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Karma is God’s hickory switch, and almost always applied with a cosmic chortle. Things come around when a certain excess cargo of cognitive dissonance breaks the brains of those just struggling to carry on. The country has had enough — enough walking-talking hypocrisies, enough trips laid on it, enough Tik-tok lectures from the nose-rings-for-lunch-bunch. We’re at the end of something and the beginning of something new. As in: an ass-beating is coming down.

     Cue one Oliver Anthony, southern country boy with a flaming red beard and a new anthem for millions sore-beset by the relentless effronteries of the ruling elites. Rolling Stone Magazine, a ruling elites house organ, played the phenomenon this way:

These things listed above are…what? Things that Rolling Stone is in favor of? Pet causes? High taxes and obese people on welfare? And Mr. Anthony’s song is dissing them? You mean Right-Wing influencers shouldn’t mention Jeffrey Epstein’s name? Is it just plain rude… or does it stir up unappetizing questions that are better off not being asked (in polite company)? Kind of shows you where the battle lines are drawn now, doesn’t it?

     Perhaps the final insult galvanizing all this sentiment in a song was Merrick Garland’s devious Friday afternoon announcement — when, theoretically, no one was paying attention — that he appointed US Attorney David Weiss as Special Counsel in the Hunter Biden matter. This is the same David Weiss, you understand, who oversaw the Hunter Biden investigation for the past five years before ascertaining anything that might be chargeable from a vast inventory of financial crimes with an overlay of documented sex and drug transgressions. The same David Weiss who let the statute of limitations run out on many of those crimes while he dawdled and frittered in Wilmington. The same David Weiss who cooked up a wrist-slap plea agreement on all this, with a hidden Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free clause inserted slyly in the fine print of the so-called “diversion agreement” that would have immunized Hunter B against any further inquiries — which Judge Maryellen Noreika discovered only by chance at the last moment, scotching the deal. (And yet, the government now claims that the diversion agreement — and Hunter B’s immunity from further charges — “stands alone,” is “in effect” and “still binding.” Hmmmm….)

      This sort of in-your-face audacity sums up Mr. Garland’s reckless, lawless run as a rogue attorney general. But then who do you appeal to for relief? Anybody wondering why there is actually no justice in America these days need seek no further.  By the way, the appointment of Mr. Weiss was patently illegal. The Special Counsel statute states plainly that the post can only be occupied by someone not in the employ of the government. Does Mr. Garland not know how this works?

     What the AG also flung in America’s face was the “ongoing investigation” dodge that supposedly would allow the DOJ to avoid answering any congressional inquiries into Hunter Biden’s tangled financial crimes, which, after all, were committed in the service of the Biden family global racketeering operation. Has a cover-up ever been more blatant? And so now the time has come to impeach Merrick Garland for breaking the special counsel law and obstruction of justice. It’s pretty cut and dried, and it should be the first order of business when Congress returns from its August recess making the rounds of the county fairs. The second order of business should be the impeachment of “Joe Biden,” if he hasn’t resigned before Labor Day.

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     On a different but hugely consequential note, and related to the long-running outlandish mendacity of the US government, an attorney for the Federal Drug Administration told a federal appeals court in Louisiana hearing a lawsuit last week that the agency actually had no policy against the use of ivermectin for Covid-19.

FDA was not regulating the off-label use of drugs These statements are not regulations they have no legal consequences they don’t prohibit doctors from prescribing Ivermectin to treat COVID or for any other purpose. Quite to the contrary there are three instances I’d like to point the court to in the record that show that FDA explicitly recognizes that doctors do have the authority to prescribe ivermectin to treat COVID.”

      How true is that? The FDA coerced Blue Cross and other insurers to warn doctors not to prescribe ivermectin for Covid-19, and likewise the Federation of State Medical Boards and National Association of Boards of Pharmacy to not fill doctor’s prescriptions for ivermectin for Covid-19 patients, despite the fact that it was among the best, most effective, and safest treatments for the disease. The FDA put out public service announcements telling Americans not to take ivermectin. The net effect was that state medical boards persecuted doctors for prescribing the drug (e.g., Maine Medical Board’s persecution of Dr. Meryl Nass). Also that hundreds of thousands of Covid-19 patients were denied early treatment, many of whom died.

     We all know why the FDA pretended that ivermectin was not allowed to be used. Because it would have removed the Emergency Use Authorization that designated mRNA shots as the sole response to Covid, and it would have obviated the pharma companies’ liability shield for anything that went wrong. Of course, the whole damn thing went wrong and millions are now paying the price. Is this the beginning of the unwind of a colossal crime by those Rich Men North of Richmond against the people of this land?

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1,099 Responses to “¡No más!”

  1. rudyspeaks August 14, 2023 at 10:01 am #

    “Right-wing”? The song identifies the enemy as “Rich men north of Richmond”, talks about shitty wages… gosh, as an ACTUAL “leftist” I like it! PS: The MSM seems intent on identifying the “LEFT”, as concerned with irrelevances as gender confusion, abortion and gun control… not income justice, AKA, the only real political issue, the only one the owners of the MSM want to avoid.

    • mitchellc August 14, 2023 at 10:04 am #

      The elite intentionally polluted tradtional economic class interests with diversionary, invented identity “issues”.

      I have said countless times, rather than complain, people should at leasy acknowledge some grudging respect about the genius levels of subversion achieved in destroying the West.

      • Disaffected August 14, 2023 at 10:16 am #

        I think the song acknowledges that “grudging respect” by calling it out in the first place. Many among the working class amazingly still don’t recognize it. It all goes back to trusting Billy Jeff Clinton in 1992, when he asked us to “trust him” that sending all those jobs overseas would allow all of us to retrain as computer programmers and do-nothing service sector office paper shufflers. It took thirty years, but now we see that it was all a lie for the vast majority and the jobs ain’t coming back anytime soon, if ever.

        • thirdcoastlegend August 14, 2023 at 10:17 am #

          Dis-

          I thought the plan for the service economy of the future was that we all got rich giving each other haircuts and doing each other’s laundry?

          • Dr. Zonk August 14, 2023 at 10:22 am #

            … and flipping each other GMO burgers.

          • Disaffected August 14, 2023 at 10:28 am #

            Third coast, I think maybe Billy Jeff had services of a more sexual nature in mind. LOL!

          • Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 10:28 am #

            The plan was it wouldn’t be us doing the serving. It would be all of our replacements pouring through the wide open border.

          • stelmosfire August 14, 2023 at 10:32 am #

            Shoot-up and learn to code. Er, shut-up I mean. US main-line message. When will AI learn to pick cucumbers and run 12-3 wire through the stud space on an 1885 Victorian in Poughkeepsie, New York. Joe says it has to be done. We’re gonna electrify and get rid of all those fossil fuel eating systems which took 150 years to install. Good luck widdat when a blizzard blows through and it’s -15F . Electric heat, electric cars, electric, electric, . shit last time the wind blew around here the power was out for 12 hours.

          • draupnir August 14, 2023 at 11:22 am #

            The real money is in yard sales and craft shows.

          • Islander August 14, 2023 at 12:09 pm #

            You forgot bake sales and sewing potholders!

            (Just sewed one myself, as a matter of fact. Saved myself $4 at the thrift shop!)

          • Ron Anselmo August 14, 2023 at 4:46 pm #

            Yeah, when Trump was in office, you used to be able to get hand-sewn potholders at our local thrift store for $1 – that’s Bidenomics for you.

          • Anthea August 14, 2023 at 11:43 pm #

            At our local thrift store, potholders are $.25. Pants, shirts, and shoes are $2. Everything else (dishes, cookware, small kitchen appliances, etc., are similarly very cheap. Our thrift store is church-run, by volunteers. There are also a couple of places that provide things for free, and a community center that provides free commodities.

            When a friend’s daughter moved in with me a couple of years ago, I made the rounds with her. She got a nice wardrobe for free, plus I bought her some things at the thrift store.

            Right now, there is a friend of the family–a single mom with a little girl–who’s living in a homeless shelter, but who will get Section 8 housing in a week or so. I’ve met her a couple of times but don’t really know her. If I can get her to come out here, I’ll hook her up–and take her grocery shopping. She has literally nothing but a mattress to put on the floor.

          • Uncle Bob August 15, 2023 at 10:19 am #

            And running tattoo parlors.

          • Islander August 16, 2023 at 8:57 am #

            Our local thrift shop has become quite expensive! It might make a good subject for a novel by a writer like Barbara Pym.

            It seems like since 2020 there has been an influx of outlanders and semi-professional volunteers who do decidedly upscale pricing these days, verging on the ridiculous. So that the original clientele—people with very little money—can’t really afford to take a chance on an item. Since the plandemic also the changing rooms have been eliminated. Plenty of pandemic panic still in evidence.

            Fortunately we also have the Dumptique, where everything is free. I now take my donations over there. Plus there is a clothing exchange in one of the churches.

            Another new phenomenon is Brazilians and Jamaicans (now very prevalent) raiding these resources and sending boxes of clothing back home. Whether intended for resale, or free distribution, or just family members I do not know.

          • EveDuke August 17, 2023 at 9:05 am #

            My last month’s paycheck was 11000 dollars. All I did was simple 0nline work from comfort at home for 6-8 hours/day that I got from this agency I discovered over the internet and they paid me 45 dollars every hour. Visit for more detail..

        • Dr. Zonk August 14, 2023 at 10:26 am #

          “Foreman said, ‘These jobs are going, boys
          And they ain’t comin’ back
          To your home town.'”
          – Bruce Springsteen, 1984

          • Disaffected August 14, 2023 at 10:29 am #

            Yep. Some of us got it right from the git go.

          • Mick August 14, 2023 at 11:10 am #

            Oh yeah, that song where Springsteen pretended to care about the working man. Well, in truth, that was his whole schtick in the 80s. In reality he’s a leftist Dem hack. I have about as much respect for him as I do that other Jewish hack who pretended to be a true American populist, Bob Dylan.

          • Q. Shtik August 14, 2023 at 11:35 am #

            that other Jewish hack – Mick

            ========

            I googled “is Bruce Springsteen Jewish?” and got a very confusing answer that failed to answer the question.

          • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 11:41 am #

            Sleepers awakening.

          • Islander August 14, 2023 at 12:06 pm #

            I think Dylan became a born-again Christian.

            Then after that he turned out to be Zionist.

            So, a two-fer for Zion!

          • Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 12:23 pm #

            Springsteen is a Dutch name, but his mother is Italian and he’s got some Irish in there too, so he grew up Catholic.

            Steen rhymes with some Jewish names, is all.

          • Mick August 14, 2023 at 12:31 pm #

            Yes, Beryl you are right. I’m only half right about Bruce. He is a long time Dem hack, but not Jewish. My thought that he was goes back a long time from hearing that he changed the spelling of his name from ending in ‘Stein’ to ‘Steen’. I mean it goes way, way back. Before the internet. It turns out he’s very much not Jewish.

          • WadeWaters August 14, 2023 at 1:13 pm #

            I got that Springsteen’s dad is 3/4 Irish and Dutch.

            His mother is Italian/Sicilian.

          • Edge Lord August 14, 2023 at 1:16 pm #

            Bruce and his phony twang.

            When that Born in the USA album came out I remember all the serious muic fans and musicians mocking it from the cheesy album cover to the jingoistic title to the fake joe sixpack anthems.

            Everything about Bruce is phony and produced.

            Only the Europeans were fooled. For some strange reason they consider him an authentic genius.

            Slick advertising and music videos will do that.
            Style over authentic substance

          • MaryQueen August 14, 2023 at 7:46 pm #

            Edge Lord, THANK YOU.

            I never liked Springsteen, and got no end of flack from friends. They tried to drag me to a concert, and I wasn’t having it.

            I can’t stand John Mellencamp either, they’re in the same vein.

          • Ron Anselmo August 15, 2023 at 12:00 am #

            Mary – you’re exactly right on Mellencamp. I fell in love with his music and lyrics – home spun from America’s heartland, farm boy from Seymour, Indiana – did all the Farm Aid concerts.

            Two years ago, at our “small town”, intimate amphitheater (voted best of its size in the US), I was looking so forward to seeing him – never had a worse misread in my life.

            He was the most arrogant, distant, unappreciative performer I’d ever seen – zero interaction with the crowd.

            Friends working at the amphitheater said he was the biggest prick & prima donna ever. Had a tunnel built from his bus to backstage, so no one could even see him coming on stage.

            John “Cougar” Mellencamp – maybe the biggest poseur ever.

          • Edge Lord August 15, 2023 at 8:58 am #

            This summer, Bruce was on the start of his European tour with Obama, Hanks, and Spielberg in the audience when he took a faceplant trying to dance up some stairs on stage.

            That certainly was symbolic: Mr. “Murica falling in the spotlight.

            Not sure if he was performing “One Step Up” at the time

          • Uncle Bob August 15, 2023 at 10:23 am #

            Wade,

            According to Italian friends, Sicilians aren’t Italians. In fact, Italians view Sicilians as the lowest form of human life.

          • Ron Anselmo August 15, 2023 at 11:32 am #

            Yes Uncle Bob – coming from a Sicilian – they say we are descended from “North Africans who could swim”.

            But we live by the saying, “Il morte prima, il dishonore”. This is why we’ll die before we capitulate to the criminal elite.

          • taijitu August 15, 2023 at 4:07 pm #

            Q. Is Bruce Springsteen Jewish?
            A. Chat GBT: No, Bruce Springsteen is not Jewish. He was raised in a Roman Catholic household and has identified as a Christian throughout his life. While he has written songs that touch on themes of spirituality and faith, his religious background is not Jewish.

          • MaryQueen August 15, 2023 at 9:48 pm #

            @Edge, that made my night.

            Hahahahahaha!

            Thank you.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle August 15, 2023 at 11:07 pm #

            The Good Ship Lifestyle

            youtu.be/qfuIWmm7m9c

        • JohnAZ August 14, 2023 at 10:27 am #

          Yep, I remember that.

          I als remember that ignoramus Biden and his Mob using the same technique to sell us on the oil to Green conversion of jobs, which has also not happened.

          Luddites are right, increasing technology in the work place creates more poverty, and currently, more homelessness.

          Homelessness shows the increasing failure of crony capitalism as the government removes the ability of lower level companies to compete. Unfortunately, the only identified way out of this mess is the installation of increasing socialism in an inane attempt to “fix” the problem.

          Government cannot even fix itself as its attempts to right the ship just drives it into the pit faster and faster.

          • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 11:46 am #

            Ned sed: Rent or sell us the machines. Teach us to use them and we’ll make your clothes as we always have.

            Fuck you, Ned. No one gets in the way of the rise of the Industry.

            Ned and other leaders were hung and their people become de facto slaves in Manchester and other hell holes.

            The Capitalists control the Government since the politicians have to crawl to them to get the money to run for office. You’re not seeing the little men behind the curtain, John. Then, yes, their lackeys do what they say once in office. Get your first cause straight. Put the horse before the court, ok?

          • Islander August 14, 2023 at 12:10 pm #

            Who is Ned?

            Did I miss something?

          • Paula D August 14, 2023 at 1:14 pm #

            Ned Ludd.

          • WadeWaters August 14, 2023 at 1:18 pm #

            Ned Ludd. The original Luddite.

          • DaveO907 August 14, 2023 at 1:29 pm #

            @Islander—Ned Ludd.

          • Islander August 14, 2023 at 9:25 pm #

            OK, thanks.

          • Q. Shtik August 15, 2023 at 12:04 am #

            Put the horse before the court, ok? – Jar

            ========

            Hahaha. This is a set up, right?

          • DaveO907 August 15, 2023 at 12:56 am #

            I checked to see if anybody else had commented (answered your query) Islander, and seeing nobody had, offered my 2 cents on it. Re-scrolling the thread and the timeline just now it would appear I am a redundant idiot. Some portion of which is true, but that’s what I got for having looked before I leapt into what became a fray. There must be a sacrificial goat and I are one this time. Lol and rue-hoo-hoo.

        • Yirgach August 14, 2023 at 10:46 am #

          This song also reminds me of Iris Dement and “Our Town”, which is a tad more feminine and sentimental but still works today.

          youtube.com/watch?v=FikZwgj89HI

          • elysianfield August 14, 2023 at 11:30 am #

            Yirgach,
            Ahhh, sweet little Iris Dement. The “Anthony Anthem” does not speak to me at all, however.

            Now THIS, from 1964, does;

            https://www.google.com/search?sca_esv=556766949&tbm=vid&q=house+un+american+blues+activity+dream+lyrics&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiesvDCudyAAxX6FTQIHeCaAb8Q8ccDegQIEBAJ&biw=1680&bih=907&dpr=1#fpstate=ive&vld=cid:893c77a7,vid:DIoDU9DCfFY

          • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 11:48 am #

            Is this class prejudice on the part of Ely? Or ethnic – Yankees not liking Southerners?

          • Yirgach August 14, 2023 at 1:04 pm #

            @Ely

            One of other favorites:

            Nina Simone: Mississippi Goddam

            youtube.com/watch?v=LJ25-U3jNWM

          • elysianfield August 14, 2023 at 1:30 pm #

            “Is this class prejudice on the part of Ely? Or ethnic – Yankees not liking Southerners?”

            Jarek,
            This ethnic Yankee was born in Georgia. The South’s gonna do it again…and again….

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEKMED-_2QQ

          • DaveO907 August 14, 2023 at 1:42 pm #

            My go-tos—Tobacco Road – John D. Loudermilk)
            Performed by “The ‘Nashville’ Teens.”

            httpx://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGuZY6NVXqU

            We Gotta Get Out of This Place- Cynthia Weill / Barry Mann)
            Performed by “The Animals”

            httpx://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6gcxNFc1I0

          • Yirgach August 14, 2023 at 3:12 pm #

            Let’s expand the geography:

            Asleep At The Wheel – Route 66
            youtube.com/watch?v=vifUaZQL8pc

            Jesse Winchester – Yankee Lady
            youtube.com/watch?v=2s_RsqEGHRs

        • tuco22 August 14, 2023 at 11:09 am #

          Yes, I remember that. Globalization was going to be our savior. Ross Perot made his famous “sucking sound” comment, and he was right. And everyone laughed at him at the time. It has always seemed to me that NAFTA was the door that led us to where we are now.

          • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 11:50 am #

            When the condom fell out of Jessie’s wallet, Tuco laughed at him.

          • Paula D August 14, 2023 at 12:02 pm #

            The media laughed at him. There was no social media back then, so when the media spoke, Americans figured it spoke for everyone.

            Now we have the ability to communicate horizontally.

            Now we know that a whole lot of us don’t go along with their bullshit propaganda.

          • Islander August 14, 2023 at 12:04 pm #

            ” It has always seemed to me that NAFTA was the door that led us to where we are now.”

            Yes, that.

            And other stuff.

            The (Third Way) Clinton administration basically laid the groundwork for the mess we are in in a number of ways.

            Including massive media concentration, the NAFTA disaster, a huge Wall Street bubble that wiped out a lot of innocent savers, anything proposed by Larry Summers . . . !

          • DaveO907 August 14, 2023 at 1:44 pm #

            A sign on the road. Just like November 22, 1963.

        • pyrrhus August 14, 2023 at 12:41 pm #

          Of course they aren’t, because that might cause the billionaires and Black Rock a few pennies in profit…And with the Fed mainly worried that wages for the working and middle classes might go up, DC is united in support of low wages…for everyone who isn’t on the take..

          • Vegan Shark August 14, 2023 at 2:15 pm #

            Now we know that a whole lot of us don’t go along with their bullshit propaganda.

            Too bad the deep state elite and their journalist field hands don’t know. Or maybe they do and don’t care. They don’t need to.

          • Paula D August 14, 2023 at 6:00 pm #

            They do know. That is why they are cracking down so hard on social media.

            It is a multi-sided attack. They try to convince people that social media is dangerous.

            They censor people who go against the narrative.

            They ban particularly effective communicators.

            This all started in 2017, after Trump was elected and our rulers decided that it was because we were allowed to talk freely among ourselves.
            That is when they hauled Zuckerberg, Dorsey, et. al., in front of Congress and openly threatened them, unless they agreed to allow agents into their companies to censor.

          • DaveO907 August 15, 2023 at 1:21 am #

            @Pyrrhus—
            They have so much financial power now I tend to think rather than just furthering their Scrooge McDuck hoards, they are going for the “pressive” kinds of power in order to shape destiny according to their whims and for their potential legacies. That’s in any number of prefixes as in suppress, repress, depress, etc.

            “Larry the Great” has a certain kind of ring to it when stacked up against Alexander or Richard the Lionhearted, no…?

          • Heartlander August 16, 2023 at 11:36 am #

            Oh my gosh, Paula D. Once again, you’ve reminded me of something I had completely forgotten about: those Congressional hearings with Zuckerberg and Dorsey! Yep, we didn’t know at the time what the REAL purpose of that was….

      • JohnAZ August 14, 2023 at 10:18 am #

        Never, power motivation destroys intelligence. Washington DC is proof positive of that.

        Government is incapable of running this country, let alone itself.

        • Not_GeorgeT August 14, 2023 at 10:43 am #

          ‘Government is incapable of running this country, let alone itself.’

          I think the Founders didn’t want much government at all. Some entities being necessary for organizing transactions, to include those between the states.

          “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness—-That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed,…”
          ,
          People, moving out of the ‘state of nature’ create entities for basic organization. A lot of the time it is called ‘government’.

          Thomas Jefferson thought the one they created should be refreshed every twenty years or so to keep the ‘Spirit of ’76’ alive. Seems like a good idea.

        • Woodchuck August 14, 2023 at 10:53 am #

          Republics all through recorded history have had an average lifespan of around 250 years. If the USA is an average country, and there’s no reason to believe it isn’t – then we are quickly approaching our expiration date. What’s happening all around us is a very natural process.

          Monarchies last longer and are more stable and efficient. One very good example can be shown in the history of Bavaria. The house of Wittelsbach enjoyed great popular support over the centuries and ruled Bavaria successfully for some 700 years or so. The famed Munich Okotoberfest (the most fun one can have while drunk) started as a giant outdoor celebration and wedding party for King Ludwig I. Everybody had such a good time at the event that the people decided to turn this party into an annual event that’s been happening ever since the early 1800’s. Since the house of Wittelsbach is also famous as brewery owner/operators – the Oktoberfest has been a money maker for the family for a least 2 centuries. The fall of the house of Wittelsbach also signaled the fall of Bavaria which became iinstead the birthplace of Nazism a decade or so later. Instead of hosting parties and good living Bavaria turned into something out of a Hieronymus Bosch painting, a descent into a demonic and nightmare world of self destructive behavior that’s left the world with some terrible problems that haven’t yet been solved. The spirit of Nazism is alive and well, it’s just rebadged itself with new names.

          • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 11:37 am #

            The Communists tried to take over Bavaria. The Freikorps – Ronin, masterless warriors – crushed them. This was one of the lead ups to the rise of the Party.

            You’re awfully good at leaving things out that don’t contribute to your narrative. Classic liberal/leftist “thinking”.

        • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 11:54 am #

          When the interviewer summed it up, Mags Thatcher eagerly agreed: Yes, Society doesn’t exist! It’s just individuals with government as the enforcer of contracts between them.

          Given human nature, especially as molded by a society given over to greed that doesn’t believe in “society”, the government will have much to do, thereby gaining all power.

          The punks negate themselves with these daft arguments. But of course society does exist. Thinking or acting as if doesn’t just allowed the Bankers and Corporations to take it over and use it against the people.

      • Edge Lord August 14, 2023 at 10:47 am #

        Mitch, will you seriously STFU already with your, “grudging respect” “genius levels” shtick?

        What a broken record.

        Identity politics is as old as time.

        There is no genius here,
        Read the intro quote.
        Who made it?
        A journalist.

        Who does he work for?
        Himself.

        Why?
        Because a free press no longer exists.

        This is the difference.
        So long as the rubes and low-info populace rely upon infotainment and anti-social media for their “news”, people will only receive state approved propaganda.

        They have no agency.

        The voice of the masses, the little people, has been co-opted, censored, stolen and silenced.

        Is this “genius”?

        No.

        It is what happens when you let the “elite” buy up EVERYTHING

        • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 12:00 pm #

          Identity politics IS politics. If people lose their identity as a People, they will identify with ideologies, singers, movie franchises like Star Wars or LOTR – even learning Klingon or Elvish.

          My favorite online Nerd is “Just Some Guy”, a brilliant Black who is fluent in Elvish and raves about respect for the Lore against all comers. I agree.

          • Edge Lord August 14, 2023 at 1:00 pm #

            Very true.

            Look at Southern California, the land of lifestyle cultures and everyday LARPing:

            -Rockabilly/hot-rod
            -Pin-up
            -Tiki
            -Surfer-dude

            People dress, act, and live a part. The lifestyles becomes part of them.

            This phenomenon exists elsewhere to a lesser degree, particularly the midwest where you find the Parrot Heads, a strange group of escapists who not only convinced themselvesthat Jimmy Buffet music is good, but that flip-flops, a few margaritas, and the annual trip to the sands of the Florida panhandleis the cure to a life of meaningless drudgery.

        • abbybwood August 14, 2023 at 1:35 pm #

          Kinda like the way they will buy up all the property in Old Town Lahaina, Hawaii?

          I wonder how good all the insurance was in that area? That “unprotected tinder box”?

          Five years from now there will probably be Zuckerberg mansions, a Ritz Carlton and an 18 hole golf course.

          All will be forgotten.

          • Vegan Shark August 14, 2023 at 3:12 pm #

            The fire’s devastation on Maui is dreadful everywhere, but its destruction of Lahaina is particularly sad. It is (was) among the few towns in Hawaii with a genuine historic core, as opposed to a made-for-tour-groups “theme” identity.

            I’ve stayed twice at the old Pioneer Inn, where with a little imagination you could feel like you were in a Somerset Maugham south seas tale.

            It will probably be reconstructed but it will not possess that subtle atmosphere of the past, where you wouldn’t be surprised to encounter a resident ghost or two.

            My fingers are crossed for the survival of that huge banyan tree nearby, the largest I’ve ever seen, its above-ground roots nurturing sub-banyans encompassing a park the size of a city block.

          • Edge Lord August 14, 2023 at 3:20 pm #

            What I remember of Lahaina town from the early 00’s was something a bit touristy. Cruise ships off the coast. Overpriced restaurants. A few nightlife establishments.
            It’s Maui after all. Tourism is king.

            So they want tourists going forward?
            Or shall it be another playground for the yachted?

          • Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 3:25 pm #

            Puts me in mind of downtown Fort Myers, Florida.

          • Yirgach August 14, 2023 at 3:46 pm #

            The thing with cruise ships is to AVOID them completely.

            Check the crew schedules while planning a trip and just don’t go there.

            crew-center.com/cruise-ports-schedules

          • tuco22 August 14, 2023 at 4:00 pm #

            I bet FEMA says they can’t rebuild where they were before, like they told those poor people in California. Good luck with the insurance.

          • MaryQueen August 14, 2023 at 7:54 pm #

            It will be built as a New World Order island, at least that’s what I am reading. It’s been slated to become a model for everyone else.

          • MaryQueen August 14, 2023 at 7:58 pm #

            This guy is talking about how there is evidence showing the area will be the first official “Smart City.”

            https://sashalatypova.substack.com/p/maui-plans-for-a-high-tech-prison

          • DaveO907 August 15, 2023 at 1:29 am #

            @MaryQueen—“She”

            One sharp cookie who came out of the research and corporate pharma world. Well worth knowing.

          • MaryQueen August 15, 2023 at 9:50 pm #

            Oh sorry, Dave! I knew it was a “she” – since I was reading her witty banter on Mark Crispin Miller’s comment section.

            Thanks for the correction. I just discovered her! I can’t wait to read more.

      • Anthea August 14, 2023 at 11:17 pm #

        @ mitchellc:

        You respect some things that I think most of us would regard as contemptible.

      • cbeard August 15, 2023 at 8:41 am #

        I don’t agree with your “genius levels of subversion” statement. The subversion was on a level of utter idiocy, stupidity. Yet, it seems a majority of “genius’ American citizens bought it lock, stock and barrel.

    • Night Owl August 14, 2023 at 10:56 am #

      Right wing is simply a trope used to smear anyone who disagree with the powers that be.

      Here in Germany they called an world-renowned Thai microbiologist a Nazi for warning people that the “vaccines” were deadly.

      • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 11:34 am #

        So because the Right Wing is misidentified, it doesn’t exist? So neither does the Left wing? Everybody agrees, then?

        You’re just collapsing everything. The Capstone approves. They wish to be all in all.

        • Night Owl August 14, 2023 at 11:36 am #

          Nothing you said in your post was in my post.

          Classic Jarek.

          • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 11:56 am #

            You said 2+2 and I said 4. I just followed where you led. You don’t like where your thinking goes, eh? Then change it. Don’t get all bitchy.

          • Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 12:26 pm #

            You get all over my case for allegedly doing what you just did, Jarek.

            A nice slice of pie would probably help you mellow out.

          • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 1:27 pm #

            What did I just do, Ber? This should be entertaining.

            Last week you seemed interested in looking into the word impeachment. Then you lost all interest in favor of censorship. The ordinary mind loves the well trodden paths.

          • Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 2:35 pm #

            Following along where the conversation led, Jarek. That’s why they call it the flow of conversation.

            It’s an exchange.

          • Night Owl August 14, 2023 at 2:57 pm #

            Nothing you said was in my post.

            I am beginning to question your IQ.

          • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 5:19 pm #

            Night Owl: So a conversation is just repeating what the other person said? Like the ladies say?

            What a dull boy you are.

            Beryl: No, jumping tracks completely is something completely different. I thought you were interested – it’s a subject nobody touches.

            Again, partly my fault for using the wrong word, I gave you an “out”, a way to get back to the familiar and of course you and Greg took it.

          • Night Owl August 14, 2023 at 5:36 pm #

            Look at you squirm.

            You put words in my mouth.

            Your tactics don’t work here, worm.

          • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 7:10 pm #

            You need to learn to debate like a man, not shut things down like the ladies do.

          • Night Owl August 15, 2023 at 2:28 am #

            I don’t debate claims of what I supposedly said.

            Your powers are weak, old man.

        • Woodchuck August 18, 2023 at 12:26 pm #

          These two “wings” are attached to the same big bird that’s shitting all over everyone. Problem is people see the wings but somehow cannot see the bird. This issue goes all the way back to the Jacobins who liked everyone divided into two camps, left and right. And it’s still going on.

      • Islander August 14, 2023 at 12:14 pm #

        NO, is there any recent news on that ridiculous case against Bhakdi (dang, how is that spelled?)?

        Is there any protest in Germany?

      • GreenAlba August 14, 2023 at 2:34 pm #

        Night Owl – I briefly saw a headline this morning saying the German government was thinking of outlawing the AfD. Christine Anderson is obviously getting to them.

        • Night Owl August 14, 2023 at 2:58 pm #

          I saw that, too. I would not put it past them to try, as they fear the AfD more than any other political organization.

          • mrjlc38 August 15, 2023 at 10:00 am #

            The only thing that will stop all this is financial collapse. Not a few low tier banks, but full stop collapse. Until then, “they” will and can do whatever they want. Not one single American will rise up because if we do, things will magically get fixed overnight and you will be on J6 detail eating bad food in slippers and chains, and the politicians urging you to do it will be on the beach. I have lost all respect for governance.
            Uvalde?? Where are all the cops at? None of you stood up against your own bullshit.
            Doctors…informed consent?? You DID NOT HAVE IT and you lied…all of you lied. Now trying to blame the CDC or the US government.
            Media: people in general don’t believe you anymore, any of it. You are all bloggers unwilling to dead name the BS. Why are you not using your platforms to call for rebellion??…the reason why is because you’re all STILL EATING. When that stops, then we can get to business. Until then, this is the norm. Expect lies from all of it. …where is American Jesus? He has been paid His 1/10 and yet He just watches as usual? No middle east melt down? No beast in the temple?…that means no nuclear Armageddon people. All of this is just marketing. It’s why it Never has longer teeth than inflation or closets with skeletons.

        • DaveO907 August 15, 2023 at 1:34 am #

          One German Green guy who oversees Soros’s efforts to expedite further 3rd world infiltration of Europe is demanding the party members be jailed. He’s the chump in charge of mid-Mediterranean rescues.
          Normally, that is my first instinct as a water man, but knowing how this particular game is playing out (according to plan,) I think him less than altruistic on the whole.

    • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 11:32 am #

      How about his contempt for Welfare gimmies? Do you like that too?

      The Volk are against both the Elite and their welfare clients/janissaries.

      Right – as if the Left doesn’t have positions on abortion and gun control.

    • bill7424 August 14, 2023 at 12:40 pm #

      rudyspeaks : In today’s highly charged Social and Political environment most anything that is found to be factual and true is criticized by the Left as Right Wing Conspiracy Theory.

    • Hardrock August 16, 2023 at 8:50 am #

      Amazing how quickly the roles of the parties reversed. I think it started with Clinton and culminated with Obama. Now Dems are the “big money party” and Republicans represent the working class.

    • rdswysd4 August 16, 2023 at 7:29 pm #

      Amen. I have had it with the term “right wing” being used for anything that the current cadre of monsters posing as “the left” disagrees with! I often have to remind people that perfectly *normal* things that both the “right” and the “left” completely agree with are now designated as “right wing extremist”.

  2. mitchellc August 14, 2023 at 10:02 am #

    The country was destroyed. End.Of.Story.

    Criticizing, complaining or crying are a futile waste of time.

    As Jim observed about karma, we can also utilize the classic Fortuna’s wheel to describe the coming calamitous times.

    It just is – our generations are not special or unique, that this is some kind of weird time in history. It has happened countless times before; it’s just our luck that we happened to be born into this era.

    So, deal with it. How you do that is up to you.

    • Penelope Dreadful August 14, 2023 at 10:05 am #

      Cue music from Carmina Burana – – –

      • Edge Lord August 14, 2023 at 10:50 am #

        Whenever Mitch posts I hear “Froli” by Luciano Michelini

      • Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 11:06 am #

        I once attended a performance of that entire thing by two or three combined community choirs.

        What a weird piece of music.

        Think how it has stood the test of time.

    • Disaffected August 14, 2023 at 10:23 am #

      Calm before the storm, Mitch. Everybody works through the five stages of grief at their own pace, with final stage, acceptance, not necessarily implying passivity.

      • jlmartin August 14, 2023 at 10:58 am #

        Someone once said, “living the unexamined life was not worth living”. I am a fly fisherman, so I’ve had a lot of time to examine life. First there is no such thing as psychology, there is only reverse psychology. If you want something done, ask that it not be done, or ask for something else be done. Whenever I wanted my son to do his homework, I would ask him to clean the kitchen or cut the grass. His response predictably was to let me know he had homework that needed immediate attention. The other failure of psychology is in its definition of a healthy adjustment to disappointment or loss. Anger, denial, bargaining, depression, acceptance may be what they teach in some ivory tower, but in life as it is lived the actual sequence is anger, acceptance, bargain, denial, depression. Let my experiences from fly fishing for small mouth bass in Maine (one of the truly clarifying human experiences in life) illustrate what I have learned. The stream of thought when a fish strikes and is lost goes “oh shit (anger), lost him (acceptance), maybe he will strike again if I cast back to the spot (bargaining), he never got the hook (denial). A healthy response to failure is not acceptance, you do not have to define yourself as a loser every time something goes wrong, a “healthy” denial allows you to go on living. Failure to achieve a meaningful denial would unfortunately lead to depression.

        • bill7424 August 14, 2023 at 12:45 pm #

          jlmartin, A lot of wisdom in your post that I shall take into consideration when things go wrong.

        • DaveO907 August 15, 2023 at 1:37 am #

          Nice post, JL

        • Heartlander August 16, 2023 at 11:55 am #

          Interesting perspective, and maybe it applies to disappointment and loss, but I don’t think it applies to GRIEF, which is the actual context of Kubler-Ross’s five stages. I can’t see DENIAL of a loved one’s death as sane or healthy!

      • Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 11:08 am #

        The work of those death and dying “experts” is falling under question, but not fast enough, IMO.

      • Edge Lord August 14, 2023 at 1:03 pm #

        Mitch’s salve is akin to Stockholm syndrome. Powerlessness and cognitive dissonance conquered.

    • David Webb August 14, 2023 at 11:06 am #

      We are in the middle of the Fourth Turning. My generation has to take at least partial responsibility for it, but it was also kind of inevitable. I tell my kids that their generation will be the ones to dig us out of it and rebuild from the rubble. They’re not happy about it, but I think I raised them to deal with it.

      • Ron Anselmo August 14, 2023 at 11:17 am #

        Good for you David – that’s what it’s about – raising up tomorrow’s young lions.

      • bill7424 August 14, 2023 at 12:56 pm #

        David Webb, Maybe I’m a Doom and Gloomer but I’ve come to the conclusion that most everything that man has conjured up to give civilization a better go at it has carried within themselves elements of their own destruction. And now some of that destruction is being deliberately planned to accelerate civilizations downfall.

      • Night Owl August 14, 2023 at 6:45 pm #

        My son is just 9, but I do the same. It also helps that when it comes to trying to understand how the world works, he sometimes seems many, many years ahead of what a 9-year-old kid should be.

        There are moments where you just know he understands, but you don’t know how the fuck that is possible.

        • Ron Anselmo August 15, 2023 at 12:16 am #

          Excellent Owl – here’s how that’s possible. You are his idol, his hero – his eyes are always on you. He listens to what you say – more intently than you realize.

          You do what a good father does. You live your life and let him watch you. As fathers, when we practice and let our sons watch, there’s rarely any need to preach.

          Strong, fearless fathers raise strong, fearless sons. It’s not always easy, but in my opinion, there’s no more noble or worthy cause.

          Truth told, I live for my sons and there have been times where I’ve decided to live for them.

          Stay after it – stay a good father Owl.

          • Night Owl August 15, 2023 at 4:06 pm #

            Cheers, Ron.

  3. Penelope Dreadful August 14, 2023 at 10:04 am #

    I think the Washington Mob should call its made-men, Weissguys.

    Yeah, that was pretty blatant, appointing him. Which shows they believe nobody gives a hoot.

    • JohnAZ August 14, 2023 at 10:14 am #

      Nobody gives a hoot. Or

      The majority of Americans are too ignorant or stupid enough to even understand what is happening. Early in American history, it was recognized that popular control of the country would only work if the people were educated. Today’s USA is proof positive of that statement as the Liberals have spent seventy years stupidifying the people of America.

      I guess as we are a”democracy”, our government is representative of the quality of the people.

      That is scary.

      • malthuss August 14, 2023 at 10:24 am #

        Are White adults stupid? IQ 100 on average, many with IQs of 110-150.

      • rudyspeaks August 14, 2023 at 10:25 am #

        “popular control of the country would only work if the people were educated”…precisely! Which is why our 12 year public “education” system is copied from the Prussian system of educating obedient soldiers. The difference between the thinking of Adults and Children is Logic…do public schools even teach it? How about Media Literacy? Or a non-Dtsneyworld version of History? No? It’s as though they want us ” too ignorant or stupid enough to even understand what is happening.”

        • buckeyeman August 14, 2023 at 10:50 am #

          Didn’t they actually say that popular control would only work if the people were MORAL?

          • rdswysd4 August 16, 2023 at 7:34 pm #

            Yep. I often remind people that if people can’t practice a bit of self control, lawfulness, and courtesy on their own there’s thousands of people who just can’t wait to take over and control us instead…

        • Woodchuck August 14, 2023 at 11:21 am #

          It seems that rudy may know about the work of John Taylor Gatto, a teacher who has written some books exposing the history of abuse and fraud involved in complusory public education. People everywhere are beginning to notice that home schooled kids are better educated and far more mature than are their public schooled peers. Today our public ed is little more than government sponsored child abuse conducted mostly to provide government jobs for people employed in the system. Terminal federal bankruptcy and failure of the US dollar will end this particular type of education, the resources to support it will at some time in the future not be available. Simple as that.

          Grinding poverty everywhere will also put an end to our “health-care” system. People will then discover, by trial and error, that the education and healthcare system of the former civilization had been parasitic frauds. Home schooling is entirely possible as is being your own doctor at home – all it takes is a pair of balls – something lacking somehow in males everywhere these days. Women on the other hand seem to be out there trying to grow a pair on their own – and they are all failing as well.

          • rudyspeaks August 14, 2023 at 11:36 am #

            “our public ed is little more than government sponsored child abuse “… HAH! You stole my description, word for word! Couldn’t agree more!

          • tuco22 August 14, 2023 at 11:54 am #

            I’ve read John Taylor Gatto’s work on public schools and education. Really rang a bell with me and answered a lot of questions.

          • Islander August 14, 2023 at 12:32 pm #

            I happen to have a copy of his book, or one of them, right here.

            Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling.

            I have only leafed through it

            However, the blurb on the top is “Strong Words from the New York State Teacher of the Year.’ On the back it says, “John Taylor Gatto has just resigned after 26 years of award-winning teaching in Manhattan’s public schools.”

            That suggests to me that the problem with our public education is not the idea of it, but the way it is being exploited for propaganda—like virtually every other sphere of our life.

            Including churches. Interestingly enough, though, Gatto’s last chapter is “The Congregational Principle.” I won’t summarize I just read about half of it), but he states: “Roger Williams saw as clearly as any person of his time and recognized the inevitable connection between dissonance and quality of life. You can’t have one without the other” (p. 85).

          • Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 3:28 pm #

            Islander, I think you are correct.

      • Freddie August 14, 2023 at 10:38 am #

        I’m reading a short history of Guatemala. It’s shocking, really the similarities between the US today and the Guatemala of the 19th and first half of the twentieth century. The landowners owned 70% of the country and controlled pretty much all of the country’s wealth. The indigenous indian population was deliberately kept illiterate. This is exactly the same tactic as is being used in the US today. The population, while not completely illiterate in the literal sense, is very much illiterate in terms of being able to assimilate actual accurate, actionable knowledge about the real state of their world, their economy and their polity. This is made possible through the actions of the education system, the media and the government all working together to create a “fog” of misinformation. The indigenous indian population was also kept in a perpetual state of economic serfdom through a calculated system of debt coupled with wages calculated to be too low to allow debt to ever be repaid; the proverbial “company store” system.
        It is all very familiar to the neo feudal system being imposed on Americans today.

        • JohnAZ August 14, 2023 at 10:43 am #

          Good analysis.

          Feudalism is what the climate change ignoramuses want, along with their masters the WEF.

          You will own nothing, and be happy.

          Paraphrasing that statement,

          What, me worry?

          • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 12:08 pm #

            Capitalism leads to such vast disparities in wealth that Feudalism was inevitable.

          • Yirgach August 14, 2023 at 3:54 pm #

            Very much like the climate, human society and it’s cultures are self regulating.

          • Uncle Bob August 16, 2023 at 10:58 pm #

            So Jarek, given your hatred of “capitalism”, does this mean you’re a hoodie sweating burn out TA at a mid-level college with Mao and Che tapestries hanging from the ceiling and various bongs and roach clips littering your bedroom floor? And, would you agree that there’s a difference between free enterprise as espoused by actual liberals (mostly mislabeled as ” conservatives”), and corporatism (mislabeled as “capitalism” by Marxists) as practiced as private a public partnerships, aka fascism?

      • Lyndy33 August 14, 2023 at 1:51 pm #

        I think the people who you feel are ignorant or stupid are working at their job, trying to raise a family and just don’t have the time or energy to get involved with the current problem de jour.

        And those problems are never ending.

        • Heartlander August 16, 2023 at 12:09 pm #

          I agree. But I’ve noticed that some people just have way better instincts than others, and way better common sense. The vaxxx really revealed the differences. Pretty much EVERYONE I know is overwhelmed with work and family, and doesn’t have or make the time to research everything. But SOME people instinctively said NO to the vaxxx for themselves and their kids. Last year, I asked one of these women (a non-college-educated clerk at a local gas distributor) why she decided not to get the vaxxx. She said, “Well, they developed that thing so dang fast. How could they know whether it was safe and really worked? I figured, give it a few years to see if it’s legit.”

    • Disaffected August 14, 2023 at 10:17 am #

      “Weissguys” That’s pretty good!

      • Penelope Dreadful August 14, 2023 at 11:00 am #

        Thank you!

      • MaryQueen August 14, 2023 at 8:04 pm #

        Yes, I like that a lot. Nice work, Penelope.

    • SW August 14, 2023 at 10:18 am #

      They believe nobody can do a damn thing about it. It’s like giving the middle finger to Congress and everyone else who wants an honest investigation into the last decade that enriched the Bidens. And it will burn up time arguing about it and maybe the hope is something else will take its place in the headlines.

      The entire Biden administration could care less if they’re called out on one lie after another. They just tell a different one — or the same one over and over. Biden knows he won’t be impeached since the Democrats control the Senate and Garland is praying for a spot to open up on the Court.

      • tuco22 August 14, 2023 at 11:14 am #

        Nobody CAN do a damn thing about it. Obama got rid of pretty much everyone who could have. What we’re left with now is a murder of apparatchiks who work like moles in their own way undermining and destroying everything from within, so long as they get their house on the lake and get to live la dolce vita.

    • tuco22 August 14, 2023 at 10:30 am #

      That’s because nobody does give a hoot. All of this is met only with a disinterested yawn, when the lemmings meet it at all.

    • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 12:06 pm #

      Getting there. Impeach Garland? As in remove him? Or does it just mean reprimand him? Censure, or slap on the wrist?

      The Weis guys are not going to remove one of their own. Trump? Oh they’ll remove him. Kennedy? Hell yeah if he doesn’t tow the line. And he’s a towing it so far.

      Study the word. As Confucius said, rectification of names is the first step in reform. That adds clarity to the American, Freedom begins between the ears. You will find that, indeed it used to mean put on trial and if found guilty, remove.

      The Elite don’t like that so they changed it. They didn’t like Jury Nullification either, so poof, gone.

    • DaveO907 August 14, 2023 at 2:09 pm #

      The struggle for the outcome of destiny is writ large in this case. If the “opposition” does not respond with “it’s a matter of life and death for the Republic’ judicial purpose, it means the Owners are on a (the homestretch) true roll and its acceleration will continue to its known end of total repression and domination.
      Mr Anthony’s ballad is a significant moment in all of this.

      Calling Sam Ervin, Peter Rodino, and the other ghosts or sons of principle, be there any left in the Halls of the Bought And Paid For.

      This time it’s for real, not a mere grudge match involving the shifting of the chairs at the table.

  4. richsob August 14, 2023 at 10:05 am #

    I’m too old for a revolution and too young to keep living like this. I guess I will just have to flip a coin.

    • Disaffected August 14, 2023 at 10:24 am #

      LOL! Ain’t that the truth!

    • malthuss August 14, 2023 at 10:24 am #

      how old r u

    • Heartlander August 16, 2023 at 12:30 pm #

      We’ve all got to man up (or if we’re female, woman up). I’m 66 and my gut reaction is “I never wanted to be here for the era when Satan doesn’t just work behind the scenes but is right there out in the open, BARING HIS FANGS and sneering in our faces. I did not sign up for this!”

      But then I look at my 65-year-old sister, who took up gardening only a couple years ago (and now grows her own vegetables and herbs), tries to keep herself so healthy that she can be independent of the corrupt medical establishment, is teaching history classes to homeschooled kids, is helping train adults in getting more self-sufficient, is building and nurturing a sub-community of like-minded people within her local community… in other words, doing the things that Jim Kunstler, Hrvoje Mrcic and their podcast guests encourage us to do — getting ready practically and spiritually for the coming collapse.

      If she can do it, any of us can do it. The key, as I have learned from her, is coolly, rationally discerning priorities, then working on them in a focused, steady, disciplined way. Actually, the real key is she stays close to God, prays throughout the day, and tries as best she can to hear and follow HIS leading.

      Never, ever, ever give up. Never, ever, ever comply or submit. Live life as fully, joyfully, constructively and intentionally as you can.

      • Ron Anselmo August 17, 2023 at 12:35 am #

        Obviously, your baby sister is the product of your tutelage. You’re probably just too humble to take any credit, Amirite?

    • Woodchuck August 18, 2023 at 12:06 pm #

      You’re too old to rock n roll and yet still too young to die? Where’s the middle ground?

  5. JohnAZ August 14, 2023 at 10:08 am #

    No mention of Maui, the latest government debacle in a Blue state. The blame game has already started, no sirens sounded, according to witnesses, Biden refused to comment on the crisis.

    Over and over, government shows its incompetence to handle any form of crisis.

    In the meantime, the border situation gets worse with videos showing the control the cartels have with the migrants in Mexico. Drug mules are getting more daring and more common.

    JHK prophecy of government collapse is getting closer and closer.

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    • DyersEve August 14, 2023 at 10:15 am #

      i’m pretty sure the MIC/FedGov/Blob started that fire. if they say anything it will be reminder of the importance to send more money to stop Putin in Ukraine (?#@#$#@$?)

      • Dr. Zonk August 14, 2023 at 10:38 am #

        This 8/8 eyewitness most definitely agrees with you:

        httpX://wwwDOTbitchuteDOTcom/video/EFD49StBbOVu/

        She appears to be very sincere.

        • Islander August 14, 2023 at 12:45 pm #

          I think she is sincere.
          But . . . for me, not solid enough.

          There is a forensic arborist named Robert –I think it is Brame, who did a show with . . . can’t recall name, on the CA “wildfires.’ (cf. “boiling oceans”).

          Now in this video his last name is not given and his face is blurred out.

          Perhaps he will turn his attention to the Maui fire.

          This vid was done in July.
          Check out also the text and images.
          httpX://action4canada.com/empower-hour-with-forensic-arborist-robert-global-fires-global-control/

          • Not_GeorgeT August 14, 2023 at 2:56 pm #

            Thanks for posting the link ‘action4canada’ regarding the fires and the glaring anomalies if one makes a small effort to scratch the surface.

            I encourage a greater effort and deeper scratching.

            I had viewed it when it was made available. I tell people about it, but lost the link.

          • Yirgach August 14, 2023 at 4:02 pm #

            You might want to read this Substack article:

            “Stop claiming that fires in Canada, Greece, and now Maui are due to climate change”

            irrationalfear.substack.com/p/stop-claiming-that-fires-in-canada

      • Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 11:14 am #

        Even if you believe it was natural and due to land mismanagement and failures in government stewardship, why didn’t all the geniuses who own a lot of property there call out the deficiencies before this happened?

        Oprah was happy to tell her followers the Obama was The One, so she obviously knows everything, and don’t get me started on Bezos.

      • Hereward the Woke August 14, 2023 at 4:39 pm #

        Yep. You can already hear the arsonist pleading in court: “The climate change made me do it!”

        • Night Owl August 14, 2023 at 6:47 pm #

          You win the Interwebz.

    • Ron Anselmo August 14, 2023 at 10:17 am #

      “JHK prophecy of government collapse is getting closer and closer.” ~ JAZ

      JAZ – for collapse, I’d use past tense. Collapse in not an event, it’s a process – too many people waiting for an “event. The country is collapsing – already well into the process of collapse.

      Walk a mile, turn around and take a look at it – you’ll see what I mean.

      • ViceGrip August 14, 2023 at 10:50 am #

        Ron …

        “Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that who cares? He’s a mile away and you’ve got his shoes!”

        Billy Connolly

      • DaveO907 August 14, 2023 at 2:22 pm #

        Yes. A lot of people are living the dread but have yet to willingly identify it for what it truly is. Those of us who have seen it and have not flinched are talking, communing its truth right here and right now.

      • Hereward the Woke August 14, 2023 at 4:40 pm #

        Exactly, Ron. That’s why so many people look stupid when they try and pick a date. It’s a spectrum not a single point. Fourth Turning, meet Law of Entropy.

        • Night Owl August 14, 2023 at 6:50 pm #

          Yes, but there will be a moment for the history books.

          It has not happened yet, but all signs point to it coming.

          That said, what will it mean? So few people seem to realize how big this is and what is at stake.

          • Islander August 14, 2023 at 9:31 pm #

            Per Martin Armstrong (his Socrates computer/program), the rubber hits the road in 2032.

          • Ron Anselmo August 15, 2023 at 12:21 am #

            Islander – I know his program is sophisticated, but are you sure it didn’t transpose the numbers? Feels sooner.

          • Islander August 16, 2023 at 9:00 am #

            I did not transpose the numbers.

            Or, perhaps that was a joke that I took literally??

          • Ron Anselmo August 16, 2023 at 3:55 pm #

            Yep, a joke, but not on you, on Socrates. Maybe 2023 vs. 2032? Nine years seems like a long time before we go full-on medieval. Gut instinct says sooner.

          • Islander August 17, 2023 at 7:07 am #

            Somewhere (more than once I am sure) Armstrong shows with one of his visuals (with colored bars for different categories and dates) that basically all of the bad bars line up in 2032.

            I think that is how Socrates works.

            To me one of the weird things about the Eco 2100 (linked by Night Owl down-thread) horror “documentary” (really a horror fantasy film) is how many of the “solutions” that the farsighted pepole of “now” are (1) high tech/energy-intensive and (2) fail. Even i the technological fantasy pipe dreams of our “leaders” and “planners” and “engineers” are a bust.

            So, the obvious conclusion is the the high-tech medicine concocted for the masses to take did not work. So then, it is back to basics: Lockdown and total control.

            One idea that is not mentioned is to stop all wars (the biggest polluters); stop poisoning Nature for profit; let nature take its course; and adapt as best we can in the various local circumstances that will develop.

            The whole film—an animated comic book punctuated by “serious” fear porn from experts— looks to me like a brief for Green Fascism and global control.

    • tuco22 August 14, 2023 at 10:32 am #

      I’m surprised they haven’t blamed it on white supremacy. Wasn’t that the greatest threat to the nation just awhile back? It’s interesting this comes on the heels of the fires in Canada, all blamed on climate change, of course.

      • Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 11:23 am #

        Bobby Jr. says it’s mostly from neglect of the land. Fine.

        Okay, climate, climate change was a little bit of a factor. Not fine.

        Now he’s going to bring the climate nuts and the rest of us together in perfect harmony, like on that Coke commercial from the 70s, the era he seems to be stuck in.

        This was the good part:

        “Everyone can get behind land + water healing whatever their views on climate change.”

        This cancelled everything that went before:

        “As President I am going to unite climate activists and skeptics in an environmental renaissance the likes of which we have not seen since the 1960s.”

        https://twitter.com/RobertKennedyJr/status/1690038716285526017

        He has insulted my intelligence here. I am not a skeptic when it comes to the climate nuttery. I have no wish to be united with the climate activists.

        Come to think of it, I have no wish to be united with any activists at all. Activist is a word that needs the definition changed, because what it really means is a self-righteous loon who can’t stop bothering other people.

        • oldandtired August 14, 2023 at 11:49 am #

          Beryl,

          Back in the day we called activists what they really are: shit-disturbers.

        • Q. Shtik August 14, 2023 at 12:18 pm #

          I have no wish to be united with any activists at all. – BofO

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

          As I suggested recently, Jesus was a political activist in his day.

          • Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 12:34 pm #

            Jesus was The Christ. He was here to fulfill a prophecy.

            I have no wish to be associated with any people who think they are Jesus.

          • Q. Shtik August 15, 2023 at 12:11 am #

            Jesus was The Christ. He was here to fulfill a prophecy. – BofO

            ==========

            Jesus was here because his mother gave birth to him after getting pregnant the old fashion way.

          • Anthea August 15, 2023 at 12:28 am #

            Jesus was not a political activist. That’s absurd.

        • Islander August 14, 2023 at 9:34 pm #

          I saw a video that was taken from a helicopter that flew along the coastline. So you could see the town and the waterfront, and the fields and hills beyond.

          It looked to me as though there was quite a clear line—like, a border line formed by a street— between the grey-black devastation in the foreground and the yellow-green rolling fields in the background.

          But if the grass was that dry, surely it would have caught fire.

        • Michael Sherman August 15, 2023 at 9:14 pm #

          “Come to think of it, I have no wish to be united with any activists at all. Activist is a word that needs the definition changed, because what it really means is a self-righteous loon who can’t stop bothering other people.

          Oh, so you mean like GOP-dominated State Legislatures?

      • MaryQueen August 14, 2023 at 8:09 pm #

        They’re going to interweave climate change, white supremacy, “healthcare” and “safety” into one big ball of totalitarian hell for the entire planet.

        So I think they have already mostly dropped blaming everything on racists – that was just a means to an end.

        Same with the transgenders.

        It is about to get interesting.

        • Heartlander August 16, 2023 at 1:04 pm #

          The big, big goal is reduction of human population by 90 percent or more, facilitating the complete control of the smaller number of humans who remain.

          Climate change, caused by “overpopulation,” will be used to impose mass MANDATED contraception, abortion, and sterilization. (That is coming SOON, mark my words.) Bill Gates used to talk about wanting to put sterilants in the water supply. The “Covid” “vaccines” — which are killing people of all ages and, significantly, sending rates of infertility, miscarriages, and stillbirths skyrocketing — are a big step in the depopulation program.

          The Evil Ones already have control over most people’s minds via the information space that we swim in and breathe, like fish in water. News media, entertainment, pop culture, education, etc., are the water we swim in, and it shapes our view of reality.

    • neurodoc August 14, 2023 at 10:36 am #

      Given the incompetence of government, one might ask, ‘what the hell are we paying taxes for?’

      • JohnAZ August 14, 2023 at 10:46 am #

        So that the government can pay 60% of their bills.

    • tuco22 August 14, 2023 at 10:39 am #

      Biden presides over a largely lawless nation with a crumbling infrastructure, despite the vaunted bipartisan infrastructure bill, and a collapsing economy. This will be his “legacy.”

    • BackRowHeckler August 14, 2023 at 12:22 pm #

      Govt. collapse oh no.

      What’s gonna charge up the EBT cards? Who’s gonna pay for sex change operations for members of the US Navy & US Army? That sh#t is expensive.

      • MaryQueen August 14, 2023 at 8:09 pm #

        They’ll probably continue those, but stop things like allowing the poor to eat.

        • Woodchuck August 18, 2023 at 12:17 pm #

          Once some issue or another stops the 18 wheelers from operating, most everyone living in urban/suburban suburban areas will die if some way isn’t found to bring in emergency food. They will die either fighting over food or because of starvation and malnuitrition. The rest of the world will be watching and adjusting their beliefs and plans accordingly.

    • jgalt August 14, 2023 at 3:45 pm #

      Let me offer an explanation of the ongoing border fiasco/trauma. Since the Biden’s, especially China/cartel Joe never do anything without grift or bribes, you can reasonably assume the cartels have paid them handsomely to turn over control of our Southern border. Joe’s removing our military contingent recently sort of proves that point. Since the cartels are making billions $ from drugs and human trafficking, 20-30d million $ would have been reasonable. With our justice system totally corrupted, no chance of being punished for their treason. And, wait for Joe to issue an executive order for illegals to vote, after spending many billions for their care and comfort. Along with antifa and blm, the millions of military aged men form the new storm troopers for the Demoncraps. IMHO!

  6. DyersEve August 14, 2023 at 10:16 am #

    and also pretty sure Merrick “Undertaker” Garland knows he can’t and it doesn’t matter what he “can’t” do – he will doggone do it anyway. Stop me.

    • JohnAZ August 14, 2023 at 10:31 am #

      Consider it might be the climate change zealots trying to energize their ranks.

      What better place to show off than Maui.

      • Disaffected August 14, 2023 at 10:34 am #

        True that. Talk about making a splash.

      • Heartlander August 16, 2023 at 1:33 pm #

        It is IMAGES, shown over and over and over on TV, that traumatize the public and make them go along with the cabal’s plans.

        Think planes going into the Twin Towers. Over and over and over. As a result of those images seared deeply into people’s brains, people went along willingly — even eagerly — with the Patriot Act and the national-security surveillance state.

        Think people falling down dead in the streets of Wuhan, and hospital wards in Northern Italy with dozens of beds lined up with patients on ventilators. And they showed those images over and over and over. The horror and trauma this caused in people made them willing to go along with everything that followed — labeling their fellow citizens as “essential” or “non-essential,” banning church services, closing schools and businesses, bankrupting people, physically and psychologically harming their own children by putting masks over their mouths and noses, and finally, lining up for a totally novel and unproven genetic injection. All for a disease with a 99.97% survival rate. All because of those damn images broadcast non-stop in the early spring of 2020.

        Neuroscientists say that pictures can be powerful, but that MOVING images — video feeds — are uniquely powerful in that MOVING images, such as TV and movies (or now, YouTube and such), go DIRECTLY into our subconscious, bypassing our conscious filters of reason, logic, comparison-making, and discernment. (I first read about this in Jerry Mander’s classic book “Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television.”)

        The Evil Ones know this and use this. The current project is fires on Maui. A woman I know who watches CNN is a perfect example of the effectiveness of those images being shown all day, every day. Maui is all she can talk about. Though she was not a climate change True Believer before, I expect she will be one before too long, if she has not already become one, thanks to those 24/7 images from Maui.

  7. lizharmon August 14, 2023 at 10:17 am #

    Leftardica’s moral code boils down to this: If white males are for it, I have to be against it. It runs no deeper than this. If white males like this song, I hate it. If white males like Sound of Freedom, I hate it. If white males are against abortion, then I am for abortion. If white males call out Jeffrey Epstein for running a child sexploitation racket, then I am in favor of molesting children. This is the corner the left has painted itself into. Unfortunately, the right is not much smarter. The good news is that normal people (which is the vast majority of us) know who is full of shit. We don ‘t need moderators or censors to tell us. We inherently know. It is getting increasingly more difficult to stay quiet about it

    • Ron Anselmo August 14, 2023 at 10:28 am #

      Liz – why is there even a thought about staying quiet about it? I don’t understand.

      This I do understand though – getting loud about it will not change anything – not one thing. There’s a long list of people that need to get throat-punched.

      It can even be done quietly.

      • ViceGrip August 14, 2023 at 11:06 am #

        Ron …

        “The only way to overcome evil is to let it run itself to a standstill because it does not find the resistance it is looking for. Resistance merely creates further evil and adds fuel to the flames. But when evil meets no opposition and encounters no obstacle but only patient endurance, its sting is drawn, and at last it meets an opponent which is more than its match.”

        Dietrich Bonhoeffer
        ‘The Cost Of Discipleship’

        • DaveO907 August 14, 2023 at 3:21 pm #

          And so they hung him exactly one month before the surrender. And I do consider him a very stand-up guy
          So, did he give up his own life Christ-like following the above quotes, even as the Red Armies and the Western Allies were giving up their own lives for their own defined purposes of sacrificing all if necessary? Just as were the Germans and their allies being concurrent with their “beliefs” of being ‘good’ in the face of their foes’ designated evils? Then again, were they all—us and them ‘just following orders’ while caught up in the vast forces of ‘good vs evil’ as shaped and defined by their nations’ leaders?

          His above chosen (enlightened?) theocratic notions–were they a win or a loss to himself? To humanity?
          Elevating Bonhoeffer to sainthood based on the excerpt above seems illogical, even to and by himself for his previous stands in that he had already chosen to resist and like The White Rose Society—they were not morally or theologically conflicted—were condemned by what they defined as Evil.

          I have yet to see Bonhoeffer’s theocratic musings above play out in any way effective or as an enduring truism. In my mind they are just that: musings. Inspired, yes. Constituting reality? I’ll need examples, beyond faith. I lack that, admittedly, if not sadly as well.

          For the “Good Guys” won WW II, and by their actions over the years proved just as susceptible, or were already in numbers bearing those same seeds of capacity for evil. Same as today, largely. Note how it is generic in psychopaths, already there in the hard wiring, pre-propagated and growing (this is nature at work) within themselves. Even as the war was all, their personal chessboards retained their primacy.

          Those directing the slaughter had their own agendas even before the spark of war had been ignited—by their own hands. Allen Dulles’s actions in WW II, and pre and post-WW II prove quite illuminating in how some to greatest effect, lead from the shadows, forcing history to their will. “The Good Guys…”

          And if we still residually define ourselves, our country, our leadership as the moral victors from that largest human slaughter of all time, then just look around and see what we have (inevitably) become. Had we followed Bonhoeffer’s advice, just where do you believe we would actually be, other than here?

          Woe unto Sisyphus! Woe unto Prometheus! Woe unto us.

          Yet the spark and the flickering flame keep on burning within each of us—to varying degree.
          Now ain’t that a thing?

      • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 12:25 pm #

        Russia not doing anything about Ukraine? They would have loved that. Persecuting the Russians there until they fled en masse back to Russia, cursing Putin with every breath they took. His popularity would plummet, empowering the Opposition and opening up the possibility of a successful color revolution.

        Meanwhile Ukraine would be turned into a Masterpiece of the New World Order.

    • NickelthroweR August 14, 2023 at 10:38 am #

      You left one thing out – if white males are against genital mutilation then the left favors sterilizing their children.

      It is the craziest thing I’ve ever witnessed.

      • Ron Anselmo August 14, 2023 at 10:43 am #

        Nickel – it’s a self-solving problem.

        • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 12:29 pm #

          In a test tube. But in the real world there are many outside factors than mitigate against a recovery and return to normal.

      • tuco22 August 14, 2023 at 11:16 am #

        You could have a lot of fun with that mentality. Think of what you could get them to be FOR if white males were against it?

        • RD3 August 14, 2023 at 11:48 am #

          I’ve seen the Left dust off their “state’s rights” argument on occasion when it suits them and they were insistent on every citizen in Ukraine having a semi-automatic weapon. Their mendacity and lack of scruples is breathtaking. The elites are infinitely-malleable shape-shifters.

          • Islander August 14, 2023 at 12:52 pm #

            “States’ rights” are OK if it means states are “laboratories for democracy,” like California with its emissions stnadards and now EV madness.

            Back when we were still at “emissions standards” I thought this “laboratory” idea was great. I gthought there should be emissions standards—and I still do, actually.

            Now that I look at CA and what it has become, or at least its cities and its impractical green madness, I am less enthusiastic about that version of states rights.

            Except, well, I guess in a way the “laboratory” idea has kind of worked!

            Just not in the way leftist states’ rights advocates expected.

            Now, states as laboratories for rolling back woke ideologies in public institutions is . . . uh-oh, populism!!

      • DaveO907 August 14, 2023 at 3:35 pm #

        I was late, only a few years ago seeing most of “Idiocracy.” What we bear witness to today illustrates how the future can be so much closer at hand than we ever thought possible, let alone plausible.

        Our Adversary’s incorporating mass psychological manipulation combined with its inexhaustible funding stream makes for a very daunting foe.

        Most everything we are exposed to enmasse is a psy-op, requiring negotiating a perilous path on a cliffside, we must not deviate too far from the trail we know and understand or we end up in a cul de sac from which it is impossible to turn around. Leaving only the Abyss as the way out.

      • Michael Sherman August 15, 2023 at 9:21 pm #

        Yes, it is crazy, but then again, it’s made-up handwringing for the righteous few who “know”, right?

    • JohnAZ August 14, 2023 at 10:39 am #

      The majority of the Leftwing are White????

      Why is that?

      Liz, if memory serves me, a voting block called suburban housewife, mostly White, voted for Biden in 2020.

      To me, voting for the Democrats for Whites is like playing Russian Roulette.

      • tuco22 August 14, 2023 at 11:18 am #

        Biden wasn’t rude and crude, like Trump, and the media associated Trump with the social unrest the democrat party and its governors across the nation allowed to occur, so Biden was the obvious “peace and safety” choice. Women will always vote emotionally. That’s why abortion was such as successful political ticket for Protasawicz in Wisconsin.

        • Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 11:27 am #

          Everybody votes emotionally. Some of us just don’t know what are emotions are.

          • Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 11:47 am #

            “Our”.

          • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 12:27 pm #

            Every woman votes emotionally. Men, at their best have values and they vote based on those.

          • Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 12:35 pm #

            Jarek you dope. Where do our values come from?

          • Islander August 14, 2023 at 12:54 pm #

            Jarek is a dope.

            But I guess he is OUR dope!

          • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 1:30 pm #

            From women, Ber? Lol. Morality is masculine. Women love to get away with shit. They refuse categorically to take responsibility for anything, using men as their scape goats for everything.

            Projection is their modus operandi, their first go to, always.

          • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 1:34 pm #

            Thank you, Islander. Not for nothing are you our Leader against Mary and her horde of minions.

          • MaryQueen August 14, 2023 at 8:13 pm #

            When Jar is behind you, that should signify how low you’ve sunk.

            Congrats, Islander!

          • Islander August 17, 2023 at 7:10 am #

            The absurdity of the Queen’s comment is delightfully obvious!

        • BackRowHeckler August 14, 2023 at 12:31 pm #

          Social unrest is some young single mother objecting to her little kindergartner being compelled to sit thru Tranny Reading Hour, where a hairy, 350 lbs. Tranny Freak From Hell prances around waving his Johnson in the little one’s face.

          That’s the social unrest Garland, the FBI & their elitist lefty allies are determined to crush.

          • tuco22 August 14, 2023 at 12:49 pm #

            Because to them, it IS social unrest, as they have convinced themselves that they are in the majority. I mean, after all, the president hung a pride flag from the white house, for heaven’s sake, right? So by extension, anyone NOT on board with all that is an evil minority and no doubt on an FBI hate group list.

          • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 1:31 pm #

            The Pride Flag is the real flag of the United States.

          • BackRowHeckler August 14, 2023 at 3:02 pm #

            Well, it’s the flag hanging off many US embassies, along with a giant poster of George Floyd wearing a halo on his head.

          • Rooftop Observer August 15, 2023 at 9:33 pm #

            I think the whole thing is just a moral panic created by the right as part of their whole anti-woke culture war BS.

            The only drag shows I’ve seen have been late at night in bars and I wouldn’t even consider those to be “explicit.” It’s a person in a great outfit walking around lip synching a fun song. Kids can look up much more explicit stuff on their phones all day long.

            Conservatives know they can get votes by whipping up a bunch of outrage and fear among their voters so they pick out these things that are not even real problems and turn them into crises (viz MTG et al).

            Any groups of people who are not straight white cis Christians are fair game for them. I don’t believe any of their crap. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say no one is putting on “explicit, inappropriate” drag shows for kids, and no one ever has.

          • Ron Anselmo August 16, 2023 at 2:02 am #

            Rooftop Observer – what color is he sky in your world?

          • Ron Anselmo August 16, 2023 at 2:03 am #

            *the* – but you understand my question, right?

        • Anthea August 16, 2023 at 12:34 am #

          @ tuco22:

          I’d say it’s more that everyone votes according to what they perceive to be in their interests. (Actually, people BELIEVE those things that they perceive to be in their best interests.) Voting decisions are really pretty pragmatic. Most liberals are government employees/retirees, or on the tit in some other way. As far as they’re concerned, the more power the government has, the better.

          If women tend to vote in favor of abortion or in favor of other policies that (supposedly) benefit women, the voting choice is pragmatic, rather than emotional–however much the argument in favor of certain policies is couched in emotional terms.

      • Paula D August 14, 2023 at 12:13 pm #

        “Housewife” is a term for a woman who stays at home and tends the children while the husband works to pay their bills.

        It is beyond stupid to believe that they are a voting bloc of any size.

        • Paula D August 14, 2023 at 12:13 pm #

          And it has been like that for 40 years.

          • Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 12:42 pm #

            The “housewife” thing was just a blip in the middle part of the 20th century, really.

            The idea that a woman’s place is in the home came and went.

            And no, it isn’t a bunch of feminists who think this. Talk to working mothers of any demographic.

            The idea that marriage and motherhood is an agreement to 20 plus years of house arrest is over.

            Kiss that shit goodbye.

            People still don’t understand how much of that was a creation of Madison Avenue and television.

          • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 1:36 pm #

            A woman’s place is in the home. So is a man’s. You have embraced Corporate Culture and “work”. What an er-ror (emphasis on the 2nd syllable). Some priests talk like this, lol.

            Ollie is out front with the dogs picking his gui-tar. You’re in the kitch dishing up up the medicine. What’s not to love?

          • Heartlander August 16, 2023 at 1:54 pm #

            Beryl,

            “House arrest”?

            What a way to dismiss women who choose to be at home raising their own children instead of turning them over to government indoctrinators, who choose to grow a garden and prepare healthy meals from scratch instead of feeding their loved ones processed junk, who choose to be the managers of their own households, instead of being the servants of some corporate manager all day….

            Have you ever read Wendell Berry? Everyone should read Wendell Berry. I bet Kunstler has. I have met Wendell’s wife, Tanya Berry, his partner and help mate. She was an at-home mom when their kids were young, and she helps her husband on their farm every day. She is a smart, confident woman, the furthest thing from a dishrag or a doormat. If you suggested that she was under “house arrest,” she’d probably just laugh. Or perhaps just pity you.

      • DaveO907 August 14, 2023 at 3:41 pm #

        Yeah, but ponder this too. Trump got them in 2016, not the hardcore Dems, but a majority of women, iirc. That had to be Hillary Aversion Syndrome at work to some large extent.
        And I applaud them for it. The actual results of the 2020 sweepstakes are forever it seems, clouded. My opinion, of course.

        • tuco22 August 14, 2023 at 4:11 pm #

          I think a lot of women despised her for sticking with Bill after his peccadilloes in the oval office were proved true.

          • DaveO907 August 15, 2023 at 1:51 am #

            And some significant number are sharp cookies, as evidenced in this community.

    • SW August 14, 2023 at 10:40 am #

      The big club at the top of the heap will welcome anyone who’ll add to their power and work for them to stay in power. And they’ll shield them from the law but sometimes that breaks down. Sam BF got thrown in jail last week (finally) b/c the arrogant twit thought he could tamper with the jury and get away with it. Epstein got too well known so had to be disposed of and low IQ Andrew thrown under the bus instead of high IQ Americans.

      The Democrats are only going to be able to pretend this is politically motivated — the “persecution of poor, recovering addict Hunter — for so long. The Blue Dogs will never admit reality but evidence is piling up.

      • Paula D August 14, 2023 at 12:15 pm #

        The evidence is piling up, but the Democrats continue to ignore it, as pointed out by the Babylon Bee, and illustrated by our resident shitlibs, who show up every week to lambast our host for his deviance from their doctrines.

      • tuco22 August 14, 2023 at 12:33 pm #

        Does anyone think the deep state will arrange an unfortunate accident for Hunter? Will he, because of his crack use and the people with he associates to get it, become a liability to the state? Or has he already?

        • SW August 14, 2023 at 1:16 pm #

          He’s been a liability for a long time — like his entire life after puberty. They’re going to fight on is my guess and the MSM will keep it as quiet as possible. There’s nothing on the national news about this. It’s all about the weather, the disaster in Maui and the brawl on the dock.

          • Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 2:44 pm #

            ‘Dad, we have a problem. I left my laptop at the repair shop. And Joe looks at him and says, what’s on it, son?’”

            And Hunter looks back and he says, ‘every single crime that you’ve ever committed, dad.’

          • SW August 14, 2023 at 4:39 pm #

            There’s more to this family drama than we know. Hunter and Joe are in a prisoners dilemma where each could turn the other in or cooperate to show a united front. It looks to me like Hunter maybe on an unconscious level wants to destroy his father. I remember a picture of him and his brother in the hospital after the car accident and Joe there with reporters and photographers exploiting this terrible tragedy.

        • Hereward the Woke August 14, 2023 at 4:44 pm #

          Hunter already IS an unfortunate accident.

    • RD3 August 14, 2023 at 11:52 am #

      This attitude an outgrowth of New England fallen Puritanism.

      • Islander August 14, 2023 at 12:57 pm #

        Which attitude are you referring to?

    • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 12:21 pm #

      Conservatism is Liberalism with the breaks on. Tucker Carlson’s gleeful support of Gay Marriage now that it is no longer controversial in a perfect example of this.

      Even Hillary and Obama used to be against it, and thus more conservative than Tucker is now. Maybe he was always for it too?

      • WilliamShatnersPants August 15, 2023 at 10:06 pm #

        With Tucker, you can never know. He will say what is convenient and/or profitable, especially to fit with the narrative his base holds as ‘truth’ – such as the evidence in the Dominion Voting Systems case. He’s an empty suit.

  8. Miss Demeanor August 14, 2023 at 10:20 am #

    A couple possibilities:
    No one in charge will do anything
    No one in charge can do anything
    There’s no one in charge

    • Ron Anselmo August 14, 2023 at 10:41 am #

      Beautiful – I’ll take door number three.

      • Paddys Lament August 14, 2023 at 11:40 am #

        It’s the old Monty Hall problem. Except there’s no Corvette or trip to Cancun for you. You’ll get a donkey or an elephant.

        • Ron Anselmo August 14, 2023 at 12:24 pm #

          …or a crossbred hybrid…a donkant or elephkey…

    • DaveO907 August 14, 2023 at 3:43 pm #

      H/T and a bow. My cape is yours upon to tread should you encounter a puddle in the street.

      • DaveO907 August 14, 2023 at 3:45 pm #

        The above @Miss Demeanor

  9. redrock August 14, 2023 at 10:23 am #

    A firing squad is in order for the DOJ. These fuckers have committed treasonver it.. Should only take a truckload of bullets. The EPA will fine us for the smoke emissions but a go fund me should co

    • tuco22 August 14, 2023 at 10:33 am #

      When the Chinese come, there are going to be a lot of people surprised to find themselves up against a wall waiting to be shot.

      • tuco22 August 14, 2023 at 12:35 pm #

        Instead of in the seat at the table they were promised.

      • jgalt August 14, 2023 at 4:02 pm #

        Thus the constant push by the Chinese, and not just Demoncraps, to disarm Americans. Thank God for the approximately 60 million hunters and their firearm proficiency. If even a third or half refuses to lie down, or bow down, we may have a chance. Just remember, before shooting Chinese or other invaders, take time to shoot the leftists behind you. They are the biggest danger as they have proven.

        • tuco22 August 14, 2023 at 4:15 pm #

          They’re pretty much stalled in the advance of their agenda by the 2nd amendment, and so they’ve been working hard over the past at least 20+ years to convince Americans that they don’t need a 2nd amendment and that guns are actually a liability to them. And with each “mass shooting” they gain more adherents.

        • Ron Anselmo August 15, 2023 at 12:32 am #

          Yes jgalt – to my leftist neighbors, which are very few fortunately, I tell them I can no longer hang around them – that there are plenty of people who want to shoot people like them – and I don’t want to get shot by accident. Makes neighborhood interactions short & sweet.

  10. TPTB-USA August 14, 2023 at 10:24 am #

    “Has a cover-up ever been more blatant?” ~ JHK

    For over a year they have been pushing and shoving, and no one has had a “you crossed the line Jake” moment. They need action so that they can take action.

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    • Islander August 14, 2023 at 12:58 pm #

      Well, Russiagate was a blatant frame-up.

      • TPTB-USA August 15, 2023 at 2:15 am #

        In order to pull-off the coup, martial law will need to be declared.

        In order to declare martial law, they will need justification.

        “Joe Biden” is not hiding his criminal conduct because they need justification to take action.

  11. malthuss August 14, 2023 at 10:26 am #

    Highly trained cartel soldiers are operating in American forests.

    And their grows are fouling our pristine lands.

    And China has its fully built out network here now.

    And Afghan terrorists. (65 acknowledged and whereabouts unknown…)

    And here we are with tyrants in charge and sabotaging America in every way that matters.

  12. JC Penny August 14, 2023 at 10:26 am #

    “Anybody wondering why there is actually no justice in America these days…”

    Because the majority don’t care.

    • tuco22 August 14, 2023 at 10:35 am #

      That’s actually true. They just don’t care. About anything other than their instincts and appetites. I think it’s a kind of spiritual pall that’s settled on the country like a blanket, like dulling the herd just before destruction.

      • ViceGrip August 14, 2023 at 11:16 am #

        Chalk it up as being due to the
        successful downregulation of 82% of the American populations’ VMAT2 gene.

        [Google “Search” won’t fly regarding *this*]

        • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 12:31 pm #

          Tell us more then.

          • Edge Lord August 14, 2023 at 2:00 pm #

            God gene

            It’s responsible for fanatics and followers, so the theory posits.

            They were kinder, they called it predisposition to the “spiritual”

        • WilliamShatnersPants August 15, 2023 at 10:24 pm #

          From Google search:

          “What does the VMAT2 gene do?
          VMAT2 encodes a transporter protein that imports several monoamine neurotransmitters into vesicles in the brain (reviewed in Zheng et al., 2006). Thus, an alteration in the transporter could potentially affect the levels of multiple types of neurotransmitters, resulting in altered brain function.”

  13. John K August 14, 2023 at 10:27 am #

    The FDA didn’t hesitate rolling out Pfizer’s Paxlovid (a protease inhibitor) while they continued to disparage Ivermectin (a protease inhibitor, and more). Of course, a new patented drug makes a whole lot more money than a generic one.

    I wonder if our state health departments that have finally seen the light about early treatment realize that Paxlovid wasn’t even tested on vaccinated people. (See the trial exclusion criteria at clinicaltrials.gov.)

    • Night Owl August 14, 2023 at 10:57 am #

      Were there ever any numbers published on how many took that poison?

    • Heartlander August 16, 2023 at 2:06 pm #

      John K,
      What do you see as implied there? That they know that vaxxed people already have one foot in the grave, so it’s no use trying anything on them? Or something else? Can you clarify?

  14. observex August 14, 2023 at 10:27 am #

    Reading the YouTuber comments to the Oliver Anthony song brings a tear to the eye.

    “I’m an electrician fighting like hell to keep the bills paid and this man is singing what my soul has been screaming. All the love to you, brother.”

    “I work 98 hours a week, 3 month hitches in the oilfield and this brought me to tears. I’m 26 and I’m 3000 miles from home out here in the North Dakota cold just trying to make a better life for my family. Really needed this.”

    “Swedish steel worker here, this speaks to us all. God bless the honest working class, we’re the backbone of the west and they see us as worthless.”

    • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 12:36 pm #

      Ollie doesn’t want to work harder than he has to. That’s the difference. The Yankee bastards (of all lands) may complain, but they want lots of stuff so they’ll keep doing it. He just wants to sing outside his trailer and read the good book to his dogs.

      Watch his song Virginia, with the camera focused on the white dog. Why not the black one? Is this a dog whistle?

      Is he clever like Jason Aldean who didn’t show any Black faces in his video?

      We need such cleverness! The Vikings were reknowned for their cunning, no brutish barbarians they!

  15. Greg August 14, 2023 at 10:27 am #

    I remember a summer afternoon in Athens back in the 00s, everyone enjoying their wine and espressos under the canopies. All calm, laid back, at least seemingly. Less than a week later, back in the USA, Athens had exploded in turmoil. Things can happen as suddenly as a biting dog.

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    • Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 10:39 am #

      I met a man who was at Kent State on May 4 1970.

      He said that the protestors and the guard seemed to be having fun, until they weren’t.

      • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 12:38 pm #

        Everything was jake until the idiots starting throwing cinder blocks at armed men.

        Don’t ever do that unless you’re in blue, urban America, circa early 2020’s.

      • DaveO907 August 14, 2023 at 3:50 pm #

        Damn. That means the FBI snitch/agent provocateur who fired the
        first “Let’s get this show on the road” shot likely ruined what could have been another Woodstock moment.

    • RocketDoc August 14, 2023 at 8:29 pm #

      It seems the Sarajevo Olympics were a similar story. All diverse and international with kumbaya in the cafes and then wham-genocide.

      • Paula D August 15, 2023 at 12:10 pm #

        //sarajevotimes.com/former-cia-agent-claims-they-gave-us-millions-to-split-up-yugoslavia/

  16. malthuss August 14, 2023 at 10:30 am #

    obese people on welfare–code for Black women perhaps?

    Rolling BS wnated Notre Dame rebuilt as a multi cult multi religous
    ‘church’. RS actually put that into print.

    But check who started RS. Theres at least one book about Jan.
    As someone who knew him told me ‘before he came out he was closeted and liked to be put into bondage by a woman’.

    • Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 10:36 am #

      No, I read an article someplace that talks about the rednecks’ contempt for the fat white people amongst their ranks who like nothing better than to get on the government dole through disability.

      I notice the MSM is hard at work trying to squelch any glimmer of racial harmony, such as the Montgomery brawl.

      They want to make it into something other than what we all just saw

      • SW August 14, 2023 at 10:48 am #

        A fight over a boat docking has to be turned into a racial grievance even though it had nothing to do with it. Opportunity to drive the wedge in must always be exploited to the full but the rising crime in cities and the decamping of businesses from crime zones is barely mentioned. The honest people left behind are then in a food desert and then MSM turns around and acts like it’s b/c these neighborhoods are primarily minority.

        • malthuss August 14, 2023 at 11:16 am #

          MSNBC is having a field day with that incident.
          My thought–how many murders happens that day in US?

        • tuco22 August 14, 2023 at 11:22 am #

          Yeah, they did the same thing years ago in a city in which I used to live, where they shoplifted the local grocery store and K-Mart out of existence, and then cried racism when they left.

      • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 12:40 pm #

        What did we see, Beryl? I saw Whites behaving badly against a Black official. What did you see?

        The Blacks took his side, naturally. As did most of White America, but for different reasons. Some because the Whites were wrong. Some because they think Blacks are always right. The Blacks because they think Whites are always wrong.

        • Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 12:52 pm #

          I saw much the same as this, which I posted the other day:

          “It’s the unity in the re-enactment, for me.”

          “we rebuild as a country, starting here”

          “Proof of concept that the American experiment can work”.

          https://twitter.com/naima/status/1688624945998274560?s=20

          I’m not sure how that will post, X has been funny lately.

          Most of what I saw, Jarek, was the reality of race relations in this country, as in every disagreement between a white man and a black man isn’t race-based, and that black people don’t act like the select examples we see in the media.

          • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 1:39 pm #

            In other words, this shows that Whites are no better than Blacks. Uh huh!

            Blacks see it as proof of how terrible Whites are. See what we have to put up with!

            You’re as wrong as wrong can be.

          • Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 2:46 pm #

            Jarek, I can’t be wrong about what it means to me. I’m me.

          • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 5:25 pm #

            Flying might mean a lot to you, but if you step out a window you will still fall. The Laws of Nature are objectively true, no matter the whims of wimmin.

    • Edge Lord August 14, 2023 at 10:57 am #

      malthuss, the SPLC plant likes to hyper-focus on race.
      Just as the left likes to hyper-focus on “white supremacy” and “MAGA’

      • SW August 14, 2023 at 11:47 am #

        Our own dear President said (after a big dose of something) that white supremacy was the biggest problem America faced. I guess that’s why the man who could barely walk got shot dead after a stupid comment on social media. One less worry about! But since there’s plenty of poor whites along with poor minorities, starving them out with inflation should do the trick.

        • tuco22 August 14, 2023 at 12:37 pm #

          The lemmings cared about that as much as they cared when all those Branch Davidians were murdered.

          • SW August 14, 2023 at 1:35 pm #

            That was horrible and a cover up that blamed the victims completely.

          • Paula D August 14, 2023 at 6:15 pm #

            Those children asked for it!

            They chose to be burned alive by living with David Koresh.

          • MaryQueen August 15, 2023 at 9:43 pm #

            They had to incinerate the children to save them from harm.

  17. Islander August 14, 2023 at 10:31 am #

    So, who are “Merrick” Garfinkel’s handlers?

    • Night Owl August 14, 2023 at 10:58 am #

      Well, everyone is Building Back Better, so, IMO, it is not hard to guess.

    • Edge Lord August 14, 2023 at 10:59 am #

      Read into how he prosecuted the Oklahoma City Bombing from DC.
      The German who got away.
      How McVeigh did not appeal, was executed, and his body “cremated”

      • malthuss August 14, 2023 at 11:15 am #

        Tim insisted he acted alone.

        • messianicdruid August 14, 2023 at 3:18 pm #

          Whatever happened to the Terry Nichols interview ?

      • tuco22 August 14, 2023 at 11:24 am #

        Yeah, that whole thing was just a travesty. They couldn’t kill him fast enough, and even walking two-legged vermin like Bill Clinton will get a grave. Does anyone still believe that that Rider truck caused all that damage to the building? Or that 19 middle eastern men, one of whom flunked Cessna pilot training, could fly a 737 from a manual? And do the feats they did?

        • Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 11:53 am #

          A truck was driven into a building from outside, so forever after the general public are locked out of our federal buildings, and we have to go through a security screening to enter.

          That makes sense.

          • Paula D August 14, 2023 at 12:20 pm #

            It was parked outside, not driven into.

            There were explosives planted in that building, just like in the WTC.

          • tuco22 August 14, 2023 at 12:41 pm #

            It was parked outside the front of the building. And afterward, when ATF, etc, were there, there was a witness who said they were looking for additional bombs in the building, and then you never saw that again. A retired rear admiral who was a demolitions expert said that the truck itself couldn’t have caused all that damage. So, look upon that, as well as WTC bombing in 1993, as an early “sacrifice” for political power.

          • Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 12:59 pm #

            Yes, you are correct Paula.

            So police will scream at us at the airport if we leave our car sitting at the curb out front long enough to help an elderly relative get inside the airport.

            Because people drive around with their elderly parents in cars full of explosives.

          • Edge Lord August 14, 2023 at 1:07 pm #

            Paula, the truck was outside, but was supposed to be inside. No matter, the charges were already set/planted.
            Find the interview with the female fed worker who had previously testified before congress, unrelated, for her branch, she’s not a kook, was respected, she saw the charges planted.

        • MaryQueen August 14, 2023 at 8:23 pm #

          There is no way the Rider truck did it. The building was wired with explosives just like 9/11.

          • Ron Anselmo August 14, 2023 at 11:38 pm #

            It was a small rental truck. No, a bigger truck. No, it had nitrogen-rich fertilizer. No, it had conventional explosives. The more they kept changing the story, the more ridiculous it became.

            It was a newly designed (for that application) thermobaric bomb – a two-part munition – ignitions about 5-10 seconds apart.

            The first ignition creates and disperses a highly concentrated vapor cloud of highly explosive material – usually aluminum or magnesium.

            The second ignition sets off the vapor cloud, causing an unusually powerful blast wave – sometimes called a vacuum bomb.

            There were seismic records from Colorado on 4/19/95 that picked up the two separate explosions of different magnitudes, 7 seconds apart.

            Of course, they’ve long since been scrubbed. I used to have copies but can’t find them now.

            Now more perfected, these same type weapons were used on apartment buildings in Ukraine. Look at the pictures vs. the Murrah Building – exact same type destruction.

            The buildings aren’t collapsed, half the structures are “pulled off” by the explosion’s vacuum – blown out, not in.

            The greatest act of “domestic terrorism” ever. Yeah, until 9/11/01, then until the COVID S-Protein bioweapon.

            Problem is the real domestic terrorists are still at it. More to come, I promise you, as they promise us.

          • MaryQueen August 15, 2023 at 9:42 pm #

            Spot on, Ron.

            I read an entire expose on the whole thing, maybe 2 years ago?

            Made me feel as physically ill as 9/11 and the other psyops did, like the Boston Marathon ‘bombing,’ the Vegas shooting and a few others.

            But what hurt the most is that at the time of the OK City bombing, I believed the official story 100%. Same with the attack on the Branch Davidians, and hell, the Jones Town massacre.

          • Ron Anselmo August 16, 2023 at 2:12 am #

            Mary – not to worry. They say enlightenment comes after six decades – you’ve been well on your way. Almost there:-)

        • Q. Shtik August 14, 2023 at 11:41 pm #

          Does anyone still believe that that Rider truck caused all that damage to the building? – tuco

          =========

          Yep. And does anyone still believe that Mary was a virgin? Yep. The mind boggles.

          • DaveO907 August 15, 2023 at 1:57 am #

            Forgive me, Lord. For I am about to trespass on hallowed ground.
            That’s “Ryder,” Q.

          • Q. Shtik August 15, 2023 at 11:39 am #

            That’s “Ryder,” Q. – Dave

            ===========

            I copied and pasted something posted by tuco. Thus the error was his, not mine.

          • Blackbird August 15, 2023 at 3:11 pm #

            “Honest Officer, the quotation marks must have just fallen off. Poorly-made Chinese glue probably.” – the ‘Stick

          • Edge Lord August 15, 2023 at 6:38 pm #

            Yeah who believes that story!
            They had to cross Israel to partake in a census? Seriously?
            That’s maybe what prego before marriage Mary’s mom had to tell her rummy and cribbage group over breakfast at the delicatessen:

            “Goils, you’re never going to believe this! Mary’s census paperwork got lost in the mail and she decided to go to Bethlehem to resubmit it herself. No, she’s not going alone, that nice boy she’s dating, the one with the VERY successful furniture factory, Joseph, well, he’s going with her., should take them about nine months, yep, exactly 9 months”

      • Mick August 14, 2023 at 11:30 am #

        McVeigh was a MKULTRA subject. Might not have been literally called that when his mind was fucked like the UnaBomber’s.

        Anyway, that’s why he didn’t appeal. In fact, he was rather docile through the whole process. The mindfuckery worked very well on him.

        • tuco22 August 14, 2023 at 4:18 pm #

          Did they know, when they planted the charges, that they were planting them in the vicinity of the daycare? Of course they did. Why do you think they planted them there?

        • MaryQueen August 14, 2023 at 8:25 pm #

          Yes, he was, and there is speculation that he wasn’t really put to death. Many said it looked faked, who witnessed his execution.

      • Ron Anselmo August 14, 2023 at 11:40 am #

        Classic US Government Deep State operation, murdering 168 of their own people – killing (at least) two birds with one stone:

        1) Proving ground for newly designed thermobaric weapons (used on the Murrah Building).

        2) Drum up the “Something must be done” chorus against, and shut down the Montana Freeman (you know, those “militia types” like McVeigh).

        Evil (continues to) flourish when good men (continue to) do nothing.

        • RD3 August 14, 2023 at 12:14 pm #

          At the time, dumb Boomer women were petrified that angry, white militia men were going to emerge from the north woods of Michigan and take over the country. My mother was one of them.

          • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 12:45 pm #

            When Judge Roy Bean and a fast draw sheriff managed to restore order to a town, the townspeople thanked them and then removed them from office.

            White Americans are appalled by having to see the violence that has enabled them to have peace and prosperity. Hypocrites to the bone. Women are among the worst now, but they couldn’t vote back then so it was and is many of the men as well.

          • Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 1:05 pm #

            We were told that women were terrified.

            I don’t know that their date of birth had anything to do with it.

            My mother wasn’t terrified of any such thing, and neither was I.

          • Anthea August 16, 2023 at 7:38 am #

            @ Beryl of Oyl:

            Same here. I’m a boomer woman, and I wasn’t petrified and angry, and I didn’t know anyone who was.

            As for Jarek’s example of “Judge Roy Bean and a fast-draw sheriff” restoring order, only to be removed from office afterward, you have to consider what was likely really going on in such a situation.

            I’m not familiar with this particular historical case, but I’ve lived in a small town where there was a lot of lawless behavior. Most of it was on the part of public officials or those connected with them. This was almost invariably because said public officials were scheming for personal gain. Some other people who were involved had little or no reason to think that they’d make money on these crooked deals, but were in favor of them because they wanted to curry favor with the more powerful people. Either that, or they just got a malicious enjoyment out of harming the interests of innocent people.

            No, we didn’t get a new sheriff in town. For the most part, these schemes collapsed with the real estate bust of 2008. (They were mostly real estate scams.) There was one instance in which an egregious loophole, which had allowed this sort of thing to go on, was closed. Was everyone happy to see law and order restored on this particular point? Obviously not. Too many people were in on too many scams.

            So my assumption that the reason why Judge Bean and his buddy met with ingratitude when they restored law and order was because there were a LOT of people in that town who anticipated profiting from the lack thereof.

            That’s the way that stuff works. While there were doubtless some women (and men) who feigned a fit of the vapors when their scam was shut off, vapors had nothing to do with it.

        • tuco22 August 14, 2023 at 12:44 pm #

          Judy Wood called it “dustification.”

    • Q. Shtik August 14, 2023 at 1:06 pm #

      So, who are “Merrick” Garfinkel’s handlers? – Islander

      ==========

      This reminds me of a famous Collingswood High School alum named Michael Landon (Bonanza etc.). His original name was Eugene Orowitz.

      • BackRowHeckler August 14, 2023 at 3:06 pm #

        And a pretty good actor too, Q.

  18. Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 10:32 am #

    I love the segue from fun and humor to serious business.

  19. redrock August 14, 2023 at 10:36 am #

    We don’t need AI. We already have to much of it.

  20. Ron Anselmo August 14, 2023 at 10:37 am #

    Morning Jim – excellent as always. Thanks as always.

    “Tik-tok lectures from the nose-rings-for-lunch-bunch.” ~ JHK

    In the running for one of your funniest ever in the “Coffee on the Keyboard” category.

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    • DaveO907 August 14, 2023 at 3:56 pm #

      Yeah. That one grabbed me too. Effin’ priceless.

      • Ron Anselmo August 14, 2023 at 5:00 pm #

        Right on Dave – ZH even pulled it up the wording in their intro link – priceless it is.

        • DaveO907 August 14, 2023 at 9:33 pm #

          G’Day, morning or evening to you, Ron. Always a sincere pleasure to know your level head is out there figuring on just how we are going to take it to these bastids, mano a mano, or by the bunches.

          Morals. Values. Integrity. Check.

          • Ron Anselmo August 15, 2023 at 2:08 am #

            Thank you Dave, much appreciated, but I can assure you, I’m not that worthy. Thanks for the props anyway – backatcha.

  21. Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 10:46 am #

    I notice that phrase “what you need to know” in the MSM all the time.

    That should tip people off to who is behind it, because where do you hear “need to know” in real life? In the government, and perhaps from your parents. Authority figures, and self-styled authority figures.

    It saves reading the articles, because often in the articles you find information that contradicts what’s in the headlines.

    It spoon-feed those who believe they are “getting” the news in short bursts from their iPhones.

    Throughout the entire covid scam, you can see the agencies and individuals laying the groundwork for their plausible deniability.

    Fauci saying he never told anyone to lock down, for instance.

    • SW August 14, 2023 at 10:51 am #

      Randi Weingarten had the nerve to say in a Congressional hearing that she hadn’t approved lockdowns! She just said she wanted everyone “to be safe.” Astonishing nerve.

      • Ron Anselmo August 14, 2023 at 11:02 am #

        Love to be on a plane with her during takeoff at about a 1000 foot altitude, when the pilot comes on the PA and says, “Folks, we’re struggling to gain lift, we need to jettison 200 pounds”.

        • SW August 14, 2023 at 11:34 am #

          I’ll help. Of all the villains in the covid gallery, she’s of particular interest. The kids in Chicago were out of the classroom for two full years even after the mayor and groups of parents begged for them to be reopened. Instead of listening to them and doing what was best for the kids she took a vote and the union said no, they didn’t feel safe. This was long after the data was in that the virus was dangerous for the chronically ill and elderly. The teachers should have been ordered back to work or told to quit with no benefits.

          • Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 11:56 am #

            She was dictating policy that mirrored exactly what the Chicoms were doing, to the head of the CDC.

            Nobody asked her how it was any of her business, or what made her think she was qualified. Or who she was really working for.

          • Islander August 14, 2023 at 2:58 pm #

            Has any word been more abused and distorted and exploited than “safe”?

            We had “safe spaces.”

            We had “safe and effective.”

            We have “Keep you safe.”

            “Safe” should be . . . safe.

            But “safe” as now become an antennae-twitcher. “What do they really mean?”

            Safe, as in “Safe macht frei”?

          • SW August 14, 2023 at 4:01 pm #

            I think what they mean is “we’ll make sure you’re safe from thinking for yourself.”

          • Paula D August 14, 2023 at 6:17 pm #

            Agree, SW, except I would say “we’ll make sure that we’re safe from you thinking for yourself.”

  22. mitchellc August 14, 2023 at 10:48 am #

    What is the key difference between today and the Viet Nam era? We have the same corrupt executive and legislative branches voting for, funding and enriching themselves via war funding and corporate kick-backs.

    The military is of course all in since this is actually what they do; like tennis players or golfers, this is their hobby/game. So, in no way are they going to oppose or challenge the very system that provides them with a open career path and a shower of financial rewards.

    What of the judiciary? They too enjoyed a tremendous, open ended mandate starting in the 50s by essentially legislating from the bench. They are fully invested in the system, had are as thoroughly corrupt as the other branches.

    OK, we still haven’t identified any core differences over the last 60 years of elective wars. Back then, we had the USSR, now Russia, so even the force : counter-force dynamic existed as well.

    Let’s think this through: if there aren’t any significant differences, why does everyone seem to believe “this time is diferent”? Well, at the risk of having people sighing, ‘here we go again’, let’s go over it once again.

    Resource depletion, population overshoot and environmental degradation. These are the key differentiators, and why this time is well and truly different.

    These factors not only alter the dyamic from a domestic angle, but also entirely change the foreign aspect considering powerful state actors challenging our present standing and global hegemony via the $dollar.

    This is what has changed. It we weren’t under this level of stress from physical factors outside of our control, we would most likely, just like the 60s, keep going as before, accompanied by loud wails of despair while the screws just kept getting tighter.

    But this time things have changed, and since there is no available domestic corrective measure available via any branch, military or state, change is going to be applied from external sources.

    Know that, those who understand what is occurring might have a small measure of advantage, but in actuality, it really is going to be a free for all.

    • Edge Lord August 14, 2023 at 10:56 am #

      youtu *dot* be/6MYAGyZlBY0

    • BackRowHeckler August 14, 2023 at 3:17 pm #

      Wow! 37? Dude got around.

      I wouldn’t hold that against him, E. He was spreading it around which wasn’t unusual back in the day. Besides, he’s not running to be a Saint. He probably shouldn’t have kept a record of his activities in the form of a diary tho. As far as his environmental activism goes, for RFK jr it was mostly about clean water and protecting LI Sound. I think that’s a worthy cause.

    • DaveO907 August 14, 2023 at 4:14 pm #

      Thankee. Well said.
      It’s a matter of looking around and establishing what’s what and conducting oneself successfully within the framework of the larger and dominating reality. So what if it’s not all fun and games that only lead to further illusions. And if permanent, delusions.

  23. BackRowHeckler August 14, 2023 at 10:48 am #

    “Rich Men North of Richmond” appearing on the back (flip) side of “Try that in a Small Town.” You’d sell 10 million copies.

    • Night Owl August 14, 2023 at 11:02 am #

      “Try That” is stylistically too far apart to be on a split single, IMO.

      Also, parts of the solo in that song are so similar to “Beat It” that I could imagine some kind of copyright infringement being filed.

      • BackRowHeckler August 14, 2023 at 3:08 pm #

        Owl, funny you say that. I don’t know anything about music, but parts of ‘Rich Men’ sounded a little like Darius Rucker’s ‘Wagon Wheel.’

        • DaveO907 August 14, 2023 at 4:24 pm #

          That’s the way the (music) world goes round. A regular stealer’s wheel. 200 chimps and Shakespeare’s collected works not so much. Divine spark creativity not so much either. Rarer than hen’s teeth. More-so it’s chemistry mebbe..?

          Or: “That’s the Way the World Goes Round.” by John Prine

          httpx://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZogciFl-udY

          • astera August 15, 2023 at 11:04 pm #

            nice..

        • Night Owl August 14, 2023 at 4:54 pm #

          I just meant that Rich Men is a pretty raw, stripped down song written by a salt-of-the-earth guy on his porch in Farmville. Some of the lyrics are like poetry and delivered in a way the move from almost conversational to verging on tears. It’s genius stuff.

          Small Town is much more in line with modern country music. It’s not a bad song, but it is very polished/almost overproduced by comparison, and the lyrics are simple and the delivery kind of synthetic. Almost feels focus-grouped.

          • Ron Anselmo August 14, 2023 at 5:10 pm #

            Owl – great points – you have a promising future in music reviews. Seriously, great in-depth comments.

          • Night Owl August 14, 2023 at 5:38 pm #

            Thanks, Ron.

            I always enjoy your comments, too.

    • malthuss August 14, 2023 at 11:14 am #

      Where did you get the depopulation WEF stuff you posted in the last thread?

    • workingclasshero August 14, 2023 at 3:28 pm #

      The lyrics might be inspiring to the powerless populist Right, but is the music hokey-pokey lame? More ammunition delivered to the snobbish cultural elite to further paint Whites as dipshits.

      • DaveO907 August 14, 2023 at 4:26 pm #

        How about brevity and clarity being the soul of whatever’s seriously on one’s mind? Especially oppressively on one’s mind…

      • Anthea August 16, 2023 at 7:55 am #

        @ workingclasshero:

        I suppose you must have some reason for considering either the song or the musician to be displaying dipshittery. Pray tell us what that is.

  24. Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 10:49 am #

    “These things listed above are…what? Things that Rolling Stone is in favor of? Pet causes? High taxes and obese people on welfare? “.

    I’m speechless.

    • DaveO907 August 14, 2023 at 4:35 pm #

      Several years ago RS was taken over by Jay Penske, Penske Media Group. Jay’s pa is none other than Roger Penske, race car driver of the 60s and founder of an auto parts empire in the same time frame. Da’ is worth over $3 billion, so scion Jay was “well on the way to the races” with a full race cam and custom headers when the flag dropped.

      • Paula D August 15, 2023 at 3:28 pm #

        I did not know that, Dave, thank you. I have heard of Penske, but didn’t know there was a race driver involved.

        By the way, someone on fb was complaining about the post office, so I copied and pasted your DeJoy explanation.

        And then yesterday I got an anniversary card from my sister which took a week to get here, so I copied and pasted it again in my thank you to her.

        Your efforts are not wasted here.

        • Ron Anselmo August 16, 2023 at 4:53 pm #

          Paula – inform your sister, for more speedy delivery.

          Personal mail can be mailed First Class, with a 3-cent stamp or it’s equivalent – three 1-cent stamps.

          Has to be addressed as such:

          Return address: Care of Non-Domestic
          Joseph Smith
          123 Noah Way
          Atlanta, Georgia

          Envelope Address: Care of Non-Domestic
          Mary Brown
          1234 Main Street
          Dallas, Texas

          “Care of Non-Domestic” means you do not reside in the Corporation of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – mail then goes State-to-State.

          Federal mail in the Corporation assumes travel from sender to DC and then sent on to addressee. That’s why it costs so darn much – even though that’s probably not the routing.

          No abbreviations – names & States spelled out – no federal zip code required. Usually a 2-3 day delivery – First Class.

          • Heartlander August 16, 2023 at 7:43 pm #

            Ron

            Just to clarify: do you mean first-class postage PLUS a 3-cent stamp?

          • Ron Anselmo August 17, 2023 at 12:19 am #

            Nope Heartlander – just a 3-cent stamp. Try it, send a cross-country personal letter.

            An educated Postmaster, seeing how it is addressed – will let ‘er rip – First Class. I’ve had mail NC to FL in one day. The joke between the sender and myself was that it sat in the pilot’s lap.

            Some will say, “Oh no, it needs more postage”. Tell them to do their homework and that will resolve their misunderstanding of the postal law’s – “loophole”, if you will.

            There is a prohibition for commercial mail. As I understand it, it has to be citizen to citizen – no other entities.

          • Ron Anselmo August 17, 2023 at 11:42 pm #

            No other *fictitious* entities – which all corporations are – regardless of the Citizen’s United ruling, granting corporations personhood.

  25. Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 10:56 am #

    “A top upstate Dem official and previous vocal supporter of housing migrants there now says he will refuse additional resettlements — after a second local alleged sex assault involving an asylum-seeker.

    The frustrated pol, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, added that the National Guard will start providing security at the three hotels-turned-migrant shelters in Cheektowaga in Erie within a day or two, after he learned the facilities are not safe, according to a weekend report.

    Poloncarz said the county’s “trust and good faith has been betrayed,” including potentially by the New York City-hired firm paid hundreds of millions of dollars to oversee the relocation of migrants from the Big Apple to other areas.

    The county exec said the company, DocGo, “may have interfered” with a Cheektowaga police investigation into the second assault case, which involves a hotel-worker victim.

    “I demanded [New York City] Mayor [Eric] Adams pause all further transportation of asylum-seekers to our community until such time as we can resolve all security issues,” Poloncarz said during a Saturday press conference, according to Spectrum News.”

    https://nypost.com/2023/08/13/ny-erie-county-denies-nyc-migrants-amid-sex-assaults-by-buffalo/

    This eejit had previously referred to these people as “new Americans”, and now he is bellyaching that they were supposed to be “vetted” by the feds but they were not.

    Just how do you “vet” a bunch of strangers from all over the place, you retard?

    Also, how do men from Venezuela get all the way to the United States, and then suddenly become needy?

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    • SW August 14, 2023 at 11:28 am #

      Excellent point Beryl! How indeed. And plenty are bringing families with them. Could the word possibly have gone out that they’ll be housed and fed free?! All they have to say is the drug cartels were meanies and they heard there are no cartels in America?!

      The ways liberals have had to twist and turn logic to encourage illegals to swim the Rio Grande has now backfired on them. It’s hilarious to watch NYC mayor be all pissed off b/c of buses arriving from Texas.

    • TPTB-USA August 14, 2023 at 11:41 am #

      “… the National Guard will start providing security” ~ Beryl of Oyl

      Given all the nonsense, one wonders if there is more to this than meets the eye. Conditioning?

      • TPTB-USA August 15, 2023 at 2:26 am #

        If I were going to declare martial law, it would sure be prudent to have a couple test runs, to work-out the glitches and know that the National Guard would follow my command.

        So as not to be a major undertaking, it would also be helpful to already have them active in key areas throughout the nation.

        Does anyone have the authority to pull the plug on “Joe Biden”? What action would be needed?

    • DaveO907 August 14, 2023 at 4:42 pm #

      The scope of this thing is mind-boggling to the uninitiated. The same thing is going on all over Europe and the UK while the people respond to it the same way as us: slack-jawed and helpless.

      It’s overused but so very true, cognitive dissonance is one of the prime weapons deployed on the field of the Battle of the 21st Century.

      I really hope most of you “get it” insofar as what is coming at us, let alone what is already upon us. Massive but mostly silent wheels inexorably grinding in our direction. Destination on the ticket stub reads Dystopia.

  26. Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 10:58 am #

    Bobby Jr. is getting a little better. He’s trying to teach people a history lesson about his party and the US border.

    A strong border is compassion, not bigotry. It is conscience, not xenophobia. It used to be that Democrats understood this.
    https://twitter.com/RobertKennedyJr/status/1691098139951091712?s=20

    • buckeyeman August 14, 2023 at 11:35 am #

      Geezus.

      RFK Jr. is a lifelong leftist democrat. He is a global warming fraud enthusiast. He opposes petroleum, coal, nuclear, hydro, and wind (at least it it might block his view from Hyenas Port).

      RFK Jr.: “I’m a constitutional absolutist. We can argue about whether the Second Amendment was intended to protect guns.” Uh… OK?

      He’s teamed up with Morgan and Morgan (’nuff said), supports “indigenous rights” (I was born in Ohio, but am I “indigenous” and deserving of any rights?)

      He was expelled from two boarding schools for drug use before being arrested in 1970 for drug posession. His second wife hanged herself after finding his personal journal describing his sexual encounters with 37 women. (Well, DNA runs deep, I guess)

      One thing you can’t accuse him of is ever having a real job.

      OK, he got the Covid/vaccine fraud right. wow. Support this guy at your (our) own risk.

      • Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 12:01 pm #

        Not unusual for a fatherless young man, especially one who has lost two relatives bearing his last name to violence, to act out in a self-destructive manner.

        He grew up and out of it.

      • C.O.Jones August 14, 2023 at 1:29 pm #

        @buckeyeman – RFK Jr. is an old-school democrat who has stated that environmental causes have been co-opted by the authoritarian left who want to control the world.

        RFK Jr. is not anti nuclear – he says he would be in favor of it if it could be made safe. Big if, I know. Where has he ever said he is anti-hydro? or anti-wind? I can’t find those quotes anywhere.

        His quote you mangled was “I’m a constitutional absolutist – you keep your guns.” Check the teamKennedy website for video of him saying exactly that.

        RFK Jr. says he says he is a free-market capitalist and that’s not what we have in the US. We have crony-capitalism which is welfare for the rich. He’s anti government subsidy which angers a lot of people, Elon Musk among them.

        He has been employed as a lawyer for decades, contrary to your assertion that he’s never held a job. He made $7.8 million as a lawyer last year.

        For you to pretend to know why his wife hung herself is disingenuous at best. Repeating establishment talking points about a genuine electoral threat to a sitting president is…well, predictable.

        He has stated that he was hired by Trump to run the Covid “vaccine” program and fired by Trump/replaced by Fauci after Trump accepted a check from Pfizer. More crony capitalism or bald-faced bribery?

        Overcoming addiction will teach a person a lot about life and a lot about God. RFK Jr knows things many people never learn.

        To me, best of all is that unlike Trump, he really is opposed to the deep state. The deep state murdered his dad and his uncle. He has an axe to grind and grinding it would be of the utmost benefit to the average citizen of the US. That makes him a populist or, as the brain-dead right would say, a “commie lib.”

        Anybody who wants to clean up the yard and stop people from profiting from polluting is against the Pave the Wilderness Society that made us so great.

        RFK Jr has stated that he has so many skeletons in his closet that if he could get them to vote for him, he would be king.
        The man is not perfect. Listen to what he says about changing the fact that corporations are running the country and tell me he’s not correct.

        • Islander August 14, 2023 at 3:06 pm #

          Thanks for that.

          RFK’s second wife appears to have been a disturbed young woman who had an obsession with becoming part of the Kennedy family. Marriages are pretty compolicated, and to misquote Tolstoy, “unhappy marriages are all different.”

          Let’s not use a dead woman to thrash Kennedy—really, it brings her down, in memory, more than it does him, and certainly is very hurtful for the woman’s children.

        • Paula D August 14, 2023 at 6:24 pm #

          Personally, I think that Biden’s first wife killed herself, her daughter, and probably meant to kill the two boys.

          If the media doesn’t want you to know something, you don’t know it.

          Kennedy’s wife killed herself long after their marriage ended, is how I heard it.

          • C.O.Jones August 14, 2023 at 6:39 pm #

            Q: Do you know why my last wife divorced me?
            A: No, you don’t. You have no way of knowing what happened
            between two people in a marriage.

            I could tell you and then you would have one side of the story.
            You could talk to one of her friends and then you could repeat gossip. In RFK Jr’s case, you could read some celebrity scandal sheet and think you know something you have no clue about. Bottom line is you don’t know.

            RFK Jr. has endured more family tragedy than most people. He has been strong enough to persevere and he emerged with his integrity intact and a love for his country that drives him to want to turn it around.

            The higher his poll numbers, the more women you can expect to “come forward” and claim he boinked/assaulted/raped them. They never said anything until now because….?

        • Paula D August 14, 2023 at 6:29 pm #

          Bucky illustrates the other side of the takeover of the environmental movement by the Establishment and their “turn the environment over to Wall Street” climate change agenda.

          I think that we should carry on with the original environmental concerns, clean air, clean water, saving species, protecting the oceans, making sure we and our children are not poisoned, etc.

          That is what RFK, Jr. has spent his life working on.

          But Bucky boy has gone along with the climate change agenda as much as any Greta acolyte, just from the other side. That leads to him to falsehoods like claiming that Kennedy’s interest in the environment is limited to climate change.

          He literally claimed that RFK, Jr. has never worked a day in his life!

          Unfuckingbelievable.

          • C.O.Jones August 14, 2023 at 6:52 pm #

            Yeah, Paula D, seriously UFB.

            RFK Jr has made a living litigating and winning more lawsuits against corporate polluters than anyone we can name. He has stated “Show me a subsidy and I will show you a polluter.”

            He has also stated that he can be successful dismantling the alphabet agencies working to assert authoritarian control over you and I.

            buckeye needs to make the connection between corporations and government in this nation. Mussolini said “Fascism – such an ugly word. It’s not fascism, it’s corporatism.” If buckeye has already made that connection, then he’s simply spewing corporate – pronounced fascist – talking points.

          • Islander August 16, 2023 at 9:10 am #

            “I think that we should carry on with the original environmental concerns, clean air, clean water, saving species, protecting the oceans, making sure we and our children are not poisoned, etc.”

            Absolutely.

            It is important to make these distinctions between genuine environmental impacts and their causes and the climate change “explain-all” buzzword for the dumbed-down.

          • cbeard August 16, 2023 at 5:33 pm #

            It depends on how you define the word. Work, to me is hard, hot, heavy lifting, pick it up, put it down hundreds of times a day. Digging a ditch with a shovel. Slaving long hours in a loud, filthy, dangerous factory. Working in the fields on the farm etc. White collar jobs such as lawyers, corporate types and such may be stressful, but to say they work hard is bullshit. Anyone who doesn’t respect and appreciate what the real working class does in this country can go to hell. Very few of our political so called “leaders” have ever done an honest days work in their fucking life.

          • Islander August 17, 2023 at 7:14 am #

            “Anyone who doesn’t respect and appreciate what the real working class does in this country can go to hell. ”

            Pefect example of a straw man argument.

            No one said a word about not respecting the working class.

        • astera August 15, 2023 at 11:17 pm #

          @CO Jones…^^^^thia^^^^

      • elysianfield August 14, 2023 at 1:37 pm #

        “He was expelled from two boarding schools for drug use before being arrested in 1970 for drug posession. His second wife hanged herself after finding his personal journal describing his sexual encounters with 37 women. (Well, DNA runs deep, I guess)”

        Bucky,
        Unless you have seen him in the shower, there’s no telling how deep his DNA runs….

        Just sayin ‘

      • MaryQueen August 14, 2023 at 8:33 pm #

        Everyone here ignored my post about him appointing the CEO of Zionist America as a consultant.

        • elysianfield August 15, 2023 at 11:18 am #

          Mary,
          If you expect the worst from a politician, you will be rarely disappointed….

          • MaryQueen August 15, 2023 at 9:35 pm #

            True dat.

    • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 12:48 pm #

      There’s nothing wrong with xenophobia. It’s natural, a nation builder.

      Xenophillia is the disease, the unnatural, the destroyer.

      You’d secure the border and then allow them all in legally. And then expect that to change anything.

      • Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 1:10 pm #

        Who, Me, Jarek?

        I’d throw EVERYBODY out who didn’t cross every t and dot every i.

        “Dreamers”, those married to Americans who never bothered with the paperwork, all of them.

        I wouldn’t allow “asylum seekers” who didn’t follow the rules to step one foot into the country, and anyone who entered illegally is banned forever.

        • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 1:41 pm #

          As I said, legal is a magic word to you, Trump, Bush Jr, etc.

          Bullshit.

          • Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 2:50 pm #

            No, I said nothing about who I would allow in. I said who I would throw out.

          • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 5:28 pm #

            Ok, valid. So who would you let in and how many?

        • Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 5:58 pm #

          I’d end chain immigration, and I’d end diversity visas.

          IDK about the rest, I certainly wouldn’t have the asylum-seeking and refugee fraud s continuing.

          • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 7:16 pm #

            Just slow down our destruction in other words. Over the edge at a staid 20 mph not a roaring 120.

            You said nothing about form where – as if all immigrants are created equal. Big fail as I surmised. But thanks for confirming.

            The correct answer would have been Zero. No more immigrants at all.

  27. Superfishal August 14, 2023 at 11:07 am #

    Wasn’t Durham illegal as Special Counsel also?

    • Beryl of Oyl August 14, 2023 at 12:03 pm #

      Yes. But double-dipping is a sacred tradition in high levels of government.

    • DaveO907 August 14, 2023 at 5:05 pm #

      Difference vs distinction?
      Was Durham was investigating the government itself, and Clinton Inc and minions secondary parties to it? Was that the distinction?

      I don’t know, it’s all one newsflash same-old-same-old day after day after day. Wearing us down via repetition of the crimes and the news.

      I’ll say it again, we live in a coordinated panoply of psy-ops, it’s what they feed us, inject us with, drum into our heads daily via electronica of all stripage.
      Covert but coordinated. And incessant.

      And I thought Kafka’s “The Trial” was as bad as it could get. It shows to go you (me) how little I knew and how much I’ve learned from swimming out of the main channel and observing things from a remote back eddy.
      (I kinda like it out here, think I’ll ride out the rest of it as able from here in the as far away as possible.)

    • C.O.Jones August 14, 2023 at 7:01 pm #

      Durham should have been arrested for obstruction of justice.

  28. buckeyeman August 14, 2023 at 11:08 am #

    Muhammed Ali popularized the “Rope-a-Dope”. You lay back into the ropes, cover up, and let your opponent exhaust himself punching your forearms. But it doesn’t work if your opponent beats you til you can’t stand up and then does a victory lap around the ring.

    Kuntsler now opines that some no-name bearded guy with an unintelligible song mimics the view from Mount Pisgah and points the way to the promised land.

    That is NOT what is going on now. We are NOT “winning”. We are being crushed. Donald Trump PROMISED us that he would “drain the swamp (Deep State)” yet he did nothing of the sort. For four long years we waited for the idiot to stop listening to his brat daughter and commie son in law but it was all in vain.

    Even now we have pundits like Kunstler marveling at how poorly the left is covering up its (many) crimes.

    “Scott, you just don’t get it, do you?” (Dr. Evil)

    The sad reality is that they are not trying to cover up at all. We’ve sunk so deep that they WANT us to know that they are criminals and THERE’S NOT A DAMN THING WE CAN DO ABOUT IT!

    I don’t know where it goes from here but for Gawd’s sake, please stop pretending that we are “winning”.

    • elysianfield August 14, 2023 at 11:38 am #

      …Yeah…what Buckey said….

    • Dr. Zonk August 14, 2023 at 11:40 am #

      “Kuntsler now opines that some no-name bearded guy with an unintelligible song mimics the view from Mount Pisgah and points the way to the promised land.”

      I think that we can all agree that that is a strawman.

      ***

      A no-name bearded fella changed the world 2,000 years ago, bm. You know that, right?

      [Strawman cut-off: No, I am not saying that Oliver Anthony is the second coming.]

      The young, big good ole boy has struck a nerve and launched a career. Good on him!

      He performed it live at the Morris Farm Market in North Carolina yesterday. With a band including a smoking lead guitarist with two awesome solos and a very supportive live audience.

      httpX://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyImGay9tG4

      I like this version even better than the one that is going viral.

      • Dr. Zonk August 14, 2023 at 12:29 pm #

        I never realized until now … Look at the “random” URL that yt assigned this video!

    • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 12:53 pm #

      If you never hit back, your arms will get so bruised you won’t even be able to hold them up much less hit back.

      Ali could always hit back. And at his best he didn’t fight like that anyway.

      Ali asked Joe Louis how they would have fared in the ring. Louis said, I used to have a bum of the month tour. Ali: You sayin’ I would have been on the tough. Louis: You would have been on the tour.

      My Dad, an aficionado and boxer himself, said Louis was the greatest of all time.

      • Edge Lord August 14, 2023 at 1:39 pm #

        Tyson for me.
        Short
        all black, no satin
        southpaw in a right-hander’s stance
        No softening up
        Straight to the deathblow

        • Ron Anselmo August 15, 2023 at 1:04 am #

          Tyson for me too – a beast, a pitbull. Sometimes he’d get so excitable in a flurry of punches, he’d spring off the canvas with both feet.

          Watch a slow motion right – the torque starts in his feet, transfers to his hips, up through his waist, into his back & shoulders and finally into his arm and fist. The mechanics are incredible. Brutal, raw punching power.

          Watch some highlights – as the referees were giving instructions, a lot of his opponents would avoid direct eye contact with him.

          It was instinctive – like how people are told never to make direct eye contact with a bad dog, because instinctively he sees that as a challenge and will immediately go after you – same with Iron Mike.

          Love him. Check out a video of him in a Vegas nightclub I believe, recently, when a black guy walks in waving a gun.

          Tyson stays seated, doesn’t blink an eye and tells him to put the gun down. Fearless.

      • C.O.Jones August 14, 2023 at 7:07 pm #

        I think your dad was correct, Jarek. Joe Louis was a force of nature. Ali was a master self-promoter.

        One of my favorite youchoob fights is the first Frazier/Ali bout – the look of satisfaction of Frazier’s face when he’s walking back to his corner while Ali lies prone and helpless behind him is priceless.

        Joe Frazier beat the living hell out of Ali. People don’t remember that…

    • MaryQueen August 14, 2023 at 8:35 pm #

      Spot on.

  29. Q. Shtik August 14, 2023 at 11:20 am #

    @ commenters

    (e.g., Maine Medical Board’s persecution of Dr, Meryl Nass). – Mr. James

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

    I would like to point out the tiniest error in our host’s essay today which, if he has gotten out of bed on the wrong side, could cause me to be banned.

    The comma after Dr should be a period.

    I must confess, though, that I have to look at the keyboard to make sure which key makes a comma and which a period.

    • Woodchuck August 14, 2023 at 11:38 am #

      I’ve yet to figure out the point of your work in correcting grammar. My grammar was rather poor until I found myself in Catholic school in the early 60’s. At times when I found myself with too much spare time decades ago in the early days of the ‘net – I’d both troll as well as participate in online forums. There was always in every group a fundamentalist Christian or two that weren’t really interested in the topic at hand, instead they were there to “witness”. The answer to all problems was always the same, read your Bible and be saved! Nothing else much matters.

      Somehow you come across to me as a guy with only a few things on his mind, grammar and a disabled relative. Not much else seems to be going on in your world. But that’s ok by me, I can brag about my garden and talk doom and gloom over and over – and you can correct my spelling and grammar.

      • tuco22 August 14, 2023 at 11:46 am #

        That admonition to read your bible and be saved still is true. God doesn’t follow the world’s rules.

        • Q. Shtik August 15, 2023 at 12:58 am #

          That admonition to read your bible and be saved still is true. – tuco

          ===========

          I have a Bible given to me by my mother on Christmas in 1966. It is a Catholic Bible called the Confraternity Version (God knows how many other versions of the Bible exist. Which one contains the one and only absolutely true story?)

          One day about 10 years ago I said to myself “with all the books I’ve read in my life I really SHOULD read the Bible.” And so I set out to read every freakin’ word of it. I got to page 693 of the Old Testament which ran 1016 pages. And then I stopped and never got to the New Testament. I couldn’t take it any more. The subject of circumcision must have come up hundreds of times in those first 693 pages and yet there was never a mention of why God (or Moses or somebody) was so obsessed with circumcision. I kept expecting that it would be explained as for certain health reasons… like it is not a good idea to have head-cheese accumulate under your foreskin. But nope, not a single word.

          Another thing that came up a thousand times was “holocaust.” This was the ritual slaughtering of animals. I cannot recall any explanation why God would be pleased by the killing of animals. It certainly makes no sense to me.

          I couldn’t take it anymore and stopped reading. Maybe someday I’ll return to finish what I set out to accomplish because I’m nothing if not a very persistent person. But then again, probably not. I’ll probably croak first.

          • Ron Anselmo August 15, 2023 at 1:17 am #

            Q – FWIW, my younger brother, an MD, says that all medical procedures are, or should be, risk-based decisions.

            He says that the circumcision procedure – in addition to being billable – is higher risk than anything one would face by being uncircumcised.

            There’s your answer – its billable – maybe they got a few extra shekels.

          • Q. Shtik August 17, 2023 at 2:49 pm #

            The subject of circumcision – Q.

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

            An obituary headline in today’s NYT read as follows: “Philip L. Sherman, 67, a Maestro of a Mohel for 45 Years, Is Dead”

            A Mohel, also spelled and pronounced Moil, is a person who performs a Jewish religious rite known as a bris or circumcision. Mr. Sherman is said to have performed this rite 26,000 times with a record 11 in a single day.

            The obit contained lots of interesting tidbits about Sherman’s life but to my amazement, and as if to confirm what I wrote about circumcision in the Old Testament of the Bible, this article had not one word of explanation WHY cutting off the foreskins of baby boys got started and became so important beginning thousands of years ago.

            A bris is performed on the 8th day of a boy’s life during daylight hours (why daylight? who knows?). Jewish parents invite many guests to the bris and it becomes like a super-duper birthday party.

            And STILL, no explanation of the purpose.

            Perhaps one of our resident religious fanatics can chime in on this question.

      • Dr. Zonk August 14, 2023 at 11:51 am #

        And you are both reasons why I feel welcome here – we are a collection of nuts. Many of us are eccentrics, walking off the beaten path.

        Q’s schoolmaster’s role makes CFN more fun.

        I did some garden work as a boy but not since. However, I love produce and foresee food scarcity in those dark clouds coming this way. Gardening stories are relevant and educational.

        Doom & Gloom?
        “That’s my main gig!”
        – George Carlin in Outrageous Fortune [1987]

      • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 1:18 pm #

        Q is nuts about things he is obsessed about: Peter, Religion (hates it), Grammar.

        But he is eminently sane about illegal immigrants. The solution is not to let them in. This is a corollary to his approach to individual finances: Don’t spend more than you make.

        • Q. Shtik August 14, 2023 at 5:30 pm #

          Don’t spend more than you make. – Jar

          ===========

          This is so true and so obvious when you think about it.

          I wrote a rather lengthy comment about the first finance lecture I attended in Rutgers grad school. It was night school at Rutgers in Newark, NJ (it took 4 years and 66 credits to earn my MBA). The lecture was three hours and was delivered by Prof Dier. He was terrific. You got your full three hours’ monies worth with Prof Dier.* The conclusion of the lecture was “To accumulate wealth you must spend less than you earn.”

          * He would enter the classroom precisely at 6pm, usually wearing a sport coat with oval leather elbow patches (classic old timey professor). He would drape this sport coat over the back of a chair and begin his lecture while simultaneously writing on the blackboard. He would conclude at 9pm sharp. Ah, those were the days… he’s probably been pushing daisies for decades by now.

      • Islander August 14, 2023 at 3:10 pm #

        He’s not correcting grammar here. He is correcting a TYPO!

        What a friggin’ waste of time.

        • Night Owl August 14, 2023 at 5:44 pm #

          Well, at least he got the correction right this time.

          • cbeard August 16, 2023 at 6:08 pm #

            I kinda enjoy Q’s obsession with grammar. It annoys me when I’m reading something written by supposedly professional writers who seem to have no idea how to use punctuation in a sentence. In some instances the punctuation is as important as the words themselves and the message can be misunderstood due to the total lack of, or erroneous use of puntuation. Now I’ll get called out for my first sentence.

        • Q. Shtik August 14, 2023 at 5:48 pm #

          He is correcting a TYPO! – Islander

          =========

          When someone types “then” where they should have typed “than” is that a typo? No, it is not. A typo is hitting an incorrect letter adjacent (up, down, or next to) to the intended correct letter.

          When Jim hit the comma rather than the period after Mr, THAT was a true typo.

          • Night Owl August 14, 2023 at 5:53 pm #

            You forgot a comma and a period.

            Also not typos.

            Q, Master of Language.

      • Q. Shtik August 14, 2023 at 4:45 pm #

        Somehow you come across to me as a guy with only a few things on his mind, grammar and a disabled relative. – Woodchuck

        =======

        Yeah Woodchuck, that’s pretty much it at the moment but back in the day, before blogs, computers, and cell phones my life outside of work was all about shooting pool (thus my screen name).

        Rarely do I write about politics. I hate politics, politicians, and political pundits. Rather, I write about stuff in my own life like the 3000 mile motorcycle trip I took five years ago up into Canada and westward to Duluth. The 9th anniversary of my brother Armand’s sudden death is coming up next month and I’ll probably have something to say about that as I have on the 8 previous anniversaries.

        BTW, Peter is not doing well. In fact he’s driving us fucking crazy. We are doing everything in our power to get him into a nursing home but it’s not easy.

        • Woodchuck August 14, 2023 at 11:46 pm #

          My longest motorcycle trip was around 1500 miles, but that was done back in the mid 70’s, traffic wasn’t what it is today. I rode as far south as I could along the east coast and stopped in Key West. I was sickened when I went back to Key West decades later for another stay – the place had been ruined and wasn’t the same island it was in the 70’s. Then I rode through the Everglades and up the west coast of Fla and wandered around in the panhandle areas for a while. I don’t street ride much anymore and mostly ride on dirt. Street riding will be safe and more enjoyable again during the long emergency – then there will be little auto traffic and nobody speeding because of fuel rationing. With the new small displacement fuel injected bikes getting 150+ mpg I forsee motorcycling becoming very popular because it will be all people will be able to afford after the shit hits the fan.

    • elysianfield August 14, 2023 at 11:40 am #

      Q.

      I must confess that, with the glasses I am currently wearing, I cannot tell a comma from a period…and I cannot see the keyboard clearly.

      • Disaffected August 14, 2023 at 11:56 am #

        What keyboard? I don’t see nuttin’.

  30. stelmosfire August 14, 2023 at 11:38 am #

    ” No Mas” eh? No More, No More!!
    That was the Duran/ Leonard fight at the Superdome in ’80. Site of the GB II Katrina debacle.

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    • Jarek August 15, 2023 at 2:12 pm #

      Some British Whites on vacation sought shelter there, lol. They built a barricade of chairs to defend themselves. As you know, people were being raped and murdered while they waited for rescue.

  31. Mick August 14, 2023 at 11:49 am #

    I think it is readily apparent why Garland appointed Weiss to be the special counsel at this time:

    “Congressional Republicans want David Weiss to testify about his investigation into Hunter Biden. But now that he’s been appointed special counsel, that is unlikely to happen.

    It is Justice Department policy not to comment on ongoing investigations, meaning Weiss is off limits for congressional testimony as long as he is special counsel.

    The chairmen of the House Judiciary Committee, Oversight Committee and Ways and Means Committee wrote to Attorney General Merrick Garland in June, requesting testimony from 11 Department of Justice employees, including David Weiss.

    The chairmen said these are employees they “believe to possess information concerning allegations of politicization and misconduct with respect to the Department’s investigation of Hunter Biden”…….”

    straightarrownews.com/cc/gop-wanted-david-weiss-to-testify-on-hunter-biden-but-now-hes-special-counsel/

    • Islander August 14, 2023 at 3:13 pm #

      ““Congressional Republicans want David Weiss to testify about his investigation into Hunter Biden. But now that he’s been appointed special counsel, that is unlikely to happen. ”

      Aha! So, he knows a lot.
      Isn’t this the same as suppression of evidence?

      Who is gonna sue to get Weiss removed as special prosecutor, so that he can testify?

      Looks like it should be an easy one, if Garfinkel broke a law in appointing Weiss in the first place.

    • astera August 16, 2023 at 6:17 pm #

      @Mick: “I think it is readily apparent why Garland appointed Weiss to be the special counsel at this time”

      Well, those pieces just keep falling into place, don’t they?

  32. Ed Haskell August 14, 2023 at 11:51 am #

    Mr. Kunstler,

    The communists are in the White House and won’t easily leave. That pattern has been set beginning with the Bolshevik Party of Vladimir Lenin and later on by Mao Tse-Tung and other less notable dictatorial-communist notables.

    Just wondering what they’ll cook up around voting day 2024.

    Cheers

    • tuco22 August 14, 2023 at 5:00 pm #

      Well, for starters, it looks like covid is making a come-back. So, either masks again and social distancing and mail-in ballots, or no election at all. But would the lemmings care?

    • Night Owl August 14, 2023 at 5:48 pm #

      They use communist tactics, but they are not straight communists. These are rich elites that are using tech to create a digitally based tyranny.

      They are techno-fascists; they use private capital and “partnerships” (infiltration) with government to subsume public entities and destroy protective laws created by greater men.

      A more simplistic description is parasite.

      They are parasites.

      • astera August 16, 2023 at 6:22 pm #

        @NO: “They are parasites.”

        See “Industrial Society and Its Future”

        At least he died knowing he was right.

        • Night Owl August 18, 2023 at 7:16 am #

          I need to check that out. Thank you for reminding me.

  33. dale August 14, 2023 at 12:22 pm #

    Consistently thoughtful and excellent. Thank you for keeping this public record.

  34. Paula D August 14, 2023 at 1:12 pm #

    What is the purpose of the media attention on Jeffrey Epstein?

    The media and the Democrats go apeshit over any mention of Pedogate or pizza parties or adrenochrome.

    Any mention of elite proclivities for torturing and abusing children elicits panicked screams and accusations of Qanon.

    Why do they hate Qanon so much? Just listen, they will tell you. It is because Qanon accuses the wealthy of depravity and child abuse.

    You can talk about Epstein’s island, and underaged teenaged girls all you want, but don’t dare mention Podesta’s emails.

    Epstein is a deflection from far greater crimes than enticing teenagers to be paid for sex with wealthy perverts. Note that his victims survived.

    (When I googled adrenochrome to check for spelling, this came up right after the usual Wiki article.
    usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2022/02/03/fact-check-qanons-adrenochrome-conspiracy-theory-baseless/9268681002/ )

    • DaveO907 August 14, 2023 at 5:42 pm #

      I’m glad the co-founder of Wikipedia is hard at it trying to make an honest version of it. He was recently featured on Glenn Greenwald’s podcast articulating the wrongs he hopes to correct with his new venture.
      What money I once naively sent to Jimmy Wales remains a chunk of remorseful lead in my gut.

      • Paula D August 14, 2023 at 6:39 pm #

        My husband also gave monthly, for a while.

        Hopefully, my nagging made him stop it.

    • Q. Shtik August 14, 2023 at 6:09 pm #

      fact-check-qanons-adrenochrome-conspiracy-theory-baseless/9268681002/ ) – Paula D

      ==========

      When print media, in particular the NYT (and now apparently usatoday), tells me something is “baseless” it makes me certain that I’ve hit pay dirt.

      • Paula D August 14, 2023 at 6:38 pm #

        You’ll get page after page of articles from every conceivable source, telling you how baseless it is, if you google it.

        And when Biden refused to debate Trump again, after the first time, they held two town halls, each candidate with their own personal pro-Biden media questioner, Trump’s went after him about Q-anon. She made it obvious that her (and thus her handlers) main objection was their opposition to child sexual abuse.

        .youtube.com/watch?v=cykveQsmO1M

    • Dr. Zonk August 14, 2023 at 8:59 pm #

      “Note that his victims survived.”

      Adding:

      Note that at least some of his victims survived.

      • Paula D August 15, 2023 at 1:06 pm #

        If any of his victims were killed, I hadn’t heard.

        So that proves that the limits on the discussion are enforced, even when it comes to Epstein.

    • malthuss August 14, 2023 at 10:32 pm #

      do not believe anything unless it is officially denied.

      adrenochrome

      pizza gate

      clinton body count

      dead microbiologists

      dead healers

  35. jim August 14, 2023 at 1:15 pm #

    Put me into the – we are into a long process of collapse that will likely include an attempt at what I call a hard totalitarian maneuver. (See the writings of N.S. Lyons, especially “The Chinese Convergence.”

    The emerging psychological revolt (we no longer believe anything you say) among 40 to 60 percent of the population is epitomized by this new anthem.

    The emerging Elite panic is symbolized by the ham-fisted Garland/Weiss decision.

    What may come next because of this panic is a collective elite decision to move from a soft to a hard totalitarianism.

    Our relatively new (since the mid-19th century) mass managerial regime (characterized as something beyond the categories of left or right) consisting of the managerial state, the managerial economy, the managerial intelligentsia, the managerial mass media, and the managerial philanthropy were and are experts at a soft and sophisticated narrative manipulation type of rule.

    But this incipient revolt of the public may cause our present soft managerial regime to begin to default to the use of force or the threat of force to try to coerce stability and obedience.

    The softer approach of narrative manipulation tended to conceal the real scale, unity, and power of the present regime but its hidden and more coercive impulse may now be moving to the forefront.

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    • Islander August 14, 2023 at 3:30 pm #

      Jim:
      Interesting.

      It seems like the Covid op was the most totalitarian situ we have had here since maybe WW2.

      What will “hard” totalitarian crackdown look like?

      Any ideas?

      • Islander August 14, 2023 at 3:32 pm #

        Cancellation of 2024 election?

        We already have a de facto crackdown/elimination of protests and demos.

        People self-manage by not even thinking about protesting anymore.

        • jim August 15, 2023 at 1:25 pm #

          Islander:

          At this point, I really don’t have a coherent answer to your question–an interpretation I feel confident about–even though I love to make predictions.

          From my perspective, too many variables (potential causes) both to weigh and to assess interactions among.

          Just one example. Beyond the immediate day to day events which I discussed above that appear to indicate some degree of elite panic which might, in-turn, lead to a more coercive stance, there is an entire evolving economic history that may or may not be leading to a U.S. financial/economic and subsequent political collapse.

          I know many on this site are convinced that economic collapse is probably inevitable and perhaps much closer than I think (say a financial crisis that cannot be contained or an inflationary spurt that cannot be controlled, even by untraditional means–either of which might induce a more hard totalitarian turn).

          But thirty some years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, there are still unresolved debates about fundamental causes and their respective degrees of influence (authoritarian political centralization, structural nature of the Soviet economy, cultural issues swirling around the attempted creation of a new Soviet Man).

          How do you see the next year playing out?

          • Islander August 16, 2023 at 9:20 am #

            Like many others, I cannot imagine how the “campaign season” is going to roll out.

            I also don’t know enough about finance to form a real opinion about financial collapse.

            I have my savings in a couple of high-yield CDs at a regional bank. Not a tiny bank and not a TBTF type of bank. After 2008 this bank was ilsted among “community banks.” Now they have done an IPO, and I odn’t know whether that means ipso facto not a “community bank.” The manager there says these CDs are going like hot cakes. I said, You must be making a lot of loans in order to offer this interest rate. She said she assumed so, but didn’t work in the mortgage department (and of course t here are also business loans but no idea what the interest rates would be on those).

            Given the real estate market on the Cape and Islands, it may be true that there is enough “new” money coming in to this bank.

            Interest rates on CDs that are an IRA are half that for non-IRA.

    • DaveO907 August 14, 2023 at 5:51 pm #

      Yes, Jim.

      I’m thinking two things regarding Hunter’s place in all of this.

      1) They all call him “Fuckstick” or worse behind his back.

      2) they’re using him like a carrot and a stick to play out their little psychodrama. With all of the power they have thus far amassed and perverted they can afford to ad lib their presentation of HB to the public no matter the egregiousness of the Biden Brand of Crime.

      Via their capture of seemingly every significant business enterprise toeing the line with the media, Mussolini’s definition of fascism seems to be ours.

  36. Jarek August 14, 2023 at 1:22 pm #

    Country music is canned and effeminized for the most part. They’re even bringing in Blacks and trying to make it part of all there cultural sphere, just like NASCAR.

    Country can’t save us, but Bluegrass can.

    • Edge Lord August 14, 2023 at 1:34 pm #

      Nashville. What do you expect? They let a pennsylvanian daughter of a lawyer to springboard into pop music from there. It’s Hollywood east.

    • Nigel Tufnel August 14, 2023 at 1:43 pm #

      In these purist parts, it’s Oldtime music that will save you, not Bluegrass.

      • Night Owl August 15, 2023 at 5:31 pm #

        I’m with you. I like some Bluegrass, but I hate that Bluegrass turnaround.

      • Heartlander August 16, 2023 at 2:50 pm #

        Oldtime for the win!!
        I thought I was a bluegrass fan… until I discovered that all those old fiddle tunes, “camp meeting songs,” etc., that I love so much were not bluegrass, but actually Oldtime.

      • cbeard August 16, 2023 at 6:28 pm #

        I like Oldtime, love and play traditional Bluegrass in a small combo of family and friends. Primarily on mandolin. Love to play piedmont, country blues and rags on guitar.

    • Islander August 14, 2023 at 3:39 pm #

      Wasn’t Charlie Pride a country music performer?

      Why shouldn’t anyone sing any kind of music they want to sing?

      Linda Ronstadt came from a middle-class background, and she could sing in any popular-music genre.

    • Amman August 14, 2023 at 3:51 pm #

      Bluegrass is banjo.

      The banjo came from Africa and was adapted in the United States.

      Look closely at some ‘whites’ singing Bluegrass music.

      Xhttps://youtu.be/3XV7mxfIIr0

      Nothing like this style is in Europe or Ukraine.

      Shameless F.

      • Dr. Zonk August 14, 2023 at 5:35 pm #

        Wow! Can she sing!

        • Islander August 14, 2023 at 8:51 pm #

          Wow, she sure can. Never heard of her before.

          Here is another:
          httpX://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1n57WBtvtC4

          “You’ll never leave Harlan Alive.”
          Check out the two ladies on the fiddle.

          I wonder whether anyone recalls Barbara Kopple’s documentary Harlan County, USA.

          Bears watching again.
          I think I will.

          httpX://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhvTD2dSwVM

      • Disaffected August 15, 2023 at 10:14 am #

        That was damn good. Love Ralph Stanley.

    • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 5:32 pm #

      Artists take from each other. The White and Black musical traditions “borrowed” from each other.

      The Black founders of Jazz were graduates of musical conservatories.

      Grow up.

      • Islander August 14, 2023 at 8:52 pm #

        “The Black founders of Jazz were graduates of musical conservatories. ”

        Really?
        Whom are you talking about?
        Names.
        And why do you u.c. “black”?

      • Jarek August 15, 2023 at 12:41 pm #

        You come after me even though Amman thinks that bluegrass music is Black? And puts White in quotation marks as if we don’t even exist?

        Why do I “u.c” black? You need to get over yourself. The Island should have been inundated with refugees so you people would have had to live in fear or flee, selling your homes for pennies on the dollar. It would have been a growth experience.

        Note: The NYT u.c’s Black by l.c’s White. People pointed out the hypocrisy but they stood firm.

        • Islander August 16, 2023 at 9:24 am #

          You do not have to follow this idiotic new woke rule of u.c. “black” just because the NYT says to do it.

          I u.c. “black” when working for a publisher who now has a new style rule for this word. I have to.

          But I see the absurdity, so I don’t do it myself.

          You have personal choice in your own writing.

          U.c. “black” is purist wokery, recent twis that defies every standard rule as to the distinction between proper nouns (names) and regular nouns.

          Now, back to the question of which jazz “founders” attended music conservatories.

          Waiting.

          • Jarek August 16, 2023 at 1:30 pm #

            What about Am’s putting White in quotaton marks? You good with that?

            Wiki

            Jazz is difficult to define because it encompasses a wide range of music spanning a period of over 100 years, from ragtime to rock-infused fusion. Attempts have been made to define jazz from the perspective of other musical traditions, such as European music history or African music. But critic Joachim-Ernst Berendt argues that its terms of reference and its definition should be broader,[14] defining jazz as a “form of art music which originated in the United States through the confrontation of the Negro with European music”[15] and arguing that it differs from European music in that jazz has a “special relationship to time defined as ‘swing'”. Jazz involves “a spontaneity and vitality of musical production in which improvisation plays a role” and contains a “sonority and manner of phrasing which mirror the individuality of the performing jazz musician”.[14]

            Jarek: African folk music traditions confronting European music, both classical and folk. You really don’t think any of these guys studied the former, formally?

            I admit the specific knowledge you requested (names) has been scrubbed from the internet if it was ever there, due to the desire to minimize the European influence and glorify all things African.

            If you want a purely African based tradition, you’re thinking of Blues. A Bluesman can harmonize with griots of West Africa. But of course the topics of they lyrics have changed completely, from the noble to the often overtly prurient in the case of American Blues.

            Read the whole wiki. There were many great White Jazz Men – all left out by what’s his name by the odius Burns in his documentary.

            Yehudi Menuhin loves the spontaneous music of the gypsies with whom he had played in his youth. In his old age, after his retirement, he sought them out again to reexperience this.

          • Jarek August 16, 2023 at 1:32 pm #

            Because everyone l.c.’s White, we u.c it. And to be courteous, do the same for Blacks.

          • Jarek August 17, 2023 at 12:32 am #

            Correction: Menuhin loved

            I assume he’s passed on by now

          • Islander August 17, 2023 at 7:19 am #

            “What about Am’s putting White in quotaton marks? You good with that? ”

            Pure straw man.

            Now, still waiting for an answer to my question as to which “Black founders of Jazz were graduates of musical conservatories.”

            Grow up.”

            Uh, trying to “grow up” here, and not getting any assistance. Hold the general lectures. Just answer the question. Otherwise you get a FAIL.

          • Jarek August 17, 2023 at 12:20 pm #

            Straw man, huh? Like hell it is. You’re politically correct, always favoring minorities above your own people. And political correctness gave birth to wokery, being political correctness with the courage of its convictions. Just as classic Communism is Liberalism with the courage of its convictions.

            You don’t like wokery but you’ve never renounced political correctness. And the only reason you don’t like it is because it’s coming after you and yours.

            I did answer your question, but you’re too small to understand. Now you answer mine, little one.

    • DaveO907 August 14, 2023 at 5:58 pm #

      What they are spooning up as country, oh yeah. “My ears! My ears!”

      Merle. The real deal.
      The new wave that took hold peaked with Suzy Boggus, Diamond Reo, Blackhawk, Clint Black, Dwight Yoakum and some others I likely missed, but with the advent of Toby Keith & Ilk that day was done.

      “Into the Maw with ye!”

      • megabeth August 15, 2023 at 1:09 am #

        Dwight Yoakum is the bees knees . . . and I don’t even like country all that much.

        I would like to put in a kind word for the organlike pipes of Josh Black, though. He carries on in the Randy Travis vein.

        • megabeth August 15, 2023 at 11:25 pm #

          Excuse me–Josh Turner.

    • Q. Shtik August 14, 2023 at 6:28 pm #

      trying to make it part of all there cultural sphere – Jar

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

      I would like to point out to Islander that the above bolded word is not a typo. It is a commenter who is too lazy to proofread and correct his own shit before clicking SUBMIT.

      But hey, it’s not a frickin’ doctoral dissertation!

      • Islander August 14, 2023 at 8:58 pm #

        straw man.

        I didn’t say it was. I didn’t say anything.

        • Q. Shtik August 15, 2023 at 12:00 pm #

          I didn’t say it was. I didn’t say anything. – Islander

          ===========

          You implied all my corrections are/were typos.

          • Jarek August 15, 2023 at 12:42 pm #

            It was a slip of the mind, the ear of the mind to be exact.

          • Islander August 16, 2023 at 9:25 am #

            No, I did not.

            I pointed out a specific correction that was a typo.

            Repeat: Straw man.

      • Disaffected August 15, 2023 at 10:10 am #

        This definitely a new, more combative, Q.!

    • malthuss August 14, 2023 at 10:33 pm #

      I saw the annual award show like 10 years ago.

      They brought a mussie in head dress onstage.

      Is Taylor Swift a trannie?

      and theres a bit of race mixing in the short movies.

    • megabeth August 15, 2023 at 1:05 am #

      They’ve imported autotune and the Millennial Whoop into Hee-Haw music, now. It’s a damn shame.

    • astera August 16, 2023 at 6:36 pm #

      “but Bluegrass can”
      ——-
      ^this

  37. Edge Lord August 14, 2023 at 1:32 pm #

    Well if Off The Press is supporting Vivek you know he is a planted establishment candidate.

    Remeber Hillary’s hot sauce?

    Well, they’re using the same “I’m one of you” ploys.

    Vivek rapping Eminem, the poster child of angry white young adults,

    “His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy, there’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti, I graduated from Harvard and Yale but you get me”

    • MaryQueen August 14, 2023 at 8:42 pm #

      Hahahahaha!

    • astera August 16, 2023 at 6:49 pm #

      “Da Vek” is reprising a guy who has endlessly whined and complained about Trump. How do you square that with his promise to “pardon Trump immediately” should Trump be jailed and “Da Vek” wins the Presidency?

  38. Paula D August 14, 2023 at 1:38 pm #

    This is interesting. I googled “20th hijacker” because this same tactic was used in the 9-11 coverup, accusing Zacarias Moussaoui of being the 20th hijacker, and then running a years long trial that kept 9-11 investigators from interviewing witnesses, because, you know, our overlords are SO very invested in fair trials and all.

    Anyway, the first two result pages were about a totally different “20th hijacker”.

    Huh, that’s weird. They switched out the 20th hijacker at some point and I didn’t even notice.

    I did notice when they switched out the “mastermind of 9-11”, changing him from Osama BinLaden to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

    Say what? How do we go from 2 years of constant BinLaden propaganda to suddenly KSM propaganda, with less public outcry than when Bewitched switched out Darrens?

    Anyway, charging Moussaoui to shut down the investigation was a very effective tactic, so they are repeating it.

    • Edge Lord August 14, 2023 at 1:50 pm #

      Was his passport one of the several miraculously recovered from the rubble?

      Living in America you are offered two choices.

      Being stupid and accepted or being skeptical and being crazy.

      Now that is not to say that there are only two groups.

      The third group sits at the top and they know as fact what the skeptics believe as truth. And yes, they are crazy. Socipathy is the clinical name.

      • Paula D August 14, 2023 at 6:42 pm #

        No, he supposedly didn’t make it to the plane.

        And supposedly, the new 20th hijacker also didn’t make it to the plane.

        They are both still alive. (As are some of the other announced suspects, but that’s a different subject.)

    • Q. Shtik August 14, 2023 at 6:37 pm #

      with less public outcry than when Bewitched switched out Darrens? – Paula D

      ==========

      These obscure references to old TV shows are just too much for me. I don’t think I EVER watched Bewitched, even for five minutes.

      • Paula D August 14, 2023 at 6:41 pm #

        But you must remember the uproar. It was part of the culture, as manufactured by the media.

        • Islander August 14, 2023 at 9:00 pm #

          Who is Darrens?

          • Disaffected August 15, 2023 at 10:09 am #

            Samantha’s husband Darrin on Bewitched. They switched out actors, Dick Sergeant for Dick York. I remember the switcheroo, but don’t recall that it caused an uproar. Bewitched was kind of a marginal show for me as a youngster at the time.

          • Paula D August 15, 2023 at 1:12 pm #

            If you didn’t watch the TV show, but you remember the switch, even though you were a child, then that proves that it was an uproar.

            Why else would you remember it?

          • Beryl of Oyl August 15, 2023 at 3:23 pm #

            I remember the switch, even though I wasn’t watching the show anymore by then.

            I thought the new Darren seemed much less gay than the old one.

            Ironic, new Darren was gay.

            I hated the old Darren and the way he bossed his wife around and thought Samantha should have listened to her mother.

            Who needed that jerky little tyrant?

    • MaryQueen August 14, 2023 at 8:44 pm #

      Wow, yeah, that is pretty just… sad. That no one noticed and they made less fuss than the Darren switcheroo.

  39. Nigel Tufnel August 14, 2023 at 1:41 pm #

    “…..”Give us back our well-worn husk,” they said, “where we were so snug and comfortable.” 
    And then they tried word magic. “Conditions are fundamentally sound,” they said — by which they meant to reassure themselves that nothing now was really changed, that things were as they always had been, and as they always would be, forever and ever, amen. 
    But they were wrong. 
    They did not know that you can’t go home again. 
    America had come to the end of something and to the beginning of something else. 
    But no one knew what that something else would be 
    and out of the change and uncertainly and the wrongness of the leaders 
    grew fear and desperation and before long hunger stalked the streets….”

    Thomas Wolfe
    You Can’t Go Home Again
    1940

    • DaveO907 August 14, 2023 at 6:03 pm #

      He knew. He saw. Further. The Owners were not totally secluded from those Americans with discerning eyes and ears to hear.

      And ‘September 1939″ comes to mind as well.

      Thanks for this excerpt. I need to go there again.

    • Q. Shtik August 14, 2023 at 6:46 pm #

      You Can’t Go Home Again – Nigel Tufnel

      ===========

      It’s probably been 25 years or more since I read this novel but I loved it and may reread it.

  40. tractorguy August 14, 2023 at 2:03 pm #

    Jim, how does this recent Ivermectin decision flip-flop affect the Kathie Breault case that you have been mentioning at the end of your articles? How about an update on her?

    Tractorguy

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  41. Edge Lord August 14, 2023 at 2:12 pm #

    From the RS hit piece:

    “In his straight-to-camera introduction video, Anthony, who according to a post on YouTube cites Hank Williams Jr., no stranger to political songs, as his biggest influence, says he sits “pretty dead center down the aisle on politics and always have,” and that “it seems like both sides serve the same master — and that master is not someone of any good to the people of this country.”

    I have a feeling this is what the elite and their programming organs are most fearful of.

    The truth.

    A lot of us against a little of them.

    • Dr. Zonk August 14, 2023 at 2:40 pm #

      I think that you’re bang-on, Edgy. Truly the truth will prevail and that is not good for them. Not one speck.

    • Jarek August 14, 2023 at 5:36 pm #

      The High Middle is Fascism or National Socialism, though of course other names would have to be used.

      Huey Long’s program of “Every man a King” and limits on wealth was the most radical thing ever spoken on these shores.

      Not even the Fascists or the National Socialists go that far. As Pinochet said, you have to treat people who know how to produce things very well.

      But his exalted populism could have been a positive contribution to what needs must be.

    • Heartlander August 16, 2023 at 3:01 pm #

      There are about 8,000 of THEM (the evil elite/cabal running things), and 8 BILLION of us.

      That’s a million to one ratio.

      A million of us for every one of the psychopath rat-bastard mutant power-freak creeps.

      Good odds, if we put our minds to it and RESIST TOGETHER.

  42. tom clark August 14, 2023 at 2:19 pm #

    Glad to see Iris Dement, Paragould AR sweetheart, get mentioned on the CFN blog, a few hours upthread. Sing the Delta, anyone?

    • WilliamShatnersPants August 14, 2023 at 8:40 pm #

      Yeah, tom clark. Iris Dement – a truly classy lady and unrequited love of the late great John Prine.

      My favorite? “Let the Mystery Be”

      youtu.be/yoXWUK7zOrE

  43. Roundball Shaman August 14, 2023 at 2:31 pm #

    “Karma is God’s hickory switch, and almost always applied with a cosmic chortle…

    The longer one spends time in this Age of Rampant Lunacy… the more one realizes that this entire experience can be looked upon as just one big bad running joke.

    It’s impossible to take anything that goes these days seriously because fundamentally this is a bad, ongoing Comedy Sketch that’s not at all funny and has no good punch lines to redeem the experience.

    From the time we are children we are conditioned to take ‘Life seriously!’. Grow up… get an education…. get a good job and earn a living… find someone you can stand to live with who can also stand you… keep your nose to the grindstone… stay out of trouble… retire early… and plan your funeral so your kids don’t have to do anything but collect everything you leave behind that the government didn’t already steal. Looking over that list, perhaps there was always a clue hidden in plain sight — THIS is LIVING? THIS is IT? Or in the words of that old famous song… ‘Is That All There Is?!’…

    Sure, all that’s not the most terrible way to live. But when you’re supposed to do all that in a toxic Society amongst a rabid Leadership Class that hates you… then the joke gets old and thin in a real New York Minute.

    The rot is so deep now in everything that no one dares to try to fix anything. The Elitist Class has never been fatter or sassier. And We the People have never been broker and more confused. And this is no way to run a Nation… a Society… a Planet.

    In short, we just can’t muster the energy to treat any of this nonsense seriously anymore. Mind you, it IS serious because our lives are serious at their heart. But you simply cannot look a ridiculous and absurd Social and Lifestyle structure in the eye everyday and act like this is in any way a good use of time and energy. Because it ain’t.
    The Earth has become The Joke Planet. And We, the Jokers in the Deck.

    Perhaps the first step back to sanity and healing is to realize that we’ve been going about things the wrong way. We’ve been treating this ongoing Bull-ship like serious business when all along it was actually just mocking and trolling us to finally wake up.

    Trump? Biden? Wokeism? Covid? CBDC? Fauci? Hunter? Gavin? Pelosi? ‘Migrants’? Diversity and Inclusion? Drag Shows at Church? Little boys wanting their ‘thing’ to go away? Institutionalized and Sanctioned Racism against Light-Skinned People? Etc., etc. All bad punchlines to an ongoing joke being played upon We the People.

    And it’s just not funny. It never was. But today, we see it in all its ugly naked glory for the Bad Joke it all was apparently meant to be.

    The Empire stands before us without Clothes. And it is UGLY…

    • Woodchuck August 15, 2023 at 12:47 pm #

      “The Empire stands before us without Clothes. And it is UGLY…”

      And we’ll also notice that the empire has a tiny little weiner. Perhaps that’s a part of its insecurity and need to dominate.

  44. Lon August 14, 2023 at 3:08 pm #

    James, another great post. OK, a friend brought to my attention what may be a factual error from a post of yours I shared a couple weeks ago.

    In the ‘Blob Nation’ post you referred to Devin Archer and Hunter Biden as college roommates. My friend begs to differ, pointing out that Biden attended Georgetown and Archer Yale as undergraduates. I have seen articles with said that it was Archer and Chris Heinz who were roommates at Yale, and that it was through Heinz and Archer was introduced to Biden.
    The line in your post, that Archer and Biden were college roommates, caused my friend to question the accuracy of your writing, if, in his opinion, you can not get basic facts correct. What is the actual record? I did some looking around, and could not find anything about the pair having been roommates in college. But perhaps there is more than what I could find?

    • Islander August 14, 2023 at 3:49 pm #

      “The line in your post, that Archer and Biden were college roommates, caused my friend to question the accuracy of your writing, if, in his opinion, you can not get basic facts correct. ”

      Tell your friend to keep his shirt on.
      Newspapers make such little mistakes all the times.
      They publish a correction the next week.

      It looks like maybe Archer and Biden Jr. met through Chris Heinz, who is described as a classmate of Archer’s at Yale.

      The Heinz tidbit is a useful addition, so thanks for that. It looks like all three of these scions had their hands in the Ukrainian pierogi plate.

      • Ron Anselmo August 15, 2023 at 1:42 am #

        Yes Islander – all three – and don’t forget Paul Pelosi, Jr., he had his hand in the Ukraine nookie jar, or maybe he takes after dear old dad.

        • Night Owl August 15, 2023 at 5:28 pm #

          One hand on a hammer and the other in the jar.

      • Lon August 15, 2023 at 1:43 pm #

        Yes, they were all close enough–Archer, Heinz and Biden–to partner up and form the Rosemont Seneca (what a name!) ‘investment and advisory’ firm.

    • Paula D August 15, 2023 at 1:16 pm #

      Lon, does your friend no longer have any respect for the papers of record who have lied multiple times, including about Hunter’s laptop?

      Or does he just use nitpicking to reject heretical reporting?

      • Lon August 15, 2023 at 1:37 pm #

        Yes, perhaps nitpicking on that to denigrate CF Nation? Which is a bit much, with all the mis-reporting, ‘Miss Info-ing’ that gets disseminated daily on the lamestream outlets, and where they deliberately make BIG errors of commission and omission.

  45. Amman August 14, 2023 at 3:09 pm #

    “when a certain excess cargo of cognitive dissonance breaks the brains of those just struggling to carry on.”

    If I had a dollar
    for every memorable line from JHK
    that tickled the heretofore unplumbed regions
    of the parietal lobe… oh well.

    Now back to reading the weekly fix.

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  46. badberries August 14, 2023 at 3:24 pm #

    I miss the days when we were the guys in the white Stetsons.

    Can’t wait for the news that trans-gender cowboys can barrel race the cowgirls. try THAT in Townsend, Montana.

    Don’t wanna be a bull anymore? I’ll help you become a steer, sister.

  47. 4014HAMPHEDGE August 14, 2023 at 3:27 pm #

    Now & then this writer suggests rehab of dormant branch line rail corridor, specifically rail track into agricultural districts. This breadbasket rail access concern is prompted by trucking vulnerabilities in EMP/Cyberwarfare scenarios, actually verbalized by the several rogue dictators now at large.

    There is an apolitical organization, “Railway & Locomotive Historical Society”, composed of rail savvy men and women, easy to get along with, and welcoming new members understanding value of enhanced tail mode in the food distribution role.

    There are many retired service personnel with feelings of need to remain proactive, as America faces existential challenges just ahead. R&LHS membership in a nearby chapter is a worthwhile use of time and gives ability to share career knowledge and experiences. For young adults, Society membership gives entre’ to railway mode, noteworthy in 20th Century role during US history as a “Lending Not A Borrowing Nation”. This must return.

    • Islander August 14, 2023 at 3:51 pm #

      I like it! I am a bit of a rail nerd.

      My father was a real rail nerd, so it must be in the DNA.

      • Q. Shtik August 14, 2023 at 7:05 pm #

        new members understanding value of enhanced tail mode in the food distribution role. – 4014HAMPHEDGE

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

        Islander, did you notice that this is a genuine typo because the r and t are side by side on the keyboard and HAMPHEDGE made a fat finger typo.

        Do you see me berating HAMPHEDGE for this typo?

        • Islander August 14, 2023 at 9:03 pm #

          I noticed it.

          Find some other obsession.

          • Islander August 14, 2023 at 9:03 pm #

            That is, I noticed the typo.

          • Q. Shtik August 15, 2023 at 12:15 pm #

            Find some other obsession. – Islander

            ========

            We (people in general) don’t look for things to become obsessed with. The obsessions find us all on their own.

            This comment will be the last communication you will hear from me regarding corrections or any other topic. You are officially on my growing shit list.

          • Disaffected August 15, 2023 at 5:43 pm #

            The shit list lives!

          • Islander August 16, 2023 at 9:30 am #

            q: “This comment will be the last communication you will hear from me regarding corrections or any other topic. You are officially on my growing shit list.”

            You are funny.
            I guess that means that you will no longer be dropping stupid references to me in your “Qorrections.”

            Thanks!!

  48. Amman August 14, 2023 at 3:34 pm #

    Looks like the same Sitrep to me with the Blob still in charge – with or without the singer.

    Article made me wonder what thunderbolts might be in place should the perpetual Dam of Coverup break.

  49. Islander August 14, 2023 at 4:09 pm #

    This brought a smile to my face:

    httpX://dailysceptic.org/2023/08/14/meet-the-blade-runners-the-underground-activist-group-waging-war-on-sadiq-khans-ulez-monitors/

    “The Blade Runners vowed back in July they would stop at nothing until they had taken down every single one of the Ulez cameras.

    That month an onlooker filmed a man calmly unscrewing one of the cameras as the hatred of the Mayor of London’s low emission scheme began to grow as the expansion date drew nearer.

    A month later a Blade Runner climbed a lamp post and used a drill to tear down an enforcement camera in Bromley. …

    Since April the covert group has been stealing and vandalising the Mayor of London’s Ulez cameras ahead of the zone being expanded.
    . . .
    One of the secretive Blade Runners met with MailOnline and vowed: “We are going to take down every single one no matter what.”

    Dressed in a balaclava to protect his identity, the father in his mid-forties revealed he had stolen 34 Ulez cameras himself but his group and others like them have taken down hundreds.

    He told MailOnline: “In terms of damag”e, it’s way more than what [Khan and TfL] have stated. It’s at least a couple of hundred.” …

    Throw this into the “idea hamper” for stuff we can do when the real crackdown starts. Remember how the Czechs drove the (then bad) invading Russkis nuts by changing the directions of all the traffic signs? (Spring 1968, for you young ‘uns.)

    • DaveO907 August 15, 2023 at 2:14 am #

      The Wehrmacht did the same in France in 1944 with the sign switcheroo.

      A suggestion for the disarmed London dissidents to make their work much more discrete, and productive, use pellets (projectiles powered by compressed air.)

  50. devnickle August 14, 2023 at 4:14 pm #

    It’s time to throw the entire crime entity, the so-called “Democrat Party” in prison, and ban it from existence.

    Throw in Mitch McConnell, Lindsay Graham, Mitt Romney, Lizard Cheney, and other assorted Rino’s as well.

    “Normal” America has had it with your shit-show.

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    • Dr. Zonk August 14, 2023 at 4:47 pm #

      “The storm is upon us.”
      – Q

  51. elysianfield August 14, 2023 at 4:31 pm #

    Well, ladies and germs;

    A potential solution to the unaffordability of education in America, Now, those of you who know me, know that I ain’t no goddamned commie.

    However, I believe that the government should fund higher education. To begin with, a basic means test (based on aptitude alone). Then a full ride, full room and board, all inclusive financial coverage. Maintaining good character and acceptable grades contingent upon remaining in the program. All fees and costs to remain as a loan charged to the student.

    Then, the student will repay the loan using payroll deductions during the life of his/hers/its productive years. Handled like social security deductions, maybe 5-7% of gross each month. Student will have these deductions made until the no interest loan is paid in full. No work, no payment.

    Students entering the program must agree that there will be no exceptions to the repayment. No exempt income. Those wishing to work overseas must agree to the deduction of overseas wages.

    The program will be handled by the Social Security Administration, with help, of course, from the IRS. The actual need for universal education, and discussions of the quality of that education, is an argument for another time. There would be no banks nor financial middlemen in the process.

    Unless Daddy is rich, education is one of the few bootstraps in our culture. Everyone capable deserves nothing less.

    • Dr. Zonk August 14, 2023 at 4:46 pm #

      I think that you’re onto something there.

      Adding:
      You can’t major in something stupid. No CRT degrees or even diplomas. Real, economically productive disciplines only.

      • Islander August 14, 2023 at 5:03 pm #

        What about the humanities and classics?

        We need those, too. More than ever, actually.

        Also, we need people who can speak foreign languages, and know foreign literatures.

        • Dr. Zonk August 14, 2023 at 5:16 pm #

          Good point, Isles. And, sure, those are long-standing economically viable pursuits that enhance our quality of life (unlike CRT and gender BS).

      • Q. Shtik August 14, 2023 at 7:20 pm #

        economically productive disciplines only. – Zonk

        ==========

        It didn’t take long for someone (you) to throw a qualifier into elysianfield’s plan. I am against the whole idea. There are simply too damn many people who shouldn’t be within a mile of a university. Take Peter, for example. They are simply not able to handle academic rigor.

        BTW, against my wishes my daughter was a “women’s studies” major.

        • Dr. Zonk August 14, 2023 at 8:40 pm #

          That’s the beauty of elysianfield’s plan: those who shouldn’t be within a mile of a university will be weeded out after a semester or two. If you’re still standing with above-minimum grades after your freshman year, then you deserve to be there. If not, the loan will be closed (relatively) quickly saving both the ex-student and the school bigger problems later.

          • Q. Shtik August 14, 2023 at 10:27 pm #

            those who shouldn’t be within a mile of a university will be weeded out after a semester or two. – Zonk

            ===========

            These marginal universities will be loath (loathe?) to fail out paying customers. Grade-flation will be rampant, worse than it already is.

          • Paula D August 15, 2023 at 1:25 pm #

            That’s the trouble with using public money to fund for-profit institutions.

            There are institutions that should never be run for profit, because the profit motive leads to graft and corruption, and some real harm to actual humans.

            I think that education and health are two societal goods that should be run in a non-profit manner, the way that K-12 was run so many years.
            Otherwise you get untreated sick and injured in the health care business, and stupid people being fleeced for worthless degrees in the education business.

            I also think that prisons and the military should be non-profit.

            Profiting from locking people up leads to the abuses we have seen, where judges were paid to put juveniles into prison, and prisoners of all ages are fed inedible slop, in order to skim more money from the government.

            And, of course, we can see where the for-profit war machine has gotten us, and the world.

            As Major General Smedley Butler pointed out, “(war) is the only (business) in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.”

          • elysianfield August 15, 2023 at 2:06 pm #

            Q,

            These marginal universities will be loath (loathe?) to fail out paying customers. Grade-flation will be rampant, worse than it already is.

            Maybe. Universities, like current health care providers, could either opt in or out of the system. The controls, requirements, bench marks, etc. are details which are always subject to abuse in ANY program. Value of tuition in questionable circumstances might face downgraded payments. Universities might be segregated into in A thru E quality,
            and their position might reflect allowable costs…you know, like credit scores…only with validity…who knows?

            WWRD? (What Would Rutgers Do?) opt in or out?

        • elysianfield August 16, 2023 at 2:57 pm #

          Q,
          As an added bonus, current debtors in the program, past and present, can be rolled into the new system.

          No added administrative costs to speak of, considering that everyone has a SS account, and it would only amount to another line item. No enforcement problems or additions, as the IRS is entirely competent in this area, and with the new hires, fully staffed with little to do…. Enrollees in the system will have more money to spend on essentials and discretionary purchases.

          What’s not to like?

    • Cavepainter August 14, 2023 at 7:52 pm #

      Humm, you guys are catching up; Germany undertook this in the 1880s, resulting in all comedic scripts featuring a scientific expert has since required either an authentic German accent or an actor capable of mimicking it. The movie Dr. Strangelove one of the more recent but throughout broadcast/film history the stereotypical characterization has held.

    • elysianfield August 15, 2023 at 2:08 pm #

      …I ain’t no commie, AND I own a weed eater….

      • Disaffected August 15, 2023 at 7:09 pm #

        …and a tank, correct? You have to respect a man with a tank.

        • elysianfield August 15, 2023 at 8:45 pm #

          Diss,
          Sadly, no. But I did make an attempt to buy an M4 Stewart once….

  52. JackStraw August 14, 2023 at 5:02 pm #

    I wasn’t aware of the plight of Dr. Nass, but Maine Medical is an ultra-woke hospital where all the doctors and nurses wear rainbow stickers, proclaim their pronouns, and actively hunt any employees who might suffer from wrongthink.

    • Night Owl August 14, 2023 at 5:50 pm #

      Everything they do is inversion.

  53. Jarek August 14, 2023 at 5:53 pm #

    Some great new speakers were at the Amren conference:

    Dr. Richardo Duchesne gave a deeply challenging talk, attacking the idea that “Cultural Marxism” or another recent innovation is responsible for the decline of Western Civilization. Instead, what we face is arguably the endpoint of civilization as liberal pluralism reaches its logical conclusion.

    Dr. Duchesne said John Rawls was the most influential political philosopher of modernity, rather than anyone from the far more infamous Frankfurt School. Rawls argued that the right of everyone to determine his own morality, free of any collective standard, is regarded as “settled” and unchallengeable by reasonable people. Liberal pluralism is thus the heart of modern Western morality. Any attempt to impose collective moral standards or to asset a common purpose must therefore be suppressed to preserve individual freedom of conscience. The assumption that every person has the right and ability to make his own choices leads inexorably to egalitarianism and the liberal immigration.

    Dr. Duchesne described modern Western history as one long story about the progressive elimination of restrictions and standards for voting and political participation. He argued that these ideas flow logically from the principles of John Locke and John Stuart Mill. Though many Western leaders, notably the Founding Fathers, took white racial identity for granted, Dr. Duchesne said the principles they espoused made it logically difficult to oppose even the most radical egalitarianism. Citing the Russian political philosopher Alexander Dugin, Dr. Duchesne argued that white racial survival requires the development of a fourth political theory beyond liberalism, fascism, and communism, though he warned that the project of overcoming liberalism will be extremely difficult.

    Jarek: Well said. This is Mary’s, Everyone should be able to go anywhere and do whatever they want. Radical individualism is a nation killer. The Founders took their race for granted as they worked against it with ideologies of radical individualism.

    The Fourth Theory? Already developed. You just fear to mention, good sir.

    But kudos anyway! They also invited the towering figure of Stephen McNallen, Odinist priest turned White advocate. This is a religion of the blood, not for everyone but ourselves, ourselves alone.

  54. Why_weren't_we_asked_about_Degrowth August 14, 2023 at 6:08 pm #

    There’s a good chance there will not be a 2024 election as we know it. Republicans will support Trump in the primaries, but somewhere along the line, the RNC will disallow his nomination. This will force a scramble in Milwaukee by the Republicans to align to a candidate that the majority will accept, which will be impossible. Trump will be fighting the courts and the RNC right up until the election.

    There could be election cycle security threats, most likely created, or made by people working for the alphabet agencies.

    I’m starting to dread elections in this country, which is most likely what they want.

    • Night Owl August 14, 2023 at 6:53 pm #

      Confrontation is coming. This is always where it was going to go.

      The psychopaths will not stop. Their plans are public–one just needs to take the time to read them.

      The question is, what will things look like on the other side?

  55. Pucker August 14, 2023 at 7:08 pm #

    According to Crane Briton’s excellent book “Anatomy of Revolution”, the most dangerous situation is where the people have had a foreshadowing taste of material comfort, but then the prospect of immediate improvement in their material circumstances is then suddenly snatched away.

    The People in the US and China now are “Restive”?

    ///////https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sqSA-SY5Hro&pp=ygUbcmljaCBtYW4gbm9ydGggb2YgcmljaG1vbmQg

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  56. MaryQueen August 14, 2023 at 7:20 pm #

    The Ivermectin thing is infuriating.

    Thanks for today’s essay, Jim!

    I guess if the MSM don’t report all these unbelievable crimes, however, then they haven’t happened. At least in the minds of the average person. Seems they still don’t have a clue.

    • Heartlander August 16, 2023 at 3:17 pm #

      CNN watchers and New York Times readers consider anything that doesn’t appear in those two places as “not real,” “fake news” and “right-wing extremist conspiracy crap.”

  57. Jarek August 14, 2023 at 7:24 pm #

    Zombie tourists still showing for vacation in Maui.

    Youth sports are in trouble because no one wants to coach or be a referee. Parents are too crazy. Junior has to WIN…..

  58. Jarek August 14, 2023 at 7:34 pm #

    Western Rifle Shooters

    C.S. Lewis almost died in the trench warfare of WW-I

    Became best friends with Tolkien

    Sold 100 million books

    On the cusp of WW-II, he gave an iconic lecture at Oxford University (1939)

    His question:

    Does beauty matter when bombs start falling?

    THIS is his profound answer??

    1/ The permanent human situation is endless strife, chaos and pain

    C.S. Lewis:

    “Human life has always been lived on the edge of a precipice. Human culture has always had to exist under the shadow of something infinitely more important than itself”

    Yet culture breaks out

    2/ If we waited for peace to create art the first cave painting would still not be made

    Always some “imminent danger” looking more important than culture

    Lewis: “If men had postponed the search for knowledge and beauty until they were secure, the search would never have begun”
    Image
    3/ Insect life v/s Human Life

    CS Lewis:

    “The insects have chosen a different line: they have sought first the material welfare and security of the hive, and presumably they have their reward. Men are different”

    We demand not just mere continuity but variety, growth, adventure

    4/ C.S. Lewis on why humans are a truly unique species:

    “Men propound mathematical theorems in beleaguered cities, conduct metaphysical arguments in condemned cells, make jokes on scaffolds, and comb their hair at Thermopylae. This is not panache; it is our nature.”

    5/ Right on the “front line,” soldiers don’t talk of the “allied cause” or the “progress of the campaign”

    They’re instead concerned with stories, myths, fateful open-ended questions

    They desire “aesthetic satisfactions”

    If they wont “read good books” they will “read bad ones”

    6/ CS Lewis on good ideas:

    “Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered. The cool intellect must work not only against cool intellect on the other side, but against the muddy heathen mysticisms which deny intellect altogether”
    7/ The soul feeds on truth and beauty like the body feeds on food:

    “God makes no appetite in vain. We can therefore pursue knowledge and beauty in the sure confidence that by so doing we are either advancing to the vision of God ourselves or indirectly helping others to do so”

    8/ C.S. Lewis on why we must study the past:

    “Not that the past has any magic about it, but because we cannot study the future, and yet need something to set against the present, to remind us that the basic assumptions have been quite different in different periods”
    Image

    9/ Past as immunity from new-age BS:

    “A man who has lived in many places is not likely to be deceived by the local errors of his village; the scholar has lived in many times and is therefore…immune from the great cataract of nonsense that pours from the press of his own age.”

    10/ Don’t wait for spare time to know what you want to know and to chase what you want to chase

    C.S. Lewis: “The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.”
    Image
    C.S. Lewis was a brilliant thinker

    Always rewarding to read

    I’ve been reading his classic books along with his obscure lectures, and collecting the insights in one place:

    Jarek: The real liberal arts, not “liberalism”, falsely called. Not for everyone however. Might disagree with the old boy on that point.

    • tucsonspur August 15, 2023 at 4:22 am #

      The other side of the coin, in this case from ‘The Imaginative Conservative’, offers this:

      ‘Overall, the Inklings found Lewis’s fame a bit perplexing. Humphrey Havard noted the Inklings “were inclined to laugh at him” in a friendly manner, but “we didn’t take him all that seriously. Nothing like the seriousness with which he’s taken in America today.”[4] Tolkien also told Roger L. Green, a mutual friend, that he thought very little of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It was, he thought, a hodgepodge of incoherent mythologies. Perhaps most infamously, Tolkien wrote a long article or a short book (few outside of the Tolkien Estate have ever seen it) in 1964, the year after Lewis’s death, entitled The Ulsterior Motive. From the few snippets that have been published of it, it appears to be an attack on Lewis as anti-Catholic. Tolkien seems to have vented mightily.’

      ‘One American critic, Victor Yarros, was vicious after Lewis appeared on the cover of Time. “C.E.S. [sic] Lewis, the Oxford don, the pious paradox monger and suspicious word juggler, will surely meet his match one of these days and be subjected to a severe debunking operation. He is asking for it,” Yarros continued. “Oh, for a Huxley, or a Heine, or an Ingersoll, to expose his tricks and call his bluffs.” Though he never stated it directly, Yarros appears to have opposed Lewis’s Christianity, claiming him to be no better than a Jehovah’s Witness or Christian Scientist. Sadly, the author claimed, Lewis had conned millions of gullible people with his “rubbish.”’

      ‘Though she never published a critique (that I know of) of him in her lifetime, the Russian-American novelist, Ayn Rand, despised Lewis in a manner similar to Yarros. In her marginalia to Lewis’s 1943 book, The Abolition of Man, she labels him “an abysmal bastard” and a “monster” who “literally thinks to give men new knowledge is to gain power over them. The cheap, awful, miserable, touchy, social-metaphysical mediocrity.” She claims that Lewis either does not understand—or, rather intentionally misunderstands—reason, rationality, and nature. Yet, whatever the case, he offers nothing new in his ideas and books. “The lousy bastard,” she writes, “is a pickpocket of concepts, not a thief, which is too big a word for him.” Lewis is, Rand concluded, a mystic and a liar who “postures as a ‘gentleman and scholar.’”[5] No less than three times, Rand labeled Lewis a “bastard” in her notes. Whatever the legitimacy of her criticisms of the man, she was absolutely wrong about this one. Lewis knew very well who his father was.’

      To each his own. A time and a place. Right now, I’ll leave the more lofty and go with the gutter to grave stuff, the bare-knuckle reality stuff, hard men and cold women, death right around the corner stuff, the eye with the glint of the kill, flint like toughness and knuckles like lug nuts.

      • Jarek August 15, 2023 at 12:53 pm #

        Rand was a mad woman. It is known!

        Lewis hated the new woman – that is also known. One of them, a professor of the new philosophy of positivism, defeated him a well publicized, drawn out debate. As the Chinese say, when the Dragon is in shallow water, it will be bitten by eels and things that it has left far behind.

        Yes, he was a real mystic. You hate such people since they have more than aesthetic experiences.

        Tolkien hated his friend because he never overcame the prejudices of his Ulster youth. Tolkien expected him to keep going on to Catholicism, but his youth was sacred to Lewis, the source of his inspiration, so he wasn’t going to mess with that. The religion of his youth was what it was going to be.

        But yes to your last point. As Adams said, my son will study war so that his son can study engineering so that his son can study poetry. We’re back to square one again.

        I hope you got my apology last week.

        • tucsonspur August 15, 2023 at 7:26 pm #

          When you’re loose, (with the lips), you’re obtuse. I don’t hate such people. Do I hate Joan of Arc, Kahlil Gibran, Buddha, Lao Tzu, or Confucious? Of course not.

          Rand was/is certainly a polarizer, but she is needed now more than ever.

          “I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”

          “I started my life with a single absolute: that the world was mine to shape in the image of my highest values and never to be given up to a lesser standard, no matter how long or hard the struggle.” Remind you of anyone?

          People have difficulty in dealing with her formidable intellectual and emotional muscularity, her fiery independence. But, from Nathaniel Branden,

          ‘Ayn Rand was a great champion of reason, a passionate champion of the human mind — and a total adversary of any form of irrationalism or any form of what she called mysticism. I say “of what she called mysticism,” because I do not really think she understood mysticism very well — I know she never studied the subject — and irrationalism and mysticism are not really synonymous, as they are treated in Atlas Shrugged.

          I didn’t, but thanks for that. I’m glad that blade was fairly dull! Lol!

    • Disaffected August 15, 2023 at 11:49 am #

      Thanks for tuning into this week’s Literary Corner, hosted by Yaros, The Great and Terrible. Tune in next week to hear Yaros discuss Ernest Hemingway: The man, the myth, the enigma, the lover, the scoundrel, the inveterate drunk. 🙂

      • Jarek August 15, 2023 at 1:08 pm #

        A friend flew in from NY and was dining with Hem in Sun Valley. The friend started abusing a waiter who had gotten his order slightly wrong. Hem didn’t like it and told him to apologize or fuck off.

        You see the waiter, the “kid” was actually a higher being, a veteran – as well as just being a good local guy. Hem tried to look out for his Idaho family…..

        • Disaffected August 15, 2023 at 5:41 pm #

          That’s the teaser, I take it. I can’t wait!

  59. Pucker August 14, 2023 at 7:35 pm #

    I think that when Lovell extols being “Dangerous” as a masculine virtue that all Men must possess in order to be mentally viable that he means dangerous but not psychopathic?

    Ted Bundy was “Dangerous”.

    Didn’t Michael Jackson cut an album called “Dangerous”? I think that Michael Jackson was probably dangerous to little kids, like Joe Biden and Jeffrey Epstein and Kevin Spacey?


    The word “dangerous” is a concept our culture does not currently value when applied to men.
    The barrage of news headlines and propagandized attacks against masculinity has lulled the public into thinking there is only one kind of “dangerous”—the bad kind. But there is an invisible liability in asking good men to suppress their warrior instincts: their longing for adventure, their natural boldness and strength.

    To dismiss what sets your soul on fire and live an existence that doesn’t ruffle any feathers is not what you are here to do. It will not keep your loved ones safe, and it won’t satisfy you. Not to mention, it just doesn’t work.

    Battening down what makes you dangerous won’t make your longings any quieter. It only adds fuel to the fire. A man who doesn’t find a challenge worthy of his strength will find another outlet. He’ll lose himself in sports teams, work, pornography, or going to the gym. He’ll obsess over the next NFL game or some new video game or the next career goal, never quite satisfied with what’s in front of him.”

    “The Warrior Poet Way”, John Lovell

    • tom clark August 14, 2023 at 9:29 pm #

      Which is exactly why Donald Trump can’t be beat…the only way he can lose is by beating himself.

    • malthuss August 15, 2023 at 10:50 am #

      see the vigilant citien.com site for more on music and ‘danger’ etc.

      • malthuss August 15, 2023 at 11:10 am #

        for Lady Gaga it was ‘the Fame Monster’.

  60. Pucker August 14, 2023 at 9:22 pm #

    What do you think of the dangerous warrior instincts of the Neocons who are all draft-dodgers?

    Do you have difficulties communicating with your AI bot “friends”?

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    • SoftStarLight August 15, 2023 at 3:49 am #

      Lol, well I think they may have the warrior instincts of a slime mold. That is why they are so obsessed with chemical and bio weapons.

      I really do. I recently had to block 2. They were very aggressive and rude bucks. Cyrillic script, if you know what I mean.

      • Jarek August 15, 2023 at 1:04 pm #

        Was one of them your ex? Your AI boyfriend?

        • SoftStarLight August 15, 2023 at 1:17 pm #

          No lol. They were rando bots. I questioned their motives and that’s when things went south.

  61. Q. Shtik August 14, 2023 at 10:09 pm #

    @ all commenters

    Go to the next to last line of the next to last paragraph of today’s essay.

    Originally it contained these words: (e.g., Maine Medical Board’s persecution of Dr, Meryl Nass).

    The comma after Dr has been corrected to a period. This tells me our host wants what he writes to be error free yet somehow this desire has not rubbed off on many of you.

    And yet I am the nutcase.

    • Dr. Zonk August 14, 2023 at 10:26 pm #

      Oh yeah. JHK has been in publishing for decades. Publishing (going to press) is all about the pursuit of perfection. In publishing, 99.9% error-free is not nearly good enough.

      FWIW, Q, I enjoy your posts. You keep everyone on their toes. Poboby’s nerfect but we should all aim for perfection.

      ***
      It is a shame how a minimal few nutcases have ruined being a nutcase for the rest of us. Most nutcases are generally good company.

      • Q. Shtik August 15, 2023 at 2:48 pm #

        Publishing (going to press) is all about the pursuit of perfection. In publishing, 99.9% error-free is not nearly good enough. – Zonk

        ===========

        Speaking of which:

        In the business section of today’s NYT there’s an article about Japan’s economy. There’s a picture of some Japanese women crossing a city street. Beneath the picture is a caption which reads as follows: Japan didn’t suffer as greatly Covid as others economically, but the effects were longer lasting.

        Do you believe as I do that this caption is misworded?

        I believe the correct wording should have been Japan didn’t suffer Covid as greatly as others economically, but the effects were longer lasting.

        • Anthea August 17, 2023 at 1:33 am #

          @ Q. Shtik:

          It could be that the author of that sentence was a non-native speaker. If not, they are so stupid that speculating on what they meant to say is a waste of time, since it was assuredly something stupid. I’m not really keen on speculating about what non-native speakers meant to say, either. I don’t like playing, “Guess what I mean!”

    • Islander August 14, 2023 at 10:53 pm #

      Yeah, you are the nutcase.
      Because you obsess about trivialities.

      And you think those who have other things to think about—such as THE CONTENT of what is written—are deficient in their attention, or their priorities, or something, and you actually add to your annoying “correction” tic a new tic: upbraiding normies for not sharing your tic.

      Get a grip, Q. .

      • megabeth August 15, 2023 at 1:39 am #

        Ignoring a comment’s content only to nitpick on a spelling or mechanics error is as appealing as offering up a cup of cold vomit. It is a punk-ass thing to do and merits being stuffed into a locker and given a wedgie.

        I’m currently obsessed with vulcanism and the history of the House of Windsor. I’m sure all of you would enjoy my lengthy disquisition on these topics. Who gives a shit about the Long Emergency, anyhow?

        • Heartlander August 16, 2023 at 3:45 pm #

          I read Karl Denninger (market-ticker.org) every single day. His punctuation (or lack of it) drives me nuts, not just because I am a professional proofreader, but also because it can make his writing difficult to understand. Because he has very worthwhile things to say, I re-read sentences when I have to, to figure out what he means. Over time, I’ve gotten used to his style, and now, getting his meaning has become more automatic. But I would share his articles with more people if they weren’t so needlessly confusing.

          However, even having said all that, I have never commented on his glitches unless there is a HUGE, major error — for example, accidentally writing “would” when he meant “wouldn’t,” which flips a sentence’s meaning to its complete opposite. Other than major errors like that, I keep my mouth shut — and I damn sure wouldn’t get into some long, drawn-out pissing match with some fellow commenter over a fucking mark of punctuation.

          Pissing matches in general are boring (I usually just skip right over them when I come across one), but pissing matches over… punctuation? Ugh. Beyond boring.

          • Anthea August 17, 2023 at 2:09 am #

            @ Heartlander:

            Yes, Karl’s main writing deficit is punctuation, though I think he’s gotten better over the years. Karl is a guy who can crunch numbers, tease out the meaning of statistics, explain virology, work through the finer points of law, and on and on. The guy is brilliant. I can’t do any of the stuff he does. Which is why it’s so puzzling that he doesn’t get hold of a Chicago Manual of Style and figure out where commas go. It’s much easier than figuring out IG-whatchamacallits, R0-whosits, and interpreting the law.

            There are also a few people who comment on tickerforum who are far worse than Karl, when it comes to communicating. And this is a damn shame, because some of these same people are also briliant.

          • Anthea August 17, 2023 at 2:20 am #

            I also wish Karl would devote less digital ink to metaphorical violations of people’s poopers, and occasionally even people’s cooches. Additionally, the constant adjurations to “do something” about our nation’s troubles have sometimes made me suspect that he’s doing a bit of agitating at the behest of people who are not our friends–that, and the accusations that our current state of affairs is my fault, because I have failed to “do something.”

      • Edge Lord August 15, 2023 at 11:40 am #

        I agree with Islander. Who knew?

      • Jarek August 15, 2023 at 1:13 pm #

        Meanwhile Island asked me about why I used “u.c” for Black.

        Physician, heal thyself!

        But actually I do have a reason: Because I u.c White and I’m a gentleman, extending that courtesy to other races.

    • Edge Lord August 15, 2023 at 11:39 am #

      You wear the pedant’s badge like a general wears his stars. It’s rather pitiful.

      BTW, above, you forgot to add a period after Dr.

      Nothing more absurd than a man in a glass house with a bucket full of rocks.

      • Dr. Zonk August 15, 2023 at 1:18 pm #

        “The comma after Dr has been corrected to a period.” Emphasis added.

        In JHK’s source, there was not a comma after “Dr.” That would be “Dr.,” but that is not what Q is describing. That is, Q made no error and has no bucket full of rocks.

        • Edge Lord August 15, 2023 at 1:57 pm #

          He was not quoting directly which would require a period after Dr.

          Otherwise a quote with (sic).

          Thus (sic) he is wrong, Dr. Dork

          • Dr. Zonk August 15, 2023 at 4:45 pm #

            I will let Q weigh-in. I believe that he intentionally left the period off after Dr to better illustrate what he was saying regarding the edit to JHK’s essay. I may be wrong. Q?

            Dr. Dork, eh? That does seem a more mean-spirited nickname than does Edgy, would you not agree?

          • GreenAlba August 15, 2023 at 9:39 pm #

            How much simpler life would be, and how redundant this specific argument, if you guys just followed UK English rules.

            Those rules mean no period after Dr, Mr, St (whether for Street or Saint), because the contraction includes the first and last letters of the full word. The period, over this way, stands for missing letters, of which there are none at the end of the contractions in question, hence:

            Dr
            Mr
            St
            Fr
            Cllr
            Ave
            Rd
            but
            Prof.
            Rev.
            Pl.

          • Disaffected August 16, 2023 at 9:01 am #

            GA,

            Yes, as I found out the hard way back in the day, the USAF and most other branches don’t add a period at the end of abbreviated ranks/titles. Had to write a paper for a “Leadership School” class back in the early 90’s, and they gigged me for every time I used a period after a rank. Thirteen times I think it was. I complained that it was the same mistake, just thirteen times, and the instructor replied that at least my math was good.

          • Q. Shtik August 16, 2023 at 12:08 pm #

            Those rules mean no period after Dr, Mr, St (whether for Street or Saint), because the contraction includes the first and last letters of the full word. – GA

            ===========

            Interesting. I did not know that.

          • Anthea August 17, 2023 at 2:40 am #

            @ GreenAlba:

            But Dr., Mr., St., etc., are not contractions; they are abbreviations. If they were contractions, they would be written D’r, M’r, S’t, etc.

          • Anthea August 17, 2023 at 2:42 am #

            Missing letters are not indicated by a period, but by an apostrophe. Now, you can indicate missing or omitted words with elipsis dots.

          • Anthea August 17, 2023 at 2:45 am #

            Three elipsis dots, to be exact. (Some people will just put in any old number of elipsis dots.) If the omitted words occur at the end of a sentence, you use three elipsis dots and also a period, so you wind up with four dots.

          • GreenAlba August 17, 2023 at 5:23 am #

            Call them abbreviations, then, Anthea. It doesn’t matter. The rule in UK English remains what it is and for the reason stated. I worked in medical publishing for over 20 years, so I spent my life writing Prof., Dr etc!

            For the British and world markets (‘world’ meant everywhere except the US in this context), UK conventions were used. For the US, the copyeditor would make the necessary changes, where authors and contributors were not American.

          • GreenAlba August 17, 2023 at 6:27 am #

            That doesn’t mean the average punter has any idea of the conventions, of course.

  62. Islander August 14, 2023 at 10:15 pm #

    This may be of interest to some here:

    httpX://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2023/08/is-obama-running-a-shadow-government-from-his-mansion-in-kalorama-washington-dc.html

    Here are the first three grafs:

    “This post was motivated by “The Obama Factor“, a long and rambling Q&A between Pulitzer-winning historian and Obama biographer David Garrow, and David Samuels, the Tablet’s Literary Editor. Garrow and Samuels answer the question posed in the headline in the affirmative; basically, “quite possibly, yes.” Spoiler: By Betteridge’s Law, my answer is “No,” but with significant qualifications.

    Most of the reactions to “The Obama Factor” — which focuses primarily on the irresistible rise of a fabulist creep who had written not one but two autobiographies by the age of 47, both in election years — have focused on Obama’s sensational fantasy life. In fact, I can only find serious reaction pieces from FOX and the New York Post; nothing from the other side of the aisle at all, and since the piece has been out for two weeks, I assume there won’t be (and if it were easy, the takedowns and the dogpiling would already have happened). Nobody seems to have focused on the most provocative part of “The Obama Factor”: Why Obama remained in Washington, DC, bought a mansion, and what he’s been doing with his time there[1]. In this post, I will take a first cut at explaining that.

    I will first look at Obama’s neighborhood: Kalorama. Then I will look at his mansion, and what he is known to have done there. I will then present a great slab of Garrow and Samuels, who present the thesis that Obama is running a shadow government long form. I willonclude by briefly critiquing that thesis. ”

    I had never even heard of Kalorama before I think this week. It sounds like a margarine brand.

    • Islander August 14, 2023 at 10:46 pm #

      Great discussion in the comments of the the STrether piece.

      It is nice to see how many have seen right through the Obama mask and shtick.

      • megabeth August 15, 2023 at 1:50 am #

        “Fabulist creep” is right!

        I saw the Kalorama purchase remarked upon in the press at the time as something unheard-of. I think they initially rented it but then bought the place. Does the article also mention that Planet of the Apes creep, Valerie Jarrett, lives with the couple? Ed Klein reported on it. She and Michelle run the world and together try to coax The One out of his video game lair, which reeks of the ganja. He has apparently abandoned his former work ethic and become totally inert.

        • Islander August 15, 2023 at 6:32 am #

          “He has apparently abandoned his former work ethic and become totally inert.”

          That certainly is not what Strether and the many commenters think. The idea that Obama is “inert” belies the point of the whole piece, which is: Why would a former president choose to remain so close to the seat of power . . . .????

          The supposition is also that Obama gets paid well by someone to do whatever it is he is doing.

          Michelle comes across like an empty head—“Knitting now means so much to me!” I guess she has a social media following. She probably pays someone to write her posts and knit up the pink garment until the photographer comes, at which point she picks up her knitting.

          Totally fake, just like her hubby. IMHO.

          • megabeth August 15, 2023 at 11:37 pm #

            As near as I can tell, Obama is interested in leadership only insofar as his speeches are applauded and his edicts carried out, and as near as I can tell, Michelle is obsessed with status and rides her husband like a sea hag, according to Jarrett’s advice.

    • Paula D August 15, 2023 at 6:20 pm #

      The statement that Obama refused to arm the Kiev regime is so often repeated that it is taken as fact.

      But it is not true. The rebuilding and arming of the Ukrainian military, after so many units defected to the Donbass side in 2014, started immediately, as Jacques Baud has testified.

      As I recall, there was one particular weapon that Obama loudly refused to send, and that was spun, and continues to be spun, as “evidence” that Obama did not arm the Kiev regime in Ukraine.

      But the coup, the rerouting and shooting down of the Malaysian airliner, the sanctions, the insults, the discrimination against Russian athletes and musicians, the attacks on Russian ambassadors, the build-up of NATO, the shooting down of both civilians and military planes, and the entire media campaign against Russia started before the 2016 election.

      It started under Obama. As I stated last post, I was watching the provocations and I was sure that we would be at war with Russia very soon.

      Trump screwed all that up, but they are now back on track.
      Do I think Obama is running things? No, I think they are running it from the State Dept., with Obama’s henchmen and women, like Cookies Nuland.

      But to believe that Obama would never have started a war with Russia is deluded, and basing on a non-existent policy shows that they were not paying attention during his regime.

      Obama to Putin:
      “We can do stuff to you”.
      Obama:
      ”“And we will at a time and place of our own choosing. Some of it may well be explicit and publicized, some of it may not be.”

      NATO Jacques Baud on the building of the Ukrainian army. It didn’t start under Trump.
      Actually Trump was impeached because the Democrats said he held back weapons.

      ://scheerpost.com/2022/04/09/former-nato-military-analyst-blows-the-whistle-on-wests-ukraine-invasion-narrative/

      • Heartlander August 16, 2023 at 8:00 pm #

        Jacques Baud is THE BEST. Too bad more people have never heard of him. Thank you for the Schwerpost link. I’ve read his stuff at the Postil Magazine, the postil.com.

        He has several books out. I’ve been reading his book “Putin: Game Master,” which is a thorough, readable, very readable backgrounder on the whole Ukraine conflict. On every page, Baud debunks the stories presented in the Western media, and he is careful to document everything he says. It’s depressing as you realize that nearly everything we have been told and are still being told about Ukraine is a big fat lie.

  63. malthuss August 14, 2023 at 10:57 pm #

    BRH

    FROM SBPDL / UNZ

    Looking at the original report, it appears that CT has a system to track any supposed “disparate impact” impact of traffic enforcement on non-White, and that (at least until recently), this system was almost entirely independent of the system used to track infractions for enforcement purposes.

    This separate “racial profiling” tracking system used different software, was run by an outside vendor, and allowed officers to generate their own traffic stop ID number (different from the number used to to initiate a report, without any involvement of dispatchers or requirement for a matching citation in the “enforcement” side of the system.
    If you create an easily gameable system, and the people subjected to that system have strong incentives to game it… they will.

    • BackRowHeckler August 15, 2023 at 4:32 am #

      Yeah, that’s a big thing going on here right now. In a nutshell, what’s happening is a large percentage of black & hispanic residents don’t bother to register their cars, insure their cars, and even get a DL … and the fact that illegals are given DLs adds to the problem on the roads. Add to that all the cars that they steal mostly from suburban (white) towns. State & local PDs know what the score is & stop non whites more than they do whites, and make many more arrests from these traffic stops. For the left (most of the state and city govts) this is evidence of racism. Just last week in WHartford a Puerto Rican was shot after engaging police in a high speed chase driving a stolen car. He refused to surrender and crashed into numerous autos, endangering everybody, then fought the cops on the street. Inevitably, yesterday there were demonstrations in the Park Street neighborhood against ‘Racist Cops’ gunning down Puerto Ricans. As the White population here shrinks and the govt panders to the ever growing ‘minority’ an impossible situation has developed ~ with no end in sight.

      For ordinary citizens the only way to deal with this mayhem is to stay vigilant & above all avoid the cities of Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport etc., where chaos reigns, and not much good happens.

      • Islander August 15, 2023 at 6:43 am #

        An article in a recent issue of the London Review of Books, about the SCOTUS decision striking down affirmative action, argues that it is wrong to equate “negative” racism with “positive” racism, which helps those who have been injured by ongoing racism in the USA.

        The writer is Randall Kennedy. He might even have been a “diversity” admission himself.

        But going easy on minorities (positive, do-gooder racism) does not help the society in which they live, and so it cannot help them. The smarter ones, members of minorities, realize this. Not only will their personal achievements be called into question, but social breakdown and lawlessness is encouraged, and so they are also exposed to the mayhem, and the potential backlash.

        Whatever happened to the “tough love” concept?

        Maybe proponents of “positive” racism ought to be obliged to spend a week out on the beat with actual cops.

        Wearing an adrenaline monitor!!

    • Paddys Lament August 15, 2023 at 6:30 pm #

      My cousin’s a retired State Trooper. He patrolled the NJ Turnpike for many years and went by the motto: “racial profiling saves lives.”

      Incidentally, the AG just implemented a similar tracking system here.

  64. SoftStarLight August 15, 2023 at 3:11 am #

    — “Karma is God’s hickory switch” —

    Lol. Thank you Mr. K!

    • Ron Anselmo August 16, 2023 at 11:57 pm #

      Dreamy. You’re such a good witch. Glenda’s got nothing on you.

  65. SoftStarLight August 15, 2023 at 3:22 am #

    Were the people in Lahaina flash incinerated so their land could be taken? Real estate developers have literally already swooped in like vultures and are contacting victims to buy up their land. This is happening as survivors are still searching for loved ones and trying to identify bodies.

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    • BackRowHeckler August 15, 2023 at 4:41 am #

      The NYPost ran an article yesterday showing elites like Paris Hilton & Leo DiCaprio in Hawaii still lounging and partying on their yachts just a few miles from the burnt over district ~ and people flying into Honolulu airport for their summer vacation lol.

      • malthuss August 15, 2023 at 10:54 am #

        if I had a vacation planned to non Maui Hawaii Id take it, why not?
        Its Maui thats in crisis.

        • beantownbill. August 15, 2023 at 11:47 am #

          I spent time on the Big Island. It was an excellent vacation, what with exploring lava tubes and helicoptering over the volcano and watching the lava pour out into the sea.

        • Dr. Zonk August 15, 2023 at 1:01 pm #

          Different people feel compassion differently. I remember, a couple of decades ago, many people in my circle raving about how wonderful and affordable their Dominican Republic vacay was and suggesting that I do the same. I told them that I would not be able to enjoy a vacay lounging on the same island as Haitians in agony. They blankly looked at me like I had two heads.

          • Jarek August 15, 2023 at 1:20 pm #

            Look at how lovely your lawn is. But to the bugs therein it a dangerous jungle, one filled with predators.

            The moral is: Don’t look to closely. You won’t like what you see. This goes for Nature and Human nature and society.

            But if you want wisdom, look very closely. You will end up looking for something beyond this fallen natural world, both human and non-human.

            People are vacationing on Maui as if nothing happened. On the other side of the island or just a mile or two away?

          • SoftStarLight August 15, 2023 at 1:23 pm #

            Did you remain composed? That’s at the point typically where I stare back for a moment and then just get up and say y’all are so fucked up and just walk off. And besides. If you think about it in one respect. Two heads are better than one. You can think double the thoughts!

          • Dr. Zonk August 15, 2023 at 4:40 pm #

            I did remain composed at the time, SSL. I had much more composure back then.

      • SoftStarLight August 15, 2023 at 1:19 pm #

        Yeah. It’s as if they aren’t really trying to hide the ulterior motives here. In fact, I believe the governor Hawaii just basically said that the government wants to acquire the burned out properties.

  66. SoftStarLight August 15, 2023 at 3:30 am #

    I personally wouldn’t mind having a convict as my President. If that prevents me from attending your dinner parties, well, fyi, they’re basically boring filter bubbles anyway.

    • Disaffected August 15, 2023 at 11:42 am #

      Future shock: we’ll ALL be locked up doing time, even El Presidente.

      • SoftStarLight August 15, 2023 at 1:27 pm #

        Yeah. I guess that is why they are investing so heavily in the open air tech prison grid system. Do they have a fail safe to keep the prison grid system going in the case of EMPs?

        • Disaffected August 15, 2023 at 5:35 pm #

          Yeah, it’s called YOU DIE.

          • SpeedyBB August 17, 2023 at 3:46 am #

            Dis, it would not be surprising to learn that the military has an extermination strategy in place for maximum-security correctional institutions like the Colorado Supermax. It would kick in with (a) social breakdown and anarchy, (b) infra collapse – no power or delivery of goods, or (c) natural disaster like Yellowstone supervolcano goes off.

            Everybody gets killed, guards as well as inmates. You try and hustle the guards to safety and street-smart inmates will figure the deal and riot. The warden, if popular with his superiors, might be helicopered out, “…on business”.

            For the rest inside it will be nerve gas from drone sprinklers.

  67. GreenAlba August 15, 2023 at 9:36 am #

    If anyone is interested in a publishing miracle, there is a book out on the Maui fires and what they mean for climate change!

    amazon.co.uk/dp/B0CFCYXMRX

    Written, edited, typeset, proofread, printed and bound (OK, we’ll accept it’s POD, wasn’t proofread or edited and didn’t exactly need a cover designer) in how many days? The first few reviewers have nailed it, i.e. a publishing miracle that even puts Schwab’s effort to shame.

    Why would they not wait a couple of months to make it look credible? Presumably to let us know that credibility isn’t even a thing any more?

    • GreenAlba August 15, 2023 at 9:56 am #

      On closer viewing, this is a hoax. Pub. date is 10 August, fires were 11 August? Nothing in ‘view inside’ except the cover. Another attempt to discredit the naysayers, then. Perhaps Marianna Spring will cover it in BBC Vilify, sorry Verify, as part of ‘Marianna in Conspiracyland’.

      • Disaffected August 15, 2023 at 11:39 am #

        LOL! They’re not even making any attempt to hide it anymore. Cojones like basketballs on these bastards.