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What is the canary’s purpose in life? Why, to sing, of course — at least from the human’s point-of-view. What is the canary trap? Why, to catch humans who are singing like canaries.

The latest occult dish served up by Democratic Party spirit cookers in the impeachment ritual is the release of “bombshell” news leaked to The New York Times late Sunday from a new book by Mr. Trump’s erstwhile National Security Advisor, John Bolton, purporting verbal evidence of a quid pro quo in the Ukraine aid-for-investigations allegation. Better hold the premature ejaculations on that one.

The canary trap is a venerable ploy of intelligence tradecraft for flushing out info-leakers. You send slightly different versions of an info package to suspected leakers in a leaky agency, and when the info materializes somewhere like The New York Times, you can tell exactly which canary crooned the melody. In this case, the agency was the White House National Security Council, the notorious nest of intriguers lately the haunt of impeachment stars Col. Alexander Vindman and alleged “whistleblower” Eric Ciaramella (on loan from the CIA, and now back there). Another bird in that nest is Alexander Vindman’s twin brother Col. Eugene (Yevgeny) Vindman, a military lawyer posted as chief ethics counsel for the NSC, of all things.

The info-package in this case was the manuscript of John Bolton’s book, The Room Where It Happened, relating his brief and tumultuous misadventures in Trumpland, slated for release March 17. Someone in the White House chain of command ordered a security review of the manuscript by the NSC — a curious detail. Why there, of all places, given the recent exploits of Ciaramella, Vindman & Vindman, Sean Misko, Abigail Grace, current or former NSC employees now in the service of Adam Schiff’s House Intel Committee, which kicked off the latest mega-distraction from the nation’s business?  It was, apparently, Eugene Vindman’s job to vet the Bolton book. Any conflict there? (Considering his twin brother was one of the “whistleblower’s” chief confederates.) Why not give the manuscript to the Attorney General’s counsel, or some other referee to determine what in the book might qualify as privileged communication between a president and a top national security advisor?

Well, before you go tripping off on a tear about the suspect loyalties of William Barr, consider that the chief byproduct of the entire three-year RussiaGate flimflam and all its subsequent offshoots by the Lawfare Resistance has been to completely undermine Americans’ faith in federal institutions, including the DOJ, the FBI, the CIA. Perhaps what we’re seeing is the convergence of two perfect setups.

Surely Adam Schiff thinks that testimony from John Bolton was his ace-in-the-hole to corroborate the House’s impeachment case.  Maybe his staff (of former NSC moles) had a hand in orchestrating the leaks from the NSC to The New York Times at exactly the right moment — hours before Mr. Trump’s lawyers would begin to argue the main body of his defense in the Senate, to produce an orgasmic gotcha. But what if Mr. Trump’s lawyers and confidants were ahead of the scheme and knew exactly when and how Mr. Schiff would call the play?

It’s actually inconceivable that Mr. Trump’s team did not know this play was coming. Do you suppose they didn’t know that Mr. Bolton had written a book on contract for Simon & Schuster, and much more? After all, a president has access to information that even a sedulous bottom-feeder like Mr. Schiff just doesn’t command. Maybe the canary trap is only the prelude to a booby trap — and remember, boobies are much larger birds than canaries. Maybe, despite prior protestations about not calling witnesses, the Bolton ploy will actually be an excuse for Mr. Trump’s defense team to run the switcheroo play and accede to the calling of witnesses.

Perhaps they are not afraid of what Mr. Bolton might have to say in the ‘splainin’ seat. Perhaps what he has to say turns out to be, at least, the proverbial nothingburger with mayo and onion, or, at worst, a perfidious prevarication motivated by ill-will against the employer who sacked him ignominiously.  Perhaps Mr. Trump’s lawyers are longing for the chance to haul in some witnesses of their own, for instance the “whistleblower.” It is also inconceivable that the actual progenitor of this mighty hot mess would not be called to account in the very forum that his ploy was aimed to convoke.

And from the unmasked “whistleblower,” the spectacle would proceed straightaway to Adam Schiff himself in the witness chair. That will be an elongated moment of personal self-disfigurement not seen in American history since William Jennings Bryan was left blubbering in the courtroom at Dayton, Tennessee, 1925, after he spearheaded the malicious prosecution of John Scopes for teaching evolution in a high school biology class… or the moment of national wonder and nausea in June 1954 when Army Chief Counsel Joseph Welch rose from his chair and asked witch-hunting Senator Joseph McCarthy, “At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

In a deeply imperfect world, California’s 28th congressional district has produced a true marvel: the perfect scoundrel. Adam Schiff has been hurling false accusations and retailing mendacious narratives for three years. He deserves the most public disgrace that can possibly be arranged, on nationwide television, with all his many media enablers at CNN and MSNBC having to call the play-by-play. Then the nation needs to expel him from the House of Representatives. And then, maybe, the USA can get on with other business.


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  1. shotho January 27, 2020 at 10:14 am #

    I’m afraid that our host is getting carried away, as much as I would like to see his scenario come true. It seems that the Democrats are playing a very shrewd hand. It probably won’t be enough to expel Trump from office, but it might be enough to damage him unto electoral failure.
    Bolton should be allowed to testify if he has new information to disclose, as should all of those the defense team wishes to interrogate, including Biden and his son. If it takes all year, the people deserve this filth in government to be exposed for all to see.

  2. JohnAZ January 27, 2020 at 10:16 am #

    And Nadler, And Pelosi, And Schumer. They are all in the plan to dump the Trumpsters.

  3. Nightowl January 27, 2020 at 10:16 am #

    Jeopardy time. Who said it?

    “The leaks are real but the news is fake.”

    Anyone, Bueller?

    The barium meal. The canary trap. Once again, the MSM takes the bait. Vindman’s boss was recently fired, too.

    • fineline January 27, 2020 at 2:41 pm #

      But what about Mick Mulvaney? He has also said that there was a quid pro quo. that they did it all of the time, that was the way they roll and get used to it, you riff raff rabble rousing Americans.

      Its not just John Bolton making the direct link to Trump

      • Nightowl January 27, 2020 at 3:07 pm #

        Why don’t you fill us in?

        Don’t forget to include the exact point he says Trump withheld money contingent on an investigation into Hunter Biden’s grift.

        Post the quote for us all to see.

        Don’t let me down now.

        • UN OUT OF USA January 27, 2020 at 3:31 pm #

          Yes, and also please enlighten us all on where, exactly, Trump’s actions violate the 1999 “Treaty with Ukraine on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters” where it is clearly stipulated that each country work together to fight corruption:

          https://www.congress.gov/treaty-document/106th-congress/16/document-text

        • fineline January 27, 2020 at 8:12 pm #

          So if we want to know this, we need him to testify, dont we? The House called for him and for John Bolton, but the president cock blocked the house.
          Are you interested in the truth or not? Are you afraid of the truth?

          Well here it is but it wont make any difference to you. you never fail to understand the truth.

          Karl: “But to be clear, what you just described is a quid-pro-quo: the funding will not flow unless you’re getting an investigation into the Democratic server happened as well.”

          Mulvaney: “We do that all the time with foreign policy. We were holding up money at the same time to the Northern Triangle countries so they would change their policies on immigration. This speaks to an important point because I heard this yesterday and I can never remember the gentleman who testified. Was it Mckinney? I don’t remember, he testified yesterday…he said yesterday that he was really upset with the political influence in foreign policy.

          I have news for everybody: get over it. There’s going to be political influence in foreign policy. That is going to happen. Elections have consequences, and the foreign policy is going to change from the Obama administration to the Trump administration.”

          • Nightowl January 28, 2020 at 4:15 am #

            “Don’t forget to include the exact point he says Trump withheld money contingent on an investigation into Hunter Biden’s grift.

            Post the quote for us all to see.”

            It would appear the above is a problem for you.

        • fineline January 27, 2020 at 9:04 pm #

          A quote
          “John Bolton was one of several witnesses that the White House blocked from cooperating with the House’s impeachment inquiry. Now, it’s becoming clear why.

          Trump told Bolton that he wanted to freeze financial support to Ukraine until Ukrainian officials launched an investigation into the Bidens, according to Bolton’s new book. He also reveals new details about how senior cabinet officials — including Attorney General Barr and acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney — were involved in the scandal.

          These allegations directly refute the White House’s impeachment defense. Bolton deserves a chance to take the stand and tell the Senate and the American people about what he knows.

          But Mitch McConnell and his allies will do everything in their power to stop that from happening — even though Bolton has already said he’s prepared to testify.

          If the Senate successfully blocks a credible, high-level witness like Bolton from taking the stand, this trial will never give the American people real answers or justice. “

          • Nightowl January 28, 2020 at 4:16 am #

            Post proof that Trump said this to Bolton.

            The floor is yours.

          • Ungaro January 28, 2020 at 7:50 am #

            What a great idea it would be to stop aid (esp. military) to corrupt nations!

          • RIB January 28, 2020 at 10:14 am #

            Eric Von Daniken’s book Chariot of the Gods, said that aliens had influence on early human culture. Just because something is “written in a book, it doesn’t mean it’s true. And as far as liberal’s attitude toward Bolton. this was written in October of 2018 : Liberals and Democrats do not like Bolton, and for rather obvious reasons. Among other things, he has advocated for preventive war with Iran and North Korea, championed — and still defends — the disastrous war in Iraq, wrote the foreword to a book by Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller, two prominent counter-jihadists, and has generally become the most hardline defender of military force on the American right.

          • fineline January 28, 2020 at 10:27 am #

            The exact moment. Only Mick could tell us that and Trump has blocked his testimony.

            Thus the obstruction charge. He is now openly threatening “witnesses” and “jurors” and “prosecutors”.

            What would your based self have to say if Obama or Hilary was carrying on this guilty ass way?

            Nightowl, if you understand the justice system, we can only rely on the evidence presented.

            We do know the money was deliberately delayed.

            It is usually not a good idea to rely on the “defendants” denials and even threats to jurors.

            Under the bar of evidence that you keep raising, everybody in the world is “not guilty”

            Lets see, “what was the temperature at the exact moment and how many steps had they taken so far that day and was he wearing a red tie or blue tie wuh, duh, was he sitting down or standing up?
            Unless we can answer all of these questions to an absolute certainty, we cannot convict.

          • benr January 28, 2020 at 5:32 pm #

            @fineline

            The burden is on the accuser and so far all they have done is changed the laws on what is impeachable!

            Changed them and did not do so “legally” I might add.

            Your side lies, cheats and changes the rules when they do not align with their motives or wants.

            No one with a rational mind is going to look at what the Democrat party is doing and think these people are rational responsible legislators.
            Trump has trolled them into rash and insane decisions.

          • Nightowl January 28, 2020 at 6:02 pm #

            Post the crime and your concrete evidence.

            I grow tired of asking.

            Just kidding. I love asking.

            As you have nothing.

        • fineline January 28, 2020 at 7:15 pm #

          I dont know what dung pile you dipped yourself in. but all of the testimony so far incriminating”.
          I will admit, the crime does not seem so terrible. He got caught trying to use US money to influence US elections. I think if he came out right away and said my bad, I am not a politician, Im not really sure what I am and I am suprised as anybody else that I came into this presidency and actually lost the election by 3 million votes. But I will make sure that it never happens again, all of this would have never got traction. But he tried to lie his way out of it. At first he said it never happened. Didnt work,]Now he wants to say that its not impeachable.

          His cover up is fueling this. You can lie and cheat and fool some Americans all of the time, but it is difficult in “tatoo free” america to bogart your dumb self through.

          It is true Trump does not have to testify, but he has no right blocking testimony from others. The House has the absolute power of oversight and impeachment. The Executive has sought to usurp and weaken this power.

          Nightowl, it is not my burden to post anything to prove something, least of all to a deliberately obtuse sap like you, so dont hold your breath

          Nightowl, I want to see proof that Obama was born in Kenya and that Trump has bone spurs. I want to see evidence that the IRS has all of his tax returns for all times under audit.

          I want to see evidence that Mike Pence is a great guy.

          I also want to see the John Bolton Mick Mulvaney evidence. It could possibly be exculpatory.

          You dont want to see anything. you just want to be a broken record.

          • benr January 29, 2020 at 10:45 am #

            What you want is irrelevant.
            Your post above proves you have no clue how this system works.
            Period.

          • Nightowl January 30, 2020 at 4:05 am #

            I won’t hold my breath.

            You cannot respond to the question because you have no crime or evidence.

            Impotent rage.

  4. messianicdruid January 27, 2020 at 10:17 am #

    R(5)xQN

  5. malthuss January 27, 2020 at 10:18 am #

    AGW.
    Well, how is GAT measured? At cherry picked locations? Much of the earth is above the 48th parallel. How many weather stations there? How many far south toward the south pole?

    • UN OUT OF USA January 27, 2020 at 3:34 pm #

      In the “Global Warming for Dummies” book, it is stated that when the old Soviet Union USSR collapsed, so too did including ALL of their weather station info. Meaning, that ALL of those northern latitude weather stations (COLD) are no longer counted in the “Global Warming” data (hoax). Hmmmm….

    • BackRowHeckler January 27, 2020 at 4:15 pm #

      Malthus, it’s gone way beyond what the temp is here or there

      Now it’s all about social justice, economic justice, anti colonialism, race, bringing down free markets and smashing up present arrangements in order to build a better world in the far future when the world is ~1.5°C cooler. (Much like communism in the 1930s) Every lefty wet dream of the past 60 years is wrapped up in the Climate Change movement now.

      Brh

      • malthuss January 27, 2020 at 8:53 pm #

        tell that to Green. Ms green.

  6. malthuss January 27, 2020 at 10:25 am #

    witch-hunting Senator Joseph McCarthy,

    –Well, there were many bad guys to hunt. Venona proves that.
    I agree w Janos verdict about Joe.

    As far as Kobes death, ask Stevie Ray Vaughn about short rides in helicopters.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 27, 2020 at 10:38 am #

      Thanks buddy. I’m sending you my thousand page report on everything I know about ritual child abuse. What’s your secure email address again? We don’t want no “party lines”. Imagine how many romances started from such a thing. Truly we are impoverished now. A world of medium tech is what’s called for, with an occasional star ship or katana.

      In any case, as Uncle Billy said to Potter, Not all the heels where in Germany and Japan. Not all heels are heils in other words. And not all that does not glitter is not gold. I’m a Star, but a dark one…..

  7. JohnAZ January 27, 2020 at 10:34 am #

    What does Bolton have to say here? If the NYT is accurate, what is the motive of Bolton? All he actually has done is restate what is in the transcript.

    What concerns me more than anything is the polls showing that 50% of the US wants to see Trump removed from office. 50%!! The US population really is a morass of really dumb people. What I fear is that the media driven lemmings of this country will turn it into a uniparty State, all by themselves.

    Bernie interviewed and stated he has no idea of how to cover the costs all his proposals. Numbers like 60 trillions were being discussed. Communist revolutionaries do not care about or are concerned about costs, just takeovers.

    50% of the American public are willing to follow this guy into the future.

    Scares the heck out of me!

    • JohnAZ January 27, 2020 at 10:38 am #

      Who the heck is going to buy his book now? The climatic impact of it was just destroyed by the NYT. Good move, Bolton! Your windfall just turned into a dud. Very appropriate!

      • lbs January 27, 2020 at 10:41 am #

        Don’t forget, the 30-40% of Americans who are “progressives” are now pro-war neocons. Millions of them will buy a book written by someone who’s a soulmate of theirs.

    • Nightowl January 27, 2020 at 10:45 am #

      RE: Bolton — No verbatim quotes were leaked. Once again, in true Fake News fashion, there is a claim that something is in the book, but there is no direct evidence produced that it is in the book.

      As our host has suggested, it is likely a setup. And if isn’t, who cares? There is no hard video or audio evidence from the McResistors.

      I do hope it is a setup, though. This has great comedic potential.

      • UN OUT OF USA January 27, 2020 at 3:38 pm #

        Agreed. Still, the only actual evidence…..is the published transcript, which shows no wrong doing and no quid pro quo. Everyone’s opinion, including Neocon Bolton’s, means nothing compared to the actual transcript. This does sound like a leak setup (Trump and his patriot team are much smarter than the TDS-affected coup plotters).

    • Helix January 27, 2020 at 11:20 am #

      Why would anyone believe anything John Bolton says at this point? The guy never says anything that’s not pursuing an agenda.

      • fineline January 27, 2020 at 2:44 pm #

        Why would anybody believe anything Trump says…at this point?

        • benr January 27, 2020 at 4:24 pm #

          Question who has lied more Trump or you and your ilk about Trump?

          • Nightowl January 27, 2020 at 5:31 pm #

            Fineline has left the building.

          • fineline January 29, 2020 at 4:41 pm #

            benr Just keep marinating yourself in your cult of deliberate ignorance and stupidity.

            Whatever you might say is so predictable. Like Nightowl, your pretentiousness and self righteousness is obnoxious and boring. I supose its a good distraction when you cant deal with real facts.

          • benr January 29, 2020 at 5:04 pm #

            @fineline

            My goodness you have projected your own hubris and nonsense onto me.

            Good job you can’t see just how screwed up your thinking really is.

    • abbybwood January 27, 2020 at 1:23 pm #

      And this is the primary reason the Senate should NOT remove Trump from office.

      There should always be a bi-partisan consensus for removal.

      The people will decide Trump’s fate in November.

      And to think that Schiff had the stupidity to say, “The American people cannot be allowed to decide President Trump’s fate in November”.

      To think Schiff doesn’t “trust” the voters to decide.

  8. Skylark January 27, 2020 at 10:38 am #

    “And then, maybe, the USA can get on with other business.”
    What might that be? Maybe waking up to the reality show that the gov’t is manifesting billions out of thin air that goes directly to the one percenters, a stock market totally out of touch with reality, while many average folks would be sucking hind tit of boar hog if they miss one paycheck or have any kind of emergency…what an incredible travesty of diversion this all is.

    • JohnAZ January 27, 2020 at 10:58 am #

      Let’s see. How about,

      Infrastructure of all sorts starting with health related things like water and sewer systems

      Disease control – These viruses are gaining the upper hand year to year.

      NOKO How about following up with Un on some of the face to face negotiations. Ignoring him is ending up with new testing.

      China. We have a long way to go to equalize trade with this behemoth.

      The economy. Tax cut two is centered on the middle class, your main complaint.

      Boeing. A lousy management and bad high tech production decisions have jeopardized this mainstay of some say 10% of our economy. GMs bailout might be trivial.

      Draining the swamp The Deep State is the number one threat to the charter of the Constitution of this country. If the polls are true, 50% of the population are already ready to run off the cliff.

      Restraining the war mongers in the Deep State. Bolton comes to mind here.

      England. Brexit ramifications.

      Europe. Brexit ramifications and terrorism.

      Middle East How to keep SA and Iran from throttling each other without getting directly involved. Israel is in here too.

      That is what is must be, for a start. It is all on hold right now.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 27, 2020 at 11:14 am #

        The Deep State – and that includes the Corporations and the International Bankers. You left the latter two out for some silly reason.

        • JohnAZ January 27, 2020 at 1:17 pm #

          Look back Janos, I consider the entire Deep State, the Federal bureaucracy, the MIC, the connections to the globalists, the controlling corporations and their marketplace, Wall Street. The presence of the monopolistic corporations are a result of tax policies of DC, and the Climate folks trying to move “dirty” industries offshore. Both sides are at fault, the Left because of environmental and wanting higher taxes, and the right trying to bust the unions. The Feds get their dependence and the corporations get their international tax advantages and elimination of competition from below, ie Main Street.

          Lots to do.

          • zone45 January 27, 2020 at 5:42 pm #

            Perhaps the best outcome will be the implosion of the entire facade. That is probably wishful thinking.
            The power brokers have too much at risk.
            The joke will play itself out and end in a whimper.
            Ever player will declare victory and the show will go on.
            The bottom line is that the American public will continue to get screwed. No grease.

      • GreenAlba January 27, 2020 at 11:50 am #

        “England. Brexit ramifications.”

        Leaving aside Scottish ramifications (very serious), Irish ramifications (even more serious) and Welsh ramifications (they’re an economic basket case either way, but wait till the EU Regional Fund tap gets turned off too, plus their farmers can’t sell their meat…)…

        Yep, once out of the EU, we can await being ‘ramified’ by the US. 🙂

        Already America has threatened tit-for-tat repercussions if Sajid Javid imposes his minuscule and temporary (till there is an international agreement) levy on the tax-avoiding Evil Empires -sorry, giant tech companies – from over your way. Repercussions possibly being a tax on car exports. Oh dear, not enough that poor Brexit-voting Sunderland is set to lose 30,000 jobs (including 7k at the actual Nissan plant) when seamless trade with the EU comes to an end, but now the cars may be tit-for-taxed as well!!).

        And so it goes. David and Goliath girding their loins. Not sure there will be any miraculous sling shots this time. Realpolitik. Ho hum…

        France has already backed down on its intention to do the same.

        All hail the tax-avoiding corporations and their national backers.

        • akmofo January 27, 2020 at 12:25 pm #

          All hail the tax-avoiding corporations and their national backers.
          ==

          Why is the gov mafia levying taxes on anyone when the gov mafia can print all the money it wants? Why create this idiotic gov mafia bureaucracy that does nothing productive and just lives off other peoples money that they steal by force? How is that in any way reasonable?

          • GreenAlba January 27, 2020 at 12:35 pm #

            In this country it provides us with hospitals, akmofo.

            I know you don’t hold hospitals in high regard, but I don’t imagine you’ve every broken your neck or had a child with leukemia.

          • GreenAlba January 27, 2020 at 12:46 pm #

            And a government that prints money is merely imposing an inflation tax.

          • akmofo January 27, 2020 at 12:47 pm #

            You’re right, my long held assertion is that pharmaceutical drugs are the number one killer of the population today. Modern medicine is a criminal racket. The government only enforces this criminality and murderous monopoly.

            But you didn’t answer the question.
            The gov mafia can print the money. Why tax it?

          • akmofo January 27, 2020 at 12:48 pm #

            And a government that prints money is merely imposing an inflation tax.
            ==

            So?

          • GreenAlba January 27, 2020 at 1:03 pm #

            If you have no problem with inflation, akmofo, I have no answer to that.

            But let me know, if you do break your neck, how you get on with self-healing. Similarly if find yourself unexpectedly suffering from sepsis and don’t want to go near any of those filthy commie government mafia antibiotics.

            I suppose you could try dock leaves or rubbing your face with a dead cat.

            It doesn’t take a lot of reading to figure out that putting millions of people unnecessarily on statins or anti-depressants isn’t the same as a good dose of ceftriaxone when your blood is about to kill you.

          • GreenAlba January 27, 2020 at 1:10 pm #

            Thing is, akmofo, I actually have had cancer. And now I haven’t. Thanks to a lovely surgeon of Arabic origin and some very expensive fancy machines. And now some evil commie government mafia oestrogen blockers for five years to help keep it away.

            So good I’d even pay for it. If I hadn’t already done so in advance for the last forty-odd years through evil commie government mafia taxes. And very modest ones at that, in my estimation, given what I and my family have had in exchange.

          • akmofo January 27, 2020 at 1:17 pm #

            Why is it not the same? It’s the same people doing both. And actually it’s more of them putting millions of people on health destroying and life destroying pharmaceutical poisons and keeping quiet about it, least they lose their license to make money. How is that not a criminal and murderous conspiracy?

            And no, have no problem with massive inflation, because it will expose and eliminate the despicable criminality that is the gov mafia.

          • akmofo January 27, 2020 at 1:24 pm #

            Thing is, akmofo, I actually have had cancer.
            ==

            Did you even stop to think why you got cancer?
            How is it that having cancer is a natural thing to have?
            Where is all this cancer coming from? 50% of the population is now affected.
            Why is surgery and some very expensive fancy machines the answer we are made to accept for treatment?

            You don’t see this as completely fscked up?

          • GreenAlba January 27, 2020 at 1:49 pm #

            People have died of cancer since before there were either governments or hospitals, akmofo. There are more cancers now partly because of the chemical soup we all live and breathe in, partly because people smoke, drink alcohol and eat unwise ‘foods’, but also because people live a heck of a lot longer and cancer is primarily – although not entirely – a disease of old age.

            But people have ALWAYS died of cancer.

            Nobody forced me to take any treatment at all. I could have chosen to die. I used to have a friend whose mother told no-one, not even her family, and did exactly that.

            I share you view of SOME of the actions of pharmaceutical companies but throwing the baby out with the bathwater is just dumb.

            My husband broke his neck (but fortunately not his spinal cord) in a car accident decades ago and spent months in hospital in traction. Better than spending the rest of your life in a wheelchair in everyone’s estimation but yours.

          • GreenAlba January 27, 2020 at 1:52 pm #

            My cat died of cancer. She never smoked, drank alcohol or took drugs, even pharmaceutical ones. Your reading is too selective, akmofo, and too dependent on confirmation bias.

            But we’re way off topic, so should probably give it a rest.

          • akmofo January 27, 2020 at 2:17 pm #

            People have died of cancer since before there were either governments or hospitals, akmofo.
            ==

            That’s not true. Cancer is a very recent affliction. One hundred years ago, it was so rare it was practically non-existent. On very rare occasion a person would get a tumor, but it was always benign. It was never malignant, it never spread to the rest of the body, like it does today. This is something very modern. And I have a very dark suspicion that it is caused by lab-grown virus infections (read: VACCINES) and purposeful environmental chemical poisoning (read: PHARMA-DRUGS, AGRI-CHEMS), and deliberate mass malnourishment caused by the food industry, and this combination produces CANCER.

            Nobody forced you into any treatment, but you shouldn’t have been afflicted with this disease to begin with! We are made to be lab-rats for their satanic experimentations, and at the same time endless suckers for their schemes of mass thievery. That’s not normal! It needs to end!

          • akmofo January 27, 2020 at 2:29 pm #

            My cat died of cancer.
            ==

            Your cat got infected by a virus, perhaps your virus. Your cat was eating and drinking your food and water. I don’t know exactly what causes cancer. It’s very likely also caused by electromagnetic radiation that is now EVERYWHERE ALL THE TIME. I do know that Nothing occurs by accident. Nothing is coincidence. And I won’t stand and keep quiet while this mass conspiracy of silence goes on and on and on.

          • GreenAlba January 27, 2020 at 2:36 pm #

            akmofo

            Give it a rest. The first documented case of cancer was in ancient Egypt.

            And prehistoric remains show cancer has always been with us.

            https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2016/07/oldest-human-cancer-disease-origins-tumor-fossil-science/

            Using 3-D imaging, the researchers have diagnosed an aggressive type of cancer called osteosarcoma in a foot bone belonging to a human relative who died in Swartkrans Cave between 1.6 and 1.8 million years ago.

            The discovery—which has just been published in the South African Journal of Science—suggests that, while modern lifestyles have increased the incidences of cancer, especially in industrialized countries, the triggers for the disease are embedded deep within the human evolutionary past.”

            But there really isn’t any point in discussing anything with someone who considers everything not on his prescribed reading list as produced by the commie mafia, so I’m not wasting any more of my time. It’s like trying to reason with a mad Ayatollah who thinks flooding is cause by homosexuality. But my cat still died of cancer, despite never seeing a doctor or a pharmacist. I presume you are aware that cancer is common in cats.

            Over and out. You can post any further bullshit you wish.

          • akmofo January 27, 2020 at 2:46 pm #

            osteosarcoma in a foot bone belonging to a human relative who died in Swartkrans Cave between 1.6 and 1.8 million years ago
            ==

            I have ocean-view real-estate to sell you in Siberia. With global warming you will enjoy daily swims at the beach.

          • akmofo January 27, 2020 at 3:52 pm #

            And now I haven’t. Over and out.
            ==

            It’s not over and out. We all and always have cancer. I’ll repeat, we all and always have cancer. The difference between now and before, the difference between the cancer killing us or not, is our ability to kill the cancer first. When our body and particularly our liver is over-stressed by dealing with external poisons that we ingest, we are unable to properly deal with the cancer cells and so they grow and proliferate and the cancer becomes malignant.

            You’re not in the safe. None of us are, ever. We need to clean up our way of living, and it starts by talking honestly about what’s going on, and not being in denial for whatever reason.

          • benr January 27, 2020 at 4:30 pm #

            @ga

            Do not under any circumstances go off of those estrogen blockers EVER!
            My Grandmother was on them for years Cancer free I might add 4X cancer survivor lung and breast.
            After twenty years her new doctor got the bright idea to take her off of them and bam the cancer came back with a vengeance in less than a year.
            She refused to go through Chemo again but opted for radiation and ended up dying gasping for air.
            She was late 80’s and other then a slight touch of old timers forgetfulness and her repeated bouts of cancer she was over all healthy and active.

          • SpeedyBB January 28, 2020 at 8:58 am #

            Oh you two.

            You’re so cute when you get angry.

            No, srrrssly, akmofo inspired me to drop a comment about my persistent unease concerning the strong showers of man-made electromagnetic radiation we are bathed in, ceaselessly (those of us not living in the highlands of New Guinea, that is). Just like the dismissal of radiation dangers of cell phone usage – the fact is that NOBODY KNOWS what the sustained, long-term effect of this stuff is. The real estate broker who keeps her phone clamped to her ear 12 hours a day is getting a sustained dosage right into the brain – weak but persistent.

            My concern was spiked by a recent piece circulating on the web written by an alarmed woman who claimed that the wi-fi environment of places like the United Nations (which she specifically referred to) were giving rise to all manner of physical complaints and possible illness.

            Her thrust was that the implementation of 5G should be put on hold until serious studies can confirm that it is harmless. I have been editing telco research material and apparently the signal from towers is only good for about 400m, because of the high frequency, and it is a real sizzler. In various places they are also cutting down trees to facilitate line-of-sight 5G reception (thanks a lot).

            None of this is being taken seriously by the authorities, and the insane global popularity of mobile media renders the notion of limiting it pretty much out of the question.

            I have started turning off my wi-fi modem whenever it’s not in use on the off-chance that will lessen the effect on the body. But the whole matter is as disturbing as the time when X-rays were being played with as a novelty. Thomas Edison had an assistant whose hands were practically burned away by them and he swore to stay away from the technology as a result. Madame Curie died as I recall from the dosage as well.

          • benr January 28, 2020 at 5:41 pm #

            @speedy

            I worked on an air search radar with frequency ranges in the frequency range of 850 – 942 MHZ and if the wave guide a a leak of <=1 milliwatt of power I was ordered to shutdown the waveguide and effect repairs no matter where we were or what was going on. Why???
            Because it caused cancer rates to sky rocket.

            Cells average the below frequncy
            For maximum compatibility for most North American carriers 2G/3G/4G equipment that is minimum dual-band 800MHz Cellular or 1900MHz PCS is generally recommended. In many markets 4G data (LTE, WiMax) is on 700 MHz, 1700-2100 MHz, 1900MHz and 2500-2700 MHz)

            Why does this matter?

            Cell phones have low-power transmitters in them. Many cell phones have two signal strengths: 0.6 watts and 3 watts (for comparison, most CB radios transmit at 4 watts). The base station is also transmitting at low power.

            So basically these are microwave frequencies causing your cells to oscillate at the frequency they are being bombarded at!

          • GreenAlba January 29, 2020 at 8:30 am #

            benr

            Thank you. And sorry to hear about your grandmother – that’s a horrible way to see someone go, which I hope I never have to share.

            Mine was ‘indolent’, in the lingo, and its risk of recurring is apparently low, with the combination of Tamoxifen and the radiotherapy. However, I’ve noticed, anecdotally, that people not infrequently get another one ‘contralaterally’, as they say, some years later, so you never know. Life is always precarious. And precious. But I’ll look at the research when my five years is almost up. I think they often go for 10 years in the US, sometimes five on an oestrogen blocker plus five on some other thing I can’t remember, depending on age.

            (& also to SpeedyBB) Yes, the mobile phone thing is still up in the air, although I don’t follow the issues closely. I’m glad I don’t use mine much (WhatsApp and the Edinburgh Bus App mostly!). I’m only on my third mobile phone ever, and second smartphone ever, and I don’t think I made or received more than half a dozen actual phone calls in all on any of them. ‘Free’ texting is great, though, and getting photos from my daughter in Sg in seconds. And knowing exactly when the bus is due is brilliant. 🙂

            I dare say by the time mobile phones disappear, so will the buses…

            As an aside, I see that Boris J has decided to go with Huawei for a big chunk of our 5G network (allegedly not for ‘core’ infrastructure, but only peripheral – I’m no expert, but my understanding is that the whole point with 5G is that there will be no such clear distinction in the long run).

            The EU telling us our air should be cleaner to prevent so many of our citizens dying of respiratory diseases, and obliging us (or trying to) to keep the beaches and seawater free of human waste residues and condoms is apparently an impertinence. But Taking Back Control and handing it to Beijing is seemingly a smart idea.

            Hey ho…

      • UN OUT OF USA January 27, 2020 at 3:45 pm #

        Would also love to see Trump address the corruption/indoctrination of our education system, at all levels. Bill Ayers, sadly, has been very successful at poisoning the minds of our youth (with a LOT of help from Obama). We need to drill down deep to correct the utter crap that is being taught nowadays and to better “qualify” teachers “neutrality”. Teachers should be teaching kids to how to analyze and figure things out on their own, rather then memorizing BS (especially fake “history”). If we don’t nip our piss-poor education system in the bud, we are going to keep turning our snowflake generations with no appreciation of America’s greatness. Luckily for us, Bernie Sanders may be ahead of his time by a generation or two. But, eventually, if we don’t better educate our kids, Bernie Sanders 2.0 will appeal to all the ignoramuses who have been indoctrinated to prefer socialism/communism.

    • Ungaro January 28, 2020 at 7:53 am #

      Well said! It would be far better to focus on our numerous domestic challenges: financial engineering, debt rationalization, infrastructure, education, healthcare financing, reducing bureaucracy, etc.

  9. lbs January 27, 2020 at 10:39 am #

    Put a mossy little moustache on Schiff and it will be obvious on the outside what he is on the inside.

    • JohnAZ January 27, 2020 at 11:00 am #

      Schiff and Hitler both prove that even mousy little weasels can attain big power with persistence. They both have fed on the apathy and ambivalence of the population.

      • BackRowHeckler January 27, 2020 at 11:43 am #

        Well, headed out to run errands, then to the local pub for lunch. I hope they stock Wild Turkey behind the bar, if not, will stop at the pack to buy a pint. I’m fresh out.

        Brh

      • abbybwood January 27, 2020 at 1:57 pm #

        We can place the blame squarely on the moronic voters in the Burbank, CA area for continuing to re-elect this corrupt parasite with the sanpaku eyes!

        He has a primary opponent in March. Let’s hope he/she sends him back to The Standard Hotel in Hollywood where he belongs. (Google it).

    • Janos Skorenzy January 27, 2020 at 11:15 am #

      Hitler fought the Communists and the International Bankers who funded them – like Schiff’s grandad.

      Great comment otherwise.

      • GreenAlba January 27, 2020 at 12:16 pm #

        He *cough* fought little children and babies from among his own citizens too.

        You do know what day it is today, don’t you? Aside from my late Mum’s birthday, that is?

        I was listening to some survivors last night, who were children in Auschwitz. I thought of your repugnant comments about fake ovens and felt sick at how that stuff is so eagerly disseminated by people with no shame.

        This would be a good day for you to feel some shame.

      • akmofo January 27, 2020 at 12:37 pm #

        Hitler was a Communist. He just branded his form of Communism to local German racists and world imperialists as the National Socialist German Workers’ Party. But there is nothing nationalist about world imperialism. Nor was it about the workers who remained impoverished and were then marched off to a genocidal war they had no hope of winning. The demonic idiocy of the whole thing is just mind-boggling.

        • SpeedyBB January 28, 2020 at 9:02 am #

          I’ve been hunting around the web to find confirmation of the story that Germany was pretty much teetering on bankruptcy round about 1937~1938. Hitler thus had no choice but to go to war to avoid that awkward reality. Of course it is commonly believed he always intended to go to war, in spite of his frequent protestations to the contrary.

          • akmofo January 28, 2020 at 11:52 am #

            Yes, Germany under Hitler stopped trading with the outside world.

            No trade = No foreign currency reserves = No money for Oil and Food

            The only thing that kept Germany temporarily afloat was the massive dispossession and theft from European Jews. When that tactic run its course, the rest of Europe was next, and WWII starts.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 28, 2020 at 5:30 pm #

            Yes, the Jews declared economic warfare on Germany years before the so called real war began. They had no choice but to boycott Germany: the economic miracle of Nazi Germany had to be derailed before other nations adopted the same program.

            Google the headline: Jews declare war on Nazi Germany and you’ll get a screen shot of it.

      • shotho January 27, 2020 at 5:13 pm #

        Check out the Bush family and their ‘bank’ in the 1930’s and its connection with the Nazi party.

  10. scoubidou123 January 27, 2020 at 10:40 am #

    Time will tell, Mr. Kunstler, and rather soon.

    And yet as much as I’d like this democrat circus to fold spectacularly, this column seems a long, desperate prayer for a deus ex machina to please appear, now, pretty please!

  11. ellipsis January 27, 2020 at 10:42 am #

    John Bolton’s far more than the “ace in the hole” in all this, he’s the straw that’s stirring the drink. Dollars to doughnuts he went straight to the Dems after his unceremonious firing and sold them this little story of perfidy, even going so far as to supply the words in the mouth of the alleged whistle blower. Anything that gets to the bottom of this and exposes this comedic little traitor will be a good thing, although I’m deeply skeptical of such good things ever emerging from the beltway. Bolton’s deeply and firmly ensconced in the DC dark web of Zionist international intrigue, so he’s essentially a “made guy” who exists pretty high in the firmament. You don’t take down guys like that without some major repercussions. Not sure Trump’s got that much political horsepower yet, even after three years in the big chair.

    • Nightowl January 27, 2020 at 10:50 am #

      Even if this ends up being true, there is no recording of the supposed claim.

      And on the other end, Trump has produced a transcript, Zelensky has openly stated there was no pressure, and Lev Parnas scored a spectuacular own-goal.

      Low IQs everywhere are about to be let down hard. Again.

      • ellipsis January 27, 2020 at 10:58 am #

        The point is, there’s a concerted effort among some very powerful people in DC to get Trump for not playing along (100% at least) with the wars on Venezuela and Iran (among others), of which the Dems were just the opportunistic but unwitting stooges willing to play their assigned part in his removal. I wouldn’t expect an impeachment acquittal by the Senate to be the end of this; not by a long shot.

        • Nightowl January 27, 2020 at 11:05 am #

          Of course there is. So far it involves the DOJ, FBI, CIA, NSC, etc. Some of the most powerful institutions and groups in the country. Stacked with gremlins.

          Meanwhile, the President pushes onward. No one said it would be easy. There is a reason people refer to a deep state.

          You also need to keep in mind that these institutions are not monolithic. Trump has and has had some of the most powerful minds in the US intelligence apparatus at his side. Mike Rogers, Mike Flynn, William Binney, etc., immediately come to mind.

        • Helix January 27, 2020 at 11:23 am #

          It will end when the Democrats lose the HoR in November. Until then, this circus is open for business.

  12. SW January 27, 2020 at 10:53 am #

    Adam Schiff is getting a little drunk on his power binge and sticking his nose into a completely different issue and trying to control information. On January 15th the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons representing physicians since 1943 filed suit against him for trying to limit information on vaccines. They accuse him of (get ready to laugh) abuse of power and infringement on free speech rights.

    “AAPS is not ‘anti-vaccine,’ but rather supports informed consent, based on an understanding of the full range of medical, legal, and economic considerations relevant to vaccination and any other medical intervention, which inevitably involves risks as well as benefits.”

    AAPS argues in the complaint against Rep. Schiff: “The First Amendment protects the rights of free speech and association. Included within the right of free speech is a right to receive information from willing speakers. Under the First Amendment, Americans have the right to hear all sides of every issue and to make their own judgments about those issues without government interference or limitations. Content-based restrictions on speech are presumptively unconstitutional, and courts analyze such restrictions under strict scrutiny.”

    Big Brother Adam knows best, has all the answers, is not to be crossed and anyone who disagrees with him is simply a liar. I think even Nancy is a little afraid of him. McCarthy brought himself down with his increasingly hysterical accusations and Schiff with his insatiable need to stay in the spotlight and stamp out “enemies of the people” might do the same thing.

  13. K-Dog January 27, 2020 at 10:59 am #

    “And then, maybe, the USA can get on with other business.

    And what would that be? A mad scramble for a new distraction?

    Speaking of which I now have my own. You can leave a comment at my place now just like here. Check it out.

    Say Hi 🙂

    • JohnAZ January 27, 2020 at 11:03 am #

      Look back for a preliminary list!

  14. Zoltar January 27, 2020 at 11:01 am #

    I would like to believe that Trump’s defense team is so wondrously clever that they have engineered this brilliant triple-reverse play to ensnare the opposition’s malefactors, but that seems pretty unlikely. They would certainly have to be a lot smarter that the president, which is, of course, a given.
    Jim has done a remarkable job of digesting this material down to the nano level – and raising hopeful expectations in the process. We can only hope that the whole damned mess still manages to drown the Democratic Party in the bathtub, in which case we would then have to hope that a better organization can emerge to actually represent the people of this nation.

    • JohnAZ January 27, 2020 at 11:04 am #

      My picture of the GOP Trumpsters is a group of people playing whack-a-mole and being vastly outnumbered.

      • Majella January 27, 2020 at 3:50 pm #

        Chris Hedges (Truthdig) has a good take on your whole Cult and where it’s headed, JohnAZ:

        “Economic, social and political stagnation, coupled with a belief that our expectations for our lives and the lives of our children have been thwarted, breeds violence. Trump, fighting for his political life, will use rhetorical gasoline to set it alight. He will demonize his opponents as the embodiment of evil. He will seek to widen the divisions and antagonisms, especially around race. He will brand his political opponents as irredeemable enemies and traitors. He will demand omnipotence, the power of a dictator. Many of those for whom he is a cult leader will seek to give it to him. For when the magical aura of Trump’s power is attacked, those in the Trump cult feel attacked. He is an extension of them. Trump embodies the yearning by millions of Americans, especially those in the Christian right, for a cult leader.”

        • RIB January 27, 2020 at 5:39 pm #

          I assume you agree with that quote Majella. Now, how about presenting an alternative to Trump and tell us how he she or it will save us?

          • Majella January 29, 2020 at 8:53 am #

            Yes, sure, benr…re-education camps. Right. Sure.

          • benr January 29, 2020 at 2:13 pm #

            Noticed where you responded.
            Was this by design or accident?
            I realize you don’t follow your hero’s as closely as some on the right blogosphere do but Project Veritas strikes again and catches a Bernie Sanders field organizer talking about murdering the rich and putting people in camps.
            His name is Martin Weissgerber and he is NOT the first nutty Democrat supporter helper or even member calling for such.
            There is video of this scum bag saying it so no denying that its being talked about.

        • JohnAZ January 27, 2020 at 6:06 pm #

          Majella

          You do not understand me at all.

          I am not a cult follower. I am amazed that the polity of the US cannot produce folks of higher caliber than Trump. Or Obama, Or Bush etc.

          I support Trump because the alternatives on the Left are an anathema to me, the definition of every American ideal I believe exists.

          We spent 50 years fighting the scourge of Communism, USSR style.

          Now our no.1 Democratic candidate believes in government control of just about everything. I am actually incredulous at this turn of events. He has many followers that believe the same thing, that the government is smarter than the people and should thus control the country.

          Their success will condemn the country to mediocrity and subsequent decline.

          I feel that would suit folks like you just fine. That is your privilege. We will agree to disagree.

          • benr January 28, 2020 at 5:44 pm #

            Worse when the commie scum take over there is always re-education camps and purges eventually leading to mass starvation.

          • Majella January 29, 2020 at 8:55 am #

            You’re deliberately misconstruing Sanders’ agenda and catastrophizing for dramatic effect.

          • benr January 29, 2020 at 5:06 pm #

            @majella

            No history shows where Bernie style of movement goes over and over!

  15. akmofo January 27, 2020 at 11:06 am #

    “..news leaked to The New York Times late Sunday..”
    ==

    So, what’s the score now?
    Fool me.. can’t get fooled again
    err,… fool me twice, won’t get fooled again

    err,.. it’s THE NEW YORK TIMES !!

    • BackRowHeckler January 27, 2020 at 1:10 pm #

      It seems like all the way back to 2016, every bogus accusation against the President, every investigation, every subpoena issued, every arrest warrant, is based up upon “news leaked to the New York Times.”

      Brh

      • akmofo January 27, 2020 at 1:51 pm #

        Why anyone would accept their constant and malicious lying as normal and worthy of existence is something I just can’t understand. These Vatican propaganda outlets should not exist. The fact that they do is symptomatic of a very very sick population and culture. This needs to end!

  16. beantownbill. January 27, 2020 at 11:06 am #

    Where’s the evidence? All we have is someone making claims – someone who is a war hawk, not a credible nice guy. Bolton can state anything he wants, but where’s the tapes? Where’s the proof? I thought someone is innocent until proven guilty. No court of law would convict on heresay, and the Senate is composed of a majority of Republican lawyers. Trump will not be removed.

    The only effect will be in the elections. By that time 8 months will have passed. Most people here say the nation’s attention span is very short. If so, this impeachment farce will be long gone in people’s minds. The 2020-2021 TV season will be in full blast and the NFL will be in mid season.

    What can throw a monkey wrench into the works is an obviously poor economy and terrorist attacks. If necessary, Trump can always start a new war to counter those events, though.

    • akmofo January 27, 2020 at 11:54 am #

      Bolton can state anything he wants
      ==

      It’s the NEW YORK TIMES claiming that someone who saw the manuscripts of the yet unpublished book claims he did. How much more retarded can this get? How is this news?

      • Nightowl January 27, 2020 at 2:21 pm #

        They have not yet gone full retard. Just wait until he wins in 2020.

        • volodya January 28, 2020 at 2:28 pm #

          Yeah, just imagine. We ain’t seen nuthin’.

  17. volodya January 27, 2020 at 11:15 am #

    There’s a lotta maybes here, some of which may yet come to fruition. 

    One thing that’s sure is the path already taken. But this is a universe where ironies grow like dandelions, one of those the Mueller investigation, intended to find enough dirt to dethrone Trump, finding only a bit of low-grade grime, and actually providing the valuable service of showing up Trump’s accusers as a passel of liars and the main-stream news media as low-down fraudsters, nothing but propagandists that would make the erstwhile fabulists at Pravda raise a glass, and shills for an unworkable dispensation of things. 

    Of late, as JHK sez, there is a suspicious looking choreography of events. But the plotters haven’t learned apparently. Didn’t they learn from the Mueller debacle?Do they think they’re really in control? Why don’t they understand the place they live in? After all, they live in it. 

    They don’t seemingly know that in this locale there’s a malicious ruling deity that sets in motion trains of events to t-bone the plans of men, especially those showing a surfeit of pride and self-confidence. If nothing else, the anti-Trump conspirators have self-regard in abundance, not bothering to keep an eye out for the flying croquet ball and the rake laying in wait.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v30HUOx6SYk 

    The greatest irony is that of Trump beating those two world-class grifters. Hillary and Bill were t-bonees extraordinaire, no matter that one is an ex-president and the other a former high government official. That nasty godling has no respect for position and does not play nice.  

    I would advise the the teeth grinding people that still can’t believe that Trump still rules, that he does indeed still rule and to above all believe their own eyes as to the nature of the universe they live in. Notwithstanding their perception of their exalted place under the firmament, far greater forces are marshaled against them. 

    • JohnAZ January 27, 2020 at 1:05 pm #

      V

      You are right about the Media as low down fraudsters. The problem though is that 50% of the population believe everything they say.

      • Majella January 27, 2020 at 3:58 pm #

        …and the other 50% believe FOX, yet they’re ALL ‘low-down fraudsters’, right?

        • JohnAZ January 27, 2020 at 6:16 pm #

          Okay, Majella, here it is, one undeniable time.

          How many conservative or Trump supporting folks man the desks on CNN or MSNBC, or ABC or CBS or any other MSM or newspaper? None!!!!

          I turn Fox off frequently when they bring the Liberals on such as Jessica Tarlov, Donna Brazile, Juan Williams and quite a few others. The daytime lineups are continuously becoming more liberal in scope as Fox tries to be “fair and balanced”.

          The Liberal media is so biased it is a waste of time to watch it because all you hear is anti-Trump Bull. Their presentations belong on the Comedy Network.

        • volodya January 28, 2020 at 10:36 am #

          Majella, hilarity abounds there too. Until Trump’s improbable hair-do appeared above the ramparts, like every other main-stream media business, the Fox way was the neo-liberal way.

          That neo-liberal way you would know as you’ve seen it in action now for the better part of two generations, the way of enrichment of the rich by impoverishment of everyone else that has a few bucks in the bank, but especially by turning the screws on the poor, and then using various alibis as the excuse, automation being one, a lack of college learning being another.

          And they say things like “the American Way”, you know, freedom, liberty and unfettered markets. And they get onto talk shows and talk of the futility of preventing what they claim is an unambiguous good anyway, that being free movement of money and people across national borders. “Meritocracy” they say.

          And then Trump showed up. What Trump understood is that the vast bulk of people that vote Republican were not on board with this neo-liberal way, nor were they on board with the donor class agenda, nor traditional tax-cutting, de-regulatory, right-to-work Republicanism. Not in the slightest. 

          The donor class couldn’t credit the voting cretins with eyes and minds of their own nor with even a rudimentary ability to reason, never mind any sense of self-interest. Nor could the Deep State, nor Republican stalwarts, nor the Democrat intelligentsia.

          Too bad because Trump did give people some credit, he did read the political terrain correctly, spoke to those interests, gave them legitimacy, and won.

          And now, wouldn’t you know, it’s downright comical, that road to
          Damascus littered with conversions, the tooth-and-nail defense of Trump with Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson with his show on Fox as a full-throated man of the people, in the past apparently having perceived the world as though through a glass darkly. You have to laugh.
           
          So yeah Majella, you’re right, fraud in its many manifestations is central to the business model of the main-stream media, expediency its medium of exchange, for Fox no less. It’s all about money IOW, filthy lucre, and when it’s ALL about money keep your expectations low. 

          And so Fox, having seen the winds-of-change change course, changed course with the winds. And if the winds should change again, if Trump should have an unfortunate accident, if he should have an encounter with some nasty microbe, or a deranged gunman, and if Trump should be unable to rule, what do you figure will happen? Fox will change course again, good ole Tucker having to find some other venue, that’s IF his conversion was genuine. Or maybe he’ll beg for forgiveness and re-admittance to the church of respectability.

          And Pence will take up the reins, and they’ll all breathe a sigh of relief, ie Republican traditionalists, Democrats, the donors, and the Deep State, normalcy will be restored and they’ll treat the Trump interruption as a passing delirium.  

          The question though is whether Trump’s thinking survives Trump. At best he has one more term. Then what? 

  18. PeteAtomic January 27, 2020 at 11:37 am #

    “In a deeply imperfect world, California’s 28th congressional district has produced a true marvel: the perfect scoundrel. Adam Schiff has been hurling false accusations and retailing mendacious narratives for three years. He deserves the most public disgrace that can possibly be arranged, on nationwide television, with all his many media enablers at CNN and MSNBC having to call the play-by-play. Then the nation needs to expel him from the House of Representatives. And then, maybe, the USA can get on with other business.”

    sadly I don’t think it will.. if anything it’ll become worse

  19. elpuma2003 January 27, 2020 at 11:43 am #

    YES! HERE, HERE!!

    “He deserves the most public disgrace that can possibly be arranged, on nationwide television, with all his many media enablers at CNN and MSNBC having to call the play-by-play. Then the nation needs to expel him from the House of Representatives. And then, maybe, the USA can get on with other business.”

  20. Don January 27, 2020 at 12:39 pm #

    Jim closes with, “And then, maybe, the USA can get on with other business.”

    Business like getting rid of any remaining environmental protections, creating more tax laws that enrichen the richest people and corporations, stacking the courts with right-wing judges, rewriting trade laws that are even worse than the ones we have, provoking other countries militarily, pissing off our remaining allies, eliminating what’s left of Obamacare, . . . and so on.

    • volodya January 27, 2020 at 12:52 pm #

      The candidates that speak up on material issues affecting the vast multitude of the bottom 90% will win the election. If, in their time in office, that winning candidate delivers on those material issues, they will win re-election. 

      If the political class advocates for the unworkable status quo and keeps fighting the tranny wars, it creates a political opening of the type that Trump spotted. That’s all he did. So did Bernie. 

      If the ruling elite and its enabling clerisy keep talking Russian collusion-meddling and this abuse of office nonsense, the odds of insurrection go up, armed or otherwise. And that little get-together by armed thousands in Virginia should have been instructive. You can say it was about guns like you can say the on-going kerfuffles in Hong Kong are about democracy. I would say that both are about something other than guns or democracy. 

    • BackRowHeckler January 27, 2020 at 1:52 pm #

      Not to worry, Don.

      Left wing judges still rule.

      At this point they seem to be in charge of immigration, foreign policy, the welfare state, abortion, and international trade agreements.

      They’ve been able to thwart the President’s policies on every front, which apparently makes you happy.

      Brh

  21. Walter B January 27, 2020 at 1:17 pm #

    For a country that was formed and forged together by centuries of wiping out all those that stood it the way of it’s ascendancy to be so decimated by a small band of gutless maggots in fancy suits using bullshit words to tear it all down paints a pathetic picture of the Rise and Fall of the American Dream Turned Nightmare. Where are the men? Oh that’s right there are none, too bad.

    • volodya January 27, 2020 at 1:54 pm #

      No doubt you’ve seen this past several decades the women’s movement, its various speakers speaking out against a prevailing order that put gals at a disadvantage. So far so good. There’s basic fairness as a legitimate issue as you don’t want your wife or daughter to earn less than what some guy would earn in the same job after all. Etc etc.  

      But we’ve gone above and beyond, ie you know, toxic masculinity, railing against an oppressive American patriarchy, etc etc. How many chicks did Larry Nasser have his way with and how many men took issue? And Harvey Weinstein?How many husbands, boyfriends, brothers, fathers? None? 

      And so, for a variety of reasons, American men just aren’t what they used to be. It’s not a figment of the imagination, your eyes do not deceive, but it’s not like there are no MEN, it’s just that they aren’t inside the bounds of the USA. 

      And to be fair, this is a widespread phenomenon all over the Western world. Canadian men, for instance, have got the balls of mice. Small mice, tiny balls. How to otherwise explain this ludicrous situation with that Huawei exec, Meng Wanzhou, that Canada finds itself in? A pathetic lack of balls, truly lamentable, you don’t know whether to laugh or cry. The Swedes are no better, the Brits in their upper echelons, truly contemptible.

      And so women hold their heads high, fulfilled career-wise and in many other ways, but single, childless, lonely. Why? Not that there aren’t any of the male persuasion, it’s just that there aren’t any MEN. And the gals don’t want what’s currently on offer. What DO they want? Ask them, but they don’t want what they see.

      The irony of course is that there are other models of masculine behavior, and some are filling the masculine void as American men retreat into a world of solitariness, precarious employment, video games, porn and all round unsuitability. Unsuitable for marriage, work, leadership and pretty much everything.

      And so other men will pick up the mantle. And so you wanna bet that the replacement will be by a model of masculine behavior far in excess of the ones that American women decry? And the further irony is that women will go willingly and be ok with it. There will be a booming trade in headscarves.

      • tucsonspur January 27, 2020 at 2:26 pm #

        Nicely said. Trump is more man than most, whatever his faults. Maybe the ‘last man standing’. Or falling.

      • Walter B January 27, 2020 at 4:17 pm #

        I believe that the overabundance of Chinese males are going to get their “fair share” as well volodya when they assume ownership. Perhaps nature has been preparing for this inevitability.

        • volodya January 28, 2020 at 10:51 am #

          You bet right. China has a huge surplus of men because of a one child policy, a disparagement of girls and so a disproportion of selective abortion and female infanticide.

          And so now there’s a huge problem of frustrated young men. Either American men find their man-pants and fast or someone else fills the void. One way or another it will get filled. “Nature” as you say.

    • tucsonspur January 27, 2020 at 1:55 pm #

      Right on, Walter. Rather than “climb the cross of the moment and let our illusions die”, we’re being nailed to the cross.

    • JohnAZ January 27, 2020 at 6:21 pm #

      Walter

      You have noticed.

      The Left have turned all their men into LBGTQ converts. Can you imagine a country where one party is all men and the other is all women and their converts?

  22. wm5135 January 27, 2020 at 1:49 pm #

    “For a country that was formed and forged together by centuries of wiping out all those that stood it the way of it’s ascendancy….) Walter

    to be decimated by it’s own greed, ruthless pursuit of power and disregard for truth and honor

    One can believe a lie with all of their heart and mind without ever modifying the substance of their belief.

    The Clinton affair worked out just as planned and this one is going completely according to the script. 49.99% of humanity is below average intelligence

    LIve a lie, die a lie.

    • Walter B January 27, 2020 at 1:52 pm #

      “to be decimated by it’s own greed, ruthless pursuit of power and disregard for truth and honor” Damn, I wish I said that. Well composed.

      • Majella January 27, 2020 at 4:03 pm #

        You both managed to add a redundant apostrophe, though. “Its” being the possessive, ‘it’s’ being a contraction of ‘it is’.

        • Walter B January 27, 2020 at 4:18 pm #

          One can never have too many apostrophes, can one?

          • Majella January 27, 2020 at 4:35 pm #

            I guess not if one has an apostrophe addiction? Otherwise, the ‘correct’ amount is a minimal amount.

          • elysianfield January 27, 2020 at 7:13 pm #

            “One can never have too many apostrophes, can one?”

            Walter,
            Or ellipsis, for that matter….

          • volodya January 28, 2020 at 12:44 pm #

            I’ve never mastered the use of commas.

          • elysianfield January 28, 2020 at 2:36 pm #

            Volodya,
            Why use a comma, when the improper use of an ellipsis will do?

  23. wpa_ccc January 27, 2020 at 1:53 pm #

    “Bolton can state anything he wants, but where’s the tapes? Where’s the proof? “ — beantownbill

    Bolton was in the room being ordered by Trump to continue the QUID PRO QUO freeze, so it’s not hearsay evidence. Of the two only one is saying he will testify under oath in front of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Of the two only one has told over15,000 documented lies.

    • Nightowl January 27, 2020 at 2:22 pm #

      Answer BB’s question.

      Fight back the tears.

      • Majella January 27, 2020 at 4:06 pm #

        So, if Bolton is subpoenaed and comes before the Senate for examination & cross-examination, I’m gathering from you that sworn testimony on penalty of perjury would be insufficient for you as ‘evidence’?

        • Nightowl January 27, 2020 at 5:05 pm #

          Yes, unless he has a tape. He can’t prove anything.

          I can call you a pedo, but if I have no hard evidence, it really doesn’t matter.

          Trump has already presented hard evidence. And the guy literally on the other end of the line agrees with him.

          How stupid can one get?

          • Majella January 27, 2020 at 5:42 pm #

            But if you swore under oath that you’d observed me acting in ways that indicate I am a paedophile, that would be evidence. Whether the jury believes it or not is another story.

            If you’re convincing enough, they may.

            If you’re a sweaty little creep with an axe to grind and maybe a plea to bargain, then maybe not so likely.

          • HapMan January 27, 2020 at 8:32 pm #

            Nightowl,

            We can all see that you’re very smart and have a very high IQ. You must because you refer to IQs a lot.

            So can you please explain why, despite the “admission” exception to the hearsay rule in the US, sworn testimony by Bolton as to Trump’s statements would not constitute “evidence.”

            My IQ might not be very high and maybe I’m stupid so I’m sure I’m missing something. But my understanding is that such testimony would be admissible as evidence in US courts, and the jury would assess its credibility.

            Similarly, when Bolton testifies, the Senators will decide whether or not his testimony is credible.

            Is that how it works, or not?

          • BackRowHeckler January 27, 2020 at 10:15 pm #

            So what can Bolton say, that the President endeavored to root out the Biden’s corruption in Ukraine, and find the source of the $156 million payout they received from Burisma? Why should $500 million more be handed over to corrupt Ukraine if 1/3 of it will be kicked back to Hunter Biden? Why wasn’t the DNC looking into it, or the New York Times? Or the Washington Post? Somebody had to expose those corrupt sonsabitches.

            Brh

          • HapMan January 27, 2020 at 11:05 pm #

            Brh,

            If there was anything resembling credible evidence that the Bidens had received kickbacks from Ukraine, don’t you think Trump’s DOJ would have been all over it for the better part of the last several years?

          • Nightowl January 28, 2020 at 4:20 am #

            One side has hard evidence.

            The other has a claim (might have a claim, as no one knows yet).

            Even if it had happened, it would still not be a crime, as aid was released and Zelensky has publically commented that there was no pressure.

            There is no way to simplify this any more for the fruit flies among us. That’s you.

          • Nightowl January 28, 2020 at 4:32 am #

            Hapman, you are correct. Your IQ is low.

            Were it slightly higher, you’d have first identified a crime.

            Then you’d have presented proof of Bolton himself making the statement you claim he made, rather than hearsay about an unreleased manuscript.

            Then, finally, you’d present us with proof that the President made the claim you claim Bolton claims he made.

            The catch of course is, if your IQ were near most of the IQs on this board, you’d have stopped after step one, as no crime has been identified or substantiated with hard evidence.

          • HapMan January 28, 2020 at 8:41 am #

            You’re furiously avoiding the question, Nightowl.

            So let me try posing it slightly differently. Why would testimony by Trump’s former national security advisor, under oath and penalty of perjury, at to what Trump said and did, not constitute evidence that Trump said and did those things? Those things relating directly to what the first article of impeachment alleges, namely abuse of power by withholding aid in an attempt to extract political benefits. (And don’t pretend it would be hearsay – testimony as to statements by a defendant is not hearsay.)

            And, either way, why should an unsworn comment by the leader of a foreign country (who clearly has an incentive not to antagonize the US president) carry more weight with the Senators than said sworn testimony?

          • Nightowl January 28, 2020 at 10:22 am #

            The question is easy to answer. It is not verifiable evidence. It is a claim. A jury would have to evaluate the claim in the context of other evidence.

            In this case, the other evidence is a verbatim transcript of the call and the second party’s in the conversation (Zelensky himself) multiple public statements that there was no pressure, and that the aid was received in during the legally mandated timeframe.

            So now it is your turn Hapman. Again.

            What crime has been committed, and where is your concrete evidence?

            Will you run again?

          • Majella January 28, 2020 at 7:22 pm #

            So, you have a higher hurdle for what is ‘Evidence’ than several hundred years of the western common law.

            ‘Circumstantial Evidence’ must REALLY get up your super-intelligent nose, then.

            ‘Beyond a reasonable doubt’ would an unattainable standard for you, without some form of audio or video evidence.

            ‘Eyewitness Testimony’ is notoriously unreliable but the Courts still accept it.

            I hope you’re never called to Jury Service. Maybe you should start your own country.

          • Majella January 28, 2020 at 8:27 pm #

            “Why should $500 million more be handed over to corrupt Ukraine if 1/3 of it will be kicked back to Hunter Biden?”

            Apparently, only accusations against Himself require evidence for Nightowl. Anyone else can say anything they like as long as it’s not aimed his political hero, and they get a pass.

          • Majella January 28, 2020 at 8:34 pm #

            In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Himself himself chose to testify to the Senate, and admitted he’d done as accused, Nightowl would STILL require some sort of ‘evidence’ – after all, Himself is a proven liar, right?

            His testimony without corroboration – hard evidence, a recording or video of the exact moment – couldn’t be relied upon, could it?

          • HapMan January 28, 2020 at 8:37 pm #

            Thanks Majella. I was starting to feel like the guy negotiating with the Wallace Shawn character in The Princess Bride.

            Nightowl, despite turning yourself inside out to avoid saying it outright, I appreciate your implicit acknowledgement that, contrary to what you said earlier, Bolton’s sworn testimony, which would be admissible in any US court of law under the rules of evidence, is, you know, evidence – insofar as you recognize that a jury would evaluate it, against “other evidence.”

            You keep bringing up the call summary. The one prepared by Trump’s team. (Not a transcript, not verbatim.) It shows what any 11 year old with some street smarts would realize is a shakedown attempt. Just not a competent or effective one – which might be the reason there could be some modicum of truth to Zelensky’s claim not to have felt pressured.

            It is that shakedown attempt that constitutes the first article of impeachment. And Bolton will clearly provide highly compelling evidence supporting article one in his sworn testimony.

          • Majella January 29, 2020 at 4:51 pm #

            *crickets*

          • Nightowl January 29, 2020 at 6:01 pm #

            Of course it is evidence. But it is not verifiable.

            And it also currently doesn’t exist, as the claim about the book has also not been verified.

            Finally, you have once again failed to provide a crime or concrete evidence for the mysterious crime.

            One of me has no problem rolling over two of you.

            Can you guess why?

          • Majella January 29, 2020 at 6:45 pm #

            Can I guess why what? Your continuously self-proclaimed ‘victories’ are all in your exceedingly large – planet-sized, I’d wager – head.

            You dribble on with the monotonous call for evidence of a ‘crime’ when it’s already been established in the Real World (not your fantasy realm of your high IQ arrogance) that:

            A) a ‘crime’ (as in contravening a statutory law) is not required to pursue an Impeachment (viz. Lindsey Graham 1998, et al);

            and

            B) the evidence you require has been, until now, suppressed by the Accused Himself, using a highly questionable interpretation of Executive Privilege (let alone the Unitary Executive Intrepretation so beloved of Barr & Himself).

            Why is it down to me to provide what you seek? The Senate is trying to get to it right now, and may succeed. No doubt, though, it won’t matter to you, because you’ve already decided there’s nothing to see, and in any event the chickenshit GOP senate majority will acquit Himself, basically placing this narcissistic fool above the law – confirming what he already believes anyway. That you, a Green who has self-cadmittedly ‘escaped’ the US, would enable this behaviour is beyond me.

          • HapMan January 29, 2020 at 10:34 pm #

            Nightowl, your reasoning is indeed impenetrable. Something you share with people talking to themselves on street corners the world over.

            Majella, to crib from Nightowl, I think the most we can say about his claims to be a Green who escaped from America (whatever that’s supposed to mean) is that they are unverifiable, not concrete.

          • Nightowl January 30, 2020 at 4:11 am #

            Post the crime and the evidence.

            Steamrolled again.

          • HapMan January 30, 2020 at 10:01 am #

            Yes you were Nightowl. I imagine it was humbling for you to abandon your position, however absurd it was.

            In any case, I’m not the type to gloat in an anonymous, modestly-followed comment section. That would just be sad.

          • Nightowl January 30, 2020 at 5:40 pm #

            https://i.imgflip.com/2u4cdm.jpg

          • HapMan January 30, 2020 at 10:14 pm #

            I don’t click on random links, so I will just assume that, whatever this might be, it is reflective both of your very high IQ, which I have already acknowledged, and your excessive time in front of your computer.

    • The Man They Call Zazelle January 27, 2020 at 10:15 pm #

      Bread and circuses.

      • malthuss January 28, 2020 at 11:00 am #

        the bread man soon be gone.

        see you tube–ice age farmer.

  24. BackRowHeckler January 27, 2020 at 2:12 pm #

    This Bolton book appears to be the latest ‘Bombshell’ that is going to take out President Trump. How many have there been in the past 3 years? Do I have to start listing them? Is there enough web space in this board?

    Brh

    • Majella January 27, 2020 at 4:08 pm #

      You’re right, BRH. We’ve become inured to his constant perfidy. Trumpism has become normalised out of sheer exhaustion.

      • benr January 28, 2020 at 5:51 pm #

        Not only have none of those accusations stuck most if not all have come out to be fake.

        Keep slinging shit Maj eventually one of those shitballs might stick to Teflon Don but I doubt it.
        As dumb as he is or so your type keeps telling us he continues to out wit the witless Democrat haters.

        • Majella January 28, 2020 at 7:25 pm #

          So, by your reasoning, given all the ‘shit’ that was thrown at HRC (esp. over Benghazi and years of committee hearings run by the Harold Watson Gowdy III, former prosecutor), not having stuck, she must be innocent. Is that correct?

          • benr January 29, 2020 at 10:51 am #

            No just not guilty.

          • Majella January 29, 2020 at 4:55 pm #

            Explain the difference, please.

          • Majella January 29, 2020 at 4:56 pm #

            Actually, don’t even bother. It is enough that you have declared HRC ‘not guilty’. Thanks, benr!

          • benr January 29, 2020 at 5:09 pm #

            I have done no such thing.
            Just not declared guilty by a court of law.
            They won’t even take her to court out of fear of all the bodies surfacing , all the tapes popping up and God only knows what dirt the Clintons have on everyone.
            She and her husband are the dirtiest politicians to disgrace the halls of government in some time.

          • Majella January 29, 2020 at 7:42 pm #

            That’s some mighty powerful accusations there.

            In the execrable words of NightIQ, where’s your evidence, benr?

          • benr January 31, 2020 at 9:06 am #

            I don’t have to the last investigation on her proved she was guilty of a crime I and YOU would go to jail for.
            A private server hosting secret or above data and then tampering with the evidence.
            That alone should have Cankles in an orange jump suit.
            They had their findings before they started the investigation.

  25. Kellyfrombayfield January 27, 2020 at 2:23 pm #

    From your lips to God’s ears Jim.
    Shifty Shifft is the worse snake in the grass in modern times.

  26. fineline January 27, 2020 at 2:46 pm #

    “Well, before you go tripping off on a tear about the suspect loyalties of William Barr, consider that the chief byproduct of the entire three-year RussiaGate flimflam and all its subsequent offshoots by the Lawfare Resistance has been to completely undermine Americans’ faith in federal institutions, including the DOJ, the FBI, the CIA. Perhaps what we’re seeing is the convergence of two perfect setups.”

    trump has been most instrumental in undermining these agencies, except for the William Barr DOJ.

  27. Ishabaka January 27, 2020 at 2:54 pm #

    On a separate note, in the past 3 weeks Bernie has been stabbed in the back by Warren, Biden, and Clinton – and has gained in popularity with each knifing. Perhaps that’s why Trump has been praising Bernie.

    • SW January 27, 2020 at 4:00 pm #

      Bernie’s rise after being stabbed by these pillars of the Democratic Party gives a pretty clear picture of the disgust they’ve richly earned. I had hope for Elizabeth Warren but she may want to be a DC insider more than a champion of the working class — time will tell but it’s not looking as promising as I’d hoped.

      • Majella January 27, 2020 at 4:12 pm #

        SW – you’re right. It does appear that Warren’s clay feet are well exposed now. It was such a cheap shot, and so clearly co-ordinated with CNN.

        The idea of a Sanders/Warren ticket had some appeal once, but I think Bernie & Andrew Yang could energize the country – at least, the 58% that isn’t Trump-deranged cultists.

        • BackRowHeckler January 27, 2020 at 5:01 pm #

          Sanders appears to be in the lead in Iowa.

          I hope gets gets the nod, looking forward to seeing him campaign next summer in 105°F heat in Texas,

          It has to be grueling, a presidential run, even for a healthy man with a strong heart and youth on his side.

          Brh

          • Majella January 27, 2020 at 5:39 pm #

            Don’t count the old bugger out too soon, Marlin.

        • SW January 27, 2020 at 6:31 pm #

          I agree and it may be the last miserable shred of hope for change we have. I’d much rather see Yang on the debate stage than Steyer as he gives a clear picture of what the new AI revolution will mean to us all. Global warming for whatever reason is a reality and has to be dealt with, many people are going to be unemployed b/c of AI and plenty will be white collar workers too, and I personally like what he’s said about education — most education takes place in the home and the home needs a caring adult in it. Maybe that sounds old fashioned and hopelessly antiquated but history is on my side for parents, grandparents, extended family vs nursery school.

          • Majella January 29, 2020 at 1:54 am #

            Hear, hear.

  28. Htruth January 27, 2020 at 3:31 pm #

    Accident claims an American hero: https://youtu.be/_JgMY5UzEwo

  29. Majella January 27, 2020 at 4:40 pm #

    It’s the hypocrisy that gets me:

    “Trump’s practice as a businessman is not consistent with his current rhetoric against trade as a presidential nominee — this vulnerability is backed with more than enough factual evidence. If Trump brand customers took the same stance against his products as he did against Nabisco, it is clear they would be left with few Trump items to buy. However, we do know of at least four Trump products made in the United States: “Make America Great Again” hats, bedding, water and cologne.”

    And to underline what a crappy ‘deal maker’ he actually is, here’s a breakdown on the USMCA & the recent China Phase 1 ‘deals’:

    https://www.truthdig.com/articles/how-trumps-trade-policies-failed-workers/

    • benr January 28, 2020 at 9:53 am #

      Yet it seems its only the hypocrisy of the one you malign and hate.
      Never your side who literally wallows in it and lies constantly about anything and everything.
      Yet here you are again Trump this Trump that whine whine whine nag nag nag.
      Give it a rest it really is not healthy.

      • Majella January 28, 2020 at 6:35 pm #

        So you didn’t bother to read the article…

  30. Cargill January 27, 2020 at 4:58 pm #

    “The latest occult dish served up by Democratic Party spirit cookers in the impeachment ritual is the release of “bombshell” news leaked to The New York Times late Sunday from a new book by Mr. Trump’s erstwhile National Security Advisor, John Bolton, purporting verbal evidence of a quid pro quo in the Ukraine aid-for-investigations allegation.

    No – it wasn’t cooked up by the Democratic Party at all – it was written by a Republican Party warrior | Administration executive who still has some adherence to the truth, and decent governance based on truth.

    Any reasonable person – someone seeking a genuine legal process and not a sham trial wrangled by Moscow Mitch – sees it as central, material, and first-hand evidence from a witness in the room. Every reasonable person would seek to have such a person testify.

    “In this case, the agency was the White House National Security Council, the notorious nest of intriguers lately the haunt of impeachment stars Col. Alexander Vindman and alleged “whistleblower” Eric Ciaramella (on loan from the CIA, and now back there). Another bird in that nest is Alexander Vindman’s twin brother Col. Eugene (Yevgeny) Vindman, a military lawyer posted as chief ethics counsel for the NSC, of all things.

    No – this is just conspiracy theory hoo-hah, and deeply insulting to both Alexander and Eugene Vindman … both of whom have served with far more distinction than Trump, anyone in his Administration, and any of the reptiles in the Senate.

    And it is not civil or ethical to keep naming the whistle-blower, or putting the word in quotes, as if somehow he was just a nefarious leaker working for the Hillary Clinton undercover team. He followed whistle-blower protocol, and did it by the book.

    “It was, apparently, Eugene Vindman’s job to vet the Bolton book. Any conflict there? (Considering his twin brother was one of the “whistleblower’s” chief confederates.) Why not give the manuscript to the Attorney General’s counsel, or some other referee to determine what in the book might qualify as privileged communication between a president and a top national security advisor?

    No – there is no prima facie conflict there at all, and the notion that the manuscript should have gone to William (“Low”) Barr is laughable and risible. Arguably the most partisan, venal, and legally corrupted | compromised AG in the history of the office – a Trumpster and a lickspittle.

    “Surely Adam Schiff thinks that testimony from John Bolton was his ace-in-the-hole to corroborate the House’s impeachment case.

    No – it is NOT JUST Adam Schiff and other Democrats who think the information is central … every reasonable person should believe that John Bolton should testify, and equally it is becoming totally untenable for the Republican majority in the Senate to deny the attendance of any witnesses.

    “But what if Mr. Trump’s lawyers and confidants were ahead of the scheme and knew exactly when and how Mr. Schiff would call the play? … Maybe, despite prior protestations about not calling witnesses, the Bolton ploy will actually be an excuse for Mr. Trump’s defense team to run the switcheroo play and accede to the calling of witnesses.

    I reckon this is over-thinking it, and giving the venal, corrupt, and incompetent Trump Administration far too much strategic credit. They didn’t need (and still don’t need) to use Bolton as a ruse to let a whole range of witnesses appear – but they are deathly scared of letting that box of tricks be loosened.

    “And from the unmasked “whistleblower,” the spectacle would proceed straightaway to Adam Schiff himself in the witness chair.

    No – there is no conspiratorial alliance between the whistle-blower and Adam Schiff – JHK, Fox News, and others can say it for the next thousand years but not make it true.

    And unmasking whistle-blowers is illegal, immoral, and reckless … the whole point of whistle-blower legislation is to encourage the reporting of bad government behaviour, without a threat a recrimination and career destruction.

    “That will be an elongated moment of personal self-disfigurement not seen in American history since William Jennings Bryan was left blubbering in the courtroom at Dayton, Tennessee, 1925, after he spearheaded the malicious prosecution of John Scopes for teaching evolution in a high school biology class… or the moment of national wonder and nausea in June 1954 when Army Chief Counsel Joseph Welch rose from his chair and asked witch-hunting Senator Joseph McCarthy, “At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

    No – this is hyperbolic in the extreme and desperate clutching at straws. The Democratic Party have been struggling for three years to lay a glove on Trump and his criminal family, and criminal Administration, and they have had to fight all the powers of the state in making progress.

    And yet again, despite JHK’s hundred blog posts on this subject, he does not (because he cannot) address the FACTS of the matter, and the charges that have led to the impeachment of a president.

    There is an iron-clad case already anyway – but I can see the political point from the Democratic Party to seek witness testimony in the Senate trial – otherwise it is a sham and a scam. Make the Republican Party reptiles squirm and duck and weave, and tie themselves into pretzels.

    They will dismiss the impeachment in the end – but they will not acquit nor exonerate Trump, and nor will they prove that the impeachment was wrong.

    • BackRowHeckler January 27, 2020 at 5:10 pm #

      Really?

      Read today a woman in Sydney died in Australia Day cake eating contest.

      So it seems you have more to worry about than what’s happening in DC, 10,000 miles from you.

      • malthuss January 27, 2020 at 5:21 pm #

        I find food eating contests revolting.

        • BackRowHeckler January 27, 2020 at 6:04 pm #

          Me too.

          What happens when the coronavirus gets loose amidst the 100,000 vagrants living on the streets of LA, which is already a petri dish for all kinds of other communicable diseases and viruses attacking the reduced immune systems of people living rough in sunny Los Angeles? I would say it will spread like the plague, but bubonic plague is already evident in this Cal Lib Paradise, isn’t it? Lay low, Malthus, keep your door locked and your windows shut.

          In east coast news, gun fight on the steps of the Bridgeport, Ct courthouse this afternoon, multiple combatants, many rounds fired, appears to be Hispanic gangs settling differences in New England the way they settled them in Latin America. Well, we’re part of Latin America now too, signs in Spanish all over the place. On the coasts anyway, western civilization appears to be unravelling on all fronts.

          Brh

          • benr January 28, 2020 at 9:24 am #

            San Diego now has its first case and we are lousy with Chinese people fresh from China buying up everything in site and driving like imbeciles.
            Its like a plague of locust sending housing costs through the roof.

          • malthuss January 28, 2020 at 11:03 am #

            thanks Ben R

          • Majella January 28, 2020 at 7:27 pm #

            “What happens when the coronavirus gets loose amidst the 100,000 vagrants living on the streets of LA, which is already a petri dish for all kinds of other communicable diseases and viruses attacking the reduced immune systems of people living rough in sunny Los Angeles?”

            Marlin – is this not the solution to your problem? A little selective genocide-inducing virus to clear the streets of all the riff-raff you despise so vehemently?

      • Majella January 27, 2020 at 5:34 pm #

        …and exactly why should Cargill be concerned with that, BRH? Did she hold the nuclear codes? Was she destroying the western alliance? Would she have done whatever she could to subvert the 202 US election?

      • Cargill January 27, 2020 at 6:06 pm #

        It’s interesting to see what “news” from the far Antipopes makes it across the Big Pond! I too find food-eating (and alcohol-drinking) contests revolting as well.

        She was eating a lamington:

        https://whereismyspoon.co/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/lamingtons-3.jpg

        A particularly Australian and much loved confection, but they have to be eaten SLOWLY. Apparently the coconut on the outside made her gag, and then she was cactus.

        At least it has pushed burnt koalas off the front pages – but so has the coronavirus as well. I won’t be going into the massive casino here any time soon!

      • JohnAZ January 27, 2020 at 6:27 pm #

        Like your country burning to the ground.

    • Majella January 27, 2020 at 5:37 pm #

      Great breakdown, Cargill. It’s pointless, of course, but at least the other side of the picture is getting a viewing from time to time.

      When sworn testimony is no longer considered evidence but assumed to be partisan perjury because it doesn’t fit with the desired narrative, it’ll not be long till the end of the rule of law.

      • RIB January 27, 2020 at 5:57 pm #

        I’ve seen some sworn testimony that contradicts Bolton. Maybe you don’t believe THAT testimony because it doesn’t fit YOUR narrative Majella. See Mike Purpura’s defense arguments today.

        • Cargill January 27, 2020 at 6:12 pm #

          “I’ve seen some sworn testimony that contradicts Bolton. Maybe you don’t believe THAT testimony because it doesn’t fit YOUR narrative Majella. See Mike Purpura’s defense arguments today.

          Precisely the reason sworn testimony is always followed by witnesses appearing in trials to face cross-examination – and the Senate is required by the constitution to hold a trial … it’s not sitting in judgement over a lower-court trial (there hasn’t been one).

          Why are y’all afraid of hearing from witnesses? Rhetorical question.

          • Nightowl January 28, 2020 at 5:03 am #

            What is the crime?

            I provided a handy, concise form for you last thread, and you didn’t ever get back to me.

            I wonder why?

        • Majella January 27, 2020 at 7:32 pm #

          Purpura is not giving ‘sworn evidence’. Lawyers don’t testify, they spin.

          • RIB January 28, 2020 at 10:19 am #

            I guess you didn’t watch Purpura’s defense very carefully, He gave several examples of witnesses who testified under oath that there was no quid pro quo. Now I repeat my point Majella: Why do you discount the sworn testimony of these witnesses and cling to an alleged book account that can’t be backed up objectively?

          • Majella January 29, 2020 at 2:46 am #

            I didn’t watch it at all.

          • Majella January 29, 2020 at 2:48 am #

            What he proved was that the said witnesses didn’t perjury themselves when invited to by lickspittles like Jim Jordan. It’s a fine point, possibly too fine for you – let’s see what Bolton has to say, under penalty of perjury.

      • benr January 28, 2020 at 9:21 am #

        The rule of law was destroyed when the House brought up impeachment charges on Trump and defied tradition.
        He was not brought up for impeachment on any of the crimes stated Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
        That is the point he was impeached because the House DEMOCRATS DON’T LIKE HIM.
        That sets a very dangerous precedent for future Presidents maybe even one you like and approve of.
        God help us if there is ever a scumbag in the office you like and approve of as that means we stopped circling the drain and have fallen into the sewer.

        • Majella January 28, 2020 at 4:41 pm #

          benr, I think that precedent was set when the GOP house impeached Clinton, don’t you?

          “God help us if there is ever a scumbag in the office you like and approve of as that means we stopped circling the drain and have fallen into the sewer.”

          Do you have ZERO perception about what you’ve just said? That’s exactly what HAS happened, only the ‘you’ in your statement is in fact YOU, not me.

          • benr January 29, 2020 at 10:53 am #

            Oh no it really is you.

          • benr January 29, 2020 at 10:58 am #

            What was Slick Willy impeached for?
            Go ahead and tell us.
            Bill was the poster child for the #metoo movement.

          • Majella January 29, 2020 at 5:00 pm #

            Why don’t YOU tell ME, benr?

  31. tucsonspur January 27, 2020 at 6:20 pm #

    Because of a few Republicans, this sad saga in the Senate continues, rather than being summarily dismissed. Cries of coverup could have been muffled by the apocryphal nature of the articles. It appears that Trump could have sought relief in the courts:

    ‘Under the same logic as applied in Powell, Trump could use the courts to contest whether the House has final, unreviewable authority on what constitutes a “high crime” akin to “treason.” The House has charged “abuse of power,” which is not even a crime at all, and “obstruction of Congress” for asserting executive privilege, which is equally undefined as a generic crime. Trump could seek judicial review as to whether either can Constitutionally constitute “high crimes” meriting Presidential impeachment. A novel question for the Courts, but consonant to the judicial role of defining Constitutional terms, and consistent with the logic of the Powell decision limiting Congressional control over defining specific Constitutional terms which serve as the basis for removal of an elected official without the assent of the public that voted him in. As the famed Justice Curtis explained in the infamous impeachment of Andrew Johnson: “There must be some law; otherwise there is no crime.”’ If no law fits, you must acquit.

    Full article:

    https://lawandcrime.com/opinion/how-trump-could-seek-to-dismiss-impeachment-articles-in-court/

    As the ‘Lawfare’ continues, so does the Democrats’ erosion of Trump. How all of this was allowed to happen in the first place brings the competency of this administration into serious question. The TWATS will probably topple Trump. It’s time. Get him, the Trump clan, Kushner and Bibi out.

    • Majella January 28, 2020 at 4:52 pm #

      “… “obstruction of Congress” for asserting executive privilege, which is equally undefined as a generic crime. ”

      Executive Privilege has a very specific and clearly defined meaning, and Himself’s declaration is way too broad to meet it.

      “The privilege remains a qualified privilege that may be overcome by a showing that the information sought “likely contains important evidence” and is unavailable elsewhere to an appropriate investigatory authority. The president may not prevent such a showing of need by granting absolute immunity to witnesses who would otherwise provide the information necessary to show that “important” evidence exists.”

      https://www.pogo.org/report/2019/05/the-limits-of-executive-privilege/#heading-2

  32. JohnAZ January 27, 2020 at 6:44 pm #

    Well, Majella, Cargill, Fineline et al

    Assuming they get Trump. What are you going to start on Pence with?

    • Majella January 27, 2020 at 7:35 pm #

      I’m betting he’ll have been in the room with Bolton.

      But JohnAZ, I’m under no illusion that this still won’t be dismissed on partisan lines. It’s just that it won’t be the exoneration Himself craves so badly – and will probably claim regardless.

      • Nightowl January 28, 2020 at 5:04 am #

        Exoneration from what?

        What is the crime?

        • Majella January 28, 2020 at 4:37 pm #

          There you go again.

          Better hit your WH hotline and advise Himself NOT to start shouting about his ‘total exoneration!!!’ when the lackey GOP caucus dismisses the Impeachment.

          • Nightowl January 28, 2020 at 6:05 pm #

            What is the crime? And where is the evidence?

            The exclamation points are out; TDS hitting hard.

          • Majella January 28, 2020 at 6:41 pm #

            Re: exclamation points – you’re right…Himself will use four, probably, and of course ALL CAPS.

            “TOTAL EXONERATION!!!!”

          • Nightowl January 29, 2020 at 10:29 am #

            And another multi-post exchange ends with Majella unable to identify the mysterious crime she claims Trump committed.

            Too bad. So sad.

          • benr January 29, 2020 at 11:01 am #

            @maj

            None of what the idiots in the house accused Trump of rises to the level of an impeachable offense.
            I don’t understand why that is so difficult for you to get your head around.
            What the Dems have done is made it easy to impeach anyone the controlling party in the house wants and there for impeach has lost its relevance,
            Much like being called a racist has now.

          • Majella January 29, 2020 at 7:51 pm #

            “@maj

            None of what the idiots in the house accused Trump of rises to the level of an impeachable offense.
            I don’t understand why that is so difficult for you to get your head around.
            What the Dems have done is made it easy to impeach anyone the controlling party in the house wants and there for (sic) impeach has lost its relevance”

            Says you, parroting the talking points from Hannity, Ingraham et al.

            When the videos of Dershowitz & Graham speaking to Clinton’s 1998 Impeachment are reviewed, it’s simply astonishing at how their views then is 180 degrees from thir views now. And Clinton’s was over a blowjob, essentially, FFS.

          • Majella January 29, 2020 at 7:55 pm #

            HighIQwl

            You’re really starting to get the hang of Trumpsim now…repeat the same tiresome BS again and again and again…eventually, you hope, it’ll get in.

            Sorry, Sunshine, you’re wasting your time.

            Given how extremely clever you are, it really would be interesting to read your thoughts on another topic – of your choice, of course. Or are you a “one-trick pony”?

          • benr January 29, 2020 at 9:33 pm #

            @maj no it was not and that is why you are wrong and don’t get any of this.

        • Cargill January 29, 2020 at 3:22 pm #

          There you go again.

          Perhaps read your precious Constitution … the impeachment power does not require a federal crime to be committed in order for an impeachment / dismissal to be brought.

          But that aside, most reasonable legal commentators have clearly argued that Trump’s behaviour towards Ukraine did constitute a number of crimes.

          Anyway – preventing witnesses and having a sham trial could very well backfire on Trump … his “brains trust” (LOL!) had better be careful what they wish for.

        • Majella January 29, 2020 at 8:06 pm #

          Refute this articulate guy’s argument…

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6p7_bqJJwY

          • Cargill January 29, 2020 at 9:55 pm #

            It’s hilarious … all lawyers for guilty defendants have no shame, no conscience, no sense of dignity. They can only try to spin and twirl.

            But Alan Dershowitz is in a class of his own when it comes to all this – which is why he’s doing it of course. Although I suspect the Trumpster has some serious comprimat on the dude – and it revolves around that Mr Epstein.

            But I love the logic … the election of Trump “is in the public interest” so the quid pro quo was kosher … the guy is from Mars – I nearly fell off my chair!

            (Beautiful sunny day here in gorgeous Straya).

  33. elysianfield January 27, 2020 at 6:50 pm #

    Well, ladies and germs;

    You all know by now that Kobe Bryant is currently “hangin’ with Elvis”. You might not have heard, however, of his recent sainthood*, and the petition, now 500K strong, to have Kobe’s image on the NBA logo, rather than Jerry West, a “white man”, and progeny, no doubt, of slave owners, and former KKK members**

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51275170

    I think this is a good idea, considering the demographic make-up of NBA fans…and players, for that matter.

    Considering the above logic, however, we should also have Maxine Waters as the new face of KFC….

    *pending
    **maybe…who knows?

    • tucsonspur January 27, 2020 at 7:03 pm #

      I’ve heard people chanting, “ball in a basket, boon in a casket, ball in a basket, boon in a casket, ha, ha ha.”

    • BackRowHeckler January 27, 2020 at 8:43 pm #

      Bob Cousy, Bill Sharman, Jerry West … probably couldn’t even make the Atlanta Hawks today.

      Brh

    • Janos Skorenzy January 28, 2020 at 5:56 am #

      This is the real Black Buy who should have become President – the one who could have brought us al together and disarmed Kim Jong Un – who reveres Basketball and Basketball Americans, as indeed we all should. Jack Nicholson has just come out of his seclusion to say how terrible this was. Reporters are being fired for saying anything bad about this Basketball American Saint. He’s another Martin Luther King!

      • malthuss January 28, 2020 at 10:52 am #

        Is he popular across USA? I saw the vigil at Staples Center.
        2003 rape charge, reporter fired for a tweet about such.

    • Majella January 29, 2020 at 1:57 am #

      Wow! Pucker-Level irony, EF! Nice work.

  34. WayfaringStranger January 27, 2020 at 6:53 pm #

    Fab writing again to day !!! Canary Jim sure sings a purty song.

    CORONAVIRUS NOTE to any potentially interested parties –

    Significant numbers of Chinese students (current estimate 150) have just arrived on an undisclosed N Wisconsin campus, AND are being toured around in groups ahead of the start of classes on Feb 3. so that they may breathe on and touch as many things as possible.
    That is just one campus in the UW system, I don’t have info on any others.
    If anyone ever wondered if institutions of “higher education” in this mad world give the least shit about their host communities, you have your answer.

    • abbybwood January 27, 2020 at 7:55 pm #

      Especially considering that a carrier of the Coronavirus can be completely asymptomatic for up to two weeks before getting sick allowing them to contaminate tons of door knobs, shopping carts, keypads in stores etc.

      Allowing ANY flights to anywhere from China is idiotic.

      And taking everyone’s temperature is a fools errand as an asymptomatic carrier will be afebrile until they have contaminated hundreds of public areas.

      Duh. Who the ef is in charge here?!!

      • JohnAZ January 28, 2020 at 12:10 pm #

        Abbywood

        Talk about fool’s errand. It always cracks me up to see everyone wearing surgical masks. They are a sieve to viruses.

    • tucsonspur January 28, 2020 at 12:40 am #

      Back in early 2000’s, Canada got hit with SARS, mostly Toronto I believe. I don’t believe the Canadians restricted any travel from China. Until too late?

  35. tucsonspur January 27, 2020 at 6:56 pm #

    Calling his wife “mother” and his religious fanaticism. Does he still refuse to meet with a woman alone?

    He wasn’t well liked in his home state of Indiana. He’s an ass kisser with a presidential look.

    • RIB January 28, 2020 at 10:23 am #

      And you’d meet a “woke” woman alone with no reservations at all?

      • tucsonspur January 28, 2020 at 4:07 pm #

        Yes, there’s safety in the “Billy Graham” rule. How far does it go? Would he turn down a one on one with Melania?

  36. tucsonspur January 27, 2020 at 7:27 pm #

    I posted the same article as this woman, yesterday. She paid the price for her truth telling:

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/washington-post-suspends-reporter-after-kobe-bryant-rape-allegation-tweet-n1124031

    Eff that inappropriate timing shit. Repression. Oppression. They demand our concessions, stifle our expressions. The Oligarchical Order must be maintained.

  37. Kim January 27, 2020 at 7:34 pm #

    The comment re Senator Joe McCarthy reflects the usual complete ignorance about him and his work and the events of the time – an ignorance that is understandable because it has been cultivated by the mass media these last 70-odd years with a terrier-like persistence.

    Again and again, the suggestion is made that McCarthy defamed people, or was engaged in unjust and tyrannical behavior supported by the full weight of a fascistic government.

    And the implication is consistently made that the widespread spying and communist subversion which he charged and attempted to expose did not exist but were just the products of an insane, malevolent hysterical and anti-American conservative imagination.

    The facts, however, are entirely otherwise than how the media always paints them and the truth is that Senator McCarthy was invariably entirely correct in the general charges that he made.

    The facts are that

    – there WERE many agents of foreign and hostile powers and of the US communist party (a catspaw of the Soviets) operating inside the Roosevelt, Truman and even the Eisenhower administraons – specifically inside Justice and State but also many other departments.

    – these agents HAD been operating inside the US government going as far back as the late 1920s and had since that time delivered innumerable highly secret documents and briefings to the Soviets .

    Even more damaging, these groups and individuals had a powerful influence on US policy, for example, her entry into WW2 and on US China policy, where the actvities of Soviet agents were crucial in discouraging US support for Chiang Kai Shek and swinging it over to supporting Mao – and didn’t that turn out wonderfully?

    The individuals and groups in question were also centrally involved in setting up the UN, the World Bank and the IMF. You can make up your mind yourself about whether that was for good or ill, whether US industrial and monetary-financial policy should have been handed over to unelected faceless bureacrats often put forward by countries and bodies whose interest were inherently hostile to those of the USA.

    In short, Jim, it seems that your view of the entire Mccarthy story and the so-called Red Scare (spies, what spies?) has been adopted whole-cloth from what you have absorbed from the fake media. On this historical issue, your view is as wrong as can be.

    For anyone who would like to be exposed to a revealing, rational, thorough, primary-sources-based, and very well-written account of these events, I would recommend:

    Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies

    by M. Stanton Evans

    Cheers.

    PS. Commenters who reply to this would do well to note that Senator McCarthy, being a Senator, had little to nothng to do with the HOUSE Unamerican Activities Committee, a body that was not only a House (not Senate) committee but which had been in operation since the early 1930s.

    Yes, when McCarthy arrived back from WW2 (as a judge he had been exempted from military service but had nonetheless volunteered and served in the war zones in the Pacific) the Communist spying had been going on for a very long time and was dug deeper than a tick.

    • capt spaulding January 27, 2020 at 7:48 pm #

      Yup, Ol’ Tail Gunner Joe. They done him wrong. If he was around now, you guys would swoon before him like pubescent schoolgirls.

      • BackRowHeckler January 27, 2020 at 8:48 pm #

        Read New Yorker writer Alan Wienstien’s ‘The Haunted Wood’, describes the extent of Soviet penetration into the highest reaches of the US govt, 1933-1953.

        Brh

        • tucsonspur January 28, 2020 at 1:01 am #

          And it was HUAC that nailed a lot of people. Speaking of canaries, it was Edward Dmytryk who sang, admitting to being a communist and implicating dozens of others.

          Some who were blacklisted:

          https://www.history.com/news/7-famous-victims-of-the-hollywood-blacklist

        • Janos Skorenzy January 28, 2020 at 5:59 am #

          Yet Old Joe didn’t know that Communism was home grown too – and funded right from the Manhattan, London, Zurich, etc. Nothing Russian about its origins at all. Our Chickens have come home to roost is right. Sanders, AOC, the Squad, etc.

          • malthuss January 28, 2020 at 10:56 am #

            really? maybe he knew.

      • malthuss January 27, 2020 at 8:52 pm #

        yawn

        • Kim January 27, 2020 at 9:05 pm #

          The “yawn” response means “He has said something that I want to reject but find impossible to refute”.

          • malthuss January 28, 2020 at 10:56 am #

            what other response is right—wrt—
            Yup, Ol’ Tail Gunner Joe. They done him wrong. If he was around now, you guys would swoon before him like pubescent schoolgirls.

    • Sean Coleman January 28, 2020 at 11:35 am #

      Kim, a vey interesting post. I have wondered about McCarthy but without getting round to looking into it. There is something very dodgy about America’s entry into WW2 and about how the America First movement was treated. As for China, to what extent did American policy swing away from Chiang to Mao towards the end of the War? I know Edgar Snow’s book Red Star Over China would have been influential. Jung and Halliday’s biography of Mao shows how the Communists pulled deceived the Americans there and were not meaningfully engaged against the Japanese militarily. Mainstream interest in McCarthy these days seems to be limited to how a few Hollywood actors’ careers were harmed. Pity we cannot have some more of that now.

      I was going to chip in about JHK’s reference to the Scopes’ trial because it reminded me of something I had watched by evolution sceptic Phillip E Jones:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhZRdSREwJM&list=PLpUAbNK9GAkFtwrSsbPdFSzitRwKRFgFH&index=25&t=0s

      At 8 minutes in he talks briefly about the trial, describing it as a PR exercise. he says a PBS series called Monkey Trial actually tells the story properly. The conventional view was promoted by a popular films and play whose title I forget. Johnson says Tennessee had adopted a secondary school textbook which actually taught natural selection. Scopes was a PE teacher who volunteered to get involved: he may have actually taught evolution in a lesson once but could not be sure as he could not remember. (By the way, the ‘icnic’ (how I dislike that word) photo of a chimp dressed in a suit was what landed an English humourist in trouble when he posted it on social media in connection with Harry and Megan’s baby.)

      It is worth sticking to the video because later on he shows that the famous photographs of the moths (dark or light coloured) which were photographed on tree trunks in England as proof in 1959 (the centenary of Darwin’s book) were faked.

      While I am at it JHK mentioned the Dreyfus affair in a recent column. Hitchens referred to it last week. I have been listening on-line to French lawyer Adrien Abauzit, who researched the voluminous papers of the case and argues that Dreyfus was guilty. As is so often the case, conventional wisdom and received opinon are often (if not usually) wrong. Why? I think you are right to point the finger at the media although it probably goes further.

    • JohnAZ January 28, 2020 at 12:04 pm #

      Joe was destroyed by the forces he was exposing. The MSM and Hollywood tore him down with every bit of their power to do so. He probably stopped a Leftist Progressive takeover then with his exposees.

      Sound familiar? We are at the same juncture point today. Will the latest exposer of the Communist Progressive takeover be impeached and removed by the same gang of anarchists?

      • messianicdruid January 28, 2020 at 9:49 pm #

        Again and again the Conspiracy Theorists are vindicated:

        http://allnewspipeline.com/Long_Called_Conspiracy_Theory_Proof_Congress_Spraying_Skies_Coronavirus_Link.php

        • Majella January 29, 2020 at 2:03 am #

          md – wtf? It’s just another layer of crap on pre-existing bullshit.

          • messianicdruid January 29, 2020 at 4:55 pm #

            Do you ever look at the sky?

            https://youtu.be/uIQDqxl9FtM

          • Majella January 29, 2020 at 5:05 pm #

            Huh? What’s the relevance of that, md?

          • messianicdruid January 30, 2020 at 3:48 pm #

            Well, I remember just 2 or three years ago, out here in flyover country, watching big jets lay down spreading clouds of something from horizon to horizon. These clouds were not condensation trails, which last usually less than minutes, but rather spread out and dissipate with the upper winds.

            Now comes an unelected career spook lauding the idea of SAI, which I have witnessed and photographed.

  38. The Man They Call Zazelle January 27, 2020 at 10:16 pm #

    “The notions ‘matrix of domination’ and ‘intersectionality’ have become buzzwords in discussions of power relations (patriarchy, racism, capitalism). Systems of domination must be examined in terms of their overlaps and mutual influences (‘matrix’), institutions and individuals being necessarily positioned at the intersections of these systems. In the scholarly literature, the focus is generally on three systems: sexism, racism, classism. Other aspects, such as age, may also be included. Apparently, however, the state is never regarded as a system but rather as a secondary or auxiliary institution affecting systems of domination or serving social movements in their quest for justice. Informed by anarchism, this article raises the possibility of viewing the state per se as a system of domination, oppression, appropriation and exclusion, one that is interwoven with other systems and influences them as much as they influence the state.” ~ Francis Dupuis-Déri, ‘Is the State Part of the Matrix of Domination and Intersectionality? An Anarchist Inquiry’, The Anarchist Library

    • Janos Skorenzy January 28, 2020 at 6:14 am #

      They Anarchists always march with the Communists and always get betrayed by them. They never learn. Communists are smarter and use the poor idealists and then get rid of them. They aren’t really interested in the State withering away. They like Power too much!

      • BackRowHeckler January 28, 2020 at 8:54 am #

        Right you are Janos.

        In 1922, the 1st official aktion of the newly formed CHEKA Soviet Secret Police was the rounding up and machine gunning of thousands of Russian Anarchists who had supported the Bolsheviks in the Russian Revolution. Then, in 1937 in the Spanish Civil War, Stalin’s NKVD attempted to liquidate Anarchists they were allied with against Franco, which is what Orwell’s ‘Homage to Catalonia’ was about. In fact the first crematoria in Europe were built in Spain by the Russian NKVD to eliminate the hundreds of bodies of Anarchists they had killed with a bullet in the back of the neck. These were brutal times. There are other examples too of Communists turning on their Anarchist allies but I can’t think of them off the top of my head.

        Brh

        • malthuss January 28, 2020 at 10:57 am #

          Mister History is at it agin.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle January 29, 2020 at 12:49 am #

          Thanks for the quaint history snapshot.

          “Mutual annihilation will remain a real risk. A benevolent global civilization is highly dubious on the grounds of human nature alone, but Peak Cheap Energy will render it impossible. Industrial civilization is in the beginning stages of collapse, and we are moving toward a future that is going to be local and muscle-powered. Current patterns of living and thinking will disintegrate. This will open the doors to many new possibilities, one of which is a return to sustainable living. As Schmookler says, ‘the future remains to be written’.

          Today’s benediction comes from J. C. Smuts: ‘When I look at history, I am a pessimist… but when I look at prehistory, I am an optimist.’ Amen!” ~ Richard Adrian Reese, Author of What Is Sustainable (comment quote from Good Reads under book, The Parable of The Tribes, by Shmookler)

          “Modern industrial civilization has developed within a certain system of convenient myths. The driving force of modern industrial civilization has been individual material gain, which is accepted as legitimate, even praiseworthy, on the grounds that private vices yield public benefits in the classic formulation.

          Now, it’s long been understood very well that a society that is based on this principle will destroy itself in time. It can only persist with whatever suffering and injustice it entails as long as it’s possible to pretend that the destructive forces that humans create are limited: that the world is an infinite resource, and that the world is an infinite garbage-can. At this stage of history, either one of two things is possible: either the general population will take control of its own destiny and will concern itself with community-interests, guided by values of solidarity and sympathy and concern for others; or, alternatively, there will be no destiny for anyone to control.” ~ Noam Chomsky

          • The Man They Call Zazelle January 29, 2020 at 12:52 am #

            Correction: Comment above attributed to Good Reads should instead be attributed to Amazon

      • The Man They Call Zazelle January 29, 2020 at 12:13 am #

        It would seem that nature favours the anarchist as most states, or civiliations if you will, eventually collapse, leaving anarchy, so to speak.

        In any case, paradoxes abound.

  39. The Man They Call Zazelle January 27, 2020 at 10:18 pm #

    “…’My arguments in support of self-government, as opposed to society under a state, may have little point, of course: if people do not choose the state, but, as I think, simply have it imposed on them, then it makes no practical difference that the state is unnecessary to solve any particular kind of problem and that life without the state would be superior…’ (Holcombe 2004). ”
    ~ Robert Higgs, If Men Were Angels: The Basic Analytics of the State versus Self-government, June 11, 2007

    “…Strategy against the state

    As mentioned before, there has been little effort devoted towards developing grassroots strategies for dissolving the state and replacing it by self-managing political and economic systems. Here all I will do is outline some of the elements which might contribute towards such a strategy.

    The essential basis for a state-transforming strategy is building self-managing alternative structures at the local level:

    – cooperatives, self-help systems in housing, health and education;
    – technologies and social arrangements for self-reliance in energy, transport and communications;
    – social defence to supersede military defence, community security arrangements to supersede police;
    – arrangements for grassroots participation in decision making, including affinity groups, workers’ and community control, the lot system and others….” ~ Brian Martin, Uprooting War

    • tucsonspur January 28, 2020 at 1:12 am #

      All you will do is outline, but you didn’t say, or even outline, how the state will be dissolved. Is all this post apocalyptic?

      • The Man They Call Zazelle January 29, 2020 at 12:22 am #

        Think about how, communicate it, network, etc., and give it a go.
        There are many around the world currently doing so in various ways.
        Also, Robert Higgs refers indirectly to some possibilities in one of his lectures posted on You Tube for example. The YT video is entitled, The State Is Too Dangerous To Tolerate.

  40. BackRowHeckler January 27, 2020 at 11:15 pm #

    The Harvey Weinstein trial is going on now too, overshadowed if you will by impeachment in DC. Looking at Weinstein now it’s hard to believe he got to the top of the heap in Hollywood.

    The apex of the #metoo movement, perhaps its last gasp, a construct of social media. Weinstein operated for a long time no questions asked, then the world shifted underneath his feet and he was caught with his pants down, literally.

    Brh

  41. SoftStarLight January 28, 2020 at 1:34 am #

    And while Washington wastes away into ultimate irrelevancy the Wuhan Flu expands its global reach. Impeachment, Bolton, impeachment, Bolton, impeachment, and on and on and on. And meanwhile quietly in the background there are whispers of pandemic, 1918, borders closing, quarantines, economic standstill, etc. China is so secretive who really knows what the stats are. Is it just 81 dead or 881 or 8,881? If there are only 2,100 cases in China, then why are two new hospitals under construction in the city of Wuhan alone just to handle the new cases. We’re being lied to? Why are any flights being allowed in from China when carriers of Wuhan Flu may not have symptoms for two weeks? Why are we not shutting it all down? Our inept government won’t be able to handle this thing if it’s as serious as the background noise is making it sound. Or. They don’t want to “handle it”. Could this be the Black Swan that literally brings us to a day in which the Earth stands still?

    • ellipsis January 28, 2020 at 10:39 am #

      What are gonna do? If it ain’t one fucking thing, it’s another.

      • SoftStarLight January 28, 2020 at 1:42 pm #

        Ain’t that the truth!

    • JohnAZ January 28, 2020 at 12:07 pm #

      Yeah, you would think that the epidemic could be story no.1.

    • elysianfield January 28, 2020 at 12:23 pm #

      SSL,
      The BBC suggests you not worry….

      https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-51271037

      Some fake news debunked. I was hoping the infectious-while-asymptomatic info was rigged…but no. If it, in fact, be the case, then quarantine is the only option.

      #getthesnifflesanddie

      • SoftStarLight January 28, 2020 at 1:54 pm #

        Oh yes, no doubt the BBC has all of the facts and evidence handy for the hungry masses. I hope they are right that it is not a horrible situation. However, I don’t believe we would ever really know until maybe its too late. For one, haven’t we always been told we (the public) can’t be trusted with the truth about UFOs by our governments because we would apparently all have psychotic breaks in unison and create pandemonium? That little factoid speaks volumes. I think that is there general consensus whether its UFOs or coronavirus. Everything else they push is to push us to bend to their preferred narratives and behave accordingly.

        • SoftStarLight January 28, 2020 at 1:55 pm #

          Ooops their not there.

    • Majella January 29, 2020 at 2:10 am #

      Surely SSL – isn’t this the Deep State ‘denouement’? The great population winnowing of Malthusian preaching? Isn’t this what you’ve always predicted? And why are you crying out to your ‘government’, the deep state arseholes who don’t care about you, to ‘do something’? Surely these elites are out to get you and isn’t this just the current ‘plot’?

  42. wwg1wga January 28, 2020 at 5:09 am #

    Profiles in CORRUPTION!

    http://www.got-truth.com/docs/Profiles%20in%20CORRUPTION.pdf

  43. Janos Skorenzy January 28, 2020 at 6:10 am #

    https://www.westernjournal.com/sen-barrasso-blood-drained-schiffs-face-trump-counsel-played-damning-clip/?

    Author can’t decide whether Schiff’s face went pale or it went almost as red as Trump’s. It can’t be both – not at the same time you see. A can’t A and not A, not at the same time given the constancy of A. If A becomes not A then it is no longer A. If America ceases to be American, then we owe it no allegiance as Americans – that is to say, if it has changed and we have not and against our wishes. We didn’t leave it, it left us. We remained fucking A, and it ceases to be A.

    Italians like Barrasso became American, but it wasn’t easy for them or for us. Ditto the Irish, etc. We all influenced each other, but the WASP Elite never accepted any of this, not really. They separated themselves from their own People and from the new ones, making common cause with the rising Secret Power of World Domination, ultimately turning America over to It. The Filthy Fools. If they didn’t want a polygot America, they should have never accepted any immigration from outside the British Isles. Or even outside of England. It would have been slower, but they could have conquered America and become rich all the same.

    • SoftStarLight January 28, 2020 at 9:14 am #

      As far as I am concerned the current system is owed no allegiance whatsoever. And it doesn’t help when those who have come before us sow the seeds of our destruction without our consent or input. Thanks for destroying our futures Grandpa! He is not the only one and not the worst by far. But its a death by a thousand cuts and he took a stab so he is as guilty as the rest.

      https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2020/01/27/stephen-king-oscars-rigged-in-favor-of-the-white-folks/

      • Janos Skorenzy January 28, 2020 at 5:36 pm #

        Interesting. He got into massive hot water a week or two ago for saying that affirmative action should have no place in art. Now the worm is trying to save his “reputation” with the upper crust and minorities – the people who don’t read him in other words. He has nothing but contempt for his White base – just like Trump.

        • malthuss January 28, 2020 at 6:50 pm #

          That would interfere w a certain groups nepotism.

          I once said to an old woman..
          the art walk, so many jewish artists names on roster.

          she replied with, I was in publishing, I know. In art, the gallery owners are Jews, so they favor their own.

    • ellipsis January 28, 2020 at 10:37 am #

      If they didn’t want a polygot America, they should have never accepted any immigration from outside the British Isles.

      Two words: cheap labor. This in the days before production became mobile, so labor didn’t have to be. These days I think its just about trashing the place because they can, since the oligarchs can and do live anywhere they please as well. They’ll eventually all move on, other than for a handful of east and west coast elite preserves, leaving the rest of us to fight it out over the ruins. I plan to check out of this existence by then and see what comes next.

      • malthuss January 28, 2020 at 6:53 pm #

        nowhere to hide..not even in a bunker, forever.

        They didnt want a polyglot, [except for slaves] but that changed in 1965.
        javits, hart, celler.

  44. Ungaro January 28, 2020 at 7:45 am #

    Am I the only one who is completely fed up with this midway sideshow? Hasn’t this third-rate melodrama received enough ink yet? Aren’t there more important issues that merit discussion? The Wuhan corona virus, nations falling apart, currencies debased, the overwhelming piles of worthless debt — to name a few.

    • SoftStarLight January 28, 2020 at 9:23 am #

      To some degree, in and of themselves, each of these issues/news stories are a part of the overall decline and fall. Each apparently not able to tip the scales on their own, at least just yet. I think the Wuhan Flu might be able to tip the scales by itself but I could just be paranoid. It is global in scope at this point. The impeachment saga while it may be boring to some is still evidence of the unraveling of governance in a land that can no longer be governed by one authority. The damage is too deep and personal now. It may be a sideshow, but no matter, it will and is factoring in to the equation. The equation of civilizational collapse that is.

      • JohnAZ January 28, 2020 at 11:41 am #

        SSL

        You are right about the central power having too much on its plate to handle adequately. An aggravant is the increasing power takeover by the Deep State taking power from state and local institutions and from individuals. This power drive, by itself, could throw us into TLE.

        And to all you corporation haters, do you seriously believe that the Federal government can handle things better than private enterprise? I have a bridge to sell you!

        • SoftStarLight January 28, 2020 at 2:00 pm #

          The boundaries between the federal government and private corporations is being blurred. I think the problem is that we have grown too big and complicated to manage ourselves as one unit. I agree with what Kesa posted I think two threads ago that to keep a country of our size and complexity in a real governed state would take much brute force and authoritarianism. Short of that it sounds like long term different regions and states probably want to think about a future independent of Washington. Realizing of course we are super short on forward thinkers and planners.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle January 29, 2020 at 1:05 am #

        James (HK), you should have a guest article once and awhile to at least potentially save yourself some work.

        Russia Today’s CrossTalk just had a show entitled, Impeachment Fatigue.

    • ellipsis January 28, 2020 at 10:31 am #

      Flitting past PBS last night I noticed none other than the redoubtable Ken Starr totally un-ironically weighing in on the history of impeachment. Same as it ever was. Even some of the characters are the same. Perhaps a reality TV limited series (or a dozen) is in the works too? Ka-ching, ka-ching!

  45. SoftStarLight January 28, 2020 at 9:43 am #

    This is an example of the cultural rot that is killing us from the inside out. Obviously a culture that is insistent on killing itself as founded will pass away. The problem is, why is there not a revolution yet? A revolution can begin with simple actions. No longer participating in it all would help. Actively rejecting the ideology and actions day in and day out would help. Drain them with the lawfare they love. When they want to fight already be in their face. If millions would do the same change could be possible. If we accept their beliefs as the narrative we must live within it, and by that point we lost before we got started.

    https://www.dcclothesline.com/2020/01/27/usa-today-publishes-editorial-attacking-president-trumps-national-security-team-as-too-white-and-thus-illegitimate-in-our-enlightened-age-of-diversity-inclusion-and-equity/

    So first narrative crusher. Drill it into your head. DIVERSITY SUCKS

    • ellipsis January 28, 2020 at 10:27 am #

      The revolution has been canceled due to lack of interest. A defunded and heavily propagandized population holding on for dear life will always choose to hold on to the few creature comforts it still has remaining over rolling the dice with any prospective revolutionaries. Things will have to get considerably worse than they are now for revolution to take hold, after which time it will be far too late for it to be effective. Implosion from above (happening as we speak) and resulting chaos (see the Soviet Union, RIP) is a far more likely course of events. Fitting, when you stop to think about it. Both “Super Powers” of the 20th century going down due to the same sort or imperialist hubris, with the US as the proverbial last man standing getting by far the worst of it. History, if there’s any to be written, will not judge either of us favorably, although the Russians definitely get karma points for finally pulling their head out of their ass and resisting domination by the globalist western capitalist oligarchy, thus far at least.

      • SoftStarLight January 28, 2020 at 1:41 pm #

        What a sad conclusion. But probably true. You know that despite myself I’m still an optimist at heart. Change is possible, but yes, the masses have to want that change. Unfortunately they are being herded off of a cliff like a bunch of possessed swine.

  46. Nightowl January 28, 2020 at 10:55 am #

    Powerful interview with Victor Davis Hanson on current US politics covering Trump, left-wing authoritarianism, and the rollback of the progressive project.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2955&v=-4Gkm77usT0&feature=emb_logo

    An eloquent speaker, and a very sharp mind.

  47. akmofo January 28, 2020 at 11:07 am #

    Summary of the Impeachment Process
    https://youtu.be/xbYwaJtIqao

    Hillary Clinton’s camp pays to obtain dirt on Donald Trump from Russian firm
    => No problem!

    Hillary Clinton deletes 30,000s emails, many of which were classified
    => No problem!

    Joe Biden openly admits to leaning on the Ukrainians to fire a Ukrainian prosecutor (who was apparently examining the corruption of the Ukrainian firm Burisma that Hunter Biden was associated with) or else they would not receive a $1 billion loan guarantee
    => No problem!

    A hot microphone captures Barack Obama telling Russian President Medvedev to grant him some leeway (on nuclear issues) until he seeks reelection (quid pro quo for personal political gain)
    => No problem!

    Obama/Clinton sycophants use the Fisa court to illegally spy on Donald Trump, a political opponent running for President
    => No problem!

    Hunter Biden receives an astonishing amount of money to sit on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy firm, during the time that his dad was VP (even though Hunter Biden knows nothing about energy and about the Ukraine)
    => No problem!

    Donald Trump asks Ukrainian president to examine the possibility of corruption as relating to the Joe Biden-Hunter Biden situation
    => IMPEACH!

    Got it?
    Good!

    Them are the selective actions of the Vatican mafia.

    • JohnAZ January 28, 2020 at 11:31 am #

      Of such is the relative power of the Leftist Deep State and the Conservative side of DC. Cargill, take note and Top BSing about the poor waddle Dems. They, the Dems are responsible for the obvious corruption of political power in the US.

      • JohnAZ January 28, 2020 at 11:33 am #

        Cargill, this is globalist in scope. You might start looking at your own group there for incursions by the international thugs.

  48. malthuss January 28, 2020 at 11:12 am #

    A REPORTER for the Washington Post has been placed on “administrative leave” after she tweeted a link to a 2016 article detailing the 2003 rape case against Kobe Bryant just hours after his death.

    The woman has claimed she received thousands of threats following the now-deleted tweets.

  49. akmofo January 28, 2020 at 11:19 am #

    Well, this is interesting..

    Valerie Biden Owens, the sister of former vice president Joe Biden (D), who served as the campaign manager for his past presidential campaigns, directed $2.5 million from “Citizens for Biden” and “Biden for President Inc.” to her own consulting firm during her brother’s 2008 presidential bid alone, Breitbart senior contributor and Government Accountability Institute (GAI) President Peter Schweizer’s investigative blockbuster Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite reveals.
    .
    .
    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/01/28/joe-bidens-sister-valerie-sent-millions-of-joes-campaign-dollars-to-her-own-consulting-firm/

    Mafia Biden Inc. strikes again

  50. malthuss January 28, 2020 at 11:24 am #

    In Diverse East Baton Rouge, An Affluent White Area Seeks Its Own City, School District

    They wrote “Affluent White Area”, although it’s probably more middle class than anything else, maybe upper middle class, most importantly predominantly white — but they probably wanted to portray the white people as selfish, elitist, not caring about the rest of the “community” — so they call them “affluent”.

    Voters Near Baton Rouge Want Better Schools. First, They Need a New City — A group has tried unsuccessfully for years to create a new school district in East Baton Rouge Parish. This time, they want to establish a city of their own

    They probably also want safer schools and a safer living environment generally.

    Whites in Lafayette should consider doing the same thing.

    • elysianfield January 28, 2020 at 12:28 pm #

      “Baton Rouge”

      Malthuss

      Consider the name “Baton Rouge”…it means, roughly “red stick”.

      Why is the stick red? What did they do to the stick to make it red?

      #abnerlouima

      • Janos Skorenzy January 28, 2020 at 1:04 pm #

        The term “Red Sticks” (alternatively “Redsticks” or “Red Clubs”), was derived from the name of the 2-foot-long wooden war club, or atássa [3](vtvssv), used by the Creeks. The preferred weapon of the Red Stick warriors, the war club had a red-painted wooden handle with a curve at its head that held a small piece of iron, steel, or bone projecting about two inches.[4][5][6] The Red Sticks faction came primarily from the Upper Towns of the Creek Confederacy and supported traditional leadership and culture, including the preservation of communal land for cultivation and hunting,[7] while opposing assimilation into European-American culture.

        from the wiki

        No doubt the Lefties love the idea of naming a town after Indian War Clubs and the fact that there were a lot of mixed White/Indian couplings in the area. They ignore the fact that the “high Creeks” hated this and attacked the town. Overcoming the defenses, they put almost all the bad Indians, Whites, and half breeds to the club.

        • akmofo January 28, 2020 at 1:22 pm #

          How did Baton Rouge get its name?

          The present name of the city, however, dates back to 1699, when French explorers noted a red cypress tree stripped of its bark that marked the boundary between Houma and Bayou Goula tribal hunting grounds. They called the tree “le baton rouge,” or red stick. The native name for the site had been Istrouma.

          http://www.city-data.com/us-cities/The-South/Baton-Rouge-History.html

          How is it, Janos, that you can never stop lying? Other than constantly lying, hating on Jews, worshiping Hitler, and fantasizing of World Conquest, what else do they teach you at your Roman Church?

          • Janos Skorenzy January 28, 2020 at 4:48 pm #

            Here: Read it and weep, moron.

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

            Perhaps the red tree or big red stick is related to the little red sticks or clubs – as in “Stay offa our land, mofos, or you’ll get clubbed.”?

            Related: My Jewish friend (coincidence? Is there such a thing?) corrected me saying, The Big Black First outside Detroit City Hall isn’t a symbol of Black Power but rather the fist of such and such a black boxer.

            I replied: Not a difference that makes a difference. The fist of such and such a black boxer is a symbol of Black Power. That’s why it’s up in the first place – Obviously!

          • akmofo January 28, 2020 at 5:13 pm #

            Red Sticks is Red Sticks and Baton Rouge is Baton Rouge. The two aren’t related and are not to be mixed up.

            Now to the question of your land. Where is it exactly?

        • Majella January 28, 2020 at 5:01 pm #

          ” The Red Sticks faction came primarily from the Upper Towns of the Creek Confederacy and supported traditional leadership and culture, including the preservation of communal land for cultivation and hunting,[7] while opposing assimilation into European-American culture”

          Sounds like these guys were thinking the same as you & SSL. Native Supremacists?

          • Janos Skorenzy January 28, 2020 at 5:19 pm #

            Good Maj, you’ve found the main point. Now don’t go off a tangent. Try to stay on point this time. No tangerines or painting your toe nails right now.

            Point to ponder: Match up this natural desire to remain as one is with one’s people on one’s own Land with the Maori struggle in New Zealand. Think you might find a parallel or two? Might they have done the same thing!!???

            Show your work. I’m not going to pass you just because it’s expected these day, cuz of your “career” or gpa or any kind of shit like that. If you deserve an F, you’re getting an F. My door is always open during my posted office hours. And the door stays open if you come in. No funny or monkey business.

      • malthuss January 28, 2020 at 1:52 pm #

        Consider the name “Baton Rouge”– “Baton Rouge” is French?

        not sure why you conflate that with abner louima…he should never have been let in.

        • SoftStarLight January 28, 2020 at 2:13 pm #

          The old tale I was told was that when the explorer Pierre Iberville was boating down the Mississippi he saw red poles put up by the Indians on the bluffs of the river on the side where Baton Rouge is now. He named the place after the red poles. They were used to mark hunting grounds.

        • elysianfield January 28, 2020 at 2:40 pm #

          “he should never have been let in”

          Malthuss,
          Well…neither should have the stick….

          • malthuss January 28, 2020 at 6:55 pm #

            thats a sick comment.

          • elysianfield January 29, 2020 at 12:39 am #

            Malthuss,
            Yes it is sick commentary. But every time I see “Baton Rouge” I think of Louima…can’t help it.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 28, 2020 at 5:06 pm #

          Was that the original Lil Abner?

    • BackRowHeckler January 28, 2020 at 12:58 pm #

      What’s happening in Ct, Dem supermajority passing laws that override local zoning, endeavor to build public housing projects in small rural towns thru out the State. The goal seems to be spread the violence, squalor, crime, and poverty and filth border to border, and rub whitey’s nose in it.

      It also is an admission that the cities — which lefties have been in charge of for 60 years — are hopeless. Not to worry, these cities can be refilled with 3rd world illegals … there are 4 billion of them out there eager to get in.

      Brh

      • malthuss January 28, 2020 at 1:50 pm #

        today, you are on fire.

      • SoftStarLight January 28, 2020 at 2:14 pm #

        Yes, this is their plan!

      • elysianfield January 28, 2020 at 2:35 pm #

        ” The goal seems to be spread the violence”

        BRH,
        In this you are correct. Oakland California, in the late 60’s did the very same thing with the first-in-the-nation “Turnkey Project”…and as like little cancers metastasizing, they ruined every neighborhood in which they were to be found.

        No sense even parroting the ostensible admirable reasons…it is a known failure where anything other then “neighborhood busting” is concerned.

        …Shoulda’ seen the pin maps….

      • Majella January 29, 2020 at 2:56 am #

        So, Marlin, run for office or move – to Montana, maybe?

      • Sean Coleman January 30, 2020 at 6:58 am #

        BRH

        Find out where Majella lives and move there. it will be safe and white. In Ireland what has been happening is that ‘asylum centres’ for alleged refugees have been opened all over the country, usually in small towns and villages which are not equipped to handle the influx. I have heard it argued that it is because property is cheaper for the state to buy out in remote areas in the countryside. The other argument is that it is deliberate and intended to finally eradicate what is left of traditional Ireland, which was always much stronger in rural areas. I suspect it is the latter because cost is clearly no barrier when it comes to ‘refugees’.

      • Sean Coleman January 30, 2020 at 7:01 am #

        “Cargill” will also live in a nice safe location where he or she has the leisure to indulge in his or her liberal fantasies.

    • SoftStarLight January 28, 2020 at 2:10 pm #

      This already happened and they were successful. Say hello to the new City of St. George! However, the BR mayor Sharon Weston Broome is committed to doing everything legally possible to slow down and complicate the process. Baton Rouge is basically one of the most dangerous cities in the country. No one wants to live in a place where there are gang shootings and stabbings every day. But of course the government does not care that people want to live in a safe place. “Diverse” Baton Rouge became “diverse” because of White Flight. And guess what, it AIN’T diverse now. It’s majority Negroid. K-Dog said people who want to live in safe “White” neighborhoods are modern racists.

      • K-Dog January 29, 2020 at 4:03 am #

        K-Dog said people who want to live in safe “White” neighborhoods are modern racists.

        I did?

        • SoftStarLight January 29, 2020 at 2:01 pm #

          Yeah, I believe it was last year. Actually this topic came up and you had mentioned in the discussion that modern racists are the Whites trying to move away or pull away from Black areas/urban areas. It was a long time ago and no hurt feelings on my part or anything. But I did recall it since the topic came back up.

  51. elysianfield January 28, 2020 at 12:55 pm #

    Well, ladies and germs;

    UPI, this AM, reports that the House of Rep’s passed a bill with almost unanimous bi-partisan consent;

    https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2020/01/28/House-passes-bill-to-support-Holocaust-education/8291580189972/?lh=10

    …Goes to show that when the issue is important, good men can come together…The Republic is saved….

    • Janos Skorenzy January 28, 2020 at 1:00 pm #

      Hah! This big red balloon is getting so big that it’s gonna get popped. They’re over-reaching – they always do as Ernst Zundel said.

      • Laundromat Blues January 29, 2020 at 10:40 am #

        It’s a Baloon Rouge.

    • akmofo January 28, 2020 at 1:10 pm #

      Only took 75 years. Impressive!

      So, elysianfield, you figure that in another 75 years the American school system will be able produce 75 American school kids able to point on the map where is the location of the Auschwitz death camp?

      • messianicdruid January 28, 2020 at 1:21 pm #

        Rote map identification is easy. Teaching them to think about all the information [ that may or may not be available] surrounding it, is another matter.

        • akmofo January 28, 2020 at 1:24 pm #

          Glad you have this confidence. We’ll find out who is right in 75 years. I think the odds are with me.

          • messianicdruid January 28, 2020 at 1:57 pm #

            We will also be using the Hebrew bible, specifically Duet. 28, to teach the young about the Covenant between God and His people Israel., the blessings and cursing that make up history.

            Confidence and Hope.

          • akmofo January 28, 2020 at 2:08 pm #

            Ever more glad to see you have the confidence the belief in yourself the will and the intelligence to learn Hebrew before you’re dead, and then even teach it to others.

            You do have competition though:

            https://youtu.be/uY8R3gmlXNU

            Good luck!

      • elysianfield January 28, 2020 at 2:29 pm #

        mofo,

        Who can say? They have to find Poland, first….

        • akmofo January 28, 2020 at 2:40 pm #

          Let’s not be so harsh, let’s start with Europe first.

    • malthuss January 28, 2020 at 1:50 pm #

      At the local library, are there more books about the civil war or about

      MLK
      Mandela
      Snivel rites
      AA
      Obama?

  52. messianicdruid January 28, 2020 at 1:34 pm #

    Philbin is tearing them up. Paraphrased “this is the President of the United States doing his _________ job!”

  53. Janos Skorenzy January 28, 2020 at 1:56 pm #

    Not sure if this perspective has been expressed here yet. Blacks don’t like Bernie or Pete. And if any are unsure, Obama has expressed his dislike for Bernie. And since they tend to vote as a bloc, Obama may now be in the role as King Maker. Any thoughts?

    https://www.amren.com/commentary/2020/01/bernie-sanders-black-vote-barack-obama/

    Obama disappointed them? Sure, but he still Black. Mandela “ran” or fought as a Communist and then on the eve of the takeover, repudiated that in favor of European style Socialism. Anyone else see parallels here? And if Mandela hadn’t, he would have been toppled or offed.

    The White Man still reigns, or at least Whites who don’t identify as White, both Tribe and non-Tribe. In their secret rituals, Skull & Bones refers to other Whites as “vandals”, “gentiles”, etc. Pretty clear for those with eyes to see where theie allegiance falls.

    • messianicdruid January 28, 2020 at 1:59 pm #

      Villains live in villages. It has ever been so.

      • messianicdruid January 28, 2020 at 2:05 pm #

        Are you accepting ” Skull and Bones ” as a tribal moniker? What other white tribes do you recognize? Amish, perhaps.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 28, 2020 at 2:36 pm #

          Duh. They’re a Secret Society of Elite Wasps allied with the Tribe. But even that’s not good enough – they were pressured to open their membership to the Tribe. “We” can’t have anything of our own – not even our own Traitor Cults.

          • messianicdruid January 28, 2020 at 3:32 pm #

            But would’nt other tribes [ also ] echo their attributes and paradigms across the centuries?

            I identify with the Issacharites. “And of the children of Issachar, who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their bidding.”

            I can believe that the children of Issachar had understanding of prophecies and the occurrences at any time to know what point they were on in the plan of God for their nation. All Israel was aware that David [ symbolic of Gods choice ] was anointed as king of Israel but could not mount the throne because Saul [ symbolic of the people’s choice ] was still on the throne. On seeing the events that had occurred in the country in those times, they realized that it was time for the Lord’s choice of king to be enthroned. While the rest of Israel was in confusion as on what to do next, they understood that it was time for Israel to acknowledge and make David their king.

            Our times rhymes [!] with the fulfillment of messianic prophecies developing , as we watch.

          • akmofo January 28, 2020 at 3:35 pm #

            The anguish of be must be so overbearing. How do you keep from cutting your veins?

          • akmofo January 28, 2020 at 3:52 pm #

            @messianicdruid

            Issachar = ish sachar = man [of] payment = mercenaries

            When you’ll learn Hebrew, you’ll actually gain some understanding. Nachash (Serpent) King of Ammon was David’s refuge from Saul. David became King, but he was not favored by the Prophets nor by God. David is an Ammonite foreigner, same as King Herod. Within a generation their abominable Kingdoms fell into destruction.

          • akmofo January 28, 2020 at 4:04 pm #

            In fact, if I remember correctly, one of King David’s sons was named Ammon. King David was not an Israelite. Everything he did caused the destruction of Israelite culture and way of life. His seed is the seed of death. It’s not a coincidence your ROMAN CAESAR CHRIST GOD claims descent from King David.

          • messianicdruid January 28, 2020 at 4:04 pm #

            “David became King, but he was not favored by the Prophets nor by God.”

            Well a prophet anointed him at God’s direction.

            “The Lord said to Samuel, “How long do you intend to mourn for Saul? I have rejected him as king over Israel. Fill your horn with olive oil and go! I am sending you to Jesse in Bethlehem, for I have selected a king for myself from among his sons.” 2 Samuel replied, “How can I go? Saul will hear about it and kill me!” But the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ 3 Then invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you should do. You will anoint for me the one I point out to you.” 4 Samuel did what the Lord told him. When he arrived in Bethlehem, the elders of the city were afraid to meet him. They said, “Do you come in peace?” 5He replied, “Yes, in peace. I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” So he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. 6 When they arrived, Samuel noticed Eliab and said to himself, “Surely, here before the Lord stands his chosen king!” 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t be impressed by his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. God does not view things the way men do. People look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 8 Then Jesse called Abinadab and presented him to Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one, either.” 9 Then Jesse presented Shammah. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.” 10 Jesse presented seven of his sons to Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.” 11 Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Is that all of the young men?” Jesse replied, “There is still the youngest one, but he’s taking care of the flock.” Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we cannot turn our attention to other things until he comes here.” 12 So Jesse had him brought in. Now he was ruddy, with attractive eyes and a handsome appearance. The Lord said, “Go and anoint him. This is the one!” 13 So Samuel took the horn full of olive oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers. The Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day onward. Then Samuel got up and went to Ramah.”

            Do you dispute this translation of the Hebrew bible?

          • messianicdruid January 28, 2020 at 4:07 pm #

            “When you’ll learn Hebrew, you’ll actually gain some understanding.”

            I can’t see that its helped you much.

          • messianicdruid January 28, 2020 at 4:09 pm #

            But I am pressing on. A great pdf:

            https://www.meru.org/GodofAbe/onegdpix.html#title

          • messianicdruid January 28, 2020 at 4:16 pm #

            “Issachar = ish sachar = man [of] payment = mercenaries”

            His name is associated with the circumstances of his birth, which has nothing to do with war.

            Issachar’s mother was Leah. After she gave birth to her fourth son, Judah, Leah stopped having children and was presumed to be barren (Genesis 29:35). One day her oldest son, Reuben, came across mandrakes in the field. In folk medicine, these flowering herbs were thought to enhance a woman’s fertility. Reuben picked the mandrakes and brought them to his mother. Leah and her younger sister, Rachel, argued over the mandrakes, but finally came to an agreement. Leah would give Rachel some of the mandrakes as a reward or payment for allowing Leah to sleep with their husband, Jacob. That night, Leah became pregnant and later gave Jacob her fifth (and his ninth) son, Issachar (Genesis 30:14–18).

          • akmofo January 28, 2020 at 4:23 pm #

            Do you dispute this translation of the Hebrew bible?
            ==

            It’s not just the poor translation, it’s the whole story itself. The anointing is not done in secret. It is done in front of all the whole of Israel. The story is a lie. King David was an enemy of Israel, that’s why Saul wanted him dead. David was given refuge by the enemies of Israel, first the foreign Greeks (plishtim) of Gat, and then Nachash King of Ammon. You have no intelligence to understand lies and why the lies are produced. That’s why you follow these lies.

          • messianicdruid January 28, 2020 at 4:24 pm #

            “King David was not an Israelite.”

            Are Judahites not Israelites?

            This one:

            http://www.complete-bible-genealogy.com/names/david_593.htm

            Says the kid was named Amnon.

          • akmofo January 28, 2020 at 4:33 pm #

            Hebrew Biblical names are given to describe a critical character or trait that the Hebrew Bible wishes for you to understand. Every name is descriptive of what YeHeVeH wishes you know about that person. It is a clue that you must read into an understanding of who and what they are. Biblical names and common names are not the same.

          • messianicdruid January 28, 2020 at 4:36 pm #

            “You have no intelligence to understand lies and why the lies are produced.”

            To be able to know this based on the limited interaction we have enjoyed is indeed impressive.

          • akmofo January 28, 2020 at 4:39 pm #

            Ruth, of which David is of, is from Moab/Ammon

          • messianicdruid January 28, 2020 at 4:44 pm #

            “Hebrew Biblical names are given to describe a critical character or trait that the Hebrew Bible wishes for you to understand. Every name is descriptive of what YeHeVeH wishes you know about that person. It is a clue that you must read into an understanding of who and what they are. Biblical names and common names are not the same.”

            What would the name ” Yah – shua ” indicate to you? Assuming that He wants you to understand.

          • akmofo January 28, 2020 at 4:55 pm #

            David was not a Hebrew name. The name is derived is from word DOWD, meaning uncle. Why would someone name themselves thus? It is the title name of a foreign usurper.

          • akmofo January 28, 2020 at 4:59 pm #

            What would the name ” Yah – shua ” indicate to you?
            ==

            It depends how it is spelled in Hebrew. There is no such spelling, since the original is in Greek.

          • messianicdruid January 28, 2020 at 5:06 pm #

            “Ruth, of which David is of, is from Moab/Ammon.”

            Ruth lived in “the land of Moab”, which had been conquered several generations earlier, at the time of Joshua, by the Israelites. They had killed all the Moabites and Ammonites north of the Arnon river, and it became their territory.

            “An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter the congregation of the Lord; even to the tenth generation none of his descendants shall enter the congregation of the Lord FOREVER”. (Deuteronomy 23:3)

            This is a real problem for the Royal House of Judah. The truth of the matter is, God would never instruct His people NOT to allow a Moabite into the congregation, and then leave us an example of doing just the opposite, especially within the Israelite Royal Family. God does not say one thing and do another. God DOES NOT LIE!

            The kings of the nation of Israel had to come from the tribe of Judah. The Messiah was to come from that line of Israelite kings. God instructs: “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes…” (Genesis 49:10).

            God made it clear that no foreigner is to rule over the nation of Israel. “…You shall surely set a king over you whom the Lord your God chooses; one from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you MAY NOT set a FOREIGNER over you, who is not your brother.” (Deuteronomy 17:15). God makes race an issue, with the kings of Israel.

            Do you think Boaz was unaware of these things?

          • Janos Skorenzy January 28, 2020 at 5:13 pm #

            Are Serpents so bad? Why did Moses have brazen serpents raised above the people of Israel in the Sinai passage? And did not he cast his staff into the form of a serpent?

            Indeed, the Talking Serpent talked to and “knew” Eve, thus fathering Cain and his lineage.

          • akmofo January 28, 2020 at 5:22 pm #

            The truth of the matter is, God would never instruct His people NOT to allow a Moabite into the congregation, and then leave us an example of doing just the opposite, especially within the Israelite Royal Family. God does not say one thing and do another.
            ==

            Yes, only God did not do, we did. We are always free to do whatever — and deal with the consequences. God does not give commandments, he only gives us prescribed guidelines to help us do well.

          • akmofo January 28, 2020 at 5:25 pm #

            Ruth like David is not an Israelite name. The word Rut actually has no meaning in Hebrew. Ruth/Rut, like David, was not an Israelite.

          • akmofo January 28, 2020 at 5:32 pm #

            Not only was David a stranger to Israel, but he destroyed the Tabernacle in Shiloh and the placed the Ark of the Covenant in an enclosure of cut stone. Cut stone in relation to the worship of YeHeVeH was strictly advised not to do.

          • messianicdruid January 28, 2020 at 5:41 pm #

            “King David was an enemy of Israel, that’s why Saul wanted him dead.”

            No, Saul was overcome with envy, he was defending his lineage not the whole nation.

            We are plagued by many Saul-types even now.

          • akmofo January 28, 2020 at 5:44 pm #

            Why did Moses have brazen serpents raised above the people of Israel in the Sinai passage?
            ==

            The rod of Moses was a rod of copper. When heated the copper rod would bend like a snake. If the rod was made of wood it would be named differently in the Hebrew Bible. The Hebrew word for serpent/snake and copper/brilliance are closely related to each other in Hebrew with the same root letters. And they both imply death.

          • akmofo January 28, 2020 at 5:49 pm #

            No, Saul was overcome with envy, he was defending his lineage not the whole nation.
            ==

            That’s what King David made the scribes write.

            There was no kingly lineage before King David. There was never supposed to be any kingly lineage, EVER!

          • akmofo January 28, 2020 at 6:26 pm #

            Are Judahites not Israelites?
            ==

            At that time it was one territory — the Land of Israel. After King David and Solomon, the territory was separated into bad and worse Kingdoms. The whole territory lost its way under the subversions of the Egyptians and Ramses II. Sapped with constant civil war, with Solomon’s death, Ramses II lead a military campaign against the territory and completely emptied of the wealth of the country, carrying off all the Temple’s Treasures as described in the Hebrew Bible and the Temple in Karnak.

          • messianicdruid January 28, 2020 at 8:30 pm #

            I will ask again, “Are Judahites not Israelites?” since you went off on a tangent.

          • akmofo January 28, 2020 at 9:26 pm #

            What tangent? Judah was 1 of the 12 tribes of Israel in the Land of Israel. The territory which was never a kingdom, became a kingdom leading to endless civil war and then a split into 2 kingdoms: Judah and Israel. Kingdoms are contrary to the way of YeHeVeH and both Kingdoms suffered dearly as a consequence.

  54. Htruth January 28, 2020 at 2:07 pm #

    CNN’s Don Lemon mocking Trump supporters: https://youtu.be/QTCZ8cx9Pw4

    • Nightowl January 31, 2020 at 3:40 am #

      Why have all of the McResist media grifters got the moonpie/carebear face going on?

      Lemon, J. Oliver, Cuomo, Colbert, Stelter, etc. Regardless of frame size, they all have the same bizarre quality to their faces.

  55. BackRowHeckler January 28, 2020 at 2:30 pm #

    Uh oh, they’re talking ’bout the corrupt Bidens at impeachment right now, and Joe Biden is sitting there taking it all in. He must be sh#tting in his pants, and probably feels like running out of the room. The lid is off, the water is out of the tub, the jig is up, the end is at hand.

    Like someone posted here earlier, the only US Pol in DC who HAS NOT scored some serious life changing swag in the Ukraine appears to be President Trump. Everybody else seems to have cleaned up, and cleaned up big.

    Brh

  56. wpa_ccc January 28, 2020 at 2:31 pm #

    “Exoneration from what? What is the crime?” —nightowl

    President Trump does not need to commit a crime to be impeached, though the GAO says he did commit a crime in ordering a freeze of congressionally obligated funds. To this day 100% of the money has not been released to Ukraine.

    But impeachable conduct, like abuse of power, does not have to be criminal. High crimes may not violate any criminal statutes and still be impeachable.

    What if a president ordered the declassification of the identities of all covert CIA agents serving abroad in enemy territory. The president has the authority to declassify. It is not a crime. And Congress has the authority to impeach the president for non-criminal behavior, especially when such behavior endangers national security, especially when such behavior is done for personal benefit to win the 2020 election.

    • BackRowHeckler January 28, 2020 at 2:58 pm #

      Hey Asoka, nobody gives a sh#t about Ukraine one way or another, if they got their cash late or didn’t get it at all. Why should we care about some insignificant foreign policy decision, one of many made every week. Dems couldn’t come up with something better than this? Its weak, weak! Get it?

      Brh

      • wpa_ccc January 28, 2020 at 3:30 pm #

        “Nobody gives a sh#t” — brh

        Right. Nobody gives a sh#t about consensual sex with an adult intern in the oval office because national security is not involved, withholding military aid is not involved. Giving favors to dictators to get a hotel built is not involved. Abandoning allies on the field of battle after an early morning phone call with a dictator is not involved. Taking babies away from their mothers, then deporting the mothers and putting babies in metal cages is not involved.

        You are wrong that nobody gives a sh#t. I am sure Asoka gives a sh#t, whoever she is.

        • wpa_ccc January 28, 2020 at 3:51 pm #

          Who gives a sh#t. 75% of the American people! (Quinnipiac poll)

          • malthuss January 28, 2020 at 6:48 pm #

            why are you posting so little, these days? cat got yr tongue?

      • Majella January 29, 2020 at 3:01 am #

        Answer the question, Marlin…unless you can’t, in which case, hurl abuse and ad hominems!

    • Nightowl January 28, 2020 at 6:06 pm #

      The standard is high crimes and misdemeanors.

      You have none.

      • wpa_ccc January 28, 2020 at 8:24 pm #

        The standard is 67 votes to convict and remove. Let’s hear Bolton testify and be cross-examined. Then we’ll see about the only standard that matters : 67 votes against Trump.

        • Nightowl January 29, 2020 at 10:23 am #

          The claim from the Schiffster is that he is guilty of HC&M.

          Your witnesses were already qustioned in the House.

          They backed the President’s claim.

          You have no crime, no witnesses, and no verifiable evidence.

          Unless you can provide some?

          Still we wait.

      • Majella January 28, 2020 at 8:51 pm #

        “Abuse of Power” was the capstone of Starr’s case against Clinton, as he himself has written.

        Likewise, “Abuse of Power” was the central article in Nixon’s case, though it never got to a House vote.

        • benr January 29, 2020 at 11:10 am #

          no NO NO!

          Nixon was impeached not for the crime but the cover up period end of story.

          • Majella January 29, 2020 at 4:10 pm #

            The coverup WAS his crime. He didn’t order the Watergate break-in, but when he learned of it, he went all-in to hide the facts, and in doing so, abused his Presidential power. It isn’t that complicated, benr.

          • benr January 29, 2020 at 5:15 pm #

            No its not that’s why I laugh at how wrong most of your posts on Trump actually are and to be specific why this impeachment show trial is such a damn farce.

          • Majella January 30, 2020 at 3:27 pm #

            Surely Dershowitz’s ridiculous defense argument of yesterday will be giving you a heapin’ helpin’ of shitz’n’giggles now, benr.

            Or perhaps you’re so clever that you’re the only one who actually UNDERSTOOD what he was ‘trying’ to say, now that he’s claiming to have been taken out of context.

  57. budizwiser January 28, 2020 at 2:59 pm #

    Reality TV meets CF Nation

    James – there are people writing about current politics – and they aren’t nearly as infantile and trite in their subject matter as your scribbles.

    Boo – your essays stink – and you’ve damaged any semblance of a reputation for insight you may have had from years ago.

    Of course – after watching and listening to the impeachment proceedings – what passes for intelligent discourse in this nation – isn’t much different from the tepid, banal garbage you post as “journalism.”

    Thanks for the memories – I’ll check back in a year,

    I’m sure your new season will produce episodes with even bigger ratings …… For now – YOU’RE FIRED……..

  58. messianicdruid January 28, 2020 at 5:18 pm #

    I asked, “What would the name ” Yah – shua ” indicate to you?”

    akmofo responded, “It depends how it is spelled in Hebrew. There is no such spelling, since the original is in Greek.”

    Okay, how is the poetic name of the Creator spelled in Hebrew? And how is the word for salvation spelled in Hebrew? Put them together and what does it tell you about a man born in the city of David in about 4AD.? What might YeHeVeH want you to know about him?

    They were still speaking Hebrew then.

    • akmofo January 28, 2020 at 6:56 pm #

      Okay, how is the poetic name of the Creator spelled in Hebrew?
      ==

      It’s not poetry, it’s concrete meaning.
      The word YHVH literally spells/means:

      I EXIST or I AM

      https://youtu.be/ivkmL3ClOJY
      https://youtu.be/zi6KZ02yWhw

      • messianicdruid January 28, 2020 at 8:24 pm #

        It is too bad they didn’t do the “parent roots” of the Tetragrammaton:

        Y = life
        H = giver [ feminine]
        V = law
        H = giver [ masculine ]

        • akmofo January 28, 2020 at 9:18 pm #

          Abstract words/concepts do not exist in the Hebrew language and culture. Your whole way of thinking is not Hebrew, it’s Greek. Your God is Greek. Your thinking of God is Greek. All your descriptions and scriptures of God are Greek. They’re all alien. They’re all fugazi. FAKE!

          But you’re too stupid and ignorant to understand what I’ve been telling you, for years now. EVERYTHING you believe in is fake, made by Greek/Roman fakers. You cannot understand this because you fundamentally do not understand Hebrew and the Hebrew way of thinking. It’s that alien to you Greeks, and you are that alien to us Hebrews. You cannot graft your idiotic Greek abstraction onto Hebrew. It’s FAKE!

          • Janos Skorenzy January 29, 2020 at 1:38 am #

            So your God is just physical – a proton or perhaps the planet Venus? Or money….the most abstractly concrete thing of all.

          • akmofo January 29, 2020 at 7:16 am #

            Our God is our God.
            He is the ALWAYS existent current that is the universe.
            He is Truth and the guide to Correct being.

            Your Gods are your Gods.
            Fake SURMISED satanic GREEK copies.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 29, 2020 at 6:12 pm #

            Even better: Your God is Jewish, literally a big Jew up in the sky. Everyone else is just shit out of luck. Nice!

            YHVH is a Tribal deity. Throw away your Kabbalah books! It’s just that simple!

          • akmofo January 29, 2020 at 7:37 pm #

            YHVH is a Tribal deity
            ==

            We are Hebrews by virtue of following his Hebrew language his Hebrew culture his Hebrew ways his Hebrew precepts in his Hebrew land. So yes, our god is a Hebrew God.

          • messianicdruid January 30, 2020 at 11:10 pm #

            He is the God [ rulemaker ] of the living.

  59. toktomi January 28, 2020 at 5:32 pm #

    Again, in the words of probably my only hero-like personality, “Georgie” [in his own words]..

    “Just fucking dandy!”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnIHFQ1sJqk

    ~toktomi~

  60. elysianfield January 28, 2020 at 6:08 pm #

    Gentlemen,
    I saw something, last night on the TeeVee that gave me pause;

    A new “Take One Every Day” pill that, while not keeping you from being infected with HIV, is recommended for those…at risk. It somehow is supposed to help keep you “vertical” whilst you spend your time “horizontal” (If you get my drift, and I think you do). It’s only side effect is that it promotes diarrhea, which I think is the primary method of prophylaxis.(again, form a vision…).

    But that was not the weird part….

    In the boilerplate language, both spoken and written, it stated clearly that the “medication”…HAS NOT BEEN TESTED UPON PEOPLE ASSIGNED AS FEMALE AT BIRTH.

    …Sweet Jesus….

    • malthuss January 28, 2020 at 11:11 pm #

      see janos comment below and my link.

  61. Janos Skorenzy January 28, 2020 at 7:04 pm #

    Compulsory Transgender classes now a thing in Canadian youth hockey.

    https://www.westernjournal.com/dad-questions-gender-identity-training-barred-hockey-coaching-canada-report/

    We didn’t fight back soon enough. We’re past the sweat and tears stage and at the blood as per Churchill. This is a mopping up operation. They expect no serious difficulties from the last remaining masculine Canadians – and I imagine they are correct in that.

    • malthuss January 28, 2020 at 11:09 pm #

      Does it matter? Canada will be ‘White Minority’ if immigration and White women aborting or not having ‘Sikh sized’ [4 or more] baby families.

      • malthuss January 28, 2020 at 11:10 pm #

        linky

        A broad, deeply progressive “free-form gender-studies seminar” on topics ranging from the oppressive colonial history of the “gender binary” to the wide array of genders now deemed mainstream by left-wing cultural orthodoxy, Quillette reported

        • BackRowHeckler January 28, 2020 at 11:48 pm #

          I’m still looking for the Freaks everybody is talking about. I’ve seen only one in ten years, and it was a pretty pathetic example. Where do they hang out? Are these transgenders lke vampires, they only come out at night? I’m beginning to think they don’t even really exist but are being conjured up out of thin air by lefty pols to use as red herrings, and to prove how eclectic and ‘woke’ they are.

          I’m out and about every day, you’d think I’d spot one every once in awhile. I’ve seen more Moose and Bears around here than I have Trannys.

          brh

          • elysianfield January 29, 2020 at 12:26 am #

            BRH,

            Well, perhaps you have to re-evaluate your search criteria…

            https://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/For-trannies-and-the-men-who-love-them-Divas-is-2663710.php

            They remain where they belong, in the dark underbelly of our society…you might not see them, but they see you…can you not feel their red, fevered eyes? Their shameless ogling of your straight male form?

            They hunger for a challenge….

          • malthuss January 29, 2020 at 1:08 am #

            really? I took a nite class w about 15 people.
            a granny type, on methadone, who brought her dog to class.
            a jewish female nut with an infamous relative [I wont say who],
            a bull dyke teacher who wasnt much of a teacher and a tranny.

            quite a bunch.

          • benr January 29, 2020 at 11:20 am #

            My local target hires them.

            Men dressed up as women with a 4 o’clock shadow and Adams apple.
            Watched an old lady paying for her stuff not notice she was being served by one until he oh excuse me she started talking with a deep gravely voice. I thought the little old lady was going to have a heart attack.

          • elysianfield January 29, 2020 at 2:46 pm #

            “really? I took a nite class w about 15 people.”

            Malthuss,
            Permit me to assume that, with the group you describe, it was court mandated?

  62. JohnAZ January 28, 2020 at 7:40 pm #

    All through the last three years there has been a dialogue going on about Trump’s future. He has beaten them off over and over. He is getting hit now for something that the Obama crowd did over and over.

    There is a lesson here. You can beat back your political enemies over and over but if the Media has set its purpose to destroy you, it never stops, never goes away. Eventually it wears you down and defeats you. The media and the unelected bureaucracy runs this country now. Elected officials do not, which means that the voters no longer control the country. Trump goes, so does popular control of our government.

    We are about to enter a period where a Progressive hero is going to “protect us all” and totalitarianism will be the result. Uniparty control, then control by bureaucracy, then attempted government economic control. Goodbye, America, hello Amerika.

    • Majella January 29, 2020 at 2:24 am #

      Paranoia, John…grade A catastrophizing.

      • volodya January 29, 2020 at 9:56 am #

        OTOH Chamberlain played down the danger that the Nazis presented thinking that war could be averted, that Hitler could be dealt with via diplomatic deal-making.

        A lot of European Jews thought the same. I mean, so many Jewish men fought bravely for Germany in WW1. How bad could it possibly get? Surely countervailing opinion would force reason and reasonableness. And Hitler’s former commanding officer (Hugo Gutmann) was himself a Jew and he even put Adolph up for the Iron Cross First Class for outstanding performance and bravery, a very rare award for someone of Hitler’s low rank. Didn’t help.

        The lesson of WW1, the war to end all war, didn’t sink in. No matter the dire pre-1939 predictions, none of the catastrophizing was remotely equal to the post-1939 reality.

        Not saying that Amerika is the necessary result, but nasty regimes aren’t beyond the realm of possibility. And what we’ve been seeing in certain societal groups, mostly among the allegedly educated and enlightened, and especially in the Deep State and governing elites with respect to Trump’s election, is not encouraging.

  63. stelmosfire January 28, 2020 at 7:47 pm #

    Meanwhile across the pond in “Gay Paree’ the cops are puttin’ a serious beatdown on the firemen. Using water cannons on them. That just ain’t right. Payback is gonna be a bitch.

    • stelmosfire January 28, 2020 at 7:47 pm #

      Forgot my link.
      https://www.rt.com/news/479409-france-police-firefighters-strike-paris/

    • BackRowHeckler January 28, 2020 at 8:33 pm #

      Wow Rip,

      Usually the cops and the firefighters are on the same page.

      Seems like in France they take to the streets over anything. Latte is too cold, start a riot. Croussant nor fresh, take to the streets, start a riot, burn the goddam place down

      Hey Rip, I’d like to thank you for your gracious hospitality. Much appreciated. Just like I figured you’re the real deal and a pretty substantial dude.

      I did visit your beautiful library afterward, spent a few hours there, went upstairs to the museum. All in all a good day for January.

      brh

      • malthuss January 28, 2020 at 11:04 pm #

        I was glancing at People magazine.
        Ronan Farrow is marrying a man.

        Is his dad Sinatra?

        • BackRowHeckler January 28, 2020 at 11:14 pm #

          Well, he writes for the New Yorker.

          That’s pretty much required for employment there.

          • malthuss January 29, 2020 at 1:08 am #

            ooooo

          • Majella January 30, 2020 at 3:29 pm #

            What, being Sinatra’s son, you mean?

            (In reality, his dad is Woody Allen.)

        • Nightowl January 30, 2020 at 5:26 pm #

          I’d bet money on it.

          If there was ever a kid who looked like his dad, it is that kid.

          • Majella January 31, 2020 at 12:23 am #

            Bet if you want. If you could provide evidence, verifiable and with the precise date when old Frank impregnated Mia, I’d pay it.

          • Nightowl January 31, 2020 at 3:32 am #

            Trumped by reading comprehension again.

            You are really owning the low-IQ thing.

  64. JohnAZ January 28, 2020 at 8:15 pm #

    Watching the polls reaction to Trump, the Progressives, Left vs. Right, etc, has made me realize that it is already too late for his country, that individuality, liberty and self-reliance are dying in the country.

    America, you do not deserve Donald Trump and the good he is trying to do. You deserve a central control Progressive dictator. I hope the country does divide into pieces,I will move where people have pride in their own self-reliance. If that place exists.

    • JohnAZ January 28, 2020 at 8:26 pm #

      And if Trump goes, step 1, the country will lose the due process aspect of our judicial system. It is currently being so violated by the cover up capability of the Deep State uniparty. Led by Mitt Romney, America’s no 1 enemy and his side kick and subordinate John Bolton.

      Disbelief? Look it up.

    • wpa_ccc January 28, 2020 at 8:40 pm #

      We deserve 100% student debt forgiveness. We deserve 100% free guaranteed single payer health care. We deserve 100% free education from K-12 right on through to PhD. We deserve 100% clean water and poison-free food.

      There is only one candidate offering all this. He is a socialist who will tax the rich and make corporations pay their fair share. We in the middle class will pay slightly higher taxes, but we will have a net gain with increased monthly cash flow.

      The Bernie Sanders administration is going to be great. He is not a Democrat. He is the Independent senator from Vermont. He was senator from Vermont, independent, and socialist when Trump was a Democrat, when Trump was having sex with girls, fraternizing with Epstein and writing checks to Clinton, Weiner, Kamala Harris, etc.

      Sanders is leading, campaigning openly as a socialist. People want public good, they want something in return for paying taxes. The Sanders administration is going to be great!

      • JohnAZ January 28, 2020 at 10:07 pm #

        Sanders wa in an interview over the weekend where the guy kept asking him how much all of his programs would cost and he had no idea. It has been estimated that it could be as much as 60 trillion dollars over ten years.

        Bernie does not care how much it costs. He wants to change the social and economic order of the country. He would destroy the monetary system if he could get the changes in he wants. It has been shown over and over that all the money of the wealthy class in the US will not support his plans. He does not care.

        If you want government control of your and your family’s life, Bernies your man.

        And by the way, we do not “deserve “ anything from the government. When we lose the determination to make things right for ourselves, liberty is history.

        • BackRowHeckler January 28, 2020 at 11:33 pm #

          Bernie Sandals won’t be around in 10 years, what does he care?

          In fact I’ll be surprised if he makes it thru summer, 80 years old and one heart attack already, campaigning in the South, 110 degree heat, humidity at 90%, air so thick you can cut it with a knife, sweating like a dog, crowds pressing in on him, belly full of heavy American Legion Hall food from the previous nights fundraiser, pacemaker struggling to keep up, heart straining, short of breath, then finally blacking out and collapsing onstage with the election only10 weeks away. Phew! won’t that throw a wet blanket on the ‘REVOLUTION’?

          • malthuss January 29, 2020 at 1:10 am #

            that first line is a killer…..how about Mr BS may not be around in a year.

        • Majella January 29, 2020 at 2:30 am #

          You guys! How coyote you !

          You know how it works…when Bernie gets the WH, he’s in for a battle worse than Himself’s, beating off the ‘centrist’ Dems let alone the rabid GOP.

          If he gets a tenth of his agenda enacted, he’ll be a raging success. Healthcare reform first, I hope.

          • Majella January 29, 2020 at 3:05 am #

            ‘Coyote = cute of you’

          • benr January 29, 2020 at 11:48 am #

            Bernie won’t get in period.
            When the country finds out who a good Marxist Bernie is that will be the end of old Bernard and his run for the Whitehouse.
            The man is also 80 years old.

          • Majella January 29, 2020 at 4:15 pm #

            benr – yeah, yeah…you’ve said it often enough.

          • benr January 29, 2020 at 5:16 pm #

            and yet you still don’t get it.

        • Laundromat Blues January 29, 2020 at 12:36 pm #

          Contrast that with questions about how much the Iraq War would to Rumsfeld, Bush, and Cheney. $50 billion tops. If I remember some general got fired for suggesting it would cost north of $200 billion. Actual cost: $ 2.8 trillion and counting. Off by 60 X. Bernie could say $ 1 trillion and he’d still be in the margin of error.

      • elysianfield January 29, 2020 at 12:29 am #

        “People want public good,”

        WPA,
        I do not doubt that they do want public good…and if Saunders is elected, they will get it good…and hard.

  65. K-Dog January 28, 2020 at 8:27 pm #

    Ken,

    You should be able to log in, Welcome!

    • K-Dog January 28, 2020 at 8:29 pm #

      You will likely notice I used a comma when I should have used a period.

      • elysianfield January 29, 2020 at 12:31 am #

        Dog,
        You coulda used an ellipsis….

  66. Majella January 28, 2020 at 8:43 pm #

    Interesting.

    Even if Removed by a Senate vote, Himself has nothing stopping him from running again in November.

    https://www.businessinsider.com.au/how-trump-could-be-impeached-convicted-but-win-reelection-2020-2019-11?r=US&IR=T

    So, what’s the actual worry, here Trumpsters? Wouldn’t THAT be a huge vindication for you? Wouldn’t you have an orgasm of crowing after THAT? Wow!

    • JohnAZ January 28, 2020 at 9:59 pm #

      Do you really think that Himself would run for President again after being royally screwed by the Deep State?

      He would have no pride at all if he subjected himself and his family to the BS of the Deep State again after this debacle.

      • Majella January 29, 2020 at 2:31 am #

        He’s so proud he WOULD HAVE TO run again.

  67. messianicdruid January 28, 2020 at 8:55 pm #

    “After King David and Solomon, the territory was separated into bad and worse Kingdoms.”

    During the reign of David and Solomon, God fulfilled His promise that Abraham’s descendants would rule over a vast territory in the Middle East from Egypt to the Euphrates River. Israel became a great nation.

    But, because of the sins of Solomon and his successors, as well as the transgressions of the people themselves, Israel lost it all in the decades after Solomon’s death. 

    It was way after David, during the reign of Rehaboam, when the nation was divided into Judah [ with Benjamin and a few Levites ] and Israel [ the Ten Northern Tribes ].

    It is pretty disingenuous to blame it on David.

    David inherited a large and effective military. About 350,000 armed warriors from the tribes of Israel attended his coronation ceremony [ 1 Chron. 12:23-40 ].

    David reigned a total of 40 years, 33 of them from Jerusalem, the city he captured from the Jebusites and made Israel’s capital. His rule signaled Israel’s ascent to military and economic preeminence in the Middle East. Modern historians tend to ignore the biblical record and vastly underestimate the size and scope of David’s and Solomon’s kingdom.

    • akmofo January 28, 2020 at 9:57 pm #

      The reign of David and Solomon was a time of commie revolution. The Hebrews pastoralists were forced to become city dwellers and pay heavy taxes to support the new aristocracy. The people’s wealth and labor was squandered on endless aristocratic trappings of wealth. David and Solomon built fortress cities that trapped the Hebrews in them during time of war. It was a cultural and military catastrophe. A genocide inflicted on the people. King David and Solomon didn’t expand their territories by any significance. And what little was gained was very quickly lost with much much more.

      Israel lost EVERYTHING. From its sovereignty, to its culture and way of life, to its sacred vessels, to its sites to worship, to its unimaginable wealth in gold and silver and spices, to the most precious blood of its people — the whole thing was a complete unmitigated disaster.

  68. Majella January 28, 2020 at 9:04 pm #

    Here’s the choice the GOP Senators have now, given that Bolton’s evidence is public knowledge and has stated he’d be happy to testify if requested:

    1) Abide by their oath of impartial judgment and hear his evidence; or
    2) Be complicit in this cover-up and simply move to dismiss.

    • capt spaulding January 28, 2020 at 9:19 pm #

      My guess is that the Republican Snowflakes will chickenshit their way out of this one. I already heard Rush Limbaugh yesterday badmouthing Bolton, and saying that he will be the new darling of the Democrats, while loading up the manure spreader for some good old downhome anti Bolton rhetoric.

      • JohnAZ January 28, 2020 at 10:20 pm #

        During the Romney campaign of 2012, guess who one of his advisors on foreign policy was? You get a gold star if you guess John Bolton.

        Don’t you get it? These guys are long term Deep Staters who took jobs in the Trump Administration to try to tear him down and control him. They couldn’t control him, so here they are trying to dump him.

        My main complaint against Trump has always been he has a very low capability of enemy identification. These DS jerks should never have been made part of his group. In a way, he is responsible for his own demise by trusting traitors.

        Oh yeah, the Vindman boys worked for Romney too.

        Maybe we will be voting for Romney in the Fall? Not me!

    • wpa_ccc January 28, 2020 at 9:20 pm #

      The people elected the president. The people elected the representatives and senators, the law makers.

      The US president only serves at the pleasure of the people. If a US president abuses power, he or she can be impeached, tried, convicted, and removed. No woman US president has ever abused power. Trump abused power and is now discovering he only serves at the pleasure of the people.

      It does not please the people to cut Social Security as Trump has said will be done. It does not please the people to remove protections for pre-existing medical conditions, as Trump is now trying to do in court.

    • JohnAZ January 28, 2020 at 10:30 pm #

      Majella

      The transcript said that he “bargained” with Zelensky. Biden was in the transcript.

      The question is and always has been, is that a crime? I have not seen one statement that says it is a crime. Joe Biden did the identical thing when he got the prosecutors fired for investigating Burisma. Why is he not stopped from being a candidate? It would save us a future impeachment for the same thing.

      It is now up to the RINOs in the Senate to change the US forever.

      Judgement by traitors, nice!

      • Majella January 29, 2020 at 2:37 am #

        Check the Impeachment clause and the many MANY YouTube videos of GOP senators (and Starr himself) arguing in 1998 that a ‘crime’ is not necessary for an impeachment process. Even Franklin said that ‘becoming obnoxious’ was sufficient grounds.

        • benr January 29, 2020 at 11:50 am #

          Removal!
          Stop picking at nits.

        • JohnAZ January 29, 2020 at 6:57 pm #

          Bull!

          That says the Federal bureaucracy can cancel out the choice of the voters.

          Majella, you are walking on very thin ice if you consider us a democracy.

          • benr January 29, 2020 at 9:28 pm #

            No she just shows how clueless she is.
            Can’t blame her she is not American by birth she came from Kiwi land a socialist state.
            My only question is if everything is so wrong with these United States why is she here?
            New Zealand is already a Socialist state move back and live in bliss quit trying to muck up my beloved country.

          • Majella January 30, 2020 at 1:14 am #

            JAZ, it’s not the Federal Bureaucracy, it’s the Elected Members of Congress (both houses).

            Re: thin ice? Not a democracy? Okay, despite trillions of tax dollars spent on spreading ‘democracy’ over the last 100 years or so? Whatever…

          • Majella January 30, 2020 at 1:18 am #

            Benr, you’re such a sad, angry man, I’m gathering from your frustrated posts.

            How could li’l ol’ me ‘muck up’ your country? You have no real clue just how globally influential the US is, and accordingly, I have a vested interest in its goings-on.

            Never mind…just keep raging impotently.

          • Nightowl January 30, 2020 at 9:31 am #

            Maj adopts my language again.

            LOL.

          • Majella January 30, 2020 at 3:34 pm #

            NighIQwl – show me your trademark or copyright on any words of the English language and I’ll happily cease & desist in their use.

            Your arrogance must fill your whole house. How does the Missus cope?

          • Nightowl January 30, 2020 at 5:25 pm #

            I don’t have a copyright on any language.

            But I can laugh when you copy me.

        • Majella January 31, 2020 at 12:19 am #

          NIgQIwl , isyour constant self-congratulation a function of infinite arrogance combined a lack of recognition in real life?

      • Laundromat Blues January 29, 2020 at 10:07 am #

        VP Joe Biden was enacting the official policy of the US Government when he witheld aid to Ukraine to get the prosecutor fired. It was all out in the open. He bragged about it. Trump was shaking down a foreign power for personal gain. It was all done in secret and by people who were unqualified and quite frankly thuggish. I didn’t hear Trump bragging about it, which is as we all know, his signature move. Why not? He didn’t start talking about it until a whistle was blown, and of course the aid was released. It’s not apples and apples. It’s apples and prunes, one bright, happy and red, the other slimy, shriveled and brownish black.

      • Nightowl January 29, 2020 at 10:19 am #

        Actually John, you leave out a key aspect.

        The investigation into Hunter Biden and the firing of the prosecutor was before Trump’s time.

        Trump ordered nothing. The Ukrainians were busy rooting out corruption themselves.

        Biden admitting his craven act on television was just the icing on the cake.

        • Laundromat Blues January 29, 2020 at 12:16 pm #

          Actually Nightowl you leave out several key points. Hunter Biden was never under investigation, Burisma was. VP Biden admitted to exactly what the Obama administration sent him to Ukraine to do. The prosecutor had dropped the investigation into Bursima when he was fired, so it was a quid pro no. You’ve managed to get every single fact wrong.

    • BackRowHeckler January 28, 2020 at 11:36 pm #

      What evidence?

      You mean his efforts to root out the corupt Biden family?

      When this is over I think he should award himself a Presidential Freedom Medal. He deserves it.

      brh

      • Majella January 29, 2020 at 2:42 am #

        He’d be the only President who would. Clown…

      • Majella January 29, 2020 at 3:08 am #

        …and the next President, could no doubt rescind it, I hope.

        • JohnAZ January 29, 2020 at 10:00 am #

          Majella

          Aren’t we getting a little arrogant about what is going on? I guess it would make you happy to see the US circle the socialism drain and decline like all other socialist nations have. This process is far from over, but continues to deteriorate.

          • Laundromat Blues January 29, 2020 at 12:11 pm #

            What socialist countries are you talking about? Sweden? Denmark? Finland? Happiest countries on the planet. Oh, you must be talking about Venezuela, the poster child for the Fake Right. The fact is Venezuela hit peak cheap oil in 1997 I think, right when Chavez was coming to power. Now all that’s left is the expensive oil. They have descended into anarchy not because they were socialist, but because their principal export is gone. The United States and Canada are soon to follow, as they, for the most part, are down to LTO and tar sands. You might say Canada is already there. It’s not about leadership or political systems, it’s about natural resources. You think America would have invaded Iraq if their primary export was broccoli.

          • JohnAZ January 29, 2020 at 1:00 pm #

            Happiest? Or most controlled? When you do not have to compete, does that make you happy? Yes in most of Europe.

            You are right on with your assessment on natural resources. I hear folks denying the presence of Peak Oil. It is real! Fracking has bailed out the US for the short term, not the long term. Even with the fracking, increased production costs have elevated the cost of oil from less than $10 to $54 today. That is 540% increase. And they are not making any more of the stuff on the cheap, it will continue going up.

            Another thing about Venezuela is the quality of their oil. The US had the only refineries able to refine Venezuelan oil. With fracking and the politics, these refineries were converted. No where now to refine their product and no one wants it. That will change when fracking slow down.

            If you visit Europe, you will find that it is very unsocialistic. Rome, for example, is a morass of small and medium sized businesses like the Main Street the US used to be. Our big box scenario is going to lead us down the TLE trail. The only real government control there is health care, and that is because health care is a total no win scenario.

            One of Trump and the GOPs failures was health care in this country. Another victim of out two party system. We had Obamacare a total capitulation to the insurance industry and a proven failure. It is hard to back up insurance as a government when you are broke. Anyway, the GOP could not figure out a solution for competition based health care in two years. Total failure. I believe that Trump gave up on the whole deal making ideal with the Deep State with this failure.

          • benr January 29, 2020 at 5:29 pm #

            @laundermat blues

            Wrong Venezuela has plenty of oil!
            Some of the world largest proven reserves still almost 20% of the worlds total oil in fact.

            No when Hugo the hitman Chavez nationalized the oil and the oil companies they lost the ability to suck it out of the ground.
            Why would anyone work when the honey is given away for free?
            With no one working and the people with the know how ejected from the Socialist state the infrastructure crumbled to the point it was unusable. You can actually see the graph of when Hugo took over and how fast the oil stopped flowing.

            That happened with almost everything in Venezuela all private things of worth where nationalized and slowly destroyed.

            Venezuela now has 53 million percent inflation and that is a direct result of their failed Socialist government.

            I love how Socialists all point to the three Sweden? Denmark? Finland? but leave out just how tiny their populations are and that they have some natural resources that are paying things for now but like all Socialist states eventually they will run out of other peoples money to steal and spend.

          • Nightowl January 30, 2020 at 9:33 am #

            The Nordics aren’t socialist. They have mixed economies, like the United States.

            🙂

        • BackRowHeckler January 29, 2020 at 12:21 pm #

          Sweden has become a Muslim/African sh#thole.

          • JohnAZ January 29, 2020 at 1:04 pm #

            Yeah, why did they all go to Sweden, the most socialist of the area. Because they are gimmes, going to the area where they get the most support.

            Not dumb!

  69. akmofo January 28, 2020 at 10:14 pm #

    In France things have descended to the point where firemen are fighting with the police. What happens if you call the emergency number?

    https://twitter.com/orwellngoode/status/1222163582093352960?s=21

    • elysianfield January 29, 2020 at 12:34 am #

      . What happens if you call the emergency number?

      gayst buster?

      • akmofo January 29, 2020 at 9:37 am #

        Vatican hotline?

      • stelmosfire January 29, 2020 at 10:08 am #

        Now the France police repay those brave men by beating them in the streets.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMBu45j5whI
        The guy on the the portable window ladder earned his money that day.

        The cops will do whatever there told for a paycheck.

        • akmofo January 29, 2020 at 10:28 am #

          That’s how corruption works. A society without cultural morality is a society in a death spiral.

          French Jews are forced out of Paris by Islamists and their hate. #neveragain is now.
          https://twitter.com/i/status/1221791405682589703

        • elysianfield January 29, 2020 at 12:46 pm #

          “The cops will do whatever there told for a paycheck.”

          Saint,
          Well, that could be said for most people, also. Why, some Fire supervisors make their men run into burning buildings, and other dangerous stuff. Few refuse, I expect.

  70. SoftStarLight January 29, 2020 at 1:51 am #

    It’s really amazing how all of a sudden people who were just a few weeks ago ranting and raving about how Orange Man was a genocidal maniac for the targeted missle strike on General Suleiman the Magnificent whomever are now completely convinced that John Bolton is the best thing since sliced bread. This same John Bolton, who is clearly some sort of neoconlib MIC plant btw, has constantly shilled for blood, war, and genocide unless I’m confused. If you all the sudden have this big respect for blood-stained Bolton because he might somehow get Orange Man then it’s time for some deep self reflection on the fact that you have been an ideological hooker. Maybe worse.

    • Majella January 29, 2020 at 2:41 am #

      Just telling the truth is all that’s expected. He remains an arsehole regardless, as does Parnas, Michael Cohen, Manafort & Flynn.

      • JohnAZ January 29, 2020 at 10:34 am #

        Is he? Are you so sure? Or is he just another lying corrupt wannabe that inhabits the Deep State.

        • Majella January 29, 2020 at 4:18 pm #

          Bolton? Yes, I’m sure.

          • JohnAZ January 29, 2020 at 7:01 pm #

            How the heck are you so sure? Have you got ESP and can read all these minds.

            What if this is just another Mueller lie, they all have been lies.

          • capt spaulding January 29, 2020 at 7:44 pm #

            No JAZ, he doesn’t have ESP. You’re the only one with a direct pipeline to the truth.

      • SoftStarLight January 29, 2020 at 1:12 pm #

        You know that isn’t your only criteria. It’s ok that you have biases. No one is completely middle neutral and perfectly politically pleasing on every topic. You know you don’t like Trump, and moreover you have a big issue with Conservatism and anything perceived as being Far Right. You want a Leftist in office, I totally get it. In the current system ya’ll will have to try to put one in, in November. On the Democrat side I hate to tell you but the Clintonites are stacking the convention against Bernie already once again and I don’t believe they will be held to account. Maybe there is another trial you should be pushing for. Remember “lock her up”? Those days were so joyous and ecstatic.

    • Nightowl January 29, 2020 at 10:15 am #

      The jokes write themselves.

      Let us not forget that they have also decided corporate news tells them the truth. They have morphed into Bush era neocons.

      Never has a resistance movement been so utterly void of principle or intelligence.

      • SoftStarLight January 29, 2020 at 1:19 pm #

        Yeah, the blind trust of the corporate news networks is one of the most shocking developments. It seems like when I was younger the understanding was that Liberals typically questioned and were skeptical of the “system”. Being Liberal was dope. Now being Liberal means being a conformist and mainstreamer. Ick!!!!

        • Nightowl January 29, 2020 at 5:45 pm #

          Discussing the current political situation, Johnny Rotten said something similar a few years back. Same with the Moz.

          Supporting Trump is officially punk.

    • JohnAZ January 29, 2020 at 10:32 am #

      SSL

      Bolton has found a group who will listen to his war monger Ideas. Trump ran on disengaging us from the world to make America first. Between the tariffs and foreign disengagement, Trump set himself crossways to the entire Deep State with his programs doing what he sees as right for the country.
      Just like Nixon, when he looks to “friends” to help him, they aren’t there. The supposed GOP bloc is crumbling. Trump is finding out that, in DC, when it rains it pours.

      What a potential choice in the Fall. The Senate has in front of it the ability to block Trump from being on the ballot. The power vacuum in the GOP would be enormous. Pence? Romney? I would hope that Romney would be censured by the GOP, like McCain was, and that would put a lid on his credibility.

      In that rotten city, though, I suppose that anything is possible.

      BTW, two Mormon Presidential hopefuls in a row tearing down Trump, at least in the own eyes. Why? Is there something in the Mormon credo that “requires” good Mormons to achieve the control of DC?

      Romney got slapped down in 2012 big time. Is this Romney’s revenge? Is this man the anointed one to succeed Trump as the flag bearer of the GOP? What a potential choice. Romney vs. Sanders. Bye bye, USA.

      • ellipsis January 29, 2020 at 10:40 am #

        Bolton is definitely a “major playa’ ” in the globalist realm. Not sure Trump realized that before he let that pit viper into his nest. He should have. I wouldn’t assume that Trump is going to win this battle just yet, assuming it’s even a legitimate battle in the first place.

        • Nightowl January 29, 2020 at 11:01 am #

          There is also no way one could not know who Bolton is.

          One thing that Trump does very well is misdirect attention (particularly where the media is concerned) and keep his plans guarded.

          Judging by the freak-out on all sides, he is doing well.

        • BackRowHeckler January 29, 2020 at 11:30 am #

          Bolton has been hated by Dems and the left for 40 years. Now they love him. What a transformation! The only thing that matches it is John McCain, a ‘Nazi Warmonger’ in 2008, a Lib media anti Trump hero in 2016.

          • ellipsis January 29, 2020 at 12:06 pm #

            Ain’t that the truth. My hat’s off to Trump for calling out McCain for the weasel that he was, including his alleged and much ballyhooed War Prisoner status. Other flyers who served with him in the Hanoi Hilton strongly intimated that he was a rat the whole time. His whole life was little more than a self-serving PR stunt. Felt sorry for him momentarily when W and Rove dirty tricked him in the SC primary in 2000, but only for a time. McCain was certainly no better when it came right down to it. Anything to get his name in lights. Including making nice with the idiot bitch Palin.

          • capt spaulding January 29, 2020 at 7:48 pm #

            “Bolton has been hated by the Dems and the left for 40 years. Now they love him.” The Repubs loved him for the last 40 years ,and now they hate him. Funny how that works huh? Go figure.

          • Nightowl January 30, 2020 at 3:44 am #

            The Captain demonstrating his powerful binary thinking again.

            Black/white. Love/hate.

            Powerful thoughts.

          • benr January 30, 2020 at 10:51 am #

            I don’t hate Bolton I do how ever think he is angry and trying to get back for a very public firing.
            President Trump should have allowed Bolton a face saving way out.
            An error in turning a tepid ally into something of an enemy with an axe to grind.

      • SoftStarLight January 29, 2020 at 1:27 pm #

        I do know that Mormons are really really big into growing the financial power of their church, as well as the church’s connections to power in general. It seems that craving for power is part and parcel of secret societies and to me the Mormon Church is like a secret society. I personally believe Mitt Romney leads a double life. I have absolutely no proof of that but that is what I feel when I see him and listen to his words and watch his actions.

        • Laundromat Blues January 29, 2020 at 6:30 pm #

          Didn’t they did steal all of Howard Hughes’s money? The Mormon Mafia? And that FBI or CIA guy I can’t remember his name.

          • capt spaulding January 29, 2020 at 7:50 pm #

            Scientology: “Making Mormons look sane since 1956.”

          • SoftStarLight January 30, 2020 at 9:48 am #

            I’m not sure about that. Tell me more.

          • capt spaulding January 30, 2020 at 12:58 pm #

            They’re both cults, but one has been around longer than the other. Look it up.

  71. SoftStarLight January 29, 2020 at 2:33 am #

    Kobe Bryant is the most vivid example of Black Privilege in front of our faces right now. A big basketball legend ok. Yes it was terrible and tragic and not to ever say he didn’t have accomplishments too. But he didn’t cure cancer, he didn’t end hunger, he didn’t bring world peace. I mean you would think the second coming of Mandela just left the building. Why? I can’t help but think they want us to worship Black idols and gods. I guess that’s why you may be threatened with death when mentioning that he was a rapist too. And he got away with it.

    • ellipsis January 29, 2020 at 5:47 am #

      Not sure about the black idols and gods (I suppose there’s some of that too), so much as sports and media icons in general. It’s the “winner take all” mentality that’s being supported here. The idea that the so-called media trumpeted “winners” in our society deserve legendary status, the better to keep all the rest of us obediently on the treadmill of “success,” something a scant few of us can ever hope to achieve no matter how hard we try. Heaven help us if we were to define winning on our own terms and reject MSM defined societal “norms.”

      • ellipsis January 29, 2020 at 10:37 am #

        To add, I too was nauseated by all the coverage this event drew from ESPN and even NFL Network, of all places. It was even a mandatory question for the Super Bowl participants at NFL media day. Bryant seemed like a nice enough guy. Hard working (to a fault according to the MSM during his playing days), relatively modest by sports icons’ standards, and someone who mostly avoided all the ‘bling bling’ bullshit that was so fashionable during his career. In short, far better than most.

        That said, elevating his death to some sort of monumental historical tragedy, especially at the expense of those who also died during the crash, was unseemly and totally uncalled for. I had hopes that someone being interviewed would say as much, but of course they’re all beholden to the same corporate interests as Bryant was, so never bite the hand that feeds is always the driving factor.

        • BackRowHeckler January 29, 2020 at 11:26 am #

          The same thing was done with Tupac. A bio film was even made about him, equating Tupac with Christ.

          Brh

          • Laundromat Blues January 29, 2020 at 12:43 pm #

            I just saw a special on Larry Bird and they did the same thing to him. Called him the “Savior” of the NBA.

          • BackRowHeckler January 29, 2020 at 2:03 pm #

            Yeah, Bird was the Great White Hope and the last white NBA star. But isn’t he still alive?

          • Laundromat Blues January 29, 2020 at 8:13 pm #

            You don’t have to be dead to be a savior, do you?

        • SoftStarLight January 29, 2020 at 1:35 pm #

          I agree with you regarding the elevation of those that are successful according to the standards set for us by the Elitists. It is really all a vicious cycle and yes, ultimately, most people are attempting to live their lives according to a template that was developed by people who have never lived an ordinary life. In this society, the highest standard of success is wealth. So of course the herds, being thoroughly indoctrinated at the earliest possible age, do their best in life to emulate the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Even if that means filing bankruptcy more than once.

        • ellipsis January 29, 2020 at 3:19 pm #

          This just in: When asked about recently disgraced and currently unemployed(/able) NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown at a Super Bowl week presser, NFL Commish Roger “Always Boot Licking All of the Time” Goodell, responded:

          “I think the first thing for all of us is to think about the wellbeing of Antonio. To understand what Antonio’s going through,” Goodell said.

          “We don’t talk about the wellness of our players publicly but I would tell you that you can be assured that the NFL and the NFL Players Association have a tremendous amount of resources that are available to all players. They are going to be made available to Antonio.”

          Goodell continued … “We want to help get him on the right track and get him in a position where he is in the zone where he thinks he can be successful in life.”

          “We are confident that can happen. We want to work to do that and for our standpoint, that’s the first step … and the first step is making sure we’re doing everything to help Antonio.”

          In an off the record interview for the Almost Real News Network afterward, Goodell added, “Listen, the fucking nigger’s obviously batshit crazy, that much is obvious. We’re likewise pretty damn sure he’s up to his eyeballs in recreational drugs, possibly underage hookers, rampant criminality of every imaginable sort, and god only knows what else. That said, the black bastard’s a human cash register when it comes to publicity, and as you all know full well, the NFL’s ALL ABOUT publicity – good, bad, or batshit crazy indifferent – to enhance league revenues. With that in mind, we’ll damn sure extend a hand to help – provided it doesn’t cost TOO fucking much – for as long as we deem it to be enhancing the league’s bottom line. Next question please.”

    • Laundromat Blues January 29, 2020 at 9:36 am #

      A black man has to cure cancer to be worthy of fame and admiration. Me thinks you protest too much, my Lady.

      • JohnAZ January 29, 2020 at 10:39 am #

        No. The issue is that of media coverage. Kobe’s demise was a shame. But the number one news item for a day or two? More important than the impeachment? The Coronavirus?

        Just another example of White Guilt, maybe?

        • Laundromat Blues January 29, 2020 at 12:50 pm #

          I remember when John Lenon was murdered when he was 40 or 41 like Kobe was I think it was Ted Koppel who said, “Poland is on the verge of Civil War, Yada yada yada something else I can’t remember, but the main story tonight is about a guitar player and singer from the 1960’s.” It happens in both colors. No, no white guilt.

          • SoftStarLight January 29, 2020 at 1:43 pm #

            No, I don’t think a Black Man has to cure cancer to be worthy of fame and admiration. Though I think the media’s response and focus on his death would be more in line if he had cured cancer. It was a horrible and tragic event for sure and he was a celebrity and sports star so obviously I anticipate coverage. But sorry, there was no reason to threaten the lives of people who just said, “oh hey by the way, yeah he was an awesome basketball player, celebrity, father, etc. He was also a rapist.” It’s one thing to tell someone, “hey you know there is a time and a place” as opposed to something like, “Gosh I usually like most of what you say but on this how fucking dare you, be prepared to be shut down with force if necessary.”

          • Tate January 29, 2020 at 3:39 pm #

            Some journo from the New York Times or WashPo just got fired for mentioning that Kobe was charged for raping the woman in Colorado around 2003. This is all wrong!!!

          • capt spaulding January 29, 2020 at 7:53 pm #

            Nope, didn’t get fired. Fake news.

          • Tate January 30, 2020 at 2:06 pm #

            Fake news?

            https://www.thewrap.com/washington-post-suspends-reporter-after-she-tweets-about-kobe-bryant-rape-case/

            Okay, she didn’t get ‘fired’, she was placed on administration leave. Happy?

          • Tate January 30, 2020 at 7:47 pm #

            But according to the likes of cap spaulding & green alba, nothing like this ever happens.

            Nevah!

      • Janos Skorenzy January 29, 2020 at 2:47 pm #

        In every commercial of three people, one has to be Black. You haven’t noticed cuz you think it’s normal. On other words, their conditioning has worked on you.

        What else aren’t you noticing? How else are you conditioned? Stick around and I’ll let you know.

        • JohnAZ January 29, 2020 at 7:09 pm #

          Janos, think what an alien from space would think the US was from watching TV. Majority Black, all marriages are bi racial, kids are smarter than adults.

          • RIB January 30, 2020 at 1:10 pm #

            John ever notice in drama shows on TV, the highest authority figure is always black, and the village idiot is always white?

    • elysianfield January 29, 2020 at 2:41 pm #

      “Why? I can’t help but think they want us to worship Black idols and gods”

      SSL,
      Well, why not? What other positive examples do they have?

  72. Janos Skorenzy January 29, 2020 at 4:23 am #

    The Fifth Circuit Rejects the Lie of Transgender Pronouns, Josh Hammer, National Review

    Cultural progressives, who reject the very humanity of unborn children but confidently assure us that there are upward of 70 distinct genders, tend to have an uneasy relationship with the truth. And the proliferation of transgender pronouns — the use of biologically inaccurate pronouns to describe those afflicted with gender dysphoria — is among the more pernicious tools in the broader arsenal that progressives use to have us question that truth.
    Earlier this month, in U.S. v. Varner, a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit boldly refused to appease those who would muddle truth. Over the dissent of a Clinton-nominated judge who used female pronouns in his opinion to refer to the biologically male defendant, the majority refused to subordinate the integrity of the judiciary to a litigant who had moved to require the court to address him as something other than what plain English would indicate he is. In so doing, the Fifth Circuit panel has provided a roadmap for how public officials interested in preserving the commonality and vitality of the English language can resist contemporary progressivism’s attempts to obfuscate truth through the propagation of biologically inaccurate and linguistically imprecise transgender pronouns.
    Writing for the Varner majority, Trump-nominated judge Kyle Duncan first observed that “no authority supports the proposition that we may require litigants, judges, court personnel, or anyone else to refer to gender-dysphoric litigants with pronouns matching their subjective gender identity.” Second, because “federal courts today are asked to decide cases that turn on hotly-debated issues of sex and gender identity,” Judge Duncan feared that the court’s use of subjectively felt but biologically inaccurate pronouns would “unintentionally convey” a “tacit approval of the litigant’s underlying legal position.” Third, referring to “Pronouns—a How To Guide,” a colorful five-column-by-nine-row matrix from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee LGBTQ+ Resource Center, Duncan argued that “deploying such neologisms” could “well turn out to be more complex than at first it might appear” and could “could hinder communication among the parties and the court.”
    Ultimately, the panel majority logically “declined to enlist the federal judiciary in this quixotic undertaking.” Duncan’s courageous refusal to engage in it amounts, in progressive parlance, to “deadnaming” or “misgendering.” For transgender activists and the rest of the “woke” mob, such rogue behavior is akin to malicious aggression. But it is reflective of both the biological truth that sex is immutable and the linguistic truth that, for a language to remain viable, words must have readily discernible meanings.
    To capitulate to the Pandora’s box of transgender pronouns is to pretend that, exceedingly rare intersex exceptions aside, there is more to sexual differentiation than the duality of chromosomal male and chromosomal female. To yield to the soft tyranny of transgender pronouns is to pretend that gender dysphoria is an anodyne lifestyle on which societal legitimacy should be conferred, not a psychological malady requiring compassion and psychological treatment. It is to act as if simple words that have meant the same thing for centuries can change their meanings overnight without ruinous consequence for the language’s durability. It is to encourage the premature sexualization of children and accede to often irreversible tampering of their hormones. It is to undermine the ancient Hippocratic oath: “First, do no harm.” Paul McHugh, professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins, maintains that to encourage “surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.”
    To be complicit in the legitimization of transgender pronouns is, in short, to assist the mainstreaming of a destructive lie. In warping our language to promote the lie, we hinder our ability to stand athwart its corrosive effects. The precise use and ubiquitous acceptance of words is a necessary precondition for the survival of a common language; that is doubly true when the words at issue are not abstruse but function as basic means by which we distinguish between the two sexes. True, Antonin Scalia once warned that “words change meaning, and often in unpredictable ways.” But surely that dynamic cannot apply to rudimentary linguistic building blocks such as pronouns.
    Let us state the obvious: A man remains today a man, and a woman remains today a woman. To pretend otherwise, however well intended the obfuscator may be, is a lie against human nature and leading already to the Orwellian “gender transitioning” of innocent preteens.
    The Fifth Circuit has blazed a trail for public officials who would seek to defend biological and linguistic truth against the relativists. It is crucial that other judges and politicians alike now follow Judge Duncan’s lead. Nothing less than truth itself is at stake.

    JS: Bravo Fifth Circuit! A victory in the War for our very souls and the Soul of our Culture and our young. Deadnamed doofuses delegitimated. Watch and learn from your superiors, O Canadians.

    • ellipsis January 29, 2020 at 5:49 am #

      Nice! “Well intended obfuscator” indeed!

      • volodya January 29, 2020 at 10:52 am #

        Obfuscation is the way. The most everyday things, from household finances to what or what isn’t dangling between one’s legs, are twisted into Gordian knots of incomprehensible bullshit necessitating guidance from “experts”. Nobody, and especially the – cough – educated, can get their heads straight about anything, not even simple problems requiring the most rudimentary and common-sensical reasoning.

    • SoftStarLight January 29, 2020 at 1:50 pm #

      Wow that is an interesting and unexpected development. 70 distinct genders huh? Wow! No wonder the world is such a place of total anarchy. The most wicked aspect of this agenda and just the basic hard Left social agenda is the sexualization of pre-pubescent children. If a society allows its children to be openly victimized and sexualized like this then I don’t know that there is any hope. Thank God there is at least some push back and prayerfully more coming!

  73. snagglepuss January 29, 2020 at 10:07 am #

    Great discussion on the legal issues of the case with John Yoo and Richard Epstein ( both of whom says the charges are not worthy of impeachment). Thoughtful discussion with two legal scholars.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0XLzsDXkEY

  74. Elrond Hubbard January 29, 2020 at 10:39 am #

    Late in bothering to read Monday’s blog post. Not much to say, really, especially since I don’t much care about the impeachment drama – other than the narrative fodder it will supply for the presidential election.

    JHK continues to fulminate with retributive wishful thinking. When, oh when, will someone somewhere get what’s coming to them? He does nothing anymore but hanker for a narrative turn whereby events conform to his wishes, with those he deems marginal being confined back to the margins, and the good and bad aspects alike of 21st century society being consigned to the salvage pile.

    • SoftStarLight January 29, 2020 at 1:57 pm #

      An unfair characterization in my opinion. Mr. K has said on multiple occasions that he is focusing in on this not because of his support of Trump or retribution against Trump’s political enemies. He is wanting a restoring of our political institutions to a state in which they actually function in predictable ways for the good of the people and Republic. Not for secretive claques of people who could care less for the public good. I probably added some of my own words and concepts in but that is my take.

      • Majella January 29, 2020 at 4:29 pm #

        SSL:

        “Not for secretive claques of people who could care less for the public good.”

        Interestingly, the definition of ‘claque’ is:

        “1. a group of sycophantic followers.
        2. a group of people hired to applaud (or heckle) a performer or public speaker.”

        Given his famously paid ($50 a pop) crowd at the Magical Escalator Ride, he STARTED with a claque – why should he stop now?

        Is Himself’s Administration a shining light of openness, fairness, conciliation and public harmony, then? No, he really couldn’t care less about the public good.

        Don’t kid yourself – there’s only ONE thing of supreme importance – His ego.

        • Elrond Hubbard January 30, 2020 at 9:41 am #

          I agree, Magellan. And it appears the Magical Escalator Ride was only the beginning:

          Trump allies are handing out cash to black voters
          Organizers have begun holding events in black communities where they lavish praise on the president while handing out thousands of dollars in giveaways.

          https://www.politico.com/news/2020/01/29/trump-black-voters-cash-giveaways-108072

          “Allies of Donald Trump have begun holding events in black communities where organizers lavish praise on the president as they hand out tens of thousands of dollars to lucky attendees.

          “The first giveaway took place last month in Cleveland, where recipients whose winning tickets were drawn from a bin landed cash gifts in increments of several hundred dollars, stuffed into envelopes. A second giveaway scheduled for this month in Virginia has been postponed, and more are said to be in the works.

          “The tour comes as Trump’s campaign has been investing its own money to make inroads with black voters and erode Democrats’ overwhelming advantage with them. But the cash giveaways are organized under the auspices of an outside charity, the Urban Revitalization Coalition, permitting donors to remain anonymous and make tax-deductible contributions.”

          Emphasis added. Lambert Strether accurately describes this as ‘Third World, clientelist stuff’.

          Cue the usual CFN suspects to bray and hoot about their swine emperor’s ability to lead ignorant black people around by the nose. I for one suspect, and strongly hope, that the payees will happily take the money and then just as happily vote for Bernie.

          • Elrond Hubbard January 30, 2020 at 9:42 am #

            My apologies, Majella. I believe that was autocorrect.

          • benr January 30, 2020 at 10:49 am #

            What the Obama phone scam is now not ok?
            I thought you guys were all for free give aways.

      • Elrond Hubbard January 30, 2020 at 10:19 am #

        In that case, SSL, there is one political phenomenon at work who is actually working to make American political institutions responsive to the people, instead of wealthy individuals and corporate donors. I picture you wincing and/or rolling your eyes, thinking “Lord, not this again”, but the facts bear me out. With both parties institutionally captured by big money, Bernie Sanders is out there right now proving that a campaign powered by small-dollar donations really can succeed, as long as it has a truly credible candidate.

        If what JHK wants is the kind of political restoration you describe, it speaks poorly of his acumen as a social critic that he fails or refuses to recognize that Bernie’s candidacy is the best opportunity to achieve it.

        And Kunstler’s approach to the impeachment drama says much the same. Take the question of witnesses. As HapMan noted, testimony by e.g. John Bolton would be admissible in any court of law under standard rules of evidence. My memory serves me well in this case; here’s JHK writing last March:

        “In the event of an impeachment proceeding in the House, all that [allegations discrediting the impeachment] would be revealed, especially if it got as far as a trial in the US Senate, where the defense is allowed to mount a case under rules of evidence. Imagine the howls of embarrassment on late-night TV…” [Emphasis added.]

        What we’ve actually seen in the Senate trial is not the constructive use of the rules of evidence (in the form of witness testimony) for the betterment of the union, but rather the Republicans obstructing the introduction of evidence, in defence of Trump, a career criminal before he ever stepped into office, and their own election prospects. Kunstler could impress us all by being consistent on this point and criticizing the Republicans for this… but he doesn’t.

        Motivated by his individual animosities, JHK seems to Imagine that adding his own push to the anti-impeachment line will result in politics being improved, somehow. Hence, wishful thinking.

        • SoftStarLight January 30, 2020 at 12:23 pm #

          Ok point taken and no eye rolling or anything I promise. But I do have a question. If Bernie Sanders is the one who can truly rock the system, don’t you think the Deep State or whatever you wish to call it is going to put up every hurdle and obstacle in his path as they have done with Trump. Trump also made bad decisions in surrounding himself with establishment shills and hopefully Bernie would not. But outside of that I just don’t feel that the political establishment is going to allow an outsider to come in and change everything. Their livelihoods and extreme advantages will be on the line. I personally think that JHK in honing in so much on the Democrat side because he is or was a Democrat and has said as much. So naturally he would be angry with the party he once believed in. But if you think the Republicans are the only ones guilty of breaking rules, etc., I just can’t agree. Both sides have done egregious things but then the establishments of both sides work for the same bosses.

          • Majella January 30, 2020 at 3:54 pm #

            Right, SSL. Bernie will be up against it all the way and may well be beaten by forces beyond his control.

            But he’s beholden to NO-ONE and has been consistent in his views and objectives for more than 40 years. His growing popularity is undeniable.

            The DNC will no doubt try to ‘super-delegate’ him again if necessary, and Obama coming out publically to denounce him would prove benr right about him, finally (at least to me).

            Even if the DNC can’t shaft him and he wins the poll in November, he’ll still have to fight the ‘moderate’ Dems in both houses (assuming majorities) just as hard as the rabid, seething rump of the GOP that will remain after November.

            But then again, I can also hope for an effect similar to Himself’s once in office, when all the opposing voices came around (viz. Lindsay Graham, Ted Cruz McConnell and a plethora of others). If the centrist Dem reps & senators were as afraid of being ‘primaried’ from the left as the GOP members are, he MIGHT get somewhere.

            And, to all the adherents to Himself’s cult hereabouts, you’re right. If Bernie is screwed over and the DNC puts up ANY other candidate, Trump may well come through again, simply because his people will not bother voting – again.

          • Elrond Hubbard January 30, 2020 at 4:58 pm #

            What Majella said. As for JHK being an alienated Democrat, I agree with you as well on that score, SSL. When it comes to the Democratic party, there’s a lot to be disillusioned about.

            My issue with JHK is, it seems he’s concluded the economic pie is going to shrink (I think so too), and therefore there’s no point in any politics that wants to address people’s needs through collective action (I disagree). All he wants to hear about or discuss by way of remedies is (a) a ‘return to sanity’ (i.e. retributive score-settling) and (b) getting small and local. Any thought of recovery on the macro level, however constrained, he dismisses out of hand.

            As I read them, the WMBH books are essentially apologies for the inevitable return of feudalism. I won’t sit still for that without a fight. I could be wrong, though, since I confess I dropped out midway through book #3.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 29, 2020 at 2:32 pm #

      “Good Canadians” like Elrond reject quarantine for Chinese Children just back from China. “Being Canadian” is more important than not getting sick and spreading a deadly disease.

      https://www.amren.com/news/2020/01/ontario-school-board-concerned-parents-petition-prompted-by-coronavirus-fears-could-stoke-racism/

      The salvage pile is where modern Western Society needs to go. Somethings can be salvaged perhaps. In any case, it’s better than a Charnel House or the Killing Fields we are headed for. But of course you don’t see that so you are innocent (just stupid). And when innocent acts, it is ruthless…..

      • Tate January 29, 2020 at 3:48 pm #

        There’s always a silver lining. The coronavirus will probably affect Democrat urban strongholds the most the cities. Not that I’m wishing people to die but a die-off for the human population is long overdue in any event. Growth of cases has been exponential, if it continues to grow at same rate, by Feb. 20, there will be over 100,000,000 cases worldwide. That’s according to a piece at ZeroHedge.

        • Majella January 29, 2020 at 4:46 pm #

          Exactly as I pointed out upthread…benr’s dream-come-true.

          • benr January 29, 2020 at 5:34 pm #

            Nope I am not the one who thinks murdering babies in the womb is a good thing that’s on your ilk.
            I also go out monthly and hand out water and sandwiches to the homeless.
            I volunteer at homeless shelters I do not just drone on about it endlessly like Democrats or worse throw other peoples money at problems.
            My dream come true for people like you to attain some common sense and stop attempting to destroy my country.

          • Nightowl January 29, 2020 at 5:41 pm #

            Very commendable, Benr.

            Very few people do such a thing. Particularly those of the virtue signaling persuasion.

          • Laundromat Blues January 29, 2020 at 8:36 pm #

            25% of pregnancies end in miscarriages or worse. Did your God murder all those poor little babies?

          • Nightowl January 30, 2020 at 3:47 am #

            “Adults also die of natural causes.

            Therefore, there is nothing morally wrong with killing adults.”

            — Laundromat Blues

          • benr January 30, 2020 at 10:48 am #

            @nightowl

            Yea his remark was so obtuse it was not even worth responding to.

            I have listened to Alex Jones rant and rave about satanic rituals involving abortions, and spirit cooking rituals and when I see someone so bent on ripping babies from the womb I often wonder is he correct?

            Or is this just a brain washed useful idiot?

          • Nightowl January 30, 2020 at 5:20 pm #

            Indeed, Benr.

            That is what happens when one divorces him or herself from basic truths in this world.

  75. malthuss January 29, 2020 at 10:48 am #

    Thought on our multi cult.
    I saw a comment somewhere>

    There will always be an asian who studies more and harder than you!

    • malthuss January 29, 2020 at 10:49 am #

      If I were to walk any UC campus, Id feel like Id be in Honk Kong.

      UCLA…U C ee L otsa A sians.

      • volodya January 29, 2020 at 11:26 am #

        CalTech too or so I’ve heard.

        • malthuss January 29, 2020 at 5:44 pm #

          and Irvine and Stanford.

          I just saw a bloomberg ad…’Mike [no last name] welcomes immigrants …image of mussie in head scarf.

          these left jews, they dont change their stripes.

  76. malthuss January 29, 2020 at 10:53 am #

    Kobe died near the Kardashians house. Was it planned and openly predicted?

    comment>

    Kobe raped a small-framed, young white woman from behind. He walked because of his endorsements and NBA Negro royalty status. He’s now being made a saint by Woke Sports, Inc. and PC.gov.

    • BackRowHeckler January 29, 2020 at 12:25 pm #

      Jesus, how big is LA? Flying out on a chopper from Newport Beach, in the air for an hour, still in LA County?

      • stelmosfire January 29, 2020 at 12:46 pm #

        Too damn big! The metro area is the size of Connecticut. Good to hear you got to see the local library. Lots of history in there.

      • ellipsis January 29, 2020 at 3:23 pm #

        Google Maps is your friend. LA is Y-U-U-U-U-U-U-GE!!!

        • malthuss January 29, 2020 at 5:45 pm #

          google had great maps, they did a redesign that ruined the place, imo.

    • SoftStarLight January 29, 2020 at 1:58 pm #

      Saint Kobe – The Royal Negro
      Saint Obama – The Magic Negro
      😉

      • Janos Skorenzy January 29, 2020 at 2:42 pm #

        Puff – just a regular everyday Dragon.

        • Majella January 29, 2020 at 4:35 pm #

          Introducing Albi – YOUR sort of dragon, Janos…

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9Qu3iP3RYA

          • Janos Skorenzy January 30, 2020 at 1:20 am #

            That’s your buddy, Green Alba – a dragon who doesn’t like White people.

          • SoftStarLight January 30, 2020 at 9:46 am #

            HAHA yeah that was a big fail Majella! You picked a dragon that’s racist against Whites. Unless you are going to try to argue with us that Albanians are not White. Do it. I dare ya?

          • GreenAlba January 30, 2020 at 11:24 am #

            Doing it again, bufonid.

          • Majella January 30, 2020 at 3:57 pm #

            Hmmm…I pretty sure I’ve heard many times hereabouts that YOU (both), being WHITE, suffer from and are victims of racism against whites, have I not?

      • RIB January 30, 2020 at 1:15 pm #

        Saint Oprah- Jessica Christ incarnate

  77. elysianfield January 29, 2020 at 12:43 pm #

    Well, ladies and germs;

    The BBC, this AM, reports that, in Maryland, a handcuffed suspect, placed in a police vehicle, was subsequently shot 7 times by an officer sitting next to him. Two possible explanations”

    1) It was an accidental discharge….

    2) The Officer was having a bad day…happens to all of us.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51291200

    I have no idea what the hell is happening.

    • stelmosfire January 29, 2020 at 12:48 pm #

      Shit , in the good ol’ days a routine wooden shampoo would have been sufficient.

    • ellipsis January 29, 2020 at 3:24 pm #

      Ran out of bullets, no doubt.

    • Tate January 29, 2020 at 4:02 pm #