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I suppose Mr. Trump dangled visions of North Korea’s future as a Buick showroom and the mysterious Kim Jong Un detected some kind of trap there. A correspondent with military intel credentials writes: “[Eric] Hoffer’s observation that people only revolt when things are getting better seems applicable to DPRK. I can only assume that Kim and his cabal in NK know this or somehow instinctively understand it. In short, as I see it, he can’t afford to let things get really better for North Korean people. So, I believe Trump’s carrot of great economic success for DPRK’s people probably scares Kim badly.”

It was certainly hard to imagine the two leaders in conversation: The President with his larval vocabulary and Mr. Kim in his life-long solipsistic haze. Perhaps they compared hair-dos, both equally strange, would you not admit?  Something tells me that Mr. Kim is not a golfer, so that was out as an icebreaker, though it’s said he does enjoy firing artillery at human targets — one thing that Mr. Trump has not been accused of by former consiglieri-turned-pagliaccio Michael Cohen. Perhaps Mr. Trump let Mr. Kim in on the glorious beauty of an American Cheeseburger, a sure-nuff wonder of the world!

In any case, the US president trundled home without nailing that ole coonskin to the wall, as one of his predecessors put it, but the game isn’t over. For now, it’s back to war on the home front against the armies of Wokesterdom. That movement appears to be floundering a bit too now as Jussie Smollett whirls down the memory hole, and #MeToo sputters, and the various congressional committees scrape the bottom of every barrel for the always-elusive triumphal “gotcha” in their crusade to correct the 2016 election. The fishy barrel that Michael Cohen came out of provided disappointingly thin sludge, so now The New York Times (official playbill of Wokesterdom) informs us that next up they’ll be hauling Mr. Trump’s financial officer, one Allen Weisselberg, into the star chamber for a ‘splainin’ session. Pretty soon, they’ll make the amazing discovery that the New York City construction scene is run by the mob. Won’t that be a revelation?

Let’s face it, March is a month that drips with fraughtness. Everybody is good and goddam sick of winter, yet it lingers sadistically, not unlike the Mueller investigation. Then, you get to the middle of the month and what’s there? The sinister Ides, an age-old ceremonial turning point of the year recognized by the ancients even before Julius Caesar got whacked in the Roman senate. I propose that mid-March this year will be the occasion of so many shoes dropping that Washington will look like a road show of Shuffle Along.

Everybody and his/her/zhe/they’s uncle expects Mr. Mueller to cast down his report from on high. In a non-Bizarro world it would be a catalog of indictments for most of the FBI executive leadership circa 2016-2018, and a few cherries-on-top from the DOJ, CIA, and the DNC. More likely, it will be a stuffed, roasted rump of innuendo drenched in Russian dressing garnished with rinky-dink “process” crime convictions. One way or another, it’s sure to disappoint the minions of Wokesterdom.

But once that’s out of the way, more interesting action may be in the offing. Mr. Trump, despite all the Twitter bluster, has at least patiently held back on declassifying reams of documents pertaining to official misconduct by many of the investigators themselves, perhaps even Mr. Mueller and some of his colleagues. I expect a steady and measured release of that classified material, and it will tell a tale that may even startle the Wokesters out of their dark raptures.

Nobody knows exactly what the new attorney general, Mr. Barr, might do. So far, he has not done anything. I will be surprised if that continues. He is probably also waiting for the Mueller report before he starts dispatching folks to grand juries, perhaps even a former president, and certainly some of his foot-servants and handmaidens. Upcoming too are actions by the DOJ inspector general, Mr. Horowitz, federal prosecutor John Huber’s forgotten commission, and the reappearance of General Flynn in Judge Sullivan’s DC courtroom.

March is also looking like the moment when the financial world starts rockin’ and rollin’ on the recognition that the global economy has stalled. The fantasy of economic triumph is the one float that the Golden Golem of Greatness has been able to parade around on. Both the real estate markets and the car business have gone south now, and the financial entanglements entailed by them, in the form of securitized mortgages and loans, are janky enough to start blowing up pension funds, insurance companies, and state treasuries just for starters. The complacency on Wall Street ought to be a prime signal for the sentient to duck-and-cover.


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  1. Jeremy March 1, 2019 at 10:00 am #

    McCabe at “Politics and Prose”.
    Enjoy!

    youtube.com/watch?v=eV7yLetC13M

    • Nightowl March 1, 2019 at 10:21 am #

      I used to go to P&P all the time in my DC days. Sad to see them giving a platform to one criminal after another these days. And applauding.

      • gonetohell March 1, 2019 at 8:02 pm #

        More JHK drivel followed by affirmations of said drivel by his numskull acolytes.

        • Exscotticus March 2, 2019 at 12:28 pm #

          Those are hurtful words that make us feel sad.

    • Zoltar March 1, 2019 at 10:35 am #

      Jeremy: The FBI is one of the few entities with an even longer and more consistent record of deceit than Donald Trump. Liberals used to know that, but amnesia seems to be prevalent among them since the beginnings of the Obama administration.

      • Nightowl March 1, 2019 at 10:39 am #

        P&P is also deleting comments on the vid.

      • 100th Avatar March 1, 2019 at 1:48 pm #

        Excellent point Zoltar!
        Has everyone forgotten the FBI’s handiwork from the Kennedy’s to MLK to Malcolm X, to COINTELPRO

        Not to mention the CIA, another friend of the left

    • BackRowHeckler March 1, 2019 at 12:24 pm #

      Politics and Prose

      Its not hard to guess what kind of politics is practiced at ‘Politics and Prose’. As for the ‘Prose’ part, well, don’ even bother looking for a volume of Louis Ferdinand Celine, Jean Raspail or Ezra Pound.

      Brh

  2. K-Dog March 1, 2019 at 10:04 am #

    Two men stuck together who both have themselves as their favorite subject. Two men who have nothing to offer each other and two men who speak different languages. Expectations were what exactly? The only thing going for them was they both understand how to put on a show.

    • TiredOfTheTreadmill March 1, 2019 at 10:55 am #

      The truest statement yet about this ego show. Trump, an absolutely loathesome creature, is the perfect figurehead for our consumption-driven, self-absorbed, vacuous culture. Karma is here. Enjoy the ride.

      • SoftStarLight March 1, 2019 at 10:58 am #

        Well just keep in mind you reaped the Karma as well so you will be enjoying the ride with us. I prefer sitting next to the window so I can feel the wind. Do you mind?

        • TiredOfTheTreadmill March 1, 2019 at 1:57 pm #

          I am fully aware of where I am on this flaming bus screaming toward the clif. Apparently I am a stranded alien trapped here. My observations over the years have shown that I can barely understand the thinking of my fellow denizens on this bus. I am quite used to it by now. Not too fearful about the karma thing. Been expecting it for some time.

          • neon sky March 1, 2019 at 2:36 pm #

            I’m on that bus too, though it’s the last place I want to be. This country is insane and getting crazier by the day. I for one am ready for space aliens to drop in and straighten things out. Just like they did in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). Michael Rennie and his kick ass robot are welcome at my house, anytime. Klaatu barada nikto

          • SoftStarLight March 2, 2019 at 3:25 am #

            People of higher intelligence often feel alienated.

          • Exscotticus March 2, 2019 at 12:27 pm #

            >>> I for one am ready for space aliens to drop in and straighten things out.

            How do you know AOC isn’t that alien? She’s got the bug eyes part down.

    • messianicdruid March 1, 2019 at 11:49 am #

      Are you talking about Cohen and Trump or Kim and Trump?

  3. malthuss March 1, 2019 at 10:09 am #

    Both the real estate markets and the car business have gone south now, and the financial entanglements entailed by them, in the form of securitized mortgages and loans,

    —USA in debt.Government debt. Personal debt. Things have been kept going thru those 2 + student loans, credit cards, people
    having 2 jobs etc.

    • K-Dog March 1, 2019 at 10:15 am #

      A measure of civilization is its ability to create wealth. Western civilization prospered by rewarding wealth creators. A civilization will fail when that process fails. Knowing this what does an eye in the sky see?

      • K-Dog March 1, 2019 at 10:21 am #

        I should qualify that with new wealth. Changing the relative size of pie pieces does not make more pie. Now all the dogs in the American pack follow a vulture. All we shall get are picked clean bones. Pension funds, insurance companies, and state treasuries may blow but the fire sale will go on!

        • Janos Skorenzy March 1, 2019 at 11:31 am #

          Yes, Attn John Az.

          We found a continent populated by a stone age people. We coveted it and took it from them. As John Wayne said, there were a lot of people who needed land and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it all. They didn’t have deeds, did they? So they didn’t own it, so it wasn’t theft.

          John doesn’t realize that was a one off. It can’t be repeated because there are no more continents so populated. But the Horatio Alger addicts can’t give up their fantasies….

          • Loneranger March 1, 2019 at 11:43 am #

            The Native Americans, being a stone age people, thrived with almost nothing. We, on the other hand, may perish with almost everything.

            “Even giants can learn from pigmys if they are not too proud to look.”

          • messianicdruid March 1, 2019 at 12:01 pm #

            LR is right. We have learned much from native americans. They have also learned much from us. Here in the nations [ earlier name of Oklahoma ] many nations of native americans, and actually many nations from the whole planet are living in peace and prosperity. Many of us came here against our will, pushed ahead of technology that gave others power over our choices [ our liberty ]. I feel we are a far better bellweather than California. Living among farmers and ranchers, oil producers and people that love to hunt gives me comfort.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 1, 2019 at 1:06 pm #

            One thing I admire about them is how they apologize to the animal they have killing, explain why they are doing it, and say a prayer to its spirit. Contrast that with White Hunters who put a foot on the dead animals and have a picture taken. Luckily, some White hunters now do the Indian ritual as well.

            Of course Christians don’t believe animals have spirits, that they are just “meat”, so why would they say a prayer?

          • seawolf77 March 1, 2019 at 1:30 pm #

            I used to do the same thing in college for every piece of tail I tagged. I called it the Peace Prayer for a Piece of Ass. It went something like this:
            Oh Great God of Ass and other wonderous things
            I thank you for your moon and underlings
            May the sky grow grass and big toad mushrooms
            And leave us searching for our Fruit of the Looms
            And while the trees grow straight with crookedness
            And hearts grow erstwhile and spry with ruefulness
            Lest not the soul be burdened by anything as high
            Than a piece of heaven on earth, lemon meringue pie
            Amen

          • Ishabaka March 1, 2019 at 4:44 pm #

            I learned a bit about the Native Americans in an anthropology course I took many years ago. Remember reading in “Hurons, Farmers of the North” that captured braves of other tribes were tied to posts, so that the women Hurons could torture them all night, finishing up by cutting out their hearts at sunrise. We certainly do have much to learn from Native Americans.

          • 100th Avatar March 1, 2019 at 5:46 pm #

            Seadolt’s offering here is akin to something Bukowski would write.

            If Bukowski was a non-functional alcoholic and mentally handicapped land grant university freshman.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 1, 2019 at 5:47 pm #

            Actually, we need to remember our own savagery if we are to have any chance at all of keeping even part of this Continent – or Europe for that matter.

          • 100th Avatar March 1, 2019 at 5:50 pm #

            Christians also think of little boys as “just meat”.

          • SoftStarLight March 2, 2019 at 3:20 am #

            So do Muslims.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2019 at 12:22 pm #

            So do Jews a la the Talmud. But since their liberal brethren control the media, it’s kept quiet.

            And yes, it’s worse in a way: Neither Christ nor Mohammad endorsed any of this. In fact, they condemned it. But the Talmudics seem to think it’s fine.

            Christ said, Better that at a mill stone should be put around your neck and you be cast into the sea than you should offend or mislead one of these little ones.

          • Exscotticus March 2, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

            WAYNE: There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.

            A socialist argument!

      • GreenAlba March 1, 2019 at 10:25 am #

        If there’s less scope for wealth creation, the next step down could be valuing the wealth maintainers:

        edinburghremakery.org.uk/

        To slow down the process of degeneration.

        • SoftStarLight March 1, 2019 at 10:32 am #

          This is a really good idea. I hate seeing abandoned homes and buildings and always wonder why society does not do a better job of rehabbing and reusing buildings, as well as things. Maybe one day many factories will be replaced by remakeries.

          • Nightowl March 1, 2019 at 11:09 am #

            Yes, particularly as the buildings that replace the older ones are usually hideous.

            I’m originally from Upstate NY (Rome), and they tore down the entire city center to replace it with depressing flat-roofed concrete structures not far removed from what one might expect to find behind the Iron Curtain.

            Sadly, W. Europe (where I now live) also did a lot of this.

            Geography of Nowhere is how I discovered JHK, and I still go back and read it now and then.

          • SoftStarLight March 1, 2019 at 11:45 am #

            I hate all the new cookie cutter development that is going on. It removes the human element from the built landscape in my opinion. It seems that developers prefer we live in barracks rather than in homes and towns. I can’t believe it is happening in Europe!!!

          • Loneranger March 1, 2019 at 11:45 am #

            “I hate seeing abandoned homes and buildings and always wonder why society does not do a better job of rehabbing and reusing buildings”

            Watch House and Garden Channel and rejoice.

          • SoftStarLight March 1, 2019 at 11:54 am #

            Are you talking about HGTV? I used to be obsessed with that channel a few years back then I kinda drifted to other interests. Any particular shows on your mind?

          • GreenAlba March 1, 2019 at 11:55 am #

            SSL

            “Maybe one day many factories will be replaced by remakeries.”

            One of the things I remember finding interesting about the streets in Damascus was the way the ordinary small family shops were interspersed with equally small workshops. So you weren’t presented with some kind of zoning arrangement that said human labour had to be hidden from sight unless it was serving you lunch. There was some machine noise from some of them, admittedly, but even so.

            There is endless beating of chests in the UK about what to do with eviscerated shopping streets in middling to struggling Everytowns.

            I don’t know what the answer is – and there are possibly as many answers as there are towns – but I like the idea of people actually doing something productive in them.

            But, as you say, maintaining the (good) buildings is fundamental. It takes a lot of work to keep old but attractive housing stock and commercial buildings in good nick, but it’s worth it if it can be done.

          • SoftStarLight March 1, 2019 at 12:08 pm #

            Wow Alba you have been to Damascus??? It seems like you are a world traveler :-). That is amazing! I agree with you. I think that main streets would be fine with a little service and production rather than just service. I mean we all live and have to buy stuff and also make stuff. And local variation is also interesting. Hopefully on this issue the future will look more like the past.

          • GreenAlba March 1, 2019 at 12:28 pm #

            SSL

            It was just a holiday and way before the carnage (2007, I think). But I feel privileged to have seen Palmyra before the ISIS nutters started blowing it up.

            I don’t even like saying that as if it matters what I saw, though, given how many people have died for nothing.

            It was amazing, though – not just Palmyra. And we walked a few times down The Street Called Straight, where St. Paul is supposed to have escaped by lowering himself from a window – you’d have liked that! And visited Maaloula, the Christian town where Aramaic is still spoken. It suffered a major attack during the war too. It’s too horrific, looking at the country now, so much of it razed to the ground.

          • malthuss March 1, 2019 at 1:04 pm #

            follow the money.

          • 100th Avatar March 1, 2019 at 5:53 pm #

            It’s called infill.
            It’s more expensive
            Because along with the dilapidated buildings are dilapidated people. It’s morr expensive to get rid of the people.
            That’s why we have exurbs

          • BornToKillPeace March 1, 2019 at 6:51 pm #

            GreenAlba,

            One of my few friends in this particular spot of Hoosierland, U.S. is from Damascus. She came to the US thru scholarship prior to the war, went back to teach at a university, and returned for her masters right before it lit off, and in effect is a refuge. She is doing wonderfully. Bought her own home , can travel and do as she pleases. Is a free spirit and very down to earth.

            Her family refuses to leave. Her entire family is anti- Assad, as well as her uncle, who died in exile in France after being a political prisoner. She would possibly be arrested now if she re-entered the country.

            More importantly, she still knows of what was there, locations with Roman arched columns beside 300 year old shop homes down alley walk streets. Her grandmother lives in a 400 year old house that has approximately been in the family for as long.

            It is enough to make a Midwesterner feel like a ancestral baby, when 200 years is “old”.

            Heck, prayers and boogie woogie,
            Glad you were able to visit.

          • GreenAlba March 2, 2019 at 11:56 am #

            BornToKillPeace

            Thank you. Damascus was the safest-feeling city I’ve ever walked around in, partly because there were no drunken louts about of an evening! (Although we knew, even if we couldn’t see them, that Assad’s goons were well distributed, keeping an eye on things.) The worst thing was the traffic fumes – old cars, no namby pamby air quality regulations, presumably, and petrol as cheap as chips.

            We went on an organised trip of about 20 random people and were driven about in a pretty old small bus in the heat by a driver who wouldn’t eat or even drink water because it was Ramadan – nerve-wracking at times, as he was a bit of a tailgater when lorries appeared!

            We visited quite a few other places: Bosra, Apamea, Crac des Chevaliers, Aleppo, Salah Ed-Din’s citadel, the Deir Mar Musa monastery up its mountain, the water wheels at Hama – even what’s left of the pillar that St Symeon of Stylites perched on! Plus the usual ancient sights of Damascus. Most of the early items on that list shelled since and many horrendously so. The miles-long ancient souk in Aleppo has been destroyed (I have some modest treasures from it, as I do from Damascus, which now have special value).

            “It is enough to make a Midwesterner feel like a ancestral baby, when 200 years is “old”.”

            Well, indeed, there’s a certain feeling about walking through the cradle of civilisation that you don’t get in either of our countries! I’m sorry you won’t get the chance to see these places with your friend, but I suppose she wouldn’t have been your friend but for the war. We found the Syrian people very friendly. Arab hospitality is legendary. We went in the first place because my husband worked in a hospital in Iraq many years ago and he really likes that part of the world and found the people educated and refined (barbaric ISIS types excepted, obvs). And we met up with a friend of a friend in Aleppo – a doctor who’d worked in England in his early years and who seems to still be OK.

            I hope your friend can go back some day if she wants to. And if you ever get to see some of the amazing places when/if they’ve at least partially recovered, so much the better. It won’t be soon, though.

        • Bill7 March 1, 2019 at 1:45 pm #

          Thanks for that link, GA. Good stuff.

      • Walter B March 1, 2019 at 10:37 am #

        Those who value wealth above all are the ones that destroy civilizations, not build them up, though it may appear to start out that way.

        • GreenAlba March 1, 2019 at 11:14 am #

          Wealth includes homes, schools, hospitals, bridges, buses and trains too, Walter.

          • Walter B March 1, 2019 at 12:02 pm #

            Indeed, and the more of all of it that we collect, the more difficult and the more expensive it all is to maintain so more and more of it gets neglected and dilapidated. Replacing it become more and more expensive and eventually impossible and then the behemoth falls on it’s face and die.

          • GreenAlba March 1, 2019 at 12:10 pm #

            Cottage hospitals again, then, Walter, and bicycles. 🙂

            And little ferry boats to take the people and bicycles across the river, in time-honoured fashion. Although some of your rivers are rather more challenging.

          • Walter B March 1, 2019 at 1:03 pm #

            A world made by hand, eh GA?

          • GreenAlba March 1, 2019 at 1:32 pm #

            Well, indeed, Walter. But there’s going to be a lot of competition for the wood for those ferry boats and everything else!.

          • ozone March 1, 2019 at 8:48 pm #

            G.A.,
            Yessiree. I include forests in the category of real “wealth”, though I don’t like to think of Nature in a monetary sense like those pin-headed, short-sighted denizens of the D.C. Swamp do! (Having done my fair share of destroying/warping it, putting a dollar value on that which gives us life is a bit on the obscene side, IMO.)

            Here’s some footage of where we reside; woods we gots. (…At this particular point in time; I count on nothing for the future with pin-heads and greed running the show.)

            youtu.be/CyrzQ_1CdsY

          • ozone March 1, 2019 at 9:01 pm #

            Ps. Don’t be put off by the little ad for the drone there. It only lasts for about 10 seconds before returning to shots of the landscape… 🙂

            BTW, I’m certainly in favor of re-purposing old buildings, especially those of brick and stone that were built to weather the centuries. One of the large factors is the outrageous cost of notably crappy materials that are on offer these days for erecting new structures (aside from stone and brick and steel). It just makes sense cost-wise to refurbish rather than raze.

          • Walter B March 1, 2019 at 10:50 pm #

            Forests are a great source of wealth ozone, and I as well do not mean as in deforestation. I have 5 acres of mountainside hardwood forest for my property which provides enough wood to heat my home for almost 40 years now. Now that is value.

          • GreenAlba March 2, 2019 at 8:10 am #

            “Yessiree. I include forests in the category of real “wealth”, though I don’t like to think of Nature in a monetary sense like those pin-headed, short-sighted denizens of the D.C. Swamp do! ”

            I absolutely agree about the ‘real wealth’ of forests, ozone (and Walter) – I’d add clean rivers and clean, plastic-free, non-overfished,, non-acidified oceans in there too (EU fishing quotas over our way have done something to mitigate the usual Tragedy of the Commons, but still…). It’s a bit late for the oceans, sadly.

            And the good soil that’s becoming a rarity. I remember the guy who started the Transition movement (I think it was him) saying most of our soil, following modern industrialised agriculture, is little more than dirt to stand crops up in so that they can be grown using the by-products of oil.

            Your video clip is wonderful. I would say I envy you those forests, but it’s only a figure of speech. I’m glad they’re there for somebody is probably more accurate, and I hope they’ll be managed for good rather than greed when it starts to matter. I’ve often thought if I had my life to live again I’d have trained to be a farmer which I did briefly consider in my teens (although late capitalism has done its best to destroy the best of that as a ‘profession’ too), but forestry management is a noble art as well!

            One of the things that annoys me the most over this way, in political discourse, is when people (generally of the left, it has to be said) say things like how shameful it is that we can’t do x, y, z when ‘we’re still the fourth (pre-Brexitref) or fifth (post-Brexitref!) richest country in the world’.

            Really? What does that even mean? To me, they’re talking about nothing more than ‘turnover’. We’ve got £2 trillion of debt and hardly any natural resources left. The iron ore’s long gone, the coal’s beyond recovery (and it’s not a good idea to burn any more of it anyway); the tin’s gone; The Caledonian forest disappeared for farming and English oak disappeared both for that and for the navy to rule the feckin’ waves for a few centuries.

            It’s like looking at the negative of a photograph and seeing the exact opposite of what’s really there.

            How scary is this, with the speed it moves?

            nationaldebtclock.co.uk/

            And don’t start me on the Amazon rainforest 🙂 .

          • GreenAlba March 2, 2019 at 8:17 am #

            Your clock is in there too – the total is huge but it’s only growing at $45.486 per second.

            theusdebtclock.com/

            Ours is growing at £5,170 a second!!!

            And we haven’t even Brexited yet – there’s up to a 10% hit to the economy coming. I need a cup of tea 🙂

          • GreenAlba March 2, 2019 at 8:35 am #

            I should correct that a bit, because we do have massive wind and tidal energy resources, given where we are, but that has to be taken with JHK’s proviso regarding the technology sitting on top of a fossil-fuelled economy. I believe the turbines (or perhaps it’s the propellers – I’ve forgotten more than I remember on the matter) depend on rare earth minerals from China too.

          • GreenAlba March 2, 2019 at 8:37 am #

            It’s also without value if there’s no money to invest in it…

          • ozone March 2, 2019 at 9:39 am #

            Green Alba & Walter (& a few more besides),

            You bring up a lot of good points. Many/most are considered as context or background in our host’s WMBH fiction series.

            Wealth (or lack thereof) can be considered a main driver of human activity (or lack thereof) I suppose. I try and put myself in the sandals of a Bedouin nomad sometimes when my priorities get skewed. (How can they not, in the “culture” I’m surrounded with??) What is *water* to a Bedouin nomad? All & Everything.

            Strangely enough, it usually brings me back around to the weird ethos of Trump and his ilk, in regards to wealth. It is what is *done* with any store of wealth that counts. GGG and his “friends” perception and use of their hoards match this present culture perfectly. Celebrity worship and the cult of personality can bring a horrifying result if given the power of governance.

    • Nightowl March 1, 2019 at 10:22 am #

      I recently read that 69 month payment plans are now commonplace with new vehicle purchases.

      Unreal.

      • SoftStarLight March 1, 2019 at 10:33 am #

        Yes, a true tale indeed. You know I get spam everyday telling me that I desperately need like 70 credit cards too.

      • Ol' Scratch March 1, 2019 at 10:43 am #

        Where’ve you been? 84 months is not uncommon at all if you’re credit is good and the vehicle price is high enough. 72 months is pretty much standard.

        • BackRowHeckler March 1, 2019 at 12:40 pm #

          In other words, cars will be already in the junkyard before they’re paid off. That is, if they do get paid off.

          Brh

          • Ol' Scratch March 1, 2019 at 12:59 pm #

            Most of those never get paid off. Just rolled over. That’s why leases are a much better deal.

          • stelmosfire March 1, 2019 at 1:11 pm #

            BRH, a seven year old car would be a new vehicle for me. my trucks are 17 and 23 years old. I’d drive either one cross country without hesitation. My BMW is a ’68 and my snowblower is a ’61 and will never die.

          • malthuss March 1, 2019 at 1:12 pm #

            modern cars are ugly and can maybe be controlled by the
            secret government thru computers. Cars have so much
            technology embedded in them.

    • JohnAZ March 1, 2019 at 10:32 am #

      One of the main symptoms of the Liberal stupidification is the belief that money is an abstract object , not connected to work man-hours. This is one of the big differences between today and 50 years ago. Debt to these folks is meaningless, buy all your stuff on credit, then declare bankruptcy.

      It is no wonder, the Liberals, Dem and GOP, have been overspending their budgets forever. They set such a good example.

      • jdhines March 1, 2019 at 11:15 am #

        It seems the Liberals are not the only ones who suffer from “stupidfication.” It’s odd how the Liberals, Trumpists, and Right Wingers view debt as meaningless, but you only seem concerned with liberal shortsightedness.

        Did you benefit a great deal from the Trumpster’s corporate and 1% tax cut John? I hope you did, as we are all going to pay for some of it before our kids, grandkids, etc. take over the payments so to speak.

        “The Trump administration had said that the tax cuts would pay for themselves by generating increased revenue from faster economic growth, but the White House has acknowledged in recent weeks that the deficit is growing faster than it had expected. The Office of Management and Budget said this month that it had revised its forecasts from earlier this year to account for nearly $1 trillion of additional debt over the next decade — on average, almost $100 billion more a year in deficits.”

        • capt spaulding March 1, 2019 at 12:07 pm #

          Tax cuts will stimulate job growth. The Republicans have been pounding that drum for as long as I can remember. They used to call them the “job creators”, that was the buzzword used to justify the tax cuts given to the 1%, and the corporations.

          • Ol' Scratch March 1, 2019 at 12:58 pm #

            And yet, that line still sells the world over. Go figure. People incorrigibly are stupid.

          • JohnAZ March 1, 2019 at 1:07 pm #

            The internationalist suction pump that steals our capital is overwhelming job creation. AI is the other job destroyer. These two items are significantly decreasing the impact of the tax relief.

          • JohnAZ March 1, 2019 at 1:12 pm #

            Ol’Scratch

            Remember the source of the stupidification. Lousy propaganda based education system, especially college level, and increased levels of indigent non-English speaking immigrants.

            Both the results of the Liberalization of the country.

            Positive feedback. More liberalization, more lousy education, more immigrants = more liberalization. Etc. etc and so forth.

            That is why the Deep State is winning.

          • Ol' Scratch March 1, 2019 at 2:46 pm #

            Remember the source of the stupidification. Lousy propaganda based education system, especially college level, and increased levels of indigent non-English speaking immigrants.

            All very true. Further enabled by a mass media distraction and disinformation system worthy of the gods.

        • JohnAZ March 1, 2019 at 1:03 pm #

          I benefitted from the increased standard deduction quite a bit.

          Remember that the reform part of the tax bill was aimed at eliminating deductions and increasing the standard deduction to offset the change. So we can do our taxes on a post card.

  4. shotho March 1, 2019 at 10:13 am #

    Liquidity is flowing again into global financial markets, so it will be awhile before financial armageddon ensues.

    • Ol' Scratch March 1, 2019 at 10:27 am #

      From where?

      • JohnAZ March 1, 2019 at 10:35 am #

        Read Estulin, Scratch. Drugs, human trafficking, prostitution, gambling is supplying the required interest payments to keep things afloat.

        Why do you think the entire financial community and most of the Deep State are fighting protecting the border?

        • Ol' Scratch March 1, 2019 at 10:40 am #

          Well yeah, but that’s old news and ongoing. I was wondering if the Fed was up to old tricks again. Haven’t been paying attention lately.

          • JohnAZ March 1, 2019 at 1:19 pm #

            Yeah, mean feedback loop. Fed uses QE to “buy” treasuries from government then prints money against the borrowing. The treasuries are worthless as the government is defacto bankrupt. So they use these dollars to prime the pump. Trump and Powell are trying to slowly decrease the priming so that the house of cards does not collapse. Their plan, as you know, has hit a snag on the rising interest rates and their effect on the great barometer, the stock market.

          • malthuss March 1, 2019 at 3:38 pm #

            Belgium bought bonds.

        • Ol' Scratch March 1, 2019 at 10:41 am #

          Good to see you reading Estulin, though, JAZ.

          • JohnAZ March 1, 2019 at 1:22 pm #

            Everyone needs to, the PTB need to keep us in the dark to pull their shenanigans. Hence the stupidification drive. Estulin gives a good big picture look at what is going on world wide, from a globalist perspective.

            It has had the same impact on me that TLE did in 2008.

      • amb March 1, 2019 at 12:09 pm #

        From government spending (infrastructure, etc.) which is the only place that liquidity comes from. And only way banks can offer credit.

        • Ol' Scratch March 1, 2019 at 12:56 pm #

          More likely just spending (issuing debt) into the banks, allowing more credit expansion, which then goes straight into keeping the asset bubble (real estate, stock, bond, and other speculative investments, etc.) inflated. Very little goes to public infrastructure anymore. No ROI. By the way, bank credit IS newly created money.

        • JohnAZ March 1, 2019 at 1:24 pm #

          Real liquidity, right now, is coming from the illicit traffic across the border. The government input is imaginary.

      • shotho March 1, 2019 at 5:48 pm #

        China and Japan are the primary movers of liquidity now, but USA and ECB are poised to resume

  5. My Point of View March 1, 2019 at 10:17 am #

    The ‘summit’ could’ve been handled by a brief phone call to determine starting positions. It would take about 2 minutes to find out that neither side would give an inch and would’ve shown there was no need to meet as there was no framework to start working from in the first place.

    Long way to go for a photo op, but at least Kim got a scenic train ride out of this. Total waste of time and money.

    • K-Dog March 1, 2019 at 10:29 am #

      But they both got exactly what they wanted!? It is only a total waste from your point of view. These men do not turn down photo ops and the status-quo was maintained. Both are stronger. The Trump/Kim show is a hit and they both want to keep the theatre going. No need to change the script.

      • Ol' Scratch March 1, 2019 at 10:38 am #

        The jar head flat top is cute, I’ll admit, but the little bitty mouth, the double neck fat roll, and the tortoise shell Buddy Holly glasses are the Bee’s Knees. That Kim’s definitely a looker! I think him and GGG might have something serious going on. Kim looks like he’s totally digging GGG’s scolding routine. Definitely a bottom!

        • SoftStarLight March 1, 2019 at 10:47 am #

          LOL OMG you guys are funny :-).

      • Ol' Scratch March 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm #

        Noticed something else. Take a look at the presentation binders each has in his left hand. Note that Kim’s has a rather large section of white showing, implying that there’s at least the pretense of some sort of briefing material contained therein. Trump’s appears to be completely empty. True to form, he was winging it – “free balling,” if you will – entirely. The binder was purely for show.

    • Ol' Scratch March 1, 2019 at 10:30 am #

      Chalk it up to “brand enhancement.”

      • K-Dog March 1, 2019 at 10:31 am #

        Exactly right! Typed like a true expert you horny dude.

      • Paulo March 1, 2019 at 11:32 am #

        Naw….not brand enhancement, rather, chalk it up to overreach. Overreach, fueled by Trump’s belief in 70 years of personal BS, reinforced by a Daddy who made him a millionaire by grade 2 and a penchant for surrounding himself with sycophants/psychophants. Trump, ther man who phoned in to talk shows to proclaim his sexual prowess under the name of John Barron, (named his own spawn Barron), actually thought he could operate in the big leagues of governance and diplomacy.

        Can you imagine any other President publicly stating he and little fat boy are in ‘love’? Thinking about it, maybe that is love for Trump. SAD.

        An hours drive from my home a man was recently exposed as being a fraudulent pastic surgeon, caught after a bunch of breast augmentation surgeries went sideways. (literally). A short flight from most CFN readers a man has been exposed at pretending he is President, after everything he does and touches goes sideways. People, who stand to gain under his presidency, are running out of ways to protect him. That, is Overreach.

        Release his school transcripts and SAT scores to marvel at his stable genius intelligence.

        Interview his criminal enterprise employees.

        Release all reports and investigations.

        Release the sealed indictments.

        Deflate and ass kick D Junior.

        Let him whimper and tweet to the end so Pence can’t get in power.

        Finally, Lock ’em up. Lock ’em all up. Disolve his criminal enterprise, and make those gold plated hotel signs the absolute example of Overreach for as long as the USA might survive.

        • jdhines March 1, 2019 at 11:44 am #

          That all sounds spot on and pretty damn good Paulo!

        • SoftStarLight March 1, 2019 at 11:46 am #

          It would only be spot on if it included every corrupt politician, bureaucrat, and official no matter what their party affiliation is. Until that is spoken and made clear I remain unmoved and unimpressed.

          • jdhines March 1, 2019 at 11:59 am #

            Here, here. We can all get on board with that!

          • SoftStarLight March 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm #

            Well now that is the spirit!!!

          • messianicdruid March 1, 2019 at 12:15 pm #

            …shouting it from the housetops… is now literally possible.

    • JohnAZ March 1, 2019 at 10:40 am #

      Nope. The main incentive is to show Kim the benefits of capitalism, “ Here is a Communist nation that we pounded into the ground and look what they have done.

      Good observation this morning is that when things improve, people’s want more and more. That causes revolutions.

      That is the last thing Kim wants to hear. Maybe wrong psychology.

      • Ol' Scratch March 1, 2019 at 12:09 pm #

        If so, he’s a bit late to the party. The 20th century boom is ancient history now. All we have left to show for it is a debt charade.

  6. Neon Vincent March 1, 2019 at 10:17 am #

    When I read the title, I was expecting a reference to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which has become something onto which what passes for the American Left projects its worst fears about the future if their political and social adversaries have their say (losing the entitlements of suburbia aren’t among them, by the way). Other than the title and one mention of Trump’s handmaidens (sorry, I don’t think Stormy Daniels will be indicted in the Southern District of New York; the case is not under Mueller’s purview), I was disappointed. So might the fans of the show be, at least by the level of approval of their peers in Hollywood. The first season won eight Emmy Awards, including sweeping all categories for which it was nominated on the final night. In contrast, the second season won three Emmys, none on the final night. I’m thinking the third season, which will debut in June, might be lucky to get one or two. For the sake of the show, I hope the viewers won’t be as fickle.

    • K-Dog March 1, 2019 at 10:39 am #

      A dark drama is unfolding. The American tale is now one of doom porn. If you must have parallel lines there is your reference.

      • seawolf77 March 1, 2019 at 1:14 pm #

        Doom porn. I like that. Amy Does Armageddon. Starring Neil DaHung One and Sylvia Airhead. The end of the world is nigh, but these two wouldn’t know it. Amy likes demons and as they emerge from the bottom less pit, Amy shows them hers. Of course her old boyfriend isn’t one to sit on the side lines, and Blaine Fury follows Amy into hell and all of its perversions, abominations, and depravities become the sexual fantasies for the Walking Dead. Stay tuned for the sequel, Zombie Porn, where Amy comes back from the dead to give world wide head.

        • JohnAZ March 1, 2019 at 1:27 pm #

          Sw

          Your list looks like the nominations for the Oscars.

  7. GreenAlba March 1, 2019 at 10:19 am #

    ” Perhaps they compared hair-dos, both equally strange, would you not admit? ”

    They did. Then they tried to achieve a meeting of scalps since they couldn’t manage a meeting of minds.

    images.financialexpress.com/2017/08/DHBWZjYXcAEpWfo.jpg

    • Hands4u March 1, 2019 at 10:28 am #

      GA- “Hilhairious”! (images.financialexpress)

    • Ol' Scratch March 1, 2019 at 10:29 am #

      Twin brothers separated at birth, perhaps?

      • Ol' Scratch March 1, 2019 at 12:12 pm #

        That’s actually a really good look for Kim. Makes him look like a rich little chubby gay boy. Think Manny, from Modern Family.

    • SoftStarLight March 1, 2019 at 10:36 am #

      LOL love it! The switch is not that bad for either. Kinda weird!

    • izzy March 1, 2019 at 10:49 am #

      A “cultural exchange”?
      Looks like Kim is happier with his end of the deal.

      • SoftStarLight March 1, 2019 at 10:56 am #

        I know he looks really excite about it. Trump not so much!

  8. EvelynV March 1, 2019 at 10:34 am #

    An entertaining essay today by JHK. As is usually the case, a few word smithing gems. My favorite today was Trump’s “larval vocabulary”.

    All-in-all videos of the two sitting before cameras gave me the impression Kim is smugly satisfied with the outcome. Clearly the possession of nuclear weapons and the rockets that can deliver them has raised DPRK’s comfort level since back in the day smirky pointed an accusing finger at them in his declaration of the ‘axis of evil’.

    To his credit Trump found a way to make it seem he was satisfied with the polished turd he was given as he rushed out the door.

    • SoftStarLight March 1, 2019 at 10:39 am #

      I still like Trump a lot more than Bush. Bush hid his feelings and opinions and it made him really strange. At least we all know pretty much what is going on in Trump’s mind. My guess is that that Kim and Trump will be getting together again. It’s a budding bromance!

  9. Walter B March 1, 2019 at 10:35 am #

    Yes Jim the financial system continues to degrade though the citizens may not see the rot as clearly as we who are inside the Flying Pig do. New Jersey is the number one indebted state with over 3 to 1 debt over GDP. Trenton is borrowing more and more and desperately seeking new and inventive ways to increase taxes, not that they can’t just take the money outright. The Mary Jane sales have still not materialized and new taxes like the “Salt Tax” to counter the effects of road salt are in the house.

    Our local school board has been notified of a $1 million loss of school funding over the course of the next 6 years, and on a budget of $10 million a year, it is going to hurt. Municipal tax rates are rising quickly as well out here in Hunterdon county and strapped homeowners are going to be hard pressed to make the payments on their Land Barges too. It is going to be a slow squeeze and I do not know how long the taxpayers can continue to be compressed.

    A long emergency indeed, rather a long, slow death by taxation and debt.

    • SoftStarLight March 1, 2019 at 10:45 am #

      So in other words it sounds like New Jersey is getting to a point of taxation where there is just not enough blood left to bleed. This is happening in the Northeastern states, Illinois and California from what I hear. Not sure if there are other states included. Texas and the South in general are receiving a big influx of people from the North and from California. Very interesting times!

      • Walter B March 1, 2019 at 12:42 pm #

        And remember SSL, no government ANYWHERE in the US ever reduces the amount it spends year to year do they? None, zero, zilch, in fact it may not even be possible. Government workers, especially the unionized teachers get raises every year and the taxes increase far faster than the salaries of those that support the system do. In fact, the average Joe loses income on a year to year basis. How long can this go on? Surely not too long.

        • JohnAZ March 1, 2019 at 1:31 pm #

          WB

          How can the government reduce spending when it is letting in millions of immigrants, that 73% of them go on the dole.

          Simple arithmetic!

          • Walter B March 1, 2019 at 2:49 pm #

            It certainly does add gasoline to the fire John, but then our modern day government people have no idea how to manage people OR money do they?

            At last night’s Board of Ed meeting, one of the board members who happens to be a teacher in another district brought up the idea of our school making additional income by offering pre-care and after care programs. She went on to say that if we had enough enrollees we could pay a $60k salary to a teacher with the proceeds. Funny, but that is not how it works, is it? Where I work, we have a large “Child Learning Center” (daycare) with a long waiting list. We are in the process of expanding the facility to take advantage of the huge and growing demand for child care. As more and more parents work more and more low paying jobs, taking care of the chillins pays better and better. But in order to make it pay, you have to hire caregivers at the lowest rate possible, all part time with no bennies for it to be profitable.

            Government will never be able to make money but they can surely piss it away in large quantities with ease don’t they?

        • SoftStarLight March 1, 2019 at 1:44 pm #

          Wow that is frightening Walter. We really are breaking the bank!

    • JohnAZ March 1, 2019 at 11:17 am #

      Estulin talks a little about what is going to happen with the debt. He calls for a deflation of the entire global financial networks starting when the Ponzi expansion starts to go down. Financial structures will continue to try to support the structure so it will be a slow collapse. They learned how to do that in 2007.

      Deflation. Here is the problem. The average Joe will see declines in his revenue sources of all forms. Price structures will stay high, because of the Elites maintaining their spending habits until they are affected. Deflation has the same effects on spending as inflation, Joe cannot buy as much.

      2007 was a preview. Only one bank was affected.

      Trump is a deflator. He sees the debt crunch coming and is trying to slow the expansion of the Ponzi scheme.

      If the Wall succeeds in stopping the illicit trades, watch out. The Ponzi could collapse fast. I am glad I do not have to make the decisions that the national economists are doing today.

      Another danger source, the Liberals do not have a clue about any of this in their plans, all their issues are hyperinflationary and will just hurry us over the cliff.

      The biggest enemy of any form of democracy is when the folks find out they own the purse strings.

      • Ol' Scratch March 1, 2019 at 12:29 pm #

        The great deflation is indeed eventually inevitable. “Managing” it long term is delusional. “Hiding” it – the ponzi debt bubble – is a more apt description. Side note: this is why the outrage for Bernie Madoff was so off the charts in 2008. He got caught doing exactly what all of the big banks were doing, he just wasn’t well connected enough to cover the con when the tide went out, so he had to be made an example of. All the rest of the big boys? Made whole at public expense.

        They might well try that same ploy next time as well (really, what other choice do they have?), but this time there will be no hiding the inflationary effects of all the new money that will be required to prevent a deflationary collapse. So if the big banks are allowed to go down, so will the smaller ones, and so on and so forth, and with it, most or all of the personal wealth of all those depositors, which is to say, damn near everyone in the US. Except for the big boy insiders of course, who will front run all the carnage due to insider knowledge and preferential trading privileges at the major banks and exchanges. This was the game in 1907, 1929, 1987, and 2008, and it’s still the game today. Thank you Fed, may we have another? [Fed: Why, yes you can! Thanks for asking!]

  10. JohnAZ March 1, 2019 at 10:52 am #

    Fox News gave a clever presentation this morning about Cohen.. They showed videos of him testifying two years ago, and compared the testimony of similar questions before and after. The contradictions were very evident.

    When Cohen had his “road to Damascus moment”, it must have been something.

    One really good thing here. If the fact finders and whistleblowers get heir act together to find out who is telling the truth, it will be a breath of fresh air.

    Libs, be careful with this guy. He has the goods on you too.

    • SoftStarLight March 1, 2019 at 11:00 am #

      John I heard that Jim Jordan filed some kind of lawsuit or something against Cohen for lying like nine times in this recent Congressional tell all. Have you heard anything about that and if so, is it true?

      • JohnAZ March 1, 2019 at 11:24 am #

        I know Jordan was all over the airwaves yesterday after the interview. Heard some noise this morning about someone going after Cohen for perjury. That’s it. This Fox comparison was striking.

        Someone is lying. I hope we find out who.

      • seawolf77 March 1, 2019 at 12:31 pm #

        Jim Jordan looks like a child molester. Does he dig on young, pre-pubescent flesh? You know you Republicans are almost like Catholic priests in that respect. Dennis Hastert. Roy Moore. Nathan Larson.

        • SoftStarLight March 1, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

          So you really do want to start with me so early on in this thread????? Don’t even get me started. Do I need to repost Joe Biden creepily sniffing little girls’ hair and rubbing their shoulders? What about Anthony Weiner sharing his sausage pictures with underage girls? You love to push buttons seawolf!

          • Ol' Scratch March 1, 2019 at 12:46 pm #

            sausage pictures

            LOL!!! Now there’s an image for ya! And talk about a creepy little pervert! I wonder how he ever scored with Abedin? It must have been an arranged gay (on both their parts) cover marriage.

          • SoftStarLight March 1, 2019 at 1:43 pm #

            LOL he works me up so much. I think you are on to something Ol’ Scratch! I believe too that it was all fake on their parts. Sort of like Bill and Hillary.

        • JohnAZ March 1, 2019 at 1:33 pm #

          Glass houses, SW, glass houses.

  11. volodya March 1, 2019 at 11:30 am #

    The “deal” is there for all to see, one that the “Blob”, as the US foreign policy establishment is called, refuses to contemplate, but a deal that they will be dragged into kicking and screaming.

    The background to the “deal” is also there right under our noses: the USA no longer has the economic wherewithal to support a worldwide network of military bases, least of all in a country (S. Korea) which dwarfs its antagonist (N. Korea) both economically and demographically and which sits cheek by jowl with the vast military and economic power of China which, stupidly enough, the USA built up into a global adversary.

    So, the “deal”, such as it is, will be this, the USA will withdraw its soldiers and sailors and fly-boys because it has to, because there’s no godly reason for them to be there anyway, and because China will no longer tolerate US presence in its backyard any more than the US would tolerate the Chinese military in Mexico or Canada.

    That’s the deal. That coon-skin will get nailed to the wall by necessity, the North Koreans will keep their nukes, the South Koreans will make some accommodation with the North, like a Peace Treaty, which is way over-due, and also a trade deal because the Chinese will have their foot on Kim Jong Un’s neck.

    And then the animosity between the Chinese and the Koreans will re-ignite because, without the common enemy of the USA, these two peoples, who have been historic adversaries, will start to not like one another all over again particularly because the North Koreans will start to wondering why they’re taking directives from the Chinese when they’ve got that perfectly good nuclear arsenal to back-stop them. And the boys in Pyongyang will have a point.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 1, 2019 at 11:53 am #

      Tulsi Gabbard said on Tucker that North Korea is right to keep their nukes, as terrible things happen to people who believe the United States and disarm – thus making her the only Democratic Candidate who doesn’t believe the same things as Bill Kristol and Hillary Clinton.

      Let them integrate with the South as they seem to want to do, and stop threatening them. The worst period came after Hollywood made a comedy about assasinating him. Did we expect him to distinguish between a movie and reality? And since the same group control both Hollywood and Foreign Policy, are we sure he was even wrong to see it that way? At least Trump calmed things down – and that’s not nothing. Left to his own devices, he might have made a deal. But he’s listening to the Neo Cons, and that’s always a disaster.

      • SoftStarLight March 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm #

        They will never say not one good thing about him. And yeah, he needs to stop listening to people who despise him.

        • volodya March 1, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

          Trump is right about the big picture.

          The USA cannot accommodate gigantic trade deficits indefinitely, nor can the financial system.

          The USA has got to control its borders, because it’s a simple thing, that a simpleton can understand, without borders there would be no USA.

          The USA and Russia do not have conflicting interests and there’s no earthly reason for relations between the two countries to be as bad as they are.

          NATO is outdated. It was there to keep Germany down and Russia out. Germany is on its death-bed. Russia is a shrunken version of its former self.

          There’s no reason that American soldiers be required to defend Europe when 1) Europeans are more than capable of doing it on their own 2) Europeans refuse to do it themselves even while having the capability.

          There’s more but you get the drift. Trump, for all his deficits, has got a firmer grip than all the genius straight A students working in all the think tanks and congressional offices and alphabet soup of agencies in the US government.

          • SoftStarLight March 1, 2019 at 12:28 pm #

            Yes I agree! Bring our troops home, close those bases and bring all that investment and money back home. Use the military to build the Wall. A real Wall. And you’re right, there is no reason we can’t get along with Russia. I am starting to think the A student geniuses in the government actually cheated and were really C and D students. Some of em made Fs all the way but were saved by quotas.

          • EvelynV March 1, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

            Well said.

          • seawolf77 March 1, 2019 at 4:21 pm #

            I’m sorry, but this is not good. The status quo is working. There is no need to change anything. NATO is outdated? Really. While I agree in principle that Russians are white and we are white and the Chinese are yellow, the fact remains Russia has national self interests that are not exactly aligned with ours’. For one Putin thinks the collapse of the Soviet Union was the biggest geopolitical disaster of the 20th century. You don’t think he wants some payback? For two it is far from certain that Putin and Russia will align themselves with America. As Trump would say, “Why would they?” China is the future. All America can do is put a finger in the dyke. Finally the American military is the police of the world, like it or not, and a pretty damn good sheriff over the last 70 years. Dismantle it at your peril.

          • Ol' Scratch March 1, 2019 at 5:30 pm #

            Just for informational purposes, how in the world did the Chinese (Asians) ever get labeled “yellow?”

            In “The Travels of Marco Polo,” the people of China are described as “white.” Records left by eighteenth century missionaries also report the skin color of Japanese and other East Asian people as clearly white. Yet in the nineteenth century, this perception quietly gave way to descriptions as “yellow.” In travel books, scientific discourse, and works of art, portrayals of East Asians began presenting them as having yellow skin. What happened in between?

            In his 2011 book “Becoming Yellow: A Short History of Racial Thinking,” National Taiwan University professor Michael Keevak delves deeply into the origins and history of how and why East Asians went from being seen as “white” to being classified as “yellow.”

            The first suspect implicated in applying the “yellow” label to East Asian faces is the famed Carl Linnaeus (1707-78). At first, Linnaeus used the Latin adjective “fuscus,” meaning “dark,” to describe the skin color of Asians. But in the tenth edition of his 1758-9 “Systema Naturae,” he specified it with the term “luridus,” meaning “light yellow” or “pale.”

            “Becoming Yellow: A Short History of Racial Thinking,” National Taiwan University professor Michael Keevak
            It was Johann Friedrich Blumenbach (1752-1840) who went beyond the coloring ascribed by Linnaeus to apply the completely different label of “Mongolianness.” Regarded as a founder of comparative anatomy, the German zoologist did more than just use the Latin word “gilvus,” meaning “light yellow,” to describe East Asian skin color: he also implicated the Mongols, a name with troubling and threatening connotations for Europeans with their memories of Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, and Timur.

            While the references remained anomalous at first, travelers to East Asia gradually began describing locals there more and more as “yellow.” By the nineteenth century, Keevak argued, the “yellow race” become a key part of anthropology.
            But the yellow label came associated with discrimination, exclusion, and violence. Just as no one in the world is purely white or black, neither does anyone actually have skin that is deep yellow. By “creating” a skin color and investing traits such as “Mongolian eyes,” the Mongolian birthmark, and mongolism (the old name for Down syndrome), Westerners made the perceived yellow race synonymous with abnormality. They also responded to the arrival of immigrants from Asia by sounding the alarm over the “yellow peril” – a term with a whole range of negative associations from overpopulation to heathenism, economic competition, and political and social regression. The hidden agenda of this racial color-coding becomes apparent when one considers who benefits from a hierarchy that places “yellow” and “black” beneath “white.”

            Michael Keevak, National Taiwan University professor
            For the Korean-language edition, the author wrote a new introduction that asks, “Isn’t it time to stop using the discriminatory terms ‘yellow’?” It’s an argument solidly bolstered by the book’s footnotes and references, which account for a third of its 348 pages.

            By Kang Hee-cheol, staff reporter

            english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_international/753623.html

          • Ol' Scratch March 1, 2019 at 5:33 pm #

            All America can do is put a finger in the dyke.

            I’m going to just note that comment, bite my tongue til it bleeds, and politely move on without comment.

          • montsegur March 3, 2019 at 8:38 am #

            I’m going to just note that comment, bite my tongue til it bleeds, and politely move on without comment.

            Scratch,

            You tryin’ to say there is a difference between whys and eyes?

            Cheers

      • volodya March 1, 2019 at 12:20 pm #

        And you bet, calming things down isn’t nothing.

  12. jdhines March 1, 2019 at 11:40 am #

    It seems that Otto’s parents don’t really agree with GGG on some matters… Even despite the love that GGG and Kim have for each other, OK?

    “Contradicting Trump, Otto Warmbier’s parents blame North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for the death of their son
    Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son Otto,” Fred and Cindy Warmbier said in a statement.”

    • SoftStarLight March 1, 2019 at 11:52 am #

      And I am guessing the only reason you care is because it is something that you can possibly use to jab into that Trump voodoo doll you made?

      • jdhines March 1, 2019 at 11:56 am #

        VooDoo doll. Good idea to go along with Trump’s VooDoo economics! Please do that VooDoo that you do so well…

        • SoftStarLight March 1, 2019 at 11:58 am #

          Very good JD ;-)! But you might want to be careful what you wish for lol. I will abstain from the black magic for now.

          • jdhines March 1, 2019 at 12:02 pm #

            Thanks for not bringing on the black magic SSL! 😉

          • SoftStarLight March 1, 2019 at 12:15 pm #

            No problem, you are very welcome :-)!!

    • jdhines March 1, 2019 at 11:55 am #

      The North Koreans are playing Trump the Chump like a fine Stradivarious violin.

      Sure, Kim Jung Un will give up his nukes for burgers & fries, Korean taco trucks, suburbs as far as the eye can see, Samsung smartphones in every hand, big box shopping and happy motoring for all, wouldn’t you?

      I wonder if he is aware of what happened to M. Gadhafi, ya think? Keep dreaming that GGG has made us safe from Little Rocket Man’s nukes. Dream away. It must be true, Fox News said it was so!

      • Nightowl March 1, 2019 at 2:24 pm #

        On balance, if Trumpi found a cure for cancer you’d be shouting on the WH lawn about your right to die from cancer.

        • malthuss March 1, 2019 at 3:41 pm #

          population control. or why DT and the Repubs are to blame for population crisis and everything else.

        • jdhines March 1, 2019 at 7:35 pm #

          Damn straight, as it would undoubtedly be snake oil if GGG was selling it.

          • Nightowl March 2, 2019 at 4:10 am #

            #Orangemanbad #McResist

    • jdhines March 1, 2019 at 11:57 am #

      Who else would blame if not Kim Jung Un? Obama?

    • seawolf77 March 1, 2019 at 12:23 pm #

      I’m sure he would be equally forgiving if it was Ivanka who came back with her brains bashed in after begging for mercy on the world stage.

  13. JustSaying March 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm #

    It was certainly hard to imagine the two leaders in conversation: The President with his larval vocabulary and Mr. Kim in his life-long solipsistic haze. Perhaps they compared hair-dos…

    What a laugh I got from this! Larval vocabulary! Humor is a great antidote for insanity.

    • seawolf77 March 1, 2019 at 12:21 pm #

      Yeah I had to look that one up (larval). I couldn’t believe he used it in that context. Like Trump’s words were growing maggots. I love it! Almost better than Russians.

      • SoftStarLight March 1, 2019 at 12:24 pm #

        Just in time to ruin the appetite for lunch. How could you??!!!

        • EvelynV March 1, 2019 at 2:07 pm #

          Sorry SSL, I picture you as having an insatiable appetite and life being one long breakfast-lunch-dinner time for you with snacks and mid-night refrigerator raids for you. It’s just an impression so don’t take it as clairvoyance on my part.

          • SoftStarLight March 1, 2019 at 2:37 pm #

            Clairvoyance is not your strong suit.

  14. BackRowHeckler March 1, 2019 at 12:07 pm #

    ‘Wokesterdom’

    How do you get to be “Woke”?

    Is it a worthy goal?

    Brh

  15. jdhines March 1, 2019 at 12:09 pm #

    In other news today reported out of London:

    The president has been accused on Friday of “cavalierly lying” about instructing his former chief of staff John Kelly to give Jared Kushner a top-secret security clearance.

    “Hard to know which is more dangerous—jeopardizing our most sensitive national security information or so cavalierly lying about it. Have we lost our ability to be shocked?”

    • Ol' Scratch March 1, 2019 at 12:38 pm #

      Well you have to admit, there’s something very je ne sais quoi about the idea of cavalierly lying about something like that. I rather imagine GGG actually warmed to that description, possibly conjuring up royalist images such as this in his mind:

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cavalier#/media/File:Sir_Anthony_Van_Dyck_-_Charles_I_(1600-49)_-_Google_Art_P…

    • K-Dog March 1, 2019 at 12:54 pm #

      So what. People knows he lies and still it makes aucune différence!

      Describing the cheese puff as one having the spirit or bearing of a gallant knight or a courtly gentleman is a bit of a reach IMHO.

      • Ol' Scratch March 1, 2019 at 1:01 pm #

        So much for leaning over the fence to pet you today!

        • K-Dog March 1, 2019 at 1:54 pm #

          Ggggrrrrrrrrrrrr, sorry didn’t know it was you. Je ne sais quai is a quality not easily described and the alacrity to which people will chew on his poop is undescribable. That is true.

  16. amb March 1, 2019 at 12:11 pm #

    Face the truth: we are all pagliaccios.

    • K-Dog March 1, 2019 at 12:56 pm #

      Janos is. He wants to wear the mask and go door to door asking for the dead. Me, I’m a dog.

  17. elysianfield March 1, 2019 at 12:59 pm #

    “The President with his larval vocabulary…”

    Mr. Kunstler,

    …Excellent!

  18. malthuss March 1, 2019 at 1:08 pm #

    BackRowHeckler March 1, 2019 at 12:44 pm #

    The ‘racism’ apparently comes from a question he posed, “Show me a black run country that’s not a sh-thole?”

    I think its a pretty good question—

    sounds like a statement.

  19. Janos Skorenzy March 1, 2019 at 1:21 pm #

    Any strong feelings or passions are food for disincarnate entities, the kind attracted will depend on the nature of the passion. This Klimt painting portrays the hidden or occult reality. At least these ones are or were human. If only it was always just that….

    klimtgallery.org/Love.html

    • SoftStarLight March 1, 2019 at 1:47 pm #

      This is really beautiful, on so many different levels. I feel like something is happening that I can’t see and that I don’t fully understand.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 1, 2019 at 1:50 pm #

        Treasure that lack of understanding as Mary did about her child, Jesus. Store it up in your heart. Only thru not “understanding – or rather, pretending to – can one ever hope to Understand.

        • SoftStarLight March 1, 2019 at 2:31 pm #

          So mysterious and distant. Yet so close and ever present. The tension of the competing forces is almost too much to bear yet I can’t imagine being without it.

    • tucsonspur March 1, 2019 at 3:27 pm #

      From Back to School:

      Trendy Man: Mr Melon, your wife was just showing us her Klimt.

      Thornton Melon: You too huh. She’s shown it to everybody.

      Trendy Man: Well, she’s very proud of it.

      Thornton Melon: I’m proud of mine too. I don’t go waving it around at parties though.

      Trendy Man: It’s an exceptional painting.

      Thornton Melon: Oh the painting.

    • malthuss March 1, 2019 at 3:43 pm #

      The jews got the Klimt back. Big lawsuit over ownership of a Klimt.

      ..
      [Search domain artforum.com/news/id=6401%5D artforum.com/news/id=6401
      Lawsuit over Klimt Painting Heads for Supreme Court This week, ABC News reports, the Supreme Court will decide whether Maria Altmann, an American woman living in Los Angeles, has the right to bring a lawsuit in a US court seeking the return of Gustav Klimt’s painting Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer, 1907, which was taken from Altmann’s aunt by …

  20. JohnAZ March 1, 2019 at 1:43 pm #

    The MSM bitched about Bush and Obama not being transparent and not holding enough press conferences. Along comes Trump, who communicates directly on social media, and has daily press conferences, and talks to the press every time he leaves the WH. And gets clobbered by the press.

    And it is about time someone in DC talked to the folks in plain basic English, larval level, instead of the normal BSing that goes on.

    Make up your damn minds.

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

      They despise his preferred forms of communication as it bypasses the filter.

    • tucsonspur March 1, 2019 at 2:36 pm #

      But with Trump it’s often incoherent bull shit. BS I can take. But incoherent BS is something else.

      I agree with your first point, and of course without that communication he wouldn’t stand a chance against the press.

      Chances are (9/10) I’ll still vote for him if he can run, no matter the sleaze factor.

      But I don’t think he will be re-elected. And he may actually be criminally disgraced.

      • Nightowl March 2, 2019 at 4:39 am #

        It’s plain persuasive language that is easy to digest for the masses, an approach that is rather shrewd when dealing with folks who have the attention span of a fruit fly and very little interest in the subject of governance.

        If you’ve ever watched some of his older interviews, you’d have noticed that he can speak quite eloquently when he chooses and is sharp as a tack in calling out reporter BS.

        I can’t vote for him, but I welcome some of his policies, such as what he’s done in Korea and his support for the concept of the nation state.

        The likelihood that he is criminally disgraced is 0. If there were anything of substance to work with, we’d have heard about it long ago.

        • Q. Shtik March 2, 2019 at 6:08 pm #

          If you’ve ever watched some of his older interviews, you’d have noticed that he can speak quite eloquently when he chooses – Nightowl

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

          I have never ever heard Trump speak eloquently. I challenge you to produce two links to videos/recordings of what you consider to be eloquent speech. If Trump, indeed, possessed an ability to speak eloquently when he chooses and then to speak dumb depending on who he perceives his audience to be, that would indeed be “shrewd.” I don’t think Trump has a shrewd bone in his mouth. Somehow Trump DOES manage to read a speech from a monitor without embarrassing himself or the public of the United States.

          My b-i-l, Peter does not seem to notice any flaw in Trump as an orator and for me that says it all.

      • Exscotticus March 2, 2019 at 12:42 pm #

        >>> But I don’t think he will be re-elected. And he may actually be criminally disgraced.

        And who from the motley crew on the Left do you think can replace Trump in a general election? Bernie Sanders? Heck, man, his very initials are BS…

        • Nightowl March 2, 2019 at 4:24 pm #

          Bernie lost all credibility when he caved and supported Hillary.

          I like Tulsi Gabbard, but the DNC will scuttle her.

  21. Janos Skorenzy March 1, 2019 at 1:47 pm #

    There is Balm in Gilead, but one must defend it against entities both singular and collective, incarnate and disincarnate. The Indians failed to protect their lands and we savaged them. Now we are failing in the same way and if trends continue, we will be dispossessed and savaged by the incomers. We are the Indians now.

    • tucsonspur March 1, 2019 at 2:08 pm #

      The Indians bravely tried to protect their lands. Right, we did savage them.
      They had no chance, and we killed their women and children. A torrential turkey shoot.

      Are we failing in the same way? Are we not failing in a much more ignoble fashion? Cutting our own throats?

      • SoftStarLight March 1, 2019 at 2:24 pm #

        Yes tucsonspur, the enemies in our home are more treacherous than the enemies outside our door. And the door is now open.

    • SoftStarLight March 1, 2019 at 2:23 pm #

      And the only way to stop it is on a physical and spiritual level. In some ways maybe the spiritual level is more important. If the spirit is unwilling then the body is irrelevant. But if the spirit is alive and determined the body can become unstoppable.

      • tucsonspur March 1, 2019 at 2:48 pm #

        You remind me of Cyrano:

        Vicomte de Valvert: Such arrogance, this scarecrow. Look at him! No ribbons, no lace, not even gloves!

        Cyrano de Bergerac: True! I carry my adornments only on my soul, decked with deeds instead of ribbons. Manful in my good name, and crowned with the white plume of freedom.

        Vicomte de Valvert: But…

        Cyrano de Bergerac: But, I have no gloves. A pity too. I had one – the last of an old pair – and lost that. Very careless of me. A gentleman offered me an impertinence. I left it – in his face.

        • SoftStarLight March 2, 2019 at 3:00 am #

          Lol but the problem I have with that is that the impertinent gentleman would not have been worth losing the glove over. And I ain’t no damn arrogant scarecrow so I don’t appreciate it!

          • tucsonspur March 2, 2019 at 4:39 pm #

            Did I offend? Didn’t mean to. Just thinking in a somewhat spiritual sense. “I carry my adornments only on my soul…”

            I know that you’re taking a lot of flak. Relax. You have a lot going for you.

          • SoftStarLight March 3, 2019 at 11:31 pm #

            I was just feeling sensitive because of everything but I am gonna be ok. Thank you for always being nice to me.

    • EvelynV March 1, 2019 at 5:52 pm #

      Oh no! We’re still here.

      Taking the long view.

      We may still get it back some day.

      What you leave of it worth having.

    • malthuss March 1, 2019 at 6:24 pm #

      from PKs page at UNZ.com,

      Just saw a link to a story about some CEO of some sexual abuse support group ironically resigning because her son groped one of the women during a “healing session”. Then I saw that the son went by the nickname “Dijon”…

      nypost.com/2019/02/27/when-metoo-comes-for-a-man-you-love/

    • elysianfield March 1, 2019 at 8:05 pm #

      Janos,
      I actually bought one of these ten or so years ago…a gift;

      tshirthell.com/funny-shirts/native-americans-should-have-fought-harder-you-pussies/

      • malthuss March 2, 2019 at 12:37 am #

        hard does not mean smart.

        fighting harder does not mean winning.

        • SoftStarLight March 2, 2019 at 3:06 am #

          That is the reason I posted above. Much of the fight is occurring on a spiritual level. Hearts and minds must be won over before you see results in the physical world. Clearly many hearts and minds aren’t filled with the knowledge needed for the fight. So how can a real fight even happen? Or at least a successful one.

  22. tucsonspur March 1, 2019 at 2:20 pm #

    Like the saying goes, the president has a lot of class, all of it low. He ran the bus over Warmbier, crushed him and his family with big, muddy presidential wheels.

    NOKO was a no go, and Trump may be introduced to RICO.

    thedailybeast.com/new-trump-probe-looks-a-lot-like-a-rico-investigation

    The TWATs are growing by leaps and bounds.

    MAGA people beware and prepare.

  23. FincaInTheMountains March 1, 2019 at 2:44 pm #

    Peace Through Development

    As opposed to the longstanding rule of American diplomacy, that political differences are left on the shore when the President is abroad, particularly when the President is negotiating war and peace, Washington was turned into a zoo Wednesday by a staged Congressional hearing aimed directly at undermining the President’s efforts.

    In former days, the public would have been completely repulsed and incensed by this seditious Democratic spectacle and there is every sign they will be so now, if they understand what is at stake.

    larouchepac.com/20190228/peace-and-development-ongoing-asia-while-british-assets-us-attempt-bring-re…

    • tucsonspur March 1, 2019 at 3:44 pm #

      And not one Republican dared defend the President. Their smarter, self serving strategy was to only attack Cohen. He wanted the WH job, he’s a liar, etc.

      The Republicans had the first two years and blew it. They will now pay the price, sad to say, and Trump will be defeated in 2020 if he runs.

      Hillary finally wins.

      Beware and prepare.

      • FincaInTheMountains March 1, 2019 at 3:48 pm #

        We all in God’s hands.

  24. patrickd March 1, 2019 at 2:55 pm #

    Yes, yes, great show, USA democracy and justice. It’s live Reality TV. Playing the audience requires a fair amount of talent and imagination. So, sadly, kudos to the actors.

    The audience not knowing that they are in the theater, is more than sad. It’s alarming.

    • K-Dog March 1, 2019 at 4:01 pm #

      Is it so sad? Since they don’t know they are in a theatre they don’t know they have choices. If they knew they had choices would their new voice benefit you or do you do better the way things are?

  25. FincaInTheMountains March 1, 2019 at 3:08 pm #

    Sabotage on the UNPRECEDENTED level. It’s got to stop, or Nation will pay a dear price.

  26. FincaInTheMountains March 1, 2019 at 4:12 pm #

    Anyway, my Brooklin intelligence stands by its assessment that the Hanoi negotiations between Trump and Kim Jong-un were interrupted due to the danger of another provocation in Syria by the Flying Monkeys against the Russian troops, like the one that happened on February 14, 2018.

    Hillary will not rest easy unless she manages to provoke a Big One.

    The circus with poneys in Congress just to provide information cover.

  27. Q. Shtik March 1, 2019 at 4:13 pm #

    The other day I finished reading a highly praised memoir titled Education by Tara Westover. Here are a slew of reviews to stoke your interest:

    tarawestover.com/reviews

    Frankly, I didn’t think the writing was all that great but the story was incredible. I can’t understand how all these reviewers could fail to mention that this book was about the male/female relationship and about orthodox Mormanism.

    I was prompted to bring up this subject by GreenAlba’s comment on March 1, 2019 at 6:13 AM at the tail end of the prior thread.

    • Q. Shtik March 1, 2019 at 4:36 pm #

      Here are a few relevant paragraphs from the aforementioned comment by GreenAlba:

      Now, words matter to me. So I like precision, and when someone’s sending an accusation my way I boringly insist upon it. For what it’s worth I think a lot of what he says about how he’d ‘manage’ a woman is nothing but Walter Mitty-type fantasy nonsense. He insists women really, really want to be with men exactly like him, and yet…

      What I actually said above referred very specifically to the morons whose credo includes training a woman like a dog in a Pavlovian scenario. Janos comes into this because he provided the word for the technique and explicitly endorsed it. And by endorsing his endorsement, you seem to be endorsing it as well. I very specifically said in a post above that I don’t believe you personally are in a demeaning situation of that sort, but you seem to have deliberately ignored that bit. I don’t think you’d let anyone do that to you – I hope you wouldn’t – so I don’t know why you’re defending it.

      What is described in the credo I quoted verbatim from the website in question is not love or anything remotely romantic. And it is certainly not healthy. It describes an ‘agent’ who very specifically does not love the person they wish to control. Control, in adults, is the opposite of love, and it doesn’t matter whether the person exerting it is male or female.

      The situation in question describes an exploitative arrangement by which one person grooms another to service the needs of their ego. And I repeat, such behaviour, in my country, qualifies as emotional domestic abuse. ‘Coercive control’. Grooming, as I said. And it’s a criminal offence.

      • elysianfield March 1, 2019 at 8:11 pm #

        “The situation in question describes an exploitative arrangement by which one person grooms another to service the needs of their ego”

        Q,
        I would expect that in any relationship, symbiotic or otherwise, this is the case…it would be an insensible manifestation of human ego, not necessarily recognized, but always present.

        A criminal offense? Perhaps only in the most kinetic of incidents.

        • elysianfield March 1, 2019 at 8:13 pm #

          Q,
          …Explain “leadership” within your context…AFROTC tried to develop it, you know….

        • Q. Shtik March 1, 2019 at 9:31 pm #

          ely,

          Not sure if you realize that in my comment at 4:36PM above I am quoting from a GreenAlba comment.

          Putting it another way, I don’t understand YOUR comment. Nor do I understand your question or point concerning AFROTC below.

          • elysianfield March 2, 2019 at 10:54 am #

            Q,
            My comment implies that there is always, at some level, a drive to self-gratification, and is, by definition, exploitive. The issue, then, becomes one of degree. AFROTC attempts to teach “leadership”…and what is “leadership” than the ability to bend others to their needs…ego and otherwise, and if able to do so by instilling an intrinsic motivation, all the better.

            In essence, most all relationships can fall under your referenced “pathology”… and further, the law sanctions only those relationships that become “kinetic”, or violent.

            The point of my comment is that it is a platitude.

            I referenced AFROTC as a shared experience only.

          • elysianfield March 2, 2019 at 11:08 am #

            …to continue;

            “The point of my comment is that it is a platitude to define relationships thus with those simple requirements without qualifying degree. Husbands need sex, wives exploit this…Women need security…husbands exploit this.

            This “exploitation”, at is basal level, is the definition of “symbiotic”. Marriage, at some level, should be…”symbiotic”….

            Perhaps we should not use the word “exploit”…

          • elysianfield March 2, 2019 at 1:04 pm #

            “The law is not sufficiently ass-like to want to poke its nose into relationships with banal levels of give and take.

            Banal, as in normal, everyday relationships.

            Thank you.

        • GreenAlba March 2, 2019 at 9:09 am #

          elysianfield

          “A criminal offense? Perhaps only in the most kinetic of incidents.”

          I only mentioned UK law, so your ‘perhaps’ is irrelevant.

          cambridge-news.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/domestic-abuse-partner-cant-do-14543776

          “A relationship should be a partnership, with neither partner having control over the other. So if you are forced to abide by rules they set, it could well mean they are committing a crime. The CPS says these include rules which “humiliate, degrade or dehumanise the victim…”

          • GreenAlba March 2, 2019 at 9:24 am #

            As with all things that happen behind closed doors, proof is a different matter. That’s why it’s useful if your friends know your partner won’t e.g. let you out to see them and/or have witnessed the treatment generally and any change in your psychological health.

          • GreenAlba March 2, 2019 at 10:09 am #

            And, EF, when using the term ‘incidents’, you misunderstand the nature of the condition, which tends to be chronic, rather than acute.

            Except for instance, in a case currently under appeal in the UK courts, where a woman who suffered years of abuse from her husband finally lost it and killed him. She was jailed for life.

            The sons are advocating for their mother, since they saw the ‘chronic’ side of things, whatever they think about the ‘incident’ at the end. They certainly don’t seem to be missing the abusive father and haven’t a good word to say about him.

          • elysianfield March 2, 2019 at 11:21 am #

            ““A relationship should be a partnership, with neither partner having control over the other. So if you are forced to abide by rules they set, it could well mean they are committing a crime”

            Alba,
            …Well, if the law says that…then the law is an ass….

            All human relationships have a level of “control”, and forcing one to abide by the rules?”

            “Clean your plate, or no cookie for you after dinner…” Sounds harmless, right. “I told you not to talk about my mother in that tone of voice…sleep on the couch, tonight”…a bit more of an edge. “Bitch! I told you not to buy those shoes! Take them back!”

            Crimes all in the land of the “Empire where the sun never sets”….

          • elysianfield March 2, 2019 at 11:30 am #

            “And, EF, when using the term ‘incidents’, you misunderstand the nature of the condition, which tends to be chronic, rather than acute.”

            Alba,
            Perhaps if you qualified your original statement to be of a “chronic” and corrosive nature? You know, like the bible requires of wives…obey and do stuff….

            All a matter of degree that begs the definition offered…”The situation in question describes an exploitative arrangement by which one person grooms another to service the needs of their ego”.

            The statement is much too broad, and much too common to be considered other than describing “normal” relationships….

            ““A relationship should be a partnership, with neither partner having control over the other” is, in human relationships, the exception rather than the rule”

            The last statement I would accept.

          • GreenAlba March 2, 2019 at 12:39 pm #

            EF

            ““Clean your plate, or no cookie for you after dinner…” Sounds harmless, right.”

            Entirely. And since I’m assuming it’s addressed to a child, perfectly normal. Children live by their parents’ rules. Tough. One day you’ll live by your own. Actual child abuse is an exception and against the law.

            Let’s move on to adults.

            “I told you not to talk about my mother in that tone of voice…sleep on the couch, tonight”…

            Ridiculous. You don’t ‘tell’ someone not to talk about your mother in any particular tone, you ask. And if they persist, then you wonder if there’s a deeper problem. Either they don’t care about your feelings at all or your mother in law is a pain and you need to *agree* not to talk about her at tall. And yes, I’m being a bit flippant and tying extremely quickly. Not doing philosophy.

            “a bit more of an edge. “Bitch! I told you not to buy those shoes! Take them back!”

            Don’t stay with a man who calls you a bitch. I wouldn’t. But then that word, delivered to a woman, is a particular hate of mine. I’ve never said it to anyone and wouldn’t. Same with whatever the equivalent would be in the other direction.

            Crimes all in the land of the “Empire where the sun never sets”….

            No. You are ignoring the ‘chronic’. That’s when a person undermines you, destroys your self-respect and dignity, and makes you question your sanity and right to your own judgement, over a period of time. Male or female.

          • GreenAlba March 2, 2019 at 12:50 pm #

            EF

            “Perhaps if you qualified your original statement to be of a “chronic” and corrosive nature? You know, like the bible requires of wives…obey and do stuff….”

            As you know, I don’t take orders from ancient books. And I don’t take orders that are sanctioned by ancient books.

            If you think normal relationships are arrangements by which one person grooms another to service the needs of their ego, then I’m sorry for your experience and can’t help you.

            ““A relationship should be a partnership, with neither partner having control over the other” is, in human relationships, the exception rather than the rule”

            Again, I’m sorry your experience is so jaded. I seem blessed, and so do most of the people I know. I wonder why that is. Perhaps if we’re not looking to use people we are naturally attracted, both romantically and in our friendships, with people similar to ourselves. I guess you’d call that a subculture?!

            The law is not sufficiently ass-like to want to poke its nose into relationships with banal levels of give and take. It is only likely to be called upon to assist (and mostly it won’t even be called, I’m perfectly sure) in situations where a person is being ground down by another person’s coercion. I’m sure you can see the difference.

          • GreenAlba March 2, 2019 at 12:52 pm #

            attracted *to*

          • elysianfield March 2, 2019 at 12:59 pm #

            “No. You are ignoring the ‘chronic’. That’s when a person undermines you, destroys your self-respect and dignity,”

            ““The situation in question describes an exploitative arrangement by which one person grooms another to service the needs of their ego””

            Perhaps we can agree that the two statements differ in matter of…degree?

            Salt is good for you…necessary for health and survival.

            Salt will kill you if used immoderately.

            Degree.

          • GreenAlba March 2, 2019 at 1:01 pm #

            Re couches, I had the odd occasion in the early days of the live-in stage of our relationship of my not-yet-husband behaving badly (verbally only, with beer involved) and I took myself off to the couch. And it’s my flippin’ house. So, no coercion, but that’s what couches are for – cooling off and saying your behaviour isn’t OK, but without the drama of dishing out orders and ultimatums 🙂 .

            If I’d had to do that on a regular basis he wouldn’t be my husband now. That’s what the ‘chronic’ bit is about.

            TMI, reluctantly shared.

          • elysianfield March 2, 2019 at 1:05 pm #

            “The law is not sufficiently ass-like to want to poke its nose into relationships with banal levels of give and take.

            Banal, as in normal.

            Thank you.

          • GreenAlba March 2, 2019 at 1:05 pm #

            “Perhaps we can agree that the two statements differ in matter of…degree?”

            They could both describe the same situation – impossible to say without details. They’re both awful. I wouldn’t put up with either but that’s just me.

          • GreenAlba March 2, 2019 at 1:13 pm #

            “Banal, as in normal.”

            Your definition. I just mean not that serious. As you say, these things are about degree. I didn’t deny that. I wouldn’t accept a relationship that was all ‘take’, even if the level of ‘take’ was something you might consider banal.

            It’s about figuring our what a person’s behaviour says about their real feelings for you. If they don’t respect you, or only care about themselves, why would you want to be with them in the first place? Again, men or women.

            But I have to say I’ve only been in three ‘proper’ relationships in my entire life, one very much shorter than the other two, and whatever else has been imperfect about them, the issue of one person trying to control the other has just never come up. Not in either direction.

    • Ol' Scratch March 1, 2019 at 4:36 pm #

      I’m sure the book is a good read, but the breathless reviews (including one by Bill Gates – OH MY!) always make me laugh. Personally, my stance (BBA ’06, MBA ’08) remains that formal education is HIGHLY overrated, especially at the revenue generating diploma mills we have practicing today. Your mileage might vary.

      • Q. Shtik March 1, 2019 at 5:17 pm #

        Personally, my stance (BBA ’06, MBA ’08) remains that formal education is HIGHLY overrated, – Scratch

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

        My experience is similar to your’s…BS ’62, MBA ’78, but the amazing thing about Tara Westover’s experience is…not that she achieved a Phd but that she started with zero education in an incredibly dysfunctional family of religious fanatics.

        • elysianfield March 1, 2019 at 8:15 pm #

          …that she started with zero education in an incredibly dysfunctional family of religious fanatics….

          Q,
          Nature or nurture?

      • Q. Shtik March 1, 2019 at 6:15 pm #

        breathless reviews (including one by Bill Gates – OH MY!) – Scratch

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

        As you are no doubt aware, Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard after two years.

        • Ol' Scratch March 1, 2019 at 8:26 pm #

          Yep. But he still provided a review as BILL FUCKING GATES, regardless. I’m always amazed by the faux humble rich as well, whether or not either their riches or their humbleness is in any way “deserved.”

          IMO, most obscenely rich people should just be grateful, STFU, and retire from public life altogether, but that’s just me. I mean really, as if taking WAY TOO MUCH of the public pie (and that’s what the money supply actually is) isn’t enough, they have the unmitigated gall to hang around and act HUMBLE, all the while their money compounds and steals EVEN MORE!

          At the very least, pigs like that should realize that industrial capitalism has, through his and hisn’s investments, created ingenious little hand tools that we’ve up to now deemed useful only for culling the livestock herds we’ve deemed useful for consumption; but that PERHAPS, just perhaps, a few of us might eventually find it useful to expand our feeding choices, if push were to come to bloody shove, that is.

          Just thinking out loud here, nothing more.

    • San Jose March 1, 2019 at 4:41 pm #

      It’s spelled “Mormonism.” Tara’s family (rural Idaho, say no more) was extreme.

      When I read the book I was impressed with the support she got at BYU. Truly her bishop, her roomates and professors did marvelous work to encourage her to study abroad at Cambridge.

      Jen in San Jose
      Mormon Pioneer Stock

      • Q. Shtik March 1, 2019 at 5:00 pm #

        It’s spelled “Mormonism.” – Jen

        ===========

        OMG, I’m busted. How could I not have noticed the squiggly line under the misspelled word.

        I was thinking of you, Jen, throughout my reading of this memoir.

        If and when GreenAlba reads about the relationship of Shawn with his sister Tara and his various girlfriends (especially the poor waif who married him) her hair will be on fire.

        • BackRowHeckler March 1, 2019 at 5:42 pm #

          Ha! Jen turned the tables on you Q.

          Hows it feel?

          • Q. Shtik March 1, 2019 at 6:18 pm #

            It hurts. Real bad.

          • capt spaulding March 1, 2019 at 8:06 pm #

            Reminds me of a quote from somewhere: “Scientology; making Mormons look sane since 1952”.

        • 100th Avatar March 1, 2019 at 6:03 pm #

          It’s spelled r-a-c-k-e-t.

          The Mormon women in SLC claim to be unwed mothers and take the welfare while their “husband” makes the rounds with his “wives”.

          They don’t call them LDS “wards” for nuthin’

        • GreenAlba March 2, 2019 at 9:54 am #

          “If and when GreenAlba reads about the relationship of Shawn with his sister Tara and his various girlfriends (especially the poor waif who married him) her hair will be on fire.”

          Er, remind me what you were saying about stirring up controversies that wouldn’t otherwise exist, Q?

          Thankfully I’ve got a list of books a mile long to get through already so your concern for my barnet is appreciated, but unwarranted.

          • GreenAlba March 2, 2019 at 9:55 am #

            As you see, I’ve given you your homework for today as well 🙂 .

          • Q. Shtik March 3, 2019 at 9:34 pm #

            your concern for my barnet – GA

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

            barnet is Cockney slang for hair

          • GreenAlba March 4, 2019 at 1:45 am #

            Indeed, Q. Barnet Fair. Homework ticked…

          • GreenAlba March 4, 2019 at 1:46 am #

            Cockney rhyming slang, to be precise, otherwise it makes no sense.

  28. RB March 1, 2019 at 4:23 pm #

    I am surprised that anyone might think that any of the political bullshit makes any difference. This is a ship of fools. Ship as in the entire damn country. The three branches of government are ineffective at getting anything important accomplished. So what is important you say. Lots of shit. Take the 22 trillion debt. Peak oil. Nuclear waste that could become a Fukishima. Fukishima itself poisoning the Pacific. Cybercrime and cyber warfare. Super bacteria. Medical industry run amuck. Out of control law enforcement. Environmental collapse (bees, bats, pollinators). Fresh water scarcity and water pollution. The list is long and scary but when have you heard any of these addressed rationally? We are irrational. Hurricanes destroy billions in property but we rebuild in the same location. What rule of law? Fuhgettaboutit. Generations beyond boomers will hate the memory of those who raped the environment, the economy, raw materials, oil to drive a block for a loaf of bread. Our graves will be spit on. Why not? We are sickeningly smug. We believe in our own bullshit.

    • BackRowHeckler March 1, 2019 at 5:46 pm #

      … and that pretty much sums it up.

      Really nothing more needs to be said.

      Brh

    • 100th Avatar March 1, 2019 at 5:56 pm #

      Can I get a witness?!
      Amen brutha!

      Oh hayle no are we rightin’ this sunk ship

    • SoftStarLight March 2, 2019 at 2:49 am #

      I always wonder why we are not hearing more about the still unfolding Fukushima disaster. With all of the radiation still leaking into the ocean it seems like it is still an emergency.

  29. malthuss March 1, 2019 at 4:35 pm #

    I found this online–

    Yes, this is global. Here in Brazil, shopping malls are getting empty, stores closing, Ford have just announced they’re closing their oldest plant here. Some 20,000 people will be laid off (including Ford suppliers). So, brace for impact friends, This is not going to end up well. Party is over everywhere. If you’re not prepared, you’ll suffer like a dog.

    • Ol' Scratch March 1, 2019 at 8:11 pm #

      There is no preparation. Everyone will suffer like dogs eventually, and/or die. The last part is not optional either way. Curiously, dogs don’t usually usually actually suffer that much, as measured by their whining anyway. Perhaps dogs speak amongst themselves of “suffering like humans?” K-Dog?

      • elysianfield March 1, 2019 at 8:21 pm #

        Nick O Demus,
        I would literally sell my soul* to be able to speak with a dog for one hour of conversation, understood by both parties.

        *Currently, I ain’t using it….

        • Ol' Scratch March 1, 2019 at 8:32 pm #

          *Well then, can I make you an offer? The terms are attractive – I promise.

    • Eh? I thought you just future-proofed your country with Bolsonaro. Its gonna be rainforest steaks and cheap gasoline forever! Those lovely cookie-cutter subdivisions stretching to the horizon!

  30. BackRowHeckler March 1, 2019 at 6:20 pm #

    Except this:

    US oil production, week ending Feb 15, 2019

    12 million barrels of oil per day

    Oil consumption, same week

    21,500,000 barrels of oil per day.

    Brh

    • SoftStarLight March 2, 2019 at 2:32 am #

      And just think. More and more newcomers each and every day….

    • JohnAZ March 2, 2019 at 7:44 am #

      Yeah, that means 9500000 barrels from the world.

      But our elected officials say we are energy independent.

      ??????? We better be really nice to Canada.

      Not only that, we are going to wean ourselves from fossil fuels in ten years.

      Anybody seen any flying swine lately?

      ??? BTW, where are we going to put the carcasses of all the 400000000 cars and airplanes when we obsolete them

      NIMBY!

  31. Pucker March 1, 2019 at 7:23 pm #

    “I would like to thank the distinguished members of the “United Corrupt Assholes for a Better America” for inviting me here today to Talk about the importance of manipulating People through the use of empty platitudes.

    “Love Thy Neighbor as Thy Love Thyself” is a cornerstone of any Utopian Movement.

    When I first read the Old Testament I was struck by the Story of the Tower of Babel and its relevance to today.

    Because of Man’s scientific genius we have created a World of Universal Dependence.

    When you woke up this morning, you probably had a cup of coffee with the coffee grow by a Beaner in South America. Or you may have had cocoa grown by a Blackman in Ghana. Or you may have had tea grown by a Gook in China. You may have had your Grits prepared by a Sister in the kitchen. The eggs may have been raised by a Cracker in Georgia. By the time that you went to work this morning, you done traveled da World and you didn’t even know it!

    Now today, just a hand full of white people own that coffee plantation in South America that employs that Beaner. Just a hand full of white people owns that cocoa plantation in Ghana. A listed fast food franchise hires the sister who made your grits. And that Cracker is an Arkansas chicken farmer in debt to Tyson Chicken Corporation. Who-the-Hell knows what that Gook is up to?

    I only use these examples to show how Globalism is creating a Utopia of Brotherhod through Universal dependence and coercion.

    Hallelujah!!!!”

    • Ol' Scratch March 1, 2019 at 7:57 pm #

      Congrats on getting religion, Pucker! You’re a natural born preacher.

      As a fellow seeker of “the way,” let me just add a few reminders that I’ve found helpful along the way:

      The world is not meant to be “saved,” and never will be. Accordingly, it’s none of our personal burdens to carry to try to save it. And believe you me, once you put down THAT rock life gets a whole lot easier to bear! That said, satire/sarcasm such as you’ve used here is IMO one of the finest ways to exercise the personal demons inherent to carrying around a bag of flesh and bones in a world hell bound and determined to grind both slowly and miserably back to dust, so good on you!

      My only other prescription to counteract the unmitigated stream of awfulness that bombards us all from dawn to dusk everyday? LAUGHTER wherever, whenever, and however you can find it; and if all else fails, the ever forbidden (think WHY they are forbidden in the first place!) God’s own psychotropic substances in moderation if available, recognizing in full the many hazards that lay on that path as well.

      But let’s fuck all that for a moment, and take a step back to 1982, in a sympathetic existential bit of live musical time travel that jibes pretty well with the vibe your sending out here, shall we?

      youtube.com/watch?v=xHFjOCj2Dz0

      • Ol' Scratch March 1, 2019 at 8:48 pm #

        Better still, let’s take a leap forward to the year of our Lord 2012, and be reminded once again to not fear the reaper (n’or the cowbell!) in HD! Indeed!

        youtube.com/watch?v=WbzcSlcWd18

      • Ol' Scratch March 1, 2019 at 8:58 pm #

        And just as an aside, if any of you old Zep heads haven’t checked these youngn’s out, you SERIOUSLY need to pull up an IPA or six and listen to this shit:

        youtube.com/watch?v=7RrDmjEazcM

        As the young girls are wont to say: OMFG!

  32. Pucker March 1, 2019 at 7:45 pm #

    I wonder what Bill Cosby thinks of Dr. King’s adage: “The Arc of History is Long, but it bends towards Justice”?

    Bill Cosby is in prison having to pay protection money for body guards to protect him from some psycho who has put a hit out on him. Meanwhile, Cosby is being sued by this crazy white woman (Chloe Goins) trying to get money over an incident many years ago at the Playboy Mansion.

    mobile.twitter.com/i_am_chlo_chlo

    • Pucker March 1, 2019 at 7:50 pm #

      “Chlo Chlo” alleges that Cosby took advantage of her without her consent during a drug and hot tub party many years ago at the Playboy Mansion.

      • I think you’re just jealous because Bill witnessed unspeakable things behind the waterfall in the grotto

        • Pucker March 1, 2019 at 8:16 pm #

          “The Arc is Long, but it bends towards ‘Chlo Chlo’.”

          • Ol' Scratch March 1, 2019 at 8:29 pm #

            Actually, it’s cholo.

          • Pucker March 1, 2019 at 8:37 pm #

            I wonder if I should start beseeching Trump to pardon Bill Cosby? Dr. Cosby has suffered enough. We’ve all suffered enough…. Where’s the empathy?

  33. Remember the good old days when they published little books of humorous quotes by George W. Bush and it was outrageously funny?

    Trump makes a book of quotes every single press conference.

    All it needs is a laugh track and bud-um-bump.

    I’m entertained. DJT, looking’ Presidential, and causing an epidemic of TDS in TWATs

    • Ol' Scratch March 1, 2019 at 8:05 pm #

      You have an superior command of facts and no appreciation whatsoever of subtext or meaning. Congratulations! I hereby pronounce you “educated and informed.” You may now go celebrate your accomplishments on another blog, where your superiority might be duly recognized.

    • SoftStarLight March 2, 2019 at 2:19 am #

      Ah ha! You stopped playing that flute and your former self has regained its place at the helm. And I was really hoping Captain Planet was here to stay. Sigh.

  34. Janos Skorenzy March 1, 2019 at 9:15 pm #

    dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6758701/Meghan-Markle-Prince-Harry-plan-raise-child-without-gender-st…

    Rasputina strikes again. “The Palace” is denying it (of course they are!).
    Do they deny she is working for more Blacks and Browns in every area of English life, starting with University professors?

    • BackRowHeckler March 1, 2019 at 9:29 pm #

      That’s why she was brung in.

      Started out by going around to universities, telling them not enough black profs on campus, not enough Afrocentrism in the curricula.

      Ask her who GK Chesterton is , or Thackeray, Ben Johnson, or Sam Johnson, or Chaucer, or Walter Raliegh, or Christopher Marlowe etc, do you think she’d know?

      One day last week on the streets of London 5 stabbings, 2 acid thrown in face incidents. When I read that I thought of the film They Shall Not Grow Old, that I had just seen.

      Brh

    • capt spaulding March 1, 2019 at 9:31 pm #

      I read she’s even going so far as to have a basketball court installed in Buckingham palace, and a rib joint down the street.

  35. Pucker March 1, 2019 at 9:59 pm #

    Chris Hedges in his book “America The Farewell Tour” predicts that the Democrats will move hard Left thereby alienating the morally depraved Plutocracy which is currently liberal on cultural issues, but which will gladly support the Right in order to defend their wealth. Then, according to Hedges, it goes full-blown Fascist. You’ll have a morally depraved Oligarchy, with characters like the Obama’s, the Oprah’s, and the Clintons, who are now “Born-Again”…. No one will notice….

    According to the book “Plutocrats”, in 2011 James Comey had a $3 million house in Connecticut. It’s probably worth much more now?

    m.greenwichtime.com/news/article/Centrists-see-a-risk-in-moving-to-the-left-13657033.php

  36. Pucker March 1, 2019 at 10:02 pm #

    One corollary of the Roman Empire was the importation of cheap imported labor to the benefit of the Oligarchy in the form of slaves imported into Italy from the conquered territories, which displaced indigenous Roman farmers and laborers thereby exacerbating the gap between rich and poor.

    Sound familiar?

    Mike Duncan
    The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic

    • JohnAZ March 2, 2019 at 7:31 am #

      And those farmers migrated to the cities where they became more dependent on the bureaucracy for their sustenance. Eventually, the welfare “gimme” bubble burst.

      Sound familiar?

      Diversity breeds division, contempt and economic catastrophe.

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    • Pucker March 1, 2019 at 10:21 pm #

      Idea: Record your telephone voicemail message with the gurgling sound of someone smoking a Bong in the background with you speaking as if you’re trying to hold the smoke in your lungs….

      • SoftStarLight March 2, 2019 at 2:01 am #

        You must have changed your message tonight when you were playing cards with your homies. I thought ya’ll were smokin blunts though?

  38. Q. Shtik March 1, 2019 at 10:48 pm #

    One cannot help but notice that in her short tenure here the young lady known as SoftStarLight (or SSL for short) has come to dominate the comment counts. I have not actually checked to see if there is anyone more prolific but I seriously doubt it.

    Take, for example, today’s new thread in which SSL has posted 35 comments of the 250 extant, equal to an even 14%. And she did this all in the short time from Jim’s posting of his essay in the morning until 2:37 PM. Since then…nothing. Perhaps children issues have arisen, thank god lol.

    Or take the prior thread in which SSL is credited with 110 of 870 comments or 12.6%. Ha haha, these large numbers LOL are exceeded only by their utter vapidity?? lol.

    And beside the excessive commenting there is an even more annoying feature to her writings…namely an insatiable need to stir up and centralize around herself controversies which would not otherwise exist. For this she has found several willing foils such as GreenAlba and Evelyn. Oops, I almost forgot to throw in a derogatory LOL.

    I will give her this though lol…other than a double negative haha earlier today, her grammar is near perfect.?

    • near perfect… is that like almost pregnant?

      • Q. Shtik March 2, 2019 at 12:15 am #

        It’s more like being a little pregnant.

      • EvelynV March 2, 2019 at 10:01 pm #

        While you’re at it Q, see how many times she uses the word “hate”. She expresses her hate for things quite often. Just a full of hate little thing she is.

    • malthuss March 2, 2019 at 12:36 am #

      ever the actuary?

    • GreenAlba March 2, 2019 at 10:16 am #

      My apologies, Q Shtik. You have my assurance that the foil will be less willing in future.

      • SoftStarLight March 2, 2019 at 12:19 pm #

        Very cute but disturbing to apologize to your double. So far this is the second bout of unprovoked harassment from your shriveled old man personality. Harassement, psychological and emotional abuse, and chauvinism are fine when the end justify the means apparently. This is behavior I am very familiar with and I am not going anywhere unless Mr. K kicks me out.

        • GreenAlba March 2, 2019 at 1:26 pm #

          Sorry, what? I’m just saying I’m not going to get involved in what Q called controversies that shouldn’t really take up space on this website and recognising my part in them. I think that’s not unreasonable. Why would I want you to go anywhere?

          But hey, my double? My shriveled old man personality? Hehehe… Cute 🙂

          You’ve made me smile. Thanks!

          BTW, when I first started commenting on here, after just reading it for years, Q counted my posts and I got a diatribe just like he gave to you. And here I still am. Q doesn’t worry me. Sometimes he has a go at me – sometimes he thanks me for the fun I give him with my Britslang examples. I don’t detect any real malice.

          But yes, the idea that I’m Q’s doppelganger is sweet! I love it!

          • GreenAlba March 2, 2019 at 1:31 pm #

            If I could remember when I first started commenting I’d find it for you. I think you’d find the parallel amusing. But life is too short.

          • GreenAlba March 2, 2019 at 1:46 pm #

            And I’m aware that I post too much. Sometimes I promise myself I won’t at all and then I get sucked in. Mea culpa.

          • BackRowHeckler March 2, 2019 at 4:27 pm #

            What about the sisterhood?

          • GreenAlba March 2, 2019 at 4:51 pm #

            Sometimes one sister likes a joke and the other sister doesn’t, brh. And anyway I’m more of an auntie!

            I’ve apologised for taking SSL’s sensibilities in vain. What more do you want 🙂 . No. More. Jokes.

            You wouldn’t want a sisterhood where individuals can’t think for themselves, would you?

            Look at the Mitfords!!!

    • EvelynV March 2, 2019 at 1:32 pm #

      Q. Hardly the foil but like you her mostly annoying presence, notable for the vapidity you so rightfully point out, does goad the occasional urge to express contempt.

      Your actuarial labors suggests you and I have similar inclinations. I have wondered many times how tiny is the claque that sustains this ever nattering swarm of wagon followers in the wake of every post by the man himself.

      A few years ago I was first somewhat endeared to this forum by the jester who worked so hard to enforce a higher standard of the written word. In another world I traveled under the name of GrammarMoses.

      • Q. Shtik March 2, 2019 at 4:45 pm #

        Your actuarial labors suggests.. – Eve

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

        This notion mentioned by you, Malthuss, and others suggests I’m an obsessed bean-counter up all night scrolling through the comments to determine how many comments have been written and by whom. This is very misleading. There is hardly any labor at all. Depending on what browser you use (I use Chrome) there is a “find” command which makes the counting quite simple. In the case of Chrome you press the Ctrl key and the letter F simultaneously. (Not sure what the equivalent is in Internet Explorer). A box appears in the upper right of your screen. If you’re looking for all instances of the appearance of the name SoftStarLight you type it in the box and it will tell you how many there are and will highlight that name in yellow wherever it appears. The first time it appears the highlight is in a shade of red (I think it’s red, I’m a touch colorblind), the rest in yellow. So now you know SSL commented 110 times. You go up top to where the comment section began and find the total comment count is/was 870. Then 110/870 = .126. I use the find box all the time to keep track of where I left off reading comments. I don’t want to miss any except those written by Finca and the guy who used to go by the name John Galt but now goes by an unmemorable handle that begins with the letter w.

        “A few years ago I was first somewhat endeared to this forum by the jester who worked so hard to enforce a higher standard of the written word.” – Eve

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

        I hope/assume this is a reference to me. Let me assure you that my efforts did not endear me to our host, JHK. I was banned several times from the site and warned many more times. I have struggled for years to rein in my propensity to correct but it is harder than kicking a heroin addiction………or so I would imagine.

        • BackRowHeckler March 2, 2019 at 6:30 pm #

          to put it another way Q

          You are a born Ball Buster.

          Brh

        • EvelynV March 2, 2019 at 9:55 pm #

          Q.

          Two things:

          Am I to infer you think I’m Malthuss?

          How does your counting mechanism distinguish between a name that heads the post of the person posting and when the name is referenced in a post entered by someone else?

          • Q. Shtik March 2, 2019 at 10:36 pm #

            How does your counting mechanism distinguish between a name that heads the post – Eve

            ==========

            It doesn’t, that is one of the drawbacks. Take, for example, if you wanted to get a count on Janos’s comments you would enter Janos Skorenzy in the find box and get perhaps a count of 50. Then if you repeatedly clicked the down arrow to go quickly through all the yellow highlights (or the up arrow if you want to go backward) you might find that 5 of those 50 were mentions of Janos Skorenzy in posts by other commenters.

            “Am I to infer you think I’m Malthuss?” – Eve

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

            Absolutely not. Go back and re-read the sentence where the commas clearly separate “you, Malthuss, and others.” Also, recall that it was Malthuss who first said I was “ever the actuary?”

          • EvelynV March 3, 2019 at 2:18 am #

            Q.

            On re-reading I can see how you, Q, could have not been inserting a pause to emphasis I was the one you addressed but rather that you were merely listing all those who you did mean to reference. But at the time, Q, without your follow-up clarification, there was ambiguity about whether or not you had made a very astute, if not lucky, guess.

    • K-Dog March 2, 2019 at 2:51 pm #

      several willing foils such as …………………….

      In Great Expectations Charles Dickens used foils to show off characters good and bad characteristics. Foils make characters 3-dimensional and interesting. They make characters on this blog more realistic. They also hide staff changes.

      • GreenAlba March 2, 2019 at 3:07 pm #

        Maybe I should arrange a tryst with Q so that we can at least reassure each other we’re not the same person, especially given the grammar thing. Soon, before we need zimmers.

        • Q. Shtik March 2, 2019 at 4:57 pm #

          Soon, before we need zimmers. – GA

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

          More Brit slang:

          a Zimmer is a frame that old or ill people sometimes use to help them walk.

          • GreenAlba March 2, 2019 at 5:08 pm #

            What do you call them? It’s not slang, it’s their proper name.

            I’ve just looked it up:

            1950s: from Zimmer Orthopaedic Limited, the name of the manufacturer.

          • Q. Shtik March 2, 2019 at 5:42 pm #

            What do you call them? It’s not slang, it’s their proper name. – GA

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

            I had never heard the term Zimmer so I called it slang. I think most people over here would call the device a “walker.”

          • GreenAlba March 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm #

            It wasn’t a reprimand, Q, I just meant it’s their proper name over here

            We clean with hoovers, hike with leki poles and write with biros. But, unlike the French, who blow their noses with un kleenex, we do it with a paper hanky.

  39. SoftStarLight March 2, 2019 at 1:53 am #

    LOL and wow – I see you think of me day and night and couldn’t help posting your obsession on the wall. But I’m pretty sure you can find better uses for your time. And you might wanna be careful. The heat of the kitchen has got you slippin and I notice you have two faces. That was easy to see when both of your faces reappeared miraculously on the same day. But I was trying to be nice and never said anything. I hate it when people make me not want to be nice.

    • GreenAlba March 2, 2019 at 10:22 am #

      “I hate it when people make me not want to be nice.”

      I’m trying not to hear that coming from the head of any of the families in The Godfather. Currently in my head it’s channelling Marlon Brando – sotto voce and and without much movement of the lips…

      • SoftStarLight March 2, 2019 at 12:23 pm #

        SERIOUSLY!!!!!! Leave me alone Greta.

        • GreenAlba March 2, 2019 at 1:33 pm #

          Sorry, I did say I wouldn’t make any more jokes and I went and did. Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry…

          • GreenAlba March 2, 2019 at 1:34 pm #

            I think you should have a nice cup of tea and a sticky bun and remind yourself this is just a website where people say stuff 🙂 .

          • GreenAlba March 2, 2019 at 1:35 pm #

            No jokes within a mile of you again. Cross my heart and hope to die.

  40. tucsonspur March 2, 2019 at 3:33 am #

    Is that like a butt bump? The ‘softer’ version is Trump Weary and Tired.

  41. Pucker March 2, 2019 at 5:12 am #

    “Build that Wall!”

    “During one of Aemilianus’s public appearances, Carbo himself stepped forward to demand what Aemilianus really thought about the murder of Tiberius. Aemilianus said, “If he intended to seize the state he was killed justly.” When the audience turned hostile Aemilianus returned the compliment. As he looked out at the angry mob Aemilianus did not see true Romans, but instead a gaggle of foreign interlopers: immigrants, freedmen, and slaves who did not know what Roman virtue and dignity meant. “How can I,” he bellowed, “who have so many times heard the battle shout of the enemy without feeling fear, be disturbed by the shouts of men like you, to whom Italy is only a stepmother?” Not surprisingly, this only led to further heckling and Aemilianus’s bitter withdrawal from the Forum. The measure confirming the right of reelection did not pass, but the fight had done irreparable damage to Aemilianus’s reputation. 11 IN SOME WAYS, Aemilianus was right about the crowd he faced in the Forum that day. In the early days of Rome, there was no difference between the plebs urbana—the residents of the city—and the populus Romanus—the citizens of Rome. The residents of the city were citizens of Rome, and the citizens of Rome were the residents of the city. But by the end of the second century, Rome was by far the largest city in the Mediterranean. Where other cities of the day boasted tens of thousands of citizens, Rome boasted hundreds of thousands. As the largest and most powerful city in the Mediterranean, Rome became a center of migratory gravity. Noncitizen Italians frequently moved to the growing metropolis, and were followed by Greek philosophers, and Spanish artisans, and North African merchants, and Syrian ambassadors, and Gallic mercenaries. By the 130s, Rome had transformed into a polyglot mix of every language and ethnicity in the known world. 12“

    Mike Duncan
    The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic

    • Pucker March 2, 2019 at 5:34 am #

      I recall reading in “Titan” that John D. Rockefeller, Sr. took an interest in common working class white Americans of his time (the Plebs) since he identified them as “his people”. But I doubt that the Plutocrats of today see much identity in the racial motley American population of today?

      • JohnAZ March 2, 2019 at 7:23 am #

        Not only the motley crew, but the Plutocrats are global now. They do not think America First. The Silicon Valley crowd are the worst. And the Liberal Plutocrats really do not care about Constitutional America. And Liberal is not necessarily Democrat only. The Deep State overrides all.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2019 at 12:31 pm #

      Truth. There were very few Romans left in Rome towards the end. Caesar Augustus raged at the noble families for their sterility, but to little effect. And since the the old contract with the Legionaires had been broken (free land after twenty some odd years of service), there was little reason for them to ever come back. They began to retire to the lands in which they had served and took up with the local girls.

  42. BackRowHeckler March 2, 2019 at 7:43 am #

    Do you think we can get John Wayne movies banned? Or at least go into some of the old reels and put blackface on a few of the prominent actors like Ward Bond and Ben Johnson? I have a long list of movies here that need to be banned, starting with ‘Birth of a Nation’ right up thru ‘The Searchers’. Don’t laugh, whens the last time Tarzan with Johnny Weismuller was on TV? Our committee will be viewing old movies critically by one, deciding which ones stay and which ones go.

    Then it’ll be on to books.

    Brh

    • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

      America began to die when Nathan didn’t kill his niece for becoming a Squaw like he had reckoned on doing. That it weren’t her fault misses the point: Tarnished is tarnished. Mixed is mixed, whether willed or not. God cares, but Man must not, else all is lost. Or to be Christian, just leave her with them along with her brats.

  43. FincaInTheMountains March 2, 2019 at 7:53 am #

    In memory of members of Washington Square Club, who died the death of the brave in the war with the Black World Project

    youtube.com/watch?v=2Wf3McVNhXI

    Best film I’ve ever seen in the USA

    This is such a look at the Black World Project by the British aristocrat 15 years ago and an explanation of why Stanley Kubrick followed Charlie Chaplin to Old Good England.

    And soon, in my opinion, this may turn out to be a film about Donald Trump and the Deep State, if his Wall will not go through.

    Aquarela do Brasil
    youtube.com/watch?v=yVDOrlugfBI

    And the Cambridge apostles were all Soviet intelligence agents on their own initiative, including Victor Rothschild. And now they are replaced by Alexander Etkind, who is one of the main ideologists of the Black World Project.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambridge_Apostles

    eui.eu/DepartmentsAndCentres/HistoryAndCivilization/People/Professors/Etkind

  44. BackRowHeckler March 2, 2019 at 9:26 am #

    All that persistent heavy rain in Southern Cal, it must be getting a little uncomfortable for the tens of thousands of homeless living rough on the streets of LA. Do those blue tarps (that we use here for dragging fallen leaves in the autumn) keep out the cold and the wet?

    In the inclusive, welcoming, socialist, PC, sanctuary city.

    Brh

  45. BackRowHeckler March 2, 2019 at 9:28 am #

    At least the poop on the sidewalks is being washed away, but what about the used IV needles? What happens to them?

    Brh

  46. capt spaulding March 2, 2019 at 9:37 am #

    Glad to see that Trump made it back safely from Vietnam. He never made it the first time, bone spurs y’know, I guess better late than never.

    • BackRowHeckler March 2, 2019 at 9:53 am #

      Like FDR never made it to the western front in 1918, and Lincoln never made it to the Halls of Montezuema in 1846.

      Brh

      • capt spaulding March 2, 2019 at 12:07 pm #

        Well, BRH, I say screw FDR, screw Lincoln, and screw Trump for all being draft dodgers.

        • BackRowHeckler March 2, 2019 at 12:56 pm #

          Also, dont forget Woodrow Wilson.

          He was at Princeton, could’ve been in Cuba with Teddy Roosevelt, or fighting Moros with Pershing in the Philippines. F-k him too?

          Brh

          • capt spaulding March 3, 2019 at 8:29 am #

            If there was a draft, and he was eligible, and used undue influence to evade it, then yes, fuck him too.

    • seawolf77 March 2, 2019 at 10:42 am #

      “Private Bone Spurs! What are you doing back here? You should be at the front!”
      “But sir I shit my pants.”
      “I don’t care if you shit your pants. Get back to the front and fight those slimy gooks.”
      Private Bone Spurs stands there, a stream of brown gruel running down from his ankles and onto his boots. He begins to unbuckle his pants.
      “Private Bone Spurs what the hell are you doing?”
      “Sir I need to change my underwear and pants. I told you I shit myself. I don’t want to get killed in action and have shit in my pants. How would that look?”
      “Well yes I guess I see your point. Hell you might one day be president.” The Sarge rolls his eyes until they do a complete somersault in the back of his brain.

  47. seawolf77 March 2, 2019 at 10:11 am #

    “Herr Hitler did you know about the extermination of the Jews, the pogrom known as “The Final Solution?”
    “Later on. Later on I knew.”
    “So you didn’t know about the rounding up of the Jews, sending them to extermination camps where they were gassed and their bodies burned in incinerators?”
    “Later on. Later on I knew. Look I get along better with the Jews than… anybody. Alright. I am the least anti-semitic person… probably in the entire world- may be in the entire universe. And that’s a really big place. I am the least anti-Semitic person you know, that you believe.”
    “But Herr Hitler you wrote very disparagingly about the Jews in your book “The Art of the Deal.” How can you sit there and deny it when your words are in print.
    “Those words are taken entirely out of context. You go back and read those words and you’ll see I love the Jewish people. I love them so much that on the Passover, I pass some gas for them. And they appreciate it, that I can tell you. Believe me, they appreciate the gas I pass. That I can tell you.”

    • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2019 at 12:38 pm #

      Ridiculous. Family comes first with Trump. And his family is Jewish now. Did he not move the embassy to Jerusalem? Has not he made Kushner his right hand man – to the disgust of his base?

  48. FincaInTheMountains March 2, 2019 at 10:13 am #

    A glass of vodka, mentally drunk at the grave of Stanley Kubrick, John Nash and his heroic wife, who died the death of the brave in a war with a Black World Project.

    youtube.com/watch?v=-8syeDziDgY

  49. FincaInTheMountains March 2, 2019 at 10:35 am #

    If the Flying Monkeys still manage to provoke a Big One, will the History textbooks call it a war for the Honor of Stormy Daniels?

  50. ozone March 2, 2019 at 10:59 am #

    Let’s get real here, shall we? (Probably not.)

    “In case you hadn’t noticed, US policy towards North Korea is regime change, the same as it is towards Iran, Cuba, Russia, Venezuela and any other country that doesn’t accept Washington’s moral superiority and divine right to rule the world. Economic strangulation (sanctions) is just one way that Washington cracks down on the dissidents and imposes its will with an iron fist. But don’t kid yourself, this isn’t about nuclear weapons, in fact, the Trump administration hasn’t even bothered to assemble a team of weapons inspectors to investigate probable nuclear sites. Why? Because it isn’t about nuclear weapons, it’s about regime change, it’s about inflicting maximum pain and suffering on the Korean people so they take up arms against the government and violently depose Kim and his cabinet. That’s the goal. That’s always been the goal. The blocking of heating oil, essential medicines and vital food supplies are all being used to promote social unrest, fratricidal warfare, and political anarchy. Sound familiar? It should, Washington has it down to an art.” — Mike Whitney

    Now remove your head from your rectal cavity, throw off those ideological blinkers… and face the fucking music. This is about evil men, driving to dominate the world entire in the name of extraction… and you’d better believe they don’t care how many have to be swept from their path — with extreme prejudice. *That’s* what we need to wake up to (and smell the proverbial coffee).

    • BackRowHeckler March 2, 2019 at 11:21 am #

      Regime change in NKorea would probably mean the south assuming control, trucking up food to stave off famine, and closing down the political gulags. Kim and those around him would most likely be hung by lower level officers in the army.

      Brh

      • FincaInTheMountains March 2, 2019 at 11:42 am #

        Din’t 30-year history of US regime-changes adventures teach you fucking anything, BRH?

        Stop being a moron.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2019 at 12:47 pm #

          He loves War. It really is that simple. One of the Lost Civilization in the Koran that Allah destroyed, was both a commercial power and very warlike.

          • BackRowHeckler March 2, 2019 at 1:18 pm #

            Vlad you jump to conclusions. A change of govt in NKorea most likely would come from within, with help from the ROK.

            Brh

        • BackRowHeckler March 2, 2019 at 1:00 pm #

          Russia changed a few regimes itself in esstern Europe. Then it all fell apart..

          Brh

          • FincaInTheMountains March 2, 2019 at 1:15 pm #

            Did it now? Or it liberated them from fascism?

          • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2019 at 9:29 pm #

            Fascism being just Nationalism? It all depends if the Fascism is one’s own or that of an alien conqueror being imposed against the Will of the People.

      • ozone March 3, 2019 at 12:29 am #

        BRH,
        I hope you realize that you are mime-ing the exact strategy of the lying peckerwoods regarding Venezuela. (Minus the gulags of course; I understand that was inserted as the emotional consent-manufacture button to provide the needed goad for all good Americans to rise up in their righteous anger and bomb some more poor fuckers into dust…)

        • SoftStarLight March 3, 2019 at 2:48 pm #

          Lying peckerwoods…that is another lol moment :-). But yep so right. The peckerwoods are liars!

    • FincaInTheMountains March 2, 2019 at 11:33 am #

      Such negotiations always discuss specific projects of bilateral cooperation, including major projects. For the United States one of such major projects would be participation in development of very rich North Korean rare earth metal deposits and stop US dependence in that area from China.

      For Russia, it is connecting the entire peninsula to the Russian Nat Gas pipeline, as well as connecting both Koreas with Trans-Continental rail to Europe, using existing Trans-Siberian railway.

      For example, peace talks between Russia and Japan are mainly about building a trans-continental railway system from Osaka to London.

      That’s all HUGE infrastructural projects offering a lot of prosperity for participants.

      • FincaInTheMountains March 2, 2019 at 11:38 am #

        Last time, the negotiations between Japan and Russia were interrupted by Hillary Clinton in 2011, offering a US military assistance to Japan for claiming back the Russian Kuril Islands.

        That is why Democrats under the leadership of Hillary Clinton are not only the Party of War, but also the Party of Global Economic Crisis.

    • beantownbill. March 2, 2019 at 11:49 am #

      What I hate about the geopolitical mess is the dishonestly. I could live better with political statements that say, “Look, we are a vast country with a high standard of living. We want to keep it that way, so we need to take your oil and other natural resources. Sorry about that, but tough shit for you.”

      That might be wrong and nasty, but at least it’s truthful. The internal debate that followed would be on point, not the diversionary bullshit we go through now.

      At my age, I could give a shit about how TPTB conducts world business; there’s nothing I can do to stop it. I just want to try to save myself and my loved ones. A sad existential truth.

      • FincaInTheMountains March 2, 2019 at 11:59 am #

        Is that what you are planning to tell the Judge at the Last Judgment?

        That you don’t give a shit?

        • BackRowHeckler March 2, 2019 at 1:30 pm #

          Finca, thats the funniest line youve ever written.

          Telling St Peter I don’t give a shit.

          All I can say is that the Internet Research Agency in former Leningrad hires some pretty talented writers.

          Brh

      • SoftStarLight March 2, 2019 at 12:32 pm #

        Your honesty is refreshing though. Life gets real ugly and uncomfortable sometimes and people do what they need too. Sugarcoating is happy think but isn’t reality all the time.

      • elysianfield March 2, 2019 at 12:48 pm #

        “… I could give a shit about how TPTB conducts world business…”

        Bean,
        You are correct in not agonizing over things which you have no ability to change.

      • montsegur March 3, 2019 at 9:11 am #

        We want to keep it that way, so we need to take your oil and other natural resources. Sorry about that, but tough shit for you.

        Hello beantownbill,

        But there is always more to these stories than “bad men from industrialized countries rob the poor countries”.

        Every one of those countries from which minerals are being extracted have a boatload of collaborators (in the 1940s sense of the word).

        Ever wonder why, after decades of sovereignty, most African countries are still dirt-poor even though they have fabulous wealth in terms of natural resources? Why do their heads of state so often end up unbelievably wealthy while the commoners struggle with famine and disease?

        Your last paragraph was plain and truthful. In the end, we forget the world, the nation, and then the tribe. It is about family.

        Cheers

  51. capt spaulding March 2, 2019 at 12:14 pm #

    The only reason the world pays any attention to North Korea at all, is because Kim has nuclear weapons. Anybody who thinks that he’ll ever give them up is kidding themselves. That’s all the little fat boy has.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 2, 2019 at 12:21 pm #

      United Koreas have a mind-boggling potential for economic development and to create a major check on China’s expansion.

      • ozone March 3, 2019 at 12:04 am #

        Nope, not really. You’ve gotten this geopolitical ploy exactly bass-akwards.
        What’s really mind-boggling is the utter inability to read the writing on the wall (which is in letters 20 feet high)… OR it could be a deliberate attempt to muddy every plain-to-grok issue with a tsunami of half-baked horseshit and quasi-believable theories.

        Call it “The Finca Effect”, or perhaps “The Finca Strategem”, or “Finca’s Ouroboros, the beginning and ending of self-referential Crapola”.

        wordpress, crap-slinger

        • Q. Shtik March 3, 2019 at 12:57 am #

          Call it “The Finca Effect”, or perhaps “The Finca Strategem”, or “Finca’s Ouroboros, the beginning and ending of self-referential Crapola”. – Ozone

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

          A truly great sentence.

        • SoftStarLight March 3, 2019 at 2:45 pm #

          Get him ozone!!!!

    • SoftStarLight March 2, 2019 at 12:37 pm #

      Yes the ugly little fat boy clearly has confidence issues so those big rockets make him feel like he is making up for his deficit. Sad such a man has the power to wipe out millions people with the press of a button. But to think he will relinquish his power is a bad pipe trip.

    • elysianfield March 2, 2019 at 12:46 pm #

      Captain,
      And he would be foolish to give them up…suicidal he ain’t….

      • GreenAlba March 3, 2019 at 4:57 am #

        It’s because he’s not suicidal (he wouldn’t give up all those years of fine dining) that he’s unlikely to use them either, I’d have thought.

        Accidents can never be ruled out, obviously.

  52. elysianfield March 2, 2019 at 12:45 pm #

    “”All societies are based on rules to protect pregnant women and young children. All else is surplusage, excrescence, adornment, luxury, or folly which can – and must – be dumped in emergency to preserve this prime function. As racial survival is the only universal morality, no other basic is possible. Attempts to formulate a “perfect society” on any foundation other than “Women and children first!” is not only witless, it is automatically genocidal. Nevertheless, starry-eyed idealists (all of them male) have tried endlessly – and no doubt will keep trying.”

    “Men are expendable; women and children are not. A tribe or a nation can lose a high percentage of its men and still pick up the pieces and go on, as long as the women and children are saved. But if you fail to save the women and children, you’ve had it, you’re done, you’re THROUGH! You join Tyrannosaurus rex, one more breed that bilged its final test.”

    Two quotes from Robert A Heinlein

    “As racial survival is the only universal morality….”

    Hmm….

    • BackRowHeckler March 2, 2019 at 1:22 pm #

      Not here.

      The plan here is to send women into ground combat with marines and army infantry. We are the exception to the rules of biology and universal morality. We are Woke!

      Brh

    • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2019 at 2:13 pm #

      He was only partially right. Women love the idea of “women and children first” – which is what Feminism is all about. Men last. Men forgotten and only taken out of the box to be toy soldiers or do dirty jobs. He’s forgot about Huey Long’s “Every man a King”. A man must love himself first and then that extends to his woman and their children. Or is the Government going to make him sacrifice himself – which is not the same thing now, is it?

      He also engaged in early Libertarian fantasies like erasing the border with Mexico. I like to think he could have realized him many mistakes if had lives to see present times. In conclusion, Not a Prophet – unlike Burgess. See below.

      • elysianfield March 2, 2019 at 8:07 pm #

        Janos,
        I also have, on occasion, fantasies about Mexico….

        google.com/search?source=hp&ei=QSh7XJODGtHt-gSu4L7ACg&q=dusk+till+dawn+salma+hayek+dance&#…..38632…4.0..2.5213.34502.7-3j4j7……0….1..gws-wiz…..0..35i39j0i131j0j0i22i30.3eTlqdJ2MM0

        • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2019 at 9:38 pm #

          A woman built like that don’t need no snake. Too bad she’s not White. Of course none of them are in the dark….

          • elysianfield March 3, 2019 at 11:37 am #

            “Too bad she’s not White.”

            …close enough….

          • SoftStarLight March 3, 2019 at 2:44 pm #

            Nasty, nasty boys…..oh you nasty boys!

  53. Q. Shtik March 2, 2019 at 2:11 pm #

    We’re on day 2 of the current blog thread. Is it too soon to change the subject? I’ll assume it’s OK.

    Sooo, the other day this link popped up on my internet:

    steemit.com/sports/@catto000/minnesota-fats-vs-willie-mosconi-legendary-match

    The internet knows that a large part of my life has been involved in the game of pool (aka pocket billiards). And so, I settled in to watch two legends of the game. You may think this is bullshit but I used to carpool to St. Joseph’s College with Willie Mosconi’s son. Mosconi is probably the most iconic pool player who ever lived. He once ran (i.e. pocketed) 526 balls in succession while calling every shot. I believe that record still stands today.

    Minnesota Fats who never set foot in Minnesota (he was born and bred in NYC) is a far lesser light whose fame came about as a result of the movie The Hustler.

    Back around 1977-78 a sports channel ginned up a match between these two players. One was 65 years old and the other 64…both were born in 1913 so they were not at the top of their game. As in most sports youth counts. Howard Cosell hosted the event.

    But anyway, I invite you to set aside time to watch all or part of this match. My take-away from it is that Mosconi was a real gentleman while Fats was a total ASSHOLE. He spoke with an exaggerated NY gutter accent that made me think of Leo Gorcey of the Bowery Boys. His outrageous and untruthful claims also reminded me of Donald Trump.

  54. Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2019 at 2:18 pm #

    Anthony Burgess’ novel, “The Wanting Seed” shows him to be a Prophet just like Raspail, Huxley, Enoch Powell, William Joyce (Lord Haw Haw), Sir Oswald Mosley, Adolf Hitler, et al. In an overpopulated world, a strong anti-natalist movement develops, lead by a Gay Elite.

    From the wiki

    Plot[edit]

    The novel begins by introducing the two protagonists: Tristram Foxe, a history teacher, and his wife, Beatrice-Joanna, a homemaker. They have recently suffered through their young son’s death.

    Throughout the first portion of the novel, overpopulation is depicted through the limitation and reuse of materials, and extremely cramped living conditions.

    There is also active discrimination against heterosexuals, homosexuality being encouraged as a measure against overpopulation. Self-sterilization is also encouraged.

    One of the major conflicts of the novel is between Tristram and his brother, Derek. Very much alike at first, Derek chose a different path from Tristram and pretends to be homosexual while in public to help his career as a government official. In private, he has an affair with Beatrice-Joanna, and when she forgets to take her State-provided contraceptives, she becomes illegally pregnant. She has sex with her husband, Tristram, and his brother, Derek, within a 24-hour time span, thus the paternity of her twin boys is uncertain.

    Life changes as the largely homosexual police (‘greyboys’) become more repressive, and a mysterious blight spreads across the world threatening food supplies. Tristram is arrested after getting unintentionally mixed up in a protest and spends the next section of the novel in jail.

    While he is imprisoned, formerly repressed religion begins to bloom, fertility rituals are endorsed, and the structure of society, as well as government, undergoes radical transformation. Cannibalism is openly practised in much of England. Beatrice-Joanna has run away, and is staying with her sister and brother-in-law in the countryside on their Farm, where the blight is affecting even their chickens. She stays there until she delivers her twin sons, when members of the Population Police arrives to take her and her children to the city.

    With the help of his cellmate, Tristram escapes and tries to rejoin his wife. He travels across England to his sister-in-law’s farm. He is so desperate for food that he briefly joins “a dining club”, a rather chaotic affair which provides food (composed of murdered human beings) and orgiastic behavior for its village membership.

    His journey eventually takes him to a sort of soup kitchen, where he enlists in the newly recreated army, which has replaced the (largely eaten) greyboys and Population Police. This is the third section of the novel. In the army, Tristram is shipped to an unknown location to fight in the war, though the reader later discovers that he is in Ireland. In his first battle he discovers that there is no real enemy; the purpose of the “war” is population control by winnowing out the socially expendable. Companies, led by junior officers trained to recite patriotic verse, are sent to a made-up Western Front style battlefield to kill each other. Every other member of his unit is shot down as they emerge from their trench, but Tristram slips through the barbed wire surrounding the miniature war zone and begins his journey back to England.

    Escaping back into general society, Tristram finds a new job. In his absence, Beatrice-Joanna has been moved to live with Derek. She has also brought the twins (it is implied that Derek is their father) and named them after her two brotherly lovers, Derek and Tristram Foxe.

    At the last scene Tristram meets again his wife at Brighton pier.

    The book closes with Burgess clarifying his theme:

    The wind rises… we must try to live. The immense air opens and closes my book. The wave, pulverised, dares to gush and spatter from the rocks. Fly away, dazzled, blinded pages. Break, waves. Break with joyful waters…

    Cyclical history[edit]

    Often repeated in the novel is the concept that history is cyclical. As Tristram explains in the first few chapters to his slumbering history class, there are three phases: Pelphase, Interphase, and Gusphase.

    Pelphase is named after Pelagianism, the theology of Pelagius. The Pelphase is characterised by the belief that people are generally good. Crimes have slight punishment, and the government tries to improve the population. The government works through socialism. According to Tristram “A government functioning in its Pelagian phase commits itself to the belief that man is perfectible, that perfection can be achieved by his own efforts, and that the journey towards perfection is along a straight road.” The novel begins – and ends – in Pelphase.

    Interphase is the darkening of Pelphase into Gusphase – an “Intermediate” phase. As Tristram explains things, the government grows increasingly disappointed in its population’s inability to be truly good, and thus police forces are strengthened and the state becomes Totalitarian. In many respects, Interphase is a finite version of George Orwell’s 1984.
    “‘Brutality!’ cried Tristram. … ‘Beatings-up. Secret police. Torture in brightly lighted cellars. Condemnation without trial. Finger-nails pulled out with pincers. The rack. The cold-water treatment. The gouging out of eyes. The firing squad in the cold dawn. And all this because of disappointment. The Interphase.'”
    Gusphase is named after Augustinianism, the theology of St. Augustine of Hippo. In short, Gusphase involves the lifting of the Interphase. The leaders begin to realise how horrible they have become, and realise that they are being overly harsh. Therefore, the government relaxes its rules and creates havoc. Tristram describes the Gusphase:
    “The orthodox view presents man as a sinful creature from whom no good at all may be expected… It eventually appears that human social behaviour is rather better than any Augustinian pessimist has any right to expect, and so a sort of optimism begins to emerge. And so Pelagianism is reinstated.”

    • BackRowHeckler March 2, 2019 at 2:26 pm #

      Sounds like San Francisco, 2019, but not as charming.

      • seawolf77 March 3, 2019 at 9:57 am #

        No one ever left their heart in Mississippi.

        • SoftStarLight March 3, 2019 at 2:41 pm #

          Hiw do you know?

          • SoftStarLight March 3, 2019 at 2:42 pm #

            I mean how :-p.

  55. Q. Shtik March 2, 2019 at 2:20 pm #

    The current blog essay is titled Marching to Gilead. I had to look up the word Gilead. In the process I saw the word written in Hebrew and that lead me to wonder what has become of Akmofo?

    Any ideas? Anybody?

    • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2019 at 2:31 pm #

      Fear not or fear yea, It will return, even if only under another name and guise.

      In Stephen King’s novel, “It”, one guy stays in the small Maine town in case It reappears. It does and he calls the others back to fulfill their childhood pledge to fight it anew if It should come back.

      When the Necomancer appeared in Mirkwood Forest, Gandalf and the Elves fear the worst. In time their worst fears were confirmed: the Necromancer was Sauron come again in a new form.

      • malthuss March 2, 2019 at 2:45 pm #

        How many books have you read?

        • K-Dog March 2, 2019 at 2:59 pm #

          That depends on who the character is for the day.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2019 at 5:36 pm #

            You are not Cthulu, nor one of the Old Ones, but merely one of his minions, a Dog of the Deep or Dolphin. People think they are friendly to man, but they just want one thing from us.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2019 at 5:33 pm #

          Stop saying that – it simply doesn’t make any sense. One can read endless books and be a fool. Or the contrary to the contrary. St Anthony of the Desert couldn’t read, but he was immensely educated. Not only had he memorized much of the Bible, but he could read “the Book of Nature”.

          Some fascinating and well informed people get it all from the radio. I met one guy who got a lot from TV, sans cable.

          • malthuss March 2, 2019 at 7:38 pm #

            Judy Kahrl’s father is Dr. Clarence Gamble of consumer products giant Procter & Gamble, who was “good friends” with Margaret Sanger

            It’s important to note that Judy Kahrl isn’t just some random Mainer who one day decided that it was important to dedicate her life to encouraging more women to have their unborn babies ripped to shreds in the womb and vacuumed out for disposal. Her familial ties to eugenics programs actually go way back, and are much more nefarious in intent.

            Kahrl’s father is none other than Dr. Clarence Gamble of the mega-corporation Procter & Gamble – Dr. Gamble having long been an advocate of birth control and “women’s health” rights, aka abortion. Dr. Gamble was also reportedly “good friends” with Margaret Sanger, the infamous founder of the world’s largest abortion provider and baby “chop shop,” Planned Parenthood.

            Dr. Gamble also founded a grassroots organization known as “Pathfinder International” that, once again, was completely devoted to teaching “reproductive health education” internationally – reproductive health education being code for yet more abortion.

            Judy Kahrl is said to have accompanied her father on many of his international trips to countries where he was promoting abortion, which explains her continued zeal for convincing as many young women as possible to abort their babies rather than give birth.

          • malthuss March 2, 2019 at 7:39 pm #

            If I recall [may be wrong] PnG were in China long ago, helping
            with the forced abortions. I recall reading something in the mainstream …a chinese PnG worker who also told the women
            to abort. The PnG worker went door to door selling..
            peddling and meddling.

    • K-Dog March 2, 2019 at 2:59 pm #

      Characters are blurring badly. It is as if names have been swapped. Somebody is getting sloppy. Reign em in. This is more of an answer than an idea.

    • elysianfield March 2, 2019 at 7:56 pm #

      Q,
      He may be at home practicing his masse shot….

  56. wwg1wga March 2, 2019 at 2:46 pm #

    *************************
    Throw down the gauntlet.
    got-truth.com/docs/Throw%20down%20the%20gauntlet.pdf

    #Oathkeepers

    Q.

  57. JohnAZ March 2, 2019 at 2:49 pm #

    AOC threatens to primary Democrats who vote with GOP,

    What the heck. How has this total idiot gotten the credibility to even make a statement like this?

    Is Nancy looking over her shoulder? Someone might be gaining.

    These Dems are the Red State Dems who won by supporting some of the conservative agenda.

    The idiot has declared war on them.

    What a track record. Threatening her own party, initiating probably the most naive legislation ever introduced to Congress (GND), finding every available reporter to take her picture, costing New York 25000 jobs, If she wins her agenda, every move people make in the country will be controlled by the Deep State. Communism American style.

    Ya know, she sounds like a Progressive edition of Trump.

    What ever happened to keep your mouth shut for a year and learn.

  58. FincaInTheMountains March 2, 2019 at 4:29 pm #

    Damascus, Hanoi and Caracas

    As is well known to all the established media, including the Russian, Trump has long gone nuts and from this point of view the abrupt cessation of negotiations with Kim Jong-un does not add anything new to this characteristic of him.

    True, I would add that if Trump thought that Kim Jong-un would give up nuclear weapons simply for promises of prosperity without serious security guarantees, then he is really crazy, especially after what happened to Gaddafi, for years he fights with the most advanced force on the planet and even manages to win.

    And recently, these victories have become so significant that this force is forced to change not only tactics, but also strategy. The nuclear war with Russia has become unacceptable for most of the establishment, which until recently supported Bastinda’s plans, believing her promises that there would be no retaliatory strike.

    But I still assume that Trump is far from being a fool and certainly not crazy, but all he says now about the negotiations in Vietnam is the result of hastily invented explanations that arose when Trump realized that an urgent need requires him back in States.

    I saw the announcement of the end of the negotiations in real time and it reminded me of a one-hour break in the confirmation hearings of Judge Kavanaugh. As it turned out, it was during this hour that the Great Bargain was concluded between Trump and the Bush clan, which really drastically changed the situation around the world.

    At first, I thought that he was called from Washington about pre-launch preparation of missiles with nuclear warheads in India and Pakistan, but then this version was not confirmed. Nevertheless, the impressions from the head of state’s announcements in real time are what I rely on in my work, and these impressions have never failed me yet, unlike the media.

    I unfortunately did not finish a series of articles about the Big Bargain, but generally speaking, a chain of very reliable inferences led to an even more reliable conclusion that when replacing the cabinet members who Trump had collected with a political pistol at his temple, with those who had recommended him Bushes, US Secretary of Defense Mad Dog Mattis was dismissed because of the execution of the Russian “mercenaries” in Eastern Syria, precisely because it was an attempt to provoke a nuclear war with Russia. And Bushes politely explained to Trump that while for the time being the American troops remain in Syria, and Mad Dog Mattis is the US Secretary of Defense, this attempt can be repeated.

    And the fact that Trump and Kim Jong-un tell a different story about the reasons for which they broke off the negotiations shows that they broke up so suddenly that they could not even agree on what they would say at the press conferences. .

    And as a former officer of the Soviet Strategic Missile Forces, I can tell you that the pre-launch preparation of nuclear missiles does not create such urgency, but the taxiing on the runway of F-22s and F-35s does.

    And knowing this, it was simply impossible to not match Trump’s facial expression during the announcement of the end of the negotiations with the Jerusalem Post’s joint demand of Russia and Syria to withdraw American troops from Syria.

    Moreover, impudent talk of international law while these troops remain in Syria despite the publicly announced order of the President of the United States stylistically force me to recall the announcement of Guaido as the President of Venezuela and the confiscation of Venezuelan accounts, especially if you recall the speech of Vice President Pence right after Trump’s order to the American troops to leave the territory of Syria and compare it with the performance of Pence with a warning to the Venezuelan troops about what would happen if they arrest Guaido.

  59. tucsonspur March 2, 2019 at 5:10 pm #

    Give him the Nobel Peace Prize, not the Nobel Fleece Prize.

    yahoo.com/finance/news/obama-nobel-prize-stripped-awarded-204224197.html

    • tucsonspur March 2, 2019 at 5:16 pm #

      It was the PUTZ prize: Premature, Undeserved, Truckle, Zany prize.

      • SoftStarLight March 3, 2019 at 2:40 pm #

        Do you think he really was an American citizen?

  60. tomw March 2, 2019 at 6:03 pm #

    I have been a faithful reader of your blog for many years. I’ve also read many of your books. Sometimes I wonder if you are connected to reality. In th is week’s questioning of Mr. Cohen, he has implicated Trump in multiple impeachable offenses, minimally campaign finance violations, tax fraud, insurance fraud, just to name a few. While I am resigned to the fact that Trump will serve out the remainder of his term only because he has a traitor at the helm of the Senate by the name of McConnell. BTW, I am still waiting for this ultimate collapse of the U.S. economy, the stock market, and the U.S. dollar that you’ve been predicting unending for at least the last 8 years. Respectfully submitted.

    • tucsonspur March 2, 2019 at 7:14 pm #

      Reality is Jim’s canvas or marble. He paints or carves it with an artist’s interpretation.

      With that point of view, you could more enjoy his creations.

    • elysianfield March 2, 2019 at 8:02 pm #

      tomw,

      …Cocaine is for horses, not for men;

      They say that it will kill be, but they don’t say when….

      Dave Van Ronk

      You can look it up….

      • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2019 at 9:41 pm #

        I found an unopened can of Energy Drink. Took a few sips and I was flying. Someone told me later that people have died from them – even without mixing it with anything else. I believe it – far too powerful. Gonna try a few more sips and then pour the rest down the drain.

        • BackRowHeckler March 3, 2019 at 12:39 am #

          Don’t drink that sh-t, mixture of caffiene and sugar, drive up your bloodpressure so high you’ll bleed out you ears.

          Brh

          • Janos Skorenzy March 3, 2019 at 2:01 am #

            Thy drugs are quick. I went from groggy to super awake in a “flash”. Too quick to even enjoy the rush. I have some experience in these matters you see…..

          • SoftStarLight March 3, 2019 at 2:38 pm #

            I bet you do :-).

  61. wwg1wga March 2, 2019 at 7:09 pm #

    When the student is ready, the Teacher will appear.
    When the student is TRULY ready, the Teacher will disappear.
    got-truth.com/docs/When%20the%20Student%20is%20ready.pdf

    #Oathkeepers

    Q.

  62. Pucker March 2, 2019 at 7:24 pm #

    What exactly was the Black Civil Rights Movement’s view of Segregation? Dr. King seemed to view Segregation as the primary cause of the Black Man’s humiliation? And that all that was necessary was to eliminate Segregation then there would be an automatic natural uplifting of the Black Man to the level of the White Man akin to perfecting a sculpture (“The crooked lines will be made straight, the rough edges smooth”, etc.). But didn’t Malcom X believe that the problem of the Black Man is internal to the Black Man and the Black Man first must look to himself for his own moral and intellectual edification before he can look the White Man in the eye? Neither Dr. King nor Malcom X espoused Universal Brotherhood Through Universal Coercion and Totalitarianism, right? Where did the current ethos of Coercion come from?

    • Pucker March 2, 2019 at 7:44 pm #

      If you just open the cages of the Zoo, then you got to dart and drug ‘em, right?

      • Pucker March 2, 2019 at 7:54 pm #

        Segregation was a Method of Social Control, right? If you abandon one form of Social Control, then you have to replace it with something else, like Black Christianity (“Forget It, Dr. King!”), or for-profit prisons?

        • JohnAZ March 2, 2019 at 9:21 pm #

          The White Supremacists of the Deep State have been duping the Black community for generations. Until the Black community breaks away from their dependency, progress will not occur. Until they quit using racism and hatred as an excuse, progress will not occur.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2019 at 9:48 pm #

            But they are inferior. Nothing can change that except eugenics. It’s hard to kick against the pricks, is it not?

          • JohnAZ March 2, 2019 at 10:26 pm #

            Inferior in some ways, superior in others. If you like genetics, there are very few African Americans left, most Blacks are watered down with other races, same as whites, same as Latinos.

            Inferior in entrepreneurship and drive? Genetic, or environment? Many are products of an environment created by Liberals trying to keep them in their place. Step and fetch it is a Democratic invention. The blend between genetics and environment within a race is a broader spectrum than between the races.

            Getting ahead in the US depends on competition. In basketball, sorry but the NBA is a Black majority organization, why?, because Blacks are taller and better co-ordinated. Everything should be based on who can get the job done. The strength of individuals is paramount. White, Black, yellow, Red, whoever is best gets the job.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 3, 2019 at 12:55 am #

            You’re an American thru n thru. Do you still expect me to go to Marathons and cheer for the East African runners? I know they’re better than us – thus I’ve lost interest.

            And yes, West and Central Africans are the best sprinters and jumpers. That Whites still go to Basketball shows something is wrong with them.

            Trannies are the best at Female Sports. Therefore we must go with them as per your principle above. Get the job done!

          • seawolf77 March 3, 2019 at 9:54 am #

            Through and through. From what I read here on this blog, most of their hearts are as un-American as it gets. True Americans do not want walls, they want bridges. True Americans help the downtrodden and welcome them with open arms. True Americans don’t blame their problems on others, they drop it down a gear and man up.

          • elysianfield March 3, 2019 at 11:22 am #

            ” Until they quit using racism and hatred as an excuse, progress will not occur.”

            John,
            The cross they bear is their sense of victimization. The Via Delarosa their Ghetto culture.

  63. Pucker March 2, 2019 at 8:04 pm #

    Lock and bolt your doors, and your windows,

    At midnight, a sudden flash of thunder, and you catch a glimpse of Bill Clinton starring at your daughter in your bedroom window.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2019 at 9:47 pm #

      Don’t go out tonite. You’re bound to lose your wife. There’s a bad goon on the rise.

    • K-Dog March 3, 2019 at 6:38 am #

      And what is your daughter doing in your bedroom? You sick Puck.

      • SoftStarLight March 3, 2019 at 2:55 pm #

        Hey give poor Puck a break! It was a Freudian slip but not reflective of reality.

  64. finuch March 2, 2019 at 8:42 pm #

    Christ … JHK … can’t you muzzle SSL?

    It’s posts are juvenile, a total waste of space and add nothing to the discussion.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 2, 2019 at 10:22 pm #

      You just don’t like Conservatives. She makes good points all the time, you are just too prejudiced to appreciate them.

      • SoftStarLight March 3, 2019 at 2:22 am #

        It really is an inquisition in some ways you know. I mean look at the references to muzzling and deletion. It sounds like something that happened in Salem.

    • seawolf77 March 3, 2019 at 9:51 am #

      Anyone who calls for censorship has a problem with penmanship. In other words, he can’t write for shit.

  65. finuch March 2, 2019 at 8:43 pm #

    It’s begging to be deleted …

    “This is behavior I am very familiar with and I am not going anywhere unless Mr. K kicks me out.”

    • SoftStarLight March 3, 2019 at 3:01 pm #

      Love ya boo ;-). Unlimited kisses, hearts and smileys flow from me to you. Notice how they surround you so that you are never blue :-).

      You’re welcome

  66. Pucker March 2, 2019 at 8:52 pm #

    This is basically the American Empire’s design to leverage control over China. Unfortunately, it is a flawed model with respect to the Chinese since rather than being good “hostages”, the Chinese start to colonize Rome. Oh well….

    “Because the Roman administrative presence was so slight, provincial governors mostly relied on local leaders and existing legal and social institutions. The aristocracy of a given city were courted and co-opted, their sons sent back to Rome as hostages, where they would be well treated and given a full Roman education. As a matter of practical governance, local laws, social customs, and institutions were retained—the final fount of authority now simply Rome rather than a local royal court.”

    Mike Duncan
    The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic

  67. Pucker March 2, 2019 at 11:41 pm #

    Perhaps, one of the Great Ironies of American History is that because of their unique history it was the “Freedmen” who understood what Freedom is: 40 acres and a mule (subsistence farming). Actually, 40 acres and a mule + segregation from the whites. It sure as Hell ain’t Desegregation. Nor is it James Comey and his $3 million Mansion in Connecticut.

  68. Q. Shtik March 3, 2019 at 12:38 am #

    It was Wednesday Feb 13, I thought maybe I was done for, a goner, never to post again, and no time for a goodbye either. This is quite personal and rather icky.

    Around noonish I had a strong urge to go #2. It was one of those explosive diarrhea-ish bowel movements. Then, again, around 3 PM, same thing. Then at 4:15 came another strong urge. What’s up I wondered. I didn’t feel sick and there was nothing about food intake over the previous 24-48 hours that would account for it. I had/did/made another watery explosion and when I checked the contents of the toilet was horrified to see an enormous amount of blood, dark dark red and even clotted mixed in with stool…………I apologize…I hope you’re not having dinner at this late hour and reading this…………my wife was out to the store so there was no one to show this to. 45 mins went by, my wife came home, I told her about the incident and then I had to go AGAIN! Another massive discharge of blood and stool. I showed my wife……she gasped….cried out and nearly fainted. We agreed, time to call 911. I cleaned myself up, staggered from the bathroom into the kitchen dizzy from loss of blood??? or just dizzy from the sight of it???

    Within minutes I had to go again……….another huge explosion of blood and poo. A crew from the rescue squad was already coming through our front door, all young, 3 males, one female, interestingly 2 of the guys wore yamakas (I live in a heavily Jewish community). I was still on the toilet. I tried to rise and pull up my jeans for the sake of modesty but a flood of more blood and feces poured down my left pant leg over my sock and sneaker. The floor was a total mess. My wife used wash clothes and hand towels to clean me up as best as possible while the EMT folks assisted me onto a gurney and took me out the front door to an ambulance. I had on a T-shirt over which they draped my winter jacket. It was freezing ass cold out. While they were wrestling me into the back end of the vehicle I joked that tomorrow’s newspaper would note that I had survived a tremendous loss of blood but unfortunately froze to death. My wife climbed into the front seat with the driver.

    The hospital is only a half mile away. There was much activity, taking of blood pressure, an IV hook up, EKG patches stuck all over my body and who knows what else. I spent many hours (10 or 12?) in the ER due to a lack of free beds in rooms. I stabilized and had no more BMs. You would need all your fingers and toes to count the number of doctors, nurses and CCT technicians who worked on me. I had an IV needle in my right arm until after noon on Friday when I was finally discharged. Two of the docs were Indians from GI (Gastro Intestinal Enterology). One of them had the last name of Patel (no surprise there, eh?) The big concern was had I had a colonoscopy lately and if so could they locate the results of it? I said yes, I had, maybe a year or two ago but couldn’t remember the doctor’s name. They said if they couldn’t locate those results they would have to perform a new one so they didn’t feed me or even allow me to drink water other than a few mouthfuls (or is it mouthsfull?) of ice chips. AND I would have to swallow a gallon of that awful fluid that leaves your pipes as clean as a whistle. I can handle the colonoscopy itself since they put you totally out but I detest swallowing the fluid and shitting until what comes out is running as clean as tap water.

    Patel and his sidekick came into my room with smiles on there faces. They had found the results of the prior colonoscopy which explained to their satisfaction the cause of my massive bloody discharge. My colon had diverticulosis pouches all along the digestive tract and due to periodic episodes of constipation, pushing and straining to go, one or more of these pouches can tear and bleed.

    Long story short (well, not really) I’m still alive and am taking some stuff called Benefiber and Miralax to assure easy-to-pass soft stools.

    For you oldsters out there I am recommending colonoscopies every few years and if you tend towards constipation the above mentioned products.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 3, 2019 at 1:02 am #

      What a horror story – much like the movie Alien. Hope you’re feeling better and realizing how wonderval life is.

      As the Buddha said, A man is chased by a tiger to a cliff, his only chance is the vines on the edge. He clings on while the Tiger rages above. A mouse begin to gnaw on the vine he clings to. Far below the rocks beckon. But then he spots some berries on the vine and tries one: How sweet it is! Life is Gut.

      Yes, Americans don’t eat enough fiber. You really should go every day if everything is working. I try and take some psyillum every morning before my coffee.

    • EvelynV March 3, 2019 at 2:25 am #

      This could have been the birthplace of… – what do you call those mnemonics or whatever they are, e.g. LOL, LMAOTF, etc? – …TMI.

      What a grisly ordeal
      for your wife.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 3, 2019 at 10:54 am #

        Cuz Q doesn’t matter cuz he’s just a man. One recalls Hillary saying how horrible war is for women. The men just die but they have to go on alone. And they’re just men anyway….

      • Q. Shtik March 3, 2019 at 1:09 pm #

        What a grisly ordeal for your wife. – Eve

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

        My wife spent many hours at my hospital bedside but eventually had to face the music… i.e. to return home and clean up the bloody shitty mess in the bathroom. She did and she has not let me forget about it… says I OWE her big time. She has in mind a trip to the Galapagos or one of those river cruises in Europe… and not on the cheap either (she knows me only too well).

    • montsegur March 3, 2019 at 8:33 am #

      Best wishes for a swift and full return to health. Horrifying experience.

      Cheers

    • seawolf77 March 3, 2019 at 9:13 am #

      What a shitty story. It puts me in mind to when this one armed guy started hanging around the bar. He had a lobotomy when he was a kid, and was fond of telling the story of how he wound up in the hospital. I never understood the fascination, but others enjoyed the bloody tale.

      • Q. Shtik March 3, 2019 at 12:11 pm #

        and was fond of telling the story of how he wound up in the hospital. I never understood the fascination, – seawolf

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

        What it is, wolf, is that certain things happen in a person’s life that are so horrendous and unusual that the person is just bursting to tell someone about it.

        I have told about many such incidences on these boards: like the day in the late ’40s I was found to have contracted polio……and the day my tar covered hands caught fire.

        I become bored here listening to the doomer porn that says the world is coming to an end next month, or next quarter at the latest.

  69. Janos Skorenzy March 3, 2019 at 1:04 am #

    JS: The Death Penalty is as Catholic as the Pope. And any Pope who is against isn’t the real Pope. Ditto any Catholic being a Catholic. Nominal isn’t actual in all cases or even most.

    Avery Cardinal Dulles

    “The reversal of a doctrine as well established as the legitimacy of capital punishment would raise serious problems regarding the credibility of the magisterium. Consistency with scripture and long-standing Catholic tradition is important for the grounding of many current teachings of the Catholic Church; for example, those regarding abortion, contraception, the permanence of marriage, and the ineligibility of women for priestly ordination. If the tradition on capital punishment had been reversed, serious questions would be raised regarding other doctrines.”
    (2004, Avery Cardinal Dulles)

    St. Augustine

    The same divine authority that forbids the killing of a human being establishes certain exceptions, as when God authorizes killing by a general law or when He gives an explicit commission to an individual for a limited time.

    The agent who executes the killing does not commit homicide; he is an instrument as is the sword with which he cuts. Therefore, it is in no way contrary to the commandment, ‘Thou shalt not kill’ to wage war at God’s bidding, or for the representatives of public authority to put criminals to death, according to the law, that is, the will of the most just reason.

    (The City of God, Book 1, chapter 21)

    St. Thomas Aquinas

    It is written: “Wizards thou shalt not suffer to live” (Ex. 22:18); and: “In the morning I put to death all the wicked of the land” (Ps. 100:8). …

    Every part is directed to the whole, as imperfect to perfect, wherefore every part exists naturally for the sake of the whole. For this reason we see that if the health of the whole human body demands the excision of a member, because it became putrid or infectious to the other members, it would be both praiseworthy and healthful to have it cut away. Now every individual person is related to the entire society as a part to the whole. Therefore if a man be dangerous and infectious to the community, on account of some sin, it is praiseworthy and healthful that he be killed in order to safeguard the common good, since “a little leaven corrupteth the whole lump” (1 Cor. 5:6).
    (Summa Theologiae, II, II, q. 64, art. 2)

    The fact that the evil ones, as long as they live, can be corrected from their errors does not prohibit that they may be justly executed, for the danger which threatens from their way of life is greater and more certain than the good which may be expected from their improvement.

    They also have at that critical point of death the opportunity to be converted to God through repentance. And if they are so obstinate that even at the point of death their heart does not draw back from malice, it is possible to make a quite probable judgment that they would never come away from evil.”

    (Summa contra gentiles, Book III, chapter 146)

    “…a secondary measure of the love of God may be said to appear, for capital punishment provides the murderer with incentive to repentance which the ordinary man does not have, that is a definite date on which he is to meet his God. …the law grants to the condemned an opportunity which he did not grant to his victim, the opportunity to prepare to meet his God. Even divine justice here may be said to be tempered with mercy.”

    St. Alphonsus Liguori

    It is lawful to put a man to death by public authority: it is even a duty of princes and of judges to condemn to death criminals who deserve it; and it is the duty of the officers of justice to execute the sentence; God Himself wishes malefactors to be punished.

    John Senior

    Justice is simply the social good, and it must therefore be done. It is defined as “giving each his due” – cuique sum, “to each his own.” A man is due his life because he is a living thing; it is his nature to have life; and, since it is also his nature to be moral, if a man commits a crime, he must be punished because punishment is retributive – punishment is the penalty due the criminal in justice to him. Proportioned punishment is due him, too, and you cannot deny him that right without yourself committing an injustice against him deserving punishment in turn. The judge who fails the criminal in punishment himself incurs a greater guilt.

    There is another justification for punishment besides retribution. Pain and deprivation are medicinal. They hurt so much that the criminal can learn that crime does not pay – or at least that the victims pay back. If you want to teach the prisoner a trade or put him to useful work, well and good; but those things are secondary and must never interfere with the first and proper use of punishment, which is the restoration of the equality of justice not only in society but in the person of the criminal. A person who commits a crime has indulged his will against reason; a disequilibrium has been established in his soul, as Plato says, which can only be righted by retributive exercise of reason against his will. The greatest evil in the world is to do wrong without being punished.

    They object to punishment itself; and that is because they deny the existence of justice; and that is because they deny that man is free, that man is responsible for his acts. Crime, they say, is sickness. It must be cured, or better, prevented by prophylaxis of the spirit, by the extermination of free will altogether so that men will react like Pavlov’s dogs to sensitivity training and even to psychosurgery and drugs . . . . They say crime is illness. Now if that were true, there could be no moral act whatsoever. If man is not free to choose evil, he is not free to choose good . . . . Everyone must remember the story of the murderer who said in court: “You can’t blame me, it was my heredity and environment that caused me to kill” and the judge who replied, “It is my heredity and environment that sentences you to hang by the neck until dead.”

    (The Death of Christian Culture, Chapter 7)

    • GreenAlba March 3, 2019 at 5:27 am #

      “or when He gives an explicit commission to an individual for a limited time.”

      I think that’s called schizophrenia.

      ” to wage war at God’s bidding,”

      So is that.

      • K-Dog March 3, 2019 at 6:31 am #

        On April 3, ARSH 2011, after seeing Sen. Lindsey Graham advocate for Sharia Law and the punishing of American citizens who “disrespected” the islamic political system and its manifesto, the koran, I rebutted Graham’s remarks and then burned a koran – bookmarked with raw bacon – and concluded by announcing my address and inviting all musloid and/or FEDGOV comers to come and get a piece of me

        Forsaken with raw bacon.

        The website where Janinca (Janos + Finca) plagiarized his shit.

        She is into beef and bacon. I like!

        • K-Dog March 3, 2019 at 6:48 am #

          Nothing mysterious. All googling led back to her. I never heard of her but FEDGOV comers obviously have for her to be so ……

          No, can’t woof it out cus it really isn’t paranoia when they really are trying to annoy-yah now is it?

        • GreenAlba March 3, 2019 at 7:30 am #

          Lordy, K-Dog, what time do you get up on a Sunday morning?Have you got some humans to walk before breakfast?!

          I have to confess to not reading Janos’ screed above – I notice that the two phrases that jumped out at me are in the same position on the page so it’s probably a ‘leading right eye’ scanning thing. And, clever and well read as the Janos entity may fundamentally be, whoever he is, his copy-pasted thought salads are an insult to even an average person’s intelligence.

          I don’t know anything about Lindsey Graham, other than his name. I’m not sure what ‘advocating for Sharia law’ means. Hopefully not Sharia for everyone.

          I’m aware that over this way – leaving aspirations aside and concentrating on what actually happens or is allowed – there are some local sharia courts, which probably amount to an office inside a mosque, where people use sharia judges to resolve minor conflicts among themselves. (I’m not sure if that’s much different from the ‘elders’ in a church discussing someone’s affair with them and suggesting it’s not the way they should behave.) Anyway, somebody owes someone something or whatever. Fair enough, run your own small claims court among your neighbours if you want to. But it has no standing in ‘real’ law – none at all.

          And despite what people might wish to infer on here, when it comes to people telling me what their god insists I do, I’m an equal opportunities objector. And will march in the street in either case if it comes to that. Meanwhile, my neighbouring Asian corner-shopkeepers are cool and most sell booze and are pleasant members of the community. They seem to be the live and let live type and long may they remain so.

          There’s no bacon in the halal shop, though. Fair enough – I don’t expect them to slice it any more than I want to force the Christian baker to make the gay cake.

          • GreenAlba March 3, 2019 at 7:43 am #

            But yes, I agree that punishing people for ‘disrespecting’ the Islamic system and the Koran is way out of order. Other ‘holy’ books, too, though, surely.

            There’s no need to insult people publicly, though, for their beliefs, as long as they respect boundaries.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 3, 2019 at 10:49 am #

            But you see, you will be punished once they take control. That’s how their system works. It’s different from ours. What is there about that that you don’t understand? By bringing them here in such number, you imperil the future of your children and grandchildren.

            They will assimilate? As if progress is inevitable? But it isn’t. That’s a stupid gamble, as you are betting everything on a bad bet.

          • GreenAlba March 3, 2019 at 10:59 am #

            Thank you for your concern, Janos – much appreciated.

          • GreenAlba March 3, 2019 at 12:27 pm #

            “By bringing them here in such number, you imperil the future of your children and grandchildren.”

            Did I miss the bit where they made me Home Secretary or something?

          • K-Dog March 3, 2019 at 5:25 pm #

            You must have seen my comment appear when I made it and you know about our time difference. I was working on the software for my new blog and had experienced success. I have user management working. Then I foolishly tried to get more success when I should have got some rest.

            This brain transplant between Janos and Finca is as strange as halal bacon. New employees are so hard to train. 🙁 But it could also be planned too. And I think I know why. Clean up that rep! It was indefensible. Such a clear black and white dichotomy was realized to be dangerous and foolish.

            Only thing I walk before breakfast is my imagination.

            * An evil scientist implants the brain of Michael, a murdered high school student, into an Tyrannosaurus. He escapes, wreaks vengeance on his high school tormentors and is reunited with his sweetheart Tammy. You can decide which character, Janos or Finca matches with the big lizard and the high school twerp. Or maybe one of them is Tammy
            Cithulu Filulu

        • Janos Skorenzy March 3, 2019 at 10:51 am #

          Famous quotes belong to everyone. And yeah, I got it from Anne Barnhardt therefore I’m a Fed? How does that follow?

          You have PTSD from your bad experience. Seriously. I can imagine how frightening it was so i sympathize.

  70. BackRowHeckler March 3, 2019 at 7:23 am #

    This SpaceX launch of the craft ‘Dragon’ and its successful docking with the space station a few hours ago, is pretty impressive.

    Brh

    • seawolf77 March 3, 2019 at 8:44 am #

      By what standards. We supposedly went to the moon 50 years ago. I’m supposed to get an erection over a rocket going up and docking with a space station in LEO. Please.

      • BackRowHeckler March 3, 2019 at 8:56 am #

        It docked stricly using computers to guide it in, which is a first, apparently. Also this is a private venture without the unlimited funds NASA had in the 60s.

        I doubt anybody will be going to mars soon, if ever. You have to admire Elon Musk tho. He has big ideas and tries to put them in practice. Not just talk about them.

        Brh

        • seawolf77 March 3, 2019 at 9:08 am #

          Oh please you don’t really believe that, do you? Computers have been doing that for years. Now that Nio has emerged all of Musk’s mistakes have been amplified 100 fold. I’d be surprised if Tesla makes it another year. And as far as the idea of a reusable rocket, think again. It can’t be done. You have 1-2 % payload on a rocket. That gets used up beefing it up structurally. That’s why after all their successes, all the billionaire boy’s club rocket companies have gone silent.

          • BackRowHeckler March 3, 2019 at 9:20 am #

            Alrighty then. Apparently there’s nothing out here in the world that will impress the hardcore cynics in CFNation.

            Brh

          • seawolf77 March 3, 2019 at 9:48 am #

            Just the facts mam. Fact is it was all a show. He knew, or should have known, a reusable rocket is impossible, he just wanted to see if landing one was possible. That’s the end of this story. You’ll hear no more about people living and working in space.

          • K-Dog March 3, 2019 at 5:34 pm #

            Actually when the cost of putting a payload in space drops by an order of magnitude because the rocket is reusable and all sorts of dogs can buy meat because of the extra trouble of making it reusable, that is a good deal.

          • K-Dog March 3, 2019 at 5:37 pm #

            Mars is the dog and pony show. Satellite communications are what can pay the bills if rockets are reusable.

    • K-Dog March 3, 2019 at 5:30 pm #

      Damn right. Means some dogs I know have work through the year! That is what is impressive.

  71. Pucker March 3, 2019 at 8:04 am #

    This article is a “Real Downer”. Thank God that we’re all going to Mars….

    catherineingram.com/facingextinction/

  72. Pucker March 3, 2019 at 8:10 am #

    Armageddon

    The War is on…

    by Ernest Angley

    Armageddon reveals the overwhelming fear, torment, death and unimaginable destruction that will take place on Earth after the Rapture. This gripping story is based on 100% Bible truth, and the end times have never before been written about in such shocking reality. You must know about the coming Tribulation and the war to end all wars and heed God’s warnings, or you’ll regret it for all eternity.

    • GreenAlba March 3, 2019 at 10:53 am #

      I really don’t know why I looked that up, Pucker, but I did. Maybe because your post made me look out a bit of vintage Bageant (The Covert Kingdom from back in the Dubya era) – I vaguely remembered the massive success of the ‘Left Behind’ series he described.

      The customers are happy. Four and a half to five stars. I liked this one, for angels-on-the-head-of-a-pin-style angst:

      “Ernest is a wonderful man of God and the only thing issue I came across in this book was “God sterilized the humans during the Tribulation so that babies wouldn’t go through the trouble of that time. This is contrary to the Word. Matthew 24:19 says “and woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days.” Read also Mark 13:17, Luke 21:23, and Rev. 8:13 and this Word clearly tell us that babies will be born during the time of the Tribulation. Please read the Word for yourselves and seek the Lord for the Truth, God bless you.”

      Review by…

      Juanita W Williams, Fire and Brimstone Minister

      ‘Fire and Brimstone Minister’ – ye gads!!

      It strikes me if God can sterilize people when he feels like it, perhaps a judicious prayer or three would save a fortune on contraception and placate those who don’t like people having baby-free sex ‘on the public dime’.

      Perhaps I shouldn’t have used the phrase ‘it strikes me’. Asking for trouble…

  73. Pucker March 3, 2019 at 8:16 am #

    Methane is basically “Fart”, right? What a way to go…The World goes out with a big huge Fart….

    “We have burned so much carbon into the atmosphere that the CO2 levels are higher than they have been for the past three million years. In the last decade our carbon emission levels are the highest in history, and we have not yet experienced their full impact. If we were to stop emitting carbon dioxide tomorrow, we are still on track for much higher heat for at least ten years. And we are certainly not stopping our emissions by tomorrow.

    This blanket of carbon in the atmosphere has triggered, and will trigger, further runaway warming systems that are not under our control, the most deadly of which is the release of methane gases that have been trapped for eons under arctic ice and what is now euphemistically known as permafrost (much of it is no longer permanent frost).

    Methane is a far more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon, and much faster acting. In the first twenty years after its release into the atmosphere, it is 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Whereas the full effect of heat from a carbon molecule takes ten years, peak warming from a methane molecule occurs in a matter of months.

    The Arctic and Antarctic icecaps are melting at rates far faster than even the most alarming predictions, and methane is pouring out of these regions, bubbling out of Arctic lakes (and hissing out of seas and soils worldwide). Some scientists fear a methane “burp” of billions of tons when a full melt of the summer arctic ice occurs, something that has not happened for the past four million years. Should such a sudden large release of methane occur, the earth’s warming would rapidly accelerate within months. This alone could be the extinction event.”

    • elysianfield March 3, 2019 at 11:33 am #

      Puck,
      We gotta save the Earth…we gotta DO something…

      Paper or Plastic?

    • Tate March 3, 2019 at 12:10 pm #

      Methane is a far more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon, and much faster acting. In the first twenty years after its release into the atmosphere, it is 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Whereas the full effect of heat from a carbon molecule takes ten years, peak warming from a methane molecule occurs in a matter of months.

      Uh, did your brilliant quote machine indicate that methane & CO2 are molecular compounds, & that methane is a carbon molecule?

      • EvelynV March 3, 2019 at 1:26 pm #

        OMG! How amazing. All that important factual information and you were able to laser in on that one typo.

        • Tate March 3, 2019 at 3:06 pm #

          My mind works like a laser beam.

  74. FincaInTheMountains March 3, 2019 at 8:36 am #

    As I already wrote in the previous post, I’m just overwhelmed from the abundance of completely epoch-making news and could barely have time to read articles about them and save the relevant links.

    In particular, I still can’t finish the series on the Big Bargain – the deal concluded between Trump and the Bush Clan – which should show that US Secretary of Defense Mattis was fired because he was implicated in the shooting of so-called Russian mercenaries in Eastern Syria, and in fact green polite people from Crimea.

    Similarly, Minister of Defense of Israel Lieberman was fired from his post because he was implicated in the Russian IL-20 crash in Western Syria.

    In general, it is difficult not to notice the similarity of the situation of Netanyahu and Trump, who were bathed by their own state in the shithouse when one was negotiating with Kim Jong-un about preventing nuclear war, and the other was on his way to Moscow for equally important negotiations on the place of Israel in the war that Russia is leading in Syria.

    And all this is happening because the leaders of the Deep State are losing to the union of Bushes and Trump and are forced to take all the more desperate steps in order to preserve the myth of their invincibility.

    And the most serious successes at the conceptual level they have achieved in Russia.

    In particular, the performance of this song in the Isaakievskiy Cathedral by the Concert Choir of St. Petersburg, from which the concert hall was recently taken away in favor of the Russian Orthodox Church, is undoubtedly Bastinda’s answer to the continuous failure of splitting Orthodox Church in Russia and Ukraine, and I can only hope that the singers didn’t know what they were doing when committed this blasphemy in St. Isaac’s Cathedral.

    I even admit that they sincerely think that they received money for this obscenity from patriotic sources, but jokes about the end of the human race or at least the end of civilization in the Church, where the liturgy takes place, is not at all the same as jokes in the barracks, even if this church is a museum at the same time.

    Any text is contextual, and not understanding that such a song on the background of the iconostasis and the entrance to the altar, symbolizing the Paradise Gate, is a blasphemy worse than infamous performances of the Pussy Riot and can only be done by a person who’s completely unaware of who the Enemy of the Human Race is, or an agent of Bastinda and her flying monkeys, acting with the specifically crypto-religious goal of political anti-Christianity.

    In addition, if you look at how well the details of this abomination of desolation in a holy place fit together, how well this scenario of blasphemy resembles a Black Mass, then the second assumption seems more than reasonable.

    And if we recall that this obscenity could have been timed to the beginning of the Great Lent, then in combination with the previous assumption such haste, which led to the failure of the negotiations in Hanoi and a rather serious statement by Russia and Syria regarding American troops there, quite unequivocally says that the last assumption at least meets the criterion of truth, once studied in the lessons of dialectical materialism.

    Here it is, redirecting forces and means to the ideological war after the defeat in the operational-tactical war.

    The Choir sings how they are crossing Atlantic on a nuclear submarine to aim missiles at Washington:

    youtube.com/watch?v=CczQEIym6Gs&t=17

    • BackRowHeckler March 3, 2019 at 12:14 pm #

      131 Primorskoye Shosse
      St Petersburg, Russia

      55 Ulitsa Savoshkina
      St Petersburg, Russia

      Hey Finca do you recognize those addresses? They should sound familiar to you, if you know what I mean. As a believer in free speech, I have no problem with what you’re up to. Blog on, my friend(s)

      Brh

  75. montsegur March 3, 2019 at 8:52 am #

    Jim,

    Fair comments. The POTUS won’t produce a huge win every time, and he won’t be a dismal failure every time, either … in contrast to what our polarized nation would like to believe.

    Whether the approach he used is even realistic … well, one wonders if any realistic approach will work with N Korea. Talk about the implacable foe.

    I believe the entire West is still unable to adapt to the change wrought by the events of 1989. The old scripts don’t, can’t work anymore.

    And the dysfunction is by no means solely within the USA. We’re just a very visible example of it.

    Cheers

    • volodya March 3, 2019 at 4:27 pm #

      If China (and, who knows, maybe Russia too) is using Little Rocketman as the horn to horn the US out of NE Asia, then no approach other than complete US withdrawal from the Korean peninsula will be an acceptable deal. I say that because I think that’s the goal of China and N. Korea and Russia.

      I doubt that Kim sits across from Trump on his own account. Xi is his protector and maybe to some extent Putin too. Kim will have Xi and Putin whispering into his earpiece.

      I think that one of the objective’s here is to show the US to be powerless in that neck of the woods, not only to the domestic Chinese market and also North Koreans, but especially to countries in that general vicinity. The question becomes who do you want to be with, a falling power (the US) or a rising power (China)?

      • volodya March 3, 2019 at 4:28 pm #

        typo: objectives not objective’s

      • montsegur March 4, 2019 at 7:31 am #