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      By some hidden working of unseen forces, legions of ghouls and demons are bursting out of the ground in every other front yard of small-town America. Supposedly hard-up working-class people go all-out constructing Halloween shrines to the totem figures of decay and death, as in some depraved cargo cult competition aimed at hastening our country’s descent into chaos. The end can’t come soon enough, seems to be the message. Something in the zeitgeist is prompting us to do this.

     Year to year, these morbid displays of slavering werewolves, hooded skeletons, grinning mummies, pirate corpses, horned devils, giant spiders, flapping crows, and glowing skulls far surpass in scale the once-exuberant displays of Christmas time — as if to say the celebration of horror and terror has way more meaning in America these days than the message of peace-on-earth, angels-on-high, the boundless generosity of Santa Claus, and the humble birth of a loving god. Kind of reminds you of what Mr. Dylan said more than a half-century ago: “…he not busy being born is busy dying.”

      This Halloween month, America looks super-busy preparing for the death of something, maybe itself. Surely many now live in terror of the malevolent blob that the US government has become, led by a very paragon of ghouls, “Joe Biden.” This week, the blob declared in a “leak” to Newsweek magazine, that supporters of Donald Trump, the Golden Golem of Greatness, are now officially deemed to be enemies of the state. So, the blob that has lately subsumed the state, explicitly targets Trumpists (the MAGA crowd) for wholesale persecution, cancellation, de-personing, and incarceration. That is, opponents of the blob regime organizing for the coming election will be systematically neutralized and / or liquidated, taken off the game-board one way or another, by any means necessary.

     The blobistas would do well to take heed of those Halloween lawn displays. A stupendous, howling rage is building across this land in revolt against the blob’s monumental insults to a once proud and productive people. Soon, that plastic totem army of stock mythological monsters cavorting in the front yards will be superseded by real flesh-and-blood Americans aiming to shred the blob and scatter its quivering tatters to the four winds — as John F. Kennedy once remarked of the CIA in 1962, before it killed him in retaliation.

     Coincidentally, a scion of the JFK generation now running for president on an as-yet-to-be-specified independent party seeks to do exactly what his uncle promised to do. As you gaze on this developing battlefield, you will now see two sizable armies marshaling against the unholy hosts of blobbery — Mr. Trump’s MAGAs and Bobby Kennedy’s emerging division representing the old stoic virtues betrayed by vicious blob tyrants. The plausible outcomes on this battlefield are in flux thirteen months before the election. But it looks a little like the blob is outflanked; hence, its growing desperation.

      The psychodrama in the House of Representatives this week looked like a possible inflection point in the blob’s war against the American people. Mr. Gaetz evicted the quisling Speaker Kevin McCarthy in a rather brave gambit, opening up the possibility of unifying his party against the programmatic wickedness of the post-Covid-19 era — the suicidal spending, the insane and unnecessary Ukraine proxy war, traitorous refusal to control the southern border, the official DOJ lawfare waged against half the citizenry, the disgusting official censorship campaign, and the ongoing criminal conspiracy between the pharma companies, the US public health officialdom, and shadowy globalist forces embedded in the World Health Organization, the World Economic Forum, and scores of sinister multinational organizations ranging from George Soros’s Atlantic Council to the Sinaloa Cartel.

     In the background of all that — a true-life horror — lies the crumbling bond market, the foundation of the money-and-banking system that is supposed to support the on-the-ground economy that produces things of value like food and roofing shingles. The bond market is wobbling badly. As rates rise, banks’ collateral melts away and they go bust, liquidation moves to stock markets, derivatives implode, and the vast reservoirs of capital vanish. There’s your stealth true Halloween psychodrama sneaking up on the scene. Gradually, then all at once, the quarreling nation finds itself stone broke, and even the blob shrinks from the scene in horror.

      It will be hard to gaslight the country anymore when that happens. That will be the sobering moment when all the preposterous, mendacious, criminally insane propositions of recent years stand nakedly exposed. That’s when “Joe Biden” begins to be seen as a dancing skeleton.


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841 Responses to “Comes the Dancing Skeleton”

  1. 100th Avatar October 6, 2023 at 10:03 am #

    Now people include lights in their Halloween display.
    And inflatables.

    Indian corn, corn stalks, and hay bales are too quaint.
    Too understated.
    Too traditional.
    Too natural.

    • Beryl of Oyl October 6, 2023 at 10:10 am #

      Lots of purple too.

    • stelmosfire October 6, 2023 at 10:20 am #

      Guy up the street just installed a realistic 20 + ft skeleton. I can’t imagine what that cost. Nitemare stuff for a little kid that can see it out the window. The skeleton fight scene in “Jason and the Argonauts” scared the shit of of me as a 6 year old.

      • thirdcoastlegend October 6, 2023 at 10:32 am #

        Lots of 20 ft skeletons out this way, sometimes even two in one yard.

        Can also think of multiple homes here with skeletons in the yard year round.

      • Beryl of Oyl October 6, 2023 at 11:12 am #

        Halloween seems to be R rated now.

        • Cankerpuss October 6, 2023 at 11:25 am #

          Has been for a long time now. Adult costumes are almost always sexually oriented or suggestive, especially those worn by our lady friends.

          • thirdcoastlegend October 6, 2023 at 11:50 am #

            “Whore-lo-ween.”

            Though, I can’t say I haven’t enjoyed taking part in the festivities a year or three.

        • Heartlander October 6, 2023 at 1:58 pm #

          And it goes on for so damn long. Used to be one night, then it was a week, now it’s the whole damn month — and I hate it, since October has always been the most physically beautiful month of the year and now they’re ruining it with ugliness. Athey do with everything.

          • Heartlander October 6, 2023 at 2:02 pm #

            As they do with everything.

            June, formerly the month of weddings, picnics, green grass, lawn parties and kites flying, is now the month I try not to go anywhere in a big city so I won’t be assaulted with all the “pride” shit. And now they’re ruining October.

            I hate these ghouls. And fuck all the greedy retailers who egg all this stuff on just to make a filthy buck.

          • WadeWaters October 7, 2023 at 12:33 am #

            One way that I fight back. When I see some pride video or

            content online I leave the following comment. – Sodomy. It’s

            nothing to be proud of.

    • Cankerpuss October 6, 2023 at 11:17 am #

      I keep hearing rumblings that people are struggling to make ends meet and that our money is failing. I heard today that the average new car payment is $760.00 per month. Nearly what my mortgage was before I paid it off. For a car! Oddly, it seems the majority of people are driving much newer cars than my 2007 Tacoma. I go to the stores and shopping carts being pushed by fat tattooed ladies who raided their husbands tool box for facial jewelry are full of soda, candies and sports drinks. Then I drive around and I see elaborate halloween displays of 15 foot tall skeletons and pumpkin head monsters, inflatable jack-o-lantern displays, lights and motion activated witches and goblins. One of those 15 foot tall pumpkin headed monsters costs nearly $200.00 and they don’t have just one, they have 3.

      The lottery is upwards of $1.2 billion and rising as millions of hopeless Americans pour their hard earned or Government gifted monies into the most immoral tax ever instituted.

      So my question is, WHERE IN THE HELL ARE THESE PEOPLE GETTING ALL OF THIS MONEY? Yes, I used all caps. I live debt free and stay pretty conservative. I have money saved and I still don’t have enough money or desire to buy a new car.

      Someone please tell me how people are doing this?

      • 100th Avatar October 6, 2023 at 11:30 am #

        “Hey Stu, you ain’t gona believe this!
        We got another one who didn’t catch on to the wink-winks, the foot-stomping, the whispered suggestions when the PPP loan program was offered! He doesn’t know where all the money came from!”

        “Sorry Mr. Puss, my general manager is on his 30′ cabin cruiser… bad connection… have you tried the Kia used car lot down the road?”

        • Cankerpuss October 6, 2023 at 1:48 pm #

          KIA = Killed In Action or Killed Innocent Americans. At least that’s what my teenagers tell me.

      • thirdcoastlegend October 6, 2023 at 11:52 am #

        My car suddenly spun a rod bearing and I took a so-so deal to salvage some equity.

        The payment is under $500 and I still think that’s too much. Insurance is a bit lower and mpg is better, but still.

        I probably should’ve gotten a pickup given current trends.

      • Jarek October 6, 2023 at 12:56 pm #

        All credit is a mort gage or date with death. They are leveraging the future for the present. Emergency is the new normal. If you die in debt, you win! You’ve beaten the suckers, the predators who lent to you.

        • Cankerpuss October 6, 2023 at 1:46 pm #

          True, people do roll their auto loans into their 30 year mortgage re-fi. They have no intention of ever paying it off and don’t mind paying off a car that went to the junk pile years before.

          But, they still have to make the monthly payments. I missed something somewhere.

        • GreenAlba October 6, 2023 at 6:35 pm #

          “If you die in debt, you win!”

          The ‘gage’ bit of mortgage means ‘pledge’ in old French (hence ‘en-gaged’). In modern French it means a wager or bet, which is more in line with your quote about winning if you die in debt. Wasn’t that the point of a mortgage – that it was resolved either by being paid off or the borrower dying, whichever came first? These days, of course, one takes out life insurance to cover a mortgage, but it’s compulsory in some countries (e.g. the UK, but not France) so almost part of the mortgage arrangement.

      • ThorsHammer October 6, 2023 at 1:59 pm #

        Today’s Headline

        Senile Man Kicks Dog
        12 bites and not a single one to the jugular.— poorly trained dog.

        • megabeth October 6, 2023 at 3:46 pm #

          That video of Biden booting the dog in the head looked awful, though Biden boosters are telling us not to believe our lying eyes.

      • Heartlander October 6, 2023 at 2:08 pm #

        I have been wondering the same damn thing for so damn long that I plum got tired of wondering. Thanks for raising that eternal nagging question again.

        I don’t see how PPP explains it — not big enough and didn’t last long enough.

        Unemployment? Well, I think there are time limits on that as well.

        Disability? Maybe, but anecdotally, several people I know who tried to get it — and seemed to me to have good claims — had a very difficult time getting it. Is there perhaps some secret office to easily get on disability that we common ordinary rubes just don’t know about?

        • Heartlander October 6, 2023 at 2:10 pm #

          Sorry, didn’t specify: I was responding to Cankerpuss’s comment a little ways up:

          “Ny question is, WHERE IN THE HELL ARE THESE PEOPLE GETTING ALL OF THIS MONEY?”

      • Q. Shtik October 7, 2023 at 2:28 pm #

        The lottery is upwards of $1.2 billion and rising as millions of hopeless Americans pour their hard earned or Government gifted monies into the most immoral tax ever instituted. – Canker

        ===========

        The Powerball estimated jackpot sits at $1.4 billion. I would not call the lottery an immoral tax although I grant you there are some stupid people playing the game, usually poor people.

        Once a lottery reaches a large amt like say $400 or $500 million I begin to buy 5 tickets for each drawing. That costs $10. Every now and then I get the sixth number which is the power ball number and that pays $4. In the Mega Ball lottery when you get the sixth number (the Mega ball number) the payoff is only $2.

        I have analyzed these two lottery games and concluded that the Power Ball game is more favorable to the player than the Mega Ball game for several reasons…I won’t bother you with the details unless you are desperate to know.

        I will give credit to both these lotteries for making it very clear that your odds of winning the jackpot are slim to none. For example they clearly state and emphasize that the odds are 302,575,350 to 1 (Mega Millions) and 292,201,338 to 1 (Powerball) against you.

        They clarify for the ignorant what these numbers mean by saying things like you have a much greater chance of being eaten by a shark, or being struck and killed by a meteor than of winning the lottery.

        Despite all these warnings I continue to “invest” $10 for every drawing as the jackpot continues to grow. I dream about how I would split up the winnings among my close extended family, 10 people in all. I would take the lump sum payout and consult with my financial advisor at Wells Fargo on investment strategy.

        An interesting fact I read was that among people who win large amt$ (but not including winners of jackpots) 1/3rd of them eventually declare bankruptcy. This is because so many of these winners have no experience with having a lot of money and they do incredibly stupid things.

        Advisors say the most important thing to do is to remain as anonymous as possible.

        • Q. Shtik October 8, 2023 at 1:24 am #

          Powerball update:

          The drawing late on the evening of 10/7, I read on a google response, had no one winning the big jackpot. Nobody had all six numbers. There were, however, 10 tickets that had the first 5 numbers but not the all important 6th number (the Powerball number). The people holding those 10 tickets win one million $$ each.

          I had 5 tickets containing 30 numbers and not one of those numbers was among the numbers drawn. How fucked up is THAT! Well, so be it. The jackpot will now grow to God knows how much. I’ll guess $1.9 billion.

          • Q. Shtik October 8, 2023 at 12:27 pm #

            I’ll guess $1.9 billion. – Q.

            ==========

            How the hell did I come up with that guess? The new estimated jackpot amount for the drawing on Monday is “only” $1.55 billion.

    • tully October 6, 2023 at 11:34 am #

      And a couple jack o’ lanterns carved from pumpkins with candles inside; some potted mums are nice too.
      I miss simple Halloween decorations also.

      I have mused about how this came to pass; conclusion is Big Corp can monetize anything and convince people to buy everything from cheap plastic crap to high dollar stuff for your outdoor living room complete with a big flatscreen TV. “Aspirational lifestyle” magazines do a good job of creating demand..

      Walked down the Halloween candy aisle couple days ago and was stunned at the prices. My street hasn’t gotten trick or treaters in years, so I stopped buying candy. For families living in neighborhoods with lots of children, can’t imagine the tab for candy, and costumes for their kids, let alone the yard crap.

      • thirdcoastlegend October 6, 2023 at 11:53 am #

        They can monetize everything but Thanksgiving.

        This is why many places have Christmas stuff out already.

        • Beryl of Oyl October 6, 2023 at 12:34 pm #

          That’s why they rolled right over Thanksgiving and turned it into Black Friday.

      • taijitu October 7, 2023 at 8:50 pm #

        Whatever happened to bobbing for apples?

    • cedricward October 6, 2023 at 1:02 pm #

      Halloween
      is all about
      supposedly
      demure
      women
      dressing up
      as
      a sexy
      French maid.

    • mr mowm October 7, 2023 at 10:20 am #

      Indian corn and stalks are representative of our agrarian heritage. People no longer have ties to the earth. All of the crap you see now are just signs of our consumerist – “give me more” society. Walmart has Xmas stuff out already. Disgusts me.
      Ran into a guy I hadn’t seen in years who was my best hay customer when I farmed. He said,”God, I miss the old ways.” Amen!

    • Wizard of the Saddle October 7, 2023 at 8:59 pm #

      Too bad we have no way to post photos here. I photographed a display last October in my small town that was the “Mother of All Front Yard Halloween Displays.”

      It was so impressive that I suspect a old Scratch himself danced through it a time or two last Halloween just for the joy of the thing.

  2. Alfred October 6, 2023 at 10:04 am #

    The equivalent of taunting your opponent until they punch you in the face, then calling the cops to ruin their life…

    • ThorsHammer October 6, 2023 at 11:25 am #

      WHEN DID WORLD WAR THREE BEGIN?

      When Russia invaded Russian ethnic territories held by Ukraine in 2022 under the guise of a “Special Military Operation?
      —No.
      When the US stole Russian national foreign exchange gold and Oligarch’s assets located in London and worldwide using the mechanism of the Sanctions War? —
      —No.
      When the US CIA under the regional directorship of NeoCon Victoria Nudleman instigated and stage managed the Maidan Revolution in Ukraine in 2014?
      —No.
      When George Bush the First promised to not move the borders of NATO one inch to the East in exchange for the Soviet Union giving up its control of East Germany and allowing German reunification? And immediately began arming Ukraine with the goal of building the strongest army on the European continent and using it to destabilize and overthrow the Russian state.
      —No.
      When US Navy Seals planted bombs on the Russian/German owned NordStream pipelines and then used Norwegian undersea signaling to trigger them?
      —No.
      When the US CIA in cooperation with British MI 16 used intermediate range cruise missiles to attack Moscow in 2023? While hiding behind Ukrainian “independence”?
      —No.
      When the US CIA in the 1945 aftermath of WW II supported and organized the Banderista Nazis in Ukraine as a counterforce in support of its goal of weakening and dismembering the Soviet Union? And continued to this day as the primary supporter of the Nazi movement in Ukraine?

      —YES!

      WW III began with the USA’s choice of an alliance with the most brutal and un-reformed Nazis left alive after the Soviet Union survived WW II. Hence one of Putin’s stated goals — the de-Nazification of Ukraine.

      ——————————————————————————————-

      In the present context the Russian Federation seems incredibly patient in their conduct of the war. They have chosen to use WWII armaments and tactics to grind through two full Ukrainian armies— The first being the NATO trained UkoNazi post-Maiden army, and the second being a mercenary force consisting of anybody who was willing to kill for money and had some training in the operation of the mis-mash of western armaments being off-loaded by the US and its NATO vassals.

      That second Ukrainian Army is no more. The median age of the surviving soldiers is 40. Ukraine is reduced to scavenging drunks and young boys from the streets who will flee the country or surrender to Russia at the first opportunity. 20 million (half the counter’s population) have already fled. The last reservoir of bodies that hasn’t been bled white are the women and girls, and they are now being swept up by a draft.

      Russian Federation patience can only be understood if it is seen as a process of changing goals as circumstances evolve. Russia in 2022 thought that they could bring Ukraine and the US to the negotiating table by demonstrating resolve. The military establishment reluctantly went along with Putin’s plan. Within a few months of the “invasion” it seemed to have borne fruit in the form of a peace treaty signed by both Putin and Zelensky that would have left the predominantly Russian ethnic regions under the influence of the Russian Federation and the majority of Ukraine intact, independent, and relatively wealthy with nuclear power plants and the world’s best agricultural soil. Except that it could not remain a threat to the national sovereignty of Russia. Removal of all NATO armaments. No military alliance with any country or military block. A DMZ wide enough to prevent airborne strikes upon Russia. This prospect threw the US into a panic. They enlisted Boris Johnston, ex- premier of Great Britain to rush to Kiev with a message that the peace treaty was unacceptable to the Great Powers. He promised unending support and western arms to enable Ukraine to press forward to the “inevitable victory over a weak and disordered Russia”. (Probably with a few mansions in Miami Beach and Italy thrown in to sweeten the deal.)
      ——————————————————————————————-

      As strategic a thinker as Vladimir Putin could not have dreamed that the US and its European underlings would choose to sacrifice a million wounded and killed Ukrainians to prevent peace from breaking out. Russian war fighting tactics evolved from a demonstration of commitment and will to the construction of an impregnable wall behind which the Russian Army could grind down any conventional force thrown against it. As the war went on and the imaginary fearsome garb of the “high tech” US NATO proxy army fell to the ground. Russian goals for the “Special Military Operation” evolved once again. Since the US seemed determined to shoot themselves in the foot repeatably, why shouldn’t Russia go along with the West’s plan to draw out the war? Putin’s leadership challenge was to reign in the citizenry and professional military who clamored for the extermination of the yapping terrier to the south of their border. If the West wanted to send all their armaments to Ukraine where the Russian Army could use them for target practice, all the better, If the USA wanted to bankrupt and hollow out their cities and throw open their borders to invasion by drug cartels, it wasn’t Russia’s duty to stop them. Russia already had a 20-year lead in hypersonic missile systems against which there is no defense, but it didn’t hurt to have some live fire practice against the antique devices like “Patriots” that were still left over in the US NATO warehouses.

      As military doctrines go, the Russian Federation’s has proven to be quite adaptable. (In comparison to the USA’s “Global Force Projection” of 12 carrier groups that have a life expectancy of about ten minutes when confronted by hypersonic weapons.) As the proxy war evolved it has become obvious that the Emperor has no clothes. NATO, either collectively or in an alliance with the USA, has no ability to fight and win a conventional land war in Europe against a fully prepared and battle tested Russia. Nuclear war is only an option for madmen, and one in which both sides lose. The Russian goal in the Ukrainian war has now become the dismemberment of NATO and the return of Europe to a collection of independent nation-states operating in a multi-polar world — all the while avoiding nuclear suicide instigated by a collapsing Unipolar Empire. Cogitate on that for a moment! A tall order indeed!

      Although I’m not sure that the edge of the US national cliff has not already been passed and it’s 727 MAX economy can’t fly backward even with the reverse thrusters on full throttle.

      • mitchellc October 6, 2023 at 12:23 pm #

        Very nice summary. It’s very useful to write out your thoughts in order to clarify the matrix variables.

        Once you have a thorough understanding of what’s occurring, then Jim’s essays have much better context.

      • Alfred October 6, 2023 at 12:55 pm #

        “The Russian goal in the Ukrainian war has now become the dismemberment of NATO and the return of Europe to a collection of independent nation-states operating in a multi-polar world — all the while avoiding nuclear suicide instigated by a collapsing Unipolar Empire. Cogitate on that for a moment! A tall order indeed!”

        That actually sounds like a good deal for Europe. If Russia is no threat to them, who needs NATO?

        Maybe not so much a tall an order to fulfill, as a shock to the system here in ‘merica.

      • Jarek October 6, 2023 at 1:03 pm #

        A large number of Ukrainians want their own nation. No one was more brutal than the Russian Communists, so you moral high ground is in the shitter.

        One remembers how Ann Frank’s father chose to flee with his erstwhile German captors since the Russian invaders were killing everything that moved.

        I understand that the new Russia is a great deal better of course and I admire Mr Putin greatly. But let’s state the historical facts correctly.

        Similarly, the Impaler Lord, Vlad Tepes, is deemed a great Romanian hero for this battle against the Muslim Turks. Brutality in service of the nation has never been seen as a crime – until now under the Liberal Reign of Lies.

        • tuco22 October 6, 2023 at 1:41 pm #

          Having read Solzhenitsyn, I have to agree with you about the Russian Communists.

        • Alfred October 6, 2023 at 3:12 pm #

          Communists are brutal the world over. Communism is a disease of the mind wherein the believers assume control of those things normally taken care of by nature or God.

          But I think they’re over it, and I fear we’re just succumbing to it.

      • JohnAZ October 6, 2023 at 1:17 pm #

        I wonder what the polls would saw about the American people’s feelings about Russia, Ukraine, inclusion of Russia as the resource provider for Europe?

        Is this just another Deep State maintenance of power gig through the MIC?

        The American people’s number one enemy remains its own government.

        • Creekwood October 6, 2023 at 5:34 pm #

          The American totalitarian state is definitely our greatest enemy:

      • 4014HAMPHEDGE October 6, 2023 at 1:50 pm #

        Awkward, this WWIII study with Ukraine “Nazification” focus.. Specific Stalin targeting of Ukraine for farm collectivization twice! taking place prior to Hitler; war, & another horrific period AFTER Hitler’s war. Neither armchair strategic savants Macgregor nor Ritter mention this, nor our usually elegantly correct pagemeister mention the Communist Famines.

        Nor do the Stalin/Putin apologists recall Stalin’s -1937- speech, which Hitler plagiarized in 1938.. You know the list of countries Hitler proceeded to invade in 1939. Lots of baggage in these parts, boys & girls. “Fascism” is another 20 foot skeleton, appearing in consequence of the Russian and Chinese Communist movements.

        ____________________________________________________

        Unfortunate, inability of North American body politic to face up to sad fact “Wars & Rumors of Wars” is well documented 2000+ year prophecy culminating in our new Millenium. We will take some big hits here in America, and Famine Hedge is no longer inclusive of comprehensive Breadbasket District branch rail matrix, better able to maintain food distribution than sole dependence on solid state controlled “smart & clean trucks”.

        Uncle Jim has received details and Executive Summary on ways & means of re-establishing the comprehensive train thing; in fact mentions the rail mode, albeit somewhat cautiously in his “LONG EMERGENCY” collection. See you-all down the line…

        • ThorsHammer October 6, 2023 at 6:12 pm #

          4014HAMPHEDGE

          I’d have to agree with you that a one page bullet-point answer to the proposition “When did WWIII begin” is at best incomplete. But I wasn’t trying to write a seven volume history of the post war era. Rather I tried to present a timeline chronology of the key escalation events leading up to the present state of conflict. And I’d be the last to contend that the generational memory of the crimes of Stalin wasn’t a part of the mix.

          Answer me this: If the nationalist tendencies in post WWII Ukraine had no elements of Bandera Nazi politics, the US CIA hadn’t encouraged and supported the Nazis, NATO hadn’t tried repeatedly to make Ukraine available as a launching base for nuclear missiles only minutes from Moscow, and the USA hadn’t poured billions of dollars into building Ukraine into the battering ram that it could use to break up the Russian Federation, would Ukraine today be in the position of having lost a million plus dead and wounded soldiers and having half of its population scattered over the world as refugees?

      • Heartlander October 6, 2023 at 2:25 pm #

        Wow. That may just be the best capsule summary of the Ukraine fustercluck that I have read. THANK YOU for sharing your insights, and very articulately. I have copy/paste/saved this and will be sharing it with people. Godspeed!

        • Heartlander October 6, 2023 at 2:26 pm #

          Referring to the comment by ThorsHammer

        • ThorsHammer October 6, 2023 at 6:22 pm #

          Thanks!

      • Creekwood October 6, 2023 at 5:16 pm #

        Brilliant précis. Thank you for sharing it.

        • ThorsHammer October 6, 2023 at 6:22 pm #

          Thanks!

      • Anon1970 October 6, 2023 at 5:31 pm #

        “When George Bush the First promised to not move the borders of NATO one inch to the East … “. It was not Bush 41 who made this promise. It was his Secretary of State, James Baker who did. Unfortunately, Baker was overruled by his boss and the promise was never committed to a signed document.

        Now that I can see age 75 in the rear view mirror, I am not too concerned about the future. 100 years after the collapse of the German mark, I wonder whether we will have a US version of Weimar 2.0.

      • Paula D October 6, 2023 at 7:27 pm #

        Excellent summary, but I disagree with this part…..”would have left the predominantly Russian ethnic regions under the influence of the Russian Federation and the majority of Ukraine intact, independent, and relatively wealthy with nuclear power plants and the world’s best agricultural soil”.

        Except that the raping and looting of Ukraine was already underway, even before the violent 2014 coup, starting in 1991, when the USSR was destroyed by the signatures of the presidents of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus, against the wishes of the population.

        The US-backed soft coup of 2004, the so-called Orange Revolution, had kicked the rape into high gear.

        This was written just after the violent coup of 2014, pointing out how much of Ukrainian black soil was already being stripped by multi-national corporations.

        //consortiumnews.com/2014/03/16/corporate-interests-behind-ukraine-putsch/

  3. lizharmon October 6, 2023 at 10:05 am #

    This is an old, old story that has played out many times through story. This time will be no different. As Tom Petty once sang, the waiting is the hardest part.

    • 100th Avatar October 6, 2023 at 10:11 am #

      Just like the Ribwhich, wait that’s the Simpsons, I mean the McRib. It’s back. From the dead. Year after year.

      • cowbell81 October 6, 2023 at 10:17 am #

        Nothing but a marketing ploy. And it’s not even rib meat, probably just white chicken meat pressed together in a red sweet and tangy sauce. Delicious….

        • Uncle Bob October 6, 2023 at 10:37 am #

          It’s ostensibly pork that’s pressed into a mold to make it look like ribs. Besides avoiding most pig-based foods if possible, a big reason I won’t touch them is because years ago someone bit onto his McRib and discovered a mouse had been pressed into the meat. Deeee-lish!

          • 100th Avatar October 6, 2023 at 10:43 am #

            McKeyRib…. rimshot! I’ll be here all week folks

          • 100th Avatar October 6, 2023 at 2:09 pm #

            youtu*dot*be/KHxnucScD8Q?si=iGpxD3yLQ8DtR0mI

        • tuco22 October 6, 2023 at 1:42 pm #

          People would be better off making their own.

    • loosethedogs October 6, 2023 at 11:51 am #

      BUT, one should never underestimate the Blob’s “can kicking” or “blame bestowal” abilities. During the last major economic kerfuffle in the 30’s the upper classes enjoyed the depressed prices while millions of the untermensch were ushered to their “final rest.”

  4. Penelope Dreadful October 6, 2023 at 10:08 am #

    Yep, this was a great article! I think our fascination with Zombie shows is a reflection of an inner subconscious fear, that we will be over-run by the brain-dead and the violent. Now, even Starbucks is closing stores due to crime-related issues.

    And, another SJW got murdered by a black man, stabbed to death, and I can not muster up any sympathy for the victim. The SJW Theology ends up with dead people all over the place, and this is like an Inquisition Priest getting burned to death when the fire at the stake got out of control.

    • 100th Avatar October 6, 2023 at 10:27 am #

      Memento mori has become a new-age token.
      A reminder of death to spur one to live.

      Tech and armchair philosophers are just as keen on it as they are the “stoics”.

      Truth is, today’s people, at least here, are unable to process the ephemeral.

      It is all about maximization of the moment/experience. The Halloween displays are dragged out from the garage come mid September. As I noted, lights are now added, often “professionally” as they are easily converted, through modern LED tech, to holiday colors after Halloween. That’s a way tomaximize your buck, and give the light professionals extra time to instal.

      This is writ large in our society. Our government. Our civilizational structure. The American Experiment.
      They all come to an end.

      But the lights are still pulsating, the monsters are still stalking (what was McConnell up to the other day?), the candy is still being handed out to Zelensky, the MIC, the donor class. The undead witches are still flying over (what did Hillarly have to say the other day?)

      Perhaps Sol Invictus will usher us into a new beginning. But again, we mark that stolen holiday as a way to worship the birth of the undead. The resurrected one.

    • Beryl of Oyl October 6, 2023 at 10:38 am #

      He tried to reason with a man clearly lacking the ability to reason.

      • 100th Avatar October 6, 2023 at 10:49 am #

        It’s the best outcome for sheltered, pampered, and naive elites.
        He was probably a Vassar or Sarah Lawrence grad.

        Nothing more real than your life being snatched from you because your ensconsed in the armor of ideals that swallow your mind.

        The story continues. His polyamorous(?) partner is taking donations. People are posting photos of her in an anti-police photo.
        Maybe a police person would have known some basic combat first aid. She just stood there, on her phone…

        • 100th Avatar October 6, 2023 at 10:49 am #

          anti-police tee.

        • Beryl of Oyl October 6, 2023 at 11:15 am #

          They want psychos on the streets.

          I don’t know what the killer’s problem was, but he appears to be psychotic.

          • 100th Avatar October 6, 2023 at 11:48 am #

            He was described as “resource-denied” by his “partner”.

            The religion of wokism/idealism is a potent mind virus.

          • Why_weren't_we_asked_about_Degrowth October 6, 2023 at 4:47 pm #

            This all seems to be part of population reduction. Letting lethal criminals walk and hindering the ability of the police to catch them is similar to the overwhelming spread of fentanyl across the nation.

            Leaves more space for the migrants to spread out I guess

      • Jarek October 6, 2023 at 1:08 pm #

        They were sitting at a bus stop in a dangerous neighborhood (that means Blacks) at 4 am. One of the zombies walked past them. Instead of giving him space or walking the other way, they immediately got up and started walking in the same direction.

        Of course they weren’t following him, but what did they expect him to think? It was an incredibly bizarre thing to do. But as Matt Walsh said, to do otherwise, to wait or cross the street, would be to “other” him and that is against the Liberal religion.

        • 100th Avatar October 6, 2023 at 1:17 pm #

          One is only allowed to give wide berth to the obese on motorized scooters in the grocery aisle. At least up until 5 minutes ago.

        • BackRowHeckler October 6, 2023 at 6:27 pm #

          The incident occurred at Malcolm X Blvd in the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn. The victim was an activist who described himself as the “COO of Antifa”, who vigorously campaigned for no cash bail and defunding the police. The girlfriend accompanying him initially refused to help the police and would not give a description of the assailant, even tho the assailant spit in her face.

          “Whatchu looking at?” A question one does not want to be asked at 2:00 am on Malcolm X Boulevard

          • Anon1970 October 6, 2023 at 9:19 pm #

            Best to stay out of any neighborhood with a Malcolm X Blvd or a Martin Luther King Drive at any time of the day or night.

          • Wizard of the Saddle October 7, 2023 at 9:11 pm #

            Too bad the perp didn’t do her too. Seriously…..let the Leftist scum all exterminate one another.

            After that Darwinian contest plays out, (leaving only the most vicious homicidal low-IQ thugs standing), we send in the Marines and mow down the last remnants of violent hood rats.

            Then all of America can return to “Regular Order.”

  5. Bill of Rights October 6, 2023 at 10:10 am #

    From the U.S. Constitution:

    “The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers”

    “The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided.”

    TRUMP, if he is chosen to be Speaker, apparently won’t have a vote since he’s not an elected rep from a district? ? ?

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    • jackrabbit October 6, 2023 at 10:18 am #

      Uh…there is now way in hell the mush mouthed orange moron will be chosen as speaker. But then again, the party of chaos (not JHK’s) is not a serious political party.

      • OG October 6, 2023 at 10:35 am #

        Wanna bet?

        I think of you (and your bashfulness in the boy’s shower with your tiny little GLT) when I read JHK‘s “… as John F. Kennedy once remarked of the CIA in 1962, before it killed him in retaliation.”

        That is correct – JHK is on the record with a GLT tally. And JFK is the big one. Once you accept that the CIA assassinated JFK, then you understand that there was a coup d’état in the US of A in 1963. Then the world history for these past 60 years starts to make a whole lot more sense.

        • loosethedogs October 6, 2023 at 12:29 pm #

          IMHO 1963 was the end of organized crime’s “engagement” with the USG and the beginning of their formal marriage with the dowry involved being JFK’s life. Ironically, JFK was arguably elected with the help of his mob connected ambassador / bootlegger father. The Kennedy clan is STILL one of the wealthiest families on the planet Now’s the time to study the end times of the Roman Empire as even the world’s largest mob organization (HRC) is in turmoil.

        • tuco22 October 6, 2023 at 1:03 pm #

          Yeah, my husband and I had the opportunity to visit Dealey Plaza and I stood on the grassy knoll and saw the fence and the chunk of concrete taken out of the curb across the street from it from a missed shot. My husband had an army buddy who lived down that way and he took us on a tour one day of the whole area, including the supposed route taken by Oswald after he was caught at the movie theater. There’s no way he could have run all the way they said he did in the time given. We made that route by car and there’s no way he could have covered the distance in the time frame given. However, i digress.

        • jackrabbit October 6, 2023 at 3:35 pm #

          Sure..I’ll take that bet as it ain’t going to happen.

        • Wizard of the Saddle October 7, 2023 at 9:13 pm #

          Damn……it does.

      • Cankerpuss October 6, 2023 at 11:29 am #

        The entire idea that Trump will be the next Speaker of the House is absolutely laughable fantasy and I don’t even bother entertaining the idea as a competent one. The feckless Republicans are too stupid to come together to unite against the always united Democrats. Or, perhaps it is intentional.

        I really wish Trump would just retire and go away. He’s nothing but a massive liability anymore.

        • megabeth October 6, 2023 at 12:19 pm #

          Do you have any positive thoughts to share? Hopes for your family, at least? You have always come across as completely demoralized and without hope in your posts. I have a hard time believing that anyone can be as pessimistic as you seem.

          • Cankerpuss October 6, 2023 at 1:12 pm #

            Actually, I am quite hopeful. That’s why I like reading Mr. Kunstler’s postings. Unfortunately, my hope is running out as the insanity of our world continues unabated.

            I have faith the sun will rise tomorrow. I have faith the winter will be beaten back by the spring. I have faith that the tall mountains I see from my back porch will be there long after humanity has destroyed itself. I have faith that if I plant a see it will grow and do its thing. I have faith that my dog will love me no matter how fat or ugly I am.

            The world itself gives me hope that there are many things greater and more eternal than humanity.

            I have no hope for humanity. Stupidity, greed, and evil are forever embedded in our species and there is no way to overcome this.

            No, I am not demoralized, I look forward to a better time free of one human being trying to rule over another.

            I’m not pessimistic, I am just a realist. Realism, unfortunately, is not always positive.

          • Wizard of the Saddle October 7, 2023 at 9:15 pm #

            The Black Pill has done taken Cankerpuss away, it would seem.

    • OG October 6, 2023 at 10:23 am #

      Trump won’t have a vote … but he will be second in line to the Presidency. And he will control the Senate committees, the Senate hearings and the Senate pursestrings.

      Then they impeach “Joe Biden” and Cackles. Then he becomes President and moves back into the White House.

      Let the fun begin!

      • cowbell81 October 6, 2023 at 10:30 am #

        OMG, that would be so totally rich. I would give anything to see that!

        • jackrabbit October 6, 2023 at 10:34 am #

          Keep dreaming.

          • OG October 6, 2023 at 10:57 am #

            Time, of course, will tell, JR.

            Note: President Trump on September 26, 2023:

            ”So less than five months from now we’re going to defeat crooked Joe Biden, we’re going to take back our country and we’re going to make America great again.”

            “The 25th amendment is of zero risk to me but will come back to haunt Joe Biden and the Biden Administration. As the expression goes, ‘Be careful what you wish for.’”

            You need only watch the first 1:12 (but it’s all good):

            bitchuteDOTcom/video/0zeArI7yB3k0/

            ===
            “[L]ess than five months” means that DJT will be the US President once again before February 26, 2024, JR.

            Buckle up, Buttercup!

            ===
            You thought that you were clever, JR, but you could not see the forest for the trees.

            “Wakey, wakey, little boy.”

      • Bill of Rights October 6, 2023 at 10:37 am #

        Thanks OG

      • Uncle Bob October 6, 2023 at 10:41 am #

        The Speaker runs the House; the Veep (Kamala Harris) ostensibly runs the Senate, but we all know it’s really Schmuck Schumer.

        • OG October 6, 2023 at 10:59 am #

          Biden and Harris will both be impeached.

          • beantownbill. October 6, 2023 at 11:19 am #

            From your mouth to God’s ear.

          • Cankerpuss October 6, 2023 at 11:31 am #

            So what? The Senate will never convict. Just another sham impeachment that wastes everybody’s time and accomplishes absolutely nothing. Oh wait, that’s the mission of our new Congress. Do everything stupid and ignore the important.

          • Jarek October 6, 2023 at 1:12 pm #

            For the umpteenth time, what does that even mean now?

            You’re correct that linguistically it means to oust. But that has been deleted from the process. Now it just means to censure. The full process was so seldom fulfilled, that the end result has been intentionally forgotten. Friend or Foe, they’re all in the same class after all.

      • fugeguy October 6, 2023 at 11:07 am #

        No Trump but maybe a Jim Jordan.

        Who has already been pre-vilified as with any who utters any truth or a hint or rationality.

        More drama for the masses.

        • tuco22 October 6, 2023 at 1:06 pm #

          Hey, Cankerpuss, don’t forget this part of their mission: have your house on the lake and live la dolce vita.

      • Wizard of the Saddle October 7, 2023 at 9:16 pm #

        That would be an enormous hoot!

    • pyrrhus October 6, 2023 at 1:42 pm #

      Right…

  6. Disaffected October 6, 2023 at 10:13 am #

    Today’s post reminds me of Halloween II: Season of the Witch, which, perhaps because it struck closer to the bone and departed from the tried and true Michael Myers slasher concept, was the worst performing movie of the series. Introducing the concept of microchips in masks might have presaged both of the emerging phenomenon of recent years: Covid masks based on a non-existent “pandemic” and electronic tomfoolery in the election process, never mind the wall to wall gaslighting enabled by electronic mass media and the proposed full spectrum digital ID. As to the replacement currency soon to be rolled out after they demolish the current one, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what little shop of horrors that reveals.

    • DyersEve October 6, 2023 at 10:17 am #

      that’s actually Halloween III. and i happen to like that one as much or more than the original. it’s really underrated. it’s of course not really a Halloween movie at all since there’s no Michael Myers. but it’s pretty damn good as a horror flick otherwise.

      • Disaffected October 6, 2023 at 10:20 am #

        Thanks for the correction, and agreed. I didn’t like it when it first came out, but now I think it’s at least as good as any of the others, and a whole lot more original.

    • Disaffected October 6, 2023 at 10:17 am #

      Correction. That was Halloween III: Season of the Witch.

      • thirdcoastlegend October 6, 2023 at 10:35 am #

        Yes, highly underrated film that did a good good job of integrating the mystic and technological aspects of the story.

        Who can forget the Silver Shamrock ads? Or the masks?

    • Jarek October 6, 2023 at 1:16 pm #

      Thank you. I’ve been looking for this one, having seen it many years ago, not knowing it was part of the Myers train.

      The Irish Magister spoke wistfully of Mag Mell, the Plain of Sacrifice. And suggested that we try to regain past glories by “playing a trick on the children”.

  7. steppingup October 6, 2023 at 10:14 am #

    When everything totally falls apart, I still have “Space Alien Invasion” for April …….

    • Ron Anselmo October 6, 2023 at 10:21 am #

      I’ll take the other side of that trade – I say “No Space Alien Invasion” for April – but only for April, could be May, June or July…

    • thirdcoastlegend October 6, 2023 at 10:38 am #

      “This just in….in exchange for meeting their demands our new alien overlords will cure all disease and create world peace….their demands are:

      1) Eat ze bugz!
      2) Sleep in ze podz!
      3) Take all ze jabz!

      ….and now back to Phil with today’s weather…”

      • 100th Avatar October 6, 2023 at 10:42 am #

        4) givz zee $ to Zelensky
        5) don’t digz into my family hiztory

      • GreenAlba October 6, 2023 at 12:03 pm #

        Klaus has a new song out …

        youtube.com/watch?v=3KZN6aznOwI

        I think there’s a longer version, but I can’t find it.

  8. Jimpa October 6, 2023 at 10:15 am #

    The Blob will be done when their dollars are done. I thought this would happen in 2008, and that was fifteen years ago. Still hasn’t happened. I think there’s still one more kick left in the can. Yes, interest rates will eventually crash the economy, probably starting to happen now, but the Fed can then lower the rates for one last can kick. I think that may very well be the last kick to the end of the road. Should take what? Six months? A year?

    Maybe even then the Blob won’t be done. War? CBDC’s?

    • mitchellc October 6, 2023 at 11:00 am #

      Neither Russia nor China was ready back then to take on the USA and dollar regime.

      In fact, there is some speculation that Russia still wasn’t fully ready in Feb, 2022, which is why we accelerated the kick off in Ukraine.

      Sadly for the West – and our glorious way of life based on conjured “money” – the party is about to end.

      I really don’t think most people have fully internalized, much less accepted, what it means to lose a world war.

      The Allies aren’t kidding when they state that a 500 year old paradigm is coming to an end. Few of us have ever lived in a fully functional economy; rather it’s all been la la land since the 60s.

      • fugeguy October 6, 2023 at 11:13 am #

        Trouble is there are nukes now.

        When the end comes and the cabal currently running the world has a choice between stepping aside and pushing the button- any doubts on what choice will be made?

        • mitchellc October 6, 2023 at 12:30 pm #

          The entire world hopes the shape shifters aren’t suicidal.

          That’s the primary reason for the slow SMO – to introduce the same 5 stages that allows them to rationalize an escape plan.

          The credit money system is incredibly trivial in concept – it just needs an organized force working in concert with military & political co conspirators.

          If there is hope of recreating their empire, then why take it take all down?

        • draupnir October 6, 2023 at 1:09 pm #

          I believe they will kill us all before they give up one smidgen of their power.

        • Anthea October 7, 2023 at 9:18 am #

          It would be pretty cool if “the cabal currently running the world” were to definitively lose WWIII and face Nuremburg-type trials and executions. This doesn’t seem very likely, but at least it’s not unprecedented.

  9. cowbell81 October 6, 2023 at 10:16 am #

    Halloween was supposed to be a recognition of the harvest time season, with a few ghouls thrown in. Now it has been mass commercialized like everything else, and the candy conglomerates are some of the largest supporters. Yet another way to make the youth of our country into morbidly obese adults with all kinds of other health ailments.

    • 100th Avatar October 6, 2023 at 11:20 am #

      Great, another gotdammed commie who passes out pencils, pennies, and apples.

      Need to bring the trick back .Problem being, today you get shot, or Karen calls the Poe leez

      • tully October 6, 2023 at 11:47 am #

        I did my trick or treating in a small town in the sixties and got plenty of home made treats mixed with purchased candy.

        Cookies in little bags, caramel popcorn balls and caramel apples, muffins. Generally older women whose kids were grown and enjoyed the opportunity to make treats for the kids went all out. Also homemade treats at classroom parties. Nom nom.

        • 100th Avatar October 6, 2023 at 11:59 am #

          Bring back the caramel popcorn balls!

          • Beryl of Oyl October 6, 2023 at 1:04 pm #

            Mmm. Even the Caro syrup ones were pretty good too.

          • Jarek October 6, 2023 at 1:27 pm #

            Karo

          • Beryl of Oyl October 6, 2023 at 3:14 pm #

            Karo.

            I remember they were always trying to get people to make fudge with that stuff, for some reason.

            I didn’t know who “they” were, because I was a kid.

          • Ron Anselmo October 6, 2023 at 10:51 pm #

            “Freezy Treats” – ice cubes wrapped in tinfoil – best for kids using old-fashioned brown paper bags. Especially the kids always trying to get extra – more than their share.

        • cowbell81 October 6, 2023 at 12:17 pm #

          Now a days anything homemade in baggies would be assumed to have been laced with fentanyl and end up straight in the trash. Gotta buy that bag of Snickers from Mars & Co. instead to make sure the kiddies are safe.

          • 100th Avatar October 6, 2023 at 12:45 pm #

            Have you tried today’s cheap confectionaries?

            They burn the tongue.
            So much sugar that they sear your tastebuds.
            Abhorrent.

          • Beryl of Oyl October 6, 2023 at 1:06 pm #

            The last time I bought brand-name candy bars, they grossed me out.

            Wax isn’t the worst ingredient they are putting in those things.

          • Jarek October 6, 2023 at 1:29 pm #

            Trader Joe’s 17.6 ounce Belgian Chocolate bars.

          • 100th Avatar October 6, 2023 at 2:01 pm #

            I’m trying to picture Jarek making a surgical strike in his neighborhood Trader Joe’s.

            “We’re in and we’re out got it!”

            Having to ask a purple-haired dude (now lady) squeezed into an extra-medium Hawaiian shirt where the hell they moved his Belgian Chocolates to this week.

            Heaven forbid they ring the bell when he attempts to check-out:

            “Shawn,, er, Shawna… need a price check on ‘Here, Kitty, Kitty freeze-dried kitty treats’!”

        • Wizard of the Saddle October 7, 2023 at 9:19 pm #

          My Halloweens were just like this in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Those were good times. Halloween was tied with Christmas for several years as my favorite holiday. It was still just innocent fun back then.

  10. jackrabbit October 6, 2023 at 10:16 am #

    Same ol’ same ol’ from ‘the host.’ JHK seems to be having trouble with his math these days as he claims half the country is MAGA. The funny thing about JHK is that if the tattooed hordes of half wits with their giant trucks showed up at his doorstep, he’d want nothing to do with these folks that had trouble making it out of middle school. And teasing his ‘readers’ with his weirdo devotion to a ‘roided up Kennedy is icing on the cake. You’ve got some ‘splainin to do James.

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    • cowbell81 October 6, 2023 at 10:20 am #

      He didn’t say that half the country is MAGA, he said that half the country is fit to be tied with the current shenanigans going on in the insider Beltway of the “elected” elite. They were foisting their destruction upon us, and we will not stand for it!

      • stelmosfire October 6, 2023 at 10:28 am #

        Hitlery was recently interviewed and stated the MAGA crowd needs reprogramming. I assume this will be carried out in the FEMA camps. Being a hardcore deplorable I doubt I’ll make it to the camps. Straight to the oven for me.

        • jackrabbit October 6, 2023 at 10:32 am #

          We can only hope.

          • Uncle Bob October 6, 2023 at 10:47 am #

            Sheer class, this one.

          • cbeard October 6, 2023 at 5:37 pm #

            Not a jackrabbit, but a jackass. Fixed it for ya.

        • ThorsHammer October 6, 2023 at 1:39 pm #

          stelmosfire

          So you are going to march straight to the ovens with all the other sheeple? Are you Jewish and have no cultural memory? Talk is cheap.

      • jackrabbit October 6, 2023 at 10:33 am #

        Ok CB…toughguy…what are you going to do? Vote for more tax cuts for the wealthy? Strike a vote for theocracy? Please…..

        • tuco22 October 6, 2023 at 10:46 am #

          You guys are much too fixated on “tax cuts for the wealthy,” like a record that’s stuck in the same groove. Most of the voting public doesn’t even have a clear idea of who “wealthy” is, and a lot of them are at the casinos every day trying to become just that, are they not? And constantly harping on that one theme is just about inculcating resentment in the general public and then capitalizing on it at the ballot box.

          • 100th Avatar October 6, 2023 at 10:55 am #

            SeaDolt77 is a poorly educated schlub. His ruminations consist of nothing more than early 80’s DNC talking points, TDS symptoms, scatlogical associations, non-sequiturs, and mixed metaphors.

    • rainmaker October 6, 2023 at 10:23 am #

      Lots of folks out here in flyover land do not identify as MAGA, but their sympathies for Trump are growing. What the blob is doing to Trump, it can do to YOU. What a wake up call for the Normies!

      • jackrabbit October 6, 2023 at 10:31 am #

        Of course they can do it to you if you break numerous laws. Dumb talking point.

        • vengeur October 6, 2023 at 10:51 am #

          I guess you never heard of Lawfare, that diabolically Kafkaesque machine now on full display , created by your Party if Chaos Democrats.

        • Uncle Bob October 6, 2023 at 10:54 am #

          You mean like BLM, Antifa, and affiliated groups who riot, kill,loot, and aren’t punished because they’re “mostly peaceful?” Or the people who loot stores in major cities but aren’t arrested, let alone prosecuted?

        • rainmaker October 6, 2023 at 11:10 am #

          They can use “the law” to do anything they want to you. Who was it who said – show me the man and I’ll show you the crime”?

          • tuco22 October 6, 2023 at 11:20 am #

            I think that was Lavrenty Beria.

          • Jarek October 6, 2023 at 1:32 pm #

            Russian Communism good. Just ask Paula.

    • Ron Anselmo October 6, 2023 at 10:26 am #

      Jerkrabbit – you do understand the acronym. right? Make America Great Again? Jim’s claim is actually understated. Easily more than half the country wants to make America great again. Wake TFU.

    • megabeth October 6, 2023 at 10:27 am #

      You had me at “half wits.”

      Just kidding.. You take a very smug and dim view of MAGA voters and mock Kennedy. No doubt your candidate is perfect. Twatwaffle.

      • jackrabbit October 6, 2023 at 10:30 am #

        Tangerine Twatwaffle…I fixed it for you.

      • 100th Avatar October 6, 2023 at 10:33 am #

        Twatwaffle. Goes well with champers?
        Undoubtedly part of a celebratory English breakfast! Move over bangers!

      • jackrabbit October 6, 2023 at 11:51 am #

        I do take a dim view of the clowns that support the clown. Any sane and rational person should take a dim view of a dipshit who slathers his face with orange glow every morning.

        • megabeth October 6, 2023 at 12:06 pm #

          How did Orange Man Big screw up your life for you? Are you a Yalie whose daddy’s connections failed to get you a quasi-governmental sinecure? Did you lose out on a sweet, sweet defense contract? Are you an illegal invader? Do you hire illegal invaders inorder to save a buck? Are you a Chinese lobbyist? Are you a race- or poverty pimp? Do you spoil for a fight with your fellow Antifa brothers? I ask this, because for just about everybody else, Trump spelled prosperity.

          • jackrabbit October 6, 2023 at 1:15 pm #

            Ah yes…prosperity the only thing that matters for ‘mericans…well then you should be doing well under Biden. Remember, the evidence is overwhelming: the economy always does better under Dem tutelage.

          • RD3 October 6, 2023 at 2:19 pm #

            Trump fucked his wife behind a dumpster. He’s still bitter.

          • megabeth October 6, 2023 at 2:59 pm #

            RD3, I heard that Trump got her behind the dumpster, tantalized and teased her with a Big Mac, then ate it all, himself! The cad!

          • RD3 October 6, 2023 at 3:15 pm #

            She went home covered in special sauce and spray tan and jackrabbit hasn’t been the same since….

          • crudgemudgeon October 7, 2023 at 12:06 am #

            ThanksegaBeth! Well said.

    • gustafson.robert.22 October 6, 2023 at 11:05 am #

      Roid-Kennedy vs. Roid-Biden. The rage is on.

      • Beryl of Oyl October 6, 2023 at 11:22 am #

        IDK, Kennedy looks awfully happy to me.

        Too happy. What happened to the fire?

        I’m pissed at him, because he gave me the slightest glimmer of hope, and he keeps dashing it to death.

        He did manage to muster an eensy bit of criticism of his beloved.

        “U.S. strategic petroleum reserve down to 17 days — less than 1/2 of when Biden took office. He drained it to artificially lower prices for the midterm elections.”

        https://x.com/RobertKennedyJr/status/1709382942999330905?s=20

        He says Joe squandered our buffer against supply shocks.

        Joe did much worse than that, with that move, yet Bobby seems just mildly miffed about it.

        • megabeth October 6, 2023 at 12:22 pm #

          Don’t for get that Biden sold some of the SPR to the Chinese.

        • gustafson.robert.22 October 6, 2023 at 12:33 pm #

          Yeah, I like Kennedy, but in trying to position himself to compete, he sure is watering himself down.

          Which is interesting in relation to Trump because if both of them are going to be essentially vanilla-useless in office, I’d rather see the guy that will inspire the most chaos (Trump) win, in the hopes of a kind of social laxative effect.

    • BackRowHeckler October 6, 2023 at 6:35 pm #

      Speaking of tatts, there was yet another Pride event here a few weekends ago which received heavy media coverage. I noticed the participants — especially the … ahem, ladies — were heavily tattooed up, They looked like real sweethearts of the rodeo. Is this who you’re talking about showing up at Jims?

      • Anthea October 7, 2023 at 10:22 am #

        I suppose they must have those get-togethers up in the city. Around here, we have anti-abortion demonstrations. They just had one last Sunday. I think it was in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. My daughter attended (with the new baby). I begged off because it was too hot that day for an old lady.

    • Anthea October 7, 2023 at 9:58 am #

      @ jackrabbit:

      I think half the country–or more–supports MAGA policies, even if they aren’t wearing the red hats. Those policies would include ending unchecked illegal immigration (and unchecked legal immigration, for that matter), busting up the health-care monopolies, forcing Big Pharma and health care to be responsible for the evils they’ve wrought in the past few years, putting a stop to the financial frauds of the big banks, returning to sound money, ending government intrusion into our economic and social affairs, ending government intrusion into our energy production, ending government intrusion into our agricultural production, ending government suppression of small businesses and small farms, breaking the big business monopolies, ending government repression of natural rights, as listed in the Bill of Rights, an end to crime and violence in our cities, an and to costly and needless wars, and end to the public display and enshrinement) of sexual fetishism, an end to child sexual mutilation, an end to child murder, an end to forced vaccination (democide) and the prosecution of those responsible, a desire to see children and young people achieve competence in reading, math, and science, a return to meritocracy in education and employment, etc. (I’ve probably missed a few things.)

      I’d say those who favor such MAGA policies are (unlike their opposition) intelligent and educated enough to understand economics, monetary policy, and basic civics. In other words, they understand those elements that underpin a functioning and fair society.

    • Anthea October 7, 2023 at 10:18 am #

      @ jackrabbit:

      Probably well over half the country supports MAGA policies, even if they don’t have the hat.

      They’d like to see sound economic policies, sound money, sound jurisprudence, a strong affirmation and enforcement of the Bill of Rights, an end to pointless and costly wars, an end to crime and violence in our cities, an end to the public display (and political enshrinement of) sexual fetishes, an end to child sexual mutilation, an end to child murder, an end to (and prohibition of) tyrannical “pandemic” policies, the prosecution of all those responsible for vaccine-related democide, the breakup of the big monopolies (including health care), an end to government intrusion into all economic and social matters, an end to government suppression of small farming and small business, a return to meritocracy in both employment and education, a desire to see children and young people educated and competent in reading, writing, math, and science, etc. (I’ve probably missed a bunch of things.)

      We are fortunate that probably more than half of our adult population is educated enough to have a reasonable grasp of economics, monetary policy, juridical matters, and civics to favor MAGA policies. To oppose them requires either profound ignorance or profoundly evil intent.

      I personally have no opinion about JHK, and I don’t believe much in political solutions.

      • Anthea October 7, 2023 at 10:19 am #

        Dang it! My first post disappeared into the ozone, so I re-wrote it–probably not as well as the first time.

        • megabeth October 7, 2023 at 11:10 am #

          Well stated, both times.

          • Ron Anselmo October 8, 2023 at 12:13 pm #

            Yes.

    • Wizard of the Saddle October 7, 2023 at 9:23 pm #

      I have no monster truck. No tats. College educated. White collar career. Former federal intelligence officer…..and I’m MAGA as MAGA gets.

      So your stereotype is an epic fail, micro-brain.

      Go take your trolling hobby somewhere else. You are boring everyone.

  11. megabeth October 6, 2023 at 10:22 am #

    The neighbors do have a cadaverous-looking plastic army on their lawn, bounded by crime scene tape. And in 11 months, I’ll be able to cash out my retirement and buy some hard assets. I only hope it’s more than just a loaf of bread.

    • Uncle Bob October 6, 2023 at 10:56 am #

      My neighbors have an ersatz graveyard on their front lawn. Just swell.

  12. BigJake October 6, 2023 at 10:23 am #

    “Coincidentally, a scion of the JFK generation now running for president on an as-yet-to-be-specified independent party seeks to do exactly what his uncle promised to do.”

    Bullsh–, Kunstler. RFK, Dim’s (sic) internal polling shows him hurting Trump and helping Josef Stolen. He has zero chance to win, thus his motivation is clear. He is a Demonrat after all.

    If Trump loses this Republic is over. Hell, it likely already is, but at least Trump will buy us a few more years before complete collapse.

    • jackrabbit October 6, 2023 at 10:30 am #

      Oh please…what will the criminal w 91 indictments who is also a rapist and a conman do to inspire saving the country? How many of his cronies are in jail? Only the best people!!

      • megabeth October 6, 2023 at 10:51 am #

        Jack, if you’re here to stir the shit, try to keep a bit more creativity out of your Crayola than all the other left-leaning NPCs. This is a Kunstler blog, not an NPC echo chamber. You’re boring.

        • megabeth October 6, 2023 at 10:52 am #

          Eke. Eke a bit more creativity. Thanks, auto-correct!

        • kendar667 October 6, 2023 at 12:26 pm #

          Well said, this clown is getting tedious with his shitposting. Wish there was a block feature like on Disqus.

          • jackrabbit October 6, 2023 at 1:36 pm #

            the irony Kendar! What’s tedious is the twice a week pablum that’s vomited up by the Kunstler keyboard army that is on repeat. You’ve got the racists, the conspiracy theorists, the antivaxxers, the weirdoes obsessed w Greta and on and on. Where did the freak Mary go?

          • kendar667 October 6, 2023 at 2:38 pm #

            @jackrabbit ok that one was a bit better, you got a laugh out of me. Just keep the trolling funny, that’s all I ask.

        • Wizard of the Saddle October 7, 2023 at 9:25 pm #

          Jackrabbit is overdue for his meds…..another case of TDS run amok.

          Call the funny farm to come collect him.

      • Paula D October 6, 2023 at 7:48 pm #

        It’s odd that a DNC lackey would keep insisting that indictments mean that someone is automatically guilty.
        (Shades of Jarek’s insistence, disregarding all attempts at schooling, that impeachment means removal from office.)

        Aren’t Dems supposed to take a view of crime the way the stabbed man’s girlfriend does? That it is the sigh of the oppressed? That it shouldn’t be prosecuted?

        But when Bad Orange Man is assaulted with multiple frivolous lawsuits and indictments, all of a sudden the line changes to “He must be guilty, and even if he isn’t, it is still All Good to harass him with the law.”

    • Beryl of Oyl October 6, 2023 at 10:53 am #

      His motivation isn’t clear at all.

      He tried to run as a Democrat. They won’t allow it. They don’t want him.

      Had he run as a Democrat, he obviously would have ‘taken’ votes that might have gone to Trump.

      Now that they are saying he is going to run as an independent, which, I remind everyone, he has to do or quit the race, it suddenly becomes sinister that he would do polling, and that he would be getting votes from people who were never going to vote for the Democrat nominee.

      We don’t even know that Biden will be the nominee.

      • tuco22 October 6, 2023 at 11:22 am #

        Maybe there won’t be one period. Maybe their plan is just to slide Joe on in for a second term. That’s where all the nastiness is waiting, anyway. We haven’t seen anything yet as far as oppressive, repressive legislation goes.

    • elysianfield October 6, 2023 at 11:49 am #

      Jake,
      “Josef Stolen”.

      Nice.

      • 100th Avatar October 6, 2023 at 12:00 pm #

        The host may disapprove, but that is a funny one, right along with Joe Briben

      • jackrabbit October 6, 2023 at 1:51 pm #

        Except it wasn’t. Your loser lost.

        • elysianfield October 6, 2023 at 5:20 pm #

          “Your loser lost.”

          rabbit,
          …and, perhaps our winners win?

        • Anthea October 7, 2023 at 5:28 pm #

          @ jackrabbit:

          It’s unfortunate that, as with liberals in general, you can’t distinguish fantasy from reality–or, to come right down to it, can’t engage with reality at all. This is known among professionals as a “psychotic break.” Since mental illnes is not a pretty picture, we’d all appreciate it if you’d have your “episodes” somewhere else.

  13. docmartin October 6, 2023 at 10:25 am #

    O goody, a new troll ( or possibly a renamed one booted off previously)…. Jack ASS rabbit.

    • jackrabbit October 6, 2023 at 10:28 am #

      Oh noes..someone that doesn’t agree with the foolishness that’s usually spouted here.

      • tuco22 October 6, 2023 at 10:47 am #

        Well, you don’t have to come here, either.

        • neurodoc October 6, 2023 at 12:00 pm #

          Generally speaking, when an inferior person doesn’t comprehend a conversation, they call it ‘foolishness.’ Then, again, maybe its just a paid shill.

          • Anthea October 7, 2023 at 5:31 pm #

            I’d call it a psychotic break. There’s so much of that going around these days that we seem to have a mental health crisis on our hands.

  14. cowbell81 October 6, 2023 at 10:26 am #

    Per recent interview by Hillary Clinton:

    “At this point, I think, sadly, he will still be the nominee and we have to defeat him and we have to defeat those who are the election deniers, as we did in 2020 and 2022,” Clinton said. “And we have to just be smarter about how we are trying to empower the right people inside the Republican party.”

    But wait, didn’t she deny the election results when she lost in 2016? Hmmm….

    • megabeth October 6, 2023 at 11:05 am #

      Everything the Golden Mumu says is tantamount to, “Help! I’ve fallen to Trump and I can’t shut up!”

      How I wish that old boiler would just explode. Or maybe implode under the weight of her self-importance.

      • DaveO907 October 6, 2023 at 10:36 pm #

        ^^^^
        Priceless! ”Golden Mumu” and “that old boiler.”

        • megabeth October 7, 2023 at 11:18 am #

          I wish I could find the words to tell you how I really feel about that tin-eared old sardine. My son knows a guy who was a military aide who worked with several administrations, and says that having Her Royal Cluelessness in the room was the worst. She really would fly off the handle if you spoke to her or made eye contact.

    • Uncle Bob October 6, 2023 at 11:07 am #

      That fat load of shit, Stacey Abrams, still denies losing the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race. Climate alarmist Al Gore says the 2000 election was rigged. Klaus Schwab’s messenger boy, John Kerry, believes he won in 2004. Other Democrats have said they or their candidates won various other elections they lost. All of them apparently are exempt from punishment — but not the Deplorables. Isn’t it neat how the arrogant people who cluck about compassion for “The Other” are the ones lining up to ruin or end the lives of The Others who get in their way?

      • megabeth October 6, 2023 at 11:27 am #

        Yup, that’s pretty neat, all right. And don’t forget that they have always accused the GOP of lawfare, too.

    • tuco22 October 6, 2023 at 1:56 pm #

      I don’t know why it’s such a thorn in the side of the democrat party that roughly half the country doesn’t believe Joe was legitimately elected. About the same felt the same way about Bush Jr., too, yet there wasn’t all this election denier stuff, at least not that I remember.

  15. tuco22 October 6, 2023 at 10:31 am #

    Gee, I didn’t know that I was officially designated an “enemy of the people,” but there it is. Honestly, at this point, I don’t know who I’m going to vote for. A large part of me considers it all just scripted theater. I mean, we’ve been voting for these elected representatives for the past how many years, most of us, 20, 30, 40+, from both parties, and this is where we are as a nation today. Same thing with praying for them. We’ve been praying for them for at least since Reagan, and with every administration we’ve sunk deeper into the mire.

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    • cowbell81 October 6, 2023 at 10:54 am #

      I take extra special pride in knowing I am considered an “enemy”. Coming from the likes of Hillary, that makes me feel good about myself. If the MAGA crowd gets her so riled up, then we know we are doing something right. I will resist and refuse to kowtow to their diktats and beliefs until the day that I die. We are on the side of the Founding Fathers – they would be proud of us!

      • jackrabbit October 6, 2023 at 11:47 am #

        Ah yes…on the side of the FF’s. Modern day Hamiltons, Jeffersons, Madisons. I can’t stop chuckling at your sense of self-importance.

        • cowbell81 October 6, 2023 at 11:52 am #

          That’s probably what good old King George thought too….Keep going down that old path JR.

        • megabeth October 6, 2023 at 3:10 pm #

          It’s not quite as cringeworthy as Obama’s pretentious “arc of history” shtick. What’s your reason for ridin’ with Biden? You worried about the “soul of America”? “Saving democracy”? Or are you just trying to get in good with those high-strung rich, white, liberal girls?

          • jackrabbit October 6, 2023 at 7:18 pm #

            Yeah, I know how hard it was for you simple folk to have to listen to an eloquent black man.

          • megabeth October 6, 2023 at 10:48 pm #

            I voted for Obama and was at a watch party for his inauguration, standing next to my college speech professor as Obama spoke. I asked her what she thought of his delivery and she gave him a low grade. “His cadence is annoyingly choppy.” That probably makes her simple and racist. A pity. Most good Democrats (which I was at the time) know better than to criticize somebody with dark skin. We loves us some blacks. Whatever would they do without us?

          • Anthea October 7, 2023 at 6:00 pm #

            @ jackrabbit:

            I guess some people like pompous, inflated, unctuous drivel.

            But then, your party does have the distinction of drawing a large part of its constituency from among the illiterate and innumerate–whose ill-bred tastes you seem to share.

      • Beryl of Oyl October 6, 2023 at 12:39 pm #

        Yes, she was all dressed up for Halloween as Hillary when she made her pronouncement.

        • megabeth October 6, 2023 at 3:13 pm #

          Oh, so it was a pronouncement that she made? I thought it was a bowel movement, or perhaps an agonal shriek.

    • Cankerpuss October 6, 2023 at 11:41 am #

      First problem you have, Tuco, is you still believe voting in Federal elections matter. I realized a long time ago that Republican or Democrat, it doesn’t matter, we still get the same clusterfuck as the previous administration. What clusterfuck?

      1. Continued funding of illegal wars in foreign nations that pose zero threat to the USA.
      2. Continued printing of foney money to pay the bills and steal wealth from the people.
      3. Continued growing of the size and reach of the government.
      4. Continued demolition of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights.
      5. Continued raising of the debt ceiling and deficit spending.
      6. Continued abrogation of border control and enforcement.

      I’ve voted in every Federal election since I turned 18 in the 90s. Nothing changes. The result is always the same.

      I’m done with Federal elections. I will now focus on local elections where my vote does truly matter.

      • cbeard October 7, 2023 at 11:53 pm #

        All true. But, as local elections matter locally. Nationally, they don’t. So, nothing ever changes. Focus nationally.

  16. tuco22 October 6, 2023 at 10:32 am #

    So, the conclusion is either that God doesn’t answer prayer, which we know isn’t true, or judgment has already been decreed on this nation, it just hasn’t been fully delivered yet.

    • jackrabbit October 6, 2023 at 10:36 am #

      There is no god and prayer doesn’t work.

      • tuco22 October 6, 2023 at 10:48 am #

        You’re in for a surprise when you die.

        • cowbell81 October 6, 2023 at 10:56 am #

          Jackrabbit will come back as an actual jack rabbit. He will be hunted in the West and cooked over an open fire spit, consumed by the clans that had to evacuate San Francisco after the bombing.

          • megabeth October 6, 2023 at 11:06 am #

            He probably has tularemia.

          • Uncle Bob October 6, 2023 at 11:09 am #

            And his carcass will be stuffed and mounted as a jackalope that some rioting Antifa type will burn in a fit of rage over having to pay her student loans.

          • tuco22 October 6, 2023 at 11:24 am #

            Now, that’s karma.

          • jackrabbit October 6, 2023 at 11:45 am #

            You rubes are so easily triggered.

          • neurodoc October 6, 2023 at 12:03 pm #

            NO, he’ll come back as an intestinal worm inside a jack rabbit. Fitting.

          • Wizard of the Saddle October 7, 2023 at 9:30 pm #

            Or eaten by an American Bald Eagle – our national symbol – as exquisite karma.

        • jackrabbit October 6, 2023 at 11:45 am #

          I doubt it but I love your certainty. What’s that quote about people that are absolutely certain about a flying spaghetti monster?

        • Cankerpuss October 6, 2023 at 11:47 am #

          Tuco, I am a devout Christian and I must admit that I have even begun to have my doubts that there is a devoted creator who is intimately involved in the rotten affairs of a ruined, insane humanity. I cannot doubt there is a creator. I’ve seen too many miracles to ever deny that there was intelligent design. However, over the recent years I have begun to question just how involved this creator is with his creation. I see it one of two ways.

          1. He/she can’t be involved because it would violate his/her own law of free agency and would thus make him/her a liar and a fraud. God cannot violate his/her own laws. If that happened who would want to have faith in that God.
          2. God created this world and all that exists within it and then took off to play tiddlywinks with his pals. No longer gives a damn about what happens to humanity.

          These are the only explanations that make any realistic sense as to why God gives so much fucking deference to the wicked and the depraved constantly preying on the righteous and the innocent of this world. God is either too weak to help or God just doesn’t give a damn.

          Leaves a pretty empty feeling inside.

          • tuco22 October 6, 2023 at 12:19 pm #

            Because hell is forever. There is no way out, no plea bargaining. There is no mercy. You are alive with all your senses, with the certainty that your torment, whatever it is personally for you, is for eternity. That is why God “gives so much fucking deference to the wicked and the depraved.” So they have the last possible chance in their lives for salvation. Because hell is forever.

          • tuco22 October 6, 2023 at 12:23 pm #

            Because you are either under the law or under grace. There is no in between. If you are not saved, then you are under the Mosaic law, which only Jesus could keep perfectly, being a sinless human being. We are not sinless human beings. Which means that everything you’ve ever said, thought or done is replayed in your “afterlife” and you are convicted, under that law, by your own words and deeds. That’s what is meant by “the books were opened.” When you are under grace, however, all that sin has been forgiven.

          • tuco22 October 6, 2023 at 12:24 pm #

            And that is why the crucifixion was such a horrible thing.

          • kendar667 October 6, 2023 at 12:31 pm #

            @tuco22 Hell is not for people, it is for demons.

          • tuco22 October 6, 2023 at 12:48 pm #

            Kendar667: True, it was created for satan and his angels, but if you are not saved, then you are under sin, and sin cannot be allowed in heaven. So there is nowhere else for you to go.

          • Cankerpuss October 6, 2023 at 1:20 pm #

            Tuco, I appreciate your thoughts and your post and as a Christian I agree. It’s just getting harder and harder to keep the faith these days as wickedness and depravity thrive and flourish. It is as it was prophesied by prophets of old, I suppose.

          • OG October 6, 2023 at 1:37 pm #

            tuco22, you are always such a wisdom-filled read. Thank you.

            Cankerpuss, this might help:

            1,000 years is but a day and a day a thousand years to our Lord. God has plans that last far longer than do our tiny little people lives.

            Do not question God’s plans for us. Rather, have faith that He knows what He is doing and ask Him for forgiveness and strength to walk the straight and narrow towards His light in your goal of being included in His Book of Life (i.e. being a citizen in Jesus’ glorious 1,000-year reign).

          • jackrabbit October 6, 2023 at 1:53 pm #

            Tuco is exhibit A for why humanity will be better off without religion.

          • Watcher October 6, 2023 at 4:02 pm #

            The evil time we occupy was foretold. That darkness would consume begin consuming the world was foretold. The saints of the Most High would be overcome. In the sense that those who follow the darkness will have their way dominate in the world. We are not unaware or abandoned. This is why we were instructed to “Watch”. It was a command. We watch for what we instructed to look for. That way we are not taken unawares by the events and behavior of people in our time.

            These things are purposed. The darkness grows because it is gathering what belongs to it. Gathering people who belong to it. The beast kingdom is that magnet, drawing all its citizens to itself. It isn’t coming. It is already here. It is said that the tares would be gathered first. We are close. The revealing of the second beast is at the door.

            Too often it is obscured that the prince of this world and his angels are here on earth, sowing death. They are responsible for much of what we see metastasizing in the world. We can blame them. Not God. They fell first. Then they led humanity to fall in the garden. The Dragon hates us, and so desire to see us join them in their collective doom. This is why it is said that we will judge the angels. There is the context. They led mankind astray and will pay for it. But people have willingly joined themselves with it. This is why we have a Savior. Only through Him, can humanity repel what is assaulting them.

            What they can do to the body has no impact on the destination of the soul. The horrors we see will only increase. Being sober, of sound mind, and sound footing in the truth is part of the armor. We aren’t to hide our lamps, but to shine them.

            This isn’t Dunkirk. There is no retreat. We fight the good fight of faith until the end of our mortal bodies. The flesh is just flesh. It all has to be shed. The world teaches us to cling to it at all costs. The world teaches fear. It truly is the mind killer.

          • Soul Forensics October 6, 2023 at 4:11 pm #

            Cankerpuss,

            With your philosophy, and if you enjoy literature at all, you might like the novels of Thomas Hardy. Downbeat, and his metaphysical fulcrum is that God is indifferent.

            These days, I rather side with the ancient Greeks. That is to say, God is cruel and capricious.

            But, for me, these are only metaphysical speculations and entertainments. I’m not a monotheist.

          • Heartlander October 7, 2023 at 12:35 am #

            Watcher,

            THANK YOU for your wisdom.
            I’ve copy/paste/saved it for personal reinforcement in the future!

            You’re right that fear is the killer. Not for nothing does some variation of “Do not fear” or “Be not afraid” appear 365 times in the Bible.

      • RD3 October 6, 2023 at 2:22 pm #

        Only an ignoramus could believe that there is no God.

        • tuco22 October 6, 2023 at 2:31 pm #

          The things of the Lord are as foolishness to them that perish.

          • tuco22 October 6, 2023 at 2:32 pm #

            The fool has said in his heart, there is no God.

        • jackrabbit October 6, 2023 at 7:16 pm #

          Or just a sane and rational being that doesn’t believe in bed time fairy tales.

          • megabeth October 7, 2023 at 11:26 am #

            Out Jack comes with the classic lament of the devout 14 y.o. atheist. Dude, so lame, so lame. Such a basic-bitch game you’re bringing here.

  17. Uncle Bob October 6, 2023 at 10:33 am #

    Oh, that it were so, Jim, that Americans would awaken from their somnombulance to incarcerate the criminals who run the country and their lawbreaking thug protectors. Unfortunately, the vast majority of Americans and their employers are so addicted to the heroin of government money that we won’t do anything that might disrupt the flow of bribes, er gub’mint money.

    As for Gaetz, his actions had some basis in merit, but he’s both a dick and a poor general. By striking when and how he did, Gaetz allowed the Party of Satan to not only stab the idiot McCarthy in the back and throw the House into chaos while blaming Gaetz for the whole mess. This also just happened to occur as news of a communist Democrat congressman who was recorded pulling a fire alarm in order to stop the debate about the short-term spending bill, I mean so he could open a door. Compounding this idiocy, Trump decided to endorse Jim Jordan. Trump should keep his goddamn nose out of it, and let the House Republicans fuck it up on their own. Besides, should Jordan ascend to the Speakership, that likely would leave a less-competent chairman to oversee the investigation into the criminal Biden family. They should make Byron Donalds — or better yet, Kim Klacik or Candace Owens the Speaker. Yes, it may be a blatant attempt to garner support from blacks, but it’s no worse than the Democrats’ propaganda that every Republican or conservative wants to kill every black and hispanic person in America or throw them all back into slavery. Instead, some of the dumb shits in Congress want to make Trump the Speaker. Well, there’s a reason they’re called the Dumb Party.

    • 100th Avatar October 6, 2023 at 10:34 am #

      OK Newt, sure…

      • Uncle Bob October 6, 2023 at 11:16 am #

        Don’t go compare me to Gingrich. For one thing, I didn’t cheat on my wife. For another, my wife doesn’t look like a snowy owl. For a third, I don’t say “Warshington.”

        Gaetz had no plan beyond getting rid of McCarthy. If he had somebody lined up to become the new Speaker, what he did would’ve been fine. But he didn’t, so the Dems took advantage of an opening and fucked over the country. Again.

        • buckeyeman October 6, 2023 at 11:28 am #

          It wasn’t up to Gaetz to supply a hand picked replacement. The “plan” was to get rid of McCarthy because of his duplicity. There is a PROCESS for choosing a new Speaker and using this PROCESS is all the “plan” we neeeded.

          Whoever gets the new Speaker position will likely disappoint, but… MAYBE not. If I choose to remove the CEO from my business I can’t be sure that the replacement will be better but I can be sure that the one I removed needed removing. That’s how reality works.

          • 100th Avatar October 6, 2023 at 11:33 am #

            Hear! Hear!

        • Wizard of the Saddle October 7, 2023 at 9:33 pm #

          Sorry, Bob, but Gaetz did the Republic a service. If I had the power, I’d pin a medal on him.

          He has cleared the decks for real leadership to be installed.

    • tuco22 October 6, 2023 at 10:41 am #

      Yeah, I know. Joe told them republicans wanted to put them back in chains. What a great leader.

      • BackRowHeckler October 6, 2023 at 10:50 am #

        USA may be Stone Broke, but there’s a move circulating in Congress right now to fund Ukraine in perpetuity, that is, lock in transfer payments to Kiev so that any future Congress could not tamper with them. Ukraine is a landmass as big as Texas; we could be talking trillions here.

        I did see on the Duran that on his last trip to DC Zelensky’s wife took a shopping junket to Manhattan and bought $1.4 million worth of jewelry.

        • tuco22 October 6, 2023 at 11:27 am #

          Yeah, but Michelle’s got her beat at $6 million, although that wasn’t all for jewelry. Of course, that was after 8 years of Obama’s presidency. Maybe after another 6 years of funding Ukraine to the detriment of our own countrymen, she’ll surpass even Michelle’s grifting.

      • JohnAZ October 6, 2023 at 10:55 am #

        Stuff I have seen Biden and Clinton say shows how little regard they have for the conservative side of America and how little fear they have of the Right side.

        What do they know, except maybe they have control of everything in the Deep State and the country including the voting public.

        I agree with one thing, if a rebellion is to occur, it will involve the moderates from both sides to destroy the fringe. As long as it is MAGA against the Progressive Left, the Left is in control.

        The RINOs ensure that, which is why the McCarthy rejection is a step in the right direction.

        If you are willing to sacrifice to get the ship of state righted, root to get the Deep State shut down.

        • rainmaker October 6, 2023 at 11:16 am #

          The rebellion is happening now – that is what quiet quitting, early retirement and the current strikes are about. All perfectly legal.

          • Paula D October 6, 2023 at 7:58 pm #

            Also the stubborn refusal to submit to their jabs.

    • Beryl of Oyl October 6, 2023 at 10:55 am #

      Trump also endorsed Kevin.

      • Uncle Bob October 6, 2023 at 11:12 am #

        That really worked out well.

        Trump is good at calling out corruption, but his other political skills are lacking. Which is probably why Bubba conned him into running in the first place.

      • 100th Avatar October 6, 2023 at 11:43 am #

        Have you not seen the list of Trump endorsements (failures)!
        It is never-ending!

        His son-in-law, the generals, Jeff Sessions, the Exxon Secretary of State, Haley, the girls from his TV show!

        To this day, he is in Lady Lindsey’s corner.

        Trump picks losers. Sticks with them (Fauci).
        All the time.
        His ego will not allow him to admit it, but the evidence is stunningly obvious.

    • Cankerpuss October 6, 2023 at 11:52 am #

      Oddly enough, I don’t give a damn that the House of “Representatives” is in chaos, doesn’t have a leader and can’t function. I suspect many if not the majority of Americans give a damn about the House of “Representatives.” That worthless appendage of the US government is so broken that they can’t even represent themselves. All those idiotic bastards do is vote with their party. You can’t tell me that there isn’t one Democrat out of nearly 200 that disagrees with the party line, occassionally? No, I suspect most people continue on with their miserable debt riddled drug addicted lives without giving a second or two to the thought that the House of “Representatives” is unable to function.

      I for one and grateful. Thank God. When they aren’t in session they can’t do any more stupid shit to fuck things up even more.

      God bless Gaetz for at least accomplishing this.

  18. docmartin October 6, 2023 at 10:42 am #

    I had an Uncle Bob.. us kids used go running when his bluster took over at the dinner table

    • Uncle Bob October 6, 2023 at 11:24 am #

      Be grateful I’m not completely wound up.

      My Dad was also an Uncle Bob. One of his nieces thought enough of him to name one of her kids after him. Me, not so much. But that’s okay.

      • Beryl of Oyl October 6, 2023 at 12:50 pm #

        So’s RFK Jr.

  19. JohnAZ October 6, 2023 at 10:48 am #

    Seen this AM

    Any man with a set of testicles will vote for Trump.

    Any woman with a set of testicles will vote for Biden.

    Nuff’ said.

    • vengeur October 6, 2023 at 10:57 am #

      There is a Jackrabbit running around here with no balls.

      • Uncle Bob October 6, 2023 at 11:24 am #

        LMAO

      • jackrabbit October 6, 2023 at 12:28 pm #

        Says the guy that cries whenever someone shows up to challenge the cfn nonsense,

        • Rowdypiglet October 6, 2023 at 3:05 pm #

          @jackrabbit, We cry because you never actually “challenge” anything. You never present an argument or refute anyone else’s argument. You simply make statements of your personal beliefs (“there is no God”) which you apparently think are convincing because they were said by you. I relish an actual debate but you have given us no reason to think you’re capable of one.

          You make me think of a little imp with a sharp needle who runs around poking it into people, then runs off. You are an irritant at best, but reasonable people aren’t swayed by such tactics.

          • jackrabbit October 6, 2023 at 3:39 pm #

            “reasonable people” smh

        • Anthea October 7, 2023 at 6:41 pm #

          @ jackrabbit:

          Go away, or we shall taunt you again.

        • Wizard of the Saddle October 7, 2023 at 9:36 pm #

          Says the eunuch with long furry ears.

    • Beryl of Oyl October 6, 2023 at 10:57 am #

      Maybe true, but the Republicans are also all in for the trannie agenda, especially the Trumps.

      The girls are going under the bus, no matter who we vote for, and they will keep being blamed for it.

    • jackrabbit October 6, 2023 at 11:41 am #

      The freakish cult of Orange Jesus lives on here at CFN where every transgression by the grifter appears to be celebrated. Oh and look over there…the great patriot has apparently disclosed nuclear submarine secrets. What say you that belong to the party of ‘family values and law and order?’ LMAO.

      • tuco22 October 6, 2023 at 12:13 pm #

        I say Bill Clinton did it first, when he sold missile tech to the Chinese for campaign contributions. But you don’t see that discussed anywhere.

        • jackrabbit October 6, 2023 at 12:23 pm #

          Sure you do but you forgot the process started under Bush.

          • Jarek October 6, 2023 at 1:42 pm #

            We built up the Soviet Union’s military so they could fight Hitler. Before that we funded the Communists so they overthrow the Czar. Before that “we” opened a gate in Constantinople so the Turks could get in.

      • Paula D October 6, 2023 at 8:01 pm #

        “The first Soviet nuclear submarine—a Project 627 (NATO November class)—went to sea in July 1958”

        But do go on with your idiotic claims.

  20. izzy October 6, 2023 at 10:59 am #

    The ever more over-the-top holiday displays have been a curiosity for years. And so much of it is tasteless cheap junk. Fifteen-foot tall inflatable hobgoblins twitching on the front lawn. What could it all signify? I used to think it indicated a kind of arrested development, a reflection of a childish view of the world. This week’s analysis on that point is potentially more hopeful and hopeless all at once. Forward into the darkness!

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    • megabeth October 6, 2023 at 11:15 am #

      I bought a house a decade ago that involved evicting deadbeat tenants, and the beautiful, century-old quarter-sawn oak was full of nails and staples for strings of Halloween lights. I was plucking tiny plastic spiders out of my lawn for a couple years after that and finding glitter all over. They were too poor to pay rent or utilities, but they amassed a mountain of plasticky Halloween junk.

      • Beryl of Oyl October 6, 2023 at 11:29 am #

        I knew a guy with middle class tenants, who were always getting behind on their rent. The rent was high, but that’s because the guy needed to keep paying the mortgage and taxes off on the place.

        I’d have had some sympathy for the tenants, but they had a lot of yard ornaments and seasonal decorations clearly bought new, and it wasn’t all the cheap stuff.

        Who buys pricey collectibles when they can’t make rent?

        • elysianfield October 6, 2023 at 12:01 pm #

          “Who buys pricey collectibles when they can’t make rent?”

          Beryl,
          …People trying to find a little joy in their lives?

          • Beryl of Oyl October 6, 2023 at 12:52 pm #

            You can get your joy cheaper at the dollar store.

          • 100th Avatar October 6, 2023 at 1:13 pm #

            You can also get it wrapped in a paper bag from the corner mart.

          • Jarek October 6, 2023 at 1:43 pm #

            Fuck the plastic. Get tattoos, a joy forever.

          • Rowdypiglet October 6, 2023 at 3:10 pm #

            Spending money you don’t have, especially when your ability to remain housed is under threat, is unlikely to produce joy. In fact, spending money rarely brings joy, especially when you can’t afford it.

          • Beryl of Oyl October 6, 2023 at 3:22 pm #

            Avatar, there are people lined up in the street to get their joy, as I type this.

            It being New York, they can’t have a bag for it.

            This puts the “high” in high street.

          • elysianfield October 6, 2023 at 5:21 pm #

            Piglet,

            Yes, but note I said “trying”, not “getting”….

        • Islander October 6, 2023 at 7:23 pm #

          If this ugly plastic front-yard junk is considered “collectibles,” it goes a long way to explaining why the USA’s built environment is for the most part a horrible eyesore.

    • crudgemudgeon October 7, 2023 at 12:27 am #

      And all that crap is made in Communist China. Amazing. The Americans fund their rivals so they can put up cartoonish plastic crap.

      Forth of July is all CCP made fireworks. Some Independence Day!
      Baby Jesus’s birthday? Ornaments made by slave labor.

      What are people thinking?

  21. reggiezz October 6, 2023 at 11:08 am #

    Grat essay.

    I never thought about people in DC being demon possessed until Brandon and Lindsay Graham dropped their masks and screamed for Russians to shoot Putin last year. Now, it’s impossible NOT to see it. I’m not religious, but there it is, undeniable evil in front of my eyes.

    Anyone who doesn’t see it, stay away from them.

    • Beryl of Oyl October 6, 2023 at 11:47 am #

      It’s been admitted now, what they told us about NATO was not true.

      “Now that Jens Stoltenberg has admitted the opposite,
      @0rf
      looks back at the parade of media clowns who parroted the transparent propaganda hokum that the Ukraine invasion was “not about NATO”:

      https://x.com/mtaibbi/status/1708935352482762984?s=20

  22. Beryl of Oyl October 6, 2023 at 11:09 am #

    Bobby Jr. is all over the place on the cell phones in schools issue.

    https://x.com/RobertKennedyJr/status/1710023376360632465?s=20

    I remember when we would get into trouble for passing notes in school.

    Why? Because we were supposed to be doing a thing called paying attention, because just sitting in a classroom won’t do it.

    Of course students shouldn’t have cell phones in school.

    Bring them, yes. They should remain in lockers, or kids who don’t have lockers should have to deposit their phones somewhere with staff and pick it up after class.

    Would you let kids have a radio, headphones, television, or even a magazine or newspaper in class? Of course not.

    Bobby wants “education” about phones, and then he wants teachers and parents to decide, not government.

    Teachers ARE government employees.

    As a taxpayer, I don’t want my money wasted by allowing children to bring alternative entertainment into a place for learning.

    Of all the issues to go all libertarian on.

    He doesn’t want the federal government involved? Great! Then he goes and calls for their involvement.

    • Groundhog October 6, 2023 at 11:59 am #

      Public schools are mostly a waste of time and do more harm than good. Just like the phone/pacifiers everyone carries around these days.

      • DaveO907 October 7, 2023 at 1:14 pm #

        Basic training to assimilate into the system as established by the U.S.’s and British magnates, tycoons, oligarchs, or, plutocrats, if you will. The Prussian system from one hundred fifty + years ago. (They enforced it in conquered states too.)

        A quite orderly devolution over the past one hundred years.

  23. mitchellc October 6, 2023 at 11:17 am #

    MoA has a new post regarding the true strategic nature of the global conflict.

    If you understand the motivation, current status and inevitable outcome, it puts Jim’s essays in better context of what’s in store for the USA.

    Whether or not trolls wish to waste their time, or others fixate on the past, what JHK is writing about is literally our guaranteed future.

    Deny, deflect, bargain, get angry, it’s all wasted emotional energy. When you well and truly understand its all over is when the anxiety level becomes the real measure.

    • megabeth October 6, 2023 at 11:47 am #

      “Mall of America”?

      • cowbell81 October 6, 2023 at 11:57 am #

        Mall of America is in Minneapolis, a shitty run-down city in the once respectable state of Minnesota. I am surprised this Mall can still even operate to keep their lights on in this day and age of e-commerce.

        • megabeth October 6, 2023 at 12:30 pm #

          My son, for some reason likes the place, even though it has become overrun by the imported refugees who live along the light rail line that runs from the Little Apple’s downtown to the MoA and the airport. One threw a 4 y.o. boy off the fourth-floor balcony a few years back. My son promises me that he will not try “the fourth-floor Somali bungee jump” when he goes.

          • DaveO907 October 6, 2023 at 11:05 pm #

            @megabeth re: your NW Wisconsin county seat & Somalis.

            Here’s the Iowa experience:

            httpx://www.amazon.com/Postville-Clash-Cultures-Heartland-America/dp/0156013363

          • megabeth October 7, 2023 at 11:36 am #

            Sounds like a fraught situation.

        • Jarek October 6, 2023 at 1:46 pm #

          Blacks have destroyed hundreds of American Malls. Now we can have our downtowns back. They’d never destroy those….!

          • BackRowHeckler October 6, 2023 at 1:56 pm #

            Above all the Trumble Mall near Bridgeport, Ct, scene of many assaults, robberies, gang fights, rapes, stolen cars & looting.

            No longer is it mom, dad buddy & sis happily driving in the Plymouth Valiant to the local Mall for an afternoon of shopping, lunch and maybe a movie.

          • tuco22 October 6, 2023 at 2:24 pm #

            The only way to deal with American blacks is to avoid them. That’s largely what the late Edgar Steele’s book Defensive Racism is all about. It’s worth a read.

          • megabeth October 6, 2023 at 3:23 pm #

            My NW Wisconsin county seat is 17% Somali and has a mosque. It’s been 30 years and they have barely even tried to fit into the existing community. It seems to be a permanent alien enclave.

          • Jarek October 7, 2023 at 1:33 pm #

            O Beth, Sarah’s only daughter, a child of the water:

            Did we try and fit in with Indian culture? Where we immigrants? Nay colonists – and that means conquerors.

            How does Islam jibe with German culture for example. Octoberfest, beer, pork, and buxom ladies? But poorly? Nay, not at all. It’s one or the other. You have to choose. I’d say choose your own culture, but that not politically correct, so….?

            In one Scandanavian country, they made Muslim immigrants watch soft core porn to help them assimilate. No doubt that only made them hate their “host” even more.

            France wants to make their ladies stop wearing the veil. A bit late for that, right? Trying to be fair since they don’t want Christians wearing the crucifix. It’s not going to work – on the Muslims at least.

      • 100th Avatar October 6, 2023 at 2:19 pm #

        It’s affectionately known as Mallgadishu
        So I’ve read

    • gustafson.robert.22 October 6, 2023 at 12:35 pm #

      Every time I try to read Moon of Alabama, I fall asleep.

      • megabeth October 6, 2023 at 3:19 pm #

        Oh! Moon of Alabama. I used to read a blog called Whiskey Bar 20 years ago. It was rather Dem-leaning. Very anti-Bush. Did it evolve into Moon of Alabama?

      • Islander October 6, 2023 at 7:28 pm #

        Good for you, if you have insomnia!

        The comments on the current CFN thread so dull, I am leaving to get some real discussion at Moon of Alabama.

        Ciao.

      • Paula D October 6, 2023 at 8:34 pm #

        At least the commenters on MoA don’t believe in the Holodomor myth.
        They’re a bit more skeptical than the commenters on CFN, as a whole.

        • gustafson.robert.22 October 6, 2023 at 8:43 pm #

          I don’t do very well with the geopolitics, the international affairs.

          • Paula D October 6, 2023 at 9:19 pm #

            Oh, yeah, it’s definitely centered on international issues.

        • Jarek October 7, 2023 at 1:34 pm #

          It’s pro-Russian propaganda then.

    • tom clark October 6, 2023 at 8:48 pm #

      “We’ve conflated politics and poor mental health until they are indistinguishable.”–Scott Adams

      Boy ain’t that the truth. Dilbert couldn’t have said it better.

  24. buckeyeman October 6, 2023 at 11:19 am #

    There’s no reason to dump all over Halloween. It’s a kids holiday, for crying out loud. If you insist on invoking a comparison with the oh-so-holy Christmas holiday, at least remember that no one knows what day or year Jesus was born and Christmas, as a holiday, was invented in about the fourth century AD.

    Moreover, the holiday we know as Christmas was an intentional appropriation of already existing mid-winter celebrations, from the Nordic Yule traditions (including the pagan “Christmas tree”) to the Roman Saturnalia. Christmas traditions are almost completely fabricated, from the “little drummer boy” to the Nordic reindeer and now… the Grinch (aargghh).

    Noticing the cadaveric spectre of “Joe Biden” lurking in the shadows is certainly apt, but the true terror is the complete collapse of our treasured “jurisprudence”. The smirking visage of “Judge” Engoron now haunts my nightmares.

    Worse yet, I see no salvation. We elected a man… a man who PROMISED us he would “drain the swamp” (and let’s be honest, we ALL knew what that meant). Instead, that man (Trump) fell, lovestruck, into bed with the swamp. His beloved daughter and son-in-law stood by like sick voyeurs, urging him on as he screwed the pooch.

    We now stagger under the double burden of insane leftist TDS sufferers and the equally insane Trump worshippers who believe that Trump is the greatest thing since, well… Christmas. Having not only failed to drain the swamp but, in fact, having not even tried, Trump, they say, is the only man on earth who can do it. We are lost.

    • jackrabbit October 6, 2023 at 11:42 am #

      Truly.

    • Beryl of Oyl October 6, 2023 at 11:49 am #

      It isn’t a kid’s holiday anymore, is the problem.

      It’s adults going all out for the occasion. I find it a little weird.

    • tuco22 October 6, 2023 at 12:06 pm #

      Well, we do know the year. Just look up the year Augustus Caesar levied a tax on Judea (Israel to you and me). Jesus was born during that year. And while we don’t know the day, we do know the “season” because the shepherds were in the fields, so it definitely wasn’t winter.

      • Q. Shtik October 6, 2023 at 4:30 pm #

        And while we don’t know the day, we do know the “season” because the shepherds were in the fields, so it definitely wasn’t winter. – tuco

        ===========

        In an attempt to resolve this question as to what season of the year Christ was born in, or not born in, I googled this question:

        “What is the average temperature on Christmas Day in Israel?”

        The answer was “The temp ranges from 55F to 67F in Tel Aviv.” It also added “it is mildly cool with a gentle breeze.”

        Further, I asked “on average, what is the coldest day of the year in Bethlehem, Israel?” The answer was “On January 25 the temp ranges from 41F to 53F.”

        These figures tell me that it is conceivable, although not likely, that Christ was born on December 25th.

    • OG October 6, 2023 at 12:28 pm #

      Christmas traditions are almost completely fabricated, from the “little drummer boy” to the Nordic reindeer and now… the Grinch (aargghh).

      Of course traditions were fabricated. Where do think traditions come from?

      Having not only failed to drain the swamp but, in fact, having not even tried, Trump, they say, is the only man on earth who can do it.

      You are, thankfully, so wrong. You cannot see the forest for the trees.

      I suggest that you watch Nick Alvear‘s documentary The Greatest Show on Earth.

      rumble.com/v3gx680-the-greatest-show-on-earth-2023.html

      Then you will then understand what truly has transpired since President Trump rode that escalator in June 2015 and where we are headed now as we enter 2024.

      • Cankerpuss October 6, 2023 at 1:38 pm #

        Christmas is getting damned odd. We first destroy a beautiful tree, install it in our living rooms, sing gleeful songs to it and then when the holiday is over toss it to the curb for the trash collector. We give lavish gifts to our spoiled children but then give the credit to a fat guy in a red coat who lives in the inhospitable north pole who flies in a big sled pulled by 8 reindeer with one of them having a nose that glows red. Lately, I’ve been re-evaluating my Christmas festivities and asking “what the hell is this?”

        Then there is Easter. How did the day to honor the resurrection of Christ after his crucifixion end up being represented by a fat rabbit who hops around at night laying colored eggs full of candy that he hides for the children to find? Baskets with plastic grass? Good hell, what is that?

        Yeah, I am a Cankerpuss. I admit it.

        If there are aliens they are looking down up on us with amazement and awe at the way we choose to entertain ourselves.

        • Jarek October 6, 2023 at 1:49 pm #

          As Horace said, you can drive nature out but it will return. St Boniface chopped down one of the great sacred trees of the Germans. Now the Christmas Tree is not only a staple of Christian culture, but it is nowhere bigger than in Germany.

          • 100th Avatar October 6, 2023 at 2:17 pm #

            Did you see the tree chopped down by Hadrian’s wall?
            A sycamore of a few hundred years.

            They kept press coverage to a minumum.

          • Jarek October 6, 2023 at 2:49 pm #

            Did the kid say why he did it? Supposedly an older man was involved as well.

          • megabeth October 6, 2023 at 3:27 pm #

            Lol. My childhood parish was St. Boniface. It recently chopped down its lovely white pines. None of them were dedicated to Jupiter, as far as I know.

        • JohnAZ October 7, 2023 at 12:04 am #

          Remember that Christianity took on aspects of local culture as it expanded. Rome gave Christ’s birthday Saturnalia, and end of the year celebration that became Christmas.

          Christ”s Mass, when did that become the birthday of Jesus. Most historians insist that Jesus was born in the summer.

          Easter came from Roman celebrations of the rebirth of spring after the death of winter. Think of rebirth and the vitality of spring represented by rabbits and eggs.

          Both are for the kids, hence sweets and big fat men bringing gifts.

          As the religious side of things has been a target of the Left over the years, is it any wonder that all holidays have been secularized.

          To the point that the celebration of evil, Halloween is becoming as potent to society as Christmas.

          What do you think, will Halloween be the central holiday for the Anti-Christ?

          • JohnAZ October 7, 2023 at 12:06 am #

            What about death, evil, and destruction fascinates people every Oct. 31?

    • BackRowHeckler October 6, 2023 at 1:46 pm #

      I agree about Halloween, Buck. Two little girls live across the street; they’re already working in their costumes. They love it. We love it when the kids come around for candy, just like we used to do when we were kids.

      Some of these pricks around here shut off their lights and lock their doors. CFNers, don’t be like them.

    • neurodoc October 6, 2023 at 2:19 pm #

      Buckeyeman: we ARE truly lost. Wait until my comment gets out of moderation and check out the USdeptclock site which I referenced (resulting in moderation). The total currency and derivative debt owed by banks is 632Trillion$ and going up by one million $ per SECOND. Its all on the site. The US Corporation cannot pay back their debt and the US Banks can’t pay back or unwind their derivatives. No president, no politician can fix this. When the banks go down, insurance companies will go down, and any business living off debt or credit lines (90% of them) goes down. We staring a major social and economic collapse in the face. All empires come to an end.

      • gustafson.robert.22 October 6, 2023 at 5:21 pm #

        This new podcast is good for checking your handle on issues of debt, currencies, energy and global finance dynamics.

        Nate Hagens with macroeconomic consultant Luke Gromen.

        youtu.be/bIq0o40Jo80?si=U6rDL1iLU8VfuPNc

      • Paula D October 6, 2023 at 8:36 pm #

        I’m pretty sure there is no actual moderator on this blog. Jim has no interns.

        Forget to take out the www, and you might as well start over.

        • gustafson.robert.22 October 6, 2023 at 8:42 pm #

          Petition to elect Paula D moderator.

          • Paula D October 6, 2023 at 9:20 pm #

            LOL, no thanks.

      • DaveO907 October 6, 2023 at 11:11 pm #

        Your comment is stuck in moderation limbo for eternity.
        Here: httpx://www.usdebtclock.org/

      • Ron Anselmo October 6, 2023 at 11:16 pm #

        Doc – check out The Great Taking by David Rogers Webb – thegreattaking.com – a just recently published quick read, 130 pgs or so – downloadable PDF. Very interesting. You especially, will like it. Few will understand it – you are one that will. Read it soon.

        • DaveO907 October 7, 2023 at 1:21 pm #

          Good recommendation, Ron. I read it a couple of weeks ago. It sews all and everything financial and of the economy up neatly. Why wouldn’t they? In their imperiousness? A very neat and tidy (for the Owners) “final solution.”

          I do wonder about the reactionary events it will set in motion though. There will be consequences for such a rash action. Long overdue consequences at that.

          • Ron Anselmo October 7, 2023 at 3:31 pm #

            Agreed Dave – It’s hard to argue his logic in the progression of law, making his described “taking”, a distinct possibility – even legal now.

            Since almost all debt encumbered assets have been securitized – mortgages, student loans, car loans – the holders of the securities, the “preferred creditors” have first right to the collateral, so it can all be taken by them.

            I’ve thought for a long time that CBDC is the end game – ultimate tyranny & ultimate control but wondered about how global implementation could be done. It can’t be done piecemeal, has to be across the board. Burning it all down at once seems probable, and his thoughts may be right on.

            Could just be one man’s opinion, but he knows his stuff and seems legit. I believe JHK was trying to get the author on his podcast, which may shed a little more light on the subject and his credentials.

            Seems that you can glean a lot about a person and their authenticity, when you see them in person – presentation, confidence, body language, tone, etc.

            Maybe Jim can get him on, and we’ll get a look-see. Hope so.

          • Ron Anselmo October 7, 2023 at 3:42 pm #

            A lingering thought – for about 15 years now.

            What exactly is the collateral behind student loans?

            There are marketable SLABS (student loan asset-backed securities), same as MBS (mortgages backed securities), with various tranches of risk, but I’ve never understood the collateral.

            Their diploma? Or just indentured servitude for life?

            To those much smarter than I am, I’m all ears.

  25. fugeguy October 6, 2023 at 11:20 am #

    “It will be hard to gaslight the country anymore when that happens. That will be the sobering moment when all the preposterous, mendacious, criminally insane propositions of recent years stand nakedly exposed.”

    Unfortunately, sans a complete collapse (which would result in Nukesville) the only thing that would happen if something was exposed is rebranding and a new cast of clowns.

    If one thinks not- just reflect on how RussiaGate played out. DS was caught red handed and not one single perp walk.

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    • fugeguy October 6, 2023 at 11:24 am #

      Not to be a complete doomer but right now the only choices seem to be accepting things as they are and make your own personal situation as good as possible or make peace with whether or not one wants to be a survivor of a large nuclear exchange.

      Fundamental reform and improvement is not longer an option. “We” (all of us have let things go to far for that.

      • tuco22 October 6, 2023 at 12:08 pm #

        I’m afraid you’re right about that.

      • 100th Avatar October 6, 2023 at 12:13 pm #

        When you let those who outlaw any and all criticism of their subset’s machinations, their tendency to destroy, ravage, and parasitize, their history of doing the same in society after society, in countries and continents, and you do not heed the many and unambiguous warnings from Franklin to Jefferson to FDR to Ford.
        This is what you have.

        One big inexplicable coincidence.
        Verboten to mention the common denominator.

        Perhaps because some will extend the charge to all.
        As is the tendency of humanity. Lump everyone in.

        Yet one only need to read through the names making the decisions.
        It is undeniable, but unspoken.

        • Jarek October 6, 2023 at 1:51 pm #

          Your people, right?

  26. Cankerpuss October 6, 2023 at 11:23 am #

    JHK took the words out of my mouth with his description of Halloween and the apparent obsession of Americans with death and evil. Every year I see more and more elaborate displays of Halloweens demons and ghouls and fewer and fewer displays of Christmas lights and nativity scenes. Mr. Kunstler, you just described how I have been feeling for a very long time.

    We are a society that worships death. Just look around you.

    1. Abortion is celebrated and preserved at all cost.
    2. Nearly every movie and TV show that is made involves murder, torture or some other form of horror.
    3. We spend countless millions protecting the rights of serial murderers and even make TV shows about them, interview them, and are fascinated by them.
    4. Just look at the average common person. They are ugly. Degenerate. Covered with unrecognizable tattoos, piercings and generally just fat and filthy. Few there be that care about themselves anymore.

    That divine spark that made us better than the dogs we now place on a pedestal above our children has been extinguished.

    We are culture of death, no longer a culture of life. Life is no longer celebrated and upheld. A dying society too far gone to stop and evaluate its choices and behaviors.

    Pathetic.

    • 100th Avatar October 6, 2023 at 11:35 am #

      Don’t forget about that other form of entertainment: gaming.
      Nothing more than people shooting other people.

      • Cankerpuss October 6, 2023 at 1:22 pm #

        Good one. Spot on.

      • Cankerpuss October 6, 2023 at 1:24 pm #

        Another one came to mind. Football. Grown men beating the hell out of each other turning their minds to mush, destroying knees, shoulders and ankles. The only difference between football players and ancient gladiators is the players today wear pads and don’t kill each other during the event.

        • tuco22 October 6, 2023 at 1:29 pm #

          And the pay is definitely better.

        • Jarek October 6, 2023 at 1:53 pm #

          No, not football. Not the great American game! What would guys do without the game to watch?

          • 100th Avatar October 6, 2023 at 2:16 pm #

            Pay attention to their wives
            Who are paying attention to their Tennis instructors

          • RD3 October 6, 2023 at 2:33 pm #

            Their wives are watching reality tv and stuffing their faces with Doritos

          • Jimpa October 6, 2023 at 3:06 pm #

            Got that right. Love football.Except for the end racism in the end zone, and other such crap injected into it now.

    • Beryl of Oyl October 6, 2023 at 12:14 pm #

      Societies that worship sex eventually become societies that worship death.

      • cowbell81 October 6, 2023 at 12:25 pm #

        What about combining the two? Pornographic snuff films. Can’t get any sicker than that. Only in America! (And several Eastern European countries that shall remain nameless….)

      • Cankerpuss October 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm #

        Now that is a thought worth merit. The two definitely seem to go hand in hand don’t they. Our society today, at least entertainment, revolves entirely around death and sex. No doubt about it.

      • Cankerpuss October 6, 2023 at 1:31 pm #

        Beryl, maybe take it even a little farther. Death, sex and alcohol (drugs). Alcohol is a scourge upon our society. Death, sex and crime always surround it.

        • OG October 6, 2023 at 1:42 pm #

          Yes. Hard liquor is called “Spirits” for a reason.

          • Jimpa October 6, 2023 at 3:08 pm #

            Man, you guys are buzz killers.

      • Jarek October 6, 2023 at 1:56 pm #

        life/death are one and the same. Because all that is born must die.

        True religion has to do with Life, not life. And true evil is that which is against Life – call it Death. Or call the first the God or the Good and the other Satan or Evil.

        Fertility rituals aren’t evil in and of themselves. But they can easily become so by being corrupted by evil.

      • Heartlander October 6, 2023 at 3:31 pm #

        Beryl of Oyl:

        “Societies that worship sex eventually become societies that worship death.”

        I’m not sure why that is, or how it happens, but dang, it is absolutely true.

        Maybe it’s something to do with failing to recognize human beings as being made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27). And what makes us “in God’s image” is something that lies deeper than the body, i.e., the soul or spirit. It is that spirit that makes us living beings (Genesis 2:7).

        Deny that we are divine — and created and animated by the Divine — and what are you left with? The delusion that we are nothing more than mortal bodies, just like the animals. Well, then, the Enemy would have us USE those bodies for mere pleasure as much as we can and for as long as we can, and then dispose of it as degradingly, contempuously, and even violently as possible, surrounded with as much ugliness as possible.

        • JohnAZ October 7, 2023 at 12:17 am #

          Sex is fun!!!!

          Sex feels great!!!!

          Sex relieves anxiety, the primary goal of living.

          God gave us sex as a really great way to propagate.

          Except that today, nobody wants the results of that propagation. Everyone wants the “play” in sex without the responsibility.

          Abortion!!!!!!

          Abortion is murder!!!

          It is murder because the combined DNA of two germ cells contain all the information needed to make a 21 year old adult. The state should be protecting that entity.

          • gustafson.robert.22 October 7, 2023 at 6:32 am #

            Love how people who swallow every kind of artificiality and unnaturalness in our civilization otherwise, will scream “murder!” about abortion, one of the only counterbalancing factors to all the artificial preventers of natural childhood mortality we’ve eliminated by squeezing the Earth like a one-use sponge.

            A very strange, selective, convenient and erronious view of God and what “His” intentions are.

          • JohnAZ October 7, 2023 at 9:43 am #

            Huh???

            Simple chore, right?

            Convince yourself that a creation of God, a human being defined by his/her DNA at conception is not a human being, just a blob of protoplasm.

            IOW, deny the existence of God Himself who created everything.

            Just what percentage of abortions are to prevent childhood mortality or mother mortality and how many would be for the convenience of two people who went oops?

            Do you really believe God intends for us to just cut his creations out of uteri?

          • Paula D October 7, 2023 at 11:43 am #

            30% of all pregnancies end in spontaneous abortion.

            Explain why God does that, please.

            Especially when a lot of those were wanted and planned pregnancies.

          • megabeth October 7, 2023 at 11:47 am #

            A bit extreme, for a nurse. Have you ever worked in Labor & Delivery? Ever experienced a miscarriage? I ask, because I have worked in L&D and have gone through 7 miscarriages, most of them early ones, thank goodness. Mother Nature/God/the human body/the universe kills zygotes like nobody’s business. It is a losing battle to protect fertilized eggs from mothers who probably do not want them. Your definition of murder sounds less like consensus and more like a personal credo.

            I do agree with the larger point, of course, and personally would never end a pregnancy on purpose.

          • Jarek October 7, 2023 at 1:39 pm #

            Good points. Nature isn’t God. And there can be too much of a good thing, be it ice cream, deer, or people (putting our best foot forward as in “made in the image of God”.

            God is perfect. Nature is not. Since Nature is not, we have the right to kill the unborn? That doesn’t follow. But Gus’s point still stands. This is a limited planet. And billions are due to die fairly soon, be it from Nature or the evil hands of evil men.

          • Soul Forensics October 7, 2023 at 3:24 pm #

            “Nature isn’t God.” — Jarek

            “God against man. Man against God. Man against nature. Nature against man. Nature against God. God against nature. Very funny religion!”

            — D.T. Suzuki

  27. Organist1022 October 6, 2023 at 12:08 pm #

    The ridiculous giant figures are a reflection of movies and video games. These people are left flat by anything that doesn’t slap them in the face visually. Over-the-top is the way to go.

    Inflatables are just depressing, for either holiday. A damp, nasty pile on the ground all day. ?

    • cowbell81 October 6, 2023 at 12:26 pm #

      The only inflatables I like are those happy dancer guys that are sometimes found in front of used auto dealers. They bounce around and seem all happy to be there.

      Of yeah, and then there are the inflatables that are of a more personal nature that we probably should not talk about…lol

      • Cankerpuss October 6, 2023 at 1:28 pm #

        LOL. I like those dancer guys too. They are quite entertaining.

        I also like the giant Coke can or King Kong balloon that often appear in front of a used auto dealer. Not sure what Coke and Kong have to do with car sales, but, it works. It definitely draws the attention of the masses. Almost as effectively as free hotdogs!

        • BackRowHeckler October 6, 2023 at 1:36 pm #

          Nothing beats free hotdogs!

          • tuco22 October 6, 2023 at 2:15 pm #

            With mustard and onions!

      • megabeth October 6, 2023 at 3:33 pm #

        Robert Plant and Alison Krauss did a video with floppy car dealership inflatables. A real toe-tapper, it was. Trying to remember the title. “Can’t Let Go,” I think.

        Good duo. Plant had to actually buckle down and learn how to harmonize–well into his old age.

    • 100th Avatar October 6, 2023 at 12:40 pm #

      You can extend this to the American palate.

      From everything from food to wine to beer to cigars.

      Irreparably damaged from sugar, salt, spice, and sauce.

      Most Europeans can enjoy, let alone distinguish, unulderated flavors.
      Nuanced. Depth.

      Not so much here.
      Salt, spice, sugar, fried, cheesified!

      It infects everything.
      Beer becomes hop filled bitter bombs (a disguise for poor brewing technique). ABV at 8+ person, bitterness “units” through the roof of the mouth.
      We want more! Harder!

      Wine becomes blended fruit bombs.

      It is a wonder how Champagne is booming. My suspicion it is a yellow label/brand status thing more than people detecting brioche, fruit, toast and cream.

      Then we have the American cigar market. “Flavor bombs!” Cigars stuffed from tobacco sourced from eveywhere and anywhere to give enthusiasts that peppery nico-bomb with constant flavor changes lest we become bored!
      Cubans are better off in the mouths of the appreciative it seems.

      Even the “news”cycle falls victim.
      Nothing is shocking. It is all in line with collapse.
      Nothing stimulates. Surrender.

      • cowbell81 October 6, 2023 at 12:55 pm #

        Cubans are good, if you can get them. Unfortunately, JFK lives on with the embargo restrictions.

        Add to that good Russian caviar and vodka, also scarce commodities here stateside.

        • 100th Avatar October 6, 2023 at 1:10 pm #

          I think a few Polish producers are the only source of potato derived Vodka in the US.
          Caspian caviar I believe is available but that price coupled with the sketchy sourcing is too risky.

      • tuco22 October 6, 2023 at 1:24 pm #

        Kind of reminds me of the movie Zardoz.

        • tuco22 October 6, 2023 at 1:27 pm #

          With Washington, DC, as the Vortex and everything outside of it is the wastelands and barbarism.

      • tuco22 October 6, 2023 at 2:18 pm #

        I think it started with the gum in the 60’s. Fruit Stripe, all the sour flavor gums. I seem to remember a gum that was a packet of small colored gum bits, can’t remember the name anymore.

        • Disaffected October 6, 2023 at 3:04 pm #

          Chicklets.

          • Disaffected October 6, 2023 at 3:05 pm #

            Ain’t it funny the brain deems necessary to store after 65 years?

          • Rowdypiglet October 6, 2023 at 3:53 pm #

            Ah, Chiclets. Always to be found in the glove compartment of my grandparents’ car. Also in the little vending machines in the train station, so my association is of going into the city with my mother to shop on occasion. She always wore a nice dress, with a hat and gloves. *sigh*

        • megabeth October 6, 2023 at 3:38 pm #

          Mini-chiclets? About the size of Sen-Sen.

          I just love the heck out of Beeman’s and Teaberry gum; my dad would give me sticks of those, back in the 1960s. Mom always offered a half-stick of Juicy Fruit from the depths of her purse. That was kind of awful.

          • DaveO907 October 6, 2023 at 11:21 pm #

            Pepsin, Clove & Blackjack Beemans

            Soapy-tasting (just a hint!) Sen-Sens.
            Primal memories.

            “But wait!” There’s more!”

            httpx://www.amazon.com/Beemans-Black-Jack-Clove-Chewing/dp/B07VS4HYGK/ref=asc_df_B07VS4HYGK?tag=bngsmtphsnus-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=80333185695392&hvnetw=s&hvqmt=e&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-4583932713591035&psc=1

      • Soul Forensics October 6, 2023 at 4:39 pm #

        IPA is shit. Can’t believe how it’s got a market foothold.

        • Night Owl October 6, 2023 at 5:20 pm #

          Depends. I usually like dark stuff from Belgium (Trappist) or S. Germany, but if you know where to look, there are some very good IPAs.

          I recommend Pax: https://pax-braeu.de/

          IPA is seasonal, and they do some very interesting beers in general. The last one I had was made with Szechuan pepper and cilantro.

          😀

          • Soul Forensics October 6, 2023 at 6:04 pm #

            The Rhoner pale ale looks intriguing. Have you had it?

            It’s moot for me since they don’t sell it over here.

          • Night Owl October 7, 2023 at 11:10 am #

            Not yet. Over the past few years, they had a couple of IPAs that were very good. The Rhöner Pale Ale seems to have replaced them for the summer.

            Funny thing over here is that ower in this case is not legally allowed to call this beer in the German sense, as he does not follow the Rheinheitsgebot. Instead, he has to call his products “brewer specialties.”

        • gustafson.robert.22 October 6, 2023 at 8:41 pm #

          Buuuuuuuuuusssssssssschhhh

        • megabeth October 7, 2023 at 11:50 am #

          IPAs are truly bad. Like grapefruit wine or something.

          • DaveO907 October 7, 2023 at 1:07 pm #

            Nope. Alaskan ‘Icy Bay’ IPA is a superb IPA beer.
            As a lifelong imbiber (drunken sailor in my past,) I am so glad this beer came along for my dotage, and that my very sensitive even now tastebuds are able to appreciate it.

            I will say one thing I’ve noticed while recently traveling to and from the Pacific NW back to Alaska, there has been a proliferation of IPA specialty breweries and in line with the general criticism in this thread, the brewers have added a shit-ton of ‘floral’ ingredients, citrus-fruity this, fruity that, in an apparent effort to satisfy the ‘Murican predilection for hyper-sweetness on the palate, and perhaps even as mentioned above, to disguise an inferior brew.
            Which Alaskan “Icy Bay” IPA assuredly is not.
            Ultimately, to each his own.

  28. cedricward October 6, 2023 at 1:00 pm #

    Halloween
    is all about
    supposedly
    demure
    women
    dressing up
    as
    a sexy
    French maid.

    • Soul Forensics October 6, 2023 at 4:41 pm #

      Good, but you’ve mixed the singular with the plural.

      (I always avoid the Q. pedantry, but when you put it to verse, the stakes go up.)

  29. malthuss October 6, 2023 at 2:05 pm #

    Conga Fever and or Ebola is here.

    • 100th Avatar October 6, 2023 at 2:27 pm #

      Conga fever? Is that a Miami area dance craze?

  30. liber8tor October 6, 2023 at 2:15 pm #

    Mister Anderrrson…we’ve been keeping an eye on you.

    Honest Agent Smith, I don’t know a Donald Trump. I don’t like him..I never voted for him.

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  31. Roundball Shaman October 6, 2023 at 3:29 pm #

    “Supposedly hard-up working-class people go all-out constructing Halloween shrines to the totem figures of decay and death… the celebration of horror and terror has way more meaning in America these days than the message of peace-on-earth, angels-on-high…”

    There is NO peace on Earth. And the Angels are GETTING high to deal with horrors They see going on here down below every hour in this lower dimension of insanity.

    And somehow, the Halloween Season these days just isn’t the same one we grew up with since we are all living through horrors and nightmares all Year long.

    And the demons and ghouls that we see on a daily basis on United States Incorporated State Media are scarier than anything that the darkness and most twisted creative writers and movie depictions can come up with.

    We have Orange Man… whose head looks something like a Pumpkin if you look at it from the right angle. And we The Resident… who with his bad plastic surgery and permanently confused and befuddled look looks like a twisted Charlie Brown when he looks into his goodie bag and sees that he once again got nothing but… a rock.

    We have The Cackler… who bears the default face of, ‘I can’t believe I’m still here and that I have actually made nice career for myself out of doing this crap!’

    We have the Brilliant (seriously, no sarc) Governor of Florida who should have been savvy enough to pass 2024 by and let The Orange Man continue to suck up all the energy in the room as he will continue to do until he is off the political scene. Florida Man should have waited for 2028 – unless he thinks we aren’t going to make it that far?

    We have Mister ‘Oh, gee, look at my real pretty hair!’ from the Once-Golden-But-Now-Rusted-And-Busted State of California who expects to be elect… er… ‘installed’ as President by virtue of how stunning his hair is and because he is fully true and committed to the dark agenda and vision of the Dark Staters who are fouling and taking full possession of Planet Earth. (‘And his HAIR was PERFECT!’, the old song goes).

    And we have the true prophet and hero of Our Age… Junior… who was on the right side of Vax Issue all along and who still believes there’s a tiny window for a bit of Camelot to emerge in These Battered & Confused States.

    American Politics is Cartoons for Adults. American Political dialog is carried on at mentality level of those who enjoy the worst of Saturday morning cartoons. Politics is like watching Svengoolie on Me-TV on a Saturday night but the Nation’s version goes on all week and years without end and with political characters that are much more dangerous and scary than anything that ‘Ole Sven will ever show.

    Naw, they’ve ruined Halloween by making it the default governance system for Our Nation.

    Want to really scare the hell out of ‘Them’? Stay sane, stay grounded, stay strong, stay rational, keep-on-believin’- and never give in to their dream of installing Hell on Earth.

    Even when Our hair is less than… perfect.

    • Ron Anselmo October 7, 2023 at 1:19 am #

      RS – you’re 100% correct on DeSantis.

      Especially as federal influence ebbs, and as states get more self-sufficient and lean more toward self-governing, and state-level priorities – Red States anyway.

      Red States would sooner be done with the federal government, if they could only get off the federal tit – eating dirt if we have to.

      Blue States of course, want to stay on the federal tit, so they can have some milk with their free cookies.

      Signed, a 4th Generation Floridian

      • Roundball Shaman October 7, 2023 at 3:25 pm #

        Ron Anselmo: “Especially as federal influence ebbs, and as states get more self-sufficient and lean more toward self-governing, and state-level priorities – Red States anyway. Red States would sooner be done with the federal government…”

        America’s Founding Fathers believed in preeminent power and rights in The (Individual) States and not a gargantuan, power-mad Federal Centralized government. How ‘bout that! There was the answer all along… which of course the gargantuan, power-mad Federal Centralized government ignored as well as a good chunk of The People.

        When you open a box with a new thing in it… isn’t it best to read and follow the directions? Apparently not for some Nations. They just throw the directions away… or totally ignore them as if they never existed.

        If only our Nation had stayed true to course of the original brilliant vision of The Founding Fathers. It’s unbelievable how many of our current problems would never have occurred in the first place. Little things like a Civil War, getting involved in endless wars around the World, vaccine mandates from power drunk political hacks and Nazi-inspired scientists, impeachments, crushing taxation and regulation… you know, little things like that.

        • Ron Anselmo October 7, 2023 at 10:57 pm #

          RS – my thoughts exactly, but you always outdo yourself with your well-organized thoughts & articulation. I just tease the subject and wait for you to clarify it.

          As I understand the supreme law, federal government is responsible for 1) minting of the currency, and 2) national security, and nothing more.

          They’ve screwed those two up, as well as every other thing they’ve touched, which they were never responsible for in the first place.

          The federal government is like morally superior, self-righteous, overbearing parents of late teens.

          “This is my house, and as long as you live under my roof, you will follow my rules!”

          “Fuck your rules, I’m leaving!”

          “OK, but remember, you’ll no longer be getting your allowance!”

          “Fuck your allowance, I don’t need it!”

          Allowance = Cookie

          • Roundball Shaman October 8, 2023 at 2:36 pm #

            Ron Anselmo: “The federal government is like morally superior, self-righteous, overbearing parents of late teens.”

            Parents can be the greatest blessing or the worst curse in a young person’s life. We are each born naked (in more ways than one) and vulnerable. We are born with a pure and clean slate of body, soul, and mind… and parents are the first and primary influence to begin to etch their own thoughts, ideas, dreams, hurts, pathology, and inspirations into the exposed youth. And that youth spends the rest of his or her life dealing with all that has been downloaded – both good and bad – into the vessel of that new life the parents created.

            And good parents know that they don’t just want to hand their kids a full box of the toxic crap that they themselves were handed by their parents… or that they picked up along the way in their own lives. Good parents transcend the toxicity of their own upbringing and elevate and illuminate the lives of their children.

            Now… wouldn’t it be something if Government thought that way?

            Instead, Government is a spoiled brat that pounds the table and wants their way all the time in all things and they cry and yelp and blubber and punish those around them when they don’t get it.

          • Ron Anselmo October 8, 2023 at 8:52 pm #

            RS – you have the definition of parenting – good, bad or indifferent, very well-defined. Your insights always are interesting & valuable.

            Mine was a secession metaphor (getting off the federal tit – teat, more proper):

            “This is my house, and as long as you live under my roof, you will follow my rules!”

            “Fuck your rules, I’m leaving!”

            “OK, but remember, you’ll no longer be getting your allowance!”

            “Fuck your allowance, I don’t need it!”

  32. jim October 6, 2023 at 4:08 pm #

    JHK is particularly persuasive when he notes “that the blob has lately subsumed the state” and is now in a further totalitarian move, specifically targeting the MAGA crowd for potential incarceration or worse. He is also on firm ground when he identifies MAGA, Bobby Kennedy, Jr., and the brilliant tactical maneuvers by Mr. Gaetz in the House, especially getting rid of McCarthy, all as steps towards strengthening populist forces.

    Where JHK may be most off is his sense of the potential degree of immediate economic instability in our financial and economic sectors:

    “A true life horror lies in the crumbling, bond market, the foundation of the money and banking system, that is supposed to support the on-the-ground economy… the bond market is stumbling badly. As rates rise, banks’ collateral melts away and they go bust, liquidation moves to stock markets, derivatives implode, and vast resources of capital vanish.”

    In order to better evaluate the likelihood of such a cascading financial economic outcome, it is important to keep technical details in mind—what I call awareness of the thwarting cascade mechanism:

    1. In March 2023, the Federal Reserve established its Bank Term Funding Program to provide emergency liquidity to banks due to rises in long-term interest rates that caused markdowns in the values of bond securities in their respective portfolios.

    2. The extreme losses at Silicon Valley Bank and First Republic were also due to the panicked withdrawal of loads of uninsured deposits as well as low profit margins in their bank loan portfolios.

    From my perspective, the origins of some kind of cascading, financial economic crisis is more likely to originate in the increasing political instability we will be facing in the future–2024.

    • tucsonspur October 6, 2023 at 6:14 pm #

      ‘Brilliant tactical maneuver’? Gaetz is eyeing the Florida governorship (2026) and chaos gets you coverage and coverage gets you money. What are his objectives and how does he explain this ousting besides calling McCarthy a traitor to the cause? How does he expect to get things done in a highly fractured political environment?

      As has been said, ‘Gaetz essentially launched the procedural equivalent of invading Afghanistan with no obvious way to declare victory or to leave.’

      Again, this incident also clearly illustrates the perils of Democracy. Eight, yes eight, republicans side with the democrats and oust the speaker. 210 repubs voted against the ouster.

      I await the significant achievements that the so-called populist forces will obtain in the Congress.

    • DaveO907 October 6, 2023 at 11:36 pm #

      We’re on our third mortgage of borrowed time. The world knows and is trying like hell to get out from under the $USD. (40 + nations trying to join BRICS.)

      Flocks of black swans flying everywhere. Which one will fly off the handle first? Once it does, our days are numbered more specifically.

      My guess is it starts in Japan. Their debt to GDP ratio is approaching 300% (just heard that—not confirmed,) while ours nests at about 127%. They are our biggest UST holders.

      I dunno. But I’m noivous about our immediate future that leads into the even scarier long term. We’ve gotten far too accustomed to living big lies, especially since 2008, back when an $800 billion TARP bailout was ‘big’ money.

      We’re going to find out—soon enough.

      • DaveO907 October 7, 2023 at 12:47 am #

        George Gammon knows a helluva lot more than me (I just found this) and he shoots a few holes in my “theories,” but the black swans are still in the picture.

        “Warning: The Economy may not Survive This”

        httpx://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBgOCct3OvA&list=TLPQMDYxMDIwMjN-dzjNwUQltQ&index=15

        And meanwhile, back at the ranch, the central banks—including and especially for us’ns the Fed, have continued their squirming ways in how to squeeze us even harder as we approach implosion.

        John Titus (YT Channel “Best Evidence”) is the watchdog economist of our time, working alongside Catherine Austin Fitts (the other U.S. financial watchdog of our time.) He credits and thanks CAF for her input; he also writes for her “Solari Report.”

        “Presenting The Fed’s Perfect Plan For U.S. Dollar’s Oblivion”

        httpx://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0u5h579ZeU&list=TLPQMDYxMDIwMjN-dzjNwUQltQ&index=1

        All told, said and done, we have uncountable pipers to pay. This. Can’t. Go. On.
        And it ain’t going to either. Damn. We’re in for a helluva scary ride. ‘Cept most of us are going to be struggling to walk.

    • JohnAZ October 7, 2023 at 10:10 am #

      I think the secret the Deep State uses to quell the revolt is the monetary printing press. The answer to everything for them is to spend, spend, and spend. Whenever bad economic news hits, roll the presses, give out more money without increases in wealth. Inflate the negatives out of existence.

      Right now, we are entering stage two of this inflation cycle. The workers, the unions, have had enough of the discrepancy between spending power of the wage market and the slowing but continuing escalation in prices. Their demands for a 4 day work week and big increases in pay are going to shoot up the inflation rate. Not a guess, the 10+% inflation of the 70s shows it already.

      The inflation report is a crock. It shows a slowing trend in the percentage but not one indication of a reversal of prices. Why? Easy! It is because the money is there, in place in the money supply, with no means of removal.

      As long as the Deep State believes in inflation is the key to keeping the lid on the can, the dollar will continue its downward worth.

      Who really cares if a loaf of bread costs a hundred dollars? Not he Deep State!!!

      Seriously, so what if a loaf of bread costs that much as long as Joe Average is making a minimum wage of $100000 a year. And immigrants are receiving the same.

      • DaveO907 October 7, 2023 at 1:29 pm #

        Aye-aye, sir. You’ve summed it neatly.

  33. Q. Shtik October 6, 2023 at 4:11 pm #

    I have just finished reading the first 181 comments and it has been very frustrating. I think I only understood maybe 25 or 30 of them. I am seriously wondering if it’s my own brain that is failing.

    I did notice one or two hundred spelling, grammar, and usage errors. I’ll mention only one. Somebody spelled occasionally as occassionally.

    • cowbell81 October 6, 2023 at 4:51 pm #

      That would be Cankerpuss that spelled it “occassionally”. I was curious and did a search. Whew, wasn’t me!

      I can imagine little puffs of steam coming out of your ears as you read progressively further and the spelling, grammar, and usage errors began piling up.

    • gustafson.robert.22 October 6, 2023 at 4:59 pm #

      “Occuring at certain moments in time that can only be identified by Cassio watches.”

    • DaveO907 October 7, 2023 at 1:32 pm #

      It’s a word—one of several—that in its permutations has me repeatedly scratching my head and even becoming frustrated in spelling correctly, a problem I never had with it for my entire life.

      Muh brain, what has happened to ye…?

  34. Rowdypiglet October 6, 2023 at 4:17 pm #

    Today’s offering by our host has filled me with longing for the past, and for a kind of childhood that no child can experience now or, likely, ever again.

    My grandfather always took me out on Halloween and walked up and down our small-town street with me, having a bit of a chat with everyone whose house we visited.

    The doors were all opened by stay at home mothers, sometimes grandmothers, who made a great fuss over each child’s mostly homemade costumes. They plied us with cookies they’d baked, brownies on little plates, hot cocoa and hugs. The only decorations were carved pumpkins with a candle inside and fall flowers in pots on the doorsteps. Among the candy treats were odd little charms and knick-knacks, some of which I still have – a tiny pair of metal scissors less than an inch long (yes, they worked and still do), a little girl looking out a window which, when turned around, showed the same girl looking out from inside the house.

    The spooky element derived from the fact that most of us were never out and about after dark, when anything might happen in the shadows. Our imaginations were free from serial killers and chainsaw wielding maniacs, of which we knew nothing, so our fears were pretty tame by present standards. I was afraid of witches but I was with my grandfather who was more than a match for the worst of them. Nothing bad could happen in his presence.

    I still recall vividly the little frisson of fear, set against a background so comforting as to make it enjoyable. The smell of fallen leaves on the ground, woodburning fireplaces, and percolating coffee drifting together as doors were opened by people we trusted, people who loved us.

    I wish I could give this to every child alive now.

    • Soul Forensics October 6, 2023 at 4:49 pm #

      Thanks for that touching post, Rowdy.

      The people we visited on our Hallowe’en haunts gave us chocolate bars (the apex of treats), but homemade crafted goodies, as well.

      As for the fear element, very few houses had any sort of front yard paraphernalia, but of those that did, it was understated, even homely. The biggest fear for us was that the houses were often deeply inset, with a lot of space between one and others, so the experience was like entering a new, dark, unsure environment, with dogs barking, natural fog, and creaking steps (lower middle-class neighbourhood).

      Great fun.

    • cowbell81 October 6, 2023 at 4:56 pm #

      That was touching, such a perfect life in a well-ordered society. This is how children should rightly be brought up. Unfortunately, their lives have been invaded by the corrupt morals of the West, all the technology gadgets like cell phones, and cheap crap that has flooded our homes from China. You are right, we will likely never again see a time like you described.

      • JohnAZ October 7, 2023 at 10:16 am #

        Yeah, everything was okay until some very sick folks started putting razor blades and needles into candy and then that was exaggerated by our friendly MSM.

        The days you are reminiscing about also had kids being able to walk home from school and play and do sports without soccer moms and dads hovering about.

        How will kids ever learn to be independent if they are not allowed to be so?

        Sorta explains Gen Z.

    • DaveO907 October 7, 2023 at 1:38 pm #

      I had much the same in my experience, RP. Thanks for putting it in words. And in keeping with the topic, it’s truly haunting, for our collective lost innocence.
      Things have truly gone to shit here, especially when we can so readily recall how different childhood was then. Even with seminal events like the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis being front and center at the same time.

  35. anmariwakaranai October 6, 2023 at 5:07 pm #

    Valentina Papagna, sept 22/23

    Blessed Mother keeps coming to me in a vision, reminding me, “Nothing is more important than to Consecrate everyone to my safe refuge, to my Immaculate Heart every day.”

    “Valentina, my child, there is not much time to waste. Now is the time to keep close to me and to offer to me everyone that you meet and encounter. There are great things that will envelop the world now, and you will not comprehend unless you are close to me. In that way, I will protect you and cover you with my Maternal Mantle.”

    She was happy when she said to me, “But don’t be afraid, my children. There is so much to look forward to. You will be entering into the New Era of Peace. I cannot tell you the beauty that you will experience, that my Son is preparing for you.”

    “Valentina, tell my children that they have to pray very hard and to have courage; it is their decision if they want to come (into the New Era of Peace). Tell them not to fear. They have to have courage and a strong faith in our Lord Jesus. He will help them.”

    We thank you Blessed Mother for taking care of us, your children.

    Blessed Mother wants us to consecrate all the people around us to her Immaculate Heart, as she said there is not much time to waste. We can do this by consecrating to her all the people we pass by and see — in shopping centers, on the road, in our workplaces, and elsewhere.

    We can say this prayer:
    “Blessed Mother, as I pass through this place,

    and I meet many people along the way,

    I consecrate myself and all of these people that pass me by

    to your Immaculate Heart.

    Please protect them and save them. Amen”
    ………….

    Afterthewarning.com Jar, read the priest in purgatoey one!

    On point today jhk.

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    • OG October 6, 2023 at 5:51 pm #

      Thank you for this, anmari. It is peace and tranquility to hear and ponder this message in the din of the day. God bless you.

    • Jarek October 7, 2023 at 1:42 pm #

      Hell is littered with the heads of Bishops.

      Some saint, can’t remember which.

      See you in purgatory, ani! We’ll have lots of time and I’ll teach your philosophy.

  36. Q. Shtik October 6, 2023 at 5:14 pm #

    For me, growing up in the mid ’40s to mid ’50s, the celebration of Halloween consisted officially of two days, Halloween itself (Oct 31st) and the evening of Oct 30th which was known as “Mischief Night.” The mischief we did consisted primarily of soaping up car windows and of ringing peoples’ doorbells and running away. We snickered (or is it sniggered?) as the home owner opened the front door and looked both ways but nobody was there.

    Actually, we extended Mischief Night throughout the entire month of October. By the time Halloween rolled around it would be rare to see a car that did not have soaped up windows.

    On Halloween Day (not in the evening) we went out “trick or treating.” I don’t recall parents ever accompanying their children during these candy collecting outings. There was one house where the woman always gave out home baked cupcakes. Her name was Mrs. Knoll.

    As a side note and a coincidence, my maternal grandfather was born on October 31, 1883 and his oldest child, my mother, died on October 31, 1995.

    The whole thing about Halloween and its relationship to death is that the next day, November 1st, is “All Souls Day” so the day preceding is the Hallow (or Holy) evening (een) before it. All this is totally forgotten in today’s world.

    • tucsonspur October 6, 2023 at 5:31 pm #

      Yeah Q, and it’s also the time of ‘Dia de Los Muertos’ celebrated the first few days of November. Mexicans face up to the reality of death and are happy to rejoin with their departed loved ones during this time of celebration.

      • BackRowHeckler October 6, 2023 at 8:14 pm #

        Is that the Day of the Dead that Malcolm Lowry wrote about in his novel ‘Under the Volcano’?

        • tucsonspur October 7, 2023 at 4:09 am #

          Yes, it is, takes place during that time. Lowry was also an alcoholic, and his own vomit put the death choke on him before he was fifty.

          His writing lives on, and maybe that’s good part of the reason that writer’s write, to defy death.

          • BackRowHeckler October 7, 2023 at 7:03 am #

            TS, some people say that Lowry’s wife Margery murdered him. Yes he did die at age 47. She just couldn’t take anymore.

            Critics, when talking about alcoholic authors, usually mention Tennessee Williams, Jack Kerouac, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, John Cheever and others.

            But none of them drank like Malcolm Lowry.

          • Soul Forensics October 7, 2023 at 2:38 pm #

            Lowry wrote his major work in a rustic alcove on the outskirts of my city, no running water, heat, or electricity. And, during that time, little booze!

            Whether Margerie killed him or not, without her editing, criticism, and caretaking, he never would have completed UTV, let alone had the quality of that finished product, without her.

      • WadeWaters October 7, 2023 at 2:08 am #

        I wonder if La Dia de Los Muertos has any connection to the Aztecs.

        Back in the day when you could still take heart.

    • Q. Shtik October 6, 2023 at 5:32 pm #

      Almost forgot to mention: As a fully grown adult, Peter would actually take off work on Halloween Day to be at home to greet all the kids that came to his door. He would keep count of the number of kids he gave candy to and proudly tell Bo and me the big headcount number.

      • Jarek October 7, 2023 at 1:45 pm #

        Thank you for remembering that, Q. Peter was wonderful in some ways, even if only small and few.

        What did Peter do for a living? What kind of business did he have at the end?

        • Q. Shtik October 7, 2023 at 10:39 pm #

          What did Peter do for a living? What kind of business did he have at the end? – Jar

          ==========

          Way back when, Peter got a job as a salesman for a guy named Jack. Jack’s business was outfitting warehouses with metal racking and other warehouse related equipment.

          Jack loved two things, golf and alcohol. Eventually he succumbed to the alcohol. He left the business to three of his employees (two men and one woman) of which Peter was one. Jack had two daughters but they weren’t interested in the business.

          Peter and the woman bought out the other guy. Now it was just Peter and the woman. She was the inside person who handled the books. Peter considered his main function to be taking potential customers out to lunch. He used to brag that Jack would get mad at him if the expense reports for schmoozing customers was not big enough. This, of course, was total BS.

          The woman fleeced Peter because Peter never once looked at the books. It’s just as well he didn’t because he wouldn’t know what he was looking at or what to look for. He had a personal checkbook but did not make entries in a check register. In utter frustration, as I grinded my back molars, I asked “how do you know how much money you have at any given moment?”… which checks have cleared and which haven’t. He would smile and point an index finger at his temple as if to say “I keep track of everything right in my head.” The biz went kaput and Peter had to start over under a new business name. The re-started business eventually failed as well. I’ll spare you the details.

          When Jack died his final request was that his ashes be distributed over his favorite golf course. Peter and the woman performed this request.

          • Q. Shtik October 7, 2023 at 10:49 pm #

            BTW, today was Bo’s 74th B-Day and tomorrow will be Peter’s 77th B-Day. Yep, they’re 3 yrs apart less one day. We went to Collingswood, NJ, met up with other extended family members and had a Birthday dinner. Collingswood is the charming town that I grew up in. Q Jr. calls it the Mecca of nice little restaurants. The one today featured Turkish food.

          • Ron Anselmo October 8, 2023 at 12:41 pm #

            Best Birthday wishes to all, Q.

          • Jarek October 8, 2023 at 1:38 pm #

            1-Adam-12: See the woman at 45th and Main. Did this woman become Mrs Peter?

            What of the man, yea, what of the man?

            I see you still refuse to admit Peter had any good qualities. The hardness of your heart amazes me.

    • Beryl of Oyl October 7, 2023 at 1:38 pm #

      My mother grew up a little earlier than that, and she told me of the various pre-holiday celebrations, one of which IIRC was ash can night.

      Nobody has an ash can to tip over, or whatever they did with it, today.

      The evening of October 31st is when the walls between the living world and the afterworld are thinnest.

  37. reggiezz October 6, 2023 at 5:49 pm #

    Mr. Scratch is very busy in DC and there’s no Daniel Webster to be found.

    • BackRowHeckler October 6, 2023 at 6:53 pm #

      Does anybody remember ‘Devils Night’ in Detroit, an annual event when, on the night before Halloween, ‘Community Members’ would literally set the entire city in fire? I remember reading about Devils Night in our local newspaper back in the day. Is this still a Detroit tradition? I can imagine distinguished residents of Detroit, bursting with civic pride, passing this legacy down thru generations.

      • reggiezz October 6, 2023 at 8:15 pm #

        I recall it happening not that long ago. It probably still happens, but the media no longer reports it.

      • OG October 6, 2023 at 8:26 pm #

        I remember that, Heckler. When we (finally) got cable TV in Regina in the late 1970s, we got our ABC, NBC & CBS feeds from Williston, North Dakota. Williston made Regina seem big! They had some of the very hokiest local ads that you’ll ever see.

        Then, in the early 1980s, Cable Regina switched The Big Three to Detroit feeds. Motown local news instantly became must-watch television in Regina. In hindsight, it was our very first taste of reality TV. Detroit was big and bad and scary to us simple prairie folk!

        Devil’s Night was massive in the 1980s in Detroit and on Regina TV.

      • Beryl of Oyl October 7, 2023 at 1:38 pm #

        Such a quaint custom.

      • Jarek October 7, 2023 at 1:48 pm #

        Crime is a sigh of the oppressed – Paula above.

        You’re a lot like the girlfriend of that murdered antifa, now defending the Black murderer. He’s the real victim!

  38. OG October 6, 2023 at 8:02 pm #

    @beantownbill. – I mentioned that I would keep my eyes open and share a Derek Johnson link with you. This may not be the very best example of his work but they do cover a lot of ground in this video.

    Specifically, Johnson covers the history of the Obama/Biden American bioweapons labs in the Ukraine as well as the comms of Putin handing the soccer ball to Trump in 2018 [watch the 7 minutes: 1:06:00-1:13:00].

    “SG ANON & DEREK JOHNSON LIVE Q&A” – DR. MERI CROULEY

    bitchuteDOTcom/video/PpuaxmNlTG00/

  39. tom clark October 6, 2023 at 8:38 pm #

    “We’ve conflated politics and poor mental health until they are indistinguishable.”–Scott Adams

    Boy ain’t that the truth. Dilbert couldn’t have said it better.

    • JohnAZ October 7, 2023 at 10:20 am #

      That is because the power driven Deep State is NUTS!!!!!!!!

    • Jarek October 7, 2023 at 1:49 pm #

      What if any is the difference between the politics of Dilbert and those of Doonesbury?

  40. Paula D October 6, 2023 at 8:50 pm #

    I read a book about death before the 20th century, back when I used to read books.

    Back then, what we now call premature death was much more commonplace, and it happened at home much more often than it does now. And the visitation and wake happened at home, also.
    Plus, kids died too, a lot. So the survivors grew up knowing that it could happen at any time.
    It was common for people, including children, to think about what they wanted their last words to be. I always thought that Oscar Wilde was so clever to say “Either that wallpaper goes or I do”, but it’s possible he had that line all ready to go when he did.

    Halloween is another pagan holiday taken over and used by the Catholics when they took over various pagan societies.
    It wasn’t really a kid’s holiday back in the day. Just saying…..

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    • Soul Forensics October 6, 2023 at 9:28 pm #

      Philippe Aries’ Western Attitudes Toward Death ?

      • Paula D October 7, 2023 at 12:13 am #

        I don’t think that was it.

    • gustafson.robert.22 October 6, 2023 at 9:48 pm #

      “When progress is not progress,” example number eighty-three billion, five-hundred twenty-seven million, nine-hundred-forty-four thousand, eight-hundred-eighty two.

    • Islander October 7, 2023 at 8:42 am #

      Halloween certainly was not oriiginally a children’s holiday;.

      Halloween =
      All Hallows’ Eve =
      the eve of All Saints’ Day., Nov. 1

      I believe that Nov. 2 is the Day of the Dead.

      Perhaps only in Mexico:

      “Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is a traditional Mexican holiday celebrated November 2. On this day, it is believed that the souls of the dead return to visit their living family members.”

      So, it makes sense to give the dead a warm welcome.
      As in Mexico:
      httpx://cozumelmycozumel.com/day-of-the-dead/

      The plastic blow-up effigies are extremely bad art!

  41. KesaAnna October 6, 2023 at 10:20 pm #

    ” I’m not sure that the edge of the US national cliff has not already been passed and it’s 727 MAX economy can’t fly backward even with the reverse thrusters on full throttle. ”

    My THEORY is that the United States Empire collapsed with the fall of Saigon.

    Sort of , kind of before the fall of the Soviets

    Money is a bit like cosmetics.

    For example , by her own admission Stevie Nicks had a 500 – dollar – a – day cocaine habit for a full decade.

    Then an addiction for nine years to the drug they used to ween people off cocaine.

    One abortion she admits to , and typically a 70 hour work week.

    Born in 1948 , so 70+ years old.

    She looks 40.

    Lipstick on a pig.

    Or worse , lipstick on a corpse.

    • Ron Anselmo October 7, 2023 at 3:01 am #

      Stevie Nicks is still smokin’ hot.

      It’s not the makeup, she’s a beautiful soul, and beauty comes from the inside out – not from the outside in, don’t you know?

      Got your point, she’s just a bad example. Try Pelosi. Lipstick on a corpse? She’s an evil soul – she may never die.

    • Islander October 7, 2023 at 8:43 am #

      “lipstick on a pig.

      I don’t think so.

      What in the world is wrong with being 70 and looking like 40?

      And what does “one abortion” have to do with it?

      • Beryl of Oyl October 7, 2023 at 10:02 am #

        I like it that she looks so well and hasn’t had any grotesquely obvious plastic surgery.

        A good example of aging gracefully.

        You know what’s wrong with looking much younger than your age, in some cases (not Stevie’s)?

        I’m often mistaken for being a lot younger than I am. A lot, as in over a decade.

        Sounds good right?

        No. I look pretty good for my age, but for the age people seem to think I am, I look like someone who has seriously let herself go.

      • Jarek October 7, 2023 at 1:56 pm #

        Pamela Anderson recently stopped using makeup because her artist (did she live in the servant’s quarters?) died. Hideous.

        There’s a Jennifer Connelly cult. I was watching a video of her progression through the years and I had to stop watching. The death of her beauty was too painful to me.

        She can still look good – but only with lots of makeup.

  42. KesaAnna October 6, 2023 at 10:33 pm #

    @ Disaffected

    Halloween III ?

    The best I thought.

    The others in the series I thought were porn without the porn .

    Like they pointed out in ” Scream ” , everyone who fucks or even thinks about fucking gets murdered.

    Only the ugly nun girl lives.

    The first movie in the series came out in the 1970’s , the Age of Studio 54 and Hugh Hefner.

    I can’t actually say where the hypocrisy runs.

    In fact it seems to me that it us sterile types who do not survive.

  43. KesaAnna October 6, 2023 at 10:40 pm #

    The fall of Saigon —

    Perhaps it is no coincidence that — so it seems — the TV show ” Judge Judy ” morphed into ” The Never – Ending Story ” at around that time.

  44. KesaAnna October 6, 2023 at 10:51 pm #

    I’m missing Mary Queen.

    A great name for a more innocent or wholesome Halloween , too.

    Perhaps she is not just bragging when she says she has a life ?

    • Ron Anselmo October 8, 2023 at 12:49 pm #

      I miss Mary Queen too.

      Mary, come back…you can blame it all on me…I was wrong, and I just can’t live without you…Mary, come back…

  45. KesaAnna October 6, 2023 at 10:55 pm #

    “We’ve conflated politics and poor mental health until they are indistinguishable.”

    Why I’m such a stickler on the subject.

    Ayn Rand was screwy , but I think that she was right that psychology is a modern magic wand that transforms a 50 – year – old into a 5 – year – old for all the wrong reasons.

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  46. KesaAnna October 6, 2023 at 11:37 pm #

    ” People trying to find a little joy in their lives? ”

    — Elysianfield

    Damn ! For a person who typically is a Twitter type / doesn’t write much ,

    I like the cut of your Jibe .

    ( or whatever that phrase was. )

    My position was all police are pond scum , Demons masquerading as Angels of light like Lucifer himself.

    But you seem downright decent.

    Not that I’m to be mistaken for anything but Medusa.

    • DaveO907 October 7, 2023 at 1:41 pm #

      “The cut of your jib,” Medusa.

  47. KesaAnna October 7, 2023 at 12:02 am #

    @ RowdyPiglet

    anecdote from a …. more innocent ( ? ) …. time ;

    I have no idea where I got the idea , but I used to be scared to death of Faireys.

    ( Not Homosexuals , I mean the mythological kind. )

    I had this idea that Faireys had a pathological hatred of children and would poison candy , chocolate , and peanut butter specifically for some reason.

    And at four or five years old I thought Faireys literally existed.

    On second thought , not sure how innocence applies to childhood ,

    when the child thinks everything that is desirable could be a vehicle for assassination by people who hate you for no apparent reason.

    Oh well.

    • KesaAnna October 7, 2023 at 3:26 am #

      Back in my old place the primary decoration of one room was framed Cottingley Fairey photos.

      The idea was the roughly the same as if I had money to piss away I would want to get a Goliath Bird Eater spider ( the largest spider in the world by weight ) as a pet ,

      to hopefully get over the animus .

  48. KesaAnna October 7, 2023 at 12:13 am #

    ” Some of these pricks around here shut off their lights and lock their doors. CFNers, don’t be like them. ”

    — BackrowHeckler

    I live in an extremely rural area where everbody literally knows everybody.

    Maybe that is actually something of a problem , as for example the neighbor who lives 8 houses down is roughly five miles away ?

    So not much door – to – door ?

    In any case , sorry to disappoint you BRH ,

    but what I just said about Faireys in childhood applies to children in old age.

    Halloween aside , and in broad daylight , I will cross the street to avoid a child.

    • Jarek October 7, 2023 at 2:10 pm #

      Well said. Who is to say that a needle in a chocolate bar isn’t really a fairy bolt? And the oncoming child not an actual fairy in disguise?

      The Dessert Fathers saw visions of demons as small Black children sometimes. Given the behavior of many Black children, who can say nay?

  49. Paula D October 7, 2023 at 12:15 am #

    I find this fascinating.

    We get propaganda everywhere, and it is very difficult to realize it.

    Who woulda thunk that the whole chestnut tree story was wrong?

    .youtube.com/watch?v=TksLHWB9Wbk

    • KesaAnna October 7, 2023 at 12:40 am #

      Fascinating .

      On a related note , according to some literature I have read ,

      before automobiles , a trip to the county seat , to the post office , or store , was going to be an all – day trip , or a two – day trip , anyway.

      So people pretty much built their castles where ever they pleased.

      So settlement was much more spread out.

      Now settlement is very much concentrated along roads and in already settled areas.

      One reason why , believe it or not , Eastern North America is more forested than it was in 1898 – 1900.

      Not exactly strong evidence , but I have more than once come upon a Blair Witch Project – like house smack in the middle of the woods of nowhere .

      Also , prior to the 20th Century , trees and forest was so abundant , and with agriculture being the number one buiseness , many folks looked at trees as being pests , like Roaches or snakes.

      I have seen many an aerial view of an Eastern town in 1901 ( they took the picture in a tethered balloon ? ) where the area looks like Kansas . You scarcely see a tree.

      • KesaAnna October 7, 2023 at 12:42 am #

        Now back to watch the entire video.

      • KesaAnna October 7, 2023 at 3:26 am #

        Lol , you said fascinating.

      • BackRowHeckler October 7, 2023 at 6:52 am #

        Exactly right KA. The area I’m in, western Ct, was essentially deforested by about 1850. Photographs from that time show scarcely a tree standing, from Hartford to the NY line, a distance of about 60 miles. Much of the land was cleared for farming, but more importantly, trees were cut to provide fuel for the iron & edged tool industries that once flourished here. In the entire state only one stand of old growth forest still exists, and that’s out in rural Kent. What’s more, the majority of hardwood trees we have now, Norwegian Maple, are not native, but were brought in by state govt. to replace Elms that were dying from Dutch Elm disease. Norwegian Maples leave a lot to be desired; they grow and multiply like weeds and it’s hard to keep them under control. They have taken over the forests. There’s no stopping them.

        • JohnAZ October 7, 2023 at 10:29 am #

          Marlin, do not forget the Gypsy Moth that did a number on the East Coast and Midwest and continues to do so.

          The Gypsy Moth, the answer to a North American silk industry. Another Bill Gates style boondoggle.

          Or the African Bee, the answer to wanting a hardier honey bee

          Or your EIm disease, a response to Easterners planting elms too close together enabling disease spread in the mid west.

          Or maybe to spread of viruses amongst human beings by asshats messing with things they shouldn’t.

          Hmmmm?

          • JohnAZ October 7, 2023 at 10:33 am #

            What is wiser, natural evolution to the environment or man made interference?

            Gee, why am I so nervous about megalomaniacs like Fauci and Gates messing with RNA and DNA with “organisms” whose function is to eat up human beings?

        • Jarek October 7, 2023 at 2:13 pm #

          You’re not a New Englander at all. That’s greater New York.

          Tell them about the horrors of the “cities of the plains” (the CT coast).

    • Islander October 7, 2023 at 9:34 am #

      Great video.

      Thanks for the link.

      Foster is (now) local.

      He has done a lot of research on the status of the State Forest here.

    • Islander October 7, 2023 at 9:38 am #

      However, I wouldn’t classify the misconceptions about the makeup of the pre-contact forest as “propaganda.”

      I see no reason for this labeling.

      The real villain of this piece, IMO, is the person who introduced the Asian species and the blight.

      • Paula D October 7, 2023 at 11:56 am #

        I just meant the “Everyone says it, so it must be true” mindset.

        I resist it when it comes to anything political, but when it came to the tree question, I just accepted it as true. I think it’s a common trait, which is why our overlords can tell us any absurdity with confidence that most will swallow it whole.

    • gustafson.robert.22 October 7, 2023 at 1:10 pm #

      I have some blight-proof Chinese chestnuts in the yard.

      It is funny, the exaggerations of American chestnut prominence in old forests.

      • Islander October 9, 2023 at 8:30 am #

        “It is funny, the exaggerations of American chestnut prominence in old forests.”

        I find it interesting. The video linked above explains how/why this probably occurred. A combo of:

        1. Too short a time line in interpreting the situation in the past, and

        2. Development of new research techniques to access new data on the history of the terrain.

        This one of Foster’s research focuses: analyzing the soil to figure out its “deep” history. He has also done extensive work of this type in the Yucatan and come up with a new theory as to the trajectory of the Mayan civilization there.

        The climate crisis-ticians might be make similar mistakes:
        too short a timeline, and not considering all the available data, some of it relatively new (such as extremely deep ice cores obtained by the Russians in Antarctica, going back hundreds of thousands of years).

  50. KesaAnna October 7, 2023 at 12:18 am #

    Dunno who asked , with gasoline edging up to 5 dollars a gallon , where are people getting all this money ?

    It seems like the last four or five Friday nights , Friday night is the slowest , quietest period anywhere on the net.

    Seems like I’m the only one doing the bargain – basement – cheap – date – thing on Friday night.

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    • crudgemudgeon October 7, 2023 at 12:52 am #

      I’m with you. I can’t believe I read the whole thing.

  51. gustafson.robert.22 October 7, 2023 at 6:35 am #

    “Abortion is murder!!!

    It is murder because the combined DNA of two germ cells contain all the information needed to make a 21 year old adult. The state should be protecting that entity.”

    Love how people who swallow every kind of artificiality and unnaturalness in our civilization otherwise, will scream “murder!” about abortion, one of the only counterbalancing factors to all the artificial preventers of natural childhood mortality we’ve eliminated by squeezing the Earth like a one-use sponge.

    A very strange, selective, convenient and erronious view of God and what “His” intentions are.

    • gustafson.robert.22 October 7, 2023 at 6:50 am #

      goddamnit, “erroneous”

    • gustafson.robert.22 October 7, 2023 at 7:06 am #

      People: “I know God! I know God!”

      God: “No you don’t.”

      • JohnAZ October 7, 2023 at 10:46 am #

        Hmmm, does people also include you?

        Do you really believe you know God’s aims better than anyone else?

        • gustafson.robert.22 October 7, 2023 at 10:51 am #

          I will always be extremely suspect that any large coalition opinion will reflect the divine view on a subject.

          If I accuse most people who claim to know God and God’s intentions of being riddled with errors in doing so, I’m happy with my odds of being right.

    • benr October 7, 2023 at 7:26 am #

      Non-stop bullshit about abortion.
      Be damn thankful your own sainted mother did not have you ripped apart in the womb.
      I have changed my thoughts on Abortion and think extreme late term abortion should be allowed in one case.
      Anyone who votes Democrat should be aborted at any age.

      • JohnAZ October 7, 2023 at 10:45 am #

        Or committed.

    • JohnAZ October 7, 2023 at 10:36 am #

      I have already answered this BS up stream.

      Summed up, anyone thinking that abortion is in God’s plan is wrong.

      • JohnAZ October 7, 2023 at 10:50 am #

        One more.

        All the killings going on on the streets of our cities, are they just God willed events to control the level of population? Are wars and bombings good things in God’s eyes?

        One big difference is that the unborn have no say in what is happening to them.

      • gustafson.robert.22 October 7, 2023 at 10:56 am #

        My criticism of your post, John, was: In the universe of things going on that are likely not Yahweh-approved, this is one if a handful you want to vocalize prominently?

        • gustafson.robert.22 October 7, 2023 at 11:06 am #

          This issue, as much as any other, is consistently presented (probably by both sides, but especially by the opposition) with extremely high levels of childish sentimentality, and with extremely low levels of mature contextualizing of the issue. It’s a cartoon; a grotesque, simplified totem; an absolutely peripheral symptom of a deep bone and tissue disease.

          I want people on the root disease, not this fluff.

          • gustafson.robert.22 October 7, 2023 at 11:28 am #

            If we fixed the deep issues, abortion would fix itself. Bleating about abortion is almost always a diversion.

      • workingclasshero October 7, 2023 at 11:42 pm #

        So JohnAZ,if you’re president tomorrow or a candidate, what is your position on abortion; total bans nationally, partial bans by length of term, ending of federal funding for planned parenthood?

        I think abortion abolitionism is a loser for the American rights wing’s election prospects. I’d cut Federal spending and let the insurance industry cover it if there is a demand for the service. Let planned Parenthood cover it from donations or let the Soro’s of the world fund it.

        I’m on the American right but am no religious conservative. I’d nationalize the legislation and bury this political shit bomb for good.

    • Night Owl October 7, 2023 at 11:12 am #

      No creature on this earth strives for death, Gus.

      • gustafson.robert.22 October 7, 2023 at 11:38 am #

        Very few creatures on earth strive for anything but shallower forms of expediency. We humans pride ourselves in our supposed intelligence and foresight, but this self-analysis is weak. Usually the shallowness of our tendencies toward expediency outstrips that in our “animal” counterparts.

        Striving for death, following dictates of expediency, and striving for life… these are three different, separate things.

        Humans need learn to strive for life instead of the expedient substitutes for that pursuit that dominate most human behavior.

        • Night Owl October 7, 2023 at 4:56 pm #

          This may be some of the most pretentious twaddle ever posted on CFN.

          • gustafson.robert.22 October 7, 2023 at 8:55 pm #

            (He didn’t follow. Also, invited it.)

          • Night Owl October 8, 2023 at 10:07 am #

            Read your post aloud without cringing.

            If you can, then you are a stronger man than I.

          • gustafson.robert.22 October 8, 2023 at 11:08 am #

            It sucks when you read something and don’t understand it easily, and then have to belittle to cover.

          • Night Owl October 8, 2023 at 3:37 pm #

            Your post is the equivalent of modern art, Gus.

            You could submit it to the Hirshhorn where others like you could enjoy it.

      • Jarek October 7, 2023 at 2:20 pm #

        Yes, purely natural creatures in an unbalanced environment, say shorn of predators, will breed and breed until they are culled by starvation or disease.

        Does this apply to humans? Given that we are biological beings, at least in our lower octave, of course it does.

        Mary’s triumphant bray, “We are animals” is ridiculous of course, but not entirely wrong since we have an animal type body, one related to other primates.

        Primitive people have their own take on this. Being shown a picture of a gorilla and and asked about evolution, an Indian (feather) elder said, He’s a relation, not an ancestor.

        • GreenAlba October 8, 2023 at 5:52 pm #

          So, Mary ‘brays’ and Anthea ‘hisses’. But you just speak. OK, if you say so, toadie.

      • gustafson.robert.22 October 8, 2023 at 10:48 am #

        Couldn’t make sense of it.. or more like ly didn’t even try. Higher things are not Owl’s forte, but he still likes to pretend they are. Then when he can’t keep up, he starts spitting.

    • Paula D October 7, 2023 at 12:02 pm #

      I asked John upthread what is God’s plan in spontaneously aborting 30% of all pregnancies, including those which were planned and wanted.

      Why would God do such a thing, if every embryo is sacred?

      Why be so cruel to couples who desperately want a baby, while allowing 14 y.o. girls to carry to term, and then dump the baby off with grandma, or auntie, or baby daddy’s new girlfriend?

      What’s the grand plan there?

      • Beryl of Oyl October 7, 2023 at 1:25 pm #

        The question is, it would benefit the female not to become a mother at that point in time?

        If she wants something to happen that occurs regularly in nature nearly as often as not, she’s bad.

        Everybody gets to hate on her.

        • Paula D October 7, 2023 at 1:38 pm #

          Indeed.

          • Rowdypiglet October 9, 2023 at 10:31 am #

            @Paula, I acknowledge as truth most of what you’ve said. I’ve worked with many children who come from the backgrounds you describe, and it’s tragic in every way possible.

            We can’t change human nature, and some people make horrible parents. My preferred solution would be the one I originally reluctantly consented to – abortion in the early part of pregnancy and the morning after pill available without prescription so that it was as common in the home medicine cabinet (among those who might need it) as aspirin.

            I wish it wasn’t so, but we have to deal with reality and sometimes the best option we have is one we don’t at all like.

            But even in these circumstances, I can’t go along with the cruelty of dismembering infants who are clearly not just a bit of tissue but are viable or nearly viable. Changing your mind as the infant is in the process of being born? I think that’s monstrous, and I’ve certainly heard it advocated. I can’t abide cruelty, to humans or to animals. Surely we can do better.

            None of these are solutions that I like or can support with a clear conscience. But they’re what we have to deal with, and we can only choose from what’s possible. I try to make those choices in as thoughtful a way as I’m able.

          • Paula D October 9, 2023 at 11:54 am #

            Agree, Rowdy. An infant capable of living outside the womb should not be killed.

            I just question whether that actually happens, or is one of those urban myths.

        • Jarek October 7, 2023 at 2:22 pm #

          So it’s therefore ok to end a healthy pregnancy and kill a healthy unborn baby?

          Seriously? People die all the time, so therefore murder is ok?

          • Rowdypiglet October 8, 2023 at 1:04 pm #

            @Jarek, Beryl, Paula

            A few random thoughts:

            There was a time when I was not opposed to abortion in the early part of pregnancy. I had the mistaken idea that no woman would use abortion as a form of birth control, or would terminate a life without the most serious and compelling reasons to do so – certainly never casually or for mere selfishness.

            Since then, the demands have only increased and now we have reached the point where some are demanding the right to end the life of a child who is in the birth canal or even one who has been born (within the first 28 days of life). We’re asked not only to accept this, which is abominably cruel, but to affirm and celebrate it. This has taught me that, when dealing with fanatics, giving an inch is just the beginning of a process whereby you will eventually surrender every principle, if you allow it.

            It has never been so easy or so “convenient” to prevent pregnancy as it is now. Surely, if convenience is to be the ultimate deciding factor, it’s more convenient and in every way easier to prevent a pregnancy than to abort one. The convenience argument, in any event, is a dangerous one in which you will inevitably be hoist by your own petard, as we all will ultimately become inconvenient to someone or something. Do we really want ourselves and our loved ones to be evaluated in this crudely materialistic way, by how much we inconvenience them?

            In any event, if convenience is provided but you can’t be bothered to avail yourself of it, it shows a level of irresponsibility that is nearly beyond description. It’s as if you had only to say aloud “I don’t want to be pregnant” and the pregnancy wouldn’t occur – but it was just too much trouble for you to say the words.

            How is it even possible that, in 2020, 930,000 women couldn’t be bothered to take the simple steps required to prevent an unwanted pregnancy? Nearly a million accidents? I don’t think so, at least, not unless we want to play one of the favorite games of leftists and redefine the word “accident.”

            Why do women encourage other women, and especially young ones, to hold themselves to such a low standard that they have sex with anyone who wanders into their surroundings and catches their eye? Why aren’t they taught to value themselves and other people more than just using them as objects and allowing themselves to be used in the same way? What happened to love, to respect, to commitment? How does this exploitative behavior help women or men or anyone in any way? I recall when the women’s movement objected to women being considered “sex objects” by men; now they welcome it, practice it themselves, and consider it a human right along with all their other whims and fancies.

            We’ve created a culture where it’s praiseworthy to live a life of self-indulgence, to put oneself first to such an extent that nothing and no one can even come second.The result is this conversation with the CEO of StemExpress, an organization that buys aborted baby body parts from Planned Parenthood and sells them to researchers: “Yeah, Make sure the eyes are closed! StemExpress: [Loud Laughter] Tell the lab it’s coming. So they don’t open the box and go, “Oh God!” [Laughter] So yeah, whereas so many of the academic labs cannot fly like that. They’re just not capable. Buyer: Why is that? I don’t understand that. StemExpress: It’s almost like they don’t want to know where it comes from. I can see that. Where they’re like, “We need limbs, but no hands and feet need to be attached.” […] They want you to take it all off, like, “Make it so that we don’t know what it is.” Buyer: Yeah. Bone the chicken for me and then I’ll eat it.”

            Can it get more depraved than this? Wpuld it be any less so if they weren’t laughing about it?

            We’re MEANT to be inconvenienced for the sake of all those things that matter more, the things that allow us or force us to show our mettle, to be better than we thought we could be. We’re supposed to grow our souls while we’re here, not lurch around, using and being used, like bags of animated meat.

            That said, I don’t hate on women who get abortions. More often I pity them, because they’ve bought something without having realized the price they’ll pay. I do wonder what it would take for unwanted pregnanies to just no longer happen.

            As for God’s plan, if you believe there is a God, you must also believe that trying to understand the plan of a being who created the Universe and all in it is like an amoeba trying to understand the actions and thoughts of a nuclear physicist. If you have even for a moment felt God’s love, you can make the necessary leap of faith. We’re not wise enough to understand everything.

          • Jarek October 8, 2023 at 1:42 pm #

            This is my beloved daughter in whom I am well pleased.

            God

          • Paula D October 8, 2023 at 5:07 pm #

            I used to believe like you, Rowdy, that women shouldn’t be irresponsible enough to use abortion as birth control.
            Then I talked with a woman who had worked in an abortion clinic, and I told her that.
            She was horrified! “Oh no, you wouldn’t want a woman like that to have a baby!. These women are horrible people. They should never have babies.”
            She was a mother, and so was I, so I could see her point.

            Why would you say that irresponsible women with drug-filled lives and multiple men, should be forced to have babies?

            Don’t you care about your own children? Women who want their children usually spend time, effort and love raising them.

            Do you really want them attacked at school by feral punks? Stabbed on the playground by some little monster?
            Seduced as a teenager by some boy who learned too early what sex was about?

            It always blows my mind when people causally prescribe children as punishment for sex. “That’ll teach her!”
            No, it doesn’t.

            I know 3 women who are dumb enough to think that their only responsibility when they get pregnant is to carry to term. They have produced 27 children between them, all of whom were taken away from them by DCFS at some point, due to their inability to function as an adult human being capable of raising children.
            None of the kids that I have seen (I only see the ones that one grandmother took), are decent human beings.
            I hold the anti-abortion people responsible for convincing those dumb-ass women that “abortion is wrong”, and responsible for those 27 children who are already in mental hospitals and prison.
            The damage done to society!
            Why do people on CFN spend so much time complaining about the horrible people in society, and then turn around and demand that

            I care about my children. I don’t want them to have to navigate streets filled with unwanted, neglected and abused children who grew up to be damaged adults.

            An embryo is not a human being. I have been around enough spontaneous abortions (miscarriages) to tell you that you can’t see a “baby” in the blood and tissue that is produced by the SAB.

            It is beyond ridiculous to think that they are using fetal organs for transplantation into adult bodies.
            Do people not realize that it takes 9 months for a baby to develop?
            Do people not know that premature birth means that the baby can’t survive, except with extraordinary medical care?
            That is because their organs are not fully developed. And even at term, you can’t transplant an infant organ into an adult body.

            Use some common sense!

            I agree that abortion should be restricted to the first trimester, unless it is determined that the fetus will not survive anyway, which is what most third term abortions are about.

            I had a friend whose unborn baby was determined to have a birth defect incompatible with life, and she was offered a late term abortion, but refused.
            The baby died in utero anyway, and then she went through labor. Some women would rather not go through that, but then they get abused by nasty people screaming at them.

            We have people on here shedding crocodile tears for unwanted embryos, while showing no shame in talking about killing adults they disagree with.

            I am not impressed.

          • Paula D October 8, 2023 at 5:09 pm #

            And by the way, I also think that the way that animals in factory farms and industrial killing factories are treated is horrendous.

            So I don’t think that acceptance of those atrocities, while proclaiming that humans shouldn’t have to undergo them, is right either.

      • JohnAZ October 7, 2023 at 1:31 pm #

        A good question of which I can only give an opinion.

        God’s creation is not perfect. Life is not perfect. Accidents happen during the gamete producing process that creates non sustainable fetuses with “bad” DNA. Normal distributions of DNA are obvious in the human demographics. Non viable DNA combinations exist prenatally and are rejected as too”weird”by Mom.

        Other factor such as Rh add to the rejection rate.

        How about the Siamese Twin phenomenon where identical twins never totally separate but are viable enough to carry to term?

        We had a momma cat adopt us in the past and when she had her kittens three were perfect but one was a monster that did not even look like a kitten. Genetic mistakes are screened by miscarriage.

        I am surprised that the rate is as high as 30% and I do understand what a crushing blow it would be.

        My argument is with convenience abortions, especially with an adoption market that is starved for candidates.

        • Beryl of Oyl October 7, 2023 at 2:19 pm #

          So you’re one of those “domestic supply of infants” types?

          If a woman finds it inconvenient to carry a child all the way to birth, and the negative effects of the pregnancy and risks are all on her, the rights of the people wanting a child are to be considered over hers?

          • Jarek October 7, 2023 at 2:26 pm #

            Inconvenient? Wow. Here it is Gentlemen. Look. See. Understand.

            Convenience is their God. What about when you become inconvenient, say you get sick or injured or otherwise start holding her back, at least in her eyes? Your marriage will be aborted. It’s called divorce. And you may well be left in shreds.

          • JohnAZ October 7, 2023 at 3:08 pm #

            No, I did not say that. I did say that the right of the unborn need to be protected from women who inconveniently did the oops.

            Sex, like all other human activity involves risk and responsibility. In today’s world, not getting pregnant is easy. The oops factor is the woman’s fault, not the man’s.

            Not always, I will agree, but most of the time. Both sides are usually there together consensually. Used to be that men took the responsibility of an oops, but not so much any more as convenience abortions allow him a way out to go off and just do it again.

            I think we will have to agree to disagree on this.

            I do believe many women have emotional problems for a lifetime after convenience abortions.

          • JohnAZ October 7, 2023 at 3:12 pm #

            Jarek

            Until men have to carry the load equally, re motherhood, with women, we will not understand their plight.

            Man can be real shits when the responsibility for oops happens.

            We should not forget that the fetus is a person with rights, that is all.

          • gustafson.robert.22 October 7, 2023 at 3:17 pm #

            Abortion opposition, a favorite cause of the ninny police force, the male-Karen brigade..

          • Jarek October 8, 2023 at 1:44 pm #

            Nature is cruel indeed, Gusptaph. Surely we can do better than “Her”. But not unnecessarily cruel I admit. Not as cruel as people often are – as you are being here.

      • Night Owl October 7, 2023 at 4:53 pm #

        Paula is an atheist and has no problem with baby murder.

        I am shocked I tell you.

  52. benr October 7, 2023 at 7:22 am #

    Right out of Saul Alinskies play book Hillary declared MAGA people need deprogramming.
    There it is!
    The wish to re-educate (gulogs) half of Americans and if she is saying it how many more are?
    The simple fact is that Democrats are the cult that Hillary is part of.

    a misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular person or thing.
    “a cult of personality surrounding the leaders”
    Yep that is DEMOCRATS TO A TEE.

    a relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister.
    “a network of Satan-worshiping cults”

    EVEN BETTER!

    • JohnAZ October 7, 2023 at 3:15 pm #

      Do you remember the disgust with Russian labor and re-education camps.

      Yet here is an American desiring exactly the same.

      She shows her true nature as a potential dictator.

      She is evil incarnate.

      • Blackbird October 7, 2023 at 7:48 pm #

        And she is our next – and last – President.

      • workingclasshero October 7, 2023 at 11:48 pm #

        Ms Clinton is just throwing another red meat political bomb at her political enemies, us, to amp the rage and heighten American rightwing stupidity. Ignore the Bitch.

  53. 100th Avatar October 7, 2023 at 9:31 am #

    Q.,
    “All Saints Day”,should be forgotten as it is just another pagan (Celtic) holiday (Samhain/Kalan) usuped by the middle-eastern mind virus that sought to erase and destroy European tradition.

    It continued on into the new world when the mind virus cult attempted to assimilate autumnal Aztec war celebrations into the christian “holiday’ with all saints/all souls.

    The modern festivals of Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos should be celebrated as emancipation from the appropriating middle eastern cult. Much credit should be given to past anti-papal Mexican leaders who did their utmost to hasten its return to the root culture.

    • OG October 7, 2023 at 11:04 am #

      May God loose the scales from your eyes, 100.

      ===
      People often argue that Christians commandeered existing traditions as Christianity grew … but that is not an argument at all.

      Agreed … therefore … what?

      Their underlying (and always unspoken) argument seems to be:

      “If Christianity were legitimate, it would have made all of its ceremonies and traditions out of whole cloth.”

      This, of course, is stupid.

      • Paula D October 7, 2023 at 12:07 pm #

        Turning populations Christian, (as part of expropriating their lands), was a bloody and brutal process.

        Incorporating existing pagan traditions made the process a tad easier for the priests.

        Therefore…..nothing, just an observation. It’s best to know your history.

        • Beryl of Oyl October 7, 2023 at 1:18 pm #

          IDK, perhaps existing pagan traditions were a primitive understanding of Christianity, so of course they were incorporated.

        • JohnAZ October 7, 2023 at 1:44 pm #

          The Christian’s doing the turning used the religion as an excuse to conquer. That approach has been used over and over.

          Sounds like ethnocentrism doesn’t it?

          Do as I say, believe as I do, or I will kill you.

          Jesus never espoused this, Au contraire, He said to His disciples to just leave towns that rejected His message.

          Religion is a human production, full of all the foibles we are famous for.

          Do you think Jesus would put His seal of approval on the Roman Catholic Church? Or the Protestant missionaries that went to Hawaii and pretty much obliterated the Natives?

        • Jarek October 7, 2023 at 2:34 pm #

          John: There would be no United States without the conquest of the Indians and appropriation of their lands. John, it’s either/or. War is part of life on this plane of existence. Vini, Vidi, Vici. I (we) came. We saw. We conquered.

          What we could do for the defeated is offer them our religion as some recompense as per Christ’s mandate. And of course, the reservations.

          As the Jesuits said, Until they hear the roar of cannon, they will not hear the gospel.

          Paula, Beryl and the rest of the ladies are simply the enemies of the nations in which they reside. It was inevitable given modern Christianity and feminine sentimentality/idealism. Letting them vote is an Alinskyean joke.

        • Paula D October 7, 2023 at 2:55 pm #

          Jarek’s religion:
          To him Every Sperm is Sacred, but he is completely copacetic with the genocide of the Indians, and the mass murder of reluctant tribes in Europe during the takeover of the Roman Empire and the installation of serfdom.
          He’s also fine with the mass murders of millions of Jews, Poles, and non-Nazi Ukrainians and Russians.

          Because…..progress.

          Tough to proselytize for that one.

          • JohnAZ October 7, 2023 at 3:20 pm #

            Honestly, Paula, it is in the past.

            However, We are doing the same thing today with Russia phobia, anti-semitism. Nothing has changed.

            All led by the Deep State.

          • Night Owl October 7, 2023 at 4:58 pm #

            Paula is not intelligent enough to realize this logic can be turned around on her.

            And she is afraid of me, which is hilarious.

          • gustafson.robert.22 October 7, 2023 at 5:42 pm #

            Trying to imagine the Night Owl if he were handicapped as to the use of his weapon-of-choice supercillious snark—my mind dry-heaves over and over trying to cough-up any image.

          • Night Owl October 7, 2023 at 6:41 pm #

            I have many other weapons, Gus. I can even put them aside for a nice conversation.

            But we can never move past square one, because you have nothing to offer whenever I ask you for evidence of your Malthusian cultist claims.

          • gustafson.robert.22 October 7, 2023 at 7:37 pm #

            I gave a good sampling. You refuted nothing (effectively anyway). You were only impervious.

            The conversation never even got interesting. Can’t put the good folks of CFN through that again..

          • Night Owl October 8, 2023 at 10:09 am #

            The onus remains on you to back your moronic statement that we are at “carrying capacity” (a term you still cannot even define as a number).

            You are most pleased with yourself, despite not being able to back even the most fundamental point of your position.

            I don’t even have to do anything.

          • gustafson.robert.22 October 8, 2023 at 10:42 am #

            You never do anything.

          • gustafson.robert.22 October 8, 2023 at 11:10 am #

            Not even remember my number was 300 million.

          • Jarek October 8, 2023 at 1:46 pm #

            Paula equates a sperm cell with a viable fetus. Her utter lack of integrity is on display. She’s a drooling moron.

          • Night Owl October 8, 2023 at 2:26 pm #

            Challenge me to do something, Gus.

            Show us that the earth is at “carrying capacity” as you claim.

          • Mike Sherman October 8, 2023 at 7:27 pm #

            Night Gnat

            The “Carrying Capacity” of Earth has grown exponentially since the development of fossil fuel fertilizers etc.

            Fortunately for you, your postulated abiotic oil can keep this whole scheme running (along with your self-indulgent German auto). Right?

          • Mike Sherman October 8, 2023 at 10:20 pm #

            “And she is afraid of me, which is hilarious.

            This is quintessential narcissistic behavior. Paula is “afraid” of you? And you find it amusing? What a drooling wanker.

            Paula D is not known as Paula Doofus for nothing, but if all you can do is call someone ‘stoopid’, it shows a gaping lack of inner integrity. Asshole.

  54. SteveK9 October 7, 2023 at 9:36 am #

    Populism has mostly gone over to the MAGA group. RFK, Jr. wants to rally the parts of the Democrat Party that are not woke lunatics, but that part is too small. I hope there can be some kind of merger, after Trump is elected … he should definitely find a place for RFK, Jr. in his administration … Director of HHS would be perfect!

    • BackRowHeckler October 7, 2023 at 10:01 am #

      I’d like to see a Trump/RFK, jr fusion ticket. Why not?

      Would RFK, jr. agree to it, tho?

      • Beryl of Oyl October 7, 2023 at 1:14 pm #

        Definitely not.

        He thinks Trump sold out to Big Pharma, and why would a sixty-nine year old man want a vice president role anyway?

        • JohnAZ October 7, 2023 at 3:21 pm #

          Bobby Hated LBJ with a passion.

          • SpeedyBB October 8, 2023 at 12:02 pm #

            JohnAZ, the notorious Kennedy cruelty would not let up on the hayseed Texan.

            Lyndon was a politician and just took it. He bided his time.

            Things worked out well for LBJ; not the case for the entitled Bobby.

            His contempt and opposition was unwise, following his brother’s programmed removal.

    • Mike Sherman October 8, 2023 at 7:29 pm #

      “RFK, Jr. wants to rally the parts of the Democrat Party that are not woke lunatics, but that part is too small.

      You’re sorta right, SteveDog. There are too few nutjobs within the Democratic Party to swallow Bobby Jr’s line of horseshit.

  55. Beryl of Oyl October 7, 2023 at 10:09 am #

    I came here with some comic relief, but I’m getting caught up in the commentary. Here is the relief. I love this part:

    “as if sending all your cash to Borat was not enough”

    https://x.com/ElGuapoKnight79/status/1709917071004274759?s=20

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    • elysianfield October 7, 2023 at 10:53 am #

      …If you not send the money….I will be execute….”

  56. JohnAZ October 7, 2023 at 10:44 am #

    One of the game changers in Dear and Glorious Physician that I mentioned last blog was the femeninization of Roman society with the consequent degradation in morality and perversity. For Lucanus, the central character, who was a Greek physician, self abortion was a sign of the times as the incidence grew during the Tiberius times. BTW, Lucanus became St. Luke. Good book for those comparing the present day USA to the Roman Empire.

    Sorry ladies, I am just repeating the themes of Taylor Caldwell in the 50’s, one of your own gender.

    • Beryl of Oyl October 7, 2023 at 1:11 pm #

      It wasn’t “feminized” enough. That was the problem.

      Caldwell’s book is a novel.

      • JohnAZ October 7, 2023 at 2:13 pm #

        You forget one thing by that statement. Feminized societies are always wiped out by masculine successors. When the SHTF, feminism dies.

        • Beryl of Oyl October 7, 2023 at 2:21 pm #

          That society was men getting in on with men, in a male pecking order.

          I stand by my statement. It wasn’t feminized enough.

          • JohnAZ October 7, 2023 at 3:23 pm #

            Not totally, dying males leave fortunes to women, then and now. The book points out the fact that the majority of the wealth of Rome was held by women.

        • Jarek October 7, 2023 at 2:39 pm #

          In other words, women good, men bad a la Mary and radical Feminism. Beryl is a radical feminist too.

          The saving Truth is women good, men better a la Patriarchy. The deeper Truth about how bad most women really are can be kept from young men – IF the law and social custom protect them against women. AND if women who have played by the rules are willing to savage women who do not. Women should be our allies and our first line of defense.

          To be fair, men would be worse too if society gave them the leeway that it gives women.

  57. stelmosfire October 7, 2023 at 11:08 am #

    Well that didn’t take long. Slo Joe releases $6,000,000,000.00 of Iran’s cash back and away we go . Spread the love around the middle east. Do we have any bullets left to send to help out ol’ Nettie or did we send them all to Borat in Ukraine?

    • BackRowHeckler October 7, 2023 at 11:32 am #

      Netanyahu isn’t asking anything from us, Stelmo; I think Israel can handle it’s own business. Altho, this latest attack on their homeland is pretty serious. Why now?

      Aid we provide Israel amounts to a little over $3 billion per year, a drop in the bucket compared to what’s been forked over to Ukraine the past 20 months.

      • stelmosfire October 7, 2023 at 11:37 am #

        Who was the poster that had all the links of nice spots in Israel?
        He posted quite a bit but then disappeared?

        • BackRowHeckler October 7, 2023 at 12:07 pm #

          That was Danny.

          • GreenAlba October 7, 2023 at 1:23 pm #

            I thought it was Akmofo.

          • GreenAlba October 7, 2023 at 1:24 pm #

            Who hasn’t been seen since well before the covid era. Since they’re so jabbed up in Israel – and paying the consequences – it would have been interesting to hear his perspective on things.

            But he was a bit volatile!

          • Jarek October 7, 2023 at 2:42 pm #

            Yes, Mika or Akmofo. I followed him and we used to talk. I got the distinct impression that he took the jab although he was among the first of us to be radically against it. Being part of the Israeli military reserves was just too big a part of his identity to part with, I think.

        • BackRowHeckler October 7, 2023 at 12:18 pm #

          Meanwhile, looks to be about 110,000 fans in Columbus, Ohio for the Ohio State-Maryland game today.

          More EV news. Last week it was reported Rivian loses $33,000 for every truck that it sells. Well it turns out Lucid EV — a company subsidized by Saudi Arabia — loses $338,000 for each car sold, and it hasn’t sold many. The Lucid Air goes for about $180,000, and it’s the car I figured the CEOs of green energy companies, Climate Czars, EPA chiefs, Ivy League administrators & wealthy virtue signallers everywhere would be driving around in. But they may not get the chance.

          SA seems to fund Lucid to bolster its Green bonafides when it shows up at Climate Change conferences every year, no other reason.

          • Night Owl October 7, 2023 at 2:07 pm #

            Some indy media outlet interviewed a cabbie in the most recent Davos annual meeting.

            Cabbie told him that all the CEOs and various politicians refused to be transported in EVs.

            IIRC, there were lots of Merc S-Class V8s (among others) rolling around.

          • JohnAZ October 7, 2023 at 2:10 pm #

            How do they lose $338000 on a $180000 car? Does it cost $518000 to build that machine?

            Sounds like a grand showpiece for the Democratic Party’s knowledge of finance.

            Also a grand showpiece of the Climate Change folks idea base for the future.

          • GreenAlba October 7, 2023 at 3:06 pm #

            The word was also that they won’t have jabbed pilots for their private jets.

      • Why_weren't_we_asked_about_Degrowth October 7, 2023 at 12:26 pm #

        Pence and MIC owned RINOs are out there blaming Isolationist Republicans for the Hamas attack.

        Yes bare with them now for this amazing logic. Opposing unlimited Ukraine aid is some how related to Hamas staging a suicide attack against Israel.

        Israel has received no reductions in Miltary Aid and this attack is seems suspicious like Israel stood down to make it much worse

        You cannot question the Military in the US

        • JohnAZ October 7, 2023 at 2:05 pm #

          Good observation.

      • JohnAZ October 7, 2023 at 2:04 pm #

        Once again, the idea that big differences in human values can be negotiated away politically is taking a beating.

        Long term differences are ALWAYS settled by one side wiping out the other and putting their brand on affairs.

        Israel needs to annex back the Gaza Strip and “remove” the Hamas group. The only legitimate solution, actually the only solution at all.

        Remember to the source of the political conflict, Iran, who the US is scared to death of and is now part of BRICS++. Their goal is to push the Jews into the Med, and to emasculate us.

        The US needs to sit this one out as it is a no win scenario for us. The Jews will take care of themselves. Netanyahu has declared war and his political opponent has joined with him. I would not wish to live in Gaza right now.

        BTW
        The USA is undergoing a dissolution as the latest example of this axiom. Up until the recent past, the US was a European country, with basically White philosophies in life. As the divergent viewpoints have grown in percentage, the glue that has been the common culture is disappearing.

        Just think what Joe Average thinks today when he says the Pledge of Allegiance. Just the fact that the Pledge is to a flag and not to a way of life is a warning for the future.

        • Jarek October 7, 2023 at 3:12 pm #

          You can publicly destroy or defile the American flag if it’s “your flag”, if you “own” it in other words. Anyone who tries to stop you will be arrested for assault.

          Now try that with a Pride Flag. It may be your flag, but you don’t own it. It’s greater than that. And if you defile it publicly you may be attacked with impunity and/or cancelled.

          So which is the real flag of the current United States again?

        • DaveO907 October 7, 2023 at 7:08 pm #

          Jesus.
          “Israel needs to annex back the Gaza Strip and “remove” the Hamas group. The only legitimate solution, actually the only solution at all.”
          You really have it all figured out, don’t you?
          smh…
          Thanks for the gobsmack.

          • Paula D October 7, 2023 at 10:13 pm #

            It’s like, you know, the Final Solution.

        • Mike Sherman October 8, 2023 at 7:19 pm #

          JohnAZ:

          “Israel needs to annex back the Gaza Strip and “remove” the Hamas group. The only legitimate solution, actually the only solution at all.

          You are aware that you have just proposed a ‘final solution’, right?

    • Paula D October 7, 2023 at 12:09 pm #

      It didn’t take long? Only 44 years. Seems rather long to me.

    • DaveO907 October 7, 2023 at 3:09 pm #

      We stole Iran’s wholly democratic (parliamentary) government in 1953. Along with its petroleum reserves. And now the consequences.
      In the 27 years (iirc) leading to the overthrow of the Brit / U.S.-installed fellow murderous, torturing Shah and his SAVAK, were the Iranian people just supposed to forget about what was taken from them in the name of colonialist imperialism? As we did and so evidently, do?

      We stole. We murdered. And as consumers of that stolen ultra-cheap petroleum, what should be our shame (I’m old-fashioned, yeah) is now turned into the demonization of the victims, an entire nation / civilization and its thousands of years of history, ffs.

      “Might makes right,” oh yeah. So acteth the purveyors of the myth of “Liberty and Justice for All.” Iran remains among the most glaring hypocrisies of my lifetime, but it is far from solo.
      FJRB today, but as well fuck HST, DDE, (he actually OKd the coup,) JFK (although he was on a course to address our hypocrisies,) LBJ, RMN, GRF, JEC, RWR, GHWB, WJC, GWB, BHO and those to come who will do the goddamned same. In our names.

      “From Robert Fisk—the preeminent Middle East reporter of our time. Taken from his epic tome The Great War For Civilisation — The Conquest of the Middle East —2005 [All 1045 pages of it]

      “Christopher Montague Woodhouse was asking himself if he had helped to create the Islamic revolution in Iran.

      He was an old man now, but you could see the energy that still gripped him, a tall, dignified, brave and ruthless seventy-nine-year-old. It was snowing that morning in Oxford in 1997, but he had come to the gate of his retirement home to greet me, his handshake a vise.
      He sat ramrod-straight in his library with the mind of a young man, answering my questions with the exactness of the Greek scholar he was, each sentence carefully crafted. He had been Britain’s senior agent in “Operation Boot” in 1953, the overthrow of Iran’s only democratic prime minister, Mohamed Mossadegh.

      It was “Monty” Woodhouse who helped to bring the Shah of Iran back from exile, [he] along with his colleagues in the CIA, who set in motion a quarter-century in which the Shah of Shahs, “Light of the Aryans”, would obediently rule Iran—repressively, savagely, corruptly and in imperious isolation—on our behalf.

      Woodhouse was a reminder that “The Plot”—the international conspiracy, moamara in Arabic*—was not always the product of Middle East imagination. Woodhouse was in the last years of a life in which he had been a guerrilla fighter in Greece [WW II], a Tory MP, and a much honoured Greek linguist and academic.

      Almost everyone who had destroyed Iranian democracy was now dead: CIA boss Allen Dulles, Robin Zaehner of the British Foreign Office, the two mysterious Rashidian brothers, who organised the coup, Mossadegh himself and the last Shah of Iran. Except for Kermit Roosevelt, the senior CIA man in Tehran [at the time of the coup], “Monty” was the last survivor.[…]

      * [The overall tenor of the book is about various Arabic countries, and the West’s relationship to them, therefore a commensurate word in Farsi is not used. Fisk both speaks and writes Arabic, I know not of his fluency in Farsi.]

      …There were also lessons for for the Americans and the British, and for the Shah, had they chosen to pay attention. The Shah would henceforth always be seen as a tool of the United States and Britain. The fall of Mossadegh, as James A. Brill has written, “began a new era of intervention and growing hostility to the United States among the awakened forces of Iranian nationalism.”

      Woodhouse was to become deeply depressed by Khomeini’s subsequent revolution. “I felt that the work we had done was wasted, that a sort of complacency had taken over once the Shah had been restored,” he said. Things were were taken for granted too easily,” After Mossadeg had been booted out, Allen Dulles praised Woodhouse for visiting Washington and persuading the Eisenhower administration to back the coup. “That was a nice little egg you laid when you were here last time!” he told the man from MI6.

      [Truman, the presidential adoptive father/facilitator of the CIA in 1947, had turned Dulles’ Iranian coup plans down.]

      But we don’t go in for “little eggs” any more. More ambitious ideological projects, vast armies—and bigger egos—are involved in “regime change” today. [Stated in 2005] Maybe that’s why they can fail so quickly and so bloodily. The coup against Mossadegh was the first such operation carried out by the Americans in the Cold War—and the last by the British. At least we never claimed Mossadegh had weapons of mass destruction.

      But the final word must go to the CIA’s man, Kermit Roosevelt. “If we are ever going to try something like this again,” he wrote with great prescience, “we must be absolutely sure that [the] people and army want what we want.”

      The “sort of complacency” which Woodhouse defined was based upon the security services which the Shah established after his return. Savak— Sazman-i Etelaat va Amniyat-i Keshvar, the “National Information and Security Organisation”—was to become the most notorious and the most murderous, its torture chambers among the Middle East’s most terrible institutions. A permanent secret U.S. mission was attached to Savak’s headquarters.

      Methods of interrogation included—apart from the conventional electric wires attached to genitals, beating on the soles of the feet and nail extraction—rape and “cooking,” the latter a self-explanatory form of suffering in which the victim was strapped to a bed of wire that was then electrified to become a red-hot toaster.*

      Mohamed Heikal, that greatest of Egyptian journalists, once editor of Al-Ahram and former confidant of Nasser, has described how Savak filmed the torture of a young Iranian woman, how she was stripped naked and how cigarettes were then used to burn her nipples.

      According to Heikal, the film was later distributed by the CIA to other intelligence agencies working for American-supported regimes around the world including Taiwan, Indonesia and the Philippines.[…]

      *One of its victims was Massoud Ahnadzedah, an engineer later executed by the regime. In 1972, Nuri Albala, a French lawyer, who attended his trial, described how Ahmadzedah pulled up his pullover to show the marks of torture. “The whole of the middle of his chest and his stomach was a mass of twisted scars from very deep burns. They looked appalling… His back was even worse. There was a perfect oblong etched into it, formed by a continuous line of scar tissue. Inside the oblong, the skin was again covered in shiny scars from burning.”

      Ashraf Dehqani, who escaped from prison after torture—she was an opposition militant—wrote of how she was raped by her Savak torturers and had snakes placed upon her body.

      [“A permanent secret U.S. mission was attached to Savak’s headquarters.”]

      In our names, we, the Lotus Eaters. “Shut up and consume.”

      • Jarek October 7, 2023 at 3:16 pm #

        The Iraq war has reconnected the Shia crescent. Good work, Neocons!

        But I digress. I agree with you: When the Zionist invasion of Lebanon was crushed by Hezbollah, it was a victory for free men everywhere.

        But we have rights too, Dave. Do you feel equally outraged by the Islamic invasion of Europe and the persecution of Whites in their own nations?

        • JohnAZ October 7, 2023 at 3:28 pm #

          Also, do you believe that Iran has the right to blow Israel off the map?

          • BackRowHeckler October 7, 2023 at 3:51 pm #

            100 Israelis killed so far, AOC & The Squad, in addition to lefty ‘Activists’ on college campuses across the country, cheering on the carnage.

          • DaveO907 October 7, 2023 at 3:56 pm #

            Does Israel have the right to blow Iran off the map, John? Let’s establish that first. After all, it is Israel which holds the Sampson Option over all of us. Along with its German-supplied nuclear missile-carrying Dolphin class submarines.

            So far, Iran has not made any overt moves to incite a conflagration, protecting as able the Palestinian and Lebanese / Syrian peoples within largely defensive ops seems to be the status quo. Of course that can change, as it is known to do wherever people seek self-determination. Pre-Israel, in particular pre-Sykes-Picot and Balfour Declaration, the Arabs and Jews got along famously enough for centuries.

            Iran has a historically significant Jewish population, hundreds and hundreds of years of living autonomously without persecution, few of whom wish to move to Israel in spite of enticements and the PR victory it would give the Likudniks and Kahanists now dominating its political structure..
            Israel, conversely, is a self-declared ethno-state.

          • Night Owl October 7, 2023 at 5:00 pm #

            Don’t start this shit please. The Israel-Palastine conflict is one of the stupidest in history.

            Let them destroy each other.

          • Blackbird October 7, 2023 at 7:45 pm #

            “100 Israelis killed so far”…

            And how many Palestinians killed in the open-air concentration camp of Gaza? Oh right, that doesn’t matter. Palestinians stand in the way of Eretz Israel (as promised by YHWH). “Genocide” is only the killing of Jews – not of lesser races…

            Israel – the country that receives more “foreign aid” from the US than any other. Israel – the country that steals more from the US than any other. Israel – God’s Chosen Nation.

          • JohnAZ October 8, 2023 at 11:27 am #

            Dave

            How many rockets has Israel sent over to Iran? How many terrorist groups has Israel formed to cause the destruction of Iran? Israel has had the bomb for decades, why does the world fear the Irani crowd getting the bomb? How many times has Israel been invaded by terrorist groups versus how many times has Israel invaded other countries except in retaliation? Israel, over and over, has been stupid in my eyes, given up land to the terrorists trying to buy peace, which never comes and never will.

            The world knows what a bunch of religious zealots exist in Iran, that is why central to their credo is the destruction of Israel, no matter the cost.

          • JohnAZ October 8, 2023 at 11:31 am #

            And by the way, those religious zealots and their violence is what the old consuming countries were trying to avoid in their installation of the Shah in ‘53. Even today, there is a large percentage of Iranians that hate the Mullahs and their restrictions. If there had been no Ayatollah, how much better would the Middle East be today, even Iran.

        • DaveO907 October 7, 2023 at 3:41 pm #

          Good point, Jarek. The Islamic invasion of Europe though, is and has been facilitated by our Owners / social engineers to a less-than-provident outcome for its native inhabitants. I for one am glad my ‘homies’ are finally taking a stand for their right to exist as a culturally cohesive entity, i.e. “Viva Yo!” “I live!” At one with my historical people.

          • Jarek October 7, 2023 at 4:05 pm #

            And what is the proper number of Muslims in Europe? Not even one.

            A nation is not only a genetic family, but an organism, consisting of brain (culture) and body – a people all related both culturally and genetically.

            Multiculturalism? Multiple personalities. Steve Martin in the Jerk being jerked around by different personalities.

            One mind per body. One culture per nation. Got it?

      • DaveO907 October 7, 2023 at 3:36 pm #

        Dayum. How could I leave out FDJT too?
        But, maybe subconsciously that was because of his reluctance to resort to brinksmanship or overt warfare. Does not mean he didn’t condone the typical fuckery US Presidents’ engage in trying to force-manipulate independence-minded nations though with vomitus like Pompeo, Elliott Abrams, and especially the rabid Walrus.

  58. Q. Shtik October 7, 2023 at 1:47 pm #

    Wisconsin leads Rutgers 17-0 at the half.

    • Q. Shtik October 8, 2023 at 12:39 pm #

      Ultimately Rutgers lost 24-13.

  59. SoftStarLight October 7, 2023 at 3:05 pm #

    Don’t fear the bonfires of Samhain, Mr. K. It’s true that the mood of the age is far from anything like Christmas. It’s difficult for candy canes to dance in the midst of mass extinctions and the plunder and rape of the Earth. In this time, the living realize that they are indeed the walking dead, and the dead realize they walk the streets and halls of the living.

    • DaveO907 October 7, 2023 at 3:14 pm #

      The Universe has the means with which in mere seconds to cleanse all reminders of our ever having even physically existed.
      A comforting thought? Or not?

      • SoftStarLight October 7, 2023 at 3:28 pm #

        Oh yes, very true. But also, energy never disappears it only changes form. We are like sand and the Universe is making sand castles.

        • SpeedyBB October 10, 2023 at 3:04 pm #

          Honey, could I have one of those free refills? Hey, Waitress!

    • Jarek October 7, 2023 at 3:19 pm #

      Yes, there is no death. It’s just a change of clothes. The dead wear flimsy, translucent bodies. We wear heavy coats of flesh.

      So those aren’t their souls? No. What is the soul? Ah, good question!

      We don’t have souls. We are souls and have bodies.

      No doubt they wish we would stop haunting them. Imagine how ghosts feel when people move in to their homes.

      • JohnAZ October 7, 2023 at 3:32 pm #

        After observing dead folks in my job. I have always been struck by how “dead” they look. A living being has a spark, an awareness that makes him alive. Dead folks do not have that.

        Something leaves the body that animates it in life.

        Call it what you will.

        • Soul Forensics October 7, 2023 at 3:39 pm #

          The ghost phenomenon appears to living humans when the ghosts — in prior human form — are troubled. Once a ghost exorcism of some kind, intentional or not, is conducted, those sightings, sounds, and ‘strange object movements’ disappear along with them. Their transition to a more subtle plain is complete. Ghosts need our intervention.

          • Soul Forensics October 7, 2023 at 3:41 pm #

            plane

          • Night Owl October 7, 2023 at 5:02 pm #

            This sounds like a job for Zack Bagans, Ghost Bro.

          • Soul Forensics October 7, 2023 at 6:31 pm #

            I knew a male witch who conducted ghost exorcisms. Went with him on one. Would cure any materialist in a minute if they could experience the same thing.

          • Night Owl October 7, 2023 at 6:39 pm #

            Admit it, it was Zack Bagans.

          • Soul Forensics October 7, 2023 at 8:18 pm #

            Hah! Wish I knew the reference.

          • Night Owl October 8, 2023 at 10:06 am #

            Head to Youtube and search for Ghost Adventures.

            Zack the Ghost Bro is the king of unintentional comedy.

            Those shows are a guilty pleasure for me, and Ghost Adventures is the guiltiest of all.

          • Soul Forensics October 8, 2023 at 5:11 pm #

            The hollowed-out electronic soundscape, the bass drum surprise, the high-pitched organ, the dark lighting. Has all the tricks! Well produced.

            I wonder how many of the interviewees are selling their own books or videos.

          • Night Owl October 8, 2023 at 5:31 pm #

            The grammatical error at the end of the show’s introduction still cracks me up, despite having heard it at least 100 times.

            “This is our evidence, our ghost adventures”

            –Zack Bagans, Ghost Bro.

        • SpeedyBB October 10, 2023 at 3:11 pm #

          Yes, John. Movie stars are “all face” – the brand that one instantly recognizes them by.

          But when you spot the face of a “dead celebrity”, that spark of recognition is no longer there. Curious.

          Of course a skilled embalmer can prettify a corpse to look however he or she likes. I’m sure the Stalin-stiff or the Mao-mummy looks enough like them to fool the masses.

          I’ve read that insidious, parasitic presences like to pounce on and invade the remains of the recently-deceased. Maybe enjoy that cooling-corpse feel. Those ethereal squatters won’t get a chance to move into my cadaver – a Balinese pal has already agreed to arranging a modest cremation for me. All very businesslike.

          As we cigar-lovers solemnly
          intone, “Ashes to ashes, butts to butts”.

      • SoftStarLight October 7, 2023 at 3:36 pm #

        Well many times, at least from what I understand, the reason why some people experience like malicious hauntings is because the ghosts who inhabit their homes or businesses do actually feel as if the living have encroached in and disturbed their homes. And so they become malevolent in an effort to thwart the people, especially if they are making changes to the home, etc., or they may try to drive the people out altogether. Other times there are friendly hauntings where ghosts are at least benign and playful or even helpful in some instances, like catching a glass as it falls off of a table or counter or things like that. The trickier hauntings are those of actual places or areas of land or water. Those can even get to the level of which people describe as demonic.

        • Soul Forensics October 7, 2023 at 3:45 pm #

          Some of those demonic vibes are heavy in certain places. People report a depressing, uneasy, physical weight when visiting major battle sites of WWI and II, e.g.

          • Night Owl October 7, 2023 at 4:01 pm #

            Indeed.

            In that regard, some of the worst vibes I have ever had were at Buchenwald concentration camp in the detention house right next to the entrance gate. Many people there that day commented on it.

            I have had a number of more personal experiences as well, but that one still stands out.

          • elysianfield October 7, 2023 at 6:10 pm #

            Owl,
            Funny Story. A stand up comic related a trip to visit Buchenwald, along with a Jewish friend. They got there late when the camp was being shut down for the night. The fellow pleaded with the attendant, to no avail. Then he told the attendant that his friend was a Jew.

            They let him in….

          • JohnAZ October 8, 2023 at 11:14 am #

            Like Normandy, which we visited on our cruise.

            As a believer in spirituality, I believe that sites of huge violent killing may have the “ghosts” of the combatants who were killed hanging around. Gettysburg is famous for its ghosts.

            Could we be sensing them?

          • Anthea October 8, 2023 at 9:56 pm #

            I felt that way about large areas of South Dakota.

  60. Night Owl October 7, 2023 at 3:58 pm #

    “Well worth listening carefully to Denis Rancourt on all cause mortality.
    His analyses leave no room for doubt that deaths after pandemic announcement were due to policies and are inconsistent with the spread of a [deadly] viral respiratory disease,
    Best wishes
    Mike”

    https://m.twitch.tv/videos/1941132307

    Your weekly reminder that Covid is a hoax for dopes.

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    • OG October 7, 2023 at 6:24 pm #

      My anecdote: I remained pureblood but came down with something at the start of April 2023. It was awful. I felt more awful than I had ever felt before in my 58 years. For the first week, I’d take 4 or 5 super-hot tubs as I pendulummed from hot sweats to cold shivers. I remember lying in bed thinking that the way that I felt was unbearable. A trip to hospital [i.e. killing fields] was out of the question so I didn’t know what I was going to do.

      I was a bit better after Week 1 but then it lingered and lingered for the rest of the entire month!

      I’ve had plenty of flus/colds in my life but never anything like six months ago. And my gf had the same experience – pureblood but in February 2022.

      I don’t know what it is but I do know that it is most assuredly something. It exists. 100%.

      • Night Owl October 7, 2023 at 6:37 pm #

        Try traveling outside of Canadeu. You will get all kinds of sicknesses you have never had, and none of them are the mysterious and never isolated Coroneau.

        • OG October 7, 2023 at 7:18 pm #

          Do you really think that what you just said logically proves anything? It’s kind of a red herring, I guess. Pretty lame.

          Regardless of the non-relevant dangers of Cambodia or West Africa, I got my illness right here in Saskatchewan where we don’t have wonky jungle bugs but did have what Drs were calling the pandemic. I got it and it most definitely is something. It exists. 100%.

          • Night Owl October 8, 2023 at 10:02 am #

            The onus is on the virus whackos to show us that it exists.

            You are not all that bright, OG, but even you should be able to grasp this.

          • JohnAZ October 8, 2023 at 11:08 am #

            NO

            The evidence could be ironclad and you still would say it was a fantasy.

            Exactly how many examples of folks writing in describing heavy reactions to WII before you might give them credit for knowing a little what they are talking about.

            You logic is faulty. WII has just taken out a few million people, made others very sick, shown an ability to prologue its effects for many months and alter the make up of people’s immune systems.

            WII is a rotten development of our high tech medical research industry AND IT IS REAL.

            As I have said before, virus isolation is impossible so you will never see an isolated virus.

            So quit calling other people not so smart, your glass house is showing.

            WII. Whatever It Is, a concession to the virus deniers.

          • JohnAZ October 8, 2023 at 11:11 am