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My favorite moment in the Wednesday night “B” Team installment of the Democratic primary debates was Julian Castro’s “defense” of transgender abortion rights. Say what…? I almost dropped my bag of Dinamita Mojo Criollo Doritos. Did that really come out of Little Julian’s mouth? Apparently so. But how does it actually work?

Like, say, in theory, someone “transitioning” from female-to-male gets inadvertently knocked-up after a (perhaps mistaken) romantic encounter with an actual man and has to, you know, get rid of the little problem zhe has acquired? Could be… but is this a relatively common occurrence down San Antone way? And how might it apply in male-to-female trans cases of merely hysterical pregnancy? Sounds like something that the auteur Guillermo Del Toro might have fun with. Such are the thorny issues of “reproductive justice” that dot the arid terrain of Progressive Thought — like unto the poisonous fruit of the sacred datura bush in the Sonoran Desert.

More insidiously, Mr. Castro’s main immigration reform idea is to repeal Section 1325 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which is the federal law that makes casual “undocumented” entry to the USA a crime. In other words: an open border. Just pile on in y’all! Makes sense for a political party that has basic boundary problems with every other element of American life (see above). But something tells me it won’t poll so well in the places where misty notions of national sovereignty still linger and English is nostalgically preferred.

Mr. Castro was entertaining for sure, when he wasn’t over-speaking every other candidate on the rostrum, but the prize for pendejo de la noche must go to that other Texan, long-tall Beto O’Rourke of the flapping arms and bobbing head, who virtually serenaded the audience in Español to represent his bona fides as the Party’s official El Zorro. Cory Booker gave the loving tongue a brief workout, too, later on, but he came off more like a broken piñata than Don Diego de la Vega.

Apart from the colorful homage to all things Mexican, the signal event of the night was Elizabeth Warren’s stealth political suicide when the popular question of Medicare-for-all came up and NBC’s Lester Holt asked the candidates for a show of hands as to who would abolish private health insurance altogether. Up shot Liz’s hand. Only New York’s mayor, the feckless Bill DeBlasio joined her. If the contest was a game of “Survivor” both would have thereby voted themselves off the island — except Big Bill was never really on the island, just circling around it like a wayward jellyfish blown hither and yon by Progressive winds.

The only “B” Team figure onstage who appeared to be a serious candidate was Hawaiian congressperson Tulsi Gabbard, a major in the US Army Reserve with tours-of-duty in Iraq and Kuwait — especially impressive when smacking down cretinous Ohio congressman Tim Ryan, who mistakenly asserted that the Taliban were behind 9/11. Uh, no, Tulsi informed him, it was al Qaeda (sponsored by our “friend” Saudi Arabia). I predict Tulsi will make the cut to the “A” team, despite the news media’s desperate efforts to shove her off the playing field.

And, of course, the “A’s” dutifully marched onstage Thursday night for the heavyweight division mouth-off, with Jumpin’ Joe Biden at center so everybody could get a good shot at him, and the two designated wing-nuts, Rep. Eric “Collusion” Swalwell (CA) and New Age swami Marianne Williamson at the left and right margins, to protect against any sound ideas actually entering the arena.

Swalwell touched off the main event by tossing a hand-grenade at Uncle Joe for failing to relinquish the torch that he has selfishly not passed to the next generation (of politicians) — the catch being that said torch may be used to burn down what’s left of the republic. The attack seemed to give front-runner Joe the vapors. He insisted he has more torch songs yet to sing.  That cued Sen. Kamala Harris (CA), playing Shiva Destroyer-of-Worlds, to jam the torch right into Uncle Joe’s smiling puss, saying that the ex-Veep’s recent remarks about making nice with the senate’s staunch segregationists of yore was “hurtful” to her personally. For a moment, I thought she was going to belt out a rendition of that old tearjerker, “Feelings.” Uncle Joe will now have to wear the scarlet “R” on his forehead until his campaign whirls down the drain — without even having to answer questions about just how come his son, Hunter, came up with zillion-dollar payments from Ukraine and China well before the advent of Mr. Trump.

The other fossil onstage, redoubtable Bernie Sanders, re-committed to his full-on socialist proffers, that is, free stuff for all, with no excuses. Sounds like a sweet deal until you are reminded that the USA — the rest of the world too — has never been so deep in hock before, meaning that whatever admirable free stuff systems were set-up in Sweden and France decades ago may be running on fumes now, and the USA just missed the boat on all that, alas, when the getting was good. Yet, it did not stop all the candidates from chiming in on Medicaid coverage for illegal immigrants — another booby-trap waiting to blow up under them in the general election. And both Sens. Sanders and Harris joined Liz Warren on the sinking ship of abolishing private health insurance.

The immigration issue provided prime sob-story material for all concerned, ignoring the blatant fact that the Democratic Party has done everything possible to stimulate illegal border crossings and overwhelm our facilities by sending out the message loud-and-clear that they will stymie every attempt to enforce the current laws or reform them. There was much a’do about the “cruelty” of making children sleep on cold, hard floors — the very week that the party’s new Captain Marvel, AOC, joined a move to block shipments of mattresses from the Wayfair furniture company to detention centers in Texas. (Time Mag Report here.) Smooth move, Dems.

Ms. Williamson, off in her distant orbit and largely ignored by the referees, lobbed a last-minute grenade about reparations for slavery, inducing a visible cringe response among her rivals, who nonetheless all pretended to agree, lest they be branded with the scarlet “R” on their own foreheads.

A few capsule comments on the rest of the gang. Mayor Pete (Buttigieg) projects a doleful intelligence, as if he is ashamed to find himself among such a pack of panders and scallywags. Sen. Michael Bennet may have anger management problems. Gov. John Hickenlooper is obviously too sane to remain in the party much longer. Sen Kirsten Gillibrand will say anything to get elected (we know her well here in upstate New York). Rep. Swalwell is a dangerous head-case. Andrew Yang gets points for eschewing the necktie, but he’s a one-trick pony (Universal Basic Income) and it’s not much of trick. Ms. Williamson will be touring the primary states on a magic carpet, bringing news of spiritual awakening to the beaten-down denizens of Flyover Land. Namaste and good luck!


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  1. DrTomSchmidt June 28, 2019 at 10:07 am #

    Tulsi was the most-googled candidate of the first night. She threatens to actually implement the foreign policy of 2016 Donald Trump. Looks like a winner, since she’ll get all the war-weary white Americans, and the entire Democratic coalition.

    What was Sanders talking about with “rotating judges?” That’s an actual idea I heard last night, as opposed to much emoting.

    • Ol' Scratch June 28, 2019 at 10:14 am #

      If Trump didn’t teach us, no one will. Absolutely NOBODY is going to thwart the will of the MICC. Most certainly not Tulsi Gabbard, assuming she actually even means any of it in the first place. The Rs had their Clown Car moment in 2016. Looks like it’s the D’s turn now.

      • Walter B June 28, 2019 at 10:15 am #

        Sad but true Ol Scratch. Sad but true. She will get my vote anyway if it come to that – fuck ’em!

        • Ol' Scratch June 28, 2019 at 10:20 am #

          I would probably too, Ol’ Walt. But I think the Dems are determined to fix the primaries again, just as they did in 2016. Seems like they’re actually trying to hand the thing to Trump again. People in high places might have already decided which way it will go.

          • venuspluto67 June 28, 2019 at 10:27 am #

            “Americans don’t learn from their mistakes. It’s part of our charm.” –Gore Vidal

          • Ol' Scratch June 28, 2019 at 10:45 am #

            Yes. That ol’ boy could certainly turn a phrase or two.

        • DrTomSchmidt June 28, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

          She’ll get mine even if she’s out of the race by then, Walt.

          • Walter B June 28, 2019 at 6:15 pm #

            I admire your spunk Doc!

      • DrTomSchmidt June 28, 2019 at 12:37 pm #

        No new wars yet. Two bombing runs on Syria. At this point, the last two presidents had already launched Iraq II and Lydia, respectively. So there is that.

      • Luhrenloup June 28, 2019 at 12:41 pm #

        Until candidates are willing to discuss the military/industrial complex, the war machine, and how to wrest the country’s money from them all their promises to provide X, Y and Z to the people are meaningless.
        The Pompeo Bolton team would make mincemeat of Tulsi, but kudos to her for voicing America’s most pressing problem. The dems more and more base their kali-like power stance on the divisive pitting of groups against each other

        • abbybwood June 28, 2019 at 4:20 pm #

          I think Tulsi Gabbard would make mincemeat of Pompeo/Bolton if given the chance.

          Even though both Pompeo and Bolton served in the military, neither of them was ever sent into any military conflicts.

          Bolton actually wrote in his Yale 25th Reunion book, “I confess I had no desire to die in a Southeast Asian rice paddy. I considered the War in Vietnam already lost.”

          But Bolton has no qualms about sending American men and women to die in Afghanistan or Iraq or Syria or Iran?

          • Linda June 28, 2019 at 11:11 pm #

            I agree, Abbybwood. I think Tulsi Gabbard would also make mincemeat of Pompeo/Bolton. Since I’m now a registered Independent in Oregon, I do not know if I can vote for Congresswoman Gabbard. But if she’s on the ballot, she’ll get my vote.

          • Luhrenloup June 29, 2019 at 10:53 am #

            Get real folks, do you think Pompeo and Bolton play by the Queensberry rules? She could easily be arkancided. This is not casting a shadow on Tulsi, but looking at government realistically.

    • Nightowl June 28, 2019 at 10:57 am #

      Have been following Tulsi for a few years now, long before she decided to run. She would be a great choice for many reasons, but I don’t think she will make it through the TV-based process. She doesn’t have the charisma needed, and physically, she is too small.

      There is lots of tape analysis being done right now on whether the orcs at MSNBC added “a pimple” on her chin. Sadly, those doing the analysis may be correct.

      Reminds me of the subtle color and lighting effects they used when Trump and Hillary were at the debate podiums. Hillary with her soft etherial glow and Trump washed out and dingy.

      What a joke this process is.

      • outsider June 28, 2019 at 12:57 pm #

        Pat Buchanan had an article today stating that Trump should replace Bolton with Tulsi. Would be a great idea, but I doubt if Tulsi would take the job. There’s not much job security in working for Mr. Trump.

        • outsider June 28, 2019 at 1:03 pm #

          I loved it when Gabbard called neocons like John Bolton “chicken hawks.”
          She’s become a favorite of Tucker Carlson, the only man in prime time cable with any sense. Last night she even had the courage to call out Bibi Netanyahu as an obstacle to peace with Iran. I know she’s got my vote.

        • Nightowl June 28, 2019 at 2:06 pm #

          I heard that, too. Personally, I think Trump keeps Bolton for two reasons: (1) to keep the media and other adversaries guessing, and (2) to get a mix of opinions. He commented recently in an interview about keeping both hawks and doves around.

      • abbybwood June 28, 2019 at 4:23 pm #

        One thing about Gabbard, she remains calm under pressure.

        Whereas Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand come off as “shrill”.

        Not good optics nor appealing for a POTUS.

        • Linda June 28, 2019 at 11:14 pm #

          She does remain calm, and I don’t think she is too small to be considered presidential material. She will continue to have my support.

          • Nightowl June 29, 2019 at 11:48 am #

            The tallest candidate has won every time since the TV became an integral part of presidential campaigning.

            Optics are more important that policy. It is sad but true, which is why MSNBC puts digital pimples on Tulsi’s face.

    • TraffickingInDivinity June 28, 2019 at 11:44 am #

      Tulsi was most-googled but is an inexperienced lightweight with a sexy face – reminds me of a former president…….

      • DrTomSchmidt June 28, 2019 at 12:42 pm #

        Who doesn’t like an inexperienced lightweight with a sexy face?

        Doesn’t that remind you more of a more recent Congresswoman?

        • outsider June 28, 2019 at 1:07 pm #

          Who’s that, AOC or Ilham Omar?

      • Luhrenloup June 28, 2019 at 12:44 pm #

        One gets so tired of having serious women relegated to the designation of “sexy face”

        • benr June 29, 2019 at 10:32 am #

          Being sexy does not in itself also make a women stupid or smart.
          Women worry to much about things like this now.

          • Luhrenloup June 29, 2019 at 10:56 am #

            No, it does not MAKE her stupid or smart; it infers that. That’s why it’s done. She’s just a cxnt, guys!

          • benr June 29, 2019 at 11:41 am #

            I never think that but what someone looks like is the first metric by which people are judged even before they open their mouth.

  2. Ol' Scratch June 28, 2019 at 10:11 am #

    LOL PRICELESS commentary today, Jim! Keep it up!

    • So many liars June 28, 2019 at 10:17 am #

      Thought-provoking entertainment in each delicious bite.
      🙂

    • Nightowl June 28, 2019 at 10:59 am #

      Agree, JHK was in good form today!

    • Farmer McGregor June 28, 2019 at 11:18 am #

      Fourth on that — this post was a hoot of a read!

      Well done and thanks, JHK.

  3. Walter B June 28, 2019 at 10:14 am #

    Who needs the New York Time when we have James Howard Kunstler and Clusterfuck Nation? Thank you once again Jim for providing a great public service, once accomplished by what they used to call the media. Well done. I told you Tulsi was viable even if not electable since she is not a dottering geriatric. It remains so depressing and sad that so much of the gum flapping continues to be over sexual issues and so very little about international affairs and wars for regime change, where Tusli is clearly the only one that knows what she is talking about. Anything goes and nothing really matters.

    • Robert White June 28, 2019 at 12:13 pm #

      Right-wing talk radio punditry in Canada is claiming that Warren & Harris stole the show from JB & Sanders to knock them out of the running. I cannot understand why Conservative pundits in Canada are claiming a Warren & Harris win whereas you & JHK are claiming Tulsi was the clear winner?

      RW

      • benr June 28, 2019 at 1:10 pm #

        Frankly after sitting through the mess the only ones that loss were we the idiots that watched them.
        Learned nothing saw nothing and nothing new was said.
        Rehash rinse repeat.

    • montsegur June 28, 2019 at 2:23 pm #

      Who needs the New York Time

      Walter,

      I realize that was probably a typo on your part (Time vs Times), but I really like it. A fine, pinprick way of deflating that pack of pompous windbags.

      The current state of the media is a shame. I used to really enjoy reading papers like the IHT and a few others. At least some genuine reporting was done and there was information to be gleaned from them.

      As you say, we now depend on JHK and a handful of others to dare to call a spade a spade. Earnest sources of information are dwindling.

      Cheers

      • SpeedyBB June 28, 2019 at 4:29 pm #

        Montsegur…

        You remind me of a recent rather startling internet experience. I was curious about the brutal demise of one Johnny Roselli, who survived as a Mafia enforcer in both Hollywood and Vegas before ending up stuffed in an oil barrel in the Atlantic.

        He had quite indiscreetly been shooting off his mouth about certain events in Dallas, and that annoyed a certain Mr. Traficante. (Roselli should have taken the lesson of Sam Giancana to heart.)

        One of the first sites I Googled up was an archived 1970s NYT piece, and it was amazing because of the depth of background work, research and legwork done by those putting it together. Interviews with retired / obscure sources on all sides, actual visits to the places where things happened – when I compare that to the prosaic throwaways we get today from the big-money corporate media it is most dismaying. Fire and forget.

        Who does the background research and legwork anymore? Who cares enough to thoroughly work out the whodunit?

        Perhaps it reflects the conclusion that readers (scanners, browsers) do not read any more. Or care.

      • volodya June 29, 2019 at 2:17 pm #

        I read “Foreign Affairs” mag now and again. IMO it’s turning into status-quo-ist pap.

        In general, if you don’t do group-think you’re out. Independent thought and analysis is so yesterday, conformity is so today. What do you do if you’re somebody like Stephen Cohen and you don’t mouth what you’re expected to? What if you say unacceptable things like there’s no evidence that Russia helped Trump or even clear evidence that they preferred Trump? Career wise, you better have plan B ready.

  4. venuspluto67 June 28, 2019 at 10:14 am #

    I agree that advocating Medicaid for illegal immigrants is an idea that could hand the election to Trump. I know a lot of people in the blue urban archipelagos are upset about the bare-essentials detention-facilities in which would-be immigrants are being kept, but shooting off to the opposite extreme isn’t going to do the Democratic Party any favors in 2020.

    • JohnAZ June 28, 2019 at 10:46 am #

      Here is the stupidity. As JHK has well stated, it is the representatives of those blue areas that have directly caused the overcrowding of the facilities by not supporting appropriations to build more facilities because the border crisis was just a fabrication by the president.

      Again, the Dems in their zeal to “get Trump” have shot themselves in the face. I respect Pelosi for facing up to the approaching catastrophe and getting, finally, some bucks to the border to try to alleviate the non-crisis. Too late, Nancy.

      I think one thing could help the Dems. Someone needs to keep reminding them that their pay for votes has no financial future. Pucker is right, $21 trillion dollars in debt is enough, but these idiots on stage just ignore the debt. My belief is that they just do not understand basic economics, or else ignore its principles in their clamoring for support. The other side of that coin is that the electorate has the same problem, a collective victim of the Deep States’s stupidification education program. The Democrats just feed on what they have wrought.

      And yes, the GOP side of the Deep State ledger is just as guilty but they are milquetoast followers of the Leftist drive for power.

      • Janos Skorenzy June 28, 2019 at 12:34 pm #

        If we were worried about little Brown kids, we could have never taken this land from the Indians and there would BE no United States. Problem solved? Our Compassion is just more Nihilism at this point. Existence is hard. Non-Existence, easy. And the duty of the Conqueror is to bear the hatred of the Conquered – or drive them out and be done with them.

  5. FincaInTheMountains June 28, 2019 at 10:19 am #

    The clown-brigade is just paving the road for Hillary run in 2020.

    pendejo del noche – #runhillaryrun

    twitter.com/hashtag/runhillaryrun

    • Ol' Scratch June 28, 2019 at 10:22 am #

      A distinct possibility.

    • DrTomSchmidt June 28, 2019 at 12:49 pm #

      No, she’s finished. When she didn’t get elected and they shut down the Clinton Foundation, she lost her access to dollars to buy the DNC out of trouble.

      • Ol' Scratch June 28, 2019 at 12:57 pm #

        Is that not a thing anymore?

      • benr June 28, 2019 at 1:04 pm #

        Except there are still millions missing from the Clinton bush Haiti fund.
        Move along no story here fake news…as if.

      • abbybwood June 28, 2019 at 4:28 pm #

        The Clinton Foundation has not been shut down.

  6. SW June 28, 2019 at 10:24 am #

    The Democrats can stand on the stage and babble in Spanish, grow misty eyed at the mere mention of children taken from their parents at the border (even though the parents themselves were well aware this was going to happen) and decriminalize entering the country but this line of gibberish is going to sink them. People living in Realityland can see the homeless on our own streets, poverty, drug addiction and squalor and ask themselves — “why aren’t they pledging shelter, medical care and help for these people instead of illegal immigrants?”

    • Ol' Scratch June 28, 2019 at 10:43 am #

      It’s Idiocracy come to real life!

    • benr June 28, 2019 at 11:09 am #

      There is an easier solution.
      We the people should get off our asses and help.
      How hard is it to go buy a case of water and hand them out with a sandwich.
      Believe it or not if you do this enough the homeless stop thinking you are trying to poison them and will accept the help.
      Even once a month is something when other people also begin to think of others and not wait for the government to “help”.

      • messianicdruid June 28, 2019 at 12:11 pm #

        How about a jobs program in Chihuahua?

        Help em out at home. Folk s would much rather stay at home and work.

        Why nor divide up the plunder of southern tyrants and give the land back to the people instead of forcing them into refugee status in another land where you are a stranger and cant even speak the language?

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  1. DrTomSchmidt June 28, 2019 at 10:07 am #

    Tulsi was the most-googled candidate of the first night. She threatens to actually implement the foreign policy of 2016 Donald Trump. Looks like a winner, since she’ll get all the war-weary white Americans, and the entire Democratic coalition.

    What was Sanders talking about with “rotating judges?” That’s an actual idea I heard last night, as opposed to much emoting.

    • Ol' Scratch June 28, 2019 at 10:14 am #

      If Trump didn’t teach us, no one will. Absolutely NOBODY is going to thwart the will of the MICC. Most certainly not Tulsi Gabbard, assuming she actually even means any of it in the first place. The Rs had their Clown Car moment in 2016. Looks like it’s the D’s turn now.

      • Walter B June 28, 2019 at 10:15 am #

        Sad but true Ol Scratch. Sad but true. She will get my vote anyway if it come to that – fuck ’em!

        • Ol' Scratch June 28, 2019 at 10:20 am #

          I would probably too, Ol’ Walt. But I think the Dems are determined to fix the primaries again, just as they did in 2016. Seems like they’re actually trying to hand the thing to Trump again. People in high places might have already decided which way it will go.

          • venuspluto67 June 28, 2019 at 10:27 am #

            “Americans don’t learn from their mistakes. It’s part of our charm.” –Gore Vidal

          • Ol' Scratch June 28, 2019 at 10:45 am #

            Yes. That ol’ boy could certainly turn a phrase or two.

        • DrTomSchmidt June 28, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

          She’ll get mine even if she’s out of the race by then, Walt.

          • Walter B June 28, 2019 at 6:15 pm #

            I admire your spunk Doc!

      • DrTomSchmidt June 28, 2019 at 12:37 pm #

        No new wars yet. Two bombing runs on Syria. At this point, the last two presidents had already launched Iraq II and Lydia, respectively. So there is that.

      • Luhrenloup June 28, 2019 at 12:41 pm #

        Until candidates are willing to discuss the military/industrial complex, the war machine, and how to wrest the country’s money from them all their promises to provide X, Y and Z to the people are meaningless.
        The Pompeo Bolton team would make mincemeat of Tulsi, but kudos to her for voicing America’s most pressing problem. The dems more and more base their kali-like power stance on the divisive pitting of groups against each other

        • abbybwood June 28, 2019 at 4:20 pm #

          I think Tulsi Gabbard would make mincemeat of Pompeo/Bolton if given the chance.

          Even though both Pompeo and Bolton served in the military, neither of them was ever sent into any military conflicts.

          Bolton actually wrote in his Yale 25th Reunion book, “I confess I had no desire to die in a Southeast Asian rice paddy. I considered the War in Vietnam already lost.”

          But Bolton has no qualms about sending American men and women to die in Afghanistan or Iraq or Syria or Iran?

          • Linda June 28, 2019 at 11:11 pm #

            I agree, Abbybwood. I think Tulsi Gabbard would also make mincemeat of Pompeo/Bolton. Since I’m now a registered Independent in Oregon, I do not know if I can vote for Congresswoman Gabbard. But if she’s on the ballot, she’ll get my vote.

          • Luhrenloup June 29, 2019 at 10:53 am #

            Get real folks, do you think Pompeo and Bolton play by the Queensberry rules? She could easily be arkancided. This is not casting a shadow on Tulsi, but looking at government realistically.

    • Nightowl June 28, 2019 at 10:57 am #

      Have been following Tulsi for a few years now, long before she decided to run. She would be a great choice for many reasons, but I don’t think she will make it through the TV-based process. She doesn’t have the charisma needed, and physically, she is too small.

      There is lots of tape analysis being done right now on whether the orcs at MSNBC added “a pimple” on her chin. Sadly, those doing the analysis may be correct.

      Reminds me of the subtle color and lighting effects they used when Trump and Hillary were at the debate podiums. Hillary with her soft etherial glow and Trump washed out and dingy.

      What a joke this process is.

      • outsider June 28, 2019 at 12:57 pm #

        Pat Buchanan had an article today stating that Trump should replace Bolton with Tulsi. Would be a great idea, but I doubt if Tulsi would take the job. There’s not much job security in working for Mr. Trump.

        • outsider June 28, 2019 at 1:03 pm #

          I loved it when Gabbard called neocons like John Bolton “chicken hawks.”
          She’s become a favorite of Tucker Carlson, the only man in prime time cable with any sense. Last night she even had the courage to call out Bibi Netanyahu as an obstacle to peace with Iran. I know she’s got my vote.

        • Nightowl June 28, 2019 at 2:06 pm #

          I heard that, too. Personally, I think Trump keeps Bolton for two reasons: (1) to keep the media and other adversaries guessing, and (2) to get a mix of opinions. He commented recently in an interview about keeping both hawks and doves around.

      • abbybwood June 28, 2019 at 4:23 pm #

        One thing about Gabbard, she remains calm under pressure.

        Whereas Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand come off as “shrill”.

        Not good optics nor appealing for a POTUS.

        • Linda June 28, 2019 at 11:14 pm #

          She does remain calm, and I don’t think she is too small to be considered presidential material. She will continue to have my support.

          • Nightowl June 29, 2019 at 11:48 am #

            The tallest candidate has won every time since the TV became an integral part of presidential campaigning.

            Optics are more important that policy. It is sad but true, which is why MSNBC puts digital pimples on Tulsi’s face.

    • TraffickingInDivinity June 28, 2019 at 11:44 am #

      Tulsi was most-googled but is an inexperienced lightweight with a sexy face – reminds me of a former president…….

      • DrTomSchmidt June 28, 2019 at 12:42 pm #

        Who doesn’t like an inexperienced lightweight with a sexy face?

        Doesn’t that remind you more of a more recent Congresswoman?

        • outsider June 28, 2019 at 1:07 pm #

          Who’s that, AOC or Ilham Omar?

      • Luhrenloup June 28, 2019 at 12:44 pm #

        One gets so tired of having serious women relegated to the designation of “sexy face”

        • benr June 29, 2019 at 10:32 am #

          Being sexy does not in itself also make a women stupid or smart.
          Women worry to much about things like this now.

          • Luhrenloup June 29, 2019 at 10:56 am #

            No, it does not MAKE her stupid or smart; it infers that. That’s why it’s done. She’s just a cxnt, guys!

          • benr June 29, 2019 at 11:41 am #

            I never think that but what someone looks like is the first metric by which people are judged even before they open their mouth.

  2. Ol' Scratch June 28, 2019 at 10:11 am #

    LOL PRICELESS commentary today, Jim! Keep it up!

    • So many liars June 28, 2019 at 10:17 am #

      Thought-provoking entertainment in each delicious bite.
      🙂

    • Nightowl June 28, 2019 at 10:59 am #

      Agree, JHK was in good form today!

    • Farmer McGregor June 28, 2019 at 11:18 am #

      Fourth on that — this post was a hoot of a read!

      Well done and thanks, JHK.

  3. Walter B June 28, 2019 at 10:14 am #

    Who needs the New York Time when we have James Howard Kunstler and Clusterfuck Nation? Thank you once again Jim for providing a great public service, once accomplished by what they used to call the media. Well done. I told you Tulsi was viable even if not electable since she is not a dottering geriatric. It remains so depressing and sad that so much of the gum flapping continues to be over sexual issues and so very little about international affairs and wars for regime change, where Tusli is clearly the only one that knows what she is talking about. Anything goes and nothing really matters.

    • Robert White June 28, 2019 at 12:13 pm #

      Right-wing talk radio punditry in Canada is claiming that Warren & Harris stole the show from JB & Sanders to knock them out of the running. I cannot understand why Conservative pundits in Canada are claiming a Warren & Harris win whereas you & JHK are claiming Tulsi was the clear winner?

      RW

      • benr June 28, 2019 at 1:10 pm #

        Frankly after sitting through the mess the only ones that loss were we the idiots that watched them.
        Learned nothing saw nothing and nothing new was said.
        Rehash rinse repeat.

    • montsegur June 28, 2019 at 2:23 pm #

      Who needs the New York Time

      Walter,

      I realize that was probably a typo on your part (Time vs Times), but I really like it. A fine, pinprick way of deflating that pack of pompous windbags.

      The current state of the media is a shame. I used to really enjoy reading papers like the IHT and a few others. At least some genuine reporting was done and there was information to be gleaned from them.

      As you say, we now depend on JHK and a handful of others to dare to call a spade a spade. Earnest sources of information are dwindling.

      Cheers

      • SpeedyBB June 28, 2019 at 4:29 pm #

        Montsegur…

        You remind me of a recent rather startling internet experience. I was curious about the brutal demise of one Johnny Roselli, who survived as a Mafia enforcer in both Hollywood and Vegas before ending up stuffed in an oil barrel in the Atlantic.

        He had quite indiscreetly been shooting off his mouth about certain events in Dallas, and that annoyed a certain Mr. Traficante. (Roselli should have taken the lesson of Sam Giancana to heart.)

        One of the first sites I Googled up was an archived 1970s NYT piece, and it was amazing because of the depth of background work, research and legwork done by those putting it together. Interviews with retired / obscure sources on all sides, actual visits to the places where things happened – when I compare that to the prosaic throwaways we get today from the big-money corporate media it is most dismaying. Fire and forget.

        Who does the background research and legwork anymore? Who cares enough to thoroughly work out the whodunit?

        Perhaps it reflects the conclusion that readers (scanners, browsers) do not read any more. Or care.

      • volodya June 29, 2019 at 2:17 pm #

        I read “Foreign Affairs” mag now and again. IMO it’s turning into status-quo-ist pap.

        In general, if you don’t do group-think you’re out. Independent thought and analysis is so yesterday, conformity is so today. What do you do if you’re somebody like Stephen Cohen and you don’t mouth what you’re expected to? What if you say unacceptable things like there’s no evidence that Russia helped Trump or even clear evidence that they preferred Trump? Career wise, you better have plan B ready.

  4. venuspluto67 June 28, 2019 at 10:14 am #

    I agree that advocating Medicaid for illegal immigrants is an idea that could hand the election to Trump. I know a lot of people in the blue urban archipelagos are upset about the bare-essentials detention-facilities in which would-be immigrants are being kept, but shooting off to the opposite extreme isn’t going to do the Democratic Party any favors in 2020.

    • JohnAZ June 28, 2019 at 10:46 am #

      Here is the stupidity. As JHK has well stated, it is the representatives of those blue areas that have directly caused the overcrowding of the facilities by not supporting appropriations to build more facilities because the border crisis was just a fabrication by the president.

      Again, the Dems in their zeal to “get Trump” have shot themselves in the face. I respect Pelosi for facing up to the approaching catastrophe and getting, finally, some bucks to the border to try to alleviate the non-crisis. Too late, Nancy.

      I think one thing could help the Dems. Someone needs to keep reminding them that their pay for votes has no financial future. Pucker is right, $21 trillion dollars in debt is enough, but these idiots on stage just ignore the debt. My belief is that they just do not understand basic economics, or else ignore its principles in their clamoring for support. The other side of that coin is that the electorate has the same problem, a collective victim of the Deep States’s stupidification education program. The Democrats just feed on what they have wrought.

      And yes, the GOP side of the Deep State ledger is just as guilty but they are milquetoast followers of the Leftist drive for power.

      • Janos Skorenzy June 28, 2019 at 12:34 pm #

        If we were worried about little Brown kids, we could have never taken this land from the Indians and there would BE no United States. Problem solved? Our Compassion is just more Nihilism at this point. Existence is hard. Non-Existence, easy. And the duty of the Conqueror is to bear the hatred of the Conquered – or drive them out and be done with them.

  5. FincaInTheMountains June 28, 2019 at 10:19 am #

    The clown-brigade is just paving the road for Hillary run in 2020.

    pendejo del noche – #runhillaryrun

    twitter.com/hashtag/runhillaryrun

    • Ol' Scratch June 28, 2019 at 10:22 am #

      A distinct possibility.

    • DrTomSchmidt June 28, 2019 at 12:49 pm #

      No, she’s finished. When she didn’t get elected and they shut down the Clinton Foundation, she lost her access to dollars to buy the DNC out of trouble.

      • Ol' Scratch June 28, 2019 at 12:57 pm #

        Is that not a thing anymore?

      • benr June 28, 2019 at 1:04 pm #

        Except there are still millions missing from the Clinton bush Haiti fund.
        Move along no story here fake news…as if.

      • abbybwood June 28, 2019 at 4:28 pm #

        The Clinton Foundation has not been shut down.

  6. SW June 28, 2019 at 10:24 am #

    The Democrats can stand on the stage and babble in Spanish, grow misty eyed at the mere mention of children taken from their parents at the border (even though the parents themselves were well aware this was going to happen) and decriminalize entering the country but this line of gibberish is going to sink them. People living in Realityland can see the homeless on our own streets, poverty, drug addiction and squalor and ask themselves — “why aren’t they pledging shelter, medical care and help for these people instead of illegal immigrants?”

    • Ol' Scratch June 28, 2019 at 10:43 am #

      It’s Idiocracy come to real life!

    • benr June 28, 2019 at 11:09 am #

      There is an easier solution.
      We the people should get off our asses and help.
      How hard is it to go buy a case of water and hand them out with a sandwich.
      Believe it or not if you do this enough the homeless stop thinking you are trying to poison them and will accept the help.
      Even once a month is something when other people also begin to think of others and not wait for the government to “help”.

      • messianicdruid June 28, 2019 at 12:11 pm #

        How about a jobs program in Chihuahua?

        Help em out at home. Folk s would much rather stay at home and work.

        Why nor divide up the plunder of southern tyrants and give the land back to the people instead of forcing them into refugee status in another land where you are a stranger and cant even speak the language?

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