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Spring unfolds at last in all its loveliness and Hillary sits back in repose like the matriarch of toads with a clear path to her toadstool throne, having swallowed the mouse-king Sanders. (She forgets that there are millions more mice under the thatched grass, including new mouse-kings awaiting.) And Trump with his bullfrog smile now casts his baleful eye on the two remaining gnats circling his lily pad. Yes, this magical week when the world bursts into leaf and flower, the life of our nation seems like a fairy tale.

Weeks from now when we’re used to the mild air and the greened world, going coatless and care-free, is when the storms of summer strike and the life of the nation turns from fairy tale to horror comic. Both Clinton and Trump are perfect representatives of the nascent forces moving towards some kind of civil war in comic book America.

Clinton perfectly embodies the fortress of the status quo, including especially her praetorian guard of black ghetto grandmothers, giving Hillary the false appearance of some sort of righteousness when, really, she has nothing to offer the greater crisis of black manhood, boxed into prison by the ancient crippling rules of federal welfare policy with its extreme penalties on active fathering. Otherwise, the stone wall of her status quo fortress conceals her privy council of Wall Street necromancers, and the fortune they have helped her lay up in the vaults of the Clinton Foundation.

All of which is to say that Hillary represents the forces that want to keep things just as a they are: rackets rampant. What can crush her triumph of fakery is the sudden manifestation of rackets collapsing under their own weight — a set of awful probabilities waiting to happen, ranging from riots at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia to an accident in financial markets jerry-rigged to mis-price everything for the purpose of funneling carry-trade gains into East Hampton. Look how she croaks about the triumph of the Affordable Care Act, as though it’s a great thing that Americans can shell out $10,000 a year for medical coverage that only kicks in after you rack up the first $6,000 in charges. (Forgetting for a moment that the costs are an hallucination of the “ChargeMaster” system designed to lavish six-figure salaries plus bonuses on the maestros in the hospital executive suites.) What a demonic fraud this woman is.

In terms of sheer persona on persona, Trump is not much better, a walking hood ornament on the faltering beater car that America has become. But at least he recognizes that the beater beneath him needs a complete overhaul, even if he can barely cobble up a coherent list of particulars, or name the mechanics who might be able to fix the damn thing. And, of course, a broad swathe of Americans whose lives have also come to resemble beater cars are very sympathetic to the impulses Trump radiates.

For example, I happen to agree that the nation needs to act on immigration, both on the problem of illegal immigrants and on limiting the quotas of legally admitted newcomers. The Left, sunk in its sentimental sob stories of “dreamers,” and its nostalgia for the Ellis Island romance of 1904, can’t conceive of any reason why the nation might benefit from, at least, a time-out on invitations. The idea undermines their world-saving fantasies. In my little corner of America, the computer chip factory run by Global Foundries (owned by the Emirate of Dubai) has just laid off the majority of its homegrown American technical labor force and replaced them with foreign technicians on H1B visas, thus creating x-number of new Trump voters among the laid-off, and rightfully so, I think.

Really, who says we have to invite every striver from other parts of the world where striving is more difficult? Let them improve the strive-osity of their own nations. Do the citizens already here not have any right to halt the influx and take stock of the nation’s circumstances for a period of time? If only Trump could speak clearly about these issues instead of simply issuing crude and rather dumb threats.

Enjoy this end-of-April lull in the action. Use the moment to gird your loins and perhaps get the hell out of the financial markets while the getting is good. I think you will see things liven up a lot as the heat rises and the seventeen-year locusts emerge from their long sleep underground in frightening storms.

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473 Responses to “The Awful Lull”

  1. malthuss April 25, 2016 at 9:05 am #

    Jim, I saw my first ‘drive thru Starbucks’ recently.

    People can combine their need for caffeine with their dislike for walking.

    • Cold N. Holefield April 25, 2016 at 11:08 am #

      They’re trying to bring him around, Jim. He’s much tamer than he was even a month prior. But can he be tamed entirely? I doubt it. Great post again, by the way. As always.

      Now, back to my pancakes.

      Old Hickory & Aunt Jemima

    • K-Dog April 25, 2016 at 11:29 am #

      I saw mine about ten years ago but I’m in Seattle. The drivers of beater cars in lines paying way too much for coffee feel special here as they inhale exhaust with the heady aroma of toasted Arabica beans.

      Its enough to make you forget beater cars are falling apart around you because your beater is not and you have coffee. King for a sip or king for a day, or king for a s long as ‘The Awful Lull‘ lasts.

      We also have ‘bikinini’ barista’s a-plenty too where with your coffee you get canvases of tattooed skin with your brew. Some canvases larger than others. You can deceive yourself that the ‘The Awful Lull‘ will last forever as you deceive yourself that the shaking bikini top is shaking not for tips but for you.

    • Beryl of Oyl April 25, 2016 at 11:34 am #

      A short distance away from the drive thru Starbucks in Niskayuna, a woman was killed trying to cross from one side of the street to the other to get to a supermarket. Yes, she was in the crosswalk. A crosswlak is only painted lines, the lines may as well be painted on pedestrians’ backs in the form of targets, as they are more likely to be hit in the crosswalk as anywhere else.
      The person who hit her was not supposed to be driving on a learner’s permit. No, it wasn’t a kid. It was a grown man trying to learn how do drive one of those big sport-utility type vehicles they import buyers for.

    • casualobserver April 25, 2016 at 1:39 pm #

      I just took and early flight out of Las Vegas airport. You should have seen the sorry looking people lined up at Starbucks to buck their hangovers.

      First time in Las Vegas, which I only used as a jumping off point for hiking in the remote Parashant Monument area. I know that JHK likes to pick on Las Vegas as the perfect representation of America’s Get-Something-for-Nothing culture, but I just had to spend a few hours walking the strip while passing through. Holy crap! I had no idea just how depressing a place could be, especially after emerging from a wilderness area. Tens of thousands of people, most of whom have utterly lost (or never had) any sense of dignity. Ferraris cruising by the homeless. Street fights. Eight acres of Bellagio fountain water and a swimming pool in every other back yard, in the middle of the desert, while Lake Mead is 151 feet below full.

      The image I can’t get out of my head of a man, about my age (early 60’s), a huge belly hanging out of his flowered shirt, wearing a big plastic Donald Duck hat and carrying a 3 foot high container of some putrid looking turquoise alcoholic concoction. An image I just can’t un-see, and two hours of my life I’ll never get back.

      We’re so f&cked.

      • Ishabaka April 25, 2016 at 1:44 pm #

        The “I’m so much better than these fat uncultured plebs” smug conceitedness of the comments on this site get tiresome at times.
        Perhaps, instead of gloating over one’s specialness, one might want to think of a way to help some of the unfortunate plebs?

        • casualobserver April 25, 2016 at 1:52 pm #

          How do you know I didn’t help them (the homeless, that is)? I take it you are from Las Vegas.

        • happiface April 26, 2016 at 1:37 am #

          was a phd professor at major univ for 9 years hating every minute and the people who i worked with–my dad had a heart attack and it was during the summer so i took off to help him manage his truck brokerage–he would find loads for truckers and get a small percentage–these guys had big guts to match their big stories–they would hang around the office until i got them a load–it would blow me away the shit they would come up with-their cleverness,quick witted comebacks and sharp barbs was nothing i ever saw in the pc community i had been working in–black drivers giving red neck hillbillies crap and the red necks giving it right back,all in good fun,nobodys feathers getting ruffled unlike the shithole i had been working in-so go ahead and call them “unfortunate plebs”–you got it all wrong–the sorry sobs are all in the coat and tie circus-i resigned that summer some 30 years ago and took over my dads business and have never regretted hanging out with the truckers–or the plebs you call them–your a snob at best and i wont say anymore…

        • toktomi April 26, 2016 at 7:27 pm #

          That sounds like a fair observation, but you may be striking at the very heart of the thing. My god! what else do we have to talk about?

          one minor point:
          The opposite of “to gloat over one’s specialness” is simply and quite sufficiently “to not gloat over one’s specialness”. As casualobserver pointed out, gloating and helping are not mutually exclusive whereas gloating and not gloating are.


        • ZrCrypDiK April 30, 2016 at 9:10 pm #

          Hey, A*soker! You’re *back*!

          Yeah yeah, hiking all health-conscious, taking mass-transit *no doubt*. I get it. I don’t think Mother Earth does, however. And her blowover will rival that of the 8k year old Saharan Desert Storm. Heh, “desert storm,” …

      • Q. Shtik April 25, 2016 at 4:49 pm #

        An image I just can’t un-see, – casual


        Fantastic word picture you’ve painted there, caz …… LMAO

      • mastman23 April 26, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

        Used to fly out on the first flight of the day and the only place open to eat was CINNABUN! You could smell them cooking from the moment you entered the terminal and of course you had to have two one for the flight and one for the wait

    • otheym April 25, 2016 at 2:27 pm #

      I see a total meltdown at the Republican Convention as a perfect storm is brewing. The Trump Supporters and the Leftist protestors will have violent clashes outside the convention and the whole thing will sink into a giant crater of fire and blood with Trumpzilla standing over all. Meanwhile Hillary will appear on stage in Philly dressed in her Chairman Mao outfit with a bunch of female clones dressed identically all chanting phrases out of the little red book of political correctness. Meanwhile I am working on getting off the grid in the RURAL area I moved to about 6 years ago. Whomever takes office will have to deal with a global collapse that will see the breakup of the US into more manageable pieces.

      • sprawlcapital April 26, 2016 at 10:24 pm #

        Interesting post Otheym, but “whomever takes office . . .” should be “whoever takes office”.

        Whom is the objective case of the pronoun. It is the object of a verb or a preposition. As in, “to whom the office is given”.

        Who is in the subjective case. It is the subject of the verb, that is, the actor performing the action stated by the verb. Who goes there? Who takes this office? (Not “Whom goes there?”)

    • goat1001 April 28, 2016 at 1:31 pm #

      When traveling to the Moon, Mars or anywhere in space, be sure to carry Starbucks, that’s the only currency they take!!!

  2. Being There April 25, 2016 at 9:46 am #

    You have just illustrated one of the many facets of what globalism is. It is against sovereign state economies and is in favor of what I call the new colonization of the world. It is precisely about the total arbitrage of labor globally which means all work will be done for (what I used to always say) a dollar a decade. That’s right there will be a global elite from around the world who come here and other former industrial countries to make the big bucks while the rest of the national population works for nothing.
    If you think things are unfair now, just wait. The future is grim, indeed and the clarion cry for greater education won’t work, because they can still get someone to work for less.
    Hillary is the top dog of this system and why is she running exactly? Because as Bill said a few years ago, they want to make history. It’s all about getting back into the WH and to serve the global racket of the banking industry.
    I have to say the Repubs are just as bad, but at least they’re honest about their plans.
    I tell my friends that Bernie is the only vote that actually counts right now. It’s the only vote that doesn’t fit into the fait accompli of who wins the nomination in each party and maybe he could put the brakes on the runaway train that is global corporate inverted communism that we are heading toward.
    I would like to recommend people to listen to an economics site called “Smart Talk TV” because they cover much of what’s happening in macro and micro economics and in most cases is incredibly easy to understand.
    Of course there’s Michael Hudson who recently wrote “Killing the Host” and another important person is William K. Black who put the S&Ls into receivership under Reagan and is now an advisor to Bernie!
    We really are sleepwalking into a future which we may not survive. If things don’t change, I don’t know what to say about the future of civilization but it something none of us are going to like.

    • hmuller April 25, 2016 at 9:55 am #

      Just in case Bernie doesn’t win the nomination, he should consider helping the people of Venezuela. Right now, they have the kind of Socialism which doesn’t work (empty store shelves, no jobs, gunmen ruling the streets). Bernie will bring them the brand of Socialism which does work and provides all things to all people. (Yes, that was sarcasm)

      • baird April 25, 2016 at 10:09 am #

        Not to worry my friend there’s no chance Uncle Bernie will get a chance to level the field even a little much less anything like those other nasty godless commie places. You’ll get more of the same thing you’ve been having and enjoying it too I trust. (Yes this is sarcasm)

        I do apologize in advance, somehow my coffee maker f—d up and I get a little testy with the uninformed when that happens.

        • hmuller April 25, 2016 at 10:36 am #

          Yes, I fully understand that someone with a difference experience of life who has reached opinions different from your own must be either “uninformed” or deliberately evil. Thank you for placing me in the nicer category.
          Finally, my personal philosophy towards coffee makers is to buy the cheapest one – it will usualy last as long as the fancy model costing 4 times as much.

          • Beryl of Oyl April 25, 2016 at 11:36 am #

            They are all designed to break fairly quickly, aren’t they?

      • Being There April 25, 2016 at 10:12 am #

        The socialism he wants is very much what we had in the ’50’s and 60’s here in the ole USA.
        You may not have been living at this time, or not understood Keynesian economics which was a mixed economy rather than the “free marketeers who talk a big story about free markets while the rich and powerful corporations went global and have total control of the markets.
        Do you know what’s in your food—how is this free market? Answer there’s no such thing as having powerful monied people police themselves with no regulation. Its a contradiction in terms and simply doesn’t exist.
        After 35 years of this neocolialism by transnationals and central banks, little Bernie isn’t going to take this mess into socialism. He might be able to make some changes and bring more awarness out of the ideology of neoconservatism warriorism and the financialized racket of Neoliberalism.
        He’s still the best choice you have and you may never have another chance at this.

        • hmuller April 25, 2016 at 10:23 am #

          Just to clarify, I hate the neo-conservatives, foreign wars, Wall Street, and our whole rotten system of privileged kleptocrat Oligarchs. I’m in the Ron Paul camp.

          • Being There April 25, 2016 at 10:33 am #

            Ron Paul might utter some truths about things but the Austrian school of business was developed by proto facsists between the 2 world wars and is regressive and is against the people getting any help when theyu might need it.

            Some are very lucky indeed and live into their 90’s while still working but they are few and far between. The rest of us are going to need help.

            We are allowing corporations to put additives into our foods that aren’t food. One additive is a sealant for aquariums in McDonald’s fries which btw are in a super sale of all you can eat. Without govt regulation you’re going to make the racket of the Medial Industry very rich indeed.

            You better fight for a better govt that looks out for you or someone’s gonna get away with mass murder corporation style.

            And like the kings of yore, the corporations are the law.

          • Lawfish April 25, 2016 at 11:21 am #

            No one is forced to eat at McDonald’s. We know it’s non-food, so choose something else, presumably food you grew or raised on your own or shot in the wild. Quit patronizing the big corporate “food” rackets and they will go away. Support local farmers and grow as much of your own food as you can.

          • WannaBleave April 25, 2016 at 12:25 pm #

            Ron Paul would like us to return to the “utopia” we had before Teddy Roosevelt – – but there is a reason we invented the FDA, the EPA and Social Security. Unfettered capitalism doesn’t work. The “invisible hand” is too easily influenced by the oligarchy. If you want an economy that works, lets go back to what we had in the 50’s & 60’s which had high union participation, regulated business, Corporations that paid taxes and extreme wealth taxed at 90%

          • mastman23 April 26, 2016 at 1:28 pm #

            Agreed Being there> The Paul Ryans are the new Nazis wanting to imprison debtors and remove safety nets even ones paid for by the recipients like Social Security.

            No matter what happens this election cycle the curtain has been pulled back by TRUMP on what the two parties really are a GANG

      • WannaBleave April 25, 2016 at 12:20 pm #

        There is a difference between what they have in Venezuela and what Bernie represents… Venezuela has a “Command Economy” where Bernie is proposing we move closer (not totally) towards the Western European model. I don’t know if you really don’t understand the difference or are willfully ignorant, but I couldn’t let that slide.

      • Doug April 25, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

        Socialists always argue that their system works, but it fails because it didn’t have the right people running it. (meaning those arguing for it weren’t in power). It’s completely idiotic that a nut case like Sanders still believes in this shit. I think he’s permanently stoned or never recovered from a bad trip on LSD.

        Talk about never learning or understanding anything! It’s like Obama, who hasn’t learned a thing since 1970, propelled into & thru elite schools by Leftist-inspired affirmative action money. Despite all that money thrown at him, it didn’t work. He knows nothing (“it would be unprecedented if the SCOTUS struck down ACA”) and STILL doesn’t learn anything as his brain is somehow petrified. He’s quite literally wrong about everything. If he says something right, you can be sure that his administration is doing the opposite. In other words, he’s lying like hell. But big govt types like Sanders want to throw even more money at unworthy people still hoping that someone is helped. It’s sad really. No one is allowed to say that low cognitive ability is the problem which has no solution in the short/medium term. Yes, I’m talking about the black population (anywhere).

        The VA is the supreme example of socialized medicine. For decades scandals and outrages emerge and some politician tries to “fix” it. The problem is that socialized medicine can’t be fixed. It’s un-fixable just like Socialism itself. It’s the Socialism, stupid!

        • basil April 25, 2016 at 2:26 pm #

          and free market, conservative medicine works. and George w. bush is a genius. instead of politicizing our substantial problems, we should be discussing solutions from all angles.

          • hmuller April 26, 2016 at 10:39 am #

            Basil, we haven’t had anything close to a free market since 1933. George W. is an idiot who did whatever his handlers told him. And don’t even get me started on that contemptible, NWO, Luciferian Bush family.

          • Doug April 26, 2016 at 11:53 pm #

            Sorry buddy, you cant’ handle the truth. The entire Federal govt colossus including the Federal Reserve needs to go bankrupt, burnt down and/or wound-down. Basically everything is as about as broken and failed as could possibly be. Burn it down!! Capitalism that includes failure is the answer to many problems. Our national policy obsession now is “fire suppression” where what we need is a “let it burn” policy. (http://gulfcoastcommentary.blogspot.com/2015/12/our-bloated-failing-central-planning.html)

            The big Federal colossus should be allowed to go bankrupt, which means that the Federal Reserve and it’s happy idiot money printers should be put out of business before they “rescue” the governmental status quo when the next big crisis hits and tax revenues drop to nothing. I can see it now — the Fed Reserve buys $4Trillion of gov’t debt (& prints money to do so) while the entire global supply chain is disrupted. This will surely bring a taste of the Wiemar Republic experience to our land in the final nail of hyperinflation in our collective coffin. Burn ’em down now before it’s too late!

            Apart from everything obviously full of fraud and failure, even the regulatory apparati at the Federal Level are completely and utterly failed and incompetent. The Fed Reserve and other banking regulators did nothing/saw nothing when all the liar loans and fraudulent activities were underway from 2002 to 2007. The SEC is a total waste of time and money and never saw any problem with the securitization of junk mortgage loans marketed as AAA bonds. Like Mark Cuban said, it would be better to “burn it down” and start all over. Even the ratings agencies were asleep at the wheel.

            Deutsche Bank a few days ago admitted to rigging the gold market (all of the big and now protected big “banks” are using “free money” printed out of thin air to corner commodity markets to “profit” — proving that these banks are as far from being real banks as could possibly be. Instead they are a bunch of hedge funds using literally free money and depositor money to speculate — as there is little need for loans). But get this: the CFTC, in charge of regulating the commodities markets was unaware of the issue!! Burn that down too! Fucking useless cunts!

            I could go on an on. Big Gov’t sucks and supporters of Big Govt suck even more. People like Obama who have a stupid idea that gov’t is the answer to everything. Hear that Clinton? Hear that Sanders?? The bigger it is the more incompetent, corrupt and counter-productive it is (read that blog that I mentioned above). So #1, stop digging!! #2, sell-off all these mortgage agencies FNMA, Freddie Mac, FHA. Get rid of entire departments like Energy, Education, etc. Downsize Dept of Housing and Urban Development and Commerce, etc. #3, delegate most functions and power back to The States. The Federal level should limit itself to competent regulation and the duties strictly enumerated in the Constitution. There’s not many of them, which was true during the majority of our history.

            Yeah, I do have constructive solutions. It would be a new American Revolution. For an inkling of what a new revolution would look like, read this blog post of mine: http://gulfcoastcommentary.blogspot.com/2016/02/what-new-american-revolution-would-look.html

            OK, enough ranting.

          • basil April 27, 2016 at 11:29 am #

            hmuller-i am with you 100%. I should have made it more clear that I was answering doug’s post sarcastically. if the system is allowed to “burn down”, nobody has any idea what the result will be. but when it is rebuilt, the odds are good that it will be as bad or worse than now. the only way to make the system better is through non-partisan action with all the options on the table. yes, I know that seems unlikely, but starting from scratch is the worst option.

        • WannaBleave April 25, 2016 at 4:25 pm #

          Yes, by all means… let’s entrust ourselves to the benevolence of the corporations. Anyone that has ever dealt with BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD would know more about Death Panels than anyone… they just call it “Claim Rejection”

        • Q. Shtik April 25, 2016 at 4:27 pm #

          It’s the Socialism, stupid! – Doug


          Nice rant…… and welcome back Doug.

        • Layne April 25, 2016 at 5:54 pm #

          There have been many systems in history that have worked very well, but only for a very short time. They all eventually go bad, and usually sooner rather than later. It is like a contractor who builds an office building, a bridge and a dam, but they all collapse. After him another contractor meets with a similar result, and after him another etc, etc. Finally, someone realizes that the concrete has all been sourced from the same place. Humans are the concrete–the heart of man is selfish and corrupt on top of his being small-minded and short-sighted. It will never change. Don’t get involved in politics, try to find hope somewhere else.

    • abbybwood April 25, 2016 at 1:49 pm #

      I am 66 now and I remember back in the 1990’s my mom would say, “I am ready to go any time. This computer scares me! I don’t like the way the world is going and I’ll be glad when my time comes.”

      And I would poo-poo her.

      Now I am beginning to understand just how she was feeling. Only it’s not computers that are scaring me these days. It’s Hillary Clinton and the TTP.

      • Q. Shtik April 25, 2016 at 4:59 pm #

        the TTP. – abby


        TTP or TPP?

    • abbybwood April 25, 2016 at 4:56 pm #

      Good interview here with Michael Hudson about The Panama Papers:


  3. hmuller April 25, 2016 at 9:50 am #

    Hillary Clinton is so crooked and twisted inside, she can swallow a nail and poop out a corkscrew. I can’t imagine what the “have-nots” of this nation hope to receive from that self-serving, Wall Street loving, psychopathic bitch! Half of her message is “Vote for me, I’m a woman, vote for me, I have lady parts.” Big deal, so does Bruce (Kaitlin) Jenner, and he/she hasn’t earned the White House either.

    • Being There April 25, 2016 at 10:34 am #

      Yes, the Koch brothers think Hillary is the best GOP presidential hopeful in the running.
      See Charles Koch say this on CNN.

      • hmuller April 25, 2016 at 10:49 am #

        Being There, I totally agree with what you said above about corporations screwing us over and putting crap in our food, water, air, etc. The problem is that the regulatory agencies are run by personnel from the corporations they are supposed regulate, but don’t. It’s a revolving door. Making the agencies bigger won’t change that.
        In most cases the Government protects the monopoly rackets run by big contributors. The mainstream media feeds us bullshit and won’t expose their corporate bosses’ crimes. We have a fusion of big money and big government and it is evil. It’s useless to argue over labels – is it fascism, is it socialism, is it crony capitalism? Who cares about the label, we have to expose the evil.

        • Being There April 25, 2016 at 11:42 am #

          I didn’t say making the agencies bigger as such. I am saying they better stop working for the corporations and we have to demand that incessantly.
          We the people have to force the issue of the revolving door and the end of lobbyists writing the law of the land signed by congress.
          This isn’t going to turn around without a lot of fighting and work…that’s right. If you want a democracy you’re gonna have to take it back from those who are misusing the system.
          Sorry it’s blood sweat and tears….that’s how far it’s gone.

          Oh and btw I only shop at the green market, but the point is that not everyone in the country can and many of the poor go to McD’s I for one, took one bite of a MD hamberger, spit it out and never had another.

          But I’m not just interested in me or I wouldn’t be wasting my time talking about it. Millions of Americans are eating this way and we all are paying for it. My point was to tell you that free market ideology is as insipid as Communism and has nothing to do with reality. It’s just words—its just ideology with nothing to back it up and no way it’s ever going to be arranged the way its written.

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

            You can’t have Democracy and a welfare state. Likewise, you can’t have Democracy and a well run state. People are by nature ignorant and selfish, and will gladly vote their rights away for a mess of pottage. How can you not know this?

            Voting must be for the qualified few. That the only way to keep the wolves at bay.

          • messianicdruid April 26, 2016 at 6:06 pm #

            “If you want a democracy you gonna have to take it back from the people who are misusing the system.”

            What if you want your Republic back because you knew democracies always turn out like this?

        • Beryl of Oyl April 25, 2016 at 11:42 am #

          Michell Obama stepped in to save the day when it looked as if Jamie Oliver was making headway in his crusade to have America’s schoolchildren eat real food instead of that horrid corporate childrenchow which USDA labels as nutritious.
          The Obama lunches are the equivalent of having the families in Hoosick Falls drink a cup of clean water to go with the PFOA contaminated stuff.
          Michelle used to make her living in Big Food.
          Low fat, high carbohydrate eating is making people fat.

          • happiface April 26, 2016 at 2:18 am #

            you are insane–i alone,only me,decides what i put in my mouth you idiot–the food does not do it–i do-only me–if i decide to eat shit,i become shit–it is a choice ,you moron-like any choice——to write that its the “food” it a way that people who do not accept responsebility for their choices–it is the most sickest part of our society — you should suicide yourself,do the world a favor

          • terrasapien_ April 26, 2016 at 9:41 am #

            Industry food is not normal food. Oils (lipids) in pretty much all processed foods are heated and changed from something the human body recognizes as food, to an industrial oil which will not go naturally rancid and can sit on a store shelf for years. Industry likes this. Sadly, the human body does not. So unless you eat only raw natural foods, you’re going to kick off the negative metabolic cascade which leads to obesity among other ailments.

          • mastman23 April 26, 2016 at 1:34 pm #

            One just needs to see the big tranny that is Michael’s I mean Michelle’s rear to know she is not real

      • abbybwood April 25, 2016 at 1:55 pm #

        The Neocon darling Robert Kagan also loves him some Hillary!:


        Let’s see….Henry Kissinger is her “good friend”. Madeleine “It was worth it for 500,000 Iraqis to die during the sanctions” Albright is also tight with Hillary.

        John McCain and LIndsey Graham will be voting for Hillary if Trump is the nominee. (They have been tight for years).

        I am sure Hillary Clinton has a laundry list of war hawk buddies who are just itching for her to take her chair in The Oval Office.

        I cringe at the thought.

        • Florida Power April 25, 2016 at 3:06 pm #

          It will be spun as “Hilary: a uniter, not a divider.”

  4. Walter B April 25, 2016 at 10:33 am #

    I watched a very interesting You Tube video years ago which detailed the evolution of slavery from the original “work them till they die” model utilized by the ancient Egyptians followed and improved upon by the Romans who added small freedoms resulting in improved production. The serfdom model of the Dark and Middle Ages added much increase in productivity by allowing for a small sharing of crops by those who tended the fields and provided their spawn for the noblemen’s armies and wars. The modern American model of complete (perceived) freedom and choice has boosted production and profit so far through the roof that it has created a vast class of wealthy elites who now own it all. Unfortunately, these bastards have grown so greedy (which always seems to result from such prosperity) that their new plan is to revert to the original Egyptian model by replacing us all with stone age primitives whose needs are next to nothing. I must say that not only are they doing a fine job at implementing this change but they have actually convinced the lemming-like hoard of used to be well offs to help dig their own graves. You can’t always get what you want but if you try sometimes, you may find, you get what you deserve.

    • hmuller April 25, 2016 at 10:55 am #

      Well said, Walter!

    • michael April 25, 2016 at 12:45 pm #

      I conjecture you have never taken any history classes.

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

        I have – he’s right and you’re wrong.

        • michael April 25, 2016 at 2:56 pm #

          He is not giving the Romans enough credit for productivity.
          It took about 1000 years to reach that level again.

          • Janos Skorenzy April 25, 2016 at 3:08 pm #

            I heard something interesting: the Romans knew about water wheels and such. And Western Europe is perfect for such things with its many streams. But they were too stuck in their slavery ways to change. So the opportunity was lost and things really did go downhill economically for centuries once Rome fell in the West.

    • abbybwood April 25, 2016 at 1:58 pm #

      I have been reading about how A.I. robots will be performing every job humans now do in the coming decades.

      Why have a peon human with TB germs slinging hamburgers when a robot can churn out 500 in a minute?

      • Walter B April 30, 2016 at 4:19 pm #

        And when our masters have successfully employed these robots to do everything it is for them that we now do, what, perchance might we be left to do besides lying about eating Bon Bon’s?

  5. DrTomSchmidt April 25, 2016 at 10:36 am #

    The Left, sunk in its sentimental sob stories of “dreamers,” and its nostalgia for the Ellis Island romance of 1904, can’t conceive of any reason why the nation might benefit from, at least, a time-out on invitations.

    I wonder what the left of 1904 thought about immigration? I googled Samuel Gompers on immigration and found this:

    In 1905 when efforts were made in Congress to open the doors to Oriental immigration the American Federation of Labor declared We make no pretense that the exclusion of Chinese can be defended upon a high ideal, ethical ground, but we insist that it is our essential duty to maintain and preserve our physical condition and standard of life and civilization, and thus to assure us the opportunity for the development of our intellectual and moral character. Self-preser-vation has always been regarded as the first law of nature. It is a principle and a necessity from which we ought not and must not depart. Shutting out from our shores the poor of other nations and races is caused by the law of necessity and self-protection consequent upon our industrial system. Labor does not desire to erect a wall around our country and prevent the poor of other nations from entering. It does not declare that America is for Americans alone, but it does insist that there should be and must be some restriction of immigration that will prevent disintegration of American economic standards.

    So the people calling for immigration restrictions are aligned with the left of 110 years ago. Interesting.

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    • uslabor April 25, 2016 at 11:10 am #

      Glad somebody is doing some research.

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

      Yes, early Socialists and Feminists were for the White Race since they were White. Willing your own good and prosperity – pretty basic logic and mental health. How low we have fallen with generations of convoluted “Christian” ethnomasochism posing as morality – all in service of Corporate greed and Tribal interests.

  6. Being There April 25, 2016 at 10:36 am #

    If you watch VICE from this past week you can see the slaves in Dubai from India and Pakistan reduced to hoards of misshapen creatures. This is the vision thing, the thousand points of light, Bush the 1rst had in mind for the new world order.

    • malthuss April 25, 2016 at 10:53 am #

      China, today? Dying Rooms. Forced ‘abortions.

    • The truth is slavery is common in today’s world- and U.S. consumers participate by buying into products made from slave labor.

      1800s it was sugarcane

      1900s it was nearly every other consumer product- in particular, agricultural

      In the 2000s, well, lets face it, the 1900s are just having an 12th inning.

  7. Being There April 25, 2016 at 10:56 am #

    One more thing about the deal Andrew Cuomo made to attract corporations to NY state.
    He wanted to stimulate labor growth in NY State by offering 10 years of 0% taxation for the corporations to set up shop. So where is the quid pro quo in this? Why can they lay off Americans and bring in B1Visa workers if the whole idea was to get Amreicans working?
    The same thing happened in 2009 when Obama gave money to companies like Whirlpool et al and they opened factories in Mexico.

    What do you think this is about?

    You know what I think…what say you?

    • James Howard Kunstler April 25, 2016 at 11:00 am #

      The entire scheme of inviting Global Foundries to Malta, NY, (between Albany and Saratoga) has been a political shuck and jive. Predict the giant installation will shut down inside of five years in any case. — JHK

      • Beryl of Oyl April 25, 2016 at 11:45 am #

        Oh what a horrid mess it is up there too. Chip factories or whatever that thing is always have an expiration date built in.

      • Being There April 25, 2016 at 11:45 am #

        Agreed, Jim. Just another fracking scheme me thinks.

      • K-Dog April 25, 2016 at 12:30 pm #

        GlobalFoundries was created by the divestiture of the Advanced Micro Devices Corp. manufacturing arm. It is something to be bought and sold and sliced and diced, a wall street commodity. Five years is a generous prediction since the organization exists only to be sold for profit in part or in whole.

      • Walter B April 25, 2016 at 11:59 pm #

        It is an old failure of an old scheme though I am sure the sellouts at the top collect much in the way of kickbacks for their aid in such scams. There are as many stars in the sky as their are towns that failed with the “tax incentive” approach to luring in ratables. It is a pipe dream, a lie and with the abilities to offshore or bring in “visa” labor at Bangladesh pay scales, the promise for employment of locals labor refers to those brought here in Sealand containers by the boatload. It would appear that Big Bad Ben Bernake was full of crap when he told us that American workers were going to have to learn how to compete with cheap foreign labor because it is obvious that this is just another sellout lie.

      • jloughrey April 26, 2016 at 3:08 am #

        Hillary as New York senator did nothing to alleviate the crushing economic depression of upstate New York communities, which are now being ravaged by heroin addiction. But to hear Shillary tell it, she’s the second coming of Jesus Christ.

  8. shotho April 25, 2016 at 11:12 am #

    “. . . . get the hell out of the financial markets” – best advice anyone can give.

  9. SteveO April 25, 2016 at 11:19 am #

    “What can crush her triumph of fakery is the sudden manifestation of rackets collapsing under their own weight”

    The latest incarnation of “the October Surprise”.

    We are way overdue for the next market implosion and they seem to like to happen in October (1907, 1929, 1987).

    • venuspluto67 April 25, 2016 at 11:31 am #

      The 2008 crash started happening in the second half of September, and the big crash of 1929 started building up its head of steam in that month, too, so that’s when I’m probably going to start bating my breath WRT economic and political developments this year!

      • SteveO April 25, 2016 at 11:43 am #

        We still have a few months for the market slide to get going. With computerized trading it could happen in a few seconds.

        In April 1929 the Dow was still going up. It didn’t peak until early September. In 1987, the Dow peaked in August.

    • abbybwood April 25, 2016 at 2:11 pm #

      I hope Hillary Clinton’s “October Surprise” is when FBI Director Comey decides he can’t bury his investigation of her as Obama and Lynch want him to.

      I would like to see a Comey “Saturday Night Massacre” type event where he and scores of FBI agents who investigated the witch hold a news conference and share all the reasons they are resigning.

      Of course it would be a whole lot better if this happened PRIOR to the Democrat convention.

      I can dream, can’t I?

      • SteveO April 25, 2016 at 4:10 pm #

        Yes you can, the same way I dreamed of seeing Jamie Dimon doing a per walk.

  10. pequiste April 25, 2016 at 11:20 am #

    It shan’t be a lull when the cicadas come out after their 17 year sleep to make that cacophonous chirping.

    The title necromancers is most appropriate for the Wall Street crowd but must also apply to those croaking residents of that Necropolis on the Potomac. A dead city that does’t quite know it is. Check around the bus terminal.

    Also JHK’s investment advice is sound: sell in May and go away.

    P.S. Trump gets 1270 delegates for the first round selection in Cleveland and then comes colourful fireworks. Fun.

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  11. venuspluto67 April 25, 2016 at 11:25 am #

    I can’t help but be a tiny bit disappointed that you said nothing about the emerging high likelihood that Madame Hillary stole the New York Democratic Primary with shenanigans in NYC. But only a tiny bit. I knew that because NYC is her seat of power, she would win that one by hook or by crook.

    Oh, and how do you like Madame Hillary paying an army of trolls on social media to shill for her? She really is starting to remind me of a mentally-unbalanced control-freak stage mom in show-biz!

    • Beryl of Oyl April 25, 2016 at 11:48 am #

      An awful of New York potential primary voters misunderstood the rules, me included. I went down to the Board of Elections well before what I thought was the deadline, only to find out the deadline to change your affiliation October 2015.
      That’s not to say there was no outright fraud, because there was.

      • SteveO April 25, 2016 at 11:53 am #

        They took a page from the Republican voter suppression playbook.

        • venuspluto67 April 25, 2016 at 12:16 pm #

          In a huge and major way, they did!

    • terrasapien_ April 26, 2016 at 9:54 am #

      All Hillery et all need is plausibility so that when results are rigged in her favor, the backlash won’t be strong enough to matter, since Americans seem content with their election processes being the proprietary secrets of privately owned corporations.

    • terrasapien_ April 26, 2016 at 9:58 am #

      All Hillery et all need is plausibility so that when results are rigged in her favor, the backlash won’t be strong enough to matter, since Americans seem content with their election processes being the proprietary intellectual property of privately owned corporations.

  12. sprawlcapital April 25, 2016 at 11:31 am #

    Great post, Jim.

    I would gladly contribute to support this blog, say a low 3-figure amount, but on a one-time basis–not as a regular monthly donation.

    Last time I checked the Patreon site, the only option was to donate on a regular, recurring monthly basis.

    By the way, Patreon would not open from this computer a few minutes ago.

  13. PeteAtomic April 25, 2016 at 11:39 am #

    Sometimes I have to wonder if there is some kind of behind the scenes Bond-style master villain manipulating American society.

    While on the phone with my Mafiosi-wannabe student loan “collection” company this morning, I was suddenly struck by an insight; that more and more people under 50 are in lower paying, part-time jobs, delaying having children (or any kids), while being extorted 1/3rd of their incomes to pay college debts. This in turn creates demographic decline & corpo-marxist calls for “diversity” thru immigration.

    The destruction of the American workforce has perhaps entered a new stage– “insourcing” of lower paid foreigners on one hand, while creating a native class of debt slaves, on the other.

    • Beryl of Oyl April 25, 2016 at 11:53 am #

      There is also the cohort that is out of work permanently, the older men who lost their jobs in the crash and will never again be hired to anything approaching what they earned before, despite having “STEM” skills and experience. The companies don’t want older workers, period. A large number of these men have student loans, I’m assuming, because from what I know middle-class parents took out loans to pay for their children’s educations, it isn’t just the students with the loans.
      I heard just last night that suicide is way up among men in that age group.

      • PeteAtomic April 25, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

        yeah, thanks for posting that and pointing that out. I believe the demographer behind that suicide (and chemical abuse) info compared it to numbers similar to the “fall of the Soviet Union” (paraphrasing).

        Indicative of what is happening out there.

    • abbybwood April 25, 2016 at 2:15 pm #

      Can’t wait to see how this lawsuit against Disney pans out:


  14. K-Dog April 25, 2016 at 11:44 am #

    Concern about immigration implies concern over overpopulation unless that concern is a mere expression of tribal elitism (racism).

    My concern over immigration is tied to genuine concern over overpopulation and current immigration policies totally send the wrong message and are no good at all for America. Current policies prepare America for a future that can never be. Among 9 of 10 people who have other than a don’t worry be happy attitude to immigration however, tribal elitism prevails.

    Consequently I tend to keep my views on immigration to myself. I don’t want to be mistaken as just another hood ornament on a decrepit and rusted out jalopy leaking fluids everywhere it goes.

    I suspect most people concerned about immigration don’t know what overpopulation is.

    • Being There April 25, 2016 at 11:51 am #

      Take a look at what’s happening to the EU and Lebanon.

      Forced to take in millions of displaced people from the ME that we broke into smithereens and still want to continue. All for fossil fuels.

      Why we’re even bosom buddies with the Saudis….of 28 pages fame. Did you see W holding hands with the Prince? (I think there was one of them kissing too) Mhmmm. We decided on regime change for Iraq and tore a functional economy asunder and for what? exactly.

      But I digress……we flood countries with outsiders in order to destroy the modern nation state in favor of global corporate interests. Cheap labor and under par goods and services made as cheaply as possible to the point where they look good and barely work.
      Gotta love that model.

      With third world labor and 1rst world prices for basics, who’s going to be the market?

      • Beryl of Oyl April 25, 2016 at 11:58 am #

        At the risk of being repetitive, the women of Iraq where much better off before we went in and “liberated” that country. Somehow the fact that women are people, the majority of people, gets ignored.
        The women of Europe were better off before the phony “refugee” program as well. How can Syrian refugees be men from Pakistan?

        • Janos Skorenzy April 25, 2016 at 3:11 pm #

          No, it’s White Men’s fault that Muslims have a huge rape culture. Everything is White Men’s fault – and that makes us God. And then perversity of perversity – they refuse to worship us. They prefer the rape monkeys it seems.

          • K-Dog April 25, 2016 at 3:59 pm #

            And you can’t even name an alleged victim by name asshole. Do you have an opinion on immigration? That is what this subthread was about before you took a big steaming brown dump on it. I started it so I should know. But hey; whatever pays the bills right!

          • Janos Skorenzy April 25, 2016 at 7:05 pm #

            So you’re saying that mass rape of European women by Muslims, such as in Cologne on New Years Eve, isn’t occurring? Or that 1400 White English girls in Rotterham weren’t pimped out by Pakistani gangs over the last decade and a half?

            Shame on you for your cluelessness.

          • K-Dog April 25, 2016 at 7:45 pm #

            Rape victims have names and if you can’t come up with one single name of one single victim; then that is exactly what I am saying.

            Saying something happened does not make it so in the real world. It only makes it true in that vast empty void between your two ears. If you did not know that racist assholes (imagine that) make up such fabrications to foster their message of hate consider yourself clued in.

          • Janos Skorenzy April 26, 2016 at 12:49 am #

            I’ve already done that any number of times. You never respond. The next week you are back to your Muslims are great program, after deleting any counter-program I had offered, assuming you ever took it in at all.

            Your mind has gone downhill since you started working. Nothing unusual there. Our way of life is destructive to both body and mind. You are running on automatic, a human robot slated to be replaced by a real one.

          • J. Dean April 26, 2016 at 1:45 pm #

            Yes, and when the gods walk among you, and things ain’t exactly heaven, it’s time for a game of…

          • K-Dog April 26, 2016 at 3:22 pm #

            “You are running on automatic, a human robot slated to be replaced by a real one.”

            Considering the fact that I continue to banter with your foolishness, you have nailed it.

      • BackRowHeckler April 25, 2016 at 9:46 pm #

        “All for fossil fuels” –BT

        Hey BT, we need fossil fuels.

        • Being There April 26, 2016 at 1:11 pm #

          Indeed we do, but do we have to destroy any country that sits on top of a deposit? And are we fighting a losing battle if we’re going into peak?
          There were alternatives at the very least to conserve but we are wasting fossil fuels like there will never be an end to great supply while tearing this planet apart militarily environmentally and financially.
          Can you no think of a better way to do things than this?

    • venuspluto67 April 25, 2016 at 11:52 am #

      I know what it is, and it scares the holy crap out of me. We are royally in what is known as “overshoot” right now.

    • Janos Skorenzy April 25, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

      Yes, how dare any nation want to remain what it is – as if the Chinese worked, sweated, and bled for ages in order to just hand it over to Black Africans or something.

      You are still resisting common sense. Localism is “racism”. You can’t have a country with no borders. It would be like having no skin – wide open to infection. Get a razor and try it if you have any doubts.

  15. capt spaulding April 25, 2016 at 11:54 am #

    I was reading an article about Hillary the other day, & I saw her described as a moderate Republican. I think that’s true, especially if you throw in the fact that she’s corrupt, along with everybody else in Wash. DC.

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    • SteveO April 25, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

      Look at what the first Clinton administration did – welfare “reform”, banking/financial deregulation, spending cuts, continuing the low level war in Iraq and a massive crime bill.

      Looking at it as someone who was born in 1960 and lived through the last “real” Democratic (Carter) administration, I’d say he was almost more conservative than Reagan.

      • venuspluto67 April 25, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

        I’ve heard tell that he also wanted to privatize social security, but he lost so much political capital as a result of the sex scandal that broke in early 1998 that he scrapped the whole plan.

      • venuspluto67 April 25, 2016 at 12:41 pm #

        Another thing: I was coming up on my twenty-fifth birthday when Bill Clinton had his New York Democratic Primary where he beat his one remaining serious challenger Paul Tsongas by saying in campaign commercials “Let’s close the book on the eighties!”. Tsongas was rather enamored of some aspects of Prez Reagan’s supply-side economics but was still a decent and principled man.

        But of course, we all know in retrospect that Prez Clinton not only kept open the book on the eighties, he wrote a whole bunch of brand-spanking-new chapters of his own!

        • seawolf77 April 25, 2016 at 2:06 pm #

          This whole mess accelerated dramatically when Reagan/Bush won in 1980. They opened the floodgates. Now there is only one thing that can restore balance, and that is a revaluation of all currencies, and that usually comes with a big war. The Chinese century begins when the yuan becomes the world’s reserve currency.

          • Janos Skorenzy April 25, 2016 at 3:18 pm #

            Yes but first million dollar bills with Tubman faces. Winona Man Killer for President! Jill as the Veep! Stein! You’ve made it to the big time “ladies”!

  16. Piper Michael April 25, 2016 at 11:58 am #

    Good afternoon James,
    Been awhile, but I always read, and this was excellent as usual.

    Sadly, we are at the stage where; There will be blood.
    One way, or the other, JFK was right.

    “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.”
    We’ve been through the Tea Party and the Occupy, now comes civil war. Our enemies should love that…

    I guess, we are at the Hero phase of this Fourth Turning.
    Now, regardless of The Donald’s style, we must give him credit for blowing his horn, while riding the whirlwind the Elite have sewed.
    The people are awakening… God help us all.

  17. Beryl of Oyl April 25, 2016 at 12:07 pm #

    I know a young woman who is a Trump supporter. She is not white. Yesterday there was yet another shooting near her house, the neighborhood where she’s lived all her life. She’s seen steady deterioration on her quality of life under several administrations, but it has really exploded under the current one. Her parents are both working people who own their own home.
    Her neighborhood is the one that was written about in a book called Funkytowns USA, I believe.
    I can’t see where she’d be any worse off voting for Donald.

  18. FincaInTheMountains April 25, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

    Forgery of the primaries results is a very expensive proposition, and in New York State Hillary Clinton did not spend money on those counties where the population is less than half a million.

    Therefore, when looking at the New York election map, it seems that Bernie Sanders won everywhere, except for the big cities.

    Although if you consider normal sociology, it is the residents of big cities who had to vote for him (accumulation of the proletariat and the recipients of welfare), especially on the border with the semi-socialist Canada.

    But they voted for the apologist of mad capitalism, Hillary Clinton, in comparison with whom Margaret Thatcher seems to be a trade union leader in the mining village of Wales.

    • jloughrey April 26, 2016 at 3:28 am #

      Bernie won nearly all New York precincts outside of NYC with the exception of the Rochester and Buffalo areas, which have weathered things better economically than the rest of the state. You can see a direct correlation of the poorest counties registering the most votes for Bernie. They know that he (or God forbid, Trump) is their last best hope for ever digging out of the economic morass that has plagued most upstate communities for the better part of 30 years. If thousands of voters had not been purged from rolls in Brooklyn, among other cities, Bernie would have likely taken the state. This election is making Bush’s two stolen terms look like child’s play.

  19. Daphne DeMuir April 25, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

    True, the ACA is a cruel joke. And speaking of cruel health care travesties and evil CEOs how about that Abbott Labs, Laying off over 150 employees, making them sign an agreement that they can’t sue or “disparage” the company, and forcing them to train their replacements, who are all from India. I actually felt like I was reading the Onion but there was the hard copy Trib right in front of me.


    That kind of crap and health care premiums that are like making huge car payments and not getting the car make you seriously wonder when the pitch foks are really going to come out.

    • Beryl of Oyl April 25, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

      Disney did something like that too. Now Disney is making threats against states that don’t want to allow men to use women’s bathrooms. The pitchforks ARE out, Disney in conjunction with the media and federal government is making sure they are pointed in the wrong direction.
      Notice nobody ever asks Hillary about the failure of Obamacare? Bernie got told in no uncertain terms he was not to bring up Hillary’s support for “Bush’s” war in Iraq as if that was a bad thing.

    • abbybwood April 25, 2016 at 2:23 pm #

      Colorado will be voting on a state single payer health care system in November and the insurance conglomerates and their buddies are going nuts trying to stop them:


      • BackRowHeckler April 25, 2016 at 9:42 pm #

        Vermont had Single Payer for a short time but had to give it up because it was bankrupting the treasury.

        And Vermont is 98% white with not too many illegals. Imagine Single Payer in a state like California. Would there be enough money in the entire world to cover just one year of Single Payer in California?


        • elysianfield April 26, 2016 at 12:33 am #


          The single-payer system cannot work piece meal…it has to be the Federal Government mandating 100% compliance by the states. Currently in our region, a CAT scan costs $5500 a pop, off times less than a 5 minute procedure. If the Government said it would pay $1000 or less, it would ratchet down health care costs to reasonable levels. The Hospitals would comply, as there would be no other game in town. Think of it as cost+…just like procurement was handled for the U.S. war effort in WWII.

          • Daphne DeMuir April 26, 2016 at 10:36 am #

            Absolutely. and the ACA is now such a flop that Single payer seems almost inevitable. People who finally got insured under ACA are now being thrown off due to cost. So they are headed straight back to emergency rooms for basic care. And what’s with giving big fines to people who can’t afford the premiums in the first place? Evil and punishing. Which, of course, seems to be a central theme in the U.S.

          • messianicdruid April 26, 2016 at 6:53 pm #

            Single payer was always the goal, Hegelian progressivism.

        • snarkmatic9000 April 26, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

          WRONG!! The legislature in ’11 passed and Gov Shumlin was attempting to inaugurate Green Mountain Care by 2017/18 but withdrew it last year. Vermont Health Connect is, and has been, the only VT state run plan since it was introduced under ACA (“Obabmacare”). Too many here shoot off without doing their homework.
          signed, a 8th generation VTer

      • Daphne DeMuir April 26, 2016 at 10:29 am #

        We have been closely following that and you are right, there’s a lot of push back from big insurance.

  20. FincaInTheMountains April 25, 2016 at 12:25 pm #

    In New York, in order to vote in the primaries, voters had to register a year ahead of elections, when no one has ever heard and could not imagine such presidential candidates like Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders.

    And this rule was introduced quietly one and a half years ago, and very few people knew about it. Therefore, those voters who want to vote for Sanders, but were registered as independents, could not do so, as well as those who would vote for Donald Trump, but were registered Democrats. Well, an independent can not do anything about this, but to try to convince Bernie Sanders to run as an independent, but Democrats sympathetic to Trump can go to the polls and wait 3 hours in line (Hillary took care of that) and cast an empty ballot. And these blank ballots turned out more than 20%!

    Plus, the Democratic Party election commissions “lost” 7% of registered voters! That is, imagine a registered Democrat comes to the polling station, stands 3 hours in a queue, and is being told: “Sorry, but you are not on the list.” And democratic supporters of Trump have been pre-prepared for this situation (they have a whole organization) and knew what to do, and those who wanted to vote for Sanders, could hardly guess to cast an empty ballot.

    Total Hillary officially won 58% of the vote, 5% was plainly stolen from Sanders – payoffs, inflating the registry, the sick, the dead, etc., etc., 7% – lost and 20% empty ballots casters. That leaves 26% of true Clintonites. And this despite the fact that turnout in Democratic primaries, had dropped by a third.

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    • Beryl of Oyl April 25, 2016 at 12:35 pm #

      She won the already registered Democrats, for the most part. That’s not the big achievement they made it out to be. Kasich won Ohio.
      It annoyed me the way they kept saying it would be embarrassing for Hilary to lose in her home state. As if she’s more of a New Yorker than Bernie.
      BTW, why didn’t Hillary move to this area to establish residency for her Senate run? Seriously? Why should it be inconceivable that someone running to help the working families and the poor actually live someplace where there are people like that?

      • Janos Skorenzy April 25, 2016 at 3:22 pm #

        Is it any crazier than for Whites to turn all of their countries over to 3rd Worlders? But you like that, right?

  21. DurangoKid April 25, 2016 at 12:39 pm #

    According to Jared Diamond, very few societies have recognized their impending collapse, decided what to do about it, and then avoided it. In the majority of cases the elites believed in their infallibility and defended it to the point of no return. If Hillary is a cog in this juggernaut, might Bernie be the wrench?

    • michael April 25, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

      You might enjoy Carol Quigley, “The Evolution of Civilizations” with a hilarious description of where we are today:

      “This is generally a period of gambling,
      use of narcotics or intoxicants, obsession with sex
      (frequently as perversion), increasing crime, growing numbers
      of neurotics and psychotics, growing obsession with death
      and with the Hereafter.

      The vested interests encourage the growth of imperia
      list wars and irrationality because both serve to divert
      the discontent of the masses away from their vested int
      erests …”

      • Janos Skorenzy April 25, 2016 at 3:37 pm #

        Clinton’s mentor according to some. Some say another of the Global Elite was his father, who shared Bill penchant for under class White Women. But Bill took after his stellar father and thus was raised by Him to Godhood.

        Likewise, was not the way made smooth for one Barack Hussein Obama? The guy never broke a sweat and never will. Thus are the fruits of White Masochism.

  22. FincaInTheMountains April 25, 2016 at 12:40 pm #

    New York is no longer a democratic state. I even think that there simply is no more Democratic Party – it is necessary to create one from scratch.

    But Sanders in this situation during the Democratic Party convention may say, “Oh, I can not allow Trump to win the White House and Hillary can not win at all! I am compelled to put forward my candidacy as an independent candidate.”

    And the votes will be taken away from Hillary, but not from Trump.

    Here it is, Madame Secretary, Ross Perrot 2.0, please accept and sign on a dotted line!

    Combined with the threat of FBI bringing an indictment against Hillary, this plan could work with a bang, and super-delegates that she believes are in her pocket may think hard. Very. And their number is more than enough to make Bernie Sanders the nominee and save the Democratic Party from complete fiasco.

    And it may very well be that it is the Obama-Sanders plan, and it seems to have been joined by the Pope Francis.

  23. gasman April 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm #

    I enjoyed your post today. I am not sure what to make of Trump. I agree that immigration and the hemorrhage of jobs must stop. I am not sure if Trump states things in such a crude way because he cannot elucidate a full paragraph or perhaps he is just being very clever politically and is more effective with his constituents, speaking that way.

  24. michael April 25, 2016 at 1:03 pm #

    Many things conspired to make the US the great success which it was for a while:

    (1) After the second world war everybody except the US was in ruins with the US seeing no destruction on the homeland.
    (2) Expansion into a largely empty or emptied space which is just now hitting the wall (homsteading in Alaska only recently terminated).
    (3) Enormous influx of foreign intelligence into the US after the 2nd world war and the torch capably picked up by US nationals.

    I really don’t know any other country where so many fortunate accidents conincided with hard work and determination.

    Unfortunately this has set the bar of expectation very high at the time when global currents are turning against it in every sphere.

    There will be much blame spread about for no purpose. I see this tending to a violent reset, hopefully nonnuclear.

  25. patrickd April 25, 2016 at 1:05 pm #

    As I continue to read Jim’s posts and books and explore other writers as well, I am learning more about how criminal and ridiculous the financial rackets are. These derivative markets are simply gambling on whether certain banks will fail or not. The bets and other decisions can be made to make failure a certainty, and this is our economy? No, it’s not. It’s the banking families playing the human race for suckers. It’s the economy of the oligarchs.

    I have been very worried about my social security benefits being stolen by the oligarchs, but it appears that they are safe for the short term. The reason I think this is that when the bubble bursts – later this year? – the banks will be seizing depositors’ cash to bail themselves out. It’s called a bail-in, and legislation was passed in December 2012 to make it legal. When folks rush to get their money, they will be given certificates of equity in the bank, but not cash. Woops! That will happen overnight. The oligarchs have been planning this “harvest” for years. It’s how they operate. Bull and bear markets are cyles that build wealth for the oligarchs to harvest.

    This next one, from what I’ve been reading, is going to be the mother of all bubbles bursting, wiping out the rest of the middle class in the US. I think the oligarchs will want to keep the federal government operating so that they can control the milltary, which no doubt will be used to put down the mobs marching on East Hampton and other communities of the elite, with their baseball bats and ropes, looking to dispense justice to the bankers for stealing all their cash.

    Truly, what a clusterfuck this country has become. It’s ruled by criminals who are stealing everything of value and destroying everything that we need to live. What a scourge they are! I don’t see any way to stop them. Russia and China will have to figure out how to do it. The “American” people are mostly useless. There will never be change through the existing political structure, which is part of the oligarchic charade.

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  26. barbisbest April 25, 2016 at 1:13 pm #

    “For example, I happen to agree that the nation needs to act on immigration, both on the problem of illegal immigrants and on limiting the quotas of legally admitted newcomers. The Left, sunk in its sentimental sob stories of “dreamers,” and its nostalgia for the Ellis Island romance of 1904, can’t conceive of any reason why the nation might benefit from, at least, a time-out on invitations. The idea undermines their world-saving fantasies. In my little corner of America, the computer chip factory run by Global Foundries (owned by the Emirate of Dubai) has just laid off the majority of its homegrown American technical labor force and replaced them with foreign technicians on H1B visas, thus creating x-number of new Trump voters among the laid-off, and rightfully so, I think.”.

    Right on JHK!

    I thought there was some legality against hiring foreign workers for companies located here.

    Funny you should mention Ellis Island… Quote of the month is found there.

    “give me your tired, your poor, huddled massed, your multi-national corporations yearning to be tax free.” $111 Billion lost in tax revenue. Think what that could do, do much toward the trains that are needed. Is that the understatement of the century. Ah, the common good went out with the hoola hoop.

    Truth of the decade.. Kim Kardashian wouldn’t make a zit on the nose of one of the participants in Democracy Spring at the capitol. Now, THERE’s a truth!

    Early Happy Birthday Beantown Bill!

    A good week to you blogmaster.

  27. seawolf77 April 25, 2016 at 1:34 pm #

    America is a ticking time bomb. The only thing we don’t know is what the fuse looks like and how long it will burn before Kerpluey! The people of America are fundamentally different than those hard working stock that built this country. The movie “Concussion” proves that we have gladitorial games, except here and now they blow their brains out a few years after “retiring”. Their retirement fund was just awarded to them in court: 5 million apiece for their mushy brain care. Pop Warner is off 10%. It’s just a matter of time before America has dozens of colisseums dotting the landscape of gloom and despair. And football teams like the Dallas Cowboys will go from being worth 2 Billion dollars to worthless mind numbingly fast.

  28. michael April 25, 2016 at 1:39 pm #

    I have to disagree here. The American people are certainly not useless, indeed I believe that they are the least sheeplike of all western countries with maybe the exception of Switzerland.

    Here in western Europe people accept it as an unquestioned assumption that government is benign and will remain so to be trusted indefinitely. They are also willing to give up their weapons which they think is a good thing to do and no thought is given to the fact that the state is armed to the teeth with SWAT teams looking exactly like the thugs depicted in cartoons only a few decades back.

    A collegue of mine (university “educated”) was of the opinion that it is a good thing that information is immediately classified so that proper channels can sort out the confusing facts and present them in orderly fashion to the people, lest they be confused.

    Very few here find it odd that on the one hand the state must spy on people to keep them safe from terrorists while on the other hand one million people can be let into the country from regions where large terrorist organizations dwell with no controls whatsoever.

    People are full of fear and strive to have insurance for everything
    (including the risk of unwanted immaculate conception).

    Envy is the predominant sentiment since almost nobody sees a realistic chance to move ahead and feels stuck with whatever the circumstances have dealt him. While I was in the US I had the distinct feeling that very few were envious of others.

    • seawolf77 April 25, 2016 at 1:57 pm #

      They are worse than useless, they are dangerous.

      • messianicdruid April 26, 2016 at 8:21 pm #

        Dangerous to who?

        America will survive the United States.

    • Beryl of Oyl April 25, 2016 at 2:01 pm #

      A friend of mine living in Western Europe says that what they really want is to be able to buy a second home in the US.

  29. I AM SULLY April 25, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

    In some ways the last few weeks have felt quiet – certainly the FED/Treasury manipulation has kept the U.S. markets (and overseas markets) from completely turning over. On the other hand, it looks like NATO/USA/SAUDI-ARABIA are preparing for some kind of nasty operation in Syria, and then there’s the Ukraine, with its proto-fascist leadership, claiming it has a “ballistic missile”. (likely one of those air-pump rockets like when I was a kid, fill it with water, pump it up, fire it – I don’t see those any longer???)

    Any who – be safe all and thanks so much J.H.K. for your work!

  30. Georges1202 April 25, 2016 at 1:52 pm #

    My wife and I are moving to Switzerland soon. It will be so sad to leave our $1100/mo. ‘health care’ extortion with its criminal $6,000 deductible. It will be sad to live in a country that does not flush 60% of its national treasure down the shithole. Also sane gun polices and a wonderful social net.

    Enough is enough, America, inc.

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    • Georges1202 April 25, 2016 at 1:53 pm #

      60% for the DoD rathole, that is…

    • Janos Skorenzy April 25, 2016 at 3:31 pm #

      The Swiss Sheep voted NOT to limit Muslim immigration. Their guns wont save them. They lack the will to use them. They’ve become exactly what the parodists have parodied: clock makers, chocolate addicts, and garden gnomes.

      If they were invaded by a foreign power, indeed they might act heroically. But a slow invasion of brown kiddies and pregnant brown dreamers? They are utterly disarmed. The foolish tragedy of Whites on display. Terminal sentimentality.

    • BackRowHeckler April 25, 2016 at 8:55 pm #

      Switzerland may be the last Western European country to go down. But when the Muzzies begin massing at the gates the Swiss too will be forced to capitulate.

      When you hear the Call to Prayer from some ornate Calvinist Church in Bern or Davos, and there are no crosses where there used to be crosses a few days before, you’ll know your time has come.


      • Doug April 27, 2016 at 6:04 pm #

        Switzerland will never be invaded. It may surprise you but they have a large military organization. I was walking in the Swiss mountains some years ago and I walked into an army exercise. I was amazed.

  31. Newton Finn April 25, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

    The neoliberal/neoconservative consensus on economic and foreign policy issues–essentially, plutocracy and perpetual war–is masked by their differences on social issues, which is what the MSM covers and has the American citizenry fighting over. Sometimes even this perceptive blog gets sidetracked on such issues, which, while important, are not matters of national life and death.

    There is a substantial minority of citizens who see the big picture and understand the neo consensus, and they are largely in Bernie’s camp. There is another substantial minority of citizens who know that something is very wrong with this country, often because their lives are coming apart, but do not yet see the big picture, the neo consensus, but remain in a fog of anger and confusion. They are largely in the Trump camp.

    If and when this latter substantial minority finally gets clear about the neo consensus that is destroying their lives, their country, and their world, and, putting social issues aside for the moment, unites with the former substantial minority, there is born a substantial majority with the power to alter the present and create the future.

    Until then, we’re politically helpless, except on the local level. Venting our frustration is helpful for our individual sanity, allowing us to let out steam and to learn that we’re far from alone. But education remains the key to change on the national level, not in the sense of the often dysfunctional public school system, but in the sense of Thomas Paine.

    Where the hell is he when you need him?

    • abbybwood April 25, 2016 at 2:51 pm #

      Ralph Nader actually wrote a book that deals with your idea of the Trump and Sanders factions working together:

      “Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State”:


    • Janos Skorenzy April 25, 2016 at 3:33 pm #

      Yeah, Bernie said Whites don’t know what it means to be poor. What kind of self hating White would tolerate crap like that much less vote for him?

      • lsjogren April 25, 2016 at 5:09 pm #

        Sanders’ appeal is that it’s clear his heart is more in the right place if it weren’t for the fact that he is as confused as an establishment progressive.

    • happiface April 26, 2016 at 2:40 am #

      there is a easy answer to this–very confident in it being correct-one thing about the usa that nobody sees -there is this huge,and i mean huge body of people that are very quiet,just going about there lives–and when the time comes they will pour out and smash anything that is wrong,preverted or against the flow that is good–truck drivers,retired military,construction dudes,gals,business folks,miners,basically anybody who is not a government worker,because government people have no soul –

  32. Janos Skorenzy April 25, 2016 at 3:00 pm #

    The Awful Lull, becalmed in hell, our sails sag lifelessly. The lowest hell is Avicci, called “the waveless”. We can only await the Trade Winds of Grace.

    Free Will? Was it ever only a dream? Or a memory of things destined from eternity? If you can move, then do this much at least: move the lever to vote Trump. Even the winds of grace wont save us unless our sails are up. If you’ve let the rats chew away the rope and lines, then it will have been too late.

    • Q. Shtik April 25, 2016 at 5:24 pm #

      Janos waxes poetic.

      • Janos Skorenzy April 25, 2016 at 7:13 pm #

        Perhaps wane is the better word – the waning of a dying moon over crepuscular post industrial landscapes. Perhaps you eagerly await the darkness of the new moon that will blot it out? Ah, but what horrible deeds will be done then. Be thankful for the little light you have left. I will not always be here as a Warner.

        I hope you can see the influence of Rod McKuen on my strongly weak, free (enslaved) prosody.

  33. Janos Skorenzy April 25, 2016 at 3:42 pm #


    Canada, Kdogian paraside and a White Man’s grave.

    • K-Dog April 26, 2016 at 3:25 pm #

      paraside ??????????????????

      I guess insanity now has it’s own language!

  34. FincaInTheMountains April 25, 2016 at 4:31 pm #

    Obama has come to the UK to convince Brits not to leave the European Union, which the treacherous Anglo Saxons conceived to fuck in a particularly perverse way, known as TTIP – Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

    Moreover, Prime Minister Cameron was the initiator of exit of UK from the EU, but with the passage of time came to a conviction that UK need to stay in the EU for some time, “forgetting” that England as a member of Anglo Saxon world will have to fuck itself, and this is a perversion, which normally can only be taken with the good portion of the famous English humor.

    This to some extent explains the expression on Obama’s face, with which he listened to the question about the end of the special relationship of Great Britain and the US due to the desire of US President to advise the United Kingdom what is beneficial, and what is not beneficial for them, which the Brits, considering not less famous British stubbornness, perceive as a threat.

    Obama shines like a polished quarter, but yields to Prime Minister Cameron, who gives to English humor even more English flavor thanks to absolutely serious expression with which he tells stubborn Englishmen that only thanks to the presence of their stubbornness in the European Union, Angela Merkel was able to impose and to keep sanctions against Russia after its blatant aggression against Ukraine.

    And the British began to fight for the freedom of Ukraine 200 years ago, abundantly irrigating the Ukrainian land with English blood in the vicinity of the Ukrainian city of Balaklava. And the grateful Ukrainians have not forgotten that deed, wearing appropriate hats when they with Molotov cocktails in their hands were peacefully protesting on Maidan square in Kiev against the entry of Ukraine into the Customs Union with Russia.

    It seems that Obama has actually put Cameron before a choice: either the European Union (and the US) cancels sanctions against Russia or Cameron on behalf of the British people kisses fat Angela Merkel’s ass and the United Kingdom remains a member of the European Union.

    And this impression becomes even stronger after Cameron concedes his turn to Barack Obama and he continues this competition in the British humor with a story about how he ordered to remove from his cabinet Winston Churchill bust, which is a symbol of the above-mentioned special relations, replacing it with a bust of Martin Luther King Jr.

    Obama is openly enjoying his return to the center of world politics, when next to him there is no loony half-witted witch who perverts his every word, turning the policy of the country, for which he and he alone bears responsibility, into the stupid shit policy

    And combined with his confidence in the victory of his confidant Bernie Sanders, in spite of the control of Hillary Clinton over the vote counting process, is only one explanation of Obama sentiment that gives meaning and purpose to American policy.

    While the denial of these conclusions leads most of “analysts” to the suggestion of US President being a Muslim or to speculation about his clinical idiocy, or at least to the clinical depression of the analyst himself and his patient expectation of a nuclear war as a result of the “inevitable” victory of Hillary Clinton.


  35. lsjogren April 25, 2016 at 5:07 pm #

    Note that in Austria their version of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are on track to become the candidates in the presidential runoff, while the Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush political parties have devolved into 3rd party status.

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  36. FincaInTheMountains April 25, 2016 at 5:15 pm #

    I hope you appreciated in full the game of Prince Charles, and how exactly he formulated the difference between White and Black projects making logical stress on the word “the question”.

    It’s really a matter of principle and a fundamental difference between the White and the Black projects: in Black that main question of Hamlet does not even arise, as an answer to it is unambiguous – not to be, and EVERYBODY AND AT ONCE!!!


  37. Pucker April 25, 2016 at 7:16 pm #

    Thirty years ago at this moment, we are now 30 minutes after the meltdown and explosion of the No. 4 reactor at Chernobyl in the Ukraine. Burning graphite and spent fuel are scattered everywhere. Intense radiation permeates the atmosphere and feels like rain drops on the face. There is a strange metallic taste in the mouth.

    • FincaInTheMountains April 25, 2016 at 7:28 pm #

      What do you expect from people whose favorite dish is a pork belly in chocolate. You get even stranger taste,

  38. Dumbedup April 25, 2016 at 7:41 pm #

    “Weeks from now when we’re used to the mild air and the greened world, going coatless and care-free, is when the storms of summer strike and the life of the nation turns from fairy tale to horror comic. Both Clinton and Trump are perfect representatives of the nascent forces moving towards some kind of civil war in comic book America.”

    Jim, do you really think we are down to a matter of weeks? I suppose anything is possible, but a sudden collapse leading to civil war? (or were you being figurative?) Honestly, I think they can keep this going for decades. Besides, there’s a lot left to steal.

    Until 2007 I was quietly living out my life only vaguely aware of my own dissatisfaction and unease. I noticed things but didn’t really think it was more than cyclical. Since then, I’ve educated myself, and I still don’t believe this is anything more than cyclical. I still read the doomsday prophets because there is always a kernel of truth and I do think what we are doing is unsustainable over a longer period of time. But historically, we’ve been down this road before. Hell, the US was founded by elite white males and the history of this place since then has been mostly about retention and erosion of power.

    So what’s different now than it was in 1790, 1810, 1836, 1870, 1890, and right on up to the present? What would make a collapse abject now when that didn’t happen periods when circumstances were equally bleak? Are they that much worse now on a relative or absolute basis? We’ve elected incompetents and self-interested people as President before but we survived?

    There are a couple of things that come to mind that might make the present time more precarious and prone to sudden collapse – possibly taking down the country as we know it. At least the federal part of it.

    1) Population increase – there’s no doubt there are more people than at any time in our history; but that assumes, arguendo, that there is some threshold number people that operates like a critical mass. But there are parts of the country still as yet not densely populated. In fact, it is only the urban areas like NY, LA, Chicago, Houston, and Atlanta that are so densely populated that breakdown could lead to uprisings on any large scale; but would even that bring down the federal government?

    2) Militarization of the police – this one bothers me because it has turned the police into para-military instead of community service. But would it be a cause of a complete collapse? There’s no way of knowing but the examples I can think of recently (for example, the shooting of unarmed black men and the Boston bombing) didn’t result in widespread breakdown of law and order. In fact, the rioting in LA and NY in the 70s and 80s produced more widespread violence.

    3) Income disparity and the shrinking middle class – this is a process which has ebbed and flowed for generations. Is it different this time? There’s no doubt that the very rich and affluent have an easier time of it and and get away with things the average person cannot. Again, is there a point where the gulf widens so much that people will say, “I’ve had enough” and string up a few rich people?

    4) Corruption in government and politics – again, it comes back to a matter of degree. Is there a corruption boiling point where people will say “I’ve had enough?” Why didn’t they say that during the 1850s or the 1870s? What about in 1913 or during prohibition or during the civil rights era or Vietnam protests?

    5) Government debt and the dollar – ahhh … this might be the one. Erosion of freedom, inflation, deflation, militarization of police, slow loss of money all create animosity, but if people woke up one day and discovered they had lost their savings and 401K accounts by government fiat that might inflame passions to the boiling point. But what are the chances of that happening? What about a 1% “bail-in” of all deposits over $10,000? What if the government seized all retirement assets but replaced them with treasuries of the same value with a guaranteed income?

    6) Immigration and loss of jobs – another flashpoint, but what set of circumstances could lead to anything other than the continuation of gradual decline we have been witnessing for 40 years?

    Every scenario I can think of is either just a matter of degree or can be offset by some other government action. If this were to be sudden it would have to be something unanticipated or such a great dimension that it would shake millions of people to their core. I don’t see such a calamity as predictable – certainly not in a matter of weeks and certainly not over Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.

    • tucsonspur April 25, 2016 at 8:34 pm #

      Du, you make some good points, but I think that you are not paying enough attention to the non-linearity of complex systems, generally speaking.

    • monkey_flower April 25, 2016 at 9:34 pm #

      Things are different in the present time. Not the hot-button talking points you mentioned. I would say that incompetence and the pissing away of vast sums of money are the biggest problems in America today. Of course, when money is wasted on bridges-to-nowhere and gas stations in Afghanistan the average American does not see any difference in their daily life. That is exactly the problem. People cannot see things that have not happened. So people come to expect that the government will never have any civic responsibility. That is what makes modern times so very different. Don’t give me crap about this. People on my street pay over $ 100,000 in taxes every year, yet the road has not been resurfaced in over 15 years.

      I apologize for my poor sentence structure.

      • messianicdruid April 26, 2016 at 9:20 pm #

        Poor sentences are better than no sentences considering the injustices that are piling up ( think – logjam ) where “the love of money” and lack of knowledge rule over those who have lost their voices.

    • Thinkgloballyactlocally April 28, 2016 at 5:34 pm #

      How about the situation of “Peak Everything”, the globalisation, instant communication, climate change, armed gangs everywhere, not to mention soon-to-be homemade dirty bomb? These look pretty big difference to me….

  39. BackRowHeckler April 25, 2016 at 8:45 pm #

    Yes, Hillary appeared in the North End of Hartford a few days ago, the subject at hand: “taking on the gun lobby.” Here’s some irony; the North End is a notorious ghetto where people are shot and stabbed on a daily basis. Who’s fault is this according to Hillary? Why, the NRAs. Nobody In their right mind goes to Hartford’s North End, which is deadly No Man’s Land. Here’s more irony: while Hillary vowed to ‘crack down on guns’, she herself was surrounded by dozens of armed security agents from the Secret Service, FBI, Connecticut State Police and HPD. When I say armed I presume they were armed with the latest, most up to date weaponry.


  40. elysianfield April 25, 2016 at 9:54 pm #

    Jan from San Jose,

    I would recommend another book to read…one that is topical to this week’s offering. The book is “Deep South”, by Paul Theroux. It is a first-person narrative of his several trips through the southern states, mostly on back roads, in 2015. Theroux has written dozens of books, both fiction and non-fiction, but it is with the non-fiction accounts of his world travels that am I familiar. He makes the point that the poverty and hopelessness he encountered in the south, last year, compares with the worst he has seen in Africa, or any other 3rd world country. It should make you weep for what this country has become.

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    • malthuss April 26, 2016 at 1:19 am #

      compares with the worst he has seen in Africa, —

      USA imports Africa, including some of its worst.

  41. Pucker April 25, 2016 at 10:31 pm #

    According to the book “Devil’s Chessboard”, 1950’s CIA Chief, Allen Dulles’s wife, Mary, was an ambitious feminist type, like Hillary Clinton. In her diary, Mary admitted her penis envy writing: “I want a Penis.”

    • Pucker April 25, 2016 at 10:44 pm #

      “‘Power was my natural element,’ she [Mary] later reflected. ‘I felt as at home in situations of power as a fish did in water.'”

      “The Devil’s Chessboard”

      • Pucker April 25, 2016 at 10:46 pm #

        Hillary is a Mary-Dulles clone—Crazy-as-Fuck!

        • Pucker April 25, 2016 at 11:18 pm #

          Mary Dulles (the wife of 1950’s CIA Chief, Allen Dulles) in her diary once wrote that she had a dream in which she was about to fuck a woman, but realized at the last minute that she couldn’t effect penetration because she was a woman and didn’t have a dick.

          • Janos Skorenzy April 26, 2016 at 12:26 am #

            Yes, tragic. Tragic that she didn’t have an Huma, a moustachioed Arab woman with a Jewish husband she doesn’t like any more. Hil doesn’t like Bill anymore either, not like that. Huma usually answers the phone and wont let Bill talk to her.

          • Pucker April 26, 2016 at 3:37 am #

            Correction: That should be Mary Bancroft, Allen Dulles’s mistress. His wife was Clover Dulles.


  42. beantownbill. April 25, 2016 at 10:58 pm #

    I said before on this site that I didn’t see desperate people in my day-to-day life. I was told by CFNers that was because the Boston area was relatively affluent compared to many areas in the USA. However, that’s not really true – plenty of areas in Eastern Mass. are poor.

    Great disorder, leading to societal breakdown won’t occur until one or more of several things occur:

    1. Much of America begins to starve
    2. A long series of natural disasters strike
    3. A major war against Russia or China, maybe N. Korea
    4. A series of devastating terrorist attacks
    5. A black swan event
    6. Racial warfare

    What will NOT cause breakdown:

    1. Bank bail-ins
    2. Loss of income or savings
    3. Ridiculously high medical costs
    4. Political and corporate corruption and/or ineptitude

    I’m reminded of the ’60’s when there was much anger at the establishment and much civil unrest. Yet no revolution happened and things eventually settled down. Unless some of the above occurs, the same return to order will result. Sure, there’ll maybe much unrest this summer as many people will be disappointed by the political party conventions, but I don’t believe it is the end of America yet.

    By the way, a thank you to Barbieisbest for the birthday greeting. I feel particularly good for soon to be hitting 71.

    • BackRowHeckler April 25, 2016 at 11:35 pm #

      I think the most likely event of your top 6 Bill is war on the Korean Peninsula. NKorea in some respects seems to be China’s Pit Bull, so far kept on a relatively short leash, used to intimidate economic competitors Japan and SKorea. I wonder how long a war in Korea would last? 3 weeks, a month? American forces on the 38th Parallel would initially be overrun, and nearby Seoul destroyed. But I think the allies would recover pretty quickly and that would be the end of NKorea.

      I tend to agree this place has a lot of staying power and will be around a long time yet. It has its ups and downs like anything else. I still have a helluva lot of fun here, pretty much do what I want (within the law). eat good, always got beer on ice at hand, fish, shoot, tend the garden, read anything I want (no books are banned) As far as money goes, it doesn’t bother me there are billionaires around or people who have more than I do. More power to ’em. They leave ma alone, I leave them alone. Live and let live, that’s my motto.

      Speaking of the Korean War, my uncle was a veteran of the first Korean War, 1950-1953, a combat engineer. He passed away late last year and I was recently given a Winchester Model 1894 he bought when he came home in late 1952. Sure enough an investigation of the serial number indicates it was made in New Haven, CT in 1952. They were all hunters back then. A family heirloom.

      Bill, you are a real voice of reason here.


      • beantownbill. April 26, 2016 at 12:08 am #

        Hey, Marlin, it’s great you seem to be leading a good life. Me, too. If people just leave me alone, I’m happy. I try not to let what I see happening around me affect me too much. Live and let live. Doesn’t seem to be too hard to do, but people just can’t help getting into other’s business.

        You’re lucky to be able to have that rifle. All I ever had in my possession from family were letters from the 1930’s my grandmother’s relatives wrote to her from Europe. They suddenly stopped around 1938 and my grandmother never heard from them again. I had great aunts, uncles and cousins I never knew.

        • BackRowHeckler April 26, 2016 at 12:15 am #

          Sorry to hear about your family, Bill.

          From what you wrote its not too hard to figure out what happened to them.


      • Q. Shtik April 26, 2016 at 12:37 am #

        eat [good], always [got] beer on ice at – BRH


        have 😉

        • BackRowHeckler April 26, 2016 at 4:36 am #

          I went to State U, Q,

          Not Princeton


    • wpa_ccc April 26, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

      Nice rational post, beantown. I agree with your lists.

      Have a happy birthday for your 71st!

    • Dumbedup April 26, 2016 at 6:16 pm #

      After thinking about this a little more I don’t think anything political or economic can cause a complete breakdown of the federal government. Not even a combination of two or three from your list at the same time. It will take some arbitrary and repressive act creating some sort of constitutional crisis. That could happen as a result of a series of terrorist acts or perhaps a singular act but sufficient to create a state of emergency. (small nuke blows up in Washington or NY) An invasion would be enough too though I think that highly unlikely in a matter of weeks or even months. That, or an interruption in the food supply, utilities, and widespread rioting and looting (think home invasions on a large scale) might be enough.

  43. Pucker April 25, 2016 at 11:08 pm #

    The popular culture tends to inculcate the myth that Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was a great “Liberation” for the negro. But I get the impression of my reading of the writings of 19th century black intellectuals, Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois, that the slaves in 1863 were not psychologically prepared for Emancipation and that Emancipation and its attendant consequences (disappointment as slavery morphed into serfdom; and the rise of race hatred) were actually quite traumatic psychologically for black people, even to this day.

    • Janos Skorenzy April 26, 2016 at 12:33 am #

      Yes, the South was full of hungry Blacks yearning for their lost masters, beds, and easy lives on the plantation. Meanwhile younger Blacks roamed the land taking what they want and wreaking havoc, violence and death. Thus the Klan arose to protect White lives and property from the insanity caused by the Liberals and Egalitarians via the hapless Black race. Ever have they been a weapon in the hands of others. And ever shall they be.

      • Dumbedup April 26, 2016 at 6:25 pm #

        Slavery was not comfortable – it was repressive, brutal and inhumane. It cannot be honestly discussed in any other terms.

        • Pucker April 26, 2016 at 7:59 pm #

          According to W.E.B DuBois, the relations between the negro servants and the white families in “The Big House” on plantations were often quite close with the black servants emotionally considered part of the family. Emancipation would have been traumatic for them since, in many cases, they would suddenly go from being beloved members of the family to being hated outsiders after the Civil War—the rise of race hatred. The white Southerns likely transferred the bitterness of losing the war to the freed slave. Although the institution of slavery was per se racist, the race hatred only developed after the Civil War.

          According to Booker T. Washington, under slavery, the negro slaves didn’t just pick cotton. The negro slaves basically did all the work, including making the furniture, building the houses, blacksmithing, etc. There was a division of labor favoring negro slaves with trade skills. These trained negroes were hurt badly after the Civil War as Northern skilled whites and European immigrants took their jobs. Booker T. Washington was trying to re-train negroes in trades and wanted the government to protect them from the new competition.

        • Janos Skorenzy April 26, 2016 at 8:02 pm #

          I’m just presenting the other side of it. Northern Factory workers worked harder – and under horrendous conditions. Blacks could rest during the winter. Thus Southern Intellectuals told the North to free their slaves. Beyond this, there was an anti-slavery movement in the South as well. Robert E Lee supported ending slavery for example. It was bad for Whites after all and I believe he felt it was morally wrong to begin with.

          Indentured White workers were worked harder. Why? To get their full money’s worth out of them before the seven years expired. They were given the most dangerous jobs. Blacks were valuable property after all. Degrading? Of course, but again – the other side. A term in the Caribbean sugar plantations was often a death sentence for Whites.

          • AKlein April 27, 2016 at 1:35 pm #

            As I recall, I believe it was Thomas Sowell, the Black economist, who stated that during the early colonial period, the average lifetime of a white European soldier in sub-Saharan Africa was measured in months. Clearly, that area must have a very special ecosystem. Simple survival is apparently a monumental task.

          • michael April 27, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

            there is of course the question what business white European soldiers did have in sub-sharan Africa.

    • malthuss April 26, 2016 at 1:21 am #

      The terrible legacy of slavery, that old saw.

      • Janos Skorenzy April 26, 2016 at 2:59 pm #

        Your cynicism appalls me. We have a duty to take care of Blacks. And in return, they must serve us. Any who will not serve, must face immediate deportation to the tropics, either of Cancer or Capricorn.

        • malthuss April 26, 2016 at 5:53 pm #

          The laziest race now will serve YT?


  44. AHtheHumanity April 26, 2016 at 1:22 am #

    I get the whole “calm before a storm” proverb.
    Now that tax season is over (except for those with extensions) and most people have their returns and the weather is mild…why not splurge it on Vegas or your favorite presidential candidate?
    There’s not much of a difference in those two options, is there?
    Hillary is looking more like a power hungry lunatic every day more delegates start rolling over for her and Trump is priming himself for the biggest bid for Washington D.C. real estate in his life…are you ready to rumble? We can discuss men and women and birds and bees, too. Trump is for protecting Ms. U.S.A and Hillary is uplifting women’s suffrage to never before seen heights. An alpha male vs. an alpha female…can’t get much better than that. Like in nature, someone is going to be destroyed,not just lose, and maybe Kunstler is on to something when it comes to the fantasies proposed by his party.

  45. tucsonspur April 26, 2016 at 2:07 am #

    I can’t keep up with him. Cruz is back in the lube pit and just pulled the drain plug while standing under it, covering himself, the political process, and the RNC with 40W gunk.

    Ooze and Cruz, jacket and tie don’t hide the lie!

    With Cruz, the strutting kakapo Kasich tries the old kibosh!
    Katzenjammer Kasich!

    A stupendous, yapping ego that must turn huge loss into big win.

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  46. FincaInTheMountains April 26, 2016 at 5:11 am #

    The morning sun never lasts a day

    Financial and economic globalization, covering the entire globe except, perhaps, three or four areas, has reached its limits, along with financial system that used to serve it.

    And so, after the phase of Globalization “inhalation”, that drew into this system almost all countries and peoples under the shadow of the WTO and the dollar, comes the “exhalation” – polarization and fragmentation into currency and trade zones.

    Shakespeare, the 400th anniversary of the death is being commemorated these days, expressed everything that happens in the simple words: “Nothing lasts forever …”

    Globalization is complete. Ahead – regionalization and polarization.

    The crisis of the financial system, by the way, shows the way, in which, it seems, there is nothing that could save the current system. That’s why “negative bank rates” – for someone – refined, and for many, on the contrary, – desperate attempts to use one of the extreme instruments so that the global financial system would not collapse sooner than the “Masters of the Money” could come up with “What to do next?”

    For centuries – centuries! – Bank lending rate was a “sacred cow” of the world financial system. And now no more!

  47. FincaInTheMountains April 26, 2016 at 10:05 am #

    In those days,
    When civilization kicked us in the face
    The vultures built in the shadow of their talons
    The blood stained monument of tutelage…

    Senegalese poet David Diop. “Vultures”.

    In today’s postcolonial world, a new historical narrative is emerging. A profound resentment against the West and its colonial legacy in Muslim countries and beyond is being used to justify their sense of deprivation and denial of self-dignity.


  48. venuspluto67 April 26, 2016 at 10:15 am #

    Hillary Clinton’s professional trolls are at it again!

    Pro-Bernie-Sanders social media groups shut down by Hillary Clinton supporters

  49. elysianfield April 26, 2016 at 10:52 am #

    Was watching a movie yesterday…”Eastern Promises”…largely involving the Russian Mafia in London. A gesture was made by one of the Russians…two fingers in a “V”, first pointing to, and touching, either side of his “Adam’s Apple”, and thence a single finger pointing to his soon-to-be victim. Is this gesture common in Russia? What is the meaning of such a gesture? The gesture was vaguely sinister….

    • FincaInTheMountains April 26, 2016 at 11:13 am #

      I am watching you


    • FincaInTheMountains April 26, 2016 at 11:15 am #

      Does Robert De Niro looks like a Russian Mafia type ?

      • elysianfield April 26, 2016 at 7:14 pm #

        De Niro’s gesture was different than described… and as for him looking like Russian Mafia… No, he would need more ink…Slave of Stalin on his forehead, etc. He was closer to the ideal in the movie Cape Fear.

  50. malthuss April 26, 2016 at 11:56 am #


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  51. Frankiti April 26, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

    The immigration battle is beyond a lost cause.
    First off, we now have a country not worth caring about.
    The so-called “warrior class” no longer has a country, way-of-life, or leadership (elected or uniformed), worth fighting for. You’d have to be a complete idiot, or completely desperate, to sign-up to serve at this point.

    Really, what’s the point fighting for corporations, 1%ers, and illegal aliens who don’t want, or have, to serve?

    Yet, all of this is a desired result. Break down the borders in politics, laws, and finally, mind. The open borders goal of neoliberalism is spreading throughout the world. Nationalism is a hate word in Obama’s, Soros’, the UN’s, the IMF’s, and Brussels’ world. Protecting borders, languages, and cultures is protectionist, xenophobic, and reactionary. No wonder why the Catalans are viewed as embarrassing aberrations. They should not be doing this!

    As i’ve said many times in the past, the passport is merely a key on a keychain. Some have more than others. Another interesting habit that I’ve picked-up from the neoliberal globalist set, is the habit of now calling the place where someone was born as “the country where they were born” as opposed to referring to the person as Ghanan, Argentinian, Venezuelan. It’s the latest attempt to diminish the importance of country of birth and original citizenship. Subtle and powerful.

    Brazil’s present is America’s future. It’s too late to stop the samba.

    • seawolf77 April 26, 2016 at 2:09 pm #

      You are correct. But it is much more subtle than what you think. It is a chemical attack on the population, a psychological attack on the population, and an instigated civil war. First off sugar has utterly destroyed America. It’s debilitating effects are so profound, I really believe it is the most destructive force in the universe. The drugs we then ingest to relieve the symptoms of sugar toxicity make things even worse, the worst being the serotonin inhibitors. Then we are fed violence in sports and movies, porn in the internet and movies, and finally guns like crazy. The net result is a society on the verge of self immolation.

  52. wpa_ccc April 26, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

    The immigration battle is beyond a lost cause.
    First off, we now have a country not worth caring about.
    The so-called “warrior class” no longer has a country, way-of-life, or leadership (elected or uniformed), worth fighting for.

    Immigrations is a net-positive. Many immigrants are contributing more and working harder than some meth-addled white native-born.

    I still care about the USA and love my country. Sorry you don’t.

    The so-called “warrior class” should be reduced by half. The DoD has over one million active military and is the largest, most wasteful (with billions unaccounted for), bureaucracy we have. We could cut our military by 50% and reinvest the trillions saved over the years to rebuild infrastructure to benefit all of us.

    • wpa_ccc April 26, 2016 at 12:53 pm #

      The immigration battle is beyond a lost cause.

      I agree with this, Frankiti. Millions of “illegals” prove this.

      So, don’t waste any more money on border patrol or building walls. We need to welcome immigrants, make them citizens, and benefit from their moxie to make our (white-minority) country even greater.

  53. wpa_ccc April 26, 2016 at 12:59 pm #

    Here is an interesting look at Trump and the Military.


  54. mastman23 April 26, 2016 at 1:21 pm #

    We have all seen the “Will work for Food” and the “Will work for Beer” T shirts now they may be for real very soon. Obama just took two weeks off from golfing and mega vacations to meet with Janet Yellen in private and then flew to the Kingdom in Saudi Arabia. Something is up and it “ain’t” nice FOLKS

  55. wpa_ccc April 26, 2016 at 2:02 pm #

    If Trump becomes president, it would be the first time in the history of the United States to have a president elected with ZERO political and/or military experience. We are in uncharted waters with the boat sinking, but don’t worry, Donald Trump will save us by drilling holes in the boat to let the water out! And he will make the sharks pay for it.

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    • Buck Stud April 27, 2016 at 12:33 am #

      “If Trump becomes president”…LMAO, still using your “Bernie Math” calculator wpa!

  56. dweebus April 26, 2016 at 2:54 pm #


    A wonderful essay once again. However, rather than malevolent toad-queens or bullfrog warlords, I would submit that the political establishment is much like Mr. Toad, gaily playing with his gypsy wagon or motorcar (Poop! Poop!) oblivious to the crushing realities bearing down upon us.

    Oh Trump has hit upon the trade and immigration issue. Ms. Hillary has hit upon the authoritarian tendencies. But both are gagillionaires and have no understanding of daily life amongst the wage class as it really is. Nor do they care!

    Of the two, Trump may (stress the may) have e stronger pull.

    But at the end of the day, they will race the motorcar around a blind curve and careen off the cliff. (Poop! Poop!)

    Then you have the Stoats (Cruz) and the sensible Ratty (Kasich) and of course dear old Mole (Sanders) idealistic for a bygone age.

    Where the hell is Mr. Badger? We need him, in his down at heel slippers, ready to do what needs done. Badger is conspicuously absent. This does not bode well for the future of the Republic.

    Meanwhile storm clouds gather and the River swells.

    • Janos Skorenzy April 26, 2016 at 3:02 pm #

      Trump is Badger! He is the Blue Collar Billionaire. He talks like us at home, but he can put on the Ritz. I admit he may well betray us, but he already done great good nonetheless.

      If he tries to be true at all, we will reelect him. Most of us know he wont be able to do everything he is saying.

      He is not the One we have been waiting for, not the Man on the White Horse, but he may be a forerunner, a Herald of Coming Good.

      • dweebus April 26, 2016 at 3:13 pm #

        At least you caught the reference! :).

        Mr. Badger never put on the Ritz. Trump is no Badger. All sound and fury, signifying nothing. Badger told it as it was, in his down at heel slippers, fed you and clothed you when lost in the dark forest in winter, scolded you for losing Toad Hall to the Stoats through foolishness, then kicked a little ass as needed.

        Alas, Badger is still in hiding. May we find him soon!

        • Florida Power April 26, 2016 at 4:00 pm #

          Re Trump-as-Toad, or Mr. Toad:

          Recall when the stoats and weasels kidnapped him, he drove them nuts with flowery mindless oratory on Toads Through The Ages and etc, such that they marked down the ransom successively until finally giving him back to rat, mole and badger.

          Mr. Trump drives the weasels insane with his, well, not flowery oratory exactly, but similar.

          Our host used to comment on the badger (or was it wolverine?) on Trump’s head. Not so much anymore.

          Life imitates Art.

          • wpa_ccc April 26, 2016 at 5:15 pm #

            Our host used to comment on the badger (or was it wolverine?) on Trump’s head. Not so much anymore.” –FloridaPower

            Alas! There is so much time left before November!

            Do not despair of our host’s willingness to comment on the short-fingered vulgarian. All in due time. All in due time.

          • dweebus April 26, 2016 at 5:40 pm #

            I had forgotten Toads through the ages…priceless. Lol.

          • Janos Skorenzy April 26, 2016 at 9:05 pm #

            Trump has swept all five primaries – with huge margins. There will be no contested election. He is the future president of these once united states.

  57. MisterDarling April 26, 2016 at 9:08 pm #

    “DON’T HATE the Player, hate the Game” is the saying that came to mind when our illustrious host wrote these words:

    “If only Trump could speak clearly about these issues instead of simply issuing crude and rather dumb threats.”-J H K.

    Yes, I agree – it would be better IF he could “speak clearly about these issues” to his public, but where would he find a swathe of the public broad enough to help elect him in these United States of America, circa 2016 AD? Therein lies the rub eh, Mister Kunstler?

    It’s no great mystery who hopes and prays most fervently for Trumps Ascendance. Now – thanks to IT and highly developed data-mining software – we have these people cleanly quantified:


    The vanguard of Trump’s Vanguard is the same demographic slice of America that’s dying off. So why should we be surprised that they’re throwing themselves into this election like their lives and livelihoods depend on it? It does.

    This is what happens when another chunk of the populace gets chucked under the bus. Expect ‘externalities’…



    • Q. Shtik April 26, 2016 at 9:22 pm #

      Please stop interrupting, I’m trying to hear what Ms Pants Suit has to say.

      Oh wow, the camera just swung over to hubby Bill with his smiling mouth hanging half open as always. This is so exciting!

    • Janos Skorenzy April 26, 2016 at 11:24 pm #

      Here is what America fought for in WW2 and today again in the Middle East.


      A Black African Muslim judge didn’t like what he has to say. Remember “the free world”? What an obscene joke all that is now. Obviously a Black African Muslim cannot be French much less a judge.

  58. wpa_ccc April 26, 2016 at 10:57 pm #

    During this awful lull I recommend the movie: Where to Invade Next..

    Especially for those who live in the USA.

    Where to Invade Next

    • otheym April 27, 2016 at 1:21 pm #

      Jim, I used to read Hunter Thompson and Joe Bageant when they were alive. Now I read you and Lionel. You guys are very good at skewering the establishment. I also think George Carlin would have a few comments to make if he were still alive. keep it up.

  59. Q. Shtik April 26, 2016 at 11:07 pm #

    Trump has swept all five primaries – with huge margins. There will be no contested election. He is the future president of these once united states. – Janos


    My wife says “THAT’S IT” we’re putting the house up for sale tomorrow and moving to Iceland.

    • Sticks-of-TNT April 27, 2016 at 12:23 am #

      You are REALLY going to have trouble with the spelling over there.

      Other than that, looks like a fine country.


      • Cold N. Holefield April 27, 2016 at 8:56 am #

        THAT was funny.

        Q. Shtik, maybe you can compromise and settle on a cruise to Iceland.

  60. Pucker April 26, 2016 at 11:30 pm #

    Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 “freed” the negro slaves as a matter of law. But socially, culturally, psychologically they were still slaves. And slaves are not economically competitive in a non-slave economy. Hence, the post-Civil War default to serfdom. This was the practical reality that Booker T. Washington was trying to confront.

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  61. tucsonspur April 26, 2016 at 11:47 pm #

    Cruz just took it up the ass!

    Trump, not giving in to pressure to be more presidential, already has his campaign slogan;

    “Balls, not pussy!”

    • Buck Stud April 27, 2016 at 12:29 am #

      Feeling a little more confident about your guy Trump, eh Tuscan? As you should of course. I’m with Janos on this: no contested convention at this point.

      • tucsonspur April 27, 2016 at 12:35 am #

        Bingo Buck, but my God, think of it, Cruz taking it up the ass in the lube pit, I don’t mean to offend, but Jesus…..

        • Janos Skorenzy April 27, 2016 at 2:38 am #

          Yes, one is reminded of the Battle of the Kings in the Old Testament – four against five with the losers pushed into the slime pits. This debacle may have been pre-figured during the that debate when Cruz ate a booger that had magically appeared on his lip. Trump has not used this against him, but it was there for all to see and it’s inner significance may now be apparent. Somethings are too much even for Trump to use. But Kasich’s gustatory glee? Fair game.

          Meanwhile F Chuck (Todd) is beating his breast about how the alliance was made too late to stop Trump. If I may channel Q, Fuck you and your yoga (union), Chuck. That and a dollar fifty will get you a ride on the elevated in New York. Careful you don’t get mugged, preppie.

  62. Pucker April 26, 2016 at 11:54 pm #

    A persistent theme of black history since the Civil War has been the appeal for economic protectionism (and its variant “Affirmative Action”) to protect black labor, which the blacks themselves have always recognized as not competitive. The Peculiar Institution of Slavery was basically Production Quotas enforced by whipping + Protectionism. The negro slaves were in fact “Slaves”, which by definition cannot compete outside the confines of slavery. In the global knowledge-based economy confronting accelerating computer automation and robotics, black people are totally screwed Big Time unless the US collapses into some form of Communism. Total Freak Show!

  63. Buck Stud April 27, 2016 at 12:23 am #

    I’ve been absent for a spell because wpa’s “Bernie math” had me scratching my head. But then I forgot to factor in Asoka’s mention of “the fucking indictment!”:


    • Janos Skorenzy April 27, 2016 at 1:17 am #

      Your old gal needs to be wearing that orange pants suit, yo.

  64. Janos Skorenzy April 27, 2016 at 1:20 am #


    Cooperate with the Monitors. We are here to serve Hu-Man-I-Ty. We are not gods and we don’t seek worship – only cooperation. Help us to help you.

  65. toktomi April 27, 2016 at 2:28 am #

    Word number 10 in this weeks post: “Hillary”


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  66. Janos Skorenzy April 27, 2016 at 2:49 am #

    One dreams of the lost land of Lyonesse, with its drowned churches who bells ring fathoms deep.

    And of the lost city of Ys, with its magicians who failed to forsee the treachery that delivered the keys of the sea gates to the enemy, allowing the sea to overwhelm it in one night.

    Trump is just the boy with his finger in the dike. But the dark tide of color is rising and he cannot stop it. In any case, these civilizations went their way in water as we shall go our way in fire. Nothing else can save the remnant of our people so that some day they can start again.

    • Pucker April 27, 2016 at 3:42 am #


  67. Pucker April 27, 2016 at 4:00 am #

    If the kind of black person that Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois were describing in their writings in the late 19th century describes a negro Slave, then a negro Slave would be a black person who is shiftless, uneducated, disinterested in education, polygamous, improvident, very emotional, irrational, passionately religious, superstitious, loyal, and dogmatic, who seeks protection and guardianship from a strong father-figure, and who is extremely egalitarian. This basically describes Reverend Jim Jones and the People’s Temple cult, which was 80% black.

  68. Pucker April 27, 2016 at 4:03 am #

    Reverend Jim Jones was a demagogue who was just pushing all of the emotional buttons of poor blacks.

  69. Pucker April 27, 2016 at 6:29 am #

    [America Goes Bat Shit Crazy]

    Reverend Jim Jones:

    “God is a Socialist Worker!”

    Black and young white female congregation: “Amen!”


  70. FincaInTheMountains April 27, 2016 at 8:43 am #

    “because wpa’s “Bernie math” had me scratching my head” == Buck

    You have to give it to Hillary, she charges ahead like Ivan-on-the-tank.

    But I still stick to my notion that the math is going to be the last thing that decides the Democratic primaries.


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    • Sticks-of-TNT April 27, 2016 at 9:43 am #

      That’s great.

      MIGHT* makes right!


      * “Like Ivan-on-the-tank”

  71. Cold N. Holefield April 27, 2016 at 9:01 am #

    Q. Shtik: Oh wow, the camera just swung over to hubby Bill with his smiling mouth hanging half open as always. This is so exciting!

    How ’bout his zipper — was it half open too? Or maybe it was open all the way — The Green Light Special with a sign that says Open For Business.

    If she becomes the next POTUS, imagine all the cash The Foundation will ultimately collect after her term — or maybe even during her term considering the law doesn’t apply to The Clintons? I’m guessing billions of dollars when it’s all said and done.

    Isn’t this System great? God Bless America!!

    • Doug April 27, 2016 at 5:58 pm #

      We need to eliminate 99% of the NSA and it’s spying on Americans and just focus the remaining 1% of that staff to monitor our politicians and any elected officials. They should monitor every communication (written or phone or texts) and any and all financial transactions done by any government official or elected office-holder including judges. In short, we need to thoroughly spy on all politicians and disclose how they are getting wealthy as a result of being in office.

      Hillary Clinton has amassed $100 million by her using her office for financial gain. This should be illegal if it isn’t already. She’s a grifter of massive proportions.

  72. Cold N. Holefield April 27, 2016 at 9:07 am #

    Trump kicks ass and still, The MSM, every channel, has to downplay it. He kicked fucking ass, and in my book, when someone kicks ass, you give credit where credit is due.

    I agree with Janos and Finca, it looks like The Republican Establishment probably won’t have a contested convention. Cruz & Kasich have ruined their political careers.

    The only option left for The Establishment is assassination. I wouldn’t count it out. The how would be the question. Michelle Fields was a trial run of how easy it is to get to him. But, it could be the plane since they ran an article not long ago about how he has neglected it, so when “mechanical failure” occurs it will be blamed on his greed and cutting corners.

    • FincaInTheMountains April 27, 2016 at 9:25 am #

      And whom they’re gonna wack this time?

  73. FincaInTheMountains April 27, 2016 at 9:15 am #

    “De Niro’s gesture was different than described” == elysianfield

    Ah, you mean this:


    That signifies that:


    Could only find Hollywood interpretation of the gesture, guess in Russia nobody survived it to tell the tale or post a selfie.

    • elysianfield April 28, 2016 at 11:03 am #

      Pitchforkski? Sorry, I do not speak Russian.

  74. FincaInTheMountains April 27, 2016 at 10:08 am #

    Complete lack of interest in the victory of Hillary Clinton on the part of mass media.

    Well, she won in four states, well, she increased her lead over Sanders by a hundred delegates, so what? The desired majority, even with the super-delegates, who can at any time switch to Sanders, she did not reach, and everyone knew after New York that she is able to forge the results of the primaries.

    Big deal!

    Already since Sunday all commentators are worried only about one thing: whether Sanders will put forward his candidacy as an independent if Hillary becomes the nominee of the Democratic Party.

    So now the big question, Madame Secretary, whether you could falsify the results of the National elections the way you did the Democratic Primaries.

    Now, Madam Secretary, you will have to bury with your own hands what remains of the Democratic Party. And your plan in regards to your people in the Republican Party, too, turned out to be a bluff, because now Trump will have enough time before November to put everybody in line.

    The more that you, Madam Secretary, yesterday in anticipation of your victory in a very rude manner rejected the generous offer of Koçh brothers to kiss you up you know where.

    Pride is a bad counselor.

  75. FincaInTheMountains April 27, 2016 at 10:18 am #

    And here also comes into play the “National Interest”, which has for long time published some nonsense about that the Russian army, “though weaker than the US, but not so bad”.

    But last week they straight in a batch began to publish articles with such headlines:

    These Russian Nukes Are Better Than America’s

    How Russia’s Edge in Electronic Warfare Could ‘Ground’ the U.S. Air Force

    America’s F-22 Raptor Stealth Fighter Is a Killer (But it Can Be Defeated)

    And this is not a picture on the TV. This is called a change in the military-strategic balance and if American elites somehow have to explain it to voters, including those who are eager to see how Hillary Clinton will punish Putin for bad behavior having very little or no interest in how Putin will punish them for their love for Hillary Clinton.

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  76. Q. Shtik April 27, 2016 at 10:19 am #

    This comes from within one of Janos’s links. What say you wpa??


    • wpa_ccc April 27, 2016 at 12:21 pm #

      Hi, my name is Adolf Hitler and I am a racist. I know I am a racist because the liberal media say I am a racist. Why? Because I love my culture, my people, my country and I know we cannot cope with or coexist with the Jews.

  77. fodase April 27, 2016 at 10:43 am #

    My wife says “THAT’S IT” we’re putting the house up for sale tomorrow and moving to Iceland.

    Lived there for many years, you could do much worse. Everyone speaks perfect English.

    Cold and dreary, however, so better get used to it.

    Let me know if you need help with real estate, I can tell you which areas are nicest.

    Imagine Q meeting my relatives in Iceland….

    “Yeah, I’ve never met Welles but he referred me…”

    All you need, bro, a Trump supporter has your back.

    • Doug April 27, 2016 at 5:52 pm #

      Good luck in getting a visa for permanent residency.

  78. Q. Shtik April 27, 2016 at 11:15 am #

    Two have returned from MIA:

    Buck Stud

    Welcome back guys.

  79. Q. Shtik April 27, 2016 at 11:23 am #

    In Trump’s post-vote speech Christie stood at his near right shoulder. What do you think, will CC be his VP choice?

    • wpa_ccc April 27, 2016 at 12:23 pm #

      I would love that choice! That would assure a Bernie victory.

  80. wpa_ccc April 27, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

    Yes, Q, you need to go to Iceland. Listen to your wife. Iceland is more matriarchal and feminist friendly… something you need to see and experience. More sex, less argument.

    Iceland had Europe’s first female president, and the world’s first democratically elected female president.


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  81. wpa_ccc April 27, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

    To Buck Stud:

    “WASHINGTON (JTA) – The combative tone in Bernie Sanders’ campaign statements faded on Tuesday evening to a softer pitch of suasion.

    “I congratulate Secretary Clinton on her victories tonight, and I look forward to issue-oriented campaigns in the 14 contests to come,” Sanders’ statement began after his rival for the Democratic presidential nod, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, rolled to victories in four of the five states in play that day.

    Prior to the statement, Clinton had “applauded” Sanders and his causes, signifying a party ready to rally toward the general election and a likely contest between Clinton and Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner who swept the five primaries on Tuesday.

    Aides to Sanders, the Independent senator from Vermont, in recent days had presaged a “reassessment” of the campaign should Clinton perform well in the Tuesday contests. Sanders’ statement encapsulated what “reassessment” looks like going forward, in effect acknowledging that Clinton is the likely candidate while remaining in the race to influence the shape of the Democratic Party in years to come.

    “This campaign is going to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia with as many delegates as possible to fight for a progressive party platform that calls for a $15 an hour minimum wage, an end to our disastrous trade policies, a Medicare-for-all health care system, breaking up Wall Street financial institutions, ending fracking in our country, making public colleges and universities tuition free, and passing a carbon tax so we can effectively address the planetary crisis of climate change,” Sanders said.”

  82. wpa_ccc April 27, 2016 at 1:43 pm #

    “I agree with Janos and Finca, it looks like The Republican Establishment probably won’t have a contested convention.” –Cold

    Might Cruz’s pick of Fiorina as VP hurt Trump’s delegate wins for the rest of the race, especially in California?

    • Being There April 28, 2016 at 2:47 pm #

      Carly’s a loooooza. She’s a liar like Cruz and she’s mediocre at best. She was fired from HP and has not won and election yet, and believe me she’s tried.
      She was singing a little tune to Cruz’ daughter which makes her sound more like his au pair then a running mate.
      My suggestion to the elite: Stop playing too cleaver by half games, none of it works, cuz everyone hates Cruz. Even Boehner!
      Zippity Doo Dah!!

  83. pequiste April 27, 2016 at 1:47 pm #

    Just think: the extremely perverted and creepy, former Speaker of the House (that would be second-in-line from the presidency) is going to get his just desserts with a 15 month federal prison sentence for his predilection for the pubescent. I hope he will meet up with some inmate constituents who know how to show a newbie kiddie sex offender convict a “fabulous” time.

    On a positive note: the made-for-TV melodrama will star Drew Carey as the disgraced and putrid pedophile politician .

  84. Janos Skorenzy April 27, 2016 at 2:22 pm #

    Pat. There is more to be said, but not by such as you. Only National Socialists can correct and amend Pat, no one else. Godless Commies, Homos, and Eskimos have brought low this great land.

    In a recent column Dennis Prager made an acute observation.

    “The vast majority of leading conservative writers … have a secular outlook on life. … They are unaware of the disaster that godlessness in the West has led to.”

    These secular conservatives may think that “America can survive the death of God and religion,” writes Prager, but they are wrong.
    And, indeed, the last half-century seems to bear him out.

    A people’s religion, their faith, creates their culture, and their culture creates their civilization. And when faith dies, the culture dies, the civilization dies, and the people begin to die.

    Is this not the recent history of the West?

    Today, no great Western nation has a birthrate that will prevent the extinction of its native-born. By century’s end, other peoples and other cultures will have largely repopulated the Old Continent.

    European Man seems destined to end like the 10 lost tribes of Israel — overrun, assimilated and disappeared.

    And while the European peoples — Russians, Germans, Brits, Balts — shrink in number, the U.N. estimates that the population of Africa will double in 34 years to well over 2 billion people.

    What happened to the West?

    As G. K. Chesterton wrote, when men cease to believe in God, they do not then believe in nothing, they believe in anything.

    As European elites ceased to believe in Christianity, they began to convert to ideologies, to what Dr. Russell Kirk called “secular religions.”

    For a time, these secular religions — Marxism-Leninism, fascism, Nazism — captured the hearts and minds of millions. But almost all were among the gods that failed in the 20th century.

    Now Western Man embraces the newer religions: egalitarianism, democratism, capitalism, feminism, One Worldism, environmentalism.

    These, too, give meaning to the lives of millions, but these, too, are inadequate substitutes for the faith that created the West.

    For they lack what Christianity gave man — a cause not only to live for, and die for, but a moral code to live by, with the promise that, at the end a life so lived, would come eternal life. Islam, too, holds out that promise.

    Secularism, however, has nothing on offer to match that hope.

    Looking back over the centuries, we see what faith has meant.

    When, after the fall of the Roman Empire, the West embraced Christianity as a faith superior to all others, as its founder was the Son of God, the West went on to create modern civilization, and then went out and conquered most of the known world.

    The truths America has taught the world, of an inherent human dignity and worth, and inviolable human rights, are traceable to a Christianity that teaches that every person is a child of God.

    Today, however, with Christianity virtually dead in Europe and slowly dying in America, Western culture grows debased and decadent, and Western civilization is in visible decline.

    Rudyard Kipling prophesied all this in “Recessional”:

    “Far-called our navies melt away; On dune and headland sinks the fire: Lo, all our pomp of yesterday/Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!”

    All the Western empires are gone, and the children of once-subject peoples cross the Mediterranean to repopulate the mother countries, whose native-born have begun to age, shrink and die.

    Since 1975, only two European nations, Muslim Albania and Iceland have maintained a birthrate sufficient to keep their peoples alive.

    Given the shrinking populations inside Europe and the waves of immigrants rolling in from Africa and the Middle and Near East, an Islamic Europe seems to be in the cards before the end of the century.

    Vladimir Putin, who witnessed the death of Marxism-Leninism up close, appears to understand the cruciality of Christianity to Mother Russia, and seeks to revive the Orthodox Church and write its moral code back into Russian law.

    And what of America, “God’s country”?

    With Christianity excommunicated from her schools and public life for two generations, and Old and New Testament teachings rejected as a basis of law, we have witnessed a startlingly steep social decline.

    Since the 1960s, America has set new records for abortions, violent crimes, incarcerations, drug consumption. While HIV/AIDS did not appear until the 1980s, hundreds of thousands have perished from it, and millions now suffer from it and related diseases.

    Forty percent of U.S. births are out of wedlock. For Hispanics, the illegitimacy rate is over 50 percent; for African-Americans, it’s over 70 percent.

    Test scores of U.S. high school students fall annually and approach parity with Third World countries.
    Suicide is a rising cause of death for middle-aged whites.

    Secularism seems to have no answer to the question, “Why not?”

    “How small, of all that human hearts endure, That part which laws or kings can cause or cure,” wrote Samuel Johnson.

    Secular conservatives may have remedies for some of America’s maladies. But, as Johnson observed, no secular politics can cure the sickness of the soul of the West — a lost faith that appears irretrievable.

    • pequiste April 27, 2016 at 2:54 pm #

      Poignant presented prose Janos.

      Unfortunately I must agree with you that the vacuity of Western Civilization will be filled with the debased “isms,” cultures. and religions of the worst the world has to offer. Nature abhors a vacuum. Unless the decline is stopped quickly and the Yzlamik and African invasion of Europe and North America halted, by whatever extraordinary means are necessary, and the West allowed to slowly slide to a reduced population equilibrium, our proverbial goose is cooked.

      • messianicdruid April 28, 2016 at 9:35 am #

        Dueteronomy 28 writ large.

        ( we must recognize the difference between churchianity and CHRISTianity – I’m convinced many do and thus abhor “organized” religion)

    • malthuss April 27, 2016 at 9:46 pm #

      Janos trusts a Jew on talk radio? Wonders never cease.
      I find him a bore. 20? years ago he predicted ‘Race War’ but I guess he didnt give us a date for the war.

      • Janos Skorenzy April 28, 2016 at 3:39 am #

        No, this is a piece by Buchanan. He’s the one quoting Prager, if that’s the guy you’re talking about. I probably wasn’t clear enough. The first two sentences are mind and then it’s all Pat.

        Here is a review of Black “Hamilton”. King George is the only White.


        • malthuss April 30, 2016 at 12:47 am #

          That absurd ‘Negro Worship’ play? I wont even click the link.
          History is rewritten as herstory.

          Viva feminism as well.

  85. wpa_ccc April 27, 2016 at 2:51 pm #

    “And what of America, “God’s country”? … in startling steep decline” –Janos

    My, what a weak white God you have who cannot defend your great western civilization from the colored people and “have brought low this great land.” /sarcasm off

    Forty percent of U.S. births are out of wedlock.

    And a 50 to 60% divorce rate for those whites who marry.

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    • Janos Skorenzy April 27, 2016 at 6:41 pm #

      You are one of the Serpent Men. Also known as Cainities, Kenites, or Edomites. You will be pushed into the slime pits at the Edge of Existence. Indeed the skids will be greased for you – an express ticket to your father in hell.

    • basil April 28, 2016 at 8:14 am #

      any poll, survey, or estimate shows that a majority of americans claim adherence to the Christian faith. that means many or most of the divorces and out-of-wedlock births in America are experienced by professed Christians (Hispanics, by the way, are notoriously devout). the current brutality surrounding the middle east is clearly based on the ongoing battle between islam and judeo/Christianity. religion may provide a common thread for various cultures, but it solves few problems, and creates many.

    • messianicdruid April 28, 2016 at 9:46 am #

      You don’t get it, it is the kingdom of God vs. western civilization ( the counterfeit ). Repent ( change mind ) or perish.

      • basil April 28, 2016 at 12:50 pm #

        I get it. I repented (changed mind) 42 years ago and base my thinking on the tangible rather than the supernatural. obviously, western civilization could use a lot of help, but calling on the spirit world hasn’t really worked.

        • messianicdruid April 28, 2016 at 2:05 pm #

          Can you name a “religion”, club, society, trust, corporation, governing body, senate, congress, house that upholds the ten commandments – for example.?

          “Calling on the spirit” would entail this primary objective, and cannot be denied…

          • basil April 28, 2016 at 2:16 pm #

            artful distraction is a requirement for a successful religion. in other words, I don’t see how your latest post reinforces your position in this matter.

          • messianicdruid April 29, 2016 at 12:34 am #

            You allege that someone has “called on the spirit” and nothing happened. Praying according to God’s will would seem, to me, to be a good way to get a prayer answered.

            If christians are following ( obeying ) other g-o-d-s ( rulemakers ) why is it the Creators fault if they reap what they sow?

            Responsibility for the law-less-ness ( 1 John 3:4 ) should be correctly attributed and dealt with by those claiming leadership.

          • basil April 29, 2016 at 8:08 am #

            you are mostly correct in your first assertion. I stated that “calling on the spirit WORLD” has not really worked. there is a difference in semantics. we are discussing the proverbial apples and oranges, anyway. you are speaking from a purely supernatural aspect, which I do not acknowledge. I have been surrounded my entire life by well-meaning people (many of whom I dearly love) who pray sincerely and consistently. events have occurred as they would have with or without millions of prayers. I reiterate: calling on the spirit world has not really worked.

          • messianicdruid April 30, 2016 at 11:53 am #

            Your “tangible” is getting pretty tangled by myopia.

      • michael April 28, 2016 at 5:37 pm #

        I also must urge you all to repent at the earliest convenience and please indulge me to bear my witness:

        I used to be undecided but certain pronunciations from the good book are spot on:

        “let there be light”: check, Big Bang, pure radiation event.

        “…in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, …” (Timoths 2, 3:2), check, everywhere in evidence.

        Now even the
        Mark of the Beast is now making its appearance.

        The first report was from a Danish brothel, where a near field communication chip implanted in
        the biceps (an early manifestation) upgrades the customer to VIP status.

        More ominously recently it was promoted on the radio station of the local provincial government (a propaganda organ). The female reporter had such a chip implanted in her _hand_ (!) and reported favourably about the ease with which commercial transactions are enabled by merely passing the hand over various sensors.

        Now this implantation must have required a cut of at least a third of an inch and knowing how much women love to have their hands mutilated we can infer that the Beast was already able to bring considerable pressure to bear on this unfortunate individual.

        Surely you have already noticed that War on Cash has been declared in Europe. It soon will no longer be possible to buy or sell
        unless beeing a bearer of the Mark, exactly as decribed.

        This seals it for me. Hope you will repent also.

        • elysianfield April 28, 2016 at 7:40 pm #

          I don’t know about repenting, but how can I get one of those Danish VIP chips…?

  86. FincaInTheMountains April 27, 2016 at 3:55 pm #

    Completeness of Trump victory

    This was not expected. The plan to arrange a contested Convention failed and although Trump can not be considered a nominee just yet, but you have to admit that all intrigues against him lead to the opposite results, and it is a scientific fact, confirmed by numerous experiments.

    Trump is an agent of Mystic-Meteorological Factor, in the sense that his appearance on the stage is a miracle, or rather a series of miracles.

    He did not want it, did not expect, but when he heard a Voice commanding him to get up and go to Nineveh, got up and went, no questions asked.

  87. tucsonspur April 27, 2016 at 4:22 pm #

    Cruz, that saponaceous snake, getting things bass ackwards after suffering severe anal abrasions, reaches for his lubricant, ky Fiorina.

  88. wpa_ccc April 27, 2016 at 5:03 pm #

    On to California with Bernie!

    “Mr. Sanders said he planned to move a number of staff members to California, where he hoped to hold rallies for “hundreds of thousands” of people in cities across that state.

    “California will have the most staff,” Mr. Sanders said. “Symbolically and in terms of delegates, if we can win the largest state in this country, that will send a real message to the American people and to the delegates that this is a campaign that is moving in the direction it should.” (NYT, April 27, 2016)

    Bernie & Tulsi 2016

    Bernie & Tulsi 2016! (first Jewish/Hindu ticket in the history of the USA)

    • Sticks-of-TNT April 29, 2016 at 10:20 am #

      “Vote Bern-Tu the Jew-du 2016!”

  89. tucsonspur April 27, 2016 at 5:17 pm #

    Previously, Casualobserver mentioned that he had made his first trip to Las Vegas, and his comments were much to be expected. After his observations he said, “we’re so fucked!” I had to laugh in appreciation.

    Las Vegas can be garish and gaudy, even grotesque. One of the most improbable of cities, like the spring, it “breeds lilacs out of a dead land”. And like April, it can be cruel.

    Daytime exposes the ugly whore, and if you’re a loser, the burning sun seems to brand you with your own depression, and the busy, bright boulevard becomes as lonely as the grave. But night time brings the neon, and more dreams of magic carpet rides on hundred dollar bills.

    Anthony Bourdain visited and examined the city’s contradictions and attractions, not the least of which was food. And what food. At the end of his show he at least gave a nod to the water crisis.

    I’ve been there many times, and I enjoy the contrasts. The highs and lows, the rich and poor, the greedy and the giving. Like in Atlantic City, ugly at times, but not sterile.

    See hundreds of reincarnations of Aphrodite and Adonis parading through the clubs and casinos, apparently with no imperfections of the flesh or curvature of the body.

    True, the oasis in the desert has become an orgy in the desert, an offshoot of the larger orgy on mother earth itself. Las Vegas mocks, parodies and emulates the human condition. If the time comes, and it may come soon, and the water drops so low it can no longer power the turbines to light the towers, Las Vegas will dry up and evaporate, like a gambler’s dream.

  90. MisterDarling April 27, 2016 at 5:36 pm #

    @ beantownbill:

    I like the way you’re thinking about the high-impact risk events relevant to our systemic Collapse. Making lists is a great place to start. However, I have some thoughts about your lists and the ordering of their priorities, starting with the second list:

    RE | “Great disorder, leading to societal breakdown won’t occur until one or more of several things occur:

    1. Much of America begins to starve
    2. A long series of natural disasters strike
    3. A major war against Russia or China, maybe N. Korea
    4. A series of devastating terrorist attacks
    5. A black swan event
    6. Racial warfare

    What will NOT cause breakdown:

    1. Bank bail-ins
    2. Loss of income or savings
    3. Ridiculously high medical costs
    4. Political and corporate corruption and/or ineptitude”-beantownbill.

    Items on __List # 2__ are symptoms of accelerating Systemic Collapse – which we are already undergoing.

    Item 1 is nearly certain to happen at this point. That’s why policy has been formalized to facilitate it. It will be a cause and is a partial consequence of Item 2.

    Item 3 is why medical debt is the leading cause of personal bankruptcy, and why people are simply opting out and assuming the tax-penalty they are now forced to pay – thanks to the ACA – further accelerating not only their personal decline, but drying up discretionary income and therefore consumer demand as well.

    Item 4 aids, abets and aggravates the previous three Items. Yes, none of these things by themselves triggers a total Collapse, but only a system in an advanced state of decay would have all of them to begin with.

    Your __List # 1__ is only a partial list of high-risk threats. Item # 1 on List # 1 can happen in a number of ways, either starting incrementally in a region and destabilizing the global system as a whole, or suddenly because of global financial grid-lock.

    This is not a question of whether there’s enough food & water, this is a question of distributing it – something that the world has gotten worse at – as wealth became more concentrated. A three-day financial ‘cluster-fuck’ is enough to induce region-wide violent mayhem. Notably, the US Military has put some time, planning, training and logistical support into dealing with this eventuality… We’ll see how well that pays off. If Item 1 occurs then you can be sure that Item 6 will happen in some form – that’s just ‘baked’ into the cultural ‘cake’.

    Weather events of Item # 2 on List 1 are already happening – the time interval between them is diminishing even as they increase in severity.

    Geopolitically the USA has never been a sorrier state; nuclear weapons have proliferated drastically since the 1960’s, and there are more rogue nations out there than North Korea ready to use them. Even some of our purported ‘allies’ are potential nuclear foes: one nation for instance has repeatedly threatened to attack every other nation – without exception – if it feels sufficiently threatened.

    In the current geopolitical environment, your Items 3, 4 & 5 can happen separately & together. When deadly weapons are in the hands of unstable entities pretty much anything can and will happen, given time. In this case the weapons in question can end all multicellular life on Earth, so the stakes are higher than they have even been…

    RE | “I’m reminded of the ’60’s when there was much anger at the establishment and much civil unrest. Yet no revolution happened and things eventually settled down.”-beantownbill…

    In no meaningful way is the United States in the same state, nor does it have as many options as it had in the 1960’s. This is not an abstract notion. Understanding of this extends all the way down to the average man and woman on the street at some level.

    You may have noticed that in reference to Collapse that I refer to many things in the past tense – that’s because the Collapse has already begun. For instance, the ‘die-back’ certainly has:


    You don’t see stats like these in places with expanding economies and prospects. The last time that a major nation did this on a national level was in Post-Soviet Union Russia.

    “I said before on this site that I didn’t see desperate people in my day-to-day life. I was told by CFNers that was because the Boston area was relatively affluent compared to many areas in the USA. However, that’s not really true – plenty of areas in Eastern Mass. are poor.”beantownbill…

    Bill, I’m certainly not criticizing the insights that life has taught you, but I do think it’s not only possible but inevitable that everyone – no matter who – can get out of touch.

    Professional observers have noticed a vast disconnect between what is happening at street-level in the US, and the way the upper-echelon of the commentariat see fit to discuss it – when they deign to. With that in mind, I recommend reviewing this article from a typically irreverent but insightful site:


    Cheers & Happy Birthday!


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    • beantownbill. April 27, 2016 at 6:40 pm #

      Thank you for espousing my thoughts

      • beantownbill. April 27, 2016 at 6:52 pm #

        (Fat finger alert! Fat finger alert!) ….on collapse and providing more detail to my lists. I probably should have defined what I mean by collapse since the word is used so frequently here and I’m sure collapse has different meanings for different people.

        To me, collapse means lack of fu

        • wpa_ccc April 27, 2016 at 8:35 pm #

          “To me, collapse means lack of fu”

          More cordial relations?

  91. wpa_ccc April 27, 2016 at 6:56 pm #

    Bernie is just getting started. If Bernie does not win the nomination, he will go back to the Senate. Bernie will have the chance to promote legislation and to help cut deals — particularly if Democrats take back the Senate and he ends up as chairman of the Budget Committee, where he is the ranking member. More importantly, he is in line to become a leader of the Democratic Party’s progressive wing, alongside liberal heroes like Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).

    That means Sanders will have microphones in front of his face every time something consequential happens in Washington. If Clinton becomes president and decides to appoint a Treasury Secretary with close ties to Wall Street, or backs off her pledges on the minimum wage and trade, or cuts some horrendous fiscal deal with Republicans, Sanders can be there to pounce. If a Republican becomes president, Bernie could become an opposition leader in Congress, with a lot of say over where the Democratic Party picks its fights — and, eventually, who the party nominates to run for president in 2020.

    Yes, Bernie Sanders has been proposing legislation and speaking out for essentially for his entire career in national politics. But until now, almost nobody in Washington was listening. That is going to change in 2017. Bernie is just getting started.

  92. Pucker April 27, 2016 at 7:46 pm #

    “We need to have a dogmatic discussion about race in America.”

  93. FincaInTheMountains April 27, 2016 at 7:46 pm #

    “I like the way you’re thinking about the high-impact risk events relevant to our systemic Collapse.” == Mr. Darling

    Russians expect life to stink

    Deprivations that would shock Americans don’t even register.


    • tucsonspur April 28, 2016 at 1:18 am #

      As you probably know, Putin’s paternal grandfather Spiridon, who cooked for Lenin and Stalin, influenced him profoundly. No cooking for the St. Petersburg boy.

      Not mentioned so much in the article is Putin’s mastery on the energy front.

      In Katusa’s “The Colder War”, there are chapters titled “The Putinization of Oil”, “The Putinization of Gas”, “The Putinization of Uranium”.

  94. Frankiti April 27, 2016 at 8:38 pm #

    Bernie is done. Too many old women voting with their dry vaginas. Hillary’s got the lube, the salve, to a life of d*ck envy in, baby, a man’s world. Doesn’t matter that she’s a sociopath willing to put up with a floozy chasing redneck of a husband (you can take the hillbilly out of the Ozark foothills, but…) What do you expect from a party that votes for skin-deep change with the superficial black guy. The party most vociferously opposed to racism and sexism abuse both to rope in their low info voters. They need the easy sell, the color or the shape, black and a woman’s body. That’s our candidate. Bernie is an old man too white in too many places. Men can play dirty, congenitally lie, be corrupt, be egomaniacal, be career driven, be careless, get away with murder, and break the rules. Hell, it’s women’s turn, and man do they have the best candidate.

    • Pucker April 27, 2016 at 8:46 pm #

      “Too many old women voting with their dry vaginas. ”

      How does that work exactly?

      • Frankiti April 27, 2016 at 8:50 pm #

        The thrill of man is gone… not stimulating…

  95. Q. Shtik April 27, 2016 at 9:28 pm #

    Another great David Stockman essay with lots of good stuff for wpa, Janos, Finca and others:


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  96. bukowskisghost April 27, 2016 at 10:47 pm #

    Janos, I hope that brown shirt still fits you after all these years.

    • Janos Skorenzy April 28, 2016 at 3:42 am #

      Oh have no doubt on that score: I have worn armor under my clothes these many years lest my body grow soft. And during the summer, I relent a bit because of the heat and wear only chains.

  97. wpa_ccc April 28, 2016 at 1:28 am #

    “Bernie is done.” — Frankiti

    In your dreams. Bernie forced Hillary to adopt his ideas. He will get those ideas into the platform. Then he will be in the Senate watching to see if Hillary acts in good faith on those ideas.

    Then he can support he impeachment, in the event she chooses to engage in wars and commit high crimes and misdemeanors. She is a war hawk, so that scenario is likely.

    The drama is just beginning. We are a long, long way from the last act: Hillary impeached like her husband was. Except this time the Senate will convict, with Bernie leading the impeachment effort.

    • Being There April 28, 2016 at 2:38 pm #

      Ah dreams dreams dreams. One can only hope.

      • wpa_ccc April 28, 2016 at 7:08 pm #

        “Ah dreams dreams dreams. One can only hope.” –Being There

        Some dream of stock market gains, some dream of collapse… but you are right… it is all dreams.

        There is no reality that comes and slaps you up the side of the head.

  98. FincaInTheMountains April 28, 2016 at 1:38 am #

    Raise your head!

    First Launch From Vostochny Cosmodrome

    Roscosmos launched a Soyuz-2.1a rocket, carrying three satellites, from brand new launching pad in Russia’s Far East on Thursday that was in construction since 2012.



  99. tucsonspur April 28, 2016 at 5:45 am #

    Just saw the image of 16 year old Amy Joyner-Francis, down on one knee, right before she is killed by other girls in a restroom at a Delaware high school.

    You can see Amy clearly, but the punch thrower’s face is blocked out in the image I saw. They didn’t block out the corn rows.

    Die school in today’s America. Some consolation only fists (and feet?) were involved and only one fatality.

    RIP, Amy

  100. fodase April 28, 2016 at 11:30 am #

    Good luck in getting a visa for permanent residency [in Iceland].

    It’s a small country, connections are easy to come by, you should have little problem.

    All Hail President Trump – what a marvelous speech yesterday:

    1. Defend Western Civilization’s values
    2. Defend Christians
    3. GTFO of foreign entanglements
    4. Obliterate ISIS
    5. Islam is the ENEMY (stated several times)
    6. Put America first
    7. American interests above all
    8. America will work with others from a position of strength

    Gotta love a truthsayer.

    What an unbelieveable positive message of common sense, unlike the filty dog america-killer that’s currently in the WH.

    you havta laff at the polls saying hillary’s gonna beat Mr. Trump.

    LOL, it’s gonna be a bloodbath

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  101. sprawlcapital April 28, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    The seventeen-year locusts emerged here in central Iowa in 1963 (the first cohort I remember–I turned 14 that summer), then in 1980, 1997, and 2014. They must be on a different schedule in upstate New York.

  102. meargen April 28, 2016 at 12:10 pm #

    Not meaning to get off topic(s), but I saw a good PBS show about America’s Ten Towns That Changed America. It was an hour long presentation of cities that reflected American city planning in unique ways, and was a good primer on urban history. There were cities like St. Augustine, Philadelphia, Pullman, Greenbelt, Riverside, Seaside, Levittown (Ugh!), Pearl District, and offered unique views on how to build a city, plan for green space, access, and use the natural environment.
    It also had interviews with Andre Duany, and having read all of JHK’s books, this was seeing a visual take on the books. it’s also good to see some of the well-planned cities still functioning and showing how public transportation, proper zoning, and using the local environment function.

    The only problem was I kept saying ‘why aren’t they interviewing JHK?’ I wonder, JHK, when are you going to hit the big time? Be on CNN, Fox, etc. Are they afraid of you?
    It’s nice to see something on TV where someone’s actually THINKING how to build a city the right way, and there is a PLAN.
    This was a good show. I hope all of you can see it.

    • Being There April 28, 2016 at 2:37 pm #

      The answer is yes. They get very busy turning off the sound when JHK speaks. I saw a 20/20 show on global warming a few years ago. I got to hear it but as JHK said, his sound was off and ABC wasn’t very apologetic about it. Yes here in NYC things aren’t as censored as they are elsewhere—-maybe they just figure we’re a lost cause ….

    • Frankiti April 28, 2016 at 6:05 pm #

      It seems to me he left that lost cause behind and put most of chips on the peak oil theory. Can’t say I blame the guy. Writing about it since the early 90’s (I believe) only to see more and more sprawl, subdivisions, strip malls, and highways must be dispiriting. He had a podcast with the Strong Towns feller, Chuck Marohn, not too long. Marohn seems to be the new torch bearer for the movement. Problem is, he comes off as an apologist and is rather uncharismatic, boring, and innocuous, and seems to lack the magnetism and humorous candor that JHK brought to the movement. It seems people are unwilling to give up their auto dependent lifestyles. Google and others are going full steam towards autonomous vehicles, shared vehicles, and the imbeciles are flocking towards Musk and his battery cars. All of the oblivious to the fact that the sociopathic car and the lifestyles it engenders IS the problem with society.

      BTW, the Pearl District is the least interesting part of Portland. You can get to all the quadrants of the city on foot, bike, rail, and/or streetcar rather easily. The Pearl has a Whole Paycheck and some sleek high-rise condos snapped up by San Franciscan refugees. It sucks for the most part. If you want to experience a lively walkable neighborhood there go to Glisan and walk around 21st and 23rd up and down (AKA Alphabet or Nob Hill). That’s pre-WWII at its finest.

  103. elysianfield April 28, 2016 at 12:20 pm #


    I found this article valuable…a tight, concise explanation of currency manipulation amongst the G-series members. I would recommend reading the article to anyone interested in macro-economic policy.

    • FincaInTheMountains April 28, 2016 at 1:05 pm #


      The monetary wars were started by Hillary and Bill Clinton in the 90s, when they let the printing press into the overdrive and robbed a significant portion of the Foreign Nation’s savings kept in the foreign reserves of their Central banks.

      Of course they did pretty much the same to Americans, but Americans can’t do anything about it, just ventilating their anger on various web blogs.

      Foreign Nations is completely different animals, and some of them even have nukes.

      Where’s my money, dude?!!!


      • Being There April 28, 2016 at 2:33 pm #

        What about where’s my gold, Dude?
        Germany still hasn’t gotten its gold back from us. Gee I wonder where its escaped to?

        • malthuss April 29, 2016 at 2:56 pm #

          Like the trucks from the World Trade?

      • Q. Shtik April 28, 2016 at 3:42 pm #

        just ventilating their anger – Finc


        The reason is subtle but we would say ‘just venting their anger.’

  104. FincaInTheMountains April 28, 2016 at 12:51 pm #

    Most likely nothing will change in the election campaign now for a month, if Bernie Sanders does not withdraw his candidacy.

    Of course a lot of pressure will be put on him, he will be given any promise, and if need be, Hillary Clinton will personally do his toenails.

    But I hope that Bernie will stand and we will see the battle for the 457 California delegates, and who knows, may be Armageddon is a village in the Los Angeles area, where will be the final manual counting of votes 2000 Florida-style.

    First of all, if he would withdraw his candidacy, then, when Hillary is put in the handcuffs, he will be Mr. Nobody and the establishment of the Democratic Party will be able to put forward somebody like Joe Biden.

    Otherwise, he is undisputed nominee, and Democratic establishment, having found itself in the position of suspected accomplices of Hillary, is unlikely to make some fuss on the subject.

    But for Hillary withdrawal of Sanders candidacy is the last hope, since becoming a nominee until the FBI finishes its investigation, she can become untouchable, not only for the FBI, the subordinates of Democratic Justice Department, but also for the Congress investigators subordinated to Mr. Gowdy.

    And Mr. Gowdy became very nervous and replied with the publication summarizing 11 hours of Hillary Clinton interrogation.


    • Being There April 28, 2016 at 2:31 pm #

      He has to stay in and of course so does Trump. They are the only people that on some level represent the will of their constituents.

      Neither are on board with Project Globalism.

      They have to have a good cabinet and advisors ahead of the curve because if they don’t they get the same bunch everyone else gets. Those professionals who push the neocon/neolibs have to be chased outta Washington or we’re toast.

      • malthuss April 29, 2016 at 2:55 pm #

        Project Globalism.

        Thats a term I nave never seen. Thanks

  105. Janos Skorenzy April 28, 2016 at 2:32 pm #


    The forces of worldwide White resistance are beginning to coalesce. If Earth calls and Heaven answers, the Hour could be now.

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    • Frankiti April 28, 2016 at 6:13 pm #

      Humanity’s near future looks dark beige if the Earth is unlucky enough to not see us extinct. I have a feeling that Janos’s ancestor was in the cave agitating for war to save the future of the hirsute troglodyte.

      • Janos Skorenzy April 28, 2016 at 7:48 pm #

        Ready to explain why you like to hate ignorant Whites but not ignorant anybody else? Do you want Whites to hate themselves? Is that healthy in your little red, pink, or green book?

        • Frankiti April 29, 2016 at 7:15 pm #

          I told you, I don’t hate. Perhaps the answer you’re searching for.

          • Janos Skorenzy April 30, 2016 at 4:02 pm #

            You said otherwise. Or is that a part of you that “you” don’t know about? I think he’s more honest, frankly.

  106. Q. Shtik April 28, 2016 at 4:30 pm #

    I went back through a bunch of Fred on Everything essays to see if there was any pattern as to their date of issue and lo and behold they almost always come out on Thursdays.

    Sure enough a new essay appeared today…….. and Janos, fodase and others are going to love it. Here it is.


    • Dumbedup April 28, 2016 at 7:14 pm #

      He has everything going for him. He’s male, white, European ancestry, divorced multiple times, and ostensibly Christian.

      Can someone point me to the passage where Jesus says, the “white” shall inherit the Earth and that non-whites are stupid, lazy and and violent. The Jesus that was born in Iowa of Northern European descent.

      I’m sure I will be vilified after this post.

      • elysianfield April 28, 2016 at 7:54 pm #

        “He has everything going for him. He’s male, white, European ancestry, divorced multiple times, and ostensibly Christian”

        Christ was also of White European ancestry (Blond hair, blue eyes…I’ve seen the pictures….). Also, usually found hanging around a dozen (or so) guys…might have been gay. Also, a Jeeeew, as I am taken to understand.

        I deserve to be vilified after this post….

        • Dumbedup April 28, 2016 at 10:19 pm #

          You’ve obviously been drinking. I know I have.

          • elysianfield April 28, 2016 at 11:56 pm #

            “You’ve obviously been drinking”

            Nooo, just a lack of judgment and poor taste….

    • wpa_ccc April 28, 2016 at 7:19 pm #

      “Of course Trump also is a billionaire,but he is a turncoat, a class traitor, the Benedict Arnold of billionaires.” –Fred on Everything

      This is exactly what Trump wants you to believe, and Fred fell for it.

      If you look at Trump’s tax plan, it does not benefit the lower class. But Trump’s plan does benefit the middle class and the billionaires… i.e. Trump’s plan directly benefits Trump. Trump plans on using government for personal gain. Sounds like a standard corrupt politician to me.

      Bernie Sanders 2016 (he is not a billionaire)

  107. fodase April 28, 2016 at 8:15 pm #

    He has everything going for him. He’s male, white, European ancestry, divorced multiple times, and ostensibly Christian.
    Can someone point me to the passage where Jesus says, the “white” shall inherit the Earth and that non-whites are stupid, lazy and and violent. The Jesus that was born in Iowa of Northern European descent.

    Something wrong with being White and male and successful, bub?

    You might try it, it feels very good.

    Did Trump say non-whites are stupid, lazy and violent?

    Didn’t think so.


    If you look at Trump’s tax plan, it does not benefit the lower class. But Trump’s plan does benefit the middle class and the billionaires… i.e. Trump’s plan directly benefits Trump.

    Where is the logic in this???

    Under Trump’s plan the lower class pays ZERO. How is that not a benefit?

    Who cares if his plan benefits billionaires, as long as it demonstrably benefits tens of millions of middle class folk?

    There are 536 billionaires in the US.

    In early 2015, 120.8 million adults were in middle-income households [pewsocialtrends.org]

    What the hell do you care if they benefit, as long as 120 million Americans get massive tax relief?

    Get your priorities straight. We need to massively lower taxes in the US to light up the economy and get everyone EARNING MONEY. Then, the feds take more and more of a lower percentage, resulting in higher overall tax receipts.

    …instead of the sick, stupid leftist MASSIVE-TAX philosophy that’s as smart as taking away ever more grass from a cow and demanding it produce more milk.

    Bloody common sense, which Mr. Trump has brought back in vogue.


    Q, tx for the welcome back note…..

    • Dumbedup April 28, 2016 at 10:21 pm #

      I was chastising Janos.

      • Janos Skorenzy April 29, 2016 at 1:55 am #

        When are you going to learn – Whites are the Goose that lays the Golden Egg? Nurture us, and everyone benefits. Persecute us, kill us, and drive us out? You get Detroit or Zimbabwe. Blacks will never learn, it’s just not in them. You don’t have that excuse.

        When Dumbledore was revealed as gay, you wept – and drank.

        • malthuss April 29, 2016 at 2:53 pm #

          When Dumbledore was revealed as gay, you wept – and drank.
          Whats that about?

  108. Buck Stud April 28, 2016 at 9:31 pm #


    I wonder if you recall about a year or so ago when I posted one of the most inspirational and visceral political Bernie rants I have ever seer or heard, before or since? I was deeply moved by his speech at the time.

    Bernie is great, but his movement became corrupted by absolutists who began making absurd declaration such as they ‘refuse to vote for the lesser of two evils’ if Bernie is not the nominee.

    This implies that Bernie himself has transcended duality and resides in some mythic “Form of The Good” Platonic fantasy land. After all, isn’t Bernie, human warts, faults and all, still only “less evil” than, say, a Cruz?

    So one begins to see that those lamenting their ‘lesser of two evils’ choice are fundamentally irrational.

    Moreover, at this juncture in the ideological war the GOP still dominates Congress. That’s not going to change anytime soon or least before 2020 and Congressional districts are potentially redrawn.

    Put another way, the structural political reality of America at this point in time not allow for “revolution”. Indeed, a stalemate might be considered a victory of sorts–at least it is not losing ground. There is another very potent force/party that opposes progressive revolutionary fantasy. Apparently, the Bernie Bros cannot grasp this reality.

    As the Sage once quipped, when the house is on fire, you don’t care what temperature the water in the garden hose is.

    Now put down the absurd and ridiculous wpa and pick up the garden hose: there is work to be done.


    I got a kick out of Bernie’s trip to Italy and all the Pope talk. I even had a little private joke playing in my head when some of the Bernie Bros pissed me off: ” The stink of self-righteousness is in the air; Bernie Sanders just walked into the room!”

    OK, that’s not very nice, especially since Bernie Sanders is fundamentally a very decent human being. But back to The Pope/ Italy trip. Isn’t it amazing when people and campaigns are so focused on promotion and orchestration of narrative that they miss the mother lode right in front of their eyes. I discovered a mother lode of political narrative related to the Pope/Italy that would make the Bernie bird landing look like small potatoes by comparison. It truly is a remarkable fact that is phenomenally serendipitous.

    Perhaps after June and the California primary I’ll tell you exactly what it is.

    • wpa_ccc April 28, 2016 at 10:13 pm #

      Buck Stud, nowhere is it written that supporters of an independent socialist candidate have to vote for the lesser of two evils in a Democrat/Repubican race. Every citizen has the right to vote for the candidate who most represents his or her views.

      If Bernie is not the candidate, there are many other parties besides the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Rather than vote for either of the war hawks, Trump or Clinton, I would take my vote to the Green Party. If by taking support away from Clinton, Trump is elected… so be it. We live in a democracy. We are not forced to vote for the lesser of two evils.

      There are at least 42 presidential candidates running with independent parties or “third parties” so it shouldn’t be hard to find an alternative to the Trump/Clinton war mongers.


      • wpa_ccc April 28, 2016 at 10:28 pm #

        To Qshtik:

        You will wait until hell freezes over if you expect me to “pivot” from Bernie to Hillary. I may be a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.

        Bernie & Tulsi 2016

        • Sticks-of-TNT April 29, 2016 at 1:19 am #

          “You may say I’m a dreamer
          But I’m not the only one”

          ‘Imagine’ / John Lennon / 1971



  109. wpa_ccc April 29, 2016 at 1:31 am #

    fodase, you can vote for Trump if you like. It is your right. But don’t pretend that he is a “populist billionaire” … look at Trump’s actual tax plan.

    “For all of Trump’s populist appeal, however, wealthy Americans stand to benefit the most from the presidential contender’s tax plan, according to an analysis released on Tuesday by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.

    After crunching the numbers on the plan, unveiled in September, the center concluded that Americans at every income level would receive tax cuts, but that the highest-income households would see the most significant cuts.

    The plan also comes with a hefty price tag. Trump’s plan would cut federal revenue by nearly $10 trillion over a decade, the center estimates. Unless Trump makes deep cuts to government spending or decides to raise taxes later on, the analysis concludes that his proposal “would yield persistently large, and likely unsustainable budget deficits.”

    –The Atllantic, Dec. 22, 2015

    Elect Trump and we are truly fucked. But there are not enough ill-informed white male voters in the USA to elect him. Trump will be squashed like a bug at the polls by Bernie or Hillary, or whoever wins the Democratic nomination.

    • Sticks-of-TNT April 29, 2016 at 6:33 am #

      “Elect Trump and we are truly fucked.” -wpa_ccc

      If you truly believe that, why on earth would you risk letting it happen by throwing your vote away on one of the 42 independent ‘third party’ candidates you said you would choose from?

      Does electing a Democratic President not provide ANY benefit you can think of that would make ‘her’ a better choice for you than Trump?

      What if she’s indicted, impeached or dies in office? Would her #2, if that person is anyone to the left of, let’s say Ted Cruz, make voting for Hillary a better choice than being “truly f*cked” with Trump? What if it’s Tulsi?

      Did ‘the Bern’ cast some magic spell on you that would make you run off the cliff in lemming-like fashion if you can’t have him?

      I’m betting you change your tune by November.


    • Q. Shtik April 29, 2016 at 11:32 am #

      …according to an analysis released on Tuesday by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. – wpa


      “nonpartisan” …….. yeah, riiight.

  110. wpa_ccc April 29, 2016 at 1:58 am #

    “Note that the 80% of registered Hispanics in those states said they are less likely to vote for Republicans…not just Donald Trump. So his rantings are not only affecting the presidential race, but could also have an impact down ballot.

    As November looks likely to be a contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, there are whispers of a possible landslide election in the making. It is interesting to note that the Republican Party had a moment of sanity immediately following the 2012 election when they published the infamous “autopsy” suggesting the need to do better outreach – specifically with women and Hispanics. But Donald Trump is succeeding in the Republican primary precisely because he is so intent on alienating those two groups (among others).

    There are those who expect that Trump will somehow “pivot” during the general election and increase his appeal beyond the angry white male Republicans who are the base of his support right now. What is important to keep in mind, however, is that Trump is incapable of assessing his candidacy beyond the frame of a dominant white male perspective. That’s why he continually suggests that women, Hispanics and African Americans “love” him despite reality. He won’t feel the need to pivot because he honestly thinks he’s already arrived. In other words, he is living in a delusional world that reinforces his narcissism.”

    –Nancy LeTourneau

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    • Q. Shtik April 29, 2016 at 11:26 am #

      Who the frig is Nancy LeTourneau? You probably had to have IBM’s Watson grind for 5 minutes to come up with this obscure writer’s article.

  111. tucsonspur April 29, 2016 at 4:22 am #

    The news is out. Oscar de la Hoya has offered Trump ringside seats to watch a Mexican-Muslim throw down in Las Vegas. Canelo vs. Khan.

    It’s interesting because It is Khan who often hops around the ring like a hot pepper or jumping bean, and it is Canelo who likes the towels around his head! Go figure!

  112. Janos Skorenzy April 29, 2016 at 6:29 am #

    Jews don’t like the sound of Trump’s “America First” policy. Too bad. Better get used to it. But, but, but – it was used back in WW2 to try and keep us out of the War! Yup. It was a good idea then and it’s a good idea now. When are we going to start listening to people with commonsense?


    • Sticks-of-TNT April 29, 2016 at 8:20 am #

      My father, a career infantry soldier and veteran of WWII, Korea & Vietnam, said Charles Lindbergh, the most prominent and vocal ‘America First’ advocate, was right.*

      After the war my father stated (to his family when he got back home) that Roosevelt goaded the Japanese into attacking Pearl Harbor** in order to get America into the war. (His family chastised him for his opinion.)

      America should have paid heed to the warnings of General Smedley Butler, the most highly decorated Marine in Marine Corps history, during a nationwide speaking tour in the early 1930s, “War is a racket!”***

      * (1) “Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941”, by Lynne Olson
      (2) “Lindbergh vs. Roosevelt: The Rivalry That Divided America”, by James P. Duffy
      **(3) “Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor”, by Robert B. Stinnett
      ***(4) “War is a Racket”, by Smedley D. Butler


      • Janos Skorenzy April 29, 2016 at 2:49 pm #

        Yeah there’s a lot of power in those two words – and they’re enough to cause an international consternation. Imagine if he actually carries it out.


        The other day I heard someone snarl that America was turning towards “isolationism”. What does that even mean? As if there’s going to be a complete cessation of trade and travel. Yet this stupid snarl word, never really defined, helped get America into World War One. “Anti-Semitism” helped get us into World War Two, plus Pearl Harbor of course. We’ve been lied into one war after another, and now our borders are wide open. Yet still the idiots rave about “isolationism” We need some isolationism or we’re going to die.

  113. FincaInTheMountains April 29, 2016 at 6:58 am #

    You say what?! Overpopulation?


    • Sticks-of-TNT April 29, 2016 at 8:49 am #

      America after Common Core is fully implemented.

    • Q. Shtik April 29, 2016 at 11:43 am #

      WOW!! That is some clown car.

  114. Sticks-of-TNT April 29, 2016 at 7:17 am #

    “Go, Bernie, go!

    Bernie was almost 50 points down before he won 104 more pledged delegates in NY tonight (the state where Hillary Clinton was elected to two terms in the U.S. Senate). Bernie won more delegates in New York tonight than any state that voted or caucused before tonight. Bernie has the momentum… wow! … 104 more pledged delegates!”

    -Baghdad Bob
    April 20, 2016 @ 1:19am

    “Bernie is just getting started. IF BERNIE DOES NOT WIN THE NOMINATION* [emphasis mine], he will go back to the Senate. Bernie will have the chance to promote legislation and to help cut deals — particularly if Democrats take back the Senate and he ends up as chairman of the Budget Committee”…blah, blah, blah…

    -(a contrite) wpa_ccc
    April 27, 2016 @ 6:56pm



  115. FincaInTheMountains April 29, 2016 at 8:55 am #

    Are you a global citizen?


    Russians according to that BBC poll are the most satisfied with their own country, Americans are pretty close.


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  116. FincaInTheMountains April 29, 2016 at 9:13 am #

    “Elect Trump and we are truly fucked.” — wpa

    You are fucked either way. The question is, would you like to be fucked in a particular perverse way, or rather more-or-less straight-forwardly.

    The external resources will be cut in a not so distant future, and Americans will get a chance to prove what their old-fashion American self-reliance is really worth.

    Personally, I think it’s worth a lot, no sarcasm.

    Putin’s Decade-Old Dream Realized as Russia to Price Its Own Oil


  117. fodase April 29, 2016 at 9:23 am #

    …the angry white male Republicans who are the base of his support right now.

    gotta love you sick lefties who constantly tell us how blacks etc. are discriminated against on the basis of their color.

    then every word out of your mouths is ‘white this’ and ‘white that’.

    of course you don’t see any contradiction. one can’t reason with unreasonable people, as the eminent Roy Masters says.


    secondly, i like how you reality ignoring leftists leave out the fact that Mr. Trump won the Latino vote in both New York and Las Vegas, by huge margins.

    it’s because Mr. Trump innately appeals to truth-loving people of all colours.

    Trump’s plan would cut federal revenue by nearly $10 trillion over a decade, the center estimates. Unless Trump makes deep cuts to government spending or decides to raise taxes later on, the analysis concludes that his proposal “would yield persistently large, and likely unsustainable budget deficits.”

    HAHAHA, kind of like obammy’s persistenly large unsustainable deficits???

    reality challenged leftists always assume static income models…cut taxes here, the government takes in less.

    lowering taxes by large amounts for the broad middle and lower class stimulates economic activity in the form of spending, and the govt take increases because it takes a lower % many times over.

    this is just commonsense, and as such is not very common.

    i never expect democratic party ignoramuses to understand this, they are wholly incapable.

    when lived in iceland, they abolished the income tax for one year. the economy exploded, everyone worked 2 jobs (because jobs exploded) to earn and spend and save as much as possible. it was great.

    the income tax was reimposed the next year, and the economy promptly died. bigtime recession.

    • wpa_ccc April 29, 2016 at 2:43 pm #


    • Janos Skorenzy April 29, 2016 at 2:54 pm #

      Talking about race constantly is the fulfillment of Martin Luther King’s dream of a color free world.

      “Diversity” is the Left’s way of talking about No Diversity.

      Anti-Racism means Anti-White.

    • basil April 29, 2016 at 3:29 pm #

      I remember the early ’80’s when the Reagan administration cut taxes and handed out massive tax rebates to huge corporations like general electric. it was not politically practical to cut federal programs to match the tax cuts, so the national debt increased substantially (quadrupled if I remember correctly). corporations used much of their newfound bounty to automate and offshore manufacturing operations. at the same time, the administration took aggressive measures to neutralize organized labor. real wages began to decrease. I agree that reducing the tax burden is a good thing if done properly. tax cuts must be well-targeted, and matched by cuts in waste, fraud, redundancy, and programs no longer needed. the damage from the Reagan cuts could have been avoided if they had been done pragmatically instead of ideologically.

      • malthuss April 30, 2016 at 12:39 am #

        Reagans worst move [IMO] was the amnesty.
        That was the ‘beginning of the end of America.’

  118. wpa_ccc April 29, 2016 at 2:17 pm #

    “Who the frig is Nancy LeTourneau? You probably had to have IBM’s Watson grind for 5 minutes to come up with this obscure writer’s article.” — Q.

    Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly, which is not an “obscure” publication.

    It took Google 0.50 seconds to answer your question.

    I take it you don’t believe anything is truly “nonpartisan” … pity. Right wing media has done a good job of breeding fear and mistrust among people, especially when it comes to “facts” and “experts” and that is how a Donald Trump, with zero political experience and zero military experience, becomes the Republican candidate to become the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.

    The military will refuse to carry out Trump’s orders that violate both international law and the UCMJ. Trump will be neutralized.

    • Q. Shtik April 29, 2016 at 3:24 pm #

      I take it you don’t believe anything is truly “nonpartisan” – wpa


      I’m guessing the Tax Policy Center is about as nonpartisan as you, Janos and the NYTimes.

      Inanimate objects like rocks and chairs are nonpartisan but that’s about it.

  119. Janos Skorenzy April 29, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

    The 11th Commandment of the Orange Bible: You shall not create a machine in the image of the human body. (robot)

    The 12th Commandment: You shall not create a machine in the image of the human mind. (computer)

    The Butlerian Jihad will be fought for exactly this Cause – for Human Beings and against those who would replace them with machines. It is unavoidable. Sometimes the future can be changed and sometimes it can’t. We’re already too close to this “iceberg” to avoid it in time. It has already happened in the future.

  120. Janos Skorenzy April 29, 2016 at 3:57 pm #


    This is what a righteous man looks like, talks like, is like. He’s gone viral. Invest in this man. God is his Co-Pilot.

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  121. fodase April 29, 2016 at 4:00 pm #

    More on Iceland’s 1987 tax-free year, which I lived through there:

    Year Percent
    1984 -1.3
    1985 3.7
    1986 5.3
    1987 18.2
    1988 3.4
    1989 -5.5

    source: http://www.econ.wisc.edu/~scholz/Teaching_742/Iceland.pdf

    This is the oh-so-obvious result of eliminating taxes – economic growth through rising wages. Notice what happened after income taxes were reinstated in 1988 in the table above…

    So go and vote Bernie, wpa, so we can massively increase taxes ‘on the rich’ and fuck everyone in the process because they’ll have nothing left to spend or invest in wealth-generating enterprises.

    We need a low, low “7% solution” for income tax with streamlined government spending and much higher efficiency. the US and A would boom like never before.

    If you want the opposite, a moribund economy, vote democrat.

  122. Q. Shtik April 29, 2016 at 4:54 pm #

    Off topic Misc:

    Item 1:

    Did anybody watch the NFL Draft last night?

    The first 2 selections were plain vanilla white guys (quarterbacks) wearing Robert Hall suits, Timex watches and $8 haircuts. Let’s hope they can keep cleaner noses than “Johnny Football.”

    They were followed almost exclusively by gaudily attired and oddly coiffed young black men of enormous stature, already the fathers of small children, who would all be Escalade driving millionaires by this time next year.

    The Giants chose interestingly named Eli Apple and the Jets selected Darron Lee, both out of Ohio State.

    That was round one. Tune in tonight for round two.

    Item 2:

    Earlier this week I caught a moment or two of an interview of former presidential candidate, Rick Perry. I heard him pronounce the name of a foreign country as Izzrul. I don’t know why but this bothers me no end and I wondered what Cold thinks of this pronunciation. (I think Cold said he lives in Texas.)

    • tucsonspur April 29, 2016 at 5:46 pm #

      I watched it Q, and you’re not so off topic, NFL being a large part of the culture and all of that. Nice description.

      I haven’t checked for some time, but when I did the picks were 85-90 percent black.

      Superfly, do or die!

      • malthuss April 30, 2016 at 12:35 am #

        Negro worship.

        • wpa_ccc April 30, 2016 at 1:22 am #

          That is why the NFL is such a money maker. People (like Q) enjoy watching those who are superior to them.

          Negro worship is the natural result of the recognition that to be an NFL player requires a strong work ethic, athletic skills, talent for the sport itself and the ability to execute consistently while minimizing mistakes.

  123. Pucker April 29, 2016 at 6:19 pm #

    The Integrationists are no different from the Segregationists, right?

    Why can’t race relations be like religious relations in the US? In the US, no one gives a shit if a person is a Methodist, a Baptist, Presbyterian, Catholic, etc. Race relations in the US, are like religion in Northern Ireland.

    Is it because Race is a way to fight over economic spoils in the US?

    • Janos Skorenzy April 29, 2016 at 7:03 pm #

      White Dispossession is huge business. It’s the very essence of modern America. And it’s also the only thing that hold together the Grievance Alliance. Already it’s fraying, with the Holocaust being called “White Privilege” and minority Feminists telling White Feminists to shut up.

      Once the White Middle Class is gone, who will be robbed next? Think the White and Jewish Elite are going to allow themselves to be treated this way? They’ll try to keep blaming the downtrodden Whites and encourage minorities to hunt as down for sport. But the minorities will know the trick by then and know who to hunt down instead or in addition to.

  124. Janos Skorenzy April 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm #

    All we (Jared, Janos, Booker, and Puck) are saying, is give Segregation a chance. We’ll live and work apart like fingers, but come together like a fist to defend our mutual interests. Integration was tried and it failed. Let’s go back to the Tried and True in the New America.

    Is Diversity a Strength for America?

    Jared Taylor, American Renaissance, April 29, 2016


    Remarks at a debate at Kentucky State University.

    I’d like to thank Will Reilly for inviting me to speak to you today. I used to get a lot of invitations to speak on college campuses, but they are now very rare. At least on majority-white campuses, there is an abject terror of speakers who might offend someone. You can’t speak honestly about race without offending people, so what this means is that the truth about race is almost never spoken on most American campuses.

    The subject of this debate is whether diversity is a strength for the United States. As you know, from President Obama on down, all you ever hear is people telling you that racial diversity is a strength. Not just a strength, but maybe even our country’s greatest strength.

    They’re wrong. Racial diversity is not a strength. It is a grinding, permanent source of conflict and tension, not just in the United States but everywhere in the world where there is racial diversity.

    Racial diversity means the presence of more than one race. So let’s imagine, just for a moment, how the history of the United States would have been different without the racial diversity that resulted from bringing blacks here. What would American history be like with no blacks? There would never have been slavery. There would never have been the American civil war–which killed more Americans than all our other wars combined. There would have been no Jim Crow, no segregated schools, no civil rights movement, no busing, no race riots.

    And it makes no difference if you want to put 100 percent of the blame for all these things on white people. The fact remains that the historical balance sheet for black/white racial diversity in the United States is hugely, crushingly negative. If you remove black/white racial diversity, you remove slavery, our most deadly war, and our most murderous civil disturbances. The very worst parts of our history vanish. How can something that brought about all that horror be a strength? I would be the winner in this debate if I sat down right now.

    But let’s move to the present. I’m sure you have followed the racial demonstrations on college campuses, such as Yale and Princeton and University of Missouri. There would be none of this commotion without racial diversity. Do you think all that screaming and demonstrating is a strength? Does it help people study? No, it is tension, it is conflict.

    What’s more, these campus disturbances also show just how differently black and white people see the world. Black students at Yale were complaining about “entrenched white supremacy” at Yale.

    “Entrenched white supremacy.” First of all, if Yale were a bastion of white supremacy, there’d be no black students there at all. But were the whites students burning crosses and lynching the black students? Were they attacking black students? Were they at least calling them rude names? No. Not a hint of any of that. Blacks were furious because a professor sent an e-mail message saying that it wasn’t Yale’s job to tell students what Halloween costumes they shouldn’t wear. She said if somebody’s costume offends you, maybe you should just tell him.

    That’s white supremacy? Black students on an Ivy League campus must be the most coddled, pampered black people in the history of the world, and if they really believe they are fighting entrenched white supremacy they are living in a completely different world from white people.

    And what about the Black Lives Matter movement? Is this a strength for the country? Gangs of people marching around yelling, stopping traffic, shutting down politicians’ speeches. Is this a strength? Even if you think all the shouting is justified, it’s a sign of conflict, fury, and tension. Without racial diversity, we wouldn’t have any of it.

    And again, whites and blacks have a completely different view of reality. Where did the Black Lives Matter movement really take off? In Ferguson, after a white policeman shot Michael Brown. When the officer who shot Brown was not indicted, 64 percent of whites thought that was the right decision. Only 4 percent of blacks thought so. This is a huge difference. It was the very same event, but blacks and white saw it completely differently.

    Now, to win this debate, I don’t have to convince you that white people were right and black people were wrong. My job is much easier. All I have to do is point out to you that blacks and whites look at exactly the same thing and see something completely different, and for you to realize that that is not a strength. To have people so divided by race that they don’t even see the same things means perpetual, agonizing conflict.

    Racial diversity also turns everything into a racial turf battle. Are the Oscar nominees too white? Should the next Supreme Court justice be an Asian? Don’t we need more black policemen? Are there enough Hispanic programmers in Silicon Valley?

    You can’t just say, “I hired the best programmers for my business and they were all white guys and Asians.” Nope, in this country if you hire by pure ability alone you can get sued. That’s the kind of thing racial diversity does for you.

    Let’s look at this from a different angle. If racial diversity is America’s greatest strength, it must be a truly wonderful thing. It’s better than having a country the size of a continent with beautiful harbors on two oceans. It’s better than having the most productive farmland in the world and huge reserves of natural resources. It must be something so fantastic that every man woman and child in the America wakes up in the morning and says to himself, “How can I get more of this wonderful stuff?”

    Is that how people live their lives? No. Are you dying to go to school with Hispanics? Do you yearn for roommates and neighbors who speak Chinese? I suspect you don’t. People like being around people like themselves.

    Only white people are confused about this. In 2010, Brown University–a big, Ivy League university–did a study about housing segregation. John Logan is the professor who was the lead researcher. He found, and I quote,

    Among minority households, even those with relatively high incomes tend to be clustered in neighborhoods where most of their neighbors are the same race. . . . Race trumps income.

    In other words, black people who could afford to buy houses in a white neighborhood bought houses in black neighborhoods instead. Prof. John Logan thinks this is terrible. He’s got a theory about how real estate agents are somehow tricking black people into buying houses in black neighborhoods.

    I feel like telling him, “John, darling, there are black people with money who want to live with other black people. Believe it or not, not every black person wants you as a neighbor.” This is a concept he can’t seem to grasp.

    The other day I was reading an article about housing segregation in California. That state is a real stew, of course, with people from everywhere. The article was one long moan about how in Los Angeles it’s not just neighborhoods that are segregated, but there are apartment buildings completely segregated by nationality. In some buildings, every single tenant is Korean. In some buildings they’re all Salvadoran.

    The writer of the article–another goofy white person–thinks this is scandalous. It’s not scandalous at all. Those people chose to live with each other. They like it that way. Because diversity isn’t a strength.

    If you want to understand race in America, just go to church. That’s right. Church. What you will find is that nearly 95 percent of churches have congregations that are at least 80 percent one race. Lots of them are 100 percent one race. There are even about 4,000 Asian congregations in the United States.

    You are free to go any church you want. No church is going to bar the door to you or run you off. But when people are completely free to choose, they go where they are comfortable, where they can be like people like themselves. They don’t go looking for diversity.

    People want to live, work, socialize, and go to church with their own tribe. A survey of Californians conducted at UC Berkeley found that majorities of whites, Hispanics, blacks, and Asians agreed with the statement that “people are happier when segregated.” [i]

    Again, California is a mishmash, with people from all over the world. Hispanics, especially, have been moving into South Central Los Angeles, which used to be black. Here’s what the president of one black home-owners association said about Hispanics:

    It’s a different culture, a different breed of people. They don’t have the same values. You can’t get together with them. It’s like mixing oil and water. [ii]

    Here is what one black person told The Philadelphia Inquirer some years ago:

    We don’t want whites living in our neighborhoods. We don’t want our children going to school with theirs. We don’t want our daughters and sons marrying their sons and daughters. No thanks . . . .

    So why have I been talking about segregation? Because it’s about how people really live, not about what they say. It shows what they truly think about racial diversity. They don’t like it and they run away from it.

    Now, don’t get me wrong. If some people want to mix it up, God bless them. After I’ve finished talking, someone in the audience–probably a white person–is going to get up and say, “I love my black friends and my Mexican friends, and my Chinese friends.” And, to that I say, “I couldn’t be happier for you.” You go out there and you love them for all you’re worth. Just don’t pretend that you’re somehow better than the vast majority of people who prefer to be around folks like themselves.

    And what happens when people who don’t want to be together are forced together. The classic example of that was busing of school students during the 1970s. What happened when black children were bussed across town to schools that were all white? The whites cleared out. In Baltimore, when busing started, nine high schools went from being 100 percent white to 100 percent black in just seven years. From white to black overnight.

    The white people of Baltimore sure didn’t think racial diversity was a strength. It was the same all over the country. White people left the public schools.

    At some of the biggest public school districts in the country, you have to pull out your binoculars to find a white student. In all of Dallas, Texas, only 4.6 percent of the students are white. In Los Angeles, 8.7 percent; in Houston ,7.8 percent; in Detroit, 2.6 percent.

    Any white child who wanted a bracing dose of diversity–America’s greatest strength–could sure get it by enrolling in Chicago or Miami public schools. Isn’t it odd? They don’t.

    So the whites ran away, but in many schools there is still diversity because blacks and Hispanics stayed behind. And you know what happens? Riots. Los Angeles, for example, has a long history of black and Hispanic students fighting each other. They’ve done it over and over. Just last November, at Hawthorne High School in LA, there was a race riot involving 300 students. Thirty students were suspended or expelled. But this stuff is just local news.

    And it’s not just Los Angeles. In high schools all around the country, there have been riots of blacks vs. Hispanics, blacks vs. Arabs, whites vs. Hispanics, Hispanics vs. American Indians, blacks vs. Asians. Just about every mix you can imagine.

    Did you know that a number of schools in California have banned the American flag? That’s right, an American flag stirs up Hispanics to the point they might riot. Diversity can turn even Old Glory into the equivalent of gang colors.

    You want to hear the saddest story ever about school diversity? In 2010, the graduation ceremony of the Puesta del Sol Elementary School in Victorville, California, had to be called off because of a riot between black and Hispanic parents. Police locked down the school and made arrests. [iii] This is the graduation ceremony of an elementary school. I guess diversity didn’t turn out to be such a strength.

    So, the government integrated the schools and we get white flight and riots. When there aren’t riots, the students of different races generally keep to themselves. They self-segregate.

    But there is a different kind of institution the government has integrated even more intrusively, and that’s prisons.

    And the result? Race riots. I could give you a great long list of prison race riots in which people have been killed, maimed, slashed, beaten unconscious. That’s why people of every race stick together for protection. A man who served four years in a California prison wrote an article for the Los Angeles Times about life in prison. He wrote about what he called the Number 1 Rule for Survival, “The races and ethnic groups stick together. There is no other rule.”

    Here’s another white guy writing about what it’s like to do time in Texas.

    [B]ecause of my prison experience, I can’t stand being in the presence of blacks. I can’t even listen to my old, favorite Motown music anymore. . . .

    The he goes on to say:

    [I]n the aftermath of the Byrd murder [the black guy who was dragged to death in Jasper, Texas] I read one commentator’s opinion in which he expressed disappointment that ex-cons could come out of prison with unresolved racial problems despite the racial integration of the prisons. Despite? Buddy, I have news for you! How about because of racial integration? [iv]

    You know what the number-one demand in prisons is? Segregation. Forced integration means that people are going to die. But no, we can’t do the humane thing and separate prisoners because we have this baloney theory about diversity being a strength. Tell that to the guys who ended up dead or with 40 stitches because of diversity.

    And, by the way, when there are riots in schools and prisons, it’s always about race. You will never hear about the liberals and conservatives trying to kill each other. Or the Baptists and Methodists. The problem is race.

    So let’s take a look at the work place. That’s a completely different picture, right? There are loads of big companies that claim “diversity is job number one.” Diversity is great for the profits, right?

    More baloney.

    Thomas A. Kochan, a professor at MIT has probably researched corporate diversity more thoroughly than anyone. The first thing he did was contact 20 major companies that brag about their diversity, and asked them to tell him what diversity had done for them. He was astonished to learn that not one company had done a study on how diversity might have increased profits or improved operations. They had nothing to show him.

    After five years of studying corporate diversity, he found that the more diversity there was, the more conflict and tension there was, and the more likely people were to quit. His conclusion: “The diversity industry is built on sand.”

    People who praise diversity like to point to a 2007 book by Scott Page of the University of Michigan. The book is called The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies. Sounds great. Finally, here’s proof of the strength of diversity, right? No. Scott Page is writing about the importance of different points of view and problem-solving techniques. When it comes to racial diversity, he writes this:

    Lots of strange things can happen in a diverse group that would not be likely to happen among homogeneous people–including physical and verbal violence. . . . [v] The more different we are the less we agree. . . . [vi] Group dynamics can create no end of problems. People prefer to hang with people like themselves. [vii]

    This is just common sense. In fact, a large-scale survey called the National Study of the Changing Workforce found that more than half of all workers said they preferred to work with people who were not only of the same race, but also the same sex and same level of education. [viii]

    You have all heard of diversity training and diversity management. It’s a $10 billion-a-year industry. But think about it. Why does the country have to spend $10 billion a year trying to manage something that is supposed to be wonderful? You don’t have to pay someone to teach you how to benefit from things that are genuinely good. Do you need a consultant to tell you how to deal with more vacation time, or good weather, or cheaper gasoline, or free beer? No. The good things in life take care of themselves.

    There are diversity managers because diversity is a mess and a problem and a bother, and people are going crazy just trying to deal with it.

    So, just how much of a mess and problem?

    It would be impossible to count up every single strain and confrontation and insult that comes from racial diversity. But we have a few indications, and that is the number of formal racial grievances filed by Americans. Now, things have to get pretty bad for someone to file a formal grievance. And for every formal grievance, there must be many, many more racial problems that people either just put up with, or walk away from.

    So how many grievances are there? In 2015, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the EEOC, heard 31,027 cases of racial discrimination, 9,438 cases of National Origins discrimination, and 2,833 cases of color discrimination. That comes to a total of 43,298 cases–brand new cases–all filed in 2015. That’s a typical year.

    In addition, about 9,000 cases are filed in federal court every year.

    But that’s just the feds. The states have their own systems. In 2014, California dealt with 10,559 brand new race discrimination cases. And that’s just one state. Every branch of the military has a grievance procedure. Every major university. Big companies do, too. If you counted up every federal, state, local, military, and civilian racial grievance filed in a single year, how many would you get? 100,000? 500,000? I don’t even know. I’m not sure anyone has ever counted them all up.

    My point is, every one of these cases represents agony, heartache, resentment. Think of all the time and money that went into filing these cases, processing them, deciding them, enforcing them. It must cost the country billions of dollars every year, over and above the heartache and agony.

    And on top of that there are the diversity bureaucracies in businesses, affirmative action coordinators in universities, diversity specialists in the military–we have this huge, clanking, wheezing, groaning machine chewing up enormous resources, just trying to sort through the endless problems of what is supposed to be a strength.

    In a country without racial diversity, you wouldn’t need any of that. It’d be gone overnight.

    In their own sheepish way, a few scholars have tumbled to the obvious about diversity. Have any of you heard of Robert Putnam of Harvard? He studied 41 different communities in the US that ranged from very homogeneous rural South Dakota to super-mixed-up Los Angeles. And what he found was that the more diversity there is, the less people trust each other. Well, Robert Putnam is a typical confused white man, and he just couldn’t believe what he found. He analyzed his data every possible way to find some reason other than diversity to explain why people in Los Angeles don’t trust each other. He couldn’t find one.

    This was terrible for him, because he wanted to believe that diversity is a strength. So he just sat on his research for five years, and finally published it only because some of his findings leaked out.

    So what did Robert Putnam found out? Diversity leads to:

    * A lower expectation that people will cooperate to solve problems.

    * Less voluntarism and less charitable giving.

    * Fewer friends and more unhappiness.

    * A lower likelihood to bother to register to vote.

    * Less confidence in local government, local leaders, and local media. [ix]

    * A lot more television watching.

    When you haven’t got friends and you don’t trust people you watch a lot of TV.

    So, there it is, straight from Harvard: Diversity destroys trust.

    Another study run by MIT and Tufts University summarized 15 different investigations of the impact of diversity on trust. The conclusion every time was: more diversity, less trust. [x]*

    By the way, there is a field of study called “happiness research” that analyzes what makes people happy. Prof. Michael Hagerty of UC Davis has surveyed decades of international happiness research and found that “for the most part, the top-rated countries are small and homogeneous.” He went on to explain that “they have a similar world view and a similar religion, so that it’s easier for them to communicate and to understand each other’s motives. And they don’t have race problems.” [xi]

    Once again, here is the voice of research. Diversity destroys trust. Homogeneity makes you happy.

    I’d like to close with some poll results. A 2007 poll asked non-whites whether racial tension is either a “very important problem,” “somewhat important,” or not a problem. No less than 93 percent of Hispanics thought it was very or somewhat important (79 percent said “very important”), 92 percent of blacks thought it was very or somewhat important (65 percent said “very important”), and 73 percent of Asians thought racial tension was very or somewhat important problem for the country (37 percent said “very important”).

    This is racial tension we’re talking about.

    The day after Mr. Obama was elected, a Gallup poll found that 70 percent of Americans thought his election would improve race relations.

    Well, six years later, a Bloomberg Poll found that 56 percent of whites and 45 percent of blacks thought race relations got worse under Obama.

    A Wall Street Journal/CBS poll last year found that 63 percent of Americans think race relations are bad, and only 33 percent think they are good. These are the worst figures in 20 years.

    Just this year, Rasmussen reports found that 50 percent of Americans think race relations are getting worse.

    Bad and getting worse. Americans aren’t stupid. They just have to open their eyes to see that racial diversity is not a strength. Race has been a problem in this country from the start. We’ve been chewing on this bone for hundreds of years. And we still have race riots, for heaven’s sake, like the ones we just had in Ferguson and Baltimore.

    Why can’t we get it right?

    For the same reason that nobody, anywhere can get it right. Race is a fundamental dividing line. Show me a multi-racial society, and I’ll show you conflict.

    Now, I’ve told you about the problems you get when you have racial diversity that you would never have had without it. For Prof. Reilly to win this debate, he’s got to show you benefits that you would never have without diversity. And those benefits have to be so wonderful and so numerous that they not only make up for all the agony I have been describing, but they have to leave us way ahead because of diversity.

    And for diversity to be a strength, it can’t be that diverse people lived together and refrained from killing each other. And it can’t be that they lived together and got along reasonably well. That’s not good enough. For diversity to be a strength, Prof. Reilly has got to come up with an impressive list of accomplishments, achievements, wonders that would have been impossible in a homogeneous, all-white America. So please listen very carefully and see if he does.

    We have race problems in this country. Nobody would deny that. And we’re not going to solve them by repeating slogans that just aren’t true. We’ve got to dump this cuckoo fantasy about racial diversity being a strength. Only the truth will solve our problems, and the truth is that racial diversity is a terrible weakness.

    • FincaInTheMountains April 30, 2016 at 10:53 am #

      If you’ll forgive me, Janos, your theory is no good. It may be clever but it’s horribly incomprehensible. People will think you’re mad.

      • messianicdruid April 30, 2016 at 2:02 pm #

        Mad people will feel (think?) you are mad.

      • Janos Skorenzy April 30, 2016 at 8:37 pm #

        You mad, bro? It’s not “my” theory but Jared Taylor’s and the Founding Fathers.

    • elysianfield April 30, 2016 at 11:44 am #

      Racial diversity is “difficult” and it’s benefits vague. If the readership does not agree, I would like to hear your arguments.

      Excellent post, Janos. Thank you.

      • elysianfield April 30, 2016 at 12:12 pm #

        “If any one of you, amongst the readership…”

      • Q. Shtik April 30, 2016 at 2:21 pm #

        If the readership does not agree, I would like to hear your arguments.


        I thought the anti-diversity side of the debate was excellent but now I’d like to hear the side to be presented by a Prof Reilly.

      • Janos Skorenzy April 30, 2016 at 4:07 pm #

        The video of the complete debate is up. He debates a quadroon professor named Reilly. Reilly thinks that crossing two different breeds produces a super breed with the best qualities of both. And like all of Leftists, his “diversity” really means the opposite as he reveals when talks about a united planet of mono-colored people, Whites a distant memory.


    • messianicdruid April 30, 2016 at 1:59 pm #

      Back when my son’s were 6 and 8 we moved to a new area and my custom was to attend the closest church with the label I wore at the time. We went to a church where the membership was all black folks.

      I assumed that we were all christians. It was the most uncomfortable I have ever felt in church. It was made very plain, without a word spoken, that we did not belong there, and were not welcome.

      • malthuss April 30, 2016 at 10:04 pm #

        I have heard similar stories.

    • JimInFlorida May 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm #

      You made one simple mistake Janos. You’ve exhausted the attention spans of your critics.

      After a time, the points add up and the “THOUGHTCRIME!” warning circuit breaker kicks in. Any further reading is a mortal sin and the reader is moved to rebuke you in the name of Political Correctness.

      “The Power of Diversity compels you!!!”

  125. FincaInTheMountains April 29, 2016 at 7:46 pm #

    Deep Oil (not to be mixed up with Deep Throat Hillary)

    For the last five years Russia has been developing an innovative research project “Deep Oil”, designed to revive the domestic scientific abiogenic (inorganic or mineral) theory of of oil and gas, created on the basis of the ideas of Mendeleev and actively developed in 1950-1980 in the works of the Soviet school of inorganic by the efforts of Professor N. Kudryavtseva, academics V.B. Porfir’eva, Kropotkin and their scientific schools.

    An important feature of the present stage of development of inorganic theory in Russia is the all-round application of research results in practice of geological exploration, expressed in the development and implementation of highly effective methods and technologies for prospecting, exploration and development of deep oil.

    Thanks to these developments and achievements of Soviet geological school Russia today has a unique competitive advantage in the field, methods and technologies of deep oil exploration, implementation of which promises to domestic oil companies high efficiency of exploration and considerable growth of proven hydrocarbon reserves.

    Now if you ask me what Hillary has to do with all that, I could tell you the old Soviet Army joke:

    Army Captain puts his troops in front of the Regiment’s Red banner.

    – Comrades! What thoughts come to your mind while looking at that sacred banner? You, private!

    – I am thinking about the heroism of our fathers who spilled their blood to defeat our enemies!

    – Good. You, private!

    – I am thinking about our dear leader who will send us to battle under that banner!

    – Excellent! You, private!

    – I am thinking about pussy, Comrade Captain!

    – Why in the bloody hell do you think about pussy looking at our banner?!!

    – Because pussy is the only thing I think about, Comrade Captain!

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  126. Buck Stud April 29, 2016 at 9:36 pm #

    Interesting and revealing to watch the snarling California Trump protesters beat their heads against docile billy clubs: Aren’t they brave; aren’t they passionate, aren’t they…?

    But did they vote in the 2014 midterm elections?

    Paradoxically, these protests are in Trump’s wheelhouse and what he feeds on– he will be the GOP nominee. But what elevates during a spring GOP primary will crush during a November general election. With the nonchalant aplomb of a Billie Jean King methodically disposing of Bobby Riggs, so too, will The Lady Hillary make short Electoral College work of Donald Trump.

    • tucsonspur April 29, 2016 at 10:35 pm #

      Sad to say, she could do it. Without going into a debate on the pros and cons of the college, here’s a question for you;

      What is the maximum number of popular votes a candidate could lose by and still win the electoral college?

      Even if she lost by say, 5 million popular votes, she would still claim the presidency, (again I ask you, possible?), and with nonchalant aplomb. Crooked to the core. A real “lady” would concede.

      • Buck Stud April 30, 2016 at 8:56 am #

        Whoa, calm down there Pardner: you’re jumping way ahead, not to mention wildly speculating and projecting.

        The likelihood of Trump winning the popular vote when he will be annihilated in the most populous states is just about zero.

        For your own mental health, and perhaps to avoid the need for “monitoring”, enjoy the Trump run like a football fan enjoys their team of choice winning a trip to the Super Bowl. That AFC or NFC Championship victory felt good at first when delusions of ultimate victory we’re still riding the waves of recent conquest.

        Soon, however, Donald “Kirk Douglas” Trump and his rag-tag band of delusionals will be facing the fall general election equivalent of this:


        • Q. Shtik April 30, 2016 at 1:42 pm #

          Above one of those phalanxes marching towards Sparticus’s army I imagined a tiny word cloud appearing containing the words “I have to go to the bathroom.”

    • Janos Skorenzy April 30, 2016 at 12:25 am #

      What an insane point of view. You are aligning with Mexican Nationalists and feral Leftists who are attacking peaceful Trump followers and rallies. In other words, you belong in Mexico since you support the people who fly that flag.

      • Buck Stud April 30, 2016 at 8:45 am #

        Do you have a reading comprehension issue? More careful reading on your part would have revealed that I subtly inferred the protesters are frauds who probably don’t even vote.

        The other half of my comment pertained to the likely outcome of the election. In case you haven’t noticed Bozo, Hillary could win Utah if Trump is the nominee.

        Maybe wpa could also schedule a appointment for you as well, I sense some “monitoring” is warranted.

  127. Q. Shtik April 29, 2016 at 10:03 pm #

    Sign on the back of a Septic Tank Truck:
    “Caution – This Truck is full of Political Promises”

  128. Sticks-of-TNT April 30, 2016 at 12:00 am #

    Racist statements lead lawmakers to reject John Wayne Day

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — What a California lawmaker intended as a benign resolution honoring a late, world-renowned movie icon exploded into an emotional debate over decades-old racist comments Thursday.

    The state Assembly defeated the official ode to John Wayne after several legislators described statements he made about racial minorities and his support for the anti-communist House Un-American Activities Committee and the John Birch Society.

    Known as “Duke,” a nickname he picked up as a boy in Glendale, California, Wayne grew into the star of movies including “The Alamo,” ”The Green Berets,” and “True Grit,” for which he won an Academy Award, while portraying the gruff, rugged cowboys and brave soldiers who were his stock in trade.

    Republican State Assemblyman Matthew Harper of Huntington Beach sought to declare May 26, 2016, as John Wayne Day to mark the day the actor was born.

    “He had disturbing views towards race,” objected Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, leading off a 20-minute debate.

    Alejo cited a 1971 interview with Playboy in which Wayne talked disparagingly about blacks.

    “I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I don’t believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people,” he told the magazine (http://bit.ly/1SwJCDa .)

    Assemblyman Mike Gipson, D-Carson, who is black, said he found Wayne’s comments personally offensive.

    Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, cited his comments defending white Europeans’ encroachment on American Indians who Wayne once said “were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.”

    Wayne is the latest deceased white icon to recently come under attack. Former President Andrew Jackson, a slave owner and Indian fighter, is being removed from the face of the $20 bill. Princeton University recently announced that former U.S. President Woodrow Wilson’s name will remain on its public policy school despite calls to remove it because he was a segregationist.

    Harper’s resolution fell on a 35-20 vote to what Harper called “the orthodoxy of political correctness.”

    “Opposing the John Wayne Day resolution is like opposing apple pie, fireworks, baseball, the Free Enterprise system and the Fourth of July!” he said later in a written statement.

    Harper said he sought the resolution, ACR137, to keep up with a Texas resolution commemorating Wayne’s birthday a year ago.

    He represents the legislative district that includes John Wayne Airport in Orange County. The airport, among the largest in California, was renamed after Wayne’s death in 1979 and hosts a nine-foot-tall statue of the actor.

    “I think the assemblyman would know if there was a cross word about having the airport named after him,” said Harper’s spokeswoman, Madeleine Cooper.

    Several lawmakers supported the resolution, recalling Wayne as an American hero whose family created a namesake cancer foundation after his death.

    “He stood for those big American values that we know and we love,” said Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach.

    Lawmakers have honored others despite controversies that eventually clouded their legacies, said Assemblyman Donald Wagner, R-Irvine. Wagner cited President Franklin Roosevelt, who has been honored despite his internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

    “Every one of us is imperfect,” Wagner said.

    • BackRowHeckler April 30, 2016 at 1:31 am #

      The Japs needed to be interned; at the time they were a sort of fifth column inside the United States. See Ladislaw Farago’s book ‘Game of the Foxes’. Hundreds of Japanese Americans had enlisted in the Japanese Army and fought in China. Many more spied for Japan, sending information about Hawaii and the west coast to Japanese intelligence in Tokyo.

      The United States was a hard place in 1942, and Americans viewed the world more realistically than today, which is another way of saying we didn’t yet have our heads stuck up our asses all the way.


  129. malthuss April 30, 2016 at 12:49 am #

    i want to know when Oil gets scarce and gas gets very pricey.

    • wpa_ccc April 30, 2016 at 12:55 am #

      Price has gone up to over $2.15 in these parts.

      • elysianfield April 30, 2016 at 12:03 pm #

        $2.36 as of yesterday.

  130. wpa_ccc April 30, 2016 at 12:50 am #

    Fortunately, Bernie is still in the race and can take over as the leading Democratic candidate, if Hillary has to exit her campaign.

    During this awful lull until November we don’t know what will sink Hillary’s campaign first: her illegal activity at State being investigated by the FBI, or her personal health situation.

    “The 66-year-old former secretary of state has suffered more fainting spells than publicly known, is prone to have blood clots, and may be at serious risk of a stroke, according to the book, “Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas,” by Edward Klein.

    The medical scare that forced Clinton to be rushed to New York-Presby­terian Hospital on Dec. 30, 2013, revealed how serious the situation is.

    “She has to be carefully monitored for the rest of her life,” doctors warned former President Bill Clinton before Hillary was released from the hospital, according to the book.

    The book claims Hillary was taken to New York­Presbyterian after a fainting spell and concussion that she suffered in her seventh-floor office at the State Department — not at her home, as claimed.

    Hillary was initially treated at a State Department facility and was transferred to her home to recover. Bill Clinton, however, insisted Hillary be flown to New York City and be treated by specialists there, Klein claims.

    During her visit to the Manhattan hospital, Hillary was diagnosed with several problems, including the clots. Hillary had a right transverse venous thrombosis, or a blood clot, between her brain and skull.

    “The unique thing about clotting in the brain is that it could have transformed into a stroke,” a cardiac specialist with knowledge of Hillary’s condition says in the book.

    The clots are especially a threat while flying, when blood pools while sitting, and she did a lot of flying while at the State Department.”

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    • Buck Stud April 30, 2016 at 8:37 am #

      A lot of medical situations need monitoring wpa and a lot of things ‘could or might’ happen: ever read a medical journal?

      But in your case, you might want to start monitoring your Delusional Bernie/Hillary Derangement Syndrome.

  131. wpa_ccc April 30, 2016 at 1:27 am #

    Reagan’s immigration reform (IRCA) was a very good thing. It legalized approximately 3 million immigrants who met strict eligibility requirements, 1.3 million of whom legalized under the special agricultural legalization program. Obtaining legal status allowed unauthorized immigrants to improve their lives and contribute even more to the U.S. economy.

    According to research, the educational attainment of IRCA immigrants increased substantially, their poverty rates fell dramatically, and their home ownership rates improved tremendously. Once legalized, their real wages rose and many of them moved into managerial positions.

    Better than being on welfare. Better than being “takers”…


  132. wpa_ccc April 30, 2016 at 2:46 am #


    “But why should Bernie Sanders drop out? There could be a scandal with Hillary Clinton. Those transcripts and closed door meetings with the big bankers and other corporations could be released,” the consumer advocate told CNN in a telephone interview, referring to the Democratic front-runner’s refusal to release the transcripts of her paid speeches to large financial institutions.

    Nader also noted that the superdelegates currently pledged to Clinton are not bound.

    “He made a good point, Bernie, when he said he wants to go all the way to the convention so everyone — ending up in California, every voter can have a right to vote for the candidate of their choice,” Nader said, before turning his fire on Donald Trump.

    Trump, he said, should release his income tax returns.

    “Trump keeps saying he’s working on it, he’s working on it, but he has no intention ever disclosing the fraud that he’s not worth what he is, that he doesn’t give money to philanthropy, that he has very shady dealings in his business practices,” Nader said.

    “So let’s focus on the colossus of ignorance as somebody called Donald Trump,” Nader continued.

    • FincaInTheMountains April 30, 2016 at 4:40 am #

      “that he has very shady dealings in his business practices,” Nader said

      Ha, doing business in New York you have to deal with party bosses, like Hillary.

    • Buck Stud April 30, 2016 at 8:40 am #

      Ah yes, Ralph Nader, the sanctimonious asshole who ushered in the George Bush era.

      Again, please schedule a medical visit pertaining to your deranged state of mind–you may need to be monitored.

  133. FincaInTheMountains April 30, 2016 at 4:46 am #

    Regarding thee “special relationship”

    Certain circles are willing to sacrifice both Britain and the United States, just to stay in power even on the ruins.

    Obama calls from London to bring the case to the Trans-Atlantic pact between the US and the EU to completion and not jump the ship ahead of time for the sake of their selfish interests.

    Obama’s trying to slowdown the process of the controlled deflation of the American economy, but London’s ready to force the collapse and reformatting.

  134. FincaInTheMountains April 30, 2016 at 7:56 am #

    On the Hills of Manchuria


    to fallen soldiers…

    • sprawlcapital April 30, 2016 at 12:54 pm #


      Very good. I also liked The Amur Waves, which played next.

      Maybe in another lifetime I will know the Russian language.

      Why did we, the USA, spend decades building up an arsenal to vaporize these people? As a counter-force what they were building, right? That has to be the ultimate clusterfuck. Right?

      • sprawlcapital April 30, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

        Sorry, it’s been raining here in central Iowa for three days. Great for the crops, but not for one’s mood.

      • sprawlcapital April 30, 2016 at 1:03 pm #

        As a counter-force [to] what . . .

  135. FincaInTheMountains April 30, 2016 at 9:23 am #

    Hillary clearly and unambiguously means war with Russia

    Moreover, if the hybrid war to destroy Russia will not reach its goal, she will not stop at starting nuclear war. Judging by the sounds that Mrs. Clinton was making when viewing video of the brutal killing of Qaddafi, she experienced something that looked like an orgasm.

    I’m afraid that she wants to re-experience the same orgasm with video of brutal killing of you know whom.

    I think Hillary Clinton in the White House – is not just dangerously crazy. She’s deadly crazy, for all mankind, and for very existence of our civilization.

    Hillary represents part of the global elite who are trying to extend the life of the United States in their present form, forcing the capital of the world into their securities. To make the capital of the world pay for the US, they should be scared to death. The method of intimidation was the strategy of “controlled chaos”, undermining strategic competitors.

    It was a success from the beginning of the 90s, with the destruction of Yugoslavia. But now it has worn out, stumbling against the direct threat of World War III.

    At least once in Ukraine and once in Syria, humanity has looked into the dark eyes of guaranteed destruction in a nuclear conflict.

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  136. FincaInTheMountains April 30, 2016 at 9:35 am #

    Trump win will mean a total change in the Russian government

    Trump who is being hated by global financiers, will cleanse the top of the American state of their representatives.

    Replacing them by people who, in principle, would not be able to interact with their “colleagues” in the current Russian economic block of government.

    The need to maintain negotiations with the US government under Trump would necessitate the release of the Bank of Russia and the entire economic block of the Russian government from the liberal clan that was placed there in Clinton’s time and is adapted to the needs of the Clintonites. (Which is the main reason of their inadequacy).

    • sprawlcapital April 30, 2016 at 12:26 pm #

      . . . the current Russian economic block of government.

      I think the word should be “bloc”, not “block”.

      Why? I do not know. It probably goes back to the original Latin, though.

      • FincaInTheMountains April 30, 2016 at 1:59 pm #

        You may be right syntactically, but I am right to use “block” like in a “a stumbling block”.

        These guys are long overdue to be thrown the hell out – for them the Sun still rises in Washington.

  137. FincaInTheMountains April 30, 2016 at 10:02 am #

    “A lot of medical situations need monitoring wpa and a lot of things ‘could or might’ happen” == Buck

    Yes, man is mortal, but that would be only half the trouble. The worst of it is that he’s sometimes unexpectedly mortal – there’s the trick!’

    Mikhail Bulgakov, Master and Margarita

  138. volodya April 30, 2016 at 11:24 am #

    Back Row Heckler,

    I don’t know one way or the other, whether Japanese Americans joined the Japanese army during WW2 or spied for Japan. It’s not at all out of the realm of possibility that some did. In fact it’s quite probable. It would quite fit in with what’s known about human nature and its tendency towards tribal affiliation, tribal affiliation that is, that’s not to everyone’s particular taste or one that fits in with a common American conception of nationhood.

    And never mind about “facts” because in today’s world, “facts” don’t matter, particularly if they clash with a dominant strain of thinking on the Left, a strain of thinking that the esteemed Archdruid would call the Left of affluent American liberals.

    You know what I mean, the strain of thinking that holds Americans to be the mad-dogs of the world, the people that run roughshod over all others, the people who dominate everything, determine everything, tell everyone else what to do, and nobody has any choice but to comply. As the Archdruid might say, that people outside the United States are mere puppets that can be made to pose whichever way Washington wants them to. Now, I don’t need to tell you, the people that think that way of course are a cut above people like you and me. At least THEY think so.

    See, BRH, don’t get to thinking that your opinion and mine hold the same weight as that of an affluent American liberal. They’re EDUCATED you see. Yes, they are, they said so, EXPENSIVELY educated, in places where the rapt student is properly acculturated to either take offense or take fright at the slightest wisp of provocation or danger. Thus their need for “safe spaces”. And they know A LOT, at least a lot more than you and me, at least according to magazine and newspaper columnists on either edge of the continent that tell us this all the time.

    Don’t bother telling me, I know we have the more realistic view of the world, that American Liberals live in a dream world of their own making, one that has only the slightest connection to reality. See BRH, they want you and me to live in that dream world too, because in THAT world the Liberal gets to tell everybody what to do. Convenient, no?

    Don’t worry though, if reality as constructed inside the mind of the Liberal doesn’t correspond to the reality outside the mind, guess which version of reality gets the upper hand?

    So were there any Japanese Americans that signed up to fight for Japan in WW2? Don’t bother looking into it or arguing the point, America was the bad guy, America was at fault, yes it was, shut up, WW2 was ALL America’s fault.

    • BackRowHeckler April 30, 2016 at 10:36 pm #

      Sh-e-e-e-e-t, V! I knew that.

      Don’t forget, I went to State U here in NE.

      Uncle Ho, Chairman Mao, Fidel, Hugo Chavez … their motives were pure, their hearts were golden, they were of ONE WITH THE PEOPLE! Any failures or brutality on their part they were forced into by the CIA, the left’s Universal Bogeyman. (Who got blamed for everything before 1947 when the CIA was created?)

      It occurs to me, when President Teddy Roosevelt wanted to improve the looks and texture of US currency and coinage, he turned to eminent sculpture Augustus St. Gaudens. The results are some of the most beautiful coins and handsome bills in world history. Who did Obama Consult? Al Sharpton? And look what we get.


  139. wpa_ccc April 30, 2016 at 11:37 am #

    “Ah yes, Ralph Nader, the sanctimonious asshole who ushered in the George Bush era.” –Buck Stud

    Again, it is called democracy. Citizens have a right to vote… and not just for a Republican or a Democrat.

    Gore was a weak candidate. Gore did not even carry his home state. Gore did not want to be president. He conceded in Florida before the votes were even counted. Nader had nothing to do with Gore’s loss.

  140. wpa_ccc April 30, 2016 at 11:42 am #

    The revolution is not over: How Bernie Sanders can still win

    “Hillary now has 1,645 pledged delegates. You need 2,383 delegates to clinch. So, if she doesn’t use super delegates, then she needs 738 of 1,206 remaining delegates up for grabs. She is very unlikely to win that many delegates in the upcoming states, which largely favor Bernie Sanders.

    That means the first thing Sanders supporters have to do is make sure he wins those states and picks up as many delegates as he possibly can to block her winning the outright majority with just pledged delegates.

    At this point, you have to be wondering, “Yes, but what about the super delegates?! They’re almost all on her side.” Yes, of course, that’s why Sanders’ chances of winning are not very high. But the whole point of those super delegates is to make sure that the Democratic Party does not have a deeply flawed or hobbled candidate going into the general election. Their job is not to overrule the will of the voters because they don’t happen to agree—that’s why a lot of them switched from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama in 2008 when he won a majority of the pledged delegates.”

    –Cenk Uygur, host of “The Young Turks” online news show

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  141. volodya April 30, 2016 at 11:56 am #

    JHK of course is right, the beater car that America has become can carry only so many passengers. So many people of the Liberal-left – like Joe Klein and Charles Murray and David Brooks (yeah, I know, these latter two are “conservatives”), happily ignore the immovable fact that a lot of people’s economic interests are harmed by the influx.

    JHK gives an example, a place like Global Foundries that fired its home-born staff in favor of low wage foreigners. Multiply this situation by many thousands of times as companies either offshore production to third world sweat shops or on-shore cheap labor. And then people marvel at the Trump and Bernie phenomenon.

    Trump is no genius. But he saw a political vacuum and had the balls to take advantage of it.

    So, given that the likelihood of mass deportations of millions of people is vanishingly small, what do you do with the newcomers? Most are here for a very good reason: their home countries and home cultures are unendurable.

    So you wonder, what the fuck is the problem with these strenuous Hispanics like Jorge Ramos? I don’t get it. They’re all about “Hispanic”. “Hispanic” to what end? “Hispanic” doesn’t work. We see this year-in and year-out with disastrously failed and failing states south of the border. That’s why all those millions came north. So why on earth re-create in the north what doesn’t work in the south? IF they want to do good they ought to be bending all their efforts to get Hispanics to shed their foreign habits and identity and ethnicity and especially language. And especially to NOT come north illegally because that way lies exploitation.

    The misery the Oligarchs inflict, they especially inflict on the poor schnooks that came north illegally. They leave everything behind, put their lives in the hands of smugglers, and go north to do what? Live in the shadows and live in poverty? You have to believe that sooner or later these people will realize that they’ve been had. There’s no point to coming north and then living like this.

    So how many people pretend to protect them and speak for them? How many secretly want the border porous to ensure a fresh supply of downtrodden to speak for? How many do their utmost to make sure the downtrodden stay “Hispanic” because then they’ll need “spokesmen” to advocate for them?

    See, advocacy for the poor and downtrodden is a career. How many people, especially “progressives”, have no interest in alleviation of misery because then they’d be out of a job? If – ahem – “progressives” have their way, that border will stay leaky.

  142. wpa_ccc April 30, 2016 at 11:59 am #

    Message from Bernie

    “I am very good at arithmetic, and I can count delegates. We are behind today, but you know what? A path forward still exists. And our job right now is not only to transform our country, but the Democratic Party as well.

    And you need to know that every vote we win going forward and every delegate we send to the Democratic convention not only moves us closer to the nomination but also moves our party and our country closer to the ideas we’re fighting for.”

    Bernie & Tulsi 2016

    • FincaInTheMountains April 30, 2016 at 2:12 pm #

      I think wpa works for Vatican.

      If you are wondering about me, I heard the Voice:

      Get up and go to ClusterFuck and start posting

      so I got up and started posting, no questions asked.

      • wpa_ccc April 30, 2016 at 3:59 pm #

        The voice of Asoka, by any chance?

    • Q. Shtik April 30, 2016 at 2:37 pm #

      Bernie & Tulsi 2016


      Who or what the frig is Tulsi?


      • FincaInTheMountains April 30, 2016 at 3:09 pm #

        Tulsi is my darling


        Tulsi Gabbard is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who has been the United States Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district since 2013

        • beantownbill. April 30, 2016 at 4:30 pm #

          Ok, I’ve seen enough. You got me. Tulsi for president 2016!

      • wpa_ccc April 30, 2016 at 3:35 pm #

        See and hear Tulsi for yourself:


        • beantownbill. April 30, 2016 at 4:38 pm #

          Hey, we elect our politicians for stupid reasons. Then what’s so bad about electing someone because of their looks? And speaking of looks, look at the,candidates we have now. Why would anyone want to look at Cruz’s face for 8 years, or hillary’s?

          • Sticks-of-TNT May 1, 2016 at 5:07 pm #

            Yeah, I’d share a foxhole with Gabbard any day!

            “Who or what the frig is Tulsi?” -Q

            Seriously, she got my attention long before she endorsed Bernie Sanders for her willingness to speak truth to power. She spoke out against our military adventures with the credibility of a decorated veteran who had witnessed our wars “up close and personal” as we say.

            Regardless of what happens to Bernie, America has not heard the last from Tulsi Gabbard:



  143. FincaInTheMountains April 30, 2016 at 2:45 pm #

    Why did we, the USA, spend decades building up an arsenal to vaporize these people? == sprawlcapital

    There was a Nazi (Black Project) coup d’etat in US in 1945, FDR was assassinated; power was taken by the people who thought that America fought on the wrong side during WWII.

    When President Eisenhower finally overcame the conspirators in the 50s and threw Joseph McCarthy out, it was too late – there was a Nazi coup d’etat in Russia by Khrushchev, who ruled for another 10 years – and we got stuck in a vicious cycle that was almost successfully broken out of by Nixon and Brezhnev in early seventies – the Détente – and then Nixon was taken out by Hillary Clinton.

    • Sticks-of-TNT May 1, 2016 at 5:16 pm #

      Wow! I thought I was a conspiracy theorist.


  144. Janos Skorenzy April 30, 2016 at 3:07 pm #


    Who can stand against His Cold?

  145. tucsonspur April 30, 2016 at 4:48 pm #

    Strong jab Q, Buck is still reeling.

    Kirk as Sparticus, Kirk as the wild, brave cowboy in ” Lonely are the Brave “, and Kirk as champion in ” Champion “.

    I’ll buy it. Donald “Sparticus” Trump.

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    • Buck Stud April 30, 2016 at 9:17 pm #

      Huh–a jab? I thought Q was thinking about his own large prostate while charging up to battle.

      Yeah Kirk was great. I also posted that Sparticus clip because Janos once wrote an emotional post extolling the Tony Curtis poetry scene from that movie.

      Speaking of which, Trump is nowhere near as tender and sensitive as Kirk in the below clip. When Yin is strong so is Yang as Kirk emplifies in the below clip. Trump is simply stiff; he can’t embrace the softness of Yin thus his Yang can never be fully actualized.

      Americans don’t understand this and neither do most Asians. Only the Taoists among us understand these things:


      • tucsonspur May 1, 2016 at 1:15 am #

        Good counter jab, but Q is strong like Ten Bears and can take it.

        I realize that I don’t become weightless on thin ice, but I’ll venture forth and say I generally agree. Great clip.

        Do both the yin and the yang of someone have to be fully, or nearly so, actualized to be a good president? It seems that yang would be more desirable, even if not fully actualized.

        With radical Islam, is there any place for yin?

        Kirk. They broke the mold? A genetic masterpiece? Never again? That’s right, all of the above and then some.

        My goof. It should be Spartacus, with an a.

      • Q. Shtik May 1, 2016 at 5:35 pm #

        Spartacus must have been using a 3 blade Gilletticus to shave.

  146. Janos Skorenzy April 30, 2016 at 5:02 pm #

    War is Peace
    Freedom is Slavery
    Diversity is Strength


    Unity is Strength. Unity. Uniformity? No, that is what THEY are trying to create by mashing everyone together. We believe in borders and separations, individual rights and property lines.

  147. FincaInTheMountains April 30, 2016 at 5:36 pm #

    Flash-mob. Russian style


  148. FincaInTheMountains April 30, 2016 at 6:13 pm #

    “Soon, however, Donald “Kirk Douglas” Trump and his rag-tag band of delusionals will be facing the fall general election equivalent of this” — Buck

    Or may be the dog-knights of the Teutonic Order of Hillary Clinton will face that:


  149. FincaInTheMountains April 30, 2016 at 6:26 pm #

    “I’ll buy it. Donald “Spartacus” Trump.” — tucsonspur

    I’d rather go for Donald “the Alexander Nevsky” Trump.

  150. wpa_ccc April 30, 2016 at 8:16 pm #

    Here’s the truth: for the past several days, the entirety of the Democratic political establishment has been hoping Bernie’s political revolution would dissolve, that we Bernie supporters would just go away. But one thing is clear, we are only getting stronger:

    YouGov National Poll –
    April 27, 2016

    Clinton: 47%

    Sanders: 43%

    Those numbers represent a four point gain for our campaign, and it comes entirely after our tough loss in New York. Numbers like that can’t be ignored because it proves our movement is resilient and will never stop fighting for the values we share.

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    • BackRowHeckler April 30, 2016 at 10:17 pm #

      What values?

      Free stuff for everybody?

      You’re about 40 years too late. Everything has already been looted, there’s nothing left.


      • wpa_ccc May 1, 2016 at 12:35 am #

        “There’s nothing left” –brh

        Hooray! There’s nothing left! No more money for the military!

        Send those 1.3 million active duty home so they can do something productive with their lives… instead of receiving DoD welfare checks each month for goldbricking and “veterans’ benefits” for life.

        • BackRowHeckler May 1, 2016 at 3:34 am #

          Even President Sanders will need an Army.

          And it looks like he will need a big one to confront a world that is rapidly disintegrating, specially in Syria, NKorea, China and the Baltic Sea.


      • FincaInTheMountains May 1, 2016 at 9:16 am #

        A young man out of goodness of his heart was giving to a beggar every day some small sum of money.

        One day he said to the beggar that he will now donate half since he got married, and must save now.

        Beggar was totally indignant:

        – Look, he just got married yesterday, and I already have to feed his family!

        • Sticks-of-TNT May 1, 2016 at 5:33 pm #

          That’s really funny, Finca–and apropos to the discussion.


  151. FincaInTheMountains May 1, 2016 at 7:18 am #

    Obama, Hillary and The Myth of Sisyphus

    Trudge Up The Hill!

    President Obama makes a fun of Hillary: (watch starting at 24:20) during White House Correspondent Dinner


    A very clear hint at this:


  152. Being There May 1, 2016 at 11:31 am #

    Just sharing what I’ve been listening to and reading this week. Hope some of you have time for this.



    Charles Hugh Smith

    [Centralized Systems Are Hijacked By Those Who Profit Most From Them
    Centralized systems are inevitably hijacked by vested interests in a way that is simply not possible in highly decentralized systems.  Powerful vested interests rig centralized systems to protect and extend their privileges and profits.  This dynamic is a positive (self-reinforcing) feedback loop: the greater the centralization, the greater the influence of vested interests, who increase the centralization that benefits them.]…..

  153. Buck Stud May 1, 2016 at 3:41 pm #

    New WSJ poll out which has Trump up by 15 over Cruz in Indiana. It Trump triumphs on Tuesday it’s lights out for Cruz and Trump is the GOP nominee (if he isn’t already).

    And BTW, all those Mexican flags being swung by Trump protesters in California, well that was the “GOP establishment’s” worst nightmare: How many points and how much upsurge did Trump garner from that visual?!

    So it will be The Lady Hillary against the Donald. And what a bonanza for connoisseurs of the written word in the coming months. No doubt JHK will expand our vocabularies with his colorful expressions of disgust regarding ‘The American Polity’.

    “Harridan” and “Termagant’ and…maybe not a safe zone for the elderly woman here on CFN in the coming months.

  154. FincaInTheMountains May 1, 2016 at 6:09 pm #

    “So it will be The Lady Hillary against the Donald. “ == Buck

    Not unless the majority of American Elite have a death wish. Remember “Prompt Global Strike” Pentagon was so enthusiastic about few years ago? Well, it’s been successfully implemented … by Russia. Any target on the globe within 30 – 40 min strike time with conventional or nuclear weapon, hypersonic vehicle traveling at 5 times the speed of sound in the atmosphere using unpredictable trajectory, changing its direction with the rudders. The interceptors for such vehicle are not even on the paper.


    This is called a complete change in the military-strategic balance and it will take the precedence over any other political or statistical considerations. Time to negotiate, not to saber-rattle.

    How exactly it will play out in the election process, is a different story.

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    • Buck Stud May 1, 2016 at 10:28 pm #

      Well, Russian fighter jets sure do seem brazen as of late, almost as if what you type is true–I really have no idea.

      But if it is true I don’t believe it is necessarily a bad thing. Being sent to the ‘ego reduction clinic’, in a manner of speaking, might just be what the doctor ordered for a bad case of pointless hubris.

  155. FincaInTheMountains May 1, 2016 at 6:21 pm #

    Appearance of hypersonic warheads represents a revolution in military technology that could be compared in its significance only with the invention of nuclear weapons.

  156. wpa_ccc May 1, 2016 at 9:09 pm #

    Hillary is the weaker candidate. Superdelegates are not pledged. Superdelegates will flip to Bernie.

    WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) vowed to take his fight for the Democratic presidential nomination all the way to the party’s convention in July, promising not to give up even if he continues to trail Hillary Clinton in pledged delegates.

    “It is virtually impossible for Secretary Clinton to reach the majority of convention delegates by June 14 — that is the last day that a primary will be held — with pledged delegates alone. … She will need superdelegates to take her over the top at the convention in Philadelphia,” he told reporters in a press conference at the National Press Club Sunday afternoon.

    “In other words,” he added, “the convention will be a contested contest.”

  157. wpa_ccc May 1, 2016 at 9:12 pm #

    “So it will be The Lady Hillary against the Donald. “ == Buck

    No, Buck, it ain’t over yet. Hillary is not going to waltz into a coronation. Bernie is going to fight her at the convention because she cannot win if superdelegates (who are not pledged) flip over to Bernie.

    • wpa_ccc May 1, 2016 at 9:36 pm #

      Bernies is not like the weaker Hillary who lost against Obama, or the weaker Gore who did not fight for the presidency against Bush’s corrupt vote stealing in Florida. Bernie has balls, endurance, and a spine of steel. Bernie is a fighter and a winner.

      • BackRowHeckler May 1, 2016 at 10:08 pm #

        Then what?

        We all line up for our free government cheese?


        • wpa_ccc May 1, 2016 at 10:13 pm #

          According to you, we get our free government military, which Bernie needs, according to you.

          Cheese has been free for a long time. I think Bernie should go for more important things, like free medicare for all and free higher education. The money is there to pay for it… in the Wall Street transactions, in the bloated corrupt defense budget, and yes in higher taxes. You pay a little bit more to get a lot more (i.e., free) stuff. Redistribution from the rich works: ask Eisenhower … 90%+ marginal tax rate on the rich and we built the interstate highway system for free.

    • Buck Stud May 1, 2016 at 10:31 pm #

      What are you, some kind of a kook?

      It’s over for Bernie, He’s nearly 75 and and he had a nice little moment in the sun. Quit trying to transform Sanders into an unrepentant megalomaniac…have a little grace and class in defeat, like two NHL hockey teams shaking hands at mid ice after the game.

  158. wpa_ccc May 1, 2016 at 10:16 pm #

    The Socialist Alternative

    By Chris Hedges —

    Seattle’s socialist city council member, Kshama Sawant, has called on Bernie Sanders to break with the Democratic Party and run as an independent. If he refuses, she says, his supporters must build a third party without him.

  159. BackRowHeckler May 2, 2016 at 12:19 am #

    Looks like Puerto Rico is getting ready to default on its obligations, maybe as soon as tomorrow. A Puerto Rican guy who works here tells me its bad down there right now, i.e. gangs, violence, corruption, and anybody who can get out is getting out. There is also talk of Puerto Rico North (Connecticut) defaulting in the next year or so. The debt here is unmanageable.

    Detroit’s schools are closed tomorrow, teachers on a ‘sickout’. There’s no money available to pay them anyway. Chicago is experiencing a bloodbath, and the wealthy and the middle class (whites) is simply clearing out. The future of Chicago isn’t looking too good, in fact is looking a little like Detroits’.

    The water is out of the tub, the wheels are falling off, and any other cliché you can think of.


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  160. FincaInTheMountains May 2, 2016 at 1:16 am #

    The Tennessee Waltz


  161. FincaInTheMountains May 2, 2016 at 1:36 am #

    May First – International Workers’ Day

    130 years ago in the United States began the struggle of the Chicago workers for an 8-hour working day, which eventually ended in clashes with police and bloodshed.




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