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An eerie silence cloaked the political landscape this lovely fall weekend as the soldiers in this (so far) administrative civil war scrambled for position in the next round of skirmishes. Rep. Adam Schiff fell back on the preposterous idea that he might not produce his “whistleblower” witness at all in the (so far) hypothetical impeachment proceeding. He put that one out after running a similarly absurd idea up the flagpole: that his “whistleblower” might just testify by answering written questions. I was waiting for him to offer up testimony by Morse code, carrier pigeon, or smoke signals.

Of course, the effort to “protect” the “whistleblower” has been a juke all along. For one thing, he-she-it is not a “whistleblower” at all; was only labeled that via legalistic legerdemain to avoid revealing the origin of this affair as a CIA cover-your-ass operation. Did Mr. Schiff actually think he could conceal this figure’s identity in a senate impeachment trial, when it came to that — for what else is impeachment aimed at? Anonymous sources are not admissible under American due process of law. Mr. Schiff must have missed that class in law school.

All of this hocus-pocus suggests to me that there is no “whistleblower,” that it is a phantom confabulation of gossip threads that unraveled the moment Mr. Trump released the transcript of his phone call to Ukraine’s president Zelensky, aborting Mr. Schiff’s game plan. The ensuing weeks of congressional Keystone Kops buffoonery since then appears to conceal a futile effort by Mr. Schiff and his confederates to find some fall guy willing to pretend that he-she-it is the “whistleblower.” He might as well ask for a volunteer to gargle with Gillette Blue Blades on NBC’s Meet the Press.

One marvels at Rep. Schiff’s tactical idiocy. But just imagine the panicked consternation it must be triggering among his Democratic colleagues. Notice that Mrs. Pelosi has been hiding out during this latest phase of the action. She may sense that there is nothing left to do but allow Mr. Schiff to twist slowly slowly in the wind, as he has hung himself out to dry. She should have known better since every previous declaration of conclusive evidence by Mr. Schiff over the past three years has proved to be false, knowingly and mendaciously so.

One also clearly senses that all the smoke-and-mirrors are a desperate attempt to divert attention from a soon-to-drop DOJ Inspector General’s report which, by the way, will only be an overture to much more damaging action likely to come from Mr. Barr’s proceeding. After all, IG Horowitz was not allowed under the rules to compel the testimony of persons outside the Department of Justice, which would now include Andrew McCabe, James Comey, and many others at the center of the RussiaGate prank.

That also includes the probable chief pranksters, former CIA head John Brennan and James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, the midwives of RussiaGate. The pair have been running around on cable news with both their hair and their pants on fire in recent weeks. Back in March, before the Mueller Report flopped, and when Mr. Barr was commissioned to look into all the RussiaGate shenanigans, Mr. Brennan comically claimed that he “received bad information and suspected there was more than there actually was.”

That lame admission will not avail to protect him or the CIA, an agency that is behind the administrative civil war. It has been a rogue agency for a long long time, but may have finally overplayed its hand, along with the newer adjunct agencies that have been stitched onto it since 9/11/01 — the dark network that goes by the name Intelligence Community. So many shoes are ready to drop on them that the din might drown out all the John Philip Sousa marches ever played in the lobby at Langley, let alone the thin trilling of a fake whistleblower.

Apart from these fateful developments the prize for the week’s most transparently disingenuous bit of media agitprop goes to Saturday’s New York Times puff piece on former FBI Director Jim Comey, which actually sets him up for federal indictment on something like sedition or treason. Get a load of this:

James Comey plans to spend the next 13 months working to drive President Trump from power.

Did you notice that the photo-caption states: James Comey plans to spend the next 13 months working to drive President Trump from power. Oh, really? By what means, exactly? Single-handedly or with whom? And how did the strategy he kicked off in 2016 work out? In case Mr. Barr is looking for some way to attribute motive to the actions that he’s investigating, he may need to seek no further. Also, consider that The New York Times and its editor-in-chief Dean Baquet, and publisher A.G. Sulzberger may be named as unindicted co-conspirators in the three-year campaign of sedition (freedom of the press, of course). Alert the shareholders.


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  1. Neon Vincent October 14, 2019 at 10:11 am #

    Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to you and your readers! After reading your essay, I decided that if I wanted to see farcical misadventures of politicians, I’d re-watch “Veep.” It would be funnier and make more sense.

    • FallenHero October 14, 2019 at 10:20 am #

      Do you just wait up each monday so you can be first in line to spam a link to your blog?

      • DuckandCover October 14, 2019 at 10:53 am #

        Yes he does. Usually he is more clever with his connections to the current essay than he was today. Just an off day. He’ll be better Friday.

        • K-Dog October 14, 2019 at 9:15 pm #

          It is a long tradition, decades long. The Neon Sensi has been around long enough to be part of the furniture. And myself, that is about all I have to say today too.

          Seattle news over the weekend was about 3 raccoons locking themselves in a woman’s car and shredding the interior. Good to know that nothing serious happened in the world. Nothing in Ecuador Syria or Minneapolis.

          K-Dog supports the Kurds. The indigenous of the global south and people in Minneapolis with brains.

          MAGA FAGA

          I’m wondering if anything matters as it appears nobody knows what time it is.

          • SoftStarLight October 15, 2019 at 9:22 am #

            And what time is it?

  2. Nightowl October 14, 2019 at 10:18 am #

    I like the addition of the toys in Comey’s photo.

    He can’t stop what is coming though.

    Corn ready to be cut!

    • ellipsis October 14, 2019 at 10:30 am #

      I thought that was cute too. His toys no doubt. He’s such a poser.

      • hmuller October 14, 2019 at 11:00 am #

        Do you suppose he still plays with his Mr Potato Head?

        • Nightowl October 14, 2019 at 11:13 am #

          “So many questions …”

        • ellipsis October 14, 2019 at 11:14 am #

          Looks more like a Transformers man.

    • tvwillie October 14, 2019 at 10:39 am #

      The cage outside the window is for “Jail Birds”.

      • hmuller October 14, 2019 at 11:01 am #

        A bird sings loudest when you put it in a cage.

    • abbybwood October 14, 2019 at 9:11 pm #

      That is right.

      Comey boasted that he is sleeping until nine in the morning and “spending time with the grandchildren”.

      THEN he goes to his home office (or Fivebucks?) to work on ending Trump’s presidency.

      I can only hope that when that political ax comes falling down Comey is the first to get nailed.

  3. redrock October 14, 2019 at 10:18 am #

    Comey needs the rope.

  4. MX Vet 57 October 14, 2019 at 10:18 am #

    Nailed it again, JHK. Thank you.

    • Reality Check 1 October 15, 2019 at 12:10 pm #

      Rudy Giuliani’s scheme to open a shadowy back channel with the new Ukrainian government in order to damage Joe Biden was so ham-handed that even John Bolton, the mustachioed former national security adviser to President Trump, reportedly called it a “drug deal” and Giuliani himself “a hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up.”

      Trump. So screwed.

      • Nightowl October 16, 2019 at 4:56 am #

        Our resident comedian is here all night, folks.

      • Steveplustax October 20, 2019 at 3:21 am #

        You are correct, RC1. The events of the last few days have left JHK’s “whistleblower” post looking a bit silly, to say the least. I’m surprised he has not deleted it.

  5. hmuller October 14, 2019 at 10:25 am #

    “Q” was right. These people are so stupid, they supply the rope to hang them.

    • JohnAZ October 14, 2019 at 11:01 am #

      Stupid, yes. But much more dangerously, unbelievably arrogant. The Deep State believes it is sacrosanct and the rest of the country does not count. They were actually totally surprised, shocked and really pissed off by 2016. Insulted and ready to blame the public for their disingenuousness. Their treatment of the office of the President is proof of their arrogance. They are so imbedded in the structure of the Deep State they have been getting away with the legislative and judicial BS they have been doing.

      Unfortunately for them, not everyone believes their BS and the legitimate numbers are growing as Trump ferrets out the bums and the odds are shifting.

      In other words, he is draining the swamp.

      • hmuller October 14, 2019 at 11:16 am #

        Eventually, someone needs to point out these deep state criminals are not some tribe isolated to the bowels of the US government. They are the membership ans associates of the Council of Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the Club of Rome, the Bilderbergers, and scores of other NGO’s which march under the banner of “Globalism” to build for us a total surveillance slave state.

        The monster is huge and international.

        • Janos Skorenzy October 14, 2019 at 11:42 am #

          So why the quotes around Globalism? A technical point. They really do want a Global Slave State as you seem to affirm in your last sentence. Their opponents, the Zionists, want a Global State too, but with Jerusalem the capital city as Ben Gurion said. Both are the enemies of America and Western Civilization. Both want massive immigration to swamp White Nations and so blend the White race out of existence. That explains Trump’s passion for unlimited “legal” (a spiritual crime) immigration.

          • hmuller October 14, 2019 at 12:10 pm #

            Maybe I should have omitted the quotes. I just think “globalism” is not an ugly enough word to accurately describe their agenda. As if they wanted to give us a Star Trek world of peace, freedom, and plenty. But the term “the hot poker up our ass agenda” is too long and unwieldy.

          • shotho October 15, 2019 at 9:48 am #

            Presumably, that would also mean that the black and brown races would also be blended out of existence.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 15, 2019 at 1:34 pm #

            Bravo for you acumen, Shotho, but I’m mostly concerned about my own Race. But yes btw, they are already starting the same shit with the East Asians, particularly our old allies, the Japanese. They want one blended humanity, with only one remaining Nation – their (((own))).

      • draupnir October 14, 2019 at 3:37 pm #

        Trump is no Hercules, and the swamp is dirtier and dauntingly larger than the Augean stable.

      • abbybwood October 14, 2019 at 9:24 pm #

        They have their jobs decade to decade. Presidents come and go.

        All the other presidents in my memory have “gone along to get along” just as Hillary would have done.

        Instead the voters tossed Intell a non-politician (who ended up being one of the BEST) and threw them all for a loop.

        Thus the running around with their collective hair on fire.

        We are all witnessing Schumer’s warning he gave to Maddow when Trump started with the tweets about not trusting the Intell reports:

        “The Intelligence Community have six ways from Sunday to get back.”

        Now here we are.

    • MoleMan October 15, 2019 at 8:19 pm #

      By “these people” you also mean Giuliani (as noted above), right? His current situation is curiously missing from JHK’s recent post. Hmm… $500,000 (maybe two of these payments) from foreign sources. And you guys are worked up about the Bidens. Man, the bullshit comes from all sides–especially from your Golden Boy. That’s the biggest heist of all of this: that you sad pawns don’t have the cajones to admit that you fucked up by voting for this douchebag. I can understand why you did, but the defense is running mighty thin. Just think, if a Democrat president had surrounded himself with this many crooked assholes (the list is enormous at this point), you’d be screaming corruption with your stars and bars undies in a tight liddle’ ol’ wad.

      • Steveplustax October 20, 2019 at 3:58 am #

        MoleMan–I think we are just seeing the tip of the iceberg re. Giuliani’s trans-national crimes. The current administration is a pirate ship, and Rudy has been buckling a lot of swash. Mick Mukasey, as well. (And I’m still wondering how a certain Fifth Avenue-based laundromat chain can continue to avoid serious scrutiny.)

        I was surprised to note in James B. Stewart’s new book that Steve Bannon derides the idea of a so-called “deep state,” which he attributes to nations like Turkey and Egypt. (Bannon says the idea is for morons–I’d have thought he might find it politically useful.) It’s been mildly dispiriting to watch so many otherwise sane Americans falling for this amorphous, comforting nonsense within the last three or four years. I can’t remember a pop-culture fad that has caught on so quickly with an adult demographic.

  6. Walter B October 14, 2019 at 10:28 am #

    How quaint Jim, to include that lovely picture of Little Jimmy with his toys in what is surely his mega mansion somewhere in a secluded white privilege estate cluster. It just goes to show you that if you whore yourself out to the Clinton Crime Family you will be showered with massive amounts of dirty cash as well as the true privilege of being able to make up your our truths. Cross or betray them and you wake up dead.

    I cannot wait for our resident NY Times shill to assault you for once again pointing out how the old dog pee soaked “news” rag has decayed into a cheap slut for the mob. Heck, High Times magazine is more valuable even if it is no longer in print. Perhaps our shill buddy can switch masters.

    • DrTomSchmidt October 14, 2019 at 10:33 am #

      You’re a man of the right, Walter, but my guess is you miss the old, honest left of people like Gus Hall. The time of lying must come to an end eventually.

      My guess is that happens when the fracked oil is insufficient and we start having to import more. Life will be harder, but more honest.

      • Nightowl October 14, 2019 at 10:37 am #

        Right/left have virtually no meaning these days. All that matters is that Walter is an honest man.

      • Walter B October 14, 2019 at 10:40 am #

        You’ve got me pegged Doc, having to listen to blatant lies drives me to the brink. It started when I lived under the Honor Code, where a man could be trusted to be honest and his word was good enough to go on. I do not enjoy getting screwed, but when someone gives you the short end of the stick and tells you, “Yeah I hosed you on that one”, well at least you can respect the honesty. As Merlin says:

        youtube.com/watch?v=7tch1CuMV9M

        When a man lies he murders a part of the world.

        • JohnAZ October 14, 2019 at 11:09 am #

          As well as a part of himself.

          A lie generated means that you have to watch everything you say and do to not get caught. The truth is said once and requires no follow up and its resultant stress.

          You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

          Just a reminder that we are all being watched eventually.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 14, 2019 at 11:50 am #

            Is it not Just that one Man should die that the People should live? The high Priest thus told a far greater Truth than he knew. But the analogy holds true on many levels. The Leader must lie to the People on occasion, or at least hold back even as a Parent does the same with his or her children.

        • Janos Skorenzy October 14, 2019 at 11:47 am #

          Someone said, “Honor is a gift a man gives himself.” I like that. That being said, it still stands that most people can’t deal with too much reality as Aldous Huxley said. They demand to be lied to. Hierarchy is thus the order of the Day (Age), with people encouraged to be honest in their little corner of the world – and not given more reality than they can deal with.

          • JohnAZ October 14, 2019 at 2:13 pm #

            Hey Janos.

            Heck of an idea. We need to add to the impeachment requirement

            “Lies, High Crimes and misdemeanors”.

            Wow, we could watch these Deep State suckers impeach each other to death. The DC crowd would implode.

            Then we can start over.

        • abbybwood October 14, 2019 at 9:32 pm #

          Or a woman, like Hillary Clinton or Elizabeth Warren.

          God they must think we are all dumb as rocks.

      • Sam Stone October 14, 2019 at 2:02 pm #

        Wrong Doc, Walt is like our host, SSL, San Jose Jen, and many other posters in the CFN salon. Men and women who are now and most likely have always been liberals. That’s right liberals, real liberals, not right or left wing nut jobs but people who look for and value the truth.

        The word liberal itself has been put through the “real” left wing spin cycle and has lost all meaning. Actually losing its meaning is not correct. The meaning of the word has been changed to mean whatever the progs want it to mean.

        Of course the word “progressive” (prog) has mutated as well. But I’ll have to stop there before nothing makes any sense. Which is of course what the Alinsky types are shooting for.

        Alles ist klar, kommisar?

        • Walter B October 15, 2019 at 12:25 am #

          Yes indeed Sam, liberal in the way that we believe that all are entitled to their own beliefs, opinions, and the right to voice them. Liberal in the belief that all should be given the same opportunities to seek, strive, and succeed if they so choose, and perhaps even liberal enough to believe that those who have nothing to offer still need to somehow be offered a way to make it work for them without unbearable burden upon those that provide.

          Yet those of us that so believe also remain adamant in our belief that the government must remain conservative in how they collect and spend that which they take in. That they and we spend less than we make and that we strive to save as much as we can. The masses need to be protected from those parasites that would enslave them through greed and debt, and must demand that our government retains at least a little bit of the moral high ground and takes seriously the trust that we instill upon them, rather than looking out for themselves and their span instead. I am no dreamer, simply a man that believes in a higher responsibility than myself.

    • newworld October 14, 2019 at 10:48 am #

      Think of the horror the average white upper middle class “Resistance” puke must feel if they think they will lose their wealth and privilege. Where are they going to live? With their fellow Democratic voters in the poor parts of town, how scary would that be?

      • Tate October 14, 2019 at 11:12 am #

        Scary enough to turn hard right.

    • neon sky October 14, 2019 at 11:03 am #

      No way those are toys in the photo. More likely they’re super spy gear fresh out of the lab, like in 007 movies.

  7. DrTomSchmidt October 14, 2019 at 10:30 am #

    The sad thing about this is that it’s forcing advocates of due process to back someone like Trump. It’s become clear that the over-800 billion in “defense” and “intelligence” money has done nothing but breed a class of grifters around DC desperate to keep the money flowing.

    Trump added $50billion to the pile in his defense requests.

    With Trillion dollar deficits, we cannot afford that honeypot. The Dems ought to not vote on funding any of it. Let’s spend what China spends on defense.

    • pokercat October 14, 2019 at 10:41 am #

      Dr. T the national debt doesn’t matter, America will never pay what’s owed. So we can fund EVERYTHING.

      Our future may be “we’d rather owe it to you than cheat you out of it” and we are not going to pay interest…..problem solved.

      • shotho October 14, 2019 at 10:52 am #

        The debt will be paid,one way or the other, and consequences will flow therefrom.

        • Tate October 14, 2019 at 11:15 am #

          The central bank of the Netherlands caused a stir when it issued a report saying that gold would be necessary to restart the global financial system when our current one goes kablooey. The article was at was at Zero Hedge

          • Janos Skorenzy October 14, 2019 at 11:54 am #

            Trust is the ultimate Gold. With Trust you have social capital and no Gold is required. The German Nation was robbed of all its gold after WW1. But it still had many strong arms and minds. When a Leader arose who inspired Trust, they had all they needed to rebuild the Nation. And without Trust, having Gold will not work.

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  1. Neon Vincent October 14, 2019 at 10:11 am #

    Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to you and your readers! After reading your essay, I decided that if I wanted to see farcical misadventures of politicians, I’d re-watch “Veep.” It would be funnier and make more sense.

    • FallenHero October 14, 2019 at 10:20 am #

      Do you just wait up each monday so you can be first in line to spam a link to your blog?

      • DuckandCover October 14, 2019 at 10:53 am #

        Yes he does. Usually he is more clever with his connections to the current essay than he was today. Just an off day. He’ll be better Friday.

        • K-Dog October 14, 2019 at 9:15 pm #

          It is a long tradition, decades long. The Neon Sensi has been around long enough to be part of the furniture. And myself, that is about all I have to say today too.

          Seattle news over the weekend was about 3 raccoons locking themselves in a woman’s car and shredding the interior. Good to know that nothing serious happened in the world. Nothing in Ecuador Syria or Minneapolis.

          K-Dog supports the Kurds. The indigenous of the global south and people in Minneapolis with brains.

          MAGA FAGA

          I’m wondering if anything matters as it appears nobody knows what time it is.

          • SoftStarLight October 15, 2019 at 9:22 am #

            And what time is it?

  2. Nightowl October 14, 2019 at 10:18 am #

    I like the addition of the toys in Comey’s photo.

    He can’t stop what is coming though.

    Corn ready to be cut!

    • ellipsis October 14, 2019 at 10:30 am #

      I thought that was cute too. His toys no doubt. He’s such a poser.

      • hmuller October 14, 2019 at 11:00 am #

        Do you suppose he still plays with his Mr Potato Head?

        • Nightowl October 14, 2019 at 11:13 am #

          “So many questions …”

        • ellipsis October 14, 2019 at 11:14 am #

          Looks more like a Transformers man.

    • tvwillie October 14, 2019 at 10:39 am #

      The cage outside the window is for “Jail Birds”.

      • hmuller October 14, 2019 at 11:01 am #

        A bird sings loudest when you put it in a cage.

    • abbybwood October 14, 2019 at 9:11 pm #

      That is right.

      Comey boasted that he is sleeping until nine in the morning and “spending time with the grandchildren”.

      THEN he goes to his home office (or Fivebucks?) to work on ending Trump’s presidency.

      I can only hope that when that political ax comes falling down Comey is the first to get nailed.

  3. redrock October 14, 2019 at 10:18 am #

    Comey needs the rope.

  4. MX Vet 57 October 14, 2019 at 10:18 am #

    Nailed it again, JHK. Thank you.

    • Reality Check 1 October 15, 2019 at 12:10 pm #

      Rudy Giuliani’s scheme to open a shadowy back channel with the new Ukrainian government in order to damage Joe Biden was so ham-handed that even John Bolton, the mustachioed former national security adviser to President Trump, reportedly called it a “drug deal” and Giuliani himself “a hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up.”

      Trump. So screwed.

      • Nightowl October 16, 2019 at 4:56 am #

        Our resident comedian is here all night, folks.

      • Steveplustax October 20, 2019 at 3:21 am #

        You are correct, RC1. The events of the last few days have left JHK’s “whistleblower” post looking a bit silly, to say the least. I’m surprised he has not deleted it.

  5. hmuller October 14, 2019 at 10:25 am #

    “Q” was right. These people are so stupid, they supply the rope to hang them.

    • JohnAZ October 14, 2019 at 11:01 am #

      Stupid, yes. But much more dangerously, unbelievably arrogant. The Deep State believes it is sacrosanct and the rest of the country does not count. They were actually totally surprised, shocked and really pissed off by 2016. Insulted and ready to blame the public for their disingenuousness. Their treatment of the office of the President is proof of their arrogance. They are so imbedded in the structure of the Deep State they have been getting away with the legislative and judicial BS they have been doing.

      Unfortunately for them, not everyone believes their BS and the legitimate numbers are growing as Trump ferrets out the bums and the odds are shifting.

      In other words, he is draining the swamp.

      • hmuller October 14, 2019 at 11:16 am #

        Eventually, someone needs to point out these deep state criminals are not some tribe isolated to the bowels of the US government. They are the membership ans associates of the Council of Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the Club of Rome, the Bilderbergers, and scores of other NGO’s which march under the banner of “Globalism” to build for us a total surveillance slave state.

        The monster is huge and international.

        • Janos Skorenzy October 14, 2019 at 11:42 am #

          So why the quotes around Globalism? A technical point. They really do want a Global Slave State as you seem to affirm in your last sentence. Their opponents, the Zionists, want a Global State too, but with Jerusalem the capital city as Ben Gurion said. Both are the enemies of America and Western Civilization. Both want massive immigration to swamp White Nations and so blend the White race out of existence. That explains Trump’s passion for unlimited “legal” (a spiritual crime) immigration.

          • hmuller October 14, 2019 at 12:10 pm #

            Maybe I should have omitted the quotes. I just think “globalism” is not an ugly enough word to accurately describe their agenda. As if they wanted to give us a Star Trek world of peace, freedom, and plenty. But the term “the hot poker up our ass agenda” is too long and unwieldy.

          • shotho October 15, 2019 at 9:48 am #

            Presumably, that would also mean that the black and brown races would also be blended out of existence.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 15, 2019 at 1:34 pm #

            Bravo for you acumen, Shotho, but I’m mostly concerned about my own Race. But yes btw, they are already starting the same shit with the East Asians, particularly our old allies, the Japanese. They want one blended humanity, with only one remaining Nation – their (((own))).

      • draupnir October 14, 2019 at 3:37 pm #

        Trump is no Hercules, and the swamp is dirtier and dauntingly larger than the Augean stable.

      • abbybwood October 14, 2019 at 9:24 pm #

        They have their jobs decade to decade. Presidents come and go.

        All the other presidents in my memory have “gone along to get along” just as Hillary would have done.

        Instead the voters tossed Intell a non-politician (who ended up being one of the BEST) and threw them all for a loop.

        Thus the running around with their collective hair on fire.

        We are all witnessing Schumer’s warning he gave to Maddow when Trump started with the tweets about not trusting the Intell reports:

        “The Intelligence Community have six ways from Sunday to get back.”

        Now here we are.

    • MoleMan October 15, 2019 at 8:19 pm #

      By “these people” you also mean Giuliani (as noted above), right? His current situation is curiously missing from JHK’s recent post. Hmm… $500,000 (maybe two of these payments) from foreign sources. And you guys are worked up about the Bidens. Man, the bullshit comes from all sides–especially from your Golden Boy. That’s the biggest heist of all of this: that you sad pawns don’t have the cajones to admit that you fucked up by voting for this douchebag. I can understand why you did, but the defense is running mighty thin. Just think, if a Democrat president had surrounded himself with this many crooked assholes (the list is enormous at this point), you’d be screaming corruption with your stars and bars undies in a tight liddle’ ol’ wad.

      • Steveplustax October 20, 2019 at 3:58 am #

        MoleMan–I think we are just seeing the tip of the iceberg re. Giuliani’s trans-national crimes. The current administration is a pirate ship, and Rudy has been buckling a lot of swash. Mick Mukasey, as well. (And I’m still wondering how a certain Fifth Avenue-based laundromat chain can continue to avoid serious scrutiny.)

        I was surprised to note in James B. Stewart’s new book that Steve Bannon derides the idea of a so-called “deep state,” which he attributes to nations like Turkey and Egypt. (Bannon says the idea is for morons–I’d have thought he might find it politically useful.) It’s been mildly dispiriting to watch so many otherwise sane Americans falling for this amorphous, comforting nonsense within the last three or four years. I can’t remember a pop-culture fad that has caught on so quickly with an adult demographic.

  6. Walter B October 14, 2019 at 10:28 am #

    How quaint Jim, to include that lovely picture of Little Jimmy with his toys in what is surely his mega mansion somewhere in a secluded white privilege estate cluster. It just goes to show you that if you whore yourself out to the Clinton Crime Family you will be showered with massive amounts of dirty cash as well as the true privilege of being able to make up your our truths. Cross or betray them and you wake up dead.

    I cannot wait for our resident NY Times shill to assault you for once again pointing out how the old dog pee soaked “news” rag has decayed into a cheap slut for the mob. Heck, High Times magazine is more valuable even if it is no longer in print. Perhaps our shill buddy can switch masters.

    • DrTomSchmidt October 14, 2019 at 10:33 am #

      You’re a man of the right, Walter, but my guess is you miss the old, honest left of people like Gus Hall. The time of lying must come to an end eventually.

      My guess is that happens when the fracked oil is insufficient and we start having to import more. Life will be harder, but more honest.

      • Nightowl October 14, 2019 at 10:37 am #

        Right/left have virtually no meaning these days. All that matters is that Walter is an honest man.

      • Walter B October 14, 2019 at 10:40 am #

        You’ve got me pegged Doc, having to listen to blatant lies drives me to the brink. It started when I lived under the Honor Code, where a man could be trusted to be honest and his word was good enough to go on. I do not enjoy getting screwed, but when someone gives you the short end of the stick and tells you, “Yeah I hosed you on that one”, well at least you can respect the honesty. As Merlin says:

        youtube.com/watch?v=7tch1CuMV9M

        When a man lies he murders a part of the world.

        • JohnAZ October 14, 2019 at 11:09 am #

          As well as a part of himself.

          A lie generated means that you have to watch everything you say and do to not get caught. The truth is said once and requires no follow up and its resultant stress.

          You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

          Just a reminder that we are all being watched eventually.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 14, 2019 at 11:50 am #

            Is it not Just that one Man should die that the People should live? The high Priest thus told a far greater Truth than he knew. But the analogy holds true on many levels. The Leader must lie to the People on occasion, or at least hold back even as a Parent does the same with his or her children.

        • Janos Skorenzy October 14, 2019 at 11:47 am #

          Someone said, “Honor is a gift a man gives himself.” I like that. That being said, it still stands that most people can’t deal with too much reality as Aldous Huxley said. They demand to be lied to. Hierarchy is thus the order of the Day (Age), with people encouraged to be honest in their little corner of the world – and not given more reality than they can deal with.

          • JohnAZ October 14, 2019 at 2:13 pm #

            Hey Janos.

            Heck of an idea. We need to add to the impeachment requirement

            “Lies, High Crimes and misdemeanors”.

            Wow, we could watch these Deep State suckers impeach each other to death. The DC crowd would implode.

            Then we can start over.

        • abbybwood October 14, 2019 at 9:32 pm #

          Or a woman, like Hillary Clinton or Elizabeth Warren.

          God they must think we are all dumb as rocks.

      • Sam Stone October 14, 2019 at 2:02 pm #

        Wrong Doc, Walt is like our host, SSL, San Jose Jen, and many other posters in the CFN salon. Men and women who are now and most likely have always been liberals. That’s right liberals, real liberals, not right or left wing nut jobs but people who look for and value the truth.

        The word liberal itself has been put through the “real” left wing spin cycle and has lost all meaning. Actually losing its meaning is not correct. The meaning of the word has been changed to mean whatever the progs want it to mean.

        Of course the word “progressive” (prog) has mutated as well. But I’ll have to stop there before nothing makes any sense. Which is of course what the Alinsky types are shooting for.

        Alles ist klar, kommisar?

        • Walter B October 15, 2019 at 12:25 am #

          Yes indeed Sam, liberal in the way that we believe that all are entitled to their own beliefs, opinions, and the right to voice them. Liberal in the belief that all should be given the same opportunities to seek, strive, and succeed if they so choose, and perhaps even liberal enough to believe that those who have nothing to offer still need to somehow be offered a way to make it work for them without unbearable burden upon those that provide.

          Yet those of us that so believe also remain adamant in our belief that the government must remain conservative in how they collect and spend that which they take in. That they and we spend less than we make and that we strive to save as much as we can. The masses need to be protected from those parasites that would enslave them through greed and debt, and must demand that our government retains at least a little bit of the moral high ground and takes seriously the trust that we instill upon them, rather than looking out for themselves and their span instead. I am no dreamer, simply a man that believes in a higher responsibility than myself.

    • newworld October 14, 2019 at 10:48 am #

      Think of the horror the average white upper middle class “Resistance” puke must feel if they think they will lose their wealth and privilege. Where are they going to live? With their fellow Democratic voters in the poor parts of town, how scary would that be?

      • Tate October 14, 2019 at 11:12 am #

        Scary enough to turn hard right.

    • neon sky October 14, 2019 at 11:03 am #

      No way those are toys in the photo. More likely they’re super spy gear fresh out of the lab, like in 007 movies.

  7. DrTomSchmidt October 14, 2019 at 10:30 am #

    The sad thing about this is that it’s forcing advocates of due process to back someone like Trump. It’s become clear that the over-800 billion in “defense” and “intelligence” money has done nothing but breed a class of grifters around DC desperate to keep the money flowing.

    Trump added $50billion to the pile in his defense requests.

    With Trillion dollar deficits, we cannot afford that honeypot. The Dems ought to not vote on funding any of it. Let’s spend what China spends on defense.

    • pokercat October 14, 2019 at 10:41 am #

      Dr. T the national debt doesn’t matter, America will never pay what’s owed. So we can fund EVERYTHING.

      Our future may be “we’d rather owe it to you than cheat you out of it” and we are not going to pay interest…..problem solved.

      • shotho October 14, 2019 at 10:52 am #

        The debt will be paid,one way or the other, and consequences will flow therefrom.

        • Tate October 14, 2019 at 11:15 am #

          The central bank of the Netherlands caused a stir when it issued a report saying that gold would be necessary to restart the global financial system when our current one goes kablooey. The article was at was at Zero Hedge

          • Janos Skorenzy October 14, 2019 at 11:54 am #

            Trust is the ultimate Gold. With Trust you have social capital and no Gold is required. The German Nation was robbed of all its gold after WW1. But it still had many strong arms and minds. When a Leader arose who inspired Trust, they had all they needed to rebuild the Nation. And without Trust, having Gold will not work.

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