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One highly-favored entry, Mayor Pete (Buttigieg) of charming South Bend, Indiana, stepped into (and tripped over) a big fresh patty of mule poop over the weekend at a “town hall” meeting that was called to address the June 16 shooting of one Eric Logan, 54, by a police officer dispatched to check out “a suspicious individual going through cars” at 2:30 a.m. The officer said the suspect came at him with a knife. The officer failed to switch on his body-cam, or so the police department said. Conclusions were jumped to. Then, in the wee hours just before Mayor Pete’s June 24 town hall, another black man was killed and 10 other people wounded in the shoot-up of a watering hole called Kelly’s Pub.

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Leader-of-the-Pack (in the polls, anyway) Joe Biden stepped into it perhaps even deeper than Mayor Pete last week when he bragged about how well he was able to work with the old southern segregationist fossils, Herman Talmadge (GA) and James O. Eastland (MS), who were still around in the senate when “Uncle Joe” first came on the scene decades ago. “We didn’t agree on much,” the former Veep said, “but we got things done.” What’s more, the candidate averred, going perhaps a bridge too far, Senator Eastland “never called me ‘boy,’ he always called me ‘son,’” as if Mr. Biden might have been mistaken for a waiter in the senators’ dining room, with its old fashioned-ways and renowned bean soup.

Senator Cory Booker (NJ), a.k.a. “Spartacus,” aiming to “speak truth to power,” as gladiators are wont to do, jumped on the remarks as “hurtful and harmful to African Americans.” Mr. Biden, something of a political fossil himself now, shot back that Senator Booker should apologize to him for imputing he had racist proclivities. The rest of the pack joined the feeding frenzy. Bernie Sanders backed up Mr. Booker’s call for a Biden apology. Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA), criticizing her leading rival said, “I’m not here to criticize other Democrats, but it’s never okay to celebrate segregationists. Never.” Senator Kamala Harris piled on, calling Mr. Biden “misinformed and wrong.”

The week’s doings left the impression that the Democratic Party has turned into one big race hustle, with reparations for slavery as the centerpiece on the banquet table and recriminations for “white privilege” as the main course. Senator Warren added a gender hustle amuse bouche to the menu over the weekend with demands for “reparations for gay and lesbian couples” who had to file income taxes as individuals in the pre gay marriage days.

African Americans comprise about 12.3 percent of the US population and about 4.5 percent “identify as” LGBTetc. The Hispanic demographic is 18.1 percent and the Democratic Party has already got them covered with its official opposition to the immigration laws — though there is evidence that Hispanic US citizen-voters are not uniformly on-board with that pander.

Now the party will be hard put to come up with some goodies for the rest of the US population. But it appears that it has only punishments and persecutions in mind for them. This may be the way the world ends for the party first consolidated by Andy Jackson, the old white slavemaster rascal, whose sins were later redressed with the election of Barack Obama. Hustling their way to an election disaster in 2020, they play right into the small-ish hands of Mr. Trump, the Golden Golem of Greatness.


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  1. PeteAtomic June 24, 2019 at 10:32 am #

    “The week’s doings left the impression that the Democratic Party has turned into one big race hustle, with reparations for slavery as the centerpiece on the banquet table and recriminations for “white privilege” as the main course. ”

    That hits the nail right on the head there, Jim. It is one big race hustle. The democrat presidential candidates have few real solutions to national institutional cascading failure. So, the ‘easy’ fix to get power is to play with turning the US into a giant version of Yugoslavia around 1989. Watch how well that will turn out. When you see private militias roaming the countryside with names like “Johnson’s Tigers” and setting up roadblocks under the name of the Provisional Government of So-and-So, you’ll know the country is fucked.

    • JohnAZ June 24, 2019 at 10:40 am #

      Do you do hint that the reaction will be localization and every little burg will have its own identity? How will they decide which side they are supporting? Each household or neighborhood may have its own identity.

      Do I see a India Pakistan style separation coming?

      The Constitutional Americans get all the flyover states and the Gimmes get all the cities?

      Just wondering.

      • Ol' Scratch June 24, 2019 at 10:47 am #

        Red state / blue state seems to be the natural division line, for now at least, although big cities in red state land tend to go blue. Perhaps big cities won’t be so big anymore? Hard to say right now, but Balkanization of some sort certainly seems to be in the cards.

      • PeteAtomic June 24, 2019 at 8:36 pm #

        Well if we look at the last 40 some years, the divisions in serious civil disturbances have been divided on race lines, e.g.. the LA riots, the Ferguson, Missouri riots. I don’t know. Maybe a combination of political/race factions. Scratch may be right, I don’t know.
        We have a large, complicated country, and I think if anything some serious devolution of power from DC will create a power vacuum which then (?) who steps in (?) in some places state governments and their populations are cohesive enough, or blocs of regional states, however– southern California? Chicagoland? Forget it. Mad Max, here we come.

    • Neon Vincent June 24, 2019 at 10:47 am #

      I don’t share your dim assessment, which I view to be as much or more a right-wing fantasy than a left-wing one. That’s all I write about it, so I’m moving on to the debates.

      I prepared for this week’s debates by performing two analyses of the Democratic candidates’ ideologies and they go from far left to center-left. There are hardly any moderates among the field. The first used DW-NOMINATE scores from Voteview, which has data on every candidate that served in Congress. According to this source, the most liberal candidates are Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Bernie Sanders, while the most moderate are Amy Klobuchar and Michael Bennet. The only problem is that the candidates who never served in Congress don’t have Voteview scores. On the other hand, OnTheIssues.org has scores for all the candidates except Wayne Messam, although it has a page for him. According to this source, Bernie Sanders is the most liberal, followed by Warren, Harris, and Joe Biden (!). The two most moderate candidates are Steve Bullock and John Hickenlooper. As for Pete Butigieg, he’s probably the most moderate candidate with significant support, but he’s pretty much in the center of the Democratic field.

      All this talk about the debates reminds me it’s time to make a couple of drinking games. Wish me luck!

      • K-Dog June 24, 2019 at 11:15 am #

        People should vote for the pet dog. It will do as much good. All we get is a bottom feeder no matter who wins. America is about competition not cooperation and no politician in America has what America needs to survive much less prosper.

        All any Dem or Rep will do is turn up the heat!

      • SoftStarLight June 24, 2019 at 12:15 pm #

        Yes distraction indeed!!! Let’s not discuss the actual causes of what ail us. Lets discuss pointless debate and drinking games. That will save the day!!!

        • toktomi June 24, 2019 at 2:38 pm #

          @SSL

          Might just as well “discuss pointless”, I reckon, for what “ails us” most assuredly, I contend, is terminal; that is to say, there is no cure, no solution.

          By contrast, however, I would offer that the discussion to have might be something other than how to rearrange the deck chairs but more like, “who’s up for a silly game of staying alive through the collapse?” And who better to lead such a discussion is there than the world-made-by-hand man himself, James Howard Kunstler? Such a discussion might even run off a fair bit of the human detritus that draw sustenance from bigotry and hate.

          I could be wrong all counts.

          • SoftStarLight June 25, 2019 at 12:15 am #

            I don’t think you are wrong on all counts. It does indeed appear that our condition is terminal. I don’t know though that I am there yet when it comes to believing that there is no solution. Though some solutions may be so horrid as to render them as non-options. Honestly its all pretty scary when you think about collapse in general. Surely one can plan and prep and should.
            But what guarantee is there of survival? Silly question I know since eventually the mortality rate is 100% but you know what I mean.

            IMHO bigotry and hatred have existed in the human heart for as long as kindness and love have. You will find them all where you find people. The more important detail is how one copes with and manages them.

      • abbybwood June 24, 2019 at 2:44 pm #

        I find it odd there is no mention of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii who also happens to be an active Lt. Col. in the Hawaii National Guard and who also served two tours of duty in Iraq and sits on The Armed Services Committee.

        She will be in the first debate. She is a progressive and supports Medicare for All and stopping US regime change wars. Keep your eye on her tomorrow night.

        I read today where illegal immigration is the number one issue for Americans of both parties. Too bad the Democrat candidates are on the wrong side of the issue as the word “sovereign” appears to be dirty to them.

        But rest assured, if Google executives have their way there will be ZERO chance of another Trump election:

        projectveritas.com/2019/06/24/insider-blows-whistle-exec-reveals-google-plan-to-prevent-trump-situat…

        • PeteAtomic June 24, 2019 at 8:37 pm #

          She is interesting. I’d like to hear more from her.

      • PeteAtomic June 24, 2019 at 8:31 pm #

        Hi Neon, thanks for the links there. I’m gonna check out the scores.
        Much of not most of the democrat candidates offer unrealistic bandaids to the weight of systemic problems working people in particular face; Universal health care, universal college, a UBI, sundry social service programs– all of this can not be feasible with a military budget that is serving an Empire. So, something is gotta break– and with the power of the arms lobby in the US– I don’t see universal anything happening.

      • Uncle Bob June 24, 2019 at 11:28 pm #

        Allegedly, at the time he and The One were in the Senate, Biden and Barack the Magnificent ran one-two in the contest over who was the biggest lefty in the Senate, so him ranking fourth now shouldn’t be a giant surprise. (Biden’s leftism has to be the reason Obama picked as his running mate someone who made such stupidly racist comments as saying Obama was clean and articulate for a black man. Who the hell says something like that and isn’t instantly destroyed? Apparently Joseph Robinette Biden, the Homer Simpson of American politics.)

    • TraffickingInDivinity June 24, 2019 at 10:49 am #

      These Democratic bloaks will form a circular firing squad and get Trump re-elected. They are clueless and charismaless.

      • PeteAtomic June 25, 2019 at 8:45 pm #

        You are right, buddy. They have no charisma, that’s for sure. If you are gonna be a President of this complicated country, you better have charisma.

    • Walter B June 24, 2019 at 11:44 am #

      Yes Pete, it is the smart move to hand out bribes to those that will not work to get ahead for votes and the best place to get the loot to hand out is to steal it from those that have to most to be taken. What we whites have to do to save ourselves is become able to get the thieves to look to the Chinese and wealthy Indians to rob instead as they are amassing quite the piles themselves and accomplishing it all without any “privilege” at least so far.

      • abbybwood June 24, 2019 at 2:51 pm #

        Speaking of handing out bribes, Kamala Harris of the 3rd World State of Sanctuary California has declared that if elected President she will give all the teachers in the US a raise of $13,500/year!

        Do we have $15,000??? $15,000 from Sen. Booker!!! $16k?? Anyone???

        Why anyone would deliberately vote for such vile and corrupt slimeballs as this lot is beyond me (except for Gabbard).

        • Walter B June 24, 2019 at 3:00 pm #

          You hit the nail right on the head abby. The answer to you wondering who would vote the scum in lies in the fact that so many are on the payroll that they have enough power to keep the same old same old in place. The corruption is almost total IMHO.

      • PeteAtomic June 24, 2019 at 8:59 pm #

        “Yes Pete, it is the smart move to hand out bribes to those that will not work to get ahead for votes and the best place to get the loot to hand out is to steal it from those that have to most to be taken. ”

        yeah, that seems to be what is happening.

    • SoftStarLight June 24, 2019 at 12:11 pm #

      The balkanization process that you are referring to isn’t something the race hustling Democrats are instituting now because they have no other strategy for 2020. The balkanization process began when the immigration system changed in the 1960’s along with forced (by gunpoint) desegregation. That was the turning point that ensured America’s eventual demise. The Democrats are only making hay out of the failed system that both parties have allowed to exist. All politicians are responsible really. Who in politics is calling for a common identity and culture?

      • PeteAtomic June 24, 2019 at 8:59 pm #

        “Who in politics is calling for a common identity and culture?”

        great point. Nobody. It’s a shopping mall with a flag. Who would wanna die for that?

        • Walter B June 24, 2019 at 10:57 pm #

          Exactly Pete, they are calling for diversity because keeping us at each other’s throats keeps us away from going after theirs!

        • SoftStarLight June 25, 2019 at 12:26 am #

          Very true! And now the brick and mortar mall has been replaced by a virtual mall and the flag has been banned because it offended 0.03% of the population.

    • hmuller June 24, 2019 at 12:43 pm #

      Pete, a situation like you envision is unfolding in Oregon.

      The Governor and Democrat legislative majority are trying to institute carbon taxes, cap & trade (whatever they call it) The GOP legislators have disappeared into the hills to deny them a quorum.

      The governor has tasked the state troopers to round them up by force. One of the GOP legislators has made some strong statements about resisting arrest with lethal force. And now some good old local militia boys have decided to get into the act.

      It’s all a comic opera until someone gets killed. See link

      zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-23/oregon-militias-threaten-violence-over-gop-carbon-credit-standoff-capi…

      • BackRowHeckler June 24, 2019 at 2:05 pm #

        Has the governor thought about sending state troopers to round up illegals?

        • DrTomSchmidt June 24, 2019 at 6:05 pm #

          Thanks for the belly laugh!

        • gonetohell June 24, 2019 at 6:54 pm #

          Not exactly. He’s putting together a separate unit of enforcement he refers to as Gestapo 3.0.

      • PeteAtomic June 24, 2019 at 9:04 pm #

        wow

        ridiculous situation there. Some “democracy” at action! LOL round up the guys by force to do what.. I suppose they would be locked up somewhere until they ‘decided’ LOL to vote your way!

        that’s fucked

        • Majella June 25, 2019 at 5:54 pm #

          No, they just weren’t going to VOTE, or even debate, which is their elected responsibility after all. They’re deserters.

          • benr June 26, 2019 at 10:00 am #

            Or they see the issue for what it is a waste of time and energy.

          • Majella June 27, 2019 at 6:39 pm #

            Regardless, they have simply abdicated their democratic responsibility.

    • Janos Skorenzy June 24, 2019 at 1:11 pm #

      In Oregon, the Republican Senators fled because they didn’t want to participate in passing a draconian carbon emissions bill. The Governor told the State Police to arrest them. One of the missing Senators tweeted that they better come heavily armed. Playing for the crowd? Sure – but the crowd in deep red Oregon loves it. And a Democrat rally for the Bill was cancelled in Salem due to threats by a militia.

    • gonetohell June 24, 2019 at 6:48 pm #

      The fact that JHK, and the fools that hang on his every word, seemingly find nothing to pick apart in the Republican Party establishment, indicates a very low bar has been set as to what passes for intellect.

      • hmuller June 24, 2019 at 7:27 pm #

        If you feel that way about JHK and his troup of fools, I hear the Rachel Maddow site is welcoming new fans.

        • gonetohell June 25, 2019 at 12:25 am #

          I’ll have to get back to you. I’m still trying to find the word “troup” so I may give you an adequate response.

          • hmuller June 25, 2019 at 1:12 am #

            OK, “troupe” then. Doesn’t it ever get tiresome for you to look down on others as intellectually inferior? I would guess it defines your persona in real life, if you have one?

      • Uncle Bob June 24, 2019 at 11:37 pm #

        He can’t do it every column, one; and two, where else do you read about how corrupt and foolish the Democrat party has become? These 24 morons have more in common with Eugene Debs than they do with JFK, yet we’re to believe the great food warrior would’ve gone along with socialism and dragging down America for political gain. Is JHK supposed to ignore this and club Trump and the cowardly weasel, Paul Ryan, twice a week so your beliefs are affirmed?

      • Walter B June 25, 2019 at 12:10 am #

        Sorry g-t-h, but I do believe that the majority of us do in fact understand that the republicans are totally useless as well, hence the reason that Donald Trump was able to steamroll them all and get the republican nod. Trump did not defeat Hillary Clinton because he was a republican or because he was good, but because she was so damned bad and even evil! The fact that the democratic party has been hijacked by radical progressives who tend towards violence is an issue that may very well result in more republican victories, but that is no indicator that anyone is really happy with the party. They party people are all sellout garbage, both sides.

      • benr June 25, 2019 at 1:44 pm #

        I don’t think anyone will argue that Republicans are bad the argument and reality is that Democrats are worse in every measurable metric.

    • BlueGuyRedState June 26, 2019 at 5:18 pm #

      Substitute ‘class’ for ‘race’ and practically the same.

      White evangelicals are the core Trump base much like black churchgoers (many evangelical but not all) are the same for the DNC.

      If us Berniecrats and DSA types can convince black churchgoers to give Bernie the nomination he was robbed of in 2016, we might stave off the collapse of the Republic long enough to fix a few things.

      If not, look at the Oregon state house for a preview of coming attractions.

  2. JohnAZ June 24, 2019 at 10:33 am #

    One more for the Dems

    AOC was offered a trip to see the concentration camps in Europe by a holocaust survivor. She declined stating it was a right wing stunt.

    Ha, somebody has finally called her bluff on her stupidity. Hopefully someone in the media will place her on the ash heap of dumb politicians and quit covering everything she blathers.

    Maybe she should visit the border before she makes claims about something she has never seen.

    • Ol' Scratch June 24, 2019 at 10:38 am #

      She’s well meaning, but hopelessly naive. A young idealist who’s swum out into the deep water, only to find out that there’s man-eating things out there swimming with her.

      • malthuss June 24, 2019 at 11:12 am #

        NO WELL MEANING.

        Sorry.

        One more Marxist monster who loves capitalism. oxy moron.
        and a moron.

      • SoftStarLight June 24, 2019 at 12:22 pm #

        She actually is a plant. She was hired by the DNC after answering a casting call. Her mission is very specific. Apparently its working.

        • toktomi June 24, 2019 at 2:42 pm #

          @SSL

          A domestic Greta, as it were, eh?

          Well, hopefully, we can trust that she is at least not a crisis actor.

          …or is she?

          • SoftStarLight June 25, 2019 at 12:54 am #

            That’s a good question. I wish I had the answer. Some people believe she is a manufactured character altogether being played by Allison Williams. Apparently makeup, contacts, and a bit of cgi makes it all possible. Seems far-fetched but they say reality is stranger than fiction.

          • Walter B June 25, 2019 at 8:27 pm #

            I don’t care who claims that this has been debunked because this is how the system is worked:

            youtube.com/watch?v=1h5iv6sECGU

            Far too many people cannot see the truth when it is right in front of their faces, and that is a damned shame, but for those who can, well, there it is.

          • SoftStarLight June 26, 2019 at 1:05 am #

            Amazing how there always seems to be someone behind the curtains pulling the strings. And so it’s all theatrics to some degree or another. It seems like these special interest groups have done an amazing job at stacking Congress because everybody knows Congress don’t represent us. Whether they call themselves Progressives or Conservatives doesn’t really matter. The Truth is not in them.

          • toktomi June 26, 2019 at 2:32 am #

            @WB

            I’ve not seen that before.
            I love! it. It’s like, of course, a very shrewd variation on The Theme. She is no more disingenuous and controlled than any of her ilk. These folks are just new wave, completely cynical, and brutally efficient. It sounds perfect to me for a bullshit, rigged, and evil system. You go, girl!

            To comment on your reference to the fantasy known as “truth”, oh, please.

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  1. PeteAtomic June 24, 2019 at 10:32 am #

    “The week’s doings left the impression that the Democratic Party has turned into one big race hustle, with reparations for slavery as the centerpiece on the banquet table and recriminations for “white privilege” as the main course. ”

    That hits the nail right on the head there, Jim. It is one big race hustle. The democrat presidential candidates have few real solutions to national institutional cascading failure. So, the ‘easy’ fix to get power is to play with turning the US into a giant version of Yugoslavia around 1989. Watch how well that will turn out. When you see private militias roaming the countryside with names like “Johnson’s Tigers” and setting up roadblocks under the name of the Provisional Government of So-and-So, you’ll know the country is fucked.

    • JohnAZ June 24, 2019 at 10:40 am #

      Do you do hint that the reaction will be localization and every little burg will have its own identity? How will they decide which side they are supporting? Each household or neighborhood may have its own identity.

      Do I see a India Pakistan style separation coming?

      The Constitutional Americans get all the flyover states and the Gimmes get all the cities?

      Just wondering.

      • Ol' Scratch June 24, 2019 at 10:47 am #

        Red state / blue state seems to be the natural division line, for now at least, although big cities in red state land tend to go blue. Perhaps big cities won’t be so big anymore? Hard to say right now, but Balkanization of some sort certainly seems to be in the cards.

      • PeteAtomic June 24, 2019 at 8:36 pm #

        Well if we look at the last 40 some years, the divisions in serious civil disturbances have been divided on race lines, e.g.. the LA riots, the Ferguson, Missouri riots. I don’t know. Maybe a combination of political/race factions. Scratch may be right, I don’t know.
        We have a large, complicated country, and I think if anything some serious devolution of power from DC will create a power vacuum which then (?) who steps in (?) in some places state governments and their populations are cohesive enough, or blocs of regional states, however– southern California? Chicagoland? Forget it. Mad Max, here we come.

    • Neon Vincent June 24, 2019 at 10:47 am #

      I don’t share your dim assessment, which I view to be as much or more a right-wing fantasy than a left-wing one. That’s all I write about it, so I’m moving on to the debates.

      I prepared for this week’s debates by performing two analyses of the Democratic candidates’ ideologies and they go from far left to center-left. There are hardly any moderates among the field. The first used DW-NOMINATE scores from Voteview, which has data on every candidate that served in Congress. According to this source, the most liberal candidates are Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Bernie Sanders, while the most moderate are Amy Klobuchar and Michael Bennet. The only problem is that the candidates who never served in Congress don’t have Voteview scores. On the other hand, OnTheIssues.org has scores for all the candidates except Wayne Messam, although it has a page for him. According to this source, Bernie Sanders is the most liberal, followed by Warren, Harris, and Joe Biden (!). The two most moderate candidates are Steve Bullock and John Hickenlooper. As for Pete Butigieg, he’s probably the most moderate candidate with significant support, but he’s pretty much in the center of the Democratic field.

      All this talk about the debates reminds me it’s time to make a couple of drinking games. Wish me luck!

      • K-Dog June 24, 2019 at 11:15 am #

        People should vote for the pet dog. It will do as much good. All we get is a bottom feeder no matter who wins. America is about competition not cooperation and no politician in America has what America needs to survive much less prosper.

        All any Dem or Rep will do is turn up the heat!

      • SoftStarLight June 24, 2019 at 12:15 pm #

        Yes distraction indeed!!! Let’s not discuss the actual causes of what ail us. Lets discuss pointless debate and drinking games. That will save the day!!!

        • toktomi June 24, 2019 at 2:38 pm #

          @SSL

          Might just as well “discuss pointless”, I reckon, for what “ails us” most assuredly, I contend, is terminal; that is to say, there is no cure, no solution.

          By contrast, however, I would offer that the discussion to have might be something other than how to rearrange the deck chairs but more like, “who’s up for a silly game of staying alive through the collapse?” And who better to lead such a discussion is there than the world-made-by-hand man himself, James Howard Kunstler? Such a discussion might even run off a fair bit of the human detritus that draw sustenance from bigotry and hate.

          I could be wrong all counts.

          • SoftStarLight June 25, 2019 at 12:15 am #

            I don’t think you are wrong on all counts. It does indeed appear that our condition is terminal. I don’t know though that I am there yet when it comes to believing that there is no solution. Though some solutions may be so horrid as to render them as non-options. Honestly its all pretty scary when you think about collapse in general. Surely one can plan and prep and should.
            But what guarantee is there of survival? Silly question I know since eventually the mortality rate is 100% but you know what I mean.

            IMHO bigotry and hatred have existed in the human heart for as long as kindness and love have. You will find them all where you find people. The more important detail is how one copes with and manages them.

      • abbybwood June 24, 2019 at 2:44 pm #

        I find it odd there is no mention of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii who also happens to be an active Lt. Col. in the Hawaii National Guard and who also served two tours of duty in Iraq and sits on The Armed Services Committee.

        She will be in the first debate. She is a progressive and supports Medicare for All and stopping US regime change wars. Keep your eye on her tomorrow night.

        I read today where illegal immigration is the number one issue for Americans of both parties. Too bad the Democrat candidates are on the wrong side of the issue as the word “sovereign” appears to be dirty to them.

        But rest assured, if Google executives have their way there will be ZERO chance of another Trump election:

        projectveritas.com/2019/06/24/insider-blows-whistle-exec-reveals-google-plan-to-prevent-trump-situat…

        • PeteAtomic June 24, 2019 at 8:37 pm #

          She is interesting. I’d like to hear more from her.

      • PeteAtomic June 24, 2019 at 8:31 pm #

        Hi Neon, thanks for the links there. I’m gonna check out the scores.
        Much of not most of the democrat candidates offer unrealistic bandaids to the weight of systemic problems working people in particular face; Universal health care, universal college, a UBI, sundry social service programs– all of this can not be feasible with a military budget that is serving an Empire. So, something is gotta break– and with the power of the arms lobby in the US– I don’t see universal anything happening.

      • Uncle Bob June 24, 2019 at 11:28 pm #

        Allegedly, at the time he and The One were in the Senate, Biden and Barack the Magnificent ran one-two in the contest over who was the biggest lefty in the Senate, so him ranking fourth now shouldn’t be a giant surprise. (Biden’s leftism has to be the reason Obama picked as his running mate someone who made such stupidly racist comments as saying Obama was clean and articulate for a black man. Who the hell says something like that and isn’t instantly destroyed? Apparently Joseph Robinette Biden, the Homer Simpson of American politics.)

    • TraffickingInDivinity June 24, 2019 at 10:49 am #

      These Democratic bloaks will form a circular firing squad and get Trump re-elected. They are clueless and charismaless.

      • PeteAtomic June 25, 2019 at 8:45 pm #

        You are right, buddy. They have no charisma, that’s for sure. If you are gonna be a President of this complicated country, you better have charisma.

    • Walter B June 24, 2019 at 11:44 am #

      Yes Pete, it is the smart move to hand out bribes to those that will not work to get ahead for votes and the best place to get the loot to hand out is to steal it from those that have to most to be taken. What we whites have to do to save ourselves is become able to get the thieves to look to the Chinese and wealthy Indians to rob instead as they are amassing quite the piles themselves and accomplishing it all without any “privilege” at least so far.

      • abbybwood June 24, 2019 at 2:51 pm #

        Speaking of handing out bribes, Kamala Harris of the 3rd World State of Sanctuary California has declared that if elected President she will give all the teachers in the US a raise of $13,500/year!

        Do we have $15,000??? $15,000 from Sen. Booker!!! $16k?? Anyone???

        Why anyone would deliberately vote for such vile and corrupt slimeballs as this lot is beyond me (except for Gabbard).

        • Walter B June 24, 2019 at 3:00 pm #

          You hit the nail right on the head abby. The answer to you wondering who would vote the scum in lies in the fact that so many are on the payroll that they have enough power to keep the same old same old in place. The corruption is almost total IMHO.

      • PeteAtomic June 24, 2019 at 8:59 pm #

        “Yes Pete, it is the smart move to hand out bribes to those that will not work to get ahead for votes and the best place to get the loot to hand out is to steal it from those that have to most to be taken. ”

        yeah, that seems to be what is happening.

    • SoftStarLight June 24, 2019 at 12:11 pm #

      The balkanization process that you are referring to isn’t something the race hustling Democrats are instituting now because they have no other strategy for 2020. The balkanization process began when the immigration system changed in the 1960’s along with forced (by gunpoint) desegregation. That was the turning point that ensured America’s eventual demise. The Democrats are only making hay out of the failed system that both parties have allowed to exist. All politicians are responsible really. Who in politics is calling for a common identity and culture?

      • PeteAtomic June 24, 2019 at 8:59 pm #

        “Who in politics is calling for a common identity and culture?”

        great point. Nobody. It’s a shopping mall with a flag. Who would wanna die for that?

        • Walter B June 24, 2019 at 10:57 pm #

          Exactly Pete, they are calling for diversity because keeping us at each other’s throats keeps us away from going after theirs!

        • SoftStarLight June 25, 2019 at 12:26 am #

          Very true! And now the brick and mortar mall has been replaced by a virtual mall and the flag has been banned because it offended 0.03% of the population.

    • hmuller June 24, 2019 at 12:43 pm #

      Pete, a situation like you envision is unfolding in Oregon.

      The Governor and Democrat legislative majority are trying to institute carbon taxes, cap & trade (whatever they call it) The GOP legislators have disappeared into the hills to deny them a quorum.

      The governor has tasked the state troopers to round them up by force. One of the GOP legislators has made some strong statements about resisting arrest with lethal force. And now some good old local militia boys have decided to get into the act.

      It’s all a comic opera until someone gets killed. See link

      zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-23/oregon-militias-threaten-violence-over-gop-carbon-credit-standoff-capi…

      • BackRowHeckler June 24, 2019 at 2:05 pm #

        Has the governor thought about sending state troopers to round up illegals?

        • DrTomSchmidt June 24, 2019 at 6:05 pm #

          Thanks for the belly laugh!

        • gonetohell June 24, 2019 at 6:54 pm #

          Not exactly. He’s putting together a separate unit of enforcement he refers to as Gestapo 3.0.

      • PeteAtomic June 24, 2019 at 9:04 pm #

        wow

        ridiculous situation there. Some “democracy” at action! LOL round up the guys by force to do what.. I suppose they would be locked up somewhere until they ‘decided’ LOL to vote your way!

        that’s fucked

        • Majella June 25, 2019 at 5:54 pm #

          No, they just weren’t going to VOTE, or even debate, which is their elected responsibility after all. They’re deserters.

          • benr June 26, 2019 at 10:00 am #

            Or they see the issue for what it is a waste of time and energy.

          • Majella June 27, 2019 at 6:39 pm #

            Regardless, they have simply abdicated their democratic responsibility.

    • Janos Skorenzy June 24, 2019 at 1:11 pm #

      In Oregon, the Republican Senators fled because they didn’t want to participate in passing a draconian carbon emissions bill. The Governor told the State Police to arrest them. One of the missing Senators tweeted that they better come heavily armed. Playing for the crowd? Sure – but the crowd in deep red Oregon loves it. And a Democrat rally for the Bill was cancelled in Salem due to threats by a militia.

    • gonetohell June 24, 2019 at 6:48 pm #

      The fact that JHK, and the fools that hang on his every word, seemingly find nothing to pick apart in the Republican Party establishment, indicates a very low bar has been set as to what passes for intellect.

      • hmuller June 24, 2019 at 7:27 pm #

        If you feel that way about JHK and his troup of fools, I hear the Rachel Maddow site is welcoming new fans.

        • gonetohell June 25, 2019 at 12:25 am #

          I’ll have to get back to you. I’m still trying to find the word “troup” so I may give you an adequate response.

          • hmuller June 25, 2019 at 1:12 am #

            OK, “troupe” then. Doesn’t it ever get tiresome for you to look down on others as intellectually inferior? I would guess it defines your persona in real life, if you have one?

      • Uncle Bob June 24, 2019 at 11:37 pm #

        He can’t do it every column, one; and two, where else do you read about how corrupt and foolish the Democrat party has become? These 24 morons have more in common with Eugene Debs than they do with JFK, yet we’re to believe the great food warrior would’ve gone along with socialism and dragging down America for political gain. Is JHK supposed to ignore this and club Trump and the cowardly weasel, Paul Ryan, twice a week so your beliefs are affirmed?

      • Walter B June 25, 2019 at 12:10 am #

        Sorry g-t-h, but I do believe that the majority of us do in fact understand that the republicans are totally useless as well, hence the reason that Donald Trump was able to steamroll them all and get the republican nod. Trump did not defeat Hillary Clinton because he was a republican or because he was good, but because she was so damned bad and even evil! The fact that the democratic party has been hijacked by radical progressives who tend towards violence is an issue that may very well result in more republican victories, but that is no indicator that anyone is really happy with the party. They party people are all sellout garbage, both sides.

      • benr June 25, 2019 at 1:44 pm #

        I don’t think anyone will argue that Republicans are bad the argument and reality is that Democrats are worse in every measurable metric.

    • BlueGuyRedState June 26, 2019 at 5:18 pm #

      Substitute ‘class’ for ‘race’ and practically the same.

      White evangelicals are the core Trump base much like black churchgoers (many evangelical but not all) are the same for the DNC.

      If us Berniecrats and DSA types can convince black churchgoers to give Bernie the nomination he was robbed of in 2016, we might stave off the collapse of the Republic long enough to fix a few things.

      If not, look at the Oregon state house for a preview of coming attractions.

  2. JohnAZ June 24, 2019 at 10:33 am #

    One more for the Dems

    AOC was offered a trip to see the concentration camps in Europe by a holocaust survivor. She declined stating it was a right wing stunt.

    Ha, somebody has finally called her bluff on her stupidity. Hopefully someone in the media will place her on the ash heap of dumb politicians and quit covering everything she blathers.

    Maybe she should visit the border before she makes claims about something she has never seen.

    • Ol' Scratch June 24, 2019 at 10:38 am #

      She’s well meaning, but hopelessly naive. A young idealist who’s swum out into the deep water, only to find out that there’s man-eating things out there swimming with her.

      • malthuss June 24, 2019 at 11:12 am #

        NO WELL MEANING.

        Sorry.

        One more Marxist monster who loves capitalism. oxy moron.
        and a moron.

      • SoftStarLight June 24, 2019 at 12:22 pm #

        She actually is a plant. She was hired by the DNC after answering a casting call. Her mission is very specific. Apparently its working.

        • toktomi June 24, 2019 at 2:42 pm #

          @SSL

          A domestic Greta, as it were, eh?

          Well, hopefully, we can trust that she is at least not a crisis actor.

          …or is she?

          • SoftStarLight June 25, 2019 at 12:54 am #

            That’s a good question. I wish I had the answer. Some people believe she is a manufactured character altogether being played by Allison Williams. Apparently makeup, contacts, and a bit of cgi makes it all possible. Seems far-fetched but they say reality is stranger than fiction.

          • Walter B June 25, 2019 at 8:27 pm #

            I don’t care who claims that this has been debunked because this is how the system is worked:

            youtube.com/watch?v=1h5iv6sECGU

            Far too many people cannot see the truth when it is right in front of their faces, and that is a damned shame, but for those who can, well, there it is.

          • SoftStarLight June 26, 2019 at 1:05 am #

            Amazing how there always seems to be someone behind the curtains pulling the strings. And so it’s all theatrics to some degree or another. It seems like these special interest groups have done an amazing job at stacking Congress because everybody knows Congress don’t represent us. Whether they call themselves Progressives or Conservatives doesn’t really matter. The Truth is not in them.

          • toktomi June 26, 2019 at 2:32 am #

            @WB

            I’ve not seen that before.
            I love! it. It’s like, of course, a very shrewd variation on The Theme. She is no more disingenuous and controlled than any of her ilk. These folks are just new wave, completely cynical, and brutally efficient. It sounds perfect to me for a bullshit, rigged, and evil system. You go, girl!

            To comment on your reference to the fantasy known as “truth”, oh, please.

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