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As in this age of Hollywood sequels and prequels, America prefers to recycle old ideas rather than entertain new ones, so you can see exactly how the 2020 presidential election is shaping up to be a replay of the Great Depression, with Roosevelt-to-rescue! — only this time it’ll be with somebody in the role of Eleanor Roosevelt as chief executive. Donald Trump, of course, being the designated bag-holder for all the financial blunders of the past decade, gets to be Herbert Hoover. As was the case in the original, economic depression will segue into war, with maybe not such a happy ending for us as World War Two was.

There should be no doubt that the money part of the story is on a slow boat to oblivion. The world has been running on loans to such a grotesque degree that it’s managed the impressive feat of bankrupting the future. The collateral for all that debt was the conviction that there were ample amounts of future “growth” up ahead to service that debt. That conviction is now evaporating as car sales plummet, and real estate goes south, and nations twang each other over trade, and global supply lines wither. Globalism is unwinding — and not for the first time, either.

As in the standard Hollywood screenplay format, expect an “all is lost” moment when the “hero” (the USA) faces the existential dread of realizing that there is no more borrowing with the collateral gone. Translation: when the Federal Reserve discovers it can’t cue up yet another round of “Quantitative Easing” (QE) and ZIRP without destroying the value of the dollar — which it might do anyway, since monetary inflation is a great benefit to those who can’t pay back their debts, and the USA is the biggest deadbeat of all. An inflationary depression won’t be the same as the deflationary depression of the 1930s, but remember (cliché alert): history doesn’t exactly repeat, it rhymes. Financialization, it’ll turn out, was just money with its value removed. Imagine how pissed off the voters will be.

Note: the growth predicament is hugely misunderstood in this land, because the shale oil “miracle” was such a dazzling stunt. America is now producing above 12 million barrels of oil a day, two million higher than what was thought to be the all-time peak of 10 million a day in 1970. That is extraordinary indeed. We are the world’s leader in oil production now, ahead of Saudi Arabia and the wicked Russian bear. What most Americans don’t know is that this stunning feat was accomplished with hundreds of billions of dollars in borrowed money (debt) that will never be paid back.

The collateral for all that money was the conviction that there was a lot of money to be made in shale oil. But the shale oil industry has had a negative cash flow since it started around 2005. So, we’ve demonstrated that you can produce a lot of something at a big loss for a while, until you can’t. And the moment is approaching when there will be no more loans for the shale oil industry and then, voila, no more shale oil. And the USA will have a whole lot less of its primary energy “input” to the economy. We’ll be back to 2008. The turnaround will be fast and shocking and the American public will feel swindled. And having been already swindled out of all the other comforts and conveniences of what used to be modern life — a job, a home, a car — they will be even more supremely pissed off.

Enter stage left, the first woman president. Take your pick: Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand — with AOC as Speaker of the House! The new “Eleanor” will out-do Franklin Roosevelt in “innovative” economic policy. Only this time it won’t be jolly corps of brawny men marching off with pick-axes and shovels to carve trails through the national parks. It will be an orgy of collectivization, led by a gender-fluid army of commissars in an American sequel to the classic film Battleship Potemkin. Madam President will nationalize everything that’s not fastened down with square-head decking screws. Then the show trials will commence, first with the hated One Percenters going to the firing squads and then briskly moving to all the enemies of “intersectional justice.”

None of that will make the USA a better country. And then imagine how pissed off Russia and China will be when Madam President takes up her policy of exporting the New Bolshevism to other lands (because it works so well). Been there, done that, they’ll say. And maybe they’ll have to smack us down to get the point across.


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  1. seawolf77 January 21, 2019 at 10:07 am #

    Shale oil is being subsidized by US government. If I made $2 million dollars in income I would pay ~ $600,000 taxes. But if I invest $1 million in oil & gas I get to write off the other $1 million and I pay ZERO taxes. Even if there is ZERO return, which is unlikely since because of geophysics there are no dry holes anymore, the return is already 30%. Let’s say your investment nets $500,000 (again unlikely but possible) Yous till walk away with $1.5 million. if you paid the tax you would have $1.4 million. You’re still $100,000 to the good. From what I hear people get back all of the $1 million they invested but it takes time, sometimes 10 years. I also hear the checks can vary in size so you can’t count on it for income. That is why production looks like a hockey stick. Everyone wants in on this. The oil & gas business is the most subsidized industry. That’s whats so funny when I hear people talking about subsidies on solar. Apples and bowling balls.

    • Anon1970 January 21, 2019 at 10:51 am #

      There is a mention of oil depletion allowances in the movie “Giant”, which came out in 1956.

      • Ol' Scratch January 21, 2019 at 10:57 am #

        Non-support of the oil depletion allowance is what first put Nixon on the wrong side of the Republican right wing and was a major contributing factor to his eventual removal by the Watergate operation. Support/non-support was a deal breaker politically back then.

        • SpeedyBB January 21, 2019 at 5:23 pm #

          I cannot recall the details but questionable enthusiasm for the oil depletion allowance was also a factor in the brain-removal operation of a certain President in Dealey Square. Don’t monkey around with those oilmen and their sweetheart deals.

          [JOKE ALERT FROM MISTY HISTORY]

          Q.: ‘What was the first official act of newly-inaugurated Vice-President Hubert Humphrey?’

          A: ‘To invite President Lyndon Johnson to ride in a motorcade through downtown Minneapolis.’

        • gonetohell January 22, 2019 at 9:51 pm #

          So you’re saying that Nixon had his people break into DNC Headquarters to pay himself back for his non-support of the national depletion allowance?

          • benr January 23, 2019 at 10:14 am #

            No way Democrat cheating in the cook county elections made Nixon Paranoid period end of story.
            He did not want to get cheated again.

    • Ol' Scratch January 21, 2019 at 10:53 am #

      Current period cash flows are the fly in the ointment. Most of these startups are so cash strapped that making current period debt payments, never mind reinvestment and making payroll, without resorting to more debt is impossible. But you’re right, tax subsidies encourage this reckless behavior, which is now the only game in town as the alternatives dwindle. There might be no dry holes initially, but they’re all rapidly diminishing holes, which might well be even worse.

    • zekesdad January 21, 2019 at 11:09 am #

      It’s obvious that you have never invested in oil and gas. First of all there are no “subsidies” for oil and gas investors. There are the tax breaks in the form of the depletion allowance, and depreciation for equipment such as pumping units and storage tanks, but other industries get tax breaks too. Think of depreciation of real estate assets, or plants and equipment. Secondly, investing in oil and gas does not allow you to write off other income unless you have losses. I’m not an accountant, but I believe a capital loss from drilling a dry hole (which do occur) can be used to offset capital gains from other sources.
      Passive losses from being an investor in a partnership, for example can offset passive gains from other investments. Finally, a return of 30% on 10 year investment is very poor considering the risk being taken. Geophysics can show where oil and gas deposits are likely to be, but they don’t show where the actual deposits occur, and in what quantity. One of the biggest risks is pricing. Drilling programs are predicated on future prices for oil and gas called a price deck. Any drilling program that doesn’t produce oil an gas at an average price above the price deck over the life of the investment is a loser. Above that it’s a winner. Prices can be locked in to a certain amount with hedging, but no one can predict where prices will be over a 10 year (or longer) investment, not even James.

    • gonetohell January 22, 2019 at 10:12 pm #

      Forget all that. How about JHK’s continued slide into depravity? He concocts a story just to attack the female contingent of Democrat presidential hopefuls. Then he tosses in a stab at Ocasio-Cortez just for good measure. Why didn’t he throw in Joe Biden? Because he’s a misogynist that’s why. JHK makes no attempt to cover his Homophobia and misogyny. None. Wallowing in his sickness, he’s convinced the country is suddenly rampant with gender confused socialist/communist. Time to bid this world a not so fond adieu Mr. Kuntsler.

      • Q. Shtik January 23, 2019 at 12:00 am #

        Why didn’t he throw in Joe Biden? Because he’s a misogynist that’s why. – GTH

        ===========

        Joe Biden is a misogynist?

        Really?

        I had no idea.

        • seawolf77 January 23, 2019 at 9:21 am #

          “Pronouns in Search of Antecedants.” It’s the follow up to “Girls Gone Wild.”

      • benr January 23, 2019 at 10:16 am #

        Joe Biden is done a has been and not relevant since the #metoo movement!
        His cavorting naked around the pool with female secret service agents is legendary as is his penchant for getting handy with young girls in front of their parents in public.

      • lbs January 24, 2019 at 1:04 pm #

        Biden isn’t totally immersed in the psycho airhead world of contemporary leftist fashion as those three female candidates are. Hiwever, so as not to trigger the identity politics obsessives such as yourself, Kunstler should have thwarted accusations of misogyny by including bubble boy ORourke in the same breath as those female candidates. ORourk e is in the same ideological boat, and is considered as viable a contender as those others.

  2. trolleybill January 21, 2019 at 10:08 am #

    How’s your farming going?

    • BackRowHeckler January 21, 2019 at 10:22 am #

      Farming? Its -0° F out.

      • CancelMyCard January 21, 2019 at 7:21 pm #

        Trolleybill doesn’t understand zero degrees.

        When you live in south Florida,

        farming MUST be available year-round, don’t you think??

  3. Nik Charles January 21, 2019 at 10:08 am #

    What, no Gillette?

    • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 3:59 pm #

      Throw them away, they have betrayed us – just like everyone else. Grow your beard and prepare for battle.

      You will be known as Hegemon Charles after we triumph. I will grant you lands and men to work it. In turn, you will support me with those men when I need you.

      • CancelMyCard January 21, 2019 at 7:23 pm #

        “after we triumph”??

        You failed bigot, the only thing you will triumph at
        will be to pull your pee-stained underwear off your
        pathetic body just before you expire.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 8:47 pm #

          Behold the Enemy of Humanity

          • CancelMyCard January 21, 2019 at 10:04 pm #

            Behold the Enemy of Rational Thought.

    • PeteAtomic January 23, 2019 at 10:23 am #

      dollar shave club is so much better anyway

  4. hugho January 21, 2019 at 10:14 am #

    Witty as always Jim but your predictions about these ladies taking over the political system has the same chance of happening as AOC’s green new deal. They might gain a plurality in Brooklyn or NYC but keep in mind that that there are vast numbers of the well armed angry obese milling around in flyover country where I live that will have none of it. I gave up using “happy New Year” as a sobriquet this year.

    • Elrond Hubbard January 21, 2019 at 10:26 am #

      Between last blog’s vision of Trump as authoritarian Daddy in da House, and this week’s expression of contempt for the idea of any woman having, or pretending to, public authority, JHK’s preferred vision for the future is becoming clearer and clearer.

      As ever, Kunstler isn’t so much warning of tribulations to come as he is jonesing for them: a real rain, to come and wash the streets clean of women, minorities and other people different from himself, pressing their claims in the public realm.

      • Walter B January 21, 2019 at 10:36 am #

        I don’t see it so much as women being bad at governance as it is a question of why there are simply NO men around anymore that are worth a hot shit.

        As far as the idea of women being perhaps too emotional or even handicapped by what we call “dramatic mood swings” in my household, I will defer to my lovely wife and daughters to take up that discussion. However, Nancy Pelosi and her outright insolence in claiming that she hates Donald Trump so much that she is no longer going to fulfill her sworn duties but only work to “impeach” him, well that problem can be easily solved at the end of a rope. After a fair trial and conviction, of course.

        • Elrond Hubbard January 21, 2019 at 10:43 am #

          Walter, I’ll leave aside your disturbing, and apparently approving, reference to lynching. There’s nothing ‘insolent’ about the duly elected head of one branch of government exercising the authority of her office. She doesn’t answer to Trump; she is empowered to meet his force with force of her own. The constitution, and voters, give her that authority. You shouldn’t need a foreigner to lecture you about how your own country’s government is designed to function, but apparently you do.

          • Walter B January 21, 2019 at 10:55 am #

            Actually, I did not give her any power at all. It was the fools in her state that did it, and yes I have to live with it anyway. Perhaps the searing cold has numbed your wits, but capitol punishment is still an option here in America, especially for crimes such as treason. Perhaps you stopped reading before you got to the part where I said, “after a fair trial”, so you might want to go back and read it again slowly.

            I would think that with all of the wonderful distractions that you Canucks have of your own, you would spend less time butting into American politics, but perhaps you find it to be a more entertaining distraction than watching baby seals be clubbed to death in the tundra.

          • Elrond Hubbard January 21, 2019 at 11:57 am #

            In fact, Walter, I very much noticed that you resorted first to the rope, then added verbiage about a fair trial as an emollient to this foregone conclusion. My opinion of your motives remains unchanged, as do my remarks about Nancy Pelosi’s so-called ‘insolence’. Were you aware she received 68.5% of the popular vote in her district in the last election? That’s legitimacy that Mr. Trump himself cannot claim.

            People bandy the word treason so lightly these days, it’s good to have a reminder of what that crime actually consists of in U.S. law. It’s the one crime so deadly serious that the framers defined it explicitly in the text of the constitution: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.” (Emphasis added.) I have no doubt you feel as if Nancy Pelosi has violated this somehow. Can you explain how, using your own words? If you can provide actual substance to back your feeling that Nancy Pelosi is a traitor, I can then decide whether there’s any more merit to your feeling than you might accord to, say, the feelings of a #MeToo protester.

          • Walter B January 21, 2019 at 12:07 pm #

            How about refusing to do her job buddy? Every regular person I ever knew that tried that shit was canned on the spot? Her job is to do her part to run the country, not ruin it and certainly not to remove a legally elected chief executive. To “support and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic” is an oath that all of we elected officials take and are supposed to take seriously including following orders from those above us.

            Besides being seriously obnoxious, what kind of an oath have you taken Frosty?

          • Elrond Hubbard January 21, 2019 at 3:36 pm #

            Obnoxious or not, we are both armchair quarterbacks in this situation, Walter B, so oaths don’t enter into it. But you’re hanging your hat on “Pelosi is an obstructionist!” as though obstructionism in American governance had only been invented in the past few weeks. Having witnessed how the Republican-dominated Congress obstructed Obama for six years, and Bill Clinton before that, that idea doesn’t draw a lot of water with me.

          • Walter B January 21, 2019 at 4:37 pm #

            The fact is, at least as far as you have told us all, that you are the only armchair QB between the two of us. I have served and serve my community and nation still and go above and beyond and at least fight the problems instead of simply being a part of the problem. There is nothing so pathetic as those that bitch and moan and do nothing to give but only take. But then you still bow down before a Divine Monarch don’t you? Our system here in the States may be decaying and maybe even dying, but as long as there are those of us that understand how our government of the people, by the people, for the people is supposed to function and we continue to do our part, then we at least may quit ye like men.

          • CancelMyCard January 21, 2019 at 7:29 pm #

            Take your ridiculous Canadian claptrap and peddle it back

            to your equally pathetic home base.

            Fuck off Canuck,

            We neither need or want you here.

            Go Kiss Trudeau’s cock; it’s what you do best.

        • montsegur January 21, 2019 at 1:23 pm #

          Walter, without going into the particulars of any failures of NP’s execution of her sworn duties and obligations … you are quite correct that words like ‘treason’, ‘sedition’, and ‘subversion’ still have very real legal meanings.

          -If- the system turns on those who have been playing at “Revolution Lite”, they will find that suddenly everyone will have forgotten the “Lite” part and that the mood of much of the country may demand the ultimate punishment.

          Whether such measures would ‘cure’ any social or political ills is another discussion, but when things obtain a certain momentum, people will be looking even less far down the road than they do now … which isn’t far.

          Cheers

          • Walter B January 21, 2019 at 4:39 pm #

            Watering the Tree of Liberty eh what?

        • elysianfield January 21, 2019 at 8:17 pm #

          Walter,
          Don’t let Elrond talk to you like that! I have my suspicions that Elrond sat out the Vietnam War in Canada, along with the other draft resisters….Cowards, the lot of them!

          • Walter B January 22, 2019 at 12:34 am #

            Funny, but I was sort of a draft resistor myself. From the time I was 9 years old I was told that one day I would head to Vietnam to fight one day and maybe die for my country. Having heard the tales from my uncles of what they did and why they did it in WWII, there was no fooling me as to the ridiculous nature of war for profit rather than necessity. I was raised to understand that I had a duty as an American to serve when my country called me, but was blessed enough to figure out how to do it on my terms and not on theirs. So I applied to and worked hard to get into West Point and made it although the draft ended two years before I was eligible. Go figure. In the end, as Frank Sinatra so often sang, I did it my way, thank God!

      • sophia January 22, 2019 at 8:49 pm #

        It is obnoxious of you, Elrond, to imply that Kunstler’s objections to these women is because of their gender rather than because of their extreme leftist politics. Women are more than their vaginas, you know.

        • Elrond Hubbard January 23, 2019 at 10:14 am #

          I find the great majority of opinions posted here obnoxious to a greater or lesser degree, sophia, so that is nothing new. You and I have both read the same articles by JHK, and we each draw our own conclusions. If he wants to speak up and break the tie, I’ll happily engage with him directly. Till then, I’ll go on agreeing with myself, however obnoxious others find it.

          • benr January 23, 2019 at 10:19 am #

            If you find his view of the world so odious why are you still here?

          • Walter B January 23, 2019 at 11:54 am #

            Well benr, some people like to join in a discussion and do their best to add to it and some see a conversation as a way to put others down, thereby elevating themselves, or so they think. When I see a conversation that does not sound like it is my cup of tea, I move on and leave it alone. But some people are just dicks you know.

      • PeteAtomic January 23, 2019 at 10:27 am #

        “As ever, Kunstler isn’t so much warning of tribulations to come as he is jonesing for them: a real rain, to come and wash the streets clean of women, minorities and other people different from himself, pressing their claims in the public realm.”

        Elrond, the only reason people like yourself write this type of inaccurate bullshit & mischaracterization is to feel like they are moral superiors.

        Or, they are complete assholes. I kind of think maybe both might be true in your case.

    • Ol' Scratch January 21, 2019 at 10:38 am #

      Have to agree. Jim’s scenario might be the rosiest of many truly awful scenarios, but the #metoo bunch remains a cult of personality flavored niche movement nationally that offers no paradigm shifting ideas about the things that truly matter to the country as a whole. Economically, the Fed, having learned the lessons of a deflationary spiral in the 30’s, will exercise the only other option left to it and the one chosen by third world dead beats the world over: targeted inflation, “stealthy” as it can be, but inflation all the same. The only question remaining after that is how long can the masters of the universe keep the pie plates spinning in the air this time? Another 5-10 years at most? That looks like a long shot to me, as we’re already living on borrowed time and money from 2008. Hey! Maybe Obama the Immortal Shapeshifter will gear up for another run at it again in 2020, since it worked out so well last time? Never say never.

      • Paulo January 21, 2019 at 11:00 am #

        I doubt there will be widespread nationalization. God, why always always do Americans have to pitch, “The Commies Are Coming”? Seriously, does anyone think a woman would/could do a worse job than DJT?

        Maybe it’s time for a left turn away from a supposedly testosterone riddled draft dodging porn star fucker dumbass to maybe an Amy Kobuchar from flyover Minnesota? That would be refreshing. Or a Ben Sasse.

        Maybe it’s time for revolution/devolution? Let the coastal cities govern themselves and leave the rural and flyover folks alone. It sure seems to be heading that way.

        Otherwise good article, except for the woman commie baiting meme. That’s getting a little tired.

        • Walter B January 21, 2019 at 11:22 am #

          Throughout mankind’s history Paulo, those who rule and who manipulate the masses have always had great success in steering the serfs by uniting them against a common foe, a Big Bad Guy. It easily distracts the common folk from the real danger, the government itself. The distracted, disoriented public may love to bash groups like the current “hate White Men” meme, but the raw facts are that 99.9% of the killing and murder have been done by the governments of every nation. This had included queens as well as kings, effectively destroying the anti-man argument, but there is no talking to an idiot.

          We here in America will always have vast ideological differences in how government should be established, especially in arguments with people from England, Canada, and Australia where the Divine Right of Kings lives until this day. Of course we here too seem to be following that model, as families of power hand down their control to their spawn in ever greater number. I could have sworn that the original idea of governing this nation was based upon the abilities of those who were to lead to be able to lead in the first place and not simply a case of whose scrotum they originated in. I suppose things degrade over time, don’ they? .

          • elysianfield January 21, 2019 at 12:04 pm #

            ” I could have sworn that the original idea of governing this nation was based upon the abilities of those who were to lead to be able to lead in the first place and not simply a case of whose scrotum they originated in.”

            Walter,
            A sad but probable scenario is that the governing will devolve to he who has a death grip on that scrotum.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 1:18 pm #

            Good insight: Monarchy always returns in another form, at least partially. We are ruled by Economic Oligarchs who pass down their winnings and thus their reign, to their children.

            Dictators often leave their Nation to one of their sons. Same thing. Monarchy is the most natural form of government, if not the best. We shouldn’t sniff at being natural though – there are worse things, especially when chaos and mass minority violence threatens.

          • GreenAlba January 21, 2019 at 3:04 pm #

            Er guys, can we please stop talking as if the British monarchy has any powers worth writing on anything bigger than a postcard? Despite Finca’s meanderings, constitutional power in this country, and by extension in Canada and Australia, lies with Parliament, not with our decorative but anachronistic monarchy. It’s a bit like keeping pets, only more costly and requiring a designer wardrobe. And cars and yachts and horses and stuff. Oh, and palaces and land…

            And if you think any of us other than a few fuckwits want to be ruled by the Windsors, I really don’t know what to say.

            And if anyone thinks the divine right of kings still exists, I would respectfully refer you to the Glorious Revolution of 1688–89.

            This is 2019, unless I’m mistaken.

          • Walter B January 21, 2019 at 5:00 pm #

            I don’t know how little “power” the British monarchy wields GA, but with $ 88 billion in assets:

            time.com/money/5178274/royal-family-net-worth/

            …and $ 368 million a year in income,….

            thisisinsider.com/where-does-the-royal-family-get-money-2017-1

            I would guess that they wield great power in every way possible, don’t you think?

          • seawolf77 January 21, 2019 at 6:44 pm #

            It’s the first law of fascism: Create an external threat. The little-known corollary to that law is: Create an internal threat.
            Hitler did both, Communism and the Jews.

          • Walter B January 21, 2019 at 6:59 pm #

            Yes indeed ef, a death grip upon the empty scrotum of the Unites States public.

          • GreenAlba January 21, 2019 at 7:43 pm #

            I totally agree with you, Walter, in regard to their assets, and assets are indeed power to some extent. But the fact remains that the Queen can’t tell me to do anything at all, although convention demands that I address her in a certain way if I meet her, which will never happen. So what? I’d have to treat your president with the respect of his office too.

            Constitutionally, they don’t mean diddly. They’d have gone the way of the Romanovs had it not been that (a) the Brits have traditionally been less volatile than some others when pushed by overweening monarchies and (b) the British royal family saw the writing on the wall and tailored their style accordingly, to become monarchs of the people or some such superficial, opportunist ploy.

            I don’t blame any of them individually for being who and what they are – people, whether rich, poor, powerful or powerless, black, brown or white, are born into situations over which they had no control whatsoever. What marks them out is what they do with it.

            But the Windsors mean nothing to me and have no power over me whatsoever. And there’s not a divine bone in their collective body.

            I agree, as well, with the view that (some) Americans can be almost desperate to have their own version of royalty. The whole dynastic thing just makes me chuckle, in a nation that overthrew its colonial masters and wanted to be a grown-up.

            No hostility intended, Walter. Both our systems are just systems, for better or worse. Although with all its dithering faults, I think I still prefer parliamentary to presidential 🙂 .

          • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 8:25 pm #

            No one was talking about “a” monarchy much less the English Monarchy. Yet people let Greenie (who is obsessed with not being obsessed with the Royals) derail the conversation which had been at the level of principle, monarchy as such not “a” monarchy.

          • GreenAlba January 21, 2019 at 9:08 pm #

            OK, Janos, so you’re not very good at paying attention. I won’t hold it against you.

            Walter: ‘We here in America will always have vast ideological differences in how government should be established, especially in arguments with people from England, Canada, and Australia where the Divine Right of Kings lives until this day. ‘

            Plus subsequent comment by one Janos Skorenzy about er… monarchy.

            But I’m glad you’ve stopped obsessing about Megan, at least, now that she’s happily married AND pregnant 🙂 .

          • Walter B January 21, 2019 at 11:59 pm #

            Sorry GA, but there is something inherent in the American revolutionary psyche, or at least there should be something, that has issues with royalty, even though our modern society seems to be headed back towards the worship of same.

          • GreenAlba January 22, 2019 at 7:09 am #

            No need for the ‘sorry’, Walter, most people in my country feel exactly the same, including Yours Truly.

            I only requoted from your comment to point out to Mr Skorenzy that someone had indeed brought up the issue of monarchy, in response to his ‘no one was talking about “a” monarchy, least of all English…etc. etc.’.

        • NoLongerHuman January 21, 2019 at 11:52 am #

          No one effective or not compromised will allowed to run for POTUS. If they want Trump to continue dividing up the country into hate camps then the democrats will run another John Kerry clone.

          The problem with women candidates is they’re much harder to honey trap. You need to trap their husband’s instead like Anthony Weiner, who’s just happened to have access to all of Hillary’s email

          • sophia January 22, 2019 at 8:55 pm #

            Trump is not dividing up the country into hate camps. The media is doing that.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 1:14 pm #

          You still can’t accept how poor Communism turned out, can you? Nor how many people it killed to gets its miserable results.

        • seawolf77 January 21, 2019 at 1:49 pm #

          I have been asking this question from the beginning. What was so wrong with America that it needed this vast departure from the norm? Why dissolve NATO? Why build a big ugly wall? Where did all this gloom and doom and we need a savior come from? I guess I’ll never get this. I thought things were pretty good. I know about coal jobs going away and jobs going away for various other reasons. That’s always going on. That’s capitalism. But the idea that this guy could fix it. Donald Trump is a success because he was born rich. Period. That’s what all the data says. And now his base is perfectly OK ignoring all this Russia stuff.

          • Nightowl January 22, 2019 at 2:28 pm #

            1. We already have a wall. It is not a new idea

            2. Trump cannot dissolve NATO. He can remove the US from it

            3. Russiagate is a hoax cooked up by Robby Mook and John Podesta. It’s even black and white over at Wikileaks

            4. Emotions are not arguments

        • Helen Highwater January 21, 2019 at 2:19 pm #

          You mean you don’t like a cup of misogyny on Monday morning?

          • seawolf77 January 21, 2019 at 7:07 pm #

            No. Make government boring again.

          • sophia January 22, 2019 at 8:57 pm #

            How can you be so sexist! Bad enough I had to tell a man that a woman is more than a vagina, but you too?

    • Sam Stone January 21, 2019 at 10:53 am #

      Oh no the predictions are unfortunatly correct except that the lead role will not be played by Harris. We will witness a show extrordinaire this election cycle. All the big names will be accounted for: Harris, Warren, Sanders, et al.The press will whip everyone into a frenzy and then at the last moment the real candidate will step forward. Enter stage “left”, the one, the only, the saviour of all womankind… Michelle Obama.
      Count on it boys and girls.

      • Ol' Scratch January 21, 2019 at 11:01 am #

        I think you might be right. WJC and HRC first opened the door on the idea of the dual presidency, but it will be the 0’s who get to first walk through it.

      • ozone January 21, 2019 at 1:51 pm #

        Looks to me like the 2-year “pre-election cycle” brainwashing has already taken effect. (I really thought that *this* time it might not take its victims so soon — wrong-o; big-time.)

        You left out the one candidate of the female persuasion that has the popularity and seriousness of mind to actually win the presidency. She’s got the only type of “experience” that modern Boobus Americanus respects and worships. …And she’d win with the majority of the popular vote to boot! (OMG)

        Guess away. It’s going to be like the Trumpian wave all over again, oh ye of stunted imaginations…

        • michael January 21, 2019 at 2:44 pm #

          Would that be Kim Kardashian or “Lady” Gaga?

          • ozone January 21, 2019 at 3:05 pm #

            That would be: Flaming Narcissists in the Entertainment Industry. Wrong category. 😉

          • ozone January 21, 2019 at 3:06 pm #

            (Spin again, Vanna.)

        • David Webb January 21, 2019 at 3:09 pm #

          I’m guessing Tulsi Gabbard, or at least she’s the only female democrat that this ignorant red neck would vote for.

          • ozone January 21, 2019 at 8:49 pm #

            David,
            Me too (sans hashtag), and correct guess.

        • Majella January 21, 2019 at 4:16 pm #

          Oprah.

        • sophia January 22, 2019 at 9:00 pm #

          Oprah?

  5. shotho January 21, 2019 at 10:14 am #

    This one leaves me perplexed.
    Yes, a financial destruction is in order and has already commenced. Debt is being sucked out of the global financial system and that process will accelerate. But, it will result in debt default, a ‘depression’ much worse than the 1930’s. In that case, the dollar will actually increase in value as there will be far fewer of them in circulation. Inflation is definitely not in order.
    It is doubtful that Russia and China will want to take on the American military any time soon. After all, they still have plenty of ‘bolshevism’ left in their systems; don’t need any lessons from USA in that regard. Incidentally, both China and Japan have greater debt loads than America in terms of debt to GDP. There has indeed been ‘globalization’ on a global scale and I don’t believe any corner of the globe will escape the ravages of economic destruction that’s here now.

  6. BackRowHeckler January 21, 2019 at 10:19 am #

    Thats’ the thing, Jim.

    China, Russia, NKorea and so on won’t be too impressed with Secretary of Defense Elizabeth Warren’s new model gender neutral Marine Corps, a newly established US Army Tranny Division, and the USS Harvey Milk. Hard men and grim faced generals in say, Moscow, who never really accepted the collapse of the Soviet Union and the loss of Eastern Europe, will be studying old maps of Zhukov’s route into 1945 Berlin, thinking, who can stop us?

    Brh

    • lateStarter January 21, 2019 at 10:35 am #

      I can’t really think of any reason why Russia would want to bother invading Eastern Europe. It wouldn’t be worth the trouble. What do they need that Poland, etc have to offer? They may lay down a line of tactical nukes creating a Radioactive Curtain to deter visitors from the West. But again, why disturb the market for natural gas?

      I also don’t think they need to take any action towards the US. The Americans seem to be doing a decent job of imploding all by themselves. The Russians and Chinese can just sit back and watch.

      • shotho January 21, 2019 at 10:47 am #

        Agree. Putin is smart and patient. He knows very well what’s going on over here and that if he waits, Americans will make it easy for him to move into the vacuum.
        Interestingly, he’s divested all of the US dollars in his central bank reserves and is replacing them with gold, yuan and euros.

      • ozone January 21, 2019 at 2:08 pm #

        lateStarter,
        That’s what I’m seeing as well. *Influence* is rapidly becoming the new metric by which “winning” is measured, rather than absent-landlord ownership of territories. America is losing it, because of how it projects power. Namely by death threats; not cool for recipients. Russia and China are gaining it by dispersal of necessities and goodies; much cooler for recipients.

        **Speaking of territories, it’s long past time to stop this bullshit:

        consortiumnews.com/2019/01/16/bases-bases-everywhere-except-in-pentagons-report/

        • SpeedyBB January 21, 2019 at 5:48 pm #

          This brings to mind a phenomenon which (not being any kind of economist) has puzzled and intrigued me as a student of intercultural dynamics: the Chinese and the Russians take the long view, because they can afford to do so (or have no choice) whereas Uncle is an impatient New-York-minute sort of fellow and cannot look beyond the next quarter’s results.

          That to me is the only logical explanation for China’s astounding “long game” in Asia and Africa (as in “Who would be stupid enough to sink major infrastructure investment in a black African ‘nation’?”): if the game is long enough, no matter which general or dictator ends up knocking his rivals off the roost, the Chinese presence will still be there. Example: their 99-year lease on Hambantota Port in southern Sri Lanka, a repo payoff for big infra loans impossible for the government to ever repay (because most of the dough is squirreled away in Geneva).

          Are westerners so lacking in patience and the long view?

    • Elrond Hubbard January 21, 2019 at 10:37 am #

      If these hard men have two brain cells between ’em to rub together, they’ll remember that the USA still has tens of thousands of nukes. How addled by testosterone do they have to be to provoke a nuclear exchange just to prove they’re not nancy boys? Even the limpest of wrists still have enough strength to turn the keys in the missile silos. Then the living will envy the dead.

  7. shotho January 21, 2019 at 10:19 am #

    Furthermore, it’s instructive to see how a few words from Powell and other Federal Reserve officials were able to stop the deterioration in equities markets the last week of 2018, China, at the same time, began its latest version of ‘stimulus’ and Trump began making sweet talk about a pending trade deal with China. Voila, an updraft in the markets that hasn’t ended yet.

  8. SomeoneInAsia January 21, 2019 at 10:23 am #

    QUOTE:***The world has been running on loans to such a grotesque degree that it’s managed the impressive feat of bankrupting the future. The collateral for all that debt was the conviction that there were ample amounts of future “growth” up ahead to service that debt.***

    Perhaps people just didn’t care about the future at all, and perhaps modern economic theory teaches us that we shouldn’t. After all, wasn’t it the ‘great’ John Maynard Keynes who said that “In the long run we are all dead?”

    • Ol' Scratch January 21, 2019 at 10:44 am #

      That’s it! Faith and imagination are requirements to believe in the future, two traits nowhere to be found in a society focused so intently on making the next debt payment for past and current consumption. The logic of the exponential function is relentless and cruel to those on the wrong side of it.

    • NoLongerHuman January 21, 2019 at 12:01 pm #

      Agreed

      And why is that all of the people in the highest seats of power in the US are in their 70’s

      Sources close to Donald Trump say that he has admitted he’s not worried about the $21 trillion in debt. He won’t be around when it becomes a problem

    • GreenAlba January 21, 2019 at 12:08 pm #

      “Perhaps people just didn’t care about the future at all, and perhaps modern economic theory teaches us that we shouldn’t. After all, wasn’t it the ‘great’ John Maynard Keynes who said that “In the long run we are all dead?”

      It was indeed Keynes but he didn’t remotely mean we (or economic theory) shouldn’t care about the future.

      simontaylorsblog.com/2013/05/05/the-true-meaning-of-in-the-long-run-we-are-all-dead/

      • malthuss January 21, 2019 at 12:25 pm #

        “In the long run we are all dead?”-That is just common sense.

        I dont like economists. I wish it was voodoo or science.

      • Ol' Scratch January 21, 2019 at 1:22 pm #

        Yep. It was the dunce W. who put his particularly American spin (malaprop) on Keynes’ now famous observation. Keynes meant that the government has to act in the short term to actually fix anything, rather than just blindly trust that things will work themselves out in the long run. Of course W, bless his ignorant heart, never intended to do either. He and his were already more than well set for any possible future.

        • SpeedyBB January 21, 2019 at 5:55 pm #

          Except, Ol’ Scratch, as I have pointed out previously, when Dubya and the rest of the Bush Crime Family jump into their private 767 and head off to their charming finca in Paraguay (or wherever) they might well not receive the welcome they fantasized. How do they intend to pay their way in an historically hostile (to gringos) environment? With Zimbabwerican dollars? With their private hoard of gold bars?

          As Stalin was reported to have laughed, when the failing Spanish Republicans shipped their bullion to Moscow for safekeeping, ‘That’s the last they’ll ever see of this gold’.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 1:23 pm #

      He hated Capitalism and longed for Global Socialism brought about by the very same Capitalists he loathed. A peaceful post modern Marxist who would be very at home in the world of today. Queer too.

      • malthuss January 21, 2019 at 6:39 pm #

        Global Socialism -I thought that was J Galbraith.

      • GreenAlba January 21, 2019 at 7:54 pm #

        Janos, only someone as politically deranged as you could think Keynes was a socialist.

        pragcap.com/myths-keynesian-economics/

        ‘Common myths about Keynes’

        ‘The reality is that the only people who could possibly think Keynesian economics is synonymous with socialism are people who really don’t understand Keynes at all and who have read none of his work.

        ‘There are lots of myths out there about Keynesian Economics so here are some facts:

        1. Keynes was a capitalist. He even stated, in plain English that he was on the side of the capitalists:

        “I can be influenced by what seems to me to be justice and good sense; but the class war will find me on the side of the educated bourgeoisie.”

        As for being ‘queer’, get over yourself. He was that way inclined in his younger days, as some young men are, but he was later married and would have had a child were it not for his wife’s miscarriage’.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 8:22 pm #

          If one keeps going East, where does one get to? Yes, the East. And then? The West. But of course you don’t understand and never will. A thoroughly “newtonian” intellect. Reality is Round. But you dwell forever in flatland.

          Capital centralizes as Marx said. What could be more obvious to all except you and JAZ?

          • GreenAlba January 21, 2019 at 9:10 pm #

            Nighty night, Janos. Keep wittering…

          • GreenAlba January 21, 2019 at 9:12 pm #

            But yes, capital obviously centralises. That’s why the best systems regulate it, so that it works for our benefit and not the other way round. Not sure what that has to do with anything I said, but like I said, time to turn in. Sleep well – I hope it helps.

  9. Being There January 21, 2019 at 10:25 am #

    Not very likely, and a man may easily win the Dem nomination…..but the rampant privatization scheme of the freemarketeers does need to end.
    A mixed economy is best and one that protects the citizenry from sky-rocketing costs of medicine and real estate which will crash a nd burn anyway ‘cuz its un-affordable

    It won’t be a woman run communist state and AOC is not a communist….Kamala isn’t even a left wing Dem. She’s a professional lawyer and corporatist.

    Its not the cut and dry parody of the Dems you’re purporting.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 1:28 pm #

      The Corporations are completely comfortable with Leftism and have been for decades. You sound like Rip Van Winkle, asleep for the last 50 years or so.

      The plan is for Socialism the masses and continued Capitalism and Wealth for the few. Communism and its mobs are the weapon for those who don’t get with the program. C’mon get the coffee on and clear your fuzzy head.

      On the eve of the Black Communist takeover of South Africa, Mandela switched to corporate friendly Socialism. If he hadn’t, he probably wouldn’t have woken up the next day. He knew who was in charge.

      • malthuss January 23, 2019 at 3:32 pm #

        He knew who was in charge.–???

  10. robert magill January 21, 2019 at 10:26 am #

    Nah, The Republicans will nominate Ivanka and she will tear them all up. Prediction: She will be handed a really big job this year to prime the howitzer.

  11. Walter B January 21, 2019 at 10:27 am #

    You forgot Hillary Jim, but besides that, you have pegged it. Surely the Evil One cannot be discounted until it breathes it’s last breath. I too doubt that the Fed will print once again, but you are right, they just might do it since they lack any other options. As far as debts not being paid and defaults go, what the general public tends to forget is what that actually means. To understand the implication of this inevitability, we must consider where the “”loaned” monies came from in the first place – pension funds, your 401k’s and every other place the excess value was stashed by those who made payroll deductions for “the future”. How easily those accounts may be evaporated is evidenced by the pension funds of Detroit, California, New Jersey, the list goes on and on. As government borrowing increases (exponentially) to fund out of control spending and theft, interest payments are growing at 2x per year now and sucking up more and more of the borrowing entities, “income”. New Jersey, the #1 leader in debt to revenue (3 to 1) just stuck its schwartzenegger out on the block for another $500B for frivolous spending. In the end, it is not so much a question of not making payments on the debt as it is one of who is going to be cheated out of their “investments” as a result. Anybody seen Jon Corzine lately?

    • DrTomSchmidt January 21, 2019 at 11:18 am #

      500B? Really? Got a link on that? I had no idea it was so bad. Or is that just pensions?

      • Walter B January 21, 2019 at 11:29 am #

        Sorry Doc, I must still be waking up, it was $500 million:

        nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/11/nj_voters_500_million_for_school_security_water_im.html

        • DrTomSchmidt January 21, 2019 at 6:56 pm #

          Oh. That’s not the worst 500mil ever borrowed, I guess. Christie Whitman was worse.

          • Walter B January 22, 2019 at 8:32 am #

            They were all bad weren’t they, but at least Governor Pot Head (Murphy) campaigned on the promise that he was going to finish us all off and destroy the ability of regular people to own homes. It is not just like New Jersey that when we finally get honesty in government, the truth is so damned disturbing?

  12. malthuss January 21, 2019 at 10:27 am #

    Was there a French bank run?

  13. noel bodie January 21, 2019 at 10:47 am #

    Where do I sign up to get on that firing squad?

    • elysianfield January 21, 2019 at 12:11 pm #

      noel,
      Depends upon which end of it you want to be on….

      • noel bodie January 21, 2019 at 2:59 pm #

        “On the squad” seems pretty clear to me.

        • elysianfield January 22, 2019 at 11:37 am #

          Noel,
          Of course, but why let a well-constructed sentence get in the way of a punch line?

  14. FincaInTheMountains January 21, 2019 at 10:48 am #

    Japanese Rumors, Poseidon Doomsday Torpedo and Fukushima Disaster or how Hillary Clinton tried to arrange a Russo-Japanese War in 2011 and K-Dog Barking up the wrong Tree

    Finca, January 20, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    Most Japanese have given up on the Northern Territories (Russian Kuril Islands) and are pressing on Abe to sign a peace treaty with Moscow more quickly, as most Japanese are convinced that the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that drowned Fukushima was the first combat application of Russian Poseidon.

    And even those who do not believe in Poseidon, still want to urgently sign a peace treaty with Moscow because they fear the wrath of gods, who are angry with Japan for “cooperation” with Hillary Clinton, who in 2011 promised Japan military support for the return of the Northern Territories a few days before the Fukushima tsunami.
    kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/battle-royale/#comment-392340

    K-Dog, January 21, 2019 at 1:54 am #
    Yeah, they can just go eat a Pirozhki if they don’t believe in Poseidon like all the Japanese do. Ah-So.
    kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/battle-royale/#comment-392385

    OpEdNews 2/24/2011 at 20:12:36
    U.S. Backs Japan In Looming Confrontation With Russia
    The question of the Northern Territories is the problem of not only former residents of these islands, but also of the whole Japanese people. I would like to heighten attention to this problem with the Japanese public.
    On February 21 the American ambassador to Russia, John Beyrle, was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry where his “attention was drawn to the recent statement made by officials with the U.S. Department of State and of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, which expressed support for Japan’s territorial claims to Russia,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its official website.

    opednews.com/articles/2/U-S-Backs-Japan-In-Loomin-by-Rick-Rozoff-110224-935.html

    And now my conclusions:

    The American state, no matter normal or the deep, cannot admit to its people that Russia, which they wrote off in the 1990s as a failed state, has achieved a decisive military superiority over NATO countries in general and over the United States in particular, as this will cause a colossal political crisis in the US, compared to which the current mess is like a children’s fight in a sandbox because of trampled sand castle.

    • Ol' Scratch January 21, 2019 at 11:06 am #

      To your last statement: Question is, what – if anything – can or will be done about it? Serious military capability issues usually take 20-30 years to turn around under the best of conditions. The US is a failed and increasingly rogue state by any reasonable measure as we speak.

      • FincaInTheMountains January 21, 2019 at 12:33 pm #

        Question is, what – if anything – can or will be done about it?

        That’s an easy one. Take out your military infrastructure of Prompt Global Strike from Europe, in particular from Poland and Romania.

        • Ol' Scratch January 21, 2019 at 1:15 pm #

          Failed hegemon’s never back down, lest they reveal their failure for all to see. That’s our situation right now. It will take a major military defeat before the US MICC capitulates, and it might not happen even then, absent a nuclear conflagration.

    • K-Dog January 21, 2019 at 11:20 am #

      Don’t pull me into this nonsense.

      The American state, no matter normal or the deep, cannot admit to its people that Russia…

      If I’m a member of the deep state I want a paycheck for being here like you get. Do I make the accusation; yes. You opened that door not I so deal with it. Doing the flip and pretending I’m the troll is clever. Nothing I can respect, but clever. I thought I was not going to write here this morning but no such luck. My name came up so I’m here.

      While I’m here I’ll express my opinion which I’d have kept to myself but for Finca.

      America has destroyed it future and many besides I understand that well. JHK can write about it eloquently about it and we appreciate it when he does.. We are all on the same page there. But there are differences between us.

      The big difference is that I like women. I like them so much sometimes it hurts and since I like them that much I know that they come in all temperaments, shapes, sizes and and colors except green and if I found a green one I’d like her too.

      My enhanced awareness has informed me that JHK is sadly deluded about something.

      “Madam President will nationalize everything that’s not fastened down with square-head decking screws.”

      JHK blinded by his disgust JHK is not aware that there are conservative women who are all about keeping thing exactly as they are. Evil bitches who are all about maintaining the social stratification JHK seems to need to live are out there in droves.

      • FincaInTheMountains January 21, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

        Dog, what in the world the Poseidon has to do with your love of women?

        Generally, I love them too.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 1:31 pm #

        Do you like them so much that you wear tshirts that say, “I believe women” – as if they never lie? News flash: women don’t find men like that attractive. Women know how horrible they are and they like men who know as well.

      • GreenAlba January 22, 2019 at 7:53 am #

        ““Madam President will nationalize everything that’s not fastened down with square-head decking screws.” – JHK

        ‘JHK is not aware that there are conservative women who are all about keeping thing exactly as they are.’ – K-Dog.

        I give you Margaret Hilda Thatcher, grocer’s daughter. Her Female Femaleness privatised everything that wasn’t fastened down with the rivets from a dead shipbuilding yard, partly with the intention of castrating organised labour (she certainly succeeded in that aim).

    • JohnAZ January 21, 2019 at 12:03 pm #

      Here is the rub and the stupidification of the military situation.

      All these testosterone battles between the PTB. Remember Mutual Assured Destruction? It is still there. So what if the Russians have a super missile, or China has islands, the number one tool we have in our fleet of Fleet Ballistic submarines lurking who knows where just waiting. Nobody can defense this situation. Russia’s primary advantage is

      Exactly the same thing.

      Their super missile is aimed at NATO and its incursions to the Russian border.

      Our primary enemy is the New World Order and its incursions within the USA through our own political system. Russia and China know this and are just standing back watching us implode. They are receivers of stupidification as they are next.

      Why does Trump seem to be friendly towards China and Russia? Because his number one target is the Deep State, the incursion source. All three countries need to fight off the Liberal blight sweeping the world.

      • FincaInTheMountains January 21, 2019 at 12:30 pm #

        Remember Mutual Assured Destruction? It is still there

        Is it? You didn’t think so back in 2006:

        The Rise of U.S. Nuclear Primacy

        foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-states/2006-03-01/rise-us-nuclear-primacy

        • JohnAZ January 21, 2019 at 12:51 pm #

          It is

          Part of the big increase in defense spending is revitalization of the nukes.

          Tridents cancel any defense.

          Russia’s nukesvare not aimed just at us.

          The world hates these two facts, and the NWO is trying to destroy us from within.

          Putin and Trump are canceling their respective stamps for now.

          BTW, the absolute worst scenario for the NWO is that the US and Russia to finally figure out how they are being played.

          And do something about it.

  15. oilie January 21, 2019 at 11:05 am #

    Jim’s scenario is highly entertaining and possibly even close to the truth except for one detail – the time scale. I think that the scene will evolve much more slowly. It will take a while before the effects of extreme inflation become severe enough to drive the voters to accept radical social changes. Flyover country won’t be ready for those for a good while yet.

    • JohnAZ January 21, 2019 at 11:49 am #

      Unless the flyover folks are outnumbered by the coastal folks. Which is happening as we watch. Why? Immigration, guess where all those illegals go to hide. Now, California is enfranchising the illegals to vote in state and local elections. The Liberal movement is a maelstrom in our society and like shareholders in a corporation, when one hits 51%, the world changes. Same with representative government, we are aimed to the Left and when the reliable voter advantage hits 51%, our world will change.

      And quickly.

      • Majella January 21, 2019 at 4:27 pm #

        Franchising the non-documented immigrants is de facto citizenship.

        And why not? They work – yes, illegally – but they are employed by ‘upright patriotic’ business owners, and they pay taxes.

        “No taxation without representation” sounds familiar, somehow…

  16. bukowskisghost January 21, 2019 at 11:12 am #

    Time for a manufactured event to distract the country from the truth… its deja by all over again

  17. akmofo January 21, 2019 at 11:14 am #

    I think the game is played so that there will be no more Soviet Russia Khamenei Iran Chávez/Maduro Venezuela and all the other evil oil producing characters before there will no more Shale Oil. In the simple game of monopoly, when you gain market share as the US is now doing, you also destroy your competitors. Expect oil at $34, with Iran Russia and the rest of them — BANKRUPT! The US can “print” US dollars as needed, they can’t. And that’s a good thing!

  18. akmofo January 21, 2019 at 11:18 am #

    China money is all coming to US. No one trusts the commie Chinese gov mafia, especially not the Chinese people. So yeah, liquidity to the US markets is now provided by the commie Chinese and their “printing” operations.

  19. DrTomSchmidt January 21, 2019 at 11:20 am #

    Then the show trials will commence, first with the hated One Percenters going to the firing squads

    None of the Democratic women mentioned are anywhere NEAR being so anti-elite. We can dream, but it will not happen. We need to wait until 2028 for AOC for that.

    • hmuller January 21, 2019 at 11:53 am #

      Agreed, Elizabeth Warren is not the enemy of billionaire elitists; probably more a case of they own her. She’ll leave them alone and tax the hell out of us carbon junkies until we’re burning buffalo chips in our wigwams to stay warm.

      • DrTomSchmidt January 21, 2019 at 6:53 pm #

        A guilty laugh. Thanks!

    • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 1:36 pm #

      The system has a tremendous capacity to corrupt and assimilate. AOC was claiming to have Jewish ancestry awhile back, despite her herstory of trenchant anti-Semitism. She knows the score and may well assimilate. Mandela did. Wealth and Power go to those that do. Poverty and death stalk the virtuous who do not.

  20. Q. Shtik January 21, 2019 at 11:26 am #

    Today is one of those oddball holidays that show up on the calendar generally or always on a Monday where most of us can chill and do nothing all day. Here it is after 11AM and I’m sitting at my computer monitor still in my PJs. I haven’t even applied my daily dosage of Andro Gel 1.62% yet.

    There will be no mail delivery, no trash pickup and the banks and markets (Wall Street) will be closed. Most everybody will be off except the Pakistanis manning the pumps at Raceway in the ungodly cold…poor bastards. And, oh yeah, the Mulattoes changing the trash bags at Micky Ds for minimum wage…poor bastards.

    So, what’s to do?

    Janos, what will you be doing on this wonderful national holiday? Kick back in your recliner and watch re-runs of MLK delivering his “I have a dream” speech? 😉 lol

    • malthuss January 21, 2019 at 12:23 pm #

      He had a dream.
      We have a nightmare.

      • DrTomSchmidt January 21, 2019 at 6:51 pm #

        That’s funny. Thanks for the laugh.

        • malthuss January 23, 2019 at 3:33 pm #

          anytime.

          The nightmare of cities ruined by Blacks.
          and now the other POCs..peeps of color.

    • malthuss January 21, 2019 at 12:27 pm #

      So New Jersey these days is not so pretty.

      • Q. Shtik January 21, 2019 at 3:09 pm #

        We call it, “Marchin’ Lootin’ Killin’ Day. – Janos

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

        Here we go again with the we. You and the guys down at the klavern? But you’re funny Janos. You have a great parry for every thrust.

        A mellifluous voice can carry one far in life. BO recognized this early on.

    • BackRowHeckler January 21, 2019 at 1:29 pm #

      Last nite in the plant I had to remind the black dudes I work with that today is a national holiday (newspaper prints all 7 days) and it was MLK day. That had no idea.

      Brh

    • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 1:39 pm #

      We call it, “Marchin’ Lootin’ Killin’ Day. His complete fraudulence and malice have been long exposed, yet still the White Sheep bleat his name and believe.

      • Q. Shtik January 21, 2019 at 2:38 pm #

        We call it, “Marchin’ Lootin’ Killin’ Day. – Janos

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

        Here we go again with the we. You and the guys down at the klavern? But you’re funny Janos. You have a great parry for every thrust.

        A mellifluous voice can carry one far in life. BO recognized this early on.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 3:51 pm #

          Unlike E, BRH, WALT, and JAZ, we forget nothing. And we forgive nothing. Only conservatives (small c and add italics) forgive and forget. And get reamed ever more and ever more deeply.

  21. messianicdruid January 21, 2019 at 11:40 am #

    The monetary issues will be as you describe unless DJT nationalizes the FED. He must do this soon.

  22. JohnAZ January 21, 2019 at 11:40 am #

    Wow.

    Just read a summary of Kamala Harris’ ideas presented last year on the economy. Stand by for stupidification.

    She attacks Trump saying that the good economic data means nothing, that people have to work too many jobs to make ends meet. No mention of the fact that a big part of the wage suppression is coming from immigration. Build the Wall, control immigration, wages rise. Problem solved, right?

    Oh no, under the veil of stupidification , here is what the Libs want to fix low wages.

    1. The Lift Act. A replacement for part of the new tax law. It will give free money to qualifying low and middle class families. Stick in your throat? Free money. So much for the ignominy of charity. It will apply to families making less than $100000 and will match the first $6000 of earnings as a tax credit. UBI anyone?

    2. Raise the minimum wage to $15/hr for doing nothing to increase productivity. Talk about inflationary, the Fed will have a ball slowing down the economy to match this idiocy. Then tie it to inflation to increase it, more inflation. Note the similarity to SS, with one slight difference, there are no payroll taxes to pay to finance it.

    3. Tighten regulations on Wall Street, aka Dodd Frank.

    4. Tax credits for people paying more than 30% on rent. This is a bomb ready to go off, aka 2007. Next will be reduced qualification for home buyers, and the Big Short fires off again. The rents will take off as more money is available. Then of course, rent control, the gubment will take care of us.

    5. She acknowledges the invasion of high tech and automation disrupting the job market. Her answer is shoveling money into retraining workers for the New Jobs. What new jobs? Who is going to decide what training? I can see it now, we train everyone for new jobs over a four year period and by then, the new jobs are old jobs and obsolete. Plus, the spectrum of worker skills and capabilities is never acknowledged by these experts, we are permanently putting people out of work with high tech.

    This is Kamalas agenda, right down the Progressive road.

    The number one question applies here. Where is the capital going to come from to pay for all this, plus healthcare, plus free education. We are taking away the ability for people to work and pay taxes in this society, so we are going to give them free money, over and over.

    Boy, the degradation of this country into a gimme State is so apparent.

    An alternative to the gimme society replete with all the phony free money?

    Build the Wall, contol the ports of entry, buy all the high tech surveillance money can buy, control the border!

    Above all, get real, get smart and vote these phony baloney Progressives the hell out of our government. Addendum to this, get rid of California, it is too late for them

    If this is what the female revolution is all about, as JHK suggests, the descent to The Long Emergency accelerates. Gimme societies die quickly.

    • tucsonspur January 21, 2019 at 11:56 am #

      I can agree to higher taxes on the rich, like AOC also wants. The problem is what they might want to do with that additional money.

      Certainly no money for a wall, among many other things. But a lot of “social” investing. Bad news.

      • elysianfield January 21, 2019 at 12:27 pm #

        “I can agree to higher taxes on the rich,”

        Tucson,
        Give me a definition of “rich”. The term is a moving target. The fact is you may be considered rich if you have equity in a home, in the perspective of someone living in a card board box. Taxes on income? Well, it has been suggested that a person who owns his home outright might be taxed as income the rent that he should have to pay if he was not an owner. Can’t afford the tax on that particular “revenue stream”? Get out Kulak….

        • tucsonspur January 21, 2019 at 5:49 pm #

          MY scaled definition would be rich over a million, super rich over 5 million, filthy rich over 10 million, and anything above, obscenely rich. You can imagine where that would put the billionaires.

          Avoid the complications and make it simple. Income(salaries, bonuses, golden parachutes, etc.). And capital gains.

      • JohnAZ January 21, 2019 at 12:33 pm #

        You are trying to invest money in the stock market. Are you going to put your money into a schlock company with no business plan and no entrepreneurship or into an aggressive up and coming company?

        The answer is obvious.

        Think of your taxes as an investment. Social programs or entrepreneurship?

        The answer is obvious.

        Bad elites do exist, but the vast majority add much to our society.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 1:46 pm #

          You still think people with cash register eyes should be in charge. Sad!

          And you still believe the Earth has infinite resources and this failed model should be adopted by every shit hole on Earth.

      • Majella January 21, 2019 at 4:41 pm #

        ‘ “Social” investing. Bad news’

        Other social investing:
        > the GI Bill
        > Medicaid

        Yeah, these were ‘bad news’.

        • tucsonspur January 21, 2019 at 6:02 pm #

          Point made and taken. I was thinking more about national “social” justice causes and organizations, and if the Dems were in charge, the support of global Leftist movements and organizations, anti white and anti West movements, and things like that.

    • Walter B January 21, 2019 at 12:02 pm #

      I have a suspicion, JAZ, that those pushing the social handout agenda are doing so not only to provide high paying administrative jobs for their college buddies, but in an attempt to compensate for the stagnant/deteriorating incomes of the American public and avoid social unrest. I cannot believe that we will ever know the truth for sure because while the news rags tout a New Golden Age of Prosperity, other credible sources claim the situation is dire and getting worse

      washingtonpost.com/opinions/we-arent-stagnating-after-all/2018/11/18/055edb38-e9dc-11e8-a939-9469f11…

      reuters.com/article/us-usa-economy-poverty-idUSKBN0HB1LN20140916

      Of course, since the price of food and energy and anything else that increases is removed from inflation statistics America can pretend whatever it wants to pretend and as luckless losers fall apart financially and sink to the bottom of the tank, who is going to see them anyway? Who needs truth when you have entertainment?

      • JohnAZ January 21, 2019 at 12:09 pm #

        You sound like Emporer Comedus. “Give them games”.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 1:44 pm #

      The minimum wage must be raised so people can live on it. Either that or UBI. Anyone who can’t see this is unfit to lead and is simply serving the Class Tyrants.

      UBI is better since the Tyrants are working to replace their workers with machines. Simply put, we’ve arrived at Utopia but are unworthy of it since we never perfected ourselves, never even thought to do it. Thus outpaced by our machines, Utopia will simply be an extermination party of one sort or another.

      • AKlein January 21, 2019 at 3:16 pm #

        Shades of Davros’ Daleks in Dr Who, Janos. I always got a kick out of hearing their shrill voices shout “Exterminate, exterminate” whenever they saw intractable “work units”, i.e. humans that didn’t serve the Daleks’ purposes. And how about that remarkable coincidence that the inventor of the Daleks was Davros!

        • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 3:45 pm #

          Yes! I was just thinking the same thing. And I can’t help but visualize Krauthammer at the same time. You too? Great minds….

      • Q. Shtik January 21, 2019 at 4:29 pm #

        The minimum wage must be raised so people can live on it. Either that or UBI. – Janos

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

        To the question “Am I my brother’s keeper?” your answer is “yes.”

        My b-i-l Peter, with his stupidity and profligate ways, his failure to “spend less than you make” over a lifetime, has brought the world crashing down around his ears. Should I loan (i.e. give) him another thousand that he imagines will save his ass from utter disaster? Could I afford it? Yes. Would it be sending good money after bad? Yes. Would it simply be facilitating further bad behavior? Yes. So my answer is no.

        The minimum wage is often not the problem. Peter has earned more money in his lifetime than I ever did yet I am well off and he is poorer than a church mouse. The problem is he pissed it all away. Did he ever fund an IRA? Of course not…he took a vacation to Greece. Do minimum wage workers continue to smoke and buy lottery tickets? Of course.

        Oh yeah, tomorrow is Peter’s oft-delayed court date when we will find out if he is guilty and if so what kind of fine payment scheme can be worked out between him, his lawyer and the judge. I expect the worst.

        Every day Peter’s mail arrives at my house. I open it to see what new disaster awaits. Saturday it was a special delivery letter from an outfit named “Got Junk?” who hauled away several loads of Peter’s possessions in preparation for the closing on the sale of his house which, as reported earlier, fell through at the last second…literally the last friggin’ second. The letter was a demand for $2,499.50 plus $40 bank charges for depositing “insufficient funds” checks. Peter had handed the big brutes who picked up his junk payment in the form of two post-dated checks as his last act before skedaddling to Florida on the Auto Train. Florida, the land where ne’re-do-wells go to skip out on debts, leave bad marriages, and stay warm until they eventually die.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 6:26 pm #

          Well yes, some will never handle their money well and it will run out before the month is over. Thus they will need “a payee” I think it’s called. You are now Peter’s payee. Admit it, you need to be needed. You’re loving every second of this.

        • tucsonspur January 21, 2019 at 6:52 pm #

          Should’ve gone to Vegas. Blend in with the losers. Maybe become a winner.

          Those Got Junk people are something else. Years ago they peppered all of Tucson with their damn signs. I myself took down hundreds. Don’t ruin the landscape IMBY.

          Ha! I got their junk.

      • Majella January 21, 2019 at 4:43 pm #

        Wow. For once I agree with Janos.

      • JohnAZ January 21, 2019 at 7:48 pm #

        So take capital from the productive parts of our economy and use it to pay people to do nothing?

        That’ll work!

        The gimme economy , in whatever form it takes, is doomed to failure from the get go. Incentives to work are survival and psssion. Gimme philosophy destroys both. No population has ever succeeded with pure socialism, and we have a few floundering today.

  23. tucsonspur January 21, 2019 at 11:44 am #

    Is it ground hog day? The alarm bells must be rung, but my tinnitus is getting worse. But I thank you still for the enjoyable warnings.

    That vision of a takeover by the Left is a real nightmare, and hopefully it stays in dreamland. Savers, many elderly, have felt swindled for the past decade at least, getting nothing on their money.
    And the debt seems to be more like a range than just a mountain. Sovereign, corporate, and private, all out their with soaring peaks. When the avalanche?

    Will we still have a nation before all this turmoil occurs? My take is that we’ll be fenced in and branded by some kind of economic catastrophe before we totally lose the nation to open borders. And this catastrophe could hasten that day, increasing the invading swarms.

    Our president, this brazen bashibazouk, this bounder who would save the nation by having boundaries can’t take us to the promised land. He’s practically enslaved by the Pelosi – Schumer Klan who are burning the crosses of brinkmanship all around the White House.

    A state of near civil war and an existential emergency exist, so the president must declare his own emancipation proclamation, create his own Army of the Potomac, and free us from the Southern invasions and the chains of the Pelosi – Schumer Klan.

    If he doesn’t do it, we’ll carry the biggest debt of all.

    • JohnAZ January 21, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

      The big change coming will be the exit of the manufacturing and financial Elite from the USA as the Liberalization of the Electorate succeeds. We are Us. If We is a group of gimme artists, then the gimme philosophy will take over.

      And the 1% will just fly away. It sickens me to think what will remain!

      Look west for the answer.

      • Ol' Scratch January 21, 2019 at 1:11 pm #

        That’s pretty much already happened. The upper crust can and do live anywhere they want.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 1:48 pm #

      Yes, the ball’s in his court and he’s dithering as Americans suffer more and more each day. They’ve got him unless he has the balls to do what must needs be done.

  24. Luhrenloup January 21, 2019 at 12:14 pm #

    I found out yesterday that an honored friend and mentor has been accused of sexual harassment by two women. The investigation went on for six months, and then further reinvestigated a second time. Turns out, he’s innocent. Is this finally over? Does he pick up the pieces and get back to teaching? Is it all forgotten, erased, or is he forever after thought of as a sexual predator? No, it’s not over because one of the women has decided to kick this up to a higher level where it becomes public. What is horribly unjust in the situation is that my friend is a gentleman.
    Our country has become mad, psychotic. Have you read about the Native American and the Catholic boys? Take your pick, MAGA hats, Catholics, privileged white boys, pro life, Marine vet, Lakota Tribe. There’s something in there for anyone who cares to protest about something. The war is coming soon because we cannot continue this lunacy without the expected explosion. And then, of course, more rights are taken from the people, or as they are known, les deplorables.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 1:53 pm #

      The School condemned their own students based on snippets of the footage selected to make them look bad. What utter scumbags. Still accepting the Left and the Media as arbiters of public morality. Why do they even bother being Catholics or running a Catholic school? What utterly fatuous people.

      See Kdog above. He always believes “the women” . Women good. Men bad. Non-Whites good. Whites bad. Orange Man bad too.

      • Sean Coleman January 21, 2019 at 5:10 pm #

        Janos. Yes, but now look at your argument that the false accusations against the Church must be true because the bishops (most of them perhaps) come out and apologize to the ‘victims’ and ‘survivors’. I told you this last only a couple of days ago but you do not admit it. You do not want to admit it. That schools and bishops apologize to the ‘survivors’ and blame the real victims shows only the depth of the fantasy.

        • Sean Coleman January 21, 2019 at 5:17 pm #

          In other words, you cannot mix and match your fantasies, clinging to the ones that suit your point of view. All fantasies are evil, and ‘evil’ is the very word Christopher Booker uses in his 1969 book The Neophiliacs, about the extraordinary rise of the Swinging Sixties in England. I do not really understand it, and I would not know how to express it adequately, but this is perhaps the great psychological and moral question of our time, and perhaps always has been. I first thought Booker was overstating his case but I am coming round.

          • Sean Coleman January 21, 2019 at 5:21 pm #

            And just to make another point while I am here, a familiar one from me. While there are rational motives to these things they are essentially irrational. ‘Follow the money’ will not take you very far, nor will shadowy corporations, pr the Frankfurt School, or Kalergi, or the Illuminati. The miss the point that it is irrational. How crazy is that?

          • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 6:22 pm #

            In other words, I go out into the woods, get lost and hungry. I see berries. But I’ve been warned not to eat berries if I don’t know that they’re not poisonous. But I’m too hungry to care so I take and eat. Sweet! Move on and find another kind – also good. I then realize I’ve been lied to. All berries are good. My experience is the proof. So I find a third kind and eat. Sweet – and then a terrible constriction starts as the strychnine kicks in.

            That some conspiracies are false is no proof other conspiracies are false. That some victims are lying or hysterical that all victims are lying or hysterical. Or they may be hysterical as a result of what DID happen to them, Ok? I said “may”. I’m not the careless one – you are.

            Shame on you for your irrationality. You’re intelligent enough to do better but you are some emotional/mental fixation.

          • Sean Coleman January 22, 2019 at 8:15 am #

            Jason

            Dishonesty.

            “My experience is the proof.”

            How? We are dealing with media propagated lies here. How is your experience the proof when you do not experience them yourself but rely on the media? How do you know the school here are mistaken but the bishops are not? I have given you countless links to stories which show that many of the Church stories are lies. It looks to me as if the big majority and perhaps all of the high profile ones are. As for the others, where the media have not got their lying hands on them, some might conceivably be true but I guess that most are not and that the exceptions are rare. But I have at least looked quite a few of them up and it is obvious that something very wrong is happening. You, on the other hand, have obviously looked up none of those links. In other words you are arguing from ignorance (like most people on this topic).

            “That some conspiracies are false is no proof other conspiracies are false.”

            Drivel. You could get a job here on RTE News. Look at the reporting of black on white crime and vice versa, both in America and over here. You know how this is misrepresented: all of the tiny amount of the latter is trumpeted to the heavens (and most of that turns out to be lies) while none of the former gets a mention, or it is dismissed as ‘a fight’ or ‘teenagers misbehaving’. Well, it is the very same thing in the anticlerical witch hunt.

            But you do not want to look it up because you would then have to admit it. And you do not want to do that.

            Why?

          • Sean Coleman January 22, 2019 at 8:23 am #

            Janos

            And as for me being emotional, I don’t really care what priest or celebrity gets locked up. I don’t even care that much for the innocent who are murdered, unless I actually know them. I have to remind myself that I have a duty to care. I am driven by an intellectual desire to find out what is going on. I should be more empathetic but I am not. That might not say much for me but it is how it is. In my defence I am an introvert and that is how we are. (There are introverted women who slobber over trivia that ought not concern them and they should indeed be ashamed of themselves.)

            Anyway, you managed to get that bit wrong too.

          • sophia January 22, 2019 at 9:45 pm #

            Sean,

            Are you saying that the whole Catholic sexual abuse thing is not real?

          • Sean Coleman January 23, 2019 at 9:45 am #

            Sophia

            More or less, yes. David J. Pierre Jr. of themediareport.com has some figures here:

            themediareport.com/fast-facts/

            There is and was some abuse, by all accounts, but the media version (like everything in the media) is wickedly false.

            The Irish witch hunt was covered by the irishsalem website (Rory Connor).

    • Sean Coleman January 21, 2019 at 5:06 pm #

      This is the point I have been making all along. It is insanity, more precisely it is a fantasy. The media are the engine and most of them have lost touch with reality. Look up the late Richard Webster’s Sceptical Essays website, the section on false accusations. Alexander Baron has an International False Rape Timeline (he has some YT videos about it of late). The claims about Trump before the election were rubbish, those about Weinstein seem to be rubbish (all the ones I have looked at), those against Kavanaugh were rubbish, against Cosby. Then there are all the other abuse witch hunts, including those against the Catholic Church.

    • Luhrenloup January 22, 2019 at 10:54 am #

      Further thoughts on the Lakota/Catholic boys standoff:

      Since one can no longer believe anything purported to have happened by the media, (the boys’ families have actually hired a pr firm to spin this in their favor) I try to infer from the images presented, and since images and film can be doctored, that too is open to suspicion. But here goes: it’s clear from the clip that there is only one frail old man, no matter his motivation, being jeered by a group of young high school boys. Anybody who has been to grade and high school in US has seen this type of action unfold and knows the smug look on lead boy’s face.
      Do the boys wearing MAGA hat represent Donald Trump, his program, the Republican party? Of course not. The hat represents another thing entirely for them, in your face, rebelliousness, whatever. But in today’s madness anything becomes grist for the mill.

      • malthuss January 23, 2019 at 3:39 pm #

        no fool like an old fool.
        The man is a crisis actor, attempting to start a race war, imao.

      • Sean Coleman January 24, 2019 at 9:20 am #

        Luhrenloup

        Vince (can’t remember his surname) of Red Elephants YT channel has done a couple of good videos about it.

        It is clear that the boys were accosted by the man with a drum, who came on the scene along with a number of others and banged his drum in his face. This is blatant intimidation and the teenage boy kept cool and stood his ground. I expect the intention had been to cow him. You could hear someone say (probably the drummer), “Go back to Europe, to your own country” or something very similar.

        There was also a small group of black men, who apparently were described in the media as evangelizing, shouting incoherent nonsense in their direction, including the word ‘faggot’. (Faggots over here are tasty snacks with lots of onion that you co
        ok in the oven.)

        I understand there were a few teachers, or adults at least, with the boys and they had been waiting for their bus and minding their own business when this happened.

        I understand your scepticism of any image we are provided on the media. The only thing one can do, really, is to look at similar cases and develop a feel for what is real and what is not, and whom to believe and not. From my own experience everything is spun by the media, especially in matters like this. A good authority to check would be Sharyl Attkisson, who really does try to be neutral between left and right (or delusional and free from delusions) although that must be extremely difficult nowadays.

        • Luhrenloup January 24, 2019 at 10:27 am #

          But you see, Sean, you’re doing the same thing media is doing. It doesn’t matter who is scoring points in the exchange between the students and the Native American. Let us get behind all the precious need-to-be-defended concepts. What’s happening is the a whole group of guys is ganging up on an old and frail man. Not Ok. And worse, the families of these boys hiring PR agency to spin this in their favor. Quite obviously, they see the same picture I’m seeing and it does not look good.

    • sophia January 22, 2019 at 9:41 pm #

      What everyone here seems not to realize is that the 1% are driving all this. They own the media and the media do what they’re told. They drive the narrative and the impressions that people are allowed to receive. Only they have the power to have access to kindergarteners to teach them about gay marriage and trans people.

      • Sean Coleman January 23, 2019 at 9:52 am #

        Sophia

        I think what you argue here is the received opinion which nearly everyone here actually shares. I do not and I think it likely that the “1%” share similar progressive views to those of the media and much of the population (especially young people). Far from them driving the narrative the narrative is ultimately not driven by anyone in particular, even though interest groups have, well, influence. This includes the owners of the media.

      • Luhrenloup January 23, 2019 at 10:57 am #

        Sweeping statements of the “everyone here” type are about as accurate and rigorous as reported anonymous source statements.

        • sophia January 23, 2019 at 1:40 pm #

          OK, you’re right of course, but my point was that I find little suspicion in most of the comments that the insanity is being purposely driven.

  25. JohnAZ January 21, 2019 at 12:26 pm #

    I read this blog and it seems to me that the fight to stop the NWO takeover is being hamstrung by people that have had their opinions of G cubed shaped by a media owned by the Liberals. Look around folks, do you see any alternatives to Trump and his minions out there to counter the down slide. He is surrounded by Deep State slime. You may not like his narcissism, but he is the only counter to the takeover.

    Just voting GOP vs. Dem does not get the job done anymore as there are too many Liberal Deep State types hiding in GOP garb. Arizona just dumped one of them.

    • So many liars January 21, 2019 at 1:05 pm #

      The battle against the NWO elites won’t be over when Trump leaves office in two years or six. Who can carry on from there? Sure, there are plenty of patriotic Americans who care, but who has the strength, the will, and the instincts that our president has?

      America is engaged in political warfare. Though not yet bloody, the battles are vicious. For examples, consider Kavanaugh, the Mueller investigation (and the misdeeds of HBO, HRC, and their associates). So we fight one battle after another. What’s the strategy to win the war?

  26. akmofo January 21, 2019 at 12:41 pm #

    Isaac Mozeson:

    Tracing English and world words to the Semitic Mother Tongue attested in Biblical Hebrew 2019 Edition (2043 pages)
    ?
    https://www.edenics.org
    http://isaacmozeson.blogspot.com

    The Hebrew letter Vav = things past, but TaNaKh past is also present + future. The “YeHeVeHe or YHVH” name is an acronym for Will-Be Was-Is. Eternity is challenging for us mortals who live in a Created time-space.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 1:56 pm #

      The West got writing from the Phonecians, not the Hebrews. No doubt the Hebrews did as well. The Jews weren’t very important back then you see. Certainly their language, which has changed over time, isn’t the source of the Indo-European tongues. That’s just crankery.

      • akmofo January 21, 2019 at 2:50 pm #

        What’s crankery is the term “Indo-European”. No such thing! The modern “European” migrants of the last 2,000 years all trace themselves to the Black and Caspian Sea area. Meaning that they are Asians! That is also area where the ten tribes were dispersed to.

        “Phoenicians” are Hebrew. So are the Canaanites, the Israelites the Sumerians and the Egyptians. They all spoke Hebrew. Their script was different, although for diplomatic correspondence between them, they all used cuneiform script. The Israelites and “Phoenicians” used the script developed by Joseph who become second in Egypt after Pharaoh during his stay there. Hebrew script is a short hand derivative of Egyptian Hieroglyphs.

        en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proto-Sinaitic_script

        The “Phoenicians” distinguished themselves from the other Hebrews (and also got their name for it) from the sea snails they worked to produce blue color dyes, especially the expensive “argaman” (royal purple) and “tekhelet” (sky blue). It’s not coincidence that both the Greek and Israeli flags use a facsimile of these colors as their national colors.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 3:15 pm #

          The Greek Nationalists are against the Jews and Globalists. Christ spoke Aramaic. Very few speak that now if any.

          The Hebrews hated other Semitic groups, what to speak of non-Semitic peoples. They were “a people who shall dwell alone”. Now you’re trying to assimilate all others under your tribal standard? Not going to work. We’re not interested.

          • akmofo January 21, 2019 at 3:39 pm #

            The Israelites rejected the false gods of other Hebrews, and rightly so.

            Isus Cristos is a Roman psyop fiction, that has been proven so by Joe Atwill in his research analysis of the literature and historical record.

            Greek Nationalists like all nationalists are very sympathetic to Israel and antithetic to the new/old Nazi/Vatican EU.

            Israel, Greece & Cyprus – Partners For Our Future
            youtu.be/wLaUabCtbDE

            As usual, you have everything backwards.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 3:43 pm #

            You are a tiresome fraud – not a fool since you know what you are doing. Which is worse morally speaking? Interesting question.

            timesofisrael.com/golden-dawn-mp-calls-israel-eternal-enemy-of-greeks/

          • akmofo January 21, 2019 at 3:45 pm #

            Another “Indo-European” that has it all backwards:

            youtu.be/BjqGoMxMqkw

            Instead of understanding that the root of the problem is the government, this collectivist commie wants more gov mafia, but for the gov mafia to make him “rich”.

            The stupidity of these people is just unbelievable. They have all of history as clear guide and they continue with the same idiocy.

          • akmofo January 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm #

            You just to laugh at the idiotic absurdity. The Nazis were and are the Greek’s worse enemy. Both the old Nazis of Hitler’s Reich and the “new” Nazis of the European Union impoverished Greece. Propaganda frauds like the one you present are just more backward absurdities.

            Nazis by definition are Imperialists and thus are antithetic to Nationalists. You are so bamboozled by Vatican Nazi propaganda you can’t distinguish right from left, like the fact that Nazis are leftist SOCIALISTS! Same as the leftist Communists!

          • akmofo January 21, 2019 at 6:16 pm #

            Israel worked to build Hungary’s Orban a bridge to Trump White House
            youtu.be/urbEnfMtQwo

  27. elysianfield January 21, 2019 at 12:43 pm #

    Happy MLK Day!

    I do not begrudge MLK a holiday. He was a decent man, with human faults that we all share. He spoke well, and who could argue his basic premise? “Can’t we all just get along?” If all blacks shared his civility, there would be little issue of race in this country.

    I did not like him, however in the mid/late 60’s considering his anti-war position. I understand his perspective, and did then, but thought it untoward to confront our government at a time of war…treasonous, even.

    It was said that he had an affinity for white women…well, who doesn’t?

    • Ol' Scratch January 21, 2019 at 1:10 pm #

      I dunno, isn’t it treasonous to work from the inside to pass a blatantly illegal false flag measure like the Gulf of Tonkin resolution to escalate the war, even realizing that by that time poor LBJ had no choice (and knew it), given what he’d seen done to JFK? Or Nixon’s subsequent blatantly illegal escalation by setting up an entire military command answerable directly only to him to widen the war into Cambodia? Based on Vietnam alone, King’s looking every bit the saint in comparison.

      • elysianfield January 21, 2019 at 1:44 pm #

        Nick-O-Demus,
        Young, educated, and with little wisdom, I would repeat…”It’s my country, right or wrong….”

        You must remember when young, things are black and white…the good guys and the bad guys, the cowboys and the Indians. I grew up within the military, College was ROTC, and there were few nay-sayers on the OPD. Kind of thought King was a fellow traveler, a commie, in other words, and if not one, financed and directed by the enemies of the state.

        The years, and much study of the underpinnings of the war has softened my opinions.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 2:09 pm #

          You were right back then. You’re compromised (as we all must) and then justified your compromises by changing your viewpoint to match them. This is unnecessary and is one of the underpinnings of corruption. Forgive me, but it is so. The human mind hates dissonance. But being able to acknowledge it gives one the strength to bear because you know WHY. If you lose it all in the unconscious, well you’ll find yourself believing lies in order to feel better. Consciousness is the key and then choosing correctly. Some people know and then choose evil. That’s not the norm.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 2:29 pm #

            You need an instrument to delve into the dark seas of your own mind. Let’s call it that one you found so funny, The Lance of the Sun.

          • elysianfield January 22, 2019 at 11:44 am #

            ” The Lance of the Sun.”

            …Ahh Janos,

            The TSA has an equivalent, known as the “Probe to the Dark Side of the Moon”….

          • Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2019 at 4:53 pm #

            In other words, what you believe is dependent on how you feel. After you’ve had a drink or two, Blacks become fine. But if you’ve eaten a big steak, you almost become a White Nationalist for an hour or so.

            Slippery slipper type stuff. Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.

          • elysianfield January 22, 2019 at 7:14 pm #

            “In other words, what you believe is dependent on how you feel. After you’ve had a drink or two, Blacks become fine.”

            Janos,
            My having moved from those centers of diversity to the wilds of Oregon,50 years ago, have indeed mitigated my daily angst regarding the ghetto culture. I’ve never forgotten the lessons, however. Once you have seen the complete antithesis of Elrond’s core beliefs, acting out daily and in public, you can never believe otherwise. Civility, however, demands truth be not revealed in the sunlight, as it is too harsh, but reserved for the shadows of the forest, and revealed in whisper.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2019 at 1:14 pm #

            Well said. You speak for your generation – and the one before that. And the one before that. Whispering the Truth only when in a dark forest is why we’re losing everything.

            I didn’t blame you for that. You’re just one man and not a hero (neither am I). I blamed and blame you for lying to yourself about who King was and by extension, insinuating to yourself and us that any peace with the Blacks is possible.

            Change is only possible when people stop lying to themselves and then to each other. The heroes and heroics can come later. That’s what Jim from Florida was saying a couple of weeks ago. Until then. until the collective mind rises above the narrative, heroes will be seen as criminals.

            I always believe the same no matter how I feel. It’s not a small thing. Look at how BRH swings. Or John Az. They are putty in the hands of the Right Wing branch of the ONE single Establishment. Make the swings smaller and smaller. Then stop the pendulum all together. You don’t have to make yourself dislike anyone. That’s the beauty of it. I’m quite capable of getting up for an old Black lady who needs a seat or smiling at a cute Black child. I simply don’t forget though. I hate the Race but can love the individual – at least for a moment or two.

        • Ol' Scratch January 21, 2019 at 3:40 pm #

          I’ve never been particularly idealistic, so I never had any problem seeing through the elite’s bullshit back then, even though I subsequently made a career out of he military. Like most of the people my age who joined at the time, we were purely mercenary; seeing it as the only decent paycheck readily available at the time, little suspecting that that was the exact hook the leadership at the time was going for when it first sold us the all-volunteer army.

          For a while in the 80’s it even seemed like it was the best of all worlds, what with Reagan’s military extravagance eventually vanquishing the only true enemy we had.

          Good times indeed, but alas, the 90’s and everything after gradually revealed the true masterwork that was being planned all along – sold to us quite fittingly by a “liberal dem” no less. The complete militarization of anything and everything in support of the current and ongoing globalist treachery. Ike’s somewhat cryptic final warning finally come to full fruition.

    • amb January 21, 2019 at 1:41 pm #

      I read (can’t remember where) that MLK hit a point of ultimate frustration and came to the conclusion that non-violent or peaceful demonstration and protest was not a solution. He was starting to preach a new approach utilizing force and violence. This made him very dangerous due to the power and following that he possessed. The CIA recognized this as a threat to the status quo and did away with him.

      May or may not be true. Who knows what goes on behind the curtain.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 2:03 pm #

      That he has his own holiday and no White Men does is just part of the JFK assassination coup. That you go along with because he was a nice guy is pure cuckery.

      He wasn’t a nice guy. He was a Communist dedicated to overthrowing the White Man and his Civilization. Listen to the tape of him talking about Jackie O giving a blow job to Kennedy as she bent over the casket.

    • Q. Shtik January 21, 2019 at 4:47 pm #

      who could argue his basic premise? “Can’t we all just get along?” – ely

      ==========

      That was Rodney, not Martin Luther, King.

      • elysianfield January 21, 2019 at 8:39 pm #

        Q,
        Understood, but he STOLE it from MLK….

        • Q. Shtik January 21, 2019 at 10:32 pm #

          but he STOLE it from MLK…. – ely

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

          Really? Verbatim?

          I did not know that.

          • elysianfield January 22, 2019 at 11:45 am #

            Q,
            If not verbatim, at least the concept….

  28. Q. Shtik January 21, 2019 at 12:44 pm #

    To BT,

    dried

  29. islander800 January 21, 2019 at 12:48 pm #

    Oh puh-lease, Jim.

    On what planet does the house democratic caucus elect OAC as Speaker? Re-education camps and firing squads? Really?

    I think you better get your well water checked….

    Enough. I’m outta here.

    • amb January 21, 2019 at 1:35 pm #

      Re: writing skills or word-craft, JHK is brilliant and a pleasure to read. As for his prognostications regarding the economy (both global and domestic), or the direction of the USA and/or other nations… not so much.

      Some sort of monkey wrench seems to be fouling up the workings of his predictive faculties: certain biases? an axe or two to grind? exasperation? apathy? basic misunderstandings? etc?

      Stay away from the predictions and forecasts Jim and stick to what you do best: commentary and analysis in beautifully florid terms and imagery. In this respect, I’m a big fan.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 2:11 pm #

      In other words, it can’t happen here. Thus people like you make it possible by not guarding against it.

    • Q. Shtik January 22, 2019 at 9:15 pm #

      On what planet does the house democratic caucus elect OAC as Speaker? – islander

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

      On a planet where every one suffers with dyslexia? 😉

  30. michael January 21, 2019 at 1:09 pm #

    The president does not have the power to do the things here described. Indeed, we see just now how little power he (she, X) really has.
    To get to a stage of collectivization we first need new fully totalitarian leadership willing to ditch the Constitution completely.
    This would take people of extraordinary stature (not necessarily benign) as well as the opportunity for overthrow.
    Today you need conditions even more dire than in the thirties to make that happen as the individual has become weaker, more docile and dumber.

    I see a different future of slow and gradual deterioration.

  31. amb January 21, 2019 at 1:19 pm #

    I always thought that I was fair-minded and a supporter of women in their quest for improvement in all aspects of evolution. (I’ve always supported my wife in every way possible regarding her independence, goals, etc.)

    Yet, after witnessing the mindsets and behaviours of such women as Hillary, Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, AOC, Tlaib, et al. in government; and the out-spoken women in the news media and the celebrities of Hollywood; and those leading the “feminist movement”… I feel like I’ve been pushed back to a reactionary mindset and have devolved back a few centuries.

    I’ve been driven to think that women should not have the right to vote, should not be allowed to hold a government office, nor should they be CEOs of major corporations. In other words… keep them barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen where they belong.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 2:15 pm #

      Women thus kept down, secretly believe they are the equals of men. Women given equality secretly – or not so secretly – think they are the superiors of men. It’s fairly obvious that women aren’t meant to be the movers and shakers for the most part.

      Another: women have a natural tendency to support each other and gang up on men. This makes sense if they are in an inferior position and some man is really throwing his weight around. But when given equality, they continue to act like this – and that’s ruinous. Obviously, they aren’t meant to have equality and can’t handle it.

      • BackRowHeckler January 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm #

        On the other hand, let the women be in charge when this place goes in the toilet. It ought to be fun to watch.

        Best attitude to have now is not to give a sh_t and enjoy the show.

        Brh

      • sophia January 22, 2019 at 9:57 pm #

        I dunno. I suspect treachery. There are those who seem bent on destroying this society and the things they get away with are unbelievable. Yet they have all the power to control the narrative It doesn’t take too many bad actors (I’m speaking of the above women) to make a show that give women a very bad name. But then also you have so many really dumb people (men and women) who lap all this insanity up. So long as it seems to come from authority, like the TV or their gender studies professor.

        Did Rome every become this insane?

  32. volodya January 21, 2019 at 1:26 pm #

    As to what anti-Christ takes the reins of power after Trump the Hump heads off to his villa like a latter day Romulus Augustulus, I differ from our esteemed host that it will be someone in the present-day political hurly-burly, ie someone that we know. Even The Hump was familiar albeit as a game-show host, failed developer and New York City schmickler (Tm Kunstler). But I don’t think we’ll see this one coming. It might even be more than one as different parts of the country take matters into their own hands as the feds collapse into imbecility and bankruptcy.

    I suspect it will be someone altogether different than the craven midgets we see now. I suspect that at least one of the more prominent leaders will be a physically and mentally scarred veteran, somebody who risked his life, who’s seen death up-close, who can’t necessarily live with what he’s done. And who can’t live with being chewed up and spat out by the Congressional-Military-Industrial Complex. And he sees a multitude of guys like him. And he sees the condition of his home boys and his home town and he ain’t none too happy about it. Was the country that he fought for working for his interests – and those of people like him – or was this country working against him? What’s he gonna do about it?

    History rhymes, as they say so where have we heard this poem before? Oh yeah, the 1920s and the 1930s where bitter Great War vets couldn’t abide their loss and the circumstances they found themselves in.

    Our aspiring leader will have breathed blood and no matter how he tries he cannot get the stink out of his lungs. When he sleeps his dead comrades come to visit. When he goes to the meat counter he’s reminded of things he wished he’d never seen.

    Given what he’s been through, he will be looking to re-set some clocks, clean some others, and he won’t be too particular about how he does it. In short, JHK’s speculations about firing squads may come about because, as he sez, history has this appalling way about it.

    Remember the maga hat kids on the news this past couple days? The Olympians of Grievance descend from this great height to inflict consequences on those students. And then guess what happens in turn?

    These kids have parents and friends and sympathizers who may not see things the Olympian way. These people backing the kids see the whole of the social media videos and see kids that were provoked, not once but twice by adults who ought to have known better, a new low as the father of one of those kids said.

    I doubt that the supposed enemies of “intersectional justice” will be sitting still.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 2:20 pm #

      This is all we can hope for. That Mr Kunstler’s God haunted sergeant from Fallujah rises up as Trump did – but this time has the balls to go all the way and crush those who need crushing.

      History is written in the red ink. The good Sarge must have no compunctions about doing some writing. Trump bowed out of the military to help his dad make money. How tragic is that? Only a John Az could approve of something like that.

      • volodya January 21, 2019 at 2:25 pm #

        Well, there was a corporal and then a hundred years later another corporal. So who knows?

        • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 2:31 pm #

          Maybe Mr Kunstler said corporal then. Obama said Corpse Man.

          • volodya January 21, 2019 at 3:04 pm #

            I was referring to Napoleon and Hitler.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 3:22 pm #

            I’ll stick with Sergeant because it can abbreviate to Sarge. Americans need that familiarity. The “Good Sarge”! I’ve already begun the War and he hasn’t even appeared. Build the memes and he will come.

            What will you do with Corporal? The good corpse? See? Even when I don’t know what I’m doing, I know what I’m doing. But thank you for your contribution. If your role is to be a catalyst, that’s fine. If you then defend your initial position and its limitations, you will become a foil. Also fine. All shall serve, in one way or another. There are no omnipotent and omniscient narrators except the God. And as Yogi Berra said to the Hispanic ballplayer who made a cross in the dirt with his bat, “Aw why don’t you just let Him watch the game?”.

            But this game is more important than beisball you see, and we will invoke his Name and his Aid.

          • Sam Stone January 21, 2019 at 4:25 pm #

            Napolean was never a Corporal. After military school he was commissioned a second looie in the French artillery. He did earn the nickname the little Corporal during one particular battle when he took over as gun captain for an artillery piece. Gun captains were NCO’s with the rank of Corporal. After the battle, face black with gunpowder, he was given the title little Corporal title by the enlisted men who adored him.

            Hitler on the other hand was an actual Corporal in WWI.

      • JohnAZ January 21, 2019 at 4:35 pm #

        Give me a break

        I am a Vietnam vet. I was looking around over the past twenty years to find a candidate that did not duck military service during the VietNam era. Hmmm!

        John Kerry who mucked the situation up, That is it.

        Trump may have ducked his military time, but boy does he have a lot of company.

        • Q. Shtik January 21, 2019 at 6:35 pm #

          I was looking around over the past twenty years to find a candidate that did not duck military service during the Vietnam era. – JAZ

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

          I was a Vietnam “era” veteran via ROTC but the only danger I faced was getting my finger caught in the check signing machine while serving 3 years as Accounting and Finance Officer at Duluth AFB.

          Do I meet your requirements?

        • volodya January 22, 2019 at 3:17 pm #

          He may not come from the Vietnam era but plenty of guys went through Iraq and Afghanistan.

  33. volodya January 21, 2019 at 1:39 pm #

    At 50 bucks shale oil won’t work. It might at 150 bucks. But at 150 bucks nothing else works.

    Either way, this is an arrangement without a future. No hope. Not even a glimmer. The macro numbers and wider circumstances surrounding this preposterous business proposition don’t stand up to scrutiny either, at least, not to anyone with a stitch of sense. But then stitches of sense are in perilous short supply and have been for a while.

    If you dare you can contemplate the total of debt at the federal government level. But be careful because the numbers cause bleeding from the nose and other orifices, as do tallies of domestic and corporate obligation.

    But these disastrous figures derive from three sources, a crack-pot global production and trading set-up that can’t stay upright under the weight of its own absurdity, a Fed that tries to prop up this unworkable system with QE and ZIRP, and last but not least, oil that’s running out. This three-legged stool is built on really rickety legs depending as it does on the Chinese always and forever taking nothing but paper in return for products shipped from their factories, amounting each and every year to hundreds of billions of dollars worth. I COULD say American factories located in China, but who are we kidding? Those factories are under de-facto Chinese control. So it’s like Herb Stein said, something that can’t go on forever, won’t. When this nonsensical something for nothing arrangement stops, and it will stop, what takes its place?

    • seawolf77 January 21, 2019 at 2:48 pm #

      The US government now subsidizes oil production by making oil & gas investments tax credits on an almost dollar for dollar basis. That can go on forever. It is no longer solely up to the Seven Sisters staying afloat, although that certainly helps. Hell Exxon finally capitulated and bought into the Permian. When oil falls below a certain threshold they cap wells and stop drilling. When it rises above a certain threshold they open them up and start drilling again. It’s not rocket science. That’s why fracking production looks like a hockey stick. You can manufacture just about anything with tax code.

    • JohnAZ January 21, 2019 at 4:42 pm #

      V

      Here we have a relatively new phenomenon.

      What happens when it costs more to produce something than what the market charges for it. The item is an absolute necessity and the PTB in the government will not allow the market to charge what it really costs. Because of the political reaction of the populace. Remember $4/gallon gas.

      You go into debt supported by the government with tax breaks, that is how.

      21 trillion dollars in debt, we are not even capable of imagining it. That is why they keep getting away with it.

  34. PeteAtomic January 21, 2019 at 1:56 pm #

    Happy Dead Black Man day today everybody!

    🙂

    • SoftStarLight January 22, 2019 at 1:13 am #

      Lol your posts are all over the place :-).

      • PeteAtomic January 23, 2019 at 10:21 am #

        ha ha
        I guess I’m a square peg for a round hole.

        well
        MLK has become venerated like some kind of civic saint who helped bring equality to blacks.. even though the conditions of black americans today are far worse then the 60s. There is no comparison.
        Malcolm X knew that blacks needed to run their own businesses & maintain a stable family structure to make it. Look what happened to him. Assassinated by his own people.

        • malthuss January 23, 2019 at 3:45 pm #

          It has taken 40+ years to turn him into a Great Hero with a statue at the DC mall.

  35. FincaInTheMountains January 21, 2019 at 2:02 pm #

    The American state, normal and deep, cannot admit to its people that Russia, which they wrote off to the 1990s, has achieved a decisive military superiority over NATO countries in general and the United States in particular, as this will cause a colossal political crisis in the US, compared to which the current mess – a fight in the children’s sandbox because of trampled sand castle.

    And now Putin is facing an incredibly difficult task: forcing the United States to dismantle the infrastructure of the first global strike, without striking the United States, from which they will all die. America is not the same as eating hamburger, there can not be any Gorbachevs there, and if not only Trump, who has already been accused of spying for Russia, but any president other than Hillary Clinton, will try to remove EURO-ABM from Poland and Romania in the current political situation, impeachment is the MINIMUM that he / she can firmly count on.

    (Hillary can remove EURO-ABM, but it is better not to accept presents from the hands of that Danayan. However, she will not remove either – the grandma just doesn’t care)

    And now a farcical edition of the tragedy called “Star Wars” comes to the fore, and as I want to point out the non-existent train of this naked king is carried by the Japanese Prime Minister Abe with the nickname Kobo. In a previous post, I wrote that Abe is negotiating with Moscow not to finally conclude a peace treaty, and not even to get “his” Northern Territories, but to compromise Putin and Lavrov by the very fact of negotiations in the eyes of Russian patriotic public.

    And then the news came that Abe was ready to abandon Iturup and Kunashir and be content with Shikotan and Habomai.

    And the question arises: why should he talk about it right now, before the start of negotiations?

    And the answer arises: the same good old need to compromise the government of Putin’s by the very fact of negotiations, and since after the announcement of the farcical remake of Star Wars, the transfer of Kunashir and Iturup already looks like an absolutely crazy idea, it’s necessary to portray as a betrayal of national interests transfer of Shikotan and Habomai.

    After the first glance at the map, Shchikotan and Habomai do not affect the most important thing – due to the fact that the Kuril Islands are Russian, the Sea of Okhotsk is in fact the internal Russian sea, from which strategic missile can deliver a retaliatory strike against the insidious aggressor, unlike silo-launchers, the position of which is known in advance, and theoretically they can be destroyed with a “preventive”, but in fact a disarming strike.

    Due to the lack of the concept of a preemptive strike in Russia, the brazen preparation for the implementation of the Plan “Unthinkable” can hardly be considered cold, and this made the Sea of Okhotsk protected from attacking US submarines as a decisive factor that Shchikotan and Habomai do not affect and could be given away.

    That is why these Abe islands were not enough, but when Trump talked about SOI after the Big Bargain, Abe and I came to the same conclusion that this was a propaganda preparation for dismantling the EURO-ABM infrastructure, aimed at the American voter, and therefore comes to the fore the danger of the New Cold War, and as the experience of the Cold War showed, the victory in it is brought by the possibility of a preemptive strike, and a retaliatory strike is a losing concept.

    But the preemptive strike with nuclear weapons is exactly the exit of the Russian Far Eastern fleet to the Pacific Ocean, and now Shchikotan and Habomai have a very strong influence on this possibility, which Abe himself will say if God save they will give these islands to him or even begin to discuss it.

    • seawolf77 January 21, 2019 at 2:27 pm #

      WTF are you talking about? In what way? Name a weapon system that is superior to ours, other than carrier killers, which we don’t have because we’re the only ones with carriers.

      • FincaInTheMountains January 21, 2019 at 4:29 pm #

        en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/56957

        Start from the second half, from the phrase:

        Now, on to the most important defence issue

      • JohnAZ January 21, 2019 at 7:34 pm #

        You are right. Plus, the Trident subs cancels every stamp the Russians and Chinese have. No matter what they do, they cannot get past the subs sending them into the Stone Age. The arms buildups are moot. Note that most of it is local, not long distance.

        Stop saber rattling. Everybody.

  36. BackRowHeckler January 21, 2019 at 2:36 pm #

    Once the Feminist New Order assumes power in a few years, maybe permanently, this MLK holiday may be the only one that survives, albeit in an altered state, maybe like MLK/Malcolm X Day. All the others will eventually be purged, first to go, Christmas. A new national holiday could be established, Vagina Day, on Feb 14. On that hallowed day all citizens will be required by law to wear a Vagina Hat, dawn to dusk. Like in fundamental Muslim countries where enforcers ride around making sure women are wearing their burkha, on Vagina Day overweight, childless women enforcers carrying hickory sticks will ride around maki g sure youre wearing your vagina hat.

    Brh

    • San Jose January 21, 2019 at 4:09 pm #

      Never would I ever wear a pussy hat. Tomorrow, Jordan Peterson is coming to speak in San Jose and I am planning to attend with my son (who is NOT a California soy boy).

      Interesting that the vagority of “up-and-coming” democratic presidential candidates are women. I hate Kamala Harris’s vagenda!

      Jen in San Jose

      • Sam Stone January 21, 2019 at 4:32 pm #

        LOL! Vagenda, I love it.

        • tucsonspur January 21, 2019 at 5:27 pm #

          Vagenda, Clitoratti. Great stuff.

      • Majella January 21, 2019 at 5:09 pm #

        ‘The Clitoratti…’

      • BackRowHeckler January 21, 2019 at 8:50 pm #

        Oh, you’ll wear the hat, Jen.

        If you don’t prepare yourself for some 300 lb dyke down from SF with a big hickory stick in hand, knocking at your door.

        She’ll have a badge, a govt pay voucher, enforcement authority with the weight of the new feminist majority behind it.

        brh

  37. Ishabaka January 21, 2019 at 2:45 pm #

    A major reason for Hillary’s calamitous loss was her exclusion of blue collar men, by casting them as deplorables.
    The Democrats seem to be doubling down on her mistake, by attempting to exclude ALL men, and making their party the Woman’s Party.
    It will be interesting to see how that works out for them.

  38. DurangoKid January 21, 2019 at 2:59 pm #

    The first thing that springs to mind is the Federal Reserve buying up worthless fracking debt for full face value. Which, again, brings me around to my two ironclad laws of stratified societies. I. the only way to protect a fortune is to increase a fortune, II. the rich must always be made whole. In this case all the sheeple holding worthless paper promising the moon will be rewarded by the Fed in spite of the obvious moral hazard of rewarding persons ignorant of geology. The inflationary effect of this largess will have to be weighed against the portion of the stock of money that has been absorbed out of the system to service previous debt less the interest that gets creamed off the top. I guess that’s the point of the whole exercise. Keep the cream flowing.

  39. My Point of View January 21, 2019 at 3:13 pm #

    “…One Percenters going to the firing squads…”

    I like that visual. I’ll even buy my own weapon and box of cartridges.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 3:26 pm #

      and they will be doing the firing. See the third installment of “The Purge”. No doubt they will also say “You’re fired” as they light the pyres. And then play Disco Inferno as the flames dance.

      Dissidents will do their firing from a half mile away and more via scoped rifles while quoting appropriate Bible verses.

  40. seawolf77 January 21, 2019 at 4:22 pm #

    The shale oil miracle is real. It’s supposed to top out at !4 million barrels a day. That’s as close as we will ever get to energy independence. And they’re sayin the Permian has multi layers of oil filled strata meaning it won’t peter out in a decade like the Bakken. Bottom line is oil will be displaced not because it wasn’t a good way of doing things, but because electricity is better. Right now, even with gasoline at $2 a gallon, it’s still roughly half the cost @ .10 cents KWH. electric car prices are coming down, Tesla may soon be able to manufacture a $35000 Model 3. Customers will just realize electric is better. This oil debate will then become moot in many ways. All of this also depends on whether climate change rears its ugly head.

    • JohnAZ January 21, 2019 at 4:51 pm #

      Oil is not just transportation, Oil is everything you touch, eat, recreate, move, travel. Oil is much to valuable as fertilizer, and plastics to be just burned up in cars.

      That is the real crime of Happy Motoring.

      Seeing these monstrous pick up trucks and SUVs using the amount of fuel they do, not to mention RVs, does tick me off, as we ignorantly just burn up our resource.

      Let the market set the price instead of politics. Problem solved.

      • seawolf77 January 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm #

        Wasn’t that the Shah of Iran’s quote. Yeah about 7.5 billion or about half of the oil used in America is for transportation.

    • akmofo January 21, 2019 at 4:53 pm #

      Speaking of climate change:

      A drive through a recently planted forest of olive trees cypress trees and Jerusalem pine in the Judean hills:

      youtu.be/9V0XfMlZqYk

      What was 70 years ago barren desert is now luscious greenery. The new fauna literally changed the climate.

      I don’t believe the global warning propaganda fraud but I do believe we can change things for the better. And one of those better things is to break and dissolve the global oil cartel.

      • BackRowHeckler January 21, 2019 at 7:12 pm #

        Yes, Israelis have done good work making the desert green and productive. That goes with my theory that intelligent, hardworking, high quality, unified, people — Jews in Israel, Mormons in Utah — can build civilization in even the most hostile of environments.

        Brh

        • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 8:32 pm #

          Palestine was a food exporter before the invasion. I feel nausea. Maybe if you start talking about how Bibi is a man’s man and I’ll throw up and get it over with.

          • akmofo January 21, 2019 at 8:58 pm #

            Yes, Jewish Palestine was exporting Jaffa oranges and was sporting Jewish athletes and Jewish stamps before your Vatican propagandists usurperted the name to mean Arabs who arrived from Egypt Sudan Syria Iraq to work for Zionist Jewish businesses there. We’re still waiting for them arabs to leave and go back home where they came from. But it’s so horrible for them under “Israeli Occupation” and so wonderful in their arab countries that none of them have.


            palestineposterproject.org/taxonomy/term/429/poster-imaged-full

        • SoftStarLight January 22, 2019 at 1:07 am #

          Yes, a unified people can build civilization in harsh conditions. Sometimes we have to be of one mind.

        • malthuss January 22, 2019 at 11:15 am #

          Your dumbest comment.

          Israel is our welfare client.
          Trillions of dollars of Christians money.

          On a humorous note, they advertise for Christians to come work
          for food and shelter, at kibbutz.

          • BackRowHeckler January 22, 2019 at 3:44 pm #

            Malth, Israel isn’t our welfare client. Israel gets about $3 billion a year aid from us, which they are required by law to spend on American made products. Its more of a domestic program to assist US companies than anything else.

            Brh

      • JohnAZ January 21, 2019 at 7:36 pm #

        Okay, I agree. How?

    • BackRowHeckler January 21, 2019 at 5:55 pm #

      Electric cars have already been tried, Pope Electric, Hartford Ct, 1895-1920. They worked pretty good with an effective range of about 250 miles per charge. Teddy Roosevelt drove a Pope at one point. But they couldnt compete with the Ford Model T primarily, and old Colonel Pope had to shut the company down in 1920. Not to worry tho because a few years later P&W Aircraft began mfg of the revolutionary Wasp engine in the same plant with many of the same machinists. One thing led to another.

      Brh

      • akmofo January 21, 2019 at 6:07 pm #

        Nikola Tesla quotes:

        “The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.”

        “The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.”

        “The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine.”

      • seawolf77 January 21, 2019 at 6:27 pm #

        There were steam powered cars in the day too. This all went away with Prohibition, which really was meant to drive ethanol out of the market and make gasoline ubiquitous. By the end of Prohibition, there was a gas station on every corner.

    • martydav January 21, 2019 at 6:08 pm #

      The latest from a 37-years veteran in petro
      exploration and production:

      peakprosperity.com/podcast/114710/art-berman-exposing-false-promise-shale-oil

      Transcript also available.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 6:14 pm #

      What about the real Tesla? Did he discover an energy source that would be too cheap to meter?

    • Evan January 21, 2019 at 6:26 pm #

      Ask the folks in Australia, Houston, eastern NC & SC, New Orleans, Paradise CA, Syria, Puerto Rico, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Philippines, Haiti, Nicaragua, or anywhere in Alaska, whether climate change has reared it head.

  41. deetrump January 21, 2019 at 4:50 pm #

    My post with the 2017 Consumer data was deleted. Data is not allowed if it contradicts Jim’s conspiracy theory. That is censorship. This is not an open forum. Jim has the right to nuke any post he doesn’t like, making CFN politically correct, where dissenting, and data-supported ideas are not welcome.

    • JohnAZ January 21, 2019 at 4:54 pm #

      He hits you because you only present the radical one side to the argument and will not acknowledge that arguments have two sides. Your anti-Trump vitriol is too much to take sometimes.

      You are not necessarily right, ever.

      • deetrump January 21, 2019 at 5:01 pm #

        He has the right to hit me. It is his forum. The way he does it is cowardly, just silently making posts disappear for no reason.

        Jim’s censorship reminds me of politically correct university students who do not allow expression of any opinion they do not like. Except the students show up in person and shout down ideas they don’t like. The result of Jim’s censorship is the same: differing ideas are not allowed.

        • BackRowHeckler January 21, 2019 at 5:58 pm #

          Maybe he’ll get a notion and kick you out entirely.

          Brh

          • deetrump January 21, 2019 at 6:17 pm #

            Has he ever done that?

          • Walter B January 21, 2019 at 6:31 pm #

            Jim IS a gardener and so is familiar with the value of removing weeds to increase yield.

        • seawolf77 January 21, 2019 at 7:11 pm #

          Don’t take it personally, he does it to everyone.

      • seawolf77 January 21, 2019 at 6:09 pm #

        No matter how thin you slice it, the meat has two sides.

    • Sam Stone January 21, 2019 at 5:19 pm #

      Are you sure it was just not posted vs deleted? I am finding that I have to hit the submit comment button several times now to get my message up just once. Sometimes I have to log off and on before my post shows up. Earlier today after becoming frustrated with the site not posting my comments I put down my tablet and fired up my computer. Firefox wouldn’t connect me to kunstler.com. Kept telling me that kunstler.com is not set up properly thus making it a risk.

  42. Since the true cost (not the price) of a gallon of gasoline is around $15……

    “The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) created a short video explaining the true costs of our oil dependency by following a single gallon of gasoline refined and consumed in California. According to the video, this single gallon of gasoline emits 25 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions and a single driver in the United States creates about 10,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions every year. In order to absorb this pollution, each driver would need an acre of forest. To absorb the pollution generated by all of the drivers in the U.S., we would need a forest the size of California, Nevada and Arizona combined.”

    smartcitiesdive.com/ex/sustainablecitiescollective/true-cost-gasoline-15-gallon/26284/

    Disclaimer: Reflex-clickers beware! Extreme SJW faggotry and pseudo-science ahead! Words and notions expressed commonly associated with pansy-ass leftist women and minorities! May be dangerous to your prostate! Use caution!!

    • youtube.com/watch?v=6RhYY_4Wzls

      Here is a cartoon that is easier deniers to understand

      • BackRowHeckler January 21, 2019 at 6:57 pm #

        So?

        There’s about 1 billion cars extant in the world, and 25 million more produced each year. I don’t see that changing anytime soon, do you?

        Sometime last fall world oil consumption topped 100 million barrels per day. Petroleum use is rising, not falling.

        More coal was mined in 2018 than than in any previous year.

        No cartoon is going to change those facts, Lil Deb.

        Brh

        • malthuss January 22, 2019 at 11:18 am #

          The population is rising.

          The Middle Class is increasing in Asia and perhaps decreasing here.

        • “1 billion cars extant in the world, and 25 million more produced each year. I don’t see that changing anytime soon, do you?”

          Of course not

          These are assisted mobility devices and the world is aging, and those aged classes have the most money.

          Behind them, though, are people with a longer term interest in the environment.

      • tucsonspur January 21, 2019 at 7:51 pm #

        The sniper link was cool. Helps the environment by taking out the bad guys, although there are some gunshot gasses emitted and some bullet fragments to deal with. Maybe a human fertilizer offset.

        youtube.com/watch?v=3WO2MMflNA8

        All kidding aside, I’m with Jimmy Looks Twice:

        youtube.com/watch?v=yrCOFUpRg8w

        It’s Mother Earth.

    • Nightowl January 22, 2019 at 6:19 am #

      Or we can strip away the snark and simply look at who your questionable source is funded by.

      CIR sponsors:

      Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
      Carnegie Corporation of New York
      Craig Newmark Philanthropies
      David and Lucile Packard Foundation
      Democracy Fund
      Emerson Collective
      Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation
      Ford Foundation
      FThree Foundation
      Fund for Nonprofit News at The Miami Foundation
      Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
      Google News Lab
      Gruber Family Foundation
      Heising-Simons Foundation
      Hellman Foundation
      Horace Goldsmith Foundation
      John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
      John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
      Jonathan Logan Family Foundation
      Nathan Cummings Foundation
      News Integrity Initiative
      Open Society Foundations
      The Base Family Foundation
      The California Endowment
      The Lenfest Institute for Journalism
      The Reva and David Logan Foundation
      The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
      The San Simeon Fund
      W.K. Kellogg Foundation
      Wyncote Foundation

      Heh.

      • SoftStarLight January 22, 2019 at 9:50 am #

        Thank you!

        • malthuss January 22, 2019 at 11:19 am #

          cir???

          • SoftStarLight January 23, 2019 at 1:25 am #

            Center for Investigative Reporting 😉

      • “My questionable source”?

        What service was provided by you here? Evidence that non profits fund educational videos?

        Or are you a member of the ” globalist ” NWO, Alex Jones brigade?

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

          What’s next Media Matters or ShareBlue?

          Or another Russian Truther special.

  43. FincaInTheMountains January 21, 2019 at 5:00 pm #

    New York rumors and the Theory of Colored World Projects

    It turns out a week ago in New York there was another attempted coup and it was stopped by the blizzard. And I was sick and did not notice anything – neither a storm nor a coup d’etat. Now in New York, the brutal cold – minus ten Celsius.

    But what surprised me was that black Americans began to see the hand of Higher Powers in natural disasters. I have not seen this before. Maybe this is due to the fact that in this case the Heavenly Forces acted alongside with the US Marines, as US marine armored cars were seen standing in the snow near the headquarters of the Hillary Clinton election campaign not far from where I stayed.

    And they also saw the hand of Moscow in the actions of Kim Jong-un: ostensibly every time Trump is forced to do something anti-Putin, North Korean denuclearization starts to slip. For example, recently, when the withdrawal of troops from Syria announced by Trump began to slow down, Kim Jong-un immediately began to doubt the feasibility of nuclear disarmament.

    But on the very withdrawal of troops from Syria, the views diverged:
    Most speakers and experts believe that the withdrawal of troops from Syria was necessary for Trump in order to fire Mad Dog Mattis, who was allegedly imposed on Trump by Hillary.

    And a smaller part believes that Mattis was fired and troops from Syria began to withdraw because over 600 Russian paratroopers (400 officially) were killed a year ago in Eastern Syria. Supposedly Putin called Trump and made it clear that the issue is not resolved and will have to answer for them, and the US troops in Syria are the ideal hostages and Mattis is directly responsible for this.

    Personally, I remember how late in the middle of the night they almost dragged him to Congress to explain why the hell he started the Third World War and wasn’t it time to take off any metal jewelry so that the melted iron would not drip on a $2,000 Versace suit.

    • Sam Stone January 21, 2019 at 5:29 pm #

      Say what?

      • deetrump January 21, 2019 at 5:59 pm #

        “Say what?” –Sam Stone

        FincaInTheMountains is a Russian bot that has free rein on CFN with no deleted posts. The Russians are still working on their algorithm. Pay it no mind.

  44. Majella January 21, 2019 at 5:23 pm #

    “The Democrats seem to be doubling down on her mistake, by attempting to exclude ALL men, and making their party the Woman’s Party.”

    Bullshit

  45. Pucker January 21, 2019 at 6:06 pm #

    It seems that Accounting Standards have collapsed. According to Dr. Mark Skidmore (I love that name!), in addition to the US Federal Government losing $21 trillion, it seems that banks can now value assets on their books at whatever value that they think the assets will be worth in the future. Deranged…. It’s going Fascistic….

    usawatchdog.com/msm-covers-up-21-trillion-historic-government-fraud-dr-mark-skidmore/#more-21339

  46. Evan January 21, 2019 at 6:13 pm #

    Calm down, Jim. One of the roles of the Speaker is to be 2nd in line of succession for Presidency. AOC is Constitutionally ineligible to become POTUS until she reaches 35 years of age. She also would require much more time to learn a few essential things, such as getting to know other Reps and their issues, counting votes, and expertise in parliamentary procedure, all vital for an effective Speaker. So you don’t need to worry for a while. And anyway, Nancy doesn’t seem quite ready to go anywhere.

    Besides the above names, you don’t need a long memory to think of worse Speakers (Ryan, Boehner, Hastert, & Gingrich come immediately to my mind).

    My personal fantasy would be the appointment of AOC as associate justice of SCOTUS. After all, most of the lawyers from Harvard & Yale haven’t done such a fantastic job as justices recently. And there are several part time or evening law schools she could attend, right in the DC area.

  47. seawolf77 January 21, 2019 at 6:15 pm #

    I think over time in NFL should be additional 15 minute periods till it’s settled. Last Night the league’s most exciting player did not even step on the field. That right there should tell you something is wrong.

    • tucsonspur January 21, 2019 at 8:12 pm #

      Don’t have the details, but I heard on the news that some Jersey casinos are refunding Saints’ bettors because of the blatant no penalty call. I had the Rams and lucked out.

      Why work a second job when you could have ridden the Patriots for 17 years like I did, and made a small fortune.

      Do you mean Mahomes? He didn’t play in OT. I agree, each team should have a chance to score.

      • Q. Shtik January 21, 2019 at 10:23 pm #

        Do you mean Mahomes? He didn’t play in OT. – tucson

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

        Yeah, I agree. It drove me wild that he didn’t get to set foot on the field and be the amazing hero he is capable of being. I thought about slitting my wrists…but what would my wife and kids say?

        • tucsonspur January 22, 2019 at 1:24 am #

          I’m not going there. Well, except maybe to ask, “is he dead yet?” You know I’m kidding.

  48. wm5135 January 21, 2019 at 6:19 pm #

    “having been already swindled out of all the other comforts and conveniences” and being put on the hook for “hundreds of billions of dollars in borrowed money” to become “the world’s leader in oil production” the hapless population will take their ball and go home after tossing a bloodied towel into the ring. Then ” jolly corps of brawny men” wil be “marching off with pick-axes and shovels” to carve an existence out of the rubble of western culture.

    The elite and the privileged will prey upon each other until the last man standing slips beneath the surface of what might have been and enters into forgotten history.

    Damned if you do and damned if you do not.

    Thank you Mr. Kunstler for the best script in weeks.

  49. Pucker January 21, 2019 at 7:29 pm #

    Happy Martin Luther King Day!

    They may have willfully tailored The Cosby Show to suit the tastes of a white audience for the sake of TV ratings, and, thereby, drove black people bonkers?

    That may be the real reason why they threw Cosby into the Can?

    • KesaAnna January 21, 2019 at 8:57 pm #

      sounds like a reasonable and plausible theory to me.

  50. Pucker January 21, 2019 at 7:47 pm #

    CLR James refers to the Mulattoes (like the Obama’s and Oprah’s) in late 18th Century Haiti as an “Intermediate Class”. What does he mean by this?

    The Mulattoes owned considerable wealth and united with the white Royalists in support of French feudalism and slavery. The Mulattoes and the blacks in Haiti fought a bitter civil war.

    • Pucker January 21, 2019 at 8:12 pm #

      I think that what CLR James means by “Intermediate Class” in regards to the Mulattoes is that a Mulatto, like Oprah, can work both sides, such that at one moment Oprah can be hob knobbing with the Elite, like her buddy Bill Gates, and then the next moment she can be doing the “Go Girl Thang” in a speech for black candidate Stacy Edwards? The Mulattoes can play both sides to advance their interests? This may be basically the story of Affirmative Action?: The blacks protest and riot and the Mulattoes cash in….

  51. RB January 21, 2019 at 8:12 pm #

    I recall very clearly an anecdote from Vietnam where a Marine or possibly an Army troop was holed up in his sandbag bunker wondering if the next incoming round had his name on it. It was a nine month siege give or take. The guy was listening to Armed Forces Network, a radio network for the military. While he was being pounded by NVA artillery he heard an announcement on the radio. “The tennis match in Saigon has been canceled due to inclement weather.”

    You see there are two classes of people. Those who are on the shitty end of things and the few who are upset because their tennis game has been rained out. Those who are in the “tennis club”, all of DC, could give a shit less about you, your opinions or anything else. Write that down and place on your mirror.

    We are a society of deadbeats, debtors, druggies, alcoholics, fantasizers, assholes, perverts, thieves, liars and more. Our entire society is built on lies which is what business is built on. There are no good outcomes. No resolutions. No hope. There is only darkness for the mass of humanity and islands of light for the rich and powerful and those who serve them.

    Even your dog will eat you if it gets hungry enough. You will do the same with your neighbor.

    I saw the light when I got drafted. You can walk toward the light only to discover it is part of the induction physical.

    • tucsonspur January 21, 2019 at 8:34 pm #

      Damn, some contrast with those different Volleys.

      Yeah, that’s what Dahmer did. I heard about overeating, but that was ridiculous.

      A lot of bad, a lot of good. Keep the faith and don’t despair. But keep those dog biscuits handy in case Spot is giving you the evil eye.

    • SoftStarLight January 22, 2019 at 12:47 am #

      Gosh there is such darkness in your post. No hope whatsoever? What about the hope in simple things? One day the tennis club will have to face the music don’t you worry.

  52. tucsonspur January 21, 2019 at 8:20 pm #

    Was this a surprise! A ray of sunshine, a ray of hope.

    yahoo.com/news/four-aid-volunteers-found-guilty-205240702.html

    • SoftStarLight January 22, 2019 at 12:54 am #

      Do you ever wonder why the volunteers don’t just go to Central America and help the poor directly there? That would be a ray of hope for those who are needy, and it would also help to improve the home countries of migrants. What they are doing now seems to only aggravate the problems.

  53. KesaAnna January 21, 2019 at 8:32 pm #

    ” The “culture” of America is one thing only,

    The rule of Law, set supremely by the Constitution.

    There is nothing else that binds the myriad of ethnic groups together that are in this geographic area.

    The law binds us together, not iin a good way, but by keeping us from annihilating each other. This is a violent country by its very nature, by its very history.

    If the Rule of Law breaks down under political onslaught, dissolution will occur. ”

    Back in the 1990’s ( ? ) some guy wrote a little book entitled , ” Everything I ever needed to know I learned in Kindergarten ”

    Well , I learned a little something about the rule of law in Kindergarten —

    Girl A — This girl punches you in the nose right in front of the teacher. This girl announces frankly to all and sundry that she hates your guts.

    we could call this girl the criminal element . Or we could call this girl a stand-in for the Brownshirts , the Red Guards , and your garden variety Banana Republic military Junta.

    Girl B — Hates your guts ( for no reason . she hated your guts the moment she saw you , before she even knew you. ) and you and everyone else knows it.

    But she wears the Mr. Nice Guy mask , sucks up to the teacher , and honors and obeys every rule and law to the letter ………

    ….. actually , she uses every trick in the rule book to cut you off at the knees . And her Mr. Nice Guy mask is a smoke screen behind which , at every step , she sets about engineering your blacklisting.

    Which of the two girls is worse ?

    well, an enemy is an enemy , so in that regard they are equal.

    By every other measure though , Girl B is a thousand times worse.

    Girl A usually and generally will not go very far in life. Honesty is not the best policy in this world ruled by Satan.

    But Girl B can conceivably carry on with her evil deeds indefinitely.

    There is this misconception among Disneyland dwellers that lining people up against a wall and shooting them , and that sot of thing , is especially heinous , and starkly different somehow.

    I’m inclined to suspect though that that is really a very crude , and ham -handed way of doing things , and it subtly indicates that the regime doing such things is actually very insecure in its rule , and is weak.

    East Germany was supposedly the sort of place where they lined people up against a wall and shot them.

    I spent the first ten years of my life in East Germany.

    Yes , that sort of thing happened I suppose — as I am pretty sure that sort of thing does happen in the United States.

    But in both cases I suspect the numbers of people shot are statistically and demographically insignificant , and by and large the people shot were people no one particularly cared about anyway.

    We had the Berlin Wall , but I rather suspect that the number of people shot trying to leave East Germany is roughly equivalent to the number of people shot trying to leave the United States , and again the numbers are insignificant , and nobody really gave a shit anyway.

    The story is that East Germany collapsed because Germans wanted freedom . I rather suspect though that it was because Germans wanted McDonald’s and Mercedes Benz’s.

    Also , the East German regime were essentially Russian Quisling’s , and as you might intuit , they never really were able to overcome the stigma of being actually outsiders and pariahs .

    East Germany was , I think , in many ways more authentically culturally and ethnically German than West Germany ever was. ( Globalization is no new development . You didn’t go from Ozzie and Harriet to Kim Kardashian in one step. )

    But , again , alas , there was no getting over that the East German regime was a lot of Russian hirelings.

    — As the West German regime are the whores of inbred bankers. But money glosses over a lot of blemishes.

    Fast forward to the present — Last I heard , while the Socialist Unity Party ( The ruling clique in East Germany ) changed its name , it is today the largest party in the former East Germany , consistently winning the most votes.

    It apparently turns out that McDonald’s and Mercedes Benz’s came with a lot of fine print that the westerners were not kind enough to point out beforehand.

    My assessment and comparisons between the two countries I have known ?

    There really isn’t much of a difference between rule by bureaucratic fiat , and rule by a thousand lawyers pushing around a thousand pieces of paper.

    Your two – party elections aren’t really any more meaningful or significant than our one -party elections.

    American police aren’t generally any less dubious than East German police. If you trust these dark legions you need your head examined.

    As for the rule of law — In my experience , generally , ” law -abiding ” folk scare the Hell out of me a lot more than do the crude thug type.

    While generally thugs wreck and ruin and bring grief to a few days in a lifetime , it’s the Girl B’s who make daily life , cradle to grave , a living Hell , or try their best to make it so.

    • BackRowHeckler January 21, 2019 at 9:07 pm #

      Kesa Ann, who gets shot trying to leave the United States? If you want to leave the US all you do is apply for a passport, get on a plane, and go.

      brh

      • KesaAnna January 21, 2019 at 9:22 pm #

        ” who gets shot trying to leave the United States? ”

        ???

        Are you for real ?

        Oh ……..I forgot ;

        That isn’t exactly how they spin the American Civil War , is it ?

        The Confederates attacked You ! The Confederates invaded You !

        HA HA HA.

        Really, your newspapers have read just like Pravda for a very long time.

        • KesaAnna January 21, 2019 at 9:36 pm #

          that is —

          Slavery ?

          Bah – humbug !

          You slaughtered 300,000 people and torched an entire region because they tried to leave.

          plain and simple.

          Granted , that little incident was over a hundred years ago.

          You have become a bit more sophisticated since then.

          A lot of very ugly things happen in this country every day , even murder , I have no doubt , because I have seen a few incidents myself .

          But I can’t prove it , no , and why ?

          Well, for one thing , very curiously , these incidents , even murder , never seem to get reported in the paper , not even on page 15.

          And so it goes.

          • malthuss January 22, 2019 at 11:21 am #

            East Germany was , I think , in many ways more authentically culturally and ethnically German than West Germany ever was. ( Globalization is no new development . You didn’t go from Ozzie and Harriet to Kim Kardashian in one step. )

            It was the BMWs and nice things that made the wall come down.
            The East wanted those things, not sack cloth and ashes.

        • BackRowHeckler January 22, 2019 at 12:12 am #

          I didn’t realize you were talking about the Civil War, Kesa Ann.

          I did read your post carefully and did my best to figure out what you were driving at.

          brh

          • deetrump January 22, 2019 at 12:48 am #

            If you want to leave the US all you do is apply for a passport, get on a plane, and go. –brh

            Actually, brh, you must submit your completed application, including citizenship evidence, photocopy of ID, photo, and FEES, in person at a passport acceptance facility. For a new adult passport book that means a $110 application FEE and a $35 execution FEES. The total for FEES is $145.

            And it’s not like you have an automatic right to a passport. You can pay the FEES and still be denied a passport, which means you cannot leave the USA. There are a number of reasons why the U.S. Department of State can deny your U.S. Passport application or renewal, including:

            Being subject to foreign extradition requests — handing over (a person accused or convicted of a crime) to the foreign state or country in which the crime was committed

            Certain court orders and declarations

            Default on an assistance loan from the Department of State.
            You must repay this loan first, or arrange to do so

            If you owe child support

            If a previous passport was revoked

            If you get an IRS taxpayer notice in the mail about having a
            large overdue unpaid tax debt

            Minors involved in custody disputes

            I doubt anyone can just “get on a plane and go” … there is a process for that also, which involves buying an airline ticket and may involve paying visa FEES depending on whether the country you are going to requires a visa and how much they charge for a visa. Then when the visa expires you need to get it renewed and pay more FEES.

            But, theoretically, it is possible to just “get on a plane and go” if you have met all the necessary prerequisites and can find some other country that will let you stay.

    • tucsonspur January 21, 2019 at 9:12 pm #

      The West has been a profound lure to the “imprisoned” for some time. Freedom rolled in big cars and wolfed down Big Macs, gave freedom that special sauce.

      Girl A wins it hands down. That’s East Germany, even with the Russian hirelings? I guess not many people were shot trying to leave East Germany, certainly none that I know of here trying to leave the US, so you’re right that the numbers are roughly equivalent. But there’s more involved here than just those numbers. How many in each country wanted desperately to leave? Millions to none?

      Our two party system does offer quite disparate alternatives, but for the average Joe or Jill I can see where it might not make much of a difference in their daily lives. At least initially.

      I hope you were never a B girl.

      Ozzie and Harriet to Kim Kardashian. Nice.

    • elysianfield January 21, 2019 at 9:29 pm #

      “As for the rule of law — In my experience , generally , ” law -abiding ” folk scare the Hell out of me a lot more than do the crude thug type.”

      Jesus, Kesa, not everybody hates you… nor do most seek to do you harm. Whatever happened to benign neglect?

    • CancelMyCard January 21, 2019 at 10:43 pm #

      WOW!

      Seriously.

      That was a great post.

  54. Pucker January 21, 2019 at 8:36 pm #

    I recall that Chris Hedges in his book “America: The Farewell Tour” posits that the Elite, because of their Liberal sentiments on social issues, will support the Left right up until the moment when the Left inevitably goes Bolshevik and starts espousing wealth confiscation. Then, the Elite will switch sides and give license to the armed white cracker Trump Deplorables to wipe out the Left. Sounds reasonable….

    • Pucker January 21, 2019 at 8:46 pm #

      “Property-Owners are the most energetic flag-waggers and patriots in every country, but only so long as they enjoy their possessions: to safeguard those they desert God, King and Country in a twinkling.”

      “The Black Jacobins”, CLR James, p.135

    • ozone January 21, 2019 at 10:18 pm #

      Pucker,
      As an outstanding example of the ol’ Elitist switcheroo, the chameleon shenanigans of the Neo-cons comes instantly to mind. They and their poisonous schemes have been around a lot longer than is good for this country, and continually turn up in positions of power like the proverbial bad penny. If looking for treasonous bastards (literally), look no further. Human stains, all.

  55. Janos Skorenzy January 21, 2019 at 8:51 pm #

    White, Catholic, MAGA students completely vindicated. Black bigots, American Indian bigots, Media Bigots and School officials completely discredited.

    The worst by far are School officials who threw their students under the bus. These people should be fired as incompetents.

    • CancelMyCard January 21, 2019 at 10:50 pm #

      The Greatest Champion Bigot title
      on this board

      Has ALWAYS been yearly awarded
      to You Janos,

      And this year is no different from the past 8.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2019 at 12:27 am #

        Bigot just being someone who stands for the White Race. You’d be fine with a Black saying the same kind of things about Blacks or even the exact same things, right?

        • SoftStarLight January 22, 2019 at 12:41 am #

          At least he got the Champion part right ;-).

    • SoftStarLight January 22, 2019 at 12:39 am #

      It was an important life lesson and I hope they all understood it as such. One of the Black Israelites who was taunting the kids said basically, “The biggest terrorists in the world are the pale face man, woman and child.” This is by no means a fringe sentiment. This type of racism is hip and chic.

      • tucsonspur January 22, 2019 at 1:44 am #

        A lot of it is here on Tucker. The vile, hateful stuff starts about 3:30 in. Great analysis, the entire segment.

        youtube.com/watch?v=l3Zp4ldFC4w

        • SoftStarLight January 22, 2019 at 9:38 am #

          I love Tucker Carlson. He is a lighthouse in his own right, and the light is growing brighter.

      • akmofo January 22, 2019 at 9:10 am #

        Yet, it only bothers you when YOU are the subject of their vileness. When this same group directs their vileness at Jews, it’s silence from you.

        You have no moral standards, only duplicitous whining motivated by self interest. In other words, demonic scammy scum.

        Don’t think this goes unnoticed.

        • SoftStarLight January 22, 2019 at 9:48 am #

          I am glad you are following along. You should. But, you are incorrect. As you focus on your people and their interest I will do the same for mine. I don’t begrudge your people. They have been very successful and control great wealth and hold immense power. Anyone yielding great power and authority will receive intense scrutiny. However, I seriously doubt that these adolescents from Kentucky yield any power and authority so I will speak out for whatever my voice is worth and can do.

          • akmofo January 23, 2019 at 9:07 pm #

            Hmmm,..

            I’ve just watched an interview with the MAGA hat kids and it didn’t smell right to me. These kids have been set up by the Indian vet and the media who apparently deliberately and maliciously mis-characterized the incident, and yet the kids were very passive about it all. They didn’t demand an apology they’re not going to sue for damages, nothing. This is very strange behavior. I think the whole thing staged. FAKE NEWS!

        • Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2019 at 8:34 pm #

          Jewish Chronicle

          hief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has issued a warning about the dangers of social media during a radio conversation about the “Nazi” slurs recently directed at Conservative MP Anna Soubry.

          In an appearance on Emma Barnett’s Radio 5 Live show, the Chief Rabbi said he had watched the video clip – that went viral – of a group of protesters verbally abusing Ms Soubry “so many times”, saying he was “so saddened and also troubled by it.”

          Asked by Ms Barnett if the use of the word “Nazi” by the demonstrators could be defended under free speech laws, the Chief Rabbi said: “Never, ever.”

          In an apparent condemnation of the police’s failure to take immediate action, he said: “I’m so surprised that it was allowed to continue.”

          JS: Even your own Teachers or “Rabbis” are tired of this kind of poor behavior, Akmo. Learn to keep a civil tongue.

          • GreenAlba January 23, 2019 at 6:44 am #

            Janos

            Just in case you are labouring under the delusion that the admirable Anna Soubry is receiving abuse for being in some way anti-Jewish, those doing the abusing are a particularly dickish bunch of hard Brexiters, not Jews.

            Ms Soubry is not an ‘elitist’. She’s the daughter of a garage owner and a hospital worker and went to grammar, then comprehensive school. And her interest is in preserving the livelihoods of those who elected her.

            She used to be Business Minister and her main imperative is to preserve jobs for British people. She is more aware than most of the needs of British business, which obviously provides those jobs, and of the harm that is about to be done by the globalist Atlanticists (Liam Fox, John Redwood, Boris Johnson, Daniel Hannan, Jacob Rees-Mogg et al, who designed and conceived Brexit for their own ends. She reluctantly backs the need to leave the EU, but absolutely knows the damage that will be done by a no-deal Brexit and is not afraid to say so. Hence the abuse from the morons calling her a Nazi.

            ‘Nazi’ to this particular bunch of dicks means ‘anti-hard-Brexit’.

            So, I’m not clear what you’re advocating here, Janos – is it the use of free speech laws to allow people to be called Nazis or the use of hate speech laws to prevent them?

            I don’t think Anna S will worry either way. She’s a strong woman, the kind you are intimidated by because she doesn’t suffer dicks gladly. And she’s not even of my political persuasion, but I like her.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2019 at 1:20 pm #

            What I’m advocating? And not the Rabbi? More of your trickery. Shame on you. Go cleanse yourself in the dark waters of Loch Ness. Maybe Nessie herself will take you unto herself.

          • GreenAlba January 23, 2019 at 1:30 pm #

            It’s clear what the Rabbi was advocating – people not devaluing the word Nazi when it has a specific historical meaning, describing adherents of an extremely vile, inhuman and genocidal ideology, which they put into practice on an industrial scale.

            I’m still waiting to hear what you’re advocating.

          • akmofo January 23, 2019 at 9:09 pm #

            I’m sorry Yan, so now you’re not a Nazi? Have you denounced Hitler while I wasn’t watching? Please let me know.

  56. KesaAnna January 21, 2019 at 8:51 pm #

    ” There is nothing else that binds the myriad of ethnic groups together that are in this geographic area.

    The law binds us together, not iin a good way, but by keeping us from annihilating each other. This is a violent country by its very nature, by its very history.

    If the Rule of Law breaks down under political onslaught, dissolution will occur. ”

    I think dissolution occurred quite a long time ago. Money , like cocaine , or alcohol , has in the meantime given reality a sedative gloss .

    I am not looking forward to civil war. It will probably be extremely ugly.

    I’m 53 years old now , unmarried and not at all well-to-do , and I’m in no shape for a siege of Stalingrad , or a slaughter of Gettysburg.

    But , as I said , the history of large map blobs is uglier still.

    If one does care about such things as peace and plenty , and having something like a genuine say in your own household , it is necessary . *

    Nay , it is coming whether you like it or not , would or not.

    God Damn the Untied States . The sooner it is gone the better.

    * well ……. You COULD dismantle the United States voluntarily and peacefully . It’s do-able , it’s possible.

    Except I’m not the one stubbornly stamping my foot , ” No ! ” , and asserting , ” Impossible ! ” so……….. 🙁

    • SoftStarLight January 22, 2019 at 12:24 am #

      I agree with you. This PC Maoism is the last gasp attempt of creating some sort of unifying ideology in a broken up nation. It isn’t and it won’t work.

  57. BackRowHeckler January 21, 2019 at 9:05 pm #

    Does Chinese President Xi Jinping follow American politics? I wonder what is opinion is of the #Metoo movement and the new feminist majority takeover of the Federal Government, including the Dept. of Defense.

    Does he look at his 2 million man army and 500 ship navy and think “Just to be fair, and give the Americans a fighting chance, we should feminize our armed forces too”? or does he say “Time to take Taiwan?”

    Which is to say our domestic politics is being played out on the larger canvas of a dangerous world. Maybe Liz Warren or Kamela Harris could go toe to toe with Putin, Xi, or Little Kim in NKorea. We’ll probably be finding out in about the year 2021.

    brh

  58. Pucker January 21, 2019 at 9:07 pm #

    Apparently, the Chinese have historically excelled at building Railroads in China, Africa, etc. I wonder if the Chinese learned the Railroad business when they were brought over to the US in the mid-19th Century to build the railroads in the US West for Leland Stanford and other “Gweilo’s”? Today, the Chinese seem to have learned how to roll out really great 5G networks….

  59. KesaAnna January 21, 2019 at 9:19 pm #

    ” They may have willfully tailored The Cosby Show to suit the tastes of a white audience for the sake of TV ratings, and, thereby, drove black people bonkers? ”

    No maybe about it . The Cosby show pandered to white fantasies and conceits.

    ” That may be the real reason why they threw Cosby into the Can? ”

    Maybe whites threw Cosby in the jug because of the dawning realization that you are never going to get that invitation to join the country club , no matter how much you suck up to the aristocracy , and nod in agreement to their lies.

    Instead your friends the police will show up to throw you out in the street on behalf of Bankers in Brussels.

    they’ll give your house to Pakistani’s .

    And nobody really gives a shit whether you honored the Pledge of Allegiance.

    Whites should hate Cosby , not because he molested some white women , but because he played them like a piano for 40 years.

    • RB January 21, 2019 at 9:41 pm #

      White people are weaving the rope for their own lynching. There won’t be just no go zones in various cities but larger geographical regions. It is no accident that the preponderance of law enforcement people are white. When you see that going the way of the dinosaur, then the jig is up. Some whites honestly believe that Asians and Blacks can really be your buddies. Nonsense. They hate your white guts. On a rare moment, one of them will admit to you that they do hate you to their core.

      As for China, they can take Taiwan any day they care to. The US military is too busy training its warriors how to squat to pee. If a warrior does emerge, he will get tried for a crime. The US could not fight another Vietnam much less WW II. We have no stomach for the violence and there are far too many lawyers running the show.

      I am old and will die before the final blow lands but it will come. Enjoy reaping what has been sown.

  60. Pucker January 21, 2019 at 10:02 pm #

    During the Haitian Uprising during the 1790’s that was coterminous with the French Revolution, there was this radical White Jacobin French bloke named Sonthonax. Sonthonax basically advocated killing all enemies of the French Revolution in San Domingo (Haiti), who just happened to be basically all of the white People in Haiti at the time. Fortunately, Toussaint demurred. In any case, Sonthonax was immensely popular with the blacks in Haiti, largely because he advocated exterminating all of the whites. Sonthonax was a white bloke. Go figure….

    Cut to the 1970’s TV show “Hee Haw”: “Hey Grandpa! What’s fer supper?!”

    en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Léger-Félicité_Sonthonax

    • Pucker January 21, 2019 at 11:10 pm #

      Sonthonax looks a bit like Michael Moore.

  61. Elrond Hubbard January 21, 2019 at 10:32 pm #

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, video games, and the new online town square
    Weekend Donkey Kong 64 marathon serves as a gathering place for much more.

    arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/01/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-video-games-and-the-new-online-town-square/?…

    “Over the weekend, tens of thousands of people—including one sitting US Congressperson—gathered online to watch a marathon stream of someone playing Donkey Kong 64. … [T]he stream [was] set up as a fundraiser for Mermaids, a UK-based gender-dysphoria charity that has recently been criticized by TV writer and comedian Graham Linehan…

    “‘I chose Mermaids in specific because when they were designated some funding by the [UK] National Lottery, Graham Linehan… went on Mumsnet and told them to email a lady from the National Lottery en masse and now the funding is under review,’ Brewis [the game streamer] said. ‘So well done, Graham! You have a massive audience and the power to choose to fight for progress in all the many forms we need in the world right now and you used it to make sure some children won’t have access to helpful resources.’

    “Before the game streaming actually started, Brewis had already sailed past his initial fundraising goal of $500. As of this writing, after 58 hours of streaming, he has raised over $344,000.

    “[On] Sunday evening… freshman Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) called in to the stream, to Brewis’ amused shock. … Instead of focusing on the game, Ocasio-Cortez used the charity stream as a platform to address the kinds of political issues that are important to her. ‘The added layer of discrimination [that trans people face] makes these issues much more acute in these crises then they usually are on average for other people,’ she said. ‘It’s important we do talk about these issues in the economic frame but not let go of the fact that discrimination is a core reason for the economic hardship.'”

    Final result after 57 hours of gameplay: $340,000 raised for trans youth, and Donkey Kong 64 was played to 101% completion. Cheers for this awesome achievement!

    • CancelMyCard January 21, 2019 at 10:59 pm #

      Go Back Home to Canada,

      Hoser,

      And leave us US citizens alone

      and devoid for your Canuck Crap.

      Fie, and be off with you.

    • BackRowHeckler January 21, 2019 at 11:30 pm #

      Transgender issues again.

      Elrond, can you state here and now, once and for all, just how many of these freaks are there as a percentage of the total population, and why any of us should give a f-k whether they live or die> Would you do that?

      brh

      • CancelMyCard January 21, 2019 at 11:35 pm #

        He can’t state anything of value at all.

        He is a Canuck troll, who lingers here with decaying worth.

        Piss on Him, and his vile Canadian attitudes.

        • SoftStarLight January 22, 2019 at 12:06 am #

          I think he is genuine in his beliefs and he means well.

          • CancelMyCard January 22, 2019 at 12:25 am #

            Well, that is a nice thing for you to say.

            You must be a person of worth.

          • Walter B January 22, 2019 at 9:40 am #

            You may be right SSL and your attitude is certainly commendable. The issue that I at least have with the seemingly endless hang up on sexual issues is the distraction factor. Sexual deviants may be being beaten up on every street corner of the world, but I for one have never seen a single instance, so yes, I question the gravity of the “problem”. I do however see a huge, glaring problem with the theft and fraud of public wealth being sucked out of Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and every other scam our corrupt government can dream up to increase their net worth at our expense. How about our decaying infrastructure, the lack of decent paying jobs, the rip off of higher “education”, you know all of those “other” issues? Why do they take a back seat to penis problems? I just don’t get it and apparently neither do the distractors. But then, that is what they do, right? “Just a little touch of make-up, just a little touch of bull, just a little 3-chord trick embedded in your platform soul”, eh?

          • SoftStarLight January 23, 2019 at 1:15 am #

            You are correct in my opinion Walter. I think most of the discrimination actually flows in the opposite direction. The mainstream media, most politicians, academia, etc., are far more interested in LGBTQ rights than they are with the constitutional right of free speech for social conservatives, for example. I don’t believe in mistreating people and I do believe there are people dealing with genuine issues. There is a place for concern and help. But clearly, from a broader perspective, healthcare, infrastructure, education, etc., deserve much more high-level attention and concern.

      • Elrond Hubbard January 22, 2019 at 9:12 am #

        Sure, BRH, LMGTFY. Results published two years ago in the American Journal of Public Health estimated that trans people constitute 390 adults per 100,000 in the United States, or almost one million people, as of 2016. (Link.) That’s maybe the size of Austin, TX or San José, CA.

        As for your other question, you know the answer: it’s because they’re human beings and deserve kindness. Not so much to ask, I should think, yet here we are debating. I guess the only way is up.

        • PeteAtomic January 23, 2019 at 10:03 am #

          ok so, 390 divided by 100,000

          is .0039% of the population. Correct?

          Yes, they are human beings. However, how often does the national media focus on the needs & struggles of people living in San Jose, California?
          Surely, there are people in San Jose who have grave illnesses, poverty, addiction & other serious problems. They are .0039% of the population, too. Right?

          Everyone has problems and struggles with many things. However, it’s all about who that .0039% of the population is, isn’t it?
          So, it’s just more identity politics. The issues of the .0039% who are trans vastly outweigh & are much more important then the .0039% of people in San Jose. That’s the only logical conclusion that I can draw.

          • Q. Shtik January 23, 2019 at 11:44 am #

            ok so, 390 divided by 100,000

            is .0039% of the population. Correct? – Pete from Duluth

            ===========

            No, Pete, 390/100,000 = .0039, not .0039%

            If you want to use the percent sign then 390/100,000 = .39%.

            Back when deetrump was Asoka, carol, janet, etc. he/she/it used to make similar errors all the time.

          • Elrond Hubbard January 23, 2019 at 11:54 am #

            Your math is wrong, PeteAtomic. 390 divided by 100,000 equals 0.0039 without the percent. Expressed as a percentage it’s 0.39%. You’re off by a factor of a hundred.

            But math errors are easily corrected. What’s less easy to correct is the vast disproportion in the value people place on different lives — depending on whose side they’re on, or how much they just don’t want to be bothered. That’s why I mentioned Austin and San José. I wanted to supply a real mental image of one million people.

            One million people matter a lot more than a statistic, wouldn’t you agree?

          • PeteAtomic January 23, 2019 at 5:11 pm #

            thanks Q

            .39%

    • Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2019 at 12:29 am #

      She is the Donkey Kong. We will ride her to freedom. The more Hispanic Nationalism grows, the more Whites will awaken to their own. The more this Strong Brown girl calls out the Jews, the more Whites will listen to Us.

      • malthuss January 22, 2019 at 11:10 am #

        The Brown are out breeding us.

        Same w the Yellow and Black [yr least favorite shade].

    • Q. Shtik January 22, 2019 at 1:03 am #

      ‘The added layer of discrimination [that trans people face] makes these issues much more acute in these crises then they usually are on average for other people,’ she said. – Elrond

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

      OMG, is this an actual direct quote from AOC? Did she actually say then rather than as shown above or was it a reporter who got it wrong in listening to her? I will not be voting in any elections for the rest of my life but if I was it could never be for AOC if she doesn’t know the difference between then and than.

      I hope our host doesn’t ban me for bringing up a grammar/word usage issue but I think it is important that our representatives speak/write correctly. Let a then/than error go unremarked upon and next thing you know she’ll be typing they’re or there when she means their. And before you know it…… well there’s no end to it. 😉 lol

  62. seawolf77 January 21, 2019 at 11:09 pm #

    Check out 3:13 of Seth Meyers. So hilarious they put it on CNN.
    youtube.com/watch?v=rGfkTSj1aHA

  63. JohnAZ January 21, 2019 at 11:48 pm #

    The deification of AOC is further evidence of the stupidification of the American populace. That a 29 year old is being talked about to be president in 2024, a member of the SCOTUS, Speaker of the House just shows how ludicrous and desperate the Progressives are for heroines.

    This country is nuts!

    It is like the Progressive Left had a big therapy encounter session and went crazy at the same time. Or they are being directed by powers that are bigger than they are.

    The day is coming where WJC and HRC are going to be remembered as the sane, moderate Democrats. Which compared to the anarchists currently populating the Left, they are. They will be sacrificed to the Liberal gods in 2020.

    • CancelMyCard January 21, 2019 at 11:51 pm #

      HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAAHHAHA!

      The very same thing is happening in Europe, right now!

      Just wait for the fireworks!!

  64. SoftStarLight January 21, 2019 at 11:54 pm #

    Hmmm, this is very interesting. Who says there would necessarily be anything wrong with addressing the 1%? Not firing squads. But at a certain point do we get to ask, “do you need all of that?” Something will just never be right as long as you have abject poverty juxtaposed to opulence. And just because it has been that way doesn’t make it ok.

    If we did have more of a collective focus and identity then we would have much less social friction and maybe less poverty too. However, its not going to happen in a country with no national language and so many different and competing groups who are encouraged to celebrate their own special months. So yes there is a big likelihood of more cultural and social turmoil.

    • Walter B January 22, 2019 at 10:15 am #

      The 1%’ers have always existed and always will exist in every society. The difference today IMHO is the degree of greed that has become their norm. My guess is that the excesses of today’s mega wealthy consume a far greater percentage of global wealth then they did, say 100 years ago. If I am correct this would make for a far greater number of those in abject poverty, with the trend towards impoverishing more and more out of the middle classes.

      The problem, and an insurmountable one in my opinion, is that the mega-wealthy have the resources to secure for themselves an army of goons in sunglasses with Uzi’s to fend off any and every attempt at equalization. There are far too many today that would sell out for pay and only care about the promise of a paycheck and a pension.

      • SoftStarLight January 23, 2019 at 12:46 am #

        I know what you are saying Walter. The Elite basically have their own private armies literally, as well as, many other people working for them and doing their bidding. And I agree with you that we can’t escape the 1%. One way or another the strongest, smartest, most adaptable, etc., will rise to the top. I think history has proven that we as humans do a lousy job of governing ourselves and I am sure you agree with that. And when there is a lack of a moral center all of the resulting vices perpetuate corrupt government. That’s why it would appear that the 1% need regulation and intervention. And ultimately society would be better off with a highly moral and ethical 1% that truly cared about the country and its destiny.

        • Nightowl January 23, 2019 at 9:41 am #

          We are too far along for change. The systems that will be used to control the populace are quite well developed at this point, and it looks as if there is no going back.

          Open borders, centralized government at the global level, a social credit score, and work for meager wages if any due to the incredible level of competition that you will (by design) face. Lose too many points on your SCC and you can be locked out of society. It’s already reality in China with support from Western corps like Google.

          The fundamentals for an authoritarian society on a scale previously unseen in history are all there as we speak.

          • SoftStarLight January 23, 2019 at 2:39 pm #

            The social credit system is the scariest thing that I have heard about in a while. I am sure they want to microchip all of us as well.

        • Q. Shtik January 23, 2019 at 10:23 am #

          The Elite basically have their own private armies literally – SSL

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

          So which is it, basically or literally?

          • SoftStarLight January 23, 2019 at 2:32 pm #

            I’ll settle for literally :-).

  65. pedal pusher January 22, 2019 at 12:20 am #

    The $1.6 trillion election question is which 2020 candidate will offer mass student loan forgiveness. Though disgusting, I predict this scenario is inevitable due to simple economics: An economy based entirely on credit expansion cannot function once the credit worthiness of the next upcoming credit cohort is impaired.

    $1,500,000,000,000 outstanding student loan debt / 44,000,000 borrowers = $34,090.90 cost per vote, to be paid by U.S. taxpayers.

    One aspect of the student loan debacle that I find interesting is how often the interviewed borrowers “struggling through repayment” seem to know so little about basic financial concepts, i.e. compounding interest, and are so easily “confused” as to what their responsibilities are regarding repayment.

    I took out student loans to pay for a bachelors degree and did the math after graduation. I ran the numbers on principle, interest and repayment schedule and then worked hard while living cheap in order to pay them off in 3 years making double payments every month. It was a painful lesson in how easy it is to step into potentially debilitating debt. I have not borrowed a penny since.

  66. KesaAnna January 22, 2019 at 12:27 am #

    ” If you want to leave the US all you do is apply for a passport, get on a plane, and go. ”

    Indeed , get on a million dollar plane , and go.

    Because Abraham Lincoln and his friends made it sorta difficult , even for Black slaves , to cheaply and easily , ” vote with their feet ” , didn’t they ?

    We aren’t talking about moves of dozens of miles , or even hundreds , but thousands of miles .

    But , as I understand it , among the crowd who can afford air fare on million dollar planes , who can afford foreign language lessons , who can afford five or six figure relocation costs , and all of that sort of fine and fancy shit ,

    many of them have left.

    Hey , and you need not take my word for it .

    Take THEIR word for it .

    Which demographic preaches globalization and ” citizen of the world ” most loudly and sincerely ?

    And while many of them have not , granted , physically left your country , they certainly have in every other meaningful way.

    They live in gated communities which ordinary folk like you , be you black or white , are carefully and deliberately kept out of.

    Somehow Farsi – speaking Islamic terrorists from Herat can wander about at will in your neighborhood ,

    But gate – crash one of these gated communities of theirs and you will be picked up before you can take three puffs from a cigarette.

    You’re an American citizen are you , and in your own country ?

    when they throw you out of their gated community that means , ” Fuck you ” in case you didn’t know.

    ” Money talks , and bullshit walks ” the old saying goes .

    Well, where has their money walked off to ? Not to Iowa or Alabama .

    Their money has walked off to other countries.

    Or , they bring the other countries here , and put the representatives of those other countries up in what used to be your houses.

    ( You really shouldn’t hate or envy these alien scabs too much though. Because I have no doubt that they intend to fuck them over too , just like they fucked you. )

    And these people are presumably your best and brightest.

    Your scions of the ruling class.

    Certainly these are the people you have spent the most money on , the people to whom you have given the most privileges , extended the greatest license to.

    I think it rings a bit hollow to tell some down-at- heel peasant that he is free to leave , when you know that isn’t really practical.

    And among those for whom it is practical ……….. umm , err , given what has actually happened , it seems a rather bizarre thing to be bragging about.

    • SoftStarLight January 22, 2019 at 9:27 am #

      I wish a whole lot of people who are always so unhappy and do nothing but complain about everything America would put their money where their mouth is and leave the US.

      • Nightowl January 23, 2019 at 9:55 am #

        I was once one of those people. And I did do that. I left for Europe, and it was a good choice for me in many ways. Most of my complaints about the US still apply.

        However, it took me a long time to realize that, in aggregate, what I disliked so much about the US has started to spread. Globalism/neoliberalism/corpratism is a force for destruction, both of the soul and the tangible resources it feeds on. Everything is corrupted and a candidate for value extraction.

        I also have to admit that it is ironic that Trump, a candidate whom I previously assumed to be nothing more that a cartoon cutout rep. for this ideology turns out to be the only US president in decades that has even attempted to address the issue.

        • SoftStarLight January 23, 2019 at 2:32 pm #

          Thank you for sharing your experience. I find it very interesting too that Trump who would presumably be part of the whole corporatist system is actually doing what he can to address the problems and negative consequences it has created. It is sad but not surprising that this system is spreading around the world.

        • seawolf77 January 23, 2019 at 10:49 pm #

          You have to go somewhere that even if there are Americans there, you can avoid them. I am looking at Montevideo, Uruguay. If there are no Americans there or not in sufficient numbers, they will have been unable to transfer their moot faces and desperate ideas about happiness and virtue to the locals. Keep in mind these are the people who elected Trump. Trump makes them happy. They love Trump. Who would ever want to live amongst, next to, or even on the same continent? Bingo. You have to go to another continent. Then just across the Rio de Plata is Buenos Aires. Night life. The Tango. Steak until you look like a cow. Want a little snow. A short plane ride and you’re in Santiago, Chile. Skiing. Mountains. Chocolate shops. Wine until the night is fine. Nobody tells you how to live. If you said let’s build a wall between us and ______ fill in the blank, the people would laugh at you until tears run down their cheeks. They love people, ll kinds of people. American exceptionalism has given rise to this weird almost subhuman feeling that with a glance and a nod they can surmise whether said person intends to rape and sodomize your children, or is a good clean Latino, who is ready to leave behind his sordid culture, food and drink, of his native land and triumphantly assimilate into heaven on Earth, into the arms of America.

          • SoftStarLight January 24, 2019 at 12:16 am #

            What do you mean when you say Americans have desperate ideas about happiness? If America is so bad why do people want to come here? Is it simply for economic opportunity and material gain? If so, then we might as well be some bland and boring gigantic corporation. If instead we are a country then that means we are a people. And if we are a people then we have our own culture, food and drink. If we are just a random grouping of peoples with no common culture, food, and drink then we are no people at all. If you want to be one of us you have to really mean it. At least that is the way it used to be.

          • Nightowl January 24, 2019 at 7:23 am #

            Then do what I did. Move.

            You will likely develop a much more balanced view of the world. If you can’t move, a healthy start would be to turn off corporate media.

  67. Pucker January 22, 2019 at 1:01 am #

    “The group contends masses of evidence shows JFK’s assassination ‘was organized at high levels of the U.S. power structure, and was implemented by top elements of the US national security apparatus using, among others, figures in the criminal underworld to help carry out the crime and cover-up.’ “

    dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6613747/New-probes-demanded-deaths-John-F-Kennedy-Robert-F-Kennedy-Mart…

    • Walter B January 22, 2019 at 1:31 pm #

      I watched this last night. It was unparalleled in its excellence. Those of us who were schooled in the art of detecting the truth and uncovering the lie told by those who were being interrogated will guarantee you that this guy is recalling pure, raw facts.

      youtube.com/watch?v=BJ0zLoy9FKM

      Do yourselves a favor and check it out!

  68. KL Cooke January 22, 2019 at 2:18 am #

    Jeez, the food fight doesn’t usually start until half-way down the page.

    • SoftStarLight January 22, 2019 at 9:24 am #

      Isn’t it fun? A good fight can be exhilarating ;-)!

      • Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2019 at 1:02 pm #

        That’s the Spirit! As long as you fight for the Light, there’s no law against enjoying it too.

  69. Pucker January 22, 2019 at 2:56 am #

    Happy Martin Luther King Day!

    The other danger inherent in a conflict between groups that cuts across Class, Ethnic, Religious, and Racial lines is that “Politics” may drive the decision towards genecide. For example, Toussiant probably erred in not exterminating the Whites in Haiti since his failure to do so, particularly after Napoleon’s decision to send an expeditionary force to San Domingo (Haiti), undermined Toussaint’s position among his black ex-Slave followers.

  70. tucsonspur January 22, 2019 at 4:04 am #

    “They’re gonna put y’all back in chains” Biden has popped up to lecture whites on race. He knows all about and is willing to share:

    https://www.yahoo.com/gma/joe-biden-white-america-admit-theres-still-systemic-210303933–abc-news-topstories.html

  71. DEFCON1 January 22, 2019 at 5:19 am #

    High time to turn over the affairs of this cancerous Republic to the distaff side. The world cannot long bear the destructive insanity of the American White Guy – may they soon become a laughable anachronism. Its most recent and ghastly embodiment being the caustic fool lumbering around the vacated White House – wonder if he talks to the paintings like the demented Nixon in the final days.

    Meanwhile, on the NYT front page, the accelerated melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet appears below the digital fold in ‘Other News’. The planet slaps the donkey of humanity often, but we are not in tune. Far more important to obsess over the latest illiterate tweet of the arch-moron of our horrid time.

    • SoftStarLight January 22, 2019 at 9:23 am #

      Why don’t you simply move to another country? Since globalism is preeminent in all things you should feel encouraged to go global. In fact, you are immoral for staying here aren’t you? Then you are submitting yourself to the EVIL White American Guy lol! God knows there is nothing worse.

      • seawolf77 January 22, 2019 at 9:56 pm #

        They don’t call him the Abominable Mudman, do they?

        • SoftStarLight January 23, 2019 at 12:24 am #

          I never knew they called him the Abominable Snowman ;-). Frosty is a Snowman too you know and he is really nice. I have never heard of a Mudman. Sounds scary!

  72. KesaAnna January 22, 2019 at 5:26 am #

    ” Jesus, Kesa, not everybody hates you… ”

    I don’t have a country , good , bad , or indifferent. I’m 53 years old . I’m poor , and I’m childless.

    In other words , I think it would be a rather bizarrely excessive waste of time under the circumstances , and rather boring to boot , to devote any particular effort to wringing my hands over my popularity , or lack there of.

    Generally , as long as I have a pack of cigarettes , a keyboard , and a full pot of coffee , I’m happy. Believe it or not.

    Not for the first time , by a very wide margin , I’m inclined to suspect that you folks are a lot more concerned about my feelings than I am.

    ” nor do most seek to do you harm. ”

    Reading your newspapers , watching your six o’clock news , listening to you people talk , and such , I get a very different impression.

    That is , I get the impression you American men fear serial killers , rapists , child molesters , and North Koreans , a lot more than this East German girl does.

    ” Whatever happened to benign neglect? ”

    There is certainly plenty of that it appears when it comes to not teaching working class kids to read , write , and do math.

    Even though the public schools were presumably set up in the first place for their benefit.

    ( though that is a god damned lie . the motive behind their creation was political. )

    Not so much like benign neglect , though , when it comes to heavily insinuating to those same kids that their parents are just sperm and egg donors , that its this kooky abstraction called the United States that loves them.

    • SoftStarLight January 22, 2019 at 9:17 am #

      You’re right about public schools. All bad things usually start out with good intentions. But as you imply, maybe there was never any good intentions behind the push to centralize and federalize education.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2019 at 12:57 pm #

        One of the architects of the system, John Dewey, talked about dumbing people down way back in the 1920’s. It was evil in its very inception. But of course, I agree with him that most of humanity is uneducable, so why the charade? That’s the evil part. They want these dummies getting an education (indoctrination), thinking they are smart, and then voting.

        • BackRowHeckler January 22, 2019 at 2:58 pm #

          John Dewey spent a lot of time in Moscow in the 30s, was willing to explain away the mass murder and repression going on all around him.

          Brh

          • malthuss January 22, 2019 at 3:07 pm #

            really???

            John Dewey???

        • SoftStarLight January 22, 2019 at 11:53 pm #

          School is a waste of time for many kids who would be better suited in vocational training. College is for most people a waste of time and money. On top of creating the idiocracy, like you say, they are making a ton of money.

        • Nightowl January 23, 2019 at 10:49 am #

          “But of course, I agree with him that most of humanity is uneducable, so why the charade? ”

          There is a lot of truth to this, at least to a certain level of education.

          I will never forget when I first truly understood this. A friend of mine asked me to proofread an essay she wrote to get into an Ivy League graduate program. Her undergrad was completed at a rather prestigious university in the Wash. DC area.

          In this essay (for a program in criminal justice) said she would ascend to the top of the DOJ and rule “with an iron fist.” She also referenced batman and expounded on her sleuthing skills honed by judicious observation of whether coworkers at the consulting firm we worked at washed their hands when exiting the bathroom.

          It was a harsh lesson.

          • Q. Shtik January 23, 2019 at 12:00 pm #

            Did you tell her her astonishing honesty was not likely to endear her to an Ivy League admissions committee?

            And did she then tell you she just wanted another set of eyeballs on her essay for purposes of spelling and grammar?

  73. SoftStarLight January 22, 2019 at 9:56 am #

    It’s time for the parents of the Covington Catholic High School students to take action. There needs to be major lawsuits and massive attention brought to the hate crime committed against these young men. This just proves the point of how White people are nothing more than second class citizens. If the colors were reversed in this situation and a group of Black students had been harassed by old White activists the activists would be in jail at this point, and the entire White population would be mandated to take diversity training courses. But because these teenage boys are White it is open season. If you were thinking somehow you would be able to ignore this you are dead wrong – and it is coming to a neighborhood near you very soon!

    breitbart.com/politics/2019/01/22/covington-catholic-high-school-classes-canceled-amid-safety-concer…

    • volodya January 22, 2019 at 10:55 am #

      What those “adults” were doing was trying to provoke, nothing less. It was an astoundingly idiotic thing to do, especially in front of a group of high-schoolers.

      What goofs like these guys are doing is looking for a dust-up. I don’t advocate violence but if it happens again, and if the provocateur gets the bejesus pounded out of him, it would be a salutary thing, ie a lesson to the next one to keep a lid on it because if you go looking for it, you’ll find it.

    • malthuss January 22, 2019 at 11:11 am #

      Lawsuits against who?

      • Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2019 at 12:49 pm #

        Apparently a famous lawyer has come forward and offered to work for the students and their families for free. There is already an enormous amount of actionable posts, from death threats (not all anonymous either) to Kathy Griffin trying to get names so the kids can be ruined. Today someone called for Colleges to deny admissions to anyone from Covington High School.

  74. deetrump January 22, 2019 at 10:37 am #

    “However, I seriously doubt that these adolescents from Kentucky yield any power and authority so I will speak out for whatever my voice is worth and can do.” — SSL

    Do you support adolescents like David Hogg who speak out against being gunned down in their school?

  75. Walter B January 22, 2019 at 10:48 am #

    One of the plusses to chatting here with the good, the bad, and the ugly is that it really does sharpen up your mental skills if you are fortunate. Sometimes I even surprise myself that it has taken so many decades to come up with some of these ideas, like the revelation I had this morning while thinking why our system has turned so bad, so non-functional.

    Having worked for 45 years in the for-profit private sector where you got things done, solved problems and made a profit while doing it is diametrically opposed to how our government and the “non-profit” entities operate. Our government was originally designed to be a small overseer of a prosperous, profitable economic system where excess wealth could be made and stored and invested. Our government has grown so big, so bloated, and so corrupt that it now sucks any and every bit of wealth out of every entity it rules over after the real masters, the corporate owners, take their hefty cuts.

    Our governments (federal, state, county) will never get smaller for they hold the power to grow in their hands and will always grow themselves to provide for their families, their friends, and their masters. If We The People, do not grow, which I cannot imagine we will ever do again, we shall surely be consumed by the bloated, useless monsters that have taken over our country. That my friends, is how it all shall end. How long before that happens is anybody’s guess, but until it does it will only get worse, not better. Good luck.

    • deetrump January 22, 2019 at 10:57 am #

      “Our government has grown so big, so bloated, and so corrupt that it now sucks any and every bit of wealth out of every entity it rules over after the real masters, the corporate owners, take their hefty cuts.” —Walter B

      So, the culprit is capitalism, the for-profit corporate owners? Then AOC is right about the need for democratic socialism to bring the corporatists under control. Who are these “corporate owners”? Can you name names?

      • Walter B January 22, 2019 at 3:20 pm #

        A very poor and unsubstantiated conclusion you drew there. The problem is greed.

      • Nightowl January 24, 2019 at 7:32 am #

        The answer to fighting corruption is Democratic Socialism?

        I think you might want to expand on this a bit.

    • volodya January 22, 2019 at 11:59 am #

      When an elite gets onerous, they get replaced. And they all think alike, they think they’re exceptional and indispensable.

      In the past, rulers thought and said explicitly that their mandate to rule came from God. Today’s elite may not be as upfront about it, but they act as if that’s where it comes from.

      But elites regularly get bounced. It happened fairly recently in France, Russia, Germany, Central Europe, Turkey, China. In the case of Russia and China the removal was exceptionally bloody, with the midnight knock on the door, gulags and firing squads. Same with France with the guillotines.

      Modern day elites should spend less time preening and admiring themselves in the mirror and congratulating one another. They might spend more time looking to the lessons of history and how they might apply to present day circumstances.

      The Archdruid sez that in ancient times the incoming barons took less from the peasantry than did the Roman overlord. The faces changed in the manor house, the language they spoke was different, but in a generation or two they took to speaking the pre-existing lingo and above all they took LESS.

      IOW it was a better deal for those much put-upon farmers ie the majority of the population, who broke their backs keeping their betters living in style. Now, given that these much educated present-day overlords aren’t as “educated” as they say, and that they don’t know as much as they think, they wouldn’t know what came before, and won’t have learned from it.

      What will befall them will be what befell those that came before, and all of it eminently avoidable. But it won’t be avoided, in fact, it will be repeated, if not exactly, then at least roughly, in many of the essentials.

      How long? That’s the question. Human history doesn’t unfold as predictably as do the movements of celestial bodies. But it does unfold. Marx wrote in the mid 1800s but it took a lifetime before his adherents came to power. The counterparts to the Communists, the Fascists, in their various guises in Europe and Asia, came out of the miseries of working classes who lived for generations in intolerable conditions.

      But what comes next on this side of the water won’t replicate in every way what happened over yonder. Will it be nasty? Most likely, yes. Fascism? I doubt it, aside maybe from some symbology. Communism? Nah.

      What we see with recent confrontations and provocations is just foreplay. What comes next will be rooted in New World history and conditions. But if present day elites think they’ll come through it intact, with all their perqs and privileges, they’re very mistaken. They’re going to the garbage chute of failed arrangements.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2019 at 12:42 pm #

      You love not just the Constitution, but the very idea and nature of it – namely a holy writ, so much like your Bible. But it was written by Men and has to be upheld by Men – even to the point of abolishing it and and the nation to write another one.

      You see the Founders and Writers were Revolutionaries. How do you deal with the Revolution? You don’t. You simply ignore it because it doesn’t compute with your pacifism.

      • Walter B January 22, 2019 at 1:28 pm #

        I fight my revolution from within the government Janos, even though it cannot succeed. There is a good reason for this besides the aversion to simply hanging the scumbags and I will explain.

        Anyone that would be stupid enough to stand up and start a movement to drag the evil scum out of office and hang them from the nearest power poles, in this day and state of things, would not only be publically decried and ratted out as a “terrorist”, (see something say something), but would instantly find themselves standing there on the milk crate alone and shouted down by pretty much the entire rank of Joe Q. Public. Americans do not want revolution, they want entertainment. They want drugs and alcohol. They want deviant sex and plenty of it. Sorry, but I just do not see anyone getting anywhere but waterboarded by advocating real and nasty revolution.

        That is why I shall fight them from within where they know I may try but cannot succeed and will therefore have no need to eliminate me. At least I can die with my honor intact knowing that I did not just sit here tippy tapping away on the keyboard, bitching and moaning about something I will never have the balls to initiate.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2019 at 2:06 pm #

          You are starting to boast about your virtue again, making it personal. All I said is that you have no interest in the American Revolution. And yes, of course you can’t see the necessity of any revolution in the future either.

          The Constitution is meaningless apart from the Men who wrote it. And it was only meant for White Christians btw. Adams said that. Or do you deny that because it’s not in the Constitution? Holy writ syndrome again.

          • Walter B January 22, 2019 at 2:30 pm #

            I am simply stating how I deal with my disgust with the system and how I go about doing something, not boasting Janos. I do not do what I do because I am better or special and if you really think about it, even I can make a pretty good case that I am pretty damned stupid for banging my head against the wall with no real chance of success. I do believe that I have a lot of people that think I am an idiot in fact because of what I do. I will admit that I would be extremely happy if even one or two other humans would hear me, think that maybe they should do their part as well, and get going too. That is all the reward I can hope for. Trust me Janos I am not all that wonderful a person, but I do try my damnest to do my part. That is all.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2019 at 4:48 pm #

            In other words, we’re not going to talk about Revolution, or The Revolution, or why you don’t like Revolution or the Revolution or why you don’t want to talk about them or It. Just more about you.

          • Walter B January 22, 2019 at 6:12 pm #

            No, let us talk about you and everybody else. Get off of your butts and get involved at your local levels. Start a movement and take back you local governments by throwing out the bastards and electing decent, honest candidates. That is where change must begin. There, is that plain enough for you, or is bitching about it the only action you are capable of? My talking about what I have been doing was an attempt to talk some of you lazy, do nothings into getting off of your dead asses and be a part of the solution rather than part of the problem. Clear?

          • Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2019 at 8:18 pm #

            It’s clear you don’t want to talk about the Revolution. I fear you disdain our common heritage – and without that there is no basis for working together in any case. But I commend you for your fierce defense of your lawn and what you want to talk about.

          • Walter B January 22, 2019 at 8:49 pm #

            I do not have a lawn. I am a creature of the woods. I haunt the dark and lonely places where the weak dare not tread.

          • seawolf77 January 22, 2019 at 9:54 pm #

            “The night is dark and full of terrors.” The Red Witch

          • SoftStarLight January 22, 2019 at 11:35 pm #

            It seems fatalistic to give in to allowing corporate greed to run rampant and destroy our society. Yes, many people have been taken over by Hollywood mind control and live in self-absorbed, mindless bubbles. But many others are actually awake and realizing what is happening to us. I respect for sure the message of doing what we all can in our lives and towns to make a difference. But the Oligarchs, the Deep State, Illuminati, whatever you wanna call them, they are deeply rooted in this current system. A real revolution would be the only way to remove them from power. And yes, they will do everything possible to stay in power.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 23, 2019 at 2:24 pm #

            You up near the Appalachian Trail? Nice if so. I love the Hill Country of the East. New Jersey is many states after all. But the bad predominates. And the Pine Barrens are dark and full of terrors – but not as much as her endless ghettos.

  76. JohnAZ January 22, 2019 at 10:55 am #

    Let us look at winners and losers to see what is tearing apart the country.

    The rich are getting richer and he poor getting poorer. Income inequality is becoming more prevalent. AOC says that billionaires are immoral. The 1% are going to bleed the last of the blood out of this country and leave, leaving a shell behind. The Elite are all white and evil. These statements, except the last, are all largely true.

    They are the rallying cry of the anarchial Progressives trying to flip the Constitution. The Have nots are trying to find leverage to “take back” money from the Elite. The Haves spend millions trying to protect their larders. Are we unique? Hell no, every civilization in history has had the same situation.

    This is the number one problem of capitalism. How to keep enough money flowing back to the have nots, the economic losers and less aggressive folks to keep them mollified and quiet. The Left has taken this task on currently.

    If this does not occur, civilizations fail to revolution. People will not march off a cliff forever without fighting back.

    The Declaration of Independence was written as a revolutionary instrument declaring everyone equal with equal access to the economic machinery. The Constitution was a reactionary statement protecting the rights of property ownership. The key is still, access to the economy, not guaranteed success.

    Two hundred plus years later, here we are fighting the same battle.

    GOP protects property rights, and the Dems trying to redistribute the national income to buy votes.

    The gubment folks want power, period. They will give lip service to the arguement to acquire power. Many are in the 10%, and do not give a damn about the have nots.

    If the government won’t help with income inequality due to self interest, who will. Will it take revolution, ie civil war, to reset the wealth profile?

    Today, the Elite have a huge advantage over the past. Due to globalization, if the folks want to get their money through political means or revolution, the Elite leaves. The wealthy of the US are actively working on this now.

    So, what to do. Well, maybe stop creating a larger lower class by limiting immigration. Maybe setting a maximun capital level, say 10 million dollars, that individuals can accumulate in wealth, before progressive taxation kicks in. As people accumulate wealth and power, their use of the nation’s resources increases, so this may be morally justified. Sorry GOP, your preservation of limited taxation without income compensation will just drive us toward revolt.

    Two ideas. What do you all think?

    • deetrump January 22, 2019 at 11:04 am #

      “Maybe setting a maximun capital level, say 10 million dollars, that individuals can accumulate in wealth, before progressive taxation kicks in.“ -JohnAZ

      That seems to be AOC’s idea. It makes sense. In response to elysianfield’s question “define rich” saying exactly what you have said got my post nuked by Jim. But I don’t take it personally.

      • K-Dog January 22, 2019 at 12:13 pm #

        Maybe tax money earned by ‘workin’ at a lower rate than capital gains instead of at a higher rate. Transitioning the change at a rate so the Rentier class can adjust would be a nice thing to do.

        Also send billionaires to big rig driving school and put them on the road in 18 wheelers between Chicago and LA could be part of the solution too! Sound foolish you think? It would get them out of congress.

    • I don’t see any provisions for a carbon tax or credit trading mechanism and thus, your proposals will not attract enough support from the snowflakes.

      Hope you like getting your neck stretched out, otherwise I assume you are already on plan B, a tankful of gas in the RV and a loaded pistol under the seat.

      • K-Dog January 22, 2019 at 12:08 pm #

        Find something more worthy of the passion and don’t worry. Not enough people care about the future to matter.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 22, 2019 at 12:46 pm #

          So at last you repudiate Democracy. Thank God it took you long enough. Humanity is a Pyramid, the best are very few. The inferior are many indeed. Democrats and Communists (same thing ultimately) seek to invert the Pyramid – which is ridiculous. That last about a day and a half before a Strong Man from within establishes some kind of order. But one than a Committee of them as in the French Revolution – the horror is often magnified.

          • K-Dog January 23, 2019 at 1:34 am #

            I’m too kind to interrupt your revelry so I’ll take a nap while you delight in your observation. And about your historical analogy we could say regarding first me then you; NapPoleLeanOn BoneYourPart.

            Being as you have France in your pants.

          • seawolf77 January 23, 2019 at 11:53 am #

            Perlman does trump. Hilarious.
            youtube.com/watch?v=tHv0RExQsPQ&t=280s

          • seawolf77 January 23, 2019 at 11:59 am #

            Who knew the Eclaire was named after Napoleon?

          • Janos Skorenzy January 24, 2019 at 1:18 am #

            You really can’t see that if your statement is true, then Democracy is contraindicated? If x, then not y.

            People can’t think anymore, not about things that matter. Too passionate. Your high IQ is meaningless if you can’t bring if you can’t or won’t use it.

  77. BackRowHeckler January 22, 2019 at 12:30 pm #

    Little Deb is on here promoting the NYT

    Well todays WSJ has pretty good section called ‘Outlook 2019’, covers pretty much the same topics Jim writes about (and we comment on, but in a less strident manner, ha!) It looks like this section was written to coincide with meetings of the Globalist Elites in Davos right now. One thing they point out right off the bat is that Mr. Trump and Mr. Macron, and Ms. Merkel are not in attendance at Davos, specifically due to domestic reaction Globalist policies that are espoused at Davos.

    Brh

    • qz.com/1530219/brazils-bolsonaro-tells-davos-he-wants-to-protect-the-amazon/

      Interesting satellitle pic of the Amazon’s ongoing deforestation embedded in an Article about Bolsonaro’s speech at Davos.

      Notice the cleared areas not growing back in the preserve. When these forests are slashed and burned, there is barely any soil to support crops and they become exhausted in just several years. They return to mineral salts and dust and blow away. That’s it, game over. “The Lungs of the Earth” have pneumonic fibrosis, the virus destroying lung tissue as it progresses, leaving a scar tissue unable to perform its function.

      There is no preserve. Nothing is going to grow back. This is a full scale environmental amputation, with the promise of a future prosthetic to help the planet breathe and take a shit. All a bunch of lies.

      Some believe the human population is too cynical to do anything about it. However, I believe a groundswell is taking place, among the younger generations. While it was possible since the early 80s to rule out youth activism, this was only due to the demographic trough of the GenX 1970s. Since then, the population pyramid has formed a large base. These kid-ults will have political clout, are less susceptible to cynicism, and are nature-starved, and more sensitive to injustice, and will have a strong recent experience of being a historically oppressed class.

      • BackRowHeckler January 22, 2019 at 2:22 pm #

        Point taken
        .
        Let the do gooder Kid Xers fly down to Gangland Rio and demand Brazilians stop cutting trees. Most likely outcome: attractive females kidnapped, gang raped and sold into white slavery. Wooly capped SJW boys and young men from Dartmouth etc.: chopped up in the jungle — i.e. Rain Forest, excuse me — never to be seen or heard from again. The hard core cowboys, ranchers, loggers and criminals living in the Amazon will get a good laugh at the presumptions of these Nortos Americanos come down to Brazil telling them what to do (in their own country)

        Brh

        • Carbon taxes, carbon credits.

          Here’s how, a Carbon for cabrones primer. Gasoline’s real cost is somewhere around $15 per gallon- for creating about 32 pounds of carbon. Because externalities haven’t been priced in, 3/4 of that or 24 pounds are not actually paid for.

          That means 24 pounds of carbon needs to be priced. Thats $11 or so per gallon of gasoline consumed.

          ” in the United States, a daily average of about 391.71 million gallons (or about 9.33 million barrels per day)”

          That means a bill of approximately $4.3 billion dollars is due for climate damages, accruing every day.

          As you can guess, the size of potential market is enormous.

          “The burning of fossil fuels produces around 21.3 billion tonnes (21.3 gigatonnes) of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year. It is estimated that natural processes can only absorb about half of that amount, so there is a net increase of 10.65 billion tonnes of atmospheric carbon dioxide per year.”

          That means about 16 billion tons of carbon are currently being charged to the future every year.

          The implementation of carbon taxing and credits will put a price on that externality (which you’ll pay at the pump). That money will go to maintaining carbon sinks. Hence, Brazil’s forests become a source of foreign investment capital, worth far more as standing forest than wood pulp, paper, agriculture, or mining.

          “The hard core cowboys, ranchers, loggers and criminals living in the Amazon” are going to be hunted with FLiR cameras, hellfire missiles, and 30mm cannons, from Apache gunships manufactured in the USA and Brazil, flown by his air force.

          Why do you think Bolsonaro is at Davos? He can smell the money train. The Amazon is the crown jewel of Brazil. I don’t think he’s that stupid, frankly. He’s got termites in there, chopping and sawing and burning Brazil’s future and wealth base, and I predict they are going to be eradicated.

          Oh sure, you’ll have resistance to gasoline at $15. But the population turn against the easy-driving lifestyle peeps have become accustomed to. The price hike will drop kick the boomers into their golden retirement years where they will be picked up and dropped off by fleets of electric autonomous vehicles. The age of fossil fuels is going to transition.

          • BackRowHeckler January 22, 2019 at 3:14 pm #

            good luck with all that. Sounds like a fantasy cooked up at the environmental studies dept. at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass.

            Brh

          • seawolf77 January 22, 2019 at 9:51 pm #

            No it’s like me taking a piss in your mouth all day and all night long. Pretty soon you’re going to get a little green around the gills, but you’ll be alright. Year after year I piss in your mouth. People that are watching they say “Urine Change.” But there’s no real proof that me pissing in your mouth does you any real harm. It might be unpleasant, but hey you’re a trooper. You take it for the economy.

      • akmofo January 22, 2019 at 3:26 pm #

        Why don’t YOU plant a tree or two or three or four instead of whining about others. And encourage others to do the same by your actions.

        Happy Tu B’shvat !!

        • Nightowl January 24, 2019 at 7:44 am #

          On a related note, I’ve learned that those most often virtue signaling are often the most guilty of hypocracy.

          When I lived in DC, I was active in the alternative/post-punk music scene. Political views were very left wing as one might imagine.

          I am still all for doing what we can to keep our environment as clean as possible, as it is simply logical.

          However, it used to amaze me how many friends and acquaintances I had in the scene would drive everywhere, leave lights on in rooms when not needed, left the faucet running, generated massive volumes of plastic waste, shopped at greenwashing chains like Whole Foods, threw away items that had decades of life left in them, and lived in $700,000 energy-inefficient row houses as gentrifiers.

          In effect, they lived exactly like they claimed the “enemy” lived.

  78. JohnAZ January 22, 2019 at 1:48 pm #

    Follow on to my last.

    Capitalism has a very evil, greedy, parasitic side to it. It is literally nature’s method of survival of the fittest. Competition fires up the juices, encourages entrepenuerism, promotes creativity. The alternative, socialism/communism does the opposite, makes people complacent, discourages individual effort, makes a mundane world. But it is wonderful for the few that are at he top of the pyramid. It is a wonderful world for the power folks.

    This country’s government has to incorporate the best of both. Capitalism is necessary to fire up an economy, but it must be tempered to prevent the dislocations and income inequality that we are currently witnessing. Our national disconnect between the two parties is stopping any modified capitalism from coming into place.

    From what I have heard, China uses a modified capitalism where the party makes the big decisions then hires capitalistic ventures to carry out the plans.

    Make a list of socialistic ventures. USSR, Red China, Venezuela, Cuba, NOKO, have something in common. They failed due to a lack of individual incentive. Cuba has been trying to convert the America’s since 1960, but it has nothing to show as a positive for socialism except maybe healthcare.

    Europe has socialistic tendencies, such as healthcare. They are still primarily capitalistic. They do carry a very heavy tax load which blunts their entrepenuership. They also carry a high unemployment rate.
    Their capitalism is more Main Street than ours with loads of small businesses.

    Any way, an old saying. Capitalism has tons of problems, but it is much better than no. 2. The Feds need to be representing the people and formulate an economy that offsets the Greedy nature of capitalism utilizing taxation as the control. It needs to be balanced with a tax code that does not penalize business to the point hat they leave.

    So far, the failure is the government.