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The early winter holidays are notorious for giving people the blues, but as the last Thanksgiving leftovers slide into the stockpot, the Democratic Party was put on suicide watch. Is the ghost of Jeffrey Epstein in charge? It’s a little late to call an exorcist. The gun pointed at the Democrats’ head now is a stubby little low-caliber weapon in the person of Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, who has only grazed the party’s skull in two previous misfirings. The third time, the old saying goes, may be the charm.

When Mr. Nadler entertained Special Counsel Robert Mueller in July, he succeeded spectacularly in discrediting Mr. Mueller, and the inquisition he rode in on. It was the worst public demonstration of aphasia since William Jennings Bryan had a stroke at the Scopes Trial in 1925. Mr. Mueller’s pitiful performance detached the last sticky tendril of hope that his tortured report might avail to cast out the arch-demon in the White House. Even the Republicans on the dais seemed to feel sorry for him. True to his character as a schoolyard sap wearing a “kick me” sign on his back, Mr. Nadler just waddled away in a fog of bamboozlement, hitching his pants up to his sternum, to plot his next foolish move.

Which was to haul former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski into the committee in September. Mr. Lewandowski’s performance was the equivalent of watching poor Mr. Nadler get hitched to the rear bumper of a Lincoln Navigator and dragged over several miles of broken Coke bottles. And yet, ever-sturdy, like one of those plastic punching dummies with all its weight on the bottom, Mr. Nadler just popped back up, adjusted his “kick me” sign, and moved on to his next folly: the current comedy of errors around impeachment.

Really, the only question now is what new way will Mr. Nadler find to humiliate himself and mortify his party? Opening testimony this week will be supplied by a panel of Woke constitutional law professors who will attempt to tease out some hermeneutic legal basis for an impeachment other than actual misdeeds. They’ll surely settle on thought-crime, since there is nothing else. Whose idea was it to hit the snooze button just as the curtain goes up on the show?

Next will come a mighty hassle over whether the minority can call witnesses of its own choosing. Ranking member Doug Collins (R-GA) has already asked for an appearance by Adam Schiff, chair of the House Intel Committee, whose procedural shenanigans last month embarrassed anyone with a vestigial memory of Anglo-American due process. Some folks think that Mr. Schiff has got some ‘splainin’ to do about the predicating circumstances of his star chamber spectacle. He is, in fact, a fact-witness to all that, on top of being the issuer today of his own committee’s report on all that, and therefore susceptible to public examination — especially in a train of proceedings as grave as impeachment. If Mr. Nadler enables Mr. Schiff to slither out of testifying, there will be hell to pay, and in the not-so-likely prospect of an actual impeachment trial in the senate, it would be paid there as an unleashed defense goes for Mr. Schiff with pithing needles and thumbscrews of genuine interrogation.

Then there is the “Whistleblower,” this would-be pimpernel of perfidy hiding behind Adam Schiff’s apron under the false assertion that he is entitled to everlasting anonymity. What an idea under our system of jurisprudence! In fact, contrary to Mr. Schiff’s public pronouncements, there is no law that states what he claims — one of several things Mr. Schiff can be called to account for. And that is even if you accept the dishonest proposition that the fugitive who started this fiasco even was a whistleblower, rather than a rogue CIA officer acting on explicitly illegal political motives to interfere in the 2020 election. The CIA, you must know, is forbidden by charter and statute from operating against American citizens in-country, including the president of the United States. Under the circumstances, the so-called “Whistleblower” might fairly be accused of treason.

Has anyone failed to notice that one of the “Whistleblower’s” attorneys, Mark Zaid, tweeted notoriously on January 30, 2017 that “Coup has started. First of many steps. #rebellion. #impeachment will follow ultimately. #lawyers.” Mr. Zaid later explained, “I was referring to a completely lawful process.” Yeah, sure. I think he meant a completely Lawfare process. Of course, the engineered “Whistleblower” escapade was only the latest (perhaps the last) chapter in the annals of nefarious events and actions carried out far-and-wide by several government agencies for three years, and by many officials working within them, and not a few freelance rogues in their service. There is no more accurate way to describe all that except as a coup. The authorities looking into all that have not been heard from yet. The portentous silence is making a lot of people in Washington edgy.

If the various House committees have put the Democratic Party on suicide watch, then something even more deadly is lurking just offstage. Hillary Clinton is making noises about jumping into the 2020 election. She senses opportunity as Joe Biden goes pitifully through the motions of running for office to avoid prosecution for his international grifting operations as Veep. Think of Hillary as the cyanide capsule that the party might actually choose to bite down on as the year ominously turns.


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  1. jeff2002 December 2, 2019 at 10:09 am #

    I miss the days when I’d come here and read about Peak Oil and the pitfalls of our built environment. Now it’s just the same soap opera I can watch on any of the networks.

    • James Howard Kunstler December 2, 2019 at 10:13 am #

      Jeff– Peak Oil is certainly an important topic. You can get plenty of chatter about it at http://peakoilbarrel.com. Of course, there are other important matters at hand, such as the destruction of the republic, which is covered here as events intensify.

      • Paul Ford O'Neil December 2, 2019 at 11:13 am #

        Damnit James, yet another keyboard obliterated by super-sonic coffee spewage:

        “Mr. Lewandowski’s performance was the equivalent of watching poor Mr. Nadler get hitched to the rear bumper of a Lincoln Navigator and dragged over several miles of broken Coke bottles.”

        etc, etc, etc . . .

        Have you opened that CFN spare-parts warehouse to address this recurring tragedy yet?

        Carry-on til you are carrion,
        PFO

      • Frank December 2, 2019 at 12:53 pm #

        Yes James, and thank you for the commentary that is most important today.
        Frank

      • xxzzy999 December 2, 2019 at 1:34 pm #

        Fracking is proof that we have reached “peak conventional oil”…. think about it.

        • Walter B December 2, 2019 at 7:44 pm #

          Proof? Not quite but good evidence that those who know are seriously concerned. Another damning bit of evidence is the invasion of oil producing countries by the USA Big Bully, to insure that we last longer than any of the other oil consumers out there. If there was so much of the Devil’s Excrement bubbling up out of the ground like Jed Clampet’s wet dream, why go through so much trouble?

          Proof? Well I am not sure that this entity exists anymore what with the advent of “create your own reality in your own head” syndrome running so prevalent throughout the nation. There is no truth, there is only spin. I like the way James puts it out there through and I for one see much truth in what he writes.

        • Epicur December 3, 2019 at 8:43 am #

          “Fracking is proof that we have reached “peak conventional oil”….”

          Both fracking and deepwater are enabled by the vast flood of fiat “money” that supplies the financing of and the demand for their product at a price that does not reflect their true cost (EROEI).

          When the credit bubble breaks, fracking can resume after a while, but the share of world “income” that is claimed by the product will rise significantly. Whether or not deepwater will resume depends on conditions that cannot be known because it is so dependent on organizational complexity and “peace” to be worth the risk.

          Of course there will be a lag between the bubble breaking (which will result in an oversupply from demand destruction) and the shortages that result from lack of investment.

          And, of course, I should admit that my assertion that the bubble will break means that I assume (not without evidence) it is not “different this time”.

          Interesting times.

      • pokercat December 2, 2019 at 5:49 pm #

        It will be most interesting to see what you have to write in or about June 2020.

        You may be able to say “I told you so” however, if incorrect will you have the guts to openly say….”I was wrong…about everything”.

        I mean if the Republic is still standing and all.

        • benr December 2, 2019 at 10:51 pm #

          Or the better question is what new fake made up nonsense will you and the hyper partisan msn and Democrat party be peddling as the truth?
          Will you actually say gee I guess I am not as informed as I should be and say sorry?

          No we didn’t think so nor expect it out of you.

      • amb December 2, 2019 at 7:50 pm #

        jeff2002: It may be a soap opera, yet, your country–your government as designed by our Founders–is dangling by a thin thread. More urgent than Peak Oil I’d say. JHK has been doing an excellent job of punching up this situation for what it is… a sick, treasonous, and destructive coup.

        Don’t be dissuaded from the path of your writings James. Keep up the good work.

        • Epicur December 3, 2019 at 8:59 am #

          When contemplating our “government as designed by our Founders” I find it worthwhile to keep the following words in mind”

          “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion… Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams

          I argue that rather than the Founder’s entire structure hanging by a thread we are clinging to the last fragments that have not been washed away by the flood of passions of unbridled people.

          What has happened to our nation has been a slow-motion version of Mao’s cultural revolution wherein he imagined that a hundred flowers would bloom if passions were unbridled, but found he had loosed pandemonium.

          • SpeedyBB December 3, 2019 at 10:29 am #

            According to a first-person report I’ve read, the Great Chairman was both insulated from the suffering and catastrophe that he triggered and what’s more did not give a shit about it.

            When he would take a train ride all the villages along the tracks would scramble to plant green rice shoots alongside the train, in a Potemkin-type effort to please him, and assure him that his folly was reaping progress.

            He was not to be pleased. Like Stalin before him he was intent on devouring souls by the millions, a true demon in human form, and his pretty piggy picture hangs today over Tienenman Square, beaming brightly over the enslaved masses.

            “Thirty percent bad, seventy percent good” is the general appraisal of Mousey Dung by the normally practical Chinese. Or perhaps they are simply being cynical enough to parrot the Party line, with a wink and a sneer. When I visited in 2017 I noted a profound disconnection with anything political. Ditto in Vietnam.

            And by the way, I did witness, with amazement, the quiet rehabilitation of General Lin Biao, whose picture and history are today displayed prominently in military museums.

            He was the joker who allegedly came close to deposing the deranged Chairman, after being anointed a “Close Comrade-in-Arms”. Absquatulated toward the USSR, got shot down. Fun times.

      • robyn December 4, 2019 at 12:05 pm #

        I have valued your opinion for many years Jim. That said, I wish you’d get the current narrow straw out of your line of vision.

        From the Supreme Court in the 1970’s and then a Citizen United vote, political peeps now have their very own bought and paid for Congressperson.

        Under ‘Free Speach’ which was considered BRIBARY until then.

        Enough with the one-side only howling. Please. There is enough to go around.

        • Billy Hill December 4, 2019 at 9:13 pm #

          Sorry… you lost me after “I have…”

    • DrTomSchmidt December 2, 2019 at 10:44 am #

      Well, this is the long emergency. It becomes one because we do ANYthing to avoid the civilizational existential crisis that peak oil represents.

      Trump got elected because a good number of people in America have been made worse off by the asset-inflating Fed. He’s opposed not by the poor, but by the upper middle class, connected to all those Federal gravy-train jobs that have proliferated as we have become less goods-producing oriented. Those people know pretty well what happens if you lose your connection to the wealth pump in DC (and NYC; and SF): a life that’s poor, nasty, brutish, and short.

      As JHK has pointed out, the upside is that it might not be solitary, since when you cannot pay $100+ dollars per month for cable, you have to create your own entertainment.

    • budizwiser December 2, 2019 at 11:20 am #

      I figure J is endearing himself to some benefactor. Or perhaps he’s stroked – but doesn’t know it.

      The current level of exposition at CF Nation reflects the sinking level of national discourse.

      • James Howard Kunstler December 2, 2019 at 11:52 am #

        Budizwiser — Ya think? You fail to appreciate the elan and artistry on display, surely worth more twice a week than a subscription to the daily New York Times. Show a little patriotic spirit. Laugh and weep for your country.

        • Paul Ford O'Neil December 2, 2019 at 12:02 pm #

          Damn it James,

          Don’t reply to the guys in the DNA pool bleachers bitchin because they have lousy seats.

          Carry-on til you are carrion,
          PFO

    • K-Dog December 2, 2019 at 12:54 pm #

      Not to worry, it can’t last.

      Prices rise and enlightenment does not seem to pay attention. Get your pitchfork ready. There is more room between outrage and passive acceptance of plutocrat leftovers in America but when all the backlash has been pulled out the pitchforks will come out. When that happens we won’t be needing this place for entertainment which is good because it might not be here. Be patient, you will not be bored long.

      • K-Dog December 2, 2019 at 1:06 pm #

        Best line:

        Even the best of us in the worst of circumstances are barefoot by the side of a dirt road selling fruit.

        • tucsonspur December 2, 2019 at 5:50 pm #

          The minimum wage goes up and so do prices. Some businesses have to lay off workers. He admits himself that it’s a complicated situation.

          He needs pitchfork prodding to help build a wall. Why isn’t he doing that instead of traducing trickle down economics?

          ‘Even the best of us in the worst of circumstances are barefoot by the side of a dirt road selling fruit.’ Yeah, except for these guys. This platitudinous plutocrat talks the talk to escape the pitchfork.

          What is he doing with his millions or billions? What’s his plutocrat M/O ratio? Myself/Others?

          • K-Dog December 2, 2019 at 9:19 pm #

            Listen again you got it wrong. He is clear. When people have enough money to spend, the economy works and the economy is made out of workers who spend money. His example was that of a restaurant. A working system has to have restaurant workers making enough so they can go out to eat or there are no customers.

            Instead we have a system that enriches the rich who do not spend money because they already have enough to get all they need now. The competitive drive for more more and ever more for them has sucked money from the exploited so they don’t have money to spend to keep the economy going. Rich spending does not go far enough. They keep most of what they have and play games with it.

            And where we are is only the first step of a continuum. We lag the curve. Our place on the curve is broken isolated people who only dream of a future and who do a lot of drugs.

            Venezuela, Columbia, Brazil, Bolivia, France, India, Afghanistan, the world burns and in Chile, the jewel of the Milton Friedman playbook shows the world the failure of privatization as people dispense with pitchforks in lieu of a more modern protest involving thrown bottles of gasoline stuffed with flaming rags.

            Hanauer also pointed out that poor people make a real shitty tax base. Make them middle class and roads can get fixed.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2019 at 12:41 am #

            Good point. The minimum wage won’t work without fixing the price of necessities. Let people strive for luxuries and compete for honors and position – that’s human enough. But letting people die under bridges because of your egotism is not.

            Kdog: Interesting thoughts. I have no criticism at all. I think you See what is there and what to do about it, at least on the economic level.

          • tucsonspur December 3, 2019 at 1:48 am #

            He asks, after the restaurant discussion, “Is it more complicated than I’m making out?” Then he says, “Of course it is”. Increasing the minimum wage, and to what level, has been the subject of debate by professional economists for who knows how long. The pros almost always equal the cons. How to measure the net effect?

            I’m certainly for a prosperous middle class, and I see the benefit of people having more money to spend. But the restaurant worker’s taxes go up, and he or she pays more in the restaurant that they go out to than they would have otherwise. So maybe the roads get fixed, but I doubt it.

            “Our lives of ostentatious luxury might be forgiven if all boats were rising as fast as our 200-foot yachts.” Hanauer

            Maybe I can rise high enough to scrape off the barnacles.

            What he is doing in effect, while lambasting or at least questioning the very system that made him a billionaire, is passing the buck while not even giving a buck. Let others do it, let the greedy bastards pay the workers more.

            How much is he willing to pay in taxes? Why isn’t he getting together with other billionaires to build a wall or do other constructive projects? Why? Because he’s just another virtue signaling, smooth talking, want it for myself, billionaire.

            I wouldn’t be unhappy if you prove me wrong. Show me his largesse, his magnanimity, his profound regard for the underprivileged. His dedication and commitment to our social ills, offering money, lots of money, instead of words.

            Otherwise, pitchforks it should be, and carried not by quaint analogy.

          • K-Dog December 3, 2019 at 4:42 am #

            I did not hear any lambasting. You made me listen to parts again and he is clear that a high minimum wage leads to prosperity and a rich man can still only wear one pair of pants at a time. He clearly states a healthy economy needs a strong middle class and he totally believes in capitalism.

            What do you care what he is doing with his millions or billions? Are we asking what are you doing with yours?

            Hanauer believes in capitalism but he knows that the more equal a society is the happier as society is. From his point of view he recognizes the advantages of shared prosperity but he knows if someone is determined and works hard they should be able to prosper from their efforts.

            If you don’t work eat beans.

          • K-Dog December 3, 2019 at 4:46 am #

            Thank You Janos

          • Q. Shtik December 3, 2019 at 4:54 pm #

            The minimum wage won’t work without fixing the price of necessities. – Janos

            =========

            Oh for Chrisake Janos, when will you ever learn?????? Price-fixing never works!!!

            Now let’s move on to the subject of higher minimum wages. This is another disaster for low paid people. The higher their wages rise the more desperately management will work to find a way to eliminate workers. It’s axiomatic.

            Here are two situations that came up in my life in the past 24 hours. And they are nothing new…I’m sure you have all had these experiences:

            1) I have a doc appt coming up this Thurs, 12/5. I begin to receive requests that I confirm this appt. I get these requests on both my cell phone (via text) and by email on my computer. I confirm but I no longer get an instantaneous automated thank you as I used to. The new wrinkle now is the system goes to a second step asking me to pre-register myself. If I don’t pre-register I will never receive acknowledgement that I have confirmed my appt. Rather, I will continue to receive more requests that I confirm. What is the purpose of this?? I will tell you. There are 2 women (always black or Hispanic, BTW) positioned at a reception counter to handle the incoming patients (they look up your appt, collect co-pays, electronically stamp your parking deck ticket*). It is so obvious….. management would love to eliminate at least one of these two salaries. I refuse to go along with this. I WILL NOT do their work by pre-registering on-line.

            2) I dined (lunch) at Micky D’s today. I walked in and went to the counter where 2 employees are usually stationed to take orders. No one was there. I waited a moment then gave up and walked two steps to my left where I could yell to the workers behind the wall. ” Anybody around to take my order?” A woman came out (Asian, BTW) but not behind the counter. She came on my side of the counter to talk to me and led me to an ordering kiosk. This was obviously meant to be a training session so in the future I could order my own fucking food. I hope these poor bastards realize these little one-on-one training sessions will be putting themselves out of a job.

            * Re the parking deck. This is another amazing thing: a huge building 6 floors high being run by one employee. He is in a little booth right where cars enter and exit (if he happens to be a black person possessing a certain unique black dialect it is called a boof). Sometimes there are issues with people not being able to pay for parking at the machine on the third floor level so this attendant comes out of his boof and fixes the problem.

            Someday the doctor I go to see will be a robot.

    • amb December 2, 2019 at 7:48 pm #

      It may be a soap opera, yet, your country–your government as designed by our Founders–is dangling by a thin thread. More urgent than Peak Oil I’d say. JHK has been doing an excellent job of punching up this situation for what it is… a sick, treasonous, and destructive coup.

  2. shotho December 2, 2019 at 10:15 am #

    Freud proposed two basic drives of human personality: Eros, the drive for life and Thanatos, the drive for death.
    Maybe it’s the nation’s very political system that’s now on Thanatos alert. Maybe Trump and Rodham are the arbiters of that drive.

    • Janos Skorenzy December 2, 2019 at 11:56 am #

      It’s Godzilla vs Rodan or Freddie vs Jason. Place your bets even though all bets are off. Not to choose is to choose. Or is it in this case that to choose is not to choose?

      • messianicdruid December 3, 2019 at 11:25 am #

        Submit yourselves therefore, unto God and the devil will flee from you.

        Men’s governments have been weighed in the balances and are found wanting.

        • Epicur December 3, 2019 at 3:42 pm #

          Government is an emergent property – it emerges from the nature (the heart if you will) of homo sapiens as beehives emerge from bees. We are just more variable and adaptable than bees.

          • shotho December 4, 2019 at 10:38 am #

            So, the only difference between bees and humans is that we are more adaptable and variable? Interesting; hold onto that thought.

    • venuspluto67 December 2, 2019 at 12:18 pm #

      If there was a vote for the gold-star comment for each post, I would vote for this comment.

  3. Jeremy December 2, 2019 at 10:17 am #

    Democracide indeed:

    “President Obama privately said he would speak up to stop Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) from becoming the Democratic presidential nominee, Politico reported Tuesday.”

    thehill.com/homenews/campaign/472090-obama-privately-said-he-would-speak-up-to-stop-sanders-report

    politico.com/news/magazine/2019/11/26/barack-obama-2020-democrats-candidates-biden-073025

    • ellipsis December 2, 2019 at 10:48 am #

      Sanders couldn’t possibly get a better non-endorsement. Jim is right. We need to put the Dems on suicide watch. As in, watch for signs of their imminent suicide and then encourage/facilitate them to go through with it. It’s the best thing for all involved.

    • Ishabaka December 2, 2019 at 10:55 am #

      Although I’m not in alignment with Bernie’s policies, I have the most respect for him among the Democratic front-runners. He’s not mendacious – he tells it like it is – and he he owns what he is – an old, white, Jewish, straight man.

      • ellipsis December 2, 2019 at 11:07 am #

        His one great mistake has been aligning himself with the Dems. He’s not one of them and never will be, and the association greatly reduces his potential impact. Obama has already signaled that the shiv is being readied once again. The only plus side is that that will likely be the last straw for what remains of them. Maybe Sanders can reorganize the scraps in the aftermath, but that seems to be a major stretch for someone with no clear support within the beltway itself.

        • Janos Skorenzy December 2, 2019 at 11:57 am #

          And Trump’s to align himself with the Republicans.

        • abbybwood December 3, 2019 at 1:25 am #

          It is too late for Sanders.

          He sold his soul and the souls of his supporters to the DNC and to the totally corrupted Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016.

          In order to run as a Democrat he has already made his dirty deal to support the nominee regardless of who it might be, including Hillary Clinton.

          Sanders, in the end, has no guts to stand by the courage of his convictions. He is just another politician like all the others who “go along to get along.”

  4. Nightowl December 2, 2019 at 10:22 am #

    I posted that Zaid tweet here not long ago as it perfectly encapsulates the entire charade.

    They never thought she’d lose, and that douchebag was so arrogant he literally tweeted that their coup had started.

  5. Jeremy December 2, 2019 at 10:23 am #

    OT – it is rare to actually see the effects of US bombing overseas – however, the extraordinary drone video-footage of drone warefare here is worth watching. Beyond tragic:

    theguardian.com/world/video/2019/nov/28/syria-drone-footage-shows-devastation-in-aleppo-deir-ez-zor-…

    • ellipsis December 2, 2019 at 10:53 am #

      On the plus side, real estate opportunities have never been better! Get in now while the market’s near the bottom. I hear the drone strikes are an acquired taste for those who live long enough to tell the story. Sort of like cab noise in NYC.

    • butter56 December 2, 2019 at 12:46 pm #

      Does that footage depict US bombing or nine years of civil war. Your comment could be misleading in this case

      • Peter VE December 2, 2019 at 3:04 pm #

        Depends on where the drone footage is shot.
        Damascus stayed in the control of the government, so any damage in Damascus is by attacks by the rebels.
        Some of the suburbs of Damascus passed into rebel control, so most damage there is probably by both sides fighting street to street.
        Aleppo was mostly in rebel control, but retaken by the central government in December 2016, so most of the damage there was due to the various sides fighting.
        Deir ez-Zor was under ISIS/Daesh control, so it’s probably our bombs did the most damage there.

      • Majella December 3, 2019 at 1:30 am #

        Does it matter? It’s the ‘product’ of the MIC, whichever way you look at it. Impoverishment.

  6. Minnie Van Horne December 2, 2019 at 10:23 am #

    Just one festive, tinsel-draped week until the Horowitz Report lands like a gigantic turd in the Democrats’ holiday punch bowl. One expects that Comey and Brennan and Clapper and Mueller and Stzrok and all the other little workshop elves will get theirs. But will there be a trail of poisonous sugarplums leading all the way to Saint Obama and that old Christmas-cookie-baking matron, the lovely Hillary? Should be a joyous Noel.

    • DrTomSchmidt December 2, 2019 at 10:37 am #

      It’s going be a nothing-burger. The first rule of Law Club is: you don’t indict members of Law Club.

      • Minnie Van Horne December 2, 2019 at 10:58 am #

        Ordinarily, I would be inclined to agree. But the assembled forces of GloboHomo have been tormenting the Golden Golem of Greatness for 3 years now, and I think they may discover there is hell to pay.

        • Janos Skorenzy December 2, 2019 at 11:59 am #

          Another African country has refused the poison apple of legal homosexuality. If trends continue, our troops will someday invade to make them accept it. Hold back the Day!

          • elysianfield December 2, 2019 at 1:17 pm #

            “poison apple of legal homosexuality”

            Janos,
            Poison of legality? No. The poison is the political attempts to force the culture into acceptance, rather than tolerance. The poison is the forced public celebration.

            Don’t ask…
            Don’t tell…

            STFU.

            California, for decades, had a sodomy law that was…selectively enforced. You do not want that.

          • venuspluto67 December 2, 2019 at 1:27 pm #

            @elysianfield: Yes, exactly. I think the abolition of sodomy laws (even though I myself don’t care for “t3h butts3xx”), freedom from blatant housing and employment description, and a little bit more “live and let live” were enough. Legalizing gay marriage to me was just some much-appreciated icing on the cake.

            I really do look askance at the new mindset of mandating celebration, because it amounts to a kind of thought-policing. During the hey-day of culturally-inculcated homophobia, I remembered how much I resented the Bible-bangers telling me I shouldn’t be attracted to men, because that felt like an attempt to police my thoughts and feelings. So now I’m supposed to turn around and engage in the same kind of policing in the name of some kind of misguided ideal of “tolerance”? Sorry, not down with that.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2019 at 6:09 pm #

            Questions are a burden to others. Answers a prison for oneself.

        • CancelMyCard December 2, 2019 at 12:07 pm #

          Don’t get your hopes up too high.

          The report will hit the media and suffer the biggest dead cat bounce ever. It will be buried in obfuscation. There will be no indictments. It won’t even be a nothing-burger.

          It will be a nothing-nothing.

          • Q. Shtik December 2, 2019 at 1:18 pm #

            the biggest dead cat bounce ever – Cancel MC

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

            I don’t think you grasp the concept of a “dead cat bounce.” If you had said “the smallest or weakest or lamest dead cat bounce ever” your metaphor would have made more sense.

          • JohnAZ December 2, 2019 at 7:12 pm #

            I am sure glad all the experts know exactly what is going to happen on Monday.

            How about we just wait and see?

            Do not pay much attention to the NYT story. They spend much time retracting stories their lying sources come up with. Old adage, do not believe 10% of what the papers say.

      • abbybwood December 3, 2019 at 1:36 am #

        If we have any hope the IG report may just skip around the edges of all the illegal, treasonous actions of some at Justice and FBI and will be an okay basic “punch” for the holiday party.

        But I think Durham’s and Barr’s CRIMINAL investigation findings will be what spikes that punch and gets the grand jury party really flying.

        There is a damn good reason Durham has been flying all over the world meeting with various witnesses regarding these matters. I think he and Barr really want to clean house with Justice and the FBI to put the fear of God into the next motley crew who think they know better than the voters who our president should be.

  7. fugeguy December 2, 2019 at 10:24 am #

    “Hillary Clinton is making noises about jumping into the 2020 election.”

    Not sure how much more irony we can pack into things…

    …her final act of desperation is to Arkancide the DNC.

    (funny term coined by the state police after many curious suicide rulings by Fahmy Malak including the case of Eric Butera who was delivered by police to be beaten to death by drug dealers after he offered o testify in two other suspicious suicides)

    • fugeguy December 2, 2019 at 10:27 am #

      House of cards was not based on the bushes or obamas…

      just sayin

      • Majella December 2, 2019 at 4:36 pm #

        Correct, fugeguy.

        The original story (and TV series) was British, by a writer Michael Dobbs (who had experience as an aide to Maggie and a speechwriter for the Conservative Party.

        Even the first 3 series of the US TV show were direct copies of the original British show.

        The main character was Prime Minister Francis Urquart (or FU – which made for great tabloid headlines, as in “FU, FU!”). This was Americanised to Francis Underwood.

        I guess the last 4 series were off on their own (Urquart was assassinated in the final of the 3rd British series). I guess the Clintons were probably a model for that end of the series.

        Personally, I actually couldn’t physically watch the last series – whoever did the soundscape should be taken out & shot. It was so distracting, too much.

        If you can find a copy of the BBC version anywhere, I recommend it. It was much more chilling than the US production. Ian Richardson as F.U. was absolutely masterful.

        • fugeguy December 2, 2019 at 5:45 pm #

          I’ll check it out as it sounds pretty good. Thank you.

    • malthuss December 2, 2019 at 11:01 am #

      jump in or fall down

    • lbs December 2, 2019 at 11:49 am #

      I think I may watch the Nadler show. Should be higher caliber comedy than the Schiff show.

      • Nightowl December 2, 2019 at 1:26 pm #

        The Penguin vs. the Beetlejuician shrunken head.

        Grudge match!

    • fugeguy December 5, 2019 at 10:59 am #

      Hillary Clinton drops biggest hint yet that she’s mulling a 2020 presidential run

      nypost.com/2019/12/04/hillary-clinton-drops-biggest-hint-yet-that-shes-mulling-a-2020-presidential-r…

      This is going to be awesome.

      The SJW’s and snowflakes might not survive all the sh1t talking that is going to come from Trump.

      Going to be comedy without compare…might as well dance as the world burns.

  8. ellipsis December 2, 2019 at 10:38 am #

    The Deep State spooks have certainly lost their edge these days. Back in the day they would have simply called up their organized crime buddies and commissioned a sloppy hit on Trump that we could have all speculated on for the next 100 years or so. They should have stuck to their core competency and gone with that, as this three dimensional chess political chicanery is obviously way over their heads.

  9. DrTomSchmidt December 2, 2019 at 10:39 am #

    It’s a shame about Nadler. He’s one of the few politicians who actually proposed and backed a good idea: the cross-NYC-Harbor freight tunnel, which would have greatly reduced truck traffic on NYC roads. That would, of course, greatly reduce toll collections at area bridges, a good reason for local government to oppose it.

    en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross-Harbor_Rail_Tunnel

    • BackRowHeckler December 2, 2019 at 11:13 am #

      Dr Tom

      Are you up on the problems with Nat/gas delivery into NYC, denial of a proposed pipeline, and shortages in Bronx and Brooklyn? Apparently the company National Grid has been compelled by law to to supply nat/gas into the city with existing infrastructure — which is not possible — so they will be bringing in nat/gas on trucks.

      Brh

      • DrTomSchmidt December 2, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

        I wasn’t aware of the trucks. We do have the limited supply, and a governor who will block more pipelines.

        My guess: you could maximize pipeline usage during shoulder months and store gas locally. But that, too, will cost money.

        • Q. Shtik December 2, 2019 at 1:40 pm #

          during shoulder months – DrTom

          ==========

          Unfamiliar with the term. What are shoulder months?

          • benr December 2, 2019 at 3:58 pm #

            Much like the stock market there are peaks and valleys.
            The peaks are the cold months of high demand and the lower demands shoulder off.

            _____
            —– ____
            — ——-
            —– ————–

          • DrTomSchmidt December 2, 2019 at 5:35 pm #

            Summer is now a time of high gas usage due to electricity generation. Winter in the NE obviously is heating season. You have less gas demand in Apr-June and Sept-Nov, so you could presumably run the pipelines full blast during those times and store gas. Those are the shoulder months.

      • sprawlcapital December 2, 2019 at 1:20 pm #

        Natural gas moved by trucks. Presumably that will be liquified (LNG), not compressed. The possibilities for Murphy’s Law to kick in seem limitless.

    • JohnAZ December 2, 2019 at 7:20 pm #

      All the lawmakers have good ideas, when they get elected. It is the Deep State that smothers them with the Deep State agenda which is :

      Do not make waves.

      Do not challenge the DS old guard, fatal mistake.

      Learn to convey to your constituency how much you have done for them with your head stuck in the sand.

      Learn the right places and methods to hide out to avoid really doing anything.

      The idea generation center in DC is Congress, not the Executive Branch. 535 minds vs. a handful. They need to start acting like adults.

  10. Ishabaka December 2, 2019 at 10:44 am #

    Suicidal depression: Nadler
    Senile dementia: Biden
    Psychopathic personality disorder: Hillary

    Pays your money and makes your choice.

    • DrTomSchmidt December 2, 2019 at 10:47 am #

      Senile dementia is less likely to end it all in a nuclear holocaust, or to hunt down every last person not With Her.

      That’s easy.

      • elysianfield December 2, 2019 at 1:21 pm #

        “Senile dementia is less likely to end it all in a nuclear holocaust, or to hunt down every last person not With Her.”

        Dr Tom,
        And who might manipulate the senile? Who will speak for them, control their agenda…?

        #SomeBoltonEsqueCharacter

  11. So many liars December 2, 2019 at 10:48 am #

    Always learn something from JHK. Here’s a wiki explanation of “pithing needles.”

    Pithing /?p????/ is a technique used to immobilize or kill an animal by inserting a needle or metal rod into its brain.

    It is regarded as a humane means of immobilizing small animals being observed in experiments, and while once common in commercial slaughtering is no longer practiced in some developed countries on animals intended for the human food supply due to the risks of embedded metal fragments and general spread of disease.

    Can you just imagine the fear A Schiff must feel?

    • elysianfield December 2, 2019 at 1:23 pm #

      SML,
      I remember my high school days in biology…we were required to pith frogs before vivisection.

      …Haunts me to this day.

      • Nightowl December 2, 2019 at 1:29 pm #

        Luckily, ours arrived dead. But the smell of formaldahyde still haunts me …

  12. So many liars December 2, 2019 at 11:01 am #

    “Think of Hillary as the cyanide capsule that the party might actually choose to bite down on as the year ominously turns.” – JHK

    Today’s essay ended with this sentence. Good thing, because I can’t get past it. It’s stunning to think how far Her Highness has fallen. It’s strange that the Left doesn’t seem to know how toxic she is. If she is the cyanide capsule, how appropriate, considering her familiarity with “suicide.”

    • Minnie Van Horne December 2, 2019 at 11:17 am #

      The Democrats don’t have much of a bench. If Hillary escapes prison and still loses in 2020, will they run her again in 2024? Or will they drop their white supremacism by then and nominate Ilhan Omar? Granted the Somali lass will need to acquire a Photoshopped birth certificate, but otherwise what choice do the Dems have except the bright-eyed, whip-smart Chelsea?

      • So many liars December 2, 2019 at 11:31 am #

        Lovely! Pure wit! So many snide (and truthful) zingers in there! The “Somali lass” phrase is interesting. “Lass” is such a white-person word. Would Omar be offended?

        In response to your post, let’s not forget AOC. I don’t think she’ll be quite old enough in 2024, but as long as we’re Photoshopping, why not? She’ll be a lot more fun than Chelsea.

        • JohnAZ December 2, 2019 at 7:23 pm #

          AOC becoming president will finalize the process of turning the office into a clown show.

          • benr December 2, 2019 at 10:54 pm #

            I don’t know after Johnson, carter, Nixon, ford, George W, Clinton, Obama, and now Trump how much more oafish and clownish can it get?
            Alfred E. Newman could not get any worse.
            AOC would just flush the rest of the country down the drain with circling California and Illinois.

      • SW December 2, 2019 at 2:15 pm #

        I heard a rumor (and please God, may it be only be a rumor) that esteemed daughter Chelsea was being groomed for a senate run for New York. Talk about the ultimate insult to New York! And speaking of the Clintons — anyone seen Bill lately? Or does his loving wife still have him locked in the dungeon?

        • JohnAZ December 2, 2019 at 7:31 pm #

          Hey, New York has begotten, HRC, Andrew Cuomo, AOC, Nadler, Wiener, and Mr. Mayor, DeBlasio.

          We have serious problems in this country, why does the Democratic Party choose from the bottom of the barrel?

          And yes, Trump, RNY, was not the greatest choice on the GOP side, but he has undone some of the damage done by the prior four clowns.

          • JohnAZ December 2, 2019 at 7:31 pm #

            Oh yeah, let us not forget California.

    • Walter B December 2, 2019 at 12:01 pm #

      Until her master calls her home we shall forced to live under her terrible shadow. She remains the poster girls for total corruption.

    • Janos Skorenzy December 2, 2019 at 12:03 pm #

      Many do. Her real base are Toxic Career Women whose number is legion. After all, we train little girls to be just such kaju or Giant Monsters.

    • venuspluto67 December 2, 2019 at 12:06 pm #

      My theory: People who were born prior to 1961 are a lot more likely to believe without questioning or criticism those whom they think of as authorities on any given matter. You will notice that most people who need to have their worldview spoon-fed to them by Faux News or BSNBC and parrot these sources in a positively Orwellian fashion, tend to be over 60.

      • CancelMyCard December 2, 2019 at 12:14 pm #

        If you are fortunate, some day you will live to be 60.

        And what, perchance, will you have to say about your generation then?

        Besides whining, of course.

        • venuspluto67 December 2, 2019 at 12:23 pm #

          Well, hopefully Generation X in its sunset years will do a better job of holding on to its ability to think for itself and read between the lines. If not, then I guess human nature will be human nature.

          • venuspluto67 December 2, 2019 at 12:44 pm #

            (For the past couple of weeks, I actually have been wondering how long it will be before the “Okay, Boomer” meme is replaced by “Whatever, Xer”! 😉

        • elysianfield December 2, 2019 at 1:27 pm #

          “If you are fortunate, some day you will live to be 60.”

          CMC,
          Oh, to be 60 again…what I would not give up, Fame? Wealth? I would even be prepared to give up pithing….

          • Q. Shtik December 2, 2019 at 2:06 pm #

            I would even be prepared to give up pithing…. elysian

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

            I am well beyond 60 and have nearly given up pithing. The Doc says it’s due to an enlarged prostrate.

            BTW, did I ever mention I speak with a lithp?

          • Q. Shtik December 2, 2019 at 2:09 pm #

            prostrate (sic) – Q.

            ===========

            My b-i-l Peter told me to say prostrate.

      • Walter B December 2, 2019 at 12:53 pm #

        I think that you are talking about the senile ones venus. The intelligent Boomers are the ones holding the reigns. Celebrity worshipers, come in all age groups and are the ones who are fooled by talking heads on the boob tube.

        • Nightowl December 2, 2019 at 1:36 pm #

          I was going to write something similar. I am at the tail end of Gen. X, and I have met a max. of two other Gen. Xers who really question anything at all, never mind stuff that would be considered really fringe.

          Perhaps the masses really are asses.

          • JohnAZ December 2, 2019 at 7:38 pm #

            No just targets of directed education that are not learning the basic skills that comprise intelligent thought. Then brainwash them in college and you have created the perfect Deep State nudge. Cannot have people contesting political viewpoints.

            BTW, who believes what they are being spoon fed the most? Who thinks things out?

            Who voted for Trump?

        • sprawlcapital December 2, 2019 at 1:45 pm #

          reigns [reins]
          ==========

          Darn it. I thought I was recovering from this correcting addiction. Looks like I’ll have to take it one day at a time.

          By the way, I am a boomer, yet have not noticed any signs of dementia.

          • Majella December 2, 2019 at 4:43 pm #

            LOL. I’m assuming a degree of irony, but if not…

            If you HAD dementia, sprawlcapital, YOU wouldn’t notice it…

            There’s a great “verbatim play” going around the traps of amateur local rep societies called “The Keys Are In The Margarine”

            It consists of stories by those who have to deal with those suffering from dementia & Alzheimers. Very engaging…

      • BackRowHeckler December 2, 2019 at 3:14 pm #

        It’s pretty funny, this Boomer Generation had all the answers back in 1969, now they don’t even know what the questions are.

        • JohnAZ December 2, 2019 at 7:39 pm #

          And have acquired wisdom to realize how really little we know.

        • capt spaulding December 2, 2019 at 7:54 pm #

          Another hit of acid will take care of that problem.

    • Soloview December 2, 2019 at 12:33 pm #

      She may be cyanide all right but she wouldn’t get anywhere in the Dem scrum of 2020. The party has moved far more left than where it stood in 2016, where the woke left legions destroyed her by not showing up after she stole the nomination. This time around the jacobins would tear her to pieces long before the Convention.

      • JohnAZ December 2, 2019 at 7:41 pm #

        HRC May have saved the Dems by taking out Bernie Sanders and his Communist traits. Do not like her, like him much less. Send him back for another honeymoon and throw away the key.

    • abbybwood December 3, 2019 at 12:02 pm #

      Speaking of suicide, we never did see that Epstein toxicology.

      Murder on a bun? Plus strangulation?

  13. BackRowHeckler December 2, 2019 at 11:05 am #

    ‘Thought Crimes’, good point Mr. Kunstler.

    Apparently Congressmen Nadler and Schiff can see into President Trump’s mind, and from what they see have deduced he has bad intentions, a ‘Quid Pro Quo’ if you will. It’s not anything the President has actually done he is being for, but what he might have done, and what his intentions were.

    Brh

    • Janos Skorenzy December 2, 2019 at 12:06 pm #

      It truly is amazing and perhaps unfair: If you intend to kill someone but something gets in the way of it, you get little or no penalty – even on the spiritual level. It can only be called Grace because Justice would say intent is All – again at the spiritual level.

      • BackRowHeckler December 2, 2019 at 1:13 pm #

        Thought Crime Police could come for you someday, Janos. Or me.

        • Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2019 at 2:18 pm #

          Yes, for a bad Minority Report.

      • K-Dog December 3, 2019 at 5:06 am #

        What about the culpability of someone with a split personality? If they get in the way of themselves and thwart their own actions then there is no foul at the spiritual level. Perhaps seridipitous intervention is sometimes subconsciously planned out so events have to unfold into Grace. The same spiritual pass applies avoiding culpability because this would be equivalent to having a split personality.

    • drwater December 2, 2019 at 12:08 pm #

      Ya know – The other possibility is that Trump is actually guilty of violating campaign finance law, which seems pretty obvious given the evidence. It also seems stupid after he got nicked with that accusation for payoff to the women a couple years ago. But that would be in character for Trump.

      So what we have here is the Dems supporting a shadow coup as James has so eloquently pointed out and also a president who has clearly violated the law. My mama always told me two wrongs don’t make a right. I hope the core players in both capers get what is coming to them.

      • Epicur December 2, 2019 at 1:12 pm #

        “…Trump is actually guilty of violating campaign finance law…”

        My operating assumption is that EVERY politician in DC has violated campaign finance laws. If you do not assume something close to the same you are naive. I’m not an important person, but I’ve been around and know what I’m saying (don’t worry, the FBI knows who and where I am)

        • BackRowHeckler December 2, 2019 at 1:19 pm #

          Good point, Epicur.

          An editorial appeared a few years ago in the WSJ by a DC attorney — I forget his name — claiming that if every federal campaign law on the books was enforced there would be no Senators, Congressmen, or anybody in the Executive Branch, because all of them would be in jail. Pretty much everything they do is in some way illegal.

          Brh

          • drwater December 2, 2019 at 2:10 pm #

            So the salient questions would be:
            1. Is the Trump action outside of the accepted norm for when campaign finance violations are not pursued? (I have no idea.)
            2. Should the president be held to a high standard than members of Congress? (I would generally say yes.)

          • benr December 2, 2019 at 3:54 pm #

            @drwater

            NO they should all be held to the same standards.
            Fraud and corruption should be a non-starter if proven.
            At least half of the house and senate should not be allowed to hold those lofty positions of power.

          • Majella December 2, 2019 at 4:48 pm #

            benr: “Fraud and corruption should be a non-starter if proven.”

            It was proven to the satisfaction of in the case of Michael Cohen & Stormy Daniels, along with an ‘unindicted co-conspirator’…

          • Majella December 2, 2019 at 4:49 pm #

            “It was proven to the satisfaction of A JURY in…”

          • benr December 2, 2019 at 10:55 pm #

            And YET stormy Daniel is now paying for her lies sooooooOOOoo guess your wrong.

          • Majella December 3, 2019 at 1:41 am #

            Oh! So Cohen has been released from prison, fully exonerated????

            Check your ‘factoids’, benr.

          • benr December 3, 2019 at 9:23 am #

            When did Cohen become the topic yea a corrupt fixer that is what fixers do fix problems for rich guys and?

            Avenatti her disgraced corrupt lawyer is also going to jail.
            The last part of his name kind of says everything about the guy naughty. So anything derived from this disgusting duo is moot and should not have landed anyone in jail. and it didn’t Cohen got himself in trouble.

            theguardian.com/us-news/2019/mar/25/michael-avenatti-extortion-arrested-charged-nike

            nytimes.com/2018/12/11/us/stormy-daniels-donald-trump.html

            Yet here we are with a great President who makes your head explode and the distraction of a real life Jerry Springer type reality show with millions forgetting their own troubled lives if just for a moment.
            What it has done also is shown many people who had no clue just how far and how dirty Democrats and to a degree Republicans are willing to play to “win”.

          • Majella December 3, 2019 at 12:59 pm #

            ‘‘When did Cohen become the topic?”

            When you called for equal justice for all, then threw the “whataboutery’ card on the table.

  14. BackRowHeckler December 2, 2019 at 11:06 am #

    ‘Impeached’ for

    • benr December 3, 2019 at 9:24 am #

      Well because they just don’t like him.
      Ain’t that enough?
      If it was Obama would have been impeached twenty times over.

      • Majella December 3, 2019 at 12:56 pm #

        No, it’s not enough, though Franklin said ‘becoming obnoxious’ was sufficient.

        Himself has been obnoxious his whole life, and now that he’s both losing his marbles AND using the US Government like a private fiefdom, he’s finally gone over the top.

        He’s been caught rd-handed. He may get away with it, but he’s been busted, plain & simple.

  15. venuspluto67 December 2, 2019 at 11:19 am #

    Think of Hillary as the cyanide capsule that the party might actually choose to bite down on as the year ominously turns.

    As I remarked in a comment over at JMG’s blog, turning Election 2020 into a rematch between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would be a feat worthy of the Joker!

    • Janos Skorenzy December 2, 2019 at 12:07 pm #

      For every Kaju or Giant Beast, there is a Jaeger or Hunter. Now which is which? That all depends on your perspective – but Mine is the Correct one of course.

      • venuspluto67 December 2, 2019 at 12:26 pm #

        You haven’t been nipping at the bottle before commenting this week, have you?

        • benr December 3, 2019 at 9:26 am #

          Part and parcel.
          I believe some on here are guilty of drinking the kool aid flavored bong water.

    • Nightowl December 2, 2019 at 1:41 pm #

      Part of me wants to see this, so that when she loses, that is what she primarily remembers before shuffling off the mortal coil.

      That said, given the psych job the media did on the public in the last race, I suspect that whatever rigging and meddling they might have been doing with the votes that gave them the confidence to call it at over 90 percent for Cankles, will turn into fraud on a previously unfathomable scale in 2020.

      • Majella December 2, 2019 at 4:50 pm #

        “…whatever rigging and meddling they might have been doing with the votes… ”

        Evidence?

        • Nightowl December 2, 2019 at 4:55 pm #

          There is no statement of fact.

          Another try, another fail.

          • benr December 2, 2019 at 9:23 pm #

            Did you really expect anything but an opinion of the irrational leftist variety?

            Silly me irrational and leftist is like saying leftist leftist or irrational irrational.

          • Majella December 3, 2019 at 1:44 am #

            ‘There is no statement of fact’.

            Sure sounded like one.

            My ‘opinions’ on Himself require ‘evidence’ from you. Your clay feet are showing…watch out for the Erosion from the drizzle you live in.

          • Majella December 3, 2019 at 1:46 am #

            Benr – please!

            Punctuation maketh SENSE. No punctuation – nonsense.

            Sheesh.

          • Nightowl December 3, 2019 at 3:57 am #

            It may have sounded like one because emotion can impair reading comprehension.

            I have never demanded evidence for an opinion, only things stated as fact. If you cannot understand the difference, perhaps IQ really is the problem after all.

          • benr December 3, 2019 at 9:33 am #

            @majella

            If, you, can’t, understand, the, post, I, am, going, to, call, your, reading, comprehension, defic,it ,for, what, it, is.
            Over, and, over, you, complain, like, an, old, schoolmarm.

            Thi,s, i,s, a, m,e,s,s,a,g,e, b,o,a,r,d, ,i,f, ,y,o,u, d,o,n,’,t, ,l,i,k,e,, ,r,e,a,d,i,n,g,, ,th,e,m, ,po,s,t,s, ,q,u,i,t, r,e,a,d,i,n,g, t,h,e,m, ,an,d, ,c,o,m,me,n,t,i,n,g, o,n, ,t,h,e,m,.

            I’m putting thought to board I don’t obsess over trivial crap and half the time I am being interrupted by Real life.

            ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Better?

          • Majella December 3, 2019 at 9:26 pm #

            benr – nice try. Many people learn how to punctuate through attentive reading. There is time for you yet – you just have to give a shit (which I’m guessing you don’t).

          • benr December 4, 2019 at 1:58 pm #

            Thanks man you confirmed many things regarding yourself with that post about guessing. I have straight up told you I don’t care but still you are guessing?

  16. wm5135 December 2, 2019 at 12:14 pm #

    “The portentous silence is making a lot of people in Washington edgy.” JHK

    not anyone in the War Party – Comey already prepared the narrative-

    “No Intent”

  17. venuspluto67 December 2, 2019 at 12:33 pm #

    I actually think that what really killed the Democratic Party was Obamacare and how much the working class in this country freaking hates it, and all this sturm und drang since 2016 is simply a very protracted denouement.

    • RIB December 2, 2019 at 3:34 pm #

      Well, Venus, since the current crop of Democratic Presidential Hopefuls (laugh) want Medicare for all, I bet they’re not too thrilled with Obamacare either.

  18. 100th Avatar December 2, 2019 at 12:53 pm #

    Haven’t watched TV “news” in years.
    Had some aged visitors in town.
    The generation that still gets their “news” from the boob tube.
    They kindly asked to watch 60 Minutes.
    Lesley Stahl, all 120 years, 30 pounds of plastic, wig, and foundation was first at bat.
    The slant was immediate. YouTube and Russians tilted the election away from Hillary.
    Then came an ad for Bloomberg for president.
    “I served 3 terms”

    We all agreed to turn the TV off.
    The fire was burning hot and quick, and there was plenty of leftover pie to finish off.

    You can only digest so many empty calories.

    • BackRowHeckler December 2, 2019 at 6:15 pm #

      “Haven’t watched TV news for years”.

      Yeah but you’re missing the hot weather girl on channels 3, 8, 20, 30, 59, 61 etc. .. in fact on all the channels.

      Who cares if they know anything about the weather, or if the forecasts are accurate; you rate them by their hotness.

      • tucsonspur December 2, 2019 at 6:31 pm #

        Jeez, talk about temperatures rising!

      • elysianfield December 2, 2019 at 7:17 pm #

        “Who cares if they know anything about the weather, or if the forecasts are accurate; you rate them by their hotness.”

        BRH,
        Yes, Indeed! Please provide pictures so that we might know them….

      • 100th Avatar December 2, 2019 at 9:37 pm #

        There’s an app for that. The weather, and hot girls.

      • Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2019 at 12:47 am #

        Hispanic TV? Do they still have that show where the girlfriend of wife accuses her boyfriend or husband? Two big guys hold him down while she beats him.

    • tucsonspur December 2, 2019 at 6:29 pm #

      I too had some aged visitors:

      30 year Graham’s Tawny Port, some Remy Martin XO, some Macallan Scotch single malt whiskey. But no Glenfiddich 50 year old single malt, at almost $24,000 per 700 ml.

      • BackRowHeckler December 2, 2019 at 7:21 pm #

        Now you’re talking, TS.

        We got some Frenchy house guests here, they’re all about red wine. French, Italian and Spanish, dozens of different regions, orchards, grapes and years, I’ve found out you can pick up a decent bottle for $25. Sat afternoon drove down to the village, bought a few bottles of French wine, then walked over to the General Store for a loaf of bread and a chunk of cheese. For once I wasn’t buying Wonder Bread and Sam Adams beer. The woman who owns the store asked if something was wrong with me, was I feeling alright?

        Brh

        • Majella December 3, 2019 at 1:57 am #

          Marlin! You’ve been saved! Love it!

      • 100th Avatar December 2, 2019 at 9:39 pm #

        Only the Islays

      • Majella December 3, 2019 at 1:56 am #

        The MacAllan can do serious fiscal damage all by itself, let alone ancient Glenfiddich!

  19. wm5135 December 2, 2019 at 1:02 pm #

    1837 “Kejserens nye klæder”

    Taking the position peak oil is now the worst of humanities problems and should gather the most attention is certainly a view point that reflects the above referenced tale.

    A statement I hear quite often these days is “Walter Cronkite was the most trusted man in America”. Methinks Mr. Cronkite must have been a weaver.

    of course I have not been able to see the new clothes for some time
    (the why of that is explained in the story)

    Since we have been drawn back into the doom-o-sphere – HOPIUM

    • 100th Avatar December 2, 2019 at 9:46 pm #

      That was back when TV was still a novelty. Magical. When people interpreted the face on the boob tube as they would a real person.
      Before desensitization. Dehumanization.

      When people held humans on TV to the same standard as a human in the room.

      Those days sure are quaint.
      And long gone.

      Tells us a lot about them (back then) and us (right now).

      Technology breeds misanthropy.

      Nobody saw that coming.

      Irony is a b***h.

      Trusted man. Why?
      Because what kind of man stands in my living room and feeds me lies?

      Thing is, the old timers still trust ’em. It’s very peculiar, and rather pitiful. They still trust people on the phone. Why not give him my SSN and checking account #? He’s talking to me in my living room for crying’ out loud.

  20. newsbuoy December 2, 2019 at 1:39 pm #

    Hey Howard, do you believe that Ralph Nader and Bruce Fein’s series on the 13 Articles of Impeachment of Donald Trump is propoganda?

    ralphnaderradiohour.com/13-articles-of-impeachment-of-donald-trump/

    • BackRowHeckler December 2, 2019 at 1:58 pm #

      Who is Howard?

      Seems a little disrespectful, my friend.

      • benr December 2, 2019 at 3:51 pm #

        Odd I had a senior moment a number of weeks ago and did the same thing.
        He goes by Jim or James.

  21. SW December 2, 2019 at 2:02 pm #

    “It’s BRIBERY I TELL YOU!! BRIBERY!!! Not Quid Pro Quo!!!” shrieks Nancy Pelosi as the veins pop out on her forehead.

  22. tucsonspur December 2, 2019 at 2:42 pm #

    Love that description of Nadler, Jim.

    She’s taking a ‘Page’ out of her own book:

    yahoo.com/news/lisa-page-speaks-no-fathomable-005942249.html

    All the weapons of “lawfare” (thank you Jim) at her disposal.

    • tucsonspur December 2, 2019 at 2:47 pm #

      The Orgasm did it!

      • Majella December 2, 2019 at 4:55 pm #

        What sort of man? A pig…

        youtube.com/watch?v=qsWwNOGm9Bo

        • tucsonspur December 2, 2019 at 6:04 pm #

          Love it! ‘Essence of Trump’. New cologne coming out.

          Strzok really got struck, didn’t he?

          • tucsonspur December 3, 2019 at 2:00 am #

            The Ad line, Sensuous, seductive female voice:

            “Essence of Trump. Pussy grabs You.”

          • Majella December 3, 2019 at 2:53 am #

            I’m sure there’s a ready market for it,TS.

            Saw an old clip outside a HNR if the 2016 campaign yesterday. The news guy was interviewing people queuing outside done stadium somewhere in the Wisconsin.

            One question (put your many) was ‘Does Donald Trump respect women?’ It’s at 2:05. This paragon of American masculinity spiels large & loud about how ‘respect for women’ is an American value, not shared by all these immigrant groups. He’s wearing a tee-shirt deriding both HRC AND Monica Lewinsky, with a truly ‘Nailed it!’ message on the back.

            Any self -awareness here? Probably about as much as vent shows, post after post.

            Watch it. I watch Fox for perspective…so should you go outside your comfortable bubble-land.

            youtu.be/Y4Zdx97A63s

          • Majella December 3, 2019 at 2:55 am #

            ‘Vent’ = ‘benr’

          • Majella December 3, 2019 at 3:13 am #

            ‘Put your many’ = ‘out of many’ (relating to Trump’s “EXTREME VETTING schtick)…,

          • benr December 3, 2019 at 9:37 am #

            Look at this Majella has me on her mind.

            Hugs and kisses I love you too.

          • tucsonspur December 4, 2019 at 2:20 am #

            Well okay, it was amusing and kind of funny. I do the same with CNN. Even read the NYT on Sundays.

            It’s interesting too, because bubbles are so delicate. Easily popped, yet people remain inside them for so long.

        • benr December 3, 2019 at 9:35 am #

          Thanks Loved it.
          No wonder Lisa Page is whining now.
          HAHAHAHA he takes the art of the troll to new levels.

          • Majella December 3, 2019 at 9:28 pm #

            Your emulation of him is getting there, I guess. You should just go on Twitter – Himself may even NOTICE you and you a ‘good dog’ petting tweet.

          • benr December 5, 2019 at 8:49 am #

            Either you are seriously afflicted with tds or you just had a stroke.
            See your doctor and stop worrying about politics it appears to be really getting to you.

  23. RB December 2, 2019 at 2:56 pm #

    The nation writ large appears to have a death wish. Consider all the sorts of debt, especially student debt. Consider antibiotics not getting the job done. Consider North Korea and soon Iran waving their nuclear tipped missiles around. Consider Fukishima continuing to radiate the damn Pacific Ocean. Consider that most, by far, of the jobs created under Trump have been dummy jobs with low pay. Consider we are a nation of lawyers and not law. Consider a movement underway to turn loose thousand of criminals on the public. Consider changing weather patterns that affect the American breadbasket. Consider almost all of our nuclear power plants are in questionable condition for safe operations not to mention depleted fuel that cannot be stored in a good spot. Consider the collapsed public education system where civics and history have disappeared and replaced with “freak” studies and worship of diversity. Consider a man can say he is female and compete as a female or use the girl’s locker room. Consider the increasing numbers of feral teens invading malls and beating people up on the streets–white people. Consider that our border is tissue paper and hordes of the most useless continue to come in. The list is long, and items are being added all the time. NONE of it is going to be addressed or fixed. The collapse is ongoing and picking up speed. And it matters not what your particular world view is. Liberal, conservative, libertarian, white hater, black hater, hate, hate. The collapse will get to everyone.

    • BackRowHeckler December 2, 2019 at 3:16 pm #

      Phew! If I had to consider all that at once I’d get a headache, and would need a shot of Wild Turkey.

      Brh

    • SW December 2, 2019 at 3:22 pm #

      And add to that list, dwindling clean water supplies, soil that has had so much high nitrogen fertilizer dumped on it that the fertility is essentially artificial, an exploding population of homelessness, a heath care system riddled with corruption and inefficiency (and that’s for the lucky ones who can afford to access it) and based on profit, a nation sustained on low-grade food, and to me, most troubling of all, is a generation of kids who have no interest in learning any skills, including critical thinking skills, that would help them deal with these problems.

      What we’re seeing in Washington now is symptomatic of all of these problems. Endemic corruption, entitlement to speak for their constituents without ever addressing the real problems their constituents face, and a refusal to co-operate to solve anything or acknowledge their participation in creating this mess.

    • Epicur December 2, 2019 at 5:45 pm #

      “The collapse will get to everyone.”

      And the bellows on the refiner’s fire will do its job.

      There will be a remainder. Life will go on.

      poemhunter.com/poem/shine-republic/

    • capt spaulding December 2, 2019 at 8:02 pm #

      Well stated RB, recognizing the problems is half the battle.

    • 100th Avatar December 2, 2019 at 9:48 pm #

      On the contrary, it’s a life wish.

      Live in the moment.
      Live it up.
      We ain’t here for ever and neither is this planet.

      Blowtorch it!

  24. Q. Shtik December 2, 2019 at 3:25 pm #

    Maureen Dowd is a star Op-Ed writer for the NYT. She and virtually ALL the opinion writers are strongly slanted to the left (a few examples: Paul Krugman, Charles M. Blow, Frank Bruni, Gail Collins).

    It is rare at best to see an Op-Ed piece with a slant to the right.

    To Maureen Dowd’s credit, once a year at Thanksgiving time she turns over her column space to her brother Kevin who is her political polar opposite. Kevin’s piece, published yesterday, was a beauty. It was titled Kevin Talks Turkey. The lead-in from sister Maureen reads: My brother dishes on Trump, impeachment and the 2020 field.

    In a few minutes I will provide a link to Kevin’s piece.

    • JohnAZ December 2, 2019 at 9:57 pm #

      All these folks have one thing in common:

      They know nothing. They do not attend WH strategy or foreign policy meeting, they have no access to classified information.

      Yet they know more than this President knows about just about everything.

      So they make things up.

      What a crock of BS.

  25. Q. Shtik December 2, 2019 at 3:36 pm #

    Link to Kevin Dowd’s Op-Ed piece:

    nytimes.com/2019/11/28/opinion/trump-kevin-dowd.html

    • Q. Shtik December 2, 2019 at 3:41 pm #

      The best line is : I think that all aid is quid pro quo.

      This should be obvious to anyone with two brain cells.

      • Nightowl December 2, 2019 at 4:51 pm #

        It must be hard to have just two brain cells.

      • Majella December 2, 2019 at 5:04 pm #

        Who could dispute that fact? Not I. However, using the ‘aid’ leverage for personal, as opposed to national security, purposes is not okay.

        • Nightowl December 3, 2019 at 4:04 am #

          Here is another fact for you: Zelensky has now come out a second time to state that he was not pressured and that there was no quid pro quo.

          theepochtimes.com/ukrainian-president-zelensky-shoots-down-impeachment-claim-denies-quid-pro-quo_316…

          Meanwhile, we await your concrete evidence that aid was used as leverage for personal reasons.

          • Majella December 3, 2019 at 9:30 pm #

            That’s an interesting reading of what he ACTUALLY said. It’s headline picking bullshit.

            Meantime, Himself is embarrassing himself, word by word, in the UK.

          • Nightowl December 4, 2019 at 4:56 am #

            This is just beyond sad now.

          • GreenAlba December 5, 2019 at 12:56 pm #

            Trump to Theresa May (almost verbatim): Well, when you have a trade deal, everything is on the table. Including the NHS – and much more than that.

            Said in public and recorded.

            Trump the other day: I don’t know where that rumour
            came from.
            We wouldn’t touch the NHS if it was served to us on a silver platter.

            Seriously, what do you do with someone like that? He doesn’t know where the ‘rumour’ came from. 🙂

            And I don’t have any derangement syndrome – I pay the man scant attention, which, given the above, is probably the best way to go.

          • Nightowl December 5, 2019 at 3:40 pm #

            It’s ok Green, no need to change the subject. We already saw that Maj has embarrassed herself again by not reading the article.

            So many emotions in the way.

          • GreenAlba December 5, 2019 at 5:19 pm #

            It was mentioned that he was embarrassing himself in the UK, Nightowl, so that was a ‘subject’ that I didn’t change.

            I think you would have to agree I say very little about the man, but he’d clearly been told to say nothing about the upcoming election (he said plenty in the past about Brexit and about how amazing Boris is) and nothing about the NHS in the context of a trade deal. Hence the 180 degree volte face.

            Likewise he previously told us about the bad, bad places Corbyn would take us, while he now claims he knows nothing about Corbyn.

          • Nightowl December 5, 2019 at 6:17 pm #

            You are wise not to comment on the subject at hand. But I always did like you.

  26. toktomi December 2, 2019 at 4:24 pm #

    @JHK

    “Has anyone failed to notice …”

    Guilty here, boss.
    Be guilty, boy.
    [a la Cool Hand Luke]

    “Hillary… is making noises…”

    B-U-T-FULL, wouldn’t that be the SHIT SHOW to top all shit shows this country has ever offered up? – 2016 on ClusterFucking Steroids.

    “Oh, dear gawd, bring it the phuque on with all the MSM extravaganzas to ram it right up the dookie shoots of all us unwashed masses. Doesn’t it just feel like one of those space ship mega weapons from Independence Day? “Here, kids, suck on this.”

    But I am in reality, quite irrationally optimistic.

    sincerely,

    ~toktomi~

  27. fineline December 2, 2019 at 5:06 pm #

    I read about two paragraphs and knew where this was headed.
    Just another blog that repeats itself every week. A position was taken long ago and facts, not to mention reason, logic and common sense are set aside in defense of that position.

    Are we supposed to believe the whole world is lying and only Trump and his sycophants are the gatekeepers of the truth?

    I got a proposal. If Trump can produce an IQ test showing he is a genuine genius or an xray showing his bone spurs, we can forget all of this Russia/Ukraine stuff ever happened and even give Paul Ryan a Nobel prize for the best know nothing, see nothing, do nothing Speaker ever.

    If Trump cannot show one of the aforementioned documents, then he must publish his tax returns in the New York Times, where he has planted a few fake stories in the past, the Washington Post, Facebook and the National Enquirer to ensure that the news reaches his most entrenched supporters. If that happens Pence should stay in town in the strong likelihood that he will have to replace his boss before the snows melt.

    You want a better deal? How about this? Instead of voter ID, we have voter IQ. All voters take an IQ test and so does Trump. Every body with an IQ lower than Trump votes for Trump. ( He has indicated before the he considers his supporters stupid and that is why he appeals to them.) Everybody with a higher IQ votes for somebody else. A win-win situation for all of us.

    If we are so stupid that Trump is elected we are a hopeless people and we should just continue at full speed towards the abyss.

    However, should it go the other way, and intelligent thinking and science generate fact based conversations based on reason, logic and common sense, then we can begin repairing the massive damage of the last almost twenty years since the GOP stole the election in plain sight and then developed the live war culture that like yeast has expanded and generated growth in military spending that has seen the National debt grow from around 4 trillion in the year 2000 to over 23 trillion today.

    No need to raise the debt ceiling anymore. The Congress simply suspends it and we are now printing money in proportions that are beginning to rival the bailout years of 2008-2009

    • Majella December 2, 2019 at 5:28 pm #

      Deficit – $18 trillion increase since 2000? That’s roughly $947 billion a year.

      The ‘defense’ budget over that same period averaged $665 billion.

      statista.com/statistics/272473/us-military-spending-from-2000-to-2012/

      Now, much of that money never left the USA through the MIC manufacturing base, and some it generated profits for private contractors.

      Still, the balance of the deficit of $281 billion (on average) at 42% of the deficit is the component that funds the actual things that the US populace needs – like NOAA, the Dept of Energy, the Dept of Agriculture, and the Dept of Commerce as just a few examples.

      So, if cutting spending is needed due to the huge overhang, which are of spending MOST needs cutting?

      • Majella December 2, 2019 at 5:29 pm #

        ‘which are of spending…’ = ‘…which area of spending…”

        • fineline December 2, 2019 at 6:20 pm #

          i dont know, Majella. But I would propose raising taxes instead of cutting them. That is simple arithmetic.

          If we want to spend money, we should figure out where it is going to come from before we do.

          The National Debt!. not deficit spending has increased from over 5 trillion in 2000 to over 23 trillion in 2019.

          In 2000, the National debt to GDP ratio was only 55% .

          Today, in 2019, the debt to GDP ratio is 106%. We are now in third world territory. There is no fiscal responsibility.

          On another note, Russia spends no more than 20 % on defense than we do, but has a military that appears to match ours. Russia has effectively neutered us in countries such as Venezuela and Syria, to name a few.

          Do we feed a defense industry that is geared to fleecing the taxpayers?

          usdebtclock.org/

          • Majella December 2, 2019 at 7:26 pm #

            “…raising taxes…” – Them’s dirty, fightin’ words ’round these parts, fineline.

            But I’m with you – even if the Feds ONLY decided to get ALL the tax that’s due under the current code (as corrupt & corruptible & fixed as it is), it would go a long way to getting real-world issues sorted for ‘The People’, who, after all, are the point of the whole exercise, right?

            I recommend (again!) the series of books by (small r) republican David Cay Johnston comprising “Perfectly Legal”, “Free Lunch” and “The Fine Print”.

            Through these three very digestible & quick-read tomes, he explores, with concrete, real-world examples, just how screwed up the US Federal tax & spending process has become.

            amazon.com/Perfectly-Legal-Campaign-Rich-verybody-ebook/dp/B000OCXHJA

            Some of the prologue of “Perfectly Legal”:

            “Since the mid-1970s, there has been a dramatic shift in America’s socioeconomic system, one that has gone virtually unnoticed by the general public. Tax policies and their enforcement have become a disaster, and thanks to discreet lobbying by a segment of the top 1 percent, Washington is reluctant or unable to fix them. The corporate income tax, the estate tax, and the gift tax have been largely ignored by the media. But the cumulative results are remarkable: today someone who earns a yearly salary of $60,000 pays a larger percentage of his income in taxes than the four hundred richest Americans.

            Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston exposes exactly how the middle class is being squeezed to create a widening wealth gap that threatens the stability of the country. By relating the compelling tales of real people across all areas of society, he reveals the truth behind:
            • “Middle class” tax cuts and exactly whom they benefit.
            • How workers are being cheated out of their retirement plans while disgraced CEOs walk away with millions.
            • How some corporations avoid paying any federal income tax.
            • How a law meant to prevent cheating by the top 2 percent of Americans no longer affects most of them, but has morphed into a stealth tax on single mothers making just $28,000.
            • Why the working poor are seven times more likely to be audited by the IRS than everyone else.
            • How the IRS became so weak that even when it was handed complete banking records detailing massive cheating by 1,600 people, it prosecuted only 4 percent of them.

            Johnston has been breaking pieces of this story on the front page of The New York Times for seven years. With Perfectly Legal, he puts the whole shocking narrative together in a way that will stir up media attention and make readers angry about the state of our country.”

            Through his expose, one can see how it could possibly be ‘fixed up’, and what sort of politician it would take. The current crop of ‘leaders’ does not have one.

            Among the candidates v. Himself, I suspect Sanders & Warren would have the cojones, especially on a joint ticket: “Sanders/Warren 2020”.

            Your final question – “Do we feed a defense industry that is geared to fleecing the taxpayers?” deserves to be contemplated by the wider audience hereabouts, and I’d be interested to see the range of reactions.

            For me

            “No, we don’t need that, but it is what we have. Understanding the political ramifications of deliberately shrinking the military-industrial complex would be necessary beforehand, and replacement industry options set up to ease the transition (which would still be hugely disruptive).”

          • capt spaulding December 2, 2019 at 8:10 pm #

            I dunno, fineline. Maybe a guy who’s gone bankrupt four times knows his way around an economy. Who can really know the mind of a genius, much less a megalomaniac, and who are we to question the will of the people? We know we are on our way to greatness because he told us so.

      • JohnAZ December 2, 2019 at 10:10 pm #

        Nothing will be cut. Politics has no rationality, nor do people of the Deep State have a clue what the value of money is. The combination has the government $23 trillion in debt.

        There is a good idea, these guys and gals are so smart, we need to let them make our decisions for us.

        BTW, the number one responsibility of the Constitution is the common defense of the states.

        • fineline December 3, 2019 at 10:22 am #

          no that is not the number one responsibility. Why do you make stuff up?

          Read the preamble before you assert something as fact.

          The first thing listed is “to form a more perfect union”. and then “promote domestic tranquility”.

          Have you ever identified any members of the “deep state”?
          Where is the deep state? Where is ts capitol city?

    • Majella December 2, 2019 at 8:04 pm #

      IQ test:

      Trump scores 108 (with a struggle).

      “It’s FIXED!!!! It’s FAKE!!! The FBI has rigged the test!!!!!”

      Um… we’d be getting nowhere fast, I suspect.

      • benr December 2, 2019 at 8:06 pm #

        So he is at least eighteen points higher than you?

        • Majella December 2, 2019 at 8:13 pm #

          I thought you’d decided to quit the snarky back-handed remarks, benr? At least, without a little forethought…

          Are your ‘commitments’ only as reliable as Himself’s?

          • benr December 2, 2019 at 8:23 pm #

            Your unfounded attacks upon the President are the definition of snarky.
            You can’t prove he has a 90 IQ or 140 IQ.

          • Majella December 2, 2019 at 9:01 pm #

            No, you’re right, benr.

            I can’t prove any IQ for Himself, not even the 109 points I generously applied for the illustrative purposes of the post.

            Nothing snarky in what *I* said re: Himself or in reply to your own ‘snark’ remark.

            As to ‘unfounded attacks upon the President are the definition of snarky.’

            Well, the ‘unfounded’ bit is entirely a matter of opinion.

            What defines ‘snarky’? An on-line dictionary says:

            “…snarky is someone who is cranky, snide or sarcastic”

            Okay – I’ll give you 50/100 on that one, but I’m resisting ‘snarky’ in interactions with other posters, even with you, pet.

            “Himself”, though, remains fair game. If he were to read even ONE of my remarks hereabouts, the Twitter crushing would be merciless.

            See, I really don’t give a flying monkey’s about YOUR feelings about the Liar in Chief, and I have no intention of giving HIM any kind of pass to avoid butt-hurting YOUR feelings.

          • Majella December 2, 2019 at 9:04 pm #

            Also, if I recall correctly, it was Himself who challenged Tillerson (?) to an IQ test comparison.

            I guess that’ll happen just after he releases his school & college transcripts and his tax returns

          • benr December 2, 2019 at 9:19 pm #

            What are you afraid of getting a nasty tweet from TT?

          • Majella December 2, 2019 at 9:32 pm #

            Am I ‘afraid’ of getting a nasty tweet from TT?

            First, who’s TT?

            And second, no – anything ‘nasty’ directed at me is water off a duck’s back.

            Himself can spend all the time he likes bullying via Twitter. He’s the one who looks like a fool, day in, day out. After all, most every word he speaks or tweets is verifiably and objectively false.

          • Majella December 2, 2019 at 9:32 pm #

            I wonder – would YOU take on the Tillerson/Trump IQ competition?

          • benr December 2, 2019 at 10:57 pm #

            I don’t have the ego to worry about it.

          • Majella December 3, 2019 at 2:06 am #

            ‘I don’t have the ego to worry about it’

            Great side-step. Masterful, in fact!

            So much smarter than your usual vitriol.

        • Nightowl December 4, 2019 at 5:01 am #

          Notice how Maj continues to emulate me.

          🙂

          • Majella December 4, 2019 at 5:10 pm #

            In your fevered dreams.

          • Nightowl December 5, 2019 at 4:27 am #

            We can all see the pattern.

            An original thought has never entered your head as far as I can tell.

        • Nightowl December 5, 2019 at 4:27 am #

          Maj is projecting again.

    • toktomi December 3, 2019 at 2:17 am #

      @fineline

      I honestly suspect that you don’t have the slightest clue “where this [is] headed.” I sure as hell don’t and I consider myself to be a tad sharper than the average butter knife.

      Anyone touting “common sense” as being somehow valuable to the state of the Universe surely is missing a few puzzle pieces, or so it seems to me. But I only say that because I am forever being accused of having no common sense; which I consider to be one more bullet dodged.

      “I got a proposal.”
      Where did you get it?

      good luk to you with the matrix

      ~toktomi~

      • fineline December 3, 2019 at 10:43 am #

        yeah you are sharper than the average butter knife. Just like Trump is a stable genius. And he is being audited by the IRS for the last ten plus years. And he had bone spurs , then went out and “marched” around golf courses all around the world.

        Yeah, I read about two paragraphs and knew where this was headed and then continued to read the whole article and confirmed my suspicions. Just another blog that repeats itself every week. A position was taken long ago and facts, not to mention reason, logic and common sense are set aside in defense of that position.

        You are so sharp that all of that is going over your head. But then you have issues with common sense.

        “Anyone touting “common sense” as being somehow valuable to the state of the Universe surely is missing a few puzzle pieces, or so it seems to me. ”

        You embellish my comment to say something it did not say so as to reinforce your own feeble minded thinking.

        I got a proposal. Where did I get it? Do you understand I. It is my idea.

        • Nightowl December 4, 2019 at 5:04 am #

          I have a much better proposal:

          You provide the list of crimes Trump has committed as well as the concrete evidence we keep asking for.

          Anything yet?

          Bueller?

  28. fugeguy December 2, 2019 at 5:32 pm #

    This cracked me up:

    washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/12/02/lisa-page-trump-interview-daily-beast-peter-strzok-fbi/

    entitled bitch that would have been facing a firing squad not to long ago.

    • fugeguy December 2, 2019 at 5:42 pm #

      goes along with-

      Mark Zaid, tweeted notoriously on January 30, 2017 that “Coup has started. First of many steps. #rebellion. #impeachment will follow ultimately. #lawyers.”

      In their owns words, they set out to conspire to start a coup against the lawfully elected president… sounds like treason to me.

      trea·son
      /?tr?z?n/
      Learn to pronounce
      noun
      the crime of betraying one’s country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government.

      But certain people are protected if they are breaking the right laws to get the right people.

    • fugeguy December 2, 2019 at 5:48 pm #

      Last rant today-

      The democrats are openly coaching witnesses and rehearsing their testimony.

      When did that become legal and ok?

      • fineline December 2, 2019 at 5:57 pm #

        fugeguy, this is not a trial. Its not a criminal trial. Its not a trial in any sense. these are just hearings. So your questions might pertain to a criminal trial. If they do impeach him, the Senate would try him, or the closest thing to a trial that he would get. . They could even find him guilty of a few things and leave him in office

  29. fashinrashin December 2, 2019 at 5:38 pm #

    I get it.
    Kunstler is in his 8th decade and doesnt give a rats ass about saving the planet from sure boil-in-a- bag 3rd circle of Hades microwave hell.

    He has no kids, no progeny and certainly no grandchildren.
    Otherwise his attitude would be completely different regarding how much he is enabling Trump in this latest quackery of an internet blog.

    • EvelynV December 2, 2019 at 7:06 pm #

      You are totally correct. For openers if the so called dark state’s machinations were so disturbing to him there is a wealth of other more serious matters that should have clanged his clanger before now e.g. Kennedy assassination, Israeli attack on the U.S.S. Liberty, 911 etc.

      If Trump gets dragged down back into the shit hole he crawled out of, whether it be due to illegal or legal means it would be still be a tragedy slightly less important than whatever it was that prevented the potholes from being filled on main street.

    • Walter B December 2, 2019 at 7:54 pm #

      Jim doesn’t care about the future because he is not infected with Trump Derangement Syndrome fashinrashin, seriously? I assure you that you Trump haters care even less or you would find a way to solve some of the problems and maybe even run a candidate against DJT that wasn’t a decrepit dog turd!

      As far as having children and/or grandchildren making a person care about what they leave behind, I haven’t heard anything quite so stupid for quite a while. 99% of the people I speak to all say that they don’t think anything will fall apart in THEIR lifetimes, but that they feel sorry for their children and their grandchildren. In other words, “Fuck them, all I care about is me”, or they would be doing something about. Yes that’s right, sitting here bullshitting about how high and mighty we all are somehow gets you credit for working towards change. What a pathetic line of shit.

      • benr December 2, 2019 at 8:05 pm #

        Here here sick unto death of the ridiculous grandstanding nonsense from the tds afflicted buffoons and their constant over use of look at me I’m so woke bullshit can we all just stop with the obvious virtue signaling.

        • Majella December 2, 2019 at 8:15 pm #

          *Yawn* Same old benr…faux indignation and comma-free expression.

        • Majella December 2, 2019 at 8:20 pm #

          benr:

          Your post corrected, so it at least makes a LITTLE sense (at least without having to read it twice):

          “Hear! Hear! Sick to death of the ridiculous, grandstanding nonsense, from the TDS -afflicted buffoons and their constant overuse of ‘Look at me! I’m so woke!’ bullshit. Can we all just stop with the obvious virtue signaling?”

          Once again, please – would you take your own advice and just stop your RWNJ ‘virtue-signaling’ as well? It’s the same thing as you accuse others of (unjustifiably, in my view). Your ‘virtue signaling is basically “Look at me! I’ll defend Trump to the very point of his hanging, drawing & quartering!”

          • benr December 2, 2019 at 8:24 pm #

            Not even close but of course you see it that way.
            Agree that we will never agree on his imperial greatness lord emperor tangerine tornado.

          • Majella December 2, 2019 at 8:41 pm #

            “not even close”..? What do you mean?

            Do you mean you’re NOT a Trump booster?

            Will you “deny him three times before the cock crows?”

          • benr December 2, 2019 at 9:19 pm #

            I like my version better.

          • Majella December 2, 2019 at 9:44 pm #

            “I like my version better.”

            And so you should! OWN your work! Good onya!

      • EvelynV December 3, 2019 at 10:17 pm #

        ” I haven’t heard anything quite so stupid for quite a while.”

        Bentover, did you read that? Walter doesn’t read your posts.

        • benr December 5, 2019 at 8:58 am #

          Poor EV Walter was not lambasting me he was having a go at fashinrashin if walter had something to say to me he would and has.
          Judging from his posts Walter and I are a lot closer in our thinking then you and he ever have been.

          As far as not reading posts he might or he might not.
          I know I don’t read much of what you post either.

    • Majella December 2, 2019 at 8:28 pm #

      fashinrashin

      That’s quite a ‘bald’ accusation to lay down. It’s full of unfounded assumptions and accusations that are unworthy of you.

      I would imagine that if you were the target of a similarly vicious smear, you’d be quite vociferous in your own defense.

    • JackStraw December 2, 2019 at 8:35 pm #

      If that’s all that you can surmise from reading his writings, you’re too stupid for words, but then obtuse TDS sufferers such as yourself are so blinded by hate that you can’t even think straight. You’ve been spoon-fed lies and hate for years, and now it’s all you have.

      Seek help, dude.

    • elysianfield December 3, 2019 at 12:43 am #

      Kunstler is in his 8th decade and doesnt give a rats ass about saving the planet from sure boil-in-a- bag 3rd circle of Hades microwave hell

      fashin,

      Considering the recommendations of the Paris Accord, recommendations that could, in no way, mitigate the disaster you forecast, why should any of us give a rats ass? The shot callers on the world stage don’t seem to take the issue seriously, so you can count me and many others on this site as also not taking the issue seriously.

      China/India given a 20 YEAR get out of jail free card? Hundreds of coal fired plants under construction or planned while the first world countries are further taxed/sanctioned to no purpose?

      Permit me to be skeptical….

      • Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2019 at 12:54 am #

        Yes, there’s a huge agenda in play, but it has little to do with any climate emergency. Seems to be more about bringing down Western Civilization.

      • BackRowHeckler December 3, 2019 at 6:33 am #

        Foot of snow last night, an eerie glow on the street outside as streetlights reflect off the powdery white blanket that covers our little corner of the earth and will remain until next April.

        Current temp: 21°F.

        “The world is on fire”.

        Am I remiss in asking, Who’s bullsh#tting who here?

        Brh

    • SoftStarLight December 3, 2019 at 2:41 am #

      Ridiculous and outright rude on so many levels it’s like a stairwell to nowhere. I have a good friend who does not have children and thus spends much more time than her friends who do (if they do at all) volunteering for her church, at the nursing home, helping with animal rescues, organizing social meetups for people who struggle just to make friends. And then I have another good friend (well used to be) who doesn’t even have custody of her child because she can’t be bothered to stay sober long enough to take care of her responsibilities. So your point is not one at all.

      • Majella December 5, 2019 at 1:38 am #

        SSL

        Life is full of inequities. I’m sorry to learn of your (ex) friend’s attitude. I’m guessing you worked hard to support her help her see how destructive her behaviour was – not just to her kid(?) but to herself. Nothing but praise for that.

        To expand please, would you share the story with a little more detail? For instance, I’m imaging there was a point when you gave up the ghost…what was that like?

        • Majella December 5, 2019 at 1:39 am #

          Obvious typos excused, I’m hoping…

    • ellipsis December 3, 2019 at 5:20 am #

      He has no kids, no progeny and certainly no grandchildren.
      Otherwise his attitude would be completely different regarding how much he is enabling Trump in this latest quackery of an internet blog.

      So if you’re a procreator you automatically check your brain at the delivery room door? Yeah, rings true to my experience as well.

  30. amb December 2, 2019 at 7:44 pm #

    How can anyone think that a contaminated and corrupt system can fix itself?

    The DOJ and the courts couldn’t isolate and remove this coup, and all the other waste and corruption that exists at the federal and state levels, if their lives depended on it. The only way this could be effectively handled would be via an external, totally objective entity endowed with the power to investigate and take the required actions necessary to purge the system of its negatives. That won’t happen, so… down, down, down goes the USA.

    • Walter B December 2, 2019 at 9:00 pm #

      “How can anyone think that a contaminated and corrupt system can fix itself?”

      Well it cannot amb and you and I both know it. I cannot think of any society that ever rose to stardom and then decayed and came back without going through collapse first. Collapse is the only possible end of empire. And as soon as we do, as we certainly shall, another will rise to take our place. Smart money is on China, whose dominant government is perfectly designed for a New World Order leader, you know, one where the peons are trampled underfoot where they belong and they happily remain there. Coming to a neighborhood near you soon.

  31. benr December 2, 2019 at 8:27 pm #

    Duncan hunter pleads guilty to one count of campaign fraud.
    Finally at least one of these crooks is coming clean.
    Hopefully a ground swell of Democrats and some Republicans will follow suit on out the door.

    • benr December 2, 2019 at 8:29 pm #

      This fool actually threw his wife under the bus in a failed bid to save himself and then realized he is going to jail and suddenly his children mattered.
      He is now pleading for his wife to not be held to account.
      To bad he did not consider his family before breaking laws.

    • Majella December 2, 2019 at 8:36 pm #

      If I recall correctly, someone on an earlier thread said

      “If all campaign finance violations were prosecuted, there’d be no-one in Congress (either house) because they ALL do it.”

      benr- I see this guy was Rep of the CA 50th – not your guy, I take it…?

      However, this one was egregiously OBVIOUS and not just a simple error (like paying off a porn-star). But this guy was a POSTER boy for the GOP & the Trumpinistas:

      “A former Marine who had combat tours in Iraq and the son of former California GOP Rep. Duncan L. Hunter, the congressman has courted controversy throughout much of his career.

      Following the corruption charges, he agreed to step down from his congressional committee assignments and went on to win reelection, after running an anti-Muslim campaign against his Democratic opponent.

      Though the 50th Congressional District is strongly Republican, many voters have told CNN in interviews over the last year that they were greatly dismayed by Hunter’s conduct — and his earlier implication that his wife was to blame for the improper spending.”

      • benr December 2, 2019 at 9:16 pm #

        Corruption destroys nations when it is provable and not founded on lies paid for by political opponents I support there day in court and also taking the medicine they deserve whether they are Republican or Democrat.
        It’s just a shame it seems only Republicans like Duke Cunningham and now Duncan Hunter get prosecuted.
        There is plenty of fraud goin going here in California so one must ask who did these two piss off or fail to pay off??

        A federal judge says it is time to forgive Randy “Duke” Cunningham, the most corrupt member of Congress ever if measured by the amount of bribes he admitted accepting.

        What an odd opening sentence.

        theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/07/disgraced-congressman-randy-duke-cunningham-is-a-free-man-a…

        • Majella December 2, 2019 at 9:49 pm #

          Yes. What a scumbucket.

          “Cunningham has been fighting prostate cancer for some time and described himself in the court filings as “80 percent military combat disabled.” And he notes he continues to pay the court-ordered restitution and fines that were part of his sentence. He was required to pay $1.8 million for back taxes and $1.85 million in restitution for bribes as well as to surrender the proceeds from the sale of his house. In the filing, he said he pays the IRS $23,000 a year while another $3,000 a month is taken from his various government pensions.”

          I love that – $59,000 a year is taken from his ‘various pensions’. Are any of those ‘various pensions’ Congressional and military? Probably both. In any case, from the taxpayer’s pocket to his to the taxpayer. Sort of wonder why anyone bothers….

          • Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2019 at 1:23 am #

            amren.com/news/2019/12/ethnic-diversity-is-a-weakness-not-a-strength-danish-study-says/

            “It degrades social unity, cohesion, and togetherness.” Exactly what Robert Putnam of Harvard found. So what can we say about its many advocates? Quite simply that they are the Enemy within of their own Society. And what can we say about you? That you are just such an advocate and just such an Enemy, of New Zealand, of Britain, of America and of the West as a whole.

          • Majella December 3, 2019 at 2:15 am #

            Thanks, Janos, for the link to…what exactly?

            I cannot fathom what twisted neuron circuit of yours connected that article to the discussion on campaign finance corruption.

            But then, your faux-intellectualism is often little more than non-sequitur drivel. Nothing new here.

          • SoftStarLight December 3, 2019 at 2:23 am #

            …Exactly to the matter at hand. Momma always told me to respond and not to react. I struggle. We all do. Should you respond, you will conclude that your attention was diverted for an important reason. Reacting appears to have resulted in drivel and two “wrongs” don’t make a right.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2019 at 3:05 am #

            I just wanted to talk to you, Maj. It’s been too long. So I chose your most recent post. That’s the relevance. Makes sense, right? So does the article. So does my post.

          • Majella December 3, 2019 at 3:44 am #

            Nope, sorry. My limited mental capacity cannot connect your posts with ‘my most recent’ which, as I said, was about campaign finance violations and the punishment two notorious violators.

            The rest reads as a non-sequitur attack on what you feel is my ‘race-traitor’ status because I’m not a fascist white supremacist.

            So spare me the ‘I just want to talk to you, Maj’. You do not ‘want to talk’ – you want to proselytize. Insult me as much as you wish. ‘Am I bovvered?’

            youtu.be/JpgVokQEchA

          • BackRowHeckler December 3, 2019 at 10:56 am #

            I was getting Duncan Hunter confused with Duke Cunningham. Duke was a war hero (2 silver stars, a Navy Cross) but got convicted, too.

            Brh

          • Majella December 3, 2019 at 4:14 pm #

            BRH

            Thye both saw the light and changed their pleas to ‘Guilty’. So they both get kicked from the House, right?

          • Majella December 3, 2019 at 4:15 pm #

            BRH – sorry, no – I meant the NY Big R, Collins…

          • benr December 5, 2019 at 9:05 am #

            @brh

            Yea about a decade ago.
            Duke Cunningham was convicted of small potatoes corruption.
            Nothing as grand as what Hillary or Obama have engaged in over the years.
            Hell Obamas land deal where he bought a small part of the property next door to his Chicago home 100k for a million dollar plot of land that could never be built on was worth as much as all Dukes little cheesy deals.

            Tony Rezko hooked him up big time.

            abcnews.go.com/Blotter/rezko-connection-obamas-achilles-heel/story?id=4111483

            Yea Mr. Clean no drama Obama should have landed in jail and never been President for this one deal and he would have if only he was a Republican in loony leftistville California.

  32. Htruth December 2, 2019 at 8:38 pm #

    this would-be pimpernel of perfidy? this would-be a pimpernel of perfidy?

    • 100th Avatar December 2, 2019 at 9:57 pm #

      “#lawyers.”

      a foolish country that elects lawyers as “leaders” and hands them the levers of power is being destroyed by them.

      How this is an unhappy ending or the cause of so much anxiety and dread is beyond me.

      Put another log on the fire.

  33. DrGonzo December 2, 2019 at 10:38 pm #

    Does James ever have anything new to say that he hasn’t already said before about two dozen times?

    • benr December 2, 2019 at 10:59 pm #

      Don’t know has it sunk in yet or do you need more?

      • DrGonzo December 2, 2019 at 11:05 pm #

        That’s why I rarely visit his blog anymore. It feels like a re-hash of what I read six, fifteen, thirty weeks ago. Deep state, yadda yadda yadda. At least he moves his sentences around and changes the names of people occasionally.

        • SoftStarLight December 3, 2019 at 1:42 am #

          Well why don’t you start posting on your blog twice a week and let’s see what your made of Lol. I have a sneaky feeling Doctor that it just might be a whole lotta yada yada yada. Now, don’t you have some dark and sterile lab to return to?

        • benr December 3, 2019 at 9:43 am #

          I think Jim does a wonderful job with these crazy news cycles and that is the point Trump has made the news about himself and the other side has chosen to follow along.

          He manages to come up with something worth reading twice a week and that is a feat entire newspapers with thousands of people working for them have a hard time with.

          • Majella December 4, 2019 at 1:24 am #

            “ ‘I think Jim does a wonderful job…’ of confirming my personal biases’” – benr

          • benr December 5, 2019 at 9:08 am #

            Now who is angry?
            You can do better little Maj but go ahead keep whispering them sweet nothings to me.
            Blond hair blue eyes 6’2″ 240lbs shall I go on?

        • Nightowl December 4, 2019 at 5:09 am #

          Yeah, man. Why would anyone be concerned about an unprecedented coup to take down a sitting president, and the corruption of our institutions.

          So boring.

  34. Walter B December 2, 2019 at 11:35 pm #

    I find it hard to believe that anyone is going to check this out, but I have to put it out there anyway. If Americans actually took the time to get to know who they vote for, perhaps things would not be so bad now and getting worse.

    youtube.com/watch?v=PdYud9re7-Q

    Joe Rogan is one heck of an intelligent man and a great interviewer, at least for me. So take it for what it is worth, but it is very good and very enlightening.

    • SoftStarLight December 3, 2019 at 1:34 am #

      Demographics are Destiny. Nothing else matters in comparison. After all, we don’t even know as a sovereign nation if its ok to protect our border or not. With our sickness in such an advance state we just can’t abide words and smiles and lofty discussions of how the Republic works in theory. Tulsi wants DACA, refugees, and continued mass migration and no actual Wall. That’s very bad news for Americans and our environment.

      • Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2019 at 1:44 am #

        Yes, to have an “issue” or problem, you first have to exist to have it. Problems are for the living! Thus the first problem to be solved is that of securing one’s life on this plane of existence. Just so the Nation as you say. We will have no social, environmental, or economic problems if we cease to exist as a nation. I guess that’s one way to solve these problems – Suicide.

        • SoftStarLight December 3, 2019 at 2:15 am #

          Yes, that is true! We are forgetting we exist because we have been told for so long we don’t and that we never have. I know you are probably aware of the latest idea being pushed at us which is that White isn’t a race at all but a set of social criteria or similar which we use supposedly to reward certain people with privilege while oppressing others. Thus there is only Whiteness but not Whites. Most people are ready to just accept it because they have already been taught to be color-blind.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2019 at 3:03 am #

            Yeah we don’t exist but they sure have no problem finding us when they want to discriminate against us. Leftist Idiocy, no less deadly for all of its stupidity.

            Truth is Hate to those who hate Truth.

    • ellipsis December 3, 2019 at 5:16 am #

      I like many of Tulsi’s positions, but trouble is, and I suspect she’s realizing this by now, you simply can’t fight the Federal behemoth from within. The battle to unseat the Deep State and all its attendant rot and corruption will have to be fought as a political insurgency, relying heavily on its proven ability to shoot itself in the foot if given half a chance. It will be process of facilitation rather than a pitched battle. Their force is still much, much too great to be fought directly. And it will take a coalition, not one or even a handful of charismatic leaders. We Americans remain suckers for the charismatic leader meme, when in fact that’s the very least of our needs. Every external “enemy” we’ve fought from Korea onward has taught us this lesson, and yet we still refuse to learn it. Fortunately, the bloated and sclerotic Deep State leviathan appears to be punch drunk and wobbly on its feet these days, so all is not lost yet.

      • Walter B December 3, 2019 at 8:28 am #

        I agree with you, Tulsi’s biggest negative is the lunatic party that she is running for. Fools have to have everything exactly as they want it, they cannot even spell compromise. As I said, no one will watch her speak with Joe Rogan because they would not be able to comprehend intelligent discussion. What America wants, and will probably get is a Hitler-like tyrant. Don’t they always appear when decay is at its peak? Hillary would have made a great tyrant, and might still if she runs again next year. Then the “let’s kill everybody else and let God sort them out” types will at last be happy. Until the radioactive fallout puts them out of their misery that is.

        • SoftStarLight December 3, 2019 at 10:37 am #

          Beware unlimited and uncontrolled immigration!!!!

          • Walter B December 3, 2019 at 1:03 pm #

            If you took the time to watch the Joe Rogan interview you would have heard securing our borders as a priority. Education requires work, it does not occur by osmosis.

          • SoftStarLight December 3, 2019 at 2:18 pm #

            Well I admit I did not watch the entire video but I did watch parts of it. But to be fair, securing the borders doesn’t do anything about the massive demographic changes that our legal immigration system is wreaking across the fruited plain. We could build a Wall to the heavens, but if you let millions of people fly over the Wall and into our airports and let them just disappear into the country there is zero point to having that Big, Beautiful Wall in the first place. Preserving the country means a complete moratorium on immigration right now. Maybe one day, we could begin thinking about letting some, and I mean SOME people in (if they are like us already for the most part and want to be us).

        • elysianfield December 4, 2019 at 1:33 pm #

          ““let’s kill everybody else and let God sort them out” types will at last be happy. ”

          “Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius.” was allegedly spoken by Papal legate and Cistercian abbot Arnaud Amalric prior to the massacre at Béziers, the first major military action of the Albigensian Crusade. A direct translation of the Latin phrase would be “Kill them. For the Lord knows those that are His own.”

    • benr December 3, 2019 at 9:49 am #

      Man she speaks well and is easy on the eyes if only she was not anti-second amendment.

      • benr December 3, 2019 at 9:54 am #

        Sidenote Jocko Willink for President!

        I loved his discussion and calling out of enemy politics.

  35. SoftStarLight December 3, 2019 at 1:17 am #

    It’s so true that the holidays tend to make a lot of people feel blue. It seems as if they are less about the special moments and times of thankfulness, appreciation, and generosity, and much heavier on gross spectacles of gluttony and envy. A lot of people are still paying off last years’ gifts and now there are commercials out the wazoo for every last little thing that one has to have to achieve happiness (lol) for this special season. Until new stuff comes out next year of course. Our society is wasteful and gluttonous and our government is wasteful and gluttonous as well. Wasting our precious time and resources carrying on illegitmate efforts to disenfranchise us, the losers of their hunger games no less, so we never have a vote again. Hopefully the ominous turn this season takes will spell in end for these parasitic influences in society and culture and Uni-Party DC.

    • Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2019 at 1:40 am #

      As one person said, Americans buy and give gifts that America didn’t make, with money that they don’t have for recipients that don’t need them.

      That being said, I love Christmas. The Christmas Tree is Evergreen – symbolizing Eternal Life. Horace said you can cast out Nature with a pitchfork, but it will return. Just so, St Boniface chopped down the Sacred Tree of a German Tribe, but then later Christianity put sacred Trees in every Town Square and Home. German Monks each get their own Christmas Tree in their own cells, almost as if in penance for what Boniface did.

      • SoftStarLight December 3, 2019 at 2:03 am #

        I can’t imagine Christmas without a Christmas Tree. If I’m recalling correctly, the “anti-tree” verse is in Jeremiah and was responding to the actual worship of trees and sacred trees that was apparently commonplace at the time. Giving Boniface the benefit of the doubt, one can hope he was only trying to convince the ancient Germans that in the end it was God they should worship and not the Sacred Tree. But, the tree being a symbol of life seems very appropriate for the occasion and we know it doesn’t replace the King.

        • Majella December 3, 2019 at 2:26 am #

          Yes – a symbol of life…so cut it down in its youthful prime, then discard on or after 5 January.

          • BackRowHeckler December 3, 2019 at 6:50 am #

            That’s not the case all the time, Majella. On this property stand several dozen giant spruces — I wondered where they came from. An elderly neighbor told me the previous owner, a university president, would harvest his Christmas Trees so they could be replanted; there they still are, 50′-60′ tall. Actually some of them are getting to the end of their lives and need to be taken down.

            Brh

          • benr December 3, 2019 at 9:57 am #

            Yet they are grown!
            Better to grow them and cut them down for a use then to have never planted them at all.

            I have done so bought a live tree used it for a couple of years and planted it.
            Not enough how ever as it is not something I do every year.

          • SoftStarLight December 3, 2019 at 10:35 am #

            Death is part and parcel of Life Majella. I don’t like that very much either but I didn’t make all the equations and algorithms of the Universe. I simply have faith in the One who did. As has been noted here, chopping a tree down to use as a Christmas Tree does not have to mean the death of the tree. Now in our throwaway culture I am sure it often does but you can see here that some people do not follow that path and replant the trees after they have been used to celebrate Life. That saying of Christ that sometimes one must lose their life in order to save their life is true after all. The Christian influence in our culture is just about stamped out so I expect we will be seeing a lot more of a Death Culture soon. If the Brown hordes end up controlling the land then human sacrifice may make a comeback, who knows!?

          • Nightowl December 4, 2019 at 5:17 am #

            They get replanted almost immediately, as most come from tree farms that grow them specifically for this purpose. Ours then gets sawed up for next year’s wood stove.

            This week’s entry for things Majjer never thought about.

        • benr December 3, 2019 at 10:43 am #

          @ssl

          May make a comeback?

          There are plenty of our “elite” that engage in satanic rituals news clips come out about it all them time people just fail to connect the dots.

          • SoftStarLight December 3, 2019 at 2:14 pm #

            Yes, I have heard quite a bit about that and that has been discussed here as well. I think many of the Elite don’t embrace Atheism at all, but probably want it pushed in media, education, etc., so that they can crush any Spiritual resistance to their Black Magic with hordes of Spiritless Zombies.

      • Majella December 3, 2019 at 2:19 am #

        Nice to see there’s still room for the paganism ic side of Christianity in your purist Jesuit regime.

        • Majella December 3, 2019 at 2:24 am #

          ‘Paganistic’

          • SoftStarLight December 3, 2019 at 10:43 am #

            Are you Pagan Majella? I thought you were bereft of faith altogether though I’m skeptical anybody really is in the end. Of course the tapestry of Christianity includes Pagan threads. Remember, Christianity is overlaid over a bed of Paganism that has very deep roots in history and the collective psyche. Jesus told us that He wanted to graft us into His Tree. You can be grafted in to. You only need a mustard seed of faith!

          • Majella December 3, 2019 at 3:51 pm #

            No, I’m not a pagan, which implies belief in an unseen deity (or deities) that has some sort of ‘control’ over me or the world.

            Such a deity is (or deities are) no less ridiculous than yours, SSL.

          • Nightowl December 4, 2019 at 10:25 am #

            Although I am not particularly religious, the belief in the existence of a deity is no more absurd than believing there is nothing. We don’t know how the universe was created, and this idea has only increased in importance for me personally as I age.

            Furthermore, the idea that you are just a tiny little spec on a ball randomly created and afloat in a vast universe of nothing has the side effect of making one feel insiginificant, which often leads to a mindset that devalues human life (see abortion).

            A worthwhile thought when contemplating “how they rule you.”

          • elysianfield December 4, 2019 at 1:46 pm #

            ” I thought you were bereft of faith altogether though I’m skeptical anybody really is in the end”

            SSL,

            Sooo…primal fear transcends intellect?

            Please….

  36. toktomi December 3, 2019 at 1:52 am #

    @JHK

    “The people of Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia suffered under [totalitarian] regimes at gunpoint, with boots on their necks, but in the USA… we have conveyed ourselves to very similar circumstances willingly, like little children skipping through the gates of Disney World, with gleeful disregard for the consequences.” [James Howard Kunstler]

    ~toktomi~

    • toktomi December 3, 2019 at 1:55 am #

      @tok @JHK

      Well, James, that sure woke ’em up!

      Phuquing Knot.

      Well, it caught my attention… again.

      ~toktomi~

  37. Majella December 3, 2019 at 2:23 am #

    Quick hi to GA…I’m trusting you’re well and about to get through a WHOLE blog cycle without some gobby bugger calling you out on AGW, atheism or having an ‘old lady’ hairstyle..

    (This doesn’t count of course!)

    • benr December 3, 2019 at 9:47 am #

      She failed I already drug her in.

      • benr December 3, 2019 at 10:00 am #

        Ah that was last Friday.
        The days just fly by.

        I believe she said she was on travel.

    • SoftStarLight December 3, 2019 at 10:21 am #

      I love Jesus, God is real, and the glaciers are growing ;-). Miss you Alba! Hope all is well and you are enjoying your travels.

      • Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2019 at 6:20 pm #

        She’s a good girl, loves her mama
        Loves Jesus and America too
        She’s a good girl, crazy ’bout Elvis
        Loves horses and her boyfriend too

        It’s a long day livin’ in Reseda
        There’s a freeway runnin’ through the yard
        And I’m a bad boy, ’cause I don’t even miss her
        I’m a bad boy for breakin’ her heart

        And I’m free, I’m free fallin’

        All the vampires walkin’ through the valley
        Move west down Ventura Blvd
        And all the bad boys are standing in the shadows
        All the good girls are home with broken hearts

        And I’m free, I’m free fallin’

        I wanna glide down over Mulholland
        I wanna write her name in the sky
        I wanna free fall out into nothin’
        Gonna leave this world for awhile

        And I’m free, I’m free fallin’

        JS: There was nothing petty about Tom. He deserved his success, money, and fame. I love this Song and girls like this, especially this One.

        • SoftStarLight December 4, 2019 at 2:52 am #

          Yes, he definitely deserved his success, money, and fame. It’s so silly to think a bad boy isn’t going to wander and free fall. The heart broken good girl never quite learns her lesson. I guess it’s the molecular bond :-).

          m.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp-xPdYhlqM

    • GreenAlba December 4, 2019 at 6:09 am #

      Hello and thank you for the good wishes, ladies.

      I was only travelling on Friday and since I’m just in Northumberland for a week it was really only equivalent to a long commute by American standards. 🙂

      There was frost on the pavements the second morning (by then December) so I’ve obviously realised that AGW is a globalist elite hoax and mass fantasy… Although if they keep showing Sydney almost invisible to its inhabitants because of the cloud of smoke from record-drought-driven record wildfires, I may be temped back from apostasy.

      Let’s hope not, eh.

      BTW for the sake of mental images my old-lady hairstyle looks a bit like this:

      telegraph.co.uk/content/dam/films/2017/06/14/180617STEDKeatonN02_trans_NvBQzQNjv4BqRpEJ8qDUmB4Zrzr5A…

      Except that I both look and am rather younger than Diane K and don’t wear specs. 🙂

      Maybe that’s an old-lady hairstyle. I’m not really up on these things and the mop’s been like that for 20 years since I was merely middle-aged.

    • elysianfield December 4, 2019 at 1:49 pm #

      “… without some gobby bugger calling you out on AGW, atheism or having an ‘old lady’ hairstyle..

      Alba,
      I would never have visualized you as such, but, put to the question, I do visualize…sensible shoes….

      • GreenAlba December 5, 2019 at 12:04 pm #

        Apart from the obvious point that feet become less tolerant as they get older, I hope the term ‘sensible shoes’ doesn’t have the same code-meaning as it does here. Not that I’d care if it applied to me, but I’m a mairrit’ wummun.

        I do wear reasonably substantial trainers a lot, since we have a dog, and also since we don’t have a car, but find ankle boots with a modest 2-inch heel work for most other eventualities at this time of year. I hope that helps with your visualisation.

        I have a good pair of Meindl hill-walking boots too, of course, but only for walking on actual hills. They’re extremely sensible.

        My reasonable collection of less sensible shoes is there for when needed too.

  38. Iananna December 3, 2019 at 4:40 am #

    I have enjoyed reading this site for a decade or more so was very pleased to find copy of “The Long Emergency” in the local op-shop for 50 cents.
    I shall enjoy reading the founding document, as it were.

  39. Plennie_Wingo December 3, 2019 at 5:20 am #

    I never dreamed that JHK would reduce himself to playing goalie for the worst ass-clown ever to disgrace any office above assistant comptroller.

    Once a supremely interesting commentator on national and international affairs, his is now the role of endless broken record about how those nasty Dems are picking on his kid.

    Who can ever take him seriously again?

    • SoftStarLight December 3, 2019 at 10:18 am #

      I’m going to ask Mr. K if he would mind if I start placing citronella candles at strategic locations on this thread. It sure does seem like there are lots of buzzing flies and gnats around for December lol! But, really, when I don’t like something I typically just move on or attempt to respectfully disagree. If you don’t take him seriously why bother? Others do so have respect (ever heard of loyal opposition?) or perhaps you may want to consider buzzing off to the greener pastures you believe to be out there.

    • Nightowl December 4, 2019 at 5:19 am #

      You are resistance is corporate backed.

      The McResistance.

      Who could take you seriously, ever?

      • Q. Shtik December 4, 2019 at 11:18 am #

        You are resistance is corporate backed. – Nightowl

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

        Is “you are” supposed to be your?

        If so, my question to you is: do you bother to read what you’ve typed before you click submit?

        • Nightowl December 4, 2019 at 1:50 pm #

          My wang. Your mouth. Go.

          • Majella December 4, 2019 at 7:10 pm #

            Nice.

  40. Walter B December 3, 2019 at 9:19 am #

    Unfortunately the bulk of the flock is convinced that debt is a tool and as long as they can make the minimum payments, good times can be had by all. As long as those over indebted continue to crap out a little here, a little there, no one will notice and no one will care. It always happens to the other guy, not to me. At what point do the scales tip and the load can no long be carried, who can say? Sooner or later, and I think sooner we shall find out.

    • fugeguy December 3, 2019 at 10:45 am #

      Along those lines- things in the world of steel and concrete continue to decline:

      machinedesign.com/news/pmi-slips-again-uncertainty-roils-manufacturing-sector

      “Manufacturing contracted for the fourth straight month as the uncertainty over trade and import policies continued to impact demand and new orders.

      The Institute for Supply Management’s November PMI Index fell 0.2 percentage points to 48.1% as the index remained below the 50% level that indicates manufacturing growth. The New Orders Index fell 1.9 percentage points to 47.1%. The November production reading was up 2.9 percentage points to 49.1%, and both the imports and exports indexes remained below the 50% level.”

      Keep in mind that the first month of decline was an “anomaly”, the second month was “surprising”, the third month was “stubbornness” and I suppose after four months acceptance of the trend?

      • Walter B December 3, 2019 at 10:58 am #

        Accept it or perhaps simply ignore it. The American public is pretty good at ignoring just about everything that is not entertainment aren’t they?

    • Epicur December 3, 2019 at 1:49 pm #

      “At what point do the scales tip…”

      It has been pretty well established that the tipping point is when people start getting laid off. I realize that there are other complex events in the chain leading up to the layoffs, and that the government and FED are trying to forestall that, but changes in the level of employment have a way of feeding off themselves that cascade through the economy and cause people to cut back on spending like nothing else. Our economy is 70% consumer spending, much of that discretionary.

      Keep an eye on initial unemployment claims every Thursday morning.

      arxiv.org/abs/nlin/0108012

  41. volodya December 3, 2019 at 10:47 am #

    So we have this Three Stooges absurdity in Washington. You can’t possibly make this shit up. Schiff as Larry, Nadler as Moe. Shumer as Shemp?

    The big thinkers tend to recycle thoughts as generations come and go and one after the other re-thinks things and comes to more or less the same conclusions as before. 

    “No new thing under the sun” sighed the bored writer of Ecclesiastes circa twenty five centuries ago. 

    “Plus ça change plus c’est la même chose” wrote one Jean Baptiste Alphonse Karr about 2,300 years later (I looked it up on wikipedia). 

    The first had several thousand years of settled village and town and city life to contemplate and look back on, the latter had a couple dozen centuries more. Different eras, different peoples, different regimes, but always the same old crap according to them.  
    And they do have a point. Except that maybe this time around there IS something new. Does anyone know of any other polity at any time in history as engulfed in ridiculousness as this one? Or of any civilization, for that matter, as so totally full of shit as ours? 

    I use the term “civilization” so as to include not only dwellers of North America whose madnesses bloom like flowers in spring-time, but also those inheritors of Greco-Roman-Judaic traditions on the western-most nub of the Eurasian landmass. So, Majella, are people as nuts down there? 

    How does this wide-spread insanity express itself? For example, taking an idea that has no basis in reality, and not only that but one massively destructive in its every-day application, and holding it up and proclaiming it as Truth – capital T. 

    This intellectual malfunctioning seems to be the stock-in-trade of the most learned, the most degreed, at the most prestigious institutions of higher learning. The crazier the notion, the more distant its relationship to logic and to the most elementary common sense and to simple visual evidence, and the greater the esteem the idea and its originator are held in. It’s not nearly enough for a notion to be thinly supported by evidence, it has to contravene what’s plainly under your nose. 

    This is just one way of many. Another is selective blindness which you see everywhere. It leads people to support nonsense that people know can’t possibly be true, but for the sake of career and social position, act as if it is.

    And so we get advocates for multitudes of idiocies. Open borders, for example, a policy idea coming from many misconceptions, most of them deliberate, one of which is a blithe dismissal of the accomplishments of other civilizations and of the denial of the capabilities of people of different origins. You get minimization of the threat of terrorist violence, of the commitment of people to traditions unlike ours, of the self-confidence they have in themselves and their own civilizational ways. Those humble ethnics with their quaint ethnic ways. Dis-respect as SoftStarLight puts it. Big, big mistake. 

    These are all potentially fatal errors. But these are just a few examples, So many out there. 

    The world of finance and economics is bursting with them. “EBITDA” they say with a straight face. “Ex items” say the money-honeys and “pro forma earnings” and even more hilariously people talk about “emerging markets”. No end of ways to separate fools from their money. And debt doesn’t matter. Did you know? We owe it to ourselves or some such. So say the greatly wise. Jesus H, maybe I’ll go borrow a couple million. Why didn’t I do this sooner? 

    Lie, lie, lie till you die. Deception is so embedded in collective thinking, not just in the academy but in business and in government, that it isn’t even recognized as deception. 

    How does western civ collapse? What will future historians say about our demise? Was it war, plague and famine? Or farce, fiasco and fraud?    

    • Walter B December 3, 2019 at 11:01 am #

      Collapse by apathy after accepting farce, fiasco, and fraud as a way of doing business.

      • volodya December 3, 2019 at 11:23 am #

        My memory is foggy but I think it was the archdruid that was musing about future civilizations blooming after ours goes down the shitter. There were a few places mentioned, one I think in the river valleys on the steppes north of the Black and Caspian Seas, another in the river valleys south of the Great Lakes, and there was another but I can’t remember where. Might have been West Africa, or maybe the pacific coast of South America. 

        In any case, something will take our place just like we took the place of the Greeks and Romans after a long Dark Age incubation and Renaissance. You wonder what from our time survives, and how much is remembered. Almost everything of what the Greeks and Romans wrote is gone, and not a scrap of music which is unbelievable when you consider the centuries that they existed. I mean, nothing?

        So, maybe we’ll get lucky. Maybe our absurdities will get buried in the sands of time, maybe we’ll be blessed by some historical amnesia in the future where the nonsense of the late 20th and 21st centuries is forgotten. Just so we won’t look so ridiculous. 

        • Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2019 at 1:40 pm #

          Jack Dorsey just said that he’s moving his company to Africa cuz “it’s the future”. Yet Toynbee reminds us that Black Africa never had a Civilization (they borrowed from Islam and the Arabs) of its own and have contributed almost nothing to the world.

          Greer mused eagerly that he regretted that he would not live to see the Hispanic/East Asian Culture that would arise of the West Coast. I reminded him that the old and REAL Druids were Celtic Patriots and if he didn’t want to support his People, why did he ever get into resurgent Druidism? Why not stick with Masonic Ceremonial Magic such as the Golden Dawn of which he knew quite a bit?

          The Punk didn’t respond. Needless to say, he had and has no answer.

        • SoftStarLight December 3, 2019 at 2:09 pm #

          We (American Whites) make a big mistake when we discount or fail to acknowledge the successful strategies of other peoples and races to our grave detriment if we do not wake up. Other races are literally laughing at our open borders policies and are more than happy to utilize our stupidity for their benefit. As it stands now, substantial portions of the Treasury go to feeding, clothing, housing, educating, and generally taking care of all of the needs of people who are not even citizens and have never put a penny into our piggy bank. Who else around the world allows that other than White majority countries?

    • Majella December 3, 2019 at 3:45 pm #

      “So, Majella, are people as nuts down there?”

      Volodya

      Not as far as I can tell. Aotearoa New Zealand is a pretty stable country, that runs on common sense & the rule of law.

      Like any other country, it has its own reprobates, charlatans & gullible fools, but I believe there’s a healthy skepticism embedded in Kiwi DNA.

      The country comes in at 2nd on the Global Corruption Perception Index (behind Denmark, that seething pit of socialist failure) while the USA makes 22nd (just ahead of that exemplar of democracy & human rights, the UAE).

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corruption_Perceptions_Index
      transparency.org/cpi2018

      That ranking may well slip further if Himself is tacitly declared to be ‘above the law’ – whether by the inevitable partisan Senate vote to exonerate him over the current kerfuffle, or a SCOTUS decision that he doesn’t have to provide any information legally demanded by Congress.

      • Majella December 3, 2019 at 4:34 pm #

        By way of example of what could NOT happen in NZ’s system, there are the cases of the two R congressmen, Hunter (San Diego) & Collins (NY).

        Both were early endorsers of Trump but were both indicted for outrageous financial crimes prior to the 2018 round of elections. Both stood, both were re-elected, both were calling their criminal charges ‘witchhunts!’.

        Now, they’ve both changed their pleas to ‘Guilty’ and are headed to prison, but the utter GALL of claiming innocence (Hunter even tried to lay it all off on his wife!) and standing for public office is one thing, but MORE astounding is the one-eyed GOP electorate that re-installed these two criminals to what should be a ‘sacred duty’

  42. JohnAZ December 3, 2019 at 11:05 am #

    Jeff2002

    Just thinking about your first post and JHKs response.

    I think just about everything that is being discussed politically is a result of resource shortages and over population. Resource supply is not matching demand world wide. I believe the creation of the Deep State in DC is directly attributable to resource shortages and our response to it. The denial state we are in as the public is starting to wake up is becoming evident. Trump is just one response. The DS is DCs effort to protect itself and the country from shortages that are becoming more evident with time. Oil is not even no. 1. Fresh water is! Just wait until the Himalayan water supply dries up, a panic in Asia will ensue. Want to understand Trumps Greenland sortie a few months ago? How about fresh water source? As things get worse, conflict will start over all fresh water sources, including Antarctica. I would bet that South Africa is looking at Antarctica right now.

    Oil is no.2 however. The affordability of oil is going to take a hit and within the next twenty years or so. Why? The cost of fracking, polar and deep water drilling. Hey you climate guys and gals, Fossil fuels is self resolving, the world will eventually be forced to follow AOC and her followers and find substitutes for petroleum.

    Or die in multitudes.

    • fugeguy December 3, 2019 at 12:45 pm #

      “Or die in multitudes.”

      I think that choice has already been made.

    • elysianfield December 4, 2019 at 2:01 pm #

      John,
      Price increases are not necessarily the result of more expensive extraction methods. Consider that the oil we pump is not our own, but rather a commodity sold on the world market. Consider further, that the decline in the US dollar, and perhaps the rise of other currencies “better accepted” by the rest of the world would result in an exchange rate that would not to be to our advantage.

      Under these (unavoidable) circumstances, the price rise will be larger and more immediate than you might suggest.

  43. Urinthe Village December 3, 2019 at 11:51 am #

    If Barr were going to do anything he would have done it by now. The best evidence that he is, alas, also part of the Deep State is his refusal to seriously look in to Epstein’s obvious murder. Scapegoating two guards and mumbling about a “perfect storm” of incompetence borders on silly. He would have maintained more credibility by simply ignoring the affair altogether.
    And maybe you can’t blame him. If TPTB can whack Epstein with the whole world watching and escape scrutiny by the DOJ, Congress, and the MSM, then certainly Barr himself could be suicided, heart-attacked, or even disappeared Argentina-style with no serious questions asked. I’d love to see the ocean of indictments JHK has been forecasting as much as he would, but I think it is a fantasy. I’m afraid HRC & Co. are going to join the ranks of Idi Amin, Stalin, Pol Pot, Pinochet and other monsters who lived out their lives in freedom in spite of their crimes. I wish it weren’t so, but there is no justice in this world.

    • Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2019 at 1:42 pm #

      Well said. We can hope for a miracle but we can’t expect one. George Washington not declaring himself King and then leaving it to his Son was just such a miracle.

    • SoftStarLight December 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm #

      I heard this morning that Horowitz is a Swamp Malignancy just like Barr. It does totally make sense since they are interconnected and friends with at least some of these people. But we can always hope our assumptions are wrong. I always want to believe they are being quiet because they know so much and they know that they could be disappeared before these people are all rounded up.

      • Epicur December 3, 2019 at 3:02 pm #

        “I always want to believe they are being quiet because they know so much and they know that they could be disappeared before these people are all rounded up.”

        I think they are quiet because they have crimes of their own that they wish to keep “hidden”.

        Prosecutors, especially below the top level, operate pretty much independently and are like predators on the prowl (unless they know someone to be off limits). Unless restrained by politics they are happy to come across an opportunity to nail someone’s hide to the barn.

        People keep quiet for the same reason that wildebeest try to disappear into a herd.

        I don’t believe there’s a soul in the mid-to-high levels of DC (and most state governments, and most corporations) who does not have something to hide.

        • SoftStarLight December 4, 2019 at 10:25 am #

          Good point! I’m probably giving them more credit than I should. That is the downside of holding out hope, but it’s hard not to because sometimes things don’t work out the way we expect them to. In this case we simply need a critical mass of important players to reject the status quo. Depending on who they are we may not even need that many. And of course, anything is possible.

      • Majella December 5, 2019 at 1:55 am #

        SSL- it appears you’ve been consuming the GOP ‘prebuttal’ designed (like Barr’s memo of the Mueller Report) to twist the actual message by brainwashing his audience. Enjoy, but read it like it ‘might be’…I’m, TRUE. Then deconstruct it. See if you get back to the GOP starting-talking point or not

  44. BackRowHeckler December 3, 2019 at 12:33 pm #

    3 1/2 hours clearing snow from driveway, sidewalks, cars and truck. About a foot of snow fell last night, 3″ of ice the previous day. It was the ice that was the killer.

    “THE WORLD IS ON FIRE!”

    Up Stelmose and Ozone’ way, 40 miles north of here, 18″ snowfall. No doubt Stelmose is out plowing right now.

    Snow Plow Guys … it a distinct culture all of it’s own. In a bad storm they’ve been known to work 30-40 hours straight, downing shots of brandy in the ‘Bucket of Blood Cafe’ at 6:00 am before going out to make another run. It’s funny how they just appear when a blizzard is predicted, and fade away when it’s over. You’ll see them again next storm, in F150s and Silverados fitted out with hydraulic plows. Those things ain’t cheap and you’ve got to make money when there’s money to be made … Snow Plow Guys!

    Brh

    • SoftStarLight December 3, 2019 at 1:54 pm #

      Good thing the Snow Plow Guys have lots of work! According to the AGW crowd these guys should have had to take up a different vocation like ten years ago.

      • BackRowHeckler December 3, 2019 at 2:13 pm #

        Yeah, good thing SSL. We’d be screwed, would have to wait for the snow to melt off in April to get around again. Mr.. Boston cherry brandy sales would plummet too, put more than a few people out of work. It would have been a disaster all around if the Snow Plow Guys took Al Gore’s advice and sold their trucks back in the day, when Gore stated that snow was a thing of the past and by 2020 nobody would remember what snow looked like.

        Brh

      • BackRowHeckler December 3, 2019 at 2:15 pm #

        Now the Date of Disaster has been pushed back to 2030. Hell, I remember when it was 2000.

        • SoftStarLight December 3, 2019 at 2:20 pm #

          Yes, 12 more years! Or maybe 11 now lol, who knows – but not much time right!

    • Majella December 5, 2019 at 1:58 am #

      3.5 hours ? Hire a homeless guy…give him a feed, a shower. some old clothes and $50. And invite him back for the next blizzard.

      • Majella December 5, 2019 at 2:00 am #

        Oh sorry – I guess you meant you’re one of the Snowplough Knights. I read it like you had a ridiculous long driveway and cleared it yourself by a hand shovel!

  45. Sean Coleman December 3, 2019 at 12:41 pm #

    Another excellent article, as was the previous one, and indeed all those before that. This really is an extraordinary story. I would be interested in knowing if any of the readers who have denounced Trump in the past are prepared to acknowledge this.

    • fineline December 3, 2019 at 2:36 pm #

      How many lies will it take to convince you?
      Obviously he has been lying and cheating for years.

      Here is a round of his latest lies.

      msn.com/en-us/news/world/i-dont-know-prince-andrew-trump-says-photos-say-otherwise/ar-BBXH6JZ?li=BBn…

      • Sean Coleman December 4, 2019 at 10:30 am #

        Trump meets so many people that calling this lying is unfair. My guess is that Andy knows Donald better than he does Virginia.

        But leaving all that aside. what I am interested in finding out is if you and others share JHK’s analysis or if you think they acted with good intentions even if they may have bent the rule s a bit.

        I know what I think.

        • Majella December 5, 2019 at 1:43 am #

          “what I am interested in finding out is if you and others share JHK’s analysis or if you think they acted with good intentions even if they may have bent the rule s a bit”

          Sean – maybe I’m missing something really obvious, but I can’t figure who you’re seeking a solution for…?

        • Sean Coleman December 5, 2019 at 11:48 am #

          Majella

          Let’s make it simple and direct.

          Has there been an attempt to illegally remove the President with the willing collusion of leading Democrat politicians, federal agencies and the media?

          Are you still missing something?

          Have you ever heard of Fusion GPS?

          (That last bit was a joke.)

  46. EvelynV December 3, 2019 at 1:25 pm #

    Tis the season, too much bitterness in this forum. What’s needed is little xmas haiku to lighten the mood around here.

    The young woman’s fate
    Joyless angelic rape then
    Painful virgin birth.

    • SoftStarLight December 3, 2019 at 1:52 pm #

      How sad and twisted Evelyn. So do you even celebrate “xmas” or does the “White Man’s” religion disgust you so much that you turn to bitterness to rebuff the joys of the season? After all, you have told us repeatedly that the belief in any deity is a mind fake.

      • EvelynV December 3, 2019 at 8:37 pm #

        SSL – you probably missed my first attempt to lighten up your xmas spirit because I posted it late Sunday night so by the time you rolled out of bed, probably past noon on Monday morning it would have been too late for you. Here it is again, stay tuned for more in the future, I’ll be doing my best to get you out of your cranky and bitter state.

        Hoping gifts atone
        marital abusiveness
        He drowns them in debt.

        • SoftStarLight December 4, 2019 at 10:22 am #

          You’re seriously troubled. And you are very mean spirited.

          • benr December 5, 2019 at 9:12 am #

            You just now figured that out?

            There is a reason I call here ccl (crazy cat lady)or evilyn.

    • Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2019 at 1:53 pm #

      We need to bring back the Inquisition. Pray (and it will reach them in the past because God is transcendental to time) for those on the Pyramids about to have their hearts cut out and offered up to the Sun in those Demonic Indian Civilizations of Central America.

      Sadly you will probably pass before the Inquisition is set up. I mourn the lost opportunity to work with you and help you to repent. My Questions and the sacrificial actions associated with them, would have had a profound effect on your body, mind, and soul.

      I read about a man who offered up his pain for his murdered daughter. When he had a toothache he would let it ache for days, asking God if he could take some of the agony that his daughter suffered in her final moments. She was raped and murdered in Central Park. The beast, a man of great size and strength, broke off a branch and shoved it into her with great force. He was White. There are some bad ones I must admit.

    • volodya December 3, 2019 at 2:35 pm #

      Yeah, that’s pretty much it. But let’s not stop with that. So, maybe ask this question, given what you just said, how did this religion get such traction in the Roman Empire?

      Maybe it was the underlying narrative: a peasant girl from a dusty corner of the Mediterranean gets knocked up out of wedlock, gives birth to the son of God, or of a Roman soldier or of an illiterate carpenter, depending on the version you think is most likely, narrowly avoids death by stoning through the compassion of that same old carpenter, who saves her son from the stigma of illegitimacy, who, when he comes of age, takes on the local powers that be – including Roman officialdom who were never noted for their humanitarian impulses, and dies worse than a dog. 

      Now, Mary suffers through all this, including the horrific death of her kid, who it must be said was abandoned by his followers when he needed them most – except for some of the women according to all four books, including Mary (according to John).  

      The ordinary people of the Empire led lives which were, by comparison to our own, nasty, and half as long and who could therefore identify most closely with the miseries of Mary and Joseph and Jesus given that they too were the lowest of the low.

      And how did it start? Well, by what you said. 

      So you have this uncomprehending girl who, by no scheming of her own, becomes the bridge between the Old Testament and the New and the mother of the founder of a global religion. This is maybe one reason that she’s held in such high esteem. It’s a compelling story don’t you think? You could make movies out of it. 

      • Q. Shtik December 3, 2019 at 5:24 pm #

        ordinary people of the Empire led lives which were, by comparison to our own, nasty, and half as long – volodya

        =========

        Not really, vol. Have you forgotten the Psalm that says The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

        Virtually identical now as in Biblical times. This has been on my mind a lot since I turned 79 on Nov 21.

        • volodya December 4, 2019 at 11:18 am #

          No I haven’t forgotten but at the same time I doubt that 3 score and ten was the reality back then. I read a while back that average life expectancy of the Roman male was 35, for Roman females it was 28 (because of death in childbirth), and 30 for the Roman soldier. You read about this stuff and everybody’s got a different number depending on whether you factor in infant mortality etc etc.

          Back around 1970 there was a big hoohah in the press about ave life expectancy in the US reaching 70.

          This chart from the CDC. Make of it what you will:

          cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/2018/004.pdf

          • Majella December 4, 2019 at 7:14 pm #

            Yes, and the Old Testament is chocka with people reaching several hundreds of years in age. Yeah, right.

          • benr December 5, 2019 at 8:19 pm #

            @MAJELLA

            Do you believe in giants?
            How about Dinosaurs?
            Do you doubt there was a jesus?
            Is there any truth in the bible?

      • EvelynV December 3, 2019 at 8:55 pm #

        To answer some of your questions.

        But first, note that here and there throughout the bibile whenever jebus addresses his mother it is harsh and snappish. The fact is he was so put out with her cockamamie story about how she got knocked up with him he had no patience for her.

        And Christianity? Well, Jebus of Nazareth must be one of the more misunderstood people who have trodden this planet. He started out in a tradition of charismatic preaching (think Pentacostalist) at a time when it was quite normal to associate miracles with your favourite Holy man (in fact the absence of same would be evidence of unholiness) but his real message was to get those religious bureaucrats off our backs and get back to Jewish basics. He was an iconoclast and, as such, misunderstood by the Zealots who thought he was a revolutionary like them. So they either duped or persuaded him to stage a diversion at the Holy Temple by starting a riot among the corrupt moneylenders who would be his natural targets. This was very convenient for the Zealots because the great Roman garrison in Jerusalem was right beside the very place jebus staged his riot (The gospels don’t mention this little detail but the archaeological record does.) Jebus never claimed to be the Messiah but the Zealots sent word the Messiah was coming, which was why he was greeted at the gates of Jerusalem by people he’d never seen before crying ‘Free us!’ (The Aramaic words sound like Hosanna.) Unfortunately Jebus hesitated at the crucial moment and the attack failed and Jebus crucified for his part in it. His failure to act was then misinterpreted by Paul who spread the belief of jebus of the Other Way. The man just froze and was then ground up by history. The Jerusalem Church was conveniently destroyed in AD 68, Paul’s people wrote the gospels and put their words into jebus’ mouth. to answer volodya’s question, Constantine needed a counter to Mithraism which he thought was rotting his soldiers morale, so called for the Convocation of Nicea (338 AD) to define among the warring churches what the authentic Christianity actually was, and they ended up picking the 4 (Pauline) gospels we know to-day out of at least 35 which contradicted each other too much to stay in the Canon. None of the authors were eyewitnesses to the events they wrote about. In those days that was OK, God would strike you dead if you wrote falsehoods about him. Yeah! Right!

        • volodya December 4, 2019 at 11:44 am #

          Evelyn, the narrative didn’t have to be true, there just had to be enough truthiness about it. And regardless of the truth of it or lack thereof, I think the story of the son of God being born into humble circumstances was attractive to people back then, given their own circumstances. Besides all that I think it had to have some degree of similarity with other religious narratives that people were already used to. 

          And even if you had eyewitnesses back then diligently writing everything down, there would still be doubts nowadays about authorship/provenance and the accuracy not only of the eyewitnesses but of the people transcribing over the succeeding centuries. Who actually wrote the accounts? What was their name? What was their background? At this point nobody knows. Who were the transcribers? Who proofed the transcriptions? And while a lot of people bought into the story (or stories), a lot of people didn’t. For example, I’ve heard it said that Islam is the formulation of dissident Christians. And not long before Mohammed died he supposedly told his followers to not do to him what Jesus’ followers did to Jesus, ie make him into the son of god etc.
           
          You’re right about the culling and suppression of the multitude of texts out there as there’s pieces surviving, and not only that but there are discrepancies between the four that did make the cut. There was a group of scholars a while back, can’t remember what they called themselves, (Jesus Seminar?) or whether their conclusions were widely accepted, but what they did was to assess the authenticity of what Jesus supposedly said and did. 

    • elysianfield December 4, 2019 at 2:11 pm #

      So, Evelyn, you, too, have caught the disease….

      It is not my fault,
      I, too, became a victim,
      Damn your eyes, Magill!

  47. sprawlcapital December 3, 2019 at 2:43 pm #

    The fact that Jim used the term thought crime is significant in that we now have Thought Police to catch perpetrators of such crimes.

    At least in my town, the Thought Police are physicians and their nurses. On any visit to a doctor’s office, the patient will be asked questions as to what medications and supplements they are taking, as well as questions about their thoughts. The patient is asked whether they have depressivse thoughts, including thoughts of suicide. I do not know what penalties are imposed for answers in the affirmative, but they probably include anti-depressant drugging and, maybe, incarceration.

    As Shotho pointed out yesterday, citing Freud, the drive to death (Thanatos) is universal in the human personality, as is the drive to life (Eros). Therefore, the physician/Thought Police are doing an interrogation on their patients that can only discern whether or not they are human.

    I recommend lying to any nurse or physician when they are functioning as Thought Police.

    • Epicur December 3, 2019 at 2:50 pm #

      I recommend lying to any nurse or physician when they are functioning as Thought Police.

      10-4

      • Epicur December 3, 2019 at 3:29 pm #

        I forgot the quotation marks.

        “I recommend lying to any nurse or physician when they are functioning as Thought Police.”

        Personally, I would never, ever, recommend such a thing.

        • elysianfield December 4, 2019 at 2:16 pm #

          “Personally, I would never, ever, recommend such a thing.”

          Ep,
          Well, I would. Suggesting that you are depressed, a subjective interpretation of a condition, at best, can get you an early morning visit from the local police with a warrant to separate you from your guns….

      • BackRowHeckler December 3, 2019 at 3:34 pm #

        Kamala Harris has dropped out of the race. Last week Bloomberg spent $130 million of his own money on ads to boost his campaign. (He don’t need no stinkin donations) Dems really is the ‘Big Tent Party’, pitting a billionaire – and 11th richest man in the world — against 2 avowed Marxists. And don’t count out Pete Buttgieg, who has moved up into the top tier. I’ve never heard Buttgieg make a speech. Is he a compelling speaker, like Obama? I read recently his support amongst Blacks is .04%, and Hispanics 5%, neither of which is good. One of the things that surprises me is support for Trump amongst the black dudes I work with, the ones that can vote (West Indians and felons excluded). One of the reasons seems to be they see him as a ‘Strong Man’ and a ‘Player’, a brash individual with a lot of bling to throw around. That goes a long way with these guys.

        Brh

        • Q. Shtik December 3, 2019 at 5:43 pm #

          Bloomberg spent $130 million of his own money – BRH

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

          I read the figure $30 million, not $130 million. In any case it’s chump change if he has $50 billion as they say he does.

        • Q. Shtik December 3, 2019 at 5:50 pm #

          Kamala Harris has dropped out of the race. – BRH

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

          I think the NYT can take partial credit for putting the nail in Kamala’s campaign coffin. They ran an article a day or two ago describing chaos in her campaign on many levels. I recall thinking when I read it “How can she survive with this hatchet in her back?”

        • Sean Coleman December 4, 2019 at 10:47 am #

          E Michael Jones, on Bitchute, has a lot to say about Buttgieg because he lives in South Bend too. colin Flaherty talked about him too, on a recent podcast. I don’t know if it was Flaherty or someone else who tipped Buttgieg for the nomination because of who or what he is, but someone did.

      • Urinthe Village December 3, 2019 at 4:20 pm #

        Part of the ACA (Affordable Care Act = Obamacare), as well as newer regulations relating to Medicare, require physicians to document that all patients are screened for “mental illness.” If such things are not documented it translates in to poor marks in “quality” of care and the practitioners are eventually penalized by reduced reimbursements as well as publicly available quality scores. I guarantee the orthopedic surgeon taking care of your broken toe wouldn’t be asking about your mood if this weren’t the case. Whether you answer questions honestly or not is up to you. You should be cognizant, however, that HIPPA notwithstanding, anything that goes down in a medical record is permanently there, and may not be confidential.

  48. Majella December 3, 2019 at 4:35 pm #

    Why is American society so divided?

    This is a Deutsche Welle documentary which is a ‘must see’.

    • Majella December 3, 2019 at 4:38 pm #

      40 million homeless…and they can’t vote (well, not easily because they lack a “Fixed Abode”.

      I wonder how many of these destitute people would vote for Himself, now that ‘America is so great again”.

      youtube.com/watch?v=MIz4TkEVJ0Q

      • Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2019 at 6:38 pm #

        And you people want even more with your open borders. I’m not sure about your number (seems way too high) but I am sure about that.

        • Majella December 3, 2019 at 8:19 pm #

          Ah, Janos – still brimming with the milk of human kindness, I see.

          You’re right – the 40 million number is those living below the poverty line. My error, my apologies.

          Wikipedia points to a number of 558,000 homeless on any given day, 129,000 live in California (but to hear benr describe it, they’re stacked 3 deep on every street).

          I love the”you people” schtick, there’s no hope for you is there…

          How many of those 558,000 homeless are immigrants – legal or otherwise? You’d have no idea, and nor do I, but I suspect a way smaller number than you’d like it to be.

          Many of these unfortunates are victims of the crazy US healthcare model, leaving even insured people in bankruptcy. Lost credit rating? Good luck renting even the shittiest shit-box apartment.

          This DW doco is set in San Deigo, benr. Feedback?

          • Janos Skorenzy December 3, 2019 at 8:59 pm #

            Your superficiality is on display: The immigrants and refugees take jobs and services that would otherwise go to American citizens. There’s only so much – and that includes the inner human resources of attention, interest, and compassion. If aliens are getting all of these along with our native aliens, the Blacks, Whites are liable to be left out in the cold, both metaphorically and actually.

            Yet at the same time you people consider yourselves “environmentalists” – yet when it comes to your own Nation you are cornacopians who deny any limits at all. Or any rules as per mixing different human species together.

          • K-Dog December 4, 2019 at 12:30 am #

            The immigrants and refugees take jobs and services that would otherwise go to American citizens.

            On this surface this seems to make sense but if there were no services that immigrants could use, there would also be no services for Americans or anybody else to use. Further if a country were determined to help immigrants in need it would be less able to ignore its own citizens who are also in need.

            Yet we agree on limits. Ignoring that services cost money is irresponsible. The problem is where to draw the line. All an immigrant is trying to do is get a better life and if decent jobs were common there would be no immigrant issue.

            Left to their own devices progressives are all about helping immigrants while ignoring overall quality in American life. Conservatives admit they exploit and are out for themselves without the pretense of pretending not to screw other people over. Or at least as much of a pretense.

            Who has a more honest connection with reality. Both really want the same thing. More for them less for you. But you decide. Who is the more real of the two for you?

          • Majella December 4, 2019 at 1:43 am #

            ‘ Your superficiality is on display: The immigrants and refugees take jobs and services that would otherwise go to American citizens.’

            Nope. They take the jobs Americans don’t want to do -wiping aged arses, picking the fields, cleaning toilets, and all for ridiculous wages. This same effect is evident in every modern western culture.

            The difference is that for them it’s a huge improvement, so they say “thanks” and don’t complain.

            Did you actually bother to watch the piece? I think not, otherwise you would have noted that none of the Americans -living in their car but working- mentioned immigrants. Their gripe is with the likes of you.

          • Majella December 4, 2019 at 2:04 am #

            ‘Your superficiality is on display’.

            What a laugh. You must be among the most supercilious people I’ve ever had the displeasure of coming across. Your pseudo-intellectual smoke-and-mirrors game is farcical. You dig deep into Jesuit debating trickery, but you appear -to me anyway – as a sad man living a lonely life, cursing fate that didn’t see you born in Germany about 1899.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 4, 2019 at 2:40 am #

            Maj: Yeah, Whites need those jobs now, genius. And guess what? In the few parts of America that are still White, the lawns get mowed, the beds made, and the coffee poured. So you’re wrong – again.

            There are only so many jobs. Keep saying that to yourself. There’s nothing profound about the ordinary human mind – it works on repitition. You’ve been programmed and can reprogram yourself.

            If minorities take so many jobs, there are that many fewer for Whites. If Women take good jobs, there are that many fewer good ones for Men. And since Women won’t marry beneath themselves – well, do the math if you can.

            Then’s there’s the offshoring of jobs and automation. Both massive factors, the latter exploding in percentile.

            And one last obvious point (obvious to those who get around): Once minorities “capture” an industry and get into management, they only hire their own if they can get away with it. In any case, they will invariably favor their own since they can almost always get away with that – thanks to “you people, the Traitors.

          • Majella December 4, 2019 at 4:14 am #

            You couldn’t have put have MY exact case against your bullshit ‘philosophy’ more eloquently. Your own words prove your feeble-minded case to be bullshit. Thanks!

          • SoftStarLight December 4, 2019 at 10:17 am #

            Maj – as an outsider looking into this conversation I find it interesting that you say that Janos is just making stuff up. For instance, if you really disagree with him so vehemently can you please prove that when minorities get into powerful corporate positions for example, that they don’t do everything in their power to hire their own. That is even obvious to an ordinary person who has to go into a Walmart. I have no idea what things are like where you are but I have seen first hand a Walmart where one day there was a Black Manager, and then slowly but surely nearly all of the existing employees were replaced by Black workers. Now at the Walmart I am thinking of there are really no other workers than Black and they can often be found huddling in the aisles talking to each other or on their phones. I guess I was at least thinking you would have some comebacks or evidence to disprove what we see. And when people are desperate for work they will pick grapes, clean windows, etc. This is a myth that people who have never been in that sort of situation make up because it’s always more virtuous in this PC world to love a foreigner more than your own neighbor so it sounds great to talk about foreign immigrants like they are the Noble Poor coming to do all of the things our own lower classes supposedly won’t do.

          • benr December 4, 2019 at 10:46 am #

            I could take pictures of San Diego downtown outside of the gas lamp and you would cry.
            It looks like Hooverville has come again and has been this way since George W. and got worse under Obama by a huge margin. No blame to the residents in the Whitehouse just for timelines sake. I blame human greed most of all and the ridiculous minimum wage increases causing the price of everything to match those increases while middle class incomes rise at a far slower rate. Also to blame directly are California’s outrages gas taxes spiking the price of trucking goods in and around the state. Right now regular unleaded is averaging $3.75 a gallon diesel is around that as well.
            Homelessness has slightly improved since then as a result of local outreach from our terrible Mayor (r) small r since he is a rino.

            What can we say to many people not enough decent paying jobs if they even want to work.
            I can tell you many homeless people are there out of choice not out of no other choice.
            They want to drink and get high but do nothing else.
            Pan handling for money to buy the next fix or bottle.

            I see it when I hand out sandwiches and bottled water.

          • Majella December 4, 2019 at 7:19 pm #

            SSL:

            “…please prove that when minorities get into powerful corporate positions for example, that they don’t do everything in their power to hire their own.”

            With these words, you accuse the despised black manager of doing what you would do. Pot, kettle, etc…

          • Majella December 4, 2019 at 7:44 pm #

            benr:

            Yes, I’m sure there’s a lot of visible homelessness in SD, as it is elsewhere. The most recent stats show there’s just over 5,000 in the SD area, with half of them unsheltered (I’m guessing they’re the Hooverville residents, but may include the carpark inhabitants featured in the DW video).

            It’s ugly and confronting, and while there may be some who are there due to mental illness and substance addiction, the majority are NOT. They’re the result of the US’s upside-down system, in which if you’re down, you’re more likely to get another kick in the head than a hand up.

            The minimum wage perspective you espouse is interesting. I thought this trope had bee thoroughly debunked already. For example, the minimum wage in Aotearoa NZ is now $NZD 18.25 and it is planned to get to $20.50 by the end of 2021.

            That’s a living wage – working a 40 hour week, after taxes, that’s $35,700 per annum. If you have children, there can be a rebate on the taxes that, for 2 children under age 16, would add back in around $5,000. (There’s no Standard Deduction or deduction of mortgage interest there.)

            This process has been ongoing for the last 8 years. So far, this has shown no inflationary effect such as you describe.

          • benr December 5, 2019 at 9:21 am #

            debunked I love how people use that word but are not living the reality.
            In the last 8 years the price of everything has shot up by a large margin.

            Rents ALONE have spiked average rent is over $2,247 up from $1,400 in 2006.

            rentcafe.com/average-rent-market-trends/us/ca/san-diego/

            To live in low rent districts you are in a warzone or a ghetto.

          • Majella December 5, 2019 at 1:03 pm #

            Benr, how is that an argument AGAINST a higher, living wage as a minimum?

            It’s not a minimum wage that caused the inflation in rents – that’s demand and increases in property taxes levied by the local municipality.

            Didn’t His Magasty, during the 2016 campaign say something like ‘American wages are too high’ is THAT where you’re getting this idea from?

          • benr December 5, 2019 at 7:22 pm #

            @majella

            I will keep it simple.

            State says raise minimum wage.
            Employer says ok.
            In order to stay in business they either fire employees and make the remaining do more. Less jobs more work.
            Make your product cheaper to produce or make portion size smaller.
            Pass the cost on to the consumer who then has to pay more for everything requiring a worker.
            Since the cost of EVERYTHING now increases property owners are getting squeezed so the raise the rents…duh

    • Majella December 3, 2019 at 4:38 pm #

      Sorry – link here

      youtube.com/watch?v=JHDkALRz5Rk&feature=youtu.be

      • Majella December 3, 2019 at 8:39 pm #

        Watch it from around minute 23 on…holy cow…

        • Walter B December 3, 2019 at 8:55 pm #

          I did not watch too much of your video Majella, because I have seen it all in real life. I passed through a free dental clinic two years ago in Virginia where they call dental treatment only extractions. Has anyone out there ever noticed that only the wealthy have had teeth throughout history?

          Yes it is a sad state of affairs and Obama did not make it any better nor did Donald J. Trump. Nobody will make it better because big medicine is big business and as such is only responsible to care for those with big bucks!

          Thank you for posting a video that, if nothing else, points out how things really are here in America if you look beneath the shining exterior. Not that anybody is going to do that besides us.

          • Q. Shtik December 3, 2019 at 11:27 pm #

            Has anyone out there ever noticed that only the wealthy have had teeth throughout history? – Walt B

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

            My maternal grandfather went to his grave at 75 with only 3 teeth in his mouth.

            About 3/4ths of my teeth are implants. They cost a small fortune. I was only able to afford them because my brother died in 2014 and left me his life savings.

            I think I read somewhere that Geo. Washington only had ONE natural tooth in his head. The rest were the famous wooden dentures.

            In other words Walt, I am confirming your observation.

          • Majella December 4, 2019 at 1:51 am #

            Q.

            My mum is 84 and still has own teeth (including a fascinating gold implant she got on the left front incisor following an accident at 18).

            My dad made it to 80 with his own choppers. I’m 62 and still have them all. One brother gave up and went to dentures after years of untreated gingivitis.

            My other 6 brothers – the youngest just turned 50 – still have their original ivory. That’s what a socialised Medical/healthcare system gets you (though genetics may have played a part).

        • K-Dog December 4, 2019 at 1:39 am #

          Watch it from around minute 23 on.

          That was a sneaky trick. I did and when I finished it I had to start from the beginning to watch the whole thing.

          So delightful to have to watch a German Documentary narrated by a Brit to find out what the state of poverty is in America. The miner was priceless. The thought that he might have spent a bit too long looking at coal and nothing else would never occur to him.

          • Majella December 4, 2019 at 1:52 am #

            Sorry, K-Dog. Nasty trap…?

  49. BackRowHeckler December 4, 2019 at 12:02 am #

    Hunter Biden knocked up a stripper named ‘Dallas’ who worked at a DC club near the White House, now he’s claiming he’s got no swag to pay child support. Well, what the hell happened to the 80gs a month the Ukrainians were paying him for doing nothing? Jesus Krist, how much blow did they buy last summer out on the Vineyard? Now he’s in court trying to get his financial records sealed. Nice guy. I’m hoping and praying the Dems vote to impeach the President. When this Witch Hunt gets to the Senate it will be the Republicans turn to issue subpoenas and question witnesses. Guess who’s going to be the first on the list to get a summons to appear?

    brh

    • Majella December 4, 2019 at 1:54 am #

      Maybe the $80gs( I heard $50) couldn’t keep up with in flatiron in blow?

      Or possibly, that was all bullshit…just sayin’…

      • Majella December 4, 2019 at 1:54 am #

        ‘Flatiron’??? “Inflation”…

      • BackRowHeckler December 4, 2019 at 10:53 am #

        50g is Hunter’s cut. What, you think John Kerry’s kid and Whitey Bulger’s nephew didn’t get paid? When this swag was coming into the Vineyard on summer ferrys from Wood’s hole there was more than one bagman, and cash stuffed into more than one briefcase.

        Republican Senators, some of whom were criminal prosecutors, will get to the bottom of all this during the impeachment trial. The Trump hating MSM won’t be able to ignore the facts. Let it all come out. Let’s see what really was happening.

        Brh

        • Majella December 4, 2019 at 7:26 pm #

          Oh…I’m surprised. If Burisma LLC was PAYING a salary to a Company Director, I’d find it hard to see that being paid in cash yet still appear in said LLC’s accounts.

          So, the bagman delivering the Vineyard/Wood’s Hole/cash&blow/hookers must be over & above, right?

          Anyway – Marlin, I’m prepared to accept all these assertions, if you would care to share how you KNOW all this, for a fact. I know you live nearby and no doubt have contacts – perhaps in the service industries? Keen to know.

  50. tucsonspur December 4, 2019 at 1:16 am #

    This is for kdog and any others who might ask me, rather naively I might add, “what do you care what he is doing with his millions or billions?” This in reference to Hanauer.

    Paul Singer can also wear only one pair of pants at a time. But he can do a lot more than that.

    realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/12/03/tucker_carlson_how_paul_singer_hedge_funds_are_destroying_rur…

    That’s why I care and why you should too.

    • K-Dog December 4, 2019 at 1:30 am #

      But the implication was that what he does with his money is suspect.

      Put down the pipe. You linked a Tucker Carlson Rant. That is bad enough but to compound your transgression it finally after a long circuitous route accused people like Singer of everything bad from Noah’s flood to peeling paint and describes an man with no social conscience at all. A walking zero. Hanauer in contrast is a Mother Teresa among billionaires. I’m not seeing your point.

      • tucsonspur December 4, 2019 at 2:50 am #

        You asked me the question, didn’t you? “What do you care….” I told you why I care. And why you should care. Call Tucker’s presentation a rant if you will, but it’s all true. Your logic is lacking. I gave you a good example of why one should care about what billionaires do with their money. That’s the point. And you can’t see it?

        And I’m certain that there are many more Singers out there. Hanauer May be an exception, but that is Not the point.

        Last word to you. I’m out on this topic.

      • Janos Skorenzy December 4, 2019 at 3:00 am #

        You understood a few days ago, now you have lost It. Such is the result of passion and the choosing that stems from it. You don’t like Tucker Carlson – just about the only Patriot on TV. So you can’t understand when he says the same thing you said, but in his own words. And if he used your own words, you would then disavow them coming from his mouth.

        • K-Dog December 4, 2019 at 7:05 pm #

          And if he used your own words, you would then disavow them coming from his mouth.

          Yes I would.

    • Majella December 4, 2019 at 1:56 am #

      Singer, the Uber Vulture.

      Accumulation is all it’s about – hedge-fund managers use YOUR dollars to keep score.

    • Majella December 4, 2019 at 7:58 pm #

      Hey TS

      Being a follower of Greg Palast for decades, I’m behind you on this one. (And hat-tip to T Carlson, much to my surprise).

      As well, it may be worth pointing out that the Delphi rort fund-manager cabal included Romney’s Bain Capital. They all made a killing.

      “Consider the case of Delphi, the automotive parts supplier. During the last financial crisis, a consortium of hedge funds, including Singer’s Elliott Management, purchased Delphi. With Singer and the other funds at the helm, the company took billions of dollars in government bailouts. Obama’s auto-czar compared the tactics to extortion. Once they had the bailout money, the funds moved most of Delphi’s jobs overseas, and then either cut retiree pensions entirely or shifted the costs to taxpayers. “

  51. Janos Skorenzy December 4, 2019 at 3:02 am #

    Weston Price found that poor dental conditions are a disease of Civilization – or at least that which the Elite impose on us. Washington climbed up and was not from any traditional Aristocracy so he is not really an exception.

    westonaprice.org/health-topics/nutrition-greats/weston-a-price-dds/

    • SoftStarLight December 4, 2019 at 10:02 am #

      This is a very interesting post. You’re right. One thing that the Elite has imposed on many/most people is food rationing. Not food rationing in the sense that you literally can only get so much of certain things and all by law, but food rationing in the sense that fresh vegetables, meat, etc., are much more expensive compared to processed foods. So families of limited means are forced to limit their consumption of healthy food. This also stems back to our removal from the land and being concentrated into cities. If more families and communities were able to grow their own food to the greatest extent possible we would likely be much healthier. It is really amazing that modern society with modern medicine and advanced technology does not necessarily guarantee that citizens are healthy and whole, and in many respects makes people less healthy and whole.

      • BackRowHeckler December 4, 2019 at 11:00 am #

        Indeed, SSL. I’ve been reading the hugger mugger demands of the ‘Climate Activists’, and rationing what we eat is on the list..

        So far these activists have been indulged, but let them start interfering with food production, or delivery of No. 2 heating oil, natgas, or gasoline (as is their ‘demand’) then there’s going to be a problem. We won’t be feeling so ‘indulgent’ anymore, IMHO.

        Brh

      • BackRowHeckler December 4, 2019 at 1:52 pm #

        And it occurs to me it’s going to take one hell of a police force — both uniformed and secret police divisions — to enforce Climate Mandates. Maybe bigger than Stasi, NKVD and Gestapo combined. Perhaps concentration camps could be re introduced, based either the Soviet or German model, possibly both.

        Brh

      • elysianfield December 4, 2019 at 2:30 pm #

        SSL/Janos,
        Please factor in life expectancy into your calculations of dental health…diet is only one arbiter of who shall die with a full set of dentures.

      • K-Dog December 4, 2019 at 7:07 pm #

        The Trump administration announced a plan Wednesday to end food-stamp benefits for about 700,000 Americans, issuing a new regulation that makes it harder for states to gain waivers from a requirement that beneficiaries work or participate in a vocational training program.

        He looked in the mirror and saw he was fat.

      • Majella December 5, 2019 at 2:13 am #

        SSL- the ‘nutrition poverty’s for low-waged Americans leads to really crappy health outcomes, like diabetes, which don’t ‘take you out’ quickly. Hence the healthcare must also be withheld unless you can write the cheque.

        Malthus (the actual one) purported that the system would take care if the problem by itself…but sadly not yet. But the nutrition/healthcare combine will acheive it, but slowly and miserably.

  52. Janos Skorenzy December 4, 2019 at 3:07 am #

    Carlson wears a suit, keeps his hair short and was probably a jock in high school. Kdog wears his hair long (ponytail?) and sandals! How can they ever agree on anything – even if they do? Carlson – a mesomorph with a wicked sense of humor. Kdog – a lean angry ecto-meso, a Cassius of the mind given to snark, exaggeration, and bile. They were born to hate each other and hate those who like their opponent.

    • Nightowl December 4, 2019 at 7:37 am #

      Carlson is one of the few mainstream talking heads talking any sense. He was also very open about his past sins with regard to support for Iraq and associated PNAC foreign policy (which most Dems voted for, too).

      How he remains on Fox News given the truth he drops on a near daily basis is anyone’s guess.

      • SoftStarLight December 4, 2019 at 9:38 am #

        I worry about him. He is willing to ask questions that I don’t see anyone else asking in any mainstream format. But Fox is degrading so I don’t know how much longer he has but he should be supported and uplifted.

        • Nightowl December 4, 2019 at 10:57 am #

          He has certainly earned my respect. And this is from someone who loved it when Jon Stewart called him out on Crossfire all those years ago.

          These days the idea that I once found Jon Liebowitz honest is rather appalling.

        • benr December 5, 2019 at 9:24 am #

          Fox is owned by a progressive type now.
          It looks like oann.com/ is the next one that will be telling the truth no one else will bring up.

          • Nightowl December 5, 2019 at 10:35 am #

            They have been pretty on the money so far. And Chanel Rion looks like my college girlfriend.

    • K-Dog December 5, 2019 at 12:15 am #

      Cassius followed Epicurus and this may have been the foundation of his mistake. I’d have stood against him at Phillippi. Are you sure about the sandals?

      • Janos Skorenzy December 5, 2019 at 1:17 am #

        Yes, Birkenstocks right?

        Tucker looks like the kid who used to push you into the lockers face first. And the guy who kicked sand on you and your girlfriend at the beach. And all the others: they all look like Tucker to you now.

        • Majella December 5, 2019 at 2:15 am #

          I’d say Tucker, himself, naturally suffered all the indignities your reference.

        • Majella December 5, 2019 at 2:17 am #

          The guy that delivered such insults was last seen detailing cars at a local car wash…before being laid off for an automated system.

        • K-Dog December 5, 2019 at 3:12 pm #

          Nobody who pushed me into lockers face first is still alive.

          If Tucker had it up to thump me in the chest, push me back and say, you a cocksucker? we could be friends. But face first into lockers. No.

          And he would have to do it with the right amount of fear. Not much, a twitch, enough to show me he is worthy. But without fear, and cocksure he had nothing to fear, then OK Boomer time for him or I’d be kissing the floor. And sandals don’t work out so well in Seattle.

          But you knew that.

  53. Janos Skorenzy December 4, 2019 at 3:11 am #

    Q: You’ve never lived in a Command Economy. Such a rising tide will lift all boats. Yes, it will be harder to become rich, much harder. And harder to fall into life on the streets, much harder. I know you would choose to keep things the way they are, no matter how bad things get. Money is just not something you believe can have any limits put on it or should. And if millions fall, it’s just their own fault. This is true Americanism. The Founders were too much into money and their followers carried this bad tendency and kept taking it to greater and greater extremes. As such, you are an Idolater. Christ wants to throw over your table and drive you out of His House with a whip of cords.

    • SoftStarLight December 4, 2019 at 9:21 am #

      Yes, and because of this Foundation our Culture is steeped in Idolatry. As we develop our new society once the Money Changers are expelled from the Temple it seems that we need to remember Christ’s saying that you mention often, that Man is not made for the Sabbath, but the Sabbath is made for Man. We were never supposed to be slaves of money or anything material. Those things were simply given to us to help us in life. If only we could bring back the values of simplicity and the viewpoint that the things we do have are blessings to be appreciated and grateful for, not things to covet and crave and hurt others for.

      • JohnAZ December 4, 2019 at 10:52 am #

        Jesus chased them out because they were cheating the people devoutly coming to the Temple to sacrifice an animal to God. The basis of the pre-Jesus Jewish religion was animal sacrifice to atone for sin. The animals were supposed to be “perfect” so the priests would declare them blemished and would sell them a perfect one for cash on the barrel head. The money changers were the agents financing all of that.

        Assuming the role of Jesus as the human manifestation of God, I can definitely understand his being insulted by this travesty.

        And just like today, I do understand the reaction of the high priests to try to eliminate the person shutting down their racket.

        Ha! The joke was on them. Jesus prevailed and is still celebrated today. The Jewish bureaucracy has been gone for a long time along with their animal cruelty.

        • JohnAZ December 4, 2019 at 10:59 am #

          Jesus dying on the cross is the ultimate sacrifice by God to buy humans grace ie the forgiveness of out sins. God did not insist on Abraham sacrificing his son, Isaac, but had his own Son be sacrificed in the most inhuman way possible. Grace is the number one message carried by Paul and converted the Western world.

          Since God’s sacrifice creating the New Testament with humanity, animal sacrifices are not required and disappeared.

          I will bet PETA would have a ball with animal sacrifices.

        • Janos Skorenzy December 4, 2019 at 5:25 pm #

          Ever notice how quiet Banks are – especially the big ones? They’re Temples. And who is the Priesthood? That’s right John – the descendants of the Pharisees. So they haven’t gone anywhere but into the beating Heart of our Civilization in order to wreak havoc.

          Christ was right and you are wrong. And btw, they plan to rebuild the Temple and bring back the animal sacrifices too I believe.

    • Q. Shtik December 4, 2019 at 11:31 am #

      Q: You’ve never lived in a Command Economy. – Janos

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

      Are you speaking to me here? If so, please be specific as to what I wrote that prompts your comment. Could it be what I wrote about increasing the minimum wage?

    • elysianfield December 4, 2019 at 2:35 pm #

      “you are an Idolater. Christ wants to throw over your table and drive you out of His House with a whip of cords.”

      Janos,
      Christ is without doubt, a violent sort…I’ve seen pictures of him doing the EXACT SAME THING with others…somebody gotta stop this guy before he hurts someone.

      At least take his guns away…and shit….

  54. Nightowl December 4, 2019 at 6:43 am #

    Looks like Hills and Bills were reportedly regular guests at Epstein’s kiddy breeding ranch, too.

    dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7748467/Bill-Hillary-Clinton-frequent-guests-Jeffrey-Epsteins-New-Mexic…

    “It’s one big club, and you ain’t in it.”

    • Nightowl December 4, 2019 at 7:32 am #

      And in possibly related news, it appears George Nader, a convicted pedophile that special counsel Robert Mueller used in his Russia investigation, was indicted on Tuesday for allegedly concealing millions of dollars in illegal campaign contributions to then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

      Keep in mind this is the same George Nader who appears bathing-suit-clad in that famous photo in the Carribean of Bill Clinton and Tony Podesta with their arms around each other.

      i0.wp.com/truepundit.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/I00006z_s6OQHdlQ.jpg?w=500&ssl=1

      Tony Podesta (who had controversial pedophilic art in his DC home) is the brother of John Podesta, the HRC campaign manager whose hacked emails over at Wiki sparked controversy for suspected use of pedophile code words.

      About that big club again …

      • JohnAZ December 4, 2019 at 10:41 am #

        Sexy and the Elite. This has been going on since life has existed. The male with the largest chest of goodies indicating genetic superiority gets the girls.

        In humans, today that means prestige, money and power.

        #me too has a big problem will women who use their sex to influence the big powerful men they encounter. The question always asked, If they did not want to have sex, why were they in the position that it happened? Women have always wisely avoided the problem defensively by not ever putting themselves in that position.

        Women that egg on the Elites and twenty years later try to buy influence or power by extorting them are hypocrites. It is a very popular game right now.

        I do not include pedophiles in this comment. Men who go after children are sick, no matter how much money they have.

        • elysianfield December 4, 2019 at 2:38 pm #

          ” Men who go after children are sick, ”

          Cultural.

  55. fineline December 4, 2019 at 11:15 am #

    If Biden is guilty of something, lock his ass up. Call the FBI or Sheriff Joe, even Quit whining about the Bidens and do something about it.

    Stop hating the Bidens and the Clintons and lets come together for the good of the country.

    Witch Hunt? Where did you get that term from? Seems like that would apply more appropriately to the 15 or so years that the GOP chased around Hilary. Thank Christ she did not get elected. We would still be hearing about Benghazi and the emails ad nauseum.

    Duncan Hunter called the pursuit of his crimes the same thing, “witch hunt’! Cant you find a new term to mislead people?

    Why do you hate the Bidens? Why do you hate the Clintons?

    Instead of looking for Obamas birth certificate, would not it be more useful to waste time and raise money looking for Trumps bone spur Xray or his college grades or his IQ test that he claims he is a stable genius. Why am I thinking of Mr Ed?
    How about the holy grail itself, the tax returns? Is it reasonable to think that all of his his tax returns are under audit all of these years, all of them? What the hell did he try to cheat on that it is taking this long?
    That was not him on the Billy Bush tapes either, he says so and his word is Gospel among those who believe whatever pablum he feeds them.

    How come he knows the Clinton’s and Biden’s so well, but when it comes to people like Prince Andrew and the Clinton’s or Jeffrey Epstein or Sondland et al, he doesn’t know them. The plethora of chummy smiley photos on multiple occasions, dont pay attention to them. Dont pay attention to the “fake” news, CNN the New York Times, the Washington Post or the world wide media like the London times or the French Le Monde and other major media oulets throughout the world that report the same news.

    If there was a world wide conspiracy to “get him”, dont you think they would have “got” him by now. Osama Bin Laden and Al baghdadi had to hide in caves.

    What is true is that when it gets to the Senate they will quickly end this whole process out of loyalty to a party and not to this country.
    But at least the Congress is doing the job the American people elected them to do. The peoples voice in 2018 survived all of the gerrymandering and voter suppression designed to maintain the status quo of Hooray for the rich and the hell with everybody else.

    • JohnAZ December 4, 2019 at 12:07 pm #

      It is your opinion! That is all. It is other folks’ opinions that corruption in DC is Stuff that the Biden’s and the Clinton’s do to maintain power.

      Get it? Are you right or are they? Both are right! The corruption of the Deep State is both sides! The separation of the Deep State from the voting public is supported from both sides of the aisle.

      Look at this blog. Opinions flying left and right twice a week. Who is right? Who tells the truth? My answer is nobody, it is all opinion.

      I watch a little of the hearings this morning. What a crock. Four Constitutional “experts”, three Dem sponsored and one conservative giving their opinions on the constitutionality of drafting articles of impeachment. Experts, by butt. Listening to them is like listening to Hannity debate Chuck Todd. All three of the Dems parroting everything we have heard from the Left since Mueller, theRight I did not hear yet. If these are experts, no wonder we are in trouble. Deep State, liberal interpretation of the Constitution is what they are all about.

      My opinion is that socialistic conversion of the US economy will destroy our innovative ness. What a disaster that would be for the thieves in Russia and China. The stupidification of America is threat number 2, which is required by the Deep State for its take over of the American people.

      Your opinion is just as valuable as mine. We both have one vote, as of now. Yes, that is a threat.

      Please address the above two issues from a Left perspective and please leave Trump out of it. Your favorite whipping boy has nothing to do with it. Convince me that socialism and dumb people are wonderful progressive ( small p) ideals to pursue.

      • fineline December 4, 2019 at 12:30 pm #

        Who is arguing? I said lock the Bidens up.
        The point is that too many are falling on their sword out of blind party loyalty and fewer and fewer dont want the system to work unless its working for them, like you.

        Im not addressing anything form a “left perspective’, and dont declare that Trump is off limits as if he has nothing to do with anything. You freely conjure Clinton, Biden, Mueller, the Deep State, whatever the hell that is.

        If there is any “liberal” interpretation of the Constitution lately, it is coming from Trump, Barr and McConnell.

        What is your issue with “liberal” ?

        Do you scheme to demonize the word so as to cast aspersion every time you use it?

        Is it liberal or conservative for Guiliani to act as state department envoy? or is it liberal or conservative to put a gun in the hands of everyone who can belly up to a counter and demand one?

        Is that your favorite tool to use on who ever you have tied up at the whipping post?

        I am quite condident that I am incapable of convincing you of anything, except that the Senate will never convict.

        • Nightowl December 4, 2019 at 1:45 pm #

          Convict.

          Not one crime uncovered to date.

          LOL.

          • fineline December 4, 2019 at 5:11 pm #

            Not a crime till you have been convicted is the current zeitgeist in the GOP. If a bank is robbed and the teller is shot dead in the process, I suppose there is no crime here, either, unless you first catch the “alleged suspect” and convict them in court.

            Nightowl, if you think not one crime has been uncovered, you have not been paying attention..

            And that despite all of the suppression of witnesses and evidence. Where would we be today if everybody cooperated and told the truth and we have the tax returns made public?

            I think if the tax returns were turned over when first requested, Trump would have been exposed and either resigned or removed from office and it would have spared him from committing his Ukraine crimes.

            Rightfully that would have happened on Paul Ryans watch.

            If Paul had steered congress to do the job the American people elected them to do, it is likely Trump would have been spared the wrath of the current congress which is actually doing the job the American people elected them to do, which is to protect and defend the Constitution. Trump would already be gone.
            Paul Ryan did not do Trump any favors by looking the other way in his last two years, seeing, hearing and doing nothing, before jumping ship like the rat that he is

          • BackRowHeckler December 4, 2019 at 8:15 pm #

            What’s this about Trumps tax returns, fineline?. The man has been audited every year since 1985, and when he declared as a candidate he had to turn in a detailed personal financial profile to the Treasurey Dept. It was 95 pages long, reportedly the most comprehensive ever submitted,

            So what the hell are you talking about?

            Brh

          • Nightowl December 5, 2019 at 4:32 am #

            What are Trump’s crimes and where is your concrete evidence?

            Feel free to submit another monologue, but if it doesn’t anwer this simple question, the ridicule will continue.

      • BackRowHeckler December 4, 2019 at 2:02 pm #

        Hey JAZ, I wasn’t watching the hearings, but did any of the esteemed academic ‘impartial’ legal experts shout “Impeach the MothrF#kkr!”? If the answer is no, I am surprised.

        Brh

        • JohnAZ December 4, 2019 at 9:57 pm #

          Not in those words, but the effect was the same. Totally biased, not even a hint of impartiality. I later found out the guy who was saying that the charges were not impeachable is a Dem who voted against Trump. Huh!

          • Majella December 5, 2019 at 2:27 am #

            Bias is in the ears of the listener.

            However. I watched Turley’s testimony. He made very good points. He did not exonerate Himself but rather made an impassioned appeal to ‘not do this’ for the sake of future stability,

            Not sure that’s a very convincing argument against this crazy narcissist. God forbid be wins in 2020, but even worse, if he DOESN’T.

      • Majella December 4, 2019 at 3:59 pm #

        JohnAZ

        This is what confuses me…in one paragraph you mention “thieves in Russia and China” and that “the Deep State [is in train to] take over of the American people.”

        Are these ‘enemies’ one & the same or are there two threats..or is it three (Russia AND China AND the Deep State)?

        • JohnAZ December 4, 2019 at 10:09 pm #

          My comment, if you read it, was that if the USA loses its innovativeness from becoming socialistic, the thieves in Russia and China will have nothing to steal.

          I consider the DS a larger enemy to the Constitution than any foreign country. “Defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic”. The separation of the government from the people of the US is the worst threat that this country has ever faced, IMO.

          No dictatorial government can survive being under control of the people. Of the people, by the people and for the people, is the credo of the Constitutional government of this country. That is just the opposite direction the Deep State is taking this country.

          • Majella December 5, 2019 at 2:37 am #

            JohnAZ

            There’s a number of points you make, but (presses for yime) I’ll address just one, but it’s a biggie.

            Are you aware of how many innovations over the last 100 years or so have come out of tax-payer funded basic research? The legal position of the federal government (for the people) is that such research is then made available publicly for further research & development.

            These are things that would possibly have been developed, eventually, in the private sector but at such a cost, perhaps not. Theinternet, GPS, thousands of breakthrough drugs, the weather forecast and so on. , ad Infinitum. Is this not the very heart of social democracy (or socialism)? The Stare (Fedral hereabouts) has invested in science for decades to make day-to-day life better and easier, but that ‘social contract’ & ‘commonwealth’ concept is dismissed far too easily.

          • Majella December 5, 2019 at 2:40 am #

            *blush* @ typos

  56. sprawlcapital December 4, 2019 at 1:15 pm #

    I must sound like a broken record as I rant on repeatedly about the corruption of the Iowa Caucuses, particularly as they are employed by the Democratic Party to rig the nomination process.

    The caucuses have no secret ballot. The vote totals for the precincts are not announced, nor is there any evidence that records are even kept of the totals. In 2016 it appeared in our precinct that Sanders had more voters than Clinton, yet it was announced that Clinton had won more delegates. Also in 2016, our precinct chair tried to influence the voting. Obviously, after the voters have gone home, there is no possibility of a recount.

    In other words, the Iowa Caucuses are anti-democratic.They undermine our democracy.

    It is richly ironic, therefore, that today a Stanford law professor testifying to a committee of the House of Representatives stated that Trump’s activities relative to the Bidens’ well-paid work in Ukraine, “Undermined our democracy.” Have these people no shame?

    • tucsonspur December 4, 2019 at 2:21 pm #

      Yes, and Trump’s running and subsequent election brought to light the not so well known issues with our system of delegates and our conventions. Not to mention the ‘Deep State’.

  57. BackRowHeckler December 4, 2019 at 2:05 pm #

    Read Robert Conquest’s account of the Stalin show trials in the mid to late 1930s, in ‘The Great Terror’. It’ll give you an idea what’s going on here.

  58. tucsonspur December 4, 2019 at 2:42 pm #

    I was out, now I’m back in. Was Jesus pure? Well, if he was I must try and be like him. Not knowing much at all about Nick Hanauer, the billionaire mentioned by kdog, I think that maybe I came on a bit too blindly and rained on his parade and the guy/gal in bare feet on the dirt road. He did make some good points and Maybe he is doing A Lot of good with his billions.

    And you were right kdog, the word lambasting that I used was not accurate.

  59. sunburstsoldier December 4, 2019 at 3:47 pm #

    “Hark the herald angels sing
    Glory to the newborn king
    Peace on earth and mercy mild
    God and sinners reconciled.
    Joyful all ye nations rise
    Join the triumph of the skies
    With angelic host proclaim
    Christ is born in Bethlehem…”

    The Christmas season is a time when we become more peripherally aware of how deeply the Angelic World interpenetrates and sustains our own. Were the Angelic World to withdraw its cumulative support for the human adventure, that which we are pleased to call civilization would collapse like a house of cards. Humility, graciousness, compassion, and objectivity are among the virtues we need to cultivate if we are to work in tandem with the Invisible Forces which guide our planetary destiny, and seek to lead us all to ‘higher ground’…

    • BackRowHeckler December 4, 2019 at 4:12 pm #

      I like your outlook, my friend.

      It’s clear you haven’t yet been bit by the Cynic Bug that afflicts many of us here — both left and right — in the CFNation.

      Brh

      • sunburstsoldier December 4, 2019 at 4:53 pm #

        Cynicism is not in my genetic makeup Bhr. Nor do I believe is it in yours…

    • Majella December 5, 2019 at 2:43 am #

      Atheist that I am, I still feel a stirring in my heart when the old-school Catholic carols are in the air. It’s a connection to the wonderful innocence of childhood.

  60. Majella December 4, 2019 at 4:22 pm #

    So, Himself played true to type, again – the skin-thinned snowflake jetted home early from the NATO summit because some of the other kids were trash-talking him among themselves.

    This is truly RICH, especially in light of the insulting and slanderous statements he made about Adam Schiff. Love Schiff or loathe him, there is absolutely NO time or place when it is okay for ANYONE to say such things about another person publically.

    In fact, in many western jurisdictions, that would be cause for legal suit of slander. The only defense of slander is that the statements are truthful, which, as Nightowl constantly reminds us all, requires proof.

    • capt spaulding December 4, 2019 at 8:58 pm #

      Just read this news release, Majella: Trump industries have announced their newest product to hit the market. It’s a gold foil-wrapped condom with the thinnest skin to ever hit the market. It will be called the Presidential Model.

      Trump announced the release in person, saying: These are big. A beautiful thing. So beautiful. They will be big, really so big. Huge. A great big wonderful beautiful thing. Just the biggest, And the beautifulist. Bigly. Made by good people. Such good people. Our people are wonderful aren’t they? Yeah, they’re good. So good, yes they are. You know it folks. They’re tremendous. Just so fantastic. FACT: These condoms are really something, really terrific. The slightest touch, be it real or imagined, will create a sensation that goes way beyond what mainstream condom companies would call ‘appropriate’, folks, and I mean that.

      • Majella December 5, 2019 at 2:49 am #

        ROTFLMAO!

        Capt – thank you!

        Such a work of words would be real labour for me…I’m thinking it rolled right off your finger-tips, and when you were finished, YOU read it and laughed your arse off too!

        SUBMIT!

    • Nightowl December 5, 2019 at 4:49 am #

      We are all still patiently waiting on your hard proof for your nutbar claims.

      Yet still we wait.

      Why, Maj? Don’t run away again.

      • Majella December 5, 2019 at 7:32 am #

        ‘We are all waiting…’

        No, just you. I’ll refer you to C-Span.

        • Nightowl December 5, 2019 at 10:38 am #

          Post the crimes and the evidence.

          This is approximately the 50th time you have been asked to do so.

          Nut.

          • Majella December 5, 2019 at 1:07 pm #