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“Amidst the general call to happiness, the bustle of the spirits, and stir of the affections, which prevail at this period, what bosom can remain insensible?” — Washington Irving (1783–1859) on Christmas

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     Santa… Satan…? Notice, they’re spelled similarly. Weird, a little bit….

    The Santa we know came from a mashup of ancient pre-Christian Teutonic and Norse folk figures (Wotan, Odin) with the 4th century Greek bishop, St. Nicholas, a humble giver of gifts to children. That evolved in 19th century Anglo-America, with help from Washington Irving,  Charles Dickens, and Clement Moore, into the jolly fat man in a fur-lined cloak, chortling merrily amid the platters of roast goose and baskets of sugarplums.

     And then, of course, the Santa character was retooled and stylized by the big advertising mills of mid-20th century Madison Avenue into the red-suited icon who functioned as a cosmic delivery-man to suburban houses where the little ones dwell, efficiently distributing Red Ryder BB guns and Barbie Dolls from sea to shining sea out of his reindeer-powered express vehicle, circling the entire globe in a single breathless night of glittering snow and shining stars, plangent with countless wishes from little hearts.

    Strange to relate, in some corners of Europe, St. Nick acquired a traveling companion named Krampus. The two went from house-to-house in the dark hours of St. Nick’s name-day (Dec. 6) interrogating children as to their conduct. Dark and hirsute with horns, cloven hooves, and a darting red tongue, this monster acted the “bad cop” of the roving pair, badgering the little ones about their naughty or nice doings, and whacking them with a birch rod if he didn’t like their answers. If especially displeased, he stuffed kids into a basket for transport to Hell.

      A Krampus-like character reemerged in America this pre-Christmas week in the figure of Volodymyr Zelenskyy, president of Ukraine, who flew halfway around the world in a US government-issue magic sled to meet up with his chum, the new Santa Claus, “Joe Biden,” alleged current president of our land. Mr. Z, still tricked-out in his wartime olive-green togs and scrufty beard, was here to lecture the boys and girls of Congress about being naughty or nice vis-à-vis “democracy” in his distant land, lately under a siege of angry bears. Ukraine did nothing to make the bears angry, you understand. They just lumbered in from the forest one day and started busting stuff up, as bears will.

       Ukraine has already received many gifts from Santa’s workshop, formerly known as the USA, toys much more impressive than any Red Ryder BB gun, for sure: howitzers, Javelin missiles, Stinger missiles, High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), Phoenix Ghost tactical drones, Switchblade tactical drones, Puma surveillance drones, Vampire anti-drone systems, Mi-17 helicopters, Harpoon coastal defense systems, and much more. (How did Santa fit it all in his sack?)

      Mr. Z and fellow officials of the bear-besieged country have also received plenty of “walking-around money,” much of which has walked-around so far and wide in the world as to park itself in sundry obscure bank accounts, real estate investments, or just plumb vanish into thin air. It wasn’t enough, Mr. Z complained upon arrival here. You must pony-up more… or else! And you must punish the bears harder!

      “Joe Biden” promised another fifty-billions of dollars to Mr. Z’s bear-extermination project, with the further objective of dethroning the king of all bears, the wicked Putin, who glowers at the world from the mouth of his faraway Kremlin Cave. Then, in Congress Wednesday night, before a coast-to-coast TV audience, Mr. Z tuned-up our elected boys and girls in the great House chamber, forked tongue darting, to tell heart-wrenching tales of bear-provoked terror. He played them like the very keys of a harpsichord — a trick he has performed before with an interesting twist on Ukrainian television. The elect of our land stood and cheered, ready to proclaim Ukraine the fifty-first state. Mr. Z stole a smooch from the ruler of Congress, the winsome Ms. Pelosi, and then disappeared in a puff of smoke that left a tang of sulfur wafting on the stale air.

       To underscore his seriousness, and using his secret powers, Mr. Z arranged for a bomb-cyclone storm to roar out of the North Pole a few days after his departure to give Americans a little taste of what it’s like to sit in the cold and dark at Christmas time — because the USA is such a blessed land as to have no problems of its own, and needs to be reminded about the sufferings of the less fortunate. And so it goes this Yuletide of 2022 in our charmed and exceptional country. The elves at Clusterfuck Nation wish you all a merry little Christmas!

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585 Responses to “Santa and Satan”

  1. spaingaroo December 23, 2022 at 9:13 am #

    have a merry little Christmas yourself James, and please take care so to continue our education as we go forward.
    No-one does clown world like JHK.
    Many festive cheers.

    • Wizard of the Saddle December 24, 2022 at 7:49 pm #

      I wholeheartedly agree. I read several blogs faithfully, but few continue to entertain, inform, and even challenge my thinking as consistently as does JHK’s CFN.

  2. PeteAtomic December 23, 2022 at 9:22 am #

    Merry Christmas, Jim!

    • pyrrhus December 23, 2022 at 10:56 am #

      Merry Christmas to Jim and all the good Americans cheering him on!

  3. Disaffected December 23, 2022 at 9:23 am #

    Brilliant, Jim! However, let me be the first to remind everyone that today, the day before the day before Christmas, is now officially recognized as Festivus – “A Festivus, for the rest of us.”

    I’ll be busy down in the crawl space fishing out the aluminum pole this morning, but a reminder to all, the airing of grievances and feats of strength (SSL is the defending champ, after pinning Jaros in major upset last year) are traditionally held later in the day after a sufficient amount of holiday grog has been consumed to loosen the tongues. We should probably try to adhere to that standard as much as possible, while also taking into account that the airing of grievances sometimes just can’t wait.

    And with that I’d like to throw out the initial traditional holiday greeting: “I’ve got a lot of problems with you people!”

    • mrs_saj December 23, 2022 at 9:38 am #

      Merry Christmas to all!

      Another great post by our host to provoke reflection during this most wonderful time of the year. I have escaped sub-zero temperatures and even snow, come to think of it. I will be applying the dry rub to the rib roast today and guzzling cocktails that my husband puts in front of me. Just so no one gets jealous (snark), please note that my mother-in-law is flying in this evening. Unless her flight is cancelled again.

      Bless you all and enjoy the holidays!

      Mrs. SAJ

      • JohnAZ December 23, 2022 at 10:09 am #

        I too have spent hours and hours shoveling the white stuff and scraping ice of the car.

        Then an epiphany!!!

        Move somewhere where that crap does not exist.

        In Arizona, salt does not go on the roads,

        It goes on margarita glass rims.

        • Beryl of Oyl December 23, 2022 at 10:21 am #

          My basement is flooding.

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder December 23, 2022 at 10:46 am #

            Oy. That is the worst. I dealt with that about 15 years ago. I had to haul a 25′-15′ rug up the basement stairs to throw in the backyard in the middle of an endless fall maelstrom at 11pm. The words I uttered were not polite as I heaved the damn (now 300 lb) rug into the yard. The 90 yr-old concrete basement walls sprung several leaks, water literally shooting out from above my head. I don’t live there anymore.

            Best of luck.

          • Beryl of Oyl December 23, 2022 at 10:59 am #

            Thanks Mango, but it won’t flood that bad because we installed a sump pump. This is mostly water that ran under the outside door. I do have a sandbag, but I wasn’t thinking I needed it.

            It’s way out in the backyard where someone left it. I can move it by shoving it with my foot when it’s dry, but it is wet, and the grass still has snow on it.

          • stelmosfire December 23, 2022 at 11:36 am #

            Bunch o’ Pikers, the bunch of ya. 55F here now.The ground is frozen solid. 2-3 ” rain expected so the only place for the run-off is along the thawed ground around the basement, I’m guessing 5-10 degrees early saturday. FD will be deluged with flooded basement calls. Same as it ever was.

          • Paula D December 23, 2022 at 11:37 am #

            Why do they call the fire department for flooded basements, saint?

          • badberries December 23, 2022 at 11:43 am #

            A few years back it rained 8 inches in 24 hours. My gardens flooded but the neighbors got hit hard, one got a brand new “Swim out” basement patio.

            The family next door got it the worst, the basement floor drain was connected to their septic tank. Two feet of “brown” water in the basement. We were lucky.

          • Yirgach December 23, 2022 at 11:58 am #

            Lived in a rental where the morons who owned the place connected the sump pump to the septic tank!
            Guess what happened during a torrential rain (did I mention the morons also forgot to put in a check valve)? Similar to a sewer backup, however this time the basement turned into a floating turd pool.

          • Beryl of Oyl December 23, 2022 at 12:38 pm #

            Paula, the fire department has lots of pumping equipment.

          • crudgemudgeon December 23, 2022 at 1:45 pm #

            See, if you were smart like me and lived in a singlewide you wouldn’t have that basement problem. Only problem I had was floods knocking out the skirting and possums moving in, having wild possum sex with two vajajays per female and bifurcated dongs for the males. That tears up the insulation which they apparently use for toilet paper because they don’t like to go out in the cold to poop. Then with the insulation torn up the pipes freeze. So your crawling on your back with a propane torch in the possums’ playground in a cold, muddy, crappy crawl space and no shower till you fix the pipes. Yeah, then you get to shoot the little fuckers.

          • tully December 23, 2022 at 1:52 pm #

            St Elmo, got the same question Paula D has—people call the fire departments for flooded basement in your neck of the woods? Around here, I think they only roll if a house is getting swallowed by a collapsing sink hole. Which has happened a few times.

          • Anthea December 23, 2022 at 4:24 pm #

            @ crudgemudgeon:

            Move your plumbing lines indoors. That way your lines won’t freeze unless some areas of your house are unheated and you forget to leave the faucets dripping. And if you do have a broken line, fixing it is an indoor job.

          • Anthea December 24, 2022 at 8:51 am #

            @ crudgemudgeon:

            Also, if you move your plumbing lines indoors, you might as well re-plumb everything with PEX. PEX will freeze, but it won’t break. So your days of fixing broken lines will be over. You’ll still have to wait for them to thaw if they freeze, or get some heat on the lines.

            I think all the trailers in trailer parks are plumbed with PEX.

        • pyrrhus December 23, 2022 at 10:45 am #

          Indeed! I too have shoveled snow in the northern Midwest from ages 6 to 66, and decamped to Southern AZ..where I have to deal with the heat in the summer…It’s worth it, and there’s no Krampus here, except perhaps for Katie Hobbs, who stole our ballots…

          • Mike G December 24, 2022 at 5:04 am #

            What about the 5 million illegals that have poured across the border? none in AZ?

            Is that a flood or nothing to see there?

        • ThorsHammer December 24, 2022 at 8:36 am #

          Boquete, Panama

          High 79 degrees F

          And the Government is doing quite well thank you without going in debt, due to the country’s major industry of laundering funds for the world’s drug cartels and Apple Corporations.

          You can even stay in a Trump Tower without fear of having all your assets seized. Or get divorced under a statutory law legal system and still remain solvent.

          Who needs a rotten liqueur with a dead worm in the bottle when you can drink fine aged rum?

        • spaingaroo December 26, 2022 at 9:31 am #

          it’s a lovely sunny day again here, like yesterday was, temps in the 15 to 20º C range.
          South of Spain is the place to be

    • Wizard of the Saddle December 24, 2022 at 7:51 pm #


  4. Alfred December 23, 2022 at 9:28 am #

    Interesting perspective. Satan or Santa.

    One is the father of lies, and the other is the son of the father of lies.

    They’re indistinguishable at this point in all of our discourse.

    We all carry the light of truth in us.

    Act on it, speak it, never hide it or turn away from it.

    • canuk December 23, 2022 at 11:02 am #

      For my two sons we had Santa or Black Pete who only gave out coal. ‘better be good or Black Pete will come”, I would threaten -and their faces would come awash in terror….

      Some Europeans would gladly take Black Pete’s coal this winter.

      My older son who kept on believing in Santa long after he should had a saying, ” If you don’t believe in him, he won’t come.”

    • Walter B December 23, 2022 at 11:43 am #

      I am happy to see that our host recognizes He That Hunts us and his vermin humans that do his bidding…For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

      Merry Christmas James, Happy Birthday Jesus. As the darkness grows every darker may your light shine ever brighter.

      God bless us every one!

      • Daddyotis December 23, 2022 at 1:03 pm #

        Thanks Walter. Love Ephesians. Probably the most inspiring, action-based chapter of the NT!

      • Wizard of the Saddle December 24, 2022 at 7:53 pm #

        Hurrah! ?

    • Jarek December 23, 2022 at 1:03 pm #

      Black Pete is very big in the Netherlands. Naturally the Blacks and antifa try to destroy these celebrations as being “racist”. But of course they intend to destroy all of our culture and with it, Whites as well.

      Some hardcore White Christians eschew Christmas and all such frivolity. They typically don’t read Plato or like classical music either. In what sense are the Westerners at all? Only physically. Culture matters.

      • benr December 26, 2022 at 8:22 am #

        Culture may matter the most.
        Anyone can be taught the culture and practice it properly.
        Next comes common language and borders.
        In a properly functioning society where people are held accountable all things are possible that are good and the bad is weeded out.
        Bring back the stocks and public hangings the rest of the bullshit will dry up and blow away.

        • spaingaroo December 26, 2022 at 9:46 am #

          that’s it in a nutshell benr.
          Bring back bullying. It serves an evolutionary purpose.
          And if it doesn’t work on the kids, well, the stocks and public shaming all the way up to executions.
          The very first youtube that Dr Edward Dutton, the Jolly Heretic did, was on the topic of executions and their evolutionary purpose.
          Very thought provoking.
          I was just looking for the link and found he has a short video on a new highlights channel which gives his argument.
          This is a man who has published a book called ‘How To Judge People by What They Look Like’
          very interesting channel, although of note is the low production values.
          Webcam and not a good one, but his content is amazing.

  5. chopper December 23, 2022 at 9:28 am #


    The only question that sums up our clusterfuck situation is: How much pain can Americans endure before they revolt against any authority that attempts to bury them deeper in their morass of government lies.

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    • Disaffected December 23, 2022 at 10:11 am #

      We appear to be addicted to the pain.

      • Hereward the Woke December 23, 2022 at 11:34 am #

        If Americans are anything like we Europeans, most aren’t feeling much pain – yet. The Xmas lights are out, the shops are full, and the music is loud. Everything seems normal. “Seems” is a very slippery word, though.

        • WadeWaters December 23, 2022 at 6:24 pm #

          Esse Quam Videri – it is better to be than to seem to be.

        • benr December 26, 2022 at 8:25 am #

          Not so a young couple came over for Christmas dinner last night determined to get out of Virginia.
          The said the crime was so bad that they could not take it anymore apparently Norfolk is beset by smash and grab gangs who don’t take kindly to anyone getting in their way.

          I laughed when they told me they wanted to move to San Diego.
          I told them thieves come in many forms and the worst is the do-nothing government that picks you pockets clean and does zero to deserve it.

        • spaingaroo December 26, 2022 at 9:59 am #

          yes the veneer of calm is very convincing. Without the internet I wouldn’t believe anything was wrong here in my village.
          Seems to be a lot more funerals than there used to be, but that’s about the only thing one can see at first glance.
          Inflation is really kicking in with pet food, and some types of meat products etc. but in general human food isn’t much more expensive than it was.
          Also noticed that a lot of pet food is not coming in anymore.
          The things I buy are disappearing one by one.
          Replacement products are smaller packets and higher ranges. So three times the price often.
          The main dog food I buy from the internet goes up ten or twenty euros every time I buy it.
          Gas and Diesel was up high but has come back.
          all seems calm to the casual observer

      • Walter B December 23, 2022 at 1:50 pm #

        Or so overly medicated that they no longer fell anything, including pain. Also, you have to have a functioning brain in order to feel pain and far too many Americans have been at least partially lobotomized.

    • JohnAZ December 23, 2022 at 10:12 am #

      I wonder

      Does the pack of lies from government under bi party control become the Truth under Uniparty control in a gimme state?

      • Disaffected December 23, 2022 at 10:17 am #

        You wonder correctly, oh sunbaked one.

    • K-Chien December 23, 2022 at 1:21 pm #

      In 1984 Orwell has Winston talk to an old man presuming he could find wisdom. I forgot how it worked out but I remember it as Winston finding an old man with dim understanding. Surviving for a long time does not automatically bring wisdom. Beer was the priority if I recall right.

      How much pain can Americans endure?

      As much as Karma wants to give because Americans are learning no lessons from any of the pain. All that happens here is America goes dim.

    • Wizard of the Saddle December 24, 2022 at 7:55 pm #

      Modern Americans, it would seem, are simply not prepared to risk all, until that have lost all….which means they have no tolerance for risk any more- at all.

      Nothing is apparently worth fighting for. Sad.

  6. erik December 23, 2022 at 9:28 am #

    What I wonder about is which American wunderkinde wrote Zelensky’ s speech, which he did a good job of reading.

    • Beryl of Oyl December 23, 2022 at 10:23 am #

      He’s a really talented actor. Which makes me wonder all the more what his personal motivation is.

      He could have afforded a mansion in Florida without all this.

      • Paula D December 23, 2022 at 11:03 am #

        I don’t think he knew what he was getting into.

        • Hereward the Woke December 23, 2022 at 11:35 am #

          He should remember what the Kennedy regime did to “their guy” Diem in Vietnam.

          • Paula D December 23, 2022 at 11:39 am #

            He wasn’t their guy, though, Poroshenko was.

            He only found out afterwards that he was owned.

          • SpeedyBB December 23, 2022 at 12:00 pm #

            Yes, Hereward. Good point. To blithely ignore history, particularly the ebb and flow of recent events, is to leave an open invitation to trouble.

            Also in accord with the suspenseful narrative of our grim and charming host, bear in mind that the day after Christmas, known by the English as “Boxing Day”, is famed as the time when the messy leavings of the Xmas feast are gathered up and, in a spirit of benevolent contempt, are bestowed upon the poor and the derelict of the community, those not blessed or fortunate enough to have been “chosen” for the elite.

            That’s thee & me, partner.

            We’ll be lucky if we see more than a few scraps & smears of the mighty feast shared with our noble, democracy-loving Mitteleuropean counterparts, because after all is said and done, our duty is simply to shut up and pony up the billions. Whose reality may be compared quite accurately to the whole Santa’s workshop ~ North Pole ~ Sleigh & Reindeer fairy tale.

            For you see, the endlessly-clever Ukrainians too have their “Boxing Day”, and you may rest assured it will not be the skin & bones of the feast which they will be compassionately rotating back into the silent coffers of Those Who Count in the west.

            No, ’twill be billions.

            Along with an amazing New Year’s display of the highest-tech fireworks that money can buy.


        • Bilejones December 24, 2022 at 5:09 pm #

          He ran on a peace with Russia program. Noodelman and her ilk soon put him right.

      • spaingaroo December 26, 2022 at 10:00 am #

        they hate Christian Russia with a passion that we goyim can’t even understand

  7. lizharmon December 23, 2022 at 9:29 am #

    Mr. Z should have asked Krampus for some little blue pills for Christmas because his bomb cyclone, like all the other erections before it, came in kind of limp. In fact, it’s what those of us out in the hinterlands used to refer to as an Alberta Clipper before Ms. Trudeau used up his own stash of blue pills.

    • Blackbird December 23, 2022 at 9:53 am #

      Hey, this storm has a name – Elliot (no doubt named after the stunning and brave transgendered Canadian actor Elliot Page, who swept into our lives through a Nova Scotia trailer park) – so you know it’s serious.

      With all the fanfare announcing Elliot’s arrival, I expected the electricity to get knocked out before sunrise and to stay out until after Christmas. So far, Elliot punches like a girl – and that’s ok with me.

      • JohnAZ December 23, 2022 at 10:04 am #

        Gee, do you think the NWS maybe just another Deep State pawn, sowing fear wherever it can. How many hurricanes have been over forecast?

      • Disaffected December 23, 2022 at 10:09 am #

        Hey, this storm has a name – Elliot (no doubt named after the stunning and brave transgendered Canadian actor Elliot Page, who swept into our lives through a Nova Scotia trailer park) – so you know it’s serious.

        LOL! Very nice line! She was one of the very first, wasn’t she?

      • MaryQueen December 23, 2022 at 10:36 am #


      • Disaffected December 23, 2022 at 11:33 am #

        She/he has evidently fully converted now.


        • Jarek December 23, 2022 at 1:10 pm #

          Why no bottom shot? Modesty? We’re well past that. Let it all hang out. Only that will bring back modesty via the interplay of extremes, yang invoking yin.

          Saw Grinner’s top photo – incredible. The surgery was such a success.

          • Alzaebo December 23, 2022 at 2:03 pm #

            Not a complete success- he still had his nipples and no scars on his flat, bony male chest. Maybe it was a virtual surgery?

          • Cactus Girl December 23, 2022 at 2:47 pm #

            @Jarek: I think Griner’s an actual hermaphrodite, like that African guy, Caster Semenya. He’s also married to a woman, and wore a tux at his wedding. I’m pretty sure they’re genetically male (XY), with mixed up genitals and glands at birth. They’re definitely not female.

          • Q. Shtik December 23, 2022 at 3:36 pm #

            Saw Grinner’s top photo – Jar


            Brittney has two teez in it but Griner has only one n.

      • Rulo Deschamps December 23, 2022 at 11:33 am #


        “When Mr. Belmont, curator for the Fine Arts Museum, sets his eyes on The Addams Family’s rare 1503 Krupnik harpsichord, they insist that he take it for the collection. Lurch, however, is not so keen on the idea. They carry it to the play room to acclimatize it. They try to interest Lurch in another pastime, but he doesn’t take well to the drums or knitting.

        Gomez and Uncle Fester decide to build Lurch his own harpsichord, which the museum takes by mistake.”

        The act of naming, a divine right of the Almighty, shared by weather monitoring agencies, takes inspiration from Mr K’:

        “before a coast-to-coast TV audience, Mr. Z tuned-up our elected boys and girls in the great House chamber, forked tongue darting, to tell heart-wrenching tales of bear-provoked terror. He played them like the very keys of a harpsichord…”

        Possibilities. I like Hurricane Gomez enormously. And the possibilities of a pincer movement global chill-out deploying pincer movement from the Arctic and Antarctica, maybe Lurch for the Boreal deity, Gomez for the Austral, in deference of the few dozen brave Chilean and Argie peeps deployed in far south scientific and military bases.

      • SpeedyBB December 23, 2022 at 12:03 pm #

        You sure that’s not Elliot Rodger, Blackbird, the smoldering incel with those eminently kissable lips? He came and went like a minor force of nature.

        • Jarek December 23, 2022 at 1:13 pm #

          That’s one reason not to marry an Asian lady: Since White genes are largely recessive, the boy will take after his mom and won’t be able to identify with you – with possibly dire consequences, even if not deadly per se.

          • megabeth December 23, 2022 at 10:24 pm #

            Nah. My first husband’s two granddaughters are half Korean, but they totally look like their dad and grandpa, two dark-haired, almond-eyed Swedes.

            I don’t know quite what it is–hybrid vigor?–but I find that mixed-race kids usually look better than either parent.

          • Jarek December 24, 2022 at 12:48 am #

            Nah? When I was talking about boys, specifically?

            So why not breed ourselves out of existence, right? Hybrid vigor!

          • riverrunner December 24, 2022 at 1:40 pm #

            There it is….only took a little more scrolling than usual for the racism to seep in.

      • spaingaroo December 26, 2022 at 10:01 am #

        dead naming a bomb cyclone

    • Jimpa December 23, 2022 at 11:03 am #

      It’s been blowing like crazy here in NC. Spent the morning chasing chickens after the coop blew over. Going to get cold for here, 19 degrees, ( yeah, I know). Worried about the pipes freezing.

      • Rowdypiglet December 23, 2022 at 11:34 am #

        Jimpa, turn on all your faucets and let them drip just a bit. You’ll be fine.

      • Jarek December 23, 2022 at 1:16 pm #

        You are doomed, Jimpa. That’s how it will end: drip by drop. It won’t be televised because the power will be out. Others will be found watching blank screens with wide open eyes, stiff as a board.

        • Jimpa December 23, 2022 at 1:30 pm #

          Yes, but I’ll go down fighting!

          • Jarek December 23, 2022 at 2:46 pm #

            Good old Jimpa.

      • WadeWaters December 23, 2022 at 6:32 pm #

        Have a Yule that’s Cool!

  8. zappalives December 23, 2022 at 9:34 am #

    Those marines at entrance could have done humanity a great service by killing those 3 parasites !

    • Amman December 23, 2022 at 9:54 am #

      Always interesting to see what new folks have to say.

    • Jarek December 23, 2022 at 1:17 pm #

      Who IS Ray Epps? I mean really?

      • spaingaroo December 26, 2022 at 10:03 am #

        What’s Epps could be a new app

    • Wizard of the Saddle December 24, 2022 at 8:05 pm #

      Didn’t the Roman Praetorian Guard of ancient times slay more than a few Roman emperor’s who needed deposing? I believe so.

      Surely at some point in time the rot becomes so profound in this country that the Secret Service decides to emulate their example.

      I know…..blue pill thinking. Sorry…

  9. oojai December 23, 2022 at 9:40 am #

    Gotta ask Jim, is that you singing that wishful lyrical at the end of the post ? Have a happy Christmas.

    Of course it is, Oojai. — JHK Admin

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    • megabeth December 23, 2022 at 10:35 pm #

      I loved that! That is the first goddamn thing that has made me smile and feel Christmas-y this year. One good Christmas song per year is about right for me, too.

  10. HowardBeale December 23, 2022 at 9:42 am #

    Merry Christmas, Jim.

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  11. Disaffected December 23, 2022 at 9:48 am #

    I saw this morning that The NFL Network has a special on tomorrow night as part of their NFL 360 video series by announcer Kyle Brandt. The story focus on three Ukranian men who played in a Ukrainian American football league who also had to deploy to the front lines to fight the “Russian menace,” one of who was tragically killed during the making of the video “by a Russian tank.” Fortunately, his wife was pregnant at the time, so his heroic bloodline lives on to fight another day. It promises to be a real tear jerker and our very tusconturd will be delivering a sermon afterward to properly convince us unwashed heathen why we should give our every last dollar to the heroic effort of the Ukrainian warriors to fight for our American freedoms in that land so far away, but so very close to our hearts.


    • BackRowHeckler December 23, 2022 at 10:45 am #

      Everybody gotta get in on the act, Dis.

      • Disaffected December 23, 2022 at 11:31 am #

        More marrying of football with “patriotism” and support for all things war.

      • Jarek December 23, 2022 at 1:21 pm #

        Where are you on this, BRH? Do you want our boys to Invade? Or have you finally met a war you didn’t like?

        Did you catch the weird glitch when Z said, Don’t worry. Ukrainians are perfectly capable of manning American made missile systems and flying American jets. Mockery?

      • SpeedyBB December 24, 2022 at 7:37 am #

        That was Jimmy Durante’s complaint, BRH.

    • MaryQueen December 23, 2022 at 3:38 pm #

      This is why I stay away from TV and professional sports, in particular.

      • Wizard of the Saddle December 24, 2022 at 8:07 pm #

        Overindulgence in either rots the brain.

  12. MaryQueen December 23, 2022 at 9:50 am #

    Brilliant article & rendition of Merry Little Christmas, James. Thank you!

    I didn’t watch the ridiculous clown show the other night. It’s way more fun to read peoples’ accounts of it, and see cringeworthy snippets here and there.

    Looks like they had a flag exchange. Seeing the Ukraine flag flying over our congress to thunderous applause should give one pause.

    In any case, the shit show continues into 2023 as the powers that be continue to attempt their Agenda 2030 implementation. Celebrate Christmas and New Years, then get ready for the battles ahead!

    • JohnAZ December 23, 2022 at 10:00 am #

      1.7 trillion dollars with solid GOP support!

      The battles are over, Uniparty is here.

      • Disaffected December 23, 2022 at 10:13 am #

        Hey, a trillion here, a trillion there, before you know it we’re talking real money!

        • JohnAZ December 23, 2022 at 10:19 am #

          Ha, Dis.

          The trillions unfortunately represent the power shift toward socialism in DC and their shoving it down our throats.

          Money is a means, not an end.

        • BackRowHeckler December 23, 2022 at 11:41 am #

          Well, the Conservative National Review — balls-in for Zelensky (The New Churchill!) claims the hundred billion given to Ukraine so far is small potatoes, and worth every penny.

        • Jarek December 23, 2022 at 1:23 pm #

          Trump at CPAC: Why would I leave the Republican Party?

          Mitch McConell two days ago: Helping Ukraine is America’s number one job right now.

          • megabeth December 23, 2022 at 10:37 pm #

            Turtle Man is such a war pig.

      • MaryQueen December 23, 2022 at 10:37 am #

        Uniparty has always been here. We’ve all been played for decades. You should have figured this out at least after the 9/11 psyops.

        • mrs_saj December 25, 2022 at 2:07 pm #

          I did not question 9/11 at first. I was just in shock. I did not immediately start wondering about two planes and three buildings.

          It was several years later and it might have been Jim Rickards (sp?) who was writing about there being an abnormally high amount of short selling in the stock market right before 9/11. Then I started reading conspiracy theories about too many people having called in sick that day. Finally, I was reading posts from purported structural engineers who were comparing the temperature to damage/melt structural steel with the maximum attainable temperature that could be achieved by exploding jet fuel.

          This was a process for me. Along the way I slowly began to seek my news from a more diverse group of sources as well. I only ever turn on CNN et al today to see what the normies are consuming.

      • Uncle Bob December 24, 2022 at 9:20 am #

        Yeah! But as McConnell convinced a bunch of his doofus underlings, it gives money to the Pentagon, so that offsets everything else that’s in the bill. Then some incoming Republican House members said they’ll block any bills by the GOP Senators who voted for this bill. As if House leaders will allow such uppity behavior, or the GOP will set the agenda anywhere, or any bill by a GOP Senator will even make it out of committee.

        We’re so cooked, acrid black smoke is billowing out of the kitchen and filling the house.

    • Beryl of Oyl December 23, 2022 at 10:25 am #

      The American flag was in a case like they put ones for dead soldiers in.

      • MaryQueen December 23, 2022 at 10:38 am #

        Yes. Super bizarre. And the way Nancy wouldn’t just hand it to him but kept doing weird manipulations of it.

        • megabeth December 23, 2022 at 10:38 pm #

          I swear she has got a case of tardive dyskinesia. I wonder which drug gave it to her.

      • JohnAZ December 23, 2022 at 10:47 am #

        The tri fold flag is an honorarium for every veteran at their funeral as a GI right. Presented to next of kin.

        So what significance here, Congress giving a symbolic gesture to Ukraine.

        I cannot recall. How many to Iraqis, S. Vietnamese, S. Koreans, or others that have been our supposed Allies. Russia was our ally in WW2.

        • Jarek December 23, 2022 at 1:26 pm #

          But it’s not given in box is it? Like a box of chocolates?

          • Uncle Bob December 24, 2022 at 10:04 am #

            After the honor guard folds the flag, they hand it to the relative who’s supposed to receive it. Old Glory is not in a box or display case.

      • Q. Shtik December 23, 2022 at 4:22 pm #

        The American flag was in a case like they put ones for dead soldiers in. -BoO


        ^This^ has got to be some sort of new CFN record for sentence structure.

        • riverrunner December 24, 2022 at 1:43 pm #

          Considering the frequent ignoranuses(!) that post here, it’s no surprise.

          • benr December 26, 2022 at 8:33 am #

            Sentence structure does not make one an ignoramus!
            Not even by a stretch in fact it is the point or lack of one set out in writing.
            By that simple measure it is easy to conclude that riverrunner is the king of ignorance and stupidity.

        • mrs_saj December 25, 2022 at 2:12 pm #


          Don’t let it ruin your holiday, friend. Put it away and ruminate on it later. Happy Holidays to you!

          Mrs. SAJ

    • Not_GeorgeT December 23, 2022 at 11:22 am #

      Passing thought… who did actually watch it?

    • Wizard of the Saddle December 24, 2022 at 8:09 pm #

      I also studiously avoided watching any of the spectacles of the past week in Washington. I was not about to allow those clowns to spoil my Christmas, Mary.

  13. RaymondR December 23, 2022 at 9:52 am #

    Merry Christmas to one and all

  14. JohnAZ December 23, 2022 at 9:58 am #

    I believe 13 GOP senators voted yes for a 1.7 trillion dollar spending omnibus bill. McConnell led the pack, Romney was there with the other RINOs. Never before has the Deep State shined brighter in its power. Uniparty is here, NOW. The hopes of a conservative 2022 just died. The House will pass this monstrosity as its RINOs will follow along.

    Wonder what this will do to the markets and the Fed. If anyone thought that our government had a clue about macroeconomic theory, that would be a resounding no.

    Politics prevail as the two “parties” jockey around funding the gimme nation, seeing who an buy the most votes.

    BTW, another blow was struck yesterday. Arizona has agreed to remove the wall of trailers that has been blocking the border under lawsuit by the DOJ.

    Folks, step by step, this country is coming under the domain of the Deep State. The House has probably found a way to block Trump from running again so his base is left leaderless in the future. The GOP existing is a group of Constitutional traitors, the legislative process is inconsequential now with Uniparty control. The Satans of America are about to emerge into their glory. Remember too, it was the people who have progressively voted in this horrible excuse for a government. The victory of the Deep, AKA, Gimme State in the US. Remember all the 1.7 trillion dollars the RINOs have enabled when you are filling in your 1040 next year.

    2023, the beginning of the end of bi party America.

    JHK, Merry Christmas. Looking forward to your forecast for 2023.

    • Beryl of Oyl December 23, 2022 at 10:27 am #

      Trump is blocking himself. He’s listening to the wrong people, and when supporters like Canacr Owens desperately try to get through to him, they get bashed for it.,

      • Beryl of Oyl December 23, 2022 at 10:36 am #


        • JohnAZ December 23, 2022 at 10:50 am #

          Trump did it all himself in 2016. Financed the primary campaign with his money. The GOP only helped when the people nominated him. Half the GOP, the Dem apologists, RINOs immediately went after him.

          If he can run, the vote in the Senate shows what he is up against.

          • messianicdruid December 23, 2022 at 11:55 am #

            The only one I know that came out poorer after leaving office.

          • JohnAZ December 23, 2022 at 12:05 pm #

            And never took a salary.

          • Uncle Bob December 24, 2022 at 10:36 am #

            Limbaugh sometimes told the story of how, after Ronaldus Magnus left office, the GOP Establishment promised they’d never let another candidate with populist tendencies get the nomination. From 1988 through 2012, they succeeded. In 2016, a combination of a flooded field, Trump’s simple message and celebrity, and Hilliary’s repulsiveness allowed Trump to win. The GOP Establishment did as much to sink him as the Party of Satan, be it via the piss poor tax “reform” or dozens of House members retiring en masse or constant undermining of his positions, but especially their hostility to verifying that election results were accurate. If you want to be taken seriously as guarantors of the franchise, you had damn well better check the veracity of votes before you say an election is “the most secure in American history.”. Then you get to Lindsay Grahamnesty’s bill to ban abortion two months before the midterms, and presto! — energized Democrats and confused Republicans, when Democrats’ interest in voting was flagging.

            All of my first paragraph being said, Trump jumped the shark. He still can’t keep his fucking mouth shut, for example endorsing Mehmet Oz to face Esmeralda’s buddy or spending time teasing his obvious 2024 run just before 2022’s election, thereby increasing Democrat turnout. His idiotic NFT promotion, his refusal to part with funds people donated to his PAC to help his endorsed candidates win, his never-ending ” I was robbed in 2020, and the defection of allies and former underlings, including his Democrat son-in-law and advisor, Jared Kushner, point to a man who not only can’t win, but who doesn’t realize that his day has passed. It’s a sad reality for both the country and the world, but reality it is.

      • JohnAZ December 23, 2022 at 11:52 am #

        Trump could not make a dent in 2017 to 2021.

        He will not succeed in 2024. The GOP, meaningless as it is, will just be burning a candidate then.

        The Deep State, not just Dem, wipeout that is coming in 2024 will finish off what is left of the conservative Tea Party folks.

        Will another party be allowed to start? I wanted Trump to do this, but I do not think he has the statesmanship to accomplish that. It will have to be a small government party, which flies in the face of the gimme drive the US populace is on.

        • Jarek December 23, 2022 at 1:28 pm #

          He would have ended up calling it the Trump party just like all his businesses. He cannot get out of his own way.

        • riverrunner December 24, 2022 at 1:44 pm #

          Gee, ya think? The guy that tried to overthrow the govt and knew it was all bullshit.

          • Uncle Bob December 24, 2022 at 3:45 pm #

            Which one? Thomas Woodrow Wilson and his love of Philip Dru: Administrator? Lyndon Johnson, who may have had JFK shot? Barry Soetoro and his “fundamental transformation of America?” “Biden,” et al, and their plans to remake America as a socialist workers’ paradise? All of them tried to overthrow the government from within, and met with varying degrees of success. Your apparent party of degenerates and revolutionaries has objected to the electoral college counts of every Republican presidential candidate since 1960, has tried to impeach every Republican president since 1969, and has made war on every aspect of American society for a century or more. You assassinate cops, firefighters, and everyday citizens, torch government buildings, loot and burn businesses, assail churches and temples, attack the family, assist millions of people to invade the country while preventing Americans from defending their country, support the sacrifice of over 63 million dead children to Molech, and loot the public treasury — all of which are concealed or mocked by your members on the “news” media. Yet you and your fellow-travelers say Trump wanted to overthrow the United States government? You’re so full of shit that you are nothing but a propagandizing turd.

          • riverrunner December 24, 2022 at 5:48 pm #

            Thanks UB for playing the ‘crazy uncle’ at xmas dinner. Well-done. But I think you’re a little confused.

          • benr December 26, 2022 at 8:37 am #


            Refute one point he has made!

            We all know you can’t the only one confused here is you thinking you have anyone fooled by your constant bullshit.

    • K-Chien December 23, 2022 at 1:13 pm #

      Folks, step by step, this country is coming under the domain of the Deep State.

      I thought we became the bitch of the deep state twenty years ago.

      • Jarek December 23, 2022 at 1:29 pm #

        And yet you took the Gom Jabbar. Crisis is our test. You failed, bro.

      • Uncle Bob December 24, 2022 at 10:37 am #

        More like November 23, 1963.

    • Alzaebo December 23, 2022 at 2:11 pm #

      “it was the people who have progressively voted in this”

      As long as it was done…legally!

      • benr December 26, 2022 at 8:39 am #

        When you change the “laws” to suit your need then anything is legal.
        Just look at the election laws change to allow the huge amount of cheating to put in decrepit demented Joe Biden.
        All done because of but covid.

  15. Amman December 23, 2022 at 9:59 am #

    Merry Rizdvo, Ukraine!

    Tho it be cold, lightless, and the Bears storm soon.

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  16. Frank Buttitch December 23, 2022 at 10:01 am #

    The Church Lady wishes you all a woke X-Mass.

  17. Islander December 23, 2022 at 10:05 am #

    Great post!!
    Yes, Z is our current “father of lies.”

    How pathetic that the USA is being bossed around by two brats, Ukraine and Israel, who really need their greedy fingers switched by Schwartzer Peter and being stuffed in his sack and taken away for reeducation. .

    • Beryl of Oyl December 23, 2022 at 10:31 am #

      Islander, I wouldn’t really say we were bossed by Zelensky, because he has a deal with our government, and when you think about it our government started the crap in Ukraine when he was still just a comedian.

      It is the American government people should be directing their rage at, and should have been a long time ago.

      Israel has something on Pompeo.

      • Islander December 23, 2022 at 11:23 am #

        Technically you may be right as to who is zoomin’ who, esp. in the Ukraine case.

        But the optics, with the standing ovations in Congress for both Netanyahu and this little creep, show the USA takin’ the knee.

        Israel has “back-led” the USA since its creation in 1948—since before its creation, actually. This did not start yesterday.

        I am of the ilk that *speculates* on possible long-term Zionist plans in Ukraine that may not be part of “Biden’s” plan.

        • Alzaebo December 23, 2022 at 2:36 pm #

          The Americas as a Chinese colony:

          Canada’s gulag mines and oil;
          The US farmlands, they’re bringing in the brown pickers now (since whites will spit on the lettuce);
          Isthmus for the ports and Panama Canal.

          The Ukraine as a second Israel:

          (Neither was their first home)

          Israel is deeply outnumbered, and will be abandoned to the Mizrahi for the Pale; it’s done it’s job.

          Control of the north end of the New Silk Road, with their Thessalonian marranos (the Emirs) in charge of the south end; one to Europe, the other across the burgeoning South through India to Africa.

          A new USSR / China Axis as the bipolar hegemon, with the WEF satraps corralling the Whites in “smart cities.”

          Yes, I can see this. China beholden to the HSBC banksters; some have already announced it is the new horse to ride, since the Anglo-American empires are put out to pasture, and the Rus horse died.

          • Alzaebo December 23, 2022 at 2:40 pm #

            USSR- I should say a “Ukrainian” Soviet, perhaps, its capitol Kiev instead of Muscovy.

        • Uncle Bob December 24, 2022 at 10:41 am #

          So, how big is your hakenkreuz tattoo? And do you wear a black hat with a death’s head pin affixed to the front? Just curious, given your, uh, apparent dislike of those of us of Hebrew extraction.

        • Blackbird December 24, 2022 at 1:54 pm #

          If the “Biden” has a plan in the Ukraine – or anywhere else – it is a Zionist plan.

          • Uncle Bob December 24, 2022 at 3:31 pm #

            Is the WEF a Zionist organization, or is it a bunch of evil lunatics who are using the outlandish excuses of “climate change” and “economic equity” to get people to essentially commit mass suicide via elections and trying to “save the planet?”

    • MaryQueen December 23, 2022 at 10:40 am #

      The US isn’t bossed by them, the US is funding them for their own interests, much of which is filling the pockets of cabal members such as BIdens and Obamas and Clintons, and all the congresscritters and deep state parasites with their palms out.

      • Jarek December 23, 2022 at 1:34 pm #

        George Bush Sr: They always get almost everything they want. I denied them one little thing and the next morning hundreds of them were in Congress, trying to meet with every last Senator and Congressman. I’ve never seen anything like it.

        Mary, remember the Federal Reserve Act. Our banking system was given over to the Rothschilds. That was the final game over. As Rothschild said, Give men control of the money system and the nation is mine.

    • Islander December 23, 2022 at 11:12 am #

      For the folklorists, don’t forget Knecht Ruprecht!


  18. MrMangoOnMyShoulder December 23, 2022 at 10:24 am #

    Mr. Z can eat a D. He is like Tiny Tim, except receiving hundreds of billions again and again. Screw that guy, he will not go down well in history…but he’s sure getting his for now.

    • BackRowHeckler December 23, 2022 at 10:41 am #

      Whoa Mango, actually Tiny Tim was a serious entertainer and a pretty good guy. He had a vast knowledge of American music history and based his act upon Rudy Vallee — sure there was camp involved but it was all in good fun and done to please his audience.

      Hey I got a Red Ryder for Christmas when I was about 8, which remained my Prize Possession until I got my Winchester 62 at 12 years old.

      “Your gonna shoot your eye out.”

      Merry Christmas, CFNers!

      • JohnAZ December 23, 2022 at 10:52 am #

        Uh, maybe Dicken’s Tiny Tim here.

        • Beryl of Oyl December 23, 2022 at 10:54 am #

          Someone did say that he looked like a pudgy boy.

        • MrMangoOnMyShoulder December 23, 2022 at 10:59 am #

          Yep. That Tiny Tim.

        • MrMangoOnMyShoulder December 23, 2022 at 11:01 am #

          The perennially hat-in-hand poor kid.

          My folks loved the other Tiny Tim though…or at least pretended to…he was talented in his own way, but unlistenable,

        • BackRowHeckler December 23, 2022 at 11:03 am #

          Oh, if so, my mistake.

          I’m happy Jim evoked the name Washington Irving, a wonderful writer and America’s first successful author.

          Two things not widely known about Irving is that he had a long, successful career as a diplomat with the US State Depertment, and he is the only known American who personally met George Washington & Abraham Lincoln.

          • dorn December 23, 2022 at 11:33 am #

            Nevertheless, I’m sure “Zelly,” being a professional actor, dancer, etc., could give a good rendition of “Tiptoe Through the Tulips.” Merry Christmas to all.

          • BackRowHeckler December 23, 2022 at 11:53 am #

            Well, at least Z didn’t wear his high heels to the White House.

          • Not_GeorgeT December 23, 2022 at 12:06 pm #

            Washington Irving’s ‘cottage’ on the Hudson is well worth the visit. I am fortunate to have done so a few years ago. Highly recommend it. The guides at the house are very informative and know their subject matter.

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder December 23, 2022 at 7:24 pm #

            Not_GeorgeT –

            I would love to see that cottage. Been meaning to road trip to the northeast with the family sometime soon, perhaps that can be on the list. Also including various biggest balls of twine and/or palaces made of corn between here and there.

          • Blackbird December 24, 2022 at 2:03 pm #

            In honor of the holidays and goodwill and all that stuff, the Z-Man should play something from The Nutcracker Suite in his own inimitable way. If he doesn’t do so voluntarily, I’m sure he will at Putin’s request.

      • elysianfield December 23, 2022 at 12:56 pm #

        “Hey I got a Red Ryder for Christmas when I was about 8, which remained my Prize Possession until I got my Winchester 62 at 12 years old.”

        Similar story here…But now, as an adult, I’ve become mature, and have put away childish things;

        To that end, I purchased myself a Xmas present this year. It is a fully automatic BB firing machine gun, called the Barra 400e.


        This is the perfect gift for the woman in your life that might be difficult to buy for. Think of it…Xmas morning, under the tree a festively wrapped package…of some weight! Watch her eyes light up as she unwraps it…Imagine!

        This is the perfect gift to keep the neighborhood dogs at bay…not to mention drunk neighbors, and low riding ferals in the upcoming months…

        • neurodoc December 23, 2022 at 2:31 pm #


          With what’s coming just around the corner, one might do better getting her a
          ‘real’ semi-auto AR15 in 5.56mm, with a HellFire 2 trigger modulator and a 100 round drum.
          Merry Christmas all!!

          • elysianfield December 23, 2022 at 4:51 pm #

            No issue with your perception…the Barra is reserved for…punitive, non lethal encounters….

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder December 23, 2022 at 7:33 pm #

            I would imagine getting pummeled with hundreds of BBs in a matter of seconds would deter most low-experience criminally-minded folks. The harder stock might come back at you though. That’s when you grab the bigger one and pray to God.

          • Uncle Bob December 24, 2022 at 3:47 pm #

            You must not live in the socialist hell that is New York.

          • Wizard of the Saddle December 24, 2022 at 8:18 pm #

            Well….like Robot Santa said on “Futurama” while wielding a Tommy Gun: “Don’t makes me get JOLLY on your ass!”

            Followed by “ratta-tat-tat-tat-tat!!!”


    • Ann Oid December 23, 2022 at 11:15 am #

      ” Screw that guy, he will not go down well in history…”. Especially as long as the video of him dancing in high heels circulates amongst the interwebs…

      • Hereward the Woke December 23, 2022 at 11:39 am #

        And playing the piano with his extremity. As Larry Johnson says, that brings a whole new meaning to “beating out a tune”

      • Beryl of Oyl December 23, 2022 at 12:01 pm #

        That’s a spoof of an existing music video.

  19. Ishabaka December 23, 2022 at 10:30 am #

    Dems missed a fabulous opportunity to go full-Woke – they could have had Sam Brinton kiss Zelensky

    • Beryl of Oyl December 23, 2022 at 10:32 am #

      That’s the joke going around, that Zelensky had to show up in a sweatshirt because someone in the Biden administration stole his luggage.

      • MaryQueen December 23, 2022 at 10:41 am #

        Then discovered it was men’s clothes and started crying….

        • Beryl of Oyl December 23, 2022 at 10:44 am #

          Good one, Mary.

        • Alzaebo December 23, 2022 at 2:57 pm #

          Sam missed the one with the leather and lingerie.

        • Wizard of the Saddle December 24, 2022 at 8:20 pm #


  20. Beryl of Oyl December 23, 2022 at 10:34 am #

    Seriously, I don’t know who came up with the idea of the work clothes for the Ukrainian president.

    Who do they think that appeals to? Why?

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    • MaryQueen December 23, 2022 at 10:42 am #

      He looks like a prisoner of war. I’m guessing that’s on purpose. Letting people see who’s really in charge and that Zelensky is a little controlled pawn without any real power.

      • Beryl of Oyl December 23, 2022 at 10:48 am #

        Maybe. Maybe that’s so people see our “leaders” as kind humanitarians instead of the ones running this whole ungodly racket.

        That works.

        I didn’t watch, I heard though that he expressed his gratitude a number of times.

        They should have had him bring one of those caps, so he could have hel it in his hand.

      • Hereward the Woke December 23, 2022 at 11:41 am #

        Hey, it’s the latest in front line chic. Looks like he’s come fresh from the trenches at Bakhmut. I’m surprised he didn’t limp up to the podium and talk about his PTSD.

        • MaryQueen December 23, 2022 at 3:33 pm #

          True. Being a victim is all the rage nowadays.

    • Rowdypiglet December 23, 2022 at 11:45 am #

      I think they want it to appear as though he came straight from the battlefield, where he is singlehandedly defending democracy.

      • Beryl of Oyl December 23, 2022 at 12:04 pm #

        Does anyone think presidents fight in battles?

        I know they like to show pictures of him going over maps with generals and such, but where does anyone think he got that kind of knowledge from?

        I think even a nine year old kid would understand how silly that idea is.

        • Uncle Bob December 24, 2022 at 3:50 pm #

          Both Lincoln and Jeff Davis made guest appearances at battlefields. But that was awhile back, before pols fell off their bikes and spoke gibberish.

        • Paula D December 24, 2022 at 5:10 pm #

          Ramzan Kadyrov is leading the Chechynans in Donbass, I’m pretty sure.

          In the US, no one since Washington, although I’m pretty sure the “commander-in-chief” reference in the Constitution implies strongly that they are expected to.

      • Jarek December 23, 2022 at 1:38 pm #

        Yes, ridiculous enough, but that’s it. In the early days of the war, he was shown on the front line in full battle gear. Or at least made to appear that way. Unshaven at times. He’s an actor first and foremost.

      • MaryQueen December 23, 2022 at 1:50 pm #

        I would think then he’d have at least a general’s get-up then, instead of looking like a basement-dwelling shlub.

      • Anthea December 24, 2022 at 9:14 am #

        @ Rowdypiglet:

        Well, yes, obviously. We’re supposed to think that Zelensky’s presidential palace is being droned, the presidential closet has been reduced to rubble, and the streets are so dangerous that they can’t send the presidential valet to the dry cleaners.

      • Wizard of the Saddle December 24, 2022 at 8:21 pm #

        Yep. Pure hokum.

    • Islander December 23, 2022 at 11:56 am #


      “Seriously, I don’t know who came up with the idea of the work clothes for the Ukrainian president.

      Who do they think that appeals to? Why?”

      Originally the fatigue-colored T=shirt was supposed to signal that Z was (1) an army stiff, and (2) working around the clock at his headquarters in Kiev, defending the country.

      Now the fatigue T-shirt look has become a :”brand.” This branding operation has been quite successful. I wouldn’t be surprised if a PR team had come up with this. We know that US and other PR teams are working with the Uke nationalists.

      The Z brand also means showing that he can get away with flouting normal notions of diplomatic decorum and still be taken seriously as a national leader and lionized in the US Congress.

      I don’t know how this look would fly in, say, the EU Parliament or in a meeting in Paris with Macron.

      If he wanted to take his wife to dinner at, say, the Tour d”Argent in Paris, he might not be allowed in if not properly dressed (although the dress code at elegant eateries may have gone the way of the dodo by now)!

      IMO this is partly a show for the American rubes. I won’t be at all surprised to see our elected representatives and govt officials soon sporting the fatigue T-shirt look in the halls of Congress and elsewhere.

      It also shows how easily one can influence Americans. As Netanyahu famously said, “It’s easy to control the Americans and get them to do what you want.”

    • Alzaebo December 23, 2022 at 3:03 pm #

      Next time he’ll be in Castro fatigues.

      Maybe joined by Justin, Dictator of the North, wearing the latest Che Guevarra.

      So, how long before Bankman-Fried makes a televised speech to thunderous applause, clad in his signature dirty t-shirt?

    • Amman December 23, 2022 at 5:07 pm #

      Kindjal and Zircon don’t care if you’re wearing an Olive T-shirt or Beret. It’s curtains.

  21. ThelegendofOz December 23, 2022 at 10:39 am #

    As an Aussie watching from far far away… It seems America now has a tradition firmly rooted:
    1. Every generation starts a pointless war.
    2. Work hard to convince everyone ‘who matter$’
    that its a great Idea.
    3. End it all in failure many years later after enormous
    expenditure in men and material.
    4. Spend years afterwards trying to explain the

    • Beryl of Oyl December 23, 2022 at 10:52 am #

      They didn’t have to work as hard for Desert Storm onward, because the people to object whoo had the most skin in the game were people who were already taking the government’s money by membership in the National Guard, and it didn’t look good when they didn’t want to give anything in return for it except a weekend a month.

      Also the catchy name helped.

    • MaryQueen December 23, 2022 at 10:54 am #

      Pretty much, yeah.

    • JohnAZ December 23, 2022 at 10:58 am #

      Yup, the history of America.

      Think about this, America , by its nature, grows apart internally until a war “wags the dog”. Everyone gets together for a while.

      We have not had a war for a long tome, the MIC is chomping at the bit.

      It took Roosevelt years to talk the US into getting involved in WW2. Lucky for him, the Japanese acted first. We did not declare war against Germany, they did us.

      Anyway, the US has been trying to find a way to stay cohesive without a war.

      It is not working.

      • Beryl of Oyl December 23, 2022 at 11:22 am #

        That’s where the NFL, NBA and baseball come in. Also events such as the Olympics.

        Which is why they had to make those things woke, and infest them with politics.

        Remember it was Obama, who we were told was a Constitutional scholar, who bizarrely and falsely claimed the Colin Kaepernick had the right to indulge in protests at this place of employment.

        That issue had already been decided in the courts.

        • JohnAZ December 23, 2022 at 11:33 am #

          As we have seen recently, sports does not do the job.

          It is tough now, the one thing the Ukraine war is teaching us is that boots on the ground warfare is obsolete.

          So now what do we do?

      • Alzaebo December 23, 2022 at 3:09 pm #

        Germany, with 17 attempted peace treaties rebuffed (to leave Western Europe alone and concentrate its forces east to stop the US-USSR invasion), kept having to intercept civilian ships carrying loads of munitions. Similar to hiding Hamas IEDs in an ambulance.

    • Hereward the Woke December 23, 2022 at 11:42 am #

      5. And don’t learn a dang thing from the experience

    • Amman December 23, 2022 at 5:18 pm #

      Vietnam war, Iraq War II, Afghanistan and Ukraine are the main “pointless” wars.

      But the Ukraine WAR, as Putin recently called it, is different because it might end in the ruin and impoverishment of western Europe.

      There will be consequences as far as Oz.

  22. Beryl of Oyl December 23, 2022 at 10:44 am #

    So much of what we think of as the way to celebrate Christmas until recently that is) comes from Germany.

    It was no coincidence or oversight that Berlin’s beloved Christmas market was left completely vulnerable even though there had been a series of terror attacks using trucks leading up to that tragedy.

    Did we ever find out what exactly caused the Notre Dame cathedral to catch fire? They somehow knew it was an accident even while it was in flames, but they never told us what the accident was.

    • SomeoneInAsia December 23, 2022 at 11:01 am #

      The Germans seem to know a special way into the hearts of children. They came up with Playmobil, and gave us the Brothers Grimm.

      Was it really Martin Luther who came up with the idea of the Christmas Tree, I wonder?

      • Beryl of Oyl December 23, 2022 at 11:24 am #

        They invented kindergarten too. Now small children stay in a classroom and someone tries to force academics on them too early, and they grow up fat and hating reading,, and they can’t sit still without medication.

        • megabeth December 23, 2022 at 11:21 pm #

          The first kindergarten here in the USA was in Wisconsin–the most German state we’ve got.

        • Bilejones December 24, 2022 at 5:56 pm #

          And Bismark’s school system designed to produce obedient serfs and canon fodder.

      • Jarek December 23, 2022 at 2:01 pm #


        The brothers Grimm are representatives of the nationalism that transformed to Aryanism, and the Nazis were grateful to them. Hitler made their work mandatory reading in schools …

        There have been efforts in Japan to take the swastika off of Temples – furiously resisted by the real Sons of Rising Son I hasten to add.

        Thailand as well perhaps. Merry Christmas to all true Sons of Sun!

        They haven’t won until the Ra dynasty is destroyed…..

        • Islander December 23, 2022 at 2:37 pm #

          The Grimm Brothers recorded the tales that they heard. Folktales generally contain a lot of elements that are disturbing to “domesticated” bourgeois man. Check ouit Ukrainian folktales from the Dnipr region (drawn on heavily by Nikolai Gogol. BTW, Ukrainian nationalists in the 19th C. were also collecting and researching these folktales. So, . . . is anyone saying that the folktales led to later Ukrainian brutality toward Poles and Jews by the Bandera cult?)

          Despite practically lifelong poverty the Grimms made huge contributions to German scholarship.

          The ex-post-Hitler dumping on German culture is really annoying, and intellectually dishonest. It is not the Grimm Brothers’ fault , or responsibility, if Hitler drew on their collections of folktales and myths to support his “Aryan” nationalist agenda.

          The Grimm Brothers did not “prepare” for Hitler. Whereas Ukrainian nationalists are actual inheritors of the Nazi movement and consciously copy Nazis.

          • Jarek December 23, 2022 at 2:57 pm #

            But, the Grimm brothers were something more than storytellers. As academics they excelled in linguistics, ethnology, law, history and philology. They started writing the German Dictionary, which was the model for the Oxford English Dictionary. Through their recording of the original versions of the tales, their variations per region and the following adapted version, one can see the evolution of the German language itself. The phenomenon of chain shifts of proto-Indo-European consonants in the proto-Germanic language, which is the common ancestor of all Germanic languages, was called Grimm’s Law. The evolution of “t” sounds (as in “trinity”) to “th” sounds (as in “thin”) and “k” sounds (as in “kilo”) to “h” sounds (as in ‘hollow”)[1], and other phenomena Jacob Grimm observed in a variety of languages, are included in the law named after him.

            Jarek: You attempt to separate Hitler from Germany is revisionist – must like Feminist fairy tales. By developing German culture, they helped prepare for the advent of the German savior.

          • Islander December 24, 2022 at 12:48 am #

            I don’t separate Hitler from Germany.
            You fool.

          • Jarek December 24, 2022 at 1:03 am #

            Your Germany is that of dead letters, modernism, and Merkel.

            He tried to save Germany from the bankers, but people were too small to hear him.

        • SpeedyBB December 24, 2022 at 11:27 am #

          I saw a small clipping from a wartime edition of the NYT describing the ceremonial burning by the Navajo of blankets and other native items with the swastika on them.

        • SpeedyBB December 24, 2022 at 2:10 pm #

          Swastikas decorating Hindu templesl and shrines in Bali also trigger hysterical western tourists. “I’ll tell my friends never to visit here until they get rid of those things”.

          Karens get lit.

      • MaryQueen December 23, 2022 at 3:32 pm #

        Have any of you read an entire tome of their ‘fairy tales’? They aren’t what you think.

        Disney et al. changed them a lot. Most of them are pretty dark.

        Great reading, though!

        • megabeth December 23, 2022 at 11:19 pm #

          Yeah, I did, as an 8 y.o. Loved them! Disney makes everything dull.

        • Jarek December 24, 2022 at 1:06 am #

          Life is dark – even as the Grimms portrayed.

          How greatly did the Queen envy Snow White’s youth and beauty!

    • Islander December 23, 2022 at 12:10 pm #

      It was Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Queen Vicgtoria’s consort, who brought German Christmas traditions to Britain and laid the foundation for the Victorian images of Christmas.

      BTW, Victoria was already half German anyhow. Her mother was Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. Her grandmother was Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, so through her father she was 1/4 German.
      That makes Queen Victoria 3/4 German.

      Per a Google search,
      “Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s consort, is usually credited with having introduced the Christmas tree into England in 1840. However it was actually ‘good Queen Charlotte’, the German wife of George III, who set up the first known tree at Queen’s Lodge, Windsor, in December 1800.

      Basically the British royal family is of German descent. Prince Philip’s mother was Princess Alice of Battenberg.

      • Islander December 23, 2022 at 12:39 pm #

        King George III himself was also German, of the house of Hanover.

        Although he was born in England, he was of the Hanoverian dynasty and was concurrently the King of Brunswick-Lueneburg (called Hanover).

        His mother was Augusta of Saxe-Gotha.

      • BackRowHeckler December 23, 2022 at 1:17 pm #

        George I didn’t speak English, which must have made the job of King pretty difficult. But the British were sick of the Stuarts after 110 years and wanted a fresh start with a new Dynasty. After Queen Anne died they cast about for a new Royal Family, found George in Germany, who was related to the Stuart’s, Plantaganets, Yorks, Lancasters and the Tudors. All that Royalty were cousins going way back.

        • Islander December 23, 2022 at 2:52 pm #

          George 1 succeeded Anne as her closest living Protestant relative (second cousin). Yet he, too, was an obscure German princeling. Many rulers ended up having no heirs as many children died, and that is how George kind of “moved up” the royal ladder.

          The 200 German micro-kingdoms ended up sending their DNA all over the place, as there weren’t enough surviving royal marriage partners in the already unified states that had just one royal family. It was even hard to find a match for Victoria—there weren’t any available princes of similar rank.

          That is also basically how an obscure, penniless, but exceedingly intelligent German princess, Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst, ended up as Catherine the Great.

          It is hard to come up with a more obscure principality than Anhalt-Zerbst!!!

          Sounds like a Monty Python joke.

          • Alzaebo December 23, 2022 at 3:23 pm #

            Of George lll’s fifteen children, only the sickly runt of the family managed to have children; he was Victoria’s father.

          • BackRowHeckler December 23, 2022 at 3:24 pm #

            You know Islander I’d forgotten all about the Protestant/Catholic aspect of British Royal succession at that time, and before. Because there were still Stuarts alive in 1614, living in France. They tried a few attempts to force their way in but it was no go.

      • megabeth December 23, 2022 at 11:13 pm #

        Good old Nordic Christmas! Half of my family is of German descent, and E ii R and Mary of Teck are dead ringers for half the old ladies in my family. I’ll probably end up looking like a Windsor dowager, too.

        • Paula D December 24, 2022 at 2:08 pm #

          My cousin looks a lot like Prince, I mean, King Charles.

          And that is not a good thing.

    • Uncle Bob December 24, 2022 at 10:41 pm #

      Notre Dame supposedly caught on fire because a worker who smoked carelessly dropped a lit cigarette, which ignited the centuries cold wooden roof.

  23. SomeoneInAsia December 23, 2022 at 10:49 am #

    Meanwhile, in a land next door to bear country presided over by a fat, ugly man, darkness, decay and death by COVID (?) threaten to hold eternal dominion over all…

    A Merry Christmas to all, anyway. If it’s possible, that is.

    • Amman December 23, 2022 at 5:22 pm #

      Are you in HK?

  24. docmartin December 23, 2022 at 10:54 am #

    The only problem I have with that little grifter is the sickening green sweatshirts and t shirts he wears. The least he can do is wear Balenciaga to show everyone that he is a world leader!!!

    • SomeoneInAsia December 23, 2022 at 11:04 am #

      I’ve grown to hate the three-piece suit with a tie. It is now a strongly held prejudice of mine that most of those who wear that are cannibalistic psychopaths.

      • BackRowHeckler December 23, 2022 at 11:51 am #

        I think even the mafia gave up wearing those things.

        • SpeedyBB December 24, 2022 at 2:16 pm #

          One of the peculiar effects of an LSD-25 trip I once took was the inspiration to get dressed up sharply in a Sicilian-style three-piece suit with gleaming shined shoes and a flamboyant tie.

          Walk down the street like I owned it outright.

      • Jarek December 23, 2022 at 2:06 pm #

        Well said. We need a new way of dressing up. Cowboys wear their cowboy duds to Church for example.

        Obviously the new way of dressing up must be military when a new military arises.

        I saw antifa in Portland actually wearing black dress (not their battle gear) uniforms – eager for a triumph that hopefully will never come.

      • megabeth December 23, 2022 at 11:25 pm #

        So, don’t let King Charles invite you to dinner, then. You might be the entree!

    • Beryl of Oyl December 23, 2022 at 11:25 am #

      Balenciaga. I seem to remember a story about that. What was it….?

  25. Opie December 23, 2022 at 10:59 am #

    James, thank you for writing about what a POS Zelensky is. These days I avoid political discussions with most people, but I can’t help but explode when someone mentions that little turd. People on both sides of the political spectrum seem gobsmacked by his charms. I hope they spend eternity being forced to watch his piano performance over and over… MF’er may be responsible for the extinction of life on this beautiful planet. I for one am rather attached to it. I hope he ends up with the Gaddafi regimen.
    But in the meantime, I wish you a very Merry Christmas !

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    • 333333 December 23, 2022 at 12:10 pm #

      I’m surprised that so many of us know full well that we’ve been duped by the govt. over covid, and about everything else, believe the bs narrative “Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine”. Or what about the bs “Russian invasion of Crimea” in 2014.

      Sad commentary on the state of the nation.

      • Amman December 23, 2022 at 5:29 pm #

        The BIG Lie has been the leading and major factor in American political life since at least 2000. In the past, it was not as insolent and homicidal.

    • Uncle Bob December 24, 2022 at 10:49 pm #

      Will we eventually learn that Zelenskyy is the elite’s longed-for messiah, aka the Antichrist? He is forecast to be able to persuade anyone that any lie is truth and vice versa, and people seem to buy every utterance of his, even flatulence, as if it came from On High. Plus, given the prophecy that Russia and the Islamic powers are supposed to descend upon Israel and lose badly, with the Antichrist setting himself up as world ruler by negotiating peace between Israel and other countries, might it be that today’s OD green beggar is tomorrow’s world leader because of his skill at lying and convincing people of his righteousness?

    • Bilejones December 25, 2022 at 7:22 am #

      The “Gaddafi Regime” did more good for his people that the globalist pieces of filth Barry the Kenyan and Clinton ever did.

  26. Paula D December 23, 2022 at 11:00 am #

    Love it! An essay and a song.

    I am happy to still have electricity, gas and water. Plus food. And the internet. I really thought I’d lose one or the other in that horrible storm.

    My life is good. Here’s wishing everyone else also has it good.

    • Beryl of Oyl December 23, 2022 at 11:31 am #

      An anecdote, since you mention power outages and I was talking about flooded basements.

      There was a home in my area, and area with abundant water under the ground, as well as aging and leaky infrastructure, that was sitting vacant during a contention divorce.

      Someone decided it would be a good idea to turn the power off.

      I used to wonder how deep the water could get in a flooded basement that wasn’t attended to.

      With the power for the sump pump in that home shut off, the water eventually rose to the level of the first floor.

      • Paula D December 23, 2022 at 11:36 am #

        Wow. They turned it into a below ground swimming pool.

        Great idea.

        • Beryl of Oyl December 23, 2022 at 12:07 pm #

          Minus the chlorine.

        • Not_GeorgeT December 23, 2022 at 12:14 pm #

          If it remains in such condition the first floor will buckle.

          • Beryl of Oyl December 23, 2022 at 12:49 pm #

            I think it was the neighbors noticing unusual water problems in their own basements that alerted someone.

      • BackRowHeckler December 23, 2022 at 12:55 pm #

        I got a similar story BoO, happened in town here. A family went to Florida for the winter left their house unattended. We had a deep freeze and a water pipe apparently burst in the basement, filling up the basement with water, then over a period of a few weeks, filling up the whole first floor with water. Needless to say the house needed to be demolished.

        • K-Chien December 23, 2022 at 1:04 pm #

          I put the styrofoam tits on my faucets before I went to work the day before yesterday. Mrs. Dog was freaking out about pipes freezing but I wrapped the pipes a few years ago under the house. I did it myself so I know the job is well taped.

          Having only my faucet heads exposed was not going to cause a problem at the temps Seattle is seeing, but she did not know that, so I did the sytrofoam tit thing.

          • BackRowHeckler December 23, 2022 at 1:22 pm #

            Good move Dog. Bursted pipes is the worst, as bad as a fire.

        • megabeth December 23, 2022 at 11:36 pm #

          We had a pipe burst while we were busy with a project on the other house. There was a foot of water in the basement bathroom after 3 days, and I was just passing through the first house on the way to work, heard a weird noise, opened the basement door, gawped a second, then called my husband, saying, “Hi, I’m on my way to work. Pipe burst and the basement is a wading pool. Byyyeeee!”

        • Anthea December 24, 2022 at 9:38 am #

          I once had the water line break between the main intake line and the main shut-off. I had loaned out my tool for shutting off the water at the meter. I called the water company and, even though it was the middle of the night, they had a guy at my house in about a half an hour. A half and hour that I spent listening to Niagra Falls in my crawl space.

        • Paula D December 24, 2022 at 2:11 pm #

          When I was a kid my dad’s co-worker went on vacation and flushed the toilet before he left for 2 weeks.
          Came back to a flooded house.

          So we never left the house until the toilet stopped running. And to this day I have the same habit.

          It’s always best to learn from other people’s mistakes instead of your own.

        • Paula D December 24, 2022 at 2:13 pm #

          My friend’s husband had a co-worker whose car broke down. He left his family in the car and started walking for help.

          Then he heard a horrible crash and turned around and saw his wife and kids destroyed by a truck.

          So when my friend’s car broke down in freezing cold, her husband insisted that they all stand outside the car while he went for help.

    • Amman December 23, 2022 at 5:31 pm #

      Thanks, Paula Dee. Likewise to you.

  27. 333333 December 23, 2022 at 11:04 am #

    I feel that the economic warfare ramping up against the west is at least as important as the conflict in Ukraine. Take away the reserve currency status from the US, requiring us to live within our means, and this country will cave in on itself. The destruction if that happens full on will be epic.

    And best wishes to everyone here from eastern Oregon.

    • Paula D December 23, 2022 at 11:35 am #

      But at least the Ukrainians will be better off without the US pumping weapons into it.

      • BackRowHeckler December 23, 2022 at 11:49 am #

        Those weapons, and weapons left behind in Afghanistan, will be circulating throughout every hotspot in world for the next 25 years in the hands criminal gangs, international terrorists, rogue govts in Africa, drug cartels and human smugglers. Some may even work their way back to the States, escalating the gang & drug wars on the streets of Chicago & Baltimore. We are in for a good time.

        • K-Chien December 23, 2022 at 12:56 pm #

          When they come back here I’ll get into woodworking and make some nice hardwood Stocks for the butt end of the rifles. YouTube videos of the rebuild will be had. Laser etching of the metal parts for customization. Turn em into works of art.

        • Amman December 23, 2022 at 5:34 pm #

          Trust me, there’s plenty of metal in the USA as is.

  28. Prospero December 23, 2022 at 11:42 am #

    This was an interesting anagram:


    Here’s another one:

    CLAUS = LUCAS: Bringer of light.

    Does this mean that our esteemed leaders believe Santa Claus, who’s real name might actually be SATAN LUCAS, brings light to the world?

    • elysianfield December 23, 2022 at 1:02 pm #

      Any motorcyclist over the age of 60 recognizes “LUCAS” as the Prince of Darkness.

      • Amman December 23, 2022 at 5:35 pm #

        Huh? LOL

      • SpeedyBB December 24, 2022 at 2:24 pm #

        The Lucas Electric motto: “A gentleman does not motor about after dark”.

    • Alzaebo December 23, 2022 at 3:36 pm #

      But the Tree of Knowledge brought Death into the world, they said!

      Yuh-huh. They hated, feared, and lusted after what they could not understand.

  29. EverettWA December 23, 2022 at 11:58 am #

    “Happy Christmas, Joe-Joe! Now, down to business a minute. This week, the hush-hush going to cost another $2 billion. Next week, well, we’ll see. Oh, and please give the Hunter this tin of Ukrainian herring. Best in the world!”

    “No, problem, Voldy! Just let me know how much you need and it’ll be on its way, thanks to the laws of American Exceptionalism and Modern Monetary Magic. We’ve got a bottomless well of hard currency in that treasury of ours! No joke!”

    • Alzaebo December 23, 2022 at 3:39 pm #

      The eight families who own the Federal Reserve: “Hey, thanks for all the interest! And Merry Christmas!”

  30. Rowdypiglet December 23, 2022 at 12:00 pm #

    Thanks, as always, to our host for the wonderful summing up and for always making me laugh at the absurdity of it all. Merry Christmas to everyone here, even the grouchy, goofy, and annoying ones (you know who you are).

    And I appreciated the mention of Washington Irving. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon was read to me as a young child. It seized hold of my imagination and occupied my dreams, and I still keep and draw on a vivid alternative Dutch New York that exists only in my head. I have only to hear the words “Sleepy Hollow” or “Hudson River” and I’m back in the territory.

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    • Beryl of Oyl December 23, 2022 at 12:11 pm #

      If you go to some of those places, you can still feel the psychic energy.

      Especially in the cemeteries.

      • Rowdypiglet December 23, 2022 at 1:48 pm #

        Yes, Beryl. And that energy is, interestingly, the energy of Irving’s invented New York, which seems much more potent than the faint echoes of real history in those places. It’s on that subjective level that fantasy sometimes wins out over reality.

        • Beryl of Oyl December 23, 2022 at 2:05 pm #

          He invented it from something.

    • BackRowHeckler December 23, 2022 at 1:27 pm #

      Rowdy, You Old Knickerbocker you.

      • Rowdypiglet December 23, 2022 at 1:45 pm #

        Indeed, Heckler. I wonder if anyone recalls the Jean Shepard hoax that revolved around a non-existent book called “I, Libertine.” It’s the only hoax I know of that I’d put on the same level with Irving’s Diedrich Knickerbocker hoax. But I must say I like the invented history of New York much more than the actual one.

  31. K-Chien December 23, 2022 at 12:06 pm #

    I wondered how Zelenskyy made the trip. Rudolph must have done top-gun school so his nose knows evasive maneuvers. Rudolph’s acrobatics must have made the mile high club session with Mrs. Z interesting.

    Biden as Santa is more appropriate. He is ho-ho-ho, Biden the ass-grabber with presents. With Hunter was there as Krampus.

    ‘Give me my $83,333 a month back consultant money back or into the basket you go.

    Oh, you already did. Well then give me more. You want more, I get more. That is how it works.’

    Zelenskyy wants more money it is fitting Hunter get more. When Hunter starts pulling down 1 million a month Americans will be coming home in body bags.

    A line from what I wrote today. Click on the green K-Chien name to see more.

    “The Zelenskyy visit ruins the Christmas spirit. The murderous bastard speaks to congress to thank them for $44.9 billion in new assistance.”

    • gilbert December 24, 2022 at 8:24 am #

      $44.9 billion created out of thin air.

  32. D from OR December 23, 2022 at 12:12 pm #

    Jim, thanks so much for the lovely rendition of an old favorite! So sweet!

    We are somewhat grateful for the ice storm that has shut the city down and made in pretty impossible to go anywhere. We will spend our time decorating cookies to give to the neighbors (my teenager son is a very keen baker), watching some old holiday shows and play round one of our weekend Scrabble tournament after dinner.

    Through the fleeting thoughts of the state of the world and our country I plan to remain in the moment enjoying the time with friends, neighbors and family because as we know that’s really all that counts.

    Merry Christmas to everyone!

    • K-Chien December 23, 2022 at 12:42 pm #

      I woke up at 4Am and could hear rain. Rain hit ground that had been chilled with 20 degrees air for a day, and which had been only marginally above freezing for several days. Now there is a sheet of ice between clumps of snow all over the road. I am not going anywhere.

      If power goes out it will be like Ukraine, what a pain. ( In Seattle )

      • Woodchuck December 23, 2022 at 2:45 pm #

        With a cooling eastern Pacific ocean going on for some three years now, the Pacific Northwest will experience a colder climate. Alaska will become an icebox once again. Get used to it. If you are a short haired dog you might not like it.

    • Alzaebo December 23, 2022 at 3:46 pm #

      Bakers make quite good money.
      Encourage that one in the trades.

      • Alzaebo December 23, 2022 at 3:52 pm #

        I carried hitchhiker once with the oddest story.

        He was an Amish lad who had left a wife and four children to pursue his consuming interest:

        Ovens. Baker’s ovens, especially the old industrial cast-iron ones.

        He was hitching around the country just to visit them, and interview the bakers about their history.

      • Amman December 23, 2022 at 5:36 pm #

        Bread is good.

        • Night Owl December 23, 2022 at 5:46 pm #

          At a local Christmas market I had one of the most insanely delicious breads in the galaxy.

          Dude pulled it out of an old wood fired oven, and it had been seasoned/overbaked with some kind of oil, butter, and cracked pepper and sea salt mixture.

          I nearly ate the entire loaf.

          Reminded me that there is food, and then there is real fucking food.

          • Amman December 23, 2022 at 6:12 pm #

            Deutschland hat ein Institut für Brot… which probably spilled over over into Cake/Pastry.

          • MaryQueen December 23, 2022 at 9:41 pm #

            You’re lucky to at least live somewhere where the bread isn’t poisoned like here.

          • Night Owl December 24, 2022 at 4:20 am #

            True Amman, but that ain’t the reason. They also have the Rheinheitsgebot, but the best beer here is not brewed in line with it.


          • tully December 24, 2022 at 1:51 pm #

            There is a bakery in Lawrence KS called Wheatfield’s that uses a wood fired brick oven, natural wild yeast and sourdough starters with slow fermentation. My favorite is pain de campagne, French country bread with rye and spelt. So good. A prime example of real food.

            I wish I lived closer so I could get it more often. I bake bread with a wild yeast starter and Turkey Red wheat and it’s good. But not as good as bread from a wood fired brick oven.

          • Night Owl December 25, 2022 at 6:10 am #

            Sounds good, tully. The US needs a lot more of that.

  33. wm5135 December 23, 2022 at 12:23 pm #

    Is anyone making a connection between the Philadelphia red and black speech ,Christians are terrorists, and a veiled declaration of war against The Russian Federation three days before Chistmas? Another December day that will live in infamy. Courteously brought to you by the same sponsor.

    “get ready little lady, Hell is coming to breakfast”

    • Beryl of Oyl December 23, 2022 at 12:55 pm #

      That marriage act or whatever it was, is a thinly disguised attack on the Christian Church.

      AOC was just out criticizing “fundamentalist” churches, calling them “theocratic” and “authoritarian” over the abortion issue.

      I guarantee if yoy took her phone away and asked her to define any of those terms, she would not be able to.

      The fundamentalist position on abortion differs from the Catholic one how, exactly?

      Churches are supposed to be theocratic, I thought.

      • messianicdruid December 23, 2022 at 2:25 pm #

        The Kingdom of God is a form of government not a religion.

        False gods [ rulemakers ] know their time is short.

        • Jarek December 23, 2022 at 3:03 pm #

          Yes, legalism. But I admit it’s (at least yours anyway) valid as far as it goes. Marriage is at the very least a contract, though of course one hopes for very much more.

          He loves us and wants to be loved in return….

    • Woodchuck December 23, 2022 at 2:42 pm #

      A major and possibly final confrontation is shaping up between Christian Orthodox Russia and satanic Europe and USA. Who will prevail? God or satan?

      • Amman December 23, 2022 at 5:37 pm #

        Answer is obvious.

  34. MX Vet 57 December 23, 2022 at 12:38 pm #

    Been a long time since my last comment here, but I still read every blog, Jim. No one does it quite like you.

    The song was great. Thank you. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    • K-Chien December 23, 2022 at 12:49 pm #

      Been a long time since my last comment here,

      Standing on a cliff and shouting into the void is not as popular as it used to be.

      And sometimes the echos are nasty.

      • Woodchuck December 23, 2022 at 2:40 pm #

        Indeed, some might find this to be a scary and nasty place. Here’s an example. Shouting about global warming when you are in a cold weather emergency might give you some nasty echos.

        • Uncle Bob December 24, 2022 at 11:06 pm #

          The chief weatherman on the dominant station here had someone ask on his FB page about how the 50 degree temperature drop was related to global warming. He went after her hammer and tongs with the whole climate change spiel, science denier, rises in ocean levels, the works. The next day, she made a comment about how cold it is, and he revived the whole thing. I like his forecasts and he does a good job, but this horseshit was uncalled-for. I get the feeling this is almost universal now because of conglomerates owning stations and foreign interests (Chinese and Saudi, mainly) using their interests to lie to us so we can continue our flat spin into the hillside.

  35. CrusherMuldoon December 23, 2022 at 12:43 pm #

    “Amidst the general call to happiness, the bustle of the spirits, and stir of the affections, which prevail at this period, what bosom can remain insensible?”


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    • Jarek December 23, 2022 at 2:13 pm #

      Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t celebrate Christmas either. They’re right: Christ wasn’t born on the Solstice, but in the early spring.

      The Church Fathers, in their Wisdom, changed the date. There is simply no way to exaggerate the importance of the Solstice to the deep psychology of Western Man.

      East Asia is cold too, Siberia coldest of all. But they don’t seem to have this as far as I know.

      • messianicdruid December 23, 2022 at 2:29 pm #

        “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.”

        • Jarek December 23, 2022 at 2:59 pm #

          Do you want the Truth or the Facts?

          Joe Friday and recently, Joe Biden.

      • Sean Coleman December 23, 2022 at 3:44 pm #

        The Jehova Witnesses has have changed just like everyone. I remember my mother engaging in lenthgy, good-humoured arguments with them at our front door back in the Sixties. I got a call from them a few years ago and it was clear from the off that there was to be none of that. She was pushy in the way of a tv interviewer and was pushing her literature like she was serving me with a writ or a summons. Meanwhile her sidekick, a somewhat younger woman of a more foreign appearance (although both were strangers) rocked her pram on my front yard and smirked insolently.

        • Paula D December 23, 2022 at 8:07 pm #

          My dad always invited them in to chat and then he always bought the Awake, but not the Watchtower.

          He told me that there was real news in Awake, because JW missionaries reported back from their various countries what was going on.
          My dad was always interested in the real story.

          Those poor women probably thought they had a chance converting him, lol.

          Anyway, it turns out that the CIA also uses missionaries to get intelligence.
          That’s how they make their death squad lists, also.

          They aren’t as nice as my dad was.

          • MaryQueen December 23, 2022 at 9:40 pm #

            Oh, so funny. My dad invited them in, too. ONce he forced our entire family to listen to their spiel, but then I think even he regretted it. After that, whenever they’d come by, he’d just argue with them (I think he enjoyed that more). I wonder how many people just love to do that.

          • Anthea December 24, 2022 at 9:47 am #

            One of my friends always invited them in and argued with them. I argued with them once. They seem to be used to it.

          • Paula D December 24, 2022 at 11:19 am #

            lol, maybe they were just happy that my dad didn’t argue with them. Maybe they didn’t actually think he was going to convert.

            House after house of door in the face, and then they get to have a nice chat and sell an Awake.

            Good times.

  36. trolleybill December 23, 2022 at 12:46 pm #

    Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year Jim.
    We see the 18 (R) turncoat senators shit on their constituents and will be remembered by MAGA Patriots with Sen. Romney age 75 up for election in 2025 a McConnel planted shill and Sen Rounds of SD age 68. up for reelection in 2026 because of their age may not run again, but who knows. The majority of the 18 were elected in 2020 or 2022. I believe many of these senators don’t care because their leaving or with their 6-year term the voters will forget. MAGA never forgets!

    • Uncle Bob December 24, 2022 at 11:14 pm #

      It was oddly disappointing to see Tom Cotton went along with this crap because he’s usually pitched as one of the few good guys. Then again, if he has presidential ambitions, he was probably told to go along or he won’t get a dime from the money men. The rest were pretty much the Establishment types like Collins, Murkowski, The Turtle, and that asshole Cornyn.

  37. WadeWaters December 23, 2022 at 12:54 pm #

    Bells are ringing, jingle jangle, all is merry and bright.
    So jump in bed and cover up your head…
    Cause Santa Claus Comes Tonight!

  38. Beryl of Oyl December 23, 2022 at 12:57 pm #

    I found the Christmas song depressing.

    • WadeWaters December 23, 2022 at 1:54 pm #

      Do a search for ‘Silent Night’ by the Tim Fuller Experience. it will cheer you UP!

      • Beryl of Oyl December 23, 2022 at 2:06 pm #

        It reminded me of how things used to be, long ago.

    • MaryQueen December 23, 2022 at 3:21 pm #

      Yes, I find the lyrics to that one very foreboding.

  39. Roundball Shaman December 23, 2022 at 1:17 pm #

    OK, Santa and Satan.

    Both wear Red.

    Both wear silly grins all the time.

    Both promise you Free Shi…er, Stuff.

    Both look terribly out shape and set a bad example for children.

    Take a good look at the faces of ‘Mr. Z.’ and Satan. Great-grandchild perhaps? And both doing The Devil’s work. And recruiting souls for Hell.

    Santa really took hold on our collective consciousness when Big East Coast Store owners needed a trope to goose sales for the year.

    Satan is the one to whom Corporations pledge their souls to in order to do harm to people and goose their sales for the year. Coincidence? Hardly. They share Public Relations and Product Development Departments.

    Santa is not Woke. He’s everything we are not to be anymore. He’s White! (Oh god, NO! ‘I’m dreaming of a Person-Of-Color, Christmas!..’) He exploits his labor force who are NOT unionized and therefore not represented by the Resident Biden Administration. His wife is hardly ever seen since he demands she stay in the kitchen and keeps his plentiful fat-cells puffy and happy. She seems to be subservient to a MAN! (Again, NO!!). When she is seen she smiles a lot to mask the agony of being happily married in a monogamous hetero relationship (AAGHH! Can’t have THAT!).

    If you are bad, Santa leaves you a lump of coal. Oh no, not COAL! Not a planet-killing rock that will soon be wiping us off the Planet right after the Bomb Cold Wave is done shivering our bones!

    If you are bad, Satan leaves you to practice so you can get more evil. And when you get REALLY bad… he takes you home to That Very Hot Place. No, not Death Valley or Qatar. I mean, REALLY hot.

    So, Santa and Satan. Not much different, really. One wants to micro-manage your behavior so you can get your Pavlovian Rewards at the end of the year while the other just wants to micro-manage your Soul forever.

    They look a bit different but they are really the same. You know, like The Uni-Party in DC who also know a few things about how to do you in.

  40. farmgal December 23, 2022 at 1:21 pm #

    Merry Christmas Mr. K and all of the CFN’rs. It was 9 degrees at noon in the sunny North Georgia Mountains. So much better for Christmas than the usual 65 degrees and rain.

    Attended a performance of The Nutcracker by the Atlanta Ballet last night. Thank God they’ve moved it out of downtown to the suburbs. There was not a mask in sight although the drink concessionaires should have been wearing them as the price of drinks was highway robbery. Three glasses of champagne and a water for only 45 bucks.

    I am praying for a better year for all, although most of us still have it pretty good. And that is why there continues to be no pushback to our corrupt government. Things will have to get really bad before normal Joe Blow reacts. But then again maybe although the sheeple are slow to move they will be fast to stampede. One can only hope.

    All we can do is take care of ourselves and our families because as we all know, no one is coming to save us.

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    • Amman December 23, 2022 at 5:47 pm #

      Take care of yourself and family but also grow a personal network of talented and razor-toothed people.

  41. hustled enough December 23, 2022 at 1:40 pm #

    Dear JHK Admin,
    Zelensky as Krampus? And why not! And President Biden is Santa Claus? Why not!! I just don’t think you are telling the story right….

    The President and America’s representatives in Government have given Krampus a rather large and rigidly flexible birch rod and Krampus is willing to use it on the child in this story–a cuddly bear-like child from whom honeyed words come laced with venom and bad deeds–naughty rather than nice. The only question is whether this naughty child is going to be spared the rod and put in a bag instead–well, at least a bag over its head. Or will they be able to talk their way out of judgement? And that is a question for another time and another story.

    Thank you for the fairytale. It lightened my day. Have a great Xmas with those you love and care about–in person or in spirit.

    • Night Owl December 23, 2022 at 5:44 pm #

      Zelensky is far too short to be the Krampus.

      He is appearance is rather that of a boiled egg that struck a deal with Satan and was allowed to take an approximate human form.

      And he has the voice of a donkey.

      • hustled enough December 24, 2022 at 12:18 am #

        Hi Night Owl,
        I like donkeys! 🙂

        • Night Owl December 26, 2022 at 8:44 am #

          You are a donkey.

    • Amman December 23, 2022 at 5:48 pm #

      Open question: Is Zelensky a dead man walking?

      • Sean Coleman December 23, 2022 at 6:14 pm #

        I watched a video a couple of months ago that mentioned that very large sums of money connected to the Ukraine are flowing into Monaco. From memory and I cannot trace the video, but it looks like that is where they will go after they lose the war.

        • niner December 23, 2022 at 11:04 pm #

          I saw the same vid.

          war profiteers and money launderers.

          even my Ukrainian friends here tell me UKR is and always was extremely corrupt.

          • Amman December 23, 2022 at 11:55 pm #

            What they were was highly gullible and uninformed sitting on riches they did not know what to do with.

          • Sean Coleman December 24, 2022 at 8:41 am #

            I can’t remember if it was The New Atlas or Daniel Dumbrill, or neither. I was following up on a comment made under a Corbett video about China which was sceptical of his arguments.

        • hustled enough December 24, 2022 at 12:21 am #

          I wonder if it is going to the same place that Russian military contractors and personnel are sending their ill-gotten gains from ripping off the Russian Army …?

      • hustled enough December 24, 2022 at 12:19 am #

        The corollary, Amman: Is Putin a dead man walking?

        • Amman December 24, 2022 at 4:54 pm #

          Alas no, that is not a corollary. You see Putin has a PHD in Energy Economics and once headed something called the KGB.
          In contrast, I give you a dancing actor who cross dresses.

        • Amman December 24, 2022 at 4:57 pm #

          Apologies – Lt. Col in the KGB.

          • hustled enough December 26, 2022 at 5:55 pm #

            Hi Amman,
            You should read Accidental Car by Andrew Weiss and Brian Brown. A fun read that will also provide context for your claims

  42. kidseyedoc December 23, 2022 at 1:47 pm #

    Musical rendition of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” is a very nice touch.

    That song was written about the time that you and I were born, Jim. Don’t think a classic song like that could be composed these days.

    • niner December 23, 2022 at 4:16 pm #

      a very touching and vulnerable rendition, Mr. Kunstler.

  43. SoftStarLight December 23, 2022 at 2:03 pm #

    Merry Christmas to you too Mr. K!! I love that festive, cheerful jingle! ??

    • SoftStarLight December 23, 2022 at 2:04 pm #

      Shucks! The little heart emojis didn’t work!! Oh well, i guess Krampus is coming for me now lol 😀

      • SoftStarLight December 23, 2022 at 2:13 pm #


        • SoftStarLight December 23, 2022 at 2:13 pm #


          • Jarek December 23, 2022 at 2:17 pm #

            Too late. He uses a computer now and you’re now on the list.

          • SoftStarLight December 24, 2022 at 12:30 pm #

            Lol uh oh. And tonight is the night!!

        • K-Chien December 23, 2022 at 5:31 pm #

          ? sweet ??

          But Krampus is on the way.


          • K-Chien December 23, 2022 at 5:34 pm #

            I don’t have your magic SSL.

          • SoftStarLight December 24, 2022 at 12:31 pm #

            Everybody has magic at Christmas time. They may not realize though.

  44. BODHRAN December 23, 2022 at 3:14 pm #

    We already have a 51st State: Israel.

    • elysianfield December 23, 2022 at 4:55 pm #

      Yesss. The only difference is that our regular states only have two Senators…Israel has dozens….

      • Disaffected December 23, 2022 at 7:05 pm #

        And a hotline to the Prez.

      • BODHRAN December 23, 2022 at 8:43 pm #

        Yes. No other State is more represented. AIPAC rules.

  45. Zhao December 23, 2022 at 3:33 pm #

    HAHAHA! A merry Christmas Mr. Kunstler and to everyone here.

    How wonderful it is that we can enjoy from our warm and cozy house furniture an information-stream front-row seat to the collapse of the world order!

    0 deg. F in the Northwest today. I am happy that our energy costs are amongst the lowest among the “developed” nations. The bills will still sting, but I am aware of how my friends in Western Europe can afford neither methane nor electricity these days. The pauperization continues at a quickened pace. . .

    I pray for the day to arrive when they will say “BASTA!”, get off their asses and stop waiting silently for their complete destruction.

    Let us consider our blessings. Cheers!

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    • Amman December 23, 2022 at 5:53 pm #

      Well said.

  46. malthuss December 23, 2022 at 3:34 pm #


    add a T…SATAN

    • Sean Coleman December 23, 2022 at 3:35 pm #

      They cannot find any of their files or data from the Moon landings. They say they cannot lay their hands on it.

      • Disaffected December 23, 2022 at 4:48 pm #

        Not surprising, since any such files would be incriminating.

        • Sean Coleman December 23, 2022 at 5:27 pm #

          Indeed. That good ol’ Sixties technology is gone forever.

          A similar thing was happening to the files from the Eichmann trial but they were recovered before all deteriorated beyond use.

          Can you think of any other comparisons?

          What was it Colin Flaherty used to say about the myth of Black oppression? Something like: the ignore, deny, excuse, condone and even lie about it.

        • Disaffected December 23, 2022 at 6:45 pm #

          If the original moon landing files still exist, my guess is that some Hollywood mogul has them tucked away for safekeeping in one of his archives, where they could easily be denied as a movie script if ever found.

          • Sean Coleman December 24, 2022 at 8:44 am #

            The sensible thing from their pov would be to destroy them immediately but I suspect they would hang on to them.

      • MaryQueen December 23, 2022 at 9:36 pm #

        The dog ate 700 crates of their homework, basically, yeah.

  47. Sean Coleman December 23, 2022 at 3:34 pm #

    According to Jeffrey Russell in his book Inventing The Flat Earth, Washington Irving was the foremost creator of the myth that in the Middle Ages it was generally believed that the Earth is flat. That would have been, from memory, exactly 200 years ago and the intention of course was to defame that period as superstitious, backward and priest-ridden. Russell says that Irving just made it all up.

    Have others noticed the noisy ignorant Flat Earthers? I am still trying to work out (when I can be bothered to do so, which is next to never) what they believe in exactly. There is something about the Antarctic in there and an Admiral Bird (or Byrd).

    On a different subject, Matthew Raphael Jonhson’s latest podcast on Radio Albion is particularly interesting. It is about a subject I knew about only from reading Solzhenitsyn’s Two Hundred Years Together.

    • niner December 23, 2022 at 3:36 pm #

      So, Sean, did your copy of 200y.t. contain chapter 15? i hunted for it for many years, until Chapter 15 was finally allowed to be translated and published in english.

      • Sean Coleman December 23, 2022 at 5:19 pm #

        I don’t remember. Was it missing from yours? The book was strongly recommended by E Michael Jones. He read it in German, I could only get it in French and I expect it had all the chapters.

        I repeat my recommendation above about listening to his latest podcast, on Radio Albion, called The Orthodox Nationalist: The ‘Jewish Commission’ – TON 122122

        This is covered early in Solzhenitsyn’s book (which stays in memory mainly because of the comical results to turn their troublesome new minority into farmers) and Johnson says he probably heard of it first there but wrote what he thinks was his best or most important article some years ago after doing his own research. He says the JQ is simply not talked about int he West, it is impossible to do so, and even in Russia it is given little attention.

        He begins by looking at the condition of the Polish peasants, whose fate was left by the nobility to the tender mercies of their Jewish stewards. The current regime, he argues, could not survive if people knew anything.

        Johnson’s wider perspective ties in with what I have been learning about 18thC France (Marion Sigaut). Like all of the Enlightenment project the Ancien Regime is now accepted nearly everywhere as an aristocratic tyranny while in fact it the liberal economic reforms of the 1700s drove the common French people to starvation. Freeing commerce in grain (whihc had been tightly controlled from time immemorial) meant that they could no longer afford bread.

        I need to find out what lay more deeply behind the Irish Famine of the 1840s, seeing as it looks like we are heading for another pretty soon.

        • Night Owl December 23, 2022 at 5:41 pm #

          I heard E. Micheal Jones speak German once, and it was not pretty.

          That he read a book of that caliber in German and understood it is something I doubt most sincerely.

          A classic American.

          • Sean Coleman December 23, 2022 at 5:51 pm #

            He would be fluent enough since he taught in a school there for a while in the Seventies, when the Schmutz und Schund films made their appearance to corrupt sexual morals. By the way he mentioned the other day the new label for effete German men: Sitzpiekler.

          • megabeth December 23, 2022 at 11:56 pm #

            Oh, come on. Reading proficiency and passive vocabulary always outstrips verbal proficiency in the language learner. For a while I worked professionally translating into and from Portuguese, but I never learned to speak it properly. I am fluent in Spanish, so when I’d talk on the phone with my partner in Brazil, he’d laugh about my “portunhol”–half Portuguese, half Spanish, spoken with an extremely strong Mexican accent.

          • Islander December 24, 2022 at 12:36 am #

            Classic Night Owl. Loves to dump on American language ability, just on general principle. And to boost his own little ego.

            Ha ha. I bet N.O. is one of those typical Americans who overestimate their ability. I bet Germans can immediately recognize that N.O. is a Yank after it gets past Guten Tag, wie gehts?

          • Night Owl December 24, 2022 at 4:16 am #

            He probably taught in English. As I said, I have heard him speak and it wasn’t pretty.

            I’ve been here for 15 years and have worked as a pro translator for 10 of them. Had German in HS and college before coming here.

            The funniest thing is going to the Embassy in Frankfurt and dealing with some of the smug little shits who speak at a C2 level and think they are fluent. They seem to get a kick out of fucking with the expats over here for just a few years for work.

            I have yet to meet even one other American who can truly speak well. Closest would be a few of my UK colleagues — and a few of them are pretty impressive.

          • Sean Coleman December 24, 2022 at 10:14 am #

            I enjoy these exchanges. I wonder if you can progress to comprehension ability without also attaining full verbal fluency. I don’t know, it just occurred to me. I used to spend hours at the piano composing music when I was 12 and 13, annoying everyone, but I never got beyond a very basic level of playing the thing. The pieces were probably amazing compared to what my school friends could write, but I don’t recall them ever writing any. I challenged a couple of them to write something when I was 12 but I was the only one who actually did and I kept going. But compared to anyone else my compositions were complete rubbish of course.

            But then I think of the Beatles, something I have been doing a great deal of late. I once saw a tv programme where contemporary ‘bands’ (I insist on the word ‘group’ and ‘LP’ for ‘album’, when I remember) were challenged to recreate Beatles classics. Some of them at least saw it as a simple matter as I think they believed they were much better musicians. And you would look at John, who as a player perhaps did not have the brilliance of Paul, but if they were both geniuses (and the ‘band’ of course remains unequalled) then it is probably John who was the greater. (Their solo stuff was, on the whole, woeful, and add George to that.) But as I am not a competent musician (that is, one who can play a simple tune without mistakes) perhaps I cannot say. On second thoughts, that last sentence is nonsense.

            The above does not change my mind that the Beatles (described by Booker as the quintessential fantasy figures of the Sixties), for all their likeability and good sense shown in their many intereviews, were largely responsible for the state we are now in.

            But the references above to translation reminds me of the time I used to read books in foreign languages and a great deal of that was translations of English originals, because they were better than the native books I could get hold of and and also they were easier.

            Which brings me to European translators. I wish I had kept a record of the mistakes they made and evgen the best of them, it seems, made the occasional one, which shows how difficult it is to learn a language perfectly. There was one Catalan translation of a John Le Carre novel that had me in stitches. It is so hard to translate the idiom.

            Sometimes the mistake would be so important, a misunderstanding of the sense so complete, that the passage, the chapter and perhaps the whole book ceased to make any sense. I suspect that European translators must believe that English (and American) authors, despite their brilliance in many cases, were also fools or merely very careless.

            One of the things I noticed was about measurements and such like. So an author might write that, say, a car was parked fifty yards away and it would be translated into the exact metric equivalent. Worse, where an passage uses a bit of exaggeration the translator would tone it down. They know better. Imagine sharing a house with one of them.

            Back in the day I was watching the film of The Secret Policeman’s Ball, with Monty Python and al, in a Swedish cinema with a Yorkshire friend. “Look at what they laugh at,” he said. “They laugh at the visual jokes but don’t get the rest.”

            So I tested it out during my visit (to Lund). Using an old Peter Cook gag the conversation would go as follows.

            “Did you know the whale is not a fish, it’s a…”
            “Yes, it’s a mammal!”
            “It’s an insect.”
            “That is stupid!”

            Finally, a few years ago I was walking home from work, slowly because I was trying to work something out in my head. A tall young man from Eastern Europe (we have a lot of those) passed me by and instructed me to walk in a straight line.

          • Night Owl December 25, 2022 at 6:07 am #

            Sean, yes, reading/comprehension skills develop faster than verbal skills. It is much harder to use the language in an active way — but even comprehension requires considerable exposure to the language. Just reading a German newspaper and fully understanding a given article takes a considerable amount of knowledge.

            Language skills are situation dependent as well. On some topics, for example, I can speak nearly as well as a native speaker, but on others, the vocab is simply lacking, as I have never had a reason to learn it. And no matter how good you are, grammatical errors work their way in, and you can never truly get to the point where your accent is undetectable.

            German is quite difficult to speak correctly even at a basic level, and the amount of time required to learn the language to the point that one could to teach courses at university level is considerable, even if one does nothing but learn the language.

          • Islander December 25, 2022 at 9:34 am #

            Yes, interesting discussion. Finally, glimmers of realism.

            Two points:
            1. People do not learn their native language without study. They learn it to a certain level just by growing up, but any country I can think of, without focused study they will be on a literacy/ illiteracy spectrum. They will not expand their vocabulary nor really understand the grammar, nor learn how to write properly. Obviously, there are levels of ability within a language as well as across languages. I have wondered whether those who have been properly taught their own language are in better shape when it comes to mastering a foreign language.

            Many English speakers, even if they speak more or less grammatically, have little idea of English grammar, and therefore are unqualified to teach English just because they “speak English.” A longish course in teaching English as a foreign language taught me a lot about my own language. And my grammar was already strong because my mother, a German, had drilled it into me as a child. No “who” instead of “whom.” No “lay” instead of “lie.”

            Books that I still consult that explain patterns of English formations that native speakers don’t tend to notice as patterns that can be taught are Thomson & Martinet, “A Practical English Grammar,” and Alexander, “Longman English Grammar.”

            And of course even well-educated native speakers with big general vocabs also have to learn special vocabularies as required.

            2. It is not totally impossible but, in my experience, it is very rare for someone who learns a foreign language as an adult to speak it accent-free, regardless of how long they live in the country and speak the language. In this context I think “adult” might be, ballpark, late teens. An elderly German of my acquaintance has lived in the US for 50 years, married to an American who basically does not speak German. He still has an accent. My SIL speaks completely idiomatic US English, but still has a light Dutch intonation.

            In fact, the only person I have ever encountered whose English bore no trace of her foreign origin was my mother. She wrote and spoke completely idiomatic English (with a couple of oddities she had picked up in England before the war). No one ever guessed that she was German, including the radio audience for a little show she had on public radio back in the day. I think this is perhaps similar to having perfect pitch: it is partly genetic but must also be trained. (My bro is convinced he talks like a Dutchman, but I wonder . . . I’ll have to ask my SIL!)

            3. Regarding the relative difficulty of languages. When it comes to grammar it’s of course Russian, German, English (probably Hungarian or Finnish would top that list for Euro languages; hats off to those who learn Asian languages). Funnily enough, German was relatively easy for me (I started in my early twenties; German was not spoken in our home) after struggling with Russian in high school, and even starting college as a Russian major. That exposure to a very complex grammar made German easy for me by comparison—only four cases—and set me up to grasp their use in German. Other similarities with English help one along.

            But learning languages requires more than mastering the grammar and accent. One of my teacher’s exhortations was “Sprachgefuehl!” You have to get a feel for the new language—for this I think you have to be in-country. Surrounded by the street signs, posters, adverts, etc., and listening to how the natives actually use the language day to day.

            Language is such a deeply rooted aspect of the human brain: I think it is quite individual, how different people combine the skills of mastering gram. structures and vocab, aural comprehension, reproducing the spoken language, writing the language correctly, etc.–and this goes for both the native language and a new language. Some people can formulate their thoughts very quickly while speaking; others are tongue-tied and have to sit and think and write. They might even have to use a dictionary. John McPhee has described in detail his use of dictionaries and thesauruses in his writing.
            So, one shouldn’t jump to conclusions.

            On the “difficulty” theme, just because it is relatively easy to get started in English, not all agree that it is the easiest language in which to achieve real native-like fluency. A German translator friend who had spent his high school years in the States (as part of a Hitler Youth denazification exchange program) told me that he considered English to be more difficult than German because no matter how well he spoke and continually expanded his vocabulary, there were always weird expressions and usages he could not fathom without asking a native speaker to explain. It just seemed to be an expanding universe with obscure new twists popping up all the time. Given the choice he preferred to speak English—it was much more expressive and flexible, especially in the realm of feelings.

        • niner December 23, 2022 at 10:13 pm #

          Sean, if you write a revision of the Irish Famine, i’d like to see it. the current version i’ve seen, is that the Brits were unprepared and overwhelmed by events. so the Brits were innocent of genocide.

          and of course the Irish were mired in uttermost squalor, ignorance, having been pounded into the mud since before Cromwell. So they had neither education, training or the spirit left to find a timely solution. and everyone sat and cried and wrung their hands, and the British officers complained that it nearly drove them mad to hear the screaming of the Irish mothers in the streets carrying their dead, starved children and begging for help.

          i have no sympathy for zelensky, but the Holodomor will take many generations of UKR to fade. it enrages me to keep reading about it. i keep wishing someone would assassinate Stalin.

          of course, the Irish had no guns, neither did UKR kulaks under the soviets.

          • Paula D December 24, 2022 at 11:25 am #

            You do know that the parts of Ukraine that are the most vicious Russia haters were not part of Ukraine during the famine, right?

            They were part of Poland at the time. So the narrative that “Ukrainians” hate Russians because of the “Holodomor” is total bullshit, much like the rest of the propaganda.

            Today my husband showed me the headline when he turned on his computer. According to the media, Putin is poisoning Ukie soldiers with a chemical that makes them foam at the mouth. Bad Putin!

            There will be people who believe that.

          • niner December 24, 2022 at 4:55 pm #

            That’s interesting, Paula. because the major grain growing regions are in the south and south central, the deep black mud that the tanks sink into. so that was likely where Stalin confiscated the grain. do you happen to know if Stalin confiscated, (with soldiers) the grain from the russian speaking areas in Donetsk and Lugansk?

            and there is the point that UKR is a sort of amoeba, never really a nation in the westphalian sense until the soviet collapse set up the borders. it was always just a convenient soviet administrative district, perhaps like the 10 federal districts that the DC-federales have divided the USA into.

            i’d have to go back and read again about bandera and the territory his nazi milita controlled after WW2. IIRC hitler promised bandera his own little nation.

            the romanian, hungarians, above all the poles, hope to snatch back the pieces where their own ethnics/speakers live still, now, but are ruled by Kiev. there are quite a few fantasy maps about the “final” borders of UKR after Rus is done.

            but things are in such a flux now as to Rus intentions and capabilities, vs. EU&USA capabilities, that it is impossible to say if parts of UKR will become a nuclear wasteland.

          • Paula D December 24, 2022 at 6:23 pm #

            And yet it is the western parts of Ukraine that are anti-Russian and we are told it is because a Georgian stole food one year from only Ukrainians, who would have been fine during the famine, even though Russians and Kazakhstanis (and Americans) were also starving that year.

            Because that makes sense.

            Hitler and Hearst invented that story in the 30s but it was dropped after the war until the Evil Reagan came to power, backed by crazy-ass ratline Banderites from western Ukraine, among other ratline Nazis, and revived it.

            Did you know that the USSR tried to buy grain from other countries during the famine but England stopped the sales? Early sanctions, or as they called it back then, blockades.

            But damn that Georgian! We must hate Russians now because of him, even if the people telling how much they suffered were not the actual people involved.

            Sorry. Unless the narrative makes sense I don’t fall for it.

          • Jarek December 25, 2022 at 2:16 pm #

            Are you ready to admit that the Georgian was a monster? And what the Georgian doing there ruling over Russians – except that he was put in by other monsters that shouldn’t have been ruling Russia?

            Yes, Putin is Russian and is much better not only for that reason, but for almost every other reason as well. And guess what? He accepts the narrative that you reject, no Communist bigot, he!

        • niner December 23, 2022 at 10:25 pm #

          Sean, there is this, but maybe not helpful to you (or to me for that matter-i don’t read Russian)


          httxx://phibetaiota.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Solzhenitsyn-200-Years-Together-Complete-796-Pages.pdf ;

          the ch.15 controversy is moot now.

          it is most surprising that so many modern Russians spurn and devalue Solzhenitsyn.

          i think it is shame, shame over their 70yrs. of mistake.

          • Sean Coleman December 24, 2022 at 10:21 am #

            I wish I knew more about it. I will definitely look at your links. Since so many other famines and so much else are connected to the international financial system (to put it delicately) then why not this one too? The little I know points in that direction.

            I read The Foundation Pit, a classic Russian book, I understand, or at least a Soviet one, in Basque of all things (it took ages and heaven knows why I bothered) but the English translator’s preface was interesting. It was set during the Holodomor, it seems, and hd said that the author had been some kind of an inspector in the Ukraine and that every scene in the book was based on his own experiences. Despite this, or because of it, the book has a dreamlike quality. This was the bit that seized my attention because | am very interested in the fantasy side, what I refer to as collective fantasy.

          • niner December 24, 2022 at 5:11 pm #

            Basque!!! Mr. Coleman, you must be a linguistic genius.

            correct me if i am wrong, but Basque has no known indo-european roots.

            closest language is Finnish?

            and supposedly Basque is very difficult to learn for a western speaker. maybe like navaho.

          • Sean Coleman December 24, 2022 at 7:32 pm #

            I wish I were because then it would have saved a lot of time for other things. My wife has a natural talent for languages but very little interest. It became an obsession for me for reasons i am not entirely sure about. At first it was just for something to do.

            Now I use the languages to get an angle on things |I would not otherwise get. The German came in very useful when the virus scam broke as did the Italian. What I listen to in Spanish is 99.9% Pio Moa analysing Franco, the Civil War and the like (I believe I am not alone in this). Swedish has been mildly useful.

            But then there are languages like Danish, which is just like a kind of Swedish and I find it hard to find anything worth listening to (or reading). Dutch little better but there have been exceptions

            Frankl;y Basque has been a waste of time really as has Icelandic. Far too pc and lacking anything I care to find out about. Welsh and Scottish Gaelic too really. As for Catalan I listen to a radio history programme, En GUardia!, for half an hour each week and it is mildly useful in learning, or refreshing my memory of, history, but it is the mainstream version and, as such, of very limited value. And as for my own Irish Gaelic it is only the archives that provide interest while the contemporary stuff is just the usual pc rubbish. The archive recordings on the other hand very often give great insights into individuals’ lives and human nature in general.

            Breton has been the exception. I never listen to the radio station but recording with old native speakers (they are all old) have been wonderful. They are informed, amusing and have a natural sagacity. In short, they do not live, for the most part, in the collective fantasy. Or to look at it in a slightly different way, they are not part of the ‘masses’.

            But, yes, Basque has been interesting. I had an immense curiosity to see how these languages worked, and this one is completely unlike the indo-European ones. On the other hand, it usually sounds like Spanish but using words you do not understand.

        • Jarek December 24, 2022 at 12:27 pm #

          For some reason, the Irish numbers increased greatly under the British occupation, even thought plots of land were very small and the diet mostly milk and potatoes. It was a system stretched to its breaking point. The blight broke it.

          Of course other kinds of food were still being produced – and exported – during the famine, which is damnable. The British and Irish Protestant rulers and landlords turned out to be very bad people who didn’t consider the Irish Catholics to be human. It was genocide, at least of a kind, because they didn’t try to help. Not to act is a choice or act after all.

          • Paddys Lament December 24, 2022 at 3:35 pm #

            ” Not to act is a choice or act after all.” Well said, Jarek.

            Whether it was a sin of omission committed, or it was a case of dawdling (i.e., let’s form a commission), or just plain old Christian providentialism (i.e., divine chastisement for Irish popery); or, if it was a case of political economy (i.e., laissez-faire non- intervention) on the behalf of Her Majesty’s Ministers. Either way, if it wasn’t a genocide, it certainly had the look of one.

            As the revolutionary nationalist John Mitchel stated it, ” The Almighty indeed sent the potato blight, but the English created the famine.

            And as you can surmise by my ‘moniker’, I’m not one who’ll let the Brits off so easily.

          • Sean Coleman December 24, 2022 at 3:38 pm #

            When I studied history years ago I recall it was often said that the landlords themselves were in debt. That is the bit I want to learn about.

          • Sean Coleman December 24, 2022 at 3:51 pm #

            Paddy’s Lament.

            Your name rings a bell but I could just be imagining it. Have you commented on Gemma O’Doherty’s or E Michael Jones’s videos?

            The name of Ricardo kept cropping up in my History studies, more than forty years ago now, and he was described as the bankers’ economist: laissez-faire and the rest.

            I found Raymond Crotty to be very informative in understanding Irish history, that was a few years after I finished at university. Ireland was ‘undeveloping’, just like all the other ‘capitalist-colonized’ countries, a disaster that only stayed afloat by exporting half of its people.
            And then, twenty-five years ago the Irish economic miracle happened, the Celtic Tiger,a nd foreign admirers were asking the Irish (the Irish!) how they did it. And I saw Crotty’s book (Ireland In Crisis – 1986 – although the posthumous When Histories Collide covers the same ground) and I thought to myself, “Well, it looks like you got that wrong, Ray.”

            But of course he had not got it wrong. The boom burst and it turned out it was all a mirage based on selling houses to each other and we had become the most indebted nation in the world per capita. The IMF ‘bailed us out’ and the fitrst thing they tried to bring in was (of all things) water charges. Why that? Only recently ahs the wider agenda startted to become clear.

            And it was at that point that the colonization really took off. I am sure Catherine Austin Fitts would see the connection between that and our massive, unpayable debt.

          • niner December 24, 2022 at 5:34 pm #

            a deeply interesting thread. i hope to see it continue in future months.

            in Catherine Austin Fitts most recent interview with Greg/USAwatchdog.com

            she points out that the coming tide of excess deaths is going to have a general deflationary effect.

            i’ve seen very few essays describe this, but it is clear that the shrinking of populace after war has the same effect of expanding the resource base, and making the survivors richer and it gives them greater opportunities in their business activities. certainly the prices of major assets, farmland, housing, small businesses, and commercial real estate plunge when the population drops for any reason.

            market price is made at the margin.
            fewer bidders, lower price, ceteris parabis .

          • Paula D December 24, 2022 at 6:28 pm #

            Yes, supposedly the Black Death in Europe led to increased freedom for the peasants.
            A 1/3 of the population died off and the rest had improved living conditions.

          • Sean Coleman December 24, 2022 at 7:45 pm #

            Yes, Crotty for example argued that and said that it stimulated the wool trade where English land owners had the chance now to make real money. Sheep rearing less labour intensive, rural poverty, enclosures, industrialisation.

            I think Fitts says the amount they have stolen is now around 31 trillion dollars. She says that she first came up with a figure, some years ago, of say 13 tr and a university professor challenged her about it. He then did his own study with some of his students and found another 8. Or something like that. I try to remember all of these dates and figures. Pretty certain she said tha year the US finally gave up trying to rescue the financial situation and meet pension debts was 1995, so it looks like a lot of planning has gone into what has happened since.

    • MaryQueen December 23, 2022 at 7:23 pm #

      They believe the earth is a deep dish pizza with an ice crust. Not kidding.

      I’ve seen a couple of them destroyed in debates, for obvious reasons.

      I think it’s a psyops, frankly. Notice the way any theory is tied to it in order to prove it’s “tinfoil hat”. I have been called a flat-earther for not believing in the laughable moon landings among other things.

      • Paula D December 23, 2022 at 8:14 pm #

        The flat earth psy ops started at the same time as the trans psy ops.

        I think it was an experiment. They took two widely accepted facts, that humans come in two sexes, and that the earth is round, and they put out unapproved propaganda about flat earth and approved propaganda that men can be women if their little hearts desire it to be so.

        Then they watched to see how many people would accept the unapproved propaganda and how many would accept the approved propaganda.

        The trans narrative seems to have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.
        Who would actually think that they could get humans to think that sex is not real?
        And yet…..

        • MaryQueen December 23, 2022 at 9:34 pm #

          Sounds legit to me. 2+2=5 is the goal.

        • MaryQueen December 23, 2022 at 9:35 pm #

          Fun fact, the flat-earthers still believe the moon is round. LOL.

          • megabeth December 24, 2022 at 12:05 am #

            I have a physician friend, a very bright man, who sincerely believes that the moon is not only spherical, but hollow.

          • MaryQueen December 24, 2022 at 12:37 pm #

            I didn’t word that correctly. I do understand the moon is round – my point was that the flat earthers think the world is flat but are OK believing the moon is round.

            One of their biggest inconsistencies.

      • megabeth December 24, 2022 at 12:03 am #

        That is an odd thing to doubt. My husband, a propulsion engineer for NASA for 30 years, says the “unreplicatable” and “lost data” stuff is pure horseshit. I’ve been up on the test stands for the Saturn V rocket, and the engineering required to even TEST those huge engines was mind-blowing, but there it was.

        • Paula D December 24, 2022 at 9:49 am #

          You can understand that the US has rockets, and is fully capable of low orbit (200 miles) without believing that they went 250,000 miles beyond low orbit, flew through the Van Allen belt, went into orbit around the moon, flew a lander down, unpacked a dune buggy and cruised around the moon, then somehow flew back up to the ship and left the moon’s orbit, flew back 250,000 miles and landed safely on Earth.

          Six times.

          And now they tell us we can’t do it any more. But your husband says they can?

          • MaryQueen December 24, 2022 at 12:36 pm #

            It’s NASA dudes that are the biggest denialists. Even though a couple of them were the ones who let slip that the tech required to have landed guys on the moon doesn’t exist – lol.

        • MaryQueen December 24, 2022 at 12:38 pm #

          It’s all right here, megabeth 🙂


      • Sean Coleman December 24, 2022 at 9:31 am #

        “They believe the earth is a deep dish pizza with an ice crust.”

        I was starting to believe that that is what it is. I have two comment replies waiting for me on Bitchute from flat earthers so I will ask them if this is what it is.

        And what does the pizza sit upon? Is it pizzas all the way down? I love it!

        I think their main argument is that if you could see far enough you would be able to see things thousands of miles away but the trouble is there is some kind of ‘point of convergence’ or whatever stopping you.

        My flat earth critics say I believe everything I was taught at school and what I hear on the media.

        • Jarek December 24, 2022 at 12:28 pm #

          The Pizza crust rest on an inverted turtle shell and that one on another, all the way up.

          • Sean Coleman December 24, 2022 at 7:49 pm #

            Sounds like an American twist on a Hindu cosmology. turtles all the way down with a pepperoni pizza on top.

  48. niner December 23, 2022 at 3:34 pm #

    a bit of a forced analogy Mr. Kunstler, but still a happy ending and a Merry Christmas to All.

    this cribbed from voxday, but St. Augustine has held up well since 413ad as a perfect mirror of our times:


    But the worshippers and admirers of these gods delight in imitating their scandalous iniquities, and are nowise concerned that the republic be less depraved and licentious. Only let it remain undefeated, they say, only let it flourish and abound in resources; let it be glorious by its victories, or still better, secure in peace; and what matters it to us? This is our concern, that every man be able to increase his wealth so as to supply his daily prodigalities, and so that the powerful may subject the weak for their own purposes. Let the poor court the rich for a living, and that under their protection they may enjoy a sluggish tranquillity; and let the rich abuse the poor as their dependants, to minister to their pride. Let the people applaud not those who protect their interests, but those who provide them with pleasure. Let no severe duty be commanded, no impurity forbidden. Let kings estimate their prosperity, not by the righteousness, but by the servility of their subjects. Let the provinces stand loyal to the kings, not as moral guides, but as lords of their possessions and purveyors of their pleasures; not with a hearty reverence, but a crooked and servile fear. Let the laws take cognizance rather of the injury done to another man’s property, than of that done to one’s own person. If a man be a nuisance to his neighbour, or injure his property, family, or person, let him be actionable; but in his own affairs let everyone with impunity do what he will in company with his own family, and with those who willingly join him. Let there be a plentiful supply of public prostitutes for every one who wishes to use them, but specially for those who are too poor to keep one for their private use. Let there be erected houses of the largest and most ornate description: in these let there be provided the most sumptuous banquets, where every one who pleases may, by day or night, play, drink, vomit, dissipate. Let there be everywhere heard the rustling of dancers, the loud, immodest laughter of the theatre; let a succession of the most cruel and the most voluptuous pleasures maintain a perpetual excitement. If such happiness is distasteful to any, let him be branded as a public enemy; and if any attempt to modify or put an end to it let him be silenced, banished, put an end to. Let these be reckoned the true gods, who procure for the people this condition of things, and preserve it when once possessed. Let them be worshipped as they wish; let them demand whatever games they please, from or with their own worshippers; only let them secure that such felicity be not imperilled by foe, plague, or disaster of any kind.

    St. Augustine, City of God, Book II, Chapter 20 ”

    (apparently, the Romans had not yet invented paragraphing.)


    • Sean Coleman December 23, 2022 at 5:43 pm #

      You are right, a perfect mirror. Thanks.

    • Amman December 23, 2022 at 6:00 pm #

      Such “felicity” be not imperilled by foe, plague, or disaster of any kind. – FAT CHANCE

    • Amman December 23, 2022 at 6:18 pm #

      These gods, and the mess they created, will all perish. Small comfort but then again, I’ll take anything.

  49. Alzaebo December 23, 2022 at 4:41 pm #

    And a Merry Christmas to the Clustervolk!

    Can my present be somebody translating “Clusterfuck Nation” into proper German?

    • Night Owl December 23, 2022 at 5:38 pm #

      “Land des Gificktenscheisshaufens”

      Closest I can come up with.

      Honestly though, Germans love English, and especially the word “fuck,” so they would probably just say Clusterfuck Nation.

      • Night Owl December 23, 2022 at 5:39 pm #

        Oh, and Merry Christmas!

        • MaryQueen December 23, 2022 at 7:24 pm #


      • Paddys Lament December 23, 2022 at 11:00 pm #

        I suspect the Germans would use their favorite new English word “Shitstorm” to describe this comment section.

        • Night Owl December 24, 2022 at 4:29 am #

          Yes, they love that one, too. There is a bizarre affinity for all things fecal here.

      • Islander December 24, 2022 at 12:42 am #


      • Woodchuck December 24, 2022 at 4:01 pm #

        When some Germans encounter CFN they respond with:

        “Himmel Herrgott Sakrament zefix Halleluja Scheiss-Glumpat verreckts!”

        • niner December 24, 2022 at 5:40 pm #

          Translation, please.

          • Paddys Lament December 24, 2022 at 7:18 pm #

            According to a Reddit thread, it’s an Austrian dialectic exclamation of anger. Something like ‘what a piece of shit’ It’s literal translation certainly had my schoolboy German brain stumped.

          • niner December 24, 2022 at 8:09 pm #

            thank you, Paddy.

            i’ve noticed the germans use many extra words and syllables.

            that may be a part of why we speak english instead of german.

            i do know 2 german sayings translated into english:

            it’s a great life if you don’t weaken.

            too soon old, too late smart.

            they are probably much longer in german.

          • Islander December 25, 2022 at 10:08 pm #

            Not everything is longer in German.

            Der Mensch denkt. Gott lenkt.

            That just about sez it all.

          • Night Owl December 26, 2022 at 8:46 am #

            Mankind thinks. God steers.

            The German is longer.

            Try again?

  50. Islander December 23, 2022 at 4:52 pm #

    A comment at Moon of Alabama more or less corroborates my take on Z’s “battle dress”:

    “The comedy actor appeared in his green fatigues and combat boots, like he just came from the battlefield.
    Whereas he just cam from the Polish production studio complete with greenscreens.
    The ‘Merican clown show just ate it up. zelensky was tailor made for this farce.”

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  51. tucsonspur December 23, 2022 at 5:40 pm #

    Sorry Jim, but I have to part ways with you on this one. I agree, the sums of money involved are mind boggling and we can only guess where a lot of it is probably going, but I find it hard to decide who is more Satan like, Biden or Putin.

    Initially I supported the Russian invasion of Ukraine and now I’m against it, having learned much in the interim.
    First of all, the Maidan revolution was not a US coup. What ignited it was the betrayal of the Ukrainian people by Yanukovych, who promised alliance with the West, then reneged and leaned towards Russia. Then the US did step in to put their own candidate in power, a candidate who favored the West just like the Ukrainians did.

    ‘The EuroMaidan Revolution was a defining moment in the history of modern Ukraine, a time when the Ukrainian people made a clear conscious decision that they want their country to grow into a full-fledged democracy and become a member of the EU.

    In the following years, Ukraine signed an association agreement with the EU and received a visa-free regime with the bloc. In 2022, during Russia’s all-out war, in a historic turn, the EU granted Ukraine candidate status.

    The uprising also laid the foundation for the development of a strong civil society in Ukraine and ignited a cultural renaissance, as Ukrainians started to explore their history and identity more deeply.

    Meanwhile, after losing influence over the Ukrainian government in 2014, Moscow launched a war against Ukraine in an attempt to pull Kyiv back into its orbit.

    Russia occupied Crimea in March 2014. It soon launched an attack on Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, occupying parts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.’

    Let’s talk about 2004, the Orange Revolution.

    ‘After no one gained 50% of votes, a runoff took place between Yushchenko and Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych. Yanukovych went on to win the runoff and the election, but the Yushchenko campaign claimed the election was rigged in favor of Yanukovych, claiming he was strongly supported by Russia and that officials there had interfered.

    The claims of a rigged election by Russian interference gained traction in the country, resulting in mass protesting taking place across Ukraine. The civil protests became known as the “Orange Revolution” and gained global attention over Russia’s influence in Ukraine.

    The protests were successful in having another election between the two candidates, in which Yushchenko won with 52% of votes.

    Yanukovych was supported by Putin, whereas Yushchenko by the increasingly strong pro-European Ukrainian civil society.’

    Surprised it was that close. Russian interference?

    ‘It would be a great mistake if Ukraine misses a train bound for Europe.’ Yushchenko

    It was not only the US who interfered in Ukraine, but Russia also, who did so ever since Ukraine declared independence in 1991.
    Why we should be involved is a good question, but I think that most are aware of the games being played on the geopolitical chessboard and therein lies the answer.

    Is Ukraine corrupt? Most likely. Would it be less corrupt under the state police and Russian oligarchs? Probably not.

    I can no longer deny the wishes of the Ukrainian people just because the despicable Biden is involved. There is no doubt about it, the Ukrainians want the West, they do not want Russia.

    It’s understandable that Putin be concerned about his Western flank, so strengthen the border and keep your military strong. You have the nukes. Don’t kill people who have no use for your tyranny.

    It’s foolish to support Putin because one hates your own government or because things are so bad here.

    Supporting the Ukrainian people is unfortunately linked to supporting Biden and his corrupt regime, but the people of Ukraine will be better off in the long run tied to the West. I will not deny the West and favor Putin simply because of its current state of decay. We must fix it.

    Much information like the above is all over the web.

    • Disaffected December 23, 2022 at 7:04 pm #

      The good news about all this is that absolutely no one in power in the US, GB, the EU, Ukraine, Russia, China, or anywhere else for that matter give a rat’s ass what anyone on this board thinks about the whole affair, so it will proceed to the bitter end, whatever that may be.

      In the same vein, given the US’s pathetic record in military engagements for the past 75 years, the best that the US or the idiot Z-Man can hope for is that the annihilation of Ukraine’s rather pitiful resistance will proceed a little more slowly than Putin would like, thus lining the MICIMATT’s (Military-Industrial-Counter-Intelligence-Media-Academia-Think Tank) member’s pockets all the more, while they slowly consume whatever’s left of the US’s rotting corpse.

      It’s entirely too bad that so many Russians and Ukrainians have to die so that a mere handful of American and European war profiteers can profit from their misery, but no need to shed crocodile tears for them, as that same misery is now and will continue to be felt in the EU and right here in the US “homeland” as well, as our DC traitors turn their military toys to quelling unrest among American citizens unleashed by all this perpetual war nonsense.

      • Night Owl December 24, 2022 at 4:32 am #

        The propaganda cut-‘n’-paste aside, Ukraine is basically the cradle of Russian civ. There is no Ukraine without Russia and vice versa.

        The divde-and-conquer tactic is used again and again, and it is quite effective on the low of IQ.

    • MaryQueen December 23, 2022 at 7:26 pm #

      It only took you 10 months to cave to the western propaganda, congratulations!

      • Paula D December 23, 2022 at 8:19 pm #

        He copied and pasted the same comment from the Monday post

        He wants us to know that this “information” is all over the internet.

        Well, no shit, Sherlock. That US/NATO propaganda is ”all over the internet” (and the msm and the TV and the radio and the phones) is not shocking or surprising.

        What a doofus!

        • MaryQueen December 23, 2022 at 8:39 pm #

          He may be Victoria Nuland’s biggest fan (and sucker).

          • niner December 23, 2022 at 10:34 pm #

            hear, hear.

            i was so tempted to point out certain flaws.

            but really, i just am stunned to find someone on this board voice that ideological brainwash.

            maybe his fontenelle never closed.

            i don’t know. something got in there.

          • MaryQueen December 24, 2022 at 12:34 pm #

            “I can no longer deny the wishes of the Ukrainian people”


            Such self-importance.

          • Disaffected December 24, 2022 at 6:12 pm #

            The turd’s flashing back to Vietnam. He thinks his name is McNamara.

    • K-Chien December 23, 2022 at 7:46 pm #

      Throwing mud at the wall to see what sticks. Like this.

      Russia occupied Crimea in March 2014. It soon launched an attack on Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, occupying parts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.’


      The Crimea referendum offered voters the choice of seeking annexation by Russia or remaining in Ukraine with greater autonomy.

      Official results: 97% of Crimean voters backed joining Russia. Voter turnout was 83%. That is something you don’t see in an American election.

      The Luhansk People’s Republic began as a breakaway state (2014–2022) and was then annexed by Russia in 2022.

      The Donetsk People’s Republic began as a breakaway state (2014–2022) and was then annexed by Russia in 2022.

      You paint with a broad brush about what you call an ‘occupation’. With such a liberal definition, do you call Jan 6th an ‘insurrection’?

      Or was that good old boys having fun.

      • Disaffected December 23, 2022 at 8:00 pm #

        You paint with a broad brush about what you call an ‘occupation’. With such a liberal definition, do you call Jan 6th an ‘insurrection’?

        How could he not? No point in trying to convince anyone whose mind is made up already. Let’s just hope his view doesn’t represent a plurality here in the US, not that that would matter much either way either.

        Russia bad, US good, WWI part III here we come.

      • Paula D December 23, 2022 at 8:27 pm #

        We explained to spur that “Ukrainians” are not a monolithic people, and that he can’t proclaim that “Ukrainians” don’t want Russia, since the people of Donbass have been fighting the Kiev regime since the 2014 coup.

        Plus, 70% of non-Donbass Ukrainians voted for Zelensky in 2019, against the US-supported Poroshenko, because he ran on a “Peace with Donbass/ Honor the Minsk Accords” platform.

        So spur doesn’t have the ability to process information or to be aware that he was schooled on his claims already, so it should be embarrassing to him to make them again.

        No brains, no shame.

    • Why_weren't_we_asked_about_Degrowth December 23, 2022 at 10:58 pm #

      Yes, the Ukrainians have self-identified with the West. Billions of dollars from Victoria Nuland didn’t play a role in that color revolution. Nor did the sharpshooters at Maiden that shot both police and civilians.

      Oh wait has Ukraine’s entry into the EU been on hold for nearly a decade? How many journalist have been murdered in Ukraine? Oh does Ukraine really lead Europe in sex trafficking and corruption since this enlightment you speak of?

      Ukraine and it’s people have been sadly used for decades. Crimera hosts Russia’s most strategic naval port fat chance they would ever give it up.

      I feel sorry for the people of Ukraine. I hope for peace they can live with.

  52. tucsonspur December 23, 2022 at 6:26 pm #

    Interesting fact about Putin. Putin was a KGB agent in Dresden from 1985 to 1990 and was very unhappy when the East Germans gained their freedom.

    ‘Far from taking the backseat role often ascribed to him during his Dresden years, Putin would be among the leaders in these meetings, the former Red Army member claimed, with one of the Stasi generals taking orders from him. As the Red Army Faction sowed chaos across West Germany in a series of vicious bomb attacks, their activities became a key part of KGB attempts to disrupt and destabilize the West, the former member of the terror group claimed. And, as the end loomed for Soviet power and the GDR, it’s possible that they became a weapon to protect the interests of the KGB. For instance, the terrorist group orchestrated the killings of the chairman of Deutsche Bank in 1989 and the chief of the Siemens technology company in 1986, both of whom supported political positions or were engaged in activities that posed challenges to the Soviet regime.

    While working with the Red Army terrorists may have been Putin’s training ground in active measures against the imperialist West, what happened when the Berlin Wall came down was the experience he would carry with him for decades to come. Though it had become ever clearer that the eastern bloc might not hold, that social unrest could tear it apart and that the reverberations could reach into the Soviet Union itself, still Putin and the other KGB officers in Dresden scrambled to salvage networks amid the sudden speed of East Germany’s collapse.’

    • Paula D December 23, 2022 at 8:22 pm #

      No one thinks that Russia killed the chairman of the Deutsch Bank, doofus.

      He was killed for supporting a plan for Germany to use their reunification to increase their wealth and well-being.

      Here’s a helpful hint: the same people that blew up the pipelines blew up the reformer.

    • Islander December 24, 2022 at 12:36 pm #

      All highly dubious assertions.

      “Interesting fact” about Putin, ha ha.

      Everyone knows Putin was KGB. That is where fantasists like Tusk here get going.

      How about producing some documentation regarding Putin’s putative relationship with the Rote Armee Fraktion. How about naming this “former member” of the terrorist group.
      Here is a memory aid, plus index and other materials:

      And keep that word “putative” handy for when you start spouting “interesting facts” about Putin!

  53. GreenAlba December 23, 2022 at 7:35 pm #

    Bob Moran’s last cartoon of the year (Zelensky’s US visit):

    Ass Wipe


    And a very merry Christmas to Mr K and all at CFN.

    I did wonder if they would find a way of depriving us of Christmas, but the best they’ve come up with over here is to advise people with coughs and colds to stay away from Grandma. Even if Grandma is boosted to the eyeballs, presumably. I don’t think Grandma’s listening anyway.

    • Disaffected December 23, 2022 at 8:02 pm #

      LOL! Boosted grannies – what a visual.

    • MaryQueen December 23, 2022 at 8:04 pm #

      I just saw that on Telegram. Hilarious and scathing! Love Bob.

    • MrMangoOnMyShoulder December 23, 2022 at 8:54 pm #

      I’m reminded of The Beastie Boys (Boomin’ Granny).

    • Blackbird December 24, 2022 at 4:27 pm #

      12,000 quid for an autographed cartoon? Merry Christmas indeed!

      • GreenAlba December 24, 2022 at 6:33 pm #

        You can get a print for about £100. Copyright belongs to The Democracy Fund (Canada) so I presume some of the profits go there too.

  54. MrMangoOnMyShoulder December 23, 2022 at 8:32 pm #

    Drudge Report literally has a picture of a graveyard covered in snowdrifts as its headline right now, proclaiming Snowmageddon. What in the af.

    • megabeth December 23, 2022 at 10:47 pm #

      Nice bunch of snow, here, 100 miles east of you, but the blizzard deal is pretty wimpy and sorry.

    • Night Owl December 24, 2022 at 4:35 am #

      First “Covid-19” and now “DEADLY WEATHER”

      • JohnAZ December 24, 2022 at 12:17 pm #


        The NWS is a subset of our illustrious Deep State.

  55. Why_weren't_we_asked_about_Degrowth December 23, 2022 at 8:47 pm #

    Carpetbagger Schmuck Zelensky flys over to get all his loot from the enthralled scum bags in Congress. What circus of asshats is this. This nation is most embarrassing of late, it seems beyond fixing.
    Merry Christmas Jim, thanks for all the wonderful wit. You with your hope for mankind.

    A while back I read a great article in a technology magazine. Why haven’t we ever been contacted by life from another planet? There could be many reasons, why the lifeforms could live so far away they could never get to us, but there could be another more depressing reason. All planets with intelligent lifeforms could advance in science, medicine, law, energy technology, the arts, but also in money, methods of deceit and weaponry. Maybe each one of those lifeforms snuffed themselves out before they could ever advance far enough to reach us.

    Cheers to Jim’s Community of Miscreants (is that really not a badge you’d wear) and many healthy years before the snuff out

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    • SpeedyBB December 25, 2022 at 6:56 am #

      As for the [pompous] “Why haven’t they contacted us?” question, it is always worthwhile to bear in mind the flurry of UFO sightings that followed the atmospheric detonation of atomic weapons in 1945.

      It’s as though a signal was sent out to the neighborhood. “What’s with those crazy fuckers? They’ve started fighting with WHAT?”

      Delve into the subject – easy-peasy now that we have the internet (for the moment anyway). Among the other highly-relevant reports is the group of schoolchildren in Zimbabwe who allegedly came into contact with aliens. Dr. John E. Mack, a Harvard professor and author of a book on abductions, traveled there and talked to the (now-grown-up) kids.

      The message telepathically imparted to them (as though white second-graders in Ooga-BoogaLand would have any say in the matter): “Cut the crap. Straighten up and fly right. Stop all the horsing around and killing people.”

      This has happened in other unlikely places as well.

  56. dale December 23, 2022 at 10:44 pm #

    Had to finally register just to comment. Guess I didn’t years ago because your thoughts are so complete already. Santa and Satan is no exception. Excellent, poignant summary of our increasingly demented world.

    Really enjoyed the song – the voice, the guitar, the feeling – so nice.

    • megabeth December 24, 2022 at 12:07 am #

      Mr. Megabeth, when asked, guessed that it was Burl Ives.

  57. megabeth December 23, 2022 at 10:44 pm #

    The Russian name for Santa Claus is “Old Man Frost”, which, in Russian, sounds an awful lot like “Dead, morose”.

  58. JohnAZ December 23, 2022 at 10:59 pm #

    Well, again Uniparty is now.

    The GOP, even with McCarthy’s trying to toughen up, is a cowardly lot in Congress.

    I reported incorrectly earlier that 13 GOPer Senate RINOS voted for the omnibus 1.7 trillion dollar spending bill. The real number is 18.

    The House voted 225 to 212 for the spending. Nine GOPer RINOs voted for the spending.

    The spending in 2023 is 10% higher than 2022.

    Better hitch up your belts, between this 10% increase and the 3600 dollar child credit, inflation should take off like a rocket after the beginning of the year.

    Any conservative viewpoint on government spending is gone, the GOP is finished. If 9 RINOs exist in the House, McCarthey will never be Speaker. Uniparty will be complete.

    A huge unknown here. What exactly is going to happen with the Deep State using fiscal spending to increase the money supply and buy votes crashes up against the Fed using monetary policy to decrease the money supply hence inflation.

    A war is brewing.

    Biden’s Mob is unleashed.

    • megabeth December 24, 2022 at 12:12 am #

      You think McCarthy isn’t one of the worst RINOs of the GOPe? A bird told me that about 20 House Republicans are probably poised to support Majority Whip Scalise for Speaker.

      Which is nice . . . he is a distant cousin of my husband’s. Maybe we can get reservations at a swanky restaurant, or something.

      • JohnAZ December 24, 2022 at 12:13 pm #

        Mc Carthy is playing politics. He has not gotten 218 votes and the needed ones are conservatives. He is playing hardball because he has no choice.

        He is diametrical opposed to the RINO contingent in the Senate.

        For the future, RINOs plus Dems guarantee the Uniparty control of the government.

        Hail to the Deep State!

  59. tom clark December 24, 2022 at 12:44 am #

    Grans and gramps, vaxxed to the max, really don’t give a clusterfuck what anyone thinks. Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnite. And as the ‘Ol Republican Rough Rider Teddy Roosevelt said, “We are all the gubmint, you & I”.

    • jim e December 24, 2022 at 1:00 am #

      “Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” Teddy Roosevelt

      • jim e December 24, 2022 at 1:29 am #

        (Music & Lyrics by Tommy Thompson)
        Recorded by : Priscilla Herdman; Laurie Lewis; Red Clay Ramblers; Voices Of Winter.

        When chimney smoke hangs still and low across the stubbled fields of snow
        And angry skies reach down and seize the sorry blackened bones of trees
        In the dead of winter when the silent snowbirds come
        You’re my sweet maple sugar,honey, hot buttered rum

        When dreary Christmas decorations line the streets and filling stations
        And dime store Santas can’t disguise their empty hands and empty eyes
        In the dead of winter when the tinsel angels come
        You’re my sweet maple sugar, honey, hot buttered rum

        When gloves and boots and woolen parkas bring cold comfort to the heart
        And bitter memories freeze the tongue and words of love are left unsung
        In the dead of winter when the cold feelings come
        You’re my sweet maple sugar, oney, hot buttered rum

    • JohnAZ December 24, 2022 at 12:09 pm #

      Considerably different than Lincoln’s

      “Of the people, by the people and for the people.”

    • Disaffected December 24, 2022 at 12:21 pm #

      Mall shooting at the Mall of America last night. One youth dead and members of the NY Giants football team caught up in the lockdown for an hour or so.

      What’s goin’ on up there, lil’ t? You and your Minnetonka homies getting all jiggy wid’ it for the holidays?

    • SoftStarLight December 24, 2022 at 1:03 pm #

      Merry Christmas to you to tom clark!

      • Disaffected December 24, 2022 at 10:36 pm #

        Isn’t that a line in a Dickens’ story?

  60. Jarek December 24, 2022 at 1:19 am #

    Krampus is ultimately good, delivering need punishment and rebuke. The dark side of God if you will. Santa’s red right hand.

    Zelensky is ultimately bad, and immediately as well. The way he looks and acts only fools those who want to be fooled. Maybe he was a pretty boy, but now he’s just an ugly little man who never grew up. Some think that makes him authentic or even tough? Sad.

    His wife was caught on on a hundred of thousands of dollar spending spree in Paris.

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    • Night Owl December 24, 2022 at 4:36 am #

      Yeah, RE: his wife. There were photos published last week IIRC.

      He is in a “war zone” which he and his wife can exit and enter freely for photo ops and Paris shopping sprees.

      What a hero.

      • JohnAZ December 24, 2022 at 12:07 pm #

        If you have seen Beck’s chalkboard talk on Ukraine, it is obvious that Z is just an offset of the Obama/Biden Mob. It is amazing how much and how long the Mob has been involved in corrupting Ukraine.

        Historically, a turning point of the Ukraine situation will be Trump’s second impeachment when the Deep State stopped him from stopping Biden’s invasion of Ukraine.

        Z is just a soldier.

        • Jarek December 24, 2022 at 12:36 pm #

          And who saved Orthodox Ukraine the last time, when it was being savaged by the Polish Lords and their Jewish bully boys?

          The Cossacks. The Jews didn’t have to accept the job. To put themselves and their families in the middle of a terrible battle between civilizations. But they did.

          The Polish Lords were safe in their castles. The Cossacks couldn’t get at them in Poland. But the bully boys could be got and they were.

          • Islander December 24, 2022 at 1:15 pm #

            Western Ukraine is not Orthodox.
            It is Uniate.

          • Jarek December 24, 2022 at 1:29 pm #

            Stop trying to change the subject with pedantry.

            Ukraine isn’t viable as an organic whole or Nation – as Samuel Huntington said decades ago. It needs to be split up.

          • Islander December 25, 2022 at 10:21 pm #

            Nice try.
            Getting facts straight is “pedantry.”

    • SoftStarLight December 24, 2022 at 12:46 pm #

      I think this is the reason it is difficult for me to see him as the figure that they are trying to put forward. He simply just doesn’t strike me as a leader. So I can’t see him that way no matter how much they try to tell me and sell to me that he is. But I do still need to repent during this holy season because I would also like to go on a hundreds of thousands of dollars spending spree in Paris. 😉

      • Jarek December 24, 2022 at 1:34 pm #

        Did you see him trying to glower and flex his little muscles the other night. Ridiculous. He’s a small man who doesn’t have the charisma of small men who have been great leaders: Napoleon, Hitler, Mussolini. They didn’t take their “stance” in the physical. They didn’t have to – they had other muscles…..

        • SoftStarLight December 24, 2022 at 2:18 pm #

          I didn’t notice that but i tried my best not to pay attention to his visit whatsoever. However given the way he was dressed and generally carries himself I am not at all surprised. Yes that is it. He lacks charisma. He doesn’t have charm and that is why I just don’t understand what these peoples’ obsession with this man is all about. Clearly for the elite it is all about money laundering and whatever else they are involved in in Ukraine. But for the ordinary person who is a ukraine flag person. What is this all about?

          • Disaffected December 24, 2022 at 6:08 pm #

            Anyone who’s anti-Russia sells to a certain portion of the sheeple. Better question is, what in the world do they see in Ol’ SloJo and that nitwit sidekick of his?

          • Paula D December 24, 2022 at 6:32 pm #

            SSL it’s the power of propaganda.

          • Disaffected December 24, 2022 at 7:34 pm #

            The Ukraine flag waving feeds into the paternalistic delusion of the sheeple who still believe that the US is a “universal force for good in the world” and that “all of our wars are noble efforts on behalf of the poor and down trodden.” All of that has always been pure horseshit, but it’s a powerful myth for the dimwitted among us all the same.

        • Q. Shtik December 26, 2022 at 1:51 pm #

          of small men who have been great leaders: Napoleon, Hitler, Mussolini. – Jar


          Per Google:

          Mussolini and Zelensky 5’7″

          Hitler 5’9″

          Napoleon 5’6″

          • Q. Shtik December 26, 2022 at 1:58 pm #

            Re Zelensky’s choice of dress to meet w/Biden and speak before Congress, the NYT had an article justifying it and in fact praising it no end. What else would you expect from the NYT?

  61. Mike G December 24, 2022 at 5:35 am #

    Moving to a new home after Christmas. It presently doesn’t even have a radio. God it is peaceful there.

    • Paula D December 24, 2022 at 6:32 pm #


    • niner December 24, 2022 at 8:57 pm #

      is this a prepper kind of location?

  62. benr December 24, 2022 at 8:53 am #

    Greetings from frigid Virginia!

    I walked out on the “grass” in shorts and a t-shirt and the grass was crunching.
    14 degrees of windy not so fun.
    Merry Christmas this plays blows literally.

    • BackRowHeckler December 24, 2022 at 10:08 am #

      7°F in NW Ct this morning. This is after 2″ of rain & 50 mph winds yesterday. The whole place is frozen solid.

      • Disaffected December 24, 2022 at 12:17 pm #

        Hate to rub it in, but sunny, clear, calm and 44′ here in Enchantment land today, and it feels 10′ warmer than that. Had all the ground floor windows open while I cleaned floors with ammonia. Whew! Nasty stuff!

        • Paddys Lament December 24, 2022 at 2:32 pm #

          That and the high altitude ought to clear your head.

          • Disaffected December 24, 2022 at 6:06 pm #

            I’ll tell you what, that stuff had me seriously going for a few minutes. I bought some industrial grade stuff 3X stronger than normal.

    • BackRowHeckler December 24, 2022 at 10:25 am #

      I was listening to Sen Graham being interviewed yesterday, where he states the US is with Ukraine for the long haul, which to him seems to mean Putin removed from office and all lost territory, including Crimea, returned to Ukrainian dominion. Biden is announcing another Aid Package seemingly every week. I was wondering if there is a limit on how much we can give Ukraine? I think it is up to $150 billion now. Could it possibly go to $500 billion, or a trillion?

      When Ukraine is totally destroyed how will Pols like Graham explain it away? Or will it just be forgot about, like the debacle in Afghanistan? I doubt if our legacy media will press anybody on the issue.

      Also, on the border, apparently tens of thousands of illegals are crossing every week. Is there a limit to how many this administration will let in? Is the whole 3rd welcome? Again, are there any limits?

      • elysianfield December 24, 2022 at 11:15 am #

        ” Again, are there any limits?”

        Of course there are limits…the Model 28 holds 6 rounds…the Barra
        holds 50….

        • BackRowHeckler December 24, 2022 at 11:47 am #

          Well, that aside E., in the same interview Graham called for the assassination of Putin, if you can describe “Take him out” as a call for assassination. That seems like a kind of reckless thing to say for a powerful US Senator to be saying, does it not? Putin must have been made aware of it.

          And if Putin indeed is “Taken Out” who does Graham think he will be replaced with? Ghandi? Thomas Jefferson? No, more likely it will be some revanchist, ball busting general pissed about the breakup of the old Soviet Union, with a hatred of the West, looking for revenge, and an itchy finger on the nuclear trigger.

          • Paddys Lament December 24, 2022 at 2:18 pm #

            He was channeling his inner Hillary.

          • elysianfield December 25, 2022 at 12:25 pm #

            Putin is aware that the long game in the Ukraine is to kill or depose him. He is intelligent, and understands the ramifications.

            What would you do…what weapons at your disposal would you employ if you were threatened under the present known circumstances? Putin might truly be a patriot, and would not allow his country to suffer future humiliations. Would you? Would Trump? Reagan? JFK?

            The die seems to have been cast…unless the USA backs away from the war, a nuclear option is not just possible…it is probable.

          • Jarek December 25, 2022 at 2:40 pm #

            If the Patriot missiles are crap, perhaps it’s the name that is the weapon. They are “patriotic”, weapons of the Pax Americana, thus weapons of peace. Ketchup as a vegetable.

            I asked BRH what he wanted, but he wouldn’t answer me. Does he want us to launch an amphibious invasion via the Black Sea, a kind of Normandy Beach redux?

          • Jarek December 25, 2022 at 2:44 pm #

            What right do you guys have to be alive when so many of our boys are dead in foreign soil? Where is your red badge of courage? Note: This narrative ties in nicely with the Globalist desire to eliminate us.

            In the early days of WW1, young women would go right into Churches during service to give young men a white feather of cowardice. How dare they not be in trenches, getting killed or at least maimed! Women love men! Don’t ever forget this…..

      • JohnAZ December 24, 2022 at 11:59 am #

        When Ukraine is totally destroyed, how will Pols like Graham explain it away?

        BRH, he does not have to any more. The People of America no longer care what happens in Ukraine. The dilution of the astute American culture has been overwhelmed by woke education and socialist gimme immigration.

        IOW, no one gives a damn any more.

        The consequence? The Mob can do you whatever it wants,

        And it is.

        • BackRowHeckler December 24, 2022 at 12:03 pm #

          So it’s just $150 billion, so far, down a rathole?

          • JohnAZ December 24, 2022 at 12:26 pm #


            The Congress just unabashedly voted in 1.7 trillion in spending.

            Other than a little discussion on Fox, no reaction.

            The majority of America is becoming a gimme state. Other than always having their hands out for more, no reaction.

            There is no voter pressure to stop this debacle. The Uniparty is in control.

        • Islander December 24, 2022 at 12:22 pm #

          What you said.

          Mike Whitney, writing at the Unz Review, says that the USA will never admit defeat by Russia. We are in this mess for the long haul. Until the downfall of the USA.

          I advised my great-nephew to register as a conscientious objector as soon as he turned 18 in May. Don’t think he did it. I’ll mention it again tomorrow.

          On the general “decline of culture” front, yesterday the PO lady told me that because kids are no longer taught cursive, they cannot sign anything. They don’t have actual signatures. So, for instance, a 16-year-old who wanted to apply for a passport couldn’t do so because you can’t just print out a “signature.” His mother wrote his name in cursive and he laboriously copied it. . . . So, looks to me like a fraud right there, actually.

          Anyhow, this may be apocryphal, although I don’t think this PO lady is creative enough to make it up! Well, the PO lady in the next town over told it to her . . .

          • MaryQueen December 24, 2022 at 12:28 pm #

            When I went into the bank a few years ago, one of the tellers said the same about a check I had that was in cursive. “They don’t teach that anymore, just FYI.” He said. Kinda hinting I shouldn’t write in cursive.

          • MaryQueen December 24, 2022 at 12:28 pm #

            Also if you think about it, this would mean that the youth couldn’t read old literature, etc. that hadn’t been translated from cursive.

          • Disaffected December 24, 2022 at 6:03 pm #

            Mike Whitney, writing at the Unz Review, says that the USA will never admit defeat by Russia. We are in this mess for the long haul. Until the downfall of the USA.

            He’s right. The criminals in charge, all knowledgeable of or actual participants in 9-11 and all the criminal shenanigans since then, have far too much to lose. They’ll lose anyway eventually of course, but they’ll never admit it. It’ll take a 21st century equivalent of the Nuremburg Trials or just good ol’ summary executions.

          • Uncle Bob December 25, 2022 at 8:10 am #

            Some states accept “signatures” that are printed rather than signed, including on driver’s licenses. Many people have passports that are “signed” with printed names. And, often these printed signatures are barely legible because people’s printing shows a remarkable lack of fine motor control. Who knows the reason for this — drug use, insufficient writing/printing by hand and drawing as children, physical ailments, etc. I don’t feel as connected to my work on a computer or tablet as I did when I wrote things out by hand, but I’m a dinosaur.

        • Disaffected December 24, 2022 at 12:52 pm #

          Thing is, absent an armed insurrection (how’s that gone so far?), what can we do? We now have a unified war party in charge that fixes elections if they feel the need with utter impunity. In addition, they’ve structured the economy so that it’s entirely dependent on defense spending to remain sustainable. Given all that, not giving a damn would seem to be a rational response, for the time being at least. Voting and all that happy horseshit certainly isn’t the answer.

        • MaryQueen December 24, 2022 at 1:01 pm #

          They never have to answer for anything. We repeat this every week.

      • MaryQueen December 24, 2022 at 12:26 pm #

        It’s Iraq 2.0, or Afghanistan 2.0.

        A big money/time suck, not to mention the lives lost.

        Just unbelievable bullshit.

        • Paula D December 24, 2022 at 6:34 pm #

          Except that this time they are killing Russians and Russia has nukes.

          I don’t think this will end well.

      • Jarek December 24, 2022 at 12:46 pm #

        Tucker to Governor Greg Abbot of Texas the other night: If you don’t have enough National Guardsmen or funds, start a movement to get more. Countless people will contribute. I will too. If you save Texas, you’ll save America. You’ll be a folk hero. People will talk about you around campfires for generations. The Presidency would be yours for the taking.

        Abbot just listened and reiterated how much the Texas National Guard is already doing. In other words, he’s a Republican hack and neither Texas or the Unites States is gong to be saved.

        Tucker failed to mention that Governors do not really control the NATIONAL Guards of their states. It’s a trick. Their just locally stationed federal troops. That was rectified in Federal favor a long time ago.

        He’d have to start something new or ignore the law, turning them into Texas troops. He doesn’t have that kind of manhood in him. And sending the illegals into northern cities isn’t funny like what De Santis did. It’s just the natural thing to do to relieve pressure – spread the evil deeper into the nation. I assume it’s just what they wanted him to do.

        • Jarek December 24, 2022 at 12:58 pm #

          They’re not their. Merry Christmas, Q.

        • Wizard of the Saddle December 24, 2022 at 7:42 pm #

          This is correct. Speaking as a Texan who knows. Abbott is a politician. He says all the right things to keep the deeply conservative voters of the Texas GOP pacified, but he is not truly serious about most of it. If the Texas GOP lurched to the Left tomorrow, so would Abbott.

          Texas needs a Texas nationalist as governor. A man who will give the Texas State Guard, ( not the Texas National Guard), a mission to defend the state…..not just to respond to natural disasters.

          • Uncle Bob December 25, 2022 at 8:27 am #

            Beck used to have Abbott on all the time, praising Abbott as a great leader, but a couple years ago that stopped. Now he and his sidekicks ask, “What the hell is Abbott thinking?” That’s easy — he’s just making sure he remains governor for life.

    • SoftStarLight December 24, 2022 at 1:06 pm #

      Merry Christmas to you as well benr! Stay warm!!

  63. getsome December 24, 2022 at 11:30 am #

    James Howard: Thank You. Only two words, tremendously inadequate to express the extreme gratitude I feel when contemplating the incredible insight, superb prose and mentally stimulating thoughts you distill to we, your ClusterFuckers!
    My you never grace an operating room again, nor mentally play ANY Doors songs to define a physical condition. We’re I capable of beseeching the lord, I would request a long, happy life for you, but, alas, he and I do not converse.
    Merry Christmas to You and Yours James Howard.

  64. MaryQueen December 24, 2022 at 12:24 pm #

    You can remove the references to Christianity and this still works. Decent-minded people are fed up. Most of us don’t think exposing kids to adult sexuality, including kink and fetishism is a good thing. And this author is correct, there is no one coming to save us, we need to do this ourselves.

    The example of the Taylor, Texas parade says it all. Unelected people take it upon themselves to further the trans agenda, and other crap like critical race theory etc. If we don’t start putting our foot down then it will only get worse.


    • Jarek December 24, 2022 at 12:51 pm #

      But gays can marry, right? And thus adopt children?

      Madness. You won’t like it if and when real Americans put their foot down. You’ll flee back to the Sodoms and Gommorahs, the Cities of the Plains (or in our case, coasts).

      • MaryQueen December 24, 2022 at 2:01 pm #

        Insults from admitted racist, misogynist incel don’t bother me. Try someone else.

        • Jarek December 24, 2022 at 6:27 pm #

          Your heart is far from the People.

          • Wizard of the Saddle December 24, 2022 at 7:32 pm #

            No offense to either Jarek or Mary, but all this bickering on the CFN forum on Christmas Eve strikes me as a tad unseemly. We have 363 other days in the year to toss brickbats at one another. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day should be a time of ceasefire.

            As Bob Cratchet would have said: “Have some charity. It’s Christmas after all.”

          • MaryQueen December 24, 2022 at 7:56 pm #

            Who knew Wiz was a virtue signaler?


      • Islander December 24, 2022 at 10:38 pm #

        The constant petty bickering is a drag 365 days a year.

    • Islander December 24, 2022 at 1:22 pm #

      It is everywhere, ubiquitous, background wallpaper.

      Today in the Stop&Shop, the loudspeaker is always blaring out special offers.

      For some new cranberry fizz, the loudspeaker tout was :

      “Need something for when your crazy uncle shows up with a [pause] special friend, and you have sent the kids out to their play coven . . .”

      Me [muttering] “WTF? What “special friend”? What “play coven”??”

      • MaryQueen December 24, 2022 at 2:03 pm #

        Looks like “Coven” is some video game. I don’t know anything about it, just googled to see what that strange loudspeaker was talking about.

    • Paula D December 24, 2022 at 6:40 pm #

      In my town we have an annual Lights Festival Parade.

      It’s quite festive, with marching bands with their instruments decorated with lights, and floats from various businesses and organizations, all lit up.

      One year I volunteered to make and stuff 29 tiger’s tails, so that my son’s class could march in the parade, dressed as their tiger mascot.
      I couldn’t figure out how to stuff the tiger tails in any efficient way, so it took me forever.

      Anyway, one year I’m sitting on the grass watching the parade and I hear horrified gasps coming from behind me.

      Omigod! Some church decided that their float was going to include a half-naked Jesus, covered with blood, and hanging from a cross, while a loudspeaker threatened us all with eternal damnation.

      Not exactly the standard entry in the parade. And they didn’t show the next year. Perhaps their application was denied.

      • Wizard of the Saddle December 24, 2022 at 7:26 pm #

        Good grief. Maybe appropriate for Easter…..but joystick Christmas. Though the threat of damnation is never much of a crowd pleaser. Best to stick with the promise of salvation. That plays with a wider audience. Folks want to hear about the carrot….not the stick.

        • Wizard of the Saddle December 24, 2022 at 7:27 pm #

          But not for Christmas…..is how that should have read. Why the word “joystick,” of all things, got inserted in there by the spellcheck is a true Christmas mystery! 😮

          • Paula D December 25, 2022 at 6:43 pm #

            Someone must think that a joystick makes a joyful Christmas gift.

  65. Jarek December 24, 2022 at 12:56 pm #

    I wouldn’t much like it either, actually, but for different reasons. Red America is peasant culture after all. The corrupt higher classes (Blue America) have turned against their own people, or to use the Vedic analogy, against their own body. The fish has rotted from the head!

    Mary boasting about putting in lines (according to code?). If you haven’t done that, you haven’t done anything! This is blue collar guy think. Weird coming from a woman, but she’s a mannish woman. Pretty limited, in either case. I respect the ability of course, but not the attitude.

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  66. CrusherMuldoon December 24, 2022 at 1:06 pm #

    My Christmas wish is that all of you moon landing deniers eventually run into Buzz Aldrin

    • SoftStarLight December 24, 2022 at 1:13 pm #

      What if I told you that the moon is a gigantic alien space ship and they are watching us all the time and that is why nobody has ever really been to the moon? LOL, Merry Christmas!

    • Disaffected December 24, 2022 at 1:39 pm #

      C’mon now, do you really think that he’d fess up? Part and parcel of being in the program is to be fully invested in it. Not that anyone would believe him if told the truth anyway. Same goes for the 9-11 perps.

      • BackRowHeckler December 24, 2022 at 1:54 pm #

        DA, you strike me as a ‘Bubbles’ fan. I think that was the best character on the show.

        • Disaffected December 24, 2022 at 5:53 pm #

          Trailer Park Boys, I presume? How’d you come up with that one, brh?

          • BackRowHeckler December 24, 2022 at 11:34 pm #

            Because you like hyperbole and funny stuff, as shown in your posts directed at Q about Peter. Did you ever see the episode where Bubbles claimed he taught Wayne Gretsky how to play hockey, and would have been in the NHL himself if it weren’t for a knee injury lol?

          • Disaffected December 25, 2022 at 10:35 am #

            Nah, missed that one. That was a great series, though. I lived in a very similar situation right after high school, so I can definitely relate.

            Q.’s a good guy and I feel his pain living with Peter. Q.’s a perfectionist and a bit of a control freak, as am I, so people who aren’t tend to irritate him a bit. And relatives tend to be the worst, as you’re supposed to be more forgiving with them, even though they drive you absolutely nuts.

      • MaryQueen December 24, 2022 at 9:10 pm #

        Of course they weren’t going to tell the truth about it. For all we know, they were MKULtra’ed.

        • Disaffected December 24, 2022 at 10:27 pm #

          Good point.

      • MaryQueen December 24, 2022 at 9:11 pm #

        Also, if you look at footage of them just after, when they were all being hailed as heroes and being interviewed, making the circuit, they don’t go into any details and they all look nervous at best and scared at worst.

        • Disaffected December 24, 2022 at 10:30 pm #

          A self-reinforcing conspiracy, which is what all of these things are. Lies, once you’ve held onto them long enough and come to truly believe them, become you’re personal truth.

    • MaryQueen December 24, 2022 at 2:07 pm #

      The same man who blurted out once that we never went to the moon. To an eight-year-old girl, in 2015?


      • Disaffected December 24, 2022 at 5:59 pm #

        OK, I get it now. Google was my friend. Yeah, I’ll take a Bubbles comparison.

        • MaryQueen December 24, 2022 at 7:59 pm #


          • Disaffected December 24, 2022 at 10:26 pm #

            ??? back at you. ???

    • Disaffected December 24, 2022 at 7:42 pm #

      Aldrin looks for all the world like George C. Scott now – other than the fact that Scott is dead, of course. Looks pretty good for 92. Lives in Q.’s neighborhood too.

  67. malthuss December 24, 2022 at 1:27 pm #

    How many countries are in collapse or near collapse?

    • K-Chien December 24, 2022 at 9:50 pm #

      hard to say, “the path of increase is slow, but the road to ruin is rapid”.

  68. Islander December 24, 2022 at 1:31 pm #

    Martin Armstrong—or his Socrates AI—predicts “The Nightmare Fall of the USA.”

    Looks like 2032 is the witching hour.


    • Disaffected December 24, 2022 at 6:18 pm #

      Gonna watch it now. This looks like it will be good.

      • Disaffected December 24, 2022 at 6:21 pm #

        Poor turd’s head would explode if he listened to this.

      • Islander December 24, 2022 at 10:41 pm #

        Armstrong /Socrates is forecasting major turning point of some kind in January.

        In the latter half of January.

    • Disaffected December 24, 2022 at 7:24 pm #

      That was great. He provides substance to the same things I’m and most here are seeing. Chaos and war on many fronts ahead, with elections being totally discredited by 2024 for the few that still hold onto that childish belief. In reality, we’ve been at war since at least 2014, and really since 2001. We’re repeating all of Nazi Germany’s (our test case, as we were studying them closely at the time and even backed them against Russia) mistakes and then some. The US led by the current gang of criminals is dead in the water, but of course the bastards still have the nukes and all the rest of the WMDs. That’s gonna be the rub. How does someone disarm the psychotic bastards before they unleash a nuclear conflagration, which they’ve definitively signaled that they will do? Don’t know that there’s an answer to that one.

  69. Jarek December 24, 2022 at 1:41 pm #

    Jared Taylor

    The other day I ran across something Nietzsche said: “Madness is something rare in individuals — but in groups, parties, peoples, and ages, it is the rule.” That made me think of white people. There aren’t that many of us, individually, who are locked up in the nuthouse, but sometimes I think the entire race ought to be.

    You wouldn’t be in this room if you didn’t know what I mean by the madness of white people, so I’ll give you just one example. A few weeks ago, a woman named Julie Powell died. She was moderately famous for trying, in a single year, to cook every one of the 524 recipes in Julia Child’s cookbook. Her story was made into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams.

    From her Twitter postings, you can see Julie Powell was a typical white liberal, who despised anyone who voted for Donald Trump. But she also wrote this: “White people are fucking horrible. Murdering all of us would be a totally sound decision.” And also this: “I really can see the argument for slaughtering white people in the streets.”

    Julie Powell didn’t explain why she wrote these things. I guess she thought she didn’t have to. Why would a moderately successful, not-obviously-insane white person write such things? My guess is, her thinking came from the same murky depths as Susan Sontag’s observation that “the white race is the cancer of human history.” Sontag wrote that in 1967. She despised white people before it was even cool.

    Jarek: Now who taught Whites to hate themselves? It’s not a natural development after all. The media and academia. Who owns the media? Who controls academia? Do you think Sontag hated herself? Do you think she identified as White?

    Ah Jared, Jared, Jared.

    I’m dreaming of a White Christmas. But I’m not the only one. Maybe someday you will join us. And the world will definitely not be as one.

    • malthuss December 24, 2022 at 5:56 pm #

      I’m dreaming of a White Christmas.

      was Xmas brought in with songs like–I’m dreaming of a White Christmas.?

      christmas carols / hymns turned to ‘rudolph etc?’

    • K-Chien December 24, 2022 at 10:20 pm #

      It is racist to think any ethnicity has a corner on madness.


      Mansa Musa came to power in 1312 C.E., after the previous king, Abu Bakr II, disappeared at sea. Mansa Abu Bakr II had departed on a large fleet of ships to explore the Atlantic Ocean, and never returned. Mansa Musa inherited a kingdom that was already wealthy, but his work in expanding trade made Mali the wealthiest kingdom in Africa. His riches came from mining significant salt and gold deposits in the Mali kingdom. Elephant ivory was another major source of wealth.

      The wealthiest man in Africa sailed away from it all to look for America and disappeared at sea. Is that some crazy shit or what?

      • Jarek December 24, 2022 at 11:16 pm #

        And you feel just as close to him as Colombus or George Washington. Or let’s get real, you like him better.

        And that’s just weird. Political (and everything is political with you folks) Universalists are traitors. It’s a simple as that.

  70. JohnAZ December 24, 2022 at 1:57 pm #

    An observation on the discussions on Ukraine

    There is a split on the blog.

    One side is old school convinced that Russia is the devil incarnate and the job of the American government is to use every means possible to destroy Russia and kill Putin.

    The other group believes that the US government, current edition, the Mob, is the number one enemy of the people of the US. These folks want Ukraine to lose this debacle and settle up with Russia.

    Bigger picture realizes that Europe divided, NATO and Russia, no longer fits well in this resource starved world. Russia partnering with China and India will be catastrophic. The US government, current edition, is actively encouraging Ukrainian destruction in order to thumb the nose at Russia.
    The US government, current edition, is actively trying to destroy what is left of the US economy, by encouraging inflation at every turn. A10% increase in spending for 2023 and a giveaway of $3600 per child are just steps in the way to UBI, a primary goal of this government. And the WEF.

    I am among the latter, as I believe the “shining city on the hill, the thousand points of light” is under destruction by its own government. I will add that I believe that the cause is the rise of the urban, coastal political entity and its dominance of the rest of us. Wokeism and minorities have a Uniparty chokehold on the country now because they are the urban community.

    I also believe that the war is just about over. The Red contingent of the country has very few options left.

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    • Disaffected December 25, 2022 at 10:29 am #

      A floor speech from future Senate Minority Leader JohnAZ.

      Of course “the shining city on the hill” was always just agitprop, but it still works as a rhetorical device, so I’ll allow it.

    • Uncle Bob December 26, 2022 at 12:22 am #

      bs my late Daddy told me, he knew it was over back in the 1950s, and the best we could hope for was for the GOP to fight an effective delaying action. It did not, as we know all too well, probably because its leaders and its revenue sources had (have) common interests with the Party of Satan: global government, the impoverishment and elimination of anyone who gets in their way, and the destruction of anything resembling YHWH worship or following YHWH’s laws, customs, and teachings. They will largely succeed: vast swaths of humanity will die, YHWH worship will virtually disappear (apparently, this is already the case in most nominally Christian churches, where the Gospel has been replaced with rants about global warming, social justice, transsexualism, and other leftist hot-button topics), and the virtual enslavement of humanity. Israel will remain a bone of contention, though a question exists as to whether end times Israel is exclusively the Middle Eastern state, or whether America herself is part or all of prophetic Israel. I personally think America is more likely “Mystery, Babylon the Great,” but you never know. Regardless, we’re looking at very hard times at best, and our lives suddenly ending at worst. And yes, I know the Second Coming stops the madness, but I personally wonder if things will be as rosy under Christ as televangelists say, since a) humanity is wicked at heart, so there will be resentment and rebellion against YHWH’s Kingdom, b) people will still have free moral agency with Christ on Earth, and c) the survivors will have to try and clean up the mess and move ahead as best they can.

      • Uncle Bob December 26, 2022 at 12:23 am #

        Damn, the opening part of my post was eaten, and I can’t reconstruct it.

  71. MaryQueen December 24, 2022 at 2:09 pm #

    This is a great interview, both really knowledgeable about Fauxi and the AIDs and Covid scams. Wish it were even longer.

    Mickey Z and Celia Farber:


    • niner December 25, 2022 at 8:02 pm #

      i just listened to it, Mary. it is good. they are good together and deeply informed.

      and they did nail fauci in one aspect, but they didnt nail him as the snakehead, which was my pet name for him by march, 2020.

      thinking of this specifically:

      httxx://novusordowatch.org/2020/07/vatican-hell-hall-weird-mysteries-paul6-auditorium/ ;

      i do think Fauci was given satanic power at least since AIDS.

      and that Principality has done more to wreck the world and set up the end of Western Civ. than Hitler or Stalin ever dreamed of.

      A Prince of Lies.

      i wrote this on march30,2020–

      these are the consistently best — 2 best online diggers i know.
      George Webb and Amazing Polly.

      she does archival research, he is a gumshoe with a troop of open-source junior diggers.

      they are like bear and coon dogs, big black and tans, red bones, blue tics, treeing walkers, catahoula leopards, running and scenting and barking furiously.

      these are the chasers. these have the heart and strength for the ahunt.

      always worth listening to,

      George Webb —
      httxx//www.youtube.com/user/georgwebb/videos ;
      httxx://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6Vsj5_-66g ;
      CoronaVirus Timeline – What Really Happened? Google WHOCC – 200328
      httxx://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O423eqb7_Lk ;
      NATO’s Dark Blueprint For Virus/Vaccine Warfare – 200330

      Amazing Polly
      httxx://www.bitchute.com/channel/99freemind/ ;
      httx://amazingpolly.net/ ;
      i’ve never seen her this upset –
      httxx://www.bitchute.com/video/9uWriZEC8BQ/ ;
      Fauci Ignores WHO Boss Crimes Against Humanity – 200327

      i guess i’m sorry to say it, but they are most likely to be correct on their facts, if not entirely in their conclusions.

      it actually would be better for the survival of the west if the Wuhan c-v was a natural animal virus with accidentally mutated and jumped into us.

      this is going to be worse than the JFK false flag for separating the red pills from the blue pills. and what are we going to do with the
      blue pills? when their matrix is rattled they turn into antifas.

      they simply cannot face their cognitive dissonance, nor rebuild their belief systems.

  72. Wizard of the Saddle December 24, 2022 at 5:59 pm #

    MERRY CHRISTMAS to all who participate here throughout the year….and to our most esteemed host, whose works we enjoy, as well as the hospitality of this forum that he provides.

    May God bless you all….each and every one. (Even RNL!). 😉

    • Paula D December 24, 2022 at 6:42 pm #

      Wow, your heart is filled with the joy of the season. I’m impressed.

      • Wizard of the Saddle December 24, 2022 at 7:16 pm #

        I do love Christmas, Paula, and I always have. It is a pleasant thing to release all the cares of this world….even if just for a single day. Cheers! 🙂

  73. GreenAlba December 24, 2022 at 6:09 pm #

    Y’all take care tomorrow evening – the risk of a heart attack may peak at around 10pm on Christmas Day. As the first commenter says, comedy gold.


    If I don’t reappear next week, you’ll know it was the Christmas Day doomsday clock. At least I’ll have enjoyed my Christmas dinner. 🙂

    Listen out for those pre-bedtime ambulances – perhaps Santa’s little helpers will be driving some of them.

    Talking of which, meet Rudolph the red-pilled reindeer.


    • Wizard of the Saddle December 24, 2022 at 7:18 pm #

      Happy Christmas to you, G.A.! 🙂

      • GreenAlba December 24, 2022 at 8:40 pm #

        Thank you, Wiz – you too!

    • MaryQueen December 24, 2022 at 8:07 pm #

      Merry Christmas to you, G.A. I am sure you will survive Christmas heart-attack armageddon 😉

      • GreenAlba December 24, 2022 at 8:46 pm #

        I can’t go till I’ve finished some internal painting and a few other bits and pieces – have to leave the place looking reasonable. I’m not very tidy, but I don’t want that to be the last thing I’m remembered for. 🙂

        I’m definitely noting more ambulance sirens, though – even tonight.

        Merry Christmas to you too, Mary.

  74. wm5135 December 24, 2022 at 6:24 pm #

    Joy and Peace to all.

    Ask for empathy and compassion, we are going to need all we can gather.


  75. Rulo Deschamps December 24, 2022 at 6:37 pm #

    A suggestion:

    “It’s a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story and booklet The Greatest Gift, which Philip Van Doren Stern self-published in 1943 and is in turn loosely based on the 1843 Charles Dickens novella A Christmas Carol.[4] The film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who has given up his personal dreams in order to help others in his community and whose thoughts of suicide on Christmas Eve bring about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers).[4] Clarence shows George all the lives he touched and what the world would be like if he did not exist.”

    And krampus-Satan. A wonder this columnist (for the WSJ, no less!) still walks and breathes. I had a dream about this years ago. An interstate, giant UFO’s, everybody stopping, then “them”, the gov’t, the powers, giving us a story about the “visitors”, most believing it. Most, not all:

    “The UFO Crowd Wants an Alien Invasion for Christmas – WSJ
    Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.Dec. 23, 2022 5:03 pm

    And yet he assures me he’s not Lex Fridman the MIT computer scientist and webcaster who also has a deep knowledge of and enthusiasm for UFO sightings, and has exhibited an admiration of ants in his social-media posts.

    He asks some questions, though: “How much did they pay you to write this trash? Do you still have a gag reflex or did they take that along with the journalistic integrity?” He closes with a scatological insult, which, in an undeserved favor to him, I don’t repeat.

    Numerous outreaches to the MIT Mr. Fridman went unreturned, but presumably my emailer meant to suggest I was being paid by aliens to cast doubt on alien sightings. The email in question arrived in response to a column, “The UFO Bubble Goes Pop,” which didn’t mention him but dealt with a phenomenon with which he is closely associated. My skepticism had been recently fortified by a New York Times leak about a pending declassified U.S. intelligence report. Expected in October, that report is delayed and will be released during the holidays—not to bury it, officials have assured Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a promoter of UFO disclosure, but to make sure the report is “well written.”

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    Uh huh. The climbdown the report portends is overdue even if poorly written. A previous June 2021 report, based on “unclassified” information, fed the public only a loosey-goosey impression of the skies above U.S. military training ranges being overrun by mysterious physical objects demonstrating advanced technology.

    This followed years of questionable Pentagon statements lending credence to military UFO sightings. With these came a pronounced up-rating in the mainstream media and academic blogosphere of the likelihood that aliens are already among us. The New Yorker devoted 13,000 words to the subject, under the heading “How the Pentagon started taking UFOs seriously.”

    Then the Russia-Ukraine war changed everything. Misinterpretation was already a risk. Sen. Marco Rubio, NASA chief Bill Nelson and other officials were in the habit of going on TV and warning that UFOs, if not alien spacecraft, must be super-advanced Russian or Chinese technology behind which the U.S. is woefully lagging.

    The new report, according to the press leak, will stress the role of conventional surveillance drones, “weather balloons or other airborne clutter.” NASA has launched its own inquiry with the barely disguised motive of dispelling the miasma created by years of careless Pentagon posturing and wordplay.

    Those with a taste for how we got here can do worse than Mr. Fridman’s popular YouTube interviews with UFO-believing scientists, technologists and Navy pilots involved in some of the most celebrated incidents.

    The government has perhaps made a discovery: The most disturbing idea embraced by the UFO cheerleaders isn’t that life exists elsewhere in the universe—which seems likely—or that they may visit us. It’s that aliens are a Jesus stand-in. They are our saviors. They and their civilizations are full of beneficent understanding and sympathy for humanity.

    The U.S. defense sector has been strangely rife with such thinking for decades, producing a number of incidents in which personnel claimed aliens fiddled with or deactivated our nuclear weapons, presumably in loco parentis. A self-proclaimed Pentagon whistleblower and History Channel host, Luis Elizondo, whose mastery of media gullibility has been a major inflator of the UFO bubble, is naturally a pusher of this theme.

    The furor sent me to the most talked-about science fiction book of recent years, likely to be found under a few trees this season. “The Three-Body Problem,” by China’s Liu Cixin, turns on the intentions of an alien species alerted to our planet’s existence by a Chinese military scientist acting on religious hopes, which the aliens then play on. In his afterword, the author reflects gently on the myopic mysticism of so many alien-visitation enthusiasts:

    “When they gaze up at the stars they turn sentimental and believe that if extraterrestrial intelligences exist, they must be civilizations bound by universal, noble, moral constraints, as if cherishing and loving different forms of life are parts of a self-evident universal code of conduct.”

    He adds: “I think it should be precisely the opposite. . . . We should be ever vigilant, and be ready to attribute the worst of intentions to any Others that might exist in space.”

    Let me quickly say, given interstellar distances, my view is that we’ll be extinct by the time any “Others” learn about our existence. But humanity shouldn’t look to space aliens for its salvation. With that, I wish my readers, including all the Lex Fridmans in the audience, a merry Christmas.”

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    • Rulo Deschamps December 24, 2022 at 6:38 pm #

      First para seems missing Here it is:

      “Reader Lex Fridman apparently has an extensive knowledge of and enthusiasm for UFO sightings, and also an appreciation of ants judging by his personal email address and avatar.”

    • Paula D December 24, 2022 at 6:52 pm #

      That is very interesting, Rulo.

      I also noticed the uptick for a few years in the “Yes, we are admitting that there are space aliens” propaganda, which I took to foreshadow a dramatic psy ops, with Hollywood level special effects, to be unveiled and promoted.

      But then nothing happened. Say what? Mission aborted?

      So they are going with nuclear armageddon instead of ”visit to a small planet”? Complete with a ”you just can’t trust strangers, they are out to get you” propaganda line.

      That’s disappointing.

      • Rulo Deschamps December 24, 2022 at 6:58 pm #


        we have to breathe and expect earth-shattering psy-ops coming out of left field – true black swans, not covid, not war.

        They have been perfecting their craft for decades. Mental fortitude, soul, will be the only anchors of the world when “they” ratchet up the pressure a notch. My 2¢.

    • SpeedyBB December 25, 2022 at 9:14 pm #

      Folks, the “go-to” guy I refer those interested in the phenomenon to is the late Dr. John E. Mack, a Harvard professor who late in life became deeply involved in UFOs and associated experience.


      [Remove the XX and stick in a teepee]

      [Or go to XXX for a different sort of fun.]

  76. MrMangoOnMyShoulder December 24, 2022 at 9:04 pm #

    Merry Christmas, all. Just finished the deviled eggs for tomorrow, zucchini bread muffins in the oven as we speak, the boy got to open just one present tonight, let’s see how early he wakes us up tomorrow…I’m shooting for 6:30 or 7:00. He may feel differently.

    • Disaffected December 24, 2022 at 10:23 pm #

      Deviled eggs; mmm, mmm!

      I like simple soft boiled eggs (8 minutes at 7,200′ ft, followed by an ice water bath, yolks deliciously gooey) on Ezekial bread toast, but I’m lazy as the day is short these days. What are ya gonna do?

      Christmas Cheers!

  77. MrMangoOnMyShoulder December 24, 2022 at 9:06 pm #

    Also have egg nog w/brandy, and I just put Die Hard into the DVD player for after the little guy crashes here shortly. Yes, we still have a DVD player. Just for moments like this.

    • Disaffected December 24, 2022 at 10:42 pm #

      Had to buy batteries for my DVD player remote after a recent cable outage. Pleasantly surprised to see that it still worked. Should be good until 2030 or so, assuming we still have such a thing as electric power and all that for that long. Color me skeptical.

  78. Islander December 24, 2022 at 10:51 pm #

    I noticed two spots where our seasonal holidays were listed out of order:
    “Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa” and
    “Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Christmas.” WTF?

    Christmas come first, goddammit! These other holidays are hoppng on board the Christmas train. Hannukah was a nothing holiday until some PR people decided to “elevate” it to a status that could give Jewish people a c ompetitive position. Ditto, Kwanzaa, even thought AFAIK most Blacks come from some version of Christian families.

    I spent years wishing people “Happy holidays” to avoid making assumptions or something.

    Now I am going back to “MERRY CHRISTMAS to all , and to all a good night!”

    • malthuss December 25, 2022 at 11:47 am #

      PC crowd likes Kwanzaa. Do you know who created it?

      • Uncle Bob December 26, 2022 at 12:34 am #

        Harry Edwards

        • Islander December 26, 2022 at 9:36 am #

          Who is Harry Edwards???

          Same guy who helmed (snicker) the Hannukah project?

  79. elysianfield December 25, 2022 at 12:07 pm #

    I, personally, would like to offer the CFN community the best holiday wishes, and , while I have little expectations for 2023, we shall all be greatly entertained by news and events.

    What we DO have to look forward to in the upcoming days, is our Host offering his yearly predictions! What outrages are we to consider? War? Civil unrest? Reparations?

    I, myself, am almost giddy with anticipation….

    Stay well. Say safe.

    • Jarek December 25, 2022 at 3:16 pm #

      Watched your video. If your pellet gun can do that to a bottle of mountain dew, what could it do if it hit someone in the eye? Lose the eye? Quite possibly. But would it beyond it into the brain?

      The Boston Police tried out such toys on an unruly crowd of Red Sox fans whose team had just “won”. One girl climbing up on something was shot in the eye and she ended up dying.

      One Boston player actually made a rational comment. Can’t remember if it was Patriots or Red Sox but: What does overturning cars have to do with our winning a championship?

      The Engineers actually put monkey genes in us to keep us from ever advancing too far. Briefly, winning is a state of pleasurable excitement. Overturning cars is exciting too – and when it overturns you have won!

    • Disaffected December 25, 2022 at 5:32 pm #

      I’m thinking open war in Europe – declared or otherwise – by the spring. What that will do to the markets is hard to say. Defense stocks should do well for a time at least, I would think. China will be the wildcard. If they dump American dollars and move on Taiwan, as they rationally should, then we’ll be up to our eyeballs in fun. If the US moves on Russia it will be time for China to shit or get off the pot, as they’ll know for certain that they’re next up in the crosshairs. DC can’t handle a singe front as it is. Two fronts will likely spell disaster, with or without the nukes.

      • Paula D December 25, 2022 at 6:47 pm #

        What would nuclear war do to the market though?

        I mean it would really be a drag if the Dow Jones fell during a nuclear holocaust.

  80. Amman December 25, 2022 at 12:09 pm #

    Planet Hollywood / ClusterFuck

    Executive Producer at ABC dies at age 37.

    Cause of death: Heart Attack.

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  81. anmariwakaranai December 25, 2022 at 12:27 pm #

    Merry Kalikuma!
    One tiny correction, the guy in Smyrna had golden balls.
    Good story, check it out.

    We get the gift of this blog twice a week all year round, with added features like the


  82. niner December 25, 2022 at 12:37 pm #

    now some places keep Christmas very differently:

    httxx://twitter.com/KimDotcom/status/1606797132627070978 ;

    and if only this could happen here:

    httxx://media.gab.com/system/media_attachments/files/123/427/937/playable/5b5ec48efa0cf315.mp4 ;

    • MaryQueen December 25, 2022 at 1:15 pm #

      The second one – hahahahhahaa!

    • Islander December 26, 2022 at 9:39 am #

      Second one, love it!

      Where is this??

      • Paula D December 26, 2022 at 11:32 am #


  83. liber8tor December 25, 2022 at 5:06 pm #

    Heart felt thank you to JHK and Merry Christmas to everyone here on the CF Nation.

  84. Kornado December 25, 2022 at 5:59 pm #

    I realize Jim doesn’t give a clusterfuck, but that was one hell of an easter egg audio clip from him on this xmas post! Thank you, I thought it was a poignant rendition and it was an intimate sharing with his blog audience.
    My heroes are people like Jim, a person I’ve followed for over 2 decades and have learned so much from and have identified with. I did introduce myself to him for a second once at a spoken thing he did on the upper east side NY. He seemed cool.

  85. thwack December 25, 2022 at 6:29 pm #

    Dark and hirsute with horns, cloven hooves, and a darting red tongue, this monster acted the “bad cop” of the roving pair, badgering the little ones about their naughty or nice doings, and whacking them with a birch rod if he didn’t like their answers. If especially displeased, he stuffed kids into a basket for transport to Hell.



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    • SpeedyBB December 26, 2022 at 12:02 am #

      I am kind of amazed that the threat of Krampus, along with the description of what punishment he might inflict (with parents apparently standing by as innocent bystanders) did not prove deeply traumatic to little kids.

      Or did they privately understand the whole deal was an elaborate gag?

      • Uncle Bob December 26, 2022 at 7:48 am #

        Or maybe people back then were tougher, and didn’t run screaming to bawl over the possibility they’d be punished if they were bad. Or maybe people simply understood there were consequences to their actions, so they didn’t engage in the kinds of activities that could lead to damnation. We could learn a lot from them, except we’re stupid enough to think we’re smarter, more sophisticated, and more righteous than any people who came before us.

    • MaryQueen December 26, 2022 at 10:49 am #

      Sounds more like goat-ism.

  86. Night Owl December 26, 2022 at 8:43 am #

    Ukrainian gold reserves flown to the US after US/Soros-backed Maidan Coup in 2014.


    I now remember reading this back then, but had completely forgotten.

    • Islander December 26, 2022 at 9:44 am #

      The USA/CIA are inveterate gold bugs!!

      Or more like gold beetles, programmed to roll away and hide any gold they can get their pincers on.

      Take a look at Sterling Seagrave, Yamashita’s Gold, for the scene in the Pacific Theatre in the time frame immediately following the capitulation of Japan.


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