May 15, 2019

Contain your grief.

The Colonel's off to a wedding this weekend. Desultory posting will continue upon my return.

The sleep of reason.

[Prof. Mario Caligiuri:] How do you explain that Western countries do not question their alliance with Saudi Arabia, which is generative of Wahhabi ideology and terrorism in the world?

[Prof. Mario Caligiuri:] Sherlock Holmes would say: "Elementary, Watson." This clearly demonstrates that the economic interests, not only of States but especially of multinationals, prevail over the needs of citizens. This is the greatest weakness of democracies that may explode, as was the case in Europe in the twenties and thirties. The results of this era are still being felt today, almost a hundred years later, but we must consider that the degeneration of democracy is like the sleep of reason: it gives rise to monsters. Our mistake today is focused on the monsters and not on the causes of the degeneration of democracy, which, in my opinion, is mainly related to the selection of very inadequate ruling classes.[1]

The West's enfatuation with "democracy" and the mindless extension of the franchise to morons is finally bearing fruit – the enstupidation and degeneration of our civilization. Political debate is dominated by children, freaks, illiterates, and subversives.

Notes
[1] "Prof. Mario Caligiuri: 'The Degeneration of Democracy Is Like the Sleep of Reason: It Gives Rise to Monsters.'" By Mohsen Abdelmoumen, American Herald Tribune, 5/14/19 (emphasis in second paragraph added).

May 11, 2019

Oh, THAT constitutional crisis.

Both Attorney General William Barr and IG Horowitz appear to be fully committed to revealing the criminal leaks, the illegal electronic surveillance, the improperly obtained FISA warrants, and the multiple confidential human sources (spies) that were placed in the Trump campaign.[1]
Taking the long view, I have to marvel how tendentious, vague, questionable, and foggy allegations of Russian interference now light the left up like a Winter Festival tree. However, when Joe McCarthy and the House Committee on Un-American Activities were highlighting actual, widespread Soviet penetration of the United States government the left denied that like Hillary is in denial about her electoral failure.

Notes
[1] "Whitney: Judgment Day Looms For John Brennan." By Mike Whitney, ZeroHedge, 5/11/19.

May 10, 2019

Moron America.

Headlines:
Pentagon Approves $7.4M for Troops to Feed, Care for Border Crossers ... will also include busing and transporting border crossers.[1]

Joe Biden Claims U.S. ‘Obligation’ to Give Illegal Aliens Free Health Care.[2]

Notes
[1]  By John Binder and Kristina Wong, Brietbart, 4/29/19.
[2]  By Warner Todd Huston, Brietbart, 5/9/19.

H/t: Yer Ol' Woodpile Report .

May 9, 2019

Why I Never Went into Finance Dept.

Trend Followers Capitulate: CTAs Flip "Max Short" In The Russell.[1]
Notes
[1] By Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge, 5/9/19.

May 5, 2019

Pearls of expression.

Comments on "Bolton Announces Carrier Strike Group Deployed In 'Message' To Iran." By Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge, 5/5/19:
Giant Meteor:
Gulf of potemkin ..
And Curb Job's comment:
Curb Job:
John Bolton should be released from his position as National Security Advisor,

preferably from a altitude of 30 000 feet

And these guys:
Chartdawg:
This is why I just sent a 12000$ check to the IRS ? So we can police the world ? It buys like one lug nut on an F35.
Giant Meteor:
Lug nuts are important. Thank you for your service ..

Plumbing the depths.

My last post, " A peroration on populism," basically expresses my growing realization that the ruling elites in the West have nothing but contempt for the people of the nations in which they reside and that pursue policies that are astoundingly contrary to the wishes and interests of those peoples. Moreover, Westerners have been slow to appreciate the danger that we are in because there's no historical analogue to which we can refer where our ancestors encountered such utter malevolence on the part of the elite.

Someone has observed that communist propaganda was not devised to convince the people that such and such a proposition was true but to humiliate people by forcing them to publicly express their belief that, say, the dictatorship of the proletariat with a leading role for the Party was a necessary temporary measure until the state would wither away.

That very same assault on Westerners' self respect and sanity is at work in every Western nation. Is America a white, European nation that once embarked on an experiment in liberty for all? Or is it a "nation of immigrants" rooted in the oppression of colored people aided and abetted by a mere piece of paper drafted by slave owners and the moneyed interests that can be shredded piecemeal with the aid of fantastical verbal gymnastics?

Can fundamental rights be found in the emanations from the penumbra of a certain clause in the Constitution? Is an exaction in aid of a vast federal health care scheme both a tax and not a tax? Do the words "health care" appear in the list of enumerated powers granted to the United States? Does the phrase "interstate commerce" signify "every activity known to man"? Is a stock pond on a farmer's land akin to the Gulf of Mexico affecting the jet stream, the coming of spring, and tornadoes three states over?

Is an Authorization for the Use of Military Force in Iraq applicable to a possible military intervention in Venezuela 16 years later? To intervention in Myanmar? Yemen?

Does black underclass culture have anything to do with why blacks as a whole cannot get a grip on what it takes to create and maintain healthy and productive lives? Do whites achieve, build, and thrive simply because they enjoy "white privilege"? Is the XY genetic combo in fact the XX one? Should women athletes just suck it up because a Used-To-Be-A-Guy "female" athlete can beat them in any event?

Do the notions of "patriarchy" and "structural racism" adequately explain every instance of personal failure and unhappiness? Or does being a fat cow or growing up in a home with a slattern for a mother and no father have anything to do with it?

Is anal intercourse something to be legally incorporated into the most sacred of human institutions? Is cavorting on the asphalt in a jock strap with green, spiked hair an indication of the health of homosexual culture and the desirability of the homosexual agenda?

Was America deeply penetrated by communist spies and agents of influence in the last century and arae we saturated with communists even now?

Are massive deficits and crippling, astronomical debt evidence of wise political leadership? Was it a good idea to send tens of thousands of U.S. manufacturing plants to the shores of a communist dictatorship and thereby enable it to become a strategic, military threat and economic competitor to the United States? Is the presence of foreigners of any stripe whatsoever always and forever an unalloyed blessing to the historic people of the United States or are they a source of resentment, sedition, crime, dependency, and massive, leftist, electoral distortion?

You and I know what answers the corporate media (and the political elite who controls them) will supply to these questions and those answers individually and collectively make it clear – beyond a shadow of a doubt – that America will never be great again so long as we continue to sail on this ship, as we do, with the daily flood of lies and insults sloshing around our knees. Nothing is being done to return this country to anything resembling normality and there is nobody in national life with the remotest chance of effecting a course change, at least in the absence of an outpouring of rage from the bourgeoisie and the yeomanry. No answer to any of the questions I pose will reflect anything other than our fervent embrace of degradation for whites and our culture and of national suicide.

"Solid men to the front!" should be the cry on every lip. And "Remember Vicki and LaVoy!" But they aren't and our treasonous elites take pride in the fact that the giant con and fleecing are firmly in place.

This is a short take on the moral, political, and intellectual assault on the white backbone of the country. One additional point needs to be added to the foregoing list of stupidities and that is the deliberate "misunderstanding" of the economic system. Factories are off-shored, millions of low-wage third-worlders are imported to drive down wages of Americans, onerous taxes and regulations are imposed, profits are privatized but losses for the business and financial giants are socialized, competition is hampered, monopolies thrive, inflation is deliberately pursued, educations costs are driven through the roof, and the threat of "discrimination" suits guarantee that incompetents and malcontents will be hired with munificent salaries. Think Michelle Obama and her half-time bonanza at that Chicago hospital. Pinata party!

This zombified version of "an economy" is what is known to the left and legions of moronic "commentators" as "capitalism." Yes, what we have now is to real capitalism what someone on life support is to a Bolshoi ballerina. As such, this favored target of the left and ultra-left, this "capitalism," becomes an loathsome excrescence the only solution for which is "socialism." All the actual manipulation, skimming, concealment, and price suppression of our present bastard economic system are laid onto the earlier untrammeled and arguably more transparent system of free markets.

Debate may be had on how transparent or fair those earlier markets were but, hands down, they were not anything like the system of today. And millions of people prospered and built grand lives for themselves in a sane country that didn't worship foreigners, minorities, and homosexuals, live on debt, and hate its ancestors.

Chris Martenson has a most troubling article on the theft going on in our day. He discusses the exploitation of the "company store" scam that some employers used and how the correctives thereto merely led to more recondite systems to accomplish the same fleecing:

This [56% inflation since 1998] is a low-end estimate of how far food has actually advanced in price due to inflation over the past 20 years, as the CPI persistently underestimates inflation.

Turning now to the farmer, how have the prices received for their products fared over that same stretch of time? In the case of corn, not one single bit. A bushel of corn sells for the exact same (nominal!) price today as it did back in 1996[.]

* * * *

Run this scam [price suppression] long enough and one day we’ll discover that the banks and their proxy agents - private equity funds, hedge funds, endowments, and family offices, etc - own all of the productive farmland, all of the mines, all of the oil wells, all of the timberland, and every other means of primary wealth production. [1]

To drive the point of insider manipulation and advantage home (as if Hillary's "pay-to-play" Clinton Foundation weren't convincing enough), recall La Hillerita's phenomenal success as a commodity trader:
On October 11, 1978, the future First Lady, a neophyte investor with an annual income of $25,000, opened a commodity-futures account [in Little Rock, Arkansas] with a deposit of $1,000. Her first trade was the short sale of ten live-cattle contracts at a price of 57.55 cents a pound: a commitment to deliver in December of that year 400,000 pounds of cattle with a market value of $230,200. One day later, she bought the contracts back at a price of 56.10 cents, just 0.15 cent above the low of the day, pocketing $5,300 for a return of 530 per cent.

Mrs. Clinton continued to be a net winner at the game. By the time she closed her trading account ten months later, she had racked up $99,541 in profits, a spectacular 10,000 per cent return on her initial investment of $1,000. Either Mrs. Clinton was a better trader than the legendary George Soros, whose best-ever annual return in thirty years of trading was 122 per cent, or she was led by an invisible hand.[2]

If I correctly recall the device used by the commodities trading firm to engineer such spectacular returns, the price at which Hillary's trade was official executed on any one day was at or near the very peak or the trough of that day's trading, whichever was the price most favorable Hillary's particular trade. An amazing feat on her part, really, which she initially ascribed (1) to her close attention to the financial pages of Wall Street Journal, published on the day after trades were made let it be said, and, when this ludicrous explanation became untenable, (2) to the abilities of her broker(s). That Hillary! A natural to be our Secretary of State or even our president. We can NOT get enough of that double-X chromosomed fireball of competence (FOC).[3]

The whole shooting match is corrupt to the core, hopelessly distorted by (1) the banksters, (2) our corrupt corporate media, (3) our electoral system characterized by (a) persistent vote fraud on an industrial scale and (b) our sacred one-dollar-one-vote system that so ably makes clear what "our democracy" is all about. It is that democracy that we hold out to corrupt dictators as their political lode star and to Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Libyans, Yemenis, Iranians, and Venezuelans, inter alia, as justification for their personal sacrifices on our behalf. Sorry about your mom!

Notes
[1] "'Big Money Coupled With Cheap Money' Never Ends Well...." By Chris Martenson, ZeroHedge, 5/4/19.
[2] "Herd instincts: Hillary's investment profits - ethics of Hillary Clinton's cattle futures investments." By Caroline Baum and Victor Niederhoffer, National Review, 2/20/95, reproduced at Find Articles (emphasis added).
[3] Note too that, in fact, the brokerage firm stole the benefit of the trade allocated to Hillary and foisted it off on some schlub who took the loss or the reduced gain as the case may be, none the wiser about his or her screwing.

May 4, 2019

A peroration on populism.

Mary Ellen Synon is on of my favorite journalists. She wrote about the E.U. from Brussels some years back and then decamped to Britain where she wrote occasional pieces on the the E.U. and then worked for Nigel Farage in UKIP, I believe. But, basically, she kept a low profile after Brussels. I search for her from time to time in the hope that she's gone back to active journalism and found an article about Brexit she'd written for BREXITCENTRAL, which I'm pretty sure has something to do with Brexit.

She paints a picture of Ireland and Britain as having conniving, mendacious, manipulative, scheming, dissembling governments and of the E.U. as the writhing, coiling, hissing, stinking eel pit that it is. Her article is interesting because of what it reveals about the foregoing and also because it is a vivid example of what the West has devolved to in general – a shadow of its former self that is absolutely indifferent to the will of any of its peoples. They have been royally betrayed since the times when the S.S. Empire Windrush arrived in London and the German government flooded Germany with Turkish "guest workers" who somehow ended up neither being nor acting like any guests I've ever known.

This excerpt is from a speech she gave in London five and a half years ago:

What I am here to tell you today is that what was done to the Irish after they voted No to the Lisbon Treaty in 2008 will be done to the British if they vote No to the EU in 2016. I’m going to give you details of how the Irish government and the EU elite worked together to overturn the democratic Irish rejection of the Lisbon Treaty. What they did to the Irish, a Conservative government and the EU elite will do to the British.

* * * * [Gory details.]

So that is what I have to say to you, drawing on the Irish experience of how a quisling government and an anti-democratic EU elite can overturn a referendum result.[1]

RTWT as we say in cyberspace.

Some "climate change" fool recently observed in passing that populism has a short half-life. Well, $100+ millions were spent on the campaign of Jeb the Anointed last time around and he was carried out feet first in short order. The declaration that illegal immigrants come as an "act of love" didn't sell that well with people who've seen video after video after video of illegals streaming across the border and leaving mountains of their trash behind them. Not to mention photos of bushes festooned with women's panties hinting at the high cost to the illegals themselves of their unwise pursuit of entry. The panties are emblematic of the whole open borders betrayal when you think about it. Emblematic of what the Barbara Lerner Spectres of this world embrace and support. Yes, Honey. Of course. You are deeply concerned about Europe's "survival."

It's occurred to me that Westerners have been as seemingly passive as they have been simply because they live in a Matrix that puts Joseph Goebbels to shame. They simply cannot imagine that their political elites are such lying sacks and have such contempt for the lower orders.

I don't know that historians have ever told of instances of wholesale betrayal of the ruling class. There's simply no cultural memory of such a thing to inform modern Westerners. There are plenty of examples of rulers and ruling classes losing sight of the fundamental needs of the people. England saw its share of peasant revolts and Chinese dynasties have routinely atrophied and collapsed but what was involved was excessive pursuit of power and wealth (unacceptable theft and ambition) or simple decay, an inability to understand the basics of governance.

Nor can I think of anyone like a George Soros whose immense wealth has been dedicated to the extinguishment of the West and political liberty. How can a man like that roam freely around the West financing treason, sedition, and population replacement? The closest thing to him I can think of is Rasputin, whose extraordinary power over the Czarina was eventually not permitted to continue all that long, at least as measured in dog years. Malevolent beings there have been but rarely have they been given the keys to the city, so to speak, and allowed to experiment with their personal vision of being a dog in the manger.

So, to emphasize: Solid citizens simply cannot conceive of the scale of the treachery that is transforming their lives. To the extent that there is "populism" abroad in the land, it represent an awakening on the part of many as to the reigning treachery. Donald Trump's failings are not important to his "base," which is what these people are. We too can play the game of Dog in the Manger. And we know that's not rain that we're feeling on our backs. Keep it up, mothertruckers! We are not going anywhere.

Notes
[1] "How an Irish observer warned in 2013 how the pro-EU elite would seek to block Brexit." By M.E. Synon, BREXITCENTRAL, 3/1/19.

May 1, 2019

Interest payments set to exceed budget deficit.

As we first pointed out one month ago, when looking at the US 'income statement', most concerning by far is that for the first four months of fiscal year 2019, interest payments on the U.S. national debt hit $221 billion, 9% more than in the same five-month period last year, with the rate of increase breathtaking (see chart below). As a reminder, according to the Treasury's conservative budget estimates, interest on the U.S. public debt is on track to reach a record $591 billion this fiscal year, more than the entire budget deficit in FY 2014 ($483 BN) or FY 2015 ($439 BN), and equates to almost 3% of estimated GDP, the highest percentage since 2011.

* * * *

It only gets worse from there.[1]

So God's gift to the world, the United States Government, is using its credit card to pay the interest on previous debt.

What's the old expression? Liars never figure and figures never lie. It appears that that is precisely where we are. And whether Attorney General Barr attempted to conceal the true message of the Mueller report is now the chief obsession of the Dems. An odd obsession given that an anvil is about to fall through the roof.

Mr. Trump is not any better. He thinks that the stock market reflects the health of the economy. If anything it is a reflection of our corrupt and stupid manipulations and evasions.

Notes
[1] "Endgame: Starting In 2024, All US Debt Issuance Will Be Used To Pay For Interest On Debt." By Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge, 5/1/19.

April 29, 2019

Pearls of expression.

You've over looked the young Russian girl who tried to get an NRA membership to influence the election. She could have possibly gotten a Costco membership, joined AARP and signed up for Amazon prime. Then it's good bye to our American democratic way of life.
Comment by Promethus on "Did The Russians Really Interfere In US Elections?" By Boyd Cathey, ZeroHedge, 4/28/19.