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October 21, 2017

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Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

Repeating my comment from the last thread, we can expect the media to begin shaming the ridiculous clown Frederica for attacking a Gold Star family any minute now, right?

henry

Daddy, auto-punctuation? It is a pita on my phone and Mac (both at 11). Just tells me AI isn't taking over the world for a century or two -- it may be Artificial, but it sure as bell isn't Intelligent.

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

The Week in Pictures

henry

Ig, have the media use its white privilege to mansplain decorum to the rodeo clown? Not gonna happen.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

https://www.thedailybeast.com/hollywoods-other-open-secret-besides-harvey-weinstein-preying-on-young-boys

I think it is significant that this article is in The Daily Beast.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-fusion-collusion-1508455434

Bringing this article by Kim Strassel over from the last thread. It seems Fusion GPS (which I had never heard of until the fake dossier surfaced) is way more involved in influencing things than I realized.

Old Lurker

carrying over:

Iggy's post last night about Leviathan is worth pondering. From there, it is worth reflecting on those philosophers circa 16-18th centuries who opined that the "best" form of government might depend on the size and scope of the population being governed. Then for those who jump on the "poor people do too pay taxes" meme, reflect on what those writers said, and those among the ancient Greeks who said it first about what happens when one group, under some forms of government, discovers they have the power to vote assets out of one person's pocket and into their own.

Perhaps we do get the government we deserve (Tocqueville).

Finally, before we do our happy dances about having a budget - even though we are closer than in the last decade or so - remember that the classic definition of budgeting is allocating scarce resources among competing priorities, thereby making the hard choices required. Spending $4T dollars assuming $700B that does not exist is hardly "budgeting". Reflect if you will on the fact that we spend today 25% more per person in constant dollars than we did during the four years of fighting WWII.

https://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/terence-p-jeffrey/capita-federal-spending-sevenfold-1941

Miss Marple the Deplorable

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/apa-agent-tyler-grasham-fired-sexual-abuse-claims-1050883

Captain Hate

Willowed:

According to the Horde, our Repuke overlords are considering capping 401k contributions at $2,400. Wow, a whopping $200 a month; that will decrease dependence on the federal leviathan. We'll all be poor like those people who contribute so many taxes.

henry

OL, I think it is important to note that the vast majority of that increased spending is income transfer from "the rich" to "the poor" also called "entitlement programs."

Marlene

Ig,you are correct that there are hard working and sane people in Congress. The daughter knows these people because of her job and I trust her judgement. If she mentions a certain Congressperson,it is never a showboat loudmouth. Usually the person is from the Midwest,representing their district's interests.
She told me a few of the sane ones are retiring because of the craziness.

Old Lurker

Of course it is, Henry (by some measures 60%) so refer to my comment about the wisdom of ancient Greeks about what happens when one group discovers they can vote assets out of one guy's pocket and into their own. So you are correct, there are at least independent stage four cancers eating away at this country.

Old Lurker

at least TWO stage four cancers.

Jack is Back!

You have to admit, that going after a Gold Star General, who himself has served as a Casualty Officer, is the perfect storm to restore the Democrats to power. [sarc/]

These people are totally tone deaf to the electorate base they need to recover. Do they really think that in the States Trump won that he wasn't suppose to win, that "racism, sexism, leftism, anyism" is what those people want to listen to and ponder before their vote?

Oh, and don't forget you have more statutes to bring down while you're at it.

2 minute duda

If you're the White House Chief of staff and you go to the Press room podium to smear and impugn the character of a black,female Congress woman....you should try to get your fucking facts straight at the very least.


If you're commenting on a high profile event note that there's probably a video that people will reference.

Kelly looks like an rank amateur.


Miss Marple the Deplorable

https://twitter.com/RealEagleBites/status/921710121125687296

This is a thread replying to President Trump's tweet about Rep. Wilson this morning, saying that she has been brought out to distract from the Uranium One scandal.

To which President Trump replied the following:

Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump 6m6 minutes ago

People get what is going on!

===========================================

What's initeresting to me about this is that he obviously is scanning replies to his tweets.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump 2m2 minutes ago

Stock Market hits another all time high on Friday. 5.3 trillion dollars up since Election. Fake News doesn't spent much time on this!

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Jack,

Larry Gatlin was on Fox this morning and said there's a word we don't hear much about anymore, and that is "honor."

When I listened to General Kelly the other day, it reminded me of how much we have lost in our culture over the last 20 years.

President Trump may not be perfect, but it speaks volumes to me that men like Mattis, Kelly, and Carson chose to work with him. Whatever they discussed in private before accepting cabinet nominations must have convinced them he had a vision for the country that they agreed with.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Kurt Schlichter's take on the Bush speech:

Kurt Schlichter‏Verified account @KurtSchlichter 22h22 hours ago

2 Possibilities:

1. Bush was passively aggressively but deliberately slamming the GOP base as bigots.

2. Bush should have known that his comments would be taken by liberals & the GOPe as slamming the GOP base as bigots.

If #2, he owes the GOP base a public clarification.

Old Lurker

MM, you see what's he is doing when he touts the stock market don't you? My knee jerk reaction is always to fear taking credit for anything so fickle as the stock market. But by now he has cast it such that, as RG says so often, he truly owns the downside. If it continues to go up, he can take credit based on the things he has gotten done. When it pops, he has a great argument that that is the fault of the Uniparty Congress...and frankly he will be right about that. "Don't like that 50% correction? Throw those bums out and give me a Congress that wants America to be Great Again...

Carry on...

 narcisoyea

You know she's bug nutz

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/rachel-maddow-niger-travel-ban_us_59ea060fe4b05b4f1c3ad52f

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

The story at The Daily Beast, directly below the one MM linked is about some LA tantra guru who killed herself.
The writer talks about how the gal was brought up in a Christian cult where she was apparently molested by her father but never once seems to understand jumping from one cult into another in which "Orgasm is God" might have contributed to her demise.
In fact, the only criticism of her seems to be she wasn't as sincere and devoted about her new cult as she should have been.

Threadkiller

(Since it is a carry over thread.)

He told his mom that it was the last time he would fret over her.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Old Lurker,

You are correct about his strategy.

Part of the reason the market is high is in expectation of the tax cuts. If they don't deliver, I think it will go down, and you are right, it will be their fault.

Good point!

 narcisoyea

This onto, is a pretty good site, for reviewing the the facts on the ground:
https://mobile.twitter.com/MENASTREAM?max_id=921674428714553349

squaredance

At this point all they seem to be doing with the race card is keep their various planations nailed down for the the mid-term elections.

It is more than likely that everyone else is either ignoring their hysteria or is disgusted by it.

Is this a sign that there might be some cracking of the Dem's patchwork of interest groups and "victims"? Perhaps there is some around the edges? It is certain that Trump has not been the racist monster he was portrayed to be; if enough of the MAGA agenda gets through and we start seeing some real economic progress there has to be some on their plantations that will notice. There are more than a few AAs who have jobs or run small business, after all.

Though, obviously, based on general Communist principles the Dems object to any thing and everything that will move America in the right direction, I think that just maintaining the "victims vote" is behind at least some of their resistance to economic reform.

This ludicrous, preposterous frenzy around something so disgusting and puerile as this "Rodeo Clown" freak show shows to me some real desperation. They now descend into the crudest, grimiest vaudeville--clutching at us to drag us with them.

(And what a gift this is. If the GOPe had any stones they would thank the high heavens for this and use it. Fat chance of that: we get lecture out of W about "Nativism", for Pete's sake. Any day now I expect Ryan to come with his usual pearl clutching and conciliatory noises--tell us all how that "is not who we are". Has he done this already? It exhausts he to keep track of him. If so it would be a just farcical moment of accidental truth telling.)


What a gruesome, clownish burlesque this all is. How badly it reflects on us.

Let us hope that this is the beginning of the end.

Old Lurker

MM, the market at these levels is assuming a lot more MAGA than just a token nod to taxes...

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Old Lurker,

I agree, but the faialure of tax reform would put a big damper on all of those other assumptions.

I am so regretful I had to sell my very small share of Caterpillar stock last year in order to pay bills. It would have doubled by now.

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

I think the market assumes, correctly, that the Fed has no intention of letting the stock market or economy crash.
I think the market assumes, incorrectly, that the Fed has the power to do so.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Schlichter has noticed:

Kurt Schlichter‏Verified account @KurtSchlichter 23h23 hours ago

The best part of the Trump Era is how he gets them to drop their masks and reveal exactly who they are.

Marlene

I just read a story in the Portsmouth (NH) paper that is sad. A large donation of items was brought to the Salvation Army in Portsmouth,including an urn which contained human ashes. The man's name and 1929-1981 are etched on the bottom of the urn. The SA called police and the media,hoping to alert someone that not only Grandpa's stuff,but also Grandpa were brought to the SA. The paper researched the man's 1981 obit,and at that time,he had five children and several siblings. What a bizarre story.
MM,have you ever heard of anything like this happening in all your years of auctions and cleaning out houses?

 narcisoyea

Would they know how to ask the right question

https://www.buzzfeed.com/verabergengruen/everyone-wants-answers-about-what-happened-in-niger-that?utm_term=.cm8qqxKM7#.eiVvv1a39

The closest parallel I. Can think of is the shooting of the four green berets in El Salvador I. 1985, it turns out their position was given away by been Montes.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Marlene,

NO! I can understand it if their were no surviving relatives and the items came from an abandoned storage shed or something, but otherwise, no!

Why didn't one of the childrne have that urn to begin with?

Miss Marple the Deplorable

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/452972/uranium-one-deal-obama-administration-doj-hillary-clinton-racketeering?utm_campaign=trueanthem&utm_content=59eb306e04d3016f3ce10446&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

Andy McCarthy does a good job of dissecting the Uranium One scandal.

Old Lurker

Iggy, in addition to your two assumptions, I assume the market thinks it is denominated in Bitcoins.

Old Lurker

Did Andy tie it to his very good and honorable pals at the DoJ?

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Old Lurker,

No one ever explained adequately to me how people got Bitcoins to begin with. It's like imaginary money to me.

Old Lurker

Easy MM. First you plant a garden of Tulips...

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Rosenstein and Weissman are mentioned, Old Lurker.

Old Lurker

:-)

 narcisoyea

National review on my tablet has the ridiculous design feature of having thr tabs, take up the whole left side of the page

Janet 🚬

Having cleaned out 2 homes after our parents moved out, I can sympathize with something valuable being in the mix of donated or tossed items.
After day 3 we were just chucking boxes of stuff.

Why embarrass the family? Whose business is it?

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

Another good story at the Daily Beast about a case of "repressed memory" in Australia with disturbing similarities to the McMartin preschool case.

Old Lurker

"National review on my tablet"

That right there was your first mistake Narc.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Old Lurker,

The opening of the first Fox News business bloock mentioned Mnuchin telling Congress that the rally won't last if tax reform doesn't pass. Now there are som lib business people trying to dispute that. HA!

Miss Marple the Deplorable

Now they are talking about that issue of dramatically reducing the non-taxable amount you can contribute to 401K's.

 narcisoyea

Well o generally avoid it, but when ' needs must' like verbruggdns real story about the opioid epidemic.

Old Lurker

When Mnuchin said that MM, I knew exactly how the triangle was designed.

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

I'm not sure why anyone is upset with Comey writing his memo exonerating the Red Witch before she was even questioned.
He was just letting Hillary investigate herself.
That's a thing now, right?

Miss Marple the Deplorable

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/byron-york-in-dossier-probe-fusion-gps-asks-court-to-stop-house-from-seeing-bank-records/article/2638187?platform=hootsuite

JimNorCal

JiB: "These people are totally tone deaf to the electorate base they need to recover."

There has not been a single morning that I've woken up and regretted voting for Trump. How could he fail to retain substantially the whole of his previous voters? And, per JiB above, there seems sure to be a tide of less involved voters who will see past the media demonization in 2020. Don't forget how Trump and his supporters were portrayed in the run up to Nov 2016. Remember how confident they were of Hillary thrashing Trump. Realistically, that was their high water mark, I think, no upside from there.

 narcisoyea

What are they morons, and not in a good way?

anon ( AKA common man )

First you plant a garden of Tulips...

I thought the story started off trading a cow for some magic beans?

JimNorCal

Week In Pictures: my fave is "caption unnecessary" under a photo of Hillary with Putin. Perfect!

 narcisoyea

They do seem a little naive:

http://dailysignal.com/2017/10/20/u-s-south-korea-stand-united-kim-ahead-trumps-asia-trip

henry

Bitcoin? They just digitized the old Dot Com stock certificate / toilet paper roll.

 narcisoyea

It does seem like the focus is always on the wring thing:

http://dailycaller.com/2017/10/20/to-push-back-against-iran-we-must-support-our-kurdish-allies

So drug xompanues are stigmatized forvdrawing within the lines the administration and the congress drew.

Old Lurker

Well said Henry. Story is old as time.

-peter from my phone

I know very little about bit-coin. However I am not prepared to dismiss it as an irrational speculative bubble like tulips. There is a technology needed to make bit coin called block-chain which from what little I have read has tremendous potential for applications that are just starting to be developed in many industries and physical equipment devices.

anon ( AKA common man )

What do you call a fiat currency, with zero hard assets behind and without even the "full faith and credit" of a nation?

Scam is such a harsh word...

 narcisoyea

That was cibvolutrex, apologies, who drug addled chimp designed their layout?

rich

>>>It is more than likely that everyone else is either ignoring their hysteria or is disgusted by it.<<<

Is there something besides disgusted? Revolted, radicalizing, profound revulsion ...

>>>Now they are talking about that issue of dramatically reducing the non-taxable amount you can contribute to 401K's.<<<

Captain Hate had that above. More of Not Who We Are playing with his spreadsheets and listening to the sweet nothings from his Gas Chamber of Cronies telling him how clever he is. Sort of like the sonorous prattling on about eliminating the home interest deduction.

One, I'm skeptical many in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th income quintiles get to the maximum of 18K employee max (or 24k if over 50), and secondly, I'm skeptical that if it were to pass that it would generate that much money. Why lock up just $200 a month-just don't have a 401K? And the Gas Chamber of Cronies will cheer-they will shift all the healthcare burden to the federal government and eliminate the 401k program.

sbw

What do you call a fiat currency, with zero hard assets behind and without even the "full faith and credit" of a nation?

$

Old Lurker

and Euro, SBW.

Captain Hate

He was just letting Hillary investigate herself.
That's a thing now, right?

It's certainly how Snoozy McSnoozerson rolls.

rich

Posted by: -peter from my phone | October 21, 2017 at 10:36 AM

was nice when the money in your pocket could just forget.

not anymore.

squaredance

The Laws that the "Leviathan" has made in its progress are part os its power, Short of violent civil war it cannot be destroyed but through the courts and the legislatures. It is really the only way forward.

It really must be destroyed, not shrunk, and it is hard to seem how to do it otherwise. Certainly not through consumer boycotts. Even mass civil protests or open civil war will lead back to the courts and the legislatures--any other path leads to dissolution and anarchy, and so just leads us back to Hobbes's original thesis, a thesis that the broad current of our history had proved to so terribly wrong. Hobbes got his age of absolutism and what a disastrous, tragic and bloody detour that was. It led straight to the banks of the Somme. We barely survived it--we still lick the wounds. This is what led us here.

No, we must cleave toward our true principles and traditions as embodied in our laws, courts and legislatures. Reform can only happen there; If not the whole thing will happen all over again.


So of course putting the the likes of Soros, Hillary, in jail has a profound and positive effect. Moreover, if open criminality, treason and sedition cannot be punished among our so called "leaders" then there is no hope of ever stopping "Leviathan".

Old Lurker

"we must cleave toward our true principles and traditions as embodied in our laws, courts and legislatures"

Hard to do when the last two presidents, who quadrupled our national debt from $5T to $20T, have widely different opinions of what those principles are, even as they disagree with each other assuming they do. One thing we know for sure, the people who elected Trump know what their's are.

squaredance

MM: Crypto currencies are typically funded now by what are called ICOs, or "Initial Coin Offerings". This seems to be modeled after the idea of IPOs.

"Investors" buy tranches of the crypto currency at the onset to fund it.

Of course, how the get that money back into Uncle Sams is another issue altogether.

squaredance

OL: the operative phrase is "true principles". My point is that thought they are picking our pockets, they did so through the law. It can only be stopped through the law if we are not to court disaster.

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

Let me make two points in tentative support of some of what cathyf said a thread or two back. Both involve the gargantuan state we have shackled ourselves with.
It's true ~half the people don't pay income tax and so obviously won't benefit from an income tax cut and it's also true the rich pay the vast majority of income taxes.
However that too often is presumed to mean the poor and lower middle class have very little tax burden and are skating on the wealthy's dime.
FICA alone takes 15% of every dollar a person earns below ~$108,000. Toss in fuel, property [for homeowners] and sales taxes and their per capita, per dollar tax burden is quite high. I just did my daughter's taxes for her the other day and even though she only made $30,000 her effective tax rate was about 25% between Federal income tax and FICA alone. That's nuts.

And as far as the rich deserving a tax break as well, that problem which I would ordinarily agree with without hesitation, is complicated by the fact that so much present wealth is government created "wealth" from inflated asset bubbles in most markets and that free government cheese money is increasingly absorbed by the very richest and most well connected. Not all and not even most, but an obscene and increasing amount.

The tax dilemma like the corruption issue is a function of the gigantic, all powerful national state we have allowed to entrench itself.
Until it is crushed and shrunk significantly, tax policy can never be more than tinkering at the margins and different classes will inevitably be more adversarial than if the total burden was lighter.

The country is broke and broken fundamentally because the Federal govt is spending ~20-25% of gross production and when you consider a good portion of that GDP is itself government spending its toll is even higher than the raw numbers indicate.
Until we close that black hole most else is details and citizens are pitted against each other, which suits Leviathan just fine because they should be pitted against it.

Old Lurker

There was a story making the rounds in real estate circles about how many foreign buyers of US mansions want to buy them with Bitcoins.

When I hear that, why do I think about the game of Musical Chairs?

Talk about trading cows for magic beans...

rich

>>>VOX sacks top exec over sexual misconduct allegations... <<<

lol ...

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

--There is a technology needed to make bit coin called block-chain which from what little I have read has tremendous potential for applications that are just starting to be developed in many industries and physical equipment devices.--

That's true Peter and while I get the value of block-chains have a hard time seeing how that translates to inherent value in crypto currencies.
I think the crypto craze is mostly just a reaction to the other currency craze being perpetrated by the world's central banks.

-peter

Did anyone here see that video of Paul Ryan at the Al Smith?
This joke of a speaker has to go!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQcHedd7Jzw

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

Excellent story at AmSpec deflating the hubris of California progs written by a former state congressman, Adios, California.

Old Lurker

Iggy, first off, you must add the State and Local spending to the Fed's 20-25%, and then add another chunk for the monetary cost of the unfunded mandates imposed on the economy when some nitwit decides to require bathrooms for all five or ten sexes in all public buildings and private businesses.

Only then can you grasp the huge amount of our productivity that is taken or directed by the Leviathan.

Second, the reason some of us launched at the strawman of "the poor do too pay taxes" is that it introduces a downward spiral of negative discussion all of which leads away from, by design, the central cancer which is the aggregate spending in the first place.

You know better than most of us here how fundamental to individual liberty was the Founder's insistence on the sanctity of private property (in its broadest meanings).

Overly simplistic to be sure, but if one imagines the Universe of Individual Liberty to be a circle of 100 slices, every slice given to the Leviathan is a slice no longer possessed by the individual.

Make up any number you want, but I'll bet most of us would calculate that more than 60 of the slices are already owned by the monster.

henry

Block chain tech is interesting as it has an audit trail built in. The "currencies" constructed with the tech are like the photocopied "hash certificates" of hippie communes. Never confuse underlying tech with value of the application.

GUS

Rich, revolting is accurate, look what the LIBTARD PARTY has become.
Look at how hard the DOUCHEBAG is in trying to emotional convince US, that FREAKARICO WILSON, is on the side of the GODS, and that John Kelly is a RACIST. Who the fuck is that stooooooopid.

anon ( AKA common man )

Yeah you can manufacture buggy whips too, but they have no value except for buggy museum curators today...

anon ( AKA common man )

So what fresh hell are we going to find in the JFK files? That a sitting VP bumped off the Commander in Chief? Why have these files been kept secret all these years?

T. Cruz

I hope papa isn't mentioned in those files.

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

All true, OL, but most of it is either enabled by or a direct result of the Federal monster. Behead it and watch the rest either shrink or have to appropriate their scarcer funds more appropriately.

 narcisoyea

More than likely we discover the bureaus level of competence wasnt much better 54 years ago.

Captain Hate

So what fresh hell are we going to find in the JFK files? That a sitting VP bumped off the Commander in Chief? Why have these files been kept secret all these years?

Since so much of Saint JFK (orgasm addict, horrible health) went unreported, just more of the same.

Frau  Edith Steingehirn

I won't see this in my daily McClatchy/AP newsette:

"Today, however, Raqqa is free. The ISIS caliphate has crumbled. Their capital is lost," Funk said in a video statement.

The fight for Raqqa, carried out by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, began in June after a wider three-year fight started by former President Barack Obama had already liberated vast expanses of northern Iraq from ISIS including the city of Mosul.

The Trump administration and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis have ramped up operations and employed new tactics aimed at surrounding and eliminating ISIS fighters.

The Washington Examiner thinks it is important to report and I agree.

squaredance

Iggy: is it a "gigantic state" or is it a huge criminal enterprise? One starts to wonder. It really looks not that much different that the old USSR when one gets down to brass tacks. This is why I keep using the term Nomenklatura. It is essentially gangsterism parading around as government. If I am correct, this changes to whole calculus of "tax the rich".

Given this, it is starting to appear that there has to be some sort of "Clawback" is required no matte how that might offend our conservative principles or impulses.

I, like you, would normally not support anything remotely concerned with progressive taxation, but now find myself pondering it, and just for the reasons you state. The problem is that it is not some much about taxation and perhaps should not be addressed that way. It is really about holding the vipers to account. It is r a "criminal matter", though perhaps these laws have yet to be written.


This is the real conundrum of MAGA if it MAGA is taken to its logical conclusions. Is there sone soft way to set things right over time. Will that wealth "liberate" itself if the right conditions come into place (e.g., eliminate NAFTA, tax offshoring, and etc)?

The problem is so much has been stolen, so much redistributes and little systems changes. For example, the whole Venture Capital industry has radically changed. the money is is fewer hands, and, more importantly, different hands. The results are ponszi schemes and con games that do not advance us at all--perhaps even lead us backwards.

What do we do about it? Is it too systematically corrupted for some sort of "soft" realignment. Is this too unjust and immoral given the thievery and perfidy?

It is a tough needle to thread. Do it wrong and we head towards a sort of "white working class/middle class national socialism", and the globalist.socialist vipers will be right back on top again.

(In fact, I am expecting this as the Dem's "alternate message" to MAGA as soon as next year.)

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

Before I'm off for the day, just a quick update for those few who are strangely interested in the continuing bulldozer saga.
A couple of friends pulled the broken track to the top of the hill while I was otherwise occupied. A local heavy equipment guy pushed a couple of new pins in last Saturday and Monday while I was again occupied elsewhere those same friends dragged it back down and put it back on.
So the cat is back on top of the hill and awaiting a few more parts to make it complete.

Frau  Geh'  singen

Rank amateur? The visiting troll has never made it past "rank."
Pfui!

Old Lurker

SqD "OL: the operative phrase is "true principles". "

Aye, there's the rub.

And it leads right to RSE's bailiwick.

When random students at our elite universities happily go on camera to profess their support for a tax plan they think is Bernie Sander's, only to find that it was the plan of the evil Donald Trump and his Deplorables...one truly has to ask how we are to transmit "true principles".

Since gamblers all know the games are always stacked in favor of the House, the dumber and dumber we get, the more, by default, goes to Leviathan.

Jane (Stand against the Coup)

Very informative article MM, thanks for posting it. If you missed it:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/452972/uranium-one-deal-obama-administration-doj-hillary-clinton-racketeering?utm_campaign=trueanthem&utm_content=59eb306e04d3016f3ce10446&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

Old Lurker

Narc "More than likely we discover the bureaus level of competence wasn't much better 54 years ago."

So true, Narc. But it was much less damaging when they spent only $2,000 per capita as opposed to $12,000 today (constant dollars).

Ask Police Commissioner Reagan about "Broken Windows".

Porchlight

Are the files related only to the assassination? It might be interesting to learn more about certain activities on election night in 1960.

Landsilde Lyndon

We stole that election fair and square.

 narcisoyea

I would tend not to think so, sometimes a disgruntled individual nowadays he would fit the profile of manning or snoeden goes over to the enemy camp, is readmitted with little fan fare, continues to act squirrelly has access to a venue, then they call him a lone wolf.

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

--Iggy: is it a "gigantic state" or is it a huge criminal enterprise? --

Has there ever been a gigantic state that wasn't a criminal enterprise?
I don't think it's possible considering human nature.

Miss Marple the Deplorable

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/10/20/maga-movement-2017-republican-party-raises-record-small-donor-contributions/#more-140169

The comments also have some interesting information from various states.

There are, of course, the constant complaints about the RNC and how you can't donate to Trump without them getting a cut.

Still, I found this encouraging. One interesting piece of data I discovered is that none of this money will go to primary candidates. That may be why a few incumbents are resigning.

 narcisoyea

Vie you take a big picture view, that what you see, demohrenschiltz and company tried to provide openings to readjust be kept sending up flags which few took seriously.

squaredance

OL: Well my answer to that is we rub their snotty little noses in it.

(and it may well be that we "lose" a generation, or at least part of one. It has happened before, I am told.

Seriously, a rational economy that actually prices risk will fix a lot of the generation problem. Right now a lot of the talented young can only gain employment in this strange vampire economy (e/..g., twitter, the "unicorn startup space", etc) created for the upper end of the Nomenklaura via the FED. It is not hard to see how they are taken in. Right that and the mirage of our "post modern economy" is seen for what it is, and in no uncertain terms. Surely they will come around then.

(This goes back to my mention of "Clawbacks" above.)

 narcisoyea

It was back in the late 80s that are piggybacking off a BBC series took up the assassination wurlitzer with each accusation sillier than the next, the Corsican plot that fingered someone who was in jail at the time of the assassination, the mute and deaf witness. Etc etc. Govt is nowhere near that competent.

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