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      Have you checked if your hair is on fire today? Here comes an eclipse of the sun. Our moon will cast a totality of its shadow in a path about 100 miles wide arcing from Del Rio Texas to Bangor Maine, with lesser effects outward on each side of the path so that night will seem to fall at mid-day over most of America east of the Big Muddy. This event typically freaks out primitive peoples, and brings out the latent archaic terror even in supposedly civilized minds, reminding us in a powerfully spooky way that the cosmos runs things, not us puny humans.

      You might ask: Are we hostages to cycles, Astronomical, Kondratieff, the Maunder Minimum, Fourth Turning, the Great Wave. . .?  Considering the feckless doings of our own society, we seem to be yielding to some final act of cosmic punishment. What is not falling apart? Our livelihoods? Our politics? Our money system? Our morals? Our common sense, our families, our relations with other societies, our infrastructure, our culture, our business models, our education, our medicine? Alas, our government still lurches along, gone mad-dog on its citizens as it desperately sucks all power and resources unto its inner engine like a red giant star preparing for death.

     Today is also the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, prayer, atonement, and reflection. What follows this pause in the troubled Middle East, a.k.a. Armageddonville? I daresay most adult citizens of sore-beset America actually don’t care. . . can’t care, because they have trouble enough of their own keeping a roof overhead, a car on the road, and food on the table. The Woke-Marxist college kids are wailing over the actions of Israel in Gaza — as they will for anyone within their dumb-ass equation of victims-and-oppressors, especially involving brown and white people. It is a brutal operation in Gaza, for sure, but so was the Hamas act-of-war on October 7 that many want to forget about now. They still hold and torture hostages, you know.

     I doubt that Israel wants to exterminate the Gazans, but at this point they would probably like to export them to other nations that share their Arab culture. Those other Arab nations are not eager to take in the Gazans. The fractious minority in the USA who militate against Israel because, you know, the Jews, never ask if the Palestinians have some other plan, some other position other than From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free! — meaning Death to Israel. Can you name any alternate proposal they have proffered? No, because there is none.

      Not only have they no intention of getting along somehow with Israel, but they give every sign that they prefer to continue making war on her one way or another: rocket attacks, café bombings, rape and murder ops. Because they’re oppressed. They might have turned their 40 kilometers of Mediterranean beach-front into a world-beating resort, but instead they spent billions in international aid building a tunnel network and purchasing arms to wage war against Israel. And with October 7, they got war.

     So, the rest of the world is very concerned now that this will lead to World War Three, world wars being the grand prize at the end of many historical cycles. Of course, the Iranians have been chanting Death to Israel in so many words for decades, so no one can mistake Iran’s intentions. And Iran has funded and deployed Hezbollah military bases on Israel’s northern frontier with Lebanon. They are said to have thousands of high-tech rockets capable of decimating Tel Aviv. Everybody knows that launching such an operation could result, ten minutes later, in Tehran becoming an ashtray.

     And what if Mr. Netanyahu launches a peremptory attack against southern Lebanon to destroy those bases? Does Iran ride to the rescue? And does Russia ride to Iran’s rescue? And does China rush in to secure the sea lanes in the Persian Gulf and the oil refineries of Iran that Israel doesn’t manage to blow up? And what does the USA do? Or Europe (watching much of its oil supply go off-line)? Looks World War Three-ish, a little bit.

     There is also, lest we forget, the mess in Ukraine, another world war flashpoint. There, the stark reality is that Russia is in control of the tactical situation on the ground. The WEF syndicate’s project — fronted by NATO — to weaken Russia and eventually loot its resources is a flop. The indignities heaped on Russia in sanctions and foolish objurgations will not be forgotten. There will be a Great Reset for Europe, but not the one it ordered. Not the nirvana of transhumanism and social control; rather a cold plunge into neo-medieval poverty, the breakup of large states, and a shocking simplification of daily life.

     Everything that the USA and NATO are doing these days is pretense: pretending that they have the military mojo to directly enter the Ukraine War; pretending to continue pouring money into the hopeless and unnecessary conflict; pretending that the ill-conceived project even matters. The hidden truth now is that the USA war blob needs to cut its losses in Ukraine and wants to bug out. The trouble is: how to do that in a way that does not amount to another gross American strategic humiliation? That’s Russia’s problem, too: how to adroitly work the conclusion of this fiasco in a way that doesn’t humiliate the USA to the degree that we resort to some new act of geopolitical insanity in compensation. Do you remember the half century when Ukraine was indisputably within Russia’s sphere-of-influence and was not a problem for the world? I assure you this was so, and will have to be again. It will be all right.

     So, if you are among those who believe that the cosmos seeks to convey an occult message in this eclipse that will supernaturally darken half our country today, maybe it’s this one: just stop it, America! Stop meddling in every flashpoint across the planet. Look to yourself and your own monstrous problems: your jive-tragic government, your fake economy, your breached borders, your sick-and-depressed population, your racketeering corporations, your broken banks, your buggered election methods, your faithless news media, your political mental illness. Or else, get ready for bang-and-whimper.


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1,000 Responses to “Bang-and-Whimper”

  1. Bill of Rights April 8, 2024 at 9:31 am #

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    • kristiyn April 8, 2024 at 5:01 pm #

      Sorry this isn’t a reply.
      I couldn’t find where to comment.

      10/7 Happens. Israel retaliates. And Hamas won’t release the hostages.
      Still holding the hostage as they scream and cry to the world that they are being Genocided.

      Am I missing something here?
      This is basic stuff.
      And Now for some strange reason…. Our crazy Gov and Media are trying to get the whole world to gang up on Israel. Of course it’s not working.
      All of a sudden There has been a dramatic shift from our government to bash Israel.
      Which has nothing to do with Palestinians.

      Israel is not going to turn into fools land like our Gov did. They get shit done right.
      Bibi is defending his country and the people in it. Like any real leader would do.
      Look at the comparison between the US and Israel.? We are the joke.
      Wish this gov wouldn’t wear their insecurity and cowardice for all the world to see. It’s embarrassing and a damn shame.
      The US will be fine. But we need to bring the heavy hitters back to leadership. And let these idiots go home.

      • TruthSeeker1986 April 8, 2024 at 7:57 pm #

        @Kristiyn

        Reading what you just said gave me cancer.

        • Uncle Bob April 9, 2024 at 12:05 am #

          I hope you have a good oncologist. Get well soon!

      • TruthSeeker1986 April 8, 2024 at 8:02 pm #

        @Kristiyn

        What your ass need to understand is the world isn’t Israel’s bitch just because your country aka America wants to be their bitch. America is what Japan currently is to America, owned by someone else as property and a slave. Can’t get mad at the world because they are sick of Israels shit. After all who forced all the Muslims on Western Europe in the first place? They did. Who is running around using blacks to dehumanize and humiliate whites? They are. Yet you go off the deep end over the world turning on them. Grow up.

        • Uncle Bob April 9, 2024 at 12:04 am #

          Actually, George Soros and his gang blessed Western Europe with the refugees of Barry Soetoro’s magnificent Arab Spring in order to cause the shit they’ve brought with them from the Middle East. If you’re going to blame that Jew-hating Jew for what he and his WEF cronies have done, fine; but don’t blame Israel for the evil wrought by one of the most wicked, sinister, God-hating sick fucks the world has ever seen.

          • lflawse April 9, 2024 at 12:35 am #

            Spot on Uncle Bon.

          • Jarek April 11, 2024 at 1:10 pm #

            Soros is Jewish and in all probability, the point man for the Rothschilds.

            You helped make his point even as you thought you were disproving him.

      • Uncle Bob April 9, 2024 at 12:10 am #

        The reason that idiot criminal (or criminal idiot) Biden is yelling incoherently about Istael being the villain hereis because he’s deathly afraid the Islamist voters in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin will stay home in November and cost him the election. He figures most Jews will vote for him anyway, but he can’t risk losing Moslems. Ergo, Bumblefuck is currying favor with the terrorist bloc in hopes it’ll get him reelected.

        • Jarek April 11, 2024 at 1:11 pm #

          See how crazy multiculturalism is? How can such an entity be governed?

      • Beryl of Oyl April 9, 2024 at 9:16 am #

        I don’t necessarily agree or disagree with this take:

        Israel Is Risking Losing This War by Caring What People Who Hate It Think

        Kurt Schlichter

        Israel is risking losing this war because it is focusing more on avoiding criticism from its enemies than winning. I blame Benjamin Netanyahu in large part, but also our incompetent and loathsome alleged president. Now, I’m not one of those reflexive Bibi haters, and while I certainly don’t think the United States should have a say in who Israel chooses to lead it, I do believe in accountability. The disaster of October 7 happened on his watch, and he should’ve resigned the day after, but that’s not up to me or up to any American. What is up to me as an American is who our president will be next year, and it can’t be Biden again. But the desiccated old zombie aside, Bibi needs to go. He screwed up on October 7, and now he appears to be screwing up this war.

        The problem is not that Netanyahu has been too harsh, as our idiot president claims. It’s that Netanyahu has been too gentle (Yes, I understand a war cabinet is leading Israel, but he is still the face of it.). And too slow. Joe Biden has betrayed every ally America has had, from South Vietnam to Afghanistan and Bibi somehow imagined that creep would not sell-out Israel? Speed was of the essence. Why was Rafah not glass months ago? Netanyahu waited, and that gave Biden the time to sell out Israel.

        townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2024/04/08/israel-is-risking-losing-this-war-by-caring-what-people-who-hate-it-think-n2637467

        • justanotherguy April 9, 2024 at 10:04 am #

          and why TF is any of this a continuing concern of the USA? not our circus, not our monkeys.

          this was once common sense, until truman vs dewey demonstrated how an executive could be bought through the weakness of blind ambition.

          ““In the execution of such a plan, nothing is more essential than that permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular nations, and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded; and that, in place of them, just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated. The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest. Antipathy in one nation against another disposes each more readily to offer insult and injury, to lay hold of slight causes of umbrage, and to be haughty and intractable, when accidental or trifling occasions of dispute occur. Hence, frequent collisions, obstinate, envenomed, and bloody contests. The nation, prompted by ill-will and resentment, sometimes impels to war the government, contrary to the best calculations of policy. The government sometimes participates in the national propensity, and adopts through passion what reason would reject; at other times it makes the animosity of the nation subservient to projects of hostility instigated by pride, ambition, and other sinister and pernicious motives. The peace often, sometimes perhaps the liberty, of nations, has been the victim.

          So likewise, a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained, and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation), facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding, with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation.””

      • Katerina April 10, 2024 at 12:14 am #

        Creatures like you, fortunately are getting thinner and thinner on the ground. Lots of information is coming through, and is being assimilated! You, and the likes of you, can go pound sand. Capish?

        • Katerina April 10, 2024 at 12:43 am #

          That was a reply to Kristiyn.

  2. The Man They Call Zazelle April 8, 2024 at 9:35 am #

    “Stop meddling in every flashpoint across the planet.” ~ JHK

    Ok, Jim, but that would seem to include Israel.

    • Beryl of Oyl April 8, 2024 at 10:11 am #

      Is he advocating for the US to continue meddling in Israel?

      • The Man They Call Zazelle April 8, 2024 at 10:34 am #

        Maybe it’s along the lines of lies of omission.

      • BackRowHeckler April 8, 2024 at 10:48 am #

        The US has never interceded to help Israel in wartime. Even durung Israel’s most dire situations when they faced annihilation — 1967 & 1973 — did Israel request assistance from the US military.

        • mary.m April 8, 2024 at 10:53 am #

          Um, ok

          So we aren’t giving Israel $3B in aid every year.

          And the thugs in our government didn’t bind aid to Ukraine with aid to Israel in their budget fights last year.

          • BackRowHeckler April 8, 2024 at 10:57 am #

            $3 billion what’s that amount too?

          • OG April 8, 2024 at 5:03 pm #

            A lot of dead Palis.

          • benr April 8, 2024 at 6:08 pm #

            A lot of dead Palis. -og

            Does it really?
            How many were killed by Israel and how many were put on the front line by Hamas on purpose?

            At least one of the hamas held hostages starved to death and was dumped on the side of the road like garbage.

            Hamas armed wing says Israeli captive dies due to ‘lack of medicine and food’ CAIRO, March 23 (Reuters) – The armed wing of Hamas said in a statement on Saturday that a 34-year-old Israeli captive had died due to “lack of medicine and food”.Mar 23, 2024

          • benr April 8, 2024 at 8:29 pm #

            About those that have submitted to the will of Allah…aka Muslims.

            oann.com/newsroom/u-k-poll-46-of-british-muslims-support-hamas-terrorist-group-only-1-in-4-admit-murder-rape-occurred-on-october-7

            According to a recent survey conducted by polling company JL Partners and the Henry Jackson Society think-tank, nearly half of British Muslims say they sympathize or support Hamas, while only 1-in-4 think that the Palestinian Islamic terror group committed rape and murder during the attack on Israel on October 7th.

            The poll serves as the most recent, largest study of Muslims living in the U.K., conducted in the six months following Hamas’ massacre of at least 1,200 people and kidnapping of hundreds more in Israel, many of whom have still not been released.

            The Henry Jackson Society think-tank commissioned the study, which revealed that 46% of British Muslims support or sympathize with the terrorist organization that supports the destruction of Israel and the West.

            Furthermore, a mere 24% of British Muslims expressed their belief that Hamas was responsible for murder and rape on October 7th in Israel, while the entire public in the U.K. held this view at 62%. On the other hand, 39% of Muslims in the U.K. stated they did not believe Hamas was responsible for atrocities, while 37% stated they were unsure.

            The survey also revealed that younger and college-educated British Muslims were the least likely to think that Hamas was responsible for rape or murder during the terror attack; 40% of those with a university degree and 47% of those between the ages of 18 and 24 denied that the Palestinian terrorists had done anything wrong.

            This is despite the mountains of evidence provided by the IDF and Israeli residents who endured the atrocities themselves.

            The results show the “failure of counter-extremism policy over the years,” according to Alan Mendoza, executive director of the Henry Jackson Society, who spoke with The Telegraph outlet.

            “What is probably going wrong is an unwillingness to tackle this kind of extremism for fear of being labeled Islamophobic or racist. There is a reluctance to call it out in the same way that people are very happy to call out far-Right extremists,” Mendoza said.

            “The Government needs to find a way of supporting and strengthening the voice of moderate Muslims and drive the extremist narrative to the sidelines.”

            MI5 chief Ken McCallum stated in 2020 that “[right-wing terror] threat is not, today, on the same scale as Islamist extremist terrorism… Islamist extremist terrorism by volume remains our largest threat.” Despite this, the government has been accused for years of spending an excessive amount of time and resources focusing on threats “posed by right-wing extremists.”

            However, just last month, U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak declared in a speech to the country that the “far right” and Islamic extremists were attempting to destroy British democracy. This came after months of massive pro-Palestinian protests featured genocidal and anti-Semitic rhetoric on the streets of Britain, and after far-left George Galloway won a seat in Parliament on the backs of a campaign specifically focused on Muslims.

            “We have recently set out a series of measures, which will promote social cohesion and counter religious hatred. Our plan will tackle division in our communities and ensure that we are protecting our democratic freedoms across the country,” stated a U.K. government spokesman in regards to the poll.

            Additionally, according to the survey, 46% of British Muslims and 16% of the general population, respectively, think that Jews have “too much power” over the U.K. government. Of those surveyed, 52% believed that it should be against the law to display an image of the prophet Mohammed, and 32% of British Muslims stated that they would support the imposition of Sharia law.

            Previously, a former religious studies teacher from the small West Yorkshire town of Batley was forced to go into hiding with his family as a result of threats from Muslims after he showed his pupils a caricature of Mohammed during a 2021 session on blasphemy. This act prompted protests and he was later suspended, according to the BBC.

            “He’s living far away from the Batley area and has been given a new identity. He’s slowly trying to rebuild his life, but it’s not been easy,” according to a family source who spoke to Daily Mail.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle April 8, 2024 at 8:52 pm #

            benr, Israel as a contrived State doesn’t belong there. Simple. You don’t have to pretzel it up for OG and me.

          • OG April 8, 2024 at 9:03 pm #

            Right. Over 30,000 dead. Most women and children. Hamas front-liners all. Got it.

            Shame on you!

            ***
            What? Do you expect British Muslims to believe obvious lies and propaganda?

          • benr April 9, 2024 at 9:01 am #

            benr, Israel as a contrived State doesn’t belong there. Simple. You don’t have to pretzel it up for OG and me. -Obvious idiot

            Let me get this straight a group of people that have lived in that region for thousands of years does not belong in that region but the group of people that moved into the region less than a hundred years ago does?

            Talking about pretzel illogic.

            Before Israel there was tumbleweeds and sand nothing existed away from water.
            Mark Twain once quipped it was an empty region devoid of life.

            A natural skeptic, Twain was not taken by the splendor of the Holy Land. He wrote irreverently about the country’s legendary sites. The Sea of Galilee was, “a solemn, sailless, tintless lake, as unpoetical as any bath-tub on earth.” The Church of the Nativity was “tricked out in the usual tasteless style observable in all the holy places of Palestine.”
            Throughout Innocents Abroad, Twain explicitly states that the area was desolate and devoid of inhabitants. His group entered Palestine from the north, passing through such sites as the Sea of Galilee, the Banias, Nazareth, Jenin and Nablus.
            Riding on horseback through the Jezreel Valley, Twain observed, “There is not a solitary village throughout its whole extent – not for 30 miles in either direction. There are two or three small clusters of Bedouin tents, but not a single permanent habitation. One may ride 10 miles, hereabouts, and not see 10 human beings.”
            He continues, “Of all the lands there are for dismal scenery, I think Palestine must be the prince… Can the curse of the Deity beautify a land? “Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes. Over it broods the spell of a curse that has withered its fields and fettered its energies.”
            Twain was not alone in his poor impression of the land of milk and honey. Historians and travelers alike made similarly dreary observations over the centuries.
            Six hundred years before Twain’s visit, another famous visitor with a nom de plume was struck by Jerusalem’s desolation. Rabbi Moses ben Nachman, known as Nachmanides (1194-1270), fled Christian Spain for the Land of Israel. After a long and perilous journey, Nachmanides arrived at the Port of Acre before traveling to Jerusalem in 1267, where he couldn’t even find nine other Jews to pray with. He wrote to his son, “Many are Israel’s forsaken places, and great is the desecration. The more sacred the place, the greater the devastation it has suffered. Jerusalem is the most desolate place of all.”

            And yet we are to believe that all these people that just showed up after there was something to actually subsist off of have more right to the area?

            Buddy you are living on stolen land then you have ZERO ancestral claim to it.
            Better pack up and move back to Europe which was stolen from neanderthals.

          • justanotherguy April 9, 2024 at 10:12 am #

            Tom Sawyer Abroad was produced at the very outset of the Zionist movement. In just the year preceding when Twain set this exchange to manuscript, William Blackstone produced “Palestine For The Jews” (1891) and what would become the Israeli flag was hoisted at Zion Hall in Boston.

            The emergent Zionism in Europe and the US is explored in great detail in Hilton Obenzinger’s American Palestine (Princeton UP, 1999), a book which was inspired by Zionist’s selective appropriation of Twain’s earlier commentary on “the Holy Land” in Innocents Abroad (1869). Obenzinger detailed the origins of this research for the Center For Mark Twain Studies a few years ago.

            As Obenzinger describes it, during a debate with Zionists in 1986, “my opponent read passages from The Innocents Abroad of Mark Twain’s impressions of the Holy Land” which allegedly supported the position “that Palestine in the nineteenth century was a barren, backward, underdeveloped country” and Israel brought “a productive people to an empty land.”

            Though Obenzinger’s book unpacks and thoroughly debunks this pernicious myth, it remains a common refrain from Zionists. Prime Minister Netanyahu himself has been citing Twain to support this argument since at least 2000, when he mades passages from Innocents Abroad central to his book, A Durable Peace.

          • benr April 9, 2024 at 7:59 pm #

            That sounds like a refute Directly from stormfront.

          • justanotherguy April 9, 2024 at 9:11 pm #

            ad hominem, attempted dismissal by association
            fail

          • The Man They Call Zazelle April 10, 2024 at 8:05 am #

            Thanks, justanotherguy.

          • benr April 10, 2024 at 9:21 am #

            Nope direct hit pretty sure it amounts to stormfront and is akin to the elder protocols of zion.

          • justanotherguy April 10, 2024 at 12:57 pm #

            dig deeper fool

            ttps://marktwainstudies.com/mark-twains-dispatches-from-palestine/

          • justanotherguy April 10, 2024 at 1:12 pm #

            good to know that Princeton University Press is an outlet for stormfront…

            (Hilton Obenzinger’s American Palestine (Princeton UP, 1999))

          • benr April 10, 2024 at 6:22 pm #

            @justanother guy

            Quoting leftist Princeton University pushing woke idealogy and then calling me a fool…hahahah you know where you can stick that bullshit.

          • benr April 10, 2024 at 6:27 pm #

            ‘President Eisgruber’s commencement speech was a disgrace,’ one mother said

            PRINCETON, N.J. — A large contingent of parents of graduating seniors who sat through Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber’s recent commencement address described it as hypocritical and a “woke sermon” in interviews with The College Fix.

            They scoffed at his claim that the Ivy League institution is a bastion of free speech and bristled at his embrace of all kinds of diversity except intellectual diversity.

            “President Eisgruber’s commencement speech was a disgrace,” a mother of a graduating senior told The College Fix in an email. “The primary assault on free speech takes place on every campus in this country – including Princeton.”

            “It takes the form of blocking and shouting down faculty and invited speakers who dare to stray from the liberal orthodoxy,” she said. “…He chose to use his 2023 commencement address to deliver the rantings of a demagogue.”

            Eisgruber told the audience “we must stand up and speak up together for the values of free expression and full inclusivity for people of all identities.”

            “There are people who claim, for example, that when colleges and universities endorse the value of diversity and inclusivity or teach about racism and sexism, they are ‘indoctrinating students’ or in some other way endangering free speech,” he said.

            Eisgruber also criticized Florida legislation without specifying which bills, suggesting students in Florida are now living in fear. He denounced other newly passed laws across the nation that have reined in illiberalism.

            “Some of these bills prohibit discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity. Some prohibit teaching disfavored views about race, racism, and American history. Others seek to undermine the institutional autonomy of colleges and universities or to abolish tenure, thereby enabling politicians to control what professors can teach or publish,” he said.

            More than 10 parents who attended the graduation ceremony expressed their disappointment and anger with Eisgruber’s speech in interviews with The College Fix. Most asked to remain anonymous.

            “I was taken aback by the audacity of [Eisgruber’s speech] and the disingenuousness of it, even the dishonesty of it. As far as I can tell, no one else in the country has done more to undermine the protections that tenure gives to independent thought and independent scholarly activity than he has,” Christopher Nadon, the father of a graduating Princeton student, told The Fix.

            Nadon, a professor at Claremont McKenna College, added that former Princeton Professor Joshua Katz was “stripped of tenure obviously for his political speech.” Katz, a longtime classics professor, was fired last year after he published an op-ed criticizing faculty proposals for anti-racism initiatives at the University and criticized a group of far-left black activists.

            Katz had previously faced a fourteen-month investigation for a consensual relationship that occurred over fifteen years ago with a then-undergraduate, for which he had already been disciplined with a one-year suspension without pay. Princeton opened a second investigation after Katz published the op-ed.

            “It was so hypocritical to say, ‘Oh, tenure is being threatened, and books are being censored,’ when voices are being censored and opinions are being censored and run off the campus,” Nadon said.

            Several parents interviewed by The Fix also compared Eisgruber’s speech to a religious address.

            “Eisgruber’s woke sermon was inappropriate for a college commencement and a captive audience that was forced to sit through it,” said a father of two Princeton alumni, one of whom graduated in the class of 2023. “As a father, I felt a great deal of cognitive dissonance. On the one hand, Princeton University has been very welcoming and generous to my child.”

            “On the other hand, Eisgruber was indirectly condemning Governor [Ron] DeSantis’ Florida law that is aimed to protect their children from physical and chemical mutilation before they reach age 18 and can make a more informed and rational decision,” he added.

            Another parent of a graduating senior told The Fix that Eisgruber’s speech attributed personal political views to the institution, thereby instructing students “what” to think and not “how to think.”

            “Eisgruber gave a very biased, sermon-like, condescending commencement speech that was disrespectful of at least half the audience, both in the student population and in the parent population,” a parent said via email. “I wouldn’t be surprised if there are consequences on the donor front.”

            Robert Gagnon, the father of a graduating senior and a professor at Houston Christian University, wrote directly to President Eisgruber to express disapproval.

            “As a President, you undoubtedly believed that you were exercising your free-speech rights,” he wrote. “Yet in doing so you were trampling on the rights of others to free speech by using your office to make those under your authority feel that what would happen to racists would happen to them if they expressed a dissenting view on ‘LGBTQ’ orthodoxy.”

            Gagnon shared his letter to Eisgruber with The Fix.

            “You have a greater obligation at Princeton than all others, precisely because you occupy the highest office, to assure people who disagree with you that they are respected and valued, not that they are the moral equivalent of racists,” Gagnon continued. “You expressed no concern that studies have shown that conservative college students already feel like pariahs and are afraid to express their point of view in the classroom for fear of administrative retaliation, including at Princeton.”

            A parent of a graduating senior in the humanities similarly criticized Eisgruber for espousing an “orthodoxy.”

            “Eisgruber’s commencement remarks were not only disheartening. He delivered a one sided angry polemic from his bully pulpit leaving no doubt about the preferred orthodoxy at Princeton,” the parent wrote. “It begged [the question of] who he was pandering too and why? It certainly didn’t seem [to be] a message intended for the students.”

            A recent survey of Princeton students found a majority of self-described “conservative” and nearly half of “moderate” seniors are “very uncomfortable” or “somewhat uncomfortable” sharing their views on campus. By contrast, the survey found that less than five percent of students who identified as “very liberal” reported being “very uncomfortable” or “uncomfortable” sharing political views.

            Another recent survey of Princeton students found 76 percent believe it’s acceptable to shout down a speaker.

            “President Eisgruber’s speech made good points about equality and freedom of expression but was hypocritical,” said a mother whose graduating daughter was the second child to attend Princeton for an undergraduate degree.

            “While he speaks out against censorship in virtuous tones, Mr. Eisgruber’s administration fosters a campus environment where minority viewpoints (conservative, traditional, religious, etc.) are canceled, and those who would express such views are intimidated,” she said.

            “Senior survey results indicate Princeton students feel under a gag order. Practice what you preach.”

            Another parent, who is a teacher at a Christian school, wrote to The College Fix that “President Eisgruber displayed either a shocking lack of comprehension of his audience by assuming that all the students and parents would be on board with such a left-leaning speech or else he simply did not care about offending his audience.”

            “I believe the latter is probably the case. He himself is surrounded by a liberal bubble in which all are convinced that they have the moral high ground and that anyone who does not support their policies is a bigoted danger to society,” the parent continued.

            In addition to parents who attended the ceremonies, undergraduates also criticized Eisgruber’s speech.

            “Any reasonable person observing Eisgruber’s sermon would conclude that its content has no place in the President’s Commencement address,” rising Princeton senior Matthew Wilson, a College Fix alumnus, wrote in the Daily Princetonian. “It was a grave mistake for Eisgruber to offer such ideological and divisive remarks at Commencement — purportedly under the moralizing banner of inclusivity, but in reality with the express aim of excluding, marginalizing, and suppressing the voices of those who dispute his particular account of social justice.”

            Junior Danielle Shapiro wrote in The Princeton Tory, the undergraduate conservative publication, that “Eisgruber’s departing message was misguided for its substantial focus on political activism and its departure from the core purpose of Princeton and universities like it: truth-seeking and the production and dissemination of knowledge.”

            Another aspect of the president’s hypocrisy, according to Nadon, played out in more than his main speech.

            Nadon also attended the Princeton ROTC commissioning ceremony, where Eisgruber delivered remarks which contrasted what he had said just hours earlier to the entire graduating class and further revealed the president’s hypocrisy, he said.

            “As a student of our country’s Constitution, I find myself inspired by a singular fact about this ceremony every time that I participate in it: each of you will make a solemn promise to defend the Constitution of this United States — not our land, not our wealth, not even our people, but our Constitution,” Eisgruber told the newly commissioned officers.

            “It shows Eisgruber’s political trimming: he’ll say basically whatever is required by the particular audience,” Nadon told The Fix. “For the president of an institution that has a thirty billion dollar endowment to be complaining about people trying to rein in some of the craziness on campus—through a democratic representative process—is just another element of hypocrisy.”

            #######MORE: 76 percent of Princeton students say it’s acceptable to shout down a speaker: survey###################

          • The Man They Call Zazelle April 11, 2024 at 11:59 am #

            ^^ Gish gallop? ^^

          • benr April 12, 2024 at 8:07 am #

            No a direct refutation of his source and the reason why.

            A tainted source by reason of leftist Jew hatred.

          • justanotherguy April 12, 2024 at 2:29 pm #

            so you’re an antichristic?
            GFYS

          • justanotherguy April 12, 2024 at 2:31 pm #

            and a direct comparison of the institution and a book published there in 1999 and the current work insanity.

            what a desperate reach.

            i suppose you’re about to cancel that hack einstein who was there just a little earlier?

            what a maroon.

        • pyrrhus April 8, 2024 at 12:11 pm #

          Totally wrong..Nixon saved Israel’s bacon in 1973 by shipping military equipment and supplies night and day, even stripping active US military units to supply Israel…Otherwise, Egypt would have won….In 1967, of course, Israel attacked and almost sank the USS Liberty, which was observing Israel’s execution of many prisoners and other war crimes…Lyndon took the Jewish money and did nothing, even forcing the surviving Liberty crew to sign non-disclosure agreements….

        • hortonz April 8, 2024 at 12:47 pm #

          I wouldn’t worry too much about the fate of the Palestinians. Most of them will end up in places like my hometown, Windsor, Ontario, taking the entry level jobs that white kids do or collecting generous government welfare checks and driving out what’s left of the middle class white population, and making life miserable for those who can’t afford to flee. I’m talking about white kids being bullied and beat up for no reason other than the colour of their skin and getting away with it while the white kids are forcibly indoctrinated in the latest DEI propaganda. I talked to lots of white folks who’ve fled the city because they’re tired of living next to newcomers who don’t respect Canadian values. When I was growing up in the 70s and 80s crackheads and homeless were few and far between. Now they’re everywhere. Downtown Windsor looks like downtown Detroit circa 1985 while downtown Detroit has become a gem. The government of Justina Trudeau doesn’t give a shit about the Canadians who are already here because they’re too busy catering to all the third-world refugees. BTW every year the tomato growers in Essex County are forced to import Mexican labour at great expense while able-bodied white and third-world people collect welfare.

          • Yirgach April 8, 2024 at 3:02 pm #

            Windsor sounds just like Montreal.
            There used to be a little Italy there, now it’s some other MENA hellhole. Downtown is just needles and homeless sleeping/drinking in doorways.
            A sad sight in a once beautiful city.

        • Bill Quick April 8, 2024 at 2:27 pm #

          If by this you mean, “request and receive American military boots on the ground and wings in the air fighting directly against Israel’s enemies,” you are right. At least I can’t recall any such occurrences.

        • Blackbird April 8, 2024 at 9:40 pm #

          Not quite true Heck. Or maybe we have different definitions of “intercede”.

          Remember Operation Nickel Grass?

          October 6, 1973, Egypt and Syria attacked the Sinai and the Golan Heights. On October 9th, Golda Meir requested assistance – which Europe refused, while the US complied. Initially El Al flew in supplies from the US but this was not sufficient.

          On the 12th the USAF took over the airlift. We strung out aircraft carriers through the Mediterranean to protect the airborne armada. Over 100 modern F-4 Phantoms were flown over by the 4th TFW, and 33rd TFW to counter the threat of modern Soviet SAMs – which the Israeli Air Force was incapable of defending against. These fighters and their state-of-the-art avionics were key to Israel gaining air superiority and turning the tide of the war.

          So yes, in 1973, Israel requested assistance, and the US supplied assistance, in spades.

          The US also covered up the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty in 1967 – if that is not “assistance”, well it’s damn close.

          • Socrates-Detroit April 8, 2024 at 11:27 pm #

            @Blackbird

            Really? The 4th TFW from Seymour Johnson flew SEAD missions.

            I did not know that. Based on your track record here, I believe you.

            Wow! I have a link to the Yom Kippur War. I was in the 4th TFW a few decades later…

            I do know that during the Yom Kippur War, the Greek government allowed the US to use bases in Greece to resupply Israel.

            But America’s other “ally”, Turkey, refused to allow the US. However, the Turks DID allow the Soviets to overfly Turkey to resupply Syria.

            And America thanked the Greeks less than a year later by letting Turkey invade Cyprus.

            (Cyprus is Greek, but it was forced to become “independent” by Britain, who possessed the island. The British got it from Turkey in 1878, together with Egypt, as compensation for Britain’s role in diplomatically rolling back Russian gains (at Turkey’s expense) at the Congress of Berlin. Turkey got it from the Venetians, who got it from the Byzantines (aka the Eastern Romans. Cyprus has been Greek since antiquity, at least for the past 2800 years)

          • Blackbird April 9, 2024 at 8:48 pm #

            The one and only. “Fourth but First”. As far as I know, the 4th didn’t fly missions in Israel, they just delivered their F-4s. But I assume they also gave the new owners instruction on how to use them.

            So you were in the 4th? Cool – the greatest group in the history of the USAF, and one of the greatest in the history of air combat. I should have been born 40 years earlier. From the ages of 12 to 18 my dream was to fly with the 4th – nobody else, just the 4th. When were you in?

          • Socrates-Detroit April 10, 2024 at 11:05 am #

            @Blackbird

            Early/mid 1990s. I was not a pilot, FYI. We still had the Cold War when I signed my life away. Perhaps you remember KAL-007?

            So as a teen, that was your dream? That is VERY specific–obviously very knowledgeable, for any age, let alone a teen. Most folks don’t know about fighter wings or squadrons.

            Well, if that’s what you wanted, I hope you had the chance to be a fighter pilot, or a shot at it. It’s not easy–my roommate, very sharp and smart, didn’t make it.

          • benr April 10, 2024 at 6:31 pm #

            By some accounts it was LBJ ordering the attacks on the Liberty for a false flag against Egypt or Russia.

          • Blackbird April 10, 2024 at 8:57 pm #

            Sox, were you with the 4th during Desert Storm?

            My fighter pilot dreams were shot down before I got to college.

            benr, my current understanding of the USS Liberty episode was that it was a false flag conducted in an attempt to get us to join in on the 6-Day War. I expect that another false flag will get us into a larger middle east war – against Iran.

            My current hypothesis is that the coming “cyber attack against banking” (ask the WEF about it) will be blamed on Iran as an excuse for the US to go to war for Israel.

      • BackRowHeckler April 8, 2024 at 10:50 am #

        We did however rescue France in 1917, 1944, and in Vietnam in 1954. Nobody seems too bent out of shape over it.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle April 8, 2024 at 11:07 am #

          Who’s ‘we’?

        • Breck April 8, 2024 at 12:46 pm #

          “…and in Vietnam in 1954”. Huh? I might go along with France in WW1 and WW2, but Vietnam in the same sentence?

          • BackRowHeckler April 8, 2024 at 2:01 pm #

            Really? March 13 – May 3 1954, Battle of Dien Bien Phu.

            Frenh army gets its ass kicked by Viet Cong guerrillas.

            Ike: “Step aside Pierre, we’ll take it from here.”

          • OG April 8, 2024 at 9:00 pm #

            Adding: … and then proceeded to horribly lose.

          • Socrates-Detroit April 8, 2024 at 11:37 pm #

            …proceeded to lose, and 1.5 million Vietnamese died for nothing.

            60,000 Americans died for nothing. xxx,000 Americans were wounded, some of which became mental or physical cripples.

            The billions spent on the war helped destabilize the US economy by sowing deficits and inflation.

            The fall of Vietnam made absolutely ZERO difference to the lives of middle Americans–or even the blob.

            But, “victory was around the corner”. “Communism had to be stopped”.

            Vietnam (and the Civil Rights) proved the US government, like all governments, is mostly scum and liars.

            That’s why the US was founded as a Republic with a Federal Govt with limited powers. Because the English aristocrats who rebelled and dumped the execrable British Crown knew the classics and wanted a better way of governance.

            The loss of public trust has damaged US society to its core. The US has never recovered.

            But Americans don’t learn. And we are lazier and more ignorant than our parents, and mass media is more effective on us.

            Iraq. Afghanistan. Syria. Libya. The “War on Terror”. COVID. THE Ukraine. Palestine.

            We’re doing remarkably well, but our luck is about to run out–any day.

            I’m glad it did not run out today. It was a nice day in Michigan, great weather, good day to watch the eclipse of the sun.

        • Blackbird April 9, 2024 at 8:53 pm #

          Yeah Heck, gotta disagree with ya on Vietnam too.

          France got their butts kicked out – we did not rescue them.

          Then we got our butts kicked out a generation later.

          And regarding WWI, more than rescuing France, I’d say we beat Germany. If we had stayed out – as we should have – the major powers of Europe would (in my opinion) have fought themselves to exhaustion, most likely leading to a more equitable peace. Instead we intervened and set the stage for WWII and the resultant division of the world into Communist and Capitalist blocs.

    • Suburban_elk April 8, 2024 at 10:38 am #

      BOOM

      • The Man They Call Zazelle April 8, 2024 at 1:27 pm #

        One of my other comments that suggested that Jim invite Norman Finkelstein to one of his next podcasts and where they talk mostly about Israel-Palestine got taken out in the explosion.

        XD

  3. Zoltar April 8, 2024 at 9:37 am #

    We have long known that Jim has a blind spot for Israel. In recent months it has been revealed in its full distasteful depth.

    A large majority of the human race, including, I daresay, of this readership, has lost all sympathy for Israel, not because of the weaponized accusation of antisemitism, but because Israel has utterly forfeited the moral high ground – not just in the past six months, but progressively for decades.

    I recognize that this post may get me banned from this forum, and regret that fact but, unlike our host here, I am bound by a single standard of decency, and am obliged to see things as they actually are.

    • Alfred April 8, 2024 at 10:04 am #

      It’s actually not just him. There are very few of us who take a conservative position domestically, while taking a hard line against the Israeli government.

      On 10/7 the electorate split on the perpendicular axis.

      • hmuller April 8, 2024 at 4:50 pm #

        I especially liked JHK’s suggestion that the Gazans should have made Gaza a world class beach resort instead of nurturing grudges against Israel.

        Likewise, the blacks in Soweto should have turned their neighborhoods into a vast network of water parks and mini golf courses to capture the tourist trade. Why even address apartheid?!

        • benr April 8, 2024 at 6:15 pm #

          Well under the new South African government they have turned the country into paradise…if you like raping children, murdering whites, stealing farms that have been in the same family for over 300 years and giving it to blacks who migrated from the north to the south and have zero interest in farming.
          They just wanted the land to sell it to someone.
          Seems we are facing the same Marxist shit bags that destroyed countries like Venezuela and South Africa.
          Many of the Zulus lament about the former government being destroyed.
          On average they lose power for 8-16 hours a day and now are running low on fresh water forget about being the breadbasket of Africa that ship sailed as well.

          • hmuller April 9, 2024 at 10:46 am #

            The ruling black politicians of South Africa have certainly met the standards we see throughout that continent – corruption, waste, oppression, and incompetence. But that’s a separate discussion

            The message of the Jewish ruling elite to the American people is that the Palestinians are subhuman, evil, and violent. Everyone of them. And this has nothing to do with what the Jews did to them. Oh no, perish the thought!. They’ve always been like that.

            The Palestinians refuse to negotiate with their adversaries and preach genocide against the Jews, hence they must all be expelled (if not euthanized) for the greater good of humanity and the ethically advanced Jewish people.

            Does that about summarize the talking points, Uncle Abraham?

          • benr April 9, 2024 at 8:01 pm #

            Works for me.

          • benr April 9, 2024 at 8:04 pm #

            I would honestly think all you jew hating nazi types would love all of them pesky jews in one small area.

            I love the idea of a Jewish state triple the size of Israel and begin the law of return already.

          • hmuller April 10, 2024 at 8:36 am #

            Benr, morality is based on applying the same ethical rules and standards to people across the board. That’s what makes the “woke” ideology so abhorrent.

            You believe in a privileged status for the Chosen Race. I believe the same moral rules apply to all of us equally.

            Apparently, in your opinion this makes me a jew-hater. I wish I could say that surprises me.

          • benr April 10, 2024 at 9:24 am #

            @hmuller

            Nope your constant negative comments make me think you’re a Jew hater.

            Does every Jew consider themselves superior to goy?
            I see many a self-hating jews out there.

            With all that said it is not illegal to be a bigot.
            I don’t care who you are everyone is a bigot in some form.

          • hmuller April 10, 2024 at 10:13 am #

            Thank you benr for your (almost) gracious comment. Over the years we’ve agreed 98 percent of the time.

            And I’m not against the existence of Israel. I went to college there in 1975.

            In my years I’ve seen how karma bites people in the ass. The Jews and Palestinians (and other parties) have flung a lot of shit at each other. What they don’t realize is that all the harm one does comes right back in a self-reinforcing cycle.

            But perhaps the metaphysical, woo-woo talk is not for this forum

            As for the condition of Palestine circa 1870, one reason it was desolate is because the Ottomans taxed trees. Everyone cut down their trees and the land suffered.

            Be that as it may. Let’s say you live in a crappy house. Someone forces you out with the comment you’ve got lots of relatives to go live with. They then fix up the house really nice. Are they morally entitled to the keep the house? Just asking.

            Yes, we live in world where we must be prepared to fight for our rights. But if we don’t respect the rights of others, what are we?

          • hmuller April 10, 2024 at 10:38 am #

            Here’s an item on point. Congresswoman Jasmine Crockett of Texas says black Americans should pay no taxes. Can you guess Jasmine’s pigmentation?

            At some point we as a nation quit pretending to believe in equality and justice for all. Now it’s about privileges and benefits for “my people”, and fuck your people.

            This is not a good mindset.

          • hmuller April 10, 2024 at 10:59 am #

            As for the self hating Jews, is it possible to hate yourself and love others? Maybe you’ve hit on a part of the problem.

            I don’t doubt that Nahmanides had a hard time forming a minyan in Jerusalem in the 13th century. But by 1880 there were several thousand Jews in Jerusalem. Mostly, they were retired rabbi’s, some with wives, who came to the holy land to die and be buried

            Then around1880 Zionism and Jewish immigration to Palestine kicked off

            Paul Johnson (very pro-Zionist) wrote an excellent book “A History if the Jews”. He writes on page 430 that by 1917, “there were between 85,000 and 100,000 Jews living in Palestine, out of a total population of 600,000”. By 1948 it was about 700,000 Jews and about twice that number of Arabs (both Moslem and Christian)

          • Jarek April 10, 2024 at 12:34 pm #

            Lemme guess: But somehow, you still think Blacks belong in Western Civilization. Victory (full integration) is just around the corner.

            Just as somehow, fatuously (but no more than you), BRH still thinks that America won the Vietnam War.

          • hmuller April 10, 2024 at 12:43 pm #

            Just curious, when was the last time you said anything nice to anyone, Jarek.

            I know, I know, you’re not in the nice business.

          • hmuller April 10, 2024 at 12:46 pm #

            What I said about the mindset, “hurray for my people, fuck your people.”

            You’ve got a severe case, Jarek.

          • benr April 10, 2024 at 6:41 pm #

            What I said about the mindset, “hurray for my people, fuck your people.”

            You’ve got a severe case, Jarek.-hmuller

            Hahahaha

            Thank you benr for your (almost) gracious comment. Over the years we’ve agreed 98 percent of the time. – hmuller

            I just get so sick of the one-sided arguments against Israel believe it or not I am not:
            Pro-Israel with that said I am not anti-israel either.
            Same thing with Russia.
            I am anti-China.
            I am VERY Anti-palestinian state they have had the chance over and over to create one and have not come to the table in earnest to solve the issue so fuck them.
            They want it all and the damn Muslims have conquered almost all of the middle east through demographic shifts and outright dhimmi creation.
            I like the fact Israel is a stick in the Muslim eye.

          • Jarek April 11, 2024 at 1:17 pm #

            Muller: The answer is a two state solution, is it not?

            For both them and us. Get rid of your normalcy bias. Don’t be a status quo junky.

            If you went to school there, you are probably Jewish. You are a good Jew not a bad Gentile. But be willing to grant us full rights as you do the Palestinians, ok?

        • Sam S April 10, 2024 at 6:45 pm #

          Israel didn’t control Gaza after 2005. It would have been perfectly possible for the Palestinians to put their efforts and resources into turning their prime beaches into places for people to go and fry themselves.

          Instead they chose Hamas who put those efforts and resources into trying to destroy Israel. Hence the blockade and multiple wars.

          I do wonder if Ariel Sharon wanted to give the Palestinians enough rope to hang themselves by letting them demonstrate what they would do if given land to control. Unfortunately he was proven right.

    • shotho April 8, 2024 at 10:06 am #

      In my opinion, you see things quite clearly. And, it’s beginning to look like the Israeli population is also seeing the same things. Netanyahu’s days are numbered and a cease fire is in the works.

      • Socrates-Detroit April 8, 2024 at 11:05 am #

        @shotho

        My impression is that 60-70% of the Israeli public supports the current war in Gaza. That is not the SAME as supporting Netanyahu and voting for him–but they support THIS policy (which for the time being may be HIS policy, but reflects the Israeli government consensus).

        They support “destroying Hamas” (understandable) and whatever collateral damage that may cause.

        My impression ALSO is that the Israeli government is carefully managing the new and images the Israeli public sees.

        I get this impression from what I’ve read/seen from Gideon Levy, Miko Peled, who are Israelis.

        I bet, like most Americans (though, no offense meant, I think the AVERAGE Israeli is better educated and smarter), most Israelis don’t go far from mainstream news–the radio, TV. Just like Americans.

        I think if Israelis took the time to look at images or video or read articles that are beyond the mainstream, some of that 60-70% would reconsider its support.

        In any case, when you are unpopular but are running a play that enjoys 60-70%, you’re gonna keep running it.

        The US “criticism” is simply a charade to try to avoid losing votes and the election in November.

        Schumer and Biden (or Biden’s advisors) KNOW the war is popular in Israel, and putting another Israeli in charge won’t change it.

        The only thing that will make the Israelis stop is stopping aid.

        In 198x, after the Ariel Sharon, the “Butcher of Beirut” allowed the slaughter of Palestinians in refugee camps, even Reagan was so upset, that Reagan called Israeli PM (and former Irgun terrorist) Begin and told him to stop. A five-minute call. And the killing stopped.

        But since the 1980s, the Israeli Lobby has an iron grip.

        Perhaps Biden revels in Arab blood, like many Israelis do. Perhaps not. But he knows there is a politcial price to pay if he does not do as the Israeli lobby wants.

        They all know it.

        So the slaughter will continue. And since there is a God, at some point in time, America will get what it deserves.

        The Great Harlot in Revelations. Merchants will weep–who will buy their wares, for she is no more.

        Maybe that’s it?

        • tuco22 April 8, 2024 at 11:12 am #

          God holds back judgment so that those who will get saved can get saved before the SHTF. Once it does, however, it’s too late. The door closes for redemption, just like when God shut the door to the ark. I know on TV they show Noah shutting the door to the ark, but in actuality, God did that.

          • Socrates-Detroit April 8, 2024 at 11:33 am #

            @tuco22

            Perhaps. I respectfully disagree.

            Where I go to church, walls are full of icons of Saints who were killed, several of them tortured and killed.

            Among the greatest Saints were Christ’s disciples, were they not?

            The only disciple who did not die a violent death was St. John, who wrote the Book of Revelation.

            Orthodox Christians don’t, or should not, fear death. They don’t, or should not, embrace death, or seek it out–“let me kill myself, so I can go to heaven”, or “so I can end this predicament I’m in”. No. Suicide is a sin.

            However, Orthodox Christians do not, or should not, be afraid of dying.

            The reward is eternal life in heaven. The soul is eternal, so the alternative is…..hell.

            It’s not easy to be a Christian, in general. Not easy without a lot of faith.

            And it’s harder in the USA, IMO. Because “it is harder for a rich man to enter heaven, than it is for a camel to go thru the eye of the needle. BUT, with God, all things are possible”.

          • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 12:41 pm #

            And those that don’t “get” SAVED are going to burn in Hell forever. That’s love!

            You can’t talk with a fundamentalist. Even when they seem to agree, they don’t really. They’re really and fundamentally wrong about everything.

            Can’t wait for Christ to come back and dissolve the Abrahamic religions – all three – completely.

          • elysianfield April 8, 2024 at 1:12 pm #

            “The reward is eternal life in heaven.”

            SocDet,
            You are going to have to come up with a better offer than that.

            The “church” next door is offering 72 VIRGINS!

          • The Man They Call Zazelle April 8, 2024 at 1:36 pm #

            Bah. I’d rather have one woman with experience than an all-you-can-eat buffet of virgins. Have you ever had a virgin, ‘field? They’re boring. Well, I guess I was also boring too then. ^u^

          • elysianfield April 8, 2024 at 3:13 pm #

            ” Well, I guess I was also boring too then. ^u^”

            Well, perhaps we can be bored together?

            I believe I’ve had several…at least they said so, and then they laughed….

            Once, in Mexico, I found another…five dollars, and she SWORE on the Lady of Guadalupe that I was her first….

          • elysianfield April 8, 2024 at 3:35 pm #

            Zaz,
            Your comment reminds me of a story.

            A young Canadian woman marries a man from the States. She is very proper, demure, would not discuss sex before marriage, and even blushed at the mention of a kiss. On their wedding night, the husband, naked, approached the wife, and, pointing to his manhood, asked her if she knew what it was?

            She replied, “That’s a pee pee”

            The husband replied “No, dearest, that is a cock”

            She then replied, “No! a cock is black and about THIS big (spreading her hands apart)…that’s a pee pee.”

          • The Man They Call Zazelle April 8, 2024 at 4:32 pm #

            Recently, one of our neighbours was caulking the underside of his entryway, while his woman held the ladder. As I was passing by, I stopped to take a quick look and said, “Nice caulk!”

          • messianicdruid April 8, 2024 at 5:11 pm #

            If God could save everyone, would He do it?

          • elysianfield April 8, 2024 at 9:03 pm #

            “If God could save everyone, would He do it?”

            Druid,
            If there was a God, he would not have given me a pee pee…also I would have won the lottery….

          • messianicdruid April 8, 2024 at 10:26 pm #

            Those would cause you to be full of piss and vinegar.

            Humor me with an answer.

          • Uncle Bob April 9, 2024 at 12:24 am #

            Well, Jarek, you have the opportunity now to seek God, ask for forgiveness, repent of bad things (such as hating Jews, for example), and follow Him. Otherwise, if you don’t, you’ll face the consequences of your own actions. What, is God supposed to say, “You hate me, mock me, abuse my followers, spend your time talking trash about things you have no interest in understanding, loudly proclaim that you don’t need me or a savior because you’re fine the way you are, so come spend eternity in my kingdom”? Fuck no! The wages — consequences — of sin is death, not a pat on the back and a “good job!”

          • elysianfield April 9, 2024 at 1:16 am #

            Piss or Vinegar? “Humor me”

            Druid,
            Well, I usually find myself full of one or the other…I will respect your judgment as to which it is…..

            This short video explains how to tell;

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYfBXz23uyY

          • Jarek April 9, 2024 at 12:50 pm #

            God being that big Zionist in the sky, looking like Karl Marx.

            Rabbis are bearded while our preachers are clean shaven. The Rabbis look more like God. Our preachers are eunuchs in comparison.

          • Jarek April 10, 2024 at 12:36 pm #

            That’s how the Manx cat lost its tail: The wind (God’s hand) slammed the door on it.

            And the Unicorns wouldn’t come in and get left behind. That’s why they died out. Dinosaurs too?

            Adam rode a Bronto!

          • Qwibqwib April 11, 2024 at 4:04 am #

            Jarek – God is a farmer. The Lord is growing wheat. His (our) enemy has sown tares among the Lord’s wheat. When the time comes, just like any good farmer, the Lord will separate the wheat from the tares. First, he will put the wheat (harvest (rapture)) up in the barn for safe keeping. Then he will bind the tares into bundles and burn them on a fire.

            God DOES NOT love the tares. Psalm 7:11 KJV “God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.”

            God instructs us to hate those that hate the lord. Psalms 139:21 KJV “Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?”

          • Jarek April 11, 2024 at 1:20 pm #

            The analogy has a limit since we are supposed to convert the tares. But as far as it goes, I think I’m covered.

        • Socrates-Detroit April 8, 2024 at 11:15 am #

          Correction. It’s not the 80s, I meant to write

          “..since the 1990s, the Israeli Lobby has an iron grip”.

        • Uncle Abraham April 8, 2024 at 12:03 pm #

          I’ve lived in Israel and am here presently. You really don’t know what you’re talking about in the main. It’s armchair quarterbacking without ever having been on the field.

          • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 12:43 pm #

            No, it’s the guy in the field who doesn’t know what he’s doing or why he’s dying. The guys in the armchairs do.

            In olden days, leaders led their men into the battle, sometimes even fighting themselves. Exceedingly rare now.

          • Zoltar April 8, 2024 at 1:44 pm #

            I’m delighted to hear that you live in Israel, Abe.

            You’ll get yours.

          • TruthSeeker1986 April 8, 2024 at 1:53 pm #

            @Jarek

            They are too much of a coward to do it now, it’s easier to talk trash and then have other people go die for you while you hide out somewhere making money off the whole thing.

          • zenfugue April 8, 2024 at 7:05 pm #

            Well then… do enlighten us Uncle Abe!

          • benr April 9, 2024 at 9:56 am #

            No, it’s the guy in the field who doesn’t know what he’s doing or why he’s dying. The guys in the armchairs do.

            In olden days, leaders led their men into the battle, sometimes even fighting themselves. Exceedingly rare now. -jarek

            Are you attempting to say that Benjamin Netanyahu has not fought his enemies face to face?
            Leaders who control military actions probably should have worn a uniform in their past to many of them don’t seem to respect the military enough.

          • Socrates-Detroit April 10, 2024 at 11:29 am #

            Netanhyahu’s brother was killed in the famous raid in Entebbe in 1976.

            So, his brother died in a famous raid (I was in elementary school, and even I remember the raid on Entebbe).

            The brother Netanyahu and his group actually killed militants, and rescued Israeli hostages. THAT Netanyahu was a hero, literally.

            PM Netanyahu publicly said, promised, to “eliminate Hamas and free the hostages”.

            Six months later, Netenyahu has killed tens of thousands of civilians (and more are dying every day). Yet Hamas STILL operates (albeit in degraded form), and still holds 130 hostages.

          • Qwibqwib April 11, 2024 at 5:53 am #

            Uncle A – If the country of Israel is “God’s chosen”, as you claim, why do they so readily support the lgbtqia2s+ propaganda? Do you think God is on board with lgbtqia2s+? Just wondering…

          • benr April 11, 2024 at 8:41 am #

            Hate the sin not the sinner.

        • benr April 8, 2024 at 6:21 pm #

          To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women – Conan the Barbarian

          Does one cheer on the people who wish to see you murdered in your sleep or drown in the ocean?

          Hamas deserves a quick death and their supporters are no less guilty.

    • Graham April 8, 2024 at 10:09 am #

      This calls for a serious discussion between our host JHK and George Galloway.
      This would be the show of shows!!

    • teddyboy46 April 8, 2024 at 10:31 am #

      You are speaking for yourself not the vast majority of people. The fact that Israel is a nation today proves that the Bible is true and God is real. That is a true miracle.

      • Zoltar April 8, 2024 at 10:40 am #

        Ted:

        The fact that you made this statement proves that idiots still exist.

        • Uncle Abraham April 8, 2024 at 10:56 am #

          I barely had time to purge myself and now I see this stupidity from Zoltar?! So the prophets foretell the expulsion of Israel to the four corners of the world. Check. They also foretell, by the Spirit of God, the eventual restoration to the land of Israel. 2,000 years later, check.

          Who has ever heard or seen anything like this?

          But you call someone that believes this proof of God’s sovereignty an “idiot”? Your arrogance knows no bounds, Satan. Be gone, devil.

          Yes, Satan is man full of himself.

          How’s that for reality, all you devils on this blog – there are several if not more of you here.

          It’s not America or Russia or China or Israel or Hamas or any of these that are your real problem. You are your real problem. Keep embracing lies and destruction while criticizing and complaining your way through hell. You have loved and chosen it.

          Do I hear an “amen”?

          • MX Vet 57 April 8, 2024 at 11:08 am #

            Amen.

          • Suburban_elk April 8, 2024 at 11:43 am #

            Uncle Abraham that thing where you bully people into submission, it doesn’t work anymore. It worked, and well, on American boomers, a good portion of them, and you got them on your side for the rest of their lives. But other than them, you are on your own. You made your bed. The world is calling you out on your ways. These are the end times that your magic prophesied, but that’s just a fancy way of saying just desserts.

            To be practical about it, it was obviously a recipe for disaster to choose a supposed homeland at the exact middle of a billion sworn enemies.

          • Uncle Abraham April 8, 2024 at 12:11 pm #

            Elk, “bully people into submission”? Do you think that’s how God works? It’s Him you’re calling a bully.

            “With the pure You show Yourself pure, And with the perverse You show Yourself a wrestler” Psalm 18:26

          • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 12:45 pm #

            Abe, prophecy is clear: The Jewish messiah is the Antichrist. Most of you are going to get it completely wrong AGAIN. As ever, your arrogance is your undoing.

          • Cankerpuss April 8, 2024 at 1:10 pm #

            I agree with Jarek. The Messiah of the Jews is not the same Messiah of the House of Israel.

            Too many people equate the Jews as the entirety of the House of Israel. Even if they were direct descendants of father Abraham, they would only be 1/12th of the original house. Jacob had 12 sons and each son had posterity that eventually became 12 tribes (13 if you count Rueben who lost the birthright). Eventually, 10 of the tribes were taken captive by the Assyrians. Overtime the 10 tribes migrated north, became the Schythian people and ultimately migrated north into Germania, Gaul, Britannia and Scandinavia.

            All of the prophesies of the restoration of Israel apply to the House of Israel, not the Jews and may play out entirely different than predominant interpretations of scripture.

            IMO.

          • messianicdruid April 8, 2024 at 5:17 pm #

            Hey Canker, maybe you should teach checkers first. Get them used to the board, and bring in the chess pieces later.

          • hortonz April 9, 2024 at 12:52 pm #

            Uncle Abraham, are you from my neck of the woods, aka Metro-Detroit or Windsor-Essex? What did you think of the celebrations in America’s Jihad Capitol, Dearborn to commemorate Death To America Death To Israel day? All my feelings of solidarity with the Palestinian cause died that day and the following day when thousands of pro-Palestinian protestors angrily blocked traffic in downtown Toronto to celebrate Hamas October 7 attack on Israel. I feel like a complete dupe and idiot for ever believing the Palestinians were the victims and Israel the aggressor. Can i ever be forgiven?

          • Blackbird April 9, 2024 at 9:10 pm #

            Cank, I think you are conflating the Scythians with the Yamnaya – their ancestors who preceded them by about two millennia.

            The Yamnaya were the proto-Indo-Europeans and spread from the Pontic-Caspian steppe throughout Europe (including southern Scandinavia) and west Asia (as far east as the Tarim Basin). They predate the arrival of the Israelites by about two millennia. The language, culture, and genetics of the two groups, Yamnaya and Semites, show no relationship.

            The Scythians, for their part, were absorbed by further waves of Iranian steppe warriors, primarily the Sarmatians. I know of no evidence of them spreading beyond the steppes, certainly not as far as Scandinavia which had developed its own iron age culture by the time of the disappearance of the Scythians. But I do suspect – though I have not seen the genetic or literary evidence – that the ancestors of the Scythians contributed to the birth of the Slavs.

          • Blackbird April 9, 2024 at 9:12 pm #

            Oops – I meant the descendants of the Scythians contributed to the birth of the Slavs.

          • Qwibqwib April 11, 2024 at 4:21 am #

            Everyone on this blog is a Jew. Everyone reading this post has Jewish blood coursing through their veins. Everyone posting on and reading this blog, whether they agree with what the country called Israel is doing right now or not, is a Jew, has Jewish ancestry and is a part of Israel. Prove me wrong…

            Bonus round: All of the “Palestinians” are also Jews and have a similar amount of Jewish blood in their veins as well. Prove me wrong…

            He’s a Jew, She’s a Jew, I’m a Jew, You’re a Jew, Wouldn’t you like to be a jew too?

        • Uncle Bob April 9, 2024 at 12:26 am #

          But enough about your own ignorance, Zoltar.

          • benr April 9, 2024 at 9:43 am #

            It’s not ignorance its willful omission of facts based upon observable reality.

      • Cankerpuss April 8, 2024 at 1:05 pm #

        Teddyboy46, the Jews are not all of Israel. Remember that House of Israel consisted of 12, even 13 tribes who were the direct literal descendants of Jacob whose name was changed to Israel.

        I grow weary of people assuming that the Jews are the entirety of Israel. They are not. Many Jews aren’t even of the blood of Israel or the tribe of Judah. Some may be, but most are Khazars or descendants thereof.

        The Bible is complicated scripture. Much of the prophesies of old are metaphorical gibberish, hard to understand. Israel is much more than the Jews.

    • Uncle Abraham April 8, 2024 at 10:48 am #

      A blind spot? Is it just possible that you’re blind, Zoltar? I say you are. I say you have no idea of the actual history or what it’s like on the ground in Israel. I say you’ve never negotiated with practitioners of taqiyya, or have been terrorized. I say you were never attacked for simply living in a place that was once inhabited or shared with other people. I say you’re a self righteous virtue signaler presuming to be morally pure and above our “distasteful” host. Now excuse me while I go puke.

      • Zoltar April 8, 2024 at 10:51 am #

        Thank you, Abe.

        Your repudiation is the highest affirmation I could hope for here.

        • Uncle Abraham April 8, 2024 at 10:57 am #

          Mock while you still can, devil. You’re finished now.

          • Why_weren't_we_asked_about_Degrowth April 8, 2024 at 4:07 pm #

            strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government! Supreme executive power drives from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony. You can’t expect to wield supreme executive power just ’cause some watery tart threw a sword at you

          • Paula D April 8, 2024 at 5:14 pm #

            I saw that movie, degrowth. Great movie.

    • tuco22 April 8, 2024 at 11:05 am #

      Well, I have not lost sympathy for Israel. It has been a country under siege, one way or another, ever since 1948, and way before that, under Roman occupation. Israel exists as a nation, on the land God gave to Abraham, as a reward for his faith and obedience in not only obeying God’s command to leave Ur in Babylon but also to offer Isaac, what we call a shadow and type of Jesus on the cross, as a sacrifice. Of course God didn’t intend for Abraham to actually kill Isaac. He wanted to see how strong his faith was. All of this doesn’t mean that they’re “special” people, it just means that because of Abraham, they’re precious in His sight.

      • tuco22 April 8, 2024 at 11:07 am #

        And they have the right to live on their own land just like every other nation on the earth. By the way, the word Palestine was invented by the Romans after the diaspora. They even renamed Israel Palestine on their maps. It’s history.

        • Mac April 8, 2024 at 11:38 am #

          God gives land to people? Where do I sign up? What’s the phone number?

          • Uncle Abraham April 8, 2024 at 12:15 pm #

            First you need to be dislocated, losing everything, and become a stranger in a strange land. There you need to be occasionally pogromed and persecuted – for thousands of years, with some successes interspersed throughout the process. Then, when you finally come to your land, you have to fight hostiles that hate you just for being what you were born and build a new nation – infrastructure and all.

            Ready for you and your progeny to embark on this journey?

          • C.O.Jones April 8, 2024 at 12:40 pm #

            Mac, that number is Joshua 1:4 – “All the land from the desert and the L’vanon to the great river, the Euphrates River – all the land of the Hitti – and on to the Great Sea in the west will be your territory”

            The Balfour declaration was the Rockefeller run UN attempt at restoring some of the land to Israel. See, Israel is a people, not a patch of land.

            I suggest those who accuse the nation of Israel of genocide get a map of the middle east. Take a colored highlighter and color in the spec of map that is designated Israel. Then take a different highlighter and color in the Arab countries all around Israel. Finally, tell me with a straight face that it is Israel who is committing genocide.

          • Mac April 8, 2024 at 1:00 pm #

            Interesting that Uncle and C.O. use or cite the word “you” or “your” when referencing land, some of which was outright confiscated. The only land I have ever owned I paid for. God doesn’t hold deeds and therefore cannot gift land to anyone.

          • messianicdruid April 8, 2024 at 5:23 pm #

            “First you need to be dislocated, losing everything, and become a stranger in a strange land. There you need to be occasionally pogromed and persecuted – for thousands of years, with some successes interspersed throughout the process. Then, when you finally come to your land, you have to fight hostiles that hate you just for being what you were born and build a new nation – infrastructure and all.“

            Without out realizing it, you are describing the Ten Lost [ appolumi ] Tribes [ and the others were welcomed ].

          • Uncle Bob April 9, 2024 at 12:30 am #

            Mac, nothing would exist, from subatomic particles to the universe itself — without God. That means that he can give land to men if he so desires. Not to recognize this means you’re benighted by arrogance.

      • Breck April 8, 2024 at 12:59 pm #

        Well my friends, it’s complicated.

        Book have been written on this issue. We’re not going to somehow settle it in back-and-forths here on Jim’s comments to his bi-weekly essays.

        Thinking it can be settled in this way is just vanity and egoism.

    • sadlycdn April 8, 2024 at 11:13 am #

      I couldn’t disagree more….if Jim has a blind spot, you have a total eclipse….

    • pyrrhus April 8, 2024 at 12:14 pm #

      Indeed, Jim appears to be blind to the rampant execution of Doctors, nurses, journalists, aid workers, and children by Israel…All of which are blatant war crimes…

      • Uncle Abraham April 8, 2024 at 12:22 pm #

        Blatant crimes committed by Hamas. Every drop of blood shed in Gaza is on them and their supporters/enablers, which includes you.

        Hamas could have surrendered on day one. Instead they chose to hide behind those they were elected to serve.

        Now if Israel really wanted to execute the civilians of Gaza, there would be hundreds of thousands already dead. A small child could figure that out, but grown-up fools know nothing when they think they know it all.

        • Cankerpuss April 8, 2024 at 1:17 pm #

          I tend to agree. This wasn’t happening until Hamas attacked innocent Israelis on October 7th.

          The USA invaded Iraq and Afghanistan, sovereign nations, because of 9-11. How many Iraqis and Afghanis died as a result of these invasions? I’ve heard in the hundreds of thousands but nobody knows for sure.

          Yet when Israel responds to its “9-11” now they are committing genocide. Seems like a double standard too me. Israel should be able to protect itself by all means.

        • C.O.Jones April 8, 2024 at 2:04 pm #

          Yes, Uncle Abraham – that is the method of operation for Hamas. Commit unspeakable violence and demand a cease-fire to bring in “negotiators.”

      • Cankerpuss April 8, 2024 at 1:14 pm #

        Nothing says the Children of Israel are required to be nice. The Children of Israel from the Old Testament and the God of Israel were brutal.

        • messianicdruid April 8, 2024 at 10:42 pm #

          So, it means not brutal. No reference to polite or pleasant or harmless or meek or just?

      • Sam S April 10, 2024 at 6:49 pm #

        The deaths of these people is not deliberate. Such people always die in wars, especially when urban combat is involved.

        Hamas started this war with its Al Aqsa Flood, cheered on by Moslems around the world, who are now crying and playing victim as a result of the inevitable massive retaliation by Israel.

        I say the Arabs are lucky Israel hasn’t done to them what they’ve been promising to do to Israel for decades. If Israel were less decent, it would have wiped them all off the map long ago.

    • SomeoneInAsia April 8, 2024 at 12:40 pm #

      Have to say I stand with Zoltar on Israel forfeiting its moral high ground. I used to think that the Jews are just a people like any other who just want to get on with life but for some incomprehensible reason have been repeatedly trampled on by others. Well, thanks to analysts like Ron Unz, Paul Craig Roberts and Israel Shahak, my eyes have now been opened to a lot of things about the Jews. Things that are… not so nice.

      I don’t want to be too provocative here, so I shall desist from sharing here what the said analysts have revealed to me. Those interested can find out for themselves.

      Sometimes I wonder if the world might not actually be a more peaceful place had the three Abrahamic faiths never existed.

      • Cankerpuss April 8, 2024 at 1:20 pm #

        Jews are also great imposters. Claiming to be the direct descendants of Judah and comprising the Tribe of Judah. Not so. Most of them are descended from the Khazars of the Ukraine region. If Christians understood the true nature of the House of Israel and the fulfilment of the Abrahamic Covenant through the House of Israel (Christianity), things might be significantly different.

        • benr April 8, 2024 at 6:32 pm #

          A jew is a jew is a jew…Religion as well as a people.

          First the saturday people and then the sunday people.

          • Sam S April 10, 2024 at 6:50 pm #

            Exactly, the hardcore Moslems are the enemies of the Yahood and will then come for the other Kuffars when the Yahood are all dead.

    • JackStraw April 8, 2024 at 12:51 pm #

      The war in the middle east has provided a clear choice for people that illustrates whether they are decent or inherently evil. If you choose the side of a terrorist state over the only democratic state in the ME, and the most oppressed people in history, you are a moral failure.

      • messianicdruid April 8, 2024 at 10:46 pm #

        Isn’t a democracy the one where 51% of the electorate can vote to have the other 49% for lunch?

      • Qwibqwib April 11, 2024 at 4:33 am #

        Can I choose neither?

    • lflawse April 9, 2024 at 12:42 am #

      OH WOW! What a superior being.
      BS!

  4. Alfred April 8, 2024 at 9:39 am #

    Good Bye Mr. Kunstler.

    If ever you pull your head out of your ass with respect to Israel, I might consider patronizing your writing again.

    The score is 30,000 to about 1,200

    When do you stop beating the horse?

    • The Man They Call Zazelle April 8, 2024 at 9:44 am #

      That would appear Jim’s paradox, contradiction and/or hypocrisy; big on analyses at/about home, but woefully inadequate overseas, in particular, Israel, vis-a-vis USA. Eat cake and have it too.

      • Uncle Abraham April 8, 2024 at 11:00 am #

        Another misinformed and incalcitrant devil. Have your fill of your fruits, they will correct you.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle April 8, 2024 at 11:15 am #

          That all? Want a nappy for that foam in your mouth’s corners?

          Go have a word with Norman Finkelstein once you dab that out,

          • Uncle Abraham April 8, 2024 at 12:17 pm #

            Norman Finkelstein, I thought this was you?

          • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 12:53 pm #

            Instead of jumping up and shouting, I am Spartacus! Let us jump up and shout, I am Norman! And then in a whisper, Finkelstein.

          • Paula D April 8, 2024 at 5:15 pm #

            I heard that when Russian authorities tried to find out which officer cut off the terrorist’s ear, the entire squad claimed that it was them.

            I definite I am Spartacus moment.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle April 9, 2024 at 5:01 pm #

            @Jarek, sounds like a plan.

    • mary.m April 8, 2024 at 10:33 am #

      A few corrections. Bangor is outside the totality, in the 90% range. (Otherwise I could reach the totality in an hour or so, instead of the 2.5+ hours I’ll have to drive). Iirc, the path through Maine starts around Jackman & runs through downtown Houlton.

      For historical context of the war on Gaza, I recommend googling the Balfour Declaration and the Habka.

      For current understanding as to why surrounding countries refuse to take in Palestinian refugees, google the map of Greater Israel, which Netanyahu & other senior officials were displaying & referring to in recent Knesset meetings.

      For context of Oct 7, google the Oct 2 Israeli attack on Al Aqsa (3rd most holy Islam site). Also consider why Israel ignored warnings from its own military, took hours to respond, moved the Rave just 2 days earlier to adjacent to the border. Also look at aerial views of the Rave & consider how a couple guys on paragliders armed with kalishnikovs could possibly have caused that carnage. Israel’s own air force has admitted they blindly targeted anything that moved. Google the Hannibal directive.

      As to motive, look for the video of Jared Kushner going on about the seaside real estate development potential after Gaza has been razed.

      Everything you’ve read in the mainstream media is a lie. Everything

      Or do you honestly believe they told the covid & jabs lies & suddenly decided to be truthful?

      • Uncle Abraham April 8, 2024 at 11:09 am #

        Forget msm, that’s not a reliable source, but actually everything you say is a lie, Mary. There is no such thing as a “habka,” and if you mean “nabka,” that is a tale told by liars and losers.

        For a real catastrophe, the Arab nations actually did exile their Jewish populations, stealing their land and property in the process. Israel absorbed this refugee population, unlike the Arab nations that told the

        The problem for you, Mary, isn’t telling so many lies, but after being corrected, not doing your homework and reading something other than a jihadist leaning or jihadist owned information source to find out the truth.

        • Uncle Abraham April 8, 2024 at 11:16 am #

          Posted prematurely. Continuing paragraph 2:

          …unlike the Arab nations that told the Arab inhabitants to flee from their homes as they attacked Israel FOR NO REASON other than they didn’t want the Jews to have a country (one that they built and made a good place for Arabs to live).

        • Uncle Abraham April 8, 2024 at 11:17 am #

          Jared Kushner talked about the tragic misuse of funds given to the Gazans, which could have gone to constructive economic development and that such should be the case in the future, if they will have it.

          • Heartlander April 8, 2024 at 12:06 pm #

            I freely admit that I don’t know what the hell to think about the Israel situation, since I cannot trust ANY of the news, from EITHER side, right now.

            But I do remember, years ago (2005, was it?), when Israel EVICTED ITS OWN Jewish citizens from Gaza, in order to give the land to the Palestinians in hopes that it would buy some peace.

            Jews in Gaza had built hugely profitable large greenhouse operations, growing all kinds of wonderful things… and they simply GAVE these enterprises to the Palestinians, just outright gave them away. They thought that helping Palestinians to be successful entrepreneurs, hence self-sufficient, would benefit EVERYBODY in the long run….

            And instead, the Palestinians smashed and burned all those greenhouses. Utterly destroyed them.

            Aa Golda Meir said, there will be peace in that land when the Arabs love their own children more than they hate Jews.

          • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 12:59 pm #

            Summarizer

            Golda Meir, the former Prime Minister of Israel, once said, “When peace comes, we will perhaps in time be able to forgive the Arabs for killing our sons, but it will be harder for us to forgive them for having forced us to kill their sons.” This quote is from a press conference in London in 1969.0 Meir is widely regarded as a leader and visionary, and has been quoted as saying, “There will be peace in the Middle East only when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us.”

            The first is the real quote. Way too hard for gullible, hero worshiping Christians. The second seems to be fake one edited just for the suckers.

          • Heartlander April 8, 2024 at 4:34 pm #

            Jared, you totally missed my point.
            Those multimillion-dollar agricultural enterprises that the Jews just flat-out GAVE to the Palestinians in Gaza — did not even sell them, just gave them as a gift, to help them be prosperous… and the maniacs spitefully DESTROYED them. No reason other than vile, ugly hatred. No concern to give their own children a chance at a decent life. Tell me how that is anything other than pathological, suicidal evil.

          • Jarek April 9, 2024 at 3:00 am #

            They don’t want anything from a people who hate them and whom they hate. The Jews in contrast were glad to move into Palestinian villages and take over – a pragmatic mindset.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle April 9, 2024 at 5:05 pm #

            @Heartlander is that like displacing people and/or enclosing/stealing land and then ‘giving’ some of it back? Out of the kindness of their hearts?

        • Amman April 8, 2024 at 5:02 pm #

          For Gaza, there is the not-so-obvious but important historical context of the relative decline of the power of the Islam-Arab World in the 19th century.

          This has now changed with the rise and development of a new formation of Islam as a Transnational Force – a military/intellectual power spread our over a large region covering many states.

          This region is the ground for assertion, a massive base for coordination, and, if necessary, for the projection of lethal force.

    • BackRowHeckler April 8, 2024 at 10:56 am #

      Hey Alf, it seems like you’re miffed because Israel is winning.

      Good riddance.

    • Uncle Abraham April 8, 2024 at 10:59 am #

      Good riddance, devil.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle April 8, 2024 at 11:16 am #

        Your diapers are too loose again today, the shits coming out.

        • Uncle Abraham April 8, 2024 at 11:19 am #

          The retort of a devil – just helping out those that don’t know where Satan goes when he’s lost it.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle April 8, 2024 at 1:00 pm #

            Your halo is your toilet seat.

        • benr April 8, 2024 at 6:36 pm #

          Your Marxist leaning are showing.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle April 8, 2024 at 9:08 pm #

            benr, don’t fool yourself in not sharing the bed with someone or more of some other ideology or more.

            Besides, there’s disagreement as to what Marxism even is…

            “Marxism has developed over time into various branches and schools of thought, As a result, there is no single, definitive Marxist theory.” ~ Wikipedia

          • benr April 9, 2024 at 9:41 am #

            Bizzarro world statement and you have been unmasked.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle April 9, 2024 at 4:28 pm #

            As if you’ve never heard of the term, ‘strange bedfellows’.

    • MiTurn April 8, 2024 at 11:14 am #

      Alfred,

      You do not understand war. Think of the intentional Allied bombing of German civilians in WW2, all done to hasten the end of the war and minimize Allied causalities. It was considered unfortunate, but necessary.

      War is terrible. But the actions of the Israelis against Hamas reflect the fact that a just cause — defeating Hamas — will harm civilians. And you refuse to see the flip side of the coin. Hamas ensures that a maximum of Gazan noncombatants suffer as it makes great press.

      You’re being played.

      • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 1:01 pm #

        More Germans died after the outbreak of your peace. The massacre of Volga German for example. The hundreds of thousands of German POWs in Eisenhower’s death camps. The systematic starvation of the German population after both World Wars, etc.

      • Paula D April 8, 2024 at 3:55 pm #

        Explain how bombing civilians hastens the end of war.

        Then explain how Russia is winning in Ukraine, although they do not bomb civilians but the Kiev regime does.

        • benr April 8, 2024 at 6:39 pm #

          If you think Russia is not killing thousands of Civilians you got some learning to do.
          With that said the population centers are night and day.
          Ukraine has lots of open country to flee to The Arabs now calling themselves Palestinians have nowhere to go.
          They need to bust down that wall between Egypt and GAZA and tell them to flee.

          • Socrates-Detroit April 8, 2024 at 11:52 pm #

            The Russians are being too humane, at their expense.

            Why are the lights on in Kiev and Lviv? Why are the trains running?

            The Russians should take them out.

            The Ukrainians are pretty close to the Russians. They are led by traitors who are willing to (try to) do America’s dirty work.

            You’ve got Nazis in Ukraine’s upper echelons–but it’s OK, because they are “our friends”.

            Zelensky cancelled the elections. So much for “democracy”.

            It’s easy for me to say, as I’m not a Russian soldier putting my life on the line, but I hope the Russians kill more. God bless ’em!

            And the Russians are killing Ukrainians who are armed–armed by the US and NATO. The Ukrainians have artillery and drones and planes–unlike the Palestinians.

            You’re probably against welfare for poor people–but no problems sending billions to Israel, because the Israeli Lobby owns both parties.

          • benr April 9, 2024 at 9:14 am #

            Hell, yes, I am against welfare!
            I am not against social safety nets within reason.
            I have seen to many people abuse the ever-loving shit out of welfare so they can sit on ass and watch teevee all day.
            Welfare should be limited in nature and length.
            While on welfare they should be forced to attend some formal schooling to get off welfare and develop a skill.
            Not against social safety nets for people not capable of working for a living but I see way too many people standing on street corners begging for change who are also on some form of assistance but offer to help them get a job and they say no way I will lose my benefits.

            I work and have a job I have seen people missing body parts working and perfectly healthy people refuse to work because they got in the system and now don’t have to.

            Not sure what that Marxist play book you have been reading has done to your brain, but it seems like it burns holes in logic centers.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle April 9, 2024 at 4:38 pm #

            And then there’s corporate welfare, corporate squatters, corporate inequity, wage slavery, tax slavery, debt bondage and gutted/clusterfucked true communities/family units/traditional cultures, etc..

            Remove those and we would have actual welfare, rather than the pocket-change our governpimps hand out that was ultimately stolen from people.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle April 9, 2024 at 4:44 pm #

            Presumably, benr’s reading the fine-print of the joke for the so-called ‘social contract’.

          • benr April 9, 2024 at 7:54 pm #

            Naw I really don’t think you have one iota of common sense nor understanding of how the world actually works.
            Anarchist don’t believe in welfare every person for themselves.
            Big government handouts should be a no go from the start whether to private citizens or other countries to vote the way we want and support the US cause de jour.

            Your values you seem to spew all over this website are at times ridiculous and counter to what you post and profess to believe in.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle April 10, 2024 at 8:18 am #

            What I meant by ‘welfare’ is in its ‘actual healthy thriving community’ sense. We don’t have the latter. We have a dystopia.

          • benr April 10, 2024 at 9:31 am #

            I deal in reality not what could be or should be and your own special meaning to terms is irrelevant and annoying to be honest.

            When you say welfare, the reality is a broken system being abused often by people perfectly capable of working and the government spending hundreds of billions a year to keep it afloat.
            What’s worse it is working as intended a permanent under class of people dependent on government for their existence who get rabidly angry and defensive over the gubberment check.
            They just added another 10-30 million welfare gimmes in the last three years.

            In fiscal year 2022, the federal government spent $1.19 trillion on more than 80 different welfare programs. That represents almost 20% of total federal spending and a quarter of tax revenues in 2022 or $9,000 spent per American household.

            Yeah $9,000 per household and that is just on welfare!

          • The Man They Call Zazelle April 10, 2024 at 11:31 am #

            If you deal in reality, that’s what I’m talking about: The people’s welfare.

            Handing out funny-money-as-welfare to people of trashed/gutted lives and communities is a bandage solution.

      • Alfred April 8, 2024 at 6:28 pm #

        Wow, that’s a clever rationalization.

        You should change your name to Mi Lai.

    • ezinmn April 8, 2024 at 12:41 pm #

      Here’s an idea. Why don’t we give the Palestinians all of Israel and see how that turns out? Would you expect the churning out of new inventions and ideas, of a peaceful people living freely amongst their neighbors? The civilized world will never take that chance. The Palestinians had their chance to be decent human beings, but they failed, because of their hatred. I agree with JHK on this.

      • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 1:03 pm #

        Yeah, nothing says love like: A land without a people for a people without a land.

        Btw, they love to say that Whites don’t exist either.

        You’re a sucker.

      • Paula D April 8, 2024 at 3:58 pm #

        It will be interesting if the Palestinians prevail and 4 million of them (after 70 years of “genocide”) move back onto the land their forefathers left, all 700,000 of them.

        I’m sure there will be peace and harmony, as they learn to live on that patch of land together.

        There is no such thing as overpopulation, by the way. I have it on good authority from commenters here.
        Because…..human ingenuity.

        • benr April 8, 2024 at 6:45 pm #

          Look up the word Genocide and then tell me how a population grows 4x- 5x in less than forty years.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle April 9, 2024 at 4:50 pm #

            Ok, how about plain ol’ State-sanctioned large-scale serial murder then?

          • benr April 9, 2024 at 7:50 pm #

            But hey when the Palestinian state run by Hamas decide they want to murder 1,000 people that’s A OK in your book huh?
            There are still Americans being held by these retrograde maniacs.
            Israel a functioning state that actually gives something back to the world verses Palestinian welfare terrorist state that exports Jihadis no comparison.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle April 10, 2024 at 8:21 am #

            But hey when the Palestinian state run by Hamas decide they want to murder 1,000 people that’s A OK in your book huh?” ~ benr

            That’s a logical fallacy. Look it up.

          • benr April 10, 2024 at 9:34 am #

            Oh no that is a logical reality!

            I notice you didn’t bother to say no it’s not ok for Hamas to kidnap, rape, torture and murder people.

            Can’t and won’t say it huh!

          • The Man They Call Zazelle April 10, 2024 at 11:33 am #

            That should go without saying… except to you apparently.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle April 10, 2024 at 11:41 am #

            benr’s Detail Challenges

            “Let me get this straight you whine about Israel getting aid but never mention the following:

            Israel
            $3,308,801,618” ~ benr

            “On a per capita basis, Israel consistently gets more aid than any country.”

            ~ Socrates-Detroit, April 9, 2024 at 12:06 pm

            “If true, that seems to be yet another case of those pesky details/fine-pints that some people often neglect to factor in.” ~ The Man They Call Zazelle

      • Socrates-Detroit April 9, 2024 at 12:02 am #

        @ezinmn

        That’s a good idea! Let’s make it one state, and give everyone one vote, and give them all the right to bear arms. I’m for that.

        The rest is BS.

        The Israelis had their chance to be decent human beings. They could’ve just stayed in the 1967 borders and left the Palestinians to Jordanians and Egyptians.

        But they didn’t. They invaded these areas, and over time, proceeded to slowly take them over and squeeze the natives in the West Bank, take their land, their water (and many of the West Bankers are originally pre-1967 “Israel”.

        And they basically cordoned off Gaza and kept it on subsistence diet.

        Yes, Israel is so good and great.

        Instead of making the Arabs leave, let’s apply that logic and make the Jews leave. The majority of Israeli Jews have been there not even 80 years. There were 5,000 Jews in 1900. So send most of the rest of them back to Germany, Poland, the US, wherever they came from. The Arabs have been there for a lot longer.

        Enjoy your bloodbath.

        When America financially implodes tomorrow, are you still going to insist that the US give Israel $3 to $15 billion a year?

        • benr April 9, 2024 at 9:25 am #

          Let me get this straight you whine about Israel getting aid but never mention the following:

          1
          Ukraine
          $12,432,081,637
          2
          Israel
          $3,308,801,618
          3
          Ethiopia
          $2,190,256,514
          4
          Afghanistan
          $1,389,022,902
          5
          Yemen
          $1,375,803,516
          6
          Egypt
          $1,368,911,286
          7
          Jordan
          $1,188,991,957
          8
          Nigeria
          $1,154,875,460
          9
          Somalia
          $1,137,089,455
          10
          South Sudan
          $1,123,918,275
          11
          Kenya
          $1,028,281,844
          12
          Congo (Kinshasa)
          $907,530,821
          13
          Sudan
          $859,064,945
          14
          Syria
          $826,163,970
          15
          Uganda
          $790,252,008

          Odd how you only single out Israel I am beginning to think you just hate them pesky JOOooOOS.

          usafacts.org/articles/which-countries-receive-the-most-aid-from-the-us

          Twelve billion to murder Russians and pay off the oligarchs of Ukraine?
          Wonder how much of a vig is being kicked back to the big guy and his Democrat cronies?
          A billion here and a billion there starts adding up to big money.
          Not sure why we are giving money to most of the countries on this list other than oil.

          • Socrates-Detroit April 9, 2024 at 12:06 pm #

            @benr

            I actually agree with your last paragraph. Well said.

            I like your list (I thought Ukraine got $60 billion, or $100 billion total, but whatever, they are the top recipient the past two years).

            Israel is among the top recipients, or the top recipient every year, in total dollars.

            On a per capita basis, Israel consistently gets more aid than any country.

            Those are reasons enough to single out Israel. But getting all that aid and basically destroying Gaza is beyond unacceptable. And it is beyond unacceptable the way the Palestinians are treated in general–since the 1990s.

            Gideon Levy of Haaretz blames all that American aid–this is in 2015!

            youtube.com/watch?v=DGO3eBxQX7Q

            I’ve always thought our financial reckoning is coming–my whole adult life, and before, the debt has been skyrocketing.

            1980, crossed $1 trillion. 1997, $5.5%. 2023, $33T.

            Bill Bonner says sometime in next four years.

            @Neurodoc says it’s coming this summer (Apr 08, 12:05). He makes a plausible argument.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle April 9, 2024 at 4:59 pm #

            “On a per capita basis, Israel consistently gets more aid than any country.” ~ Socrates-Detroit

            If true, that seems to be yet another case of those pesky details/fine-pints that some people often neglect to factor in.

          • Socrates-Detroit April 10, 2024 at 5:59 pm #

            @benr

            Regarding Ukraine, we are BOTH way off.

            Try $125 billion.

            Don’t take my word for it. Sen JD Vance (R-OH), and Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Green (R-GA) write the OMB (Office of Management and Budget) that the feel the administration has under counted US “aid” to Ukraine.

            Here is the letter. Long and nauseating

            If you go to antiwar.dot com, you can find “Biden Administration has undercounted Ukraine by $14 billion”, and you can actually find a copy of the letter Vance and Taylor-Green sent.

          • Socrates-Detroit April 10, 2024 at 6:00 pm #

            antiwar dot com dated April 10, 2024. FYI. If anyone is interested.

    • JackStraw April 8, 2024 at 12:53 pm #

      Wow, Jim has really fired up the anti-semites today.

      They still have the hostages, you ignorant nazi, and they should continue fighting until they’re all back.

      • benr April 8, 2024 at 6:46 pm #

        They starved at least one to death.

    • lflawse April 9, 2024 at 12:43 am #

      Don’t let the door hit you on the arse on the way out!

  5. Uncle.Al April 8, 2024 at 9:51 am #

    Civilization is an inhuman constraint separating those who deserve from those who earn. Slavery defines this world, relegating maids versus discriminatory slavist room occupiers. As we peer across the Earth we cannot avoid the existential crisis of skin pigmentation being universally inversely related to”intelligence” and wealth,

    We must embrace nuclear warfare as the only viable alternative to knowledge, ability, and prosperity that have enabled the infinite torture of hunter gatherers by dress salesmen. Liberate humankind! End the clock and calendar, end transportation, end agriculture. end communication! Be!

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    • rainmaker April 8, 2024 at 11:04 am #

      “Civilization” has always been a system of slavery. Is this the best we can do? Is it time for an atomic reboot?

    • White German Shepherd April 8, 2024 at 11:06 am #

      “separating those who deserve from those who earn”

      Do you think you are not getting what you deserve even though you earn nothing? Perhaps you ARE getting what you deserve which is nothing.

    • Breck April 8, 2024 at 1:02 pm #

      Oh boy! I detect the unpleasant aroma of Marxism Uncle.

    • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 1:06 pm #

      Unk admits Whites are smarter but then slyly put intelligence in quotes.

      It’s nihilism. Dadaism. Down with intelligence! was their motto.

    • cbeard April 9, 2024 at 8:37 am #

      My first instinct was to call this Uncle.AI post ridiculous. “separating those who deserve from those who earn”. “Nuclear warfare as an alternative to knowledge, ability and prosperity”. Hunter gatherers tortured by dress salesmen. End the clock and etc, yadda, yadda. Now I’ll call it what it is. Insanity, utter stupidity. I really don’t know what to make of it. Maybe ridiculous does fit.

  6. shotho April 8, 2024 at 9:51 am #

    . . . . . “the cosmos runs things . . . .” And who runs the cosmos?

    • The Man They Call Zazelle April 8, 2024 at 9:53 am #

      The cosmos runs the cosmos.

      • shotho April 8, 2024 at 10:08 am #

        We’re lucky to have such a smart cosmos.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle April 8, 2024 at 10:37 am #

          It is what it is.

      • Breck April 8, 2024 at 1:06 pm #

        Spoken with concise scientific materialism.
        There is no God, there is no Spirit, it’s all matter.
        It’s possible that you and your kin are right.
        I’ve looked at both sides, and like Pascal, decided to choose God.
        This path leads to a better lived life than believing ‘it’s all meaningless’.
        Just my two prutahs.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle April 8, 2024 at 5:02 pm #

          God had a word with me and told me that ‘God’ is the anthropomorphization of the cosmos.

          (shrug)

          • The Man They Call Zazelle April 8, 2024 at 5:04 pm #

            …Like those children’s cartoons with the talking and smiling animals or SpongeBob SquarePants. A happy-go-lucky sponge.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle April 8, 2024 at 5:19 pm #

          And ‘GodBob SquarePants’, so to speak, told me, rather unlike how Barbara Streisand sang that her heart belonged to her, that Israel as a State contrivance is really for no one in particular, including the so-called Jews, including the ones who eat pork, like JHK, if we are to believe him.

          Of course, we got on the time-phone with cooksonia, the world’s first land plant, and asked them if they were down with the Israel thing. They said, well what do we care, we’ve long split, and that I had to understand that Israel was not even in the place it was during their rein, what with continental drift and plate tectonics and stuff like that. It might have even been under water.

          They asked me what the hell a Jew was anyway and I said, dunno, but it appears like maybe some kind of proto-antique-woke identity fusion thing with a religion, if not a furry, say, and we all have to accept it or else we will be fined or damned or bombed or something. Like the Palestinians I guess.

          When you start using irrationality to rationalize your place on the planet, you’ve already lost, if not the war, then your mind.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle April 8, 2024 at 5:26 pm #

          My Heart [if not Israel] Belongs To Me

          youtu.be/buynV7phNbM?feature=shared

      • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 1:07 pm #

        Who wound the clock? It is running down in any case. What then? Nothing? Doubt it.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle April 8, 2024 at 5:27 pm #

          The clock was always wound.

          • messianicdruid April 8, 2024 at 10:54 pm #

            How would something finite know this?

          • The Man They Call Zazelle April 9, 2024 at 6:21 am #

            We’re not finite. We are open systems.

          • messianicdruid April 9, 2024 at 10:09 am #

            So, we are really discussing the accuracy of our various revelations.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle April 9, 2024 at 5:25 pm #

            It’s turtles all the way down, and we live atop that stack of turtles.

  7. Hardrock April 8, 2024 at 9:53 am #

    I love the smell of napalm in the morning.

    Looks like a mutiny among the sycophants…..

    • The Man They Call Zazelle April 8, 2024 at 9:58 am #

      Seasickness
      by Sleepy Town Manufacture

      youtu.be/1lVWcJGgh-4?si=q3l9AoKJ2vTry2KI

      “The men are talking below deck, sir…
      They’re talking mutiny…”

      • Hardrock April 8, 2024 at 10:04 am #

        Gotta ask….why this link? 73 views in 9 years. Guessing you are playing keyboards for Sleepy Town….ami right, ami right!!!!

        • The Man They Call Zazelle April 8, 2024 at 11:03 am #

          Pirates & Privateers

          No. I just had that one before spilling raspberry juice on one of my previous laptops.

          Sleepy Town Manufacture might be out of Russia.

          balding generation (losing hair as we lose Hope)
          by port-royal

          youtu.be/tpxUHmd5fj0?feature=shared

          Yet another tune where the navigator is kind of compromised. You might also notice the girl with the cell who snaps the battle without actually looking at it. So, through the screen. ‘Screenerism’. Through, in other cases, what and how media channels frame things.

          Port Royal was also some place in the Caribbean with a curious history and speaking of ships…

          “Port Royal was once home to privateers who were encouraged to attack Spanish vessels, at a time when smaller European nations were reluctant to attack Spain directly. As a port city, it was notorious for its gaudy displays of wealth and loose morals. It was a popular homeport for the English- and Dutch-sponsored privateers to spend their treasure during the 17th century. When those governments abandoned the practice of issuing letters of marque to privateers against the Spanish treasure fleets and possessions in the later 16th century, many of the crews turned pirate. They continued to use the city as their main base during the 17th century. Pirates from around the world congregated at Port Royal, coming from waters as far away as Madagascar.” ~ Wikipedia

      • Breck April 8, 2024 at 1:15 pm #

        ‘Mr. Parker, we have a mutiny on our hands…I shall speak to the men”.
        ‘All hands aft, if you please, Mr. Parker’, he said.
        ‘Men’, said Jack, ‘I know damned well what’s going on. I know damned well what’s going on; and I won’t have it. What simple fellows you are, to listen to a parcel of makee-clever sea lawyers and politicians, glib, quick-talking coves. Some of you have put your necks into the noose. I say your necks in the noose…Damned fools to listen to such talk’. – Post Captain, page 364-365 [Norton PB edition].

        • The Man They Call Zazelle April 8, 2024 at 9:01 pm #

          Cool

    • The Man They Call Zazelle April 8, 2024 at 10:01 am #

      Psycho-Pants would be a cool nick.

      • Ron Anselmo April 10, 2024 at 4:04 am #

        Sponge Bob Psycho-Pants

        • The Man They Call Zazelle April 10, 2024 at 11:42 am #

          Even better.

  8. dilbert113 April 8, 2024 at 10:07 am #

    One week ago Kunstler told us, and I quote, “What I am predicting,” he said, “is a massive, massive tsunami” of illness and death among highly-vaccinated populations”. Hospitals would be overflooded and shut down, mass death everywhere. That hasn’t happened, of course. Perhaps by next week? The Chicken Little says the sky is falling stuff is really getting old. . .

    Dilbert — No, that’s what Geert Vanden Bossche preedicted. I was quoting him. — JHK Admin

    • Cankerpuss April 8, 2024 at 10:16 am #

      Oh, the sky is falling, make no mistake, but it is falling by one continuing resolution to the next. Slowly, deliberately, almost un-detected by the American masses.

      I have long given up on the massive tsunami theories.

    • Socrates-Detroit April 8, 2024 at 10:20 am #

      Hurriyet.com (the biggest Turkish newspaper, like a Turkish version of the NY Daily News (for those familiar with NYC), not necessarily a journalistic powerhouse, in a country without a totally free press) ran a story a few days ago about the “Big increase in cancers lately”. I found that interesting.

      Besides JHK, others have taken note of the Dr. Vanden Bossche. We will see.

      • malthuss April 8, 2024 at 10:37 am #

        On You tube the comments are interesting at some pages.

        People mentioning ‘sudden deaths’ of friends and relatives.

        A lot of myocarditis [whatever that is].

        • MiTurn April 8, 2024 at 12:41 pm #

          My two siblings who got the “vax” (I didn’t), have now both gotten myocarditis.

          Coincidence, undoubtedly.

          • dilbert113 April 8, 2024 at 2:58 pm #

            I do not dispute that the vax causes myocarditis, and is killing some folks. I didn’t get it, neither did anyone in my family. That said, going from “it’s a dangerous vaccine that doesn’t work” to pretending that there is about to be”a massive, massive tsunami” of illness and death among highly-vaccinated populations” is ludicrous. Kunstler breathlessly prophesied that, telling the readers that “This Is Not an April Fool’s Gag” and quoting “I’m sorry for the harsh message, but somebody needs to tell the truth,” virologist Dr. Geert Vanden Bossche. Well a week later none of what was promised has happened, it absolutely does look like an April Fool’s joke. None of the ominous predictions appear to even vaguely resemble “the truth.” One of the reasons most people don’t take sites like this seriously is the endless Chicken Little promises that never actually happen.

          • Socrates-Detroit April 8, 2024 at 5:40 pm #

            @dilbert — it doesn’t work! Or not very well!

            People I know got moderately sick–COVID positive.

            We are not getting the impartial truth–so absent that, yes, the naysayers are probably onto something.

            When a US Senator (Ron Johnson) holds a hearing with the vaccine-injured in Nov 2021, and we hear FOUR hours of testimony from, IDK, 8 to 12 people, who have all kinds of issues, or lost relatives, and who CDC, FDA, Pfizer pretend to not exist, and there is not a SINGLE mainstream news outlet–not even Biden-opponent Fox, what does one believe?

            Do you know why big pharma runs those TV ads with all their helpful drugs?

            Not to get you and me to tell our doctor, “gee Dr. Smith, Ozempic or Lipitor sounds right for me, what do you think?”

            No. NO! The huge advertising budget is to buy the silence of the news media. It’s part of the cost of doing business.

    • tuco22 April 8, 2024 at 11:18 am #

      Well, the Deagle report does predict a population of 100 million by 2025 in the US. That’s out of the current 300+ million. How do you think they’ll achieve that?

      • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 1:09 pm #

        It’s absurdity engineered to discredit the reality of their carefully engineered slow genocide.

    • Blackbird April 8, 2024 at 10:30 pm #

      So, if something doesn’t happen within one week of its prediction, it won’t happen…

      • dilbert113 April 9, 2024 at 7:46 am #

        Please. It won’t happen next week, or the week after, and you know this. It’s fearmongering, scary stories about disasters which are about to happen, no fooling. . .that never happen, of course.

  9. ThelegendofOz April 8, 2024 at 10:07 am #

    It looks like James hinself has now descended into a Zionist – yank cluster fuck himself.
    After following his poignant verbage for years and reading the books I draw the line at this.

    I am no war mongering jew or yank.

    Slava Russiya!

    • Socrates-Detroit April 8, 2024 at 10:25 am #

      I find his candor refreshing compared to ignoring it.

      Disagreeable, but refreshing. I’ve disagreed with it already.

      I also like Russia, BTW. Russia is LITERALLY fighting the Blob, which at its core, is Zionist.

      That said, I don’t agree with insulting our host. And by doing so, you don’t help the cause of truth, which you seem to support.

      Please use facts to make your point, my friend. Thank you.

    • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 1:20 pm #

      It’s true. Our foreign policy is controlled by the dual citizens with a singular interest.

  10. Cankerpuss April 8, 2024 at 10:14 am #

    “Stop meddling in every flashpoint across the planet. Look to yourself and your own monstrous problems: your jive-tragic government, your fake economy, your breached borders, your sick-and-depressed population, your racketeering corporations, your broken banks, your buggered election methods, your faithless news media, your political mental illness. ”

    I would love to see this happen. I am exhausted with America’s empire building in shit hole countries that hate us while the homeland crumbles from years of decay and neglect.

    Nobody gives a damn.

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    • Beryl of Oyl April 8, 2024 at 10:21 am #

      Flint Michigan doesn’t have safe drinking water, and we spend money on weapons to kill people we don’t even know, in places we have never been and never will be.

      • tractorguy April 8, 2024 at 10:27 am #

        Flint, Michigan, is just another Democrat-run sh!thole. They did it to themselves. They are so in over their heads on pension obligations they don’t have enough money remaining to run the town. Exhibit A for “Things that can’t continue, won’t”.

        • Beryl of Oyl April 8, 2024 at 10:49 am #

          All caused by government.

          So instead of going abroad to break more stuff, try fixing the broken stuff here.

          Lindsey and Mitch say we are getting a bargain because we build the weapons that foreigners are using to kill each other.

          How about building something to replace something vital, where the replacement will las 100 years instead of hours or days like a tank often does?

          It isn’t just Flint. It’s anywhere the plumbing is antique.

          • Ron Anselmo April 8, 2024 at 11:03 am #

            “So instead of going abroad to break more stuff, try fixing the broken stuff here.” ~ Beryl of Oyl

            Amen Beryl – love it!

          • tractorguy April 8, 2024 at 11:05 am #

            Flint’s problems are caused by gross fiscal mismanagement, but that is municipal government malfeasance rather than the feds. Flint MI is powerless to do anything on the world stage. Flint is so busy giving free money away that now they don’t have enough to safely run their town, and as things deteriorate there, more and more of their tax base moves away. This is happening all over the US, but it’s not a federal problem. You can certainly make the case that government needs to get its fingers out of 95% of the things that it is into, though.

          • Beryl of Oyl April 8, 2024 at 12:30 pm #

            TG, I know Flint is mismanaged at the local level.

            I also know communities all over America are facing problems with crumbling water systems.

            Some of these places just got poorer as people moved away from them.

            So, why not MAKE it a federal program?

            Would that be so terrible? The United States of America with uniformly safe and abundant drinking water? First world standards?

            Just cut the budgets of virtually all other federal programs.

            This one is rather fundamental.

          • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 1:22 pm #

            They charge us tell dollars per bolt on navy ships. What a great relationship – for them.

          • Ron Anselmo April 8, 2024 at 4:56 pm #

            Beryl – good idea. The Federal Government is constitutionally tasked with:

            1) Providing for the national defense of the country
            2) Minting of the currency

            No more, no less.

            Let’s add 3) Safe and abundant drinking water and call it a day. Disband every other thing the Federal Government is involved in. UBI will work out perfect for all newly unemployed. How’s that for a plan?

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder April 11, 2024 at 10:14 pm #

            Ron – And isn’t it comforting that they do neither of the original two anymore either…

            Water…eh, we’ve still got plenty of Brawndo at Walmart. ‘Sgot ‘lectrolytes, at least.

      • Paula D April 8, 2024 at 11:16 am #

        Actually, they did fix Flint’s water, a while back.
        And they didn’t do it to themselves, it was one of those decrees from the top that Americans are so often subjected to.

        All the other contaminated water sources in the US, however, remain unfixed.

        • Socrates-Detroit April 8, 2024 at 11:51 am #

          Flint was financially strapped. They tried to save some money (a few million–about $50 per resident) and diverted from drawing water from the Detroit Water System to using the Flint River.

          That is the ROOT CAUSE of the issue.

          Apparently, the ramifications of this were not fully thought out, and the impact on the pipes caused the tragic leeching of lead and contamination.

          I used to know Flint fairly well. It was nothing great by the 1990s. I lived nearby, I worked there. I remember people of my parents’ generation, immigrants to the US, telling me “what a wonderful place Flint was, the downtown, the SHOPPING”.

          The city had been in decline for 2-3 decades at this point. Lots of issues. And municipal finance is a big challenge.

          When people of questionable ability (but the correct demographic) simply put two alternatives on paper and say “B will save us $3 or $7 million a year” , or about $50 per person, which was probably one month of cellphone bill in 201x, when things are that tight, this is what happens.

          When one has no money, and is incompetent, THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS. In government, or personal life.

          America is over $30 trillion in debt–that’s about $100,000 thousand per person. What’s gonna happen? Where will that come from? Do you CFNer have $100k for everyone in your household?

          The average household income is what, $60k. How will the debt be brought to a manageable level–like $30k to $60k per household?

          • BackRowHeckler April 8, 2024 at 2:23 pm #

            Soc., is the any truth to the claim that the esteemed residents of Flint never bothered to pay their water bills? In Chicago water bills weren’t being paid, and the system was deep in arrears. Mayor Beetlejuice solved the problem with a stroke of genius: All water service from here on in is free. The City of Chicago picks up the tab.

          • Paula D April 8, 2024 at 3:44 pm #

            I thought that the state appointed an emergency city manager and he made that decision. I could be wrong.

            Yeah, I remember driving my dad past East St. Louis, and he told me it was a Look (or Life) magazine Best City In the US, back in the 50s.

            It looks like a nuclear bomb hit it now.

          • Socrates-Detroit April 8, 2024 at 5:33 pm #

            @BackRowHeckler

            I can’t answer.

            Perhaps you are confusing some residents of Detroit with the residents of Flint?

            I do KNOW there was an issue, for quite some time, that some Detroit residents were NOT paying their water bill. Eventually the Detroit water authority (got whatever legal paper they needed, and) got them to pay, or cut off their water. Their was some commotion of the cutting off of water as “inhumane”.

            Make what you will. I think the water authority was more than patient.

            @Paula What you’re saying sounds correct–I don’t really know.

            My memory is hazy, the water crisis did not affect me or my family.

            But what stay with me was the figure (I think) of $7 million. THAT was the “cost avoidance” by going from water treated and delivered by the reliable Detroit water company to changing to the Flint River….

            Setting aside the visual of the Flint River, $7 million for a city of 100-140,000, or $50 to $70 per year per resident is what stayed with me.

            When you are that broke that you fiddle with your most important utility because it seems a less bad choice; when you save a few nickels and dimes, and incur a real risk of many dollars COST, not to mention the human cost of sickness and suffering. In this case, the risk came true, and in the end, the bill to the state, the Feds, and society was much higher than the $7 million “saved”.

            I might be off.

          • benr April 10, 2024 at 6:55 pm #

            One of my coworkers drove through Flint just to get a bottle of water from the tap.

            It was nasty and smelled worse than it looked.

            The water in San Diego is nasty as well.
            Out of the tap using my water tester it reads 458 ppm and my zero water filter lasts less than two weeks.
            Norfolk Virgina I just tested their tap water and they were at 86 ppm and I was blown away I figured their water would be full of salt.

            I suspect if I had tested that Flint water it would have been thousands of particles per million.

            ZeroWater TDSmeter-20 ZT-2 Electronic Water Tester, hand held, Blue

            *ppm = particles per million

            TDS Level Chart for Drinking Water
            TDS in Water (measured in PPM) Suitability for Drinking Water
            150-250 Good
            250-300 Fair
            300-500 Poor, not good for drinking
            Above 1200 Unacceptable

          • Qwibqwib April 11, 2024 at 5:43 am #

            The national debt is probably the biggest Bullshit lie the .gov has gotten the electorate to believe. The national debt is %100 the money paid to the international bankers to print our money for us. The treasury is supposed to print our money. We don’t need to fed. The federal reserve is about as federal as federal express…

        • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 1:23 pm #

          Michael Moore for Mayor! He lied about coming from there so he should be forced to live there and drink the water.

      • tuco22 April 8, 2024 at 11:19 am #

        Ah, didn’t someone from the Biden junta say Flint’s water problem is due to white people? I thought someone said it was racism.

        • benr April 10, 2024 at 6:56 pm #

          Well forcing black people to pay bills, rent, electric, water, work, insurance is all racism.

    • dilbert113 April 8, 2024 at 10:36 am #

      Agreed 100 percent. The USA has money for everyone, giving countries like Egypt billions, arming Ukraine, protecting South Korea, and so on, but when it comes to maintaining our own power grid, bridges, roads, tunnels and infrastructure generally, we don’t appear to have nearly enough money to do that. It is a sad and absurd state of affairs. I remember W. Bush braying about how proud he was that the US was building roads/schools/hospitals in Iraq. . .and the outcry from US citizens asking why aren’t we building those things here, to help our own citizens/businesses/communities.

      • Beryl of Oyl April 8, 2024 at 10:56 am #

        That was one of the things that attracted me to candidate Trump, back when he was just a blowhard.

        He questioned why he would go someplace in the Middle East and see beautiful modern airports and here they would be run down.

        I had been questioning that myself. The standard answer would be “no money”, but then you would look at the taxes being paid and the amount of government spending, and know that “no money” wasn’t the answer.

        That’s also one of the (many) things that turned me off about “conservative” radio.

        I heard Rush Limbaugh one day talking about how women differed from men in that we though more of our budget should be going for schools and things that made Americans’ lives better.

        He said it as if it was an odd and uninformed point of view.

        • JC Penny April 8, 2024 at 11:13 am #

          Valid points all, BO. But I’ll ask a simply question: When you think “virtue signaling” which gender do you picture?

          • Beryl of Oyl April 8, 2024 at 12:35 pm #

            I don’t picture genders.

          • JC Penny April 8, 2024 at 1:18 pm #

            QED

        • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 1:24 pm #

          The schools are just an employment agency for liberal women. They make our lives worse in every way.

      • tuco22 April 8, 2024 at 11:22 am #

        Actually, most of the hoi polloi don’t know about that and neither do they care. They don’t care about a lot of things nationally, generally speaking, unless they’re directed politically to care about a specific thing, a specific issue that gets them frothing at the mouth, like abortion. And as long as Secretary Pete’s up there extolling the virtues of the Biden bipartisan infrastructure bill, that’s all they care to know.

        • Heartlander April 8, 2024 at 12:13 pm #

          Abortion matters, if for no other reason than that a society that kills its own children will not survive.

          • lflawse April 9, 2024 at 12:53 am #

            Bingo!

  11. Beryl of Oyl April 8, 2024 at 10:14 am #

    Jews versus Gentiles works even better than black versus white or male versus female at getting people fighting.

    • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 1:26 pm #

      Here’s feminine “wisdom”! There are no real conflicts!

      Everything you have is the result of White Men winning their conflict over who control North America.

      What absolute ingrates American women are.

      • Beryl of Oyl April 9, 2024 at 9:24 am #

        Jarek what has it got to do with wisdom, or femininity?

        It’s a fact, every time Mr. Kunstler posts something on the topic of Israel there is absolute uproar.

        • messianicdruid April 9, 2024 at 10:14 am #

          Too many words with multiple definitions will do that.

        • Jarek April 9, 2024 at 12:55 pm #

          Everything is connected to everything else. As Bilbo said, A road (even a road of thought) is a dangerous thing.

  12. Socrates-Detroit April 8, 2024 at 10:15 am #

    Great opening quote! Putin is brilliant!

    I’ll set aside JHK’s standard American/Israeli Lobby boilerplate about how the Palestinians could have done so much more to alleviate their plight, if only they had behaved like “good negroes”, and how bad they are, though I do appreciate the veiled candor–“I doubt the Israelis want to kill them, they would like to export them”. Killing them is just a motivational tool, that’s all people! They can always leave!

    And I’ll set aside the fact that US foisted a dictator on the Iranians every bit as brutal as Saddam in practice (but the Shah was “America’s boy”–at least until the late 1960s–and had a penchant for fine European women and cars. He also started, in 1971, the Iranian nuclear program that many of you are so concerned about. I am not), and thus must now reap four decades of Iranian enmity.

    Elsewhere in the blogosphere, along the line of “cycles”, one Bill Bonner, who like JHK is usually an very astute observer of events and teller of unpleasant truths, has a very interesting e-mail today.

    He writes that when “debt” reaches 130% of GDP, that’s the point at which finances become unmanageable, the point of no return. And he (or any of us for that matter) predict the US will cross that threshold in the next four years.

    Bonner also reports that David Stockman writes:

    “During the quarter-century between Q4 1997 and Q1 2022 the public debt soared from $5.5 trillion to $30.4 trillion or by?453%.

    As it happened, Uncle Sam’s interest expense only increased by 73%, rising from $368 billion to $635 billion?per year during the same period.? By contrast, had interest rates remained at the not unreasonable levels posted in late 1997, the interest expense level by Q1 2022, when the Fed finally awakened to the inflationary monster it had fostered, would have been?$2.03 trillion?per annum.

    Annualized Federal interest expense was fully?$1.3 trillion lower?than would have been the case at the yield curve in place in Q4 1997.”

    My eye caught that the debt rose over FIVE-fold in 25 years, from 1997. Because I remember when the debt crossed $1 trillion.

    I remember candidate Ronnie railing against how Carter had pushed the debt to one trillion dollars. I know a lot of you LOVE Ron, but between him and the Democrats (it takes a President AND a Congress), the debt doubled before he left the White House. And from 1980 to 1997, increased 5.5 times.

    Ironically, young David Stockman, was Reagan’s Budget Director early on…. but I digress.d

    We’ve enjoyed outsize debt at very low, DISTORTED, interest rates from 2010 to about now. And they are still on the low side. Will they stay low with 18% inflation? (Bonner has written that if inflation was measured today as it was during the Carter/Reagan era, it’s 18%).

    But it’s good to see JHK acknowledge that some people are concerned about an escalation (outside of genocide in Gaza, and the attack in the occupied West Bank).

    JHK seems to dismiss the Iranians ability to cause mischief. I would ask, what happens if Zionist entity, so beloved by our host and many of you (and even myself once upon a time) nukes Iran. How does that play out? Or worse, if as Seymour Hersh wrote in the 1970s, Israel attempts and succeeds in hitting Russia with a nuke(s).

    (Why is Jonathan Pollard considered by to have been the most damaging spy in US history? Best I know, he didn’t give or sell info to Russia. It was to Israel.

    Those Americans who put Israel first should be pleased to know that today Pollard is living, free, in Israel.)

    I don’t really know. But I don’t think it well turn out well for Americans–even for prepped CFNers. An event like that might be a tidal wave on top of all the other bad currents JHK has noted over the decades.

    Enjoy the eclipse! Perhaps it’s a metaphoric prophetic sign.

    • Socrates-Detroit April 8, 2024 at 10:34 am #

      Correction– “Iranians ability to cause mischief”.

      That should read

      “Iranian reactions to Israeli or US attacks or provocations that lead to potential escalation or a wider war”.

    • James Howard Kunstler April 8, 2024 at 10:37 am #

      If you’re implying that my position is “Israel First” then you do not read with comprehension.

      • Heartlander April 8, 2024 at 12:27 pm #

        It’s true that Israel is the only country in the world that has to continually justify its own right to simply exist. Nobody demands this of any other country.

        Years ago, I read a book by Yaakov Lozowick titled “Right to Exist.” It was well-written, and presented a lot of history most folks don’t know.

        The only point I really remember, all these years later, is Lozowick’s discussion of the moral spectrum. There is no purely good person or country, nor any purey evil person or country, but everyone is located at different points along a moral SPECTRUM. With absolute evil on one end and absolute good at the other, we can all — including countries — be located somewhere on the continuum. Therefore, some people, and some countries, can actually be judged as being OBJECTIVELY BETTER than others.

        Israel, like every other country, must be careful to stay on the good side of the spectrum. The question now is whether it is in fact doing so. Since I don’t trust the veracity of any news source now on this issue, I honestly can’t offer an opinion. But I hope that Israel is examining its conscience daily.

        • ezinmn April 8, 2024 at 1:07 pm #

          I’ve listened to Israeli Defense spokesperson Jonathan Conricus describe the great lengths Israel goes to minimize civilian casualties, unlike the Palestinians who use their own people as human shields within schools and hospitals. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist, or an intellectual, to see what side of the good/evil spectrum each side lies on.

        • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 1:31 pm #

          They’ve outschmarted themselves. They foisted Muslims on Western Europe. Poor boys always join the army, right? So say, the French army will be majority Muslim long before the nation is. And it’s an army with nuclear weapons. As is Germany’s and England’s.

      • Socrates-Detroit April 9, 2024 at 11:21 am #

        You do not apply to the same standard to the Middle East that you do to other hot topics.

        I don’t know whether your position is “Israel first”. Your writing seems to imply that, because your writing is explicitly “Israeli/Likud/Neocon point of view only”.

        “…It is a brutal operation in Gaza, for sure, but so was the Hamas act-of-war on October 7 that many want to forget about now. They still hold and torture hostages, you know.”

        Let’s deconstruct that.

        Hamas act-of-war. Yes. Absolutely. (The war started before Oct 07). Brutal. Yes.

        I’ve seen various reports, from credible sources saying about half of the 1200 killed were uniformed IDF or police. So they are occupiers and legitimate targets in a war, not unarmed women and children.

        You say Hamas “tortures hostages”. Do you have proof? Many of the sensational Israeli claims have been debunked. Your peers, Larry Johnson (of the CIA) or Max Blumenthal of thegrazone, have written the facts the mainstream media prefer to be kept out of view.

        Israel tortures prisoners. Not just after Oct 07, but before. That’s a fact.

        Hamas has every motivation to keep the Israeli hostages alive, so they can exchange them for Palestinian hostages (prisoners). The old lady Israeli hostage I saw released was angry, naturally, but she said to the TV cameras, “we ate what they ate, they gave us meds, and had a doctor look at us”. Another hostage, Yasmin Porat, said they were not abused, and that she was lucky to be alive—because the IDF killed the other hostages in their zeal to kill to Hamas fighters.

        When Israeli soldiers or police arbitrarily arrest Palestinians and imprison them, isn’t that hostage taking?

        Don’t Israelis shoot Palestinians in the West Bank, pretty much at will? Not just soldiers and police, but even “settlers”? That’s murder.

        Can Palestinians travel from one town to the next without going through checkpoints? No.

        And you totally ignore the root cause of all this, which is the continuing displacement of Palestinians for the insatiable Israelis. In short, the native people of Palestine had to pay for the sins of the Germans.

        I don’t know, maybe if the Israelis had stopped displacing the Palestinians in 1948, perhaps things might be better. Or maybe if they had acted in good faith after 1967 and not colonized the West Bank or put Gaza on a “starvation diet”

        I will just touch on some Israeli crimes against America, like the spy Jonathan Pollard (convicted, sentence to life—he’s free in Israel! He’s a hero there), or the murder of 32 US sailor on the Liberty in 1967, or even the murder of an ordinary American Jew, Rachel Corrie, in Gaza. I’ve never seen any of that in your columns, just the theme that Israel will deal with these pesky Palestinians.

        When it comes to Palestine, there is a big blind spot at Kunstler.com

        Prove me wrong about the blind spot. Call your peer, a professional reporter and writer, Max Blumenthal and do a podcast with him.

    • Ron Anselmo April 8, 2024 at 11:11 am #

      Soc-Det – see the Chapwood Index for confirmation of real inflation. No adjustments, no substitutions, no BS. Simple, not rocket surgery.

      • RocketDoc April 10, 2024 at 9:20 pm #

        the mixed metaphor is at least concise…

    • benr April 10, 2024 at 7:09 pm #

      Interesting you bring up Iran.

      I just got back from a Norfolk trip and both my Uber drivers going and coming back were Persian a distinction they made and got pretty hot about when I said “so Iranian.”

      Unlike most Americans I am not actually anti-Iran I just hate their Islamis theocracy form of government.

      The funny part is both of these Persians got angry enough to say screw their five star rating and tip when I said “so Iranian.”
      One of them went on for almost twenty minutes about just how horrible living in Iran is for anyone not Shite.
      He was Zoroastrian and left under pain of death with his entire family.
      I actually was tempted to give him my cell number so I could take him out for coffee and discuss this subject at greater depth.

      The other guy got sullen and refused to discuss it beyond just saying no Persian.

      Both reminded me of the Cubans I ran into in Florida that would get really angry about Castro and Commie Cuba.
      They would then go on epic rants about how bad Cuba is and then say they missed their home country because.

      Lots of two way propaganda about Iran and most of it is lies from either side Iran is something more horrible than Iran would like people to know and something different then the US would like people to know.

      The state of Iran joined the IMF on 29 December 1945. There have been two occasions during which Iran used IMF funding. In other words they are not controlled and beholden to IMF funding.

  13. chet_the_farmer April 8, 2024 at 10:16 am #

    After the obvious and intentional Kung Flu Hustle and the ensuing ‘vaccinations’, why give a half-crap about what happens in other countries?

    The oligarchs didnt care what race you were and their injections have already become the 2nd biggest cause of deaths in recent history.

    We have real problems, as the author states, and should not have time or concerns for someone’s strip.

  14. rudyspeaks April 8, 2024 at 10:16 am #

    If Americans are having a hard time figuring out current events, may I suggest, as a culprit, their stubborn refusal to drop, discard, throw away discredited “history”. For instance, how many people still believe Ukraine was ever a “democracy”? The current regime has canceled elections (kinda important in “democracies”, huh?) &, in fact, never even appeared on the ballot in Crimea or the Eastern breakaway republics. Then “Z” ran on a dishonest platform (the Minsk accords) that he knew his fascist handlers would never allow.Yet we hear calls for “defending U’s democracy”! Like cars stalled on a snow-swept freeway that block all efforts to clear the lanes, media LIES get in the way of clear thinking (&never seem to die)! JHK references Hamas’ (alleged)”rapes”. Anyone else notice that, after 6 months, Israel has not offered the name of ONE VICTIM? Yet we know Israel has LIED constantly, from “20 beheaded babies”, disemboweled pregnant women (names?), constant excuses for attacks on hospitals & ambulances…always with “unverifiable” accusations. Or the silly obsession with Oct 7 (“an act of war”!) as though the last 75 years of brutality and land theft never happened…and, besides, if Oct 7 justified this overt genocide, then any ONE of the 6 armed assaults on Gaza since 2009 (esp. “Operation Cast Lead”, same death count but ALL civilians) would be payback….by the same “logic”. But, like the guy w/the snowplow, I have to constantly swerve around abandoned vehicles that no longer function. About time for honesty!

    • Beryl of Oyl April 8, 2024 at 10:31 am #

      Not taking any sides in the conflict, or claiming anything about the victims one way or another, it has been six months and still no official explanation of how this was allowed to occur.

      Six whole months is sufficient, in a country of that size, to pinpoint the failures.

      Are we supposed to believe the government didn’t already investigate this, that they didn’t care?

      In a nation as security-conscious as Israel?

      This reminds me of Mandalay Bay in some aspects, except they at least bothered to come up with a bogus story with holes in it big enough to drive a Mack truck through, in that case.

      • Socrates-Detroit April 8, 2024 at 10:50 am #

        @Beryl

        Inside Israel, many Israelis (not just the relatives of the casualties of the Hamas Oct 07 attack) are asking

        “how could this happen?”

        “why were signs of an attack ignored?”

        “WHY was wall/border security lightened up?”

        You don’t need PhD to figure it out. Netanyahu has already told us:

        “This is our 9/11, our PEARL HARBOR”.

        We now know the highest level’s of FDR’s government knew PH was coming, and let it happen, in order for FDR to change public opinion and join WW2. 9/11 was used to take away more of our freedoms.

        “We are gonna PERMANENTLY remake the Middle East”.

        That’s code for get rid of the Palestinians once and for all.

        It’s not hard to understand. If you love Israel, it may be hard to accept, because ultimately the AMERICAN PEOPLE are going to pay for this. YOU are going to pay for Israel’s sins, sins enabled by, and made in, the USA, by YOUR government (which has the veneer of a republic, but is really at this point a racket controlled by the blob).

        • Beryl of Oyl April 8, 2024 at 11:10 am #

          It isn’t just the “surprise” nature of the attack, it’s the fact that it went on so long.

          As if we don’t have instant communication in this day and age.

          Israel is just not that big.

          It’s not like Margaret Thatcher’s naval task force, chugging toward the Falklands.

          Why didn’t help arrive faster?

          • Paula D April 8, 2024 at 11:23 am #

            It is very suspicious, indeed. How did they get through the wall unnoticed? How did they kill for so long? And how did they manage to haul all those hostages back?

            Of course, the Hamas supporters try to tell you that the Israeli military simultaneously did not respond AND did all the killing themselves.
            They pretend that there are no hostages.
            And they superciliously tell you that attacking civilians in a neighboring country is “self defense” and “justified”.

            A pox on both their houses.

          • Socrates-Detroit April 8, 2024 at 12:03 pm #

            @Paula D

            You’re very informed. I’m sure you know that Israelis can arbitrarily arrest and jail Palestinians indefinitely, without any charge.

            Israel is not America. And Palestinians are not American Coloreds in Alabama, circa 1925. At least the Negroes had rights.

            So, the Palestinians need hostages, so they can trade.

            Very logical.

            Yasmin Porat was taken hostage, but freed. She considers herself lucky to be alive. She was interviewed. She said that once taken, she was not happy, but felt “safe” in the sense she would not be killed or molested. Because she’d be of no use to Hamas dead or maimed–they needed her alive to trade.

            Later, Hamas released two old ladies. Like most old people who had endured that ordeal, they were angry. But, like most old people, they tend to tell the truth. They said “we ate what they ate, we had a doctor check on us, they gave us meds”.

            Yasmin Porat’s fellow captives were not so fortunate. You see, the KILL HAMAS AT ALL COSTS rules of engagement meant that most of her fellow captives were killed–by the IDF.

            Why would an Israeli Jew say this if it wasn’t true? Would you?

            youtube.com/watch?v=rTQcjyhPOIk

          • Socrates-Detroit April 8, 2024 at 12:07 pm #

            There are tens of thousands of Palestinians “detainees” or prisoners in Israeli jails.

            Somehow, we gloss over that.

            But, when Hamas takes captives, they are criminals. Is that because they don’t have a uniform or a badge?

            Israel tortures prisoners (so does America, of course, does it not?).

            Israel treats prisoners inhumanely often, having them bound.

            Israel sexually assualts prisoners (again, like the US has done, we now know).

            Just putting some balance in the conversation here.

          • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 1:34 pm #

            It’s like they believe that only Jewish lives matter or something. So from their pov, they aren’t leaving out anything that matters.

        • ezinmn April 8, 2024 at 1:13 pm #

          @Socrates-Detroit Even if you’re correct that Netanyahu deliberately let the Palestinians attack Jewish civilians, the act occurred and now the Palestinians are getting what they bargained for. Their bad.

        • Breck April 8, 2024 at 1:26 pm #

          “I’m sure you know that Israelis can arbitrarily arrest and jail Palestinians indefinitely, without any charge…Israel is not America”. Or, America is not Israel? What about all of the innocent sight-seers on January 6, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol? Were they not arbitrarily arrested and jailed?

          • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 1:35 pm #

            Yes, in many ways America is Israel.

          • messianicdruid April 8, 2024 at 11:02 pm #

            Yes, if you accept God’s definition.

          • Socrates-Detroit April 9, 2024 at 7:25 pm #

            @Breck Pardon me, I generalized about the US. Yes, people were arbitrarily arrested on Jan 06. As I understand, quite a few were denied a reasonably fair and speedy hearing, and quite a few were put in solitary.

            An African-American cop, who in the past forgot his weapon in the men’s room, shot an former US Air Force female vet to death and got away with it.

            That’s an outrage also.

  15. Hardrock April 8, 2024 at 10:21 am #

    OK, I went back to re-read to determine if the criticism is warranted.

    Israel is a country that never should have been in the first place. Why do the Jews get a homeland when hundreds of millions could claim the same right of irredentism?

    There is a large undercurrent of Western religious fealty to Biblical prophecy that cannot be denied.

    I gave a brief history of the founding of Israel on Nov 19 at borderlandjournal. com folllowing the Hamas attack.

    But, given the situation as it stands right now, I think JHK is probably right about the direction the conflict could take.

    On another front, I have noticed a glitch in the matrix here at CFN. The writing seems…different and I’m not talking Israel/Hamas or any other political position.

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    • elysianfield April 8, 2024 at 11:16 am #

      “Why do the Jews get a homeland when hundreds of millions could claim the same right of irredentism?”

      …Jesus?

      It’s in the book….

      • tuco22 April 8, 2024 at 11:32 am #

        They get a homeland because of Abraham’s obedience to God. Just like we get salvation because of Jesus’ obedience to the Father.

        • Cankerpuss April 8, 2024 at 1:28 pm #

          And what about the other 10 tribes? If the Jews are in fact the tribe of Judah, that is only 1 out of 12 (13 if you count Rueben who lost the birthright). The other tribes are also entitled to the blessings promised to Abraham for his obedience to God.

          • elysianfield April 8, 2024 at 3:22 pm #

            CP,
            The other 10 tribes? They studied liberal arts rather than business….

            Jesus Saves,

            Moses Invests.

        • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 1:39 pm #

          Good old tuco. 22 skidoo! We’re getting raptured out of here. Get the goyim out of the way. They’ve served their purpose. Israel is the apple of his eye. We’re just the core.

          Note: This has nothing to do with real Christianity which believes the Church is the new Israel, the new Chosen People. God had a contract with Israel. They broke it. Contracts can be broken and once broken, are null and void.

          • elysianfield April 8, 2024 at 3:23 pm #

            “Contracts can be broken and once broken, are null and void.”

            Jarek,
            Unless you have a good lawyer….

      • elysianfield April 8, 2024 at 11:53 am #

        And…the link;

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

    • Ron Anselmo April 8, 2024 at 11:28 am #

      Hardrock – can you describe the glitch?

      • elysianfield April 8, 2024 at 12:02 pm #

        …Relative civility?

        • Ron Anselmo April 8, 2024 at 4:43 pm #

          Awww, just like black-and-white cookies, side by side, equal shares, not dispersed like on a checkerboard. A man’s a man, we all bleed.

          Cue Janos in 3,2,1…

      • Hardrock April 8, 2024 at 12:06 pm #

        Yes. You have seen it too?

        click the link on my handle and send me an email from there.

    • JackStraw April 8, 2024 at 12:58 pm #

      Israel never should have been in the first place? Do you have even the slightest understanding of history? At least we know where you would have been in 1940.

      • Cankerpuss April 8, 2024 at 1:29 pm #

        Ancient Israel itself was divided into 12 regions, each belonging to a tribe. If we are going to claim that the Jews should inherit Israel because of Biblical prophesy then it should be according to the entire House of Israel, not just one tribe.

      • Hardrock April 8, 2024 at 1:40 pm #

        Please tell me where I would have been! Everyone on this site knows more about me than I know myself.

      • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 1:41 pm #

        Yes, as one Irish descent, I am of the Tuatha de Danna. The Tribe of Dan. I want my 40 acres and a mule in Palestine too.

        • messianicdruid April 8, 2024 at 7:47 pm #

          My forty is in Issachar. You can have it. The mule too.

    • MiTurn April 8, 2024 at 5:38 pm #

      “Israel is a country that never should have been in the first place.”

      Isn’t that true for any country? Why should the USA exist? Should the land be given back to its original inhabitants?

      • Hardrock April 8, 2024 at 7:07 pm #

        My point exactly. To clarify, the original statement, “Israel should never have existed in the first place” was about MODERN Israel. So the question before us is “do we return the map of the world to 733BC (or maybe 70AD) for EVERY NATION?

        Everyone please proceed to the land you were in before one of these dates. Don’t know where you should go? Antarctica for you Bub.

  16. liber8tor April 8, 2024 at 10:22 am #

    Re: Ukraine..”The trouble is: how to do that (leave) in a way that does not amount to another gross American strategic humiliation?”

    Simple. Just bug-out like Afghanistan and leave $9 billion of weapons behind. The media will cover it up like it never happened.

    The terrorists will be happy because they can use the weapons in Israel or maybe even within the United States? Problem solved, everyone happy. (sar off)

    • Hardrock April 8, 2024 at 10:36 am #

      90 Billion….right?

      • Ron Anselmo April 8, 2024 at 11:26 am #

        Yes, thereabouts.

      • liber8tor April 8, 2024 at 11:42 am #

        Yes, I stand corrected. (Google is not my friend) 🙂 It’s hard to narrow down an exact figure.

        I forgot to add in the Apache helicopters at $35 million apiece, and thousands of Armored Humvees. All factory fresh equipment, ready to roll.

        Google sez, snip… ” Leaving $85 billion of equipment. Vehicles, weapons and ammunition, night vision goggles, medical supplies, biometric devices and data of our allies. All of it falling into the hands of the Taliban.”

        • liber8tor April 8, 2024 at 11:44 am #

          Good Grief…dunno how that giant smiley got in there? I’m still learning.

          • Hardrock April 8, 2024 at 12:15 pm #

            It’s all good…..not into “correcting” anyone, just interested in facts. There are too many ad hominem responses here as it is. We all need to just focus on the facts.

    • Paula D April 8, 2024 at 11:25 am #

      As if Russia will allow terrorists to have the weapons you seem to think are still there.
      Remember the part about the Blob telling you that Ukraine is out of weapons and needs us to send more?

      Russia blows them up. They are not the basically unarmed goat herders that the US terrorized for 20 years in Afghanistan.

  17. MX Vet 57 April 8, 2024 at 10:25 am #

    Some of you here sicken me. I’m glad you claim you’re leaving CFN. Bye!

    Jim is EXACTLY right when he says Gaza could be a paradise overflowing with beach front resorts and the influx of cash that comes with it. No. They chose war on so many occasions with October 7th being the latest. They chose to build miles of tunnels and collect and use thousands of weapons.

    Did you know they cut a baby out of the mother, beheaded the baby while she watched, then beheaded the mother.

    There was a two state solution put forth once. Do you know who rejected the deal? Wasn’t Israel.

    I can’t speak for Jim, but I know what Scripture says. Here is the dividing line between us – I believe what it says.

    Goodbye and good riddance.

    • Hardrock April 8, 2024 at 10:46 am #

      The Balfour Declaration called for a “national home for the Jewish people.” The goal appears to have been the support of British and American Jews for Allied efforts in WWI. When the letter was written in 1917, Palestine was 10% Jewish. In the next years leading up to 1948 when the British relinquished the Mandate and the Jews declared Israel to be a new independent nation, around 380,000 Jews immigrated to Palestine.

      When illegal immigrants in the US take control of our government and our land (which we did in fact “liberate” from Native Americans ourselves) will we stand by and do nothing? I think an objective observer would understand why the Palestinians would not submit to the idea of creating a resort on the Mediterranean beaches they were “given.”

      • malthuss April 8, 2024 at 11:03 am #

        Chinese take over. I do not think 3rd world miscreants will take over. they are cannon fodder.

      • tuco22 April 8, 2024 at 11:34 am #

        No, we won’t do “nothing” when illegal immigrants take control of our government and our land. We’ll vote democrat.

      • Uncle Abraham April 8, 2024 at 11:42 am #

        The Jews improved living conditions and opportunities. The Arabs who live in Israel like it – especially compared to the Arab countries they came from (as many immigrated as well). So what’s wrong with living in a place that affords more freedom and opportunity? You know nothing about history, human nature, and particularly Islam and its pathological mind/spirit virus. What virus infected you?

        • Hardrock April 8, 2024 at 12:20 pm #

          Thanks for the insightful response…you know me better than I know myself!

          How many of us would give up our freedom to be the well-cared for “pets” of a superior civilization? Is it time for all of us to return to the matrix? Don’t choose the red pill.

        • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 1:43 pm #

          The aliens told Whitley Streiber that the Jews were the most advanced people on Earf. Seems like a lot of people here have been reading Whiteley…..

        • mary.m April 9, 2024 at 7:44 pm #

          Ahem, since when do you speak for any of “the arabs?”

      • Socrates-Detroit April 8, 2024 at 12:23 pm #

        @Hardrock

        Thank you for the analogy and explanation about the Balfour Declaration.

      • Cankerpuss April 8, 2024 at 1:32 pm #

        Yes, Hardrock, Americans will stand by and do nothing. That’s all Americans know how to do.

        Just look at the reaction of the majority of Americans during covid. Willingly destroyed families, businesses, their children over a fucking flu virus.

        I anticipate the same reaction once the immigrants are running the show and herding white folk into the re-education camps.

    • mary.m April 8, 2024 at 10:49 am #

      Again I recommend googling “Balfour Declaration”, “Nabka”, and “Oct 2 Al Aqsa attack”.

      Got any actual evidence of claimed beheading atrocities?

      Because afaik, they have failed to provide any evidence if claimed atrocities.

      Also, videos of media statements from released hostages give no evidence of abuse. More of “they treated us well”, they shared their water & food”, “they reassured us they would not harm us.” etc.

      • MX Vet 57 April 8, 2024 at 11:24 am #

        Mary, do you know where the Al-Aqsa Mosque is located? The Temple Mount.

        One day that Jewish Temple will be rebuilt.

        As for beheadings, plenty of evidence is available if you choose to look for it and view it. Personally, I can’t believe you’d ask such an ignorant question.

        Someone else wrote how they don’t understand how a couple of paragliders could murder so many at the Rave. Do any of you watch the vids filmed by the killers?? There were many more Hamas killers than just a couple. They came on motorcycles, on foot, by car.

        • Beryl of Oyl April 8, 2024 at 12:39 pm #

          There is video that a number of American reporters have watched.

          • mary.m April 9, 2024 at 7:47 pm #

            Lol, you believe the mainstream media?

            Amazing how many people believe they suddenly became truthful.

          • benr April 10, 2024 at 7:13 pm #

            @mary.m

            No but the videos are pretty damning with the stolen iphones of the victims being used to post to their social media accounts to the shrill screams of allah akbar.

        • ezinmn April 8, 2024 at 1:24 pm #

          MX – I didn’t watch the video of the Oct 7 massacre, but have listened to others describe it as inhumanly horrific. Pure evil. I find it troubling that so many don’t see the existential threat these demons pose to Israel. Maybe a few of them need to visit Auschwitz (as I have) or another of the many memorials to the victims of anti-Semitism.

        • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 1:46 pm #

          The Antichrist will make sure it rebuilt right next to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. You’re not getting rid of that Mosque, and you will have to submit or die. The Antichrist is the Jewish Messiah and the false Messiah of the entire world. You’re going to have to share him, and obey him. He will be both a great man of peace and war…..

          Many Muslims won’t like it either, so they’ll be your brothers in that much at least.

        • mary.m April 9, 2024 at 7:45 pm #

          The Israeli air force admitted they fired on the fleeing partiers.

      • tuco22 April 8, 2024 at 11:35 am #

        We didn’t see any pictures of the victims of Sandy Hook, either, which was one of the points Alex Jones made about the whole thing being a hoax, but we believe those reports.

      • Uncle Abraham April 8, 2024 at 11:50 am #

        Evidence will never move you, Mary. You need something much stronger. A meeting with the Truth.

        • benr April 10, 2024 at 7:15 pm #

          My hope is that when the Palestinians start getting moved around mary.m gets an entire city block of them living all around her.

          It won’t take long for her to start singing a different tune.

      • zenfugue April 8, 2024 at 7:26 pm #

        Thanks for your persistence, Mary.

        Unfortunately… “you can lead a horse to water, but…”

    • malthuss April 8, 2024 at 10:50 am #

      Over half of Gaza’s 30,000+ deaths are women and children.

      Did you know they cut a baby out of the mother, beheaded the baby while she watched, then beheaded the mother.

      eye for an eye n the world goes blind.

      • Cankerpuss April 8, 2024 at 1:33 pm #

        Source?

        • malthuss April 8, 2024 at 1:44 pm #

          This page.

    • elysianfield April 8, 2024 at 11:18 am #

      “Jim is EXACTLY right when he says Gaza could be a paradise overflowing with beach front resorts”

      As could Detroit and Baltimore.

      • MX Vet 57 April 8, 2024 at 11:25 am #

        Or as Trump told the North Korean Dicktater, so could North Korea if they’d just give it a shot.

        • tuco22 April 8, 2024 at 11:36 am #

          You know, sometimes I think Kim Jong Un is smarter than most of the leaders of the rest of the world.

      • malthuss April 8, 2024 at 12:06 pm #

        indeed…check pontiac michigan.
        what did the stadium sell for?

      • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 1:49 pm #

        Or Haiti. Hell, much of Black Africa. As Podheretz (I think) said about nuking Mecca, What are we waiting for?

        Jared is ready to make some money! Who’s in? As long as I get my 40 acres and a mule, I am.

        • Ron Anselmo April 8, 2024 at 4:12 pm #

          Janos – you just gave me a flashback to what may be the original BLM expression of anger – or close to it.

          Leaving a night pro football game in 1968, in Miami, FL, we took a wrong turn and ended driving through an area of Miami, ironically named Liberty City.

          As a kid in the car, I was shocked by the number of blacks just hanging out at 1:00am in the morning – shooting dice, drinking, sitting around on old milk crates.

          Then driving slowly by an abandoned building painted with graffiti – “To hell with 40 acres and a mule, give me a gun and I’ll get what I want”. Next building – “Freedom flows from the barrel of a gun”.

          As a wide-eyed seven-year-old, I’ll never forget it, I can see it like it was yesterday.

          • elysianfield April 8, 2024 at 6:50 pm #

            Ron,
            You developed a perspective, just driving through the neighborhood. Consider how you would feel if you spent eight hours every night driving those streets for four or five years. What truths would you uncover?

          • elysianfield April 8, 2024 at 6:54 pm #

            Errata :

            Just up from a nap…delete comma after perspective and add ellipsis after streets

          • Ron Anselmo April 9, 2024 at 2:54 am #

            E – later in life for a period of a few years, I worked as a Night Auditor, midnight to eight, at a transient hotel – hookers, johns, pimps, strippers, dope dealers, truckers – you know the shift.

            It’s a different society, people lay down their heads on their pillows at eleven o’clock and have no idea what goes on in the night. They come out after dark and slink away as the sun comes up.

            Think about what happens when the lights go out.

          • Q. Shtik April 9, 2024 at 11:55 am #

            later in life for a period of a few years, I worked as a Night Auditor, midnight to eight, at a transient hotel – hookers, johns, pimps, strippers, dope dealers, truckers – you know the shift. – Ron Anselmo

            ===========

            I did exactly the same thing in 3 different hotels/motels and Oh Boy! I could write a book.

          • Ron Anselmo April 10, 2024 at 3:47 am #

            Q – this actually crossed my mind. Not writing the hundreds we could tell, but a compilation – a best-of-the-best stories.

            Send out a simple questionnaire to about 1000 Night Auditors, asking for their craziest story. Then just compile them and publish.

            For stories that got selected for publication, that person would receive a complimentary copy. The rest sold at bookstores from the NYT Bestseller List.

            The stories, as you well know, would be epic.

            Hope Peter’s doing well.

          • Ron Anselmo April 10, 2024 at 3:57 am #

            Q – loved the full moon nights.

            Driving to work, I’d get that queasy feeling. One night, I pull into my parking space and there’s a girl buck-naked, not a stitch of clothes on.

            She asked me what I was doing, and I said going to work, I asked her what she was doing, and she said just hanging out.

            Here we go…I hadn’t even clocked in yet, and the story got better from there…one of those nights.

          • Q. Shtik April 10, 2024 at 12:32 pm #

            Q – this actually crossed my mind. Not writing the hundreds we could tell, but a compilation – a best-of-the-best stories. – Ron A

            ============

            I have related to family and friends over the years many anecdotes from my days (i.e. nights) as a Night Auditor and I would be hard pressed to eliminate any one of those anecdotes as not being among the best of the best.

            We had a night guard who would go out and stroll through the parking lot to see what was happening. He’d return to the lobby and say to me “Q, it’s a shame you can’t leave the desk for a look outside. You wouldn’t believe the shit that’s going on out there.”

          • The Man They Call Zazelle April 10, 2024 at 4:42 pm #

            I once almost applied for a job as a night auditor, but didn’t have to take it as I got something else. I was never sure what night auditing actually meant and thought it was odd. I mean, why not audit during the day? What are you auditing anyway and what the hell does auditing even mean? Sounded kind of boring. Had I taken the job, I might have found out…

          • Ron Anselmo April 11, 2024 at 11:57 am #

            Zazzy – the hotel/motel business is a 24-hour business, so at some point, the “books” need to be closed, for the “old day’s business” and opened for the “new day’s business”.

            The Night Auditor “audits” the prior 24-hour’s transactions of the day’s three shifts – 8:00am-4:00pm, 4:00pm-12:00am and 12:00am-8:00am (the auditor’s shift).

            Q will confirm this – that these businesses, by their nature, were heavily “cash” businesses, so someone in the earlier shifts usually had their hand in the till (auditors sometimes too), So, the auditor’s job was to keep everyone honest, and protect the interests of the business (Ownership).

            Always a “numbers guy”, I used to keep my own ledger of the cash to total receipts ratio every night, which represented the last 24 hours’ business. It was always in the 95% to 98% range, meaning that an average day’s receipts of $10K, would be $9500 to $9800 cash.

            The daily cost of business might be $3000, so Ownership would report income of say $5000, and the balance of cash – $4500 to $4800 would go out the back door every night.

            Rooms are the only “inventory”. So, very hard for the IRS to get a handle on true income. Our records were all hand-ledger – not computerized.

            So, when the IRS would come calling, the Owner would just say all my records were at my warehouse, but last week, Tommy “The Torch”, that fucker, just burned it down.

            The bar business used to be the best “cash business”, where an Owner could say I only sold 17 beers last week, but the IRS got smart and said, well then why did your inventory show you ordered 17 cases of beer.  Hotel room rentals couldn’t be tracked, unless they had somebody on the inside.

            “We had a night guard who would go out and stroll through the parking lot to see what was happening. He’d return to the lobby and say to me “Q, it’s a shame you can’t leave the desk for a look outside. You wouldn’t believe the shit that’s going on out there.”” – Q. Shtik

            Q – same here on the security guards. As you probably experienced, there was high turnover with the security guards, and they were usually inexperienced.

            Each new one, I would have a little 5-minute sit-down with them. Rule No. 1 – Anything anyone tells you here is a lie. Rule No. 2 – See Rule No.1, Got it? Good! Now get out there.

            First night, I see the new security guard approach a girl in the parking lot. They talk briefly, and he lets her continue on. I call him on the radio and say what’s the story? He says, she says she’s going to her room.

            I said what the fuck did I just tell you?! She’s a hooker, go get her and get her off the property!

            Truth told, even though I was working 16-hour days, and that was my second job, I wouldn’t trade those days (nights) for anything. What a trip.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle April 11, 2024 at 12:12 pm #

            Thanks, Ron. I more or less figured as much and my questions were the ones I recall having at the time. I might have been eventually unable to do the job properly due to boredom and tiredness from night shift. Not too long before, I tried lifeguarding and managed it for a summer and a half, so two months one summer and one month the next. After that, I just got tired of staring at the same general spot for hours at a time, even though the kids that frequented the pool were cute and fun/funny and the odd friend would visit and keep me company.

          • elysianfield April 12, 2024 at 11:41 am #

            “Always a “numbers guy”, I used to keep my own ledger of the cash to total receipts ratio every night, which represented the last 24 hours’ business. It was always in the 95% to 98% range, meaning that an average day’s receipts of $10K, would be $9500 to $9800 cash.”

            Ron,
            I can say with a straight face that I am more business oriented and thorough than most. Why, if in your position, I would keep TWO legers….

      • Sam S April 10, 2024 at 6:42 pm #

        Detroit and Baltimore don’t have nice beaches. Gaza does.

  18. River April 8, 2024 at 10:27 am #

    On this day of the eclipse Martin Armstrong has as his top post: Trying to Save the Future – Redesigning Government —

    “This is my proposal! The President, Vice President, and Chief of Staff create a TRIPARTITE Ticket whereby the Chief of Staff will oversee the agencies. This is absolutely critical!!!

    RFK Jr. has experience as a lawyer. He will be overwhelmed as president, which is what they will do. However, he knows the problem, and we should have a Tripartite Ticket with RFK Jr. as the Chief of Staff Agency Czar, Trump, at the head of the ticket. I would select Rand Paul for VP.

    In this third position, a Chief of Staff who effectively becomes the Agency Czar, supervises the agencies. He can be given the power to fire any bureaucrat in an executive order, just as Biden tried to make it impossible if Trump is elected to prevent him from firing the Neocons and Climate nut-jobs to ensure Biden’s bureaucrats are untouchable.”

    I love this idea!! Unfortunately, the MM will not take such an excellent idea and run with it…

    • Beryl of Oyl April 8, 2024 at 10:38 am #

      I read that the Biden administration is taking steps to ensure that a new president will have less authority over the administrative state.

      Not that it is necessary, as anything Trump tried to undo was blocked by a piddling low-level court.

      Obama could issue edicts, but Trump couldn’t issue new ones or revoke old ones.

      Then Biden came in and could just sign a whole stack of documents put in front of him to destroy President Trump’s accomplishments.

      • River April 8, 2024 at 11:14 am #

        Similar to (per The Epoch Times) the 15 State AGs protesting (via 2022 petition) the HHS decision on Jan. 19, 2017, “one day before President [Barack] Obama’s second term expired,” to give the Director-General of the WHO the authority to declare a public health emergency within the United States.

        “Allowing an international organization to determine when public health emergencies exist in the United States necessarily allows that organization to use police powers that were neither given to it or to the federal government by the States,” the AGs stated, calling it “an extreme violation of both State and federal sovereignty.”

        During a health emergency, the state AGs wrote, “HHS may provide for the apprehension and examination of individuals in certain infected states. Upon recommendation of the HHS Secretary, the President of the United States may also authorize the detention of individuals under certain circumstances.”

        Unbelievable how much these sociopaths can get away with.

        • tuco22 April 8, 2024 at 11:39 am #

          Keep voting for those elected representatives! How many of the hoi polloi even know about this, or would care if they did?

      • tuco22 April 8, 2024 at 12:03 pm #

        I think this is because the US will become a kind of vassal country to an organization of ten countries who will constitute the world government.

      • tuco22 April 8, 2024 at 12:15 pm #

        Along came Biden. That would make a great title for a book someday about what happened to the United States in the late 21st century.

  19. teddyboy46 April 8, 2024 at 10:32 am #

    You are speaking for yourself not the vast majority of people. The fact that Israel is a nation today proves that the Bible is true and God is real. That is a true miracle.

    • mary.m April 8, 2024 at 10:50 am #

      A miracle of land theft.

      • malthuss April 8, 2024 at 10:51 am #

        all lands are stolen?

        • mary.m April 8, 2024 at 6:09 pm #

          Well the Palestinians lands & property were, & are being, stolen.

          That doesn’t make them subhuman or wrong to fight to get back what was stolen from them.

          But it does make Israelis thieves. Add to that their ongoing attempt to eliminate the Palestinian people, makes the Israeli’s genocidal mass murderers.

          Not company I care to keep or lend a hand to.

          • MX Vet 57 April 8, 2024 at 8:20 pm #

            What’re you…stoopid? Fuckin troll. You’re one of the most ignorant trolls I’ve encountered here at CFN.

          • mary.m April 9, 2024 at 7:53 pm #

            It amazes me how many people believe that the same God that said thou shalt not kill, or steal, or covet turned around & ordered them to commit genocide, said you can keep their land & property, just give me their gold. The god of mammon.

            I follow Issa/Yeshua (Ashoo in his own language of Aramaic).

            He said Keep the Commandments & I do.

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder April 12, 2024 at 7:17 pm #

            Hmm…

            “When the LORD your God brings you into the land which you go to possess, and has cast out many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than you, and when the LORD your God delivers them over to you, you shall conquer them and utterly destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them nor show mercy to them. Nor shall you make marriages with them. You shall not give your daughter to their son, nor take their daughter for your son. For they will turn your sons away from following Me, to serve other gods; so the anger of the LORD will be aroused against you and destroy you suddenly. But thus you shall deal with them: you shall destroy their altars, and break down their sacred pillars, and cut down their wooden images, and burn their carved images with fire. “For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.

            Just sayin.

      • tuco22 April 8, 2024 at 11:41 am #

        God gave the land of Canaan to Abraham for his obedience. God could do that, since He created the world. Canaan had forfeited its right to the land by its practices: child sacrifice, etc.

        • malthuss April 8, 2024 at 12:08 pm #

          save the sermon.

          • tuco22 April 8, 2024 at 12:13 pm #

            Oo, don’t get all prickly on me.

        • tuco22 April 8, 2024 at 12:09 pm #

          He also told Israel that if they adopted those same practices, He’d kick them out of the land, too.

          • tuco22 April 8, 2024 at 12:11 pm #

            God chose Israel as His people, but He wasn’t “easy” on them. The surrounding gentiles almost had it easier than they did, because “before the law, there was no sin.”

          • Cankerpuss April 8, 2024 at 1:35 pm #

            and they did and they were.

          • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 1:51 pm #

            They did and He has. As the Orthodox say, this is the false, unrighteous Israel of man and murder.

            When the British protested their over-reach, the Jewish terrorists turned their terror on them.

        • Cankerpuss April 8, 2024 at 1:35 pm #

          Ironically, the children of Israel were also sacrificing their children on the altars of Baal. So God removed them from the land. 10 tribes taken by the Assyrians. 3 tribes take by the Babylonians.

          All of Israel will one day inhabit that land again. Not just Judah.

          • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 1:53 pm #

            What Tribe are you? I’m Tuatha de Dannan – the Tribe of Dan. Some say it means People of the Goddess Dana. But for today at least, I’m choosing the former.

    • messianicdruid April 8, 2024 at 11:17 am #

      You’re cherry picking, teddyboy.

      It is Esau that was restored over a hundred years ago due to fraud. They just borrowed the name to fool the pew-packers.

      “Once we understand that the prophecies regarding Esau come under all of these various names, it is apparent that the Bible is full of prophecies against Esau’s descendants in the latter days. Many do not realize this, however, because many prophetic statements are directed at one of the other names: Edom, Idumea, Seir, Teman, or Amalek.“

      godskingdom.org/studies/books/the-struggle-for-the-birthright/chapter-2-the-story-of-esau/

      • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 1:55 pm #

        Same story in Islam. The Sunnis say the Shia are Jews and the Shia say the Sunnis are.

        Many Jews love being at the center of all conflicts! Else they would have taken Madagascar when it was offered.

        • MiTurn April 8, 2024 at 5:41 pm #

          It is an important point not raised often enough: Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran are all Shia.

          • Paula D April 8, 2024 at 7:58 pm #

            Hamas is Sunni.

            Hamas fought Iran and Hezbollah on the side of the US Empire in Syria.
            They have never been allies until the current thing.

  20. John K April 8, 2024 at 10:32 am #

    Glen Greenwald’s Rumble show “System Update” is required viewing if one wants some proper perspective on the Israel/Gaza catastrophe. Recently he went into detail of the IDF’s “accidental” bombing—three times!—of a food aid convoy where they suspected an “armed militant” who wasn’t there. But they did manage to kill all the aid workers, so there’s that.

    Greenwald also revealed Israel’s calculus for their “burn the haystack to find the needle” strategy, by which it is acceptable to kill twenty civilians for every Hamas operative. That ratio might go to 100-1 if it’s a commander.

    Over half of Gaza’s 30,000+ deaths are women and children.

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    • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 1:57 pm #

      Yeah, and get the operative at home where he’s the most stationary.

  21. Kornado April 8, 2024 at 10:40 am #

    God loves killing!

    • tuco22 April 8, 2024 at 11:43 am #

      No, man loves killing. I believe God forbade killing in the ten commandments. Along with not bearing false witness.

      • Kornado April 8, 2024 at 11:51 am #

        I’m not religious, but doesn’t the saying go God created man in his image?

        • Kornado April 8, 2024 at 11:56 am #

          The religious rhetoric gets more esoteric as the death tally mounts. Not practical, dumb.

        • tuco22 April 8, 2024 at 12:00 pm #

          Yes. Satan corrupted that image by getting Eve to sin, she through her naivete, and Adam through his love for Eve, since if he did not also sin, he would lose her forever. So now, man became what we call “the natural man,” who wants what he wants when he wants it at anyone else’s expense, and God help anyone that doesn’t give it to him. That’s pretty much a description of fallen man in a nutshell.

          • tuco22 April 8, 2024 at 12:04 pm #

            Personally, I also believe this is when women got their “sixth sense.” As in, won’t be fooled again!

          • Kornado April 8, 2024 at 12:06 pm #

            Interesting, eschewing logic using fairy tale as justification

          • Kornado April 8, 2024 at 12:09 pm #

            Not trying to shit on your beliefs, and I know how easy it is to troll with this medium, but this seems such an emotional divisive issue…I think it is good we still have freedom to debate and disagree

          • messianicdruid April 8, 2024 at 12:52 pm #

            Well, which g-o-d are you talking about?

          • The Man They Call Zazelle April 11, 2024 at 2:04 am #

            Godzilla

          • The Man They Call Zazelle April 11, 2024 at 2:05 am #

            Godzilla on a Mozilla Firefox browser eating mozzarella.

        • TruthSeeker1986 April 8, 2024 at 8:06 pm #

          @Kornado

          I’m not religious either because religious people are dumber than the ones who aren’t. They follow a lot of nonsense and then deny that their GOD isn’t evil because they don’t want to admit that their GOD does condone killing, and sacrifices. Christianity itself is a sacrificial religion that goes into detail about human sacrificing. I make my own decisions, following some book written by control freaks a long time ago to manipulate and brainwash the masses is no different than leftist using their gay indoctrination on everyone.

      • Mac April 8, 2024 at 1:09 pm #

        Tuco- I thought you said God gave them land for being obedient. Are you saying they got land after disobeying the commandment to not kill?

      • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 2:00 pm #

        God is killing every day. He is not bound by his own Law.

        Jacob have I loved. Esau have I hated.

        Marcion believed that the God of the Old Testament was a psychopath. He suggested jettisoning the Old Testament from Christianity.

        This is beyond the human paygrade. Christ, the teacher of men and angels, will have to explain which parts of it are good and which are bad when He returns

        • messianicdruid April 8, 2024 at 3:45 pm #

          It is ironic, how many believers love God but despise the law, thinking that the path to freedom is to cast out the law [ become anarchists ]. To compound the matter, they hold fast to the Old Covenant. They ought to cast out the Old Covenant and keep the New Covenant [ based on the same law ] not the other way around.

      • mary.m April 8, 2024 at 6:16 pm #

        And then a chapter or 2 later “God” ordered his “chosen” to genocide various neighbors, cousins, in-laws, take their land & livestock for themselves, & give the gold to “God.”

        Sounds to me like 2 different Gods. Not sure about the God of thou shalt not kill, steal or covet. But the “God” who demanded the gold seems like the God of Mammon. Or a Mafia head.

  22. Kornado April 8, 2024 at 10:43 am #

    At least he mentioned Israel in his blog. Maybe we should all die today, humans are fucking weak.

    • tuco22 April 8, 2024 at 12:37 pm #

      But being a natural man, you really do shit on my beliefs, as evidenced in your comments about “eschewing logic using fairy tale as justification.”

      • Kornado April 8, 2024 at 12:52 pm #

        I just think it’s awkward to quote scripture when children are starting life without limbs…but hey I’m ready for rapture, if I can quote reverend ccr “there’s a bad moon on the rise!”

        • messianicdruid April 8, 2024 at 3:49 pm #

          If you would attribute evil to its source [ a rule-maker ] instead of the Creator [ the rule-maker ] we could communicate.

          • Kornado April 8, 2024 at 10:59 pm #

            Man, i wish i were smarter, I feel lost in your responses.

            Are you being meta, am I you speaking to me or something.

          • Kornado April 8, 2024 at 11:01 pm #

            or are you speaking to you through me

          • Kornado April 8, 2024 at 11:38 pm #

            I like your arcane comments because they make me curious. I doubt this answers your comment here but the thing I think about evil, is, if you don’t know you’re evil, are you?

            If you’re born a pedophile or a psychopath, how would you know until it’s explained to you. What if it’s enabled anyway.

            Is evil one’s understood behavior. banality of evil, does it begat more evil.

            I’m not religious but I am becoming more open to evil emerging.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle April 11, 2024 at 2:13 am #

            So much for this subthread, which seems to have fizzled out at April 8.

            (airport speakers, with the usual airport reverb, woman’s voice) “messianicdruid, please report to gate 666… messianicdruid, please report to gate 666. Thank you…”

  23. neurodoc April 8, 2024 at 10:50 am #

    I continue to be surprised at all the gushing sympathy people appear to have for the palestinians, especially seen in genZ at colleges. Most, I suspect, have never met and interacted with an actual palestinian. I’ve met many, throughout my medical career, and my impression is that they are rather similar to the average afro-american in terms of IQ (one SD below the mean), emotionality that overrides logical thinking, and a lack of predisposition to follow social rules and norms. Perhaps that explains why every country that has hosted palestinians (e.g. Egypt, Lebanon, and Jordan) has thrown them out and refuses to take them back despite similar cultures and religion. Also, no one seems to recall that, just a few years ago, the palestinians voted overwhelmingly for hamas to run their country (something like 95% for hamas). Maybe its just a white guilt neurosis of some kind or just virtue signaling. But it gets tiring.

    • tuco22 April 8, 2024 at 12:06 pm #

      Most people don’t know about the Palestinian vote because that’s never mentioned anywhere in the media they consume. I didn’t know about that, either, and I had considered myself well read. I stand corrected.

    • Socrates-Detroit April 8, 2024 at 12:37 pm #

      I’m rather surprised, given that I generally agree with your comments, that you seem to overlook the reality that the Palestinians have had a raw deal from everyone, and that living in violent, hostile environment is not conducive to fostering high IQs.

      If I grant your assertion that “Afro-Americans” are one standard deviation below the mean” in terms of IQ, it begs the question, where did these people come from?

      The vast majority of African-Americans, until the 1960s, were descended from the slaves.

      The “slaves” were sold to European slave traders by other Africans–that’s my understanding. It was not like a caricature of Planet of the Apes, where the whites went into the bush or jungle and captured the natives.

      So, the “weaker” Africans wound up as slaves, and the stronger, tougher among them survived the journey AND the difficult life of a slave. And after that, they lived in society that was innately hostile to them (even the new European immigrants in the North) and kept them down.

      So the environment has nothing to do with the outcome?

      Because, as I remember Thomas Sowell wrote, a disproportionate number of prominent African-Americans were not 100% descended from slaves, like Bill Cosby or Colin Powell, to name two.

      In any case, what I find tiring, and expensive, is the inordinate amount of my tax dollars that I send to Israel, so the Israelis can slaughter and abuse the natives.

      There are many wars and injustices in the world, but in none of them does the US, which basically broke financially, give SO MUCH to SO FEW to commit so many crimes.

      If you want to support Israel, write a check. Or become an Israeli.

      You seem fine with them.

      If I show up one day with a few armed thugs and tell you to leave, will display good social rules and norms, or will you fight back? Because I suspect you are armed, I’ll be sure to bring a lot of firepower.

      I don’t think you would like that.

      You do know that the Israeli government mandated COVID shots more and earlier than any other government.

      I found some irony in that, given that at Nuremberg, based on the nefarious activities of deranged Germans, forced injections and medical experiments were classified as war crimes. And yet, there was Netanyahu, forcing the toxic injections.

      Or perhaps they were all placebo?

      • malthuss April 8, 2024 at 1:48 pm #

        placebo–I went to an activist meeting last week. Word is Israel
        has increased disease and death rates, post vax.

        true/

      • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 2:05 pm #

        The Afro-American IQ is 85.
        The Black African IQ is 70.

        The increase is due to the White genetic input. Genes are around 80% of IQ, just like the rate of women who divorce as opposed to men who divorce.

        You haven’t studied this as you have Israel/Palestine conflict.

        • Beryl of Oyl April 9, 2024 at 9:32 am #

          There’s a high rate of women forced to initiate divorce because the husband took off for parts unknown.

          Since I know three such women, I’m guessing it’s not that uncommon.

          As I keep saying, the number of women who file versus men is not the own that you misogynists think it is.

          • Jarek April 9, 2024 at 1:02 pm #

            Women always make up “reasons” when the usual reality is that they’re bored and/or think they can do better.

            What does this have to do with my post anent Black IQ?

        • mary.m April 9, 2024 at 8:01 pm #

          My iq tested at 155. Iq is just a measure of pattern recognition. I think a lot depends on the culture you grow up in.

          • Jarek April 10, 2024 at 12:51 pm #

            Blacks grow up in our culture and continue to do miserably both on the test and in “real” life.

            There are many smart women but very few who know how to use their smarts outside of their careers or practical issues, like buying a house or studying a contract.

            They’re too emotional to do philosophy – as you just proved.

    • Beryl of Oyl April 8, 2024 at 12:44 pm #

      They deliberately target the young people who know the least about Israel v. Palestine, for indoctrination.

      The groups that do this have said that they do it, I have posted about it here and it is a fact.

      It’s really Marxist indoctrination, that’s the true goal.

      • Socrates-Detroit April 8, 2024 at 1:02 pm #

        I know what I know.

        After I left the military, I went to Washington DC in spring 1999, to demonstrate against the illegal bombing of Serbia.

        It was a planned demonstration.

        It was educational. The majority of the demonstrators were there to protest the bombing. Many of them were of Serbian descent (understandable).

        But quite a few represented other “aggrieved” causes, that I definitely would NOT agree with or I was totally opposed to.

        I was not going to leave because I did not want to be seen with these people; I looked at it as having more bodies and making the protest look bigger, and hoping these people didn’t draw much attention from the issue at hand.

        25 years later, some of the groups protesting the Israeli war, I don’t care for. But it’s the same idea.

        • Beryl of Oyl April 9, 2024 at 9:34 am #

          That happened with Viet Nam. Ken Burns even refers to that in his documentary.

    • sanspeur April 8, 2024 at 12:50 pm #

      “I continue to be surprised at all the gushing sympathy people appear to have for the palestinians, especially seen in genZ at colleges” Maybe you just like “roasted human” for dinner.

      I think the kids are reacting to the wholesale indiscriminate methods of death being thrown at non combatants. Their reaction is misdirected, but it is a human reaction.

    • mary.m April 8, 2024 at 6:27 pm #

      Funny how growing up in a multigenerational war zone impacts physical & mental health & fitness, not to mention education.

      I suppose next you’ll look on the children of this current famine as an inferior race, regardless of the known impact of starvation during development years.

      As to the surrounding nations not wanting to take in the Palestinians, 1. As I posted above, it’s the camel’s nose under the tent. Israel’s long history of stealing land plus its waving of the Greater Israel map makes clear their long-term intentions. And 2. why should they be burdened with a sickened, crippled, starved & traumatized group of people?

    • BackRowHeckler April 8, 2024 at 8:11 pm #

      I know they excel at chanting, waving Palestinian flags, and disrupting ordinary life in NYC, London & DC. What else they’re good for I’m not sure.

      • Beryl of Oyl April 9, 2024 at 9:35 am #

        Not good for going over there and fighting themselves, that’s for sure.

  24. JoshuaThompson April 8, 2024 at 10:54 am #

    If you give Israel the choice between the moral high ground and surviving, don’t be surprised if Israel chooses to survive. If Israel cannot survive, it will not go quietly. That is ultimately what “Never again!” means.
    If there is an increase in anti-Jewish sentiment against Israel and domestic, and Jim is Jewish, supporting Israel is hardly a blind spot; rather, it would be denial of reality to do otherwise. The wold is unsettled, our country is unsettled, and, rather than face the social justice and third world bullies in our midst, many are going along and feeling virtuous about doing so. The sky is not falling yet, but the civilized among us are getting tired of holding it up.

    • River April 8, 2024 at 11:28 am #

      The virtue-signaling element of the protesters makes it all the more tiresome.

      I had the misfortune to be living (if it could be termed ‘living’) in the Twin Cities, MN, during the George Floyd debacle and a number of younger coworkers participated in some of the GF marches, obviously feeling righteous about doing so. The irony being that within the workplace they gossiped and generally treated others disparagingly. – They were so indoctrinated (and yes, there was also an element of stupidity) that they couldn’t see the blatant hypocrisy.

    • tuco22 April 8, 2024 at 11:48 am #

      Israel is the seed of the woman, from the prophecy. God is talking to Satan in the garden after Adam and Eve sinned. “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed. And thou shalt bruise His heel, and He shall crush thy head.”

      In the vision, Satan, in the form of a dragon, stands poised to catch the child the woman is ready to deliver.

      So, it’s not only been war on women ever since, all over the world to one degree or another, but it has also been war against Israel since Israel’s inception.

      • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 2:08 pm #

        So Israel is the Woman? We say the Woman is the Virgin Mary. But as Beryl (a woman btw) might say, There is no real conflict here.

    • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 2:07 pm #

      And who opened our borders to the Third World? And now you expect us to support them in THEIR Nationalism?

    • TruthSeeker1986 April 8, 2024 at 3:17 pm #

      Survive in what way? By throwing a bitch fit like a child and then nuking everybody? They wouldn’t survive, they would get their asses equally kicked by nuclear nations from elsewhere and then everyone loses. Don’t be so niave Joshua.

  25. malthuss April 8, 2024 at 11:17 am #

    the debt rose over FIVE-fold in 25 years, from 1997.

    So when hyperinflation?.

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    • neurodoc April 8, 2024 at 12:05 pm #

      Malthuss: ‘So when hyperinflation?’
      How about this coming june to july when the USCorporation has to pay betweenn 8 and 10 Trillion $s in USTbonds that are maturing in that time interval. They cannot get anyone to buy them to kick the can down the road so to speak, as the Tbond auctions have had ZERO bids for the past several months (and the Fed is bankrupt by any definition, and does not have the money to purchase them). Its either announce default and take the heat, or print $$$ (via zeroes on a computer); the latter yields hyperinflation.

      • Breck April 8, 2024 at 12:19 pm #

        Yep, this is far more dangerous than any of the foreign wars which don’t concern us at all.

    • Breck April 8, 2024 at 12:40 pm #

      Malthuss, I remember when I first learned about what is now called “macro-economics”. This was before the Federal Government defaulted on its Bretton Woods obligation to back the dollar with gold – I was in my early teenage years.

      There was concern about inflation even back then. As I tried to wrap my adolescent head around that, I asked my Dad, who was a public accountant, what would happen if the dollar continued losing value. He replied, “Well son, then things would become more expensive over time, causing a lot of folks to get poor”.

      I ruminated on this, and then I asked, “But what if the dollar lost all its value through this inflation”? Dad replied, in his usual blunt, succinct manner, “Well then son, we’re all fucked”.

  26. Helix April 8, 2024 at 11:21 am #

    America’s problems will not be solved. Those with the power to do so are not interesred and those without are unable. Thus do empires decline and, in the end, disintegrate. In our present case, the most likely form that disintegration will take is nuclear annihilation. Prepare accordingly.

    • tom clark April 8, 2024 at 11:30 am #

      Helix…happy Monday…did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed today? Good column today, Jimbo. Enjoy the eclipse there in your little corner of upstate NY.

  27. White German Shepherd April 8, 2024 at 11:27 am #

    Veering suddenly off that fascinating topic of Israel, what about that CERN?

    It is more powerful than ever after years of upgrades. They plan to fire it up today, possibly during the state-of-emergency inducing shadow that will pass over the USA today.

    Will they open a portal to another dimension? Will Moloch himself emerge to get on with the plan?

    Just remember that no government spends that much money to build a machine that is not a weapon.

    Hang on to your seats. Huddle indoors next to your pile of food water and fuel(?). Cover your heads and quake in fear.

    Do not under any circumstances allow yourself to be exposed to the sun, or shade, as the case may be.

    On a serious note, never ever look directly at the sun, even through clouds. Those invisible rays are just as powerful as the visible rays and some of them go right through clouds.

    • Beryl of Oyl April 8, 2024 at 1:20 pm #

      Too late.

    • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 2:10 pm #

      You can look at the Sun a bit when it’s low on the horizon.

  28. elpuma2003 April 8, 2024 at 11:30 am #

    “…your own monstrous problems: your jive-tragic government, your fake economy, your breached borders, your sick-and-depressed population, your racketeering corporations, your broken banks, your buggered election methods, your faithless news media, your political mental illness.”

    ….your fealty to Israel.

  29. Paula D April 8, 2024 at 11:35 am #

    The propaganda has definitely changed about Israel, and the usual suspects are happily jumping into the attack. There are the Jew haters, of course, and the purple haired Woke, but there are also others, who apparently are thrilled to have a scapegoat to blame the world’s woes upon.

    I know! Blame the 7 million Jews in Israel and ignore the US Empire’s swath of death around the world. That way we can point fingers at their mote and pretend our log doesn’t exist.

    Back to the propaganda change. This reminds me of when the US still officially supported Marcos, but somehow the propaganda changed, and the criticism of him was allowed to flow. I was working with Filipinos at the time, so I paid attention. I was baffled about that change, right up until Marcos was overthrown.
    It was a weird kind of Color Revolution, in that the US didn’t officially make him a Bad Guy, but instead orchestrated a “grass roots” uprising that got rid of him.

    I see the same thing happening now, with Israel. The US still officially supports Israel, but somehow the “world” is rising up in hate and reprobation. The Mighty Wurlitzer informs us that demonstrators in multiple countries are out on the streets. (Funny they ignored the Yellow Vests, and the Polish farmers, but are all over the Hamas supporters).

    So what happens if Iran bombs the Golan Heights, which Israel is illegally occupying? (Ignored by all those screaming about Gaza).
    I think the US will stand down.
    That is my prediction.

    • tuco22 April 8, 2024 at 11:53 am #

      This world rising against Israel must happen because that, too, is part of the prophecy of the present time. God miraculously rescues Israel from destruction at the hands of the coalition (my description) army going against it. I believe the US will be a part of this coalition army, another reason for Americans not to join the military. You’ll have to read Revelation to find out what happens to this coalition army, but suffice to say no one’s going home.

      • messianicdruid April 8, 2024 at 12:42 pm #

        “…and you will say, “I will go up against the land of unwalled villages. I will go against those who are at rest, that live securely, all of them living without walls, and having no bars or gates, to capture spoil and to seize plunder…”

        This prophecy is past.

        godskingdom.org/blog/2011/11/the-prophetic-effects-of-ungodly-unity-part-2/

    • Breck April 8, 2024 at 12:16 pm #

      Great post Paula!

    • Beryl of Oyl April 8, 2024 at 1:23 pm #

      The propaganda around Ukraine seems to be what’s in President Trump’s secret peace plan.

      Is that supposed to keep people from voting for Trump, or to blame as the cause when Biden “wins” again?

      Or just to keep us busy?

    • Socrates-Detroit April 8, 2024 at 1:47 pm #

      @Paula

      Big capital and Zionism are interlinked. Balfour didn’t make his declaration in a vacuum–he made it to curry favor with big capital.

      Zionism and the Israeli Lobby are linked.

      The Financial Lobby and the Israeli Lobby are linked.

      The Military Industrial Complex and the Israeli Lobby are linked.

      Maybe big money and the MIC drive the Israeli Lobby?

      So, the US policies you seem to dislike are the other side of the coin of Israeli/US (or maybe US/Israeli??) policy.

      The question is, how much role does Imperial America play in Middle America’s success? (or perhaps past success).

      If America had followed the Founding Fathers and not meddled, would middle America be better or worse off? Would you, or I, or other CFNers better off or worse?

    • malthuss April 8, 2024 at 1:52 pm #

      Blame the 7 million Jews in Israel and ignore the US Empire’s swath of death around the world.

      Jarek, what do you think?

      Is Israel the overlord of Uncle Sam? US Empire’s swath of death around the world.

    • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 2:13 pm #

      The Jews were behind the so called Russian Revolution. Thus anti-Semitism was a capital crime in the Old Soviet Union. Paula, an old Russian Communist is pining for this lost glory along with a the deluded Putin.

    • TruthSeeker1986 April 8, 2024 at 3:13 pm #

      @Paula D

      The word Jew hater is so stupid and dumb. Is that what you people say when someone refuse to kiss their ass, glorify and worship them as GODs?

      • Paula D April 8, 2024 at 4:10 pm #

        No, it’s what I use to describe people who blame all the ills of the world on Jews.

        • Socrates-Detroit April 8, 2024 at 5:57 pm #

          No one is commenting on my question!!!!

          If America had followed this founding principle* (no foreign entanglements or alliances *unless they really help us in here in the “New World”)

          Would the AVERAGE American, perhaps you CFNers be better off, or worse off?

          (unless we have Bill Ackman or one of the Koch brothers or Bloomberg or Musk or Pete Peterson writing anonymously here)

          I KNOW that for big money, and the elite, US foreign policy since 1914, even more after 1917, and even MORE than that since 1945, has been tremendously profitable and enriching for the members of the elite, for the blob, that pulls the puppet strings, and give us the policies most of us don’t like.

          The Income Tax, the Federal Reserve, going off the gold standard, elastic currency, huge deficits and debts enrich those in the “know”, the elite.

          They grow richer and more powerful.

          But, even as they do, does more trickle down to those who are able and willing to work, hopefully save, and retire?

          Maybe there is more benefit to me than I realize?

          Or, is the positive trickle-down era over, and as they need to own and control more and more, they are going to take a lot of it from middle America?

          Is American Imperialism a good thing for you and me?

          • Paula D April 8, 2024 at 7:39 pm #

            It’s hard to say, SD. They tell us we benefit from imperialism, but the immorality of it is difficult to justify, to me.

            But bananas are cheap, so there’s that.
            How many people had to die to get them that way?
            We aren’t supposed to ask that question.

            And then there’s oil……

          • Socrates-Detroit April 8, 2024 at 9:02 pm #

            @Paula

            Yes–that’s what I’m talking about!

            Are the bananas cheap because “Chiquita” and the US government put some dictator in charge, to make sure Chiquita plantations have good water and cheap banana pickers who live in squalor and are losing THEIR water to the big plantations?

            If that’s true, our cheap bananas are subsidized by the exploitation of the natives.

            I paid $2 for an avocado (that’s my new thing!) from Mexico. Are the avocado farmers/pickers living is squalor? Or do they have make a decent living?

            The (legal) migrant workers picking lettuce in the California, their low wages are legal, they come here voluntarily. We have more affordable lettuce.

            We also moved all this water to the Imperial Valley to make it bloom, right? Was that a good move?

            I need to be careful, what I knock. My point is, for better or for worse, the events of the past five years, and especially the middle east since October, are making me think of things I didn’t think of before.

            Maybe I don’t realize how much of what we have is at the expense of other people.

            Maybe that was true before too. But before, I have this PERCEPTION (it was before my time, I was born in the mid 60s), that the US economy worked to provide most ordinary people who worked a pretty decent life. Maybe I’m just naive.

            Maybe even in the golden era, 1946-73, we benefitted from things we wouldn’t like, if we knew, in subtle ways we didn’t realize.

            It’s easy for me to rail against the rich and powerful–they are REALLY making out. It’s also easy for me to rail against the Communists–in practice, it’s a dictatorship where now EVERYONE outside the Party is poor.

            But maybe I’m part of the problem, I just don’t realize it.

            We aren’t supposed to ask. But I did.

            Thank you for commenting.

      • Beryl of Oyl April 9, 2024 at 9:38 am #

        There are Jew haters.

        Paula never said anyone against Israel is a Jew hater.

        • Jarek April 11, 2024 at 1:33 pm #

          And there are Gentile haters. Why is one a thing and the other isn’t?

  30. Breck April 8, 2024 at 11:51 am #

    Hi Jim: Saratoga Springs, will it get “totality”?

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  31. JTinMD April 8, 2024 at 11:51 am #

    Seems like a lot of responses in defense of Israel come from “My Little Golden Book of Bible Stories.” C’mon.

  32. Breck April 8, 2024 at 12:00 pm #

    Interesting that we don’t see any mass migration of Gazans into Jordan, or Egypt. There have been HUGE mass migrations of Muslims into western Europe, which is much farther away. We don’t see other Islamic countries generously taking pity upon the Palestinians, and volunteering to take 20,000. Isn’t there a disconnect here somewhere?

    • Heartlander April 8, 2024 at 1:29 pm #

      There sure is.

    • Paula D April 8, 2024 at 3:41 pm #

      The Palestinians got kicked out of Jordan when they tried to overthrow the king, started a civil war, and then they hijacked a plane and killed its passengers.

      Look up Black September.

      It looks like Egypt was happy to give up Gaza in order to get rid of the problem, but I could be wrong about that. They sure have it blocked off now, though.

      • Socrates-Detroit April 8, 2024 at 8:06 pm #

        @Paula D

        Not ALL of the Palestinians were kicked out in September 1970, when they tried to overthrow the “King”.

        I think it’s more correct to say the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization) was kicked out, the PLO fighters.

        Hussein’s Arabs were clearly more effective (and more loyal).

        Yasser Arafat set moved his headquarters to Beirut and the PLO moved to Lebanon.

    • BackRowHeckler April 8, 2024 at 8:14 pm #

      There have also been 660,000 killed in the ongoing Syrian Civil War and 377,000 killed in Yemen. Nobody seems to give a sh#t about those Arabs, just the Arabs in Gaza.

      • Socrates-Detroit April 9, 2024 at 12:25 pm #

        Good point. About the other countries’ wars.

        And how many million refugees in the Syrian war?

        And who fomented and precipitated the war in Syria? The US.

        Who did that in Libya? The US. Hillary Clinton cackled “we came, we saw, he died”. The bitch.

        Who prolonged the war in Yemen? The Saudis, with US support.

        The common thread is the US.

        But the fact these wars happened and continue does not mean that Israel should get pass.

      • Jarek April 9, 2024 at 1:05 pm #

        Exactly. You value Jewish lives over those of Arabs. Why?

        • benr April 10, 2024 at 6:05 pm #

          Taking a stab at it for the same exact reason no one cares about black-on-black violence.

          Arabs and more specifically Muslims murder each other at the drop of a hat.

  33. TLH April 8, 2024 at 12:11 pm #

    The Long Emergency -Where “Your Future is a thing of the past”

  34. malthuss April 8, 2024 at 12:12 pm #

    Heckler, Jarek,

    I WAS SEARCHING ‘JESSE MATTHEW’.

    I found 2.
    A black one who killed white women [hanna graham among them]
    and a white one who killed a LEO and his om was a killer as well.

    USA today.

    • malthuss April 8, 2024 at 12:16 pm #

      oops…’om’ should be ‘mom’.

      • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 2:14 pm #

        Om is better than Mom. Om is Father/Mother to us all.

  35. Roundball Shaman April 8, 2024 at 12:23 pm #

    “Here comes an eclipse of the sun. Our moon will cast a totality of its shadow in a path about 100 miles wide arcing from Del Rio Texas to Bangor Maine…”

    State media has been heavily pushing this event into the National consciousness for many months now. And while this is a unique and amazing demonstration of our place in the Universe… one wonders what benefit the Dark State is getting from their hyper-hyping of this event other than diverting our National attention away from the ongoing atrocites in the Middle East and the collapsing of the United State Incorporated’s Feral Reserve Notes and the rising death toll from Big Harming Pharma’s injections of death.

    The Moon will caste a long shadow upon the face of the Earth. Just like the Dark State casts all over our Planet all the time, every moment of every day of every year. The sun will return in its full glory once the Moon has done its thing today. But the darkness caste by the Dark Ones will continue to foul our Planet like the stench that emits from a thousand land fills of rotting waste. Too bad our Sun can’t clean out that stench when it comes back to full intensity.

    “You might ask: Are we hostages to cycles, Astronomical, Kondratieff, the Maunder Minimum, Fourth Turning, the Great Wave…”

    Actually, we are more hostage to the darkness in the human heart that is constantly manifesting itself as war, hatred, Chosenism, Wokeism, conjured racial tensions, predatory ‘Leaders’ who live solely to accumulate wealth and power unto themselves, selfish-ism in many forms, living a lifestyle of slack and lack, lack of human respect and kindness, etc. We are hostage to this human-spirit-of-darkness as long as we choose to be. The human family can break out of this cycle of rot any time we choose. And many have. But there are a great many that have not… and lack any desire to do so. Many of us seem to like rolling around in the mud.

    “What is not falling apart?”

    Things do not fall apart on their own. The falling-apart stage is just the last act in a long series of failings that lead up to the final orgasmic collapse. Once again, the collapse is born as a collapse within the human mind and spirit… and the lack of care and attention along the way to get the train back on the right track. Collapse never happens in a vaccum. In fact, it takes a lot of ‘effort’ to have full systen collapse… along with lots of willing partners that assist the destruction.

    “I doubt that Israel wants to exterminate the Gazans…”

    (?…!)

    “… if you are among those who believe that the cosmos seeks to convey an occult message in this eclipse that will supernaturally darken half our country today, maybe it’s this one… Stop meddling… Look to yourself… Or else, get ready for bang-and-whimper.”

    Much of the human family now suffers from a form of self-hatred. They have given up on Life and living with good purpose. They are empty of joy and spirit. They have bonded with Darkness in all its various guises. This is the true dark shadow being cast on our Planet today. The sun and moon — while amazing – can function on their own quite nicely without human intervention and purpose.

    But sadly, the human family can NOT function well without a desire to live in accord with natural and spiritual truths. So our current times are an Eclipse of the Human Heart which is very badly in need for Light to return.

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    • Yirgach April 8, 2024 at 7:13 pm #

      Nice post. However things DO fall apart on their own.

      There is even a word for this, it’s called Entropy. It’s a thermodynamic physical process which is inescapable in the Universe.

      Understanding that makes what you said much more believable.

  36. malthuss April 8, 2024 at 2:06 pm #

    I found this at breitbart–Colt is old,

    however

    Colt Ford had a heart attack.

    He wrote and sang Dirt Road Anthem.
    He got cancer first and then an autoimmune disease diagnosis of Myasthenia Gravis and now is in intensive care from this heart attack.

    Most like all caused by the jab because if they wanted to perform, they had to get it.

    • BackRowHeckler April 8, 2024 at 3:02 pm #

      Malthus a You tuber calling himself Memoryfield has done a pretty good doc on Laurel Canyon. It’s a few years old but new too me. He walks around out there with his camera accompanied by a pretty good narration. I never realized how deeply Manson and his people were engaged with some of the musicians & show biz people not only Wilson and Meltzer but Cass Eliot, Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, Mothers of Invention and others. Some of it was thru shared drug connections. It seems like a pretty nice neighborhood nevertheless.

      • Paula D April 8, 2024 at 3:22 pm #

        Dave McGowan did an awesome review of Laurel Canyon.

        //centerforaninformedamerica.com/laurelcanyon/

        • Why_weren't_we_asked_about_Degrowth April 8, 2024 at 4:19 pm #

          Check out Programmed to Kill, the coincidences are astounding. No one solved the the Atlanta Child Killings. The person was charged with one murder and the murders continued, mostly of adults in a clean up fashion.

      • malthuss April 8, 2024 at 5:36 pm #

        Steven Stills dad was in military. So was Jim Morrisons.
        Mc Gowans research makes much of a military to music connection.

        • Paula D April 8, 2024 at 7:42 pm #

          Jim Morrison’s dad was the captain of the ship involved in the Gulf of Tonkin Big Lie, as I recall.

          Two years later his son springs, fully formed, into the music scene making best seller records, although he never before played music, sang publicly, or wrote lyrics.
          Go figure.

          • malthuss April 9, 2024 at 12:29 am #

            right guy in right plce at right time.
            talent.

  37. bobfitz03 April 8, 2024 at 2:15 pm #

    “…the troubled Middle East, a.k.a. Armageddonville?”

    The story of Armageddon has been told, retold, modified, and expanded for a long, long time. As a species, we love stories. It’s possible we require stories to help us contemplate and manage relationships to each other and our time on this planet.

    Sometimes, when I find a particular story vexing or tiresome, I replace the names and labels the word “human.” Here is a snippet from JHK’s post this morning.

    — I doubt that humans want to exterminate humans, but at this point humans would probably like to export humans to other humans that share their culture. Those other humans are not eager to take in the humans.

    The fractious minority of humans who militate against humans because, you know, The Humans, never ask if humans have some other plan, some other position than From the river to the sea, Humans will be free! — meaning Death to Humans. —

    You get the idea. Makes me wonder who causes all the trouble for humanity in the first place?

    What is the moral to this story? Regardless of how we get to Armageddon….we have an opportunity to sort it out and lead each other home. Armageddon is a comma in a line of our story, not the final period.

  38. Jarek April 8, 2024 at 2:42 pm #

    from Hugh Selwyn Mauberley by Ezra Pound

    IV.
    THESE fought, in any case, and some believing, pro domo, in any case . . Some quick to arm, some for adventure, some from fear of weakness, some from fear of censure, some for love of slaughter, in imagination, learning later . . .

    some in fear, learning love of slaughter; Died some “pro patria, non dulce non et decor”. .

    walked eye-deep in hell believing in old men’s lies, then unbelieving came home, home to a lie, home to many deceits, home to old lies and new infamy;

    usury age-old and age-thick and liars in public places.

    Daring as never before, wastage as never before.
    Young blood and high blood,
    Fair cheeks, and fine bodies;
    fortitude as never before

    frankness as never before, disillusions as never told in the old days, hysterias, trench confessions, laughter out of dead bellies.

    V.
    THERE died a myriad,
    And of the best, among them,
    For an old bitch gone in the teeth,
    For a botched civilization,
    Charm, smiling at the good mouth,
    Quick eyes gone under earth’s lid,
    For two gross of broken statues,
    For a few thousand battered books.

    Jarek: Pound was a Prophet. We had best listen to him before it is too late and we have no ears or eyes left.

    Ginsburg visited him at St Elizabeth’s to gloat.

    • BackRowHeckler April 8, 2024 at 3:08 pm #

      .Ginsburg also visited Celine in the suburbs of Paris.

      Celine & Pound, two prominent authors who sided with the Axis in WW2. Both became pariahs in their own countries.

      • elysianfield April 8, 2024 at 3:18 pm #

        “Both became pariahs in their own countries.”

        BRH,
        I’d rather be a piranha…like Lindberg.

      • Soul Forensics April 9, 2024 at 3:40 am #

        Celine experienced things that no one should ever see or hear or feel. It overwhelmed him. Critics say he was ruled by hatred. It drove him, sure, but he was even more driven by disgust. IOW, his hatred was cold. Relentlessly so.

        And he was even more of a vicious anti-Semite that Pound. Nevertheless, both were great creative writers. (And Pound was a great editor for Eliot, and a great critic.)

        Celine’s “Death on the Installment Plan” would be worth a re-read for our current ills.

        • BackRowHeckler April 9, 2024 at 7:52 am #

          ‘Journey to the end of the Night’ was one of the Great Novels of the 20th century, along with ‘Under the Volcano’ & ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’. Hemingway & Celine died on the same day (same as Cerventes & Shakespeare) but guess which death got the majority of the bews coverage?

        • Jarek April 9, 2024 at 5:34 pm #

          And Roth, author of Portnoy’s Complaint, was a vicious, anti-Gentile, right?

          Not a thing? Why not? And it’s alright to create a term if one is needed, right?

          • Soul Forensics April 10, 2024 at 1:13 am #

            Have you read Roth? He was a Jew hater, too.

            You’re playing semantic games. Substitute Jew-hater for anti-Semite, if you must. In either case, wear it.

          • Jarek April 10, 2024 at 12:56 pm #

            Why won’t you play then? You don’t like anti-Gentile? Ok, Gentile hater then?

            Semantic games! Yup, exactly why they dominate us. High verbal intelligence, and practiced in the use of it, both in their careers and inter-personally.

            And you’re ok with it, it would seem. Interesting.

  39. Rowdypiglet April 8, 2024 at 3:04 pm #

    Though I have opinions on the subject, I stay out of the Israel/Gaza issue for the most part, for the following reasons:

    – I’m not convinced that the Israelis have done anything worse than is done in every war. We’re spoiled and safe (so far) and have no idea of what goes on in war. Children, old people, animals, the helpless, these are fodder and always have been in every single war since war began. Mothers have wept over their infants and families have been destroyed utterly. That’s the truth of war, every single time. There is no gentlemanly war. The point is, after all, to win. I don’t know who is winning the war in Gaza at present because so much is in play, but I guarantee that none of the participants have any real scruples as to civilian deaths, though they make use of them to stir the pot. The Israelis have been accused of ruthlessness and it may be a just accusation, but I can guarantee that the Gazans are equally ruthless when the opportunity arises – as ruthless as they were on October 7. They clearly don’t like when someone strikes back hard enough to make sure they can’t do it again, and are counting on stirring up outrage at their plight, hoping people will forget that they started it. I know, “who started it” is also up for grabs, but I can’t resolve that argument as it goes back too far.

    – I’ve never received an answer to the question of why the hostages have not been released. If they’re that concerned about the loss of lives in Gaza, I’d like to know why they fail to do one thing that might conceivably open the door to talks. I’ll answer my own question, in that I don’t believe they are interested in talking.

    – I’ve seen nothing that indicates to me that the Palestinians will ever accept the existence of Israel, which leaves no possibility of a settlement of any kind. That being the case, it’s hard to see what else Israel can do. They could, of course, all pack up and go somewhere else but there’s no point in dwelling on what is manifestly never going to happen. We have to work within what’s possible.

    – There is something fishy about the claims of oppression, and it’s an issue I’m not equipped to sort out. It seems that Gaza was not exactly a hell hole. It had modern hospitals, schools, infrastructure, and money pouring in (which has been used to build the infamous tunnels). Its population has increased enormously. As our host rightly pointed out, they could have made the place into a resort with the resources that were given them. Those are, I believe, indisputable facts (in particular, the huge increase in population). That seems at odds with the picture that’s being conveyed, of a people helpless and oppressed.

    – I recall the Palestinians’ clapping, capering, joyful dancing in the streets after 9/11. Like everyone who hates us (admittedly many with good reason) they’re more than willing to harvest us and play on our sympathies and our guilt. When we comply and give them what they want, they don’t like us one bit more; on the contrary. I doubt that any of us would care much for the world that would result should Muslim culture become ascendant in the West.

    – I notice how much Muslims everywhere loudly express their hatred for us, even in countries that have taken them in and been generous to them. I recall many outrages, including the slaughter of a priest on the altar of a Catholic church in France, as he was about to say Mass. And then there was the recent rant about Scotland being full of white people from the First Minister of Scotland, that clown Humza Yousaf.

    – I’m aware that my intense dislike of Muslim culture and their activities around the world doesn’t provide grounds for genocide, but I admit that I don’t know just how far I would be willing to go, personally, to contain them and to put a stop to their cultural aggressions and violence. I’ll never have to answer that question. I could make many of the same complaints about my own country and culture but, let’s face it, I value ours nevertheless, and I place a negative value on theirs. I don’t enjoy seeing them turn the UK into a Muslim country, pushing their culture aggressively and violently, as they do everywhere they can. My attitude admittedly isn’t conducive to making fair and even handed judgments.

    – Finally, I may be entirely wrong about almost every one of the above speculations. Depending on what source I consult, I can readily discover that the Israelis are monstrous beasts (proof attached) and the Palestinians angels (proof attached), or the other way round. I think of it as a dense web of truth, lies, fantasy, wishes, manipulations, myths, in which I soon become lost and begin to doubt my ability to discern anything at all. All of that being a good reason to be glad I’m not in charge of anything outside my own house.

    • BackRowHeckler April 8, 2024 at 3:29 pm #

      Those pro Palestinian demonstrations in London & Wales for me were eye openers; literally hundreds of thousands of Muslims in the streets flying Palestinian & ISIS flags, vandalizing British war memorials, and tearing down Union Jacks & St. George’s banners when ever they came across one.

      Incredibly, the London metro police appeared to side with the Muzzies. It’s pretty clear the Muslims not only hate Israel, but they hate the entire White Christian West too.

      Some of them consider Frankfurt, Amsterdam and London as already part of the Caliphate. Are they wrong?

      • benr April 10, 2024 at 6:10 pm #

        Yep and they HATE US and make no bones about saying it.
        They demand we bow down to their ridiculous traditions and went special treatment.

        Send them all back.

    • Paula D April 8, 2024 at 3:35 pm #

      Very reasonable assessment, Rowdy.

    • Heartlander April 8, 2024 at 4:43 pm #

      @Rowdypiglet

      Thank you.

      It is easy to forget how appalling Muslim culture is in many ways. And how could it be otherwise, given the character of its founder and the atrocities he committed?

      People should watch Geert Wilders’s short film “Fitna.” It’s all quotes from the Qur’an itself and from contemporary Muslim leaders.

    • Jarek April 8, 2024 at 6:47 pm #

      The terrible things they say about each are true. Can you accept that? And both sides hate us. Now one more step: We don’t have to choose either side. Now for the final apotheosis: Can you imagine taking our own side?

      • Rowdypiglet April 9, 2024 at 12:10 pm #

        @Jarek, I can definitely imagine taking our side; it was my intention. My problem in thinking about this is that it seems every position our side takes (including taking none and just washing our hands of it) will have immeasurable and unpredictable but direct effects on us.

        Here’s a question I can’t answer: is it moral to show leniency and pity to people who hold a cruel ideology that, if it becomes sufficiently powerful, intends to destroy your own civilization without mercy – because you endanger your soul by taking on the characteristics of the enemy in order to defeat it? Or is it moral to be cruel and ruthless in the face of actual evil while you still have the chance to defend against it?

        I’m utterly repelled by cruelty, and the cruelty of Islam appears absolutely evil to me. I’m concerned that any lenience we show or aid that we give could tip the balance – if there is a balance, and if it can be tipped. I have an impulse to say “this is simply too dangerous and must be destroyed at any cost.” But I don’t run on impulse or typically act on it. I’m a cautious person with limited understanding but who wants to do the right thing or, at least, have the right idea.

        As bad as things are here at present, it seems to me the growth of Islam in the West would be worse beyond imagining. It’s still possible here to do what many of us have done by withdrawing to rural areas and making a life. That means there are not only pockets of potential resistance, but there are still people living more or less normal lives. In Islamic States of America it would no longer be possible to lay low or to hide, and I don’t think that paying the Jizya would suffice.

        • Jarek April 9, 2024 at 1:12 pm #

          You said before you knew who opened our gates to them. That groups wants the same thing for us as the Muslims do. Worse actually, since they have no interest in converting us. The Muslims at least consider us human. The Talmudics do not. It’s said therein directly in so many words, if you care/dare to look for it.

          Liberal Jews no longer believe in this stuff? No consciously, but they are still under its influence to a greater or lesser extent.

          • Rowdypiglet April 9, 2024 at 4:08 pm #

            @Jarek, I’m uninformed as to Talmudics but I’ll try to remedy that. Always glad to know more and to have my weak places pointed out. I’ll repeat: this is why I hold sway only over my kitchen. As I grow older, I have ever greater sympathy for those who have to make decisions with real world consequences. Sometimes there are no good choices.

    • Nathan April 9, 2024 at 6:48 am #

      Some fairly objective and calm observations, Rowdypiglet. Thanks for contributing. I particularly appreciated your final summary:
      “All of that being a good reason to be glad I’m not in charge of anything outside my own house.”
      I said this many times during the pandemic. True leadership is a lonely, thankless task that may just get you tarred and feathered and run out of town, if not strung up on the closest tree or lamp pole. Not saying we’ve seen much approaching true leadership in the West this century.

      Jarek, you make an excellent series of points too. The oppressor/oppressed paradigm is heavily flawed, and we would all do well to follow the Holy Spirit’s instruction from the Apostle Paul:

      [Romans 12:9-21 ESV] 9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

      • Rowdypiglet April 9, 2024 at 12:12 pm #

        Thanks, @Nathan. I agree that true leadership is noticeably lacking, as are actual adults.

      • Jarek April 9, 2024 at 1:16 pm #

        To be fair, many Jews want no part of all of this and crowd the ashrams and meditation halls of the East. Thus they escape the hell of Rabbinic Judaism without ostracizing themselves from their people by converting to Christianity.

        I read a terrible book by a Jew who converted to Jews for Jesus type Christianity but went further, saying to Christians: Thanks for nothing guys. Jesus is Jewish. Get lost.

    • Beryl of Oyl April 9, 2024 at 9:44 am #

      Well said.

  40. getsome April 8, 2024 at 3:13 pm #

    My My, this mainly awesome missive from our host James Howard has certainly ignited the religiosity of certain CFNers. Can Tuco22 or any other biblically oriented CFNer explain this: DNA analysis has revealed that ancient Homo sapiens successfully interbred with not only Neanderthals but also Denisovans. Both groups were extent 55,000 years ago, with Neanderthals lasting until approximately 45,000 years ago.
    Please square this with your Biblical narrative for my non religious self. Thank you in advance.
    Getsome. Nuff Said.

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    • elysianfield April 8, 2024 at 3:16 pm #

      Getsome,
      Science is racist…all their lies Apostasy!

    • messianicdruid April 8, 2024 at 5:00 pm #

      Have you considered “Gap Theory”?

      v1 Creation, then [ huge cataclysm ] v2 recreation [ restoration ] v3 rest of the story…

    • Jarek April 9, 2024 at 1:24 pm #

      Bishop Usher ushered us into the new Old Age by studying the genealogies of the Old Testament. He concluded that the world was created in about 4500 BC.

      All the fossils and geological signs of older age? All placed there by God to test the faithful!

      Yes, it’s a slave religion, but most people are slaves in the Aristotelean sense of being incapable of taking responsibility. If Tuco didn’t believe this, imagine what she would believe. Something just as ridiculous and far more harmful, say like Feminism.

    • Qwibqwib April 11, 2024 at 5:56 am #

      getsome – Carbon dating is not at all accurate…prove me wrong

  41. Paula D April 8, 2024 at 3:28 pm #

    I went out this morning and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. Perfect day for an eclipse.
    But I noticed a plane on the eastern horizon laying a chemtrail.

    Then I went outside to garden and was looking down, not up. But when my husband and I went for a walk he pointed out that the sky was covered with chemtrails.

    WTF? We are in the path of the eclipse. Thousands of people are here to see it. Why would they lay down chemtrails?

    I started complaining that the sun already seemed dimmer, but then I went into the house and saw it was 16 min. to the eclipse. How long does it take to get dim?

    We sat outside and listened to the radio so that we would know when to look at it, but it wasn’t NASA, it was the local NPR station, so they didn’t really say.

    No matter, we could tell by the darkness and the crowd cheering.

    It was pretty damn cool. Even better than last time. I didn’t see any birds panicking, but I did hear an owl hoot.

    20 minutes later, I could still see the moon clearing in the leaf shadows, so it does take a while for the process to happen.

    Oh, and the NPR person said “There’s not a cloud in the sky”, even though the sky was actually covered with what could be construed as clouds, if you hadn’t seen them before they dispersed.

    • River April 8, 2024 at 5:23 pm #

      Tennessee’s bill to ban geoengineering has passed the House and Senate and only needs the Governor’s signature to become law.

      It’s a start…

      All of the research, development, and the actual geoengineering conducted over the past 70 years undoubtedly makes up a hefty chunk of the debt.

    • malthuss April 8, 2024 at 5:38 pm #

      see DIMMING THE SUN.

  42. BackRowHeckler April 8, 2024 at 3:39 pm #

    There goes the eclipse.

    “Its dark, too dark to see

    I think I’m knocking on Heaven’s Door.”

    Not really much too it in NW Ct.

  43. TheUSSAisFinished April 8, 2024 at 4:10 pm #

    “They might have turned their 40 kilometers of Mediterranean beach-front into a world-beating resort, but instead they spent billions in international aid building a tunnel network and purchasing arms to wage war against Israel. And with October 7, they got war.”

    Well said! By the same token, the Jews of Auschwitz might have turned their 40 square kilometers of land into a world-beating bakery, given the abundance of ovens.

    In case you’ve missed my point: Fuck you and fuck the whore that shat you into this world TOO, Herr Cunstler.

    • ezinmn April 8, 2024 at 5:09 pm #

      JHK is spot on and you are twisted.

    • elysianfield April 8, 2024 at 5:15 pm #

      USSA,
      Such crudity…do you service your father with those lips?

      Kiss your mother?

    • MX Vet 57 April 8, 2024 at 9:35 pm #

      You need some serious help. I’m not talking about once a week for an hour therapy sessions. No. You need Vienna. You need a team of doctors studying you, analyzing you, having round tables, etc. That is your only hope.

  44. nancyd April 8, 2024 at 4:35 pm #

    This is SO perfectly said Jim:

    “So, if you are among those who believe that the cosmos seeks to convey an occult message in this eclipse that will supernaturally darken half our country today, maybe it’s this one: just stop it, America! Stop meddling in every flashpoint across the planet. Look to yourself and your own monstrous problems: your jive-tragic government, your fake economy, your breached borders, your sick-and-depressed population, your racketeering corporations, your broken banks, your buggered election methods, your faithless news media, your political mental illness. Or else, get ready for bang-and-whimper.”

  45. jim e April 8, 2024 at 5:30 pm #

    They are said to have thousands of high-tech rockets capable of decimating Tel Aviv. Everybody knows that launching such an operation could result, ten minutes later, in Tehran becoming an ashtray.

    I believe that Nuke-lear “mutually assured destruction” is somewhat fictitious (like the manned moon landings).

    ” shocking simplification of daily life.”
    Correct me if I am wrong but isn’t that what you have said needed to happen, one way or the other?

    “New Speedway Boogie”

    Please don’t dominate the rap, Jack
    If you’ve got nothing new to say
    If you please, don’t back up the track
    This train’s got to run today

    I spent a little time on the mountain
    I spent a little time on the hill
    Heard some say, “Better run away.”
    Others say, “You better stand still.”

    Now I don’t know but I been told
    It’s hard to run with the weight of gold
    Other hand I have heard it said
    It’s just as hard with the weight of lead

    Who can deny? Who can deny?
    It’s not just a change in style
    One step done and another begun
    And I wonder how many miles?

    Spent a little time on the mountain
    Spent a little time on the hill
    Things went down we don’t understand
    But I think in time we will

    Do we keep on coming or stand and wait
    With the sun so dark and the hour so late?

    You can’t overlook the lack, Jack
    Of any other highway to ride
    It’s got no signs or dividing lines
    And very few rules to guide

    Spent a little time on the mountain
    Spent a little time on the hill
    I saw things getting out of hand
    I guess they always will

    I don’t know but I been told
    If the horse don’t pull you got to carry the load
    I don’t know whose back’s that strong
    Maybe find out before too long

    One way or another
    One way or another
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    This darkness got to give
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    This darkness got to give

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    • MX Vet 57 April 8, 2024 at 8:46 pm #

      Another moon hoaxer weighs in. Were you alive in 1969? Please respond as I can’t wait to fuck you up.

    • MX Vet 57 April 8, 2024 at 8:50 pm #

      And like anyone with a functioning brain, I barely skimmed the wall of text/song lyrics you posted. Song lyrics? A sign of you not having an original thought.

      • jim e April 8, 2024 at 8:59 pm #

        My only original thought is that women can only conceive on Earth thus spoiling any hope of a long-lasting colonization in space X.

        • jim e April 8, 2024 at 9:02 pm #

          Conceived when IKE was President (59). Saw the MOON Landing on all three Tee VEE stations.

          • jim e April 8, 2024 at 9:04 pm #

            You never went on tour with the Grateful DEAD? Maybe only in the military?

          • jim e April 8, 2024 at 9:07 pm #

            Maybe you only do Bible versus? Bible Lyrics are OK?

          • jim e April 8, 2024 at 9:10 pm #

            Ever heard of GUS GRISSOM? Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun? Walter Elias Disney? Major General Smedley Darlington Butler?

        • jim e April 8, 2024 at 9:23 pm #

          Mother Earth

          • jim e April 8, 2024 at 9:30 pm #

            I have no Degrees Masonic or otherwise, I am probably not thinking correctly (unlearned). I apologize for posting such preposterous ideas (and lyrics). One day I hope to be original.

          • MX Vet 57 April 8, 2024 at 9:43 pm #

            Tomorrow I will school you. It’s late here in S.Georgia, but look for your lessons at some point in the AM.

          • jim e April 8, 2024 at 9:47 pm #

            Valdosta? Jekyll Island?

          • Qwibqwib April 11, 2024 at 6:01 am #

            Jekyll Island has some great fishing…

      • OG April 8, 2024 at 9:40 pm #

        “No person with an original thought has ever quoted lyrics.”

        You’re none too bright.

        • MX Vet 57 April 8, 2024 at 9:45 pm #

          Speaking to me, OG? Let me know so I can respond.

          • OG April 8, 2024 at 10:58 pm #

            Yes, I am speaking to you. If you truly believe that someone who quotes relevant lyrics has no original thoughts then you are none too bright because, obviously, quoting relevant lyrics and having original thoughts are not mutually exclusive.

    • jim e April 8, 2024 at 9:44 pm #

      [Chorus]
      Excuse me while I light my spliff (spliff)
      Good God, I got to take a lift (lift)
      From reality I just can’t drift (drift)
      That’s why I am staying with this riff (riff)

      Robert Nesta Marley

      • MX Vet 57 April 9, 2024 at 12:14 am #

        OG, you can back someone that uses the words of drug addicts for inspiration, or to back their incoherent point, but I’m going to stick with reality. I’ve seen your posts here for years – pretty much admired them. Now…not so much.

        • jim e April 9, 2024 at 6:31 pm #

          I am “waiting in vain” for your TEACHINGS … “Tomorrow I will school you. It’s late here in S.Georgia, but look for your lessons at some point in the AM.”
          “Please respond as I can’t wait to fuck you up.” Back at you MX.

          “Like I said:
          It’s been three years since I’m knockin’ on your door
          And I still can knock some more
          Oooh girl, oooh girl, is it feasible?
          Bob Marley Tuff Bong

  46. Epicur April 8, 2024 at 6:18 pm #

    All this back and forth about justification or justice of causes brings to my mind some words from Garrett Hardin:

    “Clearly, the concept of pure justice produces an infinite regression to absurdity. Centuries ago, wise men invented statutes of limitations to justify the rejection of such pure justice, in the interest of preventing continual disorder. The law zealously defends property rights, but only relatively recent property rights. Drawing a line after an arbitrary time has elapsed may be unjust, but the alternatives are worse.”

    Since it is obvious that peaceful settlements of the world’s conflicts (Middle East, South China Sea/Taiwan, Ukraine, etc.) are not likely, then it seems to me that the things to be worried about are: 1) where are you going to be when the hard rain starts falling, and 2) what will be your plea to your Maker?

    The rest is just crazy-talk.

    “There is none righteous.”

  47. Grace April 8, 2024 at 6:50 pm #

    This is a most interesting description of how JHK ‘finds’ America today…

    ‘Considering the feckless doings of our own society, we seem to be yielding to some final act of cosmic punishment. What is not falling apart? Our livelihoods? Our politics? Our money system? Our morals? Our common sense, our families, our relations with other societies, our infrastructure, our culture, our business models, our education, our medicine?’

    Talk about negative expectations. It seems to me that all the people who believe they know ‘the truth’ about – the vaccine, Trump, the so-called ‘Deep State’, and every other bullshit theory I read most days are the ones living in the misery JHK describes above.

    Me? Not so much, as I have a grip on reality, and when you have that, the world is just what it is, not some place teeming with ‘demonic’ forces (such as Democrats – yikes!!!) who want to ‘destroy America’ or Western Civilization and whatever other pathetic conspiracy theory is the current red meat for the masses (some never get old – Michelle Obama’s penis, Pizzagate, blood-drinking Hollywood elites).

    It seems like too many of you guys are lost in a deep hole where everything is NOT what it seems, that everything has a dark, hidden explanation. A recent example was the hoo-ha when Cali crashed the bridge…unbelievable just how quickly that was blamed on so many different possibilities (though Jewish Space Lasers didn’t seem to quite make the cut….)

    I think the only hope for our divided society is that Trump – and Trumpism – is rejected flatly & undeniably in November. If Trump himself is convicted of his campaign funds/business records/election interference in the trial starting next Monday, that cannot hurt. It will see quite a few of his less avid adherents perhaps finally wake up and see him for what he is and deprogram. At least, I sure hope so.

    • BULLITT April 8, 2024 at 7:41 pm #

      Grace,

      I hope that the world as you know it never changes. It will be a true disappointment for you.

      • Grace April 9, 2024 at 7:37 pm #

        Yup…you’re one of the sad ones, in the bottom of a pit you’ve dug for yourself and seeing nothing but despair. Get a life, FFS. It’s not too late.

    • Paula D April 8, 2024 at 7:48 pm #

      If you think that rigging another election against Trump will heal our divided society, you do NOT have a grasp on reality.

      You seem deluded. Do you think that people have a gendered soul that has nothing to do with their sexed body?
      You certainly seem like the type to think so.

      • Grace April 9, 2024 at 7:35 pm #

        Paula D – do you still believe that BS about the 2020 election? Even after you’ve seen the video of Bannon, Stone, and Miller saying – BEFORE the election (because they knew they were going to lose) “We’ll just claim victory and that’ll be that.”?

        Anyone with a grip on reality does not believe the election was rigged – never did. Your Election Denier position says it all about you and how loosely you understand anything. The fact that you’re surrounded by ‘fellow-travelers’ doesn’t make it any less false.

        • justanotherguy April 9, 2024 at 9:13 pm #

          you are a shiteGPT bot, rite?

    • MX Vet 57 April 8, 2024 at 8:28 pm #

      Your “grip on reality” is totally ignorant. If you should respond back, I will spend my precious time responding to your ignorant post.

      • MX Vet 57 April 8, 2024 at 8:39 pm #

        And Grace, they’re not Democrats. They’re communists masquerading as such. You would do yourself a service by reading the communist manifesto.

        My guess is you have and are in agreement. If so. I spent 35+ years of my life to help defeat that wicked ideology. GFYS.

        • Grace April 9, 2024 at 7:31 pm #

          MX Vet 57 – you have no freaking idea of what the differences are between a Democrat and a communist. This is where you guys usually wind up – calling names speculating on the other’s views. Thank you for your service – was it CIA? Oh, and sure, I will GFM – certainly before I’d FY.

          • Qwibqwib April 11, 2024 at 6:05 am #

            Grace – You claim the name democrat? Oh my!

      • jim e April 9, 2024 at 6:01 pm #

        You are repeating yourself. Do you suffer from PTSD or just dementia? Maybe you are just heavily medicated ?

        • Grace April 9, 2024 at 7:29 pm #

          Hey, jim e – your delusional rants on here are famously amusing.

    • OG April 8, 2024 at 9:19 pm #

      But Jeffrey Epstein, P Diddy and the Pinettas really do exist, Grace.

      • Grace April 9, 2024 at 7:38 pm #

        OG, but you’re religious, which is just on more delusion.

    • JohnAZ April 8, 2024 at 10:03 pm #

      Interesting post. I believe exactly the opposite, that the election of Biden will be the worst mistake ever made since Buchanan. His entire mob has one thing in mind, the destruction of the USA. So if you think that his election is the right direction, I know where you stand.

      • Grace April 9, 2024 at 7:40 pm #

        Yup. Your position is entirely predictable, and entirely opposite to actual reality…but there you go. You’re old, I think, so it doesn’t really matter, does it?

    • Ron Anselmo April 9, 2024 at 2:39 am #

      Grace –

      “The walking dead will freeze in the coming cold; the thaw is for the remnant.” ~ justanotherguy

      Love, you won’t be part of the remnant.

      • Grace April 9, 2024 at 7:41 pm #

        Wooo…that’s deep & mysterious, Ron. I’d ask for an explanation but I can’t be bothered. It would be just as obtuse as this remark, I do not doubt.

        • justanotherguy April 9, 2024 at 9:12 pm #

          ron – you can lead a horse to water…

        • Ron Anselmo April 10, 2024 at 3:29 am #

          Grace – still butthurt from the USD schooling I see.

          • Grace April 10, 2024 at 5:44 pm #

            Huh? You quote an obtuse remark by another commenter that has no meaning. And, at least to you, this is evidence that *I* have a failed education? Talk about pretzel-twisting.

          • Grace April 10, 2024 at 9:49 pm #

            Oh…! right…I get it now – you’re referring to your ill-informed guesswork as to what MIGHT happen if blah, blah, blah…a la SSL.

            You only demonstrated how shallow your grip on economics & fiscal policy actually is. Read anything by J K Galbraith if you really want to stop embarrassing yourself.

          • Ron Anselmo April 11, 2024 at 10:50 am #

            I’m sorry, class has already been dismissed.

          • Ron Anselmo April 11, 2024 at 12:59 pm #

            Hardy, har, har, so you wrested with this for exactly 4 hours and five minutes before you figured it out. You make my point. Thank you. Talk about embarrassing oneself.

          • Ron Anselmo April 11, 2024 at 1:01 pm #

            *wrestled*, embarrassing…

          • Grace April 11, 2024 at 7:11 pm #

            Blush away, QAnon Boy…

            I hardly ‘wrestled with it. Your statement was ambiguous & weird…an epiphanic moment occurred (out of the blue, if you’re not sure what that means) and I had trouble stopping myself from laughing! So, you really think you ‘schooled’ me on the $US and how international fiscal & economic policy works? Extremely amusing, old man. You were so simplistic that if it were a 9th-grade assignment, you’d be headed for summer school.

          • Ron Anselmo April 12, 2024 at 12:52 am #

            Grace –

            Slow down, you’re overthinking it. love. It’s not international fiscal & economic policy. It’s Econ 101 – simple supply and demand.

            Try harder.

      • Jarek April 11, 2024 at 1:38 pm #

        I’m proud of you, Ron.

        You didn’t kiss her ass because she’s a woman.

        • SoftStarLight April 11, 2024 at 2:12 pm #

          kiss me

  48. Jarek April 8, 2024 at 7:06 pm #

    Did SSL attain totality?

    • BackRowHeckler April 8, 2024 at 8:21 pm #

      I don’t know. You might ask the same question about Kesa Anna, who operates on the astral plane as well.

  49. Paula D April 8, 2024 at 7:56 pm #

    I have laid out my version of how Israel should have handled responding to the Oct. 7th atrocities- sealed the border until the citizens of Gaza handed over the terrorists and the hostages. No bombing, no invasion, just not letting the citizens of Gaza come to Israel. I think this would have worked much faster, and stopped the propaganda bonanza it provided for the Palestinians.

    Here is my version of how self defense works. (Note that it was unnecessary for Gazans to attack Israelis in self defense, since they were not being attacked in Gaza.)

    The people of the West Bank should set up self defense squads. That is where the land grabs are happening. If Israeli settlers attack a house or farm, a call should go out, and thousands of people should show up to protect the family and house, and stop the eviction.

    Instead, the Palestinians let each theft happen, using it as propaganda, but not actually trying to stop any of them.
    I find that suspect, especially when overrunning the border and attacking civilians is presented as “self defense”.

    Sort of a Neighborhood Watch, complete with vigilante action.

    In other news, MoA reports that Iran has agreed not to retaliate for the embassy bombing and murders IF Israel agrees to a ceasefire.

    I’m guessing that will be the way out of this.

    But I’m bummed about the Golan Heights.

    • OG April 8, 2024 at 9:09 pm #

      The “Oct. 7th atrocities” were an inside job and staged for an excuse of all that we’ve witnessed since.

      Bibi is bent and determined to have his Ben-Gurion Canal.

  50. The Man They Call Zazelle April 8, 2024 at 9:38 pm #

    “Who wound the clock? It is running down in any case. What then? Nothing? Doubt it.” ~
    Jarek (upthread)

    Had this funny thought not too long ago that I thought to share:

    Entropy. It exists within, but what about the entire universe? Where does the entropy go? So I thought, ‘How about nowhere? How about it has nowhere to go? As a whole. As a self-contained whole.’

    So the thought process wandered over the expansion of the universe. That’s maybe the entropy. The expansion. But the energy is still ‘there’. Just that the expansion is making it seem from the inside (as we are) as though it’s dissipating. But dissipating into what? Nowhere. It can’t. A whole cannot dissipate its energy the way elements within the whole can. So in the context of the whole, the energy never dissipates. It always remains. It ‘dissipates’ vis-a-vis expansion, but that isn’t true dissipation because the energy remains within the whole.

    That’s why I responded to your comment upthread that it was always wound. Your ‘clock’.

    There are of course cosmologists who are talking about a heat death as the universe’s final end, but if so, it might only be seen or understood as such within the context and limits of our eyes and minds and place within the universe. I am unsure a heat death would be the case from a whole universe context. Why? Again, because the universe is the whole. The heat/energy can’t go anywhere else other than its own context. So it remains. The energy remains. From the inside, it might look like a heat death, but from the context of the whole, the energy doesn’t just disappear.

    Roger Penrose seems to think that, at some point– perhaps at the final end of the heat death– another big bang happens. That’s possible if the heat/energy has completely ‘left’ the universe and entered somewhere else, thereby not really leaving at all per se, but being literally recycled, 100% or so– extracted completely from ours, to zero kelvin.

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    • Soul Forensics April 9, 2024 at 4:05 am #

      Your mind has more perturbations than the planet Jupiter.

      Your useless speculations recall sequestered theologians arguing over how many angels can stand on the head of a pin.

      Who cares about the solar system, except to revel in its ultimate mystery? The real world — Earth — is being destroyed, along with living things on it. Deal with that, or deal with your own spiritual liberation.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle April 9, 2024 at 12:46 pm #

        I’ve been part of the permaculture movement for over ~15 years. I also lead a relatively-frugal lifestyle what includes not owning a car. I also do gardening, have learned a fair bit of wild edibles, learned knitting, and learned about natural building. Among other things. I walk the talk. I’ve also more than once given my real name hereon, including a link to a draft essay about the creation of a better society and how it might be possible.

        How about you? I mean, aside from hiding and virtue-signalling behind an anonymous moniker and climbing on top of people to elevate yourself?

        • Soul Forensics April 9, 2024 at 4:26 pm #

          More empty ad hominem.

          Congrats on the permaculture interest. But you have to learn to match the micro with the macro. Permaculture inroads come to a dead end when overpopulation and resource blow-out are happening. Perhaps when things crash, they’ll get traction. Until then, though valuable, it’s only a benefit in tiny communities with the environmental requirements therein.

          I also do gardening. Hardly something to boast about.

          Knitting? OK, again a good skill. My wife knits, so I guess I have that down in my family as well, since, like all functioning couples, we trade off each others’ duties and skills (I cook, she cleans; I clean up outside and fix the house when possible, she deals with finances, etc etc). These are skills that almost anyone should have, so again, not something to boast about.

          How about me? Aside from, among other things, working in a steel mill to build bridges (not the abstract utopian ones you favour), I’m adding to the needed artistic repository of worthy works in the universe. How’s that for arrogance, and as a comparison to planting a few garlic buds?

          • The Man They Call Zazelle April 10, 2024 at 12:23 pm #

            You seem to have a hard time with logical fallacies. That’s not an ad hom or personal attack as such because it describes your actions (or lack thereof) or how they are viewed rather than a direct personal attack on you. Presumably one can more easily change what one does than who one is. More accurate/scientific, too.

            Anyway, I have little interest in writing books, certainly not for the current funny-money monopoly, nor in helping to build large-scale civil infrastructure such as bridges that fossil-fueled devices can then run on to help trash the planet, but in helping to create an alternative society that actually works and for a reasonable length of time– as per permaculture. It’s pretty humble stuff in a way, but I’m proud of it and that I can and have opted out of the current ‘living arrangements’ that you seemed to have more internalized and made your own.

            I’m also interested in the idea of working smart not hard, your ‘a few garlic bulbs planted’ absurd reduction notwithstanding.

        • Soul Forensics April 9, 2024 at 4:36 pm #

          And a “draft essay”? What’s that mean? It’s unpublished? Well, what good does that do?

          I co-authored and had published a book on equatorial zone deforestation in 1989, with little remuneration, back when such views were roundly mocked. (Nowadays, of course, one is feted and given large sums of $$ for doing something similar.)

          • The Man They Call Zazelle April 10, 2024 at 12:30 pm #