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And so the four horsepeople-of-color arise, at once the glorious avatars of Wokesterdom in all their incendiary wrath, and the butt of ridicule among a pretty big chunk of everybody else in this land. I speak of congresswomen Omar, Tlaib, Pressley, and AOC, a.k.a. “the Squad,” riding a reconn mission to the precipice of that great cliff of electoral catastrophe — in advance of the political party that is apt to follow them over the edge in 2020, like so many suicidal lemmings.

Charges of “racism” have been twanging around the Federal District all week as if a throng of medieval re-enactors had taken over the place and were putting on a colorful pageant about ergot poisoning, with the townspeople afflicted by creeping incubi, crawling succubi, winged demons, murderous furies, and other agents of Satan. I have often noted that our president is the genuine article of a supernatural figure himself, being both a Golden Golem of Greatness and a Twitter troll of the highest degree. Last week, the four Squad gals pointed their fingers and ululated at him — “racist! racist! —expecting perhaps that a bolt from on-high might strike him dead, but it only prompted him to more keyboard villainy, challenging them to fly back to whatever infernal hellhole they came out of. For three of them it was the good ol’ USA, parts of which are, let’s face it, rather hellhole-ish these days.

The American race hustle is getting kind of old and it’s a sure loser for the Democratic Party. Why they can’t move beyond it and engage with the many other mighty matters of our time is one of those abiding mysteries of life, like why the birdies sing, or why the Mets can’t get decent relief pitching. I daresay that in my lifetime this country has bent over backwards to assist, accommodate, and uplift the demographic that styles itself nowadays as people-of-color. None of that has managed to abolish significant economic inequality. But, really, what else can be done? Spend trillions more promoting fatherless households? (The Wokesters might like that, seeing as how much they detest people of the male persuasion.)

The main “ask” these days is to allow Mexicans and Central Americans to cross the border as they please and receive a menu of benefits provided gratis by the US government, and thus from US taxpayers. The arguments for that from Wokesterdom range from bad faith to completely insane, yet they are now being retailed at the highest level of presidential election politics. Every candidate in the first Democratic “debate” raised a hand in favor of providing free medical care to illegal border-jumpers. I wonder how that sits with the Americans who now pay $12,000 a year for health insurance with a $5,000 deductible.

Of course, this policy of unfettered illegal immigration does not economically favor the sizable demographic of poor Americans, many of whom are people-of-color. In theory, the border-jumpers are taking away an awful lot of jobs. But I think the argument there is that 300 years of slavery gives bonafide US citizens-of-color a pass on manual labor — so it is not against their interests to ally with the open border advocates — while both groups have an interest in getting any free stuff the government may offer.

The white liberal masochists allied with this crusade, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, may have reached their own red-line for pain and suffering under the reigning twisted thought-regime. Last week, AOC attempted to tar Madame Pelosi as a “racist.” The day will come — if it has not already — when Madame P will have to usher the Squad into the House cloakroom and tune-up each member with thirty inches of re-bar, good and hard.

The Squad, meanwhile, is giving aid and comfort to the shock troops of Wokesterdom, the AntiFas, a devoted member of which last week attempted to shoot up and firebomb an Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in Tacoma. The perp, one Willem Van Spronsen, 69, was gunned down for his trouble, but left a “manifesto” detailing his allegiance to the Wokester party line. Another Wokester gang in Aurora, Colorado, marched on an ICE building, took down the US flag, and raised the flag of Mexico. Bad optics, I’d say. Imagine how the video footage of that will play in Michigan and Pennsylvania when election season rolls around.

Also meanwhile, the party’s pathetic attempt to revive the walking dead narrative of RussiaGate is not working too well down on Jerold Nadler’s House Judiciary Committee. The chairman apparently discovered that his star witness, Robert Mueller, might have to answer some embarrassing questions about the conduct of his investigation — like, why did it go on for two years when his chief deputy, Mr. Weissmann, was informed from the get-go that the main predicate document was a fraud? So, Mr. Mueller’s turn in the witness chair keeps getting postponed clear into the August recess. I doubt the former Special Counsel will ever sit in that hot-seat. If I was him, I sure wouldn’t do it voluntarily. Oh, did anyone notice the House staged an impeachment vote on Wednesday? It flopped too.

Finally, there is the walking time-bomb known as Jeffrey Epstein, Democratic Party poohbah and impresario of an underage sex racket featuring the “Lolita Express” airplane service to his private “Orgy Island” in the Caribbean, with auxiliary party shacks in New York City and the New Mexico Desert. Rogue reports have been styling Epstein’s doings as an international blackmailing operation associated with the CIA and other Intel outfits, including the UK’s MI6 and Israel’s Mossad, for the purpose of keeping international bigshots on a short leash. Who knows? At the center of it all is former President Bill Clinton, listed twenty-six times on the Lolita Express’s flight manifest — though the ex-Prez said last week in a statement that it was only four times. (Consider the source.) A raft of unsealed documents in the matter has been court-ordered to drop any day, and power-players all over the world — especially in our nation’s capital and on Wall Street — are rumored to be chewing their fingernails down to the nubbins as they wait for it.

What a cargo of wickedness is borne by the garbage barge called the Democratic Party as it chugs out to sea toward a sickening, slightly radioactive orange sunset for what is looking like its final voyage.


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  1. Pucker July 19, 2019 at 8:58 am #

    Does anyone know where I can get a copy of Jacque Elul’s “The Technological Society”? It’s not popping up on Amazon. Go Figure…..

    • Elrond Hubbard July 19, 2019 at 10:01 am #

      Here you go:

      amazon.ca/Technological-Society-Jacques-Ellul/dp/0394703901

      Fixed the spelling of Jacques Ellul for you.

      • Neon Vincent July 19, 2019 at 10:27 am #

        Thank you, neighbor across the Detroit River, for doing what I couldn’t, finding the book for sale on Amazon. I took Pucker’s statement of futility at face value so I didn’t even look!

        Speaking of Amazon, John Oliver examined Amazon warehouses for Prime Day, which was enough to make me feel guilty for being an Amazon Prime customer, but not enough to induce me to convince my wife to cancel our membership. Usually, I worry more about the effects of Amazon on brick-and-mortar retail chains than on its own employees, but Oliver, whose voice is starring in “The Lion King,” managed to direct my attention to the employees instead of the employers.

        Amazon and online shopping seem to be having an indirect effect on casual dining, too. Dead malls no longer bring in foot traffic, which means the restaurants inside them no longer have customers and they close. Ruby Tuesday relied a lot on mall locations, so the Retail Apocalypse is hurting them, too.

        • malthuss July 19, 2019 at 10:37 am #

          Dying Malls…

          youtube.com/watch?v=Vxv2IhYIzyU&t=774s

          • malthuss July 19, 2019 at 10:39 am #

            ‘canary in coal mine, taking last chirps’
            Pimco Newport Beach.

          • BackRowHeckler July 19, 2019 at 4:29 pm #

            When the Dems win in 2020 first act will to abolish ICE, second is open up the borders. An estimated 10 million will come in beginning inauguration day, that 1st year. This is the promise that is being made, and it must be kept. Hundreds of thousand will be walking across the southern border, yes, but most will be entering thru airports, entire villages from Angola and the Sudan say, leasing aircraft to fly them into NYC, where they disembark without visas or passports, which they will no longer need.

            Ok then, why not use defunct shopping malls to house these honored guests once they arrive?

            JAZ had a good idea, ship them into Vermont and Mass where at least 5 colleges have gone toes up in the last 5 years, including Southern Vermont College in Bennington, and Triggly Puff’s alma mater, Hampshire College in Amherst. (Still hanging on, just barely)

            Of course that’s year 1. I don’t know where you will put the tens of millions coming in future years, maybe they’ll just wander the landscape in a horde, devouring everything before it like locusts. But yes, the first 10 million can go to abandoned shopping malls

            Brh

          • SpeedyBB July 20, 2019 at 1:10 am #

            Mike Sheehan, extremely knowledgeable Ferrari historian and great writer on cars, has complained that the market for second-hand exotic autos has cratered, which is an interesting phenomenon considering that six- and even seven-figure classics are the area of interest of the richies. If they’re not buying (for investment as much as bragging rights or showing off) that’s a sign of unease up top.

            They say ‘The most beautiful words in the world are “My Ferrari” but today the most beautiful ones as “I sold my Ferrari”.’

      • Pucker July 19, 2019 at 6:25 pm #

        Is that Amazon Canada?

        • Elrond Hubbard July 21, 2019 at 11:38 am #

          It is, but the website should redirect you to Amazon USA listing. That seems to be how it works.

    • Neon Vincent July 19, 2019 at 10:03 am #

      I don’t know where you could find a physical copy, other than a someone who deals in rare used books, but there is a PDF of it available online.

      As for our host’s contention that the Democratic Party is sailing off to disaster, that remains to be seen. I have been monitoring the ideological progress of the Democratic candidates and found that in only one month nineteen of the twenty-six present and former contenders have moved to their left economically, socially, or both. The biggest jump was by Marianne Williamson, who went from Moderate Liberal to Hard-Core Liberal. I’m not surprised. Charlie Pierce wrote on Twitter that her campaign was like a lava lamp running for President.

    • shotho July 19, 2019 at 11:04 am #

      I don’t know, but anything by Ellul is well worth reading; a great champion of individual freedom against the monolithic state.

      • Janos Skorenzy July 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm #

        Those huge circular footprints in the ground weren’t footprints at all – but rather fingerprints left by Shoggoths.

    • Janos Skorenzy July 19, 2019 at 5:30 pm #

      Skip the Cultural Marxism. If you like the French mind, here’s the strong medicine that you need: Archeofuturism by Guillaume Faye.

      amazon.com/Archeofuturism-European-Visions-Post-Catastrophic-Age/dp/1907166092/ref=sr_1_1?crid=U0TPX…

  2. Nightowl July 19, 2019 at 9:06 am #

    That final metaphor …

    So apt.

    • Janos Skorenzy July 19, 2019 at 1:01 pm #

      The West is the best. The Sunset is so, so Orange this time. And when the big one goes off, you will see Trump’s face in the flames.

  3. EvelynV July 19, 2019 at 9:35 am #

    Yep, our man has stepped almost completely out of the closet.

    Who would have thought a former Obama supporter would turn out to be a MAGA man?!

    • Nightowl July 19, 2019 at 9:49 am #

      Why don’t you be specific and dissect the claims you find problematic?

    • JohnAZ July 19, 2019 at 10:02 am #

      Because what the Democratic Party has cowardly morphed into would turn the stomach of any believer in the basic goodness of this country.

      JHK did not leave the DNC, they left him.

      I hope Biden has the cojones to reject these anarchists and put together a good moderate platform.

      Otherwise, Trump is a shoo-in, not because the public with leave the DNC but because the DNC is leaving the public.

      • jeff2002 July 19, 2019 at 10:05 am #

        Unfortunately Biden is just a male version of Hillary– an establishment dinosaur owned by Wall Street with plenty of baggage of his own. It seems the Democrats can find one oar in twenty to row with. But I’m hoping Tulsi Gabbard gets some traction–military veteran and very well spoken.

        • Lawfish July 19, 2019 at 10:07 am #

          Why bother with issues when you can just label someone a (insert epithet), by calling him a MAGA man?

        • shotho July 19, 2019 at 11:07 am #

          I agree that her anti-militarism sits well with me, but, otherwise, her program is hard-core leftist.

        • abbybwood July 19, 2019 at 12:24 pm #

          I will vote for Gabbard here in Cali on Super Tuesday, but even if she got every vote the DNC would figure out SOME way to eliminate her because she is loathed by the Superdelegates after she resigned from the DNC to “Feel the Bern” rather than support the Queen.

        • lasttwo July 21, 2019 at 6:07 pm #

          Tusli Gabbard may not win but at least if she gets in the next set of debates the idiotic never ending wars will get some TV time . That subject will not get any tv time from the MSM. Almost 5 trillion spent on war from 2000. The Warmongers are making a few very rich and the rest of us poorer or dead. The DNC requires 130,000 donors so even a $1 donation gets here in the next debate.facebook.com/search/top/?q=tulsi%20gabbard%20for%20president%202020&epa=SERP_TAB

          • Majella July 21, 2019 at 11:05 pm #

            “Almost 5 Trillion since 2000”

            Most of that $5T was spent in the US in any case, purchasing more lethal weapons and replenishing all those spent depleted uranium rounds.

            After that, its catering to the offshore troops, and local resources aren’t relied upon so the Cheez Whiz & canned hot dogs need to be shipped a gazillion miles.

            Then there’s just the absurd waste, such as $200 a gallon gasoline because a secure supply line is needed.

            “Hey, it’s no problem – there’s an unending supply of ‘money’, Mr General, just do what you need to do to keep America safe.”

      • Nightowl July 19, 2019 at 10:06 am #

        Biden is a grifter. Investigated the Ukraine situation?

        • JohnAZ July 19, 2019 at 10:28 am #

          Or China.

          Every potential candidate, it seems like, has significant baggage that they have to minimize or cover up when they decide to run.

      • TraffickingInDivinity July 19, 2019 at 1:39 pm #

        So true, JohnAZ. You can only be crazy for so long before someone notices.

        • Ol' Scratch July 19, 2019 at 3:35 pm #

          Although crazy is definitely a relative term these days.

      • trolleybill July 21, 2019 at 3:58 pm #

        JohnAZ Do you know that the (D) party was the KKK. The (D) party was also Jim Crow. The (D) party pandered to negros for votes with free stuff. The (D) party ruined America with their grab for power using ploys like free sh*t. The capitalistic market finds its level for fair wages. The (D) party has been conning America for ages. Look at NAFTA that Bill Clinton conned America into buying along with a service economy….Hey John here’s your Kumbaya

    • Exscotticus July 19, 2019 at 10:44 am #

      >>> Who would have thought a former Obama supporter would turn out to be a MAGA man?!

      Who would have thought a former Obama supporter would accept another carpetbagging Clinton? Oh—that’s right—many didn’t, and that’s why she lost.

      If you weren’t sufferering from TDS, you would understand that MAGA is nothing more than America acting in its own best interests for a change. It doesn’t merely stand for Trump; it’s bigger than Trump. It’s a full-fledged ideology summed up in a four-letter acronym, and so much better than “I’m With Her”.

      • EvelynV July 19, 2019 at 11:02 am #

        A look at Trump’s MAGA report card: (compliments of Fred Reed)

        North Korea: A negligible country of twenty-five million, it made itself into a nuclear power despite Washington’s opposition. Kim Jong Un, who has more balls than a pool table, faced down Trump and his bluster about fire and fury. Trump’s repeated trips to see this micro-dictaor have given Kim importance in the world that he otherwise would not have.

        American sanctions, upheld by Trump, have kept the population of the North miserable while having no effect on Kim’s luxurious way of life. They have accomplished nothing else. Kim has his nukes and would be crazy to give them up, which he isn’t. Net results: Zero.

        Iran: Trump’s sanctions have accomplished nothing except to keep the Iranian population miserable and without medicines. His customary rants about destruction and obliteration have had no effect. Net results: Zero.

        Venezuela: The Empire has not succeeded in controlling the country’s oil. The elected president remains in charge. Washington’s attempts at coups and assassinations have proved wet squibs. Trump has succeeded in keeping thirty-one million people in a state of privation. It is all he has done. Net result: Zero.

        Cuba: He has prolonged the hardships of eleven million Cubans people who have done nothing wrong. But nothing else. Net results: Zero.

        Afghanistan: His regime continues butchering large numbers of Afghans and making life unpleasant for most of the rest. This comes after his lying, as Obama did, about ending this very profitable war. Net result: Zero.

        Russia: His gratuitous sanctions have coerced Moscow into doing nothing that Trump wants. Instead Trump has pushed Putin, a grown-up, to take Russia out of dollar holdings, trade in local currencies, seek an alternative to SWIFT, and ally with China for protection against Washington. Net result: Strongly negative.

        Turkey: Trump’s threats against Ankara for buying the S-400 have failed, with deliveries due to begin this month. Washington presumably thought Trump’s promise of withholding the F-35, an overpriced dog of an aircraft, would frighten Erdogan into submission. It didn’t. Instead, Erdogan has said that if he doesn’t get America’s flying Pentagon subsidy, he may buy the Russian Su-57, in effect taking Turkey out of NATO. Net result: Below zero,.

        And actually funny. (Funny because if he doesn’t follow through and deny Ankara the F-35, he will lose face and, if he does withhold the airplane, he will lose Turkey. Brilliant.)

        Syria: Trump has managed to kill a great many people and ruin the lives of others for generations while failing to accomplish anything else. Net result: Zero.

        Europe: The Continent (actually a peninsula of Asia) has ignored Trump’s bombastic orders to spend more on the military, meaning buy more of America’s expensive weapons, have met with disobedience. with Germany actually lowering its spending. Net results: Zero.

        Trump’s further order, that Europe scrap Nordstream Two, thus making Europe dependent on America for energy, has met with disobedience. The pipeline has not been finished, and Europe may yet engage in its traditional boot-licking, but it appears that we will have the pipeline. Probable net result: Zero.

        China: Unclear. China shows no signs of submitting and letting Washington run its economy, which is what is desired. It may buy American soybeans. Beijing continues to fortify the South China Sea, despite the US Navy’s frequent GBW missions (Grr. Bow-wow. Woof.) The Belt and Road Initiative grows apace. Net results: Probably far under zero.

        Huawei: The company says that it now has fifty-one orders outside of China. Europe is getting on board. Huawei is currently installing 5G in fifteen Spanish cities–presumably Spain because it is not in NATO and thus less subject to American orders. This means that in a few months Spain will have a greatly more advanced telecommunications system than the United States. Go, Donald!

        Since Trump has prohibited the use of Huawei equipment in the US, which has no competing 5G, he appears on course to lock America out of the emerging 5G world. Net result: Probably well under zero.

        Immigration: In his presidential campaign, Trump promised to deport all illegals within two years. He has not. He would build The Wall. He has not, beyond bits and pieces. He would punish sanctuary cities. He has not. He has succeeded in getting Mexico to slow the transit of Central Americans to the US. Net result: Close to zero.

        Jobs: He was going to bring them back to America. He has not. General Motors recently announced the transfer of more jobs to Mexico. Net result: Zero.

        And he has pulled America out of the Paris climate-change treaty; the Transpacific Partnership (allowing China to fill the resultant influence vacuum); the Iranian nuclear treaty (entirely for the benefit of Israel, which seems to be his chief concern); UNESCO (because it criticized Israel); the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty, (likely to start another arms race very profitable to military industry but a serious loss for everyone else); NAFTA; UN Human Rights Council, and the UN Relief and Works Agency.

        On a less concrete level, he has succeeded in turning the world away from the United States. For example, he treats European countries openly as imperial domains. They are imperial domains, of course, but in the past it has been thought wiser not to make this obvious. He peremptorily tells Europe ban Huawei, block Nordstream, don’t trade with Iran, roll over, bark, beg. He seeks to cripple the economies of China, Russia, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba,and any other country that doesn’t do as he likes.

        The world does not change overnight, but it is backing fairly hard away from America. Fewer countries and fewer obey Washington robotically. Even Europeans, frightened little things that they are, seek ways of trading with Iran.

        China looks to make itself independent of American tech products, meaning that American firms will be locked out of the Chinese markets. If Trump pushes 1.4 billion increasingly prosperous people to find substitutes for American products, or to manufacture them for themselves, those markets will not come back when Trump leaves.

        • Ol' Scratch July 19, 2019 at 11:10 am #

          Great summation. Trump has been by all counts been a resounding success and will no doubt be re-elected in a historic landslide. It’s all for the best. Welcome to Idiocracy.

        • Exscotticus July 19, 2019 at 11:30 am #

          A lengthy unreadable screed about foreign nations? Wow thanks for proving my point. Your focus is entirely misplaced—far far more concerned about foreign powers than taxpaying American citizens. Naturally, I could post a similar “report card” for Obama, but the length would likely max out JHK’s server.

          >>> On a less concrete level, he has succeeded in turning the world away from the United States.

          Again misplaced focus. Shocking as this sounds to someone from the Left, the Presidential oath of office is not to make foreigners happy with the USA. Obama only managed to make a few nations marginally happy by gifting them with billions, by sending secret palettes of cash in cargo planes, by appeasing and paying what amounts to tributary.

          Those are the “friends” yo’re so concerned about? Sorry, janet, but we just don’t care about the welfare of leeches and locusts as much as you do.

          • Beryl of Oyl July 19, 2019 at 12:10 pm #

            “janet”. Heh heh.

          • debt July 19, 2019 at 2:33 pm #

            Soaker-Hose…

          • jeff2002 July 19, 2019 at 4:51 pm #

            Can you think of a single president in the last century who demonstrated through action that shredding agreements and backing away from the world was a good thing? Me neither. We may have an ocean on either side of us, but the USA is not an island (yet).

          • Exscotticus July 19, 2019 at 5:33 pm #

            >>> Can you think of a single president in the last century who demonstrated through action that shredding agreements and backing away from the world was a good thing? Me neither.

            Two straw men rhetoricals in one sentence?

            Trump got better trade deals with Mexico and Canada. Trump got an unprecedented deal with Mexico to address immigration. And it’s working.

            The USA disperses tens of billions in aid to nearly all nations on the planet. The top six recipients include five Muslim nations.

          • jeff2002 July 21, 2019 at 12:59 pm #

            “The top six recipients include five Muslim nations.”

            Ostensibly it is happening under the current president, yes?
            So that’s a good thing?

            Anyway, I was referring to treaties and trade deals. But maybe those tens of billions in aid wouldn’t hurt so much if we didn’t have a military budget that consumes nearly 60 percent of every tax dollar.

          • Exscotticus July 21, 2019 at 2:09 pm #

            >>> So that’s a good thing?

            Why would you think it’s a good thing that Islamic nations that oppose our values are the largest recipients of our welfare?

            >>> maybe those tens of billions in aid wouldn’t hurt so much if we didn’t have a military budget that consumes nearly 60 percent of every tax dollar

            Why should they hurt at all? It’s welfare, and we’re under no obligation to provide it.

            Meanwhile, your attempt to conflate two different issues is a fail. Canada and Europe spend less on defense because we’re essentially subsidizing it. Meanwhile, recall the paradoxical Lefty backlash when Trump actually suggested that our “allies” pay their fair share.

          • GreenAlba July 21, 2019 at 5:18 pm #

            “Why would you think it’s a good thing that Islamic nations that oppose our values are the largest recipients of our welfare?”

            Iraq tried to oppose your values but it was a bit David and Goliath, wasn’t it? Let’s hope they’re recipients of some guilt money. Bush didn’t give a f**k about their values and didn’t even make any provision for safeguarding the archeological heritage of the cradle of civilisation from being looted. While he was showing them what civilisation was by dumping tons of your values on them from the skies. With help from his poodle, obviously.

          • Exscotticus July 21, 2019 at 6:46 pm #

            Remind me again, GreenAlba, did Iraq care about the Kurdish people’s values when they attacked them with chemical weapons? Did Iraq care about Kuwait’s values when they invaded? Did Iraq care about Saudi Arabia’s values when they threatened to invade? How about Iran’s values?

            Heck, Iraq used their own “cultural heritage” mosques as military bases, thus ensuring that the mosques would be damaged.

            While I opposed Bush attacking Iraq on 9/11 grounds (as Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11), Iraq was certainly no innocent. Saddam Hussein wasn’t called a butcher for nothing.

            So—you know—cry me a river…

          • jeff2002 July 21, 2019 at 10:03 pm #

            “Why would you think it’s a good thing that Islamic nations that oppose our values are the largest recipients of our welfare?”

            I don’t think that. You implied it by crediting Trump on trade deals and immigration–then in the very next sentence say the same administration is providing billions to Muslim nations. I see a contradiction there, that’s all.

            And as far as our allies needing to “pay their fair share” on defense: wiser minds know that’s code for “buy more US-made weapons to keep the Military-Industrial Complex afloat,” which is practically all that’s left of the economy anyway.

          • Exscotticus July 21, 2019 at 11:45 pm #

            >>> I don’t think that.

            Then we’re in agreement. I merely mentioned it to counter your assertion that Trump is “backing away from the world”. That would seem to be YOUR contradiction. Do you want us to back away from the world and end welfare to Muslim nations that despise us? Or do you want us to continue the status quo?

            >>> wiser minds know that’s code for “buy more US-made weapons to keep the Military-Industrial Complex afloat,”

            Is France buying more US-made weapons? Israel? Last I heard, they have their own indigenous “Military-Industrial Complex”. The French jet fighter is the Mirage—not the F-35. The French tank is the Leclerc—not the Abrams. The French MBR is the FAMAS—not the M4. I could go on and on, but the point is that you’re not the “wiser mind” you think you are. Get over yourself.

        • Janos Skorenzy July 19, 2019 at 1:05 pm #

          Quite so. His mouth is his contribution. As Tucker said, he’s gotten very little done. Tuck doesn’t think he knows how – I’m not sure he even really wants to get anything done. He’s just balancing the disaster, delaying the inevitable for a few short years.

          They have to go back. It’s that simple. His campaign slogan last time was “Build that Wall”. This time is should be: They have to go back.

          • Ol' Scratch July 19, 2019 at 3:34 pm #

            You’ll be getting a call from Trump soon. You just locked up a staff job with that last comment.

        • DMH July 20, 2019 at 8:55 am #

          Evelyn, why bother ‘talking’ to these guys. Remember Proverbs, ‘you can’t talk sense to foolish people’. Reading their comments, what a frightened bunch these guys are. They’re whooped.

        • lasttwo July 21, 2019 at 6:14 pm #

          great summary and there is the environmental nightmare that he has left us. In case you haven’t noticed our wild world is in deep shit.

          news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/how-trump-is-changing-science-environment/

      • Majella July 21, 2019 at 11:14 pm #

        JohAZ

        “America acting in its own best interests for a change”…

        I would argue that your Supreme Leader is utterly clueless and demonstrates it on a daily basis, with flip-flops like beachwear (an Australian joke – “When do togs (swimming trunks) become grots (underwear)? Once you can’t see the beach, you’re in your grots”)

        That being said, if he’s doing all these things that you & your ilk find so awe inspiring, then who’s the Wizard behind his Curtain? Surely it is the Deep State, or one of its warring factions.

        But…but…but…we HATE the Deep State, don’t we? And the wonderful Supreme Leader is setting the cat among the proverbial pigeons, isn’t he?

        JohnAZ, it’s all so confusing! Please, elucidate!

    • jdhines July 19, 2019 at 10:50 am #

      While the Dems no doubt have their problems, it is not as if the Repubs are going to suddenly morph into a majority problem. At issue here, is not the socialist squad or the racist Trump, but that it is abundantly clear that BOTH gangs (parties, if you like) are no damn good. Period. This being the case, it makes little sense to insist one of the two is the GOOD ONE (pick your poison) and the other is the BAD ONE.

      The real issue is that BOTH are BAD and the “system” (I’m not sure that is the correct term) is HOPELESSLY BROKEN. Too my friends on the left, the Socialists are not going to save you. Too my friends on the right, the conservative, wrapped in the flag, pro-USA, pro-citizen Trumpers are not going to save you. Neither has YOUR INTEREST at heart.

      You are on YOUR OWN, and very completely on your own and alone, just the way you came into this world. Face it and embrace it, for your own salvation.

      • Ol' Scratch July 19, 2019 at 11:06 am #

        Great comment. The whole two party system is designed to force us into a binary, good/bad decision, something Americans seem hardwired to do anyway. We’re apparently still too stupid to reject it all as a false choice, but hope springs eternal for the young. They seem better equipped to see through the smoke and mirrors.

        • Janos Skorenzy July 19, 2019 at 1:07 pm #

          Yes, and Hines only brings it up in order to get people back on the Democrat Plantation. This is a man devoid of vision. He does no the Blacks had no right to South Africa, but he just doesn’t care. The Narrative is All! The Truth only matter insofar as it can bolster it.

      • shotho July 19, 2019 at 11:11 am #

        Yes, ultimately we are on our own (even though I continue to believe in the supernatural, also known as God), but it’s nice to live in society that, more or less, still provides a modicum of law and order (less and less all the time).

      • Beryl of Oyl July 19, 2019 at 12:17 pm #

        Republicans bad, so Democrats seized the opportunity to become, I don’t know what to call it – abysmal? Execrable?
        No need anyhow, Mr. Kunstler has done a fine job describing it.

        It’s really only one party, with a couple of branches.
        The last presidential election was supposed to be between one half of the Bush/Clinton dynasty or the other.
        The Republicans didn’t want Donald Trump either, and many still don’t.
        JEB! even told us he had better things to do than be running for president.
        He was just there to give the illusion of choice, and to keep the party from accidentally nominating somebody who had the interests of Americans in mind.

      • jdhines July 19, 2019 at 12:17 pm #

        Let’s see, do I want to throw in with the BLOODS or the CRIPS…. hm…. which is going to help ME and MY FAMILY more here…??

        Obvious answer is???

        Hint, it’s the same answer, if we were to substitute the above named gangs with the Dems/Libs or the Repubs/Cons, which is… well, we all know that it’s ..XYZ… yep.

    • James Howard Kunstler July 19, 2019 at 6:54 pm #

      You haven’t really pegged me at all, Evelyn, and your post is a bit scurrilous. — JHK

      • CancelMyCard July 19, 2019 at 9:56 pm #

        Evelyn is missing a couple of cards from the normal 52.

        Indulge her.

        The female dementia, don’t ya know.

    • elysianfield July 21, 2019 at 4:31 pm #

      “Who would have thought a former Obama supporter would turn out to be a MAGA man?!”

      Evelyn,
      Could you say that a truly intelligent man can have an open mind?

  4. jeff2002 July 19, 2019 at 9:37 am #

    I was kinda hoping for a wistful look back on the first Moon landing. Too bad we couldn’t feed and power the country on nostalgia.

    • Ol' Scratch July 19, 2019 at 10:58 am #

      It wasn’t all that great the first time around.

      • Beryl of Oyl July 19, 2019 at 12:21 pm #

        I used to get so bored in school, they would wheel a TV set into the classroom so we could watch rocket launches, and those things are deadly dull to children, where a minute waiting seems like a whole day.

        The moon landing was a little better, one because I watched it with my parents and they thought it was important, and two because the moon has always figured prominently in children’s lives.

        • Janos Skorenzy July 19, 2019 at 1:09 pm #

          Those stiff flags that refused to droop in the lunar gravity. Patriotic erections! Did we really go there or was that just a studio?

      • Sean Coleman July 20, 2019 at 4:50 pm #

        Yes, it wasn’t great first time around. We saw it in primary school when I was 11 years old and it was a special treat because you never watched the telly at school. Well, we watched for a good half an hour and nothing happened. There was a strange camera angle showing a couple of feet of one of the legs of the ‘module’, or perhaps part of the landing gear, and it did not make any sense to me at least. (The only other time we watched the telly was for the Investiture of Prince Charles as the Prince of Wales. We were told that we were watching history in the making. Even the Welsh still don’t know what the hell it was all supposed to have been about. It is was the kind of thing the Simpsons used to poke fun at.)

        For years afterwards people repeated the famous phrase “One giant step for man, one huge leap for mankind.” This was so deep, they said, so pregnant with meaning. Well, it did not mean anything to me. It is like something you would hear on the BBC or read in the Guardian. Something the female leaders of your fine Democratic Party would come out with!

  5. Cavepainter July 19, 2019 at 10:19 am #

    Isn’t it more likely that rather than a demise of the Democratic Party our national future might play out more like did the French and Russian revolutions? In both cases the abstract arguments provided by the “the thinking class” for overthrowing the respective “establishment” strayed immediately into pure factional civil war, the winner of which immediately slaughtered all voices questioning its absolute “truths”.

    “Wokesterism” is a secular faith, as compelling to its adherents as was the Biblical Rapture. Like the latter, its Utopian vision is no less spell binding for its “absolution” from reasoned examination of history or empirical evidence otherwise.

    • JohnAZ July 19, 2019 at 10:24 am #

      The source of Wokesterism is not domestic, period.

      • K-Dog July 19, 2019 at 10:47 am #

        You need to clarify for those who do not know what the ‘W’ word is. Some dogs don’t know if it is tasty or sour. Sour and hard to chew like a deep state HAMMER.

        • Janos Skorenzy July 19, 2019 at 1:16 pm #

          It’s what you feel and therefore believe when you rave about Madiba and how bad apartheid was. Get into that state and then examine yourself. Be both the test tube and the scientist. Relax your objectivity a bit – just as you do when you are in that state to begin with. So I might just as well say, retain your objectivity a bit. Be both there and here simultaneously.

          • K-Dog July 20, 2019 at 12:25 am #

            Don’t forget above and below.

    • Beryl of Oyl July 19, 2019 at 12:28 pm #

      You know, Cave, I was just thinking about that secular religion (I called it PC the other day), and I think it gained popularity as a way for some actually very nice, socially concerned people to absolve themselves of the guilt they feel because they ended up in the 1%, when they are being told by a lot of 1/10th of 1 percenters that all this ‘inequality’ is bad, possibly even racist.

      They just have to scan the latest tweets on their iphones, to find out what (or who)is deemed unacceptable today, and be vehemently against that thing.

      • Janos Skorenzy July 19, 2019 at 1:31 pm #

        Historically speaking, yes. But in the present? They have wronged their own people, the White lower and middle class. And we always hate those whom we have wronged. That’s what comes from robbing Peter to pay Paul – just an exchange of hatred and guilt from one object to another.

        Thus the Law of Conservation of Evil (developed by me) is in play here. Feeling as they do, they don’t want to see those whom they have wronged and whom they hate. So they want to be served by those whose grievances they have redressed (the Blacks) and those whom they are now helping (the Browns).

  6. JohnAZ July 19, 2019 at 10:21 am #

    Here is the real shame of it.

    The balance between the domestic Democrats, representing the common man issues, and working against the GOP favoring the business community, is critical in setting the direction of the country.

    That is what is being hijacked by the New Left swing by the Neo-lib anarchists. Where is it coming from? Find out who is funding this. Find out why the MSM is sliding totally to the positions of the neo-libs. Why is Fox spending more time on Omar and the Squad than any conservative?

    Who will benefit the most by the dismemberment of the USA.?

    Hmmm, let me think.

    • Ol' Scratch July 19, 2019 at 10:56 am #

      Trouble is, the Dems haven’t represented “common man issues” since at least Jimmy Carter, if then. The “New Left” is simply a reaction to that. If we measured both parties by 1980 standards, BOTH would be hard right by any definition of the term. FOX and all the rest spend time on “The Squad” because they generate a lot of views, that’s all. Politically, they’re impotent themselves, but quite useful to Trump and the right. They’re such a gift that one almost has to wonder if the right didn’t scheme to put them in office in the first place.

      That said, they do represent the first cracks in the unified political facade, which will only continue to grow from here on out. How that turns out remains to be seen. In the end, it will be the youngsters of today who will eventually have the final say. I wouldn’t bet on either legacy party in its current form when they do.

  7. K-Dog July 19, 2019 at 10:24 am #

    Where is the unfettered illegal immigration? Mike Pence visited a crowded detention center and said ‘this is tough stuff’. Those fettered inside would like to know where to get in for free next time they cross, pass go and collect $200.

    Was Mike talking about the free stuff in todays’ article? I know the detained had all the standing room only they could get for free and a couple even died for free in the center too.

    So ‘tough stuff’, was Pence referring to the free stuff or just the smell. Inquiring dogs want to know!

    Getting free food and medical care when you need it. Surly this will cause western civilization to fall. And very soon too. Such decadence we cannot abide.

    • Exscotticus July 19, 2019 at 11:08 am #

      >>> Where is the unfettered illegal immigration?

      Even by liberal estimates, there are 10-12 million illegals in the USA. Accepting this figure means you believe no significant illegal immigration has occured for many years, since that’s how long this range has been bandied about.

      Here’s an op-ed from the NYT from 2013: “About 11.7 million immigrants are living in the United States illegally”

      So despite our borders being mobbed with millions of immigrants in the ensuing years, we’re to understand that the numbers haven’t changed a bit? I guess there’s a universal Law of Conservation of Illegals. Adding additional illegals simply causes previous ones to pop out of existence.

      >>> Getting free food and medical care when you need it. Surly this will cause western civilization to fall.

      Free food and medical care? No one pays for it, eh?

      • K-Dog July 19, 2019 at 11:29 am #

        I prefer paying for food and medical care with my contribution rather than wedding cake drones. I am one of the ones paying for it.

        • Exscotticus July 19, 2019 at 11:36 am #

          Oh you actually pay taxes? Consider yourself a minority.

          Yes don’t we all wish we could redirect our taxes to our favored groups. I certainly don’t want to be an economic slave for illegals and non-white “minorities” and the transgender and so on. Oh well. What can we do? I know—we can lower our taxes, so that we keep more of what we earn. Now which party is for lowering taxes? Hmmm…

          • K-Dog July 19, 2019 at 12:07 pm #

            we can lower our taxes, so that we keep more of what we earn.

            That is not the answer and it won’t fix anything.

          • Beryl of Oyl July 19, 2019 at 12:34 pm #

            I would rather MY taxes go to the helpless mentally ill living in filth all over the streets of some of our major cities.

            I don’t want to pay for what some GROWN MAN from some other country should be providing for himself.

            Lowering taxes is one of the only things the Republicans actually stand for.
            Ann Coulter has defined their beliefs as lower taxes, the embassy in Jerusalem, and abortion.
            That’s it, in a nutshell.

          • Exscotticus July 19, 2019 at 5:39 pm #

            >>> That is not the answer and it won’t fix anything.

            Nothing stopping you from paying more right now. Go for it! Let us know how that works out for you.

          • K-Dog July 20, 2019 at 12:28 am #

            Even worse. That is the definition of insanity, one of them anyway. Doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. I have seen what happens when politicians have a full trough. They hog it. So a total reset is needed.

          • elysianfield July 21, 2019 at 4:36 pm #

            “I would rather MY taxes go to the helpless mentally ill living in filth all over the streets of some of our major cities.”

            Beryl,
            Really? How about…”I’d rather my taxes go to curing cancer, and no more wars”?

            Neither your or my examples have any chance in hell of being implemented…so…GO BIG!

        • malthuss July 19, 2019 at 1:33 pm #

          Browns, to be the majority.
          Blame LBJ.
          And Ray gun.

      • draupnir July 19, 2019 at 12:54 pm #

        Kind of like the unemployment numbers?

        It is apparent that the Democrats can no longer control their own party and are committing political seppuku before our very eyes. By the recent three day mass hysteria attempting to brand Trump a racist, and the subsequent stillborn impeachment vote, they make themselves look ridiculous, desperate and disorganized. The screeching on CNN was epic and reached from my mother’s TV, past my closed door and clear into my room. At this point they appear to me to be throwing spaghetti against the wall to see if any of it sticks. Even my mother, a rabid democrat, is starting to find the whole thing repellent. Besides that, in this case she agrees with Trump. She’s scared of Muslims. Not only that, she is becoming increasing concerned about the way they use their time. I believe the Democrats are going to be sorry to discover that a lot of people share her views. I fear even some true believers here may be starting to suffer from cognitive dissonance, like my poor, elderly mother, as their actions and behavior become increasingly difficult to defend.

        I can hardly wait until Trump reveals his choice for the recently opened position on the Supreme Court. Democrat reaction is bound to be a nine on the Richter scale. They might have to call the military in for that one.

        • Exscotticus July 19, 2019 at 5:47 pm #

          They’ve been calling Trump a racist now for years. Do they think it’s like a defibrillator that just needs recharging? “Well it didn’t work the last thousand times we called him a racist, but maybe it will work this time!” Sorry, dude, it did not. But it does illustrate the Dems basic modus operandi: retrying the same failures over and over, hoping for a different outcome.

    • Q. Shtik July 19, 2019 at 12:29 pm #

      Surly

      =====

      Bad tempered and unfriendly.

      • elysianfield July 19, 2019 at 6:04 pm #

        Q,
        …And don’t call me Surly….

    • Ishabaka July 19, 2019 at 5:30 pm #

      When you were a child, you thought mom and dad provided everything you needed for free. When you grew up, you realized mom and dad worked hard for everything they provided you.

  8. FincaInTheMountains July 19, 2019 at 10:26 am #

    In a meantime, Russian paratroopers are preparing for operation codenamed RCO (“Restoring of Constitutional Order”) in Washington, D.C.

    youtube.com/watch?v=3GCaqt_FP_k

    • Ol' Scratch July 19, 2019 at 10:32 am #

      Why waste the troops? Simply ring fence the country and let nature take its course. Forget walls along the southern border to keep immigrants out, we need walls on all our borders to keep the crazies in! The rest of the civilized world will soon demand it.

    • JohnAZ July 19, 2019 at 10:35 am #

      I think you sent out something last week that insinuated that Putin and the Russians are preparing to take military action against a takeover by the globalist Neo Libs threatening the US.

      Russia is next? Russia at least sees the danger of these internationalists, even if our intelligentsia seems to have lost its mind.

      Talk about mixed feelings!

      • FincaInTheMountains July 19, 2019 at 10:43 am #

        Any hostile takeover of the American government by the radical socialists (and in fact Nazis dressed in liberal clothes) will be considered as a casus belli.

  9. Ol' Scratch July 19, 2019 at 10:28 am #

    Whatever else this post had to say, Satan appreciates the shout out in paragraph two. There’s no such thing as bad publicity.

    My hope is that the wokesters at least succeed in blowing up the Pelosi/Clinton/Biden status quo in the D-Party, something that’s long overdue. Both sides seem intent on gifting the 2020 charade to Trump again, so “gird your loins” (a genuine Kunstler Classic!) for that eventuality either way. Total destruction of the feckless Dems will allow Trump to similarly focus his ill-intentions on the equally corrupt R’s, so maybe by 2024 DC can be in full scale meltdown and something new – albeit likely even more odious – can crawl out of the slime.

    Of course all that will just likely prompt the Israeli’s to take their velvet gloves off and declare the US officially to be a wholly owned subsidiary of Zionist World State Inc., but we’ve been heading that way for longer than anyone now alive can remember anyway, so might as well just get on with things.

    All I can add to that is I’m glad I’m old and I feel sorry for the kids. Perhaps all those combat video games they play so much these days can be of some service to them in the coming years. But be careful out there youngsters! Real bullets actually hurt!

    • FincaInTheMountains July 19, 2019 at 10:30 am #

      …nice try… yawn…

      • Ol' Scratch July 19, 2019 at 10:38 am #

        Don’t you have a long winded treatise to write?

        • mike d July 19, 2019 at 11:39 am #

          Lol…

          Yes Fincaln, what kind of bullshit do you have in store for today? Will you expound on that ridiculous reason you say Epstein was arrested? What was it now……Oh yeah the Russian sub disaster I think it was. Or something just as far out.

          Who is behind The Squad? Tell us oh Fincaln. You are more keyed in to the inside story than Qanon.

    • JohnAZ July 19, 2019 at 10:50 am #

      I think you recognize that the US is politically realigning itself with pieces of both parties sorta switching sides. Example is the Rust Belt voting for Trump.

      This realignment is going to become American vs. AntiAmerican. Capitalism and free markets vs, socialism or even Communism. People who are sincerely American are going to vote for the Dems in 2020 not realizing they are voting against their real beliefs.

      Trump is all American and his party may form around him if he wins. I hope the antiAmerican party dies very quickly and a legitimate liberal party emerges.

    • lasttwo July 21, 2019 at 6:30 pm #

      I am glad I am old too. I don’t understand why trump is so in bed with the Saudis and Israel

      veteranstoday.com/2019/07/20/trumps-israel-first-foreign-policy/

  10. volodya July 19, 2019 at 10:47 am #

    There’s many abiding mysteries of life, some trivial, others of great import.

    Such as how did the foreign affairs community (akaThe Blob) manage to accrete so many intellectually sub-standard, group-thinking non-thinkers and, given the foregoing, how is it that so many of these group-thinking-non-thinkers reach positions of influence? Given their inability to do anything but regurgitate shop-worn templates that don’t work anymore (if they ever did) why do they even get the time of day never mind get to occupy the Everests of academe and government?

    Is it a lack of will on their part to re-examine and re-think or is it a lack of ability? In the end, does it matter? The fact that they’ve been stinking up universities and government offices for so long is a discredit to the rest of us that should’ve rousted out these incompetents and cranks a long, long time ago.

    There’s a lot of propositions that might sound common sensical and practical on their face that would mark you by the Blob as “unserious” were you to mouth them. The Iran nuclear deal is making the news a lot nowadays. Maybe Trump is right in that it needs a re-think but maybe it needs a re-think in ways he’s not thinking about. First, look at the countries at the negotiating table in the original deal: the US, the UK, Russia, France, China, Germany and the EU. But -ahem – what about the countries a nuclear armed Iran would most affect? Like those countries in its vicinity, like Turkey, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Israel … you get the drill. Far be it from me to suggest that maybe these close neighbors have the greatest stake and should have been the chief negotiators and not the US, the UK etc. See, THAT would mark you as “unserious”.

    Should NATO be disbanded? To raise the question is “unserious”. But it’s an abiding mystery as to why incompetent, bone-heads who created so much calamity are the shot-callers. Why can’t we get rid of them, get some fresh thinkers, people with views that accord with reality?

    Why does a dog lick its balls? Because it can. Why can’t the Mets get decent relief pitching? Because they can’t.

    • JohnAZ July 19, 2019 at 10:55 am #

      Two quick answers

      The very successful Neo-Liberal program of Stupidification and tenure.

      A Democratic based nation needs an informed public to succeed, a dictatorship needs a sheeple public to succeed.

      The US is in the process of making this decision.

      • lasttwo July 21, 2019 at 6:33 pm #

        Not sure about the neo liberal thing it was the republicans who started the leave all the children behind – I mean no child left behind. seems like it did not work.

    • Janos Skorenzy July 19, 2019 at 1:42 pm #

      Inertia. Things tend to persist in motion unless stopped by an outside force. In terms of Organizations: the Organization exists for itself first and foremost. Only secondarily for whatever it was created for. But there is more: NATO serves the American Empire, also known as Oceania. They want Eurasia to be encircled as close to their borders as possible. Thus they found a new purpose for NATO. That the Soviet Union fell along with Communism is neither here nor there to them.

    • montsegur July 19, 2019 at 1:59 pm #

      Should NATO be disbanded? To raise the question is “unserious”.

      Volodya, the Germans are working on that one, guaranteed. They can’t stand being a junior partner in any group, and all of their high talk about an “EU Army” is aimed at the creation of a German-led military force. Once formed, the “logic” will immediately be trotted out that with an organic European defense force, NATO is no longer necessary.

      Except … damned exceptions. The only military force truly respected these days are nukes (something the Woke will be certain to disregard as they cheer the EU idiocy on). So who gets to wield the nukes in the EU Army? Germany? Oh yeah, there’s a winning proposition … France? Their nuke arm is aging, and, in any case, it is questionable if a man-child like Macron will put France’s neck in the nuclear guillotine on behalf of some far away EU country like Slovakia.

      And then, of course, is the old argument for “why NATO”. Why? To keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans minding their manners. A German-led EU force will certainly not accomplish two of those objectives and probably not the third, either.

      Over 25 years of peace for a reunited Europe to get their act together, and what did we get? A bitchy, quasi-dictatorial supranational bureaucracy that mostly serves the interests of Berlin while meddling unnecessarily in the affairs of member nations and cutting others off at the knees in terms of finances.

      IMO, the only thing keeping the EU from going full-out 1984 is their perception of being pressured by both the Americans and the Russians. That, and that only, is keeping the stupider and more vile ideas of authoritarians like Merkel and Macron in check. I needn’t mention actual EU officials as they serve only as figureheads for Europe’s latest version of the Continental System.

      Yeah, the EU and its legion of problems is not for the Americans (or the Russians) to sort. But certainly, the low quality of “elite” leadership the Europeans have elected and appointed in the last 25 years won’t be able to sort the issues. So where does that leave us — 100 years in the past — 1919?

      A simmering mess, through and through.

      Cheers

      • volodya July 19, 2019 at 3:14 pm #

        Great post. One American affliction is an inability to orient one’s self in a world where everything isn’t all about the US. Ergo, on this side of the pond people decry the laughable inadequacies of American leadership, while hardly being able to perceive the equally ludicrous European version.

        Americans look at those mannerly, stylish people who know their wines, who decline to gorge on burgers and burritos, who were educated in academies that were old when the US was young, who are multi-lingual, and never mind that half of this perception is bosh, Americans just can’t see past it.

        Yeah, some of them can speak some English, that is, they can exchange pleasantries en anglais, and make a good impression, you know, fa la bella figura, but their vaunted cosmopolitanism is vastly overstated. Have you ever heard Merkel converse in English? I haven’t. Macron gives it the college try, but he’s got a plank-thick accent, and to my ears, he isn’t that good. And that’s the cream of the crop. What do you expect from the guy on the street?

        As you said in a previous post, tribalism is alive and well, tribal boundary-lines still apply as much as we’ve supposedly gotten past all that nasty, fascistic nationalism, and so what you say about Germany is right in line.

        That the EU serves Berlin’s interests is fully in keeping with the original intent. What was the EU originally but France’s pre-emptive surrender to Germany? If you can’t get a customs union, you send out the panzers. From the perspective of 1950 it makes sense. Post-war history hadn’t yet been written so people didn’t know if Germany would again re-surge as they did post-WW1. France, having got bludgeoned three times in less than a century, figured that an accommodation is better than hearing the tramp-tramp-tramp of the jack-boots yet again.

        And, France’s rural people having suffered disproportionately in WW1, its farmers having been fed into the abattoir in huge numbers, were in no mood for a repeat. Hence the precipitous collapse in 1940. And French leadership, despite all the preening about la resistance, would have known this post WW2. France is smaller than Germany demographically and economically and would have a bitch of a time winning a war. So they made the deal.

        Authoritarianism has a long pedigree in Europe and so it shouldn’t shock anyone as to the EU’s tendencies in that direction. I know from seeing it up close, folk over there show way too much deference to the allegedly “educated”. There’s no reason for it, in my experience, the guy on the bar-stool has as clear a take on a lot of things as the most exalted intellectual from the most exclusive of Europe’s universities. Or America’s for that matter. Sometimes “education” insulates people from reality more than it illuminates it, takes the straight-forward issue and vastly over-complicates it, and shrouds it in fog-banks of jargon and irrelevancy.

        In any case, the present shape of the EU, with chronically mal-functioning calamities like Italy and Greece sharing political, economic and monetary space with powerhouses like Germany makes zero sense. It doesn’t make sense on multiple levels, its various arrangements just begging for nationalist resurgence.

        Given the in-bred cretins running things, products of centuries of aristocratic and upper-class inter-marriage, syphilis, opium and alcohol abuse, you don’t have reasonable prospects for renewal and re-invigoration. I don’t see how this goes forward. As you say, a simmering mess…

        • GreenAlba July 19, 2019 at 4:09 pm #

          “Given the in-bred cretins running things, products of centuries of aristocratic and upper-class inter-marriage, syphilis, opium and alcohol abuse…”

          Don’t get too carried away, Volodya. Macron’s mother was a doctor and his father a professor of neurology. Merkel’s father was a pastor and her mother a teacher. You might not like them, but they’re not feckin’ aristocracy.

          As for your bets on the abilities of the man in the European street to speak English, I can see that as an American you’d miss all the routine interviews on UK or European television where people interviewed in said street can make a very good fist of getting their point across in decent English, unlike the Brits who tend to be a bit insular and monoglot. You’ve clearly never been to the Netherlands, where loads of people speak excellent English. Or wondered how so many French, Spanish, Italian or German young people have come to the UK to work because they already speak the language.

          But as regards the proposed EU army, what a shame the UK has left and enabled them to form one by removing its veto.
          That old law of unintended consequences again.

          • Nightowl July 19, 2019 at 4:46 pm #

            If Germany is any measure, the average Euro does not speak good English. The Dutch are much better in my experience, but I have only ever been to Amsterdam, which is a tourist haven.

            I work as an editor at a blue chip consulting company, and we have some very highly educated folks here from all over Europe. Some speak fairly well, but the general skill level is not high initially.

            English is also a very easy language to learn up to about intermediate level.

          • benr July 19, 2019 at 5:11 pm #

            I can attest to many Swiss, Italian, Spanish, French, Japanese and Chinese kids speaking decent English as I host many teens for English enrichment in the summer.
            I even give them some surf lessons if they wish to have a go at surfing.
            there is a reason English is turning into the de facto language most people learn if they need a second one followed by Chinese a language that just won’t stick for me.

          • GreenAlba July 19, 2019 at 5:50 pm #

            Nightowl

            The Dutch are exceptionally proficient in English. The last time I was in Germany, which I admit was some time ago, if you looked lost or were looking at a map people would come over and insist on speaking English to you if you looked like a Brit (most Brits do). I work in medical publishing and spent some time in the French office, where people were expected to acquire a decent standard of English that would permit them to give presentations in English.

            My French friends in Paris also tell me that to get anywhere in most big firms, English is expected. This was my experience even back in the 70s when I worked for a consulting engineering firm in Grenoble.

            I worked as a technical translator because a not insignificant number of the projects were financed by the World Bank, who expected tender documents and project reports in English, but the engineers themselves wouldn’t have got far without a reasonable level of English.

            The fact remains that London in particular, but also where I live, is well supplied in young Europeans with excellent English.

            Re ease of learning, I think most European learners would disagree with you, given the irregularities inherent in English spelling and pronunciation. German is another kettle of fish. If you have a grammatical mind (and especially if you’re used to the case system from studying Latin), it’s a doddle up to English GCSE level at least.

          • GreenAlba July 19, 2019 at 5:52 pm #

            Dmitry Orlov thinks even native English speakers are held back in their educational attainments because of the complications of the English language!

          • GreenAlba July 19, 2019 at 5:53 pm #

            “followed by Chinese a language that just won’t stick for me”

            You have my admiration for even trying, benr!

          • Nightowl July 19, 2019 at 6:23 pm #

            GA,

            In those environments, it does not surprise me that you encountered folks with good English.

            And with regards to difficulty: I suppose I am being unfair as I was (subconsciously I suppose) comparing it to German — eine Sprache die in Sachen Grammatik einfach eine ganz andere Hausnummer ist 😉

          • Linda July 20, 2019 at 6:43 am #

            I am from Holland. A legal immigrant here. All of my family over there speak great English. My cousins and I converse regularly. They write in Dutch, which helps keep me fluent in my mother tongue, and I in English so they can also keep up on it. The Netherlands has lots and lots of people who speak very good English. I have been to France numerous times, there English is not as well known. But since I speak some French it has never bothered me.

            I have also wondered why Frau Merkel or President Macron don’t speak English. They are leaders of the leading European countries and they don’t speak English? That is ridiculous, in my opinion.

          • GreenAlba July 20, 2019 at 9:24 am #

            Exactly my impression, Linda. Many Dutch people speak English better than many British native speakers!

            I agree that it is surprising that Merkel and Macron don’t speak better English. Most of the top EU bods, no matter one’s opinion of their politics or agenda, speak excellent English.

            Still, I’m glad I’ll be gone before we’re all speaking Chinese. 🙂

          • Slugoon July 20, 2019 at 3:33 pm #

            Still haven’t left, GA! But do you honestly think staying in would prevent the relentless march towards federalisation in which an EU Army would form an integral part?

            I don’t. By hook or by crook, one way or another, switching to QMV, whatever, it was always going to happen just like all the treaties they shove though. I could see it coming a mile off a decade ago just by the way these people talk and behave.

            They’ve perfected the art of boiling frogs. And the Frogs are all for it.

          • GreenAlba July 21, 2019 at 9:23 am #

            Slugoon

            “Still haven’t left, GA! But do you honestly think staying in would prevent the relentless march towards federalisation in which an EU Army would form an integral part?”

            I presumed you hadn’t left, Slugoon – I was going to mention you just to clarify that I didn’t mean all Brexiters were against brown people, just a subset of them who also didn’t get that brown people in the UK are no more to do with the EU than those kippers Boris waved in front of the crowd the other day – Boris doesn’t do ‘informed’ either, sadly. Many Brexiters were concerned about immigration, but leaving the EU is going to get them more non-EU immigration – in fact it already is, as I predicted more than three years ago.

            I didn’t say anything about the ‘relentless march’ – I just said our continued membership would have prevented an EU army, which is a fact, even though you’ve just denied it. Every individual member nation within the EU has a veto over the creation of an EU army, despite Boris Johnson’s scare tactics. And now yours!

            But yes, our being in has been a drag on federalist ambitions overall. Some of the other nations (further east, mostly) have appreciated that. (Others further west appreciate the drag being removed.) Our membership has also been a drag in the direction of neoliberalism.

            UK Tory governments and UK lobbyists have thwarted all attempts at financial regulation. I have an old friend from my student days whose late husband was an adviser to Maggie Thatcher. After her demise they moved to Brussels where he started up his own consulting company and made a pile of money.

            I never paid any attention to what he did and assumed he just provided advice to UK firms working or selling in Europe, but after he died I looked up his firm and they were basically just financial lobbyists. Which means lobbying for financial deregulation. And he was such a nice man personally.

            I’m not advocating staying in, Slugoon. I’m just pointing out that coming out isn’t going to be what people voted for.

            Already we’ve had an American president telling us who we can and can’t have as an ambassador. Expect more of the same. I don’t call that taking back control. Maybe you do. And that’s before we get anywhere near a trade deal.

            I was so incensed I wrote to my MP about it and expressed my concerns about what this mean in terms of the David-and-Goliath trade deal for which we are necessarily so desperate. Perhaps it didn’t worry you at all.

          • GreenAlba July 21, 2019 at 10:07 am #

            It wasn’t the EU that took us into Iraq or Afghanistan either. It was our puppy dog status with regard to the US.

            Real facts are more reliable than hypotheses.

            Take back control. Haha.

          • Slugoon July 21, 2019 at 11:11 am #

            I meant that we still haven’t left the EU, not me and this board!

            On immigration I personally don’t care what the numbers are or whether they come from Mars providing we have a sensible policy about who gets to stay but I wasn’t arguing that.

            On the EU Army you cannot call a future projection a fact. That you think our veto means anything tickles me; it is utterly worthless. Standby for the Single European Act Part Deux. The EU Army is happening. Small steps. It’s not a scare tactic since I’m not bothered if it happens. If they want to antagonise the Russians, up to them. (Wrong strategy in my book.) I just don’t want us to be a part of it and thereby prop up and legitimise it.

            Coming out of the EU is *everything* I voted for. It was the only thing on the ballot paper. I didn’t vote for a ‘deal’. I voted to leave. I don’t believe it’s going to happen in any meaningful way but I’m glad we’re gumming up the works.

            You’re right, I’m not worried about a trade deal, either with the US or the EU nations. We’ve gone over this before. And neither do I think an American president telling us who we can have as an ambassador is taking back control. But that’s not what happened. His expressed opinion is not an order for us to do anything just like Obama’s opinion that we should all vote to stay when he came swanning over here.

            You’ve got a real bee in your bonnet about these Atlanticists!

          • GreenAlba July 21, 2019 at 1:57 pm #

            “His expressed opinion is not an order for us to do anything.”

            He didn’t express an opinion. He said his administration would refuse to work with the ambassador. I don’t care for Jeremy Hunt, but he did back up his ambassador. Boris Johnson threw him under a bus to suck up to Trump, and with the lack of support from his own future PM he had no option but to resign.

            Boris Johnson, that is, who earlier called Trump stupefyingly ignorant and unfit to be president.

            “You’ve got a real bee in your bonnet about these Atlanticists!”

            Yes I truly have. Swapping the status of more-than-equal member of the EU, with all its faults, for hanging on the coattails of the Big Boy across the pond does not constitute taking back control for me.

            I get that you don’t care about kowtowing to the US for a trade deal and throwing our farmers and others under a bus too. In addition, it’s been made clear that a trade deal will entail the NHS losing its right to negotiate favourable prices for us for pharmaceutical products. I presume you don’t care about that kind of thing either.

            Against the US we have zero power.

          • GreenAlba July 21, 2019 at 1:58 pm #

            And it was hard enough trying to stay out of US wars when we were in the EU. Our options are narrowing.

          • GreenAlba July 21, 2019 at 2:00 pm #

            And I use the past tense because for me we’ve already left. It’s over bar the tears (not mine – I haven’t got a job to lose and I presume yours is safe or easily replaceable).

          • Slugoon July 22, 2019 at 8:31 am #

            Actually I work for one of the most integrated European companies in existence. My job was not safe nor is it easily replaceable. Cameron was drafted in to give the big speech at our Head Office in the referendum run-up, which fortunately I did not have to suffer.

            The company was generally good in leaving politics out of day-to-day communications but the vibe was that voting to leave would cause eternal hardship, it would be impossible to trade, jobs would be lost, etc. The same pessimistic message that we’ve heard non-stop from all manner of talking heads and ‘industry leaders’ since (translated as: if this causes the slightest inconvenience to ‘the company’ or knocks so much as a penny off the share price then we’re not interested).

            When 52% called their bluff, all of a sudden it wasn’t quite so bad. With a little cost and effort alternative arrangements were made to continue business without a hitch (which we all knew was possible since we’ve been running a Swiss operation for years).

            So, forgive me that when I hear the same message flowing from the mouths of all the spin doctors and vested interests I consider it bullshit. There will of course be disruption to the farming sector proportional to the intransigence of the EU and new arrangements will have to be made but isn’t the message from this blog one of deconstructing global supply chains and reducing complexity? Finding arrangements that support localised production and distribution? I’m sure some of the contributions saved can support our farmers in the transition especially since every penny of the CAP is ours to begin with.

            And it’s a bit rich talking about the NHS when half a billion EU citizens are free to use it without paying a penny in. In 2017, 28.4% of live births were to mothers born outside the UK. What does a c-section cost these days? £20k a pop? Perhaps we could balance the equation of people paying in vs hands held out first.

        • SpeedyBB July 21, 2019 at 5:14 pm #

          Old wheeze:

          “Why do the French plant those rows of lovely oak trees along their highways?”

          “So the German army can march in the shade.”

  11. Opie July 19, 2019 at 10:58 am #

    A friend of my childhood days ,now a retired intelligence officer, told me of a meeting he had with Nancy Pelosi many years ago pre-911. He was charged with explaining US policy decisions having to do with a S.America country. She wanted to know why we were supporting a certain rebel group,he was charged to filling out the specifics which lead to that decision. Anyway, after a lengthy meeting, she said she totally understood. My friend was pleased and asked if she would convey her newfound knowledge to congress and the public. She looked him square on and said,” No way, my district is full of nut case lefty’s who would never understand”. She is far from being alone on voting against the interests of her country, in fact it’s the norm in both party’s. Expect nothing from DC, you’ll never be disappointed.

  12. teddyboy46 July 19, 2019 at 11:01 am #

    How very eloquent and true.

  13. wm5135 July 19, 2019 at 11:20 am #

    “Why they can’t move beyond it and engage with the many other mighty matters of our time is one of those abiding mysteries of life,….” JHK

    cause they are eating steak and riding welfare cadillacs just like their comrades in the Republican party.

    “cause it’s a club, and YOU’RE not in it” Carlin

    the stock market is over 27,00 and stimulus is in sight

    we are about to roll the debt over again

    INSTEX is becoming a reality

    You might wake up and discover you have been known, biblically, and there is not a condom wrapper to be found.

    I know the question was rhetorical.
    Most liked answer: The Defense Budget

    • K-Dog July 19, 2019 at 11:48 am #

      “Why they can’t move beyond it and engage with the many other mighty matters of our time is one of those abiding mysteries of life,….” JHK

      No mystery, they‘ve got the old time religion. A man does not know what he is because the truth of what a man truly is a very terrible thing. The horror of the truth of simply being here causes men to imitate others, men manage to live as others do in an avoidance of self. An old time religion of eternal dress up adult child play. Measuring by dress, possessions, skin color and any other external thing so as not to face the horrible truth of what men really are. Not having a self they must be content with toys and trappings which preserve to them, a Potemkin Village of substance. Because truth is they are without substance and what passes for character is hoary armor.

      Does that answer your question?

      • K-Dog July 19, 2019 at 11:55 am #

        hoary armour

        A man does not know what he is. The truth of what a man is must be avoided because the truth terrifies. This causes an inability to ‘move beyond’.

      • JohnAZ July 19, 2019 at 11:58 am #

        Original sin

        Sins

        1. power

        2. Ethnocentrism

        3. vengeance

        All evil stems from combinations of these three.

        • K-Dog July 19, 2019 at 12:03 pm #

          An in a futile avoidance of the inevitable.

          • K-Dog July 19, 2019 at 12:04 pm #

            All

        • Janos Skorenzy July 19, 2019 at 1:45 pm #

          Good men can’t be powerful? Or ethnocentric in some measure at least? Or seek righteous vengeance if a great wrong has been done?

          John, you need to read the Gospel of John.

          • JohnAZ July 19, 2019 at 4:13 pm #

            Janos

            Jesus condemned power for powers sake. Give to Caesar what is Caesars but to God what is Gods. Jesus avoided power throughout his ministry.

            Jesus was the repudiation of the Jewish ethnocentrism at the time. He reached out to the gentiles through Paul.

            Turn the other cheek. Love your enemy. Doesn’t sound very vengeful to me.

            Maybe you should read a little John too.

          • Janos Skorenzy July 20, 2019 at 12:38 pm #

            Jesus’ teaching is meant only for the very few in its absolute purity. If we hadn’t ignored most of that or watered it down, we’d all be speaking Arabic, Berber, or Turkish now.

            Do you want commissars coming around to enter your home to redistribute your goods to the needy? That’s Christianity in their book and they’re right – it follows directly from the Sermon on the Mount. You reply, We never did it that way. I agree: we left it up the individual who mostly ignored it. The Protestants taxed their congregants, making them tithe. A fine social discipline and a median between the two viewpoints.

          • GreenAlba July 21, 2019 at 9:54 am #

            “The Protestants taxed their congregants, making them tithe. A fine social discipline and a median between the two viewpoints.”

            But also mostly ignored. I don’t know anyone who tithes and never did, apart from a fundie Pentecostal ex-friend who does it entirely voluntarily, but sadly without that discretion thing that’s also advised, because she likes everyone to know about it.

          • GreenAlba July 21, 2019 at 9:55 am #

            Don’t the Germans have to pay some sort of local tax to the church even if they’re not Christians?

            Nightowl will know!

          • GreenAlba July 21, 2019 at 9:56 am #

            “Jesus’ teaching is meant only for the very few in its absolute purity.”

            Have you got a citation for where he said that?

          • GreenAlba July 21, 2019 at 10:12 am #

            Seems to me I bashed myself over the head for decades thinking he meant me too. I wish someone had told me earlier about the opt-out clauses. Could have saved myself a lot of grief.

          • Nightowl July 21, 2019 at 5:53 pm #

            GA,

            No. Kirchensteuer is optional. I pay it because my wife works for an organization sponsored by them. But I don’t have to pay it.

  14. JohnAZ July 19, 2019 at 11:50 am #

    Fox News

    Pelosi rejects the WH debt ceiling budget proposal, too many budget reductions.

    I am so sick of both sides on the debt question.

    JHK, a good subject someday could be, what the heck do we do to reduce a 22 trillion debt?

    Face it, it will not be repaid, it is impossible!

    So now what? Who gets hammered? Who are the creditors for all this debt? If a default occurs, say Trump, or anybody else in the future, says we are cancelling the National Debt, what will happen?

    Armageddon? All the marginal countries in the world starve their folks? Russia laughs its ass off, China too?

    Yes, but also, remember all those dollars you thought you had for retirement? Fuggetaboudit! Remember all those dollars in your kids college accounts, ditto! Remember all those bank reserves for capital protection, ha! SS, Medicare, sure!

    Business as normal will be impossible, there will be no income inequality because there will be no income. The elites will be in New Zealand er al.

    Enough negative!

    The real deal here is that the idiots in DC have got to put a rein on spending increases, a percentage per year. A legitimate plan to restructure spending to start reducing unnecessary spending is in order. A sunset law sounds good. So does term limits.

    A big one. Take away budget authority from the bureaucracy and give it back to the House where it belongs. Eliminate lobbyists and use the committee system in the House to control what is spent. Sunset agencies.

    If the US does nationalize in the future, reduce military spending and let the world take care of itself. We cannot afford Bretton Woods any more. Hiya Finca.

    My opinion, this will happen when pigs fly. Destruction of the Deep State is a requirement.

    • JohnAZ July 19, 2019 at 11:52 am #

      And stop running DC based on personalities. Again, when swine soar!

    • FincaInTheMountains July 19, 2019 at 12:58 pm #

      John, the Bretton Woods as it was conceived by the great American President Roosevelt, was a very good thing and provided for 20 years of post-war prosperity in Europe and US.

      Stalin signed up to Bretton Woods initially (in 1944) as well, but after pro-Nazi coup of President Truman in 1945, the Soviet Union did not ratify the agreements.

      In 1950, USSR introduced the gold-backed ruble, but after his death (murder?) in 1953, Khrushchev terminated the project.

      Unfortunately, when after Watergate affair the power in Washington was hijacked by the Black Project, everything had changed and the system became opposite to its original intent and finally was replaced by Jamaica’s accords, making the dollar the only and absolute measure of value, which eventually lead to US de-industrialisation.

      • FincaInTheMountains July 19, 2019 at 1:02 pm #

        provided for 20 years of post-war prosperity in Europe and US

        actually, it was almost 30 years.

        but after his death (murder?) in 1953

        I meant after Stalin’s death (murder?) in 1953

      • JohnAZ July 19, 2019 at 1:30 pm #

        Thanks, Finca.

        A lot of the intent of Bretton Woods is still in place but support for it is waning as the US becomes more localized. Military pullback, trade treaty disentanglement and tariffs, trying to reduce the trade imbalance, trying to reawaken American manufacturing, getting other nations to pull their defensive weight, al Trump.

        • Ol' Scratch July 19, 2019 at 3:26 pm #

          Umm… where exactly are we seeing “military pullback?” Do tell.

          • JohnAZ July 19, 2019 at 4:06 pm #

            How about NATO, which the MIC is screaming at Trump about.

            How about Afghanistan slowly, ditto the MIC.

            How about Syria?

          • JohnAZ July 19, 2019 at 4:08 pm #

            Read the book Ol’ Scratch

            You might change your mind on a few things.

            BTW, the book supports a lot of Fincas ideas about geopolitics.

          • benr July 19, 2019 at 5:12 pm #

            @jaz

            A single book will not change that mind.

  15. sauerkraut July 19, 2019 at 11:52 am #

    Ya know, Jim, “Luv it er leev it” didn’t sound a whole lot better in 1969.

    • K-Dog July 19, 2019 at 12:01 pm #

      Jim should be careful. This dog would have to go to where his ancestors dogs were when this nation was formed. Jim’s back yard in what became New York State is where some of my ancestor dogs were.

      I could howl in the middle of the night. Jim could get really cranky.

      • Janos Skorenzy July 19, 2019 at 1:47 pm #

        Yes, dogs try to become wolves sometimes late at night. So sad what was done to them by man. But it was for love? Or to make them serve by making them serviceable?

        • K-Dog July 20, 2019 at 12:35 am #

          Consider evolution. Who is napping when the human goes to work all day at dawn, and who is napping when the human comes home from working all day just before dark.

          Dogs are obviously higher on the ladder. Aroooo !

          • Janos Skorenzy July 20, 2019 at 12:13 pm #

            Yes, just as the Martians thought or will think that Diamonds are the highest form of Life on Earth and man simply their servitor. See Olaf Stapledon’s “Last Men and First” (or something like that).

      • Ol' Scratch July 19, 2019 at 3:24 pm #

        That’s what garden hoses are for.

      • elysianfield July 21, 2019 at 4:45 pm #

        “I could howl in the middle of the night. Jim could get really cranky”

        Dog,
        To be safe, don’t howl in Yiddish….

    • Beryl of Oyl July 19, 2019 at 12:41 pm #

      President Trump mentioned coming back after fixing that country of origin, and telling the rest of us how to replicate the feat.

      • sauerkraut July 19, 2019 at 6:35 pm #

        But I thought that New York was claimed by the Washington Empire. Isn’t it a territory or something?

        Or has it been sold to China already?

        • sauerkraut July 20, 2019 at 11:51 am #

          Sorry Beryl, I was forgetting that you may not have heard that 3 of the 4 were born in the U.S.A., if not on the Fourth of July. So the good ole U.S.A. is their country of origin, and they are trying to fix it, and telling us how that can be done.

          Just a point of logic.

  16. Robert White July 19, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

    A full heaping helping of JHK’s most entertaining dish of cynicism please. And could I have a double double to go too, please & thank you.

    Clearly, JHK is in his element today as one might expect given US political theatrics this past week. Personally, I’m siding with the four esteemed Democrats that think the Orange Cheeto is mere New Jersey pond scum from the scum swamp that has all that flotsam & jetsam floating around on top to add texture to the full spectrum hate that manifests in the Orange Twit’s atrophied & dementia riddled cerebral cortex most hours of the day & night.

    When is JHK going to turn on the Orange Orator of the Klu-Klux-Klan & new old order of Americanized hate?

    America is so 50s & Leave it to Beaver these days with the Orange Apocalypse governing the D.C. Swamp and pointing fingers like he is Senator McCarthy come back to haunt.

    Racist Trump must now be impeached, methinks.

    I fully side with the US Democrats against the racism as it is now reaching epidemic proportion due to the racist-in-chief occupying the Whore House as a transnational pimp ready to whore out his bitches at the prompt of a tweet.

    Did I mention how much I can’t stand the Orange one?

    RW

    • JohnAZ July 19, 2019 at 12:30 pm #

      Which makes you a racist against Whites.

      When will someone from the Left talk about issues that matter and stop Trump bashing? Probably never.

      • Beryl of Oyl July 19, 2019 at 12:48 pm #

        It is not in their personal financial interests to do so.
        Not just that, either.
        Some have to keep up the drumbeat of Orange Man Bad (it didn’t have to be Orange Man; any outsider would have been branded as any or all of the ‘phobes’ and ‘ists’) so in the unlikely event that some in government actually get prosecuted for some very real criminal acts they have committed, those with self-induced ADHD will really believe it is the evil Trump trying to destroy America.

        BTW, I’m wondering now if the illegal basement server (which Obama lied about knowing of) contains material that is even worse than we think, in light of the Jeffrey Epstein arrest, and revelations about who may have been protecting him.

        • benr July 19, 2019 at 5:14 pm #

          It could be that was where Hillary kept all the dirt on her political frenemies.

      • K-Dog July 20, 2019 at 12:50 am #

        Left talk about issues that matter and stop Trump bashing?

        “The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of the infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.” <–The Call of Cthulhu

        'Yet far men have traveled. Far from any shore humans sailed ships of ignorance onto the infinite black sea. Now becalmed without a draught of wind to fill dead sails, without supplies, unforgiving darkness waits to swallow its own. From the sea to the sea. From ashes now to dust the starving will be swallowed. It was never meant that we should go this far. <–The Howl of K-Dog

  17. FincaInTheMountains July 19, 2019 at 12:40 pm #

    Contrary to popular opinion, the European Union hates and fears Russia even more than it hates the United States == Finca

    On July 17, 1944, the Germans organized the run of a column of captured British and American soldiers through the streets of Paris.

    youtube.com/watch?v=U1CnKsvZXQI

    French women had an interesting attitude towards their future liberators from the Nazi occupation.

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    • elysianfield July 21, 2019 at 4:49 pm #

      “French women had an interesting attitude towards their future liberators from the Nazi occupation”

      Kamaraden Finc!

      Women, hell. Everyone loves a man in uniform…and what a uniform!

      If he was a nice guy, and bought me dinner, I would date the sumbitch….

  18. Robert White July 19, 2019 at 12:48 pm #

    What matters most is that the Democrats need to tar & feather the president publically so that he will spend the remainder of his racist life attempting to remove the tar & feathers instead of issuing more tweets of verbal terrorism against America people of colour.

    And I am a white dude with a white last name & historiography/ancestry. Self hate is not in the cards whereas contempt for the racism of white people has always been a part of my being. My parents would not tolerate racism, ever. They are dead now but the lessons learned are by no means dead like they are today.

    I come from an educated family that actually read books and understood them. Unlike most Americans today I still have a library of books that I need to dust off periodically.

    RW

    • Beryl of Oyl July 19, 2019 at 12:52 pm #

      You aren’t even an actual person, Bob.
      Who do you think you are fooling?

      What am I doing, I shouldn’t be engaging it.

      • Robert White July 19, 2019 at 1:04 pm #

        JHK knows that I am really who I state I am and that the name listed here is my actual name and not a fictitious manufactured handle.

        Like Popeye ‘I am what I am’.

        RW

        • Beryl of Oyl July 19, 2019 at 1:44 pm #

          What race is ‘of color’, and in what way is “racist” Nancy Pelosi different racially from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

          Also, what is racist about telling someone who bills herself as a foreigner to go back, fix her country of origin, and come back and tell us how she made it great?

          People like Jesse Jackson didn’t find Donald Trump racist at all, until he interfered with the multiple lucrative rackets which make those who have been in high office in DC for significant length of time so much better off financially than the majority.
          Fortunately for America, he isn’t afraid of being called a few of those newly minted bad names.

          • shabbaranks July 19, 2019 at 1:48 pm #

            Amen.

          • Nightowl July 19, 2019 at 4:50 pm #

            Come on man, yelling “racist” makes people feel powerful!

          • benr July 19, 2019 at 5:18 pm #

            Yea the shrill screams of racism did not happen while he was cutting checks to members of both parties!
            How ever when Trump ran as a Republican suddenly his tweets and everything about him become objectionable!
            The Democrat party can’t abide by a turncoat in fact no worse crime can be committed then turning away from the DNC!

        • darrell dullnig July 19, 2019 at 1:59 pm #

          Hmmm… Popeye is a fictional character. Are you what you are in the same way that Popeye is who he is? Wake up, RW and realize that your background in reading(regardless of the content) does not necessarily establish credentials in ability to think accurately or wisely.

          • Robert White July 19, 2019 at 3:23 pm #

            Establishment of credentialism is what ensures the destruction of the meritocratic principle in that a PhD is not an empirical indicator of anything except an ability to abide by rule following behaviour. Intelligence goes infinitely farther into that which is epistemological rather than credentialed in a world of undoing that is being run into the ground by the elite & their ungrounded notions of entitlement that is borne out of the idea that they don’t have to actually think accurately at all as long as they have established entry to the club that what’shisface told us we don’t belong to, and never will.

            Wisdom is said to begin with the fear of God. I think I remember reading that in the Bible that collects dust on my desk as wisdom ages along with myself & cognitive ability/disability.

            RW

          • elysianfield July 21, 2019 at 4:54 pm #

            “. Intelligence goes infinitely farther into that which is epistemological rather than credentialed in a world of undoing that is being run into the ground by the elite & their ungrounded notions of entitlement that is borne out of the idea that they don’t have to actually think accurately at all as long as they have established entry….”

            Robert,
            I must have said the same exact thing at least 1000 times….

      • lbs July 19, 2019 at 1:43 pm #

        Anyone who uses the word “colour” has got to be rather highly educated.

    • Janos Skorenzy July 19, 2019 at 1:49 pm #

      Tribe, right? You pass for White but you have never identified as White. That’s how you were raised – with a bone deep contempt for our Race and Civilization.

      • Robert White July 19, 2019 at 4:08 pm #

        Queen Elisabeth II is the official head of my tribe, Janos. Furthermore, when I took a Biology elective full credit course on Human Genetics & Evolution for my B.A. Honours degree in Experimental Psychology I deduced that the evolutionary drift of human genetics was such that we actually share more genes in common than one would find dissimilar if one was a geneticist or empiricist of human deoxyribonucleic acid and the genotypic/phenotypic variability/variation that informs the knowledge base of human genetics & evolution.

        In brief, we share something on the order of 98% of our genes and the drift is ever edging closer, Janos. Phenotypic variability looks large compared to genotypic variability but when one looks at the guts of the empiricism you will find that the majority in the population throughout the world share more genes in common as opposed to not.

        RW

        • benr July 19, 2019 at 5:19 pm #

          It’s not the genes at fault it’s the culture!

          • Robert White July 19, 2019 at 5:35 pm #

            Monoculture USA is a bummer for everyone that is forced to live in the Western system of Imperialism & Fractional Reserve Banking without being able to escape from it, ever.
            The whole lack of a culture is what prompts JHK to offer us glimpses of likely & probable futures whereby things are made by hand due to systemic collapse & the inevitability of Six Sigma events manifesting within systemically complex systems that are bound to decouple from the always expected equilibrium of an ever present economy. As soon as the economy disappears JHK’s prophecy of likely collapse will manifestly become true.

            When it all happens Clusterfuck Nation will not likely be operable due to that electricity thingy.

            RW

        • Janos Skorenzy July 19, 2019 at 5:35 pm #

          The early Anthropologists considered Negroes a different species. Darwin as well. Yes, we could breed with them, just as some species can interbreed. Other species can, but the offspring is sterile. That’s what we want: to move away from those who “are human, all too human” and become something, hopefully something a bit more. That doesn’t have to mean hatred or hostility as long as we are respected.

          • Robert White July 19, 2019 at 6:39 pm #

            Eugenics populated all Social Science before the Scientific Method exposed them for their dogma rather than knowledge of anything to do with science.

            Eugenicists like Lombroso & Galton have long been dismissed, Janos. In the discipline of Social Science the Eugenicists & Eugenic movement is complete anathema and is no longer even discussed amongst those in the discipline.

            RW

          • Janos Skorenzy July 20, 2019 at 12:15 am #

            Do you condemn the Jews for trying to get rid of some of the diseases they are prone to? That’s Eugenics. Or for the Old Jews of Eastern Europe basically breeding for brains? It worked – more Eugenics.

            Do you decry the amount of “White Trash” we have? So do I. But any attempt to improve our Race is met with howls of agonized protest – both from those who love to use the term and in particular from those who are deeply involved in their own Eugenics. And let’s face it: No race has incredible range that ours does, meaning that no race could benefit more from a program of Eugenics, both positive and negative. The positive being getting the gifted to have more kids. The negative being getting the deficient to have fewer or none.

            To say that there is no such or that it’s “bad” is simply childishness on steroids, Robert. And to allow others to do it and forbid it to Whites? That’s tyranny.

          • GreenAlba July 21, 2019 at 10:17 am #

            Like I said, Janos, a servant to two masters. Who’d want to be you?

          • Janos Skorenzy July 21, 2019 at 3:53 pm #

            I walk the line. Trying to heal the rift between the worlds. Will the circle remain unbroken? Not if you have anything to say about it.

            “I am her Majesty’s loyal servant – but God first!

            Sir Thomas More, another walker in shadow. From the movie. Said to be more or less accurate.

          • GreenAlba July 21, 2019 at 5:28 pm #

            “I walk the line. Trying to heal the rift between the worlds. ”

            And with such endearing modesty. God must be touched.

            He’s not the only one.

  19. shabbaranks July 19, 2019 at 1:03 pm #

    Trump is going to get re-elected in a repeat of the ascension of Lincoln to the office in 1860 with a mere 40% of the popular vote. Then Civil War Two begins in earnest when some left leaning states attempt to secede. Trump and the union will prevail.

    • JohnAZ July 19, 2019 at 1:22 pm #

      Or, Trump is going to have a Reaganesque landslide if the Dems continue their Leftist swing.

      The solution to the Leftist states situation is to let them choke on their own stupidity and lack of fiscal integrity. When California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington all go belly up, they will be begging for relief from DC. We can call it the latest Socialist failure, and send all the failed politicos to Venezuela.

      • Beryl of Oyl July 19, 2019 at 1:49 pm #

        I met a man, a foreigner, who studies our political system, and he thinks the Awan brothers were hired by the Democrats to figure out election-rigging on a nationwide basis.
        He thinks they were almost caught, and had to quickly put things back the way they were.

        I only bring this up because last time Hillary’s people were so delusional about her chances that they only rigged the voting a little, in a few places, and this time they won’t make that same mistake.

        • Billy Hill July 19, 2019 at 3:18 pm #

          Try this one on:

          It was the Awan brothers, NOT Seth Rich.

          Is Assange still breathing?

          • GreenAlba July 19, 2019 at 4:41 pm #

            bh

            He’s currently serving a sentence for skipping bail.

            theguardian.com/media/2019/jun/14/julian-assange-to-face-us-extradition-hearing-in-uk-next-year

            And he will face a 5-day extradition (to the US) hearing next February.

            Unfortunately, Boris Johnson might still be PM in the UK by that time, if he hasn’t managed to trigger a vote of no confidence in the preceding three months. Trump is a big fan of Boris. Boris is also a big fan of Boris and loves that Trump is a big fan of Boris. There’s likely to be a bit of a mutual-backslapping bromance going on, so I don’t know about you, but if I were Assange I’d be feeling happier if my fate wasn’t going to be strongly influenced by two self-promoting narcissists.

            Boris isn’t a politician – he’s a celebrity. And he wouldn’t know a principle if he tripped over one on his way to shag his next conquest. But I’ll keep my fingers crossed for Assange anyway.

          • Nightowl July 19, 2019 at 4:53 pm #

            It was Seth Rich.

          • Billy Hill July 19, 2019 at 6:47 pm #

            GA — I sense you have not much respect for Boris Johnson. I have no horse in that race, but I am intrigued by the similar odd hair of your future PM and our erstwhile president. There is an historic connection there, maybe the stuff of which bromance is made. On a related front I would remind you that it takes a certain amount of egotism just to get out of bed in the morning, and entertainers, among whom I include politicians, possess ego in generous proportion compared to the rest of us mere awestruck groundlings. As for narcissism, I think that word has been overexposed, a bit like racism in the USA, and should be considered at risk in the lexicon of meaningful utterances.

            I thank you for keeping fingers crossed. If indeed Assange confirms Seth Rich (or the Awan brothers) that, plus the Epstein Files… the math eludes me…

          • GreenAlba July 19, 2019 at 8:48 pm #

            BH

            I have no respect whatever for Mr Johnson and I am far from being alone in that.

            I agree with you about narcissism but I’ll stick with it for the straw-haired pair. There’s a difference between narcissism and full-blown NPD – I’m not suggesting either of them has that.

            But I don’t imagine Boris has knowingly done anything that wasn’t to benefit Boris, and his stint as PM will be no different.

            I hope Mr Assange doesn’t find himself a pawn in Boris’ game.

      • lbs July 19, 2019 at 1:50 pm #

        A two state solution for the US is problematical since the leftist enclaves are scattered all over the country. (and they’ve got all the best real estate, at least in terms of physical environment if not natural resource abundance)

  20. montsegur July 19, 2019 at 1:37 pm #

    What a cargo of wickedness is borne by the garbage barge called the Democratic Party as it chugs out to sea toward a sickening, slightly radioactive orange sunset for what is looking like its final voyage.

    Jim, yes, and I have to add, what a shame.

    Our government operates on the basis of a two-party system. Assuming the Republicans don’t follow the Dems into political oblivion, it is still a lose-lose for the USA.

    What the Dems need now is leadership willing to move their platform to the political center and to force the radicals into other parties. That would offer American voters a practical choice. Doubtful that will happen, though.

    And without a serious opposition, the Repubs are sure to head into the political territory of the ill-advised.

    Not good. Not good at all.

    Cheers

  21. Doctor Freckles July 19, 2019 at 1:37 pm #

    I struggle with this basic question – how is it possible that someone as connected as Epstein is still alive? Given what he knows? All of this looks too real to be real and in that sense I wonder if it isn’t another kind of manipulation.

    • Janos Skorenzy July 19, 2019 at 1:55 pm #

      Think about it: If they were just all a murder machine, who would want to get involved? No, they are also very, very loyal to each other. That’s an essential ingredient. One German politician described the Satanic initiation into sex with kids on camera. Being blackmailable is another essential of course. He said the next level was to kill one. He wouldn’t do that so he didn’t advance any further. Not saying that’s the only path to power, but it’s one of them.

      If Epstein stands tall and keeps mum, they will never stop trying to get him out.

  22. Kevvia Knack July 19, 2019 at 1:45 pm #

    Whites do not have a monopoly on racism. As a lifelong resident of Los Angeles I’ve seen all kinds of things. When I was growing up (1970s) it was the Latinx and Chicanos who were beating up on the white kids. I’ve seen more ethnocentrism and hostility eminating from Latin and Asian communities than from black or white communities. Maybe because they have the strongest ethnic identities and egos. You don’t see too many Asian and Latin homeless people on the streets of L.A. They are too busy working! Healthy egos! Seems to be blacks and whites who lose it mentally and become homeless. Do we dare call it Asian Privilege and Latinx Privilege? Strong ethnic identities, strong religious identities, strong family ties, strong community ties, bilingual, valued in the job market.The lowest of the low imho appear to be working class whites and blacks.

    • lbs July 19, 2019 at 1:48 pm #

      When I lived in LA there were incidents of ethnic cleansing of African Americans by Latino gangbangers. Fortunately it does not seem to have become an epidemic, since I think I would have run across in the news, at least the real (non-establishment) news.

      • Beryl of Oyl July 19, 2019 at 1:54 pm #

        Gang members decided to firebomb the black families out of a block of public housing they wanted reserved for themselves, as late as 2014.

    • Doctor Freckles July 19, 2019 at 1:49 pm #

      I am a software engineer at a major IT company in the Seattle area. I can definitively say that whites are NOT the only racists. I’ve seen a lot of Indian-on-white racism … Chinese-on-white racism … even Chinese programmers who consider Chinatown (in Seattle) to be beneath them … Chinese hating on Chinese …

      • Nightowl July 19, 2019 at 4:57 pm #

        I dated an Asian girl for a long time in college. Her family hated me from the start and always joked that my girlfriend wanted to be white. The family would also try and hook her up with local 50-year-old Asian businessmen (we were in our early 20s). Creepy stuff.

        We’d occasionally venture into Vietnamese enclaves to eat Pho, etc., and got comments and looks all the time.

    • Janos Skorenzy July 19, 2019 at 1:58 pm #

      Yes, the Latinos are so much stronger than the Blacks as a People. No contest. And now they are so much stronger than Whites. Alas, no contest either. Whites are dying, their self esteem ripped to shreds by their own institutions and leaders, their economy sent abroad, and workers brought in from Latin America, India, etc to do the jobs that can’t be exported.

    • benr July 19, 2019 at 5:26 pm #

      As a product of LA school systems I saw racism from all sides including white but the absolute worst of the bunch was black and Spanish speaking against each other.
      I saw black on black racism based on skin and eye color while in the NAVY.
      Light skinned black guy with grey eyes got universally called names by other black people to the point he would always eat with me and hang out with me.
      He also spoke proper English and was not ghetto which made him an even bigger target.

  23. lbs July 19, 2019 at 1:46 pm #

    This is the best essay I have read that documents just how monumental a dumpster fire today’s Democratic Party is.

    • Doctor Freckles July 19, 2019 at 1:46 pm #

      Pretty much a party headed towards madness and dissolution.

      • lbs July 19, 2019 at 1:59 pm #

        So long as millions of sane working class Americans still have no clue what a mental institution their political party has become, I’m not getting my hopes up that the party’s attempted suicide will result in success.

  24. shabbaranks July 19, 2019 at 2:00 pm #

    There is no substantive racism any longer in the US. It’s illegal at the federal level. The US has black persons who are or have been Congresspersons, Senators, Supreme Court Justices, President, cabinet officials, governors, mayors of cities large and small, CEOs and upper corporate management, wealthy entrepreneurs, professional athletes and entertainers, best-selling authors, outstanding members of professions including medicine, law, architecture, engineering and accounting, university presidents and professors etc.

    The nation has enacted a suite of benefits including EBT, WIC, TANF, Sec 8 housing vouchers, free public housing, discounted cell phones , free public education, affirmative action set asides and racial hiring and admission preferences etc, at a cost of many trillions of dollars in reaction to earlier claims of racism.

    And yet all I hear from leading Democrats and their allies in the mass media is that America is a horrible racist place despite the fact that a million people a year from non-European countries attempt to move here, year in and out.

    No wonder after 30 years I quit my Democrat party membership, for good. What a shame.

    • James Hansen July 19, 2019 at 3:04 pm #

      Tell that to Sandra Bland.

      • butter56 July 20, 2019 at 7:56 am #

        Her family couldn’t be bothered to bail her out for $500. And she couldn’t be bothered to put out her cigarette and take her traffic ticket like most normal people would. By taking her ticket she could have just gone on about her business. Please explain that

        • James Hansen July 20, 2019 at 7:44 pm #

          You do not know what happened at all and it would take too long for me to enlighten you.

    • benr July 19, 2019 at 5:27 pm #

      Racism is alive and well in America it has just switched sides.
      Affirmative action is the essence of racism.

      • Exscotticus July 19, 2019 at 6:10 pm #

        I think Obama was the turning point. Many whites elected him hoping it would improve race relations. But AA wasn’t good enough, decades of welfare wasn’t good enough, dozens of black majority cities wasn’t good enough, a black POTUS wasn’t good enough; now they demand formal monetary reparations. It’s pretty clear that such a concession will simply lead to more. Time to just extend the middle finger, which nature and evolution has kindly crafted and endowed to achieve great heights.

      • Janos Skorenzy July 20, 2019 at 12:14 pm #

        Why yes, Ben. Good insight. We’re becoming dhimmis and slaves.

  25. BuckP July 19, 2019 at 2:15 pm #

    Republican Party + Democratic Party = Wall Street Party = Endless War Party

    But wait! I learned in high school civics through government-approved textbooks that the United States had a two-party system. Did they lie to us? Duh!

    The only candidate to speak against the foreign entanglements and the out-of-control MIICC budget is Tulsi Gabbard, but the Oligarch’s Wurlitzer, the lapdog MSM, is doing their duty by minimizing her as a coddler of dictators and insinuating that she is not to be taken seriously.

    “Gold is money, all else, is credit” -J.P. Morgan (allegedly)

    With all US public and private debts and liabilities presently at $70 trillion, $140 trillion will have to be loaned into existance in the next 20 years in order to maintain our current standard of living. We all better get down to the bank and do our patriotic duty: borrow, borrow, borrow.

    We need to beware of that pesky exponential function, however!

    I bet the politicos won’t be discussing this issue during the upcoming election cycle. They’ll be arguing about the merits of neoliberal, unfettered, predatory capitalism (corporate socialism) vs socialism. Yawn!

    • Ol' Scratch July 19, 2019 at 3:19 pm #

      Good post! Continued socialism for the rich, or socialism for the poor, which will it be? Hint: The people who make the laws and the people who own them ain’t poor and they don’t intend to ever be.

    • BackRowHeckler July 19, 2019 at 5:51 pm #

      I keep reading about ‘endless war’ on this site.

      Beginning in year 0, can you name a single year when there hasn’t been armed conflict somewhere in the world.

      Starting about 1500, til about 1830, Spain, England, France, Holland and Portugal, Germany, Austria, the NAfrican Caliphate, Turkey and Italy have been at war with each other thru many shifting alliances. Is that what you mean by ‘endless war’? Nothing like that exists now.

      Some of those wars, like the Peninsular Wars in Spain and the 30 years war in Germany, saw literally millions dead.

      Brh

      • BuckP July 19, 2019 at 8:33 pm #

        Our dog’s breakfast, a 31/2 pound blood soaked wet sponge, makes us humans the most intelligent, but conversely, the craziest and most destructive species on the planet. We have been killing each other since we crawleed out of the sludge.

        To keep the American dollar hegemony going on all cylinders requires a $800 billion/yr MIICC expenditure, 800 bases in 80 countries and military/intelligence personnel in 160 countries.We crushed iraq because Saddam wanted to sell oil in euros, we fomented a coup in Libya, because Gaddafi wanted to sell oil in a currency backed by gold. We have put heavy, crushing sanctions on Venezuela because they want fair value for their oil.

        Both liberals and conservatives, Republicans and Democrats, deplorables and snowflakes support the American dollar hegemoney and the extortion and destruction it takes to keep it.

        “In the years following the collapse of the counter-hegemonic Soviet empire, however, American neoliberal intellectuals like Thomas Friedman—an advocate of the criminal U.S. bombing of Serbia—felt free to openly state that the real purpose of U.S. foreign policy was to underwrite the profits of U.S.-centered global capitalism. ‘The hidden hand of the market,’ Friedman famously wrote in The New York Times Magazine in March 1999, as U.S. bombs and missiles exploded in Serbia, ‘will never work without a hidden fist. McDonald’s cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the designer of the F-15. And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley’s technologies to flourish is called the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps’.” — Paul Street @truthdig.com

        Case in point: In October 2001, about 100 US Army Green Berets on horseback and allied with the Afghan Northern Alliance, using USAF air cover, defeated the Taliban in 30 days. They succeeded because they weren’t considered by the Afghan populace as invaders. So what did we do after this victory? We invaded the country with the full force od the MIICC and have been there for 18 years and counting.

        Check out the documentary “Legion of Brothers”

        • BackRowHeckler July 20, 2019 at 8:58 am #

          DoD spending at 3.5 % of GDP.

          Regular army of 450,000 soldiers, fewer than Grant had in in 1865.

          Navy of 300 ships.

          All those numbers seem pretty small, considering we are a nation of 325 million, and are charged with keeping the sea lanes open and maintaining order in the civilized world.

          Brh

          • BuckP July 20, 2019 at 2:56 pm #

            “…maintaining order in the civilized world.”

            Hahaha! More like maintaining the globalist agenda and their dollar’s hegemony. Our military, unfortunately,serves as the globalists’ henchmen and strong-arm. Our patriotic young people are being used and manipulated by these globalist sharks.

            Killing a million Iraqis in an illegal invasion using WMD lies as an excuse does not qualify our country as being civilized.

            Our strongest NATO ally Germany is participating in joint military exercises with China
            militarytimes.com/news/your-army/2019/07/10/chinese-military-deploys-armored-vehicles-to-europe-for-…

            The rest of the world is weary of our currency manipulation (printing press) and irresponsibility. We’ll see how civilized we are when the world moves on from the fiat dollar as the world’s reserve currency and the petrodollar.

            BTW The yearly MIIC budget is actually $1.250 trillion. Who needs infrastructure? high speed trains? Cancer cure?
            thenation.com/article/tom-dispatch-america-defense-budget-bigger-than-you-think/

        • James Hansen July 20, 2019 at 7:50 pm #

          When ever I see your name I know the comment will be interesting and worth while to read.

          Comment more if you can.

  26. Dumbedup July 19, 2019 at 2:16 pm #

    It will be interesting to see how this all plays out in the Democratic Primaries and the election in 2020. Will America say, “enough is enough, you’re outta here” or will the dimwits prevail by thinning election rolls and other hard right tactics designed to re-install landowner voting. (BTW, it doesn’t take smarts to accomplish this. Just yell and intimidate minority voters. Works like a charm.)

    If Trump loses will he be arrested on his way out the White House kitchen door? Maybe Bill Barr too? Or, maybe, he won’t leave. Maybe he claim fraud and refuse to vacate the Presidency.

    Then again, if he is re-elected, maybe ICE will become the American Gestapo. Let’s round up all those critics and purveyors of fake news. Maybe they will shut up if we put THEM in cages.

    There you have it folks. The last days of the American Empire. The choice is go down ugly by installing a malignant narcissist as Emperor who will turn neighbor against neighbor; or, to go down gently and with a chance to make ourselves better as we remake America and relegate the hard right to the margins of history.

    • BackRowHeckler July 19, 2019 at 5:40 pm #

      How about the Hard Left? Where are they being relegated to?

    • Janos Skorenzy July 19, 2019 at 8:20 pm #

      You think Trump is hard right? Oh Lord give me strength….

      He’s hard as in blow hard. He said he was going to drive them out. Did he?

      • CancelMyCard July 19, 2019 at 9:59 pm #

        But Trump’s your boy, no . . .

        You blowhard racist disgusting POS!!

        • Janos Skorenzy July 20, 2019 at 12:08 am #

          Define racist. But you won’t because then I would wipe the floor with your miserable ass.

          • CancelMyCard July 21, 2019 at 8:20 pm #

            The definition of racist is Janos Skorenzy.

            Now you have your definition.

            You racist scumbag.

        • malthuss July 20, 2019 at 1:20 am #

          I cancel u

  27. budizwiser July 19, 2019 at 2:25 pm #

    James – I think most of us can feel your pain.

    HOW AND WHEN can a normal person rise up into the public spotlight and shout down the nutjobs and narcissistic slob in the Whitehouse?

    I scribble this plea from fly-over country – where people are still fucking with sandbags and farmers are still waiting to till or plant.

    Trains run on incomplete rail lines at speed limits of 15mph and hundreds or thousand of generators run around the clock to pump fresh rain water out of homes and businesses.

    There’s a lot going on — and not going – and sooner or later some one’s going to wake up the city-slicker’s squad and the Washington swampers that Americans are taking a beating.

    I can you the fucking media isn’t doing. There’s 3x the news attention to the bitches and borders……

  28. Billy Hill July 19, 2019 at 3:26 pm #

    Our host writes:

    Every candidate in the first Democratic “debate” raised a hand in favor of providing free medical care to illegal border-jumpers. I wonder how that sits with the Americans who now pay $12,000 a year for health insurance with a $5,000 deductible.

    Driving in Tampa FL last week and observed in the lane in front an old early 80’s vintage chevy work van, primer gray with patches of unpainted body putty. In very neat script, taped to one of the rear windows:

    “I would buy a new truck, but I spend $1500 per month on health insurance.”

    • Exscotticus July 19, 2019 at 5:54 pm #

      Yes but Dems promise the following improvement…

      “I would buy a new truck, but I spend $1500 per month on health insurance… for ILLEGALS.”

  29. James Hansen July 19, 2019 at 3:33 pm #

    EvelynV, Your comment up thread was a masterpiece in logical debating. In my opinion you are without peer on this site.

    • Billy Hill July 19, 2019 at 3:37 pm #

      I believe EV was channeling (copying/pasting) Fred Reed. Of Fred on Everything fame.

      Fred, if you are listening, you are without peer on this site.

      • James Hansen July 19, 2019 at 3:45 pm #

        I did not see the source until you pointed it out, and you are right Fred Reed writes better than anybody here.

        Except JHK, he is the master.

      • BackRowHeckler July 19, 2019 at 4:04 pm #

        Geez jim you’re right about the Mets, if they had a half way decent closer they’d be in the thick of a division race, not 10 games below .500. I believe there have been 17 blown saves to date. I’m hoping now they can scrape together enough wins to get an even record, then make their move. Good closers are at a premium, few and far between.

        Brh

      • BackRowHeckler July 19, 2019 at 4:42 pm #

        I like Fred, but in Mexico, where there are roughly 100 murders a day, I’m surprised that this Gringo is still above ground.

        Brh

  30. meargen July 19, 2019 at 4:13 pm #

    As for the squad, I’d be more then happy to see them shipped out anywhere, especially the ones with turbans and scarves, and that patronizing term ‘women of color.’ Blacks always like to use that to make themselves seem profound, and an attack on whites always follows the term. And we are under attack, and anyone of you hoping to dump on us and get in good will be deluded.

    As for the crowd shouting ‘send them back.’ Great. Sort of like ‘Lock her up,’ and a shame that never happened, but that might have been dangerous. Note how people who run a fowl of the Clintons tend to get murdered, and women who resist Bill’s attentions are slandered by the media and its ‘feminist’ supporters.

    I was in the gym yesterday using the treadmill, and two women next to me were talking about vaguely interesting things like one’s alcoholic mother who keeps berating her, etc., then talk went to politics. The woman hated Trump. he was racist, not polite, not being civil, not unifying the country…the usual feminine (not feminist) arguments, where we mustn’t raise our voice, cooperate, get along, boys and girls…
    I spoke up. “I voted for Trump, and I’m glad i did. I completely agree with what he said on the squad. I chose him because he was the lesser of two evils, and have no regrets.”
    The woman offered a stone-faced expression. “We’re having a conversation,” she icily replied.
    “Sure, but I wanted to let you know what i think.”
    My thirty minutes on the treadmill up, I went to do my set-ups. I wasn’t angry or argumentative, in fact, I smiled. It’s just that I get tired of people like her shooting off their mouths in public, and I’m getting tired of being quiet. Also, I note that liberals and progressives always cry out for ‘a dialogue’, but when you speak up, they want to shut you up.
    Reminds me when i was in a college town some years back, and, yes, a dialogue on race was offered. In the hall, a man started to speak about the book The Bell Curve and its documenting racial differences, and was immediately ejected. So much for a dialogue.

    I think Trump is more show then action. Like they say in Texas, he has more hat then cattle, but in our political system, he’s the only thing we’ll be allowed to have that constitutes a protest vote.

    As for Fred Reed, I like Fred and he says some smart things, but he’s always berating America in favor if mexico, arguing that their students are smarter, they have better technology, and are more democratic. Geez, Fred…being married to a Mexican really has it’s magic, don’t it?

    I want to talk about NATO, but next post.

    • Janos Skorenzy July 19, 2019 at 5:54 pm #

      Good for you. Women have gone too far, invading our spaces and then trying to silence us. Men need their own gyms, bars, etc.

      They dress as sexily as possible to seduce men trying to focus. It could be deadly if you doing say, a bench press.

      • James Hansen July 19, 2019 at 6:29 pm #

        They already have all male bars and gyms, they are gay hangouts. If sexy women bother you that much you should try one of those All Male places,

    • James Hansen July 19, 2019 at 6:21 pm #

      That was a dorky move, those women did not want or care to hear your opinion. Just like they do not want to hear what strange men thinks of their body and face.

      It was also dangerous as she could of cursed you out for intruding into their personal space and if you responded in kind then someone could of stepped in to defend the women.

      • Janos Skorenzy July 19, 2019 at 7:56 pm #

        Yes, that was a cheap shot. All the more so because Women demand and get their own spaces. You are a dhimmi.

        Traditional societies and the Founding Fathers would agree with me not you.

    • Q. Shtik July 19, 2019 at 8:52 pm #

      people who run a fowl of the Clintons – meargen

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

      Please Lord, stop me from making fun of this or Jim will ban my ass.

    • toktomi July 20, 2019 at 2:01 am #

      @meargen

      Good on you!

      I don’t care for your politics but letting people know what you think when they think something is “none of your business” is, to my way of thinking, a grand celebration of our Constitutional first amendment right.

      All the slopped on dogma, social etiquette, and political correctness do little more than make my ass itch.

      I swear that among my very limited range of regrets when I die there will be a plethora of instances when I didn’t open my face to let some blowhard or grocery shopping child abuser or downright ignorant fuck know that I sincerely believed that I had sizable wad of evidence to support my notion that they needed to join me in a rousing chorus of “I could be wrong”.

  31. Ishabaka July 19, 2019 at 6:46 pm #

    The curtain on the race card hustle was pulled back just a smidgen – but not really enough – by the Jussie Smollet hoax, but the true fraud was revealed when Kamala Harris intimated poor old befuddled Joe Biden wasn’t fit to run for the Democratic nomination because he was a racist. Laboring for eight years to support Americas first black president was for naught – if you’re an old, white man, you’re racist to the core.

    • tucsonspur July 19, 2019 at 7:25 pm #

      Right on. You’re a bore from the days of yore and racist to the core. Who will the Obamas back? I see no loyalty to Biden. The Kenyan will back Kamala?

  32. Pucker July 19, 2019 at 6:56 pm #

    In the late 15th Century everyone was investing the kitchen sink in Spices. Today, everyone is investing the kitchen sink in inventing “Disruptive Technologies”. The more socially and culturally “Disruptive”, the better…. Soon we’ll all be cyborg Transgenders with chips in our brains…. Technology up the ass….

    “The lure of spices impelled sober, cautious financiers to back highly risky expeditions to unknown parts of the globe, and enticed young men to risk their lives. In Spain, the best and perhaps the only reason to risk going to sea was the prospect of getting rich in the Spice Islands, wherever they were. If a sailor devoted years of his life to getting there and back, and if he managed to bring home a small sack stuffed with spices such as cloves or nutmeg, legitimately or not, he could sell it for enough to buy a small house; he could live off the proceeds for the rest of his life. An ordinary seaman might attain a modest degree of wealth, but a captain had a right to expect much more than that in the Age of Discovery—not only vast riches and fame, but titles to pass on to his heirs and foreign lands to rule.“

    Laurence Bergreen
    Over the Edge of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe

    • malthuss July 20, 2019 at 1:24 am #

      yes, I went to a talk and the young presenters mentioned,

      disruptive
      black women
      light skinned latinos
      climate change

      and a bunch of other stuff.

  33. tucsonspur July 19, 2019 at 7:12 pm #

    Wokesterism may just be warming up. It certainly isn’t cooling off out Berkeley way or anywhere else on the map. See here:

    yahoo.com/news/berkeley-bans-gendered-words-manhole-195405363.html

    What kind of squad can you call it? A motley kind of Mod Squad? Maybe . Surely not the Bod Squad except for the comely, rather caustic coquette Alexandria. How about the Pod Squad, an alienated group the wants the US taken over by illegal aliens? I guess not. The Clod Squad? Certainly not the God Squad. I’m stuck.

    And that Ilhan, terrorist ‘twiggy’ in a turban, Omar. Okay. Scary Squad. Seditious Squad. Spooky Squad. Squad of Subversion.

    Simply AWFUL.. Anti White Females Undermining Laissez-Faire.

    I really can’t believe this shit. Rashida Tlaib says “Impeach the mother fucker” and AOC says “I got your back”. Fuckin’ Nerve.

    Are they taking Trump’s tactics that much further, hoping to ignite and grow their base with rhetoric that’s much more crude and incendiary? Looks good so far, but a mistake to think that 2020 will be a gimme.

    Hats off and another thumbs up for the Grand Generalissimo of Gotham for fighting the nasty fight.

    MAGA not MAKA. But also Make America Green Again.

  34. Pucker July 19, 2019 at 7:15 pm #

    “Fuck Technology! And Fuck that Honky American Bandstand shit! Gimme some Souuuuulllllll. Trainnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!”

    m.youtube.com/watch?v=n5JJrPAPkOk

  35. deetrump July 19, 2019 at 7:26 pm #

    “Trump is all American…” –JohnAZ

    There are 268 items for sale on the Trump Organization’s online store. Of those, 41 are made in the USA and listed in a separate section highlighting US goods. That means American products make up exactly 15% of the Trump Store’s available merchandise. Trump is all for Trump, not America. He imports the merchandise he sells.

    He imports his wives from outside America. He had undocumented immigrants working at his golf clubs, restaurants, etc. to avoid paying Americans to do the work. When it comes to wives and employees Trump prefers to be surrounded by immigrants, not Americans.

    Trump is for Trump… not America. He is a con man who is enriching his family by running an enormous scam on America. As a billionaire he became richer just by getting $1.5 trillion in tax cuts enacted for the 1% …

    80% of Trump’s tax cuts went to the 1% not to the middle class. For the middle class the cuts are so tiny as to be hardly noticeable. The highest income groups benefited the most.

    Besides, the Trump tax cuts are causing big deficits the middle class and all those who voted for Trump will have to pay for sooner or later.
    Bottom line: People aren’t feeling a benefit from Trump’s tax bill. And feelings matter in politics. Trump is not for America. He is for Trump and his billionaire friends.

    • Janos Skorenzy July 19, 2019 at 8:09 pm #

      Since immigration is the essence of America, immigrants are more American than Americans. Thus a isn’t a but rather, b. And b is a. What is a if not a? The empty or null set.

      Thus they have negated us. But remember, nothing is very strong…..

    • JohnAZ July 19, 2019 at 8:21 pm #

      There is absolutely nothing phonier than a Liberal decrying Debt growth. So phony!

      Reality is you give the Libs more taxes, they will just spend twice as much as they get. There is not one single 2020 Dem candidate that is running on an austerity program, not one. But boy are they running on spend, spend, spend.

      If Trump is for all his elite friends, why are they, the Deep State continuously try to crucify him.

      Nice try, Dee.

  36. BackRowHeckler July 19, 2019 at 7:34 pm #

    Abolish ICE!

    Open the borders!

    Break up the Mets!

    Bring back America’ Mayor, Jimmy Walker!

    • tucsonspur July 19, 2019 at 7:52 pm #

      “He had even less hesitation in announcing a political career, especially as Father had connections to a certain Al Smith, governor of New York. An adopted son of Tammany Hall, he elected first to the state assembly in 1910 and then to the state senate in 1914. Young Walker sought Smith’s guidance and the governor soon took a fancy to the smooth, impeccably dressed young man who shone like a new penny on the Senate floor. As he was described by Robert Caro:”

      “Pinch-waisted, one-button suit, slenderest of cravats, a shirt from a collection of hundreds, pearl-gray spats buttoned around silk-hosed ankles, toes of the toothpick shoes peeking out from the spats polished to a gleam. Pixie smile, the ‘vivacity of a song and dance man,’ a charm that made him arrive n the Senate Chamber like a glad breeze’ The Prince Charming of Politics…..slicing through the ponderous arguments of the ponderous men who sat around him with a wit that flashed like a rapier. Beau James.”

  37. Pucker July 19, 2019 at 7:43 pm #

    Ironically, even people harshly critical of King Leopold II’s private satrapy in the Congo, like Morel and some of the Christian missionaries, were very supportive of “Free Trade” generally at a very visceral level. What Gives, Man?

    Is there a nexus between “Free Trade” and Technology? If so, please Stop Playing with Yourselves, and kindly enlighten me. Thank you

  38. tucsonspur July 19, 2019 at 7:56 pm #

    Racist?

    youtube.com/watch?v=j1w29SpEVTY

    • Janos Skorenzy July 19, 2019 at 8:04 pm #

      C. Eastwood doesn’t see race at all. He doesn’t have the sense to be scared or to hate them.

      Blacks by and large can’t imagine this since they are constantly projecting their own hatred onto to Whites.

      What about Chaucer? Why has he been neglected by the theater and screen?

      • tucsonspur July 20, 2019 at 3:08 am #

        Clint scared?

        Clint was the “Good” for more than half a century. So the Hero of Hollywood sat on the steps and kept the image. My guess would be that he’s not too fond of minorities, generally speaking.

        The Market Rules, Suffers no Fools.

        “First he wrought, and afterward he taught.”

  39. Pucker July 19, 2019 at 8:09 pm #

    Apart from roaming the woods for nuts, shrooms, fungus, and berries, picking up roadkill off of back roads, and digging up graves to eat the corpses, what other survival strategies do you recommend post-Collapse? I’m a bit worried about a dearth of rubbers post-Collapse as it may be difficult protecting a pregnant woman. Any advice? I recall that the Australian aborigines would just thump the pregnant woman in the stomach a few times if the prospect of a new baby threatened their short term survival, as for example if the baby might slow them down when fleeing from Whitey….

  40. Pucker July 19, 2019 at 8:23 pm #

    When we drove through downtown San Francisco earlier this year it looked like an apocalyptic scene out of dystopian movie with homeless people deranged on drugs roaming the streets like zombies.

    White Women love that Witchcraft…. Check out Grace Slick on American Bandstand:

    m.youtube.com/watch?v=tKtJ0XTwgTE&list=PL9G-CZo8LnsONmV5x4dfVAnL8y4PmOc6Y&index=3

    • Pucker July 19, 2019 at 8:41 pm #

      Witchcraft to a White Woman is as tempting as shit to a fly….

      Why this is the case is a Huge Mystery?

      • Pucker July 19, 2019 at 8:52 pm #

        What went down in the Manson Murders?

        Wasn’t Charles Manson a demonic cult leader who was fucking a bunch of White Feminist Witches who went out and killed a rich family ritual-style in California? Reverend Jim Jones set up the Socialist People’s Temple Cult in San Francisco about the same time and basically did the same thing as Charles Manson. Weird….

        • elysianfield July 21, 2019 at 5:15 pm #

          “Wasn’t Charles Manson a demonic cult leader who was fucking a bunch of White Feminist Witches who went out and killed a rich family ritual-style in California? Reverend Jim Jones set up the Socialist People’s Temple Cult in San Francisco about the same time and basically did the same thing as Charles Manson. Weird….”

          Puck,
          Don’t be so goddamned judgmental….

          They made some mistakes…Okaaay?

    • toktomi July 20, 2019 at 2:22 am #

      @Pucker

      “White Women… Witchcraft… Grace Slick… White Rabbit”

      Whew! That’s an eye-crosser. Care to fill in the gaping holes?

      ~toktomi~

  41. malthuss July 19, 2019 at 8:28 pm #

    who owns Smithfield pork?

    they bought smithfield for about as much as “the wall” would cost –

    25% of the US pork industry. $5,000,000,000. got their loan from the bank of china in 1 day. part of their 5 year plan.

    and we debate for months which bathrooms to use.

    they’ve built 17,000 miles of high speed rail in 10 years while ours and bulgaria`s run neck and neck (sorry to bulgarophiles everywhere).

    at 5 minutes,

    youtube.com/watch?v=k5JhLpAYHMo

    • JohnAZ July 19, 2019 at 8:50 pm #

      Not surprising, our Deep State has been giving this country away for generations, to foreign countries, to immigrants. How do you take down a country that is militarily stronger than anybody?

      From within. We are witnessing it.

      • JohnAZ July 19, 2019 at 8:57 pm #

        Another argument for RRs, the congestion in the skies. Why don’t the concerned Folks in the government want to give high speed rail a chance to grow up its learning curve and become competitive? Maybe because of airline lobbyists? With continued growth, we will need both.

        California is right on this one.

        • BackRowHeckler July 19, 2019 at 9:23 pm #

          JAZ there ain’t gonna be any High Speed Rail, its a techno lefty wet dream. We made our choice in 1956, (build the interstate highway system) now we have to live with it. The track we got now was laid down for ‘low speed freight’, and we don’t have the money to rip it all up and lay down new ‘High Speed Rail’ track.

          In one sense ‘High Speed Rail’ is like Global Warming, something that lefty pols hector people about at election time, and raise money over, but everybody knows its just alot of BS nobody will actually do anything about because its too late in the game.

          Brh

          • JohnAZ July 20, 2019 at 12:22 am #

            You are right about uS attitudes on high speed rail. Why are other areas able to justify it? If we are the capital leader of the world, why are we not investing in it. Not for East Coast routes but for crossing the plains, or Texas. A three hundred mph maglev for example could go from Chicago to Denver in 31/3 hours. That would be faster than airlines counting the 2 hour early arrival time. And use a lot less petroleum and pollute a heck of a lot less.

            BTW, have you heard of Musk’s Boring Company.

          • Ol' Scratch July 20, 2019 at 7:23 am #

            If we are the capital leader of the world, why are we not investing in it.

            Simple. The ROI’s not there. Capital has long since morphed into a casino operation in search of ever higher ROI. That old textbook canard that capital flows to where it’s most productive and/or “needed” has never been true, absent government mandate. It flows to where the ROI is highest, regardless of “need.” If high speed rail were to ever to happen (which it won’t), rest assured it would only be because some enterprising capitalists figured out how to turn it into a personal bonanza at the expense of the public. Thanks again, capitalism!

          • James Hansen July 20, 2019 at 11:57 am #

            “because its too late in the game.” That is very true, we have been on a downhill slide for the last 20 years and the future looks a lot bleaker than the past.

            Who’s fault is it? Bush, Obama and Trump.

        • James Hansen July 19, 2019 at 11:25 pm #

          Republicans were thinking of de-funding Amtrak in the past because Amtrak does not have lobbyist handing out brown envelopes.

          They give Amtrak just enough to keep working but never improving the service. All the rails belong to the freight companies and they have the right of way, that is why Amtrak is so slow.

          • JohnAZ July 20, 2019 at 12:29 am #

            RRs are like the Post Office.

            RRs were competitive once, that is why they have tracks everywhere. The RR was a victim of monopolistic incorporation and poor service which made people look up to the skies. So the government rushed in to take over to save RRs because they still have a purpose on short runs.

            Oh yes, the government runs things so effectively. Give them back to the private sector, things will perk. Air space is becoming limited.

          • BackRowHeckler July 20, 2019 at 9:25 am #

            JAZ, Jim has written about this subject in depth, and I comment as a dedicated railfan.

            The RR system, passenger and frieght, was worn out by the end of WW2. To put it simply, by that time people wanted to travel by private automobile, not trollies and trains. People bought cars, Hudsons and Fords, Buicks and Chevvies.

            At one time, around 1950, the Penn RR was the largest private employer in the US. By 1970 they were bankrupt, which about sums up what happened to privately owned RRs in the US post WW2.

            Brh

          • GreenAlba July 20, 2019 at 10:53 am #

            “Oh yes, the government runs things so effectively. Give them back to the private sector, things will perk. ”

            Privatisation of British Rail has been one of the more shambolic ‘achievements’ of de-nationalisation.

            Details here:

            amazon.co.uk/dp/B008GFWHAC/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

          • GreenAlba July 20, 2019 at 10:55 am #

            State rail enterprises in continental Europe, on the other hand, have led to rational and efficient rail systems.

            Sometimes you need to take greed out of the picture.

          • BackRowHeckler July 20, 2019 at 12:49 pm #

            James

            AMTRAK passenger trains move across the continent at a pretty good pace, a steady 79 mph.

            My problem with rail travel in the US is lack of amenities. For example, coming into Salt Lake City in the middle of the night you pass right by the old grand SPRR station, which is boarded up; they drop you off in the middle of an old industrial park miles from nowhere. In Kissimmee, Florids, nice restored station, but no hotels or restaurants anywhere in sight. You are stranded.

            Brh

          • GreenAlba July 21, 2019 at 10:24 am #

            “In Kissimmee, Florids, nice restored station, but no hotels or restaurants anywhere in sight. You are stranded.”

            That’s the case with pretty much any airport anywhere – and insanely so for the ones the budget airlines use which often aren’t even near the cities they nominally serve. But it doesn’t stop people flying.

            It’s not rocket science to have a shuttle bus service between airports, stations and town centres, like most sane places.

            Or if that’s too much to ask, taxis.

    • James Hansen July 19, 2019 at 11:03 pm #

      Even Bulgaria is building high speed trains now and for 309 Euros you can visit 30 different countries! That is something I will look into.

      China is building 13 mega projects that the U.S. could only dream about and they are also building the Belt and Road which is costing Trillions.

      If both Russia and China join Instex it will be lights out for the petro dollar and it looks like that will happen.

      zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-18/major-threat-dollars-reserve-status-russia-offers-join-european-swift-…

      Trump cannot sanction and tariff his way out of this problem.

      • Exscotticus July 19, 2019 at 11:28 pm #

        So when are you moving to Bulgaria? Or China? Or Russia? Go! Enjoy their high speed trains and mega projects. Let us know how it all works out for you.

        • GreenAlba July 20, 2019 at 11:01 am #

          You don’t have to live in Bulgaria, Exscotticus. My husband’s niece lives in Dublin and will be travelling round Europe next month with her friend using their Eurail passes, including a visit to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

          I’d quite fancy doing it myself some time, but I’m needed for dog duties.

          eurail.com/en/eurail-passes?ds_rl=1269535&ds_rl=1270793&ds_rl=1269535&gclid=EAIaIQobC…

          I’d quite fancy doing something similar in the US some time before I die but you guys aren’t really selling me your rail network that well.

          • GreenAlba July 20, 2019 at 11:02 am #

            The UK bit will be the least efficient and the most expensive, because of all that privatisation dogma.

          • BackRowHeckler July 20, 2019 at 11:19 am #

            Rent a nice car. Drive around the country.

            Brh

          • GreenAlba July 20, 2019 at 11:57 am #

            I like the peace of looking out the window and ‘letting the train take the strain’, as the advert used to go, not the hassle of driving and not seeing properly, brh, an breathing in other people’s exhaust fumes. And I like having a book to read.

          • GreenAlba July 20, 2019 at 11:58 am #

            And I’ve still got the dog duties!

          • Exscotticus July 20, 2019 at 2:31 pm #

            @GreenAlba, I like trains, too. I wish our trains were better. Not merely faster but more luxurious, and geared toward passengers instead of freight. Unfortunately, the economics of it just isn’t there.

            Incidentally, Obama promised us high-speed rail. And the length of track that we got after eight years of Obama wouldn’t even match the length of Trump’s eight border wall prototypes. Critics like to point out the slow progress of Trump’s border wall, but 50 miles of wall is still 50 miles more than anything Obama managed as far as his rail promises.

          • GreenAlba July 21, 2019 at 10:29 am #

            Exscotticus

            “@GreenAlba, I like trains, too. I wish our trains were better.”

            As long as they’re not physically uncomfortable with wooden seats and no suspension I’d still cope. I don’t need the Orient Express. Just toilets, the possibility of a cup of tea, and something not too Presbyterian to sit on it it’s a long journey! I don’t mind providing my own sandwiches.

          • Exscotticus July 21, 2019 at 2:14 pm #

            >>> the possibility of a cup of tea

            And you wonder why the British tea stereotype endures! Just accept it. And bring back the crumpets!

          • GreenAlba July 21, 2019 at 3:28 pm #

            I’m fine with that stereotype, Exscotticus. I’m a real tea Jenny.

            Although it’s rooibos for me these days. Naturally caffeine free so I can drink it at all hours…

          • Exscotticus July 21, 2019 at 6:22 pm #

            Rooibos? Never tried it. My go-to tea is jasmine-rolled green tea. Fully caffeinated. So I can drink it all day long and bounce off the walls.

        • James Hansen July 20, 2019 at 12:31 pm #

          Exscotticus, you have been bamboozled, those IQ pills you are taking are really for erectile dysfunction.

          That is why you have such a hard head!

          • Exscotticus July 20, 2019 at 2:33 pm #

            Yawn. Ad hominems are the Left’s way of conceding an argument.

        • James Hansen July 20, 2019 at 3:57 pm #

          That was not a personal attack, that was a humorous response to a Personal Attack.

          From your comments I see a lot of hostility but not much knowledge to debate anybody about anything.

  42. Janos Skorenzy July 19, 2019 at 8:50 pm #

    Beautiful East Asian Trump supporter stripped of her Miss Michigan Crown for tweeting about Black on Black crime and for refusing to try on a hijab.

    rt.com/usa/464557-miss-michigan-title-stripped/

    I’d leave her Crown on but strip her of everything else. Thank you Russia TV. You are a Light to us behind the Iron Curtain of Kali Yuga.

    • malthuss July 20, 2019 at 1:19 am #

      yellow race

    • malthuss July 20, 2019 at 1:27 am #

      SBPDL
      The Syrian woman with 9? children.
      Little Markie killed by the convicted and freed man.
      and the comments. wow.

      What is the term r/k selection, like male lions do.

  43. Pucker July 19, 2019 at 9:20 pm #

    How would you like to wake up late at night in a San Francisco hotel tied to the bed naked with a huge Boner surrounded by lit candles with a young Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane standing over you with a deranged psychotic look in her eyes?

    Grace goes down on your cock fluttering her tongue rapidly over the tip of your uncontrollable erection half-smiling and looking into your eyes with wild, Demonic crazed eyes. You think to yourself: “Man, this is fucked up! It’s only a Dream.”

    m.youtube.com/watch?v=tKtJ0XTwgTE&list=PL9G-CZo8LnsONmV5x4dfVAnL8y4PmOc6Y&index=3

    • KesaAnna July 20, 2019 at 12:42 am #

      Hmmm…………

      Lol ,

      My guess would be that you don’t need a demonic cult ?

      It would be sufficient to be middle class , heterosexual , that sort of thing ?

      Wasn’t Alice about ten years old or so ?

      Given what this 20 year old ( ? ) Grace Slick describes , what would be the significant difference between a 20 year old Alice , or a 15 year old Alice , or a ten year old Alice , in an LSD – framed portrait ?

      and given that Herpes and AIDS didn’t exist , the pill wouldn’t cause heart disease , the other STD’s were less of a problem than a cold ,
      gas was dirt cheap , even ditch diggers could afford rent , the good guys had conquered the world , and so on , and so on ?

      I rather think this Eppstein thing won’t amount to much of a damn thing , given that so much of what went on in moderate , respectable suburbia in 1972 ….

      well, like the SS officer famously said , ” It never happened. ”

      Groovy song though , and I always liked her fashion sense.

      • JohnAZ July 20, 2019 at 12:40 pm #

        You are right, judging today peoples activities thirty years ago is wrong. Today’s standards are hugely different, esp. among the Elite.

        Legally, the Constitution bans ex post facto (retro) enforcement of laws . Actions prior to law passage are not prosecutable.

  44. Janos Skorenzy July 20, 2019 at 12:32 am #

    Tucker Carlson being interviewed by Swiss media:

    In your book you speak a lot about people who attack Trump, but you actually don’t say very much about Trump’s record.

    That’s true.

    Do you think he has kept his promises? Has he achieved his goals?

    No.

    He hasn’t?

    No. His chief promises were that he would build the wall, de-fund planned parenthood, and repeal Obamacare, and he hasn’t done any of those things. There are a lot of reasons for that, but since I finished writing the book, I’ve come to believe that Trump’s role is not as a conventional president who promises to get certain things achieved to the Congress and then does. I don’t think he’s capable. I don’t think he’s capable of sustained focus. I don’t think he understands the system. I don’t think the Congress is on his side. I don’t think his own agencies support him. He’s not going to do that.

    I think Trump’s role is to begin the conversation about what actually matters. We were not having any conversation about immigration before Trump arrived in Washington. People were bothered about it in different places in the country. It’s a huge country, but that was not a staple of political debate at all. Trump asked basic questions like’ “Why don’t our borders work?” “Why should we sign a trade agreement and let the other side cheat?” Or my favorite of all, “What’s the point of NATO?” The point of NATO was to keep the Soviets from invading western Europe but they haven’t existed in 27 years, so what is the point? These are obvious questions that no one could answer.

    Apart from asking these very important questions has he really achieved nothing?

    Not much. Not much. Much less than he should have. I’ve come to believe he’s not capable of it.

    Why should he be not capable?

    Because the legislative process in this country by design is highly complex, and it’s designed to be complex as a way of diffusing power, of course, because the people who framed our Constitution, founded our country, were worried about concentrations of power. They balanced it among the three branches as you know and they made it very hard to make legislation. In order to do it you really have to understand how it works and you have to be very focused on getting it done, and he knows very little about the legislative process, hasn’t learned anything, hasn’t and surrounded himself with people that can get it done, hasn’t done all the things you need to do so. It’s mostly his fault that he hasn’t achieved those things. I’m not in charge of Trump.

    JS: Who can doubt it? Trump has failed and/or didn’t try very hard. But what a mouth for muck raking. And we need that, we need to talk about forbidden subjects like White Dispossession and Alien Invasion, and the hatred they have for us along with our “own” Blacks. I love how Trump just threw the Black American in with the alien haters and didn’t care that they three of them had been born here. They have to go Back.

    • KesaAnna July 20, 2019 at 12:55 am #

      Yes , we need to talk about forbidden subjects like white Loyalists who loved their country in 1776 ,

      or white Confederates who loved their country in 1861.

      It isn’t going to happen .

      And it wasn’t Leftists who fucked you. It was yourselves , and still is.

      • Janos Skorenzy July 20, 2019 at 1:46 am #

        Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely – except for the Philosopher King of True Pope. And there have been many bad ones…..

        We need some checks and balances. Even Fascism and National Socialism believe in elections. I wish the Protestants had been pushed back too. But they had many Men of Genius in their ranks, far more than the Catholics did at that time. It simply was not to be. The Dark Forces triumphed and will continue to do so until the Great King arises, after the Chastisement.

    • Exscotticus July 20, 2019 at 6:12 pm #

      >>> I think Trump’s role is to begin the conversation about what actually matters. We were not having any conversation about immigration before Trump arrived in Washington.

      Tucker’s main point is spot on. But he dismisses Trump’s accomplishments too easily.

      Trump is building the wall despite incredible resistance, planned parenthood is on the defensive, and Obamacare has been essentially gutted. Indeed, a federal judge ruled that the Trump administration can indeed expand the sale of short-term health insurance policies that don’t meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act. In other words, you might just be able to purchase a plan that doesn’t include transgender sex change coverage.

      • Janos Skorenzy July 21, 2019 at 11:51 am #

        Repairing fences for the most part. Some say he has built 40 miles of new wall – open and “artistic” so border agents can “see” and substances can be passed thru. If he could build 40, he could build 400 – or two thousand. Why hasn’t he?

        Oh ye of much faith….

        • Exscotticus July 21, 2019 at 2:19 pm #

          >>> f he could build 40, he could build 400 – or two thousand. Why hasn’t he?

          Using your logic, if you can afford 1 home, why not 10, 100, or 1000? Why haven’t you purchased more homes?!

          • Janos Skorenzy July 21, 2019 at 3:56 pm #

            Two thousand is not infinity. It’s chump change as Trump himself said. It also happens to be the approximate length of the border – that’s why I didn’t say 4000. There is usually a method in my madness.

          • Exscotticus July 21, 2019 at 6:26 pm #

            >>> It’s chump change as Trump himself said.

            Tell that to the House Dems. They just gave $4.59 billion to encourage even more immigrant invaders.

            Why blame Trump for something that is clearly not his fault? He’s doing everything Constutionally possible, and even that’s challenged in the courts.

  45. KesaAnna July 20, 2019 at 1:11 am #

    ” Because the legislative process in this country by design is highly complex, and it’s designed to be complex as a way of diffusing power, of course, because the people who framed our Constitution, founded our country, were worried about concentrations of power. They balanced it among the three branches as you know and they made it very hard to make legislation. In order to do it you really have to understand how it works and you have to be very focused on getting it done, ”

    oh , bullshit.

    The internment of Japanese – Americans didn’t take forever , didn’t take much in the way of brains or talent , and wasn’t hard work.

    The Patriot Act didn’t take forever , didn’t take much in the way of brains or talent , and wasn’t hard work.

    Frank – Dodt didn’t take forever , didn’t take much in the way of brains or talent , and wasn’t hard work.

    Joseph Sobran was right ; The US Constitution is a historical footnote , and became so a long time ago.

    • KesaAnna July 20, 2019 at 1:20 am #

      by the way , I think Sobran was wrong that he was fired from National Review because of anything he said about Israel , but because of that , ” The US Constitution is a historical footnote ” – business.

      No , not at all about some foreigners nobody likes anyway.

    • Ol' Scratch July 20, 2019 at 7:13 am #

      Spot on! That’s what I thought too. Carlson makes good point after good point and then promptly goes into apologist mode. Like all professional pundits, her carps firmly at the margins, never daring to get at the real meat of things. If he did, his access would be cut off, and he can’t have that, now can he?

    • JohnAZ July 20, 2019 at 12:31 pm #

      Without it would be chaos. The dispersion of power is practiced now by most of the Democratic world. Janos is right, the Presidency could be a dictatorship with out the balance of powers and the balance shifts historically. Nixon, strong executive then watergate took it down. Carter did not stand a chance. Reagan strong executive then Alzheimer’s and Iran Contra took him down. The system works.

  46. malthuss July 20, 2019 at 1:31 am #

    In brief, we share something on the order of 98% of our genes and the drift is ever edging closer, Janos. Phenotypic variability looks large compared to genotypic variability but when one looks at the guts of the empiricism you will find that the majority in the population throughout the world share more genes in common as opposed to not.

    So small differences can mean huge differences in outcomes.

  47. tucsonspur July 20, 2019 at 5:47 am #

    “The Eagle Has Landed” “One small step….”

    “What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty…..”

    Flight. Atomic weapons. Rockets. The Moon. The Higgs Boson. Gravity Waves.

    But Beware. It was said of Werner von Braun that he aimed for the stars but often hit London.

    • Janos Skorenzy July 20, 2019 at 12:24 pm #

      Is it Werner’s fault that he wasn’t born a Black female? The Apollo Project was racist, but history will fix that – turning Neil Armstrong into Neela Armstrong, a courageous young Black woman.

      I’m going to translate Chaucer into modern language, using my own poetic genius, then go to Hollywood with half a dozen or so scripts. I won’t tell them I’m Anti-Semitic, just as I don’t tell Jewish Dentists my view of Israel or of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

      • tucsonspur July 20, 2019 at 8:26 pm #

        Oh, and those white rockets!

        Yes, you must be careful. It’s “An Empire of Their Own”. Could you pretend to be, pass as a Jew? That might prove considerably difficult, unless your acting talents bring considerable acknowledgement for leading roles.

        You might even be feted in Israel. Oh, the scam, the irony!

  48. FincaInTheMountains July 20, 2019 at 7:28 am #

    Flights in Dreams and Reality

    The entire New York is hung with posters celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first landing of Americans in the Sea of Tranquility on July 20, 1969, at 20:17:39 UTC.

    The most interesting thing is that half of the reports that I saw speak about this as the achievement of America, and not of humanity.

    And I think they are doing the right thing.

    Mankind cannot yet make such photographs on the Moon without America, where the lunar soil regolith is not red-brown, as the leader of the communists of the USSR in the early 90s, but gray as the same leader of the communists of the Russian Federation in the late 90s.

    upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fb/As11-40-5886%2C_uncropped.jpg

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flights_in_Dreams_and_Reality

  49. FincaInTheMountains July 20, 2019 at 9:37 am #

    Finca’s reflections on Americans

    But first, an old anekdote:

    A crocodile swims along the river and sees a monkey sitting on the bank with a fishing rod. The crocodile thinks:

    – Now I ask a monkey, what are you doing here?
    – If she says, fishing, then I will tell her – Well, you fool monkey, there is no fish here.
    – And if she says – taking out my fishing rods – then I will say – Well, you fool monkey; it is full of fish down here!

    Here he swims towards the monkey and only opens his mouth, as the monkey already shouts to him:

    “Swim on, you green piece of shit!”
    —————————————————-

    I want to enlighten Americans about the American politics.

    There is no Republican and Democratic Party anymore. Americans vote not on the basis of political ideas, including international, but on the basis of so-called “issues”, the main of which is, in my opinion, the right of women to kill their unborn babies, and the right of the LBGTQ(???) community, let they all remain happy and gay, to tell everyone exactly how they do it, and not hide in closets, where they instead store colorful jackets and panties.

    And Americans don’t give a damn about foreign policy, of course, until it leads to military conscription.

    You will not believe me, but the Americans are truly a peace-loving people, who believe that the rest of the world is simply not needed, and if America stops playing the role of a world policeman and goes about its own business on its best territory in the world, then brilliant Americans will achieve such success that all other nations will simply die of envy.

    And if they justify the overseas adventures of their Army, it is only from humanism to help the unfortunate aborigines who are not lucky to be born on the other end of the Earth.

    Such is the burden of the sole superpower!

    • elysianfield July 21, 2019 at 5:22 pm #

      Komaraden Finc;

      …Well? What happened to the monkey? Finish the story.

  50. volodya July 20, 2019 at 10:12 am #

    Linda and Nightowl, seeing as you guys bring up the Dutch, I thought I’d put in my two cents, drawing on my own experience. I spent most of my life working for multi-national companies which put me in frequent contact with foreign colleagues and counterparts not to mention foreign expats working in my own office (plus I have family in Europe).

    Anyway, it won’t surprise you that the working language of these businesses was and still is English, but outside the US and the UK people conversed in the local lingo. I found that the best spoken and written English anywhere was from the Dutch. In my own line of work you can’t be sloppy in the use of language and especially in the usage of technical terms and in this my Dutch colleagues excelled. I never had any doubts as to their meaning in either verbal or written forms. One thing is for sure, their English is far better than the Brits.

    Second prize goes to Hong Kong Chinese whose spoken English wasn’t as good as the Dutch but whose written English was excellent.

    This may or may not surprise you, but I found that Germans were absolute shit in both. Someone really needed to tell them that if they wanted to stay employed with the company they really needed to shape up, especially given Germany’s importance business-wise, and in our particular function.

    My own European relatives have some knowledge of English but not enough for a professional environment.

    I never met one person in all my years of working that was multi-lingual. I know exactly one person who is really, truly multi-lingual but that’s from outside work.

    • GreenAlba July 20, 2019 at 11:39 am #

      “One thing is for sure, their English is far better than the Brits.”

      See? We agree on something. But it was me who brought up the Dutch, not Linda or Nightowl, in response to your ‘What do you expect from the guy on the street?’ question. In the Netherlands you can expect quite a lot from the guy in the street. And in other places too, including Eastern Europe. Not so much in insular GB.

      The young are much more European.

      • JohnAZ July 20, 2019 at 12:11 pm #

        That’s because the young are too naive to know any better.

        Our fearsome foursome is a good example. Their very obvious lack of experience with people, esp. the Deep State folks is showing. Omar has so many folks pissed at her they are looking for ways to disqualify her citizenship and deport her.

        • GreenAlba July 20, 2019 at 12:50 pm #

          “That’s because the young are too naive to know any better.”

          And for my next grand generalisation… 🙂

          Personally I’m Scottish, British and European. I sit with that quite comfortably, although it doesn’t mean I have to fall in with those who pretend to speak in my name, like the Scots Nats, or Boris Johnson.

          Nor does it make me admire Drunken Juncker or his cronies, but it gives me a certain amount of fellow feeling with other ordinary Europeans – although primarily those I’ve actually lived among (and even married into).

          My kids are half French. Maybe you think they should be insular nevertheless. The young eh, they should just shut up and listen to their elders, no matter what. And we have SSL telling us that the old should STFU and let the new right wing youngsters tell them how it really is. Seems to me there’s a lot of generalising goes on, pretty much all over.

          None of that has anything to do with your ‘squad’. Two of them I know absolutely nothing about, but Omar doesn’t strike me as immediately very sympathique, although that’s based on about 30 seconds of listening to her, so has no value.

        • Nightowl July 20, 2019 at 2:58 pm #

          The lot of them are low IQ. Not good examples, to be fair. AOC reminds me a lot of Shrub, though Shrub did sometimes know when to stop talking.

    • Nightowl July 20, 2019 at 2:51 pm #

      There are some Germans with good English, but in my experience, they are few and far between.

      I also can’t really judge the Dutch outside of Amsterdam. My experience in Europe in general is that about 50% of folks I meet in a variety of environments can speak well enough to have a basic conversation.

      But as previously mentioned, English is not hard to learn to about intermediate level, as the grammar is so easy. It is not hard to more knowledgable than one actually is.

      Germans tend to be somewhat arrogant, which doesn’t help. When I was new here (over a decade ago) many of them would switch to English on hearing my accent — and most of the time, it turned out that my German at that stage was actually better than their English.

      • volodya July 20, 2019 at 3:28 pm #

        I found the best communication facilitator and translation tool was to imbibe diesels, beer and cherry liquor. I’m sure you know of these. A few of those and you find yourself on the rooftop singing the national anthems of central Europe in pure Polish.

        I found Germans to be a mixed bag, some stand-offish, but others as genial as can be, the latter introducing me to the diesels.

        • Nightowl July 20, 2019 at 5:01 pm #

          They are a mixed bag, for sure. But that arrogance is a national trait. I don’t know how long you were here though, as some of it is rather subtle until one speaks good German and is tuned in to the culture in a way that only time can allow.

          I am not complaining though. Most people here are based, and many here are highly educated and can be proud of much of their history and achievements.

  51. FincaInTheMountains July 20, 2019 at 11:34 am #

    How do you take down a country that is militarily stronger than anybody?

    Last month, the Chinese publication Sohu released material that indicated that the whole world doubts the US military superiority due to the Russian breakthrough in the field of hypersonic weapons.

    Although Washington began developing hypersonic rockets long before Russia, at the end of the 20th century, Americans did not achieve much success, the article notes.

    • FincaInTheMountains July 20, 2019 at 11:43 am #

      Unfortunately the hypersonic weapons would not be able to protect Russia from the repetition of 1991 scenario of the Cold War 1.0.

      So, if Americans will continue to insist pushing Russia into a new Cold War 2.0, I think the only reasonable response would be to bring down the dollar, by forcing US to build a VERY EXPENSIVE continental missile defense system, which unlike the European PRO that cost “just” half a trillion dollars, would cost around 15 – 20 trillion.

    • JohnAZ July 20, 2019 at 12:21 pm #

      Russia AND the US hold the edge on everyone because of their submarine capability, and not just nukes. Two other items that tops us both, cruise missiles and the MOAB. Remember when they clobbered Al Qaeda remnants with one MOAB.

      Finca, if the US and Russia ever got their s**t together and decided that competing wasn’t getting them anywhere, what would happen?

      For one thing the globalist neo-Libs would just disappear as a political force. Hmmm. Maybe that is why the Deep State, your Black Project, will do anything to keep the feud going.

      Remember Dressler the Nazi in The Sum of All Fears? His modus operandi was getting Russia and the USA to clobber each other then take over.

      Cinematic prophecy?

  52. KesaAnna July 20, 2019 at 12:09 pm #

    ” I wish the Protestants had been pushed back too. ”

    Well , I don’t really know you ….. But I doubt it.

    ” But they had many Men of Genius in their ranks, ”

    Men of genius huh ? Well , how does one explain a bastard in the bassinet ? In some such similar terms I suppose.

    ” far more than the Catholics did at that time. ”

    So , unusually ( ? ) for our national socialist , in this case you wanted these inferiors to win never the less ?

    No , I rather think that if the year were 1522 you would be a Lutheran or a Lollard.

    But that’s hypothetical —

    ” Sede Vacant! ”

    Not hypothetical , at present you are a Social – Darwinist.

    Like —– well , maybe I shouldn’t pick on her so much ?

    Folks might get the impression I’m smitten with her.

    No , my deviant fetish is that I like playing with rattlesnakes.

    ” Who do you think are the real Ruling Class? ”

    Simple answer ;

    I simply do not see one.

    I really don’t know anyone here , so there is a large degree of speculation in this.

    And for the sake of clarity , not charity , I will EXCLUDE from this example GreenAlba , Elrond , and regulars of that flavor I might have somehow overlooked .

    I rather suspect that if the average regular here got a call from Bill Clinton’s office , ” Could you please come for tea ? ”

    They would make Dale Earnhardt look like a laggard in their haste to get over there.

    And would do a better job of giving him a blowjob than that intern did.

    And no , I’m not saying the Clinton’s are ruling class.

    Near as I can tell the average person actually admires and is impressed by characters like pimps , police , and bond salesmen.

    How the fuck under such circumstances could you possibly have a ruling class ?

    It’s a Hell of a lot more far – fetched than Santa Claus in the sky.

    • Janos Skorenzy July 20, 2019 at 12:30 pm #

      Well they use Gentile Front Men like Ted Kennedy or Trump. Even “chaos” has laws to it – thought not The Law. And as one wag said, the body is never more alive then when it’s dead. It even moves a bit at times sometimes (oh the horror). No wonder Buddhists go to open air cemeteries to observe this Orderly Process.

      Bergoglio is only Pope in a legal sense. And the guy who said “The Spirit saves but the letter killeth” was friends with the guy who said, “Woe unto you Lawyers and Pharisees”.

    • GreenAlba July 20, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

      “Near as I can tell the average person actually admires and is impressed by characters like pimps , police , and bond salesmen.”

      Personally I’m impressed by people like the villagers of Eyam, who quietly got on with doing their own brave, difficult thing, semi-literate and out of sight of the world. But you get called a virtue signaller by some on this board for setting such people up as figures to be admired. I’d expect the same from you too, despite your pretensions.

      As for yourself, your opinion of me means diddly and you have my sympathy for your inability to put aside your horror of and disdain for people who don’t believe in your Santa Claus in the sky (not quite how he comes over in the literature, but never mind…).

      Mostly you’re very perceptive, but the social Darwinist thing just makes me laugh.

      Social Darwinism
      noun
      The theory that individuals, groups, and peoples are subject to the same Darwinian laws of natural selection as plants and animals. Now largely discredited, social Darwinism was advocated by Herbert Spencer and others in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and was used to justify political conservatism, imperialism, and racism and to discourage intervention and reform.

      Yeah, not always too perceptive.

      • Janos Skorenzy July 20, 2019 at 1:29 pm #

        She calls me that because I’ve noticed that the Universe has rules, physical (as in physics), chemical, biological, and social. She conflates all of them into one great invective – all because they are not Theological as per the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Thus hers is a kind of Catholic Gnosticism. There is ONLY the Church and the Darkness of Darwinism! Choose!

        And then there is you who have chosen all the other things but left the one thing necessary. A worldling. Our Female St Augustine is superior to you despite her many errors.

        • GreenAlba July 20, 2019 at 2:24 pm #

          I know why she calls you that. But she calls me that too – she has blind spots in her perception born of seething hatred and contempt for people who don’t follow what she calls her ‘cosmology’. You’re the same, in many ways – limited by your lack of imagination and your indoctrination. But different because you serve two masters and can’t quite decide which is to be top dog. So less seething – a cooler customer always convinced of his rightness.

          WTF is the darkness of darwinism?

          I have no doubt St Kesa is superior to me in most ways. I don’t think she would cope well with humility, so it’s probably just as well.

          Thankfully I still have the right to live, breathe and enjoy the birds and flowers. And I don’t have demented fantasies about people I don’t know wanting to visit the feckin’ Clintons.

          • malthuss July 20, 2019 at 4:43 pm #

            To me, evolution means different races evolved at different rates.
            There is no equality among races. That is a social construct.

  53. SoftStarLight July 20, 2019 at 1:34 pm #

    Ethnocentrism is a sin? Being that it is a spiritual question I suppose you plan to confer with the Prophets to discuss the matter John? I guess it depends upon what your definition of ethnocentrism is. Doesn’t it seem logical that if God thought all humans on planet Earth should be one Race and Nation then He simply would have made it so? But instead when I turn to the Bible to attempt to understand I find verses like..

    Deuteronomy 32:8 (ESV) When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when he divided mankind, he fixed the borders of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God.

    Acts 17:24-26 (ESV) The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place.

    And a long time ago when a global, multi-ethnic civilization unified by one common language existed, you know, the one that built the Tower of Babel? Well, it seems like God was interested in breaking that civilization apart.

    Genesis 11: 7-9 (ESV) Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth.

    So, it seems to me like God in fact intentionally created different races and nations with emphasis on separateness and separation. It would also appear that boundaries and borders are sacred. Given this you can understand why I am having some trouble understanding what you mean when you say ethnocentrism is a sin right? Actually, I would say that ethnocentrism is more like a natural instinct within the natural order that God created.

    • GreenAlba July 20, 2019 at 2:36 pm #

      The thing is, SSL, that your rational brain actually knows that H. sapiens originated in Africa, but you can believe creation myths at the same time. That’s what faith is – something that can allow you to believe two contradictory things at once. It works for a lot of people.

      • Janos Skorenzy July 20, 2019 at 2:42 pm #

        As if you don’t have your doublethink, avoiding Black neighborhoods while believing they are the same as Whites. Political Correctness acts like a religion because it is a religion, one for atheists and agnostics.

        • GreenAlba July 20, 2019 at 3:14 pm #

          I’m very practical, Janos. I don’t find myself in dodgy neighbourhoods after dark, because that would be silly There aren’t any black neighbourhoods in Edinburgh that I know of – the dodgy are just general drunks, junkies and hoodlums of the pale-faced variety.

          I don’t do PC – I do practical. But not obsessed. And the way to keep the streets walkable is to continue to walk them. So I do. And I’m still here. When I go to other places that I don’t know, I take care because I don’t know them. No matter what colour their residents.

          But I know you love to tell me what I think.

          • GreenAlba July 20, 2019 at 3:32 pm #

            That’s the thing you tend to forget, Janos. Where there are no black people or brown people, it’s just another bunch of people that make up the poor, the feckless and the criminal underclass.

          • Janos Skorenzy July 20, 2019 at 3:43 pm #

            Black slums are far more dangerous than White ones. Brown ones are in between – but very dangerous for Blacks when they are being driven out by the Browns.

            You didn’t forget because you never knew – consciously that is. But you know in your depths. Just as Black babies are more frightened by Black faces (their own people!) than by White faces.

            Man (and that includes womb men) is an Iceberg. Most of him lies beneath the water line of self aware consciousness.

          • SoftStarLight July 20, 2019 at 4:22 pm #

            And you don’t love to tell us what to think Alba? Come on now. You know that isn’t the case. And that’s fine. But you do tend to go on about being accepting of Blacks, Browns, and immigrants generally. Yet here you are securely and safely telling us this at the same time that you live in a White majority city. Its noteworthy if nothing else….

          • GreenAlba July 20, 2019 at 4:29 pm #

            We weren’t discussing the relative dangers of black and white slums. You were telling me I avoid black neighbourhoods and I was telling you I don’t know any. We have black and brown people in Edinburgh but they don’t all live in the same streets, so there aren’t any black or brown ‘areas’ to avoid.

            Perhaps it’s because we’re less bloody racist that we don’t have black and brown areas in the first place. As in I’m not moving because there’s a mosque on the corner, because nobody’s bothering me, and nobody much else seems to be moving either, so the character of the streets round about is unlikely to change.

          • GreenAlba July 20, 2019 at 5:17 pm #

            “And you don’t love to tell us what to think Alba? Come on now. You know that isn’t the case.”

            I know that you are often so eager to argue that you don’t read what people say. What I said to Janos was ‘I know you love to tell me what I think. And I don’t tell you what you think, I respond to what you say. If I ‘misremember’ as with thinking you accepted standard scientific thinking on the diaspora from Africa, I’ll correct myself, as I did.

            “But you do tend to go on about being accepting of Blacks, Browns, and immigrants generally. “

            I don’t go on about them at all. I hardly ever talk about black people and ignore most of your obsessive wittering about them, although I do continue to wonder why you capitalise an ordinary adjective describing their colour. How do you feel about Tall people or Short people?

            I’m accepting of people who come to my country and behave properly. If they commit violent crimes I’m happy for them to be sent back where they came from. I have said dozens of times that I don’t support unlimited immigration because it makes no sense. I don’t know anyone who does. And I don’t know how many times I need to say it.

            But I think if you really look at my comments you won’t find that many about immigration anyway, unless you’re talking about issues to do with the EU, where I continue to express my bemusement at people who don’t like brown people voting for something that’s going to decrease the number of white immigrants from the EU and increase the number from such places as India. That will continue to amuse me. They picked the wrong fight. Tough.

            I think most of the people who complain about black people on here also live in white majority cities.

            I made the point that black and brown people in my city don’t all live in the same streets so we don’t have ghettos.

            My Pakistani neighbours, like the Chinese and Vietnamese ones, are perfectly civilised and bothering nobody. Nobody’s moving to avoid them so there aren’t any ghettos.

          • GreenAlba July 20, 2019 at 8:47 pm #

            Re white majority cites like mine, BTW, they have underbellies. White ones. Places you wouldn’t wander about in at night on your own. Or have you not watched Trainspotting? The Edinburgh the visitors don’t visit.

            Or as Wiki puts it, “The Academy Award-nominated screenplay by John Hodge follows a group of heroin addicts in an economically depressed area of Edinburgh and their passage through life. Beyond drug addiction, other themes in the film are exploration of the urban poverty and squalor in Edinburgh.” White poverty. White squalor.

            There’s Trainspotting 2 now, with the lads all middle aged – it was on TV tonight but we only managed 10 minutes of figuring out which streets they were in, a bit of junkie action, an application for a ‘sauna’ license and a stabbing, then switched to The Big Short.

          • SoftStarLight July 21, 2019 at 4:27 am #

            I haven’t seen Trainspotting but the name sounds familiar. I don’t know what its like in Edinburgh but based on your description it sounds safer than most American cities. Most American cities are not White majority. In fact, most American inner cities are majority Black and/or Brown. So when Americans here complain about Blacks and Browns perhaps you should consider that maybe they have personal experience with the real dangers of urban ghettos and wastelands. I am glad that it doesn’t match up with your experience. Thank goodness you haven’t had to watch a nice neighborhood turn into a hell hole. A place that goes from being a neighborhood where kids are out playing and riding bikes to a drug and crime infested dump with roaming cliques of thugs standing in the middle of the streets. Naturally Whites leave for the suburbs, small towns, or the country and the cities continue to deteriorate. And if Whites try to move back in its racism! Hopefully Scotland doesn’t turn out that way. But those Muslims are sure moving in quick and having lots of babies so I’m thinking ya’ll are in big trouble too even if you’re not worried now.

          • GreenAlba July 21, 2019 at 11:29 am #

            ” But those Muslims are sure moving in quick and having lots of babies so I’m thinking ya’ll are in big trouble too even if you’re not worried now.”

            There you go again. I bought my flat in 2002 so I’ve been here 17 years, and there are no more Muslims in the neighbourhood now than there were then. That’s because nobody’s moving out as a result of there being some Muslims around. I’ve got a community mosque 60 seconds’ walk from my house – have you? It was there when I bought the place. and I don’t recall even noticing. It looks like a corner shop. I don’t care. They don’t have their meetings in my garden and they don’t seem to mind me walking past it, hair free to the wind and with my unclean pooch, even on a Friday when they’re chatting on the pavement, some of them in their white garb.

            There’s a pub just across the road from them which they seem to cope fine with too. They’re a small part of the neighbourhood. But if people were to get all hoity toity about having Muslims around and sell their flats as a result, lo and behold you’d have more Muslims moving in. Who’d have thought that’s how it works? Thankfully no-one seems to give a toss and it all works fine.

            You’re forgetting I said nothing about your racial problem – Janos introduced that on the back of something else entirely.

            ‘Those Muslims’ round me just behave like everyone else. I haven’t seen any big families. Some of them are pretty aspirational and send their kids to the nearby private school that my kids didn’t go to.

            I also came across very well behaved Muslim children when I was teaching and did replacements at a couple of the Catholic schools – Catholic schools are popular with Muslim parents because they like the ethos – who’d have thought?

            But there are some in my grandson’s very ordinary primary school too and he seems unworried by them as well. Some are his friends. Shock. Horror.

          • SoftStarLight July 21, 2019 at 3:13 pm #

            No, I am very thankful to say there is no mosque near me. I hate to say it but mosques in majority non-muslim areas are really just fifth column fronts for the Shariah takeover. You would know that if you would have a discussion with an imam willing to be honest with you. I have had that thank you. Islam is an expansionist religion but not like Christianity. Christians evangelize through discussion and persuasion. Muslims attempt to persuade too. If that doesn’t work then once they are numerous enough they will resort to the sword.

          • GreenAlba July 21, 2019 at 3:45 pm #

            “Christians evangelize through discussion and persuasion.”

            And rice. Don’t forget rice 🙂

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rice_Christian

            “I hate to say it…”

            No you don’t.

            “but mosques in majority non-muslim areas are really just fifth column fronts for the Shariah takeover.”

            I’m sorry you are such a frightened person, SSL. I hope it doesn’t spoil your life. Maybe you need to speak to a variety of other imams.

            But remember that thing Finca said about the natural state of the Christian being martyrdom.

            You seem surprisingly unenthusiastic for a fundamentalist of such fervour and conviction.

          • SoftStarLight July 21, 2019 at 8:11 pm #

            Well see Alba that’s the thing. This isn’t really about me or you but instead about a phenomenon occuring in the world around us which I was speaking about. I am not really sure why you aren’t taking me seriously. It is not paranoia. What does it mean to you when someone says in fact and in deed that yes, the goal and the inevitable end will be that the whole world will be Islamic? I assume that the many people who believe that really truly believe it. So I am simply being a realist. I am not certain what is so objectionable about that?

      • SoftStarLight July 20, 2019 at 4:15 pm #

        I don’t recall that I had stated I believed in the Out of Africa theory. Is that what you are suggesting? I do recall a past conversation in which I mentioned that evidence points to the Garden of Eden being located somewhere on the sea floor of the Persian Gulf now. What two contradictory things are you talking about?

        • GreenAlba July 20, 2019 at 4:31 pm #

          Do you know where the remnants of Noah’s Ark are as well?

          • malthuss July 20, 2019 at 4:45 pm #

            on Uranus.

          • GreenAlba July 20, 2019 at 5:23 pm #

            Like I said, malthuss, I remain grateful for all your erudite contributions. Even when they come straight out of that place you mentioned.

        • GreenAlba July 20, 2019 at 4:39 pm #

          But I must be mistaken. I didn’t realise you deny anthropological studies to date as well as climate change 🙂 . Maybe you do really believe that there was an actual Garden of Eden where mommy and daddy let the children have sex with one another to produce the human race. I bet mommy gave them a right ‘ribbing’ eh…

          nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2018/july/the-way-we-think-about-the-first-modern-humans-in-africa.html

          • SoftStarLight July 21, 2019 at 4:42 am #

            I don’t deny anything. I just believe that what the Bible says is true so yes there was an actual Garden of Eden. And I dunno Alba but it seems like you get stuck on this incest thing and its so gross but you always go there. I know you are making fun of me. But you should know better since you once believed yourself. God said He made other people before He made Adam and Eve. So Adam and Eve’s kids had other people they could marry rather than each other. And by the way, the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea are off the coast of East Africa.

          • GreenAlba July 21, 2019 at 11:50 am #

            From Billy Graham’s UK website:

            “The Bible doesn’t say where Adam and Eve’s first two sons — Cain and Abel — got their wives, although it does tell us that Cain and his wife had at least one child (Enoch). The usual assumption is that Cain and Abel married their sisters. (Later this was forbidden by the Old Testament, but was necessary at the beginning of the human race.)

            Hmmm… No mention in the bible of other families and Billy didn’t seem think the incest was ‘gross’ – he thought it was just ‘necessary’. He didn’t pick up about the other people God planted first either. Why isn’t Genesis about those people instead of Adam and Eve, since it’s describing the genesis of the human race. Allegedly.

            “But you should know better since you once believed yourself.”

            Never did I believe the Bible was all literal truth. You have to be willing to suspend your rational mind to believe that, especially since it’s full of contradictions and anomalies of translation. If you’re prepared to suspend your rational mind you have to expect a bit of ribbing, all of which aids your spiritual growth, natch. 🙂

            Genesis is a creation myth, like many others before and since. You can even be a Christian and believe that.

          • Janos Skorenzy July 21, 2019 at 11:55 am #

            The animal men or evolutes already existed. The Sons of God were an ensoulment in a particular place. Science and Theology must come together. Perhaps even the bodies were given an upgrade above even ordinary positive eugenics.

          • SoftStarLight July 21, 2019 at 2:29 pm #

            Help me to understand more. I’ve read about all types of theories of the creation. I know that science and the spiritual world intersects somewhere. You have a scientific mind so I imagine you have some interesting theories.

          • GreenAlba July 21, 2019 at 2:36 pm #

            Janos, please. You have a brain. Don’t embarrass it.

          • SoftStarLight July 21, 2019 at 2:43 pm #

            Alba I am sharing with you my beliefs. I wouldn’t imagine that my beliefs would line up with Billy Graham’s very closely. Billy Graham’s Christianity is mainstream and mine is not so much. Remember how you have told me that many of my ideas and beliefs are not orthodox. Well I would challenge you to reread Genesis. There is an initial reference to God creating humans. Then the focus turns to Adam and Eve and their descendents specifically. So IMHO there were people other than Adam and Eve in the world. The focus on Adam and Eve is intentional though and the creation of them differentiates them from the others. Again my own opinion. You read it and tell me what you think.

          • GreenAlba July 21, 2019 at 3:52 pm #

            I’ve read it and had it read to me too many times already, SSL.

            I don’t accept it as anything other than a creation myth and never did beyond childhood, so it wouldn’t matter what was in it, it would still remain a creation myth. Outside of your country and Africa that’s what most Christians believe. How weird that you have so much in common with the people you most despise.

            I remember having to teach kids about Noah’s Ark in Sunday School and thinking ‘why are you [the people who decided the programme] teaching them this stuff and pretending it’s not just a story? When they grow up they’re going to throw everything out with it when they realise what nonsense it is?’. And that’s when I still believed there was a god.

          • Janos Skorenzy July 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm #

            Maybe Man evolved from some ancient Primate and then from lower forms of men just as the Scientist say. But when the body and brain were sufficiently advanced, God “breathed” a soul into a few of them – in Eden or Edens. This is the view C.S Lewis advances in his Narnia stories. Thus did Aslan create the talking animals.

          • GreenAlba July 21, 2019 at 4:45 pm #

            Yeah, and maybe the fairies at the bottom of my garden have got more sense than you.

          • SoftStarLight July 21, 2019 at 8:54 pm #

            Oh Alba quit! So are you suggesting that you don’t believe in evolution? That would be strange. Do you believe in the Big Bang theory?

    • volodya July 20, 2019 at 3:43 pm #

      You’ll like these guys:

      youtube.com/watch?v=t74er5nTMHo

      Next one is self-explanatory:

      youtube.com/watch?v=Ozwh3hkrqdU

      • BackRowHeckler July 20, 2019 at 4:04 pm #

        what, no tatts or nose rings?

        Nobody urinating on the national flag, or dragging the cross thru the mud?

        No Kapernich ‘fros’?

        What’s wrong with those people, V?

        Brh

    • volodya July 20, 2019 at 3:49 pm #

      I think Big G said go forth and multiply. If memory serves he didn’t say with who.

      • SoftStarLight July 20, 2019 at 4:35 pm #

        Of course. And I guess memory must not include anything else other than that phrase? You typically have so much to say. Don’t disappoint me now!

        • volodya July 21, 2019 at 2:30 pm #

          Did I miss something? I don’t think any of the books said to not marry someone of a different color.

          • SoftStarLight July 21, 2019 at 2:57 pm #

            No you didn’t miss anything V. I never suggested that the Bible said such a thing. But I do know there are many exhortations against intermarriage relative to the ancient Hebrews, of which the instruction remains valid since Jesus said He came to fulfil the Law, not to change it. And again there are the references like the ones to God creating nations and giving them boundaries and allotted times of power. So draw your own conclusions. My take is God wants me to be loyal to the tribe He brought me into. Otherwise He would have just put me somewhere else.

          • GreenAlba July 21, 2019 at 3:58 pm #

            He put your ancestors somewhere else and they chose to move and take a country where he put some other people. So you killed them and put the ones who were left on reservations.

            Where God hadn’t put them.

          • Janos Skorenzy July 21, 2019 at 4:05 pm #

            The whole Old Testament is about “a People who shall dwell alone” and their fight to remain alone. Of course Volodya doesn’t want to admit that and John Az won’t see anything he’s not supposed to see (so well trained!).

            Just as they drove the Canaanites out, We (the new Chosen People) drove out the Indians. John much prefers being a fan boy of Israel rather than BEING the New Israel of course. Ditto BRH, et al. The Founders, at least the religious ones, saw things as I do.

          • GreenAlba July 21, 2019 at 5:09 pm #

            You’re spoiling SSL’s story, Janos.

            It must be hard for both of you trying to reconcile your conflicting imperatives. You have my sympathy. But not much. You’re doing a reasonable job of turning yourselves into pagan-Christian pretzels all by yourselves and are an endearing support for one another in your mental trials.

            I hope you manage to resolve your conundrum one way or the other. But it will need to be one way OR the other. Trying to do both isn’t working. Not with all the fairy tales and sophistry in the world.

          • SoftStarLight July 21, 2019 at 9:14 pm #

            How is he spoiling my story? What is that even supposed to mean? I fail to understand what you are getting at Alba when you say we are trying to infuse pagan and Christian ideas. What is pagan about any of it please explain? The idea that America is the new Israel is more common than you may think. Why do you feel that we have a conundrum? And if we do I am pretty sure its exactly the opposite of what you think it is.

  54. volodya July 20, 2019 at 1:34 pm #

    The garbage barge known as the Republican Party is thankfully already sunk, by Donald Trump of all people. If there’s a deity running things in this neck of the cosmos, it has got a rich sense of humor.

    And it didn’t take much, all Trump had to do was to show up and bluster incoherently, and run a ludicrous concert tour of a campaign, and put on a calamity of a national convention, and decades of Republican clap-trap about God and guns and guts went glub, glub, glub. No loss, this was all a hopelessly nonsensical buncha shit anyway that nobody with an ounce of sense subscribed to, people voting for it as the lesser of two evils.

    Maybe some of the bedraggled survivors of the sinking will try to re-float the rotted out hulk. We’ll see.

    The proof of the pudding being in the eating, Trump beat the Democrats that spent the bulk of their own disastrous campaign laughing at Trump and deploring his followers. Well, they laughed too much and too loud. Just think of it, beaten by Trump. Makes me laugh. Shouldn’t have deplored too loudly either as you may need those same deplorable votes at some point.

    Anyway, one down, one to go. Republican voters are still one step ahead of Democrats who still haven’t figured out they’re being conned. So, I guess the question is whether the Democrat voter eventually wakes up to the grift, or whether the Democrat garbage barge of fraud and criminality catches fire and sinks despite Deep State efforts to keep it afloat.

    Seems that, incompetence being the operative national mode, even the all-seeing, all-powerful Deep State couldn’t make the case against Trump with that absurd Mueller probe. What gives cause for concern is that the butchers of the world, busily occupied with plundering their own countries, may look up and take note of what just transpired.

    Which is this: the American Deep State, with virtually limitless resources to invent stories and craft evidence and subvert procedures and turn people, couldn’t do it against Trump, someone with virtually NO support within that same Deep State. Incredible, all that effort and they couldn’t close the deal. This is a history-making, absolutely epic fuck-up, one that will reverberate through the ages.

    What does all that tell you? I don’t know about you, but I grew up in a public school system and on streets where indications of weakness were duly noted and quickly exploited. But the world is an immeasurably nastier place than the middle-class-working-class place where I grew up. Do you think that the world’s Xis and Putins and lesser but maybe more vicious men (Khamenei) haven’t noticed and won’t act accordingly?

    • BackRowHeckler July 20, 2019 at 2:51 pm #

      Machavellian ‘Hard Men’ that they are, Putin and Xi are rooting hard for a Liz Warren/Pedro Buttplug winning ticket. Then, when the ‘first woman president’ is busy dismantling US borders and elimInating ICE and the first Gay VP is travelling to P town, Brooklyn, SF and Key West promoting mandatory Drag Queen Story Hour for all children age 3-14, and the media is engaged in a big Circle Jerk Kumbaya singalong, Russia and China, 1 billion 500 million strong, will be making their move.

      Brh

      • Nightowl July 20, 2019 at 2:53 pm #

        The truth is strong in this post.

        • BackRowHeckler July 20, 2019 at 3:10 pm #

          Yeah, you dont get to be top dog in countries like Russia and China by being Joe Creampuff, promising to undermine national soveriengty and promote homosexuality as main planks in your platform. In fact, only in the UK, the US, and maybe Sweden, would that be part of a winning strategy.

          Brh

          • GreenAlba July 20, 2019 at 3:21 pm #

            Who did you have in mind as the UK’s ‘Joe Creampuff’?

            Can’t be Boris. His winning strategy is to knock up as many people’s wives as possible and act like a prize clown, while telling us all to think positive. The man’s intellect is awesome.

            i.makeagif.com/media/6-19-2015/hl-J8q.gif

            A real man. {chortle}

          • BackRowHeckler July 20, 2019 at 3:33 pm #

            I don’t follow UK politics.

            Last book I read about the UK is ‘Londonistan’, by a women author whos name I forget. She didn’t paint a pretty picture.

            Face it GA, the only politics that really matter is US Politics.

            Brh

          • GreenAlba July 20, 2019 at 4:33 pm #

            From what you said, one assumed you followed UK and Swedish politics closely, brh.

            “Face it GA, the only politics that really matter is US Politics.”

            Ah, so you’re a globalist now…

          • BackRowHeckler July 20, 2019 at 5:13 pm #

            If you could call reading Daily Mail following UK politics.

            Actually, I just started a book

            ‘Tropic Suns, Seadogs Aboard an English Galleon’

            Back from the days ships were made from wood, sea levels were stable, and there were still English people living in London.

            Brh

          • GreenAlba July 20, 2019 at 5:27 pm #

            “If you could call reading Daily Mail following UK politics.”

            Don’t tempt me…

            youtube.com/watch?v=5eBT6OSr1TI

            Dan and Dan sound quite English don’t ‘they’? Maybe they’re from London. Terrifying, aren’t they? Maybe ‘they’ should have called ‘themselves’ Stan and Stan.

          • BackRowHeckler July 20, 2019 at 6:07 pm #

            Those dudes don’t look English, or is that what English look like now?

            Do they have a song about The Guardian?

            Brh

          • GreenAlba July 20, 2019 at 9:04 pm #

            That’s what one English person looks like. (You did realise it’s just one person?).

            The Graun doesn’t have the same kind of stories in it, so it would be less fun as a song.

            The Daily Wail likes to produce articles on moral disintegration, and blaming women for doing everything wrong.

            Then on the next page it’ll do a creepy ‘Look how she’s grown’ article inviting readers to perv over some celebrity’s 14-year-old daughter in a bikini. And I’m sure you haven’t missed the Tits and Arse sidebar in the online version. The Daily Wail doesn’t really do insight. You’d have to go a bit upmarket for that.

      • volodya July 20, 2019 at 3:09 pm #

        Pretty much.

    • SoftStarLight July 20, 2019 at 4:52 pm #

      Claptrap about God and guns? Yes, the United States as a nation solely about and by and for money is nothing but a house of cards waiting to be toppled. Hey look on the bright side! At least you don’t have to deal with that stupid hick and redneck crap for much longer. Get ready to serve your Chinese and Arab overlords.

      • volodya July 21, 2019 at 2:24 pm #

        For decades people were blinded by Democrat and Republican clap-trap and so too few people noticed the leakage from the US (and much of the western world) of industrial might to China.

        A a result, China was built into a world power and yes, Tim Cook and the American CEO class will be taking orders from Beijing. Those industries are under de-facto Chinese control and they are ready to show anyone who doesn’t believe it that power doesn’t reside in a corporate board-room, but rather it resides with the fellas in Beijing that command legions of Chinese soldiers and police. Like Mao said, power comes from the barrel of a gun.

        The pen is mightier than the sword? In a fight between a guy with a pen and a guy with a sword, I put my money on that guy with a sword. In more modern terms, the lawyer with the brief-case is no match for the guy with the rifle.

        If there’s a contest at the end of time for history’s biggest laughing-stock, I’m betting on the US taking first prize.

  55. Janos Skorenzy July 20, 2019 at 2:40 pm #

    westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com/2019/07/20/do-we-still-have-a-country/

    The title of the Video is “How do we know we don’t have a country”. The lady is good. Very calm and logical. People don’t operate on pure logic, appearance, style, and manner of delivery all count for a lot. She could reach people I could never touch, even though I say much of the same thing. And she could reach Liberals, who would be turned off by SSL’s folksy charisma and and/or accent (if any). And in turn, SSL could reach people neither I nor this woman could ever reach – even though we’re all saying the same thing.

    • SoftStarLight July 20, 2019 at 5:11 pm #

      Folksy charisma :-)? Hey now! I have had people from out of town tell me my accent was endearing!

      • Janos Skorenzy July 20, 2019 at 5:59 pm #

        What does it sound like? Can you name a “star” who has it?

        • SoftStarLight July 21, 2019 at 3:51 am #

          Hmmm, I would say its most similar to Elizabeth Cook’s accent. Britney Spears and Reese Witherspoon sounded more like that too before they changed the way they talk because of fame. But now southern twang is coming back into style ;-).

          • Janos Skorenzy July 21, 2019 at 11:58 am #

            It’s fascinating all the different accents. The really huge Southern Accent is in the deep South but not the deepest South, north of where you are. But of course you know all this.

          • SoftStarLight July 21, 2019 at 2:13 pm #

            Yeah I know what you mean. Like it starts to get even hard to understand some people from north Mississippi and Tennessee when they get to talkin. At least for me.

  56. deetrump July 20, 2019 at 2:41 pm #

    “Oh yes, the government runs things so effectively.” –JohnAZ

    Yes, JohnAZ, government is usually more efficient due to economies of scale.

    2% overhead for Medicare.

    15% overhead for private medical insurance.

    “”Private insurance companies in this country spend between 12 and 18 percent on administration costs. The cost of administering the Medicare program, a very popular program that works well for our seniors, is 2 percent. We can save approximately $500 billion a year just in administration costs.”
    — Bernie Sanders on Sunday, September 17th, 2017 in an interview

    • BackRowHeckler July 20, 2019 at 3:28 pm #

      Hey, Little Jane, what happened to the Dems big impeachment play?

      It went down in flames.

      I thought it was a slam dunk.

      Brh

      • deetrump July 20, 2019 at 4:05 pm #

        Every time you disrespectfully call me Little Jane… means more money for Congresswoman Ilhan Omar! Pre-programmed. Click. Click. Takes seconds. Ilhan Omar thanks you.

        • James Hansen July 20, 2019 at 4:15 pm #

          I am leaving IIhan Omar in my will!

          • SoftStarLight July 20, 2019 at 5:14 pm #

            And it is Allah’s will that you are yours becomes her and her peoples’ possession. Good intuition!

        • BackRowHeckler July 20, 2019 at 4:16 pm #

          you call yourself Little Jane!

          Its your e mail address for krissake

          Brh

          • malthuss July 20, 2019 at 4:46 pm #

            how can I find this email?

          • malthuss July 20, 2019 at 4:47 pm #

            check jeremiah babes latest few. From Laguna [aka fag una beach] and the OC.

    • James Hansen July 20, 2019 at 4:18 pm #

      I think those numbers are way off, we spend about 3.6 Trillion on health care and I read that the parasitic HMOs and Blue Cross suck up about 1.4 Trillion of the total.

      • Q. Shtik July 20, 2019 at 6:34 pm #

        we spend about 3.6 Trillion on health care and I read that the parasitic HMOs and Blue Cross suck up about 1.4 Trillion of the total. – James Hansen

        ==========

        I am covered by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield. The plan is called Horizon Medicare Blue Advantage (HMO). I pay zero dollars per month. My office visit copay is $10 and for a specialist $25. Most of the procedures I have undergone have been fully covered but once in a while I have to pay a portion. The last out-of-pocket payment I made was $27.85. Even my regular meds are fairly cheap with one exception: I use a testosterone gel that I need to buy slightly more than twice per year and it goes for about $850 per pop.

        Not sure where you get the word “parasitic.”

        • James Hansen July 20, 2019 at 7:15 pm #

          The HMO’s do not provide health care, they are just a billing agency but their CEO’s make many millions of dollars per year.

          The whole industry is an unnecessary middle man that drives up the cost dramatically.

          Social Security spends a fraction of a percentage point to administer benefits, if they were like the HMO’s our benefits would be cut in half.

          • JohnAZ July 20, 2019 at 11:27 pm #

            That is what is wrong with Obamacare.

            He went to the Middle men and told them that if they would kow tow to ACA guidelines and cover a bunch of folks that cannot afford regular insurance, he would guarantee them many more paying customers and make young people buy insurance by penalizing them if they didn’t.

            When they paid the penalty instead of the insurance in droves, mostly because they couldn’t afford the premiums, the premium price went up and up. Then the new tax law removed the individual incentive and ACA does not have a leg to stand on. It will fade away. If the courts do not shut it down first.

            This is why I despise the Deep State in DC. This medical situation is horrendous. The GOP had two years to come up with a replacement for ACA and failed. To Obama’s credit, he tried to patch together a system with what he had. It is failing because of one major flaw, insurance techniques do not work for healthcare.

            Insurance is collective protection by pooling capital by the many to protect the few’s misfortunes.

            Medicine does not work this way. Insurance principles do not work. People do not want to buy medical insurance when they are young, period. Older folks are covered by Medicare. The capital pool available for medical insurance is very limited. Insurance principles do not work. Currently, employer subsidies support the insurance companies, but a significant portion of the population do not qualify. Hence, ACA was a feeble attempt to remedy the situation. It never stood a chance.

            There is a word that describes healthcare that explains its difficulties, MONOPOLY.

            You have no choice. Most areas have one or two healthcare systems that provide services. Monopoly. Hospital care for indigents elevate cost. In a manner of speaking, the HC corporations have us by the cojones.

            Solution.

            Medicare for all! But modified.

            Medicare provides 80/20 % coverage. Private insurance covers part b, c and d expenses if you want to pay for them

            Medical risk increases with age. So treat this as an insurance actuary would. Medicare for all will pay an increasing percentage as folks age. Young folks may get 40/60% payment, then Middle Ages 60/40%, then 80/20% when over 65. Young folks are not vested yet with payroll taxes and become more invested with age. So you get more coverage as you go. The other side of the coin is that young folks will not use the system as much and thus be less affected by the reduced percentage. Private insurance can fill in the difference, like advantage plans, for people that desire the additional insurance coverage.

            The advantage of single payer coverage for all and additional coverage for those that want it. Add on a catastrophic coverage and voila, a system.

          • James Hansen July 21, 2019 at 10:37 am #

            You certainly know this subject well John. The U.S. pays the most in the world but we are far down the list from the best healthcare.

            You can go to the Mayo clinic for the best care in the world but for average people this is not an option.

            The Republicans had 10 years to come up with a better plan than Obama but that meant going to the Left of Obama so they did nothing.

          • GreenAlba July 21, 2019 at 12:20 pm #

            Yep, you’re really selling me the NHS, but with more funding and a bit of discipline on the demand side.

            One of my brothers had a baby born very, very prematurely. They lived in Solihull, near Birmingham. My niece was whipped off to London’s premier paediatric hospital (Gt Ormond Street) in an ambulance and cared for for the weeks or months that were necessary and is now a healthy young woman of 30. And not a penny paid up front. Which is why my brother doesn’t whinge about paying taxes, even though he’s partially on the top standard rate (40% for income above £50K). He’s quite happy for other people to have the same benefit and not be ruined.

            I have a friend here whose daughter in her thirties has breast cancer. She’s getting excellent treatment in Spain, where she’s just teaching English freelance. What kind of treatment would she get in the US if she didn’t have insurance because she’s ‘young’?

          • Exscotticus July 21, 2019 at 2:50 pm #

            >>> The Republicans had 10 years to come up with a better plan than Obama but that meant going to the Left of Obama so they did nothing.

            Dems also had 10 years to come up with a better plan than Obama, but that meant going to the Right of Obama, so they did nothing.

            You continue to promote socialism. Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders can’t even get socialism to work in his own campain! LOL!

  57. FincaInTheMountains July 20, 2019 at 3:10 pm #

    Russia AND the US hold the edge on everyone because of their submarine capability == JohnAZ

    I don’t want to positively state anything, but I read on certain American forums after the Losharik fire that the US Navy lost communications with quite a few of its Ohio-class nuclear submarines.

  58. malthuss July 20, 2019 at 4:43 pm #

    I thought you liked to post it as White, capital W.

    • Janos Skorenzy July 20, 2019 at 6:00 pm #

      That is the South African talking, not me.

  59. malthuss July 20, 2019 at 4:49 pm #

    Democrats set aside $27 million in tuition assistance for the children of undocumented immigrants in the new state budget —

    but wouldn’t add hundreds of thousands of dollars to expand a similar program for kids of deceased and disabled veterans.

    A bill that has twice passed the state Senate — but never made it through the Assembly — would have added funding to a program that provides free tuition, room and board at any SUNY or CUNY college to children, spouses and financial dependents of “fallen soldiers” who died, became severely disabled or were classified

    democrats in a committee of the new york assembly voted to block a bill extending the state’s tuition aid program covering gold star families to include children of service members killed or disabled while not in combat.

    democrats voted down college aid for fallen soldiers families
    but voted for aid for illegals
    wetbacks

    • SoftStarLight July 20, 2019 at 5:16 pm #

      Welcome to the fulfilment of hope and change! Not getting a good vibe? Why you must be a Fascist!

    • BackRowHeckler July 20, 2019 at 5:27 pm #

      $27 million? That’s all?

      Tens of millions are coming in when the borders evaporate in jan 2021, Malth. That’s one point all 22 Dem candidates agree on, open up the borders and abolish ICE. Rest assured every goddam one of them want to go to college. $27 million, that won’t even pay for ‘free’ breakfast for what’s on its way.

      $27 million aha haha ha ha aha ha ha aha ha ha ha …

      Brh

      • James Hansen July 20, 2019 at 6:43 pm #

        I have to admit that the Dems are going batshit crazy with these wacky immigration policies.

        • malthuss July 21, 2019 at 12:57 am #

          color us surprised.
          ‘batshit crazy’–to get more voters.
          cloward piven.

    • James Hansen July 20, 2019 at 6:40 pm #

      Do you have a link? I know the Bush administration forced the EPA to say the air was safe at Ground Zero on six different occasions.

      When the first responders got sick the Republicans fought tooth and nail not to give them medical benefits or compensation.

      When they lost that fight they put all the responders on a Terrorist watch list and the responders had to submit to investigations to claim any benefits. The whole thing was idiotic to say the least.

      • James Hansen July 21, 2019 at 10:41 am #

        I am surprised no one challenged me on this comment as this was not that well known. I guess people here are even better informed than I thought.

  60. Sean Coleman July 20, 2019 at 5:00 pm #

    Epstein and sex trafficking. This is from a reply I got on YT a few months ago explaining what sex trafficking is.

    “Sean Coleman These witch hunts all have their roots in the same religious and psychotherapeutic mythology behind the Satanic Panic. I’m sure you are aware. Unfortunately most here will have the same common misconceptions. None will be aware that 2nd Wave Radical Feminist, and international anti sex work advocate, Catharine MacKinnon advocated to have the words prostitution, teen prostitution and sex work removed from public discourse and replaced with sex trafficking, child sex trafficking and human trafficking for decades. There are old lectures of hers on YouTube and you can hear her say that few would support a government war on prostitution but they will all support a government war on child sex trafficking because it sounds more dangerous and urgent. Most are unaware that 99% of the time sex trafficking and child sex trafficking is discussed, people are talking about prostitution and teen prostitution. The word child sex trafficking intentionally invokes images of small abducted children being held captive. There has never been a known case of small child being abducted for teen prostitution or sex trafficking in the U.S. The overwhelming majority of teen prostitutes in the U.S are 16-17 years old and running from CPS custody/group homes and/or bad home lives. They are trying to live and survive on the streets until they turn 18. There are some slightly younger outliers, but again the majority or average age is 16-17. Most prostitutes today no longer have pimps due to technology. Teen prostitutes, per social workers and those who work closely with them, are well known for sticking together and sharing contacts. They have also been known to kill anyone that tries to take their money and display a great deal of agency. Many people put together rescue missions for child sex trafficking victims and find older teens who walk right back on the streets when people try to put them back in the group homes they are running from. It takes years of patience and understanding to “rescue” them. They will not stop until they are ready. Radical feminist and religious fundamentalist anti sex work advocates have almost the exact same narratives on the matter, and in fact some have been working together for decades. It’s been well documented since the 1970s in the U.S. They both believe that no adult women can consent to sex work, therefore they are all held captive by force and coercion, raped daily by their male patriarchal oppressors and/or Satan. This goes double for teens running from a bad life, trying to survive on the streets. This is why we see alleged sex trafficking stories in the news that talk about women and “missing children” being released from captivity and their prison of virtual slavery. 99% of the time it’s a prostitution sting that took place at truck stops and motels in several states. None of the cases are related. There is no ring or mastermind to speak of and the “missing children” are runaway teens working as prostitutes to survive. Do not get me wrong. There are legitimate cases of trafficking and forced sex and teen prostitutes living on the streets are at the greatest risk for abduction and actual forced sex but conflating all prostitution with forced sex and captivity does nothing to help matters. Neither does terrifying parents and the public with terms like “child sex trafficking”. Here is a great recent example of the hysteria the MSM pushes by way of Radfem & Fundie narratives. 123 Missing Children Found in Michigan Sex Trafficking Operation google.com/amp/s/nypost.com/2018/10/09/123-missing-children-found-in-michigan-during-sex-trafficking… Really? I saw a bunch of Q Anon theorists touting this as proof that pizza and pedo gate were real. Too bad they did exactly what the MSM expected them to do. They just read the headline and didn’t actually read the article. The truth is not told until the end of it anyway. Police were checking up on open missing persons reports filed on runaway teenagers. 120 of the 123 had already returned home or to a family members house and were fine. One 14 year old homeless male who did not have a report filed on him was fou”

    It gets cut off there for some reason. I don’t remember how it came up in conversation but she seems to know her subject.

    • FincaInTheMountains July 20, 2019 at 7:02 pm #

      Epstein and sex trafficking.

      Saturday – arrest

      Sunday – house search in Manhattan. One of the most prestigious houses is of general interest and, surprise – the house, estimated at 77 million, was a present from Wexner, a leading member of the Jewish lobby, a major businessman and the owner of a number of clothing store chains, including Victoria Secret.

      Monday – Victoria’s Secret shares quietly fall by 53 million. The market is aware of the connections. And we all know that modeling agencies, like Hollywood and other show business, is an escort service.

      Well, when adults decide for themselves what to do or not to do, it is not our business.

      But many models start in their teens.

      Young models of Victoria Secret or another agency go to a photo shoot in Paris, where at this time the symposium of NATO generals takes place.

      The cultural program of the symposium includes a visit to a nice restaurant with the participation of models of Victoria Secret. Paris, you know. The organizers offer the generals in their ear to choose a companion for the night at retail or wholesale.

      For breakfast in the room, the general gets a package with night photos and a little note: your companion of the night is tall and well-developed girl, but she is 15 years old. When you are in such and such a conflict zone, you and your subordinates will turn away until our people (from the Red Cross) load the boxes with the used equipment (with organs) from the refugee camp.

      And so for the entire period of the conflict, our people have no time to go here and there, they have to cut organs in place like on a conveyor belt.

    • malthuss July 21, 2019 at 12:55 am #

      AND YOU BELIEVED IT?

      Satanic panic is a term from the ((())) who also gave us the term
      ‘fake news’ to cover Pizzagate.
      Notice how tightly and quickly the media wagons circled when PG broke.
      550 weird emails to or from JP.

      ‘I will sacrifice a chicken to Moloch’–Cheryl Mills to hitlery.

      • Quick Joey Small July 21, 2019 at 4:39 pm #

        Fuck yourself, Coleman. Pedo apologist. You post only about this. Satan’s warty cock up your ass, chief.

        • elysianfield July 21, 2019 at 8:59 pm #

          “Fuck yourself, Coleman. Pedo apologist. You post only about this. Satan’s warty cock up your ass, chief”

          Joey,
          THAT comment is worthy of William F Buckley on his best day…or Dorothy Parker in full dudgeon.

          Churchillian, even….

          • Quick Joey Small July 22, 2019 at 9:23 am #

            I was shooting for Oscar Wilde, yo.

          • Sean Coleman July 22, 2019 at 11:30 am #

            Yes, the gentleman is a wordsmith.

        • Sean Coleman July 22, 2019 at 11:29 am #

          I only post about it because morons like you insist in believing in the fantasy. What kind of pervert does that make you then? Yo.

  61. meargen July 20, 2019 at 5:24 pm #

    ‘afowl’…okay, got me there. I was in a hurry to get to work, and was remiss on my editing.

    As for not challenging people in public, I disagree, because I was polite, and simply wanted to say my piece. The woman was quite capable of being equally polite or ‘agreeing to disagree.’ To restate, I’m just tired of the left wearing their emotions on their sleeve, and expecting us to say nothing. She did sound like a nice person, or at least as nice as most of us claim to be.

    I usually don’t talk like this. One time i was genuinely angry was in 1990 in Boston, at a Quaker meeting discussing the end of the Berlin Wall, and a woman, an Oxfam worker, was in E. Germany, opposed to the wall coming down, because E. Germany had such great welfare benefits, was SOOO feminist and socialistic, and FREE from corporate domination.
    I was shaking. “What about the people they shot trying to leave the country?” I demanded. She said ‘mistakes were made.’
    “Sure, like breaking up families. Spying on people. Stifling any kind of freedom of speech?” I wasn’t making friends, but I’d been to Germany and Berlin, and I was angry. She also claimed Neonazis were infiltrating among the people, and I countered those rumors were started by the Stasi.
    People were angry at me. I was denounced as a ‘Cold Warrior’, and one German said…get this…the way to solve Europe’s problems was for the people to overthrow all governments by violent revolution and set up Soviet style worker’s councils. Christ, I thought. After seventy years, people learned nothing. Anyway, that was my one angry time. Later, a man came to me and said he was glad I spoke up.
    And I think if more people spoke up, the left wouldn’t be so pushy.
    If you want to read a good story about indoctrination, read Clavell’s The Children’s Story.
    And I still haven’t talked about NATO. Next time.

    • Q. Shtik July 20, 2019 at 6:05 pm #

      ‘afowl’…okay, got me there. – meargen

      ===========

      I did a search on afowl and Google came back and asked me “did you mean afoul?”

  62. Pucker July 20, 2019 at 7:30 pm #

    Final Voyage….

    I’m now reading a book about the Portuguese/ Spanish explorer, Ferdinand Magellan. What impresses me about blokes from the Age of Discovery, like Magellan, Cortes, and later Captain Cook, etc. is how ambitious, brave, and even ruthless they were. Not like blokes today, who are mostly insouciant Pussies…

    Laurence Bergreen
    Over the Edge of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe

    • Walter B July 20, 2019 at 8:51 pm #

      Well Pucker, the world no longer needs explorers because pretty much everything in the world is owned now and all the best stuff is owned by the wealthy and they want to keep it that way. Since the explorer types are easily transitioned into a force that can challenge the control of the wealthy owners, they must be eliminated whenever they pop their heads up out of the crowd. Guns are not the only items that will have to be pried from cold dead hands, power will have to be too.

      • Ol' Scratch July 21, 2019 at 6:57 am #

        Nearly all of the explorers are employed by the imperial shock force these days. Not much left to conquer or explore anymore though, and the bureaucracy has taken all the fun out it anyway. More of a bloated adult babysitting service, really.

  63. Pucker July 20, 2019 at 7:35 pm #

    In the future dystopia, the only acceptable outlet for a bloke’s Creative Male Energy is TV sports, and Pee Wee football, and Pee Wee basketball. If you become occasionally sad and melancholic, then you can only eat ice cream, no whiskey….

    Total Pussification of Society….

    • GreenAlba July 20, 2019 at 9:08 pm #

      You’re not into fell running then? 🙂

      • Ol' Scratch July 21, 2019 at 6:53 am #

        Never heard of that before, but it looks pretty cool! Nice change of pace from insipid “ball sports.”

        • GreenAlba July 21, 2019 at 7:17 am #

          Two of my nephews do it – one competitively (just amateur club stuff). He lives in the Calder Valley in West Yorkshire (Brontë country) and wouldn’t live anywhere else. It’s quite disconcerting when you’re struggling up a steep hill, just walking with a dog, and someone shoots past you running!

  64. Pucker July 20, 2019 at 7:53 pm #

    Technology researcher, Doug Hill, says that the sounds of leaf blowers and trucks in his neighborhood drive him crazy. Doug Hill says that ensconced in his Montana wilderness cabin, Ted Kaczynski was driven Mad by the recurrent sounds of airplanes and snow mobiles penetrating his wilderness calm. What pisses me off are those damn water skis. You can’t get away from it. The Technology is everywhere. Elon Musk now wants to put computer chips in people’s brains. Runaway Technology….

    The Unabomber is the nickname given to American domestic terrorist Ted Kaczynski, who conducted a 17-year series of attacks, using mail bombs to target academics, business executives and others. The Unabomber bombing campaign – which killed three people and injured 23 – started in the late 1970s and continued until Kaczynski was caught in 1996 following a nationwide manhunt led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). His capture marked the end of the FBI’s longest and most expensive manhunt.

    • Pucker July 20, 2019 at 8:26 pm #

      Do you remember that book about the bloke in Maine who just couldn’t take it anymore and one day he just drove his car into a Maine forest and left the keys in the car and disappeared into the forest? He lived 27 years in the forest as a hermit by scavenging left over peanut butter, booze, and tuna fish cans left in empty Summer cabins by vacationers? After the cops eventually caught him pilfering from a Summer cabin, some female judge punished him for being so “scary”. Although he was an introverted shy hermit, the Cunt judge made him interact with people as punishment. What a Witch! What was weird is that many people literally hated the bloke and wanted him to suffer…suffer for breaking into abandoned Summer lake cabins and stealing peanut butter and spare batteries…. In the book, the hermit says that he never ate left overs left in the cabins because he was afraid that someone would try to poison him, which was probably a legitimate concern. People are Sick…

      • James Hansen July 20, 2019 at 9:14 pm #

        That guy was a total idiot compared to The Man Richard Proenneke, he went into Alaska with just a few hand tools and survived all alone for more than 40 years.

        He filmed everything he did for the first year and PBS made a documentary using his film about some years back. It was called Alone in the Wilderness.

        • BackRowHeckler July 20, 2019 at 9:30 pm #

          Proenneke was a distinguished Naval Architect, not some bum who couldn’t hack ordinary life.

          Brh

        • malthuss July 21, 2019 at 12:50 am #

          He was not an idiot.
          He was a criminal.

      • Pucker July 20, 2019 at 9:42 pm #

        There’s a scene in that book in which a father and his young little daughter happen upon the Hermit in the forest and at a distance. The daughter recognizes that it’s the Hermit that everyone has heard about, and she wants to greet the Hermit. But the father mercifully says to the little girl: “That’s ok, dear. He just wants to be left alone.”

        Unfortunately, Technology and Cunt Witches like the judge who willfully decided to torture the Hermit, are not going to leave you alone. You’ve got to have that computer chip implanted in your brain, and you’ve got to confess your white Privilege.

        • Pucker July 20, 2019 at 10:42 pm #

          They’ll never give up chasing the Technology, the Money, and the Power. They want to go to Mars and establish a Politically Correct colony of transgender human/ robot cyborg Homosexuals.

    • malthuss July 21, 2019 at 12:51 am #

      Fool. Ted was an MK Ultra victim.

  65. BackRowHeckler July 20, 2019 at 9:27 pm #

    There’s Gentleman Jimmy Walker, NYCs flambouyant Mayor, hamming it up at Yankee Stadium, opening day, 1931, accompanied by his Zegfried Dancer blond girlfriend, mugging for the camera “Give us a smile, Jimmy”, pulling faces with Babe Ruth, slapping Lou Gehrig on the back, shaking hands with Boston’s Jimmy Foxx, Mayor Walker taking the field and throwing out the first pitch “Show ’em watcha got Jimmy”, the Great Depression is in full swing, there are breadlines in NY, nobody cares, its Opening Day, Yankee Stadium, NYC, the Bronx, 1931.

    Sure Mayor Jimmy Walker liked to have a good time, and liked nice things, who doesn’t? Did FDR have to kick him out of office under threat of arrest for corruption? He was framed!

    Brh

  66. Pucker July 20, 2019 at 10:48 pm #

    I wonder how common it is for people to be driven Mad by Technology? Nonstop relentless assault by an unnatural environment….

    • Pucker July 20, 2019 at 11:49 pm #