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The Party of Chaos is draping its narrow shoulders in black crepe this Fourth of July, putting on funereal airs, which is actually just another cynical act in their remorseless performance of pretending to care about our country, as everything they touch goes to shit, blood, and ruin. Anything not that, they would like you believe, is “right-wing extremism” and “domestic terrorism.” Such as reminding your fellow citizens that there’s an upside to the rule-of-law and free speech, two niceties of the constitution the Party of Chaos is working hard to dispose of.

Understand that this Party of Chaos is insane, and rejoice this holiday weekend that you are not them. Independence, after all, was not just throwing off the yoke of King George III, but of establishing conditions for a people to thrive and pursue happiness without nefarious interference by vicious authorities of a leviathan state. That was something worth fighting for in 1776 and worth fighting for now.

One such battle was decided this week in the US Supreme Court: West Virginia v EPA, about US government agencies under the executive branch usurping legislative and judicial prerogatives — in this case to enforce “Green New Deal” policies on the electric power industry by agency fiat, as if by law. No-can-do, the SCOTUS said in a 6-3 decision. The ruling will tend to quash the growing tyranny of the unelected federal bureaucracy issuing diktats that nobody has voted for, like the Department of Education’s increasingly insane use of the 1972 Title IX [nine] update of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to jam biological male transsexuals into women’s sports and locker rooms.

Much of this agency mischief has emanated in recent years from whoever is in the White House issuing executive orders to get around a recalcitrant Congress. Barack Obama was especially prolific at it and now the junta behind “Joe Biden” is trying to emulate Mr. O. The upshot is that the Green New Deal is dead because even a Democratic majority Congress is too chicken to vote for measures likely to bring down the electric grid and put an end to mass motoring (though current trends suggest exactly that outcome is in the cards even without government action).

The ruling also tends to foil the World Economic Forum’s effort to re-set Western Civ as a transhuman technocratic “green” nirvana. Rather, the USA and Euroland are on the express track to a Palookaville of grubby, post-industrial, neo-medieval hardship. Try to imagine Mark Zuckerberg’s Metaverse minus reliable electric service. All you’re left with is an ill-dressed schmuck wearing goggles in a dark, empty room. Not to mention the technocrat elite’s wished-for boons of computer-enabled eternal life and never-ending orgasm. Fugettabowdit. Mr. Zuckerberg will be lucky months from now if he can avoid being clamped to a stake and torched by the angered new peasantry he helped to create.

War is not the glorious romp it used to be, either, in the days of caparisoned hussars and grenadiers in colorful enfilade. Now it’s more like being a swarm of gnats in a bug-zapper: pfffftttt… and you’re just one of ten thousand fellow gnats parlayed into the plane of ignominious nonexistence, sans accolades and salutes. Thus, our supremely stupid campaign against Russia in Ukraine, which is so not going well that it is hard to find a comparable strategic fiasco in history.

Of course, strategic fiascos are “Joe Biden’s” specialty. Even his former running mate, Mr. O, acknowledged that “you can’t overestimate [“JB’s”] ability to fuck things up.” The alleged current president wanted desperately to bog down his nemesis, Vlad Putin, in the Ukrainian buzzard flats, hoping that Russia would roll over and die. But, lo and behold, it’s not working, not even with that $50-billion “JB” supposedly wired to Kiev. Instead, it’s America and our NATO allies who are circling the drain. Remember all those humming factories we won the Second World War with? They don’t exist anymore. Try prosecuting an industrial war without any industry. Decreasingly, too, our oil production, thanks explicitly to “Joe Biden’s” policies. Next, he’ll beg Mr. Putin for a discount on Russian oil while threatening to punch him in the face. I hope you’re prepared to lose this one as badly as we lost Afghanistan.

Life for us will get simpler, for sure, but it doesn’t have to be a trip back to the eleventh century. Mere months remain before the Party of Chaos has its near-death experience at the polls and we can begin to contemplate a change of course that allows us to remain a civilized nation of law and liberty, despite all the damage done. I’m celebrating this Fourth of July by mindfully declaring the independence of the country I love from the regime of grifters, tyrants, and sadists temporarily occupying the power centers of Washington, DC. I hope you will join me and do likewise.


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  1. NickelthroweR July 1, 2022 at 9:54 am #

    Greetings,

    If my opponents wish to lock themselves in the Metaverse then I will be the last to stop them. If they wish to consume mountains of high fructose corn syrup then I will be the last to stop them. If they believe that government will perpetually supply them with all of their needs then I won’t interfere.

    As I see it, we are now in the 7th inning stretch – a calm before game play resumes. In these final innings, though, the players will be attacking one another with their bats and balls.

    • benr July 1, 2022 at 10:03 am #

      I agree with you up to a point.
      As a working American who sees roughly half of his wages go straight to the government coffers it frustrates me to no end as I talk to the people in my life who shrug and walk over to the mailbox for the government check to sit on their ass.
      California just added another .3 cent tax to gas even as gas prices are shooting for the moon.
      Out of touch Politicians continue to demand ever more of our dwindling wages while also increasing minimum wage.
      The average is now 26 an hour to flip burgers and the average price of a burger is damn near $10 dollars everywhere now.
      All this is doing is destroying the middle class at a faster rate.

      • NickelthroweR July 1, 2022 at 10:22 am #

        Independence is going to have to happen one person at a time. Yes, there will be hardships but the rewards outweigh them. Allow me to explain.

        If you are plugged into the matrix – whether government or corporate then you find yourself with very limited options as to what you can do with yourself. This became undeniable during Covid1984. Mask up, shut up, and inject yourself with poison or no $$ for you was how it all went down.

        If you already had your side hustles, network, off grid options, PM’s, crypto, etc then none of that pertained to you – none of it.

        Don’t wait for someone to lead you to independence – free yourself today.

        • JohnAZ July 1, 2022 at 10:30 am #

          One of the biggest problems with technological advancement is that evil uses it as well as good.

          Right now, evil seems to be advancing much faster than good. The internet is a monster gone bad.

          • NickelthroweR July 1, 2022 at 10:54 am #

            Nothing defeats technology like the forests that surround my home. In reality, it is more like a rainforest given how much it rains here. Anyway, once you are 10 feet inside of the forest, you may as well be 100 miles inside the forest. The canopy hides you from drones and the forest floor is so thick that movement through the forest is a challenge. The forest can defeat the evil that you speak of.

            If you live in the concrete jungle then that isn’t true. You are pinged, tracked, and photographed hundreds (if not thousands) of times daily. There is no place to hide and if your owners demand that you inject yourself with poison then you have but no option.

            Lots of people tell me how when the shtf happens that they will just roll on out into rural areas and just take our stuff. That is the evil that I’m preparing for.

          • shotho July 1, 2022 at 11:00 am #

            Agree, we are chocking on the technology which spawns an ever increasing bureaucracy to service it and control us. Violence is ugly and dehumanizing, but inevitable.

          • elysianfield July 1, 2022 at 12:17 pm #

            “Lots of people tell me how when the shtf happens that they will just roll on out into rural areas and just take our stuff. That is the evil that I’m preparing for.’

            Nickel,
            …Got “28’s”?

        • D from OR July 1, 2022 at 11:31 am #

          Great comment Nickel.

          Independence is something one needs to cultivate yet some don’t understand it requires detachment from the various systems they’re entwined in. They simply don’t have the strength or courage to break away.

          We been surprised in how some have not seen our sacrifices for independence as worthy (for example wondering why we keep side-hustles…why no credit cards…). Instead we are often seen as a bit eccentric, opinionated, different and difficult or perhaps even kooky. Never independent!

          • messianicdruid July 1, 2022 at 11:53 am #

            “The forest can defeat the evil that you speak of.”

            Plant oaks then.

          • NickelthroweR July 1, 2022 at 12:57 pm #

            Independence, as you’ve stated, is a journey. It isn’t a light switch or a flip of the coin. Independence isn’t, to use a common word, “binary”.

            With each decision that we make, we should ask ourselves “Does this make me more or less free?” A lot of grief can be avoided by asking that simple question.

            Does living in an HOA make you more or less free?
            Does working for a large corporation make you more or less free?

            It can even be something as basic as – does having a wood stove and a stockpile of wood make me more independent? Which offers more benefits – an electric chainsaw that I can charge up with a solar panel or a chainsaw that requires fuels that the government is trying to ban?

            If independence rather than comfort and convenience drive your decision making then one day you’ll wake up and realize that you can survive outside of the Matrix. You get to be the person telling the screeching harpies demanding obedience to just shove it.

        • Lyndy33 July 1, 2022 at 5:26 pm #

          I agree but it is not as simple as you imply when you have a family and not much in surplus to leverage into independence.

      • Beryl of Oyl July 1, 2022 at 10:44 am #

        Benr, I know people who drive for a living, who frequent McDonald’s and other fast food outlets. The high cost of a burger is just another hit on their ability to make a living; and once you can’t make a living doing a tough job, unless you are desperate, you quit doing it and do something else.

        Before anyone comes at me with the bumper sticker about Mickey D’s and obesity, I would like to point out that McDonald’s “frequent fliers” are no more likely to be seriously overweight than the rest of the population, and the notion that eating there was causing the obesity problem came from a performance artist’s film that was more about eating too much than the food.

        For some reason late night hosts picked up the idea and ran with it, which leads me to belief there was a deliberate effort coming from somewhere to brand places that sold hamburgers as a public health threat or something.

        Not everyone who drives to keep America working, drives a big rig.
        It’s becoming more and more imprctical for them to keep doing their jobs, and it looks like it is by design.

        • Walter B July 1, 2022 at 10:54 am #

          I don’t know Beryl, certainly not everyone who frequents FF joints is a Land Barge, but many of the beasts certainly do and if you look at the calory counts of the meals, the most popular ones all push almost 1,000 calories. That’s a lot if you are not doing enough to burn it off and with so many of us getting older and more likely to be working in a chair all day, it is certainly a contributing factor.

          • Beryl of Oyl July 1, 2022 at 11:24 am #

            The McDonald’s customer is, if anything, slightly thinner than the average.

            Go and look. Don’t go inside, though, or Jarek will have something to say.

          • Jarek July 1, 2022 at 11:45 am #

            You eat at fast food restaurants but then denied for the sake of vanity. Now you deny it again. Before the cock crows, you will have denied three times.

          • Walter B July 1, 2022 at 12:06 pm #

            The only cock that is crowing is you Jarek. You don’t know jack shit about my situation. Vanity, bullshit! I got pissed off at not being able to tie my shoes and my bone-on-bone right knee was begging for a lighter load as well as all of my other arthritis issues. It was completely for health reasons so no need to apologize, just STFU. And it is working marvelously, I feel a heck of a lot better, I just got lazy and careless and that is now corrected.

          • Jarek July 1, 2022 at 12:11 pm #

            Walt: I was talking to Beryl.

          • Walter B July 1, 2022 at 12:15 pm #

            My apology Jarak, sorry about that.

          • Bilejones July 2, 2022 at 7:49 am #

            My 6′ 4″ 150 lb son is apparently going through a growth spurt.
            He was delighted at the 2,000 calorie lunch he picked up at Chipotle last week for only $12.

        • pyrrhus July 1, 2022 at 11:07 am #

          Absolutely, it’s just part of the UN’s war on meat..But I’ll take burgers anytime over bugs and the nauseating concoction they call lab meat…

          • Jarek July 1, 2022 at 11:46 am #

            Is what McDonald’s serves, meat? None of this will affect them. Bug burgers anyone?

      • Walter B July 1, 2022 at 10:45 am #

        That is amazing benr, $26/hr for fast food work, but then it IS important work as far as the government goes. The government’s multi-tentacled strategy that starts with public school distraction & programming is clearly augmented by the shoveling of human growth hormone laced garbage down the gullets of the behemoth class slobs to keep them fat, happy, and on the couch.

        I myself lost a total of 50 pounds during April and May, part of which was accomplished by completely refraining from the drive thru fat factories. I am finding that in these dark days, the scale of monetary compensation has become directly proportional to the amount of damage and downright evil accomplished by the services provided. It has become soul selling in its most advanced form.

        • BackRowHeckler July 1, 2022 at 11:47 am #

          Wow 50 lbs in a few months is amazing Walter.

          I saw you interviewed on a podcast and you looked to be in pretty good shape.

          • Walter B July 1, 2022 at 12:12 pm #

            Thank you for that. I have a big frame and the weight spread out a lot better on me than some people have, but I was still way too fat. A lot of it was an egg sandwich and coffee on the way to town hall, four hours in a chair at the computer, two slices of pizza for lunch and then a big dinner and a six pack.

            Once I was out of office and got my life back, I got pissed off and started eating a lot less and a lot better. There clearly IS solace in food for those under far too much stress and food being so easily available. God has been good to me, and I am thankful for that too.

          • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 12:47 am #

            YES when you are not miserable in a job it’s amazing how much healthier you get.

        • Jarek July 1, 2022 at 12:10 pm #

          No wonder you hate land whales. You were in danger of becoming one.

          But yes, bravo. That’s a lot of weight in a very short time.

          • Walter B July 1, 2022 at 12:15 pm #

            Please do not put words in my mouth, I hate no one, but I do feel very sorry for those that lose control and grow far too large for I too have erred in that way and know that it is not a good place to be.

          • MaryQueen July 1, 2022 at 9:05 pm #

            But that’s Jarek’s specialty (putting words in your mouth) but he gets super triggered if someone puts a Mickey D’s burger in theirs.

        • Daddyotis July 1, 2022 at 4:13 pm #

          What podcast were you interviewed on, Walter, and how might I be able to listen to it?

          • Walter B July 2, 2022 at 11:40 am #

            Just click on my name, Walter B which is in green and you will be taken to the You Tube video.

      • Q. Shtik July 1, 2022 at 12:26 pm #

        the people in my life who shrug and walk over to the mailbox for the government check – benr

        =========

        I’m pretty sure you meant the part about the mailbox metaphorically. I’d estimate that 99 out of 100 have such government checks ‘direct deposited.’

        • Ron Anselmo July 1, 2022 at 12:49 pm #

          Q – you are absolutely correct sir.

          The reason for that is to make the transfer opaque, so people have a hard time putting their finger on the staggering amount of people on the dole.

          Same reason “food stamps” went to EBT cards – to appear as just another “credit card” transaction in the grocery store line. Eight of 10 in line could be on assistance but no one knows the difference.

          Both are meant to disguise the magnitude of poverty “out there”.

      • Paula D July 1, 2022 at 2:23 pm #

        Fast food is essential but the workers don’t deserve a living wage?
        Fast food workers have to be kept on food stamps in order to subsidize the ”middle class”?
        I don’t’ see the logic.

        • benr July 1, 2022 at 4:18 pm #

          Of course, you don’t no surprise there.

          Minimum wage is not meant for head of household.
          It’s meant for high school kids and college students.

          • MaryQueen July 1, 2022 at 4:44 pm #

            Sure, before the 1980s when all the industrial jobs were shipped overseas.

            I see plenty heads of households working as cashiers at grocery stores, too. I’m guessing that wasn’t in their plans. Lots of them are college grads.

      • diamondlou July 3, 2022 at 2:43 am #

        make a friend of inflation…

      • Anthea July 4, 2022 at 5:56 pm #

        It’s probably a good deal more than half your wages that are being confiscated. There’s the sales tax on everything you buy and the property taxes, gasoline taxes, and personal property taxes, for starters. The high cost of medical care is another tax. There are probably many more that I’m missing.

    • Woodchuck July 1, 2022 at 11:15 am #

      Just as there are alternative news websites that stray from the mainstream narratives, there are also “alternative history” websites. I find some of them of interest as long as they can document their claims. The Mad Monarch argues on his site that for the last few thousand years or so, the statistical average lifespan of democracies and republics is around 250 years. Using those numbers, a claim can be made that we are an average republic and we’re at our 250 year expiration date. Not something most people wish to hear about. But let’s talk about King George III since JHK mentions him.

      copy pasted:

      “What better monarch to feature for a July 4th post than His Majesty King George III? He may be the only monarch in the history of the world to be vilified in the founding documents of another country. What is sadly, even criminally unjust, is that King George III was as far from being a cruel, despotic tyrant as any man could be. He was, in fact, an upright, generous man of simple tastes, extremely devoted to his family and could, with relatively little opposition I think, be considered the most able and admirable monarch of the Hanoverian dynasty of Britain. This monarch who came to be so hated in America was very popular in Britain, even beloved. He was the first king of the House of Hannover not to speak with a German accent, who considered himself truly “British” rather than a German who simply tolerated Britain for the brief periods he had to stay on the island. It can honestly be said that George III was the first truly British monarch to reign since the death of Queen Anne. What is more ironic, is that he was quite popular in the American colonies as well, the attachment to the Crown being the only thing which really prevented independence from being declared much sooner.”

      http://madmonarchist.blogspot.com/2009/07/monarch-profile-king-george-iii.html

      • Anthea July 4, 2022 at 6:00 pm #

        Others have said that the average lifespan of a state system is about 250 years. Ancient Rome is the most notable exception.

      • Anthea July 4, 2022 at 6:05 pm #

        It’s also been said that what really kicked of the American Revolution was that Britain had forbidden settlement of western lands. Many, if not most, of the founding fathers had made fortunes in land speculation. They were very displeased by having such opportunities shut off.

    • Jarek July 1, 2022 at 11:41 am #

      Yes, once they upload themselves to the Cloud, download them into a single machine – a Prisoner of Azkheban (sp?). Or just turn it off…..

    • EdD July 1, 2022 at 12:47 pm #

      Good sentiment, nickelthrower. When your opponent is screwing himself up, don’t interrupt him. When they go for their 5th booster shot, I won’t stop them.

      • NickelthroweR July 1, 2022 at 1:06 pm #

        I am not without compassion but I had a lot of that beaten out of me by a public that wanted to starve me, shut down my business, and put me in a camp because I refused to have an experimental medical procedure to prevent an illness that I had already recovered from.

        My fellow Americans threw me under the bus in exchange for free money. They say that every man has his price but I never thought the price would be so low. I never would have thought that a $600 stimmy check would be the agreed upon price to rob me of my life.

        I know better now and will never forget what these people attempted to do to me. Of course, given how the jab appears to be working for people, I won’t have to hold my grudge for very long.

        • TaxDonkey July 1, 2022 at 3:15 pm #

          Nickel, I know the feeling. I had to walk away from a damn nice salary due to my feeling about the genetically modified injectables. My colleagues kept their mouths shut in order to keep their jobs, pensions etc…It would have been nice to have at least ONE person support my position on the way out, but whatever. Water under the bridge. I would urge you to have compassion for those damaged by the shot. Many of them are truly fucked and it we probably haven’t even seen most of the neurodegenerative cases yet. I’d like to think that some of these people could be nurtured and wind up being important voices against the current narrative.

          • JTinMD July 2, 2022 at 7:01 am #

            Bridge under the water.

        • MaryQueen July 1, 2022 at 4:45 pm #

          Same, my sympathy for what these death culters are doing to themselves has evaporated.

          • Bilejones July 2, 2022 at 7:55 am #

            There’s a high correlation between the proponants of the death shot support for the using Ukraine to get WWIII started.

    • taijitu July 1, 2022 at 5:14 pm #

      This hasn’t anything to do with the comment afore it. Rather, as a non-subscriber, I believe I cannot initiate a thread, thus, I’m “replying” pseudoish-isly and seeking an alternative to PayPal to pay for a subscription of my own.
      Formerly, my first go-to was PayPal, formerly a reputable service, but now that it’s go-fro, it seems a credit card is the only alternative which apparently involves watching a YouTube video to learn how to cancel a subscription using a credit card. Fortunately, I cut the tie before I knew how to. Any suggestions?

      • Ron Anselmo July 2, 2022 at 2:42 am #

        Do you mean a subscription, or a prescription?

  2. Penelope Dreadful July 1, 2022 at 9:55 am #

    I am praying that the Dem’s “near-death” experience becomes an actual death, where they can not come back. St. Cassidy Hutchinson can not revive them at all. Despite the spin. And by November as thousands of whores discover that they can still rip their offspring to pieces, some of that fury will die down. I expect either a Stimulus package or another COVID emergency to arise before November.

    • JohnAZ July 1, 2022 at 10:32 am #

      Biden is already instructing the Mob to disobey the changes of the Supreme Court. The Dem boys and girls did not get their way and are acting like the mental cases they are.

      • Walter B July 1, 2022 at 11:02 am #

        Indeed, Dopey Joe leads the violent revolution as the angriest clown ever to “lead” the nation. The government has been telling its citizens who to hate and who to kill for my entire lifetime. The only thing that has changed is that now they are turning their sights on US rather than foreign enemies. How can ANYONE trust these motherfuckers after all the times they have screwed us all in the past?

    • pyrrhus July 1, 2022 at 11:10 am #

      Huge losses for the demonic party are certain, if anything resembling honest counting of votes occurs…If not, maybe the zombified masses will wake up this time…

      • EdD July 1, 2022 at 12:54 pm #

        Here’s a little factoid: the recent Virginia gubernatorial election went against the democrats because 80% of the poll watcher positions available for republicans were filled, as opposed to the 15% of them who signed on for the 2020 general election.

        Vote fraud is behind every democrat win in state and national elections. When the democrats steal an election, it’s because their opponents aren’t watching them closely enough.

        • JTinMD July 2, 2022 at 7:10 am #

          Elections just don’t matter anymore, if they ever did at all. Woke GloboCap owns and operates the whole shebang. It would be so very delicious to watch the debacle if the D’s were to “win” this November.

    • Ron Anselmo July 1, 2022 at 11:27 am #

      On stimulus: UBI 2.0 vs. UBI Beta (Covid Stimmies), will be rolled out before November.

      Last two weeks, SPR release was 13.7mb @ 1mbd, and there still was a 3mb drawdown in supply – $200 oil will translate to $10 gas which will translate to people staying home, some voluntarily (can’t afford to go anywhere) and involuntarily (laid off), which will translate to UBI 2.0 – before November.

      Scheduled SPR releases will stop before November. How many Democrats will be elected with $10 gas? Answer: Not many to none. Could even be reason for an “October Surprise” – a false flag, delaying or cancelling elections.

      UBI Beta during Covid was just an attempt to “price discover” the approximate amounts to dish out in order to keep the natives from getting too restless.

      The Saudi’s and UAE will not be giving JoeBob ShitPants any excess capacity (if they even have any) even if he drags Kamala away from her “Border Czar” duties long enough to blow each and every member of OPEC.

      • elysianfield July 1, 2022 at 12:26 pm #

        “Scheduled SPR releases will stop before November. How many Democrats will be elected with $10 gas? Answer: Not many to none. Could even be reason for an “October Surprise” – a false flag, delaying or cancelling elections.”

        Ron,
        Even without a false flag event. Do you consider the last election fair and an accurate accounting of voter sentiment? If so, your comment applies…if not, why would you expect that the PTB will allow an outcome not to their liking? If able, do you think that those with their hands upon the levers of power to willingly and with good humor release those levers?

        History says otherwise.

        • Ron Anselmo July 1, 2022 at 1:19 pm #

          E – the 2020 election was clearly stolen – anyone thinking otherwise is delusional, irrational or pretending – pick one. The evidence of rampant fraud is readily available – but never “heard” – most suits dismissed on “standing”. You already know all this.

          To your point, 2020 polls, even though shaded, were reported as 50-50, an “even” race. A semi-believable, but salable outcome. Polls now are already tanked. With $10 gas, Democrats may be polling in single digits.

          In 2020 the Democrats appeared to pull a rabbit out of their hat. With $10 gas, they can pull a rabbit out of their ass – but with such polling – no one would ever believe a Democratic victory.

          Truth is, that the solutions are no longer political. Period. Any time or energy spent discussing 2022 or 2024 is wasted time. Mine included – old habits hard to break.

          I agree with you 100% on the levers of power – they will never willingly give them up – the answer is to pry their cold, dead fingers from them.

    • MaryQueen July 1, 2022 at 4:47 pm #

      There is reportedly another plandemic planned for this month.

      There are also some conjecture that the clotshots are causing an AIDs like situation, where people’s immune systems are shot so all sorts of old diseases are creeping back into existence.

      https://2ndsmartestguyintheworld.substack.com/p/since-the-covid-vaccine-roll-out

      • Night Owl July 1, 2022 at 6:15 pm #

        This has been covered many times, and was done so quite well in the link GA posted recently with Dr. David Martin.

        The MRNA shot programs cells to produce the toxic spike protein. The more shots one gets, the more overwhelmed the body becomes in fighting itself. Eventually the immune system is so weak that it can no longer to its job when confronted with things like the common cold.

        Many millions are going to die. The uptick in all-cause mortality is already there.

        As Martin mentioned, even one of these shots changes your DNA, and can cause lifelong complications.

        • MaryQueen July 1, 2022 at 8:30 pm #

          Yes, I posted another link by this smart guy on substack that also elaborates. Not looking good.

          Clusterfuck is the perfect word.

          • Amman July 2, 2022 at 9:32 am #

            So far as I can tell, the people of the world are not aware of many people getting very sick or dying in their societies. In the real world, normal, everyday people are not talking or whispering to each other about fatalities and strange medical incidents. If and when such whispering starts, I hope that will be the beginning of Justice and the end for the people who implemented “covid-19 vaccination.”

  3. lizharmon July 1, 2022 at 9:56 am #

    I am hopeful that the unhinged response to limits on a woman’s right to kill her offspring will be the wedge that separates places like my state from Blue America once and for all.

    • DyersEve July 1, 2022 at 10:00 am #

      This present darkness (it is Satanic in origin for sure) unfortunately doesn’t know state boundaries. Being in a red state helps but unless some or all of this tyranny isn’t undone, we’re all toast. They will stop at nothing to turn us all into death cultists.

    • Beryl of Oyl July 1, 2022 at 10:48 am #

      That “unhinged” response was organized.

      The Supreme Court decision actually opens the door to more abortions at a later stage than previously allowed under Roe v. Wade, but it seems to me that nobody bothered to actually read Roe v. Wade before forming opinions on it.

    • MaryQueen July 1, 2022 at 4:49 pm #

      It’s all a shitshow, liz. Can you imagine a more emotionally-charged issue?

      And now, Jo Jo Magoo gets to ride in like a white Knight and promise that he will fix it by legislating for abortion rights. So that when the Dems steal the midterms, people can say that’s the reason.

      These people are 5 steps ahead of everyone else.

      We say they are bumbling fools but that’s just the roles they play for the camera.

      • Blackbird July 1, 2022 at 8:35 pm #

        With their post-election mandate (Blue Tsunami!), the Democrats will then turn their extraordinary healing powers on the Supreme Court – by adding more judges. A Democrat dream for years, the murmur among the lefties is getting louder in their anger over having abortion stolen from them. (It hasn’t been – and won’t be – but just try telling a Leftie. Actually, don’t bother…)

        • MaryQueen July 1, 2022 at 9:07 pm #

          Orgasmic times ahead for the Dems, that’s for sure! At the expense of everyone else (esp kids).

  4. DyersEve July 1, 2022 at 9:58 am #

    Happy 4th JK and, yes, here’s to hoping we gain some independence the easy way soon. Otherwise, it’s gonna be hard for everyone and on everyone. This present tyranny must end though.

    • happiface July 1, 2022 at 10:49 am #

      another masterpiece by JK–thanks

  5. John K July 1, 2022 at 10:09 am #

    Not so sure the Dems will have a near-death experience if they can program any election outcome they want. I wonder how much more effective they’ll be this fall vs. 2020, a master thief progressing to larger and larger heists . . .

    • JackStraw July 1, 2022 at 10:22 am #

      The supposed “red wave” will surprise everyone with its utter failure due to extremely organized fraud in the upcoming elections. Dominion is still out there operating without any auditing.

      • HowardBeale July 1, 2022 at 2:19 pm #

        You must be a big hit at parties..,.

      • Blackbird July 1, 2022 at 8:39 pm #

        Exactly. After 2016 and 2020, I don’t see how anyone with more than 2 brain cells to rub together can expect a political turn-around in this country through voting. Doesn’t matter if two-thirds of the population see through the fraud – whatcha gonna do about it?

    • cowbell81 July 1, 2022 at 10:22 am #

      Exactly, the next steal is already baked into the cake. We are all screwed and there is no way around it, short a massive revolution.

      • JohnAZ July 1, 2022 at 10:43 am #

        It needs to start with one of the SW states enforcing the border, building the wall, building prisons to store illegals, and set their state judiciary up to send the illegals back to where they came from.

        What would the Feds do, invade Texas?

        • rube-i-con July 1, 2022 at 10:50 am #

          yes they will

          • Bilejones July 2, 2022 at 7:59 am #

            Using what as grunts?

        • Paula D July 1, 2022 at 12:57 pm #

          The idea of either putting refugees into prisons or setting them loose throughout the country is peculiarly American.
          Other countries put them into refugee camps. They are not behind bars, the families stay together, but they aren’t turned loosed in the general population either.
          I see the photos of the POWs that have surrendered to Russia and I realize how accustomed I am to American ways.
          If they were America’s prisoners they would be handcuffed and hooded, and most likely chained to their seats.
          Russia just transports them in buses with an armed guard. The prisoners are without chains, handcuffs or hoods.
          We need to overcome our jailer mentality, in my opinion.

          • HowardBeale July 1, 2022 at 2:22 pm #

            Economic immigrants are not refugees.

          • Paula D July 1, 2022 at 2:26 pm #

            Whatever. They call them ”refugees” and then put them in prison.
            I agree that the borders should be closed.
            I was just pointing out that only the USA doesn’t use refugee camps.

          • Paula D July 1, 2022 at 2:29 pm #

            The US has 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s prisoners.
            Right now it is heavily slanted towards men in prison. But I assume that the abortion issue will be used to put healthy young women into prison for miscarrying, where they can be used as cheap labor just like the men.
            It’s only equitable, doncha know.
            I think the US is also the only country that runs for-profit prisons.

          • Jo-G July 2, 2022 at 4:26 am #

            I know some refugee families and used to work with a UN refugee liaison person. The US used to put refugees in camps and vet them. If they were certified as refugees they then had to take and pass classes in English and American customs and manners. After that they were put on a list for sponsorship. The families I know were sponsored by a church. The church helped them settle in to America.

            After they got citizenship they got to do the chain migration thing and brought in more “relatives” with no vetting and no classes , just the “family’s” word. I put relatives and families in quotes because I’m suspicious that some of the chain migrators aren’t blood relatives but business associates from the home country. They admit that the system is broken and it is too easy to game the system, but they don’t mind playing the game to their advantage. As far as I know, they don’t break the rules and get cheap labor out of their “relatives” for a few years before the “relatives” gain citizenship and continue the successful pattern with their own businesses. How can an American small business compete with a business that doesn’t have to pay its employess because the employees are “family”.

            DNA testing all “family” claims and arrest for human trafficking when there is no match would clean up some of the issues.

          • Bilejones July 2, 2022 at 8:02 am #

            They are not refugees they are criminals.
            Functioning countries put criminals in jail. The do not allow them to roam free a la San Fransisco,

          • Paula D July 2, 2022 at 12:18 pm #

            So don’t let them over the border.
            You believe the bullshit that you have to have an actual wall to have border protection? When the US has surveillance cameras and drones and aircraft and hundreds of thousands of people working border guard?
            Do you ever wonder why you see long lines of people trudging through Mexico but as soon as they cross the border they disappear?
            Come on, man.
            Why don’t we see long lines of people walking from Texas to Kansas or North Carolina or Chicago?
            Clearly there is a system of moving them from the border to various places around the US, and clearly “law enforcement” is in on it.
            Also clearly, so are the various hotels, farms, corporations, slaughterhouses, construction firms, etc.
            This problem will not be solved while there are wealthy people profiting from it.

    • Disaffected July 1, 2022 at 10:28 am #

      Yes. 2022 should be a good indicator of things to come in 2024. I’m not optimistic, although these lesser races are almost entirely for show and auditions for the larger stage to come. Eight long years of Obama are proof enough that the R’s aren’t a legitimate “opposition” in any sense of the word, just as the D’s aren’t either when forced into that role. Tweedle dee and tweedle dum(b). Theater, all of it.

      • JohnAZ July 1, 2022 at 10:50 am #

        Dis

        Do not spend much time with Dem. Vs. GOP regarding DC.

        Think Deep State (and WEF) against the Deplorables. The Dems would have voided the Constitution after 2020 if it weren’t for an armed Deplorable population.

        I blame Trump here for deciding the GOP was the answer to fighting back against the Deep State. The DC GOP are part of the Deep State and owe their allegiance to DC and not their constituents.

        Where is the Deplorable based third party that would already have 50% of the population? Without its development, voting Dem. Vs. GOP is a waste of time.

        • Paula D July 1, 2022 at 1:36 pm #

          Voting is a waste of time, period, as long as they control the machines and the counting.

          • Blackbird July 1, 2022 at 8:48 pm #

            I agree – but I’ve decided to start voting again anyway. U.S. Taxpayers Party all the way. It’s the Constitution Party everywhere but Michigan – the Secretary of State denied the party’s application to change its name.

            If everybody that’s tired of the D’s and the R’s would just vote for somebody else, well at least we’d be making them work harder for the steal. Might even get a deplorable into office in some low level position.

            But no, I don’t think it will change anything.

          • Ron Anselmo July 2, 2022 at 2:52 am #

            Right Blackbird, the definition of insanity is what?

          • Blackbird July 2, 2022 at 8:15 pm #

            Careful Ron, that’s how rumors get started!

            At the upper end of the ticket, voting is a waste of time, as the winner has already been selected. At the lower end, a third party candidate just might get elected to the school board, or dog catcher – not that I have any expectation of that – but it has happened occasionally.

            In 2016, according to some poll, 47% of the American people didn’t want the Hildebeast or Trumpenstein. Yet those morons voted for one or the other, because, “Well, nobody else is going to vote third party.” I’m not going to base my vote on the stupidity of others – and that means the candidate I vote for is almost certain to lose.

            If I stay home on selection day, the criminals don’t have to change my vote. I want to make the bastards work for their cheat.

          • Paul July 3, 2022 at 8:58 am #

            Nothing will turn around until those voting machines are sent through the metal shredder. It’s time to revert to a paper ballot, marked by the voter with an “X”, then tallied, counted, totalled and checked by official scrutineers with reps. from every party on the ballot.

        • cbeard July 1, 2022 at 2:48 pm #

          That is exactly what I have been telling anyone who would listen for the last 20 years. The GOP and Dems are one and the same. A completely new third party is required and anyone who has held office as a Dem or Rep should be strongly discouraged, if not banned from seeking office in the new party. If they don’t accomplish something of real substance in the first term, throw the bums out. If a third party doesn’t work, then it is way past time for pitchforks and torches. Personally, I don’t think our government can be fixed at the ballot box.

    • JohnAZ July 1, 2022 at 10:39 am #

      A real problem is who is going to monitor what they are doing illegally.

      2020 was a fiasco and the GOP let the Dems get away with it because they are milquetoasts.

      2022 will be more of the same as the Left is still in total control of the voting booth, actually in control of most of everything.

      WHO is there to call them on the carpet, to enforce the law? The Left are the law makers, the law breakers and the law enforcers, no wonder they get away with murder, literally.

      • Disaffected July 1, 2022 at 10:42 am #

        The R’s let them “get away with it” because they were in on the fix too. The Globalist boys chimed in and said Trump’s gotta go, so no more democracy for these naughty children. He’s bad for business. The whole “left vs right” thing is a tried and true distraction.

        • cbeard July 1, 2022 at 2:51 pm #

          How right you are with the bad for business, left vs right distraction. Big business rules the world. It’s all about the fucking money.

      • Jo-G July 2, 2022 at 4:42 am #

        I worked the voting station a for a few elections. The pay is very small but you can do it if you want. That way you can know for certain that you did your job with integrity. I read a lot of comments about the fraud. The least you can do if you are concerned is take time off work to work at making sure your small piece of the election is run honestly and fairly. They always seemed desperate for people to work. Because I had a college education I was put on the problem table- any voter who didn’t fit in with the flow was sent to me to straighten out. If I couldn’t get it right the voter filled out a provisional ballot and I sealed it and signed the envelope. They were turned in to be hand counted if the election was close. Funny thing is the democratic candidate’s people were the ones flagrantly violating the rules. Leaving campaign materials in the booths, campaigning within the boundaries that sort of thing. They seemed genuinely surprised when I enforced the rules. This was more than 20 years ago so the democrats might be squeeky clean nowadays I don’t know. The republican candidate came in person during a slow period and chatted with me a bit.

  6. JoshuaThompson July 1, 2022 at 10:09 am #

    I have a JD. I think the recent Supreme Court decisions, as decisions, are pretty good. The Right to Privacy is a blank slate on which any five Justices can write whatever they think would be good social policy. Useful, perhaps when you have a really dumb law like prohibition of contraception–getting ahead of a stuck Congress is not that much a problem. When more than one third of the population does not agree, then the Court has usurped power and hurt its legitimacy.
    Similarly, the delegation of power by Congress to Administrative agencies has to be explicit, and have a reasonable process for promulgating Agency rules.
    The problem is that the Court is either pretending that the political (electoral and legislative) process is working, or will soon be shocked into working. That is either a cynical ploy or a very idealistic throw of the dice.

    • benr July 1, 2022 at 10:14 am #

      Is it actual birth control ie the pill to keep the egg from implanting at all or the pill that causes abortion?
      They are mixing the terms all around or changing language to keep the ignorant masses stirred up.

      • Beryl of Oyl July 1, 2022 at 11:00 am #

        The pill works on more than one level. Basically to fool the body into “thinking” it is already pregnant.

        Objections to the pill come from the off chance that a woman may ovulate, and an egg may become fertilized, but due to changes in the uterine lining not adhere.

        This is why some consider the pill an abortifacient, and equal to murdering a baby if used.

        The Catholic Church is against barrier contraceptives as well.

        • JohnAZ July 1, 2022 at 11:09 am #

          Quickly, estrogen is the normal day to day hormone that make female, female.

          After fertilization, progesterone preps the uterus for implantation.

          Pills are estrogen, cancelling the progesterone orders. No implantation.

          As far as abortion legality, the embryo is formed by the time of implantation, its DNA is already starting to form a human body. At this point, not much differentiation has occurred so it really is a DNA guided Chuck of protoplasm.

          BTW, how come the existence of a morning after pill does not eliminate the need for broad based abortion? Just asking.

          • Beryl of Oyl July 1, 2022 at 11:44 am #

            We don’t know how many morning after pills eliminated the need for abortion, John.

            We also don’t really know how much of the need for abortion comes from contraception failure, or how many women were unaware of their contraceptive failure until they discovered they were pregnant.

            There are prescription drugs that doctors would prescribe only on the basis of a female patient agreeing to use two forms of birth control for the duration.

          • draupnir July 1, 2022 at 12:12 pm #

            A friend of my daughter’s used abortion as her form of birth control. She had at least seven that I know of.

          • Cactus Girl July 1, 2022 at 2:02 pm #

            @JohnAZ: use of the morning after pill is now HALF of all abortions in America. So yes, it HAS eliminated half the need for “regular”, i.e., surgical, abortion. Fertilization of the egg by a sperm does not occur right after having sex. It can take days for the sperm to make its way up into the Fallopian tube, which is where fertilization takes place.

            The fertilized egg (zygote) is pushed down into the uterus by the cilia lining the Fallopian tube. On the way, it develops into a blastocyst, which is a thin-walled hollow structure from which the embryo arises. It then has to implant itself into the lining of the uterus.

            The morning after pill basically brings on menstruation, which is the shedding of the lining of the uterus. It brings it on regardless of whether there is a blastocyst present or not.

            As to why it has not eliminated the need for all abortion, well, women are not machines. She may have irregular ovulation and irregular periods, so she thought she was safe. The she goes 2 months without a period, tests herself, and finds out she’s pregnant. Condoms can leak. She may be on the pill, which isn’t always 100% effective. She may be using the “Rhythm Method” and miscalculated. The size of Catholic families can attest to just how well THAT works. She may have been raped, and in too distraught a state to even think of getting herself a dose of morning after pills. She may have been roofied, and not even KNOW she was raped until it’s too late. She may have an ultrasound and find out the baby is horribly deformed. Or her husband leaves her and now she has no way to support a child on her own. There are LOTS of reasons why a woman may be too late for the morning after pill.

          • Cactus Girl July 1, 2022 at 2:10 pm #

            @JohnAZ:
            “As far as abortion legality, the embryo is formed by the time of implantation, its DNA is already starting to form a human body.”

            BTW, the embryo is NOT formed at the time of implantation. Not at all. See my reply above. It is a blastocyst, which is basically a hollow ball, lined with a few cells that will become the embryo. It has not yet gone thru gastrulation, where the three primary germ layers are developed to turn it into an embryo.

          • neurodoc July 1, 2022 at 2:35 pm #

            AZ: obgyn is NOT my thing at all. But, my recollection is that drugs like misoprostel (used in Euro as a morning after implantation blocking agent from prostaglandin stimulation; used here to prevent GI erosion from NSAIDs) prevent full implantation of the fertilized egg. Some degree of implantation can still occur, leaving some ‘dead’ non viable tissue implanted into the uterine wall. DandC is needed to clear the non viable tissue so as to prevent infection, bleeding, etc.

          • Paula D July 1, 2022 at 3:10 pm #

            Thanks for pointing out reality, Cactus Girl.

          • Cactus Girl July 1, 2022 at 4:17 pm #

            @Paula D: De Nada. There seems to be a severe lack of it around here at times.

          • MaryQueen July 1, 2022 at 4:57 pm #

            I second the thanks to Cactus Girl for the clarifying and reality-based post.

        • HowardBeale July 1, 2022 at 2:28 pm #

          Pills for fooling women’s bodies into “thinking” they are already pregnant seem to keep most people happy–as opposed to millions more abortions.
          What we really need is a pill that makes men think they already got laid. Problem solved.

          • Paula D July 1, 2022 at 3:10 pm #

            Ha, ha. But that would lead to a lot of frustrated women.

          • MaryQueen July 1, 2022 at 4:57 pm #

            And men!

    • cowbell81 July 1, 2022 at 10:16 am #

      Nice way to start you post, trying to gain cred, stating “I have a JD”.

      LOL, congratulations, your parents must be so proud of you. As if simple common sense is not good enough, you have to ensure we all know you have that JD. Bravo, bravo.

      • steppingup July 1, 2022 at 10:29 am #

        WTF is a JD

        • cowbell81 July 1, 2022 at 10:33 am #

          Jurisprudence Degree, or just a fancy way of stating he went to law school. La dee-da!

          • happiface July 1, 2022 at 10:53 am #

            grad from ucla law school some 45 years ago(never attempted to pass the bar,hung out at the bar instead) and i did not know that cow!!!!

          • Beryl of Oyl July 1, 2022 at 11:04 am #

            New York used to let you become an attorney without going to law school.

          • JohnAZ July 1, 2022 at 11:11 am #

            Beryl

            In the 1800s, both lawyers and doctors could be certified by apprenticeships and practice. Abe Lincoln was one.

          • cowbell81 July 1, 2022 at 11:12 am #

            UW-Wisconsin and Marquette are the same, no need to take the Bar Exam if you matriculate from one of those hallowed institutions.

            Same here Happiface, best decision I ever made was to never take the Bar Exam, I decided to quit while I was ahead, which was still too late because I should have saved my money and left after my first worthless year.

            Would have probably ended up in a much better employment situation as a result. Shocker of all shockers, no one wants to hire a grad with a law degree who chose not to practice. If nothing else, this decision should be lauded.

          • Jarek July 1, 2022 at 11:53 am #

            Better far to be a DJ and spin the tunes not the law.

      • elysianfield July 1, 2022 at 12:32 pm #

        Bell,
        Well, it is a valid part of his curriculum vitae that he is educated. Would you suggest better that he said his credentials included that he stayed at a Holiday Inn last night?

        • Paula D July 1, 2022 at 1:47 pm #

          Anti-intellectualism is part of the American DNA. Probably because this country was used as a dumping ground for European refuse for a couple of hundred years.
          And then the refuse spread out over the entire continent in the 1800s AND discovered oil. Joke’s on the European elite! The US ruled the world for a while, floating on a wave of oil, as Lord Curzon pointed out.
          But part of the anti-intellectualism is the refusal to accept reality.
          “This country runs on oil, therefore we will never run out of oil”.
          That is the extent of logic of those who don’t like “book smart” people, illustrated by Reagan when he said “Facts are stupid things’.

      • TXRancher July 1, 2022 at 8:20 pm #

        “Nice way to start you post, trying to gain cred, stating “I have a JD”.

        It is a logical fallacy called “Appeal to Authority”. But since he is a lawyer he should know that, right?

    • JohnAZ July 1, 2022 at 11:00 am #

      Hmmm. Good points.

      Who is the decider of the mores and folkways, the morality of this country? Congress, ha give me a break, then have done nothing in ten years.

      The President? Hello, despot.

      The judiciary? Lady Justice is supposed to be blindfolded with level scales.

      Throughout history, Mankind has had great difficulty with morality issues.

      Usually decided by war.

      Sometimes when things get out of hand, the Bible says God takes a hand.

      Speaking of God, who is the ultimate authority?

    • Cavepainter July 1, 2022 at 11:01 am #

      Joshua, thanks for participating. I, for one, don’t mind that you make claim of credentialed qualification.

      • Jarek July 1, 2022 at 11:53 am #

        Joshua, Son of Nun.

      • MaryQueen July 1, 2022 at 5:00 pm #

        Seriously, attacked right out of the gate and not for what he actually said in his comment but for having a degree.

        Notice no one does that to people here who are medical doctors. In fact, in those cases, they demand that someone be ‘qualified’ to opine.

        • Blackbird July 1, 2022 at 8:54 pm #

          First rule of the New Fight Club: The nail the stands up gets beaten down.

          • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 12:57 am #

            He wasn’t obnoxious about it.

            Like some people who tell us “shut up your opinion means nothing because I AM A PhD!!”

    • justanotherguy July 1, 2022 at 2:01 pm #

      @JT “Similarly, the delegation of power by Congress to Administrative agencies has to be explicit, and have a reasonable process for promulgating Agency rules.”

      the pendleton act of 1883, purportedly a civil service reform, came to be after garfield was assassinated by a disgruntled civil servant wannabe lawyer.

      so it became the choice between the spoils system of administrative appointment, changed with every election, and a permanent administrative state, which cares not for which politician occupies the agency head seat.

      and along with it, the revolving door between crony-capitalists and their “regulators”.

      i’d prefer the spoils system, periodic but episodic corruption and all, over permanent completely unaccountable corruption.

      • Paula D July 1, 2022 at 2:31 pm #

        I would prefer a very small government with no lobbyists and most questions of import to the population settled by nation-wide referendums.

        • justanotherguy July 2, 2022 at 12:12 am #

          i agree with the sentiment, but no one has ever made democracy work in the long time.

          a national referendum need not adhere to any principle, or address matters any more responsibly than the simple extent of strict personal interest.

          what the world needs is about 10,000 nations, where one is when the breakup occurs determines one’s starting position. should one want to move to a place more in keeping with one’s preferences, start trading with other individuals.

        • JTinMD July 2, 2022 at 7:37 am #

          I would prefer zero gummint.

          Rules. No rulers.

          • justanotherguy July 2, 2022 at 10:22 am #

            zero gov might work with a lot of mutual agreement. most people are so lacking in accountability, or corrupt, or venal that it would probably lead to the rise of someone to fill the power vacuum.

            benign dictatorship, or the ability to depatriate for violations of the rol.

          • Paula D July 2, 2022 at 12:22 pm #

            Who makes the rules?
            Who enforces the rules?

          • Jarek July 2, 2022 at 12:26 pm #

            That means rule by the strong. Warlords. Becoming monarchies. The simplest things are hard so hard for people to understand.

        • Jarek July 2, 2022 at 12:27 pm #

          The people vote that the well to do be stripped of their assets. The well to do say, Well come and take it. A huge government is needed to create the huge army it will take to do that.

          You are a child.

  7. Not_GeorgeT July 1, 2022 at 10:22 am #

    The last paragraph is such a great lead-in for this weekend and Independence Day.

    Always impressed with JHK’s ability to frame the events of our time with an optimistic view. Today’s offering is yet another example.

    Events and happenings might become rough, along with a much simpler way of life. The collective ‘we’ of this country can not only survive, ‘we’ can move forward in a positive direction.

    Always choose positive, the negatives hold ‘we’ back.

    • Beryl of Oyl July 1, 2022 at 11:05 am #

      Today’s post was oddly refreshing. Grim, but somehow uplifting at the same time.

  8. steppingup July 1, 2022 at 10:24 am #

    Let me see, how many people went to jail for stealing the last election? Oh! That’s right, NONE. Same number that will go to prison for stealing this one. Dems will win by a landslide again, and nobody will do shit about it again. Unless we are willing to take up arms against these assholes, we are going to keep getting what we get and they are going to keep dishing it out to us. Elect them out of office, ha ha ha ha ha ha. That’s fucking funny……

    • cbeard July 1, 2022 at 3:03 pm #

      Amen.

  9. JohnAZ July 1, 2022 at 10:26 am #

    To all you folks out there that voted for Biden because Trump is a narcissist,

    May I present Joe Biden, megalomaniac, attacking the Supreme Court, attacking 50% of the American public, authorizing his mob to disobey the Law as interpreted by the SC, destroying the economy over climate change fiascoes etc.

    To all you Biden fans,

    Happy Fourth, what is left of it and thanks.

    • cowbell81 July 1, 2022 at 10:32 am #

      There should be a litmus test at the polling stations next election. If you voted for Biden you are disenfranchised for the next 10 years. There has to be a way to hack into the Dominion software and have it reverse these ignorant lefty voting fools. Let’s see the Supreme Court take that one up!

      • elysianfield July 1, 2022 at 12:35 pm #

        “There should be a litmus test at the polling stations next election”

        Bell,
        Well, you might rememer that, in the bad old past, they sometimes had literacy tests.

        Racist, of course as applied, but not a bad idea otherwise.

        • cbeard July 1, 2022 at 3:09 pm #

          It is not racist at all. It is using common sense to have a literacy test, or something comparable in order to discern if you have enough sense to know what you are voting for.

          • Blackbird July 1, 2022 at 8:58 pm #

            Hell yeah – printed ballots and a competency test.

          • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 12:59 am #

            What is funny about it is that it was considered racist because too many ‘people of color’ flunked it.

            So then… instead of some sort of undertaking to provide better education for them, the whole thing has to be dummied down.

            That is not a good system.

            And now it’s in the universities.

          • elysianfield July 3, 2022 at 2:06 pm #

            Mary,
            Well, take one of the tests and see if you could pass;

            https://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/news/jimcrow/pdfs-docs/origins/al_literacy.pdf

            This from Alabama in 1965….

      • Blackbird July 1, 2022 at 8:56 pm #

        “There has to be a way to hack into the Dominion software…”

        How about ditch the software and go back to printed ballots?

        • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 1:00 am #

          That makes too much sense + loses that nutjob who owns Dominion out of a job (after a few million payout).

    • Disaffected July 1, 2022 at 10:33 am #

      You failed to address the great majority who hold them both in contempt. It’s not an either/or question. Given the many “achievements” of the political class in DC, the only reasonable vote for anyone in office or any issue up there at all is one of NO CONFIDENCE.

      Putin/Lavrov in 2024!

      • JohnAZ July 1, 2022 at 11:16 am #

        Ha, Dis.

        Remember Richard Pryor’s character in Brewster’s millions.

        Vote for None of the Above to void out both candidates.

        Refreshing idea!

        • messianicdruid July 1, 2022 at 5:25 pm #

          James Hazel would be proud.

          ReElect Nobody…

      • Paula D July 1, 2022 at 1:50 pm #

        Even Putin might have a hard time turning this country back to sanity

  10. NewRevenantSociety July 1, 2022 at 10:33 am #

    Thank you for such a sobering article to end the week Mr. Kunstler. In my limited time writing I am realizing that Americans have a hard time stomaching doing the right thing let alone doing the right thing when it’s uncomfortable or inconveniencing.

    Perhaps readers will do more than just emote about the destruction of our nation and take personal actionable steps to course correct. Planting a meaningful vegetable garden, reducing consumption, creating ways to provide potable water, build useful life skills, and so on to break dependence on a failing system.

    There is an alternative, it just takes real work and purpose to make our own lives useful again.

    Keep up the amazing work Mr. Kunstler. Thank you for being one of the only men to practice what they preach in living for the Long Emergancy. You do not find that with Chris Martenson, Greer, Casey or pretty much anyone else who talks about it but you.

    • JohnAZ July 1, 2022 at 11:20 am #

      You have described the gimme state very well. Gimmes do not work much and comprise a big chunk of our country. How big? Right now, polls say that 40% of our country think Biden is doing a good job. ?????

  11. edpell July 1, 2022 at 10:38 am #

    We are running out of low cost coal, oil, and natural gas. Neither political party can do anything about it. Those who make it to 2050 will be walking to the farm to work.

    • malthuss July 1, 2022 at 10:42 am #

      Perhaps society will go on. perhaps oil will be found.

      now, food and gas prices are high for all but the upper 20% who can afford the increases.

      windmills are not the answer.

      • Disaffected July 1, 2022 at 10:45 am #

        Think of being in a capsized ship’s hold as the water slowly rises all around you. That’s the state we’re in. Better find some scuba gear and find you’re way to the top or be prepared to go down with the ship.

        • Beryl of Oyl July 1, 2022 at 11:15 am #

          I was picturing it as being in a lifeboat, and not knowing what’s next.

          • Not_GeorgeT July 1, 2022 at 12:06 pm #

            Life, living, the unifying part is not knowing what’s next.

            Making the best possible use of whatever life deals out is a good strategy.

            People need to have faith in themselves and their abilities.

            I think this has, to an extent, been taken away by how living in the Western world has moved along over the past 50 – 70 years.

            Less self-sufficiency, more reliance on government to solve one’s problems has been the general approach.

            We’re in for a jolt, maybe a huge one. Being able to adapt will be important.

            Welcome to the lifeboat.

        • JohnAZ July 1, 2022 at 11:23 am #

          I wrote last time that the country is like the Titanic. It knows it is doomed, only 50% are going to be saved, and the Communist Liberals are all racing towards the bow.

          • cowbell81 July 1, 2022 at 11:25 am #

            Given the Titanic theme, I for one would make sweet love to the likes of Kate Winslet, and then happily go down with the ship.

  12. Miss Demeanor July 1, 2022 at 10:58 am #

    I’m celebrating by re-reading The Long Emergency again after 20 years!
    My parents were good democrats and I now consider myself a re-formed democrat after I saw what the Name-Stealers had done with the entire party. We are seeing aggressive grifters grabbing on to the reins of any possibly noble social movement and riding/guiding them for profit and gain much like the Fremen in Dune commandeer large sandworms for transportation.
    The mainstream media has been revealed as nothing more than the propaganda organization of these Name Stealers.
    My awakening was in realizing that we have been pre-programed about Trump being a dilettante buffoon over the course of 20 years or so. I stumbled on a rare, 45 minute interview that broke the spell of continuous 10 second sound bites taken out of context.
    It may be that the Corporatist media machine has been front-running any possible Nationalists with similar programming.
    Any candidate with a notion of accountability or responsibility on a national level is quickly drowned like a whelp in a paper bag down at the river. “Run the country like a business? How absurd!” (RIP Ross Perot)
    When Trump did get in(“Horrors! Our gravy train is over!”), it was fairly easy to suggest to certain people that he was the second coming of Hitler and “wouldn’t you do anything, even if it was illegal/unethical/unAmerican, to stop THAT?”
    I think, however, that a man that can single-handedly get skyscrapers out of the ground in Manhattan was not unprepared for this…

    • Beryl of Oyl July 1, 2022 at 11:17 am #

      Trump wasn’t the best messenger.

      He was just the only messenger.

      https://twitter.com/El_Kabong81/status/1346891377934696449?s=20&t=yOAJlBtS1ucr1J52m2gxPg

    • Jarek July 1, 2022 at 11:58 am #

      Run a country like a business? A country isn’t a business and must do many things that don’t make money – like building and maintaining public roads and street lights.

      Or are you going to make people pay to walk or drive on them? Destroy the whole idea of “public” like John Az did one day with his mockery of public works.

      • draupnir July 1, 2022 at 12:28 pm #

        It’s better thn running it like a charity where 90% of the donations goes to paying it’s executives fabulous salaries.

        • Jarek July 1, 2022 at 12:47 pm #

          It’s just another way of saying let the Corporations govern us – directly instead of indirectly as now.

          And they love paying people as little as possible and replacing people with machines. Almost like the Great Reset!

          An employee is a part time slave for the most part. Once fired, they are nothing in such a society since citizenship is a dead letter.

      • Paula D July 1, 2022 at 3:05 pm #

        They are running the country like a business, the way of doing business that started in the 80s.
        Leverage the buyout of a functioning business, strip the assets and then run it into bankruptcy by borrowing more than you can pay off.
        Then walk away, leaving the workers behind unemployed and desperate.

        • cbeard July 1, 2022 at 3:16 pm #

          I think it started long before the 80’s. Long before.

          • MaryQueen July 1, 2022 at 5:05 pm #

            It went into hyperdrive in the 1980s.

          • Paula D July 1, 2022 at 10:04 pm #

            I’m pretty sure that leveraged buyouts started in the 80s.
            Before that the whole idea would have been seen as absurd and illegal.
            It was during the 80s that the change to open criminality started.

          • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 1:02 am #

            We lived it – watched all the manufacturing jobs go overseas, the farms being taken over, etc.

            And they distracted us with “Greed is GOOD!” propaganda in movies etc.

          • justanotherguy July 2, 2022 at 9:25 am #

            it was enabled by freely printed money for thee but not for me. 1913 was the year that enabled it all.

        • Jarek July 1, 2022 at 4:05 pm #

          Somebody bought Greyhound Bus a few years ago. Many of the bus terminals were large and located on primo real estate so they closed those terminals and are sitting on the properties from what I can see. The bus terminals were moved to areas further out and are most ad hoc, such as using large gas stations, or sharing space with Amtrak, with the ticket office possibly some place else entirely.

          • GreenAlba July 2, 2022 at 5:35 am #

            I think they are going to make it harder and harder to travel at all. The flight chaos is just the start. All part of the 2030 sustainability agenda – they are aiming for the 30-minute city. There won’t be any need for people to travel anyway, as they’ll be in semi-permanent lockdown due to the monkey-polio-climate-pox coinciding with covid-flu-shingles season.

          • Jarek July 2, 2022 at 12:20 pm #

            Every place is or will soon be the same anyway, due to mass immigration and dilution of race, ethnicity, and culture. See the world? We ARE the world, we are the children. Own nothing. Be happy. Thanks for doing your part.

          • Night Owl July 2, 2022 at 3:21 pm #

            Correct, they would like to make it very difficult for the peons to travel.

            The concept is called geofencing. Another reason they want a switch to electric vehicles.

  13. gusgus2022 July 1, 2022 at 11:21 am #

    What always amazes me is people still continue to think elections make any difference .
    Look at the traffic in every US city ,then tell me how each party really cares about its people …rather than free gifts from a GM subsidary which blocks any hope of having public transit.

    • JohnAZ July 1, 2022 at 11:29 am #

      The US is so full of deep seated plutocratic corruption it cannot fix itself. The powers that run the country are the same as the ones that regulate it. Never a good thing, control needs to be Un biased. The US is a joke now under the Deep State. As I say over and over, the solution is not in either party, it will take revolution to rid ourselves of the Deep State.

      • JohnAZ July 1, 2022 at 11:34 am #

        BTW, unbiased elections are supposed to be the control over the setting up of a Deep State, ie government vs, people state.

        That is why the Deep State is full form are doing everything it can to “kill” Trump and his 50% of the population. That means the vote.

        BTW, anyone notice that the SC has done more damage to the Deep State than Trump ever could. A new sanity rudder has been installed thanks to three justices appointed by Trump.

        Boy, are the Deep Staters gnashing their teeth.

        • Jarek July 1, 2022 at 12:00 pm #

          It’s true. After failing completely on the election fraud, his appointees have redeemed themselves to some extent. And that makes him look much better as well.

          • cbeard July 1, 2022 at 3:19 pm #

            The SC to me, is irredeemable but for maybe Thomas and Alito.

  14. JTadagio July 1, 2022 at 11:34 am #

    You are assuming that there will be an election and that it will be fair in order for that to happen. I do not believe we will have an election, if we do, I would be surprised to see the votes actually counted fairly, and I’m wondering what’s it going to take for the American people to rise up and take back their government? The longer we wait, the more it will be fought on the terms of the people in power and the more difficult it will be, assuming there is enough outrage to to stir the populace. The decisions this gov has made are so bad that I think they’re intentional to cause riots that would give the gov the excuse to declare Marshall Law. I’ve been saying this for over a year and I’m finally hearing people concur with the theory. I hope there is a way out of this using our democratic process but I’ve lost faith in it as power hungry morally vacant people are in charge of the process.

    • Jarek July 1, 2022 at 12:02 pm #

      It’s quite possible that they’ve realized that trickery won’t stop Trump next time since many states have closed the loopholes and every one will be watching. So they may well not let him run at all. And that may lead to martial law.

      • cowbell81 July 1, 2022 at 2:11 pm #

        Probably explains why they are so involved with the chicanery of the Jan 6th hearings these days.

      • Blackbird July 1, 2022 at 9:18 pm #

        Trickery won’t stop Trump, because Trump is part of the trick.

        • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 1:03 am #

          Dat’s the fact, jack.

        • Night Owl July 2, 2022 at 3:22 pm #

          I disagree, and still have seen virtually no hard evidence for this statement.

          It is cool to say though.

          • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 7:57 pm #

            He’s still pushing the clotshot, last I saw.

          • Blackbird July 2, 2022 at 8:20 pm #

            And I’ve seen no evidence that Trump is against the deep state.

            But thanks for saying my comment was cool!

          • Night Owl July 3, 2022 at 6:18 am #

            Yes, Mary. The only real issue that has come up, aside from Assange.

            He was never for mandates, however.

            I have always said he was simply the best option served up by the system. The only other option was guaranteed destruction, which they baked in during his second run, and which says quite a lot.

    • Wizard of the Saddle July 4, 2022 at 7:32 pm #

      The term is spelled “Martial Law” as in law administered by the military. Sorry, but this is a huge pet peeve of mine. Why does almost everyone misspell this?

  15. cowbell81 July 1, 2022 at 11:35 am #

    Here’s a good news report for Q. Shtik – did anything this exciting happen on your cruise ship? Bet you wish it did!

    “Alleged Threesome Led To 60-Person Brawl On Carnival Cruise, Passenger Says”

    A recent Carnival Cruise packed an unexpected punch.

    A huge fight that took place among a crowd of passengers aboard the Carnival Magic was allegedly ignited by allegations of cheating, according to a passenger who shared video of the fight with Fox News Digital.

    An alleged threesome among guests aboard the vessel caused a rift after one person’s significant others discovered the tryst on the trip, according to the witness.

    The onlooker, Theresa James, who identified herself as a travel agent, said she saw the fight from her cabin door.

    She told the Fox News outlet that the melee began about 2 a.m. near the ship’s dance club and casino on the fifth floor.

    She described the passengers who sparked the fight as “ignorant fools acting stupid.”

    The viral video that’s been shared on Twitter showcased the rumble, which involved beer bottles being smashed and a possible cut injury, James said.

    The brawl lasted about an hour and involved an estimated 60 people, according to the travel agent.

    The battle moved from the fifth floor to the ship’s first floor.

    On Tuesday morning, when the ship arrived in Manhattan on schedule, New York police were waiting at the terminal as it docked.

    At this time, it’s unknown whether any guests were arrested or whether New York or New Jersey authorities will handle the incident, since it occurred on international waters.

    • BackRowHeckler July 1, 2022 at 11:38 am #

      I watched a video of the brawl; it was a club member dust up.

      • Disaffected July 1, 2022 at 11:41 am #

        Nothing better than a drunken geezer brawl. Better look out when the walkers go flying!

        • Paula D July 2, 2022 at 12:25 pm #

          Not a walker in sight

      • Beryl of Oyl July 1, 2022 at 11:51 am #

        One picture is worth a thousand words.

      • Paula D July 1, 2022 at 2:33 pm #

        You know, BRH, I guessed that from the description of the events.

      • MaryQueen July 1, 2022 at 10:40 pm #

        https://twitter.com/MikeSington/status/1542467886223982592

        Yeah wow

        • Alzaebo July 2, 2022 at 1:13 am #

          Ah. Typical Swedes.

          • Night Owl July 2, 2022 at 3:25 pm #

            Kinda funny you said this, as crime in Sweden is off the charts now.

            Many larger cities have no-go areas where even the coppers won’t head.

            Perhaps you don’t get much of this kind of news over in the States, but Sweden is basically the poster child for failed immigration policy.

        • MrMangoOnMyShoulder July 2, 2022 at 1:23 pm #

          Good lord. People just filming and laughing, throwing a bottle or two for fun and then moving to the back of the line.

          We have jails for a reason.

    • Q. Shtik July 1, 2022 at 1:38 pm #

      Here’s a good news report for Q. Shtik – did anything this exciting happen on your cruise ship?
      Alleged Threesome…….. – cow

      ===========

      The age of the passengers on our cruise virtually guaranteed a lack of libido to put together a ‘threesome.”

      • cowbell81 July 1, 2022 at 1:43 pm #

        Lol, oh man, you said it! ROTFL…..

    • CrusherMuldoon July 1, 2022 at 2:24 pm #

      She described the passengers who sparked the fight as “ignorant fools acting So, significant others who get pissed off over cheating are now “ignorant fools”?

      • cbeard July 1, 2022 at 3:25 pm #

        But, 60 people fighting over one threesome. Duh

        • cowbell81 July 1, 2022 at 3:30 pm #

          Could have turned into a gang banger type of situation right quick, if you know what I’m saying.

  16. BackRowHeckler July 1, 2022 at 11:36 am #

    The EV Revolution!! appears to be sputtering too. Sure, an EV appears to be able to get you from here to there, but my problem is how much they cost. When I asked “Why are EVs so expensive?” I was told don’t worry the cost will be coming down. But just the opposite is happening, the costs is going up, way up. For example, last November at its IPO Rivian claimed to be ready to go with a pick up at the price point of $67,500. Then last winter they upped that to $83,500. Now I’m reading just to break even a Rivian needs to be priced at $105,000. On top of that there is a required $15,500 subscription payable over 5 years. I’m no marketing or economic expert, but in a nation where 60% of the citizenry has less than $500 in the bank, who will be buying these things?

    • cowbell81 July 1, 2022 at 11:42 am #

      That is absolutely ridiculous, these are nothing more than big computers on wheels. I refuse to ever drive such a monstrosity, since the government or vehicle manufacturer can likely track every movement on the computers and possibly even shut down your vehicle at their (in)discretion.

      As long as there are pre-2017 internal combustion engine vehicles that are still serviceable, that is what I will be buying and driving until the day that I die.

      • Beryl of Oyl July 1, 2022 at 11:55 am #

        Speaking of shutting down your vehicle, perhaps that edict that all new automobiles be able to be shut off remotely by police will be canned. due to the most recent Supreme Court ruling.

      • BackRowHeckler July 1, 2022 at 11:59 am #

        I figure the payment on your Rivian, all added up, will be about $2000 per month — basically for the rest of your life.

        A few years back one of my relatives bought a boat, a pretty nice boat with an inboard motor that was large enough so it couldn’t be towed but would have to be kept at the marina. I was wondering how he afforded it; the conservation went like this:

        “What did that thing cost you, Sam?”

        “Well, I financed it. Payment is $880 per month.”

        “For how long?”

        “44 years.”

        • Jarek July 1, 2022 at 12:05 pm #

          Many people will be living in them, so a literal mortgage or date with death.

          • Blackbird July 1, 2022 at 9:31 pm #

            As much as he’s paying, he should be living on it. Might want to start running fishing or diving charters, or at least parasailing.

            I wouldn’t be surprised if his docking fee at the marina is higher than most people’s mortgages.

        • MrMangoOnMyShoulder July 2, 2022 at 1:31 pm #

          “Well, I financed it. Payment is $880 per month.”

          “For how long?”

          “44 years.”

          Haha…$464,000 for a freakin’ boat…ten bucks Sam is not a financial advisor. Or if he is, he’s not a good one.

          16′ Alumacraft with a simple outboard does pretty much the sdame thing. But I’m guessing the “sexiness” would be lacking. Some people spend just to say they can spend. Even when they clearly can’t or shouldn’t.

          Love it.

          • Ron Anselmo July 3, 2022 at 10:42 pm #

            Yes Mango – Sam is not a financial advisor. A financial advisor would not finance a depreciating asset. A $464K liability and a $46K – soon to be $4K asset – Sam might be retarded.

      • elysianfield July 1, 2022 at 12:40 pm #

        “That is absolutely ridiculous, these are nothing more than big computers on wheels”

        Bell, the worst part of it is that they sell you the wheels, but only rent you the computer.

        Buy a Rivian…be woke, be cool, be a revenue stream….

    • Woodchuck July 1, 2022 at 12:45 pm #

      I’ve an old friend who traveled a lot in East Germany during the cold war era. Sometimes he saw East Germans driving a type of wood powered vehicle with a special firebox that burns wood with incomplete combustion, it’s more smoldering than burning. The process produces a combustible gas that is then piped to the intake manifold of a rather primitive internal combustion engine. There are lots of you tube videos about this type of vehicle. Instead of going to gas stations you stop beside the road maybe and scrounge some more wood. The only gasoline used in these setups goes in the chainsaw gas tank. A vehicle powered this way maybe has a top speed of 30 mph, depending on how much a load it’s hauling. Bicycles, slow trains and buses, and wood powered transportation will be our future in America. This transition will be accompanied by epic wailing and gnashing of teeth.

      • BackRowHeckler July 1, 2022 at 1:27 pm #

        Wait a minute. What about the $179,500 Lucid Air EV that goes 0-60 in 1.5 seconds?

        • cowbell81 July 1, 2022 at 1:33 pm #

          Do enough of those 0-60 in 1.5 second accelerations, and you would probably have to give the car a full charge every 5-10 minutes. Sounds like this car is a perfect waste of time and money, something the NWO Democrats seem to have plenty of these days.

      • Blackbird July 1, 2022 at 9:55 pm #

        When I was a young’un, I read The Evaders (Leo Heaps, 1976). In the occupied Netherlands in WWII, the Dutch were driving cars with wood burning engines. The book didn’t describe them, and there was no internet, and only rumors of “cable”. I kinda figured it must have been a steam engine – and then wondered why the author wouldn’t have called it a steam engine – and moved along. Good book. Crazy times.

        Now, after all these years, I know. Good things come to those who wait

    • Paula D July 1, 2022 at 2:04 pm #

      Even if they were cheap (like the Chinese made ones) you have to have roads to drive them on, and the roads are made and maintained with petroleum.
      But your IC car won’t do you much good when they close the gas stations.

      • MrMangoOnMyShoulder July 2, 2022 at 1:42 pm #

        EVs are neat.

        But having just come back from a cross-Midwest family road trip, I laugh and laugh at the concept of waiting 6-12 hours outside a grocery store in Cedar Rapids, IA to charge a Tesla, securing a mere 300-400 miles of road time. Not a viable option beyond daily urban commuting.

        Apparently if you can locate a “super charger” you can grab 200 miles of juice in about 15 minutes, but you’d have to plan ahead and find one for each leg of your trip. Stupid.

        Gas up in 3 minutes and move on freely for another 450 miles. Get some beef jerky and a banana, too, and you’ve got a real road trip, not a strange digital one!

        • Paula D July 2, 2022 at 1:56 pm #

          I hate driving. Always have. I think it’s a combo of growing up in LA choking on the smog and having multiple family members killed by cars.
          But I refuse to fly after 9-11 when they turned the experience into a dystopian nightmare.
          I took Amtrak up until 2 years ago, but now they have signed onto the totalitarian mission.
          So in April we drove 4,000 miles to California and back for an important wedding. That was NOT my idea of a good time and we have agreed we are no longer going to go anywhere unless our overlords relent, which they clearly are not going to do.
          I think they will close down a lot of gas stations and then driving won’t be nearly as carefree.

    • Night Owl July 2, 2022 at 3:28 pm #

      EVs cause more pollution via manufacturing and powersupply than the technology they are intended to replace.

      And they are inconvenient, with limited ranges; weigh, on average, 1,000 lbs more than a combustion-engine equivalent; and have immense costs that go beyond the purchase, such as a home charging setup with solar panels, and battery replacements that cost upwards of 15k.

      And of course, they are utterly souless and an insult to anyone who loves driving.

  17. Amman July 1, 2022 at 11:58 am #

    It will get Medieval or close to it (as if it isn’t already, some might aver) All the reins are in the wrong hands or there is no rider. When was the last time any f-cking thing made sense, medical or otherwise, since Jan 2020?

    • cowbell81 July 1, 2022 at 1:52 pm #

      Yup, close to 3 years now of utter insanity. And they wonder why people are stripping down on airplanes in flight and jumping over the beverage cart. Anything goes and nothing matters, so who in the hell cares?!?! Do what you want and mash it all together in this constant livestream of insane acts.

      We are all basically passengers in a clown car that is running ablaze at the speed of light.

  18. JohnAZ July 1, 2022 at 12:04 pm #

    CFNers

    A question about the criticism of Trump.

    Watching a video of Biden avoiding questions at “news conferences”.

    Would you rather have a Prez that avoids the press, like both Obama and Biden, or one that talks continuously to the press, both through his press secretaries and anytime he walked out of the south side of the White House. The press called him too talkative and narcissistic, utter BS.

    Also, his usage of Twitter. He went around the BS press and communicated directly with the public. Another thing, Trump never attacked first, his bitterness was expressed in response to the constant barrage coming from the Deep State and its propaganda tool, the MSM.

    My hope is that history shows Trump was “crucified” by overwhelming odds in the Deep State and that most of public opinion of him was based on liars.

    • Jarek July 1, 2022 at 12:07 pm #

      We need a movie about this man, made before the election, that ends with Trump grabbing the steering wheel and shouting I’m the fucking president.

      He is our Pilot of the Airways. Only he can save us…..

      • cowbell81 July 1, 2022 at 1:34 pm #

        I like this idea. We could have Alec Baldwin play Trump and he’d probably do a great job of it. He might even be able to shoot someone on set for us at no extra charge!

        • MrMangoOnMyShoulder July 2, 2022 at 1:44 pm #

          Baldwin wouldn’t do it if it in any way portrayed Trump in a positive light.

        • Night Owl July 2, 2022 at 3:30 pm #

          Baldwin’s Trump impression is one of the worst impressions in history.

          Watch enough Baldwin, and you will soon realize it is simply an exaggerated version of Baldwin.

      • Alzaebo July 2, 2022 at 1:20 am #

        The Lunger in Chief!
        An epidemic of dangerously dangerous lungeing!

    • Paula D July 1, 2022 at 2:10 pm #

      Trump got 10 million more votes in 2020 than he did in 2016. One of them was mine.
      That is because I was disgusted with the 24/7 Hate and Fear campaign against Trump and I was disgusted with the identity politics of the Dems, including the trans “rights” agenda. I assume that 10 million other people felt the same way.
      The only way that Biden “won” was by them claiming that he got 81 million votes, more than any other pres candidate in history.
      That is not believable.

  19. cowbell81 July 1, 2022 at 12:10 pm #

    JohnAZ, this one’s for you:

    The Arizona Department of Transportation has scheduled a virtual public meeting on Thursday, July 14, to provide information and gather input about the ADOT Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan currently being prepared. The event is scheduled from 6 – 7:30 p.m. and can be accessed through the internet or by phone.

    The plan is being developed in response to funding made available through the recently-approved federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) to deploy publicly accessible electric vehicle (EV) chargers along alternative fuel corridors. ADOT’s plan seeks to create a network of EV fast chargers along the state’s interstate highways, facilitating long-distance EV travel and encouraging EV adoption by more users. For those unable to attend, a recording of the meeting will be posted to the ADOT Electric Vehicle Plan website azdot.gov/EVplan.

    • JohnAZ July 1, 2022 at 12:40 pm #

      ADOT

      Build lots of charging stations?

      Why? Right now the Phoenix zoo has about 24 EV stations. Not many are utilized when I visit.

      What are the problems with EVs? It has been discussed thoroughly by CFN and it’s host for awhile.

      1. Affordability. EVs cost 2-3 times what Joe Everyman can afford.

      2. Range. Too little for highway use. A EV driver said it well, she stated that she spent more time charging her car than sleeping. Succinct and true. Advertised ranges are accurate, but if you want AC, or lights, declines quickly, and with some cars, like the e Mustang, is cold sensitive.

      3. Charging time. Too long for again highway use. What does Joe Everyman do when he has to stop every two hours for 20 to 60 minutes to charge.

      4. Electrical grid. Anybody ask the electric companies if they can cover the additional load of hundreds of chargers. The country already blacks and browns out when it gets hot and AC peaks.

      As usual, the whole deal is a political BS story. So much has to be done to prepare for useful EVs. The limitations of the above four is what has limited their incorporation into Happy Motoring, not the number of chargers. I have noticed that watching the charger apps that most of them are vacant.

      Here is an idea. How about someone doing a feasibility study of the whole EV vs hydrogen car idea? I think it will show the non feasibility of EVs except for a high cost niche.

      No matter what the AGW folks think they can shove down our throats.

      • JohnAZ July 1, 2022 at 12:57 pm #

        I own a RAV4 prime, so more charging stations is nice. But unnecessary now.

        Even Musk slowed the wholesale installation of chargers.

      • cowbell81 July 1, 2022 at 1:08 pm #

        Can’t blame the State of AZ for simply taking the federal dollars and putting them to use, it is free money to them after all.

        As for your Point #3 above, What does Joe Everyman do when he has to stop every two hours for 20 to 60 minutes to charge? That is what the Metaverse will be for. You can zone out in a cryo chamber while your vehicle recharges, and probably take in some weird entertainment or eat a bunch of junk food in some holding cell. I picture some very dystopian activities they will have in store for us while we pass the time, but I’m sure someone will be there to make money off of it. That is the American way after all.

      • CrusherMuldoon July 1, 2022 at 2:30 pm #

        Let’s see John; the exhaust from a hydrogen powered car is water vapor. Has anyone figured out the environmental impact worldwide of 500,000,00 cars spewing water vapor out their exhausts?

        • messianicdruid July 1, 2022 at 5:49 pm #

          We will have to learn to drive on wet roads.

        • Paula D July 1, 2022 at 6:13 pm #

          That would be one way to regreen the desert maybe.
          Picture a Las Vegas traffic jam pouring water vapor into the air.

          • Blackbird July 1, 2022 at 10:01 pm #

            Flash floods more likely. We never get it right when we tinker with nature.

        • Alzaebo July 2, 2022 at 1:23 am #

          The hydrogen engine was invented in 1895.

  20. JohnAZ July 1, 2022 at 12:11 pm #

    Watching all the flight cancellation. The lack of labor is affecting much more than the airlines.

    My take?

    The younger generations have been trained, not on skills that are needed, but on BS liberal arts and social issues. The weight of the skilled job market was covered by Boomers.

    Then Covid hit. The last two years have been marked by large amounts of Boomers saying enough is enough and retiring.

    There is no one to take their place. I talked to a pilot from Delta who absolutely states that this is the case. He is one of the retired Boomers.

    • JohnAZ July 1, 2022 at 12:15 pm #

      It takes 3-5 years for a pilot to train for commercial aviation. Then airline rules for seniority adds years to become a captain.

      Expect along time before supply reaches demand in the airlines.

      My travel agent gave me sage advice, do not fly unless you have to.

      • Jarek July 1, 2022 at 12:30 pm #

        Maybe Q was right: Ships are the way to go. A lot easier on the body too, especially for the vaxed.

        • Alzaebo July 2, 2022 at 1:26 am #

          Luxury dirigibles of the Climatesaver class. I’d name the flagship, “the Concord.”

      • Not_GeorgeT July 1, 2022 at 12:31 pm #

        “It takes 3-5 years for a pilot….”

        can’t resist: the solution to the pilot shortage is to hire young Arab males with a few hours in a Cessna.

        • Paula D July 1, 2022 at 2:13 pm #

          Boom!

      • thirdcoastlegend July 1, 2022 at 1:37 pm #

        JAZ-

        I agree that the Boomers and some early Xers are largely what is holding the collective West together.

        There are some competent, conscientious late Xers and Millennials, but their numbers are simply too few to keep things running well at the current scale.

    • Not_GeorgeT July 1, 2022 at 12:26 pm #

      That’s an interesting take. I figure there are Xers in the mix, they’ve lived in the Boomer shadow. Some will emerge, however it is a much smaller generation out of the gate.

      Do you think, as part of the situation, Boomers have said no to the jab in large enough numbers to have either been fired or otherwise separated from their skilled jobs?

      • Blackbird July 1, 2022 at 10:15 pm #

        The youngest boomers are pushing 60. Most of them were likely retired or close to retirement when the Plandemic hit. Boomers saying “no” to the shot and losing their jobs are probably too small to have any widespread impact on employment.

        Next up, the X-ers. The oldest of them were beginning to see retirement on the horizon as the Plandemic hit. Growing up during the Reagan years, listening to the Stooges, the Sex Pistols, Talkingheads, they were probably kinda cynical about “retirement” and “Social Security” anyway.

        (That said, I’m not sure there is any more substance to “Generation Theory” than there is to astrology.)

        • workingclasshero July 2, 2022 at 1:11 am #

          they were probably kind of cynical about “retirement” and “Social Security” anyway. As in they don’t want to retire, or don’t believe they will be able or allowed to?

          • Blackbird July 2, 2022 at 8:49 pm #

            People beginning their working life (“career” for a few) during the Reagan years knew that Social Security was on its way to insolvency. Even if they weren’t astute enough to figure it out themselves – declining birthrate, increasing life expectancy, looting of the Social Security “fund” – there were news stories on TV, radio, in the papers and magazines. They could also see – without even intentionally looking in many cases – that the US was run by and for the corporations, and was moving even further in that direction.

            Won’t be able to retire, because: no Social Security, no pension, not an “employee” just a “resource”, already got laid off/fired.

    • cowbell81 July 1, 2022 at 1:37 pm #

      Story in the news I read yesterday spoke of a customer in Colorado on hold for 4 hours with a major airline just to change something regarding his flight itinerary. Even after 4 hours nothing happened and he was still on hold. So instead he hopped in the car and drove 45 minutes to Denver International and got it taken care of in person at a ticket counter. Talk about customer service!

      • Jo-G July 2, 2022 at 5:17 am #

        I know someone who’s ticket got mis-booked at the ticket counter. The person who made the mistake at the ticket counter said it had to be changed “on line”. The website wouldn’t make the change and gave the instruction to call customer service. After holding the phone for a long time, the human who answered said to go back to the ticket counter which was closed for the night. In the morning the person manning the ticket counter again said the change had to be made on-line. My friend ate the ticket cost and went to another ( foreign ) airline and paid for an extra ticket. The full story is much worse than this believe it or not there is a whole layer involving the original airline also screwing up the COVID regulations but thats a whole other story.

        • Q. Shtik July 2, 2022 at 12:46 pm #

          Jo-G, your story resembles what happened to me and my wife except it doesn’t capture the full extent of the misery. For example, beginning 4 days ago I began to have a twinge of pain in my left ankle. It got worse and worse to the point that last night at 4am when I had to take a leak (this happens every 3-4 hours through the night… common among old men with enlarged prostates) I was in severe pain and could barely make it to the ‘john’ hanging on to any firm object like a floor lamp in the hallway.

          WHAT, you may wonder, has this got to do with the chaos in the airports? EVERYTHING! I walked miles and miles and miles in the airports using a cane and was unaware that something was happening to my ankle. There was nothing else that happened to my ankle that I could reasonably attribute this pain to. I had 3 leftover oxycodone pills from some prior need for pain relief. I took one and 4 hours later took another. They didn’t do shit! That’s how bad the pain was/is.

          By now the airport chaos is all over the news… turn on your TV. The only thing about the news videos is that they don’t begin to capture how bad it was/is. They didn’t show bodies strewn on marble floors using a backpack for a pillow as they endured full days or more stranded in an airport. It looked like the aftermath of a bombing.

  21. DurangoKid July 1, 2022 at 12:13 pm #

    It’s worse than that. We live in a one-party state. It’s the Property Party. I has two right wings that call themselves Democrats who aren’t democratic and Republicans who would destroy any republic for material gain. They represent the interests of a small cohort of oligarchs with pockets deep enough to foot the bill for the periodic freak shows called election cycles. If you don’t belong to the donor class nothing you say or do affects the course of events. It’s closer to Orwell’s 1984 than you think. Recall the slogan “The 99%” coined by the Occupy Movement. That’s us, the prols. Most of the 1% is the outer party. They keep the machine running. The inner party, the fraction of 1% is the oligarchy. They own and control enough of everything so that the desires of the 99% are as random noise, which if you remember averages out to zero.

    So when you plop yourself down in the nosebleed seats at the Circus of the Absurd, remember the reason what you observe doesn’t seem to make sense. The inner party doesn’t see the world as you do. From your perch you see a crowd of people more or less just like you. The inner party sees a herd to be managed. It should come as no shock that ideas like Roe v. Wade are transient phenomena. Part of being a herd is to have your numbers managed to produce the greatest profit. Imagine how silly it sounds for a cow or a sheep to proclaim, “I have rights!” Or consider the latest media trend about the opinion makers’ refusal to define what a woman is. Do you get it now? It doesn’t matter because you don’t matter. Your opinions don’t count. They’re at most fodder for the media that keeps your eyes pointed at the ads. As Orwell explains, the opinions of the prols aren’t a threat so long as they have their alcohol, gambling, and sports. But we’re so much better off than 1984 because we have YouTube.

    • Paula D July 1, 2022 at 2:19 pm #

      I have always thought that they think of us like most people think of ants-they don’t as long, as they’re not in the house.
      Who knows what the ants outside are doing, what with their ant organization and ant business. We don’t know and we don’t care, except for the true psychopaths’ who try to kill outside ants.
      Now I think that the ruling psychopaths have taken over and are ready to track down and kill those of us scurrying around doing out human thing and minding our own business.
      They are no longer content to ignore most of us while picking out the ones they need to cater to their needs and desires.
      Now they are coming after all of us.

      • Jarek July 1, 2022 at 4:27 pm #

        Yet you serve them with your anti-life attitudes and feminist agenda.

        • MaryQueen July 1, 2022 at 7:36 pm #

          Tiresome & puerile.

        • Blackbird July 1, 2022 at 10:18 pm #

          We all served them JarJar.

          • MaryQueen July 1, 2022 at 10:36 pm #

            No, BB.

            Jarek doesn’t serve them, he is the ONLY peasant who’s somehow exempt.

          • Jarek July 1, 2022 at 11:40 pm #

            There are degrees. Obviously Feminism is a Marxism and a Satanism and thus very dear to their heart. Thus Mary serves them far more than you or I.

          • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 1:13 pm #

            Satanism + Marxism massively opposes radical feminism.

            You embarrass yourself.

      • Anthea July 2, 2022 at 8:15 am #

        Humans are the ideal livestock, from the standpoint of profitability. If you raise cattle , pigs, or chickens, you have to do a certain amount of work to harvest the meat and eggs. Horses may be used for transportation and for muscle to pull farm machinery. All these critters must be fed, and you have to either purchase or grow their feed. And they won’t cook your dinner, raise and harvest your crops, build your house, of fix your plumbing or wiring.

        If you own machinery, it must be manufactured and maintained; it doesn’t build itself.

        But if you own humans, you own a legion of machines who will reproduce themsleves and maintain themselves–and they’ll do all the work for you. They’ll grow food, build houses, produce textiles and garments, build and maintian machinery (that increases their productivity), and produce luxuries and crafted items of all kinds.

        If you own humans, you’ll never have to do a lick of productive work yourself. They will do all the production of everything, and they will even reproduce and maintain themselves. They will cheerfully PAY you for the right to exist at all.

        Managing them for maximum profitability is your only care, and even that can be delegated to a management class of humans. And, on the management side, we have thousands-of-years-old, tried-and-true systems for that, chiefly land-tenure systems and monetary systems. So about your only real care is meeting in Davos once in awhile to make management-policy decisions to be carried out by your management minions.

        So, obviously, for real wealth, humans are the asset you want to own.

    • gustafson.robert.22 July 1, 2022 at 5:05 pm #

      Some big things the 1% and the 99% walk in lockstep on (overwhelming majorities of both):

      – Our technology is a great success-story.

      – Oil will be replaced by an as-yet-undiscovered future energy-resource which will have us looking back on the quaint oil-age in a similar manner to how we currently look back on the quaint stone-age.

      – Go Murika. (or the things Murika represents, the “non-negotiable” arrangements).

      Again, lockstep, rulers and ruled. The 99% must take some responsibility, and distance themselves significantly from the 1%.

  22. elysianfield July 1, 2022 at 12:15 pm #

    ” The ruling will tend to quash the growing tyranny of the unelected federal bureaucracy issuing diktats that nobody has voted for…”

    Mr Kunstler,\
    Allow me to put my head in the noose and suggest that there might not be suitable nor timely solutions to the issues that SCOTUS opines upon.

    The NWO wonks do not care a whit regarding the Roe Vs. Wade ruling…why would they accept others from an entity not aligned with thir agenda?

    Rule of Law?

    (Snort!)

    How many divisions does the Supreme Court have?

  23. Paula D July 1, 2022 at 12:45 pm #

    Joe Biden isn’t going to ask Russia for a discount. Instead, he and the other G7 idiots have announced that they are visualizing a ”price cap” on Russian oil, and identifying oil as being easy to get and cheap.
    That should work.
    We used to gather in Town Square on Fourth of July, have a picnic and read selections from the Declaration and the Bill of Rights.
    But then we stopped because, you know, “old white men” wrote those stirring words and they were slave holders, to boot.
    Can’t quote them, doncha know.
    I think this country is screwed. Everyone born after 1980, (the majority of people here) knows nothing of our heritage, thanks to the Evil Ronald Reagan, who presided over the death of civics classes. Well, they know the 1619 fantasy version, but none of the principles we used to be taught.

    • Q. Shtik July 1, 2022 at 3:15 pm #

      Everyone born after 1980, (the majority of people here) – Paula

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

      I’ve got 5 bucks says the majority of commenters here were born before 1980.

      • Paula D July 1, 2022 at 6:11 pm #

        Yes, of the commenters here, you are right.
        I meant here in the USA.
        I didn’t want to say ”citizens” since so many are not. Clearly I was unclear.
        The majority of people living in the USA were born after 1980.
        That is how I should have put it.

    • Blackbird July 1, 2022 at 10:28 pm #

      It is amazing how stupid Americans have become in such a short period of time. Mental development seems to have stopped as soon as sexual development gets fired up. Self-obsessed infants. A nation of mudpuppies. Apologies to Necturus maculosus, but neotony is a dangerous thing for critters with thumbs.

      • workingclasshero July 2, 2022 at 1:17 am #

        ”It is amazing how stupid Americans have become in such a short period of time” People have been saying that every year since T.V. was rolled out in the late 40’s. I think it obviously accelerated recently.

        • Not_GeorgeT July 2, 2022 at 2:09 pm #

          Everything, such a huge catch-all, but yes, everything has been dumbed down. I noticed it in the early ’80’s, standards were being lowered so more could pass standardized testing with written and practical components. The requirement to think was lowered a bit.

          A few years pass, repeat with a further lowering of standards

          A few more years pass, lower some more

          The reach is for the lowest common denominator, or the weakest link to put it differently, and make the new standard so the weakest link can pass.

          End result: not much in the way of critical thinking has been taught in decades, standards in various occupations which require skills and possibly a certificate or license of some sort have been severely lowered to the point places like medical facilities have become a dangerous place. Toss in the plandemic to exacerbate the problem, not a good recipe for a thriving civilization.

          Strategy… plan on going small and local hopefully in a place where the people still try to maintain the high standards. Cities are ruled out.

    • Jarek July 1, 2022 at 11:44 pm #

      So why did you end up as a Communist? Are you role playing here?

      Reagan loved the Constitution, at least theoretically.

      • benr July 2, 2022 at 10:51 am #

        Indeed, how does one who professes some sort of love for the Constitution but seem to have such a communist bend to their posts?

  24. Jarek July 1, 2022 at 12:48 pm #

    Germany is going to go back to coal rather than beg Russia for oil. Where will they get the coal from? Russia!

    • cowbell81 July 1, 2022 at 3:41 pm #

      I think a lot of that coal will actually be coming from China. So much for trying to reduce those CO2 emission levels in the atmosphere!

      • Jarek July 1, 2022 at 4:08 pm #

        Coal is organic, since it was once biomatter, thus it is green. Ditto oil. Ditto chopping down forests. All ecological. Green is all colors and all colors are green. Any other idea is racism.

  25. Frankiti July 1, 2022 at 12:56 pm #

    “I’m celebrating this Fourth of July by mindfully declaring the independence of the country I love from the regime of grifters, tyrants, and sadists temporarily occupying the power centers of Washington, DC. I hope you will join me and do likewise.”

    Ching-ching & cheers!

  26. 100th Avatar July 1, 2022 at 1:18 pm #

    It is not only the criminals occupying the power centers of Washington, it is the criminals CONTROLLING communications/information.

    From the “mainstream” infontainment cartels to the (anti)social media applications i.e., FaceCrook, YouBoob, Twatter, InstaScam, Tisk-Tok, etc.

    This is why besides the host, a genius British comedian/actor (Russel Brand) and 2-3 OLD-SCHOOL objective investigative reporters: Greenwald, Taibbi, and Berenson nobody dare place scrutiny on:

    -Julian Assange: in hiding or locked-up for 10 years on fabricated sexual assault charges

    -Snowden: in exile because he warned us all of the deep state spying on Americans… in America!

    -Hunter Biden: millions from China, millions from Ukraine, his dad’s voicemail, and his dad’s paying off a Russian hooker; his gun thrown into a dumpster, etc.

    -The unification of the Cheney/Clinton/Obama/Bush dynasties against Trump? The deep state attempting to ban Trump from returning on TRUMPED-UP charges. Their star is a 28 years-old nobody using hearsay!!!! The absurdity is criminal.

    -The unelected and totalitarian WEF using its proxies/acolytes in stripping civil liberties in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany… and soon the US of A.

    -The COVID creation of Fauci, Daszak and the looting by Pfizer Inc.

    and on and on

    Brand had an interesting guest, a journalist, who documents how the media “journalists” are comprised of the same boarding-school 1% privileged elites who control it.
    The same universities, the same families and cliques, the same neighborhoods, etc.

    Democracy dies in the hands of the all-powerful, and they ain’t dark

    • MaryQueen July 1, 2022 at 7:39 pm #

      They got all those media personalities and anchors in w/out competition by having no-pay internships, which the poor couldn’t afford.

      • Alzaebo July 2, 2022 at 1:37 am #

        Aha! Indeed.

        An apprenticeship in the art, except it’s not producing da Vinci’s.

  27. cowbell81 July 1, 2022 at 1:42 pm #

    People, it’s called “checks and balances”. The Supreme Court is currently serving this extremely important function in our longstanding American Democracy. Maybe the fact we no longer teach basic Civics in public schools has a lot to do with the public’s misunderstanding of what is currently going on. Go online and buy a Civics textbook from the 1950s and you would stand to learn a lot.

    • TXRancher July 1, 2022 at 8:59 pm #

      I think most people understand the “check and balances” but those check and balances have been distorted in the past years beyond recognition. The 1973 Roe vs Wade was a complete perversion of those checks and balances by the Supreme Court creating legislation. I guess you can say that the checks and balances sometime take a longer path to complete but it looks like it finally did.

  28. beantownbill. July 1, 2022 at 2:12 pm #

    I always sort of preach that we can’t know the future. While I still believe that, I’m like anyone else in that I have my opinions about the future. Today there’s been a lot of talk about the midterm elections. So here’s my opinion on that topic:

    Nothing super radical will happen leading up to it. The elections will be held. More likely (60-40) the repubs will regain control of at least one house. No matter the result, there’ll be plenty of screaming, yelling and a certain amount of civil unrest for a while. But ultimately things will calm down and remain the same with a certain amount of new faces in power. In other words, the world will continue spinning.

    When the winter hits its stride, that’s when we could see trouble and big changes. We will see

    • cowbell81 July 1, 2022 at 2:18 pm #

      Coming this winter to a town near you: food and fuel shortages aplenty. You thought the death toll Covid took on the nursing homes was bad? That will be nothing compared to the frozen, emaciated corpses that will line the hallways in the apartments, hotels, and motels throughout the countryside this winter. The survivors might have to feast off the human flesh of the corpses that will litter our roadways just to get by.

      • stelmosfire July 1, 2022 at 2:57 pm #

        Well ya know, roasted long pork beats pan-fried pill bugs hands down.

      • Anthea July 2, 2022 at 9:35 am #

        A lot of times I consult the I Ching on these matters. (You can do this online very quickly.)

        When I asked, “Will there be food shortages this coming winter?” this was the response:

        Hexagram 50, the Cauldron (or cook pot), lines 3 & 4:

        The third line, undivided, shows the cauldron with the places of its ears changed. The progress of its subject is thus stopped. The fat flesh of the pheasant which is in the cauldron will not be eaten, but the genial rain will come, and the grounds for repentance will disappear. There will be good fortune in the end.

        The fourth line, undivided, shows the cauldron with its feet broken; and its contents, designed for the ruler’s use, overturned and spilt. Its subject will be made to blush for shame. There will be evil.

        So line three shows that there’s food, but there are problems delivering it, and these will be resolved. Line four shows that much of the food production and processing system is wrecked–presumably through stupidity and mismanagement.

        Hexagram 50 changes to Hexagram 4, which means “Ignorant Youth” or “Youthful Folly.” Lines 3 & 4 in that hexagram indicate venality (Line 3) and being “bound in chains of ignorance”–what you might call “invincible ignorance” (Line 4).

        These are the two most negative lines in Hexagram 4. To me, Line 3 (venality) suggests both price gouging and favors bestowed for political advantage. Line 4 means “bound in chains of ignorance,” and the “chains” part suggests various kinds of compulsion–price controls, rationing, or even some form of forced labor (like you’re not allowed to quit your job).

    • Blackbird July 1, 2022 at 10:44 pm #

      Thanks for asking Bill.

      I expect another, bigger, better, mail-in selection. (“Covid”, “Honkeypox”, what does it matter?) More fraud. More cover-ups. More hard-core Resetters in both houses of Congress, as well as state government. The Blue Tsunami!.

      This winter will be the Dark Winter. (And yes, I thought last winter would be. But if the coming winter isn’t, there’s always next year!)

      I expect total clusterfuckery by the time the 2024 selections would have rolled around. I think they have to move that quickly to pull it off. And I’m “certain” (~99%…) that they will pull it off.

      And yes, the Hildebeast.

  29. cowbell81 July 1, 2022 at 2:22 pm #

    More woke insanity:

    Supermarket giant Aldi has won praise after it changed the name of its feminine product aisles to break the stigma around periods and to be more inclusive.

    The aisle will now be labelled as containing ‘period products’ to reflect the fact that periods aren’t unhygienic and that not everyone who menstruates identifies as a woman.

  30. rudyspeaks July 1, 2022 at 2:28 pm #

    Why oh why do writers acknowledge the fact that both Political Parties (or, both ends of the only, never-changing party) are corrupt go-fers for the Ruling Class, then end up clamoring for us to “vote them out”, when that simply leaves the PREVIOUS group of grifters in charge. Did you hate the “W” administration that allowed a (evidently, clearly anticipated) terror attack, tried to ignore it and, when pressured to hold SOME sort of inquiry by the “Jersey Girls”, slapped together a doomed-to-fail joke-commission that made the Warren Report look like hard science? Then invaded 2 irrelevant nations, badly, costing 7 trillion bucks? Wow, we sure voted them out, huh? And got 8 years of Obama drift, “voted them out” again, got a Dunning-Kruger cartoon, “voted them out” & got, well, present company. May I humbly ask what improved? Examine your notion (Re: 3rd parties) of “throwing your vote away.

    • Paula D July 1, 2022 at 2:43 pm #

      I agree that voting is worthless, but I don’t agree that the US invaded 2 ”irrelevant” countries.
      When the US invaded Afghanistan it freed all the opium growers the Taliban had imprisoned. Heroin production went from 40 tons in 2001 to over 400 tons in a decade. Heroin use skyrocketed along with heroin overdoses (now spun as “fentanyl” overdoses by the media). Afghanistan is also situated in a most strategic place and has important resources to be exploited.
      And Iraq has oil, the resource the entire world runs on.
      Cheney held a meeting on energy resources and geology in Jan 2001. We still don’t know what they decided, because the lawsuit to release the report was decided on by the “Supreme” Court presided over by Scalia, who went duck hunting with Cheney before the decision was reached. Corruption is not new.
      We do know that the US planned on invading 7 more countries (in 5 years, per their usual neocon hubris), all of them oil countries and most of them duly attacked.
      And now, having been stymied in smaller countries by goat herders and farmers in sandals, the US has decided to go after Russian resources.
      You can’t say that they don’t dream big.

      • rudyspeaks July 1, 2022 at 2:58 pm #

        Love your post. My use of the term “irrelevant” concerned their relevance to the 911 attack, not their over-all relevance.

        • Paula D July 1, 2022 at 6:08 pm #

          Oh, yeah, you are totally right.

      • Blackbird July 1, 2022 at 10:55 pm #

        “…Scalia, who went duck hunting with Cheney…”

        Oh, to have been a duck on that hunt. Quietly peeking through the cattails, watching a re-enactment of Deliverance as one old white guy, shoves his… shotgun into the mouth of another old white guy, wild-eyed, going all Ted Nugent, “Suck it bitch!”

        • Paula D July 2, 2022 at 12:33 pm #

          And then got him to apologize for it.
          Oh wait, that was another guy he shot.

          • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 1:46 pm #

            Scalia supposedly died of a heart attack in his sleep. Wink wink, nod nod, say no more.

          • Paula D July 2, 2022 at 1:49 pm #

            I was happy when he was gone, but my husband told me that he was actually better on Fourth Amendment issues than most of them.
            Especially Merrick Garland, who Obama chose to replace him.
            But yeah, they are a sorry lot of justices now.

          • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 8:01 pm #

            Yeah, Scalia was no prize.

            I still roll my eyes at how much liberal women love Ruth Ginsberg.

  31. beantownbill. July 1, 2022 at 2:29 pm #

    I’m remembering past July 4ths when I was young. Our neighborhood had parties, parades, cookouts and other fun things. We had races, and when I was 7 or 8 I came in 2nd and won a toy fire truck. The next year we had a mile race. In those days most kids never ran that far. I ran in it for the first time, with Clarence De Mar as a special guest (for those of you way too young to have ever heard of him, he was a famous big deal Marathon runner – look him up). Of course he won the race and I finished somewhere near last.

    The Fourth was always very special. Now, it doesn’t seem to be much at all. The main excitement is guessing how many people will get shot.

    • cowbell81 July 1, 2022 at 2:31 pm #

      I am guessing a casualty rate of 15-18 total lives lost over this holiday weekend in Chicago.

      • beantownbill. July 1, 2022 at 2:34 pm #

        Good guess. I’ll take the over at 19-21.

        • benr July 3, 2022 at 9:27 am #

          22-26 with 60 people injured.

    • Night Owl July 1, 2022 at 6:03 pm #

      Imagine if you expanded your consciousness.

      • Blackbird July 1, 2022 at 10:58 pm #

        Yeah, I did that on Independence Day once…

    • MaryQueen July 1, 2022 at 7:43 pm #

      It’s an excuse for people to set off fireworks and M80s.

    • Anthea July 2, 2022 at 9:42 am #

      For most of my life, I considered the fourth kind of a nothingburger holiday where you had the day off work, but it was hot and everything was closed.

      Maybe this year we’ll do a little target practice. Maybe I’ll make a barbequed brisket or somthing.

      • Anthea July 2, 2022 at 9:46 am #

        One of my daughters worked at Rib Crib one summer when she was in college, where she learned to make burnt ends. For those you have to buy the brisket “with the round.”

      • Q. Shtik July 2, 2022 at 1:12 pm #

        I considered the fourth kind of a nothingburger holiday – Anthea

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

        “Juneteenth” will forever more be the mother of all ‘nothingburger’ holidays. It was nothing more than a bone tossed to a very small population of Blacks who had even heard the word before.

        • Anthea July 2, 2022 at 10:58 pm #

          Does anybody really celebrate Kwanza?

  32. Cactus Girl July 1, 2022 at 2:29 pm #

    I’m wondering how many of the people on here who rail against those who “take” from the gov’t, constantly promoting “independence”, actually practice what they preach, as JHK does? Do they refuse their SS payments and medicare? Do they ride a bike to the store? Do they grow their own food? Or do they live off the dividends of their central bank enabled stocks and bonds, using gov’t funded roads to drive to Walmart in their gas-guzzling SUVs, where they buy cheap food made possible by gov’t subsidization of farmers and fertilizers made from fossil fuels and minimum wages paid to workers?

    The load of hypocrisy on here makes me ill at times.

    • Woodchuck July 2, 2022 at 12:12 am #

      I ride bikes to the store, grow and process and preserve my own food. No climate control other than fans in summer and wood heat in winter. No disposal in the sink, kitchen waste gets composted. No clothes dryer in this house, I use a clothesline in the back yard or racks indoors. It’s happened before that bad storms left me without power for nearly a week in winter. No problem at all to make it without gas and/or electric if need be. I have an inexpensive generator that keeps my refrigerator and freezers running, and that’s about it. Don’t need no “whole house generator” that costs 5 grand and up. The Ashley woodheater has a cooktop on it so it can heat your home and cook food at the same time. After cooking, you can toss some more wood in and heat some very large pots of water on the stove top. It takes a while, but it can heat five gallons of water almost to boiling. Carefully take the hot water off the wood heater, and you can use it for nice warm sponge baths for multiple people. Or use it for washing clothing in warm water by hand in the bathtub. Even with the electric and/or the gas turned off for a week or two, you’ll still be freshly bathed and shaved, have clean clothes, and hot food and beverages. To do this requires a bit of acreage, a small tractor, a small shop, a few chainsaws, and some common sense. Common sense would also compell a person to keep those SS checks.

    • Mac July 2, 2022 at 6:49 am #

      I will get back a fraction of the money I paid into SS, and the only reason medical care is unaffordable is government intervention going back decades.

    • Anthea July 2, 2022 at 9:59 am #

      Much or even all the power of “the system” is that it is designed to be virtually inescapable. The closest you can come to escaping it is to go Amish–and they are far more dependent on “the system” than is generally acknowledged.

      Nevertheless, it’s wise reduce your dependency as much as possible. My daughter and I are growig quite a large garden this year and will be doing a lot of canning and freezing. She and her husband have goats, and we both have chickens. (It looks like they’re skipping the hogs this year., or they would have bought them by now.) We’ve been preserving eggs using the “water glassing” method. My house is heated with wood, though I also use space heaters some. Prospects are pretty good for hunting.

      Could we be food self-sufficient? Maybe. The animals still need feed, and hay for the goats in winter. It’s been hard to find hay for the past couple of years–especially if you want good hay–and it’s expensive when you do. I think we probably could be food self-sufficient, though at a rather austere level.

  33. malthuss July 1, 2022 at 2:31 pm #

    HowardBeale > Economic immigrants are not refugees.

    The benes are best in UK and Germany?

    The migrants pass thru various nations to get to the mother teat.

  34. beantownbill. July 1, 2022 at 2:49 pm #

    Cactus Girl, when I had my hip replaced, which was a necessity, it was covered by medicare. The cost, I’m pretty sure, was over $200,000. What was I supposed to do, not have the operation and live as a cripple in pain for the rest of my life? Does that make me a hypocrite? I had no choice, as far as I was concerned.

    • cowbell81 July 1, 2022 at 2:55 pm #

      At those costs you have no choice but to play the system. If you don’t take your fair share, someone else will come right along and take it for you. I was hospitalized late last year with a GI issue for 9 days, total cost came to something like $180k. Without my insurance I would have been screwed. What a racket.

      • beantownbill. July 1, 2022 at 3:12 pm #

        And the thing is, I paid into the SS system for over 40 years, so my operation money was mine to start with, but the government stole it to pay their own bills instead of investing it.

        I’m going to visit my grandchildren tonight. I’ll be driving along RT95 to get there, a government paid-for highway. Now I suppose I could drive on side roads, but it would take me 1and 1/4 hrs to get there, and I’d be using more gas, which is not good according to the government. And if I did use local government- funded roads, I’d be contributing to the roadways’ wear and costing innocent taxpayers more money. My only other alternative would be to not visit them ever. Like that’s what I’d do.

        • cowbell81 July 1, 2022 at 3:15 pm #

          Gotta use those government bennies while they still exist. Even those will probably eventually crumble away and disappear like our currently aging infrastructure.

          Have a good time with the grandkids and make sure to load ’em up real good on sweets and treats right before you leave!

          • BackRowHeckler July 1, 2022 at 4:41 pm #

            That’s when the real trouble starts.

          • beantownbill. July 1, 2022 at 9:45 pm #

            They get way too many sweets. With sugar highs they get kinda wild.

            I did have a great time today. Thanks.

        • JohnAZ July 1, 2022 at 7:09 pm #

          Okay, here goes.

          Yes, Medicare is government sponsored but is a fund set up by mandatory contributions. Like social security, it was set up because people on the US are incapable of saving for retirement and future medical costs. Just part of stupidification AND the downward pressure on wages due to open borders over the years. Both programs are funded with employee and employer dollars and are only in trouble because the Deep State keeps stealing from them.

          Also, the reason why hospital and medical costs are so high is because they can be with the government just handing them money. Doctors misuse Medicare all the time.

          Same with student loans. How many universities have built new stadiums and other infrastructure using the inflated dollars from the government insured loans. Now, the Idiots want to forgive those loans. So basically the government is going to fund those stadiums.

          What me worry! Just put a few more trillion into the national debt, no one cares.

          • JohnAZ July 1, 2022 at 7:10 pm #

            Bill, you deserved your coverage, period. Hope you are feeling better.

    • Jarek July 1, 2022 at 4:10 pm #

      How it did it get so bad to begin with? Accident or just natural wear and tear?

      • beantownbill. July 1, 2022 at 9:50 pm #

        Don’t know for sure. Did martial arts – karate – for several years and took a lot of falls. Also ran a lot 5 days a week and didn’t use the best running shoes. Was a lifetime combo of accidents and natural wear and tear, I guess.

      • Anthea July 2, 2022 at 10:35 am #

        One of the things that you don’t realize when you’re young but are forced to confront when you’re old is that the body wears out and generally declines–and there is very little you can do about it. You can slow it down some–or you can speed it up some–but the bottom line is that you are going to die. Unfortunately for most of us, dying is a process and not a sudden levitation into the Great Beyond.

        • beantownbill. July 2, 2022 at 12:27 pm #

          Unless we can somehow attain infinity, I know I’m going to die. I’m just trying to put that inevitability out as far as possible. Though I’ll ultimately not succeed, there’s so much to see and learn about the universe, that even an extra day is glorious. Otherwise, what’s the point?

          • Anthea July 2, 2022 at 11:15 pm #

            Based on average lifespans, I probably have eight or ten years left. The past twenty years have gone by like the blink of an eye. My chief wish is that my remaining years be ones in which I can still find things that I can do and enjoy doing. As it is, I can still get around to make soap and such, and go to farmers’ markets, but this may be my last year for that, as it is getting difficult. When you get to that stage, I guess you join book clubs, writers’ clubs, and sewing circles.

    • Cactus Girl July 1, 2022 at 4:31 pm #

      @beantownbill: that’s kinda my point, BTB. Very few of us can afford to be “independent”, either thru old age or disability or poverty. Medical costs are outrageous. Even prescription drug costs are unaffordable for many people. SS was one of the best things this country ever did. And yet, I see person after person on here disparaging those who “take”. Often, these are souls (like you, like me) who paid into the system for many, many years. Many people who use food stamps work full time at places like Walmart, where they get paid minimum wage. I just came back from Safeway, where I spent $200 on groceries that fit in my bike trailer. Which I rode on the bike trails paid for by the gov’t. While wearing a knee brace. Because gas is over $6/gal here, and my ancient car gets 12 mpg. Did I use food stamps? You bet’cha. Did they cover the full cost? Nope. $40 worth. I’m just tired of people on here disparaging folks who may have it a bit hard these days.

      • malthuss July 1, 2022 at 4:52 pm #

        People disparaging folks who may have it a bit hard these days.

        A BIT HARD?
        Just wait.

      • Night Owl July 1, 2022 at 6:19 pm #

        If there is one thing that would unquestionably stop me from returning to the US, it is healthcare.

        Last year I was in the ER due to a mountain bike accident. I paid about EUR 200 total, and that included nearly a full day in the emergency room and an ambulance ride.

        In the US, people get bankrupted by this sort of thing. The US medical system is a joke.

        • MaryQueen July 1, 2022 at 7:49 pm #

          Yes, we don’t have a healthcare system, we have a deathcare system.

          • Blackbird July 1, 2022 at 11:03 pm #

            A wealthcare system.

        • Mac July 2, 2022 at 6:57 am #

          Night- Your care cost you a lot more than 200 Euros, it’s just hidden from you. The US system is worse because there are no longer any markets in the medical system, except perhaps cosmetic surgery, which has stable or falling prices. The socialists won, and it will get worse before it collapses. The good news, collapse will usher in market forces that will correct the distortions.

          • Night Owl July 2, 2022 at 3:38 pm #

            It didn’t cost me anything else.

            Original bill was EUR 900, and I was refunded 700 from insurance .

            I know you are referring to the tax system here, but although taxes here are high, it is far preferable to the risk of being bankrupted and put on the street for the unfortunate occurance of non-extraordinary medical issues, never mind something extraordinary.

            The state of healthcare in the US is so absurd, that there is nothing you can really even compare it to.

          • Redneck Liberal July 3, 2022 at 9:22 pm #

            “The socialists won, and it will get worse before it collapses.”

            Huh? How could you have possibly come to THAT conclusion when speaking of US healthcare?

      • JohnAZ July 1, 2022 at 7:12 pm #

        Medical costs are outrageous.

        Yes, the are. Costs for anything the government subsidizes become outrageous.

        All part of Deep State tax and spend.

      • CrusherMuldoon July 1, 2022 at 7:18 pm #

        Minimum wage in Connecticut is $14/hour

        • Mac July 2, 2022 at 6:59 am #

          And a lot of people don’t have the skills to be paid $14 per hour.

      • Woodchuck July 2, 2022 at 12:25 am #

        The real hard times come when the resources to support our healthcare and educational systems evaporates. In other words, a bankrupt country will be using the medical system it can afford, not the one it wants. Medical issues will be treated by relatively inexpensive plant based medicines, changes in diet, and other inexpensive and natural low tech therapies. Public schools will be online or be very small and local within easy bicycle distance. Children will walk to school or ride bikes to school. No other forms of transport will be available for them due to resource and supply constraints. Big universities and small colleges will fade out due to lack of capital resources to keep them open. Their vast building infrastructure, sports stadiums, dorms, will be obsolete and boarded up. You won’t be spending much on groceries, community gardens or the one in your big back yard will be providing a lot of your food. Welcome to the Long Emergency!

        • Q. Shtik July 2, 2022 at 1:49 pm #

          Big universities and small colleges will fade out – Woodchuck

          ===========

          Slowly but surely I have become AGAINST everybody and his brother going to college. It is ridiculous. There are so many ‘students’ who simply are not fit for the rigors of scholarly endeavor.

          Take my BIL, Peter………….. PLEASE!!

          In the process of helping Peter unload his house in preparation for sale, a trove of his old college records fell into my hands. Peter lasted 3 semesters total, one at West Virginia U (their standards for entry must have been low to non-existent) and after being tossed from WVU, two semesters at Beckley College (also in West Virginia).

          Peter’s GPA for those 3 semesters was 1.25 where 1 = D and 4 = A. I believe they must have handed out D’s if your body was warm and you could fog a mirror.

          I think Peter only went to college as a means to escape the draft and the Viet Nam war which was raging at the time. About 2 minutes after Beckley College threw Peter out he got drafted but flunked his physical due to off-the-charts blood pressure. Years later he had quintuple bypass heart surgery. He walks around with a defib device in his chest and would not be alive today were it not for the constant care of his sister (my wife) and to a lesser degree, me.

  35. wm5135 July 1, 2022 at 2:50 pm #

    Christmas Turkey

  36. Roundball Shaman July 1, 2022 at 3:00 pm #

    Ah yes, Independence Day.

    When we all get to celebrate our Independence from the New World Order.

    Oh, sorry, no we don’t get free from that.

    When we all get to celebrate our Independence from the Great Regret Reset.

    Well, not quite.

    When we all get to celebrate our Independence from our current Age of Wokeism.

    Uh… no we don’t.

    When we all get to celebrate our Independence from Medical Mafia and Banking Tyranny.

    But uh….

    When we all get to celebrate our Independence from Predatory Corporations and Dysfunctional Institutions.

    Not those either.

    Well, there must be SOMETHING we are independent from….

    And there is!

    We are independent from BEING INDEPENDENT. In other words, we don’t get to be independent about anything anymore.

    Independence is such an outdated concept. Like achieving things on your own merit and effort. Like having pride in our Founding Fathers. Like teaching our young useful skills instead of how to hate their Country and how to change the sexual plumbing they were born with.

    So as you view all those pretty fireworks that were produced by coerced labor in a Far Eastern Land… know that in those very fireworks is the story Our National lives and destiny.

    We start out full of energy and fire. We make a big splash of noise and color high up where everyone can see.. Everyone notices us as They expel those Oohs-And-Aahhs.

    And then the pretty colors begin to fade away. The pretty shape they made begins to wither and die. And then… all you are left seeing is what used to be there and a faint outline of ash and smoke. And the darkness of the empty sky where vibrant life used to be.

    That is the visual picture of our Nation on this Independence-From-Independence Day.

    And enjoy those hot dogs and watermelons. Those might be last ones you see for a good long time with the terrible drought and supply-chain misery and cost of diesel fuel and the dwindling number of drivers to deliver all that stuff to us.

    Independence Day used to be day to commemorate our belief in real freedom while declaring to the World our sense of personal and National destiny.

    But Independence Day these days just rings hollow. The echo of distant memories and happier times. Times that older people are beginning to forget and younger people never experienced in this first place.

    We may not have substance any more, but we still have ritual.

    So in that spirit… Happy Ritual of Once-Upon-a-Time-Independence-Day.

    And is there any watermelon left!?

    What? Just the RIND?!

    • cowbell81 July 1, 2022 at 3:04 pm #

      Sorry, all watermelons have been cancelled by the woke agenda as being deemed racist. In some way, shape, or form all fruits have a racist undertone and must be cancelled immediately.

      • BackRowHeckler July 1, 2022 at 4:33 pm #

        Fried chicken cancelled too? I’m partial to both fried chicken AND watermelon.

        • cowbell81 July 1, 2022 at 4:38 pm #

          Naw, the fried chicken is still good. Just make sure you don’t run out at your picnic or you’re liable to experience a shoot out. I kid you not, this actually happened based on a news story I read the other week.

      • Blackbird July 1, 2022 at 11:08 pm #

        All “fruits”? That’s ummm… homophobic! The watermelon is just one bad apple.

        And “vegetables”? Let’s just call them… “the waiting for an opportunities”.

  37. Q. Shtik July 1, 2022 at 4:02 pm #

    Returning to yesterday’s hot topic if I may: viz unwanted pregnancies.

    Here is what my wife and I did. Almost from day one we were looking to conceive but for a year or two it just wasn’t happening. So my wife determined which days were optimal for conception. She drew hearts on a calendar using a red magic marker. My place of work was a 20 min drive from home. I’d go home for lunch and an “afternoon delight” on these “red heart days.” We conceived Q. Jr who was born in early Jan 1976. Wife wanted a daughter in the worst way. We conceived 2nd son Thom who was born Aug 1977, 19 months after Q. Jr. Wife wanted a daughter more than ever. Maggie was born Jan 1980, 2 yrs and 5 months after Thom. That was 3 kids within 4 years. We were satisfied with three and agreed to avoid a fourth. We waited 6 months in case something awful like ‘crib death’ happened and I went and had a vasectomy.

    • cowbell81 July 1, 2022 at 4:11 pm #

      Nice and way to go! The “afternoon delight” was always something on my bucket list, but doesn’t look I’ll ever have the opportunity at this point to check that one off in my lifetime.

      • cowbell81 July 1, 2022 at 4:25 pm #

        I can’t even imagine the endorphins that would be released upon such an activity, and then having to return to work and think critically. I think it might do wonders to open up otherwise unused neural pathways.

        The closest I could admit to coming to this would be at a former job going home during lunch, drinking a few cold ones, and then returning to work for the afternoon with a nice buzz. Still, I was at least productive and feeling better about myself as a result of the intoxicating effects. It was an office job in the public sector, so no harm no foul.

        And before you wonder why it is a former job, I no longer work there completely by choice, not as a result of the drinking. I would have to admit that the job was what made me drink on my lunch just to get through the back half of the day, so thankfully I got out of that bad situation when I could. The most interesting part was when I had those little mini bottles and I would slip a quick drink at my desk without anyone knowing. Breath mints came in mighty handy afterwards.

        • Jarek July 1, 2022 at 4:30 pm #

          Elon demands people stop tele-commuting and go back to physical work. What kind of hippie, transhumanist genius talks like this? We want our money back.

          • malthuss July 1, 2022 at 4:53 pm #

            He is a skilled scammer.

            brain chips coming.

          • JohnAZ July 1, 2022 at 7:17 pm #

            Ya know, maybe Musk has seen the light.

            The American public has lost a very dear item, it’s work ethic. The Covid “epidemic” gave license to not have to work. The youngest generations, with their high tech viewpoints, jumped on the opportunity.

            Musk runs a car manufacturing company. I would imagine he is seeing the degradation of work values every day.

          • GreenAlba July 3, 2022 at 8:54 am #

            “Ya know, maybe Musk has seen the light.”

            Didn’t I see somewhere that he’d just had an audience with the Pope? Somehow that doesn’t fill me with confidence regarding his anti-NWO credentials.

    • Paula D July 1, 2022 at 6:05 pm #

      Interesting story, Q. There seem to be a fair amount of posters around here who think that pregnancy comes with every coupling. No such thing as random according to them.
      AND they believe that the sexual act is so disgusting that people should refrain, but if they do, then the woman should be punished by being forced into motherhood.
      Yeah, right…

      • JohnAZ July 1, 2022 at 7:24 pm #

        The sex act is a power game. “Who is on top”.

        Many people fear the sex act, many wives resent it as subjugation to their husband.

        Yet it still remains the best game in town, worldwide.

        Forced into motherhood, whatever happened to adoption? Two generations of potential parents have gone overseas for kids because of the liberal abortion policy. A whole new adoption industry is going to be reborn.

        • Paula D July 1, 2022 at 7:56 pm #

          I find that attitude repugnant, John. Women should not be forced into gestation and childbirth to suit the desires of the childless.
          And “industry”? You are implying that selling babies is a worthwhile business.

          • JohnAZ July 2, 2022 at 2:15 am #

            We will have to agree to disagree.

            Yes, pregnancy “homes” that furnished babies for adoption from pregnant women, before R v W were everywhere. The motivation was not “selling” babies as you infer, it was saving babies.

            You are on one side of the question, I am on the other. Not just being a male, either. The big change in the public that created the anti abortion success stemmed from pro life women.

          • Jarek July 2, 2022 at 11:49 am #

            It depends on selling them to who and for what reason. In any case, it’s far better than selling baby heads like your Planned Parenthood was caught doing.

            In terms of morality in these matters (having babies outside the context of a two parent family), nothing was higher than the Pioneer Fund which would provide sperm donated from certified geniuses to women eager to give birth to greatness.

          • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 1:50 pm #

            Surrogacy = child trafficking.

            And new laws supporting it are popping up all the time.

            But the people who are anti-abortion seem to love it.

            SMDH.

          • Paula D July 2, 2022 at 4:35 pm #

            Women subjugated to the market of flesh, providing goods and services to the wealthy.
            Of course they like it.

      • MaryQueen July 1, 2022 at 7:54 pm #

        Pretty sure a bunch of them think that sex is entirely FOR men’s pleasure and who cares whether women like it not, also.

        • Paula D July 1, 2022 at 7:56 pm #

          I have definitely noticed that. Says a lot about the poster, even if they don’t mean to let us know.

          • MaryQueen July 1, 2022 at 8:33 pm #

            Yep.

        • Roundball Shaman July 1, 2022 at 9:23 pm #

          “Pretty sure a bunch of them think that sex is entirely FOR men’s pleasure and who cares whether women like it not, also.”

          The main event sex act between men and woman has always been and meant more than one thing. It is many things being acted out by each couple at each moment in time.

          It has a wide spectrum of meanings. It always has, and probably always will.

          At it’s worst, the sex act can be a show of mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual force by one party over the other. A domination. A ‘victory’. An act of ‘will’ without regard for other person. Nothing but pure selfishness being enacted another human being.

          At it’s best, it is the ultimate act of mutual surrender and openness and sharing of intimacies on a level that only the sex act can bring. A true act of mutual love and commitment.

          And there are mid-stages between these polarities that include the mutual release of sexual tensions with little additional meaning… or with some varying level of commitment and caring.

          Each couple that engages in sex is bringing a different set of motivations to the act. And even between two people those can change over time.

          And one’s true motives are often well hidden so as not to be conveyed to the partner if one’s intent is less than honorable.

          As I had originally stated in my post on this subject… a colossal issue is when another Life is created through the act… whatever the original motivations of the partners were. There is now a new Life. And as I stated… either all Life is sacred… or none of it is.

          And if the ‘value’ of Life is to be taken on a sliding scale… may The Almighty help us because all kinds of agendas from all directions suddenly come into play. And that line of who should live and who shouldn’t can quickly go in a very dangerous direction.

          Being human means having physical urges that must be satisfied… hopefully in a healthy and non-abusive way. Within true love as the gold standard.

          It is the inescapable responsibility of each person to find the most responsible… most satisfying… most loving… and least selfish way to express those sexual urges.

          Sex is a litmus test of the kind of person you truly are when all the fakery and foreplay and teasing and hidden agendas are stripped away. What is truly in your heart and mind.

          One may engage in the main sex act and claim it’s for love while actually being just masturbation.

          And another can just kiss and caress with true love in their heart for another and convey more with a touch than someone else does with the main event.

          Sex – like Life itself — it what you make it. What you intend by it. What is truly in your heart when you communion in sex with another human being.

          In one sense, very complicated. In another sense, damn simple.

          • beantownbill. July 1, 2022 at 9:57 pm #

            RS, very insightful. And most important, correct.

          • Paula D July 1, 2022 at 10:12 pm #

            Under the English Common Law both people in a marriage have a conjugal duty to please the other one sexually.
            Pretty practical and useful law, if you ask me.
            Also under English Common Law, if you live with someone for 7 years you are married.

          • Alzaebo July 2, 2022 at 2:01 am #

            Oh horsepuckey.
            Please explain this Mars-Venus booswash to our vibrant Swedish passengers on the cruise ship above.

          • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 8:05 pm #

            Nice sentiments but doesn’t have much to do with what I said.

        • JohnAZ July 2, 2022 at 2:22 am #

          Are men the initiators of sex? Absolutely, most of the time. You will have to take that up with Mother Nature.

          Caring men will try to communicate their pleasure to their partner, it is intimacy for both.

          Sex is power! Powerful people use sex as a weapon. Hefner created a society in the late 21st century of powerful men and women that used sex for power with little love involved.

          The loss of today’s identity and morality stems from this sexual confusion.

          But again, ladies, if it makes you feel better and empowers you, just blame it on the men.

        • Jarek July 2, 2022 at 11:51 am #

          Thus NOT pleasing men is a liberating act for a woman or women in general.

          This is the psychology.

          • Roundball Shaman July 2, 2022 at 1:48 pm #

            “Thus NOT pleasing men is a liberating act for a woman or women in general. This is the psychology.”

            Sex has been used as a form of warfare for ages. And that goes for both sexes. And that also goes for engaging in sex, or withholding it.

            When sex is acted out as warfare… it is truly a manifestation of the general concept of war. The taking of ‘territory’. The imposition of Will from one over another. An act to subdue or to seek submission to the will of another.

            And the act of withholding sex in a ‘committed’ relationship is just like withholding food from a hungry person. Making someone starve… to make a point? As a show of power and control?

            Once it gets to that stage the relationship is already in serious trouble or fully over. The bonds of love and caring that may have existed have disappeared into a show of force and conflict.

            One should never withdraw food from someone who is in a relationship because hunger is a natural physical drive that does not go away and that should never be used as a weapon against a person. So this also is with sex in a relationship. It is not just for the man or with woman. It is for BOTH, TOGETHER within a mutual understanding of what the relationship is and why it exists. It is a form of contract.

            And if one or both parties want out of the contract… they have a right to do so at any time. A relationship is a form of ‘At Will’ contract rather than penalizing jail sentence of binding terms and set length:

            ‘We are both together today and we are engaging in intimacies because BOTH OF US agree to it within the framework of the relationship we have established together’.

            And if that is NOT the understanding…. there is no contract or relationship or obligation between them.

          • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 1:52 pm #

            Missed the point entirely, as usual.

            When you see everything through a lens of white males being attacked I guess it skews your sense of reality.

          • Alzaebo July 2, 2022 at 10:26 pm #

            Well, I appreciate the dickens out of the valiant CFN ladies’ frank input.

            A commenter named Ursula, elsewhere, pointed out that Roe is to women what the 2nd Amendment is to men.

      • Anthea July 2, 2022 at 11:54 am #

        Pregnancy is almost completely preventable, so much so that it’s really a choice. Being “forced into motherhood” would be a very rare circumstance–for which adoption is the best solution.

        I think, too, that feminism has promoted the idea that women are “entitled” to be sexually promiscuous–on the grounds that men may be sexually promiscuous without consequence, so they should get to be promiscuous too.

        The reality is that sexual license is not good for women. Women generally don’t even find sexual “flings” particularly enjoyable. Popular culture and the feminist movement have created a belief that casual sex is something that women find to be just ever so much fun. While women are sometimes strongly attracted to a particular guy, they don’t find most men attractive–at all. The view that is promoted by popular culture is that women’s sexuality is the same as that of a gay men. Someone wrote an article awhile back about how the behavior of the women in Sex in the City was really the behavior and attitudes of gay men, projected onto women.

        News flash: women are not gay men.

        Abortion and even birth-control are mostly things women do so they can be sexually available to men. Um…. It is is women’s best interests to NOT be sexually available to men. And as far as women’s “right” to sexual license, just because men enjoy this priviledge…. Um…. You’re not a man, and you’re not going to be a man. You cannot have some of the prerogatives of a man.

        I pointed out something similar to Jarek in one of those 3:00 am Friday morning posts. He was complaining about the “women and children first” custom on sinking ships and such. Men’s biological value is far, FAR less than that of women. Jarek is not a woman, and he’s not going to be a woman. He thus cannot have the prerogatives of a woman.

        This unwilligness to deal with reality is both juvenile and tiresome.

        • Jarek July 2, 2022 at 2:25 pm #

          So human life is just biology? And a man’s value is only as a sperm donor, wallet, and work animal?

          So much for your Christianity. Go to hell.

          I’m the one who brought up women as gay men in Sex and the City. I believe Bill Maher came up with it.

          • Anthea July 2, 2022 at 6:42 pm #

            Human life is of course much more than biology, but we must function within biological constraints–if we want to live.

            Being a provider does not make you a wallet, any more than having children makes you a baby machine. Doing useful work does not make you a work animal.

            We are subject to many biological constraints. We are wise not to shit in the drinking water. It does not follow from this, that this constraint diminishes our humanity and deprives us of the power to be a free spirit.

            You are providing a bit of an object lesson in showing that men’s desire to avoid biological constraints exists alongside the women’s. With women, it’s the demand for abortion and sexual license. With men it’s a demand for sexual license and freedom from responsibility. Both men and women are clamoring for their right to shit in the drinking water and insisting that being constrained from doing so “oppresses” them.

        • Mac July 4, 2022 at 12:10 am #

          Men are expendable; women are perishable.

    • Anthea July 2, 2022 at 10:55 am #

      Nowadays I think they have an ap for tracking your fertility cycle. The weird thing is that in my youth it seemed like neither doctors nor other health-care “professionals” knew the least thing about the most basic functions of the female body. Almost the only way you can learn this stuff is by reading books on the various versions of “the rhythm method” or books on pregnancy and childbirth written by home-birth advocates. (If you go the DIY route on childbirth, you will need to know something about it.)

      I really think that women are purposely kept ignorant of these matters. One of my daughters told me as an adult that she had read some of the books I had lying around, when she was a teenager. I learned this when I hinted that there were ways to know where you were in your fertility cycle. Turned out that she already knew all about it.

      • farmgal July 2, 2022 at 1:01 pm #

        I learned about the fertility cycle in high school biology class. It came in very handy later on since there was a definite stigma to becoming pregnant. In fact, if a girl did become pregnant and it was “showing” she had to drop out of regular school and attend some type of night school.

        Not saying that was a good idea but there is no shame or stigma in having a child out of wedlock and hasn’t been for a long while. That which becomes common place becomes common place. The thing that I cannot understand is why most women don’t realize their period is late and do something about it at an earlier stage. I realize that all women’s cycles are not the same but when you didn’t start and you had been sexually active, how hard is it to put two and two together?

        • Anthea July 2, 2022 at 6:55 pm #

          When I say neither I nor my daughters were taught about the fertility cycle, I’m referring to the more detailed information you can find in books on the rhythm method. One of these is changes in the basal body temperature. Another, which I didn’t mention out of delicacy, is changes in the vaginal mucosa. During fertile periods it is much more abundant and has a distinctive character. I once had a health-care “professional” who worked in gynecology tell me that this meant I probably had some kind of infection.

          • Alzaebo July 2, 2022 at 10:36 pm #

            Damned fine comments, Anthea, as always. CFN has the best feminine commenters around, anybody else notice that?

          • Alzaebo July 2, 2022 at 10:51 pm #

            Along with that, the war on overpopulation is already won.

            Covid was a masterstroke.

            A bilion dead, 2 billion wounded from the side effects by 2028, yes

            But the real strike-

            4 billion or more sterilized right now

            The southern pops that used ivm and HCQ for river worm and malaria are the overbreeders

            But they will starve when white industrial farming, water hygiene, and medicine stops

            Even more- far more- when the energy stops

            Thus, the Climate Change War

            Overpopulation is defeated

            And the proles will not have the lost industrial energy base to rebuild, or to ever oppose their masters again.

            Plus, the southern tier brown breeders will overwhelm and absorb the northern high IQs, so our light creme colored proles won’t be smart enough to overcome the masters, either.

            Tomorrow’s entertainment will be rat fights by the campires- two men fighting barehanded to the death between the prole tents.

            The perfected world of the Owners, as they prophesied. Each man may die, but the tribe is immortal.

            May their reign, their Garden, last ten thousand years!

  38. neurodoc July 1, 2022 at 4:52 pm #

    The University of Chicago just published a poll showing that 25% of American Adults are ready to take up arms against the illegit federal government.
    Well above that in the 1770’s (about 3%). We may be at CW2 right now. Its just a matter of what the trigger is.

    • cowbell81 July 1, 2022 at 4:54 pm #

      Yeah, I saw that article too. But then again according to all this polling 40-some odd percent of people still approve of how Biden is handing things. How can any of these numbers actually be real?

      • neurodoc July 1, 2022 at 5:02 pm #

        Agree. It Makes no sense. Unless we are far far more divided that is obvious. My limited reading about CW1 indicates that this is what things were like in the US in 1860; extreme divisions that were non healable.

        • TaxDonkey July 1, 2022 at 7:12 pm #

          Neurodoc, I suspect the poll is more or less correct. However, as a country we haven’t felt enough pain and hunger yet. I don’t mean to belittle those who are already suffering. I’m just saying, historically speaking the backlash usually comes after a lot of damage is already done.

          • Blackbird July 1, 2022 at 11:14 pm #

            I agree. The chasm is wide and deep – and growing.

          • farmgal July 2, 2022 at 1:03 pm #

            Agreed TaxDonkey. I wouldn’t wish hunger upon anyone but as long as people have a/c, fast food and cell phones there will be no uprising.

      • Why_weren't_we_asked_about_Degrowth July 1, 2022 at 5:29 pm #

        Maybe big Pharma and big Weapons have lots of folks smirk

      • Night Owl July 1, 2022 at 5:59 pm #

        You survived (so far) the greatest hoax in human history, propagated largely by the press and infiltrated academic institutions, and you wonder if a poll from globalist hub U. of Chicago is real?

        Pro tip: They lie.

      • JohnAZ July 1, 2022 at 7:28 pm #

        And

        People are hidebound, they will not change no matter what the stimulus. A hidebound Democrat stays that way. Same with GOP. Elections are won by the votes of the moderate folks. My concern about the forty percent number is it used to be 25%.

        A marker for the economic decline of 15% of the population into gimme status?

    • neurodoc July 1, 2022 at 4:59 pm #

      Its from the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP). Can’t post the link due to copyright issues, but do your own research and due diligence. Its real.
      🙂

    • malthuss July 1, 2022 at 5:32 pm #

      1 in 4 has a gun?

      • Anthea July 2, 2022 at 12:00 pm #

        Surely more than 1 in 4. Almost everybody I know has several. I hear gunfire around here almost every day, because people like to target shoot to stay in practice.

    • MaryQueen July 1, 2022 at 8:33 pm #

      Wow. Most tipping points only need 10%.

      Shit’s gonna get real.

    • Anthea July 2, 2022 at 11:28 am #

      Who would answer a poll like that honestly?

  39. malthuss July 1, 2022 at 5:06 pm #

    Why would indians smuggle an armadillo? whats it used for?

    103 live animals smugglers had. Thailand bust.

    • MaryQueen July 1, 2022 at 8:24 pm #

      It’s always for $$$$

    • Disaffected July 1, 2022 at 10:30 pm #

      Why would indians smuggle an armadillo? whats it used for?

      Don’t be absurd! As Nigel Tufnel of the famed rock group Spinal Tap said all those years ago, Armadillos are for putting in their trousers, of course. Or secondarily, for eating off the half shell the day after they were run over if you live in the SE US. But that goes without saying…

    • Blackbird July 1, 2022 at 11:17 pm #

      They make a cool-looking charango.

      • Blackbird July 1, 2022 at 11:19 pm #

        And they’re the only animal, besides us, that transmits leprosy.

        Three good reasons for smuggling a few in, if you ask me.

    • Mac July 4, 2022 at 12:13 am #

      Leprosy research, perhaps?

  40. malthuss July 1, 2022 at 5:23 pm #

    First, look at the global economy.

    We are all heading not just for a recession but for a deep, long depression that will rival anything that took place in the 1930s.

    Barbados, Lebanon and Sri Lanka have all gone bankrupt. As, of course, has Argentina. Government corruption (enjoyed by politicians and bureaucrats) is largely responsible. Just look at the corruption in the UK, for example.

    Things are so bad in Sri Lanka (long independent for food supplies) that farmers can no longer afford to buy seeds. The country is begging for food.

    In 2020, the global debt was $220 trillion. It has now risen to $300 trillion – that’s three and a half times global GDP.

    Governments everywhere are going to have push up interest rates to try to keep inflation down. And when they do that the cost of servicing all that debt is going to bankrupt millions, destroy thousands of companies and put nations in peril. No country on earth is immune. Both the UK and the USA could go into default. Services are going to have to be cut. Pensions and other payments will have to be halted.

    https://vernoncoleman.org/articles/we-have-six-months-left

  41. Why_weren't_we_asked_about_Degrowth July 1, 2022 at 5:25 pm #

    Jim you are so right about these radicals that call themselves progressives. A couple of decades ago I thought I shared some of their causes. Who doesn’t want clean air, water and soil, but todays greens are either economically illiterate or merchants of death. We can just look across to Europe to see where they want to take us. It’s not enough that they will all freeze from no energy, but in the latest twist the Netherlands announced they will force 30% of all farms out of business by 2030. Farmers are livid and blocking traffic all over the country with tractors and trucks. Go Farmers!

    The beureaucrats say they need to reduce nitrogen emissions. The Dutch are the 5th largest exporter of food in the world. What are they really saying some farmers can’t work and some people somewhere can starve.
    They are doing this shit in a vacuum. If Nigeria and India or some other blig fucking country doesn’t reduce emissions then why should first world countries absorb all the inflation and sacrifices.

    In the words of William Wallace “Freedom”

    • JohnAZ July 1, 2022 at 7:36 pm #

      You are a former victim of the political spin factory.

      Start by assuming all these people want is power.

      They will manipulate causes, crises, pandemics, make up shit, lie, cheat anything to wrest more power from us and each other.

      When they get power, they want more. The FF knew this and designed a government that is limiting to power.

      Until the power mongers figure out how to go around the balance of power safeguards.

      Just think what is happening right now in DC. Classic.

      A good study is emerging right now. The Supremes just did their job interpreting the Constitutionality of certain laws. The Libs are incensed, watch what happens.

    • MaryQueen July 1, 2022 at 8:25 pm #

      I still seethe about how taken in I got after watching Al Gore’s stupid movie about global warming.

      • Mac July 4, 2022 at 12:16 am #

        Was your “aha” moment when Obama bought beachfront property?

  42. gustafson.robert.22 July 1, 2022 at 5:44 pm #

    (Reposting from uphill)

    Some big things the 1% and the 99% walk in lockstep on (overwhelming majorities of both):

    – Our technology is a great success-story.

    – Oil will be replaced by an as-yet-undiscovered future energy-resource which will have us looking back on the quaint oil-age in a similar manner to how we currently look back on the quaint stone-age.

    – Go Murika. (or the things Murika represents, the “non-negotiable” arrangements).

    Lockstep, rulers and ruled. The 99% must take some responsibility, and distance themselves significantly from the 1%. Much more crucial an issue than any current left/right arguments.

    • Why_weren't_we_asked_about_Degrowth July 1, 2022 at 6:07 pm #

      I don’t think the 99% are begging for machine learning and artificial intelligence.

      • gustafson.robert.22 July 1, 2022 at 6:26 pm #

        They are… demanding cake but howling about the icing.

      • MaryQueen July 1, 2022 at 7:58 pm #

        Yes they are. At least everyone born after 1980. Gadgetry and screens are everything/reality to them.

        • gustafson.robert.22 July 1, 2022 at 11:07 pm #

          Right, true. Large contingent are. Those that aren’t want the cake (oil-wealth and tech benefits) without the icing (AI, transhumanism, Great Reset programs, etc.).

  43. Paula D July 1, 2022 at 6:07 pm #

    JohnAZ you will be interested in this. It’s on your favorite subject- what is wrong with the GMO injectible that makes it kill people?
    I’ll mess up the link so it posts. Just fix it up again…
    youtube dot com/watch?v=oGRlRZ0PRXI

    • Night Owl July 1, 2022 at 6:36 pm #

      Worth reposting this (which GA posted last round):

      https://rumble.com/v1acoaa-up-to-100-million-will-die-from-cv19-vax-by-2028-dr-david-martin.html?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email

      Everything one needs to know is right here. The paper trail can’t be hidden.

      • JohnAZ July 1, 2022 at 7:57 pm #

        I agree with his statement that the choice of the s protein was the biggest mistake in medical history.

        Two things,

        Was it an act of domestic terror?
        By the history of Deep State, they are capable of doing this. The WEF’s capabilities are new news, but I believe they would use nuclear warfare to get their way, so bio war yes!

        Number two, are most of the people able to tear down the s proteins with their immune systems? This begs the question of whether the proteins continue to be produced over time, some sort of gene manipulation.

        This should be easy to confirm, just look!! Blood tests of significant populations, non vaxx, vaxxed once, twice , one booster, two boosters, etc.looking for s proteins. A six month job before the trial Martin is talking about.

        Then there is the Biden Mob who are going to block any effort to do so.

        Will there be an American government left? BTW, what a good start to impeach Biden and co. For high crimes. Who is going to get Schwab and company?

        • MaryQueen July 1, 2022 at 8:21 pm #

          The quacksines are a bioweapon.

        • Paula D July 1, 2022 at 9:09 pm #

          Didn’t you watch it, John?
          They discuss why the immune system can’t break it down.

          • JohnAZ July 2, 2022 at 1:56 am #

            I finished watching it and did not see where he talked about how long the s proteins last. The s proteins need to be produced to cause on going damage. I do realize that getting more boosters or getting the virus more times will reinforce the s protein load. If someone gets injected or gets the virus, how long do the s proteins last?

            Read an article by Malone on that subject. He reported that s protein generation by the vaxx was higher than getting a severe case of Covid. IMHO, that should have put the kabosh on the vaxx. However, long term s protein was studied by Malone who found it was 60 days to clear the s proteins from the plasma serum, much longer than the two weeks that was modeled.

            We have millions of test subjects with the injection that should be sampled for the presence of the s protein to see if the hypothesis of genetic mutation causing continuous attack is true. If Martin’s lawsuit is to have any effect, he better be prepared to prove the ongoing presence of s proteins and it debilitation of the body.

            As always, time will tell.

          • JohnAZ July 2, 2022 at 2:08 am #

            I will add that between the poor medical condition of boomers, the declining economic condition of the country, especially the rapidly increasing drug usage, especially the long term effects of marijuana, another drug hardly researched, increasing weather instability, increasing air pollution, especially fine particulates, the death rate is going to increase significantly going down the road. Folks trying to expose the mortality effects of Covid and its vaxx better be better prepared than saying insurance company mortality data is up 40% with no breakdown of what the problems are.

            If Martin is right and 700000000 additional folks die in the world by 2028, I would guess somebody will notice. We will see what his lawsuit provides.

          • GreenAlba July 3, 2022 at 10:04 am #

            “I finished watching it and did not see where he talked about how long the s proteins last. ”

            Dr Chetty demonstrated at least 6 months (as being the period during which the vaxxed are a danger to the unvaxxed). Dr McCullough has previously mentioned spike protein being identified in tissue 15 months post-jab. I was absolutely livid when I discovered my husband had got his booster without telling me. I was planning to avoid him for at least a month (not easy in a one-bedroom flat!) and had told him that. He didn’t believe my shedding stories (still claims not to) and chose to avoid the earache by not telling me. But paid the price – his next cardiology consulation is tomorrow. So, having got 7 months beyond my own second jab, I got doused in spike protein for another 6 months or whatever through no fault of my own.

            In my understanding, the effects of the spike protein are separate from the effects of genetic manupulation and again from the effects of the lipid nanoparticles. So far, I think the only antidotes that are being worked on are for the spike protein. Presumably you can’t undo a rewriting of your DNA except by rewriting the rewriting to go back to normal – and probably (a) it’s impossible or (b) the people best placed to do it would be the people who perpetrated the crime, and I doubt any of us would trust them.

            Also I think the point of the nano-particles is that you can’t get an mRNA instruction into your cells without it slithering in encapsulated in a lipid nanoparticle, which involves switching off your immune system to let the thing into the cell in the first place. (Note that the plan now is to phase out ‘old’ medicines and do everything with this genetic crap, And with a 100-day time scale from ‘discovery’ of a ‘threat’ to having injections and pills ready to deal with it, ergo safety testing is for wimps.

            I’m not aware of antidotes to the lipid nanoparticles either. I think I heart Dr Robert Young talk about the positive or negative (pardon my inexpertise) charge of the lipid nanoparticle as it interacts with the opposite charge of the cell, causing radiation damage at cellular level. Again, apologies if I’m not explaining that correctly. His point was that different people can tolerate different levels of radiation, and that if you take enough jabs, one of them will eventually kill you, as a result of the radiation.

            As has been said already, the jabs are a multifaceted bioweapon and the most cleverly engineered poison ever created.

            Getting back to the spike proteins, even once they’ve been flushed from your body, the harm that they’ve done, in terms of inflammation and vascular damage, is still done.

          • GreenAlba July 3, 2022 at 10:11 am #

            On a lighter note (or perhaps darker!), my husband said the consultant is going to try something called ‘carotid massage’. I have yet to look this up, but I told him it sounded like a euphemism that would be used by the mafia or ‘Odd Job’, along the lines of ‘I hear you paint houses’. 🙂

            It is curious that they’re ‘trying’ anything at all (i.e. trying it for what?), given that the hospital claimed it wasn’t a heart attack, and nobody, including the consultant, appears at all interested in my point that it happened a week after the booster. I guess if I look it up I will find out what ‘carotid massage’ is actually for.

          • Paula D July 3, 2022 at 8:37 pm #

            There is a treatment called carotid massage used for SVT, but I can’t imagine why the doctor would use it in any other way.
            It never works anyway.

      • MaryQueen July 1, 2022 at 7:59 pm #

        They really did create a clusterfuck and people will STILL not get it’s the quacksines:

        https://2ndsmartestguyintheworld.substack.com/p/since-the-covid-vaccine-roll-out

        • Paula D July 1, 2022 at 9:10 pm #

          How do you and NO post links? I get a moderation notification when I try.

          • MaryQueen July 1, 2022 at 10:32 pm #

            I don’t know. Once in awhile, they don’t post but lately they all have. I have trouble with some links like from Bitchute. And when I am logged in with a different email address, that one can’t successfully post links.

  44. jim e July 1, 2022 at 6:38 pm #

    “when the real trouble starts”

    “Russia demands rubles for grain exports
    Moscow has expanded the list of commodities that must be paid for in Russian currency” RT

  45. jim e July 1, 2022 at 8:02 pm #

    “Russian Minister for Agriculture Dmitry Patrushev said this month that the country would export agricultural products to “friendly countries” only. ”

    You hear hat “Sucking Sound?”

    God Bless the USD

  46. kimmasad01 July 1, 2022 at 8:24 pm #

    I appreciate your articles, James, your writings well describe the problems and who is behing inflaming them- but I would like to see you delve a bit deeper to the heart of the what’s really going on.with the WEF’s “Great Reset”, how these poisonous injections relate, how the history of the so called Green New Deal is an integral part of this reset- it being a mockery of a successful policy that lifted Americans out of economic despair- the Green New Deal was born from elite British-funded narcoterrorist organizations like the Sierra Club and it’s successor, Green Peace- the progenitors of the climate change hoax that lyingly promotes the idea that CO2 is a danger to the environment- what’s really happing to affect dangerous weather anomalies all over the globe is rapid water evaporation systems strategically placed near weather front, causing otherwise normal rain storms to become destructive “perfect storms” and exploited as scapegoats for climate change. What’s really behind all this destruction? the Party of Chaos? Perhaps you can write about the secret societies that fall within broader 33° Freemansonry, as these secret occult societies are loyal to no nation state, the initiates are well funded, and vetted, comprised of celebrities, entertainers, sports heroes, prominent media figures, politicians of every stripe, rich oligarchs, elite, lead by royal members of the British Monarchy – they view the uninitiated as vulgar and profane- not even worthy of living- their aim is to make one the capstone of the Eye of Horus with its foundational pyramid- thus bringing about their New World Order by Ordo Ab Chao, order out of chaos- they aim to eliminate 90% of the world’s population, enslaving the rest to act as their personal servitors.

    Please write about this – as this is the core issue behind all others that plague corruption in politics and finance the world over.

    • Blackbird July 1, 2022 at 11:34 pm #

      Hey wait a minute…

      I asked our host to write a story that starts with the words, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” He might be kinda busy right now, what with his blog, my – errr, our – novel, his garden, and such…

      Why don’t you write about that stuff? Turn your name green and we’ll hike on over to get the news. I bet you’ve got a pretty good lead on our host in a lot of these areas.

  47. MaryQueen July 1, 2022 at 8:29 pm #

    Thanks, James, for the 4th of July wishes and the great (as usual) article. Same to you & yours. I am just happy it’s a 3 day weekend.

    My main job will be to keep my dogs from freaking out from local fireworks. It wasn’t too bad last year.

    I would love to think that the midterms will change anything, but I don’t think they will. I think the Dems have it set up (again). And anyway, both parties seem to be in the control of the WEF & medical industrial complex… so….

  48. MrMangoOnMyShoulder July 1, 2022 at 9:02 pm #

    Random Rant (may make me sound like a grumpy old man):

    I tire of people thinking they are special for being “different”. Especially when different means “the same different as some others are”. As if dying your hair blue makes you special, when everyone else is already doing that…It certainly does not. Much like getting a tattoo does not make one unique. It’s actually a little bit pathetic. It’s a reach. How about be yourself without proclaiming to the world that you are somehow worthy of more consideration and praise than us “normies”?

    Family member who has been publicly gay since her late teens is now celebrating “coming out” (again) at 28 years old and changing her name to a cartoon Cowboy-esque male name. Okay. Good for you. We’ve always known you’re gay. Yet you should know…no one cares. We still love you either way. But we all DO tire of hearing about it, as if it’s worthy of continual discussion, And I’m sorry to say – it is not a matter of strength or pride to keep declaring the same thing that we all already knew.

    Sleep with whomever you prefer. We all do just that. Shut the fuck up about it though, because no one wants to hear about it again and again. You already got married to a girl – SIX YEARS AGO. That was rather enough to signal to everyone where you stand.

    You do you, just keep it to yourself like the rest of us do. It’s called “tact”.

    Sigh.

    Old man rant complete.

    • MaryQueen July 1, 2022 at 10:02 pm #

      It’s called narcissism.

    • Disaffected July 1, 2022 at 10:24 pm #

      Yep to all of the above. That’s the whole gay complaint in a nutshell. Just shut up and fuck already if that’s you’re thing, just don’t drag it out into public and expect special treatment because of it.

    • Jarek July 1, 2022 at 11:34 pm #

      Look at the Rainbow flag – it’s being invaded by the Tranny arrow. Cis gays are nothing now! She feels insecure.

      Did they divorce yet? The first Lesbian couple to marry didn’t mast very long.

      • MrMangoOnMyShoulder July 1, 2022 at 11:39 pm #

        No divorce. They have both become “men”, though. What the hell is the point if they both are going to become the opposite of what they started out as? Now they’re “trans men”, instead of “gay women”. Okay.

        Again, that’s fine. Who cares? Just quit proclaiming. We all have things. I love the hell outta my wife. You are no different. Shut it already. Bang away.

        • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 1:54 pm #

          LOL! I agree 100%.

      • Blackbird July 2, 2022 at 12:10 am #

        That arrow looks like it’s doing something else to that rainbow. Nice arrangement of colors.

        I worked with a lesbian who, with her partner, was “transitioning” to “male”. So many questions I wanted to ask – ok, really only one – but of course I couldn’t. And of course I had to refer to her by her preferred pronoun. Anyway, she had absolutely no male characteristics – except her jeans. (Ironic. She was too self-unaware for it to have been intentional.) Not feminine in any outwardly observable manner, but absolutely no idea of what it is to be male. How do you decide that you are something, of which you know virtually nothing? Probably easier the more ignorant you are.

        • Jarek July 2, 2022 at 11:56 am #

          Yeah, no psyche or deep self at all. Just internalized media messages being identified with and reflected off of each other.

        • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 8:15 pm #

          Do you know about the dude who designed the trans flag? Total pedo. Identifies as a woman, natch.

    • Blackbird July 1, 2022 at 11:54 pm #

      Sing it Mango!

      Today’s children (I’m thinking mostly under-30, but in more than a few cases, over 50) are so proud of their disfunction. “Oh, I’m so OCD.” No you’re not! The house is a mess, the baby’s crying, and you’re watching Jackass. “I have The Gift.” (Translation: “I’m right about everything.”) And who hasn’t heard – repeatedly – that narcissistic refrain, “I’m awesome!”

      But they’re encouraged. Microsoft Tablet (or some Microsoft crap like that) commercial from a few years ago. Chubby black Dominican high school girl, “Growing up, there was nobody that looked like me…” After going out of your way to “craft” your “unique” “look”. Ok, so you want to be surrounded by clones? You’re a Chubby black Dominican high school girl in one of the low rent boroughs of NYC! Within a 1 mile radius I guarantee there are at least 10,000 delicate snowflakes that look exactly like you!

      The only advice I have for today’s children is, “Lean a little closer to the water, you can see yourself better.”

      • Paula D July 2, 2022 at 12:50 pm #

        Even better rant! That made me laugh out loud.
        Yeah, these kids today are so brainwashed. They didn’t independently decide that they are not the sex they are, or as the media/government/NGOs put it “The sex assigned at birth”.
        This bullshit comes from the top, same as the 2 year old OCD/hypochondria our ruling overlords have instilled in half the population.
        It just shows how malleable/gullible humans are.

      • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 2:01 pm #

        Hilarious!

        I know a lesbian who taught gender studies for most of her adult career. She got married to a woman in 2008 after crying for years how badly gay & lesbians were treated. Well, then as we know, things really switched and gays and lesbians were all the rage. They got about as near total acceptance as any minority could ever hope to achieve.

        This was bad news for lesbian friend. She was no longer a contestant in the Oppression Olympics. Why, being a lesbian meant you were now just a regular ol’ person like everyone else.

        So… of course she started identifying as ‘queer’, and non-binary, and gender-fluid, etc. Because she could not STAND being accepted in society. Now she rails against radical feminists because she likes her new identity and ignores all the horrors about sterilized and chopped up kids, or the pervy men who now feel free to take over women’s spaces. It’s more important to her to feel she can still be a contestant in the Oppression Olympics.

        Funny thing that she can’t even acknowledge that being trans is now just as accepted and ‘normal’ in our society. But this time it’s not won because the populace wanted it. It’s being forced on everyone.

      • Anthea July 2, 2022 at 3:25 pm #

        The teen and young-adult years are the naturally the years of “finding yourself” at a number of levels. At one level it’s, “Who am I, and what is the purpose of my life?” These questions require spiritual direction, and few kids get any of that.

        At another level, the questions have to do with getting some clarity about your place in the world. Most kids (and adults) know nothing about the world and the way works, the life choices (and hence identities) available to them, and how to go about pursuing and achieving a worldly identity.

        At another level, people seek a worldly identity through personal relationships. Maybe they’re the helpful one, the honest one, the witty one, the one who does exciting things, the devoted mother, the smart one, etc.

        If you’re a kid today, you’ve been lied to about absolutely all of the above your whole life. The answer you’ve been given for, “Who am I, and what is my purpose in life?” is, “Your purpose is to be like some celebrity–perhaps a Kardashian–and you can achieve this purpose by buying our products.”

        As for ones place in the world, kids not only don’t know anything about the world, they don’t know anybody who does.

        Back in my youth, I remember another young person commenting about returning to his home town after being away for a few years and thinking it looked like Tobacco Road.

        Most of us grow up in some version of Tobacco Road–some narrow little crack in the cosmos. It is invariably a little “company town” of some kind, existing at the grace of the Ford or GM plant, the meat-packing industry, the army ammunition plant, or the illegal drug trafficking idustry combined with government bennies (with maybe a chance for a government job).

        Your place in the world is governed entirely by who owns your little slice of it. You may find a different and higher-status place in the world by finding yourself another “company” to own you (medicine, pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, etc.) and fitting yourself to be of value on their plantation.

        It’s a wonder that any of us ever “found ourselves” in this kind of context. Most of us probably didn’t.

        • MrMangoOnMyShoulder July 2, 2022 at 5:50 pm #

          Wow, you win the “sensible dark view” award for the day! I was going for it myself, but I can’t argue with this kind of direct clarity. Bravo!

          At least we still have sunshine, dogs, scratch biscuits, ice-cold drinks and fresh apples in the world. But you’re right, we’re buying them all from somebody, whether we ever know them or meet them in person.

          • Anthea July 2, 2022 at 6:14 pm #

            Thanks!

            I grew up in one of these “company towns,” myself–a mostly blue-collar one. That’s one reason why the young people leave. At some level, they know the seedy truth about the seedy, sordid little place. Where they make their mistake is in thinking that there is someplace that isn’t a company town.

        • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 8:17 pm #

          Excellently stated, Anthea. As are most of your posts!

          • Anthea July 2, 2022 at 11:22 pm #

            Thanks, that’s very kind of you.

    • Slugoon July 2, 2022 at 2:59 am #

      This is Putin’s view too (see Oliver Stone interviews). Do whatever you want behind closed doors but don’t expect everybody else to prop up and glorify it.

      We’ve ‘Pride’ flags waving in our local supermarket. At work it is nothing but ‘Pride, Pride, Pride’, one newsletter after another harping on about being ‘inclusive and diverse’. It’s constant, everywhere.

      I wonder, why don’t they go to Pakistan or Saudi Arabia and do all this shit where there actually is discrimination. See how that goes down.

      Because it’s not about being ‘equal’ or ‘accepted’. That has long since been achieved. It’s pure narcissism as Mary said. And Dis summarised it perfectly!

      I honestly believe these so-called minority groups and communities thrive on victimhood. They don’t actually want ‘equality’ – blah, in most cases they’ve not only already got it but they get special treatment/brownie points on top – but they enjoy playing the victim and fighting non-existent ‘oppressors’. They need them to stay relevant and will even manufacture them where required.

      It’s the same theme with Blacks and ‘structural racism’ – a deliciously ambiguous phrase that gets trotted out when no actual racism can be found. Pffft.

      Great post, Mango.

      • Jarek July 2, 2022 at 12:00 pm #

        Don’t hold back – I think you know! It’s supremacy. Their dysfunction raises them above us somehow. Maybe we caused it and are thus, monsters that need to be slain? Without US they would be perfect and they would create a perfect world.

        Blacks? Same. Radical Feminists? Same.

        • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 2:04 pm #

          Radical feminists have zero power.

          Blacks had BLM, worth probably billions now in donations from major corporations, NGOs and government interests, not to mention big pharma.

          Better rethink that, Jarek. You couldn’t be more wrong.

          • Jarek July 2, 2022 at 2:14 pm #

            Really? They terrorized Erin Pizzey out of her own organization and her plan to provide domestic abuse shelters for men.

            Not to mention controlling the Divorce Industry at level of the State Courts. Such a little thing, right Mary?

            Like all upstart minorities, your method is to always claim zero power. That’s how you get power. Infinite victimhood and no accountability for the misuse of the real power that you already have.

          • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 8:19 pm #

            Those aren’t radical feminists, but nice try.

            Maybe research your subject before opining since you keep making a jackass out of yourself.

            There is ONE nonpartisan radical feminist group fighting the trans ideology agenda in the courts in the ENTIRE country. They have 6 employees.

          • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 8:40 pm #

            Wrap your head around this.

            The establishment doesn’t target people for being cut out of commerce unless they disagree with them.

            https://taibbi.substack.com/p/the-worlds-most-taboo-legal-case?r=5mz1&s=w

      • Paula D July 2, 2022 at 12:59 pm #

        It’s coming from the top.
        Do you really think that random gay men or lesbians in your corporation have the power to control the messaging from the top?
        Do you think that the grocery store wants to cater to gay customers so much that they line the aisles with Pride flags?
        This comes from corporate and corporate gets it from higher up.
        The first time I heard the terms “Get a room” and “PDA” (public display of affection, used in a Don’t Do It! way” was from my gay co-worker. He didn’t approve of flaunting private matters in public. This was before the ruling class decided to push homosexuality, CRT and trans down our throats and got the younger generation to embrace it as theirs.

        • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 2:03 pm #

          Spot on, exactly.

          Look at the rainbow/trans flag logos on all corporations during this past month. Some still haven’t changed them back.

        • Jarek July 2, 2022 at 2:11 pm #

          Many gays loved/love this. They loved being put over the lowly straights. Many may not yet realize they’ve been demoted to just lowly cis queers yet. Out back with the barnyard animals and breeders.

          But your lauding of these people shows you as the Enemy of the People that you are.

          • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 8:20 pm #

            Again: You know nothing.

            There are milliions of gays and lesbians now protesting the trans bullshit.

            But you think you know it all, without knowing any of it.

            The self-owns are piling up, Jarek. Not looking good.

  49. amb July 1, 2022 at 9:43 pm #

    Independence Day? What a joke. Land of the free and home of the brave? What a joke. We are pathetic.

    The only Independence Day I’d celebrate is the overthrow of this government, the purging of all the cancer that has infiltrated it, and restoration of the structure, Constitution, and Bill of Rights that our great American Founders created.

    Wake me up when you are ready to march on DC and throw all the bums out.

    • messianicdruid July 2, 2022 at 9:16 am #

      Wake me up when it’s all over,

      When Im wiser and Im bolder,

      All this time i thought i was finding myself,

      I didn’t know that I was lost.

    • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 2:04 pm #

      Can’t march on Washington any more without being arrested as a terrorist.

  50. MaryQueen July 1, 2022 at 9:49 pm #

    This is hilarious. The LGB Alliance in UK (the gays & lesbians who wisely dropped the T) were given a $9K grant from the gov’t and this Feminist Library freaked out about it (being as pro-trans as they are) so they started a petition demanding it get revoked.

    Look at the signatures. I’m dying laughing. Some of them are definitely rad fem inside jokes but still very funny:

    https://openletter.earth/open-letter-the-national-lottery-and-lgb-alliance-6ed413c3

    You gotta love a self-own.

    • MrMangoOnMyShoulder July 2, 2022 at 7:56 am #

      Having achieved every stated goal, folks tend to begin to eat their own out of lack of purpose.

      • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 2:06 pm #

        The LGBTQWERTYUIOPS+ can’t stand to see the LGB kicking them to the curb.

        I think it’s a thing of beauty.

        The UK seems to be ahead of the US with this, and it’s all because of one female attorney in the UK who started the LBG Alliance.

        She has been subject to just about every sort of attack you can imagine. So glad to see them realizing some success.

  51. KesaAnna July 1, 2022 at 10:15 pm #

    ” I tire of people thinking they are special for being “different”. ”

    ” Different ” is elastic to infinity.

    I’m sure that is part of the problem.

    — And you give me another occasion to kick American motorcycle culture .

    A two – wheeled vehicle that costs as much as a tiny house or camper that you could live in , somehow equates to being a rebel ?

    It looks to me more like an abstract facade of imperialism for folks who didn’t get the memo that the 19th Century ended some time ago.

    Or , to put it another way —

    In George Orwell’s 1984 , the reality is the exact opposite of the claim .

    In this case , that would mean ” being different ” is a degree of status – seeking social – climbing that might have shocked the sharks of Versailles in the era of Louis XV,

    but claiming / pretending to be egalitarian.

    • Disaffected July 1, 2022 at 10:21 pm #

      In George Orwell’s 1984 , the reality is the exact opposite of the claim .

      KesaAnna continues to kick it – in the balls.

    • MaryQueen July 1, 2022 at 10:30 pm #

      According to the trans ideologists, there is no end to how many genders there are. Using their logic, there are 8 billion possible genders.

  52. KesaAnna July 1, 2022 at 10:22 pm #

    ” I figure the payment on your Rivian, all added up, will be about $2000 per month — basically for the rest of your life. ”

    It actually makes quite a bit of sense to me , in a very sadistic way that undoubtedly two – thirds of the peasantry would eagerly vote to impose on those other peasants.

    Indentured servitude .

    Share – cropping.

    Interest slavery

    Wage slavery

    The 13th Amendment

    etc.

    The same deal in a new costume.

    • SoftStarLight July 2, 2022 at 2:37 pm #

      At the end day basically some people are simply deeply masochistic and there isn’t much anyone can do about it. Though it does present potentially an existential threat to free spirit types. Obviously the modern world has given the sadists lots of extra tools as you point out. As I read you more i wonder if much of your peferences for a society could only be achieved where there is a much smaller and low to very low tech population?

  53. KesaAnna July 1, 2022 at 10:40 pm #

    ” Anti-intellectualism is part of the American DNA. Probably because this country was used as a dumping ground for European refuse for a couple of hundred years. ”

    One reason I’m not the least a fan of the American Revolution , even though I’m not exactly a fan of the British ,

    is my absolute certainty that the average American worships titles more than they ever did when they lived candidly by the leave of Earls and Dukes.

    A person already born on third base , or with a silver spoon up their ass uses four and five syllable words ?

    That’s really just fine.

    A factory worker , peach – picker , or waitress quotes Shakespeare ?

    That is resented and hated with a passion by both the folks on Country Club row , and the White Trash trailer park.

    ” Anti – intellectualism ” is a false perception , or simply false.

    It is resentment of someone getting above their place.

    Not getting above their place materially . On the contrary , if a real bottom – feeder strikes it rich , suddenly they walk on water.

    It’s resentment of someone getting above their place where it really counts ;

    Having kicked American motorcycle culture , I’ll now borrow a line from , “Easy Rider ” ( altered somewhat ) ;

    They hate a free man.

    • Anthea July 3, 2022 at 12:43 am #

      That’s an astute observation. I’m not sure it’s a class thing, though. (I’m not really sure where it comes from.) I think it’s more than any hint of excellence or enterprise–or even being interested in something–makes many people feel inferior. Try deciding to learn French or play the guitar. Seems like it’s a good way to make enemies.

      It’s notorious that kids who try to excel an black schools are persecuted. This is also true to some extent in all-white schools; the nerds are ridiculed and ostracized.

      Anyway, I think it may be simply that any sign of any kind of aspiration makes the majority of people feel inferior. I think there may also be a psychology involved where they think, “If we stick together, we can be as lazy and stupid as we like.”

  54. Blackbird July 1, 2022 at 10:46 pm #

    Honkeypox! How did we miss it? It was practically staring us in the face the whole time.

    We honkeys must claim our shame! A Honkeypox on us!

    • MrMangoOnMyShoulder July 2, 2022 at 7:59 am #

      Man, I sure hope that’s what the WHO decides to change the name to. I can roll with that.

  55. KesaAnna July 1, 2022 at 11:08 pm #

    ” Life for us will get simpler, for sure, but it doesn’t have to be a trip back to the eleventh century. ”

    So I would hope .

    But to abuse the Roman metaphor yet again ,

    A point was arrived at where every day that the Empire endures is bad news for a Roman.

    Every day that the United States endures is bad fucking news for you Norman Rockwell America types.

    Assuming you are sincere ????

    I’ve been in this country since 1976 and still get the bizarre , Twilight Zone impression that you hate your country light years more than I ever did or could ever even comprehend.

    • Blackbird July 2, 2022 at 12:22 am #

      Speaking of Norman, the Norman Invasion of England took place in the eleventh century. Some say that was the first globalist revolution. The Normans brought feudalism to England and turned it into a modern country, controlled by plutocrats wielding a world-made-by-hand military-industrial complex. In an ideological way, if not also a genealogical way, a lot of today’s branches reach back to that root.

      • Paula D July 2, 2022 at 1:07 pm #

        The Romans invaded before that. Didn’t they bring something besides roads?
        I know the Vikings didn’t bring anything useful.

        • Paula D July 2, 2022 at 1:46 pm #

          I always think of Monty Python here.

        • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 2:07 pm #

          Acquafers!

        • Blackbird July 2, 2022 at 9:05 pm #

          Actually, the viking influence was – and is – profound. The Danegeld, wealthy and sophisticated, was the center of resistance centuries later during the English Civil War. The Royalists were mostly in the poor and unsophisticated north and west.

          The Romans brought architecture, some of which survived their departure. Contrary to what we were taught in school, the Latin influence on the English language comes not form the military occupation by the Romans of a distant land on the edge of their empire, but from the French-speaking Normans, who also brought advanced forms of bureaucracy, war-making, taxing, and banking.

      • Jarek July 2, 2022 at 2:09 pm #

        Before that it was just Jarls, Carls, and Thralls. Those who rule, fight, and work. A more primitive military-industrial complex.

    • SoftStarLight July 2, 2022 at 2:25 pm #

      Well, it’s complicated lol 😉

  56. tom clark July 1, 2022 at 11:47 pm #

    A Prayer for the World

    Let the rain come and wash away the ancient grudges, the bitter hatreds held and nurtured over generations.

    Let the rain wash away the memory of the hurt, the neglect.

    Then let the sun come out and fill the sky with rainbows.

    Let the warmth of the sun heal us wherever we are broken.

    Let it burn away the fog so that we can see each other clearly.

    So that we can see beyond labels, beyond accents, gender or skin color.

    Let the warmth and brightness of the sun melt our selfishness.

    So that we can feel the joys and sorrows of our neighbors.

    And let the light of the sun be so strong that we will see all people as our neighbors.

    Let the earth, nourished by rain, bring forth flowers to surround us with beauty.

    And let the mountains teach our hearts to reach upward to heaven.

    Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, March 2003 (no, I am not Jewish)

    • CrusherMuldoon July 2, 2022 at 9:32 am #

      Let us all hold hands and sing with gusto, Kumbaya

    • Anthea July 2, 2022 at 5:58 pm #

      “Think of a wonderful thought! Any happy little thought!” That’ll work.

  57. trypillian July 2, 2022 at 12:02 am #

    The Ukrainian fighting military has already proven and will prove they will kill the orc hordes until they don’t exist on the land of Ukraine. In essence; Ukraine has not yet begun to fight.

    Approximate orc losses to day 128:

    – terminated organisms……… 35,750
    – wounded organisms………..90,000
    – aircraft…………217
    – helicoptors…………186
    – tanks…………….1577
    – armored personnel vehicles…………3736
    – artillery…………..796
    – air defense vehicles……….105
    – rocket launchers……………..246
    – trucks……………2610
    – ships, landing craft, patrol boats……….15
    [ including the new submarine flagship ]

    • GreenAlba July 2, 2022 at 5:58 am #

      Ukraine’s fighting forces are losing 1000 men a day – 800 wounded and 200 dead. Maybe they’ll call up the women next. The west will not stop keeping this war going until there are no Ukrainian men left. Boris Johnson will keep going over and patting the clown president on the back, telling him the west is behind him when the west doesn’t give a toss about him or his country. As well as being a test-bed for the NWO, with its vaxx-centred social credit systems, Ukraine is a centre for human trafficking and industrial baby-farming – husbands aren’t needed for that, or for getting all those young Ukrainian girls into Europe’s brothels and porn studios.

      In the meantime the nazis have told Zelensky that they’ll have his guts for garters if he implements any of the Minsk agreements. The oligarchs that put him there, and the CIA/MI6 want their pound of flesh too, if he steps out of line.

      • Disaffected July 2, 2022 at 9:47 am #

        trypillian sounds like a paid provocateur. Ukraine’s “fighting forces” (actually, targets of opportunity) are caught in the Russian vice and slowly being crushed. Surely even the stupid Poles know that they will meet the same fate when they step up to bat. The DC/COL/TA boys chuckle to themselves knowingly at how easy all this is.

        • PeteAtomic July 2, 2022 at 10:37 am #

          The Russian General Staff may need to move further west past Kiev (I refuse to write Kyiv, or whatever the illegitimate govt in Kiev calls itself) — and if the Russians decide to do this, I think the Poles will ride into Galicia.

          • Disaffected July 2, 2022 at 11:45 am #

            As well they should (move further west). Make no mistake about it, this is US (by proxy) vs. Russia, and it won’t be over until the US and their NATO lapdogs are utterly destroyed.

          • JohnAZ July 2, 2022 at 2:23 pm #

            I do not think Russia wants much of the west Ukraine except to block NATO weapon shipments. Could be an assault on Kiev could be a thumbing of the nose to the West.

          • Blackbird July 2, 2022 at 9:15 pm #

            I think it’s funny how all these virtue signaling Ukraine supporters now say and spell “Kyiv” and “Lviv” but call the country “Ukraine” – definitely without the “the” that I am so fond of. Well, the citizens of that country call it “Ukraïna”, so start calling it Ukraïna, chumps.

            And, our courageous NATO ally “Poland” calls itself “Polska”. The capital is “Warsawa” (make sure you pronounce it correctly!).

            Russia, well they are the new Third Reich, so keep calling them “the Soviet Union”.

            Fucking virtue signalers…

        • Paula D July 2, 2022 at 1:10 pm #

          Agree, Disaffected. Either a paid provocateur or an amateur blithering idiot spouting nazi bullshit.
          Either way, Green Alba explained reality nicely to him.
          Either way, he won’t be able to comprehend.

          • Jarek July 2, 2022 at 2:49 pm #

            See far above. Paula wants small government with maximal democracy. All issues voted on or something. Thus people will vote to strip the wealthy of their wealth. Then what? A big Government will be need to divvy up the spoils and a big army and police force to take it from the rich and keep order.

            She’s a child, a vicious child.

          • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 8:23 pm #

            LOL, you’re a ‘vicious child,’ now, Paula.

            Because Jarek said so.

            MRA = TRA.

        • Disaffected July 2, 2022 at 1:18 pm #

          Russian vise of course, with apologies to the man known as Q.

        • Paula D July 2, 2022 at 1:44 pm #

          The best fighting forces in Ukraine are the militias of eastern Ukraine, fighting to free their land from the 100,000 troops the nazis sent to occupy them 8 years ago.
          They are the ones who are doing the most of the difficult door-to-door fighting. The nazis like to hide behind civilians, so they move into people’s apartments and houses.
          Obviously the militias don’t want to kill their own citizens so they move slowly but exceedingly fine.

          • Jarek July 2, 2022 at 2:50 pm #

            Many of the “Nazis” are of Russian descent and care nothing for the hapless Ukrainians.

          • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 8:24 pm #

            So why are those Ukraine nazis killing ethnic Russians and why have they been targeting them since 2014?

            Are you wrong on everything?

            Starting to look that way.

          • Jarek July 3, 2022 at 12:30 am #

            Not all Russians like Communism. The “Whites” fought long and hard. And of course this is something separate from the National Socialist input that came from Germany.

        • Anthea July 2, 2022 at 7:01 pm #

          “vise”

      • PeteAtomic July 2, 2022 at 10:34 am #

        Yes. It is a horrendous, malodorous situation there, GreenAlba.

        The Russians will/would grind all comers into the battle into dust. As they did to the Germans. The Germans, btw, are the most vociferous anti-Russian government in Europe. They are bitter about their drubbing by the Red Army. Well. That’s what happens when you find out you aren’t the “top guy” you thought you were.

        I’ll write this again, as I did when this war started: You underestimate Russia at your own peril.

        The West will never understand Russia. Well. They refuse to even try to.

        • Jarek July 2, 2022 at 12:04 pm #

          The love of one’s country is a terrible (wonderful) thing. The Albas of the world – and they are legion – are free of this impediment if impediment it be.

          The World is their Community! Sure it is. Snort some more rainbow dust, globies.

          • GreenAlba July 2, 2022 at 1:51 pm #

            My love of my country doesn’t involve jackboots and Zyklon B.

            So sod off with your ‘community’ shite.

          • Jarek July 2, 2022 at 2:05 pm #

            Oh now you love your country – because I said you didn’t.

            Women fell much further than men did…..

          • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 2:10 pm #

            G.A., he’s more agitated than usual this week, sounds like.

            Extra labeling, extra accusations, etc.

            Any more all I can really do is laugh. He doesn’t contribute to any of the conversations.

          • GreenAlba July 2, 2022 at 3:47 pm #

            “Oh now you love your country – because I said you didn’t.”

            I don’t do anything because of anything you say, you arrogant clown. I came back voluntarily to my country from living practically in the French Alps. So don’t tell me how I feel about my country.

            You haven’t got much further to fall anyway.

            My country is being destroyed, but I never voted for the ghouls who are destroying it. And practically none of it is to do with the tiny number of brown folks you fret about. As for black people, you’d need to go out in a 3-day hunting party to find any round here, and the ones you’d find would mostly be students. But the country is being destroyed anyway. I’m talking about Scotland. English people can take responsibility for their own country.

            Why don’t you do something useful – take the SNP and dump them in the deepest depths of Loch Ness.They’d be the first monsters ever to be found in it.

          • Jarek July 2, 2022 at 4:28 pm #

            Oh, “around here”. So provincial! Britain is full of them and they’ll be up there soon enough. You’ve defended the few that are there and evidently you want more of them – as does the Scottish National Party, lol.

            Scotland is part of Britain btw.

          • GreenAlba July 2, 2022 at 6:09 pm #

            Can you explain your ‘evidently’ point?

            All I said was that there are a handful of Scottish Asians around the streets near me – I think there’s just one family in my street – and they’re no problem to anyone. Their shops and their willlingness to work inconvient hours are also helpful. Sorry if that bothers you. And of course the NHS would have collapsed even faster without them. Asian families are very keen on getting their kids into the professions.

          • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 8:24 pm #

            Or how about he just sod off entirely?

            I’d be for that.

        • JohnAZ July 2, 2022 at 2:13 pm #

          Just heard an analysis on Fox that Russia is putting in defenses in the Donbas area and there is zero chance that Ukraine will win back any of the areas gobbled up so far by Russia. It also said that Russia’s industry is changing to a war time mode that will replace the armaments lost so far.

          How will the NATO group take the eventual loss of Ukraine’s access to the Black Sea and all the oil and gas reserves that are there.

          It looks to me that Russia is consolidating military power over as much of the Caspian oil basin as it can. It will then “own” Europe resource wise and will dictate terms for purchasing oil and gas in Europe.

          Just like a big Risk game.

          BTW, it is interesting that Biden’s efforts to get oil from other areas of the world is failing. Could it be that is why he has started to lease offshore oil again? Could it be that he is finally discovering what a fairy tale that his Mob has sold him?

          To me, Russia is crushing the West right now. How do you think the West will respond? A small piece of good news is that the WEF is taking a licking right now with Russia winning. An ironic turn that what saves the US from Biden’s mob and the WEF may be Russia’s success.

      • Slugoon July 2, 2022 at 10:37 am #

        You raise a good point, GA. Why aren’t feminists up in arms about discrimination on the battlefield? It’s all men that are dying.

        Same with the bin collections around here. All white men getting the work. Why aren’t quotas being met? Disgraceful inequality.

        • GreenAlba July 2, 2022 at 12:01 pm #

          Well, I can’t argue with that, Slugoon. Although I’ve definitely seen female ‘recycling agents’ or whatever the bin persons are called now, but only in a newspaper article and not locally! And presumably not in great numbers.

          • Q. Shtik July 2, 2022 at 3:29 pm #

            Although I’ve definitely seen female ‘recycling agents’ or whatever the bin persons are called now – GA

            ===========

            I had a heavily muscled cousin named Alan (he died 3.5 years ago) who worked summers as a “bouncer” in a Jersey shore popular bar. They changed the job title to “Crowd Control Engineer.”

          • BackRowHeckler July 2, 2022 at 6:13 pm #

            Q, was your cousin Allen in the South Jersey mob?

        • Paula D July 2, 2022 at 1:12 pm #

          The Ukraine regime has already announced they are going after women next.
          Pregnant women exempted. Looks like the worthy folks so exalted by some here are going to get their picks of blond babies.
          How nice for them.

          • Anthea July 2, 2022 at 7:07 pm #

            Karl Denninger posted several weeks ago that Ukraine was drafting women.

        • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 2:11 pm #

          Women oppose war – for all of us. Why would I fight to be on the battlefield with men, when I don’t want men there in the first place?

          If a woman wants to fight though – she ought to be able to.

          • JohnAZ July 2, 2022 at 2:19 pm #

            It is too bad that the people of Ukraine seem to be a lemming like as the people of America as they are being led toward the cliff by Zelensky. A pocket of Ukrainian military is almost encircled in the East. Siberia is about to get an increase in population.

          • Woodchuck July 2, 2022 at 3:39 pm #

            My favorite woman warrior is Hanna Reitsch. Short, blonde, somewhat good looking, the claim can be made that she was Hitler Germany’s very best test pilot. She was the first human to fly a helicopter, and the only human to ever successfully fly the modified V1 “buzzbomb” that had a cockpit installed. The V! was a first generation cruise missile fired at England during the war. They launched her not from a catapult but from underneath the wing of a bomber in flight. Because she had experience in this procedure, the Pentagon secretly hired her as a consultant on Chuck Yeager’s flights whereby the X! was launched from underneath a flying B29. She was an unrepentant Nazi and years after the end of the war, still proudly wore the iron cross studded with diamonds, awarded to her personally by Hitler. When Hitler was holed up in his bunker in Berlin in the final days, Ms. Reitsch managed to land an airplane in the middle of the street outside the bunker – while a firefight was raging in the city and getting close. She went inside and tried to talk Hitler into leaving with her and escaping somewhere. Hitler said no, he preferred to die, and so she flew off.

          • Jarek July 2, 2022 at 4:22 pm #

            Glorious! Almost impossible to imagine our women have any kind of loyalty, much less loyalty like that.

            But it stand to reason: If women were always as bad as they are now in the West, we would have never gotten this far. So they must have been different at some point – like back when we different. When we stronger and better at keeping them in line. And from their pov – more worthy of respect and obedience. By obeying us, they were obeying He who we obeyed, namely God and His representatives here on Earth.

          • Slugoon July 2, 2022 at 4:33 pm #

            The point, MQ, is that all the diversity quotas conveniently disappear when it comes to shitty, dangerous jobs.

          • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 7:30 pm #

            There is the consideration that women can’t physically do all the things men do. At least not the majority of women. We are built differently.

            You know, sexual dimorphism and all that.

            I frankly think it’s ridiculous to ignore that.

          • Blackbird July 2, 2022 at 9:52 pm #

            Woodchuck, I share your crush on Hanna. It’s a travesty that Germany is not allowed to celebrate its heroes.

            Sure, “they started the war” – so did the Soviet Union. Hard to name a country that didn’t start a war (they all disappeared under countries that did).

            The Holocaust. How about the Holodomor? The Great Leap Forward? Manifest Destiny? The Mongols wild ride? Skull Island? But I digress…

            Yeah Hanna was the only pilot to get to fly a V-1, but over in Japan, 56 lucky pilots got to take the Ohka (A Japanese flying bomb similar to the V-1) on a glorious one-way trip to the ancestors. And no, I’m not making fun of them. Look up the definition of “bad-ass” and you’ll see an Ohka pilot. A shame Japan lost them. But at least they get to celebrate them.

          • Slugoon July 3, 2022 at 12:32 am #

            I frankly think it’s ridiculous to ignore that. – MQ

            So do I, and I hope you realise I’m deliberately being an arse about this. Men are obviously different, it’s the fact that this concept is selectively applied.

  58. KesaAnna July 2, 2022 at 12:39 am #

    I mentioned Custer’s Last Stand yesterday.

    500 or a thousand guys are aiming arrows in the general direction of typically half their number astride horses.

    Hardly a difficult target.

    That was the situation at Crecy and Agincourt.

    500 or a thousand guys are aiming muskets or rifles in the general direction of typically half their number astride horses.

    That was the situation in The Charge of the Light Brigade.

    Audacious initiative was considered a virtue in a cavalry Officer and was prized.

    As long as cavalry was a fixture on battlefields , cavalry commands getting wiped out was hardly a rare or exceptional occurrence.

    No , I don’t like White People generally ,

    I don’t like the U.S. Army ,

    I don’t like the U.S. Government .

    Fuck the 4th of July , it’s too fucking hot.

    Why should I give a fuck ?

    But MY verdict of Custer’s Last Stand was , ” Shit happens. ”

    Claim whatever you like ,

    the idea that life should be a never – ending episode of Judge Judy was not my idea , I rather stubbornly vote against it repeatedly.

    • MrMangoOnMyShoulder July 2, 2022 at 8:58 am #

      But MY verdict of Custer’s Last Stand was , ” Shit happens. ”

      As much as I am generally annoyed by the phrase, I’d say Custer’s last campaign is well described by “play stupid games, win stupid prizes”.

      • BackRowHeckler July 2, 2022 at 2:54 pm #

        Nothing really unique about it tho; There was Fetterman’s Massacre 10 years previous, and twice in the early 1790s, on the Ohio frontier, the entire US Army was wiped out, almost to the man. Those battles are named after the losing Generals, Harmar and St. Claire. Loomed large then, forgot about now.

        • Blackbird July 2, 2022 at 10:08 pm #

          Good point Heck. It’s unfortunate that virtually no one in the US (and especially Ohio!) knows about Harmar’s Defeat and St. Clair’s Defeat (more of a massacre), or George Washington’s Indian War in general. Both battles were far more significant than Little Big Horn. Nobody ever put a whoopin’ on us like that – ever. And it was GW’s first term.

          Hell of a big scandal involving the Secretary of the Treasury and the sale of untitled land in Ohio to French citizens during GW’s first term too.

          GW, isn’t he the guy that started the French and Indian War? Yup, that guy.

          The past needs to be de-mythologized. The more clearly you can see it, the more interesting it becomes.

          But back to the Indian War. St. Clair’s Defeat deserves to be commemorated like Little Big Horn – by both whites and indians. A shared part of both cultures. Better get at while either of us has any culture left.

          • BackRowHeckler July 3, 2022 at 5:16 pm #

            Yes, and we didn’t mention the Battle of Blue Lick, another stunning ass kicking. Indians were on quite a run 1783-1793.

    • Jarek July 2, 2022 at 12:08 pm #

      Your saving grace is that you probably don’t like Black People either, generally. But of course the idea of us having anything of our own is unbearable to you. That’s how much you don’t like us. You want to BE with us so you can’t not like us, close up like.

      • Mac July 4, 2022 at 12:41 am #

        Funny, isn’t it? All those black and brown people thronging to the land of white oppression!

    • SoftStarLight July 2, 2022 at 2:16 pm #

      Perhaps the study of military history has brought you to your “Shit happens” conclusion. It would seem to be a grim topic of study admittedly though who am i to truly critique. For the most part however you can probably safely assume that the US gov doesn’t like you either. And they also seem to conclude “shit happens” so that is probably not ideal. And that isn’t what America is supposed to be so you do have that going for your argument.

      • MrMangoOnMyShoulder July 2, 2022 at 2:26 pm #

        And that isn’t what America is supposed to be so you do have that going for your argument.

        On the contrary, I think America’s legacy literally stands for “shit happens”.

        Enshrining and offering blanket rights while also clearly taking them away (the Native American experience comes to mind), giving the finger to the world by claiming a monopoly on exceptionalism, self-preservation and self-enriching while pretending to endlessly give…all of these things sound bad on paper, but are exactly what makes (or made) this country great.

        Hey, it’s better than getting your ass kicked for centuries. I should know, my ancestors are Slovak.

        • SoftStarLight July 2, 2022 at 3:22 pm #

          Well yeah but exceptionalism and the middle finger to the world and all that was a specific plan and course of action. Not a random thing or an unpredictable outcome. What i meant was is that the gov does stuff and has no idea what the outcomes will be and seemingly are like oh well eff it. And also they intentionally do things too that they know are detrimental and are like oh well.

      • Blackbird July 2, 2022 at 10:12 pm #

        Military history a “grim” topic of study? I think the word you were looking for there was “compelling”.

        • SoftStarLight July 3, 2022 at 3:17 am #

          Nopey nope. I intended to say grim. Why do you think I intended to say compelling though?

  59. PeteAtomic July 2, 2022 at 10:42 am #

    the West has descended into fantasies: Men can literally and magically become Women overnight, solar and wind will replace fossil fuels, abortion does not murder children, there are no Nazis in Ukraine and if there are we need to defend them against Putin, Jan.6th was an “insurrection”, Europe can survive without Russian energy…… the list goes on and on.

    • Disaffected July 2, 2022 at 12:17 pm #

      It’ll be interesting to see how they sell all this come election time, or whether they’ll even bother. Barring suspending elections altogether, maybe the campaign messaging from both sides will be simply: “Give Up All Hope, Resistance Is Futile. Vote or Not – You’re Choice. It Doesn’t Really Matter.”

      • MrMangoOnMyShoulder July 2, 2022 at 12:32 pm #

        They will not bother.

        People are incredibly stupid, and they know it.

        When pushed back upon (by a Doocy or the likes), they’ll simply either deny and deflect, or say “C’mon, man” and wave off the question, leaving the matzo ball right out there in the open for us to pretend isn’t there.

        Bullshit is lapped up by too many, and once something is said publicly, it’s somehow true from then on.

        • SoftStarLight July 2, 2022 at 2:00 pm #

          Sounds like negative vibes to me. This whole notion of their automatic inevitability is probably a creation of repetitive propaganda in and of itself. That is of course definitely a benefit of owning majority stock in media. Then again there are reasons why much of it is considered “legacy” media.

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder July 2, 2022 at 2:08 pm #

            Not gonna lie…I have certainly been accused of pessimism before, but I counter that by labeling myself a “sensible pessimist.”

            I’m not particularly angry by any means, just generally baffled at what I see lacking in so may others.

            Which, I admit, is a pretty “unfriendly” stance to take.

            But you are correct, ‘twouid be nice to own the media…I definitely see why those that can do that…do that.

      • JohnAZ July 2, 2022 at 1:57 pm #

        Dis

        Polls last week said that 40% of the country thinks Biden is doing a good job.

        Like Mr. Mango says, that is sheer stupidity by the public that are hide bound Dems probably gimmes all.

        The concern is only 11% of the rest of the country is needed to swing majorities in the conservative directions.

        Fox News provide a view from a conservative base, definitely figuring that all things are in the bag come November.

        I hope they are right.

        If they aren’t, I will guarantee you that all things Democrat are going to be doubled up and the USA will continue its transition to WEF’s Amerika.

        • MrMangoOnMyShoulder July 2, 2022 at 2:16 pm #

          I’m convinced most pretend they support Joey NoPulse because their friends/colleagues feel they have to also say that…”hey – anybody is better than Trump, right?!”

          Family member I was talking to yesterday was railing on Trump (for some reason, mainly because he won’t “go away”, which I can’t disagree with), yet they felt the need to still prop up ol’ Joe “even though he’s not perfect by any means”.

          I wanted to say, “he’s clearly a worthless, self-serving POS too, why even pretend he is any better?”, but I chose to digress and let them be content. Life is too short, and I really don’t care to keep explaining to people that we have exactly ZERO power to decide who sits in the Big Chair every four years. Let them think they have an ounce of power…seems to make most happy.

          • JohnAZ July 2, 2022 at 2:30 pm #

            The assault on Trump is the most successful smear campaign in history.

            You know who else was smeared continuously by the media and enemies at the time.

            Abe Lincoln. The gorilla, the rail splitter, the ——- lover. Interesting he was the vanguard into CW1.

          • Blackbird July 2, 2022 at 10:29 pm #

            Abe Lincoln. Government of the Corporations, by the Corporations, and for the Corporations.

        • JohnAZ July 2, 2022 at 2:27 pm #

          Oops, not conservative majority, liberal with 11% more.

          • BackRowHeckler July 2, 2022 at 3:38 pm #

            Trump is living in their head; meanwhile, here comes DeSantis ready to administer a jolt of Realpolitik

        • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 2:29 pm #

          A friend reported her Democrat friends believe that they are defending the country from the imminent threat of right-wing religious fascism. I am not exaggerating.

          They also believe their stance on inclusion and tolerance makes them saintly.

          Which is why they flip out when we mention that the people grooming children and chopping off their body parts are getting the go-ahead from the left.

          • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 2:30 pm #

            I’m guessing their cognitive dissonance is pretty uncomfortable these days.

          • JohnAZ July 2, 2022 at 2:34 pm #

            Mary

            Or murder, or racism, or globalism, etc etc.

            The knowledge base of the 40% gimme crowd is negligible as they follow their gravy train.

            If they win in November, the spending is going to skyrocket.

            Think, student loan, BBB and UBI for their base.

          • Blackbird July 2, 2022 at 10:43 pm #

            Lucky for you that you have one degree of separation from these nutjobs.

            My Dumbocrat friends think that right-wing Christian fascism is the greatest threat facing this country.

            They claim religion is the greatest evil. Well not Judaism of course! And not those poor Muslim refugees from Bush’s War! And not saintly Buddhists – like me! And I guess Hindus too since they’re practically Buddhists. And whatever religion the Native Americans follow, that’s cool too. Oh and Satanism! There’s no devil, it’s just innocent fun. Ultimately, yeah it’s just Christianity.

            I’ve never asked, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they think a crucifix in a jar of urine is a work of art.

        • BackRowHeckler July 2, 2022 at 2:37 pm #

          In Chi, 4th of July starting out with a bang, quite literally, 22 people shot on friday, still 3 days to go, casualty list could top 100 (which wouldn’t be a record). Speaking of the holiday, Dems in Arizona are sponsoring a “F#kk the 4th” event; it should be a big it, specially for those “Emotionally Traumatized” by recent SCOTU decisions. Just try to picture the personality disorders at that event. At any rate parallel holidays are being established in the US for the rather large demographic that hates Whitey, with MLKing Day in Feb. supplanting Lincoln and Washington’s birthday, Juneteenth shoving out the 4th, Indigenous People’s Day replacing Columbus Day, and Kwaanza pushing Christmas aside. On deck the penultimate holidays, George Floyd’s birthday, and Stonewall Rebellion Day. Imagine the parades on Stonewall Rebellion Day, with mandatory participation of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Elementary Schools and other youth organizations across the country.

        • TaxDonkey July 2, 2022 at 6:45 pm #

          John the polls are fake.

        • Blackbird July 2, 2022 at 10:25 pm #

          I think gimmes are only half of the TruBlu Biden supporters. The other half, and maybe the big half, are the force yous.

          They want to force you to take the Shot – this or any other, to give up your guns, to read only what is approved, say only what you are told to say, do what you are told to do.

          They’re a hateful bunch.

    • BackRowHeckler July 2, 2022 at 2:48 pm #

      Good points Pete.

      The fantasies can’t last much longer before reality intrudes and the whole system goes down. Watch Europe burn out when Russia halts all energy flows, and Govts try to enforce ‘Paris Climate Mandates’ as industry shuts down, civilization seizes up, and people freeze to death in their houses.

  60. Jarek July 2, 2022 at 12:57 pm #

    https://reduxx.info/woman-evicted-from-domestic-violence-shelter-after-expressing-concerns-about-gender-self-id/

    According to the documentary, The Red Pill, there is one domestic abuse shelter in the United States for men, but 2000 for women. What to do? Easy: Come out as a woman and go to one of their shelters.

    The above read is a grueling journey through the monkey house. The director told this very troubled woman as she kicked her out: You lied. You said you weren’t transphobic but you are transphobic. And this is a pro-trans shelter.

    Not a bad person: she felt a lot of sympathy for one of the trans people who was given a vagina and then faced months of infections and bleeding, the results being seen and smelled in the bathroom every day.

    He was given a stack of papers to read and sign. He had a fifth grade education and was blind in one eye. He said he wouldn’t have done it if he had understood what he was doing.

    Capitalism is the war of all against all. This is late stage Capitalism where people themselves are not only consumers but products. She went onto the website of the company that did this to him: it read like one long advertisement.

  61. dougsmiley July 2, 2022 at 2:30 pm #

    48 million cars on the road this holiday weekend making one last drive to the beach or the lake to get drunk and indulge in food which is increasingly becoming more expensive. How long can this insanity continue>

  62. mitchellc July 2, 2022 at 2:34 pm #

    Magoo is correct, because it reflects the truth of the essential principle that an organized minority will prevail against an un/disorganized majority.

    Do you yearn for peace and solitude, the desire to just be “left alone”? That makes you fodder; players are fundamentally different as they are always busy and thrive on conflict and action.

    Since elite thinkers always “working”, their restless energy is reflected in the constantly flowing public narrative, regardless of cause.

    But we can be assured of one thing: current events are crafted to establish an advantage for those that initiate the game.

    That includes the con that the majority has any native contribution or influence. Rather, as bernays and others concluded long ago, the mass of men can easily be manipulated and persuaded.

    Where does that leave the 2%, the ones who can perceive the macro perspective? It leaves them a dissatisfied super minority eager for others to share their mutual disappointment in their fellow man.

    And thus we have alt.media, serving a narrow market niche that provides a complaint platform signifying nothing.

  63. Jarek July 2, 2022 at 2:37 pm #

    Wiki

    The Second Sex, first published in 1949 in French as Le Deuxième Sexe, turns the existentialist mantra that existence precedes essence into a feminist one: “One is not born but becomes a woman” (French: “On ne naît pas femme, on le devient”).[48] With this famous phrase, Beauvoir first articulated what has come to be known as the sex-gender distinction, that is, the distinction between biological sex and the social and historical construction of gender and its attendant stereotypes.[49] Beauvoir argues that “the fundamental source of women’s oppression is its [femininity’s] historical and social construction as the quintessential” Other.[50]

    Jarek: Methinks les Femmes shot themselves in the foot with that one. The poor fools! They need men to protect them now, but they’ve spat in our face too many times.

    • GreenAlba July 2, 2022 at 3:56 pm #

      Why are they referring to her as ‘Beauvoir’? Are we to refer to ‘de Gaulle’ as ‘Gaulle’?

      I don’t think even Simone considered herself synonymous with ‘les femmes’.

      • Jarek July 2, 2022 at 4:26 pm #

        She’s considered very influential. Or do you think the average individual comes up with all their own ideas?

        Scarcely any one ever has a thought they didn’t get from some one else.

        • GreenAlba July 2, 2022 at 5:01 pm #

          Of course they don’t. Not even you.

          “One is not born but becomes a woman.”

          Well, indeed. It takes 18 years, roughly.

          • GreenAlba July 2, 2022 at 5:03 pm #

            I was being flippant, before you start Jarek-splaining her point.

    • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 8:29 pm #

      I don’t need men. Got this far without ’em. Even when I was with them, I was the bigger breadwinner, and they were the ones benefiting.

      It’s not the 1800s any more, Jarek.

      • Jarek July 3, 2022 at 12:35 am #

        You wanted to dominate, and then you didn’t respect them. Those you could have respected, you couldn’t get or your ego wouldn’t let you be with them.

        Your post could be written by an Men Right’s Advocate. It’s all about the money.

        • Anthea July 3, 2022 at 6:37 am #

          Certainly, when men are a financial drain or non-contributor, this will make for dissatisfaction in a relationship. This is not acceptable in ones relationship with anyone, whether it’s a husband or some other relative–unless they are a child, elderly, ill, or disabled. It is not acceptable for a husband to place himself in the role of a child.

          It’s not uncommon these days for people to find that some parasitical relative (or husband) has battened onto them, and they are providing life-support of an alcoholic, drug addict, compulsive gambler, abuser, or just a lazy incompetent. People will often tolerate such people far longer than they should. You have to wonder why anyone would argue that they should–which is what you, Jarek, are doing.

          As far as whether it’s “just about the money,” well, of course it’s not. If you want to be with someone, you should–and you must–make their life better and not worse, and this is at more than one level, besides the monetary one. You can do this by being pleasant company; men are unpleasant company. You can do this by helping with necessary chores; men refuse to carry their share of any such load and generally make more work for their spouses. You can offer emotional support and share joys and griefs; men are always looking for some emotional weakness, fear, or sensitivity to use against you and to their advantage. They will do everything possible to weaken you and undermine you–probably because they fear you’ll dump them. The strategy is to keep you in a weakened emotional state so you will fear dumping them. Also, in a relationship, one seeks a person who allows them to be who they are as an independent person and have a life outside the relationship with friends, relativess, and co-workers. Men will do everything possible to isolate you and find fault with any sign of independence and individuality. This is usually because they are pretty sure that almost everyone else in your life will tell them that you are an asshole.

          Anyway, the bottom line is that, at every level, women make your life better and men make your life worse.

          • Jarek July 3, 2022 at 1:48 pm #

            If you were younger, you wouldn’t have married at all – and thus not tormented some poor man for years. That would have been best. The sooner women like you die off without offspring, the better the human race will be, to the extent this curse is genetic at least. And to the extent it is memetic, we will at least gain since you people won’t have daughter’s to make into yourselves.

        • Anthea July 3, 2022 at 7:19 am #

          @ Jarek:

          Take yourself, for example. You conversations here–with people you don’t even know–consist of continual attempts to control, manipulate, and dominate. There are the continual personal attacks and gaslighting accusations. There are the continual displays of preening vanity and proclamations of, “I win!”

          I should not need to point out that these qualities are in contradiction to a long list of ordinary virtues: modesty, restraint, integrity, truthfulness, justice, objectivity, and detachment. And that list consists mainly of the simple avoidance of evil. There are also quite a few missing positive virtues.

          While you may have some good qualities (erudition, outspokenness), you are in many respects a low-quality person. This may be due to youth, in which case it would be expected.

          • Jarek July 3, 2022 at 1:50 pm #

            I’m reminded of how you “graciously” accepted a ride home from a man, all the while castigating him in your mind.

            The smiling face of evil.

  64. Jarek July 2, 2022 at 2:45 pm #

    Wiki

    In a 1975 interview with Betty Friedan Beauvoir said “No woman should be authorized to stay at home and raise her children. Society should be different. Women should not have that choice, precisely because if there is such a choice, too many women will make that one.”[68]

    Jarek: Not have that choice. Wow. This is despite the fact that she was supposedly all about existential choice and the attainment of freedom. She certainly lived that way herself. But demanding that all women be lesser copies of herself is a contradiction. Thus her Leftism is at odds with her existentialism.

    An interesting, brilliant person, no doubt. Many think she had an intellectual influence on her partner Jean Paul Sartre. They had a fifty year open relationship, with her having affairs with a number of famous men, and occasional ones with women. She lost one teaching job after being accused of seducing a young girl. Another said that she had pressured her into having sex before that.

    • GreenAlba July 2, 2022 at 4:00 pm #

      Why would you mention her affairs without mentioning his?

      • Jarek July 2, 2022 at 4:24 pm #

        Are you saying that a woman isn’t a person in her own right?

        Why did I? Because I was talking about her feminist viewpoints. I assume she was her own woman in this at least, and not reliant on him at all.

        • GreenAlba July 2, 2022 at 4:41 pm #

          “Are you saying that a woman isn’t a person in her own right?”

          Not sure what that has to do with it. You seemed to be defining their ‘open relationship’ in terms of her affairs, that’s all.

          My student flatmate thought she was unhappy and would have preferred that it weren’t an open relationship, but that she went along with it because she had no choice. So she’d have had affairs so as not to come over as a doormat. Not sure how anyone would know, though.

          • MaryQueen July 2, 2022 at 7:48 pm #

            Jarek often says a woman isn’t a person in her own right.

            We are what, 3/4 of a human? As blacks used to be considered.

            This is why I just skim or skip altogether his screeds on women or feminism. He has no clue what he’s talking about since he hasn’t studied it and starts from a premise that women are lesser and need to shut up and make him a sammich.

          • Jarek July 3, 2022 at 12:37 am #

            Alba: You said,

            Why would you mention her affairs without mentioning his?

            Why did you ask this since my topic was Feminism and she was the expert on this, not him?

          • GreenAlba July 3, 2022 at 6:16 am #

            I already told you why I asked it. Because you started a sentence with *They* had a fifty year open relationship […]” seemed to define that in terms of her affairs, not his. It is perfectly possible to have a relationship that is only, in practice, open on one side. I give you Boris Johnson as an example. Occcasionally it is the woman who is the polyamorist and not the man. Therefore it seems relevant to me to include a mention of both sides.

            You have explained why you did that and that is fine. You then geve your opinion of why I asked, and I pointed out why I asked (which I have repeated above).

            I could equally ask you why you chose to think I asked because I supposedly think a woman isn’t a person in her own right. But I didn’t. I merely answered that that is not why I asked.

            This is getting silly.

          • Jarek July 3, 2022 at 1:57 pm #

            Silly? Yes, since you have no interest in her philosophy or the contradiction I find in it.

            Things like that don’t interest you as much as grammar and what people say about you – assuming they interest you at all.

            She wrote exhaustively about her own psychology and life. Assuming the author of the wiki article is an actual expert and read all that, then your flatmate was wrong since she put a damper on his romantic intention early on. But she did love him and was inconsolable when he died, even climbing into his bed to be with his body. The nurses told her that wasn’t a good idea, health wise.

            But of course you’re free to “believe” your flatmate if you “choose”. Wiki isn’t always right and I haven’t read all her biographical writings so I’m not sure either.

          • GreenAlba July 3, 2022 at 8:41 pm #

            Oh, dear. There you go again.

            My flatmate and I were students on a French course, studying de Beauvoir and Sartre, among many others.

            I have a joint honours degree in French and Politics – get over yourself, twerp. Do you never hear academics discussing people’s lives in depth and disagreeing?

            Of course she was inconsolable when he died. How you could possibly think that contradicts my fellow French student’s view that she might really have preferred a monogamous relationship with him, despite what she wrote in her books, is beyond me. People aren’t black and white.

          • GreenAlba July 3, 2022 at 8:42 pm #

            Wiki didm’t exist when we were students, so we had to read the ruddy books, twerp.

    • Anthea July 3, 2022 at 7:28 am #

      “Establishment” feminism never was about doing anything to benefit women.

      Many years ago (1970s) I tried to read “The Feminine Mystique.” It ascribed all kinds of behaviors and attitudes to women that I had never seen or heard of in my life. (Lots of neuroses, if I remember right.) The author might as well have been describing women from Mars, or some other kind of space alien. I assume she pulled this stuff out of her ass.

      But, as I recall, the author was Jewish, and they are a very neurotic bunch of people, so maybe she was describing Jewish women–who can indeed be quite a trip.

  65. Billy Hill July 2, 2022 at 4:39 pm #

    We Interrupt this Feminism thread to opine on techno-economic interdependence. In fact, we should celebrate Interdependence Day in an orgy of honesty. In any event:

    Nickelthrower writes way way way up thread “It can even be something as basic as – does having a wood stove and a stockpile of wood make me more independent? Which offers more benefits – an electric chainsaw that I can charge up with a solar panel or a chainsaw that requires fuels that the government is trying to ban?”

    I’d opine that chain saws — which are very useful if dangerous tools, I own one — epitomize technological interdependence as much as solar panels or wood stoves for that matter. Ever try to build a chainsaw? How about just the chain? How about a two-man crosscut saw?

    I mean no disrespect to Nickel as I appreciate his posts. I am merely interjecting an observation.

    I live in a forest and have dealt with lots of downed trees from recent hurricanes. Spitting wood by hand is great exercise. I use a maul and wood grenades. Hard to imagine creating a maul by hand but that is a lot more accessible than building a chain saw. Division of labor has its benefits.

    • mitchellc July 2, 2022 at 5:38 pm #

      The correct answer is to answer this simple question: how/where did people live prior to 1900?

      Did they live in the forest? No. In fact, any forest land was quickly denuded to prepare for agriculture.

      Did they live in commuter suburbs? No. As we well know, the burbs are the creation of Henry Ford.

      Where people did live were cities, towns and villages. The larger the population, the greater the risk/reward ie safety vs economy.

      How I see it playing out is a continuation of the current trend in CA: suburbs are becoming towns. Traffic is too congested to go far. Older sprawling shopping centers have ringed their parking lots with more shops, trees, pathways and seating.

      The end result is staying closer in on a regular day-day basis. Of course people still have no problem driving hundreds of miles on occasion. I’m referring to the old thoughtless 10+ mile daily errands.

      • BackRowHeckler July 2, 2022 at 6:01 pm #

        Mitch there were some Trolley suburbs prior to Henry Ford and his Model T. We had some outside of Hartford — Unionville for example — a trolley was built into Hartford, 11 miles distant, 10c each way. It allowed people to work at Travellers and Aetna Insurance and still live in the country. Farmington Valley Trolley Company, 1880-1930.

        Every decade or so when the main road is being milled for repaving you can see the tracks. They didn’t even bother ripping them up, just paved over them.

      • JohnAZ July 2, 2022 at 8:38 pm #

        wow, you actually bring back memories.

        Our family, my parents that is, in the 1950s, lived in the north side of Baltimore (Hi Thwack) but in the city. The original suburbs were in city limits. Their house was a townhouse amongst thousands of townhouses. Today, it is a diverse neighborhood. We used to take Sunday rides into the country which was only a few miles away. The changeover was not abrupt, as the “further out” suburbs were already starting to develop. I will tell you one thing from observation, suburbs develop because as populations swell around a city, the cheap land is farther out and that is where the developers go to build.

        Anyway, we moved in early 1960s, farther out in Timonium as my parents did a move up. Timonium was the edge of town, Loch Raven was the countryside. Cockeysville was way out where the State Fair was held. We stayed there until moving to Denver where the same sort of development was happening.

        One observation, the development follows the roads between cities, first the state and US highways, then the Interstates.

        Today, the development in Baltimore County is way out north from what it was then. The development is WAY out in Denver from where it was. One other observation, the agrarian towns near cities everywhere, even here in the Phoenix area, fill in between themselves to form the megapolises. More later.

        • JohnAZ July 2, 2022 at 9:28 pm #

          Back.

          So, just how are the future urban developers going to fix things when Happy Motoring runs out.

          Business centered urban centers have been tried, but not with much success. It may be the ultimate answer when the gas pumps run dry. It is hard to get business centered development when most expansion is overseas.

          I notice in Denver and Phoenix the infilling with apartment buildings. Could it be that properties further out in the cities with 1950s housing are going to be razed and apartments built? will following generations never know what a single family development even is?

          I would bet that the outflowing of the exurbs ceases except for the very wealthy trying to get away. The suburbs will contract, or maybe stabilize into business units. Capital will flow to the cities as transportation changes.

          The prepping right now is a Boomer, maybe Xer attempt to survive the Great Reset. It will not last long once TSHTF. Demographic and societal changes will occur. The younger generations will be different than now, they are currently very nervous about what is coming. They bitch about racism, or anything else, but they are scared knowing the cliff approaches.

          The ones acknowledging the future that is, most are in denial, playing the blame game.

          Now, the bottom line, huge changes are coming. our government has not shown the ability to react to change, it is programmed to resist change. How are we going to promote the changes that are necessary?

          JHK says that when the SHTF, WMBH will happen. If things do not change in the country’s political mentality, he prediction is accurate. Can a marketplace economy survive the changes coming? Does the country need an autocracy for a period of time to make the decisions necessary? Remember that during the CW, Lincoln was a dictator. Is Jarek right and the only thing that would help is a benevolent dictatorship?

          The stress of change is going the change the fabric of America top to bottom. Something I think may happen is that when the immigrants figure out that economic opportunity here is a false promise, they will go home. Just like AGW, the demise of Happy Motoring and abundant food is going to hit us hard.

          A question, is the form of China’s fascism going to handle the changes any better? Are we already witnessing their advantage showing?

          Is the NATO/US/Ukraine/Russia debacle walking us toward the exits right now? One well placed bomb at the Saudi Arabia oil fillup port could change things overnight.

          Enter BRICS, maybe BRIICS. Exit USEU.

        • Billy Hill July 3, 2022 at 8:05 am #

          I grew up in West Baltimore, the area made famous in the first season of The Wire.

          I remember the Street Cars and the trackless trolleys.

          The Europeans still have them. Until they run out of electric power!

        • Anthea July 3, 2022 at 6:56 pm #

          I have friends who grew up in the “suburbs within the city limits” in the 1950s. One of them once showed me his childhood home, which was in a little cul-de-sac just off Troost, in Kansas City, Missouri. People familiar with KC will recognize Troost as virtually a “no go” zone.

          These “city suburbs” were largely abandoned in the late sixties and early seventies, at the same time the public schools were integrated, and almost entirely for that reason. The lion’s share of suburban development was (and still is) on the Kansas side of the state line, in Johnson County. The main reason for that is because people feared that school integration would eventually encompass all of Jackson County on the Missouri side, and they were reasonably confident that the Kansas City School District would not be able to integrate across the state line.

    • BackRowHeckler July 2, 2022 at 5:44 pm #

      I got an electric chainsaw as a gift. It’s a Greeneworks with a 16″ blade. I have to admit I was skeptical — does it work? Will it hold up? I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. For the past 2 years I’ve been dropping trees on this property, some pretty big, both pine and maples. For heavy work I use my Stihl, but for limbing downed trees, cutting up firewood, and just general work in the woods this electric saw fills the bill. For one thing it is safer and easier to use, no pull start just engage the switch and you’re good. Downtime is easier too, when not in use it is switched off, not sitting on the ground idling. I wouldn’t go logging in the Great North Woods with Paul Bunyon with an electric chain saw, but for general homeowner use i.e. firewood and clearing brush etc it works pretty good. It’s really become my essential tool around here.

      • PeteAtomic July 2, 2022 at 9:05 pm #

        Stihl is a good one

        I’ve got a Husqvarna. And I spend a lot of time in those north woods so. There are a lot of good chainsaws out there. Just make sure your chain is in good shape and dont you saw off your own leg

        Then you’re fucked lol

        • Mac July 4, 2022 at 8:04 am #

          As soon as your arms begin to tire, stop using it!

  66. Sean Coleman July 2, 2022 at 5:33 pm #

    There is a new Aldi supearmarket almost across the road from my house and, as my wife was away looking after her mother, I took the opportunity to add to my collection of thinned food. She knows I do this but says she can accept it so long as I don’t buy any more. “You go carried away when you drew our money out of the bank.” That was in 2008 and they banks went on to collapse two or three days later. How as I to know they would be bailed out by the government?

    I usually tell the check out person what I am doing because it is only fair to warn people. I don’t say food shortages are definitely coming but they are likely. Sometimes they show interet but there is a big step from that to shaking yourself out of the trance and actually taking steps.

    Well I am only telling you this because something a little unusual happened to this afternoon in the shop. A man waiting while I picked a tray of 24 tins of sardines (only 39 cents a tin, whatever that comes to in real money) It’s neater to buy them that way rather than scattering them around your trolley.

    I moved along and he stepped forward and reached up for a tin of the same. Then another and yet another one. I was examining a jar of hod dog style sausages while he did this. I have no idea who would eat this stuff, I expect it is the Poles. There are a lot of Poles and ethnic minorities in Aldi and Lidl. Once, during the half-time break in the All Ireland final (Gaelic football) I popped into the old Aldi and it was full of these people and not a single Irishman in sight. They seemed surprised to see me, as if intruding on a private gathering.

    My man then picked up a further tin of sardines and then another, and I could imagine him making rapid mental calculations. How many tins would he need to see him safetly through it? A little nervous and self-conscious he dropped one of them clusmily onto the ground near where I was standing but I pretended not to notice. It was a little bit like that scene in the Woody Allen film where he goes into the newsagents and buys half a dozen newspapers and the, as if it were an afterthough, a pornographic magazine.

    My prediction? He will be wondering if five tins of sardines will be enough and he will be back shortly to buy a tray like me. I know becaouse that is how I started.

    So that is the first panic buyer I have encountered, just like the first time I saw someone in Tesco’s without a mask (a couple, actually).

    I know there must be others because it has been impossible to buy a tin of corned beef in Kilarney (or Athlone for that matter) for weeks now. I should know becaue I bought the last six.

    I remember a documentary on the telly manyyears ago where they looked at how passengers behave in plane crashes. One of the crashes was at Manchester Airport, where the plane (from memory) came back down onto the runway after taking off. A survivor described how people were frozen in their seats ehile others fussed over bags and belonging. He got up and walked over them to get to the exit.

    I never thought I would be one of those.

    • mitchellc July 2, 2022 at 5:53 pm #

      Many (most) places on earth are historically subject to food shortages – Ireland being one of the most famous.

      Other areas, however, are blessed with outrageous surplus. Chief among these are the 3 countries comprising N America.

      And the king of these 3 is MX. When I tell people that the local outdoor markets are stacked with food, I don’t mean just a table or pallet.

      No, I’m talking about 10′ pyramids of whatever fresh produce is in season, dumped out of the back of trucks coming in from the surrounding farms.

      And not just a few; again, massive markets with hundreds of vendors all selling their individual harvest, all with their own pyramid.

      When Cortez conquered the Aztecs, the population in what would become cdmx was already over 1m. Land, weather and water make it eden.

      A monoculture with no real history of slavery nor predatory, murderous malcontents makes for safe social cohesion.

      Day to day life is infinitely safer and nicer than the US. The amount of gringos heading south is quickly becoming a flood.

      • Sean Coleman July 2, 2022 at 6:20 pm #

        Max Igan is one of the refugees to have fled to Mexico.

        I was listening to Gemma O’Doherty earlier saying that Ireland is one of the great food-growing places in the world. I strongly disagree. The climate is mild and wet and suited to pasture. While the quality of pastoral produce is very high I doubt it is sufficient ot support a large population.

        According tot heo late great Raymond Crotty rearing livestock for milk will feed far more than just rearing them for meat. But the same amouont of ground will feed a multiple of this if planted with cereals and other crops. The trouble is Ireland is a difficultl place to grow cereals. As Crotty put it, the Norman enterprise to bring civilization (or as Crotty would term it ‘capitalism’, based on tillage) here was washed out by Irish rain.

        I haven’t seen a field of oats in ages nor hens or pigs at farmhouses nor many spuds. There is less work and cost in dry stock so farmers buy their milk at the petrol station in town (athe biggest shops in small towns here hav