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The United States of Go Figure

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     You realize, don’t you, that everything going on around the Ukraine fiasco on the NATO side is completely insane? The folks running the US government — Barack Obama and his witches’ coven — started the whole thing over there in concert with a gang of corporate players (BlackRock, sundry oil-and-gas companies, Haliburton types, arms-makers, bunch of big banks), plus the dastardly WEF for “guidance” (ha!), looking to grab the mineral wealth of Ukraine and, ultimately, of Russia itself. Nice try. Didn’t work out. Tons of money pounded down a rat hole.

      Now, the chatter is that we (NATO) “can’t afford to lose.” Yeah? But we’re losing. Russia will hold the eastern Ukraine provinces and what’s left in the rest of Ukraine will be a failed state drained of men under sixty able to work at anything, bankrupt, broken. It will take a century, if ever, for Ukraine to recover from all that and the West will have gained nothing. Anyway, that’s the true prospect. And so, the West’s “solution” to that humiliating quandary appears to be: start a bigger war, right up to and including nukes. That’s good thinking there, Butch, said Sundance.

     Why the European members of NATO wanted to go along with this nickel-plated clusterfuck is an abiding puzzle of history now, like who exactly bumped off JFK in 1963. Germany, the Euro club’s biggest economy, stood by listlessly while America blew up its supply of affordable natgas (the Nord Stream pipelines), which was an act of war by us against Germany. Apparently, Olaf Scholz went to our CIA station in Berlin for a haircut one day and came out with a lobotomy, staring blankly through the whole affair like a Hinterwälder steer on the killing floor. Meanwhile, goodbye industrial economy! Nice knowing you. Looks like it’s back to the fourteenth century, living on rough black bread, sleeping with the cattle under your house for heat in winter, fighting jihadis inside your town walls. . . .

     What is the purpose, you ask yourself, of this new world war we’re itching to start? And why now, exactly? The stupid answers may be the correct ones. To furnish an emergency pretext allowing “Joe Biden” (Barack Obama & Co.) to “postpone” the election? If so, I guess they want a hot civil war even more than WWIII, because that’s what they’ll get. Or is it just to complete the destruction of the USA, turning us into a failed state run by a tranny Mamluk-ocracy? Or is it, as Ed Dowd has averred, to cover up the imminent implosion of the US / Euroland debt debacle?

     To provide cover for all that, the West held a fake peace conference at a five-star resort in Switzerland last week — flutes of Louis Roederer Cristal Brut with langoustine mousse in puff pastry boats . . . to die for! (and you just might) — and you know how serious the USA was because we sent our ace problem-solver Veep Kamala Harris, who cackled and hee-hawed her way through a session or two and then. . . just. . . split the scene, mysteriously. Russia, was conspicuously not invited, by the way. Whose idea was that?

    Mr. Putin marked the occasion by issuing a sane proposal to commence peace negotiations so plain, simple, and straightforward that even “Joe Biden” might have gotten the drift: 1) withdraw Ukrainian troops from Donbas territory that has joined the Russian Federation, and 2) agree that Ukraine not join NATO. The US and NATO instantly rejected it, on grounds unspecified. According to The New York Times own search engine this very morning (June 17), the newspaper hasn’t published a news story on the Ukraine War for the past five days. Go figure . . . .

     While Veep Kamala Harris was yukking it up over the peace hilarity in Switzerland, “Joe Biden” went to the far more important celebrity fundraiser out in Hollywood, headlined by the likes of actors George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and late-nite snarkist Jimmy Kimmel, that is, certified experts on geopolitical conflict, united in the cause of “saving our democracy” from “the dictator Trump.”

       “Joe Biden” declared that Donald Trump was bent on “retribution. . . he’s gonna get back at the people.” Roger that. But I think he meant that Mr. Trump might open some inquiries into how come the Democratic Party and its Intel blob ran one debilitating lawless hoax after another on our country for the past eight years while bankrupting it and destroying the medical system, the legal system, the currency, higher education, and the US military, not to mention jailing thousands on fake criminal charges and letting ten million alien mutts into the country, many of them jihadis with dubious intentions.

     But never mind all that. $30-million got raised in Hollywood to continue the game of pretend that “JB” is running for reelection. Pretend is what actors actually do, you see. They’re really good at it, and your job is to play along, suspend your disbelief. That’s the essence of showbiz. Of course, that chunk of the US population no longer mesmerized by CIA-sponsored disinfo ops is somehow rising implacably in every poll. World War Three might be the only answer for that, after all. In any case, Barack Obama himself even came out of the woodwork to lead the cheerleading among the stars in LA. And when the time came, he took the dazed, vacantly grinning “President Joe Biden” gently by the elbow and assisted him in shuffling offstage, demonstrating to the whole world how things really work in the United States of America.


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571 Responses to “The United States of Go Figure”

  1. RaymondR June 17, 2024 at 9:16 am #

    I see and hear a lot of revenge fantasies about what will happen when DT becomes President again. How much did DT accomplish last time he was in the Oval Office?

    The savior on white horse is just another grifter

    • DrTomSchmidt June 17, 2024 at 9:32 am #

      They’ve gone after his business, his fortune, and his freedom, which they did not do in2015-2016. I don’t think it’s enough for DJT to lock them up, but maybe we will get lucky and they’ll go after Ivanka. That might set him to destroying the blob.

      • Beryl of Oyl June 17, 2024 at 10:10 am #

        That’s why President Trump and Ivanka made a point of her complete detachment from his campaign and administration, this time around.

        She was being subpoenaed over January 6 and so forth, and even some Trump supporters were turning on her as some sort of mole or something.

        She’s the apple of his eye, and he wants her far away from this rough business.

        • Not_GeorgeT June 17, 2024 at 11:27 am #

          I think her husband is the mole.

          • Beryl of Oyl June 17, 2024 at 11:40 am #

            I don’t think he’s that, as much as he just thinks he’s way smarter than he is.

            He’s also not what you’d call patriotic.

            He messed up the Trump reelection campaign really bad, and nobody talks about that.

          • Jarek June 17, 2024 at 1:30 pm #

            Well, maybe. He said, Why not focus on the Blacks. You already have the trailer parks. That’s really not what Trump’s base wants to hear. At least the ones who actually listen. Trump did so btw.

            What you have to understand is that despite his dorkiness, he is far more integrated than any man of our culture can be. His religion, ethics, and politics all work together. He’s an Orthodox Jew and an Israeli patriot.

            The real question was/is, why is a person like this advising (or was it more?) and American billionaire seeking to be president?

          • Beryl of Oyl June 17, 2024 at 1:44 pm #

            He’s not quite an Orthodox, Jared. He’s Modern Orthodox, which some consider not to be Orthodox at all.

          • Jarek June 17, 2024 at 2:38 pm #

            A quibble in terms of my point. He’s a devout Orthodox or Neo-Orthodox, Israeli patriot.

          • C.O.Jones June 20, 2024 at 12:57 pm #

            Her husband was in charge of procuring respirators for the scam.

            Alex Jones said on 6/19 that Trump was hoodwinked and didn’t know what he was signing when he signed off on the covid response.

            Kushner charging exorbitant fees for respirators proves that a lie.

        • Girlyman514 June 17, 2024 at 9:27 pm #

          Yeah, like he wanted Nikki Haley ” the birdbrain” destroyed until she stroked his feathers and the last I heard, he’s creating a spot for her in his administration. This man is not to be trusted.

          It should be against the law to have any individual of 70 years old becoming President.

      • loosethedogs June 17, 2024 at 1:25 pm #

        DrTom, Good thoughts, but in the end he will do as he is told by “the money”and power brokers who have saved / controlled him throughout his life and careers. People who believe he is our lord and savior are in for a huge disappointment. Sadder yet, there are no real alternatives in the stable.

    • devnickle June 17, 2024 at 10:04 am #

      Pretty smug there, aren’t you? How would you respond to a constant barrage of bullshit? The left is forcing their insanity on the rest of us. I’m not sure what the repayment will look like, but you can be sure one is coming.

      • Uncle Abraham June 17, 2024 at 11:06 am #

        Agree with your assessment. These armchair critics haven’t a clue and display deplorable arrogance in their casual condemnations.

        • hortonz June 20, 2024 at 12:06 pm #

          I predict the summer of 2024 will be a repeat of 2020, with the Democrats hermetically sealed inside their convention space in Chicago while the party’s base act out their nihilistic fantasies just outside the perimeter, It’ll be a giant battle for the “soul” of the party with the grifters and Wokesters each trying to cancel each other out because that’s all that’s left of the DNC, the professional grifters and the anti-American extremists.

      • buckeyeman June 17, 2024 at 11:28 am #

        Firstly, no competent leader would have appointed James Comey as FBI Director after his flagrant and illegal obstruction of justice in the HRC exoneration crime.

        Secondly, you FIRE the top 10-20-30 percent of every federal agency.

        Thirdly, don’t listen not your idiot leftist daughter nor her idiot New York leftist husband.

        You act like Trump was somehow blindsided by the Deep State but, in fact, “draining the swamp” was his major campaign plank and he did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to even try to accomplish this. “Expert CEO and manager” my rosy red rectum! Maybe JD Vance can get the blusterer in chief to actually root out these vile serpents.

        • C.O.Jones June 17, 2024 at 12:39 pm #

          Agree 100% buckeyeman – except for the part about getting the “blusterer in chief” to change a darn thing.

          Trump proved his deep state – pronounced Rothschild – fealty his first and hopefully only time around.

          Now he’s running his same line of BS on a mind-numbed citizenry hoping nobody will wake up before they cast their vote.

          Does anyone think the guy who poops into a golden toilet is going to admit he was wrong about anything?

          Q: Who armed up the MIC in preparation for Ukraine vs Russia?
          A: The same guy who appointed Fauci, Birx, et al, encouraged the “lockdown” and ruination of the middle class AND who discouraged the governor of Georgia from lifting the lockdown too early. Video available on the yewchoobs.

      • abbybwood June 17, 2024 at 12:04 pm #

        Trump had better do a MAJOR mea culpa on Covid and quick.

        With Scott Atlas, Jay Batacharya, Dr, Malone, Peter McCullough, Ed Dowd, Dr. Drew, Pierre Kory etc. standing behind him.

        “Mistakes were made and I take responsibility for the economic, physical and psychological pain that came from my decisions.”

        Then let the doctors and Ed Dowd explain what those mistakes were.

        Then Trump must promise a full inquiry into all things Covid and promise to never make the same horrible decisions again.

        Then if he will change his position on Israel he might get my vote.

        According to Ben Swann (on Jimmy Dore recently), Netanyahu knew about the impending Gaza attack two years prior! LIHOP. Let it happen on purpose to create Greater Israel.

        People are aching for the truth about everything!

        • C.O.Jones June 17, 2024 at 12:49 pm #

          Trump will NEVER do a mea culpa about anything – he’s not man enough.

          His defenders say he got rolled by the deep state during Covid. He got paid, not rolled.

          Now Birx is running her mouth insisting we used PCR to test for bird flu at every farm that has any sort of livestock. They want to cull the herds and starve the people and they will probably get away with it.

          Most of the public doesn’t realize PCR is not a test for any virus. Does Trump have that level of cognizance or would he stand aside and let the “experts” like Fauci and Birx finish off what is left of the US and indeed, the world?

          Trump will never agree to an inquiry into Covid because it would be tantamount to admitting a mistake. He and the rest of his co-conspirators should be tried under the Nuremberg protocols and sentenced accordingly. Not gonna happen.

          It is long past time people aching for the truth woke the EFF up and realized Trump is just more of the same old stuff.

          • Beryl of Oyl June 17, 2024 at 1:19 pm #

            Australia allowed someone without any expertise or experience or evidence to decide that 400,000 chickens needed to be killed over the alleged flu.

            This is something the candidates are pretty much ignoring, even RFK Jr who has talked a good deal about farming and food seems to be missing this, the war on beef and poultry by the global ‘elite’.

            Two states have raised the minimum wage for fast-food workers alone. New York and California.

            New York and California always lead the way.

            Whenever I bring this up, I get pushback that the minimum wage should be higher.

            I never said that it shouldn’t, and people keep missing the point – the minimum wage was raised solely for fast food workers, nobody else.

            What is the main product sold by fast food outlets? Beef, or chicken.

            Yes there are other fast food places, that is irrelevant, that is a cover.

            Raising the minimum wage for fast-food workers is a way to destroy the big purveyors of beef and chicken.

            Then there was the media push to pin the obesity epidemic on McDonald’s.

            When you saw late night hosts repeatedly making jokes about McDonald’s and obesity, that should have clued people in. The late night hosts joke about what they are told to joke about, if they want to keep their jobs.

            That brings me to what people were basing the claims about McDonald’s on – a documentary by a performance artist.

            A performance artist was driving public health policy?

            This was a war on beef consumption.

            Someone right here, when I brought this up before, told me I couldn’t have been more wrong about Morgan Spurlock and any claims to anything scientific in his film.

            Well, guess what? The fraud went even deeper than I thought. It was a damn psyop, in fact.

            Part of the war on beef.

            No, I am not going to back this up with evidence, prove me wrong, if I could find this out so can anybody else.

          • Beryl of Oyl June 17, 2024 at 1:24 pm #

            “He and the rest of his co-conspirators should be tried under the Nuremberg protocols and sentenced accordingly.”

            Nobody got tried and sentenced for making any mistakes at Nuremberg.

            Trump did not try to force any shots on anybody, he didn’t try to punish anyone for going outside, etc.

            He should man up and admit he did wrong. IMO, and he needs to recognize the fact that the shot is not safe and effective.

            Even Doctor Atlas didn’t caution him against the shot.

          • Annasmom June 18, 2024 at 5:46 pm #

            So are you going to vote for someone? If so, who?

        • GreenAlba June 17, 2024 at 2:32 pm #

          No mistakes were made. Not in the US, not in the UK/EU/Australia, Canada or New Zealand.

          Plans were made; instructions were followed. No mistakes.

          bytepedia.substack.com/p/mistakes-were-not-made-an-anthem

          • C.O.Jones June 17, 2024 at 3:36 pm #

            Seriously @ Beryl of Oyl – splitting hairs much?

            I never said “tried and sentenced for making mistakes.”

            I said “tried under the Nuremberg protocols and sentenced accordingly.”

            Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, over?

            Are you saying the Nuremberg trials and subsequent executions never happened?

            Covid was not a mistake but a carefully planned and executed CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY.

            You make it sound like the deep state orange man made a boo-boo. Oopsie, a little error in judgement!

            At the very least, Trump should be judged on his willingness to lock down the country. Encouraging people to take a shot that has killed millions++ is a crime against humanity and marks Trump as deep as deep state gets.

            This isn’t golf – he doesn’t get a mulligan for a poor shot. Trump’s terrible judgement is on display from his lousy deep state appointments to his Covid malfeasance. Voters need to hold him accountable.

          • hmuller June 17, 2024 at 4:02 pm #

            I agree 100 percent, CO. Trouble is – we don’t have anyone better who has any chance of winning.

            So we have a choice between “Deep State Lite” and the current demented clown show. Sometimes, I wish I were older, so I could die sooner.

          • GreenAlba June 17, 2024 at 4:04 pm #

            I don’t know if you’re replying to me or Beryl, since it’s under my comment but addressed to Beryl?

            I was replying to abbybwood, in any case, at the top of the thread about ‘mistakes’. So, apologies if you weren’t speaking to me, but I don’t know why your reply is under my comment.

          • Beryl of Oyl June 17, 2024 at 6:37 pm #

            I didn’t say you did, CO. Trump did stupid things and he had plenty of “experts” who told him the shot was a boon to humanity.

            Nothing he did rises to the level of criminality, which is what people get tried for.

            Again, he did not know the shot could kill anybody.

            That doesn’t excuse him not having learned that by now, but it was not a crime.

          • JimHogue June 17, 2024 at 7:50 pm #

            What drives me nuts about the well-meaning idiots is that they always give evil the benefit of the doubt. I’ve been lambasting them since the Vietnam War: IT WASN’T A MISTAKE! None of these mass murders were mistakes. Nor were they failures for those who perpetrated them.

          • hmuller June 18, 2024 at 11:45 am #

            So true, Jim. THEIR agenda is not ours, neither is their agenda plainly revealed.

            On the coarsest level are the humans who profit from war. On higher planes – perhaps non-humans feeding on our energy, emotions and pain? We assume we are the top of the food chain. What if we’re not?

        • Girlyman514 June 17, 2024 at 9:34 pm #

          He knew back in September of 2019 when he authorized the development of mRNA technology. It’s out there, if anyone is willing to look it up.

      • GoldenRoad June 19, 2024 at 6:33 pm #

        Nah – us lefties are simply enjoying living rent free in your head.

    • JackStraw June 17, 2024 at 10:09 am #

      And you don’t think that he’s learned from greatly underestimating the evil of the deep state?

      • Uncle Abraham June 17, 2024 at 11:07 am #

        Also agreed. This is one of the things Trump admits he got wrong. He said something to the effect, “I knew it was bad, but I didn’t know it was THAT bad.”

        • C.O.Jones June 17, 2024 at 12:51 pm #

          Until and unless people stop rationalizing excuses for this narcissistic orange imbecile, we are truly and properly screwed.

    • thinblu June 17, 2024 at 1:34 pm #

      Ah, Raymond, he was a rookie then. They keep talking about his revenge, while we wonder, revenge for what? If Trump was the bad guy all along, what does he need to get revenge for? They did nothing , right? So they must be admitting that they tried everything short of assassins to stop him in 2020, and it worked then. They will cheat again, or cancel the election, or run someone else, but nothing will work. Except what they didn’t try before and will now. If only they could completely control his environment….hmmm…July 11th ought to be interesting. He should bring a toothbrush to court, and a food tester to jail.

    • Uncle Bob June 17, 2024 at 11:13 pm #

      *The savior on white horse is just another grifter*

      But enough about Barry Soetoro, Messiah of the Marxist- Maoist Left.

  2. NickelthroweR June 17, 2024 at 9:17 am #

    Greetings,

    The only question that remains is whether or not the US makes this war go hot with Russia before or after the election. After all, win or lose, Biden remains in office for a few months after the November vote. In my opinion, those will be very dangerous times. I see false flags and black swans everywhere.

    • Socrates-Detroit June 17, 2024 at 9:39 am #

      These ARE very dangerous times.

      And the US government has played a major role in creating these dangers.

      The US government precipitated the war in Ukraine.

      The US government gives Israel a free check to do whatever it wants.

      Setting aside the grotesque lack of morality and decency in enabling the Israelis to kill tens of thousands of native Palestinians, both these current events are fraught with a lot of risk, since they may lead to “unforeseen” consequences that could directly affect life in the Big PX.

      This weekend, the pathetic, but still infinitely better, choice for President told the faithful (I paraphrase) for the nth time that “Putin would not have ‘invaded’ Ukraine if I was President”. The Donald said “Russian subs off the coast of Florida and Cuba shows how little respect Putin has for Biden” and insisted it would never happen if he was President.

      Really Mr. Trump? Is that why you expelled all those Russian diplomats and raised the ante in Ukraine, giving them military assistance? (something the even worse Obama did not do)

      Well, maybe if Biden, and Trump and Obama before, had not pushed for Ukraine to join NATO and park missiles next to Russia, 6 minutes from Moscow, Putin would not feel compelled to remind the US Russia can finish off the “Land of the Free” if things get out of hand.

      Of course, a war could have beneficial side effects–insurers can weasel out of contracts (look at Nordstream pipeline and Lloyd’s of London), maybe the government can forgive its own debt, and people will be more preoccupied with the war as the government imposes martial law.

      And if somehow, the US muddles through these crises (I didn’t mention the US stirring up Taiwan) without a big hot war that leads to US military, or civilian casualties, well, if some folks are correct about fracking in the US running out soon, the end of that oil and gas, plus the end of the dollar, that should make for interesting times.

      • benr June 17, 2024 at 9:56 am #

        Another one peddling the big lie Tawain is stirred up by the US.

        Tawain is stirred up by China insisting they will annex Tawain and then doing shows of force to prove they are preparing for it.

        China has been increasingly aggressive since the 60’s towards TAWAIN.

        What are these people missing in their off assessments and why do they all parrot the same talking points?

        The reality China is struggling, their economy is failing, they have a billion+ people and millions of men with no women to start a family.
        This was due to one child policies and Chinas belief that girls are less desirable than boys, so they murdered tens of millions of girls in the womb. They have shoveled hundreds of billions of dollars into building cities with no people living in them that are now crumbling to dust

        They have no huge pools of oil to syphon off, no way to actually feed all these people, a polluted environment and an increasingly unhappy people who are fleeing these countries policies of total control.
        A true technocratic nightmare with social credit scores, lock downs, poisoned food supplies, water supplies,extreme differences in poverty and wealth.
        Imposing chattel slavery on minority groups forced work camps and an over all war stance.

        • Socrates-Detroit June 17, 2024 at 10:28 am #

          No.

          The reality is that in the 1970s, the Nixon Administration decided to re-establish relations with Red China (for various reasons), and accepted the idea of “one China”, something that Carter (and most every President since) continued.

          As a result of Nixon, confirmed and IMPLEMENTED by Carter, the US decided Taiwan was no longer a country.

          Even now, the US doesn’t have an ambassador in Taiwan? How come Taiwan doesn’t have an ambassador in the US? Because Taiwan is NOT considered a country.

          The reality is that Taiwan and China already do a LOT of trade, and Taiwanese are big investors in “Communist” China. Just like Taiwan not being considered a country in no way deters the vast amount of trade between Taiwan and US (mostly Taiwan exports things of value, and the US exports some weapons).

          Who runs Taiwan is really not US national interest. So why is the US instigating problems there?

          The Chinese will take Taiwan peacefully, if they take it. They have no motivation to destroy Taiwan’s technological assets and expertise. But the US appears motivated to try to spark another Ukraine conflict.

          Yes, China has many internal problems, pollution being a big one, and like “mal-investment” in empty cities.

          If, when, the era of relatively cheap and easily available gasoline ends, what will the US investment in the exurbs be?

          Still, in terms of actual things made, the Chinese make more things than the US. And chances are, half of CFNers own smartphones made in China.

          So why try to stir up conflict with the Chinese? Where is the US government going to get the resources to build (overpriced, behind schedule, half-ineffective) weapons to “deter” or “confront” the Chinese?

          Is the government counting on the ignorance and/or stupidity of the public to say “yeah, China bad, please tax me more and let me pay more for stuff so we can fight them”, as the blob makes more money, is that what all this China talk is?

          Especially now, as the intelligent pundits, including JHK, point out that America is LOSING the proxy war in the Ukraine. And the budget deficit is over a trillion $. Good timing to stir things up with China!

          • Uncle Bob June 17, 2024 at 11:18 pm #

            The budget deficit is way, way more than a trillion dollars. In fact, the debt (yes, I know, a different but related animal) increases by a trillion dollars every 100 days.

        • Organist1022 June 17, 2024 at 10:51 am #

          It’s Taiwan. Spelling matters.

          • Not_GeorgeT June 17, 2024 at 11:34 am #

            Spelling does matter.

            Being keyboard challenged is real.

            Quick proof-reads, if done at all, will miss typos.

            So……

          • benr June 17, 2024 at 4:31 pm #

            While I will agree spelling does count you knew exactly what I was saying so ..no harm.. no foul.

        • Jarek June 17, 2024 at 1:40 pm #

          East Asians create powerful, prosperous, centralized states with far less personal freedom than we have. It’s exactly what most of them want. If you really understood what China is (not Communist), you would be amazed at how small the actual change will be when it happens. It is inevitable and none of our business.

          If not, why did we do so much building up the People’s Republic of China if we didn’t want them to become a super power? Fighting them would be like fighting ourselves – which is all we ever do.

          • Uncle Bob June 17, 2024 at 11:21 pm #

            We wanted somebody to help us beat the USSR. Also, American bankers and industrialists wanted to get into the Chinese market. Who better to do these things than communist-hater Dick Nixon?

          • Groundhog June 18, 2024 at 11:03 am #

            Jarek says: “Fighting them would be like fighting ourselves – which is all we ever do.”

            We are very skilled at fighting ourselves and finding clever excuses for it. We’ve only won two fights fair and square.

            The first fight was our completely unnecessary “revolution” from the authority of the British Crown. Had we not kicked the Brits out we’d have wound up at the same place we are today anyway. Whatever burden of taxation placed on us by the British was *very* minor compared to what our own US government taxes us now. Not having to pay taxes to King George would have had only a very slight beneficial effect on our domestic economy at that time in the colonies.
            Canada has done just fine regarding their relationship with Britain’s royals, Canadians never felt any need whatsoever to revolt – why?

            We celebrate our revolt against European royals but absolutely denied that very same position to the Southern Confederacy. The view of the US Union side was the idea that the USA is a roach trap. A state can get in but can never get out. A state only joins the “Union” for life. So we fought our second big war, our so-called Civil War – and we won! We always win, we must win – we are winners after all. We defeated ourselves in a great victory. In our “civil war” the forces of good defeated the forces of evil – right?

            And it started as all our wars start, and that’s with some sort of false flag event to get the media support needed. The big fake and stupid event to kick off of our “civil war” was bombarding Fort Sumter. The purpose of Fort Sumter was enforcing the collection of tariff taxes on ships coming in to Charleston Harbor. Lincoln resupplied Fort Sumter after it was in Confederate territory, indicating that the US federal government was planning to collect taxes from what was then a new sovereign nation. Sending fresh supplies to that fort was an act of war. So when the South attacked Sumter the north now had an excuse to cry and whine they’d been unjustly attacked for no reason and now the north must go to war. We’ve been pulling this very same stunt for the many decades following our “civil war”. One good example is the Gulf of Tonkin incident that provided an excuse to expand the Vietnam War. We provoke other nations and when they attack or when we set up a false flag attack we claim we’ve been attacked unjustly! Then we have a response like the “war on terror”. We create the terror because we desire cover and excuses for starting yet more wars. Somehow people in the USA have all been brainwashed into thinking “we must fight them over there so we won’t have to fight them here”. We think we have a duty to “keep the world safe for democracy”. That we’re all like Christian evangelists but instead of spreading our foul and delusional religion all over the world we spread our “democracy” instead. And we must protect this “democracy” by warfare overseas.

            We’ve just done this in Ukraine, and it might well be the last war the US is responsible for until our oncoming political and economic implosion that puts a final end to all US military activity overseas. All those bases shut down because the resources to support them no longer exist. And all our troops come back home to a busted, broke, and chaotic country that’s just beginning to experience an epic ass whupping from the celestial almighty – whoever he or she is. At the moment, I’m not sure……

          • Jarek June 18, 2024 at 12:49 pm #

            Well said, Herr Hog. The real and necessary war to the knife was against the Indigenous, whom we we defeated and expropriated. Everything we have – and that includes you – is because of that Victory.

            Praise them. And for their sins, if any – pray for them.

      • JackStraw June 17, 2024 at 10:17 am #

        You are very tiresome with your endless anti-Semitism. There have been few conflicts in history where one can so easily discern good from evil. You clearly are an ignorant Nazi and really ought to just step away for good.

        • Socrates-Detroit June 17, 2024 at 10:39 am #

          You are clearly ignorant or choose to ignore the facts.

          The Israelis have abused the native Palestinians for 75 years. Given that, it is inevitable that some of them will resort to violence.

          The current Israeli response is to kill as many as they can, with the hope that some one will take the rest of them and they will leave.

          That’s been the Israeli plan all along. How come the Israeli government lowered its defenses on Oct 06? So they could have their Pearl Harbor moment.

          Here is a prominent Israeli this past weekend. Did any Israeli or American condemn his remarks?

          “As Hitler, may his name be erased, once said: “I cannot live in this world if there is one Jew left in it”, we could not live in this land if even one such Islamo-Nazi remains in Gaza, and not before we return to Gaza and turn it into Hebrew Gaza.”

          Moshe Feiglin, former Likud Member of the Knesset.

          He is sick, but at least he is honest.

          I do agree, there are few conflicts in history where one can so easily discern good from evil. Apparently, YOU cannot.

          In any case, I’m not advocating the US make Tel-Aviv look like Gaza. But I don’t see why my tax money should go to support a murderous, apartheid regime.

          Especially while the US is paying to enable a sea of blood in Gaza at this stage of the conflict, while America is drowning in a sea of red ink.

          • tuco22 June 17, 2024 at 10:45 am #

            Your taxes fund a lot of crap, Socrates-Detroit, all of which you have no say over, but keep voting for those elected representatives.

          • Socrates-Detroit June 17, 2024 at 11:18 am #

            I realize this tuco22.

            It’s not an accident.

            In his excellent book, “The Deep State” (2016), Mike Lofgren, who spent three decades as a Republican staffer on Capitol Hill, breaks down in simple, (darkly) humorous terms why this is so, and how entrenched special interests (the Israeli Lobby being among the most powerful, if not THE most powerful) control the legislative process.

            What “The Long Emergency” was to global trends, “The Deep State” is to the federal government–connecting the dots to give the reader the picture they may not have seen before.

          • Uncle Abraham June 17, 2024 at 11:25 am #

            I personally met with Moshe Feiglin while in Israel for six weeks two months ago. We disagreed on a very important aspect of Israel’s predicament, but I find no disagreement with him not wanting any Islamo-Nazis in Gaza.

            What kind of jingoistic miscreant are you, Soc, to take issue with that?

            As for a Hebrew Gaza, Israel has proved that it’s a far better solution to what takes place in the land under it jurisdiction than any Muslim entity. Judea and Samaria, Sinai, Gaza, it should all be totally Israeli. Let any peaceable Arabs flourish there, as many already have!

          • Paula D June 17, 2024 at 11:36 am #

            Israel supports the Nazis in Ukraine, so they have lost any standing to call jihadists “Nazis”.

            There are actual swastika-tattooed Nazis goosestepping their way around Ukraine, shouting “Slava Ukraine! and “Death to the Jews”, and torturing and killing any dissidents.

            So, no. Israel doesn’t get to play that card.

          • Beryl of Oyl June 17, 2024 at 11:46 am #

            “That’s been the Israeli plan all along. How come the Israeli government lowered its defenses on Oct 06? So they could have their Pearl Harbor moment.”

            If they did indeed lower their defenses so they could have their Pearl Harbor moment, that isn’t the own that you think it is.

            It would kind of prove their point.

          • Jarek June 17, 2024 at 1:53 pm #

            As Pat Buchanan said, Likud is straight up National Socialism and just more proof that it’s a viable system.

            What Paula doesn’t get, is that it’s nationalism of the race/nation. And as such, not one global thing. One global thing is what she wants with her Communism. And what others want with Capitalism.

          • elysianfield June 17, 2024 at 3:06 pm #

            ““As Hitler, may his name be erased, once said: “I cannot live in this world if there is one Jew left in it”,

            Soc-Det,
            Reference, please? Maybe something written before 1960?

            In a, you know,…book?

          • Jarek June 17, 2024 at 3:23 pm #

            Good point, Ely. I’ve never heard that.

          • Uncle Bob June 17, 2024 at 11:28 pm #

            Okay, Socrates, you’ve finally wrested the crown of “Biggest Jew Hater on CFN” away from Jarek. Congratulations on that dubious achievement. Your brown uniform and red armband are on their way to you now. You can hate “the dirty rat-faced kikes” all you want, but remember: one of them was nailed to a cross for the sins of everyone who’s ever lived — even apologists for Jew-killing terrorists descended from the Philistines, such as yourself. If you hate the Jews but call yourself a Christian, you’re a liar, and one without a sense of irony.

          • Socrates-Detroit June 17, 2024 at 11:41 pm #

            @elysianfield

            I did not (and will not) former Likud lawmaker Moshe Feiglin’s comment to confirm if Hit-ler actually used the quote about Jews.

            (which Feiglin paraphrased to apply to Gazans, by making them “Islamo-Nazis”)

            A lot of politicos lie, so perhaps Feiglin’s reference to the Austrian dictator of Germany is made up–is that your point?

            middleeasteye.net/news/israeli-former-knesset-member-moshe-feiglin-invokes-hitler-while-calling-gaza-resettlement

            Feiglin is simply another prominent Israeli who has publicly stated the Likud coalition view. It’s a view the actions of the Israeli government amply demonstrate to anyone watching.

          • elysianfield June 18, 2024 at 11:20 am #

            Soc-Det,
            My point is that the quote did not go far enough. Actually, Hitler was repeating a ditty popular at the time.

            “I cannot live if there is one Jew Left:.
            I cannot live if there is one Jew Right.
            Got the soap and lampshades
            Burning Torahs light the night,
            We wear lederhosen and our hair is high and tight
            We dance the Hokey Pokey and we Christians are devout,
            That’s what it’s all about…”

            …C’mon…Everybody sing!

          • Jarek June 18, 2024 at 12:53 pm #

            Ely is on nobody’s side except loser Americans who are on nobody’s side. He knows they’re losers and that’s why he’s on their side.

            Apart from the mordant wit, perhaps Treebeard speaks for him, “I’m on nobody’s side because nobody is on mine”.

          • Socrates-Detroit June 20, 2024 at 6:38 pm #

            @Uncle Bob

            Did you read the first line of the essay?

            “Forced obedience to obvious lies is the essence of totalitarianism. It’s the ultimate flex for psychopaths.” — Dr. Toby Rogers

            That’s what we have in the US Congress. These “America First” Republicans sought to block the $95 billion foreign aid package early on, but NONE of them questioned aid to Israel. It was the additional aid to Ukraine that bothered them…

            Either they are “Israel First”, or, more likely, they know that even the mildest criticism of US support is taboo and invites one’s black listing as an “anti-semite” (and worse, the wrath of the Israel Lobby at election campaign time!).

            You’re just one more example.

            You can’t refute the facts, so you call me the biggest “Jew hater” here.

            I guess that implies there are Jew haters here, yes?

            Am I (are we) “Jew haters” because some of us question why billions of US dollars (and I am a taxpayer) go to Israel?

            (Edward Welsch, Chronicles magazine, May 2024, writes “$323 billion in aid, since 1948, according the establishment Council on Foreign Relations”. I don’t know if that is actual dollars, or inflation-adjusted. Roughly 1% of the Federal Debt.
            But who is counting…)

            Or because some simply call out Israeli behavior for what it is—collective punishment and/or an orchestrated attempt to remove the native Palestinians?

            Actually, many of the facts I present here come from Jews–Israeli Jews who once served in the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces), American Jews.

            And quite a few American Jews have demonstrated extraordinary personal courage by protesting the Israeli slaughter and even getting arrested.

            A couple of days ago, Professor John’s Mearsheimer was asked, “what is Netanyahu’s goal in Palestine, Israel, in Gaza”?

            Instead of answering, “I really can’t know, I can’t read his mind”, Mearsheimer’s answer:

            “I’ve never had any doubt that his goal is to ethnically cleanse Gaza”.

            Is he a “Jew-hater” too?

            Just so you know I’m not making up his comment, you can do a search on you-toob for this video titled:

            Israel KILLED Their Own On October 7 – John Mearsheimer On The Hannibal Directive

            and you should be able to find it. It’s a 12-minute clip, so it’s short, and Mearsheimer doesn’t use big words. If you can read the blog here, you should be able to follow it without needing a dictionary.

            If you don’t have time, or can’t handle ten minutes of truth, go to minute 5:30.

      • Paula D June 17, 2024 at 11:15 am #

        I don’t remember Trump expelling Russian diplomats, SD, but it’s possible. When was that?

        I do remember Obama as a lame duck expelling diplomats and stealing their properties, then making them stand on the tarmac in the cold December wind, waiting for their plane. The Americans wouldn’t let them wait in the airport.
        It was Christmas and Putin’s response was to invite American diplomats to a Christmas party.
        SO embarrassing to be American!

        Then Obama moved a bunch of US troops to some Baltic lapdog. I think it was Lithuania. That tied Trump’s hands. He was already being accused of being Putin’s puppet, or as the more scatological among us like to spew, Putin’s butt-boy.

        That last year something like 7 Russian diplomats died suddenly and unexpectedly, with the last one being the UN ambassador, early in Trump’s term.

        Will Biden do similar or worse? No doubt.
        And he may ramp things up with China and Iran, to boot.

        What was the title of that movie? The Gods Must Be Crazy?
        Yeah.

        • Socrates-Detroit June 17, 2024 at 11:24 am #

          @Paula

          I remember reading (when it happened) the Trump Administration had expelled more Russian diplomats than any administration since (if I recall) JFK.

          I did a google search now, to answer your question, but all I can find is that in March 2018, the Trump Administration expelled 60 Russian diplomats (lots of on-line articles, from MSM, to that effect).

          As I recall, during that time, Trump got a lot of flack for shaking Putin’s hand or being seeing with him.

          • Paula D June 17, 2024 at 11:37 am #

            Thanks. I’m surprised I don’t remember that. I will have to search what the occasion was.

          • Paula D June 18, 2024 at 1:18 pm #

            That was a response to the deadly nerve agent attack that didn’t kill the Skirpals or their cat. Or anyone else around them.

            But then the British government locked the cat up for a month, without food or water, although people were begging them to let them rescue it.

            After a month, they opened the door, took out the still living cat, and killed it.

            But…..Russians Bad.

        • Jimpa June 17, 2024 at 4:57 pm #

          Yeah, WW3 is a distinct possibility. Nuclear subs in Cuba and all. The God’s are crazy. It’s amazing how nonchalantley this is all playing out. No crisis, just move along to oblivion.

      • Uncle Abraham June 17, 2024 at 11:19 am #

        Of course Soc brings Israel into it, not mentioned today, because Soc so hates the God of Israel and what He is doing there.

        Everyone knows the US hasn’t given Israel a blank check. In fact everyone can see that the US is trying to put the kybosh on the just execution of the war foisted on them.

        Soc uses the figures of causalities from Hamas, inveterate liars and a nonstop propagandizers. Everyone knows this. And the number doesn’t matter anyway, because every drop of blood shed in Gaza is on the heads of Hamas and its enablers/supporters. That includes Soc.

        Now, what I’d like to see is Israel actually exert maximum pressure on Hamas. No food, water, electricity, and total warfare on militants, damn the civilians in the way. Surrender now or let them all be “martyred,” their declared goal.

        Then what will Soc say? “They’re committing genocide, see!”

        And I will say, “So you now admit you were lying before.”

        Israel is obviously the good guys here, but they’ve also been the stupid guys. Do you know why Sinwar was in an Israeli jail? For killing Arabs, not Jews. Did you know that an Israeli doctor operated on his brain cancer, saving his life?

        Israel has asked for trouble. Not because they’ve been bad, but because they’ve been too “good.”

        • Socrates-Detroit June 17, 2024 at 11:35 am #

          Jonathan Pollard, aka Uncle Abraham, essentially says the same thing Moshe Feiglin and other prominent Israelis say:

          Kill ’em all.

          He trots out an anecdote (I won’t dispute it) about an Israeli doctor saving some murderers life. In his own words, Pollard tells us Sinwar “killed Arabs”

          Perhaps that’s why the doctors “saved” him? Or perhaps the doctor did his job. Many Israelis (albeit a small minority) and many Jews (albeit a minority) don’t agree with what is going on, and they tell it like it is.

          For every such “good act” there are hundreds of Palestinians (before the post-Oct 07 industrial grade killing) who have been shot, burned alive, or tortured. They are so common I don’t bother saving them. But if people want, I’m sure I can find some.

          Yes, the Israeli government has been so good to the Palestinians, it is beyond words. LOL!!!

          • Jarek June 17, 2024 at 1:57 pm #

            Abe wants you to say what Yul Brenner as Pharaoh said in the Ten Commandments, “Their God is God”.

            Good people will never say that. Christians who say are no longer Christians.

          • Socrates-Detroit June 17, 2024 at 4:41 pm #

            Jonathan Pollard, aka @Uncle Abraham will never be satisfied until everything from the river to the sea is 90% Israeli with 5-10% slaves (they need housekeepers, gardeners, and so forth).

            The question is, will that be enough?

            Uncle Abraham found one story showing us how merciful the Israelis are, as a doctor save the life of “Sinwar” (whose crime happened to be killing Arabs). I’m sure a Nazi doctor would have done the same for a Ustashe or Ukranian who had killed Serbs or Russians or Jews.

            For every story about “Israeli generosity”, there are hundreds like this:

            In “Haaretz” online, dated June 14, 2024, by Gideon Levy and Alex Levac

            “In a Single Hour, Israeli Snipers killed Seven Bystanders at the Jenin Refugee Camp”

            Of course stories like this are kept out of the MSM, as they don’t comport with the Zionist “victim ideology”.

            (Jenin is in the West Bank)

            Unfortunately for the Zionists, even with the help of the MSM, there are countless stories like that, of wanton killings and cruelty, just because.

            The Israelis perpetuate so many crimes and abuses, they cannot be hidden, despite the best efforts of the MSM. These atrocities are very readily available to the type of people who go a little extra trouble to read or comment on sites such as CFN, or are “Patreon” supporters, so their sources are not as worried about being censored by You-toob.

          • King of Comedy June 17, 2024 at 8:28 pm #

            Yawn. Another transcribed menstrual cramp from the Dude who used to be a dude.

          • hmuller June 18, 2024 at 11:58 am #

            Jarek, I’m not picking an argument, I’m really interested as to how you incorporate the Old Testament and it’s God into your belief system without going Gnostic.

            Mainstream Christianity embraces the OT and glibly glosses over the nastier acts. I’m sure Uncle Abraham has fully integrated the OT message into his soul. That’s why he rejoices heartily in the killing of The Unrighteous, their wives, children, babies, cattle, and pets. What better way to honor Jehovah?

          • Jarek June 18, 2024 at 1:00 pm #

            I think we’ve been over this, Muller. Even Messi is considering the idea that the Old Testament isn’t all one great thing. See Sponge’s “The Sins of Scripture”.

            Ultimately it is beyond the human paygrade. Christ himself will have to teach us what parts are good and authentic and what parts are funny politics at best – or demonic inspiration at worst. When he returns. Maranatha! Come quickly, Oh Lord.

            What we haven’t talked about is your agony about being left out in the cold with us goyim. Can we talk about that a bit? The wound must be lanced; the conversation, had.

          • hmuller June 18, 2024 at 3:30 pm #

            Jarek, I am one of the goyim. Just because I’ve studied Judaism a bit, doesn’t make me a Jew. I thought we’d been over this.

            You seem s little conflicted about the OT. Some of it from God, some from human imagination, and some parts inspired by Satan. And we are unable to sort it out.

            Did I understand you correctly?

          • Jarek June 19, 2024 at 1:56 pm #

            Knock it off. You’re father is Jewish. You are divided at the most fundamental level of the x and the y. Consigned to the barn with the cattle (goyim).

            This doesn’t bother you? Cow shit. And the higher part of you knows about the Talmud and the terrible things they believe. But you want to be bad! (Michael Jackson), with the winners in other words. So you’re divided morally as well.

            Spiritually, if you handle this well, this could make you a saint.

          • hmuller June 19, 2024 at 2:39 pm #

            You must be remembering someone else’s biography.

          • hmuller June 19, 2024 at 2:41 pm #

            And it’s OK if you don’t want to comment further on the OT. Sounds like you’re still trying to figure it out.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle June 17, 2024 at 12:00 pm #

        “According to various sources, including the search results provided, President Trump fired John Bolton as his national security adviser due to disagreements over several key issues, including:

        Iran Sanctions: Bolton was opposed to easing sanctions on Iran, while Trump was considering a more conciliatory approach. Bolton’s hawkish views on Iran were reportedly a major point of contention.

        Foreign Policy: Bolton’s more aggressive approach to foreign policy, including his advocacy for military action, clashed with Trump’s more isolationist views.

        Lack of Loyalty: Trump reportedly questioned Bolton’s loyalty, as Bolton was not always willing to go along with the President’s policies and decisions.

        Personal Disagreements: Trump and Bolton had personal differences, including Trump’s dislike of Bolton’s mustache.

        …His role as National Security Adviser was to advise the President on national security matters, including Ukraine…

        …While John Bolton has not explicitly stated that he was responsible for expelling Russian diplomats, his comments suggest that he has advocated for a strong response to Russian actions, including the possibility of expelling diplomats.” ~ ” ~ Brave Search engine consolidated results

        • Jarek June 17, 2024 at 1:59 pm #

          I agree with Trump. I understand beards, be they natural or well trimmed. But I don’t get mustaches. Many women can grow them and perhaps should.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle June 17, 2024 at 10:42 pm #

            That point under Socrates-Detroit’s comment is that it is important to note that presidents’ decisions also depend on their advisors’. If Trump fired that particular advisor (Bolton), maybe it speaks well of Trump in that case.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle June 18, 2024 at 2:44 am #

            I’m fine with women who don’t shave or wear makeup.

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          • hmuller June 18, 2024 at 12:06 pm #

            So, Zazelle likes them natural and as hairy as God made them.

            I’m reminded of Napoleon’s letter to Josephine: “Coming home in two weeks, don’t wash.”

          • The Man They Call Zazelle June 18, 2024 at 1:31 pm #

            Well it’s not so much I like them in any particular way, just that I don’t really care either way. Also, like men, some women are hairier than others.

            I also don’t mind a dirty women, but two weeks is a bit of a stretch. 😀

          • hmuller June 18, 2024 at 3:36 pm #

            “I don’t mind a dirty woman ”

            Can we put that on a bumper sticker? It couldn’t hurt.

      • loosethedogs June 17, 2024 at 1:44 pm #

        Soc, you misspelled US government, the correct spelling is USZOG – ask any Congress person or Senator.

    • mary.m June 17, 2024 at 10:21 am #

      The war is about to “go hot,” but not in the way you think.

      When Putin talked about a “symmetrical response” to the proxy war & “arming enemies” he really was saying it’s on.

      Iow, Russia’s proxies are already armed, trained & about to start hitting, most likely, Nato/US bases around the world.

      Rumor is that Surovakin (General Armaggedon) has trained a lot of (200?) battalions in the Sahel. Their elite have gained experience in a few hotspots in Ukr.

      And, if course, the concentrated target in the ME.

      And the Pacific. We’ve been stirring up trouble in the Philippines too.

      Expect to read about a lot of “training accidents” when a flood of body bags come home…
      Soon the US will be running around the globe putting out fires…

      • tuco22 June 17, 2024 at 10:44 am #

        Their families can be comforted that their loved ones died saving democracy, and that $300,000 life insurance payout.

      • Alfred June 17, 2024 at 10:55 am #

        A symmetrical response, to use asymmetrical tactics.

        Funny, THIS, is what I’d consider a measured and rational response to the utter insanity of America’s behavior in this affair.

        We’ll be lucky if they’re constrained to military targets. Somehow, I think our luck is running out.

      • Paula D June 17, 2024 at 11:40 am #

        The US has released its ISIS proxies onto Syria again. They have been killing civilians and SAA soldiers.

        I’m guessing that Syria will be a hot spot in the days ahead.

        • benr June 17, 2024 at 4:34 pm #

          US released?
          As if they have not been there the entire time.
          John McCains pets.
          I suspect they have been off the leash for at least a decade now.

          Funny thing there is now stories coming out about foreign nationals trying to gain access to US bases.
          The biggest group of people being caught right now.
          Chinese nationals.

        • JimHogue June 17, 2024 at 7:53 pm #

          Is that to provoke Russia into coming to the rescue, or is it slaughter as SOP?

    • Heartlander June 17, 2024 at 12:24 pm #

      I follow a bunch of people on Telegram who have moved to Russia the last year or two, most of them families with children who wanted to escape the demonic sexual-perversion indoctrination assault that permeates the U.S. Also, Russia has much lower taxes, cheaper housing, less regulations that inhibit business start-ups, etc. Sometimes I get envious.

      But if the nukes start flying, it will be no safer there than here.

      • Paula D June 17, 2024 at 3:10 pm #

        They have fallout shelters, we don’t.

  3. Uncle.Al June 17, 2024 at 9:31 am #

    The DemSoc OneState mandates Administocracy! Every dweeb and nebbish – now with gloriously ambiguous celebrated sexualities and quiet plagues of VD – is *administered* to do anything to anybody if and only if that 10% rolls. “V for Vendetta.”

    Nobody is safe anywhere for any reason. Arbitrary corruption rules the land at $billion scales. An entire generation of children has been sterilized. National collapse has been imported, then stuffed with reproductive mandates and proclivities. No grooming sterilization for vast cadres of NuevAmeriKa! No military draft either…for they are the spearhead of internal conquest.

    Next step: Federalized Black slavery…with a catchy phraseology. The South has risen again.

    • Uncle Bob June 17, 2024 at 9:35 am #

      Jeez, to hear the Dems, the South is nothing but white crackers who became Republicans specifically to oppress POC. You mean Democrats lie? *fake gasp*

      • Marcel June 17, 2024 at 10:03 am #

        Those whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes mad.

      • tuco22 June 17, 2024 at 10:55 am #

        That is, no doubt, what they’re teaching them in school.

      • elysianfield June 17, 2024 at 11:13 am #

        “white crackers”

        Uncle Bob,
        Be careful who you say that to. Say that to the wrong person and he might hit you and you might never get up, you (rhyming, alliteration insert HERE).

        • Uncle Bob June 17, 2024 at 11:34 pm #

          Yeah, and I’d revert to my Jawjuh drawl if they were to try anything, and they’d stop daid in their tracks. (Plus it doesn’t hurt to be bigger than Philadelphia Eagles and former Georgia Bulldogs Jalen Carter and Jordan Davis.)

          • elysianfield June 18, 2024 at 11:35 am #

            Damn! Say it Loud!

    • oldandtired June 17, 2024 at 10:02 am #

      @UncleA.l: “ Next step: Federalized Black slavery…with a catchy phraseology.”

      From the 13th: Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted

      Catchy enough for you?

    • Jarek June 17, 2024 at 2:02 pm #

      That movie was a masterpiece of Leftist propaganda. Another Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

  4. Uncle Bob June 17, 2024 at 9:37 am #

    I’d argue the intel community has been lying since at least 11/22/63, but probably longer than that. Trump has delayed them and their allies in gub’mint and business from reaping thei just rewards, and that just won’t do.

    • Alfred June 17, 2024 at 10:52 am #

      It’s on the first top-ten list of sins…

      People been lying since forever. The state ONLY lies. The truth only comes from the state when it reinforces the main lie of whatever message they’re promoting.

      • Paula D June 17, 2024 at 11:41 am #

        Claud Cockburn:
        “Never believe anything until it’s been officially denied.”

        • elysianfield June 17, 2024 at 3:00 pm #

          Paula,
          From my experience in 12 different schools during my Elementary and High School years, a name like “Cockburn” must have been an exercise in character building….

          • Paula D June 17, 2024 at 8:00 pm #

            Gives you a smidgen of sympathy for Pete Buttigieg.
            Maybe.

          • Paula D June 17, 2024 at 8:01 pm #

            Peter Buttigieg, that is.

          • Ron Anselmo June 18, 2024 at 12:24 am #

            Especially “Clawed” Cockburn.

          • elysianfield June 20, 2024 at 12:33 pm #

            Clever adolescents with malice that is misapplied as humor are very inventive, and can manipulate and denigrate almost any name to an insult. I would suggest that everyone on this site has been the target of this kind of bullying behavior.

            I can generate smutty nicknames for everyone on thie site, other than “Kunstler”…a difficult construct, but I am working on it….

          • Paula D June 20, 2024 at 1:11 pm #

            Yeah, that’s a tough one.

  5. tom clark June 17, 2024 at 9:56 am #

    Jimbo…you misspelled the last word in today’s blog…it’s “Amerika”.

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  6. priv_SK June 17, 2024 at 10:01 am #

    First off I am 100% for Trump over any democrat, and over all RINOs. But I don’t take any glee when I see Trump over brandon in any polls. First, they are polls, with a lot of inaccuracy and bias built in. Second, they are not huge winning percentages and the election is months away. Third, anybody should be able to beat that brain dead candidate. And fourth, brandon is not going to be on the ticket.

    The counter to the fourth point is often, well, who else can the dems run? Hillary, Kamala, Newsom, Big Mike? All have too many downsides.

    I am proposing this: (Not that want it. I think it is a nightmare scenario for us MAGA citizens.) I know the Democrat party and RFK don’t get along, but I could see as a short term marriage of convenience simply to stop Trump, that Kennedy and the Democrats kiss and make up and they run him. Both sides of that unholy alliance figure out what to do after he is office. The deep state wins and they can do whatever they want after that, as they did to his father and uncle if Kennedy starts making trouble.

    My buddies all say No Way, the two hate each other too much, but do they hate each other more than the hate MAGA? I would not be surprised to see the dems turning to Kennedy out of desperation in a few weeks.

    • tuco22 June 17, 2024 at 10:48 am #

      I don’t know if anyone else has caught this, but the democrats have taken to calling Trump supporters “magats,” their takeoff on “maggots.”

  7. Beryl of Oyl June 17, 2024 at 10:14 am #

    BTW those minerals Lindsey was talking about? He’s lying.

    I found out that the reports of what minerals Ukraine has are bogus.

    Do I remember the names of those reports? No. But I have just recently seen them debunked.

    • Beryl of Oyl June 17, 2024 at 10:19 am #

      Okay, here we go.

      I believe this Steve McIntyre person before I believe those maps.

      “I haven’t seen a single geological report indicating anything remotely unique about “lithium, rare earths etc” in Ukraine. This is intel agency BS. Which also promoted similar untrue claims about Afghanistan.
      The primary source of economic lithium is from highly alkaline playas in Bolivia and Chile and elsewhere. Such formations do not exist in Ukraine.
      There are probably some lithium-bearing pegmatites in Ukraine, but there are many such pegmatites all over the world and they are mostly uneconomic.”

      x.com/ClimateAudit/status/1800485782903292345

      • messianicdruid June 17, 2024 at 10:39 am #

        Truthlessness Reigns.

      • Not_GeorgeT June 17, 2024 at 11:48 am #

        I went looking for potential lithium sources and junior miners seeking to explore the locations.

        The territory called Ukraine never appeared. Chile was high on the list, with areas in the US (NV as an example) also being present.

        I guess it’s ‘consider the source’ material when LG speaks.

      • Jimpa June 17, 2024 at 5:12 pm #

        They do have incredibly rich and fertile soil though.

  8. sadlycdn June 17, 2024 at 10:17 am #

    Meanwhile Pride month is here again….war and insolvency can take a back seat while drag shows and Rainbow parades are front and center……

    The city desert makes you feel so cold
    It’s got so many people,, but its got no soul
    And it’s taken you so long
    To find out you were wrong
    When you thought it held everything

    • Beryl of Oyl June 17, 2024 at 10:23 am #

      I was just looking up ‘Juneteenth holiday’ to see whether the bank might be closed today, it isn’t; because Juneteenth is so important it has to be celebrated on the actual day.

      Just like July 4th. In fact, I learned today that it IS just like July 4th, because it is officially Juneteenth Independence Day.

      Get it?

      • cowbell81 June 17, 2024 at 10:38 am #

        I never have understood the meaning behind the word “Juneteenth”. Is it some kind of mash-up? Like referring to any of the “teen” days in June? Whatever it is, it certainly has a way of connotating the feel of an uneducated dialect.

        • Beryl of Oyl June 17, 2024 at 10:41 am #

          It IS an uneducated dialect. It’s a colloquial expression and stems from regional celebrations of the end of slavery in Texas.

        • tuco22 June 17, 2024 at 10:41 am #

          The United States is the only country that actively celebrates black slavery, and blacks in the US are the only ones who celebrate their past slavery.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle June 17, 2024 at 11:24 am #

          Once upon a time, I arrived at a nickname for myself. After a search of it, however, I found out someone had already been using it: Umpteenager.

      • tuco22 June 17, 2024 at 10:40 am #

        Joe will get rid of Christmas next.

        • Beryl of Oyl June 17, 2024 at 10:41 am #

          Bush started the War on Christmas.

          • tuco22 June 17, 2024 at 10:50 am #

            How so?

          • Beryl of Oyl June 17, 2024 at 11:18 am #

            He was the first president to send out a “Holiday” card.

            Laura Bush said they wanted to be more “inclusive”.

            If you were to look back, that’s when the concept that “you can’t say Christmas” took hold, and it’s also the point in time that the MSM started ‘debunking’ the claims of a war on Christmas.

        • jim e June 17, 2024 at 1:01 pm #

          My limited understanding is that Christ was not born on the 25th of December.

          • Beryl of Oyl June 17, 2024 at 1:28 pm #

            One would still need a date to celebrate the birth, whenever it was, no?

          • Jarek June 17, 2024 at 2:06 pm #

            The Sun is born on or about that day. He is the Son of the Sun, if the Sun is taken as God or a form thereof.

          • jim e June 17, 2024 at 3:29 pm #

            I suppose it is ok to celebrate the Truth (“I am the way, the truth and the life.”) with a lie… Anything goes and nothing matters.

            Jarek is correct. The Winter solstice and the resulting “Return of Light” is the reason for the season.

          • Beryl of Oyl June 17, 2024 at 6:43 pm #

            It’s not a “lie” if there is disagreement on the date, because it doesn’t alter the fact of the birth of a savior.

            You believe or you don’t.

          • hmuller June 18, 2024 at 12:31 pm #

            December 25 was the birthday of Mithra, a god popular with soldiers (like Constantine and crew.)

            Christianity has added many pagan customs and ideas to its Jewish foundation. There’s something there for everyone to hate.

      • tuco22 June 17, 2024 at 10:49 am #

        I don’t know of anybody white, except for the white house, that celebrated it.

      • sadlycdn June 17, 2024 at 11:03 am #

        I have to confess I’m not up to date on my Juneteenth…..still trying to pronounce it properly as sometimes it gives me a lisp…..

        In Canada we felt left out of the slavery conversation…..we substituted Indigenous to fill the void ….but that was just not cutting it so we decided to import the problem…now we have millions of immigrants we can say we’re sorry too…..

        I’m hopeful Trudeau will give us something with a teenth in it ,where I can hate myself with more conviction …but for now will just have to look south of the border for inspiration

        • Beryl of Oyl June 17, 2024 at 11:20 am #

          I don’t understand the point of voluntarily relocating to a place where you are going to suffer discrimination, and then complaining about it, but that’s a thing now.

          • cowbell81 June 17, 2024 at 1:52 pm #

            Maybe a bunch of liberal Whites should move to darkest Africa, and then lay claim to the fact that they are so “oppressed” as a minority and require “justice”!

          • Jarek June 17, 2024 at 2:08 pm #

            Try it and see what happens to you. Natural men behave naturally – like lions and wolves.

  9. James Long Hale June 17, 2024 at 10:29 am #

    Seems simple. You can’t have a global government without first destroying the constituent nation states.

    • The Man They Call Zazelle June 17, 2024 at 11:26 am #

      Maybe a global Woke AI gov’t can lead us by the nose-rings.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle June 17, 2024 at 11:27 am #

        Just, like, attach ropes to all our nose-rings and pull us along as a herd. Mmmooo… mmmooo…

      • The Man They Call Zazelle June 17, 2024 at 11:28 am #

        Grass too will be advocated by Schwab. Bugs and grass. And cud.

  10. cowbell81 June 17, 2024 at 10:32 am #

    Fake peace conference indeed. How can you work towards any kind of peace if you refuse to invite the opposition party (i.e. Russia) to attend? What a scam the elite is running on the public dime! I think it is time for local militias to seriously ramp up their war games.

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  11. Ishabaka June 17, 2024 at 10:50 am #

    “Forced obedience to obvious lies is the essence of totalitarianism. It’s the ultimate flex for psychopaths.”
    – you mean like forcing a Supreme Court Justice nominee to lie that she doesn’t know what a woman is? Worked, didn’t it….

    • tuco22 June 17, 2024 at 10:58 am #

      You know she’s only on the court because she’s black, don’t you?

      • Paula D June 17, 2024 at 11:45 am #

        Maybe, but trans trumps black.

        If she had said “A woman is an adult human female”, she would have been out, and they would have found another, more compliant, one.

        • Beryl of Oyl June 17, 2024 at 1:48 pm #

          She was already on thin ice, because her background is solidly American.

          The prefer their DEI blacks to be of foreign parentage.

          • Jarek June 17, 2024 at 2:10 pm #

            Fatuous. The Founders didn’t consider them American. The problem of their being here was to be fixed by sending them elsewhere.

          • hmuller June 18, 2024 at 4:14 pm #

            Sending them to Liberia worked about as well as putting toothpaste back into the tube. But I would guess you have a plan, Jarek

      • Ishabaka June 17, 2024 at 7:14 pm #

        Takes more than black to win the DEI prizes these days – get with the times!

  12. BackRowHeckler June 17, 2024 at 10:54 am #

    Huh! So yesterday I was out washing my truck in the driveway, had the radio on listening to a CBS Sunday morning news weekly summary Gabfest; the guest was a Dem congressman (whose name escapes me) He was enthusiastic about the situation in Ukraine, claiming Russia is losing badly and the Russian army is on its last legs. Victory is right around the corner if only we keep funneling more weapons and cash to Kiev ~ was the message. He was also saying NATO has never been more united, or stronger, than it is now.

    It sounds like TPTB would like to keep the war going until after the Nov elections; then we can cut Ukraine loose and leave it to its fate — like we did in Vietnam & Afghanistan ~ swept down the memory hole. Sure $250 billion was wasted … but what about the Glory?

    • tuco22 June 17, 2024 at 10:59 am #

      Yeah, and think about all those medals and promotions the generals are going to get.

    • Paula D June 17, 2024 at 11:47 am #

      It looks like the Last Ukrainian will be dead before our Glorious Election, though.
      Doh.

      I have never understood the oft-repeated line that Americans vote on foreign wars, and that if we are “losing”, angry Americans will vote accordingly.

      Are we really that blood thirsty? Or is that another bullshit narrative?

    • OG June 17, 2024 at 12:49 pm #

      Sure $250 billion was wasted …

      It was not simply wasted like a drunken night at the local titty bar.

      It was snarfed! Snarfed, in part, by the very puke Dem Congressman that you heard lying for more of it.

    • Epicur June 17, 2024 at 1:17 pm #

      I have noticed how the news on Ukraine (on Youtube especially) is mostly of two extremes either Russia is about to collapse or Ukraine. On Yahoo news and most western mainstream media it is mostly the former – Russia is on the ropes.

      The mainstream is so strident about it that it looks like they are trying to set things up to blame Trump for “losing Ukraine” like the Dems were blamed for “losing China” (politicians have long memories).

      The Donbas and Crimea were lost a couple of centuries ago but most people don’t have that much historical knowledge.

      In the long run, fighting Russia to a standstill is a worthwhile endeavor for the West, but Ukrainians are paying one hell of a price.

      • Jarek June 17, 2024 at 2:13 pm #

        Russia isn’t Communist anymore but we are still Capitalist. Like Communism, Capitalism is a mind virus that create expansionist, predatory behavior in its hosts.

    • elysianfield June 17, 2024 at 2:55 pm #

      “Huh! So yesterday I was out washing my truck in the driveway,”

      BRH,
      You reminded me of a buddy I haven’t seen in 30 years. He married well, a cute diminutive blond girl that, and I shit you not, would wash and wax his motorcycle.

      • stelmosfire June 17, 2024 at 4:04 pm #

        “wax his motorcycle” Is that some sort of redneck euphemism?

        • elysianfield June 17, 2024 at 7:05 pm #

          Saint,
          No, she actually would wash and wax his bike.

          Now, a redneck euphemism might suggest ridin’ the fir saddle to pound town…

          …Now, get up that goddamned ladder and vent that roof!

  13. Beryl of Oyl June 17, 2024 at 10:58 am #

    A repeat, because I forgot to modify the link just so, the first time I posted this.

    Weren’t we just being told that the tentative peace deal between Ukraine and Russia that was hashed out and even initialed, that was reported by at least a dozen reliable people including RFK Jr., did not happen, and that reports of a deal were Russian disinformation?

    Now the NYT is publishing the actual documents.

    I’m getting dizzy, aren’t you?

    “The New York Times published several documents on Saturday that it claims are draft versions of a peace deal negotiated in Istanbul by Moscow and Kiev in the first months of the Ukraine conflict. According to the outlet, the US and Poland were “alarmed” by the proposed deal, fearing it would lead to the “disarmament” of Ukraine.

    The American daily published a total of three documents. The first one dated March 17, 2022, is claimed to be a draft treaty text proposed by the Ukrainian side. The English-language version supposedly obtained by the NYT was provided by Kiev to its Western backers.

    Ukraine allegedly agreed to a status of “permanent neutrality” in exchange for security guarantees from the US, UK, France, Russia, and China. It also supposedly vowed to not join any military blocs and terminate any agreements incompatible with its neutral status.

    Kiev also was to recognize Crimea as Russian and the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics as independent states, as well as restore the infrastructure destroyed there between 2014 and 2022. The document also set limits to the amount of heavy military equipment Ukraine could have, although Russia said that it did not in fact “provide for reduction in Armed Forces,” according to the outlet.

    The document published by NYT is also riddled with critical notes from both sides calling certain provisions or wordings “unacceptable.” The annotations reportedly do not show either Ukrainian opposition to the idea of recognizing Crimea as part of Russia or to formally granting independence to the Donbass republics.”

    malaysiasun.com/news/274412221/draft-of-failed-russia-ukraine-peace-deal-revealed-nyt

    • Paula D June 17, 2024 at 11:50 am #

      According to the screenshot, the NY Times is still pushing the ridiculous story that the Russians killed a bunch of civilians in Bucha, although no one in Bucha noticed until 3 days after the Russians left the town.

      You would have to be braindead to believe that story, but they are still pushing it, so I’m doubting any other narrative they are putting out.

      • Jarek June 17, 2024 at 2:15 pm #

        Yeah, because Russians have never killed any civilians, anywhere and at any time. Those girls in the pizzeria where whores who had it coming.

    • OG June 17, 2024 at 12:42 pm #

      War Pigs
      Generals gathered in their masses
      Just like witches at black masses
      Evil minds that plot destruction
      Sorcerer of death’s construction

      In the fields, the bodies burning
      As the war machine keeps turning
      Death and hatred to mankind
      Poisoning their brainwashed minds
      Oh lord, yeah!

      Politicians hide themselves away
      They only started the war
      Why should they go out to fight?
      They leave that role to the poor, yeah

      Time will tell on their power minds
      Making war just for fun
      Treating people just like pawns in chess
      Wait till their judgement day comes, yeah!

      Now in darkness, world stops turning
      Ashes where their bodies burning
      No more war pigs have the power
      Hand of God has struck the hour

      Day of judgement, God is calling
      On their knees, the war pigs crawling
      Begging mercy for their sins
      Satan laughing, spreads his wings
      Oh lord, yeah!

      • Jarek June 17, 2024 at 2:16 pm #

        Too easy. We would have nothing but for the war that gave us this continent. Our God is a God of Battle. The Lord of Hosts.

        • OG June 17, 2024 at 7:03 pm #

          Wait till their judgement day comes, yeah!

          • Jarek June 18, 2024 at 1:05 pm #

            Those with a talent for war must use it. To bury it would be a sin.

            Using it well is not burying it. Using it all the time or for profit is not using it well.

  14. The Man They Call Zazelle June 17, 2024 at 11:07 am #

    Continued from the immediately-preceding threads…

    GreenAlba June 17, 2024 at 8:51 am:

    ” ‘…so some may need some sort of magical-being who starts it all.

    And as I’ve already said upthread, I’m fine with that…’ [~ The Man They Call Zazelle]

    So some, in the absence of scientific evidence, may need a good dose of smug but scientifically unjustified belief in their own ‘conclusions’, in lieu of that. I’m fine with that too.”

    —-

    The difference appears that it’s a theory of evolution, rather than a supposed ‘fact’ of God. So maybe you have the ‘smug’ part ‘projected’.

    If anything, it’s the scientific methodology that’s humble (if not necessarily practiced as such by all) in that it admits it ‘doesn’t know’. In fact that’s the whole raison d’etre behind science; tp try to find out. ‘God’, ‘just like that’, is static and unchanging. The very antithesis of evolution, ironically for our little topic here.

    But again, your guy’s belief is fine with me, provided of course we don’t get the smug attitude that it’s the right one and get some kind of equivalent of being burned at the stake for blasphemy. That appears to enter the sort of ‘take the jab or else’ or ‘wear the burqa or else’ (etc.) mindset domain, if you catch my drift.

    Hopefully we’re clearer now.

    • The Man They Call Zazelle June 17, 2024 at 11:13 am #

      “Forced obedience to obvious lies is the essence of totalitarianism. It’s the ultimate flex for psychopaths.” — Dr. Toby Rogers, via JHK

    • elysianfield June 17, 2024 at 11:20 am #

      “smug attitude…”

      “Hopefully we’re clearer now.”

      (sigh)

      • The Man They Call Zazelle June 17, 2024 at 7:38 pm #

        You’re reading that differently, like people and the cosmos. (sighhhhh)

    • GreenAlba June 17, 2024 at 2:41 pm #

      I’m not trying to convince you of anything, Zaz. I merely took exception to your smug attitude (yes), the one that basically said ‘I’m a rational adult, but I’m a magnanimous one too, so I don’t have a problem with silly people who have to believe in sky fairies because they can’t cope otherwise’. I believe even the obnoxious Dawkins has come around to admitting he has no proof of the non-existence of God.

      That’s all. Believe what you like, maybe just do it in a slightly less patronising manner. Some exceptionally intelligent people disagree with you (I don’t mean the Aussie guy), so all you need to do is drop the bit about the silly people having to believe stuff because they can’t face the cold, heartless unverse, yadda, yadda …

      • GreenAlba June 17, 2024 at 4:23 pm #

        And, as I’ve always said, an unreponsive universe is a much cosier option than Judgement, so, personally, I think the boot is on the other foot. Just ceasing to exist, with no consequences for your beliefs or actions, is a very easy-peasy option. It takes guts to accept you’re going to be judged. Just my opinion.

        • Rulo Deschamps June 17, 2024 at 9:19 pm #

          What an insight, Green A.

          “an unreponsive universe is a much cosier option than Judgement,”

          Indeed, indeed, three times indeed. Well spoken. Thinking of the times when I wasn’t the best version of myself, not by a long shot…

          The only remedy is be that best version now, every day – but the bad old days weigh a ton, and our daily good deeds are feather-light…

          • The Man They Call Zazelle June 17, 2024 at 10:38 pm #

            There are many different strategies for navigating reality, including of course passing judgement on those very strategies.

            Passing judgment, however, can also be slippy slopes– hop, skips and jumps toward such things as fascism, depotism & dictatorships and their rationalizations.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle June 17, 2024 at 10:39 pm #

            Officiousness.

          • GreenAlba June 18, 2024 at 8:01 am #

            “Passing judgment, however, can also be slippy slopes– hop, skips and jumps toward such things as fascism, depotism & dictatorships and their rationalizations.”

            That’s why we are advised to ‘judge not, lest though be judged’. That’s in relation to people, though, not political systems, on which anyone can put in their tuppence-worth.

            You’re allowed – nay, advised – to judge fascism for what it is, so that it can be avoided. And to point out that its modern name, ‘public-private partnerships’, beloved of the WEF/UN/WHO and all our governments, currently, is exactly fascism, as defined by Benito himself.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle June 18, 2024 at 1:38 pm #

            About your MacKay (Is that, Anecdote Guy?) and coercing children and young minds, see here:

            June 18, 2024 at 1:28 pm

          • hmuller June 18, 2024 at 3:51 pm #

            Whether you opt for a creator God or the big bang, a primal cause which lacks causation is very hard for humans to understand.

            Mystics and mathematicians have high rates of insanity. They peer too closely into the Infinite Void

        • The Man They Call Zazelle June 17, 2024 at 10:32 pm #

          GreenAlba’s Anecdote Guy

          I find it curious/interesting that your ‘anecdote guy’s’ behind a paywall.

          What’s he up to these days?

          • GreenAlba June 18, 2024 at 7:50 am #

            That’s a rather silly comment, Zaz, almost as if you’re getting desperate. Not least because I already told you the situation as regards timed access to the interview, which is not ‘behind a paywall’, but merely made available to generous paid subscribers like my good self early.

            I’m assuming the ‘anecdote guy’ is the Aussie scientist (I think we can call him that, with all those degrees and none of them in film studies or underwater basket-weaving). He isn’t behind a paywall. He created the website I mentioned last time (which I haven’t looked at in any detail) and another personal one called ‘askJohnMackay’, which is a sort of glorified (no pun intended) FAQ site.

            The interview, though, was hosted by James Delingpole, a former mainstream British journalist (and famous ‘climate denier’) who now has his own podcast and Substack account. It’s his living, Different people monetise their Substacks/podcasts in different ways, If they can afford to be entirely generous and have another income coming in (the amazing Katherine Watt is in this catagory, because her husband is able to keep the family, so she puts nothing behnd a paywall, but is grateful for paid subscriptions). Her now-colleague, the equally amazing Sasha Latypova, makes everything free for two months, then it goes into the archive, which is only available to paid subscribers. James gives his listeners first dibs, then everything is free to non-paid subscribers after what I think is a couple of weeks. Since that’s his living, that strikes me as generous. But people also use a regime like that because they want to show their appreciation to their paid subscribers, so give them a little extra, like early access to their interviews.

            The ever-excellent UK Column is open to anyone, but the chatbox is only available to paid members, as is News Extra which is a half-hour of less formal chat following the main news.

            I’d have thought you’d be familiar with all this, Zaz, and not require to have it explained to you. You can probably see the Aussie scientist’s interview with James Delingpole some time next week.

            But in any case, I’m not trying to prove to you that that the Aussie scientist is right, I don’t know if he’s right. I was merely, as I explained, countering the patronising attitude you specifically displayed by telling us you were open-minded and generous enough to tolerate the silly people who need to believe in sky fairies (my term, not yours). And, later, pointing out that one might consider those who don’t believe in sky fairies to be choosing the option that allows them to sleep at night, without having to worry about being accountable to the senior sky fairy for their thoughts and deeds, if they choose not to accept the Grace which has been offered to them as to everyone else.

            I’ve never converted anyone to anything, by the way, not even my own children. It is not in my gift. Mostly I think I don’t have any gifts at all. But I don’t care for being patronised. I used to be where you are when I went AWOL for a few years from what I’d always believed, and I patronised a few people on here, briefly, at one time. I had to put that right.

            To annoy you further, I obviously forgive you for being patronising, because that’s the deal – ‘forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us’. The one depends on the other. And I think you’ll find it’s the hard option, not the easy one.

            Here endeth the lesson.:) Have a good day.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle June 18, 2024 at 9:02 am #

            If you ‘know’ ‘God’, then I suppose you also ‘know’ that some people are patronizing, etc., too, right?
            And that it doesn’t matter that they might disagree or suggest something else instead, because that’s not what you know and what you know you’re sure of? I mean it’s about one’s sense of conviction, yes?

            Seems consistent.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle June 18, 2024 at 1:43 pm #

            Religious Grooming For Kids

            “I find it curious/interesting that your ‘anecdote guy’s’ behind a paywall.

            What’s he up to these days?” ~ The Man They Call Zazelle

            —-

            “That’s a rather silly comment, Zaz, almost as if you’re getting desperate.” ~ GreenAlba

            —-

            Is it? Am I? Seems Anecdote Guy, if it’s your MacKay, is head of some religious org that might be making some coin and peddling his wares to kids, among others…

            A different kind of grooming perhaps, ay?

          • The Man They Call Zazelle June 18, 2024 at 1:48 pm #

            Kid: “Hey Dad, I’m not sure I like either ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ or ‘Madness With MacKay’… Is there a third option?”

            Dad: “How about we take you out of school?”

            Kid: “Alright!”

      • The Man They Call Zazelle June 17, 2024 at 10:28 pm #

        I merely took exception to your smug attitude (yes), the one that basically said ‘I’m a rational adult, but I’m a magnanimous one too, so I don’t have a problem with silly people who have to believe in sky fairies because they can’t cope otherwise’. ” ~ GreenAlba

        —-

        Were you wearing your pontiff’s hat when you wrote that? Sounds, too, like chip on your shoulder.

        If my attitude where that sort of thing is concerned is anything, it is live and let live. That’s in large part why I’m an anarchist.

        Presumably, everyone navigates the world/cosmos/reality in their own ways/styles and as long as they don’t start getting officious in that and start genociding n’ stuff, I’m cool with it, as I’ve already said.

        Not every couple’s going to stay happily together.

        • GreenAlba June 18, 2024 at 8:18 am #

          Given your predilection for trying to convert the readership to your ideology, Zaz (which has been noted with some exasperation by many, although I think I have said little on the matter), I think your pontiff’s hat is rather more visible than mine. 🙂

          • The Man They Call Zazelle June 18, 2024 at 9:10 am #

            Only there’s a whopping difference between my ideology (live and let live) and some others’ coercive officiousness.

            Some so-called God-fearing have been in on that, such as through The Church often enough.

            Your ‘some exasperation of the many’ sounds like those cookie-cutter appeals to consensus. Toe the line, ay?

            Fuck that.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle June 18, 2024 at 9:15 am #

            Over here in so-called Canada, the State, along with the Church, ripped away the children from aboriginal families and threw them in orphanages where they were abused. Plenty of stories like that. ‘Exasperation’ you say? You bet. But the real kind I’d say.

          • Jarek June 18, 2024 at 1:08 pm #

            The mass graves turned out to be just tree roots. But dozens of churches got burned by Indians or antifa dressed up as Indians so it’s in the win column for the State.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle June 18, 2024 at 1:36 pm #

            @Jarek, right and then we have Israel, etc.. The higher they are (holier than thou), the harder they fall maybe. There’s a psychological principle around that too if recalled.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle June 18, 2024 at 1:53 pm #

            “We don’t need no education
            We don’t need no thought control
            No dark sarcasm in the classroom
            Teachers leave them kids alone
            Hey! Teacher! Leave them kids alone!
            All in all it’s just another brick in the wall.
            All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.”

            ~ Another Brick In The Wall, by Pink Floyd

  15. Mister Roboto June 17, 2024 at 11:17 am #

    Sometimes I think we really have become the Ferengi from the “Star Trek” franchise.

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    • Jarek June 17, 2024 at 2:18 pm #

      No, we’re ruled by them via their humanoid proxies like Joe Biden via a higher level golem like Obama.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle June 18, 2024 at 2:42 am #

        Golem Heights

        “Two thirds of the area was occupied by Israel following the 1967 Six-Day War and then effectively annexed in 1981, the latter being rejected by the international community which continues to consider the territory as Syrian and under Israeli occupation.” ~ Wikipedia

        “According to Moment magazine, ‘the golem is a highly mutable metaphor with seemingly limitless symbolism. It can be a victim or villain, man or woman—or sometimes both. Over the centuries, it has been used to connote war, community, isolation, hope, and despair.’ ” ~ Wikipedia, ‘Golem’ entry

        • hmuller June 18, 2024 at 4:01 pm #

          WTF, Zazelle? Are you weaving a joke I don’t understand? Or have you confused the Golan Heights with the Golem (a Jewish Frankenstein created circa 1600 by a Prague Rabbi).

  16. Not_GeorgeT June 17, 2024 at 11:23 am #

    The NYT screen shot is, imo, another example of a picture being worth a thousand words. Our host uses this tool sparingly, which also, imo, makes it more effective.

    I avoid the NYT. My last venture, calling on the NYT to investigate Building 7, was an up-close and personal affair. I was part of a public information event on the expansive sidewalk in front of their building.

    My attempts to interact with individuals entering and exiting the building convinced me any staff member still present in the building was absolutely scared shitless to be seen in proximity with me and my colleagues.

    Telling me to go away, the spoken words dripping with fear, while making hasty steps to seek perceived safety within the building, provided me an unforgettable experience.

    Those remaining at NYT, with this 5-day hiatus from reporting on the Ukraine War, shows the fear on Eighth Ave of being caught reporting actual news as news is still the order of the day.

    Freedom of the Press? DOA@NYT

    • Paula D June 17, 2024 at 11:32 am #

      In the movie Day Of The Condor, Robert Redford stands outside the NY Times building and tells his boss that he will spill the beans to them.

      His boss replies calmly that they will never print it.

      And that movie was made just after Watergate, which we were told was a triumph of plucky intrepid reporters, but turned out to be two dudes, one of them a Deep State plant, who were fed anti-Nixon information by the FBI.
      But at the time, didn’t most people believe that freedom of the press brought ol’ Tricky Dick down?
      So that ending of the movie was a shock.

      • Not_GeorgeT June 17, 2024 at 12:14 pm #

        I’ll add we also paid for a billboard placed directly across the street from their windows.

        The offer was plenty of ‘new’ information about Building 7 (‘new’ = a good investigative reporter could have found all of it).

        The result was and still is the same. They’ll never print it for the same reasons you note.

        • OG June 17, 2024 at 12:20 pm #

          Thank you for your efforts! You and your cohorts did history a kind service. You removed all doubt about NYT and, really, MSM.

          Good job!

          • Not_GeorgeT June 17, 2024 at 12:48 pm #

            Thank you

      • OG June 17, 2024 at 12:16 pm #

        Thou shalt do war by way of deception.

    • Jarek June 17, 2024 at 2:21 pm #

      They were in favor of the Russian Revolution. Look at who owns them. It’s amazing that it took this to wake people up. We’re too slow to realize things. Every test has a time limit. We’ll awaken but too late.

  17. Paula D June 17, 2024 at 11:28 am #

    I saw a video of Mongolian horsemen/archers, still skilled in those traits that allowed them to take over much of China and Russia, and into Europe and Iran, Iraq and Syria.

    Someone pointed out that nomadic marauders know no borders. They just sweep in, destroy, conquer, and loot.

    This country is basically the Mongols, updated. The Empire has spread throughout the last 200 years to cover much of the world.
    And at this point, they are going after the New Silk Road and Russia and China, just like the original Mongols.

    The more things change……

    You gotta admire their skill, however.

    youtube.com/watch?v=qzTaYvMmNYU

    • OG June 17, 2024 at 12:12 pm #

      That’s quite a video. Thank you.

      • Not_GeorgeT June 17, 2024 at 12:30 pm #

        Ditto

        and when i did the paste i was immediately treated to the vice-resident begging for donations

        yootoob is so in the tank…..

    • Jarek June 17, 2024 at 2:22 pm #

      Money knows no borders or loyalty to nations. Corporate raiders indeed. The Communists were their paid jihadis as per your earlier post. That’s all you people ever were, drear.

  18. Beryl of Oyl June 17, 2024 at 11:35 am #

    “But I think he meant that Mr. Trump might open some inquiries into how come the Democratic Party and its Intel blob ran one debilitating lawless hoax after another on our country for the past eight years while bankrupting it and destroying the medical system, the legal system, the currency, higher education, and the US military, not to mention jailing thousands on fake criminal charges and letting ten billion alien mutts into the country, many of them jihadis with dubious intentions.”

    How I love a well-written run-on. That takes real skill.

  19. lost-in-north-dakota June 17, 2024 at 12:21 pm #

    JHK wrote: “…The folks running the US government — Barack Obama and his witches’ coven …”

    I hear this proclaimed a lot, that Barack Obama is running things behind the scenes, and that Joe Biden is just some sort of puppet or figurehead. Apart from other people claiming that this is the case in some sort of echo chamber, what actual hard evidence is there of this? I’m not disputing the claim, it may well be true, I’m just interested in what hard evidence is there of this.

    • Beryl of Oyl June 17, 2024 at 12:55 pm #

      I’m not sure what you mean by hard evidence, but there is circumstantial evidence.

      For instance, why is he still based in DC?

      There is the mention he made of having a proxy president he could run from behind the scenes.

      Then there is th nature of some of the things Biden has stressed, Juneteenth as a national holiday to replace the real Independence Day.

      That has Barack Obama race-baiting and communism written all over it.

      I’m recognizing a pattern.

      • Rowdypiglet June 17, 2024 at 2:08 pm #

        I’d say that if a particular person’s will is being done everywhere, it doesn’t matter whether they are personally directing it or not; the result is the same. Some conspiracies don’t require shady people meeting in secret locations and gleefully rubbing their hands together. If you have an agenda, and a small army of people indoctrinated in that agenda, you don’t have to provide them with constant directives. All you really have to do is turn them loose and wait.

    • Jarek June 17, 2024 at 2:28 pm #

      Well the Ladies involved with Biden were also involved with Obama for one thing. For another there is a famous clip about Obama talking about being in power behind the scenes. About he doesn’t need the limelight and would be completely satisfied working in quiet.

      You realize that Biden isn’t running the country, so who is? If not Obama, who?

    • Jimpa June 17, 2024 at 5:25 pm #

      Well, there was that video of Obama visiting the White House and everybody focusing on him, while Joe wandered around lost.

  20. liber8tor June 17, 2024 at 12:55 pm #

    The ultimate torture test from the psychopaths and tribute to forced obedience to obvious lies, came from the Tony Awards Show Sunday night on CBS.

    Basically, a marathon of gay men standing on stage crying into the mic, while gay men in the audience kissed and hugged. If that’s your cup of tea, fine. But the ultimate insult and finale came when they pushed Hillary Clinton out from behind the curtain wearing a dirty, wrinkled pants suit, while the audience gave her a standing ovation. Talk about Mass Formation idiots. (Hillary looks in poor health, worse than Biden).

    In a fit of disgust, I threw the TV remote against the wall, forcing me to stand up and manually turn off the TV. Now I have to decide whether to buy a new remote, or to leave the TV turned off forever.

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    • Vegan Shark June 17, 2024 at 1:42 pm #

      In a fit of disgust, I threw the TV remote against the wall, forcing me to stand up and manually turn off the TV. Now I have to decide whether to buy a new remote, or to leave the TV turned off forever.

      Oh, don’t make a hasty decision. Not everything on TV is woke propaganda. Don’t you watch the weather prediction shows with their cute animated maps? Pure objectivity! Whatever the upcoming meteorological attractions, the faceworker babes and boys will educate you about how the weather is caused by man-made climate change.

      • Jimpa June 17, 2024 at 5:27 pm #

        Yes, I do like watching the weather girl.

      • hmuller June 18, 2024 at 4:26 pm #

        No weatherman or woman in the US has ever seen a chemtrail. How bright and observant can they be?

    • Rowdypiglet June 17, 2024 at 2:12 pm #

      @liber8tor, You need to employ the Elvis method. If I recall, he kept a gun handy and periodically shot the tv. That would absolve you from further decision making.

    • Jarek June 17, 2024 at 2:31 pm #

      A dirty pant suit? Surely not that, sir. Wrinkled? Can you prove it?

      My generation didn’t have remotes. We had to walk thru six feet of shag carpet in our bare feet to change the channel.

      • GreenAlba June 17, 2024 at 2:48 pm #

        Have you been watching Python’s Four Yorkshiremen sketch? (Not about remotes.)

        I remember my parents’ very first remote.. It had two buttons/levers. But you could also make the TV go on or off accidentally by dropping a teaspoon on a plate.

        • Jarek June 17, 2024 at 2:53 pm #

          Is it an insinuation of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? And what about that Yorkshire pudding you promised to send me? There may not much time left so you better get on with it.

          https://www.barnhardt.biz/2024/06/17/listen-to-the-fathers-voice/

          He says, I am with you all days, even to the consumation of the world.

          • GreenAlba June 17, 2024 at 4:17 pm #

            No, not at all, It’s just four Yorkshiremen-made-good competing to claim how tough their childhood was. It’s a classic – pure farce – but maybe doesn’t work across the ocean and for people who’ve never been to Yorkshire.:) Yorkshire folks are the salt of the earth, but some are what is known as ‘professional northerners’.

            youtube.com/watch?v=ue7wM0QC5LE

            Not an exact match for your shag-carpet story, obviously. Just reminded me.

      • elysianfield June 17, 2024 at 2:49 pm #

        …and uphill in both directions….

      • Beryl of Oyl June 17, 2024 at 3:04 pm #

        Walking through shag carpet back when straight pins were commonplace took guts.

        • GreenAlba June 17, 2024 at 4:18 pm #

          Pieces of lego were a killer with bare feet, not that I even had a shag carpet.

          • GreenAlba June 17, 2024 at 4:18 pm #

            ever, not even …

          • benr June 18, 2024 at 9:29 am #

            Jacks step on one of them in the dark and let howls of pain ensue.

            youtube.com/watch?v=Bwq9SixttsM&ab_channel=GatherTogetherGames

          • hmuller June 18, 2024 at 4:29 pm #

            Definitions:
            Tofu – food on a kitchen floor only detectable by bare feet.

  21. Roundball Shaman June 17, 2024 at 1:20 pm #

    “You realize, don’t you, that everything going on around the Ukraine fiasco on the NATO side is completely insane?”

    May I suggest a little ‘Fixed It For You?’…

    ‘You realize, don’t you, that everything going IN THE WORLD TODAY is completely insane?’

    That would cover the savagery going on in more than one place on the Globe right now. And a few other things going on right here in The Fatherland and in All Those Evil Other Places as well.

    Being well-grounded and well-versed in Common Sense is just not in style these days.

    If you want to get anywhere in our current Times you must embrace and embody one or more deviancies of body, mind, and spirit. And the more deviancies you have, the greater will be your power and influence.

    ‘Being Weird’ used to be so… weird and unappealing. Not any more. Being Weird is one’s highest aspirational goal in Life. And seeing to it that everyone else becomes as weird and unsoundly grounded as those already lost to devancy.

    Even being barely cognitively functional is not any kind of problem these days. All you need to is look at someone like … well… never mind. No sense piling on to someone who’s clearly already in trouble.

    And speaking of being in trouble…

    “… Veep Kamala Harris was yukking it up over the peace hilarity in Switzerland…”.

    Have you noticed that ‘Yukking It Up’ is the entirety of her skill set? That’s it. Yuck, yuck, yuck! (What is she? The Fourth Stooge?).

    And that leaves all the remaining sane people left to say… YUCK THAT.

    Mister Highly Confused… and Ms. Yuck Yuck. And these are the current avatars for ‘The Empire!’?

    Any bets on how things are going to go next in a World of Deviants led by an Empire fronted by Mister Confusion and Ms. Yuck-Yuck?

    Looks like no laughing matter.

    • Beryl of Oyl June 17, 2024 at 1:35 pm #

      “Have you noticed that ‘Yukking It Up’ is the entirety of her skill set?”
      Not the entirety…

      • beantownbill. June 17, 2024 at 2:40 pm #

        Beryl, are you making a dirty comment? Lol.

        • Beryl of Oyl June 17, 2024 at 3:05 pm #

          Get your mind out of the gutter, lol.

      • Roundball Shaman June 17, 2024 at 3:34 pm #

        Beryl of Oyl: “‘Have you noticed that ‘Yukking It Up’ is the entirety of her skill set?’

        Not the entirety…”

        Perhaps her perpetual ‘smirking’ is to be considered a separate skill set?

        Further… do truly skilled and confident and mature adults ever do that much smirking?

        Yes, that was a rhetorical question.

        And further… do you notice how The Resident also likes to smirk a lot when his cognition clicks on for a brief moment?

        ‘Making the World Safe — for Smirking’. The new Blue campaign slogan.

        • hmuller June 18, 2024 at 4:33 pm #

          Kamala has slave owners in her family tree.

          There are none in mine.

          So how does that factor into determining racial reparations,?

          • Jarek June 19, 2024 at 2:00 pm #

            Sephardic Jews controlled much of the slave trade in America.

          • Paula D June 20, 2024 at 1:14 pm #

            Jamaicans don’t get reparations. Neither do Haitians. And, of course, neither do the millions of more recent immigrants from Africa. At least, according the ADOS adherents.

            If they actually set up a reparation system, expect the black community to go all civil war.

          • Paula D June 20, 2024 at 1:15 pm #

            Which might be why our rulers are pushing it so hard, suddenly.

          • Roundball Shaman June 20, 2024 at 2:11 pm #

            Paula D: “Jamaicans don’t get reparations. Neither do Haitians. And, of course, neither do the millions of more recent immigrants from Africa. At least, according the ADOS adherents. If they actually set up a reparation system, expect the black community to go all civil war.”

            If ‘They’ go to a ‘reparation’ system… there is only one fair and equitable outcome:

            Native Americans get EVERYTHING. Everyone else… sorry. Native Americans were here first and much longer than anyone else. They have been harmed more than anyone else (despite what a certain other race will tell you). The Natives should get everything back.

            And by everything, I mean the entirety of the land area of the United States. And everything on it. The rest of us get a few weeks to pack up and leave the Country to the Natives who are the only ones capable of restoring it’s natural health and spiritual foundation.

            Whether or not the Natives want to continue to have cellphones and anti-social media will be up to them. And the new Nation’s Capital will be in Gallup, New Mexico.

  22. jim June 17, 2024 at 1:39 pm #

    “Forced obedience to obvious lies is the essence of totalitarianism.”

    This statement captures the essence of our present situation.

    There now seems to be a kind of elite delight, an almost sadistic delight in pointing out to each us– what do you want to do or can you really do about such coercion–we are now completely in your face and we are betting that you are just going to take it.

    I guess we will see.

  23. OG June 17, 2024 at 1:41 pm #

    What is the purpose, you ask yourself, of this new world war we’re itching to start? And why now, exactly? The stupid answers may be the correct ones. [a] To furnish an emergency pretext allowing “Joe Biden” (Barack Obama & Co.) to “postpone” the election? [b] If so, I guess they want a hot civil war even more than WWIII, because that’s what they’ll get. [c] Or is it just to complete the destruction of the USA, turning us into a failed state run by a tranny Mamluk-ocracy? [d] Or is it, as Ed Dowd has averred, to cover up the imminent implosion of the US / Euroland debt debacle?

    e) All of the above.

  24. getsome June 17, 2024 at 1:50 pm #

    Question for you CS’ers. If a loved one of yours was put in prison for J6, (we knew pelosi was responsible) AND it’s now been validated by none other than the Chief of the Capital Police that pelosi refused to allow National Guard to assist, would ANY of pelosi’s children be alive?

    • Rowdypiglet June 17, 2024 at 2:19 pm #

      @getsome, You should realize that what people say on internet sites is in no way indicative of what they’re likely to do out in the real world where there are considerations and consequences. Many people claim they’d do things that, in fact, they would never do, and are just letting off steam. No one knows what they’d actually do in extreme or threatening circumstances until those circumstances arise. They can, however, make trouble for themselves and others by making rash statements that they will never act on.

    • elysianfield June 17, 2024 at 2:48 pm #

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGMOB2K78iM

    • benr June 18, 2024 at 9:26 am #

      Another actual fact that we were told was bullshit by Maj the Palmolive spokesperson.
      Pretty sure Majella was only right about one thing in its entire posting career he called the Joe Biden installation.
      I couldn’t figure out how a near vegetable was going to be installed into the Whitehouse.
      Through rampant voter fraud and voting machine hacks.
      I knew Democrats cheated it’s one of the things that sent Nixon off the rails when the Democrats cheated to take Cook County Illinois,
      Tricky Dick was paranoid for good reason Democrats cheat, and it would seem always have.

  25. getsome June 17, 2024 at 2:24 pm #

    Rowdypiggy: thank you for the words of wisdom and, I think, advice for future posts. Nuff Said.

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  26. getsome June 17, 2024 at 2:26 pm #

    Rowdypiggy: thank you for the words of wisdom and, I think, advice on future postings. Nuff Said. o ( i thought i posted this, but was instructed to re-post, so if it doubles that’s why)

  27. socialisthater June 17, 2024 at 3:11 pm #

    In some mysterious ways, Trump is the 21st Century reincarnation of Theodore Roosevelt. Trump is not the great orator that TR was, nor did he “discover” himself in the Western wilderness as TR did, nor did he fight in a war as TR did, but Trump has managed to do what TR managed–to come from a monied New York family, yet completely understand the American working and middle class.

    Both TR and Trump recognized the danger of elite government politicians and elite corporatists pose to the American Republic. Though the term wouldn’t be coined during TR’s political tenure, TR understood the danger of some capitalists being perverted by wealth and political power into Socialist/Fascist corporatists willing to ally with government Socialists to destroy a free market-based representative democracy and replace it with a Socialist dictatorship that would favor those corporatists so long as they pledged their allegiance to the dictatorship. That is the precipice upon which the U.S. stands today with the Democrat scum elite Biden/Obama/Hillary cabal leading the country.

    It is also why the U.S. it at the greatest peril of its survival as a Republic in its history. The U.S. is just one election away from the Socialist/Fascist/Communist Democrat Party having de facto dictatorial control of the U.S. That is why the Democrats will do ANYTHING to prevent a Trump win in 2024–assassinate Trump, start a World War, incite an internal Civil War–anything to finally create the dictatorship that the Democrat scum elite so fervently desire.

    As for “retribution” or “revenge” by Trump if he wins in 2024–well, the Democrat scum elite deserve the most vile justice heaped upon them that is legally possible. And I fervently hope that Trump will pursue just that. There are a whole list of vile Democrat elite players–with Biden, Harris, Garland, and Mayorkas at the top of that lengthy list–who richly deserve to be charged, tried, convicted, and executed for treason against the people of the United States. That Democrat vermin have interfered in elections; have allowed and encouraged criminals to be turned loose onto the streets to rob, assault, and kill innocent Americans; have allowed and abetted millions of illegal aliens to invade the U.S., many of whom have violently victimized innocent Americans; have allowed fentanyl to flood into the U.S. that has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans. No Administration in U.S. history has violated the Constitution and Laws of the United States in ways that have harmed or killed more Americans on America’s own soil than has the Biden Administration and its Democrat minions. Those Democrat vermin deserve the very worst.

    • jgalt June 17, 2024 at 5:11 pm #

      Nothing done legally can be too harsh on these narcissistic Demoncraps for the intentional harm they have brought to the U.S. The justice system has been virtually destroyed by them and bribery is rampant and very often the only way to get semi-justice. I should listen to the advice of the Rowdy Piglet, but sadly, or perhaps gladly, I do not have a governor on my postings. I am convinced that the millions of illegal military aged men will be sent out with antifa and blm to re-create on a much larger scale the destruction and killings of 2020. The Demoncraps do want to sign them up to vote illegally, but that takes too much time for their plans, and even that would not guarantee a victory for China/cartel Joe and his fellow socialists and marxists. No, onto the streets is the plan, along with martial law due to the imploding nation that they cause. We may well have to fight our way out of this no matter one’s personal abhorrence to violence.

    • JohnAZ June 17, 2024 at 6:41 pm #

      Hmmm. You struck a chord, Socialisthater.

      Could it be? Is the government of the USA, the Deep State, creating enemies to Wag the Dog at, for itself. IOW, for the Deep Sate entity? Is it trying to drum up “enemies” for itself to justify its own authority?

      Enemies? Russia, Russia, Russia War? Ukraine
      Iran>Russia War? Gaza
      China? Taiwan

      The American people especially MAGA Patriots #1
      The American Civil war #2 Balkanization by the Deep
      State Hmmm? Could the solution to the debt problem
      of the Deep State be the sale of parts of the American
      union to other interests, say BRICS? I live in an area
      that was sold to the USA by Santa Anna to pay debt in
      Mexico.

      Hi everyone, couldn’t resist. Could the very East Coast Deep State, very socialist, and becoming more isolated Deep State be brewing up a solution for itself that will dissociate most of the American people? I do not think Trump can save the MAGA folks from the Deep State. 2024 may be irrelevant. A gigantic shift may be coming. I do believe that the PTB of the world are aware of this and are hedging bets on it.

      Question,, what happens when the Deep State is isolated from the rest of the country? Who owns the weapons? What sort of threat to the world would a self-destructive USA be?

      Do not forget the Biden/Obama investments in Ukraine and China.

      • JohnAZ June 17, 2024 at 6:43 pm #

        Not just Demoncrats, although the East Coast Dems are the vanguard. Any one that resides in or near Washington, DC is a culprit.

      • OG June 17, 2024 at 6:52 pm #

        Hey JAZ! Welcome back!

        ***
        Bibi-gun the Nutty Yahoo. Ha! I couldn’t resist.

  28. FransDuncan June 17, 2024 at 3:14 pm #

    Obama is NOT in charge of Biden; Obama is not in charge of ANYTHING. He’s as dumb as Biden…not senile like Biden, just dumb. He’s always been nothing but a dumb stooge for the big-money elite who are in charge of everything, including Obama and Biden.

    • Beryl of Oyl June 17, 2024 at 3:18 pm #

      As Tucker Carlson has said, he is adept at one thing: making people hate each other.

    • Jarek June 17, 2024 at 4:05 pm #

      He boasted of what he could do with a phone, a pen, and a pad of paper. He certainly changed the military. Patriots retired early you see, under his pressure.

      He is a stooge, a high level, gifted one.

  29. Jarek June 17, 2024 at 3:16 pm #

    https://nypost.com/2024/06/15/us-news/sperminator-ari-nagel-welcomes-165th-child-ahead-of-fathers-day/

    A real feel good story. Ari laments that he has little luck on dating apps. Nobody wants to date a broke guy with 165 kids!

    Think you would get away with it? One schmoe I heard about has to pay child support to a lesbian mom he donated to after the “dad” lesbo took off. She had nothing to lose and everything to gain, so she pressed her claim and gain she did.

    The sweet fruits of victory, eh? Is it more? Is he being financially backed? An attempt to create a mixed race of Mamluks who will be loyal to them? If so, there will be more examples.

    • Soul Forensics June 17, 2024 at 5:48 pm #

      He fled home, and got away with paying no child support to over a hundred single moms. Putting all other giga-chads to shame!

      Now he can continue to track the (mis)fortunes of those 175 junior Aris. (Kids without fathers or other significant males in their young lives grow up to be ineffectual feminized adults.)

      So fuck both him and the sperm catchers (no pun intended).

      • Soul Forensics June 17, 2024 at 5:49 pm #

        “Kids” should be “boys”.

  30. Jarek June 17, 2024 at 3:20 pm #

    Wiki

    Mamluk or Mamaluk (/?mæm?lu?k/; Arabic: ?????, romanized: maml?k (singular), ??????, mam?l?k (plural); translated as “one who is owned”, meaning “slave”) were non-Arab, ethnically diverse (mostly Turkic, Caucasian, Eastern and Southeastern European) enslaved mercenaries

    Jarek: The Mamluks were great warriors who defeated the Mongols and saved the Islamic world from being completely defeated. The Mongols had already decimated Persia. Based in Egypt, they later took over and reigned for two centuries until defeated by the Turks – who then created their own slave soldiers, the Janissaries.

    Is Benr a Mamluke?

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    • benr June 17, 2024 at 8:23 pm #

      Is Jarek a dumbass?

  31. BackRowHeckler June 17, 2024 at 5:26 pm #

    We’re in the thick of ‘Pride Month’, the celebrations are coming on fast and furious … and it seems everybody is getting in on act … elementary schools, small town Selectmen; I even saw a Pride Flag at Tractor Supply on Saturday. Well, I heard a good ‘Pride’ story this morning, took place in Vermont, Old Vermont, just recently. This is similar to the Pride story a few weeks ago in toney Deep River, Ct, where a gay tryst went bad, a rich old guy got stabbed to death, then then stabber — a downhill ski champion “In transition” drove out to Cape Cod — Old Cape Cod –and stabbed 6 more people. In this case a Gentlemen farmer in Vermont got a knock at his door, It was a neighbor who wanted to barrow his backhoe. He had something to bury. Apparently this was the result of another gay hookup that went bad only this time the young hustler got stabbed. He needed to be buried, and he was buried, unceremoniously, in the hole dug by the barrowed backhoe. So there was a missing guy, a man digging a hole in is backyard, after dark, and a series of indiscreet posts on the local facebook page, witth which the police stitched together a case. That’s where it stands now.

    So tomorrow when you turn on your local news and are admonished to ‘Celebrate Pride’, give a thought to the desperate, feverish man working the levers of an old Cat backhoe, in the dark, digging a shallow hole, rolling a naked stiff into it, filling the hole, and hoping for the best.

    • lflawse June 17, 2024 at 7:49 pm #

      Ahhhhh but you missed an essential connection. According to the rat Merrick Garland, the FBI et al can’t find anyone who commits a crime in the dark.
      So it’s all good.

    • hmuller June 18, 2024 at 5:07 pm #

      Will Nancy’s husband Paul Pelosi celebrate PRIDE with a nice luncheon for all his homeless one night stands?

  32. getsome June 17, 2024 at 5:50 pm #

    Jgalt: I’ve never had an abhorrence to violence if the target was a threat to me or the few I count as
    “family”. As I hate surprises that could kill me, my go to is Preemption with extreme attitude. Nuff Said. (And no Rowdypiggy, I care little if some monitoring agency takes offense. My posting name should be a clue.)

  33. Soul Forensics June 17, 2024 at 6:14 pm #

    “In the world of Gen Z, a new trend is taking the internet by storm – the rise of the ‘sexy rat’ guys.

    The ‘hot rodent boyfriend’ also popularly termed as ‘sexy rat’ guys trend refers to a newfound appreciation for male celebrities who possess unconventional features like that of rodents, particularly rats. These features may include large front teeth, prominent noses, and a lean physique.

    Hollywood has played a significant role in popularizing the ‘sexy rat’ guys trend, with several celebrities falling in the bracket of these unconventional heartthrobs.”

    ————–

    Well, that explains another fad I’ve recently found out about: reports of a flood of women setting a block of Roquefort cheese against their labia majora in hopes of luring the shy Gen Z rodents out of hiding.

    I think the rats should sue Astra Zeneca. After all, wasn’t the entirety of “testing” of the clot shot done on just eight rats? Hollywood heartthrobs, put down your cheese and unite!

    • tucsonspur June 17, 2024 at 7:02 pm #

      Guess those Z rats got tired of the fishy smell!

  34. tucsonspur June 17, 2024 at 7:12 pm #

    JohnAZ, Welcome back!

    I hope that you read my posts last week, defending you against various attackers.

    • JohnAZ June 17, 2024 at 7:57 pm #

      Yeah, I did. Thanks. I will not be diatribing any more with ol’ you know who. My enemy, IMHO, is on the Potomac river.

      • SoftStarLight June 18, 2024 at 2:25 am #

        Did you read my post as well, John? I understand the needs for breaks here and there. Sometimes it can be such an overwhelming feeling when you feel psychically surrounded. You are so wise to note who we really need to be arguing with. When i feel moments of oppression or dispossession I recall how these anonymous and unelected privileged people in global locations are the true sources of my anguish and it helps me depersonalize conflicts with those who are in the same boat as me and then I rather encourage collaboration so that we row the boat in the proper direction that benefits everyone.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle June 18, 2024 at 3:31 am #

          “Sometimes it can be such an overwhelming feeling when you feel psychically surrounded.” ~ SoftStarLight

          ‘Canned thoughts’ I used to call the effect when I first went online. The treatment then was to take a trip to Lynn Canyon periodically. Grab an iced green tea with extra matcha at the Starbux there, sit and people-watch for a bit and then take the rest of my drink out with me and head down the road and over the bridge. If it was a hot day, I’d wear fast-drying shorts for a dip in the river.

          • SoftStarLight June 18, 2024 at 12:03 pm #

            Did the dips in the river cleanse your mind and clarify everything for you?

          • SpeedyBB June 20, 2024 at 5:45 pm #

            Lynn Canyon. Where the sun shines so rarely, when it does come out the locals call the police to report it.

            Perpetually about ten degrees colder than an already uncomfortably chilly Vancouver, for much of the year. Could not see why anyone would invest in a property up there in the low clouds.

        • JohnAZ June 18, 2024 at 9:53 am #

          Someone said I was in a trap.

          I agreed.

          • SoftStarLight June 18, 2024 at 12:05 pm #

            Time to spring forth, John lol

      • The Man They Call Zazelle June 18, 2024 at 3:24 am #

        Hey John.

        (I recently got a suspicious mild twinge that mary.m might be MaryQueen.)

        • JohnAZ June 18, 2024 at 9:56 am #

          Hope so, Mary Queen did something to try to avoid the Liberal takeover, moved to Idaho. I felt bad for her when she discovered that Idaho was being Californicated like everywhere else. The Blues leaving California are not blaming socialism but bringing it with them.

          Too many gimmes.

        • Jarek June 18, 2024 at 1:11 pm #

          She was part of that blue wave though of course she didn’t realize it.

  35. lflawse June 17, 2024 at 7:45 pm #

    Re Ukraine peace talks
    The U.S. sent the cackling idiot
    Australia sent the Minister for Government Services and Disability Scheme.
    Aus must be an insider to the opening of WW3.
    Aus makes nothing and anyone who would fight has been disarmed anyway.
    So I’m thinking of importing a shipload of White Flags in preparation for the war.

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    • SoftStarLight June 18, 2024 at 2:12 am #

      Personally it seems super strange to me that white flags are considered signs of peace. White represents the absence of color while black represents the presence of all colors. White essentially reflects light while black absorbs light. So white is basically a symbol of refusing to accept while black is a symbol of acceptance. And yet, in this topsy turvy world people don’t associate a black flag as a sign that one is ready to accept terms. So bizarre huh. Those flags you’re ordering are made in China btw.

      • beantownbill. June 18, 2024 at 10:43 am #

        SSL, I hate it when I have to correct you. In the physical world, white is the result of light of all colors, while black is the absence of any color. Think of outer space. Except for starlight it is black; and certain objects are called black holes because they cannot transmit any light.

        And you, you shine very brightly, so you are a blazing white light.

        • SoftStarLight June 18, 2024 at 12:11 pm #

          You’re so sweet, Bill. I think our semantics are simply getting crossed. It is true that things are black because they are absorbing light and are therefore not emitting light. Things that are white are reflecting all of the colors back out so they are emitting light back.

          • Jarek June 18, 2024 at 1:58 pm #

            White contains all colors in potential. Black is result when all colors are smooshed together and their individuality not respected. Truly, good and evil. The Rainbow is our symbol, not the Borg Left.

          • SoftStarLight June 18, 2024 at 2:53 pm #

            So there still is an our :0)?

          • Jarek June 18, 2024 at 3:22 pm #

            If you are part of a self conscious race/nation – one that respects other race/nations and doesn’t want to absorb them. Or at least respects your own enough not to mix. Earlier Whites said it would be a horrible idea to conquer Mexico. Look what happened to the Spanish conquistadores. They all had harems of Indian maidens. Blended themselves right out, right?

            This is probably not exactly what you were asking.

          • SoftStarLight June 19, 2024 at 12:02 am #

            Mexico has some very nice areas though. Particularly in the mountains. Clever clever. But you won’t be able to avoid the inevitable forever lol

          • Jarek June 19, 2024 at 2:05 pm #

            The rainbow would become a drainbow, all the colors washed out.

            Do you love blue? Only we have blue eyes, blonde and red hair. The Abos sometimes have a bit of it as kids – a different genetic pathway.

            These outer characteristics are the least of it of course.

          • SoftStarLight June 19, 2024 at 4:56 pm #

            Yeah I do love blue. My favorite shades are teal, turquoise and azure. The blondism in the Aborigines is really interesting. I thought maybe they were actually related to the Neanderthals because of some of their other traits. And too i read that they migrated into Australia maybe 50,000 years ago.

      • Jarek June 20, 2024 at 2:00 pm #

        No, no cranial capacity. Probably a significant input of Homo Erectus. Perhaps the reddish or blonde hair came from a particular race of them.

        One of the most successful couples in Hollywood is Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. Never married. They can leave each other whenever. So each day they choose not to. “Having someone” is fatal to relationships.

  36. The Man They Call Zazelle June 17, 2024 at 11:45 pm #

    Quora Coup Questions
    quora.com/Is-a-military-coup-possible-in-the-United-States

    Is a military coup possible in the United States?

    What if the US Army tries a coup?

    Is a coup in US possible?

    Can the military overthrow the United States government?

    How does the US prevent a military coup?

    Could a military coup ever conceivably occur in the US, and if so, how would it be done? (Not that I’m planning one.)?

    Why has the United States military never carried out a coup?

    Will the USA have a military coup?

    Could a military coup happen in the United States? Could it succeed?

    What would a British military coup actually look like?

    Can the US military carry out a coup?

    Is a military coup possible in the United States or the United Kingdom?

    What is a successful military coup?

    What are the legal consequences of calling for a military coup?

    What is the possibility of a military coup in the U.S. in the next 2 years?

    Could the US military take over the government if they decided to stage a coup?

    —-

    Kukkurukuu

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    • SoftStarLight June 18, 2024 at 2:03 am #

      It’s a good song. I noticed kuru in that word. It actually made me think of New Guinea headhunters. Do you ever ponder how often you’ve thought about New Guinea headhunters?

      • The Man They Call Zazelle June 18, 2024 at 3:17 am #

        Are you suggesting they be commissioned for any heads-of-state anywhere outside of New Guinea?

        Maybe they’re way ahead of us and a have already crossed the borders/rubicons.

        • tucsonspur June 18, 2024 at 6:31 am #

          Zaz, it’s a good question and one wonders, as I have for some time, where are the colonels, where are the generals, especially now with Biden’s destructive border policies, etc. no doubt undermining the nation.

          Look at the movie “Seven Days in May”. Here’s some stuff about it:

          ‘The novel and the movie Seven Days in May were based on a very potential reality. See James Bamford’s 2002 book, Body of Secrets, which is about the National Security Agency. General Edwin Walker, mentioned in another review, was only the least of what was going on in the higher echelons of the U.S. military near the end of the Eisenhower Administration and the beginning of the Kennedy-Johnson Administration.

          At military bases, and even at the National War College in Washington, the most rabid preachings took place about the real threat of communism coming not from Russia or Cuba, but from high-ups in the domestic power structure, including the government. The entire Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), led by Chairman Lyman Lemnitzer, was very right wing and rabidly obsessed with the idea that American civilization could not endure unless Cuba was militarily conquered and occupied in the long-term.

          They repeatedly threw suggestions for this at Eisenhower, who never took the bit. When Ike left the Oval Office and Kennedy, who had never been a military higher-up, replaced him, Lemnitzer felt adrift and became very paranoid. There were all sorts of JCS contingency plans, never implemented, for creating an incident that could be blamed falsely on the Russians and/or the Cubans to justify an invasion – a sort of second sinking of the battleship Maine.

          The more far-fetched of these ideas included terrorism at home to be blamed on Cuba and an attack on a friendly Central American country that could be falsely blamed on Cuba, all without the President’s approval. Lemnitzer, according to Bamford, had little use for the concept of civilian control of the military.

          In fact,enough of this atmosphere within the U.S. military was in the wind that there was a secret Congressional inquiry into the potential for a military takeover of the government, which was based on more than idle wonder. Senator Albert Gore of Tennessee (the father of the recent Vice President), a member of the investigating committee, called for Lemnitzer’s firing. Kennedy did not fire him, but did not re-appoint him to a second term as Chairman, preferring the more rational Maxwell Taylor.’

          • The Man They Call Zazelle June 18, 2024 at 7:48 am #

            The movie has a surprisingly good rating at Rotten Tomatoes. I might watch it.

            Those similar questions seem to be what people have actually been asking and who knows… Surprising things can and have happened before and we might see a military dictatorship by Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas or early January.

          • JohnAZ June 18, 2024 at 10:12 am #

            I wonder, would we feel much of a difference between a military coup and the fiasco we have now?

            In TJ’s words, when the government becomes oppressive, it needs to be changed? Right?

            By who? Has the federal government by its capability to form a monopoly on power and eliminating the efficacy of the vote, made the only way possible to change the uniparty control, thus totalitarianism, the military control.

            Seven Days in May was a poke at the lack of efficacy of the Feds, in Burt’s opinion, and the need for reform, in a coup format. TJ was right, governments grow in the evil of their power grabs and the long term control of this is not called out anywhere. I believe he considered the periodic elections a way to do this peaceably. First the Bushes, then the control of the ballot box by the Left have removed this power control at the hands of the Uniparty Deep State.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle June 18, 2024 at 11:14 am #

            If a coup/military dictatorship happened, maybe just temporary, and somehow removed the wars overseas and any risk of nuclear exchange, it might be an improvement.

          • Jarek June 18, 2024 at 1:18 pm #

            Jonesy (Kirk Douglas) was a liberal traitor – the good guy, right? The kind of guy who is for open border because people are people.

            The General (Burt Lancaster) is what we hoped Trump would be: A hard ass willing to do what needed to be done to save America.*

            Of course starting a war with Russia via a sneak attack is not what we need. So Trump 1.0 was good in that respect. Trump 2.0 is a Zionist warmonger.

    • benr June 18, 2024 at 9:20 am #

      The obvious answer is the one that applies the easiest.
      If it has happened elsewhere, it can happen here.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle June 18, 2024 at 11:16 am #

        Did you say you were in the Navy?

        • benr June 18, 2024 at 2:02 pm #

          I was in the Navy but no longer.

          My point being if the Banking system can implode in one country it can happen here.
          As can a military coup.
          But this is America is the battle cry it can’t happen here.
          Night of the long knives happened in Germany as did a Weimar Republic currency crash so did a complete Communist takeover.

          America is not immune from bad things happening.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle June 20, 2024 at 2:04 am #

            Makes sense.

    • Uncle Bob June 19, 2024 at 8:40 am #

      You don’t want a military coup here. Since The One purged the officer corps of anyone who supports traditional American ideals, A military coup here would just give us a military-tinged socialist government instead of the one we have now that’s run by our version of the Junkers.

  37. SoftStarLight June 18, 2024 at 1:54 am #

    An actor does pretend i suppose but supposedly when an actor is really doing his, her or zir’s job then in actuality there is no daylight between the actor and the character that is being portrayed. The actor must in fact become the character in order to fully communicate the character’s story, persona and emotions to the audience. From my understanding its basically that you can be whoever you want to be. Just don’t lose yourself in the process. Because if you expect the audience to suspend belief to see the character then you aren’t really doing it correctly. But hey. What do I know. I just took theater in hs for the fun of it. Perhaps Julia Roberts and George Clooney simply lost themselves in their characters and truly believe they are geopolitical experts lol.

    • Jarek June 18, 2024 at 1:22 pm #

      One Indian actor played a holy man during a long running play in India. Once it was finished, he said, I convinced myself. He renounced the world and became his character.

      Personae was a mask used in Ancient Greek theatre. Our personality is a mask over the soul. We can have more than one of course. Though typically one is dominance and that’s healthy, the summation of all of the best aspects of all of them, at least hopefully.

      • SoftStarLight June 18, 2024 at 2:58 pm #

        Yes, even a horde typically has a leader, otherwise it would be a totally chaotic and disorganized horde. Perhaps I should identify as the Golden Horde lol. That is interesting about the Indian actor. I wonder if other actors have done the same? For example, I could never see the distinction between Kyra Sedgewick and her characters.

        • Jarek June 18, 2024 at 3:10 pm #

          Yes, such people are called “character actors”.

        • Jarek June 18, 2024 at 3:17 pm #

          The bible says the locusts have no king yet proceed in ordered ranks.

          • SoftStarLight June 18, 2024 at 3:21 pm #

            Oh yeah. Well is that because God is ultimately their leader? Or do you think they have like a unifying hive mind that is almost like the leading force? Like they all know what to do as if cells working within one body.

          • Uncle Bob June 19, 2024 at 8:43 am #

            SSL,it could be how they’re wired, or it could be they serve Keb, the Egyptian god of insects.

          • SoftStarLight June 19, 2024 at 5:22 pm #

            That is an interesting theory. It looks like Keb or Geb is also the god of snakes.

        • SpeedyBB June 21, 2024 at 8:55 pm #

          Frank Snot. In public – probably also within the feudal fun of the “rat pack” – he was always the bad-mouthing always-on-top-of-it tough guy.

          He didn’t care how Mario Puzo portrayed him in the book, though – as a whiny loser. When they bumped into each other Frank spit out “Pimp” at him.

  38. The Man They Call Zazelle June 18, 2024 at 3:05 am #

    “Of course stories like this are kept out of the MSM, as they don’t comport with the Zionist ‘victim ideology‘.” ~ Socrates-Detroit

    —-

    Historical victims + same victims’ media stronghold = Woke/ID politics/DEI?

    Just asking for a friend.

  39. stelmosfire June 18, 2024 at 8:19 am #

    Beware the Heat Dome!! New term to panic the masses. You’d think it was never hot before. Idiot news asswipes just make shit up. The 1930’s were hot. More state high temps set in that decade than any before or since. We haven’t hit 100 around here in years. A while back, 90’s?, it was over 100 a couple days around Memorial Day. No “heat dome” though so we were AOK. I figure this would be a good week to take out the grid in the megalopolis. Let the hoity-toity’s on the 75th floor sweat it out in the concrete jungle. They could crack the windows and catch a cool breeze at that height if only the windows opened.

    • JohnAZ June 18, 2024 at 10:25 am #

      In the 50’s. Our family lived in Baltimore County. I remember watering hours due to drought, I remember upper 90s with 90s humidity that made you just wilt. I remember Richmond in the low hundreds.

      I wish people would investigate what causes the 30-50 year cycles, and what can be done to accommodate for the changes.

      We have not even found out what causes the El Niño-La Nina oscillation. What exactly are all those high paid scientists doing anyway?

    • The Man They Call Zazelle June 18, 2024 at 11:23 am #

      JHK’s Blob will battle The Heat Dome in a WWE Smackdown! 😀

    • SoftStarLight June 18, 2024 at 11:57 am #

      Are you feeling the pressures of the dome? I was under the dome last Summer but it appears that i am on the periphery outside of it this year.

      • JohnAZ June 18, 2024 at 1:29 pm #

        Oh c’mon!!

        Heat dome? You all sound like the Weather Channel, the climate’s edition of the MSM.

        Your heat dome is a mild day in May for Arizona.

        It just gives you an excuse to drink lots of beer and hit the pool or shore.

        • JohnAZ June 18, 2024 at 1:31 pm #

          Hey, Elon, if you are reading JHK, how come we cannot turn heat domes into electricity?

        • SoftStarLight June 18, 2024 at 3:02 pm #

          Well it has gotten to 105 here, John. And that is without the dome. I honestly just adapted the term to participate within the dialogue and be a part of the group. I can easily discard the term when I am conversing within your group if it makes you more comfortable. I don’t drink beer lol.

          • Rowdypiglet June 18, 2024 at 3:47 pm #

            @SoftStarLight, I’ve seen almost no mention of this, but it does seem relevant. From the Coffee and Covid blog:

            “Ready to learn something? Let’s meet the historic, record-shattering Hunga Tonga volcanic eruption of 2022, which I bet you never heard of. Back in January 2022, you were probably distracted by covid mandates or maybe by Biden calling himself “Senator” again. The short version is an underwater Pacific Ocean volcano named Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai, 490 feet under the waves, massively erupted, bigger than any other modern eruption, even bigger than Mount Pinatubo.

            You never heard about it since it was underwater and nobody died. But the erupting lava instantly vaporized fantastic, unimaginable amounts of sea water, which billowed into the atmosphere, changing the water composition of Earth’s atmosphere and heating it up for years. In only a few days, the superheated water from the Hunga Tonga eruption blanketed the globe, pole to pole, East to West.

            The eruption was so big it could be clearly seen from space.

            Here’s an August 2022 headline about the eruption, straight from the NASA website:

            image.png

            “Unprecedented” is accurate but doesn’t do it justice. Here’s how the rocket-slash-climate experts at NASA described Hunga Tonda as one of the most dramatic events in modern history:

            When the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted on Jan. 15, it sent a tsunami racing around the world and set off a sonic boom that circled the globe twice. The underwater eruption in the South Pacific Ocean also blasted an enormous plume of water vapor into Earth’s stratosphere – enough to fill more than 58,000 Olympic-size swimming pools. The sheer amount of water vapor could be enough to temporarily affect Earth’s global average temperature.

            The not only injected ash into the stratosphere but also large amounts of water vapor, breaking all records for direct injection of water vapor, by a volcano or otherwise, in the satellite era. …The excess water vapor injected by the Tonga volcano … could remain in the stratosphere for several years. This extra water vapor could influence atmospheric chemistry, boosting certain chemical reactions that could temporarily worsen depletion of the ozone layer. It could also influence surface temperatures … since water vapor traps heat.

            “We’ve never seen anything like it,” said Luis Millán, an atmospheric scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.

            Over the next year it would turn out that NASA badly underestimated the amount of water Hunga Tonga vaporized into the atmosphere. Current estimates are three times higher than the original: scientists now think it was closer to 150,000 metric tons, or 40 trillion gallons, of super-heated water instantly injected into the atmosphere. Talk about a greenhouse. Water vapor — humidity — is a much more effective greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

            A new study published in April this year analyzed the 1-year aftereffects:

            With a year’s hindsight, the 2023 researchers also concluded that Hunga Tonga was one of the most remarkable climate events in modern history, and its effects are expected to last for years. ”

            What I understand from this and other climate events is that we don’t really know much about how the climate works – but some “scientists,” if sufficiently remunerated, are willing to pretend otherwise.

          • SoftStarLight June 18, 2024 at 11:47 pm #

            Yes, I think this is probably why the recent heatwaves have been so intense. And it is a very good point. The experts and scientists don’t really understand the effect of natural events on global climate and yet somehow they are able to know that in 100 years the Earth’s average temperature will be two degrees warmer.

          • Uncle Bob June 19, 2024 at 8:57 am #

            It’s 79 degrees right now, and the local mediots act as if it’s going to cause everyone to drop dead if we go outdoors. Why, it might hit 93! When I was in 7th grade, my hometown in upstate NY had the highest temperature in the country one day and tied for it the next. That was, oddly, a matter if civic pride then; now, though, it would cause a UN conference because it PROVES global warming is real. Our local weatherman obtuse of clings to global warming because a) that’s what the station tells him to do, b) that’s what everyone is supposed to believe in this neo-pre-Galileo, quad its isn’t I for era, and c) last winter’s mild temperatures ruined his ice fishing season. He gets furious whenever someone questions him about it on his FB page, and pooh-poohs the effects of that volcanic eruption or natural events on climate, instead blaming humanity for everything. I feel like saying global warming caused Scott Norwood’s “wide right” kick in the Super Bowl against the Giants because our hero is a Bills fan.

          • stelmosfire June 19, 2024 at 11:49 am #

            “scientists now think it was closer to 150,000 metric tons, or 40 trillion gallons,”

            Only off by a factor of 1 million. 150,000 metric tons of water would only be 40 million gallons. Also 58,000 Olympic pools is approx. 40 billion gallons.

            I don’t know who writes these articles but they lack basic math skills.

          • SoftStarLight June 19, 2024 at 5:27 pm #

            In any case what those big numbers indicate to me is that it was a whole lot of effing water and thus water vapor. So the math skills might be off but the communication still worked.

  40. Nathan June 18, 2024 at 9:57 am #

    “As for the United States itself, the ongoing attempts by the liberal-globalist elites ruling there today to spread their ideology worldwide by any means, to maintain their imperial status, their dominance, only further exhaust the country, lead it to degradation, and directly contradict the true interests of the American people. If it weren’t for this dead-end path, aggressive messianism, mixed with a belief in their own chosenness and exceptionalism, international relations would have long been stabilized.”
    Vladimir Putin, June 14, 2024

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    • JohnAZ June 18, 2024 at 10:19 am #

      Thus Ukraine.

      Remember too that to Biden, Ukraine is personal. We have a two global mobs, of whom the cartels are a small part of one side, that is trying to control everything. The current US government is a large part of one global side, falsely trying to represent itself as the “beacon of freedom”.

      Bullshit, it has become the beacon of socialism, bureaucratic global control, while the BRICS++++++++++++ side is becoming the beacon of individual nationalist control.

      It really shows how government with its absolute power, corrupts absolutely.

      • SoftStarLight June 18, 2024 at 11:50 am #

        Does this mean that you cluster with Vlad Putin in terms of opinion on the position of the US within the world at this time, John?

        • JohnAZ June 18, 2024 at 1:05 pm #

          Yup, pretty much. Remember, he is addressing the Deep State, the fed. Government, not the people. It is the Deepm State that is rapidly deteriorating the America I was raised in, The Bretton Woods savior of the world.

          BTW, Bretton Woods died with JFK.

          • Jarek June 18, 2024 at 1:25 pm #

            The military caste must dominate the businessmen, the greed heads. People who care about the nation not just about GDP and personal or class profit. This is Fascism. Putin is a fascist.

          • JohnAZ June 18, 2024 at 1:36 pm #

            As is Xi, Un and yes Biden. The MIC runs DC. Fascism is taking over the world, replacing republicanism.

            With the global problems that are occurring, ie The Long Emergency, can republicanism do the job any more? Is more central control necessary? Do market forces work?

            Just askin’.

          • Jarek June 18, 2024 at 2:03 pm #

            They work until they don’t. Success destroys them. You keep workin’ and producin’ and undercuttin’ until your competition is defeated. Crushed out of business. The Dinosaurs! Can they be undercut by small mammals? If the little mammals work together and DENY the siren call of cheaper prices. Do we have that kind of loyalty or social capital? You know the answer. Capitalism destroys social capital.

  41. sadlycdn June 18, 2024 at 10:49 am #

    The Heat Dome has cometh…..seek cold shelter and keep CNN on for further instructions….

    • The Man They Call Zazelle June 18, 2024 at 11:19 am #

      It’s supposed to be a bigger hurricane year than normal this year. Damn it’s fun riding the ferry during the high waves!

      • sadlycdn June 18, 2024 at 12:53 pm #

        Hurricane season going to be bad?…..say it ain’t so……I give up plastic straws and eat fake meat and this is how the climate thanks me…..?…..

    • SoftStarLight June 18, 2024 at 11:42 am #

      Are you under the dome?

      • sadlycdn June 18, 2024 at 1:06 pm #

        The last month here has been unseasonably cool….almost fall like temps…..maybe it was a cold dome…but the heat has brought the doomsday folks back to life….

        • JohnAZ June 18, 2024 at 1:41 pm #

          Remember in the 70s and 80s those doomsday people you are talking about were predicting an Ice Age in 20 years.

          Good advice, live your life, as the experts do not know what the eff they are talking about.

        • SoftStarLight June 18, 2024 at 3:03 pm #

          Nobody gets really animated about the cold anymore. Even though cold is actually more dangerous overall. Of course unless you are boiling I guess. The happy middle is often elusive!

        • GreenAlba June 18, 2024 at 5:11 pm #

          It’s been cold here, with endless rain, to the point where many farmers have not been able to plant their crops normally. Apparently we’re getting 20 percent less sun than ‘normal’. Clearly manipulated weather – even normies are beginning to notice that the skies are not normal. I’ve had the heating on for an hour on several days in June. I don’t remember that previously in my quite long life.

          To cap it all, the Met Office informed us that we’d had the warmest spring since records began and are now asking if the warm spring portends a hot summer.

          The gaslighting is now beyond parody.

          • GreenAlba June 18, 2024 at 5:15 pm #

            I have to admit, guiltily, that I personally don’t mind the cooler spring/summer, as I don’t like hot weather. But from every other point of view, it’s horrendous. Food prices will go through the roof – all part of ze plan.

          • SoftStarLight June 18, 2024 at 11:55 pm #

            I remember you mentioning that. It seems like weather patterns are more persistent now. So if there is a rainy pattern it seems to last more than a week or several weeks even, whereas once dryer weather sets in it seems to also persist. Another reason I think people are using the dome term is because the high pressure ridges now seem unusually stable and very slow moving if moving at all.

  42. OG June 18, 2024 at 11:20 am #

    Austria Says Crossing Russia’s “Red Line” Is “Permissible”

    shtfplan.com/headline-news/austria-says-crossing-russias-red-line-is-permissible

    Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer says that it is “permissible” to cross Russia’s “red lines.” Nehammer said that he is unconcerned with NATO’s (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) decision to allow Ukraine to strike Russia with the weapons it’s been gifted by the West.

    Given that there’s been no retribution from Moscow for the West’s constant disregard of Russia’s “red lines” the sociopaths will continue to cross whatever lines they want. Fortunately, Russia is still showing incredible restraint and has not retaliated for the constant crossing of its “lines.”

    The West doesn’t even appear to be in agreement on what Russia’s “red lines” are, even though they appear to have been made fairly clear. Neuhammer said he disagreed with Defense Minister Klaudia Tanner, who said earlier this month that the United States and its allies had crossed a “red line” by granting Ukraine such permission.

    ***
    Just like WWI (1914-1918) and WWII (1939-1945), Europe is starting WWIII and the American people are navel gazing.

    • SoftStarLight June 18, 2024 at 11:32 am #

      Justin Timberlake was arrested on Long Island and charged with a DWI. Long Island is way closer to where i am then Ukraine. You know what I think about all these American “elites” who want a big war in Ukraine. I wish they would be fucking banished to Ukraine’s worm infested dirt fields. There’s your American input lol.

      • OG June 18, 2024 at 11:39 am #

        Understood, SSL, but you’re the exception. You’re very special.

        90-some percent of Americans though do validate my point. As we hurtle in to World War Three.

        • SoftStarLight June 18, 2024 at 11:45 am #

          Aww thank you OG, i am very different. You are very exceptional as well! Do you think Canadians are similar to Americans in their apathy as the ruling classes move us toward nuclear armageddon?

          • OG June 18, 2024 at 12:31 pm #

            Canadians are even more sheeplike than Americans. Sad but true.

    • JohnAZ June 18, 2024 at 1:22 pm #

      I think of NATO, the WEF and the USA support of the hatred of Russia. NATO has pushed and pushed, with the eastern border with Russia moving continuously eastward. Russia said nothing until the Crimea and Donbas areas were threatened and the Red Line was drawn. True peace lovers would have respected that line and allowed Ukraine to be a neutral DMZ that protected Russia’s flank.

      Oh no, not the Mob in DC. Not Biden and Hunter et al. Not Obama. Not the MIC.

      I wonder what Europe would do if Trump could do what he wanted to do in the first term, cut off any NATO country that did not participate to 2% GDP?

      IMHO, if the USA does not play these cards right, Europe may say. Goodbye, USA, hello Russia.

  43. stelmosfire June 18, 2024 at 11:52 am #

    Vlad’s weather forecast. ” You want a heat dome?. I’ll give ya’ a mo####F###in’ thermonuclear heat dome!!”

    • SoftStarLight June 18, 2024 at 11:59 am #

      Lol wow. Hit me with your best shot!!

    • JohnAZ June 18, 2024 at 1:24 pm #

      Are you sure Vlad would fire first? Who has just escalated by allowing long term bombardment of Russian soil by NATO weapons?

  44. The Man They Call Zazelle June 18, 2024 at 1:28 pm #

    GreenAlba’s MacKay & Religious Scams & Psyops For Kids

    GreenAlba June 16, 2024 at 7:45 am:


    ‘Some people don’t believe much in evolution and that’s ok […]’

    That’s very generous of you, Zaz, to allow such freedom of thought…

    I’ve just stayed in the ‘I don’t know enough to judge’ category, but yesterday I listened to James Delingpole (who interviews some very interesting people) speaking to John Mackay.

    JM, an Australian, was brought up in a secular household and had no religious beliefs. Then he did a geology degree and discovered that all was not as described. It led him to become a Christian…

    —-

    Why I believe debating science with creationists will not work

    “Creation ‘science’ advocates that there is scientific evidence to support a 6,000-year-old Earth and a global flood some 4,000 years ago. It is claimed that the science of creationists is supported by a literal interpretation of the Bible.

    Some creationists argue that modern life was preserved on Noah’s ark and that most life perished in the catastrophic flood and is preserved only in the fossil record. Others argue that Noah’s ark carried both modern and extinct species and the latter became extinct after Noah’s flood. Some have even claimed to have found Noah’s ark and have attempted to show that science supports their discovery.

    Creationism is promoted by fundamentalist Protestants with links to US-based creationist groups. In the United States, creationists have been successful in having evolution and geological time watered down or omitted from school and university textbooks and have had great success in persuading school boards to allow the teaching of creationism as an alternative view to evolution.

    In last week’s THES, Andrew Forbes, organiser of a creationist push on UK universities, stated: ‘If we’re honest scientists, we have to look at all the possibilities.’ Such a statement is in contrast to the numerous demonstrations by scientists in the US, United Kingdom and Australia that creationist science uses misquotes, misleading information, unattributed data and just plain lies.

    Time and again, it has been shown that creationist science has been created out of nothing and yet we have the same arguments recycled to different audiences…

    …Too many good scientists have been snared by creationist debaters’ sophistry, their redefinition of science and glib arguments to explain complex natural phenomena. If there must be debates in the UK with John Mackay, the international director of the Creation Research Organisation, those involved should read the past 20 years of his creationist writings.

    Creationism is not about science, competing scientific theories or healthy debate. It is the political push of Protestant fundamentalism and the target is the young. It is a form of child abuse to market the narrow views of a fundamentalist group as science to children in a pluralist secular society. Schoolchildren, especially those who are searching or insecure, do not have the knowledge and skills to counteract creationism.

    Creationists are using our schools and universities to win the hearts and minds of our children. They use a variety of tactics. For example, where school boards control the syllabus, creationists have been taking control of the boards…

    …We do not teach witchdoctory on medical courses and there is no place for the teaching of the theocratic science of 350 years ago on school science courses.

    You have been warned.” ~ timeshighereducation.com/news/why-i-believe-debating-science-with-creationists-will-not-work/168115.article

    • JohnAZ June 18, 2024 at 1:56 pm #

      Zaz

      Creationism, another form of I have more smarts than you do, I am right and you are wrong.

      BOTH are theories, man-made exercises to explain the big question, “Where did we come from?”

      Creationists are penultimate grifters, making up stuff to explain a mythological Genesis. Who ever “owned” Genesis? It does follow natural science in the order of how God created the world. It does not use the same time scale by a factor of a few billion. So damn what?

      Evolution has many holes in it too. It can never explain the myriad of interdependencies between species. The idea that chaos theory makes everything fit together by chance is ludicrous.

      So what about guided evolution, using the change ability of DNA to adapt to new conditions and to allow bees to adapt to the rise of angiosperm plants, or hummingbirds, or butterflies.

      Creationists are one extreme, chaos theory folks the other. Maybe God is there in the middle someplace?

      Remember that the universe is bipolar, two polarities. For every person with one opinion, there is another with the opposite opinion.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle June 18, 2024 at 8:32 pm #

        I’m fine with how people want to interpret and/or navigate reality, just not where they cross the line– as some have done and continue to do– and, say, decide to use Church, State and/or other coercive powers/processes to force children and others into those particular interpretations/navigations.

        • JohnAZ June 18, 2024 at 9:14 pm #

          Yes!!!!

          Control of the education of the next generation, right? As I have said over and over, LBTGQ+ folks should have no ability to “educate” the next generation, no teachers, parents, Boy Scout leaders.

          Cradle to grave dependency, perversion. Bigotry, adultery, criminal behavior, all are products of mostly taught behaviors. Stopping the perversion of kids means stopping the perverted’s access to them.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle June 20, 2024 at 3:13 am #

            I think it’s really the State– the current power that’s replaced the Church– that’s using LGBTQ+ folks, like they use the rest of us. They’re users, plain and simple– pimps as JMG recently wrote on his own blog, and as I’ve written before both there and elsewhere, using my word, ‘governpimps’.

            Sure, we’re going to get some LGBTQ+ folks, like other sort of folks, buying into it, but that doesn’t change the governpimps’ coercive fundamentals.

            The anarchist perspective is a superpower. Try it on for size, and use your new superpower wisely.

    • GreenAlba June 18, 2024 at 2:57 pm #

      Since I have not endorsed John McKay, have declared myself neither a creationist nor necessarily a true believer in evolutionary theory (while having, to date, always lazily assumed it to be kosher, as stated in my post), could I ask why you are referring to Mr McKay as ‘GreenAlba’s MacKay”?

      • Soul Forensics June 18, 2024 at 5:30 pm #

        “could I ask why you are referring to Mr McKay as ‘GreenAlba’s MacKay”?” — GA

        Creationist, evolutionist, scientist …

        With all the ists and isms floating around, it’s important to keep in mind that Zaz is a confusionist.

        • GreenAlba June 18, 2024 at 7:23 pm #

          Well, he’s certainly a profusionist! I think he had over 80 comments/mentions on the previous thread.

          One could confuse things even further by suggesting that, technically speaking, anyone who believes in a Creator is a creationist by definitiion. The people who believe the earth is 6000 years old (or whatever) are, more accurately, ‘young-earth creationists, I believe. All believers in a Creator believe in creation – it’s ‘only’ the dynamics that are in question.

          And, amusingly, everyone from every side of the argument still uses the word ‘creature’. Perhaps the evolutionists need to find their own word – maybe an evolutid or something. Suggestions on a postcard …

        • The Man They Call Zazelle June 18, 2024 at 8:02 pm #

          “But over the last few years, as many people have slowly (or quickly) discovered that much of what we’ve been taught historically is just made up in order to pursue particular agendas (and one over-arching one in particular), I’ve been seeing more and more intelligent and educated people questioning evolution. I’ve just stayed in the ‘I don’t know enough to judge’ category, but yesterday I listened to James Delingpole (who interviews some very interesting people) speaking to John Mackay.

          JM, an Australian… asked his geology professor where the evidence of evolution was and the professor said ‘we don’t have it – you’d need to ask the organic chemists’. So he did a degree in organic chemistry, where he asked the professor where the evidence for evolution was, and the professor said ‘you’d need to ask the geneticists’. So he did a degree in genetics, which he found totally disproved the theory of evolutionA determined truth-seeker – one of his main points was that people should stop using the categories ‘religious’ and ‘scientific’ and stick to ‘true’ and ‘false’, which are the only ones that matter.

          Anyway, he showed lots of evidence in his interviews, including items that the museums routinely used to show but now hide in their basements because they don’t want us to see it and question the narrative.

          ~ GreenAlba June 16, 2024 at 7:45 am

          • GreenAlba June 18, 2024 at 8:36 pm #

            I have no idea what your point is.

            (1) He seems to be a truth seeker. He seems not to have come to the same conclusions as you. The one does not exclude the other.

            (2) He did a degree in genetics and found – to his satisfaction, not yours – that what he studied did not support the theory of evolution.

            (3) He showed items (from his own collection, as far as I recall) that he claims to have seen in the basements of museums which used to be displayed and now aren’t, because they suggest a different narrative to the one officially adopted and taught.

            I still have no idea what is contentious there.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle June 19, 2024 at 2:44 am #

            “But over the last few years, as many people have slowly (or quickly) discovered that much of what we’ve been taught historically is just made up in order to pursue particular agendas (and one over-arching one in particular), I’ve been seeing more and more intelligent and educated people questioning evolution.” ~ GreenAlba

            —-

            Like questioning sex too, right? Like, ‘What’s a woman?’

            ‘It’s whatever they say they are.’

            And maybe they can lop it off the assuage any vestigial cognitive dissonance.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle June 19, 2024 at 2:48 am #

            “A determined truth-seeker…” ~ GreenAlba

            […]

            “He seems to be a truth seeker.” ~ GreenAlba

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder June 19, 2024 at 5:55 pm #

            Alba, why do you engage this guy?

          • The Man They Call Zazelle June 20, 2024 at 3:01 am #

            Excactly, MrMangoOnMyShoulder…

            If you some months back, and GreenAlba currently, can’t stand the heat, stay out of the fire.

            —-

            “Since I have not endorsed John MacKay…” ~ GreenAlba

            Actually, you kind of have, with a serious bent in his apparently sophistic direction.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle June 18, 2024 at 8:13 pm #

          Soul Forensic’s Alternate Reality Reading Subscription?

          “In your gish gallop, you quoted elysianfield, newsmax, the WaPo, and wiki (all in one post), as well as Obama, a yootoob video, a bbc video, the Matrix movie, Night Owl, and JHK.” ~ Soul Forensics

          Not all in that one comment you’re replying to.

          Night Owl? Obama? BBC/You Tube videos?

          Not there.

          Newsmax was elysianfield’s, and you appear to have confused and/or attributed CFN-comment links to ‘JHK’.

          And perhaps so in a rush to use the term ‘gish gallop’ again that, in your haste, you appear to have fused two or more comments together in your head.

          Or maybe you’re simply reading from a different subscription of my comments. Like another Zaz. That would be neat.”

          ~ The Man They Call Zazelle November 22, 2023 at 8:13 am

    • Groundhog June 18, 2024 at 4:04 pm #

      “JM, an Australian, was brought up in a secular household and had no religious beliefs. Then he did a geology degree and discovered that all was not as described. It led him to become a Christian…”

      What? How does this make any sense. The creation narratives are in the book of Genesis – not in the New Testament. When JM discovered it was not as described, why didn’t he become a Jew? They wrote Genesis ya know……..

      • GreenAlba June 18, 2024 at 4:35 pm #

        I don’t think you’re really ready for this discussion, are you, GH?

        Fun fact: there are about 100,000 Hebrew Christians in Israel. Jews sometimes become Christians. How can this be??!

        I have listened to Mr Mackay once. He was interesting. He got through the much of his interview without mentioning Genesis or the Bible, or Christianity or Judaism. He talked about fossils, genetics and stuff.

        But he’s John Mackay and I’m me, so I feel no responsibility to defend him or his position. I’m just pointing out that your logic is a bit weird.

        • GreenAlba June 18, 2024 at 4:55 pm #

          PS I believe ‘Hebrew Christians’ is their own choice of appellation, rather than Christian Jews, or whatever.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle June 18, 2024 at 8:19 pm #

          “A determined truth-seeker [MacKay]…” ~ GreenAlba

          • GreenAlba June 18, 2024 at 8:27 pm #

            He is a determined truth-seeker, as far as I can see. Lots of people seek the truth – they either find it or not.

            The fact that you come to a different conclusion doesn’t make him any less of a truth seeker.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle June 18, 2024 at 8:40 pm #

            “The original Sophists were ancient Greek teachers of rhetoric and philosophy prominent in the 5th century B.C. In their heyday, these philosophers were considered adroit in their reasoning, but later philosophers (particularly Plato) described them as sham philosophers, out for money and willing to say anything to win an argument. Thus sophist (which comes from Greek sophist?s, meaning ‘wise man’ or ‘expert’) earned a negative connotation as ‘a captious or fallacious reasoner.’ Sophistry is reasoning that seems plausible on a superficial level but is actually unsound, or reasoning that is used to deceive.” ~ Merriam Webster dictionary

          • GreenAlba June 18, 2024 at 9:05 pm #

            I don’t know if you’re accusing me of sophistry or Mr Mackay, or both, but my points still stand. He seems to be a truth seeker. If he’s barking up the wrong tree, that doesn’t make him any less of a truth seeker or you any more right.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle June 19, 2024 at 3:14 am #

            Let’s just say that MacKay is ‘Truth-Seeker’ to you, ‘Anecdote Guy’ to me and ‘sham philosopher’ to others, one of whom I quoted.

            And in case you missed my comment above, here it is again for your convenience:

            —-

            Religious Grooming For Kids

            “I find it curious/interesting that your ‘anecdote guy’s’ behind a paywall.

            What’s he up to these days?” ~ The Man They Call Zazelle

            —-

            “That’s a rather silly comment, Zaz, almost as if you’re getting desperate.” ~ GreenAlba

            —-

            “Is it? Am I? Seems Anecdote Guy, if it’s your MacKay, is head of some religious org that might be making some coin and peddling his wares to kids, among others…

            A different kind of grooming perhaps, ay?

            […]

            Kid: ‘Hey Dad, I’m not sure I like either ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ or ‘Madness With MacKay’… Is there a third option?’

            Dad: ‘How about we take you out of school?’

            Kid: ‘Alright!’ ”

            ~ The Man They Call Zazelle

  45. Jarek June 18, 2024 at 1:55 pm #

    https://www.barnhardt.biz/2024/06/18/can-anyone-tell-me-what-clownworld-is-playing-at-with-this/

    Trailer to a new comedy, Fly Me to the Moon about the struggle between two factions anent the moon mission. The smart guys and the hard guys (military) want to go to the moon and work to make that happen. But the hard guys understand the need for soft power so they hire a woman to launch a media campaign. They’re worried about our reputation if the moon mission fails so the media campaign morphs into a Plan B to fake the whole thing in case the actual mission fails. The alpha male astronaut (fifty missions in Korea) gets involved with the Marilyn Monroe lookalike advertising exec. He tries to sabotage her mission because he sees it as sabotaging his.

    Barnhardt asks, Is this an admission?

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    • JohnAZ June 18, 2024 at 1:58 pm #

      Remember Costner’s JFK? Another admission?

      • Jarek June 18, 2024 at 1:59 pm #

        No, didn’t see it. Explain, please.

        • JohnAZ June 18, 2024 at 2:15 pm #

          It was about the assassination with many conspiracy theories utilized. Worth a watch, it opened the two shooter theory wide open.

    • SoftStarLight June 18, 2024 at 3:07 pm #

      I guess I wouldn’t mind a soft power position. You know what would make it really thrilling and fun. If you placed me in the position of soft power and nobody really knew about it and we were undermining their systems and it was all secret and covert lol. It would almost be like spy novel!! My good self would be troubled and when I was driving home from work I would have to say shut up!! while I was driving by myself.

      • Jarek June 18, 2024 at 3:15 pm #

        It all depends what your motive was. Benr thinks he’s doing something good for America by going to war for the Empire, but I think it’s just good for him not America.

        Did you watch the clip? Her astronaut hunk wasn’t playing himself well enough so she brought in a lookalike actor who corrected him on how many missions he had flown. Then he caught them – not having sex but worse yet – faking a moon landing. Is this what you want? Surely not!

        • SoftStarLight June 18, 2024 at 3:30 pm #

          I just did and it looks like a really fun movie. Totally an admission of the true sitch if you ask me. I mean if it was our mission then we can’t really question it, right? But yeah, i mean, I would rather have a mission that was hindering an evil empire, not helping it. Like a rebel with a cause!!

          • Jarek June 19, 2024 at 2:12 pm #

            There ya go! Fly me to the moon is a great song. I’ll never forget the rendition I heard at an outdoor music festival in Spokane. He sang it with such utter joy. He gave himself to it completely.

            To sing Auslander Raus (foreigners out) has become a song crime in Germany.

          • SoftStarLight June 19, 2024 at 5:49 pm #

            It is a great song! Wow that must have been amazing. I’ve never been to Spokane before.

            Who could imagine such a thing as a song crime!? And the linguistic gymnastics are something else. Isn’t out the natural place for a foreigner to be? Otherwise if they were in they would not be a foreigner.

    • GreenAlba June 18, 2024 at 4:48 pm #

      Last week I finally came across that website that Mary used to recommend, Wagging the Moondoggie. It’s written by the late Dave McGowan, of Laurel Canyon fame. I hadn’t read his LC book, but I must say his Wagging the Moondoggie is an enjoyable read. Part II is really very funny. In Part III he starts to describe why they did it (hence the title). There’s a lot more of it, so I’ll have to go back and finish it some time, but I’m glad I finally found it because I was young at the time of the ‘moon landings’ and never gave their authenticity a second thought. Or even a first one. Then you stop thinking about it and life moves on.

      As he points out, the space station is 200 miles from earth and getting there and back hasn’t always been easy, with one mission ending tragically as soon as it started. And yet, we believed that, with the technology of the 1960s ‘we’ travelled 240,000 miles in a tin can (carrying its own fuel), and then came back again. Six times, was it?

      He mentions at one point that even people who worked on it believe it happened, because everything was compartmentalised (a bit like covid, in some ways) so the bit that they were working on was ‘real’.

      centerforaninformedamerica.com/moondoggie-1/

      • stelmosfire June 18, 2024 at 8:59 pm #

        “As he points out, the space station is 200 miles from earth and getting there and back hasn’t always been easy, with one mission ending tragically as soon as it started.”

        I assume this refers to the Challenger explosion? Just one problem. STS-51 was not headed to the space station. ISS did not exist in 1986. Big mistake there.Why haven’t we been back to the moon? Pretty much a been there done that thing. We spent a fortune on Apollo and then moved on. LEO was where the action was for the next 40 years. As far as obsolete technology of the 1960’s. Consider Lockheeds SR-71 first flown over 60 years ago (1964) That airplane still holds the official speed and altitude records.

        • JohnAZ June 18, 2024 at 9:05 pm #

          Consider possibly that technology has limits.

          Like the mRNA fiasco.

        • GreenAlba June 18, 2024 at 9:13 pm #

          So why didn’t anyone else go? McGowan claims the Russians were years ahead of the US in the race to land a man on the moon. If that’s true (I don’t know), why did they just stop?

          Re the explosion, I’m speaking from memory – the details will be in Part I or II of the articles I linked to. I don’t want a dead man to be blamed for my faulty memory. If I remember I’ll check it tomorrow.

          • jim e June 18, 2024 at 10:29 pm #

            “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”

          • JohnAZ June 19, 2024 at 12:42 am #

            Challenger was a managerial FU. The PTB were so hung up on getting the teacher, first civilian, into space that they overrode huge danger warnings about o-rings and low temperatures from the Morton Thiokol engineers and shot the Challenger off in temperatures that would not let the o-rings seal properly and allowed the solid booster to burn a hole right into the fuel tanks of the main engines of the shuttle.

            Every one of those damn managers/politicians should have been sent to Rikers for manslaughter, but as usual, nothing happened except an investigation which at least found out the above info which stopped a repeat performance by the asshat group.

            BTW, a few years later, engineers were at it again, telling managers that too many tiles were being blown off the heat shield by the vibrations during launch. Launch it anyways.

            Then Columbia happened.

            NASA failed.

            Now we have the Starliner by Boeing, stuck at the space station, not knowing if it can return due to a helium leak they knew about before launch but ran with it anyway.

            Seems like NASA management is a hazard to the space program.

            Oh yeah, BTW, enjoy flying in all those Boeing airplanes where doors fall off.

          • stelmosfire June 19, 2024 at 7:10 am #

            “McGowan claims the Russians were years ahead of the US in the race to land a man on the moon.”

            The Russians did manage to send a a couple turtles around the moon (no orbit) and bring them back safely to Earth in 1968, so they’ve got that going for them. To say they were years ahead of the USA is a huge stretch. As far as Moon landings go, everybody quit the moon after the Apollo program ended. The Russians sent a lander in 1976 and nobody went back until the Chinese in 2013 (to prove they had the chops) 37 years later. Now India and Japan have joined the club. Meanwhile NASA was flying a small helicopter around on Mars for a while. If you can believe it.

          • jim e June 19, 2024 at 12:04 pm #

            Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom may hold the key to the mystery. He was supposed to be the first….
            You may remember the picture of 44, when he was four, sitting on Gus’s back…

            “Grissom’s crew received approval in June 1966 to design a mission patch with the name Apollo 1 (though the approval was subsequently withdrawn pending a final decision on the mission designation, which was not resolved until after the fire). “

          • Paula D June 20, 2024 at 12:16 pm #

            Well, it seems obvious that the Russians were not ahead in the race to land a man on the Moon, because they still haven’t done it.
            They were ahead in all other ways, first orbit of Earth, first creature in space, first man in space, and some others I can’t remember now.
            But they have never made a manned mission to the moon.

            That is because the obstacles are insurmountable at this time.

            The only times they were surmountable were those times during Tricky Dick’s presidency when a distraction was needed for the American people.

            But what happened, see, is that those four black women who figured out how to get to the moon, wrote it all down on paper, and a dog got into NASA and ate them.

            So now we can’t figure out how to go back.

            We still have enough Mylar, but the diagram on how to wrap the space lander just right, is missing.

  46. benr June 18, 2024 at 2:10 pm #

    This is either an act of war or high seas piracy.

    Philippine officials say Chinese forces seized boats in South China Sea

    Chinese forces seized two Philippine rubber boats that were delivering food and other supplies to a military outpost in a disputed South China Sea shoal in a tense confrontation in which some Filipino navy personnel were injured, Philippine security officials said on Tuesday.

    The United States renewed a warning that it is obligated to defend the Philippines, a treaty ally, a day after the hour-long hostilities in Second Thomas Shoal.

    The shoal has been occupied by a small Philippine navy contingent aboard a long-grounded warship that has been closely monitored by China’s coast guard and navy in a years-long territorial standoff.

    There is fear that territorial disputes in the South China Sea, long regarded as an Asian flashpoint, could escalate and pit the United States and China in a larger conflict. China and the Philippines blamed each other for Monday’s hostilities, the most serious in recent months, but provided few details.

    A Philippine government task force overseeing the territorial disputes condemned what it said were “dangerous manoeuvres, including ramming and towing”, which disrupted an effort to transport food, water and other supplies to the Filipinos manning the territorial outpost on the grounded ship, the BRP Sierra Madre, at the shoal. It did not elaborate.

    Two Philippine security officials told The Associated Press that two rubber boats manned by Filipino navy personnel had approached the BRP Sierra Madre at the shoal to deliver fresh supplies when several Chinese Coast Guard personnel on speedboats arrived to disrupt the mission, sparking a scuffle and collisions.

    At least eight of the Filipinos were injured, including one who lost a thumb, in the scuffle, said one of the officials.

    Five of the injured sailors were rescued by a Philippine Coast Guard patrol ship that was waiting at a distance to back up the navy’s supply mission.

    The two rubber supply boats were towed away by Chinese Coast Guard personnel and then abandoned after being damaged and emptied of their contents, including an unspecified number of rifles, the two officials said. They were later recovered by the Filipino navy, they said.

    The Chinese coast guard gave a different version of the hostilities and said the Philippines “is entirely responsible for this”.

    It said a Philippine vessel “ignored China’s repeated solemn warnings … and dangerously approached a Chinese vessel in normal navigation in an unprofessional manner, resulting in a collision”.

    China’s Foreign Ministry said the supply ship was accompanied by two Philippine speedboats that were attempting to deliver construction materials and other supplies to the BRP Sierra Madre. It described the Chinese Coast Guard’s actions as “professional, restrained, reasonable and lawful”.

    US deputy secretary of state Kurt Campbell discussed China’s actions with his Philippine counterpart, Maria Theresa Lazaro, in a telephone call.

    Both agreed that China’s “dangerous actions threatened regional peace and stability,” state department spokesman Matthew Miller said.

    Mr Campbell reaffirmed that the 1951 US-Philippine Mutual Defence Treaty, which obligates Washington and Manila to help defend each other in major conflicts, “extends to armed attacks on Philippine armed forces, public vessels, or aircraft – including those of its coast guard – anywhere in the South China Sea,” according to Miller.

    Philippine defence secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr said on Monday that his country’s armed forces would resist “China’s dangerous and reckless behaviour”, which “contravenes their statements of good faith and decency”.

    “We will exert our utmost in order to fulfil our sworn mandate to protect our territorial integrity, sovereignty, and sovereign rights,” Mr Teodoro said.

    “It should now be clear to the international community that China’s actions are the true obstacles to peace and stability in the South China Sea.”

    Several other incidents have occurred in recent months near Second Thomas Shoal, which is less than 200 nautical miles (370 kilometres) from the nearest Philippine coast and is where the BRP Sierra Madre, now encrusted with rust, was deliberately grounded in 1999 to create a territorial outpost.

    The ship remains an actively commissioned military vessel, meaning an attack on it could be considered by the Philippines as an act of war.

    China has become increasingly assertive in pressing its claim to virtually the entire South China Sea, which has led to a rising number of direct conflicts with other countries in the region, most notably the Philippines and Vietnam.

    A new Chinese law which took effect on Saturday authorises its coast guard to seize foreign ships “that illegally enter China’s territorial waters” and to detain foreign crews for up to 60 days.

    The law renewed a reference to 2021 legislation that says China’s coast guard can fire upon foreign ships if necessary.

    • JohnAZ June 18, 2024 at 2:18 pm #

      What the world would happen if the USA had to back up all the world treaty commitments it made when it was #1?

      Wait. that is happening right now.

    • Groundhog June 18, 2024 at 3:27 pm #

      Whatever is going on between China and the Philippines is absolutely none of our business. Just as it was absolutely none of our business in the era leading up to the Pearl Harbor attack – we interfered in a situation between Japan and French Indochina. So to protect our friends in Indochina we cut off Japan’s access to oil from that region. Japan was justified in attacking us for removing a large portion of their access to oil. But what do we do instead? We ignored our role in making Japan angry. Just as we currently ignore our role in creating the mess in Ukraine. Instead of admitting the truth as to why, president FDR came up with garbage radio propaganda like “a day that will live in infamy”! “They hit us first! That’s always our cry before we start another senseless and lost war. The USA can do this because our population is hypnotized by bullshit and the delusion that the USA by default occupies the moral high ground on all issues. We do not. We are liars, bullies, and manipulators. We’re the classic high school bully that’s just about to get the shit beat out of him by his peers who’ve finally had their fill of him.

      • benr June 18, 2024 at 4:29 pm #

        They came after my neighbors, and I did nothing because it was none of my business AND EASIER TO IGNORE IT.
        They went after the guy across the city, and I did nothing because it was none of my business and easier to ignore it.

        They came after me and no one did anything because there was no one left.

        You are a real Nevil Chamberlain type huh?

        Japan was going to do what it wanted because they had a powerful enough military that it thought it could get away with it.
        Had we stayed out of it eventually we would have had to fight Germany, Japan, Italy and the remnants of the ottoman empire alone.

        The same shit is happening now just with different players all trying to get resources.
        First, they try and buy them but can’t get what they want.
        Then they try and sucker these countries into impossible loans they can’t pay back and last is military action.

        Yep, right out of the playbook the us has been playing for years it yet still does not mean we should ignore out commitments to other countries.
        We have already shown ourselves to be terrible friends when it comes to honoring military commitments and treaties.

        How are so many armchair historians so lacking in rational understanding of events and how nations behave towards each other?

        • Groundhog June 18, 2024 at 7:46 pm #

          Nobody is coming after you or your neighbors. Stop being so paranoid! I figured you’d bring Chamberlain and Hitler into your delusions. There was never any need for the US to interfere in the East. It was none of our business and wasn’t our fight.

          You are about to be very disappointed after this failed empire you support no longer has a viable dollar that anyone overseas is interested in holding. After that happens, and it is inevitable – we won’t be having any more”military commitments” overseas. We won’t have the resources anymore for those commitments, finally we’ll be forced to mind our own business and stay home. It will be sheer hell here domestically and people overseas will finally get a break from all our incompetent and juvenile warmongering. Our military is poorly trained and confused. Our military hardware is rapidly becoming obsolete and irrelevant. If NATO decides to invade and attack Russia the West will get its ass handed to it and our military will be both defeated and disgraced.

          • benr June 18, 2024 at 8:30 pm #

            Nuts!

          • JohnAZ June 18, 2024 at 8:36 pm #

            Groundhog

            The problem is that the absence of power will always produce a struggle to fill the vacuum. The USA, being the representative of the republican viewpoint in the Fascist runup to WW2 was a target by all three of the Fascist powers. Japan was butchering areas of China in the 1930s in their desire to dominate Eastern Asia, so the “benevolent” USA got its allies to cut off their oil. The PTB in Japan tried to cripple the USA by taking out its navy at Pearl Harbor, to give itself a year of non-interference by the US to consolidate power and conquer the oil fields. Yamamoto summed it up well, “waking a sleeping giant.

            Germany declared war on us, an early Hitler huge mistake. FDR wanted desperately to hep out England and Hitler just gave him the excuse. The wag the dog event was Pearl Harbor.

            Only one power existed relatively intact at the end of WW2, so the USA took on the responsibility of Bretton Woods. It is a big part of the 35 trillion to continue “defending” the “free world” when it should have been defending itself. The MIC have controlled the USA since WW2. The only impediment to its control before Trump tried was JFKs tempts to disentangle in the early 60s. They killed him, known to every president since.

            Power vacuums rule the world, there is always someone around to fill the vacuum. This is a fact that the USA tried to stop during its 70 year hiatus as the dominant power.

            Today’s world shows that it does not work.

          • Groundhog June 19, 2024 at 10:23 pm #

            JohnAZ wrote: Yamamoto summed it up well, “waking a sleeping giant.”

            In 1940 we *were* a sleeping giant. Our industrial might was very impressive then. We weren’t a country addicted to drugs and living a soft feminine life style. We had males that could fight.

            Today we’re not a sleeping giant. We’re a comatose turd with a demented geriatric in charge. We stink.

  47. BackRowHeckler June 18, 2024 at 3:51 pm #

    I’m reading this book ‘Tropical Suns: Seadogs Aboard an English Galleon’ by James Say Dean. There are some interesting entries in Appendix Am the Cronology.

    1550-1600 Violent storms increase 85% from an earlier period to 19 major storms and 5 hurricanes each season.

    1550-1612 Sever droughts in NAmerica.

    1587-1589 Severe drought in Euripe, worst in 800 years.

    1580-1610 Two bitterly cold decades … causing poor harvests.

    1607 Coldest winter in 700 years.

    1607 Cold summers and poor harvests in Jamestown colony.

    1630 Powerful hurricane strikes New England, damages Plymouth & Boston.

    I never realized what a dynamic place Britain was during the Elizabethan period thru the Stuart’s. The literature, the engineering, the scientific discoveries, are incredible

    • malthuss June 18, 2024 at 5:09 pm #

      Yes, nature is ever in flux.

    • hmuller June 19, 2024 at 9:55 am #

      At least Elizabeth Number One didn’t blame climate change on cheeky peasants with the gall to heat their hovels.

  48. Soul Forensics June 18, 2024 at 6:10 pm #

    More on the “hot rodent man” or “sexy rat boyfriend” craze —

    — svelte as opposed to muscular
    — angular facial structure
    — prominent ears
    — sunken, beady eyes
    — unkempt hair
    — pale, to the extent they could very well be calcium deficient

    It’s more than a preference based on a Hollywood fad, it’s now a prevalent male type. Take a look around you on your next jaunt through a crowded city street, especially in a blue-based college area, at all the under-25 males.

    Attached to physicality, there’s a certain vibe — not masculine in the traditional way, the man is a “safe bet” and “feels less threatening”.

    In that sense, a Hot Rodent Man could be likened to the TikTok craze of the “golden retriever boyfriend”, which describes someone who is loyal and openly affectionate.

    Some of the above lifted from the euronews site.

    ———-

    Isn’t this just one more perfectly plausible outcome of the feminization of Western culture? Gen Z males raised from cradle to young adulthood to hate their genetics and natural urges, to comply with womens’ outrageous and inverse vision of what and how a boy and man should be, but also a genetic result of their own parents’ choices down this destructive path.

    These news outlets call it a “fad” — something fun to talk about, but of no real social or spiritual import. Of course, it all makes sense, though, and is (and will continue to be) pervasive.

    Men with soft hands and softer heads. Hearts? The praise for this type of man as being more sensitive, caring, loving, etc .. is horseshit, a misunderstanding of what constitutes love and honour and support.

    Imagine today’s etiolated rat man with his sexual partner, underneath the mild pleasantries — passive-aggressive, resentful, aiming to please at the expense of authenticity and hard truths, and weak-willed.

    And of course, most under-35-year-olds, men and women, are now not in a relationship. Who wants to fuck someone of the opposite sex when the women are constantly in their masculine roles, and the men constantly in their feminine? The polarities are neutralized or reversed.

    This, along with the damage done to reproductive organs from the clot shot, is the perfect storm to a forced and unpleasant culling of the useless eaters.

    • BackRowHeckler June 18, 2024 at 6:40 pm #

      A night or two ago at Cal State LA an Antifa Battalion assaulted and smashed up the student services building, trapping administrators on the upper floors, including the President of the College. Much damage, maybe in the millions. They tried to hide their identities behind face masks, Kaffiyeras & black umbrellas, but a few let the mask slip, and a few others talked to reporters (“All cops are bastards, ceasefire now, divest from fascist Israel blah, blag, blah”) There it was, as you describe, the rat faces, yellow beady eyes, scraggly facial hair, sharp teeth … rodents in a human form.

      • JohnAZ June 18, 2024 at 9:01 pm #

        I wonder, BRH.

        Are the protestors a proto-army?

        Is Soros et al developing a Leftist Army to counter MAGA? Is that why the Biden mob insisted the border stay open? The border crossers are becoming people from our enemies, are they being recruited? When the election fails this year to reverse the tides, will the two armies conflict? Will our cities become bigger and bigger battlefields? Is this the road to CW2? As each “warlord” takes over each region, are we going back to the manor system of feudalism?

        Could it be that the Biden Mob’s attempts to create a socialistic central government will backfire leading to local ascendancy and the demise of the federal government? Will the demise of the USA create “feudalistic” governments throughout the world and stop globalization?

        Are the rats going to be the new serf class of the later 21st century?

    • JohnAZ June 18, 2024 at 8:47 pm #

      90% of the human race want the easy way out of everything. The Leftist government uses this fact, offering people a grade to grave ‘easy way out”.

      Folks talk about the 1% having all the wealth. The Left talks about redistribution of the wealth, which is out and out thievery. The reason that the 1% exists is a testament to the complacency of the 99% that the Left feeds on.

      The human condition!!!!

      As men have been the few aggressive members of society throughout the ages, of course they are the targets of the women and the milquetoasts.

      A corollary is that societies drift toward the “soft” side during their reigns in power, becoming feminized. The remaining masculine folks around them eventually kick their butt.

      • JohnAZ June 18, 2024 at 8:48 pm #

        Grade = cradle.

  49. Islander June 18, 2024 at 7:32 pm #

    This rundown on the career and attitudes of Amos Hochstein provides very useful insights into the bigger, longer game in Gaza/Palestine.

    The name of the game is, as usual, energy. Nothing to do with “our democracy” or the Holocaust or “antisemitism” blah blah.

    httpX://unctad.org/news/unrealized-potential-palestinian-oil-and-gas-reserves

    So who is Amos Hochstein?

    Per the Atlantic Council, “Amos J. Hochstein is the Special Presidential Coordinator for global infrastructure and energy security at the U.S. State Department. ”

    Per a Google search:
    ““Hochstein was born in Israel, the child of American Jewish immigrants. He served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a tank crewman prior to moving to Washington.”

    Well well well. Just the person to represent secular US interests in the ME.

    The energy game plan is explained in detail here–

    httpX://therevolvingdoorproject.org/revolver-spotlight-amos-hochstein/ —

    especially when read in conjunction with today’s headlines regarding Hochstein’s “diplomacy” to offer Hezbollah some kind of quid pro quo to get them to back off blasting the occupiers (google “Amos Hochstein, today’s news”).

    Good luck with that.

    Have a nice day.

    • The Man They Call Zazelle June 18, 2024 at 10:35 pm #

      Thanks Isle. I’ll be looking at your links in more detail after a quick bike-ride/garden-water.

    • SoftStarLight June 19, 2024 at 12:09 am #

      Kinda like the whole Ukraine thing is all about energy, minerals and land.

      • JohnAZ June 19, 2024 at 12:28 am #

        SSL

        You are right, but one notch down.

        Energy, minerals, land, WATER, = money, wealth.

        Money, wealth is the gateway to POWER.

        POWER, the ultimate human craving, the end aim of the PTB,

        Ukraine is the beginning of the third world war, the one without nukes, without weapons, won by the acquisition of resources, thus wealth, thus global power.

        BRICS+++++++++++ vs. WEF and the West.

        Like the war on terror, a religious war, WW3 will be long and drawn out, with the draining of wealth on one side being the definition of victory.

        I know who I would have my money on.

  50. JohnAZ June 18, 2024 at 8:50 pm #

    Ha! Watters just put up a story about the Left wanting a President Fauci.

    Oh boy, the answer to all our problems. There is no way this country can exist as it is.

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    • Groundhog June 18, 2024 at 9:55 pm #

      President Fauci – the malevolent little garden gnome that looks like Alfred E Newman? Why not? At the moment we have a senile president that sniffs people’s hair and poops in his pants. A garden gnome would be a great followup!

      • The Man They Call Zazelle June 18, 2024 at 10:51 pm #

        Dr. Anthony Fauci says US ‘not in end zone yet’ on COVID; warns against pulling back mask mandates, social distancing too quickly

        “As states ease up on COVID-19 mitigation efforts following downward case trends, increased vaccination and pressure to return to normalcy, the nation’s top infectious disease expert warns against a “no masks, no nothing” mentality as the U.S. combats a pandemic that’s left millions out of work and half a million dead.

        ‘We absolutely need to avoid the urge to say, ‘Oh, everything is going great,’ Dr. Anthony Fauci told NBC News’ ‘Meet the Press’ on Sunday, even if declines in new cases have been ‘steep’.

        Fauci, one of President Joe Biden’s top pandemic advisors and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said case counts are still too high across the country to declare a ‘victory’, even if trends are ‘in the right direction’ a year after the pandemic began.

        Fauci expressed concern that if states entirely eliminate protections and restrictions including social distancing and mask-wearing too soon, cases could surge again.” ~ Mass Live, March 14, 2021

        masslive.com/resizer/v2/TJPCM6T3LFASDDS7LXUUNGRCEM.jpg?auth=7780b35ded224197990f1d58069d12639c15f112d9570762d615fdc48c660c67&width=1280&quality=90

    • SoftStarLight June 19, 2024 at 12:16 am #

      Is Dr. Fauci a Boomer rat? He recently stated that he has “that DNA of caring for people”. Certainly caring for people may manifest in many different ways but i’m sure there are many people that would object to his assertion. Then again, who are we to doubt the doctor, right. At least that’s what they’ll always say.

  51. JohnAZ June 19, 2024 at 1:12 am #

    One thing I would love to see:

    BRICS+++ shoving economic victory right up Soros’ ass.

    • benr June 19, 2024 at 8:26 am #

      How about the little old vampire shuffles off his mortal coil.
      Sunlight, wooden stakes, garlic, whatever it takes Send in Van Helsing.

  52. The Man They Call Zazelle June 19, 2024 at 3:40 am #

    Review of Steve Fuller (2018). Post-Truth: Knowledge as a Power Game
    by Sharon Rider
    springer.com/article/10.1007/s42438-018-0012-9

    “Fuller views the popularity of ‘trans’-phenomena (transgender, transracial, trans-human discourses) as the logical conclusion of the post-truth sensibility that has always existed, namely, the insight that the rules of the game can be changed even at the level of personal identity…

    …The fifth chapter makes the case for seeing our post-truth era as comparable with the Protestant Reformation. Instead of being led by authorities, people are now taking responsibility for their own decisions regarding what is worth knowing, and assessing the validity of claims to knowledge independently of established authority. But whereas science was a weapon of secularization during the first Reformation, it is now its quarry. The secular State and the scientific methods that issued from the first revolt are themselves under attack, but, importantly, in the same spirit. Thus ‘Protscience’, Fuller’s term of art for this development, is a natural progression from, rather than a backlash against, the sensibilities that issued in the Enlightenment. Fuller’s argument here regarding the crisis of legitimation in science is one that echoes Mair’s regarding the crisis in politics. As validators of policies ranging over health, security, the environment, and the economy, scientific elites are in essence the high priests of the secular state. ‘Protscience challenges such state-science ties, not least because scientists are unaccountable to those they govern by proxy.‘ (110). In this context, although he refrains from drawing the parallel explicitly, Fuller’s argument suggests that public intellectuals and science writers can serve as the equivalent of ‘free churchmen’ (dissenters or nonconformists). Interestingly, Fuller points out that the power wielded by academic journals and science academies in virtue of their authoritative position marginalizes in the first instance dissent within the academy, while at the same time expecting, indeed requiring, submission and respect. The upshot is that heresy is punished, regardless of whether the claims are formulated with theoretical sophistication and in terms of established scientific data, or just culled from the Internet: ‘conformity is the primary marker of competence’ (124)…

    Sociologically speaking, says Fuller, ‘expertise is the most potent non-violent form of power available’ (161). The cure for what ails us, in his view, is not so much that experts say more than they know, but that we laypeople want to put the burden of responsibility for the consequences of actions taken on the basis of their expertise on their shoulders, which means that they are less inclined to bold conjectures. If we were to embrace the ethic of the Reformation, we would utilize their knowledge without kneeling to their authority, which would both free them to be more enterprising, and make us devise, consider, and attempt more rigorous refutations, thereby honing the expert opinion in question for all. But that means that we are all implicated in the consequences, good or bad, of our trials and errors. The risks involved in not making the best possible use of the human capacity for reason, Fuller argues, are as great as the ones emanating from overstepping its bounds, since the former entails a state of passivity in the face of the unknown, such as what the future will bring. Getting things wrong is the only way to learn how to set them right. Fallibility is the motor of scientific and social advancement. The world is a precarious place, but we are not made safer by just counting on the edicts of experts to keep us safe. Fuller is well aware that his post-truth utopia will not hold universal appeal. But then, he is just selling us a good story, one which he goes to impressive lengths to get us to buy. I am not sure that I am entirely sold, but it’s a brilliant pitch.”

    • elysianfield June 19, 2024 at 11:29 am #

      Zaz,
      Steve Fuller should ask for a refund of his tuition costs at whatever college he attended….

      • The Man They Call Zazelle June 20, 2024 at 3:19 am #

        Point taken. I’ll have you know that ‘post-truth’ was word-of-the-year in 2016, but don’t take my word for it. Maybe take the AI’s… or GreenAlba’s Anecdote Guy; a new superhero for the age!

        😀

  53. benr June 19, 2024 at 8:23 am #

    China fears spark Indian race for cobalt in contested ocean waters

    India is scrambling to secure rights to explore a cobalt-rich underwater mountain in the middle of the Indian Ocean but its bid has come up against competing claims at a time when Sri Lanka, too, is looking to mine the region for precious minerals.

    The urgency behind India’s application comes from fears over China’s presence in the Indian Ocean, at a time when the world’s second-largest economy already dominates the global cobalt supply chain, Indian officials and analysts told Al Jazeera.

    Cobalt is a critical mineral widely used in electric vehicles and batteries and is seen as a vital element in the green energy transition.

    In January, India had approached the Jamaica-based International Seabed Authority, seeking approval to explore the cobalt-rich Afanasy Nikitin Seamount, which is in the central Indian Ocean, east of the Maldives and about 1,350 km (850 miles) from the Indian coast. Formed in 1994, the ISA is an autonomous international organisation mandated by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to regulate economic activity on the seabed.
    India also paid a $500,000 fee to the ISA to consider its application, in which it spelled out its desire to conduct extensive geophysical, geological, biological, oceanographic and environmental studies in the proposed area over 15 years. The seamount consists of 150 blocks spread over 3,000sq km (1,158 sq miles).

    But while evaluating India’s application, the ISA found that Afanasy Nikitin Seamount lies entirely within an area also claimed by another country as lying within the boundaries of its continental shelf, according to a note shared by the organisation with Al Jazeera. Though the ISA did not name this other country in its response to India, experts believe Sri Lanka is the nation the seabed authority was referring to. A country’s continental shelf is the edge of its landmass beneath the ocean.

    According to a note shared by the ISA with Al Jazeera, the seabed authority sought a response from India to its finding of the competing territorial claims. But on March 12, India said it would not be able to respond in time for the ISA to consider its comments during the ISA’s 29th Session of the Legal and Technical Commission, which is considering the application.

    As a result, the ISA note states that India’s application has been “put on hold”. The ISA is expected to review the application again once India responds.

    Sri Lanka’s claim
    Usually, a country’s continental shelf extends up to 200 nautical miles (370km) from its shore, marking out an exclusive economic zone which only that nation can exploit for economic purposes, even though ships of other countries can pass through unimpeded.

    But coastal nations can appeal to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) arguing that the outer limits of their continental shelves extend beyond 200 nautical miles.

    That is what Sri Lanka did in 2009, applying for an extension of the limits of its continental shelf from 200 nautical miles to a much larger area. The CLCS is yet to decide on Sri Lanka’s claim but if it is accepted, the Afanasy Nikitin Seamount would fall within Sri Lanka’s nautical boundaries.

    The CLCS, which is tasked with examining claims by nations to extended continental shelf boundaries, has in the past accepted such requests: Pakistan, Australia and Norway have rights over maritime territories that stretch beyond 200 nautical miles from their shores, for instance.

    In 2010, India responded to Sri Lanka’s submission before the CLCS, without objecting to its smaller neighbour’s claims. But in 2022, it changed its position to argue that Sri Lanka’s claims would harm India’s interests. India requested the commission not to “consider and qualify” the submission made by Sri Lanka.

    Al Jazeera sought comments from the governments of India and Sri Lanka on their competing claims, but has not received any response.

    But it is not Sri Lanka that New Delhi is most concerned about, say analysts.

    A senior maritime law expert said that India’s move appears to be driven more by a desire to establish a foothold in the area to deter any Chinese presence than by any immediate exploration aims.

    “India’s claim is not aimed at starting exploration immediately but at establishing its presence and stake before China enters the picture,” said the maritime expert, who is now a senior official in the Indian judiciary, and requested anonymity because of his position.

    According to the ISA, China, Germany and South Korea currently have contracts for deep-sea exploration in different parts of the Indian Ocean.

    Nikhilesh Nedumgattunmal, an assistant professor of maritime law at Dr Ambedkar Law University in Chennai, India, said the location of the Afanasy Nikitin Seamount – far outside the exclusive economic zones of any country – made India’s case before the ISA strong. “India has the right to seek exploration permission from the ISA,” he told Al Jazeera.

    • benr June 19, 2024 at 8:30 am #

      Well China has escalated by seizing a much smaller countries asset in what amounts to shipping lanes which is an act of piracy.
      The crime?
      Trying to feed the people manning a grounded Philippino ship.
      I have seen pictures of this ship it looks like a tetanus infection on steroids.  
      Its coming.

      Washington Condemns China’s ‘Escalatory’ Actions in South China Sea, Reaffirms Philippine Alliance

      A mutual defense treaty between the U.S. and the Philippines requires both nations to support each other if either country is attacked.

      The United States has condemned China’s “escalatory and irresponsible actions” in preventing the Philippines from delivering food to its soldiers at an outpost in the South China Sea and reminded Beijing of the U.S.–Philippines mutual defense treaty.

      “[China] vessels’ dangerous and deliberate use of water cannons, ramming, blocking maneuvers, and towing damaged Philippine vessels, endangered the lives of Philippine service members, is reckless, and threatens regional peace and stability,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement on June 17.
      The Philippines military called Beijing’s move, which disrupted the Philippine mission, “illegal, aggressive, and reckless actions.”
      “Their actions put at risk the lives of our personnel and damaged our boats, in blatant violation of international law,” it said.

      The China Coast Guard said a Philippine supply ship “deliberately and dangerously” approached a Chinese ship, resulting in a slight collision, after the Philippine ship “illegally intruded” into waters near Second Thomas Shoal, a charge that Manila rejected as “deceptive and misleading.”

      Washington “reaffirms” its commitment to the mutual defense pact with Manila, which requires both nations to support each other if either country is attacked by another party, State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said.

      • benr June 19, 2024 at 8:34 am #

        This is going nuclear real quick if it kicks off.
        msn.com/en-us/news/world/send-all-the-marines-to-the-pacific-a-top-trump-adviser-says/

        Send all the Marines to the Pacific, a top Trump adviser says

        Donald Trump’s last national security adviser is calling on the Pentagon to deploy the “entire” Marine Corps to the Pacific as a bulwark against China’s increasing military might.

        In a wide-ranging Foreign Affairs op-ed published Tuesday, O’Brien wrote that the Defense Department should consider “relieving” the Marine Corps of missions in other parts of the world, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, in order to focus on the Pacific.

        “U.S. bases in the Pacific often lack adequate missile defenses and fighter jet protection — a scandalous deficiency that the Defense Department should fix by quickly shifting resources from elsewhere,” O’Brien wrote.

        O’Brien is a close Trump adviser and the op-ed could be a blueprint of Trump’s national security policy in a second term if he wins re-election. O’Brien served as national security adviser from 2019 to 2021, and is likely to be appointed to a senior post in a second Trump Cabinet.
        Much of the piece focuses on China — “China” is mentioned 37 times and “Beijing” 12 times — particularly countering its expanding military influence in the Pacific.

        “This morass of American weakness and failure cries out for a Trumpian restoration of peace through strength. Nowhere is that need more urgent than in the contest with China,” O’Brien writes.

        In order to compete with Beijing, O’Brien urged the U.S. to build up the armed forces of its Pacific allies, devote more U.S. military resources to the region, and fix systemic problems within its own ranks.

        In addition to limiting Marine deployments to the Pacific, O’Brien wrote that DOD should move one of its aircraft carriers from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and send refurbished, decommissioned Navy ships to the Philippines. Congress should also help build up the militaries of Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam by offering them “the kinds of grants, loans, and weapons transfers that the United States has long offered Israel,” he wrote.

        O’Brien hit the Biden administration on the military’s recruiting woes, noting that last year, only the Marine Corps and Space Force met their goals. The shortfall, which DOD has attributed to a booming economy and fallout from the Covid pandemic, “speaks to a lack of confidence that young Americans and their families have in the purpose and mission of the military,” O’Brien wrote. Indeed, polls last year showed Americans’ confidence in the military was the lowest it had been in two decades.

        Meanwhile, O’Brien wrote, “the military increasingly lacks the tools it needs to defend the United States and its interests.” He pointed to the fact that the Navy now has fewer than 300 ships, compared with 592 at the end of the Reagan administration. O’Brien urges Congress and the administration to “recommit” to the goal of a 355-ship Navy by 2032 — a goal he played a role in setting during the Trump administration.

        DOD also needs to improve its nuclear triad, O’Brien wrote, citing China’s and Russia’s recent modernization of their own nuclear arsenals. On the U.S. side, he called for building more Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines and Virginia-class attack submarines. He also cited some analysts arguing that the Air Force needs 256 new B-21 stealth bombers.

        “China has doubled the size of its arsenal since 2020: a massive, unexplained, and unwarranted expansion. The United States has to maintain technical and numerical superiority to the combined Chinese and Russian nuclear stockpiles,” O’Brien wrote, arguing that Washington needs to test new nuclear weapons in the “real world,” just not using computer models, for the first time since 1992.

        O’Brien also said if China and Russia continue to “refuse to engage in good-faith arms control talks,” the U.S. needs to “resume production of uranium-235 and plutonium-239, the primary fissile isotopes of nuclear weapons.”

        He also urged investing more in developing hypersonic missiles — which he specifically said a second Trump term would pursue — fixing the Pentagon’s clunky requirements and acquisition systems, and working more closely with “nimble newer defense suppliers” such as Anduril and Palantir.

        O’Brien did not push for increased defense spending — in fact, he noted that spending on the Pentagon will likely decline.

        “Thanks to unsustainable levels of borrowing, the federal budget will have to decline, and large increases to defense expenditures are unlikely regardless of which party controls the White House and Congress,” O’Brien wrote. “Spending smarter will have to substitute for spending more in a contemporary strategy of peace through strength.”

        • benr June 19, 2024 at 8:40 am #

          North Korea acting up again is it time for another bribe to be good? Or do they know something the rest of us only suspect?

          North Korean Troops Cross Border Despite Warning Shots: Second Violation in Days

          20 to 30 North Korean soldiers crossed the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) again on the morning of the 18th but retreated after the South Korean military’s warning broadcasts and warning shots.

          According to the South Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff, at around 8:30 a.m. that day, North Korean troops working in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the central front line crossed the MDL by approximately 66 feet. Our military immediately gave alerts over loudspeakers and even fired warning shots, making the North Korean troops retreat.

          This is the second violation following the one on the 9th. Around 12:30 p.m. on the 9th, 20 to 30 North Korean soldiers entered the zone by about 20m (65ft) and retreated due to our military’s warning shots. About 20 minutes later, four more North Korean soldiers violated the MDL again and retreated due to warning shots.
          The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff are treating two recent violations of the MDL by North Korean troops as minor infractions. The area where these violations occurred is heavily overgrown with bushes, obscuring the MDL markers. Military authorities believe that the North Korean troops inadvertently crossed the MDL while clearing bushes in this area and failed to see the markers.

          North Korea is currently carrying out work such as creating wastelands, reinforcing tactical roads, laying mines, and installing anti-tank barriers at the border. They mobilize dozens to hundreds of people to work in various places all day. It has also been confirmed that many North Korean soldiers who were working were injured or killed in mine explosions.

          As the North Korean military continued such actions near the border, Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in North Korea on Tuesday night. This is Putin’s first visit to North Korea in 24 years since July 2000. It is also a return visit nine months after the North Korean-Russian summit with Kim Jong Un at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia’s Far East last September.

          • Uncle Bob June 19, 2024 at 9:01 am #

            This is what happens when you eliminate your military deterrence: your enemies are emboldened, and former friends turn against you because of your weakness — especially when you bug out of a country and abandon your allies and scads of weapons to the mercies of merciless enemies.

          • Jarek June 19, 2024 at 2:32 pm #

            Ben, are you a Sea Bee? Will you be serving under Admiral Levine?

          • benr June 19, 2024 at 5:17 pm #

            @Jarek

            Nope will you be doing a plumbing check?

            Sounds like you are queer curious there Jarek.
            You’re getting up there in years you might want to satisfy that itch.

        • Groundhog June 19, 2024 at 12:55 pm #

          @benr

          It doesn’t matter what O’brien wrote or what you thinik. A broke and bankrupt USA won’t have the resources to meddle in foreign affairs – and that day is coming soon. China provides shoes, clothing, furniture, pots and pans, toys, car parts, electronics etc for the USA. And we’re planning on attacking the hands that feed us? Without shoes made in China we’d all be walking around barefoot and dressed in rags and second hand clothing. And we’re gonna start warfare with both China and Russia? This nation’s managers – along with many of its citizens – are dangerously mentally ill and delusional. Possibly even suicidal if our wars go nuclear.

          • benr June 19, 2024 at 5:20 pm #

            Actually, your flat out wrong in almost EVERYTHING you post.

            When and if China stops making the trash they sell at a price we can afford it will force Americans to start building, making and buying locally.
            For Christ sakes we ship chickens across the ocean to be butchered and shipped back.

            That is absurd.

          • Groundhog June 19, 2024 at 6:11 pm #

            benr writes: ” it will force Americans to start building, making and buying locally.”

            What utter delusional nonsense! Start building and making what – with what? OUR FACTORIES HAVE BEEN SHIPPED OVERSEAS! We don’t have the factories or the trained blue collar workers to start production. And worst of all, with a dead dollar WHERE IS THE CAPITAL TO BUILD NEW FACTORIES COMING FROM? If the dollar is bust you somehow think prosperity is just around the corner? It took us many decades to gut this country and render it helpless and delusional. It will take decades to build it back and it’s very unlikely that will happen. Instead what we’re gonna get is the Long Emergency.

            Enjoy!

            You are dreaming and spouting nonsense as silly as the stuff the bible thumpers dump in here.

          • benr June 19, 2024 at 6:37 pm #

            @groundhog

            My goodness you are a fountain of rosey cheer I’m surprised you have not swallowed your gun yet?

            What’s that you don’t own a gun.
            Why did that take your lil pop gun away from you.
            Oh, you eat prosaic like candy.

            Figures.

            Groundhog living proof of anal delivery.

          • Groundhog June 19, 2024 at 10:16 pm #

            @benr So instead of countering my observations with facts or even theories the best you can do is lame personal attacks? I was expecting better of you.

            anal delivery? wtf is that supposed to mean? I eat prosaic like candy? Prosaic is a noun?

          • The Man They Call Zazelle June 20, 2024 at 4:34 am #

            benr, you mention queer with Jarek upthread and now anal with Groundhog here. Wassup wit dat? Feelin’ cruisy?

  54. benr June 19, 2024 at 9:02 am #

    At every turn one can see the war of aggression globally from China.

    They are literally probing everything from bases to water supplies.

    China is still angry about the Opium wars Britian played on them and I guess see no difference between the US and England.

    Want a true genocide attempt look no further than 73,838 overdose deaths reported in 2022.
    This is all from Chinese and cartel synthetic opiods!
    But hey it’s just dirty Americans who cares.

    Now this.

    US says Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel used group tied to Chinese underground banking

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department alleged on Tuesday that Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel conspired with groups based in California and tied to Chinese underground banking to launder drug-trafficking proceeds of over $50 million.

    The Justice Department said it closely coordinated with law enforcement in Mexico and China and that those countries recently arrested fugitives named in a superseding indictment, which was unsealed on Monday, who fled the U.S. after they were initially charged last year.

    The United States has been seeking increased cooperation from both Mexico and China in curbing the flow of illegal drugs, which result in a large number of U.S. overdose deaths each year. Washington and Beijing have sought cooperation amid otherwise tense bilateral ties.
    The Sinaloa Cartel, one of Mexico’s most powerful criminal organizations, has also been the target of U.S. sanctions.

    KEY QUOTES

    The Justice Department announced a 10-count superseding indictment charging Los Angeles-based associates of the Sinaloa Cartel, following a “multi-year investigation.”

    “This DEA investigation uncovered a partnership between Sinaloa Cartel associates and a Chinese criminal syndicate operating in Los Angeles and China to launder drug money. Laundering drug money gives the Sinaloa Cartel the means to produce and import their deadly poison into the United States,” Martin Estrada, U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, said in a statement.
    The superseding indictment charged a total of 24 defendants with “one count of conspiracy to aid and abet the distribution of cocaine and methamphetamine, one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, and one count of conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business.”

    CONTEXT

    The Justice Department alleged that a Sinaloa Cartel-linked money laundering network collected and processed – with help from a California-based money transmitting group with links to Chinese underground banking – large amounts of drug proceeds in U.S. currency in the Los Angeles area.

    They then allegedly concealed their drug trafficking proceeds and made the proceeds generated in the U.S. accessible to cartel members in Mexico and elsewhere, according to the Justice Department.

    Law enforcement also seized $5 million in narcotics proceeds, 302 pounds of cocaine, 92 pounds of methamphetamine, 3,000 ecstasy pills, three semi-automatic rifles with high-capacity magazines, and eight semi-automatic handguns.

    WHAT’S NEXT

    Twenty of the individuals charged in the superseding indictment are expected to be arraigned in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles in the coming weeks. One was arraigned on Monday.

    • Groundhog June 19, 2024 at 10:00 am #

      @ Benr

      Does it ever occur to you that the USA cannot be the world’s policeman? Have you noticed that for decades now US foreign policy consists of stumbling from one disaster to the next? What about the war in Vietnam? How did that end for us? Ever since 1865 the USA has been an empire of states held together not by the will of the people as expressed by their elected representatives. The Confederate States of America had the legal right to secede. That’s what the people in those states voted for. But instead what’s been holding us together for all these years is the threat of military force against any state that wants out of the roach motel that is the current state of our nation – if you can call it that. The other “glue” that holds us together is the dollar. When the dollar fails completely and is rejected for use in international trade, it will be game over for this sick and sad country that can’t even figure out its own gender, let alone its proper place in the global community of nations. We’ve been lying to ourselves nonstop about all the wars we’ve been involved in, starting with the American Revolution. The original republic was destroyed by the criminal dictator Abe Lincoln who needlessly got over 1/2 million soldiers killed and destroyed our first republic.

      It’s been nothing but lies ever since, that we are the exceptional and indispensable nation that the world cannot do without. All lies! All of it!

      • beantownbill. June 19, 2024 at 10:46 am #

        If I believed that, I would leave the country. Or I would have been a revolutionary. What you’ve posted presents an inaccurate picture. If the US is so despicable, you ought to deport yourself. Why haven’t you?

        • Groundhog June 19, 2024 at 12:27 pm #

          @ beanbill

          Ah, the old America love it or leave it argument. That’s always an argument that arises when somebody has nothing else to say in way of rebuttal. This incoming collapse of the USA is going to be very hard on you. After the dollar dies YOU will be wanting to leave because conditions will be terrible here.

        • Groundhog June 19, 2024 at 12:37 pm #

          @beanbill “If I believed that, I would leave the country.”

          Apparently you think that constructing a roach trap nation is a good idea. You also seem to think there has been some benefit to all our warfare. There has not. As a matter of fact, it will be the primary reason the USA collapses due to a dead dollar that’s been borrowed into oblivion. We are now being defeated both militarily as well as economically. Our foreign policy has been a terrible disaster based on lies. One favorite lie of the United States is that we beat Germany. We most assuredly did not, it was Russia that put an end to Germany’s aggression during WWII. Had the USA conducted a single fight with Germany and nobody else was involved, we would have lost that war big time. Russia was the only country up to the task and recent figures estimate up to 30 million Russians died in doing so. How many US citizens died during WWII? A *lot* less than a million.

          • King of Comedy June 19, 2024 at 9:46 pm #

            I’m a big fan of the deep historical thoughts of people who never leave the house.

            While it’s true that the US did not beat the Nazis single-handed, neither did the Russians. If the Germans fought the Russians without having to deal with divisions protecting the French coast and then a second front and if they didn’t lose most of their airforce defending the Reich from American and British raids and if they didn’t have divisions tied up in Italy, etc,etc,etc, there would likely have been a repeat of Tannenberg times about twenty. And if Japan wasn’t occupied getting its ass whipped by the US in the Pacific, they would have used Manchuria as a nice transit zone into Russia. In that scenario the Soviet Union would have lost 60-100 million and it’s game over.

            I’ll give the last word to Georgy Zhukov:

            Now they say that the allies never helped us, but it can’t be denied that the Americans gave us so many goods without which we wouldn’t have been able to form our reserves and continue the war,” Soviet General Georgy Zhukov said after the end of WWII.
            “We didn’t have explosives, gunpowder. We didn’t have anything to charge our rifle cartridges with. The Americans really saved us with their gunpowder and explosives. And how much sheet steel they gave us! How could we have produced our tanks without American steel? But now they make it seem as if we had an abundance of all that. Without American trucks we wouldn’t have had anything to pull our artillery with.”

          • benr June 20, 2024 at 10:46 am #

            @koc

            Don’t bother the pig doesn’t care about reality only the constant chant of America bad everywhere else good no matter what other countries are doing only America is unworthy of existing.

            Just another wagging tongue in the cacophony of hate America rhetoric.
            The fruits of election cheating and an implanted virus called Biden keep paying off for the opposition.
            A weak leader and stumbling America causes global problems and emboldens other countries to start grabbing resources from weaker countries.
            Whats good for America is bad for China, Russia, Iran and North Korea.

            Wonder when the brics will realize they got in bed with an even worse devil than the US.

            May you live in interesting times interesting should be changed to annoying.

        • benr June 19, 2024 at 5:21 pm #

          Because an entire generations minds have been poisoned by the likes of Noam Chomsky and leftist shit bags.
          The Commies are winning and what will be left will be nothing but a greasy smear on the ground with people like groundhog.

          • Groundhog June 19, 2024 at 6:17 pm #

            Yeah, the commies are certainly taking over the USA and strangling it. What will be left of the USA will be nothing but a greasy smear on the ground with people like benr!

    • JohnAZ June 19, 2024 at 10:02 am #

      Benr

      I hope you are not surprised. The Chinese are trying to corner the EV market, bringing cheap EVs to America and Europe and getting tariffs as high as 100% as a result. Did you know Musk is building EVs in China as a result of getting access to their market.

      China and Russia are not going to duke it out directly with he USA. They know the US is going down the tubes by actions of other groups of the West and its own government. Why risk military action when your enemy just lies down in front of you?

      The WEF has really screwed up, using the Leftist revolution in the USA, to weaken the US. The USA and NATO think they can cower the Russians with economic sanctions. What a joke. Russia and China have found a mutuality that serves both. BRICS+++++++++++ is starting to have its economic power make a difference.

      Add on one potential weaponization, the upgrading and re-commissioning of the four Iowa class battleships. Someone has figured out that operations in close quarters like the South China Sea does not need super long range weaponry, bu t the ability to give and take a pounding.

      The withdrawal of USA troops from our territories and the obvious politicking of our support of our allies have many countries just not trusting us any more. The world knows of the Obama/Biden corruption of Ukraine. The world knows of the US lackadaisical support of Israel and that effect on the Middle East stability or lack thereof. The world knows that if China wanted, the takeover of Taiwan would be an unopposed one. Thus nations such as the Philippines or even Japan are looking at the USA and China in a different light.

      The Leftist revolution in the USA is heading us into the same result as all socialist revolutions, oblivion.

      Maybe not all the Marines, but a bunch of them to strengthen the US presence there. When China knows it will have to make big sacrifices to do anything, their swagger will slow down a little.

      Same thing with Cuba.

      • OG June 19, 2024 at 7:42 pm #

        … the US lackadaisical support of Israel …

        Attaboy, JAZ. Don’t let that pesky old truth get in the way of your preconceived notions.

        ***
        JAZ believes that the USA should quit meddling in other people’s politics by meddling in other people’s politics. I shit you not.

        • OG June 19, 2024 at 7:52 pm #

          Can you even imagine how isolated Israel would be in the world today without the USA’s 378 “lackadaisical” UN vetoes?

          • King of Comedy June 19, 2024 at 10:24 pm #

            FrontHole fluffing for the UN and their “votes” (I shit you not).

            I suspect that Israel if it cares at all about the convocation of mongrels that is the UN, still at the end of the day thinks, “Well it could be worse… at least we’re not Canada.”

          • OG June 20, 2024 at 2:57 pm #

            King of Fellatio thankfully spares us yet more of his homoerotic fantasies.

            ***
            I’m not saying that the UN is anything other than indicative. The USA have bullied earth since WWII and earth ain’t gonna take it any more. The Israel/USA Zionist block is completely isolated in the world. The USA’s ridonkey vetoes in the UN is indicative of today’s geopolitics.

            Do try and keep up, King Head.

        • OG June 19, 2024 at 8:12 pm #

          Nothing says “lackadaisical” quite like $26,000,000,000.

  55. hmuller June 19, 2024 at 9:50 am #

    Uplifting Thoughts:

    Your purpose in life is like your asshole.

    You can’t see it, but you know it’s there.

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    • beantownbill. June 19, 2024 at 10:32 am #

      You can if you look in the mirror backwards.

      • hmuller June 19, 2024 at 2:49 pm #

        Ah yes, mirrors and candles – the tools of the medieval proctologist.

    • elysianfield June 19, 2024 at 11:26 am #

      “You can’t see it, but you know it’s there.”

      hmuller,
      Just like the honest lawyer and the whore with the heart of gold.

      • hmuller June 19, 2024 at 2:21 pm #

        Yeah, that whore with the heart of gold – definitely not Stormy Daniels.

  56. JohnAZ June 19, 2024 at 10:11 am #

    Just a comment.

    The highly contested behavior of Biden shows Parkinsonian traits. Stiffness, being unaware, shuffling gait, stiff arms, flat affect.

    No one will state what his problem is, lies are flying around like mosquitoes.

    Early signs of Lewy Body dementia are Parkinsonian. It is important as Lewy Body is acute, killing its victims in about two years. I had an uncle die from Lewy Body, it was horrible.

    • hmuller June 19, 2024 at 10:22 am #

      Lewey lew eye,
      My oh my,
      The things you do to me

      Anyone remember that one?

    • beantownbill. June 19, 2024 at 10:30 am #

      Robin Williams supposedly had it, which is why he killed himself.

  57. beantownbill. June 19, 2024 at 10:27 am #

    It’s Loui, Loui, oh, no. I think.

  58. beantownbill. June 19, 2024 at 11:01 am #

    Want to end our drug problem quickly? Invade Mexico one more time and destroy the cartels. We went after pirates in northern Africa in the early nineteenth century, and that worked.

    Then warn China. I’m so feisty today, but I’m tired of hearing complaints but no solutions.

    • stelmosfire June 19, 2024 at 11:18 am #

      How would we differentiate the cartel members from ordinary citizens? It’s not like they’ll have wooden legs, eye patches, and parrots on their shoulders. Arrrggggg!!

      • beantownbill. June 19, 2024 at 11:26 am #

        They do. I was in Boston harbor yesterday, and lo and behold, I was attacked by a foul-mouthed parrot crying “pieces of eight, pieces of eight.”

    • elysianfield June 19, 2024 at 11:24 am #

      Sweet William,
      That is akin to stopping the rape problem by killing all the guys with dicks. The root problem of the drug problem is a dysfunctional culture where drugs are celebrated an oft take recreationally.

      Too damn much money involved.

      • Groundhog June 19, 2024 at 1:04 pm #

        “a dysfunctional culture”

        Yes we do have a dysfunctional and dying culture. But nobody in a position of power is willing to admit just how fulla shit this country is and why people are self medicating with dope. Instead what the politicians give us is happy lies and delusions about how great we are and how our sick culture needs to be spread all over the planet.

        • benr June 19, 2024 at 5:25 pm #

          As Bill said get the fuck on out then OR make a difference and stop being a shitbag.

          • Groundhog June 19, 2024 at 8:39 pm #

            No, YOU get the fuck on out! I write and say any damn thing I please.

    • OG June 19, 2024 at 1:16 pm #

      Then warn China. I’m so feisty today, but I’m tired of hearing complaints but no solutions.

      “When in doubt, go to war.”
      – MIC funder

    • benr June 19, 2024 at 5:24 pm #

      That would also take out half the big banks wo all o this day still launder drug cartel money.

      One of the big reasons for the banking fiasco was the crack down on money laundering and more scrutiny on banks and where money comes from.

      • OG June 19, 2024 at 5:54 pm #

        “Money” comes from Rothschilds pulling it out of their frickin’ asses.

    • Paula D June 20, 2024 at 11:26 am #

      Sure, Bill. Invade Mexico and destroy the ”cartels”.

      The cartels that the CIA is in bed with? The connections that the DEA agents were killed over exposing? Do you really believe that the Blob doesn’t have their fingers in the fentanyl pie?

      Sure, they trafficked heroin in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, pot and LSD in the 60s and 70s, cocaine in the 80s and 90s, and heroin again at the turn of the century, but NOW they have nothing to do with drug trafficking, honest.

      How naive can you get?

      • beantownbill. June 20, 2024 at 4:55 pm #

        Paula, I was merely stating that if we did invade to destroy the cartels, we would end the Mexican-based drug flow problem. I never said the American power-structure would allow us to. Just saying a possible solution exists. I’m not naive to think it will happen.

        • Paula D June 20, 2024 at 7:03 pm #

          Right. It would never happen because those Mexican cartels are CIA cartels with a local front.

  59. beantownbill. June 19, 2024 at 11:46 am #

    @ef:

    But we already have a lot of guys without dicks, apparently. You’re correct about us being a dysfunctional culture. I’m optimistic that ultimately we’ll get ourselves straightened out. Remember, we’re in a time of great change. We’re at the point where the graph is beginning to take off vertically. Who knows what we will be in the future? Probably at one of the extremes. Eating roast squirrels or insects around the fire at night, or making plans to send the first colonists to Mars, or the O’Neill space colony.

    • stelmosfire June 19, 2024 at 11:54 am #

      I’ve said it on here before. Squirrels are good eats if prepared properly.

      letsgohunting.org/resources/articles/recipes/buffalo-wing-style-crispy-fried-squirrel-recipe/

      • BackRowHeckler June 19, 2024 at 1:26 pm #

        You wouldn’t eat squirrel in the summer, would you.

        Because of the danger of picking up Tulemia.

        • stelmosfire June 19, 2024 at 2:53 pm #

          Haven’t eaten one in 50 years. late fall is when best and all fattened up for winter. Season runs sept-feb.

    • Groundhog June 19, 2024 at 6:25 pm #

      beantown, forget about space colonies. Those things are for rich countries. For the USA it’s gonna be roast rabbits and squirrels, learn to make the best of it. With the squirrels, a few of them will have horsefly larvae in them. Don’t get grossed out by that, when cleaning them, just cut that part out, the rest of the squirrel will be just fine for good eatin’. I used to hunt them myself a long time ago with a .22. The city squirrels are very easy to pop. The country squirrels are wilder and smarter and more difficult.

      • benr June 20, 2024 at 10:01 am #

        Lots of long ham references as of late.

  60. BackRowHeckler June 19, 2024 at 1:16 pm #

    Here in southern NE we are under a HEAT WAVE ALERT!!!

    I checked the thermometer outside my garage: 86°F.

    The local radio station in Hartford is issuing emergency WARNINGS, GET INSIDE TO AN AIR CONDITIONED LOCATION. YOUR LIFE DEPEBDS ON IT!

    Some expert on Clumate Change came on claiming this is THE NEW NORMAL. Get used to it. But it’s the first heatwave of the season.

    I drove out to the river this morning ~ to a shady spot I know about 3 miles from here. A cool breeze was wafting down thru the canyon from the northwest. It was really quite pleasant. Didn’t catch anything, stopped and bought a six of cold Sam Adams on my way home, which I’m now drinking under a shade maple tree on my property. Getting ready to grill up some rib eye steaks.

    Just trying to survive the Climate Apocalypse the best I can. I never knew it got hot in the summer. Run For The Hills!!! RUN FOR THE F#KKN HILLS!!!

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    • stelmosfire June 19, 2024 at 2:55 pm #

      Scary thing is people buy this crap.

  61. Jarek June 19, 2024 at 3:58 pm #

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/sullivan-greenlights-ukraine-cross-border-attacks-beyond-kharkiv-region-using-us

    Closer again to midnight. If they can attack with US missiles and planes anywhere in Russia, Russia says they will attack where those planes and missiles came from.

    Ben and BRH high five each other. WW3 on three fronts. We’ll kick their asses and take their assets!

  62. Jarek June 19, 2024 at 4:10 pm #

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/australian-premier-creates-ministry-charge-changing-mens-behavior

    It’s not just guns anymore, it’s men themselves as Beryl says. Only a strong feminist government can protect women from men. It must ultimately be global needless to say. Ben and BRH must believe in this too since they think we should fight for it. Otherwise they’d have to be really, really dumb.

    • BackRowHeckler June 19, 2024 at 5:00 pm #

      I was wondering when you’d get around to busting my b#lls again, Jarek? It’s been awhile.

    • benr June 19, 2024 at 5:29 pm #

      Nothing is worth fighting for right Jarek?

      Balless wonders on display all over this site.

      • Jarek June 19, 2024 at 11:55 pm #

        This system? No. What is wrong with you?

        • benr June 20, 2024 at 9:27 am #

          Look within and ask yourself that question.

          Is Jarek broken as a human?

  63. Paula D June 19, 2024 at 4:48 pm #

    How fun! I found a YT video guaranteed to make some CFNer’s heads explode-an all-female musician group from North Korea.

    Can hardly wait until benr threatens to kill them.

    youtube.com/watch?v=rVsaOYZl3E0

    • benr June 19, 2024 at 5:15 pm #

      @PAULA

      I have never threatened to kill anyone in my life.
      That is not something to even joke about and doing so makes you a complete asshole.
      Furthermore issuing threats of that type is almost as illegal as just going out and doing it.

      • Groundhog June 19, 2024 at 6:21 pm #

        Awwwwwww! Did Paula hurt ben’s feelings? You’re scared of her? She’s issuing threats? My my, what a ball-less wonder you are!

        • benr June 19, 2024 at 6:22 pm #

          No to all of the above.

      • Paula D June 20, 2024 at 11:30 am #

        My prediction was off a bit. I knew benr would explode in rage, I just thought it would be directed towards the female musicians from one of his target countries.

        I should have known better.

        • benr June 20, 2024 at 7:09 pm #

          Your idiocy knows no boundaries, Paula.

          What do I care about North Korean musicians?

          Better yet why do you care?

      • elysianfield June 20, 2024 at 12:19 pm #

        “That is not something to even joke about and doing so makes you a complete asshole.”

        Paula,
        …I did not know that about myself….

  64. Paula D June 19, 2024 at 4:52 pm #

    Patrick Armstrong was silenced by his Canadian government when the SMO started. Can’t have dissent in a democracy, doncha know?

    But this is from before then, and it sure sounds like our resident America Exceptionalists.

    ” Can’t end them, can’t win them. But NATO keeps looking for more: add China to the list.

    Given skilful diplomacy and policies that didn’t threaten neighbours these things wouldn’t matter very much. Your inclusive and intersectional army would give good parades and your air force noisy flypasts, your navy could glisten at the dock. But the USA and NATO are not such: they believe they should be everywhere, interfere everywhere and enforce everywhere.”

    //patrickarmstrong.ca/2021/03/05/lab-rats-to-the-front/

  65. SoftStarLight June 19, 2024 at 7:13 pm #

    Tomorrow is the Summer Solstice. Midsummer is an extraordinarily liminal space so you might receive messages from the other side, the spiritual world, or other dimensions. We are also receiving maximum energies from the Sun in a time where the Sun is in a solar maximum phase. On top of all of that we have a waxing Gibbous Moon. So if you open your heart and express gratitude for the Sun you will likely receive frequencies that can heal, transmute negative energy, and increase manifestation abilities. At least that’s what they say lol. I hope everyone takes a little time to enjoy the moment in this crazy world. Or at least the northern hemisphere part of the world.

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    • Jarek June 19, 2024 at 11:54 pm #

      Be sure and hug a gibbon.

      • SoftStarLight June 20, 2024 at 3:55 pm #

        Don’t forget about the marmosets. They need attention and care as well ;0)

    • tucsonspur June 20, 2024 at 4:20 am #

      Good to take the positive view, SSL, and I’m sure that many people will celebrate their skin cancers caused by those ‘healing’ frequencies.

      And remember, the sun stops its northern journey at the Tropic of Cancer, the farthest north that the sun can be seen directly overhead.

      I am with you in spirit, however, and I can picture the sun daggers at Fajada Butte in New Mexico piercing the spirals. The Chaco canyon sun shrines, created by the ancient ones, the Anasazi.

      • SoftStarLight June 20, 2024 at 3:58 pm #

        Yes, sometimes we just need to focus on that higher plane. The lower planes that exist on Earth are somewhat like rip currents. They can pull you away from shore before you have a chance to realize what is happening. So stay closer to shore or sometimes just sit on the beach and watch the waves at a safe distance!

  66. edpell June 19, 2024 at 8:57 pm #

    Ilya has started a new AI company SSI, safe super intelligence. Devoted to one goal, one product safe super intelligence. It has offices in Palo Alto and Tel Aviv.

    • OG June 19, 2024 at 9:50 pm #

      Nothing says “safe tech” like Tel Aviv.

    • The Man They Call Zazelle June 20, 2024 at 7:27 am #

      Nothing says double-edged sword like tech.

  67. tom clark June 19, 2024 at 9:04 pm #

    Good advice on the eve of the summer solstice. Roll w/ the punches, live a day at a time, and by all means, watch out for that waxing gibbous moon.

  68. Jarek June 20, 2024 at 3:25 am #

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/hezbollah-chief-says-nowhere-israel-174028117.html

    will be safe. We will attack from the land, sea and air.

    Do you think it an empty boast? Do you think Israel is laughing at the released video showing Haifa and surrounding military facilities as targets? Last time they fought, Israel’s invasion was crushed. This time Hezbollah intends to take the fight to them. Nasrullah (sp?) says, We have new weapons. From Russia?

    • The Man They Call Zazelle June 20, 2024 at 7:25 am #

      They’ve had them from Russia for awhile, at least for ‘defence’ (wink-wink).

      America appears to have failed to ‘play the long game’.

    • Paula D June 20, 2024 at 2:42 pm #

      Hezbollah also said that if anyone launches missiles from Cyprus, Cyprus becomes a target.

      Cyprus sputtered in indignation…”Us? No way! We are merely a launching pad for peaceful supplies and rainbows”.

      Now we wait and see what happens next.

  69. tucsonspur June 20, 2024 at 5:15 am #

    Putin must be stopped.

    (Bloomberg) — Shortly after midnight, several masked men in boats began removing orange navigational aids on the Narva River that separates Estonia from Russia — a watercourse which demarcates the extent of NATO’s reach.

    Even that late in the day it’s twilight in northern Europe at the end of May, leaving the Russian border guards who were working to lift the markers clearly visible to the watching Estonian authorities.

    Then again, Russia’s actions in the early hours of May 23 weren’t necessarily meant to be conducted under cover of darkness; Estonia took it as an explicit signal of intent to the Baltic states and the West more broadly.

    The incident was catalogued as one in a series of acts intended to provoke and destabilize the nations that share a 3,550-kilometer (2,210-mile) frontier with Russia and its ally Belarus. Generally falling short of conventional attacks that could trigger NATO’s collective response, these episodes have grown in frequency since Russia launched its full-scale war on Ukraine in early 2022.
    That reality is increasingly turning the Baltic region into a second front in the West’s conflict with Moscow.

    “Russia is currently waging two wars,” Finland’s President Alexander Stubb said at a foreign policy forum in Helsinki on June 14. “One is a kinetic, conventional war in Ukraine. The other is a hybrid war in Europe and the West with the aim of influencing the tone of public discourse or in some way shake our sense of security.”

    Sending groups of migrants to storm borders; jamming GPS signals; recruiting criminals for petty acts of sabotage: they are part of an expanding repertoire of acts cited by countries from Finland through the Baltic states to Poland and beyond as calibrated to unsettle their citizens.

    Each nation shares a troubled history of dealings with Moscow, and all are now members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. They’ve responded with plans to reinforce and upgrade the eastern border through a combined $3.5 billion, and have asked for hybrid attacks to be on the agenda at next month’s NATO summit in Washington.

    The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow didn’t respond to an emailed request for comment on its activities on Wednesday.

    In the past few months alone, Finland and Sweden have suffered airspace violations, multiple commercial aircraft have been prevented from landing at small airports due to interference with the global positioning system, and Poland has detained people for alleged Russia-backed acts of sabotage inside the European Union.

    Questioning established borders is another well-worn tactic given a modern twist.

    The Russian frontier at Narva has long been a flashpoint for tensions with Estonia, strains that have ratcheted up since President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. This year, Moscow restricted traffic crossing the border bridge to pedestrians only. Estonia is surveilling the area for drone activity and has put up signs warning travelers of Russian intelligence recruitment efforts.

    TS

    And now Putin goes to North Korea. The dimbulbs and pinheads fail to see the big picture. They hate the US but love Russia and other countries with a blinding shortsightedness. Dense scumbags.

    Let China take Taiwan, NOKO take SOKO. Let Iran rule the ME, and let Russia move westward. Nukes won’t be needed to win as the West disintegrates from within and traitors cower and hide in their sea of surrender, their palaces of pusillanimity.

    They are lost in the anguish of their own ambiguity, the isolation of their insipid ineffectiveness, the powerlessness of their preening.

    The cowards have no core. They don’t have a clue as to where they really are, and they don’t know where the fuck they really want to go.

    • The Man They Call Zazelle June 20, 2024 at 7:26 am #

      I’m a Terran. I’m working on the problem.

    • Paula D June 20, 2024 at 11:34 am #

      “Each nation shares a troubled history of dealings with Moscow”

      Translation: Each nation allied with the Nazis in WW2.

      That means each nation is a buddy with the US now. Oh and will get standing ovations in the Canadian Parliament.

    • JohnAZ June 20, 2024 at 11:40 am #

      The cowards are the government of the USA, period.

      Biden wants his Ukraine, his China, his families wealth. The legislature is loaded with cowards as was evidenced with Jan. 6.

      TS. I understand your frustration but direct it where it belongs, the Deep State and its allegiance to the WEF and Europe and away from the American people.BRICS+++++++++ is winning and accelerating as you noticed. The evil of the Deep State of the US is catching up to them as the world rebels against them.

      BRICS+++++++++ is smarter than the Leftist Deep State though, they already know that socialism is a failure and are steering away from it. The USA has yet to learn that lesson, but it is trying to socialize and globalize itself faster and faster.

    • Jarek June 20, 2024 at 2:16 pm #

      “Paula” denies Russia is using immigrants as weapons though there is no doubt of it.

    • Groundhog June 20, 2024 at 3:30 pm #

      Hey Tucsonspur!

      I have something for you to imagine. Imagine a country that minds its own business and doesn’t have military forces spread out all over the world.
      Imagine a country that doesn’t bomb its planetary neighbors Instead, this country has friendly trade relations with everyone. The country is surrounded by oceans on two sides and has natural protection so there is little reason for it to act like a high school bully.

      Imagine a place like that. Would you like to live there?

  70. The Man They Call Zazelle June 20, 2024 at 7:18 am #

    It’s the Summer Solstice today in a few hours. Seize the day.

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    • stelmosfire June 20, 2024 at 8:12 am #

      The Solstice has been postponed until next week. It will take a week to remove the paint from the ancient stones. Anarchists and spray paint have ruined the day for SSL.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle June 20, 2024 at 9:59 am #

        We’d be ‘doing’ much more than spray-painting ancient stones if the Summer Solstice was somehow delayed.

      • benr June 20, 2024 at 10:00 am #

        Not sure what planet someone must live on to deface something like Stonehenge and think this does anything for any cause.
        Even if the idiots did the research to make sure the cornstarch paint washes off.

        I bet these activists all have cars, computers, use electricity and benefit from oil as much as everyone else does.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle June 20, 2024 at 10:11 am #

          “Not sure what planet someone must live on to deface something like Stonehenge and think this does anything for any cause.” ~ benr

          —-

          Well ya… What you have to do, rather, is gather a lot of clueless cannon fodder together and level it. That’ll teach ’em.

        • JohnAZ June 20, 2024 at 11:31 am #

          You have seen nothing yet.

          Wait until the follow-thru on the EU election occurs in France and the La Pen group wins. The Left in Europe is going to go ape-shit. Greta will be canonized.

          It is just the start, I hope the Louvre puts away all the priceless art.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle June 20, 2024 at 10:09 am #

        …You made me think of an image (maybe it’s famous) I saw once of a city that was badly bombed, save for a church or somesuch conspicuously standing amid the rubble.

        ‘Spray paint’… Haha…

        • Jarek June 20, 2024 at 2:43 pm #

          NYC after 9/11. A Catholic Church stood and let rescue workers take naps in the pews.

  71. benr June 20, 2024 at 9:40 am #

    The Supremes need to get this right.
    J6 was an OP with Nancy Pelosi running it and if anyone is in jail for it she should never see the light of day without bars between here and the sun.

    As far as immunity for Trump this is open to a lot of abuse.
    Imagine what another Socialist shitbird like Obama would do unfettered.

    June 18, 2024

    All eyes will be on the U.S. Supreme Court this Thursday and Friday. The High Court is headed into its final few weeks, and it has not issued decisions on numerous cases heard. Most notably, Americans are awaiting rulings on Fischer v. USA and Trump v. USA.

    Fischer v. USA is a case in which Joseph Fischer, a January 6th defendant, claims the Department of Justice has inappropriately applied an obstruction felony charge. Fischer attended the January 6th protest and was charged with seven felony counts, one of which was 18 U.S.C. § 1512c(2). That reads, “Whoever corruptly alters, destroys, mutilates, or conceals a record, document, or other object, or attempts to do so, with the intent to impair the object’s integrity or availability for use in an official proceeding; or otherwise obstructs, influences, or impedes any official proceeding, or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.”

    U.S. District Court Judge Carl Nichols ruled in Fischer’s favor, dismissing the obstruction charge. Yet that decision was reversed by the D.C. Court of Appeals in April 2023. This specific obstruction charge stems from the Sarbanes Oxley Act passed in June 2022 in the aftermath of Enron’s financial scandal that involved the physical destruction of documents.

    Paul Kamenar, counsel for the National Legal and Policy Center, told One America News back in April 2024 that this obstruction statute was never intended to be used the way the Biden DOJ has implemented it.

    “What was the intent of the statute? To go after companies, Enron, who are destroying documents when they know that they’re under investigation by the SEC or the Justice Department for doing criminal activity,” Kamenar said. “And they start deleting things, and they start telling their employees, ‘Hey, don’t talk to the government.’ You’re obstructing an investigation. And so this statute was never intended to cover this kind of a peaceful protest in front of the Capitol that admittedly turned into a rioting kind of a thing.”

    More than 300 J6 defendants have been charged with 18 U.S.C. § 1512c(2). Some defendants charged with this felony never even stepped foot in the Capitol building on January 6th. Jacob Chansley, the “QAnon Shaman” pleaded guilty to the felony obstruction count after spending more than 300 days in solitary confinement. A federal judge sentenced him to 41 months in jail. If the SCOTUS rules in Fischer’s favor, it could result in hundreds of J6 cases getting thrown out.

    Two of the four counts in President Donald Trump’s own federal indictment involve 18 U.S.C. § 1512c(2). But Trump is also the subject of a separate high profile case that will alter the shape of the presidency. SCOTUS is set to rule on whether presidents are immune from prosecution for official acts they took in the role as commander in chief.

    Trump is asking the High Court to dismiss that federal indictment accusing the 45th president of conspiring to subvert the 2020 election. Trump’s legal team asserts he has immunity for all acts he undertook that fell within the outer perimeter of his official responsibilities as president.

    Nixon v. Fitzgerald established precedent for presidential civil immunity. And the Trump team contends there is precedent for criminal immunity since no president or former president has been criminally indicted or prosecuted for official acts for nearly 250 years of American history.

    Should SCOTUS deny Trump’s claims of presidential immunity, the decision could open up a dangerous Pandora’s box. A future Trump Administration could prosecute former President Barack Obama for authorizing drone strikes that killed American citizens (one of whom was a minor). It could also prosecute President Joe Biden for mass paroling millions of illegal aliens into the country. No one would be off limits.

    Denying the executive branch immunity for official acts would also make no logical sense. Congress members and federal judges are each immune to criminal prosecution for their official acts. Why would it be any different for the president?

    Again, all eyes will be on the SCOTUS this Thursday and Friday. These two opinions truly could alter the landscape of the presidency, along with hundreds of lives, moving forward.

  72. benr June 20, 2024 at 9:46 am #

    Russian anti-virus Kapersky is pretty good is Biden being a Russophobe?
    Funny during the wuhan flu Trump was called a racist when he tried to stop flights from ChiiiiIINA but the mumbling, stumbling, bumbling, hair sniffing child groping dementia case gets a pass over and over.

    The Biden administration on Thursday will announce plans to bar the sale of Kaspersky Lab’s antivirus software in the United States, citing the firm’s large U.S. customers including critical infrastructure providers and state and local governments, according to Reuters. From the report:
    The company’s close ties to the Russian government were found to pose a critical risk, the person said, adding that the software’s privileged access to a computer’s systems could allow it to steal sensitive information from American computers, install malware or withhold critical updates. The sweeping new rule, using broad powers created by the Trump administration, will be coupled with another move to add the company to a trade restriction list, according to two other people familiar with the matter, dealing a blow to the firm’s reputation that could hammer its overseas sales.

    The plan to add the cybersecurity company to the entity list, which effectively bars a company’s U.S. suppliers from selling to it, and the timing and details of the software sales curb, have not been previously reported. Previously, Kaspersky has said that it is a privately managed company with no ties to the Russian government. The moves show the administration is trying to stamp out any risks of Russian cyberattacks stemming from Kaspersky software and keep squeezing Moscow as its war effort in Ukraine has regained momentum and as the United States has run low on fresh sanctions it can impose on Russia.

  73. benr June 20, 2024 at 9:49 am #

    Uh oh!

    Scientists have found microplastics in human penises for the first time, as concerns over the tiny particles’ proliferation and potential health effects mount. Seven different kinds of microplastics were found in four out of five samples of penis tissue taken from five different men as part of a study published in IJIR: Your Sexual Medicine Journal on Wednesday. Microplastics are polymer fragments that can range from less than 0.2 inch (5 millimeters) down to 1/25,000th of an inch (1 micrometer). Anything smaller is a nanoplastic that must be measured in billionths of a meter. They form when larger plastics break down, either by chemically degrading or physically wearing down into smaller pieces.

    Some minuscule particles can invade individual cells and tissues in major organs, experts say, and evidence is mounting that they are increasingly present in our bodies. Study lead author Ranjith Ramasamy, an expert in reproductive urology who conducted the research while working at the University of Miami, told CNN that he used a previous study that found evidence of microplastics in the human heart as a basis for his research. Ramasamy said he wasn’t surprised to find microplastics in the penis, as it is a “very vascular organ,” like the heart.

    • benr June 20, 2024 at 9:56 am #

      About twenty years ago Alex Jones reported a Rand report that in essence said the US needed a war with a foreign power that could actually manage to attack America.

      I am wondering if they finally decided to get around to making this happen.
      If so, I can see the likes of Paula the commie, Jarek the white power guy and groundhog the America hater helping Russian troops off the ships and giving them a welcome aboard package.

      What is left to say the Biden regime is inept and dangerous yet these fools aid Bidens take down of America at every step.

    • The Man They Call Zazelle June 20, 2024 at 10:14 am #

      My entire penis is plastic. After it was too late to change my mind. Ya know what I’m sayin’, babe?

      • benr June 20, 2024 at 10:24 am #

        That makes sense.

  74. The Man They Call Zazelle June 20, 2024 at 10:24 am #

    Ben-Her

    “Sounds like you are queer curious there Jarek.” ~ benr

    “Groundhog living proof of anal delivery.” ~ benr

    “Scientists have found microplastics in human penises for the first time…” ~ benr

    • benr June 20, 2024 at 10:25 am #

      Hey its 2024 what are you trying to say ZAZ?

      No worries I am not homosexual.

      But here is one for you.

      youtube.com/watch?v=4VzMQYqcZKs&ab_channel=HarryJaggard

      Renting a girlfriend in China.
      Prolly the only way a “guy” like you ever gets one.

      • elysianfield June 20, 2024 at 12:11 pm #

        “Renting a girlfriend in China”

        Ben,
        I, in my nearly four score years of life, have come to the conclusion that it is better to rent than to own….

        • benr June 20, 2024 at 5:58 pm #

          @ef

          Eww that just sounds icky.

          One of my former co-workers has said the same thing.
          I asked him what happens when he gets sick, he says he will punch his own ticket.
          To each according to their needs, I guess.

  75. beantownbill. June 20, 2024 at 10:29 am #

    Let’s celebrate the first day of summer. The operative word here is yet. It is now about four hours old, and as of this moment, there’s no nukes exploding anywhere, the US hasn’t broken up, Biden hasn’t publicly shit his pants, the temps around sunny Boston will be in the nineties, no mass murders, no illegals running amok, and the financial markets haven’t crashed.

    What a day!

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    • benr June 20, 2024 at 10:37 am #

      Optimism!

      Hurray the doom and gloom crowd are getting old as fuck.

    • elysianfield June 20, 2024 at 12:08 pm #

      Sweet William,

      “Biden hasn’t publicly shit his pants, the temps around sunny Boston will be in the nineties, no mass murders, no illegals running amok, and the financial markets haven’t crashed.”

      …So far….

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

  76. JohnAZ June 20, 2024 at 11:26 am #

    Well, today is interesting already.

    Fox poll released, In all ways, Biden is marked down for his performance, economy, border, Israel, etc, about 60-40% in most cases.

    The White Board says that Biden is doing well with women, (go get ‘em Jarek) and seniors, while Trump is way up with Blacks, Latinos and youth.

    Sounds wonderful, except the most important of all,

    Biden 50% , Trump 48%.

    OG, you are wrong, the people of the USA are bigger sheeple than Canadians.

    • OG June 20, 2024 at 3:34 pm #

      Hey JAZ. Maybe. Maybe the American people are just sheeple or maybe that poll is bull shit. I pray that it is the latter.

  77. elysianfield June 20, 2024 at 12:04 pm #

    CFN’rs, a test!

    Which of the following is a true statement?

    1) I was on Judge Judy;
    2) I was a victim of a lynching;
    3) I was a teenage werewolf.

    Of course, it was a series of trick questions…All of them are true!*

    The Situational Awareness, this AM, reports;

    (8) DE-ARREST TRAINING HELD IN NYC: A pro-immigrant, anti-law enforcement group is holding a series of “de-arrest” training events in the New York City area.
    Why It Matters: “De-arresting” is the process of ‘liberating’ someone who has been or is in the process of being arrested by law enforcement. This typically involves physically preventing someone’s arrest by pulling them away from police custody. Given the pro-immigrant stance of this group, this training is likely for illegal immigrants and supporters who want to prevent immigration enforcement. – M.S.

    In Kalifornia, this process is called a :”Lynching”, and I was a victim…a victim of a felony.

    Lynching is a dangerous business, an escalation of an event…force is permitted. I am sure that the anarcho-Marxists that are teaching “de-arresting” techniques probably skip over the part about deadly force being possibly applied. At the time of my lynching, our weapons were deployed..

    The situation did have a happy ending, however.

    I love happy endings.

    * Maybe…who knows?

  78. Paula D June 20, 2024 at 12:09 pm #

    ”Peace Through Strength”.

    The US has at least 157 military bases surrounding China, with about 80,000 troops spread out among them.

    China has 2 million troops in its military, with only one foreign base. That means they are there to defend China against those 80,000 US troops. Plus, the vassals in the area, of course.

    But benr and O’Brien are blustering about showing China who is boss in the South China Sea?
    I don’t care how many Marines you send to that shipwrecked boat, you won’t be showing “strength” against a 2,000,000 man military.
    And you won’t ensure “peace”.

    The US has at least 214 bases surrounding Russia, with at least 60,000 troops. There are probably much more now. I am going by a 2021 report.

    Still, Russia has at least 1,300,000 military personnel, and they are mostly stationed in Russia, to protect Russia.

    But the US thinks that can send 200,000 troops across the ocean and the European peninsula to “show strength”, and threaten Russia on her own border?

    Big talk, but no walk.

    The US has at least a dozen military bases in Syria (illegally, but who cares, amirite?). There are an admitted 900 troops spread out between the bases, which are used to steal oil and wheat, and shelter ISIS terrorists.

    But the US is keeping ”peace” in Syria?

    The delusional American Exceptionalism displayed by the Big Men Who Rage around here can be seen for the paper tiger it really is.

    What has kept those token troops safe so far was the belief by more rational countries that Crazy Nuke Country’s trigger troops could not be attacked without ending the world.

    But at this point, the rest of the world is uniting against Crazy Nuke Country, leading to the irrational explosions of rage we see among those men who identity with their ruling overlords, and who believe that killing 30 million people, assassinating leaders, bombing and/or invading countries, destroying infrastructure, and causing millions of people to become refugees, thus easy pickings for child, women, and organ trafficking…….is “Peace Through Strength”.

    Gosh, golly gee, if we don’t do it, somebody else will. Better to have the Good Guys out rampaging through the planet than the Bad Guys.

    • benr June 20, 2024 at 5:14 pm #

      More pablum and gruel from the commie lover.

      I suspect your numbers are off but that’s ok its coming whether the US is the speed bump or not.
      Hence the need for interlocking partnerships of countries.
      Most countries have the attitude the US can handle it, pay for it and field the troops.
      When no one else steps up what then?
      Do you really think China is going to just play nice?
      Whoops you have already stated you think it’s all the US at fault.

      I then ask then why is every country with a border with China or have shore on the South China sea also having issues with China?
      Why is China all over Africa enslaving people and taking over land and resources?
      Of course, I don’t expect an answer from you or at least a cogent one.

  79. Jarek June 20, 2024 at 2:19 pm #

    Vigano accused of schism. His response:

    ATTENDITE A FALSIS PROPHETIS
    Announcement regarding the start of the extrajudicial criminal trial for schism
    (Art. 2 SST; can. 1364 CIC)

    The Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith has informed me, with a simple email, of the initiation of an extrajudicial penal trial against me, with the accusation of having committed the crime of schism and charging me of having denied the legitimacy of “Pope Francis” of having broken communion “with Him” and of having rejected the Second Vatican Council. I have been summoned to the Palace of the Holy Office on June 20, in person or represented by a canon lawyer. I assume that the sentence has already been prepared, given that it is an extrajudicial process.

    I regard the accusations against me as an honor. I believe that the very wording of the charges confirms the theses that I have repeatedly defended in my various addresses. It is no coincidence that the accusation against me concerns the questioning of the legitimacy of Jorge Mario Bergoglio and the rejection of Vatican II: the Council represents the ideological, theological, moral, and liturgical cancer of which the Bergoglian “synodal church” is the necessary metastasis.

    It is necessary for the Episcopate, the Clergy and the People of God to seriously ask themselves whether it is consistent with the profession of the Catholic Faith to passively witness the systematic destruction of the Church by its leaders, just as other subversives are destroying civil society. Globalism calls for ethnic substitution: Bergoglio promotes uncontrolled immigration and calls for the integration of cultures and religions. Globalism supports LGBTQ+ ideology: Bergoglio authorizes the blessing of same-sex couples and imposes on the faithful the acceptance of homosexualism, while covering up the scandals of his protégés and promoting them to the highest positions of responsibility. Globalism imposes the green agenda: Bergoglio worships the idol of the Pachamama, writes delirious encyclicals about the environment, supports the Agenda 2030, and attacks those who question the theory of man-made global warming. He goes beyond his role in matters that strictly pertain to science, but always and only in one direction: a direction that is diametrically opposed to what the Church has always taught. He has mandated the use of experimental gene serums, which caused very serious damage, death and sterility, calling them “an act of love,” in exchange for funding from pharmaceutical companies and philanthropic foundations. His total alignment with the Davos religion is scandalous. Wherever governments at the service of the World Economic Forum have introduced or extended abortion, promoted vice, legitimized homosexual unions or gender transition, encouraged euthanasia, and tolerated the persecution of Catholics, not a word has been spent in defense of the Faith or Morals that are threatened, or in support of the civil battles of so many Catholics who have been abandoned by the Vatican and the Bishops. Not a word for the persecuted Catholics in China, with the complicity of the Holy See, which considers Beijing’s billions more important than the lives and freedom of thousands of Chinese who are faithful to the Roman Church. In the “synodal church” presided over by Bergoglio, no schism is recognized among the German Episcopate, or among the government-appointed Bishops who have been consecrated in China without the mandate of Rome. Because their action is consistent with the destruction of the Church, and therefore must be concealed, minimized, tolerated, and finally encouraged. In these eleven years of “pontificate” the Catholic Church has been humiliated and discredited above all because of the scandals and corruption of the leaders of the Hierarchy, which have been totally ignored even as the most ruthless Vatican authoritarianism raged against faithful priests and religious, small communities of traditional nuns, and communities tied to the Latin Mass.

    This one-sided zeal is reminiscent of Cromwell’s fanaticism, typical of those who defy Providence in the presumption of knowing that they are finally at the top of the hierarchical pyramid, free to do and undo as they please without anyone objecting to anything. And this work of destruction, this willingness to renounce the salvation of souls in the name of a human peace that denies God is not an invention of Bergoglio, but the main (and unmentionable) purpose of those who used a Council to contradict the Catholic Magisterium and to begin to demolish the Church from within, in small steps, but always in a single direction, always with the indulgent tolerance or culpable inaction – if not the explicit approval – of the Roman authorities. The Catholic Church has been slowly but surely taken over, and Bergoglio has been given the task of making it a philanthropic agency, the “church of humanity, of inclusion, of the environment” at the service of the New World Order. But this is not the Catholic Church: it is her counterfeit.

    The resignation of Benedict XVI and the appointment by the St. Gallen Mafia of a successor in line with the diktats of the Agenda 2030 was intended to allow – and has succeeded in allowing – the global coup to take place with the complicity and authoritative support of the Church of Rome. Bergoglio is to the Church what other world leaders are to their nations: traitors, subversives, and final liquidators of traditional society who are certain of impunity. Bergoglio’s defect of consent (vitiumconsensus) in accepting his election is based precisely on the evident alienityof his action of government and magisterium with respect to what any Catholic of any age expects from the Vicar of Christ and the Successor of the Prince of the Apostles. Everything that Bergoglio does constitutes an offense and a provocation to the entire Catholic Church, to her Saints of all times, to the Martyrs who were killed in odium Fidei, and to the Popes of all times until the Second Vatican Council.

    This is also and principally an offense against the Divine Head of the Church, Our Lord Jesus Christ, Whose sacred authority Bergoglio claims to exercise for the detriment of the Mystical Body, with an action that is too systematic and coherent to appear to be the fruit of mere incapacity. In the work of Bergoglio and his circle, the Lord’s warning is put into practice: Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the guise of lambs, but who are ravenous wolves at heart (Mt 7:15). I am honored not to have – and indeed I do not want – any ecclesial communion with them: theirs is a lobby, which conceals its complicity with the masters of the world in order to deceive many souls and prevent any resistance against the establishment of the Kingdom of the Antichrist.

    In the face of the Dicastery’s accusations, I claim, as Successor of the Apostles, to be in full communion with the Roman Catholic Apostolic Church, with the Magisterium of the Roman Pontiffs, and with the uninterrupted doctrinal, moral, and liturgical Tradition which they have faithfully preserved.

    I repudiate the neomodernist errors inherent in the Second Vatican Council and in the so-called “post-conciliar magisterium,” in particular in matters of collegiality, ecumenism, religious freedom, the secularity of the State, and the liturgy.

    I repudiate, reject, and condemn the scandals, errors, and heresies of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who manifests an absolutely tyrannical management of power, exercised against the purpose that legitimizes Authority in the Church: an authority that is vicarious of that of Christ, and as such must obey Him alone. This separation of the Papacy from its legitimizing principle, which is Christ the High Priest, transforms the ministerium into a self-referential tyranny.

    No Catholic worthy of the name can be in communion with this “Bergoglian church,” because it acts in clear discontinuity and rupture with all the Popes of history and with the Church of Christ.

    Fifty years ago, in that same Palace of the Holy Office, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre was summoned and accused of schism for rejecting Vatican II. His defense is mine; his words are mine; and his arguments are mine – arguments before which the Roman authorities could not condemn him for heresy, having to wait instead for him to consecrate bishops so as to have the pretext of declaring him schismatic and then revoking his excommunication when he was already dead. The scheme is repeated even after half a century has demonstrated Archbishop Lefebvre’s prophetic choice.

    In these times of apostasy, Catholics will find in Pastors faithful to the mandate received from Our Lord an example and an encouragement to abide in the Truth of Christ.

    Depositum custodi, according to the Apostle’s exhortation: as the time approaches when I will have to give an account to the Son of God of all my actions, I intend to persevere in thebonum certamen and not to fail in the witness of faith which is required of each one who, as Bishop, has been endowed with the fullness of the priesthood and constituted Successor of the Apostles.

    I invite all Catholics to pray that the Lord will come to the aid of His Church and give courage to those who are persecuted for their Faith.

    + Carlo Maria Viganò, Archbishop

    June 20, 2024
    S.cti Silverii Papæ et Martyris
    B.ti Dermitii O’Hurley, Episcopi et Martyris

  80. hmuller June 20, 2024 at 3:14 pm #

    Just one problem, Shaman. After all those white people go back to an Islamic ruled Europe, who will pay the welfare checks to keep the natives perpetually drunk?

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    • hmuller June 20, 2024 at 3:15 pm #

      Disregard, that comment got separated from its rightful place upstream.

      • SoftStarLight June 20, 2024 at 3:53 pm #

        Eazy peezy. One just needs to know how to navigate sophisticated and sometimes unspoken relationships. I can be placed on retainer if those drunken natives ever need advice lol.

  81. JohnAZ June 20, 2024 at 3:57 pm #

    Groundhog

    Just a comment.

    Much of America in the 1930s and UK in the early 1930s felt as you do, isolationist and “mind out own business”.

    Unfortunately, it seems like there is always some one to challenge the world order, to make war that disrupts order and trade and yes, Hitler even wanted to take the world over for the German people.

    What do you do to control such power grabbers?

    Chamberlain tried appeasal much to his regret. The USA took on the role of world cop after Hitler was eliminated, much to our regret today.

    So what do you do? Not the UN, they are a joke. Whose job is it to keep the sea lanes open, a big issue right now, and to stop the brushfire wars that have a tendency to expand rapidly?

    Who?

    • OG June 20, 2024 at 4:04 pm #

      Well … you either mind your own bee’s wax (like your people want) or you continue causing trouble all over the world (which is what has caused this mess). Think about it.

      • benr June 20, 2024 at 5:03 pm #

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        • benr June 20, 2024 at 5:06 pm #

          Is it OG?
          Isolationism has proven not to work we got two world wars from it.
          We also drastically downgraded our military before both events and was forced to ramp everything back up.
          The idea that every country will collectively hold hands and sing kumbaya is a fucking joke.

          • Groundhog June 20, 2024 at 6:26 pm #

            “Isolationism has proven not to work we got two world wars from it.”

            Utter rubbish. We got two world wars because of our moron president “professor” W. Wilson decided in 1916 that it was the job of the USA to “keep the world safe for democracy”. Our meddling in WWI set the stage for WWII. Since Wilson it’s been one foreign policy disaster after another. How did the war in Vietnam work out for us? We got our asses beat good and got forced out of there. We never had any business whatsoever in Southeast Asia to start with. And what did we do after killing a lot of Vietnamese and ravaging their country? We just packed up, left, and forgot about it. The excuse for the war was the “domino theory” bullshit. Of course it was lies – Vietnam is now a trading partner. That theory, that got millions killed and hurt, was a complete and utter lie. Did we apologize for our mistake?

            NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • benr June 20, 2024 at 6:56 pm #

            Your opinion is noted and yet it is literally your opinion.

          • benr June 20, 2024 at 7:01 pm #

            There are growing concerns that the Republican Party’s MAGA wing wants to return to isolationism, defined as “a national policy of avoiding political or economic entanglements with other countries.”

            Isolationist tendencies were prudent when George Washington warned against entangling alliances. And isolationism was widely embraced at the beginning of both World War I and II. But there are several reasons why U.S. isolationism isn’t an option in today’s interconnected world.

            It’s not just states, there’s territories. Isolationist thinking tends to focus on the 48 mainland states and how far removed the U.S. is from the frequent disputes and saber-rattling in Europe, Africa and Asia. But that’s too narrow a view of the United States.

            There’s Alaska, which at its closest point is only 53 miles from Russia. And Hawaii is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

            Plus, there are 16 U.S. territories, with five of them populated with U.S. citizens — two (Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) in the Caribbean and three (American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianna Islands) in the Pacific. The other 11 territories are also in the Caribbean and Pacific and are considered uninhabited, but still part of the United States.

            Then there are joint security agreements, such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and there are U.S. military bases in several counties, many of which are in or near areas where authoritarian governments are looking to expand their influence and control.

            In short, the U.S. has citizens, land, obligations and responsibilities in many parts of the world, not just the mainland, and the U.S. cannot easily ignore or abandon them.

            Freedom of the seas. Since World War II, the U.S. has been the primary guarantor of the “freedom of the seas,” ensuring all countries’ access to shipping lanes and the right to travel in international waters. As the U.S. Navy explains, “This principle’s legacy is that it has continued to remain a tenet of U.S. foreign policy, as evidenced by the Navy’s conduct of operations to uphold its primacy throughout the world in the decades since [WWII].”

            But some countries bent on expansion are threatening that right. China, for example, has been building islands in the South China Sea in an effort to make territorial claims over what have always been international waters. And to enforce that claim, China has now built the largest navy in the world and is looking to expand its overseas bases. As CNN reports, “In recent years it [China] has launched large guided-missile destroyers, amphibious assault ships and aircraft carriers with the ability to operate in the open ocean and project power thousands of miles from Beijing.”

            If the U.S. and its allies don’t pushback against such expansionist challenges, the freedom to navigate the seas will decline.

            Trade and supply chains. Freedom of the seas is important in part because of international trade, which some expansionist countries seek to limit or control. Besides China, Iran is funding the Houthis in Yemen, who have been targeting shipping passing through the Red Sea. The result is that many cargo ships have diverted and are going around the tip of Africa, costing both time and money.

            The U.S. depends on many countries to supply the raw materials and products that drive the U.S. economy. While both President Joe Biden and Donald Trump seek to reduce that dependence — Biden by handing out hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars to favored industries to manufacture here and Trump by imposing across-the-board tariffs on imports — the U.S. economy will always need large quantities of foreign-developed raw materials, products and services.

            Large immigrant populations. Another major challenge to isolationism today is the growth of politically active immigrant communities. You can see it in the response of Palestinian-affiliated communities. They are putting pressure on Washington to end Israel’s military efforts in Gaza. And, of course, Ukrainian communities in the U.S. want Washington to continue funding Ukraine’s war efforts.

            The point is that many immigrant communities want the United States to be involved in the affairs of other countries, making it harder for the U.S. to move toward isolationism.

            The world is smaller. Thousands of miles of intervening water have helped Americans feel somewhat removed from other countries’ problems. But technology has changed all that. Communications are instantaneous. Hypersonic and ballistic missiles can cover thousands of miles in a flash. And hackers can infiltrate U.S. communications, financial institutions and infrastructure without leaving the comfort of their chair.

            The world is a much smaller place today, which makes isolationism more difficult. Just because we don’t want to interfere with other countries doesn’t mean they don’t want to interfere with us.

            That doesn’t mean the U.S. has to be the world’s policeman or stick its nose in every country’s business. We might adopt what I call “reluctant interventionism,” avoiding entanglements when possible, but recognizing that some interventions are necessary. But in today’s interconnected world, a strident isolationism isn’t just bad policy, it’s dangerous.

      • JohnAZ June 20, 2024 at 5:31 pm #

        OG?

        Who?

        China?, They would be more than glad to take over west Canada and maybe Wash/Ore?

        Iran? Wipe out Israel AND Saudi Arabia to get control of ME oil?

        Russia? To resurrect the USSR?

        Venezuela? To take over S. American oil?

        NOKO? To take over SOKO and blow the hell out of everyone.

        All of these folks would love to take over, OG.

        Who do you choose?

        Who is the replacement for the world cop?

        • JohnAZ June 20, 2024 at 5:39 pm #

          Biden is trying to relinquish the role of world cop in favor of his own Mobs influence. I wonder how many wars are going to erupt without US domination.

          NOKOSOKO
          ChinaTaiwan
          ChinaJapan
          ChinaPhilippines
          China India, Sri Lanka
          ChinaAustralia
          Russia NATO
          USACuba
          USA Venezuela
          USAMexico
          IsraelArabs
          IranIraq
          IranSaudi Arabia
          Various African divisions

          To name a few hot spots.

  82. benr June 20, 2024 at 6:03 pm #

    foreignpolicy.com

    Greed is good. -Gordon Gecko

    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg was in Washington this week, dotting i’s and crossing  t’s ahead of the upcoming Washington NATO summit next month.

    In a speech at the Wilson Center on Monday, Stoltenberg announced that a record number of NATO allies, more than 20 in all, will this year meet the alliance’s 2 percent defense spending goals, up from just three countries a decade ago, when the targets were first put in place. The alliance confirmed in newly released statistics that 23 nations will hit the mark.

    Stoltenberg underscored the increased contributions of European allies as U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump suggested he would not defend NATO members that fail to meet minimum spending requirements.

    “Europeans are doing far more for their collective security than just a few years ago,” Stoltenberg said.

    The increase has also been a boon for U.S. businesses, he noted. “Much of this extra money is spent here in the United States,” he said. Over the last two years, more than two-thirds of European defense acquisitions—over $140 billion worth of contracts—have been made with U.S. firms. “NATO is good for U.S. security, good for U.S. industry, and good for U.S. jobs,” he said.

    The Financial Times reported earlier this week that U.S. and European defense companies are on a hiring spree, recruiting workers at the fastest rate since the end of the Cold War, boosted by increased defense spending in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and general global unease. U.S. behemoths Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and General Dynamics have close to 6,000 job openings.

    The war in Ukraine will be top of the agenda at the NATO summit next month, which is set to start on July 9. The alliance will be taking over from Washington in coordinating military aid support and training for Ukraine to ensure continuity in Western support for Kyiv and insulate it from political headwinds in the United States and Europe.

    Stoltenberg is also seeking an agreement on a financial pledge for Ukraine of some 40 billion euros annually, although the details are still being hashed out by allies ahead of the summit.

    Signaling tectonic shifts in global security, the third item on the trans-Atlantic alliance’s agenda for the meeting next month will be global partnerships with a particular focus on the Indo-Pacific. “The war in Ukraine demonstrates that our security is not regional, it is global,” said Stoltenberg, pointing to Beijing’s support for Russia during the war.

    “China is fueling the largest armed conflict in Europe since World War II,” he said.

    The summit will be Stoltenberg’s last as secretary-general, after leading the alliance for a decade. He is expected to step down by Oct. 1. In the race to be his successor, Klaus Iohannis withdrew his candidacy on Thursday, leaving outgoing Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte as sole contender. He is expected to be confirmed as Stoltenberg’s successor in the coming days.

    Rutte is a veteran of European politics, having served as prime minister of the Netherlands since 2010. Rutte’s candidacy was favored by some of NATO’s biggest member states, including the U.S., U.K., France, and Germany, although allies on the eastern flank sought a candidate from the region.

    Rutte has been described as a “Trump whisperer” and will likely have his work cut out for him in the event of a second Trump presidency, said Jim Townsend, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for European and NATO policy. “I think Rutte, being the clever politician that he is, should be able to handle Donald Trump, at least the one we saw four years ago,” he said. “However, a Trump 2.0 will be surrounded by loyalists and more savvy about how to get his way and who his enemies are. That may make him harder to handle.”

  83. SoftStarLight June 21, 2024 at 3:20 am #

    Have you been cleansed by the Solstice fires? As God gives so does God take away. Have you given what is due to God? In this moment where light and warmth surrounds you and embraces you with promise and comfort remember that one day the cold darkness of Winter will come again. Are you sowing the seeds of an abundant harvest? Preparing for the lean times and the dreadful days. Demons lurk in the shadows as the joyful dance around the maypole, and Angels bring candles to the forsaken who languish in the twilight. The dead speak like the whispers of millions at one time. Will you sink or swim? Will you build the foundation of the house on bedrock or sand? The question has never changed as nothing is new under the Sun. Thank You so much. Fin

  84. benr June 21, 2024 at 9:33 am #

    Gee and here I thought China making the families of people they execute pay for the bullets used to kill people sentenced to death was harsh.

    CCP Makes Nearly $9 Billion Annually From Medical Genocide, Lawyer Estimates
    Mr. Matas said that official figures for organ transplants were 10,000 organs a year, but said this figure may be 10 times higher.

    SYDNEY, Australia—International human rights expert David Matas has highlighted the scale of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s medical genocide, estimating that the regime may be earning nearly $9 billion (A$13.5 billion) a year from forced organ harvesting.

    “The numbers are large and horrendous,” Mr. Matas stated during a Q&A session following a screening of the documentary “State Organs,” which exposes these clandestine crimes by the communist regime.

    “The total figure I was getting was $8.9 billion a year.”

    The award-winning documentary is about the perilous search for two youths who mysteriously disappeared in China.
    What their families uncovered was far more sinister: a state-sponsored industry targeting innocent, healthy citizens for their organs, which are then sold for transplantation globally.

    Mr. Matas said that the CCP’s official figures for organ transplants were 10,000 organs a year, but his calculation produced a figure ten times larger.

    “We did our own calculation of volumes by going to hospital websites and adding them up. The Chinese official figures were in total 10,000 organs a year, but our calculation was 100,000 a year,” he said. “That’s an awful lot of people.”

    He touched on how large-scale atrocities are sometimes hard to grasp, quoting Joseph Stalin’s adage that “a single death is a tragedy, a million deaths are a statistic.”
    Documentary Would ‘Chill Australians to the Bone’
    Kerry Wright, an audience member and former high school teacher, said the film was a timely reminder of the ethical concerns surrounding organ transplants and the need for stricter regulations, as countries increasingly rely on trade with China.
    “I think this is something that should chill Australians to the bone,” Ms. Wright, who is involved with the Tibetan movement, told The Epoch Times on June 19.

    Practitioners of Falun Gong are not the only prisoners of conscience victims of forced organ harvesting. Tibetans, House Christians, and Uyghurs have also been victims.
    “They already know about it, but I think most people don’t want to feel and look. It is just too … way out, beyond their understanding, but this film does it very well.”

    One of the poignant stories featured in the film is that of Sonny Zou, who was detained and tortured for practising Falun Gong. He was released briefly but tricked into returning to the police station in 2000, where he was sentenced to three years in a labor camp.

    Mr. Zou fell ill and died the next day; his body was cremated without his family’s consent. Mr. Zou was 28, leaving behind his wife and 11-month-old daughter.

    His widow faced police intimidation and surveillance for protesting her husband’s death, and disappeared three months later. The couple’s deaths are shrouded in mystery to this day.

    Ms. Wright said that the film should be seen by all lawmakers.

    “I actually recommend it as compulsory viewing for all people in politics from all parties. I don’t think this is a party matter,” the Australian educator said.

    Origins of the Secret Organ Harvesting Industry
    Mr. Matas has dedicated nearly two decades to exposing the Chinese regime’s systematic organ harvesting practice.
    His investigative work, including his co-authored book with late Canadian MP David Kilgour, “Bloody Harvest of Falun Gong Practitioners in China,” was nominated for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.

    In this work, they found that the main source of organs was practitioners of Falun Gong (also called Falun Dafa), an ancient, spiritual practice rooted in traditional Chinese culture that teaches its adherents to live by the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.

    Due to its effectiveness in improving health, by 1999, Falun Gong attracted over 100 million practitioners, including Mr. Zou.

    The popularity of Falun Gong, however, led to the jealousy of the top leader of the CCP, Jiang Zemin.

    Seeing it as a threat to the communist regime’s totalitarian rule, the dictator launched a brutal persecution campaign against the practice. The ongoing persecution campaign involves, and is not limited to, arbitrary detention, torture, forced labour, and forced organ harvesting.

    The practice’s emphasis on traditional moral values, harkening to China’s Buddhist- and Daoist-steeped culture before the communist regime, was perceived as a threat to its atheist ideology.

    The documentary was screened across major cities of Australia including Canberra, Perth, and Melbourne, ending in Sydney on June 19.

    Raymond Zhang, director of the “State Organs,” said that he spent six years on the documentary.

    To truthfully restore history, he overcame many difficulties to find witnesses of forced organ harvesting who were brave enough to be interviewed, including family members of victims, witnesses, and doctors involved in live organ harvesting.

    “Millions of families lost their loved ones to the state crime, which is comparable to the holocaust in World War II,” Mr. Zhang said.
    “The difference is: it’s still ongoing.”

    • benr June 21, 2024 at 9:34 am #

      nytimes.com/2006/08/08/business/worldbusiness/08bodies.html

      DALIAN, China — Tucked away in the back of this coastal city’s export-oriented manufacturing zone is a place that can only be described as a modern mummification factory.

      Inside a series of unmarked buildings, hundreds of Chinese workers, some seated in assembly line formations, are cleaning, cutting, dissecting, preserving and re-engineering human corpses, preparing them for the international museum exhibition market.

      “Pull the cover off; pull it off,” one Chinese manager says as a team of workers begin to lift a blanket from the head of a cadaver stored in a stainless steel container filled with formalin, a chemical preservative. “Let’s see the face; show the face.”

      The mastermind behind this operation is Gunther von Hagens, a 61-year-old German scientist whose show, “Body Worlds,