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In that mercifully quiet week between Christmas and New Years, I re-watched Ken Burns’ documentary of the first Civil War, in contemplation of a possible second. What an almighty bloodbath that was. Thousands butchered in minutes in one battle after another, heads and limbs flying, men turned inside-out, and horses, too. The blue and the gray were hostage to their battlefield tactics and didn’t seem to learn from the insane extravagance of souls wasted in massed assaults against massed artillery again and again and again. The population of the whole nation (Confederacy included) was 31 million in 1860 and the war killed two percent of that, almost entirely young men.

Another impression left by that documentary was the startling beauty of the countryside in that day, and of the little towns that dotted the landscape where all the carnage and horror played out. Not a strip-mall in the whole gorgeous panorama. The rolling fields neatly fenced in the stillness of a summer’s day. A peaceful tranquility we today cannot even imagine. Everything human-scaled and so many buildings graced with beauty deliberately made: pediments, steeples, cupolas, columns, and swags. Walt Disney could not have imagined a more tender and appealing place. The lyrical names of those towns are linked to rivers of blood: Shiloh, Spotsylvania, Missionary Ridge, Cold Harbor….

And the last impression accumulated over each installment was that this we did it to ourselves, and couldn’t seem to stop, just as today various parties to current events can’t seem to stop their provocations to a new episode of national domestic violence. This time it is the very government at war with itself, and so far the war is merely legalistic, the battles of lawyers — of which, one senses, we have far too many for our own good. The Department of Justice in particular is at war with itself, one faction in it refusing to cooperate with the other, hiding documents, trafficking in political muck, kluging up the works with deceptions, and still at it in the yet-unresolved case of General Flynn, which should have been thrown out of court months ago based on obvious prosecutorial malice.

Likewise, The New York Times, NBC News, and many other companies can’t seem to give up on their mendacious retailing of obvious falsehoods, in league with rogue government agencies. Their readers and followers learned nothing from the stunning failure of Robert Mueller’s long investigation to find any crimes, and most don’t even understand that the purpose of it was simply to antagonize the president while trying desperately to come up with ammunition against him for the next election — using all the resources of federal machinery. In other words, it was just a government-sponsored elaboration of the “opposition research” conjured up by Hillary Clinton’s Fusion GPS hirelings in 2016.

The bigger picture of all this chicanery is right out there to see for anyone really paying attention. Mr. Obama and Hillary hijacked the most pernicious instruments of government — the CIA and FBI — to win the election, and then to overthrow the actual winner. Slowly slowly, they were found out, despite all the smoke they were blowing and hiding in. Barr & Durham have hardly said a thing about their efforts to unwind the massive hairball of subterfuge and ass-covering that is their purview. Yet, the particulars of what went on, and who did what, are now pinned to the wall. We know exactly what Christopher Steele was and how that all worked. We know how John Brennan played it and how James Clapper and Jim Comey went along with it, and took it further and deeper, and where Rod Rosenstein and Andrew McCabe stepped in, and exactly how Mr. Mueller got roped in to front his operation — despite his mental incapacity. And we also know that Barack Obama approved of all that activity through 2016 into January 20, 2017.

When it comes into the courts some months from now, Brennan, Comey, and the rest will surely cop a plea that they were following Mr. Obama’s presidential instructions. The impeachment hysteria is an exact index of the rising fear of that coming finger-pointing. Mr. Obama has been drawn into the heart of this matter. His reputation will be destroyed — and with it, the Progressive agenda that he represented for two terms, and which still holds his party hostage as much as the battlefield tactics of 1864 held the armies of North and South hostage.

We have heard very little from Mr. Obama in recent months, and only a few squawks out of Hillary. The Lawfare shock troops are working feverishly in the background to invent new congressional chicanes to trap Mr. Trump, but their legal cleverness can’t overcome the weakness of their cause, just as the soldiering of Robert E. Lee and his generals could not overcome the tragic wrongfulness of fighting for slavery. A century and half from now, people in this land (whatever it is called by then) will say that coup against Mr. Trump was a valiant endeavor, just as people today will say that the Civil War of 1861 – 1865 was about some metaphysical truths above and beyond slavery.

Hillary is still on the loose and she still has many partisans in the ranks of government, and they are scheming desperately now to save their skins. I don’t believe that Mr. Obama actually commands any troops in this fight. He remains the mere symbol that he was from the very start, when the Democratic Party hoisted him out of obscurity as the grand prize for post-war liberalism. After the election, I think Mr. Trump was prepared to drop his wish to “lock her up.” But he has had three years to discover just how much malice was arrayed against him, and now he’s going to run her to ground.


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  1. benr January 3, 2020 at 10:25 am #

    There it is for all to see the stark reality that one party is clearly at war with the President and the other party seems to have silently agreed with it.

    As far as the uncivil war I find it shocking that the western hemisphere had slavery and the United States was the only country that had to fight a bloody war to get rid of it.
    Everywhere else just stopped engaging in it.
    Shame it is still practiced in parts of Africa and middle east.

    • shotho January 3, 2020 at 10:33 am #

      Yes, both parties wish him to be gone and therein lies his problem. Power will out.

      • uslabor January 3, 2020 at 11:15 am #

        And yet the Democrats give him all the “defense” money he asks for.

        • JohnAZ January 3, 2020 at 11:19 am #

          And he gave them what they wanted. Democrats do not want to lose defense related resources in their districts either.

      • JohnAZ January 3, 2020 at 11:30 am #

        Only part of the GOP, the RINOs. Democrats plus RINOs equals the Deep State.

        The folks in the Deep State are more dedicated to its continued existence than to their parties or philosophies. Trump is the enemy of the Deep State, to everything they stand for. He beat up a very fractured GOP during 2015 and the establishment side will never forgive him. Kasich, the Bushes, Romney, Collins, etc. will try to undo him as much as the Dems. They are the really bad characters of the battle.

        The parties are fixing to realign as Deep State versus Populists. As the Populists sorta represent the population, it will actually be the government versus the people. It should be interesting. In history, this could be the beginning of a dictatorship if the people allow it.

        • Beryl of Oyl January 3, 2020 at 1:01 pm #

          The problem is, John, that the RINOs are probably the majority of the Republicans. The rest of them care about the three things that Ann Coulter has explained for us; the embassy in Jerusalem, tax cuts, and abortion.
          I don’t think they really care about abortion either, they just use that to distinguish themselves from the other party.

    • volodya January 3, 2020 at 10:34 am #

      Not so sure that everyone stopped engaging in slavery even if they passed laws against it. It goes on even now all over the place. You can read that human trafficking goes on all the time, for example, bringing in Asian chicks to work in massage parlors and brothels. Those women are slaves. And there’s a lot of other examples, ie domestic help and other lines of work.

      I’ve read arguments that the war was more over secession than over slavery, with each side having had different founders, and over two contending elites (descending from those different founding groups) that just couldn’t abide one another.

      But there’s so many competing theories out there. Maybe it’s just more straight-forward to go by what people at the time were saying. That is to say, secession and the resultant war was over slavery.

      • benr January 3, 2020 at 10:49 am #

        I have read some theories the British were egging on the South as another attempt to mess with the our fledgling nation.

        • DrTomSchmidt January 3, 2020 at 11:07 am #

          The south supplied cotton, which Britain needed. The North? Not so much, as the Brits had plenty of coal.

          As a result of the war, the British secured new supplies of cotton, devastating the plantation economy of the south. It’s only in the past 20 years that the price of cotton exceeded the antebellum maximum, a shocking thought.

          • BackRowHeckler January 3, 2020 at 2:33 pm #

            Dr S

            Didn’t Britain get all the cotton it needed from India, which was one of the reasons she remained neutral in the war?

            Brh

        • JohnAZ January 3, 2020 at 11:17 am #

          They wanted their cotton and tobacco. The South was still considered a “colony” of the British mercantilism system and the naval blockade was a real detriment to that.

          The North with its fledgling industrialization was a competitor for Britain.

          Note that the South’s social system was almost like Britain’s nobility. Definitely a huge connection between the two prior to the war, that never really reconnected afterwards.

        • uslabor January 3, 2020 at 11:18 am #

          The British did trade with the South, if the South could run the blockade, that is.

        • Majella January 5, 2020 at 4:35 pm #

          Gee. A ‘fledgling nation’ being messed with.

          Not unlike the fledgling nation of Ukraine and its brand-new non-politician President getting a working over by Himself…

        • Ivehadenough January 22, 2020 at 9:24 am #

          Naw benr, it was def the Russians. Aided by the Ukrainians.

      • JohnAZ January 3, 2020 at 11:37 am #

        States rights and slavery. The states rights argument was about slavery so ultimately the war was fought to eliminate slavery in the South.

        The Brits were definitely in there stirring the pot trying to keep its economic connection with the South intact.

        Another factor was that the soil in the South was losing its fertility, thus the South was losing its economic competitiveness with the North. The North had lost its agrarian primacy and was running down the road of industrialization. The South could not compete.

      • Beryl of Oyl January 3, 2020 at 1:04 pm #

        Slavery in its older form has mostly ceased here, but for the human trafficking you mention.
        We do see a large class of what might be called economic slaves, but they are free to jump between various offers of servitude.

      • 4014HAMPHEDGE January 4, 2020 at 1:38 am #

        After the US Civil War, absolute brutal servitude of native populations in Africa at the hands of European so called “Civilized Christian Nations” occurred outside public knowledge. Companies engaged in resources: animal, vegetable & mineral went beyond cruelty, in many cases reaching pure genocidal practices in the reaping of natural resources of Africa.

        Railroads were built, water systems and other amenities of western nations were put in place, and by some measures the overall health and life expectancy did improve in a small percentage of the indigenous Colonial populations. The human condition is in modern times still subject to the hackneyed “Battle Of Good Vs. Evil”… Slavery is in vogue, albeit with various contemporary job titles. Tribute in various permutations continues as a mainstay of the “Religion Of Peace”.

        To JHK title topic “Dogs Of War” the Iranian headline spot is a fungible position, as we survey the 2020 panorama of dictators, war criminals and belief systems barely able to hide basic mission of conquest, tribute and various levels of enslavement. And genocide, when the human element becomes too demanding for privileged class to tolerate or maintain… Dieback is not far away.

        60 years ago President Kennedy warned America of geopolitical challenges; some time later he was assassinated by impossible marksmanship with a cheap, beat-up Italian Carcano rifle, in still indeterminate circumstances and shadowy truths still obscured. Current Government chicanery is certainly still a stink in our nostrils! Now we must fear false flag events as smoke screens are called for. Black Swans are orbiting like flying apes in Oz…

        Jim Kunstler leaves out False Flag events, some of which might be the main engine of change over the 2020 decade. Iranian attack against Israel seems more than likely, and containing the aftermath might be the biggest challenge for western nations in the coming year or two. Or joint pre-emptive attacks on Iran by Israel and America? Strategic Think Tank Middle East War Consequence White Papers seem more in line with Biblical Prophecy as things unfold in that still essential oil patch region.

        Richard Clarke “CYBERWAREFARE” book is more relevant as we can expect that sort of action in the Iranian toolbox against the Great Satan America. One yearns for persons of wealth to step up for railway branch line adoption & rebuild into food production districts in US & Canadian breadbasket geography. Qur’an savants will note clear call for destruction of food supply/wells in the quest for conquest by Islam. USA Famine Hedge is short of robust levels, and motor transport vulnerabilities to EMP/Cyberattack is a key element.

        This is not a video game.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 3, 2020 at 12:32 pm #

      To be fair, the South would have let go of slavery eventually, at least with the rise of the machine, but quite possibly before that. There was an abolitionist movement in the South as well. Robert E Lee thought it was bad, especially for poor Whites. Of course that disqualifies him in the minds of the gnostics, since Whites are intrinsically bad and are only provisionally good as individuals if working against their race.

      Big blowup in Wisconsin about how wrong it is to honor Whites who helped on the underground railroad. This is how far down we’ve gone. Think how far we have yet to fall.

      • volodya January 3, 2020 at 12:54 pm #

        Agreed, slavery would eventually end especially with mechanized agriculture. How ugly would the end have been though? What would it have taken?

        But a natural end, without a war, might have had better longer term results for Blacks, ie maybe no Jim Crow etc.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 3, 2020 at 1:06 pm #

          Blacks were starving on the streets after they attained “freedom”. As if that word means the same thing to them as it does to us – or has any real meaning at all to them.

        • Beryl of Oyl January 3, 2020 at 1:07 pm #

          I’m thinking it could have looked like what happened in Haiti, with the North not fighting but not intervening either.

      • BackRowHeckler January 3, 2020 at 4:02 pm #

        Slavery continues to this day in Black Africa, with Black Muslims as the slavemastes. Cannabilism is making a robust comeback, too, primarily amongst the ‘Animalists’.

        Brh

    • K-Dog January 3, 2020 at 12:39 pm #

      The hubris of thinking rearranging deck chairs of election malfeasance has anything to do with the sinking of our ship of state is reckless ignorance. More important today is Trumps taking out a general in Iran. we are not at war with Iran. The consequences will be extreme and the deaths of many Americans shall be the response.

      • volodya January 3, 2020 at 12:59 pm #

        The main conflict is between Sunni and Shia. If Iranian misbehavior in the area necessitated a response, it should maybe have been the Saudis whacking that guy and not the US. What the US is doing in the middle east makes no sense other than to make money for defense contractors.

        • JohnAZ January 3, 2020 at 2:23 pm #

          The source of the US involvement was in 1943 with a deal between FDR and King Faisal of SA to provide the US with oil for WW2. Our part of the deal was to provide defense for SA against the world. We are still doing it.

          Oil!

          • 4014HAMPHEDGE January 4, 2020 at 11:26 am #

            The FDR/Saudi oil deal included FDR agreement to prevent formation of a Jewish State. Baptist Harry Truman was not in step with that plan.

            The war with Germany nearly over, FDR was thinking about postwar economy built on rubber tire (motor mania) economics.

        • BackRowHeckler January 3, 2020 at 4:07 pm #

          Reminds me of the US Navy taking out Admiral Yamamoto in 1944 over Leyte gulf. They tracked him down like a dog.

          • K-Dog January 4, 2020 at 12:24 am #

            It does? What war are we in?

          • benr January 6, 2020 at 9:07 am #

            The war of proxy.
            Can you deny it?
            This proxy war has been raging for as long as we have been alive.

        • benr January 3, 2020 at 4:16 pm #

          Except the Saudi military is not capable of doing such.
          Have you ever had to deal with them?
          Training them was a Sisyphean task to say the least.

          • volodya January 4, 2020 at 10:13 am #

            No doubt. So, if the the Saudis want to be idiots, let them. Maybe then they lose, the Iranians and their Shia cohorts win and that decides the issue.

            Then Iran and Israel can lock horns and go from there. But, if my estimation of the place is right, it’s in the best interests of the mullahs running Iran and other middle east states to keep Israel intact as a distraction from the many faceted scams the mullahs are running.

            In the end it makes no difference to the US and other outsiders what Beards run what patch of sand because if that patch of sand has oil underneath it, the oil has to be sold, which is what this is all about. And if there’s no oil, it still makes no difference what beard runs it because the patch of sand is worthless.

      • abbybwood January 3, 2020 at 1:07 pm #

        My understanding is that Sulimani was in Baghdad at the invitation of the Iraqi government.

        The Iraqi government and the Iraqi people want the US military out of their country.

        Iraq would rather ally with Iran, Russia and China.

        I wonder if there will be any goings on at the U.N. over this US drone strike at a sovereign international airport???

        I think Trump just stepped in it when he should have ignored his military advisers. They just want more war. They could care less who the “president” is.

        • volodya January 3, 2020 at 1:21 pm #

          War is their reason for being. Without war, why are they even there? Plus never under-estimate the crazy shit that ten guys behind closed doors can talk themselves into. I’ve seen this many times in the corporate world. And so debacles like the Boeing mess surprises me not one whit. And this latest whack has the familiar stink of “group-think”.

        • sophia January 4, 2020 at 9:03 pm #

          Hmm, this at least begins to make sense. If the alliance or possible alliances between China, Iran and Russia are developing, and if Iraq wanted in, that would explain this attack.

      • SpeedyBB January 3, 2020 at 1:24 pm #

        Maybe it is a fine point, but in fact the enterprising General was killed in Iraq, not Iran. Iraq is a battlefield, a field of war, and so he – EH? What’s that?

        Oh sorry – I guess I missed “Mission Accomplished”. I was still in my crib watching cartoons when all that went down.

        • volodya January 3, 2020 at 1:32 pm #

          Dubya was warned fair and square. He was told that if US forces were still in Iraq in six months, Iraqis would start fighting them.

          The point is a fair point, but it has a Geneva Convention air about it and, from what I’ve heard, nobody pays any attention to such niceties over yonder in those dusty realms.

        • abbybwood January 4, 2020 at 2:21 am #

          Right. I said that Gen. Suleimani was in Baghdad (that would be in Iraq). He was actually there to attend the funerals of 45 Iraqi’s who had recently been killed. As his entourage was driving down the runway toward the main terminal, that is when the U.S. drone rained down hell and fire in a flash and assassinated him and nine others traveling to the funeral.

          But akin to the ducks at the carnival we have tried to knock down, there are always other ducks ready to pop up and in the case of Suleimani his main deputy has already stepped in.

          And on and on it goes….

          Hopefully someone with some brains and a deep reverence for ALL life on Earth will step up to bring some sanity and serious dialogue into this very dangerous situation.

      • JohnAZ January 3, 2020 at 2:20 pm #

        This general was responsible for hundreds of US deaths and injuries while he was exporting SHia all over the ME. Watch and see, it is all bluff. Iran will just put some one else in charge.

        BTW, there were demonstrations of Iraqis happy that the SOB was gone.

      • benr January 3, 2020 at 4:18 pm #

        Really KDOG tell the Iranians that they have been rattling that sabre for years in fact very chance they get they spit in Uncle Sams eye.
        Case and point a riverine boat in 2016.

    • elysianfield January 3, 2020 at 11:00 pm #

      “As far as the uncivil war I find it shocking that the western hemisphere had slavery and the United States was the only country that had to fight a bloody war to get rid of it.
      Everywhere else just stopped engaging in it.

      Benr,
      Well, some opine that it was State’s Rights, and not slavery directly. Allow me to paraphrase your comment…update it a bit;

      As far as the uncivil war, I find it shocking that the western hemisphere had gun ownership and the United States was the only country that had to fight a bloody war to get rid of it….

      Maybe….

    • Anon1970 January 4, 2020 at 1:05 am #

      benr: Haiti fought a bloody revolution to gain its independence and to free its slaves. The British Empire abolished slavery in 1833.

      • benr January 4, 2020 at 4:42 pm #

        More about throwing off the yoke of a foreign power than slavery.
        The rest of the surrounding area also engaged in Slavery.
        Why do you think there are so many black people all over South/central America and the Caribbean?

  2. shotho January 3, 2020 at 10:31 am #

    . . .”some metaphysical truths above and beyond slavery” . . . No metaphysical truths above and beyond slavery and not much about slavery either. Mostly about cold, hard cash and Northern dominance of that cash.

    • messianicdruid January 3, 2020 at 11:44 am #

      What about ” consent of the governed ” ? Or should this be considered fantasy.

  3. Minnie Van Horne January 3, 2020 at 10:32 am #

    This just in: A lethal drone strike has just been carried out on the breakfast motorcade of Felonia von Pantsuit of Chappaqua, New York. No tweets from POTUS yet to confirm he authorized this prophylactic action of national hygiene. Secretary of State Pompeo has taken to Instagram to post photos of Bedford Hills and Mount Kisco residents dancing in the streets.

    • DrTomSchmidt January 3, 2020 at 11:09 am #

      Death is too easy, even in jest. Humiliation and bankruptcy via legal fees is what’s called for.

      • Nightowl January 3, 2020 at 11:39 am #

        Far more than humiliation is called for. This was a coup, and it was carried out by the same neoliberal and conservative forces that have been subverting our foreign policy and banking system for decades.

        I have no sympathy for any of them, or for those clowns that enable them in any way, shape, or form. Including here.

      • Tate January 3, 2020 at 1:20 pm #

        If Barr & Durham don’t come through with real justice, this civil war 2.0 is going to heat up real fast. I’m not optimistic.

  4. PeteAtomic January 3, 2020 at 10:36 am #

    ” I re-watched Ken Burns’ documentary of the first Civil War..”

    yeah, that really is a beautiful series. The music, and pictures, and very moving commentary are excellent. A contemporary version of those events would certainly be qualitatively and quantitatively on a much bloodier & destructive scale. Let’s all work for that not to happen.

    “Another impression left by that documentary was the startling beauty of the countryside in that day, and of the little towns that dotted that landscape where all the carnage and horror played out. Not a strip-mall in the whole gorgeous panorama. The rolling fields neatly fenced in the stillness of a summer’s day. A peaceful tranquility we today cannot even imagine. ”

    I remember a history professor I had make the point that the loudest noise during the Civil War period that people had experience on a daily level was the sound of livestock or horses. They didn’t have all the buzz of TVs and radio, or automobiles. So imagine all of these men coming to a battlefield with hundreds of cannons firing & concentrated musketry. It must have been horrific. It would be horrific to me today!

    “The bigger picture of all this chicanery is right out there to see for anyone really paying attention. ”

    I think the lack of public response to these events are more telling. I’m not sure apathy is really the right word. What is a word worse then apathy? That would be better. The degradation of pop culture & obsessive consumerism has mesmerized a large segment of the population. I’m starting the only person who could replace Trump is another person who has either made a reality TV show or is some kind of pop-culture figure (?) Maybe that’s why I had heard a little rumbling about Oprah Winfrey running for President.

    “Likewise, The New York Times, NBC News, and many other companies can’t seem to give up on their mendacious retailing of obvious falsehoods, in league with rogue government agencies.”

    The MSM failures in the past few years are another symptom of institutional decay & irrelevancy. These organizations are no longer engaged in journalism. They are in some cases outright partisan, propaganda agencies.

    “Hillary is still on the loose and she still has many partisans in the ranks of government, and they are scheming desperately now to save their skins.”

    I have very little hope that justice will come to anybody in the Obama administration who has been engaged in any of this fuckery. There are a lot of powerful people involved.

    In another, somewhat related note, Tucker Carlson last night was reporting that Ghislaine Maxwell, the sociopath madame of Jeff Epstein, was according to his sources, hiding in Israel & being protected by very well connected, very wealthy individuals. Carlson also reported that Maxwell would never be prosecuted, because Epstein & Maxwell were working for foreign intelligence agencies to get blackmail material on powerful US persons.

    • Pete January 3, 2020 at 12:26 pm #

      I believe you need a ‘helper’ word. To describe the kind of apathy you speak of, try ‘malevolent apathy,’ and decorate with other useful helper words…

      In the years preceding the Civil War, congress was very contentious, and there was much scheming and posturing, and they used the new territories to drive their positions, or block opposition.

      I believe there were actual fist fights on the House floor at the time, something I expected this go around, as Adam Schiff has the most punchable face in America, with Chuck Schumer running neck and neck with Jerold Nadler for second place.

      “When it comes into the courts some months from now, Brennan, Comey, and the rest will surely cop a plea that they were following Mr. Obama’s presidential instructions.”

      Yowzer… then what? When the Government finds these conspirators found guilty, how will the other Government respond? Dark days ahead I’m afraid…

      JHK – Love what you do man. Keep it up!!

      • PeteAtomic January 4, 2020 at 11:32 am #

        “I believe there were actual fist fights on the House floor at the time,”

        yep, there were some vicious beatings on the House floor

        ..”s Adam Schiff has the most punchable face in America, with Chuck Schumer running neck and neck with Jerold Nadler for second place.”

        ha ha! yeah for sure

    • Janos Skorenzy January 3, 2020 at 12:36 pm #

      Hiding in Israel? They don’t extradite. She’s Jewish. If she’s there, Israel is giving her refuge.

      If someone can get to her there, she’s really in big trouble.

      • abbybwood January 3, 2020 at 1:16 pm #

        She is texting all her rich buddies that she will be back out on the social circuit as soon as “all the dust settles”.

        Guess this means it is our job to keep the dust stirring about in very large clouds.

        • PeteAtomic January 4, 2020 at 11:30 am #

          Yes, that was reported, as well.

          “Guess this means it is our job to keep the dust stirring about in very large clouds.”

          absolutely! Most of the MSM except for what I’ve seen reported on Fox News, has long moved on from this story. Not a big surprise, since ppl like Weinstein were protected by TV execs.

        • snagglepuss January 4, 2020 at 12:23 pm #

          Watched the documentary ‘The Prince and the Paedophile’ last night. I seriously doubt she will be back out on any social circuit given she was an active participant, not just a shill for schill for Epstein. The dust is never going to settle on this debacle. The story has legs.

      • PeteAtomic January 4, 2020 at 11:28 am #

        I believe that Israel was one of the places she is hiding.. I think the UK was the other one.

    • Quick Joey Small January 3, 2020 at 1:05 pm #

      “I’m not sure apathy is really the right word. What is a word worse then apathy?”

      Jaded. Overexposed. Burnt out.

      Bullshit fatigue.

      Programmed.

    • Epicur January 3, 2020 at 1:11 pm #

      “…that really is a beautiful series. The music…”

      A lot of that music, banjo and violin, was from Bobby Horton of Three On a String. I’ve been listening to these guys for almost 50 years.

      If you ever get a chance to see them you ought to take it.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EOY2vslZAc

      • PeteAtomic January 4, 2020 at 11:26 am #

        thanks for that link for everyone to enjoy!

    • Beryl of Oyl January 3, 2020 at 1:13 pm #

      It does seem odd that the Deep State with all their surveillance powers, can’t locate the woman who was up to her neck in it with Jeffrey Epstein.
      If they can’t use their skills against any actual criminals, but only against us, why even have them?
      Imagine all the money it would save us, not paying hundreds of people who actively seek to harm Americans?

      • abbybwood January 3, 2020 at 1:17 pm #

        But they had no problem finding Sulimani and drone striking him and his entourage.

        • SpeedyBB January 3, 2020 at 1:34 pm #

          “…finding Sulimani…”: does that nearly always not involve large sums of money promised and delivered, with family resettlement and new identities? Arabs and Farsis are such treacherous slimeballs that nobody can be trusted when “The Price is Right”.

          Highly recommend reading the thoughtful essay “Why Arabs Lose Wars”, composed by a retired American military expert.

          https://www.meforum.org/441/why-arabs-lose-wars

          • Majella January 5, 2020 at 7:10 pm #

            No, I believe his itineraries & general movements are public knowledge. He wasn’t ‘sneaking’ into Iraq…

        • Beryl of Oyl January 3, 2020 at 2:42 pm #

          They couldn’t find bin Laden, because he was in a cave. For years?
          But they found Saddam Hussein in a hole in the ground.

          I was only going to say “Hussein”, but then I remembered we had a Hussein in the White House, and it might get confusing.

          • goat1001 January 3, 2020 at 10:17 pm #

            Ha Ha! So funny!

        • RIB January 3, 2020 at 3:03 pm #

          The 542 drone strikes that Obama (The Magic Negro) authorized killed an estimated 3,797 people, including 324 civilians.

        • benr January 3, 2020 at 4:11 pm #

          Lest we forget technology has advanced since the years of Osama.
          They now have a tech that can be used to look at how someone walks from huge distances away.
          Gait recognition much like a finger print.

          https://apnews.com/bf75dd1c26c947b7826d270a16e2658a

          • BornToKillPeace January 4, 2020 at 11:22 pm #

            5G = Skynet (of Terminator films)

            8 min film, “Slaughterbot”, produced by a very concerned long-time AI developer.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fa9lVwHHqg

            One of the many reasons I’m not saving for retirement, while also wondering how hard it will be to find a coroner who would fake my death certificate someday.

            There are way too many bottlenecks coming our way.

      • Epicur January 3, 2020 at 4:42 pm #

        What elephant?

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCJ8emSWTQk

    • BornToKillPeace January 4, 2020 at 11:16 pm #

      ““Another impression left by that documentary was the startling beauty of the countryside in that day, and of the little towns that dotted that landscape where all the carnage and horror played out. Not a strip-mall in the whole gorgeous panorama. The rolling fields neatly fenced in the stillness of a summer’s day. A peaceful tranquility we today cannot even imagine. ”

      I have a soft spot for field recordings / bird songs and the history of audio recording in relation to those subject matters. Richard Rath wrote a book, “How Early America Sounded”, which is on my to read list, if anyone here is interested in the topic.

  5. davidreese2 January 3, 2020 at 10:43 am #

    Very much looking forward to “Living in the Long Emergency.” Promises to be one of Kunstler’s best reads ever.

    I immediately pre-ordered.

  6. venuspluto67 January 3, 2020 at 10:50 am #

    Mr. Obama has been drawn into the heart of this matter. His reputation will be destroyed — and with it, the Progressive agenda that he represented for two terms,

    I’m guessing you are referring to his pandering the ideology of Wokesterdom, which was really just a fig-leaf. The truth was that the Obama Administration was about as neoliberal as neoliberal gets. With the exception of the whole Obamacare fiasco, it was essentially a continuation of the regime of George W. Bush in all the ways that really mattered.

    • venuspluto67 January 3, 2020 at 10:56 am #

      Just thought I would add that it’s probably smart of you to wait and see how things develop before weighing in on the latest Iran imbroglio.

    • zekesdad January 3, 2020 at 11:01 am #

      There were many differences between Bush and Obama that really mattered. Fealty to the constitution, taxation, judicial appointments, and ObamaCare are notable examples.

      • Beryl of Oyl January 3, 2020 at 1:19 pm #

        That Patriot Act of his wasn’t exactly constitutional.
        However, it isn’t exactly fair to call it his. Both parties approved it.
        The media started repeating the talking point that we were going to have to give up some of our civil liberties in order to be safe.

        How long was that thing? It was ready to go suspiciously fast, almost as if it had been sitting in a drawer someplace.

        There was another instance where the FBI was useless. Instead of fixing it then, Bush just added another level of good for nothing but evil “security” over it.

        • Majella January 3, 2020 at 2:06 pm #

          Beryl

          The PATRIOT Act had very little in the way of new legislation. The bulk of it comprises amendments to existing security Acts on the books already. Thus, it’s a nightmare to read as constant cross-referencing to the affected clause in a specific act is required. No wonder no one in Congress read it!

          And, yes – it was presented for a vote in very short order – a matter of weeks. Webster Tarpley purports that is was already prepared by the PNAC cabal for implementation as soon as the right climate arose, or had been created).

        • JohnAZ January 3, 2020 at 2:31 pm #

          The Deep State and its subordinates the FBI, CIA, and the NSA, have been stealing our privacy and freedom for 20 years now in the name of the Patriot Act.

          Benjamin Franklin

          Those who give away freedom for security deserve neither.

          We are seeing Ben’s words being totally repudiated today.

      • Majella January 3, 2020 at 5:54 pm #

        JohnAZ

        I don’t think ‘repudiate’ is the word you’re looking for just there, as it means the opposite of your intention. ‘Confirmed’ might fit better.

    • Nightowl January 3, 2020 at 2:26 pm #

      Exactly.

  7. zekesdad January 3, 2020 at 10:57 am #

    As more is coming out on the falsehoods of “Russia Gate” and the shenanigans of the deep state, my liberal family members and friends have become very quiet. Blessedly, I had almost no political discussions with them over the holidays. Not that they could be engaged in rational discussion before that. I was always amazed how highly educated people were so ignorant of key players such as Fusion GPS, Bruce Orr, Peter Stzrok, Lisa Page, etc. I’m not holding my breath, but perhaps The New York Times, NPR, et al will finally start telling the whole story about which Jim and others have been reporting over the last year.

    • JohnAZ January 3, 2020 at 11:43 am #

      That is because the Democrats have no real issues and solutions. Political BS is all they have to offer. When the BS becomes illegal, they fall apart. It is a beautiful silence!

    • Janos Skorenzy January 3, 2020 at 12:42 pm #

      Just read a study: most people only ever read the headlines. It’s like my sister who got the New York Times Book Review just to be seen carrying it. Not only did she not read the books, she didn’t even read the reviews in order to be able to talk about them in even a superficial manner.

      Still believe in Democracy or “or one man, one vote”? Why? It simply doesn’t accord with reality to give the Mob much say. Rights? They have the right to be protected from their own idiocy and the predations of predators of all kinds.

      The Army Manual described the Vietmanese peasant as self effacing, referring all questions to the Village Elders. That Way is better. If he deserved it, he would become an Elder himself in time.

      • malthuss January 3, 2020 at 1:11 pm #

        my sister who got the New York Times Book Review just to be seen carrying it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • K-Dog January 4, 2020 at 12:37 am #

          Anybody attracted by the NYTBR would quickly lose interest after meeting her. Unless there was more to see.

    • Daddyotis January 3, 2020 at 12:44 pm #

      I had the exact same thing happen to me over Thanksgiving/Christmas, ZD. The quiet was ambrosia!

      • Janos Skorenzy January 3, 2020 at 12:54 pm #

        No talking at all, eh? Just burps, belches, and farts. Barnyard Heaven! As Whitman (White Man?) enthused, Oh to live with the animals…!

        • Beryl of Oyl January 3, 2020 at 1:36 pm #

          Animals are nasty! No manners at all.

    • Beryl of Oyl January 3, 2020 at 1:30 pm #

      I have been waiting to throw it in the faces of those who outright insulted my intelligence when it came to Obamacare, telling me I couldn’t do math and so forth, now that the Democrats are running against their major claim to fame.
      The funny thing is, the “health care” topic never seems to come up anymore.

      I notice an effort is underway by certain Democrats to save their reputation as the party that saves the Negro.
      The maternal death rate being higher for black mothers is a serious issue that needs serious attention.
      However, when they try to blame “racism” for the problem, and they are in the party that has been in power for EIGHT YEARS, took over health care, and crowed about reform, it takes a lot of nerve for someone like Liz Whitewoman to start her pandering. She’s been a senator for some time now. She’s just now seeing this?

      BTW, the reasons behind the higher rate have much to do with simple biology, not that it’s the only factor. Calling it racism is only going to obscure an honest look at the facts and get in the way of a remedy.
      That’s what dopey politicians do. They stand in the way of a solution, when the facts don’t fit their narrative.

      • BornToKillPeace January 4, 2020 at 11:53 pm #

        “Calling it racism is only going to obscure an honest look at the facts and get in the way of a remedy.”

        This needs to repeated everywhere over and over and over again.

    • abbybwood January 3, 2020 at 1:32 pm #

      I’m still waiting for someone to explain to me why the FBI allowed the DNC to refuse to turn over their allegedly “hacked” server and instead let the DNC allow “Crowdstrike” to do the investigation.

      Anyone, anyone….Bueller?? Bueller??

      Especially considering that top ex NSA techie William Binney did his own investigation and concluded the server could not have been “hacked” but instead it had to have been an insider “leak” like on a thumb drive or some other device.

      The only logical explanation I can come up with is that the FBI allowed the DNC to do its own “internal” investigation because the FBI was in on it.

      One thing Trump is right about. We have very dirty cops at the highest levels of government.

      • Beryl of Oyl January 3, 2020 at 1:41 pm #

        I still wonder if that underage girl was used as an excuse for the FBI to get their hands on the Weiner computer.
        “Across state lines” and all that.
        Anthony’s computer was being used by Huma and was a backup to everything Hillary went and destroyed.

        The president was just tweeting something about Huma and some sort of criminality involving passwords.
        She and Anthony are still married, if not cohabiting.

    • Nightowl January 3, 2020 at 2:31 pm #

      Most are igorant because they don’t have time to delve into the issues.

      What I find pathetic though are those political folks on the soßcalled left who simply eat up the corporate propaganda from MSNBC, CNN, NYT, and all of the moon-pie-faced hosts on the late-night shows on everything from NBC to Comedy Central.

      The left wing is normally highly critical of anything corporate, but for some reason, the corporate press and entertainment industry gets a pass when filling the trough with Orange Man Bad.

      The McResistance is one of the most pathetic political/social movements in American history.

      • benr January 3, 2020 at 4:06 pm #

        100% agree with your entire post!

        • BornToKillPeace January 4, 2020 at 11:55 pm #

          I’ve noticed that the more someone is a PC/SJW, the more they live their lives centered around entertainment as a substitute for culture.

          • BornToKillPeace January 4, 2020 at 11:58 pm #

            “The racist, homophobic, zeno-phobic, etc government, and police are corrupt!!”

            (In the same breath)

            “Let us have communism and run all avenues of society through government!!”

            Democracy (mob rule) is a bitch…

          • benr January 5, 2020 at 11:19 am #

            Very much a form of insanity run amuck.
            What else could it be?
            Is it the lead in the water pipes, exposure to mercury, or just a modern concoction of poisons?

  8. sprawlcapital January 3, 2020 at 11:37 am #

    The beauty of the American countryside endured for several decades after the Civil War. I spent a very interesting summer 19 years ago working as a historical interpreter at Living History Farms, near Des Moines, in their re-created 1875 small town called Walnut Hill, Iowa. I worked part time in the blacksmith shop and was also the “owner” of the implement dealer’s warehouse/showroom.

    All the buildings in town were as Jim describes. Effort was made to create attractive structures, with no plastic, of course. Above all, the town was not built around the needs of automobiles.

    Now the farm fields that remain are drenched each year with toxic chemicals are are worked with giant machines, not horse-drawn implements.

    Do you think the presidential candidates gathering here for the Iowa caucuses will discuss ways to reverse the degradation of our arrangements for living? The probability of that happening is about equal to the probability that Iowa farmers will plant sugar cane and pineapples this spring.

    • JohnAZ January 3, 2020 at 11:41 am #

      Yep, Buttigieg leads the field of candidates in Iowa. ????

      You could probably put what he knows about the agrarian issues in a thimble with space to spare.

      Deep State issues are in the cities which they are ruining.

      • abbybwood January 3, 2020 at 1:45 pm #

        I think once the actual votes start getting cast the pollsters will be put out to pasture.

        Especially after Sanders wins New Hampshire and sweeps all the states on Super Tuesday.

        Can’t wait to hear all the NASTY Bernie haters on CNN and MSDNC spout their vitriol as the returns come in.

        I can just hear them now: “Well!! It looks like the only hope for the DNC now will be to pull in the Superdelegates on the second ballot and set Sanders and his backers straight!!!”

        Ha!!

        • Majella January 5, 2020 at 2:07 am #

          Hi abbywood

          A Bernie supporter? I’m a either a little surprised or I’ve been reading your posts through a distorting filter.

          • benr January 5, 2020 at 11:20 am #

            One does not have to be Bernie supporter to see he was shafted bigly last round.
            Can’t stand the guy but what the DNC did to him was very wrong and he deserved his shot.

    • sprawlcapital January 3, 2020 at 12:26 pm #

      are [and] are worked

    • Epicur January 3, 2020 at 12:45 pm #

      “Do you think the presidential candidates gathering here for the Iowa caucuses will discuss ways to reverse the degradation of our arrangements for living?”

      No. It has been apparent to me for over 50 years that there is no reverse gear in civilization. We can only continue forward until we hit the wall.

      The few people who do speak of reverse (I did so myself, in the past) manifestly do not understand the machinery and are not allowed to play with the “controls”.

    • Beryl of Oyl January 3, 2020 at 1:51 pm #

      We are seeing an expansion into the former agricultural areas surrounding where I live, by the Amish.
      The land in Lancaster County got too pricey for them after the last couple of real estate bubbles, is what I heard.
      There is some friction with the locals, but not all of them, others see it as a good thing. At least it will preserve the rural character, but some people prefer the Rite-Aids with drive-throughs.

      When I say friction, I am talking mostly about some grumbling.
      Not what the New York Times would call ‘civic sparring’.
      They have condoned outright physical attacks on Jews as an understandable result of the Jews not staying in their ghettos, and spilling over into areas that “belong” to other groups.

    • Elrond Hubbard January 3, 2020 at 4:26 pm #

      sprawlcapital: Give the Iowa farmers a few more years, mate. But the window for planting sugar cane and pineapples is likely to be brief. With CO2 levels currently at ~410 ppm and rising, whoever’s left by the end of this century will be subsisting on desert voles and creosote.

      • BackRowHeckler January 3, 2020 at 8:17 pm #

        A few more volcanic eruptions and the C02 levels will rise up to -411, and we’ll really be in deep trouble, mate.

        Brh

  9. DC Jones January 3, 2020 at 12:26 pm #

    After watching 3 hours of Senate Hearings questioning the IG that was tasked to investigate whether there was grounds to open an investigation of Carter Page and the applications for the four FISA warrants relating to him and the “Russia Gate” conspiracy, I can see that it’s all a charade. The parameters of the IG investigation, the what, how, and especially why that the IG is confined to is a perverse joke and the joke is on the citizenry. This artificial standard the IG is confined to exists nowhere else in reality. The IG can’t infer the intent of FBI officials that committed crimes by swearing under oath that what they were submitting to the Court were true representations of the facts and knowing there was exculpatory evidence that refuted what they were presenting to the court, and is restricted to only saying that what he received was a slew of unsatisfactory answers? Attorney General Barr has the evidence, just from what’s in the IG report to make a criminal case right now against a dozen people at least, and if the criminal cabal of government employees were subjected to the laws and criminal justice system that the 99% live under the traitors would be locked up post haste. The fact that there are hours of Senate hearings that have been used by accessory’s to the crimes exposed, that with impunity can shamelessly deceive the public with lies by omissions, and blatantly false narratives shows that nothing of substance is going to be done. Trump is the whipping boy. He no control. I heard that it has been announced that Trump ordered the assignation of an Iranian General visiting Iraq. Did he? The war criminals that have been running US foreign policy could have ordered the murder and claim Trump did, and what could he do, and why couldn’t they do it? Even more to the point, why wouldn’t they, considering that most all of Congress support war for resources as the record clearly shows?

    Assignation? That’s a howler. Look it up. JHK-Admin

    • Janos Skorenzy January 3, 2020 at 12:46 pm #

      Trump is Deep State, Zionist faction. They always want more war in the Middle East. They’ve been itching to take down Iran for decades now. The other faction desperately wants a distraction to get attention off their public relations disaster. And of course, lots of them (the Neo Liberals) are of the same mindset as the Neo Conservatives and Zionists about this issue.

      I’d say it’s likely Game On.

      • BornToKillPeace January 5, 2020 at 12:03 am #

        “Trump is Deep State, Zionist faction.”

        I have come to the same conclusion.

    • abbybwood January 3, 2020 at 2:04 pm #

      Amen DC!

    • DC Jones January 3, 2020 at 8:15 pm #

      Feel free to correct my spelling errors. My computer corrects my spelling errors, but sometimes it comes up with the wrong word and I don’t catch it. I don’t see what’s funny about assignation replacing assassination via a clerical error. Feel free to replace “He no control” with “He’s not in control”. The General was marked for assassination. Who was spying on him? Who were the people in the chain of command? Who was keeping Trump informed of the operation to kill this General? Trump got a wild hair up his ass and decided he was going to murder an Iranian General, throw caution to the wind, and tell everyone about it? The killing of this General wasn’t done in a bubble. It’s an act of war against Iran. What any American government employee accuses the General of doing is irrelevant, he was murdered. The conspirators in command have an agenda and ipso facto they are criminals that were conspiring to commit mass murder and anything they say justifying their actions is insulting. It’s obscene. As disgusting as Trump is as a person, my instincts tell me that he’s being fucked from all sides, and has been losing control of the Presidency, his person, and his safety. Trump ordered the military? Isn’t it sort of common knowledge that the Pentagon brass don’t want a war with Iran?

      • Nightowl January 4, 2020 at 4:27 am #

        RE: Iran, you have just constructed a detailed fantasy. None of the points you made are verified, meaning that your conclusion and your series of questions are also no better than the scenario they are based on.

        If you are pulling this info. from a MSM opinion piece (which I suspect), or piece masqerading as hard news with anonymous sources, there is a 99.9 percent chance that you have been Fake Newsed.

        What I find curious is that Angela Merkel came out and called the attack justified. If any EU leader was going to criticize it, she would have been the one.

    • Majella January 5, 2020 at 2:09 am #

      JHK
      We mostly lack the embedded skill or a journo, proof-reading. A little slack, perhaps?

  10. Janos Skorenzy January 3, 2020 at 12:52 pm #

    So few posting. The Liberal Commentariat is stunned by Kunstler’s utter contempt for their heroes, and their dream of a slam dunk moral and legal victory against Trump and the Deplorables. They never had the high ground – that’s what they can’t accept. The Yan-kee is an inveterate moral prig and self righteous war monger and profiteer. A grotesque combination.

    How can he still support their invasion of the South and the subsequent savaging thereof? If we don’t stop them now, they’ll invade Black Africa to make them accept Globo-Homo.

    Slavery? As if their workers weren’t slaves in all but name. The actual slaves were better treated….

    • Daddyotis January 3, 2020 at 1:13 pm #

      I noticed the same thing, Janos. I think the “Paul Seagals” are being weeded out slowly. Every so often, someone (whose username is first seen, shockingly) will lash out shrieking about how James has “sold out” and “gone crazy” and “endorsed Hitler”, swearing to never read CFN again. When it strikes his fancy, Jim will either try to explain or tell them to FOAD, depending on his mood. Either way, I think a lot of the deadwood has been cleared.

      • abbybwood January 3, 2020 at 2:16 pm #

        I think JHK is just trying to find the truth and tell it.

        Which is why I come here to read.

        Lots of dots can be connected here to bring the true picture into focus.

        All we get from the MSM is a blur of lies.

        • benr January 5, 2020 at 12:02 pm #

          Anyone the msn attacks is typically on point.
          Alex jones when he is not raving has a very good take on foreign policy.
          The No Agenda podcast is very often prescient as well.
          On the contrast CNN and MSNBC is never right.

          • Majella January 5, 2020 at 7:31 pm #

            “On the contrast CNN and MSNBC is never right.

            Reword that to “CNN & MSNBC never agree with me”

  11. Janos Skorenzy January 3, 2020 at 1:03 pm #

    Not to excuse the South: one visitor was amazed at the poor treatment of the Irish indentured servants. They were given the hardest tasks and most dangerous. Why? Because the Blacks were valuable property. The Masters were eager to get the most out of the indentured before they attained freedom.

    Indentured servitude in the Caribbean on the sugar plantations was often a death sentence for Whites. Some made it and are still hanging on to this day, staying aloof from the Black majority.

    • malthuss January 3, 2020 at 1:08 pm #

      I read Irish ‘slaves’ had a lifespan of 6 years, once getting to the not so Free World.

      And I assume many other White nationalities suffered similar.

    • volodya January 3, 2020 at 1:12 pm #

      V.S. Naipaul’s grandparents were indentured servants in Trinidad. Apparently a fair number of East Indians (or is the correct term South Asians. I get confused) went that route. I worked with one guy who was Trini-Black on one side, Trini-Indian on the other and as he was half-and-half, he was accepted by neither side. And he got sick of it and so he and his Trini-Indian wife emigrated. They did just fine.

    • Quick Joey Small January 3, 2020 at 1:16 pm #

      Indentured servants were to chattel slaves as a leased car is to one bought with cash.

    • Beryl of Oyl January 3, 2020 at 2:06 pm #

      If the Irish could have held up better in the sun, we might not have had negro slaves.

      • malthuss January 3, 2020 at 7:33 pm #

        There werent that many Irish.

        • capt spaulding January 3, 2020 at 8:33 pm #

          There were the Black Irish, represented by Barry O’bama, great great grandson of Seamus O’bama.

          • Majella January 5, 2020 at 7:42 pm #

            Seriously though, what of the ‘Black Irish’? Are they not thought to be descendants of survivors of the Spanish Armada, wrecked on the coast of Kerry.

            I always thought “Costello” seemed an unusual Irish name..it looks Latin, but no. It’s Anglicised Irish.

          • capt spaulding January 5, 2020 at 8:24 pm #

            That’s a very interesting idea, Majella. It sounds plausible enough, although I have read that they hanged every Spanish soldier they could get their hands on, everywhere in the British Isles. It’ll be interesting to look that up. Thanks for the idea.

  12. Daddyotis January 3, 2020 at 1:05 pm #

    When I saw “The Dogs of War” as a title, I was sure Jim was going to wax poetic about the Rocket strike on Baghdad airport yesterday which killed Soleimani (but spared his ring and the hand attached to it). My guess is that he already had the vast majority of today’s very well written piece ready to go, so he’s holding off til Monday. Plenty of fodder there to keep wardogs and peaceniks alike guessing for a while.

    I’m a little torn (no pun intended) over the whole exploding Soleimani deal. While a big proponent of the idea that we need to GTFO of of ME and stop this endless nation-building, I was impressed that Trump had the gravitas to see an opportunity to do this based on actionable intel, and without hesitation gave the order to engage. Any other president in modern time (Clinton, Bush, Obama) would have immediately engaged their focus groups to gauge whether this would prove politically expedient, as well as to “committee” the idea to death until it languished and died. This type of weak and effete approach is what got Obama in trouble with his “red line” re Syria. He looked completely weak and ineffectual after that. This is why I’m almost certainly going to vote for GGG again in November regardless of his opponent.

    It was amusing to hear this morning that Schiff and Nancy were upset, whining that they weren’t “consulted” prior to the attack. As if ANYONE takes those two idiots seriously after the impeachment fiasco as worthy of offering any sort of sage advice that might be applied to the situation. Indeed, if Schiff were “consulted”, the plans would have appeared immediately on the NYT web edition before the attack even got off the ground.

    I’d look forward to your assessment of the situation, Jim. Perhaps Monday?

    • abbybwood January 3, 2020 at 2:20 pm #

      Trump may have committed a war crime.

      Time may tell. But I doubt it.

      • JohnAZ January 3, 2020 at 2:53 pm #

        If a war crime is not giving into the enemy, guilty. The USA has lost so much respect from the dictators of the world, that they are pushing back at us everywhere. Trying to re-earn respect is a difficult and deadly process. The last four presidents have been cowards in the eyes of the world. Trump just might get us into a war trying to stop the incursions from all the little Hitler’s around the world.

        I was watching a documentary on Ronald Reagan and the end of the Cold War. He committed to Gorbachev and the Russian people that the US was going to help them transfer from socialism to a more capitalistic economy. Bush got in and that was the end of that. Putin was the result. If I was elsewhere, I do not believe I would trust the Deep State of the US on anything.

        Russia is not our enemy. Competitor yes, not enemy.

      • RIB January 3, 2020 at 3:09 pm #

        Then Obama committed 542 war crimes

        • Majella January 5, 2020 at 2:11 am #

          Like Bush’s 1.2 million dead (Iraqis DO count).

          Whataboutery is just utterly pointless, RIB.

          • benr January 5, 2020 at 12:03 pm #

            You attribute all dead to American bombs and bullets but leave out the Shiite on Sunni and both on kurd violence.

      • Majella January 5, 2020 at 7:46 pm #

        I’ll say!!!!

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=536gOr6Qam8

    • RIB January 3, 2020 at 3:08 pm #

      The 542 drone strikes that Obama authorized killed an estimated 3,797 people, including 324 civilians. I don’t remember The Magic Negro consulting Congress about any of them

    • Elrond Hubbard January 3, 2020 at 4:45 pm #

      ‘Trump had gravitas’? Daddyotis, you’re too much. Luckily I wasn’t drinking a beverage. Mind you, I agree with you completely that USA must GTFO of ME PDQ. But this —

      “an opportunity to do this based on actionable intel, and without hesitation gave the order to engage”

      — sounds like you’ve seen way too many movies.

      Soleimani was not a desperate fugitive like Osama bin Laden. His movements weren’t any more secret than any other top-level government official. Any US president from Bill Clinton up to today could have picked him off at their discretion, if there was an actual reason to do so. None of them did, because they judged (probably correctly) that they’d be committing the USA to a giant, ruinous quagmire equal to Vietnam and Iraq combined.

      • Majella January 3, 2020 at 6:03 pm #

        Agreed, Elrond…also, which ‘Intelligence Agency’ is now so respected that Himself will take a blind bit of notice of it, having trash-tweeted them all quite often and quite recently?

        • Elrond Hubbard January 3, 2020 at 6:58 pm #

          Who can say, Majella? Trump has no moral or intellectual core of his own, so he’s guaranteed to make bad calls on a regular basis. My guess is it was simply a matter of persistence by his advisors. Just keep at it until he makes a call that was big enough, bad enough, and in their favour.

      • Daddyotis January 4, 2020 at 3:53 pm #

        Ha! This is exactly the response I needed!

        If I’m getting under YOUR skin sufficiently with my posting, Elrond, then it is certain that my analysis is sound. I had anticipated some pushback from some CFN posters of the prog-left, never-Trump bent, but to be responded to by the CEO TDS spokesperson of “Orange Man Bad” peoplekind … well, I feel unworthy of this honor. 🙂

        I actually do watch a lot of movies, but that has no bearing on my analysis which I still believe to be sound – that Trump (laden with Gravitas) dispensed with all the typical Washington DC political committee BS and moved forward confidently and collected and drone-striked that muhfuggah Soleimani. Not sure where you’re getting the idea (along with most of our delusional democrat politicians) that Soleimani was the angel you’re implying him to be, but watching you all (yes, your worldview is identical to all the marxist ravings of our TDS democrat politicians) twist your arguments up into pretzels trying to demonize him and beatify him at the same time is quite amusing.

        Must get sort of hard to type with that IV of Kool Ade constantly hooked up to your arm, but I do take your point. 🙂

        • Elrond Hubbard January 5, 2020 at 12:01 pm #

          Me: Assassinating Soleimani was a bad idea because quagmire.

          Daddyotis: Hahaha you implied Soleimani was an angel! You think orange-man-bad neener neener.

          The mentality of some people is really amazing. Here’s a Reddit posting I just came across:

          https://www.reddit.com/r/AmItheAsshole/comments/ejm72k/aita_for_cutting_out_my_mother_after_she/

          TL;DR husband has PTSD (doesn’t say from where, maybe he’s a veteran?) and sudden loud noises cause flashbacks. Nasty mother-in-law is so infuriated by this that she does surprise pot-banging specifically to set him off. Multiply MIL by a few million, and you have the Trump movement. Unhappy days.

    • Majella January 3, 2020 at 6:01 pm #

      I think the ‘whining’ is that some congressional consultation is required when the Prez is about to launch an Act of War -style attack.

      • BackRowHeckler January 3, 2020 at 8:22 pm #

        Very few wars have been engaged with the authorization of Congress, and an official declaration of war. Just 5 at my count.

      • capt spaulding January 3, 2020 at 8:41 pm #

        I’m sure that Trump studied all the aspects and implications of the drone strike, along with voluminous files from the intelligence agencies, and consultations with the military on the long term consequences in the Middle East. He didn’t do it between bites of a Big Mac.

        • Majella January 5, 2020 at 2:13 am #

          Indeed. A stable genius, he is, with all the best words and generals and knows more about anything than anybody ever since the dawn of man. What a gift he is, to the planet!

  13. malthuss January 3, 2020 at 1:16 pm #

    UNZ. COM cooment,

    unz.com>

    This will have very little day-to-day impact, since relatively few students pose discipline problems serious enough to consider/warrant suspension — the fact that UC may soon stop using the SAT and ACT as admission criteria is a much bigger deal — as the low-achieving Hispanic population fraction continues to grow, eliminating achievement tests, where both Whites and Asian significantly outperform Hispanics, will be the only way to attain anything like a proportionate representation of Hispanics at an elite academic institution like UC.

    Opinion: It’s time for UC to stop using the SAT

    Last week, a group of civil rights advocates and the Compton Unified School District threatened to sue the University of California if the system did not eliminate the SAT and ACT in admissions requirements.

    The groups charge that the tests discriminate against underrepresented minority students, as well as low-income and disabled applicants.

    I’m not sure what the legal situation is, i.e. whether Hispanics, who have significant influence in, if not practical control over, the CA legislature, can just pass a law prohibiting use of these achievement tests in admissions.

    • Beryl of Oyl January 3, 2020 at 2:21 pm #

      Here’s a simple way to eliminate the “Hispanic” performance gap.
      Quit using the artificial designation.
      It is neither a race, nor an ethnicity.
      Not everyone in Spain even things of themselves as Spanish, nor considers Spanish their native language.
      As near as I can tell, that term came into vogue around 1980, for political purposes.
      I happen to know of a young woman from South America, but who wouldn’t be considered the same thing as people from countries all around her, as she is Brazilian. She was valedictorian of her high school class. She comes from a country with quite a few dark-skinned peasants.
      Does a language someone may or may not speak really make a difference in what “kind” of person they are?

      • BornToKillPeace January 5, 2020 at 12:13 am #

        Dat’s wascist!

        (pause for a few seconds)

        Wait? What are we talking about?

    • JohnAZ January 3, 2020 at 2:59 pm #

      Don’t you get it.

      College means nothing.

      It no longer grows leadership, technology skills, or professionals.

      It is a joke! It is rapidly not even a “piece of paper”.

      I wonder about accreditation of the schools when the entry qualifications are so low that the end result is so stupid that they cannot even qualify for the workplace.

      College is for socialization and knowledge accumulation, not Liberal propaganda.

      • Beryl of Oyl January 3, 2020 at 3:21 pm #

        My neighbor’s kid attended one of those not-for-profit, “tech” schools.
        I used to see the commercials. I think they oversold the idea of a chance at living the dream with success in the future, but then so do the standard schools, they just don’t do commercials.
        Anyway, he has worked steadily in his field since he graduated, but now his degree is from a school that was shut down by New York’s AG.
        I wonder was there really something fraudulent about the school, or was it just that the political class doesn’t benefit from those places?
        The local communities benefit from tax-paying for profit schools.

        • benr January 3, 2020 at 4:05 pm #

          No it was because they were not pushing the Socialist agenda.
          Coleman college locally here in San Diego was also shut down and several people I know got good jobs from that school.
          There was zero political opinion pushed during attendance.
          It was a tech school as well.

        • malthuss January 3, 2020 at 7:35 pm #

          do you mean for profit? de vry, full sail, etc?

  14. axisboldaslove January 3, 2020 at 1:22 pm #

    A wonderful description of the pastoral scenes of the eastern U.S. in the mid 1880’s, Jim.

    Meanwhile, here in the west, it was more like this: Whole forests where slashed to the ground leaving vast stretches of ugly clear cuts in order to quickly build wooden towns that often burned to the ground and even more trees were made into ties to expand railroads which brought more continental conquest to the the west. The native populations were slaughtered. Beautiful landscapes, rivers and streams were torn up in a greedy quest for gold. And eventually, Ishi crawled out from the woods to remind people that, oh yeah, others lived here first.

    Just wanted to complete the picture of those lovely days in America.

    And on another topic, I see no one has discussed how convenient this drone stake is as a way of distracting other matters at hand. Just a coincidence? Hmmmm.

    • butter56 January 3, 2020 at 4:32 pm #

      So how could it have been different. I guess we could have gone by the StarTrek prime directive and not disturbed the native population until they reached a certain technological level. I suspect we would still be waiting. Or perhaps, they would have conquered Europe and we would be sitting on a reservation outside London(New Cherokee ) getting drunk.

      • axisboldaslove January 6, 2020 at 12:59 am #

        Your buttery humor just melted, white man.

  15. Janos Skorenzy January 3, 2020 at 1:39 pm #

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/samantha-power-on-iran-qassem-soleimani-152944795.html

    Atta girl, Sam. Keep up the Trump bashing even as he just fulfilled your fondest dreams. Susan Rice, ditto. No doubt Soul Sister, Condi, is on board too.

    At last the Bushes and the Trumps can be friends. Why the hell not? Invite him for drinks or play golf or something. There’s room in Neo Conservatism/Liberalism/Zionism for all kinds of Elite. But for the Deplorables nothing….

    • Beryl of Oyl January 3, 2020 at 2:26 pm #

      Since Susan Rice was the go-to liar for the Obama Administration, she can’t really imagine anyone cares what words are coming out of her mouth now.
      Powers’ boss’ strategies were so great he had to run his foreign policy out of a basement in Chappaqua.
      Benghazi comes to mind as one of his stellar achievements.

  16. BackRowHeckler January 3, 2020 at 2:42 pm #

    No strip malls or suburban housing developments in 1860s Civil War America, but now, many Civil War battlefield parks are hemmed in by strip malls and McMansions. What was once way out in the country — Chancellorsville, Mannasas, Cold Harbor — is now suburbia. The day of the strip mall is about over, but McMansion development on 1/2 acre lots 35 miles from the nearest city is going strong.

    Brh

    • BornToKillPeace January 5, 2020 at 12:29 am #

      There’s a really fine National Geo issue in back print from the early 2000s or late 90s in which a side by side was done of civil war backgrounds and how they had become Pizza Huts and car dealership lots.

      Now I’ve got to dig out my issue.

  17. JohnAZ January 3, 2020 at 3:06 pm #

    What is the incentive for the Liberals to want to turn this country into a Hispanic country?

    Why Latins? Why are Latinos getting all the welfare, drivers licenses, sanctuary treatment, healthcare benefits?

    Do they think that the US is better as a Hispanic country? It points at what the Libs really want

    Dissolution and destruction of the USA.

    Question. What are the Libs going to get out of it if their plan succeeds?

    • BackRowHeckler January 3, 2020 at 3:53 pm #

      Had a case here just last week, 18 yo illegal from Guatemala a 10th grader in the local high school, got drunk, stole a car, engaged police in a pursuit, abandoned the car and tried to evade police on foot. He was caught and ICE ended up with him, for deportation. As you can imagine ‘The Community’ was appalled, including our 2 US Senators, 5 Congressman, the Governor, Mayor etc, under the theme, ‘Trump is locking up our children’s. All went to bat for him. There were demonstrations daily. Needless to say he was released, granted asylum, and all charges were dropped. Nobody once mentioned the number of citizens who have been killed by illegals driving drunk. It was smiles and high fives all around with the proclamation ‘Love Wins!’

      Brh

      • malthuss January 3, 2020 at 7:35 pm #

        disgusting.

        • malthuss January 3, 2020 at 7:36 pm #

          I was in 9th grade at age 15.

          • BackRowHeckler January 3, 2020 at 8:25 pm #

            I graduated at age 16, started school a year early.

          • capt spaulding January 3, 2020 at 8:46 pm #

            You shoulda stuck around BRH, studied up on climate change. It’s never too late to learn, however.

          • BackRowHeckler January 3, 2020 at 9:49 pm #

            Captain, you say I don’t appreciate your humor, but last thread you posted about conspiracy theories related to political assassinations, which I thought was pretty clever, and I got a chuckle out of it. The worst I ever got hammered on this board in almost 10 years is when I stated Oswald was not part of any grand conspiracy to assassinate President Kennedy but was a political crank acting alone. Phew, it brought down the world in me.

            Brh

          • capt spaulding January 4, 2020 at 11:51 am #

            My apologies, BRH, I was just trying to throw some shade your way on the subject of global warming. No harm intended.

          • Majella January 5, 2020 at 2:15 am #

            Capt – apparently, BRH doesn’t need shade – it’s already too fecking cold!

  18. RIB January 3, 2020 at 3:15 pm #

    They will hear the Latinos paraphrase Kent Brockman from The Simpsons: ” I, for one, welcome our new Liberal overlords.”i, n Spanglish of course

  19. toktomi January 3, 2020 at 3:20 pm #

    James, have you read many of Lincoln’s words from the early years of the Civil War?

    He doesn’t talk about slavery much or perhaps, at all.

    I don’t know how anyone who has researched the subject even a bit more than a bit would be able to hold an opinion that that war was about slavery.

    Lincoln was just another dick in a long line of psychopathic dicks propped up on the leading point of the car hood.

    otherwise, about your laments, a few fundamental flaws in the white race [as well as most others] – diminished sense of empathy, a sense and acceptance that some have the authority to issue orders, and an insistence that truth is knowable. And so, here we are, having historically decimated the Australian aboriginals, North American aboriginals, and the Neanderthals, peoples genetically predisposed to a completely different emotional flavor and content to pursue only enough to be happily alive, left with the biggest shit sticks that the planet could produce.

    Was someone, somewhere expecting a different outcome? Now, if AI goes feral, the entire process will be completed much more quickly.

    ~SeemsToMeToBe~
    ~Havedna~
    ~AlterNative~
    ~Dreams~
    ~Dreemes~
    ~toktomi~

    “Say goodnight, Gracie.”

    • Tate January 3, 2020 at 3:48 pm #

      Slavery was the sine quo non of the conflict. Without the issue of slavery, there would have been no Civil war. Over the years in both the North & the South, people have argued it “wasn’t about slavery,” depending on how it buttressed their pet cause of the moment.

      • benr January 3, 2020 at 4:01 pm #

        It was about wealth.
        Slaves equaled wealth.
        So in the end it really was about money and one part of the country telling another part what it could or could not do.
        States rights.

        • Epicur January 3, 2020 at 5:15 pm #

          Wealth was important to the wealthy, but to the common men who fought it was about two things:

          1. Sectionalism: just being subordinate to the North.

          2. The fear of slaves being freed to live among them and the threat that meant to social order. This fear was not exclusive to the South, for example: while he was an Illinois representative Lincoln voted for a law prohibiting blacks from settling in Illinois.

          Prior to the mid 1840s there were more abolitionist societies in the South than the North, but then it became a sectional issue and an unpopular position in the South (the Overton window closed on that).

          Most of the Federal budget, up to 90% at times, was supplied by tariffs on goods imported into the South.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 3, 2020 at 5:23 pm #

            Fifty thousand Irish slaves (not indentured servants) were sent to the Caribbean after one Irish rebellion was crushed. They had fair skinned Irish girls working naked in the sun under Black overseers. What happened next?

            The Boers surrendered after the British told them that they were going to give their women and children (imprisoned in concentration camps) to the Blacks. Blacks are a terrible weapon the Anglo Elite have unleashed on Western Civilization. As did the French in WW1 and afterwards in the Rhine Land.

          • Tate January 3, 2020 at 6:00 pm #

            The issue of slavery had many ramifications. Your comment #2 is one such sub-issue under the broader rubric “slavery,” i.e., “black slavery.”

            Another was the issue of the spread of slavery into the West. Some said it couldn’t survive in the Western territories. But that’s simply not true. There were many isolated mining & timber districts where it would have been feasible.

          • Tate January 3, 2020 at 6:23 pm #

            And as we can see with hindsight, they had good reason to fear Blacks being liberated.

      • toktomi January 3, 2020 at 11:30 pm #

        @Tate

        Copy. But I ain’t buyin; or bitin’.

        I’m laying my bet, if ever I must, on Abe.

        Take a listen to what he left in print.

        He was the microphone for the then, ruling elite who most assuredly made that mess with very particular objectives.

        I looked and looked and looked one time at a cow college library. I could find no slavery references from the earlier years as I recall.

        So, that’s my story. Your mileage seems to be a bit down.

        Cheer up.

        ~toktomi~

        • Tate January 4, 2020 at 3:24 pm #

          It was one issue among many for Lincoln. It would have been strange for him to be obsessing over it in his early Springfield, Illinois lawyering days.

          Epicur was right though in his comment. It was more about the threat posed by freeing the Blacks than about freeing the Slaves.

          In other words, we are two inherently incompatible peoples.

          You yourself admit this:
          “otherwise, about your laments, a few fundamental flaws in the white race [as well as most others] – diminished sense of empathy, a sense and acceptance that some have the authority to issue orders, and an insistence that truth is knowable.”

          You call these traits “flaws.” Okay, but flaws or not, we are different.

          • toktomi January 4, 2020 at 5:33 pm #

            @Tate

            I would offer, don’t view any POTUS as an independent entity but rather as a tool for the ruling elite in order to understand the play book.

            About races, in my simple assessment, comparing any two races, I find blacks and whites to be, perhaps, the most alike in their fundamental psychologies.

            One dot to connect: while the N. American continent was essentially covered thinly with peoples who could have been quickly captured and enslaved, the white invaders imported slaves from offshore.

            Another dot: by all accounts the slave/master relationship in N.America between blacks and the white European stock was fantastically compatible. “two inherently incompatible peoples”[?], I think not – just a few physical trait differences.

            But I could be wrong. Nobody knows. And it’s not a big story in my book of stories because it has neither any personal longer term survival influence nor much creative thought development potential.

            ~toktomi~

  20. Pucker January 3, 2020 at 3:45 pm #

    Sometimes, I wonder to what extent Americans are, believe It or not, actually “Lucky” (and perhaps fated by God) to have Black People?

    During the US Civil War, the Federals were basically fighting for a particular system of Labor called “Wage Labor”, which simply could not compete with Southern Slave Labor on either price or quality. Remember: Black slaves did not just harvest the cotton, sugar cane, and tobacco, they also built those beautiful homes, exquisite furniture, stained glass windows, etc. and cooked all of those wonderful meals. White owners invested heavily in carefully training black people from childhood to be highly skilled, proud craftsmen. Today, no one wants to hire black people, generally. In many cases, black people are viewed as dangerous and “scary” by White People and Asians. According to the book “Dreamland”, the Mexican Xalisco heroin gangs refuse to sell smack to blacks because the blacks are considered too dangerous to deal with. Is this “Racist”?

    The Yankees put the “Freed” slaves back to work on the plantations picking cotton at gun point, but paid them a wage. Since the Yankees paid the blacks a wage, they were considered “Free”. The former slaves were also given the option of joining the Union Army as “soldiers”, which revived the Northern war machine which was suffering from depletion as the ethnic Irish abandoned the war effort as they didn’t want to fight to free black people.

    The US may be “Lucky” to have black people to the extent that it was only the “Freedmen” who knew what Freedom really is. Freedom isn’t working for a Union Army dictated “Wage” on a Yankee Carpet Bagger-owned Mississippi plantation. “Freedom” is 40 acres and a mule: Subsistence agriculture in which the black wives and black daughters do all the work and the black men fuck around all day. Obama ostensibly knew this, which explains why Obama spent 8 years doing nothing but Fuck’n around and shuck’n and jive’n….

    • benr January 3, 2020 at 3:56 pm #

      That same women do all the work is still exhibited by many a tribe in Africa.
      The men drink beer all day, wait for a fight or screw.
      The exact description was nuts hanging down in the dirt as they squat drinking all day.
      They also hunt but the women do everything else.
      I have a South African friend who has talked at length about the reality of living in South Africa.
      His family has fled the country and moved to merry ol England.
      From the fire to the frying pan as they are now dealing with knife wielding muslims and are trying to get out of England to come to America.

    • ellipsis January 3, 2020 at 7:10 pm #

      During the US Civil War, the Federals were basically fighting for a particular system of Labor called “Wage Labor”, which simply could not compete with Southern Slave Labor on either price or quality.

      Nailed it on the first try!

      The whole “freeing of the slaves” shtick was about freeing them to become wage slaves with everyone else. Big capital needed labor “freed” to be exploited by one and by all, as we’re seeing played out clearly on a global stage currently. The US Civil War was essentially the opening shot of the globalist war that’s being waged as we speak.

      • ellipsis January 3, 2020 at 7:16 pm #

        To add: who else better to sell the globalist agenda for the 21’st century than one of those very same “freed slave” descendants (albeit of extremely questionable heritage) in Obama – with due credit to the Arkansas hillbilly from poor white trash roots made good who prepared the ground in the run-up to the new century?

    • BornToKillPeace January 5, 2020 at 12:43 am #

      “Subsistence agriculture in which the black wives and black daughters do all the work and the black men fuck around all day. Obama ostensibly knew this, which explains why Obama spent 8 years doing nothing but Fuck’n around and shuck’n and jive’n….”

      Let me introduce you to Waynell Jones – The Chicken Song. I actually have this on a 45 rpm

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg3gOL9dkso

  21. My Point of View January 3, 2020 at 3:50 pm #

    As I read the first two paragraphs I thought this was about the coward Trump getting in over his head by killing Iran’s Soleimani. Here we go again with more shoot from the hip wild-west draft-dodging phony loudmouth bravado as done in Iraq by the armchair general geniuses of Bush (Mission Accomplished!) , Cheney (Welcome us a liberators!), Rumsfeld (Shock and Awe), Tenet (Slam Dunk!), et al. A good start to a column, then a dive into the cesspool of common political hijinks which continues unabated for decades and hardly worth the column space. Oh well. I’ll write my own column….

    Our Civil War was ghastly, yet more men died of disease from filth and poor sanitation than from hostile fire. Jim is spot on when he said: “Thousands butchered in minutes in one battle after another, heads and limbs flying, men turned inside-out, and horses, too. … hostage to their battlefield tactics and didn’t seem to learn from the insane extravagance of souls wasted in massed assaults against massed artillery again and again and again.”

    I’ve walked the ground of Pickett’s Charge. The artillery pieces still there for show are but a fourth of all that was lined up on the ridge that day. Poor boys from the South marched shoulder to shoulder into those belching beasts. Though their cause was dead wrong, there is zero doubt about the bravery of those young men and their devotion to each other. Those guys are worth crying over. And I do. For me, that is the saddest aspect, the utter waste of good men, pressed into the service of cynical rich men who wanted their gravy train to flow no matter the blood cost to hundreds of thousands of poor white boys. Rinse and repeat for the near endless list of wars down through history, where ‘royalty’ sent waves of their own poor peasants to fight and die for the king’s glory. Fuck that shit. Stop the madness.

    It was sheer idiocy and arrogance to squander troops like that, yet many revere Robert E. Lee who cavalierly led masses to doom, not to mention the economy of an entire region. A host of Union generals did no better. It took the south generations to recover but the effects linger and muck-up our well being. If you watched the PBS series on Country Music then what you saw in the first two installments was the extreme poverty in the South in the WW-1 era that was the aftermath of the Civil War and rejection by Southern states of the Reconstruction effort to bring the South back into the nation’s economic mainstream. The old plantation owners were happy to keep free blacks (and poor white boys) economically enslaved in the scam called share-cropping which hung around until WW-2. Sharecropping has been replaced by big corporations who’ve scammed southerners into believing unions are evil and low wages are good for them, i.e., sharecropping continues in the South.

    Fifty years after our Civil War we see WW-1 outdo our Civil War on a huge scale. Idiot generals in Europe marched masses of men into the massed machine guns of the German Army who mowed them down by the millions before it ended.

    Janos mentioned deplorables… they will get from Trump and the GOP the same thing they got from the GOP the past 50 years … the same thing they got from plantation owners before, during and after the Civil War: Not a fugging thing. The Civil War was a rich man’s war and a poor boy’s fight. Like Vietnam. Like Iraq. Like what’s waiting in the Middle East for any deplorable willing to enlist. Any who get maimed there will come home to get fugging little care from a Veteran’s Administration the GOP deliberately underfunds in their effort to kill it and put vets into a for-profit health care system run by ghouls like Rick Scott who buys up every GOP whore in Congress.

    Deplorables, more than anyone else, need to see these scams for what they are, and stop being led to their slaughter, both militarily and economically. Black men are not your enemy, they are your fellow victims.

    • benr January 3, 2020 at 3:59 pm #

      Are you pretending Democrats offer anything but even more shit, failure, debt, and hordes of unwashed uneducated diseased people?

      • My Point of View January 3, 2020 at 4:20 pm #

        The Dems are far from perfect but aren’t playing the classic divide and conquer games the GOP has since Lee Atwater taught the GOP to use racial politics for picking the pockets and votes of white men, especially southerners.

        https://www.thenation.com/article/exclusive-lee-atwaters-infamous-1981-interview-Southern-Strategy/

        The GOP uses code talk to sucker white guys again and again, just like big money has done for many generations, playing one group against another. Sadly, it keeps working.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 3, 2020 at 5:17 pm #

          They’re not? AOC says Mexicans have the right to come here because they’re “Native Americans” (Indians). Surely no one thought that cognitive fastball that was foisted on us generations ago was going sit idle forever? At first the Mexicans said, the Southwest is ours. Then they said go back to the 13 colonies. Now they say go back to Europe. Equality? They don’t believe in it. They’re the real Americans!

          Your Point of View is simply wrong. Race is real. As is Culture. As is Tribe and Nation. The Elite use the first against us not because it is unreal, but because it is real – just like they use electricity (media) against us, or lead (bullets).

        • volodya January 4, 2020 at 9:57 am #

          Democrats play the identity politics game which is nothing but a variation of the Republican game which is to divide and conquer. 

          You want to know who’s on whose side? Follow the money. Plutocrats coughed up hundreds of millions in donations to Democrats and Republicans for the 2016 election, most of which went to Democrats. 

          Democrats are four-square for the plutocrats, work for plutocratic well-being, which is to say they are fully on-board the neo-liberal agenda. Democrat voters are no less suckers for thinking that Democrats give a shit about the causes they pretend to fight for. 

          Does anyone seriously think that Hillary or the present-day Democrat brain-trust give a shit about the well-being of Blacks or Latinos or the LGBTQ crowd? These are useful idiots, nothing more. If the Democratic Party is “progressive” then I’m a monkey’s uncle.

          The only reason that Trump got into power was because he ain’t no Republican, he’s a New York liberal and libertine, and because he gave some validation to the economic gripes of that broad swathe of the US called fly-over land. The Democrats pissed all over the Fly-over people, calling them names like Deplorable, the Republicans took those same Deplorables for fools. 

          And so you have Trump and so you have tariffs against the Chinese in hopes of a manufacturing renaissance. Will tariffs work? Not likely, IMO the industries that were off-shored to China are not coming back. 

          It’s like K-dog said a while back in answer to the question, what’s wrong with Kansas? And K-dog said nothing’s wrong with Kansas, they stopped buying Republican bull-shit a long time ago. 

          The question is when do Democrat voters finally wake up to the fact that they’ve been conned and how American politics re-configures itself.

        • fodase January 4, 2020 at 1:17 pm #

          dude you take the cake in the deluded category. dems don’t use divide and conquer?

          what galaxy did you originally come from?

          give us a lesson in ‘code talk’ used on white guys why don’t ya? is it used by the elusive white nationalists? and where are they by the way?

          how ’bout them BLM black nationalists and La Raza nationalists, huh?

          doufus (UK spelling)

          • BornToKillPeace January 5, 2020 at 1:21 am #

            “…give us a lesson in ‘code talk’ used on white guys”

            White people working alongside, talking with, sharing similar commonalities, or anything else of the sort with other white people…is what I think MPOV was getting at.

        • benr January 4, 2020 at 4:48 pm #

          You are on drugs or delusional as that is ALL democrats do.

    • Majella January 4, 2020 at 12:41 am #

      MPOV

      Thank you for an extraordinarily well written post.

      This line nailed it for me:

      ‘The Civil War was a rich man’s war and a poor boy’s fight.’

      • Janos Skorenzy January 4, 2020 at 5:18 pm #

        Yeah, just let the Orcs have the Shire. It’s just land after all. Just Home.

        Feminine logic. What do they care who wins? It’ll just be more Men after all…

        • Majella January 4, 2020 at 9:02 pm #

          Skorenzy – huh?

          Two things:

          1) my point was MPOV’s description of ‘war’ being for the rich, but fought by the poor is valid and historically obvious. How’s THAT letting ‘the Orcs have the Shire’?

          2) how is YOUR point about surrender ‘feminine’ logic?

          That post really takes the cake for ‘WTF are you talking about????’

    • fodase January 4, 2020 at 1:20 pm #

      yeah so i guess the fantastic economy with money-for-all is ‘getting nothing’.

      isn’t the money what the oligarchs get? the connected politicians?

      you’re clearly mired in outdated non-thinking

  22. Pucker January 3, 2020 at 4:22 pm #

    That Ken Burns TV series on the US Civil War is probably worth watching for the interesting historic photos, but I wouldn’t suggest getting your understanding of history from the TV, particularly TV financed by US corporations and rich people.

    You could do a parody of the Ken Burns series:

    “That General Grant is a drunken butcher! He’s not sober enough to command an army!”
    – Mary Lincoln 1864

    “Own a Ni…ger?! Who-the-Hell’d want one?!”
    – Mary Chestnut, 1862

    “I ain’t fight’n to free no Ni…ger!”
    – Sean Kennedy, 1863

    “We’ve gotta get far away from the crazy white muthafucka’s!”
    – Frederick Douglass, 1865

    • ellipsis January 3, 2020 at 6:26 pm #

      Burns’ series is best viewed as a littany kitschy little vignettes, some of which might actually contain some “truth.” Historical events in general, even relatively recent, are best viewed as apocryphal anyway. They’re a generally agreed upon version of events filtered through the lens of the time in which they’re recounted; the civil war being a particularly politically and psychologically charged event, even all these many years later.

      One thing I know for sure, however, is that the malarkey about “freeing the slaves” as being the primary purpose for the war is just that. That whole story line was incidental and largely concocted afterwards to justify what was otherwise an illegal invasion and massive war crime on the part of the north. All of which will largely be revisited soon in our lifetimes as secession once again becomes a relevant issue for major parts of what has become a totally illegitimate globalist empire in the interim.

      It’s just too bad that the entire Boston, NYC, DC corridor can’t be sawed off and set afloat out into the Atlantic for the Russians or whomever to sink to the bottom. That might not solve all of the world’s problems, but it would take care of about 99% of them.

  23. dolph9 January 3, 2020 at 4:24 pm #

    Haha, Trump wags the dog and looks intent to start a war with Iran.

    You Trumptards can go die in Iran now. Just like you died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    All for the benefit of the Jewish banks and the oil companies. The real owners.

    • Pucker January 3, 2020 at 5:15 pm #

      Although it very much pains me to criticize “My Own People”, after contemplating the debacle of the American War in Vietnam in which the Americans killed 5 million Vietnamese in order to create the tourist paradise that Vietnam is today, and now the even more Vaudeville American war in Afghanistan, I’m not sure if the Americans have the basic level of intelligence necessary to run an Empire? It’s almost too embarrassing.

      The Americans think that they “won” the Cold War with the Soviet Union, but it looks like, to a great extent, the Soviet Union may have largely collapsed and may have been, to some extent, vomited up by traditional Russian Culture and Russian Commonsense? It looks like towards the end the Russians just renounced membership in the Soviet Com…munist Party in droves after Yeltsin renounced his Party membership. The Russians basically just walked away from Com…mism in an act of common sense.

      I’m not sure that the Americans have the intelligence and requisite common sense to barf up nascent Com..munism in America? From the Afghanistan Papers, it looks like what has largely been fueling the war in Afghanistan for 18 years has been American greed and careerism? Meanwhile, severe, social needs in the US go unmet and the infrastructure goes to pot. The Americans may not have the intelligence and common sense to stop?

      As George Carlin was oft to remark: “Americans are some dumb muthafuckers!”

      • ellipsis January 3, 2020 at 6:36 pm #

        When I retired in 2003 I told the orderly room admins that Iraq would be their generation’s Vietnam. Looks like I nailed that one completely. No, it’s not exactly the same. No draft this time, so the idiots getting killed are all “volunteers” of some sort or another (many if not most economically driven); and of course the technology’s much better now, so there’s fewer casualties over all and many fewer dead, although many more catastrophically wounded who probably wish they had been killed.

        Yep. War is amazingly easy to sell. No explanation for that at all. But as long as it is, the opportunistic cocksuckers in charge will keep pushing it. If I were religiously inclined I’d almost have to conclude that it was somehow perversely divinely ordained. Sounds like as good an explanation as any.

        • JohnAZ January 3, 2020 at 7:40 pm #

          There has not been a conflict with heavy casualties like VietNam for two generations. The volunteer army would dry up quickly if they faced 58000 deaths. We get excited today when a single guy gets clobbered in the ME.

          No comparison.

          • JohnAZ January 3, 2020 at 7:43 pm #

            The civil war cost 50000 casualties a day.

          • Majella January 4, 2020 at 1:07 am #

            JohnAZ

            50,000 casualties per DAY? What’s the arithmetic on that number?

            5x365x50000 = 9 million & change. Are counting something others haven’t counted?

            Sources vary between 750,000 (Hacker, Binghamton U & 930,000 (being 3% of the 1860s population, measured as around 31 million).

            Most common field-treatment for wounded combatants? Amputation.

          • JohnAZ January 4, 2020 at 2:31 pm #

            Oops. 50000 a day in battle. Gettysburg for example.

          • Majella January 5, 2020 at 7:57 pm #

            Ah. That makes sense.

      • JohnAZ January 3, 2020 at 7:37 pm #

        Pucker

        Remember the Russians lived under Communism for 80 years and knew what it was like.

        The Americans have never had to deal with its shortcomings and can therefore be conned by their politicos.

        Americans common ideal is they always want more “for free”. They are spoiled by a buy votes for money political scheme. The Russians have had nothing for so long the future looks bright for them.

  24. tucsonspur January 3, 2020 at 5:09 pm #

    How do you feel after reading the Gettysburg Address, especially the last paragraph, and then thinking about Obama, Rice, Clapper, Brennan, Mueller, Lynch, McCabe, Pelosi, Schiff, Comey, Clinton and the Deep State?

    Anger and revulsion must be turned into action, and the perpetraitors must be made to pay. Payback’s gotta be a total Bitch.

    “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

    But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

    It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

    • ellipsis January 3, 2020 at 7:24 pm #

      I think Lincoln was a very good speech writer. Not much else.

      Like most things historic, it’s at least partially apocryphal now. There are at least five different “official” versions out there and countless more interpretations. It belongs to the legends of time now.

      • tucsonspur January 4, 2020 at 12:47 am #

        But aren’t the variations slight, with the more profound essence contained throughout?

      • Majella January 5, 2020 at 2:20 am #

        Was it Lincoln or did he HAVE. Speechwriter?

        I believe he wrote The Gettysburg Address, and in writing shows what a nuanced, compassionate & intelligent THINKER he was.

        Writing a great speech doesn’t mean ones only a ‘good speech writer’.

    • JohnAZ January 3, 2020 at 8:10 pm #

      Today’s problem can be reworded from the Address.

      If the Deep State gets their way.

      And the people of the government, by the government, and for the government will not give a damn.

  25. tucsonspur January 3, 2020 at 5:10 pm #

    “If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?”

    WS

  26. tucsonspur January 3, 2020 at 5:46 pm #

    From yesterday, worth repeating:

    Why not start the new year with some poetry, if not instead of politics, at least in addition to it? Politics, another necessary evil, can wither the soul and make you a mean and nasty pile of caustic cynicism.

    Something for Winter: (and other places)

    “Just over the horizon a great machine of death is roaring and rearing.
    We can hear it always. Earthquake, starvation, the ever-renewing sump of corpse-flesh.
    But in this valley the snow falls silently all day, and out our window
    We see the curtain of it shifting and folding, hiding us away in our little house,

    We see earth smoothened and beautified, made like a fantasy, the snow-clad trees
    So graceful. In our new bed, which is big enough to seem like the north pasture almost
    With our two cats, Cooker and Smudgins, lying undisturbed in the southeastern and southwestern corners,
    We lie loving and warm, looking out from time to time. “Snowbound,” we say. We speak of the poet

    Who lived with his young housekeeper long ago in the mountains of the western province, the kingdom
    Of cruelty, where heads fell like wilted flowers and snow fell for many months
    Across the pass and drifted deep in the vale. In our kitchen the maple-fire murmurs
    In our stove. We eat cheese and new-made bread and jumbo Spanish olives
    Which have been steeped in our special brine of jalapeños and garlic and dill and thyme.

    We have a nip or two from the small inexpensive cognac that makes us smile and sigh.
    For a while we close the immense index of images that is our lives—for instance,
    The child on the Mescalero reservation in New Mexico sitting naked in 1966 outside his family’s hut,
    Covered with sores, unable to speak. But of course we see the child every day,
    We hold out our hands, we touch him shyly, we make offerings to his implacability.

    No, the index cannot close. And how shall we survive? We don’t and cannot and will never
    Know. Beyond the horizon a great unceasing noise is undeniable. The machine,
    Like an immense clanking vibrating shuddering unnameable contraption as big as a house, as big as the whole town,
    May break through and lurch into our valley at any moment, at any moment.

    Cheers, baby. Here’s to us. See how the curtain of snow wavers and then falls back.”

    Hayden Carruth, “The Curtain” from Scrambled Eggs and Whiskey: Poems, 1991-1995. Copyright © 1996 by Hayden Carruth.

  27. Pucker January 3, 2020 at 6:02 pm #

    Do you remember the scene in the movie “Forrest Gump” in which Forrest’s Momma not wanting to hurt Little Forrest’s feelings by putting him in the class for “Special” kids, and the corrupt Cracker elementary school administrator commits an illegal act by violating school rules in exchange for sex with Forrest’s Momma which he performs with Little Forrest listening in which is probably child abuse?

    This is what America is like.

    Momma should have told Little Forrest the horrible, honest Truth:

    “Now Forrest, I love you a lot, even though I resent and blame you for your daddy running away to Thailand and abandoning me. But you’re not smart enough to be an astronaut, or a doctor, or President of the United States. I know that this may be painful to hear Forrest. But if we let somebody like you who is so Fuck’n stupid be a doctor, well, Forrest, you could kill somebody. And if we let a dumbass like you be President, then we could get up needlessly killing millions of innocent people like in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan which would be a national tragedy.”

    • ellipsis January 3, 2020 at 7:02 pm #

      Yep. And in real life both Fred and H.W.’s little retards grew up to be Prez, and we’re all living with the consequences now. BillyJeff and BarryO not being retards per se, just craven opportunists and/or puppets. What a land!

    • Pucker January 3, 2020 at 7:21 pm #

      As Momma is talking to Little Forrest, Little Forrest stares at her blankly dumbfounded and confused. The audience can hear Little Forrest let out a long, muffled fart.

  28. ellipsis January 3, 2020 at 6:11 pm #

    Looks like Jim was referring to the wrong dogs of war. No sign of armed civil war here in the “homeland” anytime soon, but looks like Trump might be following in the footsteps of his notorious predecessor(s) by ramping things up in Iraq/Iran again. Ahh, 2020! It’s refreshing to know that the more things change, the more they stay utterly the same.

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/03/politics/kfile-trump-obama-2012-iran-war-reelection/index.html

    • BackRowHeckler January 3, 2020 at 10:46 pm #

      I thought Iran was ramping things up by organizing an assault on the US Embassy in Baghdad and stopping ships in the Gulf. There’s a lot of history between the USA, Iran, and embassies.

      I think actions of all presidents are driven by events and developing circumstances, and not the other way around.

      Brh

    • BornToKillPeace January 5, 2020 at 1:49 am #

      “No sign of armed civil war here in the “homeland” anytime soon”

      I’d pay a little closer attention to what is happening with the 2a issue in Virginia.

  29. Pucker January 3, 2020 at 7:41 pm #

    Last year, I went “House Hunting” for my Boss in a very rich neighborhood in the US populated mostly by “Hedge Fund Managers”. In one huge estate, we went into the room of one of the owner’s kids. One wall of the room was plastered with huge, expensive big blue ribbons. On each ribbon appeared the same word: “Participation”.

    I immediately felt embarrassed for the kid.

    I thought to myself: “Holy Shit! The kid is probably being groomed to be President of the United States?”

    True story….

  30. Pucker January 3, 2020 at 8:16 pm #

    So Opie is now a big supporter of LGTBQ causes?

    Do you remember the episode in which Opie found the $50 bucks (which in the 1950’s was a huge amount of money)? His dad, the Mayberry Sheriff, put it in Lost and Found for 30 days in case someone claimed the lost money. Opie went out and spent it all before the true owner had a chance to claim it. I think that the episode had some unrealistic and unbelievable heart-warming ending.

    It’s not clear what happened to Opie’s Mom in the TV series, but Opie’s dad, Andy, may have murdered her for infidelity with a traveling salesman from Mt. Pilot? Opie didn’t look anything like his dad, Sheriff Taylor. Sheriff Taylor was known in Mayberry as “Randy Andy”.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TvSXdO7SDCE

    • BackRowHeckler January 3, 2020 at 8:29 pm #

      What???“

      • malthuss January 4, 2020 at 12:36 am #

        I second that. what?????

        show biz family. rons dad was an actor who recently died.

    • toktomi January 3, 2020 at 11:41 pm #

      @Pucker

      And apparently none of these words that you just plastered here on the electronic cork board are plagiarized.

      These came right out of your head without reference or quote.

      Wow!

      Randy Andy, huh?

      That is totally darling.

      ~toktomi~

      • Pucker January 3, 2020 at 11:43 pm #

        “Randy Andy” is actually a UK tabloid reference to Prince Andrew.

    • Majella January 4, 2020 at 1:22 am #

      Brilliant (again), Pucker!

    • messianicdruid January 5, 2020 at 2:04 pm #

      The thing to remember about it, all the main characters were single except the town drunk.

  31. Cargill January 3, 2020 at 9:09 pm #

    “We know exactly what Christopher Steele was and how that all worked. We know how John Brennan played it and how James Clapper and Jim Comey went along with it, and took it further and deeper, and where Rod Rosenstein and Andrew McCabe stepped in, and exactly how Mr. Mueller got roped in to front his operation — despite his mental incapacity.”

    Oh dear, I though JHK might make a New Year Resolution and not spout Republican conspiracy theories about the fantasised evils of the Democratic Party and the “Deep State”. Clearly I was expecting too much.

    Time to move on Jim – focus on the real enemies of the American polity and your sacred constitution – start with Trump, McConnell, Pompeo, and the theocratic Barr. And the Republican Supreme Court.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 4, 2020 at 12:51 pm #

      Cargil is a fish man who lives in a drowned car. He thinks he’s listening to its radio, but it’s just the voices in his fish head.

    • fodase January 4, 2020 at 1:27 pm #

      Lol deluded fool you are

      Hey I hear Biden’s son is on the board of a Ukrainian energy company entangled in US foreign aid promises.

      While Biden Sr. is heading up US foreign policy and aid to Ukraine. Just a coincidence to willfully blind folks.

      Hey I hear Hunter Biden’s ‘investment firm’ scored a $1.5 billion deal with the Chinese right after Dad did some negotiating with the Chinqs.

      dumass

      • Cargill January 6, 2020 at 2:30 am #

        Those with unthinking adherence to delusional Republican conspiracy theories must be JHK’s main follower base these days. My goodness – how far has he fallen and debased himself since his halcyon days of being a decent and intelligent Peak Oil commentator!

        How does it feel Jim to get to the bottom of the pool?

  32. wpa_ccc January 3, 2020 at 9:10 pm #

    ”The blue and the gray were hostage to their battlefield tactics”

    Some things never change. We keep killing “the bad guys” thinking that will “stop war” … even though 18 years of killing in the middle east should prompt a change in tactics.

    Instead Trump is sending thousands more troops to Iraq (and ordering other Americans to get out fast). Wasn’t killing an Iranian official supposed to make us safer? Nope. We are now targets thousands of mile away from the USA.

    Unlike Civil War troops (who we did not have to ship thousands of miles around the world) we now invest more than one million dollars in each fighter.

    What’s worse, modern wars are fought mostly with the most expensive of fighters, the most difficult to recruit, train and retain: special forces.

    Deficit spending? Who cares? (Reagan cared. Clinton balanced the budget.)

    • fodase January 4, 2020 at 1:29 pm #

      trump’s correct in taking out evil. stop hyperventilating on the troops til we see how this plays out.

      evil must be stamped out. you’ll fight it now or later, your choice

  33. xhidarta January 3, 2020 at 9:21 pm #

    Jim, you forget that the Civil, make that the War of Northern Aggression, started with the “tariff of abominations” of 1828, Fort Sumter was only the logical outcome of it all. Slavery was a marginal reason, if that.
    Declaring the emancipation of the slaves where the Washington didn’t have any control and allowing slavery in at least three states in the North where it did have it, was beyond cynical.
    I”ll more easily believe in Santa than in this or your version of sacred History written by the victors.
    Lincoln had it coming…

    • messianicdruid January 5, 2020 at 2:09 pm #

      Some people think of ” metaphysical ” as not real.

  34. BackRowHeckler January 3, 2020 at 11:22 pm #

    The stripper Hunter Biden knocked up — Lunden Alexis Roberts — is pretty hot. She was after all an athlete, playing NCAA basketball for Arkansas State. The fact she was a stripper nobody holds against her; she was alone in DC and a girl has to make a living. Her lawyers want a look at Hunters tax returns to get an idea what he should be paying for child support but Hunter doesn’t want to show them possibly because the purported $156 million in payments from Ukraine was not reported. It’s a can of worms, Hunters tax returns. Hunters dad Joe most likely will be the Dem nominee running against President Trump; if he wins it won’t be Uncle Joe but Grandpa Joe, with Hunters and Lundens love child moving into the White House. It will be ackward because Hunter has a new wife and may not appreciate this little one running around underfoot. There could be marital trouble.

    Brh

    • Majella January 4, 2020 at 1:24 am #

      Recycling is a good habit!

      • benr January 4, 2020 at 4:51 pm #

        Is it turns out most places no longer engage in it its cheaper to throw it out.

        • Majella January 5, 2020 at 11:15 am #

          Benr…keep up! I was referring to BRH having posted that already.

        • Majella January 5, 2020 at 11:18 am #

          But on trash recycling, as you have brought it up, there’s no such place as “away”. It ends up somewhere -viz. the Pacific gyre of plastic.

  35. BackRowHeckler January 3, 2020 at 11:31 pm #

    LOVE WINS!!!!

  36. BackRowHeckler January 3, 2020 at 11:35 pm #

    Grandpa Joe, 80 years old, nodding off in the Oval Office but perking up considerably when ‘Baby Doe’ comes in for a visit, apple of Grandpa Joe’s eye.

    • Majella January 5, 2020 at 8:01 pm #

      “There’s Uncle Joe
      He’s a-movin’ kinda slow
      at The Junction…”

  37. tucsonspur January 4, 2020 at 2:16 am #

    Here’s Rose, from “Jawbreaker” to ball breaker.

    https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/rose-mc-gowan-slams-trump-over-soleimani-killing-apologizes-to-iran-please-do-not-kill-us-170243104.html

    Beg, bitch, beg! Maybe they’ll spare us.

    You back then:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr7C33JdN1I

  38. Pucker January 4, 2020 at 3:24 am #

    Chasten Buttigieg
    @Chas10Buttigieg
    ·
    Jan 3
    Got a minute?
    Great.
    Put a good song on.
    One that makes you feel really great about life or this moment or yourself.
    Turn it up.
    Louder.
    Swipe out of Twitter.
    Dance, shimmy – whatever makes you smile or takes your mind off the silly.
    Celebrate your awesomeness.
    That’s it.

  39. Nightowl January 4, 2020 at 4:46 am #

    In this week’s episode of “You Can’t Make This Shit Up,” Maxine Waters takes a phone call from(a fake) Greta Thunberg, and salivates over supposed dirt on Trump in Ukraine.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=34&v=b5DpdWE9oKc&feature=emb_logo

    These are the same pranksters who got Adam Schiff to believe Ukranian officials were contacting him to provide nude photos of Trump.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxHrn6Byz3g

    McResistance IQs continue to impress.

    • Daddyotis January 4, 2020 at 4:05 pm #

      This one had me howling! Listened to it this morning over coffee. I literally thought Maxi was gonna sh!t her panties when hearing that Greta’s conversation w/ Trump was recorded.

    • Majella January 5, 2020 at 11:38 am #

      It’s quite enlightening to see what amuses you. High school level pranking gives you shits&giggles. Great. Enjoy yourself!

      Re: the Schiff spoof…it’s was very clear that IF these out-of-the-blue callers actually HAD anything, the FBI would be dealing with them. I recall Himself saying he would take kompromat without blinking.

      I think it’s time that Himself got a prank call or two, to be publicly aired. He’d fall for it, for sure…it would be most amusing.

      • Nightowl January 5, 2020 at 4:00 pm #

        Truth hurts. In your case, it hurts again and again and again …

        • Majella January 5, 2020 at 8:02 pm #

          Pathetic, you’re becoming, in your ripostes.

          • Nightowl January 6, 2020 at 4:08 am #

            Any evidence for us yet?

            Scandalous Kompromat? Myseterious Dossiers? Midnight Kremilin Rendezvous, perhaps?

            Surely the Walls Are Closing In again? Perhaps another ice cream-level bombshell is en route?

            Share your knowledge with us.

  40. BackRowHeckler January 4, 2020 at 5:55 am #

    Fire drill friday protests in DC wind up, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Sam Waterston book a private jet for the trip back to Hollywood.

    Now Q up anti war, pro Iran protests, Code Pink on the same capital steps, the same message and the same chants, (and in a few instances the same people, middle age college professor cat woman types) just reworked a little to fit this new occasion.

    Brh

  41. BackRowHeckler January 4, 2020 at 6:02 am #

    Only 3 days in and somebody already gunned down in Hartford, just up the street from where I work, jeesh! That didn’t take long,

    LOVE WINS!!!

    brh

  42. trolleybill January 4, 2020 at 6:29 am #

    Interesting analogy the Civil War and todays (R) Yankees vs (D) Confederates parties. I’ll wait for the outcome as we all should. I’m amazed the (D) supporters opt for a socialist society as history shows it is anything but progressive but repressive. I think back to the time I returned from Vietnam and picked up a copy of Mother Earth News Issue #1 & #2 and already had the urge to be a back to the land but with getting into some cottage industry to support a rural life. We all know how few communes had any success and some individuals that reached that utopian life are authors that had to do speaking engagements and blogs and other endeavors to keep a roof over their heads. “Good News” As a rail buff and researcher of the American trolley interurban system I like people to know about my state of Florida has a privately owned light rail system. It now runs from West Palm Beach to Miami. It’s called Bright Line and owned by Virgin Rail and investors. Will grow to Orlando and Tampa

    • BackRowHeckler January 4, 2020 at 6:39 am #

      Mother Earth News!

      I’m still a subscriber! Many good tips in there and instructions on projects, some of which I’ve tried to put into practice, with varying degrees of success.

      Brh

      • Janos Skorenzy January 4, 2020 at 2:21 pm #

        Hippy War Monger. Weapons of Peace. Ketchup is a Vegetable. Brotherhood of the Bomb – like the Mutants beneath the Planet of the Apes: We are a Peaceful People. We allow our Enemies to kill each other.

  43. BackRowHeckler January 4, 2020 at 6:35 am #

    But better than yesterday in Baltimore

    “Man robbed, shot, set on fire”

    A trifecta!

    LOVE WINS!

    BRH

    • malthuss January 4, 2020 at 7:30 am #

      drudge led to another site and this was thumbnail—

      ICE agents were able to apprehend an illegal alien who was allegedly involved in a deadly hit-and-run accident in New York.
      Mexican national Jorge Flores-Villalba was arrested by local police after allegedly striking a New York mother with his vehicle and driving off on Christmas Eve, but was then quickly released.
      ICE cited the arrest as another example of why local and state authorities to cooperate with the agency.

      Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was able to apprehend an illegal alien who, after getting arrested for a deadly hit-and-

    • BornToKillPeace January 5, 2020 at 2:11 am #

      It all comes down to increasing the tax base, increasing gov control, etc. The illusion of two parties is just that.

  44. Pucker January 4, 2020 at 8:00 am #

    The Americans are not clever enough to run an Empire, as the vaudeville debacles in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan show. It’s no surprise that the Chinese have played the Americans like a fiddle.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=urVK9OYIVZ8&feature=youtu.be

    • fodase January 4, 2020 at 1:22 pm #

      gosh where do i subscribe to your typed newsletter full of insights

      right, America isn’t an Empire! LOL

      • Majella January 6, 2020 at 1:24 am #

        Who ARE you? Nasty troll.

  45. BackRowHeckler January 4, 2020 at 8:20 am #

    What’s a better slogan, “Love Wins”, or “How dare you”? I’m going with ‘How dare you?”, mostly for the certitude of its delivery and the fact that Greta is speaking to bewildered and clueless international bureaucrats at the UN.

    Hey, Golden Globe award show coming up, brace yourself for 2 solid hours of Hate Trump screeds, Climate shaming, promotion of drag queens and anti war speeches … are you ready for some lectures from your betters, CFNers?

    Brh

    • RIB January 4, 2020 at 9:05 am #

      The People’s Republic of Rhode Island salutes you, BRH

      • BackRowHeckler January 4, 2020 at 9:18 am #

        Thank you RIB. RI gets a bad rap but its pretty cool down in South County, around Matunick and Charlestown. Tried to get there last summer — it’s not far — but fishing was so good in the Niantic and Saybrook areas couldn’t pull myself away. And before I knew it summer was over.

        Are you familiar with the area?

        Brh

    • fodase January 4, 2020 at 1:13 pm #

      It’s grown so old that they’re akin to the last two surviving speakers of a language conversing with each other every couple of years. No one else ‘gets’ it anymore. Epph them

    • elysianfield January 4, 2020 at 5:59 pm #

      BRH,
      Sorry, but “Love Wins” is not even in the running…what love usually wins is a good case of hemorrhoids, stretch marks and 9 months of morning sickness.

      How about “How Dare You” Vs. “How do you like it now, Gentlemen?”

      That’s a tough one….

  46. stelmosfire January 4, 2020 at 11:19 am #

    Who ever said you had to be a genius to grow pot? We gots to have our weed. “Oh the Humanity”
    https://hightimes.com/news/australian-man-allegedly-ignites-brushfires-to-safeguard-cannabis-crop/

    • BackRowHeckler January 4, 2020 at 11:35 am #

      Stelmos

      Had to drive up to Lee, Mass. yesterday, noticed at the weed dispensary on Rte 7 parking lot was full. Got a cup of coffee at the MacDonalds across the street, observed the place for a period. Business is booming, many Ct and NY plates, many characters looking like they’re visiting from back in ’68. Not much business in the rest of town even the MacDonalds I was in was pretty empty.

      Brh

      • stelmosfire January 4, 2020 at 12:32 pm #

        “many Ct and NY plates” Yea, that’s the “pot tourism” business. bring ’em in and send ’em home stoned. bejezzes. .Did you happen to catch the lines in IL. after legalization Jan 1? All sorts of folks from IN ,WI, and other border states. Even the Lieutenant Governor was in line and proud of it. It won’t be long before most every state is on board. MA pocketed over $100,000,000.00 in tax revenue alone in 2019 and that does not include license and grow operation fees.

        • BackRowHeckler January 4, 2020 at 1:15 pm #

          Yeah, govt promoting gambling (state lotteries) and drugs, all they have to do now is begin pimping out our daughters and they’ll have a perfect trifecta of vice.

          Need the swag to keep the stinking welfare state going, pay magnificent pensions to their supporters in public sector unions, and stay in office for life.

          • Majella January 5, 2020 at 11:50 am #

            Marlin

            So, are you saying that before the states regulated and taxed the gaming & weed businesses, they didn’t exist? Ha! Who was making all the money then?

            Likewise, enlightened countries have decriminalised sex workers too. That doesn’t 100% stop trafficking & abuse, but it at least has taken the bullshit ‘police work’ out of the equation and the associated costs of that, and has allowed sex workers to run legitimate businesses where they pay tax and are no longer in the underground economy, with nil legal protection from criminals.

      • elysianfield January 4, 2020 at 1:16 pm #

        ” Got a cup of coffee at the MacDonalds…”

        BRH,
        Helpful hint…ask for the senior coffee…80 cents…you can give the saved 20 cents to the needy standing in the street…10 cents each, a shiny new dime. Feel like Rockefeller….

        • volodya January 4, 2020 at 4:09 pm #

          Ten cents used to go a long ways. When I was a kid (a long time ago) I found a dollar bill. There were three of us present. We each got a coke and a chocolate bar and had change left over.

          • elysianfield January 4, 2020 at 5:53 pm #

            Volodya,
            When I was a Freshman at Robert E. Lee High School in San Antonio Texas, the cafeteria had coin operated coke and 7-up dispensers…16 ounce bottles and so cold that ice would form inside the bottle when opened.

            The cost? Six cents…a nickel and a penny.

            1960.

  47. Janos Skorenzy January 4, 2020 at 12:49 pm #

    Anglin gives a brief summary of the annals of the Hero, the Lion of the Shia, Qaesum Soleimani.

    •Soleimani came from a peasant family, worked in construction in his youth to pay off his dad’s debts and lifted weights in his spare time.
    •He joined the Revolutionary Guard briefly after the revolution, to serve his country.
    •When his country was at war with Iraq, he rose up quickly through the ranks, took part in every major operation.
    •He described Operation Fath ol-Mobin as the best battle of his life, due to the odds being against his people and yet triumphing despite that.
    •When he was working close to opium fields in Afghanistan, he fought against the drug trade.
    •In 1998, he was put in charge of the Quds Force, Iran’s extraterritorial intelligence and military body.
    •During the 1999 student revolt, he signed a letter to the president saying that if he did not put down the revolution, the military would overthrow the government and do it themselves.
    •After 9/11, he briefly worked with Americans and captured or killed high-ranking al-Qaeda members, but the collaboration ended when George Bush declared Iran “evil” in a 2002 speech.
    •He is considered a principal figure in the development of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia, and he was in Lebanon during Hezbollah’s war with Israel and oversaw the conflict.
    •He was the leading figure behind the destruction of ISIS by Syria and friends.

    He was the definition of a hero, and a kind of idealized form of the New Man.

    He was probably the single most respected military man in the Shiite world, and was considered one of the most powerful. He has been universally recognized as one of the most influential military commanders in the region for decades.

    JS: Thinkest thou, oh Fool, that the Mahdi will not avenge the assassination of his beloved? He has an assignation with us now!

    • fodase January 4, 2020 at 1:10 pm #

      Poof! Charred and wrecked for all his evil in this world, with his ring finger spared by the Great Pumpkin Flying Spaghetting Monster for mundane identification purposes.

      Shambalaya.

    • Majella January 5, 2020 at 2:22 am #

      This guy v. Himself? Sheeesh.

  48. Janos Skorenzy January 4, 2020 at 1:01 pm #

    Went to a calendar store to buy a calendar because it’s the New Year and the old calendar is over. Was tired of landscapes and animals, but I almost bought an AOC: BFF Forever calendar. I checked myself in time. One must remember one’s Central Purpose and learn to deny oneself all that does not accord with that. Jungle Fever is the worst thing that can happen to a White Nationalist. Now if it had been AOC in suggestive poses and/or bikini shots, I might have fallen. Thank God it was not, rather just boring stuff about how great she is. Yeah, right!

    I settled for “Unlikely Friendships”, or different species of animals who become friends under man’s tutelage. Form or Species is important, but it’s not everything. Under the unnatural but higher influence of man, individuals can set aside their different forms and meet each other “in the Square” (Masonic reference). Needless to say, this does not negate form or species. You can be friends with a Black, just remember he or she probably jumped up and down when OJ was declared innocent and will always put their people before you.

    • fodase January 4, 2020 at 1:08 pm #

      I wholeheartedly agree about a Black, and am very proud to say I have full right to my opinion, with no malice intended.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 4, 2020 at 1:42 pm #

        The Final Call—What Can be Done?
        Posted by: Frank Roman on: 01/01/2020 08:56 PM, wvwnews.com

        A nation can survive wars, defeats, natural catastrophes, but not racial dissolution.

        by Arthur Kemp

        “If the society which has produced a particular civilization stays intact as a racially homogeneous unit, then that civilization remains active. If, however, the society within any particular given area changes its racial makeup—through invasion, immigration, or any decline in numbers—then the civilization which that society has produced will disappear with them, to be replaced by a new civilization reflecting the new inhabitants of that territory.

        “The lesson is clear: a civilization will remain intact as long as its creating race remains in existence. This applies to all races equally—white, black, Mongolian or any other. As long as a civilization’s founding race maintains its territorial integrity and does not use large numbers of any other alien race to do its labor, that civilization will remain in existence.

        “If a civilization allows large numbers of racial aliens into its midst (most often as laborers) and then integrates with those newcomers, that civilization will change to reflect the new racial makeup of the population.

        “Any civilization—be it white, black, Asian, or Aboriginal—stands or falls by the homogeneity of its population, and nothing else. As soon as a society loses its homogeneity, the nature of that society changes. This simple fact, often ignored by historians, provides the key to understanding the rise and fall of all civilizations, irrespective of race.”

        • JohnAZ January 4, 2020 at 6:06 pm #

          Janos

          Very appropriate post!

          Civilizations will exist as long as the minorities remain that, small minorities. Guests!

          When minorities become pluralities, such as the Latinos are becoming, especially in a “democracy”, then politics will turn the civilization into a new identity.

          That is where we are now. The next ten years will reshape the US if things continue as they are now.

          I actually chuckle at the Liberal Dems promoting all the immigration now. Do they think they are going to make a deal with their new masters? More than likely, they will have head of the line privileges at the Mexican cartel guillotine.

          When I listen to the Libs talk their immigration crap, it reminds me of a suicidal person.

          One thing and one thing only is going to stop the institution of the US as the next Latin country.

          Build the wall and shut the doors. Stop the uncontrolled influx. Monitor the visas accurately and send people home when complete. Stop the browning of America.

          Or go find somewhere else to live after the takeover.

          Ironically, the Black minority has remained constant percentage wise. When the Blacks ever get their heads screwed on right, they are going to realize that they are also under fire by the Latino onslaught.

          The real fools are the folks that believe we can all live in harmony. It has never happened before in history, and if the division and discord evident today is an indicator, it ain’t gonna happen now either.

          Can you imagine the MS13 folks saying, we are going to co-exist with our White and Black brothers? Sorta makes you cringe, doesn’t it.

    • elysianfield January 4, 2020 at 1:22 pm #

      “different species of animals who become friends under man’s tutelage”

      Janos,
      Not so much tutelage as care. You might confuse friendship with sufferance. Do not feed the dog for a week and then watch him as he greets his friend the chicken….

      Blacks? Well, many of those that embrace the Ghetto Culture would react in a similar fashion without the extensive “feeding” that is the social net.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 4, 2020 at 1:32 pm #

        Yes, dog pundits agree that man’s best friend will turn against him in a matter of a few weeks. Post Apocalypse, dogs will band together and hunt humans like any other species. Of course they have no future since are not viable on their own (the males don’t help the females for example), at least not until bred with coyotes or wolves. Until they cease to be themselves in other words.

    • malthuss January 4, 2020 at 1:40 pm #

      I used day runners but at $30 or more for one, I print my calendar.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 4, 2020 at 2:50 pm #

        Well it was after the first, so I got a nice one for half price.

  49. fodase January 4, 2020 at 1:05 pm #

    Nice to see Jimmy has become sane in his early twilight years. Hopefully the broad swath of democrats in the US – ‘liberals’ are a lost cause – has come ’round with him.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 4, 2020 at 2:52 pm #

      He’s “aging backwards” – nutcase Gwyneth Paltrow.

  50. Janos Skorenzy January 4, 2020 at 1:36 pm #

    https://www.wvwnews.net/content/index.php?/news_story/now_18_of_27_gop_governors_are_requesting_refugee_resettlement_%E2%80%93_without_any_dissent.html

    Thanatos or the Death Wish. America really is over. This is like the liver trying to climb out of the body via the anus or the brain trying to get out via the mouth and go their own way.

    The death of the cell is the health of the organism or community of cells. And what is an “organ” but a group of specialized cells working together on a specific task? They think they can go it alone without the community? Without the Body? They are so, so very wrong….

    • malthuss January 4, 2020 at 1:41 pm #

      you dont read my posts.
      I posted that info today at 7.38 am.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 4, 2020 at 1:48 pm #

        I’m a working man now! I’m not always going to have time to read the entire comments. Forgivest thou, me. I’m not passing over you or anything.

        In any case, I gave my own unique, all important commentary on the “info”. I have the “tech” (as the Scientologists say) to analyze such things in a larger philosophical context.

  51. KesaAnna January 4, 2020 at 3:04 pm #

    ” Frying pan vs fire. ” ( i.e. chattel slavery versus wage labor )

    — Volodya

    ” …As far as the uncivil war, I find it shocking that the western hemisphere had gun ownership and the United States was the only country that had to fight a bloody war to get rid of it…. ”

    First – class thinking there.

    If you were to sit and ponder your own conceptualizations awhile , you might begin to get some idea of why a mulatto girl is pro – Confederate.

    • KesaAnna January 4, 2020 at 3:06 pm #

      ugh , the second qoute was Elysianfield.

      • elysianfield January 4, 2020 at 5:26 pm #

        (Ugh!) Elysianfield….

  52. KesaAnna January 4, 2020 at 3:17 pm #

    Frankly the only part of this offering from JHK that interested me was this ;

    ” … THE MOST PERNICIOUS INSTRUMENTS OF GOVERNMENT — THE CIA AND FBI … ”

    ( I added the capitalization )

    Thomas Jefferson supposedly once said that chattel slavery was like having a wolf by the ears ; You don’t like it , but you dare not let it go.

    It should be abundantly clear that intelligence / spying are a much greater threat to security than an aid to it.

    The old folks were right , not backward ; There is no lower life form than a rat and a spy.

  53. volodya January 4, 2020 at 4:22 pm #

    When I heard that Soleimani got whacked by a missile strike at the Baghdad airport I cringed. I thought to myself, what if the missile had gone astray and shredded some expensive infrastructure? It could take a fair bit of time and a lot of money to fix and maybe screw up airport operations good and proper. Yeah, yeah, I know, precision munitions. But what if it mal-functioned?

    See, as far Soleimani goes, I figured he’d be replaced in a couple days by some other bully-boy, Iran a place busting at the seams with ambitious bully-boys.

    Soleimani got replaced faster than I thought. No expensive missile mistakes but next time don’t blow someone’s ass off so close to important facilities. Just wait until the target is a ways out in the desert.

    • ellipsis January 4, 2020 at 4:30 pm #

      I thought to myself, what if the missile had gone astray and shredded some expensive infrastructure?

      This is Iraq we’re talking about, right? We’ve already destroyed the place five or ten times over, so I’m thinking they’ll never even notice another one, no matter what it destroys. Besides, the destruction would immediately be blamed on Iran and another call for immediate all out war would go up. The holidays are over now, so it’s game on with all destruction all of the time again. And you might have fell for all that peace on earth, good will toward men bullshit. What a fucking con.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 4, 2020 at 4:48 pm #

      It’s that kind of callous attitude that is going to get us nuked or EMP’ed. As if matter matters more than a Man like Soleimani.

      Remember, Israel is going to bear the brunt of the counter-attack. The Iranians have always said – correctly – that they see no difference between America and Israel.

      • volodya January 4, 2020 at 4:52 pm #

        The point is that there’s a handful of guys that aren’t replaceable, at least not quickly or easily. But the rest of us? Look at how fast they replaced Soleimani.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 4, 2020 at 6:05 pm #

          Because they replaced him in his post means they didn’t value and esteem him – immensely? I mean I know you alll are good with words, but don’t get caught in your own webs.

      • elysianfield January 4, 2020 at 5:23 pm #

        “Remember, Israel is going to bear the brunt of the counter-attack. The Iranians have always said – correctly – that they see no difference between America and Israel.”

        Janos,
        Well apparently some do, as Malthuss earlier posted that 82 of our Senators and Congressmen had dual citizenship with Israel.

        …Sounds like a good deal. where do WE sign up?

        • elysianfield January 4, 2020 at 5:25 pm #

          Also, on the subject of obtaining dual citizenship…did I mention that as a youth I suffered genital mutilation?

          • Tate January 4, 2020 at 5:40 pm #

            oops, didn’t see this before posting below.

        • Tate January 4, 2020 at 5:39 pm #

          They are all circumcised, presumably. But that won’t cut it (so to speak) if you try to sign up.

  54. meargen January 4, 2020 at 5:45 pm #

    I was never fond of Ken Burns…all that hype and overpraise, and I prefer to read about the Civil War, not watch it on TV. I also got tired of hearing the Asoka Farewell played over and over. Like when I was in college, and you heard the theme from Deliverance 9 million times, or the 2001 theme wound plugging everything from pep rallies to used car sales.

    Anyway, I enjoyed reading Paul Johnson’s A History of the American People. H e argues that the South’s major problem was in trying to extend slavery, and when that wasn’t going to work, they got defensive, seeing that once the North got a majority in Congress, their power would be compromised.
    A lot of Southerners argue slavery wasn’t the sole reason for the Civil War, but it certainly was the engine stoking the fire. Ironic too, that almost all southern Presidents wanted to get rid of slavery, and assumed it would die a natural death, but the cotton industry changed that.
    Johnson states that the production of cheap cotton was a godsend to us all, and slavery was the price of this great, new fabric. As he said, an advanced technology isn’t necessarily compatible with human rights.
    Also, he asserts the South’s biggest mistake was secession. They really had a lot of cards in their favor, and secession was like throwing down your hand and leaving the table.

    I think Grant always maintained that South Carolina and Massachusetts were the states most responsible for the war…both had hotheads on either side who wouldn’t compromise.

    So are we in a civil war atmosphere today? It might seem so, but I can’t see anyone fighting for anything. We’ve been too neutered. A book I read, Civil War II, is where Chittum argues a second Civil War in America won’t be like the first, but rather like the one he experienced in Yugoslavia, where local minorities simply went at each other.

    Also, Lincoln was supported because he tied the Union cause to a 19th century one, nationalism. In Gore Vidal’s LIncoln, VIdal suggested Lincoln and Bismarck were actually very similar in building new empires. As JHK asserted, Bismark’s successors couldn’t keep the new German Reich under control, and perhaps Lincoln had the same problem with the new northern industrialists and government expansionists.

    Since we’re touching on the period, some of you might like to see the new version of Little Women that just opened, starring Saorise Ronan. It’s more an American institution then a novel, but I liked this new movie, and didn’t think I would. It also reminds us how sheltered people in New England were from the war. Someone once said if Emily DIckinson had lived in S. Carolina instead of Massachusetts, the war would have been a major part of her poetry.

    I also re-read The Ages of Man, my old Time Life series on history, especially the Reformation. There are a lot of obvious allusions to the Papacy/ Globalism and Protestantism/local control.
    Trump a new Luther? I’ll let you decide.

    • BackRowHeckler January 4, 2020 at 7:24 pm #

      I’ve read two reviews of ‘Little Women’.

      Both of them said there were too many whites in it, one of the sisters should’ve been black, another Hispanic or Asian. Based on that it got a thumbs down I’m afraid to say.

      It’s the new way to rate movies.

      brh

      • JohnAZ January 4, 2020 at 7:28 pm #

        Too many whites in a movie about Civil War New England? Give me a break!

      • GreenAlba January 5, 2020 at 8:33 am #

        I read one review this morning, brh. Said it was too feminist and that it ignored the white class gender privilege of Mum and the gals being kept at a safe distance from Bad Things by dint of nice (and largely ignored) Mr March being off fighting pesky confederates while Mum and the gals just worry about marriage, muffins and memoirs (I paraphrase).

        Seems this film can’t please anyone. Mind you, even as a child reading the book I found that Mr March and his woes didn’t get much of a look in, although they worried kindly about him at regular intervals, as if he was off on a particularly tiring business trip.

    • JohnAZ January 4, 2020 at 7:26 pm #

      I would bet that the competition between Northern textile mills and mills in England was a big part of the split. Both wanted the Southern cotton.
      The sectionalism that slavery presented aggravated the secessionist Fervor.

      I think you are right about the Balkanization of America. Yugoslavia was segregated into districts, mostly by religion. The US is not really segregated by anything. So what decides the dividing lines if a split starts? The closest thing is cities vs. the flyover folks.

    • ellipsis January 4, 2020 at 8:27 pm #

      Slavery was of course the ‘hot button’ issue, in that it encapsulated the major issue of the day: who would command labor.

      The south, still living a much more provincial – some would even say pastoral – lifestyle based on the norms of the day, wanted to continue their current lifestyle, but even more importantly, wanted that decision to remain theirs and theirs alone. A very important distinction, that, which is almost always lost on most northerners.

      The mercantilist north, eyes already focused on the empirical crown that it knew the mothership had bequeathed it, had other ideas. For the north, the civil war was merely a sign of things to come. A belligerent colony/third world state who dared to defy its majesty; the south must be conquered not only for wealth and the glory of the north, but as a veritable sign to the world, and indeed – the heavens themselves – as to the eternal rightness of their cause. In other words, the very seeds of our current conundrum, now played out on a global stage.

  55. Janos Skorenzy January 4, 2020 at 6:02 pm #

    https://www.wvwnews.net/content/index.php?/news_story/uk_top_schools_defend_rejecting_bursary_(scholarship)_for_white_boys.html

    No special scholarships for Whites allowed. What about everybody else getting them?

    • SoftStarLight January 4, 2020 at 7:01 pm #

      LOL White Privilege – one of the biggest frauds of our time! And a particularly cruel joke to any White person who isn’t wealthy.

      • Majella January 5, 2020 at 8:08 pm #

        So, do po’ white folk have it hard in Louisiana, SSL?

    • JohnAZ January 4, 2020 at 7:16 pm #

      Affirmative action was and is an affront to everything our FF intended. Our society is probably heading south partially due to Affirmative Action.

      • SoftStarLight January 5, 2020 at 11:35 am #

        Affirmative Action is definitely a reason we are going down!

    • BackRowHeckler January 4, 2020 at 10:22 pm #

      Iran may decide to launch a few missiles at Saudi Arabia and call it a day. I doubt they’ll mess with Israel.

      brh

  56. JohnAZ January 4, 2020 at 6:25 pm #

    The Australian fires are awful.

    Caused by climate change? How many matches have been lit by climate change? Who is lighting off these fires? I see absolutely nothing on the media about answering that question.

    It seems to me that one way world terrorism could succeed is by burning down the forests of the Western World.

    Some of the California fires were started by PG&E lines igniting, but not all of them. And why has the number of fires increased so much year to year.

    Good cheap invisible way to bring down the West, burn it down.

    • SoftStarLight January 4, 2020 at 6:53 pm #

      Actually ISIS wrote about starting forest fires as an act of Jihad a while back. Death by one thrust of the sword or a thousand cuts doesn’t matter as long as they achieve victory. And yes, burning everything infidel down is a worthy venture for an aspiring Jihadi. As if the Dryads enemies were not already legion!

      • ellipsis January 4, 2020 at 8:57 pm #

        Ah yes! The enemy under every bed argument. I’ll bet you’re a big supporter of the Patriot Act in all its iterations, aren’t you?

        • SoftStarLight January 5, 2020 at 11:27 am #

          Not at all. Just because there are enemies under every bed doesn’t mean we need a Patriot Act. A smart country would not let any one in who espouses a political and religious ideology that assumes their legal code is superior to all other legal systems and requires ultimate allegiance above and beyond all other allegiances. That’s knowingly letting a fifth column in. A smart country would never allow subversives like that in to begin with. Islam requires Jihad. That’s a simple fact. My solution would be not to let any Muslims in. That would be too simple and easy so it will never happen.

      • Majella January 5, 2020 at 8:09 pm #

        “Actually ISIS wrote about starting forest fires as an act of Jihad a while back.”

        Do you recall the source of this…’information’?

        • Majella January 5, 2020 at 8:10 pm #

          It would be a little like sawing the branch on which your sitting o the outside…

    • GreenAlba January 5, 2020 at 7:27 am #

      I think the real genius was in the Jihadis sucking all the water out of Australia for literally years, knowing that to create a record wildfire season what you need is a record drought season. And you get to ruin some Aussie farmers as collateral damage so what’s not to like? A stab at the food production system too.

      When you combine that genius with the genius of homosexuals (as per Ayatollah what’s his face) in causing record-breaking floods, it’s a paramilitary combo made in Paradise. The Jihomo climate hoax. You gotta admire their cheek. And all the while pretending not to even like one another.

      • SoftStarLight January 5, 2020 at 11:33 am #

        Yes, it would never be as simple as just lighting some dry brush with a match on fire, quietly saying Allahu Akbar, and jumping back into the car.

        • Majella January 5, 2020 at 12:05 pm #

          Sheesh…I have literally nothing to say about that, SSL, except

          “For fuck’s sake, find your irony switch & flick it to ‘on’”

          • SoftStarLight January 5, 2020 at 12:15 pm #

            I think it’s funny you think it wouldn’t be that easy. And btw, lots of people are trying to control the weather and/or weaponize the weather.

          • Majella January 5, 2020 at 8:12 pm #

            “And btw, lots of people are trying to control the weather and/or weaponize the weather.”

            You can’t RESIST doubling-down, can you?

  57. SoftStarLight January 4, 2020 at 6:38 pm #

    The coldest temperature ever known in Greenland (-86F) was recorded at Summit Station at the tip top of the Greenland Ice Sheet on January 2nd. The ice sheet beneath Summit Station is about two miles thick and is allegedly growing too. What if it is true that when the ice sheets at the poles get so heavy it makes the Earth’s crust shift and the Earth’s axis change. What does the CIA know? Maybe it was better when there were palm trees in Greenland after all?

    • JohnAZ January 4, 2020 at 7:10 pm #

      SSL

      Did you see the movie 2012? The premise was that continental shift becomes extreme when the mantle becomes fluid and allows the land masses to float around.

      I read a study not too long ago that stated that magnetic measurements show that major fast shifts have occurred in the past.

      We just do not know much.

      • SoftStarLight January 5, 2020 at 11:15 am #

        Yes I did see 2012. I have also read that major shifts such as tectonic shifts can happen within a day but no one knows with any certainty. And that’s why I did question what the CIA knows. Would we even know if they knew? My guess is that they would leave most of the population in the dark.

        • Majella January 5, 2020 at 12:15 pm #

          This (above) is probably the most nutjob, circular-thinking, uninformed series of comments in the living memory of CFN.

          Starting with “what if it’s true…(doesn’t actually matter what, but the insanity of believing that the polar ice-load could cause crustal movements is beyond absurd);

          Then moving to referencing one of the most ridiculous disaster movies ever, spawned by a CT related to the Mayan long cycle calendar, and then conflating a shifting magnetic pole with shifting Tectonic plates?

          THEN THE TRIPLE HITTER! BS about sudden tectonic plate movements (generally referred to as earthquakes) and what does the CIA know, and would they even tell us?

          Your tinfoil hats need another layer or two, you guys!

          • JohnAZ January 5, 2020 at 12:40 pm #

            Ha!

            I reported on a legitimate report about studies of the past. The real point is though that all the BS reports about climate change with the tiny data base we have, fifty years or so, is just as ludicrous. Your opinion on what others are discussing is meaningless.

            Redistribution of world wealth is what climate change is all about, sponsored by your international Liberal masters.

            Trump killed the Paris Accord, thank goodness. The US was about to get the shaft big time.

          • Majella January 5, 2020 at 2:09 pm #

            JohnAZ

            Read before you critique!

            You referenced a study (unnamed & unattributed) relating to magnetic pole shifts. Ok.

            However, that’s not related to plate tectonics, which is what had SSL clutching her pearls.

          • Majella January 5, 2020 at 2:11 pm #

            The rest of your screed is the usual CT based ‘it’s all YOUR fault!’ bullshit

          • SoftStarLight January 5, 2020 at 2:50 pm #

            Lol and your screed is the usual “your stupid” one with no evidence or explanations in regards to the topic at hand. Interesting that you know full well about the mechanics and details of tectonic plate movements and pole shifts in addition to the inner workings of the CIA.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 5, 2020 at 5:16 pm #

            Are you saying that SSL is saying that she (you) is CIA? Or that she (SSL) is CIA?

          • Majella January 5, 2020 at 8:17 pm #

            That’s ‘you’re stupid’, not ‘your stupid’ (which is what it was though, indeed).

            As to providing ‘evidence or explanations to the topic at hand’, that’s my point – there aren’t any because what you were saying was just utter nonsense.

            I don’t claim to know very much but I’m pretty sure I could provide a better explanation on both plate tectonics & the inner workings of the CIA than you, SSL. You’d revert within 20 words to some C as ‘evidence’ that it’s NOT what the EB would teach us.

          • Majella January 5, 2020 at 8:19 pm #

            Skorenzy

            I thought you’re reading comprehension was above a 10-year-old level…you’ll notice on checking back that it was SSL who brought up the CIA and, based on what she said, I’d guess she’s NOT in the CIA.

          • SoftStarLight January 6, 2020 at 12:57 am #

            Ok so, you just said you had a better idea about the inner workings of the CIA than me. And yet you also made a point not to answer his question. Your besties do that too remarkably quite often. I suppose its safe to assume you know more than you’re letting on since you are being so sly.

          • Majella January 6, 2020 at 1:34 am #

            SSL

            I did, indeed, answer his question. Is your reading comprehension on a par with Skorenzy?

  58. Pucker January 4, 2020 at 8:07 pm #

    What do you think of bizarre story of Spencer Rapone?

    Spencer Rapone joined the US Army Rangers and deployed as a Private in the Infantry to Afghanistan. Spencer questions the war effort in Afghanistan. Spencer applies for admission to the US Military Academy at West Point under a special admissions program open to active duty soldiers. Spencer applies in part because the Tuition is “Free”, provided he serves 5 years post graduation. Spencer has a high IQ and is accepted. Spencer’s disillusionment with the war festers. Spencer becomes enamored with tot..alit..arian Marxism and tot..alit…ians like Che Guevara and, believe it or not, mass murderer, rapist, and psychopath, William Tecumseh Sherman. Spencer promotes Marxist ideals at West Point and on social media and gets booted out of the Army to then join the Socialist speaking circuit. Spencer may have to pay back the Army for his West Point tuition.

    Strange story….

    I think that JHK should do a podcast interview with Spencer Rapone?

    • ellipsis January 4, 2020 at 8:47 pm #

      Strange that someone so smart would need to go so far as be admitted to West Point to figure that all out. But I commend him for figuring it out nonetheless. We all have our own path…

    • Janos Skorenzy January 5, 2020 at 5:13 pm #

      We need a Women Only draft. Let them do the heavy lifting this time around. Sign up Meagan Rapinoe (sp?) as the poster child. A Lesbian Child shall lead them….

      • BackRowHeckler January 6, 2020 at 6:07 am #

        Not a bad idea,

        Say, what happened to Ash Carter’s Tranny Division? Is it operational? Is it combat ready? I haven’t heard much about it since Obama announced its creation and the original excitement. One thing we do know is the keel has been laid for the USS Harvey Milk, destined to be the figtheningist ship in the US Navy.

        Brh

  59. Pucker January 4, 2020 at 8:23 pm #

    The bloke in the Epoch Times interview linked to below retired after decades of doing “Counterintelligence” at US embassies overseas including in China. His Big Insight is that the Chinese use the local Chinese cheap labor that the Americans hire to work in the US embassy and consulates in China to spy on the Americans. “No Shit, Einstein!” Many years ago, I looked at the job postings at the time of the US Consulate in Guangzhou, China. The local staff job postings paid pitifully low salaries by American standards to Chinese people to do all of the work because the Americans are illiterate and can’t function in Chinese. I perused the job postings, and knew after 5 minutes that the Chinese Ministry of St…ate Sec…unity was fucking the Americans inside out in every hole. The American bloke in the interview explains away the problem by saying that it would be prohibitively expensive to solve the problem, and quotes the US$100 million figure, but this is not true. A lawyer friend of mine in China once remarked to me: “The Chinese must look at us and think that we are incredibly stupid.”

    “The Americans are not clever enough to run an Empire, as the vaudeville debacles in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan show. It’s no surprise that the Chinese have played the Americans like a fiddle.

    m.youtube.com/watch?v=urVK9OYIVZ8&feature=youtu.be

    • ellipsis January 4, 2020 at 8:42 pm #

      Funny. The Vietnamese figured that out 60-70 years ago as well. Are SE Asians really that smart or are we just that stupid? Or perhaps both? But then again, we’re not actually trying to win wars or conquer territory in the first place, are we? Nope, we’re an empire now, and we exist but to siphon wealth – however minimal it might be – up to our globalist masters.

    • Pucker January 4, 2020 at 8:51 pm #

      Momma should tell Little Forrest (the Americans) the horrible, honest Truth:

      “Now Forrest, I love you a lot, even though I resent and blame you for your daddy running away to Thailand and abandoning me. But you’re not smart enough to be an astronaut, or a doctor, or President of the United States. I know that this may be painful to hear Forrest. But if we let somebody like you who is so Fuck’n stupid be a doctor, well, Forrest, you could kill somebody. And if we let a dumbass like you be President, then we could get up needlessly killing millions of innocent people like in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan which would be a national tragedy.”

      As Momma is talking to Little Forrest, Little Forrest stares at her blankly dumbfounded and confused. The audience can hear Little Forrest let out a long, muffled fart.

      • ellipsis January 4, 2020 at 8:54 pm #

        Deja vu all over again?

      • Pucker January 4, 2020 at 9:45 pm #

        Forrest Gump somewhere in Thailand thinking about Momma, looking at Jenny’s nude centerfold photo and singing to himself:

        “My chick loves a man who’s strong…
        The things she’ll do to turn me on…
        I love the babes…don’t get me wrong…
        Maybe that’s a why I wrote this song….” (Heavy Fuel, Dire Straits)

        • Pucker January 4, 2020 at 9:48 pm #

          Forrest turns out to be a Chip-Off-the-Ole-Block, just like his daddy….

          • SoftStarLight January 5, 2020 at 12:07 pm #

            Thinking about momma lol? You know Forrest’s dad was a longshoreman killed by a falling crate of bananas. That’s in the book but not the movie though.

  60. capt spaulding January 4, 2020 at 10:10 pm #

    Jan 1: Ahh, new decade starting with clean slate.

    Jan 2: Australia appears to be burning up.

    Jan 3: World War III declared.

    • BackRowHeckler January 4, 2020 at 11:16 pm #

      Ok now Captain that’s pretty funny.

    • SoftStarLight January 5, 2020 at 12:21 pm #

      It’s the 5th now and we are stll here. But maybe not for long?

    • Nightowl January 5, 2020 at 4:08 pm #

      Galaxy-brain tip: switch off the teevee.

      WWIII. LO feckin’ L

  61. BackRowHeckler January 4, 2020 at 11:37 pm #

    Climate Change protests on the New Haven Green on Friday.

    Anti War protests on the New Haven Green scheduled for Sunday.The activity in Iraq was a Godsend for the antiwar people, They’ve been invigorated and are coming out of the woodwork

    Same people, different signs, slogans reworked a little bit to fit the occassion. Sometimes they kill two birds with one stone and lump the two issues together, and even throw in LBGT stuff for good measure.
    Its a mishmash and sometimes the message gets lost. The main crux is everybody hates the President and he’s to blame for everything that has gone wrong in their miserable little lives.

    brh

    • GreenAlba January 5, 2020 at 9:57 am #

      “Same people, different signs, slogans reworked a little bit to fit the occassion. Sometimes they kill two birds with one stone and lump the two issues together, and even throw in LBGT stuff for good measure.”

      A climate protester of yore
      Got his trans and gay friends to fight war
      Their anti-war antics
      Got caught in semantics
      And their message got garbled some more.

    • Majella January 5, 2020 at 12:23 pm #

      Ah! You’ve figured it out…:)

    • SoftStarLight January 5, 2020 at 12:47 pm #

      I wonder if one has to be really careful to avoid hypodermic needles when cleaning up all the filth and garbage left behind after such a protest? Ewwwww! I bet crowds like that attract free range poopers too.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 5, 2020 at 4:24 pm #

        And the cleanest crowds of all? The old Tea Party. The more liberal and green, the dirtier. It’s ideology not reality for many. Their just Deadheads all grown up – outwardly but not inwardly.

        • SoftStarLight January 5, 2020 at 6:12 pm #

          Yes that is true. I heard too that some of the places where the Tea Party held events were cleaner after they left compared to when they arrived.

        • Majella January 5, 2020 at 8:28 pm #

          So full of shit, Skorenzy, unless the Tea Party adherents are not Trumpistas as well…

          https://twitter.com/i/status/1141545925028044800

          • SoftStarLight January 6, 2020 at 12:34 am #

            The Tea Party and Trump Supporters aren’t necessarily the same people in all cases Majella. To the extent that trash is unacceptable which it is, it was contained in a stadium at his Orlando rally. So people knew their trash was not just blowing in the wind and was gonna get picked up. This on the other hand was done at the hands of environmental activists protesting at the Dakota Access Pipeline.

            https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/feb/5/massive-cleanup-underway-after-dakota-access-prote/

        • Majella January 6, 2020 at 2:12 am #

          SSL

          It’s unfortunate you selected a ‘fake news’ outlet like the Washington Times. They had a photo of a collection (in a pile) of exhausted water bottles etc. So?

          Does the article go on to explain how much oil pollution the XL had and would spew into the environment? Noticeably absent.

          I’ve been resisting calling out your nutty angel-hair arguments for quite a while. Re-engaging you now is reminding me why I stopped. Lesson learned.

          So, again, I’ll leave you to your weird theories, bizarre perspectives, your magical friends that live in the sky and your creepy cyber-boyfriend.

  62. Pucker January 5, 2020 at 3:11 am #

    [Forrest Gump with orange hair eating a Big Mac in front of the TV in the White House]

    “Hey Forrest! We’ve big a big evil terrorist in our sights. Real Bad Guy. We need to go ahead to take him out. But we have to act now. Can we do it?”

    “Bad Guy?”

    “Yeah.”

    “OK”….

  63. Pucker January 5, 2020 at 6:30 am #

    After the vaudeville debacle wars of Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria, you’d think that the Americans would eventually figure out that they simply lack the brainpower and common sense necessary to run an Empire? They’re a danger to themselves and to others. It’s like the bloke who keeps entering into serial bad marriages that end in divorce. At some point, you’d think that he’d realize that there’s something amiss with his decision-making power and his choice in women?

    • SoftStarLight January 5, 2020 at 12:58 pm #

      So interesting! In reality, aren’t we all sometimes at least a danger to ourselves and others? Both on an individual level and at the society level as well. Apparently no one has the brainpower and common sense to run an empire in the long run. We are after all just finite creatures. But some do better than others. We were never intended to be an Empire anyway.

  64. tucsonspur January 5, 2020 at 7:01 am #

    POODLES OF PUGNACITY

    Dogs of War, huh? Problem is, they never get the job done. They bark, snarl, bite and tear, but never get there. Where you ask? I’ll tell you where. The End.

    Wolves of War, or Wolverines or Warlocks or Warthogs might be better, might come closer. But even they may not get there.

    The Earth is burning, the missiles are yearning, still salivating in their silos. We know it, even if they don’t. What happens if a nuke goes off, small or large, in NY say, or Chicago or London, Rome or Riyadh, just for starters?

    Three quarters of a century ago, we made these things. You ask, for what? To meet up with our destiny, that’s what. Oh, you say to deter. Well I say to determine. Do you really think that they’ll sit by salivating, going hungry forever?

    They were made to unleash the Baskerville Hounds of War at a minimum, but more accurately to bring on Ragnarok, Armageddon

    We will feed them and the monster in ourselves. We will meet where human genius meets human extremis. Before the centuries turn 22.

    • malthuss January 5, 2020 at 7:29 am #

      What happens if a nuke goes off, small or large, in NY say, or Chicago or London, Rome or Riyadh, just for starters?

      IF or WHEN?

      • ellipsis January 5, 2020 at 9:27 am #

        You’ll have to call Langley, VA directory assistance and ask to be connected to the CIA front desk. They’ll be able to tell you, since they will be the ones behind the attack.

    • elysianfield January 5, 2020 at 12:56 pm #

      Tucson,
      “E” for effort…

      • tucsonspur January 5, 2020 at 9:23 pm #

        Stingy rat, not even an E+? But I know you meant Excellence.

    • SoftStarLight January 5, 2020 at 1:10 pm #

      I believe you. There here and how can you get rid of them? It’s only a matter of time before one is used by someone. There are so many maniacs and mad scientist types I am surprised we haven’t already met our Doomsday.

      • tucsonspur January 5, 2020 at 9:19 pm #

        Yes Starlight, sad to say, but the answer to Malthuss’ question is WHEN. So far we have been fortunate and it was only Japan. But when the time becomes far more dangerous than those days, when the world becomes far more fractured, and it will, fission or fusion will have its day, and our creations will cause our cremations.

        I know, so bleak for the New Year.

        • SoftStarLight January 6, 2020 at 1:09 am #

          It’s not your fault. The world can be a bleak place sometimes. I would rather you hit me with the Truth than hug me with Lies.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 5, 2020 at 4:40 pm #

      Trump is a Balrog, a Dark Spirit of the Underworld, a Hell Being of Fire. I can’t believe it – we elected a Balrog who serves Sauron.

  65. ellipsis January 5, 2020 at 9:24 am #

    DHS says no ‘credible’ threat to US, warns of groups’ capability

    https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/476797-dhs-says-no-credible-threat-to-us-warns-of-groups-capability

    “At this time we have no information indicating a specific, credible threat to the Homeland,” DHS said, but cautioned that “Iran and its partners, such as Hizballah, have demonstrated the intent and capability to conduct operations in the United States.”

    The bulletin also warned that Iran is capable of “carrying out attacks with temporary disruptive effects against critical infrastructure in the United States” and “likely views terrorist activities as an option to deter or retaliate against its perceived adversaries.”

    ******

    In alternative news that the MSM was instructed not to report, spokesman added that all US citizens were advised to check under every bed for “bad, very bad people,” and in their absence, immediately crawl under that bed and cower helplessly until instructed to do otherwise.

    Regarding the recent U.S. strike that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, an anonymous WH spokesman stated that President Trump was forced to take the action after “bad, very, very bad people from the US deep state threatened bad, very, very bad outcomes” for the president unless he complied. At last report, Trump was seen cowering under the bed of his WH bedroom, which was specially elevated to allow for his prodigious girth.

    • GreenAlba January 5, 2020 at 9:40 am #

      “and in their absence, immediately crawl under that bed and cower helplessly until instructed to do otherwise.”

      Even waiting for Liam Neeson to call while you’re under there has been known to lead to long waiting times for rescue, special skill sets notwithstanding. 🙂

      “Trump was seen cowering under the bed of his WH bedroom, which was specially elevated to allow for his prodigious girth.”

      An excellent opportunity for Barron to do some last-minute physics revision on the Principle of Moments. Including funny moments.

      Realising that girth rhymes with mirth, birth, earth and worth, I feel there is a limerick in there somewhere.

      • elysianfield January 5, 2020 at 1:45 pm #

        Alba

        There once was a woman of sensible shoes,
        Who sometimes lampooned this site and our views,
        “The Climate is changing, Brex-it is remaining, The Science is settled, Gre-ta be not nettled…
        Her opinions far ranging, but will not be changing,
        And such is the case for the Scottish race.

        “Don’t Taze me, Bro!”

        • Majella January 5, 2020 at 2:03 pm #

          ‘E’ for Effort…

          • SoftStarLight January 5, 2020 at 3:01 pm #

            Sensible shoes lol wow! No way?!

          • Janos Skorenzy January 5, 2020 at 4:32 pm #

            She has never worn heels in her life. She needed a friend like you early on to help her, but alas one never appeared.

          • GreenAlba January 5, 2020 at 6:06 pm #

            I’ve had more stupid shoes than you’ve had intelligent girlfriends, bufonid. 🙂

          • Janos Skorenzy January 5, 2020 at 6:48 pm #

            First you said you eschewed heels, now you love them. Make up your mind – about bursararies for White students as well.

          • GreenAlba January 5, 2020 at 7:08 pm #

            You really do get in a tizzy about the daftest things. When I walk the dog I wear sensible shoes. When I walk up hills I wear sensible shoes.

            For other things I have other shoes. Grow up and think about something sensible.

            I haven’t said anything about bursararararararies for white students – leave me out of your obsessions.

            I’m white, though, and I got a student grant. Lucky me.

          • SoftStarLight January 5, 2020 at 8:03 pm #

            What a funny response. I still can’t get over the stupid shoes remark. As if wanting your walking dog shoes and your walking uphill shoes to say wow and pow too makes one unsensible! No one said we were going to break the bank jeeze. But since you’re in the conversation Alba what is your opinion? Can a White person give White students scholarships like Blacks can do for Black students, or do you feel that such a thing is racist, immoral, etc.?

        • Janos Skorenzy January 5, 2020 at 4:08 pm #

          Fucking A. You’re a fine poet of the muckraking class.

        • Nightowl January 5, 2020 at 4:14 pm #

          There once were some low IQs,

          Snark most low-brow they did spew,

          Trump is a raycust, the sun it will bake us,

          The corporate press, it tells us the trewth!

          • Nightowl January 6, 2020 at 10:14 am #

            I didn’t vote for Trump. As explained to another of your ilk, I last voted for Nader, have mostly voted Green, and moved to Europe to get away from American life.

            I also have a big brain.

        • GreenAlba January 5, 2020 at 6:04 pm #

          There once was an owl oh so clever
          Whose dearest and keenest endeavour
          Was to get up Trump’s arse –
          – good Lord what a farce
          And stay there forever and ever.

          • Majella January 6, 2020 at 2:15 am #

            ?

          • Nightowl January 6, 2020 at 3:54 am #

            “Trump Cultist”

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqqwTgk8ri0

            Beep boop.

          • Majella January 6, 2020 at 8:59 am #

            That’s really funny. Once again, you project, just like the Dear Leader, Himself.

    • JohnAZ January 5, 2020 at 12:45 pm #

      How many bad guys are in the US right now?

      We do not have a clue thanks to the Liberal let everyone in doctrine started in the Bush years. Intelligence does not have a clue what the domestic threat is.

      • SoftStarLight January 5, 2020 at 1:24 pm #

        I agree John. Open borders have consequences. One of them is that we have no clear idea of who is over here. And it’s all controlled propaganda. They’re never going to let the general public know whats going on one way or the other. Iran could already have nukes pointed at us or they may have nothing. We won’t know for sure.

  66. wwg1wga January 5, 2020 at 11:14 am #

    Go tell it on the mountain!

    http://www.got-truth.com/docs/Go%20tell%20it%20on%20the%20mountain%20II.pdf

  67. JohnAZ January 5, 2020 at 1:07 pm #

    Does insanity go with the power drive in people?

    There was just a just an Iranian woman reporter on Fox talking about how the majority of folks in Iran are not behind the extremist government at all and are glad the General was snuffed out.

    They have lots of intermediate range missiles in Iran, good only for the local area. So the targets will be US bases, Saudi Arabia, the oil industry, Israel.

    In the meantime, the US has the capability on one aircraft carrier to turn the 52 bases identified already plus northern Iran, the only place that matters, into an ashtray.

    Trump is not going to blink, Iran better get real.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 5, 2020 at 4:17 pm #

      They’ve been digging in for decades, John. They knew this day would come. Just as Hezbollah was ready for the Israelis when they invaded Lebanon. The Israelis were crushed.

      At least some of their bases are so deep that they cannot be bombed out.

      I remind you that we are vulnerable to an EMP strike. If they need help with that, think Russia won’t step in to help their ally?

      • JohnAZ January 5, 2020 at 5:59 pm #

        If Russia takes it beyond a proxy fight, we are all screwed.

        Most of our missiles are still aimed at Russia and they know it.

      • BackRowHeckler January 5, 2020 at 6:21 pm #

        There won’t be any invasion of Iran.

        Sink all their ships and shoot down all their aircraft in about 10 days, yes, that will happen. But Trump won’t be getting us into any big land war in C Asia.

        Brh

    • KappaJoe January 5, 2020 at 4:21 pm #

      The purpose of Mueller’s long investigation may partially have been to antagonize and hamstring President Trump, but one has to ask, “cui bono?”.

      It appears that the actual purpose and length of the blatantly disingenuous Russia collusion investigation was to cast doubt among the electorate and influence the forthcoming midterm election. The goal was to regain power in one or both houses of Congress. It worked, thanks to the 24-hour cooperation of the fake media.

      Likewise, a similar strategy seems to be on tap for the next general election – string out the pending “impeachment” as long as possible in order to influence the remaining swing votes in an attempt to hold the House and possibly recapture the Senate, Presidency, or both. I’d be surprised if this impeachment (or yet another one) wasn’t still in play come November. The only variable is, will the voting public play the sucker once again?

      • JohnAZ January 5, 2020 at 6:00 pm #

        There is action going on In the Senate to null and void the trial if Pelosi doesn’t relent.

        • Majella January 5, 2020 at 8:34 pm #

          You’re KIDDING!!! The Senate? Actually DOING something?

      • JohnAZ January 5, 2020 at 6:01 pm #

        Trump’s approval rating is going up fast, especially amongst independents.

        This nation does not like socialism.

        • Majella January 5, 2020 at 8:35 pm #

          A sign seen at a Tea Party demo some years ago, which shows just how little Americans ‘don’t like’ socialism:

          “Keep your filthy Government hands off my Medicare!”

          • SoftStarLight January 6, 2020 at 1:12 am #

            Is there anything wrong with demanding that government be fiscally responsible and not take dedicated funds from one program to spend elsewhere?

          • Majella January 6, 2020 at 2:18 am #

            Like Army Funding for Border Fences? Your lack of self-awareness is astounding.

  68. Elrond Hubbard January 5, 2020 at 4:01 pm #

    Iraqi Parliament Votes to Expel All American Troops and Submit UN Complaint Against US for Violation of Sovereignty
    “What happened was a political assassination. Iraq cannot accept this.”

    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/05/iraqi-parliament-votes-expel-all-american-troops-and-submit-un-complaint-against-us

    Earlier:

    “Speaking before an extraordinary session of parliament Sunday, Iraq’s outgoing Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi recommended that the nation’s lawmakers approve a measure to end U.S. troop presence in ‘immediately’ following the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad. …

    Update:

    “Iraq’s parliament voted in an extraordinary session Sunday to expel all American troops from the country and file a United Nations complaint against the U.S. for violating Iraq’s sovereignty with its assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad. …

    “[T]he Iraqi parliament approved ‘a five-point action plan that would require the Iraqi government to end the presence of foreign troops in the country, and withdraw its request for assistance from the anti-ISIS global coalition.’

    “‘Parliament also called on the government to ban the use of Iraqi airspace by any foreign power,’ according to The National. The resolution still requires the approval of the Iraqi government.”

    Emphasis added. Iran hasn’t been sitting around since the US-sponsored Iran-Iraq war ended. They’ve been building up their capabilities to repel any future invasion, and were only pushed into agreeing not to build a nuclear deterrent by relentless pressure. Trump tore up that agreement for no good reason.

    Now, just look at a map, and imagine how easy going to war with Iran would be without using Iraqi airspace. What’s the plan, then? Launch bombers from Iraqi soil against the Iraqis’ will? That amounts to re-invading Iraq… again. How did that go last time? How cheap and fun will it be to pacify Iraq sufficiently to even begin to invade a much bigger, wealthier and better prepared country from there? How ‘pacified’ was it before, or ever?

    If you voted for Trump because he promised an end to ‘stupid wars’, there’s more stupid going around than you thought.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 5, 2020 at 4:10 pm #

      I think they told us to leave a little while ago in any case. Some people think that might be behind the Idiotic Attack.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 5, 2020 at 4:30 pm #

        And yes, that was an important part of the platform that many of us cared about. Duped? Remember, none of the others even bothered to lie to us, Elrond. Jeb thought he could win without out us – such was his delusion born of hatred. Imagine how much you have to hate to have believed that. He hates us just as much as you do.

        We hoped and took a chance. Not a big one since there was no other option. And yes, all of our hopes have been dashed. Laugh if you may, but you will not laugh long. The Civil War or “Boogaloo” is rising up ahead of us. And if we go down, Canada will go down with us.

        • JohnAZ January 5, 2020 at 6:14 pm #

          Your last sentence is right. Let us just open a big gate for the Latinos to just pass through to Canada. That would be a gas to watch.

        • Elrond Hubbard January 5, 2020 at 6:14 pm #

          You all could have registered as Democrats and voted for Sanders in the 2016 primaries. It’s what I would have done, given the chance.

          As for Canada going down with the sinking empire — don’t I know it, cubby.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 5, 2020 at 6:43 pm #

            Open borders Sanders? With AOC as Veep? He’ll put a pillow over his own face and she’ll sit on it to become President.

            You’re still denying we have any valid viewpoint at all. Thus no negotiation is possible with you people.

          • Elrond Hubbard January 5, 2020 at 7:05 pm #

            Eyesore: renounce the fascism you openly profess, and the vulgar racism you openly display, and we would have plenty to talk about. Including a rational border policy for the USA, and many other things besides.

            Failing that, I don’t drink from any punch bowl when the turd is right there in plain sight.

          • Majella January 5, 2020 at 8:46 pm #

            Skorezny:

            “You’re still denying we have any valid viewpoint at all. Thus no negotiation is possible with you people.”

            Oh. Right…so, as I understand your position (shared with many hereabouts) is that the ‘left’ is close-minded, hates white people, hates the USA, wants to destroy the Constitution, wants to import millions of brown people year after year, make everyone gay or at least question their sexuality, and….oh – it’s too exhausting.

            Can you NOT SEE what a load of utter tripe that all is?
            meanwhile, you’re open-minded, hate black & brown people, love the USA and are the only hope for any sort of future?

            Yes, as Elrond points out, the turd is right there, in plain sight.

          • SoftStarLight January 6, 2020 at 1:23 am #

            Yeah right! Both you and Elrond proved his point. You both state here that you don’t believe our views are valid. They are simply “fascism” and “racism”. So if you don’t believe our views are valid there is no point in trying to negotiate with you. If there ain’t no point in talkin then you better get to steppin chica cuz we ain’t goin nowhere.

          • Majella January 6, 2020 at 2:22 am #

            Right – you guys ‘own’ this forum…sorry – I must have missed the memo!

    • JohnAZ January 5, 2020 at 6:11 pm #

      Watch Trump pull ‘em out of Iraq. The Deep State will scream bloody murder.

      He tore it up because it was worthless. The General they just killed led the terrorism ring around the world that WE financed with that wonderful deal. Another five years and they were free again to fully pursue their nukes. As if they weren’t doing it anyway. They were doing prohibited missile development while it was in force.

      Here is an idea. It sounds like what all these ding dongs want is for us to get the hell out of their countries. Let’s do it. Build a wall between Saudi Arabia and Iran, including Kuwait and let the Persians have their country. And Iraq, and Syria. They will not go any farther. Just let the Israelis go, they will take care of business without pressure from us.

      We need to mind our own business!

      • Majella January 5, 2020 at 8:47 pm #

        Watch him PULL them out? They’ve just been KICKED out by the Iraqi government.

    • elysianfield January 5, 2020 at 7:20 pm #

      “Now, just look at a map, and imagine how easy going to war with Iran would be without using Iraqi airspace. What’s the plan, then? Launch bombers from Iraqi soil against the Iraqis’ will? That amounts to re-invading Iraq… again. How did that go last time? How cheap and fun will it be to pacify Iraq sufficiently to even begin to invade a much bigger, wealthier and better prepared country from there? How ‘pacified’ was it before, or ever?”

      Elrond,
      We might have a clever solution…Use our B-1’s, bomb them from Canadian Airfields…

      • Elrond Hubbard January 5, 2020 at 8:58 pm #

        Which I would object to all the more strenuously, elysianfield. Thanks for thinking of me.

  69. Janos Skorenzy January 5, 2020 at 4:14 pm #

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/iran-abandons-nuclear-deal-over-183522002.html

    Missile attack on Green Zone in Iraq. Terrorist attack against US base in Somalia. So it begins. The Great Reckoning. Liberals have shown their utter insanity over the last two years. Evidently “Conservatives” became jealous and decided it was time to show theirs – thus Trump’s assassination of the most popular man in Shiism. Petraeus says, that to them, this was bigger than the death of Bin Ladin was to the radical Sunnis.

    It was to prevent war, Trump says. Fuck you, Asshole.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 5, 2020 at 4:26 pm #

      It you are attacked in prison, you dare not not strike back hard. If you don’t, your reputation is gone.

      Ditto with the Iranians now. They must strike back to the maximum of their ability or it’s over for them. Thus Trump is either a Liar and Scoundrel or a Fool. I say the former.

      • Majella January 5, 2020 at 8:49 pm #

        He’s all three and much, much more besides.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 5, 2020 at 5:05 pm #

      Correction: In Kenya by Somalis. So what now, invade Somalia because a “contractor” was killed? Who cares?

      https://www.yahoo.com/gma/u-military-confirms-terror-attack-u-kenya-080254460–abc-news-topstories.html

      • wpa_ccc January 5, 2020 at 5:22 pm #

        It’s not about contractors being killed. Trump’s numbers are down. Trump has been impeached and has not been acquitted. More evidence of his guilt is accumulating from court records, unredacted documents, emails, etc. to confirm Trump’s criminal activity.

        Trump’s Iran bravado is a false flag to distract from his domestic and international crimes. It won’t work.

        I predict more than 1,000 Americans will die because Trump assassinated one military general. The first three revenge killings of Americans happened today. This will go on for years.

        • BackRowHeckler January 5, 2020 at 6:10 pm #

          “This will go on for years” — Asoka et.al.

          A ‘Hundred years war’ then. It’s happened before. Anyway, as far as Iran is concerned, we’re already 40 years in. This Salami chap, the ‘distinguished general’, had the blood of at least 600 US Marines and Soldiers on his hands, and I’m glad he’s dead. F#kk em.

          Here’s a plan. It looks like Bernie Sandals could be the Dem nominee, a robust (haha) 80 year old America hating Marxist, elect him to deal with existential threats facing the United States, throw a scare into the mad mullahs of Iran.

          Brh

          • JohnAZ January 5, 2020 at 6:19 pm #

            Or Buttigieg, that will put the fear of God into them.

            Notice that the Dems do not even have an alternative foreign plan. What would they do if this bum in Iraq continued to raise hell everywhere.

            All you critics have no clue what is going on that they tried to stop by getting this guy. Fo once, STFU, and listen.

          • BackRowHeckler January 5, 2020 at 6:28 pm #

            In these absurd debates they’re holding, Dems don’t even talk about dealing with the outside world. It’s all about identity politics, and giving away free sh#t to their favorite groups. Imagine schoolmarm Liz Warren grappling with these issues?

            Brh

          • Janos Skorenzy January 5, 2020 at 6:46 pm #

            What a horrible attitude. He’s a Soldier for Pete (Buttegieg’s) sake. That’s what soldiers do during war time – kill enemy soldiers – invaders in this case.

            What are we doing in their lands again? Do you even remember or care?

          • Majella January 5, 2020 at 8:53 pm #

            “What would they do if this bum in Iraq continued to raise hell everywhere.”

            Huh? Which ‘bum’ in Iraq? The only ‘bum’ in Iraq is Himself, metaphorically.

        • JohnAZ January 5, 2020 at 6:55 pm #

          Trump ‘s numbers are actually up. Polls do not mean anything anyway, especially to Trump.

          • Majella January 5, 2020 at 8:54 pm #

            Right. So, if they’re up, how do you KNOW this, seeing as the polls are full of BS?

            I trust you have more evidence than Himself standing up at one of his Hillbilly Crackstocks and SAYING so…

          • Majella January 5, 2020 at 8:56 pm #

            “Polls do not mean anything anyway, especially to Trump.”

            Oh? Really? So why is he always prattling on about his ‘poll numbers’ or telling you his ‘speech’ or ‘assassination’ or whatever else he’s currently doing to fill the gaping hungry void where his soul might once have been, got “great reviews”

  70. Pucker January 5, 2020 at 6:25 pm #

    Apparently, these naive white kids literally go into Afghan villages “looking for the bad guys.” This is how pitifully and tragically simple-minded the Americans are.

    Momma: “Forrest, I love you, but you’re not smart enough to be a doctor, astronaut, or President of the United States. I know that it hurts to hear your Momma say this, Forrest, but you’re a danger to yourself and to others. That’s why I’ve covered up all of the electricity outlets in the house so that you don’t stick your finger or your dick in one and electrocute yourself.”

    Forrest: “I’m gonna make you real proud of me, Momma.”

    [Forrest Gump with orange hair eating a Big Mac in front of the TV in the White House]

    “Hey Forrest! We’ve got a bunch of evil terrorists in our sights. Real Bad Hombres, Forrest. We need to go ahead and take them out with a tactical nuclear weapon. But we have to act now. Can we do it?”

    “Bad Hombres?”

    “Yeah.”

    “OK”….

    • Janos Skorenzy January 5, 2020 at 6:51 pm #

      You need to watch “Harold and Maude”. You’ll never be the same. Maude (not that one) is a combination of Alba, Maj, and Evelyn.

      • Majella January 5, 2020 at 8:58 pm #

        …or how you, in your fevered but tiny & dense imagination, would have us be.

    • Pucker January 5, 2020 at 6:54 pm #

      How do we account for American Government Stupidity?

      I think that the author of the book “The Crowd” identified the origin of Stupidity in Fascist and Com..munist societies: The phenomenon wherein the most brilliant bloke with an extremely high IQ in the mob when placed in a Crowd of People is automatically reduced to the lowest common denominator IQ, i.e., he becomes a complete and utter nincumpoop.

      Bureaucracy seems to produce imbecility. One aspect of “The Afghanistan Papers” that struck me was the hyper bureaucratic format of the internal Army field reports juxtaposed with the burlesque stupidity of the stories in the reports, like trying to teach the Pashtun to build an “Industrial Park”, or the USAID effort to teach the Pashtun how to Juice root vegetables with electric juicers.

      They’re obviously insane….

  71. Majella January 5, 2020 at 9:03 pm #

    So, Trump has really jumped the shark with this Iranian assassination nonsense.

    Between this utter imbecility in foreign policy, and the mounting new evidence of his guilt in the looming impeachment trial, there’s a shit-storm on many, many levels bearing down on him now.

    Will Teflon Don be able to shake it ALL off? I think not.

    • JohnAZ January 5, 2020 at 9:09 pm #

      Just how much BS should we take from Iran, how many Americans targeted and killed by Iran’s proxies before we put a stop to it. You sound like Chamberlain in 1938, just give Hitler Austria and Czechoslovakia and he will be satisfied.

      These religious zealots in Iran will never be satisfied.

      • KesaAnna January 5, 2020 at 10:12 pm #

        impeachment ?

        Near as I can recollect , with the possible exception of Carter and Ford , every president since Nixon has come under criminal investigation .

        To what great end ?

        A lot of lawyers got rich , who were probably already rich anyway.

        War ?

        The number one ( yet unheralded ) rule of war ;

        The side that has the most babies wins .

    • axisboldaslove January 6, 2020 at 1:10 am #

      In some corners (many, really), you’re in good company with your comments, Majella, but, sad to say, unfortunately around here (lately anyway), you’re just going to get a lot of grief from all those here who are more focused on the shortfalls of the Democrats and who seem to have totally ignored anything Trump and the Republican party are up to- to the point, at times, of coming across as true red Trump fans. This place has had quite the make-over these last three years. It’s too bad. Used to be a good place. But I’m still a fan of JHK’s Long Emergency theories which I think are quite solid.

  72. Pucker January 6, 2020 at 12:37 am #

    The psychologically painful, but ineluctable conclusion: The Americans are not clever enough to run an Empire. They should go back to doing whatever it is that they are capable of doing and stop making a big mess….

    • SoftStarLight January 6, 2020 at 1:48 am #

      I would be happy if we were a Republic without all the imperial bells and whistles like we were supposed to be. Wouldn’t it be great if we had a human scaled society with human scaled towns and that peaceful and quiet countryside like in the days gone by? And of course our economies would be scaled down to fit our new situation. This would be so so much better for us. But many people benefiting from the way things are now, including the Elite, will fight any change tooth and nail.

      • Pucker January 6, 2020 at 2:05 am #

        The US Civil War was really about the Birth of American Empire by forming a nexus with the London Banks. (Read: “The House of Morgan”). The Brits had a Hard On for the Americans ever since the American Revolution. The Brits tried to roll back the Rise of America repeatedly, but Andrew Jackson gave Wellington’s army (not directly commanded by Wellington, but his army nonetheless) a very bloody nose at the Battle of New Orleans. The Brits finally got their revanchist chance to roll back the American Revolution by financing the Union war effort during the Civil War. The outcome of the Civil War is self evident in President Grant’s first major decision to pay off the British banks in gold rather than stuffing them on the debt.

        • Pucker January 6, 2020 at 6:08 am #

          The Brits played us like a fiddle during the US Civil War. Don’t fuck with the British.

      • Majella January 6, 2020 at 2:29 am #

        SSL

        That would inevitably include giving up the USD as default reserve global currency. That would be devastating for the 95% of Americans who aren’t objectively rich. Inflation would destroy it. So, careful what you wish for.

  73. wpa_ccc January 6, 2020 at 10:56 am #

    as far as Iran is concerned, we’re already 40 years in. —brh

    Are you forgetting about 1953 CIA overthrow of a democratically elected Iranian president?

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