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Judging by the volume of intemperate emails and angry social media blasts that come my way, the party of impeachment seems to be inhaling way too much gas from the smoking guns it keeps finding in the various star chambers of its inquisition against you-know-who. You’d think that the failure of Mr. Mueller’s extravaganza might have chastened them just a little — a $32 million-dollar effort starring the most vicious partisan lawyers inside-the-Beltway, 2,800 subpoenas issued over two years, 500 search warrants exercised, and finally nothing whatever to pin on Mr. Trump — except the contra-legal assertion that now he must prove his innocence.

When you state just that, these frothing hysterics reply that many background figures — if not the Golden Golem of Greatness himself — were indicted and convicted of crimes by Mr. Mueller’s crew. Oh yes! The Russian troll farm called the Internet Research Agency was indicted for spending $400,000 on Facebook ads (and never extradited or tried in a court-of-law). Pretty impressive victory there! The hacking of Hillary Clinton’s emails by “Russia”? Still just alleged, never proven, with plenty of shady business around the search for evidence. Paul Manafort, on tax evasion of money earned in Ukraine, 2014? We’ll see about that as the whole filthy business of the 2014 Ukraine regime change op under Mr. Obama gets reviewed in the months ahead. George Papadopoulos for lying to the FBI? Stand by on that one, too; still a developing story. General Michael Flynn, for ditto? You may have noticed that General Flynn’s case is shaping up to be the biggest instance of prosecutorial misconduct since the Dreyfus affair (France, 1894-1906, which badly-educated Americans most certainly know nothing about).

To set the record straight I’m forced to repeat something that these New Age Jacobins seem unable to process: you don’t have to be a Trump cheerleader to be revolted by the behavior of his antagonists, which is a stunning spectacle of bad faith, dishonesty, incompetence, and malice — and is surely way more toxic to the American project than anything the president has done. Every time I entertain the complaints of these angry auditors, I’m forced to remind myself that these are the same people who think that “inclusion” means shutting down free speech, who believe that the US should not have borders, who promote transsexual reading hours in the grammar schools, and who fiercely desire to start a war with Russia.

That’s not a polity I want to be associated with and until it screws its head back on, I will remain the enemy of it. In fact, in early November I’m traveling to New York City, where the Jacobin city council has just made it a crime to utter the phrase illegal alien in a public place, with a $250,000 penalty attached. I challenge their agents to meet me in Penn Station and arrest me when I go to the information kiosk and inquire if they know what is the best place in midtown Manhattan to meet illegal aliens.

The volume of Jacobin hysteria ratcheted up to “11” late last week when the news broke that the Attorney General’s study of RussiaGate’s origins was upgraded to a criminal investigation, and that a voluminous report from the DOJ Inspector General is also about to be released. What do you suppose they’re worried about? Naturally the Jacobins’ bulletin board, a.k.a The New York Times, fired a salvo denouncing William Barr — so expect his reputation to be the next battle zone for these ever more desperate fanatics. Talk of preemptively impeaching him is already crackling through the Twitter channels. That will be an excellent sideshow.

Meanwhile, how is Rep, Adam Schiff’s secret proceeding going? Last week he put out a narrative that US Chargé d’Affaires to Ukraine Bill Taylor fired a gun-that-smoked fer sure in testimony. Except, of course, as per Mr. Schiff’s usual practice, he refused to issue any actual transcript of the interview in evidence, while there are plenty of indications that Mr. Taylor’s second-hand gossip was roundly refuted under counter-questioning by the non-Jacobin minority members of the House intel Committee. Mr. Schiff’s pattern lo these many months of strife has been to claim ultimate proof of wrongdoing only to have it blow up in his face. It’s a face that many Americans are sick of seeing and hearing from, and I am serenely confident that before this colossal scandal is resolved, the Congressman from Hollywood will be fatally disgraced, as was his role-model, Senator Joseph McCarthy, before him.


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  1. venuspluto67 October 28, 2019 at 10:00 am #

    And as this circus freak-show plows on, the real economy continues to creak and groan under the weight of its hyper-financialization. Judging by today’s stock-market numbers, the central-bank money-printing presses aren’t quite out of juice just yet! 😀

    • Neon Vincent October 28, 2019 at 10:06 am #

      Oh, I suppose the killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, which I call the Sith Jihad, is something the market considers good news. Of course stocks would go up. Unfortunately, that didn’t immunize Our Cartoon President, who was greeted by boos and chants of “Lock him up” at last night’s World Series game. He can’t catch a break even when he does something nearly all Americans should agree was a good deed!

      Speaking of the death of al-Baghdadi, I was expecting an essay about it and its likely non-effect on the price of oil. I was pleasantly surprised not to see one. I also didn’t feel like writing about it. Instead, I posted an obituary of John Conyers, who introduced the articles of impeachment against Nixon. I thought the juxtaposition of that with current events appropriate.

      Meanwhile, Pier 1 Imports, the favorite of aging hippies all over the country, is closing stores, including the one nearest me. The Retail Apocalypse rolls on.

      • Neon Vincent October 28, 2019 at 10:12 am #

        Since the next scheduled essay will be the first of next month, I’d like to wish our host and all of his readers a Happy Halloween Trick or treat!

        • FallenHero October 28, 2019 at 10:30 am #

          Lolz @ this neon guy waking up each morning just to spam his blog link first thing in the comments.

          • James Howard Kunstler October 28, 2019 at 10:58 am #

            I’ve informed him that he will be bounced if he does it again. — JHK Admin

          • CancelMyCard October 28, 2019 at 11:12 am #

            Good for you, Jim.

            His juvenile tactic was becoming tiresome.

          • K-Dog October 28, 2019 at 12:15 pm #

            But we can be reasonably sure Neon really does teach community college in the Detroit area and is not here on the public dime unlike some. Everyone else here is faceless except for one dog and our supreme sourpuss. Some of the regular women here I suspect, shave and scratch their knards between comments. Some are as likely to live in a beltway condo as Neon is to live near Detroit. Fact is for them, more than likely, and they are not regular, they are full of shit.

            I do think neon should follow my rules and read first write later. He should tie his shit to the topic. Yes he should.

      • ellipsis October 28, 2019 at 10:25 am #

        I get the distinct feeling that the elimination of al-Baghdadi was something similar to the elimination on bin Laden – the routine elimination of a deep state asset whose notoriety might or might not have been largely concocted for PR purposes but whose time had now expired for whatever reason. No doubt it was politically expedient – that’s a given – but for the way the US “war efforts” have been going of late, I’m sure the deep state was badly in need of the PR victory his “death” would provide as well. One thing’s for sure, I NEVER, EVER take these kind of events at face value.

        • TiredOfTheTreadmill October 28, 2019 at 10:35 am #

          Exactly. It’s just another day of PR, marketing and spinning of the BS. They’ve whipped up a nice batch of it today so they tell us it’s the reason the stock market scam is higher yet again today. And here I thought endless growth was not possible.

          • JustSaying October 28, 2019 at 11:20 am #

            I think that is it just a manufactured feel good moment to gain some positive PR. Trump saw what the BL raid did for Obama. I don’t believe either story. More fake news.

        • DrTomSchmidt October 28, 2019 at 11:47 am #

          Favorite quote in this regard: “The US launched the war on terror to destroy the 5000 members of Al Qaeda. At this point we have killed 10,000 of them, and there are only 20,000 left.”

          • TiredOfTheTreadmill October 28, 2019 at 1:02 pm #

            Ha! Nice one.

        • Majella October 30, 2019 at 1:38 am #

          The Swamp could also rely on Prez Dickhead to really ‘cash in’ on the media coverage – 50 minutes of burbling on…*sigh*

      • benr October 28, 2019 at 11:11 am #

        I heard Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was death by suicide vest.
        The guy took out his own wife and children in the process.
        Hardly something the US showed crow about.
        Instead quietly count it as a victory and move on.
        Rest assured Isis will get a new and improved dear leader who can continue to saw the heads off of helpless people and be a blight to humanity.

        • Janos Skorenzy October 28, 2019 at 11:58 am #

          As Churchill said of an earlier version of them: The Dervishes were brave men – no braver ever were.

          Let himself be tortured, mocked, and broken – maybe even betraying his own brothers in the end? He died clean.

          Not on their side by any means – but it doesn’t diminish us to have a little respect for our opponents. Our Aryan ancestors understood that. Hitler killed himself for the same reasons.

          • BackRowHeckler October 28, 2019 at 1:08 pm #

            The Dervishes were the first warriors on the receiving end of the Maxim Machine Gun.

            See them whirl

            The Whirling Dervishes.

            Brh

          • Janos Skorenzy October 29, 2019 at 1:05 pm #

            That’s fanaticism born of Semitic hatred. Exactly the kind of thing that horrified Patton over in Germany.

        • ellipsis October 28, 2019 at 12:00 pm #

          No doubt with extensive deep state funding and intel as well.

        • capt spaulding October 28, 2019 at 12:07 pm #

          The only thing that I feel badly about, is that a US Army canine was killed in the explosion. As far as the others, let Allah sort ’em out.

          • abbybwood October 28, 2019 at 1:28 pm #

            As Trump ignorantly said, “He died like a dog. A coward!”

            The US Army dog was no coward.

          • K-Dog October 28, 2019 at 10:59 pm #

            From the golden lips:

            ——- at least eight helicopters were involved in the raid and no American troops were wounded. A military working dog that was in the tunnel with al-Baghdadi was injured

          • capt spaulding October 29, 2019 at 10:30 am #

            First reports said the dog was killed, which turned out not to be true. Good for him.

          • K-Dog October 30, 2019 at 2:06 pm #

            Funny how that happens.

        • pokercat October 28, 2019 at 12:40 pm #

          My guess is they already have that leader and he is sharping his saw.

          When will we learn we cannot invade a country and expect to “takeover”. In all the cases since Korea there are more of “them” willing/forced to die than we are prepared to kill.

          I know it’s difficult to contemplate but if we were invaded and our military structure mauled quickly, how long would the remaining millions of Americans fight? Only until they were almost all killed or the enemy lost too many of their own or the slaughter became to great to continue. But we would NEVER give-up.

          There is an answer STAY THE FUCK HOME.

          • Dentshop October 29, 2019 at 6:12 am #

            Lol, whut? America has already given up. The camel-jockeys have nothing left to lose so they fight. Americans aren’t about to give up their 65 inch 4K, Tinder account or Cowboys Season Tickets. Not to mention the Chevy Silverado – I still have 7 years of payments before I can consider dying for my country .

        • EvelynV October 28, 2019 at 1:24 pm #

          Especially now that Trump has engineered the release of a new supply to draw from by backstabbing the Kurds.

          • abbybwood October 28, 2019 at 1:31 pm #

            If Trump “backstabbed” the Kurds, why did they make a protection deal with Russia and Syria??

            Best they be protected by the country they are in than a country thousands of miles away.

          • BackRowHeckler October 28, 2019 at 1:53 pm #

            Yeah, the Middle East was in great shape, peaceful, prosperous living in harmony, until Trump came along. Now it’s all f#kkd up (thanks to Trump)

            Marlin: him, he

          • Janos Skorenzy October 29, 2019 at 1:07 pm #

            You don’t care about the American Nation so why do you care about the would be Kurdish one? Typical Leftist convolution.

    • abbybwood October 28, 2019 at 12:49 pm #

      Dear Jim,

      I am pretty sure when you get off the train and go to the kiosk in NYC, in order to draw the ire of the cops you will have to use the words “illegal alien” in a disparaging manner.

      Like saying maybe, “Do you know where I can find some stupid, dirty illegal aliens to shine my shoes?!”

      You’d have to yell it loud and make a scene to provide the witnesses.

      THAT might get you thrown in the paddy-wagon

      If you just stood there and read a piece of Congressional legislation and said “illegal alien” over and over you would be ignored. If arrested for that your lawyer would love it. Actually he’d probably like the other scenario as well!

      Abby

      • Janos Skorenzy October 29, 2019 at 1:08 pm #

        It has to be that – not for disturbing the peace.

    • Uncle Bob October 28, 2019 at 9:37 pm #

      It was announced that Mantle Ridge, having sucked as much money out of CSX as it could, is about to dump its holding in the largest railroad East of the Miss’sippi. Hang on, the big slide may be beginning.

  2. studejack October 28, 2019 at 10:09 am #

    The two I most look forward to during the week are the Monday and Friday blogs. Worth every dollar I contribute and more to this by patreon. Everybody here should also contribute! I am 100% in agreement with every sentiment expressed by JHK. Every morning I hear from my buddy from law school, as he walks up Park Avenue to his office, about the latest faux outrage committed by Trump. Today it was that he didn’t tell the comedy duo known as Chuck and Nancy about the Bakr al Big Daddy raid beforehand. I said that might be because he didn’t want the news handed over to Al Jazeera or WaPo and published. Speaking of WaPo, get a load of its obituary heading for this mass murderer, and the amusing mock obits for prior mass murderers.

    • FallenHero October 28, 2019 at 10:31 am #

      I enjoy his writing as well, the only mounting criticism I have is he is largely like all in the ‘doom and gloom’ in predicting disaster one season away for the last 10+ years.

      I’ve still read all his books, his blog etc but eventually you actually need to be right. Regardless I mostly enjoy him just for his grasp of prose.

      • shotho October 28, 2019 at 12:13 pm #

        Yes, doom and gloom can become tiresome, but happy clappy is even worse. Realism is the way to go and the realistic tea leaves are not promising today.

    • Janos Skorenzy October 28, 2019 at 11:59 am #

      This is Yuge. He didn’t tell anyone because he was afraid Schiff would try to destroy the operation. He’s probably right too….

      • Majella October 30, 2019 at 1:42 am #

        But he told the Russians. Why?

        • benr October 30, 2019 at 9:41 am #

          Man you really don’t understand anything do you?
          The Russians have military assets in the region so what do you think they are going to do when they see 8 American helicopters barreling in?

          • hmuller October 30, 2019 at 4:56 pm #

            Excellent point, benr. Majella continues to amaze on the downside.

  3. ellipsis October 28, 2019 at 10:14 am #

    You go Mr. K! Lay you some rhetorical smack down on these hysterical liberal bee-atches!

    • JustSaying October 28, 2019 at 11:04 am #

      Can’t say b*tch in Boston now. Six months in prison.

      nypost.com/2019/10/22/massachusetts-lawmaker-wants-to-criminalize-the-word-bitch/

      • BackRowHeckler October 28, 2019 at 11:11 am #

        How do you criminalize a word?

        • CancelMyCard October 28, 2019 at 11:22 am #

          Have you never read ‘1984’?

          Well, have have almost arrived, about 35 years late.

          • BackRowHeckler October 28, 2019 at 11:42 am #

            That was fiction.

            This is reality.

            -Marlin: he, him

      • Janos Skorenzy October 28, 2019 at 12:01 pm #

        Even if a woman says it? The Feminists think it’s empowering to be one. Same thing as the word nigger – and same attitude by many Blacks. Our own women now consider themselves of another “race” and their own men as “other”.

        • hmuller October 29, 2019 at 10:57 am #

          If they criminalize the word “bitch”, they may have to incarcerate the last black men not yet in prison. Did they think about that?

        • Janos Skorenzy October 29, 2019 at 1:10 pm #

          Yes, White Men are the niggers now. It’s obvious if one can See. Not the upper class of course – they are the Good Whites who have thrown their brothers under the PC Bus.

      • TiredOfTheTreadmill October 28, 2019 at 1:00 pm #

        What about its counterpart: prick? Is that illegal too? Or since it applies to men nobody cares?

  4. Zoltar October 28, 2019 at 10:16 am #

    If you actually get charged for saying the words “illegal alien” at Penn Station next month, Jim, I will be among those ready to make a modest contribution to your defense fund.

    Alan Dershowitz might not be the best choice for your defense attorney.

    • Beryl of Oyl October 28, 2019 at 11:46 am #

      It goes to show you how heavily invested our ruling class is, in the multi-faceted Border racket.
      Kamala Harris of California, allegedly running for the Democrat’s nomination for president, can’t stop tweeting about the plight of border crashers at the hands of one of our government agencies.
      One would think that in pursuit of votes in her home state, she might address some of the real issues facing California’s citizens right now.
      Like the state being on fire, people being without power due to the risk of fire, etc.
      But no.

      Ann Coulter has pointed out that the hordes overrunning the border are desperately fleeing governments they voted for.
      I shouldn’t be too critical, my fellow New Yorkers do that all the time, as do Californians, and then they can’t wait to make the new place more like the one they ran away from.

      • benr October 28, 2019 at 4:24 pm #

        Indeed I make that last point all the time.
        People move to California vote in ever more liberal ridiculous taxes and policies then flee when they can’t afford to retire or buy a house and then they move somewhere else and attempt the same nonsense.

      • abbybwood October 28, 2019 at 9:56 pm #

        Correction: Kamala Harris is running for Attorney General (should Warren win).

        Hopefully if Sanders we’re to win he would SHUN Harris and go for a real law and order guy/gal like….ummm…Joe DiGenova???

        • abbybwood October 28, 2019 at 9:58 pm #

          BTW…I am wondering. Is it still okay to utter the words “guy/gal”??

          Or to “type” them?

          Be afraid. Be very afraid.

  5. hmuller October 28, 2019 at 10:23 am #

    Our President tells us Al-Bagdadi died like a dog.

    But I remember happier times like May 2013 when Senator John McCain met with Al Bagdadi and his friends in the Syrian desert. They were called the Syrian Opposition then, later they were called ISIS. There is still film footage of this on YouTUbe. youtube.com/watch?v=IbfsTcJCKDE

    The Intell Deep State has a practice of establishing, nurturing, then destroying bad guy boogeymen. It justifies their budgets, their secrecy, their violations of US law and all decency. Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden, Noriega in Panama, now Al-Bagdadi. You can probably think of some more.

    The Intell Deep State is the real threat to America, not these bearded boogeymen of the desert. But the public is so easily distracted by so many things, e.g.Trump University, Trump’s tax returns, Trump left a skid mark in his shorts – CNN Breaking News from an anonymous White House laundress.

    • fugeguy October 28, 2019 at 10:32 am #

      Funny, you, I and many others have noticed said connection.

      None of the smartest people in the room (think wokesters and journalists) seem the least bit interested.

      Wonder why that is…

    • Nightowl October 28, 2019 at 11:04 am #

      ISIS was a proxy army for the neocons/libs to take out Syria.

      We armed them and allowed them to rape, pillage, and kill their way across the ME, while destroying priceless cultural artifacts.

      This is one of the most disgusting foreign policy actions I’ve witnessed in my lifetime.

    • abbybwood October 28, 2019 at 10:06 pm #

      Assad of Syria was our buddy back in 2011? when Obama was Pres. and John Kerry was Secretary of State.

      Google the lovely photo of Secretary Kerry and his wife Teresa having the ultimate dining experience in a hoity-toity restaurant in Damascus with Dr. Assad and his beautiful wife.

      • Nightowl October 29, 2019 at 4:44 am #

        Syria was on the PNAC 7-countries list. Obama continued this line of foreign policy. There was a DNI report that was declassified a few years before Obama left office outlining how they supplied ISIS.

        Also, Clinton and co. were openly advocating against Russian intervention to wipe out ISIS. She planned to create a no-fly zone to block Russian air power from reigning destruction on her band of Jihadis.

      • Janos Skorenzy October 29, 2019 at 1:13 pm #

        Yes, “we” are very fickle allies. Any Nation over there would be very wise to ally with Russia if possible. Mr Assad saw the Light in time.

        Good Muslims. Him and his wife visit big churches on Christmas Eve to wish his constituents well.

        • hmuller October 29, 2019 at 4:18 pm #

          The Assad family are Alawites (17% of the Syrian pop). Whether they are truly Moslems is a controversial point. They are very different. This is what Wikipedia says:

          “Alawites identify as a separate ethnoreligious group. The Quran is only one of their holy books and texts, and their interpretation thereof has very little in common with the Shia Muslim interpretation….The Alawites drink wine as Ali’s transubstantiated essence in their rituals; while other Muslims abstain from alcohol, Alawites are encouraged to drink socially in moderation. They also believe in reincarnation

          Alawites have historically kept their beliefs secret from outsiders….so rumors about them have arisen. At the core of Alawite belief is a divine triad, comprising three aspects of the one God. These aspects, or emanations, appear cyclically in human form throughout history.

          • hmuller October 29, 2019 at 8:44 pm #

            Scene in Alawite heaven. God the Father says, “OK Holy Spirit, it’s your turn to incarnate on earth.”

            “Well damn, boss! I hate that place; it really sucks! Last time I was a dove and they tried to pluck me. Can’t Jesus go?”

            ” Jesus just got back and needs some recovery time, and I’ve got to create some more dark matter, so they can discover it later and wonder ‘what the fuck’? Now pack you things; you’re going.”

          • Janos Skorenzy October 30, 2019 at 12:47 pm #

            Fascinating. Sounds more Christian than Muslim with some Druze thrown in as well.

          • hmuller October 30, 2019 at 4:59 pm #

            What’s that you say about the Druze thrown down a well? Typical Middle East sectarian violence!

  6. TiredOfTheTreadmill October 28, 2019 at 10:26 am #

    I fully relate to your political perceptions Jim. I wrote the Repubs off decades ago as irrational, religious ideologues who are a danger to free-thinking minds. They still are, which is even sillier considering all their talk about freedom.

    However, the Dems have now jumped in at full speed in this race to the bottom with their own irrational religious ideology. They also are as willing as the Repubs to not care how insane and silly they appear in their efforts.

    The two party system has always been a farce to ensure that wealth and power remained firmly ensconced in our own version of royalty. But these days it is fully on display for those willing, and capable, to actually look. From what I remember of my research into collapsing empires, stupidity does seem to run rampant as they crumble. We seem to be fully immersed in stupidity. Evetywhere, at all levels.

    • sunburstsoldier October 28, 2019 at 11:48 am #

      According to the British historian Arnold J Toynbee the appearance of an empire on the world stage (the Roman Empire for example) signals that a civilization (in this case Hellenic civilization) has already broken down and its leadership, formerly a “creative minority” which led by attraction, has become a “dominant minority” who now leads by force and compulsion.

    • Beryl of Oyl October 28, 2019 at 11:49 am #

      Another thing Ann Coulter has said, which I’ve posted here before-
      the Republicans care about tax cuts, abortion, and the embassy in Jerusalem.
      That’s it.
      They don’t really care about abortion either, they just say that to get the Evangelical vote.

    • abbybwood October 28, 2019 at 10:20 pm #

      How can the Dems, with their own irrational religious ideologies approve of the infanticide of a full term baby in New York??

      How can they argue, with a straight face, that babies at six months gestation (fondly known as “premies” in Kansas and The Cleveland Clinic), can be murdered at birth if the “mother” and doctor agree??

      We have the technology now to see if a fetus has no brain, no intestines, no eyes or legs or arms at 12 weeks. Have an abortion THEN.

      NOT when a baby is born fighting for life!

      The Democrats can lose on LOTS of issues, like giving free health care to illegal aliens and going for a gun grab gutting of The Second Amendment etc.

      But I think (as a Democrat of 40 years) that the Democrat Party’s radical position on abortion may be their political un-doing in the privacy of the voting booth.

  7. beantownbill. October 28, 2019 at 10:30 am #

    Jim, you don’t seem discouraged. Hang in there. A pox on all the nasties with their angry comments. I hope you were just kidding about Penn Station. Let Jane Fonda get arrested, not you.

    If I was a popcorn-nosher tv addict, I’d just sit back and watch the current shit-show. Instead, I’m doing what I can to prepare for the future. I do admit to be very interested in seeing what our society will be like over the next several years.

    • stelmosfire October 28, 2019 at 10:46 am #

      BTB, just don’t get caught saying the “B” word or you’ll be in the clink with JHK!

      • malthuss October 28, 2019 at 12:41 pm #

        ???

          • abbybwood October 28, 2019 at 10:25 pm #

            Wouldn’t it be golden to see Elizabeth Warren asked at the next debate:

            “Some legislators in your home state of Massachusetts are eager to make using the word “BITCH” a crime. Do you agree?”

          • sprawlcapital October 28, 2019 at 11:37 pm #

            If bitch is outlawed, I won’t be able to state what my pronouns are: bitch, bitchier, bitchiest. What, those are not pronouns? Well, ain’t that a bitch!! (Yes, I’ve discussed this before, but the less fortunate among you may have missed it the first time.)

    • malthuss October 28, 2019 at 12:47 pm #

      Beans, bullets, Guns, Gold.

      that prep?

      • abbybwood October 28, 2019 at 10:27 pm #

        You forgot Lawyers!!! Ya gotta have Lawyers!!

  8. James Kuehl October 28, 2019 at 10:32 am #

    “. . . the Dreyfus affair (France, 1894-1906, which badly-educated Americans most certainly know nothing about).”

    It appears as if intellectually lazy Americans have grown proud of their ignorance. I believe we see our own reflection in the schoolyard idiocy of national political theater. H.L. Mencken foresaw this in 1920 when he wrote, “On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

    • Walter B October 28, 2019 at 11:27 am #

      Don’t be so hard on Barry Obama. He was not so much a moron as he was grossly unqualified to do the job he was elected to do. Anyway, he is gone now and only the rancid odor remains. We shall recover one day, or not.

      • James Kuehl October 28, 2019 at 1:52 pm #

        Ha! I like that, Walter. It’s a continuum of ineptitude. Aretha Franklin comes to mind: “Chain-chain-chaaaaaaain . . . .”

        • Walter B October 28, 2019 at 9:31 pm #

          Yes my friend it is and it is about time that more Americans realize this and stop the celebrating or the whining when their R’s or their D’s get elected or lose. My attitude, and the attitude of many others remains that while we never did like Donald J. Trump as a businessman, he is not a D or an R. If only we could elect another non-D/R candidate perhaps we might actually stand a chance at getting a better country down the line.

      • abbybwood October 28, 2019 at 10:28 pm #

        George W. Bush???!

      • Majella October 30, 2019 at 1:51 am #

        Walter – weren’t you raised on the possibility that ‘anyone can become President!’?
        So if qualifications matter, what ARE they? According to the Constitution there’s only two – be. US- born citizen and have made to the age of educated reason – back then, that was forty, I believe.

    • CancelMyCard October 28, 2019 at 11:32 am #

      I believe that Mencken quote was reanimated back when Bush 43 was inaugurated.

      Been there, done that.

      • Walter B October 28, 2019 at 11:46 am #

        True too, though Dirty Dick Cheney was the real president back then, damn his eyes!

  9. Frank October 28, 2019 at 10:35 am #

    Dear James, There must be a way for you to shunt certain correspondence,
    What will happen to your thinking when none of these other players are judged for their actions? It’s dragging on for quitesome time now, I don’t think that they will be held to account. There must be a statue of limitations. Where will a jury of their peers be found? Also, I must be not well educated for your anology is the first I’ve ever heard of ‘the Dreyfus affair (France, 1894-1906’

    history.com/this-day-in-history/dreyfus-affair-in-france

    it took all of one swipe & three clicks…
    I have noticed that you’ve used ‘Jacobin’ in your last deveral articles and this week there were Jacobin and non-Jacobin characters so while in the search mode..

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacobin

    Sorry I could not see how to insert a hyperlink. Please swipe and insert into the address bar
    very good viewpoint James, Thank you

    • elysianfield October 29, 2019 at 2:14 pm #

      “Also, I must be not well educated for your anology is the first I’ve ever heard of ‘the Dreyfus affair (France, 1894-1906’…”

      Frank
      J’accuse!

  10. Lawfish October 28, 2019 at 10:38 am #

    I cannot figure out why otherwise rational-thinking people have completely lost their minds over Trump. I have friends still posting on Facebook about how the Mueller report is now ordered to be released without redactions – as though this will somehow transmute it into being anything other than a complete exoneration of the Russiagate BS. And my formerly staunchly conservative uncle has now retired and taken to writing “poems for the people” that all have as the underlying theme: “Trump bad; free stuff good.” Our withdrawal of troops from Syria is now seen as abandoning our allies. These folks have never seen a war they don’t love.

    • ellipsis October 28, 2019 at 11:55 am #

      It’s a Rorschach test. We see what we want to see.

    • sunburstsoldier October 28, 2019 at 11:56 am #

      Perhaps we are in the “last days” and this is the final showdown between “good” and “evil” before the (graduated) appearance of a “new heaven and earth” as prophesied in the bible and more recently by Ekhart Tolle and his idea of a “Great Awakening” …

      • abbybwood October 28, 2019 at 10:31 pm #

        He/she (can I say that??!), who does the least harm wins?

    • David Webb October 28, 2019 at 1:00 pm #

      I’m still trying to wrap my head around how so many self-proclaimed intelligent people took Mueller’s statement of “could not exonerate” as an announcement of guilt, not as the words of a failed political pawn upset with himself for being unable to secure the indictment he so desperately desired.

      • Walter B October 28, 2019 at 1:35 pm #

        It becomes quite apparent that these people are not intelligent after all are they? When reality does not conform with their agenda, they simply alter their view of what is reality so that it fits in the hole that it needs to fill. Most were probably spoon fed the “I am the center of the universe” upbringing spearheaded by Barney the Purple Dinosaur and cannot survive on any other diet.

      • Nightowl October 28, 2019 at 3:39 pm #

        As I understand, Mueller’s bizarre final statement on exoneration was a first in modern legal history. That he couldn’t even answer basic quesitons about his own investigation was the cherry on top of the entire fraud.

        Trump must be the most vetted president in US history. Years of digging through nearly every possible detail of the man’s life and an entire team of corrupt Democrat lawyers couldn’t charge him with a thing. They even had Weissman, who should be disbarred.

      • abbybwood October 28, 2019 at 10:42 pm #

        Reminds me of Comey giving his first announcement regarding Hillary Clinton NOT being indicted because she didn’t MEAN to hide 30,000 emails! She did not INTEND to take hammers to her Blackberries! She did not INTENTIONALLY “Bleachbit” her emails that were legally ALL the property of WE THE PEOPLE!

        Bruh! Just all “accidental”.

        Lock. Her. Up.

        (Nevermind all the classified emails the NYPD found between the bitch (can I still say that?!) and Huma on Anthony Weiner’s laptop.)

        We are talking 300,000 emails!!!! That’s a whole lotta talkin’ going on.

        I can just hear Huma: “Hey honey…don’t want to step in on your sexting with a child, but I really need to say nighty-night to Hill or she might be upset….”.

  11. venuspluto67 October 28, 2019 at 10:44 am #

    I listened to part of your interview with Charles Hugh Smith (I’ll listen to the rest shortly), and I really do agree that our so-called “thinking classes” are just reacting instead of thinking now (case-in-point, “Joker Is A White Supremacist Anti-Feminist Incel Movie!” Seriously?!). It’s very anxiety-making to think about where this all might be heading.

    • fugeguy October 28, 2019 at 11:06 am #

      More lack of understanding and intentional misrepresentation of reality.

      Because reality is scary.

      Incel or involuntarily celibate has become an insult tossed around by the misandrist class.

      I have always found it ironic since it is usually directed at volcels (men who have decided to be voluntarily celibate or who have chosen to only engage women for sex and not relationships) and that no one is concerned that many men have decided it is too dangerous (and not worth the risk) to entangle themselves intimately with women. Reverse the roles and as a man that would worry me. I have many friends that will not under any circumstances let a woman into their lives. And the percentage of men who feel this way is growing- almost exponentially. I find it intellectually weak and dishonest to just blame men for the phenomena.

      And keep in mind that the day after tomorrow I will be celebrating 26 years of a happy marriage with my wife. So I am firm believer in love and sharing your life with someone.

      • venuspluto67 October 28, 2019 at 11:50 am #

        I wouldn’t know myself not being into women “that way”, but I’ve been hearing from a lot of quarters lately that being sexually/ romantically involved with woman these days…just isn’t worth it. Though I would point out that our shallow, materialistic, morally- and spiritually-bankrupt society equally corrupts both men and women in different ways.

        • abbybwood October 28, 2019 at 10:53 pm #

          I would bet there are lots of women 60 and over who might crave “romance” and an intellectual connection but who do not want sex.

          There are probably lots of women who would like to cook great meals and make a cozy home for their man, go on trips and long walks with the dog etc., but men 60 and older want “more” and the older women would rather cuddle and kiss and laugh and read their book and get a good nights sleep. Maybe watch a good movie…?

          Enter Viagra and now therein lies a huge problem. NO PUN!

      • hmuller October 28, 2019 at 12:31 pm #

        Those holo-decks on Star Trek are just what we need. Sex with any one you want at zero cost in money or relationship time and energy. It’s just “slap, bam, thank you ma’am; see you next time I activate you.” World population would plummet.

        • Beryl of Oyl October 28, 2019 at 12:45 pm #

          We already have that. It’s called Tinder.
          I actually know a young woman who keeps meeting men on that site, and she keeps being disappointed with the quality of her relationships.

          • hmuller October 28, 2019 at 12:57 pm #

            Now that’s funny.

        • Q. Shtik October 28, 2019 at 12:55 pm #

          It’s just “slap, bam, thank you ma’am; -hmuller

          ============

          slam

          • hmuller October 28, 2019 at 12:57 pm #

            I like a little slapping. To each his own.

          • Majella October 30, 2019 at 1:56 am #

            Gross enough to start and then you double-down.

          • hmuller October 30, 2019 at 9:37 am #

            Yes, it was vulgar. You ladies shouldn’t listen in on the locker room talk. Trump would agree.

          • benr October 30, 2019 at 9:44 am #

            @hmuller

            As if women don’t engage in every bit as vulgar of locker room talk.

    • lateStarter October 28, 2019 at 11:17 am #

      Please listen to the rest of the interview. You will enjoy it. I hope we get a followup interview with CHS before the next election.

      • venuspluto67 October 28, 2019 at 11:48 am #

        I just did, while making breakfast. 🙂

    • sunburstsoldier October 28, 2019 at 11:28 am #

      Thinking is overrated anyway. There are other modes of perception available to us that are more fundamental and beyond corruption.

  12. Nightowl October 28, 2019 at 11:00 am #

    Bravo, JHK.

  13. JustSaying October 28, 2019 at 11:15 am #

    ..That’s not a polity I want to be associated with and until it screws its head back on, I will remain the enemy of it…

    Amen! I have never seen this behavior in my life and cannot really understand the basis. But it is truly vile and evil.

  14. sunburstsoldier October 28, 2019 at 11:19 am #

    Thanks Jim for your courage and fortitude. It takes a real fighter to wade into this mess and take on the howling, hysterical masses that populate the social media in our times. Personally I draw solace knowing our universe is rooted in an inexorable moral order wherein courage and fortitude in defense of truth is ultimately rewarded, and cowardice and lies on behalf of untruth is ultimately revealed in the clear light of day. Those who believe the attainment of power is worth the price of corrupting their souls are the real losers here. As for those who blindly follow, well I can only pity them…

    (What follows is in response to SoftStarLight’s question “where do you think truth leads”:)

    Truth is always relative to our capacity for comprehension. We can never know THE TRUTH but we can ceaselessly expand our capacity for comprehension. For those who are on the Path life will always be a stupendous mystery. To be engulfed in this mystery is to live in a constant state of awe and wonder, and this (for me at least) is what it means to be fully alive.

  15. Walter B October 28, 2019 at 11:24 am #

    I will have to argue your statement Jim that the whole Mueller extravaganza was a failure because in one way at least it was a huge success. – it was all billable for the parasite lawyers and those other vermin on the payroll as well. This is what our decayed, incompetent system has now become, welfare for lawyers and bureaucrats! All they have to do is to cobble up a piece of paper that claims they spent 1,000 hours on the case and at $1,000.00 an hour, bingo a $100K payday is tossed into their particular garbage can.

    The fact that so many Americans are idiot enough to have no ability to compromise anymore translates into a 50% hostility rate. The “my way or the highway” attitude allows the whiners to bitch, moan, and torture the rest of us until they get their way. There is no way to shut them TF up is there? At east here, in your space, you have the ability to make them go away and I applaud you for doing so, thank you.

    • sprawlcapital October 28, 2019 at 11:46 am #

      A thousand hours at $1000 per hour is one million dollars. That does seem like too much for a lawyer-vermin.

      • Walter B October 28, 2019 at 11:49 am #

        Good catch correcting my quick math, thank you. One thousand an hour does exist though the averages, at least in DC are staggering as well:

        volokh.com/2010/09/10/average-billing-rates-charged-by-washington-dc-lawyers/

        The BLT reports:

        A massive study of billing rates shows that law firm partners in Washington charge the second-highest hourly rate in the nation. On average, partners here bill just over $600 an hour, second only to New York City, where partners charge close to $700 an hour, according to the study by CT TyMetrix Inc. and The Corporate Executive Board Co.

        To arrive at the numbers, the companies looked at bills sent to 36 large corporate clients between 2007 and 2009—$4.1 billion worth of invoices from more than 3,500 law firms and 90,000 individual billers. Associates in Washington are a relative bargain, the study found, billing about $375 an hour on average—a bit less than those in Los Angeles and a hair more than in San Francisco.

        • Tate October 28, 2019 at 1:39 pm #

          Not that I ever have or ever would make use of their services, but I wonder how much top-of-the-line escort services charge in DC & NYC?

          • Walter B October 28, 2019 at 2:07 pm #

            Ask Bob Kraft, he knows.

          • Tate October 28, 2019 at 2:16 pm #

            No, I said top-of-the-line.

  16. PeteAtomic October 28, 2019 at 11:32 am #

    What is happening is much more serious and dangerous then Joe McCarthy. Schiff is simply the errand boy– however inept– for the CIA/ permanent security state apparatus (Deep State) which has been attempting a palace coup on a legitimately elected President.

    Does anybody else find it interesting & odd that the CIA in particular uses the same types of methods against the leaders of foreign leaders in other countries, as what is happening to Trump, at home?

    The infiltration of mass media to serve as a mouthpiece for agitprop (Operation Mockingbird/ hiring Brennan as a ‘media consultant’), setting up front companies at home or abroad to operate nefariously under the cover of anonymity (Internet Research Institute?), bribing (and/or blackmailing) political & industry leaders, and causing internal divisions & instability within a government (unknown informants as the basis for secret investigations, as one example).

    We may never know how involved the dozens of intel departments are with all this fuckery.

    • ellipsis October 28, 2019 at 11:53 am #

      Does anybody else find it interesting & odd that the CIA in particular uses the same types of methods against the leaders of foreign leaders in other countries, as what is happening to Trump, at home?

      Interesting, yes; odd, no. It’s what they do. The same militarized methods will be applied en masse to the American sheeple in short order as well. Again, it’s just what they do. Nice use of fuckery.

      • Walter B October 28, 2019 at 12:03 pm #

        Isn’t it damn depressing to realize that we Americans actually pay these thugs to screw us all for profit? It is a classic Frankenstein monster scenario playing out in real life. Don’t mess with Mother Nature, eh?

      • hmuller October 28, 2019 at 12:38 pm #

        They’ve committed more than one gas attack in Syria which the MSM butt-whores falsely blamed on Assad.

    • malthuss October 28, 2019 at 12:45 pm #

      Liddle Schiff [know what that implies?] is an Israeli citizen?

    • messianicdruid October 28, 2019 at 1:28 pm #

      And to think, you didn’t even mention Epstein [ although the last word Carrie’s the hint ].

    • Tate October 28, 2019 at 1:45 pm #

      They should have known back in 1947 when the “intelligence”/security apparatus was installed that it would lead to this. But the Truman administration had already been thoroughly corrupted because the Roosevelt adminstration had before it been thoroughly corrupted.

      • Tate October 28, 2019 at 2:37 pm #

        “Clearly, the people really in charge of American foreign policy decided to let Trump know who is really in charge, so they conducted this raid. That leaves Trump little choice but to act like it was his idea. Despite his good instincts, he is slowly being turned into another organ grinder’s monkey for the military-industrial complex. It is another example of how voting makes little difference in a democracy, because the people in charge simply ignore the results of the elections.

        “The fact is, until the Israel lobby decides they no longer need us in Syria, America will be involved in the Syrian conflict. The army of lobbyists, crawling over Washington like aphids, paid for by foreign interests and the military-industrial complex, will never stop bleeding the nation dry. Only when the American middle-class collapses and there is no more cash to be stolen from them, will the endless wars come to an end. That’s the beauty of democracy. It completely consumes the fools who support it most.”

        from the z-man blog

        Tate — he, him, hisn

        • benr October 30, 2019 at 9:46 am #

          Or Trump wanted to control the news cycle for just a little bit.
          Clearly it did not work I waded through an hour of CNN bullshit last night.

      • PeteAtomic October 29, 2019 at 11:01 am #

        Yeah it seems executives like Truman, Eisenhower, JFK– were all very wary of what was being created in the name of ‘security’.

        Now its a monster which is gonna be very difficult to control, if ever.

    • So many liars October 28, 2019 at 4:03 pm #

      And to think we’ve been warned about the possibility of rogue AI, with robot soldiers turning on us.

      Apparently it’s not the Artificial Intelligence that we need to worry about, it’s the Intelligence agencies that have gone rogue.

  17. sprawlcapital October 28, 2019 at 11:32 am #

    Those who despise the term “illegal alien” point out that no human is illegal. Which is true, but only in the sense that it is not illegal to be a human being.

    So, the prisoner serving life without parole for serial murders is not illegal in terms of his or her status as a human. But he has killed without the protection of law afforded those in the military or in law enforcement, or to those acting in self-defense. He killed in violation of the law. Therefore he is an illegal killer.

    It is completely logical, and moral, to apply this same pattern of language to illegal aliens. They are not citizens–they are aliens. They crossed the border, and are here among us, in violation of the law. Therefore, they are illegal aliens.

    Social justice warriors who protest that no human is illegal, need to be provided with the simple lesson in reason that I have outlined here. Provided they are capable of reason.

    • JohnAZ October 28, 2019 at 11:53 am #

      They aren’t. They are insane. They are also this biggest collection of Haters in human history.

  18. Ron Anselmo October 28, 2019 at 11:34 am #

    Jim – be careful in Penn Station. Remember – “No one is above the law”.

    • capt spaulding October 28, 2019 at 12:21 pm #

      You might want to email that statement To the Prez, he is laboring under a different opinion.

      • Ron Anselmo October 28, 2019 at 2:13 pm #

        Thought about it Cap’n, but I think there’s a law against that.

    • Soloview October 28, 2019 at 12:50 pm #

      Don’t worry, they’ll reduce the fine to $500 if he admits to being a Russian asset!

      • Ron Anselmo October 28, 2019 at 2:27 pm #

        Oh, JHK won’t have to admit to anything. The simple accusation makes it so.

  19. Janos Skorenzy October 28, 2019 at 11:53 am #

    Great post until the last sentence. McCarthy was right about almost everything. His main failings being underestimating how deep the rot was and not understanding its origin was not Russia, but rather the main cities of Capitalism – with New York among them. The people who slandered him are merely the grandfathers of those who are destroying America now. Obviously its more advanced since they’ve had generations to work their evil almost unopposed.

    Are you really going to do that? Getting arrested for uttering the words “illegal aliens” might start a new Civil Rights movement – one that a whole lot of people could get behind. It would be Epic.

    • JohnAZ October 28, 2019 at 12:00 pm #

      Janos

      These Liberal big city states are simply thumbing their noses at Trump and the Deplorables.

      They are also slowly losing, and they know it. These idiocies going on now are last gasp attempts to stop the exposure of themselves as the source of the Russia and Ukraine, and probably Chinese interference.

      I remember that Bill Clinton got in Dutch for a while because of Chinese interference.

      The Dem leadership is in deep S—t.

    • malthuss October 28, 2019 at 12:46 pm #

      Found this and wonder what u think—

      some people are savages and cannot be reasoned with.

      They may Co-exist with us, but life isn’t a bumper sticker. Co exist is the sticker, w Islam about to swallow, like a pac man.

      Zulus are Bantu. Or, as I prefer to call them, Babuntu.

      You may be thinking of the other Bantu tribe (one of many), the Xhosa, who were the main base of support of the ANC.

      Nelson Mandela was a Xhosa.
      Zulus despise Xhosa. But then again, they despise all non-Zulus.
      Interesting article here on SA’a decommissioning of their nukes:
      wisconsinproject.org/south-africas-nuclear-autopsy/

      • hmuller October 28, 2019 at 12:55 pm #

        Our media present South African blacks as having the same unified sense of identity American blacks have. Tribalism ruins their narrative.

        • benr October 29, 2019 at 1:37 pm #

          Two tribes remained after Shaka went on his killing spree Zulu and Xhosa all other tribes in southern areas in South Africa were murdered.
          Anyone claiming to be A south African black that is not part of the two tribes moved there after the killing spree.

    • Tate October 28, 2019 at 1:59 pm #

      JHK has alluded to McCarthy his last two posts. No effort has been spared to vilify the man until he has become a byword for demogoguery. But the historical truth is more complex.

    • elysianfield October 29, 2019 at 3:08 pm #

      ” It would be Epic”

      Janos,
      Excellent!

      Begin writing the lyrics to the “James Kunstler Lied”…

      I will work on the music score.

  20. Beryl of Oyl October 28, 2019 at 11:58 am #

    I notice that when the NYT corrected the record on what Hillary said about Tulsi, that she was talking about Republicans and not Russians, they forgot to mention that in nearly the same breath she declared Jill Stein a Russian asset.

    • JohnAZ October 28, 2019 at 12:28 pm #

      Just typical news shaping

  21. Quatermain October 28, 2019 at 11:59 am #

    Just about the time I think that there is no sane liberal left on the planet, I read Mr. Kunstler’s blog. For a bonus he can write and command the English language. Refreshing. Keep it up sir!

    • Beryl of Oyl October 28, 2019 at 12:18 pm #

      I think he’s the only reporter left who is intelligent and uncorrupted.
      I really don’t understand people like Dan Rather, who really should know better.
      He wants to ‘get the story’, but only if it leads to ‘getting’ the people who he himself decides should be taken down.

      • fugeguy October 28, 2019 at 12:43 pm #

        We have to give Dan a pass. His heavy drinking and drug use is legendary. Simply a matter of a fried brain on a different frequency.

      • hmuller October 28, 2019 at 12:46 pm #

        Is Dan Rather still making noise these days?

  22. Beryl of Oyl October 28, 2019 at 11:59 am #

    Anybody else notice all the Democrats are running against Obamacare?

  23. K-Dog October 28, 2019 at 12:02 pm #

    These New Age Jacobins seem unable to process: you don’t have to be a Trump cheerleader to be revolted by the behavior of his antagonists, which is a stunning spectacle of bad faith, dishonesty, incompetence, and malice — and is surely way more toxic to the American project than anything the president has done.’

    The shit ain’t right I’ll agree, but what’s this about an ‘American Project’. There is no such thing. I’ll have no part in the reification of stupidity and Trump is no angel.

    • JohnAZ October 28, 2019 at 12:27 pm #

      Name one actor in Washington DC that would pass you definition of an angel.

      • K-Dog October 28, 2019 at 2:39 pm #

        Putting actors in the job is part of the problem. A HUGE part.

    • capt spaulding October 28, 2019 at 12:31 pm #

      I think that statement needs to be changed a bit. Permit me: You don’t have to be a Trump hater to be revolted by his behavior, which is a stunning spectacle of bad faith, dishonesty, incompetence, and malice- and is surely way more toxic to the American project than any other president has done. Used neutrally, the truth cuts both ways. It’s funny like that.

      • JohnAZ October 28, 2019 at 12:37 pm #

        Uh huh

        • capt spaulding October 28, 2019 at 12:42 pm #

          Your lips tell me yes yes, but there’s no no in your eyes.

      • fugeguy October 28, 2019 at 12:45 pm #

        projecting again capt?

        • capt spaulding October 28, 2019 at 1:14 pm #

          It was a joke, but I guess that’s just the way your brain works fudgeguy.

          • fugeguy October 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm #

            I love sarcasm

            Original with my name, gonna call me smelly next?

            I guess capt spaulding just can’t understand normal thinking. Proving being such is more a state of mind than a gender.

      • benr October 28, 2019 at 2:08 pm #

        It really is strange how the prism of insanity and political stupidity cuts.
        Common sense aside what has President Trump done that is any worse than any of the previous 20 or so residents in the Whitehouse?
        For every manufactured outrage I can name real ones far worse from both sides of the aisle.
        Look up each President ever and put in the words scandal and Oh my GOSH they all had them.
        Trump is no worse at anything but possibly his penchant for being a douche on twitter and trolling all the tds afflicted morons addicted to the likes of CNN, MSNBC and other assorted leftist propaganda outlets.

        • K-Dog October 28, 2019 at 2:42 pm #

          The old ‘Everybody does it why shouldn’t I!

          The old, same old tired chewed up leather.

          • benr October 28, 2019 at 4:27 pm #

            Oh yea except it really is true.
            Then we get the whataboutism lovers who excuse any transgression from their beloved fool.
            How ever the point is mole hills and mountains.

      • Nightowl October 28, 2019 at 3:45 pm #

        You can put as many adjectives in there as you like, but with no concrete evidence for your claims, you remain a fantastist and a subject of ridicule.

    • Tate October 28, 2019 at 2:04 pm #

      I have to reluctantly agree, there is no American project, except for the nightmare project the two-party state has conjured out of thin air from the musings of dead men. If we are a nation, we are a nation of blood & soil, or we are not a nation at all.

  24. JohnAZ October 28, 2019 at 12:24 pm #

    It will be interesting to see changes in Tulsi Gabbard. She is no longer running for her seat, so she doesn’t have to sell the Dem line of BS.

    • Soloview October 28, 2019 at 12:55 pm #

      Problem with Tulsi is that apart from her foreign policy protest, she is as wired into the Dem identity politics as everyone else. She is for reparations, for crying out loud! How could anyone with any brain left vote for someone who wants that?

      • JohnAZ October 28, 2019 at 1:09 pm #

        Also Medicare for all. As I said, will she stick by these when she hasn’t got a gimme constituency?

        • Janos Skorenzy October 28, 2019 at 11:24 pm #

          Medicare for all is exactly the Socialism we need – as long as “all” means only Americans. Marxism and Capitalism have no borders or limits. National Socialism is all about borders and limits: racial, spatial, and environmental.

  25. RB October 28, 2019 at 12:28 pm #

    “Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.”

    ? H.L. Mencken

    What is normal anymore? We are a bunch of tribes who are ready to hoist respective flags. Perhaps in some way, the throat slitting has already begun only with the absence of a lot of blood. Unless you are ISIS and saw off heads for video. The Mexican cartels are worse. Maybe there is something to be said for Mencken’s view.

    • Soloview October 28, 2019 at 12:57 pm #

      Yeah, there is truth to what H.L.Mencken said. It’s also true, though, that “every normal man” would resist that temptaion.

      • messianicdruid October 28, 2019 at 1:40 pm #

        The temptations we must resist are life-destroying while those we may have no choice in will be life- preserving.

    • BackRowHeckler October 28, 2019 at 11:13 pm #

      I try to picture Mencken walking the streets of his his beloved Baltimore, 2019. How far would he get? One block? Two?

      Where F Scott Fitzgerald lived is now no man’s land. Such is the fate of our American cities. What a destiny!

      Brh

      • Janos Skorenzy October 28, 2019 at 11:26 pm #

        Indeed. Thank you for never accepting this in your heart. It’s a nightmare. Always nurture this precious indignation. It is sacred.

  26. JohnAZ October 28, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

    Just think how frustrating it must be to be in the Deep State right now. They have had their way for 31 years now, since Reagan left. The Bush administrations did nothing to stem the Liberal tide, in fact they reinforced it.

    They have thrown the book at Trump and he just keeps winning. I think that points in the direction of where the real lies and corruption lies.

    Their power is being sucked away from them with every loss they take.

    No wonder they want to dump him as fast as possible.

    Ain’t gonna happen.

    • JohnAZ October 28, 2019 at 12:41 pm #

      And ask Reagan’s question

      Is the US better off today than it was 31 years ago?

      Heck no!

      • capt spaulding October 28, 2019 at 12:44 pm #

        Really? You’re gonna throw out all the good things “W” and the Republicans did for us?

        • hmuller October 28, 2019 at 12:48 pm #

          “W” did one good thing. He curbed the telemarketers. Other than that….nothing I can think of.

          • JohnAZ October 28, 2019 at 1:06 pm #

            He was typical of the Deep State. They have put us $22 trillion in debt and have done absolutely nothing. The largest collection of worthless human beings.

    • EvelynV October 28, 2019 at 1:43 pm #

      Trump winning huh? Other than a wife he disgusts, stupid kids, zero personal friends, a stadium full of white people who boo him, a litany of incompetent foreign policy moves, a revolving door of appointees spinning so fast they have to dive through to make it out without cracking their skulls, and even the man-who-deserves-to-be-in-a-straight-jacket Bolton poised to claw the face off the fat bastard.

      In the bright side for Trump is that his ignorance is so profound he has very little notion of how badly he stacks up against even the worst of previous Presidents.

      If a man like Theodore Roosevelt was able to observe the mockey Trump has made of the role, he’d be puking.

      • benr October 28, 2019 at 2:02 pm #

        Speaking of revolting…oh its you evilV.

        With extreme prejudice to your post and all of your posts I say name a President in the last 100 years that stacks up to the acumen my formerly wonderful countries founders had.
        These men were brilliant compared to all existing politicians, most Americans including you, me and either rotten political party!
        Your vitriol is odious and uninspired in that there is never any new substance simply more of the same regurgitated nonsense.

        Trump is exactly the leader this new and unimproved America deserves after the likes of Barry Hussein Obama ripped the ass out of anything decent and proclaimed his fundamental change was in effect.
        Your candidate of choice was every bit as repulsive as you.

        • lbs October 28, 2019 at 2:31 pm #

          Rottenhood is an analog parameter that can range from zero to extreme. We have had lousy leaders for a long time, but the likes of Adam Schiff, Kamala Harris, Hillary Clinton, etc. peg the scale.

        • Majella October 29, 2019 at 5:30 am #

          Bent – are you really so disconnected from your own words that you do not see that what you accuse others of is precisely what you yourself do, with an alarming level of consistency/

          If it weren’t for the voices of we Never Trumpers & the like, this place would be (actually has become in this thread) an endless round of Trump Worshippers, saying the same old, same old yet again. It really is an Echo Chamber and increasingly pointless.

          So you guys just go scratch each other’s backs and scream blue murder about all the terrible injustices being doled out by all the evil ‘deep state’ apparatchik opponents, all of whom are simultaneously so incompetent and feeble and desperate as to be in fear of President Clownstick winning on 2020, yet you also claim are able to flex huge political muscle against y’all. Contradictions out the wazoo.

          • lbs October 29, 2019 at 8:51 am #

            Trump worshipers? Who here “worships” Trump.

            You should read Kunstler’s essay over again. He is no Trump worshiper, nor am I.

            Just because some of us have the lucidity to recognize what a menace to the human race the Democratic Party and other Deep Staters are, doesn’t make us Trump worshipers.

            Never Trumpers are actually far more like Trump worshipers than most of the people who post on this board.

            Your belief system is one of religious fanaticism rather than reason.

          • hmuller October 29, 2019 at 11:10 am #

            Majella will never realize that the globalist (deep state) agenda is humanity’s greatest enemy. But anyone who buys into the SJW value system has lost their soul and mind.

          • hmuller October 29, 2019 at 11:56 am #

            As far as Majella’s “contradictions out the wazoo”, I’m not sure if she’s being deliberately silly or genuinely displaying the reasoning power of a child.

            The deep state consists of more than one individual. A group of people can individually display a range of characteristics simultaneously to include: incompetence, feebleness, desperation, arrogance, exercise of abusive power, a display of overbearing hubris hiding underlying insecurity etc,

            Furthermore, one person can display a range of emotions in short order. Let’s say hypothetically some Congressman feared the evidence that revealed his pedophilia, he might be fearful and desperate even as he aggressively lashed out.

            Human psychology is complex. I though Majella knew that. But perhaps fanatic hatred for one man can blur the higher cognitive functions.

          • benr October 29, 2019 at 1:51 pm #

            Poor little mentally ill Majella you and your ilk scream and shriek and accuse while the side you root for is head and shoulders worse in every regard.
            Trump ain’t perfect far from it but compared to the evil POS you rooted for and have claimed to want to elect even now he is still better.
            Look in the mirror and say Trump was better than the alternative and stop sucking your thumb.

          • Majella October 29, 2019 at 4:13 pm #

            ibs – no, you are not ALL Trump Worshipers, true. However, he gets an inordinate amount of leeway because some see to think he’s got some unique & sage agenda that will save us all from a threat that is ill-defined and shrouded in conspiracy theory.

            hmuller – Ditto, However, what makes you think I’m in the SJW end of the spectrum? That cannot be based on anything I’ve said in here. In fact, I’ve pointed out that these people (along with Marlin’s loathed Extinction twats) are also nutjobs, and in quite small – but vocal – numbers. They’ll go the way of Occupy & the Tea Party eventually, only to have their space taken by equally outlier ‘faddists’.

            benr- you, of course, stoop to your usual low point of name-calling, something I’m accused of from time to time. However, my name-calling is strictly reserved for Fuckface von Clownstick, who’s outdone himself again this week, showing facile & puerile dickishness, tinged with more than a dash of jealousy of Obama.

            You also accuse me (as usual, in complete contradiction of everything I’ve ever said) that “[Hillary] is an evil POS you rooted for and have claimed to want to elect even now”. I didn’t vote for her, and have never rooted for her and do not want to ‘elect ‘ her ‘even now’. Please back up your use of “claim” in that sentence (well, sort of sentence).

            I’ve just looked in the mirror and said that Bernie (you’ll love this) should be President. Trump, opponent’s flaws notwithstanding, remains unworthy of the office and demonstrates it perfectly, several times every day.

          • benr October 29, 2019 at 8:33 pm #

            @Majella

            You are mentally ill you have severe TDS.
            Prove me wrong!
            I know you voted for hildabeast you won’t admit it and we all know why.
            We all know you want Bernie Sanders a communist through and through a man who has never held a real job and has never had an original thought in his entire life.
            He has been on the government teat his entire working life starting at age 40!
            He was booted from a hippy commune!
            You stump for the worst aspects of all Democrat speaking points.
            The DNC won’t let Bernie win period end of story it will be the absolute phony Lizzie Warren.
            Please go back to New Zealand they are further down the Socialist maw and should make you happy but instead you want to clusterfuck my nation up.

          • Majella October 29, 2019 at 9:31 pm #

            benr – hahaha!

            You’ve got it really bad. Believe what you like but I wouldn’t bother lying in a forum like this.

            I did ask for you to point to the posts where I have supported HRC or called anyone but DJT a name. Still waiting, but won’t hold my breath, because you’re just all bluster & indignation.

          • benr October 30, 2019 at 12:05 am #

            @majella

            Gee look at your own post for the name calling or are you going to pretend I got you so riled you miss typed my name?

            We all know you are a Socialist shill and full of it.

            As far as bluster and indignation frankly I’m sick of the lies and the nonsense your ilk spin while you ignore the abject lawlessness of the Democrat party and the willfull cover up of the people that started the first round of lies about Trump and Russian collusion!

            Now the faux indignation of a phone call transcripts released and the mud slinging in yet another attempt to oust Trump for something Joe Biden has admitted to publicly!

            Mean while your other hero or should I say Zero is bouncing around talking about how clean his administration was pfft anything but clean.

            Real scandal after real scandal and with any luck his direct involvement with Fisa warrant illegally obtained on lies to collect data on Trump will further tarnish his no drama Obama nonsense.

            The list is endless and of course you don’t know any of it.

          • Majella October 30, 2019 at 2:14 am #

            Benr – or Bent if I fail to correct the autocorrect. Is THAT what you classify as ‘name calling’? I think your redoubled accusations of my mental health as being ‘off’ is a deliberate needling policy on your part.

            The thing with your comments here is that you’re ‘whataboutism’ incarnate. You repeatedly resort to saying ‘Oh, yeah? But Obama was (insert ridiculous insult here)’.

            Your arguments are quite febble-minded : please note – that’s not ‘name-caking’. If I said something like ‘You’re febrile minded’, THAT would be name calling. I’m just examining your low-Level logic, fueled by shabby preconceived ideas so far from reality that al I can do is smile (and hope your missus doesnt say something dumb to get your ire up).

          • Majella October 30, 2019 at 2:29 am #

            (Typos in the above are assumed to retain the intended sense)

            But to confirm for you, yes I loathe ‘Trumpism’ and by association Trump himself.

            It’s a real challenge to anyone with more than half a brain (half a brain or less being what’s needed to buy a MAGA hat (made in China,TM Ivanka $25.00, available at all good Hillbilly Rallies or order online at http://www.trump2020.org – just pay P&H of $14.99) to not see this shyster for what he is. You can’t, but then 38% of Americans can’t either. It’s just very sad.

          • hmuller October 30, 2019 at 9:43 am #

            Oh Majella; so angry; so righteous; so easily triggered. You are a hoot. Don’t ever change.

          • benr October 30, 2019 at 9:55 am #

            @majella

            Wow you can’t see the truth through the BS you sling.
            It so odd how you communist Democrats project your own flaws and failures off on anyone who is not in lockstep with your pathetic belief system.

            Seek help but I guess at your advanced age you can’t help yourself since you lack even a smidgen of common sense or understanding of reality.

      • Tate October 28, 2019 at 2:10 pm #

        Trump is a teetotaler. Have you been drinking, E?

        • fugeguy October 28, 2019 at 3:17 pm #

          I always keep forgetting that T is a teetotaler.

          Being Irish- not drinking means only imbibing beer.

          It does not compute so to speak.

      • BackRowHeckler October 28, 2019 at 2:13 pm #

        A few years back I read Edmund Morris’s bio of Roosevelt (3 volumes) I think TR would admire Donald Trump. Teddy Roosevelt liked practical men who were out in the world accomplishing things, ‘the man in the arena’. TR had many friends like Trump, too, successful businessmen. What TR didn’t like were tenured Marxist bullsh#tters, like one of our previous presidents.

        Brh

      • lbs October 28, 2019 at 2:33 pm #

        Evelyn. Even if your somewhat overblown assessment of Trump were 100% accurate, he would still be far less of a menace to society than today’s Democrats.

      • rackslope October 28, 2019 at 9:38 pm #

        Jesus Holy Christ you are a fucking idiot.

        You HAVE to be a bot.

        And here I am replying to it.

        That AI shit really works!

    • lbs October 28, 2019 at 2:36 pm #

      Wow what rosy colored glasses.

      The Deep State is well along the path to overthrowing our system of government and replacing it with an authoritarian dictatorship run by buffoons like Adam Schiff, Rachel Maddow, and John Brennan.

      The election of Trump in 2016 was a tiny speed bump along that path.

      The Deep State is still winning.

      • Nightowl October 28, 2019 at 3:49 pm #

        Indeed, and they are enabled by a sea of idiots.

        Give us Barabbas!

    • Majella November 2, 2019 at 2:17 am #

      JohnAZ

      I get your reverence for Ronnie Raygun, but do you actually BELIEVE he wasn’t your purported ‘deep state’?

      After the Hinckley assassination attempt, I thought it was generally agreed that GHW Bush was effectively POTUS. Skull & Bones and ‘New World Order’ speech ?!!

  27. volodya October 28, 2019 at 1:33 pm #

    Jim is dead right, this is a polity of deplorable and dishonorable and discredited losers, that nobody of sound mind would want to associate with. I don’t know how they look at themselves in the mirror, and I don’t know how they show their faces in public. 

    As to calling them “fanatic”; I guess “fanatic” is a matter of perspective. If this crowd are “fanatic” then they’re a paltry lot, weenies and ninnies, a joke compared to the bastards and head-busters of yore. True fanatics those guys were, possessing systems of ideas – however misguided – for reforming society, stopping at nothing, ready to kill not just a few here and there but uncounted multitudes, and to sacrifice their own lives, which they also did, also dying in their millions.  

    If there’s a signifier of a civilization in decline, canaries in a coal-mine, it’s these – cough – modern-day fanatics, espousing nonsense, vacuous, inept, ineffectual, downright stupid, reminiscent of another polity, renowned for their utter absurdity, the Italian fascists. 

    And they lost to Trump. What more is there to say? I think back and I still can’t believe it. Not only did the self-proclaimed “best and brightest” (pause here for a good laugh), lose to the most unsuited candidate in US presidential history, he beat TWO, count ’em, TWO national parties. Does this mean that Trump is clever? IMO it just means he’s smarter that his opponents. Apparently, not hard, that. Years after the fact it STILL boggles my fucking mind. 

    As for that hack of Hillary’s emails, men of renown say there’s no way it could have been the Russians, that it had to be an inside job, done on-site. In any case, the FBI made a mess of that too, failing to examine the server in question, leaving it to a private company. This is what passes for law-enforcement nowadays. Pathetic. What do you do? Laugh? Despair? 

    Or take drugs? No, don’t do that. Listen to this instead, aural calm, opium put to music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYAmoie1plA

    • lbs October 28, 2019 at 2:26 pm #

      I would say they are pretty formidable fanatics. Their stock in trade is not to deny people the right to an opinion, but to see to it that anyone who expresses an unacceptable opinion is subjected to intimidation and retribution in their personal and professional lives.

      I do agree that not all of them are that formidable, however. Their paramilitary wing, Antifa, is a pretty pathetic army to be the standard bearer for an authoritarian cause.

      However, I believe that’s because they recognize that instruments of force that don’t involve physical violence are perfectly sufficient for them to achieve absolute power.

      • volodya October 28, 2019 at 2:47 pm #

        You have a point.

        But I would say “absolute power” because people like us allow them to wield it. We comply.

        Roman Catholic clergy once wielded absolute power over wide areas of Europe. No more. Why? it’s like Stalin said, how many divisions does the Pope have? None, and that’s the point. The Pope had power because people were cowed. Once they stopped being intimidated, the Pope had no power.

        It’s the same with us. IMO that is. The fact that the fanatics wield power isn’t so much a comment about them, it’s a comment about us.

  28. BackRowHeckler October 28, 2019 at 2:04 pm #

    Well, it looks like the Governor is going to cave, and declare a Climate Emergency.

    Martial Law most likely will be imposed, we don’t know yet,

    A series of directives will be announced. Stand by.

    (Who knows what? Shut down gas pipelines coming into the state? Stop tanker trucks at the border? Ban the sale of home heating oil? Anything is possible in this ‘Climate Emergency’. The fate of humanity hangs in the balance. I only hope it is not too late.)

    Marlin: him he

    • GreenAlba October 28, 2019 at 2:36 pm #

      You need to stay calm, brh. The declaration (that’s all it is) happened here at the start of May, for the UK, following a motion tabled by Jeremy Corbyn. A ‘declaration’ has about as much practical effect as a teary-eyed prayer for world peace.

      My heating is still working (although I waste it as little as possible), cars and buses are still doing their car and bus thing, and planes are still going to all the places planes go to. Food continues to be brought to supermarkets by very big lorries.

      So you could possibly stop being a drama queen and quit the hourly updates.

      Whatever stops the very big lorries bringing food to the supermarkets, it sure isn’t going to be a ‘declaration’ regarding the climate emergency.

      I hope can give the topic a break this week. If you can’t, I’m not joining in, so please don’t fill the place with climate nonsense on my account.

      • GreenAlba October 28, 2019 at 2:42 pm #

        GA. Her, she. I believe they make chocolate over your way.

        • BackRowHeckler October 28, 2019 at 4:08 pm #

          GA, I hear you, but I have a Guardian feed on my device, every other article is about Climate extinction. I can’t escape it.. Dammit, when an august authority with the stature of UKs leading newspaper says we have only 12 years left. I take it seriously. I’m surprised you don’t.

          How dare you GA, how dare you?

          Brh

          • GreenAlba October 28, 2019 at 9:07 pm #

            “I have a Guardian feed on my device”

            Well, there’s your solution. I don’t.

          • GreenAlba October 29, 2019 at 3:19 pm #

            “planes are still going to all the places planes go to” (moi)

            I feel a digression coming on, sorry.

            Not only are planes continuing to go to all the places planes go to, but the UK is going to blow a hole through its own emissions targets by building a third runway at Heathrow (also destroying an old established village and part of another, in addition to ruining the lives of many more people under its fight path). Some of the same politicians who support this monstrosity also back the ‘declaration’. That’s why you don’t need to worry about ‘declarations’.

            The main impetus now for this white elephant is Global Britain, whose reinvigorated post-Brexit machismo is going to see everything from lorry parts to lettuces flying gaily back and forth across the planet instead of travelling more modestly to and from our near neighbours. Allegedly.

            One thing in which traffic is going to be increasing is American pharmaceuticals, once we have a trade deal with the US. The plan is that we will be buying more of them. And not only that, but we will be paying many times more for them than we do now, Which is to say, in other words, that we will be paying what you do for them. This will help bankrupt the NHS, but no matter. To neoliberal minds (and investment banker Brexiters) it will be orgasmic.

            I watched an interesting programme last night discussing the details of the proposals currently being prepared by Big American Pharma to shaft Little Isolated Brexit-Britain in due course.

            A young woman featured was taking an American drug for Crohn’s disease. She had been unable to function, more or less, and look after her toddler, until getting this drug, and was now a pain-free, functioning mother. But it costs about £150,000/year to keep her on it (from memory – it could have been £250K, but let’s stick with £150K), courtesy of the NHS. It’s apparently the individual drug that costs the NHS the most – about £45 million/year.

            The NHS is about to change her medication to an alternative, generic medication that will do the same thing but cost a fraction of the price (it wouldn’t be suitable for all Crohn’s patients but it is for her). Both the NHS and the patient are happy about this.

            But it is intended by Big American Pharma that the NHS will not be allowed to buy generic medicines in such cases.

            Hurrah for taking back control. But I don’t recall Brussels ever standing on our toes in this manner.

            Also, the NHS is currently (pre-trade-deal) able to negotiate deals with Big Pharma because it’s big, like them. So the NHS is paying a seventh of what this particular drug costs in the US. Maybe I’m missing something, but I’m guessing the firm wouldn’t be supplying £45 million’s worth of this drug to the NHS if it wasn’t making a healthy profit. So that would suggest that the extra six sevenths that American patients are paying includes an unspecified quantity of taking the almighty piss.

            Now, the US negotiators and Pharma reps (NONE of whom would speak on camera) intend to take the almighty piss out of British citizens too. Sick ones, anyway.

            And Donald Trump is determined that they shall. Through that trade deal with Little Isolated Brexit-Britain.

            Thing is, if Trump cared about you folks, he’d be doing something about the piss-taking over your way, rather than getting a hard-on from imagining the NHS getting shafted by Big American Pharma in the fashion that you already are.

            So I’ve drawn my own conclusions about how much of a shit he gives about ordinary people in your country. Especially sick ones. And how much more he cares about Big American Pharma.

            But maybe I’m looking through a glass darkly.

            Hurrah again for Taking Back Control.

        • Majella October 30, 2019 at 3:08 am #

          Hey, GA
          I think (know) you’d enjoy (love) the dyspeptic humour of this cartoonist, (Australian, but never mind),in the Guardian. It’s probably already on your radar, but if it isn’t, here you go. Marlin(he,him,his) will hate it. It’s titled ‘First Dog in the Moon’:

          theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/30/all-that-perfectly-good-water-dumped-into-the-ocean-like-s…

          • GreenAlba October 30, 2019 at 7:11 am #

            Excellent, thanks Majella. I love First Dog and recently signed up to get new cartoons emailed to me. I had seen him years ago from time to time but hadn’t realised he was a regular at the Graun. Hadn’t seen this one yet.

            Obviously he doesn’t have the answers any more than the rest of us do, but he sure does see what’s going on among the pols and business interests.

            There was a brilliant one a while back on American evangelicals and gay people. Hilarious.

  29. lbs October 28, 2019 at 2:19 pm #

    Excellent essay, I particularly liked the 3rd paragraph which I posted on Facebook.

    The issues I used to care most about were Peak Oil and overpopulation of the US through excessive immigration.

    However, I care much less about those issues now, because the massage damage those will cause to human society and the environment are still some decades down the road.

    Meanwhile, the new emerging Establishment Left poses a threat of obliterating our society, economy, and system of government on a much shorter timetable.

    As the most imminent threat to life as we know it, I now see the Deep State (Democratic Party, psychotic journalism community, fascistic higher education community, pro-authoritarian federal bureaucracy, authoritarian leftist tech industry, etc) as the greatest menace we face, because it is every bit as thermonuclear and it’s the one that’s going to hit us first.

    I think Kunstler understands this and I believe that’s why he’s putting so much focus on it lately in his essays.

    • benr October 28, 2019 at 2:35 pm #

      100% in agreement with everything you posted IBS.

    • K-Dog October 28, 2019 at 2:51 pm #

      The issues I used to care most about were Peak Oil and overpopulation of the US through excessive immigration.

      However, I care much less about those issues now, because the massage damage those will cause to human society and the environment are still some decades down the road.

      The massage damage seems to have gone to your noggin.

      But maybe you are just a government bot with a few bugs to work out. Its’ the coming thing. Anybody ever in to P.O. knows it is happening for real right now. You have to be working for the Heritage institute or something like that or you are straight up on the public dime. Which is it?

      • BackRowHeckler October 28, 2019 at 4:29 pm #

        Jeez K-Dog, lighten up a little.

        You don’t have to mock him like that.

        I’m surprised that’s not like you.

        Brh

      • benr October 28, 2019 at 7:26 pm #

        Or he is posting from his stupid I-phone.
        Which can turn a coherent sentence into anything but that.

      • hmuller October 29, 2019 at 10:48 pm #

        K-Dog, by “Heritage institute” I assume you mean the Heritage Foundation. Although, the latter is seen as a “conservative” think tank, it is in fact totally Globalist run. Understand the concept of full spectrum dominance. They have their hand puppets in more than one ideological camp. So when the time is right, they can bring it all together.

        Look at all the Globalist Rino’s and Neo-cons who hate Trump as much as the Demon-Rats.

        • K-Dog October 30, 2019 at 2:14 pm #

          Thank you for correcting me on it being called the Heritage Foundation.

          I know enough about it not to waste my time learning more. Money and power is doing just fine without my help. Watching others doing the job of helping money and power stay top dog tells me my help does not matter anyway.

          I’ll privately keep referring to them as dumb-assed pricks.

          Heritage needs a foundation why?

          • hmuller October 30, 2019 at 5:14 pm #

            I love the term “think tank”. What great thoughts are they thinking? They are thinking of ways to screw over the ordinary people, in my opinion.

    • Tate October 28, 2019 at 3:01 pm #

      Well, I have to interject that the Deep State doesn’t just include the “Democratic” party. The Republicans are almost as bad although there are a small contingent of them who are real patriots.

      • JohnAZ October 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm #

        A lot of RINOs are leaving Washington.

        Good riddance!

        The Deep State is uniparty now. Their priority is preserving their own existence,

        I saw a pundit saying something useful. He said that the Deep State is Liberal trending because the labor pool it draws from is all very blue. No wonder Trump was booed at a Nats game. No class!

      • Nightowl October 28, 2019 at 3:56 pm #

        They are globalists. Traditional party lines are meaningless. All the pigs want to feed at the trough.

        You thought that purple pantsuit she donned after her loss was merely her imitation of Grimace?

  30. JohnAZ October 28, 2019 at 2:52 pm #

    Just an observation.

    All this anti-Trump activity is not spontaneous. Protests and booing at ball games are organized, signs are distributed by organizers, people all show up at the same time.

    Gee, where is the money coming from to finance all this?

    Don’t these idiots have something else to do, like work?

    Kudos to Trump’s team to NOT inform the House Dems prior to the ISIS raid. Their big mouths would’ve cost American lives.

    • capt spaulding October 28, 2019 at 9:33 pm #

      The House Dems wouldn’t help ISIS, they didn’t want to abandon the Kurds either, which the abandonment of helps ISIS, by the way.

      • stelmosfire October 28, 2019 at 10:02 pm #

        Who the fuck is ISIS? I have never met a KURD although from what I have heard they are fine folk. What the FUCK is going on over in the ME or in DC is a blur to me. Perhaps I am a mushroom. Keep me in the dark and feed me shit and I am happy. How the FLYING FUCK am I supposed to make sense of this BULLSHIT! OK, I’ve said enough. Thank you. I should keep out of the vino!

        • K-Dog October 28, 2019 at 11:01 pm #

          Comment taken down as impertinent and vulgar by JHK Admin

          • CancelMyCard October 29, 2019 at 8:10 pm #

            Excellent, Jim.

            Glad to see you are taking on a more inclusive role here and actively participating in moderating the board.

        • BackRowHeckler October 28, 2019 at 11:04 pm #

          First rule of a bootlegger:

          Don’t be tapping into your own product, other than to test it every now and then.

          You need to be on top of your game when the revenuers show up. I can picture you in one of those classic roadsters of yours, hauling ass up Rte 10, driving at night to avoid Highway Patrol, like Robert Mitchum in ‘Thunder Road’.

          Brh

        • Janos Skorenzy October 29, 2019 at 1:22 pm #

          Yes, you’re right. It’s utter nonsense. These people don’t care about America and its decay and death, but go insane about a would be country in the Middle East. Who cares. We need to learn to mind our own business – and that means learning to understand ourselves. And that’s something Leftists refuse to do. If they did, they’d have to deal with their own shit and it really isn’t pretty.

    • PeteAtomic October 29, 2019 at 11:05 am #

      yeah maybe John, but just like Beto’s counter rally in El Paso, there may only be a few hundred versus Trump’s thousands of supporters, so. That says it all!

  31. messianicdruid October 28, 2019 at 3:44 pm #

    My neighbor stopped to visit while I was at the mailbox this morning. She has lived here 84 years and never been more than four miles [ the distance to our little town – which for some strange reason is the county seat ] from where she was born. She said two trees had fallen over in her yard and had landed at each end of the house without causing any damage. Her son was there cutting them up for firewood and she decided to ” get out of there “. We had a conversation about fireplaces vs. Inserts, neighborhood dogs, and of course the weather.

    I’m inside now, thinking about having a peace of pie. Thanks JHK !

    • BackRowHeckler October 28, 2019 at 4:02 pm #

      Nice. Good story, Mr Druid.

      I’m taking a break from raking leaves, downing a cold Sam Adam’s, soaking in what might be the sun’s last warm rays of the season. After this warmness, 5 months of winter.

      I’m making the most of my last days on earth before Climate Extinction, goddamit! I hope all of you are doing the same.

      Brh

  32. City_of_76 October 28, 2019 at 4:06 pm #

    I think you all could benefit from some additional reading. How about this for starters:

    lareviewofbooks.org/article/arendt-matters-revisiting-origins-totalitarianism/

    Why Arendt Matters: Revisiting “The Origins of Totalitarianism”
    By Roger Berkowitz

    “When Donald Trump says he’s going to build a wall to protect our borders, he is not making a factual statement that an actual wall will actually protect our borders; he is signaling a politically incorrect willingness to put America first. When he says that there was massive voter fraud or boasts about the size of his inauguration crowd, he is not speaking about actual facts, but is insisting that his election was legitimate. ‘What convinces masses are not facts, and not even invented facts, but only the consistency of the system of which they are presumably part.'”

  33. sunburstsoldier October 28, 2019 at 4:14 pm #

    No matter where our beliefs may place us on the political spectrum, each one of us is, deep down, a powerful spiritual being with unlimited potential. I choose to focus on what is “deep down” in the human psyche rather than what lies on the surface because what lies on the surface is currently marred and distorted by conflict and divisiveness.

    Besides, if we are to ultimately turn the Long Emergency into something positive–the beginning of a more sane and viable way of life–we’re all gonna have to dig down deep and tap into that unlimited potential we are currently under-utilizing.

    • Janos Skorenzy October 29, 2019 at 12:17 am #

      All real spiritual traditions say that Man is bad. Healthy people don’t need doctors (Gurus) or hospitals (religions or spiritual traditions) or regimens (sadhanas or spiritual paths). The Bad is what real Leaders focus on, obviously. You managed to get it exactly backwards.

      The New Age Movement is just such radioactive sacharine.

      • sunburstsoldier October 29, 2019 at 10:08 am #

        I managed to get it exactly right. Admittedly the New Age Movement has a lot of crazies and charlatans associated with it but at the core is something real, although we have to “dig deep” to find it. If “all real religions say Man is bad” what about “the kingdom of heaven lies within you”? Is not Christianity (not necessarily in its various institutional forms) a real religion? To survive the Long Emergency, or rather the breakup and disintegration of Western Civilization, we are going to have to draw upon resources that lie deep within the human psyche. The challenges inherent in life one could argue, actually are meant to bring these resources to the surface and mobilize them. The world is here to aid us in unfolding our full potential. All that stands in the way are the beliefs we hold. If we believe man is bad then we are stalemated.

        • Janos Skorenzy October 29, 2019 at 1:26 pm #

          Well yes, that Health is the Goal – not the prognosis. Not what we are right now. Obviously that’s what I meant. Don’t be diffiCult. You’re only confusing yourself, not me.

          And since there’s so much passion both pro and con about Christianity, it’s good to look elsewhere and then look back. “He who knows only England, knows not England”.

          Buddhism for example, teaches that negative states of mind dominate overwhelmingly in ordinary human functioning. Walk down the street and look at people’s faces – are they wrong?

  34. BackRowHeckler October 28, 2019 at 4:22 pm #

    I have to say, for a woman of a certain age, Marianne Williamson looked pretty hot in her yogi tights in New Haven the other night. Not an oz of fat on her, stacked pretty good too. Now that’s the way to campaign for president! Reminds me of a girl I knew back in college, into ballet, legs up to here, believed in lot of crazy New Age sh#t, talked about karma, had Crystal’s around her room (Crystal’s for krissake) was worried about nuclear war, all kinds of female madness you had to put up with if you wanted to get to know her, phew!

    Brh

    • ellipsis October 28, 2019 at 4:31 pm #

      LOL! Now that’s some campaign promise worth running on! Wouldn’t be the first time a woman used some good old fashioned sex appeal to sooth the savage beasts in the room. Who knows, maybe the book underneath that pretty cover is worth reading too? They don’t have to all be fat old snaggletoothed hags like the witch Hillary or futzy schoolmarms like Warren.

    • elysianfield October 29, 2019 at 3:19 pm #

      ” if you wanted to get to know her, ”

      BRH,
      Please post a picture of her, so that we all may know her…”

  35. Walter B October 28, 2019 at 4:52 pm #

    Hey Mr. Kunstler, have you seen this one?

    rt.com/business/472047-us-shale-circling-drain/

    Looks like shale oil is the gift that keeps on giving!

  36. sunburstsoldier October 28, 2019 at 5:24 pm #

    The mass projection of President Trump as the source of all evil in America transcends reason and logic, and by now has reached a such fevered pitch that I have come to believe there is more going on here than meets the eye. I am honestly beginning to think Trump is playing the role of “scapegoat” in the original meaning of the word. Thus in the bible a scapegoat is “an animal that is ritually burdened with the sins of others, and then driven away “. According to Wikipedia, the idea first appears in Leviticus where a goat is “designated to be cast into the desert to carry away the sins of the community”.

    I’m not sure how having a national scapegoat (at least for half of the populace if you believe the polls) actually benefits us but something strange definitely is going on.

    • SoftStarLight October 29, 2019 at 2:05 am #

      What are the collective sins being placed on Trump, the scapegoat? Is it the unforgivable sin of Whiteness? I bet it’s one of the major ones.

      • benr October 29, 2019 at 1:59 pm #

        Turn coat the ultimate sin to the leftist progressive communist class.
        Trump was a Democrat!

        • CancelMyCard October 29, 2019 at 8:26 pm #

          Currently, simply a RINO.

          • SoftStarLight October 30, 2019 at 1:13 am #

            Which is a good indication of how radical the progressive agitators are. RINOs will sail the country down the river in a heartbeat if there is a profit to be made or a new trendy virtue to adhere to. If that’s not enough destruction of the current society to meet the radicals’ goals then look out! They want to nuke the country, metaphorically speaking..maybe..

  37. sunburstsoldier October 28, 2019 at 6:45 pm #

    I believe the American Constitution, brought to birth through the blood, sweat, and tears of the founders, is the one thing keeping Western civilization above water (certainly not technology which largely brings only comfort and convenience). Yet if the modern day Jacobians have their way this precious document would be trampled underfoot and the West would go the way of the Roman, Chinese, Ottoman, and all other now-forgotten empires of the past.

    • capt spaulding October 28, 2019 at 9:44 pm #

      Don’t forget, the founders were considered revolutionaries (thus the Revolutionary War), and radicals, with wild new political ideas. I imagine that if the Republican party of today had been around at that time, they would have conservatively supported the British against those radical revolutionaries and their crazy politics. Pretty close to the truth, I think. There’s no place in the Republican party for revolutionaries, not when we’ve got things pretty much where we want them.

      • SoftStarLight October 29, 2019 at 2:01 am #

        I have a sneaking suspicion most present-day politicians would disavow the Founding Fathers. They were actual White Nationalists after all you know. Being spineless, today’s politicians couldn’t fill the shoes of the Founding Fathers. Let alone be the Radicals and Revolutionaries they had to be in their world.

      • Nightowl October 29, 2019 at 4:36 am #

        Your resistance movement is literally backed by multinational corporations.

        • SoftStarLight October 29, 2019 at 9:25 am #

          Multinational corporations, heads of state, whole sections of Parliaments, Congresses, etc., basically all of academia, all of the media, all forms of entertainment. The resistance is a product of mass manufacturing, mass deception, and mass hypnosis.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 29, 2019 at 1:30 pm #

            Yes. All. All have turned against the White Man and his Civilization in favor of their terrible beauty, the Global State. The reasons vary – the Chamber of Commerce just wants more customers! It’s venal. But others do it for the loftiest of virtues (so called). Most for Power and ultimate Profit. But they all push and pull together. That Hideous Strength.

          • SoftStarLight October 30, 2019 at 1:26 am #

            If only there was a way to cut the ties that bind all the different moving parts. I noticed a commercial today which was touting the virtues of befriending refugees to help them feel warm and welcomed in their new country. And yet people still don’t understand that this Global State is actively removing our existence one tiny step at a time.

  38. Pucker October 28, 2019 at 6:55 pm #

    In many of these ancient creepy Feminist cults, such as the cult of Cybele, the male priests were all Castrated. Good Lord!

    I am vehemently opposed to Cultural Castration: The severing of Society’s connection to Male Western Civilization and Masculine History; The Severing of social bonds and political rights; the severing of Connection to the past by cutting off the Penis in the act of toppling of statues; the confiscation of Warm Guns; the severing of Truth in lies and propaganda in the MSM. I oppose Castration….

    I reject Cultural and Psychological Castration. I have a different View of the Past, the Present, and the Future in which Western Civilization is the Axis Mundi of the world.

    Cybele (/?s?b?li/; Phrygian: Matar Kubileya/Kubeleya “Kubileya/Kubeleya Mother”, perhaps “Mountain Mother”;[1] Lydian Kuvava; Greek: ?????? Kybele, ?????? Kybebe, ??????? Kybelis) is an Anatolian mother goddess; she may have a possible forerunner in the earliest neolithic at Çatalhöyük, where statues of plump women, sometimes sitting, have been found in excavations. She is Phrygia’s only known goddess, and was probably its national deity. Her Phrygian cult was adopted and adapted by Greek colonists of Asia Minor and spread to mainland Greece and its more distant western colonies around the 6th century BC.

    In Greece, Cybele met with a mixed reception. She was partially assimilated to aspects of the Earth-goddess Gaia, her possibly Minoanequivalent Rhea, and the harvest–mother goddess Demeter. Some city-states, notably Athens, evoked her as a protector, but her most celebrated Greek rites and processions show her as an essentially foreign, exotic mystery-goddess who arrives in a lion-drawn chariot to the accompaniment of wild music, wine, and a disorderly, ecstatic following. Uniquely in Greek religion, she had a eunuchmendicant priesthood.[2] Many of her Greek cults included rites to a divine Phrygian castrate shepherd-consort Attis, who was probably a Greek invention. In Greece, Cybele is associated with mountains, town and city walls, fertile nature, and wild animals, especially lions.

    In Rome, Cybele was known as Magna Mater(“Great Mother”). The Roman state adopted and developed a particular form of her cult after the Sibylline oracle recommended her conscription as a key religious ally in Rome’s second war against Carthage. Roman mythographers reinvented her as a Trojangoddess, and thus an ancestral goddess of the Roman people by way of the Trojan prince Aeneas. With Rome’s eventual hegemony over the Mediterranean world, Romanized forms of Cybele’s cults spread throughout the Roman Empire. The meaning and morality of her cults and priesthoods were topics of debate and dispute in Greek and Roman literature, and remain so in modern scholarship.

    • Pucker October 28, 2019 at 8:15 pm #

      Beto is this overweening bloke who appeals to Feminists and Beta Males and hopes to get a bit of power in their cult as a Cult Priest by castrating himself. There are always men who will castrate themselves to get a bit of status in the priesthood.

  39. Pucker October 28, 2019 at 7:10 pm #

    77% of Democrats “trust” the C…IA. What-the-Fuck?! I can remember when the Democratic Party was the party of the Working Man, was anti-war, anti-establishment. Not any more! They’ve all gone Bat Shit Crazy…. I should probably get a book on the Church Committee hearings in the 1970’s about the nefarious activities of the C…IA in the 1960’s and 1970’s, such as “Operation Mocking Bird” infiltration of US media, MK Ultra Mind Control, Operation Gladio drug running, etc. because none of that shit has stopped.

    m.youtube.com/watch?v=m0cdZO3WNM0

    • malthuss October 29, 2019 at 10:30 am #

      Democrats were anti war?

      WW1
      WW2
      Vietnam

      • CancelMyCard October 29, 2019 at 8:35 pm #

        And ZERO republicans voted for those wars, correct?

  40. Goodwalkspoiled October 28, 2019 at 7:36 pm #

    What’s most frightening is the U.S. media has at least half of the country under its toxic spell. They are guzzling the purple Kool-Aid and it has become a dangerous state with the media’s relentless mind control. The crazed media has the cameras and the microphones. It makes the Hunger Games seem more and more plausible. Three cheers for writers like JHK who are calling them out. The media has gone off the deep end. They are going to drag this country down into Socialism if they get their way. Frightening indeed.

    • BackRowHeckler October 28, 2019 at 7:52 pm #

      Wait and see what happens if a Dem wins the presidency in 2020. You’re going to experience sycophantic MSM Presidential ass sucking on a scale unprecedented in the history of the world. It will be monumental.

      Marlin: him, he

    • Nightowl October 29, 2019 at 4:39 am #

      The Purple Kool-Aid, indeed.

      You get it, my friend.

  41. Luhrenloup October 28, 2019 at 8:50 pm #

    At this stage It doesn’t help to call the president, Golden Golem of Greatness either.

  42. KesaAnna October 28, 2019 at 8:53 pm #

    ” 77% of Democrats “trust” the C…IA. What-the-Fuck?! ”

    My What – the – fuck – moment came when I arrived in the United States and encountered the phenomenon of anti – communist war hawks kicking the KGB and the Stassi every chance they got ,

    WHILE AT THE SAME TIME praising the CIA and FBI every chance they got.

    And it only grew worse as I got older , read a few history books , and came to the realization that WITHIN LIVING MEMORY spies and informants were once considered pond scum no matter who they worked for.

    ” What the fuck ” indeed.

    • KesaAnna October 28, 2019 at 9:01 pm #

      Elaboration ;

      * In both Germany and in the United States , within living memory spies and informants were once considered pond scum no matter who they worked for.

      In this regard , certainly , Imperial Germany was progressive , and modern Germany a regression toward barbarism.

      In this regard , Jim Crow America was progressive , and the modern United States …….well …….anything but liberal.

      • benr October 29, 2019 at 2:00 pm #

        More Communist than liberal.

        • CancelMyCard October 29, 2019 at 8:38 pm #

          You think the US is communist now.

          Just wait another 5 years.

          You ain’t seen nothing yet.

          • SoftStarLight October 30, 2019 at 1:31 am #

            Short of some as of yet unseen backlash it does appear the Communist takeover will be complete sooner than later.

  43. 100th Avatar October 28, 2019 at 9:29 pm #

    “To set the record straight I’m forced to repeat something that these New Age Jacobins seem unable to process: you don’t have to be a Trump cheerleader..”

    Indeed. Even more perplexing in the era of “don’t hate the playa, hate the game”.

    I remember reading about Trump’s take over of Kluge wineries near Charlottesville, Virginia, at what now seems like ages ago.

    The socialite, recently separated or widowed or divorced from her billionaire enabler, was forced to sell-off the business. The mansion and the estate. Separately. They made decent wines, but not enough. There’s only so much white cru and blanc de blancs that a small Virginia winery can move.
    It was a trophy wife’s, albeit with time’s patina, expensive hobby.

    Trump was an old friend. They swam in the same circles. This old friend took great pride in outwitting his pal. He bought the estate and not the mansion recognizing that nobody would want an expansive castle that didn’t own the land that the drive way sat on. He gloated in eventually getting the mansion for next to nothing. The long game.

    Having been to the estate during both eras, the Trump reign was immediate and noticeable.
    Gold lettering on black. Nouveau Riche. Aspirational. The tasting room had half its space surrendered to peddling Trump books and paraphernalia. The Art of this Deal. He was everywhere. The ego had landed. I’m not sure what a porn star feels like when her scene partner drags his member across her face but I imagine its similar. You’re not the alpha. Everyone sipping on white over a cheese platter knew it.there

    I already knew that I had a distaste for Trump, and I let it be known to the members in my party.

    But I enjoyed the wine, the outdoor terrace, the beautiful landscapes.
    Love him or hate him.
    He didn’t make the wine.
    He just owns it. B**ch.
    Most people visiting can separate the man from the real people.
    From the product. From the grape, From the win terroir. From the wine.

    I can still do that. He’s odious. Reckless. Superficial and vain.
    Easily offended. Hypersensitive.

    Reckless.
    Incorrigible.

    The perfect palooka to break up the party, both parties, heck, the entire sad scene.

    You know the scene. How many times has it been rubbed in your face?

    • capt spaulding October 28, 2019 at 9:51 pm #

      “The ego had landed.” That’s a funny line. Good writing Avatar, and spot on with your comments.

    • rackslope October 28, 2019 at 9:52 pm #

      Thank you. I really enjoyed this.

      But don’t forget that GGG was elected primarily because he was the only alternative to evil incarnate.

      • 100th Avatar October 29, 2019 at 5:40 am #

        Absolutely, or as the host says, “fer sure”.

        Trump is the perfect foil to an aggressively ambitious midwestern
        frump and her hillbilly partner in crime. Y’all know ole Bill would have been content as a pig in sh*t living in the Arkansas governor’s mansion getting deliveries of fresh lass from the state police for 10 terms.
        Ole Hillary didn’t care that two generations back the pre-Clintons were dressing in barrels and living in a shack. There was a big brain on Bill and a sultry lure, if not charisma, to match.
        She was gonna use him to get her to her ends.

        This is where a feller like Trump is needed.
        He’s NYC penthouse. Not going to let the wool get pulled over his eyes, like the rest of ‘murica by these Bonnie and Clyde hicks.
        Dirt can sniff dirt.
        He also knew what vein of gold they had struck.
        You need a hustler to spot a hustle.
        Trump knew these hillbillies were staking their Ukrainian claim.
        How could they use the power of the state to get rich?
        Hmmm… and everyone is blinded to it.

        Seems dirty.
        Filthy.
        Let me in on that.

        Absolutely love him for knocking Clinton Inc. down to their lowly level.

        Just needs to finish them off.

        • SoftStarLight October 29, 2019 at 9:16 am #

          He said they were nice people and he didn’t want to hurt them though. I doubt he will finish them off. Our society is not in the right phase for that. At this point it looks like pain is the only thing that has the remote possibility of precipitating real change.

          • sunburstsoldier October 29, 2019 at 10:13 am #

            Ekhart Tolle says the same thing.

          • 100th Avatar October 29, 2019 at 11:04 am #

            Again, you’re absolutely correct.
            For the vast majority of humanity, and in accordance with nature, there are 2 main drivers: force and gain.
            In other words, people respond to pain or pleasure.
            The stick and $.

            Everyone knows this.
            This is why we are comforted.
            Sofas. Netflix. Beer.
            NFL. Marvel movies.
            Papa Johns.
            Taco Hell.
            A gargantuan entertainment industry.

            If you can’t afford these cheap and gauche thrills they have cheap and bountiful opiates.

            They’ve done a good job of mitigating the ceaseless blows.
            Incremental Pain just isn’t going to do it.

            This way you can’t feel the pain, or at least not enough of it.
            It’s hard to be motivated to march when you’re so damn comfy.

            It’s going to take dystopian level chaos to get people off their @sses.

      • Nightowl October 29, 2019 at 3:51 pm #

        Confirms what I have been saying. Most who hate him hate him for superficial reasons.

        I don’t care much about his personal style. He took over a golf course out in rural VA where I used to work summers as a college student. Made a few changes I found to border on the vulgar, but it fit with his cartoon 80s Gordon-Gekko-of-Real-Estate image, and I have better things to worry about.

        On the flip side, most of his policies are in line with things I (and many other indy voters) have been wanting to see for years. And he represents a massive dick slap in the face of the neo-cons/-libs, who have wreaked more havoc on the US working and middle classes than any other group in decades. Not to mention the death and destruction they have brought to others around the world.

        I am at the point where I’d actually consider voting for the guy, and I have abstained from voting since Nader ran.

        Once Trump is gone, we are fucked anyways, but there is hope that his efforts will continue to encourage others to stand against those wishing to impose the global plantation on us.

        Almost as bad as seeing the globalist power structure exposed in all its sickness, has been witnessing the sea of idiots supporting the corporate resist movement; begging for their enslavement.

  44. Pucker October 28, 2019 at 9:43 pm #

    How would you like to be born as a Geezer into a society that has a Feminist Cybele Cult and requires the males to become Beta males and to castrate themselves like Beto in order to get a place in the hierarchy? In order to become a Priest, you’ve got to cut your balls off to prove your fidelity to Cybele.

    Cybele (/?s?b?li/; Phrygian: Matar Kubileya/Kubeleya “Kubileya/Kubeleya Mother”, perhaps “Mountain Mother”;[1] Lydian Kuvava; Greek: ?????? Kybele, ?????? Kybebe, ??????? Kybelis) is an Anatolian mother goddess; she may have a possible forerunner in the earliest neolithic at Çatalhöyük, where statues of plump women, sometimes sitting, have been found in excavations. She is Phrygia’s only known goddess, and was probably its national deity. Her Phrygian cult was adopted and adapted by Greek colonists of Asia Minor and spread to mainland Greece and its more distant western colonies around the 6th century BC.
    In Greece, Cybele met with a mixed reception. She was partially assimilated to aspects of the Earth-goddess Gaia, her possibly Minoanequivalent Rhea, and the harvest–mother goddess Demeter. Some city-states, notably Athens, evoked her as a protector, but her most celebrated Greek rites and processions show her as an essentially foreign, exotic mystery-goddess who arrives in a lion-drawn chariot to the accompaniment of wild music, wine, and a disorderly, ecstatic following. Uniquely in Greek religion, she had a eunuchmendicant priesthood.[2] Many of her Greek cults included rites to a divine Phrygian castrate shepherd-consort Attis, who was probably a Greek invention. In Greece, Cybele is associated with mountains, town and city walls, fertile nature, and wild animals, especially lions.
    In Rome, Cybele was known as Magna Mater(“Great Mother”). The Roman state adopted and developed a particular form of her cult after the Sibylline oracle recommended her conscription as a key religious ally in Rome’s second war against Carthage. Roman mythographers reinvented her as a Trojangoddess, and thus an ancestral goddess of the Roman people by way of the Trojan prince Aeneas. With Rome’s eventual hegemony over the Mediterranean world, Romanized forms of Cybele’s cults spread throughout the Roman Empire. The meaning and morality of her cults and priesthoods were topics of debate and dispute in Greek and Roman literature, and remain so in modern scholarship.

  45. Pucker October 28, 2019 at 10:43 pm #

    Do you subscribe to the ancient Persian view (Ahura Mazda) that Good and Evil are parallel equal and opposite forces (Dualism), or do you subscribe the the Judeo-Christian belief that Evil doesn’t exist except as a corruption of Good (Monism)? Or are you somewhat Greek in that you believe that Reality is Paradoxical in that everything contains the seed of its own opposite? Light drives out the Darkness until Light exhausts itself…. Aren’t Good and Evil Illusory, and the key is Entropy?

    • SoftStarLight October 29, 2019 at 1:50 am #

      Its a new concept for me to consider that Judeo-Christian belief says that Evil doesn’t exist except as a corruption of Good. I always thought of the Devil and his Demons and Evil itself as very real and separate, not just a corruption of God, the Angels, and Good. Hmmm, maybe that is closer to the ancient Persian view after all. Entropy is a built in feature of the Fallen World. If you subscribe to such beliefs.

      • sunburstsoldier October 29, 2019 at 11:46 am #

        “Entropy is a built-in feature of the Fallen World.” –SoftStarLight.
        (Love that handle by the way).

        The Long Emergency is basically a trend towards entropy which demonstrates the fact we live in a “Fallen World”, a world in which human beings remain slaves to their dissociated, fear-driven egos. Once we have transcended our “fallen” egos through some form of Awakening process we will begin to unlock our inherent capacity to creatively respond to life’s myriad challenges. Only genuine human creativity can over come entropy. One can even argue the hidden function of entropy is to encourage creative response…

        • Janos Skorenzy October 29, 2019 at 1:34 pm #

          Th New Age teaches things are getting better. The real Traditions teach things are getting worse. The Traditions are correct and the New age is wrong – as wrong as wrong can be.

          The New Age does tend to corrupt traditions. Tibetan Lamas and Indian Yogis don’t want to anger or alienate their moneyied Whites supporters by telling them how wrong abortion is for example.

          • sunburstsoldier October 29, 2019 at 3:09 pm #

            Forget the New Age crap. Do you believe we are “powerful spiritual beings with unlimited potential” or do you believe we are simply extremely intelligent apes who have learned to walk upright? Or is there another alternative I am unaware of?

          • Janos Skorenzy October 29, 2019 at 7:00 pm #

            Yeah, a third: FALLEN spiritual beings, covered over with muck. Carbon can be made into a diamond since they are really the same. But it takes a lot of time and work. Lots of Pressure….

            Unlimited potential? Like the mantra “Dollars want me” Or Father Divine’s “Green is beautiful”? That’s New Age Speak, yo.

          • SoftStarLight October 30, 2019 at 1:45 am #

            I agree, I believe we are fallen spiritual beings too. The refined diamond analogy is neat! I hadn’t heard of it before though it’s a perfect comparison to a spiritual transformation.

      • GreenAlba October 29, 2019 at 1:45 pm #

        ‘Entropy is a built in feature of the Fallen World’.

        Just the Fallen World or the vast bulk of the remaining Un-fallen Universe? Did we infect…all of it?

      • dorn October 29, 2019 at 3:18 pm #

        Wasn’t Lucifer a fallen angel?

  46. BackRowHeckler October 28, 2019 at 10:52 pm #

    First act after Marianne Williamson is sworn in, Jan 2021 (revealed at Yale interview earlier in the week)

    Establish a Department of Peace

    Second act

    Establish a Department of Love

    Who will get the appointment as ‘Secretary of Love’?

    Nominations accepted here.

    brg

    • K-Dog October 29, 2019 at 12:10 am #

      The pompatus of love. Change your name to Maurice and maybe she will scratch your belly..

      • BackRowHeckler October 29, 2019 at 5:26 am #

        Ok I was thinking more in terms of some Hollywood Goddess or a Victoria’s Secret model, more along those lines.

        Secretary of Luv, spreading goodness and romance thru out the world. Start off by sending her and a select entourage of American beauties to Moscow, warm up the flinty hearts of the steely eyed men in the Kremlin and the Russian High Command!

        Williamson/Gabbard 2020!!!

        Who’s with me???

        -Marlin: him, he

      • Majella October 31, 2019 at 7:39 pm #

        Is that a reference to Maurice Williamson, a briefly world-famous New Zealand politician, he of the ‘big gay rainbow’ speech, now Consul-General based in LA?

        google.com/search?q=maurice+williamson&oq=maurice+williamson&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.3191j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

  47. sunburstsoldier October 29, 2019 at 12:42 am #

    What steps can we take to proactively respond to the Long Emergency?

    • KesaAnna October 29, 2019 at 1:15 am #

      A very modest proposal —

      Try a thought experiment.

      First , pretend you are a giant pink cockroach from planet X , who has just arrived on earth.

      that is to say , you don’t have any preferences , you don’t have a side , you don’t have a horse in the race.

      Second , assume retrogression is inevitable.

      i.e. assume Earth is headed for a future of Ox carts , not a future of hover cars.

      Now , ask yourself —

      which ideas wouldn’t work in an ox cart world ?

      which ideas would be irrelevant in an ox cart world ?

      Which ideas would be plain ludicrous in an ox cart world ?

      In my experience , Nazis really hate this thought experiment.

      But so do Bolsheviks.

      Socialists hate it just as much as do capitalists.

      Feminists hate it , but so do Misogynists . ( WHEN they actually think it through. )

      I could go on.

      But I’ll just point out that on a blog which has apparently as one of its basic premises the idea that we are headed toward an Ox cart world ,

      This thought experiment seems as universally unpopular as it would be anywhere else.

      • SoftStarLight October 29, 2019 at 1:29 am #

        It would seem that anyone who hasn’t lived in an ox cart world might have some difficulties with such a thought experiment. Technology has made the world convenient for many people and at least somewhat convenient for most. The truth is that probably most people couldn’t make it in an ox cart world. And maybe that’s why the thought experiment isn’t popular? Not that it shouldn’t be!

        • K-Dog October 30, 2019 at 2:24 pm #

          There are not enough trees for oxcarts. That aside. we don’t have any room for Oxen and we have generations of un-selected spawn.

          Too many people and the oil to keep them all alive is about to run out. That is not an ox-cart world. It is a dead desert.

          • hmuller October 30, 2019 at 7:07 pm #

            The only “beef” to eat will be oxen who dropped dead from natural causes and old age. Not appealing.

      • sunburstsoldier October 29, 2019 at 11:17 am #

        The resources we need to survive and even flourish in an ox cart world, or in any world for that matter, lie deep within as part of the “unlimited potential” which constitutes our full personhood. The Long Emergency, representing our collective failure to live sustainably, will compel us to mobilize these inner resources which are now largely untapped. Of course if we fail to address the Long Emergency all that will await us is regression to our barbaric past, such as is suggested by JHK’s fictional depiction of a “world made by hand”.

      • Janos Skorenzy October 29, 2019 at 1:40 pm #

        No, incorrect Kesa. We would protect our borders no matter when the technical level. National Socialism was an attempt to maintain the health of a specific humanity (the German) despite the vast changes imposed by technology. Giving it up wasn’t an option since that would have meant be conquered from without, right? So you control it – and that means the Corporations and the Executives – for the Good of All. It worked as even its critics admitted. So much so that it had to be destroyed and its model forgotten.

        It’s model could be adopted by any Western People for their own needs, with appropriate modifications. That’s why they won’t teach what Fascism and National Socialism were, especially their economic models. They make way too much sense.

        • GreenAlba October 29, 2019 at 4:09 pm #

          “with appropriate modifications.’

          You mean without murdering your own people and getting all lebensraumy?

          • hmuller October 29, 2019 at 7:50 pm #

            Well, leave it to GA to point out the down side.

          • CancelMyCard October 29, 2019 at 9:00 pm #

            Touche!

          • GreenAlba October 30, 2019 at 1:43 pm #

            Re the down side, hm, I’m not sure how much of an upside there was.

            I recently watched a couple of documentaries about ‘the factories that won the war’ or something, and it seems (poetic license coming, as I don’t remember the actual figures) that America was rolling 100 tanks off the production line for every one that Germany was managing in those factories Janos thinks should be supervised by state bureaucrats piously reminding everyone why they’re there.

            Now, I’m not taking a moral side on that question, because might makes right an’ all, but it would seem their economic system lost them the war. So, while I’m a steady-state, then powerdown kinda gal, I can see that it wouldn’t be the way to win a war.

          • hmuller October 30, 2019 at 5:21 pm #

            If Hitler has refrained from invading Russia and America had stayed out of it, you would be speaking German, Fraulein!

            But Yes, Germany was outclassed by its opponents’ logistical assets.The USA alone built over 100,000 planes during the war. They built planes faster than they could train the pilots.

          • GreenAlba October 30, 2019 at 9:42 pm #

            “If Hitler has refrained from invading Russia and America had stayed out of it, you would be speaking German, Fraulein!”

            But you were attacked by a foreign power, so there we are, mein Herr. You didn’t join the war for us.

    • BackRowHeckler October 29, 2019 at 6:01 am #

      See above.

      The Ministry of Love is a good start. And I’m talking about a real Ministry of Love, not the flim flam in Airstrip 1.

      We’ll go from there.

      Brh

  48. KesaAnna October 29, 2019 at 12:55 am #

    ” Note that nations that gave up their nuclear programs (South Africa, Libya, Iraq) later got destroyed by the ZOG/globohomo Axis. And we trade and provide aid to those nations that kept them (Israel, Pakistan, India). I think North Korea and Iran would be foolish to give up any actual or planned nuclear weapons. ”

    Macro-cosmically —

    The notion that a disinclination to slit your own throat ipso facto means you are a bad person.

    ” ….. except the contra-legal assertion that now he must prove his innocence. ”

    Micro – cosmically —

    The notion that a disinclination to slit your own throat ipso facto means you are a bad person.

    • KesaAnna October 29, 2019 at 1:18 am #

      That’s the medieval — Oops , I meant modern — conceptualization of justice .

  49. SoftStarLight October 29, 2019 at 1:20 am #

    You are so magnanimous Mr. K. Its a shame that in the land of freedom of speech one must answer to such angry speech and idea auditors. I appreciate your efforts to shed light on the inner workings of the melee in DC and in charting the downward descent of our culture, or what’s left of it, and warning us of the trouble ahead.

    • Majella October 31, 2019 at 7:43 pm #

      Contradictory?

      “Its a shame that in the land of freedom of speech one must answer to such angry speech and idea auditors”

  50. Pucker October 29, 2019 at 3:07 am #

    What do you think of Heraclius’s forceable Baptism of Je…ws in Carthage? How long do you have to hold them under water for it to work?

    “Hell Yes, we’re gonna take your guns!”

    • KesaAnna October 29, 2019 at 4:42 am #

      If you actually use your gun , how much money do you reckon your acquittal would cost ?

      • CancelMyCard October 29, 2019 at 9:10 pm #

        $592,301.00

        Plus court costs.

  51. KesaAnna October 29, 2019 at 4:38 am #

    “The ego had landed.”

    I thought something along those lines when I encountered the phenomenon of a presumably free and democratic people utterly obsessed with a single person / leader .

    When I first arrived in this country Jimmy Carter had been in office only about 6 or 9 months ,

    and so at least a few people where still describing him as the second coming of , Unser Fuhrer ! Unser Feldherr ! Unser Glaube !

    since then I have seen 6 Fuhrers come and go.

    And it still strikes me as utterly shocking.

    I still can’t figure out why only a very tiny number recognize this as acutely embarrassing.

    • 100th Avatar October 29, 2019 at 7:46 am #

      It is the cult of personality.
      Runs rampant in these parts.

      It all goes back to how willing and active you are in subjugating your own consciousness.

      There is a time as a child when you put down the toys realizing that they are mere symbols or representations of something, often somethings that do not even exist, or have a mirror in reality.

      You learn that it’s pointless. It’s value only measured in how well and long it can suspend ennui, or the boredom with time.

      Some people choose to confront the moment, or to be in it. Not to sound new-agey, they learn to embrace the ephemeral and live within it.

      The vast majority do not. The cocoon of distraction is protection. A world inside the mind. There is no limit in there. It’s mindlessness

  52. BackRowHeckler October 29, 2019 at 7:41 am #

    Ambient temp this morning, South Pole: -62°F, windchill factor: -81°F.

    And to think, on the local morning news today a State U prof appeared, claiming sea ice melt at the poles would drive up sea levels in LI Sound and wipe out towns like Old Saybrook and Mystic. GA says don’t pay attention to these apocalyptic claims, but how can you not pay attention. Pronouncements of climate disaster made by learned people (who have access to all the science) are everywhere. You can’t escape it, even if you wanted to. Are they meant not to be taken seriously? So far the only solutions I’ve seen are getting arrested on the streets and divestment in western oil companies. But how will that change anything?

    Brh

    • SoftStarLight October 29, 2019 at 9:07 am #

      Despite all of the complexities you will hear in their arguments Brh it all comes down to one simple little thing. They want your wallet. And more importantly, they don’t want you to have your wallet, or the ability to make your own decisions about what resources you use or don’t use. In their minds, they know better than you ever will so they should be in the driver’s seat. Meanwhile the Poles are still really cold. Who knows?! Maybe those glaciers are actually growing little by little, but you’ll probably never hear about it.

      • JohnAZ October 29, 2019 at 9:49 am #

        The problem is not the poles, yet.

        We are lucky the warmth has not reached the poles, yet.

        Like the North Pole, it is the edges of the polar zone that is being chipped away at. It is floating ice sheets that the warmed ocean currents are melting, the Antarctic ice shelves are being undercut. We cannot even see it until these Delaware sized chunks of ice break off and float away.

        The ocean rise forecast as the end of the world is a joke. Yes, most of our cities are near the ocean, but a rise of inches is not going to do them in. Cities will adapt like Chicago which in built on a second level.

        The main perceived threat is removal of sea ice from either pole with its ability to cool off the air and ocean currents coming from the equator. Unless the current conveyor shuts off and puts us into an ice age. Or one of the asteroids blasts us and creates another Younger Dryas event with its short term ice age.

        Fix pollution, climate change will do its own thing.

        • JohnAZ October 29, 2019 at 9:50 am #

          SSL

          You are so right. Money and power, it never changes.

          • SoftStarLight October 29, 2019 at 10:25 am #

            The alpha and the omega of this world and the god of this world….

          • GreenAlba October 29, 2019 at 10:55 am #

            “The Climate is very complex. Could we have an effect? I am certain we can. Will that effect overwhelm all of the other factors that effect Climate. Probably not in the end, and maybe not even in the beginning.”

            You’ve got the beginnings of a grant application there. I’m so impressed I’d help out myself if I could. But, you know, I’m nor George Soros, so what can you do? Hundreds of thousands of man hours over 50 years, all that number crunching, and hey, you’ve sorted it out in four lines without moving from your living room.

            Go, girl… What couldn’t we do if…?

          • SoftStarLight October 30, 2019 at 2:04 am #

            Well I’m not denigrating the work that has been put in, though we know there is controversy in their methods and findings in different instances. It would seem that their models and forecasts have been wrong too. We were supposed to have ice free winters already. The researchers and scientists are only human after all so they might be incorrect despite their long hours and number crunching.

          • GreenAlba October 30, 2019 at 1:33 pm #

            “It would seem that their models and forecasts have been wrong too. ”

            Not wrong, but their conservative predictions have been shown to have been too conservative (scientists are not by nature or conviction sensationalists – they leave that to others), and climate change is advancing rather faster than they anticipated at the low end of their predictions.

            “We were supposed to have ice free winters already.”

            Stop it. Really, just stop it.

            We were supposed to have ice free winters already.

          • GreenAlba October 30, 2019 at 1:34 pm #

            Sorry, left an orphaned quote from you there at the end.

        • SoftStarLight October 29, 2019 at 10:24 am #

          I agree with you John. In my mind pollution and the destruction of natural habitat for human sprawl are the greatest threats to the environment. The Climate is very complex. Could we have an effect? I am certain we can. Will that effect overwhelm all of the other factors that effect Climate. Probably not in the end, and maybe not even in the beginning.

          I remember hearing some of the people that believe we can solve all of our problems with technology talking about the cities of the future being entirely mobile themselves. Floating cities that can simply move to another side of the planet if the inhabitants want a change of scenery. Not sure that will ever be but it’s an interesting thought.

          • malthuss October 29, 2019 at 10:36 am #

            the greatest threats to the environment.

            which or whose homeland / environment. ?

            Immigrants = population explosion.

            to hell with the environmentalists.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 29, 2019 at 2:57 pm #

            Yes. A bunch of Marxist sellouts. As Ed Abbey (the real thing) said, Unless we stop the Mexicans, nothing else matters.

          • SoftStarLight October 30, 2019 at 2:08 am #

            Agreed! No more immigration. Without that change every other environmental concern will have to be set aside as we bring millions more in every year.

          • Majella October 31, 2019 at 7:51 pm #

            …just as likely as the POSSIBLE Reptilian Over Lords you mentioned a few weeks back.

        • GreenAlba October 29, 2019 at 11:00 am #

          “Cities will adapt like Chicago which in built on a second level.”

          Just as well there’s so much spare capital around to do it and no-one’s in debt. Oh, wait…

        • Majella November 2, 2019 at 2:36 am #

          Actually JohnAZ, you’re wrong. The poles ARE way above ‘average ‘ temperatures.

          You may not have experienced it in AZ, but several (?5, 6?) Years ago a ‘Polar Vortex’ drive the jet stream well south, encasing the NE States & eastern Canada into a prolonged frozen winter with huge unseasonal snowfalls.

          The phenomenon is created by unusual warming in the stratosphere – by as much as 30 degrees (C), that doesn’t mean the temp at the pole gets to 30degrees, it simply means the usual -60C falls to -30C, but it drives the ‘cold zone’ south. There’s a similar effect in the South Pole this Spring, with South Australia experiencing frosts in October(!) and NZ having a cold wet spring.

      • GreenAlba October 29, 2019 at 11:07 am #

        “Maybe those glaciers are actually growing little by little, but you’ll probably never hear about it.”

        I’ve seen them already. Little snow pixies building them up one teaspoonful at a time. Lovingly.

        This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but with a dumb platitude. And another, and another…

        • Janos Skorenzy October 29, 2019 at 3:00 pm #

          Towing glaciers to use as drinking water is a feasible idea. One your sturdy British “common sense” would have never considered in a million years.

          You are a conservative in the real, non-political sense. You maintain the good of yesteryear. But anything new is of the devil to your ilk.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 29, 2019 at 3:02 pm #

            An iceberg is a glacier that has gone for a swim. Didn’t want you to start complaining so I decided to explain it to you. I’m not changing the subject, just the words. I know – I’ve left you behind again. That can’t be helped. It’s like your daughter in civil engineering class….

          • elysianfield October 29, 2019 at 3:32 pm #

            “Towing glaciers to use as drinking water is a feasible idea. One your sturdy British “common sense” would have never considered in a million years.

            Janos,
            …Not so fast….

            99percentinvisible.org/article/project-habbakuk-britains-secret-ice-bergship-aircraft-carrier-projec…

            Don’t sell the Brits short.

          • SoftStarLight October 30, 2019 at 2:18 am #

            It wasn’t just a dumb platitude. I told you before Alba that there are many dissenting climate scientists out there and there is evidence that Greenland and Antarctica are gaining ice. Not that snow pixies adding to the glaciers teaspoonfuls at a time aren’t adorable images. Just imagine I am one, and I am adding a bit of extra snow to all of the glaciers all over the world each time you speak of Climate Change ;-).

          • GreenAlba October 30, 2019 at 1:30 pm #

            “I told you before Alba that there are many dissenting climate scientists out there and there is evidence that Greenland and Antarctica are gaining ice. ”

            I know you told me that – it was as silly then as it is now. If 10 units of ice are added on one side of something, and 100 are lost from the other side, it’s a net loss. Tough, but true.

            But I’ll try to keep in mind the image of the ice pixies, since they do rather seem appropriate to your approach to these things. 🙂

    • sprawlcapital October 29, 2019 at 12:55 pm #

      Brh–

      Thanks for using the term “wind-chill factor”. Our local tv weather people have dumbed it down. They say “feels-like temperature”.

    • Janos Skorenzy October 29, 2019 at 1:44 pm #

      At 60 below, your spit will freeze before it hits the ground. No man alone can travel safely on the Klondike at such a temperature.

      Jack London

      GA seems to believe there is some Platonic Global Warming Movement instead of the Clown Car, where even academics are hustlers and fudge the data.

      • GreenAlba October 29, 2019 at 1:58 pm #

        Did the Exxon chaps and chapesses fudge the data too? Why?

        • Janos Skorenzy October 29, 2019 at 2:18 pm #

          It’s possible if not probable. But two wrongs don’t make a right. Stop comparing to justify yourself. “Everyone’s doing it” – Richard Nixon.

          • GreenAlba October 29, 2019 at 3:58 pm #

            So what conclusions have you drawn from the conclusions of the Exxon scientists, since you hold that they probably weren’t fudging the data like the rest of climate scientists in the known world?

            And for the part of you that thinks they possibly were, I’m still waiting for an answer to the ‘why?’.

            ” Stop comparing to justify yourself.”

            What does that mean, in the context?

          • CancelMyCard October 29, 2019 at 9:26 pm #

            It means he cannot (will not) answer you with a definitive response.

            Which, quite frankly, is pretty much Janos being Janos.

          • hmuller October 29, 2019 at 10:01 pm #

            You know GA, I can’t answer every question anyone may pose? Can you? And not being a fly on the wall of every closed door meeting held by powerful people, I can’t outline exactly what happens and why. Can you?

            But there are possible answers to your point. Here’s one.

            Among all the many branches of the Cabal, the oil and gas industry were the last to tow the party line on AGW, for obvious reasons. It hurts their interests. But eventually, they did fall in line. They are certainly in line today. The Exxon funded study may have come out during such a transitional period – going from the old narrative to adopting the new narrative.

            Furthermore, I have a related bone to pick with you. In the previous edition of the CFN, you said “renewables” accounted for 78% of Scotland’s electrical generation.

            What you failed to note was that you included nuclear energy (which is 35%) in the renewable category. Here’s what the official report states:

            “Renewables were again the single largest source of electricity generated in Scotland in 2015 (42%) – higher than both nuclear generation (35%) and fossil fuel generation (22%)”

            www2.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Business/TrendElectricity..

            What other data have you fudged, GA?

          • hmuller October 29, 2019 at 10:22 pm #

            Furthermore GA, you seem to assume a corporation has one mind. Individual people don’t even have “one mind” in that they are often torn and conflicted.

            A huge organization can have factions with different opinions and agendas. Maybe at one and the same time Exxon had an old guard at the top of management which denied AGW. Other corporate officers (seeing which way the Globalist Cabal’s Control and Command was moving) , and including the research and development dept., may have pushed other agendas.

            Like I said, there are many possibilities. I can’t prove them, I’m not omniscient. But don’t think you know it all either.

          • GreenAlba October 30, 2019 at 6:48 am #

            hm

            Point one: I got the info. straight from here:

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renewable_energy_in_Scotland

            “At the start of 2019, Scotland had 11.0 gigawatts (GW) of installed renewable electricity capacity[2]. Renewable electricity generation in Scotland was 26,708 GWh in 2018, making up 74% of gross electricity consumption.”[3]

            I requoted the figure from a previous time, so misremembered it as 78% instead of 74%, for which, obviously, you have my apology. I didn’t make it up – there is was. I just quoted it.

            The source given at the end of the sentence in Wiki [3] is here:

            scottishrenewables.com/forums/renewables-in-numbers/

            If I’ve misunderstood something, I’ve misunderstood it, but I fudged nothing – I just quoted what is there. If you look at Chart 2 in the link above it gives the breakdown of renewables in the first quarter of 2019. If anyone is fudging anything it’s not me – I’m just using the figures I see and would have used them even if it said 40% because that’s pretty good anyway compared to over your way, isn’t it? But it said 74% so that’s what I said. Your figures are from 2015, BTW.

            You can disagree with my opinions all you want, but I’ll thank you not to go in for the character assassination stuff. My character matters to me.

            Your inventions about Exxon are spurious nonsense. Exxon engaged scientists who gave them their conclusions in the 1980s. The scientists did science and the science then accords with the science now. Whoever the paycheque came from. They handed their conclusions to Exxon management and Exxon management hid them and pretended the same science (from other scientists) was wrong. Make up your own fantasies if you want to. It’s a free country as far as that’s concerned.

          • GreenAlba October 30, 2019 at 6:56 am #

            “What other data have you fudged, GA?”

            Greta, from what I gather, would say ‘how dare you?’ I’d stick in an extra word for colour.

          • GreenAlba October 30, 2019 at 6:59 am #

            And it wouldn’t matter if Scotland had no renewable energy at all – the climate science would still be the effin’ same. You people just can’t stop.

          • hmuller October 30, 2019 at 9:05 am #

            GA, it looks like your source of information included nuclear with renewables and did not clearly state that fact. So you were misled before in turn misleading us. I believe that is the heart of the matter. The rest of what you say are “dicta” (ask your lawyer daughter).

            It is clear from Exxon’s website that corporate management are now AGW believers and pro-carbon tax. You say in the past this was not the case and I believe you. So they changed. Did “the Truth set them free” like some Biblical epiphany? Or did they figure out a way to profit from the new narrative via carbon taxes?

            As far as calling my story “spurious nonsense”, let me remind you of the context. It was a theory to counter your proud claim that you had come up with some irrefutable argument to prove the truth of AGW.

          • GreenAlba October 30, 2019 at 12:58 pm #

            hm

            “As far as calling my story “spurious nonsense”, let me remind you of the context. It was a theory to counter your proud claim that you had come up with some irrefutable argument to prove the truth of AGW.”

            There is no irrefutable argument to prove the truth of AGW, so I don’t know where you saw me suggest there was. It is in the nature of a valid argument that it must be refutable. (e.g. ‘God made the world’ is not refutable so there’s no point at all in considering it a valid argument – it’s what you call a ‘dictum’, I think).

            The issue is that it’s up to you to legitimately refute it. And to date I haven’t seen you doing that – I’ve only seen you cast ad hominems all over the place, from me to climate scientists, to infer that they and I have nefarious motives. Because globalists or something.

            It is clear from Exxon’s website that corporate management are now AGW believers and pro-carbon tax. You say in the past this was not the case and I believe you. So they changed. Did “the Truth set them free” like some Biblical epiphany? Or did they figure out a way to profit from the new narrative via carbon taxes?

            It is indeed clear from their website that they accept AGW. We can fairly assume that they also accepted AGW in the 80s (just as the tobacco companies accepted that smoking the stuff caused cancer) – they just pretended they didn’t for business reasons. I’m guessing that if they’d just thought their scientists were useless, they’d have replaced them and got some better ones to improve the narrative.

            So they didn’t change in the way you suggest. It wasn’t that the Truth set them free, just that it eventually becomes counter-productive, from a PR point of view, to keep lying when everyone knows you’re lying and has laid bare the millions of dollars that you have invested in disinformation (this was known long before the infamous documents were made available showing their own scientists had submitted work which showed AGW as entirely valid).

            Then they were just plain liars. Now they’re purveyors of greenwash.

            blog.ucsusa.org/kathy-mulvey/fossil-fuel-giants-are-pumping-out-greenwashing-their-tricks-wont-work

            Disclaimer: haven’t read it yet, but I will. Just put in ‘Exxon greenwash’ and there’s plenty to choose from.

            None of what they do, pretend to do or claim they want to do makes the slightest difference to the refutability or otherwise of AGW.

          • GreenAlba October 30, 2019 at 1:22 pm #

            And my daughter isn’t a lawyer, she’s a tax something or other – I forget her exact title and place on the drone-scape.

            At least be accurate with your choice of despised profession. 🙂

          • hmuller October 30, 2019 at 1:53 pm #

            I was being kind. OK. Call her an almost lawyer. a lawyer wannabe, a failed lawyer. Whatever.

          • GreenAlba October 30, 2019 at 3:27 pm #

            Thanks hm. I think wannabee would probably do. But if failed makes you feel better, go for it. There is one law traineeship in this country for every eight law graduates, so most of them will be wannabees or failures or however you prefer to describe them.

            Take just the state school educated like her and I suspect the ratio is way, way worse. You could have just called her a tax accountant.

            But as long as she’s not a failed human being that’s all that matters to me.

          • GreenAlba October 30, 2019 at 3:30 pm #

            Perhaps, if we consider the existential disappointment so many lawyers find in their profession, we could call her an ‘escaped lawyer’. 🙂

        • Nightowl October 29, 2019 at 4:43 pm #

          There are times when I have started to wonder if the Exxon chaps and the climate change consensus chaps are one and the same.

          Seems to be lots of powerful interests uniting around a handful of issues that are sold to us as being interrelated these days.

          • GreenAlba October 30, 2019 at 6:53 am #

            You can do better than that kind of spurious innuendo, Nightowl, given how demanding you are with others in terms of ‘evidence’.

          • benr October 30, 2019 at 10:12 am #

            As a result Gore Blood Carbon exchange has made Al Gore a Billionaire and Obama as well.
            So much scam and the fools sop it up like gravy with a carbon biscuit.

          • hmuller October 30, 2019 at 11:40 am #

            In honor of GA and her new favorite word, I think we should all try to use the word “spurious” at least 50 times today.

          • GreenAlba October 30, 2019 at 1:06 pm #

            Thank you, hm. I will be gracious and accept the honour.

            I have other favourite words. I look forward to being honoured for them too, in due course, or as the mood takes you.

          • GreenAlba October 30, 2019 at 1:14 pm #

            “As a result Gore Blood Carbon exchange has made Al Gore a Billionaire and Obama as well.
            So much scam and the fools sop it up like gravy with a carbon biscuit.”

            I wonder, benr, if you’d been around at the time of railway mania, if you’d have refused to get on a train because someone was making money from it (bastards!).

          • GreenAlba October 30, 2019 at 1:18 pm #

            PS, benr, Nigel Farage has done very well out of being an MEP in Brussels and will get a fat pension to which I will have to contribute. He’s a true gravy train rider – and managed to claim expenses for both his wife and his mistress at the same time.

            Shall we agree that invalidates arguments for Brexit (there are some that even I endorse)? Or shall we just agree that some people make money from things?

          • hmuller October 30, 2019 at 5:30 pm #

            Yeah, that Nigel Farage sounds very spurious to me. (One down, forty-nine to go).

            Did anyone ever think of writing a limerick, rhyming his name with “garage”?

          • benr October 30, 2019 at 5:44 pm #

            @ga

            You conflate carbon credit swaps aka scams with actual useful things like moving people and freight around the country?

            Selling modern day dispensation for the crime of creating CO2 is a scam it does NOT lower it!
            For someone that imagines themselves so intelligent how do you not see what a fricking scam this all is!

            “In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill…. But in designating them as the enemy, we fall into the trap of mistaking symptoms for causes. All these dangers are caused by human intervention and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy, then, is humanity itself.” – Club of Rome, The First Global Revolution, 1991

            To facilitate the management of the New World Order agenda calls for the elimination of most of the worlds population through war, disease, abortion and famine. According to the Club of Rome’s publications, the common enemy of humanity is man.

            One of the major goals of the Club of Rome is to reduce the world’s population by 2 billion people through war, famine, disease and any other means necessary.

            The club if Rome is high fiving over pushing the c02 narrative to fruition. The end game is to slowly destroy western industrial might and throttle back on what and how the west can create goods and feed everyone.
            It must be so galling to have so many dunces that won’t get with the pogrom! Don’t worry they have plans for those of us with enough common sense to see through their scams.

            washingtontimes.com/news/2017/sep/11/climate-change-activists-want-punishment-for-skept/

          • GreenAlba October 30, 2019 at 6:25 pm #

            benr

            Firstly, the railway remark was flippant with limited use as an analogy. I haven’t looked into carbon swaps and am happy to take your word for their being used ‘spuriously’ (that was for hm) in at least some instances.

            At the same time I don’t know why carbon taxes wouldn’t reduce the emission of CO2 when cigarette taxes reduce smoking and the ‘minimum pricing’ recently introduced in Scotland has reduced sales of alcohol, but I’m not an expert and certainly not an economist.

            The Club of Rome meme is paranoia. Checking the book out out on Amazon, I find:

            “The book is a blueprint for the twenty-first century at a time when the Club of Rome thought that the onset of the first global revolution was upon them. The authors saw the world coming into a global-scale societal revolution amid social, economic, technological, and cultural upheavals that started to push humanity into an unknown. The goal of the book was to outline a strategy for mobilizing the world’s governments for environmental security and clean energy by purposefully converting the world from a military to a civil economy, tackling global warming and to solve the energy problem, dealing with world poverty and disparities between the northern hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere.”

            I see naive idealism, but no mention of plans to reduce the population by nefarious means. Nor do I see why you’d think saying humanity is the problem (it is with crime as well, and divorce, and violence and all manner of things) is the same as saying therefore we need to eliminate humans. That’s how paranoid people read things.

          • Nightowl October 31, 2019 at 5:21 am #

            Had I made a concrete statement of fact in the first sentence, I would agree with you.

            And I think for point two, it is rather easy to compile a list of multinational corporations, politicians, etc., pushing climate science, open borders, diversity, etc.

            It ain’t rocket science.

          • GreenAlba October 31, 2019 at 8:30 am #

            Nightowl

            “And I think for point two, it is rather easy to compile a list of multinational corporations, politicians, etc., pushing climate science, open borders, diversity, etc.”

            This is a common tactic of the anti-science brigade – mix it all up to fudge.

            So if a multinational corporation supports both unlimited immigration and the theory of gravity, we must be wary of falling for (sorry) the theory of gravity.

            You can still do better, Nightowl.

          • Nightowl October 31, 2019 at 10:42 am #

            The items are not related in your example, and I never suggested any of them as being related.

            You can do better, GA.

          • GreenAlba October 31, 2019 at 11:24 am #

            You still haven’t proven anything about AGW being invalid because people you don’t like might have motives you don’t like.

            The validity of a proposition is entirely independent of the qualities of the person or persons (in this case a massive variety of persons but most significantly almost all the worlds’ climate scientists) who hold it.

            As you would undoubtedly point out in other circumstances.

            Seventy percent of men of seventy have prostate cancer. One hundred percent of men of 100 have prostate cancer.

            Some men genuinely need treatment for it (my brother just did); others don’t, as they would mostly likely die of something else before the prostate cancer did anything to them. But there’s a whole industry around prostate cancer – and big money in fancy new ways of dealing with it, so the default advice is to deal with it.

            It doesn’t matter how self-serving the advice is, you’ve still got prostate cancer. And if you lived long enough, it would get you.

          • Nightowl October 31, 2019 at 12:13 pm #

            Nothing in my post said anything was invalid. I simply noted it was interesting that certain groups are all pushing similar agendas, and that climate change fits in neatly.

            Not much different from the logic used when I pointed out that it makes no sense to impose virtually no pollution limits on China and to use CC as an investment vehicle for 3rd-world development, which would, ofc, create consumption and pollution levels that no counteraction via the West could, um, counter. All very strange.

            I sure as hell ain’t claiming the science is settled. 🙂

      • sprawlcapital October 30, 2019 at 10:12 am #

        Janos–

        More than a year ago, you wrote about a Jack London story in which a very foolish gentleman goes out into the Alaska wilderness alone in winter.

        What is the name of that story?

        • Q. Shtik October 30, 2019 at 10:46 am #

          It’s titled “Gentleman freezes ass off in Alaska wilderness.” 🙂

        • Janos Skorenzy October 30, 2019 at 12:56 pm #

          It’s entitled, “To Build a Fire”. In my mind, it may be his best writing and one of the best short stories ever by anyone.

          • sprawlcapital October 30, 2019 at 1:07 pm #

            Thanks, Janos.

            Q–We expect better of you.

  53. wm5135 October 29, 2019 at 9:50 am #

    $30 million a month…..

    “U.S. troops will remain positioned in this strategic area to deny ISIS access those vital resources. And we will respond with overwhelming military force against any group that threatens the safety of our forces there,” Esper told reporters at the Pentagon. Pressed on whether the U.S. military mission included denying any Russian or Syrian government forces access to the oilfields, Esper said: “The short answer is, yes, it presently does.”

    Having your cake and eating it too. The empire no longer has clothes. A fool and their conscience are easily parted.

    Time for someone to write a post naming one thing that is legitimate about the United States domestic or foreign policy.

    On the bright side Armageddon inches closer by the hour. Sheep and goats, sheep and goats.

    That odd feeling is not your wallet. When you make everyone an enemy the view is the same from both sides of the fence.

    “They have had their way for 31 years now, since Reagan left.” 2019 subtract 1947 is seventy two years dipstick. Or do you mean screwing the world to advance conservative thievery is right and just.

    Brook’s Dilemma

    • CancelMyCard October 29, 2019 at 9:31 pm #

      “Time for someone to write a post naming one thing that is legitimate about …[My Ideal Country]’s . . . domestic or foreign policy.

      There, fixed it for you.

    • Majella November 2, 2019 at 2:09 am #

      What???? Huh???? According to the Trump Cultists here, the Punpkin President has ‘finally’ pulled the IS out of pointless wars in ‘shithole countries’. Is that NOT TRUE????

  54. SoftStarLight October 29, 2019 at 10:17 am #

    With all this talk of love going around I can’t help but think it comes in all forms. Sometimes love isn’t all cutesy and sweet and all. There are situations in which if someone loves you they have to be very harsh and stern. Tough love. But yes, love, generally is a good place to start. If you don’t love something or someone you aren’t going to really care anyway no matter what you say or do.

    • BackRowHeckler October 29, 2019 at 10:46 am #

      Not too worry SSL …

      When this new ‘Ministry of Love’ gets up and going

      All questions will be answered, all fears will be allayed

      Marlin: he, him

      • sprawlcapital October 29, 2019 at 12:02 pm #

        Brh and others striving for political correctness (I am not–I’m too bitchy–see above): pronouns are classified by case.

        Nominative case, used as the subject in a sentence.

        Possessive case, denoting ownership or possession of something.

        Accusative case, used as the direct or indirect object in a sentence or as the object of a preposition.

        For a normal, cis-gendered male, the nominative personal pronoun is he; the possessive is his; and the accusative is him.

        I make no claim to be an expert on the protocols of political correctness, but my understanding is that we are expected to state our pronouns for all three of the grammatical cases.

        Therefore, brh, you should be signing your comments Marlin: he, his, him.

        Sprawl: bitch, bitchier, bitchiest

        • JohnAZ October 29, 2019 at 1:23 pm #

          Boy, do not say that in Boston!

        • BackRowHeckler October 29, 2019 at 2:48 pm #

          Got it, SC.

          Thanks for the tip. I want to get it right.

          -Marlin: he, his him

        • Nightowl October 31, 2019 at 5:29 am #

          Despite how absurd I find SJWs and this pronoun nonsense, I have been secretly hoping that they bring it to Germany.

          We could just make all nouns neutered and simplify the language immensely.

          Make German Grammar Great Again.

          • GreenAlba October 31, 2019 at 8:27 am #

            Young girls are neutered grammatically already in German, Nightowl. If the language can cope with that, it can cope with anything. 🙂

          • Nightowl October 31, 2019 at 10:47 am #

            Mädchen is neutered because all of the “chen” words are neutered (Päckchen, Häuschen, usw.).

            Nothing to do with being female. 🙂

          • GreenAlba October 31, 2019 at 11:42 am #

            I know, Nightowl, I did years of it. I even taught it briefly. Lighten up. 🙂

          • Nightowl October 31, 2019 at 12:05 pm #

            Sure you did.

          • Majella November 2, 2019 at 2:11 am #

            Night owl

            GA is too polite, but I’ll call you an arsehole for that one.

      • SoftStarLight October 30, 2019 at 2:30 am #

        All questions will be answered, and all fears allayed! Are you certain you aren’t talking about a Heaven on Earth? This Ministry of Love sounds like it has a rather bold and daring mission statement lol.

    • sprawlcapital October 29, 2019 at 12:24 pm #

      Probably the most provocative, and disturbing, novel ever written is Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun. For the wounded soldier depicted in that book, love would have meant granting his only wish and killing him.

  55. wwg1wga October 29, 2019 at 11:17 am #

    Coming in at the wrong time for YOU, Bill.

    got-truth.com/docs/Coming%20in%20at%20the%20wrong%20time.pdf

    #oathkeepers #qarmy #wwg1wga

    Q.

  56. sophia October 29, 2019 at 1:23 pm #

    ” New York City, where the Jacobin city council has just made it a crime to utter the phrase illegal alien in a public place, with a $250,000 penalty attached. ”

    I am genuinely confused here. How can any portion of the country pass a law which is clearly in violation of the first amendment?

    • JohnAZ October 29, 2019 at 1:28 pm #

      Symptom of the break up, the Federal court system is so corrupted by politics they do not hold the nation together anymore.

      The real scheisters in the country will get away with overthrowing the executive branch and the judicial will be the cause.

      That is why it was important to get conservatives into the Supreme Court, to offset the really Leftist lean of the federal courts.

    • Janos Skorenzy October 29, 2019 at 2:21 pm #

      Where have you been for the last three generations? Or did you think bussing was legal because moral or moral because legal? As if the two terms are always the same and invoke the other?

      Or how about affirmative action? Illegal immigration?

      • sophia October 29, 2019 at 3:07 pm #

        It’s true that affirmative action directly contradicts the amendment which forbids discrimination on the basis of race, creed or gender. Nonetheless it is more obscure by a large amount than the first and second amendments which pretty much everyone knows about. As for illegal immigration, it is still illegal. I think the feds should deal more harshly with sanctuary cities but Trump is in a delicate position.

        • Janos Skorenzy October 29, 2019 at 3:53 pm #

          I once got an impacted tooth extracted. They wheel in a tank of fuel for the big drill. The nice female doctor was going slow and delicate, killing me with her kindness. A huge Hindu Beast came in and took over. He went fast and rough. I relaxed, knowing it would be over soon. The Hands of a Master.

          Trump is just such a Beast, but acting like a little doctoress. We’re fucking doomed.

          • elysianfield October 29, 2019 at 7:28 pm #

            ” once got impacted.,. They wheel in a tank of fuel for the big drill. The nice doctor was going slow and delicate, killing me with kindness. A huge Hindu Beast came in and took over. He went fast and rough. I relaxed, knowing it would be over soon. The Hands of a Master. (paraphrased).

            Janos,
            Enough with your vaguely erotic signaling.

          • hmuller October 29, 2019 at 8:09 pm #

            Yes, very disturbing imagery. Janos being manhandled and drilled by some big son of the Hindu Kush, and loving it. Oh Janos, we thought we knew you.

          • CancelMyCard October 29, 2019 at 9:40 pm #

            Janos has always been a psychopathic sexual predator.

            What else is new?

          • Janos Skorenzy October 30, 2019 at 2:26 am #

            You bastards. Is thist how you pay me back for all my wise and assiduous counsel? The Lord chastiseth whom he loveth.

    • stelmosfire October 29, 2019 at 2:23 pm #

      Because they can.

      • stelmosfire October 29, 2019 at 2:29 pm #

        I’ve been in court many times. Not for my offenses. Just small stuff with my son and tenant/landlord shit. I always dressed nice and was very respectful of the judge. Seems like common sense to me. Most men in court these days can’t even be bothered to put on a shirt with buttons. Forget about the women. Dressed as if they were headed to the corner store for a pack of smokes with their pajama bottoms on.

  57. Janos Skorenzy October 29, 2019 at 2:26 pm #

    Why Conservatives Don’t Understand Black Face Sandals – Gregory Hood

    Look out for racist pumpkins this Halloween. Bed, Bath & Beyond was selling black plastic jack-o’-lanterns until a few days ago, but pulled them from the shelves after complaints that they were “offensive.”

    Wilbur Aldridge, director of the local NAACP, said that “anything in blackface is offensive.” Bed, Bath & Beyond apologized, and the NAACP can probably expect a fat donation.

    Several news stories about the pumpkins brought up Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau’s appearances in blackface (and brownface), pictures and video of which emerged during the recent campaign. Unlike Virginia governor Ralph Northam, who reportedly committed the same sin 35 years ago, Mr. Trudeau blacked up as recently as 2001, at a time when more people considered it offensive. Yet he remains the Liberals’ leader.

    Prime Minister Trudeau has repeatedly accused others of racism or insensitivity. He essentially kicked fellow Liberal Party member Karen Wang off the ticket just for pointing out that her opponent was of Indian descent.

    The blackface “scandal” didn’t cost him much — though it could cost whites something. Mr. Trudeau promised to fight even harder for a “better world with less discrimination and less racism.” In the election, he lost his majority in Parliament, but will remain prime minister in coalition with an even more left-wing party. The “blackface” scandal was far less damaging to his campaign than Western Canadian outrage over his proposed environmental policies. Conservatives accused Prime Minister Trudeau of racism, but Liberal Party members don’t seem to care. Neither did Barack Obama, who endorsed him. (Sometimes “foreign interference” in elections is OK.)

    Governor Northam is also thriving, months after his blackface scandal. His approval rating has risen, and Democrats enjoy a seven-point advantage in the upcoming state elections. The Atlantic, in an article that says Confederate statues honor a “disgraced era,” reports that Democrats may soon take full control of the state government.

    After some initial horror and shrieking, Governor Northam made the most of the scandal. He appointed new “advisory boards on racial issues” and promised to remove Confederate monuments. Earlier this week, the state attorney general rendered a weasel-worded decision that let Norfolk, Virginia move a “Jonny Reb” statue despite a state law meant to stop removals.

    In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Claudius, who murdered his brother the king to usurp his crown, wonders if he can obtain God’s forgiveness while still keeping the rewards of his crime. Politicians like Prime Minister Trudeau and Governor Northam see no such dilemma. Meanwhile, conservatives whine that leftists aren’t living up to their own standards.

    This complaint about double standards is a mug’s game. The very idea of “racism” is a political weapon against traditional Western society. Most white conservatives have fallen into the trap of considering it a moral failing — a personal sin. This is because Republicans view members of a race as individuals, not as members of a group. White conservatives are probably the last people in America who believe in Martin Luther King’s famous “dream” of a colorblind America.

    Of course, King himself didn’t believe in it any more than he kept his marital vows. Republicans are baffled or angry when leftists gloss over their leaders’ racial sins on the way to political victory. And they are right that there is a double standard. According to current racial decorum, President Trump’s most extreme statements don’t come close to dressing up in blackface in 2001. Yet liberals call the president a racist while Justin Trudeau retains progressive credentials.

    The reason is progressives see “racism” in political rather than personal terms. A Pew survey earlier this year showed that white Republicans believe America has done “enough” for blacks because they are equal under the law (and in some cases privileged). Democrats believe America has not done enough, because there is still socioeconomic inequality. Thus, “anti-racism” is about destroying “institutional racism,” “white privilege” or any other supposed obstacle to socioeconomic equality. The doctrine of “disparate impact,” now firmly enshrined in American law, means that formal equality under the law is still racist if it leads to unequal outcomes.

    Under this premise, it makes sense to believe that “colorblindness” strengthens inequality. Treating people equally lets whites, who are inherently privileged, ignore structural inequality or unconscious bias. If you want to achieve equality, you must constantly focus on race, especially on your own inherent racism. Blackface pumpkins are a danger, because they reinforce racist images. Without a constant struggle, whites are shoring up oppressive mindsets, institutions, and policies.

    That’s why Governor Northam and Prime Minister Trudeau’s blackface scandals can be forgiven. All whites are racist anyway. What truly matters is protecting non-whites from oppressive policies. It is the same thinking that led feminists to defend Bill Clinton, a serial sexual harasser and accused rapist, because he supported abortion. On the other hand, any conservative who got himself up in blackface is an unforgivable sinner because he is, by definition, not actively tearing down “institutional racism.”

    Republicans, misreading Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, think they are scoring devastating victories when they criticize insensitive or “racist” Democrats, but they’re not holding their opponents to “their own standards” as Alinsky advised. “Racism” is a political accusation, not something about personal behavior. To a liberal, a person’s stance on mass immigration, affirmative action, or reparations is of more moral significance than private behavior. That’s why Joy Reid and Al Sharpton remain respected progressive voices despite “homophobic” comments no conservative could get away with. That’s why big-name Democrats can live in cozy white enclaves and still prattle about “diversity.”

    Conservatives joke that if liberals didn’t have double standards, they would have no standards at all. Yet liberals, in their own minds, don’t have double standards. They think they are fighting for social and racial justice on a huge scale. They believe in a grand Sorelian Myth of racial equality, which inspires them to fanaticism and action. Believers are waging an impossible battle, but that makes them fight all the harder.

    Conservatives don’t understand that “anti-racism” has an overarching messianic, utopian appeal. It’s not about good manners or being nice.

    Thus, conservative attacks on “racist” liberals always backfire. Conservatives are strengthening their foes by accepting their moral framework, acknowledging that fighting “racism” is an important political goal. They let the Left define the terms, and liberals keep redefining “racism” ever more expansively. If conservatives catch a liberal doing something “racist,” all the liberal has to do to escape the trap is push for more extreme anti-racist policies. Politics can substitute for personal atonement or sacrifice.

    When the game is rigged, don’t keep playing. After decades of failure, there’s no time left for conservative foolishness of the kind we see on Twitter every day. Non-white identity politics can’t be defeated by appeals to a colorblind creed no one but conservatives believes in.

    The only answer is Identitarianism — unapologetic white identity. Truth is on our side, but the best way to fight a Myth is with a Myth of our own: a world brotherhood of Europeans, of homelands, and of a world order in which Western Man can reach for the stars, and beyond.

    JS: Good explanation of Liberal psychology, especially the hardcore like Elrond. Their personal failings don’t matter – only yours do. Always on the attack, all evil projected onto the “other” (conservative Whites). We are the Scapegoats.

    No enemies to the Left! It’s a winning strategy. Meanwhile the Republican Bumpkins make war on their own Right Wing, calling them “Racists”! Nothing but enemies to the Right. Whose going to win?

    • CancelMyCard October 29, 2019 at 9:43 pm #

      Another Wacko Post By Janos.

      What else is new?

      The original American Nazi!!

      • Janos Skorenzy October 30, 2019 at 2:26 am #

        You are a boor and a bore.

        • benr October 30, 2019 at 5:47 pm #

          But not a Boer!

          • Majella November 2, 2019 at 2:40 am #

            Clever, for once.

      • SoftStarLight October 30, 2019 at 2:46 am #

        Ok so then you support this PC culture? This is very accurate. I am so sick and tired of Conservatives making fun of Liberals being racist. Conservatives don’t realize the Liberals are looking at all of this as an all out war. Meaning, say and do what you have to to win. Meanwhile Conservatives are hung up on trying to mimic Liberal virtue signaling while knives are being held to their throats. Whose gonna win in the scenario?

  58. Janos Skorenzy October 29, 2019 at 2:40 pm #

    A couple of weeks ago Mayor Largo cancelled a conference of Trump supporters, featuring Michelle Malkin. Why? Because Liberals complained. The weakness is simply inconceivable. Did Trump know? Or care if he knew? Does he even believe what he touts himself as?

    Money is the God of our System. And that means open borders. Anything that gets in the way of that must be destroyed. Liberalism is the ideology of Capitalism, not Conservatism. John Az tilts at windmills, his mind stuck in the mid twentieth century, and even then his ideology was passe at the higher levels of Capitalism and Academia. Who would have protected John’s world? National Socialism – with some adjustments for the American psyche (more individualized) and economic conditions (richer). In other words, we could have kept lots of the things John loves over here. That would have been OUR Fascism or National Socialism.

    Note: Fascism theory says that each People will have their own Fascism, one based on their unique needs and traditions. Edmund Burke, the Father of Conservatism, is the great Fascist Theorist of the English speaking peoples.

    The difference between Fascism and National Socialism? The latter brings race into the equation. And since North America is now multi-racial, it’s a reality that can’t be ignored, one that Burke didn’t have to deal with.

    • JohnAZ October 29, 2019 at 3:03 pm #

      Guilty!

      I consider mid -century US what US should strive to achieve.

      I am not a racist, nor ever will be.

      However, the US losing the drive that comes from Northern Europe will be a disaster.

      Which is what we sit here debating each bi-weekly session.

      This country will become a third world country when the Communists take over. If the people want Communism, they will destroy the US as it is. The people make the choice. And Northern Europeans are leading the charge in their quest for power.

      Janos, you may believe in National Socialism as a solution to staying mid-century. Figure out a way to convince a majority of the people of your idea. Otherwise, nothing will happen. Especially when the voting public continues to drift to the Progressive side.

      The alternative would be war.

      • Janos Skorenzy October 29, 2019 at 3:26 pm #

        They say that America was racist and so were/are you. You (all of you!) accepted the blood libel and confessed your original sin. In other words, you handed them a blank check. And now you complain? C’mon guy, does that make any sense?

        Mid Twentieth Century America was racist – it was Ours! The only reason it was anything great was that we stopped the Asian Mass Migration in its early stage. And we kept the Blacks and Indians down. If we hadn’t, the shit storm would have started a hundred years earlier. And the other reason it was great? Because We are great…..

        To summarize: We’re Great, the American Land Mass is very rich, and it was ours. So we could make it into a mirror image of ourselves. Mexico is rich in resources, but the People are not inwardly rich, so it became a mirror image of themselves for the most part, with their few Whites able to do a bit at least. Much of Africa is rich, but the People are inwardly impoverished, so it is nothing. No Whites there to do anything at all until recently.

        I can’t convince you, a representative man. You accepted the Blood Libel and made the Left your moral authority. If you could see that, maybe something can be done. But you refuse. In other words, If you accept that your People are Racist, you can’t just say, “Sorry”. The Left HAS you. From then on, it’s what about this and what about that. They never had any intention of equality as you understand it, or a level playing field. MLK never did either, your fantasies not withstanding. Go to the article and follow the hyper-links if you have any doubts about that. At amren.com

        So the solution to the unending campaign of Leftist harassment? Human Sacrifice. Throw other Whites under the bus, thus betraying the only real American Nation that ever was or could be. And of course, “you” (generic) hated them after that. We always hate those whom we have wronged, do we not?

        • JohnAZ October 29, 2019 at 3:56 pm #

          The problem now and 150 years ago after the Civil War is the same.

          We agree, the taking over by minorities of the White Culture will be catastrophic to the US.

          The problem is there is no solution. Thanks to our Leftist slant over the last 50 years, we are now approaching 50% minority and big areas (California) are already over 50% minorities.

          So in a representative democracy, the majority rules, hence the mess we are in.

          I blame the White Libs for 100% of our problems. They swing the majorities to allow the minorities to rule.

          I believe in the Founding Fathers goals for this country. I do not agree with turning it into Little Africa or Little Honduras. The swing in procreation has made the US into a target for immigrants that are not Northern European.

          So how do we fight the numbskulls who use immigration as their power base. They are White.

          The idea of socialism is repugnant to me. I am however starting to have trouble with the idea that our system can handle the power grabs that are attacking it.

          • SoftStarLight October 30, 2019 at 2:59 am #

            The System can’t handle a thousand cuts but the extreme Leftists have absolutely no intention of ever letting up. A majority White nation is preferable no? So that is the solution for us. Otherwise you will have to disavow your complete identity (if they even let you) to exist in the new America the Left is creating. They are winning so all out rejection of all their ways must happen now. Including their lies about Race.

  59. BackRowHeckler October 29, 2019 at 3:02 pm #

    Anybody here down with the movement to force Institutions to pull their investments in Western oil, coal and natgas companies? It seems to be an offshoot of Climate Extinction, but actually it goes further back than that. Bill Mckibben was an early proponent, maybe even one of the founders. I know Bill has many supporters here. The mission seems to be “punish the polluters, drive them out of business’. The 7 major oil producers either based in the US or doing major business here account for only about 9 bpd out of a total of 101 million bpd used worldwide. The largest suppliers by far are state owned oil companies, in Russia and SArabia to name two; it seems to me if you could shut down domestic oil companies, besides losing tens of thousands of jobs, we’d be totally dependent on foreign producers. We’d be up sh#ts creek without a paddle IMHO. Maybe I’m wrong, I don’t know. Maybe GA will tell me how I’m wrong

    Brh

  60. Elrond Hubbard October 29, 2019 at 3:12 pm #

    Gender neutral emojis have officially arrived in Apple’s latest iOS update

    dailyhive.com/vancouver/gender-neutral-emojis-apple-ios-update

    ‘The newest Apple iOS update includes gender-neutral emojis.

    ‘Emojipedia, an online database and emoji library, says the iOS 13.2 update adds 398 new emoji designs to the Apple keyboard.

    ‘Emojipedia notes update has also modified 265 emojis, with 255 emojis presenting in “a more gender-neutral fashion.”

    ‘According to Emojipedia, the gender-neutral changes make Apple’s emojis “more consistent” with the way Unicode Consortium — the non-profit organization that decides which new emojis will be released — defines “person-focused emojis that do not specifically cite a gender.”

    ‘Earlier this year, Google also released an update introducing its version of gender-neutral emojis.

    ‘Other new emojis include 67 “accessibility-focused” characters after Apple requested Unicode Consortium add the emojis to “better represent individuals with disabilities” in March 2018.’

    O brave new world, that has such typographic glyphs in ‘t!

    Fun fact: According to the World Atlas of Language Structures, there are 254 world languages where independent personal pronouns make no gender distinction at all. As a small sample, this includes Armenian, Basque, Comanche, Crimean Tatar, Finnish, Georgian, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Khmer, Kurdish, Lakhota, Malagasy, Maori, Samoan, Tagalog, Turkish, Vietnamese, and Yoruba. European and Caucasian languages have been helpfully bolded.

    Gender distinctions in independent personal pronouns do occur in 124 language, including English, for a ratio of 2:1 with respect to this practice. But language is always changing, as anyone who’s ever tried to study Beowulf in the original knows well, so who knows what tomorrow will bring?

    • BackRowHeckler October 29, 2019 at 4:16 pm #

      Wow!

      Your life must be complete now, Elrond.

      You can live happily ever after.

      -Marlin: he, his, him

      See, I’m down with the program too.

    • hmuller October 29, 2019 at 4:57 pm #

      Elrond,

      Perhaps you can tell us how many societies in history had same sex marriage. – let’s say before the last 40 yrs. I don’t mean tolerating same sex relationships. I’m talking about legal status just like a man-woman marriage.

      And then look at how many societies throughout history have sanctioned polygamy. I’m guessing quite a lot.

      So why the hell don’t we legalize polygamy. We are disrespecting those Moslem immigrant families who want to practice it as part of their tradition and religion. Some may arrive in polygamous marriages. Who are we to say, “The USA will recognize only one of your wives as legal, Mr Hakim.”

      And if Ilhan Omar wants to marry her gay brother, why is that any Republican’s business?

      Did you know in the USA performing female circumcision on anyone under 18 is illegal? Sounds like we are imposing our values on others again.

      I’ll throw this open to the floor: what do you think?

      • Walter B October 29, 2019 at 6:36 pm #

        Well I’ve checked out Lorne Beaton’s Blog…

        lornebeaton.com/

        ….and I really don’t know what to think about him anymore. It is all rather bizarre.

        • Elrond Hubbard October 30, 2019 at 10:07 am #

          Cheers, Walter. My approach really isn’t all that hard to understand. First, I do my best to ignore narratives. I try to look at facts instead. Then I parse those facts according to principles and values that I have. My goal is to promote my principles and my values, while respecting empirical truth. Simple as that.

          What are my principles and values? Some are obvious: Enlightenment values like freedom of thought and expression, free inquiry, free association, etc.. Another is, no matter what anyone tells you, there aren’t different kinds of people in this world. The only kind of person there is is, well, the person kind. That’s the true meaning of “All men are created equal”: there aren’t some people who are fit to rule, while others are fit to be ruled. Getting rid of kings and preparing people for self-rule was one of the best ideas ever. Actually making that happen? Well, it’s still a work in progress.

          • hmuller October 30, 2019 at 11:47 am #

            Great. then you would never support loading ‘white guilt’ onto people for things that happened long before they were even born. We’re all individuals and should be treated as such, right? No more racial quotas, all decisions based on equal standards of merit. I’ll agree with that.

          • Walter B October 30, 2019 at 12:53 pm #

            I don’t know how it is in the Great Frozen North my friend, but here in the States, far too many of our population may still be free to think, yet do little to no thinking whatsoever. Whether it is the abuse of alcohol, drugs, sex, or entertainment, far too many Americans are functionally thoughtless. My greatest fear is that since the government already understands this that they will decide that it will be their newest responsibility to police the thoughts of the thoughtless public. The movement is already well underway and it will not end well.

      • JohnAZ October 29, 2019 at 7:13 pm #

        Don’t forget the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints who like their women young, like 13.

        • CancelMyCard October 29, 2019 at 9:46 pm #

          I hear as young as 8 and 9.

          Disgusting.

          • benr October 30, 2019 at 10:21 am #

            Now now you are imposing your modern belief on old traditions.
            Indians also marry them off young who are we to say it is wrong or disgusting?
            Mad mo also married a six year old and waited three long years to make the marriage legal.

            Tongue un-inserted from cheek in order to throw up.

            Hey if they can call two men shacked up a marriage why not three men and one women or one man and six women?

            That and age of consent are the last barriers to over come to a complete shit show of a society.
            As the queers say love is love.
            NAMBLA is eagerly hoping their movement gains traction and fathers everywhere will accept that love is love why do you think the pedos are pushing so hard for gun control?

          • Majella November 2, 2019 at 2:43 am #

            An Apologist for paedoliphia ? Well I never.

      • Elrond Hubbard October 30, 2019 at 9:51 am #

        hmuller: “Perhaps you can tell us how many societies in history had same sex marriage. – let’s say before the last 40 yrs.”

        Google and Wikipedia are your friends. Read away: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_same-sex_unions

        hmuller: “So why the hell don’t we legalize polygamy.”

        This is a rhetorical question, not a serious one. We don’t legalize polygamy because the only people in today’s society who want to legalize polygamy are the polygamists themselves. America has its very own, home-grown polygamist tradition centered in the LDS church. If you had a principled objection to polygamy, you would be condemning all its practitioners. Instead you use it as a crowbar to wedge Muslim immigrants into the issue, when the situation is clear: the same standard that forbids certain Mormon sects from practicing their ‘plural marriages’ also applies to any Muslim immigrants who wish to do so. Your reference to Muslim immigrants is bigoted fakery.

        What you should be asking is: why are there people in today’s society who support gay people, who aren’t gay themselves? Why do proponents of gay marriage have straight allies, when polygamists don’t have monogamists lining up to support them? And why do trans and non-binary people have allies among cis people? That’s the real question.

        That question has a plain answer: large numbers of people have thought about the issue, and come to the conclusion that they’re fine with it. They’re fine with making the institution of marriage inclusive of gay couples, and they’re fine with relaxing the strict gender binary for the sake of individuals it doesn’t fit. How did that come about, you ask? Probably because large numbers of people have exercised empathy and charity, imagining themselves in the circumstances of people who aren’t like them. They’ve discovered that gay marriage and non-binary inclusion are actually well within their circle of empathy, while polygamy and female genital mutilation still aren’t — no matter how hard you try to push this false narrative that the one must lead to the other.

        • hmuller October 30, 2019 at 11:15 am #

          Oh Elrond, what exquisitely crafted specious and twisted balderdash you put out.

          The wikipedia article you cited talked a lot about same sex “unions”: i.e. relationships, but despite the promise of its opening sentence, could not come up with one example of actual same sex marriage before recent times.

          I didn’t mention the Mormons because I didn’t want to make my posting tediously long. (hint,hint)

          I only said positive things about the Moslems and you lash out at me as bigoted. If I had mentioned the Mormons in any way, you would say I was bigoted against them too, I’ll bet!

          To condense your many words to one point. Same sex marriage is legal because people love gays; they don’t love polygamists.

          In which states did voters approve by popular referendum same sex marriage? In my hasty research NONE. If I’m wrong correct me. But note I said “popular referendum” not state legislature votes or state court rulings.

          The Supreme Court approved it 5-4 to the delight of the Globalist masters. And we are now supposed to pretend this was the people’s choice. Tavistock at work.

          Regarding approval for same sex marriage you say “large numbers of people have exercised empathy and charity, ” Well,at least you stopped short of saying “a majority”. The fact that such empathy and charity is lacking for polygamists seems to bother you not in the least. How very bigoted and uncharitable you truly are, Elrond!

          Just to clarify my position. I think same sex relationships are a matter of personal choice and those people should not be harassed in any way. I even think contractual law can encompass and settle legitimate issues arising from such relationships.

          But marriage – identical to male-female marriage – is just wrong, in my opinion. As for your claim that I’m pushing a false narrative, “Falseness” lies in the eye of the beholder.

          • Elrond Hubbard October 30, 2019 at 3:56 pm #

            hmuller: “The wikipedia article you cited talked a lot about same sex ‘unions’: i.e. relationships, but despite the promise of its opening sentence, could not come up with one example of actual same sex marriage before recent times.”

            To begin with, this doesn’t matter since I provided the link simply in response to “Perhaps you can tell me…”, etc. Turns out I could. Regardless, the Wikipedia article clearly does refer to same-sex marriage occurring long before ‘recent times’, e.g.: “Same-sex marital practices and rituals were more recognized in Mesopotamia than in ancient Egypt. The Almanac of Incantations contained prayers favoring on an equal basis the love of a man for a woman and of a man for man.” It’s right there, boom. If you think of Mesopotamia as ‘recent times’, uh, just how old are you, anyway?

            hmuller: “I only said positive things about the Moslems and you lash out at me as bigoted.”

            Here, I went too far. I still think that making the conversation about particular groups introduces identity politics in place of a discussion about material matters. I’m firmly opposed to identity politics, and I interpreted what you wrote in that light. I withdraw the remark with apologies.

            hmuller: “In which states did voters approve by popular referendum same sex marriage?”

            If a thing can be granted or taken away according to the whims of the moment, then it’s not really that significant, is it? Which of your own rights are you willing to put at risk of being voted up or down by strangers? Your rights as a parent, if you are a parent? Would you flip a coin over your rights to life, liberty, and security of your person? Once you name the things you would allow others to take from you and those you wouldn’t, you have revealed the real you. That’s how this works, because it goes to something even deeper than rights, namely who we do and don’t recognize as fully a person and a member of the community.

            In any case, there’s a very practical reason why a Supreme Court decision striking down anti-same-sex marriage statutes was a better outcome than fifthy separate referendums: namely, the question of recognition of marriages across state lines. Once any state begins to recognize same-sex marriage — or, for that matter, marriage between people of different races, or whatever else — one of two outcomes must follow. Either other states must recognize out-of-state marriages that couldn’t be validly contracted within their own borders; or marriage itself becomes contingent on geographical location, and a couple could be married in one place while being unmarried elsewhere. Nevermind gay/straight, black/white, etc., just think of the property disputes! Nobody would win except the lawyers. The Supreme Court decision actually protects the integrity of the institution, while expanding its reach. And it does so in a way that doesn’t treat some people as second-class citizens, or an afterthought.

            hmuller: “I didn’t mention the Mormons because I didn’t want to make my posting tediously long. (hint,hint)”

            Well, bully for you. If you think I go on for too long, then go read a Bazooka Joe comic.

          • hmuller October 30, 2019 at 4:44 pm #

            “The Almanac of Incantations contained prayers favoring on an equal basis the love of a man for a woman and of a man for man.” It’s right there, boom. If you think of Mesopotamia as ‘recent times’, uh, just how old are you, anyway?”

            Elrond, I suppose we can read the same words and see different things.

            Is the “Mesopotamian Almanac of Incantations” which contains prayers a wedding manual or a prayer book? I never denied that some societies tolerated same sex relationships, blessed them, even prayed for them. But such is not institutionalized marriage. So boom yourself. You are fraudulently inventing what you want to see.

            The author of that wikipedia article was clearly a big supporter of same sex marriage, but even he/she couldn’t state that these blessings equate to a legal marriage. If they did, I’m sure he would have said so.

            I totally agree our Constitutional and human rights don’t come from a majority vote. I think they come from God; But my point was that you seem to think same sex marriage was the choice of the American people. I say it was the choice of the ruling elitists imposed upon the nation.

            You are free to think it was the right choice. But don’t perpetrate the lie that the general population was clamoring for this.

            Go ahead and do your little Elrond dance of mockery. Clear headed people can see our values under attack on multiple fronts. Now go chew your Bazooka bubblegum.

        • Janos Skorenzy October 31, 2019 at 1:13 pm #

          Muller wins. Elrond loses. Elrond will always lose to a persistently rational and well informed foe who knows enough to challenge the fake facts which bolster his shaky premises.

          • Majella November 2, 2019 at 2:45 am #

            The Jesuit Supreme Court has ruled. Ha!

    • Nightowl October 31, 2019 at 5:33 am #

      I would bet my savings that Elrond tried to read Beowulf auf Deutsch and gave up after one paragraph.

  61. sunburstsoldier October 29, 2019 at 3:38 pm #

    As I see it how we define ourselves is what will determine the kind of future we will enjoy. Are we essentially “powerful spiritual beings with unlimited potential” or are we are extremely intelligent apes who have learned to walk upright? Unless there is another alternative I am unaware of this seems to be the two options we have. If we go with the first option then the possibilities for a bright future appear endless. If we go with the second option we may well be fated for extinction.

    • Janos Skorenzy October 29, 2019 at 3:48 pm #

      In other words, the Earth plane doesn’t matter. In other words, people as they REALLY are here and now, like divided into two sexes for example.

      I’m starting to think you are going to be a one trick pony with your psbwup mantra. Voting for Marianne I trust? Just post angels to those borders and power plants!

      • sunburstsoldier October 29, 2019 at 4:22 pm #

        Here’s my mantra in a nutshell: all the power and creativity we need to evolve a sustainable and viable civilization (what I call Garden Earth) comes from within.

        I know I sound like someone who would vote for Marianne but actually I am a hardcore conservative who abides by the 14 “True North” principles set out recently by the Heritage Foundation.

        • Tate November 1, 2019 at 3:23 am #

          I went & read those “principles.” I can’t argue with several of them, such as #5 “The family is the essential foundation of civil society, and traditional marriage serves as the cornerstone of the family.”

          But my question is, if these principles are really “True North” for the USA, how come they seem to have been so abused over the last few decades, more honored in the breach than the observance? Good principles don’t just lapse into disuse & abuse.

          I think if you examine these “principles” closely, you’ll begin to see inherent contradictions within them. Machiavelli would have said, study the subtext. Then you’ll understand the real meaning of these principles.

      • Janos Skorenzy October 29, 2019 at 6:51 pm #

        Is it more fundamental than this: Fourteen Words, 14, or 14/88, is a reference to the fourteen-word slogan “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children,” or the less commonly used “Because the beauty of the White Aryan woman must not perish from the earth.”? (wikipedia)

        Culture is upstream of economics. And Cult or Religion is upstream of Culture. The above is somewhere between Religion and Culture and I have no doubt, far more basic (and thus important) than any drivel put out by the fallen Heritage Foundation.

        Consider this: How many angels can dance on the head of a pin? Infinite since they take up no space. Now how many people can do so? Not even one since a person takes up far more space than the head of a pin or even its point. So how many people can live on Earth? Infinite or a set amount? The latter. Thus birth control is enjoined.

        Nothing fancy here – just taking off from Aquinas and showing why Traditional Catholicism is wrong on birth control and environmentalism as being of the devil. But you’d be amazed at how they refuse to take up where the Master left off. Unworthy sons.

        And then the question becomes: Only some people can live on Earth or any part of it. So which? Now you become uncomfortable and seek to change the subject. Obviously those who want to live will fight to do so against all comers. Those who prate of Peace, Peace where there is (and can be) no Peace will get none of the Earth. Peace is the reward after death for a life well lived. But to get there you may well have to wield the sword.

    • sunburstsoldier October 29, 2019 at 4:29 pm #

      There is a third option: we are extremely intelligent apes who have learned to walk upright as well as powerful spiritual beings with unlimited potential…

      • ellipsis October 30, 2019 at 6:31 am #

        Unlimited potential? Wishful thinking, there. Unlimited potential to fuck things up maybe…

  62. JohnAZ October 29, 2019 at 4:20 pm #

    The latest failure of Socialism is occurring right now. Venezuela was a great failure. This one is in the US.

    California is going to burn to the ground, with no electricity.

    Newsom and the GOPers are playing the blame game.

    All sides are to blame.

    PG&E are going to get the blame for something they had little control over. Power companies are extensions of the state regulatory agencies that monitor them. Because they are monopolies.

    Can you picture it in Sacramento? PG&E asking for rate increases to fund equipment maintenance and upgrades over the years. The politicians, who do not have a clue, say no. Why? We need money for illegals. Same as homeless situation! We want more peons and less middle class, so drive them out. So transmission lines just get older and older.

    So next it is AGW which makes the wind blow. Yeah, right. The Santa Ana winds have been bedeviling Californians for generations, long before the Industrial Age.

    AGW makes the trees drier, and more flammable. Partly true, but the vegetation of California is designed to burn. Studies of redwood and sequoia tree sections have show frequent incidences of firestorms for thousands of year and drought also.

    So what has changed.

    People, exurbs, folks wanting to live in the woods. Houses where they do not belong. Thousands and thousands. People putting big capital into regions that are currently a tinderbox with electrical power that is subject to igniting fires when the wind blows.

    Socialism’s regulations has led to the disaster we are witnessing. California and most of the West is going to burn down as Nature rejuvenates itself. Newsom is helpless as the damage was done long ago. So it is the greed of PG&E, which is regulated by the state.

    The blame game goes on, and the people lose.

    • Janos Skorenzy October 29, 2019 at 6:27 pm #

      A failure of Socialism or Marxist Socialism? There is a difference, but you don’t care to know it. And therein lies my failure, your failure, and our failure.

      The Puritans talked much about Commons and Commonwealths. A possible solution to your dilemma if you chose to explore it. But I trust that you won’t. You don’t like real problems with higher third solutions: thesis, antithesis, synthesis, preferring to see them as insolvable. Anything is preferable to questioning your premises.

      • JohnAZ October 29, 2019 at 7:10 pm #

        You do not understand my point.

        You think that the government can solve social problems. I consider the government to be FUBAR. Individual responsibility and ambition is what has made this country great. The only thing the government has ever done is hold people back.

        Socialism of any sort is evil.

        • hmuller October 29, 2019 at 8:25 pm #

          I’ve always wondered why people in these fire prone zones didn’t use brick and concrete block topped by ceramic tile roofs. And maybe trim the trees far back from the house.

          I know anything will burn if the fire is powerful enough, but they could have at least tried using the most fire resistant materials available.

          • CancelMyCard October 29, 2019 at 9:49 pm #

            There are numerous photos online of people in California,

            who had cement stucco on the outside and

            Clay Tile roofs

            who survived completely the fires that destroyed

            every other house in their neighborhood.

            Read it and weep.

          • stelmosfire October 29, 2019 at 10:29 pm #

            I see these houses engulfed in flames. Many have swimming pools and in ground sprinklers for their lawns. They live in a Gotdamn desert for crying out loud. . . It has not rained in any amount since April. What the f?. A decent inground pool has 25K gallons of water. Why not clear the dead brush around the house,put on a metal or clay roof and fire up the pool filter to spray the property and lawn with a pump and generator and water when the fire blows through for a couple hours.? Shit I would be out there with my hat on saying ” Is that All you got” like Lieutenant Dan in Forrest Gummp!

          • ellipsis October 30, 2019 at 6:29 am #

            I’ve always wondered why people in these fire prone zones didn’t use brick and concrete block topped by ceramic tile roofs. And maybe trim the trees far back from the house.

            Moral hazard. They know insurance will foot the bill if it burns. And what with exponentially increasing property values, they’ll probably make a killing in the bargain, enabling them to build bigger and better than ever before. Although there’s a limit to the good graces and deep pockets of the insurance companies in large scale conflagrations as well.

        • Janos Skorenzy October 29, 2019 at 8:41 pm #

          Yes, the Founders damned us with that attitude. Obviously it opens the door to rule by the Corporations – who have taken no oath to serve us and cannot be taken out by elections since they never ran for election.

          The land was great – and unowned. Now it is owned. Yet still the Monster wants to grow. Where? How? Plants grow when there is a confluence of various factors, not just one like water or like soil or like sun or like good seed. They all have to be there. The factors that made America great are not longer the same so we can’t have the same system and expect to thrive.

          • JohnAZ October 29, 2019 at 8:53 pm #

            Hmmm!

            Add on maybe that maybe the people comprising the public are incapable of ruling themselves anymore.

            If that is the case, the US cannot continue to exist as the FF wanted.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 29, 2019 at 8:56 pm #

            Sure, that too of course. National Socialism never pretended that human transformation could happen without the Will of the People, translating down to individual enthusiasm and responsibility.

    • lilykline October 29, 2019 at 6:38 pm #

      JohnAZ, I live in southern ca, almost lost my home in the Woosley fire last year. Getting ready now for some of the strongest Santa Ana’s we’ve ever had. These fires here in the los angeles area are not in the woods where as you said houses don’t belong. These are in cities, not forests. People keep talking about it as if it’s a forest fire and it’s not. We’ve had an extremely hot and dry summer..throw in the Santa Ana’s and we’ve got a fire danger. It seems as tho you are blaming everyone for living where as you say they don’t belong. We had a bad fire in 07 that started with some teens who had a camp fire during the Santa Ana’s..it’s not all because of electrical lines etc…

      • JohnAZ October 29, 2019 at 7:03 pm #

        California’s flora is meant to burn. You live in a desert where drought happens. I used the woods because of the Kincaid but understand that burns go through grasslands, low shrub areas as well as woods. You all get the winter rains which makes things grow fast. So do we here. Then the summer hits and everything dries to the roots, wonderful tinder for starting fires. We also get fires a lot from the same cause.

        I rescind the belong statement. I will say that they live where they have to when everything fills up behind. Movement towards the exurbs is happening. Yes, some go to the woods for the quality of life, and that definitely aggravates the situation. No houses, no power lines. I wonder how many homes in the woods are second homes. People have to realize that fires are going to happen. Do not be like people living on the coast in Florida and losing everything when a hurricane hits. It will hit.

        My main point though is that the fires are a failure of your state government and the power company to serve the public well. Politicians forget that the main cost of capital is maintenance and so they do not. Everyone want to blame PG&E first. There is more to it than that.

        Campfires, cigarettes and thunderstorms. But now, transmission lines.

      • JohnAZ October 29, 2019 at 7:04 pm #

        I lived in Dan Diego for 1 1/2 years. Santa Anas definitely rock your boat.

      • CancelMyCard October 29, 2019 at 9:51 pm #

        We will all be praying for the safety of you and your loved ones.

        May you be protected by your faith.

        I mean that sincerely.

  63. Theedrich October 29, 2019 at 4:31 pm #

    Did Ukrainian Vindman speak to Ukrainian Daniluk? Never-Trumper and Army Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, a Ukrainian-American, spoke against Trump in the “impeachment inquiry” under Democrat Shifty Shiff on Tuesday, 2019 Oct 29, which delighted the Demonic Left. But when Republican James Daniel Jordan asked Vindman to whom he had spoken about the Thursday, 2019 July 25 Trump-Zelensky telephone call, Shifty would not let Vindman answer. After all, that would reveal the identity of the “whistleblower” and the whole edifice of Democrat corruption.

    Alexander Daniluk, the former Ukrainian Finance Minister until being fired by Zelensky on 2019 September 30, was at the Ukrainian President’s side in Kyiv during the conversation in question. Alex and Alex would of course have conversed in Ukrainian, not English. But Vindman’s anti-Trumpism would have come through loud and clear to his collocutor, who then relayed Vindman’s interpretation of the call to the Democrat impeachment gang. For details on the Daniluk-Democrat connection, see The Unz Review at unz.com/ishamir/the-plundering-of-ukraine/.

    In any case, due to Shifty’s blockage of information, we now know that Vindman was the FIRST source of the leak of the July 25 White House conversation.

    • JohnAZ October 29, 2019 at 7:20 pm #

      There is no whistleblower.

      Get it? Everything that has been thrown against Trump is made up. They sit around and dream this stuff up and just put it out to the press to broadcast it twenty times in the first twenty four hours.

      Lie+lie+lie+lie+lie= Truth. The Liberal credo.

      • CancelMyCard October 29, 2019 at 9:56 pm #

        There are NO liars in the Republican party.

        NONE.

        Not now, not ever.

        JohnAZ knows that everybody in the Trump administration tells the

        Truth, the
        Whole Truth,
        The God Witness My Saying Truth

        ALL
        The
        Time.

        All Democrats Lie,
        All The TIme.

        ONLY Republicans tell the truth.

        • hmuller October 29, 2019 at 11:01 pm #

          Straw man argument. I thought you were more skilled than that, CMC.

          • hmuller October 30, 2019 at 9:56 am #

            By the way CMC,
            do you have
            Tourette’s Syndrome
            which makes you
            keep
            hitting the return key.
            like this.

      • Nightowl October 31, 2019 at 5:35 am #

        I said this weeks ago. The whistleblower is Adam Schiff.

  64. Pucker October 29, 2019 at 6:51 pm #

    Do you support Heraclius’s forceable Baptism of Je…ws in Carthage to bring about their conversion to Christianity? How long to you have to hold their heads under water in order for it to take effect and their sins are washed away?

    Do you support the forceable gaslighting of the American people by the Mainstream Media? What should be done about the 20% of the population that still isn’t brain fucked? Should they then be “Baptized”? What about “Excommunication”?

  65. stelmosfire October 29, 2019 at 6:52 pm #

    So here it is:
    AFC Playoffs 1/20/20, Patriots against the Colts.Score tied 27-27. Foxboro Stadium on a -5F day in January despite AGW. Strong wind from the NE, a storm blowing in. 4th quarter with 5 minutes on the clock.
    Brady calls the snap, the defensive line is unbreakable. He fades back. The Colts are relentless. The offense is held off for 4 seconds. Brady throws a 65 yard touchdown bomb, SCORE!!!
    Brady high fives his front line guys ” Yea, your my bitches , you saved my ass.!
    Brady hauled off the field to spend six months in the clink for saying bitch in Massachusetts.
    Patriots finally lose the Super Bowl.

    I don’t watch football but at the station you can bet I was indoctrinated.

    • ellipsis October 30, 2019 at 5:47 am #

      LOL! One problem: if there’s anything we ‘Muricans love more than political correctness, it’s some football, and Brady and the Pats are virtual gods in that realm. Matter of fact, I’m pretty damn sure it’s all scripted ever since the Pats/Falcons SB a few years back. That and the smug look Tom Terrific wears all the time signaling that he knows (and he knows that you know too) that he’s untouchable.