill McQuire was hauling in over $100 million per year, mostly using back-dated stock options. Did he ever spend a single day in lock-up? Hell no. BTW, ex-VP Walter Mondale was on the Board of Directors that granted the stock options. Incest abounds.

    • swmnguy April 4, 2016 at 12:59 pm #

      It’s interesting that the Panama Papers include no US figures. It’s also interesting that Putin and the Icelanders were the figures highlighted in the initial US media stories.

      Not Poroshenko of Ukraine, the current King of Saudi Arabia, and other US clients.

      In no way do I mean to minimize any corruption. Nor do I wish to whitewash Putin. These papers don’t show what the headlines are claiming, however.

      Unsurprisingly.

      • miasmo April 4, 2016 at 2:04 pm #

        Yes, it is interesting. It seems to be the very definition of a selective leak. Who does it benefit? What agenda will it serve? Will it be used in the short term to justify some more typical imperial shenanigans?

      • Doug April 4, 2016 at 2:42 pm #

        the project was funded by George Soros…may help to explain

    • MisterDarling April 5, 2016 at 2:50 am #

      “the Panama Papers, unmentioned in the NY Times yet, reveals the vast web of tax avoidance corruption by elites everywhere – Russian Plutocrats, David Cameron’s father, Poroshenko, the Ukraines bankster president, !!
      The corruption proves to be in political leaders worldwide…”

      I’ve been following the Panama Paper ‘unravel’ keenly all weekend… Fascinating!

      😉

  6. amb April 4, 2016 at 10:23 am #

    I would think that “the establishment”, “the powers that be”, “the political class”, “the political elite”, or whatever you want to call them, in conjunction with “the deep state”, which all add up to the controlling oligarchy of this country will NEVER allow Trump to win the nomination or gain the office. It would be the end of the gravy train for this den of vipers, for the cesspool known as Washington DC, and for all insiders. The end of the current corrupt system to a marked degree.

    And they are now forced by Trump to risk whatever credibility they still have; to risk exposing the fact to the public that they are really out for themselves and not the good of the people or the nation (the total opposite of a government representative’s role); to risk the public reaching the revelation that their votes don’t count; in order to maintain their control and power.

    It’s the fall of the Roman Empire revisited.

    Trump appears to be the beginning of the great unraveling of the American public’s confidence in government. It is definitely being to erode. And people like Ron Paul and Donald Trump are just the inception point of the great unraveling. They didn’t make it, they won’t make it, but they are paving a future path for the demise of the two party system and creation of a new or new parties or the split up or reform of the existing parties.

    This is happening all over the globe: Scotland, Spain, Britain, etc.

    • Helix April 4, 2016 at 10:42 am #

      “Trump appears to be the beginning of the great unraveling of the American public’s confidence in government.

      Mine unraveled the day the Warren Commission’s report came out.

      • Frankiti April 4, 2016 at 2:12 pm #

        “Trump appears to be the beginning of the great unraveling of the American public’s confidence in government.”

        This is totally incorrect. Anyone thinking never had confidence in the government. What we are seeing now is the great 90% (as 90% of the population are dimwits) walking out of the jingoist ‘murica: love it or leave it fog… and as it’s far too expensive and exotic for dimwits to move abroad they are forced to stop loving it. Now, nothing makes the precariat more uneasy than the cognitive dissonance resulting from hating one’s own country, but there we have it. This is what is happening, the ignorant are finally getting it. Took a few decades, but they’re finally coming to.

        • Helix April 4, 2016 at 2:47 pm #

          Re “Anyone thinking never had confidence in the government.”

          Well, maybe. Maybe not. My parents were of the depression/WWII generation. They definitely had confidence in the government. I, being raised by them, also had confidence in the government until the day the Zapruder film hit the airwaves, demonstrating for all who had eyes to see that the government’s story of Kennedy’s assassination was a steaming crock.

          People of good conscience back then were hoping that the Warren Commission would get to the bottom of the matter. But it just whitewashed the whole affair, leading me to wonder just how far the dishonesty went, and what was the reason for it. I mean, aside from the obvious reason that if you can assassinate the president and a patently bogus cover story is good enough to protect you, then you can assassinate members of the Warren Commission too, and they all know it.

          I have had no confidence in our government since that day. And nothing that has happened since has persuaded me that my lack of confidence has been misplaced.

        • Sticks-of-TNT April 4, 2016 at 3:16 pm #

          Frank,

          Is it possible to love America but hate the USG–United States Government? I love my home. I love America the place. I love a lot of the people, although as you imply, a lot of them aren’t very loveable. And it is frustrating, as you say, that so many of them are really clueless. I don’t know–just asking.

          Besides, where would we want to go to start over? And who would go with us? If I wanted to be a hermit, there are still plenty of places to do that here. And unlike a lot of countries, I can take my guns and gold with me. And even if they change that, why roll over?

          So many places are also just as screwed up. If I were young, Iceland and New Zealand look like places I would want to check out. What about you?

          -Sticks

          • Helix April 4, 2016 at 4:16 pm #

            I lived in New Zealand back in the 1970’s. Back then, I thought it was the best country in the world for an English-speaking person to live. I haven’t been back since, so I can’t say whether that’s still the case.

          • Frankiti April 4, 2016 at 5:10 pm #

            I’m simply saying that the cretins who confronted criticism of the USG with the totalitarian slogan of “love it or leave it” and “with us or against us” are now in the uncomfortable situation of not really loving it and without means, desire, or ability to leave it. They don’t know how to change it beyond the monkey-wrench. The cognitive dissonance emanating from their acceptance of the fact that this county is nothing but a corporatocracy under a thin veneer of democracy that led these same dregs to their deaths and dismemberments in wars sold on lies is manifesting through packed stadiums for Trump and Sanders. The republicans that suppressed dissent and marched to the drum beats are eating crow, and the smug liberals that confused listening to NPR and voting straight ticket D as a sign of intelligence are faced with knowing that they’re stupid. You don’t have to leave, but you do have to lay in the bed you made.

          • Sticks-of-TNT April 4, 2016 at 5:15 pm #

            Helix,

            I have a couple of good, well-traveled friends (one of whom was a POW in N. Vietnam for 5 yrs) who made an extended visit in the 80s. They described it then as “like the best of America in the 1950s” and absolutely loved the people.

            Thanks for your comments. I’ve enjoyed reading your many posts today.

            -Sticks

          • Sticks-of-TNT April 4, 2016 at 5:21 pm #

            Frank,

            Gotcha’ Thanks for the reply. -Sticks

          • FourFootSnake April 4, 2016 at 11:23 pm #

            I’ve heard that NZ used to be like a 1950s version of the UK (lots from Britain had emigrated there in that decade to an imagined land of plenty) – but that today it’s more like a 2025 version of the UK. They privatised the hell out of it, screwed its population and made it fit for private profit, rape and plunder. So, a bit like the US today, but no guns. Good luck with that, then.

          • seawolf77 April 5, 2016 at 10:48 am #

            What you love about it?

        • MisterDarling April 5, 2016 at 2:55 am #

          “Took a few decades, but they’re finally coming to.”-frankiti.

          People like to use this old chestnut at times like these: “well, better late than never!” And when they do, I remind myself to sternly refrain from saying anything important to or around them.

      • shotho April 4, 2016 at 4:44 pm #

        I have recently been thinking the same thing. The Warren Commission report is simply unimaginably wrong and who was presiding over the government when that report was issued? I’m not saying that LBJ knew about plans to kill Kennedy, but he certainly stood the most to gain. And, furthermore, I have begun to believe that JFK was the last American patriot to be elected president, with the possible exception of Carter. A clear warning was sent to all future aspirants to that office that it would be best not to block the best laid plans of those who are really in charge. What this would mean for a Trump or Sanders presidency is easy to imagine.

        • Sticks-of-TNT April 4, 2016 at 5:48 pm #

          shotho (AND Helix),

          I read a number of books on the Kennedy assassination during the year of the 50th anniversary. The best of the lot by far, and the one that settled it for me, was “LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination” by Phillip F. Nelson.

          If you read it, you too will come to the conclusion I did–it was Johnson.

          -Sticks

          • seawolf77 April 5, 2016 at 10:40 am #

            Yes it was but he wasn’t alone. The entire government sided with him. LBJ was simply the vehicle they put the screws to make it happen. But the CIA, FBI, Military, everyone was on board.

          • Helix April 5, 2016 at 6:32 pm #

            @Sticks-of-TNT Re “If you read it, you too will come to the conclusion I did–it was Johnson”

            I think that’s probably true, but he wasn’t alone. I see it as probably a confluence of interests. Kennedy had made enemies in the military brass and the CIA by backing out of the Bay of Pigs fiasco, an indication that he was not at all gung-ho for military interventionism. Bad news for war hawks. He followed that up by seeking and finding a diplomatic solution to the Cuban Missile crisis. That was an approach that, if not nipped in the bud, threatened to become a template for defusing future confrontations. The alpha males were incensed. And alarmed. The final straw was Kennedy’s alleged second thoughts about our involvement in Vietnam. The brass was livid. There was no way this uppity fucker was going to deny them their shooting war for the third time in as many years!

            So sayonara, asshole. Cuban hit men looking for revenge for the Bay of Pigs fiasco weren’t in short supply, and there may have even been a few CIA operatives who could see their way clear to deep-sixing the sniveling little commie fellow-traveler. All that was left was to find a patsy, and Oswald fit the bill perfectly. Unfortunately, he was caught by the Dallas police before the CIA could get him — he was smarter than they thought, caught on to the setup, and was out the door before you could say BANG! — so someone had to call in some major favors to shut him up. Jacob Rubenstein got the nod, a good choice because he had connections in the Dallas PD. And because he was dying from lung cancer and would take his knowledge of the affair with him to the grave.

            But that’s another story. The upshot was that Johnson achieved his dream of ascending to the throne and six months later the “Gulf of Tonkin Incident” was splashed all over the front pages of the country’s newspapers. We all knew it was baloney, having just seen the Zapruder film and thereby having a newfound distrust of government pronouncements. That didn’t change the fact that we were powerless to stop the hideous war that followed, much less being dragged into it if we happened to be a male of draftable age.

            The final insult was the Warren Commission Report, where it became clear that its investigation was being stonewalled, and its members possibly made aware that if the President could be assassinated, was anyone really safe?

            Clearly, it requires a wide-ranging effort to make all this happen, which is why I tend to agree with seawolf77: Johnson may have been involved, but he had a lot of help.

    • SteveO April 4, 2016 at 11:11 am #

      Trump appears to be the beginning of the great unraveling of the American public’s confidence in government.

      This “unraveling” has been in the works for decades. One could argue that it started as a push back against the New Deal, but IMO it’s result of the conscious decision by the operators of the Republican party in the late 1960s or early 1970s to make government incompetent.

    • Anotherplayaguy April 4, 2016 at 11:55 am #

      “Trump appears to be the beginning of the great unraveling of the American public’s confidence in government.”

      More likely the end. Congress’ approval ratings are in single digits. All part of the plan to delegitimize the government so the oligarchs or theocrats can take over.

      • jloughrey April 5, 2016 at 12:06 am #

        Congress’ approval ratings have been in the single digits for a number of years. Yet 90 percent of incumbents will get re-elected. Is it any wonder that Congress members don’t care what we think? They know it doesn’t matter.

        • MisterDarling April 5, 2016 at 3:06 am #

          “Is it any wonder that Congress members don’t care what we think?”-jloughrey.

          Congress Literally Does Not Care What You Think:

          https://represent.us/action/theproblem-4/

          It’s just a matter of math, that’s all…

          Cheers!

          • Sticks-of-TNT April 5, 2016 at 7:23 am #

            MD,

            Excellent. I’m a sucker for good presentations. THAT was a well done, simple, yet powerful video!

            Every American eligible to vote should take 6 minutes and watch it.

            -Sticks

            P.S. In fact, anyone on this website residing in a country with an elected representative/parliamentarian government &/or you just would like to see a well-crafted example of a brief, persuasive, graphical type presentation, should watch it.

    • Layne April 4, 2016 at 12:09 pm #

      I liked the JHK post comparing Trump to Hitler better because it was more hopeful. Whatever, some force must soon upend this heaving American alternate reality shitshow that is wallowing in pornographic gluttony, fueled by marijuana and poisonous fast food. I spent 10 years in China and when I came back I literally thought I had arrived on the set of the Walking Dead–hordes of hideously obese, tattooed, facially pierced land whales in childishly sloppy beach garb rampaging about without direction or purpose. I do not think most of them are even aware of Brussels, Charlie Hebdo or the Paris massacres, let alone the horrific carnage being wrought by Al Shabab and Boko Harem on Africa. I say get out while you can before the election, because it’s over, it’s finished.

    • AKlein April 4, 2016 at 2:19 pm #

      Amb, your posts are very insightful and articulate. This is very much like the end of the Roman Empire. We should think of Trump as an invading Goth. The Roman elite thought the Goths were crude, unlettered, inarticulate boors. And the Goths weren’t very big on bathing too. A disagreeable lot. Unfortunately for the elite, the Roman lower classes, i.e. those that had to work for a living rather than let their capital do their work, looked favorably ion the Goths. Why? because in those areas where they took over, they lowered the taxes on the populace. So the Goths had popular support. Interestingly, the Goths were much more pious than the Romans, as were the Vandals. Much to the chagrin of Salvian and the other chucrch elders.They were Arian Christians, not Roman Catholics.

  7. FincaInTheMountains April 4, 2016 at 10:28 am #

    Let’s face it. Trump is the only candidate so far with the guts to openly call the American people to resist ISIS agents in the US.

    Everybody else are just happy to hide from this burning question behind the curtain of Political Correctness.

    • Ishabaka April 4, 2016 at 1:28 pm #

      Ever notice that ones friends live in “homes”, but ones enemies live in “compounds”? That little semantic trick was first used by the then BATF and FBI to demonize the Brand Dividians. It is now used by the far right and the far left.

    • Janos Skorenzy April 4, 2016 at 2:41 pm #

      Yes, veterans are our best hope against Federal overreach. That’s the real purpose of the 2nd Amendment btw, that and self defense – not hunting.

      It’s clear you’re on the side of Plutocrats – whether you admit that to yourself or not. No real American compares veterans unfavorably next to Muslim terrorists.

    • Doug April 4, 2016 at 2:55 pm #

      You probably couldn’t be more wrong. Do you get that a lot?

      Those armed people in this country are armed precisely for the eventuality of a battle with their own government; an out-of-control, weaponized Big Government.

      The big, conniving, weaponized, freedom-robbing , wasteful, expensive, wasteful, confiscatory, surveillance statist Big Government is your enemy not NRA members.

      NRA members and “militia” as you call them are there as a last resort of freedom-loving citizens should Trump or other reform effort become stymied by “powers that be” this Autumn. It is also known as a Revolution. It will be a battle of the brave against the slimeballs. Guess whose side I’m rooting for?

      • seawolf77 April 5, 2016 at 10:50 am #

        That is precisely why local police departments have tanks now. They want to say your guns are no match for our tanks.

        • Helix April 6, 2016 at 8:16 am #

          I was thinking Predator drones, but tanks are a good bet too.

    • Sticks-of-TNT April 4, 2016 at 4:22 pm #

      merf56,

      Okay, I go along with your observation of the extreme militarization of police departments. But the threat from them is as agents of a totalitarian state targeting its own citizens as “terrorists”, not a hyped-up ISIS threat or some other boogeyman threat manufactured by a massive security state in an effort to either justify its own existence or as a diversion from a more sinister agenda, FROM WITHIN.

      As for your “biggest danger no one seems to want to face is the number of disaffected militia types with arsenals and compounds at the ready”, NOW YOU’RE DREAMING IN TECHNICOLOR.

      Let me guess, you live in either a west coast state or an east coast state north of North Carolina, your politics are “progressive” and you’ve never, ever touch a firearm and would not even if someone handed it to you, for fear it “might go off.”

      Oh yeah, and apparently you watch too much cable television, including a lot of MSNBC.

      Sticks-of-TNT (a crazed Army vet)

      • Sticks-of-TNT April 4, 2016 at 4:28 pm #

        And you think Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center is an American hero.

    • shotho April 4, 2016 at 4:52 pm #

      The process of demonizing police is very curious.

    • MisterDarling April 5, 2016 at 3:13 am #

      @ Merf’;

      RE | “And the police forces chock a block full of ‘veterans’ of our foreign imperial slaughterfests. All of who. Are unbalanced in the extreme from their many tours in the death zone and are now bringing their training and mania back to hometown America …..”

      You are painting in very broad strokes here. Mightn’t it be time to walk it back a bit?

      😉

  8. Bro Jobe April 4, 2016 at 10:29 am #

    I’d love to have seen more bankers in jail. The suffering they inflicted was real.

    Even dunces, such as a former neighbor given a mortgage while unemployed, get my sympathy when you see them evicted in the cold of night.

    Did that neighbor deserve it? Yes. But the dunce who gave the mortgage deserves to suffer too. What sort of animals are our B-Schools creating when they do not say “Look, ma’am. You do not have a job. No mortgage for you!” ?

    Going back to that standard for banking, after jailing some of the grifters from the 08 fiasco, might partly remedy our current mess, where money is phantasmal and backed by nothing. It is a house of cards. It’s going to fall again. But I’m of the mind that it’s too late to fix it. We learned almost nothing from that disaster.

    • Helix April 4, 2016 at 10:48 am #

      “We learned almost nothing from [the ’08] disaster.”

      I disagree. The establishment learned that economic black swans can not be permitted. There will never be another Lehman Brothers event — ever. The central banks will print up whatever money is needed to prevent such an event and loan it at 0% to any TBTF institution in danger of going down, even if they have to destroy every currency on earth to do so.

      • miasmo April 4, 2016 at 2:11 pm #

        Indeed. The bastards clearly learned quite a bit… about what they can get away with.

      • abbybwood April 4, 2016 at 3:13 pm #

        Or, from my understanding of Dodd-Frank, once we have money deposited in banks it becomes the property of the bank and can be taken with a “bail-in”:

        http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-confiscation-of-bank-savings-to-save-the-banks/5329411

      • MisterDarling April 5, 2016 at 3:19 am #

        @ Helix:

        RE | “The establishment learned that economic black swans can not be permitted”.

        Well, that’s the funny thing about Black Swans: they don’t need permission. Anyway, the Black Swan Horde has already arrived: Look no farther than the collapse in commodities as an asset class. For reference: you’ll recall that The Fed’ & co-conspirators spent all of ’07 tap-dancing, butt-covering and pretending the that obvious was not happening…

        http://money.cnn.com/data/commodities/

        • Helix April 5, 2016 at 4:31 pm #

          Obviously, not all black swans can blown out of the sky, but events like the Lehman Bros. collapse in 2008 were an object lesson in which type to draw a bead on. Namely, TBTF financial institutions who are likely very highly leveraged and have a large derivatives exposure. I’m pretty sure that the Fed or other central bank will simply print up as much money as is needed and extend it to any such financial institution at 0% interest to prevent another such event.

          Commodities are in a different class. Leverage is nowhere near as great and potential for contagion goes through the institutions who extended them credit. I’m guessing it’s those institutions that will be protected, not the commodities firms themselves.

          Now having said that, if Exxon-Mobil was to get into trouble, we might be back in TBTF territory.

      • seawolf77 April 5, 2016 at 10:52 am #

        Are you kidding me? That’s when they steal the most. Black Swam events just change flavors.

  9. shotho April 4, 2016 at 10:29 am #

    I think Mr. K hit the nail on the head here. The national discussion seems to be missing the larger point of Trump’s success in the frenzy to stop him by the power elites of all parties. What has Trump unleashed to the “national discussion” that isn’t going away after he’s finally vanquished. I don’t believe for a minute that Trump intended to expose anything except his own raging ego, but there it is and its consequences will be far reaching. I don’t believe the Clintons or anybody else will be able to put this horse back in the barn. Who and what will pick up on this and run with it into the future with all the attendant consequences for social, political and financial change; undoubtedly someone more skilled at “charisma” than Trump or Sanders?.

    • Helix April 4, 2016 at 11:04 am #

      Well, in the ’60s, the horse was put back in the barn via assassinations, wars, and gunning down students on campuses…

      • Anotherplayaguy April 4, 2016 at 11:57 am #

        Much smaller horse; much bigger barn.

        • Helix April 4, 2016 at 1:52 pm #

          So now a much bigger problem. It will now take FEMA camps…

      • Janos Skorenzy April 4, 2016 at 2:45 pm #

        At Kent State, the “students” were throwing cinder blocks at the National Guard. Anyone who throws rocks at armed men has no business being in college, both in terms of motivation and in terms of IQ.

        • Helix April 4, 2016 at 3:45 pm #

          Please, Janos. Try to rein in some of the hyperbole. True that there were rocks and chunks of concrete thrown, but cinder blocks? Even for you, this is a bit over the top. Not a single National Guardsman sustained an injury requiring treatment that day.

          You might want to meditate on the fact that a lot of those male “students” were going to be drafted immediately upon graduation, which would be in about a month’s. And sent overseas to do things a whole lot worse than throwing rocks.

          The consensus was that 60+ shots were fired, resulting in 4 fatalities and 10 injured. One of the injured was hit three times. Two of the fatalities were head shots.

          Make no mistake: these guys were shooting to kill. Take a look at the photos taken that day and ask yourself what the intent of these guardsmen was.

          http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2015-04-30-1430433552-8232350-KentState2.jpg.

  10. K-Dog April 4, 2016 at 10:31 am #

    It’s most ironic, of course, that the perceived antidote to the pandemic of lying in America is this arguably crooked real estate developer and gambling casino tycoon Trump

    Just call him a business man and you can forget that his life has been that of a boy in a bubble who’s lack of positive mentation is a function of the unreal and abstracted reality in which he has lived his life.

    they’re afraid of how it will play on television. One error of the mouth and you’re politically crucified. You’re done.

    You are seriously on to something here. The video experience suppresses rational evaluation and everything that comes in through the eyes via video is accepted as true on a surface level. Politicians found out that their messages did not get into the gray matter by way of video airwaves and that presentation was everything. This caused the worst possible arrogance to rise to the top of the political pyramid and a full-monty atrophy of the American experiment is the result.

    Consequently rational thought and consideration has been TRUMPED!

    • Helix April 4, 2016 at 10:51 am #

      Just remember: the geeks who scored 800 on their SATs never won a high-school popularity contest. In fact, they were probably reviled by their classmates.

      And elections are, after all, popularity contests.

      • orbit7er April 4, 2016 at 11:18 am #

        We were blessed for a while in New Jersey with the brilliant scientist Rush Holt representing Princeton’s Congressional District. He ran because he got fed up with the stupidity of most candidates but he quit because he got sick of the fundraising game. There are rumors that Rush Holt may run for Governor which would be a fantastic thing versus the Goldman Sachs operative currently spending money like water to try to get the Corporate Democrat nomination. Now that Gov Christie’s reign for the Kochs and outright corruption has plunged New Jersey into the worse unemployment rate in the Northeast, the highest debt while our
        Green Transit system goes to rack and ruin the Corporate Dems see an opening…

      • Janos Skorenzy April 4, 2016 at 2:46 pm #

        So would you admit that voting should be limited to the qualified – a small minority even by modest standards?

        • Helix April 4, 2016 at 4:24 pm #

          Nope. That would just ensure that those “qualified” voters could tilt the playing field to their own advantage. Not to mention the fact that what constitutes “qualified” would immediately become a target of manipulation. So even though I’m not always impressed by the results of universal suffrage, I can’t say I know of any better system.

          • Janos Skorenzy April 4, 2016 at 7:27 pm #

            Then you are a nihilist, unwilling to give up a failed system because to do so would be to admit your egalitarian ideology was simply not the way reality is.

          • Helix April 7, 2016 at 11:52 am #

            “…egalitarian ideology was simply not the way reality is.”

            Welp, there goes equal protection under the law.

    • Elrond Hubbard April 4, 2016 at 12:09 pm #

      David Cay Johnston has the goods on this “arguably” corrupt candidate. His hour-long interview this week on Harry Shearer’s podcast makes for excellent listening:

      http://harryshearer.com/le-show/

  11. Zoltar April 4, 2016 at 10:34 am #

    While it has undeniably been fascinating to watch Trump blow up the Republican business model for marketing this year’s candidates, the big question remains: if he should manage to bully his way into the office and become the new Presidential Figurehead, he will still be subject to The Visit.

    I find it hard to believe that Trump is too dumb to expect it. I also find it difficult to imagine Trump keeping quiet about it afterwards. What if his response was to go public with it? “These three assholes pushed their way into my Oval Office today, and they said “here’s the way it’s gonna be…” Would he be assassinated before he was able to finish the next line? What if he told us all the rest of the story and called for a million volunteers with torches, pitchforks, and clotheslines?

    Then there’s the sure alternative: Hillary introducing us to Vice President Blankfein so that he can explain how NIRP and the cashless economy will work, all monitored and enforced by the NSA.

    I choose “A Helluva Mess” over “Death by a Thousand Cuts.”

    • Helix April 4, 2016 at 10:55 am #

      “If [Trump] should manage to bully his way into the office and become the new Presidential Figurehead, he will still be subject to The Visit.”

      Probably. Alternatively, congress could just decide to “Obama” him. Just block everything he tries to do regardless of whether it’s good policy or not.

      • Whoopdy-Do April 4, 2016 at 2:28 pm #

        That’s an interesting thought.

        If both parties unite against President Trump (as they surely will), would we return to a Presidency of the kind the founders intended, powerless to make laws but only sign ones sent by Congress?

        Or would we see President Trump bypass Congress to rule by edict, executive action, and innumerable unelected policy czars?

        I rather think the latter, since Trump is that power-hungry and Obama has paved the way for him to rule by fiat. Trump would be president to Congress the way Charles I was King to Parliament. In case anybody forgets their English History 101, that led to regicide, civil war, and dictatorship.

        • basil April 5, 2016 at 8:50 am #

          president Obama has issued the fewest executive orders since grover Cleveland.

      • abbybwood April 4, 2016 at 4:30 pm #

        If Trump became president he would have millions of rabid supporters who would be phoning, emailing, faxing and “visiting” their Congressional offices every day.

        He could afford to “hire” thousands of “Trump Citizen Lobbyists” to be in D.C. for regular visits.

        And if those members of Congress would be too stupid to vote the way their constituents told them to they would be primaried out in the next election.

        Especially if Trump wanted to do something that the vast amount of the electorate agreed with. (It’s possible).

        But all this is neither here nor there. Trump will never be elected POTUS.

    • ozone April 4, 2016 at 2:03 pm #

      [Possible Trump response following “The Visit”:]
      “… What if he told us all the rest of the story and called for a million volunteers with torches, pitchforks, and clotheslines?”

      Zoltar,
      I think *that* would be more than refreshing… much, much more! It’s certainly time for it as Business As Usual is no longer a ‘positive’ for Joe Blow. (Anyway, the objective was always to have a wealthy ruling elite serviced by unpaid slaves. The system at its purest.)

  12. Walter B April 4, 2016 at 10:36 am #

    The timing of your pointing out of the “matrix of rackets based on fraud” that the American public cannot grasp (or doesn’t care about) is perfect. I recently listened to an interview with professor William Black, former bank regulator, who stated that pretty much all of the profits accrued by banks is based on fraud, and he made an excellent case to back up this statement. It is the new business model and America, for the most part, has no problem with it as long as Walmart shelves are fully stocked and fast food joints continue to pump out Meals of Happiness.

    You make me laugh when you tell of the incessant mailings from the parasites at the American Association of Retired Prey. Their garbage mailings have been one of the last few items that have flooded my mailbox since the bills were all paid off. Damn their eyes, preying on we old folk. Oh well I suppose Natural Selection is alive and well.

    It is a shame that we have to deal with one another through the keyboards of Cyberspace instead of in person, for I would love to shake your hand, slap your back and perhaps even give you a man-hug, then buy you a beer. Yes even those of us who disagree can deal much more properly with one another in person, at least in my day they could, where arguments can be made with passion and are not limited to keystrokes or word count. But then, I suppose violence was not so prevalent in our society as a way of acting out one’s frustrations, was it? Agree to disagree was so much more pleasant than the fear that ensues from the Politically Correct crowds of today, don’t you think? Keep up the great work my friend, thank you.

    • abbybwood April 4, 2016 at 4:33 pm #

      A President Sanders might easily appoint William Black or Michael Hudson as Secretary of the Treasury.

      Wouldn’t that be a refreshing change of events?

      http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/02/03/why-michael-hudson-is-the-worlds-best-economist/

    • Sticks-of-TNT April 4, 2016 at 4:53 pm #

      Walter,

      Is the link in Abby’s post the interview you listened to? If not, will you post a link to the interview you referenced? Thanks!

    • MisterDarling April 5, 2016 at 3:32 am #

      @ Walter B:

      “Agree to disagree” is not something you’ll hear much these days, more’s the pity… I miss being able to mull things over, disagree with each other on 50% of everything we talked about – and still enjoy our drinks.

      Cheers!

      • Walter B April 8, 2016 at 12:31 am #

        Bless you. I just recalled the story tonight at my Township Committee meeting of how I “schoolboy campaigned” for Richard Nixon in 1960 because my parents were Nixon fans, but when JFK won, we soon became lovers of Jack Kennedy and somehow came to love him as “the greatest president in my lifetime”. Today in the “I am the center of the universe” mentality, this is never really possible because if you do not tow the line of the Bully de jour, you are marginalized. The horror, the horror….

  13. Helix April 4, 2016 at 10:39 am #

    Re Of course, the trouble with operations based on lies is that sooner or later reality intrudes with all its implacable wrath and you get a mighty correction impossible to ignore.

    Sounds good in theory. In practice, it can take a very long time for such a correction to take place. As the quip attributed to Keynes goes, “markets can remain irrational for a lot longer than you can remain solvent.”

    Furthermore, there’s no guarantee that the “mighty correction” won’t result in something based on just more lies. 2008 is a perfect case in point. Here we are, eight years later. Nothing fundamental has changed, except the US taxpayer is way deeper in debt, and the grip of the garchs now amounts to a chokehold in the world economy.

    The real lies are the ones we tell ourselves. That we can continue to burn a finite resource to drive 20 miles each way to work every day. That we can continue to heat (and/or cool) every one of the 2000 square feet in our homes forever by — yep — burning a finite resource. That we will be able to enjoy a “retirement” on the backs of our children at a rate of one retiree per two workers without crushing their prospects for a decent economic life. That “every man for himself” is a sound basis for a society and an economy. And — perhaps most delusional of all — that those in positions of leadership are going to miss even a single minute of their yacht parties even thinking about any of these.

    We can only address a whole host of the dilemmas facing us from the bottom up. Unless and until we ourselves are willing to take action, we’ll continue to be a society and an economy based on lies — crash or no crash.

    • ozone April 4, 2016 at 2:09 pm #

      Helix,
      Taking action, or effective reaction (a helpful outline):

      http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-04-02/character-traits-and-skills-are-hard-find-during-crisis

      • Helix April 7, 2016 at 12:03 pm #

        Ozone

        That’s a good list. Thanks!

      • Helix April 7, 2016 at 12:06 pm #

        Ozone,

        That’s a good list. Thanks!

    • Janos Skorenzy April 4, 2016 at 2:54 pm #

      Yes, but also remember that equal treatment of unequal people is tyranny. Productive people must be protected from parasites and predators – or they’ll protect themselves. Life’s not a John Lennon song or Coca Cola commercial. We’re not going to get along with Muslims who want to have ten kids on our dime or Blacks who just want to hang around all day and be supported by us.

      • JimInFlorida April 5, 2016 at 9:24 pm #

        Janos, do we dare admit that the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment was a horrible failure? If we look at all of the instances of Federally-imposed tyranny, it was the battering ram of the 14th that has destroyed the time-tested social contracts that Western civilization was built upon. A weapon used against Whites, forcing them to accept incompatible groups into their midst.

        While we’re at it, another toxic carbuncle in the body-politic is the very opening declaration in Section 1 of the 14th, a.k.a. what has become the “Anchor Baby Clause.”

        NOBODY should be born a citizen unless BOTH parents inherited their citizenship from their parents. In other words, the grandparents could have legally emigrated to here and gained citizenship by Due Process. Then their children could BECOME citizens by good conduct and upon their 18th birthday. Only THEN could THEIR children could be BORN as citizens. Thus, it should take at least two generations before somebody can be BORN a citizen.

        Amending the 14th is too little too late. We Teh Sheep simply lack the Grand Narrative that tells us who we are and what we must do. Donald Trump may share our anger but, unless he suddenly develops a miraculous gift of erudition and oratory; rallying Whites to a glorious reawakening, the Silent Majority will die a silent demographic and political death.

        • Helix April 7, 2016 at 11:45 am #

          ” Federally-imposed tyranny… A weapon used against Whites, forcing them to accept incompatible groups into their midst.”

          Seriously? You blame the 14th amendment for “forcing them to accept incompatible groups into their midst”?

          The “incompatible group” you’re referring to was “brought into their midst” in chains against their will, by those exact people; men bent on profit regardless of the cost in human misery. It’s an ugly and shameful episode in our history.

          The 14th amendment simply stated — reiterated actually — that everyone has equal rights and protections under the law here. And since some people seemed to be a bit slow in getting just exactly what that means, the 14th amendment went on to clarify that it was specifically talking about life, LIBERTY, and property.

          By the way, the 14th amendment only specifically mentioned slaves once. Section 4 indemnified the US government against claims for loss or emancipation of slaves.

          So here’s the deal about all the racial problems we have here: we brought them on ourselves. We looked to profit by holding others in bondage. The problem with that is our very founding documents are based on the principles of life, liberty, property, and equal protection under the law. You either believe in that or you don’t.

          • JimInFlorida April 7, 2016 at 7:32 pm #

            Whatever noble cause that the 14th represented after the Civil War became irrelevant in the 20th and 21st centuries.

            Starting in the 1960’s, the 14th was commandeered by Jewish social engineers, civil rights attorneys, and Leftist churches to become a court-ordered battering ram against White monocultures, especially in schools and neighborhoods.

            Just today on the Kunstlercast, JHK hosted a superb conversation of race with an erudite black man who possesses a rare insight into the problem. Both men DARED to point out the collective dysfunction of Black America and inferred why the desire for Whites to segregate themselves was completely rational and understandable. Diversity destroys! You should download and carefully listen to the latest Kunstlercast!

            Inside the dysfunction of post-modern civil rights America lies the infection of a hijacked 14th Amendment. An infection that demands the same rights to live the body as the natural cells and organs which belong.

        • Helix April 9, 2016 at 12:03 pm #

          “Janos, do we dare admit that the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment was a horrible failure?”

          So if I understand you correctly, you’re of the opinion that there should one set of laws for one group of people and another set of laws for another group?

          “the battering ram of the 14th that has destroyed the time-tested social contracts that Western civilization was built upon.”

          Yes, and in tis case the “time-tested social contract that Western civilization was built upon” was slavery. I guess we never did stop fighting the Civil War after all.

          • JimInFlorida April 10, 2016 at 9:06 am #

            Equal protection is a problem when the laws are flawed to start with and there are too many of them. Laws that can govern advanced civil societies have a different quality than laws to restrain less civilized groups and factions. Even John Adams saw the fatal flaw in our Constitution!

            [quote] Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

            Today’s Amerika is not moral, nor is it religious in the traditional sense. We are dying from the self-inflicted wound of Diversity Uber Alles. There is no single body of laws that can govern a nation of civilized and barbaric peoples together.

            If a single body of law that appeals to and protects the Civilized is imposed, then the libertines and barbarians would scream “racism” and “bigotry” and “xenophobia” and other injunctions against the body politics’ natural immune system.

            If a single body of law that appeals to the barbarians and libertines is imposed, then you get mass anomie and a Police State must arise to maintain some semblance of order to protect the physical assets of the elites. As for the Civilized castes below the protected elites, the 14th demands that they suffer under the jackboot… for their own protection of course.

            Since it is forbidden to legislate traditional morality into the laws, and equally forbidden to assert that there is an America tied to borders, language, and its Anglo-Euro roots, then it is impossible to establish a organic center that all laws can orbit around and point to. The fatal flaw of the 14th is that it assumed the moral and social centerpoints of the time would always exist and were worthy to put all citizens under. The authors of the 14th did not see very far ahead, let alone the prospect of Anchor Babies, among other things.

            As for slavery, it is alive and well. It is not the primitive corporeal slavery of the 18th and 19th centuries but, has been offshored to Central America, SE Asia, and China. Here in ‘Murikuh, we have debt slavery and slavery to contracts. Both of which separate us from our rights and enable us to function in the current matrix.

    • shotho April 4, 2016 at 5:02 pm #

      As you very well say, impossible to sustain!

    • MisterDarling April 5, 2016 at 3:38 am #

      @ Helix:

      “Furthermore, there’s no guarantee that the “mighty correction” won’t result in something based on just more lies. 2008 is a perfect case in point. Here we are, eight years later. Nothing fundamental has changed, except the US taxpayer is way deeper in debt, and the grip of the garchs now amounts to a chokehold in the world economy.”

      You seem to consistently ignore the every non-financialized indicator, re: the shipping stats (et al.) and the base-line indicators (commodities). The “mighty correction” is already a fact in the resource-hinterland nations. Have you seen the news from Calgary, North Dakota, Montana & Texas lately?

      Yes, the garchs have a “chokehold” on all the world that is fake. Now try feeding the world with fake. Go ahead. See what happens.

      😉

      • Helix April 6, 2016 at 8:31 am #

        “You seem to consistently ignore the every non-financialized indicator, re: the shipping stats (et al.) and the base-line indicators (commodities).”

        No question that the non-financial sectors of the economy have been struggling for quite some time now, as the indicators you mention show. These sectors are defined by their being directly involved with the production of goods and services to the economy.

        However, if I read JHK’s article correctly, the “mighty correction” he refers to applies specifically to the financial sector, which is primarily concerned with the production and management of money, an abstract commodity whose utility is a matter of social convention. So it was to this sector specifically that my comment referred to. It remains to be seen whether the correction underway in the resource sector overtakes the financial sector, and what steps will be taken by the men doing God’s work take to prevent that from happening.

        • MisterDarling April 7, 2016 at 1:09 am #

          @ Helix:

          It’s agreed that – if Wall Streets mandarins are left to their own devices – there will be absolutely no “correction” of any kind. Nature itself will bow down in humble obeisance to their financial manipulations and the status quo of never-ending economic growth (as they understand it) will be maintained. . . /s

          Similarly, every late-stage ruling elite perceived their circumstances too narrowly and defined their critical constraints incorrectly. The bread riots preceding the decimation of the French nobility were caused by cynical financial manipulation [*].

          From the nobles understanding – as far removed from tangible reality as the financial ‘news’ of our own time – the riots presaged nothing; peasants always had and always would be ‘unreasonable’ and unfathomable. There was nothing to fear and there were no limits to what the masses would put up with – even starvation. If the royal court had one iota of understanding about the instability of their position, History might tell a very different story.

          Their problem, like the one confronting the supposed “masters of the universe” today, is that tangible reality intrudes. There will be no financial manipulation – and no one to enjoy the fruits of it – if there are no manipulators.

          Pretending that everything will just take care of itself as long as stock prices appear to rise is part of how we arrived at our current state of misallocation. Supporting this position publically accelerated the ‘repositioning’ of wealth, while counterproductively undercut the point of making the statement – but you expect that during a systemic collapse… “The affirmation that denies” so to speak.

          Forebodingly, the commodities issue really is like the allegorical “turkey farmer” in the beginning of Taleb’s Black Swan: it represents a clear & present danger hiding in plain sight. It’s bad enough to be born into this world a ‘turkey’. Being a turkey in a turkey farm is ‘strike two’. Add to that a total reliance on ex post, ex ante thinking, and it’s all but over.

          In summary, there’s no question about a ‘market’ this corrupt spontaneously correcting – it’s far too gone for that. Its Valuations are creatures of Policy. The only “mighty correction” possible now is a system collapse.

          Cheers!

          +++

          [*] And, every coercive attempt to rebalance the process of price discovery after that sparked fresh horror – for many years.

  14. FincaInTheMountains April 4, 2016 at 10:40 am #

    Uncompromising struggle of the Western Colored Projects that never stopped since the Great West-East Schism of 1054 with Trump representing the West White Project, Bernie Sanders – the Red and Hillary Clinton the Black.

    • Janos Skorenzy April 4, 2016 at 2:55 pm #

      Remember, this is Monday. No one has any idea what you’re talking about except the hard core – and we don’t agree with you.

  15. nclaughlin April 4, 2016 at 10:49 am #

    I hope this isn’t too far off topic.

    A question that should be asked, is, which presidential candidate is most likely to lead us to war. Here’s my take, from most war like to the least war like. Note: this is not an endorsement of Donald Trump.

    1. Most warlike: Hilary Clinton. She nagged a reluctant Bill to get into the Yugoslav war, enthusiastically voted for the Iraq War, threatened to annihilate Iran, destroyed Libya, Somalia, and Egypt, supported Israel unconditionally, supported the Maidan uprising in Ukraine, restarted the Cold War with Russia, the Syrian mess is largely her doing.

    2. Next: Ted Cruz. This guy is a crazed Christian Dominionist. A very nasty guy.

    3. Next: Kasich. This guy has a reasonable exterior but his interior is as bad as Ted Cruz.

    4. Next: Bernie Sanders. Not too much is known about his foreign policy. He like to vote for Pentagon spending.

    5. Next and least warlike: Donald Trump. We should indeed get out of NATO, withdraw from Japan and Korea, and adopt a more mercantilist economic policy.

    • Helix April 4, 2016 at 11:13 am #

      Agreed with most of your post, except for “We should indeed get out of NATO, withdraw from Japan and Korea,…”

      I guess should is the operative word here, but should and will aren’t going to intersect anytime soon. The President is only commander of chief during times of war, so as things are now, he has limited authority over deployment of US armed forces overseas. And if nothing else, Trump is a survivor. I think a move to withdraw from Korea or Japan might be enough to jeopardize his survival.

      • orbit7er April 4, 2016 at 11:20 am #

        The President is ALWAYS Commander-in-chief and could unilaterally decide to get out of Germany and Japan.
        Japanese people have wanted us out for decades…

        • Helix April 4, 2016 at 11:29 am #

          Oops! I checked my Constitution and you are correct. The President is indeed always the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. I stand corrected.

          I stand by may main point, however. Trying to remove our forces from Japan and Korea could prove to be bad for the President’s prospects for a long and healthy life.

        • merf56 April 4, 2016 at 11:52 am #

          Absolutely. He has a huge amount of leeway legally as commander in chief. He just doesn’t have the cojones to use it.

        • Doug April 4, 2016 at 2:56 pm #

          Great point. I don’t think the Germans want us there either.

      • teddyboy46 April 4, 2016 at 1:14 pm #

        no one would be happier than NATO, Germany and Japan if we left.

        • Janos Skorenzy April 4, 2016 at 2:58 pm #

          Really? Merkel and the other tyrants want America to leave? And face the mess they’ve made by themselves – the Muslim terrorists, their own enraged people, and the Savior Vladimir Putin?

          I doubt it. But if you can back it up, please do.

  16. FincaInTheMountains April 4, 2016 at 10:51 am #

    We all should hope for the alliance of White and Red Projects with Russian Christian Orthodoxy against the Black Project, just like we had during the WWII – the alliance of Roosevelt (Red), Churchill (White) with Stalin against Hitler (Black).

    It is not out of the blue sky we had a first in a thousand years meeting in Cuba of Pope with the Russian Patriarch.

    • Janos Skorenzy April 4, 2016 at 3:02 pm #

      Yes the Plutocrats united with the Communists against the Nationalists. It makes sense since they are both International and based on money. Nationalism is based on a particular group of human beings, their culture, history, and traditions. Not just money in other words.

      You’ll always be on the wrong side until you understand this. Putin has to gently reeducate his people about this. Communism was a shameful period in Russia’s history.

  17. PeteAtomic April 4, 2016 at 10:51 am #

    None of these candidates for the executive will have the ability to address the hurricanes of challenges ahead, including Trump. It isn’t that these people aren’t ill-educated, dumb, or incompetent (well, OK– not all, anyway.) The problem is that they are operating in a failed political system that has developed to inhibit and retard essential reformation. For example, most of these candidates have been bought by corporate sponsors to push specific and narrow agendas. Furthermore, even if the future president has not been corrupted by the time they reach the White House, they will be dealing with a legislature that has been completely and thoroughly corrupted. There is a good reason that not one elected official (or very very few) in the congress or executive has been indicted for taking bribes for decades now isn’t because all these people are honest– it’s because bribery is legalized.

    A solution to this (among many) is to restrict any total amounts of contributions to a candidate from a single individual/PAC in a single campaign to 500 bucks (or whatever.. the amount would have to be small). Of course, people and corporations would still attempt to give much more of this– or give lavish gifts, etc. however– the laws need to be clearly worded in a way to allow for prosecution backed up by harsh penalties.

    So, it’s like watching a broken TV. We can keep trying to change the channel, but the TV is still broken.

    I don’t see anything but another decade of entropy, decay & malaise. It’s like the Titanic has hit the iceberg and is filling up with water– but most of the passengers are still dancing drunk in the ballroom.

    • Walter B April 4, 2016 at 11:06 am #

      Many will call you negative or doom and gloom. Some will say they would rather heard happy things and look the other way to contemplate their next tattoo or which pair of baggy shorts & flip flops they are going to don for trip to Happy Land. I say your assessment is dead on accurate and for how long this Dead Man Walking sham of a system can stumble down the alleyway without nose-planting is the only question that is relevant. We can only ignore disease for so long before it becomes fatally entrenched and this Once Great Nation is certainly there. What was it that the passengers in Steerage could do to prepare for Titanic’s impending loss of buoyancy? Get right with God, about all the choice we have too for the waters beneath our ship of state are cold and dark and there is no Carpathia on the horizon.

      Oh there will be survivors and as our host suggests, they will find their future in a World Made by Hand.

    • Doug April 4, 2016 at 3:34 pm #

      Getting money out of politics would be a great step. But it’s the $3.5+ Trillion of money coming in to “Govt” dwarfs all that. That $4T is re-distributed as pork spending and pissed away on various programs. ALL of the programs and expenditures are full of waste, corruption and graft. Much of that spending is to perpetuate the politicians time in office (arguing for term limits). And it funds millions of overpaid govt bureaucrats who do nothing productive.

      The problem is Big Government. It’s the root of all of our problems. A government based on excise taxes, custom’s duties and fees, like it was before the Income Tax instituted in 1913, was amazingly minimal and small —just as The Constitution envisioned.

      5 years after the advent of income tax, the top rate went from 6% on incomes over $25 million in today’s dollars, to 90% and funded our country’s first misadventure in WW1. It should be a powerful illustration of that law’s effect. That top rate barely dropped for another 60 years until Reagan’s tax regime.

      We should repeal the “Revenue Act of 1913” and really starve the beast!. This to get the government out of our lives, stop trying to run our lives and out of our wallets. (Yes,keep the FICA tax– and double it since we’re spending TWICE as much as we’re taxing on Entitlements.) Maybe a 8 or 10% national sales tax on consumption would do.

      But the $10s of Billions in campaign donations is not much compared to $4000 Billion being redistributed by the politicians.

      Oh, by the way, the only candidate who ever might have said these words was Ron Paul. He’s been right all along.

      Thanks for your time.

  18. marcus1 April 4, 2016 at 11:00 am #

    “What we really ought to worry about is what follows in the foul wake of Trump, both in awful circumstance and the as-yet-unknown cast of characters who will have to grapple with it.”

    Like Ted Cruze or Marco Rubio. The first gets advice from god , the second from his bribers.

    The graft will continue until people obey the words in the Declaration–“…by the people…”

    • WannaBleave April 4, 2016 at 12:00 pm #

      I think the real issue is what will Trump’s followers do? He has riled up an unruly, rowdy, unhappy and potentially dangerous group. They may harden and become and opposition FORCE (not a party, but an armed force). All the makings are there… If Trump becomes a Martyr, then some quasi-brown-shirt can take over the “movement” and who knows how violent it could be?

      • marcus1 April 4, 2016 at 12:55 pm #

        And the chilling fact is that you only need a small minority of highly motivated radicals to foment a revolution.

      • shotho April 4, 2016 at 5:08 pm #

        This what Kunstler was talking about in today’s post. Forces have been unleashed by Trump and, somewhat by Sanders, that will be hard to contain. No one knows the future consequences, but it is probably fair to say that changes are coming in the American political process that will render it unlike whatever we have seen in the past.

        • Sticks-of-TNT April 4, 2016 at 7:50 pm #

          “Let ‘er rip!” Can’t come soon enough. -Sticks

          • Sticks-of-TNT April 4, 2016 at 8:02 pm #

            Unless you want the status quo:

            Big Bush–>B.Clinton–>B.Clinton–>Shrub–>Shrub–>Obama–>Obama–>H.Clinton–>H.Clinton–>Etc.–>Etc.–>Etc…

            -Sticks

  19. FincaInTheMountains April 4, 2016 at 11:00 am #

    “I don’t see anything but another decade of entropy, decay & malaise.” — PeteAtomic

    Well, that depends. There is a shitload of work to do and a shitload of people who want to do it.

  20. RocketDoc April 4, 2016 at 11:08 am #

    We seem to be in the Sampson predicament: we’ve been shorn and chained up. If we(the people) regain our strength all we can do is pull the temple down on top of us.

    • Helix April 4, 2016 at 11:16 am #

      “all we can do is pull the temple down on top of us.”

      Well, Sampson decided even so that it was the best thing to do.

      • Helix April 4, 2016 at 11:37 am #

        Dang! That’s “Samson”!!

        • Pogo April 4, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

          Son of Sam?

        • RocketDoc April 4, 2016 at 1:21 pm #

          Thanks! I’m actually a decent speller but it’s a skill for “little people”. I used to be a hippie but lost my hair years ago….

          • Helix April 4, 2016 at 2:00 pm #

            Actually, I was correcting myself on the spelling. Then I noticed that you’d made the same “mistake”. Although I’m not really sure how one would determine the “correct” spelling of proper names originally written in another script (presumably Hebrew or Greek in this case). I guess “Samson” is the accepted English-language spelling by convention now.

            In any case, I’m with you on the hair.

          • Janos Skorenzy April 4, 2016 at 3:08 pm #

            That’s unfortunate. As Blake says, one who persists in his folly will become wise. Old Hippies become rednecks. They realize they were wrong about everything, basically, except their love of God.

        • Janos Skorenzy April 4, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

          You mean Samsung.

  21. noel bodie April 4, 2016 at 11:14 am #

    News reports the “unfiltered mouth” is predicting a major recession….maybe he reads CFN! If Bernie wins the Empire State it will be game on. Badger country will go Bern. How would voters react to carpet bombing ads calling him a commie? SCOTUS is the prize for 2016 and for that Cruz must be stopped.

    • Helix April 4, 2016 at 11:23 am #

      Cruz can’t win unless the election is rigged. If he gets the Republican nomination, I’m here to tell you that every single independent in the country is going to decide that they are going to vote in this election, and they’re gonna vote for anyone-but-Cruz. Yeah, we’re not thrilled with Hillary either, or even Sanders for that matter, but Cruz — no way Jose.

      • Janos Skorenzy April 4, 2016 at 3:11 pm #

        Naw, they’re the same, working for the same people. Equally bad. Cruz would be better for political cartoonists is all.

      • Frankiti April 4, 2016 at 4:48 pm #

        Cruz is a creep. No shame in corralling the christian sheep who are always looking for a shepherd full of too good to be true promises. It’s their programming after all. He also has that blazing imbecile Beck grandstanding for him. Like I said, a nation of 90% round-up ready wal-mart shopping dimwits will get the leader they deserve.

        • Helix April 6, 2016 at 8:44 am #

          “a nation of 90% round-up ready wal-mart shopping dimwits will get the leader they deserve.”

          And that, sadly, is the crux of the matter.

          Still, everything is connected. Good leadership inspires a population, raising its morale and performance.

          And alternatively, “rot starts at the top.”

  22. amb April 4, 2016 at 11:28 am #

    The majority of people don’t get that this American political and governmental system is tainted and corrupt beyond repair. It has grown and festered over decades like a cancerous malignancy that is impossible to cure. Only a major crisis and a full reset would give us the opportunity to take a new path and build a better system. Although it could be a dysfunctional path—since it is common for people to NOT learn from their mistakes and repeat history, or at least rhyme with history as Mark Twain so eloquently stated.

    A great American philosopher made some cogent statements. To paraphrase:

    “The public will always elect their executioner.”

    “The resolution of civilization, society, government, politics, etc. depends solely on the resolution of the human mind.”

    To me, it is truly a spiritual and or mental solution that is required. Why has every empire disappeared into the annals of history? Because of a lack of personal ethics, and a plethora of immorality, greed, self-interest, differentiation and so on. These are the “viruses” that have reared their ugly heads and destroyed man’s creations throughout history. And we are in that process again with the great experiment (the USA).

    It is all about human behaviour. The human mind. Until man understands himself and has the tools to cure himself of his weaknesses we are doomed to repeat history. This to me is the basics of all basics.

    • Janos Skorenzy April 4, 2016 at 3:16 pm #

      Exactly. We need to restrict the vote to the qualified in terms of IQ, knowledge of history and civics, financial solvency, and of course dedication to the Nation as proven by a record of service. Obviously most people will be excluded, although perhaps some local voting could be allowed for them.

      You want more people to vote? That means Eugenics, a gradual attempt to improve human quality by both positive and negative methods. We’re talking scientific socialism here, which means National Socialism not Marxist. Marxism is committed to the triumph of the Under Men and of course the financial elite who pull their strings.

    • Doug April 4, 2016 at 3:50 pm #

      All of this malaise and despair can be fixed and fixed quickly, but NO ONE would propose it (except me and Ron Paul). Repeal the Revenue Act of 1913! That’s the advent of the income tax previously ruled Unconstitutional.

      It’s repeal would appropriately starve the beast. Some perspective. Before the income tax, a small Federal government funded itself with excise taxes, custom’s duties and fees — just like the founder’s intended.

      5 years after the advent of income tax, the top rate went from 6% on incomes over $25 million (in today’s dollars), to 90% and funded our country’s first misadventure in WW1. It should be a powerful illustration of that law’s effect. That top rate barely dropped for another 60 years until Reagan.

      We should repeal the “Revenue Act of 1913.” This to get the government out of our lives and out of our wallets. (Yes,keep the FICA tax– and double it since we’re spending TWICE as much as we’re taxing on Entitlements – or reduce expenditures.) Maybe a 8 or 10% national sales tax on consumption would do as a replacement once FICA taxes are raised.

      Sanders our 19th century Marxist septuagenarian candidate wants the 90% level again — EXACTLY THE WRONG THING! What a fool! Leave it to the hard Left to be 1000% wrong.

      • Sticks-of-TNT April 4, 2016 at 8:20 pm #

        Re: Repeal the Revenue Act of 1913

        “except me (Doug) and Ron Paul” and Sticks-of-TNT and YOUR NAME HERE and…

        ANYONE ELSE WANT IN???

        -Sticks

    • shotho April 4, 2016 at 5:13 pm #

      Yep, culture will always “trump” economy, politics, society, community, whatever. Its the values and norms we decide to honor as a group rather than the institutions created by those values and norms that eventually overrun every other consideration.

    • Dumbedup April 4, 2016 at 7:07 pm #

      I was actually writing something similar to this and read yours. Eight years ago I said to my friends and co-workers that man needed to take an evolutionary step because even if we replace the current power structure it will only decay again – “meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”

      There will never be a system of government designed that can function without being corrupted by money and power. That’s because the problem is spiritual not physical or material. We won’t elect the best and the brightest because the system is a macrocosm of human faults and frailties. But I don’t look to God as a source of magic to someday “fix” everything. In his personage he is an inspiration for us to reach higher, to do better, to be more just and wise.

  23. pequiste April 4, 2016 at 11:42 am #

    I think that all human minds in the Post-Modern/Technotronic world, those connected to TV and computers, are some of the most filtered thought processes in human history. Perhaps on the same plane as those minds in Medieval Europe under the tight auspices of the Roman Church; the Caliphate; Hitlerite Germany and the good old Soviet Union. Yes, even revolutionary Maoist China makes the list of places where thought, coming in and coming out, is microscopically filtered through multiple layers of orthodoxy, dogma, and filler and the mass media.

    In our age, The Donald’s unfilteredness, is probably, like most other people, a direct result of too much TV and computers, in an American contextual environment. Consider how many image changes occur during a regular season game of any professional sport or any garden-variety TV drama or advertisement.

    The psychiatry and cognitive psychology researchers have been busily finding out just how to scramble and re-assemble thought processes for many decades and have it down to both an exact science and fine art . Linguists Chomsky and Herman gives the layman a glimpse of the process in Manufacturing Consent at a cognitive level. Joe Goebbels and Edward Bernays were damn good but today’s practictioners have a mighty arsenal of research and equipment to melt mold and maneuver minds

    • Janos Skorenzy April 4, 2016 at 3:22 pm #

      Yes I watched the Country Music awards last night, although it’s not my favorite kind of music I like some of it. They are gradually mixing Country in with Rock and Rap to create a united Pop Culture. There was one song with the refrain “Be Humble and Kind”. During the song a whole menagerie of Muslims, Blacks, Browns from all different countries, etc all were all paraded onto the stage as if to say “Be humble and kind to these brothers and sisters in particular”. The sacred cows all had smug, smarmy smiles of triumph on their faces. Utterly nauseating.

      Advertising is a Black Art. They are using our goodness and idealism to destroy us.

      • malthuss April 4, 2016 at 5:18 pm #

        VigilantCitizen.com

        For a glimpse into the real meanings in media.

        • pequiste April 5, 2016 at 2:14 am #

          Yes, an excellent, clearly presented resource.
          Thank you.

          Everyone here at CFN should certainly read it and/or know it.

      • Helix April 6, 2016 at 8:50 am #

        “During the song a whole menagerie of Muslims, Blacks, Browns from all different countries, etc all were all paraded onto the stage…”

        You seem to be obsessed with people of color.

  24. izzy April 4, 2016 at 11:52 am #

    Indeed. But something is necessary to stave off the apprehension.

    It’s a long way to the ground, and most of us have no parachute.

  25. pequiste April 4, 2016 at 11:55 am #

    I, therefore, believe Donald Trump is a direct manifestation of the American Blend of filtered thought: hyper-finance Capitalist, sexually repressive; Noo Yawkist; and always working for the bottom line And wow is it disjointed, non-sequitur in many laces, and raw. It seems just like the TV’s local news (as if anyone really watches it any more.)

    Resonating to many and revolting to many others it either reverberates motivates, irritates, or frightens. Depending on one’s positionality.

    However one receives it – it is making the American political game naked and afraid ( see Reince Preibus wringing hands) Can’t wait for the top to blow off. I’m thinking this summer in Cleveland.

    • Janos Skorenzy April 4, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

      Yes, there are already calls for the Tribe to gather in support of Donald. We must make him King. It is our last chance. Our Civilization has failed. We must go back to a simpler political structure if we want to survive and triumph against Oligarchs.
      Nothing is simpler than the Great Man of the Hour.

  26. FincaInTheMountains April 4, 2016 at 11:59 am #

    “unfiltered mouth” is predicting a major recession….maybe he reads CFN! == noel bodie

    No, he’s got better sources of information. He is just aware of impending reorganization of international financial system which will for obvious reasons have a temporary negative effect on American economy – the withdrawal symptoms from cheap money era.

  27. DurangoKid April 4, 2016 at 12:09 pm #

    Actually, the laws of physics were never violated. What the heat engine has allowed us to do is temporarily shift the entropy elsewhere while we partied heartily. As the cheap fuel dwindles, the party is coming to a close. Will there be a maid to come and clean up after us or will we wallow in our own garbage and filth until the landscape reverts to an energy regimine based on solar flux? My guess is that future claims on exosomatic labor will become increasingly worthless. And maids require wages. No wages, no maids.

    • MisterDarling April 5, 2016 at 3:48 am #

      “Actually, the laws of physics were never violated. What the heat engine has allowed us to do is temporarily shift the entropy elsewhere while we partied heartily.”-Durango’

      LOL! thanks!

  28. islander800 April 4, 2016 at 12:19 pm #

    “I would think that “the establishment”, “the powers that be”, “the political class”, “the political elite”, or whatever you want to call them, in conjunction with “the deep state”, which all add up to the controlling oligarchy of this country will NEVER allow Trump to win the nomination or gain the office.”

    I would not be surprised if Trump, should he be nominated as the republican candidate, meets with an “unfortunate” life-ending “accident” or even an outright assassination before election day. As you say, he threatens too much of the deep state’s status quo. Outfits like the CIA have made such events almost routine for decades, and for a lot less threatening individuals. They like to be in control and Trump is one huge, uncontrollable threat.

    Since a direct assassination would appear just a bit too obvious, my bet is on something more along the lines of an unforeseen helicopter or plane crash. So tragic, so heartbreaking. And less of a chance that the terrible turn of events unleashes the primal anger of his disenfranchised followers. Neat, tidy, and problem solved.

  29. lostinspace April 4, 2016 at 12:24 pm #

    Finally someone exposes AARP for what they are. We unsubscribed years ago and have received untold junk mail and new membership cards ever since. We’re not even sixty yet.
    They should be up in arms about zirp, why aren’t they.

    • malthuss April 4, 2016 at 5:37 pm #

      AARP is a charade designed for asset-stripping the hapless.

      Does AARP do any good for its members?

      • pequiste April 5, 2016 at 12:52 am #

        Yes, it makes them feel good that they are members of a really big, special club and get a whole bunch of “benefits” too. Like discounts to attractions in the Orlando FLorida area, and insurance, motels, and car rentals. Other proof is in mailings, magazines and emails that thankfully the members get to remind them they are cared about.

        Not like the members own children who are waiting for the AARP members to croak so the kids can finally get the proceeds from the AARP term life insurance policy that has been paid for for some 30+ years.

        • elysianfield April 5, 2016 at 11:04 am #

          “Not like the members own children who are waiting for the AARP members to croak”

          Pequisite,
          I like to refer to those children as “unworthy heirs and assigns….”

  30. St. Roy April 4, 2016 at 12:33 pm #

    Jim:

    With “The Visit”, you have coined a new saying for how US presidents get their puppet strings tied.

    • MisterDarling April 5, 2016 at 3:50 am #

      “The Visit” is as important as “The Nod” in the American election process.

      • Sticks-of-TNT April 5, 2016 at 7:55 am #

        I keep looking for “The Wink” ;>)

        …but all I ever get is “The Sting” $$$

        -Sticks

  31. sprezzatura April 4, 2016 at 12:37 pm #

    I wish Joe Bageant (“Deer hunting with Jesus“) were still around, I’d love to hear his take on Trump et al.

    Bageant, an educated, self-admitted redneck, observed how the blue collar demographic had been swindled into supporting Republicans, the party most at odds with the lower class’ interests.

    GOP and Dems: the Ying and Yang that cannot exist alone, like the sound of one hand clapping.

    • Pogo April 4, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

      Yeah, I too miss old Joe Bageant. We could use a few like him in these times.

      Do you every drop in on Fred Reed, an ex-pat in Mexico, to see what his current gripe is? Try it, you might like it…

      http://fredoneverything.org/

      • Sticks-of-TNT April 4, 2016 at 9:10 pm #

        Wholeheartedly agree Pogo. I’m a regular reader of his blog.

        Fred Reed, a Vietnam era Marine, is a very smart, very wise, very non-PC, very clever, and in his own inimitable way, very funny fellow.

        Highly recommend.

        -Sticks

    • Janos Skorenzy April 4, 2016 at 3:29 pm #

      He made a career out of spitting on his own people. A traitor and a hired gun for the elite. Fred Reed is much better.

      • malthuss April 5, 2016 at 10:56 am #

        ‘Arab hunting with rahms daddy.’

  32. volodya April 4, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

    Regimes just keep doing the same old corrupt and parasitic shit until they get thrown down a mine-shaft like the Romanovs or get gunned down like the Ceaucescus.

    Big reckonings coming. No excuse for guys like David Brooks or Charles Murray, all wide eyed and astonished at what they somehow missed this past 40 years.

    A lot of us have it coming. No point talking “externalities” to people that think nothing of driving 20 miles to work (per Helix). The blindness and deafness is impenetrable because people refuse to comprehend what they’re not interested in comprehending.

    They’ll pretend they can’t pronounce “externality” because it’s such a BIG word, then they’ll pretend they can’t spell it, then they’ll say it’s just too complicated.

    See, they’re really, really busy. REALLY busy. No time, and according to one nitwit I had a conversation with, that’s what we have governments for. When you hear THAT, hope just drains out your shoes.

    A rare few suburban soccer moms won’t make any bones, they look you straight in the eye and tell you to piss off, they need the damn vehicle so shove these “externalities” where the sun don’t shine. But most pretend to be just too overwhelmed or distracted or uncomprehending or something.

    Never mind multi-syllabic concepts like “externality”. People pretend they just don’t understand simple, everyday shit because they were never any good with numbers. At least, that’s what they say.

    One thing that applies like a law of nature to everyone, especially to simple mule-skinners like me, is that excuses don’t matter. No good with numbers? Better bone up moron. The big, cold universe doesn’t give a damn about your lousy excuses.

    • Pogo April 4, 2016 at 2:15 pm #

      It’s actually worse than not being good with numbers; it is absolutely rejecting the opinion of those who are good with numbers if it doesn’t fit ones beliefs.

      I met a man recently who read “State of Fear” and from that work of fiction, formed an opinion about the science of global warming. Trying to point out that 400 ppm of CO2 is higher than in about 800,000 years and that extreme changes are on the way was quickly rejected. Too complicated to think about all that. Besides, the “science is not settled” and the climate scientist are only out to grub money and get new grants.

      If your doctor says your cholesterol level of 300 is going to shorten your life, do you argue with him? If experts say one part of lead per billion is dangerous, do you argue about it?

      My belief is that nothing will be done in time and that (to borrow the phrase from Jim Kunstler) we are “flat fucked”.

    • ozone April 4, 2016 at 3:01 pm #

      V.,
      Yep. And now we begin to see the dangerous drop-offs at the limits of willful ignorance, hardened ideologies and lazy-mindedness.

      Look for and cultivate these indicators in yourself and others; it may soon become very important. (We’ll just have to admit that some aren’t going to be willing or able to “adjust”. I’ve seen this firsthand and believe me, a gathering of helpless sheep ain’t a pretty or encouraging sight.)

      http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-04-02/character-traits-and-skills-are-hard-find-during-crisis

      • Janos Skorenzy April 4, 2016 at 3:56 pm #

        Well said, Zone. We need some Rams. Got horns? Failing that, we’ll have to get sheep dogs. Also apparently Llamas are good. They are related to sheep but not nearly so tame and dumbed down. They’ll stand right up to the coyotes of political correctness.

        • Janos Skorenzy April 4, 2016 at 4:13 pm #

          In other words, Zone admits the bo peeps don’t have it. They need an elite.

          • Janos Skorenzy April 4, 2016 at 4:17 pm #

            I should have said “bro-peeps”. Life is such a compromise. You cannot enter the same river even once. Look – even the distant mountains are dancing on air if you can see with your eye of imagination.

          • Helix April 4, 2016 at 4:55 pm #

            And I’m just guessing that you yourself are to be numbered among the elites.

          • malthuss April 4, 2016 at 5:26 pm #

            Who sang the “Be Kind’ song at the CMA?

          • Janos Skorenzy April 4, 2016 at 8:33 pm #

            Tim McGraw sang “Humble and Kind”. I checked out the video on youtube. Same thing: full of Non-Whites, especially Muslims. They are using our own moral teachings to disarm us. And singers are letting themselves be used. We need songs about war and vengeance now, not this kind of thing. Too bad, it really is a nice song without the obnoxious visuals add on.

          • pequiste April 5, 2016 at 1:00 am #

            Janos? Country music? Huh? What country?

            Here, for your unabashed listening pleasure, is music from a country that will filter, then fuse, great virtue back into your heart, mind and soul. It does for me.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ntqdy0Gm2zg

          • S M Tenneshaw April 5, 2016 at 7:58 am #

            Here’s a much better marching song. It’s from the US of A. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU_M9VC4sW0

      • volodya April 5, 2016 at 11:30 am #

        Good article. What we’ll need IOW are intelligent people of good character and balls like church bells.

    • ozone April 4, 2016 at 3:06 pm #

      Ps. “…See, they’re really, really busy. REALLY busy. No time, and according to one nitwit I had a conversation with, that’s what we have governments for. When you hear THAT, hope just drains out your shoes.”

      V., This is quite the image and it gave me a grim chuckle. 😉
      (Hope is over-rated, as I’m sure you’re aware.)

    • Janos Skorenzy April 4, 2016 at 3:50 pm #

      Yes, even here people don’t want to say oligarchs, preferring to shorten it to garchs. The lumpen proletariat prefer one syllable words. And when an elite begin to adopt the habits of the lumps, the culture is finished.

      But elitism is bad, they cry. No. Bad elitism is bad. Elitism is necessary, but they must be worthy. Our Elite are utter scum and we need a new one. Those who want to get rid of all elites are just dancing to the tune of the anarchists and communists. And the very same “Garchs” pay their pipers and thus call their tunes.

      • Helix April 4, 2016 at 4:59 pm #

        “Even here people don’t want to say oligarchs, preferring to shorten it to garchs.”

        Oh, that’s awful! I guess when Janos and the Elites rule the country, they can outlaw coinage of new words.

        And “oligarchs” has such a nice ring to it! Just rolls off your tongue.

    • MisterDarling April 5, 2016 at 3:56 am #

      @ Volodya:

      “Regimes just keep doing the same old corrupt and parasitic shit until they get thrown down a mine-shaft like the Romanovs or get gunned down like the Ceaucescus.”

      Did you ever see a movie called “Miller’s Crossing”? You should. You’d like it right about now.

      😉

  33. volodya April 4, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

    Islander800,

    If they were so inclined, how hard would it be to find a “deranged” gunman with a plausible ax to grind, a back-up shooter behind a grassy knoll just in case?

    How hard is it to do a Dallas-style cover up and then a Warren Commission white-wash?

    Well it takes some planning but it all worked before and sent a stark message: walk the line or else. Remember, this was all done in a public plaza and in full public view.

    Remember also that the shooter got shot in front of film cameras in a police station, no less. And then the shooter of the shooter died in prison.

    None of this was in the least subtle, the only thing that WASN’T done was to announce in a news conference who the conspirators were.

    Does this all sound improbable? The work of an over active imagination? An overly convoluted Jason Bourne movie plot?

    Incredibly, it all happened. Don’t under-estimate this “deep state”.

  34. teddyboy46 April 4, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

    JHK is absolutely right. I saved for years in an IRA lost half of it in the Bubbles and now make 1% a year on the money. I thought AARP is a front for the insurance companies and reverse mortgage fraudsters.

  35. Frankiti April 4, 2016 at 1:33 pm #

    Blah, blah, Trump. Trump this and Trump that. The precariat are so caught up fighting amongst one another, marching in tune with the oligarchs and its council on foreign relations and the corporate media war against Trump that they can’t see that this is precisely what they want. They want the precariat obsessed with partisan politics and the preservation of the 2 party janus system. You’re all dupes, host included. Too comfortable on your pottery barn sofas staring into microsoft apple powered screens via comcast and verizon to appreciate, or really, want to pull the trigger. Nah, it’s better to type complaints every week and daydream about horse and carriage days. This is like a bad D&D game with a creative dungeon master.

    • shotho April 4, 2016 at 5:21 pm #

      Precariot?
      Signed, Dupe

      • Frankiti April 4, 2016 at 5:58 pm #

        It’s precariat. The precarious proletariat. There is no longer a predominant labor class (making things), as we instead have a class of people underemployed, lacking security and heavily in debt. The working service class are now teeming with overeducated indebted and underpaid workers who do not have job security, pensions, or the ability to climb let alone remain with an employer (there’s always someone younger, cheaper and with more debt willing to take your job). But more to the point, people would rather complain about not having the perfect maniac willing to burn this sham to the ground… their comfort is in dreaming of the sea-change, and not living through it. Posers.

    • MisterDarling April 5, 2016 at 4:10 am #

      “You’re all dupes, host included. Too comfortable on your pottery barn sofas staring into microsoft apple powered screens via comcast and verizon to appreciate, or really, want to pull the trigger. Nah, it’s better to type complaints every week and daydream about horse and carriage days.”-frankiti.

      Cherry-boys chatter their heads before the first time or two. It’s normal Frank’. Anyway, can’t be helped, so might as well just work around it.

      Cheers!

    • Helix April 6, 2016 at 9:48 am #

      “Too comfortable on your pottery barn sofas staring into microsoft apple powered screens via comcast and verizon to appreciate, or really, want to pull the trigger.”

      I think a lot of people would like to pull the trigger if only they could acquire the target.

      • Frankiti April 6, 2016 at 5:02 pm #

        One target is the 2 party racket. There are 2 rogue candidates on either side of the donkelphant spectrum that can help bring it all down. But instead, people hesitate, forget to squeeze the trigger, smooth is fast… and it slips away

        • Helix April 7, 2016 at 12:12 pm #

          “One target is the 2 party racket”

          OMG! Don’t get me started…

  36. Frankiti April 4, 2016 at 1:37 pm #

    And not a word on the Panama papers… not getting much coverage from the mainstream, wonder why?

    • MisterDarling April 5, 2016 at 4:01 am #

      Been all over it all weekend. It’s salient news packin’ a body-count in my bailiwick. So you better believe…

      LOL!

    • pequiste April 5, 2016 at 8:48 am #

      March Madness Final much more important than the plutocracy’s pecuniary pecadilloes.

  37. venuspluto67 April 4, 2016 at 1:37 pm #

    I recall John Michael Greer saying in his blog-post about Donald Trump that constitutional representative government (what most people inaccurately label “democracy”) has a consistent way of degenerating into total plutocracy, and when this plutocracy becomes thoroughly senile and inept, a “Caesar” figure is put into power one way or another by the toiling masses who have had enough of taking it up the tushy time and again.

    The armature of lies of which you speak that enables the plunder of the well-being of ordinary people is certainly part and parcel of the ineptitude and senility of the decaying plutocracy. I also shudder to think what will come in the wake up Trump because this time, the whole mess will be so much worse because we will have to make do with a lot less in the way of energy and resources. After all, we have done nothing as a society to prepare ourselves for this incipient reality, have we?

    • Helix April 6, 2016 at 9:58 am #

      “After all, we have done nothing as a society to prepare ourselves for this incipient reality, have we?”

      And this is the crucial point. We’ve lived in an era when increasing specialization was a ticket to success for a lot of people. It’s been a good ride, where even the poor can have comforts that most of humanity would envy in days gone by.

      The downside, though, is lack of resilience. Homes that cannot run without electricity. People who no longer know how to produce the necessities of life themselves, and may live in a situation that makes it difficult to do that even if they did know how. An infrastructure that is unfeasible to navigate without an automobile and all that entails.

      At some point, things are going to get interesting.

      • MisterDarling April 7, 2016 at 1:33 am #

        “At some point, things are going to get interesting.”-helix.

        Mr. Orlov had a fun way of illustrating the Resilience v. Optimization thing you alluded to… Apparently he likes cats.

        Regarding things getting “interesting”: I have more interest in what comes after that point. It is simply not true that our best, game-changing technologies cannot exist in the aftermath of a global collapse (and all that it may well entail). Most of them can be created and maintained by a resource-limited society. If there ever was anything ‘magical’ about technology it was that it was more insight- than material-dependent. As usual, it’s a matter of priorities and the will to pursue them.

        Intriguingly, there’s no reason to expect that a Recovery after the Collapse will be a repeat of the process that got us to where we are now on the time-line. As Lewis Dartnell put it: “a recovering society is likely to take a different trajectory in its development – the path not traveled – as well as utilizing technological solutions that for us have fallen by the wayside. . . Civilization 2.0 might look like a mish-mash of technologies from different eras, not unlike the genre of fiction known as steampunk.”

        Cheers!

        • Helix April 7, 2016 at 12:21 pm #

          I agree 100%. I think it’s possible to take a decent fraction of our technology down the road with us. Also to the point, I think that doing so will depend on reorganizing our infrastructure and lifestyle habits to optimize our use of resources. Looking around at what we have now, it looks to me like we could use a little reorganization anyway.

  38. budizwiser April 4, 2016 at 2:54 pm #

    Has someone already written this “theme” as an article?

    Trump’s popularity is a result of an electorate that enjoys the “honesty” of poor liar over smarter politicians.

    This portion of the electorate believes that a “dumb liar” cannot possibly screw them as much as a “smart liar.”

    Your thoughts please.

    • Helix April 6, 2016 at 10:10 am #

      This isn’t my observation. The Trump supporters I know fall into two camps: (1) Gun-totin’ angry white males (2) The damp panties brigade.

      The angry white males focus on The Wall, both literally and figuratively. Keep the ‘spics and ragheads out. They’d like to throw the niggers out too, but they’re already here, so the most they can hope for there is a return to Mississippi circa 1947. Some also think he’ll upset the elite’s applecart. How anyone can think that a billionaire is going to do that mystifies me, but there is.

      The damp panties brigade… well, I think most people here can figure that one out without further elaboration.

  39. capt spaulding April 4, 2016 at 3:13 pm #

    The reason you see the voters vote the way they do, is because after a certain amount of time, they finally realize how they’re getting shafted. People are in favor of anybody who is willing to upset the status quo, ie: Trump or Sanders. Anybody else is just playing the same game that has been played for years. It’s the Oligarchy that has been running the country for decades. All I care about is voting for somebody who will throw a wrench in the works, whoever that may be. Hopefully that person will help initiate some changes in the way that politics is done in this country. Remember that tired old chant from back in the 60’s? Power to the people? It’s a tired old line, but it’s true. As near as I can see, this time around is the last shot before outright revolution. I understand that the things I am saying will draw the attention of the NSA, and I’m willing to stick my head above the sand & become an enemy of the state. I know that the majority of the people who are on this blog are aware of what”s going on, but they are also aware that they may draw the attention of the thought police if they speak out too harshly against the situation that currently exists in this country. If this election doesn’t begin to change the status quo, Then the times will get very interesting.

    • bukowskisghost April 4, 2016 at 4:17 pm #

      AARP begins their terrorist campaign when you turn fifty.

  40. FincaInTheMountains April 4, 2016 at 4:38 pm #

    Liberasts in the Republican Party, who sold their souls to Clintons, are getting ready to change their own rules in the middle of the game

    Charles Koch Is Privately Committed To Getting Paul Ryan Nominated In Cleveland

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/charles-koch-paul-ryan-nomination_us_57029099e4b083f5c6082b95

    Trump supporters say that they will come to a convention in Cleveland with guns and will see to it that all the rules of so-called “contested convention” are met, and not only those that benefit liberasts in the Republican Party, who sold their souls to Clintons.

    And one of those rules is the so-called rule of Ron Paul, according to which the vote on the Convention is possible only for those candidates who gained the majority of not less than 8 states.

    At this point in the 2016 process, that means Donald Trump would be eligible to win the Republican nomination … and no one else.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/republicans-take-fresh-look-their-eight-state-rule

    So is it a Democracy or Koch – 0 – cracy???

  41. mdm1mdm1 April 4, 2016 at 4:42 pm #

    if its trump versus Clinton, Trump wins. However I don’t expect anything much to change. He is the 1% and he will be a typical conservative republican pushing the status quo, and then some, he will also be a one termer, is my guess.

  42. Despatch from HQ INGSOC April 4, 2016 at 7:17 pm #

    Here at HQ INGSOC we have our best Agents working round the clock discrediting Candidate Trump. He is a threat to everything we’ve worked to build. Even Republican and ‘Conservative’ pundits, so called, are on board, of course, they don’t have much choice.

    And now the release of of these ‘Panama Papers’ show how deep the rot really is. An investigation is being launched, How did this intel get out? We will get to the bottom of it, believe me!

  43. FincaInTheMountains April 4, 2016 at 7:25 pm #

    ‘ISIS agents in the US’?? Huh? Of course there might be a few. . Maybe more every day with the likes of Trump and Killary and puppet,Obama but get a grip. == merf56

    That’s what people in Europe thought, too.

    The Syrian “rape-fugees” are being flown to US by planeloads at night:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btfrM2YpbEE

    Bill Still thinks it’s Obama, I think it someone else bringing her best friends in…

  44. tucsonspur April 4, 2016 at 8:09 pm #

    As if Trump didn’t have enough problems, along comes fellmonger Sarah Palin whose voice and ra-ra style will make your very skin shed itself and crawl away in agony.

    Cruz has jumped out of the lube pit, trying to convince us that he doesn’t belong there, churning out words of sharp cheddar for the cheese heads. It may be that only the Green Bay Packers can save Trump in Wisconsin.

    Cruz is also greasing up the delegates, giving them a spiffy lube job, hoping that they’ll easily slide his way come the probably chaotic convention.

    Can the RNC and its high grade synthetic, Reince Priebus, reshape the rules and smoothly run over an angry voting public without them blowing a gasket? I doubt it.

    The RNC has a severe case of the DTs and is looking for a bottle. Maybe they’ll find one in Wisconsin.

    • pequiste April 5, 2016 at 1:06 am #

      The RNC is now way past Woolite and is searching for some vintage Sterno. Prosit.

  45. Pucker April 4, 2016 at 8:12 pm #

    According to the book “The Deep State”, the big 6 banks have become arms of the National Security State used for, among other purposes, the purpose of waging financial warfare against recalcitrant errant countries that defy the Neocons. In other words, you can forget about the US Justice Department prosecuting the bankers. And you can forget about the Rule-of-Law.

  46. Pucker April 4, 2016 at 8:23 pm #

    According to the book “The Deep State”, at one time, they thought about prosecuting errant Blackwater contractors in Iraq who had run amok and killed a bunch of innocent Iraqi civilians. The Blackwater contractors then threaten to kill the American investigators and the US State Department supported Blackwater. No Rule-of-Law, pure barbarism and gangsterism.

  47. Janos Skorenzy April 4, 2016 at 8:28 pm #

    http://www.amren.com/news/2016/04/you-are-not-the-people-you-are-the-past-public-broadcaster-tells-german-critics-of-mass-immigration/

    New hate video disseminated by the German Government against its own people.

    • BackRowHeckler April 4, 2016 at 9:14 pm #

      Sounds like German Public Radio gets its marching orders from our own American NPR, same 3rd world, anti white, anti Christian POV.

      Is German Public Radio on the govt. teat the way NPR is?

      brh

    • malthuss April 6, 2016 at 12:29 am #

      Do you know about this??? —- from Takis mag–

      an Asian geneticist studying the DNA of ancient humans discovered that a specific gene was identified as appearing in human DNA at the same time that language and city building began.

      It was determined to be too racist to discuss when it was shown that the gene is still missing in sub-saharan Africans and their descendants. But, as you point out, the proof is in the puddin.

      THX

  48. Pucker April 4, 2016 at 8:29 pm #

    Most of the ground water in Japan is now contaminated with cesium, which has a half-life of over 30 years.

    Ancient Japanese Buddhist koan: “What is the sound of one hand clapping?”

    Modern koan: “What is the sound of the media discussing the problem of ionizing radiation in your food and water?

    • pequiste April 5, 2016 at 1:14 am #

      In this case the koan is:

      What is the sound of shit happening? Very extreme shit.

  49. FincaInTheMountains April 4, 2016 at 11:07 pm #

    No one has any idea what you’re talking about except the hard core – and we don’t agree with you. == Janos

    You don’t agree with me because you all think that the gang of banksters in City of London and New York are ruling the world, the pathetic descendants of the Money Changers, whom Christ expelled from the Temple and escaped from the gallows Flibustiers of the Caribbean.

    Symbols are ruling the world.

    • pequiste April 5, 2016 at 1:51 am #

      I personally believe that sound “trumps” symbols, and actually has more effect in controlling this world. That, however, is a discussion for another Clusterfuck Planet (I think Jim needs to alter the name of his blog to better match his spectrum-of-issues coverage and global audience) missive however. But the question you pose – who then has the reigns of power ( and by extension that control over sound and symbols?)

      You have a theory, that I am unfamiliar with, about certain “color” groups i.e. Red and Black, contesting for the top spot on the pile of human endeavor. You also say that there are many of us who believe the “Pirates” or another bankster bunch, are in competition and also runs the show with money viz. Rockefeller/Morgans vs Rothschilds.

      The demon banksters are just the tools for the real power, just as the royal families of Europe are. See how easily they have let their countries, those with constitutional monarchies, get transnationalized by the European Union; enslaved in debt via the European Central Bank; and successfully invaded by the Yzlamik hordes. All without a peep from the kings and queens. Be responsible for the nation, its people, culture and patrimony? Nah, why should they fuck up a good gig?
      Besides, there are European versions of that darn Zapruder film aren’t there.

      I would like some further information on this “color” contest you frequently mention. Care to make a suggestion where to begin?

      Also, in appreciation of your continued erudite and insightful participation at the CFN, another unfiltered march for your consideration:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7lDfE5rSdI

      • FincaInTheMountains April 5, 2016 at 7:12 am #

        Stay tuned, materials will be coming along as a sort them out myself.

  50. toktomi April 4, 2016 at 11:21 pm #

    Oh, goodie, more election attention cuz everyone knows that it’s real and makes a difference.

    ~toktomi~

    • MisterDarling April 5, 2016 at 4:05 am #

      And you’re not being the least, littlest bit sarcastic, are you??

      Cheers Tok’!

  51. Pucker April 4, 2016 at 11:46 pm #

    The emergency reactor shutdown button at the Number 4 Chernobyl nuclear reactor was called the “AZ-5 Button”.

    Ironically, the last minute pushing of the AZ-5 Button may have causing the explosion and meltdown because the fuel rods that were supposed to fall into the reactor core and stop the nuclear reaction may have contained residual fissionable material on the tips of the rods. The control rods were unable to fall into their slots completely because the intense temperatures had by the warped the reactor and built up pressure in the reactor. With the sudden introduction of extra fissionable material—BOOM!

    Trump may be the AZ-5 Button?

  52. FincaInTheMountains April 5, 2016 at 7:44 am #

    Interestingly enough, one might expect Ted Cruz to oppose the Ron Paul rule, but the Texas senator was actually making the opposite case.

    Consider what Cruz told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt:

    “I think that would be a terrible idea for the Washington power brokers to change the rules, because they’re unhappy with the candidates who the voters are voting for. Under the rules, and you’re right, there is some irony in that it was the Romney Team that put this rule in place to prevent Ron Paul from being put on the ballot. And it was the Washington establishment that put this rule in place.

    “So now when the Washington establishment candidates are losing, they want to change the rules to try to parachute in some candidate who hasn’t earned the votes of the people. That is nothing short of crazy. Under the rules, we should operate under the rules.”

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/republicans-take-fresh-look-their-eight-state-rule

    I still think that no matter what, Trump and Cruz are on the same team and joint ticket in November is possible.

  53. FincaInTheMountains April 5, 2016 at 7:56 am #

    Regarding the financial security, offshore and “Panama Files”

    Money should be stored not here:
    http://voentorg-spb.ru/published/publicdata/B1324431/attachments/SC/images/134513456.jpg

    But here:

    http://i.allday.ru/93/18/7b/1311876162_dollar_01.jpg

    (Just a little play of words: in Russian Panama is a country and a type of hat you see in the picture, also the “Glass Jar” and “Bank” are sharing the same word in Russian – “banka”

  54. AHtheHumanity April 5, 2016 at 8:37 am #

    “The less simple answer is that America has become a matrix of rackets based on fraud, swindling, and extortion that can only support itself on lies, which form the armature that enables all the racketeering… The Holy Trinity of Bank Fraud: Rubin, Geithner, and Summers paid him a call after election day and said, “Look here, fucker: one false move out of you in the direction of our friends doing ‘God’s work,’ and this whole house of cards comes fluttering down.” Hence, Obama appointed the trio to positions of authority and counsel, and the racketeering resumed without hindrance — to the greater affliction upon the common weal.”

    I agree with this. This makes Trump a viable candidate. Who else can pierce the boil of pretense outlined so well above?

    As far as lobbying for the 50 plus crowd…Jo Ann Jenkins is the CEO of the company purporting to advocate for the elderly. The truth is, 50 is not elderly. AARP’s ironic motto is “Real Possibilities” eluding the fact that when people stop working full time they stop getting all the perks that come with a substantial, regular income.
    The company heralding the first permanent woman CEO in their history, got started in the late 1950s as a national association for retired state employees: teachers. One of the founders also founded Colonial Penn Insurance. Obviously the private sector found a way to pilfer the public one, considering that most states have set budgets and retirement plans because they use tax payer money. So, if you put in X amount of dollars for your pension, you’re guaranteed a return even if it only doubles what you’d get from Social Security/Medicare. The problem AARP poses is that you can never invest too much money for your long term dreams. The propaganda promoted by AARP is that you can live your second childhood now that the kids have moved out and your house and car is paid off. The trouble is, you’re not in good health anymore and health insurance and providers have screwed you out of any wealth and equity. Plus, your kids can’t find steady work because the 50 plus crowd are staying in their jobs longer or competing for the same jobs.

    • basil April 5, 2016 at 10:29 am #

      I will be retiring in a couple of months with a combination of accounts that will leave my income mostly unchanged. a little part time work will more than pay the health insurance premiums that I will now be responsible for. my wife remains employed with good pay and work conditions. no debt. no kids. still, I am a bit apprehensive. it wouldn’t take a huge financial breakdown to make life difficult for us. I know many people are having a hard time staying solvent, despite working hard and doing their best. from this viewpoint, it appears that the so-called “elite” of our society prefer a working class that lives paycheck to paycheck, and deep in debt. the question is-what happens to the income of the “elite” when ordinary people can no longer afford the goods and services that provide such income to wealthy investors? greed is the enemy of common sense.

      • AHtheHumanity April 5, 2016 at 9:23 pm #

        Hi basil,

        The elite have never had to worry about where their next meal is coming from, if they can afford the roof over their head nor how will they pay for their existence on Earth. We will never see justice in that regard. However, we have seen how they have failed to keep their investment schemes (backed by disposable income) running without being checked by the realities of the working poor, one of those checks being how the money is supposed to circulate through the markets back to the people. When you do decide to retire, basil, I hope you also become more sensitive to where you spend your money. Will you try to stretch your dollar by buying cheap Chinese manufactured stuff at big box stores that channel money to elite banks in another state or another country (most recently revealed to be somewhere in Panama) or will you focus on your communities small businesses and markets? Will you fall for the propaganda that the world is now your oyster because of all your free time and “disposable” income or will you work to polish up your own little corner of the world? You many not have kids, but you can and do effect future generations by your personal decisions. And the younger folks are paying for your “security”. Just a thought, thanks for posting.

        • basil April 6, 2016 at 8:36 am #

          fortunately, ahthehumanity, I am a cheapskate. I am perfectly happy at home working in the garden and greenhouse, maintaining my home, expanding my solar generation system, and writing and recording music. we enjoy the occasional weekend trip to one of the beautiful forested mountain spots in our area. most of the money we spend on those outings goes to the local economy. we are friends with some of the owners. I really don’t want anything except a little peace. that costs me zero dollars.

      • Helix April 6, 2016 at 9:28 am #

        “the question is-what happens to the income of the “elite” when ordinary people can no longer afford the goods and services that provide such income to wealthy investors?”

        The verdict on that question has been in for millennia. When finances become dodgy, the elite turn in their money for forms of wealth that return rents: agricultural land, rental housing, toll gates controlling access to resources, etc. The goal, as always, is to strip all surplus wealth generated by the working classes, leaving them just enough to survive and return to work tomorrow.

        • basil April 6, 2016 at 9:55 am #

          understood, helix. things may be a little different now, with world population beyond carrying capacity, and resources clearly dwindling. not to mention climate change, which may be a complete game-changer. land, housing, toll gates, etc. are among the things that ordinary citizens could not afford if the grotesquely wealthy were to continue hoarding unneeded wealth, as they are today. I really don’t think the “elite” are smart enough to determine “just enough to survive”. thanks for discussing.

          • Helix April 7, 2016 at 12:28 pm #

            “I really don’t think the ‘elite’ are smart enough to determine ‘just enough to survive’.”

            I’m quite sure you’re right about that. It’s an evolutionary thing. Squeeze them just a little too much, and you end up with the French Revolution.

  55. Cold N. Holefield April 5, 2016 at 9:15 am #

    Frankiti said: And not a word on the Panama papers… not getting much coverage from the mainstream, wonder why?

    The fact it’s given a title like this is the tip-off it’s strategic containment propaganda like the Pentagon Papers.

    The Panama Papers isn’t a profound revelation for most everyone reading and posting here, just as it should be obvious to everyone that it doesn’t matter who is “elected” POTUS in the Fall.

    If you ask me, The Panama Papers are the Pot calling the Kettle black, just as is Election 2016 and the Establishment’s incessant 24/7 criticism of Trump. Trump is the Establishment’s mirror — everything it excoriates him for is itself in its birthday suit.

  56. Cold N. Holefield April 5, 2016 at 9:26 am #

    FincaInTheLatrine said: I still think that no matter what, Trump and Cruz are on the same team and joint ticket in November is possible.

    When I heard Cruz talking last night, I thought the same thing. Is Cruz going rogue too? Has The Donald inspired him? Will they join forces and defeat The Establishment? Will Cruz be to Trump what LBJ was to JFK? If so, Trump may want to think twice about choosing Cruz as his running mate, because we all know how poorly that played out for JFK.

    If I were Trump, and maybe I am since we have so much in common except the weird-ass hair and fortune and many other things, I would choose Melania as my running mate. The Establishment would completely lose it at that point and it would so awesome to watch The Mainstream Media go Balls To The Wall psychotic. It would be enough of a shock to cure Anderson Cooper of his homosexuality and maybe lose the fancy city glasses and the bizarrely premature white hair.

  57. wpa_ccc April 5, 2016 at 12:25 pm #

    “… everyone knows that it’s real and makes a difference.” –Tok

    Seriously.

    Bernie & Tulsi 2016

  58. wpa_ccc April 5, 2016 at 12:30 pm #

    Seriously. Men and women fought and died in the suffrage and civil rights movements. Voting is how I honor their lives and their sacrifice.

    Bernie & Tulsi 2016

  59. volodya April 5, 2016 at 1:28 pm #

    They say that you’ll never know when you cross the event horizon of a black hole.

    Well, I don’t know if we crossed it or not, but in these matters, time is never on your side. In this corner of the accretion disk, the angular momentum of the local shit-storm is changing, and not for the better.

    So, yep, financial maelstrom. And, nope, It won’t matter who’s at the podium next January, they’ll be as useful as a tent peg in a mudslide.

    Read Ozone’s article on character traits we’ll need in an emergency. Do you see anyone in this laughable squeaking squawk of midgets that has ANYTHING like the royal jelly?

    Hillary? Puleeze… Goldman? Shit, given her scant regard for rules and common sense as witnessed by her handling of her emails, I’ll bet she’d yack at a mob conclave if there was a buck in it. Sure, it’ll be dressed up as a respectable industry association, you know, something like Wall Street bankers. Except not bankers (who’d believe that) but maybe hospitality or something.

    And, these guys being who they are, FBI eyes and ears will be all over it. No doubt, the FBI and a dozen other federal agencies will have paid a visit before hand to tell all concerned who this industry association really is. And, no doubt, given her relaxed approach, this too will be waved away. Rules don’t apply. Understand?

    The food and wine will be first class and a good time will be had by all. The faces in the crowd will be 300 pound hulks with noses pushed over to there, and they’ll slur as if they’ve taken a few too many punches, which they have. I can see it now, grinning goons, gushing around her like schoolboys, jostling for that selfie. And they’ll tell her, if anybody gives her a problem to call and they’ll throw him in the river. And they’ll be serious. Don’t laugh, how many rich fancy-pants with a checkbook would throw someone in the river for her? Imagine, money AND muscle. She’ll be flattered to bits. Who needs that flaccid, POS, cardiac case of a husband even if he WAS president? Even if he DID bring in over a hundred mil? These guys are SO much more fun.

    And besides, mob guys are voters too and they have wives and kids and sure, they have some legitimate businesses. And as we saw in 1960, they can be useful in a close presidential election.

    Just ask Richard Nixon. Er, you can’t ask him because he’s dead. So is JFK. But the gossip is that Frankie had a word with his good buddy Sam Giancana on behalf of Jack. And Sam had dead people voting in Chicago. It was close but enough to give Kennedy the win. And Ike advised Nixon to stand down. I’m serious, that’s what I heard.

    Voter suppression? Beans, what’s that compared to voter resurrection?

    Oh well, at the end of the day, a speech is just vibrating air and money is just paper with pictures on it. This time next century, who’s gonna remember?

    • Helix April 6, 2016 at 9:17 am #

      “… the angular momentum of the local shit-storm is changing, and not for the better.”

      I love it! Best quote of the day!

  60. volodya April 5, 2016 at 1:41 pm #

    Mr Darling, I saw Miller’s Crossing. It was a good movie. It DID take SOME artistic license ie savage beatings that resulted in only slight surface scrapes and immediate recovery by the victim, machine guns that never ran out of bullets, but that, I think, was part of the appeal. The acting, particularly by John Turturro was excellent.

    • MisterDarling April 5, 2016 at 2:19 pm #

      “It DID take SOME artistic license ie. savage beatings that resulted in only slight surface scrapes and immediate recovery by the victim, machine guns that never ran out of bullets, but that, I think, was part of the appeal.”-Volodya.

      Absolutely… The beating that Regan took from Lazar’s goons should have killed him or laid him up for weeks, and the Thompson his former/future boss used to exterminate that hit-squad had a lot more than 50-rounds in the drum. The only realistic part of that engagement was when he switched to aimed short-bursts when the car got farther down the drive.

      On the other hand, you must admit Marcia Gay Harden was never sexier in any movie she did – ever – and that it was one of the tightest (quote.: “perfect”) screenplays that the Cohen’s wrote. It’s kind of a masterpiece w/in it’s genre.

      What I had in mind though were the words that Tic-Tac spoke when they got Turturro’s character out in the Pine Barrens: “You ever notice how all the snappy dialogue dries up… [raucous laughter]”

      Cheers!

    • MisterDarling April 5, 2016 at 2:30 pm #

      @ Volodya:

      If you want to see a modern film-noir with authenticity, check out “Killing Them Softly”:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killing_Them_Softly

      I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts about the final scene.

  61. MisterDarling April 5, 2016 at 2:06 pm #

    IT IS OFFICIAL: The ‘Panama Papers’ have claimed their first VIP casualty:

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/panama-papers-probes-opened-china-060213972.html

    “The less simple answer is that America has become a matrix of rackets based on fraud, swindling, and extortion that can only support itself on lies, which form the armature that enables all the racketeering.”-J H K.

    Truer words never written. One needs to look no farther than the 2.6 Terabytes of financial data & email traffic plumbing the depths of 40-years of fiscal chicanery impugning every part of the global economy to see it validated.

    Of course Iceland’s PM and Cabinet were the first to go under the knife: Iceland is the most democratic place on the planet right now, apparently. They were and are the only nation-state to bring effective accountability to the financial-swinery of 2008. Every other government is too bought-off.

    Personally, I’m more interested in working out subsequent (real) bloodletting. The most cost-effective way to get rid of a malefactor is drop a dime to their boss and/or partners about how much they’ve been stealing & stashing, then let nature take its course… How much easier that will be with a treasure-trove of deadly-dealing-you-out in the wild now.

    Lastly, many observers find it *fascinating* that only 441 American clients of Mossack/Fonseca are mentioned, with details nearly nonexistent while representatives from every other nation on Earth are outed – friends & allies included [*] [**].

    If that was intentional, well then: Kudo’s to you, you crafty M-F you! If you’re out there monitoring this, let it be known that I owe you the drink and/or refreshment of your choice upon demand.

    +++

    [*] All of them, UK, Canada, NZ, Australia and Israel included… literally hundreds of Israeli firms b t w…

    [**] You see what he/she did there? Nasty, brilliant genius that. And he/she is still in a position to say; “hey, *I* didn’t publish your data” when the US ‘garchs come calling.

    • Frankiti April 5, 2016 at 6:25 pm #

      That’s because the US government leaked it lol

  62. Despatch from HQ INGSOC April 5, 2016 at 3:14 pm #

    Here at HQ INGSOC, Airstrip 1, we are bemused at the way the ‘public’ is responding to the ‘Dog and Pony’ show we stage every 4th year.

    We like the enthusiasm, and the hatred on both sides (of the same coin)

    Our Agents are expert in their work.

    Enjoy it while you can; this may be the last time. Comrade Goldstein thinks further perpetration of the US election cycle may no longer be necessary.

  63. Despatch from HQ INGSOC April 5, 2016 at 3:30 pm #

    “RADIOACTIVE WILD BOAR ROAM FUKASHIMA COUNTRYSIDE”

    Ponder those headlines for a moment CFNers and tell me the Japanese were not prescient when they made those Godzilla movies back in the day. Nothing is left to chance, even then it was already scripted

    Its a Brave New World out there folks.

  64. Frankiti April 5, 2016 at 6:35 pm #

    The skin-deep change president already had a pre-drafted policy response to the Panama by way of NSA papers. Being sold as an unfair tax advantage for the wealthy, when it’s really just a way for the government to control assets in USD, and to bring the business to tax refuges in Nevada and SD. But, no, of course it’s all about the little fellers, the folks that have to pay taxes…. the dwindling few

  65. FincaInTheMountains April 5, 2016 at 7:49 pm #

    Wisconsin: First Exit Poll, Trump 57, Cruz 33, Kasich 7

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YIN_FCq7pw

  66. wpa_ccc April 5, 2016 at 10:00 pm #

    The political establishment hoped to have a party earlier this year. They spared no expense, either. Wall Street was going to cater the whole thing, and they even got super PACs to be bouncers at the door.

    Everything was going great … until Bernie voters showed up.

    Bernie fought to a virtual tie in Iowa. Bernie won New Hampshire by a huge margin. Now Bernie has won Wisconsin, in addition to Wasington, Utah, Idaho, etc.

    Bernie has won seven out of the last eight contests. And each time the establishment (and Buck Stud and CFN) is about ready to pop the champagne, more voters show up for Bernie.

    Bernie has the momentum to take New York, California, Oregon, etc. By June 7 Bernie will have overtaken Hillary in pledged delegates and the super delegates will flip over to Bernie, just as they did in 2008 to Obama. Hillary will be forced to concede she is the weaker candidate.

    Bernie & Tulsi 2016

  67. wpa_ccc April 5, 2016 at 11:20 pm #

    Every winner of Wisconsin’s Democratic contest since 1960 has become the party’s nominee, with just one exception.

    While Sanders has now outraised Clinton in each of the last three months and won six of the last seven contests between the two candidates. With every Sander’s victory Clinton’s delegate cushion shrinks, until it disappears on June 7 and Bernie goes on to receive the nomination. In it to win it.

    Bernie & Tulsi 2016

    • BackRowHeckler April 6, 2016 at 7:19 am #

      The youngsters here under this roof are excited about Sanders latest victories as they are true believers and are fully expecting President Sanders to pay their college tuition in Sept. ’17. “Free Tuition” is all they’re hearing. If tuition is in fact not free on that date you’re going to have mighty disappointed and pissed off teenagers and early twenty somethings, unless failure to do so can be blamed on Wall Street, Republicans and the Koch brothers.

      brh

      • stelmosfire April 6, 2016 at 10:47 am #

        Howdy BRH, Sure the Bern promises free TUITION for state colleges and universities. the undergrad tuition at Umass Amherst ( pretty good school) is $857 per semester. that part will be free. Add in fees (6500×2) per semester, housing for year (3000), meals per semester(3000×2), books per year(1500), etc all of which will not be free and the cost comes to ??? you do the math. The Bern will kick in $857 per semester. Big deal. Of course if you walk to school, live in Mom’s basement and eat ramen noodles three times a day the free tuition will cut your cost down to only say $16 grand a year out of pocket. The Bernie’s rose colored glasses are beginning to fog!

  68. malthuss April 6, 2016 at 12:36 am #

    Has anyone seen ‘Martian’ and want to share a review?
    I found this—- It featured two magic negroes. One was regular magic, and he was able to function right along with the other white engineers at NASA.
    The other one was super magic. He didn’t work for NASA, but he was able to perform unimaginably difficult computations on his laptop computer which he confirmed by somehow gaining clandestine physical access to the NASA super computer which filled a large room.
    Through his super computational prowess he was able to determine that the main crew returning from Mars could slingshot around earth while snagging supplies and return to Mars to save the stranded astronaut. The white engineers were still attempting to get a rocket ready to launch knowing that there was no possibility of launching in time to save the astronaut.
    The super magic black had difficulty simplifying his solution to the point that the white engineers could understand, but by using two people representing Mars and Earth along with a stapler and an ink pen he got through. Of course his solution saved the day.

    The super magic black looked just like something out of Detroit that had been cleaned up and given a laptop to carry around. He was difficult to understand because of his natural mumbling and inability to speak understandable English.

    Watching him act smart and parrot words beyond his comprehension was like watching the talking apes in Planet of the Apes. I’ve known many engineers, but I’ve never known a black one with impressive skills.

    Casting blacks in roles of geniuses always appears so contrived and unrealistic that detracts from the movies.

    A young, black male is abruptly presented as a physics genius who figures out what the Chinese and American geniuses cannot grasp. There is zero back-story to his character. We are expected to be thrilled that he is a genius simply because he is, incongruously, a young black.

    • Janos Skorenzy April 6, 2016 at 5:40 am #

      “If our buildings, our highways, and our railroads should be wrecked, we could rebuild them. If our cities should be destroyed, out of the very ruins we could erect newer and greater ones. Even if our armed might should be crushed, we could rear sons who would redeem our power. But if the blood of our White race should become corrupted and mingled with the blood of Africa, then the present greatness of the United States of America would be destroyed and all hope for civilization would be as impossible for a Negroid America as would be redemption and restoration of the Whiteman’s blood which had been mixed with that of the Negro.”

      (Senator Theodore G. Bilbo, of Mississippi in 1947)

      Thanks Ted. You’re the good Ted, not like Theodoro Cruz or (T)ed Kennedy.

      • Helix April 6, 2016 at 8:55 am #

        So our country should strive to become like Mississippi ca 1947?

        • malthuss April 6, 2016 at 1:03 pm #

          No, Like USA, 1911.

          Pre Fed Reserve, Federal income Taxes, Foreign ‘aid’, World Wars.

          huh?

        • Janos Skorenzy April 6, 2016 at 2:24 pm #

          That statement does not compute. It has nothing to do with the statement. Try again using this template: Do you think Blacks are the equal of Whites? Why? What’s your evidence?

          Obviously to have Western Culture, Whites must rule. Universalism is simply a lie. There is no “Man” and thus no rights of Man. The particular must take precedence and men must be taken as they are where they are.

          • malthuss April 6, 2016 at 6:11 pm #

            Tim Mc Graws song that celebrates abortion is, ‘Red Rag Top.’

          • Helix April 7, 2016 at 12:41 pm #

            This is a test of the strong tag.
            This is a test of the bold tag.

          • Helix April 7, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

            I think all people are different. Equality in the US means equal rights and protections under the law.

            All this brings to mind a scene from A Man for All Seasons:

            William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!

            Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?

            William Roper: Yes, I’d cut down every law in England to do that!

            Sir Thomas More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ’round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man’s laws, not God’s! And if you cut them down, and you’re just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake!

          • Janos Skorenzy April 7, 2016 at 2:35 pm #

            Yes, but Blacks advocate and attack as a group, thus our system based on individualism cannot adequately deal with them. You don’t believe in our classic American system anyway. You love the idea of group rights, reparations, affirmative action, etc.

            But you want to pretend to be for individual rights? Fine, most Blacks don’t make it as individuals and fail miserably when they have to compete as individuals against White individuals. Thus affirmative action and all the rest. Blacks don’t need these when it comes to things they are good at, like sports and the performance arts. That’s where Whites should be given affirmative action, right Mr Equality? If not, why not?

            The best solution would have been to send them back to Africa. Next best was segregation. Next best it to let the chips fall as they may without the Federal overreach. Blacks could have been the agricultural workers and the Mexicans could have been kept out.

          • Helix April 7, 2016 at 11:28 pm #

            You left out lynching them.

        • Janos Skorenzy April 8, 2016 at 12:45 am #

          In other words, we should be destroyed because of that – as if most of the Blacks who were lynched weren’t guilty or something.

          You don’t deny the charges I have laid at your feet. You silence is a concession of guilt.

          • Helix April 8, 2016 at 9:01 am #

            Lynching denies the victims due process. So you obviously don’t believe in equal protection under the law, arguably the most American of all rights.

          • Janos Skorenzy April 9, 2016 at 2:18 pm #

            I’m not in favor of lynching, I merely opine that most of them were probably guilty as charged. They lynched Whites too, genius. The rate of Black to White lynching was about 3 to 1 – well within the racial crime stats we now have. In fact, Blacks have become more violent: they now rape and murder at far more than 3 to 1.

            Vigilante Justice arose when the Reconstruction Governments refused to protect the disarmed White Citizens against Black violence. It’s interesting history and you should know it. The South failed when they fought as gentlemen but triumphed as masked vigilantes. Look at your anti-fa heroes – also masked! Embrace the new paradigm. It’s as American as apple pie.

    • BackRowHeckler April 6, 2016 at 7:58 am #

      Don’t know about the movie, but in SAfrica no repairs or maintenance on the nation’s electrical grid since ’92, and what was once on par with Canada, US and Great Britain is now rickety, falling apart and decrepit. Article predicted at some point in near future their won’t be any electrical grid in SAfrica.

      In fact, SAfrica sounds a little like Detroit if you think about it.

      brh

      • malthuss April 6, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

        Theres a gal in your state. Her name is Felicia Burl.

        There is an online news aggregator, ‘News of the Weird.’

        Check her out,
        — Felicia Burl, 33, who crashed her car (killing her passenger) after running a red light, fled on foot and later tried to foil DNA evidence against her to avoid charges.

        While in lockup, Burl, with a 29-conviction rap sheet, knew a mouth swab was upcoming and tried to contaminate it by — as police later learned — having two other women spit into her mouth just before the test.

        She was convicted anyway, and a court in Stamford, Connecticut, is expected to order a 10-year sentence at Burl’s next hearing. [Stamford Advocate, 3-15-2016]

        • BackRowHeckler April 6, 2016 at 6:24 pm #

          Sounds like the kind of sweetheart our distinguished Governor would appoint to the ‘Permanent Commission on the Status of Women’. Speaking of the Governor, he just received a ‘Profiles of Courage’ award from the Kennedy Center. What makes him a hero? He’s bringing into the state thousands of refugees from the Congo, Somalia and the Middle East. The fact the state is in severe financial straits and he’s still accepting a new dependent population is what makes him a hero.

          brh

  69. FincaInTheMountains April 6, 2016 at 7:54 am #

    Ted Cruz is worse than a puppet — he is a Trojan horse

    http://www.salon.com/2016/04/06/ted_cruz_is_worse_than_a_puppet_he_is_a_torjan_horse_spoiled_donald_trump_throws_a_temper_tantrum_after_losing_wisconsin_primary/

    Now everything was calm and almost no news, and what we saw – aggravation in Armenia (Karabakh), Ukraine, etc. etc., compared with the prospect of thermonuclear conflict or even full-scale war with Turkey, is just a ripple on the water, remote and largely accidental, the main struggle is deep down, about which we still do not know anything about and only can guess by circumstantial evidence.

    But this message is very serious! It’s not a ripple on the water.

    If this were true, it would mean that the Republican establishment managed to embroil Trump with Cruise, while in fact they played as a team and have so far avoided this kind of attacks, which, unlike the discussion of their wives can put a quarrel among their constituencies.

    For instance Cruz spent the lion’s share of its funds in Wisconsin for negative advertising against Kasich, as Bush once spent his funds to take out Rubio. This objectively works for Trump, or rather for both of them, reducing the likelihood of a contested convention, which would deprive both of the nomination.l And that will be decided by specific balance of power rather than a dozen delegates that Trump and Cruz could take away from each other.

  70. FincaInTheMountains April 6, 2016 at 7:58 am #

    Sanders, Trump and Cruz are offering to jump into untested waters, and the establishment is truly scared of the prospect.

  71. FincaInTheMountains April 6, 2016 at 10:44 am #

    Good news from Wisconsin – the anti-Clinton coalition won (Sanders, Cruz, Trump)

    Bad news – there appear to be a major rift between Cruz and Trump, vastly increasing the odds of the contested Republican convention with totally unpredictable results.

    And as usual, major complains from Wisconsin of malfunctioning voter machines.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDP5Nn7ObeA

    “The machine would not literally allow me to vote Trump”

    • Janos Skorenzy April 6, 2016 at 2:27 pm #

      Note how this Devil aggregates Trump and Cruz together – just like any sweaty, ugly, right wingnut talk show radio host. Cruz is Establishment. Don’t be fooled.

  72. FincaInTheMountains April 6, 2016 at 10:52 am #

    Nightmare scenario for the world: two Clinonites in November running for the Red Button: Paul Ryan and H.Clinton

  73. FincaInTheMountains April 6, 2016 at 11:52 am #

    Panamanian offshore only geographically belongs to the American global offshore system. In fact, they are the flesh and blood of the British banking system. In particular, it was traditionally used in Panama Offshore “double bundle”, where owners were hiding between North and South America, and in the outside world operated quite a respectable-looking Canadian or European company.

    And who cares that the owner was an unknown Panamanian company without a personal office? And what’s the difference, that in order to become the owner of two companies you don’t have to fly across the ocean. It was enough to get to the office of any of the offices of HSBC or Credit Suisse. Service was not widely advertised, but nevertheless available.

    What happened in this case, it is not an attempt to put pressure on Putin, or someone from his entourage. It’s not even about European politicians, although there are many in the list.

    It is simply a manifestation of the war between the US and British banking clans. It’s the same thing that happened to Cyprus and then to the BVI.

    • sprawlcapital April 6, 2016 at 12:10 pm #

      JHK–

      You might consider a credit union.

      I am about to transfer a savings account paying 0.25% at a commercial bank to a CD at a credit union (FDIC insured) paying 2.25%

      • Q. Shtik April 6, 2016 at 1:28 pm #

        How long is the holding period?

        • sprawlcapital April 6, 2016 at 4:27 pm #

          Q–

          I just checked (should have done so earlier). The term of the 2.25% effective rate CD is 39 months.

          • wpa_ccc April 6, 2016 at 11:37 pm #

            A holding period is not required in my credit union checking account which is guaranteed and risk free. Every month I get an interest deposit to my account of 2% … Y
            They pay me a healthy amount monthly just to have a checking account! Credit unions, yay! Here is the link:

            https://www.depositaccounts.com/kasasa/

  74. FincaInTheMountains April 6, 2016 at 12:34 pm #

    No matter who wins in November, bills are coming due shortly;.

    America’s still getting a margin call. Of course it’s tempting to use a Raskolnikov solution (from Dostoyevsky “Crime and Punishment”) and just off your creditors with an axe. But then again, it’s pretty risky.

  75. volodya April 6, 2016 at 12:42 pm #

    “Look here fucker … one false move … the whole house of cards comes fluttering down … ”

    That’s the thing, the whole house of cards COULD have come fluttering down so it’s hard not to think of opportunities missed. Never let a crisis go to waste goes the saying.

    But really, it’s also not hard to imagine Wall Street front-men giving orders in the Oval Office, you know, that hallowed place where, according to the immortal Harry Houdini, the buck is supposed to stop.

    But just imagine a leader worthy of the name in that Big Chair. Imagine such a leader telling the presumptive order-givers (Greenspan, Rubin, Geithner, Summers) nice try, but they’re in no position to give directives to the President of the United States and that, as front men for Wall Street, they’re not in exactly good odor.

    And maybe they should take a long vacation.

    Hmmm, in a lot of places, when Top Dog sez “maybe” he doesn’t mean “maybe”. And “vacation” means get outta Dodge, and don’t show your fucking face ever again, not ever.

    The problem is that a lot of guys don’t know their place in the natural order of things especially bizness and Wall Street types. In MOST countries, any man with the moxy and iron will to get to be Top Dog would naturally be afforded a large amount of respect, not to mention raw, pant-filling fear. In MOST countries, such a man doesn’t TAKE orders, he GIVES them, he doesn’t GET ulcers, he GIVES them. But, for good or ill, the USA isn’t “most countries”.

    So, if the front-men are so in love with themselves that they couldn’t ever imagine not being heeded, let alone threatened, and so they aren’t taking the hint(s), a leader worthy of the name might bluntly tell them the facts of LIFE.

    Not that we have a leader worthy of the name. So many guys he greased, he shouldn’t have, the guys he should have greased, he didn’t. Opportunities missed.

    Imagine, if the cards really had come fluttering down, all the institutionalized malpractice that should never have seen the light of day in the first place …

  76. barbisbest April 6, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

    FincaInTheMountains
    April 6, 2016 at 7:54 am #

    “Ted Cruz is worse than a puppet — he is a Trojan horse” Not too much could be more truthful than that FTM.

    It’s like deciding between poison and being shot in the head, between Cruz and Trump, or even Trump and Clinton, or Clinton and Cruz,

    Not retiring JHK. No, you don’t seem retiring at all.

    NOTICE: Any wretches on this site, we have upped our standards, so Up Yours!

  77. capt spaulding April 6, 2016 at 3:10 pm #

    I’d like to see Sanders win, but barring that, I’ll vote for Trump. The reason is because I want to shake up the powers that be, & hand them a whole new plate full of problems. For too long, we have been like lemmings, lead by people with a secret agenda. It’s time for an uprising. ( My guess is that ” uprising” is one of the keywords that will trigger an NSA algorithm set to intercept such things). When I went out to vote, just for the hell of it, I wore an old “International Workers of the World”T shirt. (Wobblies, for those of you who don’t understand). Like I said before, I just wanna throw a wrench in the machine that has ground on too long, lining the pockets of the special interests who have controlled things for far too long. It’s now or never, folks, if you know what’s going on, then figure out how to break the machine that has kept us down for far too long. If it becomes Anarchy, then bring it on.

  78. wpa_ccc April 6, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

    Hey brh, how many kids would go into the military if they had to pay for everything and come out with a big $100,000 debt? But it is all free for them: free basic training, free clothing, free transportation, free housing, free specialized training, free food, etc. Yet I never hear you saying how the military is not really free. We pay for it as a society… just as we should pay for K12 and public higher education.

    • BackRowHeckler April 6, 2016 at 6:46 pm #

      OK I haven’t heard Sanders say anything about the Armed Forces, or tie it in in any way with Higher Education.

      I do know young kids (who don’t know any better) are taking this promise of free tuition at state universities very seriously. Sanders has talked about it so much that if he is elected he’s going to have to deliver on it, one way or the other.

      brh

  79. Janos Skorenzy April 6, 2016 at 3:57 pm #

    http://www.dailystormer.com/patrick-buchanan-violent-revolution-possible-if-gop-screws-trump/

    Forswear before it is too late. Fratricide is a terrible sin. Trump must reign.

    • tucsonspur April 6, 2016 at 4:30 pm #

      Thank you for a link to the light of truth.

      It’s really too bad that the RNC has “found a bottle” to quiet their Trump induced tremors.

  80. FincaInTheMountains April 6, 2016 at 5:47 pm #

    Note how this Devil aggregates Trump and Cruz together == Janos

    There is no doubt that up to that point Trump and Cruz have helped each other, and the representatives of the establishment regard Cruz as much more dangerous figure than Donald Trump.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/earl-ofari-hutchinson/why-cruz-is-far-more-dangerous-than-trump_b_8802272.html?utm_hp_ref=politics&utm_source=zergnet.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=zergnet_812325&

    Trump in politics is by an accident, by the intervention of mystical-meteorological factor and does not have articulated policy framework, but behind Cruise looms 10 million “born-again evangelicals” who could tear the Clintonites from limb to limb.

    But the Cameron’s speech, in which he suddenly remembered that Britain is a Christian country (and it is certainly the most obvious indication of a profound change happening in the West) suggests that those elites who until recently supported Trump, may have now decided to support the Cruise and his Christian constituency.

    Pay attention to sudden adoption of Mississippi’s anti-LGBT laws that defends Christian beliefs.

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/06/mississippis-anti-lgbt-law-defends-christians-from-imaginary-problems

    • Janos Skorenzy April 7, 2016 at 2:02 am #

      Cruz was part of the Bush Administration. Hardcore Establishment. He’s reinvented himself as an Evangelical nutcase. His wife is working to undermine American sovereignty in favor of the North American Union. But that doesn’t fit into your little schema, so you ignore it.

  81. FincaInTheMountains April 6, 2016 at 5:58 pm #

    One of manifestations of profound change is the beginning of the collapse of the Anglo-Saxon world, that is, the so-called “special relationship” – US military-strategic partnership with the United Kingdom.

    Last time something like that happened was in 1943 – 45, when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was much closer with Joseph Stalin than with Winston Churchill, and even had chosen to stay in Stalin Residency during the Tehran Conference.

    In particular, the US and UK now accuse each other in the intervention in Libya and the refusal to send troops after the collapse of Qaddafi, to prevent Al-Qaeda from taking over.

  82. FincaInTheMountains April 6, 2016 at 6:10 pm #

    Hillary Clinton, after having her way with US two-party political system, is still mindful of Nixon, whom she forced to sign a resignation, in fact without any reasons, now fights like a lion for her innocence, and has managed to extend the political hurricane to the whole “free” world.

    Apparently she had promised the Western elites repetition of the scenario of the Cold War, but now even for them it became too obvious that the second time this will not work, and the cold war would rapidly become hot, as a matter of fact thermonuclear hot, and all that under the nuclear missile superiority of Russia.

    And the Anglo-Saxons elite changed their minds. This is manifested in the beginning of the collapse of the so-called “special relationship” with UK.

    • FincaInTheMountains April 6, 2016 at 6:51 pm #

      Apparently the decision to destroy Russia using the Union of Saudi Islamists with American Satanists, which in the ’80s proved itself successful in Afghanistan, was changed in favor of a religious war of Anglicans and their clones against Orthodoxy, which is perfectly consistent with Cruz position, but does not agree with the ideas of Trump.

  83. malthuss April 6, 2016 at 6:15 pm #

    Janos, I did endure some of the song.
    Horrid.
    Indoctrination.
    The towelhead is really laughable.

    Oh, Merle is dead.

  84. ozone April 6, 2016 at 6:20 pm #

    Hillary sure does owe a lot of “people” large, bulging pantsuits full of favors. (Do any of them resemble the citizenry? You decide.)

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-04-06/guest-post-why-hillary-clinton%E2%80%99s-paid-speeches-are-relevant

    Bill & Hillary: Fixers On Parade! Hurrah!

  85. ozone April 6, 2016 at 6:27 pm #

    Oopsie…
    Scurrilous cross-referencing. Poor Hillary, spattered with chicken shit as they come home to roost:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-04-05/clinton-supported-and-enabled-tax-evasion-revealed-%E2%80%9Cpanama-papers%E2%80%9D-%E2%80%A6-sanders-opposed

  86. Titchfield April 6, 2016 at 8:18 pm #

    Now that ISIS is losing men and territory in Syria/Iraq, the European city becomes a choicer target. If the attacks in Paris and Brussels turn out to be the beginning of a series, and if any of these can be connected to ISIS, the blame will be laid partly on Putin. The bombing campaign that has knocked ISIS all to hell was his.

    Explicaters of the so-called deep state are going to say that persuading ISIS to shift its theatre of operations from the Middle East to Western Europe was part of Putin’s plan all along.

  87. wpa_ccc April 6, 2016 at 11:56 pm #

    A holding period is not required in my credit union checking account … which is guaranteed and risk free. Every month I get an interest deposit to my checking account…

    They pay me a healthy amount monthly just to have a checking account! Why would anyone want to lose money on a “free” Bank of America checking account that is not paying you monthly interest on money in your checking account?

    Credit unions, yay!

    Here is the link:

    depositaccounts.com/kasasa/

  88. wpa_ccc April 7, 2016 at 12:01 am #

    Corrected link:

    https://www.depositaccounts.com/kasasa/

  89. wpa_ccc April 7, 2016 at 12:18 am #

    Bernie is responding to Hillary’s attack on him today by laying out the reasons Hillary is not qualified to serve as president. By the time Bernie explains and provides reasons Hillary is not qualified to be president, New York State should be going to Bernie.

  90. Janos Skorenzy April 7, 2016 at 1:51 am #

    http://dailycaller.com/2016/04/06/leftist-norwegian-politician-gets-raped-by-somalian-begs-for-him-not-to-be-deported/

    A man. After years of depression and drug use, the victim came to a point of clarity: it’s not their fault and we have to help them more. If we don’t, it’s our fault. In fact it really is all our fault anyway.

    These Degenerates are hopeless. Anders Breivik may have been right.

    • BackRowHeckler April 7, 2016 at 7:20 am #

      There it is again, ‘Public Radio’.

      I guess ‘Public Radio’ is the same the world over. (in the west at least)

      If you want to know what the dark forces working to undermine your civilization are thinking, tune in your local ‘Public Radio’ station.

      The best part is, you’re paying for it, ‘Public Radio’ being permanently attached to the Government Teat!

      brh

  91. Pucker April 7, 2016 at 2:57 am #

    If the US federal government is basically a criminal enterprise, then there’s no way that they’re going to let Bernie or Trump in the circle unless Bernie and Trump can be controlled.

    “The FBI defines organized crime as any group having some manner of a formalized structure and whose primary objective is to obtain money through illegal activities. Such groups maintain their position through the use of actual or threatened violence, corrupt public officials, graft, or extortion, and generally have a significant impact on the people in their locales, region, or the country as a whole.”

  92. FincaInTheMountains April 7, 2016 at 9:25 am #

    Apparently everything will be decided in New York.

    But yesterday on Long Island, at its first meeting in New York City Trump was not only angry, but also in a high mood. It is the second time in this campaign he read a poem, a song by Johnny Rivers “Snake”, and made it so that 30 thousand people were in ecstasy. And to next meeting they will bring another hundred thousand just to listen to this poem.

    Stanislavsky system in a pure theatrical form! Americans have never seen anything like that!

    All who heard Trump thought that the snake is not only refugees from the Middle East, who are actually ISIS terrorists, but also Hillary Clinton, who by hook or by crook wants the American people to let her into the White House to her beloved red button.

    And if after that the Americans would still let her in, then they have no one and nothing to complain about.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qu6_2hFTw74

    Original by Johnny Rivers “The Snake”:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7QRiKIc9vM

  93. wpa_ccc April 7, 2016 at 12:08 pm #

    It’s happening again…

    In primary after primary in this campaign, Bernie gets to a state down 30, 40 points or more. But then we get our field operation running, start talking to voters, run a few ads, and people contribute to fund that operation. Then we find ourselves down 20 points, then 10, then single digits…and then we win. Check this out:

    Quinnipiac – Pennsylvania (April 6, 2016)

    Hillary Clinton: 50%
    Bernie Sanders: 44%

    Quinnipiac’s first poll of this race had us down 38 points, and we’ve come all the way back. We’re too close to come up short now. And if people keep stepping up to power our campaign with their contributions, we’re going to win another state with A LOT of delegates.

    Bernie does not have to meet with bankers and fat cats like Hillary does … and he easily beats Hillary in fund raising because he is people-powered by 6.5 million small donations (average of $27) instead of having to beg and promise, who knows what, like Hillary does with her billionaires.

    Bernie is going to keep gaining in the polls until we win New York, Pennsylvania and this Democratic primary. Super delegates are already abandoning Hillary.

    Bernie & Tulsi 2016

  94. MisterDarling April 7, 2016 at 2:15 pm #

    @ Voldoya

    RE | “Imagine, if the cards really had come fluttering down, all the institutionalized malpractice that should never have seen the light of day in the first place …”-v.

    When we’re after a strong target we’ve got to start somewhere. [*] Imagine that you are unraveling a tangled ball of rope – first you tease out a loop here, find a free end there, and the next thing you know you’re on track to get the whole ‘pile-o-cluster-fuck’ straightened out & coiled up.

    In martial literature the Japanese “Sword-Saint” Miyamoto Musashi called this approach ‘Touching the Corner’, suggesting that it was the most efficient way to start on powerful, well-defended opponents. [**]

    As you, I and others have mentioned, when corrupt arrangements fall apart the masks slip and the facades drop. So, imagine if you will this man’s rude reacquaintance with Objective Reality:

    “In a separate case, federal authorities were unaware that a defendant in a fraud case had an offshore account with Mossack Fonseca. Internet phone company executive Jonathan Kaplan pleaded guilty in Bridgeport, Conn., in 2007 to accepting more than $400,000 in a commercial bribery scheme.

    Kaplan received probation. A law enforcement source, speaking on condition of anonymity because of pending legal matters, confirmed that prosecutors did not know that Kaplan had established an offshore company in the British Virgin Islands in 2004 called SGA Wireless. It remained active until May 2010.

    Reached by phone in New Jersey, Kaplan was asked whether he told authorities about SGA Wireless. He stammered, “I’m going to have to decline. I’ll talk to you.” He then abruptly hung up.”

    Oh yes, they all think that the party will just go on forever, until it doesn’t.

    Cheers!

    +++

    [*] rhetorical ‘we’

    [**] from The Book of Five Rings

  95. FincaInTheMountains April 7, 2016 at 3:38 pm #

    Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, praises Vladimir Putin’s ‘ruthless clarity’ in retaking Palmyra

    “If Putin’s troops have helped winkle the maniacs from Palmyra, then (it pains me to admit) that is very much to the credit of the Russians,” he wrote in his Daily Telegraph column.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-vladimir-putins-ruthless-clarity-palmyra-isis-daesh-islamic-state-a6955956.html

  96. FincaInTheMountains April 7, 2016 at 3:52 pm #

    Putin creates new National Guard in Russia ‘to fight terrorism’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced the creation of a new National Guard, which he said would fight terrorism and organised crime.

    The force will be formed of interior ministry troops and led by Mr Putin’s former bodyguard, Viktor Zolotov, who will report directly to the president.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35975840

    The urgency with which the National Guard was created, says that Russia is preparing for the global crisis of the West.

  97. Janos Skorenzy April 7, 2016 at 4:01 pm #

    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/article70447862.html

    All the forces of hell have lined up against North Carolina, all because they wont let guys in dresses go into woman’s bathrooms or let Gays sue Christians into bankruptcy. It’s madness but over a hundred major corporations are now boycotting the state along with various state governments and the Feds as well. These are the sane people? As Franklin Graham points out, Pay Pal does business with many nations with much harsher policies against homosexuals. No doubt many of the rest of them do as well. What is wrong with you people? Can a “normal” man be good? Is fitting into a sick society really a sign of health?

    • BackRowHeckler April 9, 2016 at 9:57 am #

      Even geriatric ‘Rocker’ Bruce Springsteen has gotten in on the act, refusing to appear in NCarolina.

      Hey Boss, if you’re looking in, go f-ck yourself.

      brh

  98. FincaInTheMountains April 7, 2016 at 5:55 pm #

    “The Flying Dutchman” – the famous New York subway train, that appears out of nowhere and disappears to nowhere, occasionally taking with it subway bums and musicians.

    It is said that the whole orchestra has been put together by “The Flying Dutchman” and sometimes you can hear them play. Only the conductor swears terribly and loudly, so that the music mutes. And the music is absolutely super, especially when the conductor finally shuts the hell up.

    And those who hear them play more than three times without swearing, better not to go down, if one does not want to be taken by The Flying Dutchman. True, however, many bums dream about this fate.

    This trumpeter who says he spent a week at the Flying Dutchman, but he was expelled after he managed to get whiskey on board and got the entire orchestra drunk, including the conductor.

    He was pouring them Johnny Walker – absolutely 100% real, not ghostly. And he says that now the crew is hunting mainly not the bums or subway musicians, but the bottles of whiskey, preferring Chivas. Steal straight from the bags. And he adds that you can’t snatch Johnny Walker no more, after the conductor got sick from 5 bottles of shit and vomited all over the train. Now you snatch the bottle of Johnny Walker, and bye-bye Flying Dutchman, throw you out on 207 Street at 3 a.m. Discipline, however…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCSHPEpkg54

  99. FincaInTheMountains April 8, 2016 at 2:49 am #

    The revolt of the machines

    You can’t ever say that your comp is working perfectly. Any normal, self-respecting computer would go rogue on you just out of contradiction.

    As well as women, they want all the time to hear compliments, but if they hear compliment in its address, said to a third person, the meaning of which is that you’re one hundred percent have confidence in it, then computer troubles are all but assured.

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

    The notebook turned itself on in the backpack and decided to run Microsoft updates and reboot itself, wiping out all running programs like Skype and Google Chrome. Then with its powerful 4 nucleus processor it melted the chocolate bar, spreading melted stuff all over the back pack.

    Finally, using the backside cooler vent, it sucked the melted stuff in, and, satisfied, died.

  100. FincaInTheMountains April 8, 2016 at 3:47 am #

    Hillary, the Red Button and difficult Russian Language

    http://static.ijreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/176374548.jpg

    When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greeted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva before sitting down to their working dinner, she was all smiles when she presented him a small green box with a ribbon.

    Lavrov opened it and, inside, there was a red button with the Russian word “peregruzka” printed on it.

    “You got it wrong,” said Lavrov, as both diplomats laughed.

    “It should be “perezagruzka” [the Russian word for reset],” said Lavrov.”This says ‘peregruzka,’ which means ‘overcharged.’”

    http://www.popsugar.com/love/Hillary-Clinton-Gives-Russia-Reset-Button-Translation-Error-2897193#photo-2897193

  101. FincaInTheMountains April 8, 2016 at 4:13 am #

    For those of you who is still paying attention, should be clear that the Panama Files is an obvious PR campaign for the Offshore States of America, with capital in Reno, Nevada on 100 West Liberty Street, 12th Floor.

    http://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/notes-from-the-locked-ward/#comment-260779

    The American branch of the Rothschilds as if suggesting to various wealthy individuals and corporations: “If you do not bring capital to Nevada, you can be in the next document dump”

    In view of reduced power of the FED’s printing press, the fierce competition for real capital is on.

  102. volodya April 8, 2016 at 11:42 am #

    Mr Darling,

    When I was in kindergarten, the teacher made a shocking announcement, that the very next day, there would be a fire drill and that, when we heard the alarm, we would line up and exit the building.

    See, a short time before, I saw a TV documentary where a fellow used a bow-like instrument to rapidly rotate a straight stick against a piece of wood, and, by means of friction, start a fire.

    I rapidly deduced that a “fire-drill” was such an instrument, that it would, by means of friction from a rotating drill bit, start a fire.

    And I thought, a man would show up with this fire-drill and, most incredibly, start this fire from which we would have to run for our lives.

    This led to many questions. Why would they start a fire inside the school? What if it burns down? What if we can’t get out in time? This was crazy, totally crazy.

    My parents had taught me to respect my elders, to do what I was told, and so I kept my concerns to myself.

    And so, the very next day, full of worry, I went to school. At the appointed hour, the alarm sounded, we walked out in single file out onto the sidewalk. But where was the man with the fire-drill, where was the smoke and the fire?

    I asked some classmates whether they saw a man with a drill. And they looked at me uncomprehendingly until I explained about the TV program and the stick and how the drill would start a fire. One fellow suggested maybe the man got lost, another suggested that maybe he got the day wrong. And, I thought, maybe, that could be.

    But one fellow said that maybe the teacher lied.

    The teacher LIED!? LIED?!!! The possibility had never occurred to me and upset me enormously. Yes, I thought, that’s possible, and I looked with new respect at my wiser classmate.

    But why would she lie? Regardless, this experience planted the germ of the idea that maybe our superiors were stupid and liars and not to be trusted. And CRAZY! I mean, who’d be nuts enough to start a fire in a building full of kids? Or even talk about it and scare the bejesus out of us, or at least me.

    Not long after this incident, in church, the reverend told us that such and such a holy day was approaching and that, on that day, and I quote, “Jesus would be among us.” And the reverend smiled and held his arms out wide as if to embrace us.

    On the way home I said to my parents did you hear THAT, Jesus would be among us, He was coming to see us, we HAVE to get to church on time, we CAN’T miss this.

    My parents said that’s not what the reverend meant.

    How could that be? Because that’s what he SAID, Jesus would be among us. And so on the appointed day, we went to church with me full of excitement at seeing Jesus. What would I say to Jesus, would I get a chance to meet Him?

    Needless to say Jesus wasn’t there. I was really disappointed.

    These experiences taught me to doubt people, that people were liars, that words have two meanings, that people were full of double-talk.

    And that especially people were IDIOTS, lying about things when there was no way to NOT get caught. Jesus would be among us? He wasn’t, so why would someone say that he would be?

    The bloody nerve! At best the reverend got things wrong. But how can you make a mistake on something so important? This was really stupid. And I was sure that no matter what, Jesus wasn’t at fault, I mean, he was probably really busy.

    Never mind that my younger self misunderstood. From an early age, I seldom went wrong assuming a strong streak of mendacity and stupidity and sheer craziness in people. And this apparently is what we see at work with the Panama Papers fiasco.

    As you say, the party goes on, until it doesn’t. You’d think that people would have known better.

    • volodya April 8, 2016 at 1:03 pm #

      Jesus would be among us – should read – Jesus will be among us.

      • elysianfield April 10, 2016 at 3:03 pm #

        V,
        …or would be then among us?

    • MisterDarling April 9, 2016 at 2:53 am #

      “And I thought, a man would show up with this fire-drill and, most incredibly, start this fire from which we would have to run for our lives.”-v.

      Those are great stories. Childhood is such a magical time. For some that magical thinking is a permanent feature.

      We find ourselves on a different time-line than the one we were riding six days ago: we already knew that few if any governments in the world could be trusted to protect & uphold decent, normal human standards of behavior and conduct – if they got in the way of making a buck or inconvenienced an ill-considered covert operation.

      Now we can rest easy knowing that even those laws governing the making & storing of bucks are garbage, and that the only reason they exist is to keep the ‘little people’ in check. [*]

      Of course, not all people in every nation of the world are okay with that. Iceland (for example) tossed their soiled prime minister quicker than a full diaper:

      http://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/politics_and_society/2016/04/06/iceland_new_pm_government_lives_on/

      http://icelandreview.com/news/2016/04/06/sigurdur-ingi-johannsson-will-be-icelands-new-pm

      They at least have demonstrated that they do have standards. Oh, and of course smug David Cameron of 10 Downing Street suddenly finds himself with a lot of ‘splainin’ to do…

      But *hey*… It’s not all bad news for some of us. Some of us even think it’s hilarious. Personally, I like the way that no major American political/corporate names have been implicated (yet). It’s all small-fry so far – like poor Mr. Kaplan of Connecticut. That’s the biggest laugh of all. We know that American client accounts were Mossack | Fonseca’s biggest tranche by far. And we also know that these (as yet) uncompromised clients had overseas partners & playmates.

      Now, imagine you’re a gangster (since that came up in the conversation). You notice that everyone you know is getting indicted – except… This *one* guy. You might find yourself saying to your boys: “hey, I think we’ve got a rat in the house”… And they might answer: “Yeah boss, and I think we gotta get that fuckin’ rat, boss…”

      See, this is how people who are ‘too clever by half’ (as the Brits put it) get their wings clipped. Something tells me that the world of the Grand Old American Oligarch just got a lot smaller.

      Cheers!

      +++

      [*] Not all of us, naturally. Some of us have had the big picture clearly (or mostly) in view for a long time – and we were in no position to chat about it.

  103. sprawlcapital April 8, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

    Last week Meargen referred to me as “Grammar Girl”. That is incorrect. It would be appropriate to call me such names as Grammar Man, Grammar Czar, Emperor of the Grammar, etc.

    Elsewhere in the same comment, Meargen praised my work, which accounts for the polite tone of this note.

    By the way, the “Emperor” name, above, is in homage to an amazing 1973 movie, The Emperor of the North, filmed on a working standard-gauge steam railroad in Oregon.

    My apologies, Meargen, if I am spelling your name wrong (wrongly?)–I was not able just now to find your comment among the some 460 for last week’s CFN.

    • capt spaulding April 8, 2016 at 2:56 pm #

      Actually the name of the movie is ” Emperor of the North Pole”, starring Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, and David Carradine. It’s a great movie.

    • Q. Shtik April 8, 2016 at 3:10 pm #

      I was not able just now to find your comment among the some 460 for last week’s CFN.

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

      I am the last person who should be giving tech advice but if you’re using Internet Explorer click on Edit then Find (in the drop down box) and type in Meargen or just Mear or Mearg and the system will find all such entries for you.

      If you’re using Chrome hold down the Ctrl and F keys simultaneously and type in Meargen, etc.

      BTW, I really appreciate your excellently explained corrections. I try to slip in a correction myself now and then when I think maybe Jim isn’t watching. It helps to take the pressure off so my head doesn’t explode or I don’t rip out my hair by the roots.

      The writings of Finca are badly in need of correction but I restrain myself since English is for him a second language. H desperately needs to understand the difference between loose and lose.

      • Q. Shtik April 8, 2016 at 3:12 pm #

        He

        • Janos Skorenzy April 8, 2016 at 3:38 pm #

          Ecce Homo – behold the Man, Pilate speaking of Christ. Also “He” is a short story by Lovecraft, whom you should be reading religiously.

        • FincaInTheMountains April 8, 2016 at 3:44 pm #

          Loose lips sink ships, stick to it, never gonna lose again!

  104. Janos Skorenzy April 8, 2016 at 2:21 pm #

    http://www.dailystormer.com/surge-syrian-terrorists-being-rushed-into-the-country-under-accelerated-obama-plan/

    It begins. They’re flying them into Europe now too. The downfall of the West is accelerating. Trump is the only answer to stem the tide. If Trump can dissolve NATO, maybe Putin will roll in with the Tanks and save Germany.

    The family featured in the article were Syrian refugees in Jordan – a perfectly good country for them. A country at peace. These people aren’t fleeing war, they’re coming to our crumbling nation to get a piece of the rapidly diminishing pie – our piece. Others, particularly the young men, are practicing Hijrah or migration, a way to spread Islam that works in tandem with the Jihad.

  105. capt spaulding April 8, 2016 at 3:12 pm #

    By the way, nothing Bill Clinton said to defend his welfare reform bill is true. I refer you to The Huffington Post. These people think they can say anything they want, & we’ll just suck it up. What Bill Clinton says is just a flat out lie. This is from the guy who pushed NAFTA through congress. If these people aren’t pawns of the corporations, then I don’t know who is. We need to weed these people out, whether theyre Democrat or Republican. It’s the reason Trump & Bernie are leading on both sides of the political spectrum. People have awakened to the realities of what is going on in this country. They are finally seeing that the Oligarchs have been running the show for many years. For those of you who haven’t figured that out yet, good luck in your efforts to promote the status quo ie: voting for Hillary or others of her ilk. Peace.

  106. Q. Shtik April 8, 2016 at 5:08 pm #

    For those of you who is still paying attention – Finca

    ===========

    This would be Exhibit B (loose/lose was Exhibit A) of Finca’s need for instruction on singulars and plurals.

    • bukowskisghost April 9, 2016 at 12:35 am #

      Hope y’all have calmed down now…. Need to rest before Jim’s next rant. How disappointed I was, that the only anti Jewish statement was making SURE everyone knew Jack Ruby’s real name was Jacob Rubenstein. I guess it was black folks turn to be the scapegoat for so many of you keyboard commanders.

  107. FincaInTheMountains April 9, 2016 at 3:18 am #

    Al Qaeda was established by supporter of Wahhabism, denying traditional Islam, Osama bin Laden to support and organize Mujahideen in Afghanistan.

    After that, it was actively involved in the war in Bosnia and in Chechnya, and later it was used by Osama bin Laden to launch attacks against US on 911, which made Al Qaeda leader in anti-American sentiments of the Islamic world, and Osama bin Laden a hero in the eyes of Islamic youth, including in countries where traditional Islam was rooted until recently. Among recent victims of Wahhabism are Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, and now Syria.

    Iran has prohibited Wahhabism as a hostile to Islam religion.

    Wahhabism originated in Saudi Arabia in the 18th century, but it took shape in Kuwait, that was then a protectorate of the British Empire.

    Lawrence of Arabia had contributed to the transformation of Wahhabism into the state religion of Saudi Arabia. At the time Lawrence of Arabia was a friend to the king of Syria and then Iraq, Faisal, a staunch enemy to the first Wahhabi king of Saudi Arabia, Abd al-Aziz.

    Traditional Islam is as much victim of Wahhabism as the rest of the world.

  108. FincaInTheMountains April 9, 2016 at 3:58 am #

    Alexander II of Russia very cleverly sent to US shores a naval expedition to support close to him in spirit President Lincoln, who is so revered by President Obama.

    By the way, this expedition, having escaped to the operational space of Atlantic and Pacific, had played a crucial role in the fact that the British refused to intervene in the American Civil War on the side of the Southern states, which had undoubtedly predetermined the outcome of this war.

    In this connection it should be mentioned that the United States is as much the Russian project as it is English, especially if we remember not only a great friend of Stalin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but also organized by Catherine the Great in 1780, First League of Armed Neutrality, which, combined with the presence of Russian fleet in the Atlantic, was aimed at supporting the American patriots, not allowing Britain to block the shipment of arms to George Washington.

    In the modern world, without cooperation between US and Russia none of the problems could be solved, starting from nuclear disarmament to overcoming the consequences of the World Economic Crisis.

  109. Janos Skorenzy April 9, 2016 at 4:19 am #

    Jim in Florida: I concur. By examining the beliefs of the Founders, we can discern their original intent behind all their laws. They believed strongly that the American People were a White people and no other. Culture was important of course and many looked askance at White immigrants from outside the British Isles or even at Catholics. Jefferson’s “All men are created equal” was an incredibly sloppy statement, but he would have been flummoxed to know that it would someday be applied to Blacks and every other non-White group.

    The world is a beach and the tide will take whatever isn’t firmly secured. Since they never bothered to firmly define the ethnic nature of America – since it was so obvious to all, it has been defined out of all recognition. Whites are now 2nd class citizens and it will only get worse. We are now considered a “legacy group” that represents an ugly past, something to be forgotten and written out of history except as villains.

    http://www.npiamerica.org/research/category/what-the-founders-really-thought-about-race

  110. FincaInTheMountains April 9, 2016 at 7:34 am #

    Any struggle against the economic crisis will turn into a Sisyphean task, because no reform would succeed, if the Printing Press continues to print money into the pockets of thieves and swindlers. No matter how much you would tie up extra dollars with new products and services, or even burn with inflation, still out-of-control printing press, devoid of regulation brakes, will print more.

  111. FincaInTheMountains April 9, 2016 at 10:42 am #

    Dutch referendum shakes Ukraine

    KIEV — Dutch voters’ resounding rejection of an EU-Ukraine Association Agreement has sent shockwaves through Ukraine’s political establishment, exacerbating the country’s already deep political crisis.

    http://www.politico.eu/article/dutch-referendum-shakes-eu-ukraine-association-agreement-petro-poroshenko/

    Ukraine in the European Union is not needed, even as grazing feed, as provided in the agreement on association. Europeans once more proved that getting engaged does not mean promise of marriage.

    So much fuss for nothin….

  112. Cold N. Holefield April 9, 2016 at 11:20 am #

    In the spirit and sentiment of the pot calling the kettle black that has been indicative of this 2016 POTUS Election Cycle, Hillary implies, or explicitly asserts, Sanders is not qualified to be POTUS. What makes a person qualified?

    A.)The motivation & ability to fail nation-states and destroy economies?
    B.)The willingness to murder in order to perpetuate your political career which includes waging unnecessary & preemptive war?
    C.)To pathologically lie with unabashed impunity?
    D.)The ability to give great metaphorical head to those who have purchased your services and bought access and otherwise selected you to perform fellatio on them and their interests?
    E.)The capacity to be anything you have to be in order to maintain relevancy & power?
    F.)All of the above?

    Hillary is F or all of the above. Cruz is F or all of the above. Kasich is F or all of the above. Sanders and Trump are not F or all of the above and are therefore not qualified to be POTUS, so Hillary is correct, unless The Sheople want to recognize these True Qualifications and change them accordingly, which ain’t gonna happen, by the way.

    I still contend that aside from an eggplant, the best candidate for POTUS will be someone they have to drag kicking and screaming. Someone like me. Can you imagine? I would promise to really shake things up and you know I keep my promises and honor my pledges.

  113. volodya April 9, 2016 at 11:21 am #

    Yeah, Mr Darling, as you noted, no big American biznesses-oligarchs implicated yet. Passing strange isn’t it? Because, as you say, that has got to be a major chunk of Mossack’s client list. Others have made note of that and figured it mighty unsettling.

    Some creative notions out there to explain that anomaly. Very odd, as some have noted, the how of the data dump, who the data was passed on to, the fact that the whistle-blower is as yet unknown, the fact that hundreds of people supposedly kept zip-locked lips for so long on this data dump without even a minor spill of the beans.

    Couldn’t it be, as an article at zerohedge suggested, that maybe this is an intelligence op, with the wily Mr Putin at the center of it, where the Russkis got the goods, culled the American names from the data as best they could while leaving the bulk of the data intact.

    Amusingly, they served up Mr Cameron, who will be distracted by this mess during the run-up to the Brexit vote. Mr Cameron, indeed, is obligingly fucking things up with the incessant drip, drip, drip of revelations, first with I don’t know nuttin, I din’ do nuttin’, well, there was this small issue with these shares, but it doan amount to nuttin’, and on and on, with another day, another drip…

    But there’s something very bothersome, why on earth wouldn’t the Russkis NOT want to embarrass and maybe make a serious mess out of the previously secret affairs of so many powerful Americans?

    As the article suggests, maybe the Russians quietly sent out the word: we have the goods, and if you fart in the wrong direction, there will be another data dump, this time with a lot of new names splashed all over it. So now they’ve got the noose around the necks of a lot of rich Americans.

    Now, I’m not privy to such communication and maybe I’ve watched too many spy movies, but I can picture the messaging filtering out from Russia with infuriated American Oligarchs at the receiving end: “it appears that events have taken a turn. And now we in Moscow are your new best friends. As Russians, we are warm and exceedingly generous, but like all people we have our foibles, we are sensitive to slights and easily offended. We give loyalty but we expect loyalty returned in full measure. And, if we, as your friends, perchance need a favor, we will expect all due consideration. Of course, we’ll be solicitous towards your needs as well, as all good friends are.”

    I suppose I lack imagination but I can’t think of a better way to extort co-operation while giving reassurance. Don’t panic, we’ll be reasonable, just walk the line and all will be well.

    • FincaInTheMountains April 9, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

      I stay with my assertion – the whole Panamanian Affair is a “limited hangout” operation, the expression of fierce competition between British and American banking elites for lucrative offshore piece of the capital pie.

      Most likely done by Obama and his people in Fin Control with some cooperation from certain part of British banking clans, pretty much in American interests.

      The underlying issue – who gets access to vast pool of “underground” money, absolutely crucial for investment and development. Obama perfectly realizes that, unlike Clinton, he can’t put pedal to the metal on the Fed Printing press without risking the immediate collapse of US (and the world’s) financial system. So the US is now bound to compete for international investment like pretty much anybody else.

      If that is true, I’d say kudos to Obama, he does what he must for the good of the Nation, even if with not perfectly “gentlemen’s” methods.

      But this is nature of the game.

  114. volodya April 9, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

    Cold H, the needle you’re looking for is the reluctant and objecting General Maximus in a haystack of wastrel Commoduses.

    Hillary has got so many disqualifications that it’s just astonishing that she got so far in this process. Aren’t Democrats supposedly so smart and educated? How could this happen?

    People actually manage to keep a straight face and call her a “progressive”. Does support for trade policies that wrecked the lives of tens of millions a sign of superior enlightenment?

    Democrats take great pride in their intellects and educational attainments. Is the importing of millions of foreigners at the same time as the exporting of millions of jobs a sign of greater knowledge and judgement? Or the creation of multiple failed states through military action?

    I just don’t get how people give her a pass on this email fiasco. Why on earth would Bernie take the issue off the table? Does Hillary have something even worse on him?

    Now, Bill isn’t Hillary but I think it’s safe to say that she supported Bill in his various policies, his absurd Oval Office predations excepted.

    Or maybe Hillary was happy to have Bill preoccupied with White House interns, maybe Hillary was just sick of that low-down, hill-billy horn-dog poking at her.

    Maybe her fury was because he got caught. They say she slapped his face and called him a stupid bastard. Did they purify the transcript by deleting: goddammit, couldn’t you have shagged some discreet rich widow?

    Well, no Hillary, you ought to know, the hetero male neurology is all about velvety and nubile 20 year old girls. But, what’s the use, we’ve been talking past one another for 2 million years so…

    But Bill’s priapic proclivities are a side issue, how on earth are policies that ruin Blacks seen as “progressive”? And why oh why would Black people support Hillary given her support for policies that harmed Blacks so disproportionately? And how on earth is it that it’s only now that Black people seem to be waking up? Well, let’s look at the bright side, at least some are waking up.

    And why the fuck is Bernie so squeamish about calling her out?

    Ok, you want to run? Cold for Prez! Hurrah!

  115. FincaInTheMountains April 9, 2016 at 12:56 pm #

    “And why the fuck is Bernie so squeamish about calling her out?” – volodya

    Bernie was fully briefed by Obama about the real state of so-called “e-mail server” affair during his recent visit to the White House and is aware how much reputational damage the Nation would suffer if the entire truth about traitorous behavior of Hillary Clinton would come public – the fact that she on purpose betrayed the entire network of US intelligence agents in the Niddle East, including Ambassador Stevens, who threatened to expose her illegal arms shipments to ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

    Most likely the plan is to take her out within “normal” electoral process, but cut out her voter-fraud machine, especially with black voters, rather than playing a drama on National channels of arrest of former Secretary of State and front runner for the President of the United States for High Treason.

  116. Being There April 9, 2016 at 1:32 pm #

    Oh, JHK, I thought you’d never ask why?
    Why indeed are some above the law and not prosecuted. It all happened in advance of the thing….don’t say it wasn’t planned. Eric Holder in the ’90’s might be the key to why why why the banksters can’t be prosecuted and here’s a great 40 minute interview to explain the legal mechanism that makes it ahhhhh the law.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcvlaK0JQLo

    • FincaInTheMountains April 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm #

      The decision to channel overhang mass of money, formed after the “madness of the Clinton’s printing press” of the 90s and collapse of dot-coms in 2000 into the real estate bubble was made on a higher level than some Goldman Sachs, there simply was no better option to delay a blowout while some other solution was sought.

      Can’t fully blame the bankers for their nature, they were pretty much given a carte blanche.

      • FincaInTheMountains April 9, 2016 at 2:06 pm #

        Have to congratulate myself. I was scared shitlessly in 98-99 and transferred pretty much all my funds into the REITs.

        Did it about a year and a half earlier than necessary, but you never really know.

        • Q. Shtik April 9, 2016 at 3:00 pm #

          I was scared shitlessly in 98-99 – Finca

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

          No, Finc, you were scared shitless but I am unable to explain why. For that I defer to Sprawl.

          • FincaInTheMountains April 9, 2016 at 3:20 pm #

            Was Sprawl scared shitlessly as well?

          • FincaInTheMountains April 9, 2016 at 3:27 pm #

            Besides, how could you possibly know how exactly did I feel at the time? I felt absolutely shtlessly scared, the word shitless does not even start to describe my feeling.

          • sprawlcapital April 10, 2016 at 12:51 am #

            Finca–

            Many, probably most, adverbs end in “ly”. I wrote badly.

            “Shitless” is a colloquial form, an adverb that does not end in “ly”. Or it could be considered an adjective describing the condition to which you were reduced.

            Either way, Finca, if you want to be like us, you say shitless, not shitlessly.

      • Being There April 9, 2016 at 3:24 pm #

        I’m trying to tell you about Eric Holder in the 90’s. Collateral consequences argument to exonerate banks from their crimes.

        Specifically, in 1999, as Deputy Attorney General, Holder wrote a memo arguing against prosecuting large financial service companies:

        Prosecutors may consider the collateral consequences of a corporate criminal conviction in determining whether to charge the corporation with a criminal offense. The banks are the ones who made up the idea and Holder uhhhhhh made sure it was codified into law.

  117. Titchfield April 9, 2016 at 2:59 pm #

    Finca, you say that traditional Islam is a victim of Wahhabism. It might look that way now, to you and to the millions of non-Wahhabi Muslims. Ten generations from now, if the Wahhabi version of Islam is triumphant, the picture will be different.

    People will think of Wahhabism as orthodox, as Islam’s one true version. And that’s what its founder al-Wahhab intended. Just as Martin Luther set out to scour from Christianity all the false beliefs that time had attached to it, so did al-Wahhab set out to cleanse from Islam the corruptions that folk belief had attached to Islam.

    When the Ottomans took control of Islam, they seemed not to be bothered by the passion of so many of their subjects for saints and saint worship, for spells and charms, for dervish-dancing as a form of worship. Tolerance for religious varieties was a constant of Ottoman statecraft–including tolerance for Christianity.

    Al-Wahhab hated all this. He wanted to return Islam to its original seventh-century form. If traditional Islam is the victim of Wahhabism, then Latin Christianity is the victim of Protestantism. Not many Protestants would say this, and even fewer Catholics.

    (Al-Wahhab hated not only Ottoman Islam, but the Ottomans themselves. They were Asiatics, not Bedouin, as he was. And as he and all Bedouin knew, the Bedouin were the only people that mattered.)

    • FincaInTheMountains April 9, 2016 at 3:16 pm #

      Well now, the difference is that Wahhabism seems to be as much a brain-child of British intelligence and the Foreign Office, set in place to better control the Muslim Ummah using old imperial principle of divide and conquer, just like I now think the Marxist flavor of communism was.

      Brits have excelled in creating various artificial ideologies for the purpose of maintaining their bloody Empire.

      • Janos Skorenzy April 9, 2016 at 8:29 pm #

        Wahab lived in the 1700’s – well before the English conquest of the area.

        • Janos Skorenzy April 9, 2016 at 8:38 pm #

          They did favor fundamentalism for some reason, much to the bitterness of Laurence of Arabia.

    • Janos Skorenzy April 9, 2016 at 8:32 pm #

      Sayyid Qutb, one the chief intellectuals behind the fundamentalist revival, condemned any and all such Arab racism. At its “best”, the Jihad brings all kinds of Muslims together into brotherhood, except perhaps the Sunni/Shia divide.

  118. FincaInTheMountains April 9, 2016 at 6:00 pm #

    Alexander Brodsky, NY Subway vs H. Clinton

    The New York subway has a light and dark places where constantly happens light and dark magic. The brightest place is a Broadway-Lafayette station, the magic of which extends into neighboring station, and the darkest places are closed station near Wall Street.

    But 42 Street is also impressive, although the miracles there are rather dark, but out of science fiction novels of the 70s rather than Satanism of the “The Matrix.” For example it was there that I first became convinced of the possibility of a time travel, but there are places that in my opinion do periodically fall out of time and space and live their own life, where good and evil are fighting according to some other laws.

    One of the places where I have many times faced with light magic, usually expressed in the successful recovery from bouts with aggressive youth, is in the Bronx south of the Yankees Stadium, where two days ago, Hillary Clinton attempted to ride the Subway.

    And the Subway did not let her in without a fight!!!

    Simply refused to read her MetroCard, although she did everything right and she had to pass without paying, at a signal from the booth supervisor.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCkt0CHb0G8

    • Q. Shtik April 9, 2016 at 6:49 pm #

      Knowing that her every move and utterance was being observed, Hillary should have shown a sense of humor……. she might have turned toward the crowd of Media and boisterously said, with feigned annoyance, “When <b<I am president the ticket machines will work properly or there’ll be hell to pay!” ….. followed by a broad smile and a wink.

  119. elysianfield April 9, 2016 at 9:40 pm #

    Well,
    On the BBC America site they reported that Austria was going to “appropriate” by judicial means, I expect, the birth place of Adolf Hitler. It was further reported that they did not want the site to be a shrine of sorts for the disaffected. When will the powers that be decide that enough is enough…leave the man alone…Hitler broke a rule, Okay? Haven’t we all… in one form or another?

    “…the young man broke a rule…”
    Elvis Presley…”In the Ghetto”

  120. wpa_ccc April 9, 2016 at 11:44 pm #

    “Aren’t Democrats supposedly so smart and educated? How could this happen?”

    LOL! There is no “supposedly” to it. Democrats are smarter, especially when it comes to foreign policy and domestic policy. Just think back to 2007.

    Bush failed to protect the USA from terrorism, losing 3,000+ Americans to terrorism in one day.

    Bush spent three Trillion dollars on wars that resulted in 4,000+ more Americans dead, and created ISIS in the process.

    Bush had such poor economic sense the USA was hemorrhaging 700,000 jobs per month. Bush ran up the national debt and ran the country into a ditch. It took Obama more than a year to get back to positive monthly job gains.

    Democrats are smarter, especially when it comes to foreign policy and domestic policy. Just think back to 2007.

    Look at Bush’s economic performance (in the red) in this graph:

    http://www.msnbc.com/sites/msnbc/files/styles/embedded_image/public/4.1.16.2.jpg?itok=_MyZWA9W

  121. sprawlcapital April 10, 2016 at 12:28 am #

    Thanks for the generous comment yesterday, Q.

    According to Wikipedia, Emperor of the North Pole, the movie, was originally released with that title, then re-released as Emperor of the North. The name referred to an ironic joke among hobos during the 1930s that even the world’s best hobo would be like the Emperor of the North Pole, the holder of a title without any value. The movie is about Lee Marvin’s character fighting to earn that title.

    Good work, Q, helping Finca in his struggle to master “loose” and “lose”. It seems you got it, Finca.

  122. MisterDarling April 10, 2016 at 2:12 am #

    @ Volodya regarding the PanamaPap’s:

    “Yeah, Mr Darling, as you noted, no big American biznesses-oligarchs implicated yet. Passing strange isn’t it? Because, as you say, that has got to be a major chunk of Mossack’s client list. Others have made note of that and figured it mighty unsettling.”-v.

    When the rest of the world has been compromised and you are not – that places you in a very isolated, very vulnerable position. On the other hand, if you are have and are withholding that information, it places you in a very strong, very ‘central’ position, and… uh…. yeah, the price of silence just went up.

    I also read the ZH article – which was an elaborate Means, Motive, Opportunity analysis – and I see that it is a lot closer to the truth and consistent with the results than some theories being spun out there.

    Sure the Rothschilds business does better in a Post-FATCA world, but they were already doing great before the data-dump, & those with a reason to be in the know have been doing business out of NV and WY shell-co.’s for a while, so I disagree with the sock-puppet consensus that it was ‘yet another’ stroke of genius on the part of the Concierge-in-Chief.

    Cheers & Enjoy Your Sunday!

  123. FincaInTheMountains April 10, 2016 at 5:20 am #

    The dog that didn’t bark

    Are the Russians actually behind the Panama Papers?

    http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/order-from-chaos/posts/2016/04/07-panama-papers-putin-gaddy?cid=00900015020089101US0001-040701

    The logic of Mr. Gaddy is absolutely iron-clad: since Putin wasn’t really harmed by the document dump, he must have been behind it. Volodya could find in that article 100% vindication of his post.

    Well, many other events could be attributed to Mr. Putin based on that principle, but in reality they just show one thing: absolute obsession of the West with Putin.

  124. FincaInTheMountains April 10, 2016 at 5:37 am #

    U.S. needs up to 18 more Russian rocket engines: Pentagon

    The Pentagon will need to buy up to 18 more Russian-built RD-180 engines to power rockets carrying U.S. military satellites into space over the next six years or so, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said in an interview on Friday.

    Congress banned use of the Russian RD-180 rocket engines for military use after 2019, following Russia’s annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine in 2014.

    But U.S. lawmakers eased the ban late last year, worried that it could drive United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, out of business and leave only privately held SpaceX to lift satellites into space.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-space-russia-idUSKCN0X600H

    Yuri’s Night Celebrates 55 Years of Human Spaceflight at over 200 Events Worldwide

    On April 12 the world will be celebrating 55 year anniversary of first Space Flight by Yuri Gagarin

    http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=48397

    Interestingly enough, 55 years ago there were 2 nations with space flight capability – and still are today…. Russia and China

    • JimInFlorida April 10, 2016 at 9:53 pm #

      One can only hope that Congress will ignore the political hype and accept that Crimea has ALWAYS been a part of Russia in one way or another. We have absolutely NO business in Russia’s affairs regarding Crimea or Ukraine. Those parts of Europe have been part of Russian affairs long before the United States ever came into being.

      It was the error of Nikita Khrushchev to cede Crimea over to Ukraine for administrative convenience. At the time, Ukraine was a Soviet entity so, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Putin is only correcting what should not have been done in the first place. As for Ukraine itself, it was a fabricated quasi-country invented by the German General Staff in 1918. Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg and General Erich Ludendorff needed to create an entity to counter Russia at the time. Ukraine’s agricultural output was also badly needed by Germany and thus, the Bread Peace of 1918 made Ukraine into a food supplier and justified its new existence.

      Skipping past the Soviet control over Ukraine, the modern post-Soviet Ukraine was a complete farce and existed only as a puppet for ZOG-NATO. The eastern Oblasts of Ukraine wanted nothing to do with the E.U. and Putin came to their aid, albeit very carefully. Hillary Clinton left all kinds of political and financial landmines that Putin doesn’t want. Instead, Putin is supplying the Russian-majority groups in the east with weapons to defend themselves against Kiev-backed terrorism.

      Congress should drop all objections regarding Russia and go back to buying those Russian rocket engines. American heavy industry is dead and all the supporting industries that could contribute manufacture of rocket engines in the U.S. are gone, too.

  125. wpa_ccc April 10, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

    President Donald Trump

    https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/2797782/Ideas-Trump-front-page.pdf

  126. MisterDarling April 10, 2016 at 1:50 pm #

    “Feds Chomping at the Bit”

    http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/panama-papers/feds-chomping-bit-use-panama-papers-catch-criminals-n553396

    LOL!

    BOHICA Bitches!

    😉

  127. Cold N. Holefield April 10, 2016 at 2:06 pm #

    Volodya said: Ok, you want to run? Cold for Prez! Hurrah!

    No, never, I don’t want to run for office. I want to run from office. They’d have to bring me to it kicking and screaming.

    What those who seek power don’t know is, the more power you have, the less free you are. To attain and maintain that power requires your full dedication and focus. Your quest ends up controlling you and everything you do. I hardly call that freedom. I prefer the wind to take me where it will. It’s much more exciting because you never know what you’re going to get or where you’re going to land, and afterall, isn’t Life about The Journey?

    And wpa, I agree, the Democrats are smarter. A couple of months prior CNN interviewed a Black family from South Carolina before the primary. They asked the family who they were voting for, and the family told the “reporter,” emphatically, they were voting for Hillary. The CNN “reporter” asked them about Bernie Sanders and they replied they had never heard of him. No lie. They said they had never heard of him and didn’t know who he was and would never vote for him even though they had never heard of him and didn’t know who he was. Yes, wpa, Democrats are smarter.

    Give me five! On the side! In the hole! You’re a dirty mole!!!

  128. Q. Shtik April 10, 2016 at 2:15 pm #

    …the word shitless does not even start to describe my feeling. – Finca

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

    More on “shitless”:

    Usually in American vernacular we are lead to believe that when we are really really scared we may “shit ourselves” or, alternatively, “piss our pants,” or both. But this is just a form of colorful hyperbolic language which almost always does not reflect reality.

    What actually happens when we are suddenly extremely frightened is that our bodies, without our consciously willing it, tighten those nasty sphincters so there is no shitting or pissing of one’s self. And thus the accurate expression “scared shitless” came into vogue.

    “Shitless” is a shortening, via removal of a superfluous suffix, of a word describing a state or condition of shitlessness and as such I deem it to be not an adjective or an adverb but a noun.

    Scatologically yours,

    Samuel Q. Johnson

  129. FincaInTheMountains April 10, 2016 at 4:53 pm #

    To a large extent the fate of US election will be determined in the State of New York. To begin with it is a big state, where Democrats will compete for 247 delegates and Republicans for 95 delegates, but the most important thing is that primaries in New York will take place on 19 of April, at a crucial moment for both campaigns.

    Sanders is behind, but just took the initiative from Hillary Clinton and won primaries in 7 other states, and hopes to win the nomination. The loss of New York would mean the loss of momentum for him and hope of winning.

    For Trump the loss, or not enough convincing win in New York, would mean shortage of 1237 the delegates – the magic number of delegates that separates Trump from winning in the first round at the Republican Party convention. If the contested convention is held, he would most certainly be rolled over by Republican Establishment. Every single delegate counts.

    This is the official point of view, but in reality there are negotiations now among elite groups and centers of power, which are looking for a way out of this situation, that put the US on the brink of a civil war.

    You could make the same conclusion by reading an interview with President Obama’s in Atlantic magazine, in which the US president declared a war on Hillary Clinton, the undisputed leader of the presidential race, who confidently went from victory to victory, forging results of the primaries of the Democratic Party and controlling almost all super delegates – party bureaucrats who have the right to vote, at their discretion, irrespective of the results of the primaries.

    And since then she has not won any state except Arizona which took place just a day after US President had rebelled against Hillary the Great and Terrible, and he obviously just did not have time to organize in Arizona the work of explanatory committees, which could correctly explain the US legislation to employees of election commissions.

    And now the incredible happened: over the past two weeks, the Obama’s approval rating has suddenly started to rise and exceeded 50%, and in the Republican FOX5 channel today that Trump openly accused of working for Hillary Clinton, has devoted almost exclusively to President Obama. Two interviews with Obama in one day! And in both of these interviews, Obama strongly hinted that he won’t let Hillary into the White House.

  130. barbisbest April 10, 2016 at 5:20 pm #

    Age schmage, it’s never too early.

    An example of some of your best work here. When you write about the racketeering:banking, war, higher learning. But that’s just my opinion.

    Smart and smart phoneless, not to mention, good taste.

  131. barbisbest April 10, 2016 at 5:35 pm #

    An unfiltered mind, an unfiltered mouth, an unfiltered character… the list goes on.

    Happy early birthday Bean Town Bill. (oh, it’s never too early). Damnable memory.

    Yes, Dr. Palmer, you’re still a piece of crap.

  132. barbisbest April 10, 2016 at 5:37 pm #

    Anybody read Eisenstein’s Sacred Economics, another very smart Jewish person, no doubt.

  133. Despatch from HQ INGSOC April 10, 2016 at 11:25 pm #

    Our ‘Hate Whitey’ Festival, sponsored my the Ministry of Love, part of Hate Whitey Month, at Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon, is going well. Our only regret is that white attendance was not mandatory! Rest assured attendance will be mandatory in years to come! Still, we were able to get a handful of white students to debase themselves, admit their guilt, confess their sins, and denounce their families and their hateful white heritage. Here at HQ INGSOC it is our sincere hope to expand Hate Whitey Month thru out campuses across the United States and eventually replace Easter. and take its place alongside Earth Day as a great American Holiday.

    I will keep you posted. Meanwhile, please visit the ‘Hate Whitey’ website at Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon. Remember, ‘Hate Whitey’ month lasts until April 30, plenty of time to get take your revenge on whitey. Don’t hesitate to record these culturally enriching episodes and send the video over to us at HQ INGSOC. Don’t spare the brutality.

    Comrade X
    HQ INGSOC

  134. FincaInTheMountains April 11, 2016 at 12:55 am #

    Bloomberg: Russia and U.S. Near De Facto Alliance in Syria

    Fighters allied with the U.S. and Russia, long on opposing sides in the Syrian civil war, are both zeroing in on Islamic State’s center of gravity, Raqqa.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-06/raqqa-siege-in-sight-as-russia-u-s-proxies-plan-pincer-move

    Well, there is a good old American tradition to join a winning side… Better late than never.

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