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In the meantime, cries of consternation rise from Right at the DOJ’s demurral to actually indict Mr. Comey on any of the charges listed rather explicitly in the new report. The explanation goes something like this: Comey gave an official FBI memo of his own composition to pal (and attorney) Daniel Richman, and instructed him to leak the contents (though not the memo itself) to a New York Times reporter. The memo involved recollections of a one-to-one meeting with Mr. Trump in which the case of General Flynn came up, with Mr. Trump making the case that there was nothing illegal about the National Security Advisor speaking with the Russian ambassador — since, after all, that is precisely what ambassadors from foreign lands are in Washington to do. I actually wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out that Mr. Comey was wearing a wire during that, and several other, meetings he had with Mr. Trump — before the president grokked that he was being personally set-up for an obstruction-of-justice rap and issued Mr. Comey a pink slip.

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  1. TraffickingInDivinity August 30, 2019 at 10:26 am #

    These shenanigans by the deep state are not just unconscionable but are the manifestation of the end of democracy. We are in deep state!

    • K-Dog August 30, 2019 at 11:19 am #

      A deep state with no fish for a deep fryer.

      ‘According to researchers, there will be no seaf­ood left to catch by 2048, except for jellyfish, which will thrive in the new, collapsed ecosystem. Luckily, they say th­at jellyfish have the same nutritional content as shrimp, which is pretty darn good.

      Fish gone by 2048

      A sustainability menu in sushi bar. There are such things.
      Trump doing anything about this?

      High and dry, Trump is only one fish we should fry.

      • JohnAZ August 30, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

        Trump doing anything about this?

        Give me a break!

        Let see, maybe he can get everyone into a line and shoot every other person until the overpopulation problem is past.

        Maybe he can destroy an industry by shutting down ocean harvest.

        Maybe the same with fossil fuels.

        Hey, what would you like to replace these livelihoods with, or maybe just put them into the overpopulation line?

        When the resource runs out, oil or seafood, problem solved. Right?

        • K-Dog August 31, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

          Yes maybe he could do SOMETHING!

          Maybe he can destroy and industry or two that is destroying the planet. Stop fishing boats with nets too long or who fish beyond quota or who use SLAVE LABOR.

          Maybe he could tell the truth about the finances and the physical state of the oil industry.

          You have freedom molecules leaking out of your ass.

      • Sushi is incredibly destructive. The industry is largely dominated by companies owned by the Rev. Sun Yung Moon’s Unification church (another Christian apocalyptic death cult).

        Around the world Sushi is beloved by millions yet every fish that makes it to a plate represents 9 other species caught, killed, and thrown overboard.

        The exploitation of the world’s oceans remains a lawless frontier largely plied by Asian fishing vessels beyond exclusive Economic zones (out 250 nautical miles from most international boundaries.

        Within these zones, marine life has been subjected to the equivalent of strip mining: ocean floor dredging, which destroys uncountable amounts of life necessary for the health of the ocean.

        With its religion-powered industrial markets (Chinese medicine, Korean and Japanese cult gastronomy) and brain-dead Liberal clientele in the West, the oceans have been pillaged, raped, and genocided to the point of total collapse.

        What is needed is a multilateral ocean force able to seize and destroy fishing vessels and sushi restaurants, but there is no political will since all the ocean-dominating nations of east and west are largely in thrall to the seafood cults, the food industry lobbyists, and the dependence of local “special snowflake” populations that persist in subsisting on industrial ocean harvest.

        Meanwhile the plastic and lead and mercury carried by ocean flesh meals continues to make its way into customers’ bodies, damaging brain cells already compromised…

        • newworld August 30, 2019 at 1:37 pm #

          Yep. That said when I first heard of a show called “Wicked Tuna” I thought just a total crap fest of exploitation TV. On actually watching it I think it puts a floor on bad behavior in the tuna biz.

        • SpeedyBB August 30, 2019 at 3:35 pm #

          Lil Deb,

          Came upon a terrifying report a year or so ago on the web on radioactivity in ocean catches. Some enterprising reporters took their set of radiation detectors (apparently you need several to measure different flavors of radiation) and waved them magically over high-priced San Fran sushi.

          Most of the fish reportedly set the needles a-thrill with the old Fukushima bounce. Question to expert: ‘Would you eat this fish?’ Head is shaken. ‘No way.’

          I went hunting for a ‘pocket detector’ I could surreptitiously scan seafood with, and that’s when I discovered it’s not just a little neat Radio Shack Geiger Counter that will do the job. There is too much hardware necessary to pony into the sushi joints – and testy chefs have exceedingly sharp & gleaming knives to point at spoilsports.

          Unfortunately when I went hunting for the article on the web I couldn’t dig it up, as I had lost the link. I continue to eat fish several times a week; it adds glow to my already-radiant personality.

        • RIB August 30, 2019 at 3:38 pm #

          What is needed is a man with some balls who’ll drive a red hot poker up your ass. Here’s an alternative: Get laid once in awhile, “Snacks”

          • JulieK August 30, 2019 at 6:12 pm #

            Mr. Kunstler, this deserves your attention. This ugly remark is beyond decency and should be removed. Please delete this.

          • hmuller August 30, 2019 at 8:14 pm #

            I’m sure RIB only meant a “metaphoric” red hot poker.

            What’s more Debs was the first to advocate violence, barely stopping short of calling for the murder of all sushi chefs,

            “multilateral ocean force able to seize and destroy fishing vessels and sushi restaurants”

            Oh what an unsavory kettle of fish!

          • SoftStarLight August 31, 2019 at 12:39 pm #

            The whole point of freedom of speech is to allow speech that is offensive, distasteful, etc. Why should a comment be deleted because you don’t like it? I thought it was gross too but so what. There are many other disgusting things said here and everywhere else online. Perhaps you should only go to sites where there is no possibility that you will be offended.

      • BackRowHeckler August 30, 2019 at 2:17 pm #

        Actually KDog, just the opposite is true.

        In 1900, Ct rivers were devoid of fish of any kind due to 200 years of paper mills and tanneries built on their banks.

        Teddy Roosevelt and our own Gifford Pincot came along, instituted reclamation projects, and cleaned up the rivers.

        Brown trout were brought in from Germany, large mouth Bass from Maryland, small mouth bass from the St Lawrence River, Salmon from the Columbia River in Washington, pickerel from Michigan … a large scale stocking program that continues to this day.

        Fish are plentiful, I catch my limit (trout) each time I go out.
        What you are saying is nothing new; I’ve been hearing the oceans and lakes are fished out since I’ve been a little kid. Yet, in LI Sound, the Farmington River, Twin Lakes, fishing has never been better.

        Brh

        • Gifford Pinchot pulled a fast one over Roosevelt’s dead body and the result was, as you indicate, the stocking of non-native fish.

          That “large scale stocking program” was an understatement- in many, if not most places, whatever wild species existed that weren’t destroyed by human disturbance were annihilated by intentional chemical poisoning.

          WWII air crews trained in high altitude bombing dropped cyanide capsules into remote lakes and elaborate poison delivery systems were stretched across wilderness rivers from bank to bank, destroying life indiscriminately.

          The effort turned a self-sustaining ecosystem into managed animal farming on a continental scale…

          Sunk cost fallacy keeps it all going and now, we’re seeing the whole scheme start to fail.

          • BackRowHeckler August 30, 2019 at 4:47 pm #

            Snacks

            You are a bright (gal) guy

          • Ol' Scratch August 30, 2019 at 4:56 pm #

            Please don’t feed the trolls. You should know better. Snacks is a poser.

        • K-Dog August 31, 2019 at 12:23 pm #

          An exception to prove the rule. TYVM.

          iucn.org/content/latest-review-science-reveals-ocean-critical-state

          You were not around in 1900. Nobody alive is. The argument and can easily be made that the world was in far far better shape than now. We could argue all day.

          But success stories are good. Please find more. They are few and far between.

      • RIB August 30, 2019 at 3:36 pm #

        Are these the same researchers that said Manhattan would be underwater by now?

        • K-Dog August 31, 2019 at 12:24 pm #

          No you just pulled that out of your troll ass.

          • SoftStarLight August 31, 2019 at 12:49 pm #

            So then there aren’t any researchers who predicted that Manhattan would be underwater by now? Jim Hansen, NASA’s climate expert said that parts of Manhattan would be underwater by 2018. It happened.

      • butter56 August 30, 2019 at 10:47 pm #

        The only thing that will help this is thinning the human herd

      • xxzzy999 August 31, 2019 at 2:30 pm #

        Maybe we should vote in the Bolshevik Bernie and the socialists….
        that should fix everything.

  2. thenuttyneutron August 30, 2019 at 10:27 am #

    2020 will be even more interesting than 2016!

    • Nightowl August 30, 2019 at 10:42 am #

      There will be an all-out effort via the Dems and Never Trumpers to steal the election via the voting machines.

      Trump looks poised to win, but I suspect we will see a no-holds-barred version of the Shrub strategy employed by the Uniparty.

      • Majella August 30, 2019 at 11:46 am #

        In what ways dies Trump look ‘poised to win’?

        • CancelMyCard August 30, 2019 at 12:00 pm #

          In what ways dies Trump . . . ?

          Let us count the way .

        • volodya August 30, 2019 at 12:03 pm #

          Majella, it’s a testament to the degradation of US politics that Trump won the last go.

          How could he have won but for the utter inadequacy of his adversaries? Look at who opposed him for the Republican nomination. The Democrats should have found it virtually impossible to find a nominee worse than Trump but they managed to. The same could apply to the next election.

          Here’s the plan for losing to Trump again: keep insulting Trump’s voters, keep denying they have legitimate interests, keep telling them their economic decline is entirely their fault or that they’ve been “left behind” like a family losing track of one of their kids at a road-side stop, keep denying the role of deliberate government policies orchestrated by the wealthy few, keep calling them cretins and racists for sticking up for themselves.

          If the Democrats stick to my plan for losing I guarantee they will lose. This is fool-proof, just keep doing what they’ve been doing and they WILL lose.

          • JohnAZ August 30, 2019 at 12:09 pm #

            Maybe it is a reflection of where our country as a whole has gone. The top three spiritual motivators today are:

            1. Money

            2. Money and

            3. Money.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 30, 2019 at 1:20 pm #

            Yes, we always hate those whom we have betrayed. The Elite offshored our industrial base leading to the ruin of tens of millions and an ongoing ruin of the remaining middle class. To admit this is impossible. Far easier and more satisfying to vilify the victims.

          • Nightowl August 30, 2019 at 5:00 pm #

            They also have no worthwhile candidates and are committed to destroying national sovereignty. Might get enough rubes to vote for that over time, but not yet.

            Over here in Germany, Merkel has failed as well. Her biggest mistake was openly saying nations need to start giving up sovereignty.

            One would think these politicos could outdo a businessman they claim is unintelligent. But hey ho …

          • Bill7 August 30, 2019 at 6:48 pm #

            Thing is, volodya, our Corporatist Dems are *fine* with losing.
            ‘Anybody but Sanders!’ is their motto.

          • venuspluto67 August 30, 2019 at 9:03 pm #

            It sure doesn’t help that the DNC’s current point-man can’t even remember the name of the president under whom he was vice-president.

        • RIB August 30, 2019 at 3:40 pm #

          It’ll be all over when senile Joe Biden announces that Chang Kai Sheik is still in control of mainland China

          • hmuller August 30, 2019 at 8:22 pm #

            Who knew that The Americans With Disabilities Act would require the Dems to nominate an Alzheimer’s patient!?

          • venuspluto67 August 30, 2019 at 9:05 pm #

            @hmuller: I agree with YouTube personality ShoeOnHead that the DNC should be charged with elder-abuse for making Biden run for prez.

    • TraffickingInDivinity August 30, 2019 at 11:51 am #

      Yes, 2020 will be the apex of the fight between the two extremes. Each side looks like a devil or angel, depending upon your allegiances. There is little to be learned from the two sides but much to be learned about the two sides fighting. Buckle up!

      • BackRowHeckler August 30, 2019 at 5:13 pm #

        A fight between 2 extremes like the 1860 election

        John Breckenridge and John Bell jumped in as outlier candidates in 1860, did pretty well. Same might happen in 2020, with Bloomberg and Tom Steyer announcing sometime next summer, throwing the PBS News Hour babes into a tizzy.

        Brh

        • hmuller August 30, 2019 at 8:26 pm #

          Next election we should bet Rachel Maddow, if Trump wins she must shave her head and get crude, visible prison tattoos. But then again, maybe it’s the look she’s always secretly wanted.

  3. Walter B August 30, 2019 at 10:28 am #

    Is it not truly amazing, the glacier like pace at which our “government” operates and yet in the end accomplishes nothing? Oh to sleep, perchance to dream……

    • DrTomSchmidt August 30, 2019 at 10:41 am #

      Yeah, but when they’re fighting amongst themselves, they tend to leave the rest of us alone, Walter. I’ve long abandoned the notion of any positive results on the Federal Level. Stasis is best; after all, the richest “mines” in America are the ones on K street, where a few million in capital can return billions in contracts.

    • JohnAZ August 30, 2019 at 10:59 am #

      Walter

      That IS the Deep State. Our representatives do nothing, really nothing, two or six years at a time, make as little noise as possible, stop all activity at the committee level so it does not become public, then go home six to twelve months before the next election to spend lots of money convincing their constituents how many wonderful things they have done for them. It must be exhausting, no wonder the Reps want to be Senators, then they only have to genuflect to their home folks every six years.

      In all ways possible, vote against the Deep State.

      Think about the above agenda, can you imagine why they hate a go-getter like Trump so much? Making waves, which he is so good at, is an anathema to the Deep State.

      The founders wanted a Federal government with very limited power, but the current flock of do-nothings have perfected the art of do-nothing.

      • K-Dog August 30, 2019 at 11:48 am #

        You call keeping you safe ‘nothing’?

        • JohnAZ August 30, 2019 at 12:04 pm #

          Safe from what? Give me a break. The biggest enemies of our way of life are domestic and are the problem not the solution.

          I think Reagan said that first.

          • Walter B August 30, 2019 at 12:54 pm #

            We they are not keeping us safe from ourselves and we certainly are our own worst enemy.

          • K-Dog August 31, 2019 at 12:34 pm #

            The biggest enemies of our way of life are domestic

            Be careful about that John. You might show who you really are with such talk. Mission security, do remember!.

            Would I be one of the domestic enemies? Of course I am. You tell me all the time. I want things different and better but your interest and the mission in your Plan Of The Day is to keep things the same as they are to a fatal flaw.

            It our nation is threatened pretend it ain’t so; you just said so.

            So say it ain’t so if you wish but since you mention Reagan, probably not a good idea. You already risk exposure as it is.

            The biggest enemies of our way of life are domestic

            You want to sell me some explosives too?

    • Janos Skorenzy August 30, 2019 at 1:23 pm #

      Everybody is going to get pardoned just like Comey just did. It’s all to keep the show going for the most part. Winning elections is a big part of the show. Those who are willing to do more – like the Clintons – rise to the top.

      • messianicdruid August 30, 2019 at 2:23 pm #

        If you are not willing to do less, at least RE-ELECT NOBODY.

      • Bill7 August 30, 2019 at 6:43 pm #

        Pardoned? Hell, there will be no need for pardons, since *no one of
        significance will even be indicted*.

        Fully agree, though, that it’s “all to keep the show going”.

        Wake me up when any of that changes…

      • SoftStarLight August 31, 2019 at 1:09 pm #

        I agree with you. I think they are all going to get away with it for the most part. They have not really been opposed in any serious way and the system rewards corruption. If the system can’t be redeemed it has to go.

        • cbeard September 1, 2019 at 4:58 pm #

          The child molester Epstein couldn’t be convicted the first time he was charged. Maybe he killed himself, maybe not. He died to protect the deep state, celebrity perverts, such as the Clintons, He may have committed suicide to escape a more horrendous fate. I don’t think any of the Comey, Brennan, etc. bunch will even be charged, much less convicted.

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  1. TraffickingInDivinity August 30, 2019 at 10:26 am #

    These shenanigans by the deep state are not just unconscionable but are the manifestation of the end of democracy. We are in deep state!

    • K-Dog August 30, 2019 at 11:19 am #

      A deep state with no fish for a deep fryer.

      ‘According to researchers, there will be no seaf­ood left to catch by 2048, except for jellyfish, which will thrive in the new, collapsed ecosystem. Luckily, they say th­at jellyfish have the same nutritional content as shrimp, which is pretty darn good.

      Fish gone by 2048

      A sustainability menu in sushi bar. There are such things.
      Trump doing anything about this?

      High and dry, Trump is only one fish we should fry.

      • JohnAZ August 30, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

        Trump doing anything about this?

        Give me a break!

        Let see, maybe he can get everyone into a line and shoot every other person until the overpopulation problem is past.

        Maybe he can destroy an industry by shutting down ocean harvest.

        Maybe the same with fossil fuels.

        Hey, what would you like to replace these livelihoods with, or maybe just put them into the overpopulation line?

        When the resource runs out, oil or seafood, problem solved. Right?

        • K-Dog August 31, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

          Yes maybe he could do SOMETHING!

          Maybe he can destroy and industry or two that is destroying the planet. Stop fishing boats with nets too long or who fish beyond quota or who use SLAVE LABOR.

          Maybe he could tell the truth about the finances and the physical state of the oil industry.

          You have freedom molecules leaking out of your ass.

      • Sushi is incredibly destructive. The industry is largely dominated by companies owned by the Rev. Sun Yung Moon’s Unification church (another Christian apocalyptic death cult).

        Around the world Sushi is beloved by millions yet every fish that makes it to a plate represents 9 other species caught, killed, and thrown overboard.

        The exploitation of the world’s oceans remains a lawless frontier largely plied by Asian fishing vessels beyond exclusive Economic zones (out 250 nautical miles from most international boundaries.

        Within these zones, marine life has been subjected to the equivalent of strip mining: ocean floor dredging, which destroys uncountable amounts of life necessary for the health of the ocean.

        With its religion-powered industrial markets (Chinese medicine, Korean and Japanese cult gastronomy) and brain-dead Liberal clientele in the West, the oceans have been pillaged, raped, and genocided to the point of total collapse.

        What is needed is a multilateral ocean force able to seize and destroy fishing vessels and sushi restaurants, but there is no political will since all the ocean-dominating nations of east and west are largely in thrall to the seafood cults, the food industry lobbyists, and the dependence of local “special snowflake” populations that persist in subsisting on industrial ocean harvest.

        Meanwhile the plastic and lead and mercury carried by ocean flesh meals continues to make its way into customers’ bodies, damaging brain cells already compromised…

        • newworld August 30, 2019 at 1:37 pm #

          Yep. That said when I first heard of a show called “Wicked Tuna” I thought just a total crap fest of exploitation TV. On actually watching it I think it puts a floor on bad behavior in the tuna biz.

        • SpeedyBB August 30, 2019 at 3:35 pm #

          Lil Deb,

          Came upon a terrifying report a year or so ago on the web on radioactivity in ocean catches. Some enterprising reporters took their set of radiation detectors (apparently you need several to measure different flavors of radiation) and waved them magically over high-priced San Fran sushi.

          Most of the fish reportedly set the needles a-thrill with the old Fukushima bounce. Question to expert: ‘Would you eat this fish?’ Head is shaken. ‘No way.’

          I went hunting for a ‘pocket detector’ I could surreptitiously scan seafood with, and that’s when I discovered it’s not just a little neat Radio Shack Geiger Counter that will do the job. There is too much hardware necessary to pony into the sushi joints – and testy chefs have exceedingly sharp & gleaming knives to point at spoilsports.

          Unfortunately when I went hunting for the article on the web I couldn’t dig it up, as I had lost the link. I continue to eat fish several times a week; it adds glow to my already-radiant personality.

        • RIB August 30, 2019 at 3:38 pm #

          What is needed is a man with some balls who’ll drive a red hot poker up your ass. Here’s an alternative: Get laid once in awhile, “Snacks”

          • JulieK August 30, 2019 at 6:12 pm #

            Mr. Kunstler, this deserves your attention. This ugly remark is beyond decency and should be removed. Please delete this.

          • hmuller August 30, 2019 at 8:14 pm #

            I’m sure RIB only meant a “metaphoric” red hot poker.

            What’s more Debs was the first to advocate violence, barely stopping short of calling for the murder of all sushi chefs,

            “multilateral ocean force able to seize and destroy fishing vessels and sushi restaurants”

            Oh what an unsavory kettle of fish!

          • SoftStarLight August 31, 2019 at 12:39 pm #

            The whole point of freedom of speech is to allow speech that is offensive, distasteful, etc. Why should a comment be deleted because you don’t like it? I thought it was gross too but so what. There are many other disgusting things said here and everywhere else online. Perhaps you should only go to sites where there is no possibility that you will be offended.

      • BackRowHeckler August 30, 2019 at 2:17 pm #

        Actually KDog, just the opposite is true.

        In 1900, Ct rivers were devoid of fish of any kind due to 200 years of paper mills and tanneries built on their banks.

        Teddy Roosevelt and our own Gifford Pincot came along, instituted reclamation projects, and cleaned up the rivers.

        Brown trout were brought in from Germany, large mouth Bass from Maryland, small mouth bass from the St Lawrence River, Salmon from the Columbia River in Washington, pickerel from Michigan … a large scale stocking program that continues to this day.

        Fish are plentiful, I catch my limit (trout) each time I go out.
        What you are saying is nothing new; I’ve been hearing the oceans and lakes are fished out since I’ve been a little kid. Yet, in LI Sound, the Farmington River, Twin Lakes, fishing has never been better.

        Brh

        • Gifford Pinchot pulled a fast one over Roosevelt’s dead body and the result was, as you indicate, the stocking of non-native fish.

          That “large scale stocking program” was an understatement- in many, if not most places, whatever wild species existed that weren’t destroyed by human disturbance were annihilated by intentional chemical poisoning.

          WWII air crews trained in high altitude bombing dropped cyanide capsules into remote lakes and elaborate poison delivery systems were stretched across wilderness rivers from bank to bank, destroying life indiscriminately.

          The effort turned a self-sustaining ecosystem into managed animal farming on a continental scale…

          Sunk cost fallacy keeps it all going and now, we’re seeing the whole scheme start to fail.

          • BackRowHeckler August 30, 2019 at 4:47 pm #

            Snacks

            You are a bright (gal) guy

          • Ol' Scratch August 30, 2019 at 4:56 pm #

            Please don’t feed the trolls. You should know better. Snacks is a poser.

        • K-Dog August 31, 2019 at 12:23 pm #

          An exception to prove the rule. TYVM.

          iucn.org/content/latest-review-science-reveals-ocean-critical-state

          You were not around in 1900. Nobody alive is. The argument and can easily be made that the world was in far far better shape than now. We could argue all day.

          But success stories are good. Please find more. They are few and far between.

      • RIB August 30, 2019 at 3:36 pm #

        Are these the same researchers that said Manhattan would be underwater by now?

        • K-Dog August 31, 2019 at 12:24 pm #

          No you just pulled that out of your troll ass.

          • SoftStarLight August 31, 2019 at 12:49 pm #

            So then there aren’t any researchers who predicted that Manhattan would be underwater by now? Jim Hansen, NASA’s climate expert said that parts of Manhattan would be underwater by 2018. It happened.

      • butter56 August 30, 2019 at 10:47 pm #

        The only thing that will help this is thinning the human herd

      • xxzzy999 August 31, 2019 at 2:30 pm #

        Maybe we should vote in the Bolshevik Bernie and the socialists….
        that should fix everything.

  2. thenuttyneutron August 30, 2019 at 10:27 am #

    2020 will be even more interesting than 2016!

    • Nightowl August 30, 2019 at 10:42 am #

      There will be an all-out effort via the Dems and Never Trumpers to steal the election via the voting machines.

      Trump looks poised to win, but I suspect we will see a no-holds-barred version of the Shrub strategy employed by the Uniparty.

      • Majella August 30, 2019 at 11:46 am #

        In what ways dies Trump look ‘poised to win’?

        • CancelMyCard August 30, 2019 at 12:00 pm #

          In what ways dies Trump . . . ?

          Let us count the way .

        • volodya August 30, 2019 at 12:03 pm #

          Majella, it’s a testament to the degradation of US politics that Trump won the last go.

          How could he have won but for the utter inadequacy of his adversaries? Look at who opposed him for the Republican nomination. The Democrats should have found it virtually impossible to find a nominee worse than Trump but they managed to. The same could apply to the next election.

          Here’s the plan for losing to Trump again: keep insulting Trump’s voters, keep denying they have legitimate interests, keep telling them their economic decline is entirely their fault or that they’ve been “left behind” like a family losing track of one of their kids at a road-side stop, keep denying the role of deliberate government policies orchestrated by the wealthy few, keep calling them cretins and racists for sticking up for themselves.

          If the Democrats stick to my plan for losing I guarantee they will lose. This is fool-proof, just keep doing what they’ve been doing and they WILL lose.

          • JohnAZ August 30, 2019 at 12:09 pm #

            Maybe it is a reflection of where our country as a whole has gone. The top three spiritual motivators today are:

            1. Money

            2. Money and

            3. Money.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 30, 2019 at 1:20 pm #

            Yes, we always hate those whom we have betrayed. The Elite offshored our industrial base leading to the ruin of tens of millions and an ongoing ruin of the remaining middle class. To admit this is impossible. Far easier and more satisfying to vilify the victims.

          • Nightowl August 30, 2019 at 5:00 pm #

            They also have no worthwhile candidates and are committed to destroying national sovereignty. Might get enough rubes to vote for that over time, but not yet.

            Over here in Germany, Merkel has failed as well. Her biggest mistake was openly saying nations need to start giving up sovereignty.

            One would think these politicos could outdo a businessman they claim is unintelligent. But hey ho …

          • Bill7 August 30, 2019 at 6:48 pm #

            Thing is, volodya, our Corporatist Dems are *fine* with losing.
            ‘Anybody but Sanders!’ is their motto.

          • venuspluto67 August 30, 2019 at 9:03 pm #

            It sure doesn’t help that the DNC’s current point-man can’t even remember the name of the president under whom he was vice-president.

        • RIB August 30, 2019 at 3:40 pm #

          It’ll be all over when senile Joe Biden announces that Chang Kai Sheik is still in control of mainland China

          • hmuller August 30, 2019 at 8:22 pm #

            Who knew that The Americans With Disabilities Act would require the Dems to nominate an Alzheimer’s patient!?

          • venuspluto67 August 30, 2019 at 9:05 pm #

            @hmuller: I agree with YouTube personality ShoeOnHead that the DNC should be charged with elder-abuse for making Biden run for prez.

    • TraffickingInDivinity August 30, 2019 at 11:51 am #

      Yes, 2020 will be the apex of the fight between the two extremes. Each side looks like a devil or angel, depending upon your allegiances. There is little to be learned from the two sides but much to be learned about the two sides fighting. Buckle up!

      • BackRowHeckler August 30, 2019 at 5:13 pm #

        A fight between 2 extremes like the 1860 election

        John Breckenridge and John Bell jumped in as outlier candidates in 1860, did pretty well. Same might happen in 2020, with Bloomberg and Tom Steyer announcing sometime next summer, throwing the PBS News Hour babes into a tizzy.

        Brh

        • hmuller August 30, 2019 at 8:26 pm #

          Next election we should bet Rachel Maddow, if Trump wins she must shave her head and get crude, visible prison tattoos. But then again, maybe it’s the look she’s always secretly wanted.

  3. Walter B August 30, 2019 at 10:28 am #

    Is it not truly amazing, the glacier like pace at which our “government” operates and yet in the end accomplishes nothing? Oh to sleep, perchance to dream……

    • DrTomSchmidt August 30, 2019 at 10:41 am #

      Yeah, but when they’re fighting amongst themselves, they tend to leave the rest of us alone, Walter. I’ve long abandoned the notion of any positive results on the Federal Level. Stasis is best; after all, the richest “mines” in America are the ones on K street, where a few million in capital can return billions in contracts.

    • JohnAZ August 30, 2019 at 10:59 am #

      Walter

      That IS the Deep State. Our representatives do nothing, really nothing, two or six years at a time, make as little noise as possible, stop all activity at the committee level so it does not become public, then go home six to twelve months before the next election to spend lots of money convincing their constituents how many wonderful things they have done for them. It must be exhausting, no wonder the Reps want to be Senators, then they only have to genuflect to their home folks every six years.

      In all ways possible, vote against the Deep State.

      Think about the above agenda, can you imagine why they hate a go-getter like Trump so much? Making waves, which he is so good at, is an anathema to the Deep State.

      The founders wanted a Federal government with very limited power, but the current flock of do-nothings have perfected the art of do-nothing.

      • K-Dog August 30, 2019 at 11:48 am #

        You call keeping you safe ‘nothing’?

        • JohnAZ August 30, 2019 at 12:04 pm #

          Safe from what? Give me a break. The biggest enemies of our way of life are domestic and are the problem not the solution.

          I think Reagan said that first.

          • Walter B August 30, 2019 at 12:54 pm #

            We they are not keeping us safe from ourselves and we certainly are our own worst enemy.

          • K-Dog August 31, 2019 at 12:34 pm #

            The biggest enemies of our way of life are domestic

            Be careful about that John. You might show who you really are with such talk. Mission security, do remember!.

            Would I be one of the domestic enemies? Of course I am. You tell me all the time. I want things different and better but your interest and the mission in your Plan Of The Day is to keep things the same as they are to a fatal flaw.

            It our nation is threatened pretend it ain’t so; you just said so.

            So say it ain’t so if you wish but since you mention Reagan, probably not a good idea. You already risk exposure as it is.

            The biggest enemies of our way of life are domestic

            You want to sell me some explosives too?

    • Janos Skorenzy August 30, 2019 at 1:23 pm #

      Everybody is going to get pardoned just like Comey just did. It’s all to keep the show going for the most part. Winning elections is a big part of the show. Those who are willing to do more – like the Clintons – rise to the top.

      • messianicdruid August 30, 2019 at 2:23 pm #

        If you are not willing to do less, at least RE-ELECT NOBODY.

      • Bill7 August 30, 2019 at 6:43 pm #

        Pardoned? Hell, there will be no need for pardons, since *no one of
        significance will even be indicted*.

        Fully agree, though, that it’s “all to keep the show going”.

        Wake me up when any of that changes…

      • SoftStarLight August 31, 2019 at 1:09 pm #

        I agree with you. I think they are all going to get away with it for the most part. They have not really been opposed in any serious way and the system rewards corruption. If the system can’t be redeemed it has to go.

        • cbeard September 1, 2019 at 4:58 pm #

          The child molester Epstein couldn’t be convicted the first time he was charged. Maybe he killed himself, maybe not. He died to protect the deep state, celebrity perverts, such as the Clintons, He may have committed suicide to escape a more horrendous fate. I don’t think any of the Comey, Brennan, etc. bunch will even be charged, much less convicted.

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