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You thought the Republican convention was a ghastly spectacle of royal Trumpery (and Iago-style backstabbing featuring the arch-asshole Ted Cruz)? Now comes the Democratic Annunciation of I’m-With-Her-It’s-My-Turn, the incarnation of crony corruption in our late-state Republic of Racketeering. Remember that old movie, The Exorcist, with its demonic spewage of projectile vomit. Expect something like that on the grand scale in Philadelphia this week as the Exalted-Breaker-of-Glass-Ceilings steps forth to accept her victory tiara.

The New York Times is blaming the Ruskies for releasing those thousands of new emails disclosing the perfidy of the Democratic National Committee staff in pimping for Hillary against Bernie and trafficking with the major network news operations to manage and spin things Her way — and especially to rig the electoral machinery against Sanders. How much will his supporters Feel the Bern this week in Philly as the party attempts to put on an appearance of unity (Ha!) behind HRC? How can it conceivably be possible now for Bernie to stand by her side for the crucial unity photo op? I suspect he’d rather chew his right arm off.

For my money, the Ruskies should get the Nobel Peace Prize if they were behind the email release. What higher service to democracy than to expose the anti-democratic workings of the party that affects to call itself Democratic? The sudden appearance of 20,000 smoking guns made party chairperson Debbie Wasserman-Schultz vamoose faster than you can say Debbie Wasserman Schultz, though her replacement, Donna Brazile is every inch just another blatant HRC foot-soldier. Perhaps she’ll have to orchestrate the proceedings with smoke signals or invisible ink instead of emails.

As the conventions rolled out, the aggregate miasma we call the news industry resorted to that tired trope of Optimism Versus Pessimism. Translation: you can’t handle the truth so somebody please bring out the rainbow-leaping unicorns. The American zeitgeist is a tattered garment worn by a three hundred pound tranny in a diabetic coma. It’s probably beyond salvation at this point. Somebody please put it out of its misery. Hence: Trump Versus Hillary, the odious versus the tedious, the election to end all elections.

I derived scant enlightenment listening to the Republican nominee Trump’splainin’ just how he will make America great again. As sheer oratory, Trump made Warren G. Harding look like Pericles. “I am your voice,” he bellowed to the assembled delegates dressed in costumes that made them appear like rodeo clowns from another planet. And that speech was carefully crafted by supposed professionals and mounted on a telepromper. Now Trump will go forth speaking in his usual incoherent vernacular as he vies to become the first president removed by a military coup d’état for blundering incompetence.

Hillary countered by showboating her vice-presidential pick, Tim Kaine of Virginia, America’s new high school Spanish teacher. I was only surprised that she didn’t choose Lebron James. Ambition called and Tim Kaine answered and you wonder just how he will regret picking up the phone as the campaign heats up and he has to Kaine’splain the growing allegations of Hillary’s misdeeds. Can a running mate up and quit before the election? It’s never happened before.*  But Kaine might be concerned about his reputation.

So, gird your loins for the awful pageantry of the week to come: kind of a road company version of The Manchurian Candidate. The election is now between the borderline personality Mommy and the arch-narcissist Daddy for the hearts and minds of a public sore beset by the initial spasms of economic and cultural collapse. Perhaps Big Brother is waiting in the wings.

*A reader reminds me that George McGovern’s running mate in 1972, Sen. Tom Eagleton of Missouri, stepped aside when it became public that he’d been hospitalized for mental illness earlier in life and subjected to electroshock therapy. My bad.

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1,033 Responses to “The Odious Versus the Tedious”

  1. pequiste July 25, 2016 at 9:42 am #

    ” The American zeitgeist is a tattered garment worn by three hundred pound tranny in a diabetic coma.”

    What color are the five inch platform heels and who does the makeup?

    • babbat July 26, 2016 at 4:23 am #

      A few years back Jim went on about Obama being like Abraham Lincoln . How wrong he was in his judgement of his character. Although I think Jim’s a got a fairly broad knowledge of the big picture that’s why I read this alway’s entertaining blog. I can’t help but feel that before a president is inaugurated you can’t really guess what they ‘re going to be like as the old saying goes you can’t judge a book by it’s cover. Maybe Trump may not be such a fool after all given the difficulties of our current era. And how the emails have proven to have the media stacked against him. Maybe a lot of the old Romans thought Julius was a pompous bastard who played the masses , that’s why they killed him. Julius was what Rome needed at that time however . Maybe Trump being human and certainly having flaws is what the U.S needs. He openly speaks out against the Iraq war which opens up a dialogue about U.S foreign policy which couldn’t be talked about before to even semi patriotic people now, you can so he’s not all bad!

  2. wes loder July 25, 2016 at 9:48 am #

    Matters do appear to be getting uglier by the day. Quick, everyone, get out your AR-15s and carry them so we can all be safer. And I thought affairs were interesting in 1968.

    • BackRowHeckler July 25, 2016 at 10:37 am #

      Very few resorted to firearms back in ’68, Wes. For example, last week JHK mentioned events at the DNC in Chicago; as ugly as that was nobody was shot on either side, in fact only one injury was incurred which required hospitalization for more than 5 days.

      This time around, almost 1/2 century later, apparently the situation has changed.

      brh

      • dannyboy July 25, 2016 at 11:40 am #

        Progress?

        • malthuss July 25, 2016 at 11:54 am #

          Oh gevult, you are back.

          • sprawlcapital July 25, 2016 at 12:26 pm #

            Oh [Oy] gevult, you are back.

          • dannyboy July 25, 2016 at 1:51 pm #

            At least you two have each other to talk Yiddish to, if nothing else.

          • S M Tenneshaw July 27, 2016 at 3:39 am #

            Jagoffs gotta jag.

          • dannyboy July 30, 2016 at 11:38 am #

            @S M
            I have assumed that you have responded to malthuss & sprawl as you use their vernacular. Is that correct?

      • routersurfer July 25, 2016 at 2:52 pm #

        1968 will be a good year for the DNC compared to 2016. With or without bloodshed.

      • megaculpa July 25, 2016 at 6:59 pm #

        Not sure why you say that very few resorted to firearms in 1968. That was the year Martin King and Robert Kennedy were assassinated. The latter was the odds on favorite presidential candidate.

      • swmnguy July 25, 2016 at 7:19 pm #

        Back in 1968, the police were fighters, not “Warriors.” They’d beat you up as soon as look at you, but they weren’t trained to kill you, nor did they want to.

        Today it’s the opposite. The police would prefer to kill you, at a distance preferably. As Warriors, the last thing they want is a fight. That implies some doubt as to the outcome.

  3. snarkmatic9000 July 25, 2016 at 9:49 am #

    Canada is looking better all the time.

    • cornpone2014 July 25, 2016 at 9:56 am #

      Maybe you and Rosie can ride together!

    • Elrond Hubbard July 25, 2016 at 10:49 am #

      Isaac Brock for the win!

      http://www.warof1812.ca/brock.htm

    • routersurfer July 25, 2016 at 2:55 pm #

      Do a good soil essay before you buy. Tons of junk land fir sale with little value for farming without help from Monsanto.

      • Elrond Hubbard July 25, 2016 at 3:44 pm #

        How many words long should the essay be? Oh, you meant assay… (I try to resist spelling/grammar flames, but this time I just can’t.)

        • Q. Shtik July 25, 2016 at 4:40 pm #

          Good job Elrond, that one slipped right by me. I may have let it pass anyway since I know our host likes to lurk on Mondays and I don’t want to get my ass thrown off.

          • dannyboy July 25, 2016 at 8:04 pm #

            “our host likes to lurk on Mondays” – Q. Shtik

            Howdy former UESer.

    • megaculpa July 25, 2016 at 7:08 pm #

      I doubt that you or many other Americans would adapt successfully to life in Canada. We have strict firearms licencing, a national sales tax, abortion on demand and gay marriage, among many other differences. You can only buy beer at government stores and gas is five bucks a gallon.

      But the deal-breaker is that in Canada, it’s not socially acceptable to strut around boasting about yourself and insulting other people. Few American males, in my experience, would be able to so restrain themselves.

      • swmnguy July 25, 2016 at 7:20 pm #

        Oh, you’re just saying that.

      • Q. Shtik July 25, 2016 at 10:43 pm #

        a national sales tax, – megaculpa

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

        Really? I love the idea of a national sales tax (one flat rate on everything). But only if it is in lieu of, not in addition to, an income tax. How does it work in Canada?

        • Elrond Hubbard July 27, 2016 at 11:30 am #

          Nope, the 5% goods and services tax (GST) is in-addition-to income taxes. (I disagree with you about income taxes, since sales taxes hit harder on people with less ability to pay. A universal flat tax becomes more and more of a free ride the richer you are, which is why the idea is so popular among billionaires.) Some provinces have their own sales taxes as well, often harmonized with the federal GST. Here in Ontario I pay 13% in total.

          On the other hand, I and everyone else here have health coverage. It comes out of the pocket labelled taxes instead of the pocket labelled private insurance, but I’m fine with that — a dollar’s a dollar either way, and Canadians overall pay WAY less in health care costs per capita. Also if I get in an accident, I don’t have to worry about bankruptcy icing on top of the shit-cake of a broken leg.

          • JimInFlorida July 27, 2016 at 6:14 pm #

            How about a direct tax on Wall Street instead??? Let’s get the conversation off of how best to tax We Teh Serfs and turn our attention on taxing the activities of the Top 1%.

            A 1% sales tax on all turnover of securities and derivatives. Considering that roughly $2 QUADRILLION flows through Wall Street (and LaSalle St. in Chicago) UNTAXED every year, a 1% tax will generate hundreds of billions in tax revenue. The kind of tax that cannot be passed off onto We Teh Serfs. If Goldman Sachs wants to do a million flash trades in a second, GREAT! ONE PERCENT OFF THE TOP EVERY DAMN TIME!

            Two-thirds get divided up among the 50 States for Medicaid, unemployment, social programs, and jobs programs.
            The other one third to the Feds for New Deal-style public works programs, local small scale agriculture subsidies, Medicare For All (base rate at $100/month with modest discounts based on means-testing), revival of passenger rail, student loan debt relief, programs to prosecute predatory lenders, and incentives to repatriate labor-intensive industry back to the U.S.

          • Elrond Hubbard July 29, 2016 at 10:23 am #

            A tax on financial transactions is an excellent idea, as long as it correctly targets useless speculation without harming productive activity. High-frequency trading (HFT) is a prime target – something as simple as a tax of one penny per transaction could stop that cold. Then there’s currency and foreign exchange:

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobin_tax

      • ccm989 July 26, 2016 at 10:31 am #

        Have been to Canada and was very impressed by how nice everyone is! One lady took the time to explain to me how well their public health care system works. She said it not only saved her life but her husband’s as well. The only problem with Canada is that its cold! But keep on being nice. Totally love that! And Trudeau. You are such lucky, smart, nice people! Just wish Americans would figure out what a great example of Democracy Canada is.

        • mastman23 August 1, 2016 at 10:25 pm #

          I worked for a company for 15 years that was based in Quebec Provence. They are extremely nice people and make you feel like family. Their Government serves the people not the way it is here in the one party duopoly oligarchy crooks. Americans are used and abused no matter who gets in office.

          Taxes in Canada provide almost everything most Americans cringe at the costs they bear to provide for their families.

          Health care, Daycare, Dental, University, all more or less provide within the taxes paid by workers. Simple truth is yes they pay more in taxes but when you add in the benifits of everyone getting good quality services like these you will find most Americans cannot afford the same apple for apple.

          There is no 35% private corporation guaranteed profit margins like Obama care anywhere in the world but here. Another gift to the people from Obama. And to make it worse its mandatory

          The American education model is third world at best and higher education is gifted to illegals low income and affirmative action all at the cost of taxation of the public. You make a decent living you pay the full bloated costs for a useless degree that is wallpaper at best these days in the Globalized markets.

          Affirmative action is and will be the death here of our economy if not reversed soon. My friends in Quebec even asked me what is this program and told me they think its insane and destructive. These are LIBERALS people and they look at us like we are MAD

      • Janos Skorenzy July 26, 2016 at 5:46 pm #

        That’s all very well, but do you really imagine it’s enough? Your privileges are built on the bones of Native Americans and Blacks. How do you justify your continued existence? Shouldn’t you go back to Europe or simply suicide yourself? Does Canada provide the requisite pills yet? If not, they will soon.

        • Elrond Hubbard July 27, 2016 at 11:37 am #

          Nothing can change the past, so we just have to be mindful of where we came from and where we’re going. Toronto remains one of the safest cities in North America while having more than half its population born outside Canada, and not from white-skinned countries either. When I brought up this point before, Janos, you responded with some pseudo-thoughful B.S., but the fact remains that racial tensions don’t need to be a problem if people make an effort to be decent to one another, and if that decency finds its way into public policy.

          • Janos Skorenzy July 28, 2016 at 1:31 pm #

            Blacks aren’t satisfied with such a namby pamby answer and want payment, appeasement, and reparation. And some things can only be paid back in kind – blood for blood. In a Black asked you to kill yourself, what would you say? Do you have any right to say no?

            http://nation.foxnews.com/2016/03/17/students-support-affirmative-suicide-combat-white-privilege-video

            You’re really marking yourself, Elrond. The debate has moved far past where it was when you were in college. All Whites are racist but virtue of their very existence. And REALLY cool Whites knew it even back then as per the call by the Weathermen to kill White babies. You obviously didn’t travel in very high circles – then or now. You’re just not cool. If a Black asked you for this favor, you would refuse for him for bullshit, conventional reasons.

          • Elrond Hubbard July 29, 2016 at 11:19 am #

            Another example of why arguing with Janos is pointless. Paraphrasing the original Ghostbusters: “Ray, if someone asks if you’re a god, you say yes!” Same goes if someone asks me to kill myself — I don’t care what their motive is, the answer is no. It takes a fairly diseased point of view even to pose that as a scenario.

            It’s not that the threat of me being killed by some racially-motivated black person doesn’t exist. Out of all the possible motives someone, somewhere, might have to hurt me, that’s one. But Janos has zero sense of proportion and less than zero sense of civility. He needs every last black person to be a threat to him, because he hungers, from the very pits of his soul, to be a threat to every last black person — a threat to their status as human beings like himself, if nothing else.

          • Janos Skorenzy July 29, 2016 at 2:53 pm #

            You’re being obtuse. This young man isn’t threatening you – he’s asking you to kill yourself for the good of the Black Race. What right do you have to refuse?

            Your answer is to offer him other White lives instead. But in the end, he will demand yours as well.

          • Elrond Hubbard July 29, 2016 at 5:20 pm #

            Huh? Wow, I’m seriously at a loss here. Janos’ worldview is so drenched in irreality I can only gape in astonishment.

            This supposed ‘young man’: pulled out of Janos’ butt.

            This figment’s request that I “kill myself for the good of the Black Race”: also pulled out of Janos’ butt.

            The rhetorical question ‘What right do I have to refuse?’: An absurdity, apropos of nothing. Nothing, that is, outside of Janos’ butt.

            That my answer would supposedly to be “to offer him [whoever he is] other White lives instead”: utterly buttborne.

            Finally, the assertion that “in the end, he will demand [my life] as well”: You guessed it, yet another figment of a fundament.

            Seriously, Janos. Name something real that relates to this abject fantasy of yours. By real, I mean an actual event that took place in time and space. I can’t wait to hear what comes next.

          • Janos Skorenzy July 30, 2016 at 6:49 pm #

            Why do you insist on killing the messenger? I’m just repeating what the young Black said. Take it up with – if you dare, slave.

        • SpeedyBB July 27, 2016 at 4:39 pm #

          Poison pills have to be labelled in two languages. Colour-coding will do as well.

          Don’t want to screw up the big moment.

          • Janos Skorenzy July 28, 2016 at 1:33 pm #

            Yeah cuz otherwise you might throw up on the carpet. Not only would you live, but you’d have to clean it – and that’s worse than life.

  4. dannyboy July 25, 2016 at 9:52 am #

    I feel the Bern. Can’t grok “I’ll fight for you” as an campaign slogan.

  5. patrickd July 25, 2016 at 9:54 am #

    No way Trump gets elected. The voting machines are programmable, so HIllary will win – she’s who the elites want in power. She’s the ultimate yes person. Even if the machines wouldn’t/couldn’t be fixed, and if Trump were elected, no way he survives a quick coup d’etat via snipers. The criminal banksters in charge – the oligarchs – need compliance, not a loose cannon.

    No way in hell will I vote for either of these scumballs. If USians were smart, none of them would vote. But it’s obvious that USians are no where near smart. (USians are the Europeans who came over here starting 400 years ago, who murdered the vast majority of Americans and stole their lands. Americans are dark-skinned.)

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    • dannyboy July 25, 2016 at 9:56 am #

      Not voting isn’t the same as demanding more.

      • patrickd July 25, 2016 at 10:39 am #

        Demanding of whom? No one is listening.

        • dannyboy July 25, 2016 at 10:43 am #

          LOUDER!

        • pequiste July 25, 2016 at 1:55 pm #

          Or busy getting ready for some football!

          I don’t care about apathy.

    • Thinkgloballyactlocally July 25, 2016 at 10:24 am #

      As things are unfolding David Icke makes more and more sense.
      https://youtu.be/KMUsZAMAt-Q

      • patrickd July 25, 2016 at 10:38 am #

        Icky Dave is a psychotic moron. If he happens to make sense on anything at all, it is simply by accident.

      • Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

        Yes, it’s all just as the movie “They Live” reports. Queen Elizabeth is not a frail old woman, but in fact a giant reptile who eats people. They live and we sleep.

        • mastman23 August 1, 2016 at 10:34 pm #

          She only eats babies

      • SpeedyBB July 27, 2016 at 4:46 pm #

        Isn’t it fascinating that no matter how screwy his message is (and it is way up there among black holes) he is really something special to listen to.

    • zekesdad July 25, 2016 at 10:47 am #

      And who are the people and their descendants who came here after the land was already stolen and the slaves were freed?

    • Cavepainter July 25, 2016 at 10:57 am #

      Oh,…..the history reset button; at what point back in history do you believe is necessary to put things back — that is, reach justice. You know, human history hasn’t been “a walk in the park”. And as for White folks; aside for the very predictable ratio of sociopaths and psychopaths found in all denominations of humanity Western Culture has advanced all facets of human achievement more than any other.

    • outsider July 25, 2016 at 11:10 am #

      patrickd & Mr. K: I fail to understand why a President Trump may cause a coup d’état. From everything I read, most top US officers (and certainly the troops) are sick unto death of all these endless wars. Trump, other than pledging to wipe out ISIS “fast”, has emerged as the peace candidate. All the rest of the liberal interventionists, like Hillary, and the neocons who still control the GOP, continue to poke the Russian bear. It seems obvious to me that our current course of action against Russia can only end in disaster. Trump has not hidden that he wants better relations with President Putin, and that Russia should not be the enemy. I would hope that most of the top brass might agree with that.

      OTOH, a president Hillary should be the one concerned about a coup. After the e-mail scandal she can’t even get a security clearance now, and she’d be the Commander-in-Chief? I’ll bet that most officers think she should be in jail instead of running for our top job. Any one of them would be removed from command and prosecuted if they did anything close to what she did. And they will have to take orders from her to start new wars?

      • elysianfield July 25, 2016 at 12:03 pm #

        “And they will have to take orders from her to start new wars?”

        Did they not take orders from her draft-dodging, dope smoking beard? He was truly loathed by the military.

        • wpa_ccc July 25, 2016 at 12:30 pm #

          They always take orders. Basic training instills mindless obedience to orders. They are robots without the intelligence or courage to refuse orders. They wants their benefits and pensions.

          • elysianfield July 25, 2016 at 6:28 pm #

            Wpac,
            For that comment you will be judged….

          • JimInFlorida July 25, 2016 at 7:47 pm #

            That is the art and science of the Economic Draft!

            The majority sign up because there is no employment or hope where they live. To get those benefits and pensions, they literally sign their lives away and submit to a very hierarchical world in the service of Organized Imperial Crime. Only children and fools believe that they put their lives on the line for Freedom.

            They have the intelligence to know what they joined and, to rebel for some glorious anti-war cause will yield ZERO reward, get them thrown in the brig, and have nothing to show for the risk.

            The Vietnam soldiers who fragged their war-loving officers and disobeyed orders were destroyed. BUT, the Imperial War Machine is still doing just fine, thank you.

            I was in the U.S. Navy during the Cold War era. At least we had the established propaganda which demonized the Russian Commies. Everybody was on the same page and we thought we were doing something good.

            It’s not so today. ZOG Amerika was the Evil Empire all along. WE are the terrorist power for Wall Street and loyal gofer for Israel. Only fools and desperate people join the Armed Forces to serve such a machine.

          • outsider July 25, 2016 at 8:11 pm #

            Good comment JimInFla. As US Marine General Smedley Butler wrote – “War is a Racket.”

    • orbit7er July 25, 2016 at 11:17 am #

      Vote for Jill Stein from the Green Party! Although many alleged environmentalists are really limousine Tesla Greens, the Green Party as a whole understands that we cannot afford “Happy Motoring” forever. and supports Green Transit and restoring Rail.
      Just as important, the Greens oppose the endless Wars costing US taxpayers $1 Trillion every year…
      You cannot reduce oil usage or greenhouse emissions with the endless War machine on its relentless path of destruction…

      • Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 1:17 pm #

        Is her VP going to be racist rapper Immortal Technique? She has a big crush on him apparently, just like any other girl might.

    • Ishabaka July 25, 2016 at 1:37 pm #

      Yes, we all agree – you’re the only smart one in the USA.

    • routersurfer July 25, 2016 at 2:59 pm #

      Sure Trump can win!!!! We elected Nixon. Compared to this years crop of would be Presidents Nixon looks very good. Can anyone give me a reason to vote at all?

      • JimInFlorida July 25, 2016 at 7:52 pm #

        The only reason is to throw some support for the 3rd party candidate of your choice.

        Sort of like walking along a beach after a storm and finding lots of starfish washed up on the beach. You throw a few back out. You can’t save them all but, it mattered to the ones that you did save.

        Give your vote to a 3rd party candidate and go home knowing that you did right.

      • outsider July 25, 2016 at 8:15 pm #

        I think there is one very good reason this year to vote for POTUS. Try to stop Hillary’s march to WW3.

        • JimInFlorida July 27, 2016 at 6:50 pm #

          Personally, I’m voting for Trump.

          But, for those who cannot stomach either Trump or Hillary Rodan, I would urge them to NOT stay home but, help the 3rd party of their choice by voting.

      • SpeedyBB July 27, 2016 at 5:01 pm #

        When that came to pass, routersurfer, I was stopped in my tracks, stunned. When after all the perfidy, crookedness, Checkers, back-stabbing and disparagement (Eisenhower was asked about his Veep: He responded to a reporter’s question of whether he could give an example of a major idea of Vice President Nixon’s that was adopted by the administration. “If you give me a week, I might think of one.”) the electorate held their collective noses and voted him in, it was a profoundly disappointing commentary on what passed for a democratic process.

        Events of that time are handled very neatly in James Ellroy’s semi-historical novels: the fix was in. Big biz and organized crime propelled him into the Oval Office.

      • mastman23 August 1, 2016 at 10:36 pm #

        Freedom or Extinction. I assume you are a White Christian or Jew? those are reasons enough

    • Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 3:04 pm #

      Trump wont accept that – and in face he doesn’t accept that. His operatives are already planning for it if they try it. Confidant Roger Stone confirms as much.

      • dannyboy July 25, 2016 at 8:08 pm #

        tell ’em all that they can take it easy. don’t sweat it. life’s too short.

        Plus the betting odds in NYC at 3-to-1, favor Hillary.

        So be cool.

        • Janos Skorenzy July 26, 2016 at 5:48 pm #

          You’re whistling past the graveyard. Your time is over. Trump KNOWS about the Federal Reserve scam and your role in it.

          • dannyboy July 26, 2016 at 6:01 pm #

            Mr Donald Trump is on to me? You got Tweeted?

            oh, oh

    • jloughrey July 26, 2016 at 4:06 am #

      The Republicans stole the 2000 and 2004 elections, so whose turn it is to steal this one is anyone’s guess.

  6. dannyboy July 25, 2016 at 9:55 am #

    Not Lebron James: Matt Damon would’ve cinched it. (Cinch, get it?)

  7. dannyboy July 25, 2016 at 10:00 am #

    “you can’t handle the truth so somebody please bring out the rainbow-leaping unicorns.” – KUNSTLER

    Quick, bring out Paul Krugman to describe US.

  8. Helix July 25, 2016 at 10:05 am #

    The title of the article says it all.

  9. noel bodie July 25, 2016 at 10:08 am #

    Trump was doing his best Mussolini impression….angry, fearful content with a jutting jaw, nodding approvals, posing etc. I thought I was watching a 1940’s vid

    • outsider July 25, 2016 at 11:23 am #

      Actually, noel, democracy is not all it’s “trumped” up to be. The takers, over time, always wind up demanding, and getting, more and more from the makers. Per Hans-Hermann Hoppe it is “The God That Failed.” As they said, at least Mussolini made the trains run on time.

      • noel bodie July 25, 2016 at 12:10 pm #

        Your Ryan/neocon duality of “makers/takers” pretty much tells me your simplistic view.

        • outsider July 25, 2016 at 12:50 pm #

          noel: I’m against anyone who is a neocon. Ryan is a neocon.

        • DrTomSchmidt July 25, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

          I’m sure he’d put the military/industrial complex down as a taker. Don’t discount the maker/taker model just because Ryan uses it. Expand it: anyone taking federal dollars is a taker, and a potential welfare queen. Makes all of Wall Street, the MIC, the healthcare frauds, and actual welfare queens sit together in a conspiracy against the rest of us.

      • routersurfer July 25, 2016 at 3:03 pm #

        Please put down the Rand and most of the swill out of The Chi School of Trust, Rockefeller style trusts……. Read about the fall of Rome. It will seem very familiar.

    • elysianfield July 25, 2016 at 12:05 pm #

      “Trump was doing his best Mussolini impression”

      Yes…he might be a fascist, but he’s OUR fascist….

      • mastman23 August 1, 2016 at 10:36 pm #

        YEP

    • Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 1:20 pm #

      Very negative, huh fella? As if things are really rosy O’Donnell out there. As if we don’t need a Strong Man to keep order – which is the foundation of civilization and the social contract. Lose that and lose all.

  10. Beryl of Oyl July 25, 2016 at 10:18 am #

    Interesting that the Russians wouldn’t work against Hillary in time to help old commie Bernie.
    Interesting that the Democrats, the networks, and now many of the ‘pundits’ are all saying exactly the same things about Donald’s speech, in exactly the same way. Almost as if they got together.
    “Arch-asshole Ted Cruz”. I love it.

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    • PostPeakRancher July 25, 2016 at 10:25 am #

      Bernie made clear during his campaign that he had no intention of changing course in foreign policy in regards to the Middle East, Russia and China. So in that respect he’s just like: HRC, Obama, W Bush, Bill Clinton, HW Bush and Reagan.

      Trump on the other hand has said things would be different. I doubt they would. But I think the Russians also know that Trump is a self absorbed business tycoon who knows squat about geopolitics, statecraft, diplomacy, etc. And they probably feel that they may be able to better counteract anything the USA/NATO do under his administration than an HRC admin.

      If you thought that the Bush and Obama administrations were great at blundering into one foreign policy fiasco after another…just wait for a Trump administration! He’ll Trump both of them!!

      • dannyboy July 25, 2016 at 10:45 am #

        I believe that Mr Trump wants to do some deals with Russia’s Putin.

        • PostPeakRancher July 25, 2016 at 11:08 am #

          I think so too. And maybe b/c of that the Russians think his administration will be less likely to do stupid things like topple the Ukrainian govt.

        • Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

          If so, that’s good. That’s why Capitalism is supposedly better than Socialism in regards to International Peace. Didn’t seem to work out that way with your folks at the helm though.

          • dannyboy July 25, 2016 at 8:11 pm #

            Your folks, your kind, and your bubs just aren’t electable. So I guess you could say they’d do great things.

        • jloughrey July 26, 2016 at 4:11 am #

          I’d rather see some business dealings with Russia than a war with Russia like HIllary will be angling for. The rumblings are already happening in the Democratic White House.

          • dannyboy July 26, 2016 at 6:04 pm #

            Russia interfering in sovereign elections! Hey that’s out racket.

      • outsider July 25, 2016 at 11:29 am #

        In Trump’s first sentence, when accepting the nomination, he said that he wants “Peace.” I actually believe that he’s sincere on this. I just hope he has the guts to stand up to the neocon chicken hawk warriors who still control his party and our bought and paid for do-nothing congress.

        • dannyboy July 25, 2016 at 11:44 am #

          Are you sure he didn’t say: “I want A piece”? It’s a nyc expression.

          • elysianfield July 25, 2016 at 12:07 pm #

            “”? It’s a nyc expression.”

            …Even in your admittedly upscale neighborhood?

          • dannyboy July 25, 2016 at 12:28 pm #

            elysianfield,

            There a re 2 NYC meanings associated with the expression: I want a piece”

            For the great majority, it refers to a desire for coitus with the current object-f-affection.

            I my “upscale neighborhood” it refers to The Skim. The Percentage. The Haircut. The Taste (I provided a few ethnic expressions for your amusement).

          • elysianfield July 25, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

            Dannyboy,
            Excellent! How far into SOHO do you have to explore to hear “wet my beak?”.

          • dannyboy July 25, 2016 at 8:14 pm #

            The Vig is a Downtown word now. My People are all Uptown now. The Lower East Side Jews always dreamed of Uptown. Now it’s Tribeca. You gotta laugh!

      • SpeedyBB July 27, 2016 at 10:09 pm #

        How about all this curious hysteria of “He’ll push the button and get us into nuclear war?!”

        Geez, the guy’s a real estate tycoon. He’s got assets. He’s never disguised his greed to acquire and hang onto more and more.

        Why would he risk losing it all in a fatal collision of abstract ideologies?

        (Never let the Pentagon’s mantra out of your sight: “Total Spectrum Dominance”. The boot in the face, forever.)

    • piltdownman July 25, 2016 at 10:30 am #

      “Almost as if they got together.”

      There is no need for them to get together. The modern media machine operates within a very narrow range of concepts. They pick up some trope and then it gets regurgitated over and over. It’s not that they’re trying to do this, it’s that they are lazy and NOT trying to do fresh investigation and reporting.

      • dannyboy July 25, 2016 at 10:47 am #

        It’s that the population’s lazy and only uses one news source.

        • piltdownman July 25, 2016 at 8:43 pm #

          Agreed. Despite the huge number of sources, they align themselves with those who agree with them. I guess the real problem is that “news” is no longer what we once thought it was, a relatively neutral source of information. Perhaps that is naive….but I do recall (having worked in radio and TV as a young man) a time when even people at small-market radio stations took that kind of stuff seriously!

  11. PostPeakRancher July 25, 2016 at 10:20 am #

    Maybe I’ve just become accustomed to the times or numb to them, but I was pretty disappointed by the ‘chaos’ of the Republican convention. Everyone was predicting chaos, including our host here. But nothing happened.

    All these yahoos carrying assault rifles of various sorts and no running gun battles in the streets of Cleveland? No mass shootings for the sake of Liberty, or God, or Allah or whatever…. pretty boring convention…

    Maybe the dingbats outside the Democratic convention will sex things up a bit to juice the ratings for the cable ‘news’ networks.

    • dannyboy July 25, 2016 at 10:49 am #

      ” Everyone was predicting chaos, including our host here. But nothing happened.” – PostPeakRancher

      I don’t want to make a big thing, but the predictive power here is low.

      Written essays are highly rated.

      • PostPeakRancher July 25, 2016 at 11:09 am #

        “I don’t want to make a big thing, but the predictive power here is low. ”

        HA! Yes it seems to be low everywhere.

        • dannyboy July 25, 2016 at 11:47 am #

          Again, with the caveat: “I don’t want to make a big thing”, I just hope you aren’t relying on these predictions. Like I hope you are NOT a Post Peak Rancher.

  12. messianicdruid July 25, 2016 at 10:23 am #

    “It’s probably beyond salvation at this point.”

    It is definitely beyond saving if there is no repentance.  

  13. Gonga Din July 25, 2016 at 10:27 am #

    The “toadious” versus the “needious”. Slouchy, slouchier, slouchiest.

  14. K-Dog July 25, 2016 at 10:29 am #

    When I first noticed lots of native Chinese speakers with thick English accents moving into my local area I wondered what was up. Later I found news reports which detailed how I live in the area of the country new buyers of American Citizenship from the Chinese mainland find most desirable. Mystery solved.

    Now the reason Bernie was not getting the press and media recognition he deserved; something I also noticed, is explained. Russian intelligence has detailed how the Democratic Elite fixed things for Hillary. Mystery solved.

    I went to the New York Times and read the DAVID SANGER and NICOLE PERLROTH article. They seem rather upset that the source of the leak is Russian but not so upset about the content of the leak. I’ll take this as lame-assed spin trying to make lemonade out of lemons. The article’s anti-Russian spin might convince all the 300 pound trannies in diabetic comas across the land to continue to support Hillary but it won’t convince me. The only glass ceiling I’ll break with Hillary is one I can smash using her head.

    CITHULU for president! Why settle for a lesser evil when you can have the real thing!

    • PostPeakRancher July 25, 2016 at 10:35 am #

      Right on K-Dog. I got a kick out of that NYT article. It seemed their thinking was “if we yell and scream so much about the evil Russians trying to sabotage the elections the sheeple will forget that the Russians actually revealed that it was the Democrats sabotaging the primary election.”

      The trick seems to have worked with lots of women I know who are all for HRC mainly b/c she’s a woman. Doesn’t matter how despicable she is…she’s a woman and it’s a woman’s turn to be President.

      • K-Dog July 25, 2016 at 10:45 am #

        Exactly right!

      • Beryl of Oyl July 25, 2016 at 10:49 am #

        PPR, they figure we’ve had despicable men, so turn about is fair play. I know some men who feel this way too.

        • PostPeakRancher July 25, 2016 at 11:10 am #

          Good point.

      • dannyboy July 25, 2016 at 10:51 am #

        see Matt Damon comment above. He can draw the gals.

        • Beryl of Oyl July 25, 2016 at 11:16 am #

          It’s that boyish grin.

      • Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 1:31 pm #

        Are you starting to realize that most people, especially women, have no business being allowed to vote?

        • JimInFlorida July 25, 2016 at 8:05 pm #

          Too late Janos. The termites have eaten that house up.

          Evict the squatters, bulldoze down what’s left, rebuild the Old Republic from the original blueprints, and adopt new tenant requirements to keep the riff raff out.

    • outsider July 25, 2016 at 11:35 am #

      K-Dog: “CITHULU for president?” Please explain in English.

      • elysianfield July 25, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

        “CITHULU”

        Cartoon character…Southpark.

        • Elrond Hubbard July 25, 2016 at 12:46 pm #

          “South Park”? Kids today… Cthulhu is one of the Great Old Ones, the vast incomprehensible alien intelligences who ruled the earth in eons past in the fiction of H. P. Lovecraft, and whose dread re-awakening is awaited by his cultists…

          Iä! Iä! Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn. (In his house at R’lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.)

          https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Call_of_Cthulhu

      • K-Dog July 25, 2016 at 12:49 pm #

        Cthulhu is a fictional cosmic entity created by writer H. P. Lovecraft and first introduced in the short story “The Call of Cthulhu”, published in the American pulp magazine Weird Tales in 1928.

        Sorry about the spelling.

        • pequiste July 25, 2016 at 1:11 pm #

          I was told that Cthulhu was an old style spelling of Clinton.

          • FrankinReno July 25, 2016 at 1:34 pm #

            luv it

          • Farmer McGregor July 25, 2016 at 2:01 pm #

            “I was told that Cthulhu was an old style spelling of Clinton.”

            Spit coffee on the screen FUNNY!

      • Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

        Cthulu and his people are the ultimate outsiders. They come from beyond the Earth yet are tied to it (cthnoic) inexplicably. So they are the ultimate insiders too. Sounds familiar….

        • SpeedyBB July 27, 2016 at 10:23 pm #

          “…from beyond the Earth?” Uh, Arkansas?

    • dweebus July 25, 2016 at 12:01 pm #

      Very good!

      D.C.: “The new R’lyeh”

      • K-Dog July 25, 2016 at 12:51 pm #

        R’lyeh

        The sunken city inhabitted by Cthulhu and his minions. The city used to be on an island above the ocean but the stars shifted and sunk the city beneath the sea. Cthulhu is trapped there today, dead but dreaming. When the stars are right the city will rise again.
        “In his house at R’lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.”

        • Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 1:30 pm #

          And he will teach us new ways to shout and new ways to kill. Indeed we shall become like the Great Old Ones themselves, knowing good and evil.

        • dweebus July 25, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

          I think Lovecraft must be smiling beyond the grave , to know his fiction still has a hold on pop culture, albeit on the fringes.

          • Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 3:07 pm #

            Indeed even in his day, New York was awash with mongrels and Lovecraft predicated the worst if the tide wasn’t stemmed. It wasn’t and his fears have proven only all too true.

          • dannyboy July 25, 2016 at 8:17 pm #

            You hate everyone in New York State? Or only everyone in NYC? Gotta be clear with your hate.

    • Cavepainter July 25, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

      Well,….no surprise in that; the gub’ment is broke, so on behalf of the players that brought the nation to this point sovereignty itself being parceled and sold like lots in a new cul-de-sac — displacing the interests of us citizens.

    • Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 1:27 pm #

      Bernie knew it was rigged. And perhaps that’s why he didn’t try very hard at first? And even when he did try, he accepted his defeat and endorsed an Entity who has no Principles at all. Liz Warren as well. They have disgraced themselves.

      Trump’s campaign and behavior during it has been a model of consistency and rationality in contrast.

      • dannyboy July 25, 2016 at 8:19 pm #

        Janos’ campaign and behavior during it has been a model of consistency and rationality in contrast.

      • outsider July 25, 2016 at 8:30 pm #

        Bernie was supposed to be a sparing partner, so that it would not look totally like the queen’s coronation. But, sparing partners are not supposed to hit the champ more than a love tap. Bernie was probably the most surprised man in the country when his candidacy took off. He was never supposed to get as far as he did. That’s why he was told from on high to not talk about those “damn emails.”

        • dannyboy July 26, 2016 at 9:36 am #

          And this came in a dream?

  15. Cavepainter July 25, 2016 at 10:36 am #

    The tell-tell of looming civil war is when society has become a bifurcation of identifying myths, uncompromising to each because each (as myths go) is unlinked altogether to objective examination of reality. Essentially, at that point, the limbic brain is in control. Among the number of obvious examples to site is the canonization by Black Lives Matter of the young black punks whose actions were blatant, provocative attacks upon the authority figures (police) representative of broader society, netting their own deaths. “Victim class” has become about the only growth industry in America.

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    • elysianfield July 25, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

      Cave,
      Well said.

    • Cavepainter July 25, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

      The answer is in “The Power of Myth”, as written by Joseph Campbell. Myth always takes preeminence over more reasoned examination of empirical evidence because objectivity doesn’t support the certitude required by the psyche (or, for that matter, cohesiveness of social groups). Hence, the persistence of religion, mysticism, and yes, the more secular equivalents such as ‘positive thinking’ and the doctrinal fervency of the New Left (holding that all 8 billion humans can be accommodated if only national borders were dissolved, all cultures were equated as equal, all races were blended into a single hue, and all accepted minimal caloric requirement through a straw).

      • Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 3:12 pm #

        Yes, humanity is not controlled by concepts but by symbols that embody myths. Thus our war against the Cathedral/Synagogue via memes is devastatingly effective. Or as Alinsky said, mockery is gold. It’s much easier to destroy than to build. The Enemy knows that and thus overthrew us. Now we return the favor.

        The Bill of Rights is saving us. Unless they can repeal the 1st and 2nd amendments in the near future, they are toast.

        • dannyboy July 29, 2016 at 7:46 am #

          “Yes, humanity is not controlled by concepts but by symbols that embody myths. Thus our war against the Cathedral/Synagogue via memes is devastatingly effective. Or as Alinsky said, mockery is gold. It’s much easier to destroy than to build. The Enemy knows that and thus overthrew us. Now we return the favor.” J

          try reality

          • Elrond Hubbard July 30, 2016 at 8:31 am #

            The thing is, the poor boy is trying. What comes out of his mouth is the result. How sad.

  16. sbs July 25, 2016 at 10:39 am #

    “Can a running mate up and quit before the election? It’s never happened before.”

    What about Eagleton in ’72?

    • BackRowHeckler July 25, 2016 at 10:50 am #

      Eagleton was mentally unstable as I recall, and had spent a little time institutionalized. He had to go.

      • dannyboy July 25, 2016 at 11:53 am #

        And current candidates are not mentally unstable? C’mon.

  17. Frankiti July 25, 2016 at 10:44 am #

    Both the Nobel and the Pulitzer should go to Putin, although he’s the obvious scapegoat. Heck, it was probably the FBI that hacked the DNC. We all know that corporate media and the supposed papers of record are almost in their entirety pushing Clinton by stomping on Trump, but where is our publicly supported news? You know, the news outlet that runs a ridiculous morning program with 3, yes 3, hosts on the payroll? Well, they’re carrying the administration’s, and Clinton’s water. No investigations, no digging. Who would have ever thought that the 4th estate’s legitimacy would one day rest on public media in an era of corporate media? That a right leaning page of links to obscure news stories, dredging the depths, would be a top source of information? Beyond salvation and want of… let it die

    • dannyboy July 25, 2016 at 11:55 am #

      I thought CFN “is our publicly supported news”.

      • Frankiti July 25, 2016 at 4:37 pm #

        I’m rather unsure, there seems to be a dose of unabashed editorializing around here.

        As I see it, every Monday, the kennel warden tosses a scrap of thoroughly gnawed gristle to the weeklong starved mutts. They quickly lose interest in the meat after a few chews… and then begin chomping on each other’s tails soon after. The light fawn and white mutts don’t care for the brindled or the dark coats, and blame the small cabal of purebreds for everything that bedevils them in particular, and for the bleak situation they all, in their entirety, find themselves in. If only the west highland terriers were in charge! There is a Borzoi mix that shits in the corner and rolls in it… making a big, but ultimately pointless and incoherent display, and a hand-puppet trying to pass itself off as a mutt, whose entire purpose is to agitate, tempt, and controvert the efforts of others.

        Any news here is pissed and shat on, perhaps as it should be.

        • Q. Shtik July 25, 2016 at 5:20 pm #

          This is a terrific piece you have written here Frank. Let me see if I have correctly identified the characters:

          the kennel warden = JHK

          the small cabal of purebreds = the Elite, the 1%, the banksters, the oligarchy

          the west highland terriers = Janos’s Whites

          a Borzoi mix = Finca

          a hand-puppet trying to pass itself off as a mutt = wpa-ccc (formerly Asoka)

          The light fawn and white mutts = legal citizens of the US of European extraction

          the brindled or the dark coats, = Blacks, browns, biracial, first- language Spanish folks, people named Muhammad, persons of questionable or undocumented citizenship, i.e. all of those not in the light fawn and white mutts category.

          • Frankiti July 25, 2016 at 8:14 pm #

            Exactly. I suppose you’d be the stalwart three-legged border collie, occasionally rising to protect the old order, any order… and I the yipping and nipping toy bitch-on, I mean Bichon, my incessant barking getting me no further than curling into a ball and licking my own splendid arse.

        • elysianfield July 25, 2016 at 6:39 pm #

          I love this site….

          • dannyboy July 25, 2016 at 8:19 pm #

            What’s not to like?

        • JimInFlorida July 25, 2016 at 8:09 pm #

          LOL! Well said Frank! I love comments that are heavy on the metaphors and imagery!

          • dannyboy July 25, 2016 at 8:20 pm #

            Well said! Gotta love comments that are heavy on the Nativism and Scientific Racism!

          • Frankiti July 25, 2016 at 8:26 pm #

            Funny you should say that. I sent a link to a blog entry from this site to an acquaintance awhile back, and although he enjoyed that week’s entry he had asked if I had read the comments, “…as they look like they are composed by a coterie of closeted right wing English professors, fellows and Scribner’s rejects…”

  18. BackRowHeckler July 25, 2016 at 10:48 am #

    Is it too soon here to mention events happening in Europe the past few days? They are particularly odious and shocking: in Germany a young pregnant woman hacked up with a machete by a Syrian refugee on the street, for “looking Jewish” (she died), and in SFrance a mother and her 3 daughters carved up with a dagger at a resort by a Moroccan immigrant because they were “inappropriately dressed”.

    How long can Western Europe carry on this way? Why have these national governments allowed this to happen? And German and French men, where are you? Why have you not recognized the danger your wives and daughters are in on the streets of your own countries, and why are you not protecting them?

    brh

    • Beryl of Oyl July 25, 2016 at 10:57 am #

      Evidently some sort of Muslim redistribution to the West is absolutely essential to globalization.
      One news source tried to make it sound like something personal between the “refugee” and the woman he killed, noting that they were “arguing”. He just happened to have a machete on him when she pushed his buttons, I guess.

      • Frankiti July 25, 2016 at 11:18 am #

        It was the muderous sun, or so said Meursault.

      • JimInFlorida July 25, 2016 at 11:44 am #

        DIVERSITY VISA provision in the Immigration Act of 1990.

        Until that tumor is removed, and the political area cauterized, all of Trump’s rhetoric won’t change a thing.

        The 300# post-op tranny that used to be Uncle Sam will still need to stay in ICU to help detox from 50 years of New Leftism.

        Perhaps there’s no hope but, future generations of oppressed Whites need to know that a last ditch effort was made to arrest the disease and punish the quislings who sold them out.

        • outsider July 25, 2016 at 8:41 pm #

          JimInFla: 1990 is a start, but we need to go back further. Until the Hart-Cellar Immigration Act of 1965 is repealed this nation will continue sloughing its way to Third World status.

          • JimInFlorida July 26, 2016 at 6:52 am #

            Yes! Most people know it as the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965.

            I offer the sacrifice of the Immigration Act of 1990 to be first as it’s roots aren’t as deep as the one passed in 1965. Pretty much whatever LBJ signed into law is sacrosanct.

            If Trump can even get the DIVERSITY VISA program repealed and excised out of the Act, then the core of that Act is gone and the rest can be starved to death. THEN the The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 can be attacked.

            Sad to say, Ronald Reagan stood like a tower of Jello when that odious Act fell on his desk. No doubt his globalist minder, GHW Bush, told the mentally confused Reagan to sign it.

      • Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 1:44 pm #

        The Muslims are the foot soldiers who will take down the West, the nucleus of the swarm, the leaven that makes the dark mass of Blacks and Browns rise.

        That’s why Hillary wants to bring a million of them here on top of those already coming. For starters.

        • newworld July 25, 2016 at 3:33 pm #

          They bring us war, they all but say that these days. Besides the cosmopolitans are the first targets such as those pool goers who got a taste of the Shariah religious police in Germany this weekend.

          War is an awful option, but we white men have grown weak and feminine and were going down with a whimper, to be hectored by nobodies.

          Islam comes to fight and Islam will bring the terror that will trample the taboos we shamefully respect. This is good, even if Islam is bad.

        • Frankiti July 25, 2016 at 8:31 pm #

          Excellent Smithers… Excellent!

    • outsider July 25, 2016 at 11:52 am #

      Here’s a theory I’m developing. Aren’t the majority of these Muslim migrants younger, military aged, men? And young men crave sex. They’ve got to be turned on by all the beautiful Euro women, and they’re certainly not used to seeing all that skin in public. I think their sexual frustration must be enormous, as I doubt most of the women will willingly have sex with them. Could some be targeting women because they’ve gone crazy as they can’t get any? Possible solution: bar all new male migrants from entering, but encourage vetted females to enter until their numbers are the same as the men. Just a thought.

      • Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 1:47 pm #

        If we could do that, we could ban them altogether which is obviously the best option of all. No, the Elite want maximum social chaos so they can gin up control.

        If you want to help them for some reason, it would be far easier to help them in their own countries. Maybe their own rich cousins might help a bit too? “Helping” is just the Elite helping themselves to our world at this point.

    • malthuss July 25, 2016 at 11:53 am #

      The Tribes chickens are home to roost.
      Serves the tribe right.

      Even if this woman was Goyim, jews will be attacked by their pets.

      • dannyboy July 25, 2016 at 11:57 am #

        “Even if this woman was Goyim” IT PROVES MALTHUS’ POV.
        I’m probably leaving this polite conversation.

        • elysianfield July 25, 2016 at 12:19 pm #

          “I’m probably leaving this polite conversation”

          …again?

          • dannyboy July 25, 2016 at 12:23 pm #

            I appreciate your interest. I have always dropped by on Monday to read KUNSTLER’S ESSAY and have enjoyed it. Comments, not-so-much.

            But, no sympathy required on that account. My Comments run free at WSR.

          • elysianfield July 25, 2016 at 12:34 pm #

            WSR?

          • dannyboy July 25, 2016 at 8:22 pm #

            WSR

            I use the same handle. See you there!

            Out

  19. Walter B July 25, 2016 at 10:53 am #

    So are the Clintons one of the biggest crime families since Al Capone? Very possibly, (for sure if you ask me or anyone I know), and if you are wondering why they are so universally accepted and bowed down to, the answer might very well be the same one as to why Al Capone was so popular – he spread it around and paid a lot of his profits out to the people that supported him, now didn’t he? His support was so widespread in fact that the few honest men left in government at the time had to solicit the services of the only honest man they could find, a Treasury Agent, of all people. Why do so many people still stand behind Hillary Rodan Clinton and her sexual deviate “husband”? Well with hundreds of billions of dollars in profits, they can certainly afford to buy just about anyone and everyone that they need, including the AG and the FBI Director! THAT much is painfully obvious. Heck they may even have enough to buy the old reptile the White House! And when Her Rectal Highness does in fact ascend the Throne that is her turn to occupy, all of those in the Military Industrial Complex will line up behind her to accept the massive amounts of handouts, payoffs and “contracts” she and Billy Bob will then be able to pilfer from the National Treasury. Or more correctly, handed out in mass by the Fed. This November, many questions will be answered and if the Clinton Crime Family re-occupies the Oval Office you can bet your bottom dollar that it will be over for America for the last Elliot Ness WAS the last, there will be NO more!

  20. Ishabaka July 25, 2016 at 10:55 am #

    Hillary, and Wasserman have yet to understand one of the important realities of the New Millenium – ANYTHING you do using the Internet is preserved, and available to one and all – forever.

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    • Beryl of Oyl July 25, 2016 at 10:58 am #

      Even if you hide the server in your basement.

    • dannyboy July 25, 2016 at 11:58 am #

      Warning CFNers. Warning CFNers.

    • K-Dog July 25, 2016 at 12:38 pm #

      No, records are heavily edited by those keeping the records. I have seen archives on this very site modified and that is one of the rare things Janos will agree with me about. If the PTB want to bury you badly enough they can make any internet record they want. The reality of the new millennium is that the truth of ink and print has been lost to the volatility of the electric charge and the magnetic field.

      Available for one and all really? Methinks one cannot simply pull Liberté, égalité, and fraternité out of one’s ass and make it so.

      • Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 1:54 pm #

        Indeed I do and a job well done. Why you see fit to deny or otherwise defend Muslim terror in Europe against the innocent is one of the great mysteries, ultimately pointing to Man’s fallen nature and the darkening of his natural faculties.

        And NO, immediately shouting about American policy in the Middle East does not absolve the murderers and rapists, nor does it absolve you for having their back. Nor does it explain why they do it or you do it. The reasons are very dark, ultimately pointing to Man’s fallen nature. As Jeremiah said, the heart is corrupt above all things.

        • K-Dog July 25, 2016 at 8:46 pm #

          I do not defend Moslem terror or Muslim terror, or any other kind of terror.

          The issue I have is that I do not believe that all Moslem terror is Moslem terror. Some of it is theater scripted and acted out to shape public opinion so that the war pump is kept primed and ready to go. It is also done to keep American rights under the government thumb.

          Consider Germany, all of a sudden in the space of days they have three terrorists attacks where there had been none in Germany for a considerable period of time. Random chance does not favor the observed statistical spread of terror attacks here in America or over there. Of course you can consider me bat-shit crazy for thinking our government or any government would do such a thing to their own people but if you also consider history and some evidence, then I’m very reasonable, sensible, and of sound mind.

          As long as people believe what they want to believe and disregard the rest and as long as people do not hold news media and governments accountable to truth, deceptions will continue.

          Remember the Reichstag fire and earlier the Committee on Public Information (CPI) which promoted WWI on the American home front and abroad in 1917. It was necessary to promote WWI since America at the time had no ax to grind with Germany. It was done very successfully.

          The Hun is out to get us or the Sand Nigger is. It is the same lie in different wrappings.

          • Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 9:06 pm #

            The war against Islam is real. The weird thing is that our Governments are on the side of Islam for the most part. They let them in so yes, they are more to blame. But that doesn’t mean the Muslim Terrorists are innocent.

  21. BackRowHeckler July 25, 2016 at 10:56 am #

    These knife, machete and axe attacks have been going on in Israel for awhile now, Israel citizens assaulted without warning, favorite targets being woman and young girls as well. Needless to say Israelis at large take a dim view of this and do not try to explain it away, provide cover and excuses for the assailants, or cover it up (as is happening in Europe). No, these slashers are shot down where they stand, no f-kkiin around, where they stand!

    brh

    • Beryl of Oyl July 25, 2016 at 11:06 am #

      Someone had the sense to use the weapon at hand, a BMW, against Machete Man. There’s symbolism in there someplace.
      BTW, Remember how Hillary so admired Australia’s gun confiscation, and thought it could serve as a model to America? There have been three mass shootings in Australia since 2011. Three, in a country with a smaller population than this state.
      The globalist-controlled media has kept this under wraps.
      I’m not advocating for open-carry or any sort of weapons ownership, I’m just pointing out that it looks as if the most severe gun restrictions, which I have recently seen heavily touted in American media, aren’t working as they claim.

    • malthuss July 25, 2016 at 11:57 am #

      Last count that I read was 10,000 to 150 or so.
      10,000 palestinians dead, less than 200 jews killed.

    • Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 1:59 pm #

      As Matt Bracken said, in Israel or Texas they driver of The Truck would have face effective handgun fire on every block.

      Frenchmen did try to stop him. They just didn’t have the tools to do the job.

      Many of the Jewish gun control fanatics support handguns for Israeli citizens but not for Americans. A double standard that shows where their true allegiance lies.

      • Frankiti July 25, 2016 at 4:47 pm #

        I also question this thinking, I mean, how can they support firearms for intelligent, considerate, and even nebbish types in the old country and not the neck-tattooed infants driving lifted pickups and wearingTap-Out tees?

        • messianicdruid July 25, 2016 at 6:28 pm #

          Innocent until proven guilty and guilty until proven innocent are two [ double ] standards.

  22. FincaInTheMountains July 25, 2016 at 11:07 am #

    Larry the Chief Mouser: Prime Ministers, Presidents – come and go, but I and the Queen Remain!!

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9a/Larry_Chief_Mouser.jpg

    SINK THE BISMARCK!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KecIdlEAKhU

    Long live the Queen!

  23. nwcodetalker July 25, 2016 at 11:10 am #

    It was strange to hear Tim Kane on Meet The Press

    “I can’t take classified information that I get as a senator and give it to somebody with no consequence.”

  24. FincaInTheMountains July 25, 2016 at 11:26 am #

    Go on, keep making a flying monkey show out of your “democracy” and may be you gonna have to beg the Queen to take you back.

    And she just might, some parts at least.

    • dannyboy July 26, 2016 at 12:23 pm #

      Motivated by jealousy, a bit?

  25. volodya July 25, 2016 at 11:28 am #

    Messianicdruid, it’s beyond salvation and there’s NO repentance. Quite the opposite, there’s a doubling-down, an in your face defiance. Event horizon? WHAT event horizon?

    You see it everywhere especially from the highest offices in the land, like the Fed. Incontinent money printing didn’t work? It not only didn’t work but resulted in multiple calamities? Well then, insist on doing much, much more of it, much, much faster, all the while glaring with contempt at those people bleating to please, please stop.

    Gutting the American economy was a disaster? Importing millions of people from the Third World made it worse? Why, then double down, negotiate more trade deals to gut what’s left and import MORE people all the while yelling loudly and against the evidence of people’s eyeballs that more people and fewer jobs are a GOOD thing.

    What, you don’t like it? Take it from luminaries like Joe Klein: things aren’t that bad. No, they aren’t. Guys like Joe would know, not you.

    And besides, complainers are just dog-whistling. This is all about racism and xenophobia. End of discussion.

    Yeah, you meant repentance in a religious sense I’ll bet. It would be a good start, a recognition that harm was done.

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    • messianicdruid July 25, 2016 at 12:39 pm #

      I’d appreciate repentance [ changed mind ] in any way. But until churchianity gets on its face in prayer seeking the rulership [ kingdom ] of the Creator God, our leaders are not going to change. We are being chastised and don’t have the spiritual discernment to realize it.

      http://www.firebreathingchristian.com/archives/12107

    • Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 2:18 pm #

      Yes, it’s sack cloth and ashes time. But Americans don’t do that anymore. It’s gets in the way of careers, eating out, and watching sports.

      So things are going to get sporty! Running down pedestrians wont be a crime, but the national pastime!

  26. wpa_ccc July 25, 2016 at 11:32 am #

    “it’s a woman’s turn to be President.” –PostPeakRancher

    To even things out, it’s a woman’s turn to be the next 45 presidents.

    • outsider July 25, 2016 at 12:03 pm #

      wpa: We’d never last that long. There’s a good chance we may not even survive the first one.

    • JimInFlorida July 25, 2016 at 8:23 pm #

      Britain had a bad experience with Maggie Thatcher. A conservative harpy if there ever was one.

      Just like Maggie, Hillary will sell out what’s left of U.S industry to foreign buyers. Hillary’s lust for Wall Street will make Ronald Reagan look like a social justice liberal in comparison.

  27. venuspluto67 July 25, 2016 at 11:37 am #

    So does anybody remember this little gem of a political advertisement from early 2008? It’s positively guffaw-worthy!

  28. dweebus July 25, 2016 at 11:38 am #

    JHK-

    You pretty well nailed th is one!

    The odious and the tedious, yes indeed. And I think those who expect us in the Bernie camp to fall meeky in line are kideing themselves.

    A rewignation at the end of the week is too little, too late. HRc should have elivered Debbie W-S’ s head to Sanders in a proverbial basket yesterday, effective immediately, if you wanted a shot at pulling Bernie folks in.

    Th e boos at the AM breakfast W-S held infront of the FL eelegation were deafening. She said they were disruptive. What is more disruptive than sandbagging an election, then getting caught.

    When she gavels in the convention, expect all the Bernie delagats to show up. The heckling will be thunderous I am sure.

    What a fine way to show unity and annoit Clinton.

    *pukes in mouth*

    • dweebus July 25, 2016 at 11:40 am #

      And yes, I know there are typos. I am on mobile, so…

      • Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

        Q does not forgive you.

        • dweebus July 25, 2016 at 3:17 pm #

          I noticed.

          I figured Q would be in a tiff. Alas, the preemptive acknowlegement of my failings was insufficient to alleviate his gastric distress.

          While gross errors, the kind that make an argument unintelligible are fair game, IMO, the constant nitpicking seems to serve no useful purpose.

          To be fair, there were a bunch of typos. I hate mobile touch-screens.

    • Q. Shtik July 25, 2016 at 12:59 pm #

      The odious and the tedious, yes indeed. And I think those who expect us in the Bernie camp to fall [meeky] in line are [kideing] themselves.

      A [rewignation] at the end of the week is too little, too late. HRc should have [elivered] Debbie [W-S’ s] head to Sanders in a proverbial basket yesterday, effective immediately, if you wanted a shot at pulling Bernie folks in.

      [Th e] boos at the AM breakfast W-S held [infront] of the FL [eelegation] were deafening. She said they were disruptive. What is more disruptive than sandbagging an election, [then] getting caught[.]

      When she gavels in the convention, expect all the Bernie [delagats] to show up. The heckling will be thunderous I am sure.

      What a fine way to show unity and [annoit] Clinton. – dweebus

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

      Have you been drinking this morning?

      • dweebus July 25, 2016 at 2:56 pm #

        Two cups of coffee, one to go.

        As I said, mobile. And a case of fat thumbs.

      • Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 3:16 pm #

        You dare much on a Monday morning. Man cannot change, not without grace And you left that behind at St Joe’s, hidden inside Sister Mary Knockitoff’s wipple.

        • Q. Shtik July 25, 2016 at 3:29 pm #

          whipple

          • Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 6:38 pm #

            Remember Sister Mary Animal? What a beast!

        • dweebus July 25, 2016 at 3:44 pm #

          Nah, Janos. I come from the other side of the Reformation. King Henry VIII was a randy SOB, but he was OUR randy SOB.

          Mine was left in the under-the-desk basket of Mrs. Neff’s 7th grade grammar class. 35 years on, the woman still gives me nightmares.

          • Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 6:37 pm #

            I was talking to Q. Follow the indentations. But that’s good to know. The Protestants followed the zeitgeist of the age (capitalism) and a gaggle of geniuses supported them, producing a galaxy – an explosion that would ultimately prove as destructive as it was brilliant.

          • dannyboy July 26, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

            so that’s it.

    • jloughrey July 26, 2016 at 4:26 am #

      You know what makes me want to puke? The number of otherwise-intelligent people I know personally who declare “I’m With Her.” Like it’s supposed to be something good to support someone who bought, lied and cheated their way into the nomination? And who has a record of criminal activity a mile long? I can’t even stand to look at that vile she-witch. I keep hoping that Wikileaks or someone else will drop the final bomb to end Hillary’s massive crime spree once and for all, but she apparently wields enough power to make it all go away. I am far more frightened about her Mafioso demeanor and the collective disconnect and apathy on the part of Hillary supporters than I am the prospect of a Trump presidency. Either way, we are royally screwed.

      • dannyboy July 26, 2016 at 9:44 am #

        So…you’re not with her?

  29. wpa_ccc July 25, 2016 at 11:40 am #

    I prefer tedious to odious. Tedious is competent and is not blinded by hatred.

    • pequiste July 25, 2016 at 12:38 pm #

      Some of that “blind hatred” you dislike so much:

      http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-blast-idUSKCN1040Y7

    • DrTomSchmidt July 25, 2016 at 1:22 pm #

      Odious is competent. Built a few buildings that haven’t yet collapsed. Runs a profitable organization with 22,000 employees.

      Tedious ran an organization of 34,000 employees. Tedious decided to attack Libya AFTER seeing the results of removing Arab dictator Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Tedious gets a pass on voting for the Iraq War (even tho Querulous [Sanders] was against it), but to have the evidence from Iraq at hand and STILL decide to pop Libya is singular incompetence. Laughing about “we came, we saw, he died” indicates sociopathy and maybe evil.

      I have no idea whether odious is blinded by hatred. If you are makingthatclaim, you need proof.

      • AKlein July 25, 2016 at 3:23 pm #

        Another point, Dr. Tom, one has to regularly meet a payroll, the other does not, and, from what I know, never has had to. In a society where money doesn’t just matter, but pretty much is the only thing that matters, successfully meeting a payroll should be a primary job skill.

        • dannyboy July 28, 2016 at 9:26 am #

          You must know that he doesn’t pay his workers. He stiffs them, but hey, give him a pass if it makes you happy.

    • dannyboy July 26, 2016 at 9:46 am #

      Pointing out that the Republican candidate is blinded by hatred to folks who are blinded by hatred doesn’t work.

      It’s that cancel-out thing.

  30. newworld July 25, 2016 at 11:49 am #

    The most interesting thing this week will be Trump’s tweets.

    There is a video going about causing great hilarity on the right, its Hillary having a spasm, funny as hell. So the great cult leader will give her speech this week several minutes into it she will seize up, face plant, but the lip synch machine will keep spewing her words while the goofs of the media read their script, that is my prediction.

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    • DrTomSchmidt July 25, 2016 at 1:25 pm #

      Remember that a previous Democrat, Boss Tweed, was brought down not by muckrakign journalism, but by the caricatures of Thomas Nast, as Tweed complained. Hillary can survive the scandals, but she will not survive being an object of mockery.

      • dannyboy July 26, 2016 at 12:10 pm #

        Managed so far.

        You heard that “Sticks and Stones and Bones…but Names will Never Harm Me”?

    • dannyboy July 26, 2016 at 12:18 pm #

      Brilliant Tweets! Make ’em President.

  31. Hospice Man July 25, 2016 at 11:53 am #

    Donna Brazile is already out as DNC chair because SHE’S in some of the incriminating emails and files. So the third poor soul in the job in 24 hours is Marcia Fudge, a hapless congresscreature who probably doesn’t even have an office key yet. She’s taking over on this, the penultimate day of the DNC and the reason her job exists in the first place. meanwhile, in trolling about the many thousands of attached files in the dump, I came across some interesting stuff on an Excel spreadsheet for the DNC. https://brooklynculturejammers.com/2016/07/25/clinton-wikileaks-dump-hits-fan/

    • dannyboy July 25, 2016 at 12:00 pm #

      “Fudge”,get it?

      • Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 2:23 pm #

        One of yours? If only the Right had a Dan Savage on its payroll! But we’re simply too good to do something like that….

        • Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 2:25 pm #

          At one Republican Convention, Dan went around licking door knobs hoping to give people his cold. God is merciful if that’s all they were in danger of getting.

          • dannyboy July 26, 2016 at 9:47 am #

            Ya’ still got it!

            And it shows.

            Shine brightly on.

  32. kansas ham on wry July 25, 2016 at 11:54 am #

    Better watch out! ‘Tranny’ is one of those words guaranteed to give the PC police the vapors (can’t argue with the exquisite imagery, though).

  33. volodya July 25, 2016 at 12:00 pm #

    So the Germans are saying that the Syrian refugee that blew himself up at a music festival last night pledged loyalty to ISIS.

    • wpa_ccc July 25, 2016 at 12:16 pm #

      I believe the German police. But Islam is not the same as ISIS.

      The majority of the Muslim population wishes ISIS gone just as much as Americans do. No peaceful Muslim interprets Islam as a method to create Islamic supremacy in the world.

      We must acknowledge that Muslims are from varying backgrounds that many fellow Americans share, and they all believe in different values just like any of us. Our salvation is in accepting multiculturalism, tolerance, and diversity.

  34. newworld July 25, 2016 at 12:01 pm #

    This woman as president springs forth from childish nonsense, not that a woman cannot be the kick ass executive or the competent technocrat it is just that the world is going in the direction of “Hard men needed for dirty work” way.

    Does the Caliphate need “strong womyn” no and what a joke to think a “strong womyn” type would last as soon as her clothes were ripped off.

    And now for some reason the crooked establishment insists on working with the Caliphate to spread that thruout the West.

    You feckless leftists have brought war to the West and war is the way of the hard man, thank you.

    All of you “liberals” stop your virtue signaling for a couple of hours and go watch “Sicario” not only will you get to watch Benito del Toro burn up the screen you will see your future.

    Again thank you.

    • wpa_ccc July 25, 2016 at 12:20 pm #

      “You feckless leftists have brought war to the West”

      The Bush presidencies (both of them) brought the war to the West by creating instability and millions of refugees, through their illegal and unnecessary invasions in the middle east. Leftists opposed the Bush family wars.

      • newworld July 25, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

        You are correct about the Bushes and believe it or not I opposed those wars because I predicted this.

        You multiculturalists and your Blank Slate Theory think that we have magic dirt in this country and the West in general so regardless of refugee status mass muslim migration would be no big deal because they are just like us and then add the incoherence of your virtue signaling babble and voila dar al Harb the house of war is literally here.

        So here we are today, this weekend in Germany some muslims with excellent German language skills went into a public beach area and spit and cursed out the infidels for their non-adherence to muslim culture, that is our future thanks to you and the Bush/Clinton crime syndicate.

        • malthuss July 25, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

          magic dust is like paint job theory.

      • messianicdruid July 25, 2016 at 12:50 pm #

        Do you really think that “…creating instability and millions of refugees, through their illegal and unnecessary invasions in the middle east…” has stopped?

      • Cavepainter July 25, 2016 at 1:19 pm #

        Wpa-ccc, quit going on-and-on with your “somebody done somebody wrong song”, at this point in history (human predicament) it offers no practical benefit — distracts from the immediate issue of how to optimize the slimming chance of any small portion of humanity surviving. The pie you seem intent on redistributing doesn’t exist and hasn’t for decades. The only hope for humanity is that some small number of us can flake away on a piece of the crust yet remaining (not overpopulated) of that fabled pie.

  35. volodya July 25, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

    So now that most disreputable organization – the FBI – goes full frontal in taking sides in the election. How? See, they’re supposedly “investigating” the hack of DNC emails.

    So what you ask? Just this, FBI help is needed in creating the fable that Putin prefers Trump so Putin got his bad-boy hackers to do the deed, covering the Democrats in turds of their own making and giving the Trump forces all manner of attack lines.

    It wasn’t enough that somehow, despite innumerable man-hours by dozens of FBI agents, NO evidence of criminal intent was found in Hillary’s handling of her emails. Hilarious. Berlusconi must have consulted on this one. Maybe he had his Italian clean-up crew go in to help those Virginia farm-boys at the FBI.

    In any case we’re fully entitled in thinking that the decision to not prosecute Hillary was a political decision by a Democrat administration to benefit the Democratic presidential candidate.

    I guess it’s not enough that the judicial arm of government is thoroughly politicized. Now it’s the enforcement and investigative side too. Justice is Blind? Not bloody likely.

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    • Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 2:31 pm #

      Obviously Putin prefers Trump. Why wouldn’t he? And if he did release those emails, who can blame him? The Western Media has refused to air his pleas about stopping the arms build up on Russian borders by NATO. And he has made it clear: any war will not be fought on Russian soil. We have been warned – just as Germany warned American citizens not to take the Lusitania since it was carrying munitions. The ads the German Government paid for were not run.

      • dannyboy July 26, 2016 at 9:51 am #

        Or Putin would prefer to see US all f’d up?

    • newworld July 25, 2016 at 3:39 pm #

      Snowden claims the hackers can be tracked easily enough

  36. DurangoKid July 25, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

    If ever we needed a “none of the above”. Then what? Another two years of squabbling and wheel spinning as the PTB sort out candidates for Manager In Chief?

    As Chris Hedges points out the system is broken. Which is true except that it’s been broken for a very long time. What’s different this time is it appears broken. It has become difficult to impossible for the party wonks to put enough lipstick on this pig to ensure it gets a prom date.

    Why? Industrial culture is coming apart at the seams. There’s no more promise of prosperity. Everyone knows there’s something wrong but the opinion makers are obviously somehow lying about it. One candidate speaks to our rage at have our jobs ripped out from under us and the other is pulling out all the stops just to keep the game going for the next couple of quarters. Of course, neither speaks on the systemic issues, so it’s off to ballpark for another rainout. The only party player to hint at the underlying causes of all this mess was understandably torpedoed by his own party.

    Petroleum is no longer a growth industry. Empires have to grow or die. They rarely succeed at retreating. When they try it looks something like this.

    • K-Dog July 25, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

      Prosperity may be gone but being able to convince people it is alive and well remains a growth industry.

      Growth industry. I think there is a pun there.

    • dannyboy July 26, 2016 at 12:20 pm #

      I beg to differ.

      • Q. Shtik July 26, 2016 at 12:40 pm #

        About what?

        • dannyboy July 26, 2016 at 5:51 pm #

          Most of DurangoKid’s Comment.

          1.”the system is broken.” – ‘bit overstated.
          2.”it’s been broken for a very long time.” – exaggerated
          3.” Industrial culture is coming apart at the seams.” – see #1&2 above
          4. “Everyone knows there’s something wrong” – then why all the blogging and pointing out that nobody ‘gets it’?
          5.the other is pulling out all the stops just to keep the game going for the next couple of quarters.” – exaggerated AND overstated.

          I’ll stop with this list, but I could go on.

  37. K-Dog July 25, 2016 at 12:46 pm #

    I’m wishing now I had made the decision to go to Philadelphia for Bernie when I had the chance. I’d be voting for Bernie whether he liked it or not now. As it was I only was an in-state delegate because I did not want to part with $3,500 out of pocket just to eat an authentic Philadelphia cheese steak sandwich. That is how I saw it at the time. I threw away the chance to be a stubborn wrench in the system.

    • volodya July 25, 2016 at 12:56 pm #

      Bernie needs to re-think his endorsement of Hillary. Maybe he needs to think about a third party challenge. Bernie won’t win but he would kick the legs out from Hillary’s candidacy.

      Is the prospect of the Trump clan stinking up the White House unbearable? Just think, if you want to reset a thoroughly rotten and unsustainable political and economic system, you sure as hell don’t do it with a status quo-ist like Hillary who’s deep in Oligarch pockets.

      Maybe there’s a chance under the stewardship of someone like Trump, who cannot control what comes out of his blow-hole, who might damage things out of inadvertence but to the point that they need a re-build.

      • Q. Shtik July 25, 2016 at 1:28 pm #

        someone like Trump, who cannot control what comes out of his blow-hole, – Volodya

        =========

        Hahaha, I like that.

        I’ll be looking for an opportunity to use it at some future cookout or cocktail party.

      • Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

        Yeah, why not live up to the idealism he has been spouting all his life? Strike a blow against the Machine and the Witch. But he wont. He just doesn’t have the requisite Manhood in him. He’ll always be the cowering boy we saw surrender his mike (phallic symbol) to the Black BLM Witch.

        Trump said he’d never give up his mike. And that’s the kind of guy we want in our corner.

    • newworld July 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm #

      Assuming you’re white do you really think there is much room for virtue signaling whites in today’s Democratic party?

      Doesn’t really seem the D party has much to sell a run of the mill white person. Maybe the snobbishness of the AGW types, or a mother hen role and maybe way down the totem pole a white union man could find a place if uncomfortable one at the table. At least the Koch brothers are on your side now, enjoy that.

      I know the GOP sucks no need to even type that in response.

  38. pequiste July 25, 2016 at 1:05 pm #

    Tedious?

    No way!

    The Wasserman Schultz email turd-in-the-punchbowl debacle for the Democrats is actually hillaryus.

    It is the doctrine of “Fairness” that the Clinton Party and the Democrats have openly shat upon with this exposure and the Bernie people are not going to have any of it.

    Could cost the Clinton machine the election if Bernie people sit it out.

    Comrades Putin and Xi Jinping are having a great week too enjoying the American spectacle.

    Black Lives Matter might find it tedious that Black lives (teens ) apparently don’t matter to gang bangers of AA background.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3706570/One-dead-ten-wounded-Florida-teenage-disco-mass-shooting.html

    And the odious ones (Yzlamik invaders) in Europe are having a blast in Germany among other tourist venues at the expense of the natives.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-blast-idUSKCN1040Y7

  39. volodya July 25, 2016 at 1:10 pm #

    Messianic druid, a changed mind is an exceedingly rare commodity. I read well known nationally distributed publications with columnists and opinion pieces by people from coastal places like NYC. I tell you it’s frightening the amount of deliberate distortion and willful misapprehension you find in those bulletins. Given the reputation of these magazines and newspapers, these opinions have wide currency. You can practically see people’s heads nodding. Evidence is something that you find if you go looking for it. But if you don’t look for it, you won’t find it. Same thing with evidence that you’re wrong or that you’re doing harm.

    What you see are people that would rather jump over a cliff than do a re-assessment. Such a thing and especially if accompanied by acknowledgment of being wrong and doing damage, is an indirect indictment of other people who have been doing and thinking the same way. People would rather not rock the boat. Easier to just go along and get along.

    • messianicdruid July 25, 2016 at 6:49 pm #

      I can attest that it [ changed mind ] usually requires intense pain. When most things are the way they are spozed to be, there is no motivation or time to think.

  40. FrankinReno July 25, 2016 at 1:24 pm #

    I’m loving to incredibly stupid hypocrisy of the Russian spy story. Are these people unaware of the fact that at least three US gov’t agencies (NSA, CIA and DIA) are tasked with spying on places like Russia (Not to mention US Citizens!) and digging up dirt on their leadership. Of course Russia, and others, do the same thing to us. Even if not the Russian gov’t, it’s 2016. Hacking is a thing, and it’s been that way for a long time.
    The real story is A) They let the shit get stolen in the first place, B) They didn’t advise people who personal information is now out there about the compromise, and C) They were caught with there pants down lying out their asses!
    And so now we get stupid ass covering by trying to make this into a really droll James Bond story about an evil, misogynist arch villain trying to undo democracy. The really funny thing is the truth they are trying to hide is not much different.

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    • Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 2:38 pm #

      If it’s true, the Russians have struck back effectively and in a way that will benefit Donald Trump and the American People, or at least the real ones, the good ones, and the real good ones.

      • dannyboy July 28, 2016 at 9:30 am #

        the real ones (The Nativists), the good ones (The Scientific Racists), and the real good ones (Janos, Janos, Janos…).

  41. wpa_ccc July 25, 2016 at 1:29 pm #

    “Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton will begin receiving the briefings after the Democratic National Convention ends on Thursday, ABC News reported Monday. As the Republican nominee for president, Trump is now among a handful of people who do not hold a security clearance but have the potential to get these briefings. But he also has closer ties to a foreign government than perhaps any presidential candidate in recent history.

    Trump has called for following Moscow’s lead on various global issues and questioned whether it’s necessary for the U.S. to always defend other members of NATO, the alliance created during the Cold War to protect American partners from an expansionist Soviet Union. His rhetoric about foreign policy neatly matches the message coming out of Moscow: that America has little need for its long-time partners in Europe ? particularly in NATO ? or elsewhere, and that the U.S. should have less influence internationally. Trump has extensive business and financial ties to Russia. The Washington Post has described his relationship with Putin as a “bromance.” Troll accounts tied to the Russian government have promoted Trump on Twitter, the New Yorker’s Adrian Chen noted last year. And this week, mysterious hackers released internal Democratic National Committee emails ? a move that security experts and reporters are increasingly convinced was an attempt by the Russian government to swing the presidential election to Trump.

    Trump’s deep relationship with Russia has the intelligence community worried.”

    • FrankinReno July 25, 2016 at 1:48 pm #

      Oooohh… I’m scared now. Trumps gonna collude with Russians, to… what? Conquer Western Europe? Invade the Middle East? What? What’s the real worry in the real world? Russia’s gonna force the world to buy their natural gas exports? Oh for shame!

      How about Hillary colluding with mega corps to send more jobs overseas, colluding with mega corps to bring in more foreign workers to displace American workers, colluding with mega corps to subvert our constitutional rights to corporate privilege, colluding with mega corps to protect the corporate bailout/wealth transfer that is Obama care, etc.

      We have way more to fear from Hillary than Putin.

      Smedley Butler for President

      • volodya July 25, 2016 at 1:57 pm #

        I agree, the caste that Hillary represents (both American and foreign) created an economic system that gutted American manufacturing and consequently wrecked much of the economy and the prospects of millions of people. With Hillary it’s more of the same. Much more to fear from Hillary than Putin.

        • dannyboy July 26, 2016 at 12:28 pm #

          You come in with Putin?

      • Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 2:41 pm #

        Trump and Putin are the God Brothers Castor and Pollux. They are fulfilling Yockey’s and Lindberg’s dream of a Northern Alliance, a Wall against the Non-Western, Non-White World. We can only pray that they succeed. Things are far gone and time is short.

        • FincaInTheMountains July 25, 2016 at 2:52 pm #

          That would come as a surprise to Putin. I think he has a little more practical things in mind.

          Russia is a Continental Empire, it’s job is to unite peoples – some times with iron and fire – but to unite, not to build any walls.

          • Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 3:19 pm #

            You’re losing parts of Siberia to the Chinese and Caucasia to the Muslims. You need millions of White Americans to hold the Southeast even as Cossacks hold the Southwest. Wall of people in other words.

        • dannyboy July 26, 2016 at 6:11 pm #

          Got a Concordance?

      • ozone July 25, 2016 at 4:13 pm #

        I love the smell of mimeographed hand-out sheets in the morning.
        It smells like……… The Ministry of Propaganda….

        • ozone July 25, 2016 at 4:14 pm #

          (For FrankinReno)

      • elysianfield July 25, 2016 at 7:08 pm #

        “Smedley Butler for President”

        Semper Fi….

  42. volodya July 25, 2016 at 1:52 pm #

    Just had a good laugh, a Mexican newspaper is advocating building a wall between Mexico and Central America to stem the tide northward.

    • pequiste July 25, 2016 at 2:05 pm #

      Legendary interview comment from none other than former presidente of Mexico, Vincente Fox (him of the outstanding mustache) regarding the Trumpster’s suggestion of “the wall”:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4OwJOVi0ec

  43. routersurfer July 25, 2016 at 2:23 pm #

    What a great read to start this wonderful week of DNC bullshit. If anyone thinks this will end well is taking the “Right” drugs being pushed by Big Parma. If the DNC does not go down in a manner that makes 68 look like a Church pancake breakfast we have lost our will to have any form of democracy. I hope it is not a slow news week. Back to watching animals kill children in FL. Wonder which religion is behind these killings?

  44. wpa_ccc July 25, 2016 at 2:56 pm #

    “I hope it is not a slow news week.”

    Gonna be a challenge for Trump to keep the news cycle about him this week.

  45. wpa_ccc July 25, 2016 at 3:06 pm #

    FrankinReno: So you don’t care that foreign actors may be trying to influence our election? Or that Trump has economic interests in Russia, a nuclear power and an adversary? Or that Trump has refused to provide any consistent details or coherent specifics about his foreign policy intentions? Or do you think with the intelligence briefings Trump might finally figure out what the nuclear triad is?

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    • dweebus July 25, 2016 at 4:18 pm #

      wpa-

      I think carrying water for HRC is rather a useless venture at this point. The corruption at the DNC is there, for all to see, in black and white. If the FSB hacked the DNC, what of it? This merely demonstrates their incompetence. It does not change the fact, that they, at the highest levels sandbagged Sanders to annoint Clinton.

      Is Trump clueless as to the intricacies of nuclear strategy? Probably. But most people don’t give a rat’s ass about our nuclear stance when they can’t make the power and light bill at the end of the month.

      Clinton is trying to re-run 1996 in 2016. The big difference, an economy which left the working class hanging in the breeze.

      And the pie has shrunk. To borrow a Van Jones phrase, “They don’t know what to do. So they just keep juggling chickens and chainsaws…”

    • FrankinReno July 26, 2016 at 9:58 am #

      No. Should I be.
      First, if I were, as an American, it would represent the extreme heights of hypocrisy because, check your history, we have been doing that around the world since just after we became the United States of America.
      Second, I am sure every spy agency in the world has dirt on every government in the world (including there own). It is likely that this information is constantly in play behind the scene. This time it’s bubbled to the surface. So? It’s not like this is the first time.
      Third, purely in the interest of democracy, they have done us a favor by exposing this type of behind the scenes crap. In our “system”, it is the job of the press to expose malfeasance such as this, but apparently, they were complicit in it.
      Fourth… What is it authorities always like to say to little people when they intrude in their private affairs? “If you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to worry about!”

    • Florida Power July 26, 2016 at 12:10 pm #

      What happened to the “Russia is a minor regional power” talking point?

      Probably the same thing that happened to the “another mass shooting we’ve got to ban guns” talking point when our arrogant doofus pointed to crime statistics showing that America was in fact a safe place and getting safer contradicting Trump’s “dark vision.”

      Speaking of “dark vision” I wonder how long it will take for BLM to seize on this verbiage as racist?

  46. Q. Shtik July 25, 2016 at 4:26 pm #

    Everyone was predicting chaos, including our host here. But nothing happened. – PostPeakRancher

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

    Predicting stuff is hard, especially about the future. Our host wrote the following on August 10th of last year:

    I’m serenely convinced that, among other things, the banking system is going to implode so hard and fast well before the nominating conventions that the nation will be in a state of near chaos.

    The period that could charitably be called “well before the nominating conventions” ran out last Monday, 7/18 and the banks are still standing. I am still making deposits and withdrawals, using my ATM card, doing on-line banking, etc.

    However, to Jim’s credit, he also said in the very same paragraph:

    I’m with those who think that the 2016 election campaign is going to be a wild spectacle beyond the current imaginings of news media.

    This has certainly come true and continues to happen as we speak.

  47. ozone July 25, 2016 at 4:29 pm #

    Why is someone trying to change the narrative regarding the *content* of the Wikileaks DMC e-mail dump/deluge? That should be the very serious question. It’s a grave question of trust in our “institutions”. Granted that the DNC is a private institution, but now it can provably be considered as rigged and commodified beyond the reach of the average drudge on the street. So, who gives a flying fuck who the revelator is/was? That’s just the distraction strategy. What’s in those e-mails is what’s in them. Too bad for the manipulators (formerly thought to have clean hands and pristine motives); another revelation of inherent and thorough corruption.

    Does anyone remember why Dan Rather lost his job? (I thought not.)

    • dweebus July 25, 2016 at 4:40 pm #

      Because changing the narrative is all they have at this point.

      My guess, Clinton will lose OH, PA, WI, MI, and IA. But for Chicago and East St. Louis, she’d lose IL. A Trump presidency is a strong possibility.

      The one benefit, if he does,, she will exit stage left, never to be heard from again…

      A less likely benefit, maybe, just maybe the two part duopoly is permanently shattered.

      • ozone July 25, 2016 at 5:25 pm #

        dweebus,
        Though I ain’t much in the hoping dept., those would be outcomes “devoutly to be wished”. 😉

      • wpa_ccc July 25, 2016 at 5:31 pm #

        “My guess, Clinton will lose OH, PA, WI, MI, and IA.” –dweebus

        Clinton, with the help of nonwhite populations, will win in all the “Blue Wall” states: Iowa (7 percent nonwhite in 2012), Michigan (23 percent nonwhite), Ohio (21 percent), Pennsylvania (22 percent), Wisconsin (14 percent).

        These states have been reliably Democratic over the past few decades. Obama won all of them in both elections. Republicans haven’t won Michigan and Pennsylvania since 1988, and Wisconsin since 1984.

        • FincaInTheMountains July 25, 2016 at 5:52 pm #

          Hillary didn’t do all that rigging of primaries just to trust the fate of US Presidency to clueless American general election voters.

          We should see the fall of 2000 (Bush vs Gore) on steroids. All ambulance-chasers in the States are booked.

    • wpa_ccc July 25, 2016 at 7:01 pm #

      Why do you, Ozone, trust the content after the hackers had been mucking around for a year collecting emails, with ample time to edit them and then release them strategically?

      If some government, say Saudi Arabia, decided to hack Trump’s emails, edit them, and release them strategically to get Hillary elected, would you be OK with that, too.

      Ozone, you are, in general, too trusting of governments.

      • Elrond Hubbard July 27, 2016 at 12:31 pm #

        If the DNC e-mails as released were not basically accurate, then why did Debbie Wasserman-Schulz resign without a fight? As chair of the DNC she has access to the originals and she could have released them for comparison. Instead she was out the door immediately, and none of the other people who sent and received incriminating messages have denied them either.

        For that matter, I haven’t seen any credible claims that the e-mails were edited until just now. Who besides you is making that claim? Evidence?

    • cbeard July 26, 2016 at 8:16 am #

      I can’t remember why Rather lost his job. I have totally forgotten, but Rather is a rather forgettable person. The Dan Rather moment that stands out in my memory was in a war correspondent situation or maybe it was a terrorist attack………. Oh, wait it was a California earthquake, with the freeway overpass collapse. The network was going to a station break (commercial) and Rather said “We’ll be right back with more death, damage, and destruction.” Then he flashes his best prima donna, plastic bullshit smile as if he were covering a good ship lollypop convention.

      • ozone July 27, 2016 at 9:21 am #

        cbeard,
        Oh ye of limited research skills: It was because the copies of Dubya’s “service” records were found to be *copies*. The fact that he was given preferential treatment to get into the Guard compounded by being conspicuously *absent* from that cushy duty was drowned by cries of, “These are not the original documents! Shame, Fraud!” …And the original documents had all conveniently vanished into the ether. As you probably don’t remember, that little item nicely quashed and Dan Rather having fallen upon his sword for the sake of 60 Minutes’ credibility/veracity, George the Lesser of Unquestioned Fighter-Pilot Bravery and Superior Service to His Country was crowned King of the Clueless Clowns…

        Do you remember what happened after that? I didn’t think so.

    • dannyboy July 26, 2016 at 6:13 pm #

      saw the movie

  48. FincaInTheMountains July 25, 2016 at 5:06 pm #

    4 days ago, Hillary had convulsions on live TV, which most Protestant televangelists on Sunday announced signs of demonic possession, which her body already can not stand.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzCQg94oOmk

    • wpa_ccc July 25, 2016 at 5:20 pm #

      Must be tedious work for the demons involved.

      • FincaInTheMountains July 25, 2016 at 5:48 pm #

        Demons never tire doing the Devil’s work.

        • wpa_ccc July 25, 2016 at 5:57 pm #

          “The most mentally deranged people are certainly those who see in others indications of insanity they do not notice in themselves.” –Tolstoy

          • FincaInTheMountains July 25, 2016 at 6:05 pm #

            Don’t recall an urge to go out there and blow up a decent-size country, did you?

  49. Georges1202 July 25, 2016 at 5:29 pm #

    How can we reasonably expect anything else? A debased ‘culture’ such as this that gets more adolescent every day is not grist for any sort of sane society.

    There will be much winging about ‘How could this happen to us??” However the answer is all around us. Take a look.

  50. I AM SULLY July 25, 2016 at 6:02 pm #

    I feel like this is a repeat of 1968 …

    (but I fear it will be 1,000,000 times worse)

    Amazing article Jim!

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    • dannyboy July 26, 2016 at 12:34 pm #

      i drink your beer

  51. wpa_ccc July 25, 2016 at 6:10 pm #

    Democratic Convention just passed both the platform and rules… by voice vote. Unity. Looks like Hillary will have the White House and the Democratic Party will control both the House and the Senate in 2017.

  52. FincaInTheMountains July 25, 2016 at 6:48 pm #

    Absence seizure
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absence_seizure

    The clinical manifestations of absence seizures vary significantly among patients.

    Absence with automatisms. Purposeful or quasipurposeful movements occurring in the absence of awareness during an absence attack are frequent and may range from lip licking and swallowing to clothes fumbling or aimless walking. If spoken to, the patient may grunt, and when touched or tickled may rub the site.

    Automatisms are quite elaborate and may consist of combinations of the above described movements or may be so simple as to be missed by casual observation.

    Absence with autonomic components. These may be pallor, and less frequently flushing, sweating, dilatation of pupils and incontinence of urine.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzCQg94oOmk

  53. wpa_ccc July 25, 2016 at 7:34 pm #

    “Can anyone give me a reason to vote at all?”

    Many people fought and died to gain the right to vote. Women and minorities have gained the right. We still have to extend the vote to federal prisoners… and to all undocumented immigrants who sacrificed so much just to come here and pay taxes. No taxation without voting franchise!

    I vote to honor those who have gone before who secured my right to vote, not to decide who gains power. I usually vote for candidates from third parties whose ideas actually reflect my values, like the Green Party.

    My values:

    1. Grassroots Democracy
    Every human being deserves a say in the decisions that affect his or her life and should not be subject to the will of another. Therefore, we will work to increase public participation at every level of government and to ensure that our public representatives are fully accountable to the people who elect them. We will also work to create new types of political organizations which expand the process of participatory democracy by directly including citizens in the decision-making process.

    2. Social Justice and Equal Opportunity
    All persons should have the rights and opportunity to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment. We must consciously confront in ourselves, our organizations, and society at large, barriers such as racism and class oppression, sexism and homophobia, ageism and disability, which act to deny fair treatment and equal justice under the law.

    3. Ecological Wisdom
    Human societies must operate with the understanding that we are part of nature, not separate from nature. We must maintain an ecological balance and live within the ecological and resource limits of our communities and our planet. We support a sustainable society which utilizes resources in such a way that future generations will benefit and not suffer from the practices of our generation. To this end we must practice agriculture which replenishes the soil; move to an energy efficient economy; and live in ways that respect the integrity of natural systems.

    4. Non-Violence
    It is essential that we develop effective alternatives to society’s current patterns of violence. We will work to demilitarize, and eliminate weapons of mass destruction, without being naive about the intentions of other governments. We recognize the need for self-defense and the defense of others who are in help- less situations. We promote non-violent methods to oppose practices and policies with which we disagree, and will guide our actions toward lasting personal, community and global peace.

    5. Decentralization
    Centralization of wealth and power contributes to social and economic injustice, environmental destruction, and militarization. Therefore, we support a restructuring of social, political and economic institutions away from a system which is controlled by and mostly benefits the powerful few, to a democratic, less bureaucratic system. Decision-making should, as much as possible, remain at the individual and local level, while assuring that civil rights are protected for all citizens.

    6. Community Based Economics
    Redesign our work structures to encourage employee ownership and workplace democracy. Develop new economic activities and institutions that will allow us to use our new technologies in ways that are humane, freeing, ecological and accountable, and responsive to communities. Establish some form of basic economic security, open to all. Move beyond the narrow “job ethic” to new definitions of “work,” jobs” and “income” that reflect the changing economy. Restructure our patterns of income distribution to reflect the wealth created by those outside the formal monetary economy: those who take responsibility for parenting, housekeeping, home gardens, community volunteer work, etc. Restrict the size and concentrated power of corporations with- out discouraging superior efficiency or technological innovation.

    7. Feminism and Gender Equity
    We have inherited a social system based on male domination of politics and economics. We call for the replacement of the cultural ethics of domination and control with more cooperative ways of interacting that respect differences of opinion and gender. Human values such as equity between the sexes, interpersonal responsibility, and honesty must be developed with moral conscience. We should remember that the process that determines our decisions and actions is just as important as achieving the outcome we want.

    8. Respect for Diversity
    We believe it is important to value cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity, and to promote the development of respectful relationships across these lines. We believe that the many diverse elements of society should be reflected in our organizations and decision-making bodies, and we support the leadership of people who have been traditionally closed out of leadership roles. We acknowledge and encourage respect for other life forms than our own and the preservation of biodiversity.

    9. Personal and Global Responsibility
    We encourage individuals to act to improve their personal well- being and, at the same time, to enhance ecological balance and social harmony. We seek to join with people and organizations around the world to foster peace, economic justice, and the health of the planet.

    10. Future Focus And Sustainability
    Our actions and policies should be motivated by long-term goals. We seek to protect valuable natural resources, safely disposing of or “unmaking” all waste we create, while developing a sustainable economics that does not depend on continual expansion for survival. We must counterbalance the drive for short-term profits by assuring that economic development, new technologies, and fiscal policies are responsible to future generations who will inherit the results of our actions. Make the quality of life, rather than open-ended economic growth, the focus of future thinking.

    • DrTomSchmidt July 25, 2016 at 8:57 pm #

      No taxation without voting franchise!

      Can I trade in my right to vote for Federal officials in return for never being taxed by them, then? That would be awesome.

    • Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 9:11 pm #

      In other words, Whites owe Blacks. Thus Blacks have the right to break into your home and take anything, including your life. Legacy of slavery is a stay out of jail card and moral blank check – as well as a check on les blancs.

      • Elrond Hubbard July 27, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

        Memo to newbies: When Janos writes “In other words”, you can stop reading, because whatever follows is guaranteed to be an extrusion of his own diseased imagination, not reality. If Janos doesn’t like milk, he’ll accuse you of putting spiders in it.

        • dannyboy July 28, 2016 at 9:33 am #

          Followed “In other words” with “Whites owe Blacks” when, clearly Janos believes that Blacks owe Whites.

    • newworld July 26, 2016 at 11:09 am #

      Where was the gun control plank? Who has a right to self defense?

      It is all good and flowery, but beyond a few virtue signaling whites who are all but dying out the voting base of the D party has an IQ of less than 90, and that language will have to be roughened up a bit to have any appeal to the Idiocracy.

  54. ozone July 25, 2016 at 7:57 pm #

    We’re very sorry, blog-polluters, you’re efforts are having less and less effect on the CFN zeitgeist. Yes, there are still some deluded schmucks who will follow to the ends of their wishful thinking (i.e. death), but there are too many plain and simple indicators that things are not as you would like to have them portrayed. (That would be because your livelihood absolutely *depends* on illusions of stability and the continuation of the status quo.) The rabid bad-cop and the reasonable good-cop schtick are rapidly becoming clownish, not to mention absurd. Both fake “positions” promote the uber-state horseshit that has gotten us into numerous and intractable pickles that only serve the powerful and their paid toadies.

    …So, in that spirit:

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/25/hillarys-strategy-snub-liberal-democrats-move-right-to-nab-anti-trump-republicans/

    I think Ted’s got that part about right.

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/25/doubling-down-on-wall-street-hillary-and-tim-kaine/

    There are those that would rather we forget all about William K. Black. I wonder why?

    • wpa_ccc July 25, 2016 at 8:26 pm #

      The Zeitgeist (spirit of the age or spirit of the time) is the dominant set of ideals and beliefs that motivate the actions of the members of a society in a particular period in time.

      Listen to the speakers at DNC to hear the Zeitgeist: cab drivers, undocumented immigrants, Black, Latino, LBGTQ, etc. representing the members of our great society. Thanks, Ozone.

  55. wpa_ccc July 25, 2016 at 8:10 pm #

    “‘How could this happen to us??” However the answer is all around us. Take a look.” –George1202

    I took your advice. When I was in WalMart today I took a look around and saw why America is great. Beautiful people, Black, white, and Latino, documented and undocumented, Christian and Muslim, taking care of their children, shopping for food, practicing random acts of kindness, with no violence at all.

    A short hispanic person politely asked me if I could reach something on a top shelf for them, and I was happy to help. Looking around, as you suggested Georges1202, was a very pleasant experience.

    America is already great. Thanks to your suggestion I have seen and experienced America’s greatness today.

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    • Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 9:13 pm #

      You should have then asked him to pick up something for you off the bottom shelf. Bet he would have told you to eff off.

      • newworld July 26, 2016 at 11:12 am #

        Hers was a canned answer I have seen that here before, how much they pay her is too much, she is just not that good.

        Such virtue signaling, helping a glorious person of color get down a can of beans or something, wow just wow.

    • Cavepainter July 26, 2016 at 12:25 pm #

      Uh huh, so you say, platitude after platitude. Accordingly: there are no highly contentious, irreconcilable differences between cultures; illegal immigration is not a breach of national sovereignty nor does it rob the citizenry of exclusive right to direct national destiny; that acculturation as occurs in the process of identity formation can be rendered irrelevant by the lyrics of John Lennon’s “Imagine”. This goes beyond ‘duh’; you are seriously detached from reality, stuck floating in a miasma of delusional soma.

      • pequiste July 28, 2016 at 12:19 am #

        Cave,

        After a second reading, I very much like your response here.
        YOu have accurately described the pathology that wpa-ccc suffers from. Well done.

  56. Frankiti July 25, 2016 at 8:37 pm #

    ”I derived scant enlightenment listening to the Republican nominee Trump’splainin’ just how he will make America great again.”

    Imagine how he feels after reading his own comment section.

    • wpa_ccc July 25, 2016 at 9:14 pm #

      JHK ya ha dicho que vea un intercambio robusto de ideas en los comentarios.

      Por lo menos hoy no hay comentarios de los racistas ni de los antisemitas pero seguro no demoran en llegar.

    • dannyboy July 26, 2016 at 6:15 pm #

      “Imagine how he feels after reading his own comment section.”
      – Frankiti

      I REALLY CAN’T. UNIMAGINABLE

  57. Janos Skorenzy July 25, 2016 at 9:16 pm #

    http://www.amren.com/news/2016/07/dnc-erects-four-mile-eight-foot-tall-fence-around-philly-convention-site/

    No doubt the irony escapes them. You need both self consciousness and intelligence to get irony. They have plenty of nerd and wonks, but people who can really see life as it is? Few. And those few are in on the global scam. Evil in other words.

  58. wpa_ccc July 25, 2016 at 11:59 pm #

    Our Revolution is just starting.

    “When we started this campaign a little more than a year ago, the media and the political establishment considered us to be a “fringe” campaign. Well, we’re not fringe anymore.

    Thanks to your tireless work and generous contributions, we won 23 primaries and caucuses with more than 13 million votes, all of which led to the 1900 delegates we have on the floor this week at the Democratic convention.

    What we have done together is absolutely unprecedented, but there is so much more to do. It starts with defeating Donald Trump in November, and then continuing to fight for every single one of our issues in order to transform America.

    We are going to fight to make sure that the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party becomes law. This means working for a $15 federal minimum wage, fighting for a national fracking ban, and so many more progressive priorities.

    The political revolution needs you in order to make all this happen and more.” –Bernie Sanders

  59. BackRowHeckler July 26, 2016 at 12:28 am #

    Listening to Sanders speech … free tuition at State U is still in the offing, apparently, for any family earning less than $125,000 per year. That’s almost everybody. Also, forgiveness of accumulated student loans, which I understand total over $1 trillion now. Has this been written into the party platform? If Clinton wins, and this stuff is not pushed thru, there are going to be some mighty disappointed and pissed off young people. But where’s all the swag going to come from? Its not as if its Pax Americana 1958, an industrial powerhouse, a big rich colossus, victors in 2 world wars, towering over the world, stuffed with cash, standing at Armageddon battling Godless communism for the Lord. On the contrary, we’re $20 trillion in debt, haven’t won a war in a long time, and are threatened with annihilation by any number of existential threats out there.

    brh

    • wpa_ccc July 26, 2016 at 1:10 am #

      Hillary’s plan will be fully paid for by limiting certain tax expenditures for high-income taxpayers. Haven’t you listened to Bernie? He explains in every speech that the wealth exists and provides details about where the money is.

      • wpa_ccc July 26, 2016 at 1:23 am #

        But Hillary is not just going to redistribute from the rich to students. She is tapping all sources, including the students themselves through work-study employment.

        The New College Compact: Hillary Clinton’s plan requires everyone to do their part. The federal government will make a major new investment to make this possible, but states will have to step up and meet their obligations as well.

        States will have to commit to a combination of reinvestment and reform over the next four years and beyond to ensure that federal support is funding students and not excessive cost growth.

        Colleges and universities will be accountable for reining in costs to provide value to their students; improving completion rates and learning outcomes; and doing more to provide students from disadvantaged backgrounds with the tools they need to reach college and succeed once they get there.

        Students will be expected to work 10 hours a week to help defray the full cost of attendance. Clinton will push to expand work opportunities that build career skills and introduce students of all backgrounds to public service careers.

        As part of this New College Compact, Hillary will encourage and reward innovators who design imaginative new ways of providing valuable higher education to students while driving down costs. And she will crack down on the abusive practices of for-profit colleges that defraud taxpayers while burdening students with debt for educational programs of no value.

        • Q. Shtik July 26, 2016 at 5:23 am #

          The New College Compact: Hillary Clinton’s plan requires everyone to do their part.

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

          I. Nothing in society will belong to anyone, either as a personal possession or as capital goods, except the things for which the person has immediate use, for either his needs, his pleasures, or his daily work.

          II. Every citizen will be a public man, sustained by, supported by, and occupied at the public expense.

          III. Every citizen will make his particular contribution to the activities of the community according to his capacity, his talent and his age; it is on this basis that his duties will be determined, in conformity with the distributive laws.[5]

          • elysianfield July 26, 2016 at 5:17 pm #

            Q,
            Hmmm,

            From each according to his ability,
            To each according to his need….

            Could work…let’s give it a try!

        • stelmosfire July 26, 2016 at 10:27 am #

          10 hours a week to defray tuition costs? Your kidding right? I work ten hours a day and I’m retired. How about most of these dimwits get a real job after high school instead of college, maybe say roofing, tree work, laying railroad track perhaps. Some jobs never go away. Trees grow, roofs rot, etc. Oh wait, sweating is uncomfortable. I have a tenant spending a fortune for a useless grad degree. She is as dumb as a stump and can’t figure how to put a box fan in the window to cool the place at night.

          • dannyboy July 26, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

            We are all Roofers
            We are all Charlie Hebdo

        • newworld July 26, 2016 at 11:19 am #

          Every high paid admin is looking at a paycut, I’m sure they are all standing there smiling at Hillary but secretly loathing her.

          I hope Trump doubles down on the free college bit, it matters not a whit anymore to pretend to fiscal austerity nor trying to shoehorn more dumb kids into college both scams are worn out.

          I’m saying double down on that in the campaign.

          • dannyboy July 26, 2016 at 12:45 pm #

            Double Down
            Trump U!

      • Q. Shtik July 26, 2016 at 5:32 am #

        [Bernie] explains in every speech that the wealth exists and provides details about where the money is.

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

        …and if we’re a little short we’ll just print up the difference.

        • dannyboy July 26, 2016 at 12:47 pm #

          Tax the Rich!

          wait….

          …i take that back.

    • malthuss July 26, 2016 at 10:59 am #

      From SBPDL–
      I saw the mother of Jordan Davis on CNN thus morning.

      You may recall that her teen-aged kid was riding in a car with a paroled felon when they stopped at a convenience store and parked next to a drunk white man.

      When old Mr. Snowflake complained about the ignorant, loud “music” emanating from their crate, they talked the talk and made threats, at which time he emptied a semi-automatic pistol into the car, killing Davis.

      I don’t quite understand how this story fits into the theme of unarmed black men being killed by police.

      If, instead, it’s about unarmed black men being killed in senseless gun violence not involving police, it’s going to be a long convenience if every mother speaks.

      Dozens of young black men kill or are killed every weekend because of “disrespect” but it only seems to matter if a white man is the shooter.

      Mommy has also abbreviated the story to: “My son was killed for playing loud music” leaving out the threatening cross talk.

      Eric Garner’s mom says her son was killed for “selling loose cigerettes,” apparently the PoPo rolled up on him and strangled him while he was trying to surrender.

    • Elrond Hubbard July 28, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

      BRH: “But where’s all the swag going to come from?”

      One of the major themes of this blog could be stated as: “Debts that can’t be paid, won’t be paid. Therefore, consequences.” But how that will actually play out in reality remains contested.

      Assuming the figure of $1 trillion in outstanding student loan debt is accurate, there’s good reason to suspect that it will never be paid, or a great part of it at any rate. Either that unpaid debt will be forgiven or it won’t, but unpaid is unpaid – in other words, there is no swag and it’s not coming from anywhere.

      The question then becomes, who takes the hit? If it’s (A) the debtors, then we reduce an entire generation to unending, inescapable servitude. If it’s (B) the creditors, who made the loans in pursuit of gain not out of the goodness of their hearts, then they recognize their losses and regroup. Put me down for option B.

  60. wpa_ccc July 26, 2016 at 1:31 am #

    Bernie Sander’s supporters needed some time to get behind Hillary. It took them a few seconds to realize Trump is a birther who wants to ban all Muslims from the United States.

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    • FrankinReno July 26, 2016 at 10:51 am #

      Never gonna happen. Trumps a buffoon, but we have had buffoons in high office before. And don’t give me that crap about the nuclear button. I highly doubt that the crews in the subs or silos or bombers are going to take a 3 AM order to nuke Tuvalu without checking with some grown ups first.

      Hillary is a war criminal who started a pointless conflict in Libya (hey Libya, are you better of today then you were 5 years ago?), stoke the fires in Syria, poked the Bear in the Ukraine, all the while accepting generous donations to her “Clinton Foundation” (how is that even remotely legal, let alone ethical?) and doling out favors courtesy of the US Government.

      And that was AFTER her tour in the Senate, where she supported war, unwarranted surveillance, illegal rendition and torture, onerous debt collection (just for normal people, though), from a state she had never lived in until it was convenient for her. I mean, is there a state in the country with more billionaire donors for her to court?

      And THAT was after her tour as first lady, when her partner in crime betrayed the unions and working stiffs who supported him by by signing NAFTA. Not after going through it, line by line with a fine toothed comb to make sure it was a good deal for workers and the environment, like he PROMISED. Noooo, he signed it as soon as he could get a pen in his hands after swearing in like he PAID to do!

      We should remember that we didn’t get Clinton Care in ’93, when the Democrats had majorities in the House and Senate, principally because Hillary could couldn’t play nice with others and cut the deals necessary.

      Aside from people with a vested (financial) interest, only a complete moron with an absolute ignorance of history could support the lying, incompetent, murderous sociopath that is Hillary Clinton.

  61. KL Cooke July 26, 2016 at 2:24 am #

    Wimple, you ignoroids.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wimple

  62. FincaInTheMountains July 26, 2016 at 6:53 am #

    The most stunning idiotism out of everything presented yesterday on the Dems convention was delivered, of course, by Bernie Sanders.

    He ended up saying that these elections are not about who would be in the White House, but about the program that was adopted by the very elite of the Democratic Party, which had just robbed him of victory in the primaries!

    Really, Bernie?

    As if any of them, starting with Hillary, are going to keep their word after usurping the power in the country!

    Bernie Sanders internal social program plus Hillary’s foreign policy is National Socialism in its chemically pure form.

    • pequiste July 26, 2016 at 10:25 am #

      Actually more like Trotskyite Communism; but I do like the chemically pure analogy: snort or inject?

      Nope – Democrats got the big rectal suppository after Bernie showed just how much the “rigged” system bothered him.

      America would be getting the Democrat version of a double colonoscopy (Hillary and Bill) up our collective asses should Rodan get elected.

  63. FincaInTheMountains July 26, 2016 at 7:52 am #

    Brave Thomas Bach refused Americans Russia Olympic blanket ban

    http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/pavel_shipilin/51193823/366481/366481_original.jpg

    I think the decision not to ban the Russians from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro cost IOC president Thomas Bach couple years of life.

    Many countries – members of the IOC, apparently faced with a difficult choice: to quarrel with the US or with Russia. As we can see, those who are with Russia are in majority.

    And although the decision is a compromise, we can say with confidence: the world has changed, and the Americans are not as omnipotent as they used to be.

  64. Frankiti July 26, 2016 at 9:22 am #

    Bernie the mush, the push-over, the dupe, the shill in the crowd rounding up all the hipsters and naive young marks. All for Hillary the hustler to sweep up. The DNC confidence game.

    • volodya July 26, 2016 at 12:07 pm #

      Hard to believe that people fall for it.

      • dannyboy July 26, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

        …as opposed to the well-conceived notion that the world is coming to an end.

        • Frankiti July 26, 2016 at 1:34 pm #

          No, the world will keep on turning for now, with or without human “civilization”.

          • dannyboy July 26, 2016 at 6:17 pm #

            …as opposed to the extinction of real Americans?

  65. Frankiti July 26, 2016 at 9:30 am #

    So many christians, so few lions.. er, islamic radicals… bring in some more. Imagine a christian radical entering a Meccan mosque and beheading an imam? Oh wait, that wouldn’t happen because westerners are not allowed off the ranch in Saudi or in Mecca.

    At least the religious are offing each other. Always a silver lining.

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    • sprawlcapital July 26, 2016 at 12:42 pm #

      Frank,

      Organized religion is a high form of manipulation, the use of guilt to influence behavior. Religous leaders use guilt to extract money from their congregants.

      Scroll down to see my comment about Senator Corey Booker of New Jersey, Arch Manipulator and Page Boy to Her Majesty Hillary.

      • Frankiti July 26, 2016 at 1:39 pm #

        Sometimes it is guilt, but most of the time it is ignorance, stupidity, desperation, and parental programming and or social engineering.

    • dannyboy July 26, 2016 at 12:55 pm #

      beautiful thought

      greeting card?

  66. Q. Shtik July 26, 2016 at 10:30 am #

    Bernie….. explains in every speech that the wealth exists and provides details about where the money is. – wpa

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

    Willie, why do you rob banks?

    Because that’s where the money is.

    • Cavepainter July 26, 2016 at 11:53 am #

      Willie Sutton, famous bank robber of the 1920s-30s.

      • stelmosfire July 26, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

        Did you know him? ;o)

    • dannyboy July 26, 2016 at 12:56 pm #

      Trump quote?

      Tweeted?

      • stelmosfire July 26, 2016 at 8:08 pm #

        Sorry Sir for my faux pas, I did not intend a derogatory remark. I simply can’t stand the Clintons lies. Trump may be an ass but I really don’t think he lies like a dog as does HRC!

        • dannyboy July 27, 2016 at 10:30 am #

          k

  67. volodya July 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm #

    Ozone, I needed a really good laugh. She-Wolf of Goldman Sachs? That’s hilarious. Couldna said it better.

    I’m just a simple mule-skinner but some things are obvious even to simple mule-skinners. Like this progressive platform that the Dems have been touting. Does anyone seriously think that President She-Wolf won’t jettison this thing plank by plank? She’ll get it done before Bill chooses the drapes.

    Mind you, there will be the requisite culture war distractions, though the brilliance of gender neutral bathrooms as a flash-bomb is hard to beat. All credit to the Obama administration for originality. Did you see this coming? I sure didn’t. What a great shit-disturbing shit-disturber this was. Can’t stop laughing.

    Tell me Ozone, if a gender-confused chick takes a crap in the stall next to you, would you be all bent out of shape?

    Can anyone think of a more titanic energy-draining claim on a ticking clock?

    I’m sure they have a bucket of diversions feculating on the back porch. But whatever the provocation is, the followers of Madam She Wolf will take the bait and her opponents will too. Everyone will charge out to sniff out whatever turds get tossed out

    And they will predictably man the barricades, or should I say “person” the barricades? You could set your watch by it. All this while the usual suspects empty your pension fund. Let’s be real. There’s still money to steal and it will take some time to steal it.

    Goldman and other outfits will see to it that the systemic corruption is wide open for all politicians to see ie help us steal and get a cut. A BIG cut. Get rich beyond your WILDEST dreams.

    • messianicdruid July 26, 2016 at 9:41 pm #

      The Last official act of government: loot the Nation.

      • dannyboy July 29, 2016 at 7:56 am #

        What is the Next Officail Act of Government after that one?

  68. wpa_ccc July 26, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

    JHK: The US will never recover. There is no economic recovery.

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

    New U.S. single-family home sales rose more than expected in June, reaching their highest level in nearly 8-1/2 years, the latest sign that the housing market was gathering momentum.

    The Commerce Department said on Tuesday new home sales increased 3.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 592,000 units last month, the highest level since February 2008.

    • sprawlcapital July 26, 2016 at 12:28 pm #

      Senator Corey Booker of New Jersey told the DNC delegates last night that “cynicism is the refuge of cowards”.

      Calling someone a coward is manipulative. No one wants to be accused of being a coward. Manipulators use guilt to get people to obey. In this case, Senator Corey was giving the order to vote for Hillary, and to be enthusiastic, not cynical, about her campaign, about her talents, and about her character.

      Well, Senator Corey, you clearly do not know it, but manipulators are the lowest form of life on the planet. So, Senator Corey, can you figure out what that makes you?

      Is this cynical? Tough sh*t,Senator Corey.

      • sprawlcapital July 26, 2016 at 12:30 pm #

        Senator Booker, not Senator Corey, The sentiments remain the same.

      • Janos Skorenzy July 26, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

        Indeed. Nelson Mandela told the Whites who fled Black terror and a new Order that systematically discriminated against them that they were cowards.

        Reminds me of a personal ad I once read: Ninety pound female, incarcerated and HIV positive. Scared?

        • sprawlcapital July 26, 2016 at 12:49 pm #

          Good examples of manipulators at work.

        • dannyboy July 27, 2016 at 10:31 am #

          “Reminds me of a personal ad I once read: Ninety pound female, incarcerated and HIV positive. Scared?” Janos

          Quite an admission!

          • Elrond Hubbard July 28, 2016 at 4:38 pm #

            *cackle*

          • dannyboy July 29, 2016 at 7:50 am #

            revealing, eh?

          • Janos Skorenzy July 30, 2016 at 12:09 pm #

            An admission? Cackle? Male bitches doing what they do.

          • dannyboy July 30, 2016 at 7:16 pm #

            Janos, who wrote: “Reminds me of a personal ad I once read: Ninety pound female, incarcerated and HIV positive. Scared”?

    • stelmosfire July 26, 2016 at 12:28 pm #

      Yea, houses are selling ( I would not call them homes), with interest rates in the tank and adj. rate mortgages to every Tom,Dick, and Henrietta. Banks dumping foreclosures at discount prices. What do you think will happen in a coupla’ years if interest rates go back to historical levels and the burger flipping jobs dry up? Can you say “default”? Get real A###ka. You my Man/Woman are living in LALALAND!

    • dannyboy July 26, 2016 at 12:58 pm #

      Playing to his Following, as any author knows.

  69. volodya July 26, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

    It appears that these ISIS creeps are acting well, not without impunity seeing as the latest throat cutters were shot dead. But let’s say with a minimum of hindrance and with a maximum of surprise seeing as conventional intelligence and law enforcement seem to be impeded by such niceties as due process.

    So Hollande vows war against ISIS by “every means” er, um, but through up-holding the law. So he sez. So what does this mean? That they haven’t been employing “every means” to date?

    Hmmm, I wonder, would nationalist hard-men take this as a go? Does it mean reprisal hits? The French intelligence chief just warned about this.

    • pequiste July 26, 2016 at 12:39 pm #

      It means Francois ( Vichy) Hollande, and the current gouvernement du France, has not found the proper party to surrender to.

      If this crescendo of Yzlamik over-exuberance continues the French could even ask to surrender to Germany.

      Angela ( Jihadi lovin’) Merkel would defer to Al-Baghdadi in Raqqa or could even ask Sultan RecipE I ti take the surrender.

      Would they, or could they, use Compiegne again?

      Stay tuned!

      • volodya July 26, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

        Good point. It’s not without precedent either. This EU thing started mainly as between France and Germany. And if this EU thing isn’t pre-emptive surrender to Germany then what is it?

        What has France done? They’ve surrendered to a country that after three generations is still so conscience stricken that its own self defense is pretty much out of bounds. They can’t even contemplate it.

        Hard to believe that Germany is of any use whatever to anybody. except maybe only as a commercial power. But Germany is easy pickin’ to ruthless infiltrators like ISIS. They’ll go down

        France too. France as the intellectual powerhouse is done. Stick a fork in it. France as a military power is over too. What have they retreated to? Couture and cuisine, the last refuge of the flaccid. Countries and peoples have their time and then it’s over. Bye bye.

        • wpa_ccc July 26, 2016 at 2:24 pm #

          France as a military power is over?

          (IraqiNews.com) BAGHDAD – France announced on Tuesday that French fighter jets have carried out fresh raids on ISIS sites.

          France is provoking more ISIS attacks in France. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

    • wpa_ccc July 26, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

      Stalin would love you, volodya. Stalin was not “impeded by such niceties as due process.”

    • SpeedyBB August 1, 2016 at 6:50 am #

      Well Volodya I sent praise your way once before for your acute comments and once again would like to spread an appreciation. Don’t know why this aspect never occurred to me. Payback. Find out who is applauding these acts and take them out.

      My first thought was that fat bearded sleazo on YouTube who was going on about “We will turn your children into our slaves, we will outbreed you and blah blah” laying it on so thick you suspected he was a CIA plant.

      He’d be the kind of target who’d be fun to disappear. Poof! As if by magic some of these ‘refugees’ just cease to be seen around. You would not need the awkwardness of death squads; some of those retired Foreign Legion types on the hard right would be able to rig some nasty surprises for the local Islamists. I am thinking along the lines of ‘Lucien Sarti’.

  70. wpa_ccc July 26, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

    These politicians (Trump and Clinton) should stop talking about bringing jobs back to the US. Ain’t gonna happen. They aren’t coming back, at least not most of them. How do we know? Because in recent years, factories have been coming back, but the jobs haven’t.

    Because of rising wages in China, the need for shorter supply chains and other factors, a small but growing group of companies are shifting production back to the U.S. But the factories they build here are heavily automated, employing a small fraction of the workers they would have a generation ago.

    We need to pay service sector jobs to $15 an hour. Clinton supports that. Trump wants to keep a starvation wage. He doesn’t even pay his own blue collar workers (electricians, carpenters, bricklayers, etc.) and Trump laughs at them, knowing they don’t have the money to take him to court.

    A $15 an hour national wage will continue the economic recovery. When people have money they can buy from businesses and manufacturing jobs are needed to produce goods.

    Clinton will also expand social security so seniors will get raises above the rate of inflation.

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  71. barbisbest July 26, 2016 at 1:44 pm #

    Unicorns are fictitious but rainbows sure aren’t. Some wereon’t enlightened by. The spectacle of the. R. N. C. Give me a break. Give me a break. Break me off a piece of that kit Kat bar.

    • wpa_ccc July 26, 2016 at 1:49 pm #

      Unicorns are real.

      The so-called “Siberian unicorn” existed on the planet as recently as 29,000 years ago, according to a new discovery published in the American Journal of Applied Sciences.

      Up until recently, scientists had believed the “elasmotherium sibiricum” had been extinct for more than 350,000 years, the New York Daily News reported. The study by Andrei Shpansky and others at Tomsk State University in Russia now proves otherwise.

  72. wpa_ccc July 26, 2016 at 1:55 pm #

    (IraqiNews.com) BAGHDAD – France announced on Tuesday that French fighter jets have carried out fresh raids on ISIS sites around Mosul, in response to the latest attack on Nice, which killed at least 84 people.

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

    I would guess that ISIS will respond to this with an attack in France.

  73. Q. Shtik July 26, 2016 at 2:37 pm #

    Moments after the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia began, incoming interim DNC chair Donna Brazile issued a statement, apologizing to Sanders and his supporters…

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

    …for getting caught making “inexcusable remarks” revealed in the internal email hack.

    • Janos Skorenzy July 26, 2016 at 5:53 pm #

      Yeah when the FBI let Hillary off the hook, the looks on her and Obama’s faces at the press conference spoke volumes. They had gotten away with something and they were as pleased as punch. Innocence just means getting away with shit.

  74. capt spaulding July 26, 2016 at 3:39 pm #

    It was funny listening to right wing radio last night. On the Joe Pags show, he was having a wonderful time talking about the DNC attempt to sabotage Bernie. As he was chortling about that, he mentioned that that was what the Republican leadership tried to do to Trump. You could hear that he realized what he was saying as he said it. He completely dropped the subject as soon as he said that.

    • capt spaulding July 26, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

      Did I say chortling?

    • Janos Skorenzy July 26, 2016 at 5:58 pm #

      Sean Hannity and others were being idiot cucks about Sanders: They’re trying to persecute him for his Judaism! In reality, they were thinking of trying to hurt him with atheism if it was determined that he was an Atheist.

      They never miss a chance to win brownie points from their Masters.

      If Sanders had any manhood, he could have run with this for the betterment of America if not actual victory. But he’s a schlub, a schlep, and a schmendrick.

      • Frankiti July 26, 2016 at 7:48 pm #

        Sanders is the guy on the boxcar that yells, “Hey, room for one more in here!”

        • Frankiti July 26, 2016 at 7:50 pm #

          Israel grows Bibis, we grow Bernies.

          • Frankiti July 27, 2016 at 9:09 am #

            I’m not an atheist. What do you call someone who does not believe in the easter rabbit, or ghosts, or probe wielding aliens? They don’t have a name, beyond “normal” or “sane”. I also don’t advocate mass murder. Murder requires an action, a premeditation, a process, an act. I advocate for less humanity through natural course and laws of nature. Letting a fever run its course is not murdering a virus, absurd…

          • Frankiti July 27, 2016 at 4:24 pm #

            Strange, a Janos comment was removed here. How does that happen? How was it removed?

          • dannyboy July 28, 2016 at 9:39 am #

            Removed by the Moderator.

  75. FincaInTheMountains July 26, 2016 at 4:43 pm #

    Lavrov, in response to the question of the journalist about Russian hackers compromising the servers of the DNC, said he did not want to answer this question using a four letter word (Russian analogue consists of just two letters and usually affectionately used in combination with the phrase “your mother.”)

    After employees of the US State Department wrote to the US President a letter, in which they demanded to start another undeclared war in addition to the four wars that the United States are already engaged in various parts of the world (and the Pentagon demands that a couple of wars to be dropped), I came to the conclusion that Russia must increasingly implement methods of public diplomacy.

    Not a bad way to overcome the informational blockade, the more that Americans know nothing about these wars and those they face because of NATO drills in the Baltic States or shooting down Russian aircraft over the Baltic Sea or over the territory of Syria.

    And I can only hope that Vladimir Putin on camera could cover Hillary with three-story old-fashion Russian obscenity, KGB style, before pushing the red button.

    Somehow I always thought that this could save the day.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBPlKkEVLGs

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    • Frankiti July 26, 2016 at 5:22 pm #

      So let’s elect Hillary as she’ll have a personal motive (although she is complicit in fabricating it, but pretense is pretense nevertheless) to start WWIII.

      WWIII will bring us (USA and Europe) everything we want! Less people, more jobs, less refugees, less people (way less), less illegal aliens, less misnathropeslems, er, musselmen, less gender politics (grab a gun and a pack you cranky dyke and/or whiney d*ckless dude), did I say less humans?, reasons to inadvertlenty bomb and evaporate most of the middle east, less messicans (no, no query quedar aqui seño gringo), less chinese imports, less sprawl (less people, way, way less) less NY, DC and LA (vaporized), and finally, finally the “i told y’all the wurld gunner end” from 90% of the posters here.

      I’m with Her for the end.

      • trypillian July 27, 2016 at 1:36 am #

        LilliPutin will start it. He has small hands and needs explosions to compensate.

  76. Q. Shtik July 26, 2016 at 5:22 pm #

    I like to spread joy when I can.

    This will come as good news to both wpa and Janos and their respective ilks (I like the word ‘ilk. Someone’s ilk are people you, personally, don’t want to be counted among). Truth be told, wpa has no ilk at this site.

    I say wpa because we know he would have preferred Bernie but will settle for a Jill vote (yeah, right, huh?). (Imagine Q chortling.) (It is hard to describe a ‘chortle’. It’s a cross between a chuckle and a snort. I read that on-line. The air comes out of your blowhole in a different way than with an ordinary laugh (I also like the word blowhole). I chortle frequently and it’s always under the same circumstances. We’re at the dining room table or a picnic table and we’re with friends. Something hilariously funny (to me) comes to mind and I cannot wait to share it. But it is so hilarious I am overcome with uncontrollable chortling and cannot get it out. The sight of me infects everyone and they begin laughing. My wife is embarrassed………”Oh no, here we go.” She has seen me lose (not loose) control many times).

    But I digress:

    Wall Street is now substantially less certain of a Hillary Clinton victory than it was just a month ago.

    In the wake of the Republican National Convention and continued damage to Clinton’s reputation from the email scandal, just 52 percent of respondents to the July CNBC Fed Survey now believe the Democratic nominee will prevail in November, a sharp drop from 80 percent in the April and June surveys.

    • Frankiti July 26, 2016 at 5:25 pm #

      That’s it, she’s a shoo-in.

      • dannyboy July 26, 2016 at 6:55 pm #

        agree

        just look back at previous CNBC Fed Surveys. it’s a prop machine.

      • Janos Skorenzy July 26, 2016 at 8:53 pm #

        No, a shoo out as per Q’s chortle.

        • dannyboy July 29, 2016 at 7:51 am #

          shoo

    • Q. Shtik July 26, 2016 at 5:44 pm #

      Can you imagine that? From 80 to 52% in one month. I’ll bet Liberals like Rachel Maddow have begun carrying an extra set of undies with them.

      • Q. Shtik July 26, 2016 at 6:06 pm #

        In Rachel’s case that would be Jockey shorts and in Anderson Cooper’s case, Victoria’s Secret panties.

        • Janos Skorenzy July 26, 2016 at 8:57 pm #

          Anderson went on a celebrity show about what their genetic tests reveal. He was utterly delighted when he heard that his great grandfather had been killed by his slave. Demonic.

          Gays have no past and no future. They MUST abuse children – that’s how their species reproduces or produces more gays.

          • elysianfield July 27, 2016 at 2:54 pm #

            “He was utterly delighted when he heard that his great grandfather had been killed by his slave, Demonic. ”

            Well, it’s no damn wonder…who would name his slave “Demonic”? I was of the opinion that “Toby” was the preferred personal name given to male slaves….

    • wpa_ccc July 26, 2016 at 5:58 pm #

      I am an ilk of one. That is an original, like me. Google it if you don’t believe my ilk.

      • Elrond Hubbard July 28, 2016 at 5:46 pm #

        For the record, ‘ilk’ means ‘like’ — as in “the likes of you” or “I’ve never seen the like”. Similar to kind, type, etc.

        If you’ve ever read the Canterbury Tales in the original, the word ‘ilk’ and variations can be found all over them. I might be wrong, but I’d hazard a guess that ‘ilk’ was the original word back in the day, and actually morphed into ‘like’ over time (and that old geezers were complaining about youngsters using this weird, newfangled slang word instead of the normal one).

    • Janos Skorenzy July 26, 2016 at 8:52 pm #

      Your chortles should be tracked, measured, and monitored. No doubt they could predict many things since they are involuntary eruptions from the Universal Subconscious. And what is that but the dark side of God?

      You could become an oracle, a kind of human groundhog. Even as you try to get your talkative friend to swallow his food, you are blowing yours out your nose.

  77. wpa_ccc July 26, 2016 at 5:46 pm #

    The DNC Hack Is Watergate, but Worse

    “We should be open to rational arguments from abroad but terrified about states playing a larger role than that. This is why we don’t let foreign entities make campaign contributions. We don’t allow noncitizens to vote. Consider our reaction, if an American political leader had pulled this stunt: He would be prosecuted, and drummed from political life. These are unacceptable tactics for an American; they can hardly be more tolerable when executed by a foreign power that wishes us ill.

    The DNC dump may not have revealed a conspiracy that could end a candidacy, but it succeeded in casting a pall of anxiety over this election. We know that the Russians have a further stash of documents from the DNC and another set of document purloined from the Clinton Foundation. In other words, Vladimir Putin is now treating American democracy with the same respect he accords his own.

    The best retaliation isn’t a military one, or to respond in kind. It’s to defeat his pet candidate and to force him to watch the inauguration of the woman he so abhors.”

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2016/07/the_dnc_hack_is_watergate_but_worse.html

    • dannyboy July 26, 2016 at 7:23 pm #

      A Vote for Clinton is a vote AGAINST Putin.
      Vote Hillary, Defeat Putin.

      • Frankiti July 26, 2016 at 7:45 pm #

        Putin is the only leader in Europe, outside of Orban that knows what’s up.

        More Putin, less weak Europe!

        • dannyboy July 27, 2016 at 10:19 am #

          ‘Not medicine, but poison’: Hungarian PM says his country does not need ‘a single migrant’ RT

          ‘Hungary’s Viktor Orban Expresses Support for Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Plans’ WSJ

    • messianicdruid July 26, 2016 at 9:58 pm #

      Self inflicted wounds are not the fault of observers.

  78. wpa_ccc July 26, 2016 at 6:12 pm #

    News that Christie withheld emails and documents related to Bridgegate pretty much precludes his being nominate AG by President Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    • Q. Shtik July 26, 2016 at 9:20 pm #

      News that Christie withheld emails and documents related to Bridgegate pretty much precludes – wpa

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

      Still hangin’ on to that Bridgegate thread arentcha?

  79. FincaInTheMountains July 26, 2016 at 6:39 pm #

    “That’s it, she’s a shoo-in.” == Frank

    Sorry, Frank, I think she’s already in.

    For counter coup we need a unity between Trump and Bushes, I don’t think we have that.

    Hope I am wrong, but get ready, nevertheless.

    • wpa_ccc July 26, 2016 at 6:43 pm #

      Of all the living Democratic and Republican Presidents (W, HW Bush, Clinton, Obama), those who have had the job and know what the job entails, none support Trump.

      • FincaInTheMountains July 26, 2016 at 6:49 pm #

        Dura, blya!

        • wpa_ccc July 26, 2016 at 7:27 pm #

          Putin es un misógino pendejo

        • dannyboy July 26, 2016 at 7:44 pm #

          ‘Yiddish, Spanish, Russian slang spoken here at CFN.’

          …could be a sign in a store window in Brooklyn.

          • Frankiti July 26, 2016 at 7:54 pm #

            Sounds like another reason to vote for Trump.

          • Janos Skorenzy July 26, 2016 at 10:11 pm #

            How much would you bid for one of Bernie’s tears? How many Kwatloos? His blubbery brother’s are going for much less but all of them are precious.

            If only Bernie had rebelled, taken Jill Stein as a second wife, America might have had a chance to have its own Jewish Dynasty. But it is not to be. The Trump Dynasty rises – and long will it reign!

          • dannyboy July 27, 2016 at 10:23 am #

            @Janos,

            Are you Replying to Franketi? I know that you gave an informative lecture on the “Indenting Conventions Used on Cluster Fuck Nation”, but I may have dozed off.

            But the next-to-last word in your Lecture Title does summarize your personna.

      • Q. Shtik July 26, 2016 at 9:26 pm #

        Of all the living Democratic and Republican Presidents (W, HW Bush, Clinton, Obama), – wpa

        ===========

        Did Carter die and nobody told me?

        At any rate, 2 dems and 2 Bushes……… what would you expect?

  80. tucsonspur July 26, 2016 at 7:24 pm #

    Jim, I think that you used the wrong adjective in describing Donald Trump. Odious does not mean like Odin. Ornery Ostrogoth would have been okay, but it does sound a little silly.

    Tedious is much too timid for Hillary. For her, odious or opprobrious is more suitable. That way, like the old song, we keep O-HI-O round on the ends and hi in the middle.

    Odious Opprobrious, that’s it. She enters to blaring trumpets;

    Odious Opprobrious, former Senator of the Empire state!
    Odious Opprobrious, would be Queen of the American Empire!

    Hail, hail, great Queen, Odious Opprobrious!!

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    • Frankiti July 26, 2016 at 7:57 pm #

      Getting the “ious” endings was more important than actually making sense. Clinton is not tedious, she’s notorious… through and through.

      • tucsonspur July 26, 2016 at 9:02 pm #

        I know, sometimes it’s more fun to just throw stuff out there.

    • Janos Skorenzy July 26, 2016 at 10:08 pm #

      Somewhere in that vast sea of Sea Hags, and their male cuck and faggot enablers, Buck is weeping: the first Woman President! Nothing else matter except the lack of a penis! The Vagina Monologue has proved prophetic – even more than Q’s chortles.

  81. Q. Shtik July 26, 2016 at 8:06 pm #

    the betting odds in NYC at 3-to-1, favor Hillary. – Danny

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

    The odds are as changeable as Khloe Kardashian’s hair color. As of today Wall St has the odds at 52 to 48 for Hillary. A lot can happen in the next 100 days.

    • wpa_ccc July 26, 2016 at 8:21 pm #

      Putin could dump more emails and I bet they will all be culled and edited to favor one candidate. Putin wants to help Trump. Putin is afraid of Hillary.

      • Q. Shtik July 26, 2016 at 9:44 pm #

        Stop being ridiculous. World leaders are always trying to influence events outside their own bailiwick. Exhibit A: Obama against Brexit.

        • ozone July 27, 2016 at 8:56 am #

          Q.,
          Now you know his/her/its particular ‘ilk’.
          …That would be the Big Lie ilk.
          (Always remember that those of his ilk are [justifiably] terrified of their fellow citizens that are not of the Cult of the Big Lie. Bullet gouges and dark stains in concrete walls and all that.)

      • dannyboy July 27, 2016 at 10:28 am #

        wpa,

        emial dumping doesn’t move the odds. ‘These things’ get explained away and lost from memory (November is the Long-Term). You’d need an Indictment for odds to move signficantly. Scandals…not.

    • dannyboy July 27, 2016 at 10:25 am #

      Q.

      Here’s a tip:

      Don’t trust Wall Street

      They are fooling you.

      • elysianfield July 27, 2016 at 3:00 pm #

        Dannyboy,
        Ever heard of D.H. Blair? I spent some time in one of their boiler rooms. As I recall, their offices were in or about 200 Broad Street.

        • dannyboy July 28, 2016 at 9:43 am #

          If I reply, will there be an Investigation?

          Just kidding! Yes I know D.H. Blair.

  82. stelmosfire July 26, 2016 at 8:24 pm #

    Send an ISIS fellow to my house. After my Yorkie freaks ( he sleeps on the bed ) Mr ISIS will be lookin’ ata 357. Sorry but I have had a gun in my face in FL and it is not a good feeling. The cops would not do a thing. W. Sunrise Blvd.

    • wpa_ccc July 26, 2016 at 8:34 pm #

      Islam is not ISIS. ISIS kills Muslims. Muslims condemn violence.

      “We are saddened and deeply concerned by the increasingly vicious series of terrorist attacks around the world in the past few days and weeks, and the rising numbers of innocent people who have lost their lives, or members of their families, or their friends, to this senseless violence. The attackers directed their violent hatred against people who are different from those who torment them. The brutal killing in Normandy of a priest, a religious leader who had dedicated his life to his community and to the service of God, leading worshippers in prayer, is yet another demonstration that those who commit violence in the name of religion violate the tenets of any religion.

      When these horrors occur again and again, how can we not give into despair, cynicism and fear of our neighbours? But allowing fear and animosity towards others to cloud our minds endangers our societies’ ability to heal and to grow closer together. If we cannot reconcile our differences through dialogue none of us can hope to live in peace in future. In times when barbaric hatred threatens to pull us apart, we must remember the values that unite all humankind: compassion, mercy and kindness. To give in to prejudice, anger and hatred is to turn our backs on peace and dialogue, which are our best defense against violent extremism.”

      • Q. Shtik July 26, 2016 at 9:50 pm #

        Who are you quoting?

    • stelmosfire July 26, 2016 at 8:39 pm #

      Take a guess? A bunch of BL youts. Go figure. The cops were like,What are you doing here? I was delivering a TV transmitter from CT. in a rented u-Haul.I guess it was my fault. They said get out of here, and wanted nothing to do with it.

    • Q. Shtik July 26, 2016 at 9:54 pm #

      My brother’s last employer was the City of Sunrise, FL. Any connection?

      • stelmosfire July 28, 2016 at 1:50 am #

        No Q, W Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL. 7/11 parking lot, I had not a clue where I pulled over for a soda but I guess a white boy in those parts was fair game. “Gimme’ yo wallet” was about all I heard.

        • stelmosfire July 28, 2016 at 1:51 am #

          Year was1982 and I was on a vacation from the firehouse.

  83. Janos Skorenzy July 26, 2016 at 8:37 pm #

    The White house was built by slaves. My daughters, two beautiful black young women now play with their dog on the White House lawn.

    Q.E.D?

    Vote for Hillary Clinton.

    • dannyboy July 27, 2016 at 10:29 am #

      We AGREE!

  84. Q. Shtik July 26, 2016 at 8:40 pm #

    From each according to his ability,
    To each according to his need…. – Elysian quoting Marx

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

    Yes, I know about Marx. My grandfather, father and brother (all deceased) all have the middle name Marx. But I thought I’d give credit (if indeed it can be considered creditworthy) to Morelly whose misunderstanding of human nature was even greater than Marx’s and came more than 100 years earlier. See below from Wikipedia:

    Even though the phrase is commonly attributed to Marx, he was not the first to use it. The slogan was common to the socialist movement. Louis Blanc first used it in 1839, in “The organization of work”,[3]The origin of this phrasing has also been attributed to the French communist Morelly,[4] who proposed in his 1755 Code of Nature “Sacred and Fundamental Laws that would tear out the roots of vice and of all the evils of a society” including……..

    • jim e July 26, 2016 at 10:39 pm #

      Wow! Marx!
      Speaking of names… guess what my middle name is?
      (I like James earl Carter Jr.)

  85. Janos Skorenzy July 26, 2016 at 8:46 pm #

    Francois Hollande on the Church killing: “This will be a long war.”

    Yes, decades, generations, or even centuries until the two populations separate or one is driven out or conquered. All because you vicious, traitorous fools let them in.

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  86. mdm1mdm1 July 26, 2016 at 9:33 pm #

    Nate Silver has Trump beating Clinton in November, which I happen to think is almost a certainty. What I would like to be is a fly on the wall at the traditional pre inaugural hosting the president elect around the white house Obama will have to do. It will probably be the worst hour Obama ever spends in his life and he will be partially responsible for that miserable hour with the carnival barker. What irony.

    • wpa_ccc July 26, 2016 at 9:53 pm #

      “It’s hard to know what to expect out of the Democratic convention — I could tick off a half-dozen reasons why I’d expect Clinton to get a relatively large bounce, and another half-dozen why it might be quite small. We know, however, that the polls are normally a lot more predictive a few weeks after the conventions — by which time the convention bounces have died down — than a few weeks beforehand.” –Nate Silver

      • dannyboy July 27, 2016 at 10:36 am #

        The smart money says that it is ‘her election to lose’.

        To clarify for the literalists: She has it sewn up.

        Celebrations to follow.

  87. pequiste July 27, 2016 at 12:05 am #

    As a result of the Democrats at their convention not having one word to say about Yzlamik terrorism in general or ISIS (Barry and Rodan’s JV team) in particular – and I don’t like saying this – I hope that Yzlamik terror now builds a full head of steam around the world, coming into the Autumn with a thunderous crescendo of murder and mayhem about the last week in October.

    This will set the environment for Trump to win in the USSA and for the nationalist parties to win in Europe.

    Only then, when leaders are given mandates by the citizens of their respective nations, can serious, hard choices be made how to put a mighty fear into the faithful of the prophet Mohammed’s “crescent and scimitar” brand that live outside of Dar al Islam, and to EXTIRPATE the jihad-active ones from both the Western and Eastern civilizations which they hate and wish to subjugate and destroy.

  88. Janos Skorenzy July 27, 2016 at 12:08 am #

    I just realized this election is a battle of archetypes. Hillary is obviously the very essence of the Evil Queen. She is not a Witch though – and cannot make herself seem fair. But her husband, the Wizard Bill Clinton, does this for her. And frail as he is, he can still summon up great power, unfortunately.

    Bernie is the Wise Man – an archetype still very strong in Jewish Culture, whether in modern or medieval form. Bernie has failed completely, betraying his archetype by bowing down to the Worldly Power represented by the Clintons.

    Trump is our only hope now. Will he be the Warrior King, his higher archetype, the one who combines strength and wisdom? Or merely the Strong Man? Only time will tell which way his heart decides. But realize this: even the Strong Man is better than out and out evil. Trump as Strong Man will preserve our Nation even if sacrifices have to be made, say in terms of surveillance. Think Hillary will respect our freedoms or wants the best for us? She plans to bring a million unvetted Muslims here. Now THAT’S Evil. Trump wont do that.

    • FincaInTheMountains July 27, 2016 at 2:15 am #

      “She plans to bring a million unvetted Muslims here”

      Unfortunately, you are wrong, Janos. Hillary’s people are vetting them very carefully in Jordan and Turkey,

      It is going to be very specific type of “Muslims”.

      • Janos Skorenzy July 27, 2016 at 4:06 am #

        Oh, not leaving the percentage of Jihadis to chance, eh? What a little change agent! She set out to do good and ended up doing well.

        • malthuss July 27, 2016 at 1:36 pm #

          fincaln the horseshiter, I mean horse whisperer.

        • SpeedyBB August 1, 2016 at 7:17 am #

          As I recall, that originated (or was at least carried) in James Michener’s HAWAII, in reference to the Bible-totin’ missionaries who moved in and clothed the nekkid savages in muu-muus.

          What happened in Hawaii (“came to do good, ended up doing very well”) (Doles in particular) is best summed up by Jomo Kenyatta’s bon mot:

          “When the Missionaries arrived, the Africans had the land and the Missionaries had the Bible. They taught how to pray with our eyes closed. When we opened them, they had the land and we had the Bible.”

    • dannyboy July 27, 2016 at 10:38 am #

      Footnotes, please.

  89. Pucker July 27, 2016 at 12:29 am #

    The Saul Alinsky, Joseph Goebbels, Dick Cheney, Hillary Clinton perspective—gangsterism; there is no morality in the pursuit of power—corruption, gas chambers and mass graves don’t matter as long as you win power. Saul Alinsky must have been one of those tragic Jews who became enamored with Hitler? This plays into the permissive 1960’s era ethos of “Anything goes, and nothing matters.” There has to be Rule of Law and accountability or we all become perverse and hideously ugly.

  90. Pucker July 27, 2016 at 12:45 am #

    There’s something seriously wrong with Americans. They seem to have lost the ability to make moral judgments using traditional American moral standards?

    And the “Willful Ignorance” is a bit strange, choosing to be ignorant in order to avoid trouble, or to avoid work and mental effort.

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    • JimInFlorida July 27, 2016 at 7:54 am #

      Pucker, you’re about 45-50 years too late with the concern that America’s ability to make moral judgment is impaired.

      “Willful ignorance” has been the norm for a long time now. Willful ignorance is a valuable mass control tool because it makes the masses believe that moral crises have only arisen recently and that “normalcy” is still within easy reach. The idea that moral rot can go on unabated for 50+ years can’t connect with a people afflicted with a short attention span. TPTB want such ignorance.

      Again, a bit late to the party, Puck!

      • messianicdruid July 27, 2016 at 11:00 am #

        “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being my priests. Since you have forgotten Me, I also will forget your children.”

        The Powers That Pretend have went to great lengths to discredit the “perfect law of liberty” but some have not forgotten.

  91. wpa_ccc July 27, 2016 at 1:58 am #

    “the Democrats at their convention not having one word to say about Yzlamik terrorism in general or ISIS” –pequiste

    There are four nights. Each night has a focus or theme. Wednesday night is when they focus on ISIS and violent extremism.

  92. wpa_ccc July 27, 2016 at 2:16 am #

    Four years ago Romney/Republican Party said Putin was a threat to the world. Now it seems the Republicans are pro-Russian and Russia is pro-Trump. Why did the Russians steal from DNC and not RNC? Why are more Americans not concerned about a foreign power trying to influence our elections?

    Why does Donald Trump give a dictator involved in organized crime like Putin an “A”? Why does Putin admire dictators Kim in Korea and Sadaam in Iraq? Why does Trump have campaign staff that have worked 10 years for Ukraine? What are Trumps business interests and investments in Russia and Ukraine? Why won’t Trump release his tax returns? What is he hiding?

    • Q. Shtik July 27, 2016 at 7:24 am #

      Because he is large and contains multitudes?

    • JimInFlorida July 27, 2016 at 7:45 am #

      Republican politicians, like Democrats, will pander to the ignorant masses and throw out buzzwords that focus groups say will connect.

      Putin was legitimately elected TWICE and remains popular in Russia and respected in much of the world. The same can’t be said for the POTUS, let alone the two candidates.

      The reason Putin may admire dictators like Kim Il Sung and Saddam was that they knew the importance of quelling agitators and social disruption, especially since all such disruption was caused by CIA, MI6, Saudi, and Mossad operatives. The legitimacy of such dictators comes from eudaimonic legitimization. In other words, their ability to deliver social stability, material needs, public services, and, most importantly, the cultural space to enable public and private virtue to flourish. A difficult thing to achieve with constant agitation by CIA-backed troublemakers.

      The democratic process’s claim to be the only legitimizing process has been thoroughly debunked by none other than the U.S. and U.K. The democratic process has long been usurped and manipulated by forces hostile to the well being of the masses. We have no benefactor king to defend us from predatory nobles. Unlike the old kingdoms of Old Europe, the U.S. has no religious institution that can keep the king under control by threatening to damn his soul to Hell for malfeasance. So, neither monarchy nor ersatz democratic process can work in the U.S. as it is.

      As for Trump, the whole stunt of releasing tax forms reveals nothing. I want to know his plans to reverse the damage done by 35 years of Reaganomics and how he proposes to enact those plans.

      • dannyboy July 27, 2016 at 10:44 am #

        “As for Trump, the whole stunt of releasing tax forms reveals nothing. I want to know his plans to reverse the damage done by 35 years of Reaganomics and how he proposes to enact those plans.”
        -JimInFlorida

        He’s been “working” that Reaganomics thing for 35 years. You expect something different?

        • JimInFlorida July 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm #

          We can only hope that Trump had his own, “Road to Damascus,” conversion.

          Even though he and his ilk have been the unworthy beneficiaries of Reaganomics, there is the slim hope that Trump has sobered up just enough to see the wreckage in Flyover Country.

          Aristotle had harsh words for the Top 1% of his day,

          “Good Sir, you are an Athenian, a citizen of the greatest city with the greatest reputation for both wisdom and power. ARE YOU NOT ASHAMED of your eagerness to possess as much wealth, reputation, and honors as possible, while you do not care for nor give thought to wisdom or truth or the best possible state of your soul?”

          • Dumbedup July 29, 2016 at 7:53 am #

            My hope is that Trump’s governing style will be different than his campaign style, but I fear he cares even less for the middle class than Hillary.

          • dannyboy July 29, 2016 at 7:53 am #

            doesn’t feel shame. What’s that word I’m looking for?

            Psycop…

      • messianicdruid July 27, 2016 at 12:03 pm #

        “…the U.S. has no religious institution that can keep the king under control by threatening to damn his soul to Hell for malfeasance.”

        Government churches [ 501c3 ] preaching from government issued Bibles [ KJV ] to members who are under various contracts to a governmental corporation will have little impact on national affairs.

        Fortunately, it is not up to an institution to bring about justice. We don’t need another president [ one who presides in the office of another ], we need the King. Until we acknowledge Him, the chastisements will continue.

        • JimInFlorida July 27, 2016 at 6:44 pm #

          Yes messianic, you are right about Government 501(c)3 churches. That’s why I was careful to proffer the superiority of monarchy when the King is SUBORDINATE to the Church, as in Medieval Europe.

          Of course, we all know that modernist chimera, Jewdeo-Xtianity, has caused Western Christianity to lose all credibility. Centuries of progress lost in 50 years!

          It’s not enough to make veiled referenced to Jesus Christ. How would he exercise power? Who would represent Him in Washington? It’s a cheap and lazy appeal to make reference to Christ to avoid the kind of confrontation that wrests back what’s been stolen over the generations.

          The churches that claim to represent Him have ZERO credibility. The true gods of Amerika are Belphegor, Mammon, and Molech. The National Religion is the Seven Deadly Sins. What is Amerika that Jesus Christ should even save it???

          • messianicdruid July 28, 2016 at 2:50 am #

            The Geneva bible was replaced with the KJV specifically because of the translator ‘s notes which showed the obligations of government as well as its authority.

            Scofield and Darby finished the work with dispensationalism obscuring the players and turning God’s enemies into churchianity’s idols.

            Easy believism replaced obedience accompanied by an eternal barbecue pit [ borrowed from paganism ] to scare people into the pews and tithes into the coffers.

            Jesus will say, “Then I will tell them plainly, I never knew you, depart from me ye workers of iniquity [ lawlessness 1 John 3:4 ].” This will come as quite a shock to denominationalists.

            “How would he exercise power?” This is a study in itself. Time to start over. I would suggest beginning here:

            http://www.gods-kingdom-ministries.net/teachings/books/the-barley-overcomers/

            “The overcomers will inherit the first resurrection.”

          • JimInFlorida July 28, 2016 at 6:55 am #

            Messianic, your answer gives me hope.

            Very few know the difference between the Geneva Bible, the King James Bible, the differences between them, and why. I had forgotten about Scofield and Darby; you’re right about them as well.

            Thank you.

          • Janos Skorenzy July 28, 2016 at 1:55 pm #

            The Theologica Germanica says that the very Light of God is Hell for the reprobates. Their resistance to it causes the heat. They are poor conductors in other words. Once they get over it, they will cool down. Eternal Hell is the most evil doctrine ever conceived by the mind of man.

      • Dumbedup July 29, 2016 at 7:49 am #

        +1000

    • ozone July 27, 2016 at 9:26 am #

      I love the smell of mimeographed hand-out sheets in the morning.
      It smells like……… Bullshit….

      Yet another dog that don’t hunt.

      • volodya July 27, 2016 at 11:49 am #

        How much do you figure the job pays?

        You know, work like this is something you might call “precarious”. Why? Because if it can be done on-line, it can be done from India. Even if the accent of the keyboard jockey is unintelligible, it doesn’t matter, does it?

        As we all know, the Oligarchs aren’t finished. First to go offshore was the rag-trade, then the wrench turning type of work and next comes the cubicle dwelling or work-from-home.

        The Oligarchs see one extra dollar in anybody’s pocket but their own as a cosmic injustice that must be rectified. For decades the agenda was tax cuts and wage suppression. Wage suppression is on the list even for the clerisy that strive mightily in favor of Oligarch interests. That expensively educated elite will expect loyalty for a job well done, but they will find exactly none. When the time is right, they will be thrown overboard.

        As Wall Street Stooge, that will be President H R Clinton’s job.

        • Janos Skorenzy July 28, 2016 at 1:57 pm #

          Ozone once said that if we go over 300 entries, I get free porn for a month.

          I’m way ahead now!

          • dannyboy July 29, 2016 at 8:00 am #

            Got you priorities!

      • Janos Skorenzy July 28, 2016 at 1:56 pm #

        You need to get a better dog (god), dog.

  93. trypillian July 27, 2016 at 2:37 am #

    The Punch and Judy Show continues. The Bovine vs Crusty, The Yankee penchant for avoiding moving parts in the great dumbing and I daresay numbing down reality has reached historic lows. Meanwhile, the Indian Point nuclear reactors have lost 25% of the bolts holding the nuclear fuel cooling system together. There are 100,000 Hiroshima bombs equivalent within the reactor cores and spent fuel pools. NYC is 25 miles downwind. The NRC; Nuclear Regulatory Commission, has done nothing to fix it, claiming too many moving parts, literally, to be bothered. How do you evacuate 22 million people from the dire consequences of a cooling system breach?

    • wpa_ccc July 27, 2016 at 2:59 am #

      July 8, 2016

      Indian Point Energy Center’s Unit 2 nuclear reactor is back online after it was automatically shut down Wednesday.

      Entergy Corp., the operators of the Buchanan plant, announced Thursday afternoon that the plant was reactivated earlier that day. No radioactivity was released and there was no effect on public or worker health and safety, Entergy said.

      The shutdown occurred while technicians were testing electrical systems Wednesday morning.

      Unit 3, the plant’s other nuclear reactor, stayed online during Unit 2’s shutdown and has been operating continuously for 205 days.

    • dannyboy July 27, 2016 at 10:49 am #

      Indian Point sits on the east bank of the Hudson River, about 36 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. $tay tuned, it will be closed.

  94. tucsonspur July 27, 2016 at 4:12 am #

    “Will he be the Warrior King, …..Or merely the Strong Man”?

    Right now I would say the Strong Man. Not so much narcissism in a Warrior King.

    “‘Narcissism is not a disease’, suggested psychiatrist Peter Freed of Columbia University. ‘It’s an evolutionary strategy that can be incredibly successful-when it works’. Who would represent this successful strategy better than Trump?

    Consider the flourishing of all-about-me technologies that have been adopted by so many hundreds of millions of people. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and even the selfie photographs that bloom by the millions online are all expressions of the kind of self promotion that Trump has practiced for profit throughout his life. The only difference is that he did it first, and on a much grander scale.

    In a world where many habitually broadcast photographs of their sandwiches just before they are eaten, we no longer agree that intense self regard is a sign that something is wrong. It may, instead, be a reasonable reaction to life in a society where extension of the self, through media, is an accepted way to escape feeling insignificant. Donald Trump is not a man apart. He is, instead, one of us writ large. Given his intense desire to distinguish himself as special, if not sui generis, he is likely to find this conclusion disturbing. It is, for the rest of us too.”

    From D’ Antonio’s, “The Truth About Trump”.

    Anyway, after just finishing the book, I can more readily see a Strong Man on Facebook or Twitter, etc., than I can a Warrior King!

  95. FincaInTheMountains July 27, 2016 at 4:14 am #

    Senior porn and 19 Heroes of the Democratic Convention

    Final results:

    2,842 for Clinton, 1,865 for Sanders, and 56 “no votes.”

    The results as of the June 15:

    2,807 for Clinton, out of which 2,205 are pledged delegates and 602 superdelegates
    1,894 for Sanders of which 1,846 are pledged delegates and 48 superdelegates

    That is 35 superdelegates defected to Hillary either from Sanders, or from the drop-outs, but the 19 superdelegates remain true to Sanders. Believe me, it was not easy!

    More than three hundred Sanders’ delegates just got up and demonstratively left the convention, when the coition of Sanders and Hillary – the Senior porn – has begun.

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  96. Dentshop July 27, 2016 at 7:43 am #

    It’s quite funny watching the lame-stream media come out with platitudes about HRC. It reminds me of Baghdad Bob waving away reports that anything is wrong.

  97. Thinkgloballyactlocally July 27, 2016 at 8:35 am #

    „Truman, Churchill and Stalin meet for the third time to sort out their differences.
    Again, no progress.
    After two frustrating days, Stalin says: „Comrades! We know cats hate mustard. Whoever can induce a cat eat mustard, will have his way.”
    Challenge accepted.
    Truman, ever the straight shooter, takes the cat, takes a jar of mustard, and pours the latter into the mouth of the former. The cat spits out every last drop.
    Churchill, having watched this fiasco, prepares a sumptuous plate of liver, fish, and other cat’s delight , with mustard in the centre. The cat eats the meat – until he gets to the mustard, and leaves the rest.
    Stalin shakes his head with mock sympathy: „You have no idea, how to do this!” he says to the others. „Bring me a pound of mustard and watch!” Whith that, he kindly takes the cat in his lap, strokes him gently, then takes the mustard and smears it all over the rear end of the animal.
    The cat frantically chases his burning butt and cries, desperately licking the strong mustard off of the sensitive area.
    A triumphant Stalin exclaims: „And, as you see, the cat is dancing and singing and voluntarily eating the mustard”.
    (America’s 30 Years War: Who Is Winning? by Balint Vazsonyi 1998)

    The original story was about Hitler, challenging Himmler, Goering and Goebbels at a dinner . (Goebbels won….)
    Nothing is new under the Sun.
    Now people are ASKING FOR more police, more surveillance, more intervention/protection (=control) from the governments….
    Seemingly nobody remembers Pink Floyd’s The Wall:
    „We don’t need no education
    We don’t need no thought control”
    Looks like the whole population is well programmed and marching in the direction desired by the top 1%.
    Trump or Clinton? Does not matter…..”all road leads to Rome”…..sooner than later.
    We all will be prisoners and slaves because we don’t see the wood from the tree.
    Actually we refuse to even look at the big picture because it is too far from our pro-grammed comfort zone.
    EPPUR SI MUOVE (Galilei)

    • elysianfield July 27, 2016 at 10:50 am #

      “The cat frantically chases his burning butt and cries, desperately licking the strong mustard off of the sensitive area.”

      Grey Poupon?

      • FincaInTheMountains July 27, 2016 at 11:35 am #

        Nope, Grey Poupon is weak compared to real Russian mustard – you should ask for one in the closest Russian Deli.

        Just be careful with the stuff – it was developed by the leading Russian thermonuclear physicists, so it has a power of a small A-bomb, though completely polonium-free.

        • elysianfield July 27, 2016 at 3:07 pm #

          ” completely polonium-free”

          Finc,
          I would accept…”usually polonium-free” as a more defensible statement….

          • dannyboy July 28, 2016 at 9:45 am #

            That D.H. Blair experience comes in handy!

  98. pequiste July 27, 2016 at 9:16 am #

    Jim gets top billing, and well deserved recognition, in a piece over at the Burning Platform.

    http://www.theburningplatform.com/2016/07/26/worlds-made-by-hand/

    • dannyboy July 27, 2016 at 11:01 am #

      “There is more humanity and hope in his novels than you would expect in a dystopian vision of the future.” _ Burning Platform

      kinda like CFN. “There is more humanity and hope in Kunstler’s Essays that you get in his Commenters’ dystopian vision of the future.”

      That is why Kunstler is a Commentator Excellente!

  99. fodase July 27, 2016 at 10:33 am #

    all police officers acquitted in freddie gray case

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/freddie-gray/bs-md-ci-miller-pretrial-motions-20160727-story.html

    just another nail in the myths the low-info, barbaric Left live by

    can’t reason with unreasonable people

    • dannyboy July 27, 2016 at 11:02 am #

      “can’t reason with unreasonable people” -fodase

      So stop your “Reasoning”.

      • Frankiti July 27, 2016 at 7:27 pm #

        It’s a left and right world, we aren’t going forward, we can’t go back, it looks like it’s all up from here as we are pretty far down. Time may be a fourth dimension, but the world has been parked on L or R.

        • dannyboy July 28, 2016 at 9:46 am #

          Displays internal logic.

  100. volodya July 27, 2016 at 11:00 am #

    The Russki hacker theory is much more convenient for the clean-up crew trying to spin stories about a Putin-Trump alliance. Could it be that it’s a total fabrication? Could it be that the Russkis had nothing to do with it? No, let’s not be cynical.

    But let’s say that it really was Russkis behind the DNC email caper and not that Romanian hacker Guccifer. It was Assange and his boys at wikileaks that TIMED the release. I’m sure the Russkis (if it was really them) could have released them too. Much more fun though to have wikileaks do it.

    Given that it’s that thoroughly unpoliticized and utterly unbiased law enforcement agency the FBI that’s carrying out the investigation we can surely expect the truth to come out, can’t we? Sure we can.

    Just like with Hillary’s State Department emails. If the FBI sez no evidence of criminal intent, you can take it to the bank, right? So if they say it was Russkis, then it was Russkis. Right?

    Actually, isn’t meddling in a foreign country’s election process and internal affairs something that Americans are regularly accused of?

    Would this be something that goes under the column titled “Blowback”.

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    • dannyboy July 27, 2016 at 11:04 am #

      “Actually, isn’t meddling in a foreign country’s election process and internal affairs something that Americans are regularly accused of?”

      Hey, that’s our racket and we got muscle.

    • elysianfield July 27, 2016 at 3:20 pm #

      V,
      Did not the FBI, when questioned regarding the absent Emails, state that they were regrettably missing, and unrecoverable in the ether? Should not the FBI gratefully accept any help from any source in their quest for truth? Are not the 30K of Emails considered “clues”? I see no issue regarding the release of these documents, from any source. A small honorarium might be in order for assistance rendered…maybe “the” Ukraine? Syria?

  101. volodya July 27, 2016 at 11:29 am #

    Actually, isn’t “blowback” something that only happens to Republican administrations carrying out their usual disastrous neo-con wars and – cough – interventions?

    I remember it distinctly. In fact I’ve seen it on TV but also up close and personal, right in front of me, the deeply wise and world-weary countenance of people intoning the term, usually after some Islamist terrorist outrage, sometimes paired with admonitions against Islamophobia.

    So, given that this is an enlightened, progressive, Democratic administration, one beholden to ideals reflecting all that is good and pure and noble, this couldn’t be “blowback”.

    And every objective the United States under Obama has pursued related to Russia, or affecting Russian interests, was altruistic in nature and concerned with the betterment of mankind. And Putin, blackguard though he is, would surely know this. Right? So it couldn’t POSSIBLY be blowback.

  102. FincaInTheMountains July 27, 2016 at 11:45 am #

    There is another rumor floating around regarding the DNC Email leaks:

    On Sunday morning, July 10th at about 04:20 am, 27-year-old Seth Rich, an IT employee at the DNC, was shot twice in the back a-block-and-a-half from his home.

    Police who were patrolling the area heard the shots and found Rich still conscious and breathing in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, D.C. about 2 miles directly north of the Capitol building. He died an hour later in the hospital.

    The killer did not take Rich’s wallet, credit cards or cell phone. However, his mother, Mary Rich was told by police that her son may have been the victim of a robbery.

    She was quoted by an NBC Channel 4 report saying:
    “There had been a struggle. His hands were bruised, his knees are bruised, his face is bruised, and yet he had two shots to his back, and yet they never took anything.”

    The death still remains a mystery and DC police initially put up a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, but now over 2 weeks later and no suspects in sight, the reward has been raised to $50,000.

    Twelve days after his death, Wikileaks released 20,000 emails and 8,000 attachments from 7 DNC co-workers that led to the resignation of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

    Less fortunate Ed Snowden?

    • dannyboy July 27, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

      Rumors, rumors. This must be CFN.

      Ever been to the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, D.C.?

      visiting would help explain the events.

      • FincaInTheMountains July 27, 2016 at 2:00 pm #

        Have you? Why don’t you tell what you heard?

        • dannyboy July 28, 2016 at 9:50 am #

          Gentrified, formerly predominantly Black neighborhood. Long term (multigenerational) tenants priced out. Recipe for some mayhem.

    • elysianfield July 27, 2016 at 3:24 pm #

      “Police who were patrolling the area heard the shots”

      Finc,
      Actually, no officer close to the scene…the shots were detected by static sensors, the location triangulated, then units dispatched.

  103. volodya July 27, 2016 at 12:04 pm #

    So Trump just said about the Russians, that if they hacked, they probably have Hillary’s 33,000 state dept emails. Trump sez, I hope they do.

    Makes me laugh.

    Maybe if the FBI asks nicely, Putin’s boys will be good enough to hand them over. Well, not for free seeing as it took some effort. But maybe for a fair price. After all we are not communists. Neither are they.

    Or do you think they’ll maybe give them to wikileaks for free?

    • dannyboy July 28, 2016 at 9:52 am #

      Mr. Trump called on Wednesday on Russia to hack Mrs. Clinton’s email, essentially encouraging a foreign power’s cyberspying efforts.

      • sprawlcapital July 28, 2016 at 11:28 am #

        Mr. Trump called on Wednesday on Russia . . .
        [Mr. Trump on Wednesday called on Russia . . .]

        Now, that reads better!

        • dannyboy July 29, 2016 at 8:03 am #

          And I was quoting the NYT!

          copywriters! editors!

          where are the red pens around here?

  104. fodase July 27, 2016 at 1:21 pm #

    hillary’s unsecured server emails will be released in juicy batches that will show her to be an incompetent grifter.

    the message is hampered by the collusion of the media to suppress and divert their content

    strategizing going on at the release point to overcome this to the extent
    possible

  105. Janos Skorenzy July 27, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

    The DNC: Every time the word “Black” or “Blacks” where mentioned, the crowd erupted in joyous applause. That old time religion is still growing strong. Sick. Sick. Sick. Some of these type critters even post here, believe it or not.

    Meanwhile, National Socialism embraces the Kunslterian/Mumfordian paradigm, though admittedly we are still hoping for a high tech green future. As Peter Thiel said at the RNC, we could have gone to Mars but instead chose to wipe Black butts. I’m adding the Black part in – he’s too smart to say that openly.

    http://www.dailystormer.com/make-public-transportation-great-again/

    We’re Gay tolerant and for Socialism. The Dems are going Black with “the Mothers of the Movement”, which movement isn’t made clear but obviously it’s all movements. They have given up on the Future. Therefore it belongs to us. No doubt Ozone will say with a guffaw, “That dog don’t hunt” as he chews on a blade of grass. He desperately wants to be a Southern Good Ol’ boy you see. Red Neck envy is a serious problem among rural Liberals….

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    • malthuss July 27, 2016 at 1:39 pm #

      bowel movement.

  106. pequiste July 27, 2016 at 1:29 pm #

    Even after the Mother’s of The Movement gave heart rendering accounts last evening at the Democrat convention of how their now deceased little angels were victims, and how my heart was grieving, yet again Police Lives Don’t Matter (and African-American lives too, to a certain demographic:)

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/persons-of-interest-idd-in-fla-nightclub-shooting/ar-BBuU6XX

    Good thing the cop shot back. A charming young gentleman (from the photo: vile, loathesome and odious) I’m sure, yet I’m cornfuzed why the cop only shot to wound the poor misunderstood yout’ – aggravated assault on a police officer? He should get an Obama sanctioned sinecure (he could be Barry O’s son!) plus a “rap” recording contract from Russell Simmons or Pee Doody, but he will get his Due Process from this country instead of a burning necklace, the kind they use in SOWETO in the former U. of S.A.(Union of South Africa.)

    http://www.sickchirpse.com/necklacing/

    • malthuss July 27, 2016 at 1:42 pm #

      Yahoo was celebrating Mike Jordan, who wants the popo to stop killing YBM.
      comments were more interesting—

      Undoubtedly, however, sneakers continue to create opportunities for some problems to play out. Early on, the Sneakerheadz clip shows news footage from a mob scene of customers stampeding to get newly released Jordans, and stories of actual deaths are far from rare.
      What can be done about it? Twenty-five years after Sports Illustrated’s big story, there’s still no good answer

      Why doesn’t Jordan-speaks-out-on-air jordan-shootings-i-can-no-longer-stay-silent-??
      1,200 people are killed each year over Jordan sneakers

      Why didn’t Jordan-speaks-out-on-air jordan-shootings-i-can-no-longer-stay-silent-??
      1,200 people are killed each year over Jordan sneakers
      Americans are willing to kill each other for shoes. And while each fatal incident may seem like a freak occurrence, sneaker-motivated deaths can mount over time.

      An estimated 1,200 people die over sneakers every year, according to a video posted Nov. 14 by GQ magazine. Excerpted from a recent documentary on sneaker culture called Sneakerheadz, the video suggests one factor in the violence is the marketing hype machine that transforms sneaker releases into consumer feeding frenzies.

      David T. Friendly, the director of the documentary, says the source of the statistic is an estimate offered by opponents of these marketing strategies originally reported by ABC News. “As a general comment, let me just say we were extremely sensitive to the issue of violence associated with sneaker sales while making our documentary,” Friendly said in a statement when asked if he’d received any indication the figure was inaccurate. “We carefully checked our source and still reported that number only as an estimate.” But whether it was 1 death or 1,000, he added, it’s enough that manufacturers should take the maximum precautions possible to protect lives.

      “It didn’t surprise me that kids would become violent and really ferocious about these shoes, because the way [companies] market them, they market them as if they’re the dream,” Mike Epps, the actor and avid sneaker collector, says in the video.
      In particular, critics have accused basketball legend Michael Jordan and manufacturer Nike, which owns the Jordan brand, of encouraging frenzied behavior over their shoes.

      The most sought-after Jordans are expensive and released in limited quantities, making them highly sought-after and valuable. In October, former NBA star Stephon Marbury singled out Jordan in association with “kids dying over shoes,” when he announced the return of his own $15 Starbury sneakers to market.

      Jordan has been robbing the hood since. Kids dying for shoes and the only face this dude makes is I don’t care. The time will change!
      5:26 PM – 4 Oct 2015

      Nike and Adidas have tried various measures to stem the bloodshed that can occur as people anxiously line up for sneakers, and Nike even changed the timing of its sneaker releases from midnight to morning, believing people would be less aggressive. But deaths don’t just occur during launches.
      There are deeper societal issues of violence and status involved. Looking back at Sports Illustrated’s famous 1990 cover story, “Your Sneakers or Your Life,” which focused on the murder of a 15-year-old boy over his Jordans and brought sneaker violence to national attention, it’s evident that the 17-year-old killer in that case didn’t do it just for the shoes.
      The victims of these crimes are disproportionately young, black men. !!!!!!!!!!!!! [and who are da killaz?]

      • tucsonspur July 27, 2016 at 5:48 pm #

        The next design line features Jordan blowing smoke off the muzzle of a mac-9 on the outside ankles, and literally shooting basketballs on the inside. Deaths will soar, but so will sales. Nome sayin’?

  107. pequiste July 27, 2016 at 3:16 pm #

    Police lives matter except to a demographic that respects nuthin (dindu)

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/charges-announced-in-fatal-shooting-of-kck-police-capt-dave-melton/ar-BBuDhNL

    Vile and odious just like the Yzlamik terror.

    The Democrat COnvention theme this evening should be a scream.

    • dannyboy July 29, 2016 at 8:07 am #

      Don’t scream. It makes you look kinda…

  108. Frankiti July 27, 2016 at 4:35 pm #

    Today Trump said, that he hopes the Russians found Hillary’s missing emails.

    The press spin: Trump wants Russia to hack into Hillary’s emails…

    I really enjoyed Chomsky’s ‘Manufacturing Consent’, I get it, but the bias was once nuanced or better concealed. Now it’s in the open, as is Hillary’s corruption and Trump’s ham-handedness. As is the destruction of our economy, our ‘nation’ our norms. There is no point in maintaining artifice, a face, a mask. And it can’t be maintained in the information overload age. The mask is off, and it’s one big un-costumed ball of uglies in the Veneto.

    • FincaInTheMountains July 27, 2016 at 5:06 pm #

      Everybody got those [bleeping] emails, starting from ISIS and ending with FBI. Of course FSB got them too by following Guccifer afer he tried to hack into the Kremlin’s Web Site – or a least that is their technical spin proving that they got it legally – not by hacking the DNC Server directly.

      • dannyboy July 29, 2016 at 8:25 am #

        Hugh Hefner got his hands on them first.

        Again

    • Elrond Hubbard July 29, 2016 at 12:25 pm #

      Frankiti: “I really enjoyed Chomsky’s ‘Manufacturing Consent’…”

      Poor Edward S. Herman. No one ever remembers him, even though he’s the first credited of the two co-authors.

  109. FincaInTheMountains July 27, 2016 at 4:58 pm #

    “Roll call” – detail electors voting by each State during the Convention, Bernie Sanders urged not to pursue and to nominate Clinton “by acclamation”.

    What does it mean I do not understand, but after the announcement of this the States Roll Call had stopped. And each State votes separately on the Convention and the State Secretary certifies the signature of each of the super-delegate.

    I understand that Hillary was nominated by the same Wasserman-Schultz, who stole the election and after the convention will be fired. And she managed to do this because the only rival of Hillary – Bernie Sander – admitted defeat and they stopped voting. From supporters of Bernie Sanders it is known that several hundred delegates then simply left the Convention, saying: No vote, no unity.

    Forums then simply exploded, as no mention in the press I’ve seen so far.

    Indeed some pornography.

  110. PeteAtomic July 27, 2016 at 5:36 pm #

    If anybody is watching the DNC and believing that things like ‘debt free college’ ’15 dollar min. wage’ and ‘expansion of medicare’ will actually happen, then you are totally deluding yourself.
    The federal government will not be able to assume the massive liabilities inherent in any new social program without trillion dollar sized debt expansion. It will not happen.

    Furthermore, attempting to shift the close to 50% of monies in the current budget away from the defense industry and defense relevant agencies (like veterans affairs, state/CIA related costs, etc.) will not happen. WILL NOT HAPPEN.

    It’s so fascinating to watch grown adults suddenly trade their objectivity & sense of reality every 4 years for pixie dust & magical thinking during these presidential races.

    If the democrats win this cycle, be prepared to hear the howling of “diversity” and racial participation obsession, when all of the alchemical charlatanism of the DNC platform predictably falls well short or disappears altogether after the election is over. Sloganeering will be the only thing they have left.

    Is there something in the water? Is the phase of the full moon semi-permanent right now?

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    • Frankiti July 27, 2016 at 6:12 pm #

      After George Dumbya Bush, we’ve become a nation of masochists, self-defeating personality disorder in full paroxysm. The Democratic Party is the national hair-shirt, our flagellation broadcast to the world. We continue to be evil, we continue our penance… we will break ourselves.

    • Dumbedup July 28, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

      Those things won’t come to pass with this Congress. In truth, both candidates are saying things that are either ridiculous on their face because they either can’t be done or there is no will to do them. But the Democratic Party makes these promises to assuage their progressive wing while pursuing neocon foreign policy. Trump makes promises about a wall, deals with Putin, prosecuting doctors who perform abortions and the like to appeal to the ultra-conservative wing of the Republican Party. I can’t stomach the hypocrisy and doubletalk by either party.

      This past weekend some friends and I sat around and tried to hash out the issues we face as a nation. After the arguing and demagoguery ceased it turns out that not even my right wing friends are happy. They support Trump but acknowledge his lack of mastery over statecraft and appreciation for Democratic principles and worry that he will blunder simply because he lacks experience or because he is so authoritarian.

      It really comes down to what issues are most important to you and whether you think that Trump’s style and rhetoric will change (Will he will become more “Presidential”) if he is elected. We know what we will get from Hillary.

      Gary Johnson appeals to me more every day. He is Trump without the fascist flair.

  111. Frankiti July 27, 2016 at 6:24 pm #

    The nomination of Clinton only serves to prove our animalism, the primacy of our instinctual reptilian mind. Our human weakness. Impulse over rationalism. The V is a force of power, the weak minded are all drawn back to it. Like Schrödinger’s cat, nobody knows if there is a pussy in that box, and nobody really wants to find out, yet it draws crowds, takes checks, and pulls voting levers.

    • Pucker July 27, 2016 at 6:56 pm #

      That’s it! The Americans are “Weak Minded”. That’s what their problem is! The Americans have “Weak Minds” that are easily dominated by propaganda or material or psychotropic inducement.

      • Pucker July 27, 2016 at 7:06 pm #

        The Americans have been mentally broken down into programmable consumers in order to serve the economic system as “Consumers”. So the Americans have very Weak Minds that can’t withstand advertising.

        • Frankiti July 27, 2016 at 7:10 pm #

          Well consumer want to know

        • Frankiti July 27, 2016 at 7:15 pm #

          Everything, and literally everything, is marketing. From proselytizing religions to presidential candidates. I was taught from a young age, and I taught it to my own, that everyone is trying to get in your pants, not your zipper, but your pockets, and if they can’t reach in, they’ll take a shortcut through your ear.

      • Thinkgloballyactlocally July 27, 2016 at 10:15 pm #

        Not only the Americans. The whole species’ mind is weakened. The question is: ” Why? Why we use only 10% of our potential? The “hardware ” is there….but the software…..the software is wrong. Home edition. We should update to the Ultimate (Universal? Ubermensch?) version. I mean everyone not only the pale faced ones….:-)
        Enlightenment, anyone?

        • dannyboy July 29, 2016 at 11:38 am #

          I’m in

    • PeteAtomic July 27, 2016 at 6:56 pm #

      good posts Frank, thanks

  112. Pucker July 27, 2016 at 6:53 pm #

    Bernie Sanders cut a deal with Hillary and the DNC for the use of a private plane and a $20 million book deal so that he can be in the 1%.

    I’m going to eat some small green Hunan chili peppers so that when I take a crap I’ll “Feel the Berne Out”.

    • PeteAtomic July 27, 2016 at 6:57 pm #

      ha ha ha ha

      too funny

    • Frankiti July 27, 2016 at 7:09 pm #

      Eat them with numbing Sichuan peppercorns and add ghost peppers. And you still won’t feel the anal pain of a Sanders-head touring fan.

    • dannyboy July 29, 2016 at 8:11 am #

      toilet jokes?

      • Elrond Hubbard July 29, 2016 at 1:14 pm #

        A good old-fashioned toilet joke is a breath of fresh air compared to some of the rhetoric that flies around here unremarked. For example, I was unaware of the jolly neologism “mudsharking” before I saw it being used in this forum.

        JHK himself isn’t innocent either. As the URL reveals, Jim originally titled last week’s post something like “Not doin’ nuttin'” before apparently thinking better of it. Comparing that to the etymology of the racial slur “dindu” suggests something about Mr. Kunstler’s mentality regarding race. Jim is serious enough about free speech to let a fair bit of anti-Semitism get expressed as well, but that doesn’t make him a beacon of enlightenment.

    • Elrond Hubbard July 29, 2016 at 1:03 pm #

      Sanders never expected to win the nomination — he was as surprised as anyone by how close he came. His more realistic aim was to move the Overton window and force the Democratic party to make concessions to its left wing, who have long been jollied along with empty rhetoric combined with dire warnings that the only alternative, whoever the Republican nominee might be, would be far worse. By that measure, his campaign was highly successful.

      Whether policies like a $15 minimum wage, free college tuition, et cetera actually get implemented or not, the neoliberals have lost their absolute stranglehold on the politically permissible, thanks largely to Bernie Sanders.

  113. jhon July 27, 2016 at 9:17 pm #

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcC5BeU96Rs

  114. Pucker July 27, 2016 at 9:49 pm #

    Bernie Sanders—the Socialist One Percenter….Man of the People…. What a fuck’n joke!

    Bernie Sanders doesn’t ride the sardine packed subway every morning to work because now he has his own private plane, and he can retire on the royalties from his $20 million book deal.

  115. Pucker July 28, 2016 at 12:13 am #

    I’m not sure of the origin and development of Bernie Sanders campaign? I suspect that it developed organically around Bernie through the Internet and the social media savvy Millennials? Bernie may have just ridden the wave to feather his own nest?

    The Millennials may see in Bernie Sanders what they want to see?

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    • Pucker July 28, 2016 at 1:05 am #

      “I believe in Jim Jones.”

    • dannyboy July 29, 2016 at 8:13 am #

      Started in Brooklyn, when I was in school.

  116. FincaInTheMountains July 28, 2016 at 5:14 am #

    Senior porn(continue)

    After Obama’s speech, which 90% consisted of reminders of his accomplishments and how Hillary Clinton spoiled his life (first as secretary of state, and then simply being the Queen of the flying monkeys and the head of US party of war), and 10% of the exaggerated to absurdity (or sabotage) compliments to Hillary Clinton such as, “no one has ever been better prepared for the post of US president,” Bastinda climbed on stage and performed this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUwQbKb1WvU

    • pequiste July 28, 2016 at 8:09 am #

      Barry O. accomplishment:

      JFK put a man on the moon.

      Obama put a man in the women’s toilet.

      • FincaInTheMountains July 28, 2016 at 8:28 am #

        O tempora, o mores!

      • Elrond Hubbard July 29, 2016 at 2:55 pm #

        Trans people have been around since time immemorial, using the toilets like anyone else. Recently a few state legislatures, seized by psychosexual panic far, FAR out of proportion to any real-world threat, tried passing legislation to throw the full weight of the state at a very small and vulnerable minority, as a way of making themselves feel better. As for what all this state-level political nonsense has to do with Obama, maybe you could explain?

  117. BackRowHeckler July 28, 2016 at 6:54 am #

    2016, this ain’t the Summer of Love, my friends, but the Summer of Blood!

    (Summer of Love, 1967, Allen Ginsburg and poet Gary Snyder in Golden Gate Park, its finger cymbals and Ooms all around under a haze of smoke. Now its Musatafa in an explosive vest, toting a Kalashnikov, groovy!)

    My how things have changed.

    “YES WE CAN!!”

    This Priest decapitated in his chapel saying mass, and elderly man, in Normandy. An eye opener? A slap in the face by brutal reality? Hey Pierre, it might be time to step up, forego the soft living, and take care of the business of defending your country before you have no country left. The EU Elite drone on about ‘Tolerance’ and ‘Our European Values’ — mostly in their mouthpieces BBC, FT of London and the Guardian … Mohammed is telling you loud and clear what he thinks of you and your ‘European Values’ every time he lops off a head or guns down a Frenchman.

    “Take your ‘European Values’, you limp dick suckers, and shove them up your ass” … that’s what Mustafa is saying to you!

    –brh

    • elysianfield July 28, 2016 at 11:37 am #

      BRH,
      The BBC just reported, this AM, that Angela Merkel just “doubled-down” on Germany’s immigration policy…stating that there will be NO change in immigration as a result of recent…issues.

      How do they like it now? Apparently, a lot….

  118. BackRowHeckler July 28, 2016 at 7:10 am #

    Somebody above mentioned Indian Point nuclear reactor, possible trouble there … one of our young family members works in Manhattan (for an energy company), texted me, ‘squadron of black helicopters headed north up the Hudson River’. At first I thought he was busting my balls, as he is wont to do, as in “black helicopters are coming, put on your tinfoil hat”.

    But no, it was not a joke, helos were headed north, and in hurry. Nothing on the news about trouble a Indian Point, tho.

    brh

    • Thinkgloballyactlocally July 28, 2016 at 8:17 am #

      I put on my tinfoil cap anyway, just in case…..

    • ozone July 28, 2016 at 8:45 am #

      BRH,
      What a whimpering way for us in this region to go out, eh? …As per usual, as victims of hubris and the striving for profit above common sense and a modicum of safe practices. Fucking pathetic.

      • BackRowHeckler July 28, 2016 at 9:11 am #

        Oz, you mean being cooked in a meltdown?

        brh

        • ozone July 28, 2016 at 12:10 pm #

          Yep.

          • dannyboy July 29, 2016 at 10:11 am #

            Any more Justifications for Resignation & Defeat under development?

          • ozone July 29, 2016 at 11:07 am #

            Ah, Dannyboy, you have made the self-damning mistake of assuming that facing dangers, both real and eminently possible, results in resignation and defeat. For some of us [non-followers], it’s quite the opposite; it’s a spur to action.
            Try to remember that in future…

          • dannyboy July 29, 2016 at 7:40 pm #

            ozone, Man of Action, what action is this you speak of?

          • ozone July 30, 2016 at 1:26 pm #

            dannyboy “wants to know”. Too bad; speculation is the root of all confusion. I intend for that to remain so…

          • dannyboy July 30, 2016 at 7:22 pm #

            so you got nuttin.

    • stelmosfire July 28, 2016 at 11:34 am #

      Hey Marlin, A flock of CH-47’s ( Chinooks} flew over my house yesterday headed WNW, I never see those double rotor-ed monsters around here. I don’t have a clue as to why. Just sayin’

    • dannyboy July 29, 2016 at 8:17 am #

      “Somebody above mentioned Indian Point nuclear reactor, possible trouble there … one of our young family members works in Manhattan (for an energy company), texted me, ‘squadron of black helicopters headed north up the Hudson River’. At first I thought he was busting my balls, as he is wont to do, as in “black helicopters are coming, put on your tinfoil hat”.

      But no, it was not a joke, helos were headed north, and in hurry. Nothing on the news about trouble a Indian Point, tho.” BRH

      I love the smell of Rumor & Gossip on CFN!

      R & G on CFN!

  119. BackRowHeckler July 28, 2016 at 8:31 am #

    Manhattanite ‘Danny Boy’ correct me if I’m wrong, but Indian River Nuclear Power Plant is up in Washington Irving country, those ancient, isolated Dutch villages north of NYC, where the headless horseman rode, and Rip Van Winkle returned after his 20 year nap.

    brh

    • dannyboy July 29, 2016 at 8:18 am #

      If you read it in “Rip Van Winkle” it must be true.

  120. ozone July 28, 2016 at 9:09 am #

    Although Jeffery St. Clair is guilty of the self-destructive sins of wishful thinking and piteous projection (*multiple* counts), this bullet-point coverage of the DNC’s hallucinatory and hypocritical clown-show and douche-fest is quite funny:

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/28/night-of-the-hollow-men-notes-from-the-democratic-convention/

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  121. volodya July 28, 2016 at 10:26 am #

    Dannyboy, Dannyboy,

    Sadly you bought into the Democratic party spin. Maybe you’re a Democrat partisan. No matter what your motives are, nobody with a stitch of sense would buy into that brand of nonsense. See, these are just efforts to deflect from Hillary’s monumental folly if not outright criminality.

    No, sadder still, owing to Hillary’s flagrant disregard for the law and the national interest and any semblance of common sense, the Russians likely have a complete record of Hillary’s State Dept emails. Most unfortunate.

    Now, given that the contents of those deleted emails are as yet unknown, maybe the Russians will be good enough to share them. Doesn’t hurt to ask. Which is what Trump did. No point asking Hillary.

    • dannyboy July 29, 2016 at 8:21 am #

      volodya,

      You lost me at “No matter what your motives are, nobody with a stitch of sense would buy into that brand of nonsense. ”

      not convincing enough

  122. Q. Shtik July 28, 2016 at 10:54 am #

    Strange, a Janos comment was removed here. How does that happen? How was it removed? – Frankiti

    Removed by the Moderator. – dannyboy

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

    Janos, please settle this. Was one of your comments removed by our host?

    This would not be his usual MO. Usually he would reprimand a commenter publicly for making a scurrilous remark or, at minimum, would email him a warning (as he did me for playing the self-appointed school marm) and then remove the offensive comment.

    • volodya July 28, 2016 at 11:23 am #

      Maybe it was a glitch.

    • Janos Skorenzy July 28, 2016 at 1:43 pm #

      Can’t remember in this case. It does happen if that’s the question. Therefore since it does happen, it can be done. I’m reasoning inductively here. Deduction wouldn’t work here since just because it can be done doesn’t mean that it is done.

      Of course, maybe it’s something else. That’s the weakness of induction apart from testing – the complete scientific method. Maybe posts just disappear apart from any moderators or moderation. Maybe some force or higher Kosher authority imposes its Will occasionally. Or maybe it’s just arbitrary. As Stephen King said, the Past is being eaten by the Langoliers. Someone has to. You can’t just let thing linger because that would interfere with the living present, cluttering it up to the point of toxicity. So maybe a hungry Langolier saw a nice treat and ate it ahead of schedule. They have very sharp teeth….

      • Frankiti July 28, 2016 at 2:03 pm #

        You accused me of being a mass murdering atheist, does that ring a bell?

        • Frankiti July 28, 2016 at 2:05 pm #

          well, an advocate of the former..

          • Janos Skorenzy July 28, 2016 at 2:17 pm #

            What? You openly rejoice at the death of the religious. Your only selling point is that at least you seem fair about it and want all of them killed from any and all religions.

            “It’s promise was whispered in the first day s of the Creation under the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil: “Ye shall be as gods.” It is the great alternative faith of mankind. Like all great faiths, its force derives from a simple vision…The Communist Vision is a vision of Man without God.”

            Whitaker Chambers, “Witness”

            Maybe you are a very religious man after all.

    • Janos Skorenzy July 28, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

      More than one, apparently. Danny’s doing no doubt.

      • dannyboy July 29, 2016 at 8:04 am #

        So there IS a Jewish Conspiracy!

  123. volodya July 28, 2016 at 11:12 am #

    Elysianfield, the way I see it there’s a couple possibilities. One is that the FBI already have the 30,000 “deleted” emails and are sitting on them.

    Now, I know what you’re thinking, these Virginia farm boys aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer and so how long can they expect to keep them under wraps before some hacker gets them or some idealistic young turk inside FBI ranks dumps them out?

    I know what you’re asking and I know you’ve already fished out the answer, the FBI would be sitting on them because they’re festering with all manner of national security timebombs. To release them would raise a lot of consternation and questions like why take a pass on recommending prosecution of Hillary?

    You and I know the answer, the decision was entirely political. In a Democratic presidency the administration of justice is blind except to partisan considerations. So the way the FBI sees it, they’ll sit on the emails, and if push comes to shove, they really will try to erase them. But for now they take their chances and sit on them.

    As to the possibility that the Russians have them and are waiting for an opportune moment to release them, well, let’s hold our horses. Let’s not assume that the Russian calculation results in ruining Hillary’s presidency or her chances in the election. Maybe it’s as yet unknown to the US government what state or non-state actor has those emails and maybe the Russians would like to keep it that way for their own nefarious purposes. We don’t know what decision process Putin and his boys ran through. Maybe they deem Hillary so boundlessly boneheaded that they WANT a President H R Clinton.

    As to your suggestion that the FBI should gratefully accept help, yes they should. Hence the Donald’s asking for help, and yes, the stakes are such that an honorarium would be in order.

    And, as to your suggestion of “the” Ukraine or Syria, well, why not? The US would be “giving up” things it has no hold on anyway.

    • elysianfield July 28, 2016 at 12:24 pm #

      V,
      I think that the FBI, NSA, and certain other governmental entities are, of course, in possession of the Emails in question. Having said they don’t have possession requires a 3rd party’s “intervention”…Not a state player such as Russia, but an Assange-type cut-out, of sorts.

      Will the whored-up news media fully document any releases? I have doubts. Consider Roger Ailes leaving Fox…this puts the only right of center reportage in turmoil…maybe a sea change to more politically correct reporting? RT, which would normally step up, may have been neutralized because of the Russian/Putin comments…CCTV has, currently, little viewership, and even lesser credibility (They ARE Godless Commies, you know).

      I am eagerly awaiting the Trump/Clinton debates…Very High Drama…a veritable cage-match to the death. No rules. If Clinton has an ounce of sense, she will refuse the debates. Trump knows the score, and he will be in his most “New York” rude and ruthless mode. Unsayable things will be said…Cazart!

      Ukraine and Syria…why not, indeed!

      • dannyboy July 29, 2016 at 10:04 am #

        Coauthoring a political thriller?

        or is it Science Fiction?

        • elysianfield July 30, 2016 at 4:27 pm #

          Dannyboy,
          It is my most fervent wish that the transcript of the upcoming debates will read like cheap, pulp fiction…poorly written, violent, prurient, and deserving of a Bullwer-Lytton award….

      • sprawlcapital July 29, 2016 at 12:07 pm #

        Elysian:
        Unsayable things will be said…
        =======================
        I hope he is able to stay calm, to stay focused, and then is able to say these things in complete sentences.

        • elysianfield July 30, 2016 at 4:39 pm #

          “I hope he is able to stay calm, to stay focused, and then is able to say these things in complete sentences.”

          Sprawl,
          I think the election may depend upon the utter destruction of what is left of Clinton’s reputation…Sturm und Drung. If Trump’s invective requires the monosyllabic as well as poor sentence structure, broken English, and in a Artie Johnson fake-German accent, so be it. Consider Trump’s demographic. Revolutionary theatre….

  124. FincaInTheMountains July 28, 2016 at 11:43 am #

    The Kremlin is polite and cautious, and its “oppression” is not too oppressive.

    The security agencies are driven into the legal field and balance each other, while work on purifying their cadres.

    The capital’s elite groups are delicately placed one against the other – and allow the whole structure to keep the balance.

    Regional elite periodically are being pulled to the federal level, thus strengthening the centralism of the ruling class.

    Jail time is only for those who committed serious crimes. Putin does not allow the armchair political wars to escalate into repressions.

    Putin, the most demonized head of Russia since the days of Stalin, no matter how much pressure from the outside, is the most humane ruler in a very long line of Russian Tsars, General Secretaries and Presidents.

    Sometime in the future, Putin’s bloodless method of building the state management system for country that had almost drowned in rebellion, thievery, nihilism and separatism, will be taught in universities.

    • FincaInTheMountains July 28, 2016 at 11:50 am #

      In 2002, Putin on the request of NATO negotiated a settlement of a conflict between India and Pakistan that almost went nuclear.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001%E2%80%9302_India%E2%80%93Pakistan_standoff

    • Janos Skorenzy July 28, 2016 at 1:48 pm #

      100% true. Look how merciful he was to Pussy Riot, the demonic girls who really deserved years of hard labor in Siberia. When will people begin to appreciate this man’s compassion and wisdom? Or will they notice them and mistake them for weakness? A fatal mistake, perhaps for the whole world.

      • dannyboy July 29, 2016 at 10:05 am #

        And I guess you found this out when googling “pussy”?

        • Janos Skorenzy July 29, 2016 at 2:28 pm #

          Jews control the Porn Industry.

          • Elrond Hubbard July 29, 2016 at 3:23 pm #

            Non sequitur. But potentially useful as a non-denial.

          • JimInFlorida July 29, 2016 at 7:31 pm #

            Jews monopolize the Seven Deadly Sins industries.

          • dannyboy July 29, 2016 at 7:44 pm #

            JIMBO, more Googled Truth?

            Aside to Kunstler: you provide the forum for this to go on. I don’t believe one worD of the “free speech” rationale, as you have, in the past, explained TO ME why you allow this to continue.

          • dannyboy July 29, 2016 at 7:51 pm #

            Janos,

            So you are knowingly making us rich with your porning. That’s the sickest case I ever heard.

            “Hate ’em, love ’em

            Stroke” – J

          • JimInFlorida July 30, 2016 at 8:21 am #

            Dan, a hog amongst his kind sees no filth or anything out of order.

            Thus, you are willfully blind to the unmentionables who dominate America’s institutions of deviancy i.e. porn, gambling, pro-sports franchises, loansharking, the Israeli lobby, etc.

          • dannyboy July 30, 2016 at 11:46 am #

            “hog”

            that leaves me out.

  125. volodya July 28, 2016 at 11:50 am #

    The Counterpunch story was hilarious. That Hunter Thompson breakfast had enough to keep me going for three days. Some “pockets” my ass.

    Delusion is maladaptive. First comes the political unrest what with Bernie and Trump. No doubt the DemoRepublicrats will ignore it. And then the upheaval surely follows with hard-men with a liking for arm-bands leading it. For all this blather about Trumpian fascism, let’s just say these ninnies that blather on about it don’t know from fascism.

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    • Elrond Hubbard July 29, 2016 at 3:34 pm #

      “Delusion is maladaptive.”

      Not necessarily. Shared delusions can be a useful in-group marker; hence religion.

      “A delusion has been defined as a fixed false belief that the social group as a whole does not share. What makes someone ‘ill’ is the failure to persuade others of the truth of the belief. All the prophet is doing is asking potential converts to exchange one arbitrary belief system for another. Bigelow noted that ‘each group requires something intimate, unique to itself, around which its members can cohere. Irrational beliefs serve this purpose far better than rational ones: they are not only easier to produce, but also less likely to be confused with enemy beliefs.’ It is the arbitrary character of the new belief system, like the arbitrary shapes and colors of a flag, that make it such a good ‘in-group marker.'”

      — Jay R. Feierman, The Biology of Religious Behavior: The Evolutionary Origins of Faith and Religion

  126. volodya July 28, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

    Damas y caballeros,

    Con respecto a Back Row Heckler’s post about Mohammed telling the preening French what’s what, there’s a scene in the Godfather part 2 where Michael Corleone recounts witnessing the suicide of a Cuban revolutionary who blew himself up and took a police captain with him.

    Said Hyman Roth: What does that tell you?

    Replied Michael: They can win.

    Facing the jihadist are the flaccid French, the self-loathing Germans, the cafe layabout Greeks, the preening mama’s boy Italians. And the others in the mess of the EU, too numerous to mention but variously incompetent, lazy, stupid, corrupt, preyed upon by vampiric oligarchs. None of them remotely with the vim and vigor to counter what’s facing them.

    Can they win? What do you think? Of course they can win. Hard to lose given the – cough – opposition, if you can call it that. Hard to contemplate an act like opening immigration floodgates without concluding that it was in cahoots with the worst elements in that burning garbage dump of Middle Eastern Islamic despotism.

    Is Islam a religion of peace? Or a psychotic death cult? What do you think? What does it matter? What matters is this: can they win?

    What about on this side of the pond? As they said over on the ArchDruid site a while back, Islam could end up in Europe as the religion of the downtrodden and dispossessed. As we’ve been saying for a while now, given that the Oligarchs and their bi-coastal clerisy threw overboard large areas of the US and hearing the dismissive (at best) rhetoric coming from the Democrats towards those people that got thrown overboard, I wouldn’t underestimate Islam here even if gets its spark as a stick-in-the-eye of Oligarchs and their liberal elite helpers.

    In my view, change tends to be gradual and then tumultuous and violent. So here’s a prediction, given the violent tendencies of youngsters subscribing to that religion, there will be blood. That’s not much of a prediction as we’re seeing blood now, quite a lot of it, all over the world. But Islam is coming here and, to mark its coming, there’s a steady recurrence of violent acts. I think that on this side of the world, it will be the liberals that tout multi-culturalism that will be the ones that bear the brunt, liberal multi-cultis being most averse to the religious absolutism of the true believer. The true believer knows this. The multi-cultis will try to shape-shift to save their sorry asses, they will proclaim solidarity and tolerance. They will talk about mutual accommodation, to live and let live. But they won’t be in a position to negotiate terms. And the true believer won’t be fooled. And besides, he will ask himself why does he need “tolerance” from anyone, least of all from those godless degenerates?

    To multi-culti liberal elites who encourage and empower all of this, who say it’s for the most high-minded of motives and who think they can stand above the mayhem: sow the wind, reap the whirlwind.

    • elysianfield July 28, 2016 at 3:39 pm #

      ” can they win?

      What about on this side of the pond? As they said over on the ArchDruid site a while back, Islam could end up in Europe as the religion of the downtrodden and dispossessed.

      You know that God loves the poor, downtrodden and dispossessed, as he made so many of them….

  127. stelmosfire July 28, 2016 at 1:55 pm #

    So here I am bustin’ my ba##s and these dual engine Gulfstreams are lifting off all day long. Who the heck is in these things? I have been in them to pick up old constipated farts from a long distance trip. I’m talkin’ supreme leather seats, big screen TV’s, super hot hostesses, wine the works. Yea , maybe I’m jealous. Then they preach about global warming ( Which I believe to be accelerating) but come on! The common man is on the ground with a shovel and a hammer!

    http://www.gulfstream.com/product-support/service-centers/westfield

    • volodya July 28, 2016 at 2:19 pm #

      The Archdruid just wrote a blogpost about this very problem, wealthy elites that yammer on and on about global warming, flying to conferences about global warming, never for one minute personally doing anything to counter global warming. Give up the personal jet? Stop flying? Give up the SUV? Not on your life. Sacrifice is for little people.

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