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Between vanishing livelihoods, car-jackings gone wild, fears of stroking out or infarcting from their mRNA boosters, threats of nuclear annihilation over Ukraine, and remorseless waves of mindfuckery emanating from the evil machine fronted by “Joe Biden,” is it any wonder that Americans struggle to understand what is happening to our country?

Last week, the “president” blurted out “we beat Big Pharma!” That was a shocker. He didn’t elaborate. Did the White House staff and the Pfizer C-suite meet for a volleyball game at Rehoboth beach? Karine Jean-Pierre didn’t say. Nor did anyone mention the government-purchased 171-million doses of the new bivalent Covid “vaccines” the FDA is rolling out. Do you wonder what the price-per-dose was? Go suck an egg… you’re not allowed to know. The compliant search engines will not tell you. Not even the one that goes quack. That was some “beat,” though, huh? Wait for the news about who actually steps up to take this new, virtually untested shot. Hint: people who live under a rock.

This week, the “commander-in-chief” declared that his Inflation Reduction Act quashed inflation. Roger that, sir! You are the King Canute of economics! They had a party on the White House lawn to celebrate. James Taylor came down to fluff the crowd with song, leaving his brain behind in the Berkshires. Then, “Joe Biden” flew into his now-customary ‘roid rage, huffing and puffing and blowing smoke up America’s ass. The stock markets were not fooled. The very hour “JB” was dialing up the gaslight, the DOW landed 1,200-plus points below its morning open. Thud….

They are working this old dog hard as all their narratives shred, the economy heads south, and a karma train chugs down the tracks with a cargo of retribution aimed at the Party of Chaos and all its wicked, seditious, tyrannical flunkies. “Joe Biden” knows that he’s in its headlight. Joshua Philip at The Epoch Times’s CrossroadsET podcast had an elegant theory about the backstage doings concerning the fate of The Big Guy. (Check out shows for Sept 12 and 13.)

What “JB” fears, Mr. Philip says, is that his nemesis, Mr. Trump, following a decisive Red win in the 2022 midyears, will manage to get a few key states to de-certify their 2020 electoral college votes — based on proven ballot fraud — thus triggering a “contingency election” in the US House of Representatives, with one vote for each state, which Mr. Trump would likely win. Far out as it sounds, the machinery for all this is embedded deep in the constitution and federal statutory law.

The so-called Deep State — yes, that one… the administrative Moloch that ate Washington — fears for its existence in such a seemingly far-out case. As it should. Because Mr. Trump would replace the sniveling tool Merrick Garland with an Attorney General interested in restoring the rule of law, which will necessarily require the imposition of said law on a large cast of sinister characters in the federal bureaucracy, plus not a few elected officials, who have engaged in systematic seditious treachery lo these many years.

Among these are the upper ranks of the FBI, whose multi-year illegal antics have climaxed in the August raid on Mar-a-Lago, and the September blitz of late-night, SWAT-team subpoena servings and phone-grabbings on Mr. Trump’s associates and lawyers. Seems the FBI might have been rope-a-doped on the Mar-a-Lago caper. What the FBI confiscated were reams of evidence of the agency’s own misconduct dating back through the RussiaGate op. Then they attempted to hide the list of all that material by redacting the affidavit that accompanied the search warrant. Their aim: to designate all that evidence inadmissible in future proceedings against them due to it being tagged to an “ongoing investigation” that will never end. This has been FBI Chief Chris Wray’s ploy every time he’s been faced with serious questioning in Congress. I can’t speak about ongoing investigations….

Late Thursday, however, federal Judge Aileen Cannon blocked the FBI’s use of the seized material in any criminal probe against Mr. Trump, and, at his request, appointed a “Special Master” to sort out the true ownership and privilege status of the docs. The Special Master is one retired federal judge Raymond J. Dearie. Mr. Dearie has until November 30 to complete his review of the material. By then, of course, the midterm election will be over; the FBI and its parent agency, the DOJ, will be making plans to do some ‘splainin’ to the new Congress come January. Game, set… Mr. Trump. Match to-be-determined.

Two more miscellaneous items du jour:

Is Special Counsel John Durham preparing to fold up his tent? Some observers think so. He disbanded his grand jury. The trial of Igor Danchenko awaits, a subsidiary character in the RussiaGate saga. If it is so that Mr. Durham’s inquiry ends with this minnow, then it will be the most astounding cover-up of an official crime spree in US history. What is the net result of Mr. Durham’s work to date? Conviction of FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith for falsifying documents in a FISA Court proceeding — with no punishment. Presiding over the Clinesmith trial was Judge James Boasberg, a FISA court judge himself, who was repeatedly snookered by the FBI in issuing FISA warrants against Trump associates. The mills of the federal judiciary grind mysteriously.

So, after Mr. Danchenko’s case is disposed of, will that be all? Mr. Durham is obliged to supply a final report. But AG Merrick Garland is not obliged to make it public. One sees the sphincter of a cosmic black hole closing.

Last, is the comedy of Governor Ron DeSantis flying fifty illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, summer playground of America’s Woke-ocracy. Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Duke County officials labeled it “a humanitarian situation.” MV Homeless Coordinator Lisa Belcastro complained that the posh little island lacked “resources” to accommodate the new arrivals. Surely Barack Obama, or some other celebrity property-owner out there, could throw a benefit party to support the brave little band of travelers. Pass the arugula crostini! Massachusetts has eight “sanctuary cities,” but the state as a whole hasn’t claimed that honorific. State Senator Julian Cyr of Cape Cod remarked, “This is deeply disgusting…a cruel ruse that manipulates families that are seeking a better life.” Uh-huh…. Odd, nobody said that about the countless federal flights of border-jumpers from Texas and elsewhere to blue states all over the land the past two years. Note: pertinent observation by Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin down on the US-Mexico border.


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734 Responses to “Rope-a-Dope” Subscribe

  1. spaingaroo September 16, 2022 at 9:04 am #

    wish I could share our hosts optimism that that the bad guys will get their dues.
    here’s hoping!

    • spaingaroo September 16, 2022 at 9:05 am #

      our host’s*

      • Nigel Tufnel September 17, 2022 at 12:02 pm #

        C’mon man. If it’s not Qstick it’s you.
        I can still remember my shock at discovering that a guy named Bob did not invent the wire around cow pastures – It was, in fact, his wife Barb! Thinking it was Bob is a sure sign of being southern, which I am.

    • Rodulf September 16, 2022 at 10:39 am #

      Yeah, I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • Roweesha September 16, 2022 at 2:08 pm #

      Mr Kunstler doesn’t seem to grasp that the politicians are a team engineering the take down of this country together. Come midterms there will be a new boss in town, sorry same as the old boss. Their joint agenda is set in stone and it’s gaslighting ,.20. We like to talk about the elites in this country, well it’s the politicians en mass except for perhaps a few holdouts on both sides. They play us like a fiddle with many believing the GOP take over in Nov. will be the saving grace, the coup de tat has already been served up by both parties on its citizenry, we are in the process of dismantlement. The corruption is set to gel, so it becomes commonplace and not that big a deal. It’s crammed down our throats everyday by both parties so we will finally resign ourselves to the fact that nothing will be done to rectify the situation or bring the perpetrators down. Let’s review just a few in the myriad of many. 9/11, Bush torture, Obama droning innocents, Hillary emails, Trump withholding aide for political favors, Mueller report, Durham, Jan 6 th, 2 impeachments to nowhere, Covid which Trump started and Biden continues, and hey some for the big guy! We’ll you get the drift and there is oh so much more. The corruption on both sides, the decorum and morales faded and gone. No one even makes the effort to pretend. Every day we are bombarded from both sides with lies and corruption. So much so all your brain can do is move from one thing to the next without total assimilation of the events as they occur. And when the next flagrantly blatant corruption occurs it supersedes the last so you forget, or block out the others. A brain can only take so much! The way and at the pace they move is llike lightening. I guess my point is here that it will never stop until people fully realize we are being played, like the purverbial fiddle by both sides! Sure they look a little different on paper but

      • Roweesha September 16, 2022 at 2:20 pm #

        they are one in the same. They are not after each other, it’s us that are in their sights All this divide and conquer energy they put out, the divisiveness, is to keep us separate. If we come together we would be quite a force to be reckoned with. That is not what they want. There are no longer parties in this country, they are one. Not one of them, democrat or republican wii ever be held accountable for their law breaking. We need to wake up and recognize it for what it is. Mass manipulation on a grand scale with our take down as the result. Only we can prevent it, us, together…

        • Katerina September 16, 2022 at 3:08 pm #

          The US of A might still have a glimmer of hope if more americans aquire the clarity that you have shown in your comment. Cudos!

          • benr September 18, 2022 at 7:40 am #

            How does one work with people who push sex changes for 10 year olds?
            Further want to take parents informed consent or right to say no way not with my child from them?

            At the front of it all is the desire to lower the age of consent to 13 or do away with it all together?
            People who run around saying love is love and anything crass or bizarre is considered not only ok but normal.
            Who want no crime to be punished and let people out who rightly have no place in a civil and sane society?
            Yet these same people attempt to paint with a brush comparing Christians to the Taliban!
            We have one such imbecile on this site who attempts to flip the bits of sane and crazy as if the above is somehow normal as is the wanton destruction of wanting to murder babies in the womb.

          • MaryQueen September 18, 2022 at 10:07 am #

            Good points, benr.

      • Fireside Chats September 16, 2022 at 5:54 pm #

        Of course, they are all in on it. The secret societies they belong to run all the governments.

        I love Kunstler’s writing, but his “hope” in the system knows no bounds.

        And in your “myriad” laundry list, don’t forget “The Father of the Vaccine” Trump’s Warp Speed poison death-shots! Trump declared the emergency in March 2020 and renewed it in Oct. 2020, setting into motion its associated calamities — and he will never repent nor recant.

        • chimayred September 17, 2022 at 5:14 am #

          Sorry no way I’m going To jump on the anti trump retrospectascope train. No one knew in March 2020 what was coming with the Covid virus and we were seeing credible reports of thousands dead in Italia and Iran. We had no idea how corrupt the vaccine industry was going to be revealed to be. And trump has a shitload of big scores that shouldn’t be overlooked because of the eventual unraveling of the Covid debacle.

      • ThorsHammer September 17, 2022 at 8:18 am #

        It never ceases to amaze me that there are still people like “our host” who don’t understand that there is only one political party in the USA— the War Party. All the participants in the circuses called Elections and the Legal System have one unifying principle— the maintenance of the US role as the unquestioned Leader of the Empire.

        The gall of the designated Enemy Putin. Insisting that a diverse number of nations have the right to act in their own interests instead of following the commands of the One Leader. And promulgating the ridiculous notion that wealth derives from energy and food rather than gambling in the derivatives casino.

    • Walter B September 16, 2022 at 3:29 pm #

      Oh, they will certainly get the hosing that they have earned spaingaroo, if not in this life certainly in the next for the gods that they serve are cruel masters and reward their minions only until it is time for them to burn.

      I read Johnathan Cahn’s latest book “The Return of the Gods” in one day yesterday, because once I started reading it, I could not stop. It is a MUST read for all. It is an amazing documentation of a movement that began in America when the government kicked God out of our government and schools and explains in great detail how and why the current dystopian movement grabbed so much power and force beginning with the Stonegate Riots of June 1969.

      Terrifying.

      • Jarek September 17, 2022 at 12:50 am #

        Rabbi Cahn, right? Ask him what he thinks about Christ.

        • Walter B September 17, 2022 at 6:05 am #

          Jonathan Cahn is a Messianic Jew and preaches that Jesus was the Messiah buddy, you know, just like Jesus and all of His disciples. Public school education, eh?

          • hmuller September 17, 2022 at 11:41 am #

            Jarek’s America is a much smaller tent than what you and I visualize, Walter. No room for converts, they could secretly still be Jews. LOL

          • Walter B September 17, 2022 at 12:07 pm #

            No doubt hmuller, it would appear that he would have no problem tossing Jesus and his Jewish followers into the showers. Folks like him make Dopey Joe Biden look accurate in his ravings. Maybe he’s on Joe’s payroll.

          • Jarek September 17, 2022 at 12:46 pm #

            hmuller: That’s right. Narrow, sharp – something that you can work with because workable. As Judge Bork said of his contemporaries: They’re always projecting their broad, liberal ideas upon the founders. They weren’t broad at all.

            Walter: When the Antichrist arises and is hailed as the Jewish Messiah, do you think he will be able to resist going to him? And will you follow?

            I accept your correction. My interest is piqued and I will read one of his books now.

          • Walter B September 17, 2022 at 1:09 pm #

            Make sure it is “The Return of the Gods”. And no, running to the Anti-Christ is not in my plan, though it is written that this is going to be a tough one to figure out, no doubt.

            When Christ was sent originally it was into the human body of the line of Abraham, but when He returns it will not be in a body and therefore will not be of any certain religion. It will be beyond that and if you truly believe than you know this as well as I do.

          • Rodulf September 17, 2022 at 3:37 pm #

            This moronic drivel makes me glad to be Heathen Odinist.

          • Walter B September 17, 2022 at 4:00 pm #

            I salute your right to choose Rodulf, but Dopey Joe Biden may not be so tolerant. Christianity drove the heathen gods out into the shadows along with those that bow down to them long ago. It will be interesting to see whether they can make a comeback or not. I enjoy a challenge.

          • Anthea September 18, 2022 at 9:21 am #

            @ Walter B:

            I don’t think the anti-Christ will be “a tough one to figure out” at all.

            Witness how the sheep very neatly divided themselves from the goats over covid. It wasn’t even a matter of “figuring it out” to any great degree. It was a matter whether you were for or against evil. And the whole thing was absolute in-your-face evil. Some people are on one side and some people are on the other.

          • Jarek September 18, 2022 at 12:12 pm #

            No body? That may be the Jewish influence right there. Most seem to believe He will come back in his Glorified Body as imaged in Revelations.

          • Uncle Bob September 18, 2022 at 1:27 pm #

            It’s kinda hard to destroy evil with a tongue that is as a two-edged sword if you ain’t got a mouth, as is prophesied to happen at the Second Coming. Boy, if the rest of the Tribulation Period didn’t already make you shit your pants, seeing the world’s armies made to be as if they never existed surely would.

          • Walter B September 18, 2022 at 7:48 pm #

            Don’t pick the nits folks, try to see the big picture.

    • Jimpa September 17, 2022 at 1:55 pm #

      From Paul Craig Roberts

      Rasmussen Poll:
      The poll tested the US population on its response to President Biden’s assertion that

      “Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.”

      The poll results are:

      48% of likely U.S. voters agree with Biden including 36% who Strongly Agree. Forty-seven percent (47%) disagree with Biden including 39% who Strongly Disagree.

      • Walter B September 17, 2022 at 4:03 pm #

        Half verses half, cool. It will make for an interesting Civil War II. Cannot wait to see it get underway.

  2. Wdstck61 September 16, 2022 at 9:26 am #

    One can only hope that karma bites this dope on a rope.

  3. Night Owl September 16, 2022 at 9:29 am #

    Martha’s Vineyard has just declared a humanitarian crisis over 50 illegal immigrants.

    You couldn’t make it up.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11217213/Marthas-Vineyard-county-commissioner-wanted-immigrant-heaven-says-inhumane.html

    • cowbell81 September 16, 2022 at 9:42 am #

      Martha’s Vineyard should be the best, if not most, humane place to house so many illegal, out of work, homeless immigrants. There are huge “cottages” there with many empty bedrooms and bathrooms that they can readily put to good use. Not to mention the fishing is great this time of year, so there should be plenty to eat.

      This coming from the people that said all Whites should freely give their homes to a Black family when ready to sell, instead of profiting from the sale of their home to another White family.

      • Disaffected September 16, 2022 at 10:01 am #

        Great points! Open spaces, great facilities, and interesting conversations with the locals who should have more than enough resources to take care of these people in style. Might be time for some poor white folks to try this ploy as well. Let the great migrations begin!

        • Beryl of Oyl September 16, 2022 at 10:24 am #

          Just one golf course would provide plenty of room for low-income housing.

          I thought golf courses were verboten because of the environment anyway.

          • Walter B September 16, 2022 at 6:32 pm #

            You are mistaken my friend; golf courses have a zero-carbon footprint and require no water to be maintained. They do not use fertilizers, nor do they utilize fossil fuel driven vehicles or lawn care equipment, and the benevolent rich people that entertain themselves on them do not even far or smoke cigars!

            They exist by the means of magic, just like the private jets of those who rule us. Don’t forget to bow to them when they pass, and never question the lifestyles and accoutrements of the rich and famous. They are CELEBRITIES and are therefore above all laws and all of us little people.

            Mind your place serf!

        • BackRowHeckler September 16, 2022 at 11:16 am #

          Yes, and it is Hispanic Heritage Month. This works out perfectly — schedule a ‘Late Season’ FIESTA for the honored new arrivals, hold it at Obama’s place (he owns 30 acres on the Vineyard); hire a Mariachi band. I’m sure they can find a Mariachi band leader in Biden’s ‘Diverse & Inclusive’ administration.

          • justanotherguy September 16, 2022 at 11:06 pm #

            that’s just cruel, man.

            housing those arrivals on a beachfront property that will be underwater in like three hours.

            because global warming.

      • ThorsHammer September 17, 2022 at 8:37 am #

        There are thousands of solutions to the homeless problem in the USA. For the hopelessly addicted we could nationalize the millions of acres of land and barracks owned by our worthless military and provide housing and rehabilitation for the lost souls.

        A simple law— use it or loose it— could fill the vacant mansions and summer homes of the super rich with the formerly middle class American families who are pressed into rat trap apartments at prices that extract their last remaining pennies each month.

        • justanotherguy September 18, 2022 at 10:34 pm #

          forgotten the axiom thor? – you get more of what you pay for.

          i might just choose to become homeless and get in line for some of the loot.

          we should make new laws to give away property, right up until that property given away is yours, right?

    • Mac September 16, 2022 at 9:58 am #

      When you are dealing with people who dismiss their own obvious hypocrisy, you are dealing with serious pathology.

      • hmuller September 16, 2022 at 10:32 am #

        Mac, you mean like rich white people who denounce “white privilege”, then cheat like hell to get their underachieving spawn into Ivy League colleges. LOL.

        • James K Polk September 16, 2022 at 12:46 pm #

          I recently read that whites now comprise only 18 percent of the college students in the California statewide university system. Hispanics are about 34 percent; Asians about 32; blacks about 5. At this rate whites will soon become an irrelevant factor in the public education systems. And yet white liberals still pretend that whites must be punished with the presence of violent blacks in their midst to atone for the sins of historical racism and provide some kind of leavening to aid the education of blacks. When do we stop pretending this is America 1955 and make policy that reflects the current demographics?

          • Jarek September 16, 2022 at 1:09 pm #

            Never. As Moses once said, Today I offer you the path of life and the path of death. We chose death and signed the contract with our blood. They’re not going to let us out of it now.

            We once had our own nation. But we chose to become “a country”, just a hodgepodge of different peoples with nothing in common. Diversity is our strength! No, it’s the strength or debit of the parasitical elite. Thus they can play off one group against another ad infinitum.

          • hmuller September 17, 2022 at 11:45 am #

            Jarek, now you’re quoting the most Jewish of Jews. What would The Brotherhood say?

          • Jarek September 17, 2022 at 12:48 pm #

            Moses wouldn’t recognize today’s Judaism. They added on something called The Talmud you see. But of course you’re not interested in knowing more.

          • hmuller September 17, 2022 at 1:52 pm #

            I’m probably one of the few people in this forum who owns a copy of the Babylonian Talmud, though I can’t claim to have read much of it. It’s about five times the size of the Bible and not very plainly written, for crying out loud!

            Yes, I understand the difference between the Israelite religion and later Judaism. I’ve spent most of my 67 years studying religion and philosophy. But I’m always interested in your perspectives.

          • Woodchuck September 17, 2022 at 8:53 pm #

            Post collapse, very few universities will still be open anyway. And most will probably offering courses online instead of in buildings. Exceptions being laboratory work. The resources won’t be available anymore to use or maintain current college infrastructures. There won’t be much of any public ed left, we’ll simply be too poor to support it in its current form. School might be held in living rooms with private homes being turned into schools. My great grandfather attended what was considered the best private school in the small rural town. It was run by a stereotypical spinster schoolmarm, and she conducted school in her home.

          • hmuller September 18, 2022 at 9:09 am #

            True education depends more on the student’s motivation than on spending big money. Big city public school systems spend a lot of money to turn out illiterate gang bangers and teen mothers who drain society rather than contributing anything to it.

          • Jarek September 18, 2022 at 12:15 pm #

            Hmuller: Then you know the utter hatred that it teaches for Christ, Christianity, and non-Jews in general.

            I assume you are Tribe at this point.

          • hmuller September 18, 2022 at 7:59 pm #

            Jarek, you assume incorrectly. I have never been in “the tribe”.
            My Jacob Neusner edition of the Babylonian Talmud (English only) is 22 volumes and over 10,000 pages. All the hate speech in it would cover maybe 3 pages, and much of that is against the secular Roman empire.
            Yes, in the past people were intolerant of those who practiced another religion and wrote nasty things. I know you can barely imagine that.
            But try to get over it.

    • Rodster September 16, 2022 at 11:02 am #

      Typical Liberals, Progressives and WokeTards. Lets go ahead and royally fuck up other cities because of our policies but when it comes to them?

      “Not in my neighborhood”. Good on DeSantis and other Red State Gov’s. I hope they continue to send them more.

      • thirdcoastlegend September 16, 2022 at 11:42 am #

        Rodster-

        Exporting problems is their standard tactic.

        This is what they do with their EVs, export the tailpipe emissions to the powerplant.

        Same goes for wind power, where they will install dozens of wind turbines in a small rural community in the hills. They know full well these installations are pure visual terrorism, which is why they will never install one off Martha’s Vineyard.

        • Redneck Liberal September 19, 2022 at 5:09 am #

          Wind power update. New technology you’ve probably never heard of…

          youtu.be/nNp21zTeCDc

    • malthuss September 16, 2022 at 12:43 pm #

      Malibu is a sanctuary city. I knew someone who built homes there.
      priced 10-50 million dollars per.

    • Paula D September 16, 2022 at 1:46 pm #

      Omigod, that is great.
      “They deserve better than Martha’s Vineyard” says “Joe Biden””s press secretary.

      It doesn’t get much better than Martha’s Vineyard in the Real World.

      Hypocrisy ‘R US.

  4. lizharmon September 16, 2022 at 9:34 am #

    I lived in El Paso for awhile. Interesting place. Staunchly conservative. Even the illegal newcomers hold conservative values. It’s a large part of the reason they come…to escape socialism back home. Must be quite a let down to discover that tne new boss is the same as the old boss.

    • cowbell81 September 16, 2022 at 9:44 am #

      If El Paso is staunching conservative, then why in the article snippet in the above article does it mention El Paso as a “Democrat-led city”? Has something changed since you last lived there? (Besides the tidal wave of illegals….)

    • Disaffected September 16, 2022 at 10:04 am #

      Great points. Contrary to popular belief, mostly Mexican immigrants are anything but lazy and shiftless, and they’re conservative as hell once they get established. They dislike the illegals for the most part even more than the privileged whites, since they know it’s them they’re infringing on, not the wealthier classes who bring them over.

      • Woodchuck September 16, 2022 at 10:15 am #

        When I go to Home Depot or Lowe’s around here, and I’m in a conservative area, I see many small groups of busy hispanics and Spanish speaking guys pushing carts and loading pickup trucks with materials they are using for construction. In my neighborhood a while back they were putting up some new houses and I went over to chat with the guys once during their lunch break and ask if I could have some fill dirt that was in a pile nearby. It was rather difficult because they couldn’t speak English and I remember very little of my high school Spanish.

        Most white boyz (and black boyz) can’t do this sort of work. They’ve been sitting around on their ass watching tv and getting high, or out gang banging. Or they have a loser poorly paid minimum wage indoor job somewhere. Like Starbucks.

        • Disaffected September 16, 2022 at 10:21 am #

          If you want labor around here, including skilled labor, it’s pretty much 100% Mexican, including established Mexicans in charge of recent arrivals. They work their asses off and they’re good people for the most part.

          Our little mj drug emporium down the street? All poser white boys and mutts of mixed heritage. Too good to work.

          • hmuller September 16, 2022 at 10:46 am #

            In my town Mexican immigrants are buying the cheap rundown housing and renting it out to blacks and poor whites. In two years the profits can pay off the mortgage. We’re talking small bungalows for 10 to 20 thousand dollars.
            Why don’t our native-born poor do this? Too much work repairing and maintaining a house? You’ll find little motivation and energy among our hard core poor.

          • Beryl of Oyl September 16, 2022 at 11:34 am #

            Muller sometimes the immigrants have alternative lending sources as cheap run down slum property tends to be bought with cash.

            There’s also the fact that poor blacks know all too well the resistance to paying rent they will find.

            You kind of have to have some muscle behind you, or big big enough to afford to promptly go to court when tenants are in arrears.

          • hmuller September 16, 2022 at 12:07 pm #

            I know what you mean, Beryl. My uncle has rented such properties to poor people. One insolent fellow in 2021 told him that Covid prevented eviction for failure to pay rent. And he was right. Who knew that public health administrators had such wide powers to toss out contract law?

            The deadbeat finally left owing $3500. Someone may say that programs were in place for the government to pay the rent. Well yeah, but the tenant was the one who had to apply for the subsidy. So landlords were screwed.

          • Jarek September 16, 2022 at 1:14 pm #

            And it what other ways are Hispanics different than Whites? They are fanatically for themselves as a group. Whites are raised by single mothers to be losers in the game of life, even if they succeed as individuals.

          • Q. Shtik September 16, 2022 at 1:26 pm #

            My uncle has rented such properties to poor people. – hmuller

            ===========

            As I have pointed out recently, the word poor is now considered as offensive as negro. Poor has been replaced by under resourced.

          • hmuller September 16, 2022 at 2:07 pm #

            How about “income challenged”?

          • BackRowHeckler September 16, 2022 at 3:39 pm #

            Wait a minute. The word ‘Negro’ is offensive? Well I’ll be damned.

          • hmuller September 16, 2022 at 4:21 pm #

            If you doubt that, just walk up to one and say, “How’s it going, Negro?” Let us know what happens.

          • Anthea September 18, 2022 at 7:16 pm #

            @ hmuller:

            I see the same qualities in the Mexicans I have come in contact with: good people who work their asses off, and who buy cheap, run-down houses and fixing them up. They remind me of 1950s white America, to be honest. I sometimes think they may be the salvation of this country.

            You also see this with Asians. They start little shoe-string businesses. They show up at the farmers’ market once a week with stuff that–in some cases, at least–it looks like they grew in their back yard. Then they give you a business card for their hole-in-the-wall restaurant that they opened in the low-rent district (which is where they live). Makes you wonder why poor whites don’t do the same. (Although some whites do.)

            The vibe I get, when it comes to the white folks work ethic, is that what they’re lacking is passion–passion for building and doing, making a nice home, producing a good product.

            One of my friends mentioned that he’d like to do market gardening–probably just as a hobby for funsies. (And it is a lot of fun.) The weird part is that he doesn’t seem to know much about gardening, despite having long had at least a small garden. E.g., how do you NOT know which tomato varieties you are growing, or which variety of green beans? How is it that “open pollinated” is a term that is unfamiliar to you? This kind of suggests that gardening is a subject that you aren’t all that interested in: no passion for the thing.

          • Anthea September 18, 2022 at 7:24 pm #

            @ Beryl of Oyl:

            The Mexican family I know that recently paid cash for a cheap house borrowed the money from Grandpa. Such arrangements only work where you have strong families, and family members are trustworthy and loyal. Plus Grandpa probably worked his rear end off and lived frugally, to be able to stash away a good chunk of change. So add work ethic and prudence to the above traits.

            I wonder how many white parents and grandparents would lend a rather large sum of money to any of their kids and grandkids?

          • hmuller September 18, 2022 at 8:09 pm #

            Anthea, you are spot on, I agree. We have lost important traditional values. Perhaps, hard times will change us for the better – those of us who survive.

        • ryan1327 September 20, 2022 at 11:14 am #

          I’m 45 and recently started mowing lawns after day job for extra $.

          A large percentage of my jobs are at houses occupied by at least one teenage boy or able-bodied man, and have a mower rusting away in the garage. I regularly catch glimpses through the windows of the Xstation or play-box running on the brightest and sunshiney days.

          People are just dont unwilling or unable to do it. I can charge quite a bit, and work is always coming.

      • malthuss September 16, 2022 at 12:43 pm #

        lies. you live among them? doubful.

        • Jarek September 16, 2022 at 1:17 pm #

          Yes, he’s a classic White liberal putting other races before his own. That being said, there is more than a little truth to what he says. They do do the work Whites won’t do anymore. It should have never come to this, but we lost our way as a people.

          • Q. Shtik September 16, 2022 at 1:42 pm #

            They do do the work Whites won’t do anymore. – Jar

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

            Back in the day, Peter would show up at my house and find me sweating bullets doing yard work. He’d say “hey Q, that’s what Mexicans are for.”

            I can no longer do physical labor anyway since my old arthritic knees won’t tolerate it and I hate doing anything that makes me sweat. A Hispanic outfit with the unlikely name Richard and Sons now shows up every other Tuesday like clock work in the summer to do my yard work.

            I guess I’m a typical White.

        • Disaffected September 16, 2022 at 1:31 pm #

          Who you talking to, meathead? In NM the Hispanics FAR outnumber the whites. You bet your ass I live and work “among them.”

          • Paula D September 16, 2022 at 1:49 pm #

            A lot of Mexicans in New Mexico?

            Whoda thought. (The name might give a clue.)

          • Disaffected September 16, 2022 at 5:53 pm #

            LOL! D’ya think? It might be Old Mexico before long if things keep spiraling.

  5. RaymondR September 16, 2022 at 9:40 am #

    The Democrats shouldn’t worry too much about Trump returning to office some day. For all his bluster, he is still a civilized man. There are worse alternatives out there.

    Here’s a thought, anyone want to see a new political party: Alternative for America?

    I will continue to pray for sanity in the USA

    Thanks for the posting JHK

    • spaingaroo September 16, 2022 at 9:54 am #

      that’s the problem in their eyes, a civilised man won’t stand for the abuse of children.

    • Woodchuck September 16, 2022 at 10:06 am #

      There will never be any widespread sanity in the US until our general educationalal system, from the bottom up, is completely scrapped and everyone formerly working in it permanently branded in some way that they’ll never be allowed to be close to children and young people, let alone teaching them anything. They view childrens’ minds as trash cans for them to dump their misinformation and brainwashing garbage in.

      • Beryl of Oyl September 16, 2022 at 10:49 am #

        Yes, keep the buildings, have them smudged, and start from scratch with entirely new personnel.

        We’ve known how to teach for centuries. Go back to what works.

        Homeschooling doesn’t fix the problem, because then your child has to deal with a society of brainwashed dumbbells.

        Speaking of dumbbells, doesn’t someone working in Karine Jean-Pierre’s job need to be literate in civics and government? It’s obvious she is not; she can barely understand what they hand her to read.

        • Not_GeorgeT September 16, 2022 at 11:26 am #

          ‘Speaking of dumbbells, ….’ might be over-stretching your wishlist.

          On the other hand, one might entertain the thought she fits right in with her boss’s ability to read prompt cards. Don’t out-perform ‘The Big Guy’

        • hmuller September 17, 2022 at 3:38 pm #

          Ms Jean-Pierre checks off several boxes: black, female, lesbian, uneducated. What else do you need to be a White House Press Secretary? Or a Supreme Court Justice? Oh the joys of identity politics.

      • malthuss September 16, 2022 at 12:44 pm #

        educationalal ..like that.

      • Jarek September 16, 2022 at 1:19 pm #

        Yes, rare full agreement. These women are insane and they are creating more insane people. Imagine sending your son to be educated by them. He will be broken. And your daughter will be turned into one of them.

    • Night Owl September 16, 2022 at 10:08 am #

      The American branch of Alternative für Deutschland (AFD). The corporate media has already branded any not conformists or Trump supporters Nazis, so it is the perfect fit!

  6. dbrize September 16, 2022 at 10:05 am #

    There is a winsome, beautiful optimism in JHK’s faith in the likes of Trump, Durham, the GOP, et al.

    Of course bard’s have long told us a smile is better than a frown. True enough and yet…we confront the reality that Trump, long on rhetoric, chutzpah and the ability to attract a crowd, is the same man whose choices led to his current predicament, shoots from the hip and and seldom accepts responsibility for his strategic failures.

    Brother Durham indeed seems to have produced tepid results whilst the GOP persists in supporting much that is wrong with the deep state such as; wars of choice real and de facto, the corporate/bankster/ good old boys network and “extra” Constitutional abominations.

    I strongly support JHK’s optimism. So, forgive my pessimism.

    • Woodchuck September 16, 2022 at 10:24 am #

      Our first president that everyone still worships as some sort of father figure, war hero, and great patriarch said this about politcal parties:

      from google:

      “Why did Washington disapprove of political parties?

      Washington warned the nation of political parties in his Farewell Address, published in newspapers across the country in 1796. He feared that partisanship would lead to a “spirit of revenge” in which party members would not govern for the good of the people, but for power.”

      me: Ah, what does he know? George is out of date eh?

      • spaingaroo September 17, 2022 at 9:41 am #

        I finally started to understand “The Idea of America” from years of reading Bill Bonner and quite a few others, then read some of the founding fathers and other figures, esp. Thomas Paine and realised far out, I was wrong about America.

        And of course our kind host JHK often talks as if he also understands the idea of America
        Of course that America only exists inside maybe ten percent of Americans. (maybe there’s more than that, I sincerely hope so)
        And is as far removed from the America that has manifested into reality in 2022 as is possible to be.
        I grew up reacting to the America that I could see from halfway around the globe in the days before the internet. The monster itself.

        DJT was really one of the few who talked as if those ideas were still valid ideas, and to me they are.

        DJT seemed to identify the monster

        Then DJT embraced the monster even as the monster vehemently rejected him.

        He never stopped embracing the monster, even as he spoke of his fight against the monster.
        He seemed to believe you could argue against the monster.
        He is either nearly as mentally defective as his opponents would have us believe, as they obviously do believe, or he is working against us in the end, just another part of the the theatre of operations of divide and conquer.

        the show goes on

        (The Idea of America: What It Was and How It Was Lost
        Revised and Expanded Second Edition
        A collection of essays selected by William Bonner and Pierre Lemieux is an e-book from Laissez Faire Books, which can be found online and is often included with other purchases, which is how I originally received it. I just used the duck to search for “the idea of America Bill Bonner .pdf” and got another copy from the members server at Bonner and Partners, so they obviously want people to read it)

    • Disaffected September 16, 2022 at 11:18 am #

      Winsome. I like that word. Very Septembery. He was winsome for the summer days gone by, while still eagerly anticipative of the cooler autumnal flows soon to follow.

      • hmuller September 17, 2022 at 3:43 pm #

        At times he was both winsome and wistful.

        • hmuller September 17, 2022 at 3:52 pm #

          Not to mention whimsical.

      • Bilejones September 17, 2022 at 6:29 pm #

        I think you meant wistful.

  7. Uncle Bob September 16, 2022 at 10:14 am #

    The Republicans ate giving nobody a reason to vote for them instead of the Dems. The Turtle folded his flags weeks ago, and Kevin McCarthy is as well-spoken as Biden. The Dems likely will “miraculously” retain power, change the rules in DC to prevent their ever losing power again, and then can begin the Great Culling.

    BTW, an acquaintance says the FBI is going through federal agencies such as the VA so they can fire and potentially prosecute Republicans and anyone else who’s a “security threat” for not supporting Biden. So, 80 years late the Nazis (national socialist workers party) finally vanquished America. Fucking great.

    • Woodchuck September 16, 2022 at 10:36 am #

      The United States has the equivalent of a host of rotting parasites attached to it. After the parasites have killed the dollar, they will also come their respective ends. The dollar is the parasites’ primary food source. Different types of dying parasites include organizations such as our “health care” system or our “educational” system.

    • JohnAZ September 16, 2022 at 10:56 am #

      Yeah, I have heard that Facebook is involved in this.

    • workingclasshero September 16, 2022 at 11:29 am #

      We have an ostensibly leftwing authoritarian administration in power using the FBI to intimidate ex Trump functionaries and purge others from govt service. Since it’s a leftist action against opponents how does that make it NSDAP like? Feels more CHEKIST or NKVD tom me.

      • Uncle Bob September 18, 2022 at 1:40 pm #

        The original Fascists and Nazis were Marxists who got industrialists to climb into bed with them for protection from communists. Both sides were of the left; the only difference was whether they believed that everything belonged to the State, or whether preferred businesses could remain intact as the rest were taken. Ergo, we have a fascist, not communist, system being built around us, and we’re demanding it because we’re too weak and stupid and lazy to do anything to stop it.

    • Jarek September 16, 2022 at 1:21 pm #

      No, we’re being vanquished by Communism as in “you will own nothing and you will be happy”.

      The Nazis fought an earlier version of these people.

    • Redneck Liberal September 19, 2022 at 5:16 am #

      Thank Dog for the FBI. More power to them. If the MAGAts get their way, your nightmare will come to pass. You won’t like as much as you’d expect to.

  8. mrJones September 16, 2022 at 10:21 am #

    Trump back in the WH. Not sure that would be much of an improvement. His four year track record simply sucked. The deep state, shadow government, the MIC, the WEF, all this evil has to be defunded, then we can rise and reboot. And right now our allies (yes, I call them allies) in the BRICS are doing just that. Since all other options have been rendered unless I’m pulling for them.

    • JohnAZ September 16, 2022 at 10:53 am #

      One word question,

      How?

      Add on, The Deep State is locked in place and in control.

      • JohnAZ September 16, 2022 at 10:55 am #

        The Deep State needs to fail, which it is doing. Like the civil war, total failure by one side is necessary for change.

        • Redneck Liberal September 19, 2022 at 5:17 am #

          Sorry, JohnAZ, it’ll be your “side” that buys it in CW2.0

    • hmuller September 16, 2022 at 11:50 am #

      I agree, mrJones. Trump filled his administration with swamp creatures, ranging from outright spies and traitors (think LTC Fatboy Vindman) to foot dragging do-nothings like AG Sessions and Barr.

      Even I’m smarter than that, and that’s not saying much!

      Sometimes, I even wonder if Trump didn’t give us a show, like he used to do with Vince McMahan in the old WWF days. Oh, I’m sure nearly everyone was sincere in their Trump hating or loving. Only the Donald and the hidden masters knew it was all a Kabuki dance, part of the big plan.

    • chimayred September 17, 2022 at 5:25 am #

      What about this list simply sucks?
      From 2017. Didn’t even include stuff like three below the radar treaties brokered between Muslim countries and a Israel.
      date.

      1. Appointed Supreme Court Judge Gorsuch
      2. 59 missiles dropped in Syria.
      3. No longer in TPP
      4. Illegal immigration is now down 70%( the lowest in 17 years)
      5. Consumer confidence highest since 2000 at index 125.6
      6. Mortgage applications for new homes rise to a 7 year high.
      7. Arranged 20% Tariff on soft lumber from Canada.
      8. Bids for border wall are well underway.
      9. Pulled out of the lopsided Paris accord.
      10. Keystone pipeline approved.
      11. NATO allies boost spending by 4.3%
      12. Allowing VA to terminate bad employees.
      13. Allowing private healthcare choices for veterans.
      14. More than 600,000 Jobs created
      15. Median household income at a 7 year high.
      16. The Stock Market is at the highest ever in its history.
      17. China agreed to import American beef.
      18. $89 Billion saved in regulation rollbacks.
      19. Boosted energy independence.
      20. MOAB for ISIS
      21. Travel ban reinstated.
      22. Executive order for religious freedom.
      23. Jump started NASA
      24. $600 million cut/saved from UN peacekeeping budget.
      25. Targeting of MS13 gangs
      26. Deporting violent illegal immigrants.
      27. Signed 41 bills to date
      28. Created a commission on child trafficking
      29. Created a commission on voter fraud
      30. Created a commission for opioids addiction.
      31. Giving power to states to drug test unemployment recipients.
      32. Unemployment lowest since May 2007.
      33. Historic Black College University initiative
      34. Women In Entrepreneurship Act
      35. Created an office for illegal immigrant crime victims.
      36. Reversed Dodd-Frank
      37. Repealed DOT ruling which would have taken power away from local governments for infrastructure planning
      38. Order to stop crime against law enforcement.
      39. End of DAPA program.
      40. Stopped companies from moving out of America.
      41. Promoted businesses to create American Jobs.
      42. Encouraged country to once again “Buy American” and hire American
      43. Communicates directly to American people via Twitter without spin of hostile media
      44. Cutting regulations – two for every one created.
      45. Review of all trade agreements to make sure they are America First
      46. Apprentice program
      47. Highest manufacturing surge in 3 years.
      48 $78 Billion promised Reinvestment FROM major businesses like Exxon, Bayer, Apple, SoftBank, Toyota…
      49. Denied FBI a new building.
      50. $700 million saved with F-35 renegotiation.
      51. Saves $22 million by reducing white house payroll.
      52. Department of Treasury reports a $182 billion surplus for April 2017 (2nd largest in history.)
      53. Negotiated the release of 6 US humanitarian workers held captive in Egypt.
      54. Gas prices lowest in more than 12 years.
      55. Signed an Executive Order To Promote Energy Independence And Economic Growth
      56. Has already accomplished more to stop government interference into people’s lives than any President in the history of America.
      57. President Trump has worked with Congress to pass more legislation in his first 100 days than any President since Truman.
      58. Has given head executive of each branches 6 month time Frame dated march 15 2017, to trim the fat, restructure and improve efficiency of their branch.
      59. What’s the difference between Presidents Trump and Obama?

      Approximately $1 Trillion! President Obama increased the US debt in his first 6 months by $1 Trillion more than President Trump! As of March, President Trump had decreased the US Debt since his inauguration by a -$103 Billion.
      53 NIkki Haley
      54 RAISE Act
      55 Proposed Defunding EPA

      • JackStraw September 17, 2022 at 8:52 am #

        Thank you for that list. Some people are just too uninformed and full of TDS to understand the successive home runs.

        • hmuller September 17, 2022 at 11:05 am #

          You call those “home runs”? Frankly, most are trivial and routine executive actions. Good thing Redneck Liberal isn’t here to mock the list.

          Don’t get me wrong. I’m very anti Biden and anti woke bullshit. But I support moral and ideological principles, not a cult of personality centered on Trump.

      • Bilejones September 17, 2022 at 6:33 pm #

        Why is dropping missiles in Syria something to be commended?

        • hmuller September 17, 2022 at 7:35 pm #

          I agree, Bilejones.

          There’s a lot of ridiculous crap on that list and a few really good things. But who wants to spend hours debating each point?

  9. C.O.Jones September 16, 2022 at 10:26 am #

    Not being intentionally contentious but Durham is Barr’s and by extension, Bush’s lickspittle. To expect anything of substance from him is to self-delude.

    • Beryl of Oyl September 16, 2022 at 10:51 am #

      No expectations, but he could always surprise us.

    • JohnAZ September 16, 2022 at 10:52 am #

      JHK mentioned Trump picking an AG to cleanup the DOJ. Hmmm, he had four years and al least two or three attempts to get anyone to do the job.

      Total failure with Barr being the worst.

      • 100th Avatar September 16, 2022 at 11:08 am #

        Because they keep fishing from the same pond.

        Trump talked a great game but he sure loved his swamp catfish, especially that plump Barr-ed Catfish..

        • Beryl of Oyl September 16, 2022 at 11:37 am #

          Donald Trump believed in redemption. I hope he’s learned.

          Barr has something wrong with him. I truly believe he sees himself as a good guy.

          • Jarek September 16, 2022 at 1:26 pm #

            I can clear it up for you, perhaps. His wholesome, winsome countenance is for real. He’d be a fun guy to have a bear with. He loves his family, his class, and his version of America – none of which have anything to do with us.

            Do you see your cat in the same way as a mouse does? To you, the cat is a beautiful, cuddly creature. To the mouse, the cat is death personified. We’re the mice.

          • 100th Avatar September 16, 2022 at 1:52 pm #

            Mice fear cats
            I hate them

          • Jarek September 16, 2022 at 2:03 pm #

            beer not bear

          • hmuller September 16, 2022 at 4:32 pm #

            Avatar, I’m not clear on this. Do you hate the cats or the mice or both?

          • 100th Avatar September 16, 2022 at 7:18 pm #

            Great catch Muller.

            My apologies

            Mice fear cats
            I despise cats

            (Hate is too serious of a word)

  10. hmuller September 16, 2022 at 10:27 am #

    One day a brilliant psychologist will prove that perpetual victimhood and dependency harms rather than benefits people.
    The university will then fire him and burn his work.

    • redrock September 16, 2022 at 10:39 am #

      A clean bulls eye from 500 yards. Right on target.

    • Beryl of Oyl September 16, 2022 at 10:52 am #

      That could have happened already, we don’t know.

    • Woodchuck September 16, 2022 at 10:55 am #

      And not too long after that, a complete collapse here leads farmers across the nation to begin parking their tractors due to lack of spare parts and fuel. Mass starvation will be directly ahead unless people who have the resources for back yard food sources get busy and grow their own.

      Many others such as brilliant psychologists or perhaps former lawyers, lacking the land and/or skills to garden, will hire themselves out doing agricultural stoop labor, doing work formerly done by machine. The brilliant psychologists might also be getting extra or part time work in the fields doing counseling work for people in great physical distress. Poor folks have spent days in 90 degree heat cultivating crops by hand and weeks earlier spraying crops by hand with backpack sprayers. There’s no ac in their tents and shacks, but getting sleep is easy due to total exhaustion.

      • hmuller September 16, 2022 at 11:25 am #

        Sounds like John Steinbeck, life so simple, so quaint, so back to nature picturesque. No more day trading pressures. Can’t wait. Save me a pair of work gloves, I have soft, citified hands.

      • Jarek September 16, 2022 at 1:29 pm #

        The Mexicans have advantages. Their short stature (the better to stoop) and dark skin serve them well in this regard. They made superior peasants, at least in this climate.

        But it’s not easy even for them. By middle age, some of them can hardly stand up straight.

        They need to be taught Yoga.

        • hmuller September 16, 2022 at 2:15 pm #

          They could start a Yoga club called, “Wetbacks Who Stretch Backs”.

      • Soul Forensics September 16, 2022 at 2:37 pm #

        Mao redux.

  11. Beryl of Oyl September 16, 2022 at 10:28 am #

    Tucker is the man!

    “For hundreds of years, Martha’s Vineyard has suffered from the soul-crushing effects of its own whiteness. Island residents understood there was only one cure. They badly needed diversity.”

    https://twitter.com/TuckerCarlson/status/1570585089272053761?s=20&t=mpeKus8rPFmUy1u_wVVSPQ

  12. Beryl of Oyl September 16, 2022 at 10:32 am #

    Catturd has it sussed-

    I think I have it figured out:

    Expert = dumbass
    Harvard degree = dumbass
    Fact checker = dumbass
    Scientist = dumbass
    COVID cult = dumbass
    Climate cult = dumbass
    Ivy league professor = dumbass
    Woke = dumbass
    Pronouns = dumbass
    Ukraine flag in bio = dumbass
    Dem voter = dumbass

    https://twitter.com/catturd2/status/1570758163754012672?s=20&t=aMEF-wnLYbuN1LzacbRcRw

    Think of how many of these things you will encounter amongs the denizens of Martha’s Vineyard. They’re dumbass central.

    • redrock September 16, 2022 at 10:40 am #

      Precisely.

    • SAM September 16, 2022 at 11:00 am #

      This is beautiful!

      May I add:
      Speaker of the House = dumbass
      Secretary of Defense = dumbass
      FDA = Big Pharma
      CDC = Big Pharma
      Federal Reserve = Corporate Masters
      Attorney General = Criminal

    • Islander September 16, 2022 at 11:10 am #

      Gosh, Beryl, suddenly you are looking like dumb-ass central!

      • Beryl of Oyl September 16, 2022 at 11:40 am #

        Thanks Islander, I think…

    • malthuss September 16, 2022 at 1:00 pm #

      dombas?

    • ZorroSchmorro September 16, 2022 at 8:11 pm #

      My two cents:

      Expert = System Shill
      Harvard degree = Diversity Quota Recipient
      Fact Checker = Propagandist
      Scientist = Hostage of student loans
      Ivy League Professor = Tribesman
      Woke = broke
      Uke flag in bio = NPC
      Dem voter = ”’New American”’ who is MORE American than YOU, you Yankee Bigot! 🙂

  13. Beryl of Oyl September 16, 2022 at 10:39 am #

    The families seeking a better life don’t belong with those already living their best life, obviously.

    As any life north of the border is better than where the ‘migrants’ came from, anyplace but Martha’s Vineyard or its equivalent will do for them.

    The NE liberal elite crowd is singularly blind to its own prejudices, even as they point out everyone else’s. Everybody who isn’t them is a bigot.

    • JohnAZ September 16, 2022 at 10:47 am #

      The definition of hypocrisy.

      NIMBY to a major scale.

    • malthuss September 16, 2022 at 1:08 pm #

      Having seen the wetbacks sleeping on the sidewalk, I wonder what their life south of DUSA [disunited USA] was like.

      Are they very low IQ, low skills, hence couldnt find work there?

      • Soul Forensics September 16, 2022 at 2:44 pm #

        Mexico is an extremely poor country, and one of the most politically corrupt, with frequent rogue police shakedowns.

        It’s all about the promise of money, period.

        • benr September 16, 2022 at 6:20 pm #

          @sf

          Sorry but you are 100% wrong.

          Mexico has hundreds of billionaires.
          There are poor people in Mexico but the country itself is rich in resources including oil.

          • benr September 16, 2022 at 6:22 pm #

            In fact, it is only poor because the Socialist government AND the people in charge choose to make it that way and leave it that way.
            Much easier to syphon off the wealth that is also why the poor people only get educated to the sixth grade.

          • Soul Forensics September 16, 2022 at 10:51 pm #

            Geologists and market analysts who follow oil production in Mexico would disagree with you, ben. Cantarell has declined precipitously for 20 years, and Ku-Maloob-Zaap hasn’t picked up enough slack.

            But Mexico’s economy has even more serious problems because of gov’t chicanery. What would it even matter if they find another supergiant when the proceeds don’t get filtered to the population.

            A tiny minority of billionaires proves the reality: like Brazil, a few grifters and players on top, most of the rest hand-to-mouth or worse.

          • benr September 17, 2022 at 1:05 pm #

            Except once again you are partially wrong.

            The Oil & Gas Journal estimates that as of January 2020, Mexico had 5.8 billion barrels of proved crude oil reserves (including lease condensate), placing it among the top 25 reserves holders in the world.

            Mexico has an estimated 17 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of proven natural gas reserves.

            Country or subnational area Number of millionaires (USD) Percentage of millionaires (USD) (% of adult population)
            Mexico * 264,034 0.3
            I was wrong about hundreds of billionaires as they have 13.

            They also have some pretty serious areas for tourism, but the crime is out of control.

            Mexico keeps its people poor as a result of its socialist tendencies, featuring corruption and narco state control.

            Mexico is not a poor country. As of 2020, it has the 15th largest economy in the world and until recently had the largest economy in Latin America.

          • Soul Forensics September 17, 2022 at 2:51 pm #

            It seems we’re arguing about semantics.

            No doubt Mexico is richer than many countries, but then many countries are small, in Africa, and have the GDP of a ten-year-old’s lemonade stand.

            The results of being poor are more dire since they’re the 10th largest country by population (126 million in 2020.) They should have a larger proportion of GDP.

            Mexico, though their oil production has been steadily on the decline (not a good look for the future), doesn’t distribute that well to their citizens. So we’re in agreement there.

            An excellent up-close-and-personal on-the-ground book is the travel tome by Paul Theroux, On The Plain Of Snakes. If you can ignore his stupid Trump criticisms, he journeys all over the country, visits poor and working-class people, sees how they live, and talks to them about their desire to move to America. Many, many more would chance the dangerous journey if it weren’t for comparable dangers of lack of money to pay coyotes, the treacherous journey itself, or uncertainty over when/if their families could join them.

            His overwhelming finding: it’s all about money and a better life. The poverty there is crushing, and unrelieved by food stamps or head-of-the-line handouts in what would make them a minority over the border. And employment opportunities in the U.S.? Si!

      • Paula D September 16, 2022 at 3:30 pm #

        After NAFTA passed, millions of small Mexican farmers were thrown off their land, and 12 million came here.

        I have heard that a lot of them are going back, but don’t know if that’s true.
        The ones coming over the border are said to be from other countries besides Mexico.

  14. redrock September 16, 2022 at 10:41 am #

    Clusterfuck nation? How prescient.

    • spaingaroo September 18, 2022 at 9:01 am #

      under-rated comment redrock.

      Although remember that it seemed like a clusterfuck back in the day. What we didn’t know.

      I can’t believe it’s gotten this far and has become so overtly satanic and so completely ludicrous at the same time.

      But I for one am glad we have had James Howard Kunstler commentating the whole thing.
      I have read every one, and at least some of every comment stream since so long ago that it seems like a lifetime.
      Thank you JHK for making this journey much more bearable.
      Thank you also to all who spend the time in the comments, obviously plenty of you much more than I.
      There are so many other places that I need to visit on the web, that there’s just not enough time.
      And there’s that whole struggle to survive thing happening too.

  15. JohnAZ September 16, 2022 at 10:45 am #

    You can bet Durham is under threat of death if anything happens to hit any major Leftie.

    Folks, wars have been fought over the issues facing this country right now. CW1 was just one. The border situation is much worse than slavery ever was, even with the latter being over two hundred years.

    I cannot believe the extent of the hold the Dem led Deep State has on this country. We need this country split or more to allow sane Whites, Blacks and Latinos to have a reasonable haven to set up shop. Asians too.

    One more.

    Xi and Putin have met. They have declared that their mutual objective is to tear down the US economically. Gee, guys, just sit back and watch the WEF and the Biden Mob do the job for you. The Leftist insanity is getting unbelievable.

    BTW, Sino Russia, try New Zealand as a warm up. There is a guy named Redneck ready to hand you the keys.

    • SAM September 16, 2022 at 10:51 am #

      You used the term, “Dem led Deep State.” From all appearances many Republicans, e.g. Linsay Graham, Mitch McConnell are patsies, at best, of the Deep State.

      • JohnAZ September 16, 2022 at 11:02 am #

        That is what I said,

        Dem led Deep State, the RINOs just follow along behind.

        The Right fears the Left.

        • 100th Avatar September 16, 2022 at 11:11 am #

          They’re actors in the same troupe.
          One term the blues are the protagonists, the next term the reds are.
          Most important thing for all is to have a great performance.
          It really benefits the troupe.

    • Woodchuck September 16, 2022 at 11:03 am #

      CW1? Let’s see, who were the two different groups fighting? We have the newly formed Republican Party led by Lincoln on the Union side. The opposition is the south, and seems to have been mostly Democrat. So it was actually a civil war of Democrat vs. Republicans, and the Republicans won.

      The dems want everything to be fair and inclusive, and they want more than just a participation trophy for their work done during CW1. So this time around, it’s the Democrats’ turn to win. Let’s play fair now and stop being so mean, wanting to beat the Dems a second time for CW2.

      • JohnAZ September 16, 2022 at 11:34 am #

        Woodchuck

        Actually, there is no way to have a civil war. Where are the rooms sides going to fight From.

        Parturition with subsequent movement separating the people, giving both somewhere to go, like Hindus and Muslims.

        Politics have become spiritual, like religion, separating groups of people with the groups willing to die for their cause.

        One complication, Blues will never be able to sustain themselves, think cities without truckers, so they will immediately go to war with the Reds to survive.

        Oh wait, isn’t that happening right now?

        • BackRowHeckler September 16, 2022 at 11:48 am #

          JAZ in the Spanish Civil War there were 18 “Sides”. Each one held their own bit of territory.

          • Disaffected September 16, 2022 at 12:36 pm #

            18 sides. Wonder what kind of “gon” that is?

          • Disaffected September 16, 2022 at 12:37 pm #

            Survey says: Octadecagon

        • ryan1327 September 20, 2022 at 11:41 am #

          I’ve always thought this as well. There’s no geography like CW1. I would imagine more of a years long, drawn out Northern Ireland “Troubles” type scenario x’s 100.

      • Jarek September 16, 2022 at 1:33 pm #

        Thomas Jefferson predicted the Civil War. And he predicated a race war with the Blacks. One down, one coming.

        An alliance with Conservative Hispanics is called for, I’m afraid.

        • hmuller September 16, 2022 at 8:10 pm #

          It’s the globalist assholes who always want to divide people against each other and foment conflict. They are the beneficiaries of that old game.

          We can all get along with the right mental attitude. Don’t let the satanists brainwash you with the dogma of scarcity. That you must hate and kill your fellow human beings or you won’t have enough “stuff”.

          Ever consider how much “stuff” is destroyed and wasted in war?

          • Jarek September 17, 2022 at 12:54 am #

            This is the Liberal mindset. In fact, humans are tribal and territorial. It’s frightening that a grown man doesn’t know this.

            Just watched Tucker on the Martha’s Vineyard situation. The Liberals are ruthless tribe that called out the military to get rid of the brown trash – even as they spouted nonsense like you did above.

          • hmuller September 17, 2022 at 11:19 am #

            Saying people of different races can live together on earth in peace is nonsense? How you must hate Jesus Christ and love the violent pagan Nazi ideology.

            And for the record, I have nothing in common with the open border liberal hypocrites. Immigration must be regulated and limited or the country breaks – as it’s now doing.

          • Jarek September 17, 2022 at 12:51 pm #

            Knowing FALLEN human nature, I’m sure Jesus would be in favor of separate nations.

            You need to review the religion you claim to believe in.

          • hmuller September 17, 2022 at 1:58 pm #

            There are countless interpretations and viewpoints on Christianity. I’m happy you discovered the correct segregationist one.

          • Jarek September 18, 2022 at 12:17 pm #

            You’re trying to use OUR religion against us.

          • hmuller September 18, 2022 at 8:22 pm #

            Oh Jarek, you know very well the Nazi’s were not Christians, but followed a Teutonic paganism with a lot of Wagner music and misunderstood Nietzsche thrown in.

    • hmuller September 16, 2022 at 11:08 am #

      The western financial system has one foot in the grave, the other on a banana peel. Foreigners earn dollars the hard way – by producing things to sell us. Biden and Powell come along and print up trillions of dollars out of thin air to bribe voters. “Sure, we’ll forgive those student loans. What can it hurt?”

      If Putin and Xi create a new world reserve currency backed by gold and silver, everything changes. They could initially value gold at $3,000 and silver at $50; and overnight, arbitragers would send all the loose precious metals flying eastward. Worse yet, Americans would have to pay for imports with real products. (Unless, we can schnooker the foreigners into accepting crypto currencies.)

      • elysianfield September 16, 2022 at 11:37 am #

        Muller,
        China and Russia have their own problems with their respective economies…Situational Awareness this AM reports;

        Since 2017, I’ve described China’s shadow banking industry, which is believed to be hiding trillions in off-the-books debt. China’s real estate bubble and subsequent collapse has threatened contagion, which the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) has so far succeeded in preventing.

        In a note to clients this week, multinational investment bank Societe Generale warned that China’s economic downturn is the result of the failure of the Chinese growth model. “[T]his is not merely a short-term cyclical downturn, but something longer lasting… China’s growth model has imploded and there are no alternatives… [T]he drastic slowdown will inevitably have repercussions for the global economy. The question whether, if you break China’s growth model, you break the global growth model – if not forever, then at least for a period – is at this stage open.”

        Today, between the Zero Covid lockdowns shutting down ports and factories, drought and hydroelectric power outages shutting down major manufacturing hubs and industrial areas, a falling Chinese Yuan that the central bank has been forced to stabilize, localized bank runs and frozen customer deposits, smartphone tracking apps that won’t allow customers into public areas to withdraw bank deposits, mortgage boycotts which stopped mortgage payments in over 100 cities, capital outflows from Chinese bonds seeking safety in other markets, and a general drop in demand for Chinese goods; economic, financial, and monetary challenges are stacking up and taking a toll.

        And more pain is expected in China’s deflating real estate bubble. China’s financial regulators approved two rule changes they hope will stem the collapse. First, numerous cities have cut the minimum down payment ratio for buyers to reduce the upfront costs of purchasing properties. Regulators say this will increase demand in an oversupplied market. And second, two dozen cities now allow parents to use their mortgage equity to fund their children’s home purchases or to help repay their children’s mortgages. These look like desperate measures to boost demand, but neither of these solutions solves China’s other real problem: unfinished housing projects, some of which appear permanently stalled and which spurred those mortgage boycotts. According to Chinese Everbright Bank, some eight million home construction projects are stalled as construction companies await bailouts to continue building. Imagine spending your life savings for a property that’s not even being built. The PBOC is so far planning to fix this problem with a bailout, but these eventually-finished projects will only increase the supply of housing in China’s housing bubble!

        There are no good options as investors expect defaults to rise into next year. Total Chinese debt has expanded to 200 trillion CNY ($28 trillion USD), 25% of which is in the real estate sector. Chinese banks are likely to run into the same problem as U.S. banks did in 2008 – they can’t absorb the losses of loan defaults. And PBOC is expected to respond in the same way the Federal Reserve did – just buy the bad debt.

        So is China about to collapse? Probably not. Most estimates I see have Chinese economic growth rebounding next year. But China’s big debt problem combined with deglobalization will weigh down growth – that’s why China’s growth model is fundamentally broken. China’s working population peaked in the middle of the last decade, and demographic trends show more Chinese are aging out of the workforce. Peter Zeihan explains in The End of the World is Just the Beginning that demographic problems will doom China’s economic growth and productivity as the country has fewer young people to support a growing number of old people. This demographic inversion will lead to an economic collapse, according to Zeihan.

        In other words, China won’t be fueling a global recovery, and China’s increasing debt takes on the same risk as the unsustainable debt problem in the United States. Still, I’m not convinced that China will escape a 2008-esque meltdown in the next year, whether you want to call that “collapse” or not. We’ll continue to watch for signs of something much worse than what Chinese real estate markets have already experienced. – M.S.

        I apologize for the length of the article, but this is one of the better incapsulations of what is now occurring with the Chinese economy.

        Makes you think, however, The Chinese are people, just like us, only with that “Godless Commie” thing….

        • hmuller September 16, 2022 at 12:26 pm #

          The USA was a financial mess back in 1929-1933. Indeed, the whole world went thru 16 years of depression and world war 1929-1945. I think a similar time of troubles is upon us. Perhaps even longer term and more severe.

          Assets and liabilities wiped from the ledger sheet is rough, but starvation and war is rougher.

          We shall see who emerges at the end as the leading world power. Perhaps no one nation.

        • Paula D September 16, 2022 at 3:36 pm #

          You can’t have continual growth in a finite system.
          That applies to an economy as well as to the planet.
          So China thought it could just self-identify as “communist” while pursuing capitalist economics? Building houses for profit instead of need? Speculating on real estate? Building up unpayable debt?
          It’s all cool, dude, we’re ”communist”.

          So then Reality bites them in the ass. Go figure.

      • neurodoc September 16, 2022 at 2:07 pm #

        Russia has already pegged the Ruble to Gold via a ratio; The Chinese are planning on backing the Yuan digital currency with Gold. And BTW, the Saudi’s are no longer accepting the USD exclusively for oil. Some analysts are reporting that they are refusing the USD altogether (hence, the current drive to deplete the nat’l petro reserve). The USD is already circling the drain.

      • BackRowHeckler September 16, 2022 at 3:34 pm #

        A new world reserve currency backed by gold & silver ..

        Russia has many other hard assets too, real commodities like timber, oil, natgas, coal, uranium, rare earth minerals … as compared to the EU, which has worthless euros, paper currency not even good for wiping your @$$ with.

      • Mac September 16, 2022 at 5:44 pm #

        Muller is correct. When the reserve currency, the dollar, goes down, we will suffer a disastrous change in our standard of living. It’s coming.

    • EdD September 16, 2022 at 4:04 pm #

      CW1? There has never been a civil war here. The next civil war will be the first. Lincoln’s war was a war to prevent secession, and was prosecuted by Lincoln’s gang of traitors as a war to overthrow the US Constitution.

      • MaryQueen September 16, 2022 at 8:25 pm #

        Nothing surprises me any more…

    • chimayred September 17, 2022 at 5:29 am #

      Please excuse the typos

    • Katerina September 17, 2022 at 5:26 pm #

      Presidents of Russia and China did not declare that “their mutual objective is to tear down the US economically”, as you put it.
      USA is doing that all by itself. But what they DID declare is that the HEGEMONIC World Order is FINISHED! World is entering the new era of multipolarity, which will be based on international LAW (not some “rules-based” crap) and actual and inalienable SOVEREIGNITY!

      Is it clear now?

      • Uncle Bob September 18, 2022 at 1:52 pm #

        Wrong. Everything globally and locally is chaotic by design, so that the people will beg for someone — anyone — will rescue them. And then an elite will come forth, led by a liar whose lies seem to be more true than truth itself. Humanity will prostrate itself before him as he brings order from chaos. And he will rule for seven years, the seven worst years of humanity’s existence, before he is overthrown. After 1000 years of actual peace and truth and — eep! — justice, humanity will rebel because they’ll still long for their hero, the Antichrist, and hate God and His kingdom. We’re in the opening stages, the creation of chaos in order for evil to bring its vision into being. And as mentioned earlier, “The Return of the Gods” by Rabbi Cahn is a good overview of where we are.

  16. SAM September 16, 2022 at 10:46 am #

    The hysterical reaction of Gavin Newsom to DeSantis sending ‘migrants’ to the Marthas Vineyard liberal Get-Away Island proves how on target this tactical nuke is. Newsom is calling on the hopelessly feckless Attorney General Merrick Garland to “investigate” Gov. DeSantis (and Abbott too). Bombs Away…

  17. redrock September 16, 2022 at 10:48 am #

    The Mexican’s around here show up for work building houses and stay till it’s to dark to work. In my travels as a construction superintendent I was always looking for the Latino crew. In Minnesota in winter i asked where they were and the block layer said it was to cold for them and we had Polocks instead.

  18. stelmosfire September 16, 2022 at 10:50 am #

    Martha’s Vineyard has a permanant population of only 17,000. In the summer months it increases to over 200,000. As the summer winds down multi million dollar “summer ” homes will lie vacant except perhaps for a care taker or two. Also the luxury hotels will be largely vacant. It seems to me a perfect location to shelter hundreds of thousands of our homeless whether legal or otherwise. The Royals will all be at their other homes in warmer environs.

    • JohnAZ September 16, 2022 at 11:04 am #

      Ever heard of squatters?

      I will bet that many of those wealthy folks are delaying their exodus this year.

      • Disaffected September 16, 2022 at 11:22 am #

        Good. They can man the grills.

    • hmuller September 16, 2022 at 12:40 pm #

      It’s like when Dr. Zhivago came home from WW1 to find his house taken over by proletarians. Bernie Sanders would call that progress.

    • Paula D September 16, 2022 at 3:40 pm #

      My niece was hired to work on a horse ranch in the Sierra Nevadas, owned by a rich woman who also hired illegals to work there,
      They were quite intimidating to my niece, hanging around staring at her and such. She got her boyfriend to stay with her as much as possible. He’s Mexican American but doesn’t speak Spanish, but they still left her alone when he was there.

      Anyway, my niece quit the job and moved back down into the vallley.
      Her boss was found murdered a few months later.
      The crime was never solved, but I have my ideas.

      • MaryQueen September 16, 2022 at 8:23 pm #

        Whoa! Good thing she listened to her instincts.

      • MaryQueen September 16, 2022 at 8:24 pm #

        The guy that beheaded a woman last week in San Carlos, CA was also an illegal immigrant who had been here for 10 years with an expired visa.

        • Paula D September 16, 2022 at 10:58 pm #

          Beheading is a specialty of US trained forces.
          We are shown horrific videos of ISIS beheadings, but somehow the beheadings in Mexico are never mentioned,

          • benr September 17, 2022 at 1:11 pm #

            There was a famous event where heads were tossed onto a dance floor in Mexico city.

          • MaryQueen September 17, 2022 at 1:46 pm #

            Great point. The guy also is supposedly ‘schizophrenic’ so one wonders if he comes from something like that.

  19. 100th Avatar September 16, 2022 at 11:00 am #

    “Last week, the “president” blurted out “we beat Big Pharma!” That was a shocker. He didn’t elaborate. Did the White House staff and the Pfizer C-suite meet for a volleyball game at Rehoboth beach? ”

    This was a great laugh. Well played.

    The citizenry is watching the curtain being pulled back from behind Oz.
    Revealing the corrupt plutocracy for what it is: a sham.

    Comic provocateur Alex Stein, love him or hate him, was stalking the Uni-party full force yesterday.
    He told Eyepatch McCain that he lost his eye for nothing, for a lie.
    Imagine someone saying that to a hallowed “freedom fightin'” vet 10 years ago?

    Never.

    But today, Americans know now, go ask the recruiters. Nobody wants to fight the oligarch’s foreign illegal and imperialistic wars these days.

    Stein, the self-proclaimed “Pimp on a Blimp” wasn’t done there, he Called out Swallowswell, on his march to the Hill, and asked him if he was being accompanied by Feng-Feng his Chinese spy lover. He asked him why he hasn’t been investigated for having an affair with a Chinese spy. Good question.

    A Faux News reporter, of all people, asked why Closet-case Graham was launchimg an abortion-ban bill before midterms? To drum up Democrat participation? Why now?
    Imagine that, a Fox news reporter getting wise to the uniparty machinations.

    The NY Times buried a story that documented the 700% and 400% returns of congress members, so-called D’s & R’s, from “both parties”. Their wives make one trade for the year on companies tied to the boards their husbands sit on. Hmmm.
    Let’s remove that story.

    Your justice system is gone.
    Your free and fair elections are gone.
    Your borders are gone.
    Ethics are gone.
    And soon, a “2-party” system will be officially gone.

    Is the curtain being pulled back or have the plutocrats simply tired from keeping it in place?

    I bet on the latter.

    • steppingup September 16, 2022 at 11:30 am #

      Mad Max on steroids here we come

      • neurodoc September 16, 2022 at 2:16 pm #

        Blue staters better learn to shoot a rifle and load a MAGAzine; then again, they should be discouraged from such. Making them far better targets that can’t/don’t shoot back. CW2 here we come, or maybe just flat out Road Warrior.

        • Uncle Bob September 18, 2022 at 1:57 pm #

          Not everyone in New York is a communist, despite what that brutally ugly, vicious whore Hochul wants. Some New Yorkers are even combat vets!

    • MaryQueen September 16, 2022 at 12:20 pm #

      Love Alex Stein for his provocations, and I love also how confused his ‘followers’ are when he doesn’t toe either the R or D line. He’s an equal opportunity offender.

      Just throws hypocrisy back into faces, everywhere.

  20. Beryl of Oyl September 16, 2022 at 11:08 am #

    The memes are starting to roll in.
    https://twitter.com/JordanSchachtel/status/1570790901039104001?s=20&t=gFEv_qeuULOctJaxi2lO1g

  21. Beryl of Oyl September 16, 2022 at 11:10 am #

    I’m seeing that they have already been bused off the island.

    • Disaffected September 16, 2022 at 11:20 am #

      Visions of the great NYC garbage barge odysseys of days gone by. Who will accept this human refuse? “Not I,” says they.

    • BackRowHeckler September 16, 2022 at 11:24 am #

      Do you think the PTB will permit any more planes to land in Edgartown? If it’s from Texas or Florida, they’ll shoot it out of the sky lol.

      • Jarek September 16, 2022 at 1:40 pm #

        Then a sea invasion! Fill up old tankers with thousands of diversitoids. Camp of the Saints? Yes, but OUR Camp of the Saints.

        • Q. Shtik September 16, 2022 at 2:31 pm #

          thousands of diversitoids. – Jar

          ===========

          Did you invent that word? If so, good job.

          • Disaffected September 16, 2022 at 7:57 pm #

            They’re just like hemorrhoids, in that they’re a pain in the ass, only more diverse, and so harder to get rid of.

  22. mitchellc September 16, 2022 at 11:19 am #

    Millions of words, thousands of books, countless chapters and verses written over the ages based on … a mere dream, hope, supposition that an after life exists.

    Wars, laws, orders, rituals, pageantry, priests – entire social structures crafted on literally vapor. So, when we consider the secular realm, where the possibility of fairness and equality, while still dubious, at least has some faint attachment to reality, it makes sense that it too has its share of priests and dogma.

    And thus is born government, politics and pundits. Start with a mere premise, and like any religious order, bi weekly sermons can be easily crafted to satisfy the hopes and wishes of fervent believers.

    Now, let’s consider actual reality, not the make believe world where votes (wishes) are power (horses) and peasants rule (ride): how many actual scientists and engineers does it take to invent/produce “things”?

    10k, 100k, ok let’s say 1 million. Add that to say 10k rulers, and one can quickly grasp that not even 500 million drones are needed to keep advanced civilization going.

    In fact, with overwhelming technical advantages (radar & nukes), the Axis never had a glimmer of a chance. So too poor Russia, where it’s being demonstrated we don’t even need soldiers.

    So, their vast resources are used as collateral for MMT, the wastelands targeted for enrichment from MENA, and the entire edifice and structure keeps rolling, providing maybe another 100 years or so to complete the transition to a WEF future.

    I’m not here to confound or contradict anyone; this isn’t a pessimistic perspective. Rather, it’s a chance to put down the pipe, use your intelligence to assess the actual facts, and draw rationale conclusions about likely future outcomes.

    • Disaffected September 16, 2022 at 11:20 am #

      Something against pipes?

    • BackRowHeckler September 16, 2022 at 11:25 am #

      Mitch, what’s the future outcome of Russia’s Special Operation going to be?

    • 100th Avatar September 16, 2022 at 12:32 pm #

      Zu veel eetz zee bugzeenscnitzels,
      zu veel live eenz zee tenement towuz
      zu veel take zee vax and zee boostuhhhz
      zu veel drivez zee eelectrovogenz
      zu veel notz have zee cash
      zu veel notz need zee vote
      zu veel allow zee keendervolkz zee tranzeeshun hormonezz
      zu veel not own anythingzz including zyour own life

      zu may borrow me glockenpeeztol
      eet goze een zee mouff

      • Disaffected September 16, 2022 at 12:35 pm #

        Achtung, mutterfuckers!

      • MaryQueen September 16, 2022 at 8:20 pm #

        Pluss? Ve haff vays of makink you tock.

        • 100th Avatar September 16, 2022 at 10:39 pm #

          LMAO…while he strikes his hairless Sphynx (its a cat.. not a euphemism)

          • 100th Avatar September 17, 2022 at 8:54 am #

            Strokes

          • MaryQueen September 17, 2022 at 1:48 pm #

            Freudian slip?

    • Woodchuck September 16, 2022 at 12:33 pm #

      pppffffffffffffffftttt pppppfffffttttt

      I just loaded my pipe again had a big puff.

      Poor Russia! She’s had a thousand years of trouble dealing with the “West”. There was trouble ever since the appearance of the Holy Roman Empire. The West had popes who didn’t like the emperor of the still remaining Eastern Roman Empire having any authority or influence over them in the West any way. In Constantinople, they didn’t have a pope, they had a council of archbishops instead making decisions. The only one person at the top of the pyramid of power in the East was the Eastern Roman Emperor. The person atop the pyramid in the West was the Pope. The last Roman emperor had perished centures ago.

      So the idea arrived of the West having it’s own Roman Emporer again. A fellow who would take care of secular affairs yet be obedient to the pope in all religious affairs. The Eastern bishops weren’t fooled by the appearance of a “Holy Roman Emperor” to up the ante. Because of power struggles and disagreements as to who was in authority, the Great Schism arrived in 1054 and the Eastern Orthodox Church split off and was born. Part of the squabble was over a doctrinal issue scholars call “the filioque” – a very obscure issue today.

      Unfortunately, Russia choose at the very beginning to be on the “wrong” side of this first breakup of the Church. Russia became the red headed stepchild and odd man out in the European feudal system dominated by Rome. And even then, the Protestants were just as hostile towards Eastern Orthodox as they were to Roman Catholic.

      Napolean had no trouble at all getting popular support for invading Russia. It seems there has always been this tribal hostility directed against Russia coming from the West. Many centuries ago, Russia was a land of religious heretics who didn’t take orders from either the Pope or from any Protestant leaders. This made them suspects and pariahs, not to be trusted.
      The country has been serving in the role as scapegoat and bogeyman for the West for many centuries.

      PPPFFFFFfffffffffffffffffftttt —- pffffffttt – ahhhhhh

      (just lit my pipe up again)

      So the last battle is shaping up? And the dreams presented in John’s Book of Revelation are coming true? Mark of the Beast digital currency?

      It’s The Great Tribulation. Christian Eastern Orthodox Russia vs. the Humanist church hating Satanic West. Each with nuclear tipped missiles pointed at each other.

      Who wins? Will God intervene? If God gets forced to intervene in this situation, and let’s say we’re interrupting Him and bothering Him. What if He’s got other serious problems in the universe to deal with, but now he has to come over here to straighten out OUR mess. Will he be in a good mood or a bad one? What if he shows up here in the same sort of foul ass kicking mood He oftened expressed in Old Testament times?

      • Disaffected September 16, 2022 at 12:43 pm #

        Yahweh be a mean sum’bitch! Might just kill us all and be done with it.

      • Jarek September 16, 2022 at 1:43 pm #

        Russia is Gog or Magog. It will invade Europe to throw down the Anti-Pope, False Prophet, Bergoglio.

      • anmariwakaranai September 16, 2022 at 2:52 pm #

        Because in the end all things work in God’s favour, even the balkanisation of the West will rectify. The question is who will be the virgins in white robes walking out alive?

      • Socrates-Detroit September 17, 2022 at 9:35 am #

        Good points Woodchuck.

        The virulent hatred of Russia expressed in the West, at all levels, is amazing, and… sad.

        Since the Schism, there have only been two major powers that were (at least nominally) Orthodox Christian: the Byzantine Empire (stabbed in the back and attacked by the Crusaders in 1204) and the Russian Empire, 17xx-1917, now reprising as the Russian Federation.

        Now, the PTB are staunch secularists who despise Christianity, in general, and Orthodox Christianity (the word “Ortho-dox” is Greek and it mean “correct-glorification/worship) in particular. The Orthodox Church is closer, in practice and doctrine, to original Christian Church. So Orthodoxy is anathema to the secularist globalists.

        The thing is, as the globalists destroy the West, how does this help them keep their perch in face of the rise of the BRICS in general, and China in particular?

  23. MaryQueen September 16, 2022 at 11:21 am #

    Excellent essay today, James! Thank you!

    Like most commenters here (so far today), I don’t share your optimism that people will be held accountable. I mean, still no one has been after admitting they lied us into the Iraq War. Instead, these people are still revered and influential.

    So, I don’t harbor much hope. But I enjoy reading about the various lawsuits and Deep State screw-ups, nonetheless.

    • Islander September 16, 2022 at 11:25 am #

      I agree.

      Excellent essay, as usual, with plenty of “keeper” phrasings.

      One detail:

      It DukeS County.

      Analogous to Queens County and Kings County farther south.

    • Amman September 16, 2022 at 3:42 pm #

      Basically, we are looking at a situation of “Anything goes and nothing matters” and somehow divining how that movie usually ends.

  24. steppingup September 16, 2022 at 11:23 am #

    The same number of people going to jail for stealing this coming election will be the same number of people who went to jail for stealing the last election. When the cops are crooked, who you gonna call, the ghostbusters. The dems will end up with super majorities in both branches of the legislative and they already have the executive branch locked for the as far as the eye can see. The only way anything will change is if amurika runs out of cheese doodles. Might be sooner then you think. If the comodity market survives, I’m putting all my phony boloney FRNs into long pork futures…..LMFAO…..

    • Woodchuck September 16, 2022 at 11:46 am #

      If the commodity market doesn’t survive, then the time is coming when if you and your neighbors want bacon, the source for it might be on your acre lot in back. You’ll have your very own pigpen and you’ll learn how to kill one, dress it, and preserve the meat.

      • Disaffected September 16, 2022 at 12:40 pm #

        Or the fat guy next door. Doh! That was just plain mean!

      • Jarek September 16, 2022 at 1:46 pm #

        Good old Woody. Strong on the practical, weak on the theoretical. Your time is coming! You will be a the Jack of All Trades.

        I’m just going to be a manual laborer, the guy with the cart who yells out “Bring out your dead”.

      • neurodoc September 16, 2022 at 2:47 pm #

        I can just see that. One MD at the med ctr where I used to teach was from Connecticut and had gone to decent schools. But, he was a laughing stock because he talked about how delicious bacon and ham from a cow was!!! He actually didn’t know that ham and bacon were from a pig (he actually was in disbelief when a nurse showed him a picture of pig parts and pointed out the shoulders for ham, etc). If he and his ilk tried to butcher a pig (first of all they probably couldn’t kill it), they would cut themselves and bleed to death. People from the big blue cities will starve, and likely become food for marauders, pure and simple

        • BackRowHeckler September 16, 2022 at 3:25 pm #

          We used to have quite a few farms around here, not necessarily pig farms but plenty of cows, sheep & goats. Then, steadily they began to disappear, plowed under & paved over to make way for strip malls & housing developments. It started after WW2. Some of the best black earth farmland in N America was destroyed to make way for muffler shops & quick lubes joints.

        • elysianfield September 16, 2022 at 5:00 pm #

          Doc,
          Kill it, bleed it, gut it, skin it, split it, hang it for a week or so, cut, grind and wrap.

          Done maybe 20 pigs….Cows are much more difficult.

        • Night Owl September 16, 2022 at 6:02 pm #

          This is in no way surprising. Academic nerds are often terrible in dealing with the real world.

          I read a good article many years back discussing how people with talent in the hard sciences are often unable to deal with practical matters where the answers are not binary.

          They are particularly poor in analyzing politics (and are often extremists) or strategizing.

        • Blackbird September 16, 2022 at 7:59 pm #

          “One MD… was a laughing stock because he talked about how delicious bacon and ham from a cow was!!!”

          And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why your doctor tells you you have “Covid”.

          • Night Owl September 17, 2022 at 2:52 pm #

            But he went to the best schools.

            How can this be?

  25. MaryQueen September 16, 2022 at 11:24 am #

    Released today. Nothing to see here, after all, forced digital currency is tinfoil hat territory:

    “The nine reports submitted to the President to date, consistent with the EO’s deadlines, reflect the input and expertise of diverse stakeholders across government, industry, academia, and civil society. Together, they articulate a clear framework for responsible digital asset development and pave the way for further action at home and abroad. The reports call on agencies to promote innovation by kickstarting private-sector research and development and helping cutting-edge U.S. firms find footholds in global markets. At the same time, they call for measures to mitigate the downside risks, like increased enforcement of existing laws and the creation of commonsense efficiency standards for cryptocurrency mining. Recognizing the potential benefits and risks of a U.S. Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), the reports encourage the Federal Reserve to continue its ongoing CBDC research, experimentation, and evaluation and call for the creation of a Treasury-led interagency working group to support the Federal Reserve’s efforts.

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/09/16/fact-sheet-white-house-releases-first-ever-comprehensive-framework-for-responsible-development-of-digital-assets/

    • hmuller September 16, 2022 at 11:34 am #

      Support the wrong cause, voice the wrong opinions and the Powers That Be can turn off your access to your own money. It’s Klaus Schwab’s fondest wet dream. The little turd in Canada already set the precedent with regard to anyone donating to the dissident truckers.

    • Woodchuck September 16, 2022 at 11:41 am #

      Back in the mid 1800’s we had a solar event, a coronal mass ejection that took down the telegraph system and started fires on fence posts that had wire fencing attached to it. Any long runs of wire became highly electrically energized. If such a solar event happened today – and there’s scientific evidence of these events having happened many times before instead of just once – then the sun could destroy not just all of our digital currency but also the mechanisms needed for moving the currency around.

      Gold coins, on the other hand…….

      • Not_GeorgeT September 16, 2022 at 11:50 am #

        The gold and silver are stores of energy already expended. The digital currencies require continuous energy consumption to exist. Big difference.

      • steppingup September 16, 2022 at 12:07 pm #

        About every 150 years. The last one was the Carrington Event, X-28 class CME or solar flare. Telegraphs were still sending messages on their own 2 weeks later. Read the congressional commission paper on EMP. That will open your eyes.

        • stelmosfire September 16, 2022 at 1:06 pm #

          The thing with a CME is we would have at least 18 hours and possibly days to prepare for it. Get the word out and power down and try to protect everything we could. Think large transformers offline. We would take a hit sure. A nuclear generated EMP from some cranky enemy would come with no time delay. Possibly not as widespread but the areas affected could take quite a hit.

    • thirdcoastlegend September 16, 2022 at 12:15 pm #

      Keep an eye on Ethereum.

      The WEF was far too excited about their recent, “merge,” that converted it from a, “Proof of Work (PoW),” crypto that relies on a network of distributed computers to a, “Proof of Stake (PoS),” crypto where one’s influence and earning ability is tied to the quantity of crypto held.

      The WEF positioned their excitement as being due to the fact that PoS coins do consume less power than PoW coins.

      However, the move to the PoS model for Ethereum is a huge step toward centralization and control over the coin. I bet the WEF will really start pushing Ethereum now.

      Also, the founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, is the kind of weirdo who fits right in with Klaus, Yuval, Jacinda, and the gang.

      • MaryQueen September 16, 2022 at 2:14 pm #

        Is that the one that Nancy Pelosi bought stock in?

      • Q. Shtik September 16, 2022 at 3:01 pm #

        the PoS model – 3rd coast

        ==========

        The problem is, POS also means “piece of shit.”

      • Soul Forensics September 16, 2022 at 3:19 pm #

        Ethereum was always compromised by central control. It’s dead in the water.

    • neurodoc September 16, 2022 at 2:53 pm #

      The morons at the fed and the sec have NO real conception of crypto- currency. They don’t understand defi, they don’t understand the lack of sovereign ownership of the asset, and they don’t want to believe that several cryptos are, and always will be, completely beyond their reach (e.g. DERO, XMR, ARRR). The supposed honcho, Gensler, the guy who looks like a ghoul with thyroid eye disease, tried to teach ‘cryptocurrencies’ at MIT and made a complete fool of himself. They will FAIL.

    • Night Owl September 16, 2022 at 5:49 pm #

      Oh, Mary. Stop being such a paranoid conspiracy theorist.

      You need a trip to Disneyland and four clot shots like a handful of our esteemed critical thinkers.

      • MaryQueen September 16, 2022 at 8:16 pm #

        It would appear so, preceded by re-education camp.

  26. MaryQueen September 16, 2022 at 12:29 pm #

    I sure do enjoy how DeSantis punked the Wokie elites in Martha’s Vineyard.

    • 100th Avatar September 16, 2022 at 12:36 pm #

      The most privileged white-guy in America AKA Gavin Toothsome considers it kidnapping

      Flying families to WASPy resort towns is in need of a DOJ investigation… right after the Biden Ukraine, laptop, and FBI russia hoax cases get sorted
      I’m certain

      • MaryQueen September 16, 2022 at 2:15 pm #

        Yeah I wouldn’t be surprised to see a SWAT team at DeSantis’ door one of these days.

        Then again, even this incident is pure theater.

        • Beryl of Oyl September 16, 2022 at 3:18 pm #

          Ken Burns is comparing it to the Holocaust. I think Venezuelans had the choice not to board the bus, and the choice not to come here in the first place.

          Maybe they should be bused to Ken’s house.

          • Soul Forensics September 16, 2022 at 3:24 pm #

            It takes a special talent to invoke Godwin’s Law as a non sequitur.

          • MaryQueen September 16, 2022 at 3:27 pm #

            LMAO! When I was in school studying documentary for a semester, my instructor was a filmmaker who used to work with Ken Burns. He hates his guts – lol.

          • RelativeGuise September 16, 2022 at 4:56 pm #

            Reductio as hitlerum. lol, sorry. too funny

          • Night Owl September 16, 2022 at 5:56 pm #

            I saw a recent pic of Burns.

            He looks like a child molester.

          • 100th Avatar September 16, 2022 at 7:16 pm #

            Ken Burns? Guy pans camera over old photos and becomes some heralded documentarian.
            Clown
            Country

            He knows who butters his white bread

          • MaryQueen September 16, 2022 at 8:14 pm #

            100th Avatar, and now the “Ken Burns Effect” is in every motion creation software in existence. I use everything from Revolution Slider to Adobe Suite, and it’s always in the list of transition effects.

            As if no one else in movies/video/animation had ever panned in before!!!

    • Beryl of Oyl September 16, 2022 at 12:47 pm #

      Florida Democrats voted for the money to do so, in the last budget.

      These places voted to be sanctuary cities.

      He’ll punk them again and again, because he’s Ivy League educated on merit, and they aren’t.

      • MaryQueen September 16, 2022 at 3:22 pm #

        Hilarious: “These places voted to be sanctuary cities.”

        And yet, they FREAK OUT when any illegals show up on their doorstep.

        I’m really glad DeSantis pulled his stunt – not only because it’s highly entertaining but because it really exposed the unbelievable hypocrisy of the NIMBY Libs.

        • Paula D September 16, 2022 at 3:47 pm #

          I think I mentioned before that the county board tried to vote to be a sanctuary county, but we had an entire family in a small town here murdered by a transient illegal, and their friends and relatives showed up to oppose the motion, clearly showing their white supremacist domestic terrorist Deplorable leanings.

          Anyway, we are not a sanctuary county.

          • MaryQueen September 16, 2022 at 8:12 pm #

            That will no doubt work in your favor!

      • Paula D September 16, 2022 at 3:44 pm #

        I still want to know what the actual plan is.
        We know there is one, according to the mayor of Wash. DC, but she didn’t specify the details.
        Whatever it is, I don’t like it.

    • Islander September 16, 2022 at 4:04 pm #

      There are many, many resorts in the Northeast (and elsewhere) that are far more exclusive and elite than Martha’s Vineyard.

      So exclusive you probably have never heard of them.

      Anyone can visit the Vineyard; there is public transportation to the ferry. There is public transportation from the ferry to the rest of the Island. There is a campground.

      There are many African American tourists in the streets.

      Many resort areas are in hard-to-reach, previously poor areas that happened to be in settings of natural beauty. That certainly is true of Cape Cod, and also many now- exclusive skiing resorts in both the USA and Europe that not so long ago were hard-scrabble mountain villages or shorelines where only tough peasants or fishermen and a few farmers etc.lived and eked out a living. Those who wanted to ski down a mountain first had to climb up the mountain on their skis, with fur attached to the bottom to prevent backsliding, then ski down an “ungroomed” moutainside . . . . .
      Before WW2 and into the 1950s, the Cape and Islands was one of the poorest areas in the whole state, with one of the highest rates of alcoholism, The presence of a few wealthy summer visitors or an art colony in Provincetown notwithstanding. The war did bring a bit of prosperity because of air bases, which also brought a few mainland men to marry local girls and improve the gene pool! However, Camp Edwards has polluted the ground and the aquifer over which it was built. After the war quite a few military officers retired to the Island, probably after seeing them first while being on active duty.

      • Islander September 16, 2022 at 4:05 pm #

        Make that “seeing it first . . .”

      • Paula D September 16, 2022 at 8:54 pm #

        Yeah, I remember visiting Jackson Hole as a child. It was a small town and there were no signs of wealth there.

        • Paula D September 16, 2022 at 8:55 pm #

          It was so gorgeous that it stuck in my mind. Absolutely beautiful.

  27. Armenio Pereira September 16, 2022 at 12:51 pm #

    All that is happening is the result of a cunning ploy devised by The Soothsayers’ Guild.

    The Soothsayers’ Guild: “shaping the collective unconscious perception of things to come” is our motto.
    The Soothsayers’ Guild: setting the record straight since time immemorial.

    (The most damning ailment of them all: fear of the future.
    The Everlasting Dissatisfaction giveth life, The Everlasting Dissatisfaction shall take it away.
    No need to question this, therefore no need to be afraid; pain & pleasure are seasoning, spices thrown into this concoction we call “life” to make it look mildly interesting – even if sometimes downright unpalatable.)

  28. Armenio Pereira September 16, 2022 at 12:53 pm #

    Why don’t rivers flow in straight lines, from spring to sea?
    It takes a lifetime – sometimes even longer – to find the Path of Least Resistance.
    That’s how rivers roll.
    That’s how we roll, absent-minded.

    Like a river, we sometimes grow restless, in our longing for the sea.
    With omens of deliverance & destruction, the flood is coming.

    • 100th Avatar September 16, 2022 at 2:00 pm #

      The ocean is the river’s goal
      A need to leave the water knows
      We’re closer now than light years to go

      Pick up here and chase the ride
      The river empties to the tide
      Fall into the ocean

      The river to the ocean goes
      A fortune for the undertow
      None of this is going my way

      Strength and courage overrides
      The privileged and weary eyes
      Of river poet search naiveté

      Pick up here and chase the ride
      The river empties to the tide
      All of this
      is coming
      your way

  29. Amman September 16, 2022 at 1:36 pm #

    I gave our good and gracious Host the benefit of the doubt. But in the end, Durham turns out to be, as predicted, a big fat ZERO.

    A Nothing.

  30. Q. Shtik September 16, 2022 at 1:46 pm #

    My favorite line in today’s essay is:

    One sees the sphincter of a cosmic black hole closing.

    • 100th Avatar September 16, 2022 at 2:08 pm #

      I’ll never see the event horizon the same way

    • Disaffected September 16, 2022 at 7:53 pm #

      Space Balls comes to mind.

  31. dplainview September 16, 2022 at 1:55 pm #

    Q: In this Year Three of “All in this Together,” what will be the FEMA response time to set up emergency camps for M.V.’s undocumented?

    Q: Might a San Francisco model be implemented?

    • JohnAZ September 16, 2022 at 3:06 pm #

      Yeah! I wonder where the “ones that got away are going”?

      Where are they ending up?

      What are they doing?

      Are they the hard working types that add to the economy or

      Are they just siting back enjoying the welfare state?

      What percentage of the homeless situation in California are escapees?

      Or everywhere else?

      How much of the drug trade have the stolen from the gangs already here? What percentage of the endless drug control wars are Black-Latino?

      Here is a description of the absolute stupidity of the Deep State.

      Obama started the off shoring of manufacturing jobs. It has continued since. The hands on jobs that those jobs used went with them. So then what? Open the border to millions of people who need those jobs you send overseas. Watched an immigrant this AM bragging he was illegal and an escapee. Proud of it.

      Folks, I hate to say it, but,

      Any government of any nation this damned stupid does not deserve to be no. 1.

      When the unemployment rate goes to 12% this winter, will that be enough to flip the switch? If not, people who care better find someplace else to live.

      • Soul Forensics September 16, 2022 at 3:28 pm #

        It’s already over 12%. Those numbers, just like the CPI and inflation figures, have been fudged for years.

      • megabeth September 17, 2022 at 6:50 pm #

        To be fair to Obama ( not that he deserves it), offshoring manufacturing as a major trend started much longer ago than his administration. We just felt more of the pain.

        I remember cutting up really old worn-out towels for rags in the 1990s and seeing with a start that they had been made in the United States. The movie “Norma Rae” might as well be about buggy whip factory workers, so dated has it become.

      • RelativeGuise September 18, 2022 at 6:31 pm #

        Go Astros : (

  32. GrimReaper September 16, 2022 at 1:59 pm #

    These dictators are going to do whatever it takes to hold onto power. They will do what fascists and commies have always done.

  33. CrusherMuldoon September 16, 2022 at 2:02 pm #

    Let’s see: Fuel oil prices lead the way with an increase of 68%. It’s going to be a long cold winter in New England. I trust that the Planned Parenthood abortion meccas will be well heated.

    • JohnAZ September 16, 2022 at 3:21 pm #

      Saw a report saying that Germany is nationalizing some Russian oil assets ? Huh?

      • mrs_saj September 16, 2022 at 9:38 pm #

        JohnAZ,

        I saw that too. Sounds like its two or three Russian owned refineries that have been commandeered. It got very little coverage (simply shocking, I know), but if this starts spreading, it could have major repercussions for global energy markets. I am so far beyond surprised at what is going on on this planet that I am just numb.

        Mrs. SAJ

    • BackRowHeckler September 16, 2022 at 6:11 pm #

      Sure, why wouldn’t they be? If you get cold out in Newport you could always drop in, warm up, make a donation.

  34. Roundball Shaman September 16, 2022 at 3:03 pm #

    “Between vanishing livelihoods, car-jackings gone wild, fears of stroking out or infarcting from their mRNA boosters, threats of nuclear annihilation over Ukraine, and remorseless waves of mindfuckery emanating from the evil machine fronted by “Joe Biden,” is it any wonder that Americans struggle to understand what is happening to our country?”

    Up until the late 1960s, our Nation had a much different version of MindEffery going on…

    ‘Between thriving livelihoods, car-motoring enjoyment gone wild, fears of stroking out from too much sappy music on Top 40 radio stations, threats of nuclear annihilation over Cuba, and remorseless adoration of National father-figures like Ike and JFK, it was little wonder that Americans still believed in their country and felt optimistic about its future.’

    But then… stuff happened. Lots of stuff. Bad stuff. Bad seeds were planted that would soon bear ugly fruit in the National Garden bed.

    “Last week, the ‘president’ blurted out “we beat Big Pharma!”

    Careful pal. You don’t talk smack about your boss and employer. Chalk it up to declining cognitive function, again.

    “They had a party on the White House lawn to celebrate. James Taylor came down to fluff the crowd with song, leaving his brain behind in the Berkshires.”

    Well, we’‘ve seen Fire and we’ve seen Rain.
    We’ve seen sunny days that we thought would never end
    Now it’s lonely times and we might not find a friend
    And we never thought that this how it ends…

    “… the comedy of Governor Ron DeSantis flying fifty illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, summer playground of America’s Woke-ocracy. Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!”

    This is great. An international game of Hot Potato. You remember Hot Potato… that fun game where everyone passes around a Hot Potato and tries not to get burned and stuck with it.

    We now have a National game going. Texas to DC. Florida to New York. New York to Florida. Florida to Snooty Northeastern Town. All Nations South of Monterey to El Paso. El Paso to… where? Texas to Chicago. Chicago to OUT OF CHICAGO AND IN TO THE REPUBLICAN SUBURB. Great time to own a bus company. There haven’t been so many busses going around our Nation since the heyday of Greyhound in the 1950s.

    Lots of Hot Potatoes being passed around. Truth be told, these are human beings and this is sad. But They brought in upon Themselves by barging into our Nation and expecting food, lodging, and jobs to magically be handed to them. In what other Nation on Earth would someone be foolish enough to try that? And who is caring for the millions of hurting Americans who are real citizens who are stressed to the limit? Anyone stepping up to help Them? Wokesters?

    If The Woke Party wants these folks to pour in to our Country, then They can take of Them. All by Themselves. No tax dollars from the public treasury. Take it out of ‘The Big Guy’s’ 10 PERCENT. That ought to cover it.

    Yes, we see Fire and we see Rain.
    We see Liars and we feel Pain.
    Our sunny days now dark with cloudy lens
    And we never thought that THIS is how it ends.

  35. beantownbill. September 16, 2022 at 3:04 pm #

    Been to Martha’s Vineyard many, many times. It’s a magic place with it’s own unique flavor. When we die, we’ll get cremated. One of the 2 places my wife’s ashes are to be scattered is on the Vineyard. We mostly hung out with some average middle class people; they were good persons. However, we sometimes mixed with the wealthy crowd, as they were close-by on the same beach. They were some of the biggest assholes you could imagine.

    We haven’t been back for about 10 years, but maybe we should visit one more time before the island changes into something else.

    When I die, my ashes will be scattered in 2 places. One is on the Pacific Coast of California, by the cliffs near Nepenthe restaurant, if it still exists, and the other is in Hawaii, on Maui and/or the Big Island. That gets me nervous, though, because my wife says she wants me to go first so she gets a nice vacation (lol).

    • Paula D September 16, 2022 at 3:52 pm #

      Then your wife has to explain to the TSA goons that the jar of white powder she is carrying is actually your remains, which she plans on illegally dumping into the Pacific Ocean.

      Probably not a good plan.

      • Islander September 16, 2022 at 4:40 pm #

        I have only seen human ashes once. They were gray and, more or less, “ashen” . . .

        • megabeth September 17, 2022 at 6:37 pm #

          They remind me of somewhat pulverized cement. At a scattering ceremony for my brother, I remember hearing some thuds as my sister poured them out on the ground.

      • hmuller September 16, 2022 at 7:39 pm #

        I read somewhere that the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards mixed his father’s ashes with cocaine and snorted them. Dude, that shit just ain’t right.

        • Disaffected September 17, 2022 at 9:01 am #

          Sounds like Keith. And yet, he lives on…

    • Jarek September 16, 2022 at 4:39 pm #

      What about Nantucket? Why doesn’t anyone ever talk about it? What is it like?

      • CrusherMuldoon September 16, 2022 at 6:41 pm #

        DeSantis sent them to Nantucket
        Carrying Beantown’s ashes in a bucket
        On the bucket was a motto
        And a ticket from Lotto
        “If you can’t paint it,
        Fuck it”

        • beantownbill. September 16, 2022 at 7:42 pm #

          Ha, ha.

          • hmuller September 16, 2022 at 9:47 pm #

            I wanted to write a thoughtful limerick about Martha’s Vinyard but couldn’t get the rhyme scheme past “Siddhartha inward”. Any ideas?

          • elysianfield September 17, 2022 at 11:10 am #

            There once was a gal from the Vinyard,
            Who thought the news stories a canard,
            But when the Hispanic Race,
            Came close to her place,
            She found herself hoist on her petard…

          • hmuller September 17, 2022 at 11:28 am #

            I tip my hat to the better poet.

          • Islander September 17, 2022 at 1:25 pm #

            There once was a man from Squibnocket

            Who sailed for the Moon in a rocket

            Coming back from the ride

            His tongue was quite tied,

            And he found his balls in his pocket . . .

            —Author unknown

        • SpeedyBB September 17, 2022 at 9:35 pm #

          Poor Nantucket.

          That eternal curse attaches to it.

          From college days, the inescapable rhyme.

          Particularly in a limerick, Dick.

      • megabeth September 17, 2022 at 6:33 pm #

        I’ve never been there, but I’ve heard tell of some of its, uh, members.

  36. Q. Shtik September 16, 2022 at 3:19 pm #

    I noticed a business article concerning Kanye West and the Gap. I learned that Kanye has shortened his name to just Ye. I’ve never understood the motivation of people with highly established identities to fuck it all up with a name change. e.g. Prince.

    Why can’t they leave well enough alone?

    • BackRowHeckler September 16, 2022 at 6:08 pm #

      That dude changes his name every week. Its how he stays in the celebrity news.

    • Disaffected September 16, 2022 at 7:51 pm #

      Is that pronounced yee or yay, or is it like Prince and simply unpronounceable? Either way, I could see that a simple “Yo yee/yay” could now be somewhat awkward amongst the brothers.

      As the immortal Rick James was known to say, “Cocaine’s a helluva drug!”

      • BackRowHeckler September 16, 2022 at 7:56 pm #

        Rick caught a rather long sentence if I remember correctly.

        • Disaffected September 16, 2022 at 9:43 pm #

          Yeah, and an early death due to all the usual causes. Live fast, die hard and early as they say. Who knows? Might not be such a terrible way to go, if that’s your thing. Might beat wasting away in an old folks’ mausoleum.

    • elysianfield September 17, 2022 at 10:58 am #

      “Why can’t they leave well enough alone?”

      Q, Can you say “shallow”…”superficial”?

  37. JohnAZ September 16, 2022 at 3:19 pm #

    The Dem led Deep State is a bully. They have monopolized control of just about every power position in the country. They have the power and they are showing that they will use it. As they are paramount, there is not much that counter forces can do to stop them. They will block anything that is contrary, think Hunter, attack anything that disagrees, think Trump, think DeSantis and Abbott, and all of them attack at once. They are a gang, they are omnipresent thanks to the MSM, they act as a unit evidenced by the fact that any Dem proclamation is on the universal wires within twenty minutes.

    They are the Mob. Their game plan is The Godfather one through three. Their aim is not to contest the conservatives, it is to destroy them.

    To clear a path for the WEF, the global Mob.

    It is a bitch, but saving the US may mean rooting for the new Sino-Russian coalition to shut down the DC gang.

    • JohnAZ September 16, 2022 at 3:27 pm #

      Re: the Mob in Godfather 1-3 attempted to take over the Vatican,

      The Global Mob today’s aim is to take over the world.

      Which Mob is the biggest adversary to the Constitution here? BRICS or the WEF?

    • mitchellc September 16, 2022 at 5:19 pm #

      What constantly amuses me is the shock and surprise when people realize that predators are going to hunt.

      But not in America, were the Lilly white good guys who doG shed his grace on we, right? Lulz

      Speaking of the mob, consider one bastard William, not even French, just squatting on some land conceded to the band from the northland.

      Ever wonder how the landed gentry came about, that poor but proud lower upper class so well described by Austen, Dickenson, Eliot, et al?

      They were the *tax collectors*, the so called boots on the ground in each Parrish and shire, given a chance in the commons as tools of the lords.

      I gotta tell you, this shit never gets old. Add a thousand years, sprinkle in some tradition and well practiced pageantry, and by golly can you tell the difference from the vatican?

      So, back to ‘murica. It’s always been a hustle, dating from when the respective sea pirates showed up and declared “all of this is now ours”.

      It has never stopped being what it is – a rapacious, predatory state. We even used to be quite open and honest about it, maybe until WW1.

      Thats when bernays demonstrated even greater power and control could be achieved if psych manipulation was added to the traditional repertoire of force and terror.

      And here we are today, with even smart people commenting here still not quite capable of admitting the truth.

      • BackRowHeckler September 16, 2022 at 6:06 pm #

        Mitch, it sounds like you’ve been reading the Doomsday Book of 1086.

        William the Conquerer wanted to know exactly what he had conquered, down to every sheep, plot of land, peasant hut, game reserve, and trout pond. It’s really amazing the data William’s auditors were able to compile and tabulate without the use of computers or even the printing press, specially since none of the auditors, tax collectors, enforcers, Sheriffs, snoopers, asskickers and confiscaters, spoke a word of English, only French — and they wouldn’t speak any English for the next 200 years. That’s right, the official language of England was French lol.

        • BackRowHeckler September 16, 2022 at 6:33 pm #

          But the Doonsday book itself was written in Latin. Dealing with 3 languages, a lot of misunderstandings could result.

        • CrusherMuldoon September 16, 2022 at 6:42 pm #

          It was called the Domesday Book” Marlin. Domesday is Middle English for Doomsday

          • BackRowHeckler September 16, 2022 at 8:06 pm #

            I just wrote that down off the top of my head. It’s been a long time since my History of the English Language class.

            I really can’t figure out what Mitch is driving at. Every state can be described as ‘”rapacious and predatory” if that’s the way you want to look at it. Living here I’ve never felt preyed upon; on the contrary, life has been pretty sweet — I’ve always done pretty much what I wanted to do; nobody ever bothered me.

        • CrusherMuldoon September 16, 2022 at 6:46 pm #

          Sheriffs, snoopers asskickers and confiscators, sounds like the sequel to “Gypsys Tramps and Thieves” by Cher

          • hmuller September 16, 2022 at 7:46 pm #

            “Every night all the men would come around,
            And lay their monkey down,”

        • Disaffected September 16, 2022 at 7:48 pm #

          That’s why your our resident historian, brh.

          • Disaffected September 16, 2022 at 7:58 pm #

            you’re

        • Woodchuck September 16, 2022 at 9:46 pm #

          The arrival of William the Conqueror also came with a new “ism” to be concerned about. Something just as serious as racism and must be adressed very soon. And that’s “classism”, we must fix this next after we’ve got proper pronoun usage ironed out. We’ve got classists in here that need to be disciplined.

          “Under William’s rule, however, Old French started creeping into the vocabulary, particularly among royalty and nobility. Before long, the English were linguistically divided into two classes: the rich, who spoke Old French, and the peasantry, who spoke Old English.

          It is no coincidence that modern swear words in English have Germanic roots. Fuck, shit, ass, hell, bitch, cunt, and cock are all descended from Germanic words. (Damn is the outlier, being of Latin roots.) These words became swear words because they were looked down on, because they were of an inferior language spoken by an inferior people.

          The idea that we even have words that are considered more vulgar than others is typical of classism. In fact, that classism from a thousand years ago persists today. Every time someone says that “profanity is uncivilized”, or that we should be able to have a conversation “without swearing every other word”, or that someone who doesn’t curse is “honourable, respectable, and shows true class”, or that by cursing we aren’t “adding to our vocabulary”, they’re perpetuating the classism instilled by the Normans.”

          me:

          I say it’s long overdue that classists everywhere get the ass kickings they deserve for being oppressors of the people. We should all be free to say any sort of “bad words” we like wherever and whenever we like, including in print and on the airwaves. If you don’t support the free use of profanity you are not just a racist but you are also a classist!

          • Disaffected September 16, 2022 at 10:11 pm #

            LOL! I can assure you that I use MUCH MORE than my share! Just making up for everyone else, I like to think.

          • messianicdruid September 17, 2022 at 7:02 am #

            Fornication Under Consent of the King.

            “We are f’d” Charles Fort

    • SpeedyBB September 17, 2022 at 9:40 pm #

      I had a strange thought indeed recently. Strange for an Air Force Brat brought up to hate and fear the “International Communist Conspiracy”, tenteacles creeping out to every country, dominoes falling, metaphors mixing.

      What if at some point the USA did succeed in becoming the unipower? The sole mighty force on the planet? Or to put it in Pentagonese: “…full spectrum dominance…”

      Could you imagine what a horror that would hve turned out to be? We may still live to see it yet.

  38. Q. Shtik September 16, 2022 at 3:41 pm #

    who was repeatedly snookered by the FBI – JHK

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

    I just wanted to point out to y’all something you may not have noticed:

    If you are a lifelong resident of the U.S., particularly the contiguous 48 states, (I can’t speak for alska, Hawaii or the various territories) it is almost certain that you pronounce the snook in snooker as rhyming with book whereas if you live in the UK you pronounce the snook in snooker as rhyming with Luke.

    Among the great concerns of my life, I wonder how this came to be. 😉

    • Q. Shtik September 16, 2022 at 3:43 pm #

      Alaska

    • RelativeGuise September 16, 2022 at 3:58 pm #

      very Noam Chomsky of you.

    • Islander September 16, 2022 at 4:38 pm #

      “snookered” to rhyme with “Luke” sounds as though it might be a Scottish accent.

      Neil Oliver???

    • Soul Forensics September 16, 2022 at 5:38 pm #

      Wrong, Q.

      Snooker, in the Commonwealth nations, is also pronounced as in “book”, at least in Canada. I should know, I played enough of it in my teens.

      • Night Owl September 16, 2022 at 5:52 pm #

        Is Q ever right on anything to do with language?

        • Soul Forensics September 16, 2022 at 6:00 pm #

          Twice-a-day stopped clock analogy comes to mind.

          • 100th Avatar September 16, 2022 at 7:37 pm #

            Wait til he meets my cousin Pino from Queens:

            Snew-kuhhd

      • Q. Shtik September 16, 2022 at 10:05 pm #

        I specified the “UK” and according to Google Canada is not in the UK.

        • Soul Forensics September 16, 2022 at 10:35 pm #

          “Snooker” is pronounced in many different ways in the U.K., including the “looker” first-syllable version, depending on the sub-dialect of the area.

          • Slugoon September 17, 2022 at 4:40 am #

            I’ve only ever heard the first syllable to rhyme with ‘Luke’ here, as Q says. Modified by whichever local dialect is in effect.

          • GreenAlba September 17, 2022 at 12:45 pm #

            I don’t know what my Irish husband does with ‘snooker’, but while I put my foot in my boot, I think he puts his futt in his boooooowt.

          • Q. Shtik September 17, 2022 at 6:16 pm #

            “Snooker” is pronounced in many different ways in the U.K., including the “looker” first-syllable version, – Soul Fore

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

            Oh really?

            Please provide a link that supports your contention.

          • Soul Forensics September 17, 2022 at 8:08 pm #

            “Please provide a link that supports your contention.” — Q. Shtik

            The quickest way would be to google multiple online dictionaries and listen to the U.K. audio options.

          • Q. Shtik September 17, 2022 at 9:55 pm #

            “Snooker” is pronounced in many different ways in the U.K. – Soul

            ===========

            Google “pronounce snooker.”

            Listen to the links that appear. There’s one in particular that is 1:12 in length that alternates between US and UK pronunciations. The US and UK are identified by their flags.

          • Slugoon September 18, 2022 at 8:24 am #

            I wouldn’t put much store in pronunciation websites, SF. I recently used one to learn the names of a few things in Faroese and when I got there the actual locals pronounced them very differently.

  39. Disaffected September 16, 2022 at 9:54 pm #

    Looks like a slow night here in Clusterfuck Nation. Nice mid-September night up here at altitude in the mountain west. I can hear the coyotes yapping and the townies’ dogs barking – none too close by, thankfully – out my window as I type, and the temps promise to dip into the always dry lower 50’s overnight, so should be great sleeping weather as always. Hispanics and whites, whites and Hispanics coexisting quite nicely – sometimes in the same beds – and all is right with the world for another day at least, small time criminal mischief overnight by assorted miscreant riff-raff not withstanding. Life is good.

    • BackRowHeckler September 16, 2022 at 9:55 pm #

      Indeed it is, DA.

    • paul scott September 16, 2022 at 11:55 pm #

      Good to read. i am always wanting to pinpoint exact locations when I read geographical happines like that.

    • Jarek September 17, 2022 at 2:04 pm #

      Yes, the two peoples are merging. A great loss. The ones who refuse the lovely, dusky maidens? They will rule the mongrel masses.

    • SpeedyBB September 17, 2022 at 11:33 pm #

      When I was ten years old my father, Major Black, took the family to Denver, where I promptly got a nosebleed.

      Nobody was alarmed but yours truly.

      “It’s the altitude” did not really go far toward assuaging my unease.

  40. BackRowHeckler September 16, 2022 at 9:54 pm #

    Another Tesla ignited, this time in Stamford. The FD managed to extinguish the fire — using prodigious amounts of water — in about an hour. Video shows burned out, smoking wreckage in a parking lot; melted plastic, tires burned off, and twisted steel. It looks like it may have been the deluxe, $120,000 virtue signaling model LoL.

    • MaryQueen September 16, 2022 at 10:02 pm #

      That made my day. Thanks, BRH.

      One less Tesla around to suddenly accelerate for absolutely no reason.

    • Disaffected September 16, 2022 at 10:08 pm #

      Who knows? Maybe Teslas will be a temporary solution to the northeast’s fuel oil problems this winter? We can only hope.

    • elysianfield September 17, 2022 at 10:54 am #

      BRH,
      My new thermal scope takes one of those batteries used in the Tesla…a 18650. To see a Tesla burn would be a shame…To see the thermal scope immolate would be a goddamned crying shame.

  41. Q. Shtik September 16, 2022 at 9:57 pm #

    Early in the morning eight years ago on this date my brother Armand stepped out his front door to retrieve the Wall St Journal and Miami Herald the moment they hit the ground. As usual he looked to see that no neighbors were watching because if they were he would have averted his gaze to avoid having to give an acknowledging smile. This was but one small element of his reclusiveness.

    He took the papers inside and made markings in the TV section of the Herald of the programs he (presumably) planned to watch that day. In the afternoon he accessed his Excel spreadsheet that contained a complete listing of his various investments and he updated them with the latest information. An amazing sub-schedule accounted to the penny for whatever cash he had on hand including not only bills but loose coins kept in an ash tray on his bureau. There were notes entered explaining changes, pluses and minuses, to this cash balance. Incredibly there was an entry of plus $0.01 with the notation “Found in Publix parking lot.” The updated file was saved at 3:30 PM Sept 16, 2014.

    When the two newspapers dated Sept 17 landed at his door the next morning he did not retrieve them nor any other papers arriving on subsequent days. He had died of a heart attack either the evening of 9/16 or the early hours of 9/17*. The medical examiner’s report used some fancy words for cause of death which when translated equaled heart attack. Since this sort of thing happens frequently with old people living alone in Florida I imagine the medical examination was perfunctory at best. ‘Ok, no bullet holes, we’ll call it Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.’ There was no actual autopsy.

    The Death Cert incorrectly noted that the deceased had never been in the Armed forces. Actually he had served in the Army Reserves for 6 months which I can only imagine must have been torture for him. He began to routinely skip these meetings and one day while he was in the driveway washing his car I saw two MPs pull up, get out of their vehicle take him under the arms and cart him off. I never learned what the outcome of this incident was.

    Nicki, the lady next door, who had noticed Armand’s odd ways over the years, spotted the accumulating unretrieved papers at the door and called the police dept where it just so happened she was employed. This was on Sept 22nd. Their respective front doors were about 15 ft apart. It was her habit to sit and smoke just outside her door. This resulted in me getting a phone call from a detective in the Miramar, FL police dept early that afternoon, an hour after I had screwed the final (capstone) piece of wood in place on the pyramid I had been building that summer for no particular purpose other than the challenge to my carpentry chops. The Great Pyramid of Central NJ became the resting place for Armand’s ashes.

    I describe my brother to people as a functioning** recluse (pronounced rek’ loos). It’s like a severe form of shyness in which the sufferer feels great discomfort being in the presence of others. This affliction began in his childhood and grew worse over the years.

    *Of the two possible dates of death I prefer using 9/17/2014 simply because it nicely rounds off his age to precisely 77 years and 4 months. He was born 5/17/1937. The Certification of Death document shows 9/22/2014 as the date of death since that was the date his body was found.

    **Armand was always employed except for a period of 5 or 10 years when he decided to retire in his late 30s and “play the market” full time. He eventually tired of this and returned to the workforce. His jobs were always in the field of accounting (he had earned a BS in Accounting from St Joe’s College in Philly two years before I earned the same degree at the same college). In his actual final retired years he was drawing not only a Social Security check but two pension checks, one from the City of Miami Beach and the other from the City of Sunrise, FL.

    I report all this to CFN since only in memory is there life after death. Please remember Armand with me.

    • Disaffected September 16, 2022 at 10:06 pm #

      Thanks for this Q. Man. You’re a good brother and a good man. I’m not quite as reclusive as your brother, but I’m pushing it of late. I can only stand others in very small doses these days now that I work from home, and I realize now that I have always preferred it that way. And I work in accounting as well! The parallels continue! Never believed in the stock market, though. His might be the last generation to ride that illusionary elevator to the top.

      • Q. Shtik September 16, 2022 at 11:05 pm #

        Thanks for your response, Dis.

    • Paula D September 16, 2022 at 11:08 pm #

      Thanks, Q. You are right. As long as someone remembers that Armand existed, he is not quite extinct.

    • Slugoon September 17, 2022 at 4:46 am #

      Thanks Q. Consider Armand as having entered this stranger’s neurones and possibly being there forever, even thought my recall ability continues to deteriorate.

      It reminds me of a ‘report’ on an Urban Exploration website called 28 Days Later, the title of the report being ‘Terry’s Flat’.

      An insight into an ordinary (?) human life and reminder that we all have our own peculiarities.

    • Jarek September 17, 2022 at 1:22 pm #

      Armand was a super Q. Even Q wouldn’t record a penny found on the ground, but Armand would.

      Was Armand better at playing the market too?

      • Q. Shtik September 17, 2022 at 2:09 pm #

        Was Armand better at playing the market too? – Jar

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

        I don’t think either of us was very good at playing the market. I think that when this realization sunk in it prompted Armand to end his early retirement and go back to work.

        He landed a job in the Accounting Dept of the City of Miami Beach and worked there for X# (?) of years until one day notices were placed on the desks of all the dept’s employees asking for volunteers to quit and take a fairly lucrative buyout package. As he told the tale to me, he rose from his chair and took the buyout notice directly to Human Resources and was the first to volunteer.

        With only a small gap in time as a now unemployed person he applied for an almost identical position in the Accounting Dept of the City of Sunrise, FL. He got the job and his commute distance was even shorter than his previous job. Again, he worked there for X# (?) of years and then retired in the normal fashion around age 65. Thus he wound up getting far more money every month than he needed to live from Soc Sec and two pension checks.

        • Jarek September 17, 2022 at 3:03 pm #

          Yeah, a very smart move indeed. How did Armand get along with Peter?

          • Q. Shtik September 17, 2022 at 5:52 pm #

            They only met once, at my wedding to Peter’s sister.

            Armand was pressured by my mother to be my best man and to make a brief speech. If he had been given a choice between 1. Burn in the fires of hell for all eternity or 2. make a brief speech in front of 60 people at your brother’s wedding, he would have chosen hell for all eternity.

            So anyway, Armand made the brief speech. I recall only the first few words: “I’m an auditor not an orator.” I thought this up-front squelching of any undue expectations of the audience – that they were going to be regaled with the recounting of hilarious anecdotes from our past – was quite clever.

    • SpeedyBB September 17, 2022 at 11:39 pm #

      Sorry, I attempted to emphathize, while enjoying the detail and flow of your narrative, but all I kept getting with “Armand” was the echo “Hammer”. Curious individual, curious life.

  42. paul scott September 16, 2022 at 11:41 pm #

    Mr. Kunsler takes the ideas swirling around in many of our heads > and raises them to prose. great prose. and if he is upbeat on our chances of Victory, I say that makes his work even better. The man is inspiring.

  43. KesaAnna September 17, 2022 at 12:21 am #

    Hopefully my comments will be a little shorter.

    My brother’s life was an example , as MitchellC suggests ( though not in such words )

    That good things DO NOT happen to good people.

    Take the idea of an afterlife out of the picture,

    and basically that is in the category of a nightmare I would rather not remember.

    There was a second person in my life where the case was even worse.

    I can’t say with even the broadest of precision whether she was a good person , or a bad person.

    She was dead at ten years old.

    Near as I can tell , a person has barely left larvae stage at ten.

    She wound up dead at ten years old because a person unknown put a gun between her eyes ( literally ) and pulled the trigger.

    The best theory to my mind I have heard as to why she was executed was it was for money.

    Her killer neither liked her nor disliked her. Her significance was no more than that of a chair.

    In her case , frankly , I wish I could forget her completely.

    I don’t want to hear about your brother you Atheist scumbag cocksucker.

    • Disaffected September 17, 2022 at 9:06 am #

      Sound like Kesa’s feeling down and hitting the sauce tonight. Hope you pull out of it.

    • benr September 17, 2022 at 9:24 am #

      @Kesa

      At the risk of earning your ire simply don’t read his posts about his brother.

      It does give us insight into his nature beyond being stodgy that is.

    • elysianfield September 17, 2022 at 10:50 am #

      ” you Atheist scumbag cocksucker.”

      Kesa,
      That comment was a bit harsh. Q is no scumbag….

      • Q. Shtik September 17, 2022 at 1:14 pm #

        Kesa,
        That comment was a bit harsh. Q is no scumbag…. – elysian

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

        Yeah ely, Kesa is really harshing my mellow.

    • Jarek September 17, 2022 at 12:56 pm #

      Her feelings matter! Yours don’t.

  44. KesaAnna September 17, 2022 at 1:00 am #

    ” Life is good “.

    The reason I know she was shot between the eyes was the police showed me the photo.

    It reminded me of those school portraits folks get of their children ; shoulders – up , and head.

    I can’t say I loved the person I was looking at in the photo . I’m not sure what the definition of love would be.

    But I suppose it safe to say I was fond of her ?

    Forget about the zero – possibility of justice for her.

    Not to throw a pity party for that bitch kesa ,

    But not a day has passed in 16 years I don’t remember that picture , and I reckon unless I get dementia I will ever not think about it.

    So , take the possibility of an afterlife out of the picture , I’ll never see justice for what was done to me either.

    And absent justice ,

    How the fuck could you possibly have a definition for the word , ” good ” ?

    How the fuck could you possibly know what would be good or bad ?

    • Q. Shtik September 17, 2022 at 1:38 am #

      How the fuck could you possibly have a definition for the word , ” good ” ?

      How the fuck could you possibly know what would be good or bad ? – Kesa

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

      Are ^these^ questions for ME?

      Did I say anything about good and bad?

      And concerning your “Atheist scumbag cocksucker” remark, this is a new low for you.

      • tucsonspur September 17, 2022 at 4:36 am #

        Yeah, Q. What an often-incoherent, low ho. All I’ll say for now, except that she asked some ambiguous questions last blog then did a disingenuous shift off the Russia-Ukraine thread and went into some shit about kleptocrats.

        Ho opens a book instead of her legs and thinks she has all the answers.

        • MaryQueen September 17, 2022 at 1:32 pm #

          What I love most about Kesa Anna, and where I can really relate, is that she doesn’t give a flying fuck what any of you dudes say or think about her.

          • Night Owl September 17, 2022 at 2:51 pm #

            My favorite Tucson Slur moment was when he informed this Interwebz message board that he “fucks like an ox.”

            To this day, not even the Rednut has been able to bring more comedy gold to the table.

          • Jarek September 17, 2022 at 3:00 pm #

            Yes, that’s your fundamental stand on life: Women against Men.

            I would love to give radical Feminists their own island nation. We would provide generous aid to get you started. Caveat: We would want secret cameras installed to watch your utter failure.

            So if Kesa says 2=3, and she doesn’t give a flying fuck what any of us think of that, would you still use a bridge that she designed?

            What a stupid thing to say…..

          • MaryQueen September 17, 2022 at 7:26 pm #

            I like men just as much as I do women.

            Jarek is so ‘off’ about me it’s just stunning. Talk about the inability to read a room, or even 1 person, after reading 2 years of my posts.

          • MaryQueen September 17, 2022 at 7:28 pm #

            Also: If Jarek took a logic course, he’d fail miserably.

            Jarek logic is a mix of straw man & 6-year-old reasoning.

      • Jarek September 17, 2022 at 1:24 pm #

        She needs to apologize but she won’t be able to. Too proud. Such is woman.

    • messianicdruid September 17, 2022 at 6:37 am #

      “For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire.”

      Sin is the transgression of the law.

    • elysianfield September 17, 2022 at 11:23 am #

      Kesa,
      In the penultimate offering of our Host, you discuss the movie “Barry Lyndon” I consider it one of my “100 best” movies, and own the DVD.

      It is one of the greats…great storyline, dialogue, cinamatography, not to mention the soundtrack, period costumes and locales. To decry Barry’s character seems odd, as that was the focus of the story…I find nothing to fault the movie other than one niggling point;

      …Not nearly enough car crashes nor explosions…and wanton wenches serving as barmaids….yeah….

      • Disaffected September 17, 2022 at 11:41 am #

        Looks like I’m gonna have to watch it again. I apparently missed all that the first time around.

        • hmuller September 17, 2022 at 12:12 pm #

          I remember the movie as long and tedious, seemingly pointless.

          • Disaffected September 17, 2022 at 12:21 pm #

            That was my take as well. Had to watch it over two nights, as I couldn’t take it all in one. But I’m not really a period piece guy in the first place, so that might have skewed my judgement.

          • GreenAlba September 17, 2022 at 12:37 pm #

            I think the sound track (which I had gifted to me as an LP and later bought as a CD) is the best of it. Lots of rousing music but my favourite is Mna na h Eireann (Women of Ireland), which I think is one of the most haunting melodies ever.

            Soundtrack version here, with the Chieftains and Sean O’Riada:

            youtube.com/watch?v=ex2iwmIXd5A

            And a sung version by Sinead O’Connor:

            youtube.com/watch?v=Tt8p5AxJn18

            For fans of things Irish.

          • Disaffected September 17, 2022 at 12:56 pm #

            Very nice. I liked O’Connor’s rendition of Factory Girl with The Chieftans a few years back. And I like all things Nightnoise.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gvv33OfmBPM

          • MaryQueen September 17, 2022 at 1:27 pm #

            Thanks for the musical links! I love Irish music. Grew up listening to the Chieftans and Clancy Brothers.

          • elysianfield September 17, 2022 at 5:27 pm #

            Muller,
            In my youth I thought the same of Moby Dick, the book…reread it in my adulthood and found it exceptional.

          • elysianfield September 18, 2022 at 11:35 am #

            Alba, Dis, Mary, etal:

            For your listening pleasure;

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aa7birRBmNM

      • Q. Shtik September 17, 2022 at 2:28 pm #

        the movie “Barry Lyndon” I consider it one of my “100 best” movies, – elysian

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

        My son Thom (the one who is currently in nursing school) has an artsy streak in him (his college degree was in Industrial Design although he never worked a day in that field) and it was he who brought the movie Barry Lyndon to my attention. He said if you stare at each scene you will notice that each one is a perfectly composed artistic expression. I watched and agreed with him. I have no idea what the movie was about since I was entirely focused on the artistic composition of each scene.

        • elysianfield September 17, 2022 at 5:24 pm #

          Q,
          Barry Lyndon? A quick encapsulization:

          A guy born poor, married well, was a victim of familial intrigues, died of modest means…lost a leg along the way.

          You could also say that he was of indifferent moral character. You might search for hidden meaning in his trevails, but, as Melvill oft repeated…Moby Dick was just a story about a whale….

          …Sometimes a cigar is simply a cigar….

          • hmuller September 17, 2022 at 6:08 pm #

            Then again…..Barry Lyndon – the title alone makes you think it’s about the 1964 presidential candidates melded together in some bizarro Star Trek transporter accident.

            But this is a Stanley Kubrick movie, and he didn’t make many. It must be chock full of hints about the depraved secret societies which run the world (as in Eyes Wide Shut). Or it contains hints that Kubrick himself filmed the bogus 1969 moon landing in a studio (as in The Shining).

            There are breadcrumbs everywhere, people! Learn to see them.

          • elysianfield September 18, 2022 at 6:24 pm #

            …encapsulation, of course….

      • Soul Forensics September 17, 2022 at 3:14 pm #

        “wanton wenches serving as barmaids….yeah….” — elysian

        Careful, or you’ll incur the wrath of MaryQ, and be lumped in with “any of you dudes”.

    • Paula D September 17, 2022 at 4:02 pm #

      Jesus, a ten year old child?

      That is pure evil.

  45. TPTB-USA September 17, 2022 at 2:04 am #

    What happens if the “Special Master” determines, that like the FISA warrants, the warrant to search Mar-a-Lago was bogus?

    Perhaps this is the impending event that Joshua Philip is sensing?

    • JohnAZ September 17, 2022 at 1:02 pm #

      What if the entire Blue wavefront against Trump is exposed for what it is, the biggest conspiracy in American history. The ultimate coup.

      What happened, why is only one man the basis for the half of the population? It makes it too easy for the omnipresence of the Blue led Deep State to knock down the Red factions.

      What would happen if Trump dropped dead tomorrow?

      • hmuller September 17, 2022 at 6:16 pm #

        If Trump dropped dead tomorrow, I’d be suspicious and demand an autopsy.

        Of course, they still haven’t gotten back me on the “Proof of Brain Activity” request I filed on Biden.

        • MaryQueen September 17, 2022 at 7:59 pm #

          We don’t get to demand things. We’re lowly peasants.

      • Redneck Liberal September 17, 2022 at 8:53 pm #

        John, your “fever dreams” are getting too intense! Take it easy…You may be risking a self-induced infarction!

        Trump dropping dead would surely be yet another instance of ‘vaccine bioweapon clot-shot, efficacy, wouldn’t it?

        • GreenAlba September 18, 2022 at 8:04 pm #

          Talking of people dropping dead, Redneck, could you please give us your esteemed comments on this video?

          rumble.com/v1hpxdh-warning-graphic-images-global-depopulation-in-full-swing-as-adult-death-syn.html

          It’s quite graphic, as per the warning, so maybe have a G&T by your side while you watch it.

      • TPTB-USA September 18, 2022 at 8:13 am #

        In many regards Trump is his own worst enemy, and the Blue led Deep State has been able to capitalize on his mannerism/conduct glitch (look no further than Nancy Pelosi and her document shredding moment for a classic example of TDS).

        It astounds us that the biggest conspiracy in American history, and the ultimate coup, is buried along with Hunter’s laptop.
        This highlights how monumental the task will be to put an end to the coup.

        My 2 cents is that it will take an authority figure to turn the tide, and the “Special Master” is a long shot, but could present such an opportunity.

        Several of Fox News commentators are doing a tremendous job of highlighting the hypocrisy, as well as starting to call the Biden administration power grab a coup. Sure, at this point those with TDS won’t give Fox News commentators the time of day, but the actions and lies of Biden and many in his administration are starting to stink to high heaven. The lady in Martha’s Vineyard that said there was no way they could accommodate 50 immigrants is the pinnacle of hypocrisy.

        I’m not willing to accept that the majority of judges throughout the US aren’t starting to get disgusted with the antics of Biden and his cohorts. If there is not a legitimate need for the Mar-a-Lago search warrant, and a judge of stature takes a stand and calls BS on the warrant, it could cause Biden to fumble the next grenade with the pin pulled that he and his cohorts are getting ready to toss on the general population. I hope there is some authority figure of stature among the political left (perhaps someone like Noam Chomsky) to call-out the lies and bullshit for what they are.

        I am under the impression that Trump and a group of politicians are stacking up the evidence and positioning themselves for success in the event that the tide turns and presents them with an opportunity. Those that are part of the coup need to be dealt with, but unfortunately that is not going to solve the problem. The citizens of the US need to heal and unite in order to deal with the issues we are going to be confronted with in the future.

        If Trump were to drop dead tomorrow, the fight for freedom would persist. What a fighter. I suspect that 98% of the population would have thrown-in the towel long ago. Look at the toll serving this country has taken on him. For those who contend that Trump was self serving, just as he had the foresight to see that Europe relying on Russia for their energy needs was a set-up for failure, Trump had the foresight to realize that the US needed to set itself up for success, whereas the likes of the Kerry and Biden clans have put their agenda first, and in the process have set US up for failure.

  46. mitchellc September 17, 2022 at 10:16 am #

    An enterprising fellow could make a name for himself studying the evolving sentiments of various authors and commenters found here and elsewhere across the web.

    As an observer, I find the separation process identical to the feelings of loss and alienation expressed by those who have decided to leave a cult.

    Consider the similarities between secular and religious orders in dogma, process, practices and (re)inforcement, including exclusion and other social mechanisms.

    Of course, the primary factor that piques my interest is intent. What is the motivation? With the LDS, Smith was a genius creating a free sex organization protected under the auspices of the 1st amendment.

    The catholic church of course was a creation of the Roman nobility who hijacked a small insignificant movement so as to operate a cross border enterprise as the political structure of the empire crumbled.

    (As they found out, tithing was fundamentally more effective than mere taxation as a wealth creation tool. Threats of eternal hell and damnation are much more effective than mere collectors.)

    So here we are, monitoring the process of various individuals as they experience each of the 5 stages. Seems most are well past denial (finally), some still at bargaining (well finally get them this time!), guys like JAZ going through anger, but as expected, most are wallowing in sadness and depression.

    Just remember it’s only a phase. Soon enough you’ll come out of it, and never look at institutions, news, organizations or any other group that insists on exacting loyalty via tradition and the adornment of pageantry as anything other than a front.

    In other words, a group of aligned individuals looking to dominate you, reduce you to acceptance, while enjoying the fruits of your labor and honest faith.

    • RelativeGuise September 17, 2022 at 11:21 am #

      there is a spiritual war going on. If you take yourself out of the game…well? An afterlife? A return thus far? In Ayn Rand’s book “the Fountainhead” she makes some pointed feelers about Nietsche’s supermen. I’ll agree with you on one point, the object is perfection. And I like you for being patient and discerning with you solpsisms. Slavery is THE thing happening now in the US. The virtue signalling that is being attacked is when one looks the other way. It is a literal attack on star dust. There is no coming out of it. The Roman Empire is comparable to Tesla on the grounds of spirtuality? Why do you think there’s a camera on every diesel powered generator spotted hooking up an EV? I like the progress. There is no coming out of it for me. Here’s where I am. The imposition of hands. Slavery. Perfection. Paul at Damascus. and invisibility. If only to add an arrow to your arsenal, read the Bible and what it says about slavery and perfection.

      • Woodchuck September 17, 2022 at 12:11 pm #

        Well, you see, it goes like this. Everything’s always been perfect here until homo sapiens showed up. All the other creatures we share the planet with are content with the way things were. For us, things were never good enough. We had it easy in the garden until the boogerman showed up and told us there was more to be had, that God had been fooling us all along and had not been telling us the whole truth.

        Now here’s a pipe dream for ya.

        PPppppfffttt pfpppppfffffffftttttttttttt………..

        Before the boogerman showed up on the scene, humankind had a matriarchal structure. If humans all emerge out of females and not males, it was only natural for the female in pre-history to be closer to the god the position as primeval source. If somebody was going to be hanging out with the boogerman and eating forbidden fruit, the female would likely have made that first choice because she was the inquisitive one, calling the shots in the first place. She was leader of the pack and she was the one to check things out first. So original sin was all the fault of women! It’s them bitches out there that did this to us!

        With the arrival of agriculture and walled cities, things changed. Men became preoccupied with seeds. You put a seed in the ground and it grows magically and makes food for you. So us guys got all excited and obsessed about finding out we have our own “seeds”. All those little people are inside us, and we are magically bestowing them upon the world during sex. Onan did something real bad by dumping all those little people onto the ground and wasting them. Abraham was a lot more responsible with his seed, as were the other patriarchs. The “seeds” of patriarchs is mostly an Old Testament issue.

        You see, semen had all those tiny little people seeds in there, and after they sowed their seeds in vaginas a human sprouts in there and comes out in 9 months. So the essence of god is in the male instead of the female. Sex is like plowing ground and dumping wheat seeds in there. The woman is just the ground you grow the seeds in. And not only that, the woman is basically just an incomplete male, a creature that didn’t develop fully. Of course, the existence of the human egg inside a human female was unknown to them at the time.

        The concept of gender 3000 years ago in the middle east wasn’t a look at two different kinds or varieties of people. Instead they saw two different degrees of people. There was only one human but with different *stages* of development available. A woman was just an incompletely formed man. Her clitoris was a pitiful and pathetic attempt at trying to grow a penis. Might as well just cut it off. Her voice was high because she’d not developed a deeper voice that happened to males at puberty.

        I think the Bible says there’s nothing new under the sun. We’re just as confused now about gender as we were thousands of years ago.

        • JohnAZ September 17, 2022 at 12:56 pm #

          Natural law

          Every species “runs the gauntlet” of evolutionary change and intelligence, call it the ability to manipulate the environment, against the environmental changes care of Gaia. The dinosaurs did not stand a chance against the cooling environment and a meteor because they did no have the smarts to put on a coat or run away from the effects of the meteor.

          95% of all species created on Earth have lost this contest. Humanoids have developed, or have been given, the rationality and reasoning power to think our way through environmental challenges.

          Until about the last thirty years.

        • Jarek September 17, 2022 at 1:00 pm #

          Yes, women are closer to the lowly Earth: all instinct and irrationality. Men are less of the Earth and closer (I don’t say close) to the gods, angels, and God.

          Which one should rule? The Irrational or the Rational?

          Will his many words, Woody comes to no conclusion, just becoming more confused in the process.

          • Jarek September 17, 2022 at 1:02 pm #

            With not Will

          • Soul Forensics September 17, 2022 at 3:47 pm #

            Good post, Jarek.

            Men are kites, and women are the flesh that (importantly) pulls them back to Earth from time to time.

          • MaryQueen September 17, 2022 at 7:25 pm #

            LMAO.

          • Anthea September 18, 2022 at 12:48 am #

            @ Jarek:

            Welp, first of all, the earth (material world, created universe) is not “lowly,” but is the Body of Christ. Woman is Creatrix in the microcosm.

            Woman, as Creatrix–who brings forth and nurtures life–enjoys the pre-eminent role. The male role is two-fold: first, to make Woman fruitful (in the sense of the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, as the Lover), and second to provide, protect, and be the support structure for Woman and the life she has created. Men are co-Creators, standing in the role of the Holy Spirit in the microcostm.

            But, back here in Objective Reality (the microcosm), men are unwilling to assume their divine role in either capacity.

            On the previous thread, one of our esteemed male commenters stated that the way to deal with crying children was with a back-hand. So I assume that when his dog cries to be let out, he kicks it. Thus we know that we have here encountered a person of low character. You know: uncontrolled emotions, inability to think and reason, lack of impulse control, propensity to senseless violence, and absence of basic moral sense.

          • Jarek September 18, 2022 at 1:05 am #

            Comparing the Eucharist to the Earth? In other words, it is just bread after all.

            And as Flannery O’Connor said, If so, who cares any more. And as Camille Paglia said, Without men women would still be living in grass huts.

          • Anthea September 18, 2022 at 2:39 am #

            “Without men women would still be living in grass huts.”

            That is speculation.

            Even if true, one might also speculate that women would be better off living in grass huts without men. It is my experience that no comfort, happiness, civility, or material security is possible when there is a man around.

          • Anthea September 18, 2022 at 2:51 am #

            @ Jarek:

            It is said of Christ that “through Him all things were made.”

            So. What is the methodology of the Creation? It is God giving away his life and very being to the Creation. This is one aspect of the meaning of the crucifixion (“the lamb slain from the foundation of the world”). The material world exists because it is God made manifest–God has given away His being to it. Life exists because it is God made manifest–God has given away his life to all living.

            This is kind of a “duh,” if you think about it.

            The Real Presence is in the collards and grits. All things are the Eurcharist.

          • elysianfield September 18, 2022 at 11:29 am #

            Anthea,

            “f our esteemed male commenters stated that the way to deal with crying children was with a back-hand. So I assume that when his dog cries to be let out, he kicks it. Thus we know that we have here encountered a person of low character.”

            In your judgment, is there no place for corporal punishment? No circumstances by which it might be not only called for but beneficial for the child or dog?

            There is an old saw…”spare the rod, spoil t he child”

            I think it is in the Bible somewhere…you could look it up….

            I would suggest that my character might be low, it would be arguable.

          • Jarek September 18, 2022 at 12:24 pm #

            All things are the Eucharist? So what need for the Eucharist?

            So childish. It contains or is the person of Christ in particular. It’s not just more dull matter or “creatrix”.

            You’re trying to drag Christianity down to the level of Feminist Wicca and its pantheism, with matter as the new spirit. Grotesque!

          • Anthea September 18, 2022 at 8:57 pm #

            @ elysianfield:

            “In your judgment, is there no place for corporal punishment? No circumstances by which it might be not only called for but beneficial for the child or dog?”

            The instance under discussion in the previous thread was a case of “screaming kids in the back seat”–although there was no indication in cowbell’s anecdote that either of the two kids were screaming. If I remember right, this came up because another commenter speculated that they might start screaming.

            As I said back then, kids cry (or scream) for a reason–as when one’s dog cries to go outside. The correct response is not to kick the dog. A crying kid is hungry, thirsty, sleepy, or has a diaper problem. Apparently some here (I actually forget who it was) think the way to deal with this is to backhand the kid. This is identical to kicking your dog when it whines or cries–and is actually quite a bit worse.

            As to the issue of whether I think corporal punishment might sometimes be called for, I think there are such instances. I used to do daycare, so I can tell you that some kids can sometimes do things that deserve punishment. They will deliberately be naughty (if they’re toddlers) or destructive (if they’re older).

            There are more effective punishments than spanking. I found it very effective to put the kid in a room by himself with the door shut for about five minutes. Believe it or not, it only takes about one minute before the kid is crying and pleading with you and sobbing, “I’ll be good! I’ll be good!” And this is the same kid who is completely unfazed by a spanking.

            For example, sometimes you are in the grocery store when the kid becomes naughty, and doesn’t mind you when you tell him to stop. So there was that one time when I administered a spanking in public at the grocery store. This was the same kid I had tried spanking a couple of times in the past, to no avail, but it did seem to work that one time.

            This little boy was a kid I had in daycare–not one of my own kids. He had a pre-teen older brother that came to my house on school holidays. With the older brother, I would have come pretty close to advocating capital punishment.

            Whenever Facebook discussions about corporal punishment come up, I would always say, “I can’t really contribute to this discussion. My kids never did anything wrong.”

            This was not entirely true, but they were and are unusually good kids. One of former neighbors used to tell me, “Most people would kill to have kids like yours.”

            I think that if you’re a parent and you are having THAT much trouble with your kid, you’re doing something wrong. Or it may be that you made a lot of mistakes that it will be hard to remedy. (Remember: You’re the adult.)

          • Anthea September 19, 2022 at 1:17 am #

            @ Jarek:

            “So what need for the Eurcharist?”

            That’s an interesting question and something to meditate upon.

            Perhaps we should view the mass, with its consecration of the host, as a formal acknowledgement and affirmation of the presence of Christ in all things, and that the Creation is the Body of Christ. Or we might even view it as a formal consecration of the created world.

            Alan Watts argued, in essence, that this sanctification of the material world was the deepest inwardness of Christianity.

          • Anthea September 19, 2022 at 1:24 am #

            Several of the sacraments are effectively consecrations of some of the chief material realities of the physical body and its needs: birth, washing, eating, sex, and death. They celebrate and make holy the ordinary living of life and affirm it as the Body of Christ.

        • Paula D September 17, 2022 at 4:09 pm #

          Interesting, Woodchuck. I never heard it put that way before, but it makes sense.

          • Woodchuck September 17, 2022 at 5:17 pm #

            Paula D – I didn’t figure any of this out on my own, I got a lot of it from theologian/historian Bart Ehrman. He’s a great speaker and is very good in the area of cultural history and how cultures change over time.

            Ehrman also says that in the patriarchal systems of two millenia ago, male homosexuality was a social and religious problem for different reasons than today. The person getting in trouble for a gay act would usually be the guy on the receiving end of it. That person was sinning because it was a male taking a subordinate and inferior position, he was taking on a role in the activity that was reserved for women. The guy on the bottom was insulting his male peers and allowing himself to be humiliated by becoming a sperm receptacle.

            There’s a noticeable absence of discussion in the Bible about lesbian sex. Since the women were inferiors, and whatever they were doing wasn’t so important anyway, nobody much cared about what lesbians were doing. Most men seem to be a lot more interested in what lesbians are doing than they are feeling threatened by them.

          • Paula D September 17, 2022 at 6:32 pm #

            I had heard parts of it before, but never put that way.
            I wonder why they thought a man couldn’t plant his seed in another man.
            Seems that if women were just incomplete men then a man should be better at growing the seed than a woman.

          • Anthea September 18, 2022 at 1:27 am #

            @ Woodchuck:

            Actually, the early agricultural societies were also goddess worshippers as far as we can tell from the evidence we have. Goddess figures were very common features of domestic life in the Old Europe of Neolithic times. (This is documented in the book, “The Horse, the Wheel, and Language–which is a fascinating book. So good an account of what we generally think of as pre-history that I actually bought it.) Another goddess-worshipping agricutural society was Neolithic Malta–which was chock full of goddess temples. And, of course, there is strong evidence of goddess cults in both Paleolithic and Neolithic times.

            Anyway, according to this same book, patriarchal societies were a product or outgrowth of herdsmen/pastoralist societies, once they became mobile after the invention of the wheel. Once pastoralist societies were able to graze large herds on expanded territories, those territories had to be allocated and defended. This tended to be a guy thing. The emergence of patriarchal societies with male dieties also seems to be associated with the emergence of state systems and more warlike societies–which makes sense. The male role shifted from that of the hunter or primitive agriculturist to that of the warrior. The warrior role would obviously have been very prestigious and important in a more warlike world.

            Anyway, it sounds to me like this Bart Ehrman, with his theory that patriarchy is related agriculture, is a very poor student of history.

    • Soul Forensics September 17, 2022 at 3:41 pm #

      “but as expected, most are wallowing in sadness and depression” — mitchc

      One of the most insensitive and (typically) inaccurate thing I’ve yet read on this blog in over 15 years.

      I went through the first four stages quickly withing a year after reading JHK’s .The Long Emergency in 2005. Since then, my world view permanently shifted, I continued my life, mostly joyous or at least content, but with deeper contemplations of sadness. And who wouldn’t be, knowing the inexorable reality of Peak Oil and overpopulation.

      Only an automaton, an AI bot in waiting, a phony Olympian philosopher, a wannabe stoic like mitch would never have a moment of sadness or depression when considering our common predicament.

      But this is typical of absolutists everywhere. Absolutists actually aren’t very smart at all, because, as Cynthia Ozick rightly says, they’re unable to hold paradox or irony in simultaneous equal measure.

      In short, one can express sadness and anger on an internet thread, and then go about the rest of their day in non-political happiness and peace.

      But that’s too confusing and difficult and intellectually complex for mitch, who is much “happier” setting himself up as a bizarre psychological (and futuristically incoherent) guru.

      • malthuss September 17, 2022 at 8:19 pm #

        17 years I – We await the collapse. when?

        • Soul Forensics September 17, 2022 at 8:57 pm #

          malth,

          In historical terms, 17 years is but a blip. Not looking forward to the next 17, but I doubt I’d last that long even in a pre-2005 world anyway.

    • SpeedyBB September 17, 2022 at 11:54 pm #

      Mitch, having concluded a reasonably painless divorce from the culture I grew up in (USA USA), I can appraise all on that side of the pond calmly, from 11 time zones away.

      The only thing that will arouse emotion enough to choke speech is the American aggression on Vietnam, which was one of the earlier expatriate adventures (FBI ~ Embassy after me for a draft card destruction). During my short visits to Vietnam I found that attempting to discuss this matter and engage the locals was bout as fruitful as getting Yanks going about the War of 1812.

      The JFK hit? I had long ago gotten over the shock, suspicion and dismay of the Dealey Plaza affair and its aftermath. My mother, laying in a hospital bed in Dallas, saw Patsy Oswald get plugged by Jack Ruby.

      This morning I smiled as I remembered a joke from the University of Texas around 1964:

      “The first official act of newly-inaugurated Vice President Hubert Humphrey was to invite President Johnson to accompany him on a motorcade through downtown Minneapolis.”

  47. JohnAZ September 17, 2022 at 12:44 pm #

    The WEF is leading the world in a direction. IMHO, that direction is feudalism.

    The Elite become a nobility, ordained by God to be in charge because of their birth. The nobility is the sorta educated folks that are ordained to run humanity.

    The rest of mankind are serfs, a polite term for slaves. Serfs are sharecroppers, the lord of the manor provides them protection from marauders and outlaws, that is what castles were all about, and the lord got his share of the harvests.

    Does this all sound familiar? Does the centralization of power in DC that the WEF inspired Deep State is leading us towards sound suspicious. Does the fact that the Deep State advocates want the government to separate from the folks indicate a drive towards creation of a new nobility? I would project that right now less than 50 people “run” the US. Think Bezos, think Tesla, think Gates. I note that these new “lords of the manors” refuse to become politicians, what will happen when the Deep State collapses and the WEF swoops in to save the day. Who are the minions of the WEF? Aha, the nobility.

    With a takeover of robotics and AI, who needs a middle class in an overpopulated world. As JHK states over and over, the world will have to return to its agrarian roots to raise enough food to feed everyone without FF. Downsizing everything, including the level of governance and its size.

    Can you see it? King Joseph the First. Nah, too old.

    One thing, the transition to this situation, the Great Reset, the,

    You will own nothing and be happy.

    Is a direct description of the feudal state.

    No individual property ownership, no money, barter system, 90% of folks working in agriculture, a small quantity of tradesmen creating everything, elimination of all the high tech stuff as unnecessary.

    IOW, the Middle Ages returns. You know, the way the American public is voting election to election, the gimme lemming American electorate is actually leading the country to the medieval precipice. The WEF will not have to work very hard.

    I wonder who is going to hand the Klausibots, the new nobility, the keys to the country.

    I wonder if the country will Balkanize with the Reds not putting up with this BS?

    • Islander September 17, 2022 at 1:29 pm #

      “The WEF is leading the world in a direction. IMHO, that direction is feudalism.”

      As I said a few threads ago:

      Monopoly feudalism.

      • MaryQueen September 17, 2022 at 7:24 pm #

        Techno-feudalism.

        • malthuss September 17, 2022 at 8:19 pm #

          death feudalism.

          • MaryQueen September 17, 2022 at 10:20 pm #

            🙁

  48. docmartin September 17, 2022 at 12:57 pm #

    So many of you people act like you know each other with just your online presence. You don’t. At best you are friendly strangers in a bar. We are all screen images these days, just like the movie stars we used to read about in the fifties. After I was in the service in the late sixties, no relationship ( with the exception of my wife and children) was ever as real as my buds in the army. Our lives depended on it.

    • JohnAZ September 17, 2022 at 1:11 pm #

      Yes, because your mutual experiences were deeper and more meaningful than the BS that you have experienced since, I get it and share it.

      US Navy

    • Amman September 17, 2022 at 2:44 pm #

      Your point being?

    • MaryQueen September 17, 2022 at 10:20 pm #

      So?

  49. Jarek September 17, 2022 at 1:19 pm #

    Each night we are updated via the process of dream. Some files are deleted, some added to. The value or meaning of the variables is changed accordingly.

    You may wake up one morning and find that your wife is now your enemy. Something you did or didn’t do, said or didn’t say. Some error on your part, contrasted with her new male co-workder. The scale is tipped! Your credit is revoked. Your markers called in.

    The Feather Balance of Osiris: It’s not just at the time of death.

    • PeteAtomic September 17, 2022 at 1:31 pm #

      Herr Janos,

      That’s one of the most beautiful and insightful things I’ve read that you’ve ever written on the blog here.

      Reminds me of Orwell.

      • Jarek September 17, 2022 at 2:01 pm #

        Thanks, but I just read up on the Feather Balance of Osiris, and I used the image in a different way than they did.

        To them, our sins weigh us down. The heart would be weighed against the “Feather of Maat” (justice). And if the heart was no heavier, the person would go to paradise. If the heart was heavier than the feather, it would be devoured by a monster.

        That being said, thanks. I think my image is insightful. We’ll take so much crap from a person and then none at all. They’re credit is expired. I’m going to war today against someone at work.

        • Q. Shtik September 17, 2022 at 3:29 pm #

          Their

        • Q. Shtik September 17, 2022 at 4:22 pm #

          I’m going to war today against someone at work. – Jar

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

          For what reason?

          Is this person Black, Jew or Female?

          What kind of work? I don’t recall you ever mentioning you have a job.

          • BackRowHeckler September 17, 2022 at 5:12 pm #

            Janos once revealed he was a Professor of Dentistry.

          • hmuller September 17, 2022 at 6:29 pm #

            You’re kidding! Maybe he said he was an Odinist, and you read Odontist. Or maybe he claimed to be an Onanist?

            He makes so few dental references. But what did they keep saying in the X-Files “the tooth is out there”.

          • MaryQueen September 17, 2022 at 7:23 pm #

            The image of Jack Nicholson in “Little Shop of Horrors” comes to mind.

          • Anthea September 18, 2022 at 1:39 am #

            @ BackRowHeckler:

            I had Jarek figured for a college teacher of some kind.

          • Anthea September 18, 2022 at 1:40 am #

            I also have Jarek figured for a trust-fund baby.

          • Paula D September 18, 2022 at 11:31 am #

            I think he does some sort of heavy labor job. Maybe works in a warehouse or something.

          • Redneck Liberal September 18, 2022 at 9:28 pm #

            “Janos once revealed he was a Professor of Dentistry.

            Yeah, like Laurence Olivier in “Marathon Man”…

        • Disaffected September 17, 2022 at 5:12 pm #

          Fair to say that Jaros is “girding his loins” for war then? Don’t impale them too harshly, big guy!

          • hmuller September 17, 2022 at 6:46 pm #

            He implied his wife is getting diddled by a new male co-worker. And it came to him in a dream.

            These stories often end with “….before turning the gun on himself.”

          • Anthea September 18, 2022 at 1:46 am #

            Guys always think their wives are divorcing them for another guy. They also think that this is because the imaginary “other guy” has a bigger you-know-what. But I think these imaginings are usually put in their heads by a predatory attorney. Their attornies want to whip them into a frenzy of vengeful rage, so they can fleece them to their last penny. Basically, they’ll put their attorney’s kids through college trying to avoid supporting their own children.

          • hmuller September 18, 2022 at 9:36 am #

            I hear you, Anthea. There’s an attorney in my community who runs TV ads saying if you’re not happy with your life, it’s time to dump your spouse. Of course, as a man of professional dignity he doesn’t raise the small penis issue.

          • hmuller September 18, 2022 at 9:39 am #

            That said, I don’t think Jarek needs any attorney to put crazy delusions in his head.

          • Jarek September 18, 2022 at 12:28 pm #

            All of this because I told hmuller he was a fool because he thought all people can get along. No need for borders. Just everyone holding hands balancing a can of coke on their heads or between their legs.

            He may not be a fool of course, but rather another Mitch type. He knows it’s wrong but he wants it for us anyway. Even Mitch doesn’t quite go that far.

          • hmuller September 18, 2022 at 8:41 pm #

            Jarek, I have always been against open borders and for strict immigration control. You tend to misrepresent the positions of others to build straw man arguments. Several people have noticed and commented.

            This doesn’t speak well for your advocacy skills.

  50. MaryQueen September 17, 2022 at 1:21 pm #

    A friend summarized this video, which I’m about to watch:

    “12-minute video of Dr. Scot Youngblood presenting to the San Diego City Council. I just posted this info on Facebook and am sure I’ll be getting tossed back into the slammer again any time now. Here are the main points of his talk:

    1. “The covid vaccines are making things worse.” President Biden is quadruple vaxxed yet has gotten covid twice and had to take Paxlovid to treat (a VERY strong antiviral medication).

    2.”Breakthrough” cases (people getting covid despite being vaccinated) became so common that the CDC had to remove the term from their website.

    3. Most highly vaccinated countries have seen bigger and bigger surges with each new strain (alpha, delta, omicron). Israel, Jordon, and Lebanon (all highly vaxxed) experienced 5 times the number of cases with delta and 10 times the number of cases with Omicron.
    4. In European countries and in US states by county, the higher the vaccination rate, the higher the case rate.

    5. mRNA efficacy is high for the first month then proceeds to drop with each passing month, and by the sixth month, NEGATIVE efficacy occurs (the vaccinated are MORE susceptible to covid than the unvaccinated). This is why the vaccinated have consistently been more likely to get infected than the unvaccinated around the world. “The vaccinated are worse off.”

    6. The more doses of the vaccine, you are 4.5 times more likely to get Omicron.

    7. There is 26 times more robust protection from natural immunity than from the vaccine. At this point, 90% of the population has been exposed to the virus and has immunity. However, the vaccine damages this natural immunity.

    8. Why does the vaccine damage natural immunity? The Original Antigenic Sin and Antibody Dependent Enhancement. In ADE (Antibody Dependent Enhancement), the two types of antibodies that the immune system create are neutralizing antibodies (which neutralize the virus) and non-neutralizing antibodies. The non-neutralizing antibodies (in the vaccinated) make it easier for the virus to infect cells.

    9. Transmission rates for the vaccinated and unvaccinated are identical. The vaccine does not prevent infection OR transmission.
    10. Multiple nations are reporting infection data showing increased disease among the most highly vaccinated individuals.

    11. The CDC reports that excess deaths in the US were HIGHER in 2021 after the vaccine rollout than they were in 2020 with covid infections. Deaths also moved from the older, more fragile populations to younger age groups. This shouldn’t happen in a pandemic.*”

    https://vimeo.com/750180722

    * I’d argue 1) this wasn’t officially a ‘pandemic’ given the death rate was less than 1% and a pandemic is 4%; and that it not only shouldn’t happen in a pandemic but DOESN’T happen in a pandemic.

    • JohnAZ September 17, 2022 at 2:02 pm #

      Ho Ho, Mary. Good stuff!

      You know a few of the hypotheses that have been running around CFN for the last year and a half would explain a lot of the observations.

      Assuming the bad guy is a virus!

      1. The vaccines are making things worse. More surges due to variants, each unique to immune systems?

      The vaccine is designed for one configuration of the s protein. The virus presents more than one, the off brands being not recognized by the tuned immune system. The survivors become the next variant and the next surge. Hence 2. Breakthrough cases.

      3 and 4. Tuning the immune system debits its ability to recognize other antigens. Hence the wave fronts of other viruses are ignored, giving larger infection rates. The assumption of the experts, IMHO, is that the immune system can “memorize” an infinite number of antigens. I do not believe this, hence polio, HIV etc, rebounds as vaccine are applied.

      5. mRNA tunes the immune system to one s protein, one “species” of virus. It creates a bloom of antibodies that declines with time. We hear about Killer Ts and Memory Bs once in a while, but not much. Probably because there is not much reaction for the two. They are the immune memory, their jobs are respectively to chemically destroy the antigen they are tuned to and create new antibodies to destroy the tuned antigen before they get a foothold. Vaccine generated antibodies have no memory.

      7. Like the absorption of natural food ingredients such as vitamins, does the natural infection regimens of the virus create more memory capability than the vaxx? Again, no data.

      Bottom line. The Vaxx especially repeated doses has a declining effect on infection and transmission of the virus, hence the disease. The fact that the risk from the virus has lessened over the two years and the observed fatality rate from the Vaxx has risen, at a point the risk of the shot is more than the disease. Natural immunity seems to “tame” the virus horde, think 1918 flu that “just disappeared”, it didn’t, evolution of DNA or RNA seems to create a more symbiotic relationship.

      The Vaxx should be terminated except in immunocompromised folks.

      It’s political pushers should be treated as drug pushers. Wonder if the number of Vaxx fatalities is close to opioid overdose fatalities?

      • Jarek September 17, 2022 at 2:08 pm #

        The Elite hide behind this kind of learned mumbo jumbo. It’s a bioweapon. These people are much smarter than you are. If you can see these problems, you think they couldn’t?

        • JohnAZ September 17, 2022 at 2:56 pm #

          Jarek

          We will agree to disagree.

          It is political, the people making these decisions are ignorant and quite a few practically stupid. Academia stands out in this description.

          As far as my summary, it is the result of just observing the data evolving to create models of the situation.

          What we know now is much more than 2020. Politically, all we hear, Fauci, is we need vaxxed, masks, and separation. Since March of 2020.

          The virologists, the “smart” guys you refer to, do not know BS about the denizens they research and the reactions of the immune systems of millions of people. The only smart one I have heard with the best results is GAs Dr. Chetty in South Africa.

          Have they created a bio weapon, if so it sucks. Have they let loose a partially developed bio weapon accidentally? Now you are talking. Will we ever know for sure? Not as long as the WEF forces are running the global Politico.

          • Soul Forensics September 17, 2022 at 3:57 pm #

            “Have they created a bio weapon, if so it sucks.”

            The vaxx is doing exactly what it was designed to do: kill in a slow ramp up. The frog in boiling water. And a lot of frogs still think the water is just fine.

        • 100th Avatar September 17, 2022 at 5:58 pm #

          I side with Janos

          He’s not full MitchellC

          If anything Janos can have a severely objective approach, when he does it’s
          Spit on

          • 100th Avatar September 17, 2022 at 6:03 pm #

            Spot

          • hmuller September 17, 2022 at 6:38 pm #

            With Janos/Jarek getting spit on is a distinct possibility.

      • MaryQueen September 17, 2022 at 7:21 pm #

        I can’t believe you buy into some of this garbage.

        The vaxx does not help anyone, and kills and maims plenty.

        Immuno-compromised people are the LAST people who should get it. They’d be better off just catching a cold.

        • Redneck Liberal September 18, 2022 at 9:23 pm #

          Alright, MaryContrary.

          I have a friend – just 49 – recovering from a myeloma treatment (stem cell transplant).

          He’s certainly immuno-compromised, having recently (6 weeks ago) had a chemotherapeutic ‘nuking’. He’s close to receiving his first immunisations – or re-immunisations, as the chemo has left him bereft of ANY immunity, he likens his physical state to that of being 6 weeks newborn, without the benefit of maternal breastfeeding etc.

          Probably the first he will receive is the Pfizer Covid vaccine. If he keels over inside a few weeks, then I’ll start to listen to your (and others) deluded ravings.

          • GreenAlba September 19, 2022 at 5:45 am #

            Why would he necessarily keel over within a few weeks? Many of the young athletes who are dropping dead are doing so a year after the quacksine. As Dr Chetty said, it’s the cleverest poison in history, so broad are the nefarious effects and the time scale of their final implementation. My brother ended up in hospital a few weeks ago while on holiday, with a mysterious ‘infection’, and it’s been 9 or 10 months since his booster. When your immune system is gone, it’s gone, but when it has to confront an infection mostly depends on extraneous circumstances.

            I also have an immunocompromised friend (post-chemo) who’s been taking the jabs. No sooner do they get rid of her tumours than more appear.

            I thought you’d have commented on this video by now, you know, to ‘debunk’ it.

            rumble.com/v1hpxdh-warning-graphic-images-global-depopulation-in-full-swing-as-adult-death-syn.html

            Don’t make us wait as long as we have for your reasoning as to why we have ‘vaccines’ at all when a humble South African physician and scientist has achieved a 100% successful treatment rate that has left not one of his patients even needing to go to hospital.

            It is your lack of response to such evidence that makes me think I have misjudged you when thinking you’re just deluded and not a deliberate vaxx-pusher with an agenda. But I don’t know, obviously. I guess a person really could be that dumb?

            BTW, the injections will give your friend increased immunity to covid for a few weeks, but not to anything else. After that short period, he will be more likely to get covid than an unvaxxed person. While the British public has been distracted by royal nonsense, the government has published a report (via the ONS) showing that 91% of those dying of covid are triple jabbed. And don’t forget that 19 million adults in the UK, which must be at least a third of the adult population, aren’t jabbed at all (despite the government claiming only 4% are unjabbed, to make them look like fringe weirdos).

  51. Jarek September 17, 2022 at 1:56 pm #

    The Ultra-Liberals called out the National Guard to get the Venezuelans off Martha’s Vineyard. Not one “conservative” or Republican in America would have the balls to do this.

    Tucker showed the charity extended to one group of them: fruit loops on paper plates on the porch. Tucker’s gay friend, Chadwick, came on and talked about their hypocrisy. If they were Ukrainian refugees, they would have been taken in and lionized. Tucker agreed vehemently. Thus Tucker tied himself up into the old knot: Democrats are the real racists! The student (Republicans) have exceeded the Master. Republicans are the real Liberals.

    How shameful. Underneath their cant, at least some Democrats have a core of sanity. Of course the Ukrainians, being White and Western, would fit into Martha’s Vineyard better.
    Tucker fell into the pit on this one. Trying to beat the Democrats at their own game, he ended up denying the most basic of truths.

    • JohnAZ September 17, 2022 at 2:08 pm #

      The RINOs are far more dangerous than the Dems. The Deplorables think RINOs are innocents, instead of the traitors they really are. That is why watching Fox is a joke now, their interviewees are worse than the Dems.

      The Deplorables need Trump more now than ever, or his developed successor. The Deep State is enveloping all aspects of our lives now. Any chance of a legitimate counter by the Reds is fading.

      • Jarek September 17, 2022 at 2:10 pm #

        Trump sent the National Guard down to the border. Everyone got excited. Then it came out: They were just there as unarmed “observers”.

        It all felt familiar. Then I realized: Obama had pulled exactly the same stunt.

        • JohnAZ September 17, 2022 at 3:07 pm #

          I believe they were there to do the “paperwork” for the guys on the line. Putting armed guard in the border with Mexico would be interesting.

          • Disaffected September 17, 2022 at 5:08 pm #

            Do the military still carry guns? I thought they had them all melted down for scrap.

        • 100th Avatar September 17, 2022 at 5:53 pm #

          Trump can’t order the national guard

          Abbot did, Robles is they can only deter and detain for CBP

          UNLESS the state declares an invasion

          Which he won’t

          • 100th Avatar September 17, 2022 at 5:53 pm #

            Problem is… Robles?? WTF W/this spellcheck

      • tucsonspur September 17, 2022 at 3:24 pm #

        Kari Lake promises troops on the Arizona border. Promises.

        Again, nobody in the streets for six years after all of the Democratic subterfuge. The tale has been told.

        I don’t necessarily mean shooting up the streets.

      • Redneck Liberal September 18, 2022 at 9:13 pm #

        You’re only proving to us all that the ‘Deplorables” are actually a minority group, and shrinking, I’m betting, in terms of the %age of the vote against these crypto-Christo-Fascists running, come November.

        • Redneck Liberal September 18, 2022 at 9:15 pm #

          (At JohnAZ….)

        • Anthea September 18, 2022 at 10:27 pm #

          @ Redneck Liberal:

          Meh. I’d say the shoe is on the other foot.

          Ten years ago, I would have said that Roe versus Wade would never be overturned within the coming 50 years. In fact, I told my youngest daughter that. I think my exact words were, “If it happens at all, you won’t live to see it.”

          In the past ten years or so, the tide has turned on this and several other agenda promoted by liberals, mostly because they’ve over-played their hand. I’m guessing that very few people are really in favor of baby-killing. Not many people approve of Gay Pride Day antics performed in assless chaps and other states of undress. The same goes for Drag Queen Story Hour, and teaching children that they can choose their gender, and teaching them about deviant sexual practices, especially at a very young age.

          There are just not that many crazy people in the US, despite so many appearances to the contrary.

          One need not be a Christian to recognize filthy degeracy. The revulsion is instinctive. The reason for the instinctive revulsion is doubtless because humans have evolved to be hard-wired in favor of survival, and the survival of their families and communities.

          Liberalism is an anti-survival, anti-life agenda. To the extent that anyone has fallen for it, it is because this is disguised.

          Christianity does indeed oppose it, because Christianity is an affirmation of life. But Christians are not the only ones who don’t want to die, or to see their families, communities, and nation destroyed. I suspect that the “anti-suicide,” “anti-death-wish” camp is growing rather than shrinking.

          • Redneck Liberal September 18, 2022 at 11:40 pm #

            “Liberalism is an anti-survival, anti-life agenda. To the extent that anyone has fallen for it, it is because this is disguised.

            A statement of opinion, coloured by your ethno/religio-centric upbringing.

            I was raised a catholic and of a ‘leftist’ persuasion. I have since dropped the catholic dogma and rituals, but the main teaching of Jesus has always been a simple one, which I apply on a minute-by-minute basis: “do unto others…etc”.

            As such, I agree that the EXTREMES are just that – extremes – and that the majority of people lie well within the boundaries of “Deplorable” and whatever pejorative adjective you use to describe the extreme ‘left’ (woke, commie, whatever…)

    • Paula D September 17, 2022 at 4:17 pm #

      No other community would have the pull to call the National Guard.

      They are rich on Martha’s Vineyard. That is why the National Guard responded.

      • Jarek September 18, 2022 at 1:14 am #

        Well said. Thus the Elite have revealed themselves. A masterly stroke by DeSantis. Apparently some on the island – no doubt the poorer ones – are confused about what just happened.

    • 100th Avatar September 17, 2022 at 5:55 pm #

      Does Mush McDonothing look like he has balls?

      He looks like a congenital cuck

      • MaryQueen September 17, 2022 at 10:30 pm #

        Yertle? The one with the CCP wife?

  52. toktomi September 17, 2022 at 2:45 pm #

    @JHK

    What, pray tell, does a thoroughly manipulated entity, read the DOW, have to do with anything even remotely associated with the reality of human existence?

    I can imagine that their are relationships between the two that might be intriguing and profound; but the common perceptions of the DOW, I would propose, have noting to do with those relationships.

    So, please…

    ~toktomi~

    • Disaffected September 17, 2022 at 5:06 pm #

      Once I understood the concept of secondary markets – these “stocks” you buy are nothing more than pieces of paper – digital now – traded long after the fact of their issuance and the company directly collecting capital off them – I knew they were a scam. Might as well be trading baseball cards or other trinkets of equally useless speculative value. Their primary use now is as a propaganda device, providing the comforting illusion that the economy’s roaring, when in fact it’s nearing total meltdown.

      • BackRowHeckler September 17, 2022 at 5:19 pm #

        I could never understand where the value of baseball cards came from. (Like bitcoin) Back in the day, at a place called Christy’s Candy Kitchen (Christy was a Greek, the only ethnic in town) you could by a pack of 5 cards and a stick of bubble gum: 5c. We would pin the cards to our bicycle so they would come in contact with the spokes as the wheels turned, “Watch out those baseball cards will loosen the spokes, wheels will fall off.” LoL.

        • Disaffected September 17, 2022 at 10:09 pm #

          Yep. We did to. Rode our bicycles down to and bought them at a little ethnic grocery half way up a long residential main thoroughfare (Harrison Street) in Council Bluffs, IA, named Bierschenk’s. I gather the owners were German. Every now an then one of us would come into some “serious money” and buy a whole box for like $2 if memory serves correctly. Duplicates out the ass all summer long! Those were the days!

        • SpeedyBB September 18, 2022 at 5:51 am #

          Spokes flapping baseball cards? Nyaah, wannabe motorcycle sound.

        • Woodchuck September 18, 2022 at 6:55 pm #

          It’s been decades since I’ve seen any kids pinning cards or pieces of cardboard on their bikes to make a motor sound flapping on the spokes. I did this as a boy, and my mom used to get made at me because I’d get into her clothespins, using them as devices to clamp the flappers down onto the bike frame. It seemed to have been a popular thing to do everywhere. When I got going too fast on the bike the clothespins could fail and I’d lose a flapper or two. If baseball cards weren’t available I’d get shoe boxes and such like and cut flappers out of the cardboard. At 16 I got in a big fight with my parents because I’d saved up enough money to buy a motorcycle and they wouldn’t sign for it. Had to wait for 6 years or so before I finally got one.

  53. JohnAZ September 17, 2022 at 3:05 pm #

    Ha!

    Question.

    How many folks, of all types, would stand in line for 6 – 10 hours to pay respects to Joe Biden if he died?

    Yup,

    Zero!!!

    Remember his “rallies” with less than fifty people showing up.

    The Queen’s queue is in the hundreds of thousands.

    • tucsonspur September 17, 2022 at 3:17 pm #

      Sad, there wasn’t a ‘piss on’ line. I despise ‘royalty’. They sat on their royal asses while the nation decayed before their eyes.

    • Q. Shtik September 17, 2022 at 4:03 pm #

      The Queen’s queue is in the hundreds of thousands. – JAZ

      =========

      The NYT today said the queue was about 5 miles long. I said to myself “WOW that’s almost as long as the queue at Newark Aprt when we left on our trip back in June. 🙂

      • Disaffected September 17, 2022 at 5:01 pm #

        Never understood that kind of stuff. Do all these people even possibly think they somehow “knew” the Queen? This all amounts to idolatry if you ask me. I’m not standing in line more than five minutes to pay respects to anyone unless someone has a gun to my head.

        • 100th Avatar September 17, 2022 at 5:47 pm #

          Give me a break.. Americans line up like that for a free McRib

          • Paula D September 17, 2022 at 6:35 pm #

            You should have seen the line when a Popeye’s opened in my town.

          • Disaffected September 17, 2022 at 10:01 pm #

            Americans might, but I certainly don’t, I can assure you.

        • hmuller September 17, 2022 at 7:03 pm #

          People want to tell their grandchildren they saw the queen lying in state. I also heard a rumor there was free Popeye’s chicken at the end of the line.

    • 100th Avatar September 17, 2022 at 5:49 pm #

      If you could piss on his casket the wait would be an eternity

    • Redneck Liberal September 18, 2022 at 9:07 pm #

      Amd how long would you queue to pay homage to the Great Ex-Potus Lard Arse, should the ‘clot-shot’ finally get him, JohnAZ?

  54. tucsonspur September 17, 2022 at 3:12 pm #

    Six months ago, I said Putin stepped in it and asked if he would be gone before Biden. The wizards of war immediately began firing rounds of ridicule, Clausewitz wannabes chortling and chirping that the Russians would wallop the Ukrainians in weeks.

    A clue for the clueless; everything the MSM reports is not false. As I said, it will be Putin against the world as even now India and China are distancing themselves from Russia.

    ‘Underlining Russia’s widening isolation on the world stage, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India told President Vladimir V. Putin on Friday that it is no time for war — even as the Russian president threatened to escalate the brutality of his campaign in Ukraine.’

    Putin himself said that Xi is expressing concerns. All of this is being reported the world over.

    ‘After a series of battlefield losses in Ukraine, pressure is mounting in Russia for Vladimir Putin to call it quits.
    And he may not be serving in his role much longer, according
    Abbas Gallyamov, Putin’s former speechwriter.’

    “Putin’s image is tarnished. The next thing which is going to happen in Russian politics within the next like several months, maybe up to half a year, is the elites will start looking for a successor.”

    Gallyamov isn’t the only one reading between the lines. A group of officials in St. Petersburg and Moscow have begun calling for Putin’s ouster. Some of the officials have accused Putin of high treason for invading Ukraine. Since demanding Putin step down, a court in Russia has ordered the dissolution of a municipal council that wants Putin out of office.

    If Putin starts making this national draft, he really faces the danger of riots,” Gallyamov said. “Russians are not willing to go to wage this war. They are not ready to go and sacrifice their lives, especially at the moment when the Ukrainians are advancing and Russians are retreating.”
    “It’s not clear if his loyal… National Guard will really suppress those riots like before, because now, those national guards… definitely they’re no longer as loyal,” Gallyamov said.

    Some say there were choices for Putin, but the old Russia said there was only one. Like art, hero or tyrant is in the eye of the beholder.

    If the war goes on much longer, Biden may outlast Putin.

    Note the Biden warning again against using nukes.

    • BackRowHeckler September 17, 2022 at 3:57 pm #

      TS, what’s to say, if Putin is indeed deposed, that his replacement won’t be a bigger hard ass than Putin himself? When I hear Putin speak I have to say he is pretty measured in what he says and how he says it, no threats or bombast IOW. In one of the Sunday news programs they were talking about Putin’s demise — and expecting him to be replaced by a Thomas Jefferson! I think it is more likely Putin is replaced by a General Gorgi Zhukov — a ball buster nationalist with an axe to grind, looking for revenge (against the West) itching to get even, and not averse to deploying nuclear weapons.

      • tucsonspur September 17, 2022 at 4:48 pm #

        Hey Brh, I guess it’s possible and I don’t know much about the top Russian leadership, but I would hope cooler heads and wiser minds prevail.

        Instead of Zhukov, why couldn’t it be more of a Gorbachev? What’s best for the Russian people?

        Will Ukraine surrender the Eastern Donbass?

        National Security and CIA people are saying don’t underestimate Putin’s ‘risk appetite’.

        So, the nukes still salivate in their silos.

        • Paula D September 17, 2022 at 6:37 pm #

          Another Gorbachev?

          Omigod, that’s rich. Russians hated Gorbachev. He destroyed their country. Only your owners loved him, for the same reason.

          That’s why when he died they all put on their sad faces. But you sure as hell didn’t see Russians lined up to touch his coffin.

          • MaryQueen September 17, 2022 at 7:16 pm #

            Well, he did say “I don’t know much about the top Russian leadership” but of course feels the need to make big presumptions anyway. LOL.

          • Paula D September 17, 2022 at 7:50 pm #

            “I don’t know much about the Russian leadership, but I know what my owners told me to think so I will regurgitate it out onto this blog.”
            Must be building up his Social Credit Score by kissing the asses of his rulers.

          • Paula D September 17, 2022 at 7:53 pm #

            “What’s best for the Russian people?”

            Well, his owners tell him that having another Gorbachev/Yeltsin in charge would be great! Then they could loot and steal and kill again, just like in the 90s.
            So that must be what is best for the Russian people.

            What a doofus!

          • MaryQueen September 17, 2022 at 7:56 pm #

            Stuff like this must be why Night Owl likes to razz him.

    • Paula D September 17, 2022 at 4:22 pm #

      Ah, how cute. TS not only internalizes his owners’s propaganda, he internalizes their agenda.
      If they want Putin gone, TS wants Putin gone. How touching.

      Oh, no….wait. That’s not cute or touching. That’s imbecilic.

      • tucsonspur September 17, 2022 at 4:55 pm #

        That’s dumb and presumptuous. I never said I want Putin gone.

        Maybe you want his dick up your ass since you love him so much.

        • Paula D September 17, 2022 at 6:38 pm #

          How crude.
          Why am I not surprised?

          • MaryQueen September 17, 2022 at 7:15 pm #

            The incel rage up here is getting worse and worse.

          • Paula D September 17, 2022 at 7:59 pm #

            Note that he says that I want “his dick up my ass”.

            That is because he knows that any red-blooded woman would jump at the chance to make the two-backed beast with Putin, so he has to posit something disgusting to women to make his insult work. There are apparently some men who like that sort of thing. I’m guessing they are men that like to fantasize they are with another man.

            I’m also guessing that there are no women who would want to have anything to do with TS except shrink away and say “Eeewww, no way!”

          • Anthea September 18, 2022 at 9:00 am #

            @ MaryQueen:

            “The incel rage up here is getting worse and worse.”

            Nah. This is what men are. Although I suppose that it naturally follows that women shun them.

          • MaryQueen September 18, 2022 at 10:27 am #

            Anthea, well, they’ve always been crude up here but now it’s taking an extra nasty turn, wherein they seem to feel free to express just how much they hate women. Just watched a video about Elliot Rodgers and they sound a lot like him – which is sort of unnerving.

            I would not be surprised at all to find out that some of these dudes have assaulted or raped women, the way they talk about us.

          • Jarek September 18, 2022 at 12:31 pm #

            Mary “likes men just as much as women” so why doesn’t she correct Anthea’s swipe at all men?

          • MaryQueen September 18, 2022 at 12:56 pm #

            I’m swiping at you and some others here, Jarek.

            Hardly “all men.”

            Very specific, in fact.

          • Paula D September 18, 2022 at 1:32 pm #

            I doubt they’ve assaulted or raped women.
            I think it’s more likely they disappointed women. Limp dicks will do that.

          • Anthea September 18, 2022 at 10:33 pm #

            @ Paula D:

            “How crude.
            Why am I not surprised?”

            Men are pigs.

          • Anthea September 19, 2022 at 1:28 am #

            What we have learned here is that several of our male contributors here are sexually compatible with men.

            But they are too prudish and sexually repressed to go out there and get themselves properly penetrated.

        • MaryQueen September 17, 2022 at 10:30 pm #

          Pretty sure wanting dicks up their ass is a male thing.

          I have yet to meet a woman who enjoys that.

          • Soul Forensics September 17, 2022 at 10:46 pm #

            What a sheltered life you lead.

          • Anthea September 18, 2022 at 8:38 am #

            @ Soul Forensics:

            Mary’s knowledge of female sexuality does not come from watching porn–which I presume is your source of information.

            But, if not, do tell us where you discovered that women enjoy butt sex. Have you solicited a lot of women for butt sex and found your suggestions were well received? Or are you in the habit of inquiring about this whenever you are in female company?

          • MaryQueen September 18, 2022 at 10:21 am #

            I’m not too sheltered. Women talk to each other about sex, not sure if men do.

            I’m guessing SF watches porn and believes the women acting in it like what they’re doing – ummm it’s a paycheck, dude. Sorry to ruin your fantasy.

          • MaryQueen September 18, 2022 at 10:24 am #

            And Anthea is correct: I don’t watch porn. I think it’s disgusting.

            I was never drawn to it, watched it a couple of times when I was in my early 20’s, and just thought it was stupid and for depraved and pathetic people.

            So yeah, I go by what real women (not porn actors) say about anal sex, not by what men THINK women like because they see women acting it out for them (for $$$$).

          • elysianfield September 18, 2022 at 11:17 am #

            :…and just thought it was stupid and for depraved and pathetic people.”

            Mary,
            The truth of your statement rises to Jarek-esque proportion.

            Men enjoy pornography. Theyare hardwired to become sexually excited by the visual. It is entirely a guy thing.

            “Pretty sure wanting dicks up their ass is a male thing.
            I have yet to meet a woman who enjoys that.

            Mary, try to find a woman who has a prostate.

          • Paula D September 18, 2022 at 11:39 am #

            Thanks for the confirmation, Elysian.
            I never could understand the appeal for gay men, but that makes sense.
            I know that women don’t like it.

          • Jarek September 18, 2022 at 12:32 pm #

            Mary never got past the “Daddy’s hurting Mommy” stage.

          • MaryQueen September 18, 2022 at 12:58 pm #

            Not all men like porn elysian and thanks for pointing out that men like it up the ass because of the prostate. Yeah, women don’t have that. So.

            Porn destroys culture. Weird to see Jarek defending it but I suppose it does fit in with his schizophrenic/conflicting outlook on most things.

          • Soul Forensics September 18, 2022 at 3:38 pm #

            According to the conservative (not in a political sense) mainstream health site, Healthline:

            “A 2010 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that of the 31 percent of women surveyed who’d engaged in anal sex during their most recent sexual encounter, 94 percent had an orgasm.”

            Spin that any way you want. Of course, your sheltered existence exchanging anecdotes among a few repressed feminist friends trumps plain, blunt statistics.

            But stick to your much more convincing “ewwww! Those nasty men forcing all women, and the women hate it!”

          • Anthea September 18, 2022 at 11:08 pm #

            Actually, not all gay men like or will do anal sex–though obviously many do. One of my oldest friends (going back to college) is a gay man, now nearly 70, who would not engage in anal sex.

            He used to be quite promiscuous and once told me an amusing story about a sexual encounter with a guy who kept insisting on anal. The way this played out, my friend explained, was, “So I beat him up and made him blow me.”

            So I said, “Wow! I’ll be called you back!”

            And he said, “Well, as a matter of fact….”

          • Anthea September 19, 2022 at 12:08 am #

            @ Soul Forensics:

            “of the 31 percent of women surveyed who’d engaged in anal sex during their most recent sexual encounter, 94 percent had an orgasm.”

            Did they now?

            So you believe “studies”? You must surely know better by now.

          • Anthea September 19, 2022 at 1:37 am #

            @ Elysianfields:

            Since your sexual predilections are more in line with what men enjoy than what women enjoy, perhaps you should overcome you prudishness and sexual repression and go get yourself some man love. If butt sex is your thing, you can easily find many people of the same sex to accomodate you. And since men (due to having a prostate) enjoy being penetrated, seems to me that you’re missing out–all because of that sexual repression problem.

        • Woodchuck September 17, 2022 at 10:37 pm #

          Well TS, let’s take a look at this here Putin feller and see why the ladies might like him. Here he is flying as copilot of the worlds heaviest and fastest strategic bomber. Tops out at a little over mach 2 and carries cruise missiles. The mission being flown is to test a brand new model cruise missile and blow up a bunch of stuff. By comparison, our pres is having a hard time just riding a bicycle and walking up the stairs.

          He ain’t no hair sniffin’ sissy man. Now TS, watch him fly this incredible bomber. The vid is called “Vladimir Putin on Tu-160”

          or put https: in front of the text below and get there

          //youtu.be/bzQLXQP51r4

          • tucsonspur September 18, 2022 at 4:02 am #

            Good propaganda. Last airshow I went to out here there was a lovely tall blond in the flight crew of a B-52 Stratofortress.

            And women fly these things. Yeah, it’s the macho show off thing.

          • Paula D September 18, 2022 at 1:28 pm #

            TS is too brainwashed to understand Putin’s appeal, Woodchuck. He can’t acknowledge that Putin is a manly man because his owners tell him he can’t.

            He’s no doubt all about Tom Cruise and the movie jets, though.
            Bonus: Tom Cruise is gay and likes it the way TS apparently likes it.

        • Night Owl September 18, 2022 at 3:45 am #

          When not drowning us with shitty alliteration out of a 7th-grade writing lab, we get 7th-grade insults.

          LOL.

    • Disaffected September 17, 2022 at 4:57 pm #

      A clue for the clueless; everything the MSM reports is not false.

      No it’s not, but it’s all selectively reported to appear more truthful than it is to serve their globalists masters. It’s not hard to figure why any of this is, once you look at the corporate ownership structure. It’s all in the hands of a very few and it’s all just a variation on a theme, a la the old-style Soviet propaganda, albeit obviously much more advanced now.

      It all comes back to track record, which is damning to the fair the well Just listing a few of the greatest hits: OKC, 9-11, Iraqistan, the 2008 meltdown, Iran, the Ukraine Maidan coup and MH17, Trump-Russian collusion, the 2020 election steal and ConVid-19, and now the Russian sanctions and the still unfolding Ukrainian hot war mess.

      Has the wonderful media of yours told the truth about any of these events? Nope, not a one. Not even remotely. And the lies are only getting bigger and bolder as we go along. So do I believe any of their bullshit regarding Russia “losing” the war to Zelensky’s little rag tag band of US armed idiots? Not a word, and time will tell the wisdom of this approach. The US and their Euro lapdogs might well turn it into such a mess that there simply are no winners, with the Ukraine turned into a burned out husk of no man’s land, but that’s the “best” that they can do. Which is also part of the US’s “illustrious” track record in foreign interventions proven over and over again; the motto being: “If we can’t have it to exploit for our own selfish purposes, then by God NO ONE can!”

      • tucsonspur September 17, 2022 at 5:38 pm #

        Dis, please, it’s not ‘my’ media and I agree with most of what you said.

        I do not, repeat, I do not trust the MSM. All I am saying is that in THIS case what they reported about Ukraine was mostly true, if not all true.

        • Night Owl September 18, 2022 at 3:44 am #

          The Slur claims not to trust the MSM.

          Except for every major bullshit narrative spewed over the masses in the past 5 years or so.

          As soon as it is safe to do so, the Slur alters his narrative.

          Little balls of dough.

        • Redneck Liberal September 18, 2022 at 8:57 pm #

          TS

          Here’s the thing about the MAGAts and their weird right-wing, Putinophile thinking: even if Ukraine succeeds, they will never accept it…it’ll just be written off as a construct of the evil “MSM” as far as they’re concerned – like the 2020 election Big Lie.

      • Paula D September 17, 2022 at 6:40 pm #

        This time, Charlie Brown!

        • hmuller September 17, 2022 at 7:13 pm #

          Ha ha. You really got a rise out of TS, Paula. He usually doesn’t threaten sodomy. Do you suppose he owns a dildo with Putin’s face on it?

          • Paula D September 17, 2022 at 8:00 pm #

            Ha, ha, probably.

            Where would you get such a thing? Asking for a friend…..

          • MaryQueen September 17, 2022 at 10:18 pm #

            LMAO!!!!

          • tucsonspur September 18, 2022 at 4:08 am #

            “Maybe you want his dick up your ass since you love him so much.”

            Don’t be a moron hmuller. Read it again. That is not threatening sodomy.

            Does your wife or boyfriend ream you pretty good?

          • Anthea September 18, 2022 at 9:14 am #

            @ tucsonspur:

            Since you seem to be unaware ot this–kind of like having the BO that “even your best friends won’t tell you about” (per the 1960s commercial)–I guess it is my Christian duty (we are adjured to “admonish the sinner”) to point out that you act like a filthy degenerate.

            Could just be drunk posting, but that’s not really an excuse.

    • SoftStarLight September 17, 2022 at 6:43 pm #

      The only criticism i’ve heard about Putin from within Russia is that he is not using more force and a heavier hand in the Ukraine. Of course I can’t be certain of it. Also the Shanghai Cooperation Organization just met and from all appearances China, Russia, and India and others are developing closer ties.

      • Paula D September 17, 2022 at 8:02 pm #

        Yes, and Iran joined the SCO.

        But Russia is alone in the world, lol.

      • Soul Forensics September 17, 2022 at 8:46 pm #

        When you have oil and gas, a lot of nations want to befriend you.

        Who knows what’ll happen, but I predict that after a “dark winter” (to use the Hologram’s coinage), Germany and the other Euro states will come begging to Russia at the negotiating table, where Putin will be the one dictating terms, and which will further isolate the U.S.

    • Jarek September 18, 2022 at 1:18 am #

      You still don’t understand him. He’s not only on your left/middle/right line. He’s a Fascist. Nation first. And in pursuit of that, God/Gold/Glory are all one thing.

    • RelativeGuise September 18, 2022 at 7:07 pm #

      pukes. let’s swill thousands of it. John? Is there any honor left in combat? Asking for a firend. : (

  55. Soul Forensics September 17, 2022 at 3:19 pm #

    Major thanks to the poster who first brought Alex Stein to my attention (yesterday, here).

    Many gut-busters going through his youtube vids.

    My fave, one of his presentations to city councils: “I was sexually assaulted within the metaverse”, wherein he demanded reparations from Mark Zuck.

  56. tucsonspur September 17, 2022 at 3:53 pm #

    For the niggling night gnat calling himself owl,

    I don’t really want to respond, but you lie shameless Putz. If I’m mistaken, direct me to the quote.

    “fucks like an ox”

    I dunno, how does an ox fuck? Maybe I do.

    • Paula D September 17, 2022 at 4:23 pm #

      I think he meant “Thinks like an ox”.

    • MaryQueen September 17, 2022 at 7:34 pm #

      Pretty sure you said it. I remember hilarity ensuing.

    • Night Owl September 18, 2022 at 3:40 am #

      This is the answer I expected.

      Little balls of dough.

  57. tucsonspur September 17, 2022 at 4:17 pm #

    Cynthia Ozick, wow! As I post, the old New Yorker magazine is before me with her short story, ‘Rosa’.

    ‘I think a fictional invention grows according to its own development, not the author’s. Characters in fiction are not simply as alive as you and me, they are more alive. Becky Sharp, Elizabeth Bennett, and Don Quixote may not outlive the burning out of the sun, but they will certainly outlive the brief candle of our lives.’ Cynthia Ozick

    • Soul Forensics September 17, 2022 at 4:55 pm #

      She’s a great philosopher AND novelist.

  58. BackRowHeckler September 17, 2022 at 5:24 pm #

    Michigan 59

    UCONN 0

    Q, how is Ruggers doing?

    • Q. Shtik September 17, 2022 at 10:20 pm #

      Ruckers beat Temple 16 – 14.

      They are now 3 wins and 0 losses in this early stage of the season. It’ll get much tougher when they start playing Big 10 teams.

      • Disaffected September 17, 2022 at 10:34 pm #

        Better watch out Q. Man! Now 1-3 Nebraska comes calling to Piscataway on Oct 6’th. rumor has it the Big Ten is going to give Ruckers permission to start the cheer leading squad against the Shuckers to make it a sporting contest. Vegas currently has the cheerleaders as five TD favorites over the hapless Shuckers varsity, but I think they’re being too kind.