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It is a wonder of these incendiary times that even as impeachment of a president moves to its ripest phase, trial in the Senate, the acts of sedition that prompted it still go on behind the scenes with no intervention — an epic failure of authority, if there ever was one. And further irony, if ever there was a trial that cried for witnesses, the impeachment case being brought by Mrs. Pelosi is such a hash of fraud, incompetence, and chicanery, that it begs for summary dismissal — so that these seditious caitiffs will not have to answer to the nation.

I speak of the “whistleblower” scheme cooked up by a network of officials who have actively plotted to overthrow the president for three years, as laid out at The Last Refuge website Sunday night: Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson in league with former colleagues from the Department of Justice National Security Division and the Lawfare org — a group dedicated to weaponizing law, in service to the political Left.

As I have averred in this blog as far back as October, Mr. Atkinson’s previous job before being appointed ICIG was counsel (lawyer) to the Department of Justice’s Chief of National Security. During the first half of the election year 2016, that was John Carlin. Mr. Carlin’s job was not just to sign-off on FISA warrants, but to actually write them. It also happens that Mr. Carlin had previously served as chief of staff to Robert Mueller, when Mr. Mueller was FBI Director.

Mr. Carlin signed-off on a March 2016 warrant against Carter Page, under suspicion of being a Russian Spy, when in fact Carter Page was a CIA informant who had been operating in Russia for years to uncover Russian adventures against the USA. CIA Director John Brennan inserted Mr. Page into the Trump campaign to open up Mr. Trump’s campaign to FBI surveillance, since the CIA has no law enforcement powers. The FISA Court’s Two-hop Rule allows a second hop to anyone who communicated with the initial subject of a warrant, which might have achieved surveillance of everyone in the Trump campaign, including the candidate himself. It also would have allowed access to all communications going back for years. This part of the scheme was probably green-lighted by White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice for Mr. Brennan, with President Obama’s approval, for the purpose of helping Hillary Clinton win the election.

John Carlin resigned in September of 2016 when faced with the prospect of having to sign a second fraudulent FISA warrant. He was replaced by DOJ attorney Mary McCord. Among other things, Ms. McCord was involved in engineering the case against General Michael Flynn, as well as the continuing surveillance of the Trump campaign. She resigned in April of 2017. A month later, Robert Mueller was appointed Special Counsel by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (acting for recused AG Jeff Sessions). Mary McCord then moved to a job at the elephant’s graveyard of federal officials under suspicion of malfeasance: the Georgetown University Law School. Meanwhile Michael Atkinson, who had continued as counsel under Ms. McCord, was shifted to his new job as ICIG.

Since then, somehow, Mary McCord landed a gig as an outside lawyer for Adam Schiff’s House intelligence Committee, to which she remains attached to this day. She is also associated with the Lawfare org that has supplied several other lawyers to Mr. Schiff’s committee and Jerrold Nadler’s House Judiciary Committee. Did Ms. McCord organize the “whistleblower” complaint and coordinate its transmission through Mr. Atkinson’s IG office, with CIA agent Eric Ciaramella acting as the spearpoint for the operation? Did Mr. Ciaramella have direct contact with Ms. McCord in the process? Did Ms. McCord have any part in actually writing the “whistleblower’s” highly legalistic complaint? Did Ms. McCord play any part in the backdating of official forms submitted for the “whistleblower’s” complaint — especially the crucial matter of changing the provision that disallowed second-hand “hearsay” evidence from such a complaint? Isn’t it a pity that the Senate phase of this impeachment may conclude with no testimony from these people?

An additional insult to the public interest went down on Friday when FISA court presiding judge James Boasberg picked one David Kris, former DOJ National Security Division chief (preceding John Carlin under President Obama), to “assist” in reforming FISA court procedures lately discredited by multiple acts of fraud and seditious abuse. Mr. Kris’s conflicts of interest in this endeavor are so rich and dark that they would embarrass a Gestapo Gruppenführer. In October, 2019, he tweeted “Trump has to go.” He was a loud critic of the report issued by Rep Devin Nunes, former chair, now ranking minority member, of the House Intel Committee — a report subsequently proven factually correct about the deceit surrounding RussiaGate — and a fervent supporter of Adam’s Schiff’s dishonest and factually erroneous minority report. He is one of the most active contributors to the Lawfare blog.

The appointment of Mr. Kris has provoked vehement objections for these obvious reasons, yet who and where is the authority to adjudicate it? Apparently in Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who is the only person with any supervisory role over the FISA court. Maybe someone should ask Justice Roberts how this appointment can possibly stand.


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  1. fineline January 13, 2020 at 10:15 am #

    Then bring in the witnesses that the House wants to hear from. A House subpoena should not be challengeable in the Judiciary. If the House was allowed to do the job that they were elected to do, this would already be over.

    • Nightowl January 13, 2020 at 10:21 am #

      Do you have any concept of what is going on? Even in the slightest?

      • fineline January 13, 2020 at 10:28 am #

        You assume you know something I dont? Are you that arrogant?

        • Nightowl January 13, 2020 at 11:05 am #

          Yes.

          • WayfaringStranger January 13, 2020 at 12:42 pm #

            Stay arrogant, my friend. That Fineline was moved to even comment as they did makes the situation self-evident, but it never hurts to ask. I suspect Fine may even be a graduate of the Whoopi Goldberg School of Constitutional Law.

          • fineline January 13, 2020 at 1:55 pm #

            Dont you want to hear what Bolton has to say? or are you satisfied to create your own reality?

          • Nightowl January 13, 2020 at 3:18 pm #

            Feel free to post concrete evidence of a POTUS crime.

            We have been waiting for some 20 threads now.

            Perhaps you can come through where a team of 20 Lawfare & co. lawyers working for over 2 years failed.

            Don’t be shy now.

          • fineline January 13, 2020 at 6:04 pm #

            Nightowl, You are an arrogant know it all by your own confession, so I think even you will understand that any fair examination of concrete facts relies on truthful and forthcoming witnesses. We have not had that and reasonable logical people committed to a process have been attempting to hear from these witnesses.

            There are so many screaming about no due process when at the same time, they are doing everything they can to derail the process

            We have not heard from all of the witnesses, so I would be reluctant to draw any conclusions.

            Did I ever say Trump was guilty of anything? On the other hand, you have clearly exonerated him of anything that he may be guilty of. I simply seek a trial of the facts, all of the facts, not just those cherry picked by the cover uppers.

            Because there has been so much stonewalling by so many for so long, I think it is reasonable to say somebody is hiding something.

            so since you know everything, feel free to post any part of the Steele dossier that you know for a fact is not true.

          • Nightowl January 14, 2020 at 2:14 am #

            List the crimes and post concrete evidence, you little fascist.

            I believe in the rule of law, and we are innocent until proven guilty.

            Post your hard, verifiable evidence for all to see.

          • fineline January 14, 2020 at 11:18 am #

            nightowl, if you believe in the rule of law, you noble”conservative”, then you must understand that evidence comes from witnesses. You, in typical a-hole fashion, keep calling on me to post “concrete” evidence. I have not said anybody is guilty. I have said, that we should hear all the witnesses before we reach any conclusions. Just so you know that is the evidence and it would be premature to post it before it is out. So far the cover-upperers have kept it suppressed.
            Obviously, your “Rules of Law” are that the right can do whatever it wants and by virtue of being on the right are always right and cannot possibly be guilty of anything, whereas if somebody whose views do not dovetail with yours should wake up in the morning, they must be guilty of something.

            JHK asks some compelling questions here and they should be answered. I just wish questions just as compelling concerning the impeachment also be answered.

            You have obviously drawn conclusions before anybody says anything.
            you obviously do not understand the difference between an impeachment and trial by Senate. The Senate is not a criminal trial. There are no criminal charges. There are no mandatory sentences. There is no jury selection. There is no arrest and/or criminal record. Impeachment is simply a method for removal from office for someone who has shown contempt for the constitution through various acts unbecoming a president such as treason, bribery, high crimes and misdemeanors. So why should there be an assumption of innocence? I would agree that he would have the right not to self incriminate.

            But forget all that. if I was Iran, I would go to the UN, however weakened the USA has made it and demand that Trump be turned over to the world court for trial for an assassination. he is still innocent until proven guilty there, also, but at least the facts could be tested in court.

            That is what we need to do her in the impeachment trial.

            Nightowl, does it make sense to stir up trouble all around the world leading us to the brink of war and then steal 7.3 billion from the military for a wall of dubious value?

            Why do you have such trouble with facts?

          • Nightowl January 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm #

            I am a registered Green and moved to Europe (where I still reside) largely to get away from American life.

            I can’t be bothered to read the rest.

          • Majella January 14, 2020 at 4:07 pm #

            NO:

            “I can’t be bothered to read the rest.”

            That says it all.

            So, not only have you owned your towering arrogance, but you’ve now also disclosed your lack of respect for anyone whose views differ from yours.

          • Nightowl January 14, 2020 at 5:04 pm #

            I have read them before. Like you Maj, he has claimed Trump is a criminal and has started a war.

            He, like you, provides no evidence whatsoever.

            He like you is low IQ.

          • benr January 14, 2020 at 7:28 pm #

            Nightowl
            January 14, 2020 at 5:04 pm #

            I have read them before. Like you Maj, he has claimed Trump is a criminal and has started a war.
            He, like you, provides no evidence whatsoever.
            He like you is low IQ.

            Wrong Majella is not low IQ not even a little she does how ever listen to a different propaganda stream with a penchant for not only being wrong or lacking in common sense but they also LIE straight to her face and people like her.

            What she has is a problem with discernment and point of view.

            When she says Trump is lying its because her view point is so iron clad and narrow she simply can’t see the reality that her side is even less honest then for lack of a better word our side.

          • Nightowl January 15, 2020 at 9:11 am #

            Yes benr, they lie to her face.

            And the results are spectacular. 🙂

        • MX Vet 57 January 14, 2020 at 9:47 pm #

          You’re a special kind of ignorant. You know that, right?

    • shotho January 13, 2020 at 10:27 am #

      Yes, witnesses and new evidence should be allowed in the Senate trial. This is a serious matter that will probably determine the future course of the government. Our rule of law demands that defense and prosecution make their best arguments possible under common law and this is a legal matter and not political. Democrats should be allowed to call any member of the Administration and otherwise that they consider necessary. Republicans should be allowed to procure all information pertinent to the relentless attacks on the President since before he was inaugurated and that includes a former president if necessary. There is no other way to move forward in governance that the country needs and demands.

      • DrTomSchmidt January 13, 2020 at 10:37 am #

        Yes, why the Reps don’t see this is beyond me. Although, as JHK pointed out last week, calling witnesses allows the Dems to surface all the materials dug up by Mueller. Maybe they don’t want that out there?

        • Nightowl January 13, 2020 at 11:27 am #

          Mueller didn’t find any crimes so it is moot.

          • DrTomSchmidt January 13, 2020 at 2:17 pm #

            So I thought. JHK from last week convinced me that there is forced testimony in Mueller that the Dems want to use, and testimony allows it.

          • Nightowl January 13, 2020 at 3:20 pm #

            Yes, of course. The real crime wasn’t in the report.

            LOL.

          • fineline January 15, 2020 at 11:31 am #

            Obviously, you are going by the Trump/Barr interpretation of the Mueller report.
            Mueller did not exonerate him. He said he could not indict because he is a president. I think Mueller chilled out

        • Epicur January 13, 2020 at 12:14 pm #

          “Maybe they don’t want that out there?”

          There are no blameless saints in DC. They all know that if this thing goes critical and explodes into full public view the list of casualties will be long.

          At this time there are still enough citizens who believe that the Republic still breathes and these caitiffs (new word for me) who sit at the top of the heap are serving the public good, or at least seeking it, but the number of believers is waning.

          If the eyes of the people are opened to the chicanery in DC they will vote this lot of pigs out of the public trough and replace it with a new one – an occurrence of no importance to the nation, but of vast importance to the incumbents.

          • SoftStarLight January 14, 2020 at 1:27 am #

            Yes but what about all of those thousands upon thousands of unelected bureaucrats?

          • Majella January 14, 2020 at 4:13 pm #

            “Unelected bureaucrats”…

            SSL, these are ’employees’, the vast majority of whom operate within their agencies in a non-partisan way.

            What would you suggest? That EVERY functionary position within all governments – Federal, State & Local – be elected?

            How often? Biennially, like Congress?

            Would there be primaries for the proverbial Dog Catcher? Could the Dog Catcher be liable for impeachment if s/he was found to be taking back-handers from puppy-farmers?

          • SoftStarLight January 15, 2020 at 12:51 am #

            I’m not exactly sure what should be done about it immediately. However, everyone is partisan to one degree or another so I fail to see how these employees don’t bring some partisanship to their jobs. Plus politics generally is deeply divided and political parties are willing to use the system against one another. And so it is a problem when you have so many people in these agencies with agendas that conflict with the general welfare. What can you do, fire them? They’re HR too.

      • ellipsis January 13, 2020 at 10:37 am #

        Trouble is, everyone inside the beltway knows that if they get to tugging on too many threads this thing would go to some very embarrassing (and incriminating) places before it’s through. Not likely to happen. Club membership has its rewards.

      • Nightowl January 13, 2020 at 11:32 am #

        They already made their case. Even more amusing is that their own witnesses either had nothing or were forced to truthfully state that they had no knowledge of any crime whatsoever.

        The entire thing backfired.

        If there is to be a trial, it follows standard procedure. And the world gets to see all of the evidence Trump’s defense has at hand.

        Would make for more entertaining viewing that even Swallwell’s hallway fart.

        • fineline January 15, 2020 at 11:33 am #

          I would love to see it. All witnesses, all of the time, where nobody can challenge a subpoena and truthful testimony is compelled. What a show that would be and God only knows where it would lead us. There are many with irons in this fire.

          • Nightowl January 16, 2020 at 6:15 am #

            You already had witnesses. And we found out that not only did they have no first-hand information regarding any crime, none of them said the Pres. committed a crime.

            Only the bumbling Mueller testimony was more amusing.

      • Soloview January 13, 2020 at 1:22 pm #

        A Senate impeachment trial is a quasi-judicial process. It is not a ‘legal matter’ as it has no prescribed procedural protocol to be followed. The presiding Chief Justice is a there for decoration purposes only. Rules and schedule are agreed on by case “managers”. In the absence of agreement, they are imposed by the Senate Majority (with the presiding justice’s nod). The last thing the country needs right now, (to an outside observer like myself), is outside pressures, and a factory churning out new pseudo-legal inventions. The House voted in articles of impeachment based on testimony and information available to it. The Senate trial should proceed to evaluate the case Nancy eventually sends and decide on its merit. Whether more witness testimony is required, is something the be decided by the Senate, and no-one else. The House had the option to petition the courts to rule on the committee’s subpoenas. Adam Schiff has not availed himself of it, and wrote up the articles anyways, with the idea of exerting max media pressure on the upper chamber to obtain the missing info on which to prosecute the House’s impeachment. Does this look like a process worthy of the Congress of the United States ?

        • DrTomSchmidt January 13, 2020 at 2:19 pm #

          “Does this look like a process worthy of the Congress of the United States”

          Well, this Congress. Not the Congress of Clay or Rayburn or even Tip O’Neill.

      • MX Vet 57 January 14, 2020 at 9:50 pm #

        It’s not the Senates job to call witnesses! It’s the House’s job to to do that.

        It’s hard for me to wrap my brain around how ignorant some of you are.

        • fineline January 15, 2020 at 11:35 am #

          The Senate does not see it that way. They, the jurors, think they can vote on calling witnesses.
          So do you think the House can call John Bolton at the Senate “trial”?

    • Beryl of Oyl January 13, 2020 at 11:40 am #

      If the House did the job it was elected to do, Nancy’s district wouldn’t have human waste all over the streets.

      • Jigplate January 13, 2020 at 12:34 pm #

        Nancy’s district has more problems now than shit piles in the the street. They now have DA chesa boudin implementing “restorative justice”. Can’t wait to see how that turns out

      • DrTomSchmidt January 13, 2020 at 2:20 pm #

        Untrue. If the Feds obeyed the constitution, there’d be no concern in DC about local matters. The House would not affect it either way.

    • lbs January 13, 2020 at 1:17 pm #

      If the House were not in the hands of fascists like Adam Schiff, this would all be over.

      • fineline January 15, 2020 at 11:38 am #

        The House is in control of the people of this country despite the gerrymandering efforts to suppress the true voice of the American people.

    • devon44 January 14, 2020 at 5:26 am #

      Fineline, I’m pretty sure you’ve committed a crime. I don’t know what it is, nor do I have evidence of anything. But I just want to put you on trial for as long as it takes for me to find a crime… err, I mean, review all the witnesses and evidence… for as long as it needs to go in. What’s so wrong with that?

      Oh, and say that whole paragraph in the most patronizing, honeyed voice you can muster.

      • Nightowl January 14, 2020 at 5:08 pm #

        Over his head, I suspect.

      • fineline January 15, 2020 at 4:14 pm #

        Devon-44 Please proceed. But don’t equate that with what the House is doing. They have defined the charges. Obstruction of Congress and abuse of power by attempting to use a foreign country to influence an election sor the benefit of Trump.

        To this point Trump has not been on trial and if he has a fair one, it should not take long to wrap this up.

        Nightowl, how would you ever know what is over my head? you have never been there?

        I can see you have been out of ammo for awhile. you are calling me names like little fascist and then questioning my IQ. Do you know what famous dumbass you sound like?

        • Nightowl January 16, 2020 at 6:17 am #

          I know based on the fact that everytime I ask you to substantiate your claims with evidence, you fail.

          Then you return and do it again.

          • fineline January 16, 2020 at 11:12 am #

            I know you dont know evidence when you see it. I know that you dont want to see it and whatever is offered you will simply say it is not evidence and that is a fact. What claims have I made by the way?

            The point I have been implying, that you just don’t seem to get is that there has been suppression of the evidence. You are deliberately obtuse.

            Why don’t you review the 40 hours of House testimony? Listen to what Parnas is saying. Look at all of the convictions and indictments surrounding the Trump administration.

            Are we to believe all of this happened to his benefit while he was in church?

            If you want to believe Trump you must believe obvious lies. But this is America. you are free to “believe” anything you want whether it is true or not. you are free to reject the truth and live a lie.

            Trump claims Obama was born in Kenya and does not offer any proof. He claims he has bone spurs and doent offer any proof. Why the sudden clamor for evidence?

            And why dont you substantiate some of your claims once in awhile.

  2. BackRowHeckler January 13, 2020 at 10:21 am #

    Phew!

    This goes deep, deep into the dark heart of the beast.

    • Epicur January 13, 2020 at 12:25 pm #

      If it were just a single beast the solution would be simple, but this is a problem that emerges from men in groups acting in accord.

      “If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”
      Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

      • WayfaringStranger January 13, 2020 at 12:54 pm #

        There is a rather ancient theory that there is one centralized source-beast. And the theory further goes on that Men in Groups acting in accord are pre-disposed to find affinity with this beast, and IT with them. Once people in large numbers start moving as one, appearing almost invisibly and impossibly coordinated then any society has a serious, serious problem, and it never ends well.
        That situation is anything but simple. And the lack of “solution” is as old as humanity itself.
        Maybe Heckler was hinting at something like that. Now go read Lord of the Flies, or your Bible. Both would be good.

        • SoftStarLight January 14, 2020 at 1:24 am #

          I would imagine its probably a bit of both. We all have the capacity for good and evil. It’s the same for groups too. The will is where its at IMHO.

  3. ellipsis January 13, 2020 at 10:32 am #

    Roberts has proven to be a steadfast non-interventionist in all things even remotely political, so I wouldn’t expect any relief from him.

    But all of this comes down to George Carlin’s Big Club thing. It’s a Big Club, and we, and apparently Trump, ain’t in it. Don’t expect any meaningful change for the better to come from any of this.

    • DrTomSchmidt January 13, 2020 at 10:35 am #

      Don’t expect activism from Roberts. Maybe Kavanaugh is annoyed enough at his treatment, like Clarence Thomas, to stab at the left from hell’s heart.

    • SoftStarLight January 14, 2020 at 1:17 am #

      Yeah, I don’t think Trump is in the club either. He is very close to many of the members probably but I suspect they dislike him a great deal and can’t wait for MAGA to finally be put to rest. Too bad he cares so much about being liked by everyone. Is he really being handicapped and held back by them, or himself, or a combo?

  4. DrTomSchmidt January 13, 2020 at 10:33 am #

    Meanwhile, we blow down the gas caps and mine uneconomic oil from the Permian shale, while spending $1trillion (between “defense,” “intelligence,” VA, nuclear weapons at energy, and interest on past military debt) annually.

    A very interesting question occurs to me: what percentage of defense spending “sticks” in the DC suburbs, versus being spent around the country at military plants? The justification of military spending was long that it provided jobs in a lot of congressional districts, but I wonder what the dollar breakdown is? My guess is that $500bln is showered on DC and the rest paid out to people like physical therapists around the country helping “warfighters” to function without the use of critical body parts.

    • JohnAZ January 13, 2020 at 11:12 am #

      The formation and growth of the Deep State has made a separate from the rest of us territory around DC. Guess where the highest per capita income is ? Guess where one of the bluest political areas is?

      Think about the reception of the presidents over the last fifty years. Who has been graciously accepted by the Deep State and who has been rejected?

      Insiders to the Deep State. Obama, Clinton, Bush1, Ford, LBJ, JFK

      Outsiders. Trump, big time, Bush2, Reagan, Carter, Nixon,

      Bush2 capitulated under DS pressure within his own party.

      Clinton fought the Deep State with Newt Gingrich 2nd term on welfare reform and holding down on spending. They impeached him

      Trump reduced taxes and showed the truth about the corruption of the Obama administration. They impeached him.

      Nixon started as an insider and rejected the DS Over his administration. They removed him.

      LBJ went totally with the MIC and the people rejected him. The Deep State lost on this one.

      Carter was the most intelligent but maligned President ever. He was literally thrown out by the Deep State.

      Anyway, the Deep State has been the enemy of the people of the US for two generations in their quest for ultimate power. The people surrounding DC ARE the Deep State, constantly trying to preserve its power base in DC and nation wide.

      Trump is not the only person in DC trying to undermine the increasing dominance of the Deep State.

      The way the people can regain their power of the vote is to throw the Deep State out of control of the Congress and maintain a president that will continue throwing out progressive judges in the judiciary.

      People who care, vote! Repudiate the Deep State.

      • messianicdruid January 13, 2020 at 11:57 am #

        “Carter was the most intelligent but maligned President ever. He was literally thrown out by the Deep State.

        Anyway, the Deep State has been the enemy of the people of the US for two generations in their quest for ultimate power.”

        Carter had no idea who his enemies were. Like most americans he tried to keep his belief system out of his job, unlike his handlers.

      • DrTomSchmidt January 13, 2020 at 2:32 pm #

        Not sure JFK was a DS insider… the book The Devil’s Chessboard, about the CIA, makes it clear how they expected JFK to bail out Bay of Pigs and how pissed off they were when he did not do so. There’s a strong implication that he signed his death warrant there. I wasn’t aware about Ford, who is kind of overlooked. He did attend Yale along with the Bushes and Clinton and Taft, so the OSS possibilities are there.

        Carter and Reagan strike me as 12 years of basically decent men as President. We haven’t had as decent a man in power since them.

        I don’t think voting gets rid of the DS, however. It ends when economics says we cannot afford to buy $800bln worth of human chess pieces for DC rats to play around with. That happens when unaffordable defense spending is no longer subsidized by the fiat dollar. Dunno when that happens, but I will wake a poorer but more trusting man on that day,

  5. lost-in-north-dakota January 13, 2020 at 10:38 am #

    A letter to the editor in my local newspaper yesterday referred to Trump as “Der Gropenführer,” lol.

    • DrTomSchmidt January 13, 2020 at 10:48 am #

      Biden, too?

      • JohnAZ January 13, 2020 at 11:31 am #

        Think about it. Who running for President in the Dem side that has a platform of reducing Deep State power, decreasing taxes, decreasing federal spending, protecting the people from immigrating criminals, decreasing drug usage, stopping illegal immigration, stopping human trafficking ala Epstein, self induced Black ascendancy and not dependency, Latino also, distribution of the federal bureaucracy around the US, down sizing the role of the federal government in our daily lives, programs to encourage workfare amongst the homeless, a legitimate healthcare setup.

        None.

        • Beryl of Oyl January 13, 2020 at 11:33 am #

          They are all running against the “reform” of health care they just passed.

        • ellipsis January 13, 2020 at 11:55 am #

          Better still, who among them could actually get any of that done, should they adopt such an agenda and actually get elected? None.

        • messianicdruid January 13, 2020 at 12:03 pm #

          The president executes law, it is not his job to make it. After thirty years of institutional misdirection, away from common law [ or constitutional if you prefer ] one man is not going to fix it.

          • messianicdruid January 13, 2020 at 12:15 pm #

            “This Global Government that is bludgeoning it’s way onto the scene is a force beyond human ability.  The changes that have already taken place and those that are coming very soon are truly Earth SHAKING.  The world has been turned upside down.  Life as we have known it is coming to an end.  The World will never be the same again.  In order to bring humans under the Global Authority they had to convince the people that they WANT to participate.  They had to convince you that the changes are not only urgently needed and necessary, but that they are for your benefit and something to be desired.”

          • JohnAZ January 13, 2020 at 1:03 pm #

            AKA

            Climate change, AGW or global warming.

        • DrTomSchmidt January 13, 2020 at 2:37 pm #

          Bernie used to hold a few of those positions.

          Tulsi Gabbard at least seems to want to end the wars in the ME, which is a position lying on the ground like a $100 bill for anyone to pick up. Trump picked it up and rode to the nomination, and if he doesn’t drop it and actually pulls some troops out, he is unassailable.

          Russia gate and impeachment are both about Democrats insisting that Trump take a harder line militarily against Russia, so Trump knows the anti war votes are all his.

        • Ishabaka January 13, 2020 at 2:50 pm #

          You left out “hasn’t started a war”. Trump is the first President since Carter who hasn’t started a war.

        • fineline January 14, 2020 at 11:27 am #

          Who on the right has a plan for reducing the debt. Cutting taxes doesn’t help. The national debt is at record levels as is the stock market. We are printing money and inflating assets and going into debt at a record pace.
          Do you watch the REPO market. Something like 500 billion of printing press monopoly money has gone through there since September. That is what is fueling the stock market, not industrial production.

          Evidently you see cutting taxes as progress. Where is the fiscal responsibility?
          And looks like he is going to build that wall, too defying the wishes of most Americans. but who is going to pay for it? Not Mexico.

          Do you understand the close ties with Trump and Epstein.
          I could go on and on but I dont want to force you to read a book.

    • Nightowl January 13, 2020 at 11:12 am #

      Now add Mussolini and Putin and we have done the weekly TDS retraumatization dance.

    • Sean Coleman January 14, 2020 at 7:08 am #

      “A letter to the editor in my local newspaper yesterday referred to Trump as “Der Gropenführer,” lol.”

      Which of the accusations made before the 2016 election do you believe and why?

      I do not find any of them believable. Perhaps we should start caling them Die Lugenhexen.

  6. fineline January 13, 2020 at 10:48 am #

    so congressional actions are challengeable in court. But the term action should be rightfully limited to something that has been passed by at least one chamber.

    each chamber defines its process, so when a chamber issues a subpoena so that they may inform themselves before taking an action, no court in the land should have any intervening power on that subpoena.

    Further, any subpoena from the House or Senate does not originate in the judiciary, that is, it is not a subpoena issued by a judge, therefore, the judiciary should not have any limiting power on that congressional subpoena.

  7. uslabor January 13, 2020 at 10:54 am #

    I can’t remember the crooks without a score card.

    • Beryl of Oyl January 13, 2020 at 11:38 am #

      You need a white board, felt-tipped markers, Post-it notes, and photos.
      The markers should be different colors.

      You can use a burlap bulletin board, push pins, and string also. Color code the string to the pins.

      Make sure you start with a really big board, or you will have to do it over.

  8. fugeguy January 13, 2020 at 11:07 am #

    Too bad this is so important. If any mess ever called for 1 to the head, to be soaked in gas and then the ashes buried and forgotten about, this is it!

    • Beryl of Oyl January 13, 2020 at 11:27 am #

      I think that’s what the institution known as the FBI calls for.

  9. Beryl of Oyl January 13, 2020 at 11:31 am #

    I looked up ‘caitiff’ thinking it might be a good cat name.

    Once again, very nice work.

    I’m pretty cynical, but I still don’t understand the behavior of the entirety of the MSM. Yes, some of them are just people of low intelligence who want their faces in front of a camera, but what about those with faces for newspapers? What happened to those guys, they are still around.

    • ellipsis January 13, 2020 at 11:53 am #

      Corporate owned media peddling corporate approved memes.

    • K-Dog January 13, 2020 at 2:37 pm #

      It is a good name for a cat.

    • Nightowl January 13, 2020 at 3:31 pm #

      Those with a semblance of a conscience don’t want to be blackballed. Since some 90 percent of the media we are exposed to is owned by approx. 5 corporations, I can certainly understand the fear.

      There is also the fact that companies tend to hire people who walk the line. The fake news machine is self-perpetuating.

      • fineline January 14, 2020 at 11:30 am #

        Good comment. The media is corporately owned and their favorite congressmen are GOP Republicans. They dont lie so much as they dont report all of the news.

        • Nightowl January 14, 2020 at 12:40 pm #

          You misunderstood my comment.

          They lie repeatedly and verifiably. And they support the politicians who support their paymasters, regardless of party.

          • fineline January 15, 2020 at 10:12 am #

            You must be watching Fox News then

  10. volodya January 13, 2020 at 11:54 am #

    If the Horowitz report is anything to go by, all this hurly-burly will amount to nothing. I mean, no political bias in the decision to investigate Trump? Really? Seriously? 

    What ails the commonwealth is an absurd disposition of things that was set up over the past few decades, arrangements that, judging by the creakings and crackings in the foundations of the financial system, are not working, and that can’t work given the many, many built-in contradictions.

    That these are arrangements that have no future isn’t just indicated by abstractions like government statistics (ignoring for the moment financial marketmisinformation or the glops of numbers and text from black-box bank financial statements) but in the physical condition of a multitude of towns and cities and people not just in the American interior but also in Canada and the UK and France and other places.

    The immiserization of millions is where Trump got his political toe-hold. To give Bernie some credit, he had similar ideas but he got sand-bagged by the DNC. And not just these two guys but a proliferation of organizations and movements all over the world.  

    And so, in the USA, Trump it was. The problem of course is that someone advocating for a course change away from current economic and business policy needs support in the so-called Deep State. The reason is that he’d be stepping on the toes of some very rich people that set things up to benefit themselves and their own class – the oligarchy – and also the toes of the managerial clerisy that also got fat and comfortable from the oligarchs’ leavings.

    But Trump had no such support, no depth of people in powerful positions, people that could have his back, that could push for a real accounting for the obvious sedition in Washington. The people on the ground that supported Trump (the Deplorables) hadn’t infiltrated government bureaucracies, had nobody in the intel or law enforcement community that could have helped out. Too bad about that. Maybe there’s support in the military but so far such support hasn’t been evident.  

    And so you have the travesties that took place, for example, against Mike Flynn. And also that ludicrous Mueller – cough – investigation, which was nothing but a ploy to dig up dirt on Trump.

    And astoundingly, despite those many months and tens of millions spent, Mueller came up goose-eggs against a big, fat target, one that spent decades in mobbed-up and corrupt industries like real estate and gambling. Not one fucking thing.

    Either the investigators working for Mueller were incompetent baffoons or Trump is one truly admirable individual, ethical and above-board in his dealings, an honest tax-payer also, given the lack of action against him by the IRS. Given the raft of bankruptcies Trump authored and the high profile of his career, I have to believe that he’s had federal tax audits up his ass all his life. But, as yet, nothing.

    Never mind that I intend to apply to Trump for a job, I dunno, maybe as his door-man, because he’s as pure as the driven snow and I’d like to know what it’s like to work for such a moral man, such a man evidently has no place in the corridors of power. Not yet at any rate, especially since he’s advocated for the so-called “little guy”, that class of people screwed-over these past few decades by plutocrats and their lackeys in Washington.

    • JohnAZ January 13, 2020 at 1:09 pm #

      Wow, V.

      The Trump haters might have something to add here.

      I believe you are right.

      Akkams razor. When you look everywhere and can’t find anything, maybe it wasn’t there is the first place.

      • JohnAZ January 13, 2020 at 1:11 pm #

        Akam’s razor. The simplest answer is probably correct.

        • Nightowl January 13, 2020 at 3:34 pm #

          That isn’t actually Occam’s razor. It is what people who misuse the concept often claim it is.

          No snark. Look it up.

      • fineline January 13, 2020 at 1:51 pm #

        If you have been following, you would know that they have not looked everywhere. The coveruppers have successfully blocked efforts to look everywhere.

        There are witnesses that many want to hear from, but the coveruppers are doing everything they can do to make sure they are not heard from.

        • Nightowl January 13, 2020 at 3:38 pm #

          By all means, tell us who they are.

          And show us, with hard, verifiable evidence, who the “coveruppers” are; what they are covering up; and how they are doing so.

          Here is your big chance.

          • fineline January 13, 2020 at 7:39 pm #

            Nightowl, they are in plain sight. Number one is Rudy Guliani.
            Then theres Mitch McConnell, Lindsay Graham, Don JR and then there is Trump himself who has suppressed so many witnesses. There are others, also. You just have to look up.

            He claims he is protecting future presidents, but he is just protecting himself, inventing exotic terms such as presidential immunity, etc.
            What he is doing is shielding the American public from the facts that they should be privy to. Who is protecting us from his abuse of his office?

            Remeber this is the guy who says with a straight face, that he had a bigger crowd than Obama climate change is a chinese hoax. and that hurricane Dorian was going to hit Alabama

            He also says he killed Suleimani in retaliation for a US contractor in Syria until the embassy story sounded better. and thhat Al Baghdadi was crying and begging for his life when nobody else who was there, knows anything about it. You are so smart, NightOwl nobody going to fool you

          • Nightowl January 14, 2020 at 2:17 am #

            Show us the evidence.

          • fineline January 14, 2020 at 11:36 am #

            Thats what I say night owl, show us the evidence. Let everybody testify. Do not let Trump block key witnesses.

            but Sondland and others have already testified to some incriminating stuff. You seem to ignore that. There are those who can corroborate or impeach that evidence but obviously Trump does not want them testifying.
            How many Trump people have been found guilty and served jail time for various crimes such as lying? They catch Trump in a lie every day now.

          • Nightowl January 14, 2020 at 11:53 am #

            What witnesses did Trump get to call in the House?

            The witchhunt backfired.

            Now it is time for the Senate to decide, and the Pres. rightfully gets to defend himself.

            Which will be easy, as no crime has been established.

          • fineline January 14, 2020 at 3:51 pm #

            The House hearings were not the trial. I dont know that you can try this case in the House. you can only decide if a trial is warranted. And they did. Now it comes to the Senate and I think Trump should be able to call any witness he wants that can testify to the facts of the matter.
            I would like to hear from Hunter Biden and Mike Pompeo, not to mention Rex Tillerson for that matter. Every relevant witess should be called.
            But what do you think of a trial where a jury can profess to be biased and then be able to vote on witnesses?
            That is what we have now.

            Shouldnt the relevance of witnesses be left up to the judge, in this case John Roberts?

            They will ultimately dismiss anyway. When was the last time 67 of them agreed on anything. One thing comes to mind is that they voted 99-1 to authorize Obama to make what is now known as the Iran Deal. Even though those on the right always claimed they were totally against it. And budgets and suspending the debt ceiling.

            The ultimate jury will be the voters in November, notwithstanding voter suppression, diebold machines, gerry mandering etc.
            But hopefully we will have a fully informed electorate.

          • Majella January 14, 2020 at 4:24 pm #

            You’re stuck in a rut, NO. *yawn*

          • Nightowl January 14, 2020 at 5:10 pm #

            The witnesses all blew up in your face, supporting Trump’s claims.

            Yet you feel a trial is warranted.

            Where is the crime and where is your evidence?

            Go, on. Show us.

          • Majella January 14, 2020 at 9:55 pm #

            *yawn*

          • fineline January 15, 2020 at 10:56 am #

            NightOwl. If you were only as smart as you like to think you are. You are as blind as you want to be and just see what you want to see.

            you obviously do not know evidence when you see it.

            You think it is simply enough to say show us the evidence, show us the crime, but no amount of evidence will do for you.

            Trump is right about one thing. He could shoot someone in the middle of fifth avenue and he could get away with it. And I expect you would still be saying show us the evidence.

            If you dont see any by now, you dont want to see.

            FYI, they had 40 hours of testimony on capitol hill. You could start there.

            Despite the muzzling of key witnesses, stuff still leaked through.

            dont you want to hear from the key witnesses or do you want to continue to live in your fake world, where you have a high IQ, you are smarter than everybody, that anybody that has some reasonable logical common sense questions must be some low brow low iq trump hater.

            here is a guy who looked for a Kenyan birth certificate for 6 years, but never went to Kenya to find it, who claims he has bone spurs but doesn’t have a n xray to prove it while he tramps around golf courses all his life. But an xray would be evidence. We don’t need that stuff. Thats for Trumo haters.

            He claims he had a bigger inaugural crowd than Obama.

            he also claims he is a high IQ guy who doesnt have an IQ test to show. He has his college transcripts locked away so nobody can see his grades. He even had Michael Cohen threaten the college if they released those transcripts.

            He wants you to believe, nightowl, that he is under audit by the IRS all of the time for all of his tax returns.

            And he just couldnt stand it when Hurricane Dorian did not show up in Alabama. He even modified the drawing to make it look like Dorian would go there.

            This is the same guy who tells you that this is all a witch hunt, a hoax, that the whole world, except his zealous sycophants, of course, is lying and out to get him.

            He is stealing money from the military right now so the monsters from Mexico wont stampede across the border as we are getting our ass run out of places like Syria, Turkey, Venezuela, Iraq. This time next year, Nightowl, N korea and Iran will be more nuclear than ever , the debt will be higher than ever, the CO2 will be higher. The stock market might be higher too but only because we are now able to print all of the money we want since the Congress in a show of bipartisan ship suspended the debt ceiling. It is true, the evidence is there. And as the world melts down or blows up, Nightowl, you will continue to chant “Show me the evidence”

            Oh the things you have to believe to be in that self righteous club. It is an exclusive club, of course, because most have too much reason, logic. and common sense to qualify. And IQ continues to limit membership also

          • Nightowl January 16, 2020 at 6:20 am #

            So no evidence? A towering intellect.

      • fineline January 13, 2020 at 1:53 pm #

        why do you confuse the pursuit of the truth as hatred for Trump?

        • volodya January 13, 2020 at 2:08 pm #

          Who’s confusing pursuit of truth with hatred for Trump?

          • fineline January 14, 2020 at 11:38 am #

            Pay atttention, there are many. I see it all the time. Simple statements like saying let Bolton testify provoke comments that the stater is a Trump hater. Its like anything short of sticking you head up Trumps a#$ is identified as Trump hater.

          • Majella January 14, 2020 at 9:57 pm #

            …which is ironic, as Himself has said he ‘wants all these guys to testify’, but! he’s thinking about OTHER, FUTURE Presidents.

            No doubt, he’s planning protection for President Ivanka, followed by President DJT Jr, followed by President Eric…

          • volodya January 15, 2020 at 11:40 am #

            Majella, I wonder what things were like during the long decades of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire, in both its East and West incarnations. It can’t have looked as ridiculous as this.

            Given the unlikelihood of a Trumpian administration, a lot of impossible things now look possible. From the perspective of Ike’s time in office, or that of Roosevelt, who’d a thunk that somebody like Dubya would make it in? It would have looked inconceivable. Yet it happened. Democrat combat veterans versus Republican chicken-hawks? Mind-bending, yet there it is, right in front of our eyes.

            Or an improbability like Obama, who, as my wife sez, is very easy on the eyes, who is very well spoken and confident in front of a crowd, who is obviously very bright, who sports Ivy League credentials, yet who had a vanishingly thin resume and who won on the basis of an exuberantly uncritical and uniformed followership. Hope? Yes we can? Once he got in, never mind the progressive rhetoric, he saved Wall Street’s ass and declined to prosecute. Nope, no we can’t. Too big to jail or some-such.

            Life gets stranger and wierder by leaps and bounds. President Trump Junior? We can laugh all we like, but look at what came before.

          • Majella January 15, 2020 at 2:36 pm #

            V, I wasn’t joking!

          • volodya January 16, 2020 at 9:27 am #

            Nor was I.

  11. BornToKillPeace January 13, 2020 at 1:39 pm #

    Anyone following Virginia and 2a?

  12. volodya January 13, 2020 at 2:05 pm #

    There are a multitude of people in the USA (other countries too) that full well know that current arrangements are untenable economically and financially. 

    Look back in history. The NSDAP didn’t come from nowhere, there were a panoply of organizations in Germany that were formed in response to the defeat of WW1, the terms of the peace accord that followed, the monetary mismanagement that caused ruinous inflation and then the economic collapse of the Great Depression. These organizations were based in various places in Germany, Hitler and his crew in Bavaria, and were of various political persuasions of the Left and the Right.

    And there wasn’t uniformity within the gang following Hitler. Some were admirers of Russia, one chap, Hitler’s fellow street-brawler and later body-guard and chauffeur, Emil Maurice, had a lot of Jewish ancestry. No matter, Maurice served as an SA storm-trooper, became a founding member of the SS and Hitler had Maurice and his brothers declared honorary Aryans. You can’t make this shit up.

    The point is that there was a lot of energy in Germany at ground level agitating against what was at the time an unworkable status-quo. 

    The NSDAP came out on top for various reasons, but the point again is that Germans weren’t sitting on their duffs waiting for shit to happen, they were actively organizing. That’s the missing ingredient in the USA, Trump isn’t in power because of a bottom-up movement but because he did a hostile takeover of the Republican Party. Too bad about that too because he had against him the party hierarchy plus people like Mitt Romney who must have nightmares every night plus obsessive thoughts haunting him over the notion that it should be him in the Oval office. Same with McCain before he went to his eternal reward. 

    How is it that Trump succeeded and Romney and McCain failed? Trump directly addressed economic distresses of a large segment of the populace. The Greatly Enlightened will tell us that it was nothing more than idiocy and racism and all the various isms and phobias in the uneducated Deplorables that accounts for Trump’s win. If that’s what the Enlightened want to think, then they will keep losing. 

    But for Trump to gain the upper hand over the sedition plaguing his presidency and which will likely infest his second term if he wins again, he needs to have his people in the Deep State. That is to say, his ideas need to gain support in universities, in the judiciary, in the military, in the intel and law enforcement communities, in the foreign affairs establishment. All these various organizations need cleaning out anyway, but Trump can’t stand alone against a bureaucratic apparatus that will stymie his every move. Neo-liberalism has to be recognized as intellectually inadequate and misconceived and due for history’s dumpster

    Going out to Trump rallies is fine as far as it goes, but what is necessary is clubs and organizations dedicated to the objectives that Trump and his supporters espouse, that push and harangue and lobby. The Republican Party may be good for some of this, but it is a party beholden to monied interests. Better to start over IMO and keep the Oligarchs out of it. No good will come from their involvement. 

    • elysianfield January 13, 2020 at 4:37 pm #

      “How is it that Trump succeeded and Romney and McCain failed?”

      Volodya,
      …Because…they were not running against the Demon Sow? Or an iteration of the Sow? She/it is not a sympathetic creature.

      • volodya January 14, 2020 at 12:10 pm #

        Yeah, coulda been that.

      • volodya January 14, 2020 at 12:16 pm #

        It helps to have a bad opponent. The opponent does your work for you and defeats him/herself.

    • Ricechex January 13, 2020 at 11:53 pm #

      Volodya,
      I just wanted to say thank you. I find your posts so informative and I look forward to see what insight and wisdom you will pass on each week. When I see you are the poster, I stop and read every word. Thanks Again.
      Elizabeth

      • volodya January 14, 2020 at 9:49 am #

        E. thanks for your kind words. It makes it worth the time and effort.

      • Majella January 14, 2020 at 4:25 pm #

        I second that, Volodya.

        • volodya January 15, 2020 at 11:06 am #

          Thanks. I read and enjoy your commentary also.

    • SoftStarLight January 14, 2020 at 1:08 am #

      V this is an excellent point but in many ways we are too far gone for civic engagement and political participation to make a true difference, at least it would seem. The globalists are thoroughly imbedded in every aspect of government bureaucracy, and their ranks far surpass those who espouse even the mildest of nationalist ideas. The globalists are therefore tightly in control of who is hired and fired. Only a revolution of serious scope could change that dynamic. Otherwise Trump would not be so helplessly handicapped. The globalists contol academia, media, etc. The globalists are winning on the censorship front in traditional and social media for the most part and they definitely have the brutal cancel culture on their side. I don’t disagree with you that nationalists should continue and grow their engagement and reach, but the hard left globalists control all the levers of power so ultimately it doesn’t seem like the political system as it is offers much to anyone who isn’t a globalist.

      • volodya January 14, 2020 at 11:09 am #

        SSL, totally agree with you about the consensus that developed among the allegedly “educated” classes at the upper end of the societal pyramid. 

        I think the choice that faces us is one of controlled demolition of an unworkable economic system versus uncontrolled collapse. I think that you and I and most people reading this blog have got functional eyes and minds and can fully see that neo-liberalism can’t work. It is just plain illogical in its conceptual underpinnings, its supporters willfully blind to its deleterious consequences as Borntokillpeace sez, and is, in short, it’s an arrangement without a future as our esteemed host would tell us.

        The problem then is what to do. Let it collapse under the weight of its own absurdities and then pick up the pieces later? We COULD do that and in the end that’s maybe how it goes. That’s what happened in effect to the USSR and communism in eastern Europe. Look at the practical consequences though which were pretty dire with local would-be oligarchs ripping off everything not nailed down (and turning places like London into centers for money-laundering and organized crime) with the connivance of intelligence insiders and the blind-eye of the intellectual elite. 

        The Chinese and others took another approach, recognizing that what they had was seriously misfiring and taking a stab at reforms. Now, the “progress” they’ve made is uneven and riddled with official corruption and depends on churning out crap for export to the US and so is part and parcel of this soon to be defunct system of world production and consumption. But they have the factories on Chinese soil thanks to the geniuses that moved them there from the US and other western countries. And that’s more than what we have. 

        So what do we do here? Trump’s idea was tariffs and better trade terms. And maybe they’ll do some good, maybe move the needle a bit.

        But, like you say, maybe things are too far gone, the Powers-That-Be too entrenched, their ideas too established not only in in their own minds but also the minds of their enabling clerisy. And maybe ordinary people are too passive to do anything about it. I hope it isn’t this way but you could be right and so instead of a controlled dismantling we have a crash and burn.

        Time is never on our side. We either deal with reality or it deals with us. 

        • JohnAZ January 14, 2020 at 11:37 am #

          Capitalism and republican democracy are both reactionary. Our Constitution is meant to limit how much the Feds can do to exert power. So if one is looking to any government to fix the economic problems, it probably is not going to happen.

          That is why our current drive toward socialism is so dangerous. Dependence on government by individuals is a death sentence. The US has always excelled because of a dominance of individual responsibility, not government.

          Pro action requires individuals, not government lackeys.

        • fineline January 14, 2020 at 11:41 am #

          I agree, neoliberalism can never work. It would require human compassion and charity. Not gonna happen in this greedy every man for himself zeitgeist.

          • Nightowl January 14, 2020 at 11:57 am #

            You are not a neoliberal, yet you openly support an unprecidented neoliberal assault on a sitting President who openly opposes neoliberalism.

            LOL.

          • fineline January 16, 2020 at 11:15 am #

            So nightowl, what is a neoliberal? How does it differ from a neoconservative. Why parrot terms you do not understand and use them to call names?

          • Nightowl January 17, 2020 at 8:46 am #

            I understand them perfectly.

            Hence why I laughed at another of your low-IQ musings.

        • Majella January 14, 2020 at 4:35 pm #

          Volodya

          You stated, “…depends on churning out crap for export to the US”. I take some issue with that, as a broad generalization. Sure, they make crap & nonsense for the $2 shops of the world, but the Chinese manufacturing sector is far from limited to useless junk:

          “ndustry and construction account for about 48% of China’s GDP. China ranks first worldwide in industrial output. Major industries include mining and ore processing; iron and steel; aluminum; coal; machinery; armaments; textiles and apparel; petroleum; cement; chemical; fertilizers; food processing; automobiles and other transportation equipment including rail cars and locomotives, ships, and aircraft; consumer products including footwear, toys, and electronics; telecommunications and information technology.” (Wikipedia)

          However, the present situation is as you say – unbalanced and riddled with inequity. That the CCP owns around 40% of all industrial capacity has allowed the cracks to be papered over for quite some time. When the cracks get too large to ignore any longer, it’ll be quite the sh#tshow.

          • volodya January 15, 2020 at 10:58 am #

            Hi, yes, “crap” is an overly broad-brush disparagement used in reference to my own experience with stuff bought in Walmart.

            I refused to learn from my mistakes and went back a few more times, for example, to buy shoes which came apart within a few months. Made in China? You bet.

            Could I see what was right under my own nose? It took some time but finally I did.

            But still. A couple years ago I took my mother to a Walmart to buy a small, expandable file-folder to hold her bank and investment statements. We went there because it was convenient, armed with the rationalization that it was impossible to screw up a file-folder.

            Well, yes they could. The folder had a cover with a clasp to hold the cover in place. As we were walking to the check-out to pay, I was complaining to her about the junk they sell and no sooner had I finished, the clasp fell off and clattered on the floor. Made in China? Yessiree.

            We put the file-folder back and went to an office supply store nearby.

            But I take your point.

      • JohnAZ January 14, 2020 at 11:31 am #

        Soros himself stated that his latest incursion into Us disruption politics is to back State and local prosecutors. Chicago, Baltimore are two already in place. More coming.

    • JohnAZ January 14, 2020 at 11:28 am #

      V

      Grassroots is the key. The Liberals know this much better than the Right. That is why they are fighting the Wall with everything they have. The more “ignorant about American heritage” people we have the the country, the more Left it will drift.

      The Right sucks at grass roots politics.

      • volodya January 14, 2020 at 11:53 am #

        Yeah, there’s a lot to what you’re saying. And I keep reading about militias organizing hither and yon and I wonder what good they’re doing, whether they’re on the Left or the Right. Target practice in woodland redoubts isn’t much more than play-acting with guns. I think there’s better uses of time and money and energy if they want to effect change, if they’re serious about it. It’s better if they come out into the public square and air it all out. 

        Trump did everyone a service by drawing attention to some really obvious problems that escaped the notice of the monied elite as did Bernie. But Bernie and Trump can’t do everything themselves. 

        Meeting in people’s basements or living rooms is better than nothing and it’s a start. What needs to happen IMO is disposing of the Republican Party and starting with something new – a MAGA party for want of a better name. Kansas stopped buying Republican bullshit a long time ago anyway.

        Same with the Democrats. They’re way, way past their “best before” date. You can argue about the good or bad they’ve done in the past but I can’t see for the life of me what earthly good they’re doing now. It’s like Mark Shields said about the Democrats just after the 2016 election win by Trump, too much LGBTQ and not enough bread and butter (I’m paraphrasing). Time to say bye-bye.

  13. Don January 13, 2020 at 2:22 pm #

    I think the impeachment of Trump is a last gasp of the Democrats to try to keep a little bit of power in US government. Done poorly, it is just political theatre, and meaningless to most people.

    I just read this, and I have to agree that the US is pretty much under control of fascists now:

    eand.co/the-far-right-takeover-of-america-is-almost-complete-67e9810d846b

    • volodya January 13, 2020 at 2:40 pm #

      My own clan has more than a glancing acquaintance with fascists ie those from the 1920s and 1930s. From what they’ve told me of their own experiences, what we have on this side of the pond is nothing fascistic, not even close. 

      I’ve found “fascist” to be an all-purpose slander designed to distract from material issues that directly impact the lives of many millions of people. So is “populist”.

      Having said that, if one is really convinced of this “fascism” I would strongly advise a re-think. Misdiagnosis and misapprehension are not adaptive responses. Thye can lead to serious trouble. For decades the intelligentsia touted neo-liberal agendas as the best thing for everyone and for a long time a lot of people were convinced.

      The returns are in and the results calamitous. Time to re-evaluate, which is what the Trump win and this Brexit business are all about. Same with the gilets jaunes movement in France, to take just a few examples.

    • BornToKillPeace January 13, 2020 at 5:39 pm #

      Wtf does Umair Haque know?
      If I drove him 50 miles on a blue highway with nothing but cornfields on each side, would I have to spray bleach on the passenger seat after he got out?

      • BornToKillPeace January 13, 2020 at 5:44 pm #

        My problem is with how all of these a-holes closed a blind eye to everything detrimental that has happened in America or abroad by America for two generations – now they act as if they can see because they learned a few 21st c. minstrel songs and dance.

        • volodya January 14, 2020 at 11:33 am #

          What you say is true and a wonder to behold.

    • JohnAZ January 14, 2020 at 11:43 am #

      Don

      It is funny because I believe the Left still controls too much of our polity. If they had the Senate, they would be pulling a coup against a duly elected president. That is wrong.

      Dems are much better Deep State politicians than the Right, that is why they dominate.

      I believe the whole concept of our two party system is dying and two new parties are going to emerge.

      Populist vs. socialistic. Trump vs. Bernie!

      • Majella January 14, 2020 at 4:47 pm #

        Bernie is way more of a genuine ‘populist’ than Trump – he actually cares about outcomes for ordinary people and the under-served.

        Bernie’s system of delivery is democratic socialism, which opens him to the usual mouth-frothing ravings of those who wilfully misunderstand its agenda. Winning the WH would be just a beginning. He’d still have to battle the moderate & right of the Democratic party and will struggle to get anything of his agenda actually done, unless he also gets a decent majority in the Senate in November.

        Himself’s ‘system’ is to lie to his base, scream at, rant about, abuse and demean those who disagree with him, while NOT delivering anything, mainly because he has no actual agenda.

        I read the Trumpsters hereabouts who like to ascribe to him a wide range of nuanced planning & thinking, a fox-like cunning in defeating the so-called Deep State. Ha! Deluded.

    • fineline January 15, 2020 at 11:45 am #

      I agree. While many are calling for smaller government, less government, the corporations have filled the void of power once held by we the people.
      We actually need bigger stronger government so that this thing can work for everybody and not just the few who have bullied, bullshitted and bought their way to the front of the line.

      • Nightowl January 16, 2020 at 4:05 am #

        That government you speak of is bought and paid for through corporate lobbying, with the exception of our current President (who was largely self-funded) and a few others, whom the rest of the power structure despises. That current government has also grown immensely since 2001.

        Big government and centralization go hand in hand. We the people hold power when the federal government is small, and state governments are empowered to make more of their own decisions.

        Centralization is bad. It is even worse when the entity being centralized is owned by monied elites who purchase marionettes.

        • fineline January 16, 2020 at 11:21 am #

          Self funded? There are contractors/vendors all over the world who claim that he he owes them money? And he is not wholly self funded. How about the foundation and charity money he swiped for his campaign.

          How do you know anything until we see his tax returns?

          where is the “evidence” You need to show Concrete evidence.

          what has grown is the National debt. As the stock market rises, Main Street is contracting.

          I agree that corporations hold all the power. But only because government is not big enough to control them.

  14. K-Dog January 13, 2020 at 2:32 pm #

    More Trump Depression Syndrome.


    The bank that allegedly underwrote Trump’s loans is one of the largest banks in Russia, and is majority owned by the Russian government. VTB (Vneshtorgbank) was placed on a sanctions list by the U.S. and the European Union in July 2014 as punishment for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, ensuring anyone who continued doing business with the bank after that date could be subject to criminal liability.

    VTB returned to headlines in 2018 when Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, admitted that both he and Trump were told in 2015 that VTB would be the funder of the now-infamous Trump Tower Moscow project. Trump associate Felix Sater reportedly arranged for VTB to fund the project and worked to approve passports for a planned trip to Russia. As the election heated up, the trip became politically unpalatable and never occurred.

    Virtually every part of their plan involved Putin or someone close to him. The equity? Putin’s boys. The debt? Kremlin-connected banks. The land? A Putin ally. The approvals? Government entities. The marketing? Putin himself. Look at Trump Moscow long enough and it gives the impression it was less of a deal between Trump and a random Russian and more of a deal between Trump and Putin.

    Let there be resistance.

    • volodya January 13, 2020 at 2:45 pm #

      The version I heard is that Trump tried to get a tower built in Russia but couldn’t get anyone over there to answer the phone. Which means that Trump was treated like a nobody.

    • Nightowl January 13, 2020 at 3:40 pm #

      Well, depressed isn’t as bad as deranged.

      Depends on how bad your symptoms get, I suppoose.

    • JohnAZ January 14, 2020 at 11:55 am #

      Kdog

      Good report and not surprised.

      The real problem is we do not have legal setups for foreign invested net, both here and there. So the oligarchs do whatever they want. Competition drives the shrewdest to win usually. Then the politicians utilize the supposedly deviant behaviors to attack each other. That IS Russiagate. Putin is the leader of the oligarchs in Russia, anyone dealing with Russia before 2016, Trump and the Clintons amongst them, were dealing with Putin. Heck, Hillary sold our Uranium to him.

      I notice there has not been one effort to try to put controls on our dealings with Russia, China or even Ukraine. Just a bunch of American assholes duking it out with each other.

      The current impeachment effort is going to fail because there is no legal basis for it. The Biden thing is going to fail because there is no legal basis for it. The quid pro quo was used all the time by our government and business folks all over the world.

      The Dems are making this up as they go for political purposes, It will not hold up in a legitimate court.

      Our government is a joke currently. It will remain so as long as we keep sending the same clowns back every two years.

  15. malthuss January 13, 2020 at 2:32 pm #

    Only 7 days until our holiday— MLK DAY.

    news.yahoo.com/heat-islands-racist-housing-policies-185402908.html

    • malthuss January 13, 2020 at 2:34 pm #

      Only 4 comments there–here are the first 3,

      Now a heatwave is racist??? My lord keep letting them get away with blaming racism instead of their own actions and what they do to a community once taken over. Nor racist at all

      Derek
      18 minutes ago
      Their heritage is in the jungles of Africa and then the deep south of America. They should be used to it. Yesterday, the concept of time was racist. Today, it’s the weather.

      Donald
      25 minutes ago
      RACIST FAKE NEWS !!

      • Nightowl January 13, 2020 at 3:42 pm #

        How quickly we forget that cauliflower was also racist, with yucca being the prog.-approved alternative.

        And don’t forget milk. Milk is the worst!

        • JohnAZ January 14, 2020 at 11:57 am #

          How about snow? Is God racist?

    • BackRowHeckler January 13, 2020 at 3:41 pm #

      Malthus

      Figures that article come from the Guardian of London.

      The Guardian has two themes and only two: Racism and Climate Change. Every story, anything that has happened in the world or is happening, is shoehorned into the climate change and racism narrative. In the article you site above they managed to kill two birds with one stone, combining both memes in the same story.

      I have noticed in recent months Social Justice Warriors and Climate Change Fanatics joining forces to form a united front, anti world thugs at war with western civilization, freedom and prosperity.

      Brh

      • JohnAZ January 14, 2020 at 11:58 am #

        BRH

        Gee, I wonder who might be behind it?

      • GreenAlba January 16, 2020 at 7:26 am #

        brh

        “The Guardian has two themes and only two: Racism and Climate Change”

        A short list from today’s Graun:

        Problem gambling
        Trump/Ukraine
        Food security after Brexit
        Dementia
        Rain in Australia (hooray)
        Nitrous oxide ban
        Alcohol
        Amsterdam’s red light district
        Trial of union leader for assault
        Weekend loneliness
        New agriculture bill
        Privatisation in our cities
        TS Eliot prize winner
        ‘Scottish standoff’
        Playing the race card
        Croatia – enchanting words for genitalia (!)
        Growth versus green (from the economics editor, not the environmental ed.)
        Loads of sports articles
        Some tedious stuff about the ‘Sussexes’ and their little crisis
        NHS whistleblower
        Televising of judges’ sentencing in high-level trials
        Teen resilience
        Prostate cancer
        Record numbers of state school pupils get Oxford places
        Labour leadership polls
        MI6 informant’s appeal
        Treatment of an asylum seeker
        Hong Kong
        Warren-Sanders
        Israeli spyware firm
        Iranian nuclear deal
        Water quality in Rio
        Coronavirus
        German industrial recession warning
        US/China trade deal issues
        Bunch of film/performance reviews
        Extinction Rebellion
        Instagram ban on self-harm images
        Trump impeachment
        Breakthrough giving insight into early complex life on earth
        Putin article
        US immigration – tent courts
        Trump impeachment
        Refugee conditions on Lesbos
        Retail catastrophe in Stockton-on-Tees (home of my school years)
        Male rape survivors
        Climate emergency – 2019 second hottest year on record
        Some ‘lifestyle’ articles

        Hyperbole is rarely helpful. Credibility is useful.

        • GreenAlba January 16, 2020 at 7:28 am #

          And that’s before clicking on ANY of the tabs.

        • GreenAlba January 16, 2020 at 7:34 am #

          Perhaps you should give Off Guardian a try? It’s a useful antidote. To the Graun, I mean, not to your hyperbole and credibility problem.

        • BackRowHeckler January 16, 2020 at 7:22 pm #

          And every one of them looked at thru the prism of Climate change and racism.

          • GreenAlba January 17, 2020 at 6:28 am #

            You forgot to include some examples, brh…

            Why don’t you start with prostate cancer and male rape survivors?

    • ellipsis January 13, 2020 at 3:47 pm #

      Not a fan of the Negroes, I take it?

      • SoftStarLight January 14, 2020 at 1:35 am #

        Some people become fans if they are magical.

  16. wm5135 January 13, 2020 at 2:59 pm #

    Mr. Kunstler;
    Really a good and very snappy jab. Please serve up a few more jabs mixed with a few punishing hooks.

    gloves are off

    to all
    go to your hymnal to see how this plays out

    • BackRowHeckler January 13, 2020 at 6:12 pm #

      Two Ton Tony Galenta’s right hook

      Took down Joe Louis in round 1 in their title fight at MSG

      After that Louis cut Two Ton Tony into ribbons

      “I’ll moider da bum” – Two Ton before the fight

      “I coulda beat em if dey let me fight my way – Two Ton Tony after the fight, from his home in Joisey City

      Those were the days

      Brh

      • BackRowHeckler January 13, 2020 at 8:19 pm #

        Correction: Left hook.

        Two Ton Tony trained for his title shot drinking a case of Ballentine, eating a dozen eggs, and a side of hotdogs from the butcher every day.

        On his off day he’d down a barrel of red wine and a vat of spaghetti.

        Two Ton owned a bar in Jersey City owned a bar in Jersey City, it was called the ‘Going Nuts’ or something like that. Tony served as his own bouncer as you can well imagine. I can picture local dock workers and hard men working at the Erie RR coming into the Going Nuts for a beer, a free sandwich, peanuts, and to be close to greatness.

        Two Ton Tony got his road work in after he closed his bar at 2:00 am. Nobody thought it was strange,

        Back when Murika was Murika, CFNers

      • BackRowHeckler January 14, 2020 at 6:06 am #

        Two Ton Tony Galento wasn’t worried about his caloric intake. Nevertheless, he lived into his late 60s if I’m correct.

        • volodya January 14, 2020 at 9:46 am #

          He lived the way he wanted. Good for him.

  17. wm5135 January 13, 2020 at 3:01 pm #

    Find five good men.

    alas Hope has been dashed again

  18. BornToKillPeace January 13, 2020 at 4:48 pm #

    Two things of note that I would like to share with all of you today.

    I briefly talked with an Iwo Jima veteran, tank operator, a couple hours ago at my grandma’s nursing home. He appeared ten+ years younger than his age of 95. It was an honor.

    And this sent to my email.

    “The Meme Warrior Prayer”
    twitter.com/Will_of_Ockham/status/1214586999941804032?s=20

  19. Pucker January 13, 2020 at 5:32 pm #

    When the KGB staged a coup in 1991 to overthrow Gorbachev “to save The Union” (i.e., the Soviet Union) so that the Soviet Deep State apparatchiks could keep their jobs with their snazzy Western suits and their smoked fish and sausages, the big excuse was that Gorbachev was “Sick”.

    The KGB put the “Gorb-ster” under House arrest his family. Rather than just shooting the “Gorb-ster”, they thought that he’d “Play Ball”. Unfortunately, Gorbachev told the KGB to “Fuck Off” (in Russian), which allowed Yeltsin and the other Russian Nationalists to Kick Ass. Ironically, the “Gorb-ster” wanted the Union to hold together so that he could keep his job and his sausages. But sometimes, “Shit Happens”. It looks like the Russians hated the Soviet Union as must as everyone else and resented subsidizing the poorer Republics. Similarly, Slavic Ukraine resented feeding Russia. Nationalism ripped the Soviet Union apart. It looks like Bush took credit for the collapse of the Soviet Union, albeit “The Pedophile Bushman” endeavored to hold the Soviet Union together. The US cornholed the Russians with a Harvard-sponsored Disaster Capitalism “Smash-and-Grab” promoted by some Com…munist apparatchik Asshole named “Gaydar.”

    In America’s ongoing Collapse, I’m surprised that the issue of rich states subsidizing poorer states hasn’t featured prominently. Also, I suspect that southern white males are disproportionately represented in our futile foreign wars which disproportionately profit White Yankees?

    Serhii Plokhy
    The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union

  20. Pucker January 13, 2020 at 5:48 pm #

    Is this true?

    The New Politics of Sex

    Paul Craig Roberts

    Several years ago four of us who were high school and Georgia Tech classmates got together for a reunion to remember the fun times of our youth while we could still remember. A day or two before our reunion there had been one of those massive “gay pride” marches in New York or San Francisco. One of us asked where so many members of the Queer Nation had come from as we had experienced high school and college without ever encountering a homosexual.

    We poured over our high school class and the people we knew at Tech—in those days there were only 5,200 male students at Georgia Tech, most from Georgia as it was a state supported college—and couldn’t come up with a homosexual. Someone joked that there weren’t enough closets for the numbers of people in the gay pride parade to hide in. We all agreed that we didn’t have any idea where so many homosexuals had materialized from, acknowledged that we in our youth had suspected that homosexuals were a mythical creature like unicorns, and went on to more interesting topics.

    Having just finished reading Stephen Baskerville’s book, The New Politics of Sex (amazon.com/New-Politics-Sex-Revolution-Governmental/dp/1621382893/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Stephen+Basker… ), I found myself remembering the puzzlement of our classmate reunion and wondering if Baskerville had given us the answer. Has radical feminism driven men into each other’s arms? Has the relationship between male and female become so unsatisfying and loaded with danger for men that men have developed erotic interest in men?

    Perhaps this is a politically incorrect question. It would be impossible to investigate, because, as Baskerville points out, any reasonable, even evidence-backed, criticism of feminism, is regarded as a personal attack on women.

    Even in universities where free inquiry and free speech has, in the past, had the widest scope, opposition to feminist pronouncements can mean termination, tenure not withstanding.

    In short, radical feminists rule academia. Even areas of science are being politicized. Academic feminists are proud of their power and boast about it in the same way that Israel’s leaders boast about their power over the United States.

    The feminists’ power extends into the broader society. The cover of the Atlantic Monthly boasts “The End of Men,” and Hanna Rosin proclaims “women are taking control of everything.”

    Unfortunately, this is not a false claim.

    Feminists have politicized sex. They teach that heterosexual intercourse is men oppressing women. If the female partner doesn’t understand that she is being oppressed, it is because the “male world” has brainwashed her. Radical feminist Catherine MacKinnon has declared all heterosexual sex to be rape.

    Inexplicably, heterosexual male legislators are legislating a radical feminist legal system in which a man who asks a woman for a date can be quilty of sexual harrassment, and a man who shows realization of an attractive woman is quilty of “eye rape.”

    Feminists have destroyed marriage and the relationship between men and women, due process for accused men, and they have brought government into the family, endowing bureaucracy with the power to seize, with federal subsidies, children from parents, and to put them in foster homes where they are sedated and, according to some investigators, sometimes leased or sold to pedophiles.

    Feminism has degenerated from the vote for women and acceptance in the work place of men –which is what many women who are not paying attention regard as feminism– into an attack on men. Heterosexual men have no greater enemy than feminists. Catherine MacKinnon makes that completely clear.

    The marginalization of men, and perhaps their extermination, is the explicit goal of radial feminism.

    Baskerville wonders if men are so weak and defeated that they will accept their demise.

    • BackRowHeckler January 13, 2020 at 6:20 pm #

      Yes, in the west, which is becoming increasingly irrelevant,

      In the rest of the world not so much.

      In Sweden, Swedish women are importing men from Latin America for marriage partners, their own men having become so cucked and feminized that they are worthless.

      Brh

      • Pucker January 13, 2020 at 7:22 pm #

        According to the book “Fatal Shore” about the founding of the British colony in Australia many of the early male settlers of Australia went Homo because male prisoners outnumbered female prisoners 10 to 1. In the absence of women, men go queer. Like in prison…. American society has become a sex prison?

        • elysianfield January 13, 2020 at 7:48 pm #

          Ahh, Puckster,

          Can you define “Queer”? Is it a person who finds erotic beauty in another male, and has no other preference… or simply one who finds no other immediate port in the storm?

          “Once a philosopher, twice a pervert” Voltaire (paraphrased).

          “. In the absence of women, men go queer. Like in prison…. American society has become a sex prison?”

          Again, is the definition one that a single act would define, or is it a preference, even to the exclusion of women?

          Let me ask you a question…”Do you own a Weedwhacker”?

          • Pucker January 13, 2020 at 8:10 pm #

            “The Shawshank Redemption” starting Morgan Freeman and that other actor bloke named “Tim Something”….,

            Red to Andy DuFre: “Bull Queers take by force. If I were you, I’d grow eyes in the back of my head.”

          • Pucker January 13, 2020 at 8:23 pm #

            America’s Sex Prison is no fairy tale….

            m.youtube.com/watch?v=zGnDm6Ubi_c&t=23s

          • BackRowHeckler January 13, 2020 at 8:25 pm #

            Old Puck knows one when he see one, E.

          • Pucker January 13, 2020 at 8:36 pm #

            I hope that the Bull Queers have left Bill Cosby alone.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 14, 2020 at 2:52 am #

            Great reference, Puck.

            Red (Morgan Freeman) and Andy:

            Andy: Would it help if I told them I wasn’t queer?
            Red: They aint either. Hell, you have to human to be queer.

          • stelmosfire January 14, 2020 at 11:39 am #

            EF, speakin’ of that damn wheedwhacker again eh?
            Have you heard about Mcgregor the bridge builder?

            McGregor, the Bridgebuilder

            Two Scotsman were sitting on top of a hill that overlooked their small village. During a break in the conversation, one man lets out a sigh as he’s looking down at his village, and his friend asks him what’s wrong.

            “Look at that town down there.” he replied. “You see the bridge crossing the river that leads into our village? I built that bridge with my own two bare hands. But do they call me McGregor, the Bridgebuilder? No.

            “And you see the Church in the middle of our village, overlooking the square? Well I built that Church with my own two bare hands. And do they call me…McGregor, the Churchbuilder? No.”

            He pauses, and looks over at his friend. “But fuck ONE sheep.”

          • elysianfield January 14, 2020 at 12:54 pm #

            Saint,

            You know the best jokes can be found around the firehouse…usually brought there by cops drawn by the coffee and food….

  21. Pucker January 13, 2020 at 5:55 pm #

    Sexual Sedition in Real Time

    “Having just finished reading Stephen Baskerville’s book, The New Politics of Sex (amazon.com/New-Politics-Sex-Revolution-Governmental/dp/1621382893/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Stephen+Basker… ), I found myself remembering the puzzlement of our classmate reunion and wondering if Baskerville had given us the answer. Has radical feminism driven men into each other’s arms? Has the relationship between male and female become so unsatisfying and loaded with danger for men that men have developed erotic interest in men?“

    m.youtube.com/watch?v=PUoO4T_23pA

  22. jim e January 13, 2020 at 6:49 pm #

    I am hoping Clemson wins. Their coach Dabo is from a suburb of Birmingham. If he wins he dethrones Saban.

    • elysianfield January 13, 2020 at 7:56 pm #

      jim,
      I suggest it is he who greater violates NCAA rules and pays more for the better athletes will win.

  23. Pucker January 13, 2020 at 7:17 pm #

    Shouldn’t people who don’t have a family member in the military serving in a futile foreign war pay a much higher tax rate?

    • elysianfield January 13, 2020 at 7:52 pm #

      Shouldn’t people who don’t have a family member in the military serving in a futile foreign war pay a much higher tax rate?

      Puck,
      …Or should people with a family member in harm’s way pay NO taxes…or be taxed at a much lower rate? Families who have lost a member in a combat zone should pay no taxes, as they have paid enough.

      • Pucker January 13, 2020 at 8:06 pm #

        But wouldn’t a policy of giving families the benefit of paying zero tax if they have a family member serving on the ground in a futile overseas war encourage Parents to get their kids to volunteer in the military?

        • Pucker January 13, 2020 at 8:12 pm #

          “Hey Billy! Have you ever considered joining the military and serving your country? It’d sure mean a lot to your mom.”

          • Pucker January 13, 2020 at 9:12 pm #

            “Or, take out more of those college loans. I want to get you off-my-plate.”

        • Pucker January 13, 2020 at 9:20 pm #

          And then the corporations and Billionaires would start adopting military age kids so that they can pay zero tax without having their real offspring “serve” in the wars…..

          • Pucker January 13, 2020 at 9:27 pm #

            Lt. Dan to Gump: “Hey Forrest! I think that I’ve figured out a way so that we don’t have to pay any taxes.”

          • Pucker January 13, 2020 at 10:08 pm #

            “Lieutenant Dan did have a fine idea.”

      • elysianfield January 13, 2020 at 11:37 pm #

        Puck,
        Yes, in some families, it might breed…excesses. However parents have in the past purchased life insurance policies on their progeny…I would expect aberrations to thus occur at a similar frequency if it were a money issue.

        I was raised in and around the military…I still think it an honorable profession, and would encourage my children and others’ to investigate the military as a career.

        Regarding your examples…it could be means tested.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 14, 2020 at 3:12 am #

          Even now? Serving Evil thousands of miles away even as our borders are overwhelmed? What’s honorable about that?

          • elysianfield January 14, 2020 at 1:00 pm #

            Janos,
            Yes…even now. Either in the US military, the Wehrmacht, or other countries’ services. Motives can be honorable, as any patriot would describe. Would a nationalist not love his country and want to serve? To protect?

            Some uses of the military, however, can be less than honorable.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2020 at 3:06 am #

            Well the latter is my entire point. You have to be too stupid to even qualify to serve if you can’t see that America has gone over to the Dark Side. But the applicants often aren’t stupid technically – just willfully, and thus morally – and thus they join America on the dark side.

          • elysianfield January 16, 2020 at 12:22 pm #

            ” But the applicants often aren’t stupid technically ”

            Janos,
            Yes, and you can say further that they are smitten with youthful ignorance.

            Wars are fought by the young. Initially they are willing, even eager to be tested. Then comes wisdom.

  24. amb January 13, 2020 at 10:16 pm #

    I’m beyond outrage. What is the word for that, Mr. K?

    • elysianfield January 13, 2020 at 11:39 pm #

      Gobsmacked

      • Nightowl January 16, 2020 at 5:48 am #

        Gobsmacked is the state of being in great shock.

  25. Pucker January 13, 2020 at 10:43 pm #

    I sure hope that they fixed all of the cameras in the Metropolitan Correctional Center that weren’t working the night that Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself and that they reprimanded the 2 guards that fell asleep during exactly the same 3 hour period that night as well as the prison officers who accidentally erased the video tape of the camera video taping Epstein’s prison floor? We wouldn’t want that to happen again….

  26. BackRowHeckler January 13, 2020 at 10:45 pm #

    Who’s down for roller derby?

    • elysianfield January 13, 2020 at 11:47 pm #

      “Who’s down for roller derby?”

      BRH,
      Funny story. If you followed roller derby in the late 50’s-mid 60’s, the star of the Bay Area Bombers, was one Jerry Cattell. Jerry Cattell was in my recruit class on the OPD. He didn’t graduate, but was terminated. Something about a disgruntled “friend” “blowing the whistle” on him…I liked the guy. I think he returned to the rink after that.

      • BackRowHeckler January 14, 2020 at 5:54 am #

        Roller Derby came on after Sat morning cartoons ended about noon. Your classmate makes sense because Roller Derby was a west coast phenomena, out of the Oakland-SanFran area.

        For some reason I remember the Bay City Bombers, the thrills and spills, and all encompassing mayhem.

        Brh

        • RIB January 15, 2020 at 3:27 pm #

          Remember Joanie Weston, BRH?

  27. BackRowHeckler January 13, 2020 at 10:54 pm #

    Two Ton Tony Galento once ate 52 hot dogs (52, think of it) and drank nearly a case of beer the day of a fight. He won.

    ‘Requeim for a Heavyweight, with Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, Mickey Rooney and Eva Marie Saint had to be based to a certain extent on Two Ton Tony Galento. I believe Rod Serling wrote the screenplay for that movie. Two Ton once boxed a kangaroo, and wrestled a bear in the ring. Quinn’s character dressed up in Indian regalia, called himself Chief, and became a wrassler..

    • tucsonspur January 14, 2020 at 4:10 am #

      Louis ‘Mountain’ Rivera:
      ‘In 1952 they ranked me number five!’

      Louis ‘Mountain’ Rivera:
      ‘Mountain Rivera was no punk. Mountain Rivera was almost the Heavyweight Champion of the World!’

      How about “The Harder They Fall”, Bogart’s last movie.

      And “The Set Up”, with Robert Ryan.

      All great pre “Rocky” flicks.

      I liked Brando as fighter Terry Malloy in “On The Waterfront”, Paul Newman not as much as Graziano in “Somebody Up There Likes Me”.

      Then De Niro’s “Raging Bull”.

      They call it the ‘sweet science’, but I prefer the ‘savage science.’ No intermediary, no ball. Just two men trying to bust each other up.

  28. SoftStarLight January 14, 2020 at 2:06 am #

    The term climate irregularity is so much more descriptive compared to the term climate change, since climate is always at the very least in a cyclical state of change. So I am happy to see it. Revolutions happen in the hearts and minds of men – and in the earth. Have you heard about the eruption of the volcano, Taal, in the Philippines? In a recent eruption it ejected volcanic ash 55,000 feet into the stratosphere. Such eruptions usually always contribute to short term global cooling. However, Taal has a lake sitting right in its caldera. Scientists say the lake could collapse into the magma chamber at any point now. If that happens it could create an eruption that would be larger than Krakatoa. In the year following the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa summer temperatures in the northern hemisphere fell .72(F) degrees which doesn’t seem like much but is significant. And scientists are saying earth’s magnetosphere is weak right now so they expect an increase in earhquakes and volcanoes generally.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 14, 2020 at 3:15 am #

      It was known as the year with no summer. Very cool, even cold, with lots of rain in much of the United States and Europe. Even snow in some places in June or July.

      • BackRowHeckler January 14, 2020 at 5:45 am #

        Another year with no summer: 1814. Snow in New England in June of that year.

        Caused by volcanic activity in Malaysia, blanketed the world with sulfuric clouds.

        • SoftStarLight January 14, 2020 at 11:03 am #

          I read that sulfuric clouds are very colorful and make for amazing sunsets. This past summer we kept getting these massive plumes of Saharan dust here that would come in from the Gulf of Mexico and make the skies really hazy and the sunsets very fiery and colorful. It happens every so often but its strange to think that the dust all the way from the Sahara can make it here.

          Oh and LSU won. That much I do know and understand lol!

        • stelmosfire January 14, 2020 at 11:56 am #

          Pinatubo was no piker either in ’91 I remember I had just put in a pool and the kids were pissed ( cloudy and rainy for the next two summers. and tons of algae.

          • SoftStarLight January 14, 2020 at 3:53 pm #

            Oh yeah! Pinatubo was mentioned in the same article that I was reading about Taal. I never realized that the climate had cooled like that in the 90s. Very interesting that this is not talked about more since climate “change” is discussed so much. Volcanoes can literally put more aerosols in the atmosphere with one eruption than has been released by mankind since the beginning of the industrial revolution. So we could stop using all fossil fuels tomorrow and then a volcano could erupt and just defeat the whole purpose of us not using fossil fuels!

          • benr January 15, 2020 at 11:18 am #

            It gets weirder one type of volcano erupts and cools the earth and another type warms.

        • RIB January 15, 2020 at 3:30 pm #

          Rib to volcanic activity in Malaysia: “How dare you!?”

      • SoftStarLight January 14, 2020 at 10:46 am #

        For some reason I keep getting a strong feeling that something natural is going to change the course of everything. I know there is so much going on politically and socially and of course many things on those fronts could push society over the edge at any point it feels like. But I just can’t shake this feeling that some natural cataclysm some time sooner than later is going to change everything for us now. Or my intuition could just be off.

        • axisboldaslove January 14, 2020 at 1:16 pm #

          One of the things that often strikes me as odd, SoftStarLight, is how in the midst of all of our social and political chaos, it seems society in general often forgets or ignores the fact that everything social and political that happens is predicated on having a healthy planet capable of sustaining human (and other large mammal) life. If we change ecological balances too much, we endanger ourselves and the unbalance causes all social and political issues to dissolve.

          Thus, your premonition seems quite reasonable to me. I suspect sooner or later (and sooner might not be such a bad thing) Mother Nature will make loud and clear her presence and our reliance on her in ways that cannot be ignored.

          • SoftStarLight January 14, 2020 at 3:59 pm #

            Yes, the way we live now allows most people to disconnect from the natural world to a large extent so we don’t have that connection that used to exist just a few generations back. And now with the way tech is taking over all minute aspects of existence it seems more difficult to imagine that people are going to somehow forge a better balance with nature unless its forced.

  29. tucsonspur January 14, 2020 at 4:45 am #

    Mitt Romney is among GOP Senators who don’t want Trump’s impeachment dismissed. They might as well join the Perpetraitors.

    Throw it out like the garbage it is, that’s the way to go, but seems like that won’t happen.

    Barr and Durham? Could April be the ‘Cruelest” month for the Dems, breeding indictments out of a seditious coup?

    politico.com/news/2019/12/19/bill-barr-russia-investigation-report-088416

    The time now seems to be late Spring. Early June? Dem convention is in July.

    • SoftStarLight January 14, 2020 at 11:00 am #

      I saw an article this morning that suggested that the Democratic convention would be a brokered convention and that Michelle Obama will step in as the nominee. Maybe that prediction you made will come true?

      • elysianfield January 14, 2020 at 1:05 pm #

        SSL,
        I remember, years ago, that Bill Maher had a comedic comment regarding Michelle Obama…

        “…I hear she has handlers who’s only job is to keep her from screaming “Fuck Whitey!” (paraphrased)

        • SoftStarLight January 14, 2020 at 4:00 pm #

          And you know how they say jokes are at least half true! We know she is holding back so much. I recall when she said something to the effect that she could finally be proud of America because Barack was elected. What other little gems is she hiding lol?

    • JohnAZ January 14, 2020 at 12:10 pm #

      He is a never Trumper member of the Deep State, no surprise.

      My biggest mistake voting, Jeff Flake, was the same, remember the Kavanaugh debacle, he led it.

      Romney is another Mormon. Is The Deep State a prerequisite for Mormon heaven?

  30. benr January 14, 2020 at 9:12 am #

    Well MSNBC is running a hit piece on ol Bernie Sanders and his attitude toward women.
    Fun to watch the enemy start eating their own.

    msn.com/en-us/news/elections-2020/a-woman-cant-win-alleged-comment-reopens-feminist-grievances-again…

    • benr January 14, 2020 at 9:15 am #

      I also heard a well done piece of work on Patriot xm radio Mark Levin last night where they explored just how Marxist ol Bernie is and it was revealing to say the least.

      marklevinshow.com/2020/01/13/january-13-2020/

    • SoftStarLight January 14, 2020 at 11:11 am #

      Elizabeth Warren is simply not very likable. It’s just the way things are and Bernie can’t do anything about that. The reality is that radical feminists live a grievance based miserable life and they actively seek to destroy the lives of all those around them. They are very happy to totally destroy other women who stand in the way or bother to ask questions too. When you boil it down they are just another faction of the hard left that is trying to undermine society. Some feminism has to exist to counterbalance masculinism but what exists now is aberrant.

      • JohnAZ January 14, 2020 at 12:13 pm #

        Maybe a female body infused with excessive testosterone. Should have been a Trans?

        • SoftStarLight January 14, 2020 at 4:01 pm #

          She can be if she identifies as one John. Now you are going to have to get with the program!

      • BackRowHeckler January 14, 2020 at 1:20 pm #

        She’s got that School Marm vibe going, ready to give you a sharp dressing down, scold you, than send you the the principal’s office for stating as far as you know there are only 2 genders, Male and female.

        Brh

        • SoftStarLight January 14, 2020 at 4:10 pm #

          OMG you are in such trouble! You said Male and female. Not Male and Female. She is going to accuse you of being sexist because female did not receive a capital F on top of the fact that you already made the distinction. She would give you in F, or since F may have some unacceptable connotation she may stick with “unsatisfactory”. Something boring and generic, whatever works.

      • Nightowl January 15, 2020 at 8:52 am #

        At the most recent “debate,” she refused to shake his hand

        twitter.com/CalebJHull/status/1217299983097114624

        Earlier in the “debate” CNN, pulled this, using the tactics they usually reserve for Trump:

        twitter.com/CalebJHull/status/1217277686374182912

        The DNC is getting ready to screw him again, IMO. The only question is whether he fights back, or caves to the corporate, neoliberal agenda for the second time.

    • Majella January 14, 2020 at 6:41 pm #

      Yes – ugly and ill-informed claim circulated by Politico, and taken up by MSNBC.

      Thoroughly debunked as the scurrilous bullshit it is.

      (Blowed if I can find the Youtube clip, though!)

      • Majella January 14, 2020 at 6:43 pm #

        Ah! Here it is:

        youtube.com/watch?v=DWmoBZgKOk0

        • SoftStarLight January 15, 2020 at 1:18 am #

          So 2016 is repeating? And even though she is not in the race, at the moment, her minions and spies are working overtime to clear the field of those she does not approve of. It shouldn’t come as a surprise really. And see. If lock her up really would have happened her crime network could be dismantled by now. But no! Even Trump backed away from tackling that hornets nest and thus we suffer.

    • Nightowl January 16, 2020 at 5:51 am #

      A perfect example of why everyone should turn off the TV.

      Once again, a claim with no verifiable attribution designed to get the cows all worked up.

      Low IQs everywhere spiraling.

  31. budizwiser January 14, 2020 at 10:40 am #

    Ok – so what do we know – and when did we know it?

    Hmmm, I know that the branches of our government are no longer working as the founding fathers envisioned.

    I know that many elected officials have spouted outright falsehoods in defense of their particular allegiances.

    I know that there has been very little public attention nor media inspection of how and why the two major political parties have usurped administrative safeguards that were supposed to protect government institutions and left the American electorate with no hope of moderating the politburo nor governing themselves.

    People like JK must be making something on this circus. It is a real pity that someone with his journalistic expertise would not channel his vitriol at the real origins of this mess.

    • SoftStarLight January 14, 2020 at 11:22 am #

      Its amazing to me how far people take the little conclusions that they make up in their head. Not that I don’t do that either but it is still fascinating. Do you subscribe to an idea that everything is already fair and balanced? The reason I ask is because clearly things are not fair and balanced. Most who have even a very basic understanding of American political life understand that the “establishment” has been moderate to hard left for forever. Since Mr. K is coming out against the actions of the left I personally have a hard time seeing where he would be winning anything or making friends other than with their opposition. You should wax eloquent about the real origins of this mess if you understand them. That would be very interesting, but even then most people only have the opportunity to try to understand what is happening today. Isn’t that hard enough sometimes?

      • JohnAZ January 14, 2020 at 12:18 pm #

        SSL

        Your questions are going to be answered this year.

        • SoftStarLight January 14, 2020 at 4:13 pm #

          I hope I like the answers. I’ve been afraid that I wouldn’t.

          • malthuss January 14, 2020 at 7:41 pm #

            I am listening to you tube. Just saw an ad.
            The ad is a new one to me.

            HALLS drops [they didnt call em cough drops].

            A wedding. Black female and White male. dad needs a drop.

          • SoftStarLight January 15, 2020 at 1:58 am #

            Yes, and note if you see it again how Waspyesque the Black family members act/speak. Cultural and racial replacement intersect in a Halls drop! Who would have imagined but it is upside down world after all I guess. Gavin Newsom wants to turn California into a No Kill state. No more dogs or cats to be euthanized by 2021? The cats could at least help dent the rodent population boom I guess. But abortions. Kill away.

          • BackRowHeckler January 15, 2020 at 10:02 am #

            SSL

            Well there is a need for those cats; check the spread of rats carrying Bubonic plague thru out LA and San Fran lefty utopia. But how to deal with influenza, Hep A, B, & C, Typhus, Polio, meningitis, streptococcus and other deadly viruses rampant in Cal brought into sanctuary cities by unvetted illegals, infecting 150,000 vagrants living rough on the streets, that’s the bigger problem.

            Brh

    • JohnAZ January 14, 2020 at 12:17 pm #

      The separation of the Deep State from control by the electorate IS the no. 1 issue of the 2020 election cycle. If the Dems win, the Deep State will work to entrench itself more and more. Uniparty control and inconsequential voting will be the result.

      What should we call the uniparty?

      Demopublicans Or

      Republicrats.

    • K-Dog January 14, 2020 at 6:08 pm #

      ‘It is a real pity that someone with his journalistic expertise would not channel his vitriol at the real origins of this mess.

      Question for you? Have you ever worked for a living? If you had you would know you got to go for what pays!

      Truth is not without cost.

      • fineline January 15, 2020 at 4:21 pm #

        I agree. There are so many who only believe what they can afford to believe and thin they believe it because it is their own thought.

  32. Tate January 14, 2020 at 12:19 pm #

    Who fucking cares about football? Clemson vs LSU? Did the Tigers win, yuck yuck, funny, huh? Seriously, I don’t even know who won. & furthermore, I don’t care.

    I was at my dermatologist yesterday & that was all he could talk about, football. I told him I don’t watch football anymore, that we don’t even have cable TV. He didn’t know how to handle that piece of information. Another thing he was saying was that he didn’t think things were so bad, that we should just ignore the news & think good thoughts. He was sounding almost on the verge of hysteria over this. I told him I don’t listen to corporate news sources or commercial TV so it’s like a shock whenever I do happen to catch the occasional program, especially viewing the Globohomo agenda in the commercials.

    Oh no, there’s no Great Replacement going on… that’s just a conspiracy theory, you see. (Until it’s not, when they gloat about it. Many opinion pieces going all the way back to the 1990’s about how we’re entering a new era when YT will become extinct. The Browning will continue until discipline improves (& then it will continue some more). Time magazine, New York Times, etc. But Hell no! that’s just a conspiracy theory when it comes back at them.) This is running through my head all this time, not saying it out loud to my dermatologist. Just thinking it quietly.

    Anybody hear that rant by this Negro named Antonio Brown outside his mansion, some prima donna big-time football hero who speaks the Ebonics quite well? Well, he was in the process of evicting his *baby mama* from the premises & of course the cops had to be called. They were laughing at him it seems as he spewed his “bitch-ass nigga” compliment at them over & over. “Have a good day, sir!”

    “Let’s see if you have any lesions on your skin, Mr. Brown, sir!” (From syphilis maybe.) Finally, my dermatologist offered that he didn’t like Trump but he voted for him anyway because the Democrats are crazy & Hillary is the core of evil opportunism, even more so than Orange man. We agreed on that.

    • elysianfield January 14, 2020 at 1:08 pm #

      Tate,
      Get a different dermatologist…we could agree on that?

      • Tate January 14, 2020 at 1:16 pm #

        No, I like my dermatologist. He was trying to walk a fine line because his RBF cat-lady assistant kept flitting about.

      • BackRowHeckler January 14, 2020 at 1:32 pm #

        Ok, now I’m worried about Q.

        I thought my posts about Two Ton Tony Galento would draw him out, Q being a Jersey Boy who may have actually met Two Ton.

        The fact that he didn’t chime in gives cause for concern.

        Hey looky here: turns out Greta Thunberg’s Facebook account is managed by her dad, person posting is actually Climate Activist from India working at the UN. The whole thing was a scam folks just like I thought it was. It didn’t take long to ferret it out; now it’ll begin to unravel any day.

        Brh

        • elysianfield January 15, 2020 at 12:48 am #

          “Ok, now I’m worried about Q.”;

          BRH,
          Yeah, me too. Rumor* has it that the core of his nest egg has gone south with massive positions in Sears, Roebuck and J.C. Penny producing “bupkus” (as he is wont to say). Heard that he has taken to wearing leather jeans an wife beater T shirts…hasn’t washed his hair (either strands) in months, picked up a nasty vaping habit, and has been hanging around former H&R Block tax preparers…a rough crowd who wear gang colors (the rocker exclaiming “TAX THIS”).

          Heard also that he was forcibly ejected from the Rutgers Alumni football game for muttering vague obscenities while groping his several “escorts” he gathered on the way to the event(The “escorts” remained at the game until half-time, when they, too, were ejected for soliciting sex…screaming “I got your tight-end…RIGHT HERE! It was ugly.

          Who would have thought that Q, a highly educated Rutgers grad, CPA, and good family man, could have come to such an end? Some say old age…some opine a youth lost to countless games of “Italian Hockey”.

          Me? I believe that, with his seven decades of wisdom, he finally understood that the road to happiness in life is truly Sex,
          Drugs and Rock and Roll.

          *unverified

          • BackRowHeckler January 15, 2020 at 9:52 am #

            Aw E. That was great, a good laugh on this otherwise uneventful wed morn

        • Nightowl January 16, 2020 at 5:54 am #

          Emotional manipulation. A favorite tactic of propagandists everywhere.

          Her father also has a very punchable face.

    • SoftStarLight January 14, 2020 at 4:29 pm #

      Well you know that even mentioning the Great Replacement can get you accused of being a white supremacist. Dentists can be like that too. Think positive and quiet thoughts while I put this drill in your mouth! Its scary though that the more informed (or maybe should be more informed?) classes or going along with the shallowness of the general culture. And I only made a little joke about the game because on yesterday’s thread I tried to talk to Brh about it as if I knew what I was talking about and that turned out to be comical in and of itself so I was just letting him know today that I did understand at least that they won.

      • Tate January 15, 2020 at 2:53 pm #

        How can the society function without some kind of white supremacy? White supremacy is just another way of saying, ‘You’re a productive member of society & a taxpayer, & I get to mooch off you forever in one form or another (unlimited support of the zionist state, unprosecuted tolerance of black larceny, etc.) & if you don’t like it, you get to smile for the cameras & be labeled a white supremacist.’ … “And don’t bother me with no more you rules, BarBQ Becky.”

  33. Elrond Hubbard January 14, 2020 at 1:42 pm #

    What’s better than the United Nations for stopping war?

    youtube.com/watch?v=4Xs9LeqYjUs

    Brief but memorable. Have fun with this one, guys.

    • BackRowHeckler January 14, 2020 at 1:50 pm #

      What the hell was that?
      PSA, c1953?

    • elysianfield January 14, 2020 at 9:30 pm #

      Elrond,
      I would suggest that Joan Baez did more for stopping war than the UN ever did…and she did so with a single sentence back in the late ’60’s.

      “…Girls, say yes to boys who say no….”.

      I have to admit that that comment, at the time, hurt.

      I don’t know how well the comment, and it’s sentiment, resonated in Canada, but in the US….

      • BackRowHeckler January 14, 2020 at 11:03 pm #

        Hey E.

        Joan Baez’s husband — I forget his name — actually refused the draft and was sentenced to 3 years in federal prison. Joan ended up saying no to him because when he was in the slammer she divorced the slacker — IOW Ms Baez wasn’t standing by her man.

        brh

        • GreenAlba January 16, 2020 at 7:49 am #

          I have no stake whatever in Ms Baez’s reputation, but David Harris came out of prison in 1970 and their marriage ended (amicably) in 1973.

          Credibility again, brh. I don’t know why you have such a need to make stuff up, important or trivial.

          • GreenAlba January 16, 2020 at 8:40 am #

            “I have no stake whatever in Ms Baez’s reputation…”

            Even though her mother came from Edinburgh. 🙂

          • BackRowHeckler January 16, 2020 at 8:52 pm #

            I didn’t look up the details, GA, going on memory of a Bob Dylan bio I read about 15 years ago. I know she divorced the 4F yellow bellied slacker, dates off by a few years. Oh well …

          • elysianfield January 16, 2020 at 9:55 pm #

            BRH/ALBA

            David Harris, said of his prison experience…”In prison, I lost my virginity*, but not my principles.”

            *…As I recall in reading the bio….**

            **…or did he say “ideals”?

            In any case, he lost interest in Joanie after his “Prison experiences”, apparently….

            It has been said that prison can change a person.

            I did not like David Harris’s politics, nor his actions in the late 60’s. I wish someone like Puck would flesh out, perhaps more graphically Harris’s “Prison experiences”….

  34. mow January 14, 2020 at 1:53 pm #

    I am buying 20 blackboards in an effort to figure this one out .:)

  35. volodya January 14, 2020 at 2:44 pm #

    What neo-liberalism lacks besides compassion and charity is coherence and logic and plain ole horse sense. Too often what you get in defense of the current dispensation is something from the spread-sheet of talking-points such as “as an economist I believe in … ” 

    Then fill in the blanks ie free trade or unfettered markets or de-regulation or whatever. 

    Blind belief is blind which is what economists spout. And ideology that fails to take account of the real world is failure waiting to happen.

    We saw this with a wide and broad neo-liberal agenda. And then the agenda was enacted by legislatures in the USA and other places – the EU a creature of neo-liberal thinking – with calamity the foreseeable and foreseen result. The thrust of neo-liberalism was to take economic affairs out of the hands of national legislatures and put them into corporate board rooms such that the economy was something the ordinary person experienced like weather. And you can’t do much about the weather. 

    The often cited justification was “there is no alternative”, not to open borders, nor to off-shoring industries to China, nor to any act by the business elite designed to fill their coffers and empty yours. 

    “There is no alternative” made the agenda sound like an implacable force of nature like plate tectonics. Can you alter the movement of continents, or stop a volcano from blowing its top or alter the course of a hurricane? Of course not and this is how economic affairs were portrayed. There are currents in the affairs of men that it is useless to oppose. You might as well curse the tides.

    Of course this is nonsense, the claim having no basis in reality whatsoever. If the accounts of the process of enacting neo-liberalism was dismissed as conspiracy mongering, it is exactly that, the conspiracy hatched and openly discussed and put into effect by democratically elected law-makers with the ordinary person a bystander that by-and-large accepted the promises. We would be rich, there would be millions of jobs etc. All bunk.

    The lessons? Don’t believe what your betters tell you, those mendacious and self-serving and incompetent shits. Trust your eyes and ears and powers of reason and your gut. If it sounds like bullshit, it is bullshit. 

    Hurray for those fuckin’ Brits, those guys doing that take-down, one of them with a narwhal tusk of all things, exemplifying what I so like about them. We should take a page from them.

    youtube.com/watch?v=SHlDD4AY15c  

    They don’t abandon their posts unlike their feckless betters. And a tip o the hat to those Yellow Jackets. Vive la France.

    youtube.com/watch?v=PIQSEq6tEVs

  36. KesaAnna January 14, 2020 at 3:27 pm #

    ” Fineline, I’m pretty sure you’ve committed a crime. I don’t know what it is, nor do I have evidence of anything. But I just want to put you on trial for as long as it takes for me to find a crime… err, I mean, review all the witnesses and evidence… for as long as it needs to go in. What’s so wrong with that?

    Oh, and say that whole paragraph in the most patronizing, honeyed voice you can muster. ”

    — Devon44

    This sounds like someone who has actually spent an afternoon actually reading a law book.

    • Nightowl January 16, 2020 at 5:57 am #

      Just basic burden of proof. The same thing I post every time one of our resident emoters pipes up about “high crimes.”

  37. KesaAnna January 14, 2020 at 3:46 pm #

    ” Shouldn’t people who don’t have a family member in the military serving in a futile foreign war pay a much higher tax rate? ”

    What is ” service ” ?

    The story is that every little boy is a would – be warrior.

    I don’t know about that story . This girl is constantly running into would – be warriors who have apparently never spent ten minutes studying military science or military history , even though , given their supposed predilections , you would think that would hardly constitute unwelcome homework ?

    Long gone are the days when soldiers looked down on quartermasters and teamsters as not real soldiers.

    Apparently now , in contrast , they go out of their way to deliberately blur the line between riflemen and clerks.

    The logistical tail of armies has grown enormously the past 150 years .

    So much so , by 1930 , at the latest , only one in three “soldiers ” is actually in combat arms.

    The other two out of three are heroic warehouse clerks , truck drivers , dental assistants , and so on.

    And , typically , and wartime being no exception , their odds of being shot at aren’t really much worse than their odds of being shot at if they go to work at Burger King in a bad neighborhood .

    • K-Dog January 14, 2020 at 5:55 pm #

      But at Burger King you don’t get to kill your competition with drones!

      And really isn’t that the apex of your soldier pyramid?

      Entire cities plants and bases like Holloman AFB where Asoka used to harass me from over the DoD network so long ago. All built to make a guy who had an argument with his wife a night before feel better. Feel better as he presses a button gazing at a computer screen so a few people die a few thousand miles a way.

      Billions of dollars spend for a few hundred button presses a year and you rant about ‘ by 1930 , at the latest , only one in three “soldiers ” is actually in combat arms.

      But for all you at Burger King; there is hope. Mickey D’s watch out, shareholder capitalism is coming to get you.

  38. ellipsis January 14, 2020 at 4:04 pm #

    #DemocracyNow
    “America Exists Today to Make War”: Lawrence Wilkerson on Endless War & American Empire

    youtube.com/watch?v=JYHRlK3VYbI

    • BackRowHeckler January 14, 2020 at 4:40 pm #

      There’s no Empire, elipsis.

      More like trying to establish hegemony in different parts of the world.

      The US foray into empire came in 1898 in Cuba and the Philippines; it was kind of a half assed effort, altho the adventure in the Philippines included sporadic warfare (1898-1913) which ended up costing 5000 American dead.

      Brh

      • Janos Skorenzy January 14, 2020 at 6:13 pm #

        Yes there is, an attempt at Global Empire by Oceania, both of its factions. The Plan is to create regional powers such as the EU and North American Union and then to unite those sometime down the line into One Global Government.

        Both Eurasia and East Asia have their own Plans. As does Islam of course.

  39. K-Dog January 14, 2020 at 4:08 pm #

    A Seattle police officer is disciplined after a lie about a hit-and-run leads to the suspect’s suicide.

    Here is my quick summary:

    You gots to move fast between the donuts and coffee if you want to get any work done. You don’t want people wasting your time so you use stories. I get it. This time you did not need a story and you used one anyway,. OOps.

    I’ll guess our poor (former) heroin addict was lacking in life experience. Too bad for him and Darwin wins again. It was hard, getting the monkey off his back and then having to deal with real emotions he was not ready for. A clusterfuck of emotional kabuki with friends and being haunted with a brain rebelling against a clean life, telling him what if you did it and can’t remember.

    So a former heroin addict raw with emotion signs the big paycheck as a result of a story spinning out of control. Then hold an officer responsible. Nobody disagrees with the suspension. NOBODY.

    Equally rushed to get some work done between his whatevers, Mr. Trump offs a foreign official in violation of hard won civilized precedents. Like a bull in a china shop. But:

    Verdict on the 178 lost lives. It would be madness to hold Trump responsible for any of that. Trump has not the most remote connection at all to that event.

    Right?

    Trump, seems like a croissant sort of guy. In his presence I imagine a rancid smell of butter.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 14, 2020 at 6:18 pm #

      The Iranians panicked and shot down the airline. They are responsible. You can be seen as responsible for everything since you are connected with everything – but only by your enemies including your own guilt ridden mind.

      If you hadn’t gone to the store last year on this date, someone may have lived who ended up dying on the road. For want of a nail the horse shoe was lost. For want of the horse shoe, the horse was lost. For want of the horse, the messenger was lost. For want of the messenger, the message was lost. For want of the message, the battle was lost. For want of the battle, the war was lost – all for want of a nail.

      So is the guy who shoed the horse responsible for the Defeat?

      • K-Dog January 14, 2020 at 7:01 pm #

        I don’t see how you can get out of it. You are saying the officer should not have been suspended for 6 days. You are the NOBODY.

      • elysianfield January 14, 2020 at 9:37 pm #

        “So is the guy who shoed the horse responsible for the Defeat?”

        Janos,
        Of course not. I’m sure he did his best.

        But on the other hand, the parents who whelped the little bastard should be crucified.

    • fineline January 15, 2020 at 4:24 pm #

      I see the Trump connection to the ukranian airline shooting down as two drug dealers getting in an an argument and start shooting at each other and innocent bystanders get killed. Must be their fault for being in the line of fire.

      • Nightowl January 16, 2020 at 6:03 am #

        “The line of fire,” in which one party deliberately fires two guided missiles right at the target with the second one connecting.

        Just a stray bullet, folks.

  40. Janos Skorenzy January 14, 2020 at 6:24 pm #

    Is the 2nd Amendment Protest slated for Richmond going to be Cville 2? Or the battle of Lexington/Concord in the Revolutionary War? Some like Bracken are calling this an utter goat fuck and to stay away. Others are saying it’s too late for Peace and if they want a War, let it begin.

    Maybe a Blood Sacrifice is called for. The Tree is so thirsty now, thirsty for the blood of Patriots and Tyrants, as Jefferson put it.

    The Irish knew that the Easter Rebellion had been betrayed by the large scale movement of British troops into Dublin. They faced years of dreary reorganization. But Pearse said No, we go ahead. We need a Blood Sacrifice. And they got it. Much of downtown Dublin was destroyed. Dubliners were cursing their foolish sacrifice and the loss of life. But when the British began to execute the Heroes, the heart of the People opened, and the Republic of Ireland was born.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 14, 2020 at 6:26 pm #

      westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com/2020/01/12/two-on-richmond/

      Bracken’s article is linked to in one of the articles.

      • SoftStarLight January 15, 2020 at 2:21 am #

        I find it interesting that so many people dismiss the possibility of civil unrest or another civil war. Sure it may not happen immediately when things appear to be humming along but it won’t take much to change that. Look how divided we are now. And to have an Elite literally working against us! Just imagine that a few street brawls end up spiraling into a full blown war. It’s certainly very possible.

        • K-Dog January 16, 2020 at 3:50 pm #

          The battlefield will be epic. Armies will have to agree not to fight while they do their grocery shopping.

    • Tate January 15, 2020 at 3:07 pm #

      I witnessed a ‘catfight’ in Dublin few years back. I gathered it was a gypsy woman who attempted to lift the contents of an Irish girl’s purse. I could tell she was Irish because she had blazing red hair & she was fighting like a european wildcat.

  41. Janos Skorenzy January 14, 2020 at 6:32 pm #

    Project Veritas strikes again. Irishmen saving America – as usual.

    breitbart.com/2020-election/2020/01/14/project-veritas-bernie-campaigner-dreams-of-slaying-msnbc-hos…

    This hardened Communist admires Stalin and dreams of Gulags for American Patriots. And as usual, their moderate allies get it first. Oh snap, motherfuckers. Just Ice Ice Baby.

    • malthuss January 14, 2020 at 7:42 pm #

      ha ha

    • SoftStarLight January 15, 2020 at 2:35 am #

      Do you remember when he went Amish a few years ago? He really didn’t but it sounded great for the show. But he did learn a lot from them about craftsmanship. Perhaps the Amish can teach us all lessons in self reliance. The only thing they don’t have going for them is their passivism. So we do need the fighting Irish step in to save the day!

      • Janos Skorenzy January 15, 2020 at 1:28 pm #

        Agree. At one community the kids wanted skate boards. They Elders deliberated and said maybe. They gave it a trial run to see if the kids could do it and not bother people – and to see if they could repair them themselves. They didn’t want to be always running to the store for new ones. Next step would be to see if they could make them themselves I assume.

        They have much to teach us, things that we’ve forgotten.

  42. BackRowHeckler January 14, 2020 at 7:58 pm #

    What time does Roller Derby come on?

    Roller Derby Queens back in the day — the Detroit Rockettes and the Bay City Bombers — were tough looking broads. In this modern version its long legged beauties from the top of the roster to the bottom. Oh, they can skate, and they can throw down, too. Don’t think they can’t.

    Janos I did watch the Veritas video of the Sandals staffer, a hard core Marxist threatening to throw everybody in the Gulag or have them shot whether Bernie wins or loses, especially if he loses, haha. Did you see his eyes? I think there’s some mental illness at work there, which doesn’t make him any less dangerous. Sure, he’s gonna beat the sh#t out of the Milwaukee PD at the Dem convention, LoL. Plus he threatened to burn down the city, all cities. Probably will pull some sh#t outside the convention hall and he’ll find himself face down on the pavement with some leather jacketed cop from the riot squad throwing on the cuffs. Then its off the Milwaukee City Jail with him, which I hear ain’t too pleasant.

    brh

    • elysianfield January 14, 2020 at 9:51 pm #

      BRH,
      A hard core Marxist? Don’t forget the wood shampoo….

  43. fineline January 14, 2020 at 8:19 pm #

    Experience in hell
    A true life story of a 24-Year-old lady

    I was raped by a supposed friend (someone I thought I could trust). I was embarrassed and shocked. I couldn’t tell anyone about my terrible experience. I kept it for me and followed my normal life.
    A few weeks later, after returning from a vigil, I started feeling weak, so I went to a nearby hospital and did some tests. For my biggest surprise, say positive to pregnancy.

    I told the man involved that after many pleas he convinced me to have an abortion that will be kept secret.

    I went to an abortion; however, before the procedure, I asked God to forgive me for what I was about to do and, in the process I died, I left my body. Still looking at the lifeless form at the abortion table, I started to ascend, but in an instant a force pushed me down through a dark tunnel. I couldn’t see the beginning or end of the tunnel walls. It was dark, so dark, I saw cobwebs like cells on the walls and in an instant I was in hell.

    I saw a woman who had been there for more than a hundred years, she was plunged into a deep pain and agony, she melted in the flames and magma, like the liquid, would again join in the form of the woman. It happened repeatedly. I knew I was in hell.

    I started to burn and burn, I wanted to pluck my hair from the roots, because the pain was unbearable. It was as if my senses were more than a thousand times. The agony of the burns wasn’t enough. The cry of people under the same torment was worse, it was so strong that I felt I was going to be deaf, but they didn’t stop ringing in my ears.

    I started screaming, the more I screamed, the weaker I felt, but the screams did nothing but scream while weakening me. I rechiné the teeth, but no form of all these expressions made me feel better… it just worsened, beyond all description. I was in a deep torment.

    The worst feeling was not just the pain, the noise, the screams or the pungent smell. It was the feeling of despair / total threat. He was doomed forever. I knew I was in hell forever ever. There was no exit. I started crying to God for mercy.

    In a moment, Jesus appeared and cried more. I asked him to give me a second place of hell to scream that Jesus is the Lord and die again. Jesus replied: ” how many seconds are there in a minute, how many minutes there are in an hour, how many hours are there in one day, how many days are there in a week, how many weeks are there in a month and how many months there are in a On Earth? ” I’ve given you all the seconds in your years of life and you failed me.

    I cried more and asked him to have mercy and please give me another chance to go and tell the world about hell. I begged the Lord to give me a chance, even if i came back to the world without my hands or my legs, at least let there be breath in my nose. I understood the adagio better that a living dog is better than a dead lion. I even promised to tell the world about my torment if it frees my soul from torment in hell.

    He replied: ” many have gone from here to tell you, what makes you think they will believe you, but I kept pleading for a second chance and while crying and bay the teeth.

    Jesus had mercy on me, but he warned me harshly that if he did not preach he would end up in hell He said, “tell my people to stop playing with me”. at that moment I woke up in the hospital room.

    At First I was afraid to share my horrible experience because I was worried about my reputation, but I finally opened up when I came in contact with a true prophet of God.

    What is the cost of your chance?

    If you are reading this post that means you have the opportunity to make a change and make up with God or if you are warm, it’s time to stop playing with God.

    Words by themselves can’t count my torment in hell or the torment of those in hell.

    Hell is not a myth, a story, or a product of someone’s imagination, hell is a real place.

    A place you don’t even wish for your enemies or for those who have hurt you the most.
    (HEB 9:27 ~ and how it is established that men die once, but after this the judgment. )
    If we recognize that one day we will take away all earthly things, then the longing for material possessions will matter to us much less now. We must get away from physical indulgence, as earthly pleasure does not leave any permanent gratification.
    (2 Peter 3:11 ~ seeing that all these things will be dissolved, what kind of people must be in all holy conversation and mercy? )

    – we must stop making excuses for God’s work
    – we must imitate Christ
    – discover our purpose on earth and tell it
    – be part of the movement of God in these last days
    – make a constant walk with the Holy Spirit.

    If you were blessed with this testimony, please share.

    Prayer for those who love to write amen, they will not end in hell. Please type amen.

    Pray for God to forgive you all your sins and have mercy on you. Please don’t ignore this. Hell is real

    • elysianfield January 14, 2020 at 9:49 pm #

      Fineline,
      Were I to experience that which you have described, I would be wearing a hair shirt in some forgotten monastery, devoting my every breath to atonement. I would wear sack cloth, scourge myself…mortify my flesh daily.

      You?

      Testimony seems but a half measure. I am not demeaning your post, but I question your concept of atonement.

    • Majella January 14, 2020 at 9:53 pm #

      fineline – WTF? Where’d you get this demented tripe from? And why post it here?

    • malthuss January 14, 2020 at 11:50 pm #

      The Bardo.

    • ellipsis January 15, 2020 at 6:24 am #

      Belief is a helluva drug!

    • fineline January 15, 2020 at 11:06 am #

      I canot say it is true or false,Anybody can make up a story, but I would like to hear from any witnesses so I could draw a reasonable conclusion.

      I would be wary of any who did not want me to hear these witnesses and it would convince me that somebody is hiding something that should not be hidden.

      this could be a true story and we can hope that it is because it gives us all hope if it is.
      Amen!

    • GreenAlba January 15, 2020 at 2:58 pm #

      “she melted in the flames and magma, like the liquid, would again join in the form of the woman…”

      I can’t help feeling there’s an opportunity here to monetise this image, perhaps for one of those entrepreneurial televangelist types with big cars, big gold rings and big fat bank accounts, maybe in conjunction with QVC.

      Perhaps an innovative lava lamp (ho ho) for the sideboard, a thoughtful gift for those who feel they need a regular reminder of God’s all-encompassing love. It would have to be made to last a lifetime, obviously, to give the recipient a taste of eternity. And it could have realistic sound effects, obviously, to keep them er…focused.

      “A place you don’t even wish for your enemies or for those who have hurt you the most.”

      Interesting, isn’t it, that you seem to be more moral than ‘God’? He reportedly doesn’t find it a problem at all.

      Is it me, or does Hell, so far, seem to be a bit, you know, single-gendered? Almost as if this was part of a propaganda piece for…an agenda? (Although the curious syntax does at one point seem to be suggesting that Jesus is also bizarrely at risk!) Let us know when the rapist gets his, maybe. Then we could think about designing the lamps in pairs. His and hers.

      I loved the ‘adagio’ malapropism, by the way, but not so much ‘while crying and bay the teeth’. That bit needs some work.

    • RIB January 15, 2020 at 3:47 pm #

      Hebrews 8:12: For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” That 24 year old needs to lay off the hallucinating drugs and take some sound Bible theology courses

    • Tate January 15, 2020 at 6:40 pm #

      These are not the ‘last days’. That is a millinialist fallacy.

  44. BackRowHeckler January 14, 2020 at 11:17 pm #

    By 1910 there were 4 major RRs operating passenger lines between Chicago and New York: The Erie, Baltimore and Ohio, NY Central and the Pennsylvania RR. Penn had 300,000 employes, the largest employer in the US at the time. The Erie (with about 25,000 workers), HQ’d in Jersey City, Two Ton Tony Galento’s hometown, electrified as much of the line as they could even at that early date. Of course, the trolley lines that crisscrossed the northeast section of the United States were fully electrified

    Sometime when road crews are milling Farmington Avenue prior to resurfacing you can see the trolley tracks, they’re still there from 1883, didn’t even bother tearing them up when the line closed for good in 1930, just paved right over them, making way for the automobile. And that’s where we stand right now,

    brh

    • JohnAZ January 15, 2020 at 10:05 am #

      Cars gave folks in the city personal space. Commuters almost insist on one car one person setup. The auto revolution enabled a transition from multi traveler transportation to single traveler. Light rail ridership remains light, HOV lanes have little traffic.

  45. tucsonspur January 15, 2020 at 4:01 am #

    Any Jack Reacher fans here? Tom Cruise did okay in the role, but just doesn’t have those hands “the size of Thanksgiving turkeys”.

    yahoo.com/entertainment/yes-amazon-determined-jack-reacher-002616249.html

    “Blue Moon” is Child’s latest.

  46. Pucker January 15, 2020 at 6:36 am #

    “Totalitarian and Anti-Western Culture…”

    Great…Fantastic….

    “ FIVE DECADES INTO the boldest social experiment ever undertaken in the Western democracies, the full impact of what was once quaintly known as “women’s liberation” is at last becoming clear. Politicians of both the left and right have colluded to limit the discussion to a series of apparently innocuous controversies superficially reminiscent of America’s troubled racial politics: job discrimination, equal pay, affirmative action. Only abortion indicates deeper issues, and that debate has been mired in stalemate. Meanwhile, from beneath the media radar screen, the more profound consequences are finally emerging: a fundamental restructuring of the social order, demographic trends that threaten the very survival of some nations, and—least noticed of all—an exponential increase in the size and reach of the state, the state at its most bureaucratic and intrusive. The Sexual Revolution, it is now apparent, has been about much more than simply discarding sexual inhibitions and restrictions. Like all revolutions, it has been driven from the start by revolutionaries seeking power. Feminists and more recently homosexual political activists (sometimes termed “homosexual-ism”) have now positioned themselves at the vanguard of left-wing politics, shifting the political discourse from the economic and racial to the social and increasingly the sexual. What was once a socialist campaign against private enterprise and private property has expanded into a social and sexual confrontation with the private family, marriage, masculinity, and religion. This marks a truly new kind of politics, the most personal and thus potentially the most total politics ever devised: the politics of sexual and family life. No sexual ideology has ever before appeared, and its unprecedented power is at once obvious and disguised. Obvious, because it is not difficult to see that politicizing sexual intimacy permeates far deeper into the human psyche, unleashes energies and emotions, and disrupts relationships and institutions far more fundamental than those attacked by radical ideologies of the past. Daphne Patai and Noretta Koertge point out “feminism’s explicit assault not only on hierarchies generally but also on the boundaries between the public and private.”. The capacity for intrusion into the private sphere of life is unrivalled since the bureaucratic dictatorships of the last century and potentially surpasses even them. “Radical feminism is the most destructive and fanatical movement to come down to us from the sixties,” writes Robert Bork. “This is a revolutionary, not a reformist, movement. . . . Totalitarian in spirit, it is deeply antagonistic to traditional Western culture and proposes the complete restructuring of society, morality, and human nature.”3“

    Stephen Baskerville
    The New Politics of Sex: The Sexual Revolution, Civil Liberties, and the Growth of Governmental Power

    • Pucker January 15, 2020 at 6:39 am #

      A totalitarian movement in which the individual is coerced by the mob into being a pervert, Queer, Transgender, etc., so that the Leadership can amass power in an out-of-control cancerous government.

  47. malthuss January 15, 2020 at 8:41 am #

    ICEBERGS TO AFRICA
    Ex-Rhodesian, now in South Africa, proposes to tow icebergs from Antarctica to Cape Town to quench the skyrocketing thirst of skyrocketing negro population.

    Many pros and cons discussed in this article, but it’s Bloomberg so of course no one mentions the possibility of Africans controlling their population growth at any point.

    Billions more on the way–yet another White Man’s Burden.

    Towing an Iceberg: One Captain’s Plan to Bring Drinking Water to 4 Million People

    getpocket.com/explore/item/towing-an-iceberg-one-captain-s-plan-to-bring-drinking-water-to-4-million…

    This man knows full well his new country is following the same trajectory as his old one.

    • BackRowHeckler January 15, 2020 at 10:32 am #

      In SA entire infrastructure has collapsed due to lack of maintenance; it took only about 3 decades for cities like Jo ‘berg and Capetown to sink to their African mean. European civilization built by the Boers and Affrikaners simply has eroded away. Another example is SAs vaunted Airforce Squadrons — which rendered such valuable service in the Korean War — have been grounded and de commissioned. Electric grid has collapsed, brown outs and blackouts daily, bridges falling into rivers, modern office buildings gutted and squatted in by tribal people etc. … SA is the disaster we all knew it would become and who knows, might be our fate too. Look at Baltimore, Detroit and St Louis, for example.

      Brh

      • Sean Coleman January 15, 2020 at 11:37 am #

        I heard a Colin Flaherty podcast last year where he said that infrastructure in American cities is also collapsing in many places. he used the example of water where a certain amount of tax money is put aside into a fund to renovate old water pipes. Leaky old pipes are (from memory) costing dearly. what happens is that irresponsible local government are raiding these funds for whacky ‘inclusivity’ projects.

        • BackRowHeckler January 15, 2020 at 11:56 am #

          Well, what happened in Flint, Michigan is that people simply were not paying their water bills — ever. There was no money to maintain the system.

          Now, just last week in Chicago, Honorable Mayor Lori Lightfoot, responding to the fact that so many families were having their water shut off for non payment, has issued a moratorium; water service is now free, declared a human right; There will be no more water bills, no more shutoff notices, but how the system will be kept going in the future with no revenue is yet to be seen.

          Brh

      • RIB January 15, 2020 at 3:49 pm #

        Where for art thou, MagicNegro?

        • malthuss January 15, 2020 at 4:47 pm #

          On MLK Blvds, all ova the country.

    • JohnAZ January 15, 2020 at 10:38 am #

      Another climate change fable.

      Venice is having big problems. Two months ago, there was flooding in the canals of Venice. The mayor said that it was causing a billion dollars worth of damage and the culprit was climate change. Ho-hum.

      Now, the city has so little water in the canals during low tide that the gondola traffic is beached. The Fox and BBC articles have no explanation.

      I wonder how this is going to be blamed on climate change. If sea levels are climbing, why is Venice high and dry?

      Venice is built on islands connected by canals, which puts it at sea level. Why is sea level fluctuating by meters of depth? Over two months? Sorry mayor, climate change does not answer either situation, high water or low water.

      Again and again, adaptation is the key. Weird things are happening to our planet, that we do not understand very well.

      Venice needs to be moved then abandoned. According to the articles, Venice is sinking a few millimeters a year, adding to the problem of flooding.

      Venice is doomed.

      • malthuss January 15, 2020 at 10:53 am #

        Venice is built on poles.

      • benr January 15, 2020 at 11:09 am #

        Venice has always had flooding problems.
        King tides are affecting this.
        Planetary alignments have stronger tidal pulls nothing new here same as it ever was.

      • GreenAlba January 15, 2020 at 11:41 am #

        JohnAZ

        “Now, the city has so little water in the canals during low tide that the gondola traffic is beached. The Fox and BBC articles have no explanation.”

        Re the BBC, perhaps it was because they only wasted a few sentences on it. For Fox, I really can’t say.

        Just as well that every other source has attributed it to lack of rain and a super blue blood moon.

        Water due back Friday.

        As you were…

        • elysianfield January 15, 2020 at 12:43 pm #

          ” a super blue blood moon”

          Alba,
          …How Dare We!

        • Majella January 15, 2020 at 3:01 pm #

          Besides, the ordinary tides in the Mediterranean Sea are minimal compared to those not so-enclosed.

        • stelmosfire January 15, 2020 at 5:47 pm #

          So the full moon of Jan. 10, 2020 was not a super moon, a blue moon or a blood moon but yes it was a moon! 1 out of 4 , not bad. As you were…

          • GreenAlba January 15, 2020 at 7:27 pm #

            You’re right StE, I accidentally quoted articles from a previous instance without noticing the date – my apologies. Seems it’s just low tides.

            As you were…

          • BackRowHeckler January 15, 2020 at 7:55 pm #

            St Elmo

            Next wed jan 22 I gotta be in Westfield, have an afternoon to kill. A few of the women here signed up to hear some new age swami give a presentation about your realizing your inner essence or something like that, anyway, I volunteered to drive them up. If you’re gonna be around, name the place, we can meet up.

            Brh

      • Nightowl January 16, 2020 at 6:08 am #

        Venice is not constructed on islands (actual land). The buildings are on wooden platforms resting on large stakes.

        It still fascinates me whenever I am there. The amount of wood required is mind-boggling.

        • GreenAlba January 16, 2020 at 8:11 am #

          Watching histories of its creation and growth is fascinating. It’s almost amazing it’s lasted this long.

          Shame it’s heaving with tourists, but what can you do?

          At least they need to stop those ridiculous cruise ships the size of town from mooring there, if they haven’t already. They’re an outrage. I haven’t been there since the late 80s/1990-ish, but it’s much worse now in terms of tourist numbers.

          • Nightowl January 16, 2020 at 9:27 am #

            It is indeed amazing it has lasted this long. I can’t imagine the tourists in high season. Was bad enough in November.

          • GreenAlba January 16, 2020 at 11:15 am #

            November’s more atmospheric, probably – Don’t Look Now…!

    • BackRowHeckler January 15, 2020 at 11:17 am #

      Just a little anecdote about SAfrica

      Last month I was in a barbershop of all places, this young father was in there with 2 little boys; I heard his foreign accent and thought it was Australian or from New Zealand — what do I knowm being a local yokel — he turned out to be SAfrican. We struck up a conversation, I asked him about conditions in that country. He was guarded, then nodded toward his boys, around 8 or 9 years old, and said “We had to get out”.

      Brh

      • elysianfield January 15, 2020 at 12:45 pm #

        BRH,
        Same thing occurred to me…young wife became pregnant, and it was time to leave Oakland.

        We had to get out.

        1972

        • Janos Skorenzy January 15, 2020 at 2:49 pm #

          Same here: Dorchester was going bad and we had to get out. Ditto for millions of other White Americans – some having to flee several times since the dark ones follow wherever we go.

          Dorchester was the site of one the Celt’s last stands against the Romans. And even in Dorchester, Ma, some fought against the Blacks. Hollywood actor Donny Wahlberg and his friends for example. One Black woman has been legally harassing him for decades, trying to get a ghetto payout for his “youthful indiscretions” (heroism).

          • GreenAlba January 15, 2020 at 3:04 pm #

            “since the dark ones follow wherever we go.”

            That’s your shadow, Janos. Man up. 🙂

          • malthuss January 15, 2020 at 4:53 pm #

            I saw him at the gym, once. I read he attacked a Black person, when he was a teen.
            Whats the real story?

          • malthuss January 15, 2020 at 4:54 pm #

            Green, I wont post hat I think. Some posts get removed.

          • GreenAlba January 15, 2020 at 4:58 pm #

            malthuss, old chum, I don’t think anything will happen if you post ‘I’ve got absolutely no sense of humour’. Really I don’t.

          • Tate January 15, 2020 at 8:15 pm #

            — since the dark ones follow wherever we go.

            — That’s your shadow, Janos. Man up.

            It’s a simple statement of fact. The process unfolds thusly — the “talented tenth” leave trying to escape the crime & disfunction. Can’t blame them for that. Inevitably though they can’t escape the pursuit of their own kinfolk in the ‘hood seeking favors, loans & temporary housing. That’s when the rot begins.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2020 at 3:19 am #

            Alba: Even now there’s a pitchfork with your name on it being forged in the dark smithies of Roxbury/Mordor/Hell.

            Meanwhile the West dies and she’s oblivious:

            wvwnews.net/content/index.php?/news_story/oh_lordbring_forth_the_cleansing_hell_fire.html

          • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2020 at 3:23 am #

            I don’t know any more than that, Malthus. Just that young White guys (mostly Irish American), defend increasingly small amounts of what was once the largest White “ghetto” (Dorchester, South Boston, but not really that bad!) in America. Their struggle is doomed since the talented three tenths (as Tate says of the Blacks) and more try to get out into the suburbs, with many succeeding.

          • GreenAlba January 16, 2020 at 8:23 am #

            Oh, dear, someone else with no sense of humour. Still, it’s not a common quality in Nazis or their ‘neo’ confrères.

            Why are you bothered about the ‘talented three tenths’ being in the suburbs? I’ve told you already that my Asian neighbours bother nobody and the reason they stay non-ghettoised is that nobody moves out, because they’re not bothering anyone, so they’re just sprinkled about the place with no disharmony whatsoever.

  48. Sean Coleman January 15, 2020 at 11:30 am #

    I don’t know if Mueller was just a figurehead for the investigation or not. when I saw a clip (suggested by Nightowl, I think) of him last year in a House or Senate hearing not recognizing the name Fusion GPS some of the commenters on YT said that he was old and confused. I thought he was putting it on; I seem to recall a similar performance where he had trouble recognizing fairly well-known facts (on a different subject). The thing is this earlier occurrence was from memory) about four years earlier so old age is less of an excuse.

    • Nightowl January 16, 2020 at 6:12 am #

      That testimony remains one of the craziest things I have watched in years.

      The list of crooked investigations he has been involved in is also most interesting.

  49. Cargill January 15, 2020 at 11:51 am #

    Doesn’t the reality remain:

    1. The incumbent party at the end of a two-term presidency, will use all the powers, contacts, networks, and insider trading it can to get their boy (or girl) into the Oval Office.

    2. It has ever been thus since the beginning of time (we,, since 1800 anyway). But not very successfully – no two-term president has been followed by a president from the party since … a long time ago.

    3. The level of skulduggery employed to “elect” George W Bush in 2000 far exceeds any of the “normal” shenanigans that went on in 2016 to try and get Hillary My Turn elected.

    4. Ends do justify the means in some cases: it is clear that Russia did in fact interfere in (ie, determine) the 2016 general election, and Team Trump broke a lot of laws and did innumerable impeachment offences in relation to Ukraine and Joe-Hunter Biden.

    5. And even though it was all laughably incompetent – as you would expect from a bunch of rarely sober baby-boomer dudes well past their modest prime – being stupid doesn’t get you off the hook.

    6. Anyway – the biggest challenge it seems to me for all y’all USAians is that neither party has thrown up a presidential candidate that is the least bit interesting or exciting – and they’re all older than me, heaven forbid!

    • JohnAZ January 15, 2020 at 12:14 pm #

      4. The Russian hacking, supposedly, has been repudiated by NSA experts. Out intelligence agencies id’ed Russia as a hacker, yeah, the same FBI and CIA that are currently under investigation for interfering with the 2016 election. This collusion has been hushed up successfully. Hopefully Barr will get to the bottom of who did what, but Will guess that the Obama folks are very dirty.

      Your statement that they determined the election is ludicrous. A Liberal pipe dream to try to pass the blame for a really lousy platform and candidate.

      Your head is on backwards. The bad guys in this whole thing is the Biden’s using the Obama influence. That is why the Dems are attempting to block his testimony at all costs. Trump’s group did not do any impeachment offense at all. The quid pro quo that never happened is a tool that has been used over and over to threaten foreign countries by every president. Hillary through Obama, threatened Khadafy just before she attached his demise.

      Word of advice, do not support folks that are guiltier than hell of all the deeds they are trying to pass onto someone else. This Democratic Deep State is nothing but a criminal mob. They have convinced a lot of the GOP to follow along, much to the detriment of the American people.

      • Majella January 15, 2020 at 3:19 pm #

        Poor ol’ JohnAZ…you sure do toe the party-line, don’t you?

        Every point you made is a partisan position and/or conspiracy theory and/or misrepresentation of the facts.

        Russian hacking is undeniable. The contentious point is whether Himself’s campaign colluded or not. Probably not – they, as a posse, were too incompetent to manage real collusion. Whatever determination Barr comes up with is worthless because his own glaring partiality further diminishes and demeans his shop-worn credibility.

        The Biden Tin Foil Hat story is thoroughly debunked, but the Trumpsters just can’t let it go.

        This PARTICULAR quid pro quo was NOT the normal foreign relations negotiation process. Based on what is now known, and particularly supported by the Parnas documents just released, this plot started months before “the perfect call” and really got going thereafter.

        • JohnAZ January 15, 2020 at 8:14 pm #

          Poor Ol’ Majella

          You sure do toe the party line, don’t you?

          In six weeks we will see who is guilty of what.

          I will wait and see.

          By the way, Pence is going to be a real corker if he ends up in #1 position.

          • Nightowl January 16, 2020 at 8:35 am #

            “Himself basically hi-jacked a huge amount of tax-payer funds with the intention of extracting a personal advantage”

            In my mind, I can’t help but hear this spoken in valley girl.

        • Majella January 15, 2020 at 8:17 pm #

          “Barr maintains that Article II of the Constitution gives a President control of all executive-branch agencies, without restriction; in practice, this means that Trump would be within his rights to oversee an investigation into his own misconduct. (Barr declined multiple interview requests.) Throughout the House’s impeachment inquiry, Trump dismissed subpoenas for documents and testimony from Administration officials—a step taken by no other President. Barr and Pat Cipollone, a White House lawyer who once worked as Barr’s speechwriter, have also rejected subpoenas, flouting a congressional power plainly delineated in the Constitution. Donald Ayer, who served as Deputy Attorney General under George H. W. Bush, said, “They take the position that they don’t even have to show up. That’s totally outrageous. It’s denying the legitimacy of another branch of government in the name of executive supremacy.” Ayer described Barr’s ideas about Presidential power as “chilling” and “deeply disturbing.” If Trump survives a trial in the Senate, a President’s ability to resist congressional oversight will vastly expand. Laurence Tribe, a professor of constitutional law at Harvard, warned that Barr’s and Trump’s efforts could permanently alter the balance of power among the branches of American government. “If those views take hold, we will have lost what was won in the Revolution—we will have a Chief Executive who is more powerful than the king,” Tribe said. “That will be a disaster for the survival of the Republic.””

          • JohnAZ January 15, 2020 at 8:57 pm #

            It would just be nice if there actually was a crime.

            Everything we hear is just a political opinion.

          • Majella January 15, 2020 at 9:31 pm #

            Well, given the above, the impeachment is actually working in Himself’s favour & towards Barr’s long-term objective.

            Barr, personally, probably doesn’t care for the Arsehole-in-Chief but sees him and his current travails as a route to establishing supremacy for the Unitary Executive Presidency – which is entirely at odds with the US Constitution – so that his desired biblically-based rule of law can be imposed.

            Tell me please – what’s the actual difference between any particular religious group imposing its own narrow view of social ‘propriety’ on a broad, secular population? Be that group Christian, Buddhist, Mormon, Muslim, Zoroastrian, Voodoo or Jedi?

            You’re right, JohnAZ —Pence gives me a proper case of the shits, for sure. They’re two peas in a pod with similar nut-job ideas like Rapture & Armageddon, the return of JC in physical form…blah, blah, blah.

          • Majella January 15, 2020 at 9:34 pm #

            As to the ‘actual crime’, it’s plain & simple and perfectly clear. Himself basically hi-jacked a huge amount of tax-payer funds with the intention of extracting a personal advantage. What else is there to know?

            Allow witnesses and documents in the ‘trial’ to allow the proof to be provided.

    • Majella January 15, 2020 at 3:04 pm #

      ‘ But not very successfully – no two-term president has been followed by a president from the party since … a long time ago.’

      1988 GHW Bush…not SO long ago.

      • Cargill January 15, 2020 at 9:22 pm #

        True enough … I overlooked that one – I was looking at Hoover (1928), and Taft (1908) before that. But as a semi-general principle, neither major party has a hold on it for very long.

  50. BackRowHeckler January 15, 2020 at 3:48 pm #

    Coming attraction: ‘Rat City Roller Girls’ vs ‘Boston Derby Dames’.

    Prepare yourself for an evening of titillating mayhem, CFNers.

  51. BackRowHeckler January 15, 2020 at 4:45 pm #

    ‘Quad City Orphan Brigade’ – coolest name for a roller derby squad.

    You’re either a pivot, a blocker, or a jammer– just like in real life, we are all assigned roles.

    • Majella January 15, 2020 at 5:37 pm #

      Hey Marlin

      Have you got any take on this guy Robert Hyde, who’s possibly standing for GOP in Conn 5th?

      • BackRowHeckler January 15, 2020 at 7:46 pm #

        I don’t know too much about him Majella, except he is a Republican challenging Jahana Hayes for that 5th Congressional seat. He lives in Simsbury. I don’t know him personally. It turns out he was mixed up with Rudy Guliani in some Ukraine business, and now he’s finished.

        Ukraine and Russia, Russia and Ukraine, graveyard of American political careers. Why those two countries, specifically? It’s taken me by surprise, to say the least.

        Brh

        • JohnAZ January 15, 2020 at 8:18 pm #

          Because it, Ukraine, is the buffer zone between NATO countries and Russia. Remember that all the shenanigans started during the Obama time. Both parties are dirty in their Ukraine dealings.

        • Majella January 15, 2020 at 9:36 pm #

          Try this for size…

          youtube.com/watch?v=Z0c8UfasZkc

  52. Pucker January 15, 2020 at 6:01 pm #

    The Red Thread….

    What do you think about American Com…munists? Would you let a woman who claims that she is a Maoist who loves Chairman Mao and Jiang Qing have your baby? What about American women with castration fantasies who want the right to abort their kids post-birth while their sons are playing violent video games or watching Gilligan’s Island re-runs? My nephew’s wife shortly after I first met her once started telling me about Fidel Castro and his brother Raul Castro. Why-the-Hell would I subscribe to the twisted Utopian fantasies of some Cuban asshole named Fidel or Raul just because they promise free healthcare and a potato everyday?

    Reverend Jim Jones was an American “Maoist”.

    Was Joseph McCarthy right, after all?

    Why is it that Americans are enamored with bizarre extremist delusions such as the Rapture, the belief in UFO’s from outer space, Maoist Feminism, and man-made climate change as a vehicle to socially re-engineer society?

    What-the-Hell is going on?

    Should I buy a gun and arm myself to protect myself from such psycho’s?

    m.youtube.com/watch?v=xZhDlf7sOaE

  53. Pucker January 15, 2020 at 6:20 pm #

    It’s interesting that the Russian people so readily and en mass shelved Comm…unism and Bolshevism, particularly the Russian women, like a bad hangover, while at the same time clinging to bureaucratism. Eventually Comm…unism became the enemy of ethnic identity and the Nation State and became identified with Corruption, so the Russians dumped Comm..,unism. Meanwhile, the American feminists and homosexuals use Sex and Bolshevism as a vehicle for their power grab. In the universities, this power grab mascarades as Social Science, but there is no real, bona fide debate or empirical research going on regarding feminism in the universities and it’s just crass, sham advocacy that the kids are getting reamed for with huge student debt and funded by the tax payer, according to Stephen Baskerville. Another Utopian movement gone-all-to-Hell that will end in ruins.

    Stephen Baskerville
    The New Politics of Sex: The Sexual Revolution, Civil Liberties, and the Growth of Governmental Power

    Serhii Plokhy
    The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union

  54. JimInFlorida January 15, 2020 at 6:58 pm #

    What happened to Janos Skorenzy? Was he rounded up and sent to Room 101? Or made into an Unperson?

    • JimInFlorida January 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm #

      Nevermind. He’s here… thank God.

      Earlier, I didn’t see any comments from him. Hence my concern.

      • Majella January 15, 2020 at 9:38 pm #

        Where have YOU been?

      • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2020 at 3:34 am #

        I’m practicing Karma Yoga (working) again. Thus my real job of thinking, reading, and posting must suffer. What can I do? It’s the Will of Krishna/Christ. He is the Master of the Sacrifice and I’m the offering. Thus do I burn. What is a job but a Smashan or a Burning Ground of the Heart (Ramprasad)?

        Been studying the Stoics – theirs was a Western version of Karma Yoga, with some jnana thrown in.

        • Majella January 16, 2020 at 4:20 am #

          Oh. You’re broke. I get it.

  55. Pucker January 15, 2020 at 7:31 pm #

    Elizabeth Warren….

    “ The female chairperson of a major university Women’s Studies department writes in a government-funded (and presumably peer-reviewed) paper how she visited a nightclub to not only watch drag queens “grope and fondle men and women, use foul language, and mimic sex acts on stage,” but participated herself and felt “powerful disguised as a man dressing as a woman.”12 Sexual radicals openly celebrate their right to “pleasure,” but among these is the pleasure of desecrating other people’s values and beliefs and the existing social order, and feeling “powerful” in the process. Richard Parker explains how effectively sex operates as a weapon to overturn social and political hierarchies, offend sensibilities, and glorify rebellion as a virtue for its own sake:”

    Stephen Baskerville
    The New Politics of Sex: The Sexual Revolution, Civil Liberties, and the Growth of Governmental Power

  56. Pucker January 15, 2020 at 7:36 pm #

    “Double Clutch It, Professor!”

    “ Breaking down the separations of daily life in the fleeting moments of desire, pleasure, and passion, the erotic offers an anarchic alternative to the established order of the sexual universe: an alternative in which the only absolute rule is the transgression of prohibitions. . . . Transgressing the established order of daily life . . . even the structures of power can themselves be eroticized within this frame of reference. . . . No less than same-sex interactions, extramarital affairs, masturbation, or anal intercourse, they become especially erotic because they destroy the hierarchical values of the everyday world. . . . The workings of power must be understood through the cultural forms and meanings of the erotic, and the symbolism of the erotic must be interpreted through the structures of power and its capacity to transform them.”

    Stephen Baskerville
    The New Politics of Sex: The Sexual Revolution, Civil Liberties, and the Growth of Governmental Power

  57. Pucker January 15, 2020 at 7:45 pm #

    What a Disaster! You could marry one of these women….

    “… sexual freedom is itself a form of rebellion and one easily politicized. Breaking sexual restraints and “taboos” is an end in itself because it defies convention and authority and therefore provides “power.” “Your abortion can be a rebellious and empowering act,” declares one feminist. It is an act through which you can assert yourself. . . . It is a surgical operation with a mission. . . . My hope is that . . . you will use your abortion to connect with women everywhere. You will connect your very special personal with the very important political, and you will begin to know your own power.14“

    Stephen Baskerville
    The New Politics of Sex: The Sexual Revolution, Civil Liberties, and the Growth of Governmental Power

    • BackRowHeckler January 15, 2020 at 8:08 pm #

      Jammer for the Quad City Orphan Brigade, not a bad goal for a young girl in the midwest somewhere. She could do worse.

      Yes, yes, it’s like your young son wanting to pitch for the Mets, I know. It’s a dream. Let the kids dream dammit, let them reach for the stars.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2020 at 3:58 am #

        You must have really liked the Bay City Rollers.

        Tell them about Jai Alai – a sport that dates back to old Atlantis. Played then with a human head (of course!) but first shrunken and dipped in rubber to make it bouncy. A Man’s Game – almost as good as “Normandy Beach”

        Surf’s up again, dude. Last one in is a rotten tomato.

        • BackRowHeckler January 16, 2020 at 8:16 am #

          Weren’t the Bay City Rollers a bubble gum pop band from back in the day? From UK? ‘Saturday night, Saturday night’.

          We were talking Bay City Bombers, Roller Derby Queens, from the Bay area, Cal. USA.

          USA! USA! USA! USA!

          Brh

          • malthuss January 16, 2020 at 1:53 pm #

            An insider said they were GAY and had worked their way up the way so many had, as ‘escorts’ [read Angie Bowies book about how Bowie got there].
            Putting out for the music execs.

  58. wwg1wga January 15, 2020 at 8:11 pm #

    Deep State “President” Pelosi has spoken.

    got-truth.com/docs/Deep%20State%20President%20Pelosi%20has%20spoken.pdf

  59. JohnAZ January 15, 2020 at 8:23 pm #

    Pucker

    This has been a good summary of how the oddballs of our society have had success destructing the central themes of our country.

    Our future depends on a Senate decision in about six weeks, and an election in November. The Dems May have a coup.

  60. Pucker January 15, 2020 at 8:58 pm #

    Humpy Dumpty….

    “Women’s liberation . . . the most influential neo-Marxist movement in America, has done to the American home what communism did to the Russian economy, and most of the ruin is irreversible,” writes Ruth Wisse. “By defining relations between men and women in terms of power and competition instead of reciprocity and cooperation, the movement tore apart the most basic and fragile contract in human society, the unit from which all other social institutions draw their strength.”17 Sexual radicals acknowledge their camaraderie with past revolutionaries. “The great value of Engels’ contribution to the Sexual Revolution lay in his analysis of patriarchal marriage and family,” wrote Kate Millett in her seminal Sexual Politics.18 Engels himself confirmed that socialist logic leads to sexualist ideology.“

    Stephen Baskerville
    The New Politics of Sex: The Sexual Revolution, Civil Liberties, and the Growth of Governmental Power

  61. Pucker January 15, 2020 at 9:11 pm #

    The way that they garner power, jobs, and perks for themselves in an overreaching government leveraged to protect their ever expanding sexual license is by constantly breaking down sexual boundaries and leading the sexual revolution. It’ll never stop, and they’ll drive the society into mass sexual perversion. Mass Mental Illness…. What a disaster!

    Stephen Baskerville
    The New Politics of Sex: The Sexual Revolution, Civil Liberties, and the Growth of Governmental Power

  62. Pucker January 15, 2020 at 9:35 pm #

    What’s so Sad is that most people are confused and befuddled by it all, like cattle. Most common people would be much better off with simple Christianity. It’s so cruel to host the LGBTQ yoke on them. It’s corruption to the extent that it’s a Com…munist power grab.

    • Pucker January 15, 2020 at 9:50 pm #

      The Americans need middle class jobs, stable marriages, and stable lives, not more foreign wars and Hollywood “Freakie Deakie”. The Elite running things should be lined up against a wall and shot.

  63. malthuss January 15, 2020 at 11:29 pm #

    I don’t think anything will happen if you post ‘I’ve got absolutely no sense of humour’. Really I don’t.

    Any word on climate change?
    Its 42 degrees in Los Angeles, today.

    • Pucker January 16, 2020 at 12:37 am #

      Check out the January 2020 issue of “Cosmopolitan” magazine.

    • Pucker January 16, 2020 at 12:40 am #

      The Bar-Kay’s….

      American Freak Show….,

      m.youtube.com/watch?v=S9FCYlGDAc4

      • Pucker January 16, 2020 at 1:36 am #

        It’s so Sad…what America is becoming….

        The feminist movement may be the first totalitarian revolution driven by sexual deviance with the sexual revolutionaries driving the bewildered mob of uneducated, mindless boobs over the cliff towards ever greater depths of sexual and moral depravity promising empowerment, jobs, perks, and social acceptance through sexual perversion.

        It’s humiliating and embarrassing….,

        You can’t make it up.

        It’s like something out of an HG Wells novel about the perversion of some Utopian ideal on a colony of perverts living on an asteroid in deep space.

      • BackRowHeckler January 16, 2020 at 8:30 am #

        Wait a minute, is that Rick James making an appearance?

        • malthuss January 16, 2020 at 2:07 pm #

          from Unz to u,

          Rusty nail says:
          January 16, 2020 at 3:30 pm GMT • 200 Words
          @Mr McKenna

          As we ought to be doing, as a nation, for the beleaguered white people of South Africa. But we’re no longer a white nation, so we’re not permitted to help white people.

          I have seen many folks say that ours should leave and move to America. Few realize that the US government would never allow it. I know really good folks who tried and got a flat no! They ended up moving to other countries.

          Something else that many complain about is all the fake refugees being dumped in America.

          I have said many times to them, “you want a full stop to refugees being allowed in”? Simple, load a thousand white South African families up in Cape Town on a chartered ship and drive her straight into Miami Harbor requesting asylum.

          The US Navy will escort that ship straight back to Cape Town and democrats will be screaming blue murder that refugees must not be allowed.

          • BackRowHeckler January 16, 2020 at 3:35 pm #

            Some South Africans are getting in, Malth.

            The ones that I’ve met all have been engineers of one sort or another.

            A little over 4 million whites still remaining in SA, around 7% of the population. These are the unfortunate ones. I’m afraid they may be doomed. These are mostly poor people who are trapped, many living rough in rural refugee camps which are regularly raided by black gangs. Putin has offered to evacuate them if genocide starts, and Israel has said they it would help too.

            A sad end for a proud people.

            Brh

          • malthuss January 16, 2020 at 5:05 pm #

            if genocide starts..IF? it has started.

    • GreenAlba January 16, 2020 at 8:28 am #

      “Its 42 degrees in Los Angeles, today.”

      Gosh, it must be January there too – same here. 🙂

      • malthuss January 16, 2020 at 5:03 pm #

        UK and LA are different places. If UK is 42F, is that global warming?

  64. Pucker January 16, 2020 at 1:55 am #

    “I don’t know…. Beats me….”

    For some strange reason, this reminds me of that Chinese mom that I saw one morning pulling her fat son by one arm as he was wearing a tight fitting Boy Scout uniform and cap as he was eating a triple scoop ice cream cone with his other hand with melted ice cream all over his fat face. Like Feminism, the Mom obviously wanted what was best for her son, but it wasn’t working out.

    “How could so many intelligent people have been so wrong, so damnably wrong about Communism, about Stalin, about the Russian Revolution, so oblivious of the human price being paid in the name of revolution? . . . Why would such people (and there were thousands of them of otherwise high intellectual achievement) have willingly, even enthusiastically, written and published Soviet propaganda and offered it up as truth in books, academic journals, op-eds, monographs?21 E.”

    Stephen Baskerville
    The New Politics of Sex: The Sexual Revolution, Civil Liberties, and the Growth of Governmental Power

  65. Majella January 16, 2020 at 3:01 am #

    Hey, Herr Verteidiger

    You want evidence?

    youtu.be/i5L5_aKtSFc

    Refute away, please!

    • Majella January 16, 2020 at 4:18 am #

      Was? Nichts? *chirp…chirp*

      • Nightowl January 16, 2020 at 8:49 am #

        Vielleicht solltest Du dich mit dem Konzept der Beweislast vertraut machen.

        Wenn Du diesen Satz ohne Übersetzungstool lesen kannst, schenke ich Dir 1 IQ-Punkt.

        LOL.

        • Majella January 16, 2020 at 8:59 am #

          Boho Kobe I dock head katoa.

          • Nightowl January 16, 2020 at 9:12 am #

            You’ve failed in 3 languages now.

            Fourth time is a charm?

        • elysianfield January 16, 2020 at 12:07 pm #

          Owl,
          English, please! Not all of us speak Spanish.

  66. Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2020 at 3:46 am #

    globalblackhistory.com/2017/04/charlize-therons-human-rights-abuse-black-child.html

    Charlie is raising her Black adopted son as a girl. She adopted a real girl too but apparently is not raising her as a boy. Charlie had a social media breakdown awhile back about how no one wants to date her because of her two Black kids. Bunch of racists! Or could that just be incidental or circumstancial, the real reason being that Charlie is bat shit crazy, crazy enough to adopt two Black kids as a single person and then raise one as transgender?

    • Majella January 16, 2020 at 4:16 am #

      Skorenzy

      Up to your usual mischief, I see. What business is it of ours? Especially, what business is it of yours, except to take some reportage (from a high-quality outlet like “Hello!”) and abuse it as a vehicle to promulgate your sick racist agenda?

      Get the fuck off it.

      Your purport to be smart, educated, well-read but yet you constantly feign an intellectualism which is transparently faux. You’re actually just an arsehole.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2020 at 1:12 pm #

        So Maj, you have no problem with crazy White Women like Sandra Bullock, Madge, or Chalize adopting Black children? And then abusing them as at least this one is doing? Well I do. As do many Blacks. Welcome, fellow Racist!

        She adopted one and then another, just like Bullock. Was she copying/competing with Bullock or Bullock with her?

        • malthuss January 16, 2020 at 1:56 pm #

          madonna aborted her mulatto one. then adopted from Mali
          [maybe kids are or sale there].

      • malthuss January 16, 2020 at 1:55 pm #

        child abuse is all of our biz, s–thead.

    • Pucker January 16, 2020 at 6:13 am #

      Hemingway’s psychotic mother used to dress him up as a little girl in dresses when he was a kid. True story…. Hemingway viscerally hated his mother.

  67. Pucker January 16, 2020 at 8:52 am #

    Did Bernie Sanders really say that a Voodoo Priestess could never be President of the United States?

  68. Majella January 16, 2020 at 8:55 am #

    JHK

    While I actually don’t necessarily disagree with your damning characterization of the Democratic Party – the DNC to be specific- as a bunch of lying arseholes (allegedly), it’s hard to endure the vitriol you’ve been serving up these last several months, because your framing focuses on the DNC only.

    The dazzling clusterfuck of criminal malfeasance and just downright nincompoopery of the current Administration, along with the sleazy compliance of the representatives of what used to be called The Republican Party, has left me somewhat bemused. You seem to have -despite well-documented allergies – swallowed a critical dose of the pervasive ‘tinfoilhat’ culture hereabouts.

    I’m hoping in your next blog cycle you address the evidence supplied by Lev Parnas (toadie that he was) along with his spoken evidence on MSNBC and give ‘a few slaps upside the head’ (as you Septics are apt to say) to the equally corrupt & pernicious Republican Party for once.

    Even if it’s just for a bit of a change… some light relief…a return to your political roots.

    • volodya January 16, 2020 at 11:47 am #

      Ignoring malfeasance on one side on the political “divide” while playing up that on the other is huge problem as we’ve seen now for several years. JHK can speak for himself but I think he’s focused on what he sees as the greater of the evils which for now is the insurrection we’re seeing unfold in Washington in all its laughable half-assedness. 

      Speaking for myself, I cringe, I want to avert my eyes, yet I look on in horrified fascination as these baffoons and maroons discredit themselves and the institutions they work for. But this too shall pass. 

      Pop some pop-corn, pull up a chair and watch it collapse into Three Stooges bum-kicking slap-stick: 

      youtube.com/watch?v=GoXHnxegKbE 

      youtube.com/watch?v=Rv7b9-ustaU 

      My wife hates this stuff. I laugh my ass off.  

    • JohnAZ January 16, 2020 at 12:39 pm #

      Gee Majella, you just gave an excellent commentary on the corrupt ness of the Deep State, our lovely federal government. Who would you pick right now to counter the uniparty corruption drive that is powering DC?

  69. volodya January 16, 2020 at 10:47 am #

    Majella and SSL,

    I was eavesdropping on your discussion about unelected bureaucracies, known in certain quarters as the Deep State (or at least a substantial part of it). There’s informal networks too, personal connections among people (the Davos Class) and institutions that sit outside the constitutional mechanisms of government yet have considerable influence on thinking and governing policy. 

    It’s a problem, no doubt, bureaucracies no longer even pretending to serve the people they’re mandated to serve, nor doing the work they’re supposed to, nor looking after the national interest but rather looking after themselves and people of their own class and the class above. 

    How do you fix this? Elect the dog-catcher? Maybe it isn’t fixable. Maybe as part of an unreformable system of global investment and trade and governance, it crashes and burns under the weight of collective institutional incompetence and fiscal non-viability. And there’s a whole lot that’s financially not viable, starting with a giant military, spread over hundreds of bases world-wide. Also, schools purporting to provide “higher” education, sustainable only through mill-stones of un-repayable student debt. An out-and-out racket if there ever was one, yet the academic community pretends to have the greater wisdom on a great many matters.  

    Conservatives of a certain bent advocate for “organic” growth as opposed to jolting, revolutionary change. Yet how do you “organically” change when time is so obviously a problem?

    Time works against us like it works against the farmer that starves by expending more calories in planting than he does in harvesting. For the farmer like for the rest of us, there’s natural laws to contend with. Seems to me like the clock is rapidly running down, at least on the way things are arranged around here. 

    Hopefully things in NZ are set up with a bit more rationality. In the US there’s an organization called Patriotic Millionaires whose purpose is to ameliorate widening financial disparities. IOW they purport to have some concern for their fellow citizens of lesser means. There’s around three hundred and seventy five thousand people in the US that earn over one million dollars per year according to the founder of Patriotic Millionaires. How many do you figure belong to this organization? A couple of hundred according to the founder. This is another way of saying the influential One Percent, that twists public policy to its own financial advantage, gives not a shit.  

    • JohnAZ January 16, 2020 at 11:36 am #

      The progression of human societies follow a pattern according to lots of sociologists. Karl Marx stated it as a contest between capitalism and Communism with the ultimate populist control situation as a human utopia. His point was we as humans would evolve through a state controlled situation to the utopian state where everyone gets what they need and everyone gives what they are adept at.

      Karl Marx forgot one thing. The evil of power and the power elite that evolves from it. The progression to the utopian state cannot occur because the politically controlling elite will not allow it. The USSR is a perfect example. Stalin destroyed its following ideal communism by refusing to pass power to the people. He purged millions in his drive to retain power. Like Hitler, he was evil incarnate.

      V, I do believe we in America are caught up in the same patterns. The Deep State, trying to preserve its power, is trying to purge out folks who want to push power back to the people. The Dems are the vanguard but they are not the only people pushing it. You inquire whether the patterns are changeable, whether attempted change is useless? The Presbyterians would say it is all predestined and under divine control. Not! But the evil of power and the influence of the elite is what drives societies out of business.

      The US Constitution was created to try to control the power acquisition by the elite. Balance of power and all that. It is currently being undermined by very determined uniparty advocates that want power to be vested in the Deep Statement ie themselves. If they are successful, THIS YEAR, the Constitution will be ripped apart by the uniparty control and the wax and wane of both progressive and conservative viewpoints will cease to exist. The USA as a beacon of individuality will cease to exist and we will be just another mediocre socialist state. If Bernie wins and the country follows his lead, our contest with Russia will be them championing capitalism and us championing communism. Russia will win.

      58000 VietNam vets will be rolling in their graves.

      • volodya January 16, 2020 at 12:06 pm #

        IOW the Commie nomeklatura looked after themselves, ignored the interests of the ordinary citizen, and in due course was up-ended. A historical lesson here if there ever was one. Putin should have a look at what happened. If it could happen to the Czar and then the Bolshies, it could happen to him. And, not only to him, but to the PTB on this side of the pond. But it seems nobody ever learned from history and nobody ever will.

        • JohnAZ January 16, 2020 at 12:31 pm #

          Exactly!!!

          • JohnAZ January 16, 2020 at 12:35 pm #

            V

            A wonderment to me is with everything sorta going in a positive track in the country right now, 50% of the country says we are going in the wrong direction. Who these 50% are and what they want is scary!

      • GreenAlba January 16, 2020 at 1:13 pm #

        “The Presbyterians would say it is all predestined and under divine control. ”

        I was brought up among ’em (United Reformed – I think they joined with the Methodists during my childhood in England) and I’d say it’s been a long while since ‘Presbyterians’ thought of themselves as full-on Calvinists. I was born in the 50s and I never heard anyone mention predestination from the pulpit or anywhere else. I only found out about it later reading about Calvin and co. historically.

        The ‘Presbyterian’ bit that remained was the style of organisation.

        A detail, I know, but people keep saying it as if it were still true. The Church of Scotland is Presbyterian by organisation and no-one talks about predestination there either. It’s all a long time ago.

        • GreenAlba January 16, 2020 at 1:15 pm #

          Not Methodists, Congregationalists (that would make more sense).

        • JohnAZ January 16, 2020 at 4:18 pm #

          GA

          Yep. I was raised a Presbyterian with predestination and am currently one where predestination is not mentioned much. You are right on the organization.

          Our church celebrates John Knox with regular wearing of kilts and playing bagpipes. It is fun.

          • GreenAlba January 16, 2020 at 5:36 pm #

            Goodness, JohnAZ, I didn’t realise we were almost related. 🙂

            I’d recommend the fun with the kilts and bagpipes without the fearsome figure of John K in the picture – he wasn’t much into celebrating!!

            But if you want to pay your respects, his presbytery is a world heritage site in the Royal Mile.

            ewh.org.uk/iconic-buildings-and-monuments/john-knox-house/

            In all the years I’ve been here I’ve only seen it from the outside – I should take a look some time.

          • JohnAZ January 16, 2020 at 6:51 pm #

            Been to Edinburgh and walked the Mile up to the castle. Lots of Scotch whiskey there. Thanks for the update on his presbytery. I know he was a staunch guy, but must of had some charisma to unite Scotland. BTW, my middle name is Hamilton.

          • GreenAlba January 16, 2020 at 8:20 pm #

            You really have the pedigree, JohnAZ.

            Whiskey is Irish, whisky is Scottish, BTW. 🙂

        • Janos Skorenzy January 17, 2020 at 12:27 am #

          Yeah it all seems a bit silly once you don’t believe in the soul, life after death, or even God. But the right of children to change gender and the rights non-White immigrants and refugees to flood the White World – now that is sacred.

          • GreenAlba January 17, 2020 at 6:34 am #

            You’re doing that lying toad thing again, bufonid.

            It’s a sign of weakness.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2020 at 1:16 pm #

        The less people do for themselves, the more someone else will have to do for them. Thus Big Government. People used to take care of their own sick, elderly, poor, and crazy. Now they don’t. So do we just let them die like the Libertarians covertly suggest? Or does Big Sister step in? Someone has to do it, since letting them die isn’t an option, at least for most people.

        There is simply no answer in Capitalism, or the quest to make money off of everything. How much? As much as possible. Some things, like the sun and air, have to be free. Call it Grace…..

        • GreenAlba January 16, 2020 at 1:35 pm #

          The problem with leaving it all to charity (whether family or community) has always been the luck of the draw. Some people have no family, through no fault of their own. Or they may not have nice neighbours. Or their neighbours may not know them. Also some people may not be as appealing to non-family as others. It’s easier to get sympathy if you’re young and cute than if you’re old and ugly. The government doesn’t care how cute (or grumpy or smelly or crazy) you are – you are still entitled to the same as people with more charm, but in similar circumstances. Personal charity still exists, but a lot of people would miss out or just be invisible if they had to rely on that.

          Even with ‘big government’, there is about £20 billion annually in the UK of unclaimed means-tested benefits because people who are entitled to some help either still don’t know about it (despite a lot of effort) or otherwise don’t claim it.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 17, 2020 at 12:30 am #

            What can I say? I agree – though it’s still best if things are done locally and voluntarily if possible. Culture is uphill from politics and Cult from Culture. But failing that – and it will fail in some cases as you suggest – the Gov must step in. All hail National Socialism! – not Marxism which wants to flood us with the 3rd World until the lifeboats sink.

        • JohnAZ January 16, 2020 at 4:30 pm #

          The death of the small town and the suburban neighborhood is preceding the death of the American culture. Cities and countryside are becoming the two societal forms. The urban dwellers penchant for personal space makes closeness difficult.

          If there is no answer in capitalism, then there is no answer. Socialism has failed so many times either through non performance or the inevitable transition to dictatorship.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2020 at 7:14 pm #

            Then try Christian Charity again. Or NATIONAL Socialism, not the Marxist kind which is just State Capitalism at best.

  70. JohnAZ January 16, 2020 at 11:50 am #

    I heard an interesting observation yesterday.

    Trump came to DC as an outsider and a businessman, not a politician. The Deep State is full of career politicians who have failed at their own profession and have gotten elected to office. The Career politicians follow their path toward higher and higher office with the ultimate goal being the presidency. We have developed family dynasties following this pathway, Kennedy’s, Clinton’s, and Bushes as examples.

    Here comes Trump, rough and tumble Trump into the fray in 2016. He is not a career politician, but able to outsmart the political elite. He is a no nonsense hard nosed business man moving into a world where bullshit is the common language. This man believes that making changes to actually improve the lot of the folks is important in a world where inaction and indifference to those same folks is paramount. Trump wants to break up the political morass that is the Deep State, the Swamp, and make the government responsive to the voters again.

    No wonder the Deep State is throwing everything they can come up with at him. Their problem is their mediocrity is so prevalent the same games do not work any more. Maybe?

    If Trump loses, we fall to the same mediocre level as the rest of the losers in the Deep State.

    • Tate January 16, 2020 at 5:00 pm #

      Maybe the term ‘Deep State’ is being a bit overused?

      Can’t we think of another term, like ‘the powers that be’?… TPTB. Yeah that’s a good one.

      • JohnAZ January 16, 2020 at 6:44 pm #

        Why? The Deep State moniker is used universally. The Swamp also works well. A fetid morass of corruption on the Potomac. These people deserve no respect.

    • Cargill January 16, 2020 at 8:51 pm #

      I heard an interesting observation yesterday.

      No – you heard a lot of partisan nonsense in fact.

      Trump came to DC as an outsider and a businessman, not a politician. The Deep State is full of career politicians who have failed at their own profession and have gotten elected to office.

      No – the Deep State epithet is not thrown at elected politicians … the whole point of the phrase is that the country is controlled by people / institutions / power networks that are definitely not elected. They ensure (a) that politicians don’t do anything too radical, (b) that the existing and entrenched power elites keep their power, their influence, and their money, and (c) that the Deep State institutions protect themselves, and increase their power.

      The Career politicians follow their path toward higher and higher office with the ultimate goal being the presidency. We have developed family dynasties following this pathway, Kennedy’s, Clinton’s, and Bushes as examples.

      No – most politicians (by far the majority) have no ambition beyond their House or Senate seat – in most cases they are very lucrative positions for life, and the vast majority don’t risk it at all by over-reaching. Term limits would be an excellent idea.

      Here comes Trump, rough and tumble Trump into the fray in 2016. He is not a career politician, but able to outsmart the political elite. He is a no nonsense hard-nosed business man moving into a world where bullshit is the common language.

      No – he has been a very bad businessman: (a) by making very poor decisions leading to multiple bankruptcy and defaulting on debt, (b) by being totally unethical and robbing many people over a lifetime, and (c) having no respect in the ‘proper’ business world. He would be richer if he had just put daddy’s money into a managed fund 40 years ago.

      This man believes that making changes to actually improve the lot of the folks is important in a world where inaction and indifference to those same folks is paramount.

      No – Trump demanded (and got) immense tax-breaks for the 1% and the corporations they own, and most of the remaining 99% have been stiffed again. He has done precisely nothing for the rubes who voted for him.

      Trump wants to break up the political morass that is the Deep State, the Swamp, and make the government responsive to the voters again.

      No – Trump has an almost unsurpassed record for picking cabinet members and hundreds of other staff straight from the swamp, or Wall Street, or the more gangster end of the legal world. And he has had record amounts of scandal, corruption, crime and forced resignations. He is swampier than any of his predecessors.

      No wonder the Deep State is throwing everything they can come up with at him.

      No – the wonder is that despite all Trump’s crimes, corruption, incompetence, lies, and dishonesty – the alleged Deep State hasn’t laid a hand on him … and now with a totally lapdog Supreme Court, he can ignore every rule and regulation that is there to provide checks and balances on a corrupt president.

      Their problem is their mediocrity is so prevalent the same games do not work anymore. Maybe?
      If Trump loses, we fall to the same mediocre level as the rest of the losers in the Deep State.

      No – if Trump wins the country will descend even further into a total morass – heading into dark places that the writers of the constitution feared, but didn’t actually come up with anything to resolve it or protect from it.

      • Majella January 17, 2020 at 2:19 pm #

        Great rebuttal, Cargill.

        • Cargill January 17, 2020 at 4:40 pm #

          Thanks Majella – it’s nice to here a clear voice among the denizens of the Confederate swamp that seem to have found their way to this site.

          When I first started reading JHK a LONG time ago – he was writing interesting and thought-provoking stuff that revolved around Peak Oil, suburbia, and the malaise of the late capitalist landscape.

          He certainly didn’t attract the good ole boys he’s got now.

          And most hilariously – if there is a Deep State (and at several levels there is one, most reasonable people probably believe) it is almost overwhelmingly conservative … it works to protect Trump at the moment, but more generally to ensure that presidents and governments are either Republican or starchy old Democratic.

          The irony is that while the denizens here go ON and ON about them ‘damn libberals’ and the ‘far-left mainstream meedja’, it is in fact progressive Democrats who actually have the most to complain about – because of the shocking deal they get from the “Deep State” and the media.

          Interesting days. If the Senate really does scuttle the Impeachment Trial by preventing witnesses appearing – well – it will be a savage blow to your democracy. And after that, good luck voting the Trumpsters out – if you can overcome the cheating, the rigging, and the voter suppression.

  71. BackRowHeckler January 16, 2020 at 1:04 pm #

    I was watching Adam Schiff on NBC, it looks like this impeachment farce is going to be a continuation of the Adam Schiff Show, which is never ending.

    NBC is giving it breathless, wall to wall coverage, like something grave and important is going on haha.

    I’ve got a good mind to chuck it all, head west, see if I could get a job with the Quad City Orphan Brigade, if they’d only hire me.

    Brh

    • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2020 at 1:21 pm #

      Too bad you and E are old. I could use you guys as “breakers” and “finishers” in the Final Order. Watch the old version of Rollerball and Apocalypto.

      Or would you rather be a towel boy for a bunch of hulking Viragos on male steroids?

      • malthuss January 16, 2020 at 2:01 pm #

        Viragos on male steroids? all roids are male roids, Id guess.

        Theres the tale of the Olympic attendee, poolside [journalist?]
        who wondered why men were at a gals swim comp.

        as he got closer he saw, oh its the East German women.

        • BackRowHeckler January 16, 2020 at 4:48 pm #

          Sounds like high schools in Connecticut, couple of 200 lbs black dudes from the hood claiming they’re girls (literally with bows in their hair, but with beards and mustaches) entering girls track meets, and winning every event and breaking all records.

          The whole sports media here, along with the CIAC, backing them 100%

          because

          LOVE WINS!!!!!!

          brh

          • malthuss January 16, 2020 at 5:07 pm #

            No, insanity in the form of denial won.

      • BackRowHeckler January 16, 2020 at 3:43 pm #

        I`m not that old, Janos

        Just barely old enough to remember Racquel Welch in the film ‘Kansas City Bomber’, as Roller Derby Queen KC Carr. That was the ‘Harder They Fall ‘ and ‘Requiem for a Heavyweight’ of the Roller Derby World.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2020 at 7:18 pm #

          That’s the spirt. Start pumping that Iron, taking Ginseng, and sleeping eight hours a night.

      • elysianfield January 16, 2020 at 8:15 pm #

        “Watch the old version of Rollerball….

        Jonathan!!!!

    • JohnAZ January 16, 2020 at 4:36 pm #

      BRH

      The real villain is the media. Lois Lane in a Superman movie made the statement that if there is no news, it was up to the press to make the news.

      I think we are evidencing that attitude in spades today. I do not remember the vitriol aimed at anyone that happens today. It is like Trump personally beat the hell out of these people. So damn infantile.

  72. Majella January 16, 2020 at 4:05 pm #

    Is there a crime here? Apparently, yes.

    youtube.com/watch?v=KuXePRV_LW0&t=150s

    • BackRowHeckler January 16, 2020 at 4:34 pm #

      C’mon Majella, this is the lamest impeachment ever.

      Where’s the zing? Where’s the zest? WHERE’S THE FUN?

      brh

    • JohnAZ January 16, 2020 at 4:41 pm #

      C’mon Majella. This guy is just another Democratic hack. They have thrown so many at Trump I cannot even remember.

      This guy is an associate of Giuliani? If he is a lawyer, he should be disbarred for violations of client confidentiality. But the Dems have no sense of ethics or honor.

      • Nightowl January 17, 2020 at 8:28 am #

        It is beyond hilarious at this point.

        Hook, line, sinker …

  73. Pucker January 16, 2020 at 5:23 pm #

    George HW Bush was pressured by domestic politics in 1991 into recognizing Ukrainian independence, albeit he wanted to hold the Soviet Union together so that there wasn’t a resulting yard sale of nuclear weapons. I wonder how the sexualized politics of the Left affects America’s foreign policy?

    Do you remember the time when Obama visited the troops in Afghanistan and started lecturing the troops on the right to engage in homosexuality in a Muslim country?

    Would you join the military to fight for Erotic Justice? “Be all you can Be. Be a Transgender.”

    Chaz 10 says: “ I didn’t marry the loudest man….”

    What-the-Hell does he mean by that?

    Chasten Buttigieg
    @Chas10Buttigieg
    ·
    2h
    I didn’t marry the loudest man but I definitely married the man who makes me feel more valued and loved than I have ever felt my entire life. That’s why I’m willing to share him with the country, because that’s what America deserves, too.

    • Pucker January 16, 2020 at 6:10 pm #

      When Chaz says that he “didn’t marry the loudest man” does Chaz mean that he didn’t marry the most outrageous, flamboyant homosexual around? Many of the gays are huge exhibitionists….

  74. Pucker January 16, 2020 at 5:37 pm #

    What would a Super Hero who fights for Erotic Justice look like?

    Pride Man…..

    In one scene in the new Marvel comics “Pride Man” movie, the evil misogynists and homophobes are beating the crap out of “Pride Man”. It looks very bleak for Pride Man until suddenly “Pride Man” realizes that he although he can no longer control his sphincter muscle because of too much anal sodomy that he’s still got this huge superhuman reserve of “Pride” and drawing upon this “Pride” and with the help of “Trans-Man”, they kick ass and save the World so that all of the little kids can have Erotic Justice. At the end of the movie, triumphant “Pride Man” and “Trans-Man” are reading stories to vulnerable little heterosexual kids living with their parents in homeless camps.

    • elysianfield January 16, 2020 at 9:18 pm #

      ” It looks very bleak for Pride Man until suddenly “Pride Man” realizes that he although he can no longer control his sphincter muscle because of too much anal sodomy…”

      Puck,
      …Just can’t wait for the prequel….

  75. Pucker January 16, 2020 at 6:02 pm #

    Marvel Comics superhero, Pride Man: “I’ve got Pride.”

    Precocious teenager in jeans and an AC/ DC t-shirt chewing gum:

    “Yeah…but you’ve got no boundaries. You can’t assert “Pride” in the absence of moral boundaries in order to justify the absence of moral boundaries and your corrupt Power Grab. You’re just another Com…munist moral pervert. You’ve got no moral boundaries. You’ll literally do or say anything no matter how perverse and justify it as furthering a higher moral purpose: The End Justifies the Means bullshit…. That’s how we ended up with the fabricated bogus RussiaGate hoax, and this Impeachment hoax. You’re just knowingly fabricating lies in bad faith.”

    • Pucker January 16, 2020 at 6:14 pm #

      Pride Man:

      “Yeah…but I’ve got Pride, so I don’t need moral boundaries. My wealth of Pride will compensate for all of the huge problems that my absence of moral boundaries will cause for myself and other people. I’ve got Pride.”

      • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2020 at 9:16 pm #

        Controversy[edit]
        Among the controversial actions of Tendzin was his rejection of the recommendation of senior Kagyu lineage holder the Tai Situpa that he take over leadership of Vajradhatu in conjunction with Chögyam Trungpa’s half brother, Damchu Tenphel, who resided in Tibet.[9] This was “regarded by members as a serious slight to lineage authorities and was construed as the Regent’s attempt to secure his position of control.”[9]

        Also controversial was the fact that Tendzin “took further action to buttress his centrality by denying students permission to seek teachings from other Kagyu Tibetan teachers, claiming that only he possessed the special transmission, materials and knowledge unique to the Trungpa lineage. Students were told that if they wanted to practice within the community, they would have to take spiritual instruction from the Regent.”[10]

        Other behavior was troubling as well. As one scholar who has studied the community noted, Tendzin was “bisexual and known to be very promiscuous” and “enjoyed seducing straight men” but the community “did not find [this behavior] particularly troublesome.”[11] Not all his partners were unwilling; one scholar noted “it became a mark of prestige for a man, gay or straight, to have sex with the Regent, just as it had been for a woman to have sex with [Trungpa] Rinpoche.”[12] However, at least one student reported that Tendzin had raped him.[13] As a former Vajradhatu member attested, “a chilling story had recently been reported by one of . . . [the] teachers at the Buddhist private school [for the Vajradhatu community]. This straight, married male was pinned face-down across Rich’s desk by the guards [the Dorje Kasung] while Rich forcibly raped him.”[14]

        It was revealed in 1989 that Ösel Tendzin had contracted HIV and for nearly three years knew it, yet continued to have unsafe sex with his students without informing them.[15][16] He transmitted it to a student who later died of AIDS.[17][18][19] Others close to Tendzin, including the board of directors of Vajradhatu, knew for two years that Tendzin was HIV-positive and sexually active but kept silent.[20] As one student reported at the time,
        I was very distressed that he and his entourage had lied to us for so long, always saying he did not have AIDS. I was even more distressed over the stories of how the Regent used his position as a dharma teacher to induce “straight” students to have unprotected sex with him, while he claimed he had been tested for AIDS but the result was negative.[11]

        Stephen Butterfield, a former student, recounted in a memoir:
        Tenzin offered to explain his behavior at a meeting which I attended. Like all of his talks, this was considered a teaching of dharma, and donations were solicited and expected. So I paid him $35.00 to hear his explanation. In response to close questioning by students, he first swore us to secrecy (family secrets again), and then said that Trungpa had requested him to be tested for HIV in the early 1980s and told him to keep quiet about the positive result. Tendzin had asked Trungpa what he should do if students wanted to have sex with him, and Trungpa’s reply was that as long as he did his Vajrayana purification practices, it did not matter, because they would not get the disease. Tendzin’s answer, in short, was that he had obeyed the guru.[21]

        Butterfield noted,
        Tendzin’s account of his conversations with Trungpa was challenged by other senior disciples, who claimed Trungpa would never have led anyone to believe that the laws of nature could be suspended by practice.”[22] Butterfield also wrote, “it was a difficult dilemma: if you chose to believe Tendzin, then Trungpa had simply been wrong in telling him he could not transmit the disease . . but what then became of the axiom that the guru cannot make a mistake? But if you chose to disbelieve Tendzin, then Trungpa may have been wrong in allowing him to remain Regent, or perhaps in choosing him at all…[22] I heard Tendzin’s illness explained by his servants in this way: it was not a consequence of any folly or self-indulgence on his part, but the karma of his infected partners, that he had deliberately imbibed for them. In what way they benefitted was never made clear to me, although one could safely assume the benefits did not include physical cure.[23]

        According to Diana Mukpo, wife and widow of Trungpa, he ultimately became disillusioned with Tendzin as his heir, and during his final illness he called Tendzin “terrible” and “dreadful”, and indicated that he would have gotten rid of Tendzin had he a suitable candidate with whom to replace him.[24] Rick Fields, the editor of Vajradhatu’s publication the Vajradhatu Sun, wrote that he resigned from his editorial position after Ösel Tendzin and the Board of Directors stopped him from publishing news of the events.[25]

        Born Thomas Franklin Rich in 1949. Those who have eyes to see, see. Much worse than even Bubba Free John, born Franklin Jones. Jones broke up marriages with his sex/power tripping. Rich killed outright, giving over a hundred people (students!) AIDS.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2020 at 9:19 pm #

          The last paragraph is my own. The rest if from the wiki. Amazing how many people did not walk away from him even after all this came out. Too much invested in this Fallen Lineage.

          • malthuss January 17, 2020 at 9:27 am #

            did 200 people die?
            Bubba gave women herpes.

            I never ‘got’ Trungpa. And Bubba gave me the creeps.

        • elysianfield January 16, 2020 at 9:40 pm #

          Janos,
          What did I tell you about Eastern Mystics?

          Janos might opine that not all of them have Aids,

          I opine…”Yeah….”

  76. Tate January 16, 2020 at 7:29 pm #

    HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 8

    (By Delegates Howell, Summers, Shott, Householder, C. Martin, Hott, Graves, Cadle, Barnhart, J. Jeffries, Maynard, Phillips, Foster, Hamrick, Steele, D. Jeffries, Wilson, Waxman, Bartlett, Paynter, Linville, Sypolt, Bibby, Hill, Ellington, Higginbotham, J. Kelly, Mandt, Pack, Dean and P. Martin)

    [Introduced January 14, 2020]

    Providing for an election to be had, pending approval of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and a majority of qualified citizens voting upon the proposition prior to August 1, 2020, for the admission of certain counties and independent cities of the Commonwealth of Virginia to be admitted to the State of West Virginia as constituent counties, under the provisions of Article VI, Section 11 of the Constitution of West Virginia

    Whereas, The Legislature of West Virginia finds that in 1863, due to longstanding perceived attitudes of neglect for the interests of the citizens of Western Virginia, and a studied failure to address the differences which had grown between the counties of Western Virginia and the government at Richmond, the Commonwealth of Virginia was irretrievably divided, and the new State of West Virginia was formed; and

    Whereas, Such division occurred as the Trans-Allegheny portions of Virginia perceived that they suffered under an inequitable measure of taxation by which they bore a disproportionate share of the tax burden; and

    Whereas, That this perception was further compounded by the effects of a scheme of representation by which Trans-Allegheny Virginia was not allowed to have its proper and equitable share of representation in the government at Richmond; and

    Whereas, That this arrangement arguably resulted in the tax dollars of Trans-Allegheny Virginia being used to enrich the Tidewater through internal improvements which did not benefit the people of Western Virginia, while the people of the Trans-Allegheny had little to no say in how their tax dollars were allocated; and

    Whereas, Though this course led to an irreconcilable division, and the subsequent formation of West Virginia, yet, the longstanding peaceful cooperation between this State and the Commonwealth of Virginia is a sign that such separation, undertaken even under the most challenging and onerous of circumstances, can, with the passage of time, yield lasting results which are beneficial to both sides; and

    Whereas, In the intervening years, the same neglect for the interests of many of the remaining counties of the Commonwealth of Virginia has allegedly been evidenced by the government at Richmond; and

    Whereas, Particularly, many citizens of the Southside, the Shenandoah Valley, Southwestern Virginia, and the Piedmont contend that an inequitable measure of taxation exists by which they bear a disproportionate share of the present tax burden of the Commonwealth; and

    Whereas, The people of the Southside, the Shenandoah Valley, Southwestern Virginia, and the Piedmont also believe that, currently, a scheme of representation exists by which the citizens of Southside, the Shenandoah Valley, Southwestern Virginia, and the Piedmont do not have a proper share of representation in the government at Richmond; and, consequently

    Whereas, The people of the Southside, the Shenandoah Valley, Southwestern Virginia, and the Piedmont believe that their tax dollars are used to enrich the Tidewater and Northern Virginia through internal improvements which do not benefit the people of these other parts of Virginia, while the people of these other parts of Virginia have little to no say in how their tax dollars are allocated; and

    Whereas, In recent days, these tensions have been compounded by a perception of contempt on the part of the government at Richmond for the differences in certain fundamental political and societal principles which prevail between the varied counties and cities of that Commonwealth; and

    Whereas, In the latest, and most evident, in this string of grievances, the government at Richmond now seeks to place intolerable restraints upon the rights guaranteed under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution to the citizens of that Commonwealth; and

    Whereas, The Legislative body of West Virginia believes that this latest action defies the wise counsel which has come down to us in the august words of our common Virginia Founders: as the government at Richmond now repudiates the counsel of that tribune of liberty, Patrick Henry-who stated to the Virginia Ratifying Convention in 1788 that “The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun”; and

    Whereas, The government at Richmond now repudiates the counsel of a Signer of the Declaration and premier advocate of American independence, Richard Henry Lee-who stated in The Federal Farmer that “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms”; and

    Whereas, The government at Richmond now repudiates the counsel of that zealous guardian of our inherent rights, George Mason-who stated that “To disarm the people…[i]s the most effectual way to enslave them”; and

    Whereas, The government at Richmond now repudiates the counsel of the declaimer of our independence and theoretician of our freedoms, Thomas Jefferson-who stated in his first draft of the Virginia Constitution, that “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms”; and

    Whereas, The Boards of Supervisors of many Virginia counties and the Councils of many Virginia cities have recognized this dangerous departure from the doctrine of the Founders on the part of the government at Richmond; and

    Whereas, These Boards of Supervisors and Councils have passed resolutions refusing to countenance what they affirm are unwarranted and unconstitutional measures by that government to infringe the firearm rights of Virginians; and

    Whereas, The actions of the government at Richmond undertaken since the recent general election have, regrettably, resulted in unproductive contention and escalating a lamentable state of civic tension; and

    Whereas, That, as has been proven in numerous instances, such as have been observed internationally in more recent times with the peaceful dissolutions of Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union, and the creation of South Sudan, or, earlier in Virginia’s own history, with the formation of Kentucky, the peaceful partition of neighboring peoples can occur, and, is often very beneficial to both sides in reducing tensions and improving the tenor of discourse over ongoing political and societal differences; and

    Whereas, Article VI, Section 11 of The Constitution of the State of West Virginia explicitly permits additional territory to be admitted into, and become part of this state, with the consent of the Legislature and of a majority of the qualified voters of the state; and

    Whereas, In a spirit of conciliation, the Legislature of West Virginia hereby extends an invitation to our fellow Virginians who wish to do so, to join us in our noble experiment of 156 years of separation from the government at Richmond; and, we extend an invitation to any constituent county or city of the Commonwealth of Virginia to be admitted to the body politic of the State of West Virginia, under the conditions set forth in our state Constitution, specifically, with the consent of a majority of the voters of such county or city voting upon such proposition; and we hereby covenant that their many grievances shall be addressed, and, we further covenant with them that their firearms rights shall be protected to the fullest extent possible under our Federal and State Constitutions; and

    Whereas, Providing that the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia shall give its assent to any county or independent city presently part of the Commonwealth of Virginia having the opportunity and ability to do so, therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the question of admission, or, the rejection of such admission, of any county or independent city of the Commonwealth of Virginia desiring admission to the State of West Virginia, and a majority of whose qualified voters, voting on the question, have approved such measure, prior to August 1, 2020, shall be submitted to the voters of the State of West Virginia at the next general election to be held in the year 2020.

    Such proposal shall be placed upon the general election ballot in the following form: “Shall the following county (or independent city) _____________________(name), currently a constituent part of the Commonwealth of Virginia, be admitted to the State of West Virginia as a constituent county of the State of West Virginia.”

    Should the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia give its assent to any county or independent city presently part of the Commonwealth of Virginia having the opportunity to do so, and such county or independent city desiring admission to the State of West Virginia, and a majority of whose qualified voters, voting on the question, not have approved such measure prior to August 1, 2020, but do approve such measure at a later date;

    Then, this provision of this Act shall serve as an official request of the Legislature of West Virginia to the Governor of West Virginia to call a special session of this Legislature to provide for a special election to provide for the approval of the admission, or, the rejection of such admission, of such county or independent city; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Legislature directs that the Clerk of the House forward copies of this resolution to the Board of Supervisors of each county in the Commonwealth of Virginia who have voted to become sanctuary counties for firearms rights, and to the Council of each independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia who have voted to become sanctuary cities for firearms rights; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Legislature directs that the Clerk of the House forward copies of this resolution to the Clerk of the House of Delegates and Clerk of the Senate of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia and requests, in a spirit of peace and goodwill, that the General Assembly will allow this measure for the peaceful transfer of peoples and the restoration of harmony to the Virginias; and, further requests, in a continuance of such spirit, that any firearms legislation proposed by that body have an effective date far enough into the future so that this exchange of peoples and territory could be accomplished before the effective date of such legislation.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2020 at 9:11 pm #

      Beautiful. This is just what is needed to get away from the freaks, gun grabers, child rapists, and the various non-White tribals of the Rainbow. Our Shadows as Alba puts it. And how very dark they are…..

  77. Pucker January 16, 2020 at 9:54 pm #

    Momma to Little Forrest: “Listen to me Forrest. No matter how much they sexually abuse you and humiliate you, you’re no different than anyone else. If God wanted us to be the same, he’d put braces on all our legs.”

    Little Forrest: “The pedophile teachers raping me Momma, they’ze got Pride. I’ze got Pride too Momma…. except I can’t run away from the pedophile rapists with these here braces on my legs.”

  78. malthuss January 16, 2020 at 10:48 pm #

    SSL. Thanks or this,

    It sounds like a really nice place Brh. It’s too bad that Governor Scott wants to continue settling refugees there. He is one of the GOP governors that is wanting to increase the scope of resettlement too. He says its another tool to bring in skilled workers and that refugees bring countless contributions to the community. Just imagine if our governors were this excited in investing in American childrens’ education so that they were skilled workers.

    msn.com/en-us/news/politics/vermonts-gop-governor-reaffirms-commitment-to-accepting-new-refugees-aft…

  79. Pucker January 17, 2020 at 12:30 am #

    What-the-Hell is “Gay Mathematics”?

    “… just about everything in Britain is now run according to the gay agenda,” writes Melanie Phillips: “gay-friendly hotels, gay adoption, and gay mathematics, now . . . gay drugs policy.”55 Even issues with no apparent connection to sex and “gender” are now being sexualized and feminized. Economic crises are addressed according to their allegedly special impact on women, though the vast majority of those left unemployed are men. War and foreign policy are transformed by debates about women and homosexuals in the military and evaluated for their impact on women, though casualties are overwhelmingly heterosexual men. The environment is a women’s issue, we are told, and so is climate change.”

    Stephen Baskerville
    The New Politics of Sex: The Sexual Revolution, Civil Liberties, and the Growth of Governmental Power

    • Pucker January 17, 2020 at 12:45 am #

      What is LGBTQI2S?

      “To better understand why there are so few LGBTQI2S voices in mathematics, I gathered together some statistics that might shed light. First, to make a broader point, I start with some shocking statistics related to gay youth.“

      • BackRowHeckler January 17, 2020 at 6:31 am #

        .6 of 1% identify as transgender, yet the subject comes up in the Dem debates. Statistically these transgenders don’t even exist. What the fuss, why the recognition? What’s the point?

        Brh

        • Nightowl January 17, 2020 at 8:33 am #

          To destroy values, morals, and the things that give one the psychological foundation to resist oppression. To create slaves to be absorbed into the global plantation of tomorrow.

        • malthuss January 17, 2020 at 9:28 am #

          cultural marxism. push the center to the edge and bring in the tiny minorities to the spotlight.

          simple as that.

    • BackRowHeckler January 17, 2020 at 6:26 am #

      Which is strange because homosexuals account for maybe 3% of the population.

      So what’s the deal?

      Brh

      • malthuss January 17, 2020 at 9:29 am #

        and some say Jews are 2% of White nations population but
        are in control.

  80. Pucker January 17, 2020 at 1:01 am #

    They’re obviously insane.

    “ The result—when every source of fear becomes a source of power, when every claim of oppression is a claim for more police and prisons—is predictable: everything oppresses, because every grievance is “empowering.” Even problems and hardships created by militants themselves oppress “sexual minorities.” “Utopians are actually multiplying the social problems they claim to be solving,” observes Bryce Christensen. “Gender-neutering utopians adroitly turn the social problems they cause into a justification for seizing yet more power.”56 The vulnerability of women and children, which every society recognizes, must be attributed to some social injustice remediable only through ever-more extensive government power. “Feminists think they’re fighting a society that has wronged them,” write Venker and Schlafly. “In reality they are fighting human nature.”57 Marshaling society’s entire political machinery to alter human nature is, as the Communist regimes discovered, a formula for open-ended and total “empowerment.”

    Stephen Baskerville
    The New Politics of Sex: The Sexual Revolution, Civil Liberties, and the Growth of Governmental Power

  81. BackRowHeckler January 17, 2020 at 6:17 am #

    Every time Congressmen Nadler and Schiff, and Speaker Pelosi, appear on NBC speaking in somber tones about the necessity of impeachment, it translates into another 100,000 votes for the President in November. That’s my estimate. I hope they keep talking.

    Brh

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