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The Long, Hot Summer

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     Russian Revolution Two kicked off the long, hot summer freak show of 2023. Unlike Russian Revolution One (1917), which lasted over seventy years, RR2 clocked out in under twenty-four hours. It didn’t propel Russia into a political paroxysm as perhaps expected by crisis engineers in Langley, VA, and Washington’s Foggy Bottom. Rather, it energized the resolve of arch-nemesis Vlad Putin, solidified his support among the Russian populace (who turned out singing patriotic hymns along the Neva River when the revolt was quashed), and sunsetted the increasingly rogue Wagner private paramilitary company in its Ukraine duties, now to be taken over by regular Russian Federation army units.

     According to commentator Andrei Martyanov — see yesterday’s colloquy on Tommy Carrigan’s Podcast — Wagner had already gone off the rails in Ukraine, inciting the costly Bakhmut operation on its own to fluff its reputation while preparing for the mutiny executed and aborted on June 24. The fate of Wagner’s business manager, Evgeny Prigozhin, remains murky now while he cools his heels in Belarus — a trial, perhaps, at some later date when Ukraine itself stops being a geopolitical psychodrama. He has been publicly branded a “traitor.”

     It was perhaps the hope of America’s feckless Neocon war-dogs that Russia would fall into chaos. This has all along been the hope and expectation of our country’s official stated policy. And it turns out to be ever more at odds with the reality of the situation. Mr. Putin aims to conclude this tragic US-provoked misadventure as swiftly as possible now. This ain’t no Mud Club; this ain’t no foolin’ around. It looks more like the last days of disco in Kiev. The question for the people there is: just how much of Ukraine do you want to be left with intact when this thing is over? Go ahead… choose.

       Despite its master-slave relationship with America, Euroland may not be so avid for World War Three as the “Joe Biden” regime seems to be. The Wagner coup fiasco marks the true crackup of NATO as the Ukraine project fizzles. Surely Europeans with some functioning brain cells must be asking: “what was the point of all this killing and waste?” The clear-eyed may suspect that the point was to get Europe to commit suicide, because that is the obvious result. No more natgas for you, Europe, meaning farewell to major industry and a comfortable standard of living. A lot less wheat and corn coming out of Ukraine to Euroland nations, too. When food costs too much, or is just plain scarce, governments fall. Wait for it.

     Do you suppose that “Joe Biden” & Company can keep up this charade of a proxy war with Russia much longer? $150-billion pounded down the Kiev rat-hole, purchasing yet another foreign relations humiliation. Never has an American president been heaped with such an ignominious foundering and dishonor. He can only pretend to run for reelection as he wrecks the country. The DNC poohbahs, cross-eyed in transports of Woke-ism, must know that this bumbling grifter personifies a failing state. The White House press pool reporters are even flinging harsh questions at him these days as he desperately searches for doors to escape through.

     The tally in the Biden family bribery operation stands above $30-million now, with government whistleblowers pouring out of the agencies like termites from a burning house. Most of them have not testified in Congress yet, or in any other venue, nor have the various DOJ and FBI officials associated with the broad-based cover-up of these blatant crimes. Do you doubt anymore that Attorney General Merrick Garland perjured himself testifying that the Delaware US attorney David Weiss was not interfered with in the Hunter Biden tax and gun violation case?

     The mounting evidence of foreign influence-peddling is hard and vivid now, viz., the Whatsapp text out this week of Hunter, “sitting here with my father,” extorting Chinese business associate Henry Zhao to fullfill his commitment or “regret not following my direction.” Hmmmmm. Explain that. Or the email archive carefully saved by IRS whistleblower Gary Shapley, who was prudent enough to back up his story with docs apt to prove DOJ malfeasance.

     It’s unfortunate that America suffered three fake presidential impeachments in recent decades — Bill Clinton’s over a sexual impropriety, which is hardly a high crime, and the two utter charades involving Donald Trump — because now our nation is faced with serious presidential crimes explicitly laid out in Article II Section Four of the Constitution: bribery. “Joe Biden” will be impeached if he doesn’t bail altogether, and he might not do that because then he loses the power to pardon the other Biden family members involved. The impeachment of Merrick Garland for debauching and dishonoring the Justice Department logically would be the warm-up act for the impeachment of the president. They’ve both got to go and they both could save our country a lot of trouble by just stepping down. Then we can see about Kamala Harris.


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878 Responses to “The Long, Hot Summer”

  1. tractorguy June 30, 2023 at 9:49 am #

    “Bill Clinton’s over a sexual impropriety, which is hardly a high crime”

    It was sexual harassment, pure and simple, and an “in-your-face” display of the “old boy’s club”. Unfortunately it was years before the ‘me too’ movement, but the women of the country should have stormed the White House with a vat of hot tar and enough feather pillows to hand out and tarred and feathered him. Maybe then Bill and the other ‘old boys’ would have gotten the message. The willingness of women in this country back then to gloss over what he did was amazing to me. “It was just sex,” more than woman told me, to which I replied, “Would you accept that explanation from YOUR HUSBAND?” Of course, they immediately changed the subject after that.

    And “Then we can see about Kamala Harris.” God help us…………

    Tractorguy

    • mrs_saj June 30, 2023 at 9:56 am #

      tractorguy,

      You are correct. I, too, was amazed at the silence or excusing that women attempted to just make it all go away.

      Not only would women not accept the “it was just sex” answer from their husbands, they would not have sat by calmly watching their daughters’ all powerful, married bosses get away with that crap either.

      The selective outrage business is one of the healthiest businesses in the US at present. Impeachments seem to be somewhat selective too. It all depends upon the balance of power in congress.

      • hmuller June 30, 2023 at 11:08 am #

        Mr Kunstler speaks of the mutiny aborted on “July 24”.
        What the hell? Does he foresee another one in his crystal ball?

        • Woodchuck June 30, 2023 at 11:58 am #

          That’s what you call a “typo”. Herr Schtik is here to fix these small issues, you don’t need to get involved.

          • Woodchuck June 30, 2023 at 12:00 pm #

            Schtik would have a problem with this. Not a typo but more like a brain fart, we all have them.

          • Gonga Din June 30, 2023 at 1:23 pm #

            It would be courteous to at least wait until July 24 before jumping to a conclusion.

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      • boomer1 June 30, 2023 at 12:26 pm #

        Actually slick Willy got off easy with that. He should have been impeached for allowing Chi coms to walk right into Los alamos and steal secrets . He also facilitated sale of icbm missile guidance technology thru loral -schwartz.The Monica was probably a relief to him

        • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 1:43 pm #

          Probably why he went through the foolish process. He read the writing on the wall. He’s not a stupid man.

        • kendar667 June 30, 2023 at 8:45 pm #

          Undoubtably a diversion – very little happens in that town by accident. Not too dissimilar from the current diversion of endless Trump indictments over non-crimes which act as a distraction and provide cover for Xiden and co’s myriad actual crimes.

      • mrs_saj July 3, 2023 at 10:54 pm #

        :/

        • mrs_saj July 3, 2023 at 10:54 pm #

          :>

    • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 10:06 am #

      It was certainly not sexual harassment, because it lacked the harassment part, which would have been the only “crime”. Monica herself has stated that she approached the president, not the other way around.

      Anyway the impeachment was for lying under oath.

      Someone want to tell me why the FBI was involved in this in the first place?

      • SW June 30, 2023 at 10:39 am #

        That’s right. She said she flashed her butt in a thong or something and he followed up on the invitation. I’m not defending Clinton and I do think he was a sexual predator with other women, especially Paula Jones whom he had to pay to settle out of court. But Monika was a volunteer.

        • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 10:53 am #

          Yes. This is a fact. I don’t know why people still don’t get that.

          Ms. Lewinski was victimized by her supposed friend, Linda Tripp, and by the FBI, but she was not a victim of Bill Clinton. Morally, he should have left her alone. Morally, she was old enough to know not to be throwing herself at a married man.

          I feel sorry for her.

          • boomer1 June 30, 2023 at 12:41 pm #

            The israeli set him up with honey pot .C linton knew it too. She was in oval office according to logs while he was on phone with a congressman from down south whose name escapes me discussing bombing yugoslavia

      • tractorguy June 30, 2023 at 10:52 am #

        The first thing you are taught in a sexual harassment seminar is that there is NEVER a consensual sexual relationship between a supervisor and an employee. There is always an element of power and control involoved. Maybe Monica was doing it to get ahead, but regardless, the supervisor (Bill) should have immediately terminated it.

        Tractorguy

        • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 10:58 am #

          Bill was not her supervisor. She was an unpaid intern in the Chief of Staff’s office.

          The intern program has its own supervisor, and the woman who ran it tried to have Monica removed, because of her immaturity, but Monica got there through connections, so she was unable to.

          I agree that Bill should not have taken her up on her offer.

          • tractorguy June 30, 2023 at 11:08 am #

            That Bill was not her direct supervisor is irrelevant, and that argument will not hold up five seconds in a sexual harassment complaint. He held a higher level of responsibility and control in the organization, and should have not allowed it to continue. And, certainly not lied about it to cover it up. That in itself is a de facto admission of guilt.

          • SW June 30, 2023 at 11:11 am #

            Bill should have left her alone even though she was willing — we all agree to that. What is reality though is some women want the men in power for that very reason because that’s what makes them attractive. If Bill Clinton had been a middle school science teacher, Monika wouldn’t have looked at him twice.

          • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 11:45 am #

            Had she filed such a complaint, her case would not have held up five minutes either, as she already told everyone that she came on to him, and more important, he never use any kind of coercion or threats .

            Maybe you can show me an actual sexual harassment case brought to court where the woman wanted it, there was no quid pro quo and no form of retaliation?

            Sexual harassment is something I do know quite a bit more about than the average person, and the amount of ignorance of the topic is astounding.

            Bill clinto was not impeached for sexual harassment because there was no sexual harassment.

          • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 12:03 pm #

            Yes, why did the the governess, Jane Eyre, become obsessed with the distant, mysterious owner of the Estate and not the distant, mysterious stable boy or butler?

            Never accept Woman’s pretensions to moral superiority over Us.

          • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 12:26 pm #

            Oh Jarek.

          • elysianfield June 30, 2023 at 1:27 pm #

            Jarek,
            Funny story. A buddy, a former senior pilot for a major airline years ago, described how horny the flight attendants were…how they were always flirting with him with vague suggestions…how promiscuous they were, etc. I asked him if they responded in a similar fashion to the minimum wage employees that cleaned the passenger areas between flights….

            crickets.

          • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 1:48 pm #

            Elysian field, did you ever see An Officer And A Gentleman? It’s not always about money; it’s about someone who can sweep you off your feet and take you away from all that.

            If the custodial guys were super hot, they’d be getting hit on more than average-looking pilots.

            The man has to bring something to the table.

          • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 1:55 pm #

            Girl, you know it’s true!

          • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 1:58 pm #

            It’s not just about money – in other words it’s about money and more. In this equation, the m is necessary but not sufficient.

            What about the mysterious, elusive cleaner? Who cares? Such men are invisible to women. Fuck them. Or rather, don’t.

          • elysianfield June 30, 2023 at 2:14 pm #

            Beryl,
            Yes, I did see the movie….and I know for a fact that wealth and power are not the true arbiters of a woman’s desire.

            But it helps.

          • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 2:37 pm #

            Elysian- agreed.

            Isn’t it natural foe a woman to look for someone who can take care of her and her children, though?

            I mean subconsciously that’s a healthy behavior, right?

          • GreenAlba June 30, 2023 at 3:08 pm #

            “Yes, why did the the governess, Jane Eyre, become obsessed with the distant, mysterious owner of the Estate and not the distant, mysterious stable boy or butler?”

            I don’t recall Thornfield having a butler. I seem to recall a habitually drunken housekeeper, but I wouldn’t have expected Jane to fancy her. Mind you, I don’t recall Jane being ‘obsessed’ either.

            I do recall, in a certain other novel, the Lady going off with the gamekeeper.

          • WadeWaters June 30, 2023 at 6:48 pm #

            Money may not make you happy; but it can buy you a boat big enough to sail right up next to it.

          • taijitu June 30, 2023 at 7:22 pm #

            @SW If he were a school teacher… that person would still be above her…she wouldn’t look twice if he were the janitor to use your analogy.

          • elysianfield June 30, 2023 at 9:09 pm #

            “I mean subconsciously that’s a healthy behavior, right?”

            Beryl,
            Absolutely, it is hard wired as a survival instinct. Same thing as males being horn-dogs. Hard wired.

          • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 10:40 pm #

            Beryl has stuck with us to the end, and thus (possibly) attained unto Wisdom – despite Alba’s attempt to derail the conversation.

            I never said it wasn’t natural – just that it had to be balanced by another natural – ours. With a good referee to keep that game honest. The current system favors women at our expense. By savaging men, women are savaged in the long run. How few off them can take the long view and see it.

          • Anthea July 1, 2023 at 1:36 am #

            @ Jarek:

            “Yes, why did the the governess, Jane Eyre, become obsessed with the distant, mysterious owner of the Estate and not the distant, mysterious stable boy or butler?

            “Never accept Woman’s pretensions to moral superiority over Us.

            The reason she didn’t go for the stable boy or butler is (duh) because neither of these guys were fitted for marriage. They could not provide for a wife and children. A women seeking marriage and family formation has a moral obligation to seek a spouse who is suited to such an undertaking.

            If you want to get married, undertake to fit yourself for a serious responsibility. Don’t whine about how women are “materialistic” because they’re not in the habit of dating the guys living at the rescue mission or the group home.

          • Anthea July 1, 2023 at 1:47 am #

            @ Jarek:

            Actually, it would be immoral for a woman to seek a relationship with a man who is unfitted for marriage–whether due to poverty, irresponsibility, or lack of character–or even because he is a poor physical specimen whose genes are undesirable.

            A woman seeking to marry has a responsibility to her future children, and to their children. She may also have a responsibility in relation to her parents and siblings. Will her prospective husband be willing to let Mom move in, in her old age? Will he be able to pay to bury her? Can he give the neice or nephew a financial leg-up–maybe buy them a car for their first job, pay for the car insurance, or maybe loan them some money so they can move to a distant city to accept their first job?

            Family formation involves responsibilities that a sensible and moral woman is able to foresee. A moral and decent man can also foresee them, and fits himself to fulfill these responsibilities.

          • GreenAlba July 1, 2023 at 6:46 am #

            ” despite Alba’s attempt to derail the conversation.”

            Typical Jarek nonsense. You chose a silly example to illustrate your point, so you should expect that to be pointed out. You’ve also used the same silly example before. Have you even read the novel? Why would a man who’s away at least half the time have a butler? He has a governess (who needs to be there all the time to look after his young French ward), just as the housekeeper has to be there all the time to look after the mad wife in the attic.

            Also, why would a governess even be in the company of a stable boy? Also, if one such existed, he’d be unlikely to be ‘mysterious’ and would certainly not be the educational equal of the governess. Not that that stopped Lady Chatterley from going off to America with her husband’s gamekeeper, but he had other attributes.

            If you read Jane Austen, you will also find feckless – and even just practical – men who marry money, rather than their heart’s desire. And you don’t even need to look further than the rather trivial Downton Abbey to find the aristo marrying American money to keep his country pile solvent.

            If you want to make a point, don’t use silly examples to make it.

            Here’s a real example. A friend of my daughter was expecting a baby (some 20 years ago now), so had her boyfriend/partner move into her flat, which she was in the process of buying. She’d been paying the mortgage on it for years. Partner moves in; baby is born with Down’s syndrome, partner abandons mother and child and, after only 9 months in the flat is awarded a big enough chunk of her equity in the flat to be devastated and in tears to my daughter over it. They weren’t even married, but that’s the law these days – you just have to be a cohabitee.

            He walked off with her hard-earned and practically never visited his child. It takes all sorts to make a world. LOTS of men will find themselves an organised and financially solvent woman to make their disorganised and financially insolvent life easier.

          • GreenAlba July 1, 2023 at 6:52 am #

            *for her* to be devastated …

          • U R IntheVillage July 1, 2023 at 8:37 am #

            Beryl, tractorguy, et al: Your discussion is so 1990’s; all this talk of “Women: and “Men” – have you been living under virtual rocks or what?

            1) Women and men are identical in every way, except women are better at everything.

            2) There are no such things as “Women” or “Men.” Those antiquated terms were used in ancient times before it was known that those are only Social Constructs®.

            3) Women are never at fault for anything, unless they are conservatives, in which case anything they say can be attacked or ignored; even though there’s no such thing as a woman, or at least, the category is “fluid,” and cannot be defined.

            4) Even though there are no such things as women or men, men are responsible for the “Patriarchy,” which is responsible for anything considered negative, flawed, suboptimal, or inconvenient.

            And finally,

            5) Please do not point to any logical, grammatical, or punctuational errors in this post. See 4). Logic, grammar, punctuation (and mathematics) are products of the patriarchy, and as a result, can be ignored at will.

            My pronouns are ??? and ????.

          • Jarek July 1, 2023 at 12:23 pm #

            Anthea: Did not butlers ever marry?

            Alba: Ok, the butler then. She saw this silent, reclusive gent every day, yet not a twinge of the old curiousity or lower parts. Curious, that. He was below her social station. She wanted to go higher!

            More exceptional-isms. Man bites dog. Women are the ones that bring over 70% of the divorces now.

          • GreenAlba July 1, 2023 at 2:10 pm #

            Jarek – you have still to demonstrate to me that Mr Rochester had a butler (this is a silly hypothetical ‘discussion’ based on a made-up story, but since you brought it up …).

            I may be wrong but I don’t recall any curiosity on the part of Jane Eyre, who considered herself a plain Jane, morphing into any kind of expectation that she might nab Mr R as a husband. Such things weren’t the norm. It happens, though, that the governess was the one person among the paid staff in a big house who was likely to be as well educated as her employer. I don’t know anything much about the educational habits of butlers at that time, but the butler would probably be more likely to marry the housekeeper.

            We can’t know if any hypothetical butler would have shown any amorous interest in Jane Eyre, since – to my knowledge – there wasn’t a butler. Jane Eyre did not, in the novel, throw herself at Mr Rochester. And she categorically refused to entertain the possibility of living as his mistress while waiting for the mad wife to expire, which is why she left the house.

          • Jarek July 1, 2023 at 2:14 pm #

            Alba: Are you really trying to “ground” the conversation in the particular – thus to derail it? Make it about whether there was a butler and not about what we are talking about?

            You but heap coal upon your silvered head.

          • GreenAlba July 1, 2023 at 2:19 pm #

            I think I have 3 different serialised versions of Jane Eyre, so thank you for putting me in the mood to dig them out and watch them again. I no longer have the novel. I’ll be sure to look out for the sly minx getting her claws out for Mr R – and to watch out for a butler.

          • GreenAlba July 1, 2023 at 2:21 pm #

            I think you’ll find that it was you who digressed into the particular by mentioning Jane Eyre – and not for the first time.

            I think it is also you who likes to tell people you’re taking the conversation in a direction that appeals to you because that’s what a conversation is.

          • GreenAlba July 1, 2023 at 2:35 pm #

            “Women are the ones that bring over 70% of the divorces now.”

            You keep saying this and other people keep explaining to you why it is. The reasons don’t automatically reflect well on the men involved.

            Perhaps you should just give it a rest with your unproductive obsession with insulting women. It’s not healthy.

            I do wish you luck, though, with being saved by the love of a good woman. That could only be a positive – for you and everyone else.

          • Jarek July 2, 2023 at 1:20 pm #

            3) Women are never at fault for anything, unless they are conservatives, in which case anything they say can be attacked or ignored; even though there’s no such thing as a woman, or at least, the category is “fluid,” and cannot be defined.

            Alba is a Village Matriarch, complete with top hat, cape, and matching tunic.

          • Qwibqwib July 5, 2023 at 7:41 pm #

            Getting all worked up about Women being discerning in their choices is pointless. Women are tasked with deciding the genetic makeup of future society. Their choices are arguably some of the most historically important decisions humanity can make.

      • Mick June 30, 2023 at 1:25 pm #

        I remember reading years ago that she bragged to one of her friends that she was going to DC with her knee pads on, knowing that she was going to be working in the WH.

        Yes, Tripp and the FBI did her wrong, but I don’t feel sorry for her. She knew what she wanted, and she went for it. Her goal had a price. Tough shit that she didn’t consider the cost.

        • taijitu June 30, 2023 at 7:24 pm #

          If only she were made to use them for good purpose.

    • Islander June 30, 2023 at 10:18 am #

      I am surprised that the Blue Dress Affair is what Tractorguy fastens on after reading JHK’s remarks about the perilous and, simultaneously, ridiculous state of our nation.

      Bill Clinton’s own wife didn’t care about it, so why should we? Anyway, he’s not our husband.
      Monica Lewinsky may well have been a plant.

      The Clintons’ own high crimes and misdemeanors are what’s worth a second look—a serious look—not the Blue Dress Affair.

      • tractorguy June 30, 2023 at 11:02 am #

        I’m not just focusing on that. He had many sins. There was a saying about Barack Obama that the real crisis was not that he was elected, but that there were enough people that would vote for him to elect him. Same is true for Nancy Pelosi, Beetlejuice, and the rest of the grifters running this country. That’s why we are in the shape we are in. My point is that for people, especially women, to gloss over Bill’s egregious behavior and not demand that it be stopped, is the real problem, and correcting that is the beginning of the solution.

        Tractorguy

        • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 11:49 am #

          Accepting a sleazy offer from a willing woman is behavior most women are not shocked by seeing in powerful men.

          Demanding it be stopped? It was already over when we heard about it.

          • WadeWaters June 30, 2023 at 7:05 pm #

            Yes. Bill came and then he went.

        • Lyndy33 June 30, 2023 at 12:13 pm #

          Why was the blue dress not immediately sent to the cleaners? So much for that. The question is here and now with Biden(s), FBI, DOJ, DHS et al.

        • Islander June 30, 2023 at 1:05 pm #

          “I’m not just focusing on that. ”

          Yes, you are.

        • MaryQueen June 30, 2023 at 3:00 pm #

          You’re melting….

      • Nigel Tufnel June 30, 2023 at 11:28 am #

        It was at this point that Bill guaranteed Hillary her turn at being president. That was going to be her payoff.

        • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 11:51 am #

          Do people remember when Vince Foster was found dead, the MSM kept using the term “especially close to” Hillary Clinton?

          Did people not understand what that was a euphemism for?

          • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 12:05 pm #

            Isn’t she mostly into young women? Or is that a later development?

          • Cactus Girl June 30, 2023 at 12:19 pm #

            @Jarek: so says Yoko Ono, who’s not so young.

          • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 12:31 pm #

            I thought it was Bill’s embittered ex-girlfriend, Gennifer Flowers, who made that claim.

            Another statement by Ms. Flowers, which I found interesting, was when she said that the first time she saw TV footage of Bill with Monica, sh thought she was looking at herself.

            Monica just happened to be Bill’s type, you see.

      • kendar667 June 30, 2023 at 9:16 pm #

        And that’s really the point. In my view the Monica scandal was purposely designed by the DNC (and other like-minded swamp creatures) to make sure Clinton was impeached on a trivial matter, thereby ensuring his actual very serious crimes were not rigorously investigated. And the RINO swamp dwellers were all too happy to go along with it. This plays into JHK’s idea – that these farcical impeachments undermine the actual high-crimes standard laid out in the Constitution. It’s a high bar and it’s supposed to be. Basically, bribery and treason are what the Founders called out specifically. Anything less is not enough to impeach because (presumably) the people voted for the prez and he is their representative so gets a pass on anything other than those two or something as serious.

    • Allahs 3rd Nipple June 30, 2023 at 10:20 am #

      Clinton was Impeached for perjury, as Garland is about to be. Said perjury was over sexual harassment case(s).

      I was likewise amazed by the reactions of liberal women across the nation but it revealed something for those who were capable of such observation: It showed the developing entrenchment of the deep political divisions that are at the forefront of American society today.

      • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 11:04 am #

        That is inaccurate. Bill was impeached for lying under oath in a pretrial deposition.

        The case of Paula Jones was about sexual harassment, but the lie he told was about whether or not he had a sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky, and the “evidence” came from Ken Starr’s report, and his report had nothing to do with Ms. Jones.

      • Islander June 30, 2023 at 1:08 pm #

        And as for “liberal women,” not all women are as immature as you imagine, or an unable to take note of an obvious political play.

    • zekesdad June 30, 2023 at 10:20 am #

      Your point about Clinton’s egregious behavior is a good one, but I think both you and James are forgetting the main charge against him. He lied under oath while being sued for sexual harassment.

      • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 11:06 am #

        He didn’t lie about the case he was being sued for.

        That isn’t even technically perjury.

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      • DarienDickson June 30, 2023 at 1:44 pm #

        Your point about Clinton’s egregious behavior is a good one, but I think both you and James are forgetting the main charge against him. He lied under oath while being sued for sexual harassment.

        • mrs_saj June 30, 2023 at 5:29 pm #

          DD,

          This is a first for me, the work-from-home pitch AND a political opinion.

          Well! I’m not sure what to make of it.

          • GreenAlba July 1, 2023 at 2:42 pm #

            Well, either it’s a shape-shifting bot or zekesdad is DarienDickson.

            Or Dariendickson is a parrot-bot. 🙂

    • draupnir June 30, 2023 at 10:43 am #

      We liked Slick Willie and were indulgent about such piccadillos. I still hold a bit of a tendre for that good old boy. I figured he was Hillary’s problem.The Secret Service whispered that some of the national dinnerware turned into projectiles. He came out of that interview with a black eye, and serve him right. I’ve always felt sorry for Monica Lewinsky. She was just a young thing, thought herself in love, apparently, and was not prepared for the tsunami of humiliation that fell on her head. That’s a risk you run when you’re a power groupie–better to follow rock bands around. Nobody cares what their groupies do. She should have kept her mouth shut and burned that damn blue dress.

      • elysianfield June 30, 2023 at 1:31 pm #

        A tender spot for that draft dodging, dope smoking son of a bitch?

        • draupnir June 30, 2023 at 4:43 pm #

          I always did like me a bad boy, and he could be quite charming. As for draft dodging, I considered that a patriotic duty during the era of our most recent Asian misadventure, and who cares about a toke or two? After all, he never inhaled.

          • mrs_saj June 30, 2023 at 5:31 pm #

            draupnir,

            I have always considered my complete lack of interest in bad boys as one of my only redeeming qualities. It simply does not compute for me. If he needs lessons in manners, morality, or money, send him back to his parents.

          • elysianfield June 30, 2023 at 9:26 pm #

            “a patriotic duty during the era of our most recent Asian misadventure…”

            Draupnir,
            In hindsight, perhaps, But my experience with the anti-war protesters then was different than most.

      • Q. Shtik June 30, 2023 at 1:46 pm #

        indulgent about such piccadillos. – draupnir

        ==========

        It’s pec, not pic.

        • Q. Shtik June 30, 2023 at 1:49 pm #

          Piccadillo sounds like it could be some kinda stringed instrument.

          • MaryQueen June 30, 2023 at 3:02 pm #

            Or a circus.

          • GreenAlba July 1, 2023 at 2:45 pm #

            Perhaps it’s the cousin of an armaninny.

            Ask Boris Johnson.

            edition.cnn.com/2019/07/23/africa/boris-johnson-africa-intl/index.html

          • megabeth July 2, 2023 at 2:19 pm #

            Take away one “c” and you get picadillo–a very tasty form of hash. Great for stuffing chiles rellenos.

        • draupnir June 30, 2023 at 4:34 pm #

          Ah, my ability to spell is fading away. along with my vision. I don’t let it interfere with intrusion into comment sections.

          • Q. Shtik July 1, 2023 at 11:51 am #

            I don’t let it interfere with intrusion into comment sections. – draup

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

            Of course not. These comments aren’t freakin’ doctoral dissertations fer Chrise sakes.

        • megabeth July 2, 2023 at 2:32 pm #

          Also, you add an “e” after the “o” in forming a plural with foreign words, so: “peccadilloes,” although we tend to drop that “e” as words gain familiarity.

    • MaryQueen June 30, 2023 at 10:47 am #

      I didn’t care because it wasn’t sexual harassment, it was consensual, even if probably there was a power dynamic at play.

      Also, I do believe the impeachment was over lying, not the affair. If we were to impeach or fire everyone who has an affair, there’d probably be very few people remaining in office. While having an affair is a horrid affront to ones’ wife (or husband), the reason many women don’t GAF about what Bill Clinton did with his willie is that it’s none of our business, and we don’t care.

      Why should we?

      • tractorguy June 30, 2023 at 10:53 am #

        See me response to SW, above.

        Tractorguy

        • Q. Shtik June 30, 2023 at 1:53 pm #

          See me response to SW, above. – Tractor

          ===========

          Are you affecting an Irish accent here?

          • MaryQueen June 30, 2023 at 2:59 pm #

            That would be dialect, not accent.

      • Islander June 30, 2023 at 1:09 pm #

        Only in America do we expect powerful politicians to eschew one of the primary perks of power: access to attractive women.

        • MaryQueen June 30, 2023 at 3:03 pm #

          It seems insane, given the incredible stuff we now know these assholes in power do, to care about Monica and her stained dress.

      • elysianfield June 30, 2023 at 9:30 pm #

        “Why should we?”

        …Schadenfreude?

      • MrMangoOnMyShoulder June 30, 2023 at 10:07 pm #

        even if probably there was a power dynamic at play.

        Probably? He was the President of the United States. He was a living embodiment of the ultimate power dynamic.

        That said, the whole impeachment affair (pun intended) was unnecessary and political and a waste of millions of dollars and hours that could’ve been spent tackling actual issues. But yes, you are correct, it was about his lying, not the hummer.

      • GreenAlba July 1, 2023 at 2:51 pm #

        “If we were to impeach or fire everyone who has an affair, there’d probably be very few people remaining in office.”

        Indeed. And it would include such uncharismatic cheats as John Major and Liz Truss. Seriouslly, if power can get both of those a bit on the side, it can do it for anyone. Although, admittedly, Liz T had her affair before she became Liz of the Fourteen Days (or however many it was).

    • megabeth June 30, 2023 at 11:03 am #

      To be fair, the Clinton crime family was dogged by endless investigations and lying over a hummer was just a technicality, which women, too, could understand, not being totally #MeToo creatures ruled by their ids.

      Clinton has covered himself in shame and should not have been president, but the manner in which the Rs impeached him was just stupid, and morally no different from the “by any means necessary” method that the current in crowd uses.

      • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 11:53 am #

        Agreed.

        Notice that Linda Tripp was a Bush I holdover, and after Bill made peace with the Bushies his fortunes improved greatly?

        • MaryQueen June 30, 2023 at 3:03 pm #

          Bill was a Bushie protoge.

      • Islander June 30, 2023 at 1:10 pm #

        Megabeth: Absolutely right.

    • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 11:59 am #

      Women are incredibly attracted to money and power. They often have trouble squaring this with their moral code. Of course the later is pretty much passe, so now not so much.

      Would you accept that from your husband? They would accept all kind of things from their husband if he was Bill Clinton. Many women would rather share a high level alpha like Clinton than be the exclusive wife of a mere normie.

      Monica wanted to be there. Sleazy Bill could have had anyone, but he enjoyed the forbidden fruit of an intern and doing it on the Oval Office.

      Ronald Reagan never took off his jacket, such was his awe of being there. Of course that might mean he was too small for the job. And of course he was. But a deep respect is the median here, and at least he didn’t fail in that regard as he did in so many others.

      Of course Monica was destroyed. Five minutes with a high level alpha ruins a woman for an ordinary man. Add to that the shame of being America’s adulteress and the red letter put on her forever.

      • Cactus Girl June 30, 2023 at 12:27 pm #

        @Jarek: Women are incredibly attracted to money and power.

        This reminds me of an argument I once had with my obese, balding, old and definitely not rich brother. The guy is in his 70’s, says he’s lonely, but he only looks at young women.

        I once chided him about this, saying, “Why would a 25 y/o want an old man like YOU?” His reply was “Paul McCartney has a really young wife!”

        I told him that when he was as rich, cute and talented as Paul, then he could think about it.

        • SW June 30, 2023 at 3:04 pm #

          @ Cactus Girl — I laughed when I read your response. How true!! A coworker of mine that no one with eyesight would have described as attractive thought himself quite the catch. He was a mama’s boy and I guess she inflated his ego to the point only the luckiest of women would be good enough for him.

          Women might initially be attracted to money and power (just like men are to beauty and youth) but eventually, you must talk to these people. If they’re lucky, there’s a good person there.

        • MrMangoOnMyShoulder June 30, 2023 at 10:10 pm #

          “Paul McCartney has a really young wife!”

          Not to throw stones, and I’m sure she’s a lovely lady, but Paul McCartney’s young wife is 63.

      • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 12:35 pm #

        Monica just wanted to meet some guys. She originally thought Bill was too old and unattractive.

        Monica also seemed to revel in her newfound fame, as one writer put it, it was almost as if she didn’t realize what she was famous for.

        Nobody did anything in the Oval Office. That’s a huge room and not at all private.

        • elysianfield June 30, 2023 at 1:33 pm #

          Beryl,
          Did not Monica begin referring to Bill Clinton as “The Creep”?

          • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 1:53 pm #

            I don’t recall that but I’m not going to say it didn’t happen.

          • mrs_saj June 30, 2023 at 5:36 pm #

            “The Big Creep”

      • SW June 30, 2023 at 1:06 pm #

        @ Jarek — “Five minutes with a high level alpha ruins a woman for an ordinary man.” What?! Did he blow out her circuits or something?

        Monica’s reputation was destroyed b/c of the media circus around this sexual interaction. I feel sorry for her b/c her poor judgement in, first, wanting to have sex with the President, second, confiding in someone who was posing as a sympathetic friend, third, she became the butt of jokes.

      • elysianfield June 30, 2023 at 1:36 pm #

        “They often have trouble squaring this with their moral code.”

        Jarek,
        “…You don’t like my principals? …Well, I have others….”~G. Marx

      • Q. Shtik June 30, 2023 at 2:01 pm #

        and doing it on the Oval Office. – Jarek

        ==========

        on?

        • MrMangoOnMyShoulder June 30, 2023 at 10:12 pm #

          Plausible. Be creative here, Q.

      • Uncle Bob June 30, 2023 at 7:21 pm #

        As James Woods said years ago, Bubba was the most powerful man in the world and women all swooned over him, yet his mistress had an ass that looked like somebody had thrown a blanket over two ponies.

      • Anthea July 1, 2023 at 2:18 am #

        @ Jarek:

        “Five minutes with a high level alpha ruins a woman for an ordinary man.”

        This is your rationalization for why you can’t attract women. Actually, women marry men who are physically unattractive and lacking in financial means all the time. I’ve even known women who correspond with prison inmates in hopes of snagging someone–and one woman who married a hard-core alcoholic who was falling-down drunk at the wedding. I knew one woman who married a man with a disability so severe that he had trouble standing up at the wedding.

        All three of these women were fat, unattractive, and well into their thirties. In other words, these were women of the type who are in your league–what with your being without adequate means, unwilling to work, having character deficiencies, seemingly a little on the geriatric side, and almost certainly suffering from a mental and/or physical disability. Usually, physical/mental disabilities make one physically unattractive.

        In reality, there is a substantial pool of women who would at least consider a guy like you. You’re not getting an “alpha” female. Your best bets are to correspond with women in prison or to take your turn working down at the sheltered workshop–as you are doubtless often urged to do.

        • badberries July 1, 2023 at 11:13 am #

          Jarek Anthea, From experience I can tell you what you can expect from the female +39 y.o. single, available scene.

          Middle aged

          Overweight

          Divorced

          Bitter

          Single mothers with;

          Credit problems

          Rude children and

          Small dogs.

          Good luck doing better than a 3.

      • megabeth July 2, 2023 at 2:27 pm #

        I am not sure if I would put up with my husband getting grabby with the girls. The only time I can think of something like this happening is in a bar a few years back. I had been talking to a bibulous guy named Elvis for a long time when I glanced over to find my husband dancing with Elvis’ girlfriend. He was maybe four Scots’ whiskeys deep, and hopping all over the place with her. They were terrible! Elvis and I had a good laugh.

    • sundance47 June 30, 2023 at 12:15 pm #

      I agree – Clinton should have been run out of town on a rail for getting BJ’s in the Oval Office! In my opinion our country missed a chance to recover some sense of morality, dignity in our govt and society. Our trajectory downhill steepened at that point.

      • mrs_saj June 30, 2023 at 5:38 pm #

        I really don’t care if he gets BJs in the oval office. I do care if he’s getting a BJ from an employee while he’s on the phone with Yasser Arafat. There’s where I draw the line.

    • ThorsHammer June 30, 2023 at 1:27 pm #

      “What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.”

      Our host’s usual substantial essay was immediately hi-jacked by the commentarilat due to the merest mention of sexual impropriety from back in the days when that meant relationships between men and women. Or in the case of Willy and Monica, President and girl. Sigh—-.

      I’ll take that as permission to follow another example of the old proverb that has nothing to do with grubby sex on the Presidential Oval Office desk.

      In 1772 Catherine the Great (Empress of Russia) purchased Crimea and acquired a maze of wild lands to the east known as the ukraine (borderlands.) as a bonus. In the immediate aftermath of WWII Stalin drew a pencil line over the general area to assign its administration to one of his underlings and prevent the Poles from regaining control of lands they had lost during the war. After being part of Russia since the 1780’s, the ukraine gradually acquired the status of a district within the the empire of the Soviet Union.

      With the collapse of the Soviet Union, Khrushchev (a Ukrainian who was president of the Soviet Union at the time) got drunk and in a stupor cast it free as an independent country/cash laundrymatt, and nuclear waste depository. For only a few decades of its history since the late 1700’s has the Ukraine existed as a nation. It’s sacred frontiers which half the male population are dying for have their origin as an administrative boundary drawn up by their blood enemy for the convenience of controlling a dispersed rural population. History may not make sense but it occasionally does provide irony.

      A hundred years after Catherine’s purchase of Crimea, the US bought Alaska for the princely sum of 7.2 million dollars. Both parties thought they had done a huge Deal. The Russians because they had decimated the sea otter population and believed it the only thing of value in that rainy and frozen land, and the Americans because they saw it as the first step in building a Global Empire.

      From the perspective of 2023 it looks to me like Alaska is worth a lot more than 7.2 million $$. It would be only just if Russia would declare the original Alaska Purchase invalid and require the US to pay a fair compensation of 7.2 trillion $$ instead. Or instead Russia could demand that the USNATO pay for the cost to Russia of their war to recover their historical lands. A war that the West financed, micro-managed and blocked all attempts at peace settlements. .

      What is fair for the goose is fair for the gander

      • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 2:03 pm #

        Fine thinking. At some point Whites are going to have to flee across the Bering Strait – if they will have us. If they took back Alaska, things would be a lot easier on us. Maybe we wouldn’t have to flee at all.

        • Katerina June 30, 2023 at 6:02 pm #

          Hello Jarek! I couldn’t resist to add to your musings about Alaska being back with Mother Russia. Without trying, you actually hit the nail on the head – Alaska, legally, is STILL part of Russia.
          No one can find any records, not in Russia, nor in US, of these $7.2 millions actually being paid! One would think that such a sale/purchase would, without any doubt, HAVE the recorded sale with said payment made. None. So, technically, the supposed sale was a bit of a PR at the time, but never formalized and therefore, STILL part of Russia. Russia can claim it back any time!

          And ThorsHammer – you also hit the nail on the head 🙂 – JK serious post got immediately hijacked by some crap as usual; hence the reason I no longer wanted to comment on this site. I DO read the JK post and occasionally do glance thru the others comments. Still the same perochial, navel-gazing mindsets, even when he posts some very important info regarding geopolitical matters that can affect your whole lives. Americans are hopeless – the ignorance at what is going on in the REST OF THE WORLD is simply staggering! I think for most of them it will come as a total surprise whem nuclear missiles start falling on their heads.Their criminal neocons are leading them to the cliff edge by continiously provoking and antagonising Russia and guess what will happen to your US of A when THAT red line is crossed…

          • Paula D June 30, 2023 at 6:33 pm #

            I read that it wasn’t a sale at all, but a 100 year lease.

            Those hundred years go faster than you think. Time is up.

          • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 10:44 pm #

            Fascinating.

      • Socrates-Detroit June 30, 2023 at 2:53 pm #

        Thor, I like your thinking, but couple of clarifications/typos.

        Are you sure Catherine the Great “purchased” the Crimean Peninsula? I believe her Russian army fought and took it from the Turks. People died for it.

        The Ukraine has had many occupiers or conquerors: Mongols (I think), Poles, Swedes, Ottomans on the Black Sea; there were Greek settlements before that (Odessa is from the Greek, “Odissos”; Mariupol is “Marioupolis”). The Russian nation, Russian people’s origin, is Kievan Russ from Kiev (now called Kyiv in our politically correct parlance).

        Stalin did in fact redraw the lines, and L’wow became Lvov (Russian) or Lviv (Ukranian). Before it became part of newly independent Poland in 1919, this area had been ruled by Austria-Hungary, and contained several groups, including many Poles and “Ukrainians”.

        Poland was given Pomerania/Silesia in the West, and Stalin just took East Prussia (today’s Kaliningrad…). These areas were clearly predominately German (that’s why even after Versailles, they remained German). The Germans “left” (they didn’t have much choice), I think some 6 million of them, and most resettled in WEST Germany, where they helped created the “German economic miracle”.

        If one thinks of Poland as a doormat (no offense meant), it was as if after WW2 it was “lifted” and “moved West”.

        Poland and Ukraine are in fact the footpaths for armies going from West to East (Napoleon, Germany) and vice versa (Russia, in 1814 all the way to France, and in 1945 to the middle of Germany.

        (This is why Russia will not tolerate a NATO Ukraine. Quite understandable. Just putting Poland into NATO was provocative. But that happened after the USSR had imploded (like the USA is likely to do), and Russia was weak, and could only meekly protest. Those days are long gone).

        Then, in the 1950s, Khrushchev, ‘redrew’ the lines, supposedly when he had been drinking as you say, and gave the “Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic” some traditionally “Russian” areas, including Crimea.

        At the time, it was as relevant as if the President of the USA decided that Michigan’s upper peninsula is really part of Wisconsin and made that change. In a centralized USA (as the USSR was), it is largely irrelevant to the residents of Marquette or Sault Ste. Marie if they are in Michigan or Wisconsin. But, if one day America divides, it would be relevant if these people identified more with Michigan.

        Yeltsin was the President of Russia in the 1990s, after the USSR imploded, when Russian society and the Russian people were under incredible economic and social stress and disruption. The 1990s were a “dark decade” for Russia, and Russia could do little when Poland was admitted to NATO, a most provocative move (recall the US reaction when the Soviets sought to put missiles in Cuba).

        I mention all this because even though CFN readers are a tiny sliver of the population, they have a much better grasp of what is really happening, and I feel it is important to be factually correct in this space.

        • Katerina June 30, 2023 at 6:13 pm #

          Socrates-Detroit

          Thank you!

          Katerina.

        • Paula D June 30, 2023 at 6:36 pm #

          To be factually correct, it was Lenin who created Ukraine, not Stalin.

          • Katerina June 30, 2023 at 7:33 pm #

            Paula, if it was a 100 year lease on Alaska, it expired about 100 years ago!
            As you said – the time is up.. now you can all move to Alaska and become Russians! : )
            I am sure VVP will provide you with passports and then you will be entitled to russian wonderful pensions, 3 years fully paid maternity leave, 10% flat tax, excellent and remarkably cheap health services plus all the other benefits that Russians enjoy!

        • megabeth July 2, 2023 at 2:47 pm #

          The United States is so huge that it can never truly cohere into a traditional nation. As a lifelong Wisconsinite, I feel more like a Wusconsinite than an American, for sure. And the thought of commandeering the UP, lights up all kinds of pleasure circuits. Isle Royale, too, baby! But we must also cut the port city of Milwaukee loose. America’s Berlin is no more . . . it’s just one more money-sucking blue shithole. I was born there, but I hate the place.

      • ThorsHammer July 1, 2023 at 5:29 pm #

        @Katerina and Paula D

        LOL! So Alaska actually does not belong to the US of A— never has! Show me the Money! After Russia is through bringing peace to the Ukraine borderlands and sorting out the centuries of oligarchs and warlords that have laid claim to them, observing the self immolation of NATO, and watching Germany trying to rebuild itself as an industrial powerhouse by clear cutting the Black Forest and turning it into charcoal, Russia can turn its attention to recovering the lost territory of Alaska. it might not require a single shot be fired just like the “conquest” of Crimea—-. Women are so scarce in Alaska I’d bet that a few thousand Russian Foxes could do the job by themselves.

        • Katerina July 2, 2023 at 9:51 pm #

          ThorsHammer

          Thors, I don’t think it would take thousands, couple of hundred will do!

    • Mick June 30, 2023 at 1:32 pm #

      “It was sexual harassment, pure and simple, and an “in-your-face” display of the “old boy’s club”.

      You sound like a simp here. It was not sexual harassment, nor was it an ‘in-your face’ display of the old boy’s club. Not even close.

      It was two horny people who wanted to do what they did. As the ol’ Bob Seger song goes, “He used her, she used him, and neither one cared. They were gettin’ there share”.

      They failed to count the cost though. But silly horny boys and girls rarely do. Bill, as intelligent as he is, never grew up. The head on his shoulders is actually very smart, but he never learned to control the head below his belt. She, Miz Lewinsky, was what you call a classic ‘ho’. Bragged to her friend back home that she was going to the WH with her knee pads on.

      Sexual harassment my ass.

    • abbybwood June 30, 2023 at 1:39 pm #

      But let’s recall how Monica Lewinsky packed her bags for her trip to D.C. crowing about she was “going to Washington to earn her presidential knee pads”.

      Bill Clinton did some outrageous things to Juanita Broadwick (bit her lip and made it bleed then advised her to get some ice on it) and Paula Jones.

      But in the case of Monica it looks like there was a bit of entrapment at play.

      • Anthea July 1, 2023 at 2:25 am #

        @ abbybwood:

        Maybe she said that because that was her assignment.

      • ThorsHammer July 1, 2023 at 6:03 pm #

        @ abbywood

        As Monicagate rose to a fever pitch, the “news” media clamored over each other to capture a few minutes of air time with her. After a hard day of interviews Monica happened to glance at herself in the mirror and realize that she was getting a bit chubby. So she scheduled an immediate appointment with a NY plastic Surgeon to the Stars.

        “Doc, is there anything you can do about these love handles?” I don’t have a lot of time, but the window of opportunity to cement my public image is closing. “Well” says the Doc. “I can do the surgery of course, but you will look a bit strange without any ears.”

        The events surrounding this joke told by my niece are so old that I thought I’d never have another opportunity to tell it.—.

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    • Uncle Bob June 30, 2023 at 6:06 pm #

      The women didn’t light out after Bubba because he was seen as the guarantor of women’s privilege to slaughter their offspring, plus everybody was making megabucks; ergo, Bubba must be spared.

      • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 7:24 pm #

        The legislators voted not to impeach him. The straw women had nothing to do with it.

        • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 7:25 pm #

          Not to remove him.

    • Hereward the Woke July 1, 2023 at 2:16 pm #

      Correct. Clinton actually did what all the pussyhat brigade accused Trump of doing. But nary a word about that!

  2. malthuss June 30, 2023 at 9:50 am #

    On an unrelated note,

    10 inventors who died from their own invention, creation, or discovery (msn.com)

    Here is the most macabre,

    BLUCIFER KILLS LUIS…or was it Lucifer?

    Jimenez was the sculptor behind the work colloquially known as “Blucifer” at the Denver International Airport. He died when pieces of his sculpture fell on him.
    Jimenez had been contracted by the Denver International Airport to make the sculpture and had been working on it for nearly a decade by the time of the incident.
    The 32-foot tall, 9,000-pound sculpture came loose from a hoist while being moved and pinned Jimenez to a steel support beam. The collision severed an artery in Jimenez’s leg and he died before making it to the hospital

    • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 12:08 pm #

      Extraordinary.

      One famous abortionist doctor/businessman crashed his plane which landed next to a cemetery for aborted babies in Idaho.

    • Mick June 30, 2023 at 1:32 pm #

      Well that’s just interesting as Phuck.

  3. mrs_saj June 30, 2023 at 10:07 am #

    Great post today, JHK. I love the use of “transports” as an emotional response. I don’t see that usage often enough to suit my reading tastes.

    I’ll be curious to read your commentary of the continuing simmer that continental Europe finds itself in. For some families unaffordable food IS scarce food. But many other families who could pay the high prices may begin to experience scarcity for the first time.

    • loosethedogs June 30, 2023 at 1:07 pm #

      And the average European doesn’t have nearly the body fat reserves of the average American, no bueno…

      • Hereward the Woke July 1, 2023 at 2:18 pm #

        Loosethedogs. Concerning Euro body fat reserves, as a European, I say hold my beer. We’re catching up fast, especially the slobby Brits.

  4. tom clark June 30, 2023 at 10:08 am #

    God save the queen!

    • megabeth June 30, 2023 at 11:15 am #

      She got hairy laigs, that, that, that turn, agh, *blond* in the sun!

  5. bobfitz03 June 30, 2023 at 10:08 am #

    In no particular order, a few of Jim’s takes on “Joe Biden” drawn from the first half of 2023. He really does lean into the spirit of the thing.

    …the bumbling grifter

    …the putative president

    …the man who is not really even there

    …gibbering near-corpse

    …in mid-transition to being dead

    …celebrated for staying mostly out-of-sight; underground, for speaking a dead language

    …lurching one way and another, zombie-like

    …empathizes and identifies with the dead, encourages more Americans to become dead

    …a place-holder for the Party of Chaos

    …phantom

    …only pretending to run for president

    …charming and dynamic

    …career criminal

    …licentious old grifter

    …the dotty old bird

    …obviously unfit

    …vacuum

    …spectral

    …ectoplasmic

    …perpetually-vacationing Leader of the Free World

    Secret Agent Man

    Scranton Joe

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    • Islander June 30, 2023 at 10:24 am #

      Great list!!

      Are we allowed to combine, and elaborate?

      E.g., ectoplasmic career criminal

      . . . whose translucent face looks like a giant grub . . .

      • megabeth June 30, 2023 at 11:12 am #

        The putative president and aspiring corpse who resembles and behaves like an opossum, gimlet-eyed, gape-mouthed, and wallowing in filth.

        • elysianfield June 30, 2023 at 1:38 pm #

          Opossums are clean. Had one for a pet.

          • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 1:57 pm #

            One used to come up on my porch at night to get a drink of water.

            My cat would look at me as if to ask why I was allowing this strange creature on his property.

          • MaryQueen June 30, 2023 at 3:08 pm #

            Nature’s little janitors.

      • bobfitz03 June 30, 2023 at 2:41 pm #

        That is a winning combo. Good times.

    • Paula D June 30, 2023 at 11:09 am #

      Wait. One of those things just doesn’t belong there, one of those things is not the same.

      • mrs_saj June 30, 2023 at 11:21 am #

        Yeah, how did “charming and dynamic” sneak in?

        • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 12:11 pm #

          Mockery, of course. He’s a charming and animated as you would expect a walking corpse to be.

          And how many of the women who were fine with Bill Clinton’s escapade went on to vote for dirty Grandpa?

          Bill wanders the Earth now in a bathrobe….

        • bobfitz03 June 30, 2023 at 2:38 pm #

          Never let it never be said JHK does not apply an even hand.

    • badberries June 30, 2023 at 11:34 am #

      “Oxidizing slowly”. many posts ago, but I can still relate.

    • abbybwood June 30, 2023 at 1:43 pm #

      Without the CPAP machine to assist his breathing (sleep apnea) old Joe would have probably already kicked the bucket.

    • lflawse July 1, 2023 at 12:55 am #

      I thought the classic was
      “A thousand hair plugs in search of a brain”

      • badberries July 1, 2023 at 2:19 pm #

        iflawse If you think those teeth in that perfect smile are his or are real…lol.

        All I want is the same health care that my elected “representatives” get.

  6. docmartin June 30, 2023 at 10:19 am #

    Here’s the deal folks. We all know the truth of the insanity and criminality that surrounds us. We yak on blogs like this and to friends we can trust. Yet, NOTHING is done except more finger pointing and and nodding to the disgusting truths that are known. Don’t tolerate bullshit from assholes, laugh at mentally ill leftists and do whatever you can to take down these crazies without getting yourself incarcerated, and if you can find out who Jarek really is, bludgeon his ass to a pulp!

    • Paula D June 30, 2023 at 11:14 am #

      All hail the attorney general of Missouri, who is doing something about it.
      How far will this lawsuit get? That is another question.

      But there are people trying. It’s just that they get no credit or notice.

      //nclalegal.org/state-of-missouri-et-al-v-joseph-r-biden-jr-et-al/

      • Lyndy33 June 30, 2023 at 12:31 pm #

        Bravo!

      • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 2:42 pm #

        Missouri seems to be fighting the rampant unconstitutionality of the covid era in other ways as well.

        Where are the other 50 states?

        • Paula D June 30, 2023 at 6:38 pm #

          I think that Louisiana also filed a suit.

          And the surgeon general of Florida seems good.

          But yeah, where are the rest?

    • MaryQueen June 30, 2023 at 1:25 pm #

      Plenty of people who have put themselves on the line over the past few years. Some didn’t live to tell the tale. Many are still at it.

      • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 2:50 pm #

        That’s something I learned from the Dr. Scott Atlas book.

        He said that a great many Americans were reaching out to him, where analyzing data, reading reports, crunching numbers, etc.

        Americans with no professional backgrounds even. It makes me proud to learn that.

        BTW Alex Berenson now confirms that Died Suddenly is real.

        URGENT: the cardiovascular death toll from mRNA Covid jabs is hugely underreported, peer-reviewed studies suggest

        #DiedSuddenly indeed. Autopsies and medical reviews in Japan and Qatar suggest the shots killed thousands of young adults within weeks of injection; most deaths were never linked to the jabs.

        https://alexberenson.substack.com/p/urgent-the-cardiovascular-death-toll

        • MaryQueen June 30, 2023 at 3:09 pm #

          Yes, we weren’t dying fast enough, the vaxxes and lockdowns and all the other shit had to be deployed.

    • elysianfield June 30, 2023 at 1:39 pm #

      ” and if you can find out who Jarek really is, bludgeon his ass to a pulp!”

      Doc,
      C’mon man….

      • MaryQueen June 30, 2023 at 3:10 pm #

        Considering Jarek has posted that women should be raped and killed, it’s really not that bad.

        • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 10:47 pm #

          A lie. Your Father in Hell smiles his work to see.

          We were all doing so well today…..

          • MaryQueen July 1, 2023 at 7:59 pm #

            Jarek March 23, 2023 at 3:14 pm #

            “Robot women are the only women worthy of love.

            Human women deserve to be raped and then have their throats slit.”

          • MaryQueen July 1, 2023 at 8:01 pm #

            God told me you’re an asshole, and will be going to hell, btw.

          • Jarek July 2, 2023 at 1:49 pm #

            No, Anglin said that and I apologized for posting before I read the whole thing – for which I apologized, as you well know.

            You DID say that Woman are life and Men are death – and you never apologized but only denied. When caught dead to rights (I posted the link) you only doubled down.

            You’re the one with the hell bound heart.

          • MaryQueen July 2, 2023 at 5:56 pm #

            No, Jar.

            You’re projecting again, I’m afraid.

            I never said women are life and men are death. You did.

            I have asked about 20 times now for you to provide the quote. If I wrote that, it should be easy enough to find.

            But you can’t. Because I didn’t.

            But you DID post what I just claimed you did, and you continue to lie and say you didn’t. Now you’re blaming Anglin? Weak sauce, dude.

    • abbybwood June 30, 2023 at 1:44 pm #

      Now in Michigan if a person says the wrong pronouns for someone they can face five years in prison!

      • Blackbird June 30, 2023 at 9:56 pm #

        Thanks for bringing that to my attention abby.

        Michigan’s House of Representatives has passed (59 to 50) a hate speech bill, HB 4474, criminalizing the use of “hate speech.” It now goes on to the Senate (20 D vs. 18 R) for “further reading”. Governor Gretchen eagerly awaits signing this nonsense into law.

        (The quotes are from the full article, by David Paul, on Daily Express: the-express.com/news/us-news/104281/michigan-hate-speech-bill-HB-4474-pronouns)

        Winter Water Wonderland!

        • MaryQueen July 2, 2023 at 5:57 pm #

          It would be quite entertaining to add Whitmer and Hochul to the Dictators Zoo.

          Can you imagine?

          Witmer’s like a prettier version of Hochul, younger too, I think, but both are batshit insane.

      • Hereward the Woke July 1, 2023 at 2:21 pm #

        Abby, so now we have to call Whitmer a Wizard instead of a Witch? Confusing.

  7. zappalives June 30, 2023 at 10:21 am #

    This shitbox country deserves everything headed its way !

  8. redrock June 30, 2023 at 10:22 am #

    Kamala in the oval office? Just one dumb fucking moron replacing another. SNAFU.

  9. Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 10:22 am #

    On a slightly unrelated note, but since the topic includes presidential politics, I want to say this.

    The Supreme Court handed down a decision on affirmative action that didn’t go down to well with the usual cast of characters.

    The case was initiated, I believe, due to a non-white individual being passed over for admission to Ivy League schools.

    Justice Ketanji Jackson Brown wrote a dissenting opinion, if you could call it that, because as others have pointed out, it was full of “feelz” and short on law.

    This man said it well:

    “If sanity ever makes a comeback, Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard will be seen as the prime exemplar of how Obama/Biden judges tried to derail the rule of law by substituting their responsibility to make decisions based on law with making decisions based on feelings.”

    https://twitter.com/HansMahncke/status/1674464480900657165?s=20

    • rainmaker June 30, 2023 at 10:30 am #

      I watched the lamestream news last night. The leadoff segment was about the Affirmative Action shootdown. ABC had a well fed black girl college student whining about how unfair it was to be black in America, and how traumatized she was. This country needs a purge of these race victim hustlers, and a lot of other cowardly entitled crybabies.

      • SW June 30, 2023 at 10:34 am #

        It was kind of a non decision. Roberts wrote something like “a person’s life experience and circumstances can be taken into consideration” blah blah blah so nothing will really change. High achieving Asians were being passed over for mediocre students. Let’s check back in 5 years and see if anything has changed.

        • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 11:08 am #

          Harvard has already said they will find a way to maintain their god, diversity.

          • Mick June 30, 2023 at 1:34 pm #

            Harvard is already admitting trannies, whether they have the marks to get in or not.

            Or it may be Yale. My bet it is all the Ivy League skools.

          • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 2:05 pm #

            Harvard is trying to make the girls on the swim team responsible for Lia Thomas’ well-being.

            ““The conversations and controversy surrounding Lia have been challenging to read,” the letter said before going on to argue that teammates should set aside their “personal” beliefs and let Thomas compete.

            “Regardless of your personal stance, Lia has been incredibly transparent and is abiding by all NCAA rules. That is a fact,” it said.

            “Life is more important than politics,” it continued. “While we will never tell you what to do or what to believe, it doesn’t benefit out team from winning a championship if we spend our collective energy getting annoyed or frustrated. Let the NCAA figure out their next steps. Let us focus on our team. And if any press reaches out, then please direct them to our Sports Media Office and ideally, refrain from comment.”

            https://www.breitbart.com/sports/2023/06/21/riley-gaines-torches-letter-emotionally-blackmailing-harvard-swim-team-on-lia-thomas/

          • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 2:06 pm #

            Most Whites at Harvard don’t identify as such.

      • badberries June 30, 2023 at 11:36 am #

        Take away her SNAP card.

    • Islander June 30, 2023 at 10:30 am #

      “The case was initiated, I believe, due to a non-white individual being passed over for admission to Ivy League schools.”

      It was not an individual.

      For an update and commentary from Ron Unz, see

      httpX://www.unz.com/announcement/the-fall-of-affirmative-action/

      • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 11:09 am #

        Thank you.

    • MaryQueen June 30, 2023 at 10:30 am #

      Affirmative Action was built on a theory which proved not to work. They gave it a long run, and it has been disastrous.

      I am actually quite heartened about the SCOTUS decision, which appears to deliver a blow to the entire Woke Jacobin agenda.

      Of course any rebuttal would have to contain lots of feelz, because facts are certainly not on their side.

      • SW June 30, 2023 at 10:47 am #

        The door was cracked open to leave room to continue affirmative action but what I’m hoping will happen is this will give these universities a little backbone starch to again start using SATs and more nonobjective criteria for admissions. But some of the wording was vague and the universities could still justify “lived experience” stuff if they want to evade the ruling.

        • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 11:17 am #

          I know a white boy from a blue collar background who was greatly helped by that SAT.

          It was actually a very good test, it was a good predictor of how well you could do in certain scholastic environments.

          It is not te fault of the test designers that people started using their scores as measure of how smart they were.

          I saw arguments against using the SATs based on the fact that an individual could boost their scores by taking SAT prep courses.

          That was the whole idea- if you were lazy scholastically you probably wouldn’t do well, but if you applied yourself to your studies, you could do better.

          Yes there are some naturally brilliant types who could ace such tests without much work, but the test measured APTITUDE.

          Why would a person with a low SAT score even want to go to a school with a highly competitive environment?

          • mrs_saj June 30, 2023 at 11:37 am #

            I’ve always wondered about the claim that the SAT is culturally biased. Is reading comprehension more important is some cultures than others? I’ve never found math to be biased. The assumptions built into mathematical modeling can be biased, but not the actual mathematical equations. And fostering a robust vocabulary in one’s children certainly varies by household, but is it a cultural thing?

            Let’s suppose that it can be proven that certain cultures lag behind others in the above mentioned areas. What next? Should a new test be devised that emphasizes skills that are widely found in these cultures that are disadvantaged by the SAT? What would this new test look like? My guess is it would be so offensively racist it would be mistaken for a politically incorrect cartoon and it would test for a myriad of skills that have nothing to do with being successful scholastically.

          • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 12:00 pm #

            Mrs. SAJ, that the whole point of that Reding Is Fundamental program.

            Reading, and to some extent television, extends the range of knowledge of other cultures.

            The claimed questions about things like cups and saucers were unfair to blacks from the ghetto were nobody uses saucers.

            Honestly.

            As if kids hadn’t seen a thousand images of people doing things they don’t do in their own homes by the time they start taking tests.

            Anyway, Indian and Chines students put the lie to the cultural bias theory, as their parents loved having their kids master tests created in America for Americans.

          • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 12:20 pm #

            They designed a test using things Blacks would be familiar with for reading comprehension.

            The Whites still did better than them on their own test.

            And Whites from the poorest parts of Appalachia do better than upper middle class Blacks.

            Every thing you’ve ever been told about this is a Neo-Marxist lie that economics and upbringing are everything and genetics is nothing.

          • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 12:38 pm #

            Jarek, plenty of blacks are able to start doing better when it is expected of them.

          • mrs_saj June 30, 2023 at 1:02 pm #

            And while we are having a civilized conversation about the merits and drawbacks of standardized testing, “disadvantaged youths” who would never set foot in a (free!) public library are burning a public library in Marseille, France to the ground.

          • SW June 30, 2023 at 1:15 pm #

            Freshman English once was used as a washout course that purged the ranks of freshmen who couldn’t write and had poor reading comprehension.

          • Islander June 30, 2023 at 1:20 pm #

            Smarter people figure out strategies to do well on the tests.

            Since the test are (or at least were) scored by how many correct answers one got, the best strategy was to bone up on the the types of problems you are good at, and not get bogged down on questions that stumped you.

            Practice test taking was a good way to familiarize oneself with the terrain. Often the thought processes behind the test questions were a bit obscure, so going over them in a class with your teacher (after taking a “test test”) was a good idea.

            Asian American students are famous for knowing not only their subject matter, but HOW to study, HOW to pool their individual resources in study groups, etc. That is part of their cultural heritage, it seems.

            It is possible that minority students didn’t understand the value of these types of prep.

          • Paula D June 30, 2023 at 1:40 pm #

            I had a 9 y.o. black girl who couldn’t read the letters on an eye chart because she didn’t know the letters.

            Then I had a 5 y.o. Indian girl who I showed the pain scale, made for children, to.
            She pointed to the unhappy face, and then read the accompanying print, ”uncomfortable”.

            Back when I read the New Yorker, there was a feature article about some millionaire who funded an early intervention program for young parents in the swamps of some southern state.
            They sent early education workers out to work with new parents, most of whom were teenagers and stupid

            They showed them how to interact with their babies, and how to talk to their toddlers, etc. The children flourished compared to their peers, and the program was proven to work.
            And then the program stopped.

            Normal people may not realize how little stupid people interact with their offspring. I’m not talking about reading to them, or taking them to museums, I’m talking about making eye contact, or speaking complete sentences instead of barking orders, or simply knocking them out of the way.
            Babies are kept strapped into plastic seats. Toddlers are handed off to relatives or friends for weeks at a time.

            Changing the SATs is not going to make up for the lack of intellectual stimulation from birth.

          • Paula D June 30, 2023 at 1:45 pm #

            My son was telling me that he volunteered his 4 y.o. for reality testing. (Which makes me nervous. Are they going to try to convince him that humans can change sex?)

            Anyway, one of the questions was: Can people walk through walls? My grandson said: Yes.
            My son asked him afterwards why he said that. My grandson said: That’s what doors are for!

            Well, duh.

          • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 2:08 pm #

            Beryl: “doing better”. Yeah, that’s real scientific, like.

            In the old military, they had a test called the ASVAB. Most Blacks couldn’t pass it and weren’t qualified to sign up. It was an IQ test of a kind, a bit more “practically” geared.

          • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 2:56 pm #

            It’s a fact, Jarek. I’ve seen it.

            I have personally seen underperforming students master subject matter when there is someone standing over them expecting them to.

            Curiously, it works better when the taskmaster is a black man.

          • ThorsHammer June 30, 2023 at 4:54 pm #

            I once dated a social “science” grad student who did an extensive study exploring the best predictive measures for “success” (as defined by probability of graduation.)

            Guess what. Wealth of the father is the winner by a New York mile. IQ doesn’t even rank. After all, the Bush Shrub graduated from Yale—-.

          • Islander June 30, 2023 at 4:59 pm #

            Paula:
            “Normal people may not realize how little stupid people interact with their offspring. ”

            True, that.

            The reading part if just that, a part.
            Infants’ cognitive development requires intensive interaction from birth.

            The guy who to my knowledge has made the clearest connections between emotional and actual physical brain and also cognitive development in infants and toddlers is Dr. Stanley Greenspan.

          • Blackbird June 30, 2023 at 10:10 pm #

            “Smarter people figure out strategies to do well on the tests.”

            And the smartest just walk in and take the test. You know it or you don’t.

            I think that the planned long-term outcome for this decision by the Supremes is, the replacement of “affirmative action”, by other legislative arm-twisting, even more destructive to the maintenance of a healthy black culture in the US. I think we’ve had a foretaste over the last 3 years or so.

          • Blackbird June 30, 2023 at 10:23 pm #

            “Normal people may not realize how little stupid people interact with their offspring.”

            That’s an important message distilled into one bottle…

            And how do those kids turn out? Playing cars on the floor by himself (a girl can play this part too, in which case, “herself”). Running over your foot to get your attention, but unable to engage with you if you get down on the floor and grab a car for yourself (“yourselves” if there are more than one of you).

            …but the rain has started, and I’m in a small boat.

          • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 10:53 pm #

            Ladies, please! Of COURSE it cultural – because it’s genetic first. Smart people are interested in smart things (speaking very broadly), value study and books, pass these values onto their kids and thus create an intellectual culture. Dumb people don’t do this and create an idiot culture.

            The fly in the ointment is the high IQ commissar type who doesn’t care about learning per se, but only insofar as it can advance him. The Western corporate mentality is the same. Advance up the ladder or make money. As Thoreau said, They don’t see forests but just so much lumber or “bio-fuels”.

      • Hereward the Woke July 1, 2023 at 2:23 pm #

        MQ: it all began as equality of opportunity but inevitably morphed into equality of outcome. That’s what they mean by the new buzzword, “Equity”. We’ll soon be at the stage where we’ll have to do our own background checks on the pilots every time we take a flight.

        • MaryQueen July 1, 2023 at 8:04 pm #

          No doubt. Self-policing is already in action!

          Watch your language, you might be a micro-aggressive racist.

    • BackRowHeckler June 30, 2023 at 10:36 am #

      The thing is, if a state of chaos did break out in Russia with Putin deposed, who then would take control of the 6000 nuclear warheads about in the country? I’m willing to bet it would be an individual that’s a lot more of a hardass than VPutin is. Actually Putin seems kind of measured, understated & calm. I’m thinking the neocons are hoping for an attractive universalist woman from academia such as the PMs of New Zealand or Sweden, the type who spent the month of July leading various Pride celebrations. It ain’t gonna happen.

      • Paula D June 30, 2023 at 11:26 am #

        lol, put in Maria Zakharova, and show those assholes what a real woman is like.

        Maria doesn’t put up with any shit.

        • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 12:22 pm #

          Yeah, real Women are actually more masculine than Men are. They are the real Men!

          See how the deep the rot has spread.

          • Paula D June 30, 2023 at 1:46 pm #

            No wonder you can’t find a woman. You think that real women should put up with your shit.

          • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 2:09 pm #

            I have no interest in putting up with shit like the above.

          • Q. Shtik June 30, 2023 at 2:53 pm #

            See how the deep the rot has spread. – Jar

          • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 10:55 pm #

            Or, how the deep rot has spread.

      • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 12:39 pm #

        Yes Putin has the cool demeanor.

        • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 10:54 pm #

          He’s like Ice in West Side Story.

      • Islander June 30, 2023 at 1:22 pm #

        BTH–

        My Moscow friend suggestsed that Prig is in “good hands” with Lukashenko, who is much more of a hard-ass than Putin.

      • ThorsHammer June 30, 2023 at 4:58 pm #

        @Back Row Heckler

        “attractive?” PM of New Zealand? Maybe if you are a horse.

      • Katerina July 1, 2023 at 5:11 am #

        BackRowHeckler

        And WHO exactly is going to “depose” him? The President of Russia has MASSIVE support not only from populace but also from his military. Over the years (he is a head of State for over 23 years now!), Putin has assembled an awesome team – from his Foreign Minister, his Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, his Generals, etc, down to a very clever lady that runs Russian Central Bank, not to mention Maria Zakharova – all people of honor, highly expierenced, capable, loyal and like him, true patriots. Their job, as they see it is to look after Mother Russia and it’s People. Name me one politician in the West with these qualities. My advise is not even try to compare Russian Government to the ghouls that run your countries and your lives.The latest poll, after the stupidity orchestrated by Prigozhin, has got Russian President approval rating close to 90%!
        Neocons in the West were left high and dry in their masturbating fantasies of chaos in Russia with Putin deposed!
        Delusional imbecils who don’t know a sodding thing abour modern Russia.They still think it’s like it was in the 90s when traitor Yeltsin has allowed them to rob and pillage Russia.They descended on it like vultures until Putin stopped their feeding frenzy and threw them all out! Hence the white hatred towards this man, which is consuming them now. Their wet dream is to have these times back again when they were free to loot Russia but Putin is in the way! They desperately want him gone, by whatever means – proxy army in so-called Ukraine is their latest tool. Unfortunately for them Russia is handing them and their proxy army their asses on the plate. And as Putin said, they haven’t even started yet. For Russia it is still a Special Military Operation (SMO) to de-militarize and to de-nazify that shitty Ukraine, it’s not a war for Russia. Meanwhile, they are doing a great job in achieving those goals. The war will be with NATO if it dares to officially put feet on the ground there. They will be eviscerated and that will be the end, not just for NATO but it’s Master – Anglo-Zionist Cabal, which is using their “dumb giant” – USA to run that gang. You still think that NATO is a benevolent organisation bringing “democracy” to these poor misguided people in Iraq, Libya, Syria and others, by bombing them “back to stone age”? Killing millions, maiming and displacing millions more? Destroying infrastructure, hospitals, fields, imposing sanctions? And what they done to Serbia?! Have you ever asked yourselves WHY they are doing it? I doubt that.
        This Cabal has also sucked your country dry – being a global parasite what did you expect from them? Americans, they got you good! You are a dry husk of a country now. Wake the f*ck up and look around the place! See who your real enemy is. BTW it’s not Russia. They just want you to believe that garbage, With insidious brainwashing going on non-stop. Well, they control all your MSMs.
        You have allowed that to happen to yourselves, so, no sympathy. Not smart enough, inward looking and easily distracted by various side shows, like your elections for example.That affliction at being easily distracted, with attention span of a blowfly – sadly, even shows in the comments here. Poor JK must be handling frustration well. I would have given up on you lot long ago. For most, not enough much needed intellect present to even discuss in depth his excellent, informative posts. Just a handful here that can do it..

        As for the neocon’s Cabal – I have to disappoint them – these days when they were looting Russia are NEVER coming back for them. Ever.

        • megabeth July 2, 2023 at 3:17 pm #

          Thanks for this wonderful comment. I would only quibble that the navel-gazing and distraction seem to be peculiar to all sorts of comment sections, not just American comment sections. When one corrects for that, you still get many different outlooks, thanks to our current msm state of propagandizing.

      • Hereward the Woke July 1, 2023 at 2:24 pm #

        Exactly, BRH. The neocon dolts don’t realise that, relatively speaking, Putin is the nice guy.

    • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 12:16 pm #

      Mary posted an important tweet last night. One of the strong dissenters is RFK Jr. He loves Affirmative Action and Equity. Or as many tweeters said, politically correct racism.

      The Asians, the most intelligent and thus most persecuted, pushed this case. Whites are pariahs and they didn’t want them involved. I’m amazed the Supreme Court got it right. Thank Trump I guess.

  10. zekesdad June 30, 2023 at 10:24 am #

    “What was the point of all this killing and waste?”

    For Putin it was to re-assemble the Russian Empire and subject his neighbors to despotism. For Ukrainians it was to keep him from doing that.

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    • SW June 30, 2023 at 10:30 am #

      For Putin (as he has clearly stated) it was to stop NATO from encircling Russia and having the ability to put missiles 5 minutes from Moscow.

    • MaryQueen June 30, 2023 at 10:31 am #

      Another one on the side of the Ukraine Azov Nazis, then?

      • Night Owl June 30, 2023 at 4:46 pm #

        There are many Banderite Nazis fighting for the fat dancer and funded by the US government.

        Anyone supporting Ukraine is therefore a Banderite Nazi.

        This means Zeke is a Banderite Nazi.

        These are the rules in 2023.

        • MaryQueen July 1, 2023 at 8:06 pm #

          Yep. He’s made his rhetorical bed with his statements.

          “Fat dancer” – lol.

    • rainmaker June 30, 2023 at 10:34 am #

      Bull hocky – zekesdad. You are just an apologist for the American Empire. America is way ahead of the Russians in the art of destroying sovereign nations and killing people.

      • zekesdad June 30, 2023 at 11:12 am #

        SW, Mary Queen, and rainmaker;

        Why can’t you people hold separate unrelated ideas in your minds simultaneously? Yes, No doubt there is corruption in Ukraine, and Biden is a corrupt puppet of The Deep State, but why does that make you supporters of the corrupt dictator and murderer Vladimir Putin?

        I think Russians are the ones who should be compared to Nazis. Supporting a puppet in Belarus; Committing atrocities against civilians; Launching a blitzkrieg; Deliberately targeting non-strategic areas and cities with missiles. These are all things done by Hitler.

        Can any of you explain why macho-man Putin (who fishes bare chested!) feels threatened by non-nuclear Ukraine when he controls 6,000 nuclear warheads? Did you see the piece in todays Wall St. Journal about Russia moving tactical nuclear weapons into Belarus? Is that not that an escalation? You all are confused about who’s the aggressor, and who’s the defender. How many countries has NATO conquered? How many has Russia at least tried to conquer in the last few years? Have you forgotten about the piece of Georgia they bit off a few years back? Their excuse was that the area was ethnic Russian. That was Hitlers’s BS logic when he rolled into Alsace-Lorraine and Czechoslovakia.

        • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 12:02 pm #

          Zeke I don’t see them as supporters, I see them as pushing back on the falsehoods pushed by our government.

        • rainmaker June 30, 2023 at 12:13 pm #

          Hitler – Hitler – Hitler ! When your argument falls flat – start invoking Hitler!

          • Paula D June 30, 2023 at 1:49 pm #

            While studiously ignoring the swastika tattoos and black sun insignias of the Sons of Banderists (actual Hitler collaborators.)

        • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 12:26 pm #

          As journalist Gonzalo Lira (now imprisoned) said, Imagine if China began giving its weapon systems and “advisors” to Venezuela and then began to work their way up Central America. We would be freaked out. By the time they got to Mexico, we would be saying, Hell no.

          That’s what we did to Russia. When the Wall fell, the Russians said ok, but not one foot more. We ignored them and kept going with the North ATLANTIC Treaty Organization, a long way from the Atlantic now. They decided to take Ukraine decades ago. Putin resolved that was the line in the sand.

        • Lyndy33 June 30, 2023 at 12:54 pm #

          You seem to have a short memory. Think about the coup of Ukraine in 2014 by members of our own government.

        • MaryQueen June 30, 2023 at 1:29 pm #

          I’m an observer, not a “supporter.”

          And I listen to people on all sides of issues.

          You apparently do not.

    • DaveO907 June 30, 2023 at 11:04 am #

      Good God, man! How can you or anyone who reads *comprehends* the true nature of what is transpiring in Euro-Ukraine conclude what you seemingly have?
      Enlightened, factual evidence points in no way that it has been the Russian Federation behind this murderous mess, it is the U.S.-U.K. and their attack dog NATO churning up the ethnic hatred and revenge-minded from the get-go.
      How anyone can miss this—especially as readers of this blog—is simply astounding.
      But some take pleasure, perverse at that, in throwing in a proverbial “turd in the punch bowl” just to get a sense of momentary empowerment. Your moment has passed. You got your “rise” from me and others. What a waste of already precious time.

      • abbybwood June 30, 2023 at 2:21 pm #

        Maybe if he went to Russia for a two week all expenses paid vacation he would come back singing a different tune?

        Let’s start a Go Fund Me for his trip.

        Or if he won’t go maybe we could get him to watch Scott Ritter’s video detailing his recent trip which includes lots of mingling with local Russians and why Putin enjoys an 80% approval rating.

    • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 11:20 am #

      Yes that is the belief (or fear) of many. There are two major sides too this conflict, and multiple facets.

      That’s why both sides should have been allowed to sit down and hammer it out without the interference of Boris and Biden.

      • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 12:30 pm #

        Thank you for standing up to the Russo-philes.

        Some Ukrainians – actually quite a lot – want their own thing. They look to the West – though not the modern West, lol – and have for a long time. See the work of Samuel Huntington.

        They feel very strongly about this, willing to die for their unborn nation. Why shouldn’t they be heard too?

        And yes, of course they are being unreasonable by trying to force Russian Ukraine into their thing. That’s bullshit.

        • Islander June 30, 2023 at 1:25 pm #

          Too bad they won’t get a chance to vote under their current “leader,” Zel.

          • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 2:12 pm #

            Yeah, they’re strong but not so schmart, eh?

            Barbarians hoodwinked by an ancient race, mere children in their hands.

    • Paula D June 30, 2023 at 11:35 am #

      Yeah, sure the US has killed 20,000,000 people in the last 70 years, while destroying their lives and infrastructure, but now we’re only allowed to talk about Russian aggression.

      Those damn Russians moved into Ukraine, 8 years after the US-backed coup that overthrew the elected government and put in open Nazis.
      Just because the Nazi-infested Kiev regime was killing ethnic Russians in the Donbass doesn’t mean that Russia should interfere in a civil war (started by Americans like Victoria Nuland and Joe Biden.)

      Clearly, trying to force the embedded Kiev troops out of the Donbass is just a prelude to restoring the Russia Empire.

      And never mind that the non-Donbass citizens of Ukraine voted over 70% for peace, the last time they were allowed to vote.
      That means nothing!
      zekesdad has been convinced by the mainstream propaganda-pushers that Ukraine is united, I tell you, united! in their determination to have men kidnapped off the streets and press ganged into going to the Donbass and killing women and children and Russians.

      Because……freedom!

      • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 12:31 pm #

        Name one bad thing Russians have ever done.
        Nothing, right?

        You lose.

    • Islander June 30, 2023 at 1:23 pm #

      Gosh, I wonder who Zeke is, then.

      • Paula D June 30, 2023 at 1:52 pm #

        A little brainwashed boy, is my guess.

        Poor kid, he doesn’t stand a chance.

    • Katerina July 1, 2023 at 5:24 am #

      zekesdad

      One word for you – moron. Well, lets make it two – ignorant moron.

      • MaryQueen July 1, 2023 at 8:07 pm #

        So many possibilities…

    • Hereward the Woke July 1, 2023 at 2:27 pm #

      Zeke: Putin has never given any indication that he wants to rebuild the Soviet Union. If he did, he would have attacked Ukraine with 3m men, not the original 70’000) and he would have taken out the Baltic states. What Putin wants in Ukraine is for Kiev to recognised the UN-ratified Minsk Declarations signed by both nations that give some autonomy for ethnic Russians in the Donbass, and protections from being killed by the Ukrainian neo-Nazis. If you still want a bogeyman to hate on, turn your gaze towards DC.

      • Paula D July 1, 2023 at 6:28 pm #

        We’re beyond that now. Donetsk and Lugansk are now independent countries who have joined the RF.
        No way they would go back to the murderous and corrupt Ukraine controlled by the US/NATO, no matter what empty promises are given.

        They already know that Kiev lies, no matter who is the president, because they are all controlled by the murderous scum who also control our country.
        It is the US/UK/NATO who are forcing the Kiev regime to continue to feed Ukrainian men into the Donbass to be killed by the defending forces there.

        So now it is a matter of finally uprooting the intruders and their vicious backers, and freeing the Donbass of their tyranny and terrorist attacks.

        But I certainly agree that the hate should be turned to the ruling overlords of the USA.

  11. Mac June 30, 2023 at 10:25 am #

    Yeah, the Clinton BJ-gate was just about sex, except that he put himself in a position to be blackmailed. So…it really wasn’t just about sex.

    • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 12:33 pm #

      If she really loved him for him, she would become his nurse now!

      Or did she just love the power?

      • Disaffected June 30, 2023 at 4:07 pm #

        I think she mostly loved the cigar. It was novel, creative, and most of all, satisfying.

        • beantownbill. June 30, 2023 at 9:04 pm #

          Dis, how do you know this? Have you used cigars that way?
          Hmmm.

          • Disaffected June 30, 2023 at 11:24 pm #

            Touché, my friend!

        • Hereward the Woke July 1, 2023 at 2:28 pm #

          Dis, well she was smoking hot back then.

  12. SW June 30, 2023 at 10:28 am #

    It’s all but impossible to tell what’s going on in Ukraine b/c there’s so much censorship and distortion. But one thing seems pretty clear to me — the Ukrainians have no say in what’s happening to their country. Zelensky has stated (on video) there’ll be no elections so that tells me he knows he can’t win in an open election. I wonder when this is finally over who they’ll hate more? The Russians for invading or the Americans and NATO for sending weapons that drug it out longer and killed more people and destroyed more of their country for the same result.

    The question now is when will America pull the plug and abandon Zelensky?

    • rainmaker June 30, 2023 at 10:39 am #

      Blackrock is busy buying up Ukraine right now. It’s good for Blackrock that Ukraine is rapidly becoming depopulated, makes land cheaper.

      • Islander June 30, 2023 at 1:27 pm #

        Another good reason for the Russians to come to the rescue—rescuing Ukrainian agriculture from Blackrock, that is.

        • Paula D June 30, 2023 at 1:55 pm #

          Yes, both Ukraine and Russia refused GMO seeds, but after the coup, Monsanto/Bayer moved in.

          I saved a comment from a Russian woman talking about Ukraine. This part is relevant. I’ll post the rest downthread.

          “And finally, where was everyone who was silent when large parts of this beautiful country, once Europe’s grain barn, were sold to banks and investors for an apple and an egg, e.g. exploitation for genetic manipulations of Monsanto and Europe’s latest mega bio industry?
          My niece in Ukraine saw such a factory farm built in front of her house. The incessant screaming of those animals packed so close together, and then those big deafening silences…
          Take note: In Ukraine there was only one small-scale breed of beef before the country came into the possession of western block.
          Ukraine has been transformed into a vassal of the West for 8 years. A colony. And all this at the expense of man, animal, nature and environment.”

          • Uncle Bob June 30, 2023 at 7:41 pm #

            Plus Ukraine has been used as a place where the CIA and friends could conduct bioweapon research. Since TPTB were making bank through the project while also solidifying their hold over everyone, nobody looked into it — until Gouliani told Trump, who called Ukraine, and the shit hit the fan.

            ““what was the point of all this killing and waste?” The clear-eyed may suspect that the point was to get Europe to commit suicide, because that is the obvious result. No more natgas for you, Europe, meaning farewell to major industry and a comfortable standard of living. A lot less wheat and corn coming out of Ukraine to Euroland nations, too. When food costs too much, or is just plain scarce, governments fall. Wait for it.”

            The point of it all was (and is) Klaus Schwab and his minions, including George Soros, John Kerry, and Ice Cream Joe, collapsing everything in sight so they can emerge from the rubble as our benevolent leaders. They want to My Lai the world: save everyone by enslaving and/or killing as many of us as possible with their 15-minute cities, eliminating travel, bankrupting everyone through high taxes and energy prices, imposing digital currencies on everyone, and forcing us to eat insects while they eat steaks and fly around on private jets while hectoring everyone about saving the planet. If that means a few million kids end up killing themselves out of desperation over pollution and confusion about their sexual identity, the better, as that helps the bad guys destabilize things.

          • Uncle Bob June 30, 2023 at 7:41 pm #

            Dammit, “Giuliani.” Fat fingers suck.

      • Hereward the Woke July 1, 2023 at 2:28 pm #

        I wonder which will turn out to be stronger, Blackrock title deeds or Russian tanks. I’ll go with the latter.

    • zekesdad June 30, 2023 at 10:42 am #

      Put yourself in Ukrainians’ shoes. Would you really hate the people who gave you the means to defend yourself from an invader, instead of the people who invaded you in the first place? All the killing and destruction would end tomorrow if the Russians stopped their aggression and went home.
      Now that Wagner has pulled out of Ukraine it will really be interesting to see how well the corrupt Russian army does. I wouldn’t be surprised if they get their asses kicked worse that they are now, and Putin begs Prigozhin and Wagner to get back in the fight.

      • MaryQueen June 30, 2023 at 10:52 am #

        You & tucsonslur drink the same Kool-Aid.

        • Night Owl June 30, 2023 at 4:43 pm #

          Which I fully encourage.

          With the Redneck Liberal posting only sporadically to avoid another ban (as Mike Sherman), I crave the entertainment CFN was once good for.

          • Uncle Bob June 30, 2023 at 7:43 pm #

            Where the hell is Old Scratch when you need him?

          • WilliamShatnersPants July 2, 2023 at 9:12 pm #

            Yeah, I remember that poster. Pretty funny mostly, and loathed you with a vengeance, huh?

      • rainmaker June 30, 2023 at 10:56 am #

        Who aggressed who first? Nato encroached to Russia’s borders, then the Naz!fied Ukies started killing people in the Donbass, circa 2014.

        • DaveO907 June 30, 2023 at 11:47 am #

          Not only then, (2014) the 2004 “color revolution” as well, but most especially beginning in the still-smoldering ashes of WW II when the OSS ratlined so many hardcore Banderistas into the USA and Canada.
          The worst, known atrocities of human butchery occurred in the foetid stewpot of western Ukraine, a geography always and ever- under contention from principalities, kingdoms, and nations such as Poland, Prussia, Hungary, the Austrian empire, and more. That’s Ukraine—never a sovereign nation before 1992—as the red-headed stepchild of others’ ambitions. And consequently embittered and angered, forever sullen, never achieving civilized adulthood in the community of nations.

          The fact that Nuremberg was devoid of its plentitude of Ukrainian theater veterans/perpetrators of gross epic genocide goes unquestioned to this day, largely because their part in vicious history was covered up and buried by the respective spook agencies of the U.S. and UK.
          Even the German Nazis stationed there were appalled at the unquenchable blood-thirstiness of the Galacians. Imagine that, the Einzengrüpen SS death squads sickened so. They likely got a taste of just how fallen they themselves were by seeing the further depths of depravity of their own mission that already so closely resembled the rabid OUN, et al.

          Yep, the OSS and MI-5 knew they had the nucleus for their never-ending battle for supremacy over the USSR, and today the Russian Federation, so they took them in. And sent them back, trained in Western methodology to pursue sabotage, strife, and general fuckery in order to carry on with the conquest of the Eurasian landmass. Many thousands died in the region during the Cold War from 1946 on through today. And it will continue until resolved this time, win or lose. The Russians are not going to settle for a “draw” again, this is for all of the marbles.
          And the beat goes on.

          • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 12:37 pm #

            Nations are born in blood – just like babies. Women’s battles are all about babies. When they try to talk about geo-politics they prate of peace, but they are more than happy to accept the fruits of the conquest.

            There is a huge disconnect here. The savages of Western Ukraine are as we once were. Bad asses. Nation builders.

      • SW June 30, 2023 at 11:00 am #

        Where to begin?

        Regan and Bush agreed to not expand NATO “one inch to the East” in exchange for the reunification of Germany. And now the last NATO domino to fall is Ukraine and Russia said you must honor this agreement but NATO continued to push Ukraine to request membership.

        The Maiden coup was financed and abetted by Nuland + 5 billion US taxpayer dollars to destroy a democratically elected government and appoint a US puppet. Then built up its’ army which included the Azov militia (whose patron saint is Stephen Bandera — a neoNazi) then backed a comedian to run for President on a platform that promised he would find peaceful resolutions to their problems.

        I’m not proPutin. I am pro-mindyourowndamnbusiness and don’t export war for innocent people to be sacrificed.

        Ever heard of Vietnam? Afganistan? Iraq? Libya?

        • zekesdad June 30, 2023 at 11:18 am #

          Mind your own damn business. Sounds like a good idea. Why don’t you tell that to Putin?
          Ask him to give back the piece of Georgia he stole, as well as Crimea and the rest of Ukraine. Maybe you could get to pull troops out of African and Middle Eastern countries.

          • messianicdruid June 30, 2023 at 11:52 am #

            Russians go home. Bases No!

          • Paula D June 30, 2023 at 12:09 pm #

            Putin didn’t “steal” part of Georgia.

            South Ossetia was already an autonomous region, as part of a treaty, even though the Georgian regime had designs on it.
            That is why Russian peacekeepers were there, to stop Georgia from breaking the treaty.

            But during the 2008 Olympics, (pushed by John McCain), Georgia attacked South Ossetia and killed a bunch of people, including Russian soldiers.

            That is when Russia, led by Medvedev, not Putin, went into Georgia and pushed the Georgian troops out of South Ossetia, and then left.

            And in the teeny, tiny, little minds of the msm brainwashed, that is an example of “Putin trying to restore the Russian Empire.”

            What a bunch of doofuses!

          • Paula D June 30, 2023 at 12:11 pm #

            Russians go home from Africa?

            Have you ever heard of Africom?

            Or do we carry on ignoring US imperialism, and just wax indignant about Wagner forces in selected countries (invited by the governments of those countries, to fight US-backed jihadist terrorists trying to overthrow them).

          • Paula D June 30, 2023 at 12:17 pm #

            Who overthrew the government of Libya?

            Who took the country with the highest standard of living in Africa, and turned it into a terrorist-infested hellhole with slave markets, leading to boatloads of desperate people trying to escape?

            Who would that be, zekesdad?

            Who paid for, trained and armed jihadists to attack the elected government of Syria, with the openly stated plan to overthrow said government, the last secular government in the Middle East, and put in US-proxy jihadists instead?

            Who would that be?

            Who paid for the jihadists to attack the oldest Christian church in the world, and kill people who still speak Aramaic, the language that Jesus spoke?
            Paul converted on the road to Damascus, but the US spends millions shelling Damascus, trying to turn the country into another failed state.

            Why would anyone support that?

            Which country is having conniption fits because the countries of the Middle East are making peace treaties with each other?

            Which country sent Blinken to Saudi Arabia to express the displeasure of the USA in the Saudis making peace deals with Iran and Syria, and trying to leave Yemen?

            Yeah, that would be the USA.

            What a bunch of fucking hypocrites the brainwashed are.

          • rainmaker June 30, 2023 at 12:22 pm #

            Minding our own business would be a good idea. First, let’s close the 750+ military bases America maintains around the world, at taxpayer expense.

          • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 12:41 pm #

            Thousands of Israeli troops fled from South Ossetia. Think Vlad doesn’t know about that? Think he’s not watching them like a hawk?

            Armenia was defeated by the drones Israel sold to their Muslim opponent. We still consider Israel a Western nation? Why? In what sense? Of course the same question could be asked of us.

          • messianicdruid June 30, 2023 at 1:24 pm #

            Do not light a firecracker from another firecracker.

      • draupnir June 30, 2023 at 11:11 am #

        Well, good for you. You’ve managed to internalize the talking points of the mainstream media news networks and repeat them back,

        • zekesdad June 30, 2023 at 11:21 am #

          And many of you are parroting the talking points of The Kremlin. Zelinsky’s a Nazi, Russia’s being surrounded, they kicking Ukraine’s ass, etc.

          • draupnir June 30, 2023 at 11:55 am #

            I get my news from the English edition of Al Jazeera

          • Night Owl June 30, 2023 at 4:42 pm #

            He is a homosexual and Banderite (Nazi).

            All on tape.

            Your words have no power here.

          • Jarek July 1, 2023 at 12:29 pm #

            A Jewish Nazi/Homosexual. Ridiculous. He’s the grotesque front troll for the International Cabal.

      • zappalives July 1, 2023 at 9:22 am #

        How come a democrat like you isnt over there fighting for your glorious party ?
        Bring your faggot-worship to the ukie masses !
        Form a Hunter Biden volunteer army of mindless pedophiles.
        Die for your lord and savior obama !

    • BackRowHeckler June 30, 2023 at 10:46 am #

      If you read between the lines even in BBC & CNN reports, this Ukrainian Counteroffensive is going nowhere; armor assaults are being broken up by anti tank mines, and infantry formations are being shattered by artillery. But what did we expect, with Ukes having no air support, and 750,000 Russian army & marines given 6 months to dig in deep?

      • zekesdad June 30, 2023 at 11:25 am #

        I think the Ukrainians are holding their own given the lack of air support. Maybe they’ll do better when the get F-16s. Remember, Russia was going to take over Kiev in less than a week. I know that truth is the first casualty in war, but Prigozhin himself admitted to losing 20,000 fighters in the battle for Bakhmut.

        • Woodchuck June 30, 2023 at 12:29 pm #

          The Russians will destroy any and all airbases in Ukraine launching F-16’s. If these jets are staying at airbases in Poland or Germany for those attacks then those bases might be destroyed as well at some point. Maybe ultimately leading to Berlin once again becoming a pile of rubble full of the dead and wounded Germans. If so I can’t really feel sorry for any of them, including my idiot lefty relatives over there.

          If NATO decides to go all in on the Ukraine war and begin attacking Russia with official NATO troops then the end result just might be the end of Western Civ in general. Instead of just Ukrainian troops being run through the meat grinder lets toss into the grinder an additional half million NATO troops as well. Let’s grind up all of the West’s soldiers *and* all of their weapons. Let them spend the rest of their days in poverty.

        • SW June 30, 2023 at 12:42 pm #

          It’s past time for this war to stop and negotiate a peace. Like it or not, the borders of Ukraine have changed due to the war and no amount of fighting is going to get them back now. Even ancient Kissinger could see from the beginning this war needed to stop quickly and the US was ginning up for yet another quagmire.

          • mrs_saj June 30, 2023 at 1:09 pm #

            SW,

            This is the material point.

          • Katerina July 1, 2023 at 7:40 am #

            SW

            This “war” against Russia is being run by a bunch of zio neocons like Soros, Nuland, Blinken and the rest of them – all from same mould, i.e. -khazarian background. They waited for their chance for this attack on Russian sovereignity for a long time. Over the last 30 years they have been busy turning this Ukraine into anti-Russia. First by re-writting their history, and then brainwashing them, starting from school age. The usual playbook. You have been victims of this evil as well. How many of you hate Russia, Iran, China – not knowing exactly why? If anyone asks, you just parrot the crap you heard on CNN and other similar outfits. All owned by Cabal and provide not a news service but a narrative that is designed to brainwash and indoctrinate. Plain, simple propaganda for simple minds. Goebbels would be proud.
            The reason for their deranged Russophobia, apart from greed, is desire to revenge for the expulsion of Talmudic Jews by Russia from an enclave historically known as Khazaria which occupied roughly same area where Eastern Ukraine used to be 15 months ago. Now it’s part of Russia once again. I am talking about Donbass or Novorussia as it’s correct historical name. That expulsion happened quite a few centuries ago, by Russian Tzar, the reason – they were making life a living hell for their Russian neighbours. Nothing changed since then with them – ask the Palestinians.
            Those Neocons in USA now control pretty much everything, including White House. The cadaver there is just something for them to hide behind, that is why he was installed there, so they can carry out their agenda. And that agenda is to start a war with Russia, which will destroy humanity.
            They are THAT crazy. They need to be stopped. And soon!
            You have been warned…

        • Islander June 30, 2023 at 1:29 pm #

          I think Zeke is a troll.
          Maybe consider not feeding him . . .

          Me, I conserve energy.

          • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 2:14 pm #

            A troll or perhaps a propagandist.

          • Paula D June 30, 2023 at 2:33 pm #

            One of those NAFO propagandists, maybe.

            It would be really pathetic if he spouted all that nonsense and didn’t get paid.

        • Hereward the Woke July 1, 2023 at 2:32 pm #

          Zeke: “Russians holding their own”. Holding their own territory, maybe. The Ukrainians haven’t even reached the actual Russian front lines. They are still trapped in the grey zone minefields. The main objective of the SMO was to destroy the Nato-built Ukrainian army on its borders. They are doing that at a ratio of 7-1. Kiev lost over 70000 men in Bakhmut, so even if P’s numbers for Wagner are true, that is still a massive imbalance that is unsustainable for Kiev.

      • Night Owl June 30, 2023 at 4:41 pm #

        There are a few accounts on Twatter (viewable via VPN here in New Normal Nazi Germany) that post videos of Ukies getting pummeled 24/7.

        It’s pretty gruesome, and unless the EU fascists step in, there is no hope for the globalist project and the fat dancer.

        • Hereward the Woke July 1, 2023 at 2:34 pm #

          Larry Johson at Sonar21.com put up a video of Ukie troops trapped in a minefield in no-man’s land. It was almost unwatchable. Soldiers and tanks being blown apart and not even in sight of the enemy. The Ukrainians are very brave soldiers, but they are dying just to keep a perverted psychopath in power a few months longer.

          • Night Owl July 1, 2023 at 3:56 pm #

            It exposes how twisted nearly all of our Western leaders are. Many innocents dying for the EU and globalists desire to destroy Russia and gobble up its resources.

            NATO is organized crime.

    • Phineas June 30, 2023 at 12:43 pm #

      in Ukraine b/c there’s so much censorship and distortion.
      True of the USA too.

      the Ukrainians have no say in what’s happening to their country.
      Exactly true of America too.

      Zelensky has stated (on video) there’ll be no elections so that tells me he knows he can’t win in an open election
      Rigged election here in the USA same result as no election in Ukie land because Biden cannot win nor did he win the last time against Trump.

    • Q. Shtik June 30, 2023 at 3:12 pm #

      that drug it out longer – SW

      ===========

      should be dragged, I think

      • Islander June 30, 2023 at 5:06 pm #

        I expect Phineas chose that word on purpose, for literary effect.

        Speaking of minding one’s own business . . . .

      • Hereward the Woke July 1, 2023 at 2:34 pm #

        Give it a rest. It’s getting tiresome.

  13. snagglepuss June 30, 2023 at 10:39 am #

    I adore Andrei Martyanov. Very knowledgeable about Russian capabilities and quite funny. As for that weasel Prigozhin, he’s going to get kicked in the financial gonads. Putin said, ““Between May 2022 and May 2023 alone, the Wagner Group received 86,262 million rubles (approx. $1 billion) from the state to pay military salaries and bonuses… But while the state covered all of the Wagner Group’s funding needs, the company’s owner, Concord, received from the state, or should I say earned, 80 billion rubles ($940 million) through Voentorg as the army’s food and canteen provider. The state covered all its funding needs, while part of the group – I mean Concord – made 80 billion rubles, all at the same time. I do hope that no one stole anything in the process or, at least, did not steal a lot. It goes without saying that we will look into all of this.” Everyone who committed crimes against mother Russia will be held accountable. The War Crimes Tribunals will be one for the ages.

    • Paula D June 30, 2023 at 12:20 pm #

      Wouldn’t it be great if the US looked into corruption in the MIC?

      Where did those missing trillions go?

  14. teddyboy46 June 30, 2023 at 10:40 am #

    I have the the greatest respect for JHK, but I was always skeptical of John Durham. I am also skeptical that the Biden’s will suffer any legal prosecution . They will ride off with the loot. The Fix is in Bro.

    • draupnir June 30, 2023 at 11:32 am #

      Nothing new about that. When Marius, or perhaps Sula was council in Rome, some general was off near Germania, fighting one of their interminable wars. His army liberated a huge haul of treasure from its rightful owners during the process of looting. The general ordered it loaded into wagons and sent it, under escort, to Rome. En route, the convoy was waylaid, every man jack of them was killed, and the treasure disappeared, never to be seen again. The general’s fortune suddenly went from modest to almost unimaginably huge, though how that was accomplished remains one of history’s mysteries.

      • Paula D June 30, 2023 at 12:21 pm #

        Ukraine is now looting Orthodox Christian churches and sending the loot to various western countries.

        Oh, and the Vatican.

        Same as it ever was.

        • SW June 30, 2023 at 12:46 pm #

          Where was the Vatican demanding Zelensky stop the persecution of Russian Orthodox priests and the monasteries? That certainly didn’t get much coverage in the MSM.

          • Woodchuck June 30, 2023 at 1:29 pm #

            Where is the Vatican when Eastern Orthodox Serbia was and is being hassled by NATO? There are still bad problems ongoing in Serbia because this country has traditionally been friendly towards Russia. Can’t have that can we? It was a problem in Serbia that officially kicked off WWI. Some issues and problems never go away. Why?

          • Paula D June 30, 2023 at 2:03 pm #

            It was the Vatican who backed the Crusaders who burned Constantinople, killed the Orthodox monks, and looted the place.

            Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople.
            It’s a catchy tune, but not such a great reality.

      • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 12:47 pm #

        Yes, Rome. Elite families vied for control. It is the same here and now. The Kennedys lost power and now RFK Jr is making a bid to get it back. Think he is going to reform Rome? He’s in favor of CRT and Affirmative Action. See his tweet about the Supreme Court decision.

        He’s against big Pharma. There his soul shines forth. Some good environmentalism and some really bad too – the Global agenda. Only on Pharma is he really clear and good.

        • MaryQueen June 30, 2023 at 1:37 pm #

          He can feel free to battle big pharma and the medical industrial complex, as its model is failing.

          He seems to support the global climate hoax, and that is the next threat against us.

          • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 3:01 pm #

            He got halfway there, realing that climate was used as cover for imposition of the global agenda.

            I had high hopes he would come around all the way.

            Then I saw that tweet on the AA decision. Oh my God that tweet.

          • Woodchuck June 30, 2023 at 3:01 pm #

            The global climate hoax is the next model to fail in a big way. Most everyone these days spends their lives in climate controlled comfort so they are clueless as to what’s going on outside in the first place. There is no warming going on. Where I am in the South it was normal to have temps running into the mid 90’s and sometimes hitting triple digits for a few days. It was HOT. Not anymore. For weeks ahead there’s rain in the forecast and temps in the mid 80’s. Mid 80’s was what we had in May, not July. Severe storms and tornados are ripping through the US right now because of COLD air colliding with hot air coming up from the Gulf. The West has been having record snow and rainfall. The climate hysteria about Western drought has changed its tune for a while.

      • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 2:16 pm #

        “Every man jack”. There’s an expression you don’t hear anymore. I like it.

        • beantownbill. June 30, 2023 at 5:31 pm #

          That’s the name of the shampoo I use.

          • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 6:10 pm #

            Get out!

        • Hereward the Woke July 1, 2023 at 2:36 pm #

          I know a rude joke about that, Beryl…

  15. Ishabaka June 30, 2023 at 10:45 am #

    France is enjoying the many benefits of vibrant diversity at present.

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    • MaryQueen June 30, 2023 at 10:53 am #

      All of Europe seems to be.

    • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 12:48 pm #

      Whites need their own countries. Access to White People is not a human right.

      • messianicdruid June 30, 2023 at 1:54 pm #

        Think of all the things we would not have learned if we had kept to ourselves.

        • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 2:17 pm #

          Learning (and morality) is for the living and for races that exist. Ours is on its way out thanks to ideas like yours.

          When we still loved ourselves, we explored the world and other cultures. But we mixed that with exploitation and thus acquired a guilt complex, one assiduously cultivated by our Enemy. Our downfall is simply a matter of time now.

          You people just refuse to learn. With your background in Identity, you should have a great advantage, but No! Your conditioning has proven too strong.

      • Night Owl June 30, 2023 at 4:38 pm #

        I feel bad for laughing at this.

    • Islander June 30, 2023 at 5:14 pm #

      The main public library in Marseille has been burned down.

      The barbarians at the gates.

      Looting is one thing (obviously, repulsive).

      Yet destroying a library is a civilizational crime. Especially a public library of a large city, which contains not only books etc. but very likely also irreplaceable archives.

      httpX://www.culture.gouv.fr/en/Regions/Drac-Provence-Alpes-Cote-d-Azur/Politique-et-actions-culturelles/Livre-et-lecture/Bibliotheques-en-Paca/Bouches-du-Rhone/Marseille-Archives-et-Bibliotheque-departementales-Gaston-Defferre

      • BackRowHeckler June 30, 2023 at 5:22 pm #

        I hoped they save the Korans that were in there.

      • MaryQueen July 1, 2023 at 10:15 pm #

        You do realize this isn’t done by “rioters,” correct?

        Just more color revolution tactics, their George Floyd moment.

      • Woodchuck July 2, 2023 at 11:54 am #

        What I’m waiting for is when Chartres Cathedral is set on fire and the Louvre is sacked and vandalized with all the paintings and statues destroyed.

    • SW June 30, 2023 at 9:08 pm #

      @Ishabaka — This has gotten really ugly really fast. From what I understand, this 17 year old boy was driving a Mercedes fast in a bus lane and the police signaled him to stop but he kept going until he came to a traffic light. The police followed, told him to turn off the engine and exit the car and he pulled away instead. The policeman who shot him said he was afraid he would run over pedestrians or the police. This has all the elements of a George Floyd moment for France. Here we go:

      “The interior minister, Gerald Darmanin, said more than 200 officers had been injured in the unrest on Thursday night. More than 6,000 fires were attended by the fire brigade and the police, he also said, adding that nearly 500 buildings had been affected.”

    • Hereward the Woke July 1, 2023 at 2:38 pm #

      Yep. I live next door to France and was planning a walking trip there later in July. Now I’ll probably have to check the riot updates to see which route I can take. It’s a tough life!

  16. Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 10:46 am #

    More on the Supreme Court decision, and the topic of “feelz”. I am dividing this up, to keep it concise, because I am near the boiling point with something, if not rage, is pretty close.

    I can’t say I was not warned about Bobby Jr., and I can’t say that I wasn’t wary myself, but I thought I saw a man working really hard to overcome his liberal biases and listen to all points of view.

    Well he is not trying hard enough. This opinion of his on affirmative action- I can’t. I just can’t.

    He talks about our reasonable objections to the frankly racist policies at Harvard as if they are just “feelz”, and in fact even labels them as such.

    Then it gets worse. He goes on to lecture us, talking down to patriotic Americans, about the fine nuances that we, unlike him, just cannot understand.

    His claim of “racist policies” going back “centuries” and their present day effects still being felt does not hold up to scrutiny. Even if it did, Bobby’s belief that it is okay to do direct harm to someone with a skin color other than black, because black people look like individuals who may have suffered some negative effects from some alleged policy long ago, is repulsive.

    My late brother was one of the people who got hit hard by this. He worked hard, really hard, for everything he ever got in life. Yet he saw
    elitist politicians like the Kennedys supporting the idea that someone like him must take second place to their pet project, black Americans.

    If the Democrat policies worked, they would have worked. How is it that RFK Jr. does not understand that.

    His stupid remarks remind me of the ignorami who patiently tried to explain to me that the young men who didn’t have health insurance but never went to the doctor were the problem, because if they did get sick, everybody would pay.

    You can’t reason with people like that, because they are utterly convinced of their higher moral standing.

    Anyway, the hell with you RFK Jr. you clueless condescending snob.

    “Regarding the Supreme Court banning affirmative action in higher ed — I know many Americans feel that purely race-based decisions are unfair. However, this feeling misses important context. The effects of racist policies going back centuries are now self-perpetuating.”

    https://twitter.com/RobertKennedyJr/status/1674527565170524161

    • MaryQueen June 30, 2023 at 10:57 am #

      Already knew who Bobby really is, despite his awesome organization and book on Fauci, but I figured once the campaign season begun, we’d really see. I have not been disappointed – he’s the establishment tool I thought he was.

      Thanks for being real about it instead of glossing over it/justifying his bullshit.

      I also would like to warn people – esp. JHK, if he doesn’t know – that most likely any donations to Bobby’s campaign will go straight into the corrupt DNC coffers, just as donations to Bernie did.

      • Anthea July 1, 2023 at 3:25 am #

        @ MaryQueen:

        I agree about Bobby. But, frankly, I doubt that he or any other politician really believes in some of the opinions they espouse–if any.

        CRT and “climate change” seem to me to fall under the category of “nobody’s that stupid.” Nobody really believes that shit, with the exception of that portion of the population who really are that stupid. Moderately intelligent people who claim to believe in this stuff are just opportunists seeking to cash in on it.

        The solutions to our problems are not political.

        • Hereward the Woke July 1, 2023 at 2:42 pm #

          “The solutions to our problems are not political.” Thankyou, Anthea! As the next electoral madness cycle gets closer, we’re all supposed to spend every minute fussing and worrying about which candidate will do what to save us. Of course, the answer is that none of them will do a damn thing to stop our descent into terminal decay. Even the ones who want to make the big changes, won’t be able to. DC is finished. All solutions have to be at local level, starting with individuals and ordinary people. No pol will destroy the evils of Woke, for example. Woke is losing because more and more ordinary people are saying no to Drag Queen shows and big corporations pushing LGBQWERTY.

        • MaryQueen July 1, 2023 at 10:16 pm #

          Exactly – we can’t vote our way out of tryranny and authoritarianism.

    • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 12:56 pm #

      Brava! The preeminent post of the morning.

      He’s not for the old America. He’s not an old fashioned liberal, but in fact, much closer to the new, leftist ones.

      He’s no JFK, that’s for sure. What JFK really believe about race? Not sure. But he would have never gotten elected if talked like this. Bobby was further to the left, and RFK Jr is further still.

    • Night Owl June 30, 2023 at 4:37 pm #

      Someone should ask him if whites from Appalachia get special treatment.

    • Islander June 30, 2023 at 5:17 pm #

      I don’t like RFK’s views on affirmative action (as quoted).

      But the fact that he holds these views does not make him an “establishment tool.”

      • Night Owl June 30, 2023 at 5:55 pm #

        I agree, but that said, the questionable views are piling up (sadly).

      • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 10:26 pm #

        The disempowerment, dispossession, and destruction of American Whites is the very essence of the New America. Thus you are refuted.

        Gauntlet thrown. Now respond like a gentle woman or don’t say anything – which is a concession.

      • Anthea July 1, 2023 at 3:28 am #

        @ Islander:

        “I don’t like RFK’s views on affirmative action (as quoted).

        “But the fact that he holds these views does not make him an ‘establishment tool.'”

        Well, maybe not. But they do make him either a liar and hypocrite or too stupid to live.

      • Hereward the Woke July 1, 2023 at 2:43 pm #

        Nope, but it just makes him another emotionally-driven lefty

      • MaryQueen July 1, 2023 at 10:16 pm #

        Vote harder!! You can do it, Islander.

    • mrs_saj July 2, 2023 at 8:37 am #

      Beryl,

      I empathize. Not only are you rightfully angry, even if you don’t know it, you are also likely disappointed. You got your hopes up again and are now confronted with the inescapable reality that none of these candidates (male or female) are remotely perfect. I firmly believe that different character traits are important at different times in history. So take the list of available candidates in the primary and apply your substantial intellect to deciding which one is least bad.

      I had to laugh at an article I read yesterday that is supposed to dish the dirt on RFK II. Quoted in it was former governor Elliott Spitzer (he of the bareback patronage of prostitutes fame) recounting how RFK II had come to him and asked if he ran for NY attorney general and won, would he still be able to accept paid speaking engagements. He said he had six kids to support from two marriages and needed a certain income level to do it. The answer from Spitzer was “no”. So RFK II did not run for that office and continued with his various professional endeavors to earn a living. THIS is supposed to be scandalous? I’m still laughing. The guy took his financial responsibilities seriously and checked in advance to confirm what was allowed. Then he refused to put himself in a situation where he would be breaking the law.

      Take heart Beryl, all of the candidates have warts and faults and bad sides. Who could be the most beneficial person to put in that office in 2024?

      • Paula D July 2, 2023 at 6:00 pm #

        That is mind blowing, Mrs saj. How did they spin that to make it scandalous?

        I can’t even imagine how.

  17. Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 10:48 am #

    BTW this is something we already all know, except for Bobby Jr. evidently.

    Affirmative action is benefitting those who could not have suffered under racist policies because they were not here.

    “I strongly disagree with
    @RobertKennedyJr
    that affirmative action is about “letting in those who have been left out in the cold.” That’s wrong. The majority of black students at Harvard are not descendants of slaves but descendants of immigrants. Giving special preferences to someone who *looks like* a person who once suffered is not justice. We should finally embrace colorblind meritocracy in America rather than to repeat our past mistakes.”

    https://twitter.com/VivekGRamaswamy/status/1674549334870831104

    • MaryQueen June 30, 2023 at 10:58 am #

      Spot on.

    • rainmaker June 30, 2023 at 11:02 am #

      The failure of blacks is in large part due to their “culture”. And yes, I know firsthand of this, having many half black and black people in our extended family. The main cause of all this failure is the victimhood status that blacks have been sold on.

      • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 11:28 am #

        The liberals also ignore the number of successful blacks in America today, like Oprah, and the fact that this country elected a black man as president.

        One of the most powerful people in American media was a black woman.

        A black man was elected to the highest office in America, if not the world.

        I don’t want to hear any whiny drivel about generational effects. Please.

        • Paula D June 30, 2023 at 12:24 pm #

          The vice president is half black. No one evens mentions it

          But……racism.

          • malthuss June 30, 2023 at 3:36 pm #

            and Non white–usa black [20% white?] and dot indian.

            camel harris.

          • MaryQueen June 30, 2023 at 7:20 pm #

            Interesting, isn’ it, how immediately after Obama was elected, the newspapers all called out how wonderful it is that we are now “post racism” in this country. And a mere 15 years later, somehow we are now the most racist country on earth.

          • WadeWaters June 30, 2023 at 8:50 pm #

            She’s not half black. She’s Hillary Clinton with a light tan.

      • Alfred June 30, 2023 at 11:39 am #

        Reading a good book on that topic…

        “Black Rednecks and White Liberals,” by Thomas Sowell.

        • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 12:09 pm #

          Sounds good. I have just resumed my reading habit after the three-year hiatus.

          Right now I am in the middle of Doctor Scott Atlas’ book. It is slow going because I keep finding things I’d like to note, and it’s written in memoir form do there is no index.

          I was familiar with it from reviews and articles, but reading it myself I have been finding so much that applies to so much more than the horrendous response to the pandemic.

          • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 12:58 pm #

            What does he think about the Vax?

          • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 2:19 pm #

            I’m only in the middle, but it was published in 2021, so at the time he wrote it the vaxx was not yet a done deal.

            So far he only mentions it in passing, but not in a negative way.

        • mrs_saj June 30, 2023 at 1:17 pm #

          Alfred,

          I’ll take any opportunity to sing the praises of Mr. Sowell. An American hero and a man of such innate intellectual curiosity that he should inspire children everywhere. I just love him.

      • Alfred June 30, 2023 at 11:41 am #

        Sorry, no edit on the post…

        Another good book on this topic is,

        “Blackout,” by Candace Owens

      • Woodchuck June 30, 2023 at 12:52 pm #

        The main cause of all this failure is the victimhood that is being taught in the worthless and weaponized school systems. For the land occupying the area of soon to be the former USA, healing will only arrive when a number of parasite institutions are taken down and discredited. Discredited so badly that people formerly working in these institutions are forced to find other work because what they know and have been trained to do is suddenly obsolete and useless.

        The educational system is the nest where all these other Jacobin eggs are being hatched. Maybe Jarek will like this idea, but it’s mostly delusional female elementary and high school teachers that are serving as the hens sitting on the nests hatching all this academic garbage, protecting it and keeping it warm so it can grow.

        Another example is the health care system that is naked now with the Covid-19 fiasco. This institution has changed from merely being an extremely expensive fraud and parasite into being a full fledged predator that kills out in the open.

        Decentralization in the USA will change all of this. Sometime soon in the future we simply won’t be able to afford either our educational system or our hospital/doctor system. Or our military. Or all the free stuff for the gimme people. What happens when we find ourselves unable to buy food. Then what? Do people ever think about these things or do they just assume that from here on out life will include shopping in fancy air conditioned grocery stores – for eternity. That this is something guaranteed. The other guaranteed part of existence is everyone having an automobile. That never a day will arrive when we are forced to park these goddamn things.

        Then what?

        • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 1:04 pm #

          Yeah when it falls, we will make our will known. You don’t come in if we don’t like the looks of you, and you are out by night fall. If you all don’t like it, try and take our Walled City. If try and fail, God help you. We will drive you into the sea.

        • SW June 30, 2023 at 1:46 pm #

          @ Woodchuck — I read an interesting article last week written by a young man who worked for two years in an elementary school in Baltimore for Teach America and he was one of the few to hang on that long. What he described was discouraging. He said the level of chaos and frequent outright violence in the classroom prevented any kid from learning anything on a consistent basis. You might be able to find it : Taught for America-A Chronicle of Failure by Andrew X. Evans (a pseudonym).

          • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 2:22 pm #

            Obama and Holder made it much worse, deliberately.

            Filthy communists, both of them.

          • SpeedyBB July 3, 2023 at 5:19 am #

            What did he expect in Baltimogadishu?

      • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 1:00 pm #

        Let the chips fall as they may, eh? Nope, that means Blacks will end up on the bottom as they do everywhere they are in a mixed population. It would be the revelation that the South and now the “White Nationalists” were right about everything.

        The Truth is too strong for people nurtured on lies. Admitting they were wrong would be the very fires of hell to them. Better that the world burn than experience that.

    • Night Owl June 30, 2023 at 4:34 pm #

      RFK really does have a number of troubling positions. As much as I want to like him for calling out the CIA, vaccine fraud, etc., things are not so cut and dried where a decision to support is concerned.

      Is there any politician with consistent views these days?

      • anmariwakaranai June 30, 2023 at 5:11 pm #

        I think he has to play to his dem base….
        The meny!

        • Night Owl June 30, 2023 at 5:58 pm #

          I know what you are mean, but we are at the point where I question just how far this can be taken.

          Realpolitik is always going to be a thing, but some of the stuff he is saying, well…

          • Night Owl June 30, 2023 at 5:58 pm #

            Strike the “are”

            TY 😀

        • DaveO907 June 30, 2023 at 7:39 pm #

          “… The meny!…”

          Catchy, that, @anmariwakarani. Could indicate either ‘many’ or ‘money.’

        • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 10:29 pm #

          Blacks vote as a bloc. He calculates (correctly I believe) that he needs them. All the Democrats see it this way.

  18. Islander June 30, 2023 at 10:49 am #

    Here is an excellent wrap-up of the current international state of play by Michael Hudson:’

    httpX://www.unz.com/mhudson/america-has-just-destroyed-a-great-empire/

    He starts with an anecdote that should please CFN readers:

    “Herodotus (History, Book 1.53) tells the story of Croesus, king of Lydia c. 585-546 BC in what is now Western Turkey and the Ionian shore of the Mediterranean. Croesus conquered Ephesus, Miletus and neighboring Greek-speaking realms, obtaining tribute and booty that made him one of the richest rulers of his time. But these victories and wealth led to arrogance and hubris. Croesus turned his eyes eastward, ambitious to conquer Persia, ruled by Cyrus the Great.

    Having endowed the region’s cosmopolitan Temple of Delphi with substantial silver and gold, Croesus asked its Oracle whether he would be successful in the conquest that he had planned. The Pythia priestess answered: “If you go to war against Persia, you will destroy a great empire.”

    Croesus therefore set out to attack Persia c. 547 BC. Marching eastward, he attacked Persia’s vassal-state Phrygia. Cyrus mounted a Special Military Operation to drive Croesus back, defeating Croesus’s army, capturing him and taking the opportunity to seize Lydia’s gold to introduce his own Persian gold coinage. So ****Croesus did indeed destroy a great empire, but it was his own.*****

    Fast-forward to today’s drive by the Biden administration to extend American military power against Russia and, behind it, China. The president asked for advice from today’s analogue to antiquity’s Delphi oracle: the CIA and its allied think tanks. Instead of warning against hubris, they encouraged the neocon dream that attacking Russia and China would consolidate U.S. control of the world economy, achieving the End of History. . . . “

    • Disaffected June 30, 2023 at 11:57 am #

      Unfortunately none of the DC boys have ever studied history. They’ve been too busy making it, so that we all could stand in awe and study it, “judiciously as we will,” in the words of Prince Karl, the Great. Too bad that those who envisioned the proverbial “New American Century” back in the day were also blind, in addition to being terminally arrogant and stupid.

      • Paula D June 30, 2023 at 12:29 pm #

        Well, technically it was created reality that we were all supposed to study. (With our mouths open at the audaciousness of the Big Lies).

        But the feckless rulers we have now seem to believe their own bullshit, which is even more mind boggling.

    • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 1:09 pm #

      Great stuff! Perfect analogy.

      Are the Kagans who control our foreign policy such utter fools as Croesus? Or are they the Oracle who knew all along?

      Didn’t he suffer the same fate as Dr Smith of Lost in Space? He was given the boon of turning everything he touched into gold? But you can’t eat gold….

    • Edge Lord June 30, 2023 at 5:49 pm #

      He didn’t ask anything.
      The bolsheviks who run every war told him what they’re doing: opening markets to their ilk, to their banks, to their dual nationalist oligarchs

  19. Jimpa June 30, 2023 at 11:05 am #

    Biden starts off his meeting with Modi and the press:

    “I have sold a lot of state secrets and a lot of important things…”

    It’s out there on YouTube but hard to find.

    Another brain fart by Biden but illustrative on what’s rumbling around in his head. Modi looks at Biden like he’s nuts, which of course he is.

    • Lyndy33 June 30, 2023 at 1:34 pm #

      Read the full speech, ‘all Kidding aside.’ I dislike Biden et al for many reasons but taking a bit out of context is not a good idea.

    • Mick June 30, 2023 at 1:54 pm #

      I was hoping Modi would pull a Russian flag out of his pocket and say, “Mr. Biden….go pound sand!”

    • Islander June 30, 2023 at 5:21 pm #

      Jimpa, It may be hard to find now, but I saw it!!

      Modi just loooooked at him . . .

  20. Alfred June 30, 2023 at 11:11 am #

    I’m surprised no mention of John Solomon’s awesome phone prank on Brandon himself.

    What a riot.

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    • BackRowHeckler June 30, 2023 at 11:27 am #

      Looks like Biden’s student loan forgiveness scheme has gone down in flames. Gonna be a lot of pissed off young people this weekend ~ there might even be violence. Sh#t, now all the money you borrowed to study lesbian dance theory at NYU has to be paid back. Payments have been suspended because of Covid, but they resume next month. MacDonalds is hiring.

      • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 11:39 am #

        That didn’t cover all student loans anyway.

        There is a great deal of ignorance on this issue.

        I notice that everybody seems to want to pretend that there is even such a thing as a “college fund” that even middle class parents use to pay for their children’s education, or to help pay.

        That is neither here nor there to the ruling, I just notice that some of the people being the loudest on this issue are not acknowledging that
        their parents paid for the bulk of their education.

        Anyway, the Biden administration knew this would be the outcome when they made that promise for votes.

        As I posted here before, the student debt problem would be solved by making student loan recipients eligible for bankruptcy on a case by case basis.

        Then no one would be paying back what AOC hadn’t bothered to pay off.

        The government wants to keep tuition higher than what the middle class can afford to pay, because they benefit from the schools having all that money to support out-of-office politicians.

        • BackRowHeckler June 30, 2023 at 2:16 pm #

          Huh, sounds like the issue is more complicated than I realized, Beryl.

          • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 2:24 pm #

            Higher Ed and Student Loans are rackets.

          • BackRowHeckler June 30, 2023 at 3:47 pm #

            I had the GI Bill but took out a student loan just for beer money. It wasn’t much. Nevertheless, I paid back every penny, every single penny. Actually, if this student loan forgiveness grift went thru I was gonna put in for a refund, not wanting to be a goddam sucker when all the sharpies were skating free.

          • Paula D June 30, 2023 at 7:50 pm #

            I worked with a nurse in 1980 who told me she took out a student loan.
            I was shocked, because you really didn’t need to back then, tuition was low.
            I am a Never a Borrower Nor Lender Be person, and I pointed out to her that she had to pay interest.

            Her point was that with inflation, the money she paid back was less than the money she borrowed.

            OK, I accepted that, back then, because wages were enough to pay back loans, and I thought that wages would keep pace with inflation.

            Neither assumption is now true, and it hasn’t been for 40 years.
            Now I know young people who have paid back every penny they borrowed, and still owe more they actually borrowed.

            The magic of compound interest, as they used to say.

          • MaryQueen July 1, 2023 at 1:53 pm #

            Paula, I had to take out a loan for my first year of college, because it was a private college and not a state school. There are reasons I was going there, which don’t matter here. Just saying, it existed.

            Of course, now you could buy a house for what you pay a state school for a 4-year education. Which is insane.

            Like Beryl said, it’s a racket.

          • Woodchuck July 2, 2023 at 9:53 am #

            I was listening to one of Col Macgregor’s latest podcasts and someone asked him about his advanced degrees in a subject related to military science and history. He responded that degrees don’t mean much of anything and often people who have degreesare more confused and ignorant than the people who don’t. He topped it off by talking about thermometers – saying that thermometers all have degrees and the traditional place to put them is in our butts.

    • mrs_saj July 2, 2023 at 9:49 am #

      Alfred,

      I wish that had received more coverage, too. Who has been using that phone number to directly access ol’ JB? The FBI and other alphabet organizations sure don’t need warrants to investigate (and listen in on) the phone calls of ordinary Americans. Why are they so reticent to follow up on a phone that Biden clearly shouldn’t have?

  21. Edge Lord June 30, 2023 at 12:06 pm #

    This Dem canard is still alive and well:

    “It’s unfortunate that America suffered three fake presidential impeachments in recent decades — Bill Clinton’s over a sexual impropriety, which is hardly a high crime…”

    It stems from that, but it was not for the act but the lie.
    He lied about getting blown by an intern in his government office.

    Why id this still misunderstood!?

    “I did not have sexual relations…”

    Lie!

    • Edge Lord June 30, 2023 at 12:08 pm #

      This is part of a steady process of Americans being desensitized to lies by our elected officials.

      Someone recently documented this on an alternative news site.

    • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 12:12 pm #

      What business did hey have asking him about that in the first place?

      If you went to testify in a legal case, and they asked you all of a sudden about an embarrassing personal matter, would you feel compelled to answer truthfully?

      • Edge Lord June 30, 2023 at 12:17 pm #

        You’re so stupid it’s painful.

        You think a politician can get a blowjob on the clock in his government provided office, and by, no less, a young intern, someone easily exploited and preyed upon?

        And then he can lie about it?

        This is why we are where we are at.
        Dumbass citizenry

        • Edge Lord June 30, 2023 at 12:19 pm #

          Imagine your town comptroller, your state’s attorney general, your county’s sheriff all getting blowjobs by interns (emplyees!!!!!!) on the clock and in their office.

          It’s personal!

          • Edge Lord June 30, 2023 at 12:55 pm #

            Perhaps we should allow it. There would be far fewer audits, fines, etc.

        • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 2:26 pm #

          The president is not on the clock.

          Again there was no crime and we would not even have known about it except for Linda Trip working with the FBI.

          And that did happen so yes I think a president can do that, because he did.

          • Edge Lord June 30, 2023 at 2:39 pm #

            The president is on the clock (working in an official capacity) when he in his office with a subordinate.

            Tripp, and Monica’s own admission.

            Post hog ergo… proper retard.
            What an argument. You’re much simpler than I suspected.

            We deserve the imbecilic citizenry we have and their represntatives.

          • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 3:05 pm #

            He wasn’t working with a subordinate.

            Again, the president is not on the clock. Has a president ever been paid time-and-a-half?

          • Edge Lord June 30, 2023 at 3:25 pm #

            He had his dick in the mouth of a subordinate in his office.

            He then lied about it.

            He then contested the meaning of the word “is”

            You’re getting lost in a turn of phrase you pedantic twit.

            The broader point is that once Americans accepted this type of behavior and the lies utilized to cover it up, it leads us to the here-and-now and the moronic voters (like you) who not only accept, ignore, forgive, but vote for and support these privileged sociopaths. But keep on cuck’n Beryl

          • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 4:09 pm #

            Who accepted it? It was his second term.

            It wasn’t grounds for removing a duly elected president.

          • Night Owl June 30, 2023 at 4:31 pm #

            I tend to agree Edge. Also, the behavior and lies speak to his personal character, and it is reasonable to believe that his character is the same when engaging in other activities.

            Leaders should be of good moral character, and aside from the actual perury, I think the moral qualification is certainly a reasonable argument for impeachment.

            Some have lower standards, I guess.

          • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 4:52 pm #

            Impeachment is a legal process with legal grounds, and “low moral character” isn’t one of them.

            FACT, whether you like it or not.

          • Edge Lord June 30, 2023 at 5:28 pm #

            There is no dignity in arguing with a simpleton.

            “December 18, 1998: The House continued debate on four articles of impeachment against President Clinton for perjury, obstruction of justice and abuse of power.”

            “… charging him with lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice. Clinton, the second president in American history to be impeached, vowed to finish his term.”

            A habitual sexual predator lied about sexual relations with a subordinate employee, an intern, in his government office.

            Period

          • Night Owl June 30, 2023 at 5:52 pm #

            How about perjury, Beryl?

          • Night Owl June 30, 2023 at 5:54 pm #

            BTW, Beryl, I respect you, as you should know–just saying the Clinton fiasco was a bit of a grey area, and perjury is impeachable as far as I know, but I am happy to be corrected.

          • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 6:20 pm #

            Night, yes perjury would be impeachable, but what I was talking about the latest time that EL called me stupid was that “low moral character is NOT.

            As far as perjury goes, he did not lie in the deposition about anything relevant to the deposition.

            So it is questionable whether that constitutes perjury or not.

            What isn’t questionable is that it was what they call a perjury trap.

            Mr. Kunstler’s remarks that prompted this, that a sexual impropriety is not a high crime or misdemeanor, remains a fact.

            I notice that EL is not calling him stupid though.

        • Islander June 30, 2023 at 5:24 pm #

          EL—
          You are late to this party!

          See the long discussion of this up-thread, near the beginning.

          • Edge Lord June 30, 2023 at 5:34 pm #

            I was remarking how the host still believes the Dems talking points defense:

            vast right wing conspiracy
            persecuted for personal behavior
            religious prudes upset over infidelity
            impeached for a blow job
            for ruining a good cigar

          • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 5:49 pm #

            EL believes calling me names and belittling my intelligence constitute discussion.

            Asking someone about a non-crime and then charging them with lying under oath is a perjury trap. They tried to get Trump in a perjury trap over the Stormy Daniels incident.

          • MaryQueen June 30, 2023 at 7:27 pm #

            Yeah, calling you stupid and all those other names was uncalled for. Obviously, you held your own in debating the topic. Also, you’re one of the smartest commenters here.

            The insults just displayed an ugly side of EL’s character.

          • Edge Lord July 1, 2023 at 11:52 am #

            Operative word being
            character

    • Edge Lord June 30, 2023 at 12:44 pm #

      And of course, American’s gaping memory hole totally forgot about a litany of allegations against candidate Clinton where he had utilized Arkansas State Police to assist him in his philandering, womanizing, and sexual predations.

      • Edge Lord June 30, 2023 at 5:44 pm #

        I voted for Ross BTW

        • MrMangoOnMyShoulder July 2, 2023 at 5:09 pm #

          That sure worked out…

  22. Edge Lord June 30, 2023 at 12:13 pm #

    Sitting with his father is nothing next to this doozy:

    “Please let’s put this to bed tonight [and] sign officially tomorrow (or anytime as late tonight as you want) and get to work. I am tired of this Kevin. I can make $5M in salary at any law firm in America. If you think this is about money it’s not. The Biden’s [sic] are the best I know at doing exactly what the Chairman wants from this partnership. Please let’s not quibble over peanuts.”

    • Paula D June 30, 2023 at 12:32 pm #

      Braggart! The Clintons ain’t no slouches at bribery, corruption, and selling off public wealth for private gain.

      I assume that is what the Chairman wanted from the partnership.

  23. Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 12:23 pm #

    Bobby sounded to me like this woman only worse. She’s gotten a LOT of pushback for this.

    She has a belief that there was some kind of “system” holding blacks back under the merit system. She probably was told this in college, judging by the fact she has pronouns and a wind turbine in her profile.

    She’s young. Bobby Jr. is old enough to know better, but he goes ahead and makes some excuses that aren’t supported by anything.

    Worse, he’s plenty old enough to see that all these liberal policies JUST PLAIN DON’T WORK.

    BTW the president’s press secretary broke the law when she labeled good and decent American as Ultra Maga, which just plain does not exist.

    “Allow me to clarify this tweet, which is being manipulated for propaganda and misinformation by ULTRA MAGA.

    The intention of my tweet is to highlight that prior to affirmative action, there existed a supposedly merit-based system for Black individuals to gain admission to colleges. However, these institutions employed racial profiling to prevent Black individuals from attending under the guise of this “merit” system.

    I want to emphasize that my statement in no way suggests that Black individuals are less intelligent than people of other races.”

    https://twitter.com/ericareport/status/1674587364881240065?s=20

    This is her original tweet. I thought it had to be a parody account. What’s the expression about not digging when you are in a hole?

    “Today’s Supreme Court decision is a direct attack on Black people. No Black person will be able to succeed in a merit-based system which is exactly why affirmative-action based programs were needed. Today’s decision is a TRAVESTY!!!”

    • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 1:20 pm #

      Merit is Black kryptonite! It’s evil.

      Well you see, Ber, it really is to them. At some level they seem to know they aren’t as gifted as Whites or Asians.

      Science (systematic testing and the mathematical recording and analysis of the results) have proven that they are far below many others.

      Lots of personal experience from many if science isn’t your thing. And of course, individual exceptions too – which we admit because the data show them to admit. I’ve met such Black people.

    • Mick June 30, 2023 at 1:52 pm #

      Yes, I’m sure that’s how the justices sounded when deliberating: “Okay, we really need to directly attack black people on this one! They’ve been getting waaaay to uppity these past few decades! Let’s stick it to ’em!”

      Oh, that poor dear. She’s just not too bright. Even though SHE grew up with Affirmative Action. Obviously, it didn’t help her in the brains department.

  24. Paula D June 30, 2023 at 12:26 pm #

    Regarding the liberal mantra that only race counts in America, and that “slavery never ended” and other absurd claims, I found this lecture interesting.

    .youtube.com/watch?v=_cPII2l-K4s

  25. Edge Lord June 30, 2023 at 12:51 pm #

    People high-fiving some supposed victory over college admissions.

    BS

    The one positive is that it should provide a death blow to the “standardized admissions” testing cartels.

    Most institutions understand that there is a wealth and class bias surrounding these exams and the big $$$ business in test prep (and paid test takers!)

    Good riddance.

    As Harvard said, they will merely go on and weigh the essay more. And that will be more than enough to parse out race, socio-economic background, etc.

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    • Edge Lord June 30, 2023 at 12:53 pm #

      Of course the hypocricy will continue at Harvard. Nevertheless, donations, family wealth, politics, and connections will still get you a spot at the trough.

      • MrMangoOnMyShoulder July 2, 2023 at 5:16 pm #

        You’re dismissing human nature. You would likely do the same for you and yours if you could.

        Some level of indifference is part of life.

    • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 1:27 pm #

      Yeah, some of Supremes might have gone along with it because they know it means nothing. We’re in “Anarcho-Tyranny” now: The rules they like get enforced to the letter. Those that they don’t like don’t get enforced at all or barely at all.

  26. lizharmon June 30, 2023 at 12:59 pm #

    I have a bad feeling about Langley and ZNPP. That would allow the good guys to “go nuclear” without going nuclear, so to speak. Feels exactly like the kind of thing Team Biden might try.

  27. Mick June 30, 2023 at 1:15 pm #

    Yes, speaking of Bill Clinton’s silly impeachment….It was obviously a diversion from the real crimes against the State that he was committing. Crimes that led to Ron Brown’s….uhhhhh….”unfortunate plane crash” in Europe. (He knew way too much, and apparently Bill and Co. were concerned about his mouth staying shut. Or not staying shut).

    What crimes specifically? Do a search on the company Loral and rocket booster technology being transferred to China per the President’s urging. And Chinese Clinton fanboy Charlie Trie.

    This was a true impeachable offense and I’m sure the “special prosecutor” Ken Starr knew all about it and more. But hey, Linda Tripp just gave us a kinky sex angle. Let’s get him on that! (Deep State was just fine with Clinton helping China. It was a secret bi-partisan supportive effort).

    • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 1:29 pm #

      Salacity – yay, it’s a word! – the ultimate limited hang out.

  28. Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 1:39 pm #

    The Long Hot Summer. Great movie title. I can’t even remember now if I ever actually saw the film.

    • Edge Lord June 30, 2023 at 2:40 pm #

      No doubting that

    • WadeWaters June 30, 2023 at 9:04 pm #

      The Endless Summer (both 1 & 2)

      Excellent surf flicks.

  29. elysianfield June 30, 2023 at 2:06 pm #

    BRH,

    Ho Ho! Wait until the majority of Blacks begin to understand that they must show proof of being a descendant of an actual slave, or a person born before 1900 in the US, to be considered for California’s Reparations.

    The task force announced in a March 2022 report that any descendant of enslaved African Americans or of a “free Black person living in the United States prior to the end of the 19th century” would be eligible for reparations.

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

    • BackRowHeckler June 30, 2023 at 2:13 pm #

      Quintavarius out in Oakland already got a down payment on a sky blue Cadillac and a sweet, sweet S&W 9mm ~ those California reparations damned well better come thru.

      • elysianfield July 1, 2023 at 5:44 pm #

        Islander/BRH,

        Consider that, with an illegitimacy rate above 70%, most will not have two chances at the lottery, but only one. If momma came from Haiti after the turn of the century, defining lineage might be…statistically challenging…

    • Islander June 30, 2023 at 5:29 pm #

      Well, a lot of the blacks who live in California arrived there (especially Oakland) in the Great Migration.

      Many of those who ended up in CA came from LA (Louisiana, that is).

  30. Paula D June 30, 2023 at 2:10 pm #

    A comment I saved from a Russian woman, who wrote it last year, after Russia intervened to save the people of Donbass, making the west go crazy.
    ”A message from Natascha Janssen in the Netherlands:
    “As many of you may know, my mother was born in the former Soviet Union, in Ukraine, where my extensive family is a mix of Russi@ns and Ukraini@ns. Because of this, I feel called to share my vision on the developments in Ukraine.
    With my Russian/Ukrainian roots, I love both nations very much, centuries-old brotherly nations merging with each other. When you asked my Ukrainian-born mother if she felt more Russian than Ukrainian, she replied, ‘That’s a weird question I have no answer to. There is a difference in our language, our music and dance but our hearts are one.’
    This is how I was raised and spent 40 years — the most beautiful holidays of my life — in love and togetherness, experienced in Russia and Ukraine, in the former Soviet Union.
    It’s good that everyone in the Netherlands is now speaking out against waging a war. No one supports war.
    But why was everyone silent when that war started 8 years ago?
    Why didn’t everyone swear at the slaughter of thousands of citizens in Eastern Ukraine?
    Why didn’t everyone swear at Ukraine for not following the Minsk agreements?
    Where was everyone who looked away when 52 people were burnt alive in Odessa?
    Where was everyone who thought it was fine that a 2014 elected government was overthrown and a major European country was taken over by bunch of neo-nazis?
    Where was everyone when the Ukrainian regime took away from Russian Ukrainians their basic human rights?
    Speaking Russian was banned, the right to pensions disappeared for Russians, and children who spoke Russian and had Russian names were no longer welcome at school.
    Where was everyone when torch rallies were organized by neo nazis spouting slogans like “Russians on the gas”?
    And finally, where was everyone who was silent when large parts of this beautiful country, once Europe’s grain barn, were sold to banks and investors for an apple and an egg, e.g. exploitation for genetic manipulations of Monsanto and Europe’s latest mega bio industry?
    My niece in Ukraine saw such a factory farm built in front of her house. The incessant screaming of those animals packed so close together, and then those big deafening silences…
    Take note: In Ukraine there was only one small-scale breed of beef before the country came into the possession of western block.
    Ukraine has been transformed into a vassal of the West for 8 years. A colony. And all this at the expense of man, animal, nature and environment.
    So why only now is the compassion of the people channeled into rage against the war?
    The Ukrainian population has been living in war for 8 years. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have already fled to Russia, including my relatives, like my niece and her family.
    Of course I know that most people have no idea about this side of the story because our news service gives a very one-sided picture of the situation. I’m now providing that information from the other side. Do what you will, but silence is no longer an option for me.
    I can only hope that peace will come soon for ALL Ukrainians, Russian and Ukrainian speakers.”

    Finally: I have been a member of the Party for the Animals .With a heartache and a great illusion part, I just quit my party membership . I have joined because of the view that the interests of human, animal, nature and environment always prevail over profit defeat by exploitation of human, animal and nature .
    Unfortunately, I haven’t or hardly heard ‘my’ party for the last 8 years about the violations of human, animal and nature rights in Ukraine .
    That’s why I have no choice but to withdraw myself, I want to be able to look at myself straight in the mirror . And I don’t want to wrong my late mother’s postum . After all, I learned everything from her about respect for every human being, regardless of their origin, and respect and love for animals and nature .
    I will erase reactions with threats, bullying and caste like ‘All Russians are dead’ .
    I’ve already received too many of these in my inbox . Just like many Russians living in the Netherlands.”

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    • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 2:23 pm #

      Whatever happened to the poor Ukie who thought he was cooking and eating a Russian (“since they aren’t human”) he found dead in a Russian tank, only to have it revealed that is was a Ukrainian tank?

      Why was he at home anyway? Why wasn’t he in uniform? His duty was to fight and die. Or after eating a fellow Ukie (and sharing it with his cat), maybe just to die.

      • elysianfield June 30, 2023 at 9:19 pm #

        Jarek,
        Don’t keep us in suspense, which…parts did he eat? Reviews? Recipes?

    • SpeedyBB July 2, 2023 at 8:56 pm #

      Paula, I shared this comment on my FB page and got several very supportive comments. Good show.

  31. Paula D June 30, 2023 at 2:20 pm #

    Kim Iverson interviews Garland Nixon on Biden corruption.

    .youtube.com/watch?v=DbxcEMQ1OJ8

  32. Edge Lord June 30, 2023 at 2:31 pm #

    As the most prosperous African nation burns, its leader, Macron, was off watching an Elton John performance.

    It is always the same with the WEF acolytes, from Newsome to Trudeau to Macron.

    The masses are terrorized and told to shelter in place while the elites jet off without a trace

    • BackRowHeckler June 30, 2023 at 3:04 pm #

      Edge, incendiary urban riots are so commonplace in France that Macron scarcely even knows French cities are on fire. Even on a slow weekend ~ when no young Algerian hard cases have been shot by cops ~ at least 50-60 cars are torched on the streets of Paris. It’s the national sport.

      • Night Owl June 30, 2023 at 3:35 pm #

        The current riots are unprecedented in French history.

        There is an entire shopping mall on fire at the moment.

        I am always amazed at the flippancy around here at times.

        • BackRowHeckler June 30, 2023 at 3:51 pm #

          Not being covered much here, Owl. Thanks for the heads up.

          • Night Owl June 30, 2023 at 4:22 pm #

            Trust me, it’s worse than bad.

            We were scheduled to head over in a week or so. Thinking of cancelling if these riots go countrywide.

          • Islander June 30, 2023 at 5:33 pm #

            BRH: Just go to ZeroHedge.

        • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 5:03 pm #

          Anti Lockdown Alliance(GLOBAL)
          @Demo2020cracy
          ·
          36m
          CCTV no more..

          Concerned Citizen

          @cotupacs
          ·
          22h
          The French using construction vehicles to bring down surveillance towers.

          We told you the revolution had started – it’s now escalating…..

          https://twitter.com/Demo2020cracy/status/1674876906913538049?s=20

          • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 5:06 pm #

            Anti Lockdown Alliance(GLOBAL)
            @Demo2020cracy
            DISBAND THE EU
            This chaos is all down the globalist #EU, wrecking Europe and wrecking France, fulfilling the orders of the trillionaires running the West. #DisbandTheEU
            https://twitter.com/Demo2020cracy/status/1674770408350908417?s=20

          • Islander June 30, 2023 at 5:34 pm #

            Twitter no longer allowing viewing without signup, including embedded videos.

          • Night Owl June 30, 2023 at 5:50 pm #

            Beryl, this was part of the Rockfeller Lockstep document, IIRC.

            They want it.

        • Islander June 30, 2023 at 5:32 pm #

          “I am always amazed at the flippancy around here at times.”

          I agree.
          What I said on the prev. thread about wisecracking.

          • MaryQueen July 1, 2023 at 12:54 pm #

            NO WISECRACKING ALLOWED.

            Islander has spoken.

        • SpeedyBB July 2, 2023 at 8:58 pm #

          All right, Owly, what’s it going to be?

          “I am always amazed at the flippancy around here at times.”

          “Always” or “at times”? Only one per customer, sorry.

  33. Roundball Shaman June 30, 2023 at 2:42 pm #

    “The Long, Hot Summer”

    ‘Summah-time… and the livin’s not easy
    Fish are dyin’… and the cotton’s all dry
    Yo’ Daddy’s not rich, and your Ma’s not cookin’ — anymoe’
    But hush, little baby, don’t you cry

    One of these mo’nings you’re gonna rise up wingin’
    Spread your wings – yo’ little wings – and take up to the sky
    But ’til that mo’nin’, there’s plenty to harm you
    And the cotton just died

    Oh, don’t you cry
    Don’t you cry
    Don’t ask me why
    Juss don’t you cry…’

    (Apologies to George Gershwin and Billy Stewart)

    • anmariwakaranai June 30, 2023 at 4:56 pm #

      Summatime,
      And Priggies been hosin’
      Oligarchs, both cho and unchosen

      Now he’ll pay, with his own blood puddin
      Less he stays by Putins own doin

      Betta pray, or we won’t be choosin
      In 2024, we will be losin

      Our lives, prolly

  34. Kevvia Knack June 30, 2023 at 2:58 pm #

    Racial discrepancies in education take place during K-12. That’s where the damage begins. The problem doesn’t start at the college level. White children under the age of 18 are in the minority at this point already. Going forward college applicants will be mostly non white anyway due to existing demographic trends and affirmative action won’t even be necessary. This isn’t 1970.

    • Paula D June 30, 2023 at 9:16 pm #

      They start at birth. There is a difference in parenting.

      One mother coos and cuddles her newborn, one mother sticks a bottle in the baby’s mouth while she watches cartoons.

  35. Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 3:16 pm #

    Where the Obamas were tweeting from about their oppression.
    https://twitter.com/bennyjohnson/status/1674856853912576018?s=20

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    • GreenAlba June 30, 2023 at 4:13 pm #

      Since this morning, I can’t see anything on Twitter. I’d never signed up, but I could always read tweets by the people I’m interested in.

      This morning I couldn’t get access – at all – so I reluctantly went through all the nonsense you have to go through to sign up.

      And I still can’t get in. It demands I ‘authenticate’ to check that I’m a human. This involves matching the number in one box with the totals on a selection of dice in another box. You have to match them 20 times. I’ve now done the 20 matches at least 15 times, and each time, even though I know I’m doing it correctly, it tells me at the end that ‘that wasn’t quite right, try again’.

      I wonder if anyone else has had this weird experience. It’s more than frustrating. My paranoid guess is that an algorithm doesn’t want me accessing Twitter any more.

      • Night Owl June 30, 2023 at 4:20 pm #

        Yes, GA, Twatter now requires you to sign up so that they can track you. Also interesting given the Hunter Biden photos circulating only yesterday when browsing sans account was still possible.

        Part of the New Normal, I guess.

        Pro tip: Throwaway email addy at Protonmail or Tutanota and perusal via VPN.

        😀

        • Night Owl June 30, 2023 at 4:24 pm #

          Oh, that reminds me. Musk was recently being threatened by the EU about compliance with various rules that would allow them to go after Twatterfolk.

          Wonder if the new account requirement is related…

          • GreenAlba June 30, 2023 at 5:19 pm #

            Well, you wouldn’t want to be in Ireland, then, now that their hate speech law makes you guilty until proven innocent.

            Fun times. The leprechauns must be splitting their sides.

        • GreenAlba June 30, 2023 at 5:13 pm #

          I’m already using Protonmail for email and for its VPN, NO. I did worry a bit about signing up, but, given I must already be on lists here and there (not least for roundly berating my MP on a number of occasions) I didn’t think one more sign-up would make any difference. It’s now really annoying me that I signed up for nothing, but they’re not going to let me have access. And I’ll miss Bernie, Neil, Bob and the rest of them!

          When I look at my mostly dopey compatriots wandering around without any clue as to any of what is going on, it’s like those nightmares where you try to scream and no sound comes out.

          • GreenAlba June 30, 2023 at 5:14 pm #

            *because* not but …

          • Night Owl June 30, 2023 at 5:47 pm #

            Yes. Twitter, for all of its faults, is really the only place to get breaking news these days.

            I still have faith regarding the compatriots, but it is waning somewhat.

            The digital ID is truly the end game. Uncharted waters await.

          • GreenAlba June 30, 2023 at 6:12 pm #

            Bank of England has an online consultation on the digital pound, closing tonight at 23h59. I need to go back and finish my response. Like it’s going to make a difference … Leo Varadkar got his guilty-until-proven-innocent hate-speech law through, after ignoring a consultation saying 73% of Irish people didn’t want it.

        • Islander June 30, 2023 at 5:38 pm #

          Re “Pro tip: Throwaway email addy at Protonmail or Tutanota and perusal via VPN.” ”

          Can you please translate??

      • Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 4:37 pm #

        I had to log in to access the tweets I had saved last night.

        I thought it was just me.

        I wonder, there has been another email dump regarding the covid crimes against humanity.

        Is this Twitter’s way of covering up?

        • anmariwakaranai June 30, 2023 at 4:44 pm #

          Read twatter had another mass purge. I finally got in using old links to explore/twitter.
          Also the old back arrow heklped in one case.

        • Night Owl June 30, 2023 at 4:48 pm #

          Could also be it. Lots of shit hit the fan this week.

          Musk remains a questionable individual.

          Particularly after hiring that WEF nut.

      • Islander June 30, 2023 at 5:36 pm #

        Ditto re viewing Twitter.

        I haven’t done the account thing. I don’t want to be tracked.

        • Night Owl June 30, 2023 at 5:48 pm #

          If you do a throwaway email and VPN you are relatively safe.

          If they take things further with verification then I am done.

          • GreenAlba June 30, 2023 at 6:08 pm #

            Weirdly, I just tried Twitter on my phone (no VPN). Just logged in with email and password and got in, without all the authentication by dice numbers. So the laptop is the problem (or the VPN).

          • Night Owl July 1, 2023 at 3:58 pm #

            Might be the VPN.

      • zenfugue June 30, 2023 at 7:12 pm #

        The process you just described suggests, at the very least, that you have way too much time on your hands.

        • GreenAlba July 1, 2023 at 3:34 pm #

          Thank you for your concern, zenfugue. You will be relieved to know that today all has changed and I can get into Twitter without any trouble at all. Not a single die to be seen. It’s even inviting me to reply to tweets, which I don’t, at this point, feel the slightest compunction to do.

      • DaveO907 June 30, 2023 at 8:08 pm #

        Thanks for the heads-up re: the difficulty, @GreenAlba. One more thing I do not need at this point in my life, either Twitter or the difficulty signing up. I’ll just have to forego the platform as I have refused to join in for over a decade already.

      • mrs_saj July 2, 2023 at 10:24 am #

        GreenAlba,

        I have been a Musk fan in his efforts to clean up Twitter. This new policy change disgusts me.

        I will not sign up for Twitter, even if it’s as simple as providing my email address.

        You may perceive more value from having access to Twitter than I do. This is what makes a market.

  36. Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 3:19 pm #

    Many people don’t seem aware that Biden did this.

    The one time Joe Biden voted on student loan debt relief – it was to make it impossible to file bankruptcy for student loans.
    https://twitter.com/Cernovich/status/1674818975178575873?s=20

    • MaryQueen June 30, 2023 at 9:54 pm #

      IIRC, Fauxahontas took down Hillary over her vote for this, as well.

      2004 or thereabouts?

  37. jim June 30, 2023 at 3:41 pm #

    JHK hopes that “Mr Putin aims to conclude this tragic U.S. provoked misadventure as quickly as possible.”

    I hope Kunstler is correct in his assumption about Putin’s aim because, if not, this situation seems likely to get more and more dangerous (much to the delight of the powerful U.S. Neo-con faction).

    Does anyone have a firm sense of just how powerful this Neo-con faction actually is today compared to other actors in this arena?

    I tend to see much U.S. foreign policy as historically cobbled together by key domestic institutional actors like the State Department, Pentagon, intelligence agencies, and National Security staff–with a great deal of inertia always prominent.

    Could such apparent inertia today indirectly play into Neo-con goals, causing an accelerating slide toward nuclear disaster?

    • tom clark June 30, 2023 at 5:00 pm #

      Quite possible, Jim, but on this blog, anything’s possible.

    • Edge Lord June 30, 2023 at 5:41 pm #

      Neocon is a dog whistle!!!

      Oyvey!
      Let’s pass a law banning such criticisms!

      And that’s how America was lost

  38. anmariwakaranai June 30, 2023 at 4:41 pm #

    I read yesterday Prig got on a plane to Moscow.

    What if all the wars, racial, sexual, political & economic strife, destruction of food production and business, replacement of Western nations via colour revolutions/insurgencies, oil and climate hysteria are fomented by design to flatten the current world order to usher in the digital currency and one world prison planet?

    I know I repeat this ad nauseum, but when it’s at its worst, God will intervene.
    To survive this we must reside in the Ark of the Covenant, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, that burns away our attachment to the material that we might live in eternal bliss.

    • jim e June 30, 2023 at 5:22 pm #

      BINGO
      “to flatten the current world order”
      I believe, because I hold no degrees, that the earth is not a planet. They tried to tell me differently, so I quit “learning”.
      North is the center and south is the first outer ring.
      Have you seen the new movie about Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun, the Nazis and NASA?
      ‘ Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”

      • jim e June 30, 2023 at 9:16 pm #

        Democratic 2024 presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has added student loan debt cancellation to his platform…His Uncle got us to the Moon

        • jim e June 30, 2023 at 9:22 pm #

          Trump “Warp Speed”!

          • jim e June 30, 2023 at 9:54 pm #

            HEYmR. k… aK HIM IF E REMEMBER sid… Thy were busted together in Chile shortly after UVA…

          • jim e June 30, 2023 at 10:09 pm #

            Sid’s Grandfather fired Bull Connor.

        • Katerina July 1, 2023 at 6:14 pm #

          NO ONE has ever been to the Moon. The biggest ever HOAX in history, by USA to deceive the world. They wanted to get one up on Russia for not being FIRST in space, so what could be better than pretend that you landed on the Moon?! In these days the world was easily hoodwinked. Most news came from newspapers and Hollywood studios could easily mock up the setting representing lunar surface. That is exactly what was done to pull this hoax on the rest of the world. Smart ones knew at the time what a crock of BS that was and it’s only now things started filtering thru for some people. For example, no technology existed at the time for such endevour, what’s more, UP TO THIS DAY they cannot send human there because of extremely strong radiation belt between us and the moon that would simply kill any living organism. They are still working out how to get thru that alive and actually land human on the moon. Inanimate things – no problem, there are few of these been send to the surface, people, no go. Sadly, some still think that the fake, studio-filmed moon landing was the real thing!

          • MaryQueen July 1, 2023 at 10:21 pm #

            Amen.

            Dave McGowan taught me well on that subject.

      • Jarek June 30, 2023 at 10:34 pm #

        So what are the planets then – if Earth is not one of them?

        • jim e June 30, 2023 at 10:39 pm #

          Wanderers like you Mr Jarek. You may one day get your own Lumineria

          • jim e June 30, 2023 at 11:15 pm #

            My son has already met with the Dali…
            If i could arrange a meeting with my son and JHK…
            I think all would be well…

          • jim e June 30, 2023 at 11:25 pm #

            Dali lama

          • jim e June 30, 2023 at 11:35 pm #

            I have not bought a single bomb much less one that can stop the world…

            Free hands and Heart!

          • jim e June 30, 2023 at 11:59 pm #

            1913 was a bad year…

          • jim e July 1, 2023 at 12:23 am #

            Masonic overtones

          • jim e July 1, 2023 at 12:24 am #

            kinda like 1776…

          • jim e July 1, 2023 at 12:26 am #

            We are the son of SATAN…

          • jim e July 1, 2023 at 12:28 am #

            I told my son that i preferred Lucifer. He now calls me lUCY!

          • jim e July 1, 2023 at 12:30 am #

            gOOD THING THAT HE IS A heeebREW

          • jim e July 1, 2023 at 12:35 am #

            wHERE IS q WHEN U NEED HIM?

          • jim e July 1, 2023 at 12:39 am #

            My son will graduate a year early like his grandfather… It skips a generation….

          • jim e July 1, 2023 at 12:51 am #

            Howell Thomas Heflin (June 19, 1921 – March 29, 2005) was an American lawyer and politician who represented Alabama in the United States Senate from 1979 to 1997.

          • jim e July 1, 2023 at 12:56 am #

            He waved back when we called out. 92 Sugar Bowl…Senator Howell Heflin.

          • Jarek July 1, 2023 at 1:03 am #

            The Earth is the Centre of the Universe then? With the planets circling around us? Close thy Copernicus and open thy Ptolemy?

          • SpeedyBB July 2, 2023 at 9:25 pm #

            “Dali Lama” sounds like a cool meld between the Catalonian painter and the Tibetan holy grifter.

  39. BackRowHeckler June 30, 2023 at 4:57 pm #

    It looks like luxury EV maker Lucid is getting ready to bite the dust, and Nikola & Rivian are circling the drain. Ford announced 200 layoffs today, citing deep losses in its EV division.

    I’m a little surprised by Lucid’s collapse. Who would have thought that it would be tough to market a $175,000 sedan that went about 300 miles between charges, specialy since it went 0-60 in 2 seconds flat?

    • Disaffected June 30, 2023 at 5:40 pm #

      Even little ESPN up in your neck of the woods just announced a massive layoff of on-air personalities. They’re blaming it on the internet and the fact that Sports Center is no longer a must see for sports highlights and witty commentary. NBC’s Peacock is making noises about becoming a Premium Streaming Channel now too.

      • BackRowHeckler July 1, 2023 at 6:00 am #

        Yeah quite a few ESPN neighbors around here (right on this little street actually)

        If ESPN goes down where will we go for the latest news about gun control & systemic racism?

        • Disaffected July 1, 2023 at 9:40 pm #

          I noticed that today Peacock is employing new young unknowns as the studio announcers for their TdF coverage. They’re OK for new guys, but they’re nobodies as far as name recognition and in depth Tour knowledge. No doubt to save money on labor salaries. Dan Patrick made that point Friday regarding the ESPN layoffs. They were targeting veteran announcers who had escalated salaries due to years of service in favor of new talent who could start the cycle all over again from the bottom. Makes sense when done judiciously, but screams corporate downsizing when done wholesale, like we’re apparently seeing now. “Planned Crapification,” as they say over at Naked Capitalism. Same basic service, same price or maybe a little more, but reduced quality. Hey! The dumb bastards will never know!

          • mrs_saj July 2, 2023 at 10:34 am #

            Dis,

            I just hardly ever watch TV anymore. My husband is the one who requires a cable package (incl sports).

            I have the TV on most days. I listen to the classical music station. No commercials.

    • Night Owl July 1, 2023 at 3:59 pm #

      😀

  40. Beryl of Oyl June 30, 2023 at 5:09 pm #

    (Bloomberg) — Twitter is blocking people from viewing tweets and profiles on its website unless they are signed in to the social media site — a move that owner Elon Musk said is “temporary.”

    When an unregistered user tries to view a tweet, the site prompts them to log in or sign up for a Twitter account. As of Friday, users could still see tweets that appeared in Google searches or were embedded in other sites.

    Musk tweeted that it is a “temporary emergency measure,” to ward off people scraping the site for tweet data. “We were getting data pillaged so much that it was degrading service for normal users!”

    Twitter has long relied on the accessibility of its tweets around the web to drive interest in the site — for instance, through users sending tweets to friends or contacts who don’t have accounts.

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/twitter-blocks-people-seeing-tweets-182248993.html?fr=sycsrp_catchall

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    • Disaffected June 30, 2023 at 5:36 pm #

      I noticed that. More and more news and misc. sites are hiding behind paywalls these days too. They’ll have the internet completely locked down to PPV in a few years.

    • Night Owl June 30, 2023 at 6:03 pm #

      “As of Friday, users could still see tweets that appeared in Google searches or were embedded in other sites.”

      Not in Germany. Business Inside Her with the quality reporting.

      🙂

      • Islander June 30, 2023 at 6:22 pm #

        I cannot view videos embedded in other sites.

      • Islander June 30, 2023 at 6:28 pm #

        At ZeroHedge I was able to see embedded vid just now.

        Officials seem to be suggesting that these are not protests—that someone is behind this level of “unrest.”

        Bordeaux, too, being attacked. Second largest collection of historical buildings in France.

        • SpeedyBB July 2, 2023 at 9:53 pm #

          Langley fomenting violence to punish the Macron regime for wooing the PRC?

          Somebody is behind it. Violence like that costs money: transport, communications, explosives, paid leadership, food, narcotics.

  41. Islander June 30, 2023 at 6:21 pm #

    The Twitter clampdown may well be connected to the situ in France.

    Macron stated that “copycats” were rioting, having seen the riots on social media.

    Plus, the EU is after Musk/Twitter.

    And Macron could just be right. It would be logical to want a record of who watched videos of riots and who subsequently participated in looting, arson, destroying infrastructure, and other crimes, if they can make any matches.

    Obviously the unfortunate shooting regardless of the circumstances, is no justification for this destruction.
    I hope the state comes down hard on anyone they catch.

    Glad to see no riots (so far) in Bayonne. A city I would like very much to visit.

    • JohnAZ July 1, 2023 at 1:15 am #

      Europe is preparing to erupt, fighting back against the idiot AGW crowd that have worked their way into power. They are just saying that we no longer buy their bullshit.

      Also the Russia, Russia Russia influence from the USA.

    • MaryQueen July 1, 2023 at 12:51 pm #

      Or, like I predicted with Musk at the helm, he’s gradually turning Twitter into something even more censured than the original.

      We’ll see.

      • Beryl of Oyl July 1, 2023 at 1:34 pm #

        I eventually logged in to Twitter yesterday. Today I am logged in but I can’t access anybody’s account.

      • MaryQueen July 1, 2023 at 10:22 pm #

        “Censored” – before Q Tip jumps all over it

      • mrs_saj July 2, 2023 at 10:37 am #

        MaryQ,

        I HATE the new login requirement. It’s so disappointing. I won’t get an account.

  42. Jo-G June 30, 2023 at 6:41 pm #

    ” The mounting evidence of foreign influence-peddling is hard and vivid now, ”

    When the laptop info first came out with all the earmarks of a Russian disinformation operation I did a quick internet search of “influence peddling” and got the impression that influence peddling is illegal in some countries but not in the United States. That made me think the laptop couldn’t be a Russian disinformation campaign because they’d know that and create the impression of real crimes rather than just business as usual.

    I was disappointed that the intelligence agencies didn’t provide the public of a list of all the earmarks so we could identify a Russian disinformation campaign on our own without waiting for them to go down the list of earmarks and report back to us.

    • Islander June 30, 2023 at 8:18 pm #

      Huh?

      Who do you work for?

    • JohnAZ July 1, 2023 at 1:17 am #

      Lobbyists run the Deep State, including foreign lobbyists.

      Just like Big Pharma lobbyists run the Medical community.

  43. tom clark June 30, 2023 at 7:25 pm #

    It wasn’t so long ago that “everybody’s favorite president” used Twitter almost exclusively to communicate with his minions Now, of course, he has his own social media site for that purpose and he can say any damn thing he wants. Money buys happiness, depending on your definition of “happy”. And ultimately, we’re told we shall own nothing and be happy, so what’s the kerfuffle?

    • Disaffected June 30, 2023 at 7:31 pm #

      Fess up now, lo’ t. You posted all that just so you could use the word ‘kerfuffle’, didn’t you?

      • tom clark June 30, 2023 at 9:37 pm #

        Dis…it’s a word Jimbo would use…keeps me from being banned.

        • Disaffected June 30, 2023 at 11:09 pm #

          Aaah!

    • JohnAZ July 1, 2023 at 1:21 am #

      Yeah, he used Twitter to communicate with the public, something the present day idiot has not done. Trump used the media almost everyday to talk over the issues with the press thus us. He also, using Twitter, attempted to talk directly with the public with no media screening. Something the media never forgave him for.

      • Disaffected July 1, 2023 at 10:12 am #

        Imagine the word salads SloJo could produce if they gave him full access to Twatter? It would be a new national obsession trying to decipher them.

    • mrs_saj July 2, 2023 at 10:41 am #

      tom clark,

      Trump was banned from Twitter and so had to find a different platform with which to share his views. Don’t crap on him for a business decision (good or bad) made by Twitter.

      I voted for him twice and he has plenty of flaws, let me assure you. Those are fair game for complaint.

  44. Tate June 30, 2023 at 7:47 pm #

    If Cali passes the “reparations” bill, it’s going to be a gold mine for anybody with a liquor license in the ‘hood, jewelry shops specializing in “bling”, used car lot dealers selling “fast” used cars such as Dodge Chargers, ‘Stangs, etc. ofc they would have to deal with their share of the “reparations,” but that could be legally circumvented. It would be a gift that just keeps on givin’.

    • Islander June 30, 2023 at 8:27 pm #

      Speaking of CA, it is one of a few states that making life increasing difficult, if not impossible, for freelancers and independent contractors.

      The White House is on the same track. They are really trying to gain control of freelancers, scare their clients into not hiring independent contractors, subjectingn them to unwarranted controls.

      Fortunately this is not (yet) happening in Mass. An attempt to basically starve out independent contractors has failed for now.

      Rhode Island is another hellscape for freelancers and independent contractors.

      One of the primary things that Biden is trying to push through is to forbid companies from using independent contractors ***in their main area of business.***

      Yeah, you read that right. Many types of businesses operate almost solely with independent contractors. Such as the publishing business. There are others. A lot of IT companies, etc. Not to mention all kinds of smaller services.

      There are ca. 60 million independent contractors in the USA.

      This is an area where the push to control and smother people’s ability to make a living without being controlled by the state (via rules and fines for both companies and freelancers) really does seem to have a clear “communist” central control spirit, yet few who are freaking out about digital IDs, CBDC, vaccines, etc. are paying any attention to it.

      • beantownbill. June 30, 2023 at 8:45 pm #

        Real estate agents who work in a broker’s office are considered independent contractors.

        • jim e July 1, 2023 at 12:10 am #

          How much $ is too little too file?

          • jim e July 1, 2023 at 12:14 am #

            Under 12K? Annually…I bought no bombs this Millinia..

      • Tate July 1, 2023 at 11:12 am #

        “No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manner of thy friends or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

        See, John Donne was a 17th century Englishman. He would hardly have considered the ferals in Cali as “his own”.

        • mrs_saj July 2, 2023 at 10:44 am #

          Tate,

          I was just reading John Donne yesterday. He wrote beautiful poetry. Thanks for the quote.

    • elysianfield June 30, 2023 at 9:11 pm #

      Tate,
      Invest in funeral homes and florists.

      • Disaffected July 1, 2023 at 10:21 am #

        Speaking of which, I’m getting regular flyers now from the local death merchant, so maybe they know something I don’t. My take is, why spend good money now to pay for something that they’ll have to do one way or another after I kick it anyway? The cheapest route possible is fine by me, since I won’t be using my remains anymore after that.

      • Tate July 1, 2023 at 11:18 am #

        This craze is going to sweep the nation. Be prepared. I noticed on the website of this church I nominally belong to that they are “prayerfully” opening the question of “settlement.” We need to acknowledge that we’re (if we’re white) living on stolen land you see. I’m trying to brace for informing Mrs Tate “not one penny more.”

  45. beantownbill. June 30, 2023 at 9:00 pm #

    @Beryl:

    Yes, Every Man Jack is a company that makes shampoo, hair creme and other products. I get mine at Whole Foods. Check on-line for the company and you’ll see.

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    • Anthea July 1, 2023 at 9:56 am #

      In our age group, we are fortunate if we have enough hair to shampoo.

      • Disaffected July 1, 2023 at 11:31 am #

        Going nearly bald has been a revelation. Been cutting my own scraps for at least 20 years now and don’t miss them one bit.

        • Jarek July 1, 2023 at 1:09 pm #

          Now meditate on the deeper truth: Your self as a skeleton. All this has been a dream within a dream.

          • Disaffected July 1, 2023 at 4:30 pm #

            And eventually, myself as nothing physical at all. I think finally kicking off the physical baggage for a time will be a great relief, although I’m sure that I’ll be back for quite a few more rounds. Haven’t made all that much progress this time around. Got a lot of work to do yet.

  46. elysianfield June 30, 2023 at 9:13 pm #

    Well, Alan Arkin is hangin’ with Elvis. Died suddenly at 89 years old.

    I always enjoyed his comedy.

    • MaryQueen June 30, 2023 at 9:59 pm #

      I liked him, too.

      • jim e July 1, 2023 at 12:01 am #

        Masonic Holywood?

        • MaryQueen July 1, 2023 at 12:48 pm #

          “The Russians Are Coming!”

        • Jarek July 1, 2023 at 12:55 pm #

          Jewish Hollywood. No need for Masonry, thought they were given their own, namely Bnai Brith or Sons of the Covenant.

    • Disaffected July 1, 2023 at 11:39 am #

      Great actor.

  47. benr July 1, 2023 at 12:07 am #

    Summer is here and everyone has lost their collective minds.
    In the past three days I have had multiple instances of people trying to ram my car over parking spots and getting off the freeway by not waiting their turn.
    First instance someone turned right in the second lane over to the left right in front of me as I was turning and I literally just missed his car by an inch.
    Next day it took an hour and half to get off the freeway to go the Del Mar fair because everyone was kamamkazi’ing into any space they could between cares trying to exit.
    Had one almost sideswipe me bump the car ahead of me and I almost ran into him so I had to swerve right onto the shoulder.
    My wife literally came over into the seat I was driving in to yell at this fool.
    Last incident I was pulling out of a parking spot at the mall and two people started playing chicken over the parking spot and almost once again ran into me.
    I wound up pulling back into the spot and getting out to tell both of them I had decided to not leave and they should just move along.

    • benr July 1, 2023 at 12:10 am #

      The common theme running in all these incidents none of them spoke a word of English and all drove like complete idiots.
      Is this a new cultural phenonium?
      I knew they drove a little crazy down south but this seems to be something altogether new.

      • JohnAZ July 1, 2023 at 1:10 am #

        Benr

        In my many visits to San Diego, LA and Oceanside, it amazes me how many people inhabit the coast, how long the traffic slowdowns are and what people do changing lanes.

        • MaryQueen July 1, 2023 at 12:46 pm #

          Californians don’t like using turn signals.

          • Disaffected July 1, 2023 at 1:05 pm #

            Here in NM the custom is to slow down to make their customary 2 mph turn and then finally signal only after they’ve started the turn. Another one is the famous swing left to turn right or swing right to turn left trick. That one still amazes me every time I see it. It’ll get you every time when there’s parking lanes and you figure the idiot is pulling over to park. And one final oddity: evidently no one here has heard of pulling out into the intersection when waiting to make a left hand turn, so that when the light finally turns you have a free pass to make the turn. I don’t know how the DMV is teaching that one these days, though.

          • Beryl of Oyl July 1, 2023 at 1:27 pm #

            Dis, whenever I talk about the proper method for making left turns, some know-it-all will always, ALWAYS, inform me that in New York City you aren’t supposed to block the box.

            I am hundreds of miles away from NYC, and their traffic rules do not apply up here, so I don’t know why they do that, but they do.

          • Disaffected July 1, 2023 at 3:50 pm #

            Beryl,

            Yeah, I’ve suspected that they started teaching the left turn thing different to the latest wave. I’ve seen people’s faces reacting as if I’m being aggressive when I do it, but I still do it all the same. As an added flourish, when I get one of those slow late arrivers who pushes the yellow into red while I’m waiting, I’ll time my turn to skim his rear bumper as he goes by. Must be my German genetics expressing themselves, because I always loved how they drive over there. Attentive and aggressive.

          • Islander July 1, 2023 at 4:29 pm #

            Dis, it’s been a long time since I drove in Germany—the first country where as a youth I did quite a lot of driving, also autobahn driving.

            The iron logic of it ruined me for the USA!

            “If you are in zee wrong lane I vill drive 2 meters behind blitzng my Lampen at you until you get into zee right lane!”

            Your left signal is on until you finish passing, at which point you signal right and return to the proper lane for your speed.

            Here . . . what does “lane discipline” mean?

          • Paula D July 1, 2023 at 6:52 pm #

            People waiting behind the yellow line until the last minute is one of my pet peeves also, Dis.

            I was taught to go into the intersection and yield to oncoming traffic before making the left turn.
            No one here in Illinois does that. I thought it might just be a CA thing, but my New Jersey husband tells me that he also learned it.

            For some reason, my small town of 20,000 has 7 lanes to the main route through town. It is a massive waste of land, but that’s another subject.

            When I want to go to town, I have to wait for the traffic light to turn green, but it is set to let the travelers on the main road have more time than the people attempting to cross it. I suppose that makes sense.

            But when our light turns green, there is room for 3 cars in the intersection to yield to oncoming traffic.

            If I am the first one waiting, I go out into the street and wait.

            But it pisses me off big time to have some jackass in front of me wait at the yellow line for all cars to go by before they pull out, just as the light turns yellow. Then I have to wait another entire cycle.
            All because they don’t teach that rudimentary lesson to drivers any more.

      • Q. Shtik July 1, 2023 at 12:54 pm #

        Is this a new cultural phenonium? – benr

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

        Hahaha, LMAO.

        • Q. Shtik July 1, 2023 at 12:58 pm #

          I guess I shouldn’t laugh. It’s actually a word.

          phenonium (plural phenoniums) (organic chemistry) Any of a class of arenium ions in which a cyclohexadienyl cation is spiro-annulated with a cyclopropane unit.

          Who knew?

          • Disaffected July 1, 2023 at 1:07 pm #

            Oh yeah! The old arenium ions! They’ll throw you every time!

          • Night Owl July 1, 2023 at 6:24 pm #

            Certainly not you, Q.

      • Beryl of Oyl July 1, 2023 at 1:28 pm #

        They’ve just imported a fresh crop of uninsured drivers.

    • Woodchuck July 1, 2023 at 12:22 am #

      Yeah this is going on in many places. But take comfort in the fact that the automoblile culture is on the way out. We’ll all know we are there once the gas rationing begins and fuel costs twice what it does now. Instead of people road raging they’ll be raging and shooting and wrecking each other at gas pumps – for a while. After periods of time arrive with no fuel available anywhere and pumps locked everywhere then the homicides and fire fights over motor fuels are spread out with feral type people roaming around at night looking to steal fuel. Periods of stability occur when fuel becomes available again at the pumps.

      This will be the period of time when we can compare the US automobile culture to the Titan submersible. We’re hearing cracking going on in the culture but we’re not about to park it and stop diving. It’s full speed ahead until the entire automobile civilization implodes into itself and only the wealthy remain on the increasingly deteriorating public roads. Horrifying food shortages and deadly fighting over food will also accompany the transition out of the automobile. The pain will all be self inflicted and a natural result of years of ignorance and delusions of grandeur on the part of the suburban public. It’s impossible to warn people that this thing is gonna implode, we’re basically determined to ride this thing all the way down to the bottom.

      • JohnAZ July 1, 2023 at 1:08 am #

        The automobile culture will only die when an alternative is created that serves the vast majority of people.

        Proof? Look at HOV lanes, put in to encourage car pools. Totally ineffective, because it did not satisfy the populace.

        Look at Biden tonight. SCOTUS shot down his spending tens of billions of dollars forgiving student loans. The president does not have the power to spend without congressional approval.
        Biden’s response, I will find another way to do it.

        What happened to balance of power? Does this Mafioso wannabe think that the Constitution does no include him, that he is above the supreme law of the land.

        In a word, yes. Just like all the other damned Democrats do. If the Constitution gets in their way, just ignore it.

        Folks, that is dictatorship, something you did not see with Trump.

        You want to see what Uniparty rule would be like, you are witnessing its beginning.

        This bastard needs to be removed from office. I wonder if Kamala has all the Mob connections Biden has?

        • Mick July 1, 2023 at 9:42 am #

          The automobile culture will die when there is no more gas, which was Woodchuck’s point. Duh.

          (Cars don’t depend on the Constitution to run).

          But you are not among the brightest ones here. So, I understand your reading comprehension issues, and your sophistry in general.

          • benr July 1, 2023 at 10:24 am #

            @mick

            There is enough oil in the United States alone for another fifty years of happy motoring.
            The easy to get oil is off the table but there is plenty of oil if one is willing to do the work.
            The only thing happening now is a form of artificial scarcity.

            eia.gov/naturalgas/crudeoilreserves

            We have unlimited abilities to create biodiesel, ethanol and now Toyota is figuring out the holy grail of limitless energy in hydrogen.
            toyota.com/mirai/2022
            timesofsandiego.com/tech/2022/09/12/energy-commission-vows-to-open-more-hydrogen-stations-in-san-diego-despite-long-wait/

            No the car society is not going anywhere unless they can CON-vince Americans it’s no longer feasible to own your own car and that is about taxes, fees, and making it too expensive.

          • Woodchuck July 1, 2023 at 11:14 am #

            We can debate all day long about whether there is enough oil left in the US for 50 more years of happy motoring. That also depends on how much heavy crude is left for making diesel, kerosene, and fuel oil. We need the heavy stuff for powering trains, ships, barges, big trucks, construction equipment, etc. What the US has left is mostly the light oil obtained by fracking, which is good for making gasoline but not so good for diesel.

            We have NO unlimited abilities to creat biofuels, ethanol, hydrogen, etc. Those fuels are all actually derived from petroleum indirectly. There is no holy grail of limitless energy in hydrogen. Hydrogen is not an energy source, it’s only a very technically difficult way of storing energy. People have great difficulties understanding the difference between technology and energy. Just because you have some technology for *storing* energy doesn’t mean you have an unlimited source of the energy itself.

            All these high tech pipe dreams about the future will fail when the overseas supply chains are broken, when parts become unavailable, and we no longer have the resources to build new cars. A dead dollar means no ability whatsoever to keep the technically complicated car culture running. What good is it to have an expensive German car in the US after Germany is bankrupt and her factories closed? Where are you going to get parts? From sources like scrapping washing machines? The same goes for American auto companies as well.

          • JohnAZ July 1, 2023 at 11:46 am #

            Wow, another sage that if they cannot come up with alternatives, attacks the sender. Noted! Democrat?

          • JohnAZ July 1, 2023 at 11:47 am #

            That is for Mick.

          • benr July 1, 2023 at 12:14 pm #

            @woodchuck

            Biofuels are fuels created by squeezing out oils from grains, seeds or algae. Think olive oil which is actually combustible as well! Henry Ford ran his forst cars off hemp oil and growing hemp is damn easy.
            Hydrogen is a net negative from energy required to create it verses what it creates but with solar cells and wind it can be done by passing current through water to separate the Hydrogen from the oxygen hence H20 two hydrogen molecules from one oxygen molecule NO petroleum required.

          • Q. Shtik July 1, 2023 at 1:07 pm #

            to create it verses what it creates – benr

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            Google verses vs versus.

          • Islander July 1, 2023 at 4:34 pm #

            ICEs in the news (not):

            Rioters in France are taking over electric buses and setting them on fire. So much more fun, since he fires cannot be put out with conventional fire-fighting meaures.

            Oh, they are also hijacking the fire trucks that do show up. Great news for the future of EV fires on, say, one of our ferries.

            This is quite a good overview of the situ in France:

            httpX://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZLscbBBJqc&t=5s

          • Night Owl July 1, 2023 at 6:24 pm #

            How much oil is there? Be specific.

            And show your work.

          • Paula D July 1, 2023 at 6:59 pm #

            Note the mindset that the current generation should, and is entitled to, use the last bits of oil now, rather than leaving some for future generations.

            Go ahead and blow up mountains, destroy water supplies, long-mine farmland, poison oceans…..we’re entitled, damn it!

            Like addicts ripping apart the couch cushions looking for another fix, it is quite unappealing to look at the desperate acts of oil addicts, especially the smug sense of entitlement they crassly exhibit.

          • Woodchuck July 2, 2023 at 10:10 am #

            How much oil is there? Well, there used to be lots of oil in Pennsylvania, California, Texas, etc. But not anymore. There’s no oil in Japan or Germany, never was. The West has blown most of it’s oil out its tailpipes so now we’re looking for new overseas sources of cheap oil to exploit or steal – like we’re doing in Syria. We seem to think that Russia’s oil belongs to us and its our new task to break Russia up into pieces and use it as a new source of petroleum and other raw materials.

            But that won’t happen. What’s happening instead is the West itself is failing and beginning to break up.

        • Woodchuck July 1, 2023 at 9:52 am #

          “The automobile culture will only die when an alternative is created that serves the vast majority of people.”

          The alternative is already here. It’s called bicycles and small motorbikes. No other affordable alternatives will be possible for private transportation once the dollar is gone and people overseas stop loaning us money. We’ll never have what we want, we’ll have what we can afford, and it won’t be much.

          • Disaffected July 1, 2023 at 10:08 am #

            That’ll be much more challenging out west here. Suburbia is still in full bloom out here, where the emphasis has always been build out, not up. We’ve got a fairly large contingent of the workforce up here in Los Alamos who commute all the way from Abq to work everyday (90 miles or better), many of them contractors who are priced out of the limited local housing market. The lab is responding by renting office space in Santa Fe and I think maybe in Abq too for workers who stare at computers all day long, but of course the few who still do shit don’t have that option. I think many will have to ditch the big dually diesel trucks that have grown so popular in recent years and actually start conserving again. Bitter pill to swallow for those kinds of guys, who form a pretty distinct subculture out here in the rough and tumble west.

          • Paula D July 1, 2023 at 7:00 pm #

            That’s why company housing was invented.

          • Disaffected July 1, 2023 at 9:25 pm #

            Paula,

            Good response. I live in one of those units, ca. 1952.

        • elysianfield July 1, 2023 at 11:02 am #

          “The automobile culture will only die when an alternative is created that serves the vast majority of people.”

          John,
          No, the automobile culture will die when it becomes vastly unaffordable for the masses to own or operate a vehicle. Think $20 or $30 for a gallon of gas/diesel.

          The alternative created? Walking. bicycles, rickshaws, maybe water buffalo….

          • JohnAZ July 1, 2023 at 11:29 am #

            Echoing Dis, you folks must be East Coasters or urbanites. You think bicycles and walking will take the place of the automobile? Never.
            The
            A very good question for those who commute to work every day. How many $ re folks willing to pay to NOT walk or bicycle even ten miles to work? The effort, yes, but how about the hours it would take.

            When rapid mass transit, like NYC, and high speed rail are in place for intercity travel, convenient, ie within walking distance of where folks want to go, then and only then will the car empire start to collapse.

            We are a long long way away from that scenario and thanks to the welfare state and our current debt situation it will not be happening anytime soon.

            So fossil fuels and cars for the twenty first century, no matter the cost. No major changes coming in spite of how much it costs to acquire oil.

          • beantownbill. July 1, 2023 at 12:06 pm #

            I knew my backyard water buffalo herd would pay off some day!

          • Night Owl July 2, 2023 at 4:18 pm #

            John, the bicycle and moped can’t even do the job here in Europe. Woodchuck is in fantasy land.

            If I did not have a car, 75% of the places I go would be off limits, and I don’t even drive much.

            About the only place you can get around via bike over here is a major metro area. Out here in the German ‘burbs everyone drives nearly everywhere. We are nearly the only ones that don’t drive our kid 5 minutes down the street to play with a friend.

          • elysianfield July 2, 2023 at 5:04 pm #

            John,
            Why do you think that the bastards that are pushing this agenda care if you are mobile or not.

            Gonna lose your job because you cannot commute on a bicycle?

            So Solly…learn to code.

        • Beryl of Oyl July 1, 2023 at 1:30 pm #

          Car pools do not work for working parents.

      • BackRowHeckler July 1, 2023 at 6:18 am #

        Phew, sounds like a Mad Max scenario, Woody..

        Not a lot of news in the MSM about riots in France. I did see an article on Zero Hedge that described the burning of the main library in Marseille as an historic cultural disaster, comparing it to the 8th century burning of the library in Alexandria.

        Looks like the White West is disintegrating sooner than we thought. The only thing left will be fortress Russia & fortress Israel, and who knows how long they will hold out.

        • Woodchuck July 1, 2023 at 10:08 am #

          Long ago, after the French Revolution had basically burned itself out and people were tired of it, Napoleon decided to present the troublemakers with “a whiff of grapeshot”.

          France at the moment may be getting just a tiny bit closer to that final moment when things suddenly change drastically. That’s when heavy military weapons are used against a rioting public and large numbers of mangled bodies are shoveled off the sidewalks with front end loaders and tossed into dump trucks for mass burial. Either that or France fails and implodes with general chaos everywhere and basic living needs becoming unavailable for the average person. I wonder which scenario people prefer. Maybe the people living in the area called “France” have no desire to be France anymore and just don’t care.

          • JohnAZ July 1, 2023 at 11:37 am #

            Woodchuck

            Louis XV, I think, probably thought the same thing, I will just roll out the “national guard” and crush the rioters. Uh huh, he lost his head over that thought, along with the entire nobility class of France.

            Socialists absolutely believe that the government is all powerful and will protect them with their malfeasance. History always proves them wrong.

            So I agree with you, Europe is about to throw all the socialist SOBs out of power, all of Europe. The irony of the situation is they may all jump from the frying pan right into the fire.

            Most of today’s resource problems are apolitical, ie it makes little difference who is in charge. Social unrest is only going to get worse.

          • BackRowHeckler July 1, 2023 at 12:59 pm #

            What happens if a ‘Camp of the Saints’ situation develops, and ordinary French people are outnumbered by NAfricans & Middleeasterners, and the Marxist govt. sides with the aliens against the core historic French population? Then there won’t be any more France.

          • SpeedyBB July 2, 2023 at 10:10 pm #

            Looking at the history of France, Catholic, Protestant or stoutly atheist, there’s an authoritarian wild hair tickling not far beneath the surface.

            See how they acted in Algeria, when push came to shove, then shovel.

            De Gaulle. Le Pen. Not impossible to imagine a lurch to the right, clampdown, slam dance, martial law. Many French would support it, particularly those living away from the sleazy urban centers.

          • SpeedyBB July 2, 2023 at 10:11 pm #

            Looking at the history of France, Catholic, Protestant or stoutly atheist, there’s an authoritarian wild hair tickling not far beneath the surface.

            See how they acted in Algeria, when push came to shove, then shovel.

            The Left is pretty completely burnt out, discredited. The Right is waiting.

            De Gaulle. Le Pen. Not impossible to imagine a lurch to the right, clampdown, slam dance, martial law. Many French would support it, particularly those living away from the sleazy urban centers.

      • Night Owl July 1, 2023 at 4:21 pm #

        “But take comfort in the fact that the automoblile culture is on the way out”

        Yeah. Can’t wait to be limited to the 15-minute city. Perhaps you can rent a horse and venture a few miles out into the countryside.

        Progress in the mind of the deceived.

    • elysianfield July 1, 2023 at 11:05 am #

      benr,
      With all respect, wherever you live…move.

      • JohnAZ July 1, 2023 at 11:39 am #

        Not an option, long term.

        Ask MQ, who left the LA region to go to Idaho and found those pesky Californians following her north.

        • MaryQueen July 1, 2023 at 12:29 pm #

          Well, he’d still be better off, given that CA could run out of water, etc. A big city in CA is a bad place to be.

          • Paula D July 1, 2023 at 7:04 pm #

            He doesn’t believe in limits to resources. He thinks that money causes resources to appear.

            It’s magic!

          • benr July 1, 2023 at 8:47 pm #

            @paula

            Money makes the world go round AND with enough funding thrown at any problem the ingenuity of mankind will figure it out.

            IF oil is actually abiotic then this is a moot argument.

            Paula you are part of the problem sitting in that little house typing away on that power hungry heat generating computer/tablet/cell phone expelling co2 bitching like a good little Marxist.

            There is a finite set of resources and yet we have lost nothing since nothing really disappears it merely transforms into something else.
            We are all star dust in the beginning and in the end.
            Stop being a turd.

          • Woodchuck July 2, 2023 at 10:26 am #

            “Money makes the world go round AND with enough funding thrown at any problem the ingenuity of mankind will figure it out.”

            When the dollar is worth the paper it’s printed on and good for starting up a wood heater or using as garden mulch – then where does your “funding” come from? What else will fund it when the dollar is gone? Gold? Where’s the gold coming from? Without faith and belief backing the US dollar it would have no value. That faith is rapidly crumbling world wide. With the petrodollar on the way out, what will back the dollar now? Nail salons and pet grooming?

            It’s like looking at the situations in sub Sahara Africa (where Itchy Boots travel you tube videos are happening right now) – and telling the people there that they can all change from riding donkey carts, bicycles, and small motorbikes. All they need to do is get enough funding and everyone in Africa can have a car! What could be more simple?

          • Woodchuck July 2, 2023 at 10:33 am #

            “IF oil is actually abiotic then this is a moot argument.”

            If oil is actually abiotic and yet you cannot drill for this oil and produce it what good is it? People talk about the abiotic oil theory. If this theory means more oil is available then where is this oil? Where are we pumping it. I’m not taking about theoretical oil, lets focus on real oil that you can put in a barrel and sell.

            It’s not the abiotic theory that matters. It’s the “show me the oil” theory that does.

          • Woodchuck July 2, 2023 at 10:41 am #

            “We are all star dust in the beginning and in the end.”

            Sounds like a bunch of happy hippy horseshit to me. “star dust? As our host JHK likes to write – “wish upon a star”.

            “Stop being a turd? In the future that’s coming with farming without artificial chemical fertilizers, turds will have value again. We’ll be composting both our own turds as well as the turds of our livestock and beasts of burden. Shoveling shit will become productive and honest work.

          • Paula D July 2, 2023 at 12:47 pm #

            Thanks for confirming my assertion that you think that Money is Magic, benr, even if you did it in your usual abusive, bombastic style. You’re probably not capable of reasoned discussion, so I won’t hold it against you.

            And thanks for adding that you think that understanding material reality is “Marxist”.
            That is interesting.

          • benr July 2, 2023 at 1:32 pm #

            @paula
            Not my fault you come off as a complete and utter bitch.

          • benr July 2, 2023 at 1:42 pm #

            @WOODCHUCK

            Did we just spring into being?
            Are we just magical and where do we go when this mortal coil rots into oblivion.
            Dust to dust ashes to ashes has meaning.
            Dust blows off sub Saharan Africa into the Atlantic ocean and the more dust blown in the more the ocean springs to life with algae blooms.
            Again dust.
            Seeds, water, dirt, co2 and sun light all it takes to make plants grow.
            Where does dirt come from?
            What was dirt in the beginning?
            What is oil actually and can the scientist REALLY say it was dinosaurs?
            I have watched wells previously pumped dry of oil slowly recover enough to start pushing out clumps of oil.
            Took decades but it did come back.
            I know for a fact alga can be grown and squeezed into oil that can be turned into gas can be grown using sea water, sewage and tanks in the desert of Southern California.
            Once squeezed it is simply dumped back into the vats and the process starts over.
            Sure its a bit expensive now but the process is being refined.

            pnnl.gov/news/release.aspx?id=1029

            news.umich.edu/biofuel-breakthrough-quick-cook-method-turns-algae-into-oil

          • Woodchuck July 2, 2023 at 2:48 pm #

            @benr “ashes to ashes and dust to dust” – “what was dirt in the beginning”?

            oh, what the hell dude! Are you stoned? I’m having a few bud lites right now.

        • Islander July 1, 2023 at 4:36 pm #

          “Not an option, long term.”

          Huh?

          There are plenty of places where CA-ers are NOT going. Try the Ozarks!

      • Woodchuck July 1, 2023 at 12:11 pm #

        I’m located in a rather unusual spot in this small town that gives me very easy bicycle acess to the town’s greenbelt/bicycle trail areas. I ride on some residential back streets for maybe 5 minutes and I’m there. These bike trails running around in undeveloped flood plain areas give me access to the main shopping areas. I go off trail at various convenient spots and ride on sidewalks and grassy areas behind stores and strip malls and I can shop without needing a car. I’ve got one of those bicycle trailers people use for hauling toddlers around. It can also haul a small dog or bulky groceries like paper towels and sacks of taters, tater chips, or even cheese doodles. If our towns and cities had been designed for both car and safe bicycle acesss – we wouldn’t be talking about a future transportation crisis. But people are too lazy, too out of shape, or too upset about being uncomfortable that such an arrangement seems impossible to them.

        Compare us to Europe. I first learned to ride a bicycle in Germany, not here. Europe’s infrastructure is far more bicycle friendly than ours. Our culture for some reason is utterly obsessed with automobiles and we’ve burned ALL of our transportation bridges behind us. Unlike Europe, we have no passenger train service or convenient bus lines. Amtrak is a joke and not worth mentioning. Europe could still halfway function without automobiles. America, on the other hand, will disintegrate. Loss of the automobile culture will also mean the loss of most of the USA’s suburban lifestyle. Countless numbers of homes will become obsolete and cut up for scrap building materials. If you have no way to travel back and forth to work from these homes then all of that real estate will be abandoned.

        Go check out Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge sometime, or look at it via you tube. Billions invested in everything from fancy vacation homes to giant amusement parks, Dollywood, etc. All of it in utter dependence on the automobile culture. Take cars out of the picture and the entire area will change into a huge post-industrial junk and scrap yard. 50 years from now it will be a ghost town of vine covered remains. Just as Las Vegas will someday be nothing but spooky ruins with the only things moving around in it being tumbleweeds.

        • Q. Shtik July 1, 2023 at 1:18 pm #

          bicycle acess

          bicycle acesss – Woodchuck

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

          In the first case you need another c.

          In the second case you need another c and one less s.

          • Jarek July 1, 2023 at 4:28 pm #

            No interest whatsoever in the content of the post. This is human failure on display.

        • Islander July 1, 2023 at 5:06 pm #

          WC:
          All true!

          Furthermore, people used to walk 25 miles or more without even thinking about it. And many of them didn’t have decent shoes, like ours. Some, such as people who lived in mountainous areas of France, had to walk, and many English Victorians covered significant distances on foot in a night just for fun.

          Unfortunately, our “new” country just isn’t set up for this kind of walking over hill and dale. Often, though, it doesn’t actually take all that long to get home. Recently I had to drop off my car at the shop in the next town. Instead of waiting 15 mins for the bus I started walking. I got home in an hour.

          In Denmark, many people do 30-km commutes on their bikes—in particular, using recumbent bikes, many with some protection against the weather. But the Danes are tough. In Copenhagen in Feb. I saw people riding over an exposed bridge with freezing snow-laden wind sweeping down the canal, including one young woman swathed in a heavy scarf with her similarly swathed toddler in the bike basket in front. Not even unusual!

          httX://www.copenhagencyclechic.com/2017/02/viking-biking-in-february.html

          ( Here is some eye candy for you guys:
          httX://www.copenhagencyclechic.com/2009/06/cycling-in-skirts-and-dresses-cycle.html)

          Of course most of Denmark is quite flat. And they have dedicated bike lanes.

          But plenty of areas in the USA are flat enough for serious everyday bike travel.

          • BackRowHeckler July 1, 2023 at 7:15 pm #

            Yes, author Malcolm Lowry wrote very fondly of those ‘Walkabouts’ in the English countryside. He was born in 1909 so it must have been in the 20s.

        • Paula D July 1, 2023 at 7:11 pm #

          When I was a kid, a very old woman in the Utah town I was visiting told me that when she was a kid, she would ride her horse to the mountains we saw in the distance.
          Wow, I was impressed. How fun!

          My dad explained to me that her father was a farmer in the summer, but in the winter he mined coal. So he would saddle two horses and she would accompany him to the coal mine, appropriated called “Winter Camp”, and then she would lead his horse back, while he lived in company housing.
          In the spring, she rode back up with his horse, and he returned home to his family, to spend the summer farming again.
          It turns out it wasn’t so much fun after all.

          It is amazing that Americans are so used to the car culture that they literally are unable to grasp the ways people lived, not so long ago, or to understand the concept of “we ran out of that”.

          They imperiously announce that since their lived environment is not conducive to the end of oil, then that means the oil will never end.

          This is the logic of toddlers.