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The latest “Trump Deathwatch” began on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. It began in a courtroom in Alexandria, Virginia, when Paul Manafort, sleazebag beltway operator and former chairman of Trump’s campaign, was pronounced guilty by a jury of his peers on ten counts of various types of fraud — tax fraud, bank fraud, and failure to disclose thirty-one foreign bank accounts which he was using for the purposes of fraud. Or maybe it began in another courtroom, this one miles away in New York City, when, almost at the exact same moment, Michael Cohen, Trump’s ex-lawyer, pleaded guilty to eight unrelated charges of fraud and campaign finance violations, the latter charges stemming from “hush money” paid to two of Trump’s former bimbos.

In any event, whichever came first, it began with these two sleazebag characters, both of whom had been indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is doggedly investigating allegations that the President of the United States is a devious Russian intelligence asset personally planted in the Oval Office by Vladimir Putin, the Russian mob, and a conspiracy of crackerjack “cyber-influencers,” who brainwashed millions of American voters into betraying Hillary Clinton, and the nation, with a bunch of emails and some Facebook posts, and who are even now waging “a chaos campaign to undermine faith in American democracy.”

Mueller, who had previously indicted thirteen Russian “cyber-influencers” who he was certain would never appear in court to laugh derisively in his face, needed to put a “win” on the board, and he needed to do it before the midterm elections. The Resistance® and the corporate media have been desperate for something juicy that they can relentlessly milk for the next ten weeks. They need the Democrats to take the House so they can pretend to try to impeach Trump, or at least subpoena a buttload of folks to appear before a series of congressional hearings that they can drag out all the way to 2020. Naturally, they were hoping Mueller would deliver someone even vaguely connected to their ridiculous, James Bondian “Russiagate” narrative, but Cohen and Manafort were the best he could do, so they went ahead and made the most of it.

Television networks interrupted programming. Most of them did that split-screen thing. News readers broke out their “serious” voices. Legal “experts” were rushed into studios to nod their heads and agree that this was “very serious,” or “extremely serious,” or “potentially extremely serious,” or, in any event, “very, very bad for Trump.” The press, who were still recuperating from the exertion of their synchronized attack on Trump for attacking them for attacking him day after day for the last two years in an only marginally less synchronized manner, instantly went into full Trump attack mode.

The Guardian immediately went to live, moment-by-moment “Trump Deathwatch” coverage. Their opinionists started pumping out pieces proclaiming that “Trump’s reckoning has finally arrived,” and demanding he be impeached before “the cancer on his presidency” metastasizes. The New York Times Editorial Board (which is obviously getting a bit fed up with the riff-raff questioning its journalistic integrity) announced that, starting from that very moment, anyone doubting that Donald Trump is a dirty, rotten, Russian agent is a “fantasist” and a member of his “cult.” CNN began babbling about impeachment, as did the BBC, and more or less every organ of the corporate media. The Washington Post Editorial Board authored a rather lengthy example of the speech that “a presidential president” would deliver in Trump’s circumstances (which she wouldn’t be in), confessing that the Russians have “attacked our democracy,” and that we’re under “ongoing assault” by the Kremlin, and welcoming special counsel Mueller’s further indictments of this “presidential” president’s inner circle of sleazebag operators, dirty tricks specialists, PR hacks, corporate lobbyists, and political consultants (which, of course, this “presidential” president wouldn’t have … well, except for sleazebags like David Brock, secret agent Christopher Steele, Marc Elias, of the law firm Perkins Coie, Jeremy Bash and Philippe Reines, of Beacon Global Strategies, LLC, “a unique Washington consulting firm,” and innumerable other distinguished sleazebags).

By the morning of Saturday, August 25, this latest “Trump Deathwatch” (like those that have preceded it) had been cancelled due to declining ratings. The corporate media started running those features reminding Americans how difficult it is to impeach, or otherwise remove from office, a treasonous Russian intelligence asset who is openly working with Vladimir Putin to destroy America, and Western civilization, and establish a global fascist dictatorship ruled by Putin, Trump, Corbyn, that Italian bozo, and Bashar al-Assad. The corporate media run these features in the wake of every “Trump Deathwatch” episode to taper liberals off the effects of the mindless hysteria they have just finished generating.

Which, in this case, that turned out to be unnecessary, as liberals and other Trump obsessives, who by now are used to having The Resistance® whip them up into these gibbering fits over Russians or Nazis on a regular basis, were already onto the next big story. On the Wednesday after “the worst day of his presidency,” Trump (perhaps on Putin’s orders) had tweeted about “white South African farmers,” which had set off yet another round of global denunciation of racism, white supremacy, Nazis, and so on. Trump, who either is a master manipulator or has the attention span of a chihuahua, or both (and yes, folks, I’m afraid that’s possible), had seen something on the White Genocide Channel that he felt he needed to share with the world (or use to force the corporate media to switch back from the Russia hysteria to the Nazi hysteria they’d been relentlessly flogging until the Manafort conviction and Cohen plea deal allowed them to switch back to the Russia hysteria they’d been relentlessly flogging since the Traitor Summit).

And on and on, and on, it goes … and will continue to go until 2020, unless Trump decides to attack Iran, which I doubt The Resistance® will let him do, because that would get extremely weird, as they would somehow have to simultaneously support another US war of aggression and condemn Trump as Adolf Hitler for starting it. Oh, and also, they would have a hard time explaining why Putin had ordered his stooge in the White House to attack Russia’s ally in the Middle East. So, probably, no attack on Iran.

Which means we are in for another two years of alternating Russia and Nazi hysteria, mostly on a low-intensity basis, with the occasional new segment of “Trump Deathwatch” thrown in. Personally, I’m rooting for the Democrats to take control of the House in the midterms, purely for the sake of entertainment. After calling this ass clown a Russian spy and Literal Hitler for the last two years, they’re going have to at least pretend to impeach him, or else stage a series of internationally-televised neo-McCarthyite congressional hearings to root out the diabolical networks of Putin-Nazis that have infested America, and Britannia, and the rest of the West.

That’s the main thing, after all. Yes, the corporatist ruling classes need to make an example of Trump to dissuade any future billionaire ass clowns from running for high office without their permission, but even more so, they need to put down the “populist” opposition to the spread of global capitalism and the gradual phase-out of national sovereignty that began with Brexit and continued with Trump, so they can transform the smoldering remains of the Earth into one big happy neoliberal market run by supranational corporations and the “democratic governments” they have bought and paid for … which, by that time, folks won’t even notice because we’ll all be shuffling around like zombies staring down into the screens of our phones.

Damn, I think I may have gone and opened a rather enormous can of leftist worms right at the end of this essay by mentioning the “national sovereignty” thing. So, leftists, please ignore the previous paragraph. National sovereignty is the same as nationalism. Nationalism is very, very bad. Internationalism is good. Internationalist socialism is what we all want. Okay, admittedly, the forces of internationalist socialism appear to be … well, somewhat marginal at the moment (or possibly virtually non-existent), but that’s not a problem, because the global capitalists will be happy to internationalize everything for us, and to do away with all those nasty nationalists, and that national government-subsidized healthcare and university education and all that stuff.

So let’s forget that I mentioned national sovereignty, because that’s all Putinist Trumpism, and so on. There’s absolutely no reason at all for leftists to discuss that subject, or to view it in any kind of larger historical or geopolitical context or anything. Once the global corporate empire finishes their Privatization of Everything, I’m sure they will be open to considering socialism. They’ll probably even let us vote on it. By then, they will have cleansed the Internet of all the discord-sowing Putin-Nazis … so there won’t be any danger of being “influenced” to vote the wrong way or anything.

In the meantime, don’t forget to do your part in the War on Trump, Putin, Assad, Corbyn, and whoever else the corporate media tell us we’re at war against. Forget about global capitalism. Keep obsessing about Donald Trump. And if you get tired of obsessing about Donald Trump, you can always call Corbyn an anti-Semite, or accuse Glenn Greenwald of working for Putin, or, if you’ve got some free time and want to get creative, compile a Directory of International Assadists, or some other paranoid pseudo-blacklist. Every little contribution counts!

C. J. Hopkins is an award-winning American playwright, novelist and satirist based in Berlin. His plays are published by Bloomsbury Publishing (UK) and Broadway Play Publishing (USA). His debut novel, ZONE 23, is published by Snoggsworthy, Swaine & Cormorant. He can reached at cjhopkins.com or consentfactory.org.

 
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  1. Sean says:

    And on and on, and on, it goes … and will continue to go until 2020, unless Trump decides to attack Iran, which I doubt The Resistance® will let him do, because that would get extremely weird, as they would somehow have to simultaneously support another US war of aggression and condemn Trump as Adolf Hitler for starting it. Oh, and also, they would have a hard time explaining why Putin had ordered his stooge in the White House to attack Russia’s ally in the Middle East. So, probably, no attack on Iran.

    That is why Trump will attack Iran.

  2. The problem is that a certain tribe hates Trump and they happen to own the media.
    So…..the media lies constantly about the poor man.
    It’s tiresome and stupid.

  3. Rational says:

    WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO INDICT AIPAC?

    AIPAC intferes in every election. Soros interferes all over the world. Judaists interefere all over the world and tell people in other countries how to vote.

    So does CNN. Many on its staff are dual Isreali citizens, and did not register as foreign agents.

    And many Jewish Oligarchs.

    Even Chomsky, a Jewish scholar, and a darling of the left, agrees that Israeli interference in US elections “vastly overwhelms” what Russia has done (if anything):

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/israel-us-elections-intervention-russia-noam-chomsky-donald-trump-a8470481.html

    • Agree: Johnnie Walker Read
  4. @Sean

    That is why Trump will attack Iran.

    I’m still waiting for Ronald Reagan’s first strike against the USSR.

    • Replies: @Robjil
    , @Sean
    , @Iberiano
  5. S says:

    ..Robert Mueller, who is doggedly investigating allegations that the President of the United States is a devious Russian intelligence asset personally planted in the Oval Office by Vladimir Putin, the Russian mob, and a conspiracy of crackerjack “cyber-influencers,” who brainwashed millions of American voters into betraying Hillary Clinton, and the nation, with a bunch of emails and some Facebook posts, and who are even now waging “a chaos campaign to undermine faith in American democracy.”

    If only there was an Agent 99 to bring some levity and balance to Robert Mueller’s Maxwell Smart personna…then everything would be complete.

  6. Biff says:

    Damn, I think I may have gone and opened a rather enormous can of leftist worms right at the end of this essay by mentioning the “national sovereignty”

    Sure did, because in Washington/Beltway double standards are the norm. “Russia attacked our national sovereignty, and those involved must be punished!” “Now go attack those who are marching in favor of national sovereignty, they must be punished!”

  7. FB says:

    A really good read…satire in the hilarious yet biting tradition of the original himself…Juvenal…

    I fully agree that a chihuahua can be a master manipulator despite the seeming handicap of having an attention span measured in nanoseconds…

    It’s actually really useful that we no have a very clear and precise list of OFFICIAL ENEMIES OF DEMOCRACY…

    Putin…Trump…Corbyn…and oh yeah, that Italian guy…[isn't there that Hungarian guy too...and of course Alex Jones and anyone else on the sacred social media who acts 'suspiciously out of character'...]

  8. You do realise that we actual leftists have no love for “internationalism”?

    • Replies: @MaryLS
  9. It is always a better day when I see another article by C.J. Hopkins!

    • Replies: @Che Guava
  10. Kiza says:

    Funny in a sad way, how can people be so horribly dumb?

    • Replies: @Queen Nor
    , @Johnny Rico
  11. Brabantian says: • Website

    Donald John Trump has not yet ‘released the Kraken’ of the Robert Mueller – Hillary Clinton corruption files

    Survey of the pervasively corrupt history of Robert Mueller:

    https://www.newnationalist.net/2018/08/robert-mueller-crime-syndicate-operative-extraordinaire/

    As UK barrister Michael Shrimpton notes:

    Mueller has resorted to the classic sleazy prosecutor’s gambit of resorting to auxiliary allegations like perjury. All you need is to bully someone into contradicting the President and you have a perjury charge if you can trap the President into making statements on oath.

    And re the tangled web of Robert Mueller gang corruption:

    From 2001 to 2005 the US gov had an ongoing investigation into the Clinton Foundation. Governments from around the world had donated to the ‘Charity’, yet many of those donations were illegally undeclared.

    The investigation mysteriously ended after US Justice Dept staffer James Comey took it over in 2005. He was assisted by Assistant Attorney General of the United States, Rod Rosenstein, and FBI Director Robert Mueller.

    James Comey’s brother works for DLA Piper that handles the Clinton Foundation.

    When Hillary Clinton was Obama’s US Secretary of State, she supported a decision to sell 20% of US Uranium to Russia. Bill Clinton went to Moscow, was paid US $500,000 for a one-hour speech, and met with Vladimir Putin at his home. Entities connected to the Uranium One deal then donated US $145 million to the Clinton Foundation

    FBI Director Robert Mueller oversaw the Russian ‘deal’ … Rod Rosenstein was placed under gag order not to speak of it.

    Also while Hillary was Secretary of State, her friend James Comey moved from the US Justice Dept to Lockheed Martin, earning millions himself, with 17 no-bid contracts for Lockheed Martin with Hillary’s State Dept.

    When the Benghazi investigations uncovered the Hillary e-mail offences and placement of Top Secret information on her private servers, the investigation was in the hands of … James Comey, who had returned to gov service as FBI Director, where he ‘could not find’ any crimes regarding Hillary.

    Lisa Barsoomian is a lawyer who, over time in many cases, was either herself or her legal partner acting in representation of James Comey, Robert Mueller, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, the FBI and the CIA … Lisa Barsoomian is the wife of US Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Robert Mueller to his current job.

  12. You could have mentioned Robert Reich’s call for the entire Trump presidency to be annulled, including erasure of all executive orders he has issues and unseating of all judges and officials he has appointed. In a perfect nod to Stalinism, he is is to be sent down the memory hole with every shred of evidence of his existence airbrushed out of existence. BTW, Reich is a great name for one who comments on how to deal with Nazis, nicht war?

    • Replies: @Anon
  13. El Dato says:

    The corporate media run these features in the wake of every “Trump Deathwatch” episode to taper liberals off the effects of the mindless hysteria they have just finished generating.

    Yeah, wouldn’t want to those liburls to go cold-turkey and crash on the sidewalk with blood running out of their ears, noses and eye sockets.

    And on and on, and on, it goes … and will continue to go until 2020, unless Trump decides to attack Iran, which I doubt The Resistance® will let him do, because that would get extremely weird, as they would somehow have to simultaneously support another US war of aggression and condemn Trump as Adolf Hitler for starting it.

    Don’t doubt. Doublethink is an integrated feature of liburalism and there would not be any sort of problem whatsoever in doing both. Like a priest how lies with a sex worker, then has her whipped and branded for being a temptress.

    Inb4 Corvinus proclaiming his fealthy in Mueller and his “extremely complex, never-had-it-before” investigation that will calve any minute now.

  14. Akbar Ali says:

    CJ wrote, “Personally, I’m rooting for the Democrats to take control of the House in the midterms, purely for the sake of entertainment.”

    Salam to one CJ from another CJ (Camel Jockey)

    LOL, would be entertainment of the year. All those dancing Democrats paying back the Republicans for the Evil Bubba.

    Today on CNN, after the fiasco of lobbyist Sam Patten, one Expert kept on saying in every answer to the questions to him about Trump, kept on saying drip, drip, drip.

    It is now planted in my head drip, drip, drip. Cannot get it out of my mind drip, drip, drip…. Then I remembered our President saying, what you hear, see, watch, read on MSM is mostly Fake News.

    Akbar Ali

  15. Miggle says:

    Thanks, Hoppy, brilliant piece. I look forward with great hope to the delightful era when the USA will be ruled by “Putin, Trump, Corbyn, that Italian bozo, and Bashar al-Assad”. What a wonderful collection of dictators!

    • Replies: @Ace
  16. Robjil says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    That was the old days. The cold war was playing it safe. The US did coups and wars then too. Vietnam and South Asia was bombed and destroyed. Coups in Latin America were a regular thing. Cuba was the only one that managed to keep the US out. After the cold war, the US branched out to Europe (Yugoslavia, Ukraine), North Africa (Libya) and West Asia ( Afghanistan, Iraq). The US has been going crazy in the middle east since 1991. 1991 Iraq war ended on Purim 1991. 2003 war on Iraq started on Purim. 2011 war on Libya started on Purim. Notice the eight year play for the last two. Is Iran in line for the next Purim attack in 2019?

  17. Readjustment!!!!
    And so it took two years for Miller and his team of superhero lawyers to find one miserable tax cheat, who was hiding his money in all the wrong places.
    So what is IRS doing anyway? Playing with theirs ……?
    This is only one, little bit more significant signs of decaying of US hegemonistic Capitalism.
    One way or the other, with Trump or without Trump Us society is standing on the doorsteps of major readjustment theoretical, practical, and political.
    Hypocrisy will end, and somebody will have to tell the American people the naked truth.

  18. Sean says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Russia had zero influence on US politics by the time of Reagan, the main sourc of subversion in America switched to Israel and is now also the main source of the opposition to Trump. He can take the mainspring out of the opposition machine by wrong-footing his enemies in the Jewish community with an attack on Iran. It will only remain to destablise Jordan then expel the Palestinians from the West Bank and officially annex it, and the anti-Trump movement will be like the Left after the Six Day War.

  19. Mueller, the man accused on a German site of having perpetrated Lockerby, to kill a rival secret service, that found out about Mueller’s drug trade in Beirut.
    It was, if it is true, great for Mueller that he was the USA investigator of Lockerby.

    I wonder if it is known in the USA that already during the trial held in the Netherlands, the father of one of the victims, who was at the trial, that some about the mechanism for the ignition was inconsistent.
    This was later confirmed by the, if I remember correctly, Swiss manufacturer.
    The Libyan convicted for Lockerby went to a Scottish jail, quite soon, a Scottish investigation committee came to the conclusion that he was innocent.
    Those who lost relatives in the disaster never got answer to the question how and why it was possible that shortly before take off in London VIP’s were manoevred out of the plane.

    As to the Libyan, ‘luckily’ he got a deadly disease, great smokescreen for letting him go.
    Until now we do not how the cause of the death of Arafat.

    If Mueller is as criminal as asserted, I cannot know.
    However, three years after Sept 11 I could no longer fool myself, this was not a Muslim terrorist attack.
    The mentioned German site also explained that Sept 11 brought a profit of some $ 5 billion to thr owners of the Twin Towers, to be paid by Allianz, A German firm, that as a result had to fire 3000 employees.
    The insurance with Allianz dated from three weeks before Sept 11.

    So, for who thinks, what is his point, no crime within the USA I judge impossible any more.
    Also not accusing a president of things that never happened.

    • Agree: Druid
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  20. @Brabantian

    This reminds me of the Iran Contra deals.

  21. @Ilyana_Rozumova

    ” decaying of US hegemonistic Capitalism. ”
    Wonder if hegemonistic capitalism can decay.
    When in Florida I visited the Flagler museum, accompanied by a USA friend who lived in the vicinity.
    He told me some interesting Flagler stories.
    The main USA problem, is, in my opinion, that little has changed since the times of Flagler and Rockefeller.
    Rockefeller, BTW, was able in a few years time, by buying a news agency, to change his image with the USA public from ruthless capitalist to philantropist, Bill Gates and Soros accomplished something similar, though not here in Europe.
    Polish socialists call the Soros followers ‘Sorosjugend’.

  22. @Bennis Mardens

    “A certain tribe hates Trump”
    Wow, you must live on a different planet than the rest f us. Israhell has never had a greater friend in the White House than Donald Trumpenstien.

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/when-it-comes-to-jewish-ties-no-gop-candidate-trumps-trump/

    • Agree: Stan d Mute
    • Replies: @Will
  23. Jake says:

    My favorite part of this article: “And on and on, and on, it goes … and will continue to go until 2020, unless Trump decides to attack Iran, which I doubt The Resistance® will let him do, because that would get extremely weird, as they would somehow have to simultaneously support another US war of aggression and condemn Trump as Adolf Hitler for starting it. Oh, and also, they would have a hard time explaining why Putin had ordered his stooge in the White House to attack Russia’s ally in the Middle East.”

    We live in times in which the media elites and academia are fully insane. That means that the ‘normal’ levels of insanity and venality for career politicians will be ramped up.

  24. factjis says:
    @Bennis Mardens

    So this “tribe” (as you call them) are the folks leading the criticism of the President? These folks “own the media” you aver – yes?

    Hmmm, then that clearly can’t be a “tribe” which includes Netanyahu, his likudniks and neo-cons and militant right-wing, American billionaire Zionists – because they’ve never had it so good under any U.S. President.

    As for the Palestinians (let alone the American middle class), well, things are rather different.

  25. Moi says:
    @Bennis Mardens

    How so? Mr. T is a crypto Jew himself who loves Israel almost as much as Bibi.

  26. anon[317] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bennis Mardens

    unilateral private media ownership is the problem, not privatized tribal hate for Trump or whomever..

    Government vs Private Parallel Media can solve many, many problems created by Deep State it can quickly turn the tables on the deep state or strongly support it.. Since 1492 when Martin Luther exposed unilateral backroom power, massive singularities of accumulated wealth, and controlled, filtered propaganda to the masses. government has become the responsibility of the governed, and the governors have become the servants of the masses. However, those same powers Luther exposed have done everything in their power to deny the masses the right to self determination

    Trump has a plan to nationalize the media, but I think he should merely parallel the private media with open source government media ( no rules to use it, none, not any, sex weird stuff, criminal stuff, whatever ,just let anyone with something to say say it on their own website hosted by the government). Produce a government media hosting site, allow anyone, foreign or local, to present on the public media. use government developed search engine and indexing technology (no private party no private contractors, everything and everyone involved at the government host site is a government employee and all technology is developed by government for government use only) and let the masses decide for themselves both 1) form of government and 2) degree of corruption they will accept. Everyone can then select do they want to view the Deep State Media or one of the millions of content providers visible on the government media host.

  27. @Bennis Mardens

    “Zionism(A.K.A. Neo-Cons, and all “Israeli Firsters”)is a political ideology based upon the suspension of reason and common sense, rooted upon a macabre death wish that worships the state of Israel.
    Israel-First loyalists do not have to be Jewish. Christian-Zionists routinely forgo faithfulness to our country, when they place Israel above the interests of our own nation. The notion that Israel is a trusted ally is the most absurd illusion that exists in a demented political culture. This is the “Big Lie”, an invention of Zionist subversion, which is the cause of an insane American foreign policy. Israel-First zealots control every aspect of political power in the United States. An actual American holocaust that stares us directly in our faces stems from sick fraudulent propaganda and phony guilt deceit that only benefits Zionists and Israel.”

    http://batr.org/gulag/051605.html

    Trump praising Israel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-ZadGhAo5M

  28. Anonymous[321] • Disclaimer says:
    @jilles dykstra

    South America, North America .. is there still a difference?

  29. Anonymous[321] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sean

    I hope not. If Trump wants to go down a hero, he can be the monkey wrench that wrecks so much damage on the machine that it’s no longer capable of threatening the world. If he can perform a controlled demolition of the USA, the rest of the world will continue just fine without them. We’ll remember him as a hero for preventing WW3.

    • Replies: @Sean
  30. @Brabantian

    None of this makes any difference. The MSM still control 98 percent of the information transmission systems in the western world. Indeed, (((they))) are beginning to prohibit other information systems such as the internet.
    What you don’t hear about never happened. The flip side of that coin is that what you hear about over and over comes to be reality, regardless. Think Tawana Brawley. Think Duke sports teams.
    Where there’s smoke there must be fire, right?
    Trump has a talent for feeding the MSM red meat. Always with a good dose of poison mixed in so they are happy to shoot themselves in the foot. Think Roseanne Roseannadanna. Nevermind…

    • Replies: @gsjackson
  31. Anonymous[795] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sean

    That is why Trump will attack Iran.

    Well, he can’t attack Syria because Israel, ya know, might get hot grease spattered on them. And besides, Israel wants Syria with as little additional damage as possible, leaving an attack on Iran as the only method of “attacking” Russia. But, it cannot be done directly, with flimsy excuses. The excuses are just too damn flimsy.

    Also, life is too damn good for American Army mercenaries to have to risk life and limb for another meaningless ME conflict. Nope, the Army needs another five years, at the very least, before another round of medals and benefit-increases justifies their personal risk. US Army take-home, “combat” pay and massive health-and-living benefits amount to the best living any white American boy can experience, but there is a limit.

    Now, limited-scope attack by proxy? Iraq border conflict? Afghanistan border conflict? Both good, plus there is already umpty-ump bajillion $ of US taxpayer-paid military equipment in Afghanistan. Good excuse to junk it all and get new stuff. That’s what taxpayers are for, after all.

  32. Anonymous[795] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ilyana_Rozumova

    Hypocrisy will end, and somebody will have to tell the American people the naked truth.

    Don’t be silly. Hypocrisy will increase, and the American people are never told any truth, ever.

  33. The fact is that the U.S. is a Zionist controlled plantation and there is no difference at the top levels between the demonrats and the republicons as both are Zionist controlled and are traitors to America, as proof of this is the Israeli and Zionist controlled deep state attack on 911 which killed 3000 Americans and Israel and the Zionists got away with it and every thinking America knows they did it.

    The only difference between Trump and Helliary is their plumbing, both are Zionist puppets and the ziocons run the U.S. gov..

  34. I think we’ll all remember the time Hillarytards called gay man and far leftist Glenn Greenwald a Putin asset as the moment of Peak Insanity in 2018.

  35. Henri says:

    It’s disheartening to see McCain praise. It’s so good that Trump doesn’t bend to it. His legacy has been portrayed by Sailer perfectly : invade and invite the world. He was a bad entitled legacy person. It would be good if all the people who had suffered from his injustice could speak out !

  36. Brilliant essay. Thanks.

  37. @Sean

    The United States and Israeli do not attack countries with the ability to defend themselves. Or haven’t you noticed?

    • Replies: @Sean
    , @Colin Wright
  38. anon[178] • Disclaimer says:

    So it turns out there was NO FISA hearing for the first application
    to spy on Trump through Carter Page. It was simply rubber stamped
    by a Republican (in name only) judge in this most secret of Star Chambers.
    What judge wouldn’t approve, as it was signed by John Kerry, his deputy,
    Susan Rice, her deputy, James Comey, his deputy McCabe, Brennan, Clapper
    and to put the icing on top, Ash Carter, Obama’s Secretary of Defense?
    It might just as well have been signed by the President himself. And this was
    while he was still in office.
    There it is, slowly coming to light, one of the great political scandals
    in our history. A sitting Presidents institutes a “counter intelligence”
    disinformation campaign against an opposition party which is still
    ongoing. Trump wants his FBI and DOJ to “do the right thing” or
    he “may have to get involved.” He better act soon or be scalped by Mueller.

    • Replies: @Skeptikal
  39. Che Guava says:
    @Cjhopkinsrocks

    St. Claire will kick hin off Counterpunch very soon if Hopkins is to keep up this level of balanced entertainment.

    Agree, another good article.

    • Replies: @Carroll Price
  40. We could never be so fortunate that Vladimir Putin might actually prevent Donald Trump from doing more stupid things than he does – particularly anything to do with decisions affecting US relations with Iran, Syria, and N. Korea.

  41. @Ilyana_Rozumova

    somebody will have to tell the American people the naked truth.

    Haha! That will never happen. Why? Because the elites don’t want the truth told (if they’re even able to recognize it when they see it) and the plebs don’t want to hear the truth. Nope, what will happen is War. We’ve always been at War with Eurasia (or Eastasia or Oceania or etc). War is always how they disguise their failures.

    Just sit back, watch some Lardassians or sportsball, and spread the other cheek like a good Yeshuan eh? We’ll call you when your number is picked to go die in some shithole country because reasons..

    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
    , @peterAUS
  42. Sean says:
    @Carroll Price

    Good, trying to arm themselves in self defence will be giving Trump an excuse to destroy them. There is no way out for Iran, and no one will help them. They are not threatening like Kim, the last I heard an Iranian leader was saying there will be no war. They are getting scared, and they’re right to be.

    • Replies: @Carroll Price
    , @Sean
  43. “C. J. Hopkins is an award-winning American playwright, novelist and satirist….”

    …not for long if he keeps this up. I wonder if he’s friends with James Woods?

  44. Sean says:
    @Anonymous

    Trump is not behaving all that differently to other presidents, they all come in trying to reset relations with North Korea, Russia and Iran and they all end up using military force, or the threat of it. The real different thing about Trump is his domestic agenda. He needs Israel to do certain things domestically before he can solve the immigration problem. Iran has to go so that Israel feels secure enough for decisive action on their Palestinian problem

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Colin Wright
  45. @Carroll Price

    ‘The United States and Israeli do not attack countries with the ability to defend themselves. Or haven’t you noticed?’

    Well, effectively, both Iraq and Afghanistan turned out to be quite capable of defending themselves. We certainly didn’t win in Iraq, and do you seriously anticipate final victory in Afghanistan?

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Carroll Price
  46. Anonymous[324] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sean

    Iran has to go so that Israel feels secure enough for decisive action on their Palestinian problem

    Get real. Israel could destroy Iran in 30 minutes. They have zero fear of Iran. Mostly contempt for Ayrab goyim.

    What Israel wants is control of Iran, without a lot of infrastructure destruction. They need US ground troops to achieve that — ain’t no Israeli boy or girl gonna get shot at in Iran. Hell no, that’s for the putzes in the US military.

    Israel has Iraq, but it got torn up pretty badly. No more of that. Syria, then Iran. That should hold Israel for 30 years, maybe. Greed has no limits.

    • Replies: @Longfisher
    , @Sean
  47. That’s interesting about the new insurers for the Twin Towers. I wonder who had insured them before Allianz? Let me guess, that they mysteriously increased their rates before the attack; so the new owners went looking for lower rates elsewhere.

    • Replies: @Anon
  48. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:

    Off topic

    The Jewish holidays are this month. Those TV ADs asking kind hearted fundie Christians to send money to help the starving homeless old lady holafraud survivors of Israel are starting.

    I guess Israel isn’t a very successful socialist state if starving old holafraud survivors are homeless.

    • Replies: @Johnny Smoggins
  49. Absolutely amazingly accurate and a completely true account of our current hysteria from which we are want to revcover.

  50. @Anonymous

    Apparently, you favor the destruction of Iran.

    Personally, Israel disgusts me.

  51. @Stan d Mute

    Chrustjow told the Russians the truth about Stalin.
    The French revolution brought the truth about the aristocracy.
    Napoleon created the modern nation state.
    After WWI revisionism brought the truth about WWI, the USA never ratified Versailles.
    We live in interesting times.
    Never before, as far as I know, was news so criticised and disbelieved as right now.
    Fake news is the battle between those in power and dissidents about what is the truth.
    In Germany the word Lügenpresse, lying press, has become quite common.
    German correspondents, in how far they represent the average German now I do not know, of course, do not take seriously any ‘official’ German news.
    So, if anyone will ever tell, for example, what anyone interested can know, that FDR deliberately provoked Pearl Harbour in order to wage war, I do not know.
    Politicians are well aware of the dangers of changing mainstream history.
    GB even now has not made public the documents about the flight of Hess to Scotland in May 1941.
    In de mid nineties a member of the British cabinet stated in the Lower House that these documents were still a danger to GB.
    What would happen if these documents became available, and made clear, what I suspect, that Hess came with very reasonable peace proposals, I really have no idea.
    The effect of anyone with authority stating that gas chambers saved lives, by killing lice, also no idea.
    In all three cases, the loss of trust in authority could have devastating consequences.

    • Agree: Carroll Price
  52. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Colin Wright

    Wasn’t killing Hussein victory? Wasn’t that the official story? Maybe I’m wrong

    • Replies: @Carroll Price
  53. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says: • Website

    One thing for sure, whites need to stop supporting Zionism and Jewish power.

    After all, if whiteness is so tainted, evil, and wicked, it is terrible to associate something so pure and noble as Jewishness with anything whites.

  54. Sean says:
    @Anonymous

    Israel has one problem : the Palestinians of the occupied territories. Iran is the last remaining deterrent to Israel solving that problem.

    • Agree: cassandra
  55. @Sean

    There is no way out for Iran, and no one will help them.

    According to Israeli neocons and their American toddies, Syria was supposed to be in the same helpless condition, thus assuring another cheap, casualty-free victory. So, tell us, how did that little venture workout for you? Huh?

    • Replies: @Johnny Rico
  56. @Bennis Mardens

    There is no contradiction in simultaneously bashing one’s enemy here and exploiting his weaknesses elsewhere. The Tribe plays Bad and Good Cop. The more Trump is bashed here, the more he attempts to please them over there. They reciprocate, over there, with benign pats on his orange head. This will continue until Trump is replaced by the cucked Pence or by a Democrat more to their liking.

  57. @Colin Wright

    Hubristic blunders are made and lots of them. My comment should have read: “The United States and Israeli do not KNOWINGLY attack countries with the ability to defend themselves.” A near perfect example of hubris over-riding good judgment, was Israel’s getting their clock cleaned while invading Lebanon in 2006, a mistake they won’t be repeating anytime soon.

  58. @Anon

    Contrary to popular opinion, Iraq was actually a resounding success for Israel who ordered the attack in the first place. The plan, all along, was to simply destroy another one of Israel chief rivals and competitors by over-throwing it’s government and leaving the country in a state of total chaos. Same plans for Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen & Syria, except, thanks to Vladimir Putin, Syria didn’t work-out as planned.

  59. @Che Guava

    For starters, Counterpunch needs to stop censoring and banning commenters, like myself, who openly criticize and condemn Jews and Israel (by name) for the crimes they commit, with the same applying to Justine Raimondo, and his Jewish buddies running antiwar.com.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Che Guava
  60. anonymous[204] • Disclaimer says:

    Mueller is part of the Jewish Mafia as well, otherwise he would have seen all the evidence that lead
    to Israel and Jewish Mafia influence of the US election and US policy.
    Who wants to listen to criminals such as Mueller who deceived the world by saying ‘Saddam has WMD’ to implement the plan of the Jewish Mafia in the region for the zionist project ‘world government’.
    He is as criminal as the rest of them. People of the world are fed up. He is a liar otherwise by now would have exposed the true enemy, the Jewish Mafia and its family including trump.

  61. Anonymous[513] • Disclaimer says:
    @Carroll Price

    For starters, Counterpunch needs to stop censoring and banning commenters, like myself, who openly criticize and condemn Jews and Israel (by name) for the crimes they commit

    Oh, yeah, that’s gonna happen. You keep talking like that, and you’re going to find yourself in jail. America is “this” close to criminalizing all speech not properly sycophantic of Jews and Israel.

  62. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @kerdasi amaq

    I think Silverstein ET AL selected a German company to punish Germany for the worst crime ever in the last million years the holafraud.

    It was just what insurance companies call Jewish lightening. It was an elaborate form of arson using planes and jet fuel rather than a cigarette careless thrown into a full wastebasket or a kitchen fire in one of the restaurants.

  63. Sean says:
    @Sean

    Obama wanted to punish Assad for chemical weapons by it never happened. So there was NO American air campaign against Assad’s regieme. As I recall the Joint Chief especially Dempey were strongly opposed because they thought the government would disintegrate under a such a blitz as the US would mount. The US could smash the Iranian regimes, although I doubt there would be a Iraq or Afghan style occupation.

  64. @Anon

    Jeff Bezos is Jewish and the world’s richest man. Why doesn’t he send some shekels their way instead of hitting up some dolt in Kansas who can barely make the payments on his mobile home.

    • Replies: @Zach
  65. densa says:

    Funny and completely true. I’ll take your word for it because I don’t watch or read any of them anymore.

    Lately I’ve been wondering whether we should be concerned with electromagnetic smog or any other environmental reason that could explain the rising insanity.

  66. cassandra says:
    @Sean

    …that would get extremely weird.
    That is why Trump will attack Iran.

    I devoutly hope not. The US left is already extremely weird: normally peace-loving leftists are supporting sabre-rattling for WWIII against Russia, and praising humanitarian missile attacks in Syria, requiring only that the White Helmets concoct some fake gas attack excuse.

    The situation in Iran is also extremely weird: overthrowing Iran is much more complex than Syria. I can’t see USA mounting a direct boot-on-the-ground attack; the country is too large and internal politics against an invader are too strong. An indirect approach remains. Judging from last January, there does seem to be some mass of protesters in Iran, but it’s hard to tell whether they’re strong enough to ignite a color revolution; that might have been a test run, or a failed attempt.

    [MORE]

    The trick of getting Salafis for muscle suggests itself: they could easily infiltrate from Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, even Ajerbaijan. However, Salafists are Sunni and Iranians are Shia, so an Islamic State along Syrian lines wouldn’t find a warm welcome.

    Russian aid could be supplied straight from the Caspian, but Iran as a Muslim country would find it distasteful to permit kaffir soldiers to operate on its soil. It was tried once a couple of years back, but failed when the arrangement became public (https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/23/world/middleeast/iran-russia-syria.html). Maybe if push came to shove an accommodation could be reached, but long-term incentive for a base for Russia is weak. Russia would have a strong motivation to keep Iran at least non-antagonistic, and that might be enough for the CIS to make an effort.

    If not for the above calculations, the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia would be happy to walk right in. But if things don’t quickly go well against Iran, the Yemen conflict might spread into KSA itself (especially if Iran felt that KSA was attacking), and shipping in the Persian Gulf might be disrupted. A Shia-Sunni war between Iraq and KSA may even develop.

    IMHO, there are just too many conflicting imponderables to even guess a likely outcome. Even from the point of view of Israeli geopolitics, which might not at all be troubled if all local parties were turned into failed states, the risk to continued oil shipments from the region might be too much to contemplate.

  67. Will says:

    Imagine writing an article of an ongoing coup against Trump and ignoring the elephant of Jewish subversion/machinations that’s in the room.

  68. Z-man says:

    “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” (Grin)

  69. Art says:
    @Bennis Mardens

    The problem is that a certain tribe hates Trump and they happen to own the media.

    It is OK to say “Jew” on this forum.

    AIPAC does 100 times more interference in our elections than Russia does.

    Think Peace — Art

  70. Z-man says:
    @Bennis Mardens

    I’m still banking on Trump being a genius here. He has given Izra-hell all that it has wanted but it’s the same deal that Obama had been forced to give them three years ago. So all he’s really added to that is moving the embassy to Jerusalem. But the final status is still up in the air.
    I think he blew a dog whistle to the American Nationalists, like me, the other week when he said he would meet with the Iranians. Dershowitz and the rest of the Cabal must have went haywire but the few but powerful Cabalist Trump supporters, like Douche-a-witz towed the pro Trump line.
    Also the more the MSM attacks Trump the better it is for him.

  71. Will says:
    @Johnnie Walker Read

    The vast majority of Jews (about 80%) voted for Hillary not Trump. They do hate Trump. Granted his Israel butt-kissing & servility to Zionist aspirations are second-to-none but that doesn’t, in itself, prove Jews don’t hate Trump. Who runs the media that is actively trying to effect a coup against him? Jews. Who is attacking him for his posture toward Russia? Neocons, who are Jews. Jews want Russia punished for its intercession in Syria which put a stop to their imperialist march across the Middle East, halting the progress of Oded Yinon. What NGOs constantly hammer him on immigration & ICE? Jewish funded/led ones.

    • Replies: @Skeptikal
  72. peterAUS says:
    @Stan d Mute

    ….Because the elites don’t want the truth told (if they’re even able to recognize it when they see it) and the plebs don’t want to hear the truth. ….

    Pretty much.

  73. Skeptikal says:
    @anon

    I am seriously conflicted!

    I don’t agree with any of Trump’s policies (except the “smash globalism” one). I am for taxing the rich, not the poor. I am for the EPA. Etc.

    But I do want to see the Dems turning in the wind. I want the rot exposed. I want to see the sanctimonious Obama and the unbearably awful Hillary exposed and brought down.
    For that to happen, I thing the Repugs have to maintain majorities in the midterms.

  74. @Sean

    ‘Iran has to go so that Israel feels secure enough for decisive action on their Palestinian problem’

    Israel has no particular rational cause for its hostility towards Iran.

    It’s just that ever since it came into being, Israel has needed an external enemy to maintain a sense of national identity. First that enemy was Egypt, then it was the PLO, then Iraq, then Hamas.

    Now it’s Iran. If Israel succeeds in destroying or neutering Iran, she’ll just move on to the next target.

    It’ll never end. Israel will always need an enemy.

    • Agree: Carroll Price
  75. Skeptikal says:
    @Will

    Can’t disagree with anything you say.
    But, I think it is a sign of the general schizophrenia that has been triggered in the left—most Jews would I believe identify as left/Democrats—that they excoriate Trump at home yet in their Trump derangement syndrome in the main they continue to reflexively support the Zionist project and defend Israel. They should be groveling in gratitude at Trump’s feet for being such a friend of Zion and sending them even more billions of our $$$ than Obama did!

    It doesn’t make any sense, but then that is the main characteristic of schizophrenia. Trump has driven most of the “left” literally nuts, and they can no longer think clearly or consistently.

    If Trump succeeds in separating American Jews from Israel, he will deserve the Nobel Prize for Something.

    By the way, just because Chihuahuas are small doesn’t mean they have a short attention span. Haven’t you ever noticed the incredible intentness of a chihuahua’s gaze? I think chihuahuas are actually extremely focused. Even if they are constantly trembling all over.

    • Replies: @Z-man
  76. Queen Nor says:
    @Kiza

    It’s simple. Our public education system has done an outstanding job.

  77. denk says:

    Not OT…

    CON-GRESS ASSHOLES WANT SANCTION ON CHINA FOR PUTTING 1000000 MUSLIMS IN GULAGS !

    Can some of you tell me, is there any branch of the murkkan regime that’s NOT an assholes infested cesspool ?
    …WH, doo, pentagon, CON-gress, senate, CIA, NSA, NSC… ???

    These assholes ‘authorised’ [sic] the genocides of millions of muslims, by bombing, extra judicial executions, ‘renditions’ in Gitmo etc etc.

    They abetted genocides of muslims in ‘approved’ countries like India etc..

    They unleash muslim jihadists to destabilise, break up non compliant countries like ex Yugo , Macedonia., Libya, Syria .etc

    Exhibit Xinjiang,

    For the ‘human rights activists’ out there….those aint poor defenceless Uighurs killed by brutal han police, those were hans and some other minorities civvies, victims of the murkkan sponsored Uighurs head choppers.

    And yet…we were told…
    ‘brutal crackdown on peaceful muslim semonstrators’,
    screamed the headlines.

    ‘Why aint there no muslim outrage ?’
    The mouth piece demanded ! [1]

    There were outrages alright.
    Ordogan screamed ‘han gencode on uighurs’ !
    Korean tourists got beaten up in Turkey by mobs who thought they were hans. [a]

    But thats not good enough for fukus….sob want a worldwide jihad against the hans. !
    something like fukus orchestrated Indon 1965 genocide x 1000, see ?

    So now they want sanction on China based on yet another false pretext..’massive gulags for uighurs’ ?

    ‘why no muslim outrage’ ?
    Again the mouth piece demand .
    [2]

    Oh gawd, when’ll I see some outrage on these
    [email protected]#$%^&!

    [1]
    Where’s the Muslim outrage?

    https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2009/0713/unrest-in-xinjiang-wheres-the-muslim-outrage

    [a]
    So I heard the turks are cozying up with the SCO ?
    Careful there, especially for China…this turkey has been flipping and flopping for gawd knows how many times, watch out for a trojan up your butt !

    [2]
    Muslim Governments Silent as China Cracks Down on Uighurs

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-30/muslim-governments-stay-silent-as-china-cracks-down-on-uighurs

  78. gsjackson says:
    @HallParvey

    “Think Duke sports teams?” I played on one of them, but the reference isn’t quite registering with me. Unless you’re referring to the continuous demonization or glorification (depending on your point of view) of the basketball program, I assume you’re talking about lacrosse in 2006. But in that case the media followed the lead of batshit crazy academics for only a couple of weeks before being informed of the plot line — these are scions of the ruling class who are accused — and falling into line.

    • Replies: @APilgrim
  79. Z-man says:
    @Skeptikal

    I think chihuahuas are actually extremely focused. Even if they are constantly trembling all over.

    LOL!!!
    There’s this chihuahua down the block who’s mean and very protective of it’s owner. Once I was talking to her and the little rat came out of her leash barking at me. But it was still trembling, lol.

  80. Ace says:
    @Miggle

    As opposed to the “democracy” we have now?

    Dictators…. Hmmm. Are they worse than nation-destroying globalist scum?

  81. Ace says:
    @Ilyana_Rozumova

    Poorly understood and misrepresented “capitalism” is not capitalism. If Walmart is late in delivering my order or sells me a mango as hard as hard as a golf ball, this us not the death throes of capitalism.

  82. Iberiano says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    I’ve been waiting patiently under my elementary school, flip-top desk since 1981…is the mushroom cloud clear? can I come out now?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  83. Anon[102] • Disclaimer says:
    @The Alarmist

    Shouldn’t it be nullify not annul? Reich has really lost his mind. Where exactly in the Constitution is the Nullify clause?

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  84. @Bennis Mardens

    The problem is that a certain tribe hates Trump

    You mean Zionist Jews? Yeah they hate Trump, absolutely despise the guy. BinJammin Nuttyyahoo especially, he hates Donald’s squishy white man guts even more than he hated Barack’s trademark Kenyan arrogance. The way Don flipped him the bird after he brought up the embassy move…an antisemitic classic! Did you see Donald’s tweet “Told Binjammin today at our meeting that on behalf of the beautiful and free American people I am extending the hand of peace to the people of Iran and I am cancelling immediately all defense orders from the state of Israel pending a full review”. That showed the (((tribe))) that Don might have small hands but he is nobody’s patsy or genocide enabler. Hate crazed Moshes are trying to storm the White House gates as I type…

  85. @Iberiano

    I’ve been waiting patiently under my elementary school, flip-top desk since 1981…is the mushroom cloud clear? can I come out now?

    I remember doing that in Honolulu in the mid-’60s. We took it very seriously– our teachers could still smell the smoke from Pearl Harbor.

  86. @Anon

    Right after the Good & Plenty clause.

  87. @Kiza

    Is that some new kind of English? What does that mean? To what “people” does it refer?

    Careful how you answer this, hotshot. Nobody cares.

  88. @Carroll Price

    References, please. It would seem you are just making that shit up. What casualties? What venture? Please try to broaden your horizons by reading something besides The Saker before it is too late.

  89. APilgrim says:
    @gsjackson

    Denk is a lying fvck.

    775 detainees have been brought to Guantanamo (GITMO). Although most of these have been released without charge, the United States government continues to classify many of these released detainees as “enemy combatants”.

    As of January 5, 2017, 55 detainees remained at Guantanamo.

    • Replies: @denk
  90. APilgrim says:

    “The report of my death was an exaggeration.”

    Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemmons) New York Journal, June 2, 1897

    Often misquoted as (Rumours/Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated). Twain’s cousin was ill, at the time.

    Premature Obituaries are just another form of ‘Fake-News’.

  91. APilgrim says:

    MARK TWAIN INVESTIGATING. And If the Report That He’s Lost at Sea is So, He’ll Let the Public Know.

    Mark Twain was hard ashore and pounding heavily on the front lawn of the Tuxedo Club last night. The people of Norfolk, Va., who had taken more interest in him than they had in the big naval review at the opening of Jamestown Exposition, were informed of the fact and were breathing easily again. Mr. Clemens, given up for lost by the host of friends he made in Norfolk on his visit to that city with H. H. Rogers aboard the latter’s yacht, Kanawha, will be the hero of that Virginia community should he ever return there. The fact that the yacht slipped out of Hampton Roads during a fog and started north caused the report to spread through Virginia that the Kanawha had not been reported as having passed the Capes safely, and the friends of the humorist in the South feared mightily for his life. And all the time Mr. Clemens was safe in his rooms in Fifth Avenue.

    Editor Harvey Wilson of The Norfolk Ledger-Dispatch sat up all night with an “extra” ready and with his heart in his mouth. He is an old-time admirer of Mark and has “read after him,” as they say in Virginia, these many years. In the Virginia Club in Norfolk, and in the Westmoreland in Richmond, the negro servants were kept busy rushing messages to the telegraph offices, while the most expert of the julepers [sic] of the Southland worked their arms off cracking ice and plucking the tender leaves of the fragrant herb in the preparation of a certain famous concoction guaranteed to dispel sorrow and lighten hearts that are heavy. Mr. Clemens heard all this yesterday, but took it calmly. “You can assure my Virginia friends,” said he, “that I will make an exhaustive investigation of this report that I have been lost at sea. If there is any foundation for the report, I will at once apprise the anxious public. I sincerely hope that there is no foundation for the report, and I also hope that judgment will be suspended until I ascertain the true state of affairs.”

    Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemmons), The New York Times, May 5, 1907. So on two (2) separate occasions Mark Twain MOCKED, the ‘Fake-News’ of his death.

  92. APilgrim says:

    ‘Rumors of my demise have been somewhat exaggerated.’ (Attributed to Mark Twain)

    “Dewey Defeats Truman” was an incorrect banner headline on the front page of the Chicago Daily Tribune on November 3, 1948, the day after incumbent United States President, Harry S. Truman, won an upset victory over Republican challenger and Governor of New York, Thomas E. Dewey, in the 1948 presidential election. It was famously held up by Truman at a public appearance following his successful election, smiling triumphantly at the error.

    • Replies: @Z-man
  93. APilgrim says:

    Premature Obituaries …

    Alfred Bernhard Nobel (arms manufacturer and founder of the Nobel Prize): in 1888, the death of his brother Ludvig caused several newspapers to publish obituaries of Alfred in error. A French obituary stated Le marchand de la mort est mort (“The merchant of death is dead”) and that Nobel “became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before” through his invention of dynamite. This distressed Nobel, who was concerned that when he truly died he would not be remembered well. This event led him to bequeath the bulk of his estate to form the Nobel Prize in 1895. Nobel died in 1896.

  94. Che Guava says:
    @Carroll Price

    I am still reading Counterpunch at times, also noticing the many exiles, but have not noticed your own. Will make it a duty tomorrow.

    The list is long, but my favourite is Diana Johnstone, as fave reading and having had some sincere correspondence.

  95. Z-man says:
    @APilgrim

    “Dewey Defeats Truman” was an incorrect banner headline on the front page of the Chicago Daily Tribune on November 3, 1948, the day after incumbent United States President, Harry S. Truman, won an upset victory over Republican challenger and Governor of New York, Thomas E. Dewey, in the 1948 presidential election. It was famously held up by Truman at a public appearance following his successful election, smiling triumphantly at the error.

    An unfortunate turn in history as Dewey would have probably resisted the creation of The Zionist Entity, for a longer time than Truman at least.

    • Replies: @APilgrim
    , @APilgrim
  96. Che Guava says:

    I find Denk alright. Although you are not providing a link to saying why you are offended. My big surprise of the night was going to a supermarket, and there was this German man and his much younger (Afghan, by looks) boyfriend.

    The boyfriend was saying ‘Haram’ to everything. The last chicken boxed lunch had already been picked up by a fellow Japanese person, while I was considering.

    So, I was repeating ‘haram’ (knowing what it means) aloud while buying another centred on pork. German man and his Afghan bf were swiftly moving away.

    Sure hoping he is taking his Afghan bf back to dying Deutschtland, and not to dump him here.

    It reminds me of the scenes, in the last cycle of zombie movies by George Romero, where people try to tame or train the undead, and inevitably fail.

    Sure, I am not sure of their connection, but had the clear impression of gay lovers. German guy the top, Afghan youth the bottom. Suppose that is not ‘haram’.

    At worst, the German may have been from IOC.

    • Replies: @denk
  97. APilgrim says:
    @Z-man

    Dewey was an ass. His Vice-Presidential running mate, Earl Warren ALSO caused a LOT of grief, on the Supreme Court.

    The ‘Warren-Report’, on the assassination of President JFK, was utterly bogus.

  98. APilgrim says:
    @Z-man

    FYI Thomas Dewey was an avowed Zionist.

    Thomas E. Dewey (1902-1971), governor of New York and unsuccessful Republican presidential nominee, was the first candidate for the White House to raise the Nazi persecutions and Zionism as campaign issues.

    In the days leading up to the June 1944 Republican national convention, Dewey approved a proposal by Jewish activists to include a plank in the party platform calling for rescue of refugees from the Nazis and establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine. It marked the first time either major political party made those positions part of their official platform, and prompted the Democrats, at their 1944 convention, to adopt similar language. Nonetheless, Dewey received only about 10% of the Jewish vote in his race against President Franklin D. Roosevelt that year.

    After the war, Dewey repeatedly called on Great Britain to permit the immigration of Holocaust survivors to Palestine and the creation of a Jewish state there. The expectation of a major Dewey statement on the subject in the autumn of 1946, and its possible impact on the midterm congressional elections, was a major factor in spurring President Harry Truman to issue his first-ever public statement supporting establishment of a Jewish state. In the 1948 presidential race, Dewey won about 28% of the Jewish vote nationwide, and about 22% of Jewish votes in New York State.

    • Replies: @Z-man
  99. denk says:
    @APilgrim

    denk is a lying fuck

    Whats your problem ?
    Murkkan bombs did kill millions of muslims in ME, Apak..

    If you dont understand, just ask.
    Dont be shy.

    *GITMO). Although most of these have been released without charge, the United States government continues to classify many of these released detainees as “enemy combatants”.

    Matter of fact, Bush called Gitmo inmates the ‘most dangerous terrorists on earth‘.

    Which begs the question….
    Why did he release Mohamed Mehsud and why did that ‘rabid anti murkkan Taliban‘ targeted Chinese engineers working on the Gwadar port project upon release, instead of taking revenge on the ‘great satan’ ???

    Inquiring mind wanna know….is GItmo an outfit to ‘re-program’ anti murkkan jihadists into Chinese slaying double agents ???

    hhhhhh

    • Replies: @APilgrim
  100. denk says:
    @Che Guava

    Mencken observed that murkkans have a problem…….

    They dont wanna face the facts, they’d rather shoot the messenger.
    I’ve been called all sorts of names here and else where.

    hhhh

    • Replies: @Che Guava
  101. APilgrim says:
    @denk

    All Muhammadans Lie, all the God Damned Time.

    Jews tell the truth about 50% of the time.

    Muhammadans have an average IQ of about 70, globally, & are too stupid to question. So of course we kill them, at every opportunity. Interrogation is useless, on them.

  102. Z-man says:
    @APilgrim

    So he was basically a 40′s version of a modern day Republitard. (Grin) Thanks for the edification.

  103. APilgrim says:

    In Chapters 39, 46, 52, and 56 of his Innocents Abroad, American author Mark Twain wrote of his visit to Palestine in 1867: “Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes. Over it broods the spell of a curse that has withered its fields and fettered its energies. Palestine is desolate and unlovely – Palestine is no more of this workday world. It is sacred to poetry and tradition, it is dreamland.”(Chapter 56) “There was hardly a tree or a shrub anywhere. Even the olive and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country”. (Chapter 52)

    “A desolation is here that not even imagination can grace with the pomp of life and action. We reached Tabor safely. We never saw a human being on the whole route”. (Chapter 49) “There is not a solitary village throughout its whole extent – not for thirty miles in either direction. …One may ride ten miles (16 km) hereabouts and not see ten human beings.” …these unpeopled deserts, these rusty mounds of barrenness…”(Chapter 46)

  104. APilgrim says:

    I do hope that the Israeli Jews CONTINUE to SCREW the Muhammadans, to death.

    For the rest of human history.

    And that Christendom, Hindus, & Buddhists join in the fun, for at least a few millennia.

    • Replies: @Che Guava
  105. Che Guava says:
    @denk

    Well, at least I will stand for you, not that you need it, the mods here are pretty good.

    I suppose you were not liking my anecdote about the older German and his young Afghan pet. It was surprising for me, Maybe the German man was just trying to show the young Afghan man a little more of the world, don’t think so.

    Right now, a typhoon, by the time they are reaching Tokyo, big rain, and sometimes, big wind. The latter, now. Torrents of rain earlier.

    I am a climate-change sceptic, but the number of typhoons to now this year is the longest and from earliest in my memory.

    • Replies: @denk
  106. Che Guava says:
    @APilgrim

    Some applause is due for the government of Myanmar (or Burma, preferred name for people from there varies) on that point, they seem to be doing a good against (mainly) illegal Bangladeshi Muslim border-crossers calling themselves ‘Rohingya’.

    Of course, a tiny portion moved in earlier, under Brit. rule, and in the Dominion stage.

    Fun fact that westerners don’t know: the reason that most of Burma took the side of Japan in the Great East Asia War.

    They had much the same constitution and independence as Australia, Canada, or N.Z., at the time, but they were annoyed by the left-over Brit-appointed Indian officials (many, or perhaps mainly, Moslem).

    The great majority of so-called Rohyinga crossed later, because East Pakistan and later Bangladesh are shithole countries, so they wanted to spread that shithole situation into western Myanmar.

    • Replies: @denk
    , @APilgrim
  107. denk says:
    @Che Guava

    I suppose you were not liking my anecdote about the older German and his young Afghan pet.

    Hell no.

    I was referring to murkkans like pilgrim the bozo.
    Sorry for this misunderstanding, my bad !

    I share your skepticism on ‘climate change’.
    MInd you it’s Kerry project , they started with ‘global warming‘, may be its no longer tenable so now its ‘climate change’.

    hhhh

    • Replies: @Che Guava
  108. denk says:
    @Che Guava

    Some applause is due for the government of Myanmar (or Burma, preferred name for people from there varies) on that point, they seem to be doing a good against (mainly) illegal Bangladeshi Muslim border-crossers calling themselves ‘Rohingya’

    Do you notice the saturation bombing by fukus MSM on ‘genocide’ in MYanmar ?

    fukus had no qualm ‘wasting’ millions of muslims, so how could they care about the ‘oppressed’ muslims in Myanmar ?

    This is a ploy to force Rangoon to submit to the ‘Washington consensus’, or else, fukus’d invoke the R2P[lunder] , which means military intervention.

    Rings a bell ?

    Standard M.O…..
    Start a fire, come back to the crime scene as fire fighters…..and pour more kerosene on the fire !

    Works like a charm.…..
    Sudan, Kosovo, Libya, Syria, Xinjiang, Chechenya….

    • Agree: Che Guava
  109. APilgrim says:
    @Che Guava

    Apparently Che Guava is NOT a fan of Mark Twain’s ‘Innocents Abroad’.

    It is unlikely CG would appreciate …

    “Concerning The Jews”, Mark Twain, Modern History Sourcebook, Harper’s Magazine, March, 1898, https://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/mod/1898twain-jews.asp

    Sample:

    In the present paper I shall allow myself to use the word Jew as if it stood for both religion and race. It is handy; and, besides, that is what the term means to the general world. In the above letter one notes these points:

    1. The Jew is a well-behaved citizen.
    2. Can ignorance and fanaticism alone account for his unjust treatment?
    3. Can Jews do anything to improve the situation?
    4. The Jews have no party; they are non-participants.
    5. Will the persecution ever come to an end?
    6. What has become of the Golden Rule?

  110. APilgrim says:

    Mark Twain “Concerning The Jews” … another example

    Point No. 1.

    We must grant proposition No. 1 for several sufficient reasons. The Jew is not a disturber of the peace of any country. Even his enemies will concede that. He is not a loafer, he is not a sot, he is not noisy, he is not a brawler nor a rioter, he is not quarrelsome. In the statistics of crime his presence is conspicuously rare – in all countries. With murder and other crimes of violence he has but little to do: he is a stranger to the hangman. In the police court’s daily long roll of “assaults” and “drunk and disorderlies” his name seldom appears.

    That the Jewish home is a home in the truest sense is a fact which no one will dispute. The family is knitted together by the strongest affections; its members show each other every due respect; and reverence for the elders is an inviolate law of the house. The Jew is not a burden on the charities of the state nor of the city; these could cease from their functions without affecting him.

    When he is well enough, he works; when he is incapacitated, his own people take care of him. And not in a poor and stingy way, but with a fine and large benevolence. His race is entitled to be called the most benevolent of all the races of men. A Jewish beggar is not impossible, perhaps; such a thing may exist, but there are few men that can say they have seen that spectacle. The Jew has been staged in many uncomplimentary forms, but, so far as I know, no dramatist has done him the injustice to stage him as a beggar. Whenever a Jew has real need to beg, his people save him from the necessity of doing it. The charitable institutions of the Jews are supported by Jewish money, and amply. The Jews make no noise about it; it is done quietly; they do not nag and pester and harass us for contributions; they give us peace, and set us an example – an example which we have not found ourselves able to follow; for by nature we are not free givers, and have to be patiently and persistently hunted down in the interest of the unfortunate.

  111. APilgrim says:

    I do have a bone or two, to pick with the Jews …

    So, for example, the USA has set aside an entire body of law, known as ‘Sound Public Policy’. Sound Public Policy (SPP) forbids:

    Usurious Interest Rates
    Unfair Contracts
    Home Seizures
    Confiscation of tradesman tools

    And it seems likely, that the Jews have had a hand in setting aside SPP. IMHPO

  112. Che Guava says:
    @denk

    I have used my “agree” per hour on another comment of yours, but appreciating your reply. Sleep needed soon.

    Now, will checking what APilgrim’s idiocy was.

  113. Che Guava says:

    Well, although I am agreeing with Denk, am liking your second post enough to disagreeing with Denk on assessment of you. Although your earlier one has not changed my opinion of Twain, have read enough U.S.A. history and literature to know that the situation in the mid-19th century (many Jewish people loyal to both USA and CSA) was very different to the very late 19th and early 20th centuries, when everything from the jewellery trade to the law, finance, labour politics, and organised crime in N.Y. were rapidly infested and almost monopolised by alien-feeling and domineering chosen ones.

  114. MaryLS says:
    @Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist

    Yet many leftist causes support an internationalist agenda — all of those things that weaken the nation state. I think many leftists do not understand the political forces in play and are very easily manipulated.

    • Replies: @APilgrim
  115. APilgrim says:
    @MaryLS

    Leftists & Anarchists have never understood, on a personal level, the process of ‘NORMALIZATION’, following a successful ‘socialist/communist/progressive/land-reform’ revolution.

    All the Leftists & Anarchists are summarily executed in the ‘NORMALIZATION’ process.

    Their rapid extermination, by their Über Meisters, is quite routine.

    • Troll: Che Guava
    • Replies: @Che Guava
  116. Che Guava says:
    @APilgrim

    Really, from historical examples, they are executing each other.

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