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There are times in the course of events when a society cannot tell what the fuck is going on, or what to do about it, and this is one of those moments in history here in the USA. The quandaries of life on the home front — how to make a living, how to care for ourselves and loved ones — get shoved aside by misadventures in foreign lands with their own quandaries. One delusion leads to another until you enter a zero gravity of the mind. Case in point du jour: Syria.

The persistent hyperRussomania of the US Dem-Prog alliance and its sob-sisters in the media seeks to make a bad situation worse in Syria and probably for the worst reasons. How many Americans have even the dimmest idea what’s going on in Syria, who the cast of characters there represent, and where the USA fits into all of it?

There is the head of government, one Bashar al Assad (son of the previous president, Hafez al Assad). The Assads had run Syria as a mostly secular Arab state until the civil war within Islam, Sunni against Shia, spilled out of Iraq. The Assads belonged to the tiny Alawite sect of the Shia. They comprise only 13 percent of the Syrian population, which has a Sunni majority. Under the Assads, Syria has tilted toward Iran, the Shia home state, and away from the Sunni Arabs elsewhere in the neighborhood. Russia has cultivated Iran and support its “friends,” the Assads.

A mash-up of Sunni jihad armies fights the Assad government in Syria’s civil war. These are Isis, al Qaeda, and Jabhat al Nusra. The US government had made official noise about supporting the more “moderate rebels” in the Syrian conflict. Who are they exactly? Do you have a clue? Which army among those three rebel groups are “moderates?” And what is their moderate goal under jihad? To topple Assad. And then what? To set up a new theocratic government perhaps? How is it in America’s interests to promote Islamic jihadi theocracy?

One hypothesis is that the struggle is over who gets to run gas and oil pipelines through Syria to get easier access to the Mediterranean Sea and the European energy market. Iran would very badly like to do that. But they are in competition with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the little giant emirate of natural gas. So, you have the Iran/Shia gang on one side and the KSA/Qatar/Sunni on the other side. Anybody who had scanned the news since 1979 can probably tell whose side the US is on. By the way, this hypothesis has had no airing among the mainstream media triumvirate: The New York Times, CNN, and The WashPo. These news orgs won’t even entertain that angle of the story… but as I said, it’s only a hypothesis.

It was not so many weeks ago that President Trump met with the crown prince of KSA at the White House to give assurances of American friendship and support. KSA is supposedly America’s chief ally against Isis in Syria. Yet, KSA and the USA are dedicated to getting rid of the Assad government as well as Isis. That is, we are against both sides in the Syrian civil war. Still wondering why the American public is confused by all this? Do you know who our choice is to replace Assad? Can you name an opposition figure? Of course you can’t. There is nobody. What the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, and the NSA seem to have in mind is the familiar failed state policy that has worked so well in the past (not).

Which brings us to the curious case of Bashar Assad’s recent supposed poison gas bombing of civilians in Khan Sheikhoun. The media triumvirate was avid to play along with the story. I don’t know about you, but I have to ask myself: what would Assad’s strategic goal be in gas bombing women and children? To gin up worldwide positive PR? To get the Syrian people on his side against Isis and other jihadis? What advantage could Assad possibly gain? In warfare generally, the tacticians strike against military targets. There’s a hypothesis that Assad’s air force sought to strike a rebel arms depot in Idlib province — a military target. The hypothesis goes further, saying that the depot contained phosgene and chlorine gas, but not Sarin. The wind carried these released gases among civilian homes and streets in Khan Sheikhoun. People suffered and died. Evidence for the absence of Sarin gas is that the gassing victims were handled manually by doctors and aid workers in street clothes. Sarin can kill on skin contact and doctors have to treat it in protective gear. So, maybe the gas wasn’t Sarin and maybe it wasn’t dropped in bombs from Assad’s planes. But, like the pipeline angle of the story, this hypothesis is missing in the media triumvirate’s pages.

President Trump was lauded mostly for the missile strike against the Syrian air force base that followed. The Dem/Progs and The New York Times gave him brownie points, if only for it being a swipe against Russia. It seemed so clever, what with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Mar-a-Lago dinner table where, presumably, the subject of the maniac in North Korea came up. Days later, a US aircraft carrier group steamed to the waters off Kim Jong Un’s fortress state. Which brings forth another hypothesis: that the Syria missile strike was solely a demonstration of US military will vis-a-vis the more ominous threat over in Asia — an attempt to get Xi to do something about the Kim Jong Un before we do.

It’ll be interesting to see how that plays out. The big fear is that in the event of a rumble, Kim will turn Seoul into an ashtray. The South Korean capital is only a few miles from the DMZ between the two states. The US couldn’t find a jucier enemy than Kim Jong Un, a character so improbable he might have been dreamed up in a Batman comic. Hence, he’s comprehensible to an American public that more and more looks like the ever-present crowd of perplexed bystanders in a Batman movie.


I was quite surprised to hear that a podcast called “S-Town,” about the dark doings in an Alabama backwater, had become a huge hit on the Web-waves. Back around 2012-2013, I had some email correspondence from John B. McLemore, the tragic figure at the center of the series. He was a real person, referred to by various people in the series as “brilliant,” “a genius,” “a real character,” and he was for sure.

Apparently, he was also a fan of my books. He got my phone number off my website and took to calling me on the phone. I probably had a dozen long phone conversations with him. Hours. It is well-known now that he called his home of Woodstock, Alabama, “Shit-town.” He regaled me with many a sordid tale of the home-folk, and even of himself. The place sounded like Hieronymus Bosch meets Dogpatch. Since John B seemed so unhappy under his mask of hilarity and mirth, I tried to encourage him to think about moving. He always had an excuse for not doing that, but clearly John B and the neighbors he disdained, fought with, looked for love with, had a synergistic thing going. They needed each other to play out their never-ending crazy scripts of cracker mischief, vengeance, and failure. After a while, John B went dark. I thought he’d just gotten tired of me telling him to move.

I was startled to hear in the second episode of the “S-Town” podcast that John B had made good on his constant intimations of suicide. Startled, but not especially surprised. He was more than a fish out of water. He was like a Martian suffocating in an atmosphere too heavy for him. I suspect the truth is there are thousands of places like “S-Town” all over America, places devastated by the poor choices of the last several generations — most particularly the way they threw away their livelihoods and surrendered to one vice after another in boredom, defeat, and self-loathing. It’s a very sad story and it’s not over yet by a long shot.

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460 Responses to “Wonderland”

  1. thwack April 10, 2017 at 9:59 am #

    Which brings us to the curious case of Bashar Assad’s recent supposed poison gas bombing of civilians in Khan Sheikhoun. The media triumvirate was avid to play along with the story.


    Yeah, they did the same thing with the fake moon landing in 1969.

    Just sayin.

    • seawolf77 April 10, 2017 at 11:17 am #

      It’s not the first time they did it. People believe nuclear weapons exist because they’ve seen pictures of it i.e. they saw it on TV.

      • snarkmatic9000 April 10, 2017 at 11:27 am #

        It’s the predominance of attention-seeking and delusional Alpha fools like these that make the comments section here so eminently skip-able, but one, perhaps unrealistically, might hope for change, however unlikely.

        • Elrond Hubbard April 10, 2017 at 11:36 am #

          I’d recommend Gwynne Dyer’s take for anyone who’s interested in actual, level-headed analysis of the kind that’s in chronically short supply around here:

          Who benefits from the Syrian gas attack in Idlib?


          Donald Trump has spent a lot of time in the courts, so he must be familiar with the legal concept of “cui bono” — “who benefits?” When a crime is committed, the likeliest culprit is the person who benefited from the deed. But he certainly did not apply that principle when deciding to attack a Syrian government airbase with 59 cruise missiles early Friday morning.

          The attack against Shayrat airbase, the first U.S. military action against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in six years of civil war, was allegedly a retaliation for a poison gas attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun three days before that Trump blamed on the Syrian regime. But who stood to benefit from the chemical attack in the first place?

          There was absolutely no direct military advantage to be derived from killing 80 civilians with poison gas in Khan Sheikhoun. The town, located in al-Qaida-controlled territory in Idlib province, is not near any front line, and it is of no military significance. The one useful thing that the gas attack might produce, with an impulsive new president in the White House, was an American attack on the Syrian regime.

          Read the whole thing.

          • pequiste April 11, 2017 at 12:29 am #

            What did Rex Murphy have to say about all this stupidity?

            I love a good old-fashioned, straight-forward, no-nonsense Newfie news analysis and old Rex is the best of them.

    • noel bodie April 10, 2017 at 11:36 am #

      I surfed all Sunday talk shows for a mention of alt theory of gassing and did not hear any. Obama was wise to keep us out of the brawl in Syria for just the reasons JHK mentions in this post. The keepers of truth have left the house and all we are left with are worn copies of “1984”.

    • elysianfield April 10, 2017 at 12:01 pm #

      “Yeah, they did the same thing with the fake moon landing in 1969”

      Having read your comments on several podcast sections, I find your thoughts…well reasoned and well put (unlike your offerings on the CFN section). Your “talkin’ all white and all”, provides for a dichotomy and brings your meme into question….

      Just sayin.

    • reasonoveridiocy April 10, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

      Watch out thwack, there might be a conspiracy hiding in your toaster
      or glovebox!

      • seawolf77 April 10, 2017 at 12:51 pm #

        Good article.

        • Frank April 10, 2017 at 2:34 pm #

          Yes James, very good. Too bad you cannot get it onto the opinions page of the New York Times. Maybe use another word for triumvirate. I have to admit I had trouble with that.

      • SpeedyBB April 10, 2017 at 8:37 pm #

        It’s the ‘micropenis’ (darn it) I mean ‘microwave’, R.O.I. Speaking of which, the Kellyanne Conway-linked mirth subsides precipitously when you view a contemporary YouTube video of these two jokers who playfully hacked control of the steering, brakes and accelerator of a passenger car in motion.

        They got in through the internet-linked ‘entertainment system’. Yeah, right. Entertaining drive.

        Michael Hastings, 33 years of age, D.O.A.

  2. ghostlimb April 10, 2017 at 10:03 am #

    Along with many spot-on observations by JHK, Bannon taking counsel from the JHK oft-referenced Fourth Turning is oh so precious… https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/08/us/politics/stephen-bannon-book-fourth-turning.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0

  3. djc April 10, 2017 at 10:04 am #

    I found todays column enlightening and it gives me some hope that maybe, possibly there is a sizable, though not a majority, contingent of Americans who really do realize how screwed we are.

    My brother lived in Damascus in the early 80’s and he found the Syrian people, and society, to be quiet livable and normal. The Christian population of Damascus, at that time, was well over the widely stated 10% figure, and was totally integrated into the society as a whole. The women were emancipated and had public roles. The Assad family was indeed brutal to its enemies but the society functioned. Ask anyone left in Syria today if they really want the Assad family to be forced out and have ISIS take over.

    I really don’t understand why the US government feels it has to intervene everywhere in the world while whole parts of the US rot away into third world decay.

    • Janos Skorenzy April 10, 2017 at 2:21 pm #

      Assad and his wife visit Churches on Christmas Eve to wish Christians well. The Alawitites are apparently quite different than most of Islam in this regard.

    • abbybwood April 11, 2017 at 4:41 am #

      Yet last night on “Hannity” Sean’s man in Damascus would have us believe that the Syrian people LOVE Trump and are so very happy about him bombing their air base!

      Yeah, right.

      They are really laying the propaganda on thick. To realize Trump bombed Syria (an act of war) as retribution for something that had not even been properly investigated, which could cause an escalation into WW III….it’s too shocking and scary for words.

      And now every Neocon cheerleader who supported The Queen of Chaos, they are pushing Trump to go “all in”. Robert Kagan even wrote an op-ed in The NYT to give Trump his marching orders.

      So much for the BS Trump gave the voters about being non-interventionist and not supporting “regime changes”.

      It must be pretty bad when Trump now has Ann Coulter, Michael Savage, Milo!, Marine LePen, Nigel Farage and Alex Jones ready to dump him!:


  4. seawolf77 April 10, 2017 at 10:06 am #

    Like Bill Maher said, when Republicans are confronted with a problem they ask themselves, what would a dick do? A really big dick. What would a really big dick do? Trump in a word is the ultimate dick. King Dick. Premier Dick. Prime Minister Dick. Emperor Dick. President Dick. Cheeto Dick. His Dickness. Tricky Dick. Chief Dick. Chief Executive Dick. Captain Dick. His Dickliness. Pope Dick. Boss Dick. General Dick. Admiral Dick. How many dicks is that? A lot.

    • DA April 10, 2017 at 10:23 am #

      Does this mean Our Dark Lord Dick Cheney is relegated to lesser dickness? Cause I don’t think he’d like that. He can be a really big dick that way. Once shot a man in the face for challenging his dickness, or so I’ve heard.

      • seawolf77 April 10, 2017 at 10:27 am #

        My God how could I have forgotten the Lord High Dick, Dick Cheney!

        • DA April 10, 2017 at 10:38 am #

          Well I won’t tell him if you don’t. But I damn sure wouldn’t let it happen again!

          • SpeedyBB April 10, 2017 at 8:53 pm #

            Also (according to those he’s screwed over) a prick. Presumably part of the same ‘package’.

            For all your ancient homophobes (Hi Janos) that’s a pun, son.

      • Janos Skorenzy April 10, 2017 at 2:26 pm #

        I wouldn’t indulge Seapoof on the subject of dicks if I were you.

        • seawolf77 April 11, 2017 at 9:31 am #

          Lucky for DA, he’s not.

    • Q. Shtik April 10, 2017 at 12:10 pm #

      More Concerning Dick:

      Why is it that Dick became the nickname for people named Richard? It makes no sense.

      And how did Dick become a name for the male sex organ? That makes no sense either.

      I carpooled a few years with a co-worker named Richard Kurtz. He went by Rich Kurtz. We co-workers speculated in private that Rich didn’t want to be known as Dick Hurts.

      During this same era I had a co-worker named Elaine Murray who sported a mesmerizing set of doorbells when she caught a chill, but that is neither here nor there as relates to my story. Elaine Murray had a boyfriend named Murray Dick…an odd coincidence, no?

      Eventually Elaine married Murray but would NOT change her last name to his. Despite this, we childish middle-aged men took pleasure in referring to her in private as Mrs Dick. If she was a minute late for a meeting someone would bellow out, “where the hell is MRS DICK,” and we’d all laugh.

      Years went by during which the last name that this couple would go by was a bone of contention in their lives. If he took her last name he would be the absurd, Murray Murray. If she took his last name she would be Mrs Dick. Awhile after I retired I learned through the grapevine that they both changed their last name to Dickson…a brilliant compromise.

      • seawolf77 April 10, 2017 at 12:45 pm #

        Never thought of that. Richard. Dick. Male sex organ. Hmmm.

      • Janos Skorenzy April 10, 2017 at 2:28 pm #

        In Dion Fortune’s novel “The Sea Priestess” the local river is called the Naredick or the Little Dick. Jus sayin’.

        She only had the knockers when it was cold? Where did they go the rest of the time?

        • Q. Shtik April 10, 2017 at 3:42 pm #

          No, she had the knockers all the time…’they’re real and they’re spectacular’ (TM Seinfeld).

          Janos, you obviously are not an aficionado of the female breast. A nipple firmed by chilling resembles a doorbell and accessorizes an otherwise ordinary tit.

      • elysianfield April 10, 2017 at 6:13 pm #

        They might have compromised and changed their last name to…Johnson….

    • Janos Skorenzy April 10, 2017 at 2:24 pm #

      Now we’re in familiar territory: Democrats condemning Republicans for warmongering. But like Rachael Maddow, you would no doubt applaud if Hillary did exactly the same thing.

      The Bernie Bots are better on this, but they would applaud if we were invaded or bombed. Remember, the Beans on Beta burn better on a burner.

  5. FincaInTheMountains April 10, 2017 at 10:08 am #

    A vivid example of Intellectual Idiotism:

    Putin had Assad gas his own Syrian people so Donald Trump would have an excuse for war


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  6. sprawlcapital April 10, 2017 at 10:10 am #

    This is the best commentary I’ve seen on the current mess in Syria. In fact, the only good commentary.

    • sprawlcapital April 10, 2017 at 10:13 am #

      I’m talking about JHK’s blog today.

  7. MrTibbs April 10, 2017 at 10:14 am #

    In the old republic, members awaken and say, “How can I possibly enjoy life today when there is so much pain, suffering, evil, and stupidity in the world?”

    In the New Republic, members awaken and say, “Thank you God for this beautiful day and another chance to enjoy life on the planet Earth!!”

    “Happiness is a choice.”


    • GreenAlba April 10, 2017 at 1:37 pm #

      “Happiness is a choice.”

      Not if you live in Syria – or even if you try to escape the horror in a US-wards direction.

    • onehunglo April 10, 2017 at 3:53 pm #

      ah, mrtibb, you wise one indeed….

      Confucius say, “The noble-minded are calm and steady. Little people are forever fussing and fretting.”

      let not you heart be troubled.

      may God be with you.


    • elysianfield April 10, 2017 at 6:15 pm #

      “In the New Republic, members awaken and say, “Thank you God for this beautiful day and another chance to enjoy life on the planet Earth and …what? Purple Kool Aid? Thanks!

      • MrTibbs April 10, 2017 at 7:57 pm #

        The scent of elysianfield’s delicate pink gulley is wafting through the meadow.

        Thank you God for this beautiful day and another chance to enjoy life on the planet Earth!


        • elysianfield April 11, 2017 at 11:19 am #

          “The scent of elysianfield’s delicate pink gulley is wafting through the meadow.”

          Impossible! If I were thus equipped, I would never leave the house….

      • onehunglo April 10, 2017 at 8:07 pm #

        “Confucius say, “It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.”

        let not you heart be troubled.

        may God be with you.


        • capt spaulding April 12, 2017 at 9:31 am #

          Confucius say, “Man with one chopstick go hungry.”

          • Q. Shtik April 12, 2017 at 11:46 am #

            Confucius say, “Woman who fly upside down have clack up.”

            may Gosh be with you.


          • capt spaulding April 12, 2017 at 2:37 pm #

            Confucius say: ”

            woman who fly upside down have hairy crack up.”

    • Cavepainter April 12, 2017 at 6:44 am #

      Oh, another one of those “prosperity religion” homilies, I guess you’ve joined the “fold”.

  8. seawolf77 April 10, 2017 at 10:18 am #

    Why would Arab terrorists fly Boeings into the WTC? That made no sense either. And after they did, why would we go after Saddam Hussein, who had nothing to do with it? And if we were so afraid of a mushroom cloud, why did we invade his country? He allegedly had nuclear weapons right? Didn’t we think he’d use them when we pushed his back to the wall? None of it makes sense. It’s like women. Once you understand that they don’t make sense, it makes sense.

    • Janos Skorenzy April 10, 2017 at 2:31 pm #

      A good beard is hard to find, eh?

      • onehunglo April 10, 2017 at 8:14 pm #

        if you refer to beard clam……

        Mr. T say “The scent of elysianfield’s delicate pink gulley is wafting through the meadow.”

        onehunglo add….”like fresh morning dew over jasmine in bloom.”

        let not you heart be troubled.

        may God be with you.


  9. Beryl of Oyl April 10, 2017 at 10:31 am #

    “The US Dem-Prog alliance and its sob-sisters in the media”. It helps if you understand that it is the Establishment Media running the Democrats, and not the other way around.

  10. seawolf77 April 10, 2017 at 10:31 am #


    Trump and O’Reilly on SNL. Baldwin nails them both.

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  11. FincaInTheMountains April 10, 2017 at 10:33 am #

    As you may or may not be understand, everything for us will be decided by Vladimir Putin, and he clearly stated his position in the military doctrine of the Russian Federation and in the so-called Medvedev Nuclear Ultimatum. But unfortunately he is not believed because he is an Orthodox Christian and Satanists believe that only a real Satanist can do this and an Orthodox Christian never!

    Therefore, Congressman Schiff, the head of the democratic part of the commission to investigate the relationship of Trump’s election campaign with Russian hackers, who demanded the arrest of Trump a week ago, said yesterday that the knight of the Russian Order of Friendship of the Peoples Tillerson must take an ultimatum to Moscow, and Alex Jones, known for his connections with Trump, said that the US is preparing a 150,000-strong invasion of Syria and that Russia is invited not to interfere with this invasion.

    And according to my forecasts, Russia will respond to the first shot on its troops in Syria by a strike on radars in Poland and Romania and missile destroyers, as well as aircraft carriers with the AEGIS system, and most likely the attack will be nuclear, as these radars and these destroyers are designed to intercept Russian counter-strike and until they are destroyed with a 100% guarantee there is nothing to talk with the US about except unconditional surrender.

    And what is the surrender means in such circumstances, ask the American Indians.

    Moreover, by and large after such a strike, to sit and wait for a reciprocal disarming or instantaneous global strike does not make much sense and, in theory, Putin should launch on me and other readers of this blog everything he has according to the principle if you need to die, is better to die with a music, but for Orthodox Christian it’s really difficult to decide, because the Last Judgment for him is a reality, which he feels every day. Fortunately for him and for us, on New Year’s Eve, the submarine “Podmoskovie” finally got on the combat duty, and a few days ago the nuclear submarine “Eagle”, and Putin no longer needs to subject his conscience to such tests.

    And those who read my previous posts, should understand the connection of the submarine ” Podmoskovie ” with the relief of the Putin’s burden tirelessly working on saving the lives of millions of Americans, and the burden of Donald Trump, tirelessly working to save the lives of millions of Russians.

    Therefore, I will meet Easter with an easy heart, despite the dozens of curses that I received from some of my friends in the United States, claiming that it was I who persuaded them to vote for Trump.

    It was especially easy on my heart yesterday, after I learned that the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is a FUNDAMENTAL change in Russia’s position on the Middle Eastern crisis in connection with the most important service that Israel rendered to Russia in its attempts to overcome the consequences of that terrible crisis that erupted last week.
    Today, now when the world has come farther from the abyss than it was a week ago, after the publication in the US of Stephanopoulos’ interview with Peskov, who again this week proved that he has no equal on American television.

    • DA April 10, 2017 at 10:53 am #

      Well, your logic is sound anyway, Finc. That’s why back in the day, when cooler heads were allowed to prevail (never thought I’d say something like that!), nuclear parity was the goal, along with open verification, non-proliferation, and non-provocation. Now that the US has seemingly thrown all caution to the wind, who knows what kind of radioactive whirlwind we’ll reap? I hope someone in charge over here actually knows what’s going on and is seriously considering the consequences, but that’s looking more and more like a foolish sentiment with each passing day.

      • FincaInTheMountains April 10, 2017 at 11:04 am #

        It’s all right, but the Witch probably really died. Speaking instead of her body-double clearly does not have her intellectual abilities. Or maybe the old lady become foolish, since Trump had obviously outplayed her, and it was much easier than before.

      • SpeedyBB April 10, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

        Well DA, as Dmitry Orlov pointed out in a recent exposition, the career-hounds in the Pentagon do not really have a death-wish, so one assumes all the posturing and howling of the politicians will be ever-so-subtly deflected by those who really control the launches.

        Fiery radioactive annihilation is not such a reliable path to promotions. Or so I hear.

    • Buck Stud April 10, 2017 at 11:04 am #

      Good grief Fincal, we Americans are to get our feeble minds around Syria and you expect us to understand the above?

      Get real, Dude.

      • FincaInTheMountains April 10, 2017 at 11:19 am #

        Still working on it, Buck.

        The Media Circus we observing now is just ripples on the surface of the real crisis we faced last week when the Witch was close to another coup d’etat in US, immediately followed by real confrontation in Syria with all consequences I described.

  12. Bro Jobe April 10, 2017 at 10:33 am #

    “Hieronymus Bosch meets Dogpatch.”

    Classic! Yes, that’s a lot of America. Consider Dollywood and Pigeon Forge, TN. And I even like Dolly Parton’s bluegrass recordings.

    I’m sorry to hear about John B’s passing. Not everyone who is so stuck can move. For many people I’ve known caught in the downwardly mobile spiral of middle-class layoff in an S-Town, there is no escape hatch.

    Maybe that explains why some just “walk” on a home they own. It’s a trend that is not over yet, either.

    As for Syria? Yes, it’s a hellhole. One we helped to create by the stupid meddling in Iraq. I’m more concerned about the hellholes like S-Town, to be honest.

  13. DA April 10, 2017 at 10:34 am #

    Thanks for laying out the basic cast of characters, JHK. I think the likely “purpose” for all this non-sense is that there simply is no purpose, rationally speaking at least. War and destruction is all we know now, so war and destruction it will be all the way down. Doesn’t really matter with who, as long as we can shoot some people and blow some shit up. It’s the only semi-productive real thing we have left.

  14. seawolf77 April 10, 2017 at 10:42 am #

    It’s like George Carlin said about justifying actions by saying it hurts the kids. FUCK THE KIDS. FUCK the god-damned babies in their god-damned incubators. Only please don’t stop George HW Bush from saying incubators. That’s freakin hilarious in itself.

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  15. seawolf77 April 10, 2017 at 11:03 am #

    Dr Strangelove: How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb.

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  16. Ishabaka April 10, 2017 at 11:05 am #

    The “maniac in North Korea”? North Korea hasn’t been at war with another nation since 1953. The Nobel Peace Prize President was at war with Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, and Libya, all the while constantly needling Russia in hopes of starting a global nuclear Armageddon.

    • onehunglo April 10, 2017 at 8:17 pm #

      ishabaka, you wise one indeed.

      north korea’s Kim Jong-Un may be lunatic, but he not send army and missile all across plant in futile exercise.

      let not you heart be troubled.

      may God be with you.


  17. TiredOfTheTreadmill April 10, 2017 at 11:15 am #

    Since his election I have heard all kinds of excuses from Trump supporters about how he has some incredibly intricate plan to explain the stupid shit he does. How he is playing 4-D chess. How the deep state is against him and his cunning intellect is keeping him one step ahead of them, etc…

    Trump is a salesman. Pure and simple. End of story. Anyone who has worked in a company with a sales staff knows this is not the dept you go to for keen insight, depth of knowledge, beyond selling shit, or finding 4-D chess opponents. It’s where you go to find bullshit artists.

    Yes, I know we had no choice this past election, so spare me the screeching about Hillary. But please quit fellating Trump in front of all of us and making up excuses for his stupidity. You are just embarrassing yourselves.

    On another note. Most here are in the doomer camp or you likely wouldn’t be here. We all figured this would go down anyway so watching this Trump idiot step on the gas and make a real spectacle of the whole mess seems quite appropriate. I fully expect spectacle and buffoonery as the new normal. All while the dimmer bulb Trumpanzees explain how their saviour is just oh so savvy. Enjoy the collapse! It is fully under way.

    • seawolf77 April 10, 2017 at 11:19 am #

      Well put.

      • barbisbest April 10, 2017 at 11:59 am #

        Yes, well put, very! Harrows of Spring seems to coincide with the publication of Wendell Berry’s book World Ending Fire.

        Exceedingly good of you Mr. K to speak to that gentlemen as you did.

        • Janos Skorenzy April 10, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

          Wendell believes in mass immigration. So much for his environmentalism. Just another vile leftist hypocrite prancing around in green robes.

    • Bro Jobe April 10, 2017 at 11:28 am #

      Yes, the collapse is under way, Trump’s foot is on the gas pedal, and it’s sad to see everyone who knows about collapse prep instead of trying to prevent it.

      As William Gibson said about the future “it’s already here, just not evenly distributed.”

      I drove past 1) a deserted strip mall that should have been redeveloped and then 2) a new one built instead, just up the street, and without a single store selling a durable good. Everything was restaurants, coffee, massage, pet grooming, or a gym.

      We continue to make tragic and wasteful choices. It’s the worst thing about “free market” and command economies, alike. The bad choices are simply different.

      I’ve come to conclude that in America, even the looting would not be good on Doomsday.

      • TiredOfTheTreadmill April 10, 2017 at 12:08 pm #

        I am certain that collapse prevention is not possible. Mindful and well-intentioned downsizing is very possible, for a people that view this outcome as viable, needed or the best outcome. However, such people are such a miniscule percent of the population as to be nonexistent. Aiming for a higher quality life of less is incomprehensible to a society based on more, more, more, and then some more please. It is a crappy deal, but sometimes you do need to just walk away.

        • Janos Skorenzy April 10, 2017 at 2:38 pm #

          Yes. Did you see Sixty Minutes last night? Brilliant IT people working constantly to hook people on apps by making them as addicting as possible. Just wait until they hook our brains into this stuff directly. Anyone who isn’t so hooked will be a pariah.

    • ozone April 10, 2017 at 11:29 am #

      Message received; consensus achieved. Thanks.

    • SpeedyBB April 10, 2017 at 9:51 pm #

      This one, Tired… Right on the money. http://dilbert.com/strip/2014-10-01

  18. ozone April 10, 2017 at 11:18 am #


  19. badberries April 10, 2017 at 11:25 am #

    So, on the one hand we have this inbred fuktard Kim up in ping-pong North Korea who daily screams about “Seas of Fire” for the USA and actually possesses the means to accomplish that….
    And on the other hand we have Syria. I don’t recall ever being threatened by anybody from Syria..maybe they don’t have radio stations there? So wtf are we doing there? This stinks of sulphur and brimstone..dark forces are at work.

    Wait until somebody trips and falls on the wrong button…we’ll all be living in S-town..or what’s left of it.

  20. ozone April 10, 2017 at 11:26 am #

    “One hypothesis is that the struggle is over who gets to run gas and oil pipelines through Syria to get easier access to the Mediterranean Sea and the European energy market. Iran would very badly like to do that. But they are in competition with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the little giant emirate of natural gas. So, you have the Iran/Shia gang on one side and the KSA/Qatar/Sunni on the other side. Anybody who had scanned the news since 1979 can probably tell whose side the US is on. By the way, this hypothesis has had no airing among the mainstream media triumvirate: The New York Times, CNN, and The WashPo. These news orgs won’t even entertain that angle of the story… but as I said, it’s only a hypothesis.” –JHK

    I think that hypothesis is a damn good one. Controlling the flow of petroleum and collecting the vigorish thereby is extremely profitable. So is breaking a nation. Break a nation; install a satrap via “democracy”; keep some troops around to maintain dis-order; control the flow of resources: Voila! Bottom line nicely fattened!

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  21. volodya April 10, 2017 at 11:53 am #

    America is uniquely endowed by God and History to be the Exceptional Nation. Its mission is to transform the world. So the United States and the American people have to step up. So say the purveyors of American Exceptionalism.

    But what about the obligations of other countries? Should foreign countries condemn the blatant anti-Southern and anti-Heartland bigotry of Hillary and the Democratic Party? Should foreign leaders caution Hillary and her media supporters over their incendiary rhetoric and commentary? Shouldn’t foreign countries publicly discuss such hate-speech directed against American workers? Should there be behind-the-scenes foreign diplomatic intervention or, at the very least, shouldn’t there be expressions of dismay?

    In more general terms, should other countries issue statements of concern over the quickly deteriorating American political situation? Shouldn’t they point out that large numbers of Americans have military training and combat experience and are heavily armed? Should other countries publicly lecture American leaders and opinion-makers about the globally de-stabilizing effects of an American civil conflict?

    Are foreigners calling out the on-going lousy treatment of Amerindians and Blacks? What about the de-facto policy of exploitation of illegal immigrants? Does any foreign power point out the injustice and call for it to stop? Should other countries be taking action against the US and its leaders?

    What about the role of the UN? Should there be diplomatic and trade and military sanctions against the US?

    The United States has enough fish frying inside its own borders. It doesn’t need to go look for more. Time and again Americans demonstrated most profusely their lack of competence and knowledge in foreign affairs. Way past time to STFU. If the State Department suddenly went dark there wouldn’t be a subtraction from the sum total of human knowledge but rather the opposite.

    • Janos Skorenzy April 10, 2017 at 2:43 pm #

      Yeah Trump made a seamless transition from how broken we are to how we have to save the world. And tens of millions have the same two narratives in their heads – narratives which simply don’t connect or jibe. So they don’t connect them. Instead they keep them discrete and phase from one to the other. But of course they like the one about us being supermen so they spend most of their time there, thus allowing our politicians to spend most of our money on that. Meanwhile America rots on all levels.

    • Cavepainter April 12, 2017 at 7:37 am #

      Oh please, enough of such decrying of American misbehavior as though as a nation and people we’d presented behavior any different from that manifested among all human groups through time. Only Western Culture — and most particularly as expressed in our nation’s founding documents – propounded a form of government that offered the best prospect of averting humanity’s inherent tendencies toward folly. In current reality Black Lives Matter is the contemporary equivalent of 19th Century slavery, abetting as it does the most dysfunctional behavior among young Negros (term used deliberately).

  22. TPTB-USA April 10, 2017 at 11:56 am #

    I am hopeful that Trump has outplayed all the arm chair quarterbacks that I have seen present their spin on what he is doing.

    Trump doesn’t care about Syria. The air base strike was just a pawn move in the early game.

    My spin is that Trump is focused on the big picture. What will happen if the world lets Iran buzz the US navy in the Gulf? What will happen if the world lets the bad boy in North Korea keep sparking off fireworks? What will happen if the world allows gas warfare? How does the world solve terrorist attacks using vehicles?

    To me, the ultimate solution involves a unified and galvanized alliance between Russia, China, and the US.

    In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t really matter who perpetrated the gas action in Syria, the event provided Trump with an opportunity to make his move. Now all he has to do is sit back and wait for a show of hands: Who wants to be part of the solution?

    He can gather all those parties together and hammer out a deal, and in the process he doesn’t have to waste any time with those that continually promote the idea that “It will never work. It will never work. It will never work. …”. As far as Trump is concerned, just like the bloodshed in the Mid East, they can carry on their endless debates as long as they don’t bother him.

    • Buck Stud April 10, 2017 at 1:48 pm #

      “To me, the ultimate solution involves a unified and galvanized alliance between Russia, China, and the US.”

      You’re veering into ‘New World Order’ territory and what could be more “globalistic” than the alliance you tout?

      Beyond that, do you really think Uncle Sam is not going to sit at the head of this table; second or third chair you say–LMAO!

      And oh by the way, personal observation/experience has demonstrated that the Chinese and Russians are not all that fond of each other.

      A marriage of convenience you say? We all know how that ends and it’s spelled cheating and then divorce court settled on the battlefield.

      Nice dream, though.

      • TPTB-USA April 10, 2017 at 5:32 pm #

        Who said anything about a NWO?

        If the scope of the problem is terrorism perpetrated by Mid East actors, and perhaps further defined by the associated problems relating to the exodus of people from the region, then one looks for anything that can reduce the complexity of the options for solution.

        Now, if the bad boy behavior around the globe is allowed to continue, it will be a lot more difficult and costly to deal with the immediate problem, as well as future issues.

        China has expressed a willingness to cooperate on addressing Kim’s bad behavior, now Russia just needs to indicate a willingness to cooperate also (with the recent terrorist attack, one would think that would provide them with incentive). In my mind, this is the best and least expensive way to address the problem.

        I contend that the move, as well as the responses by various parties, speaks volumes. And, if Russia is an unwilling participant, then at best there will be a protracted solution, and perhaps the worst case would be for Trump to decide that there is no practical solution for the situation until circumstances change, and in the meantime just walks away.

  23. volodya April 10, 2017 at 12:03 pm #

    Ozone, no matter the protestations to the contrary, no matter the insistence that it’s about religious righteousness or who is Godly and who isn’t, or who was the true successor to Mohammed and who was the illegitimate usurper, conflict comes down to armed gangs violently disputing ownership and control of resources and women. Or, IOW, war comes down to money and the mating rights money confers.

    • Janos Skorenzy April 10, 2017 at 3:18 pm #

      And those who beat their swords into ploughshares will do the plowing for those who don’t. You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you. Of course that’s different than looking for a fight – but even that is necessary sometimes. We wouldn’t have America if we hadn’t picked a fight with the Indians.

      • Q. Shtik April 10, 2017 at 4:15 pm #

        You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you. – Janos


        So true. Read the Old Testament. It is one war and one battle after another. And all at the behest and direction of the one true God who was keeping his end of the bargain to give His chosen people, the Israelites, the land flowing with milk and honey despite its having already been long occupied by others. Fuck them!

        • Janos Skorenzy April 10, 2017 at 8:56 pm #

          Exactly. Triumph of the Will. God gave North America to the White Race – and the strength to enforce his Will. Now we give it away? What an unspeakable sin.

  24. SteveO April 10, 2017 at 12:04 pm #

    There is another bizarre aspect of the latest round of Syria bombing that I don’t understand. POTUS Donald advised the Russians in advance of the pending US cruise missile strike. It’s very obvious even from the cherry-picked footage that the media received that there wasn’t much damage to aircraft and other equipment. The burned up plane they keep showing is just that – one single aircraft. My guess is that particular aircraft was a “hanger queen” that had already given up most of it’s parts to keep others flying. The hangers have smoke damage, but can be put back in use very quickly. This also was apparent from the video. In fact there are reports that that base was back in business within 48 hours.

    Since the whole attack was apparently just for show, why did they do it? So Boeing could sell more Tomahawks? Are things already so bad at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave that they need to “Wag the Dog”? If so, what’s next?

    • volodya April 10, 2017 at 12:16 pm #

      That’s what I saw too and I was wondering the same thing.

      You pretty much have to conclude that this thing was just for show. Trump made his statement about poison gas attacks with the tomahawks, Tillerson went to Russia and probably asked them if maybe Assad couldn’t please just keep a lid on it, please, pretty please with sugar on top.

      • Janos Skorenzy April 10, 2017 at 3:21 pm #

        They’re trying to intimidate Putin – and it’s not working. Thank God. He’s standing behind Assad. The Shiite Crescent must be maintained for peace in the region and world. If the Zionists take out Syria, they’ll be back in Lebanon faster than you can say tralfamadore.

  25. beantownbill. April 10, 2017 at 12:19 pm #

    I can’t even always understand my wife, a person I know better than anyone else on the face of the Earth. So how the fuck can I know what Trump and/or Assad/ Putin are really up to? Speculation is useless except for speculators who take a shot at making a profit, or for doomers who add to their preps every time we hit a bump in the road.

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    • tucsonspur April 10, 2017 at 4:04 pm #

      We can only surmise. But it’s obvious that some people here enjoy playing the wise, knowledgeable statesman, kind of like Monday morning Kissingers.

      Enjoy it, keeping in mind that, like you say, if they have a clue it probably isn’t much of one.

  26. Dumbedup April 10, 2017 at 12:35 pm #

    Assad has not shown himself to be particularly bright – just tenacious – so that he would use chemical weapons when the world is watching is not that surprising. Consider this too. Eyewitnesses described Syrian jets that flew over Idlib and first dropped 3 bombs all of which released smoke but did very little damage. (in fact, the last one did not explode as ordnance at all) Unless those were jets belonged to another government (Turkey?) and were disguised as Syrian jets the responsibility seems obvious.

    I think the likeliest and most probable scenario is that Assad used the chemical agents (probably chlorine and phosgene) because they are easy to make and probably that is all he had left. (Remember, he allegedly had all chemical weapons removed several years ago.) His hope was it would be blamed on the rebels not him, as many are doing now, and that it would hasten the end of the conflict. The longer this goes on the more likely he will be killed and, if he survives, the less likely it is that he will have anything left to rule. Therefore, anything which he thinks might turn the tide is preferable than the continued conflict.

    • Janos Skorenzy April 10, 2017 at 3:25 pm #

      He had nothing to gain and everything to lose by so doing. He had the situation under control. Gassing a village could only hurt him. You’re falling back into the conventional narrative.

  27. venuspluto67 April 10, 2017 at 12:49 pm #

    “Progressives” (those who go in for the whole political correctness narrative) have become so bereft of any real moral compass that it has become necessary to differentiate between them and old-fashioned (sometimes self-styled as “classical”) liberals. Only some of us “old-fashioned” liberals find ourselves taking economic positions to the left of the identity-politics-obsessed, virtue-signaling “progressives”. It really does seem as though we are through the looking-glass these days, doesn’t it?

    • volodya April 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm #

      Progressives aren’t about inclusiveness but rather divisiveness, they aren’t about diversity but rather conformity and they sure as hell aren’t progressive but rather regressive. Everything about that gang is inside out and upside down. Virtue? As in high moral standards? Nope, quite the opposite.

      • venuspluto67 April 10, 2017 at 1:23 pm #

        You mean you don’t find Amy Schumer talking about her nasty pussy morally uplifiting? What are you, some kind of alt-rightist? 😉

    • lsjogren April 10, 2017 at 1:02 pm #

      I always try to explain to conservatives that it is progressivism, not liberalism, that is evil.

    • Dumbedup April 10, 2017 at 3:04 pm #

      Let’s not generalize. That is the hallmark of bigotry. The word “progressive” is morally neutral; as are the words “liberal” and “conservative.” There are good and moral people on both sides so ideology does is not consonant with good or bad. That is the mistake too many people are making these days. Let’s all just make it a practice to be honest and fair in all our dealings with each other even if we disagree. It is when we begin to ascribe our own faults to others with whom we disagree that conflict arises.

    • Janos Skorenzy April 10, 2017 at 3:29 pm #

      Yes, multiculturalism is simply the new American Marxism with all the people of the world as the proletariat and with Whites as the bourgeoisie who need to be reeducated and/or gotten rid of.

  28. lsjogren April 10, 2017 at 12:59 pm #

    There’s a reporter who was on Tucker Carlson show a couple months ago who’s been in Syria a lot and said that the only people who live a relatively normal life are those living in areas controlled by Assad.

    Whether or not bombing the airfield was a wise action, toppling Assad clearly would NOT be.

    The Middle East shows that neocons have no more capacity to learn than progressives do. They will keep pursuing the same apocalyptic agenda until they get their apocalypse.

  29. pequiste April 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm #

    There are a few key players involved in the big show over in The Levant and Mesopatamia that have been erroneously excluded from the Wonderland scorecard:

    – Turkey (yeah yeah , I know, NATO ally, yuge Yzlamik power, big bad military, controls access to and from the Black Sea, hates the Kurds….)

    – Kurds (yeah yeah, I know, taking on ISIS bravely, a proto-state with citizens in all surrounding countries, lots of oil, Yzlamik by history, Saladin was a Kurd BTW, simmering asymmetrical war with Turkey…)

    – Israel (yeah yeah everyone knows: America’s #1 ally as-it-were, the “only democracy in the Middle East,” itching for a rematch with Hezbollah, hated by all Yzlamik countries, hates all its neighbors while looking to expand in the neighborhood a tad- Greater Israel – for good measure, has nukes….)

    Donald Trump is just along for the ride now, after his acquiesence to the Evil-Bastards-In-Charge, irrespective of whatever truly happened with the gas attack and American outrage and subsequent retaliation against Syria.

    All the pieces are lining up for a very hot summer both abroad and right here.

    I’m planning to have plenty of iced tea on hand.

  30. lsjogren April 10, 2017 at 1:05 pm #

    “There are times in the course of events when a society cannot tell what the fuck is going on, or what to do about it, and this is one of those moments in history here in the USA.”

    Kinda skimmed over that one at first. Nice line, if Kunstler does his own Gettysburg Address some day, a line like that will be a good way to start.

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  31. FincaInTheMountains April 10, 2017 at 1:27 pm #



    No other country in the world recognizes any part of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

    Russia recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated in a surprise announcement on Thursday.

    The announcement comes as US President Donald Trump’s administration is agonizing over whether to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a move that would constitute recognizing west Jerusalem as the country’s capital.

    No other country in the world recognizes any part of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.


    • peak_a_boo April 10, 2017 at 1:32 pm #

      Hitchens explains, some time ago, why Syria has not really be ruled as a secular state: https://youtu.be/Ft2YEQK8oWc

    • FincaInTheMountains April 10, 2017 at 1:33 pm #

      In a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington in February, Trump said he’d “love” to see the embassy moved to Jerusalem, adding that “we’re looking at that very, very strongly.”

      Trump’s announcement angered Palestinians and their allies, and the U.S. president has subsequently backed off the suggestion.

      The Times of Israel said it regarded the Russian statement as an “unexpected, unprecedented, and curious move.”

      The Israeli Foreign Ministry was taken aback by the statement.

      “We are studying the matter,” the paper quoted a ministry spokesman as saying.

      • Janos Skorenzy April 10, 2017 at 3:32 pm #

        What Russian statement? Is Trump now a Russian agent again?

        • FincaInTheMountains April 10, 2017 at 8:01 pm #

          Moscow Recognises West Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

  32. volodya April 10, 2017 at 1:39 pm #

    Pequiste, imagine the blue and white Israeli flag flying in infuriating mockery from those dusty hilltops. To young Muslim men that banner is an insult to their manhood but, to Muslim klepto-elites ruling neighboring countries, Israel is the answer to their prayers.

    It’s the answer to the many questions of restless and under-occupied multitudes of young Muslims: why are we impoverished, why is food so expensive and scarce, why can’t we get medical care, why can’t we find work, why, why, why…

    The answer to every question is the proximity of the dishonest Jew whose treachery and corruption undermine everything but especially for simple and righteous Muslims that want nothing more than to earn an honest living and worship in the manner of their forefathers. In addition, the necessity of confronting Israel drained lives and money and resources and diverted attention from problems that otherwise would have been dealt with. In short, we HAD TO and MUST support the cause of Palestinian brothers and sisters.

    So the road ahead is jihad, in confrontation with the Enemy, whose presence is an insult to justice. Consequently, problems at home have to be left in abeyance because the priority has to be the defeat of the Zionist. For this cause, every other priority has to wait.

    So, Muslim rulers claim to work tirelessly to advance the cause of Islam and the defeat of its historic adversary, but in fact, Israel is the great distraction that enables the continuation rackets and oppression.

    Young Muslim, don’t look to obscene criminality here, under your nose, at the hands of your own people, rather its source is over yonder, where you can see the flag with the star flapping in the wind.

    • Janos Skorenzy April 10, 2017 at 3:38 pm #

      Both sides are evil. So we should support neither. Instead we should support another side – our own.

      If you can understand that, you are part of the 1%. Nothing is more difficult for Euro-Americans than to be natural and take their own side. The ravages of Liberalism have been unspeakable.

  33. Astaxanthin April 10, 2017 at 2:08 pm #

    MSM reports said the Russians were warned in advance so they could get their people out. If that was the case, wouldn’t all the planes have had time to exit too?

  34. My Point of View April 10, 2017 at 2:40 pm #

    volodya wrote: “…the United States and the American people have to step up. So say the purveyors of American Exceptionalism….”

    I hate that term, American Exceptionalism. IMO it’s another Big Lie to keep ignorant masses shouting USA USA USA at every turn. Having grown up in poverty let me tell you there’s nothing exceptional about the great mass of ignorance in our inner cities, rural expanses or car-dependent cookie cutter suburbs.

    Many flag wavers who utter that term often do so in a context of “Noblesse Oblige,” a French term denoting “nobility obligates,” a concept that nobility extends beyond mere entitlements and requires the person holding such status to fulfill social responsibilities, especially leadership roles. In WW-1, when English nobility were made “officers” in the British Army and marched their troops into massed machine gun fire where men died by the tens of thousands, and did it repeatedly, that was the end of the Big Lie of Noblesse Oblige.

    As one white house idiot after another sends our troops off to one BumFuckistan shit hole after another you’d think we’d learn that our American Exceptionalism version of Noblesse Oblige is a big lie used to keep force feeding billions of our (borrowed) tax dollars to the MIC.

    In our American context it means that as a wealthy first-world super power we are obligated to lead the world and export our American Revolution, democratic values, free enterprise, open markets and business model to other nations. These are fictions of various degrees. For damned sure American Exceptionalism isn’t license to inflict ourselves upon the world.

    Our government has seen its own nobility as voters often elect Tafts, Roosevelts, Kennedys, Bushes, Clintons, Udalls, etc who are our noble ones. We have other forms of multi-generational nobility as in Hollywood, sports, business (Fords, Rockefellers, Trumps, etc).

    After about 2-3 years into our Iraq debacle the idiot Bush went on TV to declare our goal was to instill democracy into Iraq. The moron never found the WMD so he changed the game to make the Iraq war about spreading democracy, American style. Let’s give them the good old American Exceptionalism trope. Bah, Humbug!

    Our success in sports, entertainments, patents, military prowess, corporate profits, organ transplants, etc isn’t a prima facie indication of American Exceptionalism. Being behind scores of nations with better educational outcomes, better life expectancies, lower infant mortality, better cheaper healthcare, cleaner environments, safer food, etc, puts the lie to American Exceptionalism, which, like the American Dream and religious guilt mongering, is used to keep fools enslaved to the defense, mortgage, religion, health care and other rackets.

    Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain talking about American Exceptionalism, he’s just the latest P.T.Barnum playing you for a fool.

    • Janos Skorenzy April 10, 2017 at 3:43 pm #

      I agree but first we have to admit class exists and that the upper class has a debt to the lower. In a word, we must reestablish Noblesse Oblige. And the English Upper Class trained to be officers. And many of them never returned from WW1. They died with their men. So as bad as England was, it was better than modern America where these people don’t fight anymore in the wars they start.

      Read a book by Emerson’s son. He didn’t want to go fight in the Union army, but Emerson Sr said, “You’re going.” America was healthy back then, even if crazy.

      • My Point of View April 10, 2017 at 4:21 pm #

        For sure, class exists. The upper class debt to the rest of us can be paid by raising taxes to balance the budget, fund infrastructure and pay for the defense department that protects their wealth. Their kids aren’t going to serve. During the civil war upper class folks had the option of paying someone to take their place in the Union Army. A lot of poor Irish lads in NYC took those payments to serve in the Union Army and we can see their many names on the roster of the dead.

        The Bush tax cuts, done with red ink, were fiscal insanity. There were then and now are trillions of dollars swirling around the world looking for a place to invest for a good return. Further tax cuts to the wealthy won’t result in any magic spurt of factory building as the idiot Bush said when he signed those into law. I almost shot my damned TV when he said that…. words to the effect of “we’ll give these people a tax cut, they know what to do with money, they’ll open facktwies…” Computer chip giant Intel spent $1b on a new chip plant – in Vietnam. So let’s raise taxes on the upper 5% and get on with it. I’d also raise the gasoline tax at least 25-cents/gallon so every class puts some skin in the game on rebuilding bridges, roads and above all, mass transit.

    • cbeard April 10, 2017 at 4:27 pm #

      A hat tip to point of view and janos on the exceptionalism post.

  35. tucsonspur April 10, 2017 at 4:41 pm #

    MPOV, there was and still is an American Exceptionalism, but it never was and can’t always remain pure. In concept if you like, but not in practice.

    Are you in the ring or out? Sounds like you’re between the ropes, heading out. You make some valid points, yes. Don’t let them knock you out. Get back in the ring and start swinging.

    But be careful. Trump’s now a Gorilla with a grenade, or, if you’d rather, Godzilla with a grease gun. Hopefully, not a maniac with missiles.

    Float like a blimp (Trump), sting like a Tomahawk?

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    • AHtheHumanity April 10, 2017 at 5:53 pm #

      We need to take another look at what secular means:

      denoting attitudes, activities, or other things that have no religious or spiritual basis

      The conflicts in Syria and the rest of the region where petroleum reserves are being stored and bargained with, are backed by religious dogma: A head of state wearing a suit instead of a turban, keffiah or dishdasha does NOT mean he is completely secular in his attitudes towards other people and nation states. This is obvious and is revealed in multiple belief systems having to do with a MORAL imperative to bomb the socks off just about anyone anywhere…including our POTUS who recently declared GOD as his backer several times in his state of the union address. Russia is no longer a secular state governed by agnostics/atheists.

      The fact that Assad is at war with his people, the people that occupy a part of his nation but are not in line with his religion, is not disputed.

      This is the same kind of conflict in Israel and Pakistan and Korea. These are conflicts having to do with how their gods think they should behave towards people. Is it okay to murder your neighbor and under what circumstances?

      There has been a pattern developed since the 70s that WMDs will soon obliterate the natural world no matter what god you may believe in. So, once you are discovered to have such weapons you become a target for the new order for removal of privileges of statehood regardless of your belief that you have authority from a god to carry these weapons and can effectively use them without destroying yourself or the “good” people. What has made terrorism more caustic in the new century is that a new strain of fanatical Islam does not care about their own lives/famlies and do not target ONLY military installations or deplomats. Sadam Insane had seconds to live once the U.S. declared (although untrue) that he had WMD. Assad’s head has been marked for presentation on a silver platter and there’s nothing Russia can do about it. Assad is not going to live in hiding like Edward Snowden.

      • DA April 10, 2017 at 8:43 pm #

        Much of what you think is “religious” is not. Ask yourself: who’s more likely to be violently intransigent? A western capitalist faced with losing money and power, or a truly religious fundamentalist with merely losing face?

        Regardless of who ends up dead or not (and in the end, aren’t we all?), perhaps you should ask yourself why you find yourself buying into such simple moral imperatives as who should die and why, and why others should remain above reproach, especially as your team is the one that seemingly holds all the power.

        Have you never got the inkling that all these conflicts have simply been sold to you as part of an overarching PR campaign? Have you ever considered how good it makes you feel to identify with the winning side, and thus identify yourself as a winner as well?

        In short: have you ever felt yourself and your entire life played for a fool? Perhaps you need to pause and reflect on that for awhile.

        • AHtheHumanity April 11, 2017 at 12:47 am #

          You do not know to whom you are directing your comments because of your false assumptions.

          We haven’t reached “the end” of our lives yet, so don’t speed things up with your fatalistic viewpoint: “we’re all mortal and will die eventually…” until then, we have to truly live. Being in a war is no way to live life or produce a life.

          Are you insane? Ask any soldier how good he feels coming back from fighting in any “conflict”. Most of them can’t function in a peaceful society and some patriots assume its because they went into the armed forces mentally deficient. Then again, modern warfare is conducted from a distance. Who would knowingly send their troops into a toxic situation that would lead to massive losses? Why do you think Russia pulled out of Afghanistan?

          • AHtheHumanity April 11, 2017 at 12:53 am #

            And another piece of the puzzle is the 5 Million Syrian refugees who are of WHAT religious faith? Oh right, the National press never ask them that question. It’s all about just being human at this point of the game (insert picture of woman screaming with young children). Tell us what kind of PR stunt is that and who’s behind it? To whom does that kind of reporting benefit? To win sympathy for the humanity…but also how much of that problem was brought on by her husband during the Arab spring protests and their religion?

      • Janos Skorenzy April 10, 2017 at 8:49 pm #

        Secular humanism is a religion as well – a ruthless crusading one in cahoots with International Corporations and Banking. What next? Perhaps a crusade against East Africa to get them to accept Queerism?

        Assad is backed by Holy Mother Russia and the Shiite World. He’s not going anywhere. Any attempt to unseat him means nuclear war.

  36. mow April 10, 2017 at 6:42 pm #

    Why this nation did not turn Saudi Arabia into an ashtray on September 12th is still a mystery to me. And don’t tell me it was about oil.

  37. BackRowHeckler April 10, 2017 at 8:23 pm #

    Shit town?

    Now you’re getting to the heart of it, Jim.

    Remember the short story — I forget the author — ‘In the Heart of the Heart of the Country’?

    There’s this website ‘Woodpile Report’ … it frequently posts photos of southern, western and midwest mainstreets in the 20s, 30s and 40s … orderly, clean, relatively prosperous, proud and (unfat) Americans of the day going about their business, lots of kids running around …

    and the same mainstreets in 2017, run down, squalid, citizens? covered with tatts and overweight doing nothing in particular (maybe looking to score some meth, or signing up at the welfare office) … in short, Shit town.


    • malthuss April 11, 2017 at 2:48 pm #

      How many millions died from poverty, in those good old days?
      Millions? lack of heat, medical care and food.
      Sure they were lean, as was that decade.

  38. Janos Skorenzy April 10, 2017 at 8:29 pm #

    Men of the West! Suppressed picture of little Swedish girl in pieces after truck attack. Spread it far and wide. A little dog was killed as well.


    • DA April 10, 2017 at 8:45 pm #


      Does this make it any better or worse? If not, why post it?

      • Janos Skorenzy April 10, 2017 at 8:52 pm #

        Why are pictures of murdered Muslim children fine but not pictures of murdered White children? Don’t answer, but rather check yourself. You have a lot of inner work to do.

        • DA April 10, 2017 at 9:06 pm #

          They’re no better either. Purely inflammatory, just as they’re designed to be. Why do you insist on falling for that trap, especially when the murderers are likely sponsored by the same people? You’re smarter than that.

          • malthuss April 10, 2017 at 9:58 pm #

            How set a new low on the Dumb Bar.

          • Janos Skorenzy April 10, 2017 at 11:44 pm #

            Same people? Well yes, the Media is owned by the same people who are sponsoring the Muslim invasion – and the same people who refused to show pictures of the butchered White kids. Their blood is on their hands just as much as it is own the hands of the politicians who go along with it.

            If I were her father, you’re damn right I’d want people to see what they had done to her – if it could help nail the bastards behind it. There’s something lacking in you it seems. I’m flummoxed to hear you were in the armed services. Most of those guys can understand these basic things. Do you not understand the mysteries of blood? Why Jackie refused to change her clothes but walked out covered in JFK’s blood? If you can’t understand that, or revenge – you never understood what you were fighting for either. It is the Life, Da.

            And of course, let people remember her in her living sweetness and beauty. Here are pictures of her and of Iggy the dog who died.


        • malthuss April 10, 2017 at 9:57 pm #

          Check this,

          and its links


    • BackRowHeckler April 10, 2017 at 8:52 pm #

      Ya, that dead little Swedish girl — murdered by a muzzie (Hastis Humani Generi) in the Capitol City of her own country — wasn’t mentioned at the LoveFest and Peace Vigil held the next day in Stockholm, as far as I know.

      Who gives a sh-t about her when you’re building a multi cult utopia and replacing Christians in N Europe?


      • DA April 10, 2017 at 9:07 pm #

        THIS is how it spins out of control.

        • MrTibbs April 10, 2017 at 11:25 pm #

          They gonna be some strange fruit hangin’ up in them trees.


        • Janos Skorenzy April 10, 2017 at 11:49 pm #

          Wtf? It’s already out of control. Get it straight: letting Muslims into Western Countries is an atrocity. All of this was inevitable once that crime/sin was committed.

  39. ozone April 10, 2017 at 8:52 pm #

    JHK sez:
    “The persistent hyperRussomania of the US Dem-Prog alliance and its sob-sisters in the media seeks to make a bad situation worse in Syria and probably for the worst reasons. How many Americans have even the dimmest idea what’s going on in Syria, who the cast of characters there represent, and where the USA fits into all of it?”

    Very few Americans have even a shred of a clue as to what’s happening in Syria, and those that *do* know are very busy cobbling together a totally bogus narrative in order to manufacture the consent of the clueless. There’s our trouble.

    JHK has done a fine service in trying to clarify some things, although the stage-fog is very thick and getting thicker all the time.

    Here’s an article (an alternate narrative, if you will) that’s very in-depth on gas, gassing and gas-lighting on the subject of Syria and whodunnit:


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  40. thwack April 10, 2017 at 10:42 pm #

    April 10, 2017 at 12:01 pm #
    “Yeah, they did the same thing with the fake moon landing in 1969”

    Having read your comments on several podcast sections, I find your thoughts…well reasoned and well put (unlike your offerings on the CFN section). Your “talkin’ all white and all”, provides for a dichotomy and brings your meme into question….

    Just saying.


    The dialogue regarding the Apollo hoax (when I can get some) continues to yield interesting information and angles; at least from my perspective?

    Maybe this is why so many of the “believers” decide to refuse to engage me, call me names…?

    For example, one of the questions Im often asked is: “If the moon landings were faked, what would be the motive?” Although I could respond about the mechanics of statecraft, and the role scientific and technical dominance plays on the world stage…

    Lately Ive just been using that story about how some European explorers used their knowledge of a lunar eclipse to trick some native into believing the white man could “shut the sun off” or something; I forget the story, but Im sure some of you have heard it before.

    In other words, people do things because they can “get away with it.” And in the case of the Apollo moon landings, WE are the natives. In the case of those European explorers, Im sure the used the cred from the trick to fuck all the native women, eat all their food, snatch all their gold…

    But Im also sure, there was that one dude in the tribe who was not buying it…looking at them “sideways” the whole time; because he intuitively knew something didn’t add up about their behavior?

    Theres always that one guy that fails the initiation.

    • nsa April 10, 2017 at 11:55 pm #

      For what it’s worth, at a local EAA air show in the late 90s, the NASA astronaut Bill Anders flew in piloting his own personal P-51 Mustang…a gorgeous red and silver bird. Asked him flat out if he ever walked on the moon. He said no and that he had only circled the moon as the pilot of the Lunar Orbiter Module on the Apollo 8 flight in 1968. In the brief chat, he said he was certain NASA astronauts had walked on the moon, but added the caveat that he wasn’t there. Hmmmmmm. The tabloids claim that the recently deceased Buzz Aldrin recanted on his death bed and confessed to the moon landing being faked, also claiming the far side of the moon was inhabited by aliens. A NASA spokesman replied that good ole Buzz had been senile for quite awhile. Humble poster, NSA, is agnostic on the subject….suspect we will never know for sure as the truth is a very slippery serpent.

      • thwack April 11, 2017 at 8:13 am #

        Im pretty sure Ive listened to every speech Neil Armstrong ever gave post Apollo 11; its easy to do because interestingly, he didn’t give many.

        If you listen to all those speeches with you special prosecutor hat on, you will notice he never says “I walked on the moon”; or for that matter, any first person, declarative statements indicating such that could be used to discredit him if the truth ever came out.

        In other words, there is no Clinton type, point your finger at the camera and say “I did not have sex with that women” type footage because Armstrong always carefully parsed his words so there would never be any.

        I think thats by design.

        And in some ways, its the honorable thing to do, even when you are spreading a false narrative. Most of us at one time or another have engaged in this behavior; allowing a lie to grow through the pollenization and fertilization from everyone elses assumptions?

        I dindu nuffin?

        Sometimes this phenomenon occurs by accident.

        If you are hanging out with a hot girl a lot of people will automatically assume you are fucking her; and that could end badly for you?

        I call it “the Ron Goldman Effect.”

        People will often assume you are a cop or a lawyer because of the way you think, speak and act; you never hafta actually say “Im an attorney, Im a cop…” the observers will carry all that water for you.

        Ive even heard a few recent cases where women are claiming rape because they say the man they slept with lied about being a professional football played, a surgeon, or an investment banker…

        but it turns out the man never actually said he was any of those things; they were all assumptions based on the womans aspirations.

        So be advised.

        • elysianfield April 11, 2017 at 11:59 am #

          “The Ron Goldman” effect? Definitely exists, but usually referred to as “reflected glory”. Why do people like to be pictured with celebrities, politicians, pop icons? Yes, both terms apply…although a picture with Yogi Berra would prove embarrassing, if the concept were limited to sexual innuendo.

          “Ive even heard a few recent cases where women are claiming rape because they say the man they slept with lied about being a professional football played, a surgeon, or an investment banker…” To this, Janos might say…”Ah Devil, you have shown yourself”. A man’s beauty is his wealth, after all.

          The Moon landing? Questions abound recently of why? I would suggest “why not?” Vast conspiracies rarely are that. Motives, true motives, revolve around military purpose. The money was spent, millions viewed…what military purpose achieved by faking the landing? National Pride? Everything we did was televised and viewed by bystanders in Florida…grandstands even built for the purpose…many watched men die upon launch, in the Apollo program and the later Shuttle missions…little National Pride there.

          We didn’t need a grand conspiracy to maintain military budgets, or Nasa budgets, for that matter. There was no conspiracy simply because there was no need to have one…who ultimately benefitted?

      • thwack April 12, 2017 at 9:26 am #

        He said no and that he had only circled the moon as the pilot of the Lunar Orbiter Module on the Apollo 8 flight in 1968.


        Did you ask him if he saw any stars as he orbited the moon?

  41. Kevin Lee April 10, 2017 at 10:42 pm #

    I saw a take on the gas attack today that still has me scratching my head. According to “government sources”, Russia knew about it beforehand because they flew a drone over the hospital where the victims were taken after the attack. I’m not quite sure how being aware of an incident after the fact equals prior knowledge, but our government said it and the media repeated it, so it must be true.

  42. tangle70@gmail.com April 10, 2017 at 11:05 pm #

    “… or what to do about it”‘.

    There is only one option when the government as a whole is treasonous. Only one.

  43. BackRowHeckler April 10, 2017 at 11:49 pm #

    Name of the girl killed (killed? Her little body torn in half) is Ebba Akerlund, age 11. Was her name mentioned even once in the MSM?

    Like 9 year old Martin Richard in Boston 5 years ago this week. (anybody remember that name? I do) The muzzy placed the bomb right next to him on the sidewalk. When the bomb exploded it blew his intestines out and he cried for his mother before he died.

    I know, I know, who gives a f-ck? That’s the price we pay for cultural enrichment; besides, we’re building a multi cult utopia here in the west, all you nativists and racists get used to it.


    • thwack April 11, 2017 at 12:10 am #

      I know, I know, who gives a f-ck? That’s the price we pay for cultural enrichment;


      Lets not go crazy now?

      You bombin niggas 24 hours a day all over the planet.

      You bombin niggas in your sleep.

      You aren’t even sure what your government did 100 years ago; let alone yesterday?

      In addition, you crawlin in bed with all types of questionable people all over the planet.

      How can you kill King Kong when you want to be King Kong?

      • malthuss April 11, 2017 at 2:43 pm #

        You must be college educated.

      • BackRowHeckler April 11, 2017 at 9:00 pm #

        100 years ago this week we were just getting into WW1.

        So you acknowledge that a fault line conflict exists between Islam and the west? (as Samuel P Huntington predicted) The question is: Whos side are you on?


    • malthuss April 11, 2017 at 2:56 pm #

      In 20 States illegal immigrants get cheaper college tuition than actual citizens.
      These States should lose all federal funding for college.

  44. FincaInTheMountains April 11, 2017 at 4:12 am #

    The military failure of the American Tomahawk strike against Syrian airbase was inevitable from the get go

    Two destroyers, Porter and Ross, who fired those missiles, were loaded a few months ago, even before Trump’s inauguration.

    With the ammunition that was loaded into their launchers, it was almost impossible to destroy the airfield. The Tomahawks on board were equipped with cluster warheads designed to destroy lightly armored vehicles and enemy personnel, and not to pierce the caponiers under which the military helicopters and planes were sheltered.

    If Trump’s meeting with Putin was virtually impossible a week ago, today, when the situation really worsened, all those politicians who yesterday called Trump a Putin’s spy, shit their pants and are ready to beg Trump to start a dialogue with Russia.

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  45. FincaInTheMountains April 11, 2017 at 4:49 am #

    North Korea for cover only: whom the American missile defense system in South Korea really threatens

    In South Korea, in April this year, the US THAAD complex should begin functioning.

    The concept of the deployment of the THAAD complex in South Korea, voiced several years ago, was motivated by the North Korean missile threat and, of course, the need to protect the civilian population of the country in the event of Pyongyang using ballistic missiles.

    However, there is a certain paradox here. The fact is that this system is not able to protect even the capital of South Korea, Seoul. Due to the proximity of the capital to the border and, consequently, the complex’s entry into the zone of destruction by long-range multiple rocket launch systems, such as KN-09, the complex can not be placed close enough to put Seoul in its coverage zone.

    And covering Seoul “Patriots” can be overcome using missiles flying on hanging trajectories at a range of 1000 km and above. SCUD-ER and “Nodon” are excellent for this.

    This system does not guarantee a defense against the first attack of the North Korea, but it strongly motivates Pyongyang to improve its missiles. For an alternative may be the first strike in a crisis situation, if the enemy is confident that the missile defense will deflect a weakened retaliatory strike. That is why Beijing views this system as an accelerator of the arms race, and, therefore, a stimulant of the known actions of the North Korea in developing new improved ballistic missiles.

    The THAAD, independently useless against intercontinental missiles, can be quickly converted into the advanced post of surveillance of the global American ABM system and is capable of transmitting information in real time, including to the strategic missile defense of the United States.

    Such posts in South Korea and Japan will allow tracking of Chinese ICBMs early in the flight, and issue a warning signal much earlier, and provide more accurate baseline data for more powerful interceptor missiles deployed both in the region and on American territory. From the “anti-ballistic missile” regime to the “advanced radar of the global ABM” regime, the system itself can be reconfigured in a short time.

    Thus, the full-scale deployment of THAAD is the very first step that marks the full-fledged launch of a new arms race in Northeast Asia.

    Why the U.S.-South Korea Missile Shield Could Provoke China to Develop Advanced Weaponry

  46. ozone April 11, 2017 at 7:10 am #

    Let me guess. The New Republic is strictly a coastal state, inhabited by none but fisher-folk?

  47. FincaInTheMountains April 11, 2017 at 7:16 am #

    What happened to the missing 36 cruise missiles?

    The Americans say that all missiles hit their targets. The Russians say that only 23 cruise missiles hit the airfield. The main runway is intact and only one taxiway was hit. Also, the Syrian Air Force resumed its normal operations out of “destroyed” airbase within 24 hours. 36 cruise missiles have not reached their targets. That’s a fact.

    The Russians could not legally shoot down the US missiles. In fact, Russians had signed a memorandum with the USA which specifically committed Russia NOT to interfere with any US flights, manned or robotic, over Syria.

    However, since the Russians were warned about the attack they had plenty of time to prepare their electronic warfare stations to “fry” and otherwise disable the cruise missiles. It is sill unclear to me whether the Russian were technically unable to destroy or take of-course the 23 remaining missiles that hit the base or a political decision was taken to let them through to their target.

    One thing is impossible to suggest that such advanced weapons just disappeared into a thin air.

  48. FincaInTheMountains April 11, 2017 at 8:04 am #

    Alex Jones, known for his connections with Trump, on April 9 said that the US is preparing a 150,000-strong corps of invasion of Syria and that Russia is asked not to interfere with this invasion.

    High level sources tell Infowars Trump administration set for full-scale Syria invasion:


    No matter what reputation Alex Jones has, such statement does no sound as a mere hyping of his web site. But of course, no American invasion of Syria has occurred or even being planned right now.

    • outsider April 11, 2017 at 2:10 pm #

      Fincaln – Isn’t is perhaps naïve to think that no invasion of Syria is “even being planned right now?” Doesn’t the military plan for every contingency? No question that Trump would not have been elected without Alex Jones hyping his candidacy daily. Jones has been one of Trump’s most useful idiots. I wonder if Jones yet realizes that, like Reverend Wright, he’s been thrown under the bus.

      • FincaInTheMountains April 11, 2017 at 8:33 pm #

        My take – the entire Syrian affair is just a cover story for defeat of the Black Project. Trump’s got the upper hand.

  49. FincaInTheMountains April 11, 2017 at 8:27 am #

    Duterte Orders Philippine Army To Occupy Disputed Islands In South China Sea

    Duterte’s order is likely to displease China, representing a potential provocation of the country he moved to embrace just months ago, after declaring a “separation” from the United States. In recent years, China has been creating new military bases on artificial islands it makes out of converted reefs in the South China Sea.


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  50. nsa April 11, 2017 at 10:13 am #

    According to the son, Ron Jr, rightie icon Reagan was senile in office…..mumbling away in a fog of confusion in his oval office, urinating in his diaper, moving battle ships around his desk. Nancy and her astrologer and the usual suspects ran the white house. The result: he signed whatever Nancy put before him, including the Simp-Mazzoily Amnesty of 1986 which essentially destroyed the country. The point: another Amnesty is on the way just in time for the 2018 midterms….titled the DREAMER FREEDOM AND RESPONSIBILITY ACT OF 2018 or something similar. And another confused, senile old coot will sign it when the floozy daughter and her nitwit pencil-necked husband hand it to him. You righties got stabbed in the back with the neocon warmongering stuff…..get ready to be stabbed in the front with the coming AMNESTY.

    • outsider April 11, 2017 at 1:58 pm #

      Indeed, nsa, neophyte Kushner has won and Bannon has lost. Bannon was probably the last populist left. I hope it’s true that Bannon called liberal Zionist Kushner a “cuck.” Notice that the biggest critic of Trump’s betrayal is the anti-war right who elected him. Stand with Assad!

    • Janos Skorenzy April 11, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

      Yes, he lied and/or succumbed to pressure. Who knows? Maybe not even himself. Any betrayal is possible now.

  51. nikias_xenarios@hotmail.com April 11, 2017 at 10:35 am #

    The real Batman villain is Trump; you can’t get any more Batman than that.

  52. outsider April 11, 2017 at 10:43 am #

    I was touched by Mr. Kunstler’s tribute to his friend, the creator of “S Town,” who died by suicide. I tried to read some of it but my computer wouldn’t cooperate. Indeed, my thoughts went instantly to activist Michael Ruppert, who, a few years back, took his own life because he couldn’t stand life in the USA anymore. There are millions of us peons out there who feel the same way. As Thoreau said: “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” It’s even worse now – much worse. I am sickened, living under the unbearable weight of evil empire with its all-encompassing infantile mass media. I feel as if I’m living in Orwell’s “1984.” Only family obligations are keeping me alive. Even that, though, may not be enough. I don’t love “Big Brother!”

    • elysianfield April 11, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

      “. I am sickened, living under the unbearable weight of evil empire with its all-encompassing infantile mass media. I feel as if I’m living in Orwell’s “1984.” Only family obligations are keeping me alive. Even that, though, may not be enough. I don’t love “Big Brother!”

      Please stand down…. Your angst is understandable, but it need not trouble you. If you see the country spiraling down the toilet and hope for change, hope for sanity, you will be disappointed (As many were with the “Trump thang”). You can avoid disappointment by recognizing that there will be no substantive change…that the train wreck will, as it has to, occur. If you embrace the train wreck, you will be able to view the decline of the country from a detached. almost clinical viewpoint. You will have no hope to be shattered…there will be no disappointment.

      Accept what you cannot change, and maintain your peace of mind.

    • Janos Skorenzy April 11, 2017 at 2:16 pm #

      We got our ten generations or so. Regimes seldom last more than that. We are a fallen species after all, having lost our primal integrity due to Adam’s disobedience. Myth? Perhaps, but all religions have some version to explain it. And Greek Sages, Medieval Churchmen, Hindu Yogis, and Protestant Divines speak as one about it. Thus we say one thing, mean another, and do something else again.

      The Tragic part is that we fall never to rise again. Great Civilizations and Nations fall and then rise up immediately, or within a hundred years; in the same place or within a couple of hundred miles. Thus China and Japan have lasted for thousands of years. But America has far too much diversity now for that. And the West itself seems doomed, except perhaps for the Slavs, but they must reject Duginism or those who wish to merge them with Non-White Asiatics.

    • onehunglo April 11, 2017 at 3:19 pm #

      Confucius say, “they often change, who live in constant happiness or wisdom.”

      you wise man say, “despite it’s sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it still a beautiful world. be cheerful. strive to be happy.”

      let not you heart be troubled.

      may God be with you.


    • BackRowHeckler April 11, 2017 at 8:56 pm #

      Just ignore most of it, Outsider.

      Get yourself a hobby, something you enjoy doing. We still have basic freedoms here, main freedom: telling the ‘elite’ to go f-k themselves.

      That’s BackRowHeckler’s advice for what its worth (which probably ain’t much)


  53. Q. Shtik April 11, 2017 at 11:18 am #

    Last week it was reported that Tesla’s value (number of shares times share price) exceeded Ford. Yesterday, according to the NYT, Tesla’s value exceeded that of General Motors. This is insane.

    • volodya April 11, 2017 at 11:59 am #

      Yes it is insane. It’s like a multitude of other manias. Wall Street is a “den of scum and villainy” to quote Obewon Kenobi. Why anyone gets involved with those slith-fondlers is beyond me.

      And why does “value” ie price per share times number of shares make any sense?

      The selling price of those shares at any given time results from the intersection of demand for the shares with the quantity of those shares for sale at any given instant.

      A particular price only applies to those shares actually sold at a given time and not to the entire stock of shares outstanding.

      • malthuss April 11, 2017 at 2:45 pm #


        Apple – Amazon

    • Janos Skorenzy April 11, 2017 at 2:43 pm #

      I’m reading a book by a Chinese Buddhist Master. He says that instead of buying “spirit money” to burn for the dead, mourners now often just burn dollar bills.

      Try it. Maybe it will help the US economy find a favorable rebirth.

      • malthuss April 11, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

        Research, ‘Ghost Brides.’

    • malthuss April 11, 2017 at 2:44 pm #

      Bigger than GM!!!!!


      Pricey, but who cares?

  54. FincaInTheMountains April 11, 2017 at 12:44 pm #

    Anybody is surprised about a sudden change in American TV picture?

    What happened to new Watergate – wiretapping of Trump’s headquarters by Obama? What happened to the House intelligence committee regarding collusion between Russia and Trump campaign? What happened with General Flynn testifying in return for immunity?

    All Google news stops abruptly on Wednesday, Apr 6, 2017

    If Trump struck some kind of a peace deal with the Black Project, that must mean that Hillary is out – permanently!, or any deal-making doesn’t make any sense.

    Last week some mega-provocation of the Black Project must have been stopped – my guess a false attack by “Russian” jets against US Special Forces in Northern Syria.

    It should have been followed by the arrest of Donald Trump by the FBI on the charge of treason.

    Instead. on the tip of Israeli intelligence, the failed attack was followed by the blow to Hillary headquarters by the Trump’s people.

    After all, since late 1940s Israel has the best human intelligence infiltrated the Nazi organisations.

    In gratitude, Russia immediately has recognized Jerusalem to be a Capital of Israel.

    While officials in Jerusalem interpreted this to mean that recognition of west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will only come once east Jerusalem becomes the capital of a Palestinian state, The Jerusalem Post has learned that Moscow intends this recognition to go into effect immediately.


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    • FincaInTheMountains April 11, 2017 at 12:48 pm #

      How to tell a real Witch from a fake

      To begin with, I found out that my logic is optimistic, and my intuition is pessimistic, and therefore at this critical moment in history, when American Tomahawks brazenly bomb Syrian runways and criminally empty hangars, I absolutely do not want to turn on my intuition.

      In particular, there was a rumor that the Witch is alive and even speaks at the international summit, dedicated to the role of women in the world.

      Meanwhile, if you look at the video of her speech, you can see that it’s a double. Indeed, the fly lands on this woman several times and she reflexively drives it away. And as shown by the second televised debate, the real Hillary enjoys when flies land on her face and will never drive them away.


    • Q. Shtik April 11, 2017 at 2:17 pm #

      While officials in Jerusalem interpreted this to mean that recognition of west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will only come once east Jerusalem becomes the capital of a Palestinian state, The Jerusalem Post has learned that Moscow intends this recognition to go into effect immediately. – Finca


      This is potentially an important addition to the millenia long history of Jerusalem.

      A decade ago I listened to an audio book titled Jerusalem, the Contested City by Dr. Frank E. Peters and conversed briefly by email with the author. I recommend it to anyone wishing to know more about this important area of the world.

      If you Google the book’s name and do some minimal scrolling you will find that the entire audio book can be downloaded for free.

      Here is a blurb concerning the book.

      Located in the heart of Israel, Jerusalem is the center for the spiritual world’s three largest religions. Throughout its millennia-old history, Jerusalem has been known by many names: Salem, Zion, Hierosolymae, Al-Quds and others, and no city has ever been in more dispute. In scripture, the city’s history began nearly 4,000 years ago, when Abraham met Melchizedek, King of Salem. Its significance as a “holy land” is evident by the number of religions that call it their spiritual home. Jews, Christians, and Muslims have struggled for its possession. In the 26 times a new group took over leadership of the city, the “City of Peace” has seen very little of its namesake, even through modern times, and 35 times it was at least partially destroyed. In light of the volatile nature of the Middle East, and today’s ongoing conflicts, it is important that we understand why Jews, Christians, and Muslims all lay claim to Jerusalem. Through an in-depth study of the various holy sites in Jerusalem, you’ll begin to see which are considered sacred and to whom. And through an investigation of Mark Twain’s The Innocents Abroad, you will see the many different perspectives of pilgrims in days of long ago, and even today.

      • Janos Skorenzy April 11, 2017 at 2:25 pm #

        Exactly: the Capital of three religions. Thus for the Jews to claim it as their Capital bodes ill for the peace of the world. The Muslims only claimed as an attempt to take it away from the Jews as the Ur or Primal Abrahamic Religion of the West. They have Mecca and Medina – that’s enough for them.

        As I said before, both sides are evil. Christianity is the heir to the Prophets, not these bozos. But a moot point since the Church has fallen as well, at least in the West.

        • malthuss April 11, 2017 at 2:52 pm #

          Why Jackie refused to change her clothes but walked out covered in JFK’s blood? why?

          • DA April 11, 2017 at 9:48 pm #

            What did she have to change into? Not to mention she had the no small task of accompanying her husband’s corpse, alive just a few minutes/hours before, possessed by the same conspirators who had murdered him in the first place, back to it’s last “official” place of residence. A FUCKING EPIC human tragedy by any account!

          • Janos Skorenzy April 11, 2017 at 10:22 pm #

            An extraordinary combination of devotion to Jack, defiant pride, and grief. She wore his colors one last time.

            I heard she had a chance to change, but I could be wrong. In any case, she didn’t hide from the camera which she could have done. Or worn someone else’s jacket over the stains.

        • outsider April 11, 2017 at 11:29 pm #

          Janos – If you’re still checking the comments, I have a question for you, or for anyone else who chooses to comment. Why are those of us who come from European stock still under the thumb of ANY religion that originated in the warlike Middle East? We should have our own religion centered on our own heritage and culture, not some fantasy of the son of god born to a virgin, etc, etc, etc… For me, it doesn’t pass the smell test and never did since I began thinking for myself. Happy Easter.

          • malthuss April 12, 2017 at 10:50 am #

            Paganism? Druidism?
            You close with ‘Happy Easter’—??????

          • outsider April 12, 2017 at 11:56 am #

            That was a joke, malthuss.

  55. DA April 11, 2017 at 12:58 pm #

    The organization ISIS became a household word when YouTube videos— later forensically proven to have been faked using professional actors—of the alleged beheading of an American journalist, James Foley, created a groundswell for a US-led NATO military action in Iraq and Syria.2

    ISIS, later calling itself IS, had been created as a joint project by the CIA and Israeli Mossad to combine psychotic mercenaries posing as Islamic Jihadists, gathered from around the world—Chechnya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, even China’s Turkic Xinjiang Province—in what the CIA called Operation Hornet’s Nest. When some Israeli journalist experts pointed out that the letters “I-S-I-S” stood for the English name of Mossad— Israeli Secret Intelligence Service—the Jihadis quickly proclaimed over YouTube a new name: Islamic State, or IS in what appeared to be a clumsy coverup attempt.3

    ISIS’ self-appointed head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, self-proclaimed “direct descendant” of the Prophet Mohammed, announced he was the (again, self-proclaimed) Caliph of all Muslims worldwide. It was a claim disputed by Islamic scholars and religious leaders worldwide. Al Baghdadi, whose name meant simply, “the one from Baghdad,” and who declared he had directly descended from Mohammed, and his Caliphate were pure CIA and Mossad fabrication, with money from Qatar and other Sunni states including Erdogan’s Turkey, designed to terrify a gullible American public into going to war again in the Middle East.

    A “trusted source” close to the Saudi multi-billionaire and former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said, on condition of anonymity, that the final green light for the war on Iraq and Syria with ISIS was given behind closed doors at the Atlantic Council’s Energy Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, November 22–23, 2013. The Atlantic Council was one of the most influential US think tanks with regard to US and NATO foreign policy and geopolitics. The same source stated that the key coordinator of ISIS, or Da’ash, military actions was US Ambassador to Turkey Francis Riccardione.

    “As far as I know, nothing moves without Ambassador Riccardione,” the Hariri intimate declared.4 The origins of ISIS could be traced directly back to the Afghan Mujahideen project of the CIA in the 1980s, where CIA-trained assets and a Saudi named Osama bin Laden, along with his Jordanian associate, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, waged the largest CIA covert operation in history to drive the Soviet Army out of Afghanistan and humiliate Russia.

    After 1989, al-Zarqawi moved into Iraq, where he was commissioned by his CIA handlers to found Al-Qaeda in Iraq—the direct predecessor of ISIS—first against Saddam Hussein’s secular Baath Party rule, then, after 2003, as a Sunni terror force waging attacks on US occupation troops, as well as against Shi’ites, to justify a permanent US military occupation of Iraq. In that, they failed, when the Shi’ite government of Nouri al-Maliki ordered Washington to remove US troops from Iraq.

    As a consequence, out of the Al Qaeda in Iraq, the Pentagon and CIA created a new, far larger Jihadist killing machine. Its purpose was to create the preconditions needed to bring US military troops back into Iraq, into Syria, Lebanon and beyond, and to remove Russia’s ally Assad in Damascus. The key fighters of ISIS were trained by CIA and US Special Forces Command at a secret camp in Jordan in 2012, according to informed Jordanian and other sources.

    US, Turkish, and Jordanian intelligence were running a training base for the Syrian rebels in the Jordanian town of Safawi in the country’s northern desert region, conveniently near the borders to both Syria and Iraq. Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the two Gulf monarchies most involved in funding the war against Syria’s Assad, financed the Jordan ISIS training.5 Other reports claimed that a part of ISIS was also trained in secret camps in Libya as well as in NATO bases in Turkey near to the Syrian border.

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    • DA April 11, 2017 at 8:30 pm #

      The American mass media is in full-throated hysterical anti-Russian mode as I type, so I might be time for a few of us at least to be concerned about now.

      And no Finc, I don’t think this is some is sort of imaginative spy thriller double cross where Putin enables Trump room to maneuver in order to avoid his enemies at home, while at the same time brilliantly and surreptitiously realigning with America’s main nemesis abroad.

      Things have escalated a bit beyond that now I’m afraid.

      • FincaInTheMountains April 11, 2017 at 8:58 pm #

        He, he…. the entire media hype is around Syria and Russia, but the action is around China.

        What can I say, the Donald has some heavy-handed negotiation technique.

        • DA April 11, 2017 at 9:26 pm #

          Thanks for that. I’m officially writing you off now as a rather amateurish agent provocateur serving god only knows who’s interests. You’re even dumber/smarter than the rest of the fucking rubes who “elucidate” her regularly.

  56. malthuss April 11, 2017 at 3:20 pm #



    [USA campuses look like a Maos Cultural Revolution].

  57. malthuss April 11, 2017 at 3:25 pm #



    With their ridiculous benes for whatever n— that can show up.
    + Abortion and feminism.
    its too late.

  58. Elrond Hubbard April 11, 2017 at 3:28 pm #

    Dylann Roof pleads guilty to state murder charges in church rampage


    Dylann Roof, already facing execution for his 2015 shooting rampage at a historically black church that left nine people dead, pleaded guilty Monday to state murder charges in a Charleston, S.C., courtroom.

    Roof, shackled and dressed in black and white striped prison garb, responded with yes or no answers to a series of administrative questions from the judge during the brief hearing.

    Roof was sentenced to life in prison on the state charges, which included nine murder counts, three attempted murder counts and weapons offenses. His plea wrapped up the state’s prosecution and means families of the victims will be spared the anguish of a second trial. Prosecutor Scarlett Wilson said the deal would serve as an “insurance policy” in case the federal conviction and sentencing hit a snag on appeal.

    “I would like to make it crystal clear, I do not regret what I did. I am not sorry. I have not shed a tear for the innocent people I killed.” — Convicted mass murder Dylann Roof

    “I want to say again to Dylann Roof that, even though we are at a point where death has been the sentence for him, my heart still goes out to him in hopes that he would repent to save himself from himself.” — Blondelle Gadsden, sister of Roof victim Myra Thompson

    The difference between Roof and those he harmed could not be more stark.

    • Billy Hill April 11, 2017 at 9:46 pm #

      Here ya go Elrond… Was it an eye for an eye? Or just another skirmish in the ongoing war? How about a walk down this memory lane?

      Forget Beck. It was the first google hit. There are other accounts, but you get the picture.

      Is this bestiality on the same level as Dylann Roof? Are we keeping score?

      C’mon. Show us some of that virtue.

      • Janos Skorenzy April 11, 2017 at 10:18 pm #

        He’s saving it up to give to Blacks. Basically, the Left has mutated, exchanging race for class. Thus in the Global Culture, all Non-Whites are the proletariat. And all Whites are the bourgeoisie who have to go – one way or the other. Only a few good Whites like Elrond will be allowed to live.

        The Elite love this obviously since it takes the blame off them. If they just help to trash, humiliate, dispossess, and kill their own people – they’re all good. Just like Elrond. Maybe the idea even came from them. Why not, since Communism is their project to begin with.

      • Elrond Hubbard April 12, 2017 at 1:15 am #

        Billy Hill: “Is this bestiality on the same level as Dylann Roof? Are we keeping score?”

        I’m not. This isn’t a matter of tit-for-tat and what-aboutism. It’s about right and wrong. What those people did to Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom was monstrous. No fucking shit, Sherlock. But from what I gather on Wikipedia, right-wing commentators have been using this story as a political cudgel, when it has nothing even close to the shining clarity of Dylann Roof’s atrocity.

        The reasoning, such as it is, goes like this: The victims were white and the perpetrators were black? That makes it a racially motivated hate crime. It can’t just be that these people felt like committing some mayhem. Why not? Because reasons, that’s why. Personally it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if there was racial animus in this double murder, but what Roof did was of a different order. We have his own extensive statements declaring clearly, forthrightly and affirmatively that he set out to commit an atrocity in order to provoke a race war.

        The two situations are as distinct as chalk and cheese. One is an overtly political act of terrorism, the other is a useful opportunity for the Michelle Malkins of the world to repurpose into a red flag to wave in front of their audience.

        • Janos Skorenzy April 12, 2017 at 3:00 pm #

          Shining clarity? You’re the one lack that. You just don’t want to admit Blacks can and do commit terrorism – because it gets in the way of the NARRATIVE that you worship. And that’s just despicable.

          • Elrond Hubbard April 12, 2017 at 4:07 pm #

            It’s also not true. Here’s a clear example from not long ago:


            Johnson targeted cops to avenge police shootings of black people. I have no problem calling that kind of politically-motivated violence terrorism. Whatever he was in life, Johnson died a terrorist.

            But people who proclaim gruesome crimes like those murders in Tennessee as a tit-for-tat rejoinder to cases like Roof’s aren’t engaging in reasoned debate. They’re trying to shut down debate by proclaiming a symmetry that doesn’t exist. Dylann Roof and Micah Xavier Johnson both acted with a deliberate political motive. That motive is what makes their crimes terrorism. There’s no evidence of any political purpose in the Tennessee murders; just wanton savagery, which knows no race or country (just look up the names Clifford Olson, Paul Bernardo and Robert Pickton sometime).

        • Billy Hill April 12, 2017 at 6:25 pm #

          “But from what I gather on Wikipedia, right-wing commentators have been using this story as a political cudgel, when it has nothing even close to the shining clarity of Dylann Roof’s atrocity.”

          Keeping score, are we?

          I guess you just had to be there.

        • malthuss April 13, 2017 at 4:51 pm #

          How many acts of violence happen each year, in USA?

    • malthuss April 12, 2017 at 10:52 am #

      The people that he killed could have fought back, yes? Many against one man with one gun.

      He sang a hymn at the funeral. WTF?

  59. FincaInTheMountains April 11, 2017 at 9:09 pm #

    Putin on US actions in Syria: Boring, girls

    I remember our wonderful writers Ilf and Petrov. I want to say: “it’s Boring, girls – we have all seen, observed – said Putin.

    According to him, the situation with the chemical attack in Syria is reminiscent of 2003, when the United States began a military campaign in Iraq.


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    • DA April 11, 2017 at 9:54 pm #

      Hey Finc, If you’re just going to hand around here and post stupid shit from time, how about you just officially go “Finc off?”

  60. BackRowHeckler April 11, 2017 at 9:40 pm #

    This John B McLemore fellow Jim mentions sounds like he was a little bit nuts.

    It seems he had marathon phone conversations with many people, not just Jim.

    And the way he killed himself — drinking a cup of acid used in processing photographs — is a very painful way to go. What’s more, he did it whilst on the phone with his best friend.

    Like Hemingway, he had threatened suicide many times. Finally, at age 49, he followed thru.


    • outsider April 11, 2017 at 11:56 pm #

      At least Hemingway waited until age 61, after all those hideous electroshock treatments had turned his brain into mush. I guess treatment of major depression has advanced some since Hemingway’s time. Now we have anti-depressants that take away both your creativity and ability to f**k. Hemingway said he couldn’t write, drink, or f**k anymore, so why go on living. Blowing your brains out with a shotgun sounds far preferable to drinking a cup on acid. But if he had died at 49 we would never have had “The Old Man and the Sea.”

      • BackRowHeckler April 12, 2017 at 12:12 am #

        True enough, Outsider.

        It turns out Hemingway had been recruited by the KGB to spy for them in 1940. He was given a code name (Argo) but did very little spying. Just the same he carried around with him the fear that he would be unmasked as a Russki spy and arrested by the FBI, or else hauled by to testify before Senator McCarthy. He saw fellow writers like Dashiell Hammett and Dalton Trumbo get prison sentences. All of this weighed heavy on his mind and finally crushed him.


        • Buck Stud April 12, 2017 at 1:57 am #

          Interesting dialogue. Sorry BRH for never getting back to your query from the last thread.

          I’m more of the thinking that “craftsmen” can be artists especially if they design their product. And although the ‘decorative arts’ is often a pejorative when uttered by ‘fine artists’, many so called fine artists would not have a clue or the know how/design acumen when it comes to composing quality decoration/ornamentation.

          The husband and wife team Arthur and Lucia Matthews– and the California Decorative Style– blurred the traditional delineation between craft and art especially in the way Matthews designed picture frames that organically echoed the paintings they framed.

          (Arthur Matthews was a very heavy duty dude and probably one very few have heard about. He was winning architectural rendering contests when he was 15 years old and before he had had any formal training.)

          But back to fine arts and decorative arts…in the book below you can see the initially naturalistic rendering transformed into abstract ornamentation without completely abandoning the ‘stem of nature’ that originally inspires and God knows we need more hand made, nature inspired designs in our Jetson architecture culture.

          The https://archive.org/details/gri_33125005959479

      • malthuss April 12, 2017 at 10:53 am #

        EST is still in use, but less painful.

        • Q. Shtik April 12, 2017 at 12:33 pm #


          Are you talking about the outfit (EST) that used to run these classes for people to, supposedly, ‘get their shit together’ ? (that is my definition of their mission). Is EST still in operation?

          If yes, I have an amusing anecdote re EST…….at least it is amusing to ME.

    • Elrond Hubbard April 12, 2017 at 12:04 pm #

      *spoiler alert*

      It wasn’t acid, it was potassium cyanide that he used for electroplating. Brian Reed reveals in the final episode that McLemore was also working with mercury from a young age, and likely had long-term mercury poisoning that does bad things to the nervous system.

  61. meargen April 11, 2017 at 10:26 pm #

    All of the concern of the moral horror in Syria by Hassad reminds me what Gore Vidal said, that Americans prefer a moral issue instead of a real issue.

    What bothered me was the amount of talk show types who loved to see them Tomahawks go flying out. A certain part of America has never met an airstrike they didn’t like.

    ‘It’s showing the world America is strong again!’ One guy said on the radio. ‘We’ve got the best technology in the world, the best weapons, and we wiped out that base. Every missile hit its target.’
    (No, they didn’t). I guess this is the Tom Clancy contingent, and you got to hand it to Tom…he knew his audience.
    ‘And our sailors firing the missiles…God bless ’em.’
    Yeah…’we don’t want to fight, but by jingo if we do…’

    I remember a short story I wrote some years ago where a farmer lives in a world made by hand, and the president, on the run, crashes on his property. Seems like America has no more economy or oil because it got ruined in a war with Russia. The farmer is angry. ‘Invading Russia was a pretty goddamned stupid thing to do.’ The president admits he had faulty advice.
    I only hope I’m not being a prophet.

    Meanwhile, since we drifted to Moon landings, United Airlines overbooked a flight, and in order to get four UA employees to the final destination, passengers were yanked off the flight, including one Chinese doctor who had to be dragged out, crying he had patients waiting for him.
    I mean, cops dragging this poor SOB down the aisle.
    JHK has said a lot about the decline of travel, and here’s a real example of us collapsing into soup. The stupid, fucking airline overbooks as a standard policy, then collars passengers who’ve already paid, and why can’t the idiot executives who make this policy wonder why UA might have a PR problem?
    They propose to gave those bumped 800 dollars in travel benefits…I say nothing but cold, hard cash. I hope that doc sues them for a mint.
    It’s an example why I never fly. The service is crappy, planes are crowded, delayed (and you want to experience madness, imagine being cramped on a runway for two hours), and you have to face security like you’re a mouse and they’re the cats.

    It just is insulting and disgusting to see this guy hauled away.
    It’s only a sample of what corporate America thinks of us.
    You get the idea no one is in charge anymore.

    • onehunglo April 11, 2017 at 11:42 pm #

      onehunglo in zurich, switzerland on family holiday.

      klm airline very nice experience and swiss culture very nice.

      passenger dragged off united airline must demand justice for mistreatment.

      corporation like government holding individual in contempt.

      change in world begin with change in individual treatment and in heart.

      Confucius say, “the strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.”

      let not you heart be troubled.

      may God be with you.


    • Buck Stud April 12, 2017 at 1:38 am #

      Back in the first Gulf war America’s technology was vastly superior to the rest of the world. I recall reading an antidote of the top Chinese military brass being freaked out by America’s dominant, deadly and dazzling military display.

      But that same military technology has been absorbed/implemented by other countries and it’s not safe to assume–or so I presume–that American is still as technologically dominant as it was in 1991.

      IOW, technological development is non-linear with extended plateaus which serve as a “ladder” of sorts for other initially less technologically advanced nations to climb up upon and look the former dominant leader more level in the eye.

      This is a rather precarious balance of power and one in which a ‘lucky punch’ –or even a very skilled one–could floor a dominant force.

      And once floored, it’s not so easy to pick one’s self off the canvass–Vietnam should have taught that lesson.

      • tucsonspur April 12, 2017 at 3:51 am #

        I don’t think that you’re drinking the poison.

        Lucky punch or sucker punch, what’s the antidote?

      • malthuss April 12, 2017 at 10:54 am #

        When Clinton sold it or allowed it to be stolen, you say absorbed.

    • ozone April 12, 2017 at 8:02 am #

      Sure, there are people in charge (doing Gawd’s work and all), but they only see the populace as ‘consumers’ or a tube of ‘disposable income’ to be squeezed until empty, then discarded. Thus the fine treatment and “re-accommodation”. (This Orwellian twist of language deserves a Medal of Freedom for whomever thunk it up!)

      It’s my belief that corporations now see thuggery as the solution to all problems and resistance. It’s working; the payouts in legal fees are a mere scratch to the shareholders treasure chests.

      *Very* tangentially, what are these very deadly brushfire wars about and how were/are they handled/prosecuted? The United Airlines ‘incident’ is a microcosmic glimpse of the present and near future. (Before a crash however; that will make thugs/mercenaries cheaper but much less dependable. There’s always the sadistic element though that makes this “work” attractive to some.)

      I’m with you; give me a grand (in greenbacks please, no checks, no credit account air monies), a night’s stay in the airport Ramada (if necessary), and a replacement ticket (gratis) to my original destination on the next available flight, and damn right, you can have my seat on the cattle car… (The assholes that can’t figure this approach out are like insurance ‘deniers’, and don’t deserve a salary.)

    • ozone April 12, 2017 at 8:15 am #

      Ps. I’d like to read that short story. Is the former President of the Dis-united Scraps of America to become fertilizer for the farmer’s kitchen garden? …or what? 🙂

    • Elrond Hubbard April 12, 2017 at 11:59 am #

      meargen: “What bothered me was the amount of talk show types who loved to see them Tomahawks go flying out. A certain part of America has never met an airstrike they didn’t like.”

      It’s a pity Leonard Cohen didn’t live quite long enough to enjoy Brian Williams on MSNBC, obliviously taking his words at face value as he waxed rhapsodic about the strike:


      “Guided by the beauty of our weapons”, indeed.

    • Janos Skorenzy April 12, 2017 at 2:57 pm #

      Do you think people would have cared as much if the guy had been White? Or that the Media would have made it into a national story? The Narrative rules. And even Corporations bow to it. He who controls the narrative controls Society. And as a reader of Covington, you know well hoo that is.

  62. FincaInTheMountains April 12, 2017 at 2:33 am #

    If you read the articles of old specialists on Russia who worked in the State Department and private “political foundations” in the 80’s and 90’s, they are actively complaining that after 2001 the “expertise in Russia” has degenerated to a catastrophic state, up to that point that Russian-speaking experts have become a rarity.

    The phenomenon was brought about by special attention to China and the Arab world, while Russia was considered a “played card” and thoughtful work in this direction did not promise special money and career prospects.

    One of the consequences of these changes was a specific approach to the selection of sources of information and expert assessments, as well as a rather frivolous filtering of the information received in accordance with existing ideas. This, by the way, is one of the reasons why US applied on Russia sanctions and pressure so late, while they could’ve easily finish it off somewhere in 2002-2004.

    When Masha Hessen, Kasparov and Khodorkovsky are among the providers of information and cultural and political assessments, this is a big problem. This does not mean that there are no normal sources and experts. They are, but their voices are hard to hear against the others, and it’s not so convenient to use their conclusions, as they are not well integrated into the existing narrative under which many of those who make decisions and distribute research grants have already subscribed.

    In this sense, modern Russian expertise on the US does not differ for the better, and from very stupid things Russia is saved by the fact that at the helm of the country are people with common sense and extensive experience in the West and against the West.

    When some American expert teams, which are sponsored, among others by the US military-industrial complex, realized that they could squeeze out the maximum budget on inflating the Russian threat, they began to select Russian sources appropriately and customize the analysis to the request. They really beat out their budgets, but the most striking tales and horror stories about the Russian threat have an important side effect: they create a large and clear set of expectations from Russia, which are then very difficult to disprove without losing positions and grants (for idiocy or conscious deception in the past).

  63. tucsonspur April 12, 2017 at 3:43 am #

    Am I missing something? Is this a new version of “All in the Family”?

    I wish it were. Read on. You can still get a chuckle.


  64. janet April 12, 2017 at 4:53 am #

    “in order to get four UA employees to the final destination, passengers were yanked off the flight, including one Chinese doctor who had to be dragged out, crying he had patients waiting for him.” –meargen

    “Some Asian-Americans may have thought they were immune to incidents such as these, protected by our relative privilege and perceived “model minority” status. But if a doctor can be beaten and dragged by officers for refusing to “volunteer” a plane seat he legally purchased, it should be clear that no such immunity exists. And the speed with which right-wing publications and social media users have moved to dismiss this incident and retroactively condemn Dao should underscore that, in Trumpmerica, any of us who don’t conform to the vision of “greatness” are now at risk.

    So Asian-Americans, immigrants, women, LGBTQs and yes, members of the white working class: If you didn’t come out in support of Black Lives Matter before, now is the time — because you or someone you love could be the life that “matters” next.” –Jeff Yang

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    • thwack April 12, 2017 at 7:05 am #

      Black Lives Matter wants to remove all accountability and responsibility for black pathological behavior from black people. Fortunately, they aren’t getting much traction, even among black people.

      The organization is a completely artificial construct funded entirely by money from evil or misguided white people who want to use black people as a battering ram against their white political opponents.

      Every BLM member needs to spend a day knee deep in a rice paddy in some 3rd world shit hole so they can understand where they are and WTF they REALLY should be doing.

      • elysianfield April 12, 2017 at 10:50 am #

        “Black Lives Matter wants to remove all accountability and responsibility for black pathological behavior from black people”

        How can they remove that which, as a result of a culture of victimhood, never existed?

        • thwack April 12, 2017 at 11:23 am #

          Deflection noted.

    • Q. Shtik April 12, 2017 at 11:02 am #

      …you or someone you love could be the life that “matters” next.” –Jeff Yang – janet


      I never heard of Jeff Yang so I Googled him. Among the items in his bio was the info that his spouse’s name is Heather Ying. This led me to the observation that America contains Chinese people up the Ying Yang. 🙂

      • malthuss April 12, 2017 at 8:32 pm #

        Funny. How odd, if those are their ‘original’ names.

  65. FincaInTheMountains April 12, 2017 at 8:12 am #

    Back in the first Gulf war America’s technology was vastly superior to the rest of the world. == Buck

    General John Hyten, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command:
    U.S. Has ‘No Defense’ for Russian Ground-Launched Cruise Missile

    The U.S. has “no defense” for the type of ground-launched cruise missile that Russia recently deployed, a top American general told members of Congress.

    General warned that the system “can range and threaten most of the continent of Europe” and that “we have no defense for it, especially in defense of our European allies.” As first reported by the New York Times, Russia deployed a missile in February — a move which American officials said was in violation of a longstanding arms treaty.


    Well, you have been warned: do not fuck with those “anti-missile” systems deployed in Romania and Poland, which could be secretly loaded with attack missiles of type Tomahawk.

    • FincaInTheMountains April 12, 2017 at 8:41 am #

      Oh, and by the way, if you think that you’re home free on your island – it could be covered by the same missiles, just positioned in 40-feet shipping containers, and who knows how many of them are all over the world.

      I told ya, you already have lost that particular incarnation of the Cold War.

    • thwack April 12, 2017 at 11:34 am #

      The U.S. has “no defense” for the type of ground-launched cruise missile that Russia recently deployed, a top American general told members of Congress.


      Well duh?

      We don’t eve have a defense against mexicans?

  66. FincaInTheMountains April 12, 2017 at 8:48 am #

    Putin spoke of Russia’s willingness to tolerate the role of a common enemy for the West

    Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed confidence that a number of European countries supported the US attack on the Syrian airfield at Shayrat, used by Syrian government forces, to establish relations with American leader Donald Trump. This opinion was expressed by the head of state on Tuesday, April 11, following negotiations with his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella.

    Everyone wants to restore relations within the Western community after many European countries took anti-Trump positions during the election campaign in the United States thanks to the former US administration. … A very good platform for consolidation – Syria, Russia, is a common enemy. Great! We are ready to tolerate that for a while the Russian president said.

    Speaking about adding insult to the injury!

    • DA April 12, 2017 at 10:37 am #

      Putin is trying to let his moronic US negotiating partners save a modicum of face. Trump needs all the help he can get now, but I wouldn’t interpret that as weakness on the part of Putin or Russia. To the contrary, that’s literally showing who has the upper hand. Trump’s in desperate straights right now and he damn well knows it, imbecilic bluster notwithstanding. I’m sure the MICC laid out his future options to him in graphic detail.

      • Q. Shtik April 12, 2017 at 11:56 am #

        desperate straights



        • DA April 12, 2017 at 3:23 pm #

          Thank you.

  67. FincaInTheMountains April 12, 2017 at 9:06 am #

    Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov to American Journalists: Who taught you manners?

    The heads of the foreign affairs agencies of Russia and the United States entered the hall.

    – Mister Lavrov, Mister Lavrov … – American journalists from the Secretary of State pool screamed from all sides.

    The mansion shuddered. Such a “bazaar” the century-old arches do not remember.

    – Who taught you manners? – as if justifying the Americans in front of candelabra, stucco and curtains embroidered with gold bees – a symbol of royal wisdom, asked the Foreign Minister. Everyone fell silent.


    • FincaInTheMountains April 12, 2017 at 9:17 am #

      That’s what Russia needs. A New Byzantium. New autocratic Roman Empire. Complexly structured, rich in diversity society.

      And not the Soviet abomination of non-existence and not a liberal lie about human rights.

    • DA April 12, 2017 at 10:15 am #

      Looks like Russia’s ready to speak truth to power. Things could get interesting really quickly, now that Trump’s back in the warmonger bag again. Whatever redeeming features Trump once had – and there were never many – have now been flushed down the shit hole for good. Should have stuck with the Queen Bitch after all.


  68. FincaInTheMountains April 12, 2017 at 9:25 am #

    North Korean [coal] ships head home after China orders coal returned

    To make up for the shortfall from North Korea, China has ramped up imports from the United States in an unexpected boon for U.S. President Donald Trump, who has declared he wants to revive his country’s struggling coal sector.


    And you tell me that the Donald does not know how to negotiate?


    • DA April 12, 2017 at 10:32 am #

      Small victory, but reviving the US’s struggling coal sector is hardly a cause for celebration.

  69. malthuss April 12, 2017 at 10:56 am #

    SBPDL has an article on the Jihad in Sweden.

    “Liberalism is the ideology of Western suicide.” — James Burnham
    So the US is bombing Syria because of an (alleged) chemical attack which killed children. Yet here we have a deliberate attack on White civilians in Sweden, which kills a child — and no action.

    Perhaps the (((Bonnier))) family who owns virtually all Swedish media has done some investigation into the subject. Maybe (((Barbara Spectre))) could shed some insight on the matter (look up her famous interview with IBA-News).

    Bear in mind, also, that when we hear “muslim” around such topics as gang rapes, beheading, and other atrocities committed against our brothers in our ancestral homelands, more often than not it’s not just some swarthy big nosed stereotypical Johnny Jihad, but shoe-polish black homo erectus from darkest Congo, Sudan, Somalie, etc. just expressing their genetic programing.

    Regardless, we are still only barely allowed to hint that there is a problem, let alone admit it or name its source, and my own distant kin in France fare little better than Swedes, and Germans. How many of these countries and cultures will have to be utterly destroyed before the surviving whites get the message in sufficient numbers to take the ugly steps needed for self preservation?
    Quite telling that we can discuss Mohammed or Achmed freely as being toxic to our western societies but let’s not dare whisper the same words leveled at his cousin Schlomo or Chiam. Both Semitic people, yet we can only earn the scarlet letter by criticizing one side of their family tree.
    “Why are there Muslims in Sweden? ”
    You Tube— Barbara Lerner Spectre calls for destruction of Christian European ethnic societies

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    • malthuss April 12, 2017 at 10:57 am #

      .Formerly Miss Greenbaum… said…
      Why are there Muslims in Sweden? Because the Swedes have allowed them to come in and destroy the country. The same pattern is repeated in France, England, Germany, and most of Europe. Hell, it’s happening here in the United States. The males from these countries are effectively neutered and cucked, as they bow to the central (((authority))) that perpetuates the idea that controlling borders is racist. It isn’t surprising when you look at history.

      Germany had its entire economy turned upside down after the first world war, when the (((usual players))) had their hands in the currency at the time. Today, we are faced with another war which is brewing over, of all things, the right of sovereign countries to broker deals which ensure their financial survival. But no, we cannot have Russia, with a huge stockpile of natural gas, able to provide freezing ass Europe with all the heat they will need for the foreseeable future. No, we must inject multiple Muslims who will destroy Western societies and derail any white, Christian attempts at survival.

      What many people do not seem to want to accept is that our (((enemies))) know full well the triggers that keep us from reaching our greatness. (((They))) work day and night to make sure that YT will never succeed in his plans to enhance western society and preserve the civilization that whites have built over the past thousand years or so.

      The Swedes, the Norwegians, and the rest of the cucked white men who have stood by and watched their entire societies collapse and fall are at fault for allowing the (((usual players))) to destroy their way of life. The (((controllers))) have their own tiny country all mapped out in the Middle East, and they’re confident that once YT is exterminated, all the world’s riches will be theirs for the taking. A little nuclear bomb here, poisoned water supplies there, and the best news yet – get some Islamic radicals to do the work for you while you sit back and count the shekels.

      They’ve been at this a long time, folks. They’re really good at it. They count on you being stupid. Around one hundred years ago, they found out you were getting close to finding out their modus operandi and threw some fireworks into the mix. The one hundred year anniversary of the assassination of Arch Duke Ferdinand just passed, along with the U.S. entry into WW 1, with nary a peep from (((MSM))).

      You’re being played. The longer you dance to their music, the closer you come to your own extinction. The Muslims and their negro brethren are not the true enemy, but merely the foot soldiers of (((those))) who plot our destruction and dispossession of our homeland.

      When you patronize (((Hollywood))), fly the “friendly skies”, and send your sons and daughters to the indoctrination/castration centers that are known as “universities”, you are part of the problem. Move outside of the system. Maintain business contacts with whites and whites alone. Shun the entities that wish to destroy you. Until you take some action, (((they))) will continue to use their Muslim and negro foot soldiers to destroy you. A line in the sand has been drawn. We know where Donald J. Trump stands. How about you? /////////

      Comments, anyone?

      • DA April 12, 2017 at 11:14 am #

        Can you give me a hint at who YT is?

        • DA April 12, 2017 at 11:40 am #

          Nevermind, I Googled it.

          • volodya April 12, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

            Do tell, what does it mean? I looked and couldn’t find it.

          • DA April 12, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

            Say the letters like they are a two syllable word.

          • Janos Skorenzy April 12, 2017 at 3:07 pm #

            And therefore it doesn’t matter, right? Because Whites either don’t exist and/or deserve to be destroyed.

            A man will do anything but examine his own premises – in other words, examine his own conscience.

          • DA April 12, 2017 at 3:22 pm #

            No, I didn’t say that. You did. I see a lot of validity in his diatribe. But I don’t agree with it all the way through, much of it because the ship has sailed already. Some things we just can’t fix at this late date, so we’ll have to find workarounds, until the big collapse anyway. The whites in this country are as bamboozled as everyone else, so just telling them to stick with their own isn’t going to be of much help.

        • Q. Shtik April 12, 2017 at 2:42 pm #

          Your’s truly

          • malthuss April 12, 2017 at 8:40 pm #

            see–I enjoy you’re rather naive childish enthusiasm

      • Buck Stud April 12, 2017 at 3:21 pm #

        Boy Maltuss, you–or your “source”–went around the world on this screed: From the Jews to the non-whites.

        And where exactly does Donald J. Trump stand on this issue? In terms of “The Jews” I see no evidence that he is anti-jew; in fact, quite the opposite.

        I posted about the great New York jewish frame shops because they are emblematic of the great majority of jewish people: Not beneficiaries of any grand conspiracy but just smart, talented, tenacious and perseverant. Do yourself a favor and learn from them as opposed to hating them. Cultivate the paradox, if you will.

        And another thing. Jewish folk are a very small minority and that alone presents the illusion of a “stick together tribe” . It’s akin, visually speaking, to noticing a small green shape in a sea or red by virtue of it’s rarity:

        “Look at those green people–they’re so tribal, so incestuous, so “all about themselves”.

        Of course I assume this is a visual metaphor that will fly far above your head, like most other things.

        • Janos Skorenzy April 12, 2017 at 4:33 pm #

          So you think it’s just a coincidence that half of the Whites at Harvard are Jews? Yeah, sure they’re smart and work hard but so do lots of Whites. They’re not tens of times smarter than us – which is what this percentage would indicate.

          Something else is going on. Call it tribal nepotism.

          • malthuss April 12, 2017 at 8:39 pm #

            Can BS prove that any of yr facts are ‘bs?’

          • malthuss April 12, 2017 at 8:41 pm #

            Not 10s of times smarter but ten or many times more
            smart ones applying and being accepted, if admission was fair.

          • JimInFlorida April 13, 2017 at 9:50 am #

            You mentioned **THEM** without all due deference and love. Furthermore, I’ve counted many such acts of crimethink on this thread.

            Our benevolent and tolerant host has NOT thundered down from Mount Zion of his displeasure.


          • Janos Skorenzy April 13, 2017 at 1:49 pm #

            How idealistic do you want to be? In other words, how pragmatic? He’s both warned and banned me repeatedly. I always return, though sometime under another name. If you want to avoid trouble, don’t talk about the Jews on Monday morning. Generally, that’s when he reads some of the posts. In deference to Mr Kunstler, I avoid slurs or posting DS articles that use them. But beyond that, the facts are the facts. And Truth has its own Justification.

          • JimInFlorida April 14, 2017 at 10:26 am #

            Thanks Janos! Very enlightening.

            I can’t help but present the Truth. I have NO INTENTION of “Jew baiting” or trolling just for fun.

            I simply embody George Orwell’s quote, “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”
            That absolutely REQUIRES naming the guilty!

            Nevertheless, I’ll be mindful about the unwritten rules of posting here.

      • Janos Skorenzy April 12, 2017 at 4:40 pm #


        The clinic reconstructs anuses. Oh happy day! No doubt Feminists are thrilled that men are getting raped too. Somehow that makes it alright. If only it was just other Whites doing it though!

        I wonder what Swedish Gays think? If they’re like Gays here, they probably specialize in not thinking. See all the Gays for Islam signs at the marches? I mean Gays for Patsy is grotesque but at least it fits in with their ethos and sensibility. But Gays for Islam is like “Chickens for Colonel Sanders”.

  70. janet April 12, 2017 at 12:01 pm #

    This led me to the observation that America contains Chinese people up the Ying Yang. ?

    China is the future. From 2011-2012 Chinese development consumed more concrete than the US did in the entire 20th century. Communism won.

    • thwack April 12, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

      Are they gonna eat that concrete?

      China’s poor people are still skinny; in the U.S the poorer you are the fatter you are.

      Capitalism won.

      Try again you big fairy fake cunt.

    • Q. Shtik April 12, 2017 at 12:49 pm #

      up the Ying Yang. ?



      I’m not sure why you have placed a question mark at the end of the sentence I wrote. Perhaps it is because the expression is seen in two or more forms, usually two, and you are unfamiliar with “up the ying yang.”


      . Higher math classes have Chinks out the ying yang.
      . Vancouver has Chinks up the ying yang.

  71. volodya April 12, 2017 at 12:33 pm #

    So in this zerogravity of the mind – where the US sends 30 tons of explosive to hammer an empty airfield because the Russians and Syrians were forewarned – Rex Tillerson is now sitting with Putin just days after the Russians, in their “anger” at the missile strike, denied that Putin would talk to him. I guess Putin will give Tillerson a dressing-down, the contents of which were worked out ahead of time with the State Department and which will later be leaked to appropriate government controlled media.

    So what’s the game? Russians and Syrians give the US forewarning for atrocities to come. Russians and Syrians get forewarning for American military retribution. Americans and Russians and Syrians will work out where American retaliatory strikes will take place and what meaningless Syrian facilities will be “destroyed”. They will work out just what rhetoric will be used so as to not cause too much offense and loss of face.

    On the other side of the globe, Chinese billionaire communists are warning their kimchee eating allies that their misbehavior is resented (probably because it’s be bad for business) and warning of possible military action. And a US naval strike force headed to North Korea.

    So what’s the game over there? Chinese, North Koreans, Americans working out in detail what outrages the Kim Jong Un will undertake, what statements of “indignation” will come from Trump and Xi, what military retribution will take place against North Korea, what mock-up military assets will be “destroyed”, where cameras will be located for a spontaneous, chance recording of such strikes.

    I don’t know about you but this weightlessness is making me giddy.

    • FincaInTheMountains April 12, 2017 at 12:55 pm #

      To tell in an unambiguous manner, on the basis of open information, which combination is now unfolding, is not possible.

      Most likely, there are several variants (with spare moves). This is a general rule of the politics.

      Good news, the global war is not among these options.

  72. janet April 12, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

    Are they gonna eat that concrete? — thwack

    You eat because food is transported on the concrete used in Eisenhower’s concrete interstate system. China dwarfs the US.

    • DA April 12, 2017 at 1:16 pm #

      The point was that you can’t eat the concrete, and food is vitally important, while development, more often than not, is not, especially in China’s case. Using concrete as an example was an especially poor choice, as much of it was used to build their infamous ghost cities, which have never been and quite possibly never will be inhabited. Why? China’s got the same financial parasite feeding off them that we do. Development for development’s sake makes financiers obscenely rich. Unfortunately, it bankrupts most everyone else.

  73. janet April 12, 2017 at 1:28 pm #

    “So what’s the game over there?” –volodya

    We won’t know for sure until we run it by the president’s oldest child. But according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists clock we are now the closest we have been to nuclear war since the 1950s.

  74. janet April 12, 2017 at 1:57 pm #

    DA, it’s time to retire the “ghost cities” meme. Half of China’s infrastructure has been built since 2000, with new rail networks, interstates, dams, airports and high-rise apartment buildings springing up across the country. China has more than 220 cities with more than a million people in them, compared with only 35 in Europe. Even relatively minor cities like Zhengzhou and Jinan are more populous than Los Angeles or Chicago.

    China dwarfs the USA, and not just in population. Though I cited cement production, I could have just as easily cited aluminum or steel or shipbuilding — all have undergone a period of explosive growth in the 21st century, when the capitalist USA has been languishing, now facing a complete economic collapse according to JHK. Communism won.

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  75. janet April 12, 2017 at 2:01 pm #

    To both DA and thwack, who maintain you cannot eat concrete. You should be more respectful of communist China’s ability to feed its people. Communism won. China ranks first in worldwide farm output, primarily producing rice, wheat, potatoes, tomato, sorghum, peanuts, tea, millet, barley, cotton, oilseed and soybeans. Although accounting for only 10 percent of arable land worldwide, it produces food for 20 percent of the world’s population.

    • thwack April 12, 2017 at 2:15 pm #

      shut up fat boy

      • janet April 12, 2017 at 2:20 pm #

        OK ancient white racist

      • malthuss April 12, 2017 at 8:33 pm #

        Is Janet male?

    • Lonely Traveler April 12, 2017 at 2:49 pm #

      Janet, please forgive the blithering idiots calling you names. Reality bites when all you know how to do is chant “USA! USA! USA!” ad infinitum. China is progressing, and I appreciate you sharing these statistics with us. America is dying, and this is the message JHK is trying to send us. Get ready for some bad stuff, because it’s about to happen. Unfortunately, half the people who read this blog aren’t getting the message, or more likely they refuse to accept the reality of cultural decline. Every empire declines; it’s our turn. The filthy names thrown at you are just another daily reminder of decline. Just like daily mass shootings, only on a smaller scale.

      • DA April 12, 2017 at 3:14 pm #

        What’s one thing got to do with the other? The USA is definitely in decline, but the joke’s on China if they think they’re going to replace us. Ain’t enough resources in this world for that to happen. And janet’s posts sound like they’re transcribed straight out of some sort of junior high social studies text book. She’s as clueless as the day is long.

        • malthuss April 12, 2017 at 8:34 pm #

          What if the Chinese claim the moon and mine its minerals and colonize moon land?

          • DA April 13, 2017 at 8:12 am #

            I’d say good luck with that. But it ain’t gonna happen.

      • thwack April 12, 2017 at 3:29 pm #

        China is progressing, and I appreciate you sharing these statistics with us. — Fugly Trabbler


        Please stop with all the ching chong puffery. China can’t win cause its not diverse; everybody is a chink. China doesn’t have the dynamic range of the United States; we’re the cat that shits outside the box and makes you clean it up.

        If you even DREAM about fuckinwiff the Unites States you better wake up and apologize?

        Now run an tell Janet you dickies wonder.

    • capt spaulding April 12, 2017 at 2:51 pm #

      If communism won, how come China is set to become the next world economic power by taking the jobs away from the US. China operates as a capitalist society, while maintaining the communist style of government. If communism worked, Russia would be the world leader in manufacturing. Take a good look at Russia, and see a failed state. China however, was willing to change with the times & was able to evolve a system that combined elements of communism along with capitalisim which propelled them to the forefront of the world’s economic powers. Janet, you are just another tired example of somebody who is still trying desperately to promote a 60’s style interpretation of the world today. Your shit is old, give it up. I bask now in the warmth of your disregard.

      • DA April 12, 2017 at 3:17 pm #

        I honestly think she’s a teenager (grade schooler?) playing around on the internet. Just parroting worn out boilerplate.

        • janet April 12, 2017 at 3:38 pm #

          Close, DA. I’m a teenager at heart. 🙂 But why this obsession with ad hominem? My facts are irrefutable. Though it may hurt your ego that the USA is not #1, that capitalism failed, that communism won. But if we do not understand what China is, and how the Chinese economy and society is likely to behave, then we can’t understand the world we live in. China is definitely not socialist according to Marx’s definition.

          Nor is China capitalist. China has got capitalists, quite a lot of them. Some of them are extremely wealthy, even billionaires. This does not mean that capitalism is the dominant mode of production in China.

          The 1949 Revolution overthrew capitalism and landlordism. The Chinese Revolution actually smashed the bourgeois state more thoroughly than the Russian Revolution. Russia has engaged in wholesale privatization of existing state owned enterprises and that has led to its decline.

          China did not allow widespread privatization. Key product prices remain state controlled. Chinese banks are state owned banks. These banks offer virtually no funds to private companies. The difference in performance is clear. While Russia and Eastern Europe fell into a ditch, communist China soared ahead.

          • DA April 12, 2017 at 4:39 pm #

            I enjoy you’re rather naive childish enthusiasm. As you might have noticed, pretty much everyone on this board is a died-in-the-wool cynic. If you are young, you’re going to have to hold on to that spirit for dear life, because MAN! do you ever have a shit-storm coming your way in the next few years.

            But you really should read more. Many, if not most of the “facts” that you quote are taken out of context at the least, or are just downright fabrications at worst. Haven’t you heard? The number one product of the US for the past 35 years or so has been the manufacture of the world’s absolute FINEST BULLSHIT, which back in the day we used to call propaganda when other people were doing it.

            But we wore that word out on the Nazis and the Communists and all the rest, so we had to come up with a home grown label for ours, so BULLSHIT – which was everywhere around us anyway – it was! Go ahead and breathe deep right now wherever you are! That’s AMERICAN BULLSHIT you’re smelling there hon’, and there ain’t none other quite like it!

          • malthuss April 12, 2017 at 8:35 pm #

            I enjoy you’re rather naive childish enthusiasm–

            YOUR. Not ‘you are.’

          • DA April 13, 2017 at 8:10 am #

            Good catch!

      • janet April 12, 2017 at 3:20 pm #

        “If communism worked, Russia would be…” –capt spaulding

        When you say “If communism worked, Russia would be…” please remember that Russia has embraced “free market” capitalism, and Russia is also failing economically. (I’ll spare you the numbers)

        The Chinese communist government intervenes extensively in the economy, and that has delivered outstanding results in terms of growth and rising living standards for most of its people. It shows that there are different “models” from that of free market capitalism.

        You can’t argue with the communist success numbers, compared to capitalist economies: In the four years from 2007 to 2011 US national income increased by less than 0.6%…the EU shrank by 0.3% and Japan declined by 5.2%. In the same period, despite the decline in export markets in these economies, China grew by more than 42%.

        Once again, I would suggest you skip my posts, capt spaulding. They seem to bore you, being “old shit” … You have not earned the warmth of my disregard. To the contrary, I thank you for sharing your opinion. I respect your contributions, though I cannot thank you for your “service,” because I do not support imperialist ventures in support of capitalist multinational corporations. I do thank you for reading and responding to my posts.

        • DA April 12, 2017 at 3:34 pm #

          So janet, do they still call it “social studies” and do you still get it as part of a block class of 2-3 consecutive periods, along with English Lit and your foreign language elective, like we got it back in the day? I’ll bet you sit front row center and are the teachers eagerest little beaver, aren’t you? I was the kid that arrived late, sat in the back of the class and heckled, got detention almost everyday, and then aced the main tests anyway. The quizzes always got me though, cause I viewed trying on those those (Hey! I’ll study when I damn well want to study, and not before!) as little more than showing off, which was always the territory of the little eager beavers.

          • janet April 12, 2017 at 3:42 pm #

            They still call what you are doing ad hominem, DA. And it means you are intellectually bankrupt, unable to respond to facts.

          • DA April 12, 2017 at 4:21 pm #

            You know Latin too! You are an eager little beaver. I’ve got news for you, I’m not only intellectually bankrupt, but I’m bordering on the financial and moral versions too! Haven’t changed a bit since 8th grade. We would have been good friends, although you would of course had to keep up appearances for your fellow eager beaver girl friends.

        • SteveO April 12, 2017 at 4:02 pm #

          “You can’t argue with the communist success numbers, compared to capitalist economies: In the four years from 2007 to 2011 US national income increased by less than 0.6%…the EU shrank by 0.3% and Japan declined by 5.2%. In the same period, despite the decline in export markets in these economies, China grew by more than 42%.”

          You are comparing countries with first world living standards to a third world living standard. The average wage in China went from 3150 to 6367 dollars. US income went from 54489 to 51926 dollars. The reason for China’s rate of growth is obvious. As manufacturing moved to the cheapest labor pool, it gutted wage growth world wide. It had little to do with the form of government, and much more to do with the fact that China had the largest untapped, peasant, labor pool in the world.

          • janet April 12, 2017 at 4:25 pm #

            “It had little to do with the form of government” –SteveO

            Thanks for this, SteveO. It has everything to do with government embracing capitalism or communism. My point stands that the key industries and banks, which constitute the backbone of the communist Chinese economy, are state owned. The commanding heights of the economy are in state hands. As you point out, overall average wages under communism have doubled, at the same time under capitalism they have been stagnant or worse.

            Foreign capital has been used to build factories in China, and these capitalists are in China for what they can get out of it. They give as little as they can and take as much as possible. In practice they have a license to exploit at will. They employ mainly migrant labour fleeing from poverty in backward rural areas.

  76. nsa April 12, 2017 at 3:39 pm #

    Under 2% of the population…..over 50% of the Trump cabinet.

    • janet April 12, 2017 at 3:54 pm #

      “Under 2% of the population…..over 50% of the Trump cabinet.” –nsa

      Thank you, President Trump, for recognizing and including in your government one of the most vibrant, creative and important groups in American life. Its loss would be a loss for the entire nation.

      American Jews have cured polio and have won more than 15 percent of Nobel Prizes in science. And it is not just in Trump’s government: Jews are ten out of 100 U.S. senators, three of nine Supreme Court justices and the chair of the Federal Reserve and her two predecessors; a third of the Forbes 400’s richest Americans — and many leading philanthropists. Jews built great retail chains like Sears and Macy’s and computer companies like Oracle and Dell.

      Jews practically invented Hollywood and established the three biggest broadcast networks. Broadway wouldn’t be Broadway without Arthur Miller, Steven Sondheim and Rodgers and Hammerstein. The New York Times and the Washington Post, were founded by Jews. And on and on. We should celebrate Jewish contributions!

      It’s because Jews are so influential in American life that President Trump is justified in over 50% of his cabinet appointments being Jews. Thank you, President Trump!

  77. janet April 12, 2017 at 4:14 pm #

    President Trump, golf player, is on pace to spend more on travel back and forth to Florida in his first year than Obama spent on travel in eight years. The president’s trips to his private club in Florida during his first 80 days in office have cost more than an estimated $20 million.

    This travel spending is bad, according to President Trump’s tweets:

    In 2011, Trump tweeted: “The habitual vacationer, @BarackObama, is now in Hawaii. This vacation is costing taxpayers $4 milion [sic]”

    In another tweet later, Trump said: “President @BarackObama’s vacation is costing taxpayers millions of dollars—-Unbelievable!”

    • DA April 12, 2017 at 4:25 pm #

      Hey janet, here’s a test: tell us something you DON’T know.

      But yeah, Trump’s a louse, I’ll give you that. But he’s OUR louse, so at least we’ve got that! And I think you have to respect that in a man when it’s done so shamelessly. Don’t you?

      • janet April 12, 2017 at 4:36 pm #

        “Hey janet, here’s a test: tell us something you DON’T know.” –DA

        I don’t know who you are and why you bother to post here, but I enjoy your sock puppetry, as ozone calls it.

        • DA April 12, 2017 at 4:57 pm #

          You’re welcome!

  78. ozone April 12, 2017 at 4:33 pm #

    ……….AND NOW, back to the matter at hand, in spite of a truly wonderful shotgun display of sock-puppetry.

    Justin Raimondo has an interesting take on all this madness whipped up just for us — perhaps we should feel privileged to be the target of such a giant load of bullshittery! Now, he may be labeled a hardened cynic and paranoid, but I think those conditions to be highly justified in the current stage-fog.

    Trumpy was undeniably stupid to capitulate to the neo-con spreaders of freedumb and democrazy ’cause they’re still going to come for his head, and I think the author is right that *all* political moves and motives are [poisonously] for local consumption.

    {Regarding Syria, Russia, Montenegro… and other foolishness:}
    “How did this happen? It’s easy to explain, once you understand that there is no such thing as foreign policy: all policy is domestic.

    That’s the core principle at the heart of what I call “libertarian realism,” the overarching theory – if such a grandiose term can be applied to what is simply common sense – that explains what is happening on the world stage at any particular moment.”


    “Trump’s Syrian turnabout is clearly a response to the coordinated attack launched on his presidency by the combined efforts of the Deep State, the media, the Democrats, and the McCain-Graham-neocon wing of the GOP – a campaign that still might destroy him, despite his capitulation to the War Party.” J.R.


    Those who refuse to look to motive are going to get blindsided “Bigly”.

    • janet April 12, 2017 at 4:47 pm #

      We are on the verge of nuclear war with North Korea/China and Justin Raimundo is on about his “libertarianism” and Syria? You are one news cycle behind, ozone. Try to keep up.

      • DA April 12, 2017 at 4:56 pm #

        janet! That was just rude! Do you talk to your girl friends like that? Ozone has PM caffeine crash and you wanna go and be a lil’ bee-atch!

        • janet April 12, 2017 at 5:26 pm #

          “Do you talk to your girl friends like that?” –DA

          No. I do not trust ozone and did not know he is addicted to caffein. Addictions are not good for survival.

          Post-collapse the most important quality will be trust. I am in a community, and others trust me, as we will all be sharing skills and looking out for each other.

          • DA April 13, 2017 at 7:46 am #

            Hey, whatever happened to Asoka? Have you seen him rattling around in your head?

    • DA April 12, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

      Do you get cranky in the late afternoon Ozone? Too much caffeine in the mornings can often lead to an afternoon crash.

      I believe I posted a very good link upstream which reiterates everything you said here, although you’re comments added a bit of pizzazz as well. Kudos are yours!

      Simply put: CIA and their merry band of black ops pranksters have manufactured war in the middle east since 9-11(which they manufactured too) to justify YUGE! military budgets and the associated kleptocracy they enable, along with a long list of other rather obvious benefits too long to go into here, and Trump came along and deemed himself important enough to upset all that. CIA said NO!, Mr Trump, you MAY NOT!, and then offered him compelling evidence for why that was not in his “best interests.” Trump got the message, returned safely to the fold (for now at least), and all is well in CIA world once more!

      THE END

      • ozone April 12, 2017 at 5:08 pm #

        I’d say you’ve distilled that down to what used to be known as the “brass tacks”.

        (…And no, my supposed crankiness is over-estimated by the minions; it only takes the fore when confronted with persistent lies, misdirection and obfuscation.)

        Q.: Does DA stand for “Disaster Accountant”? I think you’ve been toting them up pretty accurately. 😉

        • DA April 13, 2017 at 7:55 am #

          Thanks ‘Zone. Disaster Accountant? Yes, I think I like that name. I am an Accountant, and I certainly subscribe to the opinion that our public policies and so-called “leadership” are disasters.

          LOTS and LOTS of exceedingly well-researched material out there now that details EXACTLY what it is that’s happening to us too, unfortunately, informed Americans have to TUNE OUT the MSM and the janets/Asokas of the world and TUNE IN TO the relevant material. It’s certainly a journey, but one we all must take if we’re going to know the truth.

          Cheers! 🙂

  79. janet April 12, 2017 at 4:34 pm #

    The chilling thought of North Korea’s fully submersible submarines firing a nuclear ballistic missile isn’t as far-fetched as some might think. Pyongyang has made major advances in weapons in recent years and shown a willingness to use its submarines for offensive military actions. North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests, two of them last year, and is working to develop nuclear-tipped missiles that can reach the United States.

    North Korean state media warned on Tuesday of a nuclear attack on the United States at any sign of American aggression, as a U.S. Navy strike group steamed toward the western Pacific — a force U.S. President Donald Trump described as an “armada”.

    “We are sending an armada. Very powerful,” Trump told Fox Business Network. “We have submarines. Very powerful. Far more powerful than the aircraft carrier. That I can tell you.”

    Referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Trump said: “He is doing the wrong thing.” Asked if he thought Kim was mentally fit, Trump replied: “I don’t know. I don’t know him.”

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    • MrTibbs April 13, 2017 at 12:02 am #

      Perhaps President Trump should invite the portly Kim Jong-Un to Mar-a-lago for a nice dinner and festive after dinner entertainment??

      Why not enjoy the accoutrements of state privilege??


  80. DA April 12, 2017 at 5:30 pm #

    In the early 1990s, during the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the CIA transported hundreds of Mujahideen who were Saudi and other veterans of the 1980’s Afghanistan secret war against the Soviet Red Army. They were smuggled into Chechnya to disrupt the struggling new Russian Federation. They aimed particularly to sabotage the Russian oil pipeline running directly from Baku on the Caspian Sea into Russia. James Baker III and his friends in Anglo-American Big Oil had other plans. It was called the BTC pipeline, owned by a British-US oil consortium, running through Tbilisi into NATO-member Turkey, free of Russian territory.

    In 2014 after a bloody, failed attempt over three years to unseat Bashar al-Assad, the ISIS terrorist assaults in Syria and Iraq conveniently gave the US neoconservative war hawks the pretext for their proxy war against Russia, Iran, and China’s strategic Middle East ally Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The paranoid and obscenely rich Sunni rulers of Saudi Arabia and Qatar—aided by deluded Turkish President Erdogan with his delusions of restoring Turkey to its lost Ottoman glory—did the dirty work for Washington and Tel Aviv in Syria.

    On one level, the IS war was about oil, gas, and pipelines to control the vast oil riches of the region, as well as to deny Russia the South Stream gas route to a Europe independent of Ukraine. On a deeper level, the IS war was part of a larger global strategy to defeat the only effective resistance to the creation of a new 21st century universal fascism, a return to the dark times of the Middle Ages but on a world scale, “one world” that would be controlled by very rich Western families whose agenda was total control over the world and reduction of global population through eugenics, wars and terrorism.

    The Washington war against Syria and the US-created war in Ukraine were two fronts in what, in reality, was one war. It was a war against Russia and, at the same time, a war against China. Those two Eurasian powers, the key nations of the BRICS and of the Eurasian Shanghai Cooperation Organization, represented the center of gravity for the only effective counterweight to a new global fascist barbarism, a barbarism the Pentagon called Full Spectrum Dominance and the American oligarch David Rockefeller called his New World Order.

    Engdahl, F. William. The Lost Hegemon: Whom the gods would destroy (Kindle Locations 109-125). mine.Books. Kindle Edition.


  81. FincaInTheMountains April 12, 2017 at 5:34 pm #

    Yesterday I assumed that Putin would necessarily meet with Tillerson, but not to exchange reproaches with him, but to discuss issues that they can not discuss with Trump on the phone or whatever they use there to communicate.

    In the meantime, Trump uses the situation to dismiss the FBI director who was planning to arrest him a week ago and to jail Susan Rice for wiretapping/unmasking of the US President-elect.

    And all this confirms my most important belief that Russia now has a decisive military advantage, so far only in the field of nuclear weapons and all that we see and hear is the cancan on the brink of the abyss to divert attention from this truly fundamental fact that no one can do anything about.

    So do not worry – if something happen, we will die with music.

    In fact, the United States has lost the arms race, and the American people are already being prepared for the fact that the United States will lose the Cold War.


    And this is confirmed by reports about a new American miracle weapon, as they vaguely resemble announcements of the German miracle weapon, which in abundance were distributed in the spring of 1945.


    If they could make such weapons, the gauge invariance would have gone to the cemetery long ago. That’s just the point, that the mathematics describing the unified field theory, electric arc and processes on the wings of the shuttle at the entrance to the atmosphere are the same. And they can not solve these equations, and the numerical approximate solutions they receive on their computers have nothing to do with exact solutions, since they differ from them qualitatively.

    • FincaInTheMountains April 12, 2017 at 11:21 pm #


    • Buck Stud April 13, 2017 at 1:46 am #

      You’re a geek on this subject and no doubt a paid subscriber to Debka.

      Interesting post. I’m not quite sure what to make of Ritter’s article as he kept repeating some of his assertions in a propagandistic manner: Once would have been enough; give the reader some credit.

      Moreover, he utterly dismisses Sec of Defense Mattis by implying he’s ‘out of touch’ and that he needs to have a talk with ‘boots on the ground’. Personally I find this preposterous as Mattis is NOT inept or ill-informed.

      And of course, you completely dismiss/reject the possibility that the U.S. will actually succeed in rolling out a ‘devastating new weapon’.

      I’m sure that all will agree that this is all good news and good for the arms race biz.

      • FincaInTheMountains April 13, 2017 at 6:05 am #

        You’re a geek on this subject and no doubt a paid subscriber to Debka

        Haven’t looked at Debka for a very long time now.

        But I did graduate from the Ural State University in Yekaterinburg which has one of the best military-app math school in the country. The newest missiles are engineered by the firm Novator in Yekaterinburg, my mom used to date their CTO.

        And of course, you completely dismiss/reject the possibility that the U.S. will actually succeed in rolling out a ‘devastating new weapon’.

        No, I do not completely dismiss that possibility, but the railgun aint it.

    • DA April 13, 2017 at 7:43 am #

      As the saker pointed out recently, winning or losing the arms race is only important if both sides are sane and rationally comprehend the meaning of the power dynamics involved. Putin and Russia now recognize that whoever is in charge of the US, they are not sane, they are not rational actors, and indeed, they are certainly homicidal and appear to be suicidal as well! Power dynamic calculations are useless with such people, and the only effective “negotiating strategy” with them is one of refusal and/or avoidance. Unfortunately, when it comes to nuclear brinksmanship with such insane actors, the only viable strategy is one of non-provocative calm and deliberate assessment, followed by decisive and overwhelming preemption at the first sign of threatening behavior.

  82. malthuss April 12, 2017 at 8:38 pm #

    I spoke to a gal in Deming, New Mexico.

    She relates a sorry tale of a $300,000 car stopping and a few women and small girls exiting it, in Burkas.

    In Los Cruces, NM as well.

    Deming is a border town.

    • janet April 12, 2017 at 10:10 pm #

      This is a great country. First amendment gives them the free exercise of religion. Wearing a head covering in an expensive car is not illegal.

      Second amendment gives them the right to be armed within the $300,000 car, but I bet they weren’t. Islam is a religion of peace. Still there are a lot of fearful people who think all Muslims are a danger or don’t belong here, so for self defense…

      This was not a multicultural place, until the first ships arrived from Europe with white folks who brought their strange and violent ways.

      • onehunglo April 13, 2017 at 12:35 am #

        …and you forget to mention Bill of Rights, Constitution, and opportunity for ignorant and ill-informed, such as you self, to seek greater opportunity than otherwise you would have had.

        that ok.

        let not you heart be troubled.

        may God be with you.


      • DA April 13, 2017 at 8:02 am #


        How much are you paid to be an internet shill? Does it allow you to live well, or just get by? I’m assuming they provide you with an online library of propaganda so you can just cut and paste on the fly? Why not just post the link and spare yourself the trouble? But they really should consider upgrading it first. It’s a bit cliched.

        • malthuss April 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm #

          Janet is ‘Ms. Cut n Paste.’

  83. elysianfield April 12, 2017 at 9:50 pm #

    The BBC this PM reported that Charlie Murphy, older brother of Eddie Murphy, died of Leukemia earlier today. He was 57.

    Buck Nasty, RIP

    • MrTibbs April 12, 2017 at 11:44 pm #

      No doubt he took his yearly flu inoculation.


      • onehunglo April 13, 2017 at 12:41 am #

        yes….and tragedy of it all he have choice of inoculation.

        in red China, no choice.

        inoculation mandatory, ask no question.

        why you think so many seek to leave for America??

        only ignorant schoolgirl janet believe China better…..must be new form of public education propaganda.

        maybe janet like to try life in red China??

        oh, onehunglo forget…janet would have suffered early infant death under red China infanticide poilicy.

        that ok.

        let not you heart be troubled.

        may God be with you.


  84. Walter B April 12, 2017 at 11:41 pm #

    Holy shite, there are some angry people here, but I suppose as the Race of the Rats nears it ugly end, it is pretty much the only way to end the whole sordid affair. I have lived my entire life of many decades under the shadow of the wondrous gift of splitting atoms both for war and simply for fun and I have to say that it was a mighty dark shadow cast by the cloud of nuclear doom. Anyone who was simple enough, or more correctly, stupid enough to believe the line of shit we were all fed that the bigger the pile of these weapons of mass destruction we could amass, the better chance we all had of avoiding a Big Bang, well they certainly will reap what they sowed and rightly so.

    We do not have a lot of time left here in this panoply of earthly delights my fellow humans. I suggest that you all spend as much of your busy lives as you can figuring out the answer to the BIG question, “Why we are here” and do your damnest to evolve ASAP. Time is short, really short.

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    • MrTibbs April 12, 2017 at 11:49 pm #

      ….as Galt says:

      whatever shall we do??
      1. Obey God’s commandments.
      2. Have a good story to tell.
      3. Take someone along and enjoy the ride.
      4. Ask God for help.
      5. Ask not for whom the bell tolls.

      Don’t believe in a Creator??
      …then enjoy existence to the end.


    • Buck Stud April 13, 2017 at 1:49 am #

      Let me guess: you were subjugated to “duck and cover” drills under some elementary school desk during your youth?

      • Walter B April 13, 2017 at 10:43 am #

        I do not recall, but I did serve in the US military and trained in the details of nuclear war and how to do it. In civilian life I worked with nuclear pharmaceuticals and for my buck, we are all in serious trouble from this shite, if not right now, then soon. Yes ignorance IS bliss, but it is too late for me.

  85. janet April 13, 2017 at 12:32 am #

    “spend as much of your busy lives as you can figuring out the answer to the BIG question, “Why we are here” and do your damnest to evolve ASAP. Time is short, really short.” –WalterB

    Answers to that question are varied and usually lead to dogmas and religious bullshit. There is no answer to that question.

    Nobody knows. There is no way to know it, and there is no need to know it. This constant questioning – why am I here? why am I doing this? – this constant hankering for the why is a disease of the mind. No answer is going to satisfy you, because the why can be asked again. If I say something, “You are here because of this…” the why will be pushed back a little, that’s all. You will again ask why. The why is nonending.

    Once you understand it, you drop it. The why is ridiculous. Rather than asking, Why am I here? it is better to use the opportunity, it is better to flower, it is better to exist authentically. And this is the beauty of it, that once you start existing authentically, truly, once you stop all nonsense thinking and you start delighting in life, once you are no longer a philosopher, the why is answered. But it is not answered by anyone from the outside, it is answered by your own life energy.

    • Walter B April 13, 2017 at 10:41 am #

      You are a very sad and angry person Janet with far too much to say. Lead by example not by command, it is far more effective. Those who find fault in everything are full of fault themselves. Be better than that, please.

      • Elrond Hubbard April 13, 2017 at 11:02 am #

        I agree (to a certain extent) with janet. Along certain lines of inquiry, asking why can be amazingly productive and provide great insights, but why has limits.

        If you keep asking why long enough, sooner or later you end up asking, why is there something rather than nothing? Why does the universe go to the trouble of existing? That question doesn’t have an answer, other than the rejoinder: What else were you expecting?

        We’re both blessed and cursed because there will always be questions we want to know the answers to. We need to be prepared to exercise negative capability: “that is, when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason”.

        • Walter B April 13, 2017 at 12:18 pm #

          I have little doubt that there are many who can not only NOT ask the question much less answer the question but in such cases where a human cannot come up with a reason to be here then why do they bother staying? It is hard for me to conceive that such a simple and seemingly non-offensive statement could be argued for sport, but then there are those that will argue ANY statement made by anyone other than themselves. Perhaps it is a syndrome of something or the sort, do you think?

  86. Buck Stud April 13, 2017 at 1:56 am #

    The good news is a nuclear holocaust will solve the student debt/health care crisis in a hurry.

    And the elite survivors whom many on this site claim are seeking to ‘cull the herd’ …well who will be their consumers?

    And by the way, if only the rich and elite survive in their underground bunkers, what good is a billion when your neighbors also have billions?

    Well it’s all too much for my brain to ponder; I’m sure “the Jews” have it all figured out though.

    • FincaInTheMountains April 13, 2017 at 5:44 am #

      Losing a Cold War does not mean a nuclear holocaust, on the contrary Russia would prefer some reparations and, more importantly, cooperation.

      • Walter B April 13, 2017 at 5:49 pm #

        The real danger FTM is not that something leads to a nuclear war, but that there are those who serve at the highest of ranks that have argued and pleaded well thought out plans to voluntarily engage in large scale Fist Strike nuclear attack against foreign enemy nations. I have known and worked with and for a number of them in my day. So far, none at the top have allowed themselves to be convinced, coerced, or connived into going for it, but with the lack of caliber in those who have been ascending the US Throne in recent decades, I wouldn’t be caught holding my breath that it won’t happen someday, and sooner rather than later.

        Generally speaking when a Bad Guy is handed a weapon he puts it to use rather than soring it in the closet for safekeeping. The severe lack of quality in EVERYONE holding high office lately has those of us who know them for what they all are sleeping poorly rather than well. You shall see, be patient. It will not take long. I’d say that the time it takes up to go from here to 2033 will be very, very interesting indeed.

    • malthuss April 13, 2017 at 10:45 am #

      Buck, Buck, Dear Artist in residence here;

      Robotics will make us useless eaters [actually with China getting Most Favored Status, we already are useless to ‘Them., the very rich’]

      Are you aware of the Georgia Guidestones?
      The CFR depopulation statements?
      Prophetic covers of ‘The Economist?’

      The 1/10th of 1%, the Trillionaires and their lessers [billionaires]
      dont need us.
      Sure, Bezos needs buyers, but THINGS ARE CHANGING FAST.

      Your thoughts?

  87. Pucker April 13, 2017 at 2:32 am #

    “Another experiment proved that professional staffs in psychiatric hospitals could not tell the sane from the insane.”

    “A Random Walk Down Wall Street”, Burton Malkiel, p. 164.

    Does the above statement mean (a) that there is no difference between the “Sane” and the “Insane”; (b) everyone is both “Sane” and “Insane” at the same time; (c) the “professional staffs” don’t know “Shit” from “Shine”; or (d) all of the above?

  88. janet April 13, 2017 at 4:29 am #

    Trump Reverses Himself On 6 Major Issues In 2 Days
    From currency manipulation to NATO to Syria, Trump is “flexible.”


    We would have been better off with Hillary Rodham Clinton. Trump is moving to Hillary’s positions, but Trump doesn’t know how to execute.

    • DA April 13, 2017 at 8:04 am #

      Nowhere to go but up! I want to see 12 major issues in ONE day, with one of the issues being the decision to prosecute HRC!

  89. janet April 13, 2017 at 4:36 am #

    This is not what Finca promised us:

    In an interview today, Russian President Vladimir Putin reported that the level of trust with the United States on a day-to-day, working basis began getting worse after Trump took office.

    Finca said Trump was going to improve Russians relations. With Hillary Rodham Clinton we would have better Russian relations than we do with Trump.

    Trump is unpredictable, impulsive, childlike, unstable, etc.

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    • DA April 13, 2017 at 7:29 am #

      Woiulda, coulda, shoulda. Still beating the HRC drum, eh? You’re getting a bit tiring now “janet.”

  90. FincaInTheMountains April 13, 2017 at 5:36 am #

    Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations chastised the British Envoy: Look at me, Do Not Hide your Eyes!

    Russia’s deputy permanent representative to the UN, Vladimir Safronkov, demanded that British representative Matthew Rycroft stop insulting Russia. A harsh statement to the British followed after he said that Russia abused the right of veto and allegedly supports the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

    You are scared, lost your sleep that we will cooperate with the United States. You are afraid of this. Everything is done to ensure that this cooperation would be undermined…

    Look at me, do not you hide your eyes, why are you hiding your eyes away?


    It must be noted that Safronkov, speaking in Russian, was using a familiar version of the word “you”, not a polite version, which is absolutely required by the etiquette.

    • thwack April 13, 2017 at 7:44 am #

      The chemical weapons event in Syria was either a false flag, or like the Apollo moon landings, entirely faked.


      Because chemical weapons are a weapon of last resort employed by the losing side to stave off defeat. Assad has been winning, since at least as far back as the fall of Aleppo. So although I don’t know what really happened, Im calling it a frame up job on Assad by the usual suspects.

      Think back to the Iran Iraq war. Saddam invaded Iran and made some gains; but then the Iranians got their act together, pushed him out, and took the offensive, tearing Saddam a new asshole in the process.

      Only the deployment and use of chemical weapons saved Saddam from defeat.

      Chemical weapons are not and have never been an offensive weapon because soldiers are reluctant to take territory that has been “salted” with toxic chemicals.

      Just sayin

      • FincaInTheMountains April 13, 2017 at 8:18 am #

        Remember that killed Syrian General? (almost the single victim of that ‘brutal’ Tomahawk attack)

        Getting my facts together, writing a post – stay tuned…

        • thwack April 13, 2017 at 11:35 am #

          that was a janitor; fake nooz converted him into a general.

  91. dolph9 April 13, 2017 at 5:45 am #

    Let me make a true statement.

    A group of powerful Jews, their idiot Christian servants in tow, and specially placed magical negros runs America.

    Who is left behind? Anybody of whatever race who sees through all of this BS.

    • FincaInTheMountains April 13, 2017 at 6:10 am #

      Pls do not overestimate the power of the Jews. We also require our asses to be saved from time to time!

      • thwack April 13, 2017 at 7:45 am #

        Thats because Jews also often overestimate the power of Jews.

        Just sayin

  92. FincaInTheMountains April 13, 2017 at 6:51 am #

    American Media understanding of the Kremlin logic:


  93. FincaInTheMountains April 13, 2017 at 8:26 am #

    Nowhere to go but up! I want to see 12 major issues in ONE day, with one of the issues being the decision to prosecute HRC! == DA

    I think HRC is out of human jurisdiction now. Her fate is in the hands of the Highest Court of the Universe, as will be ours, eventually.

  94. FincaInTheMountains April 13, 2017 at 10:01 am #

    What helped Trump to escape impeachment

    75 days from the first 100 of Donald Trump’s presidency have passed away, and together with them a fog of euphoria, related not so much to his presence in the White House, as to the absence of Hillary Clinton there.

    Euphoria is a dangerous feeling.

    And when the disappointment came, many Trump supporters fell into the opposite extreme, as the main result of these 75 days was the realization of Hillary’s resolve to change the results of the elections and to tear all the traditions of American political culture and then blame political dislocation on her political opponents.

    In the United States until recently there was a gentlemen’s tradition – the first hundred days to refrain from tough criticism of the newly elected President, letting him to get on the course. And in this tradition there was a certain spirit of bipartisan cooperation necessary for governing the country. But, as you know, witches love to break gentlemen’s agreements, like all other reasons for the gentleman’s lifestyle.

    And this time the first half of the Trump’s hundred days was marked by the frenzied persecution of the newly elected President of the United States and quite serious attempts to accuse him in High Treason with further impeachment.

    And the second half of this period began with attempts to remove him from power without any impeachment. So, a week ago, on April 5, 2017, on one of the main Clinton channel PBS, a former employee of the Obama’s Justice Department, John Carlin, in accurate but unambiguous terms, told the amazed public that professional investigators of the FBI’s national security department are ready to use special protocols, allowing to arrest the President who cooperates with the enemies of the United States.


    The day before, Al Jazeera reported a gas attack on the city of Khan Sheikhoun in the Syrian province of Idlib, controlled by the anti-Assad opposition. It showed the heartbreaking video of the dying children who were the victims of this attack, and given that almost simultaneously with the speech of John Carlin, the chief anti-Clinton strategist in the Trump administration, Steve Bannon, was removed from the National Security Council (the main coordinating body between numerous intelligence agencies and the US Army), it all looked as if this chemical attack was deliberately planned for the Hillary Clinton coup d’etat 2.0.

    However, if we take into account the corporate style of the former Secretary of State, the word “if” is completely superfluous. She showed it first in Serbia, where as an all-powerful First Lady she bravely ran under the sniper fire, having met with the commander of NATO forces in Europe, who then ordered the attack on the Russian troops in the Pristina airport. And then she demonstrated this highly recognizable style during the “Arab Spring” in Egypt, Libya, Iraq and Syria, and each time the Islamists plunged these countries into a bloody chaos in the name of saving children and freedom fighters killed by the bloody tyrants they had a misfortune to elect as their Presidents against the will of Hillary Clinton.


    And the next day after the speech of John Carlin, it seemed that the US would also share their fate.

    In any case, after investigating the relationship between Trump’s election campaign and Russia, the head of the intelligence committee of the Congress, Republican Davin Nunes, whom the head of the democratic part of this committee, Congressman Schiff, accused of criminal cooperation with the US President, little doubt remained in America, that the “Deep State” led by Hillary Clinton won.

    No one doubted that the “terrible” Putin, who had just dispersed the demonstration of schoolchildren led by Navalny, and his puppet Donald Trump would pay dearly for their love for the “bloody tyrant” Assad.

    In particular, Alex Jones, the commentator and owner of the Infowars channel, who supported Donald Trump from the very beginning of his campaign and contributed much to his election, began calling up the Militia and encouraging them with stories about the connection between the head of the European Commission Juncker and the Nazi Germany Junkers planes that bombed the cities of Europe and the USSR in the 1940s.

    And behind Alex Jones, whose ancestors really sailed to New World on the Mayflower, are the notorious WASPs, until recently defining US policy and bearing full responsibility not only for failures, but also for the achievements of this great country.

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  95. malthuss April 13, 2017 at 10:39 am #


    I’d say good luck with that. But it ain’t gonna happen.
    Really? Never underestimate people.

    When you flubbed ‘your’ it was unconscious. You probably were ‘typing’ fast.

  96. malthuss April 13, 2017 at 10:47 am #

    2 judges have been murdered.
    One in Chicago, and a muslim female in NYC.

  97. Elrond Hubbard April 13, 2017 at 10:48 am #

    Babies show racial bias at nine months, U of T study suggests

    Two new U of T studies suggest racial bias can develop in babies before they’ve even started walking


    Two new University of Toronto studies suggest racial bias can develop in babies at an early age — before they’ve even started walking.

    Led by the school’s Ontario Institute of Child Study professor Kang Lee, in partnership with researchers from the U.S., U.K., France, and China, the studies examined how infants react to individuals of their own race, compared to individuals of another race.

    “The goal of the study was to find out at which age infants begin to show racial bias,” Lee said. “With existing studies, the evidence shows that kids show bias around 3 or 4 years of age. We wanted to look younger.”

    The first study looked at 193 Chinese infants from three to ninth months, recruited from a hospital in China, who hadn’t had direct contact with people of other races. The babies were then shown videos of six Asian women and six African women, paired with either happy or sad music.

    The study found that infants from three to six months old didn’t associate sad or happy music with people of the same race or of other races, which indicates they “are not biologically predisposed to associate own- and other-race faces with music of different emotional valence.”

    However, at around nine months old, the reactions were different.

    According to the study, nine-month-old babies looked at their own-race faces paired with happy music for a longer period of time, as well as other-race faces paired with sad music. Lee says this supports the hypothesis that infants associate people of the same race with happy music, and other races with sad music.

    • thwack April 13, 2017 at 11:33 am #

      The study found that infants from three to six months old didn’t associate sad or happy music with people of the same race or of other races, which indicates they “are not biologically predisposed to associate own- and other-race faces with music of different emotional valence.”



      which tits do they prefer?

    • Janos Skorenzy April 13, 2017 at 1:58 pm #

      Why yes, Ron. And Black babies are more afraid of Black faces than White faces. They know. And Kenneth Clark fudged his own results: Black children who go to school with Whites will pick the White doll even more than Black children not exposed to Whites. White dolls are prettier, just as White people are.

      Blacks sometimes stomp Whites and then don’t get through their pockets. Likewise, South African Blacks sometimes assault, rape, and kill White farmers without robbing them. In other words, it’s political. They’re trying to drive them out. Decades ago, Blacks drove the Jews and other Whites out of Roxbury, a part of Boston. One young Rabbi got acid thrown in his face. Terrorism. And John Lee Malvo wasn’t just a random shooter, but a Jihadi. Muslim Terrorism.

      • malthuss April 13, 2017 at 2:09 pm #

        Okay, I went to HuffPo to read an anti White article.
        At the bottom [I was iso comments] I found another outrageous


        Notice the almost sexual embrace of the Blonde and her nog man.
        I like the term in title, ‘Black people’ not men, people.

        THIS IS WHAT i WAS ISO—-(((Shelley Garland))) writes that it’s time we ban White men from voting.


        • BackRowHeckler April 13, 2017 at 8:31 pm #

          Hey Malt I think she was talking about SAfrica where white men should not be allowed to vote. It wasn’t clear.

          I didn’t really detect any tongue in cheek in that article. She meant it.

          At any rate, the white population in SAfrica is down to about 15%. The infrastructure is falling apart, what with no investment or white engineers to keep the place going.

          Look for a bloodbath within 2 or 3 years when radicalized members of the ANC alongside their Marxist allies endeavor to wipe out the few remaining Boer that are still in country. Hopefully Trump will still be president, and along with Putin can airlift the survivors out — if there are any — to safety in Russia and the USA.


  98. DA April 13, 2017 at 10:57 am #

    Even FOX News gets it:


    Trump is officially in bed with the globalist crowd now. I only wonder what took him so long. Back to BAU now. Too bad for the Hillarites, though. (Sorry “janet!”) Their champion no longer has a cause. Trump just usurped it.

  99. FincaInTheMountains April 13, 2017 at 11:14 am #

    The Chemistry of War

    The American people, who elected Donald Trump as President of the United States instead of Hillary Clinton, were offered either to relax and bend over or to shed their blood on the battlefields of the Second Civil War.

    But the next day, 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles, manufactured in 2015, at the cost of one and a half million dollars each, destroyed the caponiers and a number of Syrian MiG-23 built in 1980 at the Al-Shayrat airbase, from which, according to Trump, flew the planes that dropped sarin gas bombs on the city of Khan Sheikhoun.

    Of course the assumption that there was sarin in these bombs does not stand up to criticism and, to put it mildly, does not correspond to the video in which the “White Helmets” of al-Nusra, who decided to quit cannibalism, and save victims of sarin attack in sandals on bare feet and without even wearing gloves.

    But the initial version of the Russian media about bombed chlorine in the weapons store of al-Nusra, to put it mildly, does not correspond to the intensive bombing of the same Khan Sheikhoun by planes taking off from the runways of the same air base Al-Shayrat the day after the attack of “Tomahawks”.

    And the US Senator Lindsey Graham did immediately say that these bombings are an outspoken “f* you”, from Assad to Trump, but most importantly not that, but that if Russia and Syria had any reason to believe, that repeated bombing can again destroy containers containing chlorine, these bombings simply would not have happened.

    The fact is that President Assad, who successfully defeats the so-called insurgents with conventional weapons, has no reason to use chemical weapons against them.

    But it is completely impossible to exclude the fact that one of the Syrian generals ordered for a very large amount of money to load the plane with chemical bombs and drop them on the unfortunate Khan Sheikhoun. Moreover, this is in a remarkable way consistent with the corporate style of Hillary Clinton, which was mentioned above, and the campaign for the removal and arrest of Donald Trump, that entered the final stage on the eve of the bombing.

    But throwing of the newest Tomahawks into the almost empty air base of Al-Shayrat radically changed the situation. Putin’s “Puppet” Donald Trump instantly turned into a hero of the Free World, endowed with almost dictatorial powers, and if he is on this wave to implement Obama’s plan and convince Congress to officially declare war on the “Islamic state” then the word “almost” in the previous sentence can be discarded.

    And then those who just threatened him with arrest would have to remember “Trading with the Enemy Act” – a law that sent to prison for trade with Hitler Germany during World War II Prescott Bush, the father and grandfather of the 43rd and 44th US Presidents.

    And the satisfied face of Tillerson who flew to Moscow after the G7 foreign ministers refused his plans to present Moscow with an ultimatum on their behalf, somehow suggests that the bombing of the Syrian airbase by the newest Tomahawks was actually a bucket of water, poured on Bastinda, the Great and Terrible.

    And the fact that Russia was warned about this bombing in advance and 36 out of 59 “Tomahawks” disappeared in the desert, as if hinting that their disappearance was a demonstration in advance to the flying monkeys of Russian counter-electronic warfare system “Rubella” – a disease that they can catch in circumstances, significantly more serious, when Tomahawk would be flying with a nuclear warheads. Without such a demonstration, it’s very hard o convince, and it’s very good that it has gone through in such a relatively bloodless way.

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  100. FincaInTheMountains April 13, 2017 at 11:50 am #

    The only thing that casts doubt on the results of the above analysis is that the bombing of the Syrian air base is clearly not in line with the Donald Trump style – the way he turned the chessboard with the lost game around when his opponent was about to declare him a checkmate.

    But this inverted chessboard is very similar to the sudden appearance of polite people in the Crimea 3 years ago. And in this regard, it is difficult not to remember that the bombing of the Syrian air base cost US $100 million, leading to the death of six people, which in turn resembles the return of Sevastopol to Russia, which resulted in the death of only two people. Of course, their death is also terrible, like any death in the war.

    In these circumstances, it is difficult to expect that smiling Tillerson and Lavrov will announce joint actions against ISIS, but the more gloomy their faces will be after the end of the negotiations, the stronger is my confidence that someone who does not consider successful operation, if it led to the death of many people, still took part in it.

    Moreover, there are very good reasons to believe that this mysterious someone will be able to convince Kim Jong-un to slow down his missile and nuclear programs after China fails to do so.

  101. janet April 13, 2017 at 11:57 am #

    “Too bad for the Hillarites, though. (Sorry “janet!”)” –DA

    Don’t feel bad for Hillary, DA. She has a depth of spiritual strength that sustains her, developed from her work with Henri Nouwen of Yale University. Who was Trump’s spiritual mentor?


    • DA April 13, 2017 at 12:02 pm #

      asoka says what? Hillary has no soul. She’s pure, condensed evil.

  102. volodya April 13, 2017 at 11:57 am #

    DA, there was no question in my mind that Trump wouldn’t/couldn’t ever deliver the nationalist positions that he espoused on the campaign trail. Even if he was serious about his agenda and even if it wasn’t all bullshit and blather to get elected, too much of it was in direct opposition to Elite Consensus. Everything he blurted out, whether it was about building a wall or re-industrializing the US, was in stark opposition to entrenched monetary interests.

    No doubt he has a superabundance of self-belief having taken on and beaten BOTH national parties. But this self-belief has to have been severely tested especially since inauguration day with emissaries of the ruling consensus in the Oval Office telling him the Facts of Life. It’s one thing to win a vote, it’s quite another to enact an agenda when all the governing institutions of the country, elected and non-elected and official and non-official alike, are implacably opposed.

    And there’d be no mistaking the efforts to stymie him on his campaign run and especially since he won the vote. Trump would know this, he’d know that to survive a full term in office, with cranium intact, itself would be an achievement. Were Trump and his boys spied on? Of course they were, we just had another confirmation lately with the Carter Page revelations.

    I know, the FBI “investigated” Hillary too and this tells us they’re a non-political organization, clean as a hound’s tooth, operating above the fray. And if anyone really believes that, then I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell them. What Comey presided over was a ludicrously transparent whitewash of all Hillary’s cretinous and illegal and criminally negligent actions while Secretary of State.

    What Comey is doing now is nothing like an impartial investigation. It’s part of a widespread effort to undermine Trump’s legitimacy. The “investigations” will never end, neither will the accusations, nor the dark mutterings of Russian-Republican collusion and there will be perpetual leaks with no effort to stop the them never mind prosecute the leakers, all in the hope that even if they can’t get him and his boys on criminal charges, his presidency will collapse in a heap with Trump ignominiously abandoning his post.

    The question of course will be what happens when Trump doesn’t or can’t deliver on his promises. What will a betrayed and embittered American polity – those much despised “deplorables” – cough up next?

    • DA April 13, 2017 at 12:04 pm #

      I was doubtful as well vol, but unfortunately he was the only alternative.

      The question of course will be what happens when Trump doesn’t or can’t deliver on his promises. What will a betrayed and embittered American polity – those much despised “deplorables” – cough up next?

      You are exactly correct. What’s next?

      • volodya April 13, 2017 at 12:08 pm #

        “She’s pure condensed evil” that emits a stink of corruption like bag of week-old garbage that’s been pissed in.

    • DA April 13, 2017 at 12:09 pm #

      I suspect the investigations will be miraculously resolved now that Trump is back on board with the program. He’s been duly chastened by the experience (possibly with some top secret JFK, RFK, and MLK autopsy photos for parting gifts), so he’s little more than a puppet now.

    • Janos Skorenzy April 13, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

      Yes, everything is back to normal. The Democrats have a President they can hate, even though Hillary would be doing much the same. And mindless Republicans are thrilled with Bush 3. For the fringes, nothing. Bernie folk and White volk are out in the cold. That the fringe may now outnumber the centre bodes ill for it perhaps. But perhaps not. Trump’s capitulation has shown just how strong their hand is.

      What’s next? We need a General Flynn type to launch a coup. Trump was the last chance for peaceful change.

      • Janos Skorenzy April 13, 2017 at 2:38 pm #

        In the short term, we’re going to become a Peace Movement. Richard Spencer lead a small peace demonstration in front of the White House. They were attacked by Leftists.

      • DA April 13, 2017 at 5:23 pm #

        Bernie was always a pretender anyway. The Network would have (and did) shut down that tired old man SO QUICKLY!

        Agree on Trump being the last chance. I think Civil War will come next, but no telling how long it will take to get to that point. Could be months, could be years. Flynn knew the CIA’s secrets and they knew that he knew and that he wanted to rein them in. CIA doesn’t LIKE or WANT to be reined in! See JFK and RFK.

  103. janet April 13, 2017 at 12:10 pm #

    Hey, whatever happened to Asoka? Have you seen him rattling around in your head? –DA

    I researched Asoka in the CFN archives. Some things I liked about his (or her) posts, some things I did not like. People seem to need a punching bag and Asoka served as that for some.


    1. punching bag, victim

    usage: a person on whom another person vents their anger

    • DA April 13, 2017 at 12:31 pm #

      Clever, as always.

  104. volodya April 13, 2017 at 12:13 pm #

    Yep, the prospect of a Hillary administration was intolerable and unthinkable as the continuation of an unworkable status quo. With Trump there was a chance, however small.

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    • janet April 13, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

      unworkable? You mean like 72 consecutive months of positive job growth? Hillary was ready to increase job growth, increase social security benefits, fix obamacare, etc.

      what we have now is unworkable, traitorous, and impeachable.

  105. janet April 13, 2017 at 12:17 pm #

    What will a betrayed and embittered American polity – those much despised “deplorables” – cough up next? –volodya

    Trump as phlegm? Harsh. But don’t expect a lot from the deplorables. They are easily manipulated by shiny objects and are easily manipulated into risking their lives in imperialistic wars to support the multinational capitalist corporations.

    Sir! Yes, Sir! The deplorables obey orders.

    Thinking? Challenging military authority? Not so much.

    • janet April 13, 2017 at 12:22 pm #

      Lest we forget. One of my own. Semper Fi!


      General Smedley Butler’s frank book shows how American war efforts were animated by big-business interests. This extraordinary argument against war by an unexpected proponent is relevant now more than ever.

      Originally printed in 1935, War Is a Racket is General Smedley Butler’s frank speech describing his role as a soldier as nothing more than serving as a puppet for big-business interests. In addition to photos from the notorious 1932 anti-war book The Horror of It by Frederick A. Barber, this book includes two never-before-published anti-interventionist essays by General Butler. The introduction discusses why General Butler went against the corporate war machine and how he exposed a fascist coup d’etat plot against President Franklin Roosevelt. Widely appreciated and referenced by left- and right-wingers alike, this is an extraordinary argument against war – more relevant now than ever.

      • DA April 13, 2017 at 9:22 pm #


        Smedley was indeed a “farmer-politician” unique to his times, whose observations were, unfortunately for us, uncomfortably applicable to our times as well. But good luck with selling his ideas these days as in any way “prescient,” never mind “prescriptive.” That ship has long since sailed, I’m afraid.

  106. volodya April 13, 2017 at 12:24 pm #

    Yep, those autopsy photos would have a persuasive power all their own. Trump isn’t about higher callings or idealistic causes. Trump is about Trump, he’s about applause and self-aggrandizement. If he was serious about his agenda, bullets are what he’d have to risk. Do you think he has it in him? I don’t think so. The Deep State, or whatever version of it carried out those rub-outs OTOH, most abundantly showed their ruthlessness. Do you think they’ve changed? I doubt it. Things change, but cultures often have a stubbornness and staying power. Trump would have to take a chance that leopards change their spots. I suppose that maybe in an alternative reality they do, but not in this one.

    • janet April 13, 2017 at 12:29 pm #

      “Trump is about Trump, he’s about applause and self-aggrandizement.” –volodya

      Trump is a sick man. As are the deplorables who voted for him. Have some mercy, volodya.

      • DA April 13, 2017 at 12:32 pm #

        Trump is indicative of our entire society, but mostly the rich part. Rotten to the core.

  107. DA April 13, 2017 at 12:30 pm #

    From the saker today (for some reason his links won’t post). I might add, for some reason the saker chooses not to believe that the entire US foreign policy is an organized scheme concocted by the globalists, so he somewhat naively still believes that any “reconciliation” to actually “defeat” Daesh was even possible. The well informed of course already know that virtually ALL “Islamic terror” groups are just thinly disguised CIA/Mossad funded front groups for Global Capitalism Inc. and that they have NO INTENTION whatsoever in permanently defeating their own well-funded front groups. But he gets most of the rest of the analysis exactly right as far as ascribing motivations and describing effects, dangers, etc. :

    I often get the feeling that the Americans, knowing full well how wrong they are, often deliberately paint themselves into a corner just to be in a way “protected from reality” by being stuck; in a way, that makes them almost immune to fact-based and logical arguments. Whatever may be the case, Russia and the USA will not work together in Syria. And that means that the entire idea of the USA defeating Daesh is dead in the water forever.

    Russia and Iran might help the Syrians push Daesh out of most of Syria, but even that will not ‘defeat’ Daesh in a meaningful way. Furthermore, I have come to the conclusion that Israel has played a key role in the coup against Trump and that Israel will now do everything in its power to keep Daesh fighting for as long as possible (more about that in my next analysis next week). Daesh could most definitely be crushed by a joint US-Russian effort. Now, thanks to Trump Daesh, has a brand new lease on life. Well done, Donald!

    So here is what is happening: the Trump policy, if you want to call it that, towards the war in Syria was delivered stillborn. The Americans themselves killed it with their fantastically stupid aggression against Syria and the “sarin gas” fairly tale they used as a pretext. Trump has been completely neutered, his “Mad Dog” will bark a lot but get nothing done, as for McMaster – he can go right back on writing more of the kind of strategy documents which got the US Army defeated pretty much everywhere.

    That is option one.

    Option two is infinitely worse: the crazies keep on doubling-down and we have WWIII. I prefer option one. This is why I think that the Tillerson to Moscow is a success: it moves the planet just a little closer to option one and a little further way from option two.

    At this point in time, this is all we can still hope for: that the spineless imbeciles who run the USA today do not trigger WWIII. If they somehow manage NOT to trigger WWIII in the next four years, we will still owe them an immense debt of gratitude for that (even if we despise for everything else they will no doubt do next).

    One more thing: make no mistake – the situation today is far more dangerous than the Cuban missile crisis.

    • Buck Stud April 13, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

      “The well informed of course already know that virtually ALL “Islamic terror” groups are just thinly disguised CIA/Mossad funded front groups for Global Capitalism Inc. and that they have NO INTENTION whatsoever in permanently defeating their own well-funded front groups.”

      I’m not trying to get testy or disagreeable with you but your “well informed” statement raises my eyebrows.

      How does one conclude that certain information is legitimate or not? Or does “well informed” only confirm a preconceived bias?

      Sorry, but I just don’t put much stock in that type of ‘witness leading’:

      “Of course,all smart/well informed people know blah,blah,blah”.

      Make your case with facts and citations or at least point us in a direction where one could become “well informed” and just like you, have no doubt left in their mind that “that virtually ALL “Islamic terror” groups are just thinly disguised CIA/Mossad funded front groups for Global Capitalism Inc.”

      But for now, I say I’m reading HYPERBOLE.

      • Janos Skorenzy April 13, 2017 at 3:31 pm #

        Hillary looks like Jon Bon Jovi now – whom you’ve always loved. Coincidence? Want to know more?


        Or perhaps you already do….

        • DA April 13, 2017 at 5:03 pm #

          Don’t let Bon Jovi get wind of that! He might want him a whole lotta janos for that remark.

        • Buck Stud April 14, 2017 at 2:14 am #

          I’m not sure I even recognize Bon Jovi and I could not name one of his songs. is he just a singer or does he also play an instrument?

          Do you remember who lost the World Series eight years ago? Neither do I: Hillary Who?

      • DA April 13, 2017 at 3:46 pm #

        Just like anything else. Multiple sources and by testing their assertions against the evidence. You’re of course free to interpret it as you wish. Although it’s ironic you use the word HYPERBOLE to contrast it to the official party line you’re getting from the MSM.

      • DA April 13, 2017 at 4:36 pm #

        OK Buck, let’s start out with some preliminary sources for some history and deep background. You’ll have to be ready to invest several months to the endeavor, but “if you’ve got the time, they’ve got the beer,” to borrow a popular advertising jingle. So here we go, let’s start with two relatively newer tomes so you won’t lose interest.

        The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government by David Talbot. Fascinating book!

        Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years by Russ Baker. Another riveting, often funny, page turner. Want to know the REAL story of Watergate and the JFK assassination? This one’s got it.

        The Protocols: of the Learned Elders of Zion -The Great in the Small & Antichrist by Sergei Nilus. Don’t scoff and don’t laugh. Just READ the book. It’s a quick read and it’s FREE on Kindle!

        The Lost Hegemon: Whom the gods would destroy by F. William Engdahl. I’m reading this one now.

        Tragedy and Hope 101: The Illusion of Justice, Freedom, and Democracy by Joseph Plummer. Takes off on the Protocols’ themes, but in no way references or borrows from it.

        The Power Elite by C. Wright Mills. Probably the greatest US social critic you’ve never heard of. The CIA GREATLY FEARED this man and likely would have had him neutralized, had he not died of a heart attack at 45 in 1962. He is generally credited for being the primary voice that kindled the 60’s social movements.

        The Making of a Radical: A Political Autobiography by Scott Nearing. Want to know the ROOTS of all our current dissension written from an American perspective at the same time as The Protocols? Nearing WALKED THE FUCKING WALK!

        Finks: How the C.I.A. Tricked the World’s Best Writers by Joel Whitney. Next on my read list.

        Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety by Eric Schlosser. GREAT book. Reinforced my own USAF experiences.

        The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey by Ernesto “Che” Gueverra. Get ANOTHER take on what YOUR US government has been up to from a Latin American perspective. Before the CIA murdered him at least.

        The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins. An updated classic! Lays out the program from a grassroots perspective.

        How the World Works by Noam Chomsky. Another classic.

        And finally…

        A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn. Ditto.

        • DA April 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm #

          Then, if you’re up for it:

          Another Nineteen: Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects by Kevin Ryan.

          Black 9/11: Money, Motive and Technology by Mark Gaffney.

          The Myth of September 11: The Satanic Verses of Western Democracy by Roberto Quaglia.

          ISIS IS US: The Shocking Truth Behind the Army of Terror from Washington’s Blog.

          And of course, no discussion of 9-11 (or OKC) in particular, and world events in general, is complete without a thorough review of The Corbett Report.

          By the way, I assume you know that OKC was an inside job as well (a shakedown “proof of concept” rehearsal operation for 9-11, and that McVeigh, much like Oswald, was a “sheep-dipped” patsy, who found out the hard way that CIA plays for keeps? The more you know!

          • DA April 13, 2017 at 6:43 pm #

            This video The Secret Life of Timothy McVeigh goes deep into Timothy McVeigh’s background and the process of “sheepdipping” an active duty military person and inducting them into world of dark ops for Top Secret CIA and other dark ops agency’s missions. John Perkins goes into similarly great detail of the process in his book above, The New Confessions of an Economic Hitman. Likewise, the process is described in some detail in both Russ Baker’s and David Talbot’s books above as well, so it’s a well established process by which CIA recruits its “assets” from the military and various other (often university or university related technical organizations, with an emphasis on Ivy League and other similarly prestigious institutions) organizations for nefarious purposes, usually funded in whole or part through government channels, although always through a labyrinth of front organizations to erase any paper trail. Such assets are usually told they are totally on their own if ever apprehended, and their existence and ties to the organization will be completely denied, a fact McVeigh apparently found out the hard way, although he insisted to the end that he would be “rescued” from execution in the nick of time, an event that might possibly (but certainly not likely to) have happened. Watch the video and decide for yourself. Is the official OKC story even remotely credible?

          • DA April 13, 2017 at 8:02 pm #

            Personally, I think it’s far more likely that McVeigh was actually executed, if for no other reason than “dead men tell no tales.” McVeigh was a very small fish in a very large system, so why would CIA go out on a limb needlessly to save him at that point?

        • DA April 13, 2017 at 8:17 pm #

          And to sum up the admittedly rather long-winded laundry list of books I listed above, the key thing to look for in reading any or all of them (as well as any other alleged “canon” of books is: 1.) Are the “facts” they present well researched and documented? 2.) Is the narrative they construct individually at the very least internally consistent? And most importantly, 3.) Are their collective narratives at the very least not obviously conflicting, but preferably at least mostly agreeing, and optimally synergistic?

          That’s what I always look for before saying such and such source supports such and such larger assertion.

    • Janos Skorenzy April 13, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

      You have a fine understanding. It’s tragic you don’t seem to care about what the Globalists have in mind for the White Race as per their “immigration” policies in Europe and America show. Google the Kalergi Plan.

      I agree with your assessment as far as it goes. As George Carlin said, “It’s a big club” – and that means factions. One interesting theories and Survival expert, the Mormon Skousen, postulates that each of the big three, Oceania (that’s us!), Eurasia, and East Asia each have their own Globalist Agenda. Interesting if true. Puts a whole other angle on things and makes the Big Club a lot bigger.

      • DA April 13, 2017 at 3:55 pm #

        Thing is janos, they’ve got the same plan for ALL races, as race has very little to do with it, initially at least. And I guess I don’t have to tell you that most of “the club” is made of rich, white men, albeit of assorted ethnicity of course. But I’m a white man like you I presume, and I can assure you that I’m under no illusions that that status will in anyway save my ass when the time for foreclosure comes, although I suspect I’ll be dead of other more innocuous causes before then in any case. I will Google the Kalergi plan.

        But I will definitely agree with you. Once you’re read enough (and not surprisingly, you have to go out there and LOOK for it while you still can, because the authorities damn well don’t want people reading this shit if they can prevent it) and the light goes on about the Globalist faction(s) and what they’re up to, it not only changes your whole perspective, but current events viewed in that light immediately begin to make sense.

        • DA April 13, 2017 at 7:55 pm #

          I looked at Kalergi briefly Janos. A lot to digest, so I’ll reserve judgement for now, but I will say that the first site I clicked on was WAY hyperbolic, but that was just one site of course. I’ll look at it some more later. Do you have any well-researched book links to help me out perhaps?

          • Janos Skorenzy April 13, 2017 at 9:19 pm #

            Well that’s the problem: you can’t believe something so monstrous could be happening? But it is, right before our eyes. What would it take to convince you? a is a. If someone can admit that the unspeakable is happening, then he can be shown that’s it’s not an accident but long planned. If a, then b.

            They cover themselves by calling it the “pan-European Movement – as if it’s just part of the EU initiative. But it’s far, far more obviously. And they give an award in Kalergi’s name every two years. Merkel won a couple of years ago.


            Not what you want I know. Scholars don’t write about conspiracies if they want to stay mainstream. Those who do, cease to be so. A conundrum that helps keep the secret right in plain sight. Your eyes are wide shut due to your normalcy bias.

          • DA April 13, 2017 at 10:10 pm #

            See now Janos? You’re just seriously poor at actually making a case. I ask you a simple question and you immediately go on the defensive.

            What it would TAKE is you NOT talking down to people just for questioning your ideas! I actually AGREE with many of your points more often than not, but you make it simply IMPOSSIBLE to agree with you!

            Take a FUCKING LUDE DUDE!

          • DA April 13, 2017 at 10:30 pm #

            And by the way Janos, I suppose we might as well just get around to the “brass tacks” right now and be done with it: Just WHAT IS IT about this whole “white” supremacy thing that has you so fired up, and what EXACTLY is it that qualifies as “white” in order to qualify as “supreme” these days ANYWAY? Seems to me that those two questions might keep you and yours awake at night these days.

          • Janos Skorenzy April 14, 2017 at 12:35 am #

            Ah, I said that a couple of days ago and you seemed to deny it, but I was right. You don’t even think Whites exist and if they do, it doesn’t matter – except perhaps to blame. Now if this is the ruling philosophy of life or the Ethos, do you think such a society is long for this world? And do you think such an incredibly unnatural and unhealthy state of mind evolved on its own?

            You see Da, a people who don’t exist have no collective rights – unlike Blacks, Browns, etc. And thus they will come in last at the feeding trough. And in the end, even their individual rights will only be granted grudgingly and finally, not at all once some other group attains dominance. What? You thought all the other racial groups share your belief in their own unimportance? And that’s the amazing thing: how a man as intelligent as you could be so blind.

            I don’t think my mother was the best, but I loved her because she was MY mother. Ditto my country. Ditto the White race. Supremacism doesn’t have to come into it.

            Now you do admit that every White country is being inundated by Non-Whites, right? And that it has nothing to do with economics since many of them have double digit unemployment. So you tell me why. If you haven’t even wondered about it, all this is premature. Wonder is the mother of knowledge.

            Ancient Kings sometimes punished people by deporting their population. Stalin did some of this and also inundated Eastern Europe with Russians to weaken their societies. They were conquered, right? Now consider us: Our Elite are doing it to their own people. That’s fucking amazing. They don’t identify with us AT ALL. They see us as a conquered enemy. The Kalergi Plan answers what they are doing and why. But again, if you don’t even believe it’s happening, it won’t make any sense. And if you don’t think Whites matter, it won’t matter even if it is. Or if you don’t think Whites exist, it’s much ado about nothing. But note: they obviously think Whites exist and are very keen about getting rid of them. Pretending Whites don’t exist is a cognitive attack. You’ve fallen for it, evidently.

  108. janet April 13, 2017 at 12:32 pm #

    This is what we could have had, were it not for the deplorables.


    • DA April 13, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

      Very cute. Vlad whispering to Hillary, “I’m about to kill you with my bare hands you evil bitch.”

  109. janet April 13, 2017 at 12:40 pm #

    “One more thing: make no mistake – the situation today is far more dangerous than the Cuban missile crisis.” –DA

    On this point you and I and nuclear scientists are in agreement. The Doomsday Clock is at two and a half minutes before midnight.

    “In addition to the existential threats posed by nuclear weapons and climate change, new global realities emerged, as trusted sources of information came under attack, fake news was on the rise, and words were used in cavalier and often reckless ways.

    As if to prove that words matter and fake news is dangerous, Pakistan’s foreign minister issued a blustery statement, a tweet actually, flexing Pakistan’s nuclear muscle–in response to a fabricated “news” story about Israel. Today’s complex global environment is in need of deliberate and considered policy responses. It is ever more important that senior leaders across the globe calm rather than stoke tensions that could lead to war, either by accident or miscalculation.”

    –Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Doomsday Clock

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    • DA April 13, 2017 at 4:44 pm #

      Why thank you “janet!” A RARE point of agreement! That was actually saker’s statement, but I agree with it as well.

  110. janet April 13, 2017 at 12:47 pm #

    A lawyer for Dr. David Dao, the United Airlines passenger who was violently removed from his seat Sunday on a flight from Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky, said Thursday that his client suffered a broken nose, lost two front teeth and suffered a concussion during the traumatizing experience caught on video.

    A lawsuit from Dao was “likely.”

    “Here’s the law, real simple: If you’re going to eject a passenger, under no circumstances can it be done with unreasonable force or violence,” Thomas Demetrio said during a press conference. “That’s the law.”

    Agents initially said they had “no choice” but to remove Dao, 69, to make room for United employees on the flight. The company accused him of being “belligerent and disruptive,” but video shows Dao remaining calm in the moments leading up to the physical altercation.

    “I’m a physician and I have to work tomorrow at 8 o’clock,” Dao can be seen politely telling Chicago airport security officers in the footage.

    • Elrond Hubbard April 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm #

      janet: A lawsuit from Dao was “likely.”

      You misspelled “foregone conclusion”. Fixed that for ya.

      FAA regulation 14 CFR 250.2a states the following:
      § 250.2a Policy regarding denied boarding.
      In the event of an oversold flight, every carrier shall ensure that the smallest practicable number of persons holding confirmed reserved space on that flight are denied boarding involuntarily.

      Except that rule didn’t apply, even though people are saying it did. I’ll quote the following from a Reddit thread.

      “Lawyer here. This myth that passengers don’t have rights needs to go away, ASAP. You are dead wrong when saying that United legally kicked him off the plane.

      “1. First of all, it’s airline spin to call this an overbooking. The statutory provision granting them the ability to deny boarding is about “OVERSALES”, specifically defines as booking more reserved confirmed seats than there are available. This is not what happened. They did not overbook the flight; they had a fully booked flight, and not only did everyone already have a reserved confirmed seat, they were all sitting in them. The law allowing them to denying boarding in the event of an oversale does not apply.

      “2. Even if it did apply, the law is unambiguously clear that airlines have to give preference to everyone with reserved confirmed seats when choosing to involuntarily deny boarding. They have to always choose the solution that will affect the least amount of reserved confirmed seats. This rule is straightforward, and United makes very clear in their own contract of carriage that employees of their own or of other carriers may be denied boarding without compensation because they do not have reserved confirmed seats. On its face, it’s clear that what they did was illegal– they gave preference to their employees over people who had reserved confirmed seats, in violation of 14 CFR 250.2a.

      “3. Furthermore, even if you try and twist this into a legal application of 250.2a and say that United had the right to deny him boarding in the event of an overbooking; they did NOT have the right to kick him off the plane. Their contract of carriage highlights there is a complete difference in rights after you’ve boarded and sat on the plane, and Rule 21 goes over the specific scenarios where you could get kicked off. NONE of them apply here. He did absolutely nothing wrong and shouldn’t have been targeted. He’s going to leave with a hefty settlement after this fiasco.” [Emphasis added.]

      • Elrond Hubbard April 13, 2017 at 2:10 pm #

        Hmm, I should amend what I said above. The FAA rule did apply, and was violated by the airline. What is incorrect is the claim that the flight was oversold. It was fully sold, not oversold; and then United tried to violate their contract of carriage to fit in four of their own employees who were needed to fly out from elsewhere.

      • Janos Skorenzy April 13, 2017 at 2:40 pm #

        Dr Gook just hit the ghetto lottery. Thwack is green with envy.

        • thwack April 13, 2017 at 3:38 pm #

          I would have picked a white person to kick off the plane; especially a racist white person.

          Could have saved the airline a whole lot of money.

          Just sayin

          BTW, can someone post a link to the full beat down?


          • elysianfield April 13, 2017 at 7:45 pm #

            One beat down coming up…just as you like them….


            Tissues optional.

          • thwack April 13, 2017 at 9:51 pm #

            White hot butt hurt noted.

  111. volodya April 13, 2017 at 1:23 pm #

    DA, the problem is that while front groups may happily take their backer’s money, they have a strong tendency to get off script. They have got their own agendas and, in the words of the Archdruid (may his periodic scribblings return soon), can’t be made to pose like the puppets we think they are.

    The CIA and Mossad may like to think they have things under control, and while armed hostilities are festering, maybe there’s an ILLUSION of control. But it’s just an illusion because just as sure as we’re sitting here, those angry young men will do what they do, the Russians and the CIA and Mossad and the Iranians be damned.

    In the end, it’s about resources and money. It’s that way for all involved and not just western globalists. Daesh and Hezbollah may seemingly do their part for now but we have to remember they have their own aims and interests. These guys aren’t fighting on behalf of global capitalism or Israel or America or Russia. They’re fighting for themselves and not because some foreign operatives are whispering in their ears.

    For one thing, those guys on both sides are cut-throats, they get depressed if they aren’t planning a car bombing or public beheading. The other thing is that this Muslim civil war has been going on since day one of Islam. For them it’s about money and power, just like it is for Russia and the US. I doubt it stops just because Russia and the US decide it’s time.

    • DA April 13, 2017 at 3:42 pm #

      Well, but that’s part of their beauty too, at least as long as they don’t get too far out of line. But of course the network backs competing interests as well, so a little shift in funding and resources is usually all that’s needed to restore order to the chaos again. But a certain amount of improvisation is not only tolerated, but encouraged as well. It keeps the terror mix “vibrant and exciting,” especially for the American spectators back home watching on TV, who, if the entertainment were to grow stilted, just might begin to suspect that it was all arranged for their benefit. I know that’s assuming facts that are not in evidence (that Americans are actually capable of figuring such things out between Big Gulps and bags of sugar coated popcorn snacks), but then again, that’s how the oligarchs got to be oligarchs in the first place: by thinking a few steps ahead.

    • DA April 13, 2017 at 5:15 pm #

      For one thing, those guys on both sides are cut-throats, they get depressed if they aren’t planning a car bombing or public beheading. The other thing is that this Muslim civil war has been going on since day one of Islam.

      You’re attributing more internal ill-will in the region than actually exists, vol. Much of the current enmity over the past 100 years or so is due to post-European imperialist policies designed expressly to pit the peoples of the region against one another so that powerful imperialist/capitalist interests could cash in, just as they’re continuing to do today. Not that there’s not some natural ill-will in the region of course, just as there is everywhere else, but that’s GREATLY overestimated for popular western consumption.

  112. San Jose April 13, 2017 at 1:37 pm #

    MOAB — Mother of All Bombs. I’m sure the US is hoping North Korea saw the demonstration in Afghanistan.

    • volodya April 13, 2017 at 1:52 pm #

      Makes a big bang but the problem is that the delivery aircraft is real slow.

      • elysianfield April 14, 2017 at 11:12 am #

        Really slow, but ubiquitous and relatively cheap…cheaper than the bomb, itself.

  113. capt spaulding April 13, 2017 at 2:36 pm #

    Just read online: Because of the adverse publicity surrounding Assad’s chemical bombings, Vladimir Putin has been kicked off the Trump re-election committee.

  114. capt spaulding April 13, 2017 at 2:41 pm #

    Also read online: Steve Bannon has been replaced by Dr.Strangelove. More news to follow.

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    • DA April 13, 2017 at 5:16 pm #

      I think Strangelove would have been the “sane” one in this scenario. Bannon’s a nut case.

  115. FincaInTheMountains April 13, 2017 at 3:11 pm #

    Whatever may be the case, Russia and the USA will not work together in Syria.

    Don’t pee your pants with a steaming tea!

    We just saw a brilliant cooperation of Americans and Russians in Syria.

    Things are progressing nicely in the right direction. Elbe is not far, just beyond those clouds.


    • DA April 13, 2017 at 7:48 pm #

      Don’t pee your pants with a steaming tea!

      LOL! Where do you come up with these lines Finca! Must be a cultural/ethnic thing? Are you native Russian or similar?

  116. Q. Shtik April 13, 2017 at 3:48 pm #

    …the BIG question, “Why we are here” – janet quoting WalterB


    “Why we are here” is NOT a question.

    Why are we here? IS a question.

    • malthuss April 13, 2017 at 3:58 pm #

      So whats your funny EST tale?

      • Q. Shtik April 13, 2017 at 4:45 pm #

        It would be rather long in getting to the punch line and I don’t want to bore people.

        • stelmosfire April 15, 2017 at 12:33 am #

          C’mon Q. Bore Me with the details. I love your quaint ‘Jersey stories!. Really I do.

  117. malthuss April 13, 2017 at 4:04 pm #


    a world population of 7,497,516,082 (7.497 billion*)

    • DA April 13, 2017 at 8:25 pm #

      Sounds about right to me. I’ve been quoting 7.1B for a very long time now, and of course we know that number grows exponentially every day, so yeah, 7.5B sounds about right.

  118. tucsonspur April 13, 2017 at 5:56 pm #


    Some may view the Hillary team’s electoral college miscalculation as the mother of all blunders. After all, it gave Mr. Blunderbuss himself the presidency, and so the nation was doomed, or so they thought.

    The blundering health care bill has been buried, just as we may be sooner than we think by baleful toxins. And of course the major issues of the day like limited resources, growing populations, and climate change are buried also, with a dangerous insouciance.
    But wait.

    Here come the brass hats. They’ve treated Syria to a tumult of Tomahawks, and “the mother of all blunders” has just enabled the dropping of “the mother of all bombs” on Afghanistan, in an effort to make Nangarhar look more like Nebraska.

    Will the brass hats and the Brobdingnagian Bashibazouk avoid the big, military blunder, like Bush into Iraq? Who knows? Anything can happen in Blunder Land.

    • DA April 13, 2017 at 8:35 pm #

      We’ll hear nothing more of healthcare forevermore! It’s ALL warfare now, baby!

      But make no mistake: it’s never by blunder, it’s all by design.

      • tucsonspur April 14, 2017 at 1:47 am #

        “Neverland is a fictional place…”

  119. janet April 13, 2017 at 6:56 pm #

    Someone should keep track of how much Mr. America First’s military misadventures cost. The cost of 59 Tomahawk missiles is more than fixing the American water supply pipes in Flint, Michigan for American children who need clean water. America first.

    The more big bombs and little bombs and missiles 45 uses in the middle east, the more money wasted that could be fixing infrastructure in America, the more hate is generated against America, the more desire to take revenge against America, the less safe America is.

    • DA April 13, 2017 at 8:31 pm #

      LOL! Good points “janet.” But of course that assumes that anyone in the federal (or state, or local) government ever intended to actually “fix” anything in American infrastructure whether they had the money or not in the first place.

      If nothing else in my remaining days, I hope to disavow you of such childish notions.

      • janet April 13, 2017 at 9:10 pm #

        that assumes that anyone in the federal (or state, or local) government ever intended to actually “fix” anything –DA

        You so conveniently ignore facts, DA, because your dogma blinds you and facts are not convenient. If no one intends to fix “anything,” why did a federal judge approve a $97 million settlement two weeks ago (March 28, 2017), in which the state of Michigan agrees to replace lead or galvanized steel water lines in the City of Flint. The state will cover the cost of replacing water lines — the pipes that connect household plumbing to the main distribution pipe running beneath the street — for at least 18,000 Flint households by 2020.

        If nothing else in my remaining days, I hope to present you with actual facts and disavow you of your childish anti-government notions.

        • DA April 13, 2017 at 10:03 pm #

          You’re hopeless “janet,” and I seriously suspect you’re just a bot. I’m through engaging you, as you’re no longer worth the effort.

          • janet April 13, 2017 at 11:45 pm #

            You can run from the facts, but reality will still bitch slap you up the side of the head. Thanks for no more “engaging” the facts. PS, bots can’t hold a candle to my intelligence.

          • JimInFlorida April 14, 2017 at 10:36 am #

            janet is hopelessly brainwashed.
            Furthermore, you’re trying to argue with a WOMAN. They do not develop the same sense of principle and justice to navigate the world as men do. Why? Because gynocentric society says they don’t have to.

  120. DA April 13, 2017 at 8:54 pm #

    From The Corbett Report over TWO YEARS ago! Now, compare this to current events.

    Who Is REALLY Behind ISIS?

    Got News?

  121. BackRowHeckler April 13, 2017 at 9:23 pm #

    Events on the Korean peninsula may be coming to a head.

    Young Kim has found his nemesis in President Donald J Trump.

    I doubt if it will take much of an effort to topple that regime; just kick the door in and the rotten structure will come crashing down.

    You can’t say Young Kim didn’t ask for it. He threatened Uncle Sam one too many times. He should’ve kept his mouth shut, something he probably didn’t learn in the exclusive private school he attended in the Swiss Alps, the same place the EU elite are shielding their own children from the muzzie apocalypse they helped create in Europe.


    • thwack April 13, 2017 at 10:05 pm #

      I doubt if it will take much of an effort to topple that regime; just kick the door in and the rotten structure will come crashing down.


      Which regime are you talking about?

      Both have nukes.

      You might wanna walk that back a bit because if ANY major city ANYWHERE in the world gets vaporized, I suspect a lot of people will take to the streets to once and for all put an end to all the dick rattling…

      in addition to South Koreans turning their guns on round eye his self

      • BackRowHeckler April 13, 2017 at 11:20 pm #

        SKorea doesn’t have nukes, and its democratically elected govt is not a regime.


        • tucsonspur April 14, 2017 at 1:03 am #

          Right. They have nuke power, not bombs.

        • thwack April 14, 2017 at 7:52 am #

          Oh that makes me feel a lot better; Im sure Donald Trump will fight to the last South Korean.

      • elysianfield April 14, 2017 at 11:17 am #

        “I suspect a lot of (insert color here) people will take to the streets to once and for all put an end to all the dick rattling…

    • nsa April 13, 2017 at 10:36 pm #

      Attacking Korea is unlikely…..what’s in it for the jooies?

    • DA April 13, 2017 at 11:04 pm #

      Events on the Korean peninsula may be coming to a head.

      More likely they’re just coming to a payoff. Young Kim, having duly played his part as “villain du jour” for the moment,” will likely just exit stage right, collect his considerable check for services rendered, and be done with it. The only “Nemesis” he will have found is what will he do with the rest of his life, now that he’s essentially “shot his load” in a one-off deal with the devil.

      As to “Uncle Sam?” Where have YOU been? That’s SO 20th century!

      • BackRowHeckler April 13, 2017 at 11:12 pm #

        Is it ‘Aunt Samantha’ now?

        China has deployed 150,000 troops to its NKorea border … to keep N Koreans out.

        That’s how the Chinese deal with a potential ‘Refugee Crisis’. A little different from the way Germany and Sweden deal with muzzy refugees from Africa and the Middle East, what?


  122. onehunglo April 13, 2017 at 10:27 pm #

    onehunglo know time become very short for multitude of people.

    it is always the few Judas among the many that disrupt the way of life……

    and the way of life is to be.

    let not you heart be troubled.

    may God be with you.


    • tucsonspur April 14, 2017 at 1:00 am #

      rook out berow!

      • Janos Skorenzy April 14, 2017 at 4:43 am #

        ire in the ole

  123. BackRowHeckler April 13, 2017 at 11:16 pm #

    Obama and Ash Carter’s Transvestite Divisions are going in first, flying that ruby slipper battle flag.

    Backed up by the USS Harvey Milk.


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  124. janet April 14, 2017 at 12:49 am #


    During Obama’s presidency, Republicans’ strategy was a bit like attempting a holdup with a gun pointed at their own heads; today it’s more like trying to rob a bank with explosives strapped to their chest–except it’s their bank. –Brian Beutler

  125. FincaInTheMountains April 14, 2017 at 1:11 am #

    Russian missile cruiser Varyag stands guard in port of Busan in South Korea


    The Guards missile cruiser Varyag provided air defense in Syria in January-May 2016. Apparently, it now protects South Korea and Japan from “accidental” launch of N. Korea ballistic missiles with nuclear tips.

    Varyag is equipped with latest Russian anti-missile defense systems, including electronic warfare systems.

  126. FincaInTheMountains April 14, 2017 at 8:42 am #

    Finca’s prediction regarding development of New Korean Crisis

    After China will fail to negotiate a settlement between US and N. Korea, Russia will be able to persuade Kim Jong-un to slow down his ballistic nuclear missile program.


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