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A miasma of consternation lay heavy across the Potomac swamp late last week when former FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe was let off the hook for lying to his own bureau while, elsewhere across DC, the distinguished Lt. General Flynn was still fighting for his life against exactly the same charge after three years of dilatory maneuvers by the DOJ to conceal their prosecutorial malfeasance in the case… and then the sketchy Roger Stone matter entered a twilight zone of jiggery-pokery that appeared to climax in a staged ruse by his four prosecutors to lure the Attorney General, Mr. Barr, into a trap.

You are forgiven for failing to follow all the twists and turns in this latest installment of what might now be called CoupGate, a summation of the seditious campaign to overthrow the president, which already has gone through so many gates — SpyGate, RussiaGate, MuellerGate, UkraineGate, WhistleblowerGate — that Mr. Trump looks like he’s spent three years training for the giant slalom in the next winter Olympics. A localized Civil War is underway in the Department of Justice now. Mr. Barr is in the middle, getting it from both sides.

The AG has apparently partitioned the DOJ into two separate realms: the now-identified corps of coupsters working desperately to keep their asses covered in an unraveling conspiracy, and Mr. Barr’s group attempting to account fairly for all that has happened, while salvaging what’s left of the outfit’s institutional legitimacy. Too much documented evidence of crime is out there in the public domain to dismiss these activities as a “conspiracy theory.” The trouble is, so many were involved from so many branches and agencies, that fully prosecuting every angle of it could bring down the permanent bureaucracy like the Jenga tower it has become.

The decision to let Mr. McCabe skate on the lying rap infuriated those demanding accountability for government lawyers-gone-wild, since even the DOJ Inspector General, Mr. Horowitz, cited serial instances of his “lacking candor” in more than one report, and “Andy” seems to have been a pivot-man for the FBI in the early-and-middle phases of the coup — along with his DOJ counterpart, former Deputy Attorney General Rod (“I’ll wear a wire”) Rosenstein.

I have a theory about the McCabe case: The Attorney General has taken the rinky-dink “lying to the FBI” charge off the table. It has become a liability, virtually the emblem for government misconduct, and Mr. Barr is getting rid of it in these matters. It has already caused too much mischief, insulted Americans’ sense of justice, and damaged the DOJ’s standing. Note, Andrew McCabe has been let off only on this charge, stemming from only one particular IG referral; he may well yet be liable for more serious charges-to-come. From here on, there will be no more rinky-dink lying charges against any of those implicated in the coup, only the most serious charges, and only those that add up to a solid case.

The coup has been so broad, deep, and thick that I predict cases will have to be brought under the RICO statutes in batches for different groups in separate agencies and branches of government. For instance, there is the Intel Mob, including former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intel (DNI) James Clapper, current Intel IG Michael Atkinson, so-called whistleblower (he that cannot be named, E*** C**********) and International Man of Mystery Joseph Mifsud. There is the gang from the State Department who helped engineer UkraineGate, including former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, former Sec’y of State John Kerry, and others. There is that big herd of rogue lawyers in the DOJ and its stepchild, the FBI, the names widely disseminated by now, Comey, Strzok, Baker, Boente, Carlin, Clinesmith, et al. There’s Robert Mueller and his henchpersons, Andrew Weissmann, Jeannie Rhee, et al. There’s another band of seditionists in Congress that includes Mark Warner of the Senate Intel Committee, the now notorious idiot Adam Schiff over in the House, and staffers who worked for both. There’s a bunch in the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment that paid over a million dollars to Alternate International Man of Mystery (actually, CIA asset) Stefan Halper to run entrapment schemes against people working for Mr. Trump. There’s a swarm from Barack Obama’s White House, including Valarie Jarrett, Susan Rice, Samantha Powers, Alexandra Chalupa, former Vice-President Joe Biden and the former President himself. And finally, there is the 800-pound-gorilla over in the Democratic Party thicket, namely Hillary Clinton, and those connected to her and her charity fraud, the Clinton Foundation, which is the real and actual predicate for the whole sordid affair — a list that includes Viktor Vekselberg of Russia’s Skolkovo project, $25-million donor Russian oligarch Victor Pinchuk, Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, and Dmitri Alperovich of CrowdStrike, (Russian collusion, anyone?) as well as rascally freelancers such as Christopher Steele, Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS, the shadowy Nellie Ohr, lawyer/lobbyist Adam Waldman, and Hillary errand boys Sidney Blumenthal and Cody Shearer. The stories behind those names are all over the web, in case you want to edify yourself.

Now, perhaps, you can see the scope of this big hot mess, and deduce the degree of difficulty that William Barr faces in attempting to set it all straight. He has to carefully select those who will be charged and probably not bother with some of the bit players. The charges are going to have to be serious, and the cases must be strong. It is a gigantic job of work, and rather delicate business considering the explosive potential to a government whose credibility is already pretty shredded. Failure to attend to it may turn a mere bureaucratic civil war into a genuine citizen rebellion featuring some of the 300-million-odd firearms at large in the republic. I believe Mr. Barr is aware of what’s at stake and will behave honorably.


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  1. James Kuehl February 17, 2020 at 10:28 am #

    Washington has become a convoluted bore. In a more interesting vein, here’s hoping Joel and Ethan Coen pick up “The Innocents” screenplay. I’ve often thought their quirky sense of irony would be a good fit for JHK’s work.

    • James Howard Kunstler February 17, 2020 at 10:41 am #

      The Coen Brothers — quite my all-time favorite movie-makers.

      • cc rider February 17, 2020 at 11:42 am #

        They are among my favorites as well. A few days ago I was bored with some time on my hand, and so while browsing Netlfix’s options I came upon this movie ‘A Serious Man’. Seemed interesting so I clicked on it. About halfway through it, after much laughing out loud, I wondered just who made this movie that I had never heard of, because I was expecting a B level movie and this was very well made and directed. Then at the end credits I saw that it was a Coen Brothers movie. Duh! Then it made perfect sense. No wonder it was so funny with tons of irony and innuendo throughout in only the way the Coens could pull off so well.

        I bet that it is somewhat based on their lives and era when they were kids. It takes place in the 60s when they would’ve been kids, and of course it is a very Jewy movie. They respectfully and lovingly poke fun at the Jewish subculture and identity. But they do expose hypocrisy as well. Which of course is embedded in all of our various subcultures. Especially those with a religious foundation.

        • elysianfield February 17, 2020 at 4:44 pm #

          CC,
          The Coen Bros. are solid gold…very few missteps. I have a DVD of “A Serious Man”…bought it several years ago when I first saw the movie…looked for a meaning, an allegory, anything to explain the movie, and the Coen Bro’s swear that there is none…go figure.

          Final scene where the bully turns and sardonically grins at the protagonist…WTF?

          • cc rider February 17, 2020 at 5:18 pm #

            ……and don’t forget a Tornado was bearing down on them in that final scene too. Lol… Classic Coen Brothers.

            I think they were illustrating the absurdity of life by making this movie filled with absurd characters and their absurd behavior. Throw in some hypocrisy and ridiculous beliefs to boot. In other words, I think their meaning in this movie is that there is no meaning. Exactly.

        • aibohphobia February 18, 2020 at 2:10 am #

          OMG A Serious Man is one of my favorite Coen Brothers’ Movies!!

          Perhaps more than any other, the movie itself is like a scripture, and I think that it invites Jewish viewers of it to make their own ‘Midrasch’ (commentary/interpretation)–

          So here’s mine. Your Mileage May Vary.

          **spoiler alert** you may want to watch the movie first…

          The mysterious scene in the beginning of the movie, where the innocent man is killed after doing a good deed is THE crucial scene of the movie. For such an evil deed as that, “The sins of the Fathers would be visited on their sons, even to the tenth Generation!”

          And so, we are taken to a review of the life of the Serious Man, ten generations later. He knows nothing of the sins of his ancestors that have resulted in his cursed life. Despite every unfair thing that is thrown at him, he behaves honorably. He endures the destruction of each piece of his life stoically–He does not even complain about it, or not as much as Job did. The scene where he fixes the TV antenna on his roof demonstrates that he is better behaved than David. And this, despite that neither the young nor the old Rabbi have anything useful or enlightening to say to him.

          Finally, in a schul where the Jewish heritage is being passed from the elderly to the young, he cracks–And the hand of G*D comes down hard on him–and everyone else in the schul too.

          Take home messages–Pick one that suits you, or make up your own;

          1) Being A Serious Man, in the sense of pursuing a righteous life, is really a crap deal if you just lay down and take it. Don’t be too righteous, or you will end up like Job. Also, how many of us know anything about our ancestors ten generations ago? What is the point of Divine Punishment if no one understands why it is happening? This is also a major point in Job, though the Coen Brothers make the same point in a much more entertaining way.

          2) Maybe too much concentration on one’s own personal righteousness is a bad thing. In a way, every decision he makes turns out badly for everyone concerned, even though most of them look like the scripturally-prescribed, approved response. Sometimes what’s called for is fighting back.

          3) It could be that the real reasons for what happens to us have explanations that we would not understand, because we just aren’t smart enough. Theologians, Clergy and Rabbis are in the end only guessing in the dark about these things, just like the rest of us. Do the best you can…

          • cc rider February 18, 2020 at 8:45 am #

            Hey thanks aibohphobia for your reply because you really helped me to understand the movie a lot more fully. I’m no expert in the OT scriptures, but I am very familiar with them and I’m surprised now that I missed the Job undercurrent to the story line. I now get how that mysterious scene opening the movie relates to the rest of it. I was so perplexed by it that I ended up just dismissing and forgetting about it. “The sins of the Fathers would be visited on their sons, even to the tenth Generation!” Of course. That is a very Hebraic theme, or even meme of old.

            Now the end makes more sense with the tornado because in the Book of Job there was the destructive whirlwind. Many interpreters have likened that to a tornado.

            For me your #3 message fits the most. After all, the eldest and wisest Rabbi quoted to the recent Bar Mitzvah’d boy the lyrics of the Jefferson Airplane song ‘Somebody To Love’ and added, “Just be a good boy”. He didn’t quote the Torah, or the Mishnah, or the Talmud.

            Well, a fine gem by the Coens. I don’t know why I had never heard of it before a few days ago.

    • shotho February 17, 2020 at 11:29 am #

      Absolutely, let’s have some more pop culture to take care of what ails us.

      • uslabor February 17, 2020 at 1:37 pm #

        How……profound

      • elysianfield February 17, 2020 at 4:48 pm #

        Shotho,

        Well…when the truth is found to be lies,
        And all the joy within you dies, what are your options?

  2. malthuss February 17, 2020 at 10:31 am #

    This is for all of you, but especially BRH,

    Congolese refugee sentenced to 45 years in prison for raping and brutally murdering his niece.

    Think about it! Taxpayers paid for him to come here, to Connecticut, and now taxpayers must pay for his prison. Who said immigrants bring economic benefits to America (well actually Michael Bloomberg says they do!).

    https://refugeeresettlementwatch.org/…/connecticut-congole…/

    • BackRowHeckler February 17, 2020 at 11:03 am #

      That story was buried here, Malthus. I didn’t even know about it.

      Getting to the crux of Jim’s article I’m afraid most of what he’s writing about will never be addressed in any meaningful way by the DOJ, but will be buried underneath an avalanche of news coverage by the MSM of the Dem nominating drama for the 2020 election.

      If NBC ain’t covering it, it didn’t happen. That’s the way it is.

      Brh

      • malthuss February 17, 2020 at 11:57 am #

        those pesky refugees. Our gift from Obama.

    • elysianfield February 17, 2020 at 5:02 pm #

      Malthuss, apparently the gloves are coming off. The BBC, this AM, reports that 20 Nigers were killed during a stampede to receive food aid.

      Rarely do the MSM report the race of victims or perps.

      …wouldn’t be my choice of words, however….

      https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-51537144

      • BackRowHeckler February 17, 2020 at 7:17 pm #

        20 Nigers?

        You’d think, with all the internet and phone scams run by Nigers out Nigeria, all Nigers would be rich.

        • elysianfield February 17, 2020 at 11:36 pm #

          Exactly!

          On another note, I am expecting a large check from one of the survivors of the stampede…he’s part of the royal family, or something.

          I should warn you, however, that when the check arrives (and it’s gonna be a BIG one), you might not hear any further from me… I’m gonna get me some NEW friends….

  3. Lawfish February 17, 2020 at 10:32 am #

    Another excellent thoughtful post. I thought for sure today’s post would be about 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley (currently studying to be an idiot) and his ridiculous piece last night attempting to resurrect Ukrainegate. What a joke he is and what a joke 60 Minutes has become!

    • michics February 17, 2020 at 10:49 am #

      I agree. I watched Scott Pelley’s piece and when he reinterated that Russia invaded Ukraine that was it for me. More MSM bull****. Constant never ending Russia is a bogeyman narative.

      • DrTomSchmidt February 17, 2020 at 11:00 am #

        Either it’s a gas station masquerading as a country, or its a dire threat.

        I think it IS a dire threat to the $1trillion we spend on defense, intelligence, interest on war debt, and nuclear weapons spending in the energy department, since it simply refuses to give us a real Casus Belli.

        Cut defense spending overall to 200 billion, reduce the deficit with half the money, and fix the railroads as JHK used to request, with the rest. We will on average be wealthier, and all the remoras in the DC suburbs (10 of the 11 richest counties in the USA surround DC) will be poorer.

        • shotho February 17, 2020 at 11:32 am #

          I think you’re getting at the real crisis which will surely end the current mess, implosion of global finance. After that, no one will know or care about whatever is happening in Washington now.

        • Daddyotis February 17, 2020 at 1:26 pm #

          I see what you did there.

          Remoras…nice analogy.

      • Beryl of Oyl February 17, 2020 at 11:37 am #

        Scott Pelley made a complete ass of himself during the coverage of the Trump Inauguration.
        He actually cut away from the event to speak with some “Russia expert”.
        What would MAKE a reporter do such a thing?
        Aside from money.

        • abbybwood February 17, 2020 at 2:53 pm #

          He has producers and writers for these segments and he just gets paid to read shit and to do it believably. It’s called propaganda.

      • Cargill February 17, 2020 at 4:02 pm #

        I didn’t see the program – nor know this Scott Pelley – but are you seriously rejecting the fact that Russia invaded Ukraine? How do you think they annexed the Crimean Peninsula – bought it on ebay?

        • Nightowl February 17, 2020 at 4:37 pm #

          Did they move into Sevastopol before or after they leased it? Surely it must have been only after this invasion, no? And there was surely no referendum held in Crimea.

          Share your wisdom with us. Surely, “Crooks and Liars” has equipped you to debate eloquently on the subject.

          • cc rider February 17, 2020 at 7:30 pm #

            I suppose Cargill and Scott Pelley prefer the actual Nazis who now run western Ukraine and would genocide the ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine if they could get away with it. And this is a case in which the “Nazi” label is legitimate. Not using it as a phony epithet for dramatic effect. The “coup” that the Obama administration and even current State Department officials still refer to with much reverence and wistfulness was largely carried out by the sons, grandsons, and great-grandsons of those who sided with Hitler in WW2, and of course their friends in our CIA who has a looooooong affiliation with Nazis. Operation Paperclip anyone?

          • cc rider February 17, 2020 at 7:44 pm #

            “Revolution of Dignity” is what they call the coup with that wistful and almost reverent tone. Like the former Ukraine ambassador that was fired, and her English colleague. Ahhhh yes….the Revolution of Dignity with CIA hired snipers picking off people at the Maidan Square. Yes, that is so dignified. Right Cargill? Oh, but that mean old Putin tells the citizens of Crimea, “Hey you have a vote to determine your destiny”. Yeah, what a tyrant he is. Over 95% voted to go with Russia. Why? They didn’t want to live under Nazified rule, that’s why.

          • Nightowl February 18, 2020 at 3:41 am #

            Indeed, CC.

            But to be honest, I doubt half of the McMedia knows what a Wolfsangel is.

          • cc rider February 18, 2020 at 9:55 am #

            Anderson Cooper probably thinks it’s a kinky S&M tool.

          • Cargill February 18, 2020 at 3:46 pm #

            So if a sizeable proportion of the people of Southern California, Arizona, and Texas voted to rejoin Mexico, I guess you’d be okay with that? To see parts of the US whisked away without approval of central government?

          • cc rider February 19, 2020 at 7:26 am #

            Cargill I believe that the will of the people is more important than the will of any central government. You, obviously love the idea of a strong central government dictating your life. I do not. So, yes I would support it if in the future a vast majority of the people in the states you listed voted to join Mexico. If I were still living in my home state of Texas when that happened and I didn’t like this I would move. But who knows, there may come a time when Mexico becomes the better and more liberty loving country in North America and I may be one of the ones voting to join it.

          • benr February 21, 2020 at 6:49 am #

            @ccrider

            Fat chance of that happening the people are poorly educated and Socialized to the nth degree.

    • cc rider February 17, 2020 at 11:51 am #

      Oh, I thought that Scott Pelley had already received his PhD in Idiocy.

    • K-Dog February 17, 2020 at 12:32 pm #

      Were there any dogs in that long list of names?+

    • zetatai February 17, 2020 at 1:35 pm #

      And pertinent to today’s post, remember Pelley’s banal whitewash McCabe interview awhile back?

      https://www.cbsnews.com/video/mccabe-says-possible-inappropriate-relationship-between-trump-russia-prompted-probe/

      Terribly sad what’s become of 60 Minutes… it used to be serious non-partisan investigative journalism.

  4. robert magill February 17, 2020 at 10:35 am #

    JIM
    Your very apt title, AT STAKE, will serve well in DC when the AUTOS-DA-FE begin.

    • outsider February 19, 2020 at 12:57 pm #

      Yes, glad the comments are back to JHK’s article. Mr. K has done yeoman’s work documenting all the traitorous goings on since Trump snatched victory from the over-confident Witch. Yet, with the primaries underway and election soon upon us, all will be for naught if Mr. Trump is not re-elected. And, if that happens, I hope that Trump gets busy pardoning all those (Stone, Flynn, Manafort, etc.) who have been victimized by the democrats attempted coup.

  5. jlmartin February 17, 2020 at 10:42 am #

    I fear and cry for my country. With so much at stake with the failure of our physical culture; resource depletion, carbon pollution. Leaders in Washington spends their time and efforts on tearing down each other.

    • malthuss February 17, 2020 at 10:52 am #

      Leaders in Washington spends their time and efforts on getting richer.

      • DrTomSchmidt February 17, 2020 at 11:01 am #

        That’s exactly right. The racism charges, the partisan warfare, all of it is just cover to continue the grift.

        • malthuss February 17, 2020 at 12:01 pm #

          Unz.com / Paul Kerseys page.

          Kwame the mayor maybe stole .25 billion.

          • BackRowHeckler February 17, 2020 at 12:48 pm #

            Do you mean Kwame Kilpatrick, distinguished Mayor of Detroit, who once described himself as “The Mothrf#kkr in Charge?” That Kwame?

            Brh

    • JohnAZ February 17, 2020 at 11:05 am #

      It is all they have to do. They have no function any more in administering the country. We face so many problems that are slowly destroying our standard of living. Nothing is realistically being addressed in DC, just a bunch of Leftist pipe dreams that are impossible to execute.

      It is what happens when there are no potential solutions. Maybe shutting down Congress until the elections would be a good start, and about two thirds of the executive branch. Balance the budget, problem solved with no repercussions.

      • outsider February 19, 2020 at 1:00 pm #

        Balance the budget? I know you mean well, but totally impossible!

  6. 100th Avatar February 17, 2020 at 10:45 am #

    Eric Ciaramella
    Ukraine “expert”
    ’cause he read a lot of books about it at big-named schools and studied the language.
    Obama holdover.

    • Nightowl February 18, 2020 at 10:50 am #

      DC is full of these types. No meaningful real world experience, but lots of costly degrees and cushy trips abroad where they are cocconed in luxury hotels and government offices for the duration of their stay.

      I’d love to hear him string even a basic gramatically correct sentence together in Ukrainian or Russian.

  7. Janos Skorenzy February 17, 2020 at 10:51 am #

    The problem is one of proportion. I’m sure even Mexico and other banana republics have a few honest men, but it’s just not enough to deal with innumerable forces of corruption. Ditto here as well.

    I mean what is left of the mainstream? And what is it anymore?

    https://vdare.com/articles/trump-s-fbi-targets-white-nationalists-although-antifa-is-real-problem

    You out there Ozone? You were wrong: Whites are now seen as the Enemy – no better than ISIS to Official America – which is hardly the Historical America. The 1960’s coup was so successful that no one ever realized it took place until decades later.

    • malthuss February 17, 2020 at 10:53 am #

      Trust and ethics are part of the basis of any good society..
      the more criminals, the less likely a society can be more than that
      of say, Somalia.

      • Daddyotis February 17, 2020 at 1:31 pm #

        ^ This.

        Although this so clearly demonstrates the epic failure of “progressive” criminal justice systems, they’re STILL wheeling out the spokespeople to pat the rabble on the heads and state that there’s “nothing to see here…just more far right racism”.

      • Anon1970 February 17, 2020 at 1:31 pm #

        It is pathetic to listen to Bloomberg apologizing for his support of stop and frisk when he was mayor. The reality is that the murder rate in NYC went down faster during the Giuliani and Bloomberg administrations than in other large American cities during that time period.

    • shotho February 17, 2020 at 11:34 am #

      Right you are about the 1960’s coup. Nothing has been the same since Kennedy was killed. The grifters took over, lock, stock and barrel; country be damned.

    • SoftStarLight February 17, 2020 at 12:25 pm #

      So in other words we might as well go ahead and call the White House the Brown House? And just think, once Trump is gone it will only get worse for us.

  8. So many liars February 17, 2020 at 10:51 am #

    “Failure to attend to it may turn a mere bureaucratic civil war into a genuine citizen rebellion featuring some of the 300-million-odd firearms at large in the republic. I believe Mr. Barr is aware of what’s at stake and will behave honorably.”

    This entire story has become so burdensome to keep up with. While I’m still hopeful that Barr/Durham and others will eventually produce some justice, it’s really hard to see months go by with evidence piling up – and nothing is done. Why isn’t there a lawsuit against Schiff for violating Trump’s civil rights to due process? Why isn’t there an aggressive investigation into Schiff’s obvious prevarication about the supposed whistleblower? Why do so many stories hit the news and then simply evaporate? Where are the lawsuits against the traitorous media? Why do the wheels of justice turn so slowly, while the Resistance churns out new charges of “impeachable” offenses every other day?

    I fear that some event (a recession? a pandemic? an assassination?) will derail Trump’s reelection. Any of the Democratic candidates, if elected, would allow HRC’s tentacles to regain control, and the indictments we’re all waiting for would be buried like a miscarried infant.

    • Beryl of Oyl February 17, 2020 at 11:41 am #

      I can’t even get my head around the fact that no mainstream reporter cares about what happened to all that money the Haitians never got.

      • So many liars February 17, 2020 at 11:47 am #

        Exactly! There are so many abandoned threads that lead to Clinton or left-wing malfeasance. They’re like sticks on the ground after a windstorm. But then a season goes by and the leaves fall, and we’re supposed to forget. That didn’t happen! You’re a liar! Or they’ll claim it was debunked. How in the crap can something be debunked if it’s never been investigated?

    • abbybwood February 17, 2020 at 3:15 pm #

      Let’s not forget one of the biggest and most sinister cases that has been covered up: Jeffery Epstein’s MURDER.

      The guards were conveniently indicted so that now they can refuse to testify.

      Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s prime accomplice, is definitely alive somewhere on the planet, yet a Federal judge a few days ago threw up his hands and said, “She cannot be found at this time so the only way to serve her is via email”.

      The FBI, NSA, MI6 and Mossad know exactly where Maxwell is within a five foot radius so it is a big, fat lie that she cannot be “found” and the Federal judge knows this.

      Barr bought the suicide story hook, line and sinker prior to a full investigation into Epstein’s death. Talk about the biggest cover-up of the century, especially considering “who” Epstein’s pals were (Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, Alan Dershowitz and hundreds of the most rich and powerful men on Earth).

      • Ron Anselmo February 17, 2020 at 4:28 pm #

        As I understand it, Barr’s father gave Epstein his first job. Something’s not right. Well, er, a lot of things aren’t right. I’m just speaking in terms of Barr.

    • Uncle Bob February 17, 2020 at 11:40 pm #

      If Trump is able to keep his damn mouth shut when he should, and if everything just rolls along like the 20th Century Limited at speed, and if the Donkeys nominate a couple bumblefuck candidates for Prez and Veep who run a lousy campaign, it’s still possible that Trump could lose despite minority support, a good economy, and his attempts to actually pursue peace instead of obeying the CIA and the State Department. One thing is, his winning personality, together with the media’s character assassination of the man, has “suburban, college educated women” mad because they’re afraid they won’t be able to have abortions. That could offset his gains among blacks and Hispanics. The other big weakness is that so many money men are extreme leftists (Soros, Steyer, etc.) and are more than willing to utterly destroy the American economy in order to get their way, i.e., end our quasi-free market and replace it with something that they could control without fear of ever having to relinquishing control. This may be why so much control of social media, internet usage, facial recognition software, and financial tracking programs is being experimented with in China, so that it can be brought here in the future to prevent us from rising up against Michael Doomberg and his prohibitions on large Coca-Colas and any size of firearm (unless it’s for him: then it’s all good). Basically, love Trump or hate him, our choice is between Trump (hoping for continued success, no matter how improbable) or a socialist totalitarian state.

  9. PeteAtomic February 17, 2020 at 10:52 am #

    Thanks Jim.

    I hope your sentiments are correct about Mr. Barr. The federal government needs serious people right now, working seriously to make sure these institutions do not suffer catastrophic failure. I’m sure there are many who are trying to avoid that. Attempting to stage a coup against a right wing populist/civic nationalist should be the last thing all these spooky technocrats/Dr.Strangelove types out to be doing!

  10. JohnAZ February 17, 2020 at 10:54 am #

    Wow!

    JHK has shown in some detail, the tip of the iceberg. These top dogs have hundreds of staff people working the coup effort, spending every day dreaming up more BS to pin on Trump and using government resources to do the dirty work. The wonder of it all is that Trump has survived it all. IMHO, the only thing that explains it is that in the largest sense, Trump is basically honest and all the junk that is made up against him is not able stand up to the Truth Test. The number of folks lined up against him is mind boggling, almost all of the press is owned by Trump enemies, the DeepState bureaucracy is against him, conspiracies are constantly being launched against him by the entire Dem led Deep State, Barr being just the latest. Yesterday, 1100 DOJ folks sent a letter to get Barr dismissed as AG. I wonder what that is as a percentage?

    I do not know how he keeps things under wraps. The attacks are constant and “heroes” are being created all the time to try to find cracks in the dam. His trying to “deal” with these aholes is his biggest mistake, he should have brought in his own group. Half of the coup has been initiated by people working for him.

    He cannot fire all of the Deep Staters as JHK has said,

    Or can he? He is already making noises about really disrupting the Swamp in his second term. Lame duck presidents are “dangerous” to Swamps throughout history.

    No. 1 target, Mitt Romney who is being groomed to lead the charge next term. #2 Bloomberg/Clinton?

    • PeteAtomic February 17, 2020 at 10:56 am #

      yeah, in an odd way maybe my prediction about Killary was right!! LOL ha

      she is just fucking desperate to claw her way up there.. its really amazing..

      like a squirrel trying to climb up a greased bird feeder pole…

    • DrTomSchmidt February 17, 2020 at 11:08 am #

      “These top dogs have hundreds of staff people working the coup effort, spending every day dreaming up more BS to pin on Trump and using government resources to do the dirty work.”

      Social security and Medicare provide SOME benefit to the people receiving them, at a remarkably low administrative cost. I like the weather service. Offhand, though, I’m wondering what else I get from these clowns that provides more of a benefit than it costs. And SS/Medicare are a system that transfers wealth and assets from the poorest segment of the population (young workers) to the wealthiest segment (older retired people), so their overall societal utility is questionable, as they cause the only people who CAN have another generation to be unable to afford them.

      • JohnAZ February 17, 2020 at 11:32 am #

        You mention administrative activities that I imagine are being handled well by a computer somewhere.

    • DrTomSchmidt February 17, 2020 at 11:09 am #

      In other words, to paraphrase the Crusaders, fire them all; the people will know who benefits them.

    • Beryl of Oyl February 17, 2020 at 11:46 am #

      I’m reminded of something Rush Limbaugh just said. He was talking about getting a call to show up in DC for the State Of The Union address, when he was away from home for medical treatment, and didn’t even have anything but very casual clothing with him.

      He said that to this man, Donald Trump, nothing is impossible.
      We’ll see.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 17, 2020 at 11:58 am #

      Yeah honest. That’s why he didn’t believe unemployment figures when he was running and then magically did once elected, now touting them as a fetish of his success – for Blacks and Hispanics that is.

    • abbybwood February 17, 2020 at 3:20 pm #

      Perhaps they are desperate to get rid of Barr to stop the Durham investigation before the Grand Juries are convened and the indictments come rolling out?

      And people WILL talk and rat out others to save their own asses.

  11. DrTomSchmidt February 17, 2020 at 10:56 am #

    A good explanation of the reasons why McCabe wasn’t charged is given here:
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/why-wasnt-andrew-mccabe-charged

    Ina nutshell: Trump’s tweets about McCabe made a fair trial impossible, and many of the prosecution’s witnesses, like Lisa Page, were sympathetic to McCabe.

    If you want a good look at the mind of a trial attorney, that’s a great article. It also confirms JHK: there are bigger fish to fry, and better Cases to make.

    • akmofo February 17, 2020 at 11:53 am #

      Bullshit!

      McCabe and Comey are in your face clear cut cases. Everything was already publicly documented and required ZERO further investigation. They should have been charged on day one. They would have been convicted on day two.

      • Nightowl February 17, 2020 at 4:44 pm #

        And given a slap on the wrist. The real crimes — they are much more important.

        • akmofo February 18, 2020 at 9:51 am #

          Is that what FLYNN and STONE got, a slap on the wrist?

  12. teddyboy46 February 17, 2020 at 10:56 am #

    Many Thanks to JHK , for explaining complicated stuff . That the MSM deliberately keeps us confused on.

    • JohnAZ February 17, 2020 at 11:19 am #

      You are so right.

      For this all to be occurring, The Left has to have total support from the MSM. The question left unanswered, over and over, is WHO is behind all this. The reaction of this Leftist organization trying to take over America and turn it into Amerika is so well coordinated and omnidirectional, it has to be being directed by a single source.

      A good start, who has allowed control of the MSM by the Left? Who has enough resources to control people like Soros, Bloomberg, Clinton, and direct all their activities? Who has enough resources to control the Deep State and direct all these simultaneous activities aimed at the Great Disrupter.

      There you go

      GGG, the Great Disrupter!

  13. Ron Anselmo February 17, 2020 at 11:12 am #

    I’d pay very, very serious attention to anyone suggested as a VP candidate for either party.

    My money says the next elected president will not serve out his/her term. The next “selected VP” will ultimately ascend to the presidency.

    in the case of the Democrats, likely it’s HRC. The deep state Republican neocons who may have bitten there tongues long enough over Trump, may position their own choice for VP.

    The next president, Trump or a prevailing Democratic candidate takes a .223 round, and the disruption on the road to tyranny is over, for now.

    Won’t play well with the rest of the country though. What’ll be left of it.

    • Ron Anselmo February 17, 2020 at 11:17 am #

      Edit: *their* tongues, not *there*

    • SW February 17, 2020 at 12:41 pm #

      I agree about watching who’s nominated for VP — my guess will be Slippery Pete for the Democrats. He won’t answer ANY question with a straight answer. When the moderator tried to nail him down on the statistics for arrests for blacks under his term as mayor, he slithered out of it. Amy K. is almost as bad, but not quite. She just deflects about “my grammpa’s coffee tin was my trust fund” even though she was raised in a solidly middle-class home.

      • Daddyotis February 17, 2020 at 1:39 pm #

        Yeah, the “Grampy’s coffee tin” saw is an overly used one on her part. Sort of like John Kasich’s old saw about “my dad was a mailman” last time through the republican primary (after which Trump beat him like a drum, I should add)

      • abbybwood February 17, 2020 at 3:26 pm #

        Mayor Cheat refused to answer 19 of the foreign policy questions asked by The New York Times. He was in military intel and has been best friends with Zuckerberg since their college days. He was the 300th person to sign up with Fakebook.

        He is a spook who has come out of nowhere just like Obama came out of nowhere.

        He can never be trusted.

      • WayfaringStranger February 18, 2020 at 3:13 am #

        He goes all word salad on real questions, but reveals himself in other ways, kind of inadvertently. Like dropping that he thinks targeted mass immigration to “save” rural Midwestern communities decimated by Monsanto, agribusiness, and CAFO bullshit is a great idea, and that trans women beating up biological women is just fine as long as it’s called a “sport” and the degradation is completed when medals for best beat-down are given afterward.
        Then toss in Pete’s chosen work with McKinsey, that giant asshole-generating petri dish of people like, oh I don’t know, how about mustache-twirling Sundar Pichai…
        Boot-edge-edge is no moderate, not at all, people see that stupid Ken doll hair, the tie, the white shirt. Don’t be fooled.
        He’s just a different type of extremist than we’d normally think of on that old left-right continuum. He’s not extreme like Bernie is. Pete is a corporate, globalist, hollow, bullshitting, border and private property-hating technocrat type. Probably would get on great with Trudeau, Macron, Sadiq Khan, and all that grey-faced lot in Brussels.
        Also, that fucker is no Christian either.

  14. akmofo February 17, 2020 at 11:13 am #

    These “rinky-dink lying charges” will destroy your reputation, will end your book tours and MSM sponsorship, will bankrupt you financially, and will put you in prison for at least a decade. They also terrorize the other fscks who should be next in line. These “rinky-dink lying charges” cause people to completely rethink their life’s priorities with the most cardinal of which is staying out of prison. Guess whose skin they’ll be busy saving, theirs or their co-conspirators?

    I can’t believe anyone still falls for this nonsense staged show. Every time I look at Barr I see a Vatican agent trying his hardest not to laugh at the face of the chumps who believe anything he says. President Trump is completely blind to the mafia that keeps sandbagging him. He keeps hiring their agents. From his Georgetown University trained Chiefs of Staff to his deliberately inept FBI Chief to his Attorney Generals who were supposed to clean house and do nothing. They all do nothing but cover for the criminals, and sandbag any process to get at the criminals going on almost 4 years now. Think about it, 4 years and ZERO charges!

    It’s no wonder these arrogant seditious commies think they can do whatever they want. They see us all as idiot chumps. They’re not that far off the mark.

    • JohnAZ February 17, 2020 at 11:21 am #

      Maybe we are?

      • akmofo February 17, 2020 at 1:29 pm #

        Mark my words, as soon as any progress is made in possibly charging anyone, Barr will resign and put the whole process into chaos again. And on and on like this it will continue until they run down the clock, which is exactly what they intended to do from the start with all their nonsense.

        James just mentions the top tier names and there are dozens and dozens of them, but like you say, they all have many subordinates and helpers that work under them, and so far none of these have come forward. Which means they are all part of the same mafia. James refuses to acknowledge what I’m been saying for years, no matter how obvious it is staring us in the face. But why now talk of RICO statutes if we’re not talking about the mafia? The same commie Vatican mafia I’ve been pointing out every day for years now.

    • cc rider February 17, 2020 at 11:58 am #

      I largely agree with your take on Barr and the other gangsters who surround Trump. Who do nothing to really “clean house”. In fact they are there to do the opposite. I do not share JHK’s opinion on Bill Barr.

      I do not think that Barr and the others are “commies” though. That label gets thrown around as loosely as “fasicists”. Most don’t know what either really means. IMO. But “arrogant and seditious”? Oh yes.

      • abbybwood February 17, 2020 at 3:34 pm #

        Back in the day Barr was knee deep in the cocaine/gun running scheme Bush Sr., Gov. Bill Clinton, North and Barry Seale were coordinating out of Mena, Arkansas.

        Read “Compromised: Clinton, Bush and the CIA” by Terry Reed.

        What a cesspool of depravity and corruption we have in D.C. So horrible that probably all we can see is the tip of the iceberg.

        • cc rider February 17, 2020 at 3:49 pm #

          Yep. And Barr also convinced Bush Sr. to pardon 6 of the bad actors in the Iran Contra affair. Of course if anyone should’ve gone to jail for Iran Contra it was Bush, Sr. himself.

          Barr’s record is long and dirty. And again, his Father hired a young Jeff Epstein for a job in which he was not even close to qualified for. Anyone think Barr was going to “get to the bottom” of the Epstein death? Lol…. Epstein probably had dirt on ol’ Bill too. Certainly many of his swamp buddies.

    • Cargill February 17, 2020 at 10:00 pm #

      I can’t believe anyone still falls for this nonsense staged show.

      There are so many conspiracy theories piling on top of each here that I can’t keep up. Are you claiming Trump and Barr are not on the same side? Are you saving that mafia gangsters and Trump aren’t on the same side? If so – big calls indeed!

      Some house-cleaning has been done – Manafort, Flynn, Cohen, Gates … and a bunch of others … have all been nailed for nefarious behaviour against the American people.

      • Majella February 18, 2020 at 2:25 am #

        ‘ There are so many conspiracy theories piling on top of each here that I can’t keep up. Are you claiming Trump and Barr are not on the same side? Are you saving that mafia gangsters and Trump aren’t on the same side?’

        It’s utterly dizzying. What a nut-job echo-chamber hereabouts has lately become, led by JHK who reads as coming close to unhinged, despite his allergy to CTs. You all enjoy yourselves now…

  15. JohnAZ February 17, 2020 at 11:30 am #

    Just returned from a trip to the Caribbean. Made a note of something. All of the islands there are remainders of coral reefs. Up to 200ft. Elevations.

    Hmmm? Corals were originally underwater, right, and at a certain depth for light penetration. Has natural history had sea level depths high enough for these islands to be totally under water as their coral lived their lives? Or maybe a combination of volcanism and coral reef building? Sure indicates significant changes to ocean depths?

  16. Flash in the Pan February 17, 2020 at 11:33 am #

    Bubbling up beneath this cesspit of sedition is the Covid-19 Ninja pandemic.

    It’s coming to a theater near you soon.

    The shit-show of evacuating US citizens from the Voyage of the Damned ‘Diamond Princess’ in Japan reveals how ‘authorities’ will conduct themselves ‘a la Katrina’.

    Only non infected US passengers were suppose to hop on to the two 747’s bound for military quarantine in the US so after everyone on board and taxiing out to the runway did they discovery 14 of the non infected passengers were in fact infected. Sweet!

    They decided to take them home anyway and they were ‘isolated’ somewhere on the 747 to keep the other couple hundred non infected passengers ‘safe’. Airplanes are famous for their crisp, clean totally recirculated fresh air.

    Fun Fact:

    Air is not refreshed very often on airplanes because the process uses fuel and creates drag so the corporate airline bean counters said,” No Fresh Air for You” to save money.

    So the Voyage of the Damned ‘Diamond Princess’ passengers get boinked again.

    From the movie Aliens, the evacuation scene, the Monster is always onboard the evacuation vessel silly.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=utOy5BDBgBs&feature=emb_logo

    • malthuss February 17, 2020 at 11:55 am #

      In China, how many are quarantined?

      Was the plague intentionally released?

      • cc rider February 17, 2020 at 12:08 pm #

        It was most likely accidentally released, but it is a bio weapon and IMO it is designed/weaponized to kill Chinese specifically. Probably all Asians generally. We’ll see what happens in Japan. So far not one person other than that of Chinese ethnicity has died from this virus. The man in France who died was a Chinese male tourist. It is killing far more males than females too. I think the Chinese had this virus in their Wuhan Bio Weapons lab facility in order to study it and develop a vaccine for it. Then someone effed up on protocol and it got out into the Wuhan population. This gentleman lays out the situation with bio weapons labs all over the world and he very much believes that this virus is a bio weapon….

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsyujjitOFM&t=4s

        (Dr. Francis Boyle drafted the U.S. domestic implementing legislation for the Biological Weapons Convention, known as the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, that was approved unanimously by both Houses of the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.)

        • SoftStarLight February 17, 2020 at 12:19 pm #

          I agree that it is a potential bioweapon. But the whole thing about the virus favoring Asians and Males appears like it is probably not the case at all. We can’t trust the data coming out of China and that is mostly all we have right now. That will change quickly most likely.

          • cc rider February 17, 2020 at 12:40 pm #

            Yes, the Chinese are probably hiding that Latinos, Anglos, Russians, Indians, and others are also dying in China. Because , you know, China is such a multi racial nations. (Face palm slap).

            There were Chinese nationals arrested just last month by the FBI for trying to smuggle vials out of a lab in the US back to China. They were arrested at the Boston airport. A Harvard professor was arrested for colluding with the Chinese government. Yes, he’s a scientist who studied pathology.

            https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/28/politics/harvard-professor-chinese-nationals-arrest-espionage/index.html

            https://www.zerohedge.com/health/man-behind-global-coronavirus-pandemic

            Wuhan to China is like Fort Detrick is to the US with regards to bio weapons.

          • SoftStarLight February 17, 2020 at 1:42 pm #

            Yeah, China isn’t crazy the way we are so their samples aren’t diverse. But now we have the cruise ships. And yes White Americans and Indian Nationals have been infected. Now, how severe the disease will be for them ultimately I do not know. Will our government be open with us about what is really going on?

          • cc rider February 17, 2020 at 3:23 pm #

            SSL in your personal vocabulary is “infected” a synonym” of “death”? I said that so far only Chinese people have DIED of this virus. Let me spell it for you more clearly…

            D-I-E-D

            Of course others have become infected. And the others, who are not Chinese, have recovered not only quite well, but rather quickly.

            Now, there is of course the possibility that this virus will mutate in the coming days, weeks, and months and start widely killing people of other races than the Chinese. That’s why I’m watching what happens in Japan and Korea first. Also Singapore. These are the closest racially to the Chinese. As far as it stands and looks right now, I don’t think this is going to kill many, if any, Caucasians. If it does it’ll probably be quite a few weeks or months from now. Enough time to mutate. Might even be next year before it happens. If it happens.

            Racial specific bio weapons in the form of viruses is a real thing. I know you don’t believe it. Fluff up your pillow and go back to sleep. The Chinese have this technology too, and you can bet they either have or are close to having one that can kill whitey. There is already been an unreported bio weapons cold war going on for a long time. Again, you don’t believe this obviously. And again, fluff up your pillow and go back to sleep.

          • malthuss February 17, 2020 at 3:29 pm #

            Department of Justice
            Office of Public Affairs
            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
            Tuesday, January 28, 2020
            Harvard University Professor and Two Chinese Nationals Charged in Three Separate China Related Cases

            The Department of Justice announced today that the Chair of Harvard University’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department and two Chinese nationals have been charged in connection with aiding the People’s Republic of China.

            Dr. Charles Lieber, 60, Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, was arrested this morning and charged by criminal complaint with one count of making a materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statement.

            Lieber will appear this afternoon before Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler in federal court in Boston, Massachusetts.

            Yanqing Ye, 29, a Chinese national, was charged in an indictment today with one count each of visa fraud, making false statements, acting as an agent of a foreign government and conspiracy. Ye is currently in China.

            Zaosong Zheng, 30, a Chinese national, was arrested on Dec. 10, 2019, at Boston’s Logan International Airport and charged by criminal complaint with attempting to smuggle 21 vials of biological research to China. On Jan. 21, 2020, Zheng was indicted on one count of smuggling goods from the United States and one count of making false, fictitious or fraudulent statements. He has been detained since Dec. 30, 2019.

          • SoftStarLight February 18, 2020 at 12:27 am #

            I’m not saying that I don’t believe that a bioweapon could be race specific. I have heard of the concept before and I’m sure it can be done. What you are saying could very well be true in this case. But I’m just saying its a theory among many. We will find out in the coming days and weeks how far and wide the virus spreads.

          • cc rider February 19, 2020 at 1:21 pm #

            Well you’re a good ‘un SSL.

            Luv u…..Call me……Mean it

        • abbybwood February 17, 2020 at 3:51 pm #

          The Bio-Weapons lab is 100 yards away from the wet wild animal market where people were buying bats and eating them. Live bats are being used for experiments at the lab.

          To think that the United States is so stupid to bring people back from the hot zone and unload them here in Los Angeles, in San Francisco and NYC is mind-boggling when they should be taken to remote areas like North Dakota etc.

          Especially considering how freakin’ stupid people are now. Hospital workers in San Diego accidentally discharged a person with Coronavirus, but they got him back!!! Cheers!

          I am a nurse and I can testify to the fact that there are many hospital workers who will break isolation protocols as they “go home” and stop at the bank or CVS or Ralph’s or the gas station to pump some gas gleefully touching every door handle and PIN keypad along their way.

          This is the way viruses get spread. Contaminated keypad gets touched then the next hapless person comes along and touches it then runs his finger into the corner of his/her eye and the rest is a sad, miserable deadly history.

      • SoftStarLight February 17, 2020 at 12:15 pm #

        As of last night I heard on YouTube that 700 million Chinese were being quarantined.

        • malthuss February 17, 2020 at 12:49 pm #

          I also saw that but have trouble believing they quarantined that many. Half their people.

          • SoftStarLight February 17, 2020 at 1:40 pm #

            Maybe it isn’t so much quarantined for many as much as it is a state of “lockdown”. Who knows what the difference really is supposed to be? I have also seen videos were people are allegedly being sealed inside their homes because they either are/or are suspected of being infected. How terrifying!

    • WayfaringStranger February 18, 2020 at 3:34 am #

      IMO the 14 people on that plane are a real misdirection, not an issue.
      If nCoV (yes I’m sticking with the old name just because I dislike Tedros) is going to blow up here, it’s already in process, aka Too Late.
      Local health authorities are typically yammering on about the flu season, how B is still kicking and A may follow, extending the season blah blah.
      If the ACE2 thing is true, lots of US people will be low- or no- symptom carriers. We won’t know who they are, but eventually we’ll know that they’re there. And they must be here now.
      Another ting is that not all hospitals will test for novel corona, if they suspect they are instructed to first report to LOCAL authorities, then State. Not immediately to the CDC.
      Local officials, maybe ideologues who think concern over corona equates to “racism” might sit on cases, decide not to cause panic. I’ve seen my own local health official handle herself and she’s a weak pile of jello. Folds any time an “important” local mucky-muck frowns ever so slightly. She self-censors as she breathes, on stupid issues that might not sit well with the tavern industry.
      The Chinese communist party dysfunctions in their own way and we have officials that in our own benign, jargon-loving, suburb-living. meeting holding ways too.
      It’s already here, it has to be. The question is what will it do among the various genetic groups we have in various locations. For example, Mexicans living in LA supposedly have a lot of ACE2. Initially I thought that was too weird, why just those Mexican’s? Then I thought of Hop Sing on Bonanza. Lots of Chinese were in CA in the old West, probably blended pretty good over the years with the Mexicans also there at the time.
      So look for stuff like that, Corona leap-frogging around, like a tornado, hits one house hard, skips the neighbor etc etc. Might be way different here due to the genetics.

      • WayfaringStranger February 18, 2020 at 3:36 am #

        I mention the yammering about the extended normal flu season rhetoric because it’s very possible a lot of low-grade nCoV cases might be mis-perceived as Flu A or B. That will really screw with things.

  17. JohnAZ February 17, 2020 at 11:38 am #

    The MSM!

    Bought and paid for.

    Where is fascism present in the US. Germany’s propaganda machine last century was also because of a bought and paid for media.

    The press is supposed to be a check of the government, not a supporter for half the idiots in it.

    Balanced coverage? Yeah right!

    • SoftStarLight February 17, 2020 at 12:13 pm #

      Fascism is not present in any significant way in the US. If it was, then we would definitely have a real Wall. And for good measure we would wall off Canada too given that so many rabid “Progressives” inhabit that land.

      • JohnAZ February 18, 2020 at 9:29 am #

        Fascism is not present?

        Look left, it is already in place.

      • debt February 18, 2020 at 3:06 pm #

        Look no further than antifa – so-called antifascists who use the same tactics as Hitler’s Brownshirts.

  18. sevensec February 17, 2020 at 11:51 am #

    Been reading Kafka’s ‘The Castle’ lately, and as I looked over today’s essay I couldn’t help wondering if ‘K.’–the only identifier given for the book’s confounded hero–might stand for ‘Kunstler’.

    Like Kafka’s surreal hero, our esteemed host seems to earnestly hope that the bureaucracy will come through someway, somehow–sort things out as they should be sorted, and mete justice where it should be meted.

    Well… maybe, maybe not. News reports might not be flat-out useless, but the more I read of them the more it seems like scrying-stones would fare little worse.

    • sprawlcapital February 17, 2020 at 3:01 pm #

      I just looked it up and learned that a scrying stone is like a crystal ball and is used for gaining psychic impressions. Thanks, sevensec.

  19. Ishabaka February 17, 2020 at 11:55 am #

    One law for the Friends Of Hill & Bill, one law for the deplorables.

  20. Billy Hill February 17, 2020 at 12:07 pm #

    What month was it when Wikileaks dumped the Podesta email?

    Why did Donna Brazile dedicate her book to Seth Rich?

    Whither Anthony Wiener’s infamous laptop?

    Will Giulani’s Notes From The Unground coincide with this summer’s Wikileaks Summa leak?

    I predict Assange will reveal his source. Imagine murder, pedophilia-bestiality, and unimaginable political-financial corruption coming together in a single explosive moment in time. The Greatest Story Ever Told!

    • SW February 17, 2020 at 12:56 pm #

      I predict Assange will die of “natural causes” in his solitary confinement cell. Even though he’s been disappeared from the news, the few people allowed to see him say his condition is deteriorating badly. So even if he wanted to reveal his sources he would be discredited. The Brits really are our lap dogs and have forfeited their moral authority.

      Donna Brazile was the Democratic operative who gave Hillary the advance questions at a town hall forum during the campaign. When confronted with the evidence she just blew it off as “no big deal.” But no worries! She’s still invited to bloviate on talk shows about “corruption in the Trump Whitehouse” and, even though an exposed cheat and liar, is taken seriously. Her next book will be dedicated directly to Satan and/or Hillary & Bill.

      I hope Barr can get the job done. But he’s fighting not only a huge bureaucracy but Trump too. Good luck to him.

      • cc rider February 17, 2020 at 1:07 pm #

        Trump has openly said that he believes Assange should get the death penalty for Treason. He said the same for Snowden. I guarantee you that Barr wants him dead. And he will die long before a trial can take place.

        Barr is a lifelong Swamp Creature. I can’t believe anyone, let along JHK, trusts him. He’s a snake. Sorry to actual snakes for the offensive comparison.

      • abbybwood February 17, 2020 at 3:59 pm #

        Assange got out of solitary when most of the other prisoners demanded it.

        Right now there is a lawmaker in Australia trying to bring Assange home as he claims Assange would never get a fair trial here.

        Consortiumnews has pretty regular updates on Assange by John Pilger and Ray McGovern.

        And let’s not forget that there are many people still running Wikileaks and Assange is smart enough to have left any hard evidence where it can come out at the proper time.

    • Billy Hill February 17, 2020 at 2:06 pm #

      Assange is more than just Assange, the prisoner in England. There is an entire organization. Assange knew the stakes. His dead man’s switch is likely distributed and likely contains unambiguous documentation that in a post-Epstein environment will persuade even the most brain-dead. (The Epstein suicide has been described as the most significant news event of 2019 in that it destroyed the final vestiges of belief in the “Official” explanations.)

      Assange has all but said directly that Seth Rich provided the files. Why else post a reward? Geez Louise — does he have to put up a billboard on I-95?

      If “they” manage to contain this one we might as well tune into ESPN and await further instructions.

      • abbybwood February 17, 2020 at 4:04 pm #

        The FBI got caught lying on the Seth Rich murder as well!

        Somebody did a FOIA request on any and all documents pertaining to Seth Rich and the FBI came back with “nothing found”.

        Then someone else did a FOIA request about unrelated documents and sure enough emails were found with Seth Rich being named that were heavily redacted. Do a Google search and you can read all about it.

      • Nightowl February 17, 2020 at 4:19 pm #

        Yes, and NSA whistleblower Bill Binney has now gone under oath about the fact that the files were downloaded internally on DNC premises.

        His name was (almost certainly) Seth Rich.

        https://www.sott.net/article/429341-NSA-whistleblower-Binney-There-was-no-Russian-hack-despite-Stone-prosecution-claims

  21. SoftStarLight February 17, 2020 at 12:08 pm #

    Thank you for your diligent coverage of the various coups underway in DC Mr. K. It’s really the only way I even keep up with it these days as I have become so upset and frustrated with everything going on in that wretched city. I hope you are right about Andrew McCabe because it seems like he is just another Elite minion getting away with everything. These legal and political processes just take way too long to sort out. Patience is not a virtue of the times we live in so I’m not sure how long it will keep disorder at bay.

  22. Greg February 17, 2020 at 12:25 pm #

    If Barr were really serious, why didn’t he put Epstein into serious protection, as he surely knew how to do? Epstein’s revelations would have shocked the public’s conscience and bypassed all the muddy malfeasance that invites confusion and apathy. Epstein’s singing would have been the best chance for some real swamp draining. That Barr didn’t seize it makes me think he’s a gatekeeper that might fend off some of Trump’s political enemies, but that’s about it.

  23. fineline February 17, 2020 at 12:43 pm #

    So, JHK. are you suggesting that everybody should get away with lying these days?

    Tell any lie, as long as you can point your finger at the most venial lie from others, especially from one of a different political stripe, there should be no demand for accountability. What wins the day is the ability to lie and cover up enough and intimidate and obstruct enough that it makes it impossible to get to the truth. If you are capable of that you can get away with anything.

    Anthing goes! Nothing matters!

    In the meantime, here in Alabama, I am going to seek shelter from Hurricane Dorian
    __________________

    Fineline– You score poorly on reading comprehension. My meaning ought to be clear, but apparently you can’t process. Coupsters deserved to be charged for serious crimes commensurate to their bad behavior. –JHK Admin

    • Nightowl February 17, 2020 at 4:54 pm #

      The classic Fineline straw man.

      FFS.

    • fineline February 20, 2020 at 9:02 pm #

      I apologize for the misplaced content. You are absolutely right, JHK. My comment did not at all accurately reflect your meaning. Again I offer my humble apologies. My error . I regret the comment.
      I enjoy your columns and your podcasts and have learned a great deal from them. Keep up the good work.

  24. BackRowHeckler February 17, 2020 at 1:01 pm #

    One wonders why Sanders is pursuing the Dem nomination so vigorously at his advanced age. He knows a man’s life is a limited express, and his journey is almost at an end. What’s driving him? One thing it can’t be is the simple patriotism of, say, Teddy Roosevelt or Andrew Jackson. One gets the impression Sanders really doesn’t like the Unites States very much, and never has. The country’s founding fathers, it’s free enterprise system that has made some people wealthy, its refusal to accept collectivism to any large degree, all rubs Sanders the wrong way. No, it has to be something else, but what?

    Brh

    • Beryl of Oyl February 17, 2020 at 1:02 pm #

      Good question.

    • SoftStarLight February 17, 2020 at 1:48 pm #

      He has many wild eyed young men who are willing to smash things up following him. Who will be his VP pick? Watch that. It will tell you everything you need to know. He is mad at AOC now. Or at least that is what the media has said.

    • JohnAZ February 17, 2020 at 2:46 pm #

      How about the combination of a huge power drive and a bigger ego?

      He has been a government control agent his whole political life. He went to the USSR and sang its glory on his honeymoon. He has never changed his drive and viewpoint ever.

      The definition of Communism is the government owns and controls the method of production. Bernie has pledged to control and therefore take over most of the economy. Add it up, healthcare, fossil fuel production, education, immigration integration. Add on that the free market denizens are scared to death of this guy. They have their running shoes on, ready to bolt.

      It is the population of the US that has changed. Two generations ago, he would have been ostracized for his statements and actions, like Gus Hall and Jane Fonda. Today he is leading the Leftist party. This country used to be the glory of human independence, entrepenueurship and freedom. Today, it is flipping into one of governmental control and dependence. The source of change is obvious, the typical American ain’t what he used to be. Pride in self and country is rapidly decreasing. The takeover IS a conspiracy, the Left has been taking over this country since WW2. They will never go away until they are destroyed by the freedom inspired folks in the country. Trump is just a temporary obstruction to their onslaught.

    • RIB February 18, 2020 at 11:14 am #

      Maybe, BRH, he’s pursuing the nomination as hard as he is because he knows that if he goes to Milwaukee as the front runner, someone in the DNC will pay him to take a dive similar to 2016. Crazy like a fox, I sez

  25. Beryl of Oyl February 17, 2020 at 1:01 pm #

    If lying to the FBI ‘goes away,’ will people like Martha Stewart get pardons?

  26. cc rider February 17, 2020 at 1:01 pm #

    Some nice pictures of E*** C********* with four of his heroes. Or heroines actually. You can tell that soy is in his diet daily.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d420ad098a3255f39ca99becb826f5de5e11752a1c033957ebc50e94bfece464.jpg

    Like Rand Paul, I am not asserting that E*** C********* is the Whistleblower (Peace be unto him) necessarily.

    BTW…..YouTube has removed Rand’s address to the Senate when he mentioned E*** C*********’s name (Peace be unto him).

  27. RIB February 17, 2020 at 1:34 pm #

    A bit off topic , but I wonder what the impact of the Corona virus will be on this years Tokyo Olympics? And for BRH: I got the next-to-last post in Friday’s blub, and it dealt with Providence and RI

    • SoftStarLight February 17, 2020 at 1:51 pm #

      Hmmm, it will probably shut it down. It’s like a creeping crisis. Slowly slithering it’s way into everyday life. I guess even a wildfire pandemic takes its time getting around. Or maybe I’m just making a mountain out of a mole hill.

      • BackRowHeckler February 17, 2020 at 2:43 pm #

        RIB

        Phew, sounds like Waterbury in the 90s, IOW pretty bad. Pretty much affirms what I’ve heard. What a squalid backwater parts of New England have become. Thanks for the honest report, my friend.

        Brh

      • abbybwood February 17, 2020 at 4:09 pm #

        CDC says Coronavirus will be around well into next year when I suppose we will all be expected to take the new vaccine.

        Not me.

      • JohnAZ February 18, 2020 at 9:34 am #

        Hmmm! I wonder.

        Remember the swimmers at Rio? They were swimming in sewage.

        Too much money ar stake.

  28. Nightowl February 17, 2020 at 1:50 pm #

    Happy to see a post on Barr’s activity this week, particularly after the back and forth in the comments from last week.

    Very comprehensive write-up.

    • JohnAZ February 17, 2020 at 3:09 pm #

      Seems like all of Trump’s “volunteers” sign up to try to control his anti Deep State drives. When they find they cannot control him, they try to bury him. Is Barr the latest?

      So far,

      Trump 2, volunteers 0.

      Kelly, Sessions, most of the first order cabinet, the entire Ukraine Obamacorps

      Man needs to learn enemy identification.

      • Nightowl February 17, 2020 at 4:15 pm #

        No, I don’t think he is.

        As I wrote last week, you don’t prosecute Comey and McCabe for minor crimes, you prosecute them for the major crimes that Durham is investigating.

  29. CitizenG February 17, 2020 at 2:36 pm #

    Noam Chomsky talked about the power of the MSM and how they could spread their message by simple repetition and volume while letting any competing news die by mentioning very little and in obscure locations e.g, like the back pages.

    This always made sense to me back in the 80’s or 90’s but am very confused as to how MSM seems to be losing their wokesteresque battle to a sparse field of so-called conservative news outlets. I used to be a liberal (even voted for HC) but like our host realized there is a mendacious deep state undermining truth in this country. Hence my enjoyment for this blog. Notwithstanding, there seems to be other mysterious phenomena going on which somehow nullifies the MSM.

    Also, I always thought that liberal ownership of the MSM was really a myth since these are all major corporations, so shouldn’t they have thrive better with conservative values? They seem to all want to remove Trump so how does this serve them as according to liberal ideology e.g., Trump is for the big company.

    Just some of my deep thoughts…

    • JohnAZ February 17, 2020 at 2:59 pm #

      The MSM lives on falsehoods and made up stuff. The owners of all the major journalistic corporations are Progressive globalists. Bezos- Washington Post, a Mexican oligarch(?) big time owner of the NYT, Disney, all of the major networks, Hollywood, just about anything else.

      All these folks have invested their monies into supporting the elite in the Deep State. They will do anything to support their investment.

      Including the control of the press. Their main goal is the destruction of two institutions, Trumpsters and the evening lineup of Fox News. Think about where this country would be without these two groups.

      A Progressive socialist state.

      • CitizenG February 17, 2020 at 4:11 pm #

        Then they might want to support Bernie, John, since that is the most Progressive Socialist you could probably get in the US. But it seems that Trump’s idea of capitalism would serve these rich industrialists better.
        is it perhaps more control of the “proletariat” is what they are after?

      • Majella February 17, 2020 at 4:19 pm #

        “…the evening lineup of Fox News”

        These twerps are unabashed arselickers of Himself.

        Hannity, Gutfield, Ingraham et al are purveyors in such contemptible lies that their ‘destruction’ would be a blessing.

        At least Carlson does, occasionally, have a genuinely contrary thought, bless him.

        • RIB February 17, 2020 at 4:44 pm #

          Taking any life preserving meds, Majella?

          • Nightowl February 17, 2020 at 4:56 pm #

            She has been so quiet lately.

        • debt February 18, 2020 at 8:27 pm #

          Stay stupid. Keep watching CNN.

      • EvelynV February 18, 2020 at 11:14 am #

        “Crooked Donald Trump, the erstwhile failed gambling czar and corporate welfare king, is assailing Bernie Sanders for his “radical socialism.” How ludicrous given Trump’s three-year giveaway of taxpayer assets and authorities to giant corporations – a perfect portrait of crony capitalism.

        Others are joining the socialist labeling bandwagon, including corporatist right wing radio talk show blowhards, themselves freeloaders, profitably using the public airwaves. This pack includes Lloyd Blankfein, former lawbreaking chairman of Goldman Sachs.

        Bernie knows, of course, how to rebut this distorted interpretation of “democratic socialism.” But will his rebuttals be enough given that the Biden-Bloomberg-Klobuchar wing of the Democratic Party is determined to label Bernie “unelectable” against the boastful Don the Con?

        Some suggestions for Bernie and others to use in this upcoming back and forth on “democratic socialism” vs. “corporate socialism” of the super-rich corporations:
        Go after the corporate socialists who have invited Wall Street and Big Business to socialize the means of government against the peoples’ necessities and freedoms. It is a government of, by, and for the dominant corporations. Such private power dominating our government in so many reported ways was called “fascism” in 1938 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a formal message to Congress. This is a fertile field for taking the offensive.
        “Democratic socialism is a political force in countries like Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands, sometimes Canada, and others. In these places, it means all the people in those countries get their taxes returned in the form of improved livelihoods, economic security, and peace of mind. Democratic socialism means better pay, universal healthcare, pensions, day care, family sick leave, vacations, tuition-free higher education, robust public transit and parks, and many other amenities backed by stronger unions, denied the American people in the “land of the free and home of the brave.” Since World War II, the European political movements were led by “social democratic” parties.
        Back to our country. Corporatists and right-wing Wall Street Democrats are inferring that “democratic socialism” is un-American, ruinous for our economy. These demonizers argue that a self-proclaimed “democratic socialist” is a sure loser in the election against Donald Trump – a self-enriching crook, outlaw, boastful, savage sexual predator, bigot/racist in his policies, inciter of violence, and a serial, delusionary liar. Trump, the Electoral College-selected tool of the super-rich and corporate powers should be easy to defeat given his disgraceful presidency.
        The American people of all backgrounds like their public libraries, public local control water works, municipal fire departments, police precincts, and public schools. They seem okay with government highways, bridges, public transit, and want their taxes spent to repair and upgrade these vital pieces of our infrastructure. Taxpayer’s don’t want our commonwealth being owned by tax-escaping, gouging corporations.

        There are over 1,000 municipal public utilities providing electricity. The “Red” states of Tennessee and Alabama would fight any corporatization of the Tennessee Valley Authority, which 87 years ago, brought electricity to a large poor region that the private electric companies didn’t think was profitable enough.

        The unfairly maligned Veterans Administration brought free hospitals and health care to millions of veterans. Millions of Americans are favorably disposed to life-saving Medicare and Medicaid and are economically saved by Social Security and unemployment compensation. Hey! There must be a lot of “democratic socialists” out there in “blue” and “red” states. New Hampshirites are mostly okay with state-owned, revenue-producing, hard-liquor retail stores.

        At a meeting long ago with top medical officials at the Walter Reed Army hospital, I was told that after learning the second leading cause of hospitalization for U.S. soldiers in Vietnam was malaria, the U.S. Army asked the drug companies to develop remedies. The negative response was that developing medicines to deal with malaria wasn’t profitable enough. In response, the Pentagon brought together skilled doctors and scientists and started its own “drug company” inside Walter Reed and Bethesda Naval Hospitals. For less than 10 percent of what the big drug companies say it costs, our government developed three out of four of the leading anti-malarial drugs in the world and made them available everywhere without any patents producing big pharma-like profits.

        If the political and corporate Trumpsters and the Clintonite Democrats snort at all this, tell them that they do agree on one thing. Those in both these camps have been eager to have collapsing capitalism, as during the 2008 Wall Street dive, always saved by reliable socialism – aka – trillions of taxpayer dollars via Washington, D.C. funding the bailout of the reckless bankers and speculators.”

        Thanks for the sweet words of wisdom Ralph

    • Nightowl February 17, 2020 at 6:14 pm #

      Noam Chomsky. Oh my.

      This will upset our resident NPCs bigly.

      The McMedia would never lie to us. Never.

      • Majella February 19, 2020 at 3:27 am #

        Yet another irrelevant comment. Thanks.

        • Nightowl February 19, 2020 at 7:42 am #

          It is relevant, but as so often, the issue of IQ comes into play.

  30. Flash in the Pan February 17, 2020 at 2:55 pm #

    Forget about the Japan Olympics, they are history.

    Focus on global supply chains being annihilated. China makes 97% of US pharmaceuticals. Do you take any meds? Chances are they’re made in China.

    Do you like potable water that doesn’t give you diseases? The water pumps for many municipal water systems are made in China and so are the spare parts.

    Funny thing about ‘just in time” supply chains, when they are working they are very efficient. But they have no resiliency and no backup, no warehouses with 6 months of spare parts, water pump parts let’s say.

    When they fail, everything they deliver just stops. And if the factories producing those parts are closed and shuttered and quarantined, it will be a LONG time before you can fix your Whatever.

    It’s not just big stuff, little stuff like say surgical masks, the majority of which are made in factories at Ground Zero for Covid19 contamination.

    Surprise!

    The number of everyday things you might consider ‘essential’ to a civilized Western life style are formerly made in a now highly contaminated environment in a quarantined dystopian nightmare.

    Welcome to The Future, It Is Murder

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WlbQRoz3o4

    • JohnAZ February 17, 2020 at 3:03 pm #

      Hmm! Wonder if not having stuff for a while will stop the hatred of American industry that the last few administrations have demonstrated.

      We need American manufacturing as the core for everything.

      • EvelynV February 17, 2020 at 9:22 pm #

        JohnAZ

        Think about it. Fat Bastard’s ill conceived and failed attempt to engage China in trade war has resulted in causing great difficulty for so many American industries that now utterly rely on China for parts they need to be productive themselves.

        One stark outcome is that Tesla is now going to build a major manufacturing facility in China. How many American jobs would you guess that will steal from our nation?

        • JohnAZ February 18, 2020 at 9:38 am #

          Aha!

          We agree on something!

    • EvelynV February 17, 2020 at 3:40 pm #

      Flash in the Pan

      You absolutely nailed it!

      Before the CoronaVirus reared its ugly head I had already become worried by the Fat Bastard’s ineptitude in trying to bring China to heel.

      The reason being because a couple of months before that sorry attempt by him I noticed for the first time the daily drug I was taking for CLL had printed on the folder the pills come in, “Made in China”.

      My level of concern has skyrocketed now for obvious reasons.

      • RIB February 17, 2020 at 4:02 pm #

        Right. Orange Man Bad. I wonder why your Democratic heroes like Clinton, Kerry, Obama and that RHINO Ford weren’t able to bring North Korea to heel with “negotiations”? And by the way, don’t look now but Kim’s” Christmas present ” was the Corona virus, courtesy of his ChiCom masters. I know it may sound Charlie Chanish and 1930ish, but the East is inscrutable far thinking and has mastery of the indirect approach. Read your Sun Tzu. And further, nobody brings any country to heel without draconian economic or military events; unless of course you’re watching television or a Hollywood movie.

        • EvelynV February 17, 2020 at 4:10 pm #

          Yes, indeed that would be an xmas present for Trump. Destroy China. In your coo-coo bananas way of thinking how would destroying their closest (perhaps only) friend in the world be to Kim’s benefit?

          • RIB February 17, 2020 at 4:39 pm #

            Actually I made one asinine statement about the “Christmas gift”, to counter your nonsense about an American President failing to bring a first world power “to heel”, I suggest you look for alternatives for your meds instead of wasting time making stupid statements about the” supposed power” the chief executive has. By the way. doesn’t the destruction of China by the Corona virus tie into your statement about bringing China to heel?

          • EvelynV February 17, 2020 at 5:32 pm #

            RIB

            Basically the way I see it, you’ve just pissed backwards on every stupid thing you said originally.

            I’ve noted in the past you have steadily reinforced your position as the most ignorant sounding goob who posts on this forum.

            We won’t be having any further dialogue but I’ll keep laughing at you from the shadows.

    • abbybwood February 17, 2020 at 4:13 pm #

      What better way to annihilate a country than to off-shore all of their most seriously needed items for survival?

      Who could have seen THIS coming??!

      • RIB February 17, 2020 at 4:43 pm #

        Anybody who read and understood The Art of War by Sun Tzu, Abby

        • K-Dog February 17, 2020 at 5:36 pm #

          It was in English before offshoring started. All the ‘citizens of the world’ read it.

      • EvelynV February 17, 2020 at 7:27 pm #

        The Romans were so successful at war that all their needs were provided by the peoples they conquered in the form of tribute.

        As a result the Romans had very little production capacity of their own which ultimately contributed to their downfall.

      • cbeard February 18, 2020 at 7:34 am #

        Anyone with any common sense.

    • BackRowHeckler February 17, 2020 at 5:11 pm #

      Flash

      As it stands now the Olympic games are going ahead as planned.

      Don’t you think this coronavirus will have burned itself out by late July?

      Or is it we ourselves will be burned out, like smoking cinders?

      Brh

    • Nightowl February 18, 2020 at 3:45 am #

      But Thomas Friedman told me globalism was a good thing.

      It is bad to outsource all of our manufacturing to China?

      Darn.

      • cc rider February 19, 2020 at 1:24 pm #

        Ol’ TF will change his tune when he possible can’t get some life saving medication in the next few months that is only made in China.

  31. Pucker February 17, 2020 at 3:30 pm #

    The Americans are oblivious….

    Of Two Minds Blog

    COVID-19 Pandemic: The Complacent Are Clueless
    February 18, 2020
    The eventual price of substituting magical thinking and survivorship bias for actual evidence will be far higher than the complacent realize.
    Here’s a sampling of complacent assertions being made about the COVID-19 virus as if they were certitudes:
    It’s no worse than a bad cold.
    It’s less deadly than a normal flu.
    You can’t catch it unless you’re in sustained close contact with a carrier.
    Carriers are only contagious for 14 days. After that, you’re home free.
    A vaccine is just around the corner.
    The Chinese government has it under control.
    Only 2,000 people have died, it’s no big deal.
    The few cases in other countries are being managed, and it will soon disappear.
    The pandemic will fade away by April due to rising temperatures.
    China’s GDP will only take a 1% hit, and global growth will only drop 0.25%.
    Interestingly, there is no large-scale, credible data to support any of these claims. But the complacent are not just falling for false claims being passed off as “facts” rather than what they really are– magical thinking–they’re making a much larger error known asSurvivorship Bias .
    The complacent are focusing on the few who have been tested for the virus , not the millions who haven’t been tested.
    The complacent are focusing on the accurate tests , not the many carriers who tested negative or the healthy people incorrectly tagged by false positive tests. The complacent are overlooking the fact that multiple tests are needed to confirm and even multiple tests can fail.
    The complacent are focusing on the few who went to the hospital to get tested and treated , not the multitudes who did not go to a doctor or hospital (for a variety of reasons).
    The complacent are focusing on the few carriers who have been forcibly hauled off by Chinese policeand not the many who have wisely hidden away from prying eyes.
    The complacent are focusing on the few facilities with test kits , not on the multitude of clinics which do not have test kits.
    The complacent are focusing on the few who have been identified as carriers in other nations , not the asymptomatic carriers who have not been identified because 1) they have no symptoms and thus no reason to get tested and 2) they chose not to go to a doctor or hospital despite having symptoms.
    In effect, the complacent are focusing solely on the few carriers who are symptomatic and have been tested, not on the much larger number of asymptomatic carriers who have not been tested.The complacent are ignoring the highly contagious nature of COVID-19, and the impossibility of controlling a virus that can be spread by asymptomatic carriers for up to 24 days.
    The complacent are assuming 100% of all carriers outside China have come forward and been identified as carriers via tests, when the reality is asymptomatic carriers don’t even know they are infected and contagious.
    The complacent are assuming every healthcare facility in China has test kits in such abundance that they can test suspected carriers three times to confirm the diagnosis, when the reality is test kits are scarce and one test is not enough to make a reliable assessment. Carriers can test negative, positive and then negative.
    The complacent are assuming casual contact isn’t enough to catch the virus while a rising tide of cases confirm that brief, casual contact is enough to get the virus.
    The complacent are assuming 100% of symptomatic carriers will go to the hospital to be tested and treated, when an unknown but consequential number of symptomatic carriers are fearful of what will be done to them and their families by authorities, so they hide from prying neighbors and authorities.
    The complacent are assuming that asking people if they recently visited China or hosted a visitor from China will identify 100% of the asymptomatic carriers, when there is already proof that asymptomatic carriers have caught the virus from others: they did not visit China or have any known contact with anyone who came from China. They caught the virus from an intermediary who didn’t even know they were infected.
    The complacent are looking at cases and carriers that are known, not the cases and carriers which are unknown. Since asymptomatic carriers can spread the pathogen, the majority of carriers remain unknown. Since not every symptomatic carrier chooses to go to the hospital, many cases remain unknown.
    In sum, the complacent are clueless. The eventual price of substituting magical thinking and survivorship bias for actual evidence will be far higher than the complacent realize. Playing games with statistics and high finance will not limit the spread of the virus or limit its profound economic impact.

    • Tate February 17, 2020 at 3:46 pm #

      Maybe I’m just being complacent but haven’t only east Asians died so far? But that’s impossible right, race is just a social construct, it has to affect all people equally.

      • K-Dog February 17, 2020 at 5:52 pm #

        Crocodiles have robust immune systems. Living in swamps for hundreds of millions of years does that to you. If the virus is actually a product of western industrial civilization Americans may have some immunity having lived in the swamp for more than a hundred years. It would make sense that blood which was peasant stock within decades would be susceptible. That is why the outbreak is where it is.

        That’s what your science has done to me. It has INFECTED ME!

        Dr. Sevrin is insane. Oh yeah.

    • toktomi February 18, 2020 at 1:45 am #

      @Pucker

      Scary!

      The complacent don’t have even the slightest inkling that quite possibly everything that has been reported about nCoV-2019 is a lie, that to accept anything as truth would be absurd.

      So, if anybody gets it all figured out, give a holler, eh?

      ~toktomi~

  32. sevensec February 17, 2020 at 3:35 pm #

    Sure. I’ve never tried a-scrying with stones myself, but the concept sounds strangely irresistible.

    • sevensec February 17, 2020 at 3:44 pm #

      Whoops, was trying to reply to sprawlcapital above. Clicked the “reply” button under that comment so not sure what gives.

      Just a thought: would be nice if this system let you edit or delete your comments at least for a couple minutes after submitting. (It never fails–seems I always notice some misspelling or sentence fragment the instant I click “Submit”.)

      Oh well. Proofread, proofread, proofread!

  33. James Kuehl February 17, 2020 at 3:57 pm #

    Barr has a tough row to hoe with his boss subverting his credibility with his impulsive tweets. Barr’s proclivity for expanding executive power is at the same time concerning. In a recent speech to the Federalist Society Barr said he supports the “unitary executive theory” that vests a great deal of power in the executive branch. This lessens what might be valuable input from various agencies in the executive branch while posing a direct challenge to the other two co-equal branches. In the case of an inept congress, that may be warranted. But degrading the authority of the federal courts could be detrimental to clean-up efforts in the long run.

    • Majella February 17, 2020 at 4:25 pm #

      Indeed. Barr is reaping what he has himself sowed so effectively.

  34. Pucker February 17, 2020 at 4:27 pm #

    Uh oh….

    The Russians are saying the Covid 19 virus was artificially bioengineered, and it has very nasty ninja characteristics, such as the ability to reinfect “recovered” patients and to remain latent in “recovered” patients with weakened immunity systems weakened by the first wave. Also, it evolves. It’s like that Sigourney Weaver movie “Alien”. Good Lord!

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bqmxgtFbNZo

  35. CitizenG February 17, 2020 at 4:35 pm #

    What’s the demo for Covid 19 death rate, healthy, young, old, feeble, more males or females? Wouldn’t that tell alot?

    • Pucker February 17, 2020 at 4:39 pm #

      You don’t die (if you’re young), but you get to transmit it to your parents or kid with a preexisting illness and then watch them die.

  36. CitizenG February 17, 2020 at 4:58 pm #

    It appears that the seasonal flu mortality rate is 0.13% compared to 1 to 2 percent for Covid 19. Up to 650,000 people die every year from the seasonal flu. Both spread pretty fast but Sars and Mers had higher mortality rates with 9.6% and 34.5 % respectively.

    • Pucker February 17, 2020 at 5:23 pm #

      They don’t know the morality rate for Covid 19. Also, it looks like it may be more likely to kill the patient after re-infection?

  37. Pucker February 17, 2020 at 5:28 pm #

    I had read in a Chinese book about Jiang Faction crony Han Zheng several months ago that postulated that the overall plan of the Jiang Faction was to try to sow as much social discord as possible in order to create problems for X…i The book speculated that the Jiang Faction deliberately pushed the Extradition Bill in Hong Kong knowing that the Hong Kong people would take to the streets to protest. Han Zheng and the Jiang Faction subsequently deliberately took a hard line in order to deliberately antagonize the Hong Kong people. According to the book, all of this was a plot to create a huge Shit Sandwich for X..i Ji…nping.

    It looks like X…i has declared a “People’s War” on the virus. Now, the extreme quarantine measures have made it very difficult for the factories to reopen since many of the workforce are migrant laborers who have not yet returned to their factory dormitories from Chinese New Year. Apparently, under Zhejiang Provincial regulations, if a factory worker gets sick from the Covid 19 virus it’s classified as a “Disability” (Gongshang) and the employer has to pay disability benefits. It gets worse: If one worker in the factory gets the Covid 19 virus, then the entire factory gets locked down for 2 weeks, and the employer has to pay all of base salaries of the workers, etc. It may make more economic sense for the owners to just shutter their factories? The economy crashes and X…i gets blamed. What a ClusterFuck!

  38. cc rider February 17, 2020 at 6:49 pm #

    A newly released book gives new details regarding the Bill Clinton/Loretta Lynch “chance” meeting on the tarmac in 2016.

    Toward the end of the 3 minute video the Author talks about the death threats he has received….

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=85&v=_GUB8ALTpH0&feature=emb_logo

  39. BackRowHeckler February 17, 2020 at 8:12 pm #

    Running up to the 400 year Mayflower commemoration at Plymouth, Mass., vandalizing Pilgrim monuments has begun already, red paint, ‘murderers’ scrawled on them, you know drill I don’t have to spell it out for you.

    Similarly, at historic Oxford University in England, XC climate protestors gleefully digging up historic green with shovels. It seems to be inspired by some logic all of its own.

    Same type people, different continents, ‘Hostis Humani Generis’, Enemies of the Human Race, anti world thugs bent on tearing down western civ.

    Brh

    • EvelynV February 17, 2020 at 9:02 pm #

      Brh

      Have you got any stats on how many times other geologically, archeologically, historically, architecturally, sentimentally important pieces of real estate throughout the land have been ripped up to make room for malls, tourist hotels, developer’s wet dreams and so on?

      • BackRowHeckler February 17, 2020 at 10:43 pm #

        No stats Evelyn, but I did mention recently Colonial houses being routinely demolished by ‘developers’ (“That’s progress.” shrug of the shoulders)

        About 5 years ago the house of the founder of the town I grew up in, a doctor in the Revolutionary War, a lovely place surrounded by an apple orchards, dating to about 1760, was knocked down in one day, replaced by a CVS pharmacy with a huge paved parking lot.

        Across the street a peach orchard was razed; now it’s the site of a shopping center.

        This rapacious suburban development seems irresistible. Industry and agriculture has evaporated, replaced by convenient shopping.

        Brh

      • Janos Skorenzy February 18, 2020 at 12:36 am #

        In other words, you agree with what they are doing because you identify as one of the cannibalistic warmongering savages who are native to the Americas.

        • EvelynV February 18, 2020 at 4:39 am #

          Janos, not sure the Comanche were cannibals, we had a heap’o bison to keep us fed but you make a good point that whatever scraping and scratching at the surface of things going on now is nothing much by comparison to what happened to the true owners of this land.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 18, 2020 at 5:34 am #

            No one owns the Land. The Earth abides! We conquered you fair and square just as you conquered those who lived there before you. Now We (the Native Americans who created this Nation) are in danger of becoming “Indians” in turn.

          • BackRowHeckler February 18, 2020 at 8:25 am #

            Wait a minute. Evelyn you’re Cherokee?

            A real Cherokee, or one that belongs to Liz Warren’s tribe?

          • EvelynV February 18, 2020 at 1:13 pm #

            Read it again BRH, Comanche weren’t related to Cherokee.

            Shoshone.

  40. BackRowHeckler February 17, 2020 at 8:22 pm #

    The vandalism was at Cambridge College, not Oxford. My mistake.

    • EvelynV February 18, 2020 at 4:45 am #

      Props to you BRH, it takes one hell of a man to admit he’s made a mistake.

      It’s a very good start…keep on going.

      • Cargill February 18, 2020 at 5:11 am #

        It’s a very good start…keep on going.

        He’d be posting day and night. LOL.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 18, 2020 at 5:37 am #

        Said the brown haired blue eyed “Indian”. Hey, at least you look more Indian than the fake Cherokee, Liar Liz Warren.

  41. Flash in the Pan February 17, 2020 at 8:59 pm #

    The Chinese Intrigue

    The Covid19 is a talisman for the Global .001%

    The Battle of the Overlord’s

    A sample of the bio-weaponized Covid19 was stolen from a Canadian lab by a Chinese agent and the sample smuggled to Wuhan Level 4 lab. One of the staff from the Canadian lab died recently in Africa and another was arrested at Harvard. What are the chances?

    Was this a setup? Or the real deal?

    A satellite lab studing the corona bat virus is 300 meters from the food market that was initially the official cover story that claimed it was the origin of Covid19.

    The central Wuhan Level 4 bio-weapons lab was several kilometers from the same food market. Coincidence?

    Is this an internal power struggle within China?

    Is this a double cross plant by Western players to frame the Chinese?

    Is it a double cross by Chinese players to blame the West for a WWIII style sneak attack?

    Is it Chinese Ass Clown Psychopaths and CCP apparatchik bed wetters just being totally inept and mishandling super ultra danger bio=weapons?

    Is it U.S. Ass Clown Psychopaths and Deep State apparatchik bed wetters just being totally inept and mishandling super ultra danger bio=weapons?

    Hmmmm….

    How about US financial wizard turds who know how totally fucked the US economic shell game is and desperately needed a diversion for the unwashed masses to latch on to and blame for the Uber Depression that is about to commence?

    You be the judge.

    • EvelynV February 17, 2020 at 9:13 pm #

      Look at the bright side. Before us is a bottomless abyss: All the terrible things JHK has been advising us are inevitably going to take the planet down, sooner than later. A swollen over population of people as old and older than the majority of non-productive useless people who spend sinful amounts of time blathering on this website who sooner or later will swamp the medical system beyond any imaginable capacity to cope with them. An increasingly stupid and digital device addicted population losing their capacity for useful thinking and problem solving who are going to engulf the minority of truly useful and intelligent people who are going to be so burdened in any case with the effects of multi-trillion dollar debt that will render their lives hopeless.

      The corona virus can go a long long ways towards alleviating most of those problems.

      If I was one of the .01% I would see it as a pretty optimal solution, better than one that would leave so much radiation contaminating the landscape that would be so much more pleasant to enjoy without all the people it had to be shared with.

      • snagglepuss February 18, 2020 at 12:19 am #

        I shouldn’t laugh given the severity of the issue, but I cannot help but recall a conversation I had with a policeman on foot patrol in my city where we discussed the crisis of drug addicted people on the streets, me saying the numbers were ever increasing and alarming and expressing concern over the number of ‘overdose deaths’, to which he responded…….’ It’s a cull ‘. As time goes on I tend to agree.
        If people want to ruin their lives and ‘check out’, our resources to save them from that fate seems woefully inadequate. Some things can be explained rather simply with the application of ‘Destiny’.
        Maybe this virus, the political implosion, and other related concerns are really just that. We all have a personal destiny and when it is all over we’ll see who is still standing. I feel confident given the number of times I have already cheated death.

    • toktomi February 18, 2020 at 1:32 am #

      @FlashinthePan

      Planned or accidental ? I don’t care.
      I’m too busy trying get a story of what this thing is capable of.

      but that’s just me,

      ~toktomi~

    • Cargill February 18, 2020 at 5:08 am #

      The Chinese Intrigue. The Covid19 is a talisman for the Global .001%. The Battle of the Overlord’s.

      Do you actually have any credible sources for these wild conspiracy theories?

      Apart from anything else, in whose interests is it to have a lethal epidemic around the world? Any suggestions?

      • EvelynV February 18, 2020 at 5:19 am #

        The survivors except perhaps those who lose loved ones.

    • cc rider February 18, 2020 at 10:00 am #

      “How about US financial wizard turds who know how totally fucked the US economic shell game is and desperately needed a diversion for the unwashed masses to latch on to and blame for the Uber Depression that is about to commence?”

      Yes Flash I have considered this is a possibility. But, the ChiComs may have been the ones to do this for the same reason. Their economic situation is ever bit as precarious, if not more so, than our own. Plus, their agricultural industry has been devastated this past year in both crops and pigs. They have a nightmare scenario on their top door step, As in, “Oh shit! We can’t feed 1.4 billion people by this summer!” A weaponized killing virus can certainly help to alleviate this, uh, problem.

      Just sayin’.

  42. CitizenG February 17, 2020 at 9:42 pm #

    “‘sow as much social discord as possible in order to create problems for X…i'”

    The owner of my favorite Chinese joint basically told me the same thing, Puck, with a slight difference being that it was done to upset the stock market over there and it was instigated by Chinese elites who paid college students to cause these problems (so they could profit off market manipulation). He visits his mother in Hong Kong alot and seems to know more than the average about Chinese affairs.
    He also said things are better over there in almost every way. I forgot to ask him why he lives here though?

  43. CitizenG February 17, 2020 at 9:50 pm #

    ‘”: It would make sense that blood which was peasant stock within decades would be susceptible. That is why the outbreak is where it is.'”

    Sounds about right, doggy dog!

  44. paul0813 February 17, 2020 at 10:15 pm #

    Excellent article Jim, keep up the good work.

  45. Flash in the Pan February 17, 2020 at 10:53 pm #

    Would We Still Have Power & Water If We Had A Massive Coronavirus Quarantine In The US?

    https://www.zerohedge.com/health/would-we-still-have-power-water-if-we-had-massive-coronavirus-quarantine-us

    No we Would NOT

  46. BackRowHeckler February 17, 2020 at 11:01 pm #

    Hey Richard Craft — the airline pilot who murdered his wife in Newtown, Ct and put her body thru a wood chipper on the Housatinic River on a cold winter night — locally known as ‘Chip’, is getting released from prison. He’s 82, going to a halfway house in New Haven or Bridgeport.

    Brh

    • elysianfield February 18, 2020 at 12:03 am #

      BRH,
      You should visit him…buy him a “Sammy”. You would generate fodder that would entertain us for years…think of he stories he has to tell…for example, why he did what he did to his wife? Maybe she killed his dog, or something….

      • Janos Skorenzy February 18, 2020 at 12:42 am #

        Sam is a bloodthirsty lamb, said the Son of Sam or Samson.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 18, 2020 at 12:45 am #

          Lad not Lamb.

        • EvelynV February 18, 2020 at 4:54 am #

          I think you had it right the first time Janos. The Lamb of God is one bloodthirsty son of a bitch.

          Despite infinite power and capability continually gorges on the blood of the human race by refusing to use His power in anyway to modify the behavior or otherwise stymy the wholesale slaughter and killing of all the helpless creatures he brought and continues to bring into existence for the sick and sadistic purpose of His own entertainment.

          When you look at the big picture nothing is more bloodthirsty than one particular lamb we all know about.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 18, 2020 at 3:27 pm #

            Yes, look how horrible Nature is. And people think it’s beautiful! It is, but only superficially. In the lawn, but hunts bug. And in the forest, the wolf pack surrounds the doe and her fawn. She can probably get away, but only by leaving Bambi behind.

            The really beautiful Gardens are Above. These here below are merely sad and perverted reflections.

            The Easterner tries to mitigate the damage by not eating meat himself. The American Indian tried to sacralize his role in it but praying for the sprit of the animals he killed. Both attempts are noble, but the sin of this life remains. Freedom from Sin will be found in its fullness in the Gardens Above.

            Why focus on Christianity? Are you a Satanist or something?

          • EvelynV February 18, 2020 at 5:36 pm #

            Janos

            What makes you ask such a frivolous question? You brought up lamb so how many cultish belief systems can it be applied to? Use all the ones you know about.

            I regard the belief in deities as pure distilled absurdity regardless what all hocus pocus you surround it with.

          • cc rider February 19, 2020 at 1:26 pm #

            ….and the laaaaaaaamb……lies down……..on Broadway!

      • BackRowHeckler February 18, 2020 at 8:50 am #

        E.

        If you’re on parole I don’t believe you can have a beer.

        Last spring I was talking to a co worker about striper fishing, he mentioned he liked fishing, his father took him fishing somewhere in the south when he was a boy etc. I said ok, I’ll take you along, we can make a day of it. Turns out he’s on parole, and not only did he have to get permission to go from his parole officer, but he needed my information to submit for a background check to make sure I wasn’t on parole too, which would have made the fishing trip illegal.

        If you’re out on parole your life is pretty restricted, apparently.

        Brh

        • RIB February 18, 2020 at 11:19 am #

          Popular show on the BET network: “I Dream Of Parole,”

  47. Elrond Hubbard February 17, 2020 at 11:50 pm #

    Opioid vending machine opens in Vancouver
    MySafe scheme for addicts aims to help reduce overdose deaths in Canadian city

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/feb/17/opioid-vending-machine-opens-vancouver-mysafe-canada

    “A vending machine for powerful opioids has opened in Canada as part of a project to help fight the Canadian city’s overdose crisis.

    “The MySafe project, which resembles a cash machine, gives addicts access to a prescribed amount of medical quality hydromorphone, a drug about twice as powerful as heroin. …

    “Don Durban, a social worker from Vancouver, is one of 14 opioid addicts using the MySafe vending machine. After being prescribed opioid-based painkillers in the early 2000s, the father of two developed an addiction and now feels unable to cope without a daily dose of hydromorphone.

    “Unlike most addicts, Durban, 66, does not have to break the law by sourcing his fix through drug dealers. Instead he is prescribed Dilaudid – the brand name for hydromorphone – and, for the past couple of weeks, has been able to collect his pills from a vending machine near his home in Eastside, a rundown neighbourhood with a large homeless community.

    “‘This is a godsend,’ he told the Guardian during one of his visits to the machine. After verifying his identity with a biometric fingerprint scan, the machine dispensed Durban with three pills for each of his four daily visits, in line with his prescription.

    “‘It means I don’t have to go and buy iffy dope,’ he said. ‘I have a clean supply. I don’t have to deal with other people so much. You’re treated like an adult, not some kind of demonic dope fiend. We’re just people with mental health issues.’

    If punishing people for drug addiction actually worked, there wouldn’t be any addicts left. Might as well go for the harm-reduction strategy.

    • elysianfield February 17, 2020 at 11:58 pm #

      “Might as well go for the harm-reduction strategy.”

      Elrond,
      Why not? All other reasonable alternatives have been attempted and failed. Go for it.

      “Harm reduction” may, however, be a bit of spin….

      • elysianfield February 18, 2020 at 12:00 am #

        …even benign neglect seems too understated. How about malign neglect?

        • BackRowHeckler February 18, 2020 at 1:27 pm #

          Giving opioid addicts free access to powerful opioids.

          Sounds like a can’t lose plan,

          • Elrond Hubbard February 19, 2020 at 8:35 am #

            Addicts are less likely to die if they have access to accurately dosed, medical-quality drugs. It’s a better plan than leaving them to wallow in misery using whatever shit they can buy on the street — if what you’re concerned about losing is lives, at any rate.

          • elysianfield February 19, 2020 at 11:51 am #

            “Addicts are less likely to die if they have access to accurately dosed, medical-quality drugs.”

            Elrond,
            Yes, on the very short term. There is a heavy price to pay for opiate use.

            No, I am not concerned with the potential death of the user. It is a forgone conclusion. I am concerned with the lessening of the burdens of society…the reduction in crime, etc.

          • Elrond Hubbard February 20, 2020 at 5:58 pm #

            elysianfield: Is anyone you know and love an opioid addict, or related to one? You might try saying that to them, if you’re as toxic in person as your online rhetoric suggests.

          • elysianfield February 20, 2020 at 7:50 pm #

            “elysianfield: Is anyone you know and love an opioid addict, or related to one? You might try saying that to them, if you’re as toxic in person as your online rhetoric suggests.”

            Elrond,
            I would be the first to tell someone I care about that…”If you continue to use opioids, you’re gonna die”. Should I rather take the touchy-feely approach and tell them that it’s OK, and they are a good person, too?

            No “Tough Love” in Canada, apparently.

  48. elysianfield February 17, 2020 at 11:53 pm #

    Well,
    I laughed when Bloomberg put his name forward as a Presidential
    Candidate…I am not laughing now.

    Fox news reported, this date, that Bloomberg has spend over $140 million in his campaign so far…peanuts for Bloomberg, who is reported to be worth 60+ billion dollars. Further, it was stated that he might opt for a former first lady as a running mate…with Barbara Bush dead, and Melania unavailable, that begins to severely limit the list of women available…Michelle Obama or Hillary Clinton come to mind…Michelle would be a good attempt to secure the black vote…Hillary to secure the vote of Demons, the Undead, and the millions who voted for her in the last election.

    He has past stated that he will pay in the 10 figures to secure the election…and I believe him.

    Just like Congress, the Presidency is for sale, and whatever the cost, Bloomberg can afford it.

    • PeteAtomic February 18, 2020 at 4:13 am #

      ..he has spent over $417 million on campaign ads so far..

  49. Janos Skorenzy February 18, 2020 at 1:20 am #

    https://www.amren.com/news/2020/02/what-did-americas-presidents-think-about-race/

    Mind blowing for newbies – assuming of course that you have a mind that can be blown. That’s a prerequisite to having a blown mind. In short, America and its Presidents were “Nazi”. The hardcore Left is absolutely right in this. They find it appalling of course. But as the article points out, even the American Left used to be racist, thus they were not Marxist Socialists but National Socialists. More: even Marx knew the Truth about Blacks, but that’s not in this article.

    In other words, as Lovecraft said, “I am Providence”. Everything I have said over the years is true in this regard. The Dead Presidents speak thru Me, their amanuensis.

    And what do they say? That America is White or it is nothing. We have chosen the nothing. Thus the nether world and its horrors are increasing every day. Compare the pristine clarity of the earlier Presidents with racists like Eisenhower and Truman, who said Blacks could have political equality without social equality or “getting to court my daughter” as Ike put it. Yet he used bayonets to integrate Little Rock, (and beyond) ensuring that many White girls would be courted and impregnated by the inferior race. Whites have already lost most of the private realm, how long before they lose the right to private schools – as they have already lost the right to White communities?

    • Cargill February 18, 2020 at 1:43 pm #

      ensuring that many White girls would be courted and impregnated by the inferior race.

      There’s not much one can say in response to comments as racist, repulsive, paranoid, and hysterically childish as this.

      White men who rant and rave in such a manner are doing nothing but showing their total inferiority – and fear – in the face of the beauty, dignity, and strength of minorities, despite centuries of being oppressed.

      In the face of their own cruelty and ruthlessness towards these groups, all the white dudes are really doing is feeling total inadequacy with their tiny little pale dicks.

      It’s no wonder their daughters look elsewhere – for real men.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 18, 2020 at 3:21 pm #

        So you’re not White at all, right? Tribe I assume.

      • RIB February 18, 2020 at 3:46 pm #

        Your Foster’s soaked brain strikes again. The only color women see is green….and since Affirmative Action, Black is the new green

      • EvelynV February 18, 2020 at 5:42 pm #

        Cargill, sadly your astute descriptions apply directly to who is in the white house. A man who the other so called billionaires laugh at behind his back and who has none of their respect because of his failure as a business person.

      • elysianfield February 19, 2020 at 12:01 pm #

        “White men who rant and rave in such a manner are doing nothing but showing their total inferiority – and fear – in the face of the beauty, dignity, and strength of minorities, ”

        Cargill,
        But…but we are all equal…yes?

        Beauty, Dignity, Strength. I should commend you on your lifestyle that does not require you to daily deal with that beauty, dignity and strength.

        The dignity of absent fathers, currently at 75%, while admirable, does give pause for thought. The dignity of a culture that produces bastards at such an admirable rate must speak to the beauty of their females.

        The strength to control whole prison populations is also very evident…as is their culture that produces vast no-go zones in the cities in which they reside. Strength, yes.

  50. toktomi February 18, 2020 at 1:23 am #

    @ et al

    “You are forgiven for failing to follow…”

    I love that. Makes me chuckle a bunch. It’s so cute. Prankster.

    So, in world news…

    It has been reported that if we see July then I’m going to donate all of my beat-up, old organs for a free ride out of here. Just kidding; if we see July I’ll be looking to acquire some concrete blocks.

    There’s no sports news on this Monday or so, such and such. They all finally figured out that it is nothing more than a [possibly fun] waste of calories to mindlessly run in circles and all of them took a sick day rather than show for their events.

    turkey ciao-der

    ~toktomi~

  51. tucsonspur February 18, 2020 at 3:05 am #

    Beware the ‘yellow peril’. Here’s an infection that we have no doubt about, and it illustrates the nerve and the capabilities of the Chinese.

    See here about Yu Ben Meng and what he is doing with CALPERS, using it for Chinese development. About 29:40 in:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOWdE4BOgsE

    Yes, “the supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting”

    “Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.”

    • BackRowHeckler February 18, 2020 at 8:17 am #

      Wait a minute TS

      I thought the purpose of CalPERS was to ‘fight climate change’ and take down gun companies.

      Brh

  52. Pucker February 18, 2020 at 3:33 am #

    Mike “Stop & Frisk” Bloomberg

    I read a Matt Tiabbi book several years ago, in which he discussed “Stop & Frisk”. It sounded like the cops basically terrorized the people, most of whom were law-abiding and minding their own business. An average poor smuck just trying to get by could easily find himself caught up in the incarceration grinder with a criminal record for just standing in the street or being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I suspect that the black people won’t like The Blooper?

    “Mike will get it done!
    Mike has taken on the toughest challenges and gotten big things done. But he hasn’t done that alone—and he can’t make it to the White House alone either. Join Mike’s team now!”

    https://www.mikebloomberg.com/

    • Nightowl February 18, 2020 at 3:48 am #

      He also wants to turn the East Room into an open office so he can monitor everyone, er, I mean be “part of the team.”

    • Pucker February 18, 2020 at 4:34 am #

      Michael Bloomberg gets it done!

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PqLNr7GMWB0

    • cc rider February 19, 2020 at 1:27 pm #

      I think we should “stop & frisk” every Jewish Banker. How ’bout dat ol’ Bloomy?

  53. Pucker February 18, 2020 at 3:46 am #

    It sounds like the Bolsheviks, if anything, were adept “Administrators”? The Bolshevik women were big Feminists who the iconoclastic Bolshevik men, like Stalin, would fuck and treat like dirt.

    I suspect that the Russian people probably vomited this up in favor of their own traditional culture?

    According to the MSM, Bernie Sanders is a Big Bolshevik.

    Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar
    Simon Sebag Montefiore

  54. Pucker February 18, 2020 at 4:21 am #

    The Chinese Com…munist political culture basically revolves around the principle of “Power Struggle”, in which the objective is to exterminate totally ? “Mie” your opponent in order to monopolize power for yourself. It’s an all-or-nothing struggle to the death. A corollary principle is that it’s better to burn down the house than to lose the power struggle and find yourself as a slave serving the winner. This creates a “Doomsday” mentality, like Reverend Jim Jones and “The People’s Temple Cult”. Reverend Jones was a big Maoist. It’s probably a big problem to let such crazy people develop biological weapons? They could use them to burn down the house if they thought that either they might lose a power struggle against an enemy Chinese faction, or if they thought that the Americans might win?

  55. PeteAtomic February 18, 2020 at 4:39 am #

    The chance of a contested democrat convention appears very high this year… which makes the convention in Milwaukee there ripe for a political edition of WWE’s Smackdown..

    I can just see it now.. pro-Sanders wokester/Bolsheviks battling out with the “blacks for Mike” on the floor of the convention, as Elizabeth Warren gesticulates futily & Pete Buttigieg looks on with a goofy “what me worry” smile on his face..

    It’ll make for great TV 🙂

    • K-Dog February 18, 2020 at 5:01 am #

      Not a fair fight. Sanders forces could win with one hand tied behind their back because there are so many of them. DNC mass media stats are made up. Sanders is not struggling with low numbers. I’d feel sorry for the other guys at your smack-down.

      • PeteAtomic February 18, 2020 at 10:34 am #

        ahhh K-Dog.. the dems aren’t gonna allow a disrupter from the Left to be their nominee.. sorry..

        this thing is gonna go to a “brokered” convention..which really means “how do we fuck Bernie over” convention.. because after the first vote, the democrat superdelegates then go into play.. and who are the democrat superdelegates?? a bunch of neoliberals & inner party bureacrats

        ..so

        Bloomberg/Clinton 2020
        lol

  56. K-Dog February 18, 2020 at 4:43 am #

    Four more years of Trump will turn the Long Emergency into a Never Ending Disaster.

    Ahhh what could have been. Once in Camelot and all that.

    I was at the Bernie Tacoma Dome Rally tonight. I think the crowd was what you people call ‘left’. Bernie holds Trump and Bloomberg in equal contempt. 17,000 people screamed approval. Near full capacity. 17,000 people and one dog. Democrats can’t win unless they run Bernie but history is full of stupidity.

    For more years of unregulated capitalism while Trump strokes it. It is likely to happen. Bernie gave a great speech but all I see is the country dividing along conservative brain-dead asshole and everybody should have a free pony lines. Minds already made up.

    It would be different if there were issues that people knew about but mainstream media manages awareness too well for that.

    Somebody please remember to turn off the lights.

    • K-Dog February 18, 2020 at 4:45 am #

      Four more years.

    • BackRowHeckler February 18, 2020 at 8:15 am #

      K-Dog

      The thing to do is encourage Sanders to run as a 3rd party candidate.

      – conservative brain-dead asshole

    • sleek111 February 18, 2020 at 9:42 am #

      There are 3 CRITICAL issues which will NEVER be addressed by ANY of our “elected” representatives….

      1) CITIZENS UNITED CASE: this supreme court ruling opened the floodgates for unlimited amounts of PAC slush funds to legally BUY all these thugs

      2) CAMPAIGN FINANCING: In my opinion, the ONE and ONLY thing which desperately needs to be SOCIALIZED is CAMPAIGN FINANCING…

      3) TERM LIMITS

      The ENTIRE government is bought and paid for, and re-auctioned at each election cycle. This has been going on now for EVER, which is why you have ORGANIZED CRIME running the country instead of WE THE PEOPLE.

      I’d love to debate you about left vs right policies and politics, but it is mental masturbation at this point in time.

      • elysianfield February 18, 2020 at 12:35 pm #

        Sleek,
        Actually, there is only one issue that, if mitigated, would solve the money issues you cited;

        1970 Legislative Reorganization Act.

        What the act did was provide for “transparency” in voting in both houses of Congress…votes used to be done in secret before the act.

        Now, however, the paymasters can see exactly how their bought-and-paid-for legislators vote. It keeps them honest…when they are bought, they stay bought.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 18, 2020 at 1:23 pm #

        “We the People” – you and who else? Millions of people who don’t even speak English? Blacks who hate Whites? Conservatives who don’t share your socialist premises?

        There is no People anymore and thus no We.

        • Majella February 19, 2020 at 3:36 am #

          Yes. You’re all alone. Aw.

  57. Pucker February 18, 2020 at 5:04 am #

    It looks like 15% to 20% of people who contract Covid 19 become “seriously ill” and require hospitalization. In other words, the hospitals could become overwhelmed.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ReMCn4GsviM

  58. Pucker February 18, 2020 at 5:32 am #

    Ask Pete Buttigieg about his App and about meddling in our elections….

    Basically….

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=a_E8pZ5OTGM&t=310s

  59. Pucker February 18, 2020 at 5:47 am #

    Is this what Bernie Sanders believes? What does Michael “Stop & Frisk” Bloomberg believe?

    “ Koba avidly supported Vladimir Lenin and his seminal work, What Is to Be Done? This domineering political genius combined the Machiavellian practicality of seizing power with mastery of Marxist ideology. Exploiting the schism that would lead to the creation of his own Bolshevik Party, Lenin’s message was that a supreme Party of professional revolutionaries could seize power for the workers and then rule in their name in a “dictatorship of the proletariat” until this was no longer necessary because socialism had been achieved. Lenin’s vision of the Party as “the advance detachment” of the “army of proletarians . . . a fighting group of leaders” set the militarist tone of Bolshevism.2”

    Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar
    Simon Sebag Montefiore

  60. Nightowl February 18, 2020 at 9:22 am #

    Well, well.

    Constitutional scholar and Harvard professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz says he has a 302 form proving Obama’s DOJ had “someone” investigated at the request of George Soros.

    Who might this mysterious “someone” turn out to be?

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/dershowitz-i-have-proof-obama-ordered-fbi-investigation-at-request-of-george-soros/

    • Majella February 19, 2020 at 3:37 am #

      Would he please just put up or shut up?

      • Nightowl February 20, 2020 at 2:49 am #

        Such powerful emotions.

  61. sleek111 February 18, 2020 at 9:24 am #

    “I believe Mr. Barr is aware of what’s at stake and will behave honorably.”

    I’ve been watching The GODFATHER, parts 1 & 2, on AMC last evening.

    Perhaps you better do the same, and reacquaint yourself with REALITY.

    • Nightowl February 18, 2020 at 9:32 am #

      The movies aren’t reality.

      Pro tip.

      • akmofo February 18, 2020 at 9:39 am #

        Reality is much worse.

        • akmofo February 18, 2020 at 9:47 am #

          Films whisper to you the truth, like the sacred wind singing in the Woods. They are telling you their secrets, their offering to Satan, criminals always do.

      • EvelynV February 18, 2020 at 12:21 pm #

        I have a news bulletin for you Nightowl.

        What you think is reality isn’t reality either. Take a psychedelic and you will find out what that means.

        All of the sensory input your brain receives is used to manufacture interpretations. What you see, hear, feel, etc is only a picture show going on in your consciousness.

        It’s all just a big bundle of energy out there.

        Neils Bohr asserted that until a particle is observed it doesn’t exist. Until observed it’s only a probability wave.

        • Nightowl February 18, 2020 at 6:00 pm #

          Great, then what you think isn’t reality either. And no one has to listen to you.

          Ponder that.

          • EvelynV February 18, 2020 at 7:54 pm #

            You’re a good student. Everything you said is true.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 18, 2020 at 1:26 pm #

        The good ones summarize reality into a digestible form. Eternity into an hour, a lifetime into a few minutes or just a couple of seconds. The power of art.

  62. fugeguy February 18, 2020 at 9:24 am #

    So it is amazing how well this hot mess is holding together.

    What a case study for momentum…

  63. snagglepuss February 18, 2020 at 10:26 am #

    I’ve been a newer participant to this comments section, but I am going to have to exit. The reason is this poster ‘Janos Skorenzy’, who is a rascist. His comments are continuously rascist , appalling, and mostly off the topic of Jim’s bi-weekly column.
    The idea that I am posting comments that lie alongside his creates an uneasiness I can’t stomach. No disrespect to those who post thoughtfully and with respect.
    Thank you Jim for all you do. I will limit myself to reading your words only.

    • malthuss February 18, 2020 at 10:29 am #

      Snowflake

      • Janos Skorenzy February 18, 2020 at 1:30 pm #

        It’s said that the bottom of Hell is ice cold so he will be fine there.

        • cc rider February 19, 2020 at 1:30 pm #

          You’re as cold as ice
          You’re willing to sacrifice our love
          You want paradise
          But some day, you’ll pay the price

          Sorry…..late 70’s rock lyric flashback

    • SoftStarLight February 18, 2020 at 10:31 am #

      LOL weakling

      • malthuss February 18, 2020 at 10:56 am #

        take this, weaklings,

        14 year old black with a gun, bragging on video about shooting a pizza delivery girl. Gets 20 years for a pizza and few dollars.

        https://www.liveleak.com/view?t=kUA0S_1582002614

        https://www.11alive.com/mobile/article/news/crime/teens-robbed-pizza-deliverer/85-99a0ef00-8705-4d5b-8e32-ab3b4b8ee1d9

        • aibohphobia February 19, 2020 at 2:28 am #

          Yeah, something like that happened to my son and his best friend. They used to like to walk a mile down the sidewalk to get slurpees at the 7/11. One day, they were accosted by a gang of young men, who pistol whipped them, robbed them and stole their cellphones.
          Within a half hour, they used my son’s phone to call in a pizza delivery to a house where no one was at home. They robbed the pizza guy of money (and pizza), and hit a couple of businesses before calling it a day.

          The police asked me to leave the cellphone on so they could track the movements of these thugs. Sounds like a good idea, right? Well think again.

          I notified the phone company and they went along with the police plan too. Over the next two months, the thugs downloaded a thousand or so dollars worth of hip hop music. I was able to track their movements with the call log on the phone company’s website. I found out the address of the mother of one of them, and where another one was living with his girlfriend, and two of their names. I got the date and time that one of them called a phone number at Social Services that is only for welfare checks. Matching that call with Social Services would positively identify the caller.

          I tried giving this information to the detectives that were supposed to be tracking down these violent criminals. They took the information, thanked me politely, but apparently did nothing about it. After two months I disconnected the stolen phone. No one was arrested, and there was no follow up.

          All of these things happened in the suburbs south of Baltimore. It became clear to me then that I was living in a region with corrupt or non-existent law enforcement, and was a major factor in my decision to move to a rural area.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 18, 2020 at 1:29 pm #

        Damn girl, be nice….

        Just kidding!

    • elysianfield February 18, 2020 at 12:41 pm #

      …Suffering Succotash!

      snagglepuss,
      Rejoice in that your life has been without the conflict that living with diversity provides.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 18, 2020 at 1:33 pm #

        He got his puss caught in his snaggle and he blames me. I am just an honest broker. BRH has signed on as a Breaker. Have you made up your mind yet?

        I said you guys were too old but he said he wasn’t. I take that to mean he has accepted.

    • BackRowHeckler February 18, 2020 at 12:45 pm #

      Let all voices be heard –

      That’s the motto in CFNation.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 18, 2020 at 1:28 pm #

      Care to define what the word means? So we could talk about it? But you prefer to run – from your very self…..

    • PeteAtomic February 18, 2020 at 5:34 pm #

      He’s got the same freedom of speech & freedom to his own mind as you or anybody else.

      If you don’t agree with the guy.. then simply don’t read his posts !

      not rocket surgery

    • cbeard February 19, 2020 at 8:17 am #

      Good riddance.

  64. JohnAZ February 18, 2020 at 10:31 am #

    Coronavirus reaction makes no sense to me.

    It’s statistics are much milder than the common flu virus.

    So why the big reaction? Why the potential shutdown of China’s economy and the the end of globalization?

    Conversely, if the flu is such a dangerous virus in comparison, why are flu victims not isolated in the same way? If flu hit, or even norovirus, a cruise ship, why is it not treated the same as the Diamond Princess?

    Why does corona sicken 70000+ folks in China and does not seem to spread on its own outside of China?

    It does not make sense.

    When I worked in the hospital, flu was isolated and considered dangerous.

    • SoftStarLight February 18, 2020 at 10:49 am #

      If you believe any of the “official” information. Have you ever known of 700+ million being in quarantine? I have asked myself the same question. If 80% of cases are mild then really why all the fuss? As you said, certain flu strains appear to be more severe. Appear. We know that they have been eating bats, snakes, and other strange creatures for a long, long time. So why this new strain of coronavirus all of the sudden? In this world money is everything. Either it is the real deal, of which we still know little. Or, they are creating this spectacle to hide something else. Because we know for sure, they will not sacrifice profits for just anything. It is something big, one way or the other.

    • EvelynV February 18, 2020 at 12:07 pm #

      Have a little patience.

      It doesn’t make a lot of sense to compare a seedling to a full grown weed.

      • elysianfield February 18, 2020 at 12:42 pm #

        Ev,
        And nits become lice….

  65. wm5135 February 18, 2020 at 10:35 am #

    Take a few minutes and watch any offering of The Hallmark movies or shorts. Only a few moments are required. Ask yourself “How is it possible that such “entertainment” could be a viable commercial success?”. I am willing to testify that there are human beings who can sit transfixed for hours and days immersed in those offerings.

    On your next outing pause for just a second and have a look at the persons surrounding you. How did we get here? Just look around.

    ask THE DOG about population control. Less of Them more for ME.

    Roughly speaking half of everyone you know is below average intelligence. Ever know anyone who only associated with those like themself? Groups like that skew the statistical distribution of idiots.

    Mr. Trump can definetly identify our enemies, that is why so many are in his administration. The future is just becoming more evenly distributed, and most of the fine readers of this blog were under the impression THEY were SPECIAL. Sucks to realize you are just another asshole on the street. Manifest Destiny is NIMBY for sure. I guess what is needed is some virus infected blankets

    Your DOD is planning for the use of low yield tactical nuclear armaments. Do you still think the lying started in the 60’s? Depleted Uranium ring a bell? Do you think the market for fallout shelters is coming back?

    Your position has been moved from Us to Them, just another useless eater. Turn on the Hallmark Channel and wait for Godot

    • SoftStarLight February 18, 2020 at 11:00 am #

      I agree but disagree. Who thinks or has an impression they are special? I think most people here realize that we are all expendable in the eyes of the Elite, overlords, PTB, MIC, whomever you wish to call “them”. IMO “we” have been considered useless eaters for a very long time. They have also experimented on us both physically, psychologically, and socially and they continue to do so. But the thing is, they are not gods. They make mistakes and have faults. And their best laid plans are no match for Nature and Time and that is what I find most funny about the whole thing. In the end they would have been so much more productive if they would have properly prepared for their dirt naps.

      • Pucker February 18, 2020 at 11:05 am #

        Did we ever figure out why people are so concerned about what sexual fantasies Men act out with their sexbots? And why women consider that if their husbands have sex with a sexbot that it is adultery?

        • elysianfield February 18, 2020 at 12:45 pm #

          “? And why women consider that if their husbands have sex with a sexbot that it is adultery?”

          Pucker,
          …And…and if they consort with male bots, are they queer?

        • SoftStarLight February 18, 2020 at 4:36 pm #

          LOL you are just way too much! So most people are way, and I mean, way too nosy for their own good. Secondly, some will consider it adultery. Then again, others might think to themselves, “Yay I have more me time to do my clay facial and try to read those books building up on the nightstand.” It really all just depends.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 18, 2020 at 1:43 pm #

        The Chinese realized long ago that no alien slaves could ever be more productive than their own downtrodden peasant/worker masses. Incredibly, this low social bar is beyond the intelligence of our Elite to realize.

        They have chosen to have one foot Black and one foot Brown. Let’s see them walk. And if those feet learn to coordinate, they will take them where they do not choose to go.

        • SoftStarLight February 18, 2020 at 4:20 pm #

          Hmmm. That may be the only way they learn their lesson. Of course by that time I would imagine it would be too late. But really, who doesn’t coordinate their shoes? You’re so right! Our “betters” don’t even have common sense it would seem.

    • K-Dog February 18, 2020 at 2:28 pm #

      ‘ask THE DOG about population control. Less of Them more for ME.

      I found this:

      ‘The Bubonic Plague also had devastating effects on the economy during the Late Middle Ages. With the drastic population decrease, the production of food and goods also decreased. This allowed peasant farmers to demand higher wages and increase the prices of their products. Likewise, skilled workers could charge more money, since they no longer has as much competition assuming there was work (Perry 189). Even the church made huge profits by forcing fees on funeral services that were obviously in high demand at the time. It was the lords and the upper class who economically suffered the most, because they were the ones who owned the devalued farmlands and were forced to pay higher wages and prices al almost everything

      It could mean no more free shipping.

  66. Pucker February 18, 2020 at 11:32 am #

    It looks like Stalin became a “Revolutionary” not because he really identified with and cared about the Working Man, like Bernie Sanders, but rather because he liked the lifestyle of the brigand, liked robbing blokes, screwing women, and generally pushing people around.

    • Pucker February 18, 2020 at 11:57 am #

      I guess that that’s a big pitfall of a “Revolution”? It attracts people with dubious selfish motives?

      I wonder what’s in it for Pete, Bernie, and Bloomberg?

    • Janos Skorenzy February 18, 2020 at 1:46 pm #

      According to one biography, the young Georgian Thug once ran down the street hollering how he had just gotten a job with the Rothschilds. The rest is not only his story but history.

    • K-Dog February 18, 2020 at 2:08 pm #

      You are confusing Stalin with Lavrentiy Pavlovich Beria.Stalin had to put up with Beria but after Stalin died there was a big HIMTOO movement. Stalin told his daughter to stay away from Beria. Beria was charged with 357 counts of rape, accused of being a foreign spy conspiring to restore capitalism and executed. This guy made Epstein look look a choir boy.

  67. Pucker February 18, 2020 at 12:07 pm #

    The Billionaire Michael Bloomberg sent me an SMS saying that he can’t do it all by himself and that he needs my help to make it to the White House.

    • EvelynV February 18, 2020 at 12:08 pm #

      So don’t keep us in suspense, how much money did you send him?

      • Pucker February 18, 2020 at 12:32 pm #

        I think that Bloomberg’s algorithm wants me to subscribe to his website? I guess that then they’ll data mine my sorry ass?

        I once got on President Obama’s emailing list. They kept sending me emails using the wrong name. Most of Obama’s emails asked me to give him a few bucks so that my name would be entered into a Lucky Draw lottery wherein I could win a chance to have dinner with Obama.

        Obama always reminded me of an upscale Rapper….

        • Janos Skorenzy February 18, 2020 at 1:47 pm #

          I’m on Trump’s list. He calls me by my first name. We’re friends I guess. He also wants money despite his billions. Strange. I never ask him for money, just to do his what he said he would.

        • K-Dog February 18, 2020 at 2:10 pm #

          Obama never stopped asking me for money. The guy never did anything and he still wanted to get paid anyway.

  68. JohnAZ February 18, 2020 at 12:41 pm #

    Bloomberg is an enigma.

    We have heard six months of Progressive leaning rhetoric from the 2020 Dems. Take from the rich and give to the poor. Skim some off the top on the way. We are smarter than you so we will tell you what to do.

    Bloomberg wants to control us in just as many ways as Bernie. With him though, it sounds very financial and globalist. His Elite buddies are going to try to take over the country just as much as HRCs contingent in 2016. He thinks of the working class and farmers as buffoons. He will make Hillary look like an angel.

    Their aim is the same. Uniparty takeover and conversion of the US to just another socialist banana republic to join their international power group. To do this, the first thing they have to do is tear down the US economy and reverse the Trump MAGA moves. Hold onto your nest eggs tightly, they are coming after them with wealth taxes.

    • BackRowHeckler February 18, 2020 at 1:59 pm #

      Bloomberg is moving up, won’t it be sweet if a multi billionaire wins the Dem nomination?

      As we have seen lefties are not graceful losers. In fact, they can get pretty nasty. Oh, the showdown between Sanders zealous True Believers and Bloomberg’s well heeled supporters in Milwaukee should be epic. I can just picture next summer, sitting under some shade tree on the Niantic River, line in the water, fishing boats gliding by, cool breeze blowing in, drinking an ice cold Sammie, radio tuned into events in Wisconsin, the Battle of Milwaukee, Dem vs Dem, a Cousins War (the worst kind) like the War of the Roses.

      Brh

      • RIB February 18, 2020 at 3:51 pm #

        I’ll meet you any day at the big Niantic bookstore (The Book Barn) BRH

        • BackRowHeckler February 18, 2020 at 8:05 pm #

          That’s where I got all my books about pirates, RIB. My favorite bookstore. OK, then we’ll walk across the street to that rooftop bar overlooking the bay, down a few cold ones, soak in the sun, and watch sailboats glide by like two characters out of a Claude Monet French impressionist seaside painting.

          brh

    • K-Dog February 18, 2020 at 2:18 pm #

      ‘Take from the rich and give to the poor.

      Yes but it is all about getting votes and part of the theatre. You take it too seriously. When it comes to keeping their toys American rich are tough bastards. You have nothing to worry about. Power reinforces itself into a very resilient system. So resilient that without a crisis any change is impossible. Good change bad change it does not matter. Without a crisis the lowest common denominator takes over. In America that translates into more for me less for you whomever you bay be.

      The elites already took over the country. And to prove it they have you here muttering about third grade socialism.

    • PeteAtomic February 19, 2020 at 9:47 am #

      “Bloomberg wants to control us in just as many ways as Bernie.”

      yeah, that’s all Bloomberg is for… power & control!

  69. Tate February 18, 2020 at 12:42 pm #

    I just voted for Bernie Sanders in the Colorado democrat primary (got two ballots one repub one dem because I’m independent.) Thank you Jesus!

  70. volodya February 18, 2020 at 12:44 pm #

    There’s an impressive corpus of idiocy extant in the land, much of which is authored by what we laughingly call “progressives”. That’s not to diminish Wall Street’s Book of Lies – itself an imposing work of many years – and its corrosive effect on reason, most of it overlapping Republican bullshit, most of which Kansas is no longer buying. 

    Never mind Kansas, there’s bigger problems, because if Americans were once deemed to largely be of an empirical bent, that’s no longer the case. For the empiricist the central method is to use one’s eyes and ears to investigate what is and isn’t and what works and what doesn’t. But that was then and this is now and what was fashionable for a long time ain’t so any longer. 

    For large segments of the populace the cognitive strategy is to take leave of one’s senses, ignoring what’s real, taking no note of the plainly obvious, believing what everyone else believes, repeating what everyone else sez, objective evidence, visual and otherwise, be damned. Forget logic, in this way of thinking there’s no place for impartial assessment, neither for sober second thought. 

    And so, derangement, once the preserve of the campus and its – cough – “intellectuals”, has gone main-stream. How else to explain the madness of the past four years, ever since the carefully crafted contours of Donald’s hair-do appeared above the battlements? Democrats lost their fucking minds IOW, inflicting cockamamie nonsense and crack-pot delusion, at first because Trump’s travelling circus looked like it MIGHT be a threat, then seriously losing their shit when it moved into the White House.

    Eric Holder and Jim Comey set the table, “too big to jail” and “no criminal intent” they said. And so this is where it’s at, criminality rampant, sedition the soup du jour, JHK repeating what I think is a vain hope that somebody in the ruling cliques, in this case the AG, isn’t completely fucking crazy, telling us that he believes that maybe what we see unfolding is a larger, more comprehensive strategy of cleaning out the Augean corruption in Washington, that is, ignoring the minnows and catching the whales.

    But it’s like JHLK sez, if Bill Barr doesn’t pursue evidence where it leads, the consequences could be dire. But let’s not forget, we live in a world of dirty deeds done dirt cheap, or maybe not so cheap, the unaccountable corpses of Seth Rich and Jeff Epstein Exhibits A and B. 

  71. Cargill February 18, 2020 at 2:15 pm #

    Ed DeBartolo, Rod Blagojevich, Bernard Kerik.

    Your man is providing pardons, commuted sentences, and clemency to three of the true pieces of scum from recent American history – and it’s a very crowded field.

    The Dumpster is saying that corruption, extortion, bribery, and lying … are all legal now. He is flipping the bird at impeachment, and at any process where powerful men are caught and convicted by honest authorities.

    The Dumpster is just again projecting – the crimes these three pigs were rightfully convicted of are exactly the same as Trump has committed and continues to commit every single day.

    Spin away boys and girls – demonise the Democratic Party as much as you like, go hysterical over the “deep state”, quiver and tremble before every lunatic conspiracy theory from the dark side of the web, and go to war with what you laughingly call “the left”.

    But no amount of deflection and false-flagging can hide the fact that Trump cultists (and the whole GOP) are just patsies and rubes – hooked up with a criminal, a dictator, and the worst president in the history of the office.

    There will be a reckoning one day … karma will get you every time.

    • lilykline February 18, 2020 at 2:30 pm #

      Cargill,
      Thank you for being one of the few on here with reason, it’s hard to read this blog and comments anymore. I appreciate your comments, keep them coming:)

      • axisboldaslove February 19, 2020 at 2:05 am #

        Yes, well said lilykline, well done Cargill. ! I have yet to figure out how (or at least why) Jim has attracted so many Dumpster fans here.

        • Nightowl February 20, 2020 at 3:04 am #

          You could try and turn the tide by backing your statements with concrete evidence.

          Calling someone a criminal but providing no crimes or evidence tends to get things off on the wrong foot.

          And following things up with a dash of Fronald Drumpf just turns you into a laughing stock.

          • Majella February 20, 2020 at 5:25 am #

            Ha ha ha…

          • Nightowl February 20, 2020 at 6:11 pm #

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw2BVI9OhC4

            Any updates for us yet?

            Consume McMedia.

            Consume.

            Obey.

          • Majella February 21, 2020 at 1:01 am #

            More pointless trash from ‘He Who Is So Clever’ At least you’ve got past that particularly stupid image you love to post so much.

          • Nightowl February 21, 2020 at 2:19 pm #

            https://i.imgflip.com/2u4cdm.jpg

    • K-Dog February 18, 2020 at 2:33 pm #

      The reckoning won’t happen without solidarity.

    • RIB February 18, 2020 at 4:35 pm #

      Cut and Paste

      By the end of his second and final term on January 20, 2017, United States President Barack Obama had exercised his constitutional power to grant the executive clemency—that is, “pardon, commutation of sentence, remission of fine or restitution, and reprieve”[1]—to 1,927 individuals convicted of federal crimes. Of the acts of clemency, 1,715 were commutations (including 504 life sentences) and 212 were pardons

  72. Janos Skorenzy February 18, 2020 at 2:18 pm #

    JS: The extraordinary tale of the Judicial Treason that put Blacks above Whites in every area of public life. Did the Elite do this because they love Blacks? No, because they hate regular Whites and decided to use Blacks to keep us down. So their “Justices” made it so – and the stupid Intellectuals actually think it’s not only moral but a normal state of affairs much to be desired – and to keep expanding it. Folks like Elrond….

    Thomas Jackson, American Renaissance, July 1992
    Civil Rights Under Reagan, Robert R. Detlefsen, ICS Press, 1991, 237 pp.

    The enforcement of civil rights laws has been one of the most amazing frauds ever perpetrated on the American people by its own government. Laws that were passed to forbid racial discrimination have been turned completely inside out and are now used to require the very behavior they were written to prohibit. How could this have happened?
    Robert Detlefsen, an assistant professor of political science at California State University, has written a fascinating and brilliant account of how the very notion of “civil rights” was stood on its head. He shows, case by case, how the Supreme Court, almost single-handedly, twisted the law to suit its own political views.

    Because the media and the academic bureaucracy have generally held the same political views, there have been very few accounts of this subversion of the law that were not transparent attempts to justify it. Prof. Detlefsen’s book is therefore one of the first to combine a fine legal mind with a proper sense of outrage at the violence that has been done both to the law and to simple notions of justice. It is an indispensable volume for anyone who wishes to know how “equal opportunity” was transformed, legally, into “affirmative action.”
    Civil Rights Under Reagan is ostensibly about a Republican president’s attempts to undo that transformation, about how his appointees in the Justice Department tried to dismantle race-based preferences and return to the color-blindness that had been Congress’ intent. The book certainly tells that story, but in so doing, it tells the more important story of how President Reagan’s men were defeated by a Supreme Court that was determined to sacrifice the Constitution to its own views of race.
    The Act of 1964
    As Prof. Detlefsen makes clear, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was unequivocal in forbidding racial discrimination in employment practices. One can argue that in a free country, an employer should have the right to choose his employees for whatever reasons he likes, racial or otherwise. Congress did away with that freedom, but it went no further. It specifically denied that employers were required to use racial preferences to make up for imbalances in their work forces, and it specifically permitted employers to use standardized employment tests so long as their purpose was not racial discrimination.
    Contrary to popular mythology, it was not President Johnson but President Nixon who first violated the principle of color-blindness. It was the “Philadelphia Plan” established in 1969, that first required employers — in this case, Philadelphia construction companies doing government work — to set non-white hiring quotas. There was strong opposition to this both in Congress and within the administration, but Attorney General John Mitchell, hardly a name associated with liberal derring-do, ruled that the plan was legal.

    Prof. Detlefsen points out that by forcing companies to hire by race, Attorney General Mitchell had repealed an act of Congress, passed only five years previously, that forbade precisely that. Any ordinary student of American government would here expect the Supreme Court quickly to rule against the administration. Instead, as soon as it got the chance, the Court broadened racial preferences.
    Griggs v. Duke Power
    The chance came two years later, in 1971. The Duke Power Company had a special training program that was open only to high school graduates who had scored well on a standard intelligence test. Applicants of all races had to meet the same requirements. However, since blacks were more likely to do badly on the intelligence test and to have left school without a diploma, the Supreme Court ruled that the requirements were racially discriminatory. Thus was born the famous “disparate impact” rule, whereby race-neutral job standards could be thrown out if non-whites were less likely to measure up to them.
    Once more, a law passed by Congress was neatly sidestepped. Congress forbade job requirements intended to discriminate; the Court did away with intent and forbade standards that had what it called discriminatory effect. This was a huge difference, because there is virtually no test or qualification for a job by which whites do not surpass blacks.
    In the Griggs case, the Court ruled that only employers who had, in the past, practiced racial discrimination (Duke Power apparently had done so before 1964) had to worry about “disparate impact,” but this limitation disappeared almost immediately. By 1972, it was illegal for any employer to rule out potential employees who had arrest records, since this had a “disparate impact,” that is to say, blacks were more likely to have arrest records than whites.
    Thus began the horror that has plagued employers ever since: what is a legitimate job test or hiring standard and what is discrimination? Eleanor Holmes Norton, now the non-voting congressional delegate from the District of Columbia, was one of Jimmy Carter’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioners in the 1970s. At the time, she explained that there was a simple way for employers to figure out whether their hiring practices were free of disparate impact: make sure that they hired a lot of blacks. Any company that did not might be the target of a law suit.
    Connecticut v. Teal
    Just how far the concept of “disparate impact” could be taken became clear in the 1982 case of Connecticut v. Teal, in which the Reagan Justice Department suffered one of its many defeats. The state of Connecticut used a written test to determine which employees in its welfare department would be eligible for promotion. The state knew very well that it could not simply give the test and promote the people with the top scores, because they might all be white. Therefore, it lowered the passing score from 70 to 65, so as to open the door to more blacks.
    Still, only 54 percent of blacks passed, whereas 80 percent of whites did, with the result that 206 whites and 26 blacks passed. Whites had higher average scores than blacks, but even if the state had ignored the scores and made proportionately equal promotions by race, only five of the 46 employees who were eventually promoted would have been black. The state doubled that number — at the expense of whites — and promoted 11 blacks and 35 whites.
    To the layman it would appear that it was whites who had been disadvantaged, and who would have reason to sue. In the upside-down world of civil rights law, it was blacks who sued. Blacks who failed the test — despite the lowered passing score — claimed that they had been unfairly deprived of an opportunity for promotion because of the test’s disparate impact.
    The Reagan Justice Department opposed the case, but on the mildest grounds. It agreed that the test had had a disparate impact but pointed out that this had been compensated for by the jiggery-pokery afterwards that resulted in a disproportionate number of promotions for blacks. Thus, the case turned on whether the entire selection process, which had not had a disparate impact, was discriminatory because one stage of it had a disparate impact.
    The black plaintiffs won, thus establishing the rule that preferential treatment of blacks was still not good enough if, at any point in the selection process, disparate impact could be detected. This was a stunning setback for fairness and common sense, but the decision was met with jubilation in the press, and the Reagan Justice Department was tarred as racist and reactionary for having been on the “anti-civil rights” side.
    The Justice Department tried something bolder in the case of a systematic racial preferences program established in 1981 by the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) to correct alleged but unproven “discrimination.” It argued that the Civil Rights Act provides for race-based hiring preferences only as a remedy for victims of past discrimination. The NOPD plan completely ignored the past, and handed out benefits to blacks just because they were black.
    In Williams v. New Orleans, the Court of Appeals simply brushed aside the Justice Department’s argument. Despite a clear request to explain itself, it gave no legal or moral justification for an affirmative action program that gave benefits to blacks who may not have suffered discrimination, and punished whites who may not have been guilty of it.
    Johnson v. Transportation Agency
    The impulse to discriminate against whites was soon directed against men. The most definitive example of this was the 1987 case of Johnson v. Transportation Agency, in which Santa Clara County (CA) was allowed to promote a less qualified woman over a man simply because there were fewer women than men at the supervisory level. Once again, there was no evidence that the imbalance of men was due to discrimination or that women had even wanted those jobs in the past. As Prof. Detlefsen explains, what makes the case interesting is that the Supreme Court made explicit something that had always been implicit but never spelled out: “that a statistical imbalance favoring white males as a group is in itself sufficient to justify employment discrimination against individual members of that group.”

    The Supreme Court.
    Justice John Paul Stevens openly admitted in his Johnson opinion that in approving race and sex preferences, he was flouting the will of Congress, which had explicitly forbidden such preferences. Prof. Detlefsen wonders if this is not “the most forthright admission of judicial malfeasance ever made by a sitting justice.”
    The cumulative effect of cases like these was enormous. The Griggs, Teal, and Johnson cases established that “discrimination” was not a matter of malicious intent but of numbers, or what came to be called “underutilization” of minorities or women. The entire thrust of “civil rights” litigation changed. It was not necessary to prove intent to discriminate or to find actual victims of discrimination. Any company that had not voluntarily discriminated against whites so as to have enough non-white employees, could be forced to discriminate against them.
    As the definition of “discrimination” changed, so did the remedies for it. The courts have a long history of requiring restitution to someone who has been wronged. Nevertheless, restitution has always been to injured individuals. Once the notion of discrimination had been stripped of both intent and of identifiable victims, restitution had to be made to a race. If a company were forced to give blacks preferential treatment because of “underutilization,” the beneficiaries were not being compensated for past wrongs. They were reaping windfall benefits because they happened to be black at a time when blacks as a race were getting preferences.
    Prof. Detlefsen explains that the notion of group punishments and group rewards is a radical departure from the principles of the Constitution, which is deeply concerned about individual rights but says nothing about group rights. Even the Supreme Court justices who sanctioned this revolution had some notion of what they were doing. Justice Lewis Powell once wrote, “As part of this nation’s dedication to eradicating racial discrimination, innocent persons may be called upon to bear some of the burden of the remedy.” In what other branch of the law would a judge blithely admit that he was prepared to punish the innocent? This is all the more astounding, because when it comes to robbery or murder, the liberals who support affirmative action happily quote Sir William Blackstone: “It is better that ten guilty persons escape than one innocent suffer.”
    Race and the Schools
    Once segregated schooling was brought to an end with the 1954 case of Brown v. Board of Education, definitions of school desegregation went through as great a change as definitions of discrimination. The original Brown case was about ending forced racial separation in schools. Prof. Detlefsen recounts how the goal of the courts quickly became the quite different one of bringing about forced racial mixing in schools. Mandatory busing was the means to bring this about. Whereas, in the past, children might have been prevented from attending certain schools because of race, they were now obligated to attend certain schools because of race. Supreme Court Justices decided that racial mixing was such a desirable goal that they would force it on schools that had never been legally segregated to begin with.

    George Hayes, Thurgood Marshall, and James Nabrit, Jr. after their victory in Brown v. Board of Education.
    Prof. Detlefsen also tells the less well known story of the Reagan Justice Department’s battle with the Internal Revenue Service over tax-exemption for schools. At the time, the IRS was doing everything within its power to crush the so-called “segregation academies” that appeared in response to forced integration.
    The Agency’s zeal for this task was behind its attack on Bob Jones University of Greenville (SC). Bob Jones was a private, Christian school that did not have a racially discriminatory admissions policy. However, its administrators had found what they took to be biblical injunctions against interracial dating and marriage, and forbade this to their students on pain of expulsion. In 1976, the IRS officially revoked the university’s tax-exempt status, retroactive to 1970. The university appealed the revocation to the Supreme Court, where the Reagan Justice Department argued in its favor. The university lost.
    In deciding Bob Jones University v. United States, the Supreme Court almost entirely ignored what the case was about. In their majority opinion, the Justices roared about “racial discrimination in education,” and the “shackles of the ‘separate but equal doctrine’” as if Bob Jones had put up a big sign on its admissions office that said “No blacks need apply.” In fact, the university was a voluntary association of like-minded people who happened to read the Bible in a particular way. Moreover, a ban on interracial dating is not “discriminatory” since it affects all races. There was no law that applied to what the university was doing, which was why the Court had to act as if Bob Jones were doing something illegal. It seems that the justices simply did not like the ban on interracial dating and decided to punish the school because it had one.
    As Prof. Detlefsen points out, the effect of this decision was to give huge powers to the bureaucrats at the IRS. What was to stop them from attacking any school that took an unconventional position? Could a school lose tax exemption for teaching libertarianism or Marxist revolution? Presumably so, if the Supreme Court could be made to feel strongly enough about it.
    The string of defeats the Reagan Administration suffered at the hands of the Supreme Court is sad enough, but perhaps saddest of all was its defeat at the hands of American businessmen. There was one form of affirmative action that was wholly within the President’s power to abolish. This was what had begun with the Philadelphia Plan, the Department of Labor’s requirement that government contractors practice racial hiring preferences. The requirement could have been revoked by executive order, and in 1985, the administration let it be known that it was considering doing so.
    It is important to note that government contractors were not going to be prevented from practicing affirmative action voluntarily; they were simply to be relieved of the obligation of doing so. This did not stop the press and civil rights groups from acting as if Ronald Reagan were about to stand at the school door with an ax handle. That was to be expected. The surprise was that the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) strongly opposed relaxing the requirement.
    Why would they want obligatory racial preferences rather than voluntary preferences? The reason is that so long as they were obligatory, disgruntled whites were essentially prevented from claiming reverse discrimination. As soon as preferences became optional, whites would be in a much stronger position to file discrimination suits.
    Then why not abandon affirmative action entirely and hire strictly on merit? Most NAM members are large companies with well entrenched affirmative action bureaucrats who would make a fearful din if they were fired or reassigned. Often these people are black, and if affirmative action were abandoned they could call down the wrath of the civil rights industry in the form of boycotts, protests, and who knows what else.
    There was another reason why NAM preferred the status quo. Its members have already hired the head-hunters and head-counters necessary to comply with government-mandated racial preferences. Small companies, which were generally in favor of lifting affirmative action requirements, often have not. The overhead of discriminatory hiring and racial paperwork is therefore a greater burden for small companies than for big ones, and this gives big companies an advantage. NAM mounted so much opposition to the idea of lifting discrimination requirements that the government backed down.
    Prof. Detlefsen’s book is full of such illuminating and disappointing stories. He writes, for example, of the two Carter-appointed Civil Rights Commissioners who, in 1984, wrote that civil rights laws were not passed to protect white men. He writes of how the Supreme Court decided that consent decrees were not court orders, thereby circumventing the law and stopping 51 Justice Department suits in their tracks.
    Since Prof. Detlefsen clearly sees the folly in what the courts have done, he even speculates about what could have motivated them. He argues that of the three branches of government, the judiciary is most vulnerable to intellectual fashion. The fashion that dictated one disastrous ruling after another is what Prof. Detlefsen calls the civil rights ideology. In its pure form, all white men are seen as the oppressor class, and all non-whites and women are the oppressed class. Civil rights are therefore not a means of securing legal equality but of liberating the oppressed. Supreme Court Justices may properly violate the Constitution and ignore the law in the name of this vital task.
    Prof. Detlefsen also sees no coincidence in the fact that the whites who enforce affirmative action are men well established in their careers, who will never suffer the sting of discrimination. He has little sympathy for the likes of Senators Joseph Biden and Edward Kennedy, who promote self-righteous policies at no cost to themselves or to their families.
    Civil Rights Under Reagan is a thoroughly worth-while book. Prof. Detlefsen’s research is meticulous, his reasoning clear, and his examples convincing. Some of Prof. Detlefsen’s arguments are subtle, and he makes no concession to readers who do not stay alert, but these are only advantages to anyone willing to give this book the close reading it richly deserves.

    • K-Dog February 18, 2020 at 2:22 pm #

      Vlad,

      Remember the old days? In the old days something this long would have been printed in Chinese.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 18, 2020 at 2:33 pm #

        I recommend it just as I recommended “The Earth Abides”. Did I steer you wrong then? Neither do I now, my son.

        • K-Dog February 18, 2020 at 2:36 pm #

          No you did not. It is a treasured member of my dystopian collection. This screed is good for lining bird cages if you print it out on something.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 18, 2020 at 3:03 pm #

            Can you be more specific? Which parts of White disempowerment do you agree with or disagree with?

        • RIB February 18, 2020 at 3:54 pm #

          Yes Janos, but who did ISH marry in “The Earth Abides”………hmmmmmmmmm?

          • Janos Skorenzy February 18, 2020 at 4:59 pm #

            Yes, but she passed for White until he looked really hard, so the damage was minimal. And is was further mitigated by the all White immigrants who joined them thereafter. So I win again.

    • Cargill February 18, 2020 at 2:57 pm #

      The enforcement of civil rights laws has been one of the most amazing frauds ever perpetrated on the American people by its own government. Laws that were passed to forbid racial discrimination have been turned completely inside out and are now used to require the very behavior they were written to prohibit. How could this have happened?

      There he goes again … our little race-baiting, people-hating munchkin. Swallowing whole any fruitloop nonsense – so long as it fits his hysterical narrative of little-white-dick anger, envy, and resentment.

      I didn’t read past that point. Too long.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 18, 2020 at 3:04 pm #

        You lose then. And you suck too.

        • Majella February 20, 2020 at 5:27 am #

          Oh, deeply intellectual retort!

      • SoftStarLight February 18, 2020 at 4:16 pm #

        Well if its too long then why don’t you take a hike? Seems like you need a little fresh air anyhow since you seem to be so full of envy and anger and resentment Cargill. And listen. Please while your ahead. Don’t give us this whole song and dance about how you’ve been in the pool too long. Nobody cares. Bwahahahahahaha!!!!

      • malthuss February 18, 2020 at 6:21 pm #

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

        our fiends at (((wiki

  73. Pucker February 18, 2020 at 2:28 pm #

    Stalin should have been a doctor. How would you like to have Stalin in charge?

    “Death solves all problems.”
    – Stalin

    “One stop solution….”.

    • K-Dog February 18, 2020 at 2:30 pm #

      Take two of these and don’t call me in the morning.

    • SoftStarLight February 18, 2020 at 4:08 pm #

      I wouldn’t appreciate it.

  74. Janos Skorenzy February 18, 2020 at 2:31 pm #

    Obama may not have been our first Black President, but rather Warren G Harding. He himself couldn’t dispute the claims since he himself wondered about his alleged black granny. Probably herself a mulatto or quadroon, allowing Warren to pass for White.

    It only take one drop, remember. That’s how we’ve kept the line pure, boyz and girlz. The one drop law has served us well, so well…..

    Obama was our Phillip the Arabian (Roman Emperor), with kinky hair and all. Future historians will use this as a marker of our accelerating decline.

    • K-Dog February 18, 2020 at 2:50 pm #

      You know of course that the Neanderthals never went totally extinct and were absorbed into the Caucasian and Asian peoples. It turns out another ancient extinct hominid was absorbed into West African people about 50,000 years ago. Simple chronospeciation is not the only player in the human evolutionary game it turns out.

      Not that it matters.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 18, 2020 at 3:17 pm #

        Exactly. And since we don’t have that ghost species in US, we’re not descended from the Negroes in any way, shape, or form.

        Without meaning to, you have served me well. Thus do you begin to pay back the debt you owe me for the Earth Abides.

        Not that it matters? Meditate on that folks, the essence of Liberalism. That the important things don’t matter, things at the causal level. All that matters is cleaning up the effects: millions of Blacks and Browns living in poverty – as if they would be living in wealth but for us. But for us their poverty would be absolute.

        • Cargill February 18, 2020 at 5:14 pm #

          Exactly. And since we don’t have that ghost species in US, we’re not descended from the Negroes in any way, shape, or form.

          LOL … so where do you think you came from – Mars? Out of Trumps’ butt?

          Comrade – human beings evolved exactly once – in Africa, about 250,000 years ago. You are closely related to every single other human being on the planet – genetically more than 99.8%, and even in familial terms to many people.

          Every European today is descended from Charlemagne. Just get used to it comrade – you and OJ Simpson are blood brothers!

          • BackRowHeckler February 18, 2020 at 5:39 pm #

            Really.

            William Damphier wasn’t the first European to reach Australia — that honor goes to Dutch sailor Jan Cartensz in 1644 — but upon reaching there in 1688 and first encountering what you now call aborigines they were so primitive and lived in such squalor that the English didn’t know what they had — were these creatures human beings, or were they something entirely different, a newly discovered … what?

            Brh

          • Janos Skorenzy February 18, 2020 at 5:56 pm #

            Africa doesn’t mean Negro exclusively. Were the Homo Erectus who left Africa long before that, Negroes? Call someone from the Horn of Africa a Negro and he may not like it at all. In any case, my point stands: We don’t have that ghost species in our genotype, so we aren’t from the Bantu or any other Negro group that does. Sure, we are probably descended from some pre-Bantu expansion, East African group or groups.

            Look at the beautiful Ilhan Omar. Does she look Negro to you? Maybe she has a bit of that, but she has lots of other things as well. Who knows? Maybe our ancestors looked more like her than they look like Negroes.

            A little difference at this level makes a huge difference at the level of expression or phenotype. I mean the Chimps and Bonobos are almost human too, right?

      • PeteAtomic February 18, 2020 at 5:52 pm #

        I know! thanks for the pointing out that so many of us are actually human/Neanderthal hybrids!

        pretty cool…

        I guess that means the real “humans” are still in sub sahara Africa there..

    • RIB February 18, 2020 at 3:56 pm #

      Yep, and Philip put on quite a show to celebrate the millennium of Rome’s existence from Romulus and Remus

  75. elysianfield February 18, 2020 at 2:47 pm #

    Well, ladies and germs;

    An update from the Hell Ship…you remember the cruise ship in Yokohama?

    500 passengers infected to date.

      • BackRowHeckler February 18, 2020 at 3:19 pm #

        E. Cruise ships have always been disease ridden rust buckets. It’s been a common occurrence one of these behemoths cutting their voyage short and pulling into Miami because the whole crew and 5000 passengers sick with this or that, mostly food poisoning., but nasty viruses as well. I’d never go aboard one of those goddam things. From the first day of Navy bootcamp they stress cleanliness and hygiene necessary for shipboard life. I’m thinking of an ‘On the Beach’ scenario, all of humanity wiped out by not by nuclear war but a virus out of China, and a US Navy vessel cruising the world looking for any survivors.

        Brh

        • RIB February 18, 2020 at 3:58 pm #

          Dwight Towne’s house from just up the road from me in Mystic, BRH

          • BackRowHeckler February 18, 2020 at 4:09 pm #

            You must be near Westerly, RIB.

            Do you remember the Beaver Brown Band?

  76. Pucker February 18, 2020 at 3:19 pm #

    Don’t you think that it’s a bit weird that Stalin used to insist that his legal father was not his biological father and that his biological father was a priest?

    Is there a mythology that most “Great Men” are bastards?

  77. BackRowHeckler February 18, 2020 at 3:23 pm #

    So Evelyn is a Comanche indian, like Quanah Parker. Who knew?

    • Janos Skorenzy February 18, 2020 at 3:32 pm #

      He was a half breed like Evie – a good man who tried to save his degenerate people with the Peyote Religion. He apparently got some of this from other Tribes to south into Mexico. The rest he got from Christianity. An amazing man, at home in both worlds: the spiritual and the material, and the White and the Indian. But he never stopped being a dangerous one for all his sophistication and spirituality.

      Towards the end, all social mores had broken down among them. They had no economy to speak of – all they did was raid. Young men would beat up old men and take their young wives, etc. Of course, if the old men were hoarding the young women, what else could they expect?

    • RIB February 18, 2020 at 4:00 pm #

      No no no ,my friend. Evelyn is a Comanche native American!

    • SoftStarLight February 18, 2020 at 4:06 pm #

      Haha really?!! Who knew Evelyn was a Comanche name! At least her name isn’t Nani Chito LOL!

  78. RIB February 18, 2020 at 4:03 pm #

    The Comanche were an early Native American tribe, who like the Wuhan Chinese, spread disease

    :The Comanche, who traded and raided in New Mexico, held an annual trade fair on the Arkansas River in the general region of today’s Kansas-Colorado border. These gatherings drew Wichita, Pawnee, Plains Apache, Kiowa, Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Eastern Shoshone, and it is likely that infections spread widely in the resulting encounters

    • EvelynV February 18, 2020 at 11:16 pm #

      Comanche were the bad asses of all bad asses. We (they) drove the Apache from their lands. Apaches we the alpha dogs until the Comanche came along. They didn’t fuck around with coloring themselves with girlie colors. The wore black warpaint and that was it.

      If you saw the movie “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” there was some pretty good realism presented. If you knew they were going to get their hands on you, you’d better eat a bullet before they did.

      Until repeating rifles were invented no military force in the world could have stood up to them. They were the nastiest. Small, dark, vicious predators that all others feared with good reason.

      • BackRowHeckler February 18, 2020 at 11:46 pm #

        Until they ran into Lt Col Ranald Slidell Mackenzie and his 4th Cavalry at the battle of Palo Duro Canyon in the Red River War, whereas the Comanches were crushed.

        A local kid, Cpl William O’Neil, US Army, won a medal of honor in that battle.

        brh

  79. Janos Skorenzy February 18, 2020 at 4:13 pm #

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/18/us/boy-scouts-bankruptcy-sex-abuse.html

    Thus they go down as I predicted. Did they think by allowing openly Gay Scouts and Masters the amount of abuse would decrease? Or that it would engender renewed trust on the part of the parents? That’s about as wise as America increasing the amount of Muslim immigration after 9/11. The only thing that held this disaster together was the Parents not knowing about the amount of Gay abuse of their boys. Thus a culture of secrecy was a prerequisite at all levels.

    Scouting is Junior Fascism (thus the khakis) or it is nothing but a Gay fantasy.

    • cc rider February 19, 2020 at 1:46 pm #

      Yes JS, and I was a Boy Scout myself, well, forty years ago now. My Scoutmaster was ousted for being, er, inappropriate with a few boys. Times were different then so it didn’t make any news, not even locally. Since there wasn’t any allegation of full fledged molestation, or actual sex, the parents didn’t press legal charges. But the BSA did kick him out and banned him for ten years. Of course he should’ve been banned for life.

      When I got a bit older I pretty much figured out that my Scoutmaster had his designs on me too. I believe that the reason why he never did anything to me is because he was afraid of my Dad. And my Dad did not like him from the get go, and he knew it. He suspected that there was something off about him. That is the key: A Dad who is wise, on the ball, and willing to protect his kids. Sadly too many kids don’t have that protection.

      My experience overall was that some of my Scouting involvement was fun and provided me with some good memories. But in the long run it wasn’t really very helpful or morally uplifting, and some of the lowest life characters I ever knew as a teen were fellow Scouts. Including the adult leaders. The BSA overall is full of shit/hypocrisy and
      filled with despicable people. I hope it doesn’t recover from this bankruptcy.

  80. fugeguy February 18, 2020 at 4:15 pm #

    Silver up almost 50 cent.

    Gold up almost a jackson.

    Could it be that certain river in Egypt is starting to run dry?

    • fugeguy February 18, 2020 at 4:20 pm #

      Of course the way this is going we may end up casting our silver into something more useful…

  81. Janos Skorenzy February 18, 2020 at 5:19 pm #

    RT

    A group of anti-dairy activists, including topless women, upstaged Democratic race frontrunner Bernie Sanders at his own campaign rally ahead of the Nevada primaries. The senator kept his cool, laughing off the stunt, however.
    Keen on capitalizing on his success in Iowa and New Hampshire, Sanders was holding a rally in Carson, Nevada on Sunday. He was barely a couple of minutes into his speech when a young woman, who could be seen lurking behind the podium during the live broadcast, rushed the stage and attempted to wrestle the microphone from the Vermont independent.
    Sanders did not give in, taking a few steps away from the podium, which allowed the activist to grab another mic and go on chiding the progressive Democrat for his support of the local dairy industry.
    “Bernie, I’m your biggest supporter. And I’m here to ask you to stop propping up the dairy industry and to stop propping up animal agriculture. I believe in you!

    JS: Thank you RT. At least this time Bernie fought and was able to keep his mic. The buxom beast then grabbed another mic and shouted out her message. Another vegan, a breasty Black, squirted a purple substance all over her tawny torso. Point made! No doubt she will become the Earth Mother to Kdog’s Ish in the new order.

    • PeteAtomic February 18, 2020 at 5:45 pm #

      what the hell was the pink crap they poured on themselves ?

      • Janos Skorenzy February 18, 2020 at 5:49 pm #

        You’re wondering if it’s edible so you can lick it off, right? You people (men) are all the same.

        I admit it’s a great way to meet girl of course….

        • PeteAtomic February 19, 2020 at 9:55 am #

          nahhh.. I don’t think I’d lick anything off those chicks until they’d had taken a shower 🙂

    • K-Dog February 18, 2020 at 8:32 pm #

      When I saw Bernie last night all we had was someone who tried to unfurl a ‘Ride the Trump Train flag from where I was sitting. A young woman tried to grab it away and he body bumped her.

      The Tacoma PD showed him to the door taking his flag with him.

      https://heavyeditorial.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/pjimage-19.jpg?quality=65&strip=all

      I am in the photo on the right in the far bleachers.

      • K-Dog February 18, 2020 at 8:34 pm #

        17000 and one dog.

        • Majella February 18, 2020 at 9:36 pm #

          I recently watched a whole 40 minutes of Bernie at a rally. How refreshing – articulate, generous and coherent. No sign (as far as I could see) of a teleprompter.

          I compared that to the pompous, infantile, incoherent ravings of Himself, with all his blaming and name-calling and barely any sentence completed.

          However, I seem to recall being informed by a much-self-lauded high IQ poster hereabouts that Himself is an ‘accomplished speaker’.

          What a joke. Himself’s quasi-‘stream-of-consciousness’ style is chaotic.

          No doubt (I’ll shortly be told by the above-referred-to poster), it’s actually a very clever tactic because he connects directly with the amygdala of his audience, who operate on a basic instinct level of reaction.

          • BackRowHeckler February 18, 2020 at 11:27 pm #

            Breadline Bernie supporters don’t have to worry about President Trump right now. He’s not the one who’s going to take Bernie down. Forget about the president for the time being. I know you hate him, but for the moment let that go. I guarantee you at THIS MOMENT the DNC and Bloombergs people are in a backroom somewhere scheming to kneecap Sanders and elevate Bloomberg, angling, cooking up a scheme, searching his background with a magnifying glass for things to use against him and barring that, negotiating a payment, a large payment, to convince Sanders to drop out. It wouldn’t be hard to pull off. The man’s approaching 80, he has a bad heart … his doctor strongly recommends he withdraw, slow down, smell the roses, enjoy the few years he has left on this earth (‘take the $50 million Bloomberg is offering you, get a place in the Caribbean. You deserve it’) Bernie Bros like K-Dog and Majella won’t be happy but tjey’ll get over it. Sanders himself will endorse Mayor Bloomberg, and he will encourage his people to support the Mayor too. All the bashing of ‘millionaires and billionaires’, all the incitement of class hatred and envy, its been a big mistake. Its time to move on. And while young Bernie Bros are battling it out on the streets with the Milwaukee PD, getting their heads crushed, sucking tear gas, and incurring felony arrest records, Bernie himself will be on a 747 to Martinique where the sun is hot, the drinks are cold, and he doesn’t have to give any more of those goddam speeches inveighing against people he’s envied and hated all his life, for now he is one of them.

            brh

          • Majella February 19, 2020 at 4:00 am #

            Absolutely agree with you Marlin.

            However, the observation was just one of distinguishment between Himself and, well everyone else I personally know and the myriad of public figures.

            If he wants to sharpen his act and get witty, he should hire a few old, experienced Australian MPs. Those guys know how to rip you a new one and have 90% of the electorate laughing WITH you.

          • Majella February 19, 2020 at 4:02 am #

            Well, I agree with the first part, that Trump is not yet his opposition. But your fantasy that he can be bought out is just your own magical thinking.

          • BackRowHeckler February 19, 2020 at 7:56 am #

            Just having some fun Majella. I doubt if he could be bought out. One thing tho, if Bloomberg ends up as the nominee, I can’t see Sanders endorsing him or encouraging his own supporters to vote for him. There would be a real split in the Dem party, no matter how much Bloomberg panders to this or that group and demographic.

            Brh

          • PeteAtomic February 19, 2020 at 9:52 am #

            BRH is right… Bloomberg is the biggest threat to Bernie right now.. and if this goes to a brokered convention (which it sure looks like it will) the dem superdelegates aren’t going to run Sanders…

            All the talk about “ma revolution” and taxing the millionaires goes away real quick..

          • Majella February 19, 2020 at 5:07 pm #

            “Just having some fun Majella.”

            Fair enough, Marlin.

          • Nightowl February 20, 2020 at 3:13 am #

            Bloomberg poses no threat whatsoever. He is a cutthroat global capitalist and the incriminating tapes are trickling out.

            The only option the progs have at this point is Mayor Pete. But Pete is also not a left winger underneath the queer/multi-kulti PR sloganeering. He is a global capitalist like Bloomberg.

            Trump is the only independent in the race, and there is currently no opposing candidate that understands media and the psychology of campaigning well enough to beat him.

            He is also far taller, broader, and blonder than any of the rest. Particularly Bloomberg.Which is really all most people will care about in the end.

      • PeteAtomic February 19, 2020 at 9:45 am #

        That would have been fun and interesting to see ole Bernie there..

  82. sunburstsoldier February 18, 2020 at 5:25 pm #

    I see you folks are still at it. I was wondering if anyone here has an opinion on the difference between the way Trump and Bloomberg amassed their wealth. It seems to me Bloomberg, to a certain extent, was in the right place at the right time at the beginning of the digital revolution (this isn’t saying he is not a genius at what he does) where as Trump built up his fortune the old-fashioned way through acquiring real estate one piece at a time…

    • Majella February 18, 2020 at 7:05 pm #

      “Trump built up his fortune the old-fashioned way through acquiring real estate one piece at a time…

      That’s a laugh. If you’re referring to Daddy Fred, you’re partially right, in that he leveraged (and rorted) Federal funding development loans after WW2. He then illegally set about distributing that amassed lucre to his children through highly questionable transactions.

      So Himself has been shown to have received $400 million from Daddy Fred over the years and then was so smart as to actually LOSE a billion over the decade from 1987 to 1996. Real clever…

      What does Trump Organisation own now? Most obviously, Trump Tower, Mar-a-Lago, the Trump International Washington, and a bunch of golf resorts (many of which are losing money hand over fist).

      What happened to:
      > Trump University
      > Trump Steaks
      > Trump Water
      > Trump Shuttle
      > Trump Magazine
      > Trump Plaza & Taj Mahal (Atlantic City)

      So, no – your statement is incorrect.

      • BackRowHeckler February 18, 2020 at 7:53 pm #

        So, he’s a businessman.

        Wins some, loses some.

        Maybe you like Lawyers or tenured Marxist bullsh#tters better. If yes, vote blue.

        • Majella February 18, 2020 at 8:26 pm #

          Whatever. Just stop kidding yourself he’s some kind of fucking financial genius. He objectively isn’t.

          • K-Dog February 18, 2020 at 8:38 pm #

            We can take comfort that he does not have enough to be one of them who tries to get to Mars.

            That is comfort, isn’t it?

          • Majella February 18, 2020 at 9:18 pm #

            Indeed, K-Dog. Even if he DID have enough folding money, he’d never SPEND it on anything worthwhile (he’s a famous cheapskate).

            Anyway, with the $3.3 trillion of Federal income at his personal disposal (since the Unitary Presidential Concept has been ticked off by the toadies in the Senate), why would he spend your own money on anything?

            So, now we have …(ta-dah!) The Space Force! Wow! a bargain at only $15.4 billion (mostly on new branding, probably, as it’s already a section of the USAF anyway).

            And who couldn’t RESIST the Starfleet connection?

            https://ew.com/celebrity/2020/01/24/george-takei-space-force-logo-star-trek/

          • Majella February 18, 2020 at 9:18 pm #

            “your” = “his”

          • EvelynV February 18, 2020 at 11:07 pm #

            No K-Dog, if he made it to mars we’d be rid of him. 250+ less pounds of stink on this planet.

          • malthuss February 19, 2020 at 11:03 am #

            Define ‘genius’–money making machine operator?

          • Nightowl February 20, 2020 at 3:20 am #

            Judging by his portfolio, experience, net worth, and accomplishments, objective reality would appear not to be on your side.

            When one accepts truth, life gets easier.

          • Majella February 21, 2020 at 1:05 am #

            You have access to verifiable evidence regarding his portfolio and net worth? Great. The SDNY could use your help.

  83. PeteAtomic February 18, 2020 at 5:48 pm #

    damn Janos, now I want those topless chicks to come over and protest me the next time I eat a Texas Double Whopper…

    minus dumping the pink junk on themselves..

    Daddy needs some milk!

    😉

    • Janos Skorenzy February 19, 2020 at 3:11 am #

      No, they’re against Dairy – that was the whole point of the protest. Do you pierce ears? Expand into nipples and you may enjoy your work in a new way.

      • PeteAtomic February 19, 2020 at 9:43 am #

        Almond milk? lol

        ..and I’m not piercing anything lol

        • BackRowHeckler February 19, 2020 at 10:58 am #

          No, Pete, I notice some of the young female relatives round here are drinking Almond Milk. The ones into yoga seem to go for it. I myself can’t stomach the stuff. What the hell’s the point? You can’t put it in coffee. It’s not even milk, really, just looks like milk.

          When did milk and dairy products become a political issue? Or is everything a political issue now?

          • PeteAtomic February 20, 2020 at 6:23 pm #

            yeah I suppose you are right..it’s not “milk” technically is it.. it makes a good chocolate “milk” beverage though however..

  84. Majella February 18, 2020 at 6:50 pm #

    Someone please explain how I’ve screwed this up…

    Bloomberg and Sanders both promote a Financial Transaction Tax as the simplest & fairest way to fund all government needs. Bloomberg is suggesting an 0.1% tax, starting with 0.02% initially.

    Sanders 2016 plan was a little more complex with three tiers. So, for the purposes of this exercise, I’ve used Bloomberg’s 0.1% – which amounts to 10 cents per $100.

    Just plain arithmetic shows just how simple it would be to fully fund all the current US federal expenditure and drop income tax entirely.

    The turnover of the financial markets amounts to, on average, $1,400 trillion per month, or $16,800 trillion per annum.

    The current Federal revenue is $3.3 trillion (+/-17% of GDP) plus a 1 trillion deficit (as proposed next year) for $4.4 trillion.

    $16,800 trillion x 0.02% = $3.36 trillion.

    $16,800 trillion x 0.1% = $16.8 trillion.

    (The irony of a tax of ‘one-tenth of one percent’ should not be lost to readers.)

    In Britain, the FTT is known as “The Robin Hood Tax” and really got some momentum after the 2008 crash & bailout.

    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Hood_tax)

    No doubt, the really uber-wealthy correspondents hereabouts will wail at how unfair such an impost would be and how they’d simply move their transactions elsewhere, they being the great patriots they are.

    • Tate February 18, 2020 at 7:06 pm #

      You’ve screwed it up by not thinking outside the box. The trading turnover wouldn’t remain at its current level & so the tax wouldn’t generate the claimed estimated revenue.

      It wouldn’t matter to real flesh & blood traders, but it would wipe out the algo trading model. It’s a great idea!

      • Majella February 18, 2020 at 7:14 pm #

        Right, so suppressing the wild financial speculation would be a good thing, right?

        As I pointed out, at current volumes, the Dime per Benjamin would generate $16.8 trillion, while the Federal budget is only around $5 trillion. Plenty of room for market ‘shrinkage’.

        • Tate February 18, 2020 at 8:52 pm #

          It would be a good thing IMO to DEMOLISH the High Frequency Trading model (I called it the ‘algo trading model’ but on checking Investopedia apparently HFT is a subset of algo.)

          It would NOT generate $16.8 trillion, even if the market shrinks only by the amount of HFT, which is a significant % of the market total, maybe as high as 40-50%.

          You know, Majella, you’re a financial genius, you should contact OMB & present your discovery LOL.

          Not that I would shed a tear if hard times hit Wall Street, only trying to make it clear that it would not solve the US budget deficit. Really, you people never consider basic ideas like a demand curve.

          • Majella February 18, 2020 at 9:39 pm #

            Tate – no claim to financial genius. I simply ask where my arithmetic is flawed, if it indeed is.

            I’m guessing it’s not, because you haven’t corrected the basic equations, but as you say, other factors outside of the arithmetic would come into play.

            Thanks

      • Majella February 18, 2020 at 8:30 pm #

        There’s this too:

        “The plan his [Bloomberg’s] team released Tuesday included statistics detailing inequalities he’s promised to remedy, including $1.5 trillion in student loan debt, discriminatory lending against people of color and what he categorized as reckless and exploitative ultra-fast trading.”

        Good stuff, especially the “Flash Boys’ ” front-trading.

      • K-Dog February 18, 2020 at 8:46 pm #

        Yes, it is small enough so that authentic business transactions would find it, well, ‘the cost of doing business‘. It would not be a hindrance. Algorithmic trading would be blocked. I agree, a great idea.

        • Tate February 18, 2020 at 8:54 pm #

          Yes.

        • BackRowHeckler February 19, 2020 at 12:14 am #

          Its expensive to buy stock now for the average investor. Wouldn’t your plan make it worse?

          • K-Dog February 19, 2020 at 12:30 am #

            The average investor gets nicked the way it is now anyway. The last time I moved an investment I took it in the shorts.

            But seriously, 10 cents on a hundred bucks would be 100 bucks if you were rolling over a 100 K.

            If your new investment pays a motley 3% a year it will only take you about two weeks to recover the fee. And if you saw 3.5% across the street it would be worth the walk and sitting it out benched for two more weeks.

          • K-Dog February 19, 2020 at 12:36 am #

            I’m guesstimating this but I think the break even point for making the extra half a percent in interest worthwhile in this hypothetical investment would be about 12 weeks in. After that the extra interest is all profit. Half a percent on $100 K is $500 bucks so the walk across the street after a year is well worth it.

          • Tate February 19, 2020 at 3:27 am #

            It’s expensive to buy stocks now because prices are high by historical standards, not because fees are high. If you view a stock as a stream of discounted future cash flows, stocks are not going to produce a return any better than treasury bills over the next ten years. They could even produce a negative return over that time frame. That’s John Hussman’s opinion, not mine, but I’ve read his arguments & I believe he’s right.

          • Majella February 19, 2020 at 4:07 am #

            Yes, Tate. The crazy capital gains, fuelled by the invisible but ongoing QE is what is creating gains -on paper.

            The US has the lowest yielding stockmarket in the OECD. Litlle old NZ market averages in the mid 6% range. It keeps the capital value/purchase price manageable and accessible too, when they go ex-dividend.

          • Majella February 19, 2020 at 4:13 am #

            K-Dog – as well, factor in that that FTT fee is ALL the tax you’re liable for. All of it. Your break-even comes a lot quicker in that context.

    • fugeguy February 19, 2020 at 6:01 pm #

      I think the money would go where it is treated better.

      Plus $16,800 trillion is “funny” money. When they funny money players start writing real checks it is likely to dry up fast.

      Just my 2 cents.

      • Majella February 20, 2020 at 5:37 am #

        That $16,800 trillion of ‘funny money’ – by which I’m guessing you mean ‘notional’ in that it’s just turnover -the same dollars being recycled endlessly – already produces a huge chunk of actual wealth in the form of brokerage and fees – way more than the 10 basis points the FTT is aimed at grabbing.

        • fugeguy February 20, 2020 at 11:00 am #

          Exactly Majella. If anyone thinks that Global Capitalists are going to donate 3-4 trillion to some cock in bull socialist experiment in America than you probably believe Liz is a lost Indian princess. But in certain groups reality need not apply or is optional or something.

          Despite the talk no way in hell these morons are going to extract 3-4 T a year from the Bloombergs of the world. Not how it works so the rest of us will be stuck with more debts and nothing to show for it. Recall that giving people shit never fixes anything. Just squandered money.

          • Majella February 20, 2020 at 4:41 pm #

            Fugeguy – “donate”?

            So you’ve entirely given up on the possibility of any future government being able to regulate the huge market in financial assets, trading & derivatives and thereby levying sufficient revenue to relieve you, me and everyone else scratching a living by working for wages/salaries etc from paying the current income tax?

            I can see the problem with the current government – the vested interests & lobbyists own the ear of the legislators – but power shifts and things can be changed. The EU has a pretty strong hold on the corporate body operating in Europe. It seems the USA is the only place where these big-money-guys hold all the sway.

            https://hbr.org/2010/01/brooksley-born-and-the-power-o

  85. SoftStarLight February 19, 2020 at 1:26 am #

    I think I watched CCP propaganda on youtube. This American woman who teaches English in Wuhan is supposedly walking around during her approved time to be outside her house or her apartment or whatever. And so she is showing everybody how there aren’t many people out and about but the people who are, are dutifully wearing masks and gloves and this and that. And she goes into a grocery store and she tallks about how the government is doing so great in having the grocery stores and pharmacies and basic services going or at least partly operating. And she talked about how its like the government responds to every need and makes you feel so safe. It does seem like it’s really clean and orderly there and it does appear they have everything under control. So I started to wonder. But then she said something about how people were posting all kinds of misinformation about China and the virus online. And she looked right into the camera and said something like, you can’t believe every fucking thing you read online. That snark made me roll my eyes then I laughed out loud because the first comment I saw said “You livin in Raccoon City bro”. The CCP is probably just as bad if not worse than Umbrella Corporation?

    • K-Dog February 19, 2020 at 2:09 am #

      If the CCP lived up to professed ideals a Chinese worker complaining about bad working conditions would be seen as doing their civic duty. The reality is complainers received quick trips back to the provinces or worse.

      How did I learn this. From a Chinese worker working in America is how. Or from the horses mouth people once said.

      It was everyone patriotic duty to work for the economic domination of China and die doing it if need be. The nail that sticks up gets pounded down. The CCP became the biggest company in the world.

      • Majella February 19, 2020 at 4:09 am #

        The CCP? I heard/believe it’s the People’s Liberation Army that runs the koi the.

        • Majella February 19, 2020 at 4:10 am #

          ‘…runs the joint” (though they probably have a koi monopoly too).

      • SoftStarLight February 19, 2020 at 9:23 am #

        Aha! So then they are just like Umbrella. The “maybe worse” part is possibly TBD?

  86. Pucker February 19, 2020 at 5:35 am #

    Stalin seemed to have had “The Hots” for Nadya. Stalin married her when she was 17. Stalin was 39. Russian women seem to be attracted to very coarse blokes who exude Power and lack empathy. The Bolsheviks all had a Nom de Guerre. You couldn’t pronounce Stalin’s real name. Stalin’s nickname was Koba. His nom de guerre was Stalin. I think that Stalin means “Steel”, but he may have chosen the name from a girl that he was Fuck’n at the time with the surname “Stal”, and it sounded like “Lenin” who Stalin worshipped.

    Stalin’s big buddy was “Molotov”. Molotov is also a nom de guerre which means “Hammer”. I don’t know which Bolshevik bloke took the name “Sickle”. Two Rappers: Hammer and Sickle. Molotov married some big ugly feminist chick who he’d write love letters to amidst organizing the starvation, deportation, and extermination of the Kulaks. Apparently, the Bolsheviks who were cruel, methodical plodding “Administrators” never had a precise definition of a Kulak. In other words, being a Kulak in the early 1930’s was like being a “Racist” today, an ambiguous category of Enemy.

    The Bolshevik women were all big feminists and very promiscuous. The Bolshevik men basically fucked them and treated them like dirt. It doesn’t look like the Bolshevik women ever got their #MeToo moment.

    The “Progressive” Bolsheviks today give their “Progressive” leaders disarming, catchy names like “Bernie” and “AOC”, rather than hard, strong names like Stalin (Steel), and Molotov (Hammer). Would you give power to a 70 year old bloke with one foot in the grave named “Bernie” who looks like your high school Math teacher?

    • Pucker February 19, 2020 at 5:42 am #

      The Bolsheviks, as Michael Bloomberg would say, “Got Things Done”. The Bolsheviks got things done because they were cruel, murderous “Administrators”. Trump can’t get anything done because the feckless, corrupt US Federal Government bureaucracy and The Deep State bureaucrats just thumb their noses at Trump, so Trump can’t execute anything.

      Trump needs a “Hammer”, a “Molotov”….

      • ellipsis February 19, 2020 at 10:21 am #

        Trump needs a lobotomy. With soldering iron, just to be sure.

    • SoftStarLight February 19, 2020 at 9:27 am #

      No I would not. And I won’t. But now Hammer and Sickle? Well. I would love to see them “get things done” and go through Wall Street and DC with bulldozers LOL.

    • K-Dog February 19, 2020 at 10:59 am #

      Russian women seem to be attracted to very coarse blokes who exude Power and lack empathy.

      You have not been watching the ‘Bachelor’. If you had you’d know that’s how American women like em too. American women are however a little more picky. They also like their men stupid and pushy.

      They call it ‘assertive’.

      The math teacher look is a secret weapon, a super power. Republicans can’t do math. Years of pretending there is no global warming and bullshitting that giving tax breaks to the wealthy does not hurt society has mushified their heads.

      Get a progressive congress on the hill, Bernie comes over here and there with his math look to give a speech so he can make all the Republicans fall asleep. Before I started liking math math teachers made my head crash onto my student desk more than a few times. Then progressives take over.

      It is not that Bernie can do that much by himself but Bernie can change our Zeitgeist. He can chase our pervasive blue nihilism away. Change is possible but people forgot.

  87. Cargill February 19, 2020 at 8:00 am #

    A miasma of consternation lay heavy across the Potomac swamp late last week when former FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe was let off the hook for lying to his own bureau

    No – what happened JHK is that your particular conspiracy theory de jour did not play out – and not for the first time.

    while, elsewhere across DC, the distinguished Lt. General Flynn was still fighting for his life against exactly the same charge after three years of dilatory maneuvers by the DOJ

    No – Flynn has been stitched up because he’s an out-and-out felon, who has objectively been tried and sentenced.

    then the sketchy Roger Stone matter entered a twilight zone of jiggery-pokery that appeared to climax in a staged ruse by his four prosecutors to lure the Attorney General, Mr. Barr, into a trap.

    No – Roger Stone is a convicted felon, and his sentence range was appropriate. When Trump and Barr pile on – stomping through the prosecutor branch of the DOJ, then the only honourable thing to do is to resign.

    I was going to go through every paragraph of this conspiracy-fuelled rant from Kunstler, and offer a rebuttal, but then I thought, why bother. There is so much tinfoil-hat stuff in there that I don’t have the time or energy.

    Kunstler and all his henchman on here have to understand that people from the Democratic Party (and the general centre-left) are not the enemy of the people nor the enemy of the state … they have every right to act in the way they do.

    Trump is the head of a vicious professional crime family, and his accidental presidential win has led him to (a) make huge amounts of money off of it, and (b) turn the republic into a third-world dictatorship so that his corruption can go unchecked, unconstrained, and unpunished.

    Every single paragraph that Kunstler writes attacking the essentially powerless Democrats (and even their few supporters in the bureaucracy) – week in and week out – serves to further the totally corrupt agenda of Trump and his followers and lackeys. Kunstler should be totally ashamed – aiding and abetting this criminal.

    History will not be kind to him.

    • SoftStarLight February 19, 2020 at 9:35 am #

      You spend a whole lot a time writing about how what your writing is just a waste of time because you are dealing with “tin foil hat conspiracy theorists” and blah blah blah. First off, you aren’t Australian so that is quite clear. Why would an Australian spend so much time hashing out the microscopic details of the political dramas in DC? I could care less what happens in Australia. I mean its a beautiful place from what I have seen and the people seem nice and friendly. But that is about it. You seem to think that no one on the Democrat side is a criminal. Well most people in politics are criminals sweetie no matter what party there in. The fact that you are so focused on how great and true the Democrats are just proves you are a political hack. History isn’t kind to hacks and rats.

      • BackRowHeckler February 19, 2020 at 10:08 am #

        Yeah SSL, Cargill seems to be too invested in US political minutea to be an Australian. First off one must ask him: why do you care? You live 10,000 miles from here, what does any of this matter to you? IMHO, Cargill is an Australian like Evelyn is a Comanche Indian, LoL.

        Brh

        • JohnAZ February 19, 2020 at 10:23 am #

          Seems to me he/she is a Dem troll. If he/she believes what is written, why would he/she continue to read and contest JHKs opinions on the corruption in DC. Why the vitriol? He/she sounds like someone very close to the top of the Dem./Progressive/globalist pyramid that spends 100% of their time digging up dirt on anyone associated with the America First movement and totally ignoring the corruption of the Left Progressives in the US.

          • Majella February 19, 2020 at 7:47 pm #

            (If you insist on leaving the gender of the poster in question, how about using s/he rather than ‘he/she’ which is hard on the eye..)

        • RIB February 19, 2020 at 10:39 am #

          LOL! BRO

        • K-Dog February 19, 2020 at 10:41 am #

          Anybody who tries to use miasma in a sentence is welcome here. He used it second word in.

        • SoftStarLight February 19, 2020 at 12:36 pm #

          Haha! I think you are on to his game too Brh!

        • Majella February 19, 2020 at 5:22 pm #

          Why does geographic remoteness matter to you guys so much?

          Australia and NZ, with Canada and Britain – basically, the English-speaking world – are US ‘partners’ in so many geopolitical aspects (though not all of them savoury, of course).

          As a Kiwi, I feel an intense interest in the goings-on of the United States. What the US Government does affects the rest of the world way more than you can imagine. In 1990, only 2% of Americans had a valid passport. There’s been significant growth since then but it’s still only 42%. 70% of Kiwis do and use them. We’re a well-travelled lot and have a perspective that the stay-at-homes don’t.get.

          You’ll note that the criticism leveled by your resident Antipodeans is leveled at the US Government, not the American people. So, all this ‘she’s a Dem troll’ bullshit should be dropped. Cargill & I are not members of the Democratic Party and neither of us make statements that SUPPORT it. We simply have a political view that many hereabouts are willfully blind to, demonstrated by the ‘ad homs’ so casually leveled.

          • benr February 21, 2020 at 9:51 am #

            It matters because politics is nuanced,
            It matters because he has access to leftist slanted media sources and does not understand what being an American is really all about frankly neither do you.
            Your views are utterly alien in many aspects to the reality of what it is like to grow up as a kid in America.

      • cc rider February 19, 2020 at 2:02 pm #

        Yeah, and instead of laying out specifically how Cargill thinks JHK is wrong, he instead engages in ad hominem. Such as calling JHK’s writing full of “tin foil hat conspiracies”.

        Cargill….Majella….EvelynV are the CFN’s “Squad”. Lol…

        (Yes, I just now engaged in some ad hominem myself. But all in good fun. Bwahahahaha…)

    • ellipsis February 19, 2020 at 10:19 am #

      Kunstler and all his henchman on here have to understand that people from the Democratic Party (and the general centre-left) are not the enemy of the people nor the enemy of the state … they have every right to act in the way they do.

      Well, you got it half right anyway. Trump’s a renegade criminal, true enough. But that hardly reflects well on the openly corrupt lap dog Donkey Shitters.

      • Majella February 19, 2020 at 5:26 pm #

        I think his point is that the left & centre-left have no other home at present. While the DNC organisation may be a corrupt organ of the elite, and that many in Congress (both houses) are in cahoots with it, that doesn’t necessarily reflect on the personal integrity of people who don’t agree with the Himself & the GOP.

    • PeteAtomic February 20, 2020 at 10:41 am #

      “Kunstler and all his henchman on here….”

      ????

      Jim has henchmen??

      hilarity!!

      🙂

  88. SoftStarLight February 19, 2020 at 9:42 am #

    Bernie is doing it again…and this early in the game!? Wow!

    https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2020/02/18/sanders-obscene-bloomberg-is-trying-to-buy-the-presidency-ill-support-dem-nominee/

    Bernie just ain’t no Hammer and he ain’t no Sickle either!

    • ellipsis February 19, 2020 at 10:16 am #

      Trouble is, he honestly believes that’s a bad thing. Cash payouts directly to the voters is the wave of the future. Why should only political the consultants get rich? I want some too. The quote unquote “democracy” (irony quotes) has long been sold off either way.

      • SoftStarLight February 19, 2020 at 12:41 pm #

        Well that’s what Andrew Yang’s universal income push was all about. He is a smart man and thus the people obviously did not want him in. That and the consultants probably worked against him every step of the way.

        • ellipsis February 19, 2020 at 2:52 pm #

          Too indirect. I want money for the vote itself. Don’t trust the bastards after the fact.

      • malthuss February 19, 2020 at 1:59 pm #

        You are fooled. The democrats have always paid the Black guy. I mean little guy.

        Democrat?
        Think about it:
        1) Democrats want to Deprive Citizens of their Constitutional Rights and give those Rights to Illegals (who break the law daily.)
        2) Democrats want to replace US Citizen Workers with Foreign Workers.
        3) Democrats want Illegals to go to school for Free while making US Citizens into financial slaves by going into debt to get an Education.
        4) Democrats want to give Free Healthcare to Illegals and make Citizens pay for Healthcare
        5) Democrats want to Tax Citizens into Financial Slavery to pay for all the Free Things for Illegals.
        Just think the Money Mini Mike and Steyer spent to buy the Democrat Nomination – how much good that money would have went to Help Homeless People, Veterans, Children, and the Elderly.

        • ellipsis February 19, 2020 at 2:58 pm #

          Yes, and maybe we could end all that once we went to the Direct Deposit Democracy System. Got a vote right here for sale. What do I hear for it, ladies and gents?

          By the way, you’re a fool if you don’t think the Pachyderms are doing the exact same thing. Their donors just have more money(!!!), although the jackasses are wise to their scheme now and following suit.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 20, 2020 at 1:15 am #

          For generations ordinary Americans were bombarded with the coming paradise that technology would bring. They were told in a million ways how good it was going to be for Everyone. Now that it’s here, they’re being excluded. They were lied to in other words. Capitalism was never going to deliver because it’s based on the good of the owners and managerial class ONLY. Socialism is based on the Good for all. Of course I mean National Socialism not the Marxism which is funded BY the Capitalists.

          We deserve way more than what we’re getting. They should start paying up what we were promised in terms of both wages and benefits. The Capitalists have big plans for Us: like turning us into multi-racial third worlders here in our homeland. And genociding the ones who won’t go along with it, using their Marxist allies as their attack dogs.

          The choice is Neither the Left nor the Right since ultimately they both merge into the Pyramid of Power. The real choice is the Third Way of Fascism and National Socialism (which includes the good sides of Capitalism).

    • K-Dog February 19, 2020 at 10:38 am #

      Bernie just ain’t no Hammer and he ain’t no Sickle either!

      …All I wanna do is see him run
      I got a feeling I’m not the only one <– Sheryl Crow

      Sung to the tune of 'All I want to do.

      • SoftStarLight February 19, 2020 at 12:42 pm #

        Well yeah! And he better beat Bloomberg at the least!

    • K-Dog February 19, 2020 at 11:17 am #

      Zimmerman is a bit slow in the head. Republicans promise their base what they want and Democrats do the same thing. Democrats profess to hate racists and to be inclusive. Republicans think being inclusive with homeless people is too smelly. Both promise their base what their base likes and once they get elected both do what they want after they pay back favors to corporate donors. If Zimmerman wants us to believe that shooting Travon was nothing personal he should understand that him being called a racist is nothing personal. It is just something Warren and Buttigieg have to do to virtue signal to their base that they wear the right plumage while they pull their wool over everybodies eyes.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 19, 2020 at 12:42 pm #

        Yeah cuz Blacks never do anything wrong, right? Therefore any claim of self defense against them is bogus because they never attack anyone, right?

        You have a very tenuous on this aspect of reality. And you studiously ignore the crime stats as they break down on race. Nothing personal: your whole tribe (of liberals so called) is like this.

      • SoftStarLight February 19, 2020 at 12:44 pm #

        Interesting angle. So essentially you are saying that Warren and Buttigieg say many things to signal these virtues, but in the end, they would not necessarily govern by those virtues if they were to enter office? So rather than attacking the virtue itself. Which we may or may not agree with. We really need to be looking to see if the preachers walk their talks?

        • malthuss February 19, 2020 at 2:05 pm #

          he has not aged well..one ugly peruvian mulatto.

          • Janos Skorenzy February 20, 2020 at 1:17 am #

            He’s a beautiful man. You only see thru the lens of your prejudices.

    • ellipsis February 19, 2020 at 3:00 pm #

      Nice! Another grifter playing the game as the rules dictate. Lawyer up, bitchez!

  89. PeteAtomic February 19, 2020 at 10:03 am #

    Anybody gonna watch the democrat debate tonight??

    I will..

    The big draw is gonna be oligarch Mike.. too bad he is as charismatic as a broken waffle maker.

    If Bloomberg has smart ppl around him he will completely deflect about his life/record and talk about how bad the GGG is…

    It’ll be humorous having Bloomberg & Sanders on the stage together.. we’ll see how well that works out!

    • BackRowHeckler February 19, 2020 at 10:10 am #

      Holy Sh#t, another debate?

      What more needs to be said? (That hasn’t been said already)

      • PeteAtomic February 19, 2020 at 10:57 am #

        the candidates are past the “nice” part of the primary race…so, that’s always good TV..

        the cast of power hungry insanity on the stage should be comedic enough.. I mean, seriously!

    • ellipsis February 19, 2020 at 10:13 am #

      Not gonna watch. If Bloomberg is smart he’ll play to his strength and just come right out and offer money for votes. I think we’re well past the pretense of fair elections now anyway, so might as well just cut right to the chase. At least the voters would get something out of it before they inevitably get ass-fucked for the next four years afterward.

    • K-Dog February 19, 2020 at 10:34 am #

      At least waffle makers have a checkered past and that is more than you can say about Mike.

  90. RIB February 19, 2020 at 10:41 am #

    https://www.cargill.com/

    • JohnAZ February 19, 2020 at 10:52 am #

      Insinuating that Cargill is a shill for this corporation?

  91. JohnAZ February 19, 2020 at 10:49 am #

    The economic debate presented above was interesting to read. The idea that any increasing taxation is good is an anathema. Know why? Because this very dysfunctional government will take that additional cash and squander it like they did with the increased taxation and regulation of the early Obama time. If Obama had just left things alone, his recovery would have been normal, but oh no, we have to have more money to waste. The deficit went up 10 trillion during his eight years. Increasing taxes just gave the Deep State more excuses to spend and spend. It still makes me laugh out loud to hear the Left, esp. the Progressives ever say anything about the deficit and debt as issues. Tax and Spend is the cause of the debt, not the solution.

    Increased taxation on corporations did one good thing during Obama’s time. It drove corporations overseas sending rust belt jobs with them. Trump’s election by the working people of the rust belt was the result.

    • ellipsis February 19, 2020 at 11:21 am #

      Safe to say that we should just end the income tax racket altogether then. My guess is the Elephant Shitters would squeal by far the loudest when their funds got cut off – as if that’s ever going to happen. By the way, the j-o-b-s ain’t ever coming back. Not until the entire population of India, Pakistan, and whatever other Shitholistan moves here to do them for slave wages first. Corporations deserve our unreserved contempt, not fawning adulation.

    • K-Dog February 19, 2020 at 11:25 am #

      Because this very dysfunctional government will take that additional cash and squander it.

      I can see it now. Bike lanes on the interstate freeways. From coast to coast!

    • Majella February 19, 2020 at 3:53 pm #

      JohnAZ

      If there is to BE any form of ‘government’, it requires funding to operate and deliver the services the social contract involves.

      That funding can only come from the economy, the activity of the market & profits. The question is how it is extracted.

      Currently, it is – in the main – extracted from the ‘profit’ of an individual’s labour, in the form of income tax. Some is extracted through consumption taxes (sales, VAT, GST). These methods lead to complexities and loopholes such that those with the greatest resources have the ability to not only exploit the loopholes, but to actually manipulate the legislators to CREATE them.

      In the meantime, there is this vast, virtually unregulated ‘financial market’ which amounts to $550 billion per day (in the US). Sure, it’s teh same money going round & round, but a Financial Transaction Tax of a minuscule amount – 1/10th of 1 percent on each transaction – has the potential to deliver sufficient funds to meet all the social contract obligations WITHOUT taxing the fruits of labour (wages & salaries).

      If you go back to when the first income tax was introduced in 1799 in England, two things are noticeable – first – it was to be a TEMPORARY measure to meet the costs of the Napoleonic Wars (we can see how THAT worked out…) and second, the definition of ‘income’ was the passive revenues arising from land ownership. The wages derived from ‘labour’ were considered ‘compensation’, not income.

      Today, the old concept of ‘landed gentry’ is better represented by the very small number of actors in the financial markets. There is “income” and we should tax THAT, not your compensation for time, talent and skills.

  92. PeteAtomic February 19, 2020 at 10:58 am #

    Hey, who here thinks Buttigieg will pull it out in the end??

    get it… “pull it out” …

    😉 heh heh

    • ellipsis February 19, 2020 at 11:05 am #

      I’m guessing not many want to witness that event! No telling what he’s had up there.

    • RIB February 20, 2020 at 5:43 am #

      I hear he’s reading a boat about discipline in the Greek Navy: “Admiral Dick Takes A Stern Approach.”

  93. JohnAZ February 19, 2020 at 11:13 am #

    Reading all of Bloomberg’s quotes from the past shows a man totally convinced that he is the smartest man in the US, that he can run the US all by himself, the ultimate elitist, a real representative of the Elitist class of the Democrat side.

    If Bloomberg buys the Dem nomination, this campaign is going to be elite versus elite. Both successful businessmen. One a showman the other a financier. One built a better national economy, the other continued running a successful safe NYC. Both narcissists.

    However, one believes that the American people are the key to success and the other thinks the elite in DC are the answer.

    The real elitist here believes that the common folks are scum, and has been caught many times saying so.

    Personally, I hope Bernie rips the elitist hide right off of him.

    • PeteAtomic February 19, 2020 at 11:26 am #

      “Personally, I hope Bernie rips the elitist hide right off of him.”

      me too!

    • ellipsis February 19, 2020 at 11:30 am #

      We ‘Muricans just loves us some elite. We couldn’t have possibly found a more fitting pair than Bloomy and Trump to vie for the big ring. I think Bloomy will steal just enough from Trump’s base to win the crown in the end. Bigger money always trumps big money. Oops! I made a funny!

      Maybe Bloomy will even drop the pretense afterward and admit he was an Elephant guy all along. Stupid Donkeys.

      And yes, the elite believe that we are all scum. Why shouldn’t they? They have all the money and all the power and we have none. They merely reflect what we all believe, but can’t bring ourselves to admit.

      • JohnAZ February 19, 2020 at 12:20 pm #

        Another interesting point.

        Both of these guys are from New York City, and were big shot competitors there. Confrontation between them, especially through their lawyers, has not left them friends, that is for sure. Trump succeeded against the entire East Coast Deep State crowd. Bloomberg has declared war against Trump and will spend billions trying to beat him. One more confrontation.

        It will still be individual responsibility versus collectivism as the main choice between the two. Add on nationalism first versus globalism. The people will make their choice. The US will follow the people’s choice. The US will just chug along under its current social capitalistic mixture or turn into another socialistic hum drum country.

        • ellipsis February 20, 2020 at 6:24 am #

          Which one is collectivist? You lost me there. I don’t see either one being particularly anti-globalist, although Trump talks a fairly good game, when he’s coherent at least. Bloomy is of course a Zionist Jew, so any pretense that we’re not a wholly owned Zionist subsidiary of Israel will be summarily dropped, but perhaps that’s a good thing. We the Sheeps should at least know who owns us before we get fleeced, don’t ya think? Granted, the Zionists usually prefer to fly under the cover of darkness, but perhaps they’ve determined that the time is finally right, what with the US economy overcooked to epic proportions by all that Zionist Fed provided funny money and ready to implode any day now. I’d say flip a coin for all it matters. Heads we’re fucked in the mouth, tails we get it in the ass. Personal preference, I guess.

          • akmofo February 20, 2020 at 1:39 pm #

            Yes, I heard this many times before, and to me you come across as a typical Jihadi-nazi scum that whines about their “powerlessness” only to become the worse barbaric lowlife swine once in power, and an order of magnitude worse than any of those they’re whining about.

            I very much doubt that you have any morals or scruples.

            I would thank the good Lord that you are “ruled by the FED and the Zionists”, because we know very well what life looks like under the rule of Jihadi-nazi scum, which to my ears, by your rhetoric, you very much sound the same.

      • Janos Skorenzy February 19, 2020 at 12:55 pm #

        Yeah, because if you were really smart and good you’d be rich. This is what people believe, and even Christianity has been changed to reflect it.

        • JohnAZ February 19, 2020 at 7:06 pm #

          Inter3sting though. Someone put out excerpts on Bloomberg in 2011 and 2012, saying how wonderful he thought Trump was when it was being suggested he might run in 2012. Called him a “Good Guy”.

          • ellipsis February 20, 2020 at 6:25 am #

            So he lied? Imagine that! The balls on that one!

        • K-Dog February 20, 2020 at 3:29 am #

          hey poor hey poor

          hey poor you don’t have to be poor no more.

    • Janos Skorenzy February 19, 2020 at 12:49 pm #

      Classic Azian confusion. There is no American People. To the extent there is, Bloomberg may defend them better than Bernie – if they happen to live near his people, the Jews. Otherwise, he couldn’t care less! Oh yeah (Oy Veh), they’re both Jews, aren’t they? Do they really disagree about that much? Israel has both strong strands of Socialism and strong strands of Capitalism – intertwined together in their love of Israel and the Jewish people. The intertwining only makes them Stronger….

      • SoftStarLight February 19, 2020 at 1:01 pm #

        I wish we were intertwined. I mean, what I mean to say is I wish that America had strong strands of Socialism and Capitalism that were intertwined together in their love of America and Real Americans.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 20, 2020 at 1:20 am #

          I wish we were intertwined too. You can work the Capitalist strings. I’ll work the Socialist ones.

      • malthuss February 19, 2020 at 2:07 pm #

        its uh gevalt. a jewish restaurant worker [she was bussing tables
        then going in for a late abortion] I mean NY actress taught me that–uh gevalt.

        • Janos Skorenzy February 20, 2020 at 1:24 am #

          What are you trying to say? Do even you know? Uh….

          I went into a used bookstore that’s just been taken over by two ugly/beautiful Jewish artist/witches. Sisters? They’re very nice! Do I let my prejudices stop me from liking people? Of course not! I just remember what’s what and who my real friends are. Not them obviously.

  94. BackRowHeckler February 19, 2020 at 11:56 am #

    Out in LA, hip hop ‘artist’ Pop Smoke was gunned down in a home invasion robbery in the Hollywood Hills. Another promising career cut short.

    Meanwhile, In Hartford, wild shootout ‘In de Club’, as many as a dozen people involved, many guns, bullets flying everywhere, 5 people shot. Apparently what touched it off is somebody bumped somebody else on the dancefloor — that’s all it takes.

    Brh

    • SoftStarLight February 19, 2020 at 12:51 pm #

      Pop Smoke went up in smoke! Now what will happen to Post Malone? He’s my favorite Rapper lol.

      • BackRowHeckler February 19, 2020 at 3:24 pm #

        Pop Smoke, I like that name. Yeah, he got smoked. For some of these hip hop artists it’s just not about the art; they live the life and live it on the edge. Biggy Smalls, Tupac, Nipsey Hustle, Pop Smoke, the list of casualties is long.

        Remember when Foxy Brown’s crew tommy gunned Bustys crew at a studio in downtown Manhattan … the rat tat tat of automatic rifle fire in sophisticated NYC? Cops made arrests but they never recovered the Tommy gun; it’s still out there ready to be deployed again when necessary.

        Brh

      • BackRowHeckler February 19, 2020 at 3:31 pm #

        I got the details wrong. It’s been awhile. Yes, Foxy Browns crew had the Tommy gun (and automatic pistols), it was L’il Kim’s crew — and L’il Kim herself — on the receiving end. L’il Kim, not Busty Hart.

    • malthuss February 19, 2020 at 2:01 pm #

      where do you find all this shit?
      you know so much about history AND current events.

      • BackRowHeckler February 19, 2020 at 3:11 pm #

        From working in a newspaper plant, Malthus.

        Quite a lot of down time, read the NY, Boston and London papers that come thru here.

        Who knows how much longer it will last, vulture capitalist Heath Freeman from Alden Capital bought partial interest in our parent company (Chicago Tribune) and will buy a controlling interest next summer. He’s known for acquiring struggling newspapers, stripping them to the bones, milking any profits out that can be had, then casting off the dry, dead husk. We are doomed. It’s only a matter of time now.

        Brh

        • malthuss February 19, 2020 at 5:50 pm #

          I wonder what you look like.

          • elysianfield February 20, 2020 at 12:15 am #

            …yeah, and what are you wearing right now…?

            Do you like Turkish prison movies?

            Do you own a weedwhacker?

            Inquiring minds NEED

            To know….

        • JohnAZ February 19, 2020 at 7:16 pm #

          Hmmm! Wonder if Heath is just another anti-Trumper buying up another piece of the media to form yet another bash Trump organization.

          It used to be that the editorial page and the letters to the editor sections were a good place to go for a plus and minus bias page on any topic. The creepy anti-Trump news corporations have made newspapers just socialist rags. No balance at all. If Fox News disappeared, there would be no conservative media at all.

          • Majella February 19, 2020 at 7:41 pm #

            ” If Fox News disappeared, there would be no conservative media at all.”

            Really, JohnAZ?

            Have you no access to OAN?

            Don’t you have access to any of the Sinclair Broadcasting’s 192 station network?

            https://www.forbes.com/sites/maddieberg/2018/05/02/meet-the-billionaire-clan-behind-the-media-outlet-liberals-love-to-hate/

            What about “The Blaze”?

            What about that fat lying dry-drunk with the Presidential Medal, Limbaugh?

            There’ll ALWAYS be plenty of access to the nut-job wing of political thinking, JohnAZ.

          • JohnAZ February 19, 2020 at 9:47 pm #

            Your opinion, which means nothing.

          • JohnAZ February 19, 2020 at 9:51 pm #

            OAN is supported by only a small percentage of cable networks which are controlled by the Left. I used to get it, no longer.

            Newsmax is a good one. But also small potatoes.

            There is no way in hell you can justify the overwhelming bias of the bought off media.

          • Nightowl February 20, 2020 at 5:57 pm #

            John,

            There is no conservative media, and there is no liberal media. They serve the system. Fox throws a few bones to individuals who think in these traditional terms, but they also serve the system. They continue to host Tucker Carlson, to grab the indy/Trump viewers, but they know this segment is small, which is why they offer nothing else. During the Bush era Fox was a dumpster fire, just like every other MSM outlet.

            The only two relatively neutral news organizations that are anywhere near mainstream are OANN and The Epoch Times.

            They have provided consistent coverage of the coup and Spygate, and are balanced sources for international news from an American perspective.

            There is nothing else. The answer is to seek out information and think critically.

  95. cc rider February 19, 2020 at 7:44 pm #

    Hmmmmm……

    AP source: Barr tells people he might quit over Trump tweets

    “Attorney General William Barr has told people close to him he’s considering quitting his post after President Donald Trump wouldn’t heed his warning to stop tweeting about Justice Department cases, an administration official told The Associated Press.

    The revelation came days after Barr took a public swipe at the president, saying in a television interview that Trump’s tweets about Justice Department cases and staffers make it “impossible” for him to do his job. The next day, Trump ignored Barr’s request and insisted that he has the “legal right” to intervene in criminal cases and sidestep the Justice Department’s historical independence…..”

    https://apnews.com/fb62962eaa840c5a38aa59e9c9918a16

    • Majella February 19, 2020 at 8:15 pm #

      Diversionary tactics…that’ll be the end of THAT.

      • Nightowl February 20, 2020 at 5:59 pm #

        Diversionary indeed. Already outed as fake news.

        Consume McMedia.

        Consume.

        Obey.

  96. Pucker February 19, 2020 at 9:26 pm #

    The Chinese put a P4 biohazard lab to work on the development of bioweapons in the middle of Wuhan, a crowded city of 11 million people. In the 1950’s, the Comm…nists were always careful to put these ultra-dangerous facilities out in very remote desolate regions of China and Russia.

    Do you remember the Men’s toilet in the Guangzhou train station waiting room? It was a one-holer woefully inadequate for the needs of all those thousands of people.

    I wonder why the Chinese arranged it that way? It’s not like they didn’t know that a one-holer in a busy Chinese train station might be a problem.

    • PeteAtomic February 20, 2020 at 10:37 am #

      I was recently watching a westerner who lived in China film a little info vid about Chinese hospitals…when you are admitted into a Chinese clinic or hospital you gotta bring your own towels..and toilet paper.. basic hygenic supplies are not supplied LOL

      so.. be happy for your White Privileges

      • BackRowHeckler February 20, 2020 at 10:58 am #

        I’m told that’s the way it is in Jamaica, too.

        I’m also told the Chinese have completely inundated Jamaica “even the smallest villages in the mountains, Marlin”.

        Chinese are branching out, from Greenland to the Caribbean. They’re in Cuba and Venezuela as well, bigly.

        Brh

  97. Pucker February 19, 2020 at 9:41 pm #

    “Pop Smoke”

    What’s Pop Smoke’s middle name?

    There was once a “Dr. Smoke” who appeared on the PBS McNeil Lehrer News Hour to talk about the dangers of smoking. True story….

    Many years ago I was in Thailand smoking Weed in my hotel room and watching the PBS McNeil Lehrer News Hour. They had on a “Russia Expert” who looked just like Lenin. It freaked me out.

    I also remember watching a Presidential Debate on TV between Al Gore and George W. Bush, Jr. while smoking Weed in a hotel room in Thailand. I didn’t hear a word that they said during the entire debate because I was laughing and making jokes the entire time.

    Every time that Al Gore or George Bush made a point, we’d shout: “Rock and Roll!!!!” Or, “That Rocks!”, Etc.

    The name of the Resort were we stayed was called “Euphoria”.

  98. JohnAZ February 19, 2020 at 9:46 pm #

    Just a question for the folks.

    If we go to universal health care, where the health industry employees will be workers of the federal government and health care corporations will be done away with. The question is:

    What impact will dissolving the private healthcare industry have on the value of the stock market? How many pension plans and 401ks and yes even Social Security and Medicare payments will be curtailed by 30% of the corporate wealth of the market being liquidated by the government. Medical and hospital corporations, pharmaceutical corporations, medical insurance corporations are all bullseyes for Medicare for all.

    All you anti-corporate folks seem to forget that the taxes paid, the stock market ownership by funds supporting the retirement plans of the country are a huge chunk of what keeps the financial world running, including your futures. Because we, under Liberal leadership, have given away most of the manufacturing base of our economy to our enemies, the financial markets are 42% of our economy now. Now bring in universal government controlled health care, eliminate 30% of the value of the stock market and yes, The Long Emergency begins.

    You retirees, me included, can kiss our retirements goodbye if this madness is allowed. And all you future retirees, forget it.

    Remember that financial markets are a house of cards, supported by the faith of the folks. Destroy the faith, it all comes tumbling down.

    • shabbaranks February 20, 2020 at 1:04 am #

      Bernie Sanders could care less about destroying people’s retirement funds over health care. He’s an ideologue, a clown and a remnant of the low level members of the 1950s American Communist party as Jim has so aptly described.

      Bernie Sanders isn’t even a member of the Democratic Party, yet like a parasite or a tumor he has managed to graft himself onto its body politic, slowly sucking the life out of the remaining husk of a failing enterprise. He will prove its demise come November.

      • SoftStarLight February 20, 2020 at 3:01 am #

        Communism has already failed but is unfortunately still a thing. I wonder why if it is such a menace it isn’t more openly rejected? There are probably stealthy party members in power now.

        • BackRowHeckler February 20, 2020 at 7:21 am #

          That’s a good question, SSL,

          The French Academy published ‘The Black Book of Communism’ in the 90s, almost 30 years ago, and the body count then was 100 million dead. Who knows what it is now, probably elevated by 4 or 5 million.

          Brh

          • SoftStarLight February 20, 2020 at 1:39 pm #

            Wow! Well yeah that is probably right. And just think about what China may be doing to some of their people infected with the coronavirus. I have heard some real horror stories. Now of course I will admit up front that I don’t know if they are true. If they are, it would confirm the brutality of the Communists and make sense generally given how much they are able to control everything.

          • malthuss February 20, 2020 at 5:43 pm #

            If you count viable female chinese infants, Id guess 200
            million killed.

    • SoftStarLight February 20, 2020 at 2:56 am #

      Yes John, destroy faith and the house of cards does come tumbling down. That’s why we can’t live by bread alone. But how can one have faith in a system that is so rigged? Maybe it’s not all or nothing? The private and public realms have a role in healthcare. And the Long Emergency is already here. It’s time to stop being held hostage by the Fed, by Wall Street, and the Mandarin bureaucrats in DC. And the thing about faith goes back to the old saying that a house divided cannot stand. Are we all working toward the same goals?

    • RIB February 20, 2020 at 5:48 am #

      And by the way John, this surge in the stock market as certainly fattened some 401ks and state pension programs. I do have to say that most of the manufacturing jobs first migrated south and west and then fled overseas due to labor/ benefits costs. You can either call it corporate greed or wise business sense.

    • Majella February 20, 2020 at 5:50 am #

      Between Jan 2007 & Jan 2009, the DJIA dropped around 50%. An adjustment. Survived.

      • RIB February 20, 2020 at 9:19 am #

        Apparently you’re unclear about the difference between surviving and prospering. Figures

        • Majella February 20, 2020 at 4:56 pm #

          Is the current DJIA at nearly 30,000, up from 7,500 in 2010 not ‘prospering’?

          I’m referring to John’s pearl-clutching about the effect of M4A on the share prices of the medical insurance companies. It’s hard to nail down a reliable figure of the market cap of the health insurance providers but there’s a lot of physical assets in infrastructure (hospitals of all types) that ain’t going anywhere and would still receive funding for the treatment they provide.

          Perhaps the salaries of the high-flying specialists might be reduced – from several million to the pitiful, hard-to-make-ends-met $512,000 that is the guaranteed minimum for a heart specialist today…there goes the yacht, the 4th Porche and the $10 million house on Nob Hill…

          JohnAZ is referring to pension and other managed funds losing value. Sure, no doubt there’ll be losses but in a diversified portfolio, that should be not surprising an should be survivable.

          Compared to the significant economic benefits to the country as a whole that would accrue from M4A, it’s not even worth considering.

    • ellipsis February 20, 2020 at 6:02 am #

      The financial markets will come tumbling down eventually either way for reasons Jim and countless others document semi-weekly. The financial “markets” (irony quotes again) are nothing more than a somewhat cleverly designed exponential growth Ponzi Scheme. Always have been, always will be. Abandon your faith now and beat the rush.

      • ellipsis February 20, 2020 at 6:07 am #

        But I wouldn’t worry about the FIRE sector. They’re not going anywhere anytime soon. Now your Medicare, Social Security, and any other government provided benefits? Those will all be gone before the current decade’s out. Plan (to die) accordingly, useless eaters! The winners will live on, and the rest will be taken out with the garbage.

    • Cargill February 20, 2020 at 12:59 pm #

      If we go to universal health care, where the health industry employees will be workers of the federal government and health care corporations will be done away with.

      This is an awfully distorted scare-monger about universal health care, and you’re being very naughty -parroting that Fox News again!

      It is just a national health insurance scheme, where everyone has good-quality basic health care. In Australia it’s funded by a 2% income tax levy on everyone, and it works pretty well – if not perfectly.

      You still have the option of carrying private health insurance, which provides a number of additional benefits (including private hospital, dental, etc).

      A ‘Medicare For All’ scheme does NOT mean all hospitals will be nationalised, or that health workers will be uniformly working for the federal government – total myth.

      Hospitals and other medical services will remain mixed as they are – owned by the city, county, state, charities, religious outfits, and for-profit corporations.

      What such schemes do is to eliminate the financial gouging that goes on now, where the majority of the population are powerless victims in a huge profit-making racket.

      Medicare for All will eliminate huge bills for routine procedures, and should eliminate (or drastically reduce) those cases where people endure pain, disability, and even death, because they cannot afford treatment, or the insurance.

      The medical insurance industry might take a hit on Wall Street, but so what? It will be an adjustment, with plenty of advance warning.

      And you know darn well that liberal governments did not force American jobs to low-wage countries … go talk to your corporate mates – they’re 100% responsible all on their own.

      • benr February 21, 2020 at 8:39 am #

        oh boy yes VA care for all what a treat.
        Its obvious you are not Australian as you seem just a little to invested in Socialist propaganda favoring Democrat talking points.

        What gives are you another sock puppet?

        • Majella February 21, 2020 at 3:05 pm #

          The VA has been deliberately underfunded for decades and its administration system is still paper based. That’s how Washington “thanks you for your service”, benr.

  99. elysianfield February 20, 2020 at 12:46 am #

    Well, everything you need to know about the Kung Flu, but were afraid to ask;

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12630-020-01591-x

    A recently published article in a Canadian Medical Journal that provides hospitals, Doctors, and health care workers protocols for treatment of the budding pandemic. Technical, but very informative…state of the art diagnosis as of 12 Feb.

    • shabbaranks February 20, 2020 at 1:05 am #

      “Kung Flu.” Brilliant.

  100. Janos Skorenzy February 20, 2020 at 1:27 am