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Who doesn’t want to think that they are a good human being? That they are a person of good intentions, clear conscience, fair-minded, generous, loving, and merciful? On the other hand, who wants to be a loser?

The current political predicament in the USA has America’s winners turned losers and the consequent pain of that flip-flop has propelled the new designated losers into a fury of moral indignation. The deplorable Trump insurgents were supposed to be put in their place on November 8, 2016 — stuffed back into their reeking WalMarts — but instead, their champion with his gold-plated hair-do presides over the nation in the house where Lincoln, The Roosevelts, and Hillary lived. “Winning…!” as the new president likes to tweet.

What a revoltin’ development, as Chester A. Riley used to say on “The Life of Riley” TV show back in 1955, when America was great (at least that’s the theory). Riley was an original deplorable before the concept even emerged from the murk of early pop culture. He worked in an aircraft factory somewhere in southern California, which only a few decades prior was the mecca of an earlier generations of losers: the Oakies and other Dust Bowl refugees who went west to pick fruit or get into the movies.

Chester A. Riley supported a family on that job as a wing-riveter. All the male characters in the series had been through the Second World War, but were so far removed from the horror that the audience never heard about it. That was the point: to forget all that gore and get down with the new crazes for backyard barbeque, seeing the USA in your Chevrolet, enjoying that healthful pack of Lucky Strikes in the valley of the Jolly Green Giant… double your pleasure, double your fun… and away go troubles down the drain….

As Tom Wolfe pointed out eons ago, the most overlooked feature of post-war American life was the way that the old US peasantry found themselves living higher on the hog than Louis the XVI and his court at Versailles. Hot and cold running water, all the deliciously engineered Betty Crocker cake you could eat, painless dentistry, and Yankees away games on Channel 11, with Pabst Blue Ribbon by the case! By 1960 or so, along came color TV and air-conditioning, and in places like Atlanta, St. Louis, and Little Rock, you barely had to go outside anymore, thank God! No more heat stroke, hookworm, or chiggers.

It was a helluva lot better than earlier peasant classes had it, for sure, but let’s face it: it was kind of a low-grade nirvana. And a couple of generations beyond “The Life of Riley” the whole thing has fallen apart. There are few hands-on jobs that allow a man to support a family. And what would we even mean by that? Stick the women back in kitchen and the laundry room? What a waste of human capital (even for socialists who oppose capital). The odd thing is that there is increasingly little for this class of people to do besides stand near the door of the WalMart, and if the vaunted tech entrepreneurs of this land have their way with robotics, you can be sure there would be less than nothing for them to do… except crawl off and die quietly, without leaving an odoriferous mess.

What political commentator has failed to notice that the supposed savior of this peasant class is himself a sort of shabby version of Louis XVI, with his gilded toilet seats, brand-name pomp, and complex hair? A happy peasantry needs a good king, and that is the role Mr. Trump seems to have cast himself in. I assume that he wants very earnestly to be considered a good person, though all his efforts to demonstrate that have been startlingly clumsy and mostly ineffective.

The one thing he has truly accomplished is driving his opponents in the overclass out of their gourds with loathing and resentment. (The term, overclass was minted, I believe by the excellent essayist Michael Lind.) It’s a wonderfully inclusive term in that it describes basically everyone who is not in the underclass — that now-dreadful realm of tattooed diabetics moiling in the war memorial auditoriums and minor league ball parks for their hero and leader to descend like Deus ex Machina in the presidential helicopter to remind them how much they’re winning.

Meanwhile, the class of former winners-turned-losers — the Silicon Valley executives, the Hollywood movers and shakers, the Brooklyn Hipsters, the Ivy League faculties, the Deep State guideline writers, the K-Street consultants, the yoga ladies of Fairfield County, Connecticut, the acolytes of Oprah Winfrey and Elizabeth Warren — resort to righteous litigation in their crusade to restore the proper order of rule in this land. When they come to power, the shining city will be at hand….

I kind of doubt it. The truth is, all current winners and losers are living in the shadow of a financial system that doesn’t really work anymore, because it doesn’t represent the reality of wealth that is no longer there. The consolation, perhaps, is that there will be plenty for all those who survive the collapse of that system to do when the time comes. But it will be in a disposition of things and of power that we can’t possibly recognize from where we stand these days.

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679 Responses to “The Winners Will Lose and the Losers Will Win”

  1. Neon Vincent August 20, 2018 at 10:23 am #

    A result of the unwinding of the post-war prosperity is another group of winners turned losers, the brick-and-mortar retails, resulting in dead malls and closing stores, AKA the Retail Apocalypse. That’s an odd thing to happen in an economic expansion. It shows that things are are not business as usual these days, literally.

    • hmuller August 20, 2018 at 10:42 am #

      See: https://www.businessinsider.com/the-retail-apocalypse-has-officially-descended-on-america-2017-3

      But you have to admit, Neon, that US retailers overbuilt. Retail space per capita is as follows:
      USA 23.5 sq feet
      Canada 16.4 sq feet
      Australia 11.1 sq feet

      In Europe the square footage is even less. That which is more rare is more valued.

      My experience with Euro retailers is that they believe they have the upper hand. They are doing your ass a favor by even being open for business and you must crawl and cower respectfully before them.

      Germans may be the worst. “If you don’t know what you want, get the f*** out of my store!” I exagerate the language, but that’s the sentiment.

      • Georges1202 August 20, 2018 at 11:05 am #

        Complete and utter nonsense as usual. Here in Switzerland they could not be nicer in the stores. Want to guess why? Because the wages paid here do not marginalize they get to go home to a comfortable apartment after work instead of a refrigerator box under the bridge.

        The Germans are fine as well. I’m going to guess you’ve never even been there – jus’ somethin you ‘heard’

        • NRWer August 20, 2018 at 11:17 am #

          I’ve lived in Germany for over a decade and can confirm that many employees in retail and other service-oriented professions are often rude.

          It’s a cultural though, and typical of social interactions here where the parties don’t know one another.

          The Swiss are often superficially friendly, much like Americans.

          • hmuller August 20, 2018 at 11:48 am #

            Yes of course, it’s a cultural thing. I never claimed it was genetic. Or I too would be infected with “the unpleasantness bug”.

        • hmuller August 20, 2018 at 11:45 am #

          Georges, I was born a German citizen and have been back many times to visit. I have never been to Switzerland, you are correct there.

          It’s my understanding everything is very expensive in SW. No doubt how they can pay retail employees well, so they don’t have to live under a bridge and become bitter, angry Trumpista’s.

          Of course, you’re too rich to mind the prices. Tell me you work in finance, and put the crowning cherry upon my opinion of you.

          • elysianfield August 20, 2018 at 12:09 pm #

            “Of course, you’re too rich to mind the prices. Tell me you work in finance, and put the crowning cherry upon my opinion of you.”

            …finish him off, kid…tell him you’re in “arbitrage”….

        • Linda August 20, 2018 at 10:29 pm #

          HMuller Ha! You’ve got it. I was a European and my family legally immigrated to the US in the mid 1950s. I have gone back to the Netherlands several times. And Paris. I love Paris. However, many shops do think they are doing you a favor and in one lovely Paris bakery, the Parisienne who I think owned it, told me to my face how much she detested Americans. In French of course. I do speak some French but anyone could have interpreted her insult to me without being able to speak any of the language. It was an experience I shall always remember.

          Georges1202, I’m so glad the Swiss are wonderful in stores. You are one lucky fellow. Believe me, hmuller was more right than wrong in many places. I could tell story after story…

          • Tate August 21, 2018 at 2:08 am #

            Some are like that. The best response is to laugh in their face.

          • To be honest I don’t understand why this sentiment is remarkable.

            Tourism turns towns into de facto amusement parks. Its the worst sort of industry because it creates a tacky atmosphere and attracts a plague of opportunists. For locals, what results is a devils bargain, where, in return for cash, you give up your streets to a bunch of gawkers. And once your town is turned into an amusement park all the originality leaves with the original inhabitants. The progression isn’t pretty. Whole streets are turned into outdoor malls, with t-shirt racks and all the crap that goes along with it.

            The population of opportunists that arrive to staff the gift shops are mainly internationals- a motley lot, like modern-day gypsies or carnies. Rootless folk trailing the moneyed cattle like blowflies.

          • hmuller August 21, 2018 at 3:01 pm #

            Lil Debbie, I’ve noticed some articles lately about how the residents of Barcelona are fed up with those damn, bothersome tourists.

            Sometimes, God, the Universe, Karma, or whatever has a wicked sense of humor. I predict before too long the tourists with the fat wallets will disappear from Barcelona, replaced by waves of penniless African migrants. Complain then you spoiled Catalonians!

          • GreenAlba August 21, 2018 at 6:22 pm #



            “‘Tourists go home, refugees welcome’: why Barcelona chose migrants over visitors”

          • hmuller August 21, 2018 at 11:35 pm #

            GA, thanks for the reference to the interesting article.

            It was sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation, so you can rely on as fair and impartial presentation of the truth as you’d get from George Soros, the Rothschilds and all those lovely globalists with the Orwellian agendas.

          • GreenAlba August 22, 2018 at 4:39 am #

            The article was only offered to you with a certain tongue-in-cheek intent, but still…


            ‘Supported by’ is used to describe editorially independent content. We accept funding from third parties both for new projects and for content we are already producing…. The content is written and edited by Guardian and Observer journalists, or those approved by GNM, to the same standards expected in all of our journalism. GNM will not show copy to funders for approval.

          • hmuller August 22, 2018 at 11:35 am #

            GA, I suspect if any entity got too independent and consistently contentious to the Rockefeller Foundation, the funding would be cut. NGO’s and foundations set up by long dead billionaires fund most educational programming in the USA. Much of it is political content free; but some subtly pushes the globalist agenda.

            I suspect even you believe in the mainstream media with some reservations. After all, the mega corporations exploiting the planet and its people also own these mass media outlets. While, they can’t get away with feeding us pure lies, a little twisting of the truth with sprinkles of falsehood usually does the job.

            The article made it sound like everyone in Barcelona is delighted to have Muslim North Africans moving into their city permanently. I suspect it’s not “everyone”. And if the numbers of migrants increased 10 fold with tent cities and human feces on every sidewalk, public sentiment would likely get more negative. Say what you will about tourists, but only the football hooligans soil the sidewalks.

          • GreenAlba August 22, 2018 at 12:37 pm #


            As I said, my posting the link was a bit tongue in cheek. I’m perfectly aware that not everybody welcomes immigrants to the same extent (but both in Barcelona and in other cites across Europe, the anti-tourist sentiment IS growing, especially since the advent of AirbnB, who are pricing ordinary people out of their neighbourhoods).

            You should not imagine that I don’t take everything I read at face value – and there are people and views that annoy me at the Guardian too.

            We have long had newspapers with very different editorial viewpoints in the UK and are used to reading news through a filter, although we all impose our own personal filter on everything we read anyway.

            And the idea that ‘the internet’, as an alternative, is a repository of truth and accuracy is not one a sensible person would follow either, which is why the big tech companies are so reluctant to be classified as normal publishers who can be legally held to account for false information hosted on their platforms..

            I filter what I read on here too, as I should, despite being grateful for broadening my awareness of other people’s views even when I don’t agree with them. One is always better knowing how other people think.

          • GreenAlba August 22, 2018 at 6:35 pm #

            “You should not imagine that I don’t take everything I read at face value ”

            Unintended double negative there, obviously!

        • Chris at Fernglade Farm August 21, 2018 at 7:47 am #

          Hi Georges1202,

          Hmm, I’ve heard anecdotal accounts that Switzerland is a notoriously low tax haven for companies so it is hardly surprising that standards of living are higher there comparatively.


    • draupnir August 20, 2018 at 11:07 am #

      Neon Vincent, have you been to a mall lately? Unfortunately, retail stores and malls in particular have become the haunts of barbarous, ill-intentioned gangs of desperate, predatory wanna-be gangstas. No one with any actual money to spend cares to take the risk of actually going anywhere near one of those places. Did you see that video from several years ago taken during a riot in the food court of the Mall of America? Enraged young men were throwing chairs around shouting obscenities and attacking each other. Frankly, it looked like one of those nature programs showing rival bands of chimpanzees fighting over territory. I haven’t been back there since. I do most of my shopping safely and sedately on line. I miss going to the bookstore, of course, and I hate giving my trade to Amazon.

      • Tate August 20, 2018 at 1:52 pm #

        You don’t pull any punches, do you? LOL, We;ve seen the videos.

        • Janos Skorenzy August 20, 2018 at 6:30 pm #

          I wonder what kind of young men she saw on these “videos”? If only Caesar could see us now – Vini, Vidi, Vici? Or the Stooges’ – Stop, Look, and Laugh?

          • Linda August 20, 2018 at 10:34 pm #

            Please spell the Latin correctly, Janos. It’s Veni, Vidi, Vici.

          • hmuller August 20, 2018 at 11:59 pm #

            And who can forget Hillary’s variation in re Gaddafi, “We came, we saw, he died.” Followed by witch-like cackling. I wonder, can we rent her out for Halloween parties?

          • Janos Skorenzy August 21, 2018 at 8:32 pm #

            Thank you, Adnil.

      • Majella August 20, 2018 at 10:14 pm #

        Really? Do you have to give your trade to Amazon? Most retailers (at least where I come from) have a direct website sales section & distribution network – even bookstores…no need to be complicit for convenience’s sake with that internet monster

      • gonetohell August 21, 2018 at 2:08 am #

        Grow a pair and get some exercise at the mall. Terrorist love people like you.

    • abbybwood August 21, 2018 at 1:43 am #

      I saw today where now people passing homeless people in NYC? can send those individuals shoes, socks, long underwear etc. via Amazon and get it delivered! With an App!:


      This is what we’ve come to.

      Rather than society helping those who are homeless with serious housing programs that include education for their kids, job training, mental health, food, medical care; instead we are going to rely on the kindness of “passerby strangers” to send those poor, freezing fellow citizens who are down on their luck, sick (possible drug sick?) Amazon “gifts”.

      Let the free enterprise system help the bums! (and their freezing, hungry children) in these greatest of these United States of America.

      AMAZON and Jeff Bezos to the rescue!

      • Tate August 21, 2018 at 2:15 am #

        So you scorn that help because in your opinion it’s too little? Somehow one gets the feeling you’d never be satisfied. You’re right about Amazon being a scourge though.

  2. Elrond Hubbard August 20, 2018 at 10:27 am #

    JHK: “I assume that [POTUS] wants very earnestly to be considered a good person, though all his efforts to demonstrate that have been startlingly clumsy and mostly ineffective.”

    Donald Trump doesn’t want to be considered a good person in the way that more conscientious people do. What he wants is to be admired and praised. That’s true of lots of people, of course, but Donald J. Trump in particular is an extreme outlier — he gives every evidence of being a moral cipher whose sole motive is ego satisfaction.

    People respond to incentives, so a normal person, and even a normal narcissist, can be motivated to do what’s right by praise, admiration, even flattery. But Trump’s narcissism is so evident, and so extreme, that he’s largely proof against even these crasser means of leading the king to do what’s right. He thrives on conflict, and takes delight in causing discomfort in anyone who’s not feeding his ego. This pattern of behavior is as deeply engraved in him by now as breathing. So even if or when he does do something he actually intends to be good in the larger sense, small wonder his efforts end up being startlingly clumsy and ineffective.

    • Walter B August 20, 2018 at 10:35 am #

      If you can say that Donald Trump does not want to be a good person, than I can say that neither do you, but I won’t for I cannot read the minds of others. At least not all of the time.

      • Elrond Hubbard August 20, 2018 at 11:25 am #

        I didn’t actually say DJT doesn’t want to be a good person, but I should clarify. The way he goes about trying to be a good person is different from most people. That’s because like everything else about the man, whatever conscience Donald Trump has is subordinated to his need to shore up and feed his insecure ego.

        NRWer can call this armchair psychology, but I consider it too obvious to need defending: Trump’s terminal egotism is so grossly evident you can see it from space. If he has a different persona in private or with his family, I don’t see what difference that makes to his public role.

        • pequiste August 20, 2018 at 12:51 pm #

          “…insecure ego.”? Huh? What???

          Elrond, I’m sure you are a fine Canadian; apparently well educated, quite liberal-minded and probably a “good person” too. I’m guessing you watch Hockey Night in Canada on Saturdays and will tolerate a Rex Murphy opinion piece now and then. National Post reader or Globe and Mail? I have my suspicions but also firm in my belief you love a good Tim Horton’s coffee and cruller and will shop at “The Tire”
          as necessity requires.

          Not wishing to hurt your feelings but you might want to not play amateur psychoanalyst.

          Donald J. Trump is anything but insecure: he conquered the brutal New Yawk City real estate market against the likes of Larry Silverman and the Tisches. No small feat.

          Then built airlines and sports teams, and all manner of eponymously branded consumer items. SOme winners and some losers. That’s Capitalism for you.

          He has built, golf courses, casinos and toney resorts all over the world. Before his ascendancy to the presidency, traveled on his own aircraft to anywhere he pleased.

          A television star in his own right. An author (well kinda sorta) among his more light-hearted of endeavours.

          He took on the vicious and mostly reified American system of politics as a total green novice, beat them ALL including Hillary “My Turn” Clinton, and secured the highest executive office in the land.

          Donald Trump meets with the leaders of the world, whether Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi or that Brennan fellow likes it or not and even sometimes uses the armed forces of the United States to that area that Carl von Clausewitz defined as “…the continuation of policy by other means.” All without my permission. And yes he can even yank that Brennan chap’s security clearance at his pleasure. N’oubier pas: HE IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

          He is married to an extremely beautiful and stylish woman. He has a fine brood of good-looking children to boot.

          But OK his hair rather resembles a hairsprayed helment of wheat stalks and he is not the most articulate (at least in his public role) speaker I’ve ever heard. (Do you ever make any public speaking engagements yourself, Elrond?) Takes some gumption to get up before any audience, let alone thousands, or a hostile press corps, and give a ten-minute dissertation on anything.

          Love him or hate him, DJT has done everything he ever set his sights on, all the way to the top of the pile and with his own style: he has done it his way. (Cue either the Frank Sinatra or The Sex Pistols – your choice.) INsecure ego.?You are outta your freaking mind Elrond.

          (By the way JHK I love the Brueghel. It is a Brueghel isn’t it?)

          • Elrond Hubbard August 20, 2018 at 1:46 pm #

            pequiste: See my remarks to amb about branding below. Everything you list doesn’t make me think of Donald Trump as someone I should be impressed by. It makes me think of him as someone who is trying super, super hard to create an impression he just can’t pull off naturally. He reminds me of some of the oilier salesmen I’ve had the misfortune to know.

            People who are essentially insecure are often more driven to succeed, not less, because they have something to prove. People who are insecure yet functional often perform brilliantly in business. What’s remarkable about Donald Trump is how poor-to-mediocre his overall performance as a businessman has been, given the advantages he has enjoyed. His insecurity drives him to try and succeed, but he performs poorly — far more poorly than if he had simply invested his money elsewhere, and let better businesspeople take care of it for him. Don’t ask me, ask Fortune magazine:

            Donald Trump Would Be Richer If He’d Have Invested in Index Funds

            Trump is an example of someone who is insecure and dysfunctional. He wants to be a shark who goes from success to success, leaving a trail of fire in his wake; but he just isn’t capable of it. So, he fronts instead: he puts on a big show, as a substitute for the business acumen and strength of character he’s completely lacking. That’s why I’m not impressed by his travails in real estate (let’s not forget the six bankruptcies). And as for his TV career, that’s part and parcel of the sales job.

            It remains to be seen what else the Trump presidency will bequeath to posterity, but the election of Donald Trump as POTUS is evidence of one thing: if you’re truly dedicated to fooling enough of the people enough of the time, and if you live in the right historical moment (i.e. a crisis of legitimacy for the current ruling class), you can win big.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 20, 2018 at 1:48 pm #

            He is extremely articulate – in lower class deplorable White Speak. An act? Or is he really like that? A big of both I’d say. He didn’t grow up lower middle class, but maybe he hung out with them a lot? Maybe the class structure was looser in that time and place?

            So not an act, but a legitimate sub-personality that he can drop back into at will.

          • tucsonspur August 20, 2018 at 6:25 pm #

            I just can’t resist:

            Ooh wah, ooh wah cool, cool kitty
            Tell us about the boy from New York City
            He’s really down
            And he’s no clown

            He has the finest penthouse I’ve ever seen in town
            And he’s cute
            In his mohair suit – and hair to boot
            And he keeps his pockets full of spending loot
            Ooh whee, say you ought to come and see
            His dueling scar
            And brand new car

            Ooh wah, ooh wah cool, cool kitty
            Tell us about the boy from New York City

            p. s. hair added

          • GreenAlba August 20, 2018 at 7:45 pm #

            “He is married to an extremely beautiful and stylish woman. He has a fine brood of good-looking children to boot.”

            Three wives, three broods. He was shagging the beautiful and stylish one while he was married to the previous one. And he was shagging the previous one while he was married to the first one.

            So it would probably be a bit hypocritical of the beautiful and stylish one to complain about his dalliances with professionals, I suppose. Life with the great and the good, eh… I expect she’ll do better by hanging on in there. Stylishly.

        • RWicks August 20, 2018 at 4:36 pm #

          I’m going to take a stab at this.

          First of all, everybody is an armchair psychologist on the internet. It’s pointless to pay attention to what a politicians says – it’s why they do that counts.

          Syrian war is over. You know, the war where the CIA/MI5/Mossad kept framing Assad by giving terrorists chemical weapons to murder men women and children to lay an excuse to invade Syria?

          Trump is speaking truth to power, whether you realize it or not. We have a complete, disgustingly, corrupt government, and media establishment. No doubt that my 3rd paragraph is making you roll your eyes at what a “conspiracy nut” I am, that’s how propagandized most Americans are, especially “the educated”.

          Our entire federal government is nothing but a mafia right now, and you complain about Trump’s supposed insecure ego. You must be adult enough to realize that “no man is an island”? He didn’t get to this position alone. Something is going on, and it’s going on in the right direction, unless you want another Cold War, or possible nuclear Armageddon which that last two lunatic presidents were driving us toward.

          • Walter B August 20, 2018 at 5:25 pm #

            You are incorrect sir, my eyes are not rolling, but my rectum is indeed rumbling at your statement, your correct and accurate statement, that the federal government is the mafia. So is at least ours in Trenton, The Soprano State as well. Because they saw it in the movies, the average American blows off Vito Corleone’s statement to his son Michael that he wanted Michael to be Senator Corleone. THAT was always the intent of what used to be organized crime, to one day become legalized crime. If you simply consider the mountains of cash that the criminal organizations have been able to amass over the years since WWII and couple that with the insatiable appetite that politicians (sellouts all) have, it doesn’t take much imagination to realize that such a thing was not only possible, but inevitable.

          • ozone August 21, 2018 at 8:36 am #

            Sorry to inform you on one small, but significant point.
            The Syrian war will not be ‘over’ until all *uninvited* foreign men-at-arms have packed their kit and have (in actuality) left the place.

            The U.S. military is embedded like a tick in NE Syria, pretending to “advise” the Kurds. It’s just another in a series of unending occupations designed to provide geopolitical influence/leverage by threat of death. (This one, patently illegal by all current conventions. Of course conventions relating to mass contract killing are notoriously ignored — especially by the U.S.)

            Please study up before you make such claims. There are ways to discover some of these unpleasant facts. (…And no, I don’t think you’re a “conspiracy nut”; there exist many nefarious plots and plans, collusions and conspiracies that are far more concrete than “theory”, as you point out.)

      • Janos Skorenzy August 20, 2018 at 1:43 pm #

        Elrond wants censorship of the internet. He’s not trying very hard to be a nice person or it’s not in his vocabulary.

    • NRWer August 20, 2018 at 10:46 am #

      Armchair psychology. The only evidence we onlookers have at hand that is of any real value when judging Trump in this manner is the way his family treats one another and how they treat him. It would appear he is the exact opposite of a malignant narcissist, based on this evidence.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 20, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

        Yes, the Left in contrast admires trash like Stormy Daniels, Omarosha, and the Mule. Anyone who can hurt Trump is good in their little book of the moment. Now that’s a trashy attitude…

        • Exscotticus August 20, 2018 at 8:01 pm #

          Bingo. The left has the audacity to complain about Trump’s lack of refinement while they twerk to rap music replete with N-words and F-bombs. Real classy.

          Even Obama made a public reference to a Naughty by Nature song that celebrates infidelity. The libbies loved it.

        • GreenAlba August 21, 2018 at 4:33 am #

          “Yes, the Left in contrast admires trash like Stormy Daniels…”

          I don’t admire ‘Stormy Daniels’ at all. We out here on the classic, old-fashioned, morally picky (centre-) left aren’t into celebrating prostitution, although we recognise that it’s always going to be there because, you know, men, Coolidge, whatever… poor us, we can’t help ourselves, blah blah… yeah, we get it.

          What we marvel, at, though, is the existence of a moral plane where a man married to a ‘beautiful, stylish woman’, who is some 24 years his junior, can be considered to be one smidgen of a scintilla of an iota morally superior to the ‘trash’ that he’s shagging behind his young, beautiful and stylish spouse’s back.

          I know no-one ever lost a dime betting on male hypocrisy, but puh-leeze…

          So, yeah, use all the ‘trash’ you want, but know that in using ‘trash’ you become ‘trash’. Or STFU with your disgusting hypocrisy.

          • benr August 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm #

            So odd when I read leftist remarks (center left my ass ) such as yours trashing men for cheating and yet it takes a WOMEN to cheat with Trump so there it is. Women are every bit as bad as cheating men and sometimes EVEN worse.

          • GreenAlba August 21, 2018 at 6:29 pm #

            Why is it people refuse to read what’s actually said?

            The woman in question has been called a ‘slut’ so many times on this website that I’ve lost count. I just pointed out that if there was a comparable term for a male slut, that’s what her consorts would be. But there isn’t such a term. For reasons that should be obvious.

            Try using some logic next time. The WOMAN has already been judged. The male slut hasn’t – not in the same terms. Yet he’s the one with the fragrant and lovely wife and family.

            You people are incredible. Of course women cheat. But it’s only the women who are called sluts. Are we nearly there yet?

    • Zoltar August 20, 2018 at 10:48 am #

      I completely agree with this, but consider the fact that in a better world an annoying jerk like the Young Donald would have simply been ignored. Look at the astounding extent to which he has been enabled by the media and their consumers.
      Had the world turned its back on him he might have developed a normal interest in earning its sympathy, if not its admiration, but he never had to. At every turn he was affirmed in his growing conviction that he was an appropriate vessel for the world’s adulation. He’s not really a self-made man; he was created by American Popular Culture.

      • elysianfield August 20, 2018 at 11:46 am #

        ” He’s not really a self-made man; he was created by American Popular Culture.”

        As are the majority of our heroes. Most of us are human, with feet of clay….

        • Eoin August 20, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

          “Everyone that makes it, has a Mentor”

          I remembered this article from the days when I subscribed to HBR. I am amazed that it is available:


          There are NO self-made anybody’s- period.
          That’s just another myth that we need to dispose of .

          The GGG got his “common touch”, from growing-up in Queens. That touch is real, genuine, and baked-in-the-cake.
          Non-New Yorkers, and even some folks in “the city”, distanced by their imaginary class distinctions, could never understand.

    • amb August 20, 2018 at 10:58 am #

      Poor analysis L. Ron Hubbard. Trump is a player, he thinks big, he’s an “A-Type Personality”, he’s all about competition and winning. He thinks highly of himself (something that isn’t deemed politically correct, yet, is actually a healthy and mentally stable condition to be in). He’s accomplished a lot in his lifetime. He loves America. He is sick of the illogic, corruption and incompetence in our government. He decided to do something about it and he took action. Success in business, success as author, success as TV star, success in politics (POTUS), success with beautiful women, success as a husband and father, known all over the world, etc. etc. And he’s improving conditions in our country.

      What have you done?

      • Elrond Hubbard August 20, 2018 at 11:47 am #

        amb, if you truly believe everything you’ve written then you’re suffering from a delusion similar to the one Barack Obama inflicted on American voters when he got elected. ‘Success’ is no more the truth about Donald Trump than ‘Hope’ and ‘Change’ were the truth about Obama — those are both examples of branding.

        Trump was born into money; the rest is self-promotion. His actual business record is mediocre at best, plus which he’s a deadbeat (his businesses have declared bankruptcy six times) and a fraud (just ask the ‘graduates’ of Trump University). All the imagery he surrounds himself with has no more substance than a Coke commercial. Don’t be taken in.

        • malthuss August 20, 2018 at 1:06 pm #

          1960? His father was worth 30 million US dollars.
          Trump has borrowed and declared bankruptcy.

          His actual business record is mediocre at best
          Actually, he has made a lot of money, if that matters.

        • Janos Skorenzy August 20, 2018 at 1:56 pm #

          A Master of Bankruptcy! Able to turn defeat into victory. That is exactly what we need since your Globalist Heroes have run America into a ditch.

        • amb August 20, 2018 at 2:07 pm #

          I disagree. The facts are facts and they show improvement in employment, the economy, trade, beginning to break down corruption in our government (i.e., intelligence and law enforcement), etc. etc.

          So what if he was born into money, he got a head start. And, he grew that money.

          So what if HIS COMPANIES (NOT HE) declared bankruptcy a number of times. Entrepreneurs take risks, make mistakes, etc. just like anyone else… they just do so on a larger scale. Bankruptcy is a legal action (either for reorg or dissolution).

          His business record is so mediocre… he’s a mediocre billionaire! Ha!

          He has accomplished and done so much more than you and all the other armchair critics.

          Is he a perfect person? No. Is he perfect for the job? No. But he’s a disruptor and a lot better than the last 10 presidents we’ve had. Is he fit for the job? Just as much as anyone else is. He’s a refreshing change for the standard career politician.

          I voted for him because he wasn’t a politician, he had a business viewpoint and he was a disruptor.

          I don’t care about his personally. Don’t care if he is a narcissist. Womanizer. Or whatever else he can be attacked for in his past. What he’s doing right now is all that matters. And he’s doing pretty good despite all the opposition he faces.

          If the Red holds on or improves in these mid-term elections he’ll have more power and get more done. If so, I’ll vote for him again.

        • RWicks August 20, 2018 at 4:48 pm #

          OOOOhhhhh, Bankruptcy SIX times…

          You have never run a business, have you? Some business ventures fail, and it’s not unusual. 95% of business fail. Did you know what?

          Trump has been very remarkably successful. He’s not got just 6 businesses, he’s got hundreds. He’s got an amazing track record.

        • Walter B August 20, 2018 at 5:33 pm #

          Elrond you amaze me…

          ….”a delusion similar to the one Barack Obama inflicted on American voters when he got elected. ‘Success’ is no more the truth about Donald Trump than ‘Hope’ and ‘Change’ were the truth about Obama”.

          Bravo, and oh so very true, certainly for Obama and probably for Mr. Trump too, for all are sellouts and self-centered maggots in the end in our political “system”. I do not know how things are in Canada or if you guys have keel hauled any of your lawyers or not, but here in the states, bankruptcies, thanks to the legal beagles, are about as commonplace as divorces. All of the “successful” people have had a few because in the end it is the little people that pay the cost for such treacheries. No we cannot hold bankruptcies against The Donald, they are an honored American tradition. And no, I have never had or even thought about having one myself.

          • Tate August 21, 2018 at 2:02 am #

            I haven’t either Walter, nor did I ever borrow money to go to school, nor did my son, who got his expenses paid by Uncle Shmuel, but I think it’s a damn shame what our reps in Congress did to the gullible on the one hand & the desperate on the other, saddling them with student loan debt ineligible to be discharged in bankruptcy court. And when the whole thing falls apart, which it will, us taxpayers are gonna foot the bill.

          • Walter B August 21, 2018 at 10:03 am #

            And bankruptcies do not discharge student debt, do they? The first reason for why they do this to the young is obviously for profit and the profit are far greater when you extend unlimited credit to the buyers aren’t they? With unlimited credit the cost of purchase skyrockets if your marketing work was successful in convincing the masses that what you are selling is a MUST HAVE”. The end result also has a number of useful side effects if you are at the top of the food chain. By saddling the regular people grads with mountains of debt you can own them, control them, burden them with debt that will weigh them down and keep them from competing with you or with your wealthy spawn in the future. You can force them to take multiple low paying jobs cutting your lawns and walking your dogs so that they never have enough time to have or raise their own families and if you keep offering them extended additional debt (like 8 year auto loans) well, they will work themselves to death and pass their debts to their children if they even have any. Control the masses is the number one priority of those at the top of the hill. Those at the top want to stay at the top and they will do anything to achieve that goal.

          • Tate August 21, 2018 at 12:11 pm #

            You nailed it.

    • lsjogren August 20, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

      Trump’s narcissism is not any greater than that of so-called “progressive” politicians; their rules of etiquette just demand not being quite as blatant in flaunting it.

      • malthuss August 20, 2018 at 1:07 pm #

        kettle calls the pot black.

      • RWicks August 20, 2018 at 5:14 pm #

        Trump is at least somewhat competent compared to the last two buffoons in the Oval Office, unless their mission was to destroy US credibility, and to create a refugee crisis in Europe while turning the Middle East into a mess awash in civil war and conflict.

        • benr August 21, 2018 at 4:56 pm #

          The last person who held office that was not a career politician was Ronald Wilson Reagan and the American left hated him as well!

      • JustSaying August 21, 2018 at 9:04 am #

        Absolutely. Tell me that the Obamas and the Clintons aren’t narcissists. They just possess a phony veneer of social decorum.

    • Linda August 20, 2018 at 10:37 pm #

      I disagree with you, Elrond. I think The Donald does want to be considered a good person. And as an industrial union retiree, I love his tariffs on steel and aluminum, a very nice thing of him to do.

    • abbybwood August 21, 2018 at 2:07 am #

      How can any human being be a “normal” narcissist?

      Just asking.

      • benr August 21, 2018 at 4:59 pm #

        Who would want to be President that was “normal” Just saying look at the crap they have to put up with! One side of the punditry rips you apart. Obama about had a nervous break down with Fox news and the American right pod casters eating him alive. Now Trump with the leftist corrupt lying main stream, media pushing false narratives non-stop. Hell I heard some fool on CNN talking about Trump not being fit because his spelling and punctuation on twitter was poor. Really?
        aS IF ANYONE STILL BELIEVE THE Communist News Network cnn!

    • I personally don’t care as long as he builds the metaphorical wall

  3. Loneranger August 20, 2018 at 10:30 am #

    What are we planning for? What are we expecting to receive? What are we willing to give for it? Give thought to these questions, for we live among the same social disorder that Noah endured. These are the questions I often ask the guy who lives in my bathroom mirror. He, like me, lived through profound changes in our nation, beginning with the great depression. Today, our nation is living in the greatest moral depression, and very few people seem to know or care.

    • hmuller August 20, 2018 at 10:45 am #

      Sorry to hear about your bathroom mirror. The surveillance state will stop at nothing.

    • K-Dog August 20, 2018 at 11:05 am #

      Interesting, had the land become overpopulated? Gibbon says Constantine made Christianity the religion of the land as a better way to enforce monogamy and inhibit premarital sex than stoning to death was. He had big population problems. The the same social disorder that Noah endured would have been at an still earlier time when primitive agriculture had pushed population to a much lower carrying capacity then now. Rising sea levels from a vanishing ice age and an expanding black sea buried low lying fields. Perhaps these people found out about the methane feedback effect we are soon to experience, without knowing what it was of course. Forty days and forty nights might have been forty years or there was perhaps a lot more methane to release.

      Could there have been a wandering bard who for a square and a cot would wander into town and relate the kings news once a week? Could he have wondered among thatched huts soon to be washed away without any trace by rising waters, chanting down is up and up is down? That winners are losers and losers are winners? That anything goes and nothing matters? That our nation is built on sand without any solid foundation at all.

      As Jim says, history does not repeat itself but sometimes it rhymes. Preliterate man may have been living in a shadow of a primitive financial system that didn’t really work for them anymore. Taxes recorded by notches on sticks only worked when the people were not starving to death and with all the game in the forests gone withing hunting distance of their fields because of all their reproducing, they starved and died bringing the whole system down. The extra game being needed as the wooden plow was not a high yielding piece of technology.

      Sort of like gasoline hitting five bucks a gallon.

      • volodya August 20, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

        I think we read the old writings without realizing what it is we’re reading. Like what you said, the the Flood story being an account of environmental calamity. As you said, rising waters from a vanishing Ice Age. Where do we find evidence of same? Why, right under our noses as it turns out, the north-west US devastated by gigantic lakes of glacial melt-waters as they burst their banks. Not only there but the Black Sea as a rising Mediterranean Sea burst through the straights, a trickle of a waterfall turning into a deluge that turned a small lake at the bottom of the basin into a sea expanding at the rate of a mile a day. Many peoples have got stories of disastrous floods, the question being what accounts for them? Maybe 6 or 8 million cubic miles of glacial ice melting in a couple thousand years that raised sea levels by 300 feet. I’ve read that some Native Indian tribes have got legends of walls of ice – glaciers?

        • Ol' Scratch August 20, 2018 at 3:23 pm #

          They don’t even have to be that literal. Myths tell tales in terms of archetypes, and flood myths (essentially righteous destruction myths, where only a select few of the faithful survive) are seemingly as old as mankind.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 20, 2018 at 2:00 pm #

        God destroyed Humanity because it was infected with the genes of the Fallen Angles except for Noah and his family. The Giants were both bad and very intelligent – their world was very prosperous in an economic sense.

        • Walter B August 20, 2018 at 6:14 pm #

          ‘But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 20, 2018 at 8:32 pm #

            Race is so, so important and thus racial purity.

          • Walter B August 20, 2018 at 11:28 pm #

            Though DNA manipulation is the true indicator of degradation.

        • akmofo August 20, 2018 at 8:54 pm #

          The TaNaKh is very specific as to why humanity was destroyed. It was because they thought of themselves as gods. They even called themselves gods. The TaNaKh labeled them as the Nefilim and the Anakim, meaning the fallen and the giant. Not because they fell from the sky, but because they fell from any known kind of human morality and humanity. They were giants in their cruelty and ego. They were complete immoral beasts who fashioned themselves gods.

          Sounds familiar? It should. Because that’s basically the description of Nazism and modern Corporatism.

          • benr August 21, 2018 at 5:00 pm #

            Or simply the progressive communist left known as Democrats.

    • abbybwood August 21, 2018 at 2:20 am #

      The “dumbing down” of America is with us now.

      A friend of mine from Long Island and I were talking tonight and he was telling me of all these great JFK quotes he had found (particularly the quotes about “secret societies” from JFK’s American University speech) and I told him, “If you went to your local DMV and questioned 100 people standing in line probably NONE of them would know of the speech and less than a quarter would even remember him as one of our former presidents. Never mind that he had his brains blown out in Dealey Plaza in 1963 and that most likely Oswald did NOT kill him. NONE of them would know THAT.

      I’ll have to admit that the last time I sat in an American History high school class was 1968. So I cannot testify that average American high school students are NOT being taught the TRUTH about our history, warts and all. But based on discussions I have had with some, I doubt it.

      I have a sneaking suspicion, based on general discussions I have had with babysitters and the like walking into my world that, never mind the WARTS, the ALL isn’t being taught either! I cringe to think of it.

      Maybe all of us who have been TRYING to pay attention to “current events” and have bothered to dig deeply beneath those events should go to our local high schools to “audit” some American History classes just to see for ourselves the SCHLOCK that is being taught to the youth of America.

      Seventeen years have transpired since the terrorist attacks on WTC 1, 2, The Pentagon and Shanksville. I would like to think that these students are learning SOMETHING about that day.

      Building 7 anyone?


  4. Walter B August 20, 2018 at 10:34 am #

    Ah yes Jim, the poor become rich and the rich become poor. Right becomes wrong and wrong becomes right. Everything goes and nothing matters, the classic symptoms of chaos and chaos is what those at the top are deploying to assure that those at the bottom will attack those in the center rather than them. Obama set the stage of “you didn’t earn it so they can take it from you”, a tactic that stirred up the social unrest pot almost to a boil. The failure of the Queen of Mean to ascend her royal throne appears to have diverted that plan into a hate Trump and those White Trashers that support him, which to me at least seem to have at lest slightly derailed the Obama Agenda of everybody hating everybody else. The only thing I am having a hard time figuring out is whether or not this was the plan or if this is a brief respite from the plan. Anybody have a clue?

    • Ol' Scratch August 20, 2018 at 10:47 am #

      I’m going for door #1, this was the plan. Unfortunately, there was a mixup backstage when Hillary had another one of fainting spells, and when the curtain opened, there was Trump looking for all the world like the evil clown in It. I can hear the audience gasping still!

      • K-Dog August 20, 2018 at 11:09 am #

        The door which went up up showing an elephant’s butt and not a donkey’s ass you say was a simple mixup?

        • Ol' Scratch August 20, 2018 at 11:32 am #

          Yes. I think Trump was the great wildcard that they didn’t anticipate. Although, it’s still possible that he was just an alternative script to undermine the whole shebang from the start as well.

          • NRWer August 23, 2018 at 9:00 am #

            It’s not though. There are leaked e-mails from many DNC insiders over at Wikileaks on this very sort of thing.

            They had the media elevate Trump initially (prior to his nomination to run against Cankles), as they thought this would mean a sure victory for the globalist set.

    • zekesdad August 20, 2018 at 11:39 am #

      My guess is that it’s a brief respite. Most of the Millenials I know are either outright socialists or indifferent to capitalism. Meanwhile the baby boomers are dying off, and there probably are not enough deplorables to stem the tide. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Obama was supposed to bring in enough immigrants and create enough dependents with free stuff that Hillary would now be president and continue to build up The Deep State and recreate the Chicago Democrat political machine on the national level. Too bad for them, they got cocky and let their true intentions show by making comments like, “you didn’t build that”, while labeling those in flyover country “deplorables”. They’ll be back, though. You can count on it. FWIW: There’s a front page story on The Wall St. Journal on the implosion of Venezuela. Inflation there is a million percent and headed higher. 2.3 million people have fled the country since 2014. They plan to raise the minimum wage from $1 (per month!) to $30. Maybe we should try that on an hourly instead of a monthly basis.

      • Ol' Scratch August 20, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

        Venezuela’s been on the deep state hit list forever, so that’s just another deep state engineered coup for oil down there. With friends like the US, who needs enemies?

        • lsjogren August 20, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

          Even with all the contempt I hold for the deep state I’m skeptical that they are to blame for Venezuela electing a socialist demolition crew.

          • Ol' Scratch August 20, 2018 at 3:18 pm #

            You might be surprised. Rigging elections is one of their oldest and easiest to carry out tricks.

          • Yukon Tom August 20, 2018 at 3:41 pm #

            In the past Venezuela went through difficult economic periods (neoliberal economic policies) when the overclass ruled the land and we never heard a peep from the western leaders. Perhaps that is because that the .1% that controlled Venezuela enriched themselves with the rest of the profits from the one trick pony economy (oil) headed overseas to the US. Venezuela’s version of the deplorables voted for someone who would improve their lives. The ruling class in the US or Venezuela would have none of that. It is easy for the US to seriously disrupt the much weaker economy of Venezuela (or even much larger economies such Iran or Russia). To facilitate that NATO has now moved in to Columbia, on Venezuela’s border. Let that sink in. WTF is NATO doing in South America, or Afghanistan or Libya or Syria, or right up to the border of Russia? NATO is the big boys version of the mafia’s hitmen. NATO (the MIC’s junkyard dog) is just an extortion racket that makes membership buy expensive useless military kit from the US and then goes around the world stealing resources from the weak. Venezuela’s vast oil resources are only a few day’s sailing time from Texas oil refineries, much closer than Saudi Arabia. Follow the money, or in this case the oil money. Google “What Really Happens to Nicaragua, Venezuela and Ecuador” by Peter Koenig for a different view.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 20, 2018 at 2:40 pm #

        They might be planning to go with White hater Kamala Harris – good news for the Real America.

        The Hill:

        Harris has started to lay the groundwork in states that hold early presidential nominating contests. She attended a Washington fundraiser for Deidre DeJear, the Democrat running against Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate (R).

        She backed former Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.) and Aaron Ford, the Nevada Senate majority leader now running for attorney general. And her endorsements will solidify her hold on California, which plans what could be a deciding primary early in the 2020 process.

        And those closest to her say Harris sees an opportunity to use her voice to support a more diverse roster of Democratic candidates — like gubernatorial candidates Abrams and Jealous, and candidates for Congress like Horsford, Colin Allred of Texas and Joe Neguse of Colorado.

        “If you look at the types of candidates she’s getting behind, there’s a method to the madness,” one longtime Harris adviser said. “She’s always been helpful growing the bench of candidates of color.”

        • San Jose August 20, 2018 at 6:47 pm #

          I though it impossible for California to elect a more annoying senator than Barbara Boxer. But alas, now we have Kamala Harris. She is a dimwitted opportunist, just like Boxer.

          Jen in San Jose

      • zekesdad August 21, 2018 at 10:36 pm #

        Ol’ Scratch and Yukon Tom;
        You guys couldn’t be more wrong about Venezuela. It was the richest country in South America until that buffoon Chavez took over. There is no “deep state engineered coup for oil”, and NATO is not going to take over Venezuela to steal their oil. You have it backwards. Venezuela partnered with American and other oil companies and then stiffed them. They owe Gold Reserve, Inc. $1 billion, Conoco $2 billion, and Crystallex Int. Corp. $1.4 billion. In the case of the latter, a U.S. judge ruled that they can take over Citgo to satisfy the judgement. (Source: “The Wall St. Journal, 8/21/18) In case you don’t know, Citgo is the downstream part of Venezuela’s state owned oil company. Venezuelan oil was not stolen from U.S. companies but shipped here to be refined in their own U.S. refineries, and sold in their own as well as 7-11 gas stations.

        • zekesdad August 21, 2018 at 10:39 pm #

          Correction: The 2nd to last sentence of my post should read, ” Venezuelan oil was not stolen BY U.S. companies..”

    • Eoin August 20, 2018 at 3:29 pm #

      I’m going for respite from the plan.
      Apropos JHK’s statement today, and echoed through time;
      “Nobody wants to be a loser.”
      Even within groups:
      – “Lace Curtain” vs. “Shanty Irish”
      – “Our family was royalty before we had to immigrate from________.”
      – “We wus Kangs (and shit).”
      and on, and on – pick your group and you’ll find similar expressions.

      Apologies for the poetry, but it does seem appropriate.

      Brother’s Keeper
      Neville Brothers – 1990

      Oh, when you see him walking
      Down the street so all alone
      His pride is gone, nothing to believe in
      Nothing to call his own

      Ain’t got no one to talk with
      Lost, alone, and afraid
      Jesus said – If you love me then you’ll feed my sheep
      But like Jesus, we’ve been betrayed

      Gotta be my brother’s keeper
      Though he be strong or weaker
      I gotta lend him a helpin’ hand
      No matter what his color
      Through God he’s still my brother
      I gotta help him if I can

      There go I but for the grace of God
      It could even be the Lord (he said he’d come
      He was refused shelter a long time ago
      Let’s not be as foolish as they were before

      Gotta be my brother’s keeper
      Though he be strong or weaker
      I gotta lend him a helpin’ hand
      No matter what his color
      Through God he’s still my brother
      I gotta help him if I can

      I see institutionalized government ghettos
      Where poverty takes its toll
      I see drug free zones, while in another part of town,
      A young man lies, bleeding in the cold
      I see hearts and minds suffocating
      As if by God they have been forsaken
      While the pillars of Babylon crumble at the foundations
      Like the walls of Jericho, they will come tumbling down

      Gotta be my brother’s keeper
      Though he be strong or weaker
      I gotta lend him a helpin’ hand
      No matter what his color
      Through God he’s still my brother
      I gotta help him if I can

      • Janos Skorenzy August 20, 2018 at 6:34 pm #

        You can help the Black Man all you want – he’ll always need it. And you know what? The more you help him, the more he will hate you because the more his inferiority is revealed.

        • Eoin August 21, 2018 at 12:10 am #

          The sentiment points specifically to skin color being irrelevant, which it is.
          Feeling lazy today ? Did you think that you could make a dickhead comment like that and get away with it ?
          Culture ? Average IQ ?
          That’s another matter entirely.

          • hmuller August 21, 2018 at 3:20 pm #

            Good point, Eoin,

            One issue crosses the lines of color, religion, ethnicity, and gender. That issue is the need of humans to feel useful, valued, and respected – to be part of a community. Material handouts alone will not bring a person dignity. We seem to have forgotten that in this materialistic culture.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 21, 2018 at 8:41 pm #

            Nope. There is a “robust” relationship between IQ and morality. See the work of Laurence Kohlberg. Psychopaths are of course a robust exception, but luckily, they are a small minority.

            Culture as separate from the average IQ (and morality) of a given people? C’mon. Individuals are something different of course – of whatever race.

            There’s far more to race than skin color. That being said, tropical people’s are usually far less intelligent since they perhaps they didn’t have to be as smart. Certain Indian (dot) groups are an exception. Thus skin color is an indicator. Hope you’re smart enough to get the distinction.

          • GreenAlba August 22, 2018 at 7:54 am #

            There’s a robust negative correlation between IQ and religious belief, which I’ve never heard you mention (easily Googled, so no link supplied). But the religious cohort will ‘win’ because religious people have more babies (even with the Catholic nuns and priests not having any – or not more than a few).

            The price is that the population becomes less intelligent over time (and more religious). And more babies isn’t what the world needs just now so religion may only hasten our overall demise. Which some religious people are positively looking forward to, of course.

            You win some; you lose some…

            Because people on here are generally intelligent, even if they’re religious, they will not be bristling as if they’d been insulted because they will know it’s only an average. And it includes all those people many of them look down on, the US being an anomaly in the developed world in term of its religiosity. And its guns, of course – maybe there’s a correlation between religious belief and guns 🙂 .

            Only kidding. Please don’t bristle. I’m not coming near your guns (in either sense). But there seems to be a correlation between religious belief and conspiracy theorising.


            Which, as said intelligent readers will have picked up, doesn’t mean that there are not conspiracies and people lying to us on a daily basis. Just because you’re paranoid it doesn’t mean… etc. But there are definitely not as many conspiracies as there are conspiracy theories.

            As with anything else, go for quality, not quantity 🙂 .

            Now, intelligent readers will also have noted that there’s a bit of an anomaly going on in the contention that IQ and religious belief are negatively correlated (they are) while it has just been suggested (but not by me, because I haven’t looked into it) that IQ and morality are positively correlated.

            So I’ll leave that conundrum with you as I have work to do…

          • GreenAlba August 22, 2018 at 8:04 am #

            While I was refreshing my memory about some of this stuff, I was sucked into an online IQ test. Most sections seemed to be whizzing along with all the answers right but when I got to the end it asked me for £9.99 for the overall result and some feedback.

            I hesitated and in due course a promotion popped up with the price tag reduced to £6.99.

            I switched it off. So, I’m guessing I was intelligent enough to hang on to my money but not intelligent enough to have guessed they were going to waste 20 minutes of my time unless I parted with my hard-earned. Such is life…

    • Walter B August 20, 2018 at 4:19 pm #

      I am terribly proud and very pleased to see so many critical thinkers here who are willing to look deeper into what is being done to us all on the surface and discuss it rationally. Thank you all. Yes there will always be bots and trolls, but after all, critical thinkers must always be attacked by the minions of those at the top as a first resort to try to stop us. I have a feeling that it is not working. Think on, my friends, think on!

      • Exscotticus August 20, 2018 at 9:01 pm #

        Don’t say bot or she’ll hear and be summoned!

    • abbybwood August 21, 2018 at 2:40 am #

      It was, in my opinion, a respite from the plan and it will be brief depending on how gullible the American people are.

      I haven’t watched MSDNC or CNN since the election of 2016. I voted for Trump in California (waste of time I know) just to cast a vote against the Witch.

      That night I watched The Young Turks’ and the talking heads at CNN and MSDNC’s heads explode. It was delightful! I still watch them now and then just to amuse myself.

      But since that night we have all witnessed the hard core Democrats throwing a juvenile hissy fit that borders on psychopathy over the fact that an un-indicted criminal (take your pick….email scandal, pay to play, The Clinton Foundation charity fraud) Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton did NOT take her throne as expected.

      We have all witnessed the corruption at the FBI and various Intel agencies regarding HRC. I’m still waiting to discover what the Bill Clinton/Loretta Lynch soiree at the hanger was REALLY about!

      Too much secrecy for my taste, especially considering that had HRC won the election the American people NEVER would have known about the corruption at the FBI and The Obama White House (Rice and Powers unmasking games etc.), the “insurance policy” that would have to be put into play should, GASP!, Trump actually win!

      This quote by Robert A. Heinlein puts this all into a perspective for me:

      “I began to sense faintly that secrecy is the keystone of all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy … censorship. When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, this you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives.”

      This is where we are now as a country. NSA/Google spying on our every move and word. The federal government, that we fund with our tax dollars, refusing to even give CONGRESS the truth!

      And there is NO WAY to remove any of these Congressional members without MILLIONS of dollars. Never mind running for President.

      Seriously. I don’t see what the remedy for this mess is.

  5. K-Dog August 20, 2018 at 10:34 am #

    I recall robots were going to take over thirty years ago. Why are they still waiting?

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    • Ol' Scratch August 20, 2018 at 10:50 am #

      Their machine learning is confounded by our utter irrationality, so they’re still debating whether to take over or just eliminate us altogether. My guess is they’ll save all the animals but settle on the latter.

      • K-Dog August 20, 2018 at 11:10 am #

        I thought they were still figuring out that they don’t have shoes to tie.

        • goat1001 August 20, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

          Sears and Robots!

      • elysianfield August 20, 2018 at 6:37 pm #

        “Their machine learning is confounded by our utter irrationality,”

        Nick O Demus,
        If I might offer an example of the current state of AI employed by Ebay….

        I manufacture and sell items on Ebay. Ebay now evaluates products listed and can and will declares some of them “underperforming”. I was recently Emailed an alert for one of my products…a primer assembly for a Hollywood reloading press for which I charge $35.00. There are probably well less than 10,000 of these presses in existence…and I sell one or two a month. A very finite market, and I am the only one in the world making parts for these presses. Well, Ebay evaluated my product and their recommendation to boost my sales and make the product a success was to price the assembly at…$34.50….

        Artificial Intelligence may still have a way to go….

        • Q. Shtik August 21, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

          to price the assembly at…$34.50….


          Their recommendation is not all that crazy. It’s a psychological thing. I wonder who it was and how long ago that some genius came up with the idea of ending prices at .99? Which then evolved into .98 and then .97.

          Take my wife (please!), she will tell me she just filled up her tank at Costco. I’ll ask, how much per gallon? She’ll answer, $2.72. I’ll go to Costco and find the price is $2.729. So why didn’t she say $2.73? It’s a psychological thing.

          • elysianfield August 21, 2018 at 3:24 pm #

            “It’s a psychological thing.”

            I recollect, in my distant youth, being told that the reason an item was priced 99 cents rather than a dollar was that it required the sales clerk to make change, and thus ring the item up…an early anti-theft measure.

            But that was when a dollar was a dollar, a penny could buy a piece of candy, and I had to walk 3 miles each day to school…uphill in both directions….

          • Tate August 21, 2018 at 11:05 pm #

            I had forgotten that & I think you’re correct. It’s also why in large chain stores, such as your friendly local supermarket, they rotate the clerks around periodically, especially out of the area where they reside if possible. One of those standards auditors call “internal control” to discourage collusion between staff members & between staff & customers.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 20, 2018 at 2:45 pm #

      People have been talking about it long before that. Now it’s becoming a reality in terms of jobs. As far as AI – No, we’re not even close and may well never be.

      Hope that clears it up for you. Things are small, then get bigger, and then get big. People think, then talk to a few fellow thinkers, then to others, and then movers and shakers. It’s a process. Not a digital on/off, yes/no. The world is often more analog than digital, but it does have digital aspects.

      Can you be a little bit pregnant? In one sense, no. In another sense, yes. Digital – no. Analog – yes.

  6. FincaInTheMountains August 20, 2018 at 10:36 am #

    You can not imagine what kind of hatred this whole Clinton overclass causes!

    Their explanations that Trump is to blame for everything, no one believes.

    Rednecks, engaged in a web design – it’s scary!!!

    In general in the country is the revolutionary situation ala St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre – the Christian people and the King together against the Protestant aristocracy. Only Maria Medici this time is on the side of anti-Christians Huguenots.

    How unexpectedly the deck has been shuffled!

  7. RB August 20, 2018 at 10:38 am #

    Oh for goodness sakes. We can order sex toys from Amazon and have then for use maybe same day. We can easily watch porn with several clicks. There is a gizillion web sites to satisfy the most bizarre philosophies and beliefs. Life is grand I tell ya. The fact that in the span of a few months we are in conflict with Canada, Mexico, Russia, China, Turkey, UK, France and quite possibly Mars and Venus. Who colluded that brilliant mess? The economy crashed years ago and we think because the elite assholes on Wall Street are doing ok then we must be as well. Hahahahahahahahaha… I tell you what I am doing, I am getting as much medical stuff taken care of because “this sucka is going down.” Beans, bullets, bandaids. Oh yeah, buy a couple of buckets of Vaseline cause you are going to bend over like it or not.

    • Paulo August 20, 2018 at 11:44 am #

      What and EXCELLENT article/essay. Thank you JHK.

      I guess the biggest problem I have with the current upside down rulers is they can’t even fake they are ok. Trump is just an ugly fat pig of a person, period. He is the kind of man I would hate to have for a neighbour, teacher, busness partner, father-in-law, family doctor……pretty much anyone in my life or who we deal with in the day to day. As the so-called leader of the neighbouring elephant Country, I am sickened and horrified.

      I kind of echo what RB said, but have gone far beyond the medical details. With our single-payer system here in Canada only a complete idiot avoids physicals and dealing with oither health concerns. Yet, people do, including a few neighbours who say things like, “I knew something was wrong”, or, “It’s my own fault because I skipped the mamogram for the last 3 years”.

      We’re as well prepared as anyone with too many details to list. I now await the falling economic bricks to keep the tourists away and the big-assed boat trailers off our community ramp. I wait for a reduction in housing prices and a reversion to old fashioned options, like being able to build a cabin on a chunk of land and not having some ‘inspector’ nose around. As for the vaseline RB mentioned, I want some to help jam some ‘smart phones’ up the occasional diners ass. Oh, I forgot. They might not work anymore in the coming new reality. Hope so.

      • TiredOfTheTreadmill August 22, 2018 at 11:41 am #

        I am very aligned with your thinking. Looking back at all of our presidents since I turned 18 in 1979, I can only think of one I’d like as a neighbor. As if any of them ever would live in the kind of neighborhood I can afford to live in. Carter was the only human being of the bunch that I would care to interact with as a neighbor. The rest were top notch douchebags. I’ve spent most of my live avoiding such people since it’s against the law to just stomp a muddle puddle in their ass. W. Bush and Trump are the type who’s ass I’d just as soon kick over having to interact with them in any way. Such is life where money rules everything. At least Obama has a decent IQ, likely well above most of the others except Carter, and may make for some interesting discussions/debates, but I wouldn’t seek out friendship with him. Too slimy.

        I’ve been in your same mode for some time now. Watching, preparing, building friendships that matter, dropping the vampires from my life, etc… I have sensed the ugliness ahead for some time now, but these days I can almost taste it. Thus far it’s looking like the current buffoon in the WH is veering towards a peonage or scorched wasteland as his legacy instead of the MAGA dreams of his die hard followers. Not that the endless war, peonage or scorched wasteland offered by the neocon A-holes was going to be any better. Decline is the trajectory. Too bad there are few to no adults in leadership positions anywhere across the spectrum, public or private, that comprehend this reality. Oh well, most people reading JHK’s work have known this for years.

  8. Ol' Scratch August 20, 2018 at 10:39 am #

    Excellent essay this morning, Jim. I think you’ve captured the current zeitgeist very well indeed here. You hinted at it at the end, but I think it bears repeating, it’s the current “winner” class that should be pitied, as they have no idea what’s in store for them at all, never mind the common sense to begin preparing for it. In due course all this digitized non-sense and the identity politics it enables will be flushed from the bowels of history faster than you can say senna infused high colonic when the shit goes down. Trump might be a word class clown, but for now at least, he’s their clown and he’s the only one they’ve got. There simply are no good answers for what ails the US in particular and the globalist west in general, other than the dreaded “C” word – collapse – and the equally foreboding “R” word – reset – and those two things are going to be much more devastating to the arrogant over classes, than they will be for the lumpen proles who have been living with it for decades now already. The “great leveling,” as it’s likely to be called in the distant future, will have been long overdue when it finally arrives.

    • ozone August 20, 2018 at 11:00 am #

      Ol’ Scratch,
      I think your “great leveling” is an apt moniker.
      Just to spitball that concept, there’s likely a lot of shit that simply won’t get “taken care of”, leading to a considerable loss of life by all the usual 4 Horsemen suspects.

      In turn, privation leads folks to consider the ol’ “too many mouths to feed” phrase and rates of reproduction will crash. (As with population increase, the exponential factor in decrease applies as well.) So, we’ll see how people choose to organize themselves when there’s a bunch less of them to organize… That will prove Yugely more than ‘interesting’ for those that get that far.

      • Ol' Scratch August 20, 2018 at 11:35 am #

        Yep, I think so too. How we react to the many full blown crises we’re about to face will be infinitely more interesting than all this ongoing speculation about when and how they will eventually occur.

    • K-Dog August 20, 2018 at 11:34 am #

      Much more devastating to the arrogant over classes? I think that when they see the lumpenproles suffering far more than they, schadenfreude will kick in and they will feel fine. Human nature being what it is. You have to remember that once people get enough to get by they don’t stop wanting more. More more more of everything they want. Why am I telling you this Scratch, your business is to reap the harvest of greed for you own version of Wal-Mart associates filling your infinite big box for all eternity.

      People continue to want more once their needs are met because what they really want is to have more of whatever it is than everyone else has. It is a game that everyone wants to play but that only a few can ever win. It is not about meeting needs as rational people erroneously assume. It is a game where when too many winners win nature corrects and makes more losers.

      The answer is to change the game but that can’t happen. The current crop of winners never allows that to happen and some people never even understand that a game is being played to begin with. Enlightenment is a hopeless task. Their delusion of winners makes them think it is all a part of some unfolding master plan and that is a delusion they don’t give up easy.

      You Scratch will never be unemployed, people will always want more and more of everything. You may not be getting the queen of soul as you hoped for last week but you will always get more souls as long as people are around.

      All you have to worry about is people not going extinct.

      • Ol' Scratch August 20, 2018 at 11:43 am #

        Wise words today, K-Pup. Your kibble bowl runneth over. It will take a total societal reset such as a currency collapse or equivalent to level the playing field this time, and even that’s not fully guaranteed. But it would at least destroy any remaining delusions that the US is in any way a “unified country” in the sense that most people of a certain age have always thought of it. The dying off of the remaining post war generation and the baby boomers will of course greatly accelerate the process as well, since everyone after the boomers have for the most part long since accepted that fact.

      • Paulo August 20, 2018 at 11:55 am #

        Maybe you can’t level the field but people can starve the beast and sneak in the back way. Plus, there are sneakier ways to ensure current powers lose their entitled mojo even if it means the rich are afraid to leave their gated communities or drive an expensive car under an overpass.

        Maybe Omarosa has a semblance of a pee tape? That would be a two week hoot, ‘specially the part where the GOPers say, “No big deal”, or “It’s just the Deep State”.

  9. RIB August 20, 2018 at 10:43 am #

    Ah, correction. In Atlanta chiggers are called chiggroes.

  10. harryflashmanhigson August 20, 2018 at 10:53 am #

    The Facebook Peak Oil group likes this one for a change, JimHK…

    I marvel at your ability to pump out stylish prose twice a week, every week, keep up the good work. Somebody has to point out the idiocy of the US deepstate, I nominate you.

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  11. Kevvia Knack August 20, 2018 at 11:05 am #

    Winners and Losers, indeed. I’m currently looking for a full-time job with benefits. An acquaintance of mine contacted me to inform me about this new “app-driven” employment site—Blue Crew! It’s a new “Barry Diller” startup and investors are simply pouring millions of dollars into it! It’s going to be huge!! Awesome! Golly, wow! Barry and his little Ivy League grad investment bankers and IT specialists will make millions, while the rest of us will get to fiddle with our cell phones all week looking for temporary gig work. This acquaintance of mine seemed taken back that I didn’t share his enthusiasm…

    • malthuss August 20, 2018 at 1:09 pm #

      Barry use to be my neighbors secretary, at least thats what she told me.

  12. Georges1202 August 20, 2018 at 11:09 am #

    Isn’t it odd that the jokes, etc. about Trump’s hair have largely stopped. It was funny when here was a dimestore joke of a TV ‘personality’ however now that we know far too much about the utter montrosity that he is – they aren’t the least bit funny anymore.

    • Paulo August 20, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

      Did you ever wonder who combs his hair? Does he ‘do’ it up like that? How long does that take? Does he have a personal stylist? Maybe Nick Mulvaney combs Trump’s hair every morning, or Devin Nunes? I read once he had implants and surgery and when it turned out bad he ‘abused’ the first wife out of frustrtaion and anger. Do you think the hair plugs came from his ass? I saw him on tv Friday railing about Brennan and his hair look funnier than usual. It looked like a friggin’ plate glued down…..like a swirl beret; toilet swirl.

      It’s pathetic when people cannot age gracefully. Pathetic.

      • Tate August 20, 2018 at 3:08 pm #

        Do you spend your time wondering about that? Trump occupies the most valuable territory of all. The space between his enemies’ ears.



        • Tate August 20, 2018 at 3:16 pm #

          As a guy who made his bones in Real Estate, Trump understands this.

          Territory = Real Estate

      • Janos Skorenzy August 20, 2018 at 6:38 pm #

        Nothing is more time consuming – and thus feminine on a man – than dread locks. At least he doesn’t have those. That would be too grotesque!

        I apologize if you have dread locks.

        • venuspluto67 August 20, 2018 at 8:49 pm #

          Actually there is something more time-consuming: corn-braids. I couldn’t get a haircut one time a few years ago because one of the only two stylists working was doing corn-braids on a grown-ass man in his thirties. Even I couldn’t help but think, “Jayzuss, what a fag!”

          • Tate August 21, 2018 at 1:45 am #

            Was he a white-ass man? That’s cultural appropriation. You should have told him that.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 21, 2018 at 8:43 pm #

            Yes, some Gays really are really queer.

  13. dplainview August 20, 2018 at 11:17 am #

    “…and if the vaunted tech entrepreneurs of this land have their way with robotics, you can be sure there would be less than nothing for them to do… except crawl off and die quietly, without leaving an odoriferous mess.”
    – Amazon grins stage left.

  14. zekesdad August 20, 2018 at 11:17 am #

    “A couple generations beyond the life of Riley the whole thing has fallen apart”. How so? The stock market is near all time highs, real estate prices are up, and unemployment is down. Gasoline prices are under $3 a gallon, thanks to high levels of production in the U.S. It’s not only rich people who own stock or their own homes. GDP is forecast to come in at 3% this year. That’s a 50% increase from the 2% under Obama. We are in the middle of a years long aircraft replacement cycle, and increased military spending, so aircraft factory workers are doing fine. Dreamliners and fighter jets are not assembled by robots. None of that is not to say we don’t have a boob as president, social divisions, and huge public debt levels, etc., but the economy, at least for now is doing pretty well. Anybody who believes otherwise is welcome to short the S&P 500, but I wouldn’t advise it. If you tried doing that to oil the last few years based on “peak oil” you’d have had your head handed to you.

    • GreenAlba August 20, 2018 at 11:42 am #

      ‘Peak oil’ was always about conventional reserves, though, zekesdad.
      Squeezing oil out of shale or tar sands (like hammering gas out of rocks by injecting toxic chemicals and half a river) isn’t conventional, it’s desperate.

      Conventional oil production peaked roughly when it was predicted it would.

      • Tate August 20, 2018 at 3:03 pm #

        “Peak oil’ was always about conventional reserves, though, zekesdad.”

        Except that that’s always been a moving target. Oil companies are engineering outfits that specialize in oil extraction. As such, the technology has seen steady (& sometimes radical) improvement & ‘conventional reserves’ have always been subject to upward revision.

        • GreenAlba August 20, 2018 at 3:27 pm #

          Not arguing with that, Tate.

          Not sure what point you’re making, though. Are you saying conventional oil production hasn’t peaked or telling me it’s not going to peak in the near future? I don’t claim to be an expert. But it’s still about peak production rates (of conventional reserves), not the actual amount of conventional reserves left, isn’t it?

          • Tate August 20, 2018 at 4:12 pm #

            Has it peaked? It wouldn’t surprise me. ‘Peak oil’ is kind of meaningless, though, as predictive of anything useful in the short to medium term.

            In the short term, there are several more important factors in extrapolating production rates than probable reserves, involving pricing but also geopolitical considerations. Each oil-producing country has different circumstances.

            Second, & more importantly in the medium to long term range, two other issues are ultimately of greater importance, 1) steady gains in energy efficiency & 2) demand destruction arising out of lifestyle & regulatory changes. As an example, a big change coming in the U.S. will be the reintroduction of street cars. The auto companies in collusion with the chamber of commerce ripped up the street car lines in the 1940s. The street car lines in collusion with the chamber of commerce will rip up the car companies in the 20XXs. All in the name of ‘Growth,’ hehe.

      • zekesdad August 21, 2018 at 10:00 pm #

        Reserves are reserves. Some of what were previously thought to be probable or unrecoverable are now being produced due to enhanced recovery techniques including horizontal drilling, and fracking (which is not a new technique.) Oil is obviously a finite resource, but the precipitous decline of production as predicted by King Hubbard in the 1940s hasn’t happened yet. Obviously at some point it will. My point was not that we shouldn’t prepare for that time, but if those such as James who have written endlessly about both the end of our oil based economy and bad economic conditions in general are wrong. I actually cited statistics to prove my point. If others really believe things are so dire they should enrich themselves or at least protect what they have by betting against both oil and the stock market. It’s not something I would recommend, however because the timing is always so difficult. As the economist Keynes once said, “The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent”.

    • beantownbill. August 20, 2018 at 11:54 am #

      The economy is doing great only if you follow the MSM’s numbers. If you believe those numbers tell the whole story, then I have a bridge I could sell you – on good terms and low down payment.

      • malthuss August 20, 2018 at 1:10 pm #

        Sub prime loan?

    • Paulo August 20, 2018 at 12:05 pm #

      Hey Zeke,

      You forgot the part about it being all on borrowed money. Everyone looks prosperous strolling on the decks of a cruise ship, even on the Titanic.

      Got cash? Lose debt and make preps….time isn’t standing still. Trump is making trade war icebergs and winning more and more, everyday.

  15. ladybuggun August 20, 2018 at 11:42 am #

    Wealth is there!! Corporations are making so much money they don’t know what to do with it all, except buy more stock. The problem is that they don’t want to pay their workers a fair share of the wealth. If we made them do it, we wouldn’t have corporate welfare. This is where if you work a low income job, like Walmart, you need food stamps, Obamacare, and Section 8 housing, because they pay you almost nothing, not enough to support yourself, let alone a family. So actually we are supporting welfare where it isn’t needed. Why do we let them get away with it? I’ll tell you why. Because when someone like me tells the truth about it, I’m called a Socialist, and it’s so scary for some people to hear that word!! Why not just start small? Make these corporations pay a wage that lets people exist without government help? In the 50’s it was called minimum wage, and it made it possible to have a family like you described. The companies would be out nothing, except more stock buy backs.

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      It’s called joining a Union or having the gumption to certify.

      I did it, worked hard and lived below my means and have been retired for 6 years. I just turned 63. My son works as an industrial electrician and earns 200K per year. His Union is Unifor, and the company he is working for is thriving.

      Plus, if you actually have marketable skills you can work on the side. I turn down carpentry work, continually.

      I have worked under 4 unions in my life, and about 1/3 of the time, non-union. Unions: carpenters, IWA (sawmilling), Teamsters (pilot), and Teachers union (BCTF).

      Make a guess what paid the best and had pension and benefits packages? Hint, it wasn’t the non-union sector.

    • tucsonspur August 20, 2018 at 6:06 pm #

      During the fifties, the federal minimum wage was about $1.00/hr.

      Not to trivialize the slavery issue, but Unions freed more slaves than Abraham Lincoln.

      No one said it better than Norma Rae: “UNION!”

    • Janos Skorenzy August 20, 2018 at 6:42 pm #

      Well said. Socialism is an absolute necessity to balance against Capitalism and its greed. These guys find it unbearable to pay people a decent wage and won’t if they can get away with it. So stop bringing in the wet back scabs and let’s start dividing that apple pie. The more people, the smaller the pie. It’s only reasonable. Thus NATIONAL Socialism is called for and Marxist Globalism is contraindicated.

      • Q. Shtik August 21, 2018 at 12:26 pm #

        Socialism is an absolute necessity to balance against Capitalism and its greed. – Janos


        Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. – GG

    • zekesdad August 21, 2018 at 9:29 pm #

      You call yourself a socialist. I suggest your do some serious research on what’s happening in Venezuela. There are about 45 pictures of the miserable millions who have fled that country at The National Review website. While you and the president of that country are theorizing about how great everything would be with social engineering, there are real people facing ruination.

  16. beantownbill. August 20, 2018 at 11:49 am #

    Back in 1969 I was reading Harry Browne, who stated our financial system had to collapse because we couldn’t spend more tax money that we took in, and that the dollar wasn’t backed 100% by gold.

    Just two years later, Nixon separated the dollar entirely from gold. You’d think that would be the final blow, but it’s now 47 years later and the dollar is still around. But our time is growing short – who woulda thunk it could take this long? The creativity of the monied class to extend and pretend is to be admired. Too bad that creative energy wasn’t put to good use.

    So far, it appears that collapse doesn’t occur at the acceleration rate of gravity; it’s a slo-mo process. Maybe my generation (I’m not a Boomer) will outlive the final economic fall, although I don’t think so. Collapse may not be the end of the world, but it sure as hell will be TEOTWAWKI.

    • Ol' Scratch August 20, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

      As the global hegemon and reserve currency, we’ve exported our inflation and other economic ills all over the world at the point of a gun, thus delaying it’s collapse. Thus the current concern over Russia, China, and others possibly forming new alliances that threatens to undo all that. The reserve currency petrodollar is the key to everything. Undo that, and everything else will soon follow.

    • elysianfield August 20, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

      ” who woulda thunk it could take this long?”

      Wall Street wisdom;

      “The market can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent…”

      The same concept applies to much in life.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 20, 2018 at 6:45 pm #

        Yes, the Market will recover – but many people won’t. Make the rope jump enough times and you’ll ruin almost everyone – and recoup their assets which they see as really theirs. Workers are just a natural resource and wages are just a write off….

    • malthuss August 20, 2018 at 1:11 pm #

      We Like Harry.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 20, 2018 at 6:47 pm #

        His favorite thing of all was just laying on his couch listening to classical. Where are you gonna find a woman, a government, a parent, or a world that will let you do much of that?

  17. akmofo August 20, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

    Get in Line: Backlog for Big Rigs Stretches to 2019

    Those waiting for an economic downturn this September will have to wait a while longer. (Btw, why is it that the 9th month is named the 7th month?)

    • Ol' Scratch August 20, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

      Good question. Here’s your answer:

      “September (from Latin septem, “seven”) was originally the seventh of ten months on the oldest known Roman calendar, with March (Latin Martius) the first month of the year until perhaps as late as 153 BC.[2] After the calendar reform that added January and February to the beginning of the year, September became the ninth month, but retained its name. It had 29 days until the Julian reform, which added a day.”


      • akmofo August 20, 2018 at 12:49 pm #

        Yeah, that’s all well known. But it doesn’t answer the question as to why calendar reform was necessary and why originally there were 10 Latin months versus 12. What changed to instigate the changes in the calendar?

        • Ol' Scratch August 20, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

          I dunno. I’ll snoop around a bit if I have time. Something to do with religion, I’m guessing.

        • Janos Skorenzy August 20, 2018 at 6:56 pm #

          I believe Caesar was hanging out with Cleopatra and talked to some Egyptian Priests about their calendar. If the Latin was only 10 months, then it obviously wasn’t that good and needed replacing.

          • akmofo August 20, 2018 at 9:05 pm #

            The Latin calendar is a solar calander. All the other calendars are lunar calendars. The solar year changed, but the lunar month remained.

            Why the Latin calendar is Satanic:

  18. Ishabaka August 20, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

    The end of the world as we know it is always just around the corner.

  19. ricksinger August 20, 2018 at 12:26 pm #

    James, ( and all your blind supporters )

    I spent an hour going through your blog postings of the last several months, and the comments of your sycophants. Your hypocricy has been too much for your former readers and have driven them away. I hope you’re happy with the results.

    I also took a second look at your books, TLE and TMM. While it’s fascinating science fiction set in the near term, it’s unequivocally wrong. Don’t give me that “Oh, it’s going to happen–just not yet” That’s the bullshit that the Second Coming evangelists have been preaching for hundreds of years. “Sorry, my calculations were off by a few years. He’s the correct date.”

    Speaking of date, I re-read your millennial forecasts for gloom and doom.

    But as I say about Trump, I don’t blame you. You’re what you are, just like Trump is what he is. What I blame are your devoted delusional readers. I’m proud to say that my ability to reason, and become aware of my cognitive bias’ through mindful meditation has provided me the insight to clearly see your bias’ and self-delusion.

    Be well. And be happy in your fantasy world of your own imagination. Your fiction is entertaining, but it’s nice to come back to reality when I put your books aside.

    • Ol' Scratch August 20, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

      I’m proud to say that my ability to reason, and become aware of my cognitive bias’ through mindful meditation has provided me the insight to clearly see your bias’ and self-delusion.

      Watch yourself! You’ll dislocate your shoulder patting yourself on the back like that! None so blind as those who will not see.

      • Elrond Hubbard August 20, 2018 at 4:02 pm #

        For the record, I finally got around to unsubscribing from the Kunstlercast this week. JHK was awesome back when he was yakking about architecture and urban design. I looked forward to every new episode, but that was a long time ago. Now, it’s nothing but the price of gold this and the price of gold that. This hobbyhorse may be of interest to people who have nominal assets of some kind, and are scheming to hold on to their winnings in the event of financial catastrophe. To anyone else, the podcast as it exists today is of no interest.

        • Exscotticus August 20, 2018 at 9:28 pm #

          >>> and are scheming to hold on to their winnings

          Interesting choice of words to describe the lawful activities of those who worked hard to save wealth. Your posts truly real of class warfare.

          • Exscotticus August 20, 2018 at 9:31 pm #

            In the world of spell checkers, real becomes real instead of reek.

          • Exscotticus August 20, 2018 at 9:33 pm #

            I am going to post the word reak if it’s the last thing I do. There. I did it. REAK.

          • GreenAlba August 21, 2018 at 5:09 am #

            I think it depends on how they got it.

            I used to get emails from one of these Rickards-type outfits – not sure why. One day they sent one detailing how my country was going to go under but I could profit by buying gold etc. etc. NOW.

            I wrote back to them and told them how disgusting they were to suggest that I should make personal profit directly from my country’s demise and please not to contact me again with their invitations to acquire filthy lucre at my compatriots’ expense.

            I didn’t get a reply but they do seem to have taken me off their mailing list.

          • GreenAlba August 21, 2018 at 5:12 am #

            It might not have been gold – I don’t entirely remember – but it was some scheme to play the system to profit personally from the destruction of my country’s economy.

            And I thought it was right-wingers who were supposed to be patriotic. Only when there’s not a buck to be made at someone else’s expense, I presume.

          • Elrond Hubbard August 21, 2018 at 8:12 am #

            Class warfare, eh? (And yep, autocorrect can be such a bitch sometimes.) Why not read this article, from a bit more than a decade ago:

            In Class Warfare, Guess Which Class Is Winning


            “Not long ago, I had the pleasure of a lengthy meeting with one of the smartest men on the planet, Warren E. Buffett, the chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, in his unpretentious offices in Omaha. We talked of many things that, I hope, will inspire me for years to come. But one of the main subjects was taxes. Mr. Buffett, who probably does not feel sick when he sees his MasterCard bill in his mailbox the way I do, is at least as exercised about the tax system as I am.

            “Put simply, the rich pay a lot of taxes as a total percentage of taxes collected, but they don’t pay a lot of taxes as a percentage of what they can afford to pay, or as a percentage of what the government needs to close the deficit gap.

            “Mr. Buffett compiled a data sheet of the men and women who work in his office. He had each of them make a fraction; the numerator was how much they paid in federal income tax and in payroll taxes for Social Security and Medicare, and the denominator was their taxable income. The people in his office were mostly secretaries and clerks, though not all.

            “It turned out that Mr. Buffett, with immense income from dividends and capital gains, paid far, far less as a fraction of his income than the secretaries or the clerks or anyone else in his office. Further, in conversation it came up that Mr. Buffett doesn’t use any tax planning at all. He just pays as the Internal Revenue Code requires. ‘How can this be fair?’ he asked of how little he pays relative to his employees. ‘How can this be right?’

            “Even though I agreed with him, I warned that whenever someone tried to raise the issue, he or she was accused of fomenting class warfare.

            “‘There’s class warfare, all right,’ Mr. Buffett said, ‘but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.'” (Emphasis added.)

            A billionaire said it, so it must be true. Or how about another quote: “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” Class war is upon us; we have Mr. Buffet’s word on that. Understanding that to be the case is the first step toward elementary self-defence.

          • Elrond Hubbard August 21, 2018 at 8:40 am #

            I’ll add to my thoughts. My disenchantment with JHK’s podcast isn’t a big deal, because he’s not where the problem lies. JHK has simply chosen to speak for a crowd whose issues and aspirations I don’t give a shit about.

            The people I do sympathize with are the many millions who also work hard, in fact who skin their knuckles to the bone, and yet can’t save wealth to save their lives (often literally, because the health care system is an extortion racket). They can’t save wealth because all their labour is rewarded with the bare minimum to keep body and soul together, and a single missed paycheque is a catastrophe.

            Fed survey shows 40 percent of adults still can’t cover a $400 emergency expense
            – About 40 percent of adults said they would not be able to cover a $400 unexpected expense with cash.
            – Among those with retirement savings, less than 40 percent think they are on track to have enough in their golden years, and 25 percent have nothing saved at all.

            Note that the Warren Buffett quote comes from 2006. We all know what happened two years later. The federal government stepped in to make the billionaires whole by bailing out the banks. Meanwhile, many of those who had defied the odds atacked against them and accumulated some little nest egg were wiped out, losing their homes and savings.

            Now comes Trump, hero of the little man, and one of his signature achievements is a tax cut which is the biggest wealth grab in modern history. Is that me saying that, or Bernie Sanders, or some forming-at-the-mouth Bolshevik? No, it’s Fortune magazine. All of this is out in public and easily visible. It’s time we put a stop to it.

          • Elrond Hubbard August 21, 2018 at 8:42 am #

            “Foaming” at the mouth! Autocorrect strikes the Elronds and the Exscotticuses alike.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 21, 2018 at 2:19 pm #

            You choose to care about dopey fingerless Negroes or carefully arranged Arab “beach boy” bodies – and not Kate Steinle or all the raped English and Swedish women.

          • Exscotticus August 21, 2018 at 3:52 pm #


            There’s no disputing that the tax code is far from perfect, as it reflects conflicting political and ideological goals. But the idea that the wealthy do not pay “their fair share” of taxes is a bit disingenuous when roughly 50% of Americans don’t pay any income taxes at all. Meanwhile, the top-earners like Buffett pay nearly half of the federal income. How is that possible? Because 20% of $50 million is far far far greater than 25% of 50k.

            JHK has simply chosen to speak for a crowd whose issues and aspirations I don’t give a shit about.

            And who might this crowd be? cis-gendered males of white European descent? Do you have a date with janet, tonight?

            The people I do sympathize with are the many millions who also work hard, in fact who skin their knuckles to the bone, and yet can’t save wealth to save their lives (often literally, because the health care system is an extortion racket).

            And who might this crowd be? Illegal aliens? Refugees? The systemic welfare class? The working poor?

            I happen to have known people in the latter two categories. They make horrible choices and that’s why they’re poor. Those choices started when they were in grade school, doing anything BUT studying and learning and improving themselves and their chances in life. Then they graduated HS (or not) and end up with shit jobs. So what do they do next? They buy things they don’t need—on credit. Things like expensive clothes and cars. They max out credit cards and pay usurious 30% interest. They use payday loans also with usurious interest. They have not one but many children, with not one but many partners, when their income and equity would suggest they wait and save up. But waiting and saving and planning are not in their nature. They want everything now and they don’t care about the details.

            So these, then, are your peeps. You can have them. I would send them all to Canada to live right next to you if I could.

          • Elrond Hubbard August 22, 2018 at 10:08 am #

            You don’t tell me who I do or don’t care about, Janos. All victims of crime or suffering are within my sphere of sympathy, including Kathryn Steinle and the loved ones she left behind. That’s true because I say it’s true. Either you hear and believe, because I’m neither a liar nor a hypocrite, or else you can fuck right off.

            As for the two men you referred to (their names are Seidu Mohammed and Razak Iyal, by the way), I posted about them because no matter what anyone’s opinion about migrants, any decent person can feel basic pity for someone who has their fingers amputated. Decent people (i.e. not you) will also be happy to learn that they’ve been granted asylum in Canada. They’re living in Winnipeg, working and volunteering, and adding to the life of this country.

          • Elrond Hubbard August 22, 2018 at 11:05 am #

            Ex: “And who might this crowd be? cis-gendered males of white European descent?”

            Stop treating me like a Democrat. I don’t suffer from the mental disability of identity politics. There’s a catastrophe coming. People who foresee it and plan to ride it out unscathed (effectively profiting by it, since they’ll be relatively wealthier in the aftermath than before, possibly much wealthier) are of no interest to me. That’s my opinion, which was clear if you actually read what I wrote.

            Ex: “They make horrible choices and that’s why they’re poor.”

            Really, that’s the only reason why anyone is poor? That’s a storybook answer, the ‘people only ever get what they deserve‘ answer; it’s nonsense. Here’s a more accurate one: the working poor get systematically ripped off because, lacking unions and the right to collectively bargain, they lack bargaining power over their wages. Thus they get paid less than their work is worth, and the difference goes into their employer’s pocket. So I hear you say, they should get a better job at higher pay. Only, all the other workplaces work the same way. It’s a race to the bottom.

            I’ll tell you who had a solution to this: Bill and Hillary Clinton. Training! Self-improvement! While they sign NAFTA, whereby all the well-paying union jobs get shipped overseas to people who work for pennies, everyone left behind can just get more education and then they get jobs using Excel instead of flipping burgers. Did that work out? No; those people just fell out of the middle class and added to the working poor, fighting the other working poor over scraps.

            All the business still run, all the revenue still comes in, all the money still gets made; only, that money gets diverted away from people who work their daily bread and into the pockets of people who already own things for a living. Meanwhile, that ‘fighting over scraps’ part is what you were pointing at when you were blaming the poor for being poor.

          • Exscotticus August 22, 2018 at 2:41 pm #


            >>> That’s a storybook answer, the ‘people only ever get what they deserve‘ answer; it’s nonsense.

            Right. In your world, there is no personal responsibility, and everyone is a victim.

            >>> Here’s a more accurate one: the working poor get systematically ripped off because, lacking unions and the right to collectively bargain, they lack bargaining power over their wages.

            Labor unions exist and are perfectly legal. The problem with “Big Labor” is that it’s long become a racket. Big labor bosses either do nothing or collude with the very employers they’re supposed to be bargaining with. Just like “regulatory capture”, employers eventually indirectly take over the very unions that safeguard fair wages. In short: the labor unions serve themselves and not their members.

            Regardless, what sort of bargaining power would any union have with easily replaced unskilled labor?

            The truth is, skilled and valuable employees are much better off bargaining for themselves than casting their lot in with others of varying competency. Until recently, labor unions prevented this, forcing everyone to join the union, pay the dues, and be represented en masse.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 22, 2018 at 5:58 pm #

            Yeah Elrond, I don’t believe it. Maybe you think you’re being sincere, but it’s just in the nature of things that you can’t care about everyone. It’s a limited resource after all – like all resources. Remember the “Environment”? Why don’t you apply it to human life? Aren’t we part of the natural world too?

            So you either care about Kate or the Goblin who killed Kate; Mollie or the beast who raped and killed her. That’s just the way it is. You’ve chosen and so have I. You just won’t admit your choice – perhaps not even to yourself. I’m not accusing you of lying, just lack of self knowledge. And without that, there is no integrity.

          • Elrond Hubbard August 23, 2018 at 1:53 pm #

            Ex: “In your world, there is no personal responsibility, and everyone is a victim.”

            Certain people, when they say “personal responsibility”, actually mean “Don’t expect me to accord others their full humanity, not even in theory” — even though the Golden Rule should prompt them to do so. Also, did you click the link I provided? The just-world fallacy is the presumption that people’s condition is solely a reflection of their nature, and the consequence strictly of their own actions. It’s called a fallacy because it’s fallacious. But it is useful for people who want to defend their prejudices and deflect attention from systemic issues.

            As for labour unions, don’t expect me to defend corruption where it exists. Unions are an institution like any other; they either fulfill their proper purpose or they don’t. But the purpose itself, that of protecting working people against the predations of owners and managers, is a necessary one even if it isn’t sufficient. (What would be sufficient would be for enterprises to be owned and managed directly by the people who work there.) Regardless, corruption isn’t the reason why unions are weaker today than they used to be. They have been subjected to extensive assaults by a well-financed, decades-long campaign instigated by people who know exactly what they are doing.

            Ex: “skilled and valuable employees are much better off bargaining for themselves than casting their lot in with others of varying competency”.

            ‘Divided we stand, united we fall’? Somehow I’ve never heard it put that way before, but okay. Actually this is better rendered as “Every man for himself, and the devil take the hindmost”. And here was me thinking people lived in a society! Well, anyway.

            Janos: “So you either care about etc.”

            False choice, Janos. The basic question is elementary: who belongs within my circle of care? Who is it even possible for me to give the slightest shit about? The answer is, anyone. Accepting the correct answer requires no resources whatsoever, only a heart that isn’t poisoned. It’s then that you look at who does good and who does bad. But here’s me, casting pearls before swine.

          • Exscotticus August 23, 2018 at 4:48 pm #


            Obviously, between “you are in complete control of your destiny” and “you have no control over your destiny whatsoever” is a range of possibilities.

            Being responsible for one’s actions doesn’t mean being culpable for one’s entire existential condition. You can hardly be blamed, for example, when a meteorite falls on you.

            While completely ignoring that we all go through life making choices, you have instead decided that our lives are mostly at the mercy of malevolent forces, and that choices have very little to do with it. And you even know what these forces are and have a name for them, which you call: THE RICH.

            Nevermind that there are plenty of people whose relative wealth was derived fair and square through hard work, patience, planning, good choices, and perhaps a bit of luck.

            For you it doesn’t matter—these rich fucks have got to go. Jail em, take their wealth, and redistribute it to the poor. It’s been tried many times and doesn’t lead to anything good for anyone.

            >>> accord others their full humanity

            According someone their “full humanity” doesn’t mean that I have to become an economic slave to losers, moochers, takers, and morons. In your world, if I do the responsible thing and wait and save up to afford a child, I should nonetheless pay beaucoup taxes so that others who can’t even afford to feed themselves can impregnate as many women as possible without consequence? That’s a sucker’s game.

      • Walter B August 20, 2018 at 4:28 pm #

        My guess is that “mindful meditation” means firing up the Big Bong, and it sounds like a wise choice that singing rick has made. What I have always had difficulty understanding is why anyone would visit a site like this and then make fun of it or insult it and those that frequent it. When I come across such a place or if a place I go to changes to my disliking, I simply bow out. I STFU and I go away. How hard is that to do? What is the point of entering a man’s house to tell him that he sucks when you can simply pass his door by and head to the bar instead? People – can’t live with ’em, can’t kill ’em. Guess we just have to make the best of it……

    • darrell dullnig August 20, 2018 at 2:00 pm #

      “I’m proud to say that my ability to reason, and become aware of my cognitive bias’ through mindful meditation has provided me the insight to clearly see your bias’ and self-delusion.“

      Just curious ricksinger; has this process which has brought you to this exalted state ceased, or does your mindful meditation continue apace? If no, as a god you can relax and enjoy your status and the satisfaction that provides. I am happy for you.

      But if yes, then be careful, your mindful meditation could simply loop around and bring you back to your starting point, just like someone lost in a forest tends to walk in circles.

    • beantownbill. August 20, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

      It’s ok to disagree, but why don’t you cut out the snarky, smug attitude? Maybe you need a lot more mindful meditation to get over yourself.

      • darrell dullnig August 20, 2018 at 3:03 pm #

        It’s okay to disagree, but I have to disagree politely, like you? No thanks, I’ll keep my smug, snarky attitude. You might find me offensive, but I guess I’ll somehow find a way to live with that.

        • beantownbill. August 20, 2018 at 5:18 pm #

          Darrell,I don’t know how it happened, but I meant for my post to be a reply to Ricksinger, not you.

          • darrell dullnig August 20, 2018 at 7:02 pm #

            I see. No problem.

    • capt spaulding August 20, 2018 at 9:04 pm #

      You spent a whole hour reading the comments? That’s enough time to read about two posts from FincainTheMountain. one whole hour huh? That’s voracious. By the way, you spelled hypocrisy wrong.

  20. wm5135 August 20, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

    The group of winners that is represented by Mr. Powell at the FED believe they can crash the EMs again and bring in the dollars to purchase the record dollar amount of bonds the Treasury is poised to issued before the end of the 4th quarter.

    ladybuggun, the buybacks are all debt not profit. The whole market is a venture capital ponzi with the boards of directors siphoning off all of the assets and leaving nothing but a shell and a mountain of debt. The winners seem indifferent to the fact that the shell is all of the global economies.

    Can hardly wait for the BS that will be spread when the debt ceiling is reached and the wailing and knashing of teeth about fiscal responsibility starts. What was it that P.T. Barnum had to say?

    Deprivation does not bring reduced reproduction it brings increased infant mortality, which brings about attempts to increase reproduction.

    Copper is on the slide at the moment. Nothing gets done in this tech world without copper and the rare earths. Copper is on the slide.

    Some day Schrodinger’s cat won’t bounce.

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    • malthuss August 20, 2018 at 1:12 pm #

      what does EM mean?

      • malthuss August 20, 2018 at 1:13 pm #


        I thought maybe ATMs.

        • beantownbill. August 20, 2018 at 2:21 pm #

          Emerging markets.

          • malthuss August 20, 2018 at 9:01 pm #

            T U.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 20, 2018 at 8:48 pm #

        Or Aunty Em in The Wizard of Zog.

  21. pequiste August 20, 2018 at 12:58 pm #

    If the Deep State doesn’t have its way (or gets caught in flagrate delicto, they might just start WWIII to show how powerful, vindictive and demonic “They” really are.

    We would then need to have Brueghel’s “The Triumph of Death” as the illustration for the final installment of JHK’s blog.

  22. BackRowHeckler August 20, 2018 at 1:05 pm #

    I suppose I’m one of the ‘Losers turned Winners’ growing up in what was little more than a shack alongside the river in a dying little mill town in NW CT. At the same time you cannot imagine how much fun we had out on that river fishing and boating, also roaming the woods with our .22 rifles and .410 shotguns. We had freedom of the whole village and the forests and fields surrounding it; there was no concern that I know of for our personal safety; the only rule was be home before dark.

    The elite out of DC, NYC and LA (and dozens of other places) the lying, mendacious, deceitful subversive media, tenured Marxist professors, billionaire socialists, Big Dems and their ‘Diversity’ mantra, rich foundations that contribute to left wing causes, hypocritical Hollywood actors and musicians scolding the rest of us, promoting homosexuality, illegal immigration, drag queens, coddled obnoxious college students ‘specially from the Ivy League … the enmity and hatred the Trump voter (myself included) feels to the above mentioned is immeasurable.

    It feels real good to tell the lot of them to go f-k themselves, on this site and every other site that allows it.

    Well, farm seizures have begun in South Africa. One result of this, even before all whites have been dispossessed, is that crops are no longer being planted and livestock sold off and destroyed. Why plan for the future when no future exists. Expect the farms to lie fallow and famine to begin within a year or two. When the Hottentots begin starving to death on the streets of Capetown then maybe Bono and U2 will fly in and give a benefit concert, under tight security — to feed the people of South Africa. And perhaps just for old time sake he can lead the restive and hungry mobs in chants like “kill the Boer”, and “bring me my machine gun”, like back in the halcyon days of 2007.


    • malthuss August 20, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

      Our world [the globe] went from 2-3 billion to 7 billion.
      We can see.
      Some dont, they are like that lobster in water that is slowly heating up.

      The surplus is dumped on the first world, due to that tribe you so vigorously defend.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 20, 2018 at 7:03 pm #

      We have to let them die this time. The Black has to be taught to appreciate us again – and to deprecate himself. It’s either humility or humus time. And I don’t mean that middle eastern food. Forgive the graveyard humor, but it’s late in the day. And monsters are already stretching in the gathering shadows, stretching, yawning, and snapping their teeth.

      • elysianfield August 20, 2018 at 11:48 pm #

        “but it’s late in the day. And monsters are already stretching in the gathering shadows, stretching, yawning, and snapping their teeth.”


  23. BackRowHeckler August 20, 2018 at 1:14 pm #

    One of the ships in Henry Morgan’s pirate fleet that preyed on the Spanish Main in the 1660s was called the ‘Coco Nut’.

    ‘Brethern of the Coast’, sailing around the Caribbean searching for gold and silver, aboard the ‘Coco Nut’.


    • Tate August 20, 2018 at 7:45 pm #

      You’re talking about the new craze among Venezuelans, I presume?

    • malthuss August 20, 2018 at 9:00 pm #

      4 dead in Ohio, I mean Tajikistan.

  24. Luhrenloup August 20, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

    We had 8 years of Obama pretending the country was in great shape, and he was no slouch in the narcissism department either. Trump, unpleasant to be sure, yet with good intentions wants to bring back a past that no longer fits the current situation:





    The Beauty of it All:


    The Robots:


    We will have to find our own solutions.

  25. Bro Jobe August 20, 2018 at 1:33 pm #

    “What political commentator has failed to notice that the supposed savior of this peasant class is himself a sort of shabby version of Louis XVI, with his gilded toilet seats, brand-name pomp, and complex hair? A happy peasantry needs a good king, and that is the role Mr. Trump seems to have cast himself in.”

    They need a better king.

    Gilded toilet seats? Really? I’ve long quipped that he’s going to have a stroke on the toilet, while Tweeting. A fitting end. Too bad Snopes.com rates that legend as “false.”

    Still, King Louis had best beware that peasantry. Chop went the weasel in 1765.

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    • Bro Jobe August 20, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

      1793, I mean. But still: CHOP.

    • Ol' Scratch August 20, 2018 at 3:11 pm #

      I’ve long quipped that he’s going to have a stroke on the toilet, while Tweeting.

      While eating a peanut butter and banana sandwich, no doubt. I can see a Graceland type monument/theme park in Trump’s post-presidential future, for sure. A library, not so much, although a big screen (YUUGE!) tweet display would be an absolute must. And an obligatory private screening of the infamous pee tape for adults only too, of course!

  26. Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter August 20, 2018 at 1:35 pm #

    OK, Mr. Kunstler, we don’t call them chiggers anymore. The proper term is now cheegroes. Or, insecto-Americans.

    Geeesh! Talk about clueless bloggers!

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    • capt spaulding August 20, 2018 at 8:46 pm #

      Are you guys talking about people who are half Chinese & half Afro-American?

  27. BackRowHeckler August 20, 2018 at 1:56 pm #

    54 more people shot in Chicago this weekend, true enough, but the real tribal warfare was across the sea, in London-town, 2 African gangs battling it out on the streets of the city, armed with knives and machetes. The ‘Guardian’ describes the scene as a bloodbath.

    Let’s not hear anymore BBC scolds lecture us on ‘gun violence’ and call for more ‘gun control’ as they are fond of doing. Anyway, I thought the Lord Mayor of London, Ali Khan, had banned all knives within city limits? What happened?


    • GreenAlba August 20, 2018 at 3:11 pm #

      His name’s Sadiq. And carrying knives was illegal long before Sadiq became Mayor.

      Could you please link to the Guardian article, though? Genuinely interested as I can’t find anything on African gangs doing anything with machetes this weekend from a search in the Guardian (and elsewhere). I did find something about a 16-year-old with a knife who cut someone’s hand while a group of men were holding him down and taking the knife from him (good for them).

      The BBC don’t ‘call for gun control’ in your country. They’re not an advocacy organisation, let alone an international one. They just report on gun crime occasionally, as is their job. They report on gun crime here too. And knife crime. But I can’t find anything on this weekend’s African tribal thing on their website either, although I’ve tried.

      I’m not from England, as you know, but I like to keep abreast of what’s happening with the elephant next door.

      I might watch this in half an hour:


      Seems you can import guns into the UK if they’re classified as ‘obsolete’ or ‘antique’. Bit of a loop-hole.

      • malthuss August 20, 2018 at 8:58 pm #

        It is HebBC. Hebrew B C…check comments at Irish Savant Blog..One commenters left 1000s of lines of facts on the HBC.

        • GreenAlba August 21, 2018 at 5:35 am #

          Have you got the information on the weekend’s African gang warfare thingy then, Malthuss? That’s what I”m waiting for. Haven’t seen anything about it here and usually if there’s notable violence it’s all over the news, with people invited on to discuss it and everything, with analyses, recriminations, proposals – you know the kind of thing. And he specifically quoted The Guardian. And the word ‘bloodbath’.

          And the thing is that if you say things like that about a faraway place and no-one challenges you, people automatically believe you and before you know it you’re living in Fake News City. And I think BRH works for a newspaper so I kind of hold him to higher moral standards even if he only makes the coffee or fixes the photocopier. By association.

          I’ve put in searches like:

          London bloodbath
          African gangs London
          London violence machetes

          Etc. etc. And come up with nothing.

          Which maybe (I’m reserving judgement, trying to be fair) suggests that BRH Makes. Things. Up. Cos he’s gone damned quiet. And if I’m expected to believe that BRH has the truth that the BBC are hushing up (but The Guardian are bizarrely telling us about, even though they’re a librul rag that wants to keep such things a secret from Whitey) then I need some help here.

          If it happened, it happened, but I’m still waiting. Maybe he meant Pretoria or Sana’a or Homs. It’s an easy mistake to make when you’re a man on a mission.

          • malthuss August 21, 2018 at 10:33 am #

            Which maybe (I’m reserving judgement, trying to be fair) suggests that BRH Makes. Things. Up

            You are Cleo, queen of denial…Look up the crime statistics.

          • GreenAlba August 21, 2018 at 11:08 am #

            Malthuss, unless you’ve got that link to the Guardian article about the bloodbath this weekend in London with African tribal warfare in the streets and machetes an’ all, don’t waste my time with your sycophantic diversion tactics. I know he’s your hero, but if he lies, he lies. Not that you’d care.

            Where are all the other sycophants with the link? I kind of expected the cavalry to be here by now.

          • GreenAlba August 21, 2018 at 11:09 am #

            I’m aware of the crime statistics.

            What I don’t understand is why people who have the actual crime statistics at their disposal have to Make. Stuff. Up.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 21, 2018 at 8:52 pm #

            What about the girl they cut up and put in their kebabs? How do you feel? On a scale of 1 to +/- 10, with 10 being absolute despair and -10 being Satanic ecstasy, I assume you feel nothing. Zero. You just have no feeling for your race whatsoever. On the other hand, you have great feeling for other races. Yours is a common type and the reason why the White race may well be doomed.

            In other words, if Whites had cut up a Paki girl, you’d be up near 10 in your outrage and depression. As for feeling bad about Whites, you have to know them personally I assume.

          • GreenAlba August 22, 2018 at 3:37 am #


            Your lies, calumnies and malignant assumptions just emphasise what you are and how your corrupted mind works. Again, they do not merit the dignity of an answer.

            Just more diversionary tactics to cover your hero’s lies. You could have kept some decency and stayed away.

            You shame yourself with your sick whataboutery. And that’s saying something.

          • malthuss August 23, 2018 at 10:48 am #

            I did post about machete massacre, but it hasnt reached UK, yet.
            And yes, BRH is a hero to me. He reports from the front of the culture war, and quite accurately.

            I agree with the person who noted that you are, ‘slippery.’

          • GreenAlba August 23, 2018 at 11:11 am #

            “I did post about machete massacre, but it hasnt reached UK, yet.”

            Now that’s a slippery sentence – what does it mean, malthuss?

            The machete massacre is supposed to have happened in London. Are you suggesting no-one recorded anything on their phone and the MSM are hiding it from us? People in London do speak to one another. So, what does your sentence mean?

          • GreenAlba August 23, 2018 at 11:12 am #

            And you seem to have forgotten that BRH, your hero, said that THE GUARDIAN called it a ‘bloodbath’, so please do provide the GUARDIAN link, my ultra-slippery friend, or admit you’re talking nonsense.

      • malthuss August 23, 2018 at 10:49 am #


        • GreenAlba August 23, 2018 at 11:15 am #

          THIS WEEKEND, Malthuss. Have you fallen through a time warp? Your link is from 2013. And it doesn’t mention any African tribes ‘battling it out’ on the streets of London.

          Your slipperiness is veering out of control, malthy my lad.

    • Walter B August 20, 2018 at 7:54 pm #

      Apparently nobody cares about the murders in Chicago BRH, everyone seems to take it in stride….


      I suppose that they cannot ever acknowledge the violence because it leads to the discovery that outlawing guns does nothing to stop murders by guns. Either that or they do not care when blacks murder blacks, only when whites do it. None of it makes any sense nor will it ever. It is a true lose/lose scenario.

  28. FincaInTheMountains August 20, 2018 at 2:19 pm #

    Make Men Masculine Again


    While considering this video absolutely right I can’t help remembering that this days rape, murder, war all have one thing in common – Hillary Clinton and she is a woman.

  29. mow August 20, 2018 at 2:37 pm #

    The prevailing sentiment among those who hate governmental oppression and corporate plutocracy …

    ” I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore “

  30. Tate August 20, 2018 at 2:52 pm #

    “I assume that [Trump] wants very earnestly to be considered a good person, though all his efforts to demonstrate that have been startlingly clumsy and mostly ineffective.”

    Opinion is so split anymore that to be a ‘good person’ means nothing without reference to one’s base. A candidate finally came forward who realized that. That’s why Conservatism, Inc. is a dead brand. And this is the way it’s going to be going forward.

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    • bukowskisghost August 20, 2018 at 3:32 pm #

      Hey y’all, get up outa your electric wheelchairs and live your goddam lives…. we’re all gonna croak one day. Get over it for gods sake!

      • Tate August 20, 2018 at 3:43 pm #

        That’s what I say! Fucking Conservatism, Inc. get up outta yer electric wheelchairs & live your gd lives!

      • Janos Skorenzy August 20, 2018 at 7:07 pm #

        Why not have electric wheelchair jousting? What a great sport – and not a bad way to decrease the population if the lances are even half way for real. They don’t have to be sharp just not bendable…..

        Anyone see that old classic Knight Riders about jousting on motorcycles?

        • Tate August 20, 2018 at 7:24 pm #

          Haven’t seen it. Is it on YT? (You tube, not Whitey). But return to topic, jousting of the differently-abled? that would be epic. Doubt it would decrease the pop though, but still fun. 2 bad Stephen Hawking can’t participate.

  31. janet August 20, 2018 at 3:59 pm #

    The winners will lose and the losers will win. Yep, blue wave coming for the 2010 losers. The House has been upside down since the Republicans were the winners in 2010. During the Obama presidency, we saw unprecedented obstruction and disrespect from House Republicans. We have witnessed the methodical and deliberate erosion of our institutions and the decimation of our political norms.

    Since Trump took office, House and Senate Republicans had supported Trump in the persecution of his political rivals and stood silent when Trump encouraged violence by his supporters.

    The kidnapping of children at our borders wasn’t enough for Republicans on Capitol Hill to revolt against the president.

    Equal protection under the law is the most fundamental underpinning of our democracy, but this administration bolstered by Capitol Hill Republicans is more keen on finding ways to circumvent this essential tenet of our democracy than to strengthen this necessary value.

    The only way to save our democracy is for Democrats to win back the House. House and Senate Republicans have abandoned their oaths of office to gain favor with trump supporters. The House and the Senate are going backward, against the grain of democracy. We are in essence upside down. But soon the 2010 losers will be winners.

    • Tate August 20, 2018 at 4:26 pm #

      What exactly, is the “grain of democracy?” Is that like fine cabinet-making?

      • janet August 20, 2018 at 4:34 pm #

        It’s an American thing, Tate. Where are you from? Maybe English is not your first language, so I will explain it to you. In English we have an expression “against the grain.” Trump is against the grain of democracy. He intentionally violates norms. His presidency is not like any of the preceding presidencies. Trump goes against the grain of democracy, which means he intentionally is different from what is normal or usual. Not better, not transparent. Just different. Like going against the norm of releasing his tax returns. Different. Not normal. Not usual. But definitely convenient for him to hide his criminal activity from public view.

        • Walter B August 20, 2018 at 6:22 pm #

          Trump is against the grain of “democracy” is only true if “democracy”=two “parties” of sellout scumbags screwing the general public for personal profit. How can the demented, degraded political system we have today be in any way, shape or form be considered “democracy” my dear?

          • hmuller August 21, 2018 at 12:14 am #

            Janet thinks those deep state scumbags trying to overturn the 2016 elections are hero’s.

            The old gal will be amazed at how little election success the Dems achieve with their far-left identity politics. “Let’s create 18 different genders and get the races at each other’s throats.”

            Some political platform, Janet! But people are beginning to see thru it and smell your kind of haters and dividers for what you are.

        • capt spaulding August 20, 2018 at 8:51 pm #

          There may be a blue wave coming, but there’s nothing the Democrats will have done to deserve it if it happens. They’re busy raping the public just like the Republicans, except they put a little vaseline on it so it stings a little less.

        • Billy Hill August 21, 2018 at 9:14 pm #

          So did Obama go against the grain of whatever by not releasing his college records?

          Some enquiring minds want to know. As in, who was/is this guy?

  32. FincaInTheMountains August 20, 2018 at 4:17 pm #

    New York sms rumors

    I must say that unlike the “live” rumors, sms-rumors turned out to be verifiable by Google and by and large they should be referred to as news, but the confirmation to that news I find in not extremely reliable media.

    Therefore, I still refer to this news as rumors, despite the fact that the established media in terms of reliability of information is worse than rumors, but they are the object of decipherment in this collection of waves in the Ether, and rumors and the aforementioned “news”, as a kind of mythology, are keys to their decryption.

    And for the purpose of this decipherment, I will start with a rumor that is obviously made in one of Hillary Clinton’s ideological laboratories or even her think tank, most likely under her personal leadership, then go to a rumor that is most likely a leak of one of Trump’s supporters, and together they will turn into a can opener, by which I will open the Yahoo news tape as a tin can.

    According to the first rumor, Vladimir Putin, before a meeting with Angela Merkel, went to Austria to attend the wedding of Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl specifically to defeat Angela Merkel, since the head of the Fourth Reich is such an anti-fascist, and Karin Kneissl is allegedly a fan of Mussolini and the daughter of a personal pilot of King Hussein, who in his youth was a member of the SS.

    Moreover, she became Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria from the Austrian Freedom Party, in which at one time (in the 50-60s of the 20th century) former Wehrmacht officers assembled. In addition, this party in Germany, now proud of its denazification, calls the Nazi party (as well as the whole of Austria), and it happens because Austria is Hitler’s homeland, but as a victim of the Anschluss did not have denacification.


    The second “news” is made in other laboratory and looks more like a leak, and together with the first news they once again confirm that simple and even obvious truth that the mass media could not believe in either Russia or the US: namely, that Hillary Clinton is the leader of the Black Project (which indirectly proves not only the existence of this world project, but the existence of the other two) and if she leaves us, the Black Project will be disabled for a long time on a worldwide scale (including in Russia), and will plunge into the abyss of internal squabbling.

    According to this rumor the plan of the Black Project is as follows: (last segment of the video)


    0. In these elections, the party machine of a democratic party and a deep state will fully control the US electoral system and, as a result of midterm elections in November, will gain decisive control over the House of Representatives, and a large proportion of Republican senators have long been recruited by Hillary Clinton.

    1. After Democrats take control of the House of Representatives, one of the Democrats representing New York State will resign. In the rumor, unlike the video, it is specifically mentioned that young witch Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, about whom I wrote in the past, which incidentally explains the presence in the third video of Bernie Sanders and the McCarthy-style gibberish that he was forced to say there.

    2. The Governor-Democrat from the State of New York, Cuomo will nominate Hillary Clinton for the vacated space.

    3. Democrat-controlled House of Representatives will elect Hillary Clinton as the Speaker of the House, which will make her the third in the succession line to the post of US president.

    4. President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will be impeached in an expedited manner, which will automatically make Hillary Clinton 46 US President.

    5. According to her order, more than 50 destroyers of the “Arleigh Burke” type will enter the Black Sea, which effectively deprives Russia of the opportunity to inflict unacceptable damage to the United States with a retaliatory strike after an instantaneous global strike by high-precision weapons on the starting positions of Russian missiles and command centers.

    And now my own prediction:

    Nothing like that will happen!

    Trey Gowdy will shoot someone with a silver bullet.

    By the way, the myth of the silver bullet came from a hunter in the 11th century, who shot (with the arrow) the famous she-wolf in France, who was considered a werewolf. The name was Argentum (Silver) hunter and he looked like Trey Gowdy one hundred percent!

    • FincaInTheMountains August 20, 2018 at 6:56 pm #

      Here’s Bernie Sanders on the Sunday program Face the Nation where he carried such crap about Russia, Putin and Trump that Hillary must have all her lips slicked with envy.

      By the way, the young witch who sits next to him and claims that she is a follower of Bernie Sanders in politics, recently took out one of Hillary Clinton’s old colleagues in the primaries and became the face of a supposedly new anti-Clinton Democratic party.

      But in the conversation on this clip she uses all her hypnotic tricks, which speaks about the young and the early and about the brave new world she is going to build, much more than her words.


    • Ol' Scratch August 21, 2018 at 2:59 pm #

      Very imaginative theory there, Finc. I give you an A+ for style, whether or not any of it ever turns out to be true. Good work!

  33. Tate August 20, 2018 at 4:20 pm #

    Let’s talk about something closer to everyone’s heart & vastly more important. Like, who’s going to be the next James Bond, & isn’t Katy Hopkins a slut for daring to suggest Idris Elba cannot be James Bond.

    Can you dig it? Talkin’ ’bout Shaft

    • janet August 20, 2018 at 5:08 pm #

      Much ado about nothing. A tempest in the alt-right teacup.

      Why wouldn’t Idris Elba be a great James Bond? He is suave, elegant, debonair and a ladies’ man. He checks all the boxes and meets all the requirements. He may even be a better James Bond than any of the previous ones.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 20, 2018 at 7:09 pm #

        Yeah, if a Black can play a Norse God, why the hell not? But we want equal time: a White Martin Luther Kang, maybe Steve Martin.

        • Tate August 20, 2018 at 7:42 pm #

          That’s a good point. Steve Martin did an excellent job in “the Jerk.” Why couldn’t he play MLK?

          • Elrond Hubbard August 21, 2018 at 2:19 pm #

            You mean, other than the fact that James Bond is fictional character, while MLK was an actual person? Tough one.

          • Tate August 22, 2018 at 2:15 pm #

            One of the means by which the Left attacks white European culture is to ridicule, belittle, minimize, replace & erase its heroes or iconic symbols. It may seem of little consequence that there is a proposal to have a black portray a fictional character who was traditionally white, but it’s of a piece with an agenda to gradually weaken & destroy white European civilization.

            If it’s okay to portray Alexander Hamilton & the other founding fathers as negroes, then seriously, why not a white Martin Luther King? Now do you see the absurdity?

          • Elrond Hubbard August 23, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

            Absurdities abound in this world. One such is a country that was constructed on the backs of slaves while proclaiming itself ‘the land of the free and the home of the brave’. While only the first verse is normally sung, F.S. Key’s patriotic hymn makes the contradiction unmistakably clear:

            “No refuge could save the hireling and slave
            From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
            And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
            O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

            Those lines commemorate men redeemed out of bondage by the British, who demanded to be placed in the battle line “where they might expect to meet their former masters“. This is the act of people who have not had self-respect stamped out of them, despite all efforts. To this day, there are many who flatter themselves with the name of free men, while others pay the iron price.

            Simply put, Tate, there is more than one vision of what American culture is, and yours is a bad one. Your vision identifies American culture and identity as ‘white, European’ and demands that those of your fellow Americans who don’t fit your vision accept subordination. Others reject this, and have the self-respect to demand equality, not taking no for an answer. Like a slavemaster, you experience equality as oppression. I sincerely hope you choke on it.

          • Tate August 23, 2018 at 4:39 pm #

            Hoo boy, nothing beats a measured response like a high flight of moral dudgeon to distract the rubes, aye, looney-lad?

            Because that’s all you got, & no good answer to my question. You say you have sincere hopes that I “choke on it.” Well, I sincerely believe you, which is why you’ll never have the satisfaction of seeing that.

          • Tate August 23, 2018 at 7:05 pm #

            Elrond, the enduring judo white belt, manages to throw himself once again.

          • Elrond Hubbard August 23, 2018 at 10:41 pm #

            Tate, since you need me to hold your hand and lead you through it like a three-year-old, I will do so. Why would someone object to a white man portraying MLK while applauding portraying Alexander Hamilton as black? Because they have a will to resist the vile racial power dynamic that has been inscribed in America’s DNA since before America was a country — the dynamic that assigns or denies humanity and agency to people based on the colour of their skin. That’s why.

          • Tate August 24, 2018 at 1:13 pm #

            You will be singing a different tune loonie-lad when they come for you — because & only because your skin doesn’t have the required amount of melanin. You will be screaming, “I’m an ally! I’m on your side!” while they are laughing & trussing you like a pig for the slaughter.

        • capt spaulding August 22, 2018 at 12:54 pm #

          How about Uncle Remus? He’s fictional. I’d like to see Steve Martin play him.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 22, 2018 at 6:02 pm #

            Or how about a Black to play you? Move into your house and take your name and what not? You can become him.

    • FincaInTheMountains August 20, 2018 at 6:36 pm #

      Good looking fella!

      May be he’ll make American version of James Bond – Jason Bourne.

      Wasn’t that the idea? Super-agent with zero recollection.

    • Tate August 20, 2018 at 7:08 pm #

      Mah name be Bond… Jamal Bond.

      Shake de Mahtini & don’t eben thank ’bout stirn dat mufuggah.


      • Janos Skorenzy August 20, 2018 at 7:12 pm #

        Bond is a White Archetype and thus More real than just an actual person like MLK. As Celsus said of the Gods, There are things that never were but always are.

        The literalists have no conception of the crime they are committing by making Bond, Black.

        • GreenAlba August 20, 2018 at 7:21 pm #

          Read Marina’s article, Janos. She wrote it with you in mind.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 20, 2018 at 8:38 pm #

            Marina? Like you know her?

            Remember, James Bond never was but always IS. A Black cannot play him. Why would do they always seek to imitate us? Almost like they lack all creativity. The Devil cannot create and he is the eternal ape of God.

          • GreenAlba August 21, 2018 at 5:54 am #

            She’s reliably funny – and astute. And her readers refer to her as Marina. Just like I refer to you as Janos, even though I don’t even know if you exist.

            I still think you need to read the article. He’s not Yours. He’s saving the world from You.

            And Idris Alba says he isn’t playing him anyway, so the alt-right snowflakes are peeing their pants for no reason.

          • GreenAlba August 21, 2018 at 9:21 am #

            *Elba* How presumptuous of me.

          • hmuller August 21, 2018 at 3:33 pm #

            In the holy name of equal opportunity, I want an old, fat black woman to play James Bond, (Jamaica Bond), i.e. the incomparable Whoopi Goldberg. And don’t worry about squeezing into that Aston Martin, girl! That’s why they make vaseline and crowbars.

          • GreenAlba August 21, 2018 at 6:52 pm #


            You seem to be missing the point. It’s not about equal opportunity – or did you think he has lacked opportunity until now? He’s actually done rather well for himself.

            It’s just that he’s played some similar characters and people who care about these things think he’s hot. So he’s been considered along with other people for the role, as happens all the time.

            It’s no more sinister than that. But I find myself agreeing with wm5135 about the delicious irony whereby those whose contempt for the ‘fantasy machine’ is only matched by their animated concern about who’s going to pretend to be a pretend person in a film.

            You seriously couldn’t make it up – or as Marina put it so well, “news that Idris Elba is back in favour for the role is turning out to be one of the major plotlines in the twatosphere this week.” Quite.

      • GreenAlba August 20, 2018 at 7:26 pm #

        Tate, he’s an Englishman from London. His accent is ‘estuary’, like everyone else except the aristos and they’re pretty ‘estuary’ these days too.

        Are you deliberately trying to show yourself up?

        • Tate August 20, 2018 at 7:39 pm #

          See my comment below to you. He may be a Londoner but he’s not English. Your phrase “show yourself up” doesn’t compute over here, it’s not American. But I get your drift/meaning. No, I’m just ridiculing the thought of James Bond being portrayed by a black man. Don’t you know that that accent he puts on is fake? His real accent is dyed in the ‘wool’ (so to speak). :-)>

          • GreenAlba August 20, 2018 at 8:25 pm #

            Sorry to disappoint you, Tate, but he’s English. He even has an OBE (Order of the British Empire).


            His real accent is dyed-in-the-wool what, exactly?

            You do know that James Bond isn’t real, don’t you, Tate?

          • capt spaulding August 20, 2018 at 9:37 pm #

            Alba, he’s Scottish and still has a bit of a burr at times. Born in Edinburgh. Since Scotland is part of Britain, technically, he’s British.

          • capt spaulding August 20, 2018 at 9:40 pm #

            To clarify, the actor is Scottish, and the character he plays is English.

          • capt spaulding August 20, 2018 at 9:48 pm #

            Oops, sorry, got my head up my rectum. Didn’t pay attention to who you were talking about. My bad.

          • GreenAlba August 21, 2018 at 6:02 am #

            Capt S

            No problem, we’ve all done it 🙂 .

            My kids were born in Edinburgh. They’re technically and literally Scottish AND technically and literally British. Even though they’re half French…

          • Tate August 22, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

            “You do know that James Bond isn’t real, don’t you, Tate?”

            Gee, really? Thanks. I thought he was an actual person. Guess it takes a ‘Content Development Specialist’ to spot the phony.

          • GreenAlba August 22, 2018 at 7:04 pm #

            Tate, do you have some kind of inferiority complex about your job? Because that’s what it’s looking like to me.

            Mine’s pretty lowly but I have no complexes about it. It’s just something that pays the bills and is reasonably enjoyable because I work with nice people and get the satisfaction of seeing an actual useful thing at the end of it that I’ve helped create, albeit in my own lowly capacity.

            And that’s not my job title any more. I work freelance and don’t need to call myself by some silly corporate title that someone else made up.

            You really are showing yourself up, whether you’re familiar with the expression or not.

          • GreenAlba August 22, 2018 at 7:06 pm #

            Someone else on this site did a similar thing. I suspect similar personalities and similar insecurities.

  34. janet August 20, 2018 at 5:14 pm #

    “Don’t believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news. … What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.” –Donald J. Trump

    Got that? The only source of reliable news is Trump. Follow him. Follow wherever he leads you.

    • RIB August 22, 2018 at 4:29 pm #

      Avec Plaisir you hypocritical bitch

  35. FincaInTheMountains August 20, 2018 at 6:15 pm #

    World Colored Projects in Russian pop-art


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  36. Ishabaka August 20, 2018 at 6:43 pm #

    Donald Trump is the first President who has not started a war (so far) since Gerald Ford. Consequently, he’s hated by the military industrial complex/deep state.

    • capt spaulding August 20, 2018 at 9:43 pm #

      Give the guy a chance, he’s only been in office about a year and a half. But if he does start one, you can be sure it’ll be the biggest and best one you’ve ever seen. These other wars have just been sad, so sad.

  37. tucsonspur August 20, 2018 at 7:01 pm #

    See how the media can idolize and not just demonize: Here they are all a twitter and ecstatic over Idris, who is so, so, ever so charismatic.

    He couldn’t help himself. He’s made it. Time to dig in the ear. Near the end.


    The accent is good cover. A thin, pathetic patina of polish on a pedestrian self – peddler.

    I can see him now, ordering Colt45 malt liquor, and, with a touch of panache, in a bottle, not a glass.

    • GreenAlba August 20, 2018 at 7:20 pm #

      “A thin, pathetic patina of polish on a pedestrian self – peddler.”

      He’s English. From London. How would you like him to speak?

      Self-peddling comes with the job. Otherwise you spend your time signing on at the Job Centre, I imagine.

      I haven’t watched him in anything except The Wire, so have no interest, but why the specific animosity? You sound jealous.

      • Tate August 20, 2018 at 7:31 pm #

        He’s not English. He may be a Londoner (Londonian?) But not English.

        • GreenAlba August 20, 2018 at 8:28 pm #

          He’s English. Your wishful thinking can’t make him not English, sorry. He will have a British passport that says he’s British too.

          • Tate August 21, 2018 at 1:38 am #

            You don’t have to be sorry about an activity I’m not engaging in (or even one that I am). He may be a Londoner; he may be British (both jurisdictional), but he’s not English.

          • GreenAlba August 21, 2018 at 6:05 am #

            It may surprise you to know, Tate, that such categorisations within the UK aren’t the remit of random Americans.


            “Idrissa Akuna Elba OBE (/??dr?s ??lb?/, born 6 September 1972) is an English actor, producer, musician, and DJ.”

          • GreenAlba August 21, 2018 at 6:14 am #

            But beyond that I’m going to stop feeding the troll.

          • Tate August 21, 2018 at 10:07 am #

            Who’s the troll? I had already determined that I would not respond beyond what I already had. It’s foolish to argue with someone who will not respect the facts but goes on delusionally insisting on some trivial distinction & that in all likelihood because of her status, in her own words, as a ‘Content Development Specialist.’

          • GreenAlba August 21, 2018 at 10:56 am #


            “Today many English people have recent forebears from other parts of the United Kingdom, while some are also descended from more recent immigrants from other European countries and from the Commonwealth.”

          • GreenAlba August 21, 2018 at 10:58 am #

            And you should stop using CDS as an implied take-down, since you self-evidently don’t even know what it means.

          • Tate August 23, 2018 at 7:08 pm #

            I think I know what it means. It means you apply gilding to turds.

          • GreenAlba August 24, 2018 at 8:19 am #

            Thank you for confirming your absolute cluelessness.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 20, 2018 at 8:45 pm #

        You can’t be English without being White. Other immigrants are destined to be eternal outsiders. One must love English culture and the English people. Thus you could never be English either – even if you wanted to be.

        • malthuss August 21, 2018 at 10:30 am #

          Until minorities are the majority. and Whites are marginalized.

      • BornToKillPeace August 21, 2018 at 12:59 am #

        “I haven’t watched him in anything except The Wire, so have no interest, but why the specific animosity? You sound jealous.”

        Bond going black is cultural appropriation. You know, that thing we hear about all the time that is “bad” and “racist”. You would have to be a white male to relate GreenAlba. I’ll be sure to use that “jealous” line if I ever decide to start a minstrel show or sing Louis Armstrong at karaoke and am shouted down and threatened.

        • GreenAlba August 21, 2018 at 6:25 am #

          I think you should read Marina’s article too.

          Cultural appropriation isn’t a thing of mine, so you’re addressing yourself to the wrong person.

          My husband and brothers are all white males but none of them is idiotic enough to give a flying **** about who plays a make-believe character in a spy franchise.

          Unless Elba (who’s not taking the gig anyway, as I understand it) is ‘whiting up’ for the part, your Minstrel analogy is misplaced.

          And why on earth would you not sing a Louis Armstrong song at a karaoke? I’ve got a recording of Eva Cassidy ‘singing Armstrong’ and I don’t think he minded in the least. I don’t think I’ve heard anything quite that daft. Are Americans really this silly?

          • Janos Skorenzy August 21, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

            Made up? Like Santa Claus? Or Odin? These are things that never were but always are. Your pedestrian Marxist nature is showing again.

          • GreenAlba August 21, 2018 at 6:54 pm #

            “Your pedestrian Marxist nature is showing again.”


          • BornToKillPeace August 22, 2018 at 3:38 pm #


            My Louis Armstrong example is not anecdotal.

          • GreenAlba August 22, 2018 at 7:09 pm #

            I presumed it was hypothetical, not anecdotal.

          • BornToKillPeace August 22, 2018 at 9:22 pm #

            “Cultural appropriation isn’t a thing of mine, so you’re addressing yourself to the wrong person.

            My husband and brothers are all white males but none of them is idiotic enough to give a flying **** about who plays a make-believe character in a spy franchise.

            Unless Elba (who’s not taking the gig anyway, as I understand it) is ‘whiting up’ for the part, your Minstrel analogy is misplaced.”

            Hey GreenAlba,
            It isn’t a thing of mine either. I’m lucky that I find it easy to appreciate the good in other cultures and places, so let me apologize for my remark. The minstrel analogy was far misplaced. I sense from your comments that you have a healthy sense of appreciation, but a different overall opinion than the general sentiment here. 3 or 4 years ago I would have been entirely indifferent to a black man playing Bond. I’m a devils advocate thought these days. I do feel that is a emerging of sense to a double standard in contemporary logics. I sense it in the black men I’ve run into the last couple times I’ve gone to a bar to hear an early evening band or dj and struck up a long conservation. (Bars and clubs are for conversation or otherwise they shouldn’t exist). There seems to be an added sense of tense and appreciate for mutual rapport that I don’t recall noticing or sensing in the prior ten years of social dynamics.

            There are social truths that have tints of ugliness, but there are more occasions where we’re being socially played by centers of power.

            Regarding the Armstrong comments – this was performed by a south texas big latin/white ex-marine acquintance one night, not me. I wouldn’t try to sing “It’s a Wonderful World”.

          • GreenAlba August 23, 2018 at 1:17 pm #

            Hi BTKP

            I don’t think we’re enemies here. I am aware of the rise of accusations of ‘cultural appropriation’ on ‘the left’ and I don’t pay it much mind. I think examples have to be considered on their individual merit, and our responses will vary as it can be quite subjective. I’ve seen disabled characters played by able-bodied actors. I’ve seen Fiona Shaw (female, Irish) play Richard II.

            Omar Sharif played Yuri Zhivago in 1965 and no-one thought anything about it other than that he had beautiful eyes! He also played a Soviet air attaché in another film and Che Guevara in another. Also assorted Latinos and Southern Europeans, I believe.

            The way some people are talking about this you’d think the British deep state had sent out an instruction to the film studio that they had to find a black person to play James Bond. I somehow doubt it. Especially since he’s probably not doing it, for whatever reason. What the film studio wants is to make money. That’s it, pretty much. And they’ll use the person who will make the film a financial success.

            James Bond is a British franchise. Its production values are British – I think you’ll find that most of the fuss about this has arisen in the US, where things are more polarised and more conspiracy-focused.

            Your Satchmo example was anecdotal, just not autobiographical 🙂 .

            I genuinely can’t see anyone in the UK – black or white – thinking anything at all about a white person singing ‘What a wonderful world’ in a karaoke bar. It’s just a song. Eva Cassidy sang it beautifully and she was white, female and blond.

          • GreenAlba August 23, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

            *other* assorted Latinos…

        • Linda August 21, 2018 at 9:28 pm #

          The James Bond books were penned by Ian Fleming, a white Brit. And according to Fleming, Bond was loosely based on himself. To make James Bond a black man is incorrect to the whole intention of Fleming’s work. While I’ve read all of his thirteen Bond books in the past and seen a lot of the Bond films, I concluded quite some time ago that these films and books were too sexist for my taste. In addition many of the films did not even follow the book plot.

          I have read that “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott is going to be remade in the distant future featuring a family composed of a black Jo March and a transgender someone else. Totally disrespectful to Alcott’s work. But then these days there’s very little respect or civility practiced in society.

          • GreenAlba August 22, 2018 at 5:00 am #

            When Tim Krabbé wrote ‘The Golden Egg’, it was made into a film called ‘The Vanishing/Spoorloos’.

            In the end the guy is buried alive and suffocates.

            Then Hollywood got hold of it and had Jodie Foster get there just in time to dig him up, American happy-ending-here-comes-the-cavalry style.

            I don’t recall anyone getting over-excited about it at the time.

            This happens all the time. Artists don’t get to say other artists can’t build on their work. Or knock a few bricks out of it.

            Meanwhile, back at the ranch, there are actual problems.

            And nobody anywhere is forcing anyone anywhere to watch any film they don’t want to.

            James Bond isn’t my thing either. But it’s a send-up not intended to keep you up at night. It certainly won’t be keeping me up at night, even if they cast a Martian.

          • BornToKillPeace August 22, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

            There are rumors as well that there might be a bit of Aleister Crowley in James Bond.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 22, 2018 at 6:05 pm #

            There’s a video of Sean Connery advising when and how to spank a woman. It seems the essence of Bond entered into Connery, completing the circuit.

  38. Pucker August 20, 2018 at 7:10 pm #

    According to Zbig, doesn’t Making America Great Again involve Eurasia?

    “Eurasia, however, retains its geopolitical importance. Not only is its western periphery—Europe—still the location of much of the world’s political and economic power, but its eastern region—Asia—has lately become a vital center of economic growth and rising political influence. Hence, the issue of how a globally engaged America copes with the complex Eurasian power relationships—and particularly whether it prevents the emergence of a dominant and antagonistic Eurasian power—remains central to America’s capacity to exercise global primacy. It follows that—in addition to cultivating the various novel dimensions of power (technology, communications, information, as well as trade and finance)—American foreign policy must remain concerned with the geopolitical dimension and must employ its influence in Eurasia in a manner that creates a stable continental equilibrium, with the United States as the political arbiter. Eurasia is thus the chessboard on which the struggle for global primacy continues to be played, and that struggle involves geostrategy—the strategic management of geopolitical interests. It is noteworthy that as recently as 1940 two aspirants to global power, Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin, agreed explicitly (in the secret negotiations of November of that year) that America should be excluded from Eurasia. Each realized that the injection of American power into Eurasia would preclude his ambitions regarding global domination. Each shared the assumption that Eurasia is the center of the world and that he who controls Eurasia controls the world. A half century later, the issue has been redefined: will America’s primacy in Eurasia endure, and to what ends might it be applied? The ultimate objective of American policy should be benign and visionary: to shape a truly cooperative global community, in keeping with long-range trends and with the fundamental interests of humankind. But in the meantime, it is imperative that no Eurasian challenger emerges, capable of dominating Eurasia and thus also of challenging America. The formulation of a comprehensive and integrated Eurasian geostrategy is therefore the purpose of this book. “

    Zbigniew Brzezinski
    The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives

  39. hineshammer August 20, 2018 at 7:36 pm #

    This is a broken fucking record. I Liked JHK a lot more when he talked about collapse. I’ll check back every Monday and Friday and cross my fingers that he’s back to what got him here.

  40. S M Tenneshaw August 20, 2018 at 9:27 pm #

    “Starting all over again is gonna be tough.” — Mel and Tim

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  41. Janos Skorenzy August 20, 2018 at 9:53 pm #

    The Anatomically Correct Banana

    But what still gets at me is why are we so easily jolted into a moral panic, and why is such obvious nonsense so readily accepted by a majority of whites? It’s one thing to be compassionate, but quite another to sign your civilization away for effectively no good reason. Is there not an ounce of incredulity in our DNA? Why do we succumb to an image of one drowned brown child on Turkish shores who died from parental neglect, but turn a blind eye to millions of our mothers, sisters, and daughters abused, accosted, raped, tortured, mutilated, and murdered by feral pre-modern peoples? Why do we actively facilitate our own demise, so eager to denounce our own legacy and accomplishments as somehow unfounded or illegitimate? Why are we so quick to bow down to the false idols of multi-culturalism and post- (Western) nationalism, to willingly accept the mantle of global whipping-posts? Pathologies being of course irrational, we are now in a realm where otherwise-positive attributes such as charitableness and conscience have mutated into destructive forces. We have not only allowed our own ideals to be weaponized against us, but many of our number are all too eager to pull the trigger themselves.

    There must be something deeper, something profoundly corrupted and diseased at the very core of Western civilization. Even the internalization of the most extreme propaganda, even the pathological altruism that leads whites to pursue destruction-by-virtue, can only explain part of our frenzied craze for dispossession; that is to say, pathological altruism and the social currency gained by virtue-signaling is just one side of the coin—the drive to help, whether for genuinely altruistic though deeply misguided reasons, or to be seen to help for other material or social reasons, can’t fully encompass our existential malady. Our epitaph might read: “They cared too much,” but it would fail to consider the dark undercurrent that represents the perverse and pervasive impulse, seemingly shared across massive swathes of the West, from continent to continent, to wallow in undeserved guilt, and as penance to utterly and completely dissolve our culture, our heritage, our homelands, our civilization, and, finally, our entire race.

    The Anatomically Correct Banana, part four of his diagnosis of our self genocidal mentality.

    JS: He takes the words right out of my consciousness. But many have agonized over this question. Professor MacDonald thinks it’s the result of an evolutionary mistake. Revilio Oliver thinks the Jews succeeded in planting a death wish in our subconscious. Others think it was Christianity and its ethos of humility and turning the other cheek. In any case, clearly we are sick unto death. Once you really SEE it, you realize how much Hitler was ahead of his time. And that he was the Great Physician who tried to cure his Patient, Germany and beyond that, the entire West by a return to Nature and Natural Law on all levels.

    • tucsonspur August 21, 2018 at 3:06 am #

      It’s good stuff and thanks for the heads up. I may have missed any previous links, but redundancy here should be rewarded.


      • tucsonspur August 21, 2018 at 3:09 am #

        “Civilization has no force of its own beyond what is given it from within. It is under constant assault and it takes most of the energies of civilized man to keep it going at all.”-Evelyn Waugh

        • tucsonspur August 21, 2018 at 4:01 am #

          I remember posting this years ago, from “Brideshead Revisited”.

          “I rejoiced in the Burgundy. How can I describe it? The Pathetic Fallacy resounds in all our praise of wine. For centuries every language has been strained to define its beauty, and has produced only wild conceits or the stock epithets of the trade. This Burgundy seemed to me, then, serene and triumphant, a reminder that the world was an older and better place than Rex knew, that mankind in its long passion had learned wisdom than his. By chance I met this same wine again, lunching with my wine merchant in St. James’s Street, in the first autumn of the war; it had softened and faded in the intervening years, but it still spoke in the pure, authentic accent of its prime and, that day, as at Paillard’s with Rex Mottram years before, it whispered faintly, but in the same lapidary phrase, the same words of hope”.

          Absolutely beautiful.

          “You see Charles lives for one thing – Beauty. I think he got bored with finding it ready-made in England; he had to go and create it for himself. He wanted new worlds to conquer.”

          The hordes have already been unleashed upon the once Great Britain. Brideshead won’t just be revisited, it will be revisited and ravaged. A once proud and refined culture is being raped and revamped. A civilization collapsing into its own catafalque.

          The Barbarians are at the West’s Gate, and the Hour is getting late.

          • GreenAlba August 21, 2018 at 6:35 am #

            Right, so an aristocratic family collapsing under the weight of its own religious hypocrisy is how you see the Great Britain that needs to be saved? Wow.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 21, 2018 at 2:26 pm #

            And all religion is hypocrisy (except Islam of course) because people don’t live up to it. Yet Christ said he came for sinner just as doctors are for sick people.

            Your Marxism is showing and what is that but a false religion?

          • Janos Skorenzy August 21, 2018 at 2:31 pm #

            At the Gate? If only. Muslims have taken refuge in many European cathedrals, often going the bathroom in the sanctuary. But yes, Brideshead Revisted is a beautiful novel. Even the ridiculous characters are shown to be important in keeping up Tradition, even if in too rigid a way. Bridey and his wife wouldn’t associate with the mistress since she was an immoral woman. That’s the kind of thing that kept women in line. Psychological brutality: it beats stoning them. It’s kinder too and easier on the arm and conscience.

          • tucsonspur August 21, 2018 at 4:58 pm #

            “Right, so an aristocratic family collapsing under the weight of its own religious hypocrisy is how you see the Great Britain that needs to be saved? Wow.”

            Of course not. It’s just one small example giving a bit of insight into a once refined and elevated culture that’s now on the decline.

            The land of Shakespeare, Newton, Kipling, Orwell, Turner, Ruskin, etc. is now becoming the land of the Sadiq Khans and Idris Elbas.

            How about the Beatles?

            “Imagine there’s no countries
            It isn’t hard to do
            Nothing to kill or die for
            And no religion, too
            Imagine all the people living life in peace

            You may say I’m a dreamer….and the world will be as one…imagine all the people sharing all the world”.

            Dreamer? Dimwit is more like it. But hey, it sold. Sold right into your current preposterous predicament.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 21, 2018 at 5:00 pm #

            Or the ridiculous old Bridey wasn’t – he was just seen that way as presented thru the dirty lens of the protagonist’s mind. The younger sister, devout but tolerant, and devoted to works of charity, was shown in a better light – the sunny side of Christianity. Everyone likes someone who smiles and helps, but how can they do that in a lawless land? The land must first be conquered for Christ just as a plot of land can’t be planted until it is cleared and plowed.

            He did realize that lil sis thought he and his mistress were ridiculous, but chastising others wasn’t her vocation so she didn’t.

          • GreenAlba August 21, 2018 at 5:27 pm #


            It’s also the culture that sent children up chimneys and into workhouses, and before that, sent them as indentured slaves-in-all-but name as ‘white cargo’ to work the plantations of the New World because they cluttered up the streets after being abandoned by their parents.

            You could be hanged for stealing a horse, but kidnapping a child was a ‘misdemeanor’ punishable by a fine.

            You really are a dreamer, aren’t you?

          • GreenAlba August 21, 2018 at 5:28 pm #

            “And all religion is hypocrisy (except Islam of course) …”

            “Your Marxism is showing…”

            Two bits of ignorant stupidity that don’t deserve the dignity of a reply, so won’t be getting one.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 21, 2018 at 5:32 pm #

            One only catches flak when over the target. Tora! Tora! Tora! (not Torah).

          • GreenAlba August 21, 2018 at 5:45 pm #

            Don’t flatter yourself, Janos.

            If someone else said what you said, I’d give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they might be stupid, because they claim someone said or implied something they didn’t say or remotely imply..

            But you aren’t stupid. Just devious.

            Meanwhile Tusconspur probably thinks Downton Abbey is an accurate guide to how servants were treated in the homes of the landed gentry.

          • GreenAlba August 21, 2018 at 5:54 pm #

            “Sold right into your current preposterous predicament.”

            The current situation/predicament or however you want to call it is the direct result of the colonial pillaging that paid for the high culture you admire so much. More hypocrisy, in other words.

            Onward Christian soldiers…

          • Linda August 21, 2018 at 10:30 pm #

            tucsonspur, I love Evelyn Waugh’s prose as well. And yes, the land that used to be populated by the likes of Shakespeare, Kipling, et.al. is now the domain of the Khans and company.

            Perhaps Khan Noonien Singh will appear shortly…

          • GreenAlba August 22, 2018 at 4:21 am #

            “And yes, the land that used to be populated by the likes of Shakespeare, Kipling, et.al. is now the domain of the Khans and company.”

            Perhaps the land of Shakespeare should have lived within its modest means and not colonised the Khans’ country and availed itself of its resources at the barrel of a gun in the first place. Actions have consequences.

            Kipling was born in India and I don’t recall him saying he felt he wasn’t entitled to be there. No respect for borders, eh…

          • Elrond Hubbard August 22, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

            Linda: When Khan Noonien Singh, who is a fictional Sikh, shows up, will he be portrayed by a Mexican (as he was twice), or an Englishman (as he was once)?

            Also, why can’t Idris Elba portray James Bond again? Throwing this out to the floor.

          • Tate August 22, 2018 at 2:36 pm #

            But you are a Marxist, aren’t you? It’s kind of sad that Marx is so popular in Britain. It’s a race between Marx & Muhammed at this point.

  42. janet August 21, 2018 at 12:23 am #

    The price of gold has been tumbling. It’s below $1,200 an ounce for the first time since January 2017 and about 13% below its peak this year of more than $1,365.

    Gold is not an alternative form of currency. Fiat dollars are more valuable. Notice gold is measured in fiat dollars.

    • Chris at Fernglade Farm August 21, 2018 at 7:53 am #

      Hi Janet,

      I’m a bit nervous about quoting market prices as meaning anything, if only because the fundamentals of the market are a little bit strange due to all of the recent (and continuing) expansion of the money supply. What’s your take on that?


    • Ol' Scratch August 21, 2018 at 12:41 pm #

      The most valuable currency is the one that’s strongest at the point of sale at any given moment in time. Could be anything at all that someone’s willing to accept in trade.

    • RIB August 22, 2018 at 4:31 pm #

      Go suck Andrew Cuomo’s dick, you hypocritical bitch

  43. janet August 21, 2018 at 12:28 am #

    Trump Makes a Mistake Attacking Brennan

    President Trump is picking on the wrong guy if he thinks the revocation of John Brennan’s security clearances is going to intimidate or silence him. The man who is in many ways the architect of the war on militant jihadists is not going to be easily bullied.

    Former CIA director Brennan is not just any critic of Trump: unlike many others, he doesn’t come from the left. In fact, Brennan is the engineer of some of the most aggressive American efforts to eliminate jihadist terrorists.

    In person, Brennan, who grew up in a devout Catholic working class family in New Jersey, is serious, even stern, not big on small talk and intolerant of BS.

    • Ol' Scratch August 21, 2018 at 10:38 am #

      In person, I’m sure he’s just another self-inflated, arrogant prick, like all the rest.

    • Tate August 21, 2018 at 11:53 am #

      The revocation of John Brennan’s security clearance effectively disarmed him of the one valuable thing he possessed. With his security clearance gone, he can no longer insinuate to the media that he has highly classified knowledge while never having to actually reveal anything of any value. Basically, he was monetizing his security clearance, using it to subvert the present administration’s good faith efforts to govern. A security clearance exists for the benefit of the government, not the holder of the security clearance. Others should probably have their security clearances revoked as well.

      John Brennan may have been doing what he thinks is right, but he is a dangerous fool. A clue should have been his voting for the communist Gus Hall when he was a young man. That could be excused as a youthful indiscretion, but it should have sent a warning flag about his judgment. Of course, Brennan probably could not have been elevated to the post of Director of the CIA in any other administration than the Obama admin, tolerant of people with his background. Only look at the background of Obama himself, his real father in all likelihood being his mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, an avowed communist.

    • Q. Shtik August 21, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

      grew up in a devout Catholic working class family in New Jersey – janet


      Has anyone but me ever noticed that if a person is or was Catholic, no matter how fallen-away or un-practicing, they are described as “devout.?”

      • Ol' Scratch August 21, 2018 at 2:43 pm #

        What’s not to love? See the priest (while guarding your junk!), make a confession or two (I’ll bet they’ve heard some doozies!), and mutter a few Hail Mary’s as atonement for your sins. I can see where that would be a very attractive religion for the recreationally devout population, which is exactly whom the Romans always intended it for.

        • malthuss August 23, 2018 at 10:37 am #

          ‘junk’–you must be young, under 40.

      • malthuss August 23, 2018 at 10:36 am #

        No, never noticed that. I went to Catholic school for 9 years.
        It was very light on bible studies.

  44. Tate August 21, 2018 at 1:33 am #

    Constitutional citizens are just gonna have to die.

    — Oprah (for president)

  45. Chris at Fernglade Farm August 21, 2018 at 7:51 am #

    Hi Jim,

    Your comment about ” But it will be in a disposition of things and of power that we can’t possibly recognize from where we stand these days.” has made me curious as to whether you would write your World Made by Hand series differently if you wrote it nowadays?



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    • messianicdruid August 21, 2018 at 9:22 am #

      I recognize the coming “disposition of…power” as the Kingdom of God. A form of government, not a religion. Religions constructed by men utilizing “the line drawing game”.

      They just draw a line around the stuff they like and avoid the things they don’t like – smorgasbord style. Something for everybody. You can be a member just by not liking another group. You can be a disciple by following one rule, religiously. Easy believism.

      Everyone justifies their own activities at all times.

  46. Pucker August 21, 2018 at 7:52 am #

    “Ukraine, a new and important space on the Eurasian chessboard, is a geopolitical pivot because its very existence as an independent country helps to transform Russia. Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be a Eurasian empire. Russia without Ukraine can still strive for imperial status, but it would then become a predominantly Asian imperial state, more likely to be drawn into debilitating conflicts with aroused Central Asians, who would then be resentful of the loss of their recent independence and would be supported by their fellow Islamic states to the south. China would also be likely to oppose any restoration of Russian domination over Central Asia, given its increasing interest in the newly independent states there. However, if Moscow regains control over Ukraine, with its 52 million people and major resources as well as its access to the Black Sea, Russia automatically again regains the wherewithal to become a powerful imperial state, spanning Europe and Asia. Ukraine’s loss of independence would have immediate consequences for Central Europe, transforming Poland into the geopolitical pivot on the eastern frontier of a united Europe.”

    Zbigniew Brzezinski
    The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives

    • Ol' Scratch August 21, 2018 at 10:33 am #

      That senile old bastard is still running his sore? The truly evil people never have the good sense to die. When all you have is a hammer, all you see is…

      • ozone August 21, 2018 at 11:47 am #

        Ol’ Scratch,
        Zbiggie has shuffled off this mortal coil and is now running a clandestine stink-tank in YOUR KINGDOM!! Better send out your best hellhounds to track him and his fellow deceased minions down, or he’ll soon be running the joint (by proxy, as is his S.O.P.)!

        Be that as it may, his poisonous “ideas” are still very much alive in the form of US foreign policy and State Dept. shenanigans. I’m positive that Billygoat’s wife was an ardent acolyte.

        • Ol' Scratch August 21, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

          What’s a poor devil to do? Hell’s overflowing these days, but let me go find that motherfucker and give him a poke or two!

  47. messianicdruid August 21, 2018 at 8:59 am #

    I have to say it, a better title would have been –

    “The first shall be last and the last shall be first.”

    Vindication is sweet

  48. bibliomaniac August 21, 2018 at 9:51 am #

    It appears that Microsoft has uncovered and thwarted fresh Russian hacking attempts on 2 US political groups, the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute. Maybe Trump could figure out how to remove Microsoft’s security clearance?

  49. Pucker August 21, 2018 at 10:02 am #

    Potentially, the most dangerous scenario would be a grand coalition of China, Russia, and perhaps Iran, an “antihegemonic” coalition united not by ideology but by complementary grievances. It would be reminiscent in scale and scope of the challenge once posed by the Sino-Soviet bloc, though this time China would likely be the leader and Russia the follower. Averting this contingency, however remote it may be, will require a display of U.S. geostrategic skill on the western, eastern, and southern perimeters of Eurasia simultaneously.”

    Zbigniew Brzezinski
    The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives

    • Ol' Scratch August 21, 2018 at 10:37 am #

      And the ONE thing capable of uniting such a coalition of otherwise disparate interests is the stupid, suicidal actions of the blundering behemoth of a hegemon. American “primacy” has, thankfully, already been squandered. As the infamous Soup Nazi was known to say: “NO SOUP FOR YOU!!! NEXT!”

  50. Ol' Scratch August 21, 2018 at 10:31 am #

    The full court press against Russia continues:


    You’ve really got to hand it to these idiots for persistence. As Dick Cheney and Rumsfeld no doubt said many times prior to 9-11 and the ongoing Syraqistan mess it enabled, “Before you lie to people, make damn sure it’s a WHOPPER, then keep on repeating it over and over again, no matter how many facts to refute it are eventually uncovered. It’s Propaganda 101 folks, Propaganda 101…”

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    • capt spaulding August 22, 2018 at 12:58 pm #

      Somewhat similar to Fox News calling itself “fair and balanced” after every newscast.

  51. BackRowHeckler August 21, 2018 at 10:35 am #

    Well, we received sad news here yesterday, a local girl, now a resident of Nashville, TN and a Vanderbilt U grad, was gunned down outside a restaurant in that city while attending a friend’s birthday party. She was 30, and apparently remained in Nashville after graduation and had a job in the music industry. The ‘Community Members’ who murdered her evidently were riding around the city robbing and shooting people that night, at least that’s what the local news reports. One thing that really surprised me is that they ran photos of the purported killers. About three years ago another local young person, riding his bike from CT to Florida after graduating from college, was stabbed to death outside a McDonalds restaurant in NCarolina, in an unprovoked attack. When the local TV station reported the assailant was an illegal alien from Honduras, there was hell to pay. Illegal immigration advocates complained the fact that Jose was here illegally had no bearing on the story. Like I said before, facts themselves are racist, and the truth is unsayable


    • malthuss August 22, 2018 at 3:02 pm #

      meanwhile, fly the stars and bars and die, sucker;
      House with Confederate flag stormed in AL, two males beaten and killed

      August 6, 2017

      Memorial erected for Travis Frost.

      On July 23rd, at about 4:00 AM, two black males stormed a home near Piedmont, AL. Two white males, a grandfather, and his grandson were beaten and shot to death. A female hid and was not found by the attackers. A Nissan Altima was stolen and found burned a short distance away.

      The victims are Joshua Dylan Moody, 23, and Travis Frost, 73. The female victim is Frost’s wife and grandmother of Moody.

      Police have identified three suspects. Two black males and a black female. Their names are Jeffrey Jamall Briskey, Rhimington Otarivs Johnson, and Sicondria Michala Carter.

      Briskey and Carter were just captured at an Econo Lodge in Petersburg, VA. Rhimington Otarivs Johnson is still at large.

      The day after the murders, Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade said: “we don’t think this is just a random act.” However, no mo

  52. wm5135 August 21, 2018 at 11:01 am #

    Irony is not dead. That some here who rail on about the Hollywood fantasy machine are incensed that one of their fantasy icons is under siege is more than delightful.

    The word and idea of hate is finding it’s way onto these pages more frequently.While i join in the desire expressed here to keep human freedom and autonomy intact, hate(personal opinion) is not the path to success. This week there is some thought given to a “good man”. Who finds hate a vital component of a strong and good man?

    A moment for mythology – two cities and the plain where they were placed were destroyed for the want of ten good men. If the ideals expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States are worthy of preserving perhaps energy would be better spent in finding the strength to be a good man and not frittered away in hate. My hope is that ten good men can be found and that the light can be saved.

    Student of a good man

    • Ol' Scratch August 21, 2018 at 12:45 pm #

      I hear all the good men have gone into in hiding. It’s a jungle out there these days!

  53. BackRowHeckler August 21, 2018 at 11:36 am #

    Are US news networks reporting the seizure of white owned farms in SAfrica? The only report I’ve heard so far is from Bloomberg; they are worried investors who hold SAfrica issued bonds will lose money when the economy there inevitably collapses.

    When dispossession is complete and genocide begins, will American media report it? Perhaps it will be reported in the positive, and the NTTimes will cheer it on and put a good spin on it, like they did with the ‘liquidation of the Kulaks as a class’, when the Soviet NKVD exterminated 8 million Ukranians 1931-1934.


  54. volodya August 21, 2018 at 12:00 pm #

    The financial system is running on borrowed money, a federal government debt that the federal government sez is 26 trillion bucks, plus household debt that is supposedly over 13 trillion, plus corporate debt that they say tops 6 trillion, all of which have their origin – in part – in a trade deficit that statistical agencies say is close to 600 billion per year.

    Why so much debt? Because there was no other way of propping up the American standard of living in the age of – cough – “globalization” which spawned an unworkable global economic system. Given this walking-dead zombie economy, the Fed and other central banks suppressed interest rates for this last ten years to buy time and because they couldn’t think of what else to do.

    There’s economists that say that debt doesn’t matter because we “owe it to ourselves” which, if true, would argue for the immediate cessation of tax collection and the disbandment of tax agencies like the IRS. I mean, why bother collecting taxes if debt doesn’t matter?

    Shouldn’t this notion apply beyond just government debt? Why would banks foreclose on mortgages and why would autos be seized from defaulting debtors? Debt doesn’t matter. Right? Does someone owe you money? It doesn’t matter. Are you a small business owner carrying receivables on the books? It doesn’t matter.

    So sez the illustrious economist. Debt doesn’t matter. We owe it to ourselves. Understand? Neither do I.

    • Tate August 21, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

      The Golden Rule used to be “He who has the gold makes the rules,” now it’s, “He who owes the money sets the terms.”

      • messianicdruid August 21, 2018 at 2:27 pm #

        Well then, I’ll pay a dollar a month for my home, for the rest of my life.

        Owes vs. owns ?

      • Walter B August 21, 2018 at 8:51 pm #

        I do not know Tate. It would seem to me that he who holds the debt, sets the terms.

        • Tate August 21, 2018 at 9:53 pm #

          Have you ever heard the expression, “If you owe the bank $100 thousand, you’ve got a problem but if you owe the bank $100 million, they’ve got a problem.”?

          So in relation to the original discussion, which was U.S. govt debt, I’d say the U.S. govt sets the terms, since what can the Chinese & other holders of enormous piles of U.S. treasury debt do in the short term? Not much, since if they tried to unload it all at once, it would become worthless. It’s good to be in that position (as long as it lasts.)

          • Tate August 21, 2018 at 10:15 pm #

            Think of the Chinese & Japanese & Germans (& others) that are net exporters of goods to the U.S. as providing vendor financing to the U.S. by buying our Treasury securities. If they want to keep selling us their stuff, they have to keep buying our treasuries. They can buy other things with their export earnings of course, but the U.S. Treasury market is the largest, deepest, most liquid & considered safest in the world so that’s what they buy. This is effectively financing U.S. consumption of their exports.

      • malthuss August 22, 2018 at 3:20 pm #

        prints the notes, makes the rules.

    • Ol' Scratch August 21, 2018 at 12:36 pm #

      The conundrum lies in the fact that US – thanks to the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 – issues it’s money as debt to the Federal Reserve. Therefore the “debt” is actually the monetary base. Shrink the debt, you shrink the supply of money. Useful for greedy pols and banksters either way you look at it. When it comes to funding vital things the country actually needs they can always claim the debt is too high and won’t allow it. When it comes to funding foreign wars they can always claim the debt doesn’t matter and spend like there’s no tomorrow, thus secondarily crowding out any lesser spending due to the size of the debt. As they say over on NakCap, it’s nothing less than the proverbial self-licking ice cream cone.

  55. Janos Skorenzy August 21, 2018 at 2:37 pm #

    In the early years of the Soviet Union, a cult of personality was created around a boy named Pavlik Morozov, who supposedly denounced his own father to the political police for subversive activities. There were statues, songs, and even an opera in his honor. Joseph Stalin used the story for political advantage, but said privately, “What a little swine, denouncing his own father.” George Orwell may have drawn on the story when he wrote of the “Spies” in 1984—a group of children systematically “turned into ungovernable little savages” who informed on their families.

    Yesterday’s dystopias are today’s reality, and denouncing family members for political reasons is becoming common. Trump Administration advisor Stephen Miller was the latest victim, denounced by David Glosser, who traded on his family relationship to Mr. Miller to write an article called: “Stephen Miller Is an Immigration Hypocrite. I Know Because I’m His Uncle.” Mr. Glosser says that because the family fled the czar, Mr. Miller has a moral duty to fight President Trump’s restrictionist policies. He says his nephew “has become the architect of immigration policies that repudiate the very foundation of our family’s life in this country.”

    Greg Hood, see the rest at todays Amren.com.

    JS: Do yourself a favor. Mr Hood knows more than you or just about anybody. Stalin was a hot shit, eh? That’s why Finc loves him. So what if he killed tens of millions? They were gonna die sooner or later anyway.

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    • Ol' Scratch August 21, 2018 at 5:18 pm #

      Morozov turned out to be more legend than fact. But just as well, as legends/myths are infinitely more powerful than mere facts alone.

    • GreenAlba August 21, 2018 at 6:04 pm #

      “…and denouncing family members for political reasons is becoming common. ”

      The Hitlerjugend encouraged that kind of thing as well, of course.

      Uncle Joe and Uncle Adolph were both psychopaths. I don’t know why you keep insisting people choose between them, except that false dichotomies aid your sophistry.

    • malthuss August 22, 2018 at 3:21 pm #

      you know so much. have you read 10,000 books?

  56. Janos Skorenzy August 21, 2018 at 4:15 pm #

    Studies show that odd numbers have to be used in jokes. People won’t laugh if even numbers are used. They’re too balanced or even. Double weighted as they say in martial arts. Dead in the water. No place to go. You need a margin, or slack – imbalance in other words. If you put the middle number in the middle you do have balance – a far better balance than just two on one side and two on the other. The middle number represents something in common, be it common interests or hostages – a Pivot! Or Fulcrum….

    This “slack” is the whip, the laughing whip that allows for foibles and mirth that make merry the heart of man. Those that would tighten the slack into a noose and make straight all the roads are the enemies of human nature and of Man. The spice must flow and men must laugh, rest, work, and laugh again. Thus the blow of the Tai Chi Master looks as light as a feather, but it as heavy as a mountain.

    More? The odd number out is the “moving line” in the I Ching. In human terms, the Kwisatz Haderach, the White Swan, the Trump Card that that wins the hand and delivers the Pot.

    More? The old Persian rug makers left a flaw or break in the pattern to allow any spirits trapped therein to escape. And the beautiful women’s flaw only makes her more beautiful.

    More? Do you deserve more? Can you understand what I have already given you? It would take a lifetime…. I don’t even fully understand what I have just written, so there is no judgment, yet the Question remains.

    • Ol' Scratch August 21, 2018 at 4:28 pm #

      I see you’ve been hanging out down at Finca’s again. YES! I like it and I want MORE!

      By the way, I’m onto your hidden meaning here: “the Trump Card that that wins the hand and delivers the Pot”

      • Janos Skorenzy August 21, 2018 at 4:54 pm #

        You try. Why do you think jokes have to use odd numbas? Don’t be an old Numb Ass – respond! (imagine me writing this in the command form of Latin or Spanish if such a thing exists. It should….)

        • Ol' Scratch August 21, 2018 at 5:12 pm #

          As you said above, it’s about the essential yin and the yang of the universe. In perfect harmony (not possible in a duality based universe), the universe is motionless, at perfect rest. Being and not being both become one and cease to be/not be. Not very funny, that.

          Now pass me some of what you two are smoking these days. I need it!

          • Janos Skorenzy August 21, 2018 at 5:39 pm #

            Well said! When the Cobra coils, its coils are the Unverse or Shakti. When still, only Shiva. Yet these two are One, just the Cobra.

            Don’t get snake bit. Mow your lawn. No one will sell me drugs cuz I’m too White and they think I’m a cop. I’ve been high and dry for decades, nay millennia. Let the Galaxies come forth! I am the Silver Surfer and I don’t really need or want drugs anymore. But it would be fun…..

    • RIB August 22, 2018 at 4:33 pm #

      Janet and two transgenders walk into a bar………..odd enough for you, Janos?

  57. Janos Skorenzy August 21, 2018 at 5:06 pm #

    Breaking: America’s Sweetheart Molly Tibberts body has been found. Illegal immigrant in custody. This will break the bank. Molly now stands besides Kate as martyrs to the savagery of Liberal America and their brown and black henchmen goons.

    • Ol' Scratch August 21, 2018 at 5:15 pm #

      A little over the top, old boy. Remember, it’s the liberal press that’s reporting it in the first place, so there’s more agendas here than your theory doth allow for. But you do do hyperbole well!

      • tucsonspur August 21, 2018 at 5:30 pm #

        Jeez, get a room guys!

        Have either of you found your Zen today? Remember the old saying, “the only Zen you’ll find on the mountain top is the Zen you bring with you”.

        Meditate don’t cogitate.

        • Janos Skorenzy August 21, 2018 at 5:35 pm #

          First there is a mountain. Then there is no mountain. Then there is.

          Donovan and before that, Rinzai or some Nipponesqe dogsbody like that.

          • Tate August 22, 2018 at 12:01 am #

            Rivers too, the riddle of being.

        • capt spaulding August 21, 2018 at 9:04 pm #

          I can’t believe it’s not Buddha.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 21, 2018 at 5:48 pm #

        Yet Molly is dead. She was Sweet. She was murdered. And her murderer may be an Illegal Monster. The facts tells their own story. Am I am to bend over backwards to avoid Meaning?

        I’ve been singing the Blues ever since the world began.

        • Ol' Scratch August 21, 2018 at 6:34 pm #

          You ol’ softy, you!

        • GreenAlba August 22, 2018 at 5:09 am #

          “Am I am to bend over backwards to avoid Meaning?”

          Probably not when you can’t even spell her name properly sitting down.

        • Tate August 22, 2018 at 12:36 pm #

          And she said she hated white people on her Twitter account. Maybe she smiled at him & nodded her head & that was all the encouragement he needed?

    • janet August 21, 2018 at 5:30 pm #

      If immigrants are given an amnesty, they will be able to become citizens, to work legally, enroll in job training programs, vocational education programs, university studies, etc.

      Immigrants without documents have lower crime rates than native born citizens because immigrants try to avoid contact with authorities that could result in deportation. Immigrants adhere to the letter of the law to avoid deportation.

      • RIB August 22, 2018 at 4:34 pm #

        Why don’t you migrate back to the Crab Nebula you hypocritical bitch

    • malthuss August 22, 2018 at 3:22 pm #

      You might enjoy this guys channel—

      He studies ancient temples, underground tunnels, Vimanas, etc.

  58. janet August 21, 2018 at 5:18 pm #

    The winners will be losers. Trump, the so-called winner in 2016, is in 2018 the unnamed un-indicted co-conspirator in criminal activities which Trump’s former campaign manager plead guilty to today. Trump’s former campaign manager was found guilty on eight felony counts. The president’s former campaign chairman has just been convicted of very serious crimes. Paul Manafort engaged in corrupt behavior and illicit self-enrichment for years, and it appears he tried to use the Trump campaign as a way to get out of a major financial hole. It remains to be seen how many others in the orbit of the Trump campaign and administration are implicated in corrupt conduct. State trials are still to come. Civil trials are still to come. Trump has no authority to pardon New York or Virginia state convictions.

    Stormy Daniels completely vindicated. Trump is a co-conspirator. Trump has violated federal statutes. Trump was lying by saying it was a “witch hunt” … the rule of law has triumphed today.

    • Ol' Scratch August 21, 2018 at 5:29 pm #

      John Michael Greer is openly predicting that Trump will be elected to and finish a second term, laying to waste much or most of BOTH current legacy parties and all they stand for.

      You endlessly and mindlessly repeat partisan factoids (“facts” light, based primarily on partisan assertions, which may or may not (mostly not) be based and other random factoids) here Lil’ J-Bot. The bigger picture is that Trump is surfing a wave of discontent crashing on both legacy parties at the moment, which will not be deterred one bit by his removal, should it ever come. In fact removing him would likely be the WORST of all options for both your Queen and her minions and the old guard GOP alike. So BRING IT ON!

      • janet August 21, 2018 at 5:36 pm #

        “You endlessly and mindlessly repeat partisan factoids…” –Ol’ Scratch

        Trials in court, run by Republican-appointed judges, trials which present evidence evaluated by a jury, trials resulting in felony convictions… those are not “partisan factoids” … turns out there is Truth. Guiliani was wrong.

        • Ol' Scratch August 21, 2018 at 5:56 pm #

          You do realize that the Shave Tail Dems and the GOPpers are united in their desire to get rid of Trump, I presume? It’s purely a “gang thang” now. He’s invaded their party and left a big stankin’ floater smack dab in the middle of the punch bowl. That Donald! He’s incorrigible!

        • RIB August 22, 2018 at 4:35 pm #

          You’re proof that Native Americans fucked buffalos you hypocritical bitch Janet

      • janet August 21, 2018 at 5:40 pm #

        “Trump is surfing a wave of discontent…” –Ol’ Scratch

        No. Trump surfed a wave of discontent and conned people into believing he was going to drain the swamp. Trump is now revealed as a swamp creature and the “wave of discontent” will not carry him any further. In short order Mueller got guilty convictions. Trump has only been president for 18 months, but Trump will not complete his first term.

        • Ol' Scratch August 21, 2018 at 5:46 pm #

          You’re so precious, Lil J-Bot!

          • Walter B August 21, 2018 at 6:07 pm #

            So what/who do you think it/she is Scratch? A person or a program? An individual or a paid disrupter? I am trying my best to not insult or degrade lest it be a real human either misled or simply off in another reality, but the posts do not make much sense to me and I cannot figure out what the point may be. Any insight?

          • janet August 21, 2018 at 6:16 pm #

            Counts 7 and 8 implicate Trump in criminal activity. Stormy Daniels payoff was a criminal conspiracy to which Cohen has admitted guilt, and at the same time involved Trump in campaign funding violations. Donald Trump directed Cohen to commit crimes. Cohen, under oath, testified that he and Trump committed crimes with intent. Cohen has entered a guilty plea. We have tapes of Trump saying: let’s make the payoff in cash. In a criminal conspiracy the direct criminal connection between Trump and Cohen is compelling and supported by corroborating proof. Precious!

          • Ol' Scratch August 21, 2018 at 6:32 pm #


            A good bot is almost impossible to detect either way. I think “she’s” likely a paid troll working for one of the agencies or the DNC, but who the hell knows for sure? She’s kind of fun to toy with, in a sick sort of way.

          • janet August 21, 2018 at 6:32 pm #

            “or simply off in another reality” –Walter B

            I am firmly rooted in today’s judicial reality, where the winners have become losers. The last time we had a president as unindicted co-conspirator was Richard Nixon. Now Trump is in the same category. Not just his campaign manager, not just his fixer, not just his lawyers… the other conspirator who directed Cohen to commit campaign finance violations is Donald J. Trump himself. If you think that is “another reality” then heaven help you.

            The conservative Republican establishment is going to come down hard on Trump for Russian collusion. Trump is not conservative. Trump is not a Republican. Judicial reality has smacked Trump associates Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Richard Gates, George Papadopoulos, etc. upside the head. Now Trump will be smacked.

            The chances of Trump being deposed under oath just shot up to 100% today. Trump is just guilty of a simple election campaign finance violation. He is guilty of a conspiracy to silence women and a treasonous collusion with Russia to sway the outcome of a federal election.

          • janet August 21, 2018 at 6:37 pm #

            Trump is NOT ONLY guilty of a election campaign finance law violations. Tax fraud. Bank fraud. Money laundering. Trump is guilty of a conspiracy to silence women and a treasonous collusion with Russia to sway the outcome of a federal election. Precious!

            Manafort and Cohen know where the bodies are buried.

          • Walter B August 21, 2018 at 8:49 pm #

            Thanks for the input Scratch. I am finding it easier to ignore after trying to deal with it decently and it looks as if the best way to deal with it is simply to ignore it. I shall try that now and again, thank you.

  59. tucsonspur August 21, 2018 at 5:23 pm #

    You left out the story of the comedian who told his jokes by numbers.
    He would shout out fourteen for example, and the audience would erupt in laughter.

    After going through many numbers and many uproarious guffaws, his protégé tried to follow his act by doing the same. Thirty three, he bellowed, to dead silence. Forty two, and dead silence still. More numbers followed, with the same result.

    Dismayed and embarrassed, he asked his mentor, “what’s wrong, why aren’t they laughing?” And then he got his devastating answer.
    “You’re just not telling it right”.

    • Ol' Scratch August 21, 2018 at 5:30 pm #

      Now that thar’s funny, I don’t care who you are.

  60. janet August 21, 2018 at 5:50 pm #

    Under plea agreement Cohen could face up to 65 years in prison. That is not a “partisan factoid” … that’s the truth. Truth is truth.

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    • Ol' Scratch August 21, 2018 at 6:00 pm #

      Until it’s not. Truth, like consent, has long been manufactured in this fair land. Now get back to your school work young lady.

    • Q. Shtik August 21, 2018 at 6:03 pm #

      Cohen could face up to 65 years in prison – janet


      Yes, “could.”

      More than likely he’ll serve 9 months, be released on good behavior, with 4 weekends of community service tacked on.

      • Ol' Scratch August 21, 2018 at 6:25 pm #

        And probably write a book, sign on to a screenplay, and make untold lucrative connections while he’s in there, thus putting another version of the “truth” that Lil’ J-Bot gushes on breathlessly about out there. And what is it about plea agreements that implies truth on anyone’s part anyway? They’re nothing more than administrative legal agreements to cut trials costs, guarantee some sort of conviction, and trade up for bigger fish. Actual “truth?” As rare a commodity these days as it ever was. Good luck finding it.

      • janet August 21, 2018 at 6:39 pm #

        With enough cooperation… to allow Mueller to get bigger fish, maybe Russian fish… the judge could reduce the sentence to nine years.

  61. Q. Shtik August 21, 2018 at 5:53 pm #

    Sorry to disappoint you, Tate, but he’s English. He even has an OBE (Order of the British Empire). – GA


    As Green Alba knows, I am sure, having been honored (or honoured) with an OBE or even the higher CBE does not make one English. I was going to be smart-alecky and say that they hand these honors out like “participant” trophies to 6 year old Saturday soccer players but that would be mean-spirited and untrue.

    If you look at a list of CBE, OBE and MBE honorees you will find among them various celebrities such as Henry Winkler and Angelina Jolie who, to my knowledge are not “English.”

    You may have noticed in the news a couple of weeks ago that the author V.S. Naipaul died. This prompted me to borrow from my local library “A House For Mr Biswas” which is arguably the most famous of Naipaul’s prolific outpouring of novels, both fiction and non-fiction. And a while back I had read his travel novel “An Area of Darkness.” Naipaul was born and raised in Trinidad of Indian heritage but is closely linked with the British and in fact was schooled at Oxford and lived most of his life in London.

    I picked up this blurb from the internet:

    VS Naipaul, author, CBE 1977; accepted knighthood 1990

    IMHO, an honor highly deserved. How will the world get along without the likes of V.S. Naipaul still in its midst?

    • GreenAlba August 21, 2018 at 6:14 pm #

      You’re right, Q, they hand them out like sweeties, but not quite like ‘participant trophies’. Mostly because people have done well in some sector of cultural or business life, so have been of some assumed ‘benefit’ to the nation.

      But a few of them always go to the person who’s quietly manned the children’s crossing outside the school for decades and people have nominated them, or the person who’s tirelessly campaigned for a charity all their life.

      But he’s still English. And Americans don’t get to decide what we call English. We do. Just as we don’t get to decide what you call American.

      • janet August 21, 2018 at 6:57 pm #

        Ironically, we call Americans the Scotch-Irish-English who came over as immigrants from the Old World. America was founded by immigrants, built by immigrants, and in 2018 is still welcoming immigrants.

        • Tate August 21, 2018 at 9:29 pm #

          The Scots-Irish including the Ulster Scots have been here so long that many of them don’t even know their actual origins but often think their forebears came from England. These are the people who simply identify as “American” on survey forms. The Scots-Irish were the original pioneers who conquered the American frontier, such as Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, presidents including Andrew Jackson & James K. Polk & the legendary mountain men such as Kit Carson & Hugh Glass. They were immigrants but they were much more than immigrants. They “won the West,” they built the nation, they were at the forefront of extending the country to span the continent & settling the wilderness. They were the original “settlers” so to say they were merely “immigrants” is very misleading as they were not prone to taking welfare handouts & mooching off the public dole. Even today they generally consider taking charity a shameful act.

          • malthuss August 22, 2018 at 6:29 pm #

            The first immigrants built the nation. The latter ones filled it.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 21, 2018 at 8:56 pm #

        We? Whose that? You are destroying your group with open borders and the refugee scam.

        • GreenAlba August 23, 2018 at 11:30 am #

          Perhaps you are talking to me – I don’t know. If you are, I’m not sure why I’d need to inform you for the dozenth time that the UK does not have open borders. And it accepts an extremely modest number of asylum seekers, only a proportion of whom will eventually be given the status of refugees and allowed to stay an initial five years, until the status of their country and their situation can be monitored and a decision made regarding the safety of sending them back.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 23, 2018 at 6:20 pm #

            Modest number? You can walk around downtown London for hours and not see a White face. That’s a travesty in my book or the book of any normal White person, what to speak of a patriotic Englishman.

          • GreenAlba August 23, 2018 at 7:00 pm #

            “You can walk around downtown London for hours and not see a White face. ”

            Only if you’re blind. We don’t use the term ‘downtown’ over here. It appears to mean the ‘central business district’. Which shows how utterly clueless you are.

            And why would you think the black people you do see are asylum seekers? The vast majority are just people who live there.

            I’ve walked around London many more hours than you have, if you ever even been anywhere near it, that is.

            It wouldn’t surprise me if you’ve never been outside your own country.

          • GreenAlba August 23, 2018 at 7:02 pm #

            The figures are here – they’re for the whole country, not for London.


      • Exscotticus August 21, 2018 at 9:23 pm #


        Trust me—Americans don’t get to decide who or what we call American, either.

        But I agree with you: he’s English. Not sure what the big deal is. A swarthy Englishman is still an Englishman.


        America was not founded by immigrants. Every one of the Founding Fathers—including Hamilton—was born and raised in the British empire. The vast overwhelming majority were born and raised in the original Thirteen Colonies in British America. America as a nation was fully developed and prosperous well before successive waves of immigrants left their screwed up cultures to join our exceptional one.

        • BackRowHeckler August 22, 2018 at 10:07 am #

          Very true. By the time the American Revolution rolled around English had been on the East Coast of NAmerica already for 6 generations. Even tho people in America frequently traveled back and forth to the mother country, were British citizens, and considered themselves British, as time passed it became harder and harder to identify with Scotland, England, Wales, Cornwall etc.


  62. FincaInTheMountains August 21, 2018 at 6:45 pm #

    “And why it’s falling on our heads?” as a Principle of American Politics

    The most important news of the past week was President Trump’s denial of access to the secret information to former CIA director John Brennan and the Clinton media’s wails “And why it’s falling on our heads?” reminds Russians of a “truly fraternal” people – Ukrainians.

    And in this connection I can only rejoice at the fact that no one in Russia calls the Americans “fraternal people” and does not have the corresponding feelings toward them, although far too many Americans want to beat the Russians …. but only after they are elected to the Congress or the Senate and receive appropriate salaries and benefits.

    And practically nobody wants to beat Russians for free.

    Well, John Brennan seems to be one of the few who wants this so much that he publicly accused Trump of high treason after Trump’s trip to Helsinki and concluding there some arrangements with President Putin about which none of the Clintonoids still knows anything.

    And high treason in the United States is punishable by death, but John Brennan in Sunday interview refused to admit that he slightly exaggerated this charge for political reasons, but President Trump clearly became intoxicated with power, and depriving him of security clearance means the beginning of large-scale political repressions.

    And Trump has already confirmed these fears by saying in Twitter that he initiated the verification of nine other prominent Clintonoids who previously held very significant posts in US secret services, including former director of the FBI James Comey, former director of the US intelligence community James Clapper, former adviser on national security Susan Rice and former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe.

    And the denial of security clearance in the US deprives dignitaries to determine what can be said, for example, to journalists, and what is not, and they must now ask permission from the competent authorities before their interviews and they consider it an attempt on their freedom of speech.

    And this personally reminds me somehow of the sad fate of Julian Assange, who dared to publish data on the fake elections in the US and thereby depriving Hillary Clinton of the opportunity to push her favorite red button, as well as Snowden, who talked about a campaign of global eavesdropping of statesmen from different countries, organized not without the participation of the aforementioned “victims” of the political terror of President Trump, for the sake of catching whom these “victims”, in violation of all diplomatic rules, grounded President Maduro’s airplane, and it appears were ready to start a nuclear war.

    A very important circumstance of these machinations against the democracy personified by Hillary Clinton is that Senator Rand Paul, who recently came to Moscow and brought President Putin a letter from President Trump, and at first the White House, pushed against the wall, tried to pass the letter as recommendatory, but later admitted that in it President Trump offers several important measures to prevent the further deterioration of Russian-American relations.

    Imagine how important these measures are and how far this deterioration could have been if Trump decided to use Senator Rand Paul as a mail pigeon.

    And it was Rand Paul who advised Trump to use denial of security clearances as a weapon and made the Clintonoids moan perhaps the most important Ukrainian slogan: “And why it’s falling on our heads?”.

    The need for this letter and, accordingly, the possibility of worsening these relationships arose quite recently, literally in those three weeks that separate the visit of Rand Paul and the summit in Helsinki, at which Trump could discuss all the issues with President Putin independently, without the help of Rand Paul and even without the help of an interpreter, since during this time Putin had learned the English language quite well.

    • Ol' Scratch August 22, 2018 at 11:29 am #

      If Americans were exposed to a mere sliver of the truth they’d quickly realize that their mortal enemies all reside and work in the Boston, NYC, DC power corridor.

      Joe Pesci and Matt Damon sum it up here perfectly:


  63. janet August 21, 2018 at 7:31 pm #

    “John Michael Greer is openly predicting that Trump will be elected to and finish a second term” –Ol’ Scratch

    Does Greer believe Trump has some kind of actual political program that will benefit the working class. Donald Trump, champion of the working man he stiffed in his construction projects. Seriously?

    Trump gonna build a wall to keep the Mexicans out and benefit the American working class? Seriously? Trump won’t build the wall, and even if he did it would not stop immigration from Mexico. And Mexico will not pay for any wall.

    Greer is a right-winger who is fond of right-wing populism. That is why he is “openly predicting” Trump’s longevity in office.

    • Ol' Scratch August 22, 2018 at 11:22 am #

      Nope. he believes Trump is just as clueless about political matters as he appears to be. But what he IS a genius at is the jiu-jitsu of using the media and his opponents’ own stupidity against them, which is something you Hillary bots just don’t seem capable of understanding

      Life, alas, is NOT a meritocracy, in case you haven’t picked up on that just yet. Rather, it’s a purely mendacious exchange of self-interests and ideas in an open free-for-all to see who can get their agenda advanced, thus shutting out any ungrateful losers completely in the process, something Trump has understood in his very bones his entire life.

      Think of it in terms of the Jr. High that you’re currently attending Lil’ J-Bot. Is it fair that all the pretty girls get the cheerleading spots in spite of the fact that they have two left feet, the dates with all the jocks even though they have the personality of a milk cow, and manage to get straight A’s in classes when they can’t even spell their own names? Of course not! You’ll always have to work twice as hard and be twice as good at everything you do, only to still come up short in every way, and I get that your rightfully pissed off about it.

      But I hate to break it to you Lil’ J-Bot, your Queen Hillary, though she certainly started out life as one of your kind, she has long since wised up and married up FAR beyond her social and intellectual station in life, and she has NO INTENTION now whatsoever in advancing you and yours’ agenda in this or any other life, assuming the craven pack of nitwits she runs with in DC and NYC ever see power again in theirs.

      • Ol' Scratch August 22, 2018 at 11:44 am #

        By the way, your posts attest to the fact that you’re obviously an exemplary student (albeit, a little misguided, perhaps), so keep it up, and screw those stuck up front ho’s if they don’t want to include you in their club!

        • ozone August 22, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

          Ol’ Scratch,
          The entertainment value alone makes your postings well worth the read! Thanks for that. 😉

  64. Pucker August 21, 2018 at 9:25 pm #

    The Deep State is a Football Team of the Elites?

    The Cold War. Spanning the Globe. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=P2AZH4FeGsc

    “Ukraine, a new and important space on the Eurasian chessboard, is a geopolitical pivot because its very existence as an independent country helps to transform Russia. Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be a Eurasian empire. Russia without Ukraine can still strive for imperial status, but it would then become a predominantly Asian imperial state, more likely to be drawn into debilitating conflicts with aroused Central Asians, who would then be resentful of the loss of their recent independence and would be supported by their fellow Islamic states to the south. China would also be likely to oppose any restoration of Russian domination over Central Asia, given its increasing interest in the newly independent states there. However, if Moscow regains control over Ukraine, with its 52 million people and major resources as well as its access to the Black Sea, Russia automatically again regains the wherewithal to become a powerful imperial state, spanning Europe and Asia. Ukraine’s loss of independence would have immediate consequences for Central Europe, transforming Poland into the geopolitical pivot on the eastern frontier of a united Europe.”

    Zbigniew Brzezinski
    The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives

  65. janet August 21, 2018 at 9:59 pm #

    America was not founded by immigrants. Every one of the Founding Fathers—including Hamilton—was born and raised in the British empire. The vast overwhelming majority were born and raised in the original Thirteen Colonies in British America. –Exscotticus

    Exscotticus, none of the Founding Fathers was born in the United States of America, because that country did not exist until they brought it into being through their efforts. It is true that many of the Founding Fathers were born in the original thirteen British colonies that later became the United States of America after those colonies jointly declared their independence from Great Britain in 1776.

    Those colonies, which became the United States of America, were founded by immigrants from the Old World. In 1620, a group of roughly 100 immigrants later known as the Pilgrims fled religious persecution in Europe and arrived at present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts, where they established a colony. They were soon followed by a larger group of immigrants seeking religious freedom, the Puritans, who established the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It was immigrants from 1600 to 2018 who built America. And immigrants made America great and continue to make America great.

    Those European immigrants who founded the colonies did not come here legally. They would not have been allowed to enter had today’s laws been in effect. When many families arrived in the United States, there were no numerical limitations on immigration, no requirements to have an existing family or employment relationship with someone in the country, and no requirement to obtain a visa prior to arriving. They had no legal authority granted from the Native Americans who were resident here.

    The violent European immigrants who founded the colonies were barbarian invaders who burned witches (1692), hung Quakers (1659), forced Black human beings into slavery (1619) and engaged in genocide of the existing Native American population. When the white Europeans arrived, there went the neighborhood.

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    • Exscotticus August 21, 2018 at 11:18 pm #

      >>> Exscotticus, none of the Founding Fathers was born in the United States of America, because that country did not exist until they brought it into being through their efforts.

      Abd I never said they were. I said they were born in British America.

      >>> It is true that many of the Founding Fathers were born in the original thirteen British colonies…

      No, not “many”. The vast overwhelming majority. Hamilton is really the only notable exception.

      >>> Those colonies, which became the United States of America, were founded by immigrants from the Old World.

      And here you attempt to change the definition of immigrant. Apparently it’s not where YOU come from; it’s where your ancestors come from. By that definition, everyone on the planet is an immigrant, and the term loses all meaning.

      >>> They had no legal authority granted from the Native Americans who were resident here.

      That’s a laugh, considering that Native Americans had no written language, no written law, no branches of govenment, no government aside from tribal elders or chiefs, no judiciary, no prosecutors, no lawyers, no juries, no law enforcement, no jails, etc., etc. They did have slaves, though. And they did cut off the body parts of their enemies for souvenirs.

      >>> The violent European immigrants who founded the colonies were barbarian invaders

      As opposed to the natives that cut off body parts for souvenirs? And what about the Maya, Inca, and Aztec? Not only did they practice ritualized human sacrifice, but they were cannibals abd even used human heads in games of sport. Think football—only with a human head instead of a ball.

      >>> forced Black human beings into slavery

      As did nearly every other culture back then. As did black Africans who sold whites the slaves. As did Native Americans. As did Muslims not only then but right now. Go read about Islamic State slavery, then tell us how we should let in more Muslims.

      >>> When the white Europeans arrived, there went the neighborhood.

      When janet arrived at the JHK forum, there went the neighborhood.

      • BackRowHeckler August 22, 2018 at 10:02 am #

        Most significantly, even after 15,000 years in the Americas, Indians had no knowledge of the wheel. The concept of the wheel was introduced in the ‘New World’ by the Spaniards in 1529.


        • malthuss August 22, 2018 at 6:32 pm #

          No wheels wheeled off the Nina, Pinta and the etcetera?

      • K-Dog August 22, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

        Chinese historians will need all of this material, 50 years from now. Perhaps you should back up this vital information in the cloud.

  66. janet August 21, 2018 at 10:12 pm #

    Today Donald Trump became the first president to be described, in count numbers 7 & 8, to have ordered a crime be committed for which a co-conspirator was found guilty in a court of law.

    “In coordination with, and at the direction of, a presidential candidate” Cohen violated federal election campaign finance crimes in collusion with Trump, “for the purpose of influencing the election.”

    The silence of two women had to be illegally purchased. Donald Trump ordered Cohen to commit the crimes in order to win the election. An interstate conspiracy to violent federal election law in two federal crimes for the purpose of influencing the election.

    The standard for removal of a president: Lindsay Graham said: “you don’t even have to commit a crime to be removed from office…. Impeachment is about restoring order and integrity to the Office.”

    • Ol' Scratch August 22, 2018 at 10:59 am #

      Good for you Lil’ J-Bot. I honestly hope your wishes come true here. The body count in ol’ DC will be DEEP in the wake of a Trump impeachment carnival. Should make for some grand entertainment around Mardi Gras time in 2019!

  67. Tate August 21, 2018 at 10:37 pm #

    Henceforth, the term “vagina” will no longer be used on the California-based Healthline website. Instead, it will use the more gender-inclusive term “front-hole.”

    “Healthline has claimed health disparities and higher rates of HIV and STIs observed in LGBTQIA communities are due to discrimination in the sex ed world. So, the California based health information provider has adopted the gender-inclusive term “front hole” in place of the medical term, “vagina” in their latest LGBTQIA safe sex guide.

    “For the purpose of this guide, we’ll refer to the vagina as the ‘front hole’ instead of solely using the medical term ‘vagina,’” the document explains. “This is gender-inclusive language that’s considerate of the fact that some trans people don’t identify with the labels the medical community attaches to their genitals.”

    “For example, some trans and nonbinary-identified people assigned female at birth may enjoy being the receptors of penetrative sex, but experience gender dysphoria when that part of their body is referred to using a word that society and professional communities often associate with femaleness. An alternative that’s becoming increasingly popular in trans and queer communities is front hole.”

    Personally, I like the term berjayjay. But that’s just me.

    • SpeedyBB August 21, 2018 at 11:19 pm #

      One British wag just added a comment in the Thaivisa blog: ‘…prefers to take the trademan’s entrance’.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 22, 2018 at 12:02 am #

      The Liberals killed irony. I have no idea if you are kidding or not! If you aren’t all I can say is, What a bunch of back holes, complete black holes as people, fit only for backhoes.

      • Exscotticus August 22, 2018 at 6:42 pm #

        >>> The Liberals killed irony.

        And all other forms of humor. Not to mention huge swathes of speech in general.

    • Ol' Scratch August 22, 2018 at 10:32 am #

      Front hole? Now that thar’s FUNNY! So I imagine old fashioned “ho’s” will now be PC referred to as “front ho’s,” to which they’ll PC reply “F*** you, backho!”

      • K-Dog August 22, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

        No holes barred for some.

    • JustSaying August 22, 2018 at 1:37 pm #

      This has to be the most insane thing I have seen this year! How can you write this stuff with a straight face?

    • Tate August 22, 2018 at 9:45 pm #

      It was pointed out to me that technically it’s the middle hole. But I already knew that based on scatological graffiti that was scrawled on a restroom stall.

  68. pedal pusher August 22, 2018 at 1:48 am #

    Regarding those poor, often elderly souls who stand near the door of the WalMart..

    I find the greeters to be congenial. I’m sorry they have to spend their waning years standing there earning minimum wage but maybe the social interaction is beneficial for them.

    The receipt checkers blocking the exits are a different story. I’m always amazed that Americans voluntarily line up like sheep to provide proof of payment for their Walmart merchandise. The whole set up is legally dubious and I enjoy exercising my civil liberties by walking past them and politely saying “no thank you” to whoever gets in my way.

    • Pucker August 22, 2018 at 3:15 am #

      “…but maybe the social interaction is beneficial for them.”


      • K-Dog August 22, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

        Pucker, this is good news. When you can’t figure out how to make good use of your own time, somebody else can tell you what to do. Others knowing how to better squander your last pathetic moments than you. Revel in the joy. It is all good. Some were never meant to be free.

        Having receipts checked makes me never go back unless I can’t get whatever it is anywhere else. That is majority messed up and I share the disgust pedal pusher feels about that.

    • Tate August 22, 2018 at 12:52 pm #

      It never crossed my mind before to be outraged by this impediment.

      Thank you.

  69. Pucker August 22, 2018 at 2:43 am #

    Zbigniew Brzezinski was a big fan of Genghis Khan, presumably because the Mongol hordes raped and pillaged Russia?

    “The collapse of the Soviet Union was the final stage in the progressive fragmentation of the vast Sino-Soviet Communist bloc that for a brief period of time matched, and in some areas even surpassed, the scope of Genghis Khan’s realm.”

    Zbigniew Brzezinski
    The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives

  70. Pucker August 22, 2018 at 3:20 am #

    “Three-quarters of a century of Communist rule had inflicted unprecedented biological damage on the Russian people. A very high proportion of its most gifted and enterprising individuals were killed or perished in the Gulag, in numbers to be counted in the millions. In addition, during this century the country also suffered the ravages of World War I, the killings of a protracted civil war, and the atrocities and deprivations of World War II. The ruling Communist regime imposed a stifling doctrinal orthodoxy, while isolating the country from the rest of the world. Its economic policies were totally indifferent to ecological concerns, with the result that both the environment and the health of the people suffered greatly. According to official Russian statistics, by the mid-1990s only about 40 percent of newborns came into the world healthy, while roughly one-fifth of Russian first graders suffered from some form of mental retardation. Male longevity had declined to 57.3 years, and more Russians were dying than were being born. Russia’s social condition was, in fact, typical of a middle-rank Third World country. One cannot overstate the horrors and tribulations that have befallen the Russian people in the course of this century. Hardly a single Russian family has had the opportunity to lead a normal civilized existence.”

    Zbigniew Brzezinski was a big fan of Genghis Khan, presumably because the Mongol hordes raped and pillaged Russia?

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  71. Pucker August 22, 2018 at 4:20 am #

    The plan was to carve up Russia (through Ukraine) like a Thanksgiving Turkey.

    “The loss of Ukraine was geopolitically pivotal, for it drastically limited Russia’s geostrategic options. Even without the Baltic states and Poland, a Russia that retained control over Ukraine could still seek to be the leader of an assertive Eurasian empire, in which Moscow could dominate the non-Slavs in the South and Southeast of the former Soviet Union. But without Ukraine and its 52 million fellow Slavs, any attempt by Moscow to rebuild the Eurasian empire was likely to leave Russia entangled alone in protracted conflicts with the nationally and religiously aroused non-Slavs, the war with Chechnya perhaps simply being the first example. Moreover, given Russia’s declining birthrate and the explosive birthrate among the Central Asians, any new Eurasian entity based purely on Russian power, without Ukraine, would inevitably become less European and more Asiatic with each passing year. The loss of Ukraine was not only geopolitically pivotal but also geopolitically catalytic. It was Ukrainian actions—the Ukrainian declaration of independence in December 1991, its insistence in the critical negotiations in Bela Vezha that the Soviet Union should be replaced by a looser Commonwealth of Independent States, and especially the sudden coup-like imposition of Ukrainian command over the Soviet army units stationed on Ukrainian soil—that prevented the CIS from becoming merely a new name for a more confederal USSR. Ukraine’s political self-determination stunned Moscow and set an example that the other Soviet republics, though initially more timidly, then followed.”

    Zbigniew Brzezinski
    The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives

    • Ol' Scratch August 22, 2018 at 10:28 am #

      Hasn’t turn out as planned so far, has it?

  72. Pucker August 22, 2018 at 4:45 am #

    The plan was probably to unleash the ISIS crazies upon the Russian Central Asian states?

    “Supported from the outside by Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia, the Central Asian states have not been inclined to trade their new political sovereignty even for the sake of beneficial economic integration with Russia, as many Russians continued to hope they would. At the very least, some tension and hostility in their relationship with Russia is unavoidable, while the painful precedents of Chechnya and Tajikistan suggest that something worse cannot be altogether excluded. For the Russians, the specter of a potential conflict with the Islamic states along Russia’s entire southern flank (which, adding in Turkey, Iran, and Pakistan, account for more than 300 million people) has to be a source of serious concern.”

    Zbigniew Brzezinski
    The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives

    • Billy Hill August 22, 2018 at 11:49 am #

      Ah, Mackinder. We hardly knew ye. Hardly. The “Heartland” thesis lives on, for good or ill.

      As for Zbig, his Russian obsession lives on as well as a Heartland Thesis subset morphed into whatever headline flies today. In the meantime, one could substitute “China” for Soviet Russia in this excerpt from the NY Times obit:

      “Soviet aggression in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America was by no means a figment of Mr. Brzezinki’s imagination. But his strict adherence to ideas in which virtually every issue circled back to the threat of Soviet domination was remarkable even for those tense times, when many in the foreign policy establishment had come to regard détente — a general easing of the geopolitical tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States — as the best course.

      In his scholarly certitude, Mr. Brzezinski sometimes showed a tendency to believe that any disagreement between theory and reality indicated some fault on the part of reality. In his 1962 book “Ideology and Power in Soviet Politics,” for example, he asserted that the Communist bloc “is not splitting and is not likely to split” just as Beijing and Moscow were breaking apart.”

      Aggression I guess is in the mind of the beholder. Back in the Containment days the USA would cozy up to whomever regardless of democratic dogma pedigree if it meant countering the perceived Soviet threat. The same pertains today but in a more nuanced — confused? — fashion. Or so we hope.

      But in Zbig’s defense he was concerned that the democratic dogma (the reference to Henry Adams is intentional) standard bearer should in fact exhibit a just and fair society:

      “…he once again assessed the United States’ global standing in “Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power.” Here he argued that continued American strength abroad was vital to global stability, but that it would depend on the country’s ability to foster “social consensus and democratic stability” at home.

      Essential to those goals, he wrote, would be a narrowing of the yawning income gap between the wealthiest and the rest, a restructuring of the financial system so that it no longer mainly benefited “greedy Wall Street speculators” and a meaningful response to climate change.”

      While we still do not know what a “meaningful response to climate change” means in practice (Shelter in Place, turn off all power, draw the shades, and await further orders!) other than the type of feel-good symbolism of the Paris Accords that even Hansen poo-pooed as all talk and no walk, Zbig’s other points relating to maldistribution of wealth are well taken and a warning for those who recall the 1930’s.

      The NY Time obit:

  73. FincaInTheMountains August 22, 2018 at 9:35 am #

    The so-called “national” intelligence services and chief law-enforcement agencies are being co-opted by supra-national interests in the entire West, not just United States.

    Austria’s far-right ordered a raid on its own intelligence service. Now allies are freezing the country out.

    VIENNA — The raids came without warning, surprising even the intelligence operatives whose job is to never be caught off guard.
    On the morning of Feb. 28, police stormed offices of Austria’s main domestic intelligence agency and carted off some of the nation’s most sensitive secrets in open crates and plastic bags. Top spy service officials working from home that day were greeted by officers threatening to break down their doors.

    The extraordinary decision to target the agency responsible for defending the country from a multitude of threats, including right-wing extremism, had been made by the service’s new bosses: members of the far-right Freedom Party.


    • Ol' Scratch August 22, 2018 at 10:26 am #

      Such developments were always the (rightful) fear of administrations as far back as Truman. Secret police, loosley borrowed from and modeled on the Nazis, have always been recognized as a Faustian bargain, thank you very much. The only question remaining these days is can they be brought back under control at all? The early returns are not promising.

      • BackRowHeckler August 22, 2018 at 10:38 am #

        The Nazis secret police — Gestapo — was based upon the Soviet NKVD, established in 1922, which in a sense still exists in Russia.


        • Ol' Scratch August 22, 2018 at 11:03 am #

          I’m sure we could trace it all back centuries. However, I think most people would agree that it’s certainly not promising when a “free and open democratic society” like the US purports to be so eagerly and openly adopts the methods of the totalitarian regimes it allegedly “fights against.”

        • FincaInTheMountains August 22, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

          Your historical knowledge is truly impressive, brh, and has been many times proven on the pages of this blog.

          In particular, your fantasy that Russia still owes US on the Lend-Lease program.

          • BackRowHeckler August 23, 2018 at 2:50 pm #

            I stand corrected on that point, Finca.

            USSR did indeed pay off the debt from the WW2 era Lend-Lease program, every last dime.


  74. BackRowHeckler August 22, 2018 at 10:26 am #

    Americans murdered by illegal aliens. The bodies are piling up.


    Add Molly Tibbetts name to the list.

    If our girls aren’t safe jogging by a cornfield in Iowa, where can they be safe?


    • AKlein August 22, 2018 at 10:57 am #

      Civilized societies protect and honor their women. The surest way for savages to meet their maker is for them to challenge that standard.

      • messianicdruid August 22, 2018 at 11:19 am #

        You can include children in the same standard. Prepare yourselves – when the truth comes out [ just trickling out now ] about what the satanists [ which many of you do not believe exists ] have been doing with/to babies, you are going to kinda go nuts with remorse at being so blindered.

    • Billy Hill August 22, 2018 at 11:08 am #

      It is spelled “Mollie” and you risk the wrath of a certain off-shore commenter for failure to be precise.

      You have been warned!!!!!!!!

      • GreenAlba August 22, 2018 at 12:06 pm #

        Nah, no wrath involved at all. I was just being flippant in response to the OTT language and ‘bending over backwards’ or whatever.

        Shouldn’t have made even a mildly sardonic comment anyway – it’s horrific and would have been so whoever did it.

        But the ‘America’s sweetheart’ stuff is a bit much, in my view. Especially for someone who vilifies people for responding to a dead three-year-old on a beach just because he wasn’t white.

        • Janos Skorenzy August 22, 2018 at 9:24 pm #

          Because he wasn’t White? No, because he was an invader and a propaganda tool by You People. Remember, his body was moved and carefully arranged.

          That being said first, yeah because he wasn’t White and We are. Our Lands are Ours. Too simple and profound for such as you. But I assure you, they get it.

          • GreenAlba August 23, 2018 at 11:36 am #

            “Remember, his body was moved and carefully arranged.”

            I have no evidence of that. And even if I did, I’m not sure why it is remotely relevant to anything. Now, if they’d killed him deliberately and then shown him, I could see your point. Drowned is drowned.

            I didn’t say I thought an entire policy of any kind should be permanently conceived on the basis of one child. People were already dying, including children. What I said was that you vilify people who respond with normal human pity to a dead three-year-old. My grandson was three at the time. I knew what a little, vulnerable three-year-old felt like.

            He was not an invader. He had no agency. Even before he drowned.

            And don’t bother doing what you did elsewhere and telling me who I do and don’t feel pity for, with your endless manipulation.

          • BackRowHeckler August 23, 2018 at 2:54 pm #

            The same day the body of that 3 year old Syrian child was found on the beach, in Italy an elderly couple was murdered in their home by an African ‘migrant’, in a home invasion and robbery. Guess which story got the most press?


          • GreenAlba August 23, 2018 at 7:05 pm #

            You’ll have a reference for that, of course, brh, or is it like your bloodbath in London story?

    • Tate August 22, 2018 at 1:10 pm #

      She hated white people according to her Twitter account. This too shall pass.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 22, 2018 at 6:13 pm #

        Yeah, college was in the process of ruining a sweet, well brought up girl. There’s also a slut picture of her holding up a sign saying “No White boys” with her tongue out. So I rescind my endorsement as such. Anything is possible at this point – including her knowing her killer. But she remains valuable as a propaganda figure. We will get mileage from that and thus give her death meaning despite her foolishness.

    • Exscotticus August 22, 2018 at 6:48 pm #

      >>> If our girls aren’t safe jogging by a cornfield in Iowa, where can they be safe?

      Oh that’s a simple fix. After the leftists achieve their dream of an open border, and umpteen million “refugees” pour in, there won’t be any cornfields left. Just vast tracks of welfare housing. No place left to jog. Problem solved.

  75. messianicdruid August 22, 2018 at 11:28 am #

    “The standard for removal of a president: Lindsay Graham said: “you don’t even have to commit a crime to be removed from office…. Impeachment is about restoring order and integrity to the Office.”

    False Standard. Order and integrity are subjective.

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    • Ol' Scratch August 22, 2018 at 11:32 am #

      Coming from the Divine Ms. Lindsey, whore to the MICC, no less!

  76. elysianfield August 22, 2018 at 11:53 am #

    Well, ladies and germs,

    It appears that the opposition has successfully gotten a few hooks into Trump and are preparing to, by various means, remove him from office…a veneer of legal justification is present. The question remains…”Will the vast majority of Trump supporters accept this action?” Will they go quietly into the night, or respond otherwise?

    I, and most Americans, felt that the Demon Sow was a given…an absolute to win the election of 2016. I would have choked down my loathing and accepted the inevitable. However, having been given a sliver of hope that the forces of globalization might be thwarted, that our country’s slide to ruin slowed, or even reversed, provides for a different perspective…and having defeat snatched from the jaws of victory will be harder to accept.

    I, of course, will respect the rule of law. BUT are there others not so inclined? The country is fully Balkanized…I do not see an outcome of a Constitutional (or otherwise) removal of Trump that does not involve violence.

    The drums foretell that the natives are restless…I fear the long-knives being sharpened.

    • FincaInTheMountains August 22, 2018 at 12:26 pm #

      Nah, legally it’s all big nothing.

      It’s aimed to put a pressure on the members of US election commission who will have to decide who they are afraid more of – Deep State, which wants them to tip the midterm elections in favor of democrats, or prosecution by current administration for election tampering.

      I think Trump is preparing a few legal surprises of his own, just not time yet.

    • Walter B August 22, 2018 at 1:39 pm #

      Nope ef, I do not think that Americans have the balls to do anything but complain if the forces of evil are somehow able to remove the president from office. The general public has been taking it up the wazoo for decades now with nary a peep. And what did they do when removed our present in Dealey Plaza? Nothing, in fact they even embraced the Big Lie, the moronic Magic Bullet theory.

      Oh course if you were talking about removing Obama from office there would have been a mass uprising, no doubt. Perhaps Barry missed his chance to destroy America by not taking himself out and blaming it on Whitey, now THAT would have started a huge civil war.

      • FincaInTheMountains August 22, 2018 at 1:55 pm #

        Who would have thought that my favorite song, which I sang in my high-speed bulldozer Delta-88, crossing the wormwood-covered Great Plains, turns out to be an encrypted clue to the most terrible secrets of the 20th century.

        Moreover, it was a favorite song of the genius Bob Fosse who based on this song created a show specially for his beloved but aging Liza Minnelli.

        And now this show becomes not only a symbol of the world revolution of Donald Trump, but also its symbolic meaning!


    • Billy Hill August 22, 2018 at 4:22 pm #

      It is all speculation but assuming that even if there is indeed some juicy morsel for the sharks, I’ll wager it will drag on status quo until 2020. By that time depending on the outcome we might have fireworks. A lesser result could be real major party fracturing and a re-write of congressional rules.

      It is said that people vote with their wallets (It’s the Economy, Stupid!). From my window I see a lot of creative destruction as always; also a lot of activity and opportunity. But the populace is fat, dumb, and unhappy, which belies the tight job market. A poisonously divided Zeitgeist potentially contradicts the thesis that cataclysmic historical events inevitably have an economic root cause. The motives for action are instead symbolic. To turn Bob Marley’s lyric inside out: Our Belly Full But We Hungry. A hungry mob is a angry mob.

  77. goat1001 August 22, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

    Wow, I just read “ICE confirmed at moon’s poles!” The length they will go to hunt down illegals!

  78. FincaInTheMountains August 22, 2018 at 1:17 pm #

    Personally, if I was the Author of this unfolding drama, I would have President Trump indict President Obama, and President Obama, under oath, publicly giving the testimony about the details of Hillary’s coup d’etat and his overthrowal on June 10, 2016.

    That would be a Shakespearian finale!

  79. FincaInTheMountains August 22, 2018 at 2:58 pm #

    American journalists are groaning and moaning on all mainstream channels.

    And sometimes it seems that they really forgot how they deceived everyone for half a century, and the peak of this “freedom of speech” and Jeffersonian Democracy fell on the Watergate scandal, when members of the sect forced to resign the US president who stopped the war in Vietnam by recognizing the defeat of the United States and began détente by the method of refusing to prepare a nuclear attack on the USSR.

    And so, in order to cheer up his dejected army, CNN interviewed Karl Bernstein – one of the two leading journalists who spun Watergate scandal. He knows EXACTLY not only who was the agent Deep Throat, who in 1972 told the Washington Post about the burglary of the democratic headquarters (according to the legend – one to one hacking of the DNC in 2016), but also undoubtedly personally checked out her outstanding abilities described in her nickname that have become cause of the editorial confidence in her reports.

    But unlike Nixon, not all of the brains were then sucked out and today they were smart enough to admit that it was not possible to repeat this scenario with Trump because the US is in a state of the cold civil war, and the soldiers of the Tramp’s Army do not want to hear anything about “crimes” of their commander-in-chief.

  80. janet August 22, 2018 at 4:34 pm #

    “if the forces of evil are somehow able to remove the president from office.” –Walter B

    Walter B, I know you are a person who respects the law. For purposes of CRIMINAL law, Trump’s involvement in Cohen’s crimes constitutes conspiracy to violate the Federal Election Campaign Act, conspiracy to defraud the United States by concealing illegal campaign contributions (both during the campaign and after), aiding and abetting, accessory after the fact, misprision of felony, obstruction of justice, and/or PERJURY (because his June 2017 financial disclosure form, sworn under penalty of PERJURY and covering a 16-month period that spanned the election, did not list any debt to Michael Cohen).

    But for impeachment purposes, these technical distinctions are unnecessary—the key point is that Trump directed Cohen to commit crimes and then covered it up. The Constitution (not the “forces of evil”) demands Trump be removed from office.

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    • Walter B August 22, 2018 at 5:54 pm #

      I would not say that I respect the law for I have more intimate dealings with the law (being a law-maker myself) and have signed over more payments to lawyers and law firms than 95% of Americans have. We received little to nothing in return, and so my opinion of the law is based on enough first hand knowledge to qualify me as expert. The “law” in this nation is crap. It has no element of morality and no value anymore other than for the manipulation of the serfs by the aristocracy and profit for their lawyers. If President Trump is in fact impeached (as Bill Clinton was way back when) I see it all as more Kabuki Theater and that is why you have not seen many comments from me in this regard. I try to spend my time on other, more productive matters such as finance and planning and throwing out garbage politicians and replacing them with honest, decent people. Talkers and whiners accomplish little to nothing. I do my part to make things happen on the ground right in my own home town where I can effect change. Talk is for lovers Merlin, I need a sword!

    • Cavepainter August 22, 2018 at 6:09 pm #

      Wow Janet, you surprise me. Back to the Constitution? Really, that quaint article of antiquity? Democratic republic in which the will of the citizenry find voice through elected representation?

      Hardly so anymore, but most notably when national destiny has been allowed to default to however many foreign nationals choose to ignore our national sovereignty and immigration laws which were legislated and enacted on behalf of the citizenryl

      You’ll respond with “deportation will separate families”. Actually no; choice to separate is a decision that properly rest in the family itself, not with dropping criminal accountability by illegal parent or any citizen spouse who knowingly married an illegal alien.

      Then you’ll come back with “The children are being punished for the parent’s crime”. Well no; instead its about the parents retaining ownership for their children’s’ welfare through whatever transitions occur to the family (you know, like the transitions known to “military brats”)

      And oh yeah, if you come back with the argument that the kids will be jerked out of the only culture they know, just remember how long has been plied the “redemptive” prescription for America of multiculturalism.

      But you’ll no doubt reach for the implicitly “passive” chauvinistic argument that children outside of America can’t possibly realize their full potential.

      • Exscotticus August 22, 2018 at 7:02 pm #

        Like all liberals, janet will reference the Constitution when it’s convenient, or throw it into the trash when it’s convenient.

    • Exscotticus August 22, 2018 at 6:59 pm #

      >>> Trump’s involvement in Cohen’s crimes constitutes conspiracy to violate the Federal Election Campaign Act

      Really? You have proof that Trump said to Cohen: “Now I want you to pay off these front-ho’s (see? I’m using the new freak-approved terminology!) but only with money from the campaign fund! Whatever you do, don’t use your own money or my retainer money that I paid you from my own pocket that has nothing to do with the campaign whatsoever. Got it? Good!”

      Regardless, I don’t recall you calling for Obama’s head when his campaign violated the same laws only with far larger sums involved.

      President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign was fined $375,000 by the Federal Election Commission for campaign reporting violations — one of the largest fees ever levied against a presidential campaign, POLITICO has learned.

    • JustSaying August 23, 2018 at 1:25 pm #

      Conviction for impeachment requires 2/3 Senate majority. That will never happen.

      • Exscotticus August 23, 2018 at 4:53 pm #

        And prior to that they need a majority in the House, which will also never happen. Unless…

        1) Trump’s base turns on him. Seems very unlikely.
        2) Blue Wave in November. But it’s also possible that there will be a Red Wave. Or no wave at all and everything stays more or less the same.

  81. FincaInTheMountains August 22, 2018 at 5:44 pm #

    The Avalanche of the Pyrrhic Victories of the Special Prosecutor Mueller or Misère of Hilary Clinton on the Ten Points


    I did not specifically analyze yesterday all the events in the United States that occurred over the past week, as it was quite clear to me that in the next few hours they would somehow find their completion.

    New York sms-rumors convinced me of this, which gave me such a clear picture of what was happening, as if I was not on a bus traveling from the Coast to Capital, but at the headquarters of Hillary Clinton in Brooklyn, which seems to be turning into the capital of the Deep State, USA.

    And I must say that the above events occurred even ahead of schedule, and this is exactly the case when you need to remember that this kind of haste is appropriate when catching fleas in the dark, and not playing a ten-pointer Misère.

    And I will now give a brief description of them with the most primitive analysis as information for reflection, and then I apply to them a can opener of the artistic truth of sms-rumors in a separate post, after which it will only be necessary to conduct a military-strategic analysis in order to get a complete picture.

    This story began long ago in 2014, when US was preparing for midterm elections and Hillary did everything so that the so-called Obama-Democrats lost this election to her people in the Republican Party. And maybe even earlier, when the Republican candidate for presidential elections was the rabid Flying Monkey Mormon Mitt Romney, and not for nothing now, thanks to Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney it became finally clear that Mormons are one of the most influential anti-Christian forces in the US, and the main Mormon of the United States began to demand that Mormons cease to be called Mormons.

    First of all, the first person to defend Donald Trump after his return from Helsinki was Rand Paul, son of Ron Paul, one of the most popular politicians in the United States, who repeatedly tried to audit the Federal Reserve and Fort Knox, the main storehouse of gold in the United States. In response to a question about the reasons for Trump’s distrust of the charges against “Russian individuals” put forward by the Muller Commission and supported by the US intelligence community, he publicly pointed out that after the US intelligence community, in the interest of Hillary and her flying monkeys, set up the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell, forcing him to shake the notorious test tube with white powder at the UN, “healthy skepticism” towards them from President Trump is at least justified and will always be supported by the US Army, including the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford.

    And when former CIA director John Brennan accused Trump of high treason after the Helsinki summit – a crime punishable by death – it was Rand Paul who proposed to deny his security clearance. It’s no wonder that when, after the summit, Trump had an urgent need to tell something to President Putin, something so important that he could not entrust this to electronic means of communication, and used Rand Paul as a mail pigeon.

    And since the civil war in the US is in fact a religious war, it is equally important that Rand Paul is baptized in the Episcopal (Anglican) Church, though because of his wife, he goes to the Presbyterian Church, which, like the Anglican Church, used to be the state church of Great Britain.

    And Trump symbolizes the religious union of Christian churches, such as Orthodoxy, Catholicism, Anglicanism and Presbyterianism, which perceive Hillary Clinton’s religious program as a plan to eliminate Christianity on a global scale, but primarily in the Middle East and in the United States.

    This is one of the reasons why Trump is unconditionally supported by Episcopal Paul, Evangelist Jordan, Catholic Bannon, and overthrowing him trying Mormons and all sorts of New-Agers. And it can not be a coincidence that all the events listed below coincided with the colossal scandals in the US that reached the demand for the resignation of all Catholic bishops in the US in connection with the pedophilia of the real or fabricated nature, as well as the fact that Trump had brought the market down the day before yesterday speaking with harsh criticism of the decision of the Federal Reserve System to raise the discount rate, which according to law, he can not do at all.

    And, looking ahead, I again, as information for reflection, on the basis of all the above, will allow myself to assume that Rand Paul will fight with anti-Trump Mitch McConnel for the post of Senate Majority Leader that, in case of victory, will marvelously be combined with the victory of Jim Jordan, fighting for the post of Speaker of the new Trump Congress, which will be formed after the November elections and the resignation of the current speaker Paul Ryan.

    And Paul Ryan, by the way, was elected to this post after the previous speaker for just a lousy billion rescued Hillary Clinton from conviction during congressional hearings about the murder of the US ambassador in Libya.

    To be continued…

  82. tucsonspur August 22, 2018 at 6:03 pm #

    Yeah, Trump is now at the center of one epic clusterfuck. And there’s no escaping the fact that we have to go back to that tender trap, to find the cause. Only the trap isn’t so tender anymore. It once again has become the anatomical annihilator. Orgasms have turned into national spasms and shoved Trump into a political and moral chasm.

    Yes folks, I’m talking about raw power. The Power of Pussy. What leader, what statesman can match its grasp, its mighty lure? It may now decide the fate of the nation, bringing on political castration. It has taken the phallic thrust, played with the balls of lust and heightened the mountain of disgust.

    Stormy and the others. Veterans of the Vaginal Wars. Heroines and Harlots. Sleaze and slime, all a part of our time.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 22, 2018 at 6:19 pm #

      He should have been honest. As Roy Moore should have been as well. But in any case, he must stay the course. Refuse to budge and begin to ready the Praetorian Guard if any should dare attempt to remove him. He should say with Conan: Come forward dogs! I was a Man before I was King.

      • capt spaulding August 22, 2018 at 7:11 pm #

        He can’t stand with Conan. He’s still got those pesky bone spurs. You know, the same ones that kept him out of the military. But boy, if it wasn’t for that! Bring ’em on!

      • S M Tenneshaw August 24, 2018 at 4:33 am #

        I’m more of a Jay Leno fan myself.

    • JustSaying August 23, 2018 at 1:22 pm #

      If you are going to run for public office, you really should give up sex!

  83. sprawlcapital August 22, 2018 at 6:04 pm #

    I am sorry that many of you are getting to see the stunning beauty of Iowa farmland, maybe for the first time, as a background for TV reporters talking about the tragic death of Mollie Tibbetts, apparently killed by an illegal immigrant.

    I wrote recently about how the richest square mile on earth was, at one time, just north of Des Moines, the state capital, which is also the sprawl capital of the world, That land may now be under parking lots or chip board homes.

    The point is that every acre of Iowa land is incredibly rich, yet to the thousands of cubicle workers here it might as well be Nevada desert, They care about their smart phones and other toys; what happens to the land is not their concern.

    • PeteAtomic August 22, 2018 at 6:49 pm #

      well, not many people seem to care. You’re right.

      that girl’s death was a big loss for Iowa.

  84. PeteAtomic August 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm #


    As Bill Binney, former veteran NSA, has pointed out, one of the big swindles is when people use cyber insecurity as an excuse for money, since the thousands of access points which the NSA uses in the internet (and also by hackers, etc) will never be closed.

  85. FincaInTheMountains August 22, 2018 at 6:33 pm #

    The Avalanche of the Pyrrhic Victories of the Special Prosecutor Mueller or Misère of Hillary Clinton on the Ten Points

    All of these factors led to the consolidation of those who voted for Trump in 2016 and attracted even more fans of Bernie Sanders, which could only help adding Trump’s confidence in the Republicans’ victory in the midterm elections and in the final transformation of the Republican Party into a Trump’s party.

    This confidence was shown in the order to the Attorney General Sessions to take control of the Mueller’s investigation, and after the old fart refused to do so, in the frank and multi-channel trolling of the Clintonoids and admirers of Mueller. Although it is better to call this trolling “taunting – an insult to the enemy for a purpose”, as its most impressive part is the appearance on Sunday of the former mayor Giuliani, who said clearly and loudly that Mueller got one week left to hand Trump the summons for interrogation, since after the first of September such a summons will be regarded as an attempt to influence the midterm elections.

    In addition, with his famous statement truth is not truth, he dealt a preemptive blow to Muller’s request to interrogate Trump in connection with the alleged deal with the “crookedness” of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, scandalously and, as many say, unlawfully arrested by New York prosecutors from the pitch of the special prosecutor Mueller.

    Indeed, the meaning of this statement is that the reputation of Michael Cohen after those crimes in which he did confess yesterday, is below the plinth and his word against the word of Trump can not be the basis for impeachment. Muller’s only chance is to drive Trump into a perjury trap with questions whose answers will contradict Michael Cohen’s testimony and accuse him on that basis of lying under oath. But Trump already stated that he would not answer Mueller’s questions under oath and the special prosecutor would have to bear Cohen’s testimony to Congress or hand Trump’s summons for interrogation.

    In the first case, he will have to demand impeachment of the President on the basis of charges that the money paid to porn star Stormy Daniels for her refusal to publish the book “How I fucked Donald Trump” was illegal financing of the election campaign.

    This can ONLY work in Congress after the November elections, if the Democrats take away several dozen seats from the Republicans, but if the Republicans take only two seats from the Democrats and clean out all the Clintonoids from their glorious ranks, then they will have to appear before the Congress themselves and tell Congressmen how all this porn is related to the topic of his investigation, since his powers are limited to the ties of Trump’s election campaign with either the Russian intelligence, or the Russian Strategic Missile Forces, ready to hack either Yellowstone super-volcano or Hillary Clinton email server.

    In the event that Mueller tries to hand Trump’s summons in court demanding him to be interrogated, he has a week left to do this, and this is the reason for Mueller’s haste, with which he secured the deal of the New York City prosecutors with Michael Cohen, simultaneously depreciating him as a witness who, in theory, should blame the US president if Mueller wants to somehow account for the money spent.

    Moreover, he with this haste in the court’s condemnation of the former head of the Trump election campaign, Manafort, for crimes that have nothing to do with Trump, and for those accusations that, at least by ears, can be dragged to Trump and his election campaign, Manafort is practically acquitted on procedural grounds, which effectively means Mueller’s inability to at least some accusations connected with his investigation, to be justified in court.

    After that, Trump has every right to invite Mueller to use his summons (if there are any) in the simplest and most obvious way, and the case will go to the Supreme Court, and in two weeks confirmation hearings of Judge Kavanaugh, whom President Trump nominated for the post of Justice of the Supreme Court, clearly referring to the fact that 22 years ago he was the motor of the investigation of the sexual relations of President Bill Clinton with Monica Lewinsky, as well as such sweet crimes of Hillary Clinton as multiple frauds with government securities, wholesale illegal drug sale, contract assassinations, slave trade, which would nicely emphasize her fight for women’s rights, since we are talking about sale of underage girls to brothels for pedophile use.

    Good luck, Mr. Mueller, and although we are all under your hood, but you yourself said that soon the Russian cannonade will rumble in Berlin and this time you will not escape!

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    • janet August 22, 2018 at 6:55 pm #

      Good luck, Mr. Mueller, and although we are all under your hood, but you yourself said that soon the Russian cannonade will rumble in Berlin and this time you will not escape! –fincasoka

      Get better GRU material.

      • FincaInTheMountains August 22, 2018 at 7:04 pm #

        Janet, after being so long in the business, it is time to learn that GRU folks are mostly interested in strengths and vulnerabilities of the US ICBM early warning system, or the Yellowstone Super Volcano, things like that, and don’t waste time on such foolishness as hacking Facebook pages.

        • PeteAtomic August 22, 2018 at 7:07 pm #

          or what the pro-fascist Ukrainian regime is doing? lol

          • FincaInTheMountains August 22, 2018 at 7:09 pm #

            Digging its own grave by helping Mueller – all Ukrainian leads for the Manafort trial came directly from them.

  86. janet August 22, 2018 at 7:23 pm #

    Trump has willfully and intentionally damaged the reputation of the USA on the world stage. We are about to have another financial crash, as the host here at CFN stresses. This time, unlike in 2008 and 2009, it may be that no one comes to the rescue, given new U.S.-China tensions, frayed trans-Atlantic relations, and Trump Administration hostility to multi-lateral actions.

    Trump is not making America great again… Trump is making America vulnerable and weak. The Trump economic depression is coming. Trump will bankrupt the nation just as he bankrupted his businesses.

    • FincaInTheMountains August 22, 2018 at 7:26 pm #

      Shiiit, mama!

      I’d love to be as bankrupt as Trump is!

      • PeteAtomic August 22, 2018 at 7:32 pm #

        me too 🙂 ha ha ha

      • janet August 22, 2018 at 7:43 pm #

        Until he releases all his tax returns we don’t know how bankrupt Trump is.

        • Walter B August 22, 2018 at 7:48 pm #

          Once again sweetie, tax returns only indicate income, NOT assets.

    • Walter B August 22, 2018 at 7:47 pm #

      Sort of janet. America will never be “great ” again, Degraded empires never become great again and none of us with any abilities to think are believing that we will be any different. The hope was that Mr. Trump might stop the Barak Bleeding for a bit and it appears that he has in fact, given us a breather.

      As far as the financial system crashing goes, it will only be brought about if and when those really, really, really rich, far above Trump’s level, decide that they can make more money by crashing the system than by keeping it alive. It is they who control the financial future, not any of the occupants of the silly White House in DC.

      • malthuss August 23, 2018 at 10:30 am #

        USA, in order to be ‘Great’ would need to be White.
        Pre 1970 level of White.
        90% White.

    • Walter B August 22, 2018 at 9:49 pm #

      If you had really travelled the globe as you have previously claimed to have done, you would already know that the United States’ reputation is that of a global Bully and International Threat as those who serve in our military already understand. Trump is not making America vulnerable and weak, constant war for profit and a world that is sick and fucking tired of being subjugated for America profit is the problem that will lead to our inevitable downfall.

  87. janet August 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm #

    “Digging its own grave by helping Mueller…” –fincasoka

    Mueller presented evidence to the Reagan-Republican judge and got guilty convictions from a jury.

    As a responsible citizen, I have to make a choice between Mueller and Trump. Do I believe Robert Mueller III, a Marine who served 2 tours of duty in South Vietnam, awarded 2 medals (one a Purple Heart), a graduate of Princeton University, served as FBI Director for 12 years under 3 different presidents, is a registered Republican, was Deputy Attorney General (serving in 2001), was instrumental in establishing America’s first terrorist data base and has scrupulously maintained a bi-partisan investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 elections.

    Or do I believe Donald J. Trump, a realty TV star with 3 military deferments (and didn’t serve because of ‘bone spurs’), a business man with 6 bankruptcies, who has had 3,500 lawsuits (169 of them federal), a serial misogynist with 14 assault suits pending, and a daddy who was having an affair with a porn star while his wife was at home with their new baby.

    Tough choice, but I’m going with Mueller.

    • FincaInTheMountains August 22, 2018 at 7:32 pm #

      Tough choice, but I’m going [down] with Mueller

      Good choice, jane, we’ll miss you!

    • Billy Hill August 22, 2018 at 8:46 pm #

      But you went with Hilary after proclaiming Bernie the winner.

      That, Janet, is the essence of your credibility gap.

      No recovery possible.

    • ozone August 23, 2018 at 5:21 pm #

      “As a responsible citizen, I have to make a choice between Mueller and Trump.” — Jansoka

      Um, only a stupid citizen would outline that as a “choice”. A choice between a reliable bagman for the deep state or an ego-driven carnival barker with sketchy funding and a thoughtless tongue is no choice a’tall. Placing trust in either of these amoral shit-slingers is a fools errand. (And only a trained propagandist would try so hard to force this square peg into a round hole.)

  88. Pucker August 22, 2018 at 10:48 pm #

    Did Alex Jones ever interview Zbigniew Brzezinski?

    • Pucker August 22, 2018 at 11:05 pm #

      The foremost Conspiracy Theorist interviews the foremost Conspirator.

    • Billy Hill August 23, 2018 at 10:14 am #

      Not that I am aware, but he did interview Russell Means, which was one of the more interesting exchanges I ever heard from Alex. He managed not to interrupt his guest too much.

      The comment that has stuck in my head from Russell Means: Americans want convenience. Our host made somewhat the same observation this week:

      “Hot and cold running water, all the deliciously engineered Betty Crocker cake you could eat, painless dentistry, and Yankees away games on Channel 11, with Pabst Blue Ribbon by the case! By 1960 or so, along came color TV and air-conditioning

      I’d add TV dinners, ever more wonderful vacuum cleaners, frost-free freezers, pop-top cans, no-deposit glass bottles, automatic transmission, power windows, and on and on.

      • Tate August 23, 2018 at 7:20 pm #

        Oh noes! not no-deposit glass bottles. More solid waste in America the Wasteful, generator of 1/2 the world’s waste with only 5% of its population, Ha-ha …

        Dad used to stop whenever he spotted a glass bottle by the side of the road & pitch it in the back of his pickup. That was 2c in his pocket.

  89. Pucker August 22, 2018 at 11:03 pm #

    The Chinese tend to define Chinese-ness in hierarchical, racial and ethnic terms with the Han majority dominating Chinese minorities. Han Supremacy

    “What does it mean to be a Russian? These questions are not merely theoretical: any reply contains significant geopolitical content. Is Russia a national state, based on purely Russian ethnicity, or is Russia by definition something more (as Britain is more than England) and hence destined to be an imperial state? What are—historically, strategically, and ethnically—the proper frontiers of Russia? Should the independent Ukraine be viewed as a temporary aberration when assessed in such historic, strategic, and ethnic terms? (Many Russians are inclined to feel that way.) To be a Russian, does one have to be ethnically a Russian (“ Russkyi”), or can one be a Russian politically but not ethnically (that is, be a “Rossyanin”—the equivalent to “British” but not to “English”)? For example, Yeltsin and some Russians have argued (with tragic consequences) that the Chechens could—indeed, should—be considered Russians.”

    Zbigniew Brzezinski
    The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives

  90. Tate August 22, 2018 at 11:12 pm #

    Those of you who correctly insist on the latest progressive nomenclature will be shocked & appalled by the “v-word” spoken in the video embedded in the following link, referring to “v-pillows.” I’m sorry but am giving you a sufficient trigger warning ahead of time should you choose to watch said embedded video. As a gentle reminder, “Front-hole” is now the required terminology.

    Nonetheless, the news out of Portland requires me to post the link:


    about the closing of the famous feminist bookstore In Other Words.

    “The ultra-progressive bookstore that was famously spoofed on the IFC comedy ‘Portlandia’ closed down Thursday, citing its own entrenched culture of white supremacy.
    “In a statement last month ?announcing its shuttering, In Other Words mentioned financial troubles. But the store and ‘feminist community center’ said the fundamental problem was that it could not shake the ideology instilled by its founders.

    “‘We cannot continue because we know reform does not work,’ the statement said. ‘The current volunteers and board members stepped into and took over a space that was founded on white, cis feminism (read: white supremacy). It’s really difficult, actually, impossible, for us to disentangle from that foundational ideology.’

    “The store also blamed ‘Patriarchy, White Supremacy, Capitalism,’ saying the institutions ‘cannot be reformed and ever serve the people. Abolition is the goal.’

    “In Other Words was founded in 1993 by a Portland State University sociologist and two women’s health activists, ?according to the Wall Street Journal. It was propped up by an exclusive contract to sell textbooks for Portland State women’s studies courses. When in 2010, that arrangement ended as the result of federal legislation that undermined such monopolies, the store fell into debt.

    “The store then ?rebranded as a ‘a safer space where women, people of color, queer, trans, gender variant folks, workers, and those who live at the intersections of these identities can organize for self-determination and build a sustainable movement for liberation.’

    “In Other Words did not make life easy for its customers. It was only open a few days a week and was staffed by volunteers. Inside the store, seven ‘guidelines’ dictated behavior, including: ‘Cishetero-patriarchy exists, white supremacy exists, ableism exists, racism exists, colonialism never ended, capitalism is bad. This is not a space where we argue about the basics of the situation.’

    “The store made some income as a filming location for a ‘Portlandia’ sketch about self-righteously progressive feminist booksellers. But the arrangement ended in 2016, with In Other Words ?accusing the TV show of, among other things, being ‘trans-antagonistic and trans-misogynist,’ racist, not funny, and contributing to gentrification.

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    • Janos Skorenzy August 23, 2018 at 1:54 am #

      Glorious! As William Gayley Simpson said generations ago, Liberalism is the solvent which will dissolve Western Culture and the White Race. Everything must go – in the end even itself. Thus it is like chemo: At least theoretically, the healthy cells can outlast those sickened with this ideology.

      Did you catch Aesop’s new word? From Front hole comes “frunt” – as in, Hillary is a frunt.


      • elysianfield August 23, 2018 at 11:35 am #

        I try never to miss one of Aesop’s rants…always entertaining. Another word, of similar construct, if the object is considered corrupt, is a “crunt”….

    • malthuss August 23, 2018 at 10:32 am #

      contributing to gentrification.–IOW–Whites moving in.

  91. FincaInTheMountains August 23, 2018 at 2:21 am #

    Warning to USA! “Do Not Let USA Become the UK, Be Better Than Us” – Katie Hopkins


    In an incredibly ominous (and humorous) speech, Katie Hopkins warns of the impending doom that will befall America and all of the West if they behave like her home nation, the United Kingdom, has. “Do not let this great country become the United Kingdom,” she warns. “Be Better Than Us.’