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The media branch of “the Resistance” wet its pantsuits last Friday when Robert Mueller released sentencing memos on Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, the human keys to the dungeon they would like to toss Mr. Trump into. Over in the House of Representatives, incoming Judiciary Committee chair Jerrold Nadler spooged himself into a rapture as visions of impeachment lap-danced in his head. Their victory orgasms may prove premature.

The memos themselves were not all they were cracked up to be. Despite Mr. Mueller turning the screws of federal prosecution on them for months on end, neither Manafort or Cohen has composed the narrative the Special Counsel wants, so the memos were, in effect, an attempt to run some high voltage through the screws, to goose out a last-minute change-of-heart in the two patsies. Manafort has been stuffed into solitary confinement and Cohen threatened with forty years of jail time, Their stoicism so far suggests this is not the triumphal climax that the spinners of RussiaGate seek.

Mr. Trump’s response to all this has seemed, at best, retiring and ineffectual. He’s actually done next to nothing to fight back, besides some juvenile tweets, issued perhaps to alert his antagonists that he’s paying attention. Given the lack of evidence for the basic predicate of RussiaGate — that the Trump election campaign “colluded” with Russia — and the abundant evidence of crimes against Mr. Trump by his adversaries in prosecuting this fraud, and the legal machinery silently in motion backstage of RussiaGate — there’s a lot of room for the story to flip upside down.

For instance: the matter of General Flynn, the sacked National Security Advisor, who got his charging memo the week before last. The terms were surprisingly lenient: no jail time. The public, egged-on by the Resistance media, is led to believe that Gen. Flynn handed Mr. Mueller a wooden stake to drive through the Golden Golem’s wicked heart and was aptly rewarded. Gen. Flynn has said almost nothing for more than year and the impression of him in the media is of a completely beaten-down, broken man. I’m sure the ordeal has been grotesque for this once-powerful warrior. But his breakers forget that Gen. Flynn himself was an experienced spook who ran the Defense Intelligence Agency, an outfit possibly more secretive and potent than the CIA and the FBI. We might assume that he still has friends and supporters there, and that Gen. Flynn may be sitting on interesting intel of his own on his inquisitors, ranging from the election misdeeds of the FBI and DOJ in 2016 all the way back to the Chief Inquisitor’s (RM’s) actions in the Uranium One scheme that funneled over $150 million into the Clinton Foundation, and also to manifold irregularities in the Obama White House around these matters.

Gen. Flynn may actually have the goods on the fraud behind his own prosecution — namely, proof of exactly how he was set up by Mr. Obama, in particular his own tapes of conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak that would show something different than the transcripts Mr. Mueller used to entrap him on Lying-to-Federal-Prosecutors rap. That theory raises the question: why did he not use it in his own defense. The answer may simply be that he didn’t want to rack up $2.5 million in billable hours for defense attorneys and chose instead to tough it out for nearly two years until he could use the information he has. And that means he must wait until final sentencing when his case is complete.

That appears in the offing, perhaps even before Mr. Mueller releases his much panted-over final report. Of course, Mr. Mueller may have absolutely no idea what Gen. Flynn has got on him — hence the speculation about why the charging memo was so lenient. But that line of reasoning suggests that Gen. Flynn will just forget about the disgrace Mr. Mueller put him through and let bygones be bygones. That’s not how warriors roll. More likely, Gen. Flynn has something more severe in mind. For all of his horse-faced gravitas in the photos of his fleeting sightings, Mr. Mueller does not look to me like a man in a comfortable situation.

Mr. Comey will be making a return visit to the House committee where, last week, he weaseled his way through seven hours of forgetfulness, and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch will make her long-overdue first appearance to do some ‘splainin’ about the fishy confab she held with Bill Clinton on the Tarmac in Phoenix around the time that Mr. Comey was preparing to drop the “matter” involving Mrs. Clinton in July of 2016.

Backstage for the moment, there are two other vectors in motion: whatever Mr. Huber is up to in his mission to examine all those FBI / DOJ ? CIA operations against Mr. Trump, and the parallel inquiry of Mr. Horowitz, the DOJ Inspector general. Mr. Huber will be heard from for the first time this week, and Mr. Horowitz’s report is expected soon, too. Finally, there is the Trump card, so to speak: the president’s power to declassify reams of documents that will shed light in all of the dark chambers of this fairy-tale castle. Wait for it….


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  1. Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter December 10, 2018 at 10:04 am #

    I pray that you are right. But my gut feeling is this will just end like all the other witch hunts, with the witch hunters proclaiming they were right all along. Like Cotton Mather. No matter how innocent the witch.

    Squeeky Fromm
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    • lbs December 10, 2018 at 3:28 pm #

      Not when 2/3 of the public thinks Mueller is full of it.

    • Nightowl December 10, 2018 at 5:48 pm #

      I don’t think so. Trump has been busy pushing out tidbits of info. on the multiple scandals involving the FBI, DOJ, and our former Pres.

      Flynn was ex DNI, and Trumpi’s team knows everything I suspect. Declassing the FISA docs alone would be monumental. Then there is the paper trail from Strock and McCabe. All of the big players at DOJ and the FBI have been removed from their posts (McCabe, Strozck, Ohr, Yates, Page, etc.).

      Every two weeks MSM hyperventilates a new story about how Trumpi is done this time. And nothing maifests, items are retracted, the lies quietly corrected.

      IMO, it doesnt matter what happens; things are too far gone. Trump has done a great service highlighting the incredible levels of corruption among a cabal that is working to take civilization into uncharted waters.I don’t see any way out of a bleak future, unless the wave of populism sweeping parts of Europe has the Rückgrat to fight this encroaching evil.

      I suspect they won’t. Wanna see the future? Look at China. Your social credit score is being compiled as we speak.

    • gonetohell December 11, 2018 at 8:20 pm #

      There’s nothing right about JHK. He is defending a president who defends the brutal murder and dismemberment of a US resident and journalist for the Washington Post. The man’s blood was drained into a sink before dismemberment to limit blood splattering all over the consulate. JHK has lost all sense of right and wrong, if he ever had any. He concerns himself with the legitimacy of the special counsel. He has NO concern for possible conflicts of interest with this president as regards his business dealings with the Saudi Monarchy and President Putin.

      • benr December 13, 2018 at 10:00 am #

        @gonetohell You forgot to mention a member of the Muslim brotherhood who has blood ALL over his hands. How is the murder of a foreign national any of the United States business much less someone that by and large is an enemy of our country and one of our staunchest allies?

    • ffkling December 12, 2018 at 3:47 am #

      North Carolina Panel of Republican, Democratic, Independent Election Judges Refuses to Certify Midterm Election Results due to Widespread Republican Voter Fraud.

      Trump and Republican Members of Congress Silent.

      washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/12/06/gop-was-upset-about-election-fraud-before-it-threatened-their…

    • ffkling December 12, 2018 at 3:55 am #

      Let’s see, the special prosecutor’s office has obtained indictments or guilty pleas from 33 people and three companies, so far. A witch hunt is PizzaGate or Seth Rich murder (Fox News required to issue an on-air apology to the family of Seth Rich for formulating and perpetuating a real witch hunt).

      As a Trumptard apologist, I don’t expect you to see the difference.

      • Nightowl December 12, 2018 at 4:16 pm #

        All sounds so convincing in soundbyte form, until you look at the actual charges.

        Then you yawn.

  2. Walter B December 10, 2018 at 10:11 am #

    Amazing how drawn out and glacier like the pace of these “proceedings” are isn’t it? Of course when you keep in mind that this is how lawyers operate to fatten their massive paychecks, it may be disgusting and depressing but it is profitable. At least for them, the bastards. Never let a man write his own paycheck. It is a sure path to bankruptcy.

    Now that the yield curve on the short term and long term T bills has inverted and the Chinese tariffs are in place, perhaps the real fun can get started. With these as cover, the Chinese manufacturers can begin to switch their customer base from US(A) to those on the World Island, serviced through the Silk Road. When this gets underway, as it certainly will, watch for rising prices and QE from the Fed. Coming to an economy near you soon.

    • Neon Vincent December 10, 2018 at 10:52 am #

      The inversion of the 5-year T-Bill relative to the 2-year and 3-year T-Bills isn’t really about the long-term and short-term. I’d count those all as medium- or intermediate-term bonds. Still, it was enough to get the talking heads on CNBC chattering about what it meant for the economy and, more important to them, stock valuations all day on Tuesday. As for politics, I think it’s more likely that the recession it’s starting to signal would be more likely to get the current Administration voted out of office in 2020 than the Mueller investigation has of getting the President impeached.

      In other news, Vice showed a segment on the doomsday bunkers of the well-to-do. Apparently, some people think the end of the world makes for a good real estate investment.

      • Walter B December 10, 2018 at 11:22 am #

        Ah the mega-wealthy STHF bunkers, aren’t they rich, literally? It certainly was a great way to bilk many of the uber-wealthy out of large amounts of cash, but it was started way too early, just like the latest bunker added under the With House with a drop dead completion date of 2014. However, by starting early, the profits could be raked in well ahead of the real problems and by the time it actually unfolds, those who were once so “prepared” shall have all become very much unprepared. I think that this is where a lot of the cash went that was taken out of the paychecks of the working class. I know one of these mega-wealthy guys that picked up an “escape farm” in the middle of Pennsylvania along with an over armed MRAP with which to get there. By the time he needs it, the tires will probably all have gone flat. Getting the masses prepped up early is the best way to assure that they will be unprepared when the main event actually happens, for after all, how long IS the human attention span anyway?

        • draupnir December 10, 2018 at 11:58 am #

          I’m sorry I don’t recall the details but I read an article or comment a while back by some guy who claimed to have presented at a conference to some of the uber wealthy who have made such preparations. They were worried about how to control their security people and other support staff once they were shut down in there with them. A valid concern – they were thinking along the lines of shock collars.

        • elysianfield December 10, 2018 at 3:23 pm #

          ” for after all, how long IS the human attention span anyway?”

          Walter,
          I donno…what were we talking about?

          Oh yeah, the rich building bunkers to survive the Zombie Apocalypse…How’d that turn out for the French?

          • Walter B December 10, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

            How is it written….

            “the kings of the earth, the nobles, the commanders, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and free man, hid in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. And they said to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the One seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.”

            At least it will save us the trouble of burying them, eh?

          • SpeedyBB December 12, 2018 at 7:33 am #

            That’s cute, Walter B. I smiled.

            It also reminded me of having read that more than a few of the [guiltily nervous] billionaires had begun to retreat from their fine, secure New Zealand boltholes – ‘down under’ reputedly being one of the safer hideouts when it all comes to tears.

            They got bored. And undoubtedly fed up with the staid, more-British-than-the-Brits Kiwi whiteys (not to mention the ferocious Maori with their hair-trigger tempers). No fun. Hey what about the survival?

            I guess survival without fun is one of those Zen koan that must be meditated on. At least to the level of opulence Our Rulers are accustomed to.

      • GhostOfHam December 10, 2018 at 2:31 pm #

        Maybe WE get to live in the Tom Mix, not THEM?

  3. shotho December 10, 2018 at 10:17 am #

    If Trump and all of his friends (Huber, Horowitz, Flynn) are waiting to spring their trap on Mueller, then they had better get moving. Time’s a-wasting. The case of Donald Trump vs. his Legion of Enemies is getting a little long in the tooth and I would not bet against the Legion.
    And, yes, while we are fixated on this domestic scene, the clock is indeed ticking on the global debt crisis.

    • darrell dullnig December 10, 2018 at 11:25 am #

      The ridiculous drama is an engineered distraction, IMO. The debt bomb is the issue, and the elite want no one with any influence focusing on the real issue; the bigger the surprise when the economic earthquake begins shaking the foundations of our civilization, the more effective the results.

      • capt spaulding December 10, 2018 at 1:33 pm #

        It’s pretty obvious that what we need is another tax cut, along with massive deregulation, which will get things going along with regards to getting this country back on the right path.

    • Paulo December 10, 2018 at 11:50 am #

      Running out of tinfoil as this narrative continues from Friday. The conspiracies abound. Next it’ll be the Seth Rich killers were afraid of getting caught so they orchestrated a false story about Trump in order to divert attention and delegitimize his election. Ooops, I think I already read that on Zero Hedge. Oh, I know, Uranium 1 perps killed Seth Rich and then invented Q anon to hijack the uprisings before they could begin, at the same time Spiked a sure Trump 2nd term. yeahhh, that’s it.

      The best scenario, (and one I think will be followed), that unless there are unbelieveable egregious crimes, Trump will be allowed to stew and tweet for the rest of his term. Released information and delayed indictments will ensure some other GOP wannabe will be the next Repub candidate and that will be that. Otherwise, Pence will get in and pardon the SOB. After the election Trump busisnesses will suffer for all eternity as Mueller and SDNY lifts the rock and the crooked crabs scuttle off for plea agreements.

      Next indictments: Corsi and Stone. Both will cave after a few days in the slammer. Within a month, Don Jr. and Jared, maybe even Javenka. That’ll take awhile and might even prompt Trump to self-destruct. Regardless, the tax returns are looming and will be ‘leaked’. Then the real fun, all shits and giggles, begin.

      Look at the bright side, at least TRrump actually made the cover of Time Magazine. He won’t have to print up a phony one for his jail cell like he did for his golf clubs.

  4. Georges1202 December 10, 2018 at 10:19 am #

    Once again hopes rise that the horrid baboon currently in charge of our affairs is dispensed with like a barrel of medical waste.

    Recovering from this debacle will take years. Maybe an entire generation. Who knows.

    • PeteAtomic December 10, 2018 at 10:23 am #

      the ruling class in the US has as much usefulness & legitimacy as a pile of medical waste awash on a shore in San Francisco…

      • lbs December 10, 2018 at 3:29 pm #

        Plenty of usefulness for those used syringes!

    • TiredOfTheTreadmill December 10, 2018 at 10:59 am #

      Recover? Not gonna happen. After the idiot Trump we have the idiot Pence who likes to mix Jeezus in with his style of idiocy. The supposed opposition party has nobody of value to step up to the plate either. The ass kicking is coming. There is no avoiding it at this point. All we can do is suck it up and make the best of it by being decent human beings to one another. Good luck with that part of it too.

      • lbs December 10, 2018 at 3:30 pm #

        And if Pence is gone we then have the idiot Pelosi.

    • amb December 10, 2018 at 12:55 pm #

      Recovering? Recovering to what? As if there was some ideal scene in the past that we could go back to. High levels of immorality, corruption, destruction and ignorance have been extant in this government for way over a century. Trump’s Populist/Economic Nationalist movement has acted to penetrate the facade and let traces of corruption and evil-doing come to the surface.

      Every empire or group eventually dies and vanishes due to the cancer of immorality/corruption. This has been humanity’s history. There is something we don’t know.

      • lbs December 10, 2018 at 3:31 pm #

        I have to hand it to progressives, though. They have come up with an absolutely original way to demolish a civilization. There is no historical precedent.

        • benr December 13, 2018 at 10:08 am #

          Naw same way Rome went decadence and allowing the Visigoths in to sack the civilization…nothing new just new players.

      • darrell dullnig December 10, 2018 at 4:41 pm #

        We know it; it is just that most do not want to admit it. That is our real problem at the core. We are not in the least admirable, but we lie to ourselves and to others, thinking that somehow we can successfully fake it. We are a truly fucked up species.

      • shotho December 10, 2018 at 5:48 pm #

        I agree with you, amb. Trump will go down in history as one of the most influential presidents because he tore the mask off our increasingly degraded and corrupt society, polity and economy. He has done this unintentionally, but done it nevertheless. We won’t go back to something, but only forward into whatever the next generations bring.

        • Nightowl December 12, 2018 at 4:19 pm #

          It is quite intentional, IMO.

      • SoftStarLight December 11, 2018 at 12:13 am #

        Yes, at the end of the day all of the empires have crumbled because of moral decay. But the cycle always repeats.

  5. PeteAtomic December 10, 2018 at 10:21 am #

    What a bunch of overwhelming fuckery

    • Ol' Scratch December 10, 2018 at 10:45 am #

      LOL! Fuckery. Now there’s a word you don’t see used nearly enough these days! Pair it with “monkey-” or “cluster-” for extra special verbal impact.

  6. malthuss December 10, 2018 at 10:26 am #

    Food prices are skyrocketing.
    I bought a few lemons and mandarins at the farmers market. $1 each.

    • CancelMyCard December 10, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

      The increases in grocery prices are just stupendous, but by subterfuge and stealth.

      Now, for one amazing example, take coffee which used to always be sold in 1-pound containers. They have dropped the size of the containers incrementally and steadily, so that now I’m seeing coffee sold in 9-oz. and 10-oz. containers.

      And The Price Has Remained Constant Throughout.

      Does the Bureau of Lying Statistics take this into account when producing their Bullshit inflation gauge?

      I doubt it.

      • Inflation, commodity price increases, the invisible hand of the market… I don’t think any of these care about your coffee problems.

        The farmers are the one getting squeezed.

        • Ol' Scratch December 10, 2018 at 1:03 pm #

          How are Lil’ Deb’s prices doing these days? Are those still a thing? I saw some Hostess(?) Snowballs at the end of the aisle the other day. I thought those had long since bit the dust.

          By the way, don’t tell anybody but… The “Invisible Hand” nonsense is a pure bullshit. Concealed hand maybe, on the part of the oligarchs, but as an economic theory of anything its pure prop to keep the rubes in line.

          • Walter B December 10, 2018 at 1:21 pm #

            Yup Scratch is it not surprising that so many still believe in markets and supply and demands having any effect on pricing or value? How much we use affecting how much it costs went out the window a decade ago once government starting subsidizing everydamnthing. How have gasoline prices been kept flat for the past decade here in the US, the first time in our lifetimes that it has ever happened? Heck, the oil companies can charge $0.25 a gallon at the pump tomorrow if the government is backdooring them $4 a gallon, now can’t they? I do not understand why people just do not get the fact that counterfeiting US dollars in the cellar of the Federal Reserve makes any and every form of financial manipulation possible.

          • elysianfield December 10, 2018 at 3:29 pm #

            ” counterfeiting US dollars in the cellar of the Federal Reserve makes any and every form of financial manipulation possible.”

            Walter,
            And thank Allah that it does. When they stop the manipulation, things are going to get “sporty”.

            Anyone in the readership have or have used a wood-fired hot tub? On my X-mas list….

          • Of you guys understood how markets work you’d be making moolah.

            The good old New York Times is still $3!!

          • Walter B December 12, 2018 at 9:09 am #

            We do and we did Deb, but getting yesterday’s news tomorrow from a printed rag is of no value in doing so. Insider trading is always the best way to profit and is actually legal for the Big Boys you know. Of course those that profit in this particular scam do need patsies to be sucked it so their cash can be sucked out, just ask the pension fund managers for the City of Detroit or any of their countless other victims.

      • lbs December 10, 2018 at 3:32 pm #

        Like the chocolate rations in 1984.

      • malthuss December 10, 2018 at 4:19 pm #

        Thats called shrinkage. Hagen Daz is now 14 ounces.

  7. teddyboy46 December 10, 2018 at 10:32 am #

    let the show begin , this is the most interesting political struggle since watergate.

  8. Ol' Scratch December 10, 2018 at 10:40 am #

    Thanks for keeping up on all this for us Jim. I’m needing a scorecard these days just to keep up with all the players. Palace intrigue has rarely been so intriguing since the Roman days of yore.

    • PeteAtomic December 10, 2018 at 10:51 am #

      it’s like a real life Game of Thrones without anybody nearly as cool as a Jaime or Tyrion Lannister

      • Ol' Scratch December 10, 2018 at 1:04 pm #

        Ahh yes! That will be back with us again all to soon, won’t it? Dragons and heroes and sluts – OH MY!

  9. Kafkaesque December 10, 2018 at 10:41 am #

    ‘Spooged’……..has it, er, come to this?! Franz asked, considering a rewrite of ‘The Trial’, only Josef K would insist on being repped by Dershowitz as opposed to Mr. Welles.

    He’s decided to disinter that old perv what glommed and spooged over Miss Liddell, seeing that all are now through the looking glass.

    PS: Oh, yes, the digital physics department called, it wants its Virtual Reality back.

  10. FincaInTheMountains December 10, 2018 at 10:42 am #

    It appears that I was right all along.

    General Flynn discussed with Russian Ambassador Kislyak ways to evacuate 35 Russian diplomats with their families, expelled by outgoing Obama, or rather, Hillary Clinton Administration.

    On 2017 New Year’s Eve, Russian diplomats were physically unable to leave the US in allocated to them 72 hours, and undoubtedly would have been arrested after the expiration of this period by the same people who in 2001 had already once arrested the Secretary of State of Russia and Belarus, who came to attend the inauguration of President Bush Jr. by his invitation.

    Clintonoids keep attacking the American patriot and the deserved military intelligence officer for assisting in the organization of a special flight that took Russian diplomats and their families from the United States.

    They are enraged that he did not allow events to develop according to a catastrophic scenario, thus preventing a nuclear war with Russia, which the outgoing administration tried to arrange 20 days before the end of its term of office.

    When talking to FBI Peter Strzok General Flynn didn’t realized that the expulsion of diplomats was part of the anti-Russian sanctions and quite sincerely answered that he DID NOT discussed anti-Russian sanctions with Ambassador Kislyak and was caught in a primitive perjury trap.

    Everybody (except of Clusterfuckers, of course) know that and especially US military, that is why Mueller just did not have guts to throw General Flynn in jail for preventing nuclear war.

    kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/racket-of-rackets/#comment-299246

    • Ol' Scratch December 10, 2018 at 1:05 pm #

      LOL! Have you ever been wrong yet, Ol’ Finc?

  11. TiredOfTheTreadmill December 10, 2018 at 10:44 am #

    So….this is it huh? This is the state of the “leadership” in the most exceptional country ever, huh? And, we still have people wondering when collapse/decline is going to happen. Looks like all of the opiod, alcohol, porn, TeeVee and sports addictions/distractions coupled with shitty, meaningless wage slavery have created a whole nobody gives a shit anymore environment.

    The fact that the distracted, overly propagandized patriots of freedom in this country consider the military one of their most trustworthy institutions while they can’t pass an audit and always need more money even though having an open checkbook under the current idiot in office is one more sign of major decline. In my younger days it never occurred to me that this country could kill itself off due to pure stupidity, but here we are. It’s those things you don’t even expect that get you.

    • Ol' Scratch December 10, 2018 at 1:06 pm #

      Good as it gets these days. Sigh…

  12. EvelynV December 10, 2018 at 10:44 am #

    Patience everyone. Things will roll along more smoothly and briskly once the republican majority in the house is flushed away.

    • draupnir December 10, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

      Oh, please. Nothing will get done. Their prime directive is getting rid of Trump, and failing that (repubs still hold the Senate, as you know), make certain that he accomplishes nothing. They’ll be squabbling as the place falls down around our ears. We’re doomed. The Democratic majority in the house makes no difference, except to provide entertainment. Are you not entertained?

      • Walter B December 10, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

        I got all the way to work Saturday morning to open up only to find that I brought the wrong set of keys and to drive back home to get the right one. It was all Donald Trump’s fault. Damn his eyes!

        • draupnir December 10, 2018 at 2:28 pm #

          I know. Isn’t it amazing how vast his reach has become..

      • EvelynV December 11, 2018 at 2:31 am #

        I only meant the task of terminating the terrible titan of tackiness. For example once Mueller has a receptive audience to review the misdeeds that he’s uncovered, the revelations and whatever follows will proceed apace.

        As far as accomplishing any worthwhile legislation, with a veto empowered king turd and a senate body dominated by little turds, nothing will get done.

    • benr December 13, 2018 at 10:31 am #

      Nothing ever gets done that is of value when the democrats gain power!
      When they do get something done the law of unintended consequences always screws we the people!
      Think Obaminable care!
      My health insurance for my family went from a couple of hundred dollars a month to over $800!
      Your faith in the bumbling morons calling themselves democrats is the exact problem we as Americans face now.

  13. volodya December 10, 2018 at 10:53 am #

    The main vector here is one whose propellant comes from an American Deep State that will not abide a challenge to the interests of its players.

    The problem with the players that think they matter is that they think they’re the ONLY ones that matter, that others with interests will necessarily buckle when faced with the might and majesty of the institutions that are the face of this Deep State. For example, how does one of modest means like Mike Flynn fight a government that will literally conjure up money to deep-six him? Mike just doesn’t have the dough, pure and simple.

    And so they got Flynn. So what?

    If you want a peek into the future, the frivolities on the Champs D’Elysee in gay Paree might be worth paying attention to. Their like hasn’t been seen in decades and bespeaks a populace that’s been progressively (pun fully intended) throttled by state bodies rigging national economies to favor a handful of bankers and oligarchs. And the throttlers are indeed “progressives”, people fully armed with laudable goals and justifications.

    You know the reasoning, the rich need tax cuts because they aren’t rich enough. Progressives are fully on board with this and never mind that their minders are wealthy, there’s a massive body of academic work by the economics profession that supports this contention. Because without tax cuts,well, the Davos folk grow grey and dull and start thinking about razor blades. Can’t have that can we? No, of course not. As for the tax increases for everyone else, that’s in service of worthwhile fiscal and environmental and societal goals.

    Open borders? Yes, that’s in service of all that’s noble and wonderful and acts as a counter to nasty nationalism. Every educated and enlightened individual knows how deplorable it is to tout pride in one’s citizenship and language and heritage and ethnicity, not to mention, gasp, RACE. Can’t have borders, can’t, they’re the root of terrible evils.

    That open borders facilitate the flow of people from impoverished places to more wealthy places and thus serve to lower wages in those wealthy places, gosh and golly, that’s a side effect, not intended nossir. And to suggest otherwise is unworthy and untoward. What greater cause can there be than that of peace and tolerance? That oligarch income statements improve with the influx of desperate people willing to work for peanuts … just shut-up, shut up, you’re being base and mean and money-grubbing.

    The street, the mob, those deplorables, have got legitimate interests, no matter the insistence otherwise of all those that think they know better, that think that they themselves are the only ones that matter. And while the Deep State can ruin the lives of a few like Flynn, the Deep State should look across the pond at France and back in time at what happened at once unassailable communist police states.

    • draupnir December 10, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

      It appears to me that the French have had enough and are willing to ruin the place before they’ll bend over again. It’s not that they don’t love their socialism, they simply want someone else to pay for it. In any case, this uprising might have legs. Yellow vests have been active in Brussels and elsewhere. It’s certainly worrisome. Armed vehicles with EU insignia have been seen on the streets of Paris.

      • volodya December 10, 2018 at 1:19 pm #

        It’s not that they don’t love their socialism, they simply want someone else to pay for it. – Draupnir

        That’s a common mental malady. The Greeks decline to pay taxes, tax evasion being the national pass-time, but demand that the Germans to cover the bill. The Germans said nein, so then the Greeks said they’re owed by the Germans for war reparations. That angle didn’t work but I guess it was worth a shot.

        Now it’s the Italians – who raise tax evasion to a high art – and it appears that the EU PTB aren’t so worried over the prospect of Brexit, but rather are losing sleep over what dragons come flying out of Italy’s fiscal black holes.

        • capt spaulding December 10, 2018 at 1:39 pm #

          The Scandinavian countries don’t seem to mind paying for their socialism, but maybe I’m missing something.

          • volodya December 10, 2018 at 2:31 pm #

            Yeah, their paying for their socialism comes out of getting their asses to bed at a decent hour, then getting their asses out of bed and to work on time and doing a decent day’s labor and not spending their afternoons screwing their mistresses. Plus, you know, eating three proper meals a day and living a generally Christian life. Yeah, yeah, I know the Mediterraneans are all fun and charming and emotionally accessible and all that shit. But there’s no way that I can see but to work and pay taxes, two boring things that seemingly are hobbled by a marked reluctance in those sunny southerly places. Maybe it’s the heat and the wine, bakes brains and dulls the senses.

            I don’t think you’re missing anything. Having thoroughly pissed all over the Greeks and Italians, the Swedes had some serious fun and games about thirty years ago when they had some fiscal black holes their own to fill. Seems though that they learned the lesson.

          • draupnir December 10, 2018 at 2:34 pm #

            They’ve let all those refuges in and someone has to pay for it. They’re starting to run out of other people’s money.

  14. FincaInTheMountains December 10, 2018 at 10:56 am #

    can ruin the lives of a few like Flynn

    They won’t dare touching a hair on his head.

  15. seawolf77 December 10, 2018 at 11:04 am #

    Bottom line Trump cheated to win. He bought those women’s silence because he knew that after the Access Hollywood tape, he could not take another blow to his female base. It is arguably the most effective campaign contribution of all time, as it may have been the key to his win. As such it is illegal in spirit as well as execution. The corroberation is the key, both to the case and the American people. Mueller is not showing his hand, but up to now he has been effective at flushing liars. We’re not talking a $5,000 titty bar bill. These are hush money payments totaling a quarter of a million dollars made weeks before the election. He is toast now. He defrauded the American voter by keeping quiet material information about his character hidden. He cheated to win. As soon as the House flips this will pick up speed. Mueller is playing it perfectly.

    • holtrp December 10, 2018 at 11:27 am #

      Mueller isn’t ‘playing’ anything. This is how justice works or is supposed to work. Interviews, investigations, facts, slow and methodical.

      The worst part about Trump and the state of affairs in this country is that to a large cross-section of the population, facts don’t matter. Half-cooked conspiracy theories and “what-if” seems to carry just as much weight.

      • seawolf77 December 10, 2018 at 11:43 am #

        You’re right Mueller isn’t playing anything. The Southern District of New York is.

        • FincaInTheMountains December 10, 2018 at 1:21 pm #

          Yeah, they’ve been on Hillary’s pay for a long time now.
          Best prosecutors Clinton Cash can buy!

    • Ol' Scratch December 10, 2018 at 1:08 pm #

      All’s fair in love, war, and election politics. It’s the new old American paradigm.

    • amb December 10, 2018 at 1:13 pm #

      You need to separate the man from the agenda. The man has flaws. So does everyone. If these personal points are to be held against an individual, then NO ONE would ever be qualified to hold government office.

      It’s very easy to be self-righteous. Very easy to cast stones without any self-examination.

      Trump may or may not have had extra-marital affairs. Who cares? If so, that is his business and something that he’d need to confront and reconcile for himself. Yet, it really doesn’t have much bearing on the man’s activities in politics and government and carrying out the MAGA agenda. That is MUCH bigger than the man himself.

      All that really matters is a person’s statistics, his accomplishments, the effects that he/she is creating on the environment: are they constructive or destructive?

      Everyone needs to get their heads out of their ass, stop focusing on the gossip-soap opera-sitcom aspects of our government which is so heavily thrust upon us by the MSM propaganda machine (nothing but distractions and misdirection).

      Everyone should support Trump. His intelligence is in seeing where we are headed in the future. He gets it. It is strong, sovereign nations that maintain their culture and cooperate with other nations of the same construction VERSUS global socialism (Dark Ages) and part of that would be the authoritarian Communist China taking over as the financial and military super-power. Trump is the USA’s hero who is waking America up and pushing us to win this war and not lose our potential for freedom, liberty and prosperity. He is the only “friend” we’ve got.

      Support Populist/Economic Nationalist agenda. The movement is stirring all over the globe.

      • EvelynV December 10, 2018 at 1:55 pm #

        The man has a flaws!? In this case that’s like saying the SS Columbia and the SS Challenger had flaws.

        • amb December 10, 2018 at 3:36 pm #

          No it isn’t.
          You have flaws too.

          • EvelynV December 11, 2018 at 2:37 am #

            But my flaws are meaningless to the rest of humanity, I’m not responsible to the public. In Trump my flaws would take on the appearance of virtues

      • seawolf77 December 10, 2018 at 2:08 pm #

        The American people care. It’s a character thing. If you cheat on your wife, what else do you cheat on? Your taxes. How you run a campaign. How you pay your contractors. How you treat students in your university. And on and on and on. He is a serial cheater. He is not successful. It’s all an illusion. An illusion manufactured with Saudi and Russian oil money, and that’s at the heart of the matter. This time his cheating will cost him big. He may spend the last years of his life in jail. John Edwards could legally argue that his supporters paid for his little side dish, they were in fact very rich. John Edwards was a lawyer. He would know what he could legally do and still get away with. Cohen was a lawyer too. The difference is one was good enough to run for president. The other worked for a con man. He could have done what Edwards did, but either he wasn’t smart enough, or there wasn’t anyone with that kind of money who would do it for Trump. Either way to be one step removed form the hush money was just stupid.

        • amb December 10, 2018 at 3:43 pm #

          You exist/think in an unreal world. The American people are smarter than that: they DON’T care about unimportant subjects. They care about their country. Proof: Billy Bush meant nothing to them, they voted Trump in anyway because they knew he was the path to saving America.

          Trump will never spend any time in jail. He hasn’t done anything of grave concern, and hasn’t committed any crimes whilst President… and that is all that matters. All the accusations from the Democrats and Liberal Media Propaganda Machine is just a ruse and bunch of nonsense. Get real. (Who should go to jail are the Clintons, Obama and the top FBI, CIA, NSA criminals that utilized government resources and powers to undermine Trump’s election and they continue to do so with his presidency. And they continue to fail.

          I also disagree with your argument that if you cheat on your wife, you cheat on everything else too. Total generality.

          Trump is a leader (not a politician) and is moving America in the right direction. The Socialists and Elite are collapsing.

          • seawolf77 December 10, 2018 at 4:27 pm #

            Of course you disagree, you’re a Trumptard. They are easily fooled. Betting on this guy to save the country would be like betting on a gangster to clean up the neighborhood. Trumptards fooled again.

        • benr December 13, 2018 at 10:39 am #

          Do you support any DEMOCRAT?
          I got some serious news for you they all cheat lie and steal!
          You just don’t like Donald J. Trump period end of story.

    • sophia December 10, 2018 at 1:43 pm #

      Yeah, I have to hand it to the democratic base. Hillary’s and for that matter, Bill’s, crimes were well known and yet they just don’t care.

    • RIB December 10, 2018 at 2:15 pm #

      Hey Wolfie how much in pay-offs did Bill Clinton pay the bimbos in 1992 and 1996 to keep quiet about his philandering dick? He must have cheated (no pun intended) too. You’re hopelessly naïve, man. No man who possesses money and /or power isn’t constantly bombarded with pussy thrown in his face. And damn few, turn it down. How old are you, Wolfie? 16? 18? 20? You better get yourself acquainted with the translation and thought behind the Latin phrase ” Sic Transit Gloria Mundi.

      • Walter B December 10, 2018 at 5:21 pm #

        Those AntiTrumptards are all the same. Logic and reason are lost on them for they revolve around feelings and emotions.

      • seawolf77 December 10, 2018 at 6:18 pm #

        Let me see, how hard will it be to blow this goose turd out of the water. God I am racking my brain. Shit I’ve given myself a headache. How far back will I have to go? Oh yeah. Just one. Obama. Just two. W. Skip three, he is after all your main thrust, no pun intended. The guy we just buuried, George HW Bush. Somehow I don’t remember porn stars coming out of the woodwork. You should change your handle to RIP, because your arguments are deceased before the electrons settle on the page.

        • capt spaulding December 10, 2018 at 7:03 pm #

          Well seawolf, what I think is needed here is a special prosecutor to investigate Mueller. He was obviously brought in here to get rid of Trump. Imagine, those Democrats and deep state types went so far as to get him registered as a Republican AND live a respectable life, just to unleash him and his vindictiveness on Trump.

          • seawolf77 December 10, 2018 at 7:40 pm #

            I don’t know if I can buy that. Ken Star was allowed to finish his investigation, and the best he came up with was Bill Clinton lying about sex at one of his deposition. And they impeached him for it. That’s about as thin as it gets. Here we have a hostile foreign power involved, a businessman turned politician who is conspiring with them while telling his minions a complete bald faced lie, and an electoral college victory of the thinnest margins which would have been influenced by the information that he paid hush money to silence. All of which he knew would come out. And this is the plan. Deny, deny, deny. This is raisins and bowling balls. What did W run on “Restore the dignity to the Oval Office.” After this, Hercules diverting a river through the oval office couldn’t clean this sucker out.

    • draupnir December 10, 2018 at 5:28 pm #

      So? Hillary cheated to win too. It’s really too bad, but unfortunately, Trump was actually the more attractive candidate, and he was abysmal. I voted for him to throw a wrench in the works and he is performing admirably. If you don’t like what you’ve got now, you really ought to take that up with the Democrats, because the fault lies there, not with Trump. I’ll certainly not ever give them my vote again. We knew what Trump was when we picked him up and we picked him up anyway.

      • seawolf77 December 10, 2018 at 6:47 pm #

        It’s kind of like the dog turd in the box of chocolates. Sure there are chocolate covered cherries, chocolate covered nougat, chocolate covered crisped rice, chocolate covered peanut butter, white chocolate even. But nothing stands out quite like that little dog turd. it makes the others look bland, flavorless. You can’t resist. You have to eat it.

        • draupnir December 10, 2018 at 9:15 pm #

          Of my own choosing. The best part of it is you have to eat one too.

      • City_of_76 December 11, 2018 at 11:06 am #

        Performing admirably, huh? Increasing pollution, further can-kicking of the deficit, alienating allies, stoking internal divisions.

        If that’s your definition of an admirable performance…

        • draupnir December 11, 2018 at 5:08 pm #

          I see you understand perfectly.

        • benr December 13, 2018 at 10:42 am #

          Verses what?
          Pollution in the name of a life gas plants need to survive and thrive?
          The more co2 the better the plants do.
          The rest of your drivel has Obama name on it.

    • Nightowl December 10, 2018 at 5:30 pm #

      Is this nothingburger 7 or 8? I have lost track. What happened to the ever so purposely nebulous “Russian collusion”?

      It would be funny if it weren’t so sad.

    • benr December 13, 2018 at 10:35 am #

      ROTFLOL You mean like Hillary cheated?
      Or how about the COMMIEunity ORGANizer Obalmer and how he bused in voters and lied through his teeth about everything.
      Trump has historically paid women he screwed to keep silent.
      Most politicians wind up doing this only in America does this seem to be a problem.

  16. robert magill December 10, 2018 at 11:22 am #

    Trump took on and defeated that horde of wannabe candidates and won the nomination. MSN elected him with a trillion dollars worth of free
    publicity. It was Trump, Trump, Trump 24/7 for a year to sell papers and airtime. It has been 2 years of Kill Trump 24/7 by the same salesman ever since.

  17. AKlein December 10, 2018 at 11:24 am #

    A house divided cannot stand. I do not recall there being such division, such animosity, between the various sectors of what we perceive as “the government.” Frankly, I do not think animosity can end well. The flames have been stoked so fervently that when one side, or the other, “wins” the reaction from the losing side will be serious. As the Chinese proverb goes, “may you live in interesting time.” Yeah, they are interesting, but also freighted with danger and portend real violence. I hope I am wrong.

    • sophia December 10, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

      And the populace is very divided as well, which irritates me no end as it is a matter of most people falling for divide and conquer propaganda and voluntarily relinquishing the general good will so that they may be useful pawns for people they have never met and never will.

      • Ol' Scratch December 10, 2018 at 4:20 pm #

        Well, as none other than the Oracle of Omaha himself put it: “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” Who are we to doubt him?

        Why the lower classes are so often at each other’s throats is the better question, although we can chalk that up to the amazingly effective propaganda coming from the corporate classes in combination with the “full spectrum dominance” of the media disinformation / entertainment industries and the dumbing down of modern education, which is now mostly focused on mindless regurgitation of meaningless factoids, unrelated to any larger, more meaningful whole.

        • Walter B December 10, 2018 at 5:24 pm #

          The lower class assault one another my friend, first of all because it is far easier to attack the guy next to you than climb the Ivory Tower to get at Johnny Big Bucks The other reason is that they are not too bright.

    • benr December 13, 2018 at 10:44 am #

      Antifa andBLM violence?
      That is easy to fix.
      Rightwing republicans start rioting look out.

  18. Q. Shtik December 10, 2018 at 11:38 am #

    Is the thread of personal emails below off-topic or is it indicative of the imminent collapse of American society that our host has been predicting for so long?

    Bruce,

    Good hearing from you. Things here have been chaotic because Bo’s brother, Peter, has been in the process of selling his house. The whole saga, especially the disposition of all possessions, is worthy of a novel (a title might be Bleak House II by Q. Dickens) and it’s not over yet. The closing was supposed to be Friday, Nov 30 but a glitch popped up (an issue on the buyer’s end) and we’re not sure if or when the deal will be finalized.

    Peter also got himself into trouble with the police beginning with a simple traffic violation which escalated into charges of resisting arrest, etc., etc., etc. His court date has been put off several times, most recently until Jan 22, 2019. He has already run up a big bill with a defense lawyer. In the meantime Peter has dashed off to Florida (on Sat Dec 1st) penniless via auto train. The car he shipped is an old “beater” with 200K miles on it and the heater doesn’t work (which is OK now that he’s in Florida rather than NJ.) I am only scratching the surface of this tale and will tell you more the next time we see you.

    Cuz Q.

    Is Peter on the lam?
    B

    Peter says “of course I’m going to come back for the Jan 22 court date” but Bo and I speculate/fear he just might say “screw it, why go back to NJ for an almost certain hefty fine or worse.”

    Q.

    Attn: Althea (in the office of Peter’s lawyer)

    It was nice chatting with you yesterday. You reminded me of something I had completely forgot, namely that Peter is NOT totally penniless. He DOES have income each month in the form of an SS check and (deceased wife) Darlene’s pension (amounts unknown) that are direct deposited to his bank account. I was relieved to realize that Peter was not stuck in Florida without even money to fill his gas tank. Bo informs me that Peter’s next SS check will go into his account on the second Wednesday of the month, Dec 12. I don’t know when Darlene’s pension check is deposited.

    But then Bo reminded me of the flip side of this good news, namely that Peter has been handing out “post-dated” checks to incidental creditors like trick or treat candy. One such check was payable to the “Got Junk?” dealers (amount unknown) and another to a Hispanic man who had been maintaining Peter’s lawn to keep the place ship-shape. There may be other checks for all we know.

    Peter has a friend in Florida named Dave S. and Dave told Bo he is buying Peter a hearing aid ($700) gratis. I, myself, offered to buy Peter two hearing aids months ago but he refused…said his hearing was “fine” but anyone who talks to him for ten minutes can tell that he is badly hearing impaired.

    Warm regards,
    Q. Shtik

    Hi Bru,

    I thought I might bring you up to date on Peter’s travails. There is sooo much to say that I couldn’t even begin to cover everything. A Hollywood script writer couldn’t think this sh*t up.

    Well, for starters: the whole house sale deal fell through. It came to be known at the last second that the buyer had “tens of thousands of dollars” of judgments against him from  his first wife from whom he has been divorced for 14 years. This caused the buyer’s lender to cancel the mortgage loan. In the meantime the buyer was moving in to Peter’s house as Peter was moving out. Peter accepted $1800 cash as a month’s rent from the buyer…no contract at all and no receipt for the money. Neither Peter’s attorney for the closing (who is a close family member named George G, a big mahoff in New Brunswick NJ real estate) nor Peter’s real estate lady (named Cookie) were informed of Peter’s little side deal for $1800. They were appalled Peter would do such a thing but Peter needed some pocket cash.

    Peter drove to Lorton, VA on Sat Dec 1st to board the auto train for Florida. As far as he knew at this time the buyer’s “judgment” problem was just a small issue that would be easily cleared up and then the closing would proceed. But au contraire. It was a game breaker. We informed Peter of this a day or two after he got to his destination in Bonita Springs FL. This news and all the accumulated prior stress put Peter in the hospital. Years ago Peter had quintuple bypass heart surgery and has since had a couple of strokes.

    Peter had no sooner moved into a room in the home of a woman named Vicki whom he had befriended a year or two earlier than he had to be taken to the hospital. When Peter left NJ he failed to take his “meds” with him despite numerous reminders, so he had gone for many days without taking his pills. He was never capable of following any sort of strict regimen anyway so there was nothing new in this latest faux pas. His lifetime buddy, Ed Rz, gathered up Peter’s meds and “overnighted” them to Vickie’s house in FL. But Peter gave Ed Rz an inaccurate address (Peter was never good at minutiae such as addresses, numbers, spellings, etc.) and the meds never got there until several days later. By then Peter was in the hospital.

    Peter has another good friend down on the West Coast of FL named Dave S. Dave is the person who took Peter to the hospital and keeps Bo and me informed by text or phone calls of all the latest happenings. Dave says he thinks Peter is an alcoholic and also noticed (what the rest of us already knew) that Peter is losing his hearing. Dave is buying Peter a hearing aid, gratis.

    Cookie, the real estate lady here in NJ, is taking action to find a new buyer and to try to stop foreclosure proceedings underway by Peter’s original mortgage lender and by a secondary home equity lender. Peter had ceased making regular monthly payments to these two banks a few months ago.

    Ironically, within hours of Peter’s arrival at Vickie’s house in FL he sent Bo a text saying “I arrived and I’m loving it.”

    I think that’s enough info for the moment…more installments to follow. Remind me to tell you about the alcoholic shade-tree mechanic Peter hired to fix his pickup truck and the truck fell off the jack and killed the poor bastard. Peter, of course, attended his funeral.

    Your Cuz,
    Q.

    OMG!!

    B

    • elysianfield December 10, 2018 at 3:44 pm #

      Q!,
      Thank God you are alive and at large…I was about to generate a “Go Fund Me” account to pay for whatever ransom you were being held .

    • Ol' Scratch December 10, 2018 at 4:06 pm #

      LOL! Good stuff Q! Now THAT’s the US of A we all know and love so well! Just one fucking thing after another.

    • James Howard Kunstler December 10, 2018 at 9:35 pm #

      Q-Shtick — Why are you using this blogroll to send personal messages about private matters to your correspondents.If you don’t send me a credible explanation at jhkunstler at Mac dot com, i will ban you from commenting. — JHK

      • K-Dog December 12, 2018 at 11:00 pm #

        That would seriously cut into Q’s action as a self appointed grammar policeman on the blog if you did that!

      • ffkling December 12, 2018 at 11:43 pm #

        To the casual observer, the accounting of events by Q-Shtick is indeed a testimonial and instructive to the current state of affairs in America.

  19. oilie December 10, 2018 at 11:43 am #

    This is all very interesting, but exactly what will be accomplished by rehashing Comey’s senior moments? If allowed to bring his FBI lawyers again, he is covered. Lacking subpoena power, the IG of the DOJ will never ruffle a single feather, nor will sleepy Huber. Without the equivalent of a special counsel to put some teeth into investigations of the deep state, they win hands down. Without some serious backing from a new AG, Trump could order the release of files and they will somehow never see the light of day. Dead man walking.

  20. trolleybill December 10, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

    Was thinking by now that Americans would be more concerned about making life better for Americans and fix what’s wrong with America. I see the leftist are still putting their energies into the wrong things like global warming and flooding in low skilled workers. Our homes need to be rejiggered to be more efficient and our rail transportation needs to be put back in working order. We need a trails to rails mantra to get rail travel a sought after goal.
    We need to bring back training in high school of shops like Auto mechanic, Wood working, Metal shop, Mechanical drawing but expanded in what’s needed for non college preparatory courses. HVAC, Plumbing and Electrical basics
    No more outsourcing we need to keep employment as people need a purpose. With all the extra natural gas from fracking we need more greenhouse producing green crops locally. Be a good thing to stop the 1,500 mile Caesar Salad!

    • seawolf77 December 10, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

      I just interviewed for a job at Jenbacher and they produce several engines for locally producing greenhouse. They put them in cold areas and they generate electricity at 50% efficiency and the heat which is normally wasted is used to keep the greenhouse warm. During the winter they achieve near 90% efficiencies. So there are alternatives to the 1500 mile salad. They’ve said technology would allow us to extract more oil, and it turns out they were right.

    • capt spaulding December 10, 2018 at 1:46 pm #

      We’re gonna need all those high school shops to cover the huge demand for factory workers that is gonna come anytime now.

      • Jigplate December 10, 2018 at 8:01 pm #

        What High school shops? I just retired from the NYCDOE after a 32 year career with a vocational machine tool teaching licence. NYC is one of the largest school districts in the nation, and the vast majority of the shops were ripped out some years ago to make room for Bloomberg’s small schools initiative. I had a full machine shop that was divided into small classrooms for the high school of language and innovation. The only problem is that the language is Spanish, and the only innovation is coming up with new ways to give kids “credit recovery” when they don’t bother to show up for classes

    • darrell dullnig December 10, 2018 at 5:07 pm #

      Hey, t-bill! Did you just wake up from a sixty year nap, ala Rip Van Winkle?

      We are wayyyy past the expiration date of all those recommendations.

      I think this is a good indicator of where most US citizens are — no clue how bad things are, nor how long they have been going downhill.

  21. My Point of View December 10, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

    Given the news yesterday I was hoping today’s column would be about the medical rackets that are fleecing Americans.

    There is widespread price fixing of generic drugs by major drug makers who communicate via an agreed upon set of code words.

    Can’t make this stuff up. Bend over America. Again.

    washingtonpost.com/business/economy/investigation-of-generic-cartel-expands-to-300-drugs/2018/12/09/…

    • Walter B December 10, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

      The medical and drug people are a good bet on who will destroy us all in the end. Check out this interesting list of facts on the issue:

      healthpaconline.net/health-care-statistics-in-the-united-states.htm

      From the site:

      “75% of all health care dollars are spent on patients with one or more chronic conditions, many of which can be prevented, including diabetes, obesity, heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, and cancer. Source: Health Affairs

      Half of health care spending is used to treat just 5% of the population. Source: Kaiser Family Foundation, May 2012”

      Americans will pay every dime they have and mortgage themselves into oblivion for the honor of being able to keep that little plastic card in their wallets. Until that changes, which it will not, the decay shall increase.

      • My Point of View December 10, 2018 at 1:29 pm #

        Walter, thanks for the info.

        I’ve seen stats to say 1/3 of Medicare spending occurs in the last 3 weeks of people’s lives. I interpret this as the “heroic” efforts to keep terminal patients “alive” on life support for a few more weeks until their internal organs completely rot and fail.

        This is a cruelty that I’ve never understood; we put pets down when they reach this point, but we make humans suffer for weeks with tubes in every bodily opening they can find.

        The “racket” is that hospital chains milk Medicare and Medicaid for tens of thousands of dollars per day for efforts to keep us “alive” even though many are comatose or in a vegetative state.

        All hospital chains are guilty but my favorite culprit is the Catholic Church with 600+ major hospitals taking us to the cleaners. They hide behind a self-serving facade of “all life is sacred” while keeping dying patients “alive” in a hellishly artificial manner.

        I’ve seen some of my older generation die of brain or throat cancers and it is ugly beyond belief to see them lay there, unconscious, tubes in their throats, stomachs, arms, urethras, etc, with absolutely no chance of beating a disease that eats them alive from the inside. Such folks cannot get well and leave the hospital to go dancing on Saturday night. Not going to happen; they now suffer until they die.

        If I ever get into that state I want to take a pill and check out. I donate to Compassion and Choices who are helping states legalize the right to a “Death With Dignity” (DWD) via a pill so people may die in peace on their terms. IIRC about 8 states and DC have legalized so far.

        Getting each state to legalize DWD is a battle. Vested interests in the medical rackets oppose it every time. We legalized DWD in Colorado by a 70% vote of we the people but not before the Catholic Diocese of Denver spent $1M lobbying against DWD to keep their gravy train flowing.

        I’m hoping we get it here in AZ (and FL); but time will tell. We need it nationwide.

        • elysianfield December 10, 2018 at 3:50 pm #

          POV,
          Well, years ago I told “my” doctor, here in Oregon, that I did not want any heroic measures at end of life…those were my words at the time.

          I resisted, however, in becoming an organ donor….

          • My Point of View December 10, 2018 at 6:20 pm #

            I have the “no heroic measures” in my Advance Directive (AD) for Health Care that are part of our End of Life documents prepared by an elder law attorney here in AZ.

            You’re in OR which is one of the states with the DWD law on the books to preclude suffering. IIRC you have to include the DWD desires in your AD while you are still of sound mind and body.

        • Walter B December 10, 2018 at 9:54 pm #

          Indeed ef, the only organ that I would care to “donate” is one that I am sure they would not want to have, especially considering where I would care to donate it to. I cannot fathom why so many people are so easily duped into being cut up into parts and sold for massive profits to total strangers. And already wealthy strangers at that. I came in with what I’ve got, I won’t take any of yours, and I am damned well going out with what I came in with. Unless of course I am eaten by beasts or beheaded by Jihadists, that’s different..

          • ffkling December 12, 2018 at 11:46 pm #

            Not surprised you’re a Republican.

      • An ounce of prevention was worth a pound of cure. Now it’s worth 10-100 pounds of cure.

      • SoftStarLight December 11, 2018 at 12:05 am #

        Debt free living is a must but comes with its own problems of course. They have us over a barrel in so many ways.

    • draupnir December 10, 2018 at 12:50 pm #

      My mother is paying the unbelievable price of $80 dollars each for a glycerin and cortisone suppository that a few years back was $12 dollars for a month’s supply. Her Medicare supplement took them off the formulary. The poor old lady can’t afford it at that price so she buys a couple at a time and rations them. While not life threatening her condition is inadequately treated and she suffers. Eighty dollars each for something that costs pennies to produce is criminal, and our government aids and abets the pharmaceutical companies in this price gouging. They own a piece of each of our representatives. Voting is as meaningless as which color you prefer.

      • sophia December 10, 2018 at 1:59 pm #

        This is the revolution I am waiting for. Civil unrest over this medical nonsense.

      • malthuss December 10, 2018 at 4:23 pm #

        can it be ordered online, from Asia?

        • draupnir December 10, 2018 at 5:12 pm #

          Thanks, I’ll have to look into that. I’ve bought things directly from China.

          • malthuss December 12, 2018 at 10:32 am #

            Can an ordinary suppository be bought, and glycerine be bought separately?
            make yr own?

            I had a fall flu. I went and bought a thermometer.
            Battery run, digital. I miss the good old days. and its plastic.

      • SoftStarLight December 11, 2018 at 12:01 am #

        That is awful and it is truly criminal!

        • seawolf77 December 11, 2018 at 6:27 pm #

          Happens all the time. Don’t get sick and don’t get old, especially if you are poor.

          • SoftStarLight December 11, 2018 at 8:37 pm #

            Well it shouldn’t. Healthcare shouldn’t be an “industry”.

  22. janet December 10, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

    Finally, there is the Trump card, so to speak: the president’s power to declassify reams of documents that will shed light in all of the dark chambers of this fairy-tale castle. Wait for it…. –JHK

    Such documents will be a sea of black lines, revealing about as much as the sentencing documents.

    You say: “neither Manafort or Cohen has composed the narrative the Special Counsel wants.” How could you know that when most of the lines of the narrative are not even legible because of the black ink on top of them?

    • Exscotticus December 10, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

      janet, how many “black lines” we see will be entirely up to Trump.

      It’s pretty clear that Mueller doesn’t have the smoking gun for Russia collusion. So PLAN B is a misdemeanor or process crime. Something along the lines of: Trump directed me to use campaign funds to pay off Stormy. But while it’s easy to imagine Trump directing his lawyer to find a settlement, it’s outright unimaginable that Trump would tell his lawyer to use campaign funds. That’s going to require a bit more proof than some lawyer’s word who’s already admitted to lying under oath and is desperate for a reduced sentence.

      Meanwhile, Obama himself was guilty of multiple violations of campaign finance law, for which he was merely fined. That double standard won’t sit well with the Senate or Trump’s supporters. No Jedi mind tricks required; these are not the process crimes you’re looking for.

      • ffkling December 12, 2018 at 11:50 pm #

        Yeah, the campaign was “merely fined” as it did not warrant further action. Virtually, all presidential generate errors for which they are fined. Your Dear Leader is in a category all by his lonesome for committing high crimes and misdemeanors.

        “$375,000 is a huge fine,” said Republican election lawyer Jason Torchinsky. “It may one of their top five- or 10-largest fines.”

        But he added, “They’re also the first billion-dollar presidential campaign. Proportionally, it’s not out of line.”

  23. K-Dog December 10, 2018 at 12:21 pm #

    The movements of old white men around Washington is about as interesting as a slow bowel movement. Chants of last names fill the empty void with imagined meanings; yet rather we should BEE WARE and pay attention to the current BUZZ around the Paris HIVE. Google French riots with your adult content filter turned off. You will get a lot of nudity along with a few street scenes. The search engines are putting it there on purpose. Best JSP not know too much about those crazy Frenchies. It might give him ideas once he figures out the media touted prosperity only applies to 10% of America. It is public nudity, the kind that makes you close your browser; not keep it open. I suggest an eruption of a critical mass is happening across the Atlantic pond. The same mass is building here, silently like a cancer among the 90%. Their thirty cent tax on diesel which costs twice as much as ours must have resulted in hunger. Hence the French games. Here we have wiggle room, but for how long?

    • K-Dog December 10, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

      The link at the end of my comment is of Jennifer Lawrence shooting an arrow should the same busybodies who push the nudity in the French riot web searches get any ideas as they did a couple of weeks ago.

  24. amb December 10, 2018 at 12:47 pm #

    Justice, purification and reform within a group can never occur when that group rests upon a foundation of immorality.

    The vital task? To locate and remove the source of an individual’s immorality, thus restoring the individual to his native state of integrity.

    • Walter B December 10, 2018 at 12:57 pm #

      Well that source would have to be Donald Trump now wouldn’t it, for after all, DJT is the source of ALL bad things on Earth is he not? Well at least some folks here like to take that mindset. Your idea that our nation’s slide into immorality may be a cause or perhaps the root cause of our decay is one with which I wholeheartedly agree, and so too, I believe does our host. Anything goes and nothing really matters is pretty much where this nation is and as long as it remains our mantra, well, nothing is going to get any better is it?

      Except, of course for those who can blame it all on Donald J. Trump, the bastard, yeah, let’s all get him! THAT will fix everything alright. Deceivers all.

    • SoftStarLight December 10, 2018 at 11:59 pm #

      Interesting. Are you a Preacher? We could use a heavy dose of morality. Expound on this vital task if you would…

  25. Elrond Hubbard December 10, 2018 at 12:57 pm #

    Ammon Bundy Is Quitting The Militia Movement After Breaking With Trump On Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric
    “The vast majority seemed to hang on to what seemed like hate, and fear, and almost warmongering, and I don’t want to associate myself with warmongers.”

    buzzfeednews.com/article/salvadorhernandez/ammon-bundy-helped-bolster-the-militia-movement-now-hes

    “For more than six years Ammon Bundy and his family amassed hundreds of followers and supporters willing to pick up a gun at a moment’s notice and rally to their side for a confrontation with the federal government.

    “Bundy led two armed standoffs against the feds in Nevada and Oregon, and his family quickly became the face of a growing militia movement, bringing a national spotlight to armed groups eager for a conflict with what they believed to be an overreaching government.

    “The militia groups, with members holding a mix of right-wing, anti-government, and conspiratorial views, had been growing since 2008 thanks to their heavy use of social media and binding opposition to then-president Barack Obama. The standoffs in 2014 and 2016 made the Bundy family, including Ammon, leading figures in the movement.

    “So when he logged on to Facebook last week to speak to his supporters in defense of the caravan of Central American migrants gathered at the southern border, a frequent target of President Trump, he figured he’d face some criticism.

    “‘To group them all up like, frankly, our president has done — you know, trying to speak respectfully — but he has basically called them all criminals and said they’re not coming in here,’ Bundy said in the video. ‘What about individuals, those who have come for reasons of need for their families, you know, the fathers and mothers and children that come here and were willing to go through the process to apply for asylum so they can come into this country and benefit from not having to be oppressed continually?’

    “Bundy went on, dispelling conspiracy theories that billionaire George Soros was behind the caravan or that terrorists were using the group to sneak into the US.”

    I find this a very heartening display of humanity, from a political sector where all too often one finds something altogether different (just keep reading for the reaction from his nominal supporters). Two cheers for Mr. Bundy.

    • My Point of View December 10, 2018 at 1:57 pm #

      Saw that report in the WaPo and gave Bundy high marks for standing up for the truth, i.e., the caravan of desperate people is not full of criminals and terrorists. Such claims were just Trump inflaming the GOP base before mid-term elections and it backfired on the GOP who lost 40 seats in the House.

      For years Bundy and his pals were sold an unending string of lies from fright wing talk radio, chain emails and bogus websites. An open mind has to wonder how many of those emails and websites were sourced out of Russia to sow discord here. No one is coming for their guns, no one is coming for their bibles, and the government is not their enemy.

      Bundy is finding out who his real pals are, and it’s not his gun waving lynch mob of yahoos shouting Lock Her Up.

      • malthuss December 10, 2018 at 4:24 pm #

        the caravan of desperate people is not full of criminals and terrorists. –wrong again.

        And screw the Bundys. Any relation to Ted Bundy?

        • tucsonspur December 10, 2018 at 6:04 pm #

          Is he paying back his $500,000 SBA loan? He’s often been late on his taxes. A member of the polygamist, child bride, Mountain Meadows massacre clan. Defends arsonists. Six kids so far, probably going for twelve.

          Quotes Mormon scripture in his defense, although the church of LDS condemned his actions in Oregon.

          I’d like to burn his beard and kick him in the nuts.

          • SoftStarLight December 10, 2018 at 11:43 pm #

            Burn his beard lol what? That’s a new one it seems.

        • SoftStarLight December 10, 2018 at 11:46 pm #

          Third cousins twice removed ;-).

    • Tate December 10, 2018 at 2:54 pm #

      The Bundys have fed off the government teat for decades in terms of free range land. I think it’s obvious why Bundy wants the gimmigrants. He gets the cheap ranch labor & gets to palm off the costs for social services they will require on the taxpayers.

      • malthuss December 10, 2018 at 4:25 pm #

        gimmigrants. !!!!!! new portmanteau.

    • SoftStarLight December 10, 2018 at 11:40 pm #

      So Elrond, because Ammon Bundy says so, we now have to worship at the altar of diversity and demographic replacement? If so, I would be curious to know how many caravaners you plan to bring into your home? Maybe we should clear cut the Canadian forests to make room for hundreds of millions of migrants just looking for a better place to live. You would be super down with that, right?

      • Elrond Hubbard December 11, 2018 at 1:46 pm #

        SoftStarLight, ask me a question worth answering and I might answer it. Instead, one more time I have to perform janitorial duty because of misrepresentation.

        Although I provided the link, it’s not necessary to click through to the article to see how you’re misrepresenting the case. Bundy doesn’t demand “worship at the altar of diversity and demographic replacement”. His words are right there:

        – Bundy chides POTUS for smearing all migrants as criminals.
        – He urges considering them as individuals instead, people who are seeking relief from oppression.
        – He notes that those individuals and families are seeking asylum — a concept, I note, which is the exact opposite of criminality, and an obligation the US has accepted.

        SSL: “I would be curious to know how many caravaners you plan to bring into your home?”

        And I am equally curious, SoftStarLight. When I was hungered, did ye give me meat? When I was thirsty, did ye give me to drink? When I was a stranger, did ye take me in? Naked, clothed me; sick, visited me; in prison, did ye come to me?

        When comes the day, will you be numbered among the sheep, or the goats?

        • SoftStarLight December 11, 2018 at 9:28 pm #

          I do find it interesting that our discussions come down to religious legalism. Do you believe there will be a day of judgement Elrond? If you don’t believe, which I suspect is the case, why do you ask such a question of me? Let alone that the Bible also says that if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. We surely already have many broken, sick, and poor people in the US who are uncared for. And they were born here and are our own! Is it not a sin that they go neglected? Why therefore the sharp focus on foreign strangers?

          • Elrond Hubbard December 11, 2018 at 10:38 pm #

            You’ve evaded what I asked of you, SoftStarLight. So in what may be a triumph of hope over experience, I’ll address your points clearly and directly, so you at least know what that looks like.

            Do I believe? No, I’m not a religious believer at all. Surely you remember that you, I and Walter B had this conversation only a few weeks ago).

            SSL: “If you don’t believe, which I suspect is the case, why do you ask such a question of me?”

            Because if you actually believe as you profess, then it should be the word of the Lord itself that weighs on your conscience. If you’re not a hypocrite, that is. And that’s not something I say lightly, SoftStarLight. You’ll have noticed that I go to strenuous, tedious lengths to defend myself when anyone accuses me of hypocrisy. That’s because respect for the truth is something that I genuinely require of myself. So, even if I am an atheist, I ask: does your profession of faith come with any requirement to examine your own conscience in light of scripture? Or not?

            SSL: “Is it not a sin that they [broken, sick, and poor people in the US] go neglected? Why therefore the sharp focus on foreign strangers?”

            Why, you ask? Can you not walk and chew gum at the same time? Is it not possible to care for both people you identify with, and for the stranger? I say it is possible, and the words of Jesus agree with me. Again, it should be those words, not mine, that you have to come to grips with, SSL. If I were a Christian as you proclaim yourself to be, then I would consider those two biblical passages very carefully. In particular, I would consider which one was written by Paul, years after Jesus left the scene, and which was attributed to the Son of Man himself.

          • SoftStarLight December 12, 2018 at 1:09 am #

            Elrond you should stop suggesting you are not religious. You are extraordinarily religious. And dang, you want to bring me up on charges of hypocrisy! Why not throw in blasphemy for a little fun. I am still waiting for an explanation of what I have said that is so egregious in the first place. You incorrectly conflate interpersonal duties with national duties. And therefore your assertions don’t hold true in the Biblical sense. When a Caananite woman begged Jesus to heal her daughter He answered that it was not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs. Boundaries and borders have always existed and they are of utmost importance.

          • Elrond Hubbard December 12, 2018 at 4:48 pm #

            SoftStarLight, your position has just come to rest on the analogy that Americans are to asylum seekers as children are to dogs.

            And you wonder why I find you egregious?

          • SoftStarLight December 12, 2018 at 11:45 pm #

            Elrond, you know that isn’t true. America has been very generous and has already accepted millions of asylum seekers. And there are Americans who profit from the refugee industry and want to maintain the status quo. Churches even, who receive federal money to sponsor refugees. It is a big gravy train for the right people.

  26. Elrond Hubbard December 10, 2018 at 1:04 pm #

    Japan Is Giving Away Abandoned Houses for Free
    There are more than eight million vacant properties littered throughout Japan—and they’re going dirt cheap.

    vice.com/en_ca/article/qvqwdw/japan-is-giving-away-abandoned-houses-for-free

    “Good news, struggling millennial homebuyer: you’re moving to Japan. Why? Because the sushi’s fresh, the weather’s nice, and the houses are free.

    “An increasing number of unoccupied properties around the country are being listed for sale on online databases known as ‘akiya banks’—’akiya’ translating to ‘vacant house’—with thousands of homes in relatively good condition being offered up for either nothing or next to nothing, Insider reports. Prices on one particular akiya database don’t go any higher than a maximum of 30 million yen (about $360,000 Australian dollars), while many properties are listed under ‘gratis transfer’ for the sum of literally zero yen. Pay a few taxes and some agent commission fees, and the place is yours.

    “It’s all part of a government scheme to address the country’s unique housing crisis. A 2013 government report found that there were more than eight million abandoned dwellings littered throughout Japan, many of them located in regional areas or in the outskirts of major cities, The Japan Times reported. Fujitsu Research Institute has projected that that number will grow to more than 20 million by 2033—making up almost a third of all homes nationwide.

    “It’s understood that Japan’s akiya glut is due in part to the nation’s dramatically ageing population. As more and more Japanese citizens either kick the bucket or shuffle into retirement homes, an increasing number of houses around the country are being left empty without anyone to live in them. There aren’t enough young people around to fill the void, and those that are present are taking longer to have families.”

    Very on-topic for this blog. As the world made by hand approaches, will something like this happen on our side of the Pacific as well? Something different?

    • Exscotticus December 10, 2018 at 1:23 pm #

      Japan doesn’t accept gimmigrant hordes, so those homes will remain empty.

      Best thing for Japan; they’re overpopulated as it is.

      • My Point of View December 10, 2018 at 2:02 pm #

        I saw something over the weekend about Japan authorizing 500,000 guest workers. They will need housing.

        I remember Baltimore back in the early 1970s. We had a major fire in an old paint factory in an industrial area just southwest of the inner harbor; so help me with all the clouds, fog, smoke and fire hoses all over the streets I thought I was in London during the Blitz.

        Point is the city had thousands of empty old homes so they sold them for taxes via an urban homesteading program. Try buying one of those homes on Federal Hill today, bring money.

        I’m not sure Japan is over populated. They do have a known issue with too few young people to support their aging population, which is an issue in most of the western nations, Japan and China.

        • Elrond Hubbard December 10, 2018 at 3:49 pm #

          Certainly it’s better to try to find owners for houses while they’re still fit for purpose, rather than simply let them rot.

          As for guest workers, that’s not surprising to hear; someone has to look after the ever-growing cohort of oldsters while the young people are building the cars that Americans drive. One hopes that Japan will be more decent to them than, say, Dubai is to its guest workers. Or even let them stay if, as homeowners, they feel like putting down roots. (Cue Janos to accuse me of trying to destroy Japanese society. I can practically write the invective for him by this point.)

          • SpeedyBB December 12, 2018 at 10:05 am #

            Elrond, if you really really want to experience deep xenophobia go live in Japan or Korea. Live there thirty years, learn the language and the customs, act exceedingly polite and according to all norms – and find out how they really consider you a sub-human.

            It is so deeply-ingrained that they themselves cannot define it; Japanese who live overseas a couple of years find it difficult to be accepted back into a tight society; it’s one reason why executives of Japanese companies are reluctant to take career-boosting overseas assignments. And when their English-speaking kids come back they are bullied mercilessly in Japanese schools: ‘You are not Japanese any longer.’

            Those 500,000 foreign hospital orderlies and construction workers will probably have a lifestyle much superior to what they enjoyed back in Shittistan; but they better not expect to join in the parade.

            (Lived in Yokohama, Kyoto and Osaka on and off since 1962; speak the language and have been treated with incredible kindness; learned the limits of culture long ago.)

        • Exscotticus December 10, 2018 at 4:52 pm #

          >>> I’m not sure Japan is over populated.

          Fair enough. The rule I use is food and fuel imports. When a nation has to import food and fuel then they’re beyond the carrying capacity of the land. I’m not talking about exotic food delicacies; I’m talking about staples to prevent mass starvation.

          And, yes, by that measure, the USA is also overpopulated. We import over 50% of our oil.

          >>> Certainly it’s better to try to find owners for houses while they’re still fit for purpose, rather than simply let them rot.

          Not if the nation’s overpopulated. In that case, it’s better to plow them under and convert them to arable land or just let nature take over.

          Elrond, you are for the environment, yes? Nothing will help the environment more than NOT subsidizing growth.

      • Elrond Hubbard December 10, 2018 at 3:40 pm #

        Aaand our new propaganda word-of-the-day is ‘gimmigrant’. Never heard it before today, but you and Tate are sucking from the same prolefeeds, I see.

        • Tate December 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm #

          Nope. I just picked it up from Ex. I don’t mind giving credit where credit is due. Concisely captures what’s going on.

          • Walter B December 10, 2018 at 4:21 pm #

            Liberals may not be able to propose solutions or solve problems, but they sure can bitch up a storm over semantics can’t they Tate? Why is it we keep them around anyway? They are certainly poor entertainment.

          • Exscotticus December 10, 2018 at 5:50 pm #

            Oh Elrond will get all snowflake on us if we say “libtard”. But I don’t hear him complaining about “Trumptard”. They’re just portmanteaus, folks. Let us all celebrate the richness and diversity of the English language.

    • SoftStarLight December 10, 2018 at 11:53 pm #

      Wow Elrond you are in rare form today. Yay hooray let’s drown Whitey out with a Brown flood AND f*ck you Western millenials. Go buy an abandoned house in the Far East! Somehow I am not feeling the love and positive vibes. Gee is that just all in my head? I was hoping my elders wanted me to stay close to home, my community, and family.

      • Walter B December 11, 2018 at 8:45 am #

        It is probably easy for those living above the Timber Line to rail on about allowing desert and jungle dwellers to engage in mass northward migration, seeing that most will not venture into the Frozen Tundra. Perhaps those Canucks that are hell bent on America’s overrun are still holding grudges for our incursion into their wilderness in 1812.

  27. Flynn was regarded in military circles as an idiot. Remember when he got busted in Florida? Something about leaking classified info to some floozie. Promoted by Trump when no one else would take the appointment. Shortly thereafter shitcanned for running off at the mouth about the kinds of conspiracy theories I see here from time to time, something about a Q, or whatever.

    “Warrior” is perhaps the most annoying word of the day being used to describe military servicemembers, I suppose “Heroes” was getting old.

    • Ol' Scratch December 10, 2018 at 3:57 pm #

      Sadly, most are just paper pushers these days, just like their corporate counterparts. Pilot retention, even back when I retired 15 years ago, was crap because they couldn’t get enough seat time in the aircraft to stay proficient. I’m sure it’s only gotten worse since then. “Generally” speaking, general officers are the biggest paper pushers of all.

  28. Exscotticus December 10, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

    >>> Mr. Trump’s response to all this has seemed, at best, retiring and ineffectual. He’s actually done next to nothing to fight back…

    JHK, how do you fight back against the absence of something? That’s one of the major themes in Kafka. When the burden of proof is on you to refute a charge for which there is no evidence…

    Trump still has a cache of documents he can release, documents which—if not outright exculpatory—will certainly punch even more holes in the Kafkaesque Russia collusion narrative.

    But at the end of the day, House Dems can impeach for any reason or no reason at all. Russia collusion is merely a Hail Mary throw at legitimacy—nothing more. Process crimes are not going to convince 2/3 of the Senate to convict, as it means ceding the 2020 POTUS race. The GOP is not going to do that without a bona fide treasonable act, and by that I mean one that is treasonable in the eyes of Trump’s supporters.

    • seawolf77 December 10, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

      Be smart: The scary thing for Trump — Mueller knows a helluva lot more than we now know.

      Show less
      We now know several Russian officials reached out to a half-dozen Republicans very close to Trump and his campaign, including his eldest son, his closest adviser, his lawyer and his campaign manager. We now know they took the meetings, often enthusiastically, during and after the campaign.
      We now know Russia offered in those chats campaign assistance — “synergy,” they called it. We now know no one around Trump alerted the FBI of this effort to subvert our elections.
      We now know that 12 Russian intelligence officers were indicted for hacking the DNC and systematically releasing material for the purpose of hurting the Clinton campaign via WikiLeaks.
      We know that Trump associates Roger Stone and Jerome Corsi attempted — successfully, in some instances — to get in touch with WikiLeaks and that they are under investigation for whether they had advance knowledge about the email dumps.
      We now know Donald Trump Jr. and others took a meeting with Russians promising dirt on Hillary Clinton. We now know Don Jr., when approached with the promise of dirt, wrote: “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.”
      We now know Trump was negotiating a Trump property in Moscow during the presidential campaign — and hid this from the public and lied about it. We now know Mueller believes, based on his court filing, the “Moscow Project was a lucrative business opportunity that sought, and likely required, the assistance of the Russian government.”
      We now know every arm of the U.S. intelligence community concluded Russia sought to systematically influence the election outcome. We now know this was an unanimous conclusion, save one dissent: Trump.
      We now know Trump officials continued talking with the Russians during the post-election transition. We now know Jared Kushner and Jeff Sessions failed to initially disclose any contacts with Russians on their government forms.
      We now know Jared Kushner suggested a secret backchannel with the Russians, which had it happened, would have been free of U.S. eavesdropping.
      We now know Trump soured on FBI director James Comey, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White House counsel Don McGahn in part over their handling of the probe.
      We now know Paul Manafort, who ran the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016, lied about his Russia contacts, was indicted and is going to jail.
      We now know Flynn lied about his Russian contacts, was fired and pleaded guilty, after agreeing to become a key witness in the investigation.
      We now know Cohen lied about his Russian contacts, was indicted and then flipped to become a key witness against Trump.

      • Exscotticus December 10, 2018 at 2:28 pm #

        >>> We now know several Russian officials reached out to a half-dozen Republicans very close to Trump

        Russians reach out to our politicians all the time. How do you think the Uranium One deal happened that involved Hillary?

        >>> We now know that 12 Russian intelligence officers were indicted for hacking the DNC and systematically releasing material for the purpose of hurting the Clinton campaign via WikiLeaks.

        Sorry—dude—that’s called whistleblowing, because it revealed evidence of criminal conspiracy on the part of Team Hillary and the DNC against Bernie Sanders. We owe Russia a debt of gratitude for revealing these crimes.

        We also know that Russia attacked both Hillary and Trump.

        >>> We now know Don Jr., when approached with the promise of dirt, wrote: “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.”

        We know that the FBI and Team Hillary PAID FOR dirt on Trump. Why no investigations? Why no indictments?

        >>> We now know Jared Kushner suggested a secret backchannel with the Russians,

        LOL! President Kennedy also had a “secret backchannel with the Russians”. And yet Kennedy wasn’t impeached! Why not?! According to WaPo, that secret backchannel saved the world.

        Obama was in charge of ensuring a fair election. He did little to warn others or stop it. The reason? Because Trump was trailing Clinton in the polls, and was claiming the system was rigged against him. A hacked election would undermine Hillary’s legitimacy as POTUS.

        Hillary, for her part, committed multiple felonies that allowed classified documents to be obtained by hackers. It seems a judge is now doing what every AG thus far has failed to do: fully investigate and hold Hillary accountable.

        • seawolf77 December 10, 2018 at 2:52 pm #

          Drop the canard Uranium deal. This has been put to bed more than a Kardashian. I will re-post here because you’re obviously very think.
          On June 8, 2010, Uranium One announced it had signed an agreement that would give “not less than 51%” of the company to JSC Atomredmetzoloto, or ARMZ, the mining arm of Rosatom, the Russian nuclear energy agency.

          At the time, Uranium One’s two licensed mining operations in Wyoming amounted to about “20 percent of the currently licensed uranium in-situ recovery production capacity in the U.S.,” according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In-situ recovery is the extraction method currently used by 10 of the 11 licensed U.S. uranium producers.

          Uranium One also has exploration projects in Arizona, Colorado and Utah.

          But the deal required multiple approvals by the U.S., beginning with the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States. Under federal law, the committee reviews foreign investments that raise potential national security concerns.
          The Committee on Foreign Investments has nine members, including the secretaries of the treasury, state, defense, homeland security, commerce and energy; the attorney general; and representatives from two White House offices (the United States Trade Representative and the Office of Science and Technology Policy).

          The committee can’t actually stop a sale from going through — it can only approve a sale. The president is the only one who can stop a sale, if the committee or any one member “recommends suspension or prohibition of the transaction,” according to guidelines issued by the Treasury Department in December 2008 after the department adopted its final rule a month earlier.

          For this and other reasons, we have written that Trump is wrong to claim that Clinton “gave away 20 percent of the uranium in the United States” to Russia. Clinton could have objected — as could the eight other voting members — but that objection alone wouldn’t have stopped the sale of the stake of Uranium One to Rosatom.

          “Only the President has the authority to suspend or prohibit a covered transaction,” the federal guidelines say.
          And no politicians do not. Elected representative and especially the Secretary of State do.

          • Exscotticus December 10, 2018 at 4:45 pm #

            It’s not canard; it’s a fact. Hillary didn’t object, and Obama approved the sale. Oh and people associated with the corporations in question made significant contributions to the Clinton Foundation.

            But wait there’s more! When Clinton lost to Trump, donations to her charity nose-dived 37% That supports the theory that the Clinton Foundation was a “pay-to-play” slush fund. Hillary no longer had any political power and couldn’t promise to do or not do anything. And so the contributions dwindled accordingly.

            And now? The Clintons have so little to offer the Russians or anyone else that they can’t even sell tickets to their events anymore.

            And if Uranium One is such a nothingburger, then why the recent FBI raid on a whistleblower who was in possession of documents regarding the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One?

            Oh this canard’s got wings, baby.

          • seawolf77 December 10, 2018 at 6:26 pm #

            Did you even read it? It requires the approval of the Secretary of the Treasury, State, Defense, Homeland Security, Energy, the Attorney General and representatives of to White House offices. They all approved. Why the fixation on Clinton? If a bird shits on your head do you think the sky is falling and blame it on Hillary Clinton? And if Trump had lost you think it’d be any different with donations to Trump. Of course you don’t, you just write to exercise your stumpy little fingers. This canard is just put out there by Dufus Donald because he knows if he farts his minions all take a deep breath. Trumptards fooled again.

          • Exscotticus December 11, 2018 at 10:08 pm #

            >>> Why the fixation on Clinton?

            I could just as easily ask you: Why the fixation on Trump? He’s not responsible for 20 million illegal aliens, or the insane trade deficit, or offshoring nearly all USA manufacturing, or the current state of USA health care (and don’t even pretend that Obamacare fixed the problems as we all damn well know it didn’t).

            At least Trump is trying relatively new ideas—the best of which is tariffs. It’s a no-brainer to use tariffs when your trading “partners” stand to lose 3x more from a trade war. China can match our tariffs tit for tat. But they’re losing over $3 for every $1 we lose. How long do you suppose they can keep that up? Especially considering China is also in debt, and their government doesn’t enjoy the democratically elected legitimacy that ours does. If millions of Chinese factory workers lose their jobs, well, you can kiss the “Communist” government goodbye.

        • DrGonzo December 10, 2018 at 8:54 pm #

          Donald Trump, press conference Feb 17, 2017:

          “Russia is a ruse. I have nothing to do with Russia. Haven’t made a phone call to Russia in years. Don’t speak to people from Russia. Have nothing to do with Russia. To the best of my knowledge, no person I deal with does.”

      • lbs December 10, 2018 at 3:35 pm #

        The main thing he knows now is that the Deep State has enough power to perpetuate a load of bullshit for an amazingly long time.

  29. FincaInTheMountains December 10, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

    It appears to me that the French have had enough

    Quite the contrary.

    It appears that the Brits have had enough with EU and its agent in UK Theresa May sabotaging the Brexit, so I guess they pull a few strings in France.

    • bukowskisghost December 10, 2018 at 2:24 pm #

      Jim,
      Have you noticed the increasing numbers of “ never Trumpers” in the comment section?

      • lbs December 10, 2018 at 3:27 pm #

        Well, now that their magazine folded, I guess it’s either Skid Row or Clusterfuck Nation.

  30. patrickd December 10, 2018 at 2:48 pm #

    The deceitful carrying-ons of all these crooks in American government is just plain boring. The US has been a murderous, thieving, lying polity from day one, and it’s isolation from the rest of the world is being carried out, due to its crimes against humanity. All the propaganda BS that the US spews out is finally being recognized by the rest of the world for what it is: information warfare.

    I don’t see the point in our host following all this so closely. This is not a democracy. The US government does not serve its citizens. The US government serves murderers and thieves, sponsors terrorism, is the greatest threat to nuclear armageddon, yet most writers continue to treat it as a legitimate government. Most readers of this blog continue to be involved in this charade, unable to see the evil that is the USA federal government.

    I will contine to ignore the US government and its demonic workers and whatever they have to say. They are incapable of anything truthful, or wholesome, or fair.

    My remarks are concerning the “leadership”, not the rank and file workers, who are simply brain-washed and compliant.

    • TinySolar December 10, 2018 at 3:04 pm #

      patrickd,

      If you don’t mind me asking, do you live in the USA?

      • patrickd December 10, 2018 at 3:24 pm #

        You poor man… so irrelevant…

        • TinySolar December 10, 2018 at 3:44 pm #

          That “poor man” comment came outta nowhere! Do you normally pick fights with people that have shown you no malice?

          So you think that where you live is irrelevant.

          To me, having lived in a country better qualifies a person to judge its attributes and failings.

          • elysianfield December 10, 2018 at 4:06 pm #

            “To me, having lived in a country better qualifies a person to judge its attributes and failings.”

            Tiny,

            And, moreover, allows one to judge the veracity and reliability of the opinions, and in consequence, he who has opined.

            patrickd perhaps confuses civility for weakness…just as might occur in an Urban Ghetto.

          • patrickd December 10, 2018 at 5:17 pm #

            My post concerned the evil and criminal nature of the US government. The responder changed the subject rather than responding to my post. It’s a redneck ploy.

            I’m a Vietnam veteran who did not murder any Vietnamese families, thank God.

            I do not support US efforts to loot the US and world of its wealth.

            This is my last visit to this redneck comments section.

        • elysianfield December 10, 2018 at 7:40 pm #

          patrickd,

          Why are you treating us rednecks so poorly? Why verbally demeaning us and being so dismissive? Can we be a bit positive?

          I, too, am a vet and did not kill any women and children,

          I also am an ex-cop from a large ghetto city and did not kill any blacks.

          I have a penis, but committed no rapes,

          I have stopped beating my wife,

          and I like small furry animals.

          …hmmm, this virtue signaling thing feels pretty good….

          • SoftStarLight December 10, 2018 at 11:28 pm #

            LOL….”I have stopped beating my wife,”….

          • SpeedyBB December 13, 2018 at 7:02 am #

            elysianfield, you’re a scream. I smiled.

            Really, you should be on the stage.

            I think there’s one leaving in about fifteen minutes.

    • SoftStarLight December 10, 2018 at 11:31 pm #

      Patrickd, your blog was removed. So the government is evil, fine. What are your proposed solutions to the dilemmas of the day?

      • elysianfield December 11, 2018 at 12:17 am #

        “What are your proposed solutions to the dilemmas of the day?”

        SSL,
        Well, absent an answer I would expect he solved issues by demeaning the readership and not committing capital offenses….

      • patrickd December 11, 2018 at 6:41 am #

        Ignore mainstream media since it is all lies and fake news, ignore anything that any politician says, since it is all lies and fake news, and make yourself a life that will survive the Long Emergency, which I think our host should focus on, here on this blog.

        My blog was removed? I don’t have a blog.

        There is no solution to US evil. It will be stopped one way or the other, probably by military action of those countries the US currently has surrounded with nuclear-capable missile bases. Due to its stupidity, greed, evil, and hubris, the US will probably miscalculate militarily and get deservedly pounded. It will then either retreat and start acting appropriately on the world stage, or it will launch an escalation, possibly a nuclear one, and shortly thereafter be bombed back to the stone age.

        • elysianfield December 11, 2018 at 11:49 am #

          patrickd,

          Evil? Doubtful. Stupidity? Without a doubt. My worldview dictates that all countries work in their best interests insofar as they are able (and insofar as they can correctly identify them).

          The workers and share holders at McDonnell-Douglas did not intend for their missiles to kill women and children…just “bad guys”. They are not evil. The pilot that targeted a group of civilians mistaking them for combatants is not evil. The politicians that ordered you to Viet Nam were not evil.

          Stupidity, greed, ignorance…all human factors can explain the incidents. The results were evil, not the motivation, not the intent.

          America is not evil…although its actions could bring the casual observer to that conclusion.

          • patrickd December 14, 2018 at 5:54 pm #

            I think that a country that has murdered hundreds of millions of people in the last 70 years, overthrowing governments around the globe,is indeed evil. Evil to the core. All politicians, with possibly a couple rare exceptions, are evil, in it for the money.

        • SoftStarLight December 13, 2018 at 12:03 am #

          Interesting. Oh, well I clicked on your handle and it brought me here homeless2homestead.blogspot.com/.

  31. lbs December 10, 2018 at 3:25 pm #

    Once Barr’s in at AG we should start seeing a little spring cleaning.

    Wonder whether the Republicans in the Senate will try to make him pledge allegiance to Robert Mueller. Probably he can take the same stand that Supreme Court justices take: Can’t express opinions regarding an ongoing case. He can leave it to their imagination whether he means the farcical “case” Mueller is pursuing or the genuine case, corruption in the creation and implementation of the illegitimate investigation.

  32. akmofo December 10, 2018 at 3:35 pm #

    How is it that James Comey was not asked why he is not locked up in a nursing home? By his own admission, the guy is certifiably senile, suffering from full on dementia.

    Anyhow, if this treasonous episode does not resolve itself in serious prison time for the Clinton gov mafia, people should be reassessing their reason for maintaining any connection to this continent. Mexico, Canada, the US, it’s all the same shit.

  33. BuckP December 10, 2018 at 3:57 pm #

    The last president who tried to aid the American people and rein-in the growing insatiable power of the military-intelligence-industrial complex was left defenseless and shot like a rabid dog while sitting next to his wife in Dallas. With the huge gains in wealth made by the 1%, an $800 billion dollar defense budget with no real enemy, TBTF bank bailout and both political parties committed to war and corporate greed, I would venture to say that the 1963 coup d’etat and those that later ensued were successful.
    “You guys are way over your head, you don’t know how the game is played.” — Gary Cohen, former Golman Sachs CEO and former chief economic advisor to Trump, to newly elected members of Congress at an orientation event. It sure sounds like he is telling them who their masters are and it is not us.

    • elysianfield December 10, 2018 at 4:11 pm #

      “It sure sounds like he is telling them who their masters are and it is not us.”

      Buck,
      And has it been otherwise ever? Our “Golden Period” in the 50’s and early 60’s were viewed by us then from a position of youthful ignorance.

    • Walter B December 10, 2018 at 4:27 pm #

      Those of us that lived through it can see it for what it was Buck. We shall never forget what they did nor should we. Those who follow us, well, far too many of them have been brainwashed, programmed, and deceived into being pretty much worthless consumers of mass quantities.

      youtube.com/watch?v=JvJN2VPu6no

      Once we are gone I wonder how truly shitty it will get foe them all. A good thing we will not be around to watch because I would have a herd time not giving them all a great big, “I told you so!”

      • BuckP December 10, 2018 at 5:49 pm #

        Thanks for the link Walter, the Cone Heads were hilarious. Mass consumption defined perfectly.
        It seems “responsible” capitalism gave way to a neoliberal brand more aptly termed gluttony. I’ve read that the 0.1% have now gotten bored with their numerous houses located in the world’s most beautiful places, the yachts, the jet planes, European sports cars and even power and instead, endeavor to live for eternity by funding age-longevity research. I remember a Twilight Zone episode dealing with this topic and it doesn’t work out too well.
        I was born and lived part of my young life in a western wealthy resort town in the mountains and went to school with the children of the rich and famous. As it turned out, the happiest person to come out of my class came from modest means and grew up in a trailer park. He led a successful, inspirational life as a teacher and a coach and always put his students,players and community first..

      • SoftStarLight December 10, 2018 at 11:23 pm #

        Ah yes, but who has the money for consumption of mass quantities? That is the question more and more people are asking.

    • pequiste December 10, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

      Buck P. You get a kewpie doll for correctly answering the question most concisely about the function of the “Zapruder Briefing”.

      It has worked like a charm since 1963.

      And you get massive bonus points for including the ironic comment by Sachs-of-Gold-Man! alumni Gary Cohen regarding being “…way over your head…” If the president, and other involved politico parties, don’t play the game as required, then they are relieved of ever suffering suffer from headaches, permanently.

      • BuckP December 10, 2018 at 6:34 pm #

        Thanks for the kewpie, pequiste
        Sorry Willie, but my heroes have always been standup comedians!

        “.. love talking about Kennedy. I was just down in Dallas, Texas. You know you can go down there and, ah, to Dealey Plaza where Kennedy was assassinated. And you can actually go to the sixth floor of the School Book Depository. It’s a museum called … The Assassination Museum. I think they named that after the assassination. I can’t be too sure of the chronology here, but …
        Anyway they have the window set up to look exactly like it did on that day. And it’s really accurate, you know. ’Cause Oswald’s not in it.” — Bill Hicks

        “Do you think they show every subsequent president the Zapruder film?…And then they turn the lights up and say to the new president, ‘Any questions?’” — Bill Hicks

    • SoftStarLight December 10, 2018 at 11:20 pm #

      Very interesting and terrifying too. I wonder how far back in time the deep state goes? Does it all go back to the infamous secret societies that were around at the time of the country’s founding?

      • seawolf77 December 11, 2018 at 9:32 am #

        Yeah they’ve always been there, but they went into overdrive with the Dulles brothers in the 1950’s. LBJ was supposed to be president after Eisenhower. That goes back to FDR, who after meeting LBJ predicted he would be the first southern president since Reconstruction. One dead Kennedy later, he was. Incidentally if you ever wondered who John Milton and the law firm in “The Devil’s Advocate,” was, it’s Allen Dulles and Sullivan & Cromwell.

        • SoftStarLight December 13, 2018 at 12:15 am #

          Hmmm that is interesting. So both parties were involved in it then it sounds like.

  34. malthuss December 10, 2018 at 4:29 pm #

    I hear that Michael Dell wants to build luxe condos at the shore.
    His wife is from big real estate money or something like that.

    • SoftStarLight December 10, 2018 at 11:08 pm #

      LOL, you are so random sometimes. So I searched for it and couldn’t find anything. But it does look like he has purchased luxury condos in Boston and NYC.

  35. FincaInTheMountains December 10, 2018 at 4:33 pm #

    It appears that the Brits have had enough with EU and its agent in UK Theresa May sabotaging the Brexit, so I guess they pull a few strings in France.

    A preemptive strike against France and Germany by the “yellow vests.”
    Full demoralization of the government.

    How long did the France last in the 1940s?

    And if there will be a need, Vanguard Group will block all international financial transactions.

    Do you need chaos?
    – Easy!

    You need a revolution?
    -What is your favorite color?

  36. janet December 10, 2018 at 5:13 pm #

    It’s pretty clear that Mueller doesn’t have the smoking gun for Russia collusion. –exscotticus

    Based on what? One half sentence followed by a dozen black lines?

    How can you, or Jim, know what the narrative is when you cannot read the narrative? You have no idea what Mueller knows or why he may not be letting on what he knows just yet for reasons he knows. Slowly he is getting closer and closer to Trump’s family members and Trump himself. But I estimate at least 12 months more investigation will be needed until Trump is completely implicated in impeachment-worthy high crimes (not process crimes, although process crimes should be prosecuted also). The day Trump leaves office he will have a raft of state charges to face, for which no federal pardon is available.

    • draupnir December 10, 2018 at 5:52 pm #

      Which means he will no doubt run for reelection.

      • janet December 10, 2018 at 6:05 pm #

        And which, based on last month’s midterms and polls (except Rasmussen), Trump will lose. Trump repeatedly cited Rasmussen polls. Trump lost.

        In the midterms the average Rasmussen poll had Democrats ahead by 1.7 points on the generic ballot. That’s an underestimation of their eventual position of nearly 7 points. This made Rasmussen’s average poll more inaccurate than any other pollster.

        Looking at all pollsters, the average poll hit the mark nearly perfectly. The average gold standard poll (i.e. ones that use live interviews, calls cell phones and is transparent about its practices) over the final three weeks of the campaign had Democrats ahead by 9.4 points on the generic congressional ballot. That’s an error of less than a point. The average pollster overall, according to the FiveThirtyEight aggregate, had Democrats up by 8.7 points. Once all the votes were counted, that hit the nail on the head.

        Trump. Loser. A new Marist College poll finds Trump’s approval rating at 43% among registered voters. His disapproval rating is at 49%. That’s in-line with the FiveThirtyEight average of polls among voters, which puts Trump’s approval rating at 42% and his disapproval rating at 52%.

        • Exscotticus December 10, 2018 at 7:05 pm #

          And yet despite most polls being against Trump winning the 2016 election, he won. Oops!

          And yet, Trump can fill a stadium all by himself with 24 hours notice, and none of your lame-duck House reps can.

          Sad pathetic pantsuit Hillary now has to give away tickets to her events just to avoid the embarrassing turnout. She’s got no more influence to sell. Her “pay-to-play” slush fund charity is moribund.

    • Exscotticus December 10, 2018 at 5:56 pm #

      >>> Based on what? One half sentence followed by a dozen black lines?

      Right. Mueller had the smoking gun since day one, and just decided to waste two years and $20 million for no particular reason.

      Your turn. You’ve made some extraordinary claims regarding Mueller’s evidence; based on what? One half sentence followed by a dozen black lines?

      • janet December 10, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

        Mueller had the smoking gun since day one –Exscotticus

        Based on what do you claim “since day one”? Here is what we know: A case that takes down the head of a drug cartel or crime family, or treasonous businessman, takes time to build. That is why another 12 to 18 months will probably be needed.

        • Exscotticus December 10, 2018 at 10:45 pm #

          >>> A case that takes down the head of a drug cartel or crime family, or treasonous businessman, takes time to build.

          It certainly does—if you don’t have a smoking gun. When you do have a smoking gun, as in the case of this illegal immigrant murderer, then justice is quite swift.

          The longer Mueller takes, the more he engages in memory test entrapment schemes, the more partisan and illegitimate he appears.

  37. Pucker December 10, 2018 at 6:11 pm #

    The “freed” slaves (the “Freedmen”) generally defined the state of freedom with reference to the white man, particularly, the former white “Master”, and the cotton commodity, and with reference to the stories from the Bible re: Exodus. They referred to Sherman and Lincoln as “Moses” and literally viewed them as gods, which Sherman found annoying. Imagine yourself literally being followed around by thousands of former black slaves who think that you’re a god and who’ve got this crazy idea that you’re going to give all of the white peoples’ land and stuff to you so that you can live in the Promised Land and never have to work. That’s totally Fucked Up…. The Free Blacks in New Orleans didn’t have these issues. This group must have been mulattoes freed by Andrew Jackson from the time of the Battle of New Orleans + Haitian emigres?

  38. Luhrenloup December 10, 2018 at 6:16 pm #

    This from RT:

    “Today, we are forced to admit [it]. Today, I am announcing an economic emergency in our country,” Macron said,

    I tried  3 search engines to get a French transcript of his speech, but was unable to.  What I find interesting in the above translation of the speech are the words Today are forced to admit [it] I am announcing an economic emergency in our country.  

    People are suffering and they are still playing their games.  By they I mean the elite heads of states.  For the Americans to get some attention paid to the poverty and the indebtedness, the reason Trump was elected, they will have to, like the French, take to the streets.

    • SoftStarLight December 10, 2018 at 10:55 pm #

      Good point! I think you’re right.

  39. janet December 10, 2018 at 6:17 pm #

    Exscotticus: “just decided to waste two years and $20 million for no particular reason.”

    You know the Constitution, you know the particular reason. The special counsel investigation has resulted in criminal counts against more than 30 people and three Russian entities.

    Payments to influence the outcome of the election were made in coordination with and at the direction of “Individual 1,” making Trump an active participant in a criminal conspiracy.

    While the final outcome of the Mueller probe is months away, it has already generated new insights into how Russia targeted the election, the presidential transition and Trump’s business empire.

    • Exscotticus December 10, 2018 at 6:30 pm #

      >>> Payments to influence the outcome of the election were made in coordination with and at the direction of “Individual 1,” making Trump an active participant in a criminal conspiracy.

      LOL you don’t even know what Cohen’s “crime” was. You can’t even articulate it correctly.

      It’s not a crime to pay someone to keep quiet (or was Trump being extorted? Hmmm…). But the payments arranged by Cohen were actually unreported campaign contributions.

      That’s the crime, janet. And it’s one that Obama also committed. Oops!

      Speaking of “Payments to influence the outcome of the election”, what are we to do with the FBI? They paid foreign agent Steele for the fake dossier. Oops!

      • seawolf77 December 10, 2018 at 7:27 pm #

        It is if your running for president. Just because he tells you it ain’t so Joe, it is. Trumptards fooled again.

  40. Pucker December 10, 2018 at 6:18 pm #

    Think about it….

    ““If the [Emancipation] Proclamation makes the slaves actually free,” declared the New York Times in January 1863, “there will come the further duty of making them work….” “All this,” the Times admitted, “opens a vast and most difficult subject.” 30”

    Eric Foner
    Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863 – 1877

  41. pequiste December 10, 2018 at 6:50 pm #

    All this Byzantine intrigue in the bowels of the Deep State; threats of congressional investigations; subpoenas; grand juries being convened; criminal indictments; loss of security clearances; the scarlet letter; Star Chamber proceedings; felony convictions; federal prison sentences; and, the horror! losing a pension, country club membership, or even the nightmare of having to be a commentator for MSNBC…..

    STOP IT ALREADY!!!

    I can’t stand it anymore.

    A mix of three solutions would solve this quintessentially American Fin-de-Siecle existential crisis:

    1. The Exorcist. Yes, send the Exorcist to Washington D.C. for a check of everyone, cause it seems that the whole place is infested, with no time limit ( much like the activity of the Mueller Investigation). It would make such great C-SPAN that even I would watch it. (Which possessed politician’s head would spin around? Would the mentioning of the name of Jesus Christ compel certain Deep State demons to vomit green slime all over the priests? Who, among the legion of devils, would say “Your mother sucks cxck in Hell”?)

    2. The Man From Queens finally breaks the seal on the Majestic Twelve file; announces to the world that, in fact, Erich Von Daniken, MIchael Cremo, Graham Hancock et. al. were right all along and that the real Aliens have not only visited Earth in the past ( and built the Pyramids some 300,000 years ago along with Macchu Picchu and Baalbek) but they, the army of the Saurian and Grey Confederacy will be landing on the Mall, and a hundred other sites around the globe, in about 48 hours to take care of the rest of their business. They saw “The War Of The Worlds” remake with Tom Cruz too but are planning a rather different ending.

    3. And DJT could just say “FUCK IT” and use the oldest trick in the book to unclog the cosmic and karmic congestion plagueing the U.S.S.A.: declare war against an avowed evil enemy for whatever reason ( we don’t need a reason anymore — I don’t think the Congress has formally declared war, as required by the Constitution, since 1941) coupled with martial law and Shazam the problem becomes cosmocide not ‘did Stormy Daniels get a campaign check from Mike Cohen for blowing the presidential timber (as it were.)?

    Yeah, all three.

    • SoftStarLight December 10, 2018 at 10:53 pm #

      LOL….Very creative! The second solution, being somewhat the most outrageous, is the most interesting IMHO. The third solution is pretty familiar and the first would require a LEGION of exorcists!

  42. FincaInTheMountains December 10, 2018 at 7:05 pm #

    G-20, Bush’s death and a proposal that Putin shouldn’t have refused

    I already wrote in a previous post that the coverage of the G-20 in the American press was no less striking than the events themselves, but in a completely different sense.
    But probably we should start with the events themselves, and only then proceed to their reflection in the American press.

    1. On November 5, Special Prosecutor Mueller accused the former head of the Trump’s election campaign, Manafort, in a lie that annulled a deal with justice that Manafort had concluded earlier and which is generally annulled very rarely, since doubts about the prosecutors’ desire to comply with these deals put a big question mark next to the institution of deals with justice in general. And on the elections on November 7, this had almost no effect, but it showed perfectly to Trump’s supporters that Mueller had turned to the practice of sheer terror and a fight without rules.

    2. On November 18, Michael Cohen, under pressure from Mueller, admits to lie to the congress that the negotiations about construction of a skyscraper in Moscow ceased in January 2016, while in fact they continued until June, when it was clear that Trump would be nominated by the Republican Party for president.

    3. On the night of November 25, Ukrainian armored artillery boats “Nikopol” and “Berdyansk”, as well as the tag boat “Yany Kapu” tried to go into the Sea of Azov, without requesting a pilot. And when they were intercepted by the Russian warships, they tried to escape from them and ended up in Russian territorial waters and were taken aboard. Without a doubt, this was a provocation, as confirmed in the logbook records, but this provocation was planned not in Kiev, but in Washington, but no one of the planners, without any doubt, expected such a harsh reaction from Russia and the task of this provocation was to put a choice before Russia: either the humiliation before the meeting of Trump and Putin on the G-20, if the boats broke through, or the arrest of Ukrainian ships in those waters that belonged to Ukraine until 2014, and forcing Russia to return these ships would also be a humiliation before the meeting.

    4. On November 29, President Trump, evidently recalling the need to justify his unwillingness to make claims to Putin in Helsinki after repeated accusations of Mueller, cancels the meeting with Putin “due to a sea collision in the Kerch Strait”.

    5. November 30, at a time when the leaders of the 20 most developed countries begin to gather in Buenos Aires, the death of US President George H.W. Bush became known, and the Angela Merkel plane had to make a forced landing due to a technical malfunction, which, in conjunction with the Nazi plot uncovered in Germany shortly before was undoubtedly perceived by the Ms. Chancellor as a black mark from the Black Project headed by Bastinda, The Great and Terrible. And at that moment when a scheduled plane with Mrs. Chancellor is heading for the Buenos Aires, the Russian TV “Star” program reported that the Russian over-horizon Radar “Container” is coming on the combat duty, and when on December 1, was the time for her plane to land in Buenos Aires, the Russian TV “Time” program announced that the over- horizon RLM had come on combat duty in Mordovia.

    Naturally, the aforementioned difference between “coming” and “had come” would have been realized by Frau Chancellor at the height of the Argentine meeting if the “technical malfunction” had not made its adjustments to her schedule.

    And this is significant, since the “Container” over-the-horizon radar not only qualitatively differs from all previous over-the-horizon radars (including the Voronezh radar), but most importantly closes the last hole in Russia’s air defense, torn apart by the collapse of the USSR. This means that the main idea of the article “The End of Mutual Assured Destruction”, which in April 2006 under the title “Start of the US Nuclear Superiority” was published in the journal Foreign Affairs, that during the Cold War was repeatedly used by the US to publish threats against the USSR that were banned by UN Charter, finally lost relevance.

    The End of MAD? The Nuclear Dimension of U.S. Primacy
    mitpressjournals.org/doi/10.1162/isec.2006.30.4.7

    The Rise of U.S. Nuclear Primacy
    foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-states/2006-03-01/rise-us-nuclear-primacy

    The meaning of this article is that the presence of holes in the early warning system of a nuclear attack makes it possible to launch a disarming strike on Russian missile launch sites, which the President of the Russian Federation will only learn after Russian nuclear triad, about which President Yeltsin reminded the Clinton family from Beijing in 1999, will cease to exist, and accidentally surviving missiles that strike back will be intercepted by Euro-ABM stations in Romania and Poland.

    Moreover, this article until 1 December 2018 made it particularly relevant because in 2006 it was published in conjunction with the corresponding threats by US Senator Hillary Clinton from the United States, who, with foam at her mouth, demanded that Vladimir Putin leave his presidency on May 7, 2008. The Russian Federation, which has since repeatedly proved that even without holding the post of senator from the state of New York or any other official post, she is able to subordinate not only the country’s president with a broken air defense system, who left his post on May 7, 2008, but US presidents as well, who in theory have a god air defense system.

    And in retrospect, it is clear that the striking praise of the American press on December 30 for Vladimir Putin, who allegedly became the universal favorite in Buenos Aires, combined with the equally striking contempt of the American press for its own president, who allegedly became a pariah on the G-20, is due to the fact that at this stage the Red Project of the Anglo-Saxon world, which is the main driving force of the Great Trump Revolution and Brexit, was a major threat to the Western Black Project and Vladimir Putin was offered of a full “rehabilitation” in the West, if he ceases to support the Trump’s New War of the Roses.

    Such an offer that Trump dies today, and Putin with his Russia tomorrow, but Putin’s refusal to answer the calls of the completely drunk Poroshenko, who suddenly realized that his provocation in the Kerch Strait after Bush’s death turns out to be an attack on Trump, and not on Putin, who received as a result of this provocation the aforementioned proposal undoubtedly means the final refusal of the President of the Russian Federation to comply with the conditions of the Norman Ultimatum, part of which was recognition by the Russian Federation of President Poroshenko, and accordingly the answer to the Hillary’s proposal, which in her opinion he could not refuse.

    That is why the funeral of George Bush Sr. became a failed attempt of Black Project to rally the so-called establishment of the West to respond to rebellious Russia, but how and why this attempt failed and how it is connected with the attempted coup in the United States, this time openly advertised on Sunday’s political programs will be discussed in the next post.

  43. S M Tenneshaw December 10, 2018 at 7:34 pm #

    Drumpf shittweeted this reply:

    //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
    Donald J. Trump
    ?Verified account @realDonaldTrump

    “Democrats can’t find a Smocking Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey’s testimony. No Smocking Gun…No Collusion.” @FoxNews That’s because there was NO COLLUSION. So now the Dems go to a simple private transaction, wrongly call it a campaign contribution,…

    3:46 AM – 10 Dec 2018

    twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1072095127894667265?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
    //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    “Smock! Smock!” — Steve Allen.

    • FincaInTheMountains December 10, 2018 at 7:41 pm #

      I am sure that he meant a “smucking” gun.

      chaseramson.com/images/Smucker's%20group%20copy.jpg

      Not so fast, Smuckers!

    • seawolf77 December 10, 2018 at 7:59 pm #

      You want Trump speak. “No one on my campaign is talking to the Russians.” “I have nothing to do with Russia.” “The world hates Obama.” “Obamacare is a disaster.”
      Translation. “No ONE is working on my campaign, but 16 that we know about.” “I have everything to do with Russia.” “The world hates me.” “If Obamacare is a success, it’s a disaster for the Republicans.”

  44. janet December 10, 2018 at 7:43 pm #

    the payments arranged by Cohen were actually unreported campaign contributions. That’s the crime, janet. –exscotticus

    No. They were hush money payments to silence women in order to influence the election outcome. The FBI raided Cohen’s office and home, so they have the documentary evidence and tape recordings. These will come out in due time. There is strategy involved in taking down the head of a crime family. Be patient. (PS. “process crimes” count)… they didn’t get Al Capone on murder charges)

    • seawolf77 December 10, 2018 at 8:16 pm #

      I never thought I’d say this, but the Trumptard is right. Anything that benefits the campaign must be reported. If it’s not, it’s a crime. Again this is how Edwards got off. His donors set his little skank up, paid her nut and then some, but the bottom line: Did this help the campaign? No. Absolutely not. If you say yes then how? She was not threatening to make their affair public. Now ask the same question with the Trump payoffs. Absolutely it helped the campaign. That is why Trump is fundamentally different than the Edwards case. Edwards knew what he was doing. Trump did not. That’s how Stormy Daniels outplayed him. She sprung it on him the last minute knowing he’d misstep. And he did.

      • capt spaulding December 10, 2018 at 8:30 pm #

        The kicker is that Stormy Daniels is one of the few people that wound up getting paid by Trump for services rendered.

        • seawolf77 December 11, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

          She should have asked for 10 million. This would have forced
          Trump to come up with the money.

    • Exscotticus December 10, 2018 at 9:48 pm #

      >>> No. They were hush money payments to silence women in order to influence the election outcome.

      That’s not a crime. Just as writing a political op-ed (and getting paid to do so) is not a crime, and paying for political ads is not a crime.

      You still don’t get it. In order to take down Trump, it’s not enough to convince your rabid base that Trump did something to merit impeachment. Your base was ready to impeach Trump the day he was elected. No, to remove Trump, you have to convince the nation. You have to convince Trump’s base. And if you don’t understand the crime, even after it was explained to you, then neither will most. All they’ll see is yet another in a long series of partisan attacks on their President.

      • seawolf77 December 10, 2018 at 10:24 pm #

        It is a crime. Anything that benefited the campaign and was unreported is a crime. Let’s say I had evidence that candidate X was really a malevolent Martian with a mushroom-shaped penis who whose real goal was the destruction of America. If someone from the campaign of candidate X paid me money to silence me from disclosing the mushroom shaped penis plans to destroy America, then I have engaged in a conspiracy akin to voter fraud. The American people had the right to know about the mushroom shaped penis and its plan to destroy America. Trumptards fooled again.

        • Exscotticus December 10, 2018 at 10:34 pm #

          Fake-moon-landings sea-squirt talking about Martians? Yes that makes sense.

          • seawolf77 December 10, 2018 at 10:36 pm #

            Ex-scrotum avoiding the issues yeah that makes cents.

  45. janet December 10, 2018 at 8:14 pm #

    Gen. Flynn may actually have the goods on the fraud behind his own prosecution — namely, proof of exactly how he was set up by Mr. Obama, in particular his own tapes of conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak that would show something different than the transcripts Mr. Mueller used to entrap him on Lying-to-Federal-Prosecutors rap.

    Entrap? Mueller is not entrapping. The only one doing the entrapping is Flynn himself, the guy who willfully and knowingly lied to the FBI. Used to be people took responsibility for their actions instead of whining about “process crimes” which are, by the way, CRIMES!

    • Exscotticus December 10, 2018 at 10:10 pm #

      >>> Mueller is not entrapping.

      Yes he is. Jerome Corsi filed a criminal complaint and lawsuit against Robert Mueller. Corsi publically explained the unethical entrapment tactics Mueller is using, and will testify on behalf of others similarly entrapped.

      The bottom line is that they ask you questions about every email you ever sent, and expect you to remember them all in vivid detail. If you fail to remember, they claim you lied. Process crime.

      Could a 74-year-old Mueller survive such a memory test?

  46. SoftStarLight December 10, 2018 at 8:37 pm #

    I hope you are right Mr. K but both political parties, the Never Trump and Never America parties, have the full support and weight of the shadow state behind them. The Establishment has the upper hand it would seem. But, it also seems like many people now view the Establishment’s power as sort of a foreign occupation. No wonder there is such a hyperactivity of State propaganda and censorship trying to quell dissent. It doesn’t feel like this is going to go well but we can always hope for the best. And plan for the worst.

    • janet December 10, 2018 at 8:48 pm #

      “The Establishment has the upper hand it would seem.” –SSL

      Mr. Trump is the establishment. Mr. Trump is the deep state. Mr. Trump is in charge of DOJ and nominates Supreme Court judges. Mr. Trump has had control of all branches of government for two years and has not accomplished what he promised he would do for the American people. Trump’s Cabinet is more white and more male than any first Cabinet since President Ronald Reagan’s and does not represent the people of this great multicultural nation. E PLURIBUS UNUM.

      • SoftStarLight December 10, 2018 at 10:41 pm #

        Perfectly scripted and ready to go at a moment’s notice. A product of the NPC hive mind. You should have thrown in an, “orange man bad, orange man bad” for good measure.

  47. janet December 10, 2018 at 8:56 pm #

    Just as I predicted, Kavanaugh is turning out to be a liberal judge who will be objective and independent. He joined the majority to deny certiorari in Gee v. Planned Parenthood of Gulf Coast and Andersen v. Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.

    Kavanaugh’s decision allows the lower court’s decision to stand and defends funding for Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood praised Kavanaugh’s decision.

    Thank you, Mr. Trump!

    • seawolf77 December 10, 2018 at 10:03 pm #

      “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!” Gomer Pyle

    • Exscotticus December 10, 2018 at 10:20 pm #

      LOL. All this proves is that the entire Left including yourself went batshit crazy over nothing. It proves that the Left’s judgment with regard to SCOTUS nominees can’t be trusted.

      Planned Parenthood praised Kavanaugh’s decision? Planned Parenthood threatened any Senator who voted to confirm him.

      • janet December 10, 2018 at 10:34 pm #

        Proves I am not part of the “entire Left.” I am a conservative defender of the Constitution and a supporter of the Supreme Court decision, a subsequent reaffirmations, making the right to choose an abortion the supreme law of the land. Justice Kavanaugh is on my side.

        • Exscotticus December 10, 2018 at 10:55 pm #

          >>> Proves I am not part of the “entire Left.” … Justice Kavanaugh is on my side.

          This is the same Kav you accused of raping Ford and lying under oath. So—yes—it includes you as well.

          • Walter B December 10, 2018 at 11:17 pm #

            Chameleon, no?

  48. janet December 10, 2018 at 10:06 pm #

    The kicker is that Stormy Daniels is one of the few people that wound up getting paid by Trump for services rendered. –captain

    The problem for Trump is the timing of the payment. Why should Trump not care a whit about protecting his reputation in his wife’s eyes in September 2016, but be anxious to close the deal — and shut Daniels up — right as the campaign faced a crisis involving allegations of Trump’s treatment of women?

    It was not a simple record keeping violation like Obama’s. They were not “paperwork” errors, as both Trump and Rand Paul have spuriously claimed.

    Campaigns do make paperwork errors all the time, especially large campaigns like Obama’s or John McCain’s, which failed to file some reports within 48 hours of making some campaign expenditures.

    When campaigns make these minor errors, they promptly file a corrected report with the Federal Election Commission and then pay civil fines if necessary.

    What they don’t do: Deny for more than a year that they made an error, and try to hide campaign payments by funneling money through unreported corporate loans, LLCs, and payoffs falsely described as legal and technical services. These are serious criminal activities for which others have gone to jail

    The Daniels payment was not an expense that existed (he was not going to pay her $130,000) until the campaign needed it. It is only because of the election campaign coverup that Trump paid to silence Stormy. By ordering Cohen to pay Stormy Trump engaged in a criminal conspiracy.

    • Exscotticus December 10, 2018 at 10:29 pm #

      >>> By ordering Cohen to pay Stormy Trump engaged in a criminal conspiracy.

      Wrong. And I challenge you to site any lawyer proving otherwise. The crime Cohen was accused of had little to do with paying Stormy, and everything to do with using unreported campaign contributions. Obama, incidentally, also violated campaign finance laws, for which Obama merely paid a fine.

      • janet December 10, 2018 at 10:36 pm #

        Obama did not deny for more than a year that his campaign made an error.

        Obama did not try to hide campaign payments by funneling money through unreported corporate loans and LLCs

        Obama did not make payoffs falsely described as legal and technical services.

        These are serious criminal activities Trump has committed, in conspiracy with Cohen, for which others have gone to jail

        • Exscotticus December 11, 2018 at 7:39 pm #

          >>> Obama did not deny for more than a year that his campaign made an error.

          Huh? There’s no proof Trump’s “campaign” had anything to do with Stormy. Trump may or may not have instructed Cohen to arrange a settlement. We still don’t know. But unless you can prove that Trump directed Cohen to specifically use campaign money, you’ve got no crime.

          • seawolf77 December 12, 2018 at 9:56 am #

            Wrongo Ex-Scrotum. Circumstantial evidence has convicted more than its share of criminals, and in this case there is so much that it begs the creation of another word. Trumpumstantial maybe. What do you think Trumptard?

  49. Q. Be the Plan December 10, 2018 at 10:38 pm #

    ******************
    Thank you President Trump!
    THE Executive Order IS the antidote to the New World Order.
    got-truth.com/docs/THE%20Executive%20Order.pdf

    #Qarmy #Qanon

    Q.

  50. DrGonzo December 10, 2018 at 10:39 pm #

    I take it as a badge of honor that JHK has deleted at least three of my posts over the last two months. Clearly my skeptical eye for hypocritical pablum and irrational gaslighting has gotten under his skin.

    It’s a little annoying, though, that some of my finest prose gets unceremoniously ejected by James into the ethersphere, never to enter earth’s orbit again. JHK would make a good medieval gatekeeper or Trump Tower bouncer, but he’s not real good at fostering lively democratic debate.

    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro, dudes and dudettes.

    • Walter B December 10, 2018 at 11:09 pm #

      I must differ with you Doc. I have done a good deal of debating, both in school and even professionally and politically and I have never seen our host delete debate. In fact, I have not seen much of any debate here, though we certainly do have a lot of name calling and personal grudge matches, as well as a lot of sniveling childish gibberish, but Jim has not removed neatly enough of that. Personally, I think that those that come here to insult one another and spew senseless horseshit degrade the overall quality of the place, and when our host chooses to clean up some of this crap, my hat’s off to him. Trump sucks, Trump sucks, Trump sucks get more than a little boring and tends to give the general impression that this is not a place for discussion but a hangout for witless militants. Clean it up as you see fit Jim, from all I have seen and heard from you, maintaining a level of character that you see fit is just fine by me.

      • Q. Be the Plan December 11, 2018 at 12:22 am #

        Getting in tune.
        got-truth.com/docs/Getting%20in%20tune.pdf

        #Qarmy #Qanon

        Q.

      • DrGonzo December 11, 2018 at 12:42 am #

        If I insulted anyone, or called people names, I’d understand the need to censor me (which, come to think of it, may explain why we never see any posts from our Dear Leader Trump — that man-child with the maturity of an eighth-grader can’t get through 24 hours without tweeting some childish insult, which continues to astound me. The leader of the free world! And professional pussy-grabber!).

        But I digress. Name-calling is not my style. Calling out lazy thinking and flagging failed prophesies that have fallen flat into the mud IS my style … because one of our society’s weaknesses is our pathetically short memory for scams of the past, which we allow to quietly disappear down the collectively memory hole. However: “Those that don’t learn from the past” …. yadda yadda yadda. You know the rest.

        JHK seems to have developed a cult following that bristles at any suggestion that he may not be the brilliant prophet they have decided he must be. I’m much too much an independent-minded skeptic to be that easily sucked in. There’s a great deal of silliness and shallow thinking that JHK spews which deserves to be unpacked, challenged, and occasionally mocked … for the good of the order, and to stimulate a healthy debate. But that doesn’t go over well in a world of cult-like Obediance to The Message. So be it. I can be censored, but I ain’t going away.

        • Walter B December 11, 2018 at 8:41 am #

          I don’t know Doc, I don’t think cult is an accurate description of what we who like what Jim does here have turned out to be. Fan club perhaps, but cult, no way. I can only speak for myself, but I like the fact that he sorts through the Mainstream Media sewer and reports on it in fair and balanced manner that pisses off the “my way or the highway crowd”. And no “my way or the highway” does not qualify as debate and besides getting old quick, it is truly an infantile way of communicating. I also believe that Mr. Kunstler is a conservationist and a staunch advocate against mass consumption, both very dear agendas for me at least.

          Jim wrote to me complaining about my calling our elected officials parodies of their real names and asked that I stop. I was not only happy to stop but was embarrassed by my actions. Like General Lee said to JEB Stuart in “Gettysburg”, “You have to take this and learn from it as a man does”. Great advice for us all don’t you think?

        • malthuss December 12, 2018 at 10:18 am #

          and the Cs kill people who tattle.

    • Tate December 11, 2018 at 12:53 am #

      Repost it in pig latin. It wouldn’t exactly be pro, but it would be weird.

      • DrGonzo December 11, 2018 at 2:40 pm #

        Me gusta el idea. Desafortunadamente, no hablo el latino de chanchos.

        • DrGonzo December 11, 2018 at 2:45 pm #

          La idea. Disculpe.

          • Tate December 11, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

            El idea. fify. (‘Idea’ comes from Greek >> el idea).

  51. seawolf77 December 10, 2018 at 10:43 pm #

    Lying is consciousness of guilt. Why all the lies? They’re guilty as sin.

  52. KesaAnna December 10, 2018 at 11:56 pm #

    ” Obama did not deny for more than a year that his campaign made an error. ”

    Obama , Trump , or Bugs Bunny , this doesn’t make sense on its face.

    Nobody cooperates with the authorities. Everyone lawyers up .

    UNLESS —

    — It is some idiot peasant , or just a plain idiot , who thinks that ” Little House on the Prairie ” and , ” TJ Hooker ” are real.

    — The game is already rigged , the outcome is in the bag , and all the principals already know it.

  53. SoftStarLight December 11, 2018 at 12:32 am #

    From Amren:

    Julian von Abele, a young man studying quantum physics at Columbia University will likely never be allowed to put his knowledge to good use for our society. His sin? He said Whites created the modern world. His delivery may have been lacking…possibly. But if this situation were reversed it would not be news at all.

    amren.com/commentary/2018/12/who-created-the-modern-world/

    • Tate December 11, 2018 at 1:08 am #

      He appeared like some exotic subatomic particle flaring briefly into existence & then back out again in one brief entropic act of self-ablation. We can interpret this as a sign that the last redoubt of free scientific inquiry has been breached & the sensitive & exquisitely-tuned minds within thrown hopelessly out of balance.

      • SoftStarLight December 11, 2018 at 10:01 am #

        Yes, the last vestiges of science disappear as physics meets the cold reality of state and media-sponsored racial grievance. One lesson to be learned is that the brilliant are better off as recluses. You mentioned that in the last thread and I thought it was very interesting. I want to think that one may not have to be a complete recluse. It seems a little sad to me. I do think one must be very careful in selecting friends. This situation also proves that it is likely that one’s friends should probably look and think in the same ways. Better together and all of that.

  54. janet December 11, 2018 at 12:51 am #

    “So be it. I can be censored, but I ain’t going away.” –Dr. Gonzo

    Good. It is good to have skeptics who question authority.

    After Jim’s predictions about Y2K in 1999 fell flat, and then after the peak oil predictions of collapse in 2005 fell flat, and after multiple predictions of a 4,000 DOW and complete economic collapse never happened, I am not surprised that now he is into right-wing conspiracy theories, like this week’s screed. So much speculation and so little fact.

    • EvelynV December 11, 2018 at 1:58 pm #

      I didn’t read JHK back in the pre-Y2K days but from what I surmise he was making a lot of grim forecasts.

      Be assured whatever apprehensions he expressed were well founded.

      Being in the IT world by profession I had seen many times the chaos that followed end of year changes (particularly when a leap year was involved) because of program failures that resulted from improper date handling logic. Back in those days it was the norm to exclude including the century in stored dates.

      The peril the computer dependent world was in could not have been overstated and the realization of that fact triggered the most comprehensive pro-active effort ever undertaken at any time before or since.

      Millions upon millions of dollars were spent to inspect and in most cases modify programs to fix their date routines. The company I worked for had 40,000 programs that had to be modified and tested. It was a time when contract programmers were raking in huge paychecks due to the terrific demand for their services.

      It was a herculean effort made throughout the world and happily it paid off so well that the great unwashed unfamiliar with the inner works of that world are now able to scoff at what they see as no more than a “chicken little” event.

  55. janet December 11, 2018 at 1:07 am #

    Here is a fact: At least 16 associates of Donald Trump (including family members) had contacts with Russians during the 2016 campaign or transition, according to public statements and court filings. These communications came in the form of face-to-face meetings, phone calls, text messages, emails and video chats. For a transition team to have one or two meetings with the Russian ambassador is OK. But Trump had personal business with Putin, was involved in quid pro quo for help undermining American democracy. And that’s only the beginning.

    When we get Trump’s tax returns we’ll know more. We are just beginning to see the extent of Trump-Russia collusion with Trump’s friends and family involved: Felix Sater, Ivanka Trump, Michael Cohen, Avi Berkowitz, Erik Prince, Kirill Dmitriev, Dmitry Peskov, Michael Caputo, Hank Greenberg, Roger Stone, Guccifer 2.0, JD Gordon, Jeff Sessions, Carter Page, Ivan Timofeev, George Papadopoulos, Jared Kushner, Sergey Gorkov, Joseph Mifsud, Ivan Timofeev, Donald Trump Jr., Emin Agalarov, Michael Flynn, Sergey Kislyak, Rick Gates, Konstantin Kilimnik, Paul Manafort, Alexander Torshin, Maria Butina.

    You may not know who these people are are to what extent they were colluding with Russia and what criminal acts they have engaged in, but Mueller does know. Collusion is referred to in the US Statutes as CONSPIRACY, and it is a crime.

    Mueller’s mandate is to investigate Trump-Russia collusion. And there is still 12 to 18 months worth of investigating to do. Mueller just got his first Russian to flip and cooperate. Lots more to come on Mueller’s main mandate of Russia-Trump COLLUSION.

    • janet December 11, 2018 at 1:10 am #

      Oh, and I forgot the self-admitted professional liar, Jerome Corsi, who has just sued Mueller for $350 million dollars. This is excellent news as it opens up more legal opportunity for DISCOVERY for Mueller.

      • janet December 11, 2018 at 1:14 am #

        Corsi’s lawsuit is ridiculous on the face of it. Quite apart from offering no evidence for Corsi’s claims against Mueller, the lawsuit contradicts Corsi’s own statements about his involvement in the investigation, gets Election Day wrong, and accuses Mueller of violating Section 702 of the “Foreign Sovereignties Immunity Act,” which does not exist. Read it for yourself: politico.com/f/?id=00000167-9620-de20-a1ff-9f3e96680001

        Corsi’s move is the latest in a series of stunts that appear suited more to garner sympathy with Trump’s base than with federal judges.

  56. tucsonspur December 11, 2018 at 2:43 am #

    This young man is bold enough to speak the Truth, so he must be crushed. Warning, this is a “deeply disturbing” racial incident, and students must be spoken to ensure that they’re okay, since this incident is “really hard to internalize”.

    yahoo.com/lifestyle/columbia-university-investigating-students-deeply-disturbing-racial-diatribe-lov…

    Blacks continue to climb the ladder of white rungs. When they reach the top, the ladder is toppled.

    • SoftStarLight December 11, 2018 at 10:06 am #

      They will do what they can to destroy him. I wish I could get him on speed dial to send words of encouragement :-). Don’t apologize for being intelligent and correct!!!! Maybe we could somehow utilize his talents in quantum physics to find a worm hole out of this hell lol. Good point about the ladder. In the process the ladder itself has been compromised. They have made the ladder easier to climb so that the superior are made to feel less so, and the inferior are given a sense of superiority that isn’t deserved.

      • tucsonspur December 11, 2018 at 5:19 pm #

        Yes, it just takes common sense and a willingness to accept reality over PC propaganda.

    • Tate December 11, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

      Your correspondent received a rare communication from the incomparable yet reclusive Porter on this incident, posted from his redoubt located somewhere in the vasty reaches of the Old Confederacy.

      kakistocracyblog.wordpress.com/2018/12/10/the-struggle-to-stop-hate/

      • tucsonspur December 11, 2018 at 5:14 pm #

        Interesting article. And hypervigilance can certainly be contagious and lead to these drastic ‘remedies’.

    • SpeedyBB December 14, 2018 at 8:12 am #

      “…ladder of white rungs…”

      Where’s Janos now that it’s his time to shine (oops, no pun, son)? Truly amazed he hasn’t dropped by to deliver some of his remarkable, erudite & nutty insight.

  57. tucsonspur December 11, 2018 at 4:16 am #

    A momentary voyage away from the dreariness of politics and into the depths of space:

    The OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) is a NASA asteroid study and sample-return mission.

    nasaspaceflight.com/2018/12/osiris-rex-water-asteroid-bennu/

    One of the more inspirational sides of humanity.

    • Walter B December 11, 2018 at 7:57 am #

      And it is named after the Egyptian god of the Underworld? CERN’s mascot is Shiva the Hindu God of destruction? The Vatican telescope is called Lucifer? Anybody see a pattern here?

      • tucsonspur December 11, 2018 at 5:37 pm #

        The entangled mysteries of science and religion. Kind of spooky.

        Here’s a real mascot program:

        news.fnal.gov/2016/04/mascot-exchange-program-fermilab-cern-swap-research/

        I like the “pi” building at Fermi lab.

        This is what I found on the Vatican ‘scope:

        “The Vatican did not name a telescope “Lucifer.” The Vatican Observatory shares space (no pun intended) with other organizations and groups. The Vatican Observatory does not own each piece of equipment, nor can it give official names or nicknames to things it does not own. Another group installed a telescope it nicknamed Lucifer.

        Its a telescope built by the Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial physics, and according to the Planck Institute website, it stands for LBT Near Infrared Spectroscopic Utility with Camera and Integral Field Unit for Extragalactic Research. It is noted on the website that its official abbreviation has been changed to LUCI.”

        But your point is still made.

        • Walter B December 11, 2018 at 8:18 pm #

          It is points like these that always take me back to the old vampire and other stories where victims have to “Invite” them in, or that their spirits have to be given instead of taken. And then there is the demons telling you what they were actually doing up front so that once ensnared, it becomes a case of “it’s not like we didn’t tell you”? All of these ancient “superstitions” and sayings came about for one reason or another that we shall never ever be certain of, but inquiring minds cannot fail to wonder how much truth might lie within the origins.

    • SoftStarLight December 11, 2018 at 10:12 am #

      Wow that is cool! I wonder if the building blocks for life are really everywhere, no matter how dark, cold, distant, and seemingly dead a place can be? That would kinda make the whole yin yang idea more real or realistic I guess.

  58. FincaInTheMountains December 11, 2018 at 7:10 am #

    War of the Roses: The Battle for Hillary’s Server

    And the battle for this server is so desperate, including Republican misogynistic accusations that the only woman capable of becoming president of the United States, hides on this server criminal messages regarding for example the brutal murder of the American ambassador to Benghazi, that there are very serious reasons to believe that the recognition by US of the new geopolitical realities that arose during the Ukrainian crisis, will be expressed in the form of a court order for the removal of this server from the hands of unfortunate Hillary, who so wanted that in Oval Cabinet of the White House was a woman President, standing next to Bill Clinton, her head held high, not some intern standing in front of him on her knees.

  59. FincaInTheMountains December 11, 2018 at 7:19 am #

    The question arises: why, in fact, the US and NATO continue to aggravate tension around Ukraine, knowing that the nuclear force is not on their side, and the notorious European missile defense system is not suitable for the purposes for which it was created?

    Sometimes there is the impression that either this performance was started by a sect worshiping the Enemy of the Human Race, or that heightening tension in Europe somehow improves the position of the group of military and political figures in the domestic political struggle in the United States.

    Of course, it cannot be ruled out that there is a sect at the highest level in the United States whose members can give quite serious orders and nevertheless are ready to go to the Last Judgment and justify the destruction of the human race by the need to protect the vital interests of the United States in the Ukrainian village of Gorlovka.

    But it remains completely incomprehensible how these people pass their yearly medical examination, and by virtue of this, the second assumption still seems much more justified.

  60. Walter B December 11, 2018 at 9:18 am #

    Hey Little Deb, has your rag published any articles like this rag has I wonder? If so perhaps you might care to share:

    Investigation of generic ‘cartel’ expands to 300 drugs

    washingtonpost.com/business/economy/investigation-of-generic-cartel-expands-to-300-drugs/2018/12/09/…

  61. janet December 11, 2018 at 10:13 am #

    “Mexico will pay for the wall. Believe me. 100%.” —candidate Trump

    Weak President Trump flip flops on wall. Weak Trump caves when challenged by strong Nancy Pelosi. Government shutdown avoided.

    “The border is secure” —.President Trump

    Or as W said: “Mission accomplished!”

    See? No wall was necessary.

    Respect Pelosi’s power. Chuck and Nancy are Donald’s friends. Working together they avoided government shutdown.

    Thank you, President Donald J. Trump for caving on the wall!

  62. seawolf77 December 11, 2018 at 10:15 am #

    “This White House is headed into a world of trouble — a Democratic Congress, Mueller closing in, and anybody who comes into this White House has to be thinking about lawyering up. Worst case scenario you could become H.R. Haldeman,” Whipple told Politico. Haldeman spent more than a year and a half in prison.” Who the hell wants to go to jail for this clown? Nobody.

  63. SoftStarLight December 11, 2018 at 10:22 am #

    So Trump demands a Great Wall before meeting with Senate Democrats later today. He is surrounded by people who don’t want to help the working people of this country in any way. All they can think of is how to benefit and coddle foreigners. So again the question becomes, why exactly do we pay taxes? What do we pay taxes for? Who is this government? Are they really Americans at all? So many questions and so few answers. A girl just has to wonder and wonder. Gosh I can’t wait until someone brings real answers and says exactly what they are going to do and does exactly what they say. That will be a good day ;-)!

  64. We are going to pay a heavy price in blood and lives for the incredibly stupid way we’ve boosted China to where it is now.

    • Q. Be the Plan December 11, 2018 at 10:42 am #

      “We” have not boosted China.

      “They” have done so, with “they” defined as GLOBALISTS, led by John D. Rockefeller’s Bilderberg Group, Trilateral Commission, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

      Getting in tune.
      got-truth.com/docs/Getting%20in%20tune.pdf

      #Qarmy #Qanon

      Q.

      • China is a vertically integrated gangster nation without a just rule of law… Watching the entangled economic relationships between private companies and their state-run partners, the political entanglements, all becoming more transparently fraught with dangerous consequence, confirms what I’ve believed for nearly 30 years…. It was a deadly mistake, disguised as an economic miracle, and will lead to disaster.

        Anyone who funneled money (and power) into their hands is complicit.

        Moral responsibility can’t be abdicated. You may not suffer direct or immediate consequences, or even recognize your complicity. It doesn’t matter as to the ethical calculus. You can believe what you want, blame who you want. Our moral universe is comprised of discrete actions by independent agents. Ignorance, placing blame, pick your excuse, it changes nothing.

        That doesn’t mean that course correction is impossible. We can and should act. But we’re going the wrong way. Instead of playing a strong hand, we are forced to play a weak one.

        Cheap Chinese labor came at a high price… The generation that acquired the cost savings will not pay the balance.

    • janet December 11, 2018 at 10:42 am #

      We? Not me! Trump has put China in the driver’s seat. Trump is destroying America by isolating us from our traditional allies while colluding with a traditional enemy and coddling murderous bone saw dictators.

      • Q. Be the Plan December 11, 2018 at 10:59 am #

        Wrong.
        China was placed in the driver’s seat long before Trump.
        Saudi Arabia was acquired in a Nixon devil’s bargain in exchange for petro dollar conversion.

        Enjoy your GASLIGHTING.
        got-truth.com/docs/The%20END%20March%20is%20GASLIGHTING.pdf

        #Qarmy #Qanon

        Q.

        • elysianfield December 11, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

          “Nixon devil’s bargain”

          Q,
          Are you serious? You have lived well and acquired wealth because of that bargain. Recognize Nixon’s deal with the House of Saud for what it is and was, a master stroke of diplomacy…probably the best we ever will see.

          • Q. Be the Plan December 11, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

            Agreed!

            It was a master stroke….a master stroke of the selling out of a principled nation founded on a currency based upon the supply of backing rare earth minerals, to a currency based upon the resident evil within the House of Saud.

            Enjoy your GASLIGHTING.

            #Qarmy #Qanon

            Q.

          • seawolf77 December 12, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

            The petrodollar was the best outcome that could have come out of that situation… it was a stroke of genius. Name a better outcome. We had just come off the gold standard because foreign countries wanted their gold. France sent their navy across the pond to collect it. We had hit peak oil, at least peak oil of the time and then 40 years into the future. Oil prices were spiking.

      • To be clear, I am taking about anyone who purchased anything made in China since 1989….

    • SpeedyBB December 14, 2018 at 9:10 am #

      ‘…the way we’ve boosted China…’

      They simply see it as a miracle, based on extremely hard work (and more than a little humiliation). Which is to say there is nothing miraculous about it at all.

      But when you realize that these oldster wrinklies creeping around used to be Little Red Guards tearing up the joint it is amazing. The USA in the roaring consumerist 1950s. Fuck Communism – we’re making big money.

  65. janet December 11, 2018 at 11:07 am #

    “Gosh I can’t wait until someone brings real answers and says exactly what they are going to do and does exactly what they say.” —softstarlight

    Not so fast, Instead of criticizing our President for caving to Chuck and Nancy you should congratulate President Trump on securing our border without building a border wall while avoiding a government shutdown. And taxpayers do not have to pay for a wall! Win-win!

    Thank you, President Trump for caving to your friend Nancy!

  66. janet December 11, 2018 at 11:19 am #

    After Democrats won 40 seats on an open borders platform, Trump saw the light! Turns out Nancy’s fence was a better idea than Trump’s wall. And today Trump announced the borderis secure! wink wink

    Trump is a masterful leader when it comes to compromising with Democrats. Trump’s surrender to Nancy is a good sign for bipartisan cooperation in 2019!

    Thank you. President Trump!

  67. K-Dog December 11, 2018 at 11:20 am #

    Doom wears a yellow vest.

    • I don’t believe the yellow vest contagion theory. The French have been sclerotic for centuries now. The toxoplasma infection rate is sky high.

      Incidentally, under their free health care, free college education system you can get a doctor to come to your house and fondle your balls for just $75.

      • K-Dog December 12, 2018 at 2:33 am #

        “Yellow Vests are calling for a new social justice order, for the right to live in dignity based on fair wages and a fair tax system. The only solution is to create such a system. A system that will stand for respect of community life: for redistribution of the wealth to the benefit of the people and the nation. Because the people have been excluded from the distribution of wealth thus far and have been left destitute.”

  68. elysianfield December 11, 2018 at 11:33 am #

    Well, ladies and germs;

    It has been reported, on the BBC site this AM, that the city of Toronto, Canada has an issue with law enforcement…apparently in incidents of violent confrontations between citizens and law enforcement… blacks are “grossly over-represented”.

    I am shocked…SHOCKED!

    Our very own Elrond has inferred that Canadian law enforcement suffers not from racial issues rife in the US. Elrond has further implied that we, in the US, are suffering from systemic issues due to incidents of slavery in our distant past, and that our police are, perhaps, not “down with the struggle”, and that blacks are targeted unfairly, directed at only their (unfortunate) skin color. Elrond would like us to believe that Canadians are more aware, and somehow better than their southern cousins.

    …And Elrond is correct. Americans are a nest of racist assholes. I, myself, apparently a fascist, Janos a Nazi. The Toronto Police statistics an anomaly… a series of unfortunate events that in no way impugns the Sainthood of Elrond and his brothers. I suspect that he will opine that Toronto’s issues are America’s fault, for providing a poor example and thus being entirely complicit.

    Let me be the first to apologize.

    bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46513250

    • janet December 11, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

      I suspect that he will opine that Toronto’s issues are America’s fault –racist elysianfield

      It’s called racial profiling, prominent in USA and in Toronto. The difference is in Canada it is not a nation wide problem. The difference is Canada is not the USA, not Toronto. Canada will fix the issue in Toronto.

      • elysianfield December 11, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

        “It’s called racial profiling,”

        Janet,
        You are obviously correct! How could I have been so insentient in not observing thus? Canada does not have a problem. Blacks do not have a problem. Blacks who are criminals do not have violence issues. Toronto is temporarily suffering from America’s pathology.

        Again, let me personally apologize to you, the Canadians, and all Blacks on the North American Continent….

        • SoftStarLight December 11, 2018 at 11:55 pm #

          Nothing wrong with racial profiling anyway. It is natural. Whites are also racially profiled. Suspected serial killers are often presumed to be white males. All of this fuss is just that. Not much of anything but hot air.

    • Elrond Hubbard December 11, 2018 at 3:12 pm #

      elysianfield: “Our very own Elrond has inferred that Canadian law enforcement suffers not from racial issues rife in the US.”

      You lie, elysianfield. I have ‘inferred’ no such thing. Here are some things I actually did say about the Toronto police, and about the city:

      – I noted that a Toronto police officer and his brother were charged with aggravated assault in the beating of a 19-year-old, which left the victim blind in one eye. I noted further that the Toronto police service has been accused of covering up the alleged crime.

      – I also noted that a Toronto police officer was sentenced to six years for an on-duty shooting. I added that I would have had no problem with the shooting, had the officer not fired six additional shots into Sammy Yatim’s head while Yatim was already lying dead.

      Here’s the link to my remarks in the two above cases. Neither case fits your lie that I make simple-minded, ‘Canada good, USA bad’ statements. I expect you will now apologize for lying, yes? No, actually I expect you to avoid taking any responsibility for your lie, elysianfield, but hope springs eternal.

      One last thing: I have also observed in the past that Toronto is both the most ethnically diverse and the safest big city in North America. This comports with the reality that I live every day. It’s also why every bigoted remark made on this blog, equating non-white people with crime, makes me sick (I’m looking at you, SoftStarLight). It makes me even more sick to see this prejudice in my local police, much less to see bigots trying to make hay out of it.

      My opinions are complex because reality is complex, elysianfield, and because I don’t take shortcuts to fit my prejudices. I deal with the truth, whether or not it’s convenient. Neither you nor anyone else will tell me what my opinion is.

      • KesaAnna December 11, 2018 at 4:13 pm #

        ” complex ” is , I suppose , one way of putting it.

        It all seems rather simple to me though ;

        Best case scenario —

        It is always someone else , not you , who is to be rendered incapable of paying their grocery bill on account of their sins.

        worst case scenario —

        It is always someone else , not you , who is to be put in a cage for their sins.

        Not complex at all.

      • elysianfield December 11, 2018 at 6:59 pm #

        “My opinions are complex because reality is complex,”

        Elrond,
        And sometimes a cigar is simply a cigar.

        Sooo….your local police are prejudiced…all US police are prejudiced…you are talking about a million souls.

        Is it possible…bear with me now…can it be possible in this universe or others parallel, that Blacks can be criminals? Even the saintly Canadian ones? Is there any chance…1% or even less, that your perceptions of racism are…misguided?

        For giggles, can you tell me why cops are racist? And by racist I mean they throw Blacks in jail in inordinate number? In Canada?
        In lily-white, saintly Canada? The Canada that did not apply the lash of slavery, and yet, apparently, suffers as though she did?

        Pardon me for saying so, Elrond, but you do not have any direct experience, other than “education” to offer…your perception has little relation to reality, and hence little merit. Sorry

        “Neither you nor anyone else will tell me what my opinion is.”

        Apparently not.

        • Elrond Hubbard December 11, 2018 at 10:04 pm #

          EF: “In lily-white, saintly Canada?”

          You lie again, elysianfield. Canada had slavery just like the USA. The difference, and it’s substantial, is that the U.S. south clung to chattel slavery like grim death — well after the rest of the imperialist project, including the northern US states as well as Canada, had given it up. This is something I have said before.

          In the end, the Dixie slave empire was only brought to heel through war. Whatever the means, the fact that it was defeated in the end is one of the best things that ever happened on this continent. But the work of reconstruction was rolled back, and the poison still lingers in America’s veins today, your post being just the latest piece of evidence. These are also points I have made before, and I will continue doing so as many times as your and others’ assorted chimperies make necessary.

          • SoftStarLight December 12, 2018 at 12:17 am #

            The War of Northern Aggression. Making the total takeover of the economy by the robber barons a guarantee. You really are proud of that genocidal spectacle? I have a hard time believing it. I thought you were a peacenik.

        • seawolf77 December 12, 2018 at 9:07 am #

          Tell that to Monica Lewinsky.

      • SoftStarLight December 11, 2018 at 9:49 pm #

        You can look at me Elrond if you wish but it doesn’t make what you are saying true. You refuse to see much of that complex reality you are talking about. Oh well, we all do at times.

        • KesaAnna December 11, 2018 at 11:31 pm #

          i doubt it.

          I think he is perfectly well aware , the son of a bitch , that killing 300,000 + fathers , sons , husbands , lovers , and best friends , was in no way intended to benefit black people.

          his only real defense is the shear number of people calling themselves liberal , or calling themselves conservatives , calling themselves freedom -loving Americans , or calling themselves friends of America, who spout that sick shit too.

          • SoftStarLight December 12, 2018 at 12:11 am #

            I am glad you brought up the mass death that represents the alleged best thing that ever happened on this continent. And no, the Civil War was not fought to benefit the slaves. It’s purpose was to destroy the rich agrarian society of the South to make way for the child labor-loving Northern industrialist robber barons.

    • KesaAnna December 11, 2018 at 11:08 pm #

      i’m not kidding , last week I bought the Canada doll from the Barbie Dolls of the World Series.

      And what is Barbie wearing to represent Canada ?

      The uniform of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

      Jeez , I really cannot win for losing ! lol.

  69. Front page, New York Times:

    “The United States has an abundance of natural resources and is not going to keep them in the ground,” Mr. Griffith (Wells Griffith, Trump administration energy and climate advisor) said. (At the UN climate talks).

    “We strongly believe that no country should have to sacrifice their economic prosperity or energy security in pursuit of environmental sustainability.”

    Expected, but still shockingly amoral calculus. Not surprising. A Catholic lawyer from a backward, polluted southern state.

    • janet December 11, 2018 at 12:05 pm #

      “Expected, but still shockingly amoral calculus.” –Lil Debbie

      I’ve walked and I’ve crawled on six crooked highways. I’ve stepped in the middle of seven sad forests. I’ve been out in front of a dozen dead oceans. I’ve been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard. And it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard. And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall. Bob Dylan prophesied this.

      • On page A12 of the Times, a report (Amazon RIASG) details the destruction of the “Lungs of the Earth” for gold, rare earths, and wood, mostly to feed the Maw of global economic destructo-development.

        The Yanomami’s hair samples were taken and 92 percent had high levels of toxic mercury contamination.

        These people are reduced to confronting, in unarmed groups, illegal mining and logging operations in their territories, and imploring them to cease and desist. Their only protection is a journalist and a photographer from The New York Times, otherwise they could easily be set upon with guns and machetes. That is moral courage and is why The Times deserves its reputation as the newspaper of record.

        Brazilian Trump, Bolsonaro, is moving to destroy them, and destroy the forest, which has already suffered incredible damage. All the gold in the world isn’t worth a fraction of what the Amazon gives back to every living thing. Unfortunately it is within the dominion of Catholic influence…

        • elysianfield December 11, 2018 at 7:10 pm #

          ” Unfortunately it is within the dominion of Catholic influence”

          “Unfortunately it is within the dominion of Catholic influence…”

          SnakPak,
          So, we are putting the knife into Catholics today?

          The BBC, this AM had a story of two Catholic Nuns from Torrance California… who, over a period of years, embezzled almost 300 Grand for trips to Vegas.

          The order was not mentioned but could have been the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

          Gambling…a real bad…habit.

          (Rim shot!)

          bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46515908

          • seawolf77 December 12, 2018 at 9:06 am #

            The Catholic Church. The mother of all harlots and abominations on the earth. it’s in the Bible.

          • SoftStarLight December 13, 2018 at 12:35 am #

            So I take it you are not Catholic. Isn’t the meaning of this reference in Revelations debatable?

          • SoftStarLight December 13, 2018 at 12:36 am #

            Like maybe its the global economy?

  70. janet December 11, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

    ““they” defined as GLOBALISTS” –Q.anon

    Trump is a billionaire businessman globalist leader of a capitalist economy. Here are some products globalist Trump has sold:

    – A crystal and china collection in the Trump Home by Rogaska collection was made in Slovenia.

    – The defunct Trump Vodka was distilled in the Netherlands.

    – A “Trump National Golf Club” blue cotton cap sold at Trump Tower was manufactured in Bangladesh.

    – The ties in his apparel collection have been made in Indonesia, Vietnam, and China.

    – Some of the suits in his Donald J. Trump Signature Collection are made in Mexico.

    – A trademark registration shows products in the Trump Home collection such as bookcases, picture frames, and wardrobes were made in India.

    – Pens, towels, and bathrobes at Trump hotels are made in China.

    – The Trump Home’s mirrors and chandeliers are manufactured in China.

    – Components for furniture piece such as beds and dining tables in the Trump by Dorya line were made in Germany and Turkey.

    America First! –candidate billionaire globalist Trump

  71. volodya December 11, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

    Anyone with a lick of sense knew from Day One that Russian Collusion was the laughable pre-text to investigate and dig up something, anything, on Trump to extract him from the Oval Office.

    It never mattered a whit that an election was actually conducted and the actual votes tallied. And it never mattered that the result did NOT bespeak one bought and paid for by those dastardly Russians, notwithstanding bleatings and protestations to the contrary. Just look at the numbers coughed up by the social media giants, in a multi-billion dollar election, the Russians spent what amounted to pocket change, the total of their tweetings and other modes of spreading misinformation was miniscule compared to the on-line deluge. No, the reasonable conclusion is that the Democrats and Hillary and Mook fucked it up.

    It takes a strong stomach to wade through the sewers of deception and dishonesty especially given that it comes from the self-proclaimed best and brightest and most educated and most enlightened. If this is the best that the “best” can do, then what does the worst look like? This is amateur hour at its most lamentable and cringe-inducing. It’s nothing more than what it looks like, a skein of nonsense, baloney, lies, hastily slapped together by the losers of the most incompetently run presidential campaign ever, one that necessarily has to go in the record books as the loss of an unlosable election against the most unsuited Presidential aspirant ever, aside that is, from the even more wretchedly unsuitable losing contender.

    They found something, as was likely inevitable, but there’s a problem, one that was brought up by Byron York. Now, I’m not the go-to guy for the intricacies of campaign finance law, but as York explains, there’s a two-word problem ticking: John Edwards.

    Edwards couldn’t keep his weenie in his pants either and so he too got himself a woman problem, one that he managed to knock up, no less. Give Edwards credit for owning up to his innocent spawn who deserves better than the adults she got stuck with. But this is irrelevant, Edwards’ hopping-mad mistress got a payoff and, as a consequence, Edwards also got into legal hot water, having been accused of campaign finance infringements especially as he didn’t use his own money. But the prosecution nonetheless lost the case, astoundingly maybe, especially given that Edwards betrayed a mortally-ill wife. I mean, talk about bad optics, there’s none worse. In any case, the exonerated Edwards skulked off to live in infamy and disrepute.

    How does this differ from Trump? For one, Trump used his own money. You can pretty much do what you want with your own loot. So does this give Trump his get out of jail card – metaphorically speaking? If you want a legal opinion I’m not your guy so you’ll have to look elsewhere. But to a politicized judiciary, does the law even matter anymore? Can judges tilt the scales to suit their own political and ideological preferences? Is justice the dispassionate, impartial process it’s supposed to be? To ask the question I think is to answer it.

    But there’s one other matter, nobody has ever explained why on earth Putin would prefer to have Trump as his counter-part. Why would the Russians interfere on Trump’s behalf? And what electoral expertise do the Russians have that Trump could use? Why would Trump need them?

    I may have the geo-political expertise of a ten year old, but it seems to me that maybe a child’s eye view is the clearest. Hillary would have made the perfect adversary for Putin, one that gives him political legitimacy at home; the meddling, imperialist American, the EXCEPTIONAL American, one that detests Russians, one that unabashedly and un-apologetically bombs anything riding a donkey. What could Putin possibly want in a foreign adversary that Hillary couldn’t give him in spades?

    But that’s no doubt too simplistic for foreign policy heavyweights that spent two generations fucking up everything they set eyes on.

    • “I may have the geo-political expertise of a ten year old, but it seems to me that maybe a child’s eye view is the clearest”

      On many issues, it certainly can be. But for this issue, I would speculate, Trump was preferred to Clinton because of her hawkish stance supporting NATO, the Ukrainian revolution of 2014, all of which were showcased during her tenure as Sec State, and conventional foreign policy.

      Trump had dirty laundry, an irresistable factor given their geo-political position. Using the chess analogy, if the situation is bad, you leverage your moves toward reducing your opponent’s possibilities. Trump represented a more compromised opponent. The cost of the maneuver was low, the benefit high. The Russians are learning from the Chinese playbook, that you can hack and steal and get away with the ambivalence of the political response. You can claim historical or ethnic rationale and bulldoze your way into territorial capture. You comprise your opponents position by secondary means- economic, personal. You use the free market and open societies (and technology like the internet) against your opponent.

      They saw an opening in the total information confusion of the electorate, weakened morally by consumer capitalism, and intellectually by illogical and incoherent moral and political worldviews. They targeted the uniformed and gullible at the community level by leveraging social media.

      • Tate December 11, 2018 at 3:02 pm #

        I am tired of reading the endless horseshit from Team Janet.

        • Walter B December 11, 2018 at 4:40 pm #

          I reached that point a long time ago. My pain stopped the moment I stopped even looking at it. Ignore it. Silence it.

        • Q. Be the Plan December 11, 2018 at 8:33 pm #

          Janet and little Debbie are not material, BUT entertaining for toddlers seeking pablum.

          #Qarmy #Qanon

          Q.

      • elysianfield December 12, 2018 at 11:31 am #

        “I will get a women elected president, preferably a woman of color, before I die.”

        Janet,
        May you live forever….

  72. Tate December 11, 2018 at 2:30 pm #

    “It takes a strong stomach…” — Volodya

    We are witnessing the last gasps of liberal democracy. Just as with late-stage capitalism, the system is corrupted beyond any hope of redemption. What does the combined system of late-stage liberal democracy & crony capitalism give us? A cartelized medical sector preying upon the powerless, an oppressive corporate security state, an insulated hostile elite intent on eradicating in body, mind, & spirit the last vestiges of traditional America. And a paralyzed rudderless leadership incapable of meeting the existential challenge of our time: border security.

    Who knows what will replace our present political arrangement? An overturning of the existing political order is coming. Be prepared or you will not be spared.

    • malthuss December 12, 2018 at 2:49 pm #

      liberal democracy.—endless war and multi culturalism.

  73. janet December 11, 2018 at 3:12 pm #

    “Again, let me personally apologize to you, the Canadians, and all Blacks on the North American Continent…. ” –elysianfield

    Thank you. It is uncommon on CFN that a racist admits he is wrong and personally apologizes. I am not certain your apology cannot reverse the harm done to the polite Canadians, but it is welcome nonetheless.

  74. janet December 11, 2018 at 3:18 pm #

    Democrats will reopen government Jan. 3 if Trump shuts it down. Only three weeks more to wait until sanity is returned to government.

    “If we don’t get what we want, one way or the other … I will shut down the government.”

    –Trump in a temper tantrum worthy of a five-year-old

    • Ricechex December 13, 2018 at 12:53 am #

      Janet. I usually skip through your posts as I find them offensive with lack of critical thought. I guess that is why they call you a bot.

      However, this bit on government shutdown got my interest.

      A government shut down is a JOKE. A few years ago it was manipulated that “everyone” was essential and would continue working during a shut down. This even includes really low rate NAF employees (they run the bowling alleys, fitness centers, on base restaurants). They are like semi-government.

      Even federal employees in non essential positions have been made essential. It is ridiculous actually.

      All that will shut down during a “shut down” are the National Parks (which is bad if you have a vacation planned) and the research, like CDC. There are a few others, but basically everything goes on as it has been.

      So when Libs all start screaming about government shutdown, they are silly and dramatic. Everything will go as it has.

  75. Elrond Hubbard December 11, 2018 at 3:32 pm #

    Man Who Drove Van Through Crowd in Charlottesville Sentenced to Life in Prison

    thecut.com/2018/12/james-fields-found-life-sentence-murdering-heather-heyer-unite-the-right-rally.ht…

    “James Alex Fields Jr. has been sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for murdering Heather Heyer at the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year.

    “Fields, 21, had driven 500 miles from his apartment in Maumee, Ohio, to participate in the August 12, 2017, rally of white-supremacist groups, where he marched with the neo-Nazi group Vanguard America. Later that day, Fields plowed his gray Dodge Charger into a crowd of counterprotesters in downtown Charlottesville, killing 32-year-old Heyer, and injuring dozens more.

    “In addition to a life sentence for the first-degree murder charge, the Washington Post reports that Fields received ’70 years for each of the five counts of aggravated malicious wounding; 20 years for each of the three counts of malicious wounding and nine years for leaving the scene of a fatal crash.’ This brings his total sentence to life plus 419 years, and $480,000 in fines.”

    Well, that’s one way to get three meals a day at taxpayer expense.

    • Tate December 11, 2018 at 4:56 pm #

      You make light of a serious miscarriage of justice. The kid panicked. All he knew was he had to get out of that mob of ravening beasts who were baying for his blood.

      • capt spaulding December 11, 2018 at 8:09 pm #

        I think you’re right Tate. I heard that he had a job delivering pizzas, and he was running late. If he wasn’t on time, the pizza was free, and his wages were docked. You certainly can’t hold that against him.

        • Tate December 11, 2018 at 10:14 pm #

          Heather Heyer died of cardiac arrest. That’s according to the coroner. Not of blood loss, broken limbs, massive trauma to internal organs, or brain injuries. Cardiac arrest. Negligent homicide would have been appropriate.

  76. janet December 11, 2018 at 4:01 pm #

    What does the combined system of late-stage liberal democracy & crony capitalism give us? A cartelized medical sector preying upon the powerless, an oppressive corporate security state, an insulated hostile elite intent on eradicating in body, mind, & spirit the last vestiges of traditional America. –Tate

    Jeez, Tate, it almost sounds like you don’t like what America is in the 21st century. But you would go to war to defend America, wouldn’t you Tate? Or you would support others going to war to fight to defend America, to fight for “freedom” … wouldn’t you Tate?

    Don’t you support an increase in funding for “border security” for the wall, for the militarization of the border, for citizen militias to go to the border to “defend America” … the America you no longer recognize, the America you characterize as oppressive and hostile?

    I love America as it is, warts and all. I love its diversity, its multiculturalism. I love its generosity, its open borders, its globalism. I love its politicians, its bankers, its military, its police, its deplorable white working class, and its libertarian nutcases.

    I wish them all Happy Holidays.

    • KesaAnna December 11, 2018 at 11:46 pm #

      UNFORTUNATELY you are quite possibly the most honest person here.

      • Tate December 12, 2018 at 12:30 am #

        On what basis do you make this claim?

        • K-Dog December 12, 2018 at 2:39 am #

          Just talking to herself.

          • K-Dog December 12, 2018 at 2:40 am #

            But you know that.

        • seawolf77 December 12, 2018 at 9:02 am #

          On the same basis you dispute it.

          • Tate December 12, 2018 at 12:55 pm #

            Maybe she could answer for herself, fellas.

      • elysianfield December 12, 2018 at 11:39 am #

        Kesa,
        I think Elrond may be the most honest…not only is he Canadian, but he truly believes everything he posts.

        He is wrong most of the time, but he honestly believes what he posts…and he is Canadian!

  77. janet December 11, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

    Trump has Republican control of the House chamber and Senate chamber and the Executive chamber. Trump could get funding for a wall if he wanted to.

    But what he wants is Kabuki drama with all the world focused on him as he “shuts down” the government… knowing full well he loses control on Jan. 3 and responsible adults like Chuck and Nancy will reopen the government, gaining a few million more votes in the process.

    Soon Republicans will start turning on Trump. Soon 67+ senators will be ready to vote for Trump’s removal from office.

    The day Trump becomes a private citizen again the indictments will rain upon his head and he will become the first ex-president to go to prison. Nancy Pelosi will have the last laugh. The Democrats bat last.

    • Exscotticus December 11, 2018 at 7:51 pm #

      >>> Soon Republicans will start turning on Trump. Soon 67+ senators will be ready to vote for Trump’s removal from office.

      Is that a fact? OK, name them. Let’s assume all the Dems vote to remove. So now you need 14+ GOP Senators. And they are…?

  78. FincaInTheMountains December 11, 2018 at 4:15 pm #

    Doom wears a yellow vest

    Well, Macron was warned well in advanced:

    Macron greeted by airport employee in ‘yellow vest’ after arriving for G20

    youtube.com/watch?v=UkYMFiJfORs

    What’s going on in France is just like Ukraine in 2013-2014, only huge difference: Macron is allowed to use his security forces, Yanukovych was not under a threat of confiscation of his loot in Western banks.

  79. janet December 11, 2018 at 4:18 pm #

    Now I love Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez even more! The progressive Democrat, who has long identified as a Catholic New Yorker with Puerto Rican heritage, said that she discovered her Sephardic Jewish roots. She should run for VP with Elizabeth Warren, who has proven genetic Native American roots. We have all white male tickets all the time. Why not an all female ticket: Warren/Ocasion-Cortez 2020.

    • Exscotticus December 11, 2018 at 8:39 pm #

      First we had Pocahontas claiming to be Indian. Now we have Miss Four Chambers of Government claiming to be Jewish.

      But Jews will easily see through this shameless attempt to curry favor. They’ll remember Miss Four Chambers for claiming that Israel “massacred” Palestinians. They know she’s no friend of Israel, and her attempt to cloak herself in Jewish ancestry demonstrates her duplicity.

  80. KesaAnna December 11, 2018 at 4:19 pm #

    ” “75% of all health care dollars are spent on patients with one or more chronic conditions, many of which can be prevented, including diabetes, obesity, heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, and cancer. ”

    Pfft ! I don’t give a shit what these Byzantine numbers say , I have not the slightest doubt that smoking cigarettes , eating cheeseburgers , watching TV and playing video games , are the very least of your sins and problems.

    And by the way , who is going to be cutting out the cigarettes , cheeseburgers , and TV ?

    I’m not psychic , but my bet would be that it won’t be the aristocracy .

    • seawolf77 December 11, 2018 at 6:17 pm #

      That’s where we’re headed like it or not. It’s called relational databases and eventually you will pay a sin tax for all your bad habits. Your health insurance will triple in price if you smoke, double if you drink. double if you’re obese. Chine already has the mark of the beast. They pay for everything with their phones. No one has a credit card. They know everything you buy, everywhere you go, everything you do.

      • elysianfield December 12, 2018 at 11:42 am #

        “They know everything you buy, everywhere you go, everything you do.”

        Wolfie,
        …and they know if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake!

        • seawolf77 December 12, 2018 at 5:46 pm #

          so be good for insurance sake!

  81. seawolf77 December 11, 2018 at 4:33 pm #

    Looks like a wall worked in El Paso. It’s now fairly safe.
    nypost.com/2018/01/13/we-already-have-a-border-wall-and-it-works/

    • janet December 11, 2018 at 4:43 pm #

      El Paso is a safe, low-crime border city. It does not have a border wall. It has a border fence. The fence has been working for years. A border wall made of concrete is a complete waste of taxpayer money and is completely unnecessary.

      • seawolf77 December 11, 2018 at 4:52 pm #

        Why do they want a wall when a fence has been proven to work just fine? That makes no sense. You have a rock hard data point and the people on Capital Hill don’t use it. I never heard about this working so well in El Paso until today off a google search.

      • Exscotticus December 11, 2018 at 8:13 pm #

        LOL this doesn’t prove your point. The fence contributed to a reduction in crime. And that’s just a fence, which is obviously easier to circument than a steel and concrete barrier.

        Thank you for affirming that barriers work. And the better the barrier, the better it works.

        • BackRowHeckler December 11, 2018 at 9:28 pm #

          Ex– Barbed wire is a good barrier, spooled out in depth, like on the Western Front in 1915. Barbed wire doesn’t cost much, either, invented and manufactured right here in the USA.

          theyre talking billions for a border wall; we could probably do the job with Barbed Wire for just a coupla of mill.

          brh

          • Exscotticus December 11, 2018 at 9:42 pm #

            Razor wire by itself is useless in this scenario. It can be cut at the point of entry with tools from Walmart.

            I think it’s fair to look at both Israel’s walls and USA military bases. They don’t just pull a coil of razor wire and call it a day.

          • seawolf77 December 12, 2018 at 8:50 am #

            Maybe not, but what they did in El Paso is a day. You just want to build that wall because your Massah said he wants it. It’s called diminishing returns. Yessum, yessum. I want the wall too Massah. Yessum, yessum. Trumptards fooled again.

          • elysianfield December 12, 2018 at 11:45 am #

            ” Yessum, yessum. I want the wall too Massah. Yessum, yessum. Trumptards fooled again.

            Wolfie,
            I think you are developing a mean streak….

          • Exscotticus December 12, 2018 at 12:56 pm #

            I want a wall because that’s what works. And El Paso proves it works, just as Israel’s walls prove it works, just as our military base walls prove it works, just as our existing border walls prove it works.

        • Exscotticus December 12, 2018 at 9:35 pm #

          >>> I’m bringing facts.

          LOL the sea squirt that never posts links now attacks others for not posting links? Yes—that’s the kind of hypocrisy that’s associated with TDS.

          Razor wire by itself is not a long term solution.

          DOES IT WORK?

          U.S. Customs and Border Protection released video last week showing a man cutting through wire that border agents had placed just hours before on a fence near Yuma, Arizona.

          So why did they use razor wire? Because it is useful against a 5k caravan trying to bum-rush the border en masse.

          • seawolf77 December 13, 2018 at 10:03 am #

            Yes I have TDS- Trumptard Detection System. Klaxon howls every time it hears the word “wall”…Honk Honk Honk Honk. Klaxon howls every time it hears the words “Mexico will pay for it”… Honk Honk Honk. Klaxon howls every time it hears the word “He has nothing to do with Russia”…Honk Honk Honk.

  82. janet December 11, 2018 at 4:38 pm #

    TRUMP LOSING SUPPORT OF WHITE VOTERS

    Analysis of 2018 midterms shows Democrats ran particularly well this year among white working-class women who are not evangelicals, a group that also displayed substantial disenchantment in the exit poll with Trump’s performance.

    Those women could be a key constituency for Democrats in 2020 in pivotal Rust Belt states such as Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, where relatively fewer blue-collar whites are also evangelical Christians.

    Nationwide, nearly three-fifths of blue-collar white women who are not evangelicals voted Democratic in last month’s House races, while an equal number said they disapproved of Trump’s performance in office.

    Trump can no longer count on support in fly-over country. It will only get worse as more factories are shipped to Mexico and more whites are laid off their jobs.

    • Exscotticus December 11, 2018 at 8:19 pm #

      >>> Trump can no longer count on support in fly-over country.

      Oh I’m pretty sure if the choice is between Trump and Pocahontas, or Trump and Lying Kamala Harris, or Trump and Creepy Cory Booker, that Trump can count on all the votes he got in 2016 and then some.

      Polls mean nothing until the voter is faced with one of two choices. And we all know how that went down in 2016.

      • seawolf77 December 12, 2018 at 9:00 am #

        You really think Dufus Donald has an Act 2. He’s not even going to finish Act 1. All the rats are jumping ship. In the end it’ll be him and his stupid family blinking like retards at a carnival. Trumptards fooled again.

        • Ol' Scratch December 12, 2018 at 1:03 pm #

          You listen to the lying media too much.

          • seawolf77 December 12, 2018 at 1:08 pm #

            And you listen to Double D too much.

  83. janet December 11, 2018 at 4:59 pm #

    The President showed what he really thinks this morning. He wants to shut down the government. Candidate Trump wanted Mexico to pay for it. 100%. That is not going to happen. Nothing Trump wants is going to happen. Not even a government shutdown. Trump is a powerless weak lame duck president in three weeks. Buh bye!

  84. tucsonspur December 11, 2018 at 5:52 pm #

    “But there’s one other matter, nobody has ever explained why on earth Putin would prefer to have Trump as his counter-part. Why would the Russians interfere on Trump’s behalf?”

    Am I missing something? Hillary said Putin has no soul, meddled in Ukraine against Putin’s interests and, among other things:

    politico.com/story/2016/07/clinton-putin-226153

    IOW, it’s simple. Putin hated the bitch.

  85. Pucker December 11, 2018 at 6:23 pm #

    The “Freedmen” seemed to reject a “Wage Labor” System of Labor in favor of a “Sharecropping” System of Labor? This is ironic since the Yankees considered “Freedom” to be “Wage Labor”. Perhaps, the “Freedmen” considered “Freedom” to be not working for the White Man, and, ideally working as least as possible since Wage Labor implies working as many hours as possible in order to accumulate surplus and “Overtime”? We tend to look upon Sharecropping with horror as the landlord gets 90% of the crop. But, the “Freedmen” may have been ok with sharecropping as long as they got plenty of corn and yams to eat, and it was the black women and kids who had to go out and labor in the fields while the men folk stay home fuck’n around in a pseudo black Plantation System? Crazy…., Sharecropping may have been a form of Universal Basic Income?

    “The desire to escape from white supervision and establish a modicum of economic independence profoundly shaped blacks’ economic choices during Reconstruction, leading them to prefer tenancy to wage labor, and leasing land for a fixed rent to sharecropping. Above all, it inspired the quest for land of their own. Indeed, the same blacks arraigned for idleness sacrificed and saved in the attempt to acquire land, and those who succeeded clung to it with amazing tenacity. “They will almost starve and go naked before they will work for a white man,” wrote a Georgia planter, “if they can get a patch of ground to live on, and get from under his control.” Owning land, the freedmen believed, would “complete their independence.” Without land, there could be no economic autonomy, for their labor would continue to be subject to exploitation by their former owners. “Gib us our own land and we take care ourselves,” a Charleston black told Northern correspondent Whitelaw Reid, “but widout land, de ole masses can hire us or starve us, as dey please.” 49“

    Eric Foner
    Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863 – 1877

    • Ol' Scratch December 12, 2018 at 1:02 pm #

      Good points all. Trouble is, the Freedman (and labor in general, for that matter) usually got the short end of the stick either way. Just as in today’s housing market, the hallowed concept of “ownership” is seldom the universal balm it is portrayed to be. But I can see where the concept of independence in whatever form would have been highly prized among those people at that time.

  86. BackRowHeckler December 11, 2018 at 8:50 pm #

    well, the Lime Bike program has come to Hartford, all these nifty bright green Pee Wee Herman bikes left in strategic places around the city you can rent for a buck an hour and ride, say to the nearest Hate Trump rally or Climate Change protest with leaving a noticeable carbon footprint. So far so good.

    That’s the philosophy behind it, and how it may work in Austin or San Francisco. Here’s how it works in a hard core northeast welfare colony like Hartford: a few weeks ago Homey, stole, not rented a Lime Green bike, pedalled it about 5 miles to suburban West Hartford, held up the local Whole Foods store at gunpoint, and making his getaway, on the bike, high tailed it back toward Hartford, loot and semi auto pistol stuffed down his pants. The cops got him about half way home.

    It occurrs to me when local do gooders initiated this program, even tho it sounded good, and made every feel good about helping the environment, his isn’t what they had in mind.

    They are also finding these bikes chopped in in the scrapyard (11 c per pound) and thrown in the Connecticut River. I’m wondering how long it’ll last?

    brh

    • Walter B December 11, 2018 at 9:13 pm #

      Damn those white men – this is all Trump’s fault!

      • elysianfield December 12, 2018 at 11:59 am #

        Walter,
        No, it is America’s fault, and by extension, my fault. Allow me to apologize to the bicycle company, their bond and stock holders, for their virtuous decision to help the disenfranchised, in a known distressed area… also to the “homey” who would never have committed the offense but for having a weapon thrust into his unwilling hand and the 2000 years of slavery and persecution to provide the impetus for his…well, not really a crime but rather a howl into the void for help and understanding. Let me at this time also apologize to all Canadians who’s culture is becoming corrupted through proximity to our border.

        Sorry.

    • seawolf77 December 12, 2018 at 8:46 am #

      Keep wondering Pee Wee Boy.

    • malthuss December 12, 2018 at 10:16 am #

      I think of you when I read things like these,

      spent about 2 weeks without power during the halloween storm in 2011. around this small town it wasn’t too bad, people seemed to cope pretty good with the situation; on our street we all cooperated to clear fallen trees across the road with our chainsaws and untangle power and telephone lines. most of us had portable generators and plenty of fuel so could keep the lights on, but hearing those engines revving all night was a little bit unnerving. what really helped was the town opening up the local high school where hot meals were served and hot showers were made available.
      further afield tho, specially closer to hartford, there were problems. people started dying right away; poisoned by burning charcoal inside their apartments, gas stove explosions, faulty kerosene heaters burning up, shootings and stabbings. day 2 a massive traffic jam off i-91, an estimated 1000 vehicles lined up at the one working gas station in the area precipitated a riot with numerous fist fights and assaults. it continued on like this for the entire 2 weeks.
      without electrical power it didn’t take long for civilization to begin to unravel. many people just didn’t know how to take care of themselves; no cash in the house, no food, no way to keep warm, no gas for the car.

      and

      Connecticut —.
      Most of the shootings in that state take place in or around Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford, or Waterbury, which coincidentally has large black populations, and section 8 apartments.

      The rest of the state is pretty white and pleasant to go around in.

      • seawolf77 December 12, 2018 at 11:17 am #

        And I think if you when I see cops on trial for shooting people after Katrina.
        en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danziger_Bridge_shootings
        All the cops were white. All the victims were black, unarmed, and had committed no crime.

        • elysianfield December 12, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

          “All the cops were white. All the victims were black, unarmed, and had committed no crime.”

          Wolfie,
          …and all the children above average….

          • seawolf77 December 12, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

            In the first part of the incident, 17-year-old James Brissette — a family friend — was killed, and four other civilians were wounded.[11] Susan Bartholemew’s arm was partially shot off and it later had to be amputated. Her husband, Leonard, was shot in the back, head and foot. The Bartholomews’ teenage daughter Lesha was shot four times.[3] Jose Holmes Jr., a friend of Brissette’s, was shot in the abdomen, the hand and the jaw.[12][13]

            Two brothers, Ronald and Lance Madison, fled the scene, but were pursued down the bridge by Gisevius and Faulcon in an unmarked state police vehicle. Faulcon fired his shotgun from the back of the car at Ronald, a developmentally disabled man who would later die from his injuries.[10] The autopsy found that Ronald Madison sustained seven gunshot wounds, five of them in his back.[14] Bowen was later convicted of stomping him on the back before he died,[11] though this conviction was overturned for lack of physical evidence.[10] Lance Madison was then taken into custody and charged with eight counts of attempting to kill police officers.[15] He was held in custody for three weeks before being released without indictment. Talk about trigger happy. Trigger delirious maybe.

          • malthuss December 12, 2018 at 5:26 pm #

            How many Black women have abortions each year?
            How many Blacks kill Blacks each year?

        • malthuss December 12, 2018 at 5:25 pm #

          if you????

          I never supported gun happy LEOs.

  87. BackRowHeckler December 11, 2018 at 8:53 pm #

    FREE PAUL MANAFORT!!!

    brh

  88. pequiste December 12, 2018 at 12:33 am #

    Maybe “not-so-fast” should be “… wait for it”.

    Item #1.
    Stormy Daniels’ excursion into the deep, gooey, fetid and festering abyss of hi-viz legal wrangling with The Man From Queens, instead of jello wrestling at strip clubs and titty bars across the nation, is going to cost her a cool $300K. Wait for it…

    and expert commentators at MSNBC predict there is going to be a heck of a lot more jello wrestling in Stormy’s future.

    Item #2.
    Honorable CFO, and daughter of founder of Middle Kingdom’s Huawei Corp., is released on $10,000,000.00 (Cdn) bail in Vancouver, Canada. Wait for it….

    The People’s Republic of China has vigorously denounced the arrest and humiliation of this woman at the hands of the Canadians but have not proceeded to take any action yet, other than the de riguer summoning of diplomats to The Forbidden City. What those inscrutable Chinese are planning, however, is to arrange a refugee invasion from their client states in Africa. similar to the one in Europe. Millions of Africans showing up at Canadian airports, beaches and borders demanding safe-haven at the expense of the Canadian government, which is really courtesy of the Canadian taxpayer. That ought to teach those Canadians something about busting the wrong person and having such lavish programmes for refugees and asylum seekers. Elrond. overcome with joy, is all in favor of the PRC plan.

    Item #3.
    The newest installment of imbeciles-in-charge has the Socialist Congressperson-elect from Queens, Ocasio-Cortez, now claiming to have Jewish roots. Wait for it….

    but to keep her BFFs in the Muslim community happy is also calling for the establishment of the state of Palestine in what was formerly New Jersey, starting with Camden. The CFN’s own “Janet” now wants to move to Camden, to get a jump on the whole “liberation of the Garden State” movement (it will be renamed “The Garden of Allah State” instead, to open both a Halal, hijab-compulsory delicatessen and combination Female Genital Mutilation/Planned Parenthood clinic to help foster a welcoming, homey environment in the newest state of the United Nations’ blueprinted NWO future.

    • FincaInTheMountains December 12, 2018 at 2:13 am #

      Ocasio-Cortez = O’Crasior Cortez. Is she a crypto-Irish?

    • Ol' Scratch December 12, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

      Won’t be long before all candidates will need to submit 23&Me genetic profiles for public approval, with some yet to be determined obligatory distribution of ancestral characteristics required, but with any sexual markers carefully removed, so that every candidate can declare themselves to be whatever sexual flavor of the day they desire to be.

    • elysianfield December 12, 2018 at 12:11 pm #

      “Elrond. overcome with joy”

      Pequiste,
      Be very, very, careful about what you think Elrond feels. His feelings are very complex…too complex to simply codify with simple human emotion. You cannot take short cuts describing his emotions…emotions are complex.

      AND he’s Canadian!

  89. Pucker December 12, 2018 at 1:02 am #

    The Union armies forcing “freed” slaves into year long labor contracts keeping them on Yankee run Plantations during the Civil War may have created a negative view of wage Labor in the minds of the “Freedmen”?

    The “Freedmen” may have viewed a Wage Labor employment relationship as exploitation?

    “…but widout land, de ole masses can hire us or starve us, as dey please.” 49“

    • Pucker December 12, 2018 at 1:21 am #

      Subsistence farming…do the minimum amount of work to grow your own food…better yet get the wife and the kids to do all of the work and then just drink beer all day…. If people look down on you and call you a bum, blame it on other people….

    • Walter B December 12, 2018 at 8:54 am #

      Yes Pucker, you have noticed how chains of iron have been replaced by chains of paper. It is far easier to achieve and at much less cost. Oh wait, not if you factor in the expense of the lawyers. Damn.

      • Tate December 12, 2018 at 1:14 pm #

        No, Walter, those chains of the “freedman” are called the double helix. The paper chains are the inevitable outcome.

    • Ol' Scratch December 12, 2018 at 12:07 pm #

      “may [might] have”? Do you think?

  90. FincaInTheMountains December 12, 2018 at 2:06 am #

    Ideological war that should not be confused with the information war

    These are two big differences, as they say in Odessa – the city on the Black Sea and not the Nazi organization. For example, if you look at American mass media, you can conclude that information warfare is the dissemination of false information about the enemy, in order to reduce the morale of its soldiers, and all citizens of a given state, except those of its citizens who are traitors to that state and are soldiers (Fifth Column) of another state.

    But ideological war, is a war between soldiers of different World Projects, and its main weapon is spreading the truth (when it is useless to lie), but complete with a false interpretation of this truth especially when it is torn out of context, which is created exactly by that ideology.

    Six months after Trump’s inauguration, Hillary Clinton finally deigned to join the ideological struggle with President Trump and the ideology personified by him, and before that she argued that Trump is just crazy, and a gorilla-pig, which greets women by grabbing them by the crotch instead of saying “hello”.

    This apparently occurred as a result of Trump’s victory on the legal front, where she tried to get Trump out of the White House using all sorts of legal sabotage procedures, accusations of his election campaign in cooperation with Russia, statements-suspicions of various intelligence agencies of his connection with Russians, investigations held by Congress, the Senate and the special prosecutor.

    Indeed, it has recently become clear that the special prosecutor conducts his investigation on the basis of leaks and a disinformation campaign, which was organized by the former director of the FBI Comey for this very purpose.

    At the same time, the Clintonoids certainly have tremendous power and wields a tremendous force, and they would insist on impeachment, despite the fact that the Republicans have a majority in the Senate and so far in the House of Representatives, but somewhere over the horizon a Second Civil War rumbles, that in case of abuse of this power and this force, the American working class will get rid of the ENTIRE establishment ala October 1917 in Russia, and put an end to both.

    But for a revolution and a real civil war, not only a revolutionary situation is needed, but a revolutionary party on an ideological basis, and this party, taking advantage of the crisis of 2008, right under the nose of the establishment were able to create one person – Steve Bannon.

    Moreover, it is retrospectively clear that he was preparing to seize power by force if Hillary Clinton became president, but the protest of the American people against her and what she would have brought to America and the whole world turned out to be so massive (including thanks to thousands of such psychos like myself, who sat in the Internet 24/7 and explained what Hillary Clinton is) that Steve Bannon became the main strategist (= chief ideologist) of the White House, and the revolution he prepared according to the recipes of Vladimir Lenin turned into a revolution from above, which is conducted by Donald Trump, whose intuitive ideology is really similar to what Steve Bannon tells in his works.

    In the Face of Evil – Reagan’s War in Word and Deed
    youtube.com/watch?v=lfPRWmRJaiE

    Generation Zero
    youtube.com/watch?v=bsqu9gh6xhk

    Torchbearer
    youtube.com/watch?v=F4AG8t6tT5Q

    • BackRowHeckler December 12, 2018 at 2:30 am #

      What’s happening in Mother Russia, Mr. finc?

      I’m not trying to be provocative, I’m really interested.

      A few weeks ago you seemed to be on the verge of war with Ukraine, but now matters seemed to have smoothed out a little. From my vantage point war between Russia and Ukraine seems pretty stupid because you appear to be about the same people; it would be like a Civil War. Aren’t the languages similar, or even identical? And aren’t the foundations of Russia in Kiev (from when the Vikings showed up)? Well, here’s to hoping these two sister nations can hash out their differences without firing batteries of katusha rockets across the border at one another. Cheers!

      brh

      • FincaInTheMountains December 12, 2018 at 2:55 am #

        Unfortunately, West, not without a success, is trying to make anti-Russia out of Ukraine.

        Ukraine literally means “outskirts” in Russian – it is an outskirts of Mother Russia.

        Ukrainian language – a variety of Russian slang – is good for composing folk songs, not good for giving military orders.

      • FincaInTheMountains December 12, 2018 at 9:54 am #

        Beautiful song in Ukrainian “language” in performance of “Soviet Sinatra” – Muslim Magomayev, a Soviet Azerbajiani Muslim baritone pop singer.

        youtube.com/watch?v=eeiOlaXcK-s

  91. K-Dog December 12, 2018 at 2:33 am #

    “Yellow Vests are calling for a new social justice order, for the right to live in dignity based on fair wages and a fair tax system. The only solution is to create such a system. A system that will stand for respect of community life: for redistribution of the wealth to the benefit of the people and the nation. Because the people have been excluded from the distribution of wealth thus far and have been left destitute.”

    • seawolf77 December 12, 2018 at 8:43 am #

      Kill all the lawyers. Kill all the rich people they were defending. We’re at step 1.

  92. BackRowHeckler December 12, 2018 at 2:34 am #

    FREE PHIL SPECTOR!!!

    brh

    • K-Dog December 12, 2018 at 3:03 am #

      That was not his quote.

    • K-Dog December 12, 2018 at 3:03 am #

      Name that tune.

    • malthuss December 12, 2018 at 10:37 am #

      I met the woman he killed. She was a very good person, a friend of a friend.
      She was a fool IF she knew his history and still went to his house of horrors.

  93. ffkling December 12, 2018 at 3:47 am #

    North Carolina Panel of Republican, Democratic, Independent Election Judges Refuses to Certify Midterm Election Results due to Widespread Republican Voter Fraud.

    Trump and Republican Members of Congress Silent.

    washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/12/06/gop-was-upset-about-election-fraud-before-it-threatened-their…

    • Exscotticus December 12, 2018 at 12:54 pm #

      Not possible. According to Democrats, there is no voter fraud.

      • seawolf77 December 12, 2018 at 1:06 pm #

        There is no Democrat voter fraud. Republicans have to cheat to win, so naturally they accuse the other side of cheating.

        • ffkling December 12, 2018 at 2:07 pm #

          Well said, seawolf77. That’s it in a nutshell. Same with the many fake Republicon conspiracy theories.

        • malthuss December 12, 2018 at 5:28 pm #

          You are so full of it.

      • ffkling December 12, 2018 at 5:42 pm #

        Proof or evidence to the contrary or do you enjoy bumpin’ your gums about nothing?

  94. ffkling December 12, 2018 at 3:48 am #

    Trump is a poor man’s idea of a rich man, a weak man’s idea of a strong man, and a stupid man’s idea of an intelligent man.

    • seawolf77 December 12, 2018 at 8:39 am #

      Damn those would make some good song lyrics.

      • seawolf77 December 12, 2018 at 8:40 am #

        Maybe change “a dumb man’s idea of a smart man.”

        • Ol' Scratch December 12, 2018 at 11:50 am #

          Or a smart-assed liberal’s worst nightmare. Either/or.

          • malthuss December 12, 2018 at 1:35 pm #

            Funny

        • ffkling December 12, 2018 at 2:09 pm #

          Noted, sea. Thanks.

    • Sean Coleman December 12, 2018 at 9:19 am #

      Journalist Julie Burchill is credited with the description of Stephen Fry as “a stupid person’s idea of what an intelligent person is like”. I wouldn’t say he likes Trump and I doubt if Trump cares.

  95. Pucker December 12, 2018 at 6:42 am #

    It looks like the “Freed” slaves may have largely inherited from the slavery plantation experience and the Civil War Union Army Wage Labor Plantation Experience a subsistence agriculture mentality and a general antipathy to wage labor and capital accumulation? Any group of people with such a mindset will not succeed in this society.

    “Those blacks who managed to acquire farms or who simply squatted on unoccupied land often seemed content to pursue subsistence agriculture. “We never planted cotton, because we could not eat this,” a Texas freedman recalled decades after emancipation.”

    Eric Foner
    Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863 – 1877

  96. seawolf77 December 12, 2018 at 8:37 am #

    We’ve gone from Mexico will pay for the wall to Trump shutting the government down if American taxpayers don’t pay for the wall. Trumptards fooled again.

    • FincaInTheMountains December 12, 2018 at 9:41 am #

      He obviously meant that the Mexican drug dealers and California Democrats would pay for the wall with reduced drug revenues and increased well-being of American working class.

  97. Sean Coleman December 12, 2018 at 9:41 am #

    I appreciate JHK’s analysis. As the media are worse than useless it takes a lot of time having to work it all out by yourself.

    The Resistance displays many of the characteristics of a witch hunt or mass fantasy: a fact-free self-righteous moral crusade against Evil, media, politicians, etc in full agreement, opposing views not heard (it being self-evident what is happening), and widespread deceit, illegality and corruption of institutions.

    If this is the case then it should be easy enough to find the evidence because, unlike common criminals who at least make an attempt to hide it, in a witch hunt nobody worries about such trivia when there is evil to be vanquished. So there ought to be plenty of it lying around and all of it (as they said about Savile) Hiding In Plain Sight.

    • But there isn’t much is there? A lot of probablies and maybes. Who is the resistance? What is it, besides a fomentation of a political sentiment in forums and the twitterverse?

      Jerome Corsi just sued the FBI for $350 million. I’m sure the case will be covered by the ‘media’ you prefer.

      • Sean Coleman December 13, 2018 at 9:38 am #

        Lil Debbie

        “Who is the resistance? What is it, besides a fomentation of a political sentiment in forums and the twitterverse?”

        It appears to be a mixture of two things. Firstly, and probably less importantly, it appears to have begun as a concerted campaign by influential elements within the state, advocacy groups and media bodies to prevent Trump’s election. Sharyl Attkisson examines a lot of this in her book The Smear. Apparently she does not use the work Deep State but I suppose it is as good a term as any. Significantly she says at one point, nearing the end of the book, that the media did not require to be fed lies and propaganda as they were quite willing to do to this all by themselves anyway.

        My point was that if there is evidence for the conspiracy then it will not be hidden very well because that is how it always is. It seems that if you are determined live in a fantasy you will not be very good at doing ordinary practical things in the real world.

        And this leads to the second, more important, thing which is that the Resistance is another manifestation of the deep mass fantasy that has captured most of the media and a large part of the population (in particularly people whose natural immunity has been destroyed by further education and the poor souls who make up the hive mind of the social media. A century and a quarter ago ago Gustave Le Bon drew attention to the way the intelligence and character of the crowd are much inferior to those of its individual members, and I don’t think he was even the first man to notice this).

        And if you doubt the power of sentiment on social media look at how Merkel folded before it after just two days in September 2015.

        • Sean Coleman December 13, 2018 at 9:47 am #

          Paragraphs mixed up there a bit. The one beginning “My point was” should follow the one beginning “And this leads to the second”.

          Not that it will make a blind bit of difference anyway because all you are reading is “Hey hey, ho ho, Donal Trump has got to go.”

    • Walter B December 12, 2018 at 10:17 am #

      Yes Sean, the media ARE worse than useless. All outlets are owned by the wealthy whose number one objective is to remain at the top through the accumulation of huge profits and total control. They either give the masses whatever information they need to control them, be it lies, deception or only enough facts to keep them in line, or they give the public what it wants, entertainment and distraction. Nobody at the top, and I mean NOBODY wants to help those below them become their competition for resources. The underlings must remain underlings and the media and the governments are doing a bang up job of implementing this strategy.

  98. FincaInTheMountains December 12, 2018 at 9:46 am #

    Going after the family and kids now, hah? Just like Clintons went after Bernie Sanders’s nephews.

    • seawolf77 December 12, 2018 at 9:51 am #

      They’re in the game, so they’re fair game.

      • FincaInTheMountains December 12, 2018 at 10:01 am #