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Like the fabled spring zephyr came news that the Golden Golem of Greatness, (a.k.a. President Trump) signed an executive order that would withhold federal funding from colleges and universities that do not demonstrate support for free speech. It has been an amazement to behold the appalling, hypocritical suppression of the first amendment on campuses across the nation, with their ignoble speech codes, asinine safe spaces, sinister kangaroo courts, and racist anti-whiteness crusades.

Most wondrous of all has been the failure of college presidents, deans, trustees, and faculty chairs to assert their authority and do the right thing — namely, take a stand against the arrant muzzling of free expression by campus Stalinists. Their craven passivity is a symptom of what future historians will identify as the epic institutional collapse of higher education, which first made itself into an industry like any other moneygrubbing business, and then became a titanic racketeering operation. And now it is all coming to grief.

In the years ahead, you will see colleges go out of business at a shocking rate and the contagion will spread to the giant state systems around the country. In my little region alone, several colleges have published their own obituaries in the last few months: Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont; Southern Vermont College in Bennington; and Hampshire College over in Amherst, MA (which is desperately searching for a buyout). That’s just the beginning of a wave of closures that will send tens of thousands of academic hierophants flooding the unemployment offices while sleeping in their cars.

It’s not hard to see how this fiasco developed and blossomed. In the 1960s, when I was in college, Marxism offered a neat, pre-engineered template for opposing the odious Establishment that blundered into the Vietnam War. Students then at least had skin in the game: the threat of getting drafted into the army and shipped over to die in the jungle for a senseless conflict. In fact, many young men unsuited for college took refuge there to evade the military. Then, with a bull market in Boomer Generation PhDs, the faculties were soon filled with the former Sixties radicals.

Many were Boomer women, who set out to explain and correct the evolving relations of men and women in the office workplace of the day. By then the war was over. The sick economy of the 1970s put an end to the ability of men to support a family and more women were forced to enter the office environment. Meanwhile radical progressivism needed an ever-fresh supply of new aggrieved parties to justify its agitation against the old Marxist bugbears of bourgeois values and structural oppression — and incidentally fuel academic careers. Hence, the multiplication of victims into handy intersectional categories.

By the 1980s, it also became evident that 60s civil rights legislation to end Jim Crow laws had not solved the quandaries of race in America, and that disappointment refreshed the progressive crusade to heal the world of injustice and inequality. Every other effort to produce equal outcomes for different categories of people had also proved disappointing, so now progressives resort to plain coercion to force equal outcomes at all costs, and nowhere is that behavior more overt than on campus the past decade.

The delusion that everybody must have a college education finally turned Higher Ed into a racket, when the federal government decided to guarantee college loans — which only prompted colleges to ramp up tuitions way beyond the official inflation rate and undertake massive expansion programs in the competition for the expanding base of student customer-borrowers. Almost all colleges acted as facilitators to this loan racket, though with federal guarantees they had no skin in that game. Now, outstanding student loan debt is $1.5 trillion, and about 40 percent of it is nonperforming, in euphemistic banker jargon. The student borrowers have been fleeced, many of them financially destroyed for life, and they have only begun to express themselves politically.

The anxiety and remorse behind that dastardly financial behavior, and the prospect of coming institutional ruin, is probably a big factor behind the engineered social justice hysterias that paradoxically made college campuses the most intellectually unfree — and intellectually unsafe! —places in the land. And turned all those college presidents into cowards and cravens. Since coercion is the only behavior modification college administrators understand these days, it’s reasonable that Mr. Trump use federal grant largesse as a lever to end the structural despotism of campus culture. The stumbling economy will take care of the rest.


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  1. shotho March 22, 2019 at 10:12 am #

    As a retired denizen of a state university in the South, of all places, Mr. K is absolutely correct. If it can happen here, it can happen anywhere and has done. And, furthermore, he’s correct; only removing the money incentives will stop this nonsense.

    • OccamsBeard March 22, 2019 at 5:47 pm #

      Totally agree, shotho. This is getting crazy!

      TraffickingInDivinity.com

  2. Walter B March 22, 2019 at 10:13 am #

    So mandatory college education without mandatory well paying employment afterwards is falling on it’s face in the gutter, eh? Well it’s about time don’t you think? What in the world are we going to do with all of the empty structures that will be left behind? Can they be utilized to house the flood of refugees that our sanctuary states (thank you NJ governor Pot Head) will be providing? Perhaps Brother Jobe should be notified of availabilities as he and his seemed to make very good use of their digs. Oh wait, he was a fictional character wasn’t he? You have to admit, it’s gettings curiouser and curiouser.

  3. So many liars March 22, 2019 at 10:13 am #

    The first two paragraphs contain a delightfully fitting assortment of adjectives:
    “appalling… hypocritical… ignoble… asinine… sinister… racist… arrant… craven… epic… titanic”

    Thank you, Jim!

  4. K-Dog March 22, 2019 at 10:14 am #

    The stumbling economy will take care of the rest. The economy can stumble but when it begins to really fall the game it appears will change as you will see if you follow my link. It gives a frenchy to today’s topic.

    Ripped up pavers on college grinders across the land may replace card tables pamphlets and herb cigarettes soon. America is in a bubble and campus games of musical chairs are only a small part of the bigger circus.

    • CancelMyCard March 22, 2019 at 10:49 am #

      K-Dog,

      The french video link on your site appears to be unavailable.

      • K-Dog March 22, 2019 at 10:54 am #

        No it is working fine. A bit of clicking around on it and it will open, I changed the width tag in the embed code and dropped the height tag expecting it to be calculated by the browser. That could be the problem. I’ll try setting it but the video link is active.

        I’d like people to see enough of it to understand the commitment of the yellow vests and to get an inkling how much of our new is spoon fed to us and how much is kept away from our view.

        • Bill7 March 22, 2019 at 9:31 pm #

          “…I’d like people to see enough of it to understand the commitment of the yellow vests and to get an inkling how much of our new is spoon fed to us and how much is kept away from our view.”

          Worth reading again.

      • K-Dog March 22, 2019 at 11:02 am #

        The perils of working at the nuts and bolts level.

        If you were only getting classical audio from the intro that was the problem. Missing height tag and I fixed it. Pictures add the missing tag but not embeds. Lesson learned.

    • Q. Shtik March 22, 2019 at 11:47 am #

      Ripped up pavers on college grinders across the land may replace card tables pamphlets and herb cigarettes soon. – Dog

      =============

      I’m old and not too hip to your lingo. Please explain the above sentence to me.

      • K-Dog March 22, 2019 at 12:43 pm #

        Consider institutionalized adolescent acting out of social rebellion as having a short shelf life. Things are going to be getting ripe when real complaints can’t be ignored.

        Something like this will be your fathers Oldsmobile once pavers get picked up. If you don’t smoke em if you got em it is ok with me. I don’t either.

        • MontanaMan March 23, 2019 at 10:05 am #

          How do you feel now shit head since Mueller dropped his briefcase of reality on your head and the entire piece of shit Democrat party and everybody that votes for this sorry ass party.
          I’ve read enough of your horse shit stuff off and on to know that you are one of many that played a hand in Ripping this beloved nation apart.

          Anyone that post or posted online pertaining to the 100% pure bullshit fake phony Russia lie are guilty of spreading propaganda.

          God only knows the damage this vile evil piece of shit party that calls themselves the Democratic Party has done to our Nation. Them and each Person that voted for any of them and each one like you that swallowed every word the Leftist piece of shit media pumped out about President Trump and him being a Russian spy or Russian agent etc etc.

          God only knows the moral & social / political damage that they have done to my nation. Each person in this vile evil party needs to be lined up and shot. Or better yet beheaded!!! I volunteer to pull the lever.

          I swear to God I would. In closing know this, most dick suckers love girly type dogs like you. Dick sucking piece of shit Russia collusion pushing piece of garbage you are.

          I’m also all for dropping off 500 illegal alien invaders a day at your place.

          • Farmer Joe March 23, 2019 at 10:18 am #

            “I’m also all for dropping off 500 illegal alien invaders a day at your place.”

            If my understanding is accurate, kdog lives in Seattle. Where do you think they end up?

          • K-Dog March 24, 2019 at 1:01 am #

            I’m not leftist or conservative. I’m K-Dog.

            500 aliens is too many. Five will do. I’ll pay an even 20 an hour and I want all the yard work done and my driveway pressure washed. The constant rain and mist stains the cement up here. If one has carpentry references we’ll talk.

            I’m not understanding about the fake Russian lie bullshit since we agree on that. Go figure!

    • Luhrenloup March 22, 2019 at 1:12 pm #

      Thanks for the video, K-Dog, absolutely riveting. What’s truly shocking is that Macron is not addressing this situation at all, except adding more fuel to the fire by bringing in the military. His focus, like Trump, is the world stage, pompous little Bonapartes. We should all pay our taxes, so they can keep their geo- political game going and shut the fxck up!

      • hmuller March 23, 2019 at 5:29 pm #

        Macron is a Rothschild shill, a globalist, new world order supporter of an Orwellian world dictatorship. Trump is against that.

        • Luhrenloup March 23, 2019 at 8:02 pm #

          To be sure,Trump’s world view pales in comparison to Macron’s globalism, but he’s no sweetheart either. He’s in Iraq, threatening Iran, attempting to overthrow the Venezuelan government, sanctioning Russia every twenty minutes, failing in his threats to win concessions from Kim and Xi. Where is the infrastructure investments he promised? I equate the two men because primarily they look to the world stage for glorification, and to hell with the folks at home. Trump is primarily looking to Make Trump Great Again

          • hmuller March 24, 2019 at 10:38 am #

            People with teeny, tiny egos usually don’t run for high political office. You’re correct about that.

            A March 20, 2019 article states: “Today, the United States fields an estimated 5,200 troops in Iraq.”

            That compares to 170,000 at the end on 2007. Trump has also extricated us from the civil war in Syria where the CIA and its allies Mossad and Saudi Arabia were supporting the terrorists of ISIS.

            Trump may have to talk bellicose at times to appease the Neo-Con warmongers who still inhabit Congress, the deep state, Defense Dept, etc May they all drop dead like McCain!

            Haven’t you noticed that it’s the Democrats who most push for war policies, provocations, economic sanctions, intervention, “nation building” by dropping humanitarian bombs, etc?

          • Luhrenloup March 24, 2019 at 11:50 am #

            I’m not into the democrat/republic game and neither are the democrat and republican politicians.
            His big ego stepped up to the plate and it is now responsible. Trump didn’t wind down the war in Syria, Russia kicked ass and won that war. What’s more, Trump knew there was a deep state walking in, as we all do. So that excuse doesn’t hold water.
            The deep state does not work for the government or work in it. It rules it among a slew of other countries. The CIA, FBI, etc are pawns who do as they are told.

  5. Paul Ford O'Neil March 22, 2019 at 10:21 am #

    Hello James,

    1970s grad/refugee from the Jesuit Lavender Mafia Gulag I call Gonstagnant Udiversity out in the Pacific Northwest.

    RACKET was the only word going through my mind at the evacuation ceremony. This all adds new meaning to the term:

    “It couldn’t happen to a more deserving group of thugs.”

    Carry-on til you are carrion,
    PFO

  6. seawolf77 March 22, 2019 at 10:22 am #

    I was an engineer in oil & gas. I recently got laid off when prices sank and stayed down. When prices fell, what was once the best job I ever had quickly became the worst job I ever had. At the local bar I hung out at there was a guy who needed help with his blind business. He had once been an auto repair shop managers at the big local dealerships, but he had soured on it and quit. He picked up an Entrepreneur Magazine and looked for the business with the least capital outlay. He picked blinds. All you need was a good drill, a measuring tape, a piece of paper and a pen, and a ladder and you were in business. 10 years later he’s making nearly twice what he made managing the repair shop, he works from 8 -12 noon, has lunch and is through for the day. Needless to say he made more than I did without a college degree, and he worked half the time. A college degree is bullshit. An engineering degree is one of the worst today, because everything is outsourced. Examine the market, fulfill a need, establish a reputation for quality work and solid work ethic, stand behind your work, and you will get rich. A college degree today is often a path to ruin, not to riches. It is the professional equivalent of “Save your money.” When I was a kid if you had $1 million dollars, you put it in cd’s and earned 7%. Today you are lucky to get 1% maybe 1.5%.

    • malthuss March 22, 2019 at 10:43 am #

      Years ago, someone here [If I recall] posted that he knew a chemical engineer PHd.
      The youngster was deep in debt.
      He was offered a job in China at 5-10k a year.

    • PeteAtomic March 22, 2019 at 11:02 am #

      Learn to code, bud 😉

      • K-Dog March 22, 2019 at 11:05 am #

        But don’t drop your code in the road. 🙂

        • PeteAtomic March 22, 2019 at 11:11 am #

          Lol

          You’re a smart puppy today, dawg! 🙂

        • MontanaMan March 23, 2019 at 10:09 am #

          Lol your a stone cold piece of shit idiot. How’s that Russia collusion working out for ya??? Lol. Village idiot.

    • Farmer Joe March 22, 2019 at 11:48 am #

      PFO, The Evergreen State College is my alma mater, I’m embarrassed to say, these days. It was a good school (for me) when I was there.

      Seawolf,

      “Examine the market, fulfill a need, establish a reputation for quality work and solid work ethic, stand behind your work, ”

      I’m not rich yet, but this is what is and has been working to get me started.

      • BackRowHeckler March 22, 2019 at 12:27 pm #

        Hey Farmer Joe, did you ever see Ken Kesey around?

      • hmuller March 22, 2019 at 3:20 pm #

        Evergreen State?! Isn’t that the place which has special days when white people are banned from campus?

        • Farmer Joe March 22, 2019 at 3:59 pm #

          Unfortunately

          • hmuller March 22, 2019 at 4:27 pm #

            I wonder how their alumni fund raising campaign is doing? Notice with the mailing: Warning: If you drop off your donations in person on certain days, you will be severely beaten for the crime of being white.

    • Q. Shtik March 22, 2019 at 12:35 pm #

      A college degree is bullshit. – seawolf

      Today you are lucky to get 1% maybe 1.5%. – seawolf

      ===========

      I believe that as the years have worn on since MY day (attended from 1958 to 1962) a college degree has become greatly devalued much like the US dollar. What a valid degree does for someone is serve to show that they have endured a certain amount of rigor and the endurance of rigor is what many jobs are all about…at least jobs worked in the confines of four cubical walls.

      Regarding the percent you can get on your money, I recently shifted some money where I am now getting 3.4% vs nearly nothing previously. I also opened an account where I buy T-bills that are averaging 2.5% (considered to be the lowest risk investment in the world) with the advantage that the earnings are not subject to State income tax. You also can easily get 3% or more on Utility stock dividends (for example PEG) with relative safety of principle (unless a nuclear plant blows up).

      • hmuller March 22, 2019 at 3:26 pm #

        Even a relatively high 3% annual return is unlikely to preserve your purchasing power long term. Call me a conspiracy nut. But I see so many factors working together to destroy the middle class that I can’t think it’s all a series of coincidences.

    • beantownbill. March 22, 2019 at 1:18 pm #

      I rarely agree with you, but on this post you are absolutely correct. College degrees have almost always been bullshit. Entrepreneurship is the way to go, although the responsibility can be intense.

      In my neck of the woods, a million can get 2.5 %, easily, more if you want to take a little gamble. Still a bad deal because inflation is higher. The reality is that life is risk. Embrace it if you want to thrive.

      • Farmer Joe March 22, 2019 at 4:03 pm #

        Inflation is 1.5% if you believe the official numbers.

    • rhys12 March 24, 2019 at 1:19 pm #

      I’m not sure about right now, but a few years ago there were engineering jobs that had been vacant for years out in the Great Lakes area. I am not an engineer, am almost 71 and retired, but in my lifetime you could usually find a job if you were willing to go where the job was and willing to do what had to be done.

  7. Mountain gal March 22, 2019 at 10:23 am #

    Yes indeed. And another one bites the dust in Vermont as College of St. Joseph’s has just announced it will close this year. Yawn…..

    Too many overpriced colleges handing out worthless degrees in Gender and Queer Studies that will prepare the holder of said degree for a lifetime of student loan repayment while working as a barista at Starbucks. The “solution” of course is for the new uber-liberal arm of the Democratic party to demand free college for all! So everyone can major in Feminist Theory and Gender Studies or Afro-American Art or whatever passes for scholarship these days. I’m old-fashioned having studied science I suppose.

    Interesting to see Ivanka Trump come out in support of not pushing everyone to attend college. As we clearly have way more college graduates than we can possibly employ in jobs actually needing the knowledge learned by pursuing a 4-year degree, that’s a good thing. The trades are crying out for smart new workers(hopefully those that can pass a drug screening).

    As for the notion of free speech, for the snowflakes and their professors, that only applies if it’s their idea of what should be spoken of. And speaking truth to power only applies if it’s their version of the truth. Shocking to see how many times Conservative speakers have been prevented from speaking at the likes of U-Cal Berkley, Middlebury College and other bastions of liberalism. Way to go President Trump!

  8. Doc Holliday March 22, 2019 at 10:24 am #

    Graduated from a state college in the mid-70s. Received two BAs that no one ever asked to see the diplomas for. As a newly minted graduate with $12 in my bank account and owing my landlord three months back rent, I began my illustrious career by renovating my landlord’s mobile homes (most of them 8′ x 60′ or about 130 SF per student ‘body’). Now, about to retire as an General Contractor (specializing in doing projects for assisted living companies, the square footage for the ‘residents’ is about the same). If I had children, I would STRONGLY urge them to go into the trades. May get dirty fingers but could move anywhere in the US and obtain a job without 50 interviews, and have experience in three dimensional projects, not just pushing around two dimensional paper……

    • malthuss March 22, 2019 at 10:45 am #

      What ‘trades” ????

      Mexicans work for cheap. skilled or semi skilled labor.

      • seawolf77 March 22, 2019 at 11:01 am #

        Very true. My friend’s blind business is a couple of Mexicans away from being gone. That is why the blue-collar rabid support for Trump. You just hit the nail on the head, my friend.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 22, 2019 at 11:58 am #

          And that’s not a good reason? If so, why do you hate them so much? As if Mexico doesn’t protect its borders against the even poorer countries to the South.

          Do you want Civilization or do you want a race to the bottom a la “Capitalism” or “Socialism”? At least a few have to be prospering in order to help anyone else – if they are capable of being helped of course. And Lifeguards used to be taught to subdue or even knock out drowning victims who inadvertently would pull them under in their desperation.

      • Doc Holliday March 22, 2019 at 11:01 am #

        Electrical, plumbing, HVAC which demands knowledge of real life activities. Those that speak English as a second language gravitate towards roofing, masonry, concrete and painting. Those trades do not need English language knowledge nor are those trades likely to be of a ‘health and safety’ concern to the end user (in general).

    • Q. Shtik March 22, 2019 at 1:07 pm #

      If I had children, I would STRONGLY urge them to go into the trades. – Doc Hol

      ================

      Each of my 3 kids got college degrees. The first one took 7 years, the second took 6 years and the third took 5 years. I took 4 years to earn a BS in Accounting. What is wrong with this picture?

      My second kid’s degree was in Industrial Design (a fairly heavy-duty degree) but he has NEVER worked a day in that field. I have often thought of advising my two grandsons (currently 7 and 5 years old) to “go into the trades” except for one thing: I try to imagine what it would be like doing plumbing (on your bad knees in tight places with the crack of your ass showing) when you are 65-70 years old.

      • BackRowHeckler March 22, 2019 at 1:49 pm #

        Yes, there’s the ass crack thing. Last summer the sewer pump guy came to pump out out our septic, roared up in this big truck, looked around (at the bucolic surroundings) and exclaimed, happily, “No n–gers in this neighbood!”. He had an enormous gut, his pants hung low, the ass crack was revealed.

        He was quite a likeable chap. We talked about fishing. It was a hot day, I gave him a cold beer even tho he was on the job, which he quaffed in two gulps.

        Brh

        • Beryl of Oyl March 22, 2019 at 1:56 pm #

          Know what’s another cheerful profession?
          The people who cut trees down.
          I don’t know if it’s just the idea of a major payday after some weather event, but whenever I see these folk, they are quite chipper.
          I didn’t know I was making that pun until after I did it, honest.

          • hmuller March 22, 2019 at 3:11 pm #

            Going out on a limb, I wood knot believe you’re some sap who logged in to stump us with poplar tree puns. So I’ll leaf it alone.

      • Doc Holliday March 22, 2019 at 4:19 pm #

        Naw, by the time you are in your 50s and you are proficient in the trades, you don’t do the work any longer. You manage, bid, deal with all the government related BS (taxes, insurance, licenses, fees, and related) and customer issues (and employee’s family issues). You don’t have time to do the work. You may show your ‘ass’ by screwing up or losing money, but it won’t be due to your shirt being too short.

  9. Elrond Hubbard March 22, 2019 at 10:26 am #

    Canada is becoming a tech hub. Thanks, Donald Trump!
    US companies are moving tech jobs to Canada rather than deal with Trump’s immigration policies.

    recode.net/2019/3/19/18264391/us-tech-jobs-canada-immigration-policies-trump

    “US companies are going to keep hiring foreign tech workers, even as the Trump administration makes doing so more difficult. For a number of US companies that means expanding their operations in Canada, where hiring foreign nationals is much easier.

    “Demand for international workers remained high this year, according to a new Envoy Global survey of more than 400 US hiring professionals, who represent big and small US companies and have all had experience hiring foreign employees.

    “Some 80 percent of employers expect their foreign worker headcount to either increase or stay the same in 2019, according to Envoy, which helps US companies navigate immigration laws.

    “That tracks with US government immigration data, which shows a growing number of applicants for high-skilled tech visas, known as H-1Bs, despite stricter policies toward immigration. H-1B recipients are all backed by US companies that say they are in need of specialized labor that isn’t readily available in the US — which, in practice, includes a lot of tech workers.

    “Major US tech companies, including Google, Facebook, and Amazon, have all been advocating for quicker and more generous high-skilled immigration policies. To do so they’ve increased lobbying spending on immigration.”

    It’s nothing personal, guys. It’s just business.

    • Cavepainter March 22, 2019 at 10:43 am #

      And your point? Oh yeah, Kunstler yields a favorable remark on action by Trump and you knee-jerk a criticism of Trump. Tit-for tat, right? Boy, that’s an adroit feint-of-point, chalk one up for the “resistance”.

      • malthuss March 22, 2019 at 10:46 am #

        “Major US tech companies, including Google, Facebook, and Amazon, have all been advocating for quicker and more generous high-skilled immigration policies. To do so they’ve increased lobbying spending on immigration.”
        Oh those liberals.

    • hmuller March 22, 2019 at 10:57 am #

      Open borders, globalism, and Justin Trudeau – the recipe for true paradise. OK Elrond, we got it.

    • BC_EE March 22, 2019 at 11:15 am #

      Also the CDN$ is 75-cents. Maybe net savings is 15% for a WAG.

      The other difference is Canada is a multicultural society where we are not so quick to demand conformance. Matter of fact, if they figure out the road driving norms (left lane is for overtaking, merging is not a competitive sport), and the public norms (not spitting, queue, etc), we couldn’t care about the rest.

      Most times that fragrant or spicy aroma coming from a neighbour’s cooking is appreciated.

      As an electrical engineer I usually work with a multitude of nationalities. Of course we have a common scientific objectivity to work to so that makes it easier.

      Then there is the healthcare thing …

      • Q. Shtik March 22, 2019 at 1:16 pm #

        I usually work with a multitude of nationalities. – BC_EE

        ================

        But, I assume they all speak English, right?

    • Beryl of Oyl March 22, 2019 at 1:58 pm #

      They don’t employ our out of work “tech” people, they go to Canada, what do I care?

    • Exscotticus March 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm #

      @Elrond,

      The trend is not for companies to move to higher-tax nations like Canada, but to offshore to lower-tax lower-COL nations like India. To bean counters far removed from the actual work of “tech”, hiring 2 or 3 Indians for the price of 1 American seems like a good deal. Savings ensue, bonuses distributed, and all is well—until quality and innovation concerns bring it all back home. This cycle repeats itself every 5 or 10 years as institutional memory fades, and freshly-minted MBAs rebirth it anew.

  10. stelmosfire March 22, 2019 at 10:35 am #

    So much truth in the old saw ” Those that can do, those that can’t teach”

    • Mountain gal March 22, 2019 at 10:41 am #

      That depends on what they’re teaching. If they’re a craftsman/woman, trades worker, musician, etc one can’t really expect to teach without being really really good at what one hopes to teach. Want to teach “Communications” or “Gender Studies”; yeah, if you had any real skills you’d probably be out there using them.

      • malthuss March 22, 2019 at 11:00 am #

        those who can t, teach.

        • debt March 22, 2019 at 11:17 am #

          Those who can’t teach, teach gym.

          • Beryl of Oyl March 22, 2019 at 2:02 pm #

            OMG, flashback to girls gym class.
            Pre-Title IX.
            We’re post Title IX now, so we still have the gains we made in women’s athletics, only now it’s mentally ill men who are benefitting.
            Thank you so much, you Obama voters.
            At least Hillary wouldn’t have destroyed women’s sports.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 22, 2019 at 2:48 pm #

            One Tranny Girls Track star advised the girls to train harder.

          • malthuss March 22, 2019 at 4:12 pm #

            Those who can’t teach, teach TEACHERS.

    • Ol' Scratch March 22, 2019 at 12:19 pm #

      Those who can’t do or teach, manage. Those who can’t manage, become execs or go into politics. Those who are lucky, inherit. Those who are smartest of all, quit giving a fuck altogether.

  11. malthuss March 22, 2019 at 10:39 am #

    Starlight,

    more on Mc Cain,

    McCAIN THE HERO NEARLY SUNK AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER & KILLED 134 SAILORS—- Via Lew Rockwell

    McCain, when a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy was a Navy pilot (they call themselves aviators). July 29, 1967 while on the deck and in his plane on the carrier U.S.S. Forrestal

    he managed to screw up procedures (officially denied and covered up by him and the Navy and also even promoted on Wikipedia if you care to look–reason to follow). He did a smart ass punk attention getting tr

    • seawolf77 March 22, 2019 at 10:46 am #

      That has never been proven. Don’t get me wrong McCain is the worst combat naval aviator in history, having crashed 5 planes. Usually, it’s one and done. But blaming him for the Forrestal is unfair at best, an outright lie at worst. They still don’t know what happened. McCain was there, and karma suggests that he indeed did do something wrong, but the brass tacks proof… is non-existent.

      • Ol' Scratch March 22, 2019 at 12:25 pm #

        And as an Admiral’s son proof was always going to be non-existent. It should also be noted that he was spirited off that ship almost immediately. His performance reviews were also uniformly abysmal throughout his career. A womanizing cowboy in search of a cause, he might well have been the subject for the movie Top Gun, assuming that Maverick couldn’t fly worth a shit either.

      • Q. Shtik March 22, 2019 at 1:31 pm #

        but the brass tacks proof… is non-existent. – seawolf

        =============

        There is a term for the kind of comment you have just written…it is called “faint praise.”

        • Exscotticus March 22, 2019 at 8:38 pm #

          Note the stark difference in burderns of proof required by seawolf for McCain versus Trump. For McCain, it requires nothing less than a taped confession. For Trump? Whatever…

    • Nightowl March 22, 2019 at 5:13 pm #

      He also helped create ISIS and he had a hand in the phony dossier.

      McStain.

    • SoftStarLight March 23, 2019 at 12:53 am #

      Thank you malthuss for telling me. I’ve never heard anything about this before. Wikipedia does mention that McCain claimed that the missle hit his plane even though the official investigation found that it actually hit Fred White’s plane. So I did some more searching and found this.

      truthdig.com/articles/investigating-john-mccains-tragedy-at-sea/

      It certainly seems as if he was an opportunist at best when it comes to accounting for what happened on the Forrestal.

  12. patrickd March 22, 2019 at 10:42 am #

    Free speech is over-rated. When people are taught to not think, are fed lies, illusions, and delusions all their life, and are urged to act out their most shameful sexual fantasies and demand that others help them out with it, what could they possibly say that’s worth hearing?

    • malthuss March 22, 2019 at 10:47 am #

      Free speech is over-rated
      Not to me it isnt.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 22, 2019 at 12:04 pm #

      Yes Pat, thus Democracy is contra-indicated. You’ve just proven yourself smart enough to negate your own philosophy. Bravo!

      America isn’t a Democracy and was never intended to be one – and that’s a good thing. Now AOC and those behind are beginning the push for 16 year olds getting to vote, along with illegals, convicts, etc. What overkill. They’ve already triumphed and will have America in a few more cycles without all this. But it’s good in that the descent will be swift indeed. And in the subsequent Chaos, We may yet win ourselves a Home.

    • sanspeur March 22, 2019 at 1:31 pm #

      Culturally mandated shaming of people who shame others is over-rated.

      If someone is fat, I should be able to say they are fat, and probably going to cost our country because they have eaten themselves sick.

      If someone is allowing their minor child to “transition” to another sex, I should be able to say they are child abusers and should be helped along with their deranged child.

      That is where free speech has been curtailed. I am speaking my truth, you can agree or disagree, but you cannot call it “hate speech”

    • Beryl of Oyl March 22, 2019 at 2:09 pm #

      That’s the only kind of speech they consider free today.
      Waking through the student lounge/cafeteria at a local college, I saw a crudely lettered poster prominently displayed for something to do with LBTQRSTUV or whatever it is now.
      The poster has been in place for months.
      I could not help but notice, there are zero posters of any other kind displayed.

    • ozone March 22, 2019 at 6:48 pm #

      patrickd,
      So then, right after you post such a dangerous view, along shamble two egregious over-posters who proceed to try and distort your point. Since they never have anything to say that’s worth hearing, they handily make your point for you.

      Now an important question remains: Why?

      • SoftStarLight March 23, 2019 at 1:04 am #

        Because we all have the right to post unless Mr. K says no I assume. They have the right to express their opinions as you do. Would you not agree that jdhines is an egregious over poster as well? You are quite the board policeman sometimes you know :-).

        • ozone March 23, 2019 at 11:23 am #

          You have still deliberately missed patrick’s point.

          “When people are taught to not think, are fed lies, illusions, and delusions all their life, and are urged to act out their most shameful sexual fantasies and demand that others help them out with it, what could they possibly say that’s worth hearing?”

          Sorry, I can repost it for you, but I can’t understand it for you. (But that’s not your job, is it?)

          • SoftStarLight March 23, 2019 at 11:50 am #

            Well I do think I understand it and I don’t agree with it. If I do get what he is saying it is that most people don’t deserve freedom of speech. I say that because to some degree most people are not taught to think. Am I on the right track? You’re wrong if you think I deliberately don’t want to understand.

  13. ccm989 March 22, 2019 at 10:50 am #

    Gotta totally disagree with you here, JHK. Small colleges don’t fail because they don’t want right wingers spewing their hate, colleges fail if they charge too much $$$$ to get an education. When the kids figure out that they will have a life time of debt and no decent job, over priced colleges will shut down.

    And if you want to hear the right wing haters then turn on FOX. Except for Jeanine Pirro — apparently her racist screeching was too much even for FOX! Guess that’s another good reason why you should hire sober people to host TV shows.

    • benr March 22, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

      Speaking of spewing hate…You confuse the truth for hate and have spewed enough bile to make everyone ill.

      • hmuller March 22, 2019 at 3:42 pm #

        ccm apparently thinks “right-wingers” go around spewing hate. I’ll have to bear that perspective in mind next time I see Maxine Waters “spewing love” – is that what they call her act?

    • Q. Shtik March 22, 2019 at 1:42 pm #

      apparently her racist screeching was too much even for FOX! – ccm989

      ============

      To Green Alba,

      Here is a perfect example of a point you made the other day. If someone disagrees with what another person says they will accuse that other person of “screeching.” I listened to Jenine Pirro once in my life (at the insistence of my daughter-in-law who loves her) and not a word was screeched.

      • Beryl of Oyl March 22, 2019 at 2:10 pm #

        I think she has a nice, well-modulated speaking voice.

      • Sean Coleman March 24, 2019 at 3:50 pm #

        Q Schtik

        There is also the word ‘squawking’. The Guardian said that Hitchens had used it to describe women. He had not but they did not want to admit they were wrong. Nothing surprising there.

        hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2017/11/on-reading-and-seeing-what-is-not-there-a-widespread-problem…

        “I thought this might be the moment for a discussion of what people think they have read as opposed to what they actually have read. This is partly stimulated by correspondence about bicycle helmets, and partly by my current dispute with Britain’s great liberal newspaper, ‘The Guardian’ (sometime motto, ‘Facts are sacred but comment is free’) and its writer , Deborah Orr.

        “Ms Orr asserted in an article for that paper that I had used the words “squawking women”. In the print edition, the alleged words appeared in quotation marks. Thus

        “‘Peter Hitchens, in the Mail On Sunday, vouchsafed that the “squawking women” would end up in niqabs if they carried on the way they were.’ ”

        Vouchsafed? If Mr Kunstler starts writing like this everybody will stop reading him. Orr’s writing reminds me of someone!

    • MontanaMan March 23, 2019 at 10:24 am #

      A person is a right wing hater if they don’t agree with you on everything. I know the kind of person =thing you are. Oh, you are another one that is madly in love with labels and hurling them at folks that don’t agree with you or they don’t fit your very very dim wit narrow mind.

      • SoftStarLight March 23, 2019 at 11:37 am #

        Exactly. You could probably take it as far to say that such a rigid view destroys brain cells. And for some people it definitely doesn’t do a body good either lol.

  14. BC_EE March 22, 2019 at 10:58 am #

    It could be said the posts secondary environment devolved into an arrested development secondary school clique continuity. Looks like duck, walks like a duck, …

    Have seen it firsthand too, and been subject to teenage-like untethered anger that is generally produced by their perceived grievances.

    Ironically, truth hurts sometimes, and in an institution that is supposed to be in pursuit of the ever elusive objective truth, they have turned into subjective thought factories.

  15. malthuss March 22, 2019 at 11:00 am #

    MIAMI (AP) — Every year, hundreds of pregnant Russian women travel to the United States to give birth so that their child can acquire all the privileges of American citizenship.

    They pay anywhere from $20,000 to sometimes more than $50,000 to brokers who arrange their travel documents, accommodations and hospital stays, often in Florida.

    While the cost is high, their children will be rewarded with opportunities and travel advantages not available to their Russian countrymen. The parents themselves may benefit someday as well.

    And the decidedly un-Russian climate in South Florida and the posh treatment they receive in the maternity wards — unlike dismal clinics back home — can ease the financial sting and make the practice seem more like an extended vacation.

    The Russians are part of a wave of “birth tourists” that includes sizable numbers of women from China and Nigeria.

    President Donald Trump has spoken out against the provision in the U.S. Constitution that allows “birthright citizenship” and has vowed to end it, although legal experts are divided on whether he can actually do tha

    • Beryl of Oyl March 22, 2019 at 2:15 pm #

      When it becomes an obvious Racket, you’d think that would be the motivation to stop it.
      What am I saying?
      When it becomes a Racket, that’s the tipoff that it isn’t going to change.
      The 14th Amendment pertained to freed slaves.
      There has already been one SC ruling which reaffirmed it applied to them only.
      You’d think descendants of slaves in America would get more upset over the usurpation of something that was for their ancestors alone.

      • ozone March 22, 2019 at 7:04 pm #

        Stop worrying about that and work to re-enslave the melanin enhanced. Problem solved! Citizen or ‘non’, plenty of field hands and chicken pluckers to go ’round while us indispensables of oft-acknowledged superior thinkin’ skills swill juleps in the shade.

        There is one drawback however; we may have to feed them once in a while. (Damn and blast, there’s always a catch.)

    • SoftStarLight March 23, 2019 at 1:17 am #

      About 40 countries around the world have birthright citizenship. Most of them in the Western Hemisphere no less. Canada and the US are the only advanced economies that have birthright citizenship. Clearly many people will take advantage of an obvious and unnecessary weakness. The US should end birthright citizenship immediately but since there is an industry around it and profits to be made I doubt anything will be done about it.

  16. PeteAtomic March 22, 2019 at 11:07 am #

    Thanks, Jim

    Reminds me of an episode of Tucker Carlson I watched recently where he had some continually smiling empty suit from the underbelly of the
    Academic corpse whose message was essentially, “just keep sending us money”

    • Beryl of Oyl March 22, 2019 at 2:19 pm #

      “Everything HRC touches she kind of screws up with hubris. I told you about the gig I lost at a University because she so overcharged them they came under heat and couldn’t [pay] any fees for awhile. I should send her a bill,” Powell griped.”
      Former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
      nypost.com/2016/09/14/colin-powell-wont-vote-for-her-because-of-bill-clinton/
      This is one of the reasons they need to charge such high tuition.
      These out of work pols aren’t just gonna support themselves, are they?

  17. JustSaying March 22, 2019 at 11:17 am #

    Most wondrous of all has been the failure of college presidents, deans, trustees, and faculty chairs to assert their authority and do the right thing — namely, take a stand against the arrant muzzling of free expression by campus Stalinists. Their craven passivity is a symptom of what future historians will identify as the epic institutional collapse of higher education, which first made itself into an industry like any other moneygrubbing business, and then became a titanic racketeering operation….

    This economy is one big RICO operation! No industry is spared. I am amazed that any of it is still standing.

  18. peakfuture March 22, 2019 at 11:19 am #

    Dmitry Orlov suggests that college campuses might be good places to use as housing:

    longnow.org/seminars/02009/feb/13/social-collapse-best-practices/

    I’m curious if or when larger and more prestigious places might ever shut down, for example, like Harvard and MIT. Even big companies that have been around for ages have gone out of business. One thing is for certain, when the sea level rises, those campuses aren’t exactly in the mountains, and will have to do something.

    I wonder if any of these universities have made provisions for moving from their locations, given the danger of being flooded in the not-too-distant future. They’ve been in existence for a long time, so perhaps someone there is thinking of these things. The US military has considered the effects of rising sea levels, so might these institutions?

    • BackRowHeckler March 22, 2019 at 11:53 am #

      That reminds me. As part of my ‘Sea level’ research, I will be headed down to Newport Rhode Island in a few weeks. In 1724, 26 pirates were hung in a mass action and buried on a “little split of land called Goat Island”. It is described in contemporary accounts as barely being above sea level. Unscientific? Yes. It shows on the map, but after 3 centuries, taking into account purported rising seas, it should be gone.

      Brh

      • Janos Skorenzy March 22, 2019 at 12:07 pm #

        Don’t forget to visit the Synagogue – the first in America I believe. Newport was the northern center of the Sephardic Slaving operation.

        • BackRowHeckler March 22, 2019 at 12:19 pm #

          Yes, there is a Jewish cemetery in Newport, one of the oldest in America.

          At certain points in the 17th century everybody with any $$$ in Newport invested in pirate and to a lesser extent slaving operations (sometimes one in the same) Not just Jewish Newporters. The returns were good.

          Brh

          • Q. Shtik March 22, 2019 at 1:57 pm #

            (sometimes one in the same) – BRH

            ============

            I hope our host will not be overly annoyed for my pointing out the following:

            The old expression “they are one and the same” is now often mangled into the roughly phonetic equivalent “one in the same.” The use of “one” here to mean “identical with each other” is familiar from phrases like “Jane and John act as one.” They are one; they are the same.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 22, 2019 at 2:27 pm #

            But the movie Ten Commandments said that Jews are against slavery! Charlton Heston as Moses was apparently better than the real one.

          • Exscotticus March 22, 2019 at 8:48 pm #

            Numbers 31 clearly states that it’s OK to have virgin girl slaves. Everyone else—including virgin boys—should be killed.

      • benr March 22, 2019 at 12:22 pm #

        Amazing it is still there and the sea level is pretty much exactly where it was even then!
        Imagine that!
        Forty years of surfing and yet Rincon, Malibu and all my California stomping grounds look exactly the same at the waterline!
        I read an interesting article that explained lowering areas are the result of over mining sand for concrete jungles across the world and that the Chicoms are now the biggest consumers of concrete and sand to create it in the world.
        They are paving Africa and China at an alarming rate!

        I also read that depleting the water table in Los Angeles is causing the LA basin to sink and not come back!

        • Beryl of Oyl March 22, 2019 at 2:22 pm #

          That is indeed interesting.

        • Beryl of Oyl March 22, 2019 at 2:25 pm #

          BTW, they wanted us to pay for the infrastructure in Africa before the Chinese got everything.
          At least in the old Banana Republics, the fruit companies paid for their own damn road.

        • debt March 22, 2019 at 3:48 pm #

          Smae perspective on sea levels here in Santa Cruz (the original Surf City).

  19. BackRowHeckler March 22, 2019 at 11:33 am #

    Yeah, it looks like Mario Savio’s free speech movement in Berkeley is just about dead. Now its just the opposite. Anyway, the much hyped free speech movement really was nothing more than an attempt to use the campus as a platform for leftist propaganda. Looked at that way it was an unqualified success.

    The Free Love movement is dead too as a New hyper Puritanism has set in. So much for the 1960s.

    Thank God for Trump. At this time, in this place, he was the man we needed.

    Brh

  20. restless94110 March 22, 2019 at 11:37 am #

    “The delusion that everybody must have a college education finally turned Higher Ed…”

    Great essay. I think you should add though the advent of Human Resources Departments (and as a college major), and their need to add requirements (like empty BA degrees) to hiring in business. Recently it was reported that somewhere McDonald’s franchises are requiring a BA in order to get hired flipping burgers.

    HR is almost always 100 percent female staff and have added substantially to the feeling amongst the young (and their families) that “everybody must have a college education.”

  21. BackRowHeckler March 22, 2019 at 11:43 am #

    Nice use of the word ‘Intersectional’, Jim. And then poaster ccm989 chimes in using Marxist ‘Dialectics’ to counter your point. I was waiting for him to use the adjective ‘Cis’ to make his post complete. Maybe next time.

    Brh

  22. Ol' Scratch March 22, 2019 at 11:51 am #

    Great post today, Jim! I’d suggest shuttering more colleges and opening more trade schools, but of course there’s very little opportunity in the trades these days either and the financial blood suckers would soon attack those schools as well.

    What we really need are more paid apprenticeships in the trades starting as early as freshman year in high school with a living wage to follow, but good luck trying to mandate that. I doubt the youth these days would be excited about that either.

    Either way, college education for the masses needs to be throttled back severely. It’s little more than a con.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 22, 2019 at 12:09 pm #

      Yes, the ethos is all wrong. As if something that can’t be financially exploited is of no value. Capitalism produces vast numbers of such blood suckers just as Communism produces vast numbers of thugs and good thinking enforcers.

  23. wm5135 March 22, 2019 at 11:59 am #

    ” In fact, many young men unsuited for college took refuge there to evade the military.” JHK

    Now those with ambition are seeking out the military as the only quality opportunity available, young women also. Now the unsuited for anything are taking refuge there, colleges and univeristies, to avoid the reality there are no opportunities.

    Of course the bright side is that according to the recent CNN poll 70% of the citizens of the USA polled believe the economy is doing well. Perhaps everyone is installing blinds.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 22, 2019 at 12:14 pm #

      Or wearing them.

    • Ol' Scratch March 22, 2019 at 12:35 pm #

      Polls are easily gamed by pollsters. Probably taken on some big city downtown thoroughfare where everybody they ask is coming or going from their corporate job. Of course they’re going to have a skewed opinion.

    • Q. Shtik March 22, 2019 at 3:08 pm #

      Of course the bright side is that according to the recent CNN poll 70% of the citizens of the USA polled believe the economy is doing well. – wm5135

      ============

      A lot of people believe what they hear. For example, on Wednesday, 3/20, Jerome Powell, Fed Chairman, in his remarks after announcing there would be no further rate hikes this year said, in referring to Fed operations and the economy in general, “we’re in a good place.” I think those were his exact words and he repeated them a couple of times. So if the common man happens to be listening he (or she) might well believe “the economy is doing well.”

      Actually, I kind of doubt ‘the common man’ listens in to these periodic pronouncements by the Fed.

  24. peakfuture March 22, 2019 at 12:07 pm #

    Free tuition for trade schools – has anyone put this forth, instead of free tuition for college? Seems like this would be a good idea. Or would this mess up trade schools? One advantage of getting out of trade school is that if you can’t do the trade, you don’t get paid. Or would we get legions of bad plumbers, electricians, carpenters, etc.?

    • Janos Skorenzy March 22, 2019 at 12:15 pm #

      Women get all kinds of scholarships to get into the trades. Or minority youth. In other words, all the wrong and worst people.

      • Q. Shtik March 22, 2019 at 3:23 pm #

        Women get all kinds of scholarships to get into the trades. – Janos

        ============

        Have you got a source for ^this^ statement? i.e. women more so than men?

        20 some years ago my wife attended a course at the local vocational school learning various beauty trades (hair cutting, esthetician, etc.) She paid the tuition herself. I believe the amount was modest. There was no scholarship. She has been working in this field ‘lo these many years since, mostly as a single proprietorship. I did her schedule C on the tax return.

  25. jdhines March 22, 2019 at 12:08 pm #

    Admin note: I’m letting this comment stand, but for the record I regard it as idiocy. — JHK
    __________

    >>> “Shocking to see how many times Conservative (Right-wing Fascist) speakers have been prevented from speaking at the likes of U-Cal Berkley, Middlebury College and other bastions of liberalism.”

    Have you ever noticed how conservative Right-Wingers are always complaining about censorship & free speech? Even Jim is on the bandwagon now, who use to write for Rolling Stone magazine, if you can imagine. They complain about the Lame Street Media, The Social Media platforms, etc. Have you observed how the Hard-Rights preferred media outlets are cesspools of conspiracy theories, etc?

    Have a look at “Info Wars”, Breitbart, Daily Stormer even the much-ballyhooed FOX NOISE, where real journalists are leaving in droves. These places will make you want to puke! The reason the Right-Wing’s Nuts feel they are being kept out of the mainstream media and colleges and universities, etc., is because they are! And for good reason.

    The question is why? BECAUSE society has deemed that their fascist, white nationalist, racist like message is GARBAGE and will not give a platform to the spewing of lies, BS, hate speech, etc. NOBODY wants to hear that shit except Right Wing Nut jobs.

    Would we give Uncle Adolf equal time today? No, we would not and should not. And not Stalin and Joe McCarthy and a host of other despots either. Some of the clowns the right parades around are just TOO distasteful and full of shit! e.g. Laura Ingram, Tucker Carlson and Judge Jeannine (or whatever her name is). Even FOX couldn’t take the good Judge from Nevada and gave her a forced vacation.

    Please wise-up and get a message that doesn’t SUCK and doesn’t make people SICK to their stomach and you might find more welcoming audiences! Bring back a William Buckley sort of spokesperson and you will be welcome everywhere.

    Get rid of folks like Milo Yiannopoulos, Nazi-wannabe Richard Spencer and dipshits like Dennis Miller, Glen Beck, Michael Savage, Mark Levin and you will fare better. I’m just saying. Remember, they are not banning FREE SPEECH, they are banning SHIT SPEECH.

    It is not an issue of the Right’s speakers not being “politically correct,” it is rather an issue of the Right’s fondness for odious and stupid ideas. It’s quite simple really.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 22, 2019 at 12:18 pm #

      In other words, Whites have no rights. Not to the First Amendment, not to free association, not to having our own countries (like every other race), and ultimately not even to life itself. Unfortunately for you, we still have the 2nd Amendment. And cancelling that won’t change the reality on the ground.

      • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 12:23 pm #

        Whites have the right to act like normal decent people and NOT like the DIPSHITS many of them have become, especially the rabble that follow our unfit leader, Orange GGG. Sorry, straighten up and you’ll be welcomed by all. Nazis and Fascists need not apply. Period.

        • BackRowHeckler March 22, 2019 at 12:37 pm #

          Keep the Red Flag flying, Comrade Citizen!

          Brh

          • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 12:47 pm #

            I am a capitalist, and like the system just fine, thank you, but I’d rather be a red Commie than a brown Fascist any day of the week. The Fascists are yours, enjoy them while you can.

          • Nightowl March 22, 2019 at 5:17 pm #

            Fascists support censorship Mr. Hines.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 22, 2019 at 1:01 pm #

          So Whites do have the right to have their own Countries? So why is the New World Order denying them these rights and/or flooding their former countries with non-Whites? And why do you support that?

    • Walter B March 22, 2019 at 12:21 pm #

      Of course your tale would not be complete without adding in the other, leftist side’s need for everybody gets a trophy, we are all good and equal, no news but good news, feel good bullshit propaganda. Or the everything needs to be free (or at least have somebody else paying for it) agenda being propagated by the Joseph Goebbels MSM, that is important to the have not’s as well. No matter which side you choose to side with, talk is still cheap and action requires work and sometimes sacrifice and todays losers are becoming more and more unable to handle the latter, so they whine. Cry me a river.

      • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 12:31 pm #

        So you prefer that the 0.01% rule and enjoy all? You can have it.

        • Walter B March 22, 2019 at 12:37 pm #

          The .01% rule in all Communist, Socialist, and in Corrupt Capitalism systems regardless and they have enough power, control, and mindless minions following ALL of them that solving that problem shall never be achieved.

          • elysianfield March 22, 2019 at 12:49 pm #

            Walter,
            There are only three bastions of pure communism left on Earth;

            Cuba
            North Korea,
            The Harvard Faculty Lounge….

          • Walter B March 22, 2019 at 1:02 pm #

            Perhaps, but the .01% rule even there, don’t they?

    • benr March 22, 2019 at 12:26 pm #

      My goodness you get the trophy for hateful douche of the day.
      Oddly your posts are disgusting and hateful please seek help your insanity is really showing.

      • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 12:34 pm #

        Keep voting for the Right, they’ll get all your money yet. They are, after all, your BETTERS, but please don’t believe they give a shit about you and your ilk. You are mere disposal, religious, gun-toting, rubish pawns to them.

        • Walter B March 22, 2019 at 1:05 pm #

          Who is saying to vote for the right? The right and the left are both crap – this is one of the mainstays of this blog, is it not? Overcoming two party rule should be our main objective, and while DJT was not a great choice, he was at least not one of them. Now we have to find a good choice and keep the movement going.

          • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 2:15 pm #

            I guess that would be Trump supporters who will vote for the right wing, no? He is, after all, a tool of the Hard Right, ergo it follows that…

            Walter, I realize that Trump has only one party affiliation and that is the Trumpist Party (slogan = whatever is good for Trump, etc). However, he does align himself very strongly with a certain right-wing, nationalistic coalition that seems to be entirely acceptable to the KKK, et al, so we can safely state that, even though he is not a party affiliate, he keeps company with, plays for and is a fellow traveler of the far right.

            They scratch his back, he scratches theirs… SCOTUS, Tax relief for Corps and Billionaires, etc. In exchange, they put up with his “proclivities” and family money grubbing by turning a blind eye.

            So while MOST everyone here purports to hate both parties, in reality, most support one and that is the Rich loving, traditional Tory like organization or Moncharist/Dictator regime of the GOP thieves.

          • Walter B March 22, 2019 at 8:16 pm #

            So jd, you are saying that DJT has ushered in the era of the Billionaire Party? You may have a point there and it may be a lot scarier than that might appear on the surface. I could indeed pave the way for a vehicle that might usher in some anti-Christ couldn’t it? Possibly, but it is certain than the republicans and the democrats have played out their usefulness (if they even ever had any) and now is the time for something completely different….

            youtube.com/watch?v=Zk-kQSz-Qv0

          • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 8:27 pm #

            Walter,

            >>> ” Possibly, but it is certain than the republicans and the democrats have played out their usefulness (if they even ever had any) and now is the time for something completely different….”

            Walter, my friend (if I may call you that), I couldn’t agree more with you. It is high time for something completely different. For the record, I do understand that some (Scratch, perhaps you and others) voted for Trump in the hopes that his election would lead to radical change, which is sorely needed.

            I would also like to say that the folks on this forum, Jim and I agree a lot more than it may appear. I know both parties and the system is complete crap. Here’s to hoping for something better Walt.

            JDH

          • Walter B March 22, 2019 at 10:28 pm #

            Yes jd call me friend and I thank you for that. However I did not vote for DJT because I though it might bring change, I voted for him because HRC was evil. If Bernie had been the candidate instead I might very well have gone for him even though I do not agree with the free shit platform.

            Yes radical change is sorely needed, however I am not an optimist, but a realist and as such I do not see a happy ending under any circumstance. The ring cannot be destroyed Gimli, Son of Gloin by any craft that we here possess….

            youtube.com/watch?v=TrJJ6ncp1fc

        • Q. Shtik March 22, 2019 at 4:01 pm #

          about you and your ilk. – jdh

          =============

          I just want to point out and emphasize the obvious: the word ilk is only used in a negative sense. No one ever says “Peter, the apostles, the saints and their ilk.”

          • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 5:42 pm #

            Thank you for that Q. Yes, quite so.

      • DEFCON1 March 22, 2019 at 12:40 pm #

        He’s also dumber than 9 chickens.

        • debt March 22, 2019 at 12:51 pm #

          Oh! If only we had Hillary in the White House… Ms. It’s My Turn…
          You’ve got a case of Trump Derangement Syndrome workin’ overtime there.

          • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 1:04 pm #

            He’s your imbecile, enjoy him the short remaining time you have. Soon it will be time to go back to the shadows.

        • elysianfield March 22, 2019 at 8:26 pm #

          “dumber than 9 chickens.”

          Defcon,
          I thought there were 12 of them….

    • Quatermain March 22, 2019 at 12:32 pm #

      My but the stupid is strong with this one…

    • elysianfield March 22, 2019 at 12:45 pm #

      “the Right’s fondness for odious and stupid ideas. It’s quite simple really.”

      Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the unofficial leader of the Democrat Party. AOC is the perfect standard bearer for how the Party is evolving. She has zero real-world experience (beyond making martinis and margaritas). She hasn’t the slightest idea what’s she’s talking about. Her Green New Deal is little more than a utopian hallucination. Nevertheless, she is the most popular Democrat. More than anyone else, she defines the party.

      Democrats’ fascination with AOC shows that they place no value on experience, maturity, or judgment. She did not invent chaos, but she embodies it, particularly mental chaos.

      JD, Yeah, it’s those fucking assholes on the “Right”….

      • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 12:55 pm #

        I’d rather have an honest and genuine AOC, even if she is quite young, rather than an old, decrepit, liar and general dirtbag, wife cheater, money launderer a la GGG any day of the week.

        I’ll bet you dollars to donuts she could beat Orangeman in a fair intellectual contest by a country mile too. She’s also a lot more popular and we on the left just LOVE how she drives you Right Wing dopes crazy!!! She’s pretty easy on the eyes too! (at least compared to Trumpo).

        • Janos Skorenzy March 22, 2019 at 1:10 pm #

          She’s an actress, you dolt. Her brother signed her up from Democrat casting call some years ago and that’s how she got into “it”.

          • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 2:03 pm #

            I’m a dolt? You papist fearing, Jew-bashing piece of… well, let me rephrase that… can’t we just get along?

            Who the hell cares how she got elected? Trumpo got elected because he was offended by his highness B. H. Obama, so f@#king what? And your point is?

          • Janos Skorenzy March 22, 2019 at 2:25 pm #

            So who really is behind her? Or don’t you even want to know? Or do you know already? Her policies are monstrous. You like her policies, therefore you are ******ous or a ***ster. A syllogism of sorts. Maybe not technically.

          • Nightowl March 22, 2019 at 5:19 pm #

            The dark money scandal she is caught up in is also most amusing.

        • Q. Shtik March 22, 2019 at 4:14 pm #

          an honest and genuine AOC, even if she is quite young, – jdh

          ==============

          The Dems should shoot for the lowering of the age to become president to 31. She would just barely sneak in under the wire.

          • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 5:46 pm #

            I like it! It could not possibly be worse than the nightmare we are being forced to live with by our “friends” on the right. Gotta love that GOP… 85% approval rating for GGG! Can you f@#ling imagine how that is possible?

            Jim, let’s talk about real idiocy, shall we?

        • elysianfield March 22, 2019 at 8:20 pm #

          JD,
          Wisdom comes with age and experience. AOC has no filters…neither did Pol Pot, who opined that peasants could be heart surgeons, and airline pilots.

          Those with wisdom are screwing us, but leave a few crumbs on the table. No crumbs on the table with AOC, I am afraid. She is worse than a simple Utopian…she is an ignorant one….

          An intellectual contest? Really?

          …show us your tits…and, Oh Yeah, tell us about your Immigration policy…yeah…can you jump up and down when you are explaining the ramifications…?

          • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 8:29 pm #

            LOL. Good one E!

          • SoftStarLight March 23, 2019 at 11:23 am #

            So much for you being a loyal liberal jd. Seems like you are as sexist as those evil rightwingers. I think you really just want to fit in and since it is so chic to be anti fa presto – here you are.

          • jdhines March 24, 2019 at 8:45 pm #

            What SSL, you don’t enjoy a good right-wing joke from time to time? I’ll take my humor where I can get it. I reiterate that was a funny one E (don’t worry about our PC little SSL either)!

      • elysianfield March 24, 2019 at 12:17 pm #

        And…the link;

        spectator.org/the-anatomy-of-a-self-annihilating-political-party/

    • Q. Shtik March 22, 2019 at 3:47 pm #

      Admin note: I’m letting this comment stand – JHK

      ================

      Thanks for letting this comment stand, Jim. I actually Laughed My Ass Off (LMAO) at the vehemence of jdhines’s remarks. It nicely demonstrates the vast gulf between the left and the right.

      And, to jdh, I want to say thank you for this nice use of the possessive:

      “The reason the Right-Wing’s Nuts feel they…etc.”

      • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 5:47 pm #

        You are quite welcome Q. I can see why you like it! You are the most revealing Q!

      • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 6:30 pm #

        Q. Aw, I’m just ‘splainen my point of view. One of these days I’ll let you know how I really feel about the Right.

    • malthuss March 22, 2019 at 4:18 pm #

      YAWN.

      Oh, they might arrest me if I open my mouth to yawn.

      • SoftStarLight March 23, 2019 at 1:23 am #

        Be careful ;-). You might be giving them ideas.

        • jdhines March 24, 2019 at 8:48 pm #

          We’ve got our eye on you SSL… 🙂

      • jdhines March 24, 2019 at 8:47 pm #

        Show us the man and we’ll show you the crime! Watch out, the Left is ALWAYS watching!

    • PeteAtomic March 22, 2019 at 4:35 pm #

      Why the fuck is everything boiled down to fascist vs. commie???

      It’s so nauseatingly reductionist & logically fallacious.

      I’m neither, goddamn it.

      • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 5:48 pm #

        If you are a Trumpist, you are the moral equivalent of a Fascist. Own it if you are for it!

        • PeteAtomic March 22, 2019 at 7:17 pm #

          Definitions matter. Otherwise they become completely illegitimate & totally useless. Trump may be a civic nationalist. Trump may be ‘globalist skeptic’ or ‘anti globalist’ and he also appears to be quite anti-imperialistic. None of these are fascist traits, by the way.

          So, check your definitions. Of course, from reading your posts, you appear to be one of these authoritarian individuals who make up their own definitions for people and groups as suits your own individual tastes– not with any objective understanding– but a highly subjective and individual and personalized view of Trump, or anyone else you personally dislike. Other people or groups must obviously be “fascists” — not because they actually are, but you disagree with them personally and have labelled them as such. It’s the same illogical stance as a paranoid schizophrenic, as an example.

          Maybe you are a paranoid schizophrenic, I don’t know (??)

          • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 8:35 pm #

            Pete,

            Thanks for your comments. You have heard what the people who support Trump say and do. If you accept their behavior and views, even if you don’t do, or say, as they do, you have aligned yourself with those types. You are known by the company you keep and support. Those who turn a blind eye are complicit; if that is schizophrenic paranoia, then lock me up, please.

            JDH

          • Ol' Scratch March 22, 2019 at 8:44 pm #

            I think he’s using the word in the ironic sense, as in, “I know you are, but what am I?”

            The word “fascism,” like everything else in our inverted totalitarianism society today, has flipped its traditional meaning since the last go round 75 years ago. The radical right doesn’t own it anymore, although I will allow for the fact that the right continues to harbor latent, always nearly tangible, fascist tendencies of its own.

            In the sense that fascism represents a total coagulation of public (corporate) and private entities into one homogenous malignant political and economic mass, then the current western left and right march in jack-booted lockstep. Hardly surprising. Relying on 20th century definitions for 21st century concepts is bound to lead you astray.

            But you’re right Pete, words – especially THIS one – have meanings, and we shouldn’t throw them around recklessly.

          • jdhines March 23, 2019 at 9:35 am #

            >>> “I think he’s using the word in the ironic sense, as in, “I know you are, but what am I?… ”

            Scratch,

            I really admire your insightful way with words, especially in the remainder of the post. Very interesting, articulate and even artful. Really, no joke, very nice.

            By the way, I think what you said has great merit and I will try to be judicious in my choice of words. I sometimes get carried away in the heat of the moment… Thank you.

            JDH

          • Ol' Scratch March 23, 2019 at 10:02 am #

            Thanks JDH. I try to keep things civil as much as possible. We’re all just trying to understand what’s happening to us these days. Considering all the misinformation we’re fed daily, that’s nearly an impossible task.

          • elysianfield March 23, 2019 at 11:52 am #

            ““I know you are, but what am I?… ”

            JD and Nick O Demus,

            You are referring, of course to the powerful Rueben’s Defense, a construct as famous in the field of Polemics, as E=MC squared is in the study of Physics. The Rueben’s defense is so unassailable in argument that grown men, men of letters and renown, have been known to weep at its implementation…some quit their respective field altogether in shame and intellectual defeat.

            There are many (formerly) good, honest philosophers living currently in cardboard boxes because of the “Ruben”, as it is referred among the adept….

          • elysianfield March 23, 2019 at 11:55 am #

            And…the link;

            youtube.com/watch?v=lA5UqUyFmT0

    • Mountain gal March 23, 2019 at 1:51 am #

      @jdhines

      So you just lifted a part of my comment and in parenthesis following “Conservative” added “right-wing fascist”. What gives you the right to do that? For the record, I don’t believe that Conservative speakers or voters or candidates are by necessity right-wing fascists. Undoubtedly some are but not the vast majority The remainder of your comment was sheer idiocy which I suppose was to be expected. .

      • jdhines March 23, 2019 at 9:03 am #

        Thanks for your comments MG.

        >>> “So you just lifted a part of my comment and in parenthesis following “Conservative” added “right-wing fascist”. What gives you the right to do that?”

        What gives me the right? That which you purport to care so much about, free speech.

        >>> “I don’t believe that Conservative speakers or voters or candidates are by necessity right-wing fascists. Undoubtedly some are…”

        A few, many, most? Some may and do employ “dog whistles,” others are “artfully” articulate. Where would you place Rep. Steven King of Iowa on the continuum? Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Steven Miller or GGG his-self?

        Also, I suppose many on the right agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment expressed by the most outspoken of the RW’ers. There is, after all, an 80%+ approval rating for DJT among Republicans, right (no pun, etc.)? He does have a fairly checkered past in regards to racism, but I may be wrong.

        • Mountain gal March 25, 2019 at 4:29 am #

          I’d suggest that you learn the difference between “free speech” and that of using others comments for your own nefarious purposes. How would you like it if you stated something like “I totally understand why the Democrats support Rep Omar” and I used that quote from you to say “I totally understand why the Democrats support (the lying Muslim bitch) Omar”. Get it yet?

          • jdhines March 25, 2019 at 10:46 am #

            Yes, I get it. You are very critical of my “approach,” but accept the obvious and abhorrent “spinning” of GGG, his administration, the Right and many Republicans. But nary a word about that. Well, MG, I’ve got a word for you: HYPOCRISY.

            Thanks for your insightful comments.
            JDH

  26. DEFCON1 March 22, 2019 at 12:27 pm #

    It’s college week at CFN!

    While we are at it, let’s get rid of the Electoral College as well as it has delivered 2 of the most regrettable shitheads ever to hold any office at any level in the past 20 years.

    • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 12:39 pm #

      Yes, please. Can we get rid of the electoral college? To call it a college, implies it is “smart,” but I prefer to see it in today’s more modern meaning of the word “college”… A f@#king RACKET for the right-wing!

      • Nightowl March 22, 2019 at 5:23 pm #

        Your post is nonsense of course, but I wonder what you consider a corporate media who worked directly with the Clinton campaign, promoting not only fake news to smear her opponents, but directly aiding her on the campaign trail and sending stories to her team for pre-editing, narrative shaping, and final approval. It was so bad they even had entertainment buffoons like Colbert crafting shows around what her team dictated.

        See Wikileaks again.

        • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 5:52 pm #

          Oh, of course. And yours makes perfect sense. As to HRC, while not a fan (although I would prefer her to the disturbed nut we have now, at very least she is sane). I seem to remember a slew of investigations over the past decades concerning HRC and, correct me if I am wrong, not a single charge was ever brought.

          Colbert is hilarious, you should try to understand his comedy…

          • Nightowl March 22, 2019 at 7:06 pm #

            Yes of course. The electoral college exists to ensure representation is truly representative of the country as a whole. A rather noble and laudable idea. Unless deep in the throes of TDS.

            The rest would make sense if you had familiarized yourself with the facts over at Wikileaks. Colbert is a corporate man now, a McResister in a McMansion McShilling his way to ever more cashflow.

          • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 8:42 pm #

            Nightowl,

            Actually, the electoral college is nothing of the sort that you describe. In fact, it was a compromise to keep the Southern slave states from going bonkers and the one who came up with the crock-pot idea later lamented the mess he had created. That would be Alexander Hamilton.

            “Electoral College was deliberately designed to advance the political power of slaveholders:

            [I]n a direct election system, the North would [have outnumbered] the South, whose many slaves (more than half a million in all) of course could not vote. But the Electoral College…instead let each southern state count its slaves, albeit with a two-fifths discount, in computing its share of the overall count.

            Nice system, screwing us to this very day.

          • Nightowl March 23, 2019 at 4:38 am #

            Read the Federalist Papers. 🙂

            No one takes your regurgitated SPLC or MMFA fairytales seriously.

      • BackRowHeckler March 22, 2019 at 6:48 pm #

        Dems cant figure out a way to game the electoral college, so they want to eliminate it.

        Brh

        • Nightowl March 22, 2019 at 7:08 pm #

          Don’t forget the Supreme Court.

        • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 8:44 pm #

          What’s wrong with good old fashion democracy, one person, one vote? You like a rigged system instead? Is that the only way you and your ilk can win? Pity.

          • Nightowl March 23, 2019 at 4:51 am #

            We have never had a democracy here. We are a constitutional republic.

            Speaking of rigged, remember when Hills tried to flip the electors? So noble, so honorable, so fair.

        • jdhines March 23, 2019 at 9:10 am #

          >>> “No one takes your regurgitated SPLC or MMFA fairytales seriously.”

          I beg to differ, in the real world, outside of CFN, Fox, Alt-Right bubble, my views are widely accepted. Please remember, the majority voted against your boy.

          • Nightowl March 23, 2019 at 5:15 pm #

            Who is my boy? I am simply someone who calls out your BS.

          • jdhines March 24, 2019 at 8:53 pm #

            GGG His-self, of course. If he is not your boy, you do a fine imitation.

            Call out my BS…? If you are concerned with BS so much, you should really have a look at GGG, regardless if he is your boy or not. Talk about a BS rich target… he’d keep you busy for years.

      • elysianfield March 22, 2019 at 8:28 pm #

        “Yes, please. Can we get rid of the electoral college”

        JD, I too, at one time felt that way…when I was 18….

        • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 8:48 pm #

          Well, now that your much more mature, you graduated bigly to supporting an idiot. Congratulations E on supporting historical slaveholders (Racists?) and their dream contained in Article 2, Section 1.

          • jdhines March 23, 2019 at 9:21 am #

            you’re

          • jdhines March 23, 2019 at 9:22 am #

            I’ve got to be careful, Q. Tip is wielding the “red” pen. Sorry.

          • elysianfield March 23, 2019 at 12:05 pm #

            JD,
            Over a year ago I freed all my slaves, paid heavy reparations, and sent all their bastard children to Ivy League Schools (full ride). I think, further, that all former slave holders, still living (save myself, as I am now “one of the good ones”) should be put to the sword.

            In further atonement, I will plant a single row of cotton in my garden, so that I can experience the thrill of;

            Picking
            My
            Own
            God
            Damned
            Cotton….

    • Q. Shtik March 22, 2019 at 4:22 pm #

      While we are at it, let’s get rid of the Electoral College – DEFCON1

      ===============

      And further, while we’re at it, the College of Cardinals.

      • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 5:53 pm #

        Yes, please! Now you are talking Q.

  27. teddyboy46 March 22, 2019 at 12:34 pm #

    One of JHK’s best essays. I worked in an urban high school for 32 years and saw how it turned from education to a money racket where each student had a dollar value and no one got expelled unless their were arrested and jailed.

    I like Trump he is making some bold moves . JHK is absolutely right take the Federal Money out of higher education and watch the racket collapse. The latest admission scandels are further proof what a Racket it is.

    • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 12:37 pm #

      It’s no doubt a racket and the only parallel that Trump has is he wanted in on the racket and started Trump University until he had to close it and pay the victims $25Mil. Nice leader, he sets a good example for the “yutes” of America (and you rubes, eat it up!)

      • DEFCON1 March 22, 2019 at 12:39 pm #

        Just having anything to do with ‘Trump University’ should have disqualified him from janitor at the Smithsonian, never mind the Big Chair.

      • Beryl of Oyl March 22, 2019 at 1:50 pm #

        A businessman trying his hand at other profitable enterprises?
        Heaven forfend!
        That lawsuit and settlement were a little more complicated than you state there.
        The New York ethics people (oxymoron), Cuomo’s hand-picked JCOPE, never did take up the matter of if and why AG Ear-puncher was hitting up Ivanka and Donald for donations at the same time they were under investigation by his office.
        The AG wasn’t just going after the Trump venture (which the majority of students were satisfied with), he was going after the for-profit education market in general.
        My neighbor’s kid got his degree from now defunct ITT tech, and he’s been employed in a technical field since he graduated.
        University of Phoenix is another one the government goes after.
        Is it really a scam, or is it just taking away the marks who support a major money-making Racket for the government and its hangers-on.
        Former head of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, becomes head of a major university, and suddenly those with points of view contrary to the party line cannot be heard on campus, because she cannot guarantee their safety.
        Wait, what?
        Homeland Security, no free speech because safety?

        • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 2:00 pm #

          >>> “A businessman trying his hand at other profitable enterprises?”

          Sound so innocuous. You should have seen the credentials of the “faculty” and the photocopied “textbooks” with lessons like, “go to city tax sales and make a bid for properties that have delinquent taxes due … and YOU TOO can be rich like The Donald!

          No this was a clearcut case of scamology. Let me state that I am no fan of “real” higher-edumacation either. I’ve known that has been a racket for the last 50 years.

          • Beryl of Oyl March 22, 2019 at 2:30 pm #

            Oh, you took the course and flunked, Janet?

          • debt March 22, 2019 at 3:23 pm #

            The former Soaker-Hose?
            The former Janet?

          • Q. Shtik March 22, 2019 at 5:01 pm #

            “go to city tax sales and make a bid for properties that have delinquent taxes due … and YOU TOO can be rich like The Donald! – jdh quoting from a Trump text book

            ==============

            Actually this is not bad advice. My b-i-l, Peter FINALLY sold his house. The closing was Monday of this week. Among the complications were many months of unpaid/overdue sewer bills. These count as a lien against the property (in addition to many other liens such as 2 mortgages badly in arrears) and must be paid off with the proceeds of the house sale. I called the township to make sure that the latest quarterly sewer bill was accurate and that it would remain accurate as of the date of closing only to discover that the balance owed was zero. How could this be? I discovered that some “finance” outfit had purchased Peter’s sewer debt at a ‘Sheriffs Sale’ and they would be made whole on the date of closing with a kicker of 18% interest (annualized, I assume). Yes, the Township tax collector explained to me, anyone (or group) can start up a finance company and buy up debt at Sheriff’s Sales and make 18% on their money. There are, of course, downsides to this business as there are in any business.

            I can anticipate the howls of anti-rentier zealots who will characterize this type of finance business in the worst of ways but consider the useful function these intermediaries fill. Without them the sale of underwater properties would grind to a halt. And if you think 18% on your money is outrageously high consider this: Kohls just informed me the interest rate on their credit card was raised to 27.24%.

    • DEFCON1 March 22, 2019 at 12:37 pm #

      And certainly the Orange Monster appointed a real winner in Betsy De Voss- pyramid-scheme queen and compliant yes-person to big money. Yep, the best Education Secretary money can buy.

      • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 12:42 pm #

        Oh yes, and Betsy is related to that “prince of a guy” Eric Prince, the little Black Water Fascist himself, who likes to meet with Russian Oligarchs out in the Sechelle Islands. A fiction writer couldn’t make this shit-up, and you Right Wing Rubes eat-it up! Keep it up, you’ll see how it all ends.

        • BackRowHeckler March 22, 2019 at 1:05 pm #

          Russia collusion and the tax return issue has fizzled out, might as well start hammering on Trump U

          Ive noticed you havent mentioned the defunct college Bernie Sanders wife started up. In Burlington Vt.

          Brh

          • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 1:09 pm #

            Bernie’s wife is not the president of the USA. Somewhat of a difference, no? A grifter, conman as president and you rubes can’t get enough of him. A real religious saint too!

        • Cavepainter March 22, 2019 at 1:20 pm #

          jdhines, help me out here by giving a list of the “Right Wing Rubes” on this site, but also some justifying argument other than ad hominem, I’m anxious to learn if I need to submit myself to a Leftist PC re-education camp.

          • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 1:30 pm #

            That’s fairly straight forward… anyone who voted for GGG. Note, I am not saying you should have voted for HRC… You can still leave the ranks of the Rubes behind, if you renounce, as Janos has done, the error of your foolish ways that has saddled this fine country with the likes of Orangeone.

          • BornToKillPeace March 23, 2019 at 3:24 pm #

            “jdhines, help me out here by giving a list of the “Right Wing Rubes” on this site”

            *Raises hand*. Of course, I must be.

            I didn’t vote for GGG, Murder-Count-Clinton, or anyone else in ’16, but that hasn’t stopped many people from calling me a fascist/racist/redneck for living in the Midwest and playing devil’s advocate that Clinton was probably – Worse.

          • jdhines March 24, 2019 at 9:00 pm #

            BornToKill,

            That’s where you are wrong. As bad as HRC was/is, at very least, we know she is sane! That cannot be said for GGG.

            Don’t take my word for it, please take the word of a good, legit Republican, such as MR. KellyAnn Conway. He has it on good authority (KellyAnn’s) that your boy is bonkers. He even quotes chapter and verse from the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic manual. I have to admit, it fits GGG to a proverbial “T.” He is a certified “whack job!” Of that, there can be no question.

      • Q. Shtik March 22, 2019 at 5:19 pm #

        Yep, the best Education Secretary money can buy. – DEFCON

        ============

        The problem is obvious to me. We should not have an Education Secretary. Why in the hell is our government involving itself in education? Why does government pay out crop price supports? Why does government give money away to foreign countries? Why? Why? in a thousand ways Why? The words in our constitution that say “promote the general welfare” should be stricken or at a minimum thoroughly defined. I’d prefer clipping that sentence short after “provide for the common defense.”

        • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 8:51 pm #

          More many for the military, less money for the sheeple, eh? Nice!

          • Q. Shtik March 22, 2019 at 9:23 pm #

            More many for the military, less money for the sheeple, eh? Nice! – jdh

            =============

            You are assuming money not spent in support of education must necessarily be redistributed to the military. What about simply reducing taxes and money creation?

    • Janos Skorenzy March 22, 2019 at 1:12 pm #

      Now they’re trying to radicalize them as they did to college students back in the day. Get them the right to vote while persecuting right wing students. Civics means voting Democrat in other words.

      • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 1:54 pm #

        If someone has to be persecuted, it may as well be Right Wingers, eh?

        • SoftStarLight March 23, 2019 at 11:12 am #

          Is this your admission that at your core you are a genocidal maniac? If not, please provide us with your full confession. Your guilt is in plain sight posted all over the place here.

          • jdhines March 23, 2019 at 2:14 pm #

            Hello SSL,

            >>> “… genocidal manic?”

            No, not all. As you know, I find senseless death (a la Las Vegas shooter’s concert, etc. etc.) repugnant, don’t you?

            My problem with the Right (my hatred may be too strong?) is that they act like they are Holier than thou, tend to be intolerant and Intent upon electing Right Wingers who are, IMHO, nothing but running dogs for America’s rich and who insist on voting against their own economic interests time and time again.

            However, if you are fond of Right Wingers, you are very welcome to them. Many of my own family were aficionados of the Far Right. More of the country club, cloth coat type Republicans of long ago, but Right-wingers none-the-less.

            As I have said, please enjoy GGG while you can, he won’t be around much past 2020.

          • SoftStarLight March 23, 2019 at 3:06 pm #

            Well you apparently did approve of persecution of those you disagree with unless of course I was simply dreaming. A genocidal maniac could be overboard but it did catch your attention. You appear to be as intolerant as those you condemn. There are forces from the left and the right that are bringing the country down.

          • BornToKillPeace March 23, 2019 at 3:35 pm #

            jdhines, (slightly altered),

            “My problem with the (REDACTED)(my hatred may be too strong?) is that they act like they are Holier than thou, tend to be intolerant and Intent upon electing (REDACTED) Wingers who are, IMHO, nothing but running dogs for America’s rich and who insist on voting against their own economic interests time and time again.”

            I’d argue, there is No LEFT or RIGHT.

          • BornToKillPeace March 23, 2019 at 3:44 pm #

            90-95% of American’s are void of the observation of the mechanisms past three steps of the off-shoring of our humanity, let alone our economies of material being; tied all into the health of our cultures and importance of thereof.

            Left and Right is a identitarian politic puppet show.

            The Left and the Right tribes NEED to come together.

          • SoftStarLight March 24, 2019 at 10:27 am #

            I really don’t think there is a way for the Left and Right tribes to come together peacefully at this point. The divide has become too large and the animosity has grown so toxic. We are lucky there is still relative peace at this point.

    • Nightowl March 23, 2019 at 5:24 pm #

      It’s like most things in American society these days: if you have the money, you pay the money, and you get to move up.

      Only two of my professors even seemed to care about feeding our brains. That said, they were both amazing individuals and the things I learned in those classrooms did stay with me.

  28. capt spaulding March 22, 2019 at 12:46 pm #

    There’s an interesting article in the April issue of The Atlantic, titled “How Much Immigration Is Too Much?” This is a question that will need to be addressed in the face of the decline in manufacturing in the US, meaning good paying blue collar jobs for the people who already live here. Further complicating this economic decline, will be the effects of Climate Change, which will bring new and unknown difficulties to countries all over the world. I would expect a surge of migration towards the nations of the northern hemisphere from the poorer nations in the south.

    The world is already overpopulated, and all that’s gonna happen is that people will leave their overpopulated countries that can no longer support them, and flood the first world countries, making them just as bad as the places these people are trying to escape from. There is no good way out of this dilemma, humans have overpopulated the Earth, and pretty soon the bill is gonna come due, and I don’t want to be the one who has to pay it. Not just for me, but my kids also. I practiced birth control to avoid the very situation we are gonna be confronting.

    • BackRowHeckler March 22, 2019 at 2:43 pm #

      Capt in that Atlantic article what’s the answer to the question posed?

      I used to subscribe to that rag until I couldn’t take the smarmy PCness of it any longer. Not one more issue from those arrogant, know it all, elitist pricks.

      Brh

    • SoftStarLight March 23, 2019 at 1:35 am #

      Yes you are absolutely correct. The issue of immigration and migration does need to be immediately addressed. How do you suggest we do that?

  29. FincaInTheMountains March 22, 2019 at 1:13 pm #

    Perhaps everyone is installing blinds == wm5135

    In late 1970s, after graduating from URGU (Ural State University), being ethnic Jew I couldn’t count on a high-paying position in Military Industrial Complex (starting salary there was at least twice the regular starting engineering salary, with some other perks), I still got a government “direction” to teach Classical Mechanics and Resistance of Materials in technical college, while working on some scientific projects – all graduates of colleges MUST work at least 3 years in the government-prescribed position – sort of a pay for free-of-charge education plus a small stipend for good exam marks.

    Of course, salary was not enough to make it with wife and a kid, so I decided to go into private entrepreneurship installing padded upholstery on the apartment doors – it was (and I believe still is) popular in Russia.

    Contrary to what you all think sole proprietorship was quite legal in USSR and I even got all the appropriate licenses, however the taxes were prohibitive – close to 90% of the profit above certain level, but of course, you could play usual tax games.

    Very soon I found out that on a good day I was making more than in my teaching + engineering position in a month, so I was working 2 – 3 months a year.

    But I still missed the engineering and teaching work, and one of the motivations to emigrate to US was a perceived ability to make a nice living in States while doing what I really liked.

    • BackRowHeckler March 22, 2019 at 2:48 pm #

      Were you a spy?

      • elysianfield March 23, 2019 at 12:08 pm #

        BRH,
        Why the past tense?

    • stelmosfire March 22, 2019 at 4:32 pm #

      Finc I was curious as to the Russian upholstered doors, I just watched a good movie last night ” Battle for Sevastopol” about Lyudmila Pavlichenko. Great WWII sniper with 309 kills. I noticed that her childhood apartment home had an upholstered door, a nice buttontuck job. I thought it was a little strange. Of course you probably could shut off the subtitles. BRH would enjoy it, her weapon of choice was a Mosin-Nagent model 1891.

      • BackRowHeckler March 22, 2019 at 4:53 pm #

        Stelmose i got one of those, its the model 1944 carbine version but essentially the same gun. Paid $99 at Cabelas. Heavy duty steel receiver, thing came with a bayonet attached. Also came with stripper clips and a sealed 5 gal bucket of 7.54 ammo from about the Korean War era. But the ammo still works. I couldn’t pass it up because of the price and the day I bought it there was a long line to get one. They had a shitload of them, they were selling like hotcakes (as they say) It looks like the one I have was unissued by the Russian army or else factory refurbished after WW2.

        Brh

        • stelmosfire March 22, 2019 at 5:13 pm #

          I remember when you mentioned they were on sale. Just the ammo is worth 99 bucks. Wish I picked one up. Can you really have a bayonet in CT anymore? Being from MA. bayonets are a no go I believe. I can’t even buy ammo down at Cabelas since Sandy Hook without a special permit from the CT. State Police.

    • Q. Shtik March 22, 2019 at 5:34 pm #

      installing padded upholstery on the apartment doors – Finca

      ==================

      I think you would have starved to death in the US in that line of work. I’ve never heard of padded upholstery on apartment doors. What is the purpose? Noise suppression?

  30. volodya March 22, 2019 at 1:15 pm #

    How do you characterize this policing of speech on (and off) campus? Stasi-esque? Stalinist? Maoist? Should we just never mind historical comparisons and define it using modern day terminology? Maybe we name it after the originator. So who’s the main modern-day inspiration for all this?

    No matter, speech policing is there because of the intellectual inadequacy of the regime that does the policing. Their absurdity is there for all to see. The regime knows this. The regime knows it can’t withstand challenge, so, the regime resorts to the force of sanction and ostracism. Mouth the wrong words, give support to unapproved notions, and away you go. Ask good ole Jordan Peterson. Act like a man? Heaven forfend. Cambridge ain’t havin’ it, that’s for damn sure. The question now is how long he lasts at the University of Toronto. I suppose we’ll see. Are they as shameless as the others? Is their tradition of intellectual freedom and free speech as big a sham as other places? Last I heard he suspended his teaching activities there I guess because he was busy with other stuff. What if he wants to resume? Is U of T as craven a gang of imbeciles as their counterparts?

    Seems that, at every turn, these bastions of wisdom and knowledge cover themselves in disgrace and dishonor, for example, with overtly racist admissions policies that bar intelligent Asian kids just because, golly, we can’t be undermining the power structure now can we? I mean, chinky-faced people in positions of authority? Nope, can’t have it. I mean, once they get all those Harvard and Princeton diplomas they’ll have expectations and start feeling entitled to a say. Chinky faces on the Supreme Court? Jews and Blacks and Catholics were bad enough. An Asian face in the White House?

    cough, um, well….

    I judge people by their actions, I impute motivation not so much by what they say but by what they do. Now, nobody in the councils of the mighty would have said this but Black people in elite institutions are fine because, to the racist in progressive garb, Black people don’t look like a threat. So the progressive racist has nothing to worry about. In the mind of the progressive-racist, Black people just aren’t up to it either intellectually or any other way. That’s why Blacks need the progressive-racist, because they can’t do it on their own. In the progressive-racist mind, Blacks in places like Harvard are set to fail but, if they pass, get to where they are not because of their brilliance but because of race quotas and special consideration and will always and forever have this asterisk beside their Bachelor-Masters-PhD. In short, Blacks are no threat to the career-minded progressive racist, neither to those exalted people at the pinnacles of academe and the think-tank world of Washington.

    But, to the progressive racist and to those people at the highest echelons of the intellectual world, Asians are another matter. They’ll dress up Asian exclusion with a lot of pseudo-intellectual-progressive fluffery, but fear of excellence and competence is what’s at the root of it.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 22, 2019 at 1:26 pm #

      When asked what could be done to solve the 15 point gap between Blacks and Whites, Arthur Jenson studied the question and then responded, “Nothing”. The difference is largely innate and genetic. Frankly Frankenfurter, I think you know this and are being disingenuous. Remember, I’m Fr Issac Jogues and you’re an Iroquois. You “think” you can beat me, but you can’t.

      www1.udel.edu/educ/gottfredson/30years/Rushton-Jensen30years.pdf

      Yes, many Liberals are secret Racists and have every right to be since that’s the reality. The bizarre aspect or Wrong of it, is why they went with what they knew to be false with such gusto. False consciousness. Wilhelm Reich’s “psychic plague”. It might have started out innocent and with them really believing, but then it took on a life of its own. Now everyone MUST believe or be branded as a denier or heretic. And so, so many – like hines – absolutely love that kind of “moral” triumphalism.

  31. Janos Skorenzy March 22, 2019 at 1:17 pm #

    All the Democratic Candidates are boycotting the AIPAC conference. Thank you Sweet Mountain Jesus that I have lived to see this. Meanwhile the guy I voted for is calling them “Anti-Semites”. He has certainly shown his true colors – and they aren’t the red, white and blue. More like the white and blue.

    He has never even mentioned us by name even though mentioning every other group. Truly America has to die in order to be reborn into a score of new nations, some of them larger and/or more viable than others. We will conquer some of them and leave others alone. Segregation at last! Monroe Doctrine in place. Hands off our Blacks, China.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 22, 2019 at 1:18 pm #

      Hands off Venezuela!

    • FincaInTheMountains March 22, 2019 at 1:21 pm #

      The Democratic Party is really acquiring distinctive anti-Semitic features, which always were characteristic to the Sole Proprietor of the Democratic Party – Hillary Clinton.

      Black Project in chemically pure form.

      • Ol' Scratch March 22, 2019 at 8:23 pm #

        I REALLY think you give her too much credit, Finc. She’s a passing fad hitchhiking on hubby BillyJeff’s notoriety.

    • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 1:24 pm #

      You see Janos, you should have been with us all along. Your guy screws you and the Ds hand you a gift; funny how things work out. This comes under the general heading of “miscalculation.”

      • Janos Skorenzy March 22, 2019 at 1:28 pm #

        Yeah, except for the fact that so many of you dream of conquering and/or genociding us. That kind of queers it for me….

        • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 1:43 pm #

          We just want to get along, not “queer it” for you! If the whites don’t act like entitled little pricks, it’s all good. When whites start acting like they are better than everyone, that is when the trouble starts.

          Some may be smarter, quicker, “nicer,” etc. Every being (not just humans) got here the same way and every being has worth, whether or not Whitey likes it or not. If we believe in G_d his-self, as I may, (G_d was not of the Whitey persuasion, by the way.. I’m just saying) then we must accept that he populated this earth the way he did because that’s the way he wanted it.

          So no, Whitey doesn’t get to play “I’m boss” any more than the Japanese or Germans do (or wanted too). We are all in this zoo together.

          • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 1:48 pm #

            The US South tried that and we see how it all ended in 1865. Maybe they shouldn’t have been kidnapping all those Africans and bringing them here against their will. Maybe the chickens have finally come home to roost, yeah? Kind of like the French did in Algeria, Morrocco, Cote d’Ivoire, etc? Same chickens roosting, but I may be wrong.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 22, 2019 at 2:21 pm #

            Oh G.d, huh? So since you’re against Zionism, and Jews are just White Imperialists, you have no problem if say the Iranians drive them into the sea, right?

            Every other race gets to have countries but Whites don’t? Fuck that. That’s as much a prescription for peace as old G.D’s granting Abraham all the lands from the Nile to the Euphrates. You see Ishmael thinks he’s in on that contract. And We think we have the same rights in regards to having our own Nations as everyone else.

          • Cavepainter March 22, 2019 at 2:35 pm #

            This is beautiful jd; demonstrating how terribly ignorant has been made the public regarding actual history, having been submersed instead in what amounts to no more than political myth making. But then, what’s one to expect when education has devolved down to regarding Ebonics as a useful language in an advanced society (Western society having invented all the advantages you rely upon — that is to say “Whitey”).

      • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 6:22 pm #

        Your guy is screwing the farmers who voted for him too with his tariff game, but they still love their GGG…. right into the poor house. It makes one wonder what hold he has on those of a rightward bent, doesn’t it?

        I mean some of these poor devils are losing family farms that have been in the family for 5 and 6 generations. Now that is dedication, going to the poorhouse for a fruitcake! They will, of course, still support the Big B’ness GOP Monsanto, Dow, friends forever, if still from the poor house. Dedication…. it IS a mystery!

        • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 8:58 pm #

          Janos,

          Whitey does have a country, namely, all most all of them! He runs the vast majority of worldwide corporations and countries. What more does Whitey want/need? Of course, there are those of color, different religions in many of those countries, but Whitey is in CONTROL of everything, but you knew that.

          • Q. Shtik March 22, 2019 at 9:30 pm #

            there are those of color, – jdh

            but Whitey is in CONTROL of everything, – jdh

            ==============

            there are colored people

            but people of whiteness are in CONTROL of everything, 😉

          • Janos Skorenzy March 22, 2019 at 11:32 pm #

            Many of them are White or Jewish, true. But the Whites don’t represent us anymore than the Jews do. They are for their Class alone.

            The Left has gotten so into Race that it’s forgotten what it is supposed to be about – namely class conflict. To the extent that it has any contribution to make, it’s here. The Elite cleverly substituted race for class, and you dolts went along with it 100%.

            Needless to say I don’t support their old idea that race doesn’t matter and that we’d all be getting along but for the Elite causing division. No, we’re supposed to be divided.

          • jdhines March 23, 2019 at 9:16 am #

            Thank you for the grammar lesson Q., most beneficial. However, you really do need a “red” (no pun, etc) pen.

    • SoftStarLight March 23, 2019 at 1:40 am #

      I am very hurt and offended that he nevers mentions us. He appears to love Israel more than those who gave him the Presidency. Primarily the White middle and working classes.

      • jdhines March 23, 2019 at 2:18 pm #

        He loves money above all else and is a narcissist to boot, but I may have that wrong. Please don’t feel too bad SSL, really. 🙂

        • SoftStarLight March 23, 2019 at 2:56 pm #

          Wow that would make him just like so many other politicians both D and R. That comes as no shock does it jd? Do you think you are going to get any better the way things are? The left also does the bidding of and for big money.

          • jdhines March 23, 2019 at 9:02 pm #

            SSL,

            Yes, I know the left is also compromised by big money. I believe that we need a new third, party, but that seems pretty unlikely for the time being. The Rs and the Ds conspire to keep a third out.

            I could say I hate both parties and that I hate the right a little more. For many here, they hate both parties, but they hate the left a little more. No big difference, I suppose.

            It truly is one heck of a mess SSL. Let’s hope it gets better someday and that there can be a party for the “people,” while still allowing the wealthy to go about their business without undue interference.

            Best,
            JD

          • SoftStarLight March 24, 2019 at 10:40 am #

            I appreciate what you are saying. You may just want to consider how you come across. You say that you ultimately dislike both the right and the left. But your comments overall give the impression, at least to me, that you are are indeed a leftists. And many posters here are conservative as you say. Maybe you are really a National Socialist? A real combination of the left and right that ultimately transcends both.

          • jdhines March 24, 2019 at 11:56 am #

            SSL, thanks for the suggestion and the classification guidance. I will clarify: I think of myself as a Progressive, as in things getting progressively better. So yes I am a leftist in your vernacular. I am not a fan of either of the two parties of big business and the wealthy, but since I must choose amongst the two, I see the Dems as a much lesser evil than the Reps. For me, the people do relatively better under Dems. The Rs are much to blantly pro-rich and wish for a fantasy of America that harken back to the 1950s, but it never existed back then either.

            As to your supposition that maybe I am a National Socialist, a Nazi in other words, I am certain that you know that I am not. As for “how I come across, ” that is for others to decide, as I know what I believe, for the most part.
            Again, if you are happy with GGG and the Far Right, stick with them. I am just saying that I don’t believe that they have your best interests at heart, but I may be wrong.

            Best,
            JDH

    • Mountain gal March 23, 2019 at 2:01 am #

      @ Janos

      I like the idea of segregation if it meant that you would have your own little country to yourself(maybe a small island in the middle of BFN) with absolutely no cell signal or internet from which you could spew your misogyny, antisemitism and racist hate to an audience. Yell as loud as you want into the wind; you will have the audience you deserve(one; yourself).

      • Janos Skorenzy March 23, 2019 at 12:05 pm #

        But I bet you’re all for Israel, right – an Ethno state if ever there were. Explain that if you can. But you can’t.

        • Mountain gal March 24, 2019 at 12:14 am #

          I am totally all for Israel; long may it live and prosper. Are you only ok with “ethno states” if they are Muslim or Christian? At least in Israel, religious minorities are protected, able to send their children to religious schools, attend mosque or church, are required to get time off for their religious holidays etc. I’m sure you are unaware of any of this, only getting your “news” from sites that spew hate. Israel is the ONLY country in the entire world that is “Jewish” majority and by design; it’s the size of freakin New Jersey! The only people who have a problem with this just plain hate Jews. Having 3 square feet of a Jewish country is 3 square feet too much for them.

          • revilo March 24, 2019 at 12:35 pm #

            Mountain (of Olives) gal

            youtu.be/QFVSQW_vCmg

          • SoftStarLight March 24, 2019 at 1:12 pm #

            That is absolutely horrendous and cruel.

          • revilo March 24, 2019 at 1:45 pm #

            Olive trees live longer than Redwoods sans chainsaw. Thousands of years.

  32. sanspeur March 22, 2019 at 1:24 pm #

    “And now it is all coming to grief.” At first I read that as grift. What a scam it has become.

  33. revilo March 22, 2019 at 1:25 pm #

    Solid summary

    amren.com/news/2016/08/a-white-teacher-speaks-out/

    • revilo March 22, 2019 at 2:03 pm #

      Slavery persists to this day–in places where black people are in charge. Feel free to repatriate anytime.

      • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 2:18 pm #

        Thanks, I think I’ll stick with the Capitalistic USA, or even Euroland, but please be my guest.

        • revilo March 22, 2019 at 2:22 pm #

          What if I paid for your airfare?

          • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 6:01 pm #

            Jim, considering your ramblings as of late, I consider it an honor that you regard it as idiocy. I will guarantee you, however, that my views are much more mainstream than the drivel peddled and accepted as gospel here. No disrespect meant and I do enjoy the wordsmithing and discussion provided herein, so please don’t ban me. I have been a loyal follower for many years as you know.

          • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 6:16 pm #

            Just send me the cash and I’ll take care of my own arrangements, thank you.

      • Beryl of Oyl March 22, 2019 at 2:33 pm #

        Jimmy Carter seems to be the only member of the political class who is aware of that fact.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 22, 2019 at 5:50 pm #

      A true classic. Pulled this: Nietzsche: “I call an animal, a species, an individual corrupt, when it loses its instincts, when it prefers what is injurious to it.” Great definition of Liberalism.

      • Ol' Scratch March 22, 2019 at 8:20 pm #

        Nice! Classic Nietzsche. Might be said about most of modern humanity as well.

        • K-Dog March 24, 2019 at 1:09 am #

          “We had everything, we have everything, but we gave it away, are giving it away, thanks to the traitors who sit in our marbled halls of power. Intellectual or shop-worker, banker or rough-sleeper, journalist or junkie, it’s coming your way. How will you deal with the coming collapse? Will you run or hide, or will you stand up and be counted? Will you face our Western fate like a man, or like a diversity officer in an NHS trust? We’ll see.

      • revilo March 23, 2019 at 11:08 am #

        Masochism is fun until you meet a real sadist.

    • SoftStarLight March 23, 2019 at 1:57 am #

      The most important gem of wisdom was kept for last. If at all possible homeschool your children. And nowadays there are so many resources. You can learn algebra on Youtube!

    • SpeedyBB March 23, 2019 at 10:42 am #

      This is really, really discouraging, revilo. I say that as an educator (starting with a pioneer group of Saudi students in Texas, back in 1960) and an expatriate.

      I had realized the situation was bad but was not aware it was so hopeless. Wow.

      Now the same thing with the expulsion or even killing of white farmers in South Africa.

  34. Sam Stone March 22, 2019 at 1:30 pm #

    As usual Dr. K, you have your fingers on the pulse of the zeitgeist and have delivered another correct prognosis. Thank you.

    IMO the best thing about the internet is the incredible education sites. Whatever you want to know just look it up. Want to take a class? Go online and you’ll find any topic that has ever existed. Chances are you can get the class free. Free unlimited education is already available to all who wish to learn. I say again for those who truly wish to learn and, of course, have the discipline required of an autodidact. So why universities? Simple. That piece of paper you receive after all the time and money spent. Not to mention everything covered in Mr. K’s article.

    For the student, that graduation certificate is the only reason to even bother with college. For many students, the university has become a four-year party with little learning even attempted. Just get that piece of paper at any cost. (As recent headlines concur.)

    • FincaInTheMountains March 22, 2019 at 1:57 pm #

      Internet as an educational tool is great – but caution! – too many conspiracy theories (e.g. ideological diversions).

      Classical school with trusted reputable professor is still a must.

      • Sam Stone March 22, 2019 at 5:59 pm #

        I would say with the possible exceptiontion of Seminaries the overwhelming majority of American Colleges and Universities are nothing but left wing ideological diversions. Same probably holds true for Europe. Perhaps Russia still holds a classical education as sacrosanct.

        • BackRowHeckler March 22, 2019 at 6:41 pm #

          Ss did you visit the College Fix site?

          • Sam Stone March 23, 2019 at 1:05 am #

            Hadn’t heard of it til your post. Just took a quick peek and about barfed. Just the headlines I purused got my blood boiling. Certainly backs up what I posted above about the leftward ideology on American campuses. Will definitely check it out more closely tomorrow. Thank for the tip.

    • SoftStarLight March 23, 2019 at 2:04 am #

      I agree with you Sam. Everything is at your fingertips with the internet now. But the universities give out the certificates that are supposed to make your life better. After you get deep into debt though. And for some people, after you have sold your soul.

      • Sam Stone March 23, 2019 at 12:23 pm #

        “And for some people, after you have sold your soul.”

        LOL. Helps to keep Ol’ Scratch in business.

  35. jerrydylan March 22, 2019 at 2:07 pm #

    Here in Virginia, the worst loan default ratio among colleges, Liberty University (founded by Jerry Falwell) has been advertising on daytime sports radio stations (middle class medium) tuition breaks of $5000 for “qualified” individuals making household income between $35,000-$90,000. The truth is, this is a best case borrowing income for federal loans. Falwell paid off Republican Party goobs for years and built his school from a molehill to a large private school, without the pre-requisite massive endowment.They have grossly over-expanded in all manner including an NCAA D-1 football team. I would bet they are a likely collapse candidate. Stay tuned.

    • malthuss March 22, 2019 at 4:27 pm #

      And at V Tech, asians kill people.
      After the mass murder, another yellow man beheaded a gal in the cafeteria.

  36. 100th Avatar March 22, 2019 at 2:15 pm #

    “Students then at least had skin in the game: the threat of getting drafted into the army and shipped over to die in the jungle for a senseless conflict. In fact, many young men unsuited for college took refuge there to evade the military.”

    Now, they take refuge in the military to evade the expenses of higher education.

    The GI Bill also lead to an exponential increase in for-profit colleges. Many of them of dubious credentials.

    Chapter 33 gave even more benefits and expanded the program to the NoGos.

    So now, young people instead join the senseless conflict, knowingly and willingly, because they need a job and or need a way to pay for the insanely priced colleges and universities. Most are still unsuited, but the law of lowest common denominator has also lowered admission standards over time.

    More schools, lower standards, more applicants, more money.

    Now that’s a racket.

    • tucsonspur March 22, 2019 at 4:55 pm #

      “Now, they take refuge in the military to evade the expenses of higher education.”

      Right, many have no choice. No money and living in some shithole? Tap some towel heads and evade the gunfire.

      Come back alive and then reap the GI benefits. I wonder about the number of vets coming into the universities. In the current university environment it would seem that at least some of these vets might just want to pop a professor.

      • 100th Avatar March 22, 2019 at 5:39 pm #

        You don’t actually have to go to university these days.

        Many of these diploma mills have a huge online program.

        Besides, it’s usually a profesor wanting to “pop” a student.

        • tucsonspur March 22, 2019 at 5:58 pm #

          Nerve of those profs. Tables must be turned.

      • SpeedyBB March 23, 2019 at 11:27 am #

        Hahaha tucsonspur – and then plead PTSD in their defense.

        Slamdunk.

      • K-Dog March 24, 2019 at 11:23 am #

        <how to pop a professor without any negative consequences.

  37. xhidarta March 22, 2019 at 2:18 pm #

    How not to be 100% with Jim on this. But you have to be terminally naive to believe Trump threat applies to ALL free speech.
    If this new stance were to be true then there should be no more Steven Salaitas, Churchil Wards or Norm Finkelsteins and many more fired from their positions even tenured and tenure track as in the case of Norm, for speaking inconvenient truths about Israel.
    Or merely appropriating a cultural artifact of the Holocaust: Eichman.
    Real coercion is what Sen. Diane Feinstein and her big Govie Contractor hubby Mr. Feinstein applied to the UC Davies for allowing un-aproved expressions about Israel, in person, both of them threatened the U. with defunding, press campaign and worse.
    Trumpuppet himself requested the resignation of Rep. Ihlan Omar for…telling 100% true statement.
    And I am to believe that Trump’s threat means anything in the real world?
    Puleeezzzeee!

  38. Janos Skorenzy March 22, 2019 at 2:36 pm #

    Red Oregon says No. A sheriff is a sovereign unto himself and his people. A local Warlord/King who doesn’t answer to anybody except the voters.

    captainsjournal.com/2019/03/20/colorado-ag-tells-sheriffs-to-resign-or-enforce-red-flag-law/

  39. BackRowHeckler March 22, 2019 at 3:14 pm #

    So I went to State U on the GI Bill, graduated without incurring any debt whatsoever.

    Drank a lot of beer, dated a lot of coeds, a good time was had by all.

    About halfway thru a private womens college about 10 miles away closed down; guess where most of them transferred to? It was like a gift from God, Manna from heaven.

    For graduate school one of the elitist college in state offered a program to vets who graduated from State U. I signed up. It was a big lefty stronghold filled with rich kids with recognizeable family names. I got on ok with them. I was grateful for being there.

    That’s the story of my education, undistinguished as it was.

    Brh

    • malthuss March 22, 2019 at 4:25 pm #

      THERANOS–Did you know Liz is from a name family?
      Fascinating movies at you tube about Ms Holms?
      And the family fortune. They bought a Hawaiian island.

      • BackRowHeckler March 22, 2019 at 4:38 pm #

        Is it as good as the movie about thr Frye Festival?

        Brh

        • malthuss March 22, 2019 at 8:15 pm #

          fire–I dunno. but the information on Liz is factual.
          Fleisman yeast? fortune.

      • Ol' Scratch March 22, 2019 at 5:07 pm #

        Check out her pictures online with and without makeup. Quite a difference. Almost pretty (in an android sort of way) with, utterly plain Jane homely without. And the voice!

        • malthuss March 22, 2019 at 8:15 pm #

          THE VOX WAS AFFECTED.
          Check the news reports.

          • Ol' Scratch March 23, 2019 at 9:56 am #

            Yeah, I read up on her yesterday and then watched the HBO special documentary. She was basically running a cult. I found her to be robotic and weird watching the footage, but she must have had something in person to take all those people in. The fact that she could fool the investors was the least of it, she maintained the con to the people working for her LONG after they should have known better. But credit where credit is due, she used the allure of fantastic riches combined with iron fist security enforcement to get her way.

            But the truly weird thing is that she remains a true believer in her scheme to this day, so much so that if she avoids serious prison time, she’ll probably find a way to chase after it again, even though everybody interviewed said that her contraption is physically impossible to produce. Not to mention the fact that if it ever actually was produced, it would be so large, expensive, and trouble to keep serviced and calibrated that it would never be viable for home use, other than possibly for multi-millionaires of course.

            She evidently grew up getting everything she wanted and has become terminally addicted to that habit.

    • Ol' Scratch March 22, 2019 at 5:05 pm #

      Sounds like mine too, more or less. Except for the elitist grad school part. Just a bunch of numb nuts who thought they were elite.

      • BackRowHeckler March 22, 2019 at 6:38 pm #

        Yeah, OS, we had enough vets around for TWO beer league campus softball teams. We kicked ass, I’ll tell you what.

        Those were the days.

        Brh

  40. Pucker March 22, 2019 at 3:24 pm #

    Crane Brinton in his excellent book, “The Anatomy of Revolution” says that a precursor of Revolution is when the Intellectuals go from being Alienated and complaining about society (which is their normal existential predicament) to actively supporting a new paradigm for the society. Who are the Intellectuals in our Society of Rackets? There are the Intellectuals, and then there are people like Nathan Bedford Forrest: “War means fight’n. Fight’n means kill’n.”

    • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 9:02 pm #

      Oh yes, he of KKK fame (infamy). There is a special place for old Nathan in hell, isn’t that right Scratch? At least Uncle Billy Sherman kicked the living shit out of old Nate. Yee Haw!

  41. Pucker March 22, 2019 at 3:52 pm #

    The US Civil War basically involved the graduate classmates of the US Military Academy at West Point brutally slaughtering each other in bloody savage battles on their native soil. More Americans died at the Battle of Shiloh than in all previous US wars combined. And the carnage after Shiloh only grew worse. The monument at West Point is a monument to War, in particular, to the US Civil War. The West Point classmates were both friends and rivals, except for Ulysses S. Grant who was a bit of an outcast because he did not come from a rich aristocratic family, like Robert E. Lee. Grant did not fit in. Grant’s dad ran a “tannery” in rural Ohio, a slaughterhouse of cows and horses.

    • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 6:13 pm #

      Yuck! How could anyone work at a slaughterhouse? I do love meat, but if I had to do that I’d become a vegetarian and I know it is hypocritical, but there you have it.

      But old US Grant could kick some Rebel arse, eh? Not much of a president, but he and Uncle Billy (Sherman) were magnificent on the battlefield! The south wanted war, so by damn Uncle Billy and USG gave it to them. Then they were not “into” insurrection by-and-by and surrendered at Appomattox courthouse. They didn’t have conviction, yeah?

      Please forgive the historical ramblings, I just like to spend time on the victory once in a blue moon. I might add that Uncle Billy was not very nice at all to the Native Americans, nor the buffalo for that matter, after his fun in the war. But profit is profit and nothing can ever come between $$$ and the USA, right? Or at least nothing living like “injuns” and dumb animals.

  42. malthuss March 22, 2019 at 4:21 pm #

    Is it true that Adam Schiffs sis is married to one of Soros sons?

    • jdhines March 22, 2019 at 6:14 pm #

      Must we bring George into this vipers nest? What has G. Soros ever done to you?

  43. Pucker March 22, 2019 at 4:29 pm #

    Queen….

    The flaming Homosexual is singing: “Nothing really matters.”

    How can anyone possibly say that this is Art?! It’s Dreadful…. Absolutely Dreadful….

    m.youtube.com/watch?v=A22oy8dFjqc

    • beantownbill. March 22, 2019 at 5:31 pm #

      Sorry, Puck, on this one I don’t agree with you at all. Freddie Mercury had a great musical mind. Brian May is now a brilliant astrophysicist.

      Just because he was flaming is no reason to dislike his music. Try to separate the music from the person. A friend of ours knew Freddie pretty well and told us a lot about him.

      • Pucker March 22, 2019 at 5:42 pm #

        He changed his name from “Farouk” to “Freddie Mercury”.

        You gotta be shit’n me?!

        • Pucker March 22, 2019 at 5:48 pm #

          That the flaming homosexual “Freddie Mercury” (who sang “Nothing Really Matters” and who sang about death and killing people) was “popular” in a depraved consumeristic society should raise a lot of Red Flags…

          Prima Facie SHIT…..

          • Pucker March 22, 2019 at 5:59 pm #

            Anything goes…and Freddie Mercury sings: “And Nothing Really Matters….”

          • beantownbill. March 22, 2019 at 6:01 pm #

            He paid a pretty heavy price for his homosexuality, didn’t he?

          • Pucker March 22, 2019 at 6:27 pm #

            Freddie Mercury used his talent to erode and to destroy the culture.

          • Ol' Scratch March 22, 2019 at 8:07 pm #

            In Mercury’s defense, I doubt that’s what he had in mind at the time. But yes, he was definitely one depraved motherfucker, especially in his later days.

            On the flip side, you could also say that any number of hetero rock stars of the period were every but as depraved, so you definitely can’t pin this all on Mercury.

            Further, Queen wasn’t all that popular in the late 80’s when Mercury was in full flame-out mode. Their music mirrored his personality, and went all to shit accordingly.

            But credit where credit is due, he manned up when it came time to check out. He kept his disease secret to the very end, gave his entire inheritance to his lifelong “common law wife,” then specified that his remains be burned and scattered in secret so as to discourage the treasure hunters and ghouls. Their final album remains the one of the best, certainly in their catalogue, and possibly in rock history. A true masterpiece.

            If you’re going to live that life, he at least lived his courageously, something most of us will only aspire to do.

  44. Pucker March 22, 2019 at 4:31 pm #

    I heard that the Russians are crazy about Golf.

    Maybe I could make a go of it teaching Golf in Russia as a post-Collapse business?

  45. amb March 22, 2019 at 4:47 pm #

    Didn’t want to go to college. Didn’t apply. Parents hit the roof: every aunt and uncle came over for dinner to lecture me on the need to go to college. I finally caved and went. Had terrible grades and behavior reports in high school (never participated as I knew the subject matter was either worthless, inapplicable or fake) and was also applying too late in the year so I couldn’t get into a good school. My only interests at the time were photography and music so I applied to Rochester Institute of Technology and was obviously refused. Went into apathy on my photo and music goals. Wound up going to Fullerton Junior College in SoCal (they’d take anybody). Again, I didn’t participate (for the same reasons as high school) and basically flunked out. I spent most of my time at Fullerton reading philosophy books and playing music there. Next, I traveled around the country in my VW microbus in search of a goal and purpose. No result. Then decided to try school again and went to Franconia College, an experimental college in New Hampshire (comprised of radical ex-teachers and professors from Harvard and Yale, and had the youngest college dean in the country). I finally was able to study photography and music there and made some progress. Dropped out after the first year (too many drugs and partying on campus and didn’t envision a viable career in either of my fields). That was my last contact with academia. I finally went the entrepreneur route and decided upon real estate: read books, went to seminars, attended boot camps and then started rehabbing/reselling houses, owning rental properties, and eventually building custom homes. These activities finally morphed into running a private lending company that lends to real estate professionals.

    College was a waste of time. If I knew then what I know now, I would’ve… dropped out of high school and gone to work for an uncle who was in commercial real estate (the wealthiest guy in my family) and learned the trade and have gotten a 5-year, earlier start on my life and career.

    Glad to see that academia is perishing as they are a blight on our country and ruinous to our youth (not applicable for doctors, dentists and other highly technical professions). I’m all for self-study, mentors, apprenticeships, guilds, trade and professional schools and training. As well as preparing our youth for the new industries and sectors that the future is bringing. Entrepreneurs, unhindered by gov regulation, corruption and high taxes, are the only element that can improve the US economy.

    • Ol' Scratch March 22, 2019 at 7:52 pm #

      Damn! We’ve got a BUNCH of juvenile delinquents and malcontents on this board.

      • Sam Stone March 23, 2019 at 1:15 am #

        Lots of contracts for you. Business is looking up.

    • Mountain gal March 23, 2019 at 2:09 am #

      Totally agree amb. I’m the academic sort so college and grad school suited me but clearly many(most) people are not and that is just fine. We shouldn’t be forcing kids to go to college and telling them they will lead a life spent stacking groceries on the shelves at the Walmart if they don’t. And yes, I’m all for apprenticeships starting by 9th grade at the latest. Glad you found yourself before you wasted too much time and got into too much college debt to ever get out from under.

  46. FincaInTheMountains March 22, 2019 at 4:56 pm #

    Where you a spy?

    Trump and the Golan Heights

    Do you remember what I wrote in October about the union of the United States, Israel and Russia in Syria?

    strategic secret agreement between Putin’s Russia, Israel Netanyahu and the US Trump about the joint struggle against the globalist Europe and Clinton America.

    kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/going-full-porn/#comment-370501

    So Trump’s demarche means that Hillary finally lost this campaign.

    Well, she won’t hesitate to start another one, but all the same, most likely it will be a campaign in a strange for her territory of the Cold War.

    • Ol' Scratch March 22, 2019 at 7:50 pm #

      Better watch out, Finc. You’ll throw your shoulder out patting yourself on the back.

  47. earltwitty March 22, 2019 at 4:58 pm #

    College sports seems to be doing fine. Million dollar salaries for coaches. I seem to remember a billion dollar TV contract for Texas football. 24 hour cam and audio on Zion Williamson the Duke one and done player. If they could only use that money for tuitions and books. Just like businesses the small mom and pop schools will get left in the dust unless the can conjure up a division one football or basketball team. Let’s not forget the sports apparel companies bribes to coaches and teams if they can get away with it.

    • Ol' Scratch March 22, 2019 at 7:46 pm #

      As in corporate America, so in intercollegiate sports and pretty much everything else. SYMMETRY BABY!!!

      • malthuss March 22, 2019 at 8:13 pm #

        Baseball player got 300-400 million, if I recall a drudge link headline.

        • Ol' Scratch March 22, 2019 at 9:00 pm #

          That’s all? Steve Trout I think you’re talking about.

  48. Pucker March 22, 2019 at 5:17 pm #

    The objective of US Civil War uniform fashion was to put as many shiny buttons on the uniform as possible so that when the very low velocity, high mass lead ball hit your arm or leg that you’d look “Snazzy” for the drunk doctor who’d then saw off your limb.

    I prefer the “Camo” look myself….

    • Ol' Scratch March 22, 2019 at 7:48 pm #

      I prefer the guys controlling the killer drones lurking overhead to be on my side…

  49. Pucker March 22, 2019 at 5:29 pm #

    Go up to the addicted pharmacist and ask him if you can crush the “Allergy Relief” tablets up and snort them? Ask him if they readily dissolve in water so that you can “Mainline It”?

    There are probably some professions that you probably shouldn’t go into, like working at a winery or becoming a Pharmacist?

    • Ol' Scratch March 22, 2019 at 7:43 pm #

      After fully taking in his look of horror and pausing for dramatic effect, follow up with,”No? Well OK then, I’ll just take a roll of surgical tubing then. By the way, which aisle are the cotton balls and alcohol in?”

  50. PeteAtomic March 22, 2019 at 5:30 pm #

    I wonder how well a college that taught knitting, quilting, canning, tanning, farming, animal husbandry, brewing, etc.– All the necessary skills and knowledge a person would need to survive a collapse — would do.
    If tuition was paid in kind, I’d be on the faculty! 🙂

    • Ol' Scratch March 22, 2019 at 7:37 pm #

      Sounds like a job for a worker’s collective. Gonna be a few of those around in the not too far distant future after the current generations get weeded out a bit.

    • Mountain gal March 23, 2019 at 2:13 am #

      Sad thing is that in VT there is a college teaching students how to become market growers. Save your tuition payments to buy land with kiddies. Go apprentice with an actual market grower who will teach you everything you need to know to grow fruit and vegetables, no degree required. I mean, it’s a useful subject at least(as opposed to Gender and Queer Studies) but still costs a lot to get a degree in something a farmer would happily teach you for free(and provide room and board while doing so!).

  51. tucsonspur March 22, 2019 at 5:53 pm #

    Remember, God wills it!

    cnn.com/2019/03/22/politics/mike-pompeo-donald-trump-israel-golan-heights/index.html

    And Netanyahu gets help as Trump again says eff u to the international community:

    youtube.com/watch?v=JS1RFi4viXU

    • FincaInTheMountains March 22, 2019 at 6:50 pm #

      Clintonoids are hysterical – they shout that Trump did it all for recognising Crimea as Russian territory.

      And yeah, fuck the international globalist community.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 22, 2019 at 6:52 pm #

      This news means that the probability of a nuclear war has become much less.

  52. beantownbill. March 22, 2019 at 6:27 pm #

    My granddaughters’ parents are both school teachers. They are wonderful people, so I don’t like to criticize education. But things are what they are, and I have to say, our educational system is a big con, and has been during my lifetime.

    Most of life’s activities require a modicum of common sense; anything more can be gotten through experience or books (or in today’s world, online). Other than readin’,’ writin’, ‘rithmatic public education isn’t necessary, except maybe history.

    I take exception that I have to pay for others’ childrens’ education. Public education costs are by far the biggest expense of local real estate taxes. I wouldn’t mind as much if public schools turned out highly educated students, but let’s face it, they are just dumping spots for children so parents don’t have to care for them all day. It didn’t start out that way, but now education has devolved into a farce.

    • Ol' Scratch March 22, 2019 at 7:35 pm #

      Ditto. Think of it as socialized child care. If it weren’t for public schools we’d have even more of the little miscreants out getting into trouble. With the future they’re facing, I couldn’t really blame them for getting into trouble either.

      Myself, I quit paying attention in school altogether after the 8th grade.

      • 100th Avatar March 22, 2019 at 7:53 pm #

        You two do know that a community is supposed to support one another?

        If you’re complaints are about the quality of education, fine, but if your complaints are about having to pay tax dollars to schools:

        Give me a ****ing break.

        You pay taxes for police, jails, streets, roads, traffic lights, sewers and water to subdivisions… but you don’t what to have to pay to educate “other people’s children”

        Wow.

        Precisely why we don’t have a nation.
        We have a notion: more for me.

        • 100th Avatar March 22, 2019 at 7:54 pm #

          and the auto-spell on this site is horrendous.

          “your”

        • BackRowHeckler March 22, 2019 at 8:05 pm #

          In this town (pop 25000) there arent 1 but 2 ‘Diversity Coordinators’, salary $95,000 per year.

          What they do mostly is sheperd around the minority kids bused in from Hartford.

          That’s what you’re paying for.

          Brh

        • Ol' Scratch March 22, 2019 at 8:58 pm #

          No major complaint about the taxes, even though the local taxes are quite high. Education is sterling here as well. But think about it, all of that education is essentially wasted locally, as almost all of that talent promptly picks up and leaves as soon as they graduate. Granted, our local circumstances are somewhat unique, but probably not all that much these days.

          • 100th Avatar March 22, 2019 at 9:47 pm #

            No. This a senior citizen complaint.
            Like noise after 10PM.

            They don’t want to have to pay.
            Anything

          • Q. Shtik March 22, 2019 at 11:08 pm #

            This a senior citizen complaint.
            Like noise after 10PM.

            They don’t want to have to pay.
            Anything ————————–Avatar

            ==============

            Hey Avatar, I’m 78. I live in Central NJ. My property taxes are $13.5K. Most goes to support the school system.

            Where do you live? How much are your taxes?

          • 100th Avatar March 23, 2019 at 6:05 pm #

            Then move to Flardah or Texas.
            Why would anyone retire in NJ?
            Friends and family. Sentimentality. History.
            No other reasons.

            BTW, that $ ostensibly goes to support the schools.

            The irony isn’t lost on me. As one advocating for less people, and less wrong people having children, I’m now defending public schools.

            Perhaps not having free schools, aka educational daycare, will reduce the birth rate.
            Most likely not.
            Because nothing really puts the breaks on the behavior of stupid people besides… death, not even jail (they just behave the same way in the prison).

            Imagine the alternative. The wrong people having more and more children and without a learning environment.

            More roving youth gangs.
            A relatively wealthy old and feeble white bloke is the perfect soft target.

            How about you visit one of the favelas in Brazil, or one of the shantytowns outside Lagos on your next vacay out of Newark?.
            There, you will see the future you ask for.

            The answer isn’t less money towards schools.
            It is always
            LESS PEOPLE

        • beantownbill. March 22, 2019 at 11:07 pm #

          I believe in live and let live. If I don’t pay my local taxes the government comes in and tries to steal my home. When I resist, they shoot me dead. That’s not community-minded.That’s also not live and let live, by my reckoning. As I said, I don’t mind paying the money if it was put to good use, but it’s wasted, so I don’t like it.

          You’re right, many oldsters don’t want to pay. Probably for the same reasons I don’t want to. I think taxes are immoral – forcing people to pay tribute or else. I pay a lot of income tax, but I dislike to because we spend $700 billion annually on starting wars. Why should I spend my money on something I don’t believe in? Since I’m self-employed, I pay an additional 12.5%. At least most of that goes to other elderly.

          As far as community goes, if every parent had to bear the cost of their child’s public education, and my neighbor needed the money, I would consider giving it to them, but it would be my choice. There’s something about forcing someone under the threat of violence to do something that gets my goat.

          • 100th Avatar March 23, 2019 at 8:23 pm #

            I understand, but did you only realize in your dotage that man isn’t born free?

            You don’t have a choice pal.

            And there is nowhere to run to.

            Every place wants their cut, and don’t worry, you get a passport and the opportunity to vote for an egomaniacal sociopath every 4 years.

    • malthuss March 22, 2019 at 8:19 pm #

      But this can also be broken down by the race of the students.
      And by the race of those caring for the children. Take a bus driver in Italy, for one example.
      Peter Brimelow has mentioned this.

      Same with Army recruits on IQ, obesity, etc

    • BornToKillPeace March 23, 2019 at 5:44 pm #

      Education is hollowed out by common core and uninspired thinking to the possible roles of such an institution within something resembling a society? Who and what do we inspire to be? Where have we been? (What is on netflix and what meat cut is on sale at the box grocery?)

      Schools are holding pens for discipline in numbness to future roles as wage slaves, welfare recipients, soldiers, taxpayers, etc. Some break out – many never do, even when they are pulling quarter million. ….
      Profession sports memorabilia and flags should be banned in public school classrooms for how much it resembles playing the lottery.

    • K-Dog March 24, 2019 at 11:38 am #

      Yeah but the sweetheart contracts to get the architectural masterpieces built make the rich richer so you need to continue supporting the system.

      Seriously, Do you really think a thirty million dollar building to keep 300 kids corralled for working hours five days a week is really about the kiddies? If you wanted them to really learn you’d not make the environment so damn wonderful.

      Two by fours plywood walls and a pot bellied stove with every kid having to pitch in and help keep the room warm. Force the kids to teach the young ones if you really want to get learning going on.

      Politicians tax so they can hire their friends for jobs and contracts. Once in bare wooden rooms schools taught that politicians actually had a different job altogether. Something to do with public service, the social contract and fiscal responsibility.

      I can’t remember exactly what? It has been so long. Anybody care to help.

  53. Pucker March 22, 2019 at 6:52 pm #

    At the end of the West Point tour, the fat, middle aged white female tour guide who hated her job asked for tips. One white bloke in a white shirt and baby blue jacket on the bus with his wife unabashedly gave her $1 dollar.

    In all fairness, the white bloke in the baby blue jacket was old, so he was probably having a Vietnam era flashback to his tour of duty in “NAM” when a couple of bucks could buy some “Poon Tang”?

  54. Luhrenloup March 22, 2019 at 6:54 pm #

    I went to college because I understood that it was my ticket out of the blue collar world. I had dropped out high school after the first semester because It was absurd. Schools can give you a brief overview of what you’re interested in, but their primary focus has always been in creating obedient serfs who know their place and deliver whatever is expected of them. The only education one can achieve for oneself is through books, i.e. intelligent, articulate books, creative artistic books, etc. The more you read the more discerning you become.
    College did get me out of the blue collar world; hanging in the student lounge discussing philosophy with your buds, while the folks back home are trapped in a factory 7 to 4 guarantees you will never take your place by the conveyor belt.
    Later I went to grad school where I was taught by fellow writers a few tricks, and it was an ivy league school which I hoped would open a few doors.
    So, one learns from books, from colleagues, and from strangers that do not hold your brainwashed views. Colleges now have lost their way and no longer know which side of the toast holds the butter. But then again, they may know something about what America is now looking for and are teaching to that, intent on producing a cadre of gelded graduates.

    • malthuss March 22, 2019 at 8:21 pm #

      your retrospective is interesting.

  55. Pucker March 22, 2019 at 7:07 pm #

    To a certain extent, I “cheated” on the whole “College Thang”. I did one of those overseas study programs in Asia that gives you a year of academic credit and then I Fucked Off for a year and then I deferred my return to college for another additional year. That last year of college, as Forrest Gump described the “Shrimp’n Business”, was “Tough.”

    • SoftStarLight March 23, 2019 at 2:17 am #

      For some reason this does not come as a shock :-). Did you have your spiritual experience when you were in Asia? Was college overrated?

  56. FincaInTheMountains March 22, 2019 at 7:38 pm #

    Two years of absolute nonsense which was the Mueller investigation is finally over.

    No indictments, Barr will rewrite the report before releasing it to the public.

    • PeteAtomic March 22, 2019 at 7:46 pm #

      wow yep

      CNN/MSNBC tripling down on fake news

      Fox News: “Grand Slam” .. no further indictments

      wow

      thanks for the news tovarish

      • tucsonspur March 22, 2019 at 8:24 pm #

        Yes, looks like the coup is fizzling out.

        Dems must now be prosecuted.

        • Exscotticus March 22, 2019 at 8:57 pm #

          Pelosi went from impeachment in January to no impeachment in March. Some time in between, she was alerted to Mueller’s capitulation.

          • JohnAZ March 22, 2019 at 9:48 pm #

            Mueller’s capitulation to WHAT? I am starting to believe more than ever that the whole damn antiTrump thing is a coordinated contrived effort by he Deep State uniparty Libs in the country to take over, destroy the Constitution and install a dictatorship. To continue what the Clinton crowd started under Obama.

            One thing I do not believe has ever been put forward. That Trump may be the guy with the white hat being surrounded by a large group of very antiAmerican evil people. If that is the case, I hope he wins the war. If the alternative to Trump is any of the socialistic, stupid, narcissistic jerks that the Dems have put up so far, our country’s future hinges on his victory in 2020.

            Their mouthpiece, the media, has been effective at offsetting the efforts of Trump to re-nationalize the US. When the people of the country consider America as an entity bigger than themselves, the Kaepernick horses—t will cease. Out of many, one, used by the Libs a lot means what they detest, individuals submitting to the common good, having allegiance to something bigger than themselves. The self indulgent Left just cannot get past their own egos.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 22, 2019 at 11:39 pm #

            The Zionist faction has withstood a full court press from the Liberal/UN globalist faction. Now will they repay in kind?

            Doesn’t matter. Both sides are vehemently Anti-American and Anti-White. They Zios just hide it better. They still want to use us as soldiers for their Wars overseas is all. Both are in favor of open borders. Both were in favor of increased Muslim immigration after 9/11. Both are obviously crazy and evil.

    • CancelMyCard March 22, 2019 at 8:00 pm #

      So yesterday, I planted 144 shallots in one bed in the garden.

      Shallots, like Multiplier Onions,

      are a particularly wonderful vegetable to grow.

      They are rewarding,

      in so many ways.

      First of all, when you plant a traditional shallot,

      you don’t plant a seed,

      you plant an actual whole shallot,

      just like with garlic . . .

      you don’t plant a garlic seed,

      you plant a clove of garlic.

      It Is A Clone that grows.

      Asexual reproduction, in other words.

      And when it produces,

      it is not like an onion seed,

      where you get one single onion . . .

      When you plant a shallot,

      a Whole Shallot,

      you grow a whole NEST of shallots,

      you get 7 – 10 new shallots.

      In other words,

      this is a wonderful way to reproduce

      the Allium line of vegetables.

      But so many, many people just don’t get it,

      they have no concept whatsoever what growing food

      is all about.

      Pity.

      • Exscotticus March 22, 2019 at 8:59 pm #

        Sounds a lot like immigrants. You plant one… and get a whole bunch more.

        • CancelMyCard March 22, 2019 at 9:04 pm #

          Except . . .

          You can eat these vegetables,

          I’m not certain at all that you can

          eat these immigrants.

          However,

          YMMV.

          • BackRowHeckler March 22, 2019 at 10:21 pm #

            CMC

            I asked you if you’re Lawrence Ferlinghetti. You said no. Ok then, are you Gary Snyder?

            You write like one of these west coast poets, but I know you’re on the east coast, in zone 7A.

            Maybe the immigrants will eat us, like in Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Road’,

            Brh

          • CancelMyCard March 23, 2019 at 8:31 am #

            No, not Gary Snyder.

            However, I grew up on the west coast,
            took my education there,
            and my family still resides in the same area.

            Came to the east coast 38 years ago.
            Had a chance to move back west awhile ago,
            but did not take it.

            I like my present area far too much now.
            It has grown its tentacles
            ever more tightly around my heart
            to ever want to leave.

      • SoftStarLight March 23, 2019 at 2:53 am #

        I enjoy your posts. Life would not be the same without allium vegetables. Are you growing chives? Their purple flowers are pretty. And edible too!

        • CancelMyCard March 23, 2019 at 8:44 am #

          SSL,

          Thank you for your kind remark.

          Yes, I grow most of the allium family:

          Garlic,
          Leeks,
          Shallots,
          Scallions,
          Onions,
          Chives,
          Egyptian Walking Onions,
          Garlic Chives.

          Leeks — I grow regular leeks, and two kinds of perennial leeks.

          There’s Perpetual Leeks, which are pencil-thin but multiply prodigiously.

          And there’s my favorite — Babington Leeks.

          These form a bulb at the base,
          unlike the straight shaft of a regular leek.

          The marvel of the Babington is that when it is mature,
          you harvest it by digging down around the base,
          then cut the shaft just above the bulb.
          You now have a whole leek to cook with.

          However, the bulb will sprout again the following year and produce another mature leek.

          Now, that’s having your leek and eating it too!

          • SoftStarLight March 23, 2019 at 12:34 pm #

            That is amazing. And they are low maintenance! I see why it is your favorite leek.

  57. Pucker March 22, 2019 at 8:48 pm #

    Given that the Russians are so crazy about Golf, maybe Trump should invite Putin to his Mar El Lago resort in Florida for a few rounds of Golf?

  58. wwg1wga March 23, 2019 at 12:17 am #

    Words will hardly do.
    got-truth.com/docs/Words%20will%20hardly%20do.pdf

    #oathkeepers

    Q.

  59. Pucker March 23, 2019 at 1:44 am #

    Bill Cosby
    @BillCosby
    Happy 75th Birthday to my beautiful bride, Camille. Dear, you’re a wonderful mother, loving wife, but most importantly, you’re the strength of this family. Please celebrate your day!
    #CamilleOCosby
    #Happy75thBirthday
    #BillCosby
    #FarFromFinished
    #FreeBillCosby

    • SoftStarLight March 23, 2019 at 2:55 am #

      He is your father figure isn’t he?

  60. Pucker March 23, 2019 at 2:36 am #

    People seem to think that Bill Cosby was convicted of raping women. He wasn’t. Cosby was convicted in Pennsylvania of “Indecent Aggravated Assault”, which under the statute only requires sex with a woman under the influence of some drug, whether she took the drug voluntarily or not, or whether she objectively consented to the sex, the idea being that the drug vitiates consent. It’s a stupid law since most men have at some time Boned a woman who has had a few drinks, smoked Weed, or in Cosby’s case, popped a few Benedryl.

    m.youtube.com/watch?v=GVlWqX3oFsk

    • SoftStarLight March 23, 2019 at 3:18 am #

      Well there is a big difference between having a few drinks or smoking weed and being completely passed out.

      • Pucker March 23, 2019 at 3:43 am #

        Sometimes

        • SoftStarLight March 23, 2019 at 12:43 pm #

          Wrong Pucker. The difference is night and day. Take Cosby out of the equation and just think about it. Seriously. It’s one thing to be drunk or high but alert enough to formulate a yes or no. When someone is out they can’t say yes or no, because they are, um passed out. Am I wrong?

      • Pucker March 23, 2019 at 3:54 am #

        That’s a Straw Man argument since under the Pennsylvania statute Dr. Cosby would have been convicted regardless of whether Constand had passed out or not. In any case, she hadn’t passed out. She may have passed gas, but she hadn’t passed out.

  61. Pucker March 23, 2019 at 2:47 am #

    Did Pol Pot fuck up?

    • Ol' Scratch March 23, 2019 at 12:01 pm #

      Where in the hell did that one come from?

  62. SoftStarLight March 23, 2019 at 3:37 am #

    Life is strange. Now that Mueller has come out and says there will be no more indictments the Democrats now want to subpeona Mueller. Does it ever occur to any of them that possibly governing and implementing policies that help ordinary, everday people may be a good thing to do? Oh right, I forgot we are talking about the swamp. Where good Rs and Ds go to do the bidding of their corporate lobbyists. Like universities, the government is so out of touch. It all seems like a bad joke, but for sure, the facade of legitimacy is slipping away.

    • Pucker March 23, 2019 at 4:26 am #

      “Life is strange.“

      You can bet your ass it is….

    • Ol' Scratch March 23, 2019 at 9:39 am #

      That only means that he’s not going to do the indictments. Congress is free to indict Trump on their own after reviewing the report. We’ll see…

      • SoftStarLight March 23, 2019 at 12:59 pm #

        Yes, I heard about that. I have no doubts whatsoever that they will take all of their investigations as far as possible. I assume this is at least part of the divide and conquer strategy since it’s likely to accelerate the turmoil? It looks like the new attorney general may have something to say about the report soon, maybe this afternoon.

  63. Pucker March 23, 2019 at 3:43 am #

    According to Crane Brinton, a Revolution requires that the Ruling Class lose faith so it will no longer sees itself as legitimate and becomes slow to use force (“Decadent”, but not in a moral sense). I suspect that the US is being tenderized for a downstream Fascist takeover?

  64. Pucker March 23, 2019 at 4:24 am #

    What do you think of really old blokes in the gym? You wanna talk about an uphill battle. Jeeeze….

    • beantownbill. March 23, 2019 at 9:25 am #

      I go to the gym (is 73 a really old bloke?). I don’t “pump” iron, that would be silly. I use weights for muscle tone. Who wants to be a saggy-ass old fart? Lifting maximum heavy weights builds muscle mass, but a lot of repetions using light weights tones and shapes muscles. I have a swimmer’s body, which I’m happy with, and have no need to try to change it so I look like a tank.

      I also walk the treadmill when it is too cold outside to comfortably walk, and I do a lot of stretching, which is of paramount importance.

      What’s so bad about that?

      • Ol' Scratch March 23, 2019 at 10:07 am #

        Yes indeed. Use it or lose it becomes your mantra after 60.

        • malthuss March 23, 2019 at 11:04 am #

          more like 35.

          • Ol' Scratch March 23, 2019 at 12:00 pm #

            True that.

      • malthuss March 23, 2019 at 11:03 am #

        where did this discussion start?

    • malthuss March 23, 2019 at 11:03 am #

      huh

  65. Pucker March 23, 2019 at 4:36 am #

    In the summer of 1990, Russian President Boris Yeltsin attended the opening ceremony to show his respect to this sport that was new to Russia. After a short lesson with Sven Tumba, Yeltsin sent the ball across the lake at the 9th hole on his first try.

    mcgc.ru/en/about-us/club-history/

  66. tucsonspur March 23, 2019 at 6:19 am #

    Maybe this is why stocks tumbled:

    yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-just-picked-laughingstock-204024425.html

    Here’s another take on Moore:

    nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/03/stephen-moore-federal-reserve-trump.html

    Moore always wants more. More tax cuts. More growth. Gotta grow the economy, grow employment, grow GDP, grow new markets. Then grow growth. Then grow that growth that you’ve just grown. Then…………………………………………………………THE END.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 23, 2019 at 9:20 am #

      He is absolutely right. America has a limited window of opportunity to transfer its economy back on productive rails.

      The situation with the dollar as a mandatory world currency is coming to an end.

      • JohnAZ March 23, 2019 at 10:29 am #

        One of Estulin’s main points is that the Ponzi effect takes over when the marketplace for money becomes based on financial smoke and mirrors, not assets. The value of money needs to be based on man-hours of production. When the US taxed the corporations and companies to move overseas, our money turned into “the magic kingdom”. The stock market usd to be a bettors paradise and a good forecast agent for the future economy. Now it is 45% of the economy, Oops, big mistake.

        • Ol' Scratch March 23, 2019 at 12:00 pm #

          Great points. The stock market, part of what Estulin terms the “global economy 3.0 (post-industrial networking)”, has now become completely untethered to the underlying industrial economy (or at least what’s left of it), thus making it doubly useful as a propaganda device for those who don’t know better. That’s also what allows it to absorb all the Fed funny money being thrown about these days, while still limiting inflation in the underlying real economy to a few key asset/commodity classes, primarily real estate and health care. Inflated real estate prices ensure that everyone lives precariously in fear of homelessness, while inflated health care costs ensure that everyone lives precariously in fear of death itself. You have to admit, it’s a pretty clever racket they’ve created here.

    • SoftStarLight March 23, 2019 at 1:05 pm #

      I like modern conveniences don’t get me wrong. But I hate the way our economy is. I hate the whole growth for growth’s sake thing. And it’s like nothing that is built, or very little, is built to last. And I hate how they clear cut all the trees to build new stuff. Sorry, now I am ranting…

  67. revilo March 23, 2019 at 9:01 am #

    When asked if he fed his child’s feces to his wife, Beto replied “sounds like something I would do.”

    theweek.com/articles/830443/why-are-2020-democrats-weird

    • FincaInTheMountains March 23, 2019 at 10:16 am #

      Who gives a flying you-know-what about the Beto-male?

      He’s just a part of the working crew to pave Hillary road to 2020.

      • JohnAZ March 23, 2019 at 10:33 am #

        Ha, I hope so. Trump won’t even have to leave the Oval Office to campaign.

        • seawolf77 March 24, 2019 at 8:56 am #

          He’ll be gone from the oval to rectangular, 6 X 9 to be exact.

    • JohnAZ March 23, 2019 at 10:32 am #

      This is one sick person who uses others for his own self-grandisement. I am concerned that the Democratic Party as a representative of the common Joe is shot, and the nuts are in control. Lots of historical precedence for this.

    • revilo March 23, 2019 at 10:56 am #

      I’m just concerned that his poopamole recipe might have been culturally appropriated.

    • SoftStarLight March 23, 2019 at 1:18 pm #

      Ewww he’s so disgusting and narcissistic.

      • revilo March 23, 2019 at 5:26 pm #

        It’s possible his guacamole recipe was apoopriated.

      • revilo March 23, 2019 at 5:36 pm #

        They want us to hand over our guns to these batshit crazy freakazoids. It’s unbelievable. Wake the fuck up, people.

      • SoftStarLight March 24, 2019 at 11:14 am #

        apoopriated that’s a good one :-).

        He is allegedly a prankster all the time. I actually think these stories maybe are intentional. To show how he is just this every day guy and he has made all these mistakes. But he is just so committed to doing the right thing now. Bring down the bad orange man. And many people will soak it up.

  68. FincaInTheMountains March 23, 2019 at 9:10 am #

    US Party of Nuclear War is not giving up so easy!

    At NPR, they say that they will not give up this and will “continue the investigation”.

    Fox insists that Russia is still to blame, only it supported Clinton. Or not Russia, but Ukraine.

    Same difference, Putin is to blame.

    By the way, so that you know, there is NO such thing as MAD.

    Foreign Affairs, 2006: The Rise of U.S. Nuclear Primacy

    Abstract:

    For four decades, relations among the major nuclear powers have been shaped by their common vulnerability, a condition known as mutual assured destruction. But with the U.S. arsenal growing rapidly while Russia’s decays and China’s stays small, the era of MAD is ending–and the era of U.S. nuclear primary has begun.

    acamedia.info/politics/escalation/nass/The_Rise_of_U.S._Nuclear_Primacy_%7C_Foreign_Affairs.pdf

    • FincaInTheMountains March 23, 2019 at 10:51 am #

      Since such open threats of a nuclear war are prohibited by UN Charter, they are using “private” publications (Foreign Affairs) to do it nevertheless.

      Foreign Affairs is the organ of Council on Foreign Relations.

    • Nightowl March 23, 2019 at 5:37 pm #

      The Ukraine stuff is the real powder keg. I do wonder why no one has heard from Tony Podesta in so long. 🙂

  69. FincaInTheMountains March 23, 2019 at 10:06 am #

    Coincidence or Confirmation of the Theory of the World Color Projects?

    Yesterday I published a post in which I claimed that the recognition of the Golan Heights as Israel territory meant Hillary’s final loss to the party for fomenting a nuclear war that began in September 2018.

    And a half hour later we were informed that Special Prosecutor Mueller, under the hood of whom President Trump had been for 2 years, provided the United States Attorney General Barr (see the Big Bargain) with a final report on the results of his investigation.

    nytimes.com/2019/03/22/us/politics/mueller-report.html

    That is, that the investigation is over.

  70. BackRowHeckler March 23, 2019 at 10:22 am #

    2 solid years of this Russia collusion hoax. Who is going to be held reponsible for perpetrating it?

    Brh

    • JohnAZ March 23, 2019 at 10:36 am #

      No one. The Libs are in control of the Deep State judiciary, for now. The Supreme Court though might be the crack in the dam. No more Deep Staters (Sessions) in the DOJ though, please.

      • FincaInTheMountains March 23, 2019 at 10:56 am #

        I doubt very much they will be able to put Hillary behind bars, but they will be able to purge the first echelon of the FLying Monkeys – various Comeys, Brennons, etc..

        Unfortunately, the Clinton rot is in the Institutions of Higher Education and the so-called American leftist intelligentsia – that is a much tougher task to purge.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 23, 2019 at 1:38 pm #

        He’s packing the Court with Deep State Zionists – the other Globalist faction. Judge Napolitano said of Kavanaugh that he was Deep State/Swamp all the way. Your inability to recognize the two factions limits your analysis. Ditto your inability to see Capitalism for what it is: the other side of the COIN of Communism. One system in the end. They united to defeat Fascism and National Socialism and they will again in the future (which is already here).

        • FincaInTheMountains March 23, 2019 at 2:11 pm #

          To a certain degree you are correct, Janos, at least from the economic stand point of view.

          For example, the Soviet socialism was essentially a State Capitalism where there was just one corporation, but pretty much same accounting principles as under Capitalism were 100% applied to running the economy.

          Huge difference were not in economic, but in moral principles – Russians managed to put an Orthodox Christian face on the system – to a degree of course, but main principle – ALL people are created by the same God, was largely applied, which, of course, means presence of social elevators, main of which in USSR were Higher Education, Sports and the Army.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 23, 2019 at 11:22 pm #

            Bolshevism persecuted the Real Russian Church, driving it out and/or underground. Then set up a fake Russian Orthodox Church. This model was used against Roman Catholicism. That’s what Vatican Two was all about. Both are precursors to the One World Religion and the advent of the Anti-Christ.

  71. BackRowHeckler March 23, 2019 at 10:37 am #

    Well, it looks like the Dems in Congress backed by their agit/prop media sponsors are doubling down and striving to keep hate alive. That’s what im seeing this morning.

    Brh

    • malthuss March 23, 2019 at 11:02 am #

      I wanted to research Jesse Mathews, he and his mom were killers.

      Turns out there are 2 killers with that name, but spelled differently.

      One killed a few coeds [serial rapist]. He is Black.
      He killed Hannah, who was wandering in skimpy clothes late at nite.

      There was a great blog by a cop or ex cop, he calle the blog Ambrose Kane.
      When pizzagate broke, it disappeared during the fake news propaganda. It had a lot of information on Hannah, like what was she doing dressed like a slut, wandering late at night and having
      seen a photo of Jesse MatThews, how could she talk to him?

      • BackRowHeckler March 23, 2019 at 11:45 am #

        Youre right malth stupid coeds out wandering around late at nite half in the bag dressed like sluts.

        They felt safe because their profs told them the main threats they faced were climate change and white males privilege, not 300 lb blacks psycopaths. They found out different, too late.

        Brh

        • SoftStarLight March 23, 2019 at 1:33 pm #

          Well there is naivety too for those who have been sheltered for most of their lives and suddenly experience a sense of freedom. They were always protected from wolves and then they were deceived into believing that everyone can be trusted because all people are good at their core.

          • seawolf77 March 24, 2019 at 8:54 am #

            Protected from wolves. No, there weren’t any wolves and they ate everything, all the trees, the shrubs, the greenery. They got so fat and lazy that even the plains were bored. When they introduced wolves into the environment was the first time they experienced freedom. Freedom does not mean safe and sound with nary a threat of danger. Freedom means anything can happen, good or bad, welcome it all. You don’t build a stupid fucking wall to limit freedom, or cry about like a little baby, or put your head in the sand and hope it sniffs your butt.

          • SoftStarLight March 24, 2019 at 11:28 am #

            That doesn’t have anything to do with what we were talking about seawolf. But I appreciate the reminder of what I am supposed to believe. You know that is pretty bold of you. ……Freedom means anything can happen, good or bad, welcome it all….. What a careless, thoughtless and actually hurtful comment.

    • SoftStarLight March 23, 2019 at 1:25 pm #

      Yep, it looks like the idea is to keep up the pressure and investigations at all costs. I wonder if its going to finally break down into a real fight?

  72. volodya March 23, 2019 at 11:24 am #

    Montsegur, this is about something you said in last week’s discussion about the rate of change of the rate of change overwhelming our society’s capacity to adapt.

    I think you’re right about this on a lot of levels, economically, politically, culturally, technologically. You made a point Feb 24:

    Big Picture take on this. Has the speed at which public discussion takes place and with which ideas are exchanged outstripped the public image games of traditional politics? That is to say, will all candidates now seem to lack credibility under such conditions? That Change thing, again. – Mont

    One aspect of this change is how technology, especially interactive social media, basically outran politics-as-usual. Social media is nothing new, ie the telephone, and there’s other ways to communicate like the good ole fashioned mail service and there’s photocopiers to distribute written tracts. You get my drift. But new means of doing it, like email, you-tube, twitter, facebook, added speed and reach. Nobody waits for the evening news with Walter Cronkite or the Huntley Brinkley Report. The latest info or messaging is just a few key-strokes away.

    On this site we’re able to exchange views, sometimes rancorously, but outside the usual censoring of the “letters to the editor” page of the newspaper. Having said that, tech also enabled government spy agencies in their surveillance, which I suppose necessitated the so-called “dark-web”.

    Economically the corporate sector was given carte-blanche. It’s not the CEOs on the leash of congress or the president, now it’s the other way around. As to the man-in-the-street, the great and mighty in the academies told us it’s all for the good in the long run. The problem is that we eat every day, not just in the long run, and no matter what, it doesn’t do to gut the economy of a country for some mythical benefit sometime in the future. In any case the long-run arrived and it turned to be all lies at worst, a fairy tale at best.

    It’s fair to say that politicians have been walking around lately with their asses in a pail. In France Macron was seemingly blindsided by 18(?) consecutive weekends of street demonstrations and riots, the UK establishment likewise with the results of a vote few of them expected. As to the US, most of the in-the-know expected the latest installment of Clinton in the Oval Office. And now there’s the Mueller Report, which again blind-sided so many that thought Trump’s goose was just about cooked. In short, the world isn’t unfolding nearly the way it was supposed to.

    And then there’s China, which in the space of a generation went from being barely fed and always hungry, to trying to re-build the Silk Road of all things. Fair to say nobody saw that coming. Events in general I think, unfurl faster and in ways out of the control of those that think they ought to have it.

    • beantownbill. March 23, 2019 at 11:58 am #

      Is the rate of change continuously exponential, or is it a combination of that and a step function? Only older people could really answer the question because they can look back in their minds and see the differences. From my perspective, everything has sped up; there’s so many choices compared to 60 years ago. If anything does us in, I think it would be hyper-complexity.

      • volodya March 23, 2019 at 12:10 pm #

        This is a relatively trivial thing, but look at car radios. You can either drive or adjust the radio but you can’t do both at the same time, not anymore, at least I can’t.

      • Ol' Scratch March 23, 2019 at 12:17 pm #

        Bingo! Or as the Archdruid calls it, the era of maximum abstraction at the expense of what is physically real. Everything becomes theoretical. As in, the Boeing 737 Max should theoretically fly just fine, exactly like its predecessor. In reality, it’s now known primarily for killing people and Boeing’s theories for building it are under intense scrutiny.

      • volodya March 23, 2019 at 12:35 pm #

        WRT rate of change I think it depends on what you’re talking about. As to the economic degradation of so much of North America, both north and south of the US border, it happened I think a few percent per year. 60,000 factories didn’t all leave at once. Nor was the Mexican farming sector ruined for the family farm all at once. But thirty or forty years of plunder left the landscape despoiled and people living in a state of degradation hardly imaginable in the 1960s.

        As to technology I think the change was of a different order with world-beaters left in the dust in a few short years. Anyone remember Research in Motion and its crackberry? Or Nokia or Yahoo or Nortel? Or Wang Laboratories?

        Remember the ruin left by the dot-com bust? Did anybody foresee the rise of Amazon or google or Facebook back in 2000? Or youtube?

        As to abstraction, a lot of it is just plain impractical. The derivatives world is one example, with bank balance sheets larded up with tens of trillions in contracts that nobody understands. And take the tax code of just about any western country. Nightmarish.

        • volodya March 23, 2019 at 12:58 pm #

          badly worded: should be “including both north and south of the US border,”

          • tucsonspur March 23, 2019 at 5:49 pm #

            And let’s not forget what accelerated things, the repeal of Glass-Steagall, which increased the systemic scale of risk and expanded institutional connections, creating the TBTF scenario.

            Also the repeal in 2000 of the lesser known Commodities Futures Modernization Act, again by ol’ Bill Clinton. This is what let companies like Enron run their scams.

            All of this led to the financial witches’ brew that cursed us in 2008. Then the bailouts. Doubling the debt from ’08 to ’16, QE, etc. No long term effective changes were ever made, and so with outsourcing, along with financialization of the economy and the creation of mostly dead end jobs, we carry on.

            As technology and automation progressed workers were decimated. Retail and Main street are both nearly dead after Amazon and Big Box bashing.

            But the dollar is still powerful, even if the American worker is not. Go figure.

      • SoftStarLight March 23, 2019 at 1:36 pm #

        Well hyper complexity is not a trivial thing. It’s a real issue. The law of entropy works against hyper complexity every day right?

        • volodya March 23, 2019 at 2:03 pm #

          Sure, it’s a big problem. Human error and inattention are the main forces working against hyper-complexity IMO. Complex systems come apart because they take too much energy and effort to maintain.

        • volodya March 23, 2019 at 2:05 pm #

          When I said “trivial” I meant that the problem of car radios is relatively trivial in the general scheme of things.

          • SoftStarLight March 23, 2019 at 3:20 pm #

            Ah ok.

    • montsegur March 24, 2019 at 3:42 am #

      Events in general I think, unfurl faster and in ways out of the control of those that think they ought to have it. –volodya

      volodya,

      You’re handy with examples from history, so you may appreciate the inspiration for my comment,

      Has the speed at which public discussion takes place and with which ideas are exchanged outstripped the public image games of traditional politics?

      … which was, the events of May 1940. What really beat the Allies was the speed of German decision making and implementation. The German decision loop was ‘inside’ that of the Allies, and therefore dictated the events and their pace.

      And I think that is where we are now with respect to the increasing rate of change and the dysfunction of our traditional structures of governance, including their attempts to mold the perception of the public. The speed with which ordinary people can exchange information, such as you and are doing at this moment, has established action:reaction cycles that are ‘inside’ the decision loops of the elite.

      The reaction of these previously comfortable elites will, IMO, only become more violent as their control continues to erode. We have already seen in the USA, in the UK, and in various countries of Europe, that the elite shun adaptation and prefer to wield their monopoly on legalized violence. They start slowly at first — lawfare, then police actions, and finally with military force (armored cars deployed against the Yellow Vests in France).

      It is hard to imagine how this will all end without replays of Tiananmen Square or Paris-1789. Perhaps, in the end, they will simply deny common people access to technology like the internet in order to reestablish control of the narrative.

      Huntley-Brinkley … been a while since I heard those names!

      Cheers

      • volodya March 24, 2019 at 2:31 pm #

        Fascinating image, a decision loop “inside”…

        I always thought of it as running circles around the adversary. But the idea of a decision-making turn-radius is better. Hoping you haven’t patented this image because I want to use it.

        And that’s a great point about the German “decision-loop”. I never thought about it that way but it’s true, guys like Guderian commanded from the front-line and the German emphasis was to encourage decision-making and risk-taking by guys who were where the action was, even if they were junior officers or even non-officers. That is, don’t wait for HQ to get back to you because by then the opportunity is gone.

        The result, as you say, was a decision-making turn-radius well inside that of the allies.

        There was one brief episode on the first day of Operation Barbarossa that’s instructive. A Russian officer, relatively junior, was told to destroy a certain bridge over a river at 17:00 hours to deny its use to the approaching Wehrmacht. Well, the German tanks got there a few hours early. But the Russian officer couldn’t contact his HQ, probably because the HQ was no longer in existence, and so without new orders he didn’t set off the charges. Result? The Germans captured the bridge intact.

        That would never have happened if the situation had been reversed. A German officer would have destroyed the bridge.

  73. Janos Skorenzy March 23, 2019 at 1:18 pm #

    AOC: The little lady, the Latinx bombshell, is not only a fraud but a crook. hynes weeps as he covers his food with ketchup. I laugh the laugh of the justified.

    lawenforcementtoday.com/ocasio-cortez-quietly-removed-from-justice-democrats-board/?fbclid=IwAR3Kl1u…

    • volodya March 23, 2019 at 1:25 pm #

      Fraud and a crook? Ok, but you’d boff her anyway.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 23, 2019 at 1:43 pm #

        Only if I was alone with her on an dessert island. Nature would compel me too. It would thus be righteous for both of us. Even Lions and Tigers will mate if kept in close quarters together. They never would in the Wild. Thus did Sauron create Orcs, by tormenting Elves and mating them with Goblins. Perhaps I would devise some kind of natural condom from seaweed or something to prevent this from happening.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 23, 2019 at 1:54 pm #

          No doubt she would initiate it. After helping her build her hut, she would be pressing her lady bumpers into my back and shit. Trying to get a rise out of me and probably succeeding. What could I do? Saying No would be ridiculous under the circumstances since my body would be saying Yes.

          If she didn’t behave in this way, I would leave her be. And even if I succumbed to her beguilement, I would never try to justify it socially. I would never forget that I was violating my greater principles. Special cases (like being marooned) do not negate the ordinary and the norms – Tribal intellectual tricks notwithstanding.

          • volodya March 23, 2019 at 2:00 pm #

            yeah, yeah, yeah

          • Janos Skorenzy March 23, 2019 at 2:40 pm #

            Isaac Jogues and the Beetles – a great new sound!

        • PeteAtomic March 23, 2019 at 4:22 pm #

          Ha ha funny posts there Janos

          I get a mental image of aoc from her college dancing days, and Heinrich Himmler in full Nazi regalia.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 23, 2019 at 5:15 pm #

            Tanks. She wants a Revolution she can dance to. And we’ll make her dance alright….

            I have no idea what the above even means. Words form themselves sometimes or are given to us by the Jinn. An Imam told us that they hide behind the sky….

          • tucsonspur March 23, 2019 at 6:08 pm #

            Lady bumpers. Nice. Lady bumpers like on a ’58 caddy.

            She can’t help it, the girl can’t help it
            If she smiles and beef steaks become well done
            She can’t help it, the girl can’t help it

            She can’t help it, the girl can’t help it
            If she winks an eye and bread slices turn to toast
            She can’t help it, the girl can’t help it
            If she’s got a lot of what they call the most….

            youtube.com/watch?v=npVgbAdZITo

          • Sam Stone March 23, 2019 at 6:58 pm #

            “My baby got, she got the Cadillac walk. She got the Cadillac walk.” Moon Martin song from the 70s. Been covered by a million others.

          • Sam Stone March 23, 2019 at 7:04 pm #

            Gotta keep singing it for ya…

            “When Rita turns down her bed
            Grown men plead and beg
            Honey, baby, sugar, you’re the one
            Carve your name right on my gun
            Ohh ain’t she something nice
            Bones rattle my dice
            Man that girl can drive
            I said my baby got…
            She got the Cadillac walk…”

          • Janos Skorenzy March 23, 2019 at 7:57 pm #

            After the WAR, and after we had dropped the BIG ONE, cars were made to look like rockets. And Breasts were augmented into strong brassiers that came to a point so as to be like unto torpedoes.

            The Poetic Vision sees all things making love all the time. But cannot one say that they are making war all the time too?

        • Exscotticus March 23, 2019 at 9:38 pm #

          >>> Only if I was alone with her on an dessert island.

          On a “dessert” island? I see what you did there… like Jeffrey Epstein’s dessert island…

    • SoftStarLight March 23, 2019 at 3:19 pm #

      You know, I seriously do wonder how many Congress people and other politicians are basically paid actors and actresses? Clearly they don’t work for us.

      • volodya March 23, 2019 at 3:29 pm #

        There’s website called Center for Responsive Politics where you can find who is donating and how much. If I remember right in the 2016 election 20 individuals donated a total of 500 million bucks for either or both Democrats and Republicans and 20 organizations donated about 700 million.

        These donors are who Congress is working for.

        People laugh about conspiracy but if you want to know what oligarchy looks like this is what it looks like.

      • BackRowHeckler March 23, 2019 at 3:38 pm #

        Actors or not, SSL, the new — this weeks — motto seems to be:

        KEEP HATE ALIVE

        Apparently Muellers 2 year investigation, with its unlimited budget, unlimited portfolio, and dozens of agents wasn’t enough, it must continue, to the end of time possibly.

        Hatred of the President, everyone who voted for him, whitey, Republicans, anything traditionally American, the rule of law, hatred for western civilization itself … it all has to be investigated, and if possible, replaced.

        Brh

        • beantownbill. March 23, 2019 at 4:06 pm #

          I don’t know if all that is true, Marlin, but it sure feels that way, doesn’t it?

          • BackRowHeckler March 23, 2019 at 4:27 pm #

            Little hyperbole in my post, you’re correct Bill.

            But they don’t seem too happy today at CNN, MSNBC, or in Washington.

            Brh

          • SoftStarLight March 24, 2019 at 11:37 am #

            But Brh it really isn’t hyperbole at all. What you are saying is very true and very real. Its just that it seems surreal.

        • Nightowl March 23, 2019 at 5:44 pm #

          It isn’t new. If we go back to the election, creating and keeping hate alive was the game plan every step of the way after it was clear Trump was a real threat to the establishment.

          They tried to flip electors (!). They rigged the debates (!). And they created one of the most baseless conspiracy theories in US history and had a complicit press sell it, and Obama made sure there would be no accountability among journalists by legalizing domestic propaganda right before he left office.

          The Uniparty is never going to stop.

          • Sam Stone March 23, 2019 at 6:30 pm #

            Absolutely correct, not new at all. Same old shit. They’ll never stop, they’re like the fricking Borg. We say good they say bad, we say up they say down they always counter with bullshit or ad homenein attacks. Always. I hate these shits with their, but Trump (fill in the blank) after anything at all. Doesn’t have to make sense or fit the narrative. Just blurt out but Trump, but Trump. Truly like a bunch of children on a playground.

      • Ol' Scratch March 24, 2019 at 8:50 am #

        That’s a spot on analogy: they’re paid political actors who may or may not being playing their parts as written.