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Having just returned from two weeks in the curious environs of Washington, DC, I offer a few observations on the national lunacy deposit:

The de-Christianization of the country, or at least this part of it, is almost complete. I can think of hearing the word “Christmas” only twice in two weeks of trough-inciting retail advertising.

Culture shock: We stayed with friends who for various reasons, such as being in the business, always had a television on. At home in Mexico we got rid of the lobotomy box some fifteen years ago, seeing little advantage in paying seventy dollars a month for 250 channels, none worth watching, adorned with twenty minutes an hour of stupid commercials. Coming back to this was like jumping into raw sewage. Perhaps the worst of it was the contempt for the public manifested in running the same ad twice in one commercial break, and in the loving close-ups of pizzas with dripping cheese. Buy, buy, buy.

An astonishing proportion of the hucksterism was for medicines. I assume all Americans are inured to such predatory swill (if swill can be predatory) but after a year off, it is awful:

“Ask your doctor about Caligulon. Clinical trials show that it will make you perfect in every way. Your eyeballs may explode, Peritonitis and asphyxiation sometimes occur. If you suffer heavy nasal bleeding stop taking Caligulon and consult your doctor. Gangrene of the genitals may occur….”

Gangrene of what was once an occasionally honest journalism has certainly occurred. The hostility of the media to Trump was absolute. Having spent decades in the trenches with Washington’s scribblers I am hardly inclined to senior-civics fairy-tale expectations of truth. Still, this was something new. Rachel Maddow, railing against Trump. Some other panel show, railing against Trump. Another called Hardball, railing against Trump. Minor talking heads, headlets if you will, using highly prejudicial wording: Trumps wants to “gut” Obamacare.

It is a lynch mob. In two weeks I saw not the slightest attempt at impartiality.

The customary arrogance of the Beltway Bubble runs strong. The city seems isolated from the rest of existence. It talks to itself about itself and isn’t particularly aware of the rest of the world. (“The Bubble” is shorthand for New York, DC, and Hollywood, the tripartite beating heart of political correctness.)

The city obsesses over twaddle about Russian malignity, over who grabbed whose ass, and transgender bathrooms. I heard nothing of the roiling currents of growth and change in Asia, of the incipient onslaught of new Asian airliners, the BRI, and de-dollarization. The focus on trivia seemed almost adolescent.

A disdain for the rest of the country, nonexistent twenty years ago, now flourishes. It is a virulent snobbishness of class and region. “Flyover land” is the most common name for the rest of America. Hillary made the scorn explicit with her Deplorables, but it shows in casual conversation in which people here speak of Mississippi and Arkansas as “the middle of nowhere.”

This is a different country.

Curiously, despite the seething antipathy, Trump hasn’t done much that would not have been expected from any Republican. He engineered large tax breaks for the rich, reversed environmental regulations to benefit corporations, and growled about immigration while doing little. He is firmly in Israeli pockets, as any Republican would be. He appointed Bret Kavanaugh, a mildly conservative judge, to the Mini-Legislature of the Nine Cadavers. Whoopee do.

Yet he committed two serious Bubble sins. First, he humiliated the media, laughing at them, taunting them,.He got elected while, and by, holding them in contempt. They will not forgive. Second, he threatened to have good relations with Russia, very dangerous to the Empire which needs an enemy. A primary rule of American politics is Never threaten the big rice bowls.

A wag once described DC as “a federal enclave surrounded on all four sides by reality.” Just so. It is one thing to think Trump a terrible President–I do–but quite another for the national media to have no idea why he was elected. So far as I can tell, none of PC Washington has the slightest idea. This certainly includes the media. Their thinking, if it quite is, comes down to, “They’re stupid. They’re ignorant. They’re racist. They’re sexist. They’re fascist.They’re…evil.

This is reflexive honking and blowing used in response to anything the media don’t like. It should be a cellphone app.

Washington is fascinated by Washington, by Congress and the Supreme Court and some of the bureaucracy. It has little interest in the rest of the country or the rest of the world. Or knowledge of it. A friend familiar with the Congress bets that ninety percent of the Senate don’t know where Burma is. A member of Congress I know told me of going to Thailand with another member who kept confusing it with Taiwan. This is crazy. But it is Washington.

The city has become a Gotcha polity in which the media look for any actionable “gaffe” as they say, or a “slur,” and then pile on to the malefactor. The preferred sins are racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism. The miscreant is expected to squirm like a puppy that has wet the rug, apologize profusely, and beg forgiveness. Trump didn’t. It galls the city.

For example, PC women still boil over his “Grab’em by the pussy” remarks. Not only did Trump say it–aaagh!–but he got away with it, more aaaaagh!, and didn’t apologize. This earned him points with Flyover People sick of the media and their endless priss. It did not go down well in the Bubble.

ORDER IT NOW

The idea apparently accepted in Disney World North is that Trump would walk down the street in Manhattan, see a pretty woman, and…grab! But what he obviously meant was that when you are very rich, getting laid is easy. Ask any rock star. It is one of the benefits of wealth. A billionaire with a known interest in sex will attract many, many women eager to provide it. People use what they have to get what they want. There is a confluence of interest between gropers and gropees. The women had sex, and Trump had a private jet and penthouse in Paris. QED.

Here we have another example of the gap between the Bubble and the country. The talking heads exultantly said that because of the groping comments the Donald had just lost any hope of election by insulting women. Which he only barely did, if at all. Yet fifty-three percent of white women voted for Trump. How could this be, wonder the Bubblists?

Easy. White women (outside the Bubble) are intelligent and independent agents who vote according to their politics, circumstances, needs, and beliefs. They did. Apparently they thought immigration, the economy, jobs, education and so on more important than a couple of lines of dirty talk. Washington, huge on identity politics and political correctness, expected them to be herdable ninnies. Which it expects of most of the country. Well, they weren’t.

Finally, methinks the Byzantine Kindergarten has badly underestimated the influence of internet. Among the many intelligent people I know (a fair few, eeeeeek! supporters of trump) the Net has become primary, the media secondary. When the New York Times says something nauseatingly PC, well-informed rebuttals surge across the Web. People on the Net, not constrained by political correctness, can speak of the many topics forbidden in Washington. Sites like the Unz Review, however idiosyncratic and whatever their leanings, attract writers of high intelligence and great expertise, and appeal to similar readers. (In a bid for a place in the Hall of Fame of Linguistic Vandalism, I call this “distributed cognitive stratification.” Is that embarrassing or what?)

So much for political anthropology. I’m off for lunch at El Contenidor, which has great garlic shrimp and no blithering idiots. Ha.

 

The Fredian Occasional Guie to Lands South

America has some fifty-seven million residents of Latin-American descent, mostly citizens. Willy-nilly, they are part of America. Thinking that many Americans might want to know something about them, where they came from, what they do and have done, what manner of wights they be, the Occasional University will offer, occasionally, some glimpses. These necessarily will be selective and biased. Putting a continent and a half in a web page would be awkward. I hope that readers will find them interesting, and a remedy to the idea that Latin America is a series of wretched hellholes.

Design and engineering: The Chiapas, Mexican Navy
Design and engineering: The Chiapas, Mexican Navy

From Jane’s, perhaps the planet’s premier journal of serious military informative: “While designated as Oaxaca-class vessels, a type designed by the Mexican Navy, the new OPVs are actually improved derivatives of this class, featuring several modifications, including a bulbous bow and a BAE Systems Bofors Mk.3 57 mm main gun.”

Further saith Jane’s: “Constructed at the Naval Shipyard (ASTIMAR) N°20 in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, Chiapas is the first of four OPVs that were ordered as part of the SEMAR 2013-2018 plan. The second, ARM Hidalgo (PO 166), has already been launched and is expected to be commissioned in 2017, while construction of the third ship has already started in Salina Cruz.”

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  1. And in other news water is wet and dirt is dirty.

    Try not to break your neck kissing your own ass, you lazy old prick.

    • Replies: @Fran Macadam
    , @🐈 22
  2. And in other news, water is wet and dirt is dirty.

    Try not to break your neck kissing your own ass, you lazy old prick

  3. buckwheat says:

    It appears that Mexican Pussy has addled Fred’s brain or maybe its the Tequila. C’mon anybody with half a brain cell knows Washington D.C. is a collective shit hole inhabited by dolts. I read Fred’s articles for the wit but damn man where has it gone? Quit pimping the Latin Americans, and if you must tell me what they’ve invented lately besides the bean burrito. Mexico is a more shithole than ever. And so are most of the other countries south of the border and nothing will ever change that. Yes sir Freddie Belize, Columbia, Guatemala, and Honduras are shining examples of Latin American shitholes.

  4. “A disdain for the rest of the country, nonexistent twenty years ago, now flourishes.”

    It was always there, but the WASPs were much better at disguising it, though I once heard a Mainline uncle make a comment about never wanting to cross the Allegheneys to meet his wife’s family, though later in life did and enjoyed a little too much.

  5. peterAUS says:

    Decent article.

    Interesting parts, I guess:

    The focus on trivia seemed almost adolescent.

    A disdain for the rest of the country, nonexistent twenty years ago, now flourishes. It is a virulent snobbishness of class and region.

    Their thinking, if it quite is, comes down to, “They’re stupid. They’re ignorant. They’re racist. They’re sexist. They’re fascist.They’re…evil.”

    …the Byzantine Kindergarten….

    And the last, but not the least (for diferent reasons):

    …BAE Systems Bofors Mk.3 57 mm..

    With:
    Selex NA-25 radar and optronic fire control system
    2 × OTO Melara remote-controlled naval turret Mod. 517 with M2 12.7mm MG
    1 × OTO Melara 30 mm cannon
    For that tiny minority here knowing something about the subject, interesting choice of weaponry, maybe.

  6. I’ve written this before, and I’ll keep writing it, until the day Mr. Reed makes an effort to read, not skim through, the comment sections under his columns:

    Washington, FS is NOT all of America, Fred. TV is NOT reality, Fred. You’d think a wordly-wise cynical ex-gonzo-journalist would know this, but I think Mr. Reed has forgotten. I’ve said Merry Christmas to people 50 times over the last 3 days, and vice versa. The difference is, this was NOT in Washington, FS, and I am NOT on TV!

    Tit for tat here then, Fred:

    I can’t believe when I went and toured Mexico down in Tijuana 3 times, for a day or 2 each time, that the Mexican economy is supported by whores, donkey-sex shows (so I heard), and old women selling blankets and fried food at the border just south of National City.

    It seems like Mexicans only drive beat-up old Ford Galaxies and Plymouth Fury Wagons, many of them furnished with fine corinthian leather. Another thing, almost everyone in Mexico has found Jesus. No, I don’t mean found the ex-cartel boss Jesus Ramirez Gonzalez del Rio lying dead in a ditch, I mean the real Jesus, as an image embedded in bars of soap, rotten logs, high-way off-ramp pavement, and the backs of fried iguanas.

    Speaking of iguanas, I watch videos by Wall of Voodoo, so I know what the hell I’m talking about here:

    • LOL: Truth
  7. OK, I read the rest of the column and calmed down. I see your contrast between Washington, the Federal Shithole and the rest of the country. Pretty good writing after all.

    My 5 minute EDIT window is over, so … uhhh, sorry, I wrote too soon.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    , @🐈 22
  8. @Achmed E. Newman

    so much for skimming .. haha. Again, my apologies on this one.

  9. Hail says: • Website

    A disdain for the rest of the country, nonexistent twenty years ago

    Did this disdain really not exist in 1998? It seems to me it did, or a similar thing did, if weaker, less ‘disciplined,’ less coherent. More confident and hubristic now.

    I think Fred Reed, who can turn a phrase better than most, would have served himself and his readers well by crafting a sentence-worth’s replacement for “nonexistent.”

  10. I lived inside the Beltway and worked in DC. As a civilian. As time went on, all I kept saying to myself was, “Am I living in the United States of America?” And this was in the late 1980’s to 1993. The influence from foreign entities was astonishing. I felt as a foreigner walking in a foreign country. And the cluelessness about the country and the rest of the world was breathtaking. I was so glad that I left. And will never return.

  11. @Jose Garcia

    Yep, that Hunger Games author sure got DC right.

    • Agree: Miro23
  12. Northeast says:

    Same Latin American love-fest from Fred……boring.

  13. It’s nice that Mexico can build small ship hulls to house foreign engines, with foreign control systems, and foreign radar and weaponry, to include foreign helicopters. For some reason, they can’t stop Honduran peasants from crossing their border then boarding buses for a trip to the US border.

    • Agree: Wally
  14. Biff says:

    Best essay I’ve read in a long time. Well done. Very well done.

  15. ZOGged says:

    Why are folks around here lambasting Fred for his pro latina/mexicana slant? Is it the much publicized fiery mestizo/castizo pussy that has “adled his brain” as suggested by one fine gent above? Or is it the beans? Roast pork a little too much every now and then?

    Who cares for his pro latina slip? Ok he likes latinas more than your average gringo. So what? He is right on the money about his other observations.

    A lot of WN are absolutely bats*** crazy about oriental pussy. Is that good for whites in the long run? NO. But do we castigate them as vehemently as we do Fred here? NO. What does that mean? Yellow fever is more acceptable than brown fever [I mean latinas not Asian Indian, MOST of their women are quite hideous, I’m sorry]. Don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good.

    Secondly, many people wake up ONLY when they live abroad long term (preferably in a non western land. For some it is the orient, for some “meso” america, for some south America and for some the mid east). Of course while there, they develop a taste for local pussy. So what?

    TO Fred: Your articles are getting better and better as far as facts are facts are concerned. Your wit may have taken a dip (with age or with too much sex whatever) but you’ve finally cast aside some of self imposed restrictions on some taboo topics (and it’s understandable). But PLEASE, if you could just do away with the constant meso-philia you shove in an otherwise good essay, it just takes away the punch.

    • Replies: @Christo
    , @MBlanc46
  16. @Jose Garcia

    If we’re not going to dismantle the 2/3 of the federal government that’s unconstitutional, a decent alternative is to disperse the Departments across the US instead of all in Washington D.C,

    • Replies: @The Grate Deign
  17. Fredo’s latest, the Short Form:

    (((New York)))

    (((DC)))

    (((Hollywood)))

    • Replies: @Fed up Goy
  18. Prusmc says:

    Fred, if the DC northern VA and the Maryland counties mind set totally ignores the needs and intelligence of fly over country, then you underestimate the mental acuity of your readers. I could name, find on a map and identify all central and South American countries in 5th grade and I was in a rural hard scrabble school system and was far from the brightest bulb in the room.
    Now it is a good thing you did not publish your lunch plans at El Contriaidor or you could have had a happy holiday serenade by an ANTIFADA chorus.
    Your observation about the net being the only option to the established media is spot on. That’s why it is being shut down!

    • Replies: @FredCDobbs
  19. Bezos recently put his new HQ near New York and Washington DC. The two sources of money and power. Amazon is also a major Defense contractor.

    Another major Defense contractor, Lockheed Martin, used to keep the books for the Department of Defense until a few years ago. Which seems odd and may explain the missing trillions of dollars.

    Cynthia McKinney lost her seat when she tried to get answers about missing money at the Pentagon.

  20. republic says:
    @peterAUS

    The Mexican Navy has 29 ships of which 55% were foreign made. 8 from the US, 6 from Spain and 2 from Israel.

    • Replies: @Bubba
    , @Hypnotoad666
  21. Christo says:
    @ZOGged

    ‘”A lot of WN are absolutely bats*** crazy about oriental pussy. Is that good for whites in the long run? NO. But do we castigate them as vehemently as we do Fred here? NO. What does that mean? Yellow fever is more acceptable than brown fever [I mean latinas ”

    LOL ,I have tried all of it, so i can speak here with some experience. If you want to split the difference between those two, Oriental and Latina, try Filipino 🙂 .

    • Replies: @Jim Sweeney
  22. MBlanc46 says:
    @ZOGged

    I don’t know about that. Derbyshire gets a lot of heat for his Chinese wife. Some of those East Asian women are so beautiful that it brings tears to my eyes, but Mme B is mostly British Isles with a bit of German thrown in.

    • Replies: @Bardon Kaldian
  23. Herald says:
    @Thuggernaut

    That sounds like something sent from straight out of the ruffled bubble. A shame that it was posted twice.

  24. @The Anti-Gnostic

    Dispersing the seats of power is a good idea. My idea was that we should move the seat of government every four years to someplace like Port Gibson, Mississippi, and four years later, maybe to some equally unknown place in Utah, etc., etc., etc. We could house all the bureaucrats in leftover FEMA trailers.

    • Agree: mark green
  25. Great column, Fred, until you spoiled it with the off-topic beaner fellating at the end. That was like a turd on a delicious angel food cake.

    Please stop doing this.

  26. Wally says:

    Reed said:
    “He engineered large tax breaks for the rich, reversed environmental regulations to benefit corporations”

    Just “the rich and corporations”? How so? Be specific.

    And what “environmental regulations”

    I submit that both benefited the working class as well.

    Any tax reduction for any person, any entity is necessarily a good thing. The less money governments seize, the better.

    The “environment” mantra is one of biggest scams and power grabs the world has ever seen. A favorite tactic of Marxists worldwide.

    • Replies: @David
    , @follyofwar
    , @bluedog
  27. anon[408] • Disclaimer says:

    America has some fifty-seven million residents of Latin-American descent, mostly citizens. Willy-nilly, they are part of America. Thinking that many Americans might want to know something about them, where they came from, what they do and have done, what manner of wights they be….

    you thought wrong

    when i see a beaner i think 90% chance he or his parents came here illegally, like the scum they are

  28. anon[408] • Disclaimer says:
    @Si1ver1ock

    Cynthia McKinney lost her seat when she tried to get answers about missing money at the Pentagon.

    that and she wouldn’t swear loyalty to israel

  29. Biff says:

    In hopes to degenerate the crybabies I would like to reiterate that the essay was fantastic from beginning to the very end. All of it!

    • Replies: @rbbe Brod
  30. @Ray Huffman

    Having moved away from the US to avoid the underclass of which one component are Cholos, I cannot understand why anyone would want to live in a Mestizo country.

    The thing about the Mexican Navy is that it is controlled by El Chapo or Scarface, and its purpose is to transport cocaine and heroin.

    How can a country run by drug dealers be so great?

    As for the lobotomy box, my theory is that people in the US have nothing else to do. When you live overseas there are always places to go and things to see. But the average American makes such a poor wage these days that all he can do is return home and collapse in front of the television. And he has no choice over what he watches.

  31. Reading the article the similarity with the EU quarter of Brussels and the government quarter in The Hague struck me.
    If anything recently made clear here in the Netherlands the distance between politicians, the climate lobby, on one side and common people on the other, it is the quite recently proposed CO2 emission reduction plan.
    The weird thing is that just politicians about to retire seem to have the courage to state that ‘the population does not understand it’.
    I suppose we understand quite well what just allowing the sale of electric cars from 2030 on means.
    At present the cheapest petrol car here costs some € 10.000, the cheapest electric one € 30.000.
    An average house here costs about € 200.000, with gas heating.
    House prices, new houses, are expected to increase with up to € 50.000 to make heat pump heating possible.

  32. Da Wei says:
    @Thuggernaut

    Thuggeraut,

    You’re perseverating. Again.

  33. @Jeff Stryker

    ON MARRYING FOREIGN WOMEN

    Most Americans live overseas so they don’t have to live in the country Fred describes. It is better to be married to a woman of another race.

    Americans don’t live overseas because they want to be married to a non-Western woman, but to get away from the US.

    Once you live overseas, unless you intend to be a gay monk, most men marry.

    Also, this allows you to share expenses.

  34. To all those commenters here that take issue with Mr. Reed’s Latin American Promotion Campaign: you would do yourselves a great favor by reading Antonello Gerbi, The Dispute of the New World, published in Italian in 1955, and in an English translation in the US in 1973. Contempt for Latin America is an ancient Northern and Western European, originally Protestant vice, that has taken firm root in the US. Commendable though Mr. Reed’s efforts may be, I am afraid they will not remedy the root cause of the problem, which I believe is a lack of knowledge and understanding and the pride many take in being just ignorant. Noblesse oblige, as the French would say: now that you guys have an Empire, it would do well to get a bit informed and not blurt out stupidities.

    • Agree: bluedog, utu, byrresheim
    • Replies: @Plato's Dream
  35. The MSM now exist only to berate us for failing to trust the MSM.

    (And GNU’s not Unix.)

    • Replies: @byrresheim
  36. He is firmly in Israeli pockets, as any Republican would be.

    Wow! And the Democrats get a pass on this one? Again, wow! In which planet do you live?

  37. Fred is writing about narcissist auto-hypnotized talking heads he’s seen in DC (not about serious decision makers who stay out of sight).

    But, let’s check historical intellectual climate…

    Before 1789., most highest ranking French nobility & other ruling classes, which comprised ca. 1-2% of France’s population had been devouring 65-70% of France’s budget. You had 98% of the people who had been living lives not worth living, many of them literally starving.

    This ~ 2% of exploiters were not dumb. Many 1st class European minds were among them (unlike US liberal leftists). They knew something, something, something …was going to happen. They saw it brewing.

    Just- they did not try, seriously, to change the situation. I guess they hoped their good old days would last, forever.

    If great European intellects could have turned out to be hopelessly blind, what can you expect of mental & moral midgets infesting US media, academia, public discourse …everything ?

  38. rbbe Brod says:
    @Ray Huffman

    I found the article an excellent one, brief, to the point and entertaining, and the beaner fellating quite informative, unlike the usual autistic self fellating while occasionally stopping to spit out off-topic antisemetic comments usually found in the comments here.

    PS ( I find the well thought out antisemitism here quite interesting).

    Thanks Fred!

  39. @Ray Huffman

    I agree this is becoming an obsession. Fred should write- and I would have agreed – about continual denigration of Hispanic/Latino peoples on this site & on incredibly overblown IQ-race fixation one can find among IQ dogmatists.

    But to insert anything Mexican & everything Latinx in any article, well, this is too much …

    • Replies: @anon
  40. @MBlanc46

    Congratulations on your conjugal bliss. As for various races & females, I don’t know what to think (still). East Asian females are attractive, sometimes astonishingly so. Yet, they’re too different for most of us (whites).

    On the other hand, brown Latinas are closer to my concept of female beauty. Just check this clip where two girls make fools of themselves (also, reporter is rather immature). White girl is OK, but Latina is, in my opinion, better looking (both are moronic SJWs & the entire conversation is idiotic, but that’s beside the point):

    • Replies: @TKK
  41. “Yet he [Trump] committed two serious Bubble sins. First, he humiliated the media, laughing at them, taunting them. He got elected while, and by, holding them in contempt.”

    And, most importantly, no fresh White House interns for Bill.

    See: http://fosterspeak.blogspot.com/2018/12/the-hillary-clinton-presidency.html

  42. Only children are grabbing woman’s pussy, or men with child’s mind.

    Wishing Merry Christmas season, and Happy New Year to all of you pagans.

    Concerning the article some innovative expressions, otherwise only recirculated thoughts,

    • Replies: @Plato's Dream
  43. Ah, Mexico.

    See the novel “2666” by Roberto Bolano.

  44. ” People use what they have to get what they want. There is a confluence of interest between gropers and gropees. The women had sex, and Trump had a private jet and penthouse in Paris. QED.”

    Ahh, Fred, stating the obvious once more and on the receiving end of much hate and dis-content for doing so. Well I say phuck-em’ Fred, keep up the good work. A little laughter about the cesspool(a filthy, evil, or corrupt place or state a; cesspool of corruption)in D.C. helps keep me from crying.

    Gracias y tener un gran día

  45. David says:
    @Wally

    Any tax reduction for any person, any entity is necessarily a good thing.

    I don’t think so. Since we’re on the hook for what the government spends and since when it buys goods with printed money, it raises the price of those goods for the rest of us.

    The real level of taxation is what the government is spending, not what it’s collecting in taxes. When it delays the tax, it obscures the harm but doesn’t prevent it. Your line of thinking is obviously popular in congress since whenever there’s a political impasse, the resolution is usually increased spending and a tax break.

    • Replies: @Wally
  46. I believe it was the Rolling Stones who finally got it right with their analysis of “women of the world”.

  47. Ragno says:

    A nice return to form for Fred; sad that he had to be greeted by Thuggernaut and Buckwheat and anon [408], but when you consider the rest of us have to walk around with a can of Raid in case Tiny Duck or Corvinus are lying in wait, well….one shrugs one’s shoulders. Anyway, Thuggernaut et al become immediately less-obnoxious when you consider that only one kind of nasty is fully endorsed and protected by the PTB, and it’s the kind whose ascendancy really would have been unthinkable 20 and 30 years ago.

    Fred’s comments about liberation from the Jew In The Living Room have, semi-accidentally I’m sure, stumbled onto the rationale for the chokehold that social media and now, PayPal and YouTube and Patreon, are now applying to the fast-thinning totals of free men remaining in America. Quite without noticing it, I too have dropped my consumption of idiot-box emissions to zero; somewhere around the time I realized I’d seen all the choice old movies on TCM already, my i-b became an impassive black monolith in my living room, an oracle nevermore consulted. As an old buddy of mine once told me Either I’m great or they suck, and believe me I ain’t great, so I can only assume there are millions of folks like me ready to shimmy down the grid to sweet freedom, perfectly content to reduce my media consumption to the websites of my choosing – and that’s very dangerous to Leviathan, hence the growing economic stranglehold on Internet content providers. (The bastards are satanically determined to regain complete control of the massmind even if it requires ball-gagging the subject and then pinching his nostrils shut.)

    Eventually the only answer is going to be jumping off the grid completely. That will not only be difficult but very dangerous to attempt while living in America, so a lot of us will be seeking out Our Own Private Mexico. Fred should hope the rest of us scatter to the four winds rather than colonize Mexico with our pension dollars; Leviathan didn’t earn its name via a laissez-faire belief system; the minute it notices its former subjects living contentedly next door, it will consult with SPLC and both parties, Evil and Donor, to determine the best bogus justification for invasion and occupation. Tyrannies don’t just allow you to walk away, so it will behoove us to offer them the maximum possible number of moving targets.

  48. TKK says:

    Travel tip:

    If someone has extra cash and the need to travel- do NOT go to Papua New Guinea.

    In Reed’s smug snark he is giving you the worst possible travel advice, even if tongue-in-cheek is implied.

    Showing his geographical ignorance, this would be a kin to saying I hate Detroit I think I will go take a relaxing vacation in the Southside of Chicago.

    Port Moresby, the capital of PNG, makes Baltimore feel like Budapest. The natives are a very aggressive and violent tribal culture that answers to no one. The worst of them are called the Rascals.

    Most if not all suburban homes are surrounded by 10 foot high Barbwire fences with armed guards and attack dogs.

    Travel outside of the capital without an armed guard is considered extremely foolish. It is a lawless country. Probably one of the most dangerous places on the planet.

    • Replies: @M Edward
    , @anon
    , @Alfa158
  49. TKK says:
    @Bardon Kaldian

    Can’t you save your lack of sexual prowess for your therapist?

    Working with horses, I see dozens of white men each week who do not have the upper body strength to pull themselves up on the saddle. It ain’t sexy.

    Even more hot is watching them sob as the poor horse watches them with unease. Why are they sobbing?

    Because in the nine months they were in Afghanistan, they were in their tent playing their Xbox, and they heard a bomb go off. It devastated them and now they have post dramatic stress syndrome- mistake intended. They can no longer work and sit in their studio apartments, gorked out on Oxys and hating the world. What did they think war involved ? Brutal Words with Friends matches?

    These are the powerful lions that whites women have to chose.

    Or the ones you see at bars. You know -the ones who droptheir eyes and move aside meekly when a black man asks for their seat.

    There are plenty of attractive white women. Stroll down any street near a college town. There are beautiful girls everywhere. White girls.

    If you were a wealthy and sexually powerful man, this issue would not be on your radar.

    “The girl who can’t dance says the band can’t play”.

    • Troll: MikeatMikedotMike
  50. @Si1ver1ock

    Bezos’ classic “bait and switch” move shows the unbridled arrogance of the world’s richest man. He had cities all over the country throwing as much taxpayer money at him as they thought they could get away with, all in hope of obtaining a few highly paid jobs (with many hundreds more in the $15/hr range). Bezos, no doubt, loved to see these politicians prostrate themselves at his feet. Yet, all along, I’m convinced his plan was to open two new Amazon HQ’s in what are already the two most wealthy, most powerful cities in the country I wonder if the feckless politicians who squirmed for two years waiting for Bezos’ decision from on high even know they’ve been scammed. I think they do.

  51. @Ragno

    Spot on remarks! Leviathan is indeed trying to kill the internet, at least those portions of it that he does not control. The only obstacle preventing him from obliterating it completely is the fact that his bureaucrats increasingly rely on it for tax returns, and “communicating” with us proles.

  52. Stick says:

    Fred, the DC/America abyss is between a religious cult that fancies itself and normal people that live lives of meaning. I live in Alexandria and was born in Quantico. In between I lived all over the US and in Asia. Yes, DC is culturally captive to Post Modern Puritans (Politically Correct Speech), Post Modern Quakers (the Underground Railroad of Open Borders/Sanctuary Cities) and Harry Potterites (the Best and Brightest). We’ve had the American Trustafarians since Thoreau pioneered the archetype and, of course, those that studied hard to become European Trustafarians (Marxists). From a Freudian perspective they have all gone beyond blaming their parents for their shortfalls and now are disinterring their ancestors to blame them for our shortfalls. We live in deeply religious times.

    • Replies: @Counterinsurgency
  53. rbbe Brod says:
    @Biff

    Dealing with the crybabies after a great article like this is like going to a great little specialty whorehouse in Nevada, full of little blond enthusiastic shiksas, and through a terrible misunderstanding and the wrong drink of manisechewits, awakening to finding oneself tied to a bed in the corpophiliac section.

    At least that’s what its like for me.

  54. M Edward says:
    @TKK

    Yeah, and not only that, nuclear weapons testing in that region has left massive amounts of radiation which, when ingested, causes CJD/Kuru. Modern hack scientist claim it’s caused by cannibalism, but that just spreads it when the brain is consumed.

    Kuru, CJD, Mad Cow, Scrapies, CWD and many other conditions are caused by exposure to high doses of radiation. But don’t tell anyone because the psychopathic-powers-that-be don’t want anyone to know.

    SHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

    https://www.london-daily.com/art/madcow.htm

    https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/12/25/radioactive-reindeer/

  55. @Wally

    Let’s see, Wally, a dollar for thee, ten thousand for me. Do I have the GOP tax cut plan about right?

    Why won’t Mr. Trump release his tax returns? Probably because, due to legal loopholes, he didn’t have to pay any.

  56. Wally says:
    @David

    Oh, I get it. Let the government steal it all, but not cut spending.

    • Replies: @David
  57. anon[190] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    The thing about the Mexican Navy is that it is controlled by El Chapo or Scarface, and its purpose is to transport cocaine and heroin.

    3-4 years ago i would have laughed at that statement

  58. @Ragno

    This seems to be a reply to Hans Vogel, who writes about USA ignorance about South America.
    But I do not see any reply.
    If, I wrote this before, the average person in Europe is much less ignorant than the USA citizen, I do not know.
    What does seem different to me is that the average person in Europe knows he or she does not know much.
    Possibly because our continent has many small states anyone in Europe did and does meet foreigners, between Seattle and Minneapolis I often felt that I was seen as an alien.
    It is a long time ago since I read
    William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick, ‘The Ugly American’, 1958, 1962, London
    but the title speaks for itself.

    • Replies: @Ragno
  59. Fred Reed, Thanks for a very interesting article, as always. I have had the good fortune to spend long periods away from “the land of the free” in the past and recall the culture shock of returning home (especially when home was New York City). Reading some of the negative comments above, I can appreciate that few understand that “where all the hispanics came from” was the half of mexico that was stolen in an aggressive imperialist war and that the real estate came with its inhabitants. Gee, New Mexico, California, Nevada, Colorado, Texas, where did all those Spanish names come from? Wishing you a healthy, happy and prosperous 2019!

  60. First thing first, is the orange orangutan in the pockets of the Israelis or Jews? Who’s being politically correct here? Second, China is the natural nemesis not Russia but the lattetr has become the latest enemy, again, largely thanks to those darn “Israelis” who can’t rape the former motherland enough of its loot. Lastly, why don’t you take the willy-nilly wetbacks and invade the Mesoamerica with Oaxaca-class tugboats to rid the land of those who are oppressing them? Man up and take charge, Freddy Boy!

  61. anon[190] • Disclaimer says:
    @TKK

    Travel tip:

    If someone has extra cash and the need to travel- do NOT go to Papua New Guinea.

    In Reed’s smug snark he is giving you the worst possible travel advice, even if tongue-in-cheek is implied.

    Showing his geographical ignorance, this would be a kin to saying I hate Detroit I think I will go take a relaxing vacation in the Southside of Chicago.

    that you feel the need to point this out……lol

  62. Fred says: “It is one thing to think Trump a terrible President – I do…” Yet the rest of his article goes on to imply what a good, potentially great, president Trump is. If you can get the entire lyin’ media, and the rest of the oppressive deep state, saying what scum you are, then you must be doing something right.

    Trump holds a mirror to the faces of these vermin, and they don’t like it very much. Just think, if not for her “deplorable” comment, which dissed half the country in the middle of her campaign, lyin’ Hillary would probably be potus today. Thank you for being so dumb, you old hag.

    IF, and it’s a big IF, Trump can avoid starting any more new wars, he could go down as one of the all-time greats – a man who changed the course of History. And, if he succeeds in blowing up this dysfunctional nightmarish Panopticon Empire, causing it to break apart into manageable units, all the better. Perhaps I’d better go take my meds now.

  63. anon[190] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bardon Kaldian

    about continual denigration of Hispanic/Latino peoples on this site

    it sounds like the people on this site have experience with latrinos

  64. anon[190] • Disclaimer says:

    Gee, New Mexico, California, Nevada, Colorado, Texas, where did all those Spanish names come from?

    the spaniards stole it from the American Indians, obviously

  65. Che Guava says:

    I a not 100% agreeing, but usually liking your articies.

    Please look for Shoes for Industry, Spend, on U-tub, it is very relevant to much of what you are saying, and a very good song, I would expect that you would greatly love the lyrics, like many pop songs, the ending is crap, but the song, though old, is fast, and mainly very good lyrics

  66. @Si1ver1ock

    Cynthia McKinney lost her career because she wouldn’t pledge her allegiance to AIPAC like all the others do. She’s a true American. Now you must pledge your allegiance to AIPAC or you have no political career, further evidence that JUSA is nothing but IS= REAL-HELL’S vassal bully The dual citizen shit eaters need to be banned from ever holding public office.

    • Replies: @Che Guava
  67. Ragno says:
    @jilles dykstra

    No; I certainly have no issue with Hans Vogel’s comments, but this was a general comment on Reed’s article. It’s not even a response to the regrettable vitriol that Reed’s byline now seems to trigger in some readers, though I touched on that early on.

    I will say that I never got the chance to edit or alter the original body of the text due to what was either a glitch in the Unz software or my own ISP. I never got my four minutes, so to speak, as the page froze up and – by the time it returned to normal – my four minutes were up. Regardless, though, none of it was directed at Hans.

  68. David says:
    @Wally

    Do you get it?

    You said it’s always good to cut taxes. Period. I think you’re wrong. If the gov invokes a trillion units of fiat and uses it to buy goods and services, it’s going to reduce your ability to buy goods and services. So what you don’t pay in taxes is lost to inflation.

    If the lure of cutting taxes fools fiscal conservatives into supporting fiscally idiotic schemes, I’d call that a bad thing.

  69. Che Guava says:
    @Fed up Goy

    I agree on McKinney, as an outsider, sure would have voted for her if I were ‘murrcan and in her electorate. Her being driven out by Jewish big-money games was obvious at the time, even in the MSM, they were gloating about the money campaign.

  70. I understand and mostly agree with the commentariat’s impatience with the quality of Fred’s output in recent years. But I thought this one was at least mildly interesting, and contained some amusing insights. I thought I was the only one who noticed all the passive-voice verbs in the drug ads’ side-effects disclaimers (“stomach cancers have happened” … no hint that they might have anything to do with the use of this particular miracle cure for whatever lifestyle-caused optional malady). All in all, not a bad Fred column.

  71. bucky says:

    Frankly, in light of Trump’s trade war and border wall war, it makes perfect sense from the perspective of the elite–and from my perspective too, for the issues that occupy people to be about bullshit like transgender bathrooms.

    I’ve lost real money this month because of Trump’s trade war. I’m not happy. Yes, transgender stupidity irritates me, but it doesn’t really affect me in the way that the real issue that is China affects me.

    And the real issue of China also is a deep cutting issue, and an unwinnable one. I would prefer that the national conversation not be about the real issue.

    The white working class has a natural enemy in the Chinese. They could even make common cause with the black underclass. But China is bigger, and it has a more functional society. Even if America sparked a struggle against China and won, it would be a pyhrric victory.

    • Replies: @Hans Vogel
    , @anon
    , @🐈 22
  72. @Christo

    Agree; Filipinas are extra special as they do combine the best of the Latinas and the Asians. Miss universe winners and high quality lookers abound there and almost all, lookers and regulars, are loyal and obedient. Tough to beat; just too darned far away in a miserable country from a livability point of view. Poor, low grade infrastructure, hot & humid in most places, low quality homes, no safety net which is why the family is critically important and much more. Most expats can live decently on just the typical social security check of around $1,300 average and that would include a young, nubile local woman which, for many, covers the country’s failings. I think that’s impossible in the US but many do it in the Phils which is replacing the old Thailand for men just without the hospitals.

    • Replies: @anon
  73. bluedog says:
    @Wally

    Trump is a republican with their normal cuts for business, which for the 1% run into the millions meanwhile the working slob didn’t see enough to pay the rising local taxes,utilities or inflation…

  74. @bucky

    The white working class has a natural enemy in the Chinese. They could even make common cause with the black underclass.

    Really? Is not the enemy of the US working class (both black and white) the US elite: the bankers, politicos, their corrupt servants in the state bureaucracy and the hired hands in the press, Hollywood, and all those “think tanks?”

    The Chinese are not a monolithic mass, but also a majority of working class, exploited by an elite of bankers, politicos and hired hands. It is just that the Chinese elite is probably not yet as morally corrupt and given to sinful depravity as their US counterparts. For the simple reason that neoliberal capitalism, with all its nefarious side effects, has only recently been adopted.

    • Replies: @bucky
  75. Alfa158 says:
    @TKK

    That seems to conform to everything I’ve read about New Guinea. The WSJ years ago ran an article Steve would have liked, about an attempt to run a world class golf resort outside Port Moresby. The locals loved the course because the fairways were open areas that were perfect for tribal warfare as opposed to the heavy forests elsewhere. The article said that since some of the tribesmen worked at the resort and didn’t want to screw up their jobs, when a golfing foursome was ready to tee up at a fairway being used for a pitched battle, the combatants would call a time out and politely move out of the way until the golfers had played through, then tear back into each other after they had passed.

  76. haole says:

    Write some stuff critical of mexico. Is AMLO the next Chavez?

  77. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says: • Website

    BAMMAMA(blacks are more muscular and more aggressive) in action. But just keep calling them ‘teenagers’.

  78. @Hail

    Two words would do it: Less blatant.

  79. bucky says:
    @Hans Vogel

    America has fought how many wars in Asia? Including the Phillipines we’re looking at 4 wars. America atom-bombed Japan. Generations of American men, both black and white, have been sent to fight the yellow man. Beyond that, Chinese values are quite antithetical to American values.

    The elite are not magicians. They instead capitalize on existing tensions in a society to become the elite. And every functioning society must have an elite to direct it. Without an elite giving it purpose and form, it is nothing but scattered tribes.

    The Vietnamese peasant was able to fight off the technologically superior American forces because of the indigenous resiliency of their society. A technologically equal China would be able to beat America due to their society being more cohesive and less divided.

    If you really mingle with the white working class you can see how much they despise Asian competition. And who can blame them?

    • Replies: @Hans Vogel
  80. @Si1ver1ock

    James Corbett, coincidentally featured on Unz today has a couple of great pieces on the missing money.
    https://www.corbettreport.com/interview-1407-mark-skidmore-on-the-pentagons-missing-trillions/

  81. Trupright says:
    @Tony Vodvarka

    As a few Mexicans have told me over the years – the Mexicans aren’t upset that the US took large parts of their country after the Mexican-American War; they are upset that the US didn’t take their entire country.

  82. anon[267] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jim Sweeney

    Most expats can live decently on just the typical social security check of around $1,300 average and that would include a young, nubile local woman which, for many, covers the country’s failings.

    sounds like a john buying a prostitute

  83. Giuseppe says:
    @Ragno

    Leviathan didn’t earn its name via a laissez-faire belief system; the minute it notices its former subjects living contentedly next door, it will consult with SPLC and both parties, Evil and Donor, to determine the best bogus justification for invasion and occupation. Tyrannies don’t just allow you to walk away, so it will behoove us to offer them the maximum possible number of moving targets.

    This reminds me of Ron Paul’s warning, to universal scorn, that a wall built to keep others out could also be used to keep us in.

  84. @peterAUS

    Sounds like the Mexican government wants to definitively outgun the cartels over the next few decades. No missiles, no anti-missile defense, no ASW, so they’re not taking on other navies — which is just good sense. At best they could force another navy to sink the ship in a sacrifice play (“They sank our ship! We’ve been wronged! Send money! Tear down the Wall!) but, frankly, that would be such a dumb move (risky with huge losses possible) that it’s unlikely anybody thought of it.

    Counterinsurgency

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  85. Bubba says:
    @republic

    And they all run on flatulence from beans and tortillas… and don’t drink the water on those ships either.

  86. @Stick

    Yep, Yankees in New England, traders in New York City, and the West Coast enclaves they settled during the 1800s are the lead in PC and multi-multiculturalism. Yankees are driven by religion, as they were in the 1850s during the Civil War run-up, and New York is driven by trade profits and (in its Jewish component) by religious fear that the chosen of God (themselves) will be rejected yet again by their host country. Money and religion combined, quite a powerful combination so far.

    Counterinsurgency

    Again, I’m using terminology from Woodward’s _American Nations_, which traces such conflicts between US regions through time from the settling of the US on to perhaps AD 2000. I’m a Borderlander, myself, with a substantial overlay of California.

  87. peterAUS says:
    @Counterinsurgency

    Sounds like the Mexican government wants to definitively outgun the cartels over the next few decades. No missiles, no anti-missile defense, no ASW, so they’re not taking on other navies — which is just good sense.

    Pretty much.

  88. Having spent time in PNG, I can recommend the Central Highlands as the next Costa Rica, cool, inexpensive, beautiful, good food, friendly people who speak English. But they are still working on a few basics, like dealing with tribal ownership of land n stopping the public burning of witches, one which incident happened in Mount Hagen soon after I left. Tribal warfare, crime, n political corruption are not just rampant but championed as a way of life. Preservation of PNG’s racial stock is perhaps the foremost concern of Port Moresby, barring all immigration from outside the country, period. You can’t even fly in unless you first produce a ticket to fly out. At least, as they assure me, they rarely ever eat tourists any more.

  89. @Tony Vodvarka

    Please, not the old “stolen land” argument again. Just because a few potentates in Europe drew a few lines on a map didn’t entitle Mexico to vast swathes of unoccupied unused territory. The “Mexican” Southwest was so empty that they advertised for white settlers to immigrate so they could have someone to tax. Mexico’s imperial claim was no more valid than Germany’s imperial claim to Tanzania.

  90. Dezrat says:

    Wow one trip to DC thru China and all the funny is gone,no wait due to volume? Now that’s funny

  91. I’m not American, but I seem to recall articles in NY magazines and Hollywood movies way back in the 1980s that painted all Americans who did not live in New York or California as racist hicks with no education and a fetish for guns.

  92. @bucky

    Generations of American men, both black and white, have been sent to fight the yellow man. Beyond that, Chinese values are quite antithetical to American values.

    The US also took part in a couple of wars in Europe, against Germany. What you call “American values” (which to my knowledge are imported from Europe), are uncannily similar to the values once extolled by the Nazis. For example, FDR’s economic policy was the same as Hitler’s, yet where Hitler was succesful, FDR was not.

    Extremist, romanticist protestantism (puritanism, pentecostalism, methodism, baptism) was invented in Europe; 95% of modern technology is European; all of modern philosophy is European.

    So far, the US has fought no wars over cultural or philosophical issues, like the European Christians did during the Crusades. The Indian wars were no more than extermination campaigns, actually a kind of holocaust.

    If you really mingle with the white working class you can see how much they despise Asian competition. And who can blame them?

    That is merely the result of a persistent, racist propaganda campaign conducted by capitalist media. The US working class is quite isolated, singularly ill-informed and naive and has been since the end of the 19th century. As a case in point, don’t forget the KKK was created by the plantation owners and the southern elite to foment discord among the southern working class. Any thinking member of the working class will know that it is in his best interest to unite against those who exploit him and his family.

    • Replies: @Logan
  93. @Hail

    I think the reason the disdain for “common people” was less blatant previously, is that the public is better informed now and more willing to defy its masters, as evidenced by the election of Trump; so the masks have come off. It’s partly psychological (irritation) and partly rational (why isnvest in keeping up the pretence when we’ve been rumbled; let’s refocus on sheer bullying which may be more effective in the current environment than deception).

    “New York Times says something nauseatingly PC, well-informed rebuttals surge across the Web. People on the Net, not constrained by political correctness, can speak of the many topics forbidden in Washington.” – the reason why first “web neutrality” came under fire, and now all the major online oligolopolies have entered into the “no-platforming” conspiracy against dissenting voices.

  94. @Ilyana_Rozumova

    You must have met some truly scary / disturbed children!

  95. @Hans Vogel

    Nothing to do with Mesoamerica in particular being an irredeamable shithole? Acknowledging that parts of Latin America are quite nice and/or interesting (Cono sur, perhaps Costa Rica, …?) – but you don’t get much immigration into the Us from the “nice” parts.

    • Replies: @Hans Vogel
  96. Another pretty good summing up of what SHOULD be common sense. I come from not only ‘flyover country’, like most Americans, but also from that strange planet called Another Generation, like Fred (though I’m younger) and, again, quite a large chunk of the population. This strange population of Others, like Fred, is able to Remember. Remember the respectfulness shown to ‘flyover country’ by nearly everyone, just one generation ago or so. Anyone remember the great Perry Como Christmas song which goes, ‘I met a man who lives in Tennessee, he was a-heading for Pennsylvania and some home made pumpkin pie’…?
    Not to bloviate, but I always found the intelligence of so many I knew–right out in ‘the middle of nowhere–to be well nigh staggeering: the grandparents, uncles, neighbors, teachers–of math, science, english, art, woodshop, you name it.
    What Fred neglects to do is point out the very obvious perpetrators of this war on whites (blacks too) and Christianity. I’ve never been a believer, but love Christmas more and more, and find Christianity endlessly, deeply fascinating and beautiful in so many ways; but I always am sure to go around from mid-December till the 25th wishing all and sundry a Merry Christmas!, and meaning it. Also, I recommend all classic Christmas songs, Bing Crosby, Perry Como especially, as well as the very old Masses done by medieval Italians etc.
    And, always and forever, trashing your tv.

  97. @Thuggernaut

    Perhaps you yourself can write so well?
    As to Fred’s choice of culturally enlightening subjects, what a very strange on that warship was. Surely he could have written a bit (no doubt he already has) on the Virgin of Guadalupe or other Christmas customs.

  98. @Hail

    I think ‘thirty years ago’ and ‘nearly nonexistent’.

  99. @Jeff Stryker

    ‘As for the lobotomy box, my theory is that people in the US have nothing else to do. When you live overseas there are always places to go and things to see. But the average American makes such a poor wage these days that all he can do is return home and collapse in front of the television.’

    A few points, Jeff. I agree, and have always expounded the view, that the country’s so huge, and most people are so isolated (even near the horrific big cities most live in isolation in deathly sanitized suburbs), and there’s no common ‘culture’–meaning something that is many centuries old–just tv culture and pop music and cgi blockbusters that have huge box-offices (what we’ve been trained to think is not only important but The indicator of greatness, if not specifically artistic greatness, which few have any concept of).
    I also agree about more to do, etc., in foreign countries. One, they’re by definition interesting because different–similar to leaving, say, Maine, and travelling to Arizona. Well, once upon a time, anyway, before gangsta rap was spewed in literally every small town from Alaska to Iowa to New Hampshire, to say nothing of Korea, China, Japan, all of Europe… well, let’s face it, literally everywhere.
    As for making poor wages, they’re still far better than in most countries.
    Finally, people need to rebuild local cultures, through community gatherings, debating clubs perhaps–I’m getting out of my depth, but people out in ‘flyover country’ can be very creative. They also used to anyway care a lot, and were genuine and sincere. Hollywood and ‘the bubble’ have gone on full assault against these very people for a good thirty years now, but if people know what’s being done to them and why they can begin to fight back. Nothing anyone here at Unz doesn’t already know. Anyway, cheers.

  100. @Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist

    Correct, it started in the 80s. Go back to the 70s, movies (there are tons of them) like Blue Collar, set in Detroit, or Prime Cut, set in Kansas starring Gene Hackman. But of course, it has always been NYC/Northeast and/or Southern California-dominated, for obvious reasons. Still, there used to be lots of well-wrought actual stories turned movies, which came from all around the country. Before all the snappy smartset banter that defines all movies from around the 90s onwards, with very rare exceptions like The Big Lebowski or Brokeback Mountain, two random examples. BUT: Beware Hollywood and The Bubble as Fred calls it. They mean business, and they never sleep.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  101. @Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist

    To continue…
    Hell, look at that total classic, Smokey and the Bandit, set in rural Georgia and Texarkana, TX, and all points between, complete with a great theme song by country music great and co-star Jerry Reed, which has ‘Texarkana’ right in its lyrics. And the star, Burt Reynolds, was quite simply the archtypical Everyman from the middle of nowhere–held up in those days as the epitomy of manliness to which most everyone aspired. Look also to Tom Selleck, a very similar type, from Detroit and very unabashed about his love of Michigan and his hometown. There was Johnny Carson, from Nebraska, who was bar none the most popular voice in the country. There was another great Nebraskan, Marlon Brando. These men were not only mainstream, but the very pinnacle.

  102. @daniel le mouche

    Nah, it started with DELIVERANCE and TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and continued with HILLS HAVE EYES and a bunch of other rural horror films.

    It may have been STRAW DOGS, which depicted English hicks going after a despised Jewish draft dodger, which really started this genre.

    That said, NYC was always portrayed as a hellhole where mostly unarmed muggers would choose to rob a tough-as-hell looking Polish ex miner every 5 minutes in Death Wish. Needless to say, Bronson had the muggers played by Jews, so that people from the Flyover believed that people who look like Jeff Goldblum are the ones who commit urban crime. Bronson himself later said this was to avoid the ire of the NAACP.

    • Replies: @anon
  103. Truth says:
    @Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist

    It’s good to know there’s another documentary lover here.

  104. @Plato's Dream

    The area you describe as being “an irredeemable shithole,” has largely been transformed into that state by US intervention and meddling. Any halfway decent history of Latin America, even those written by US historians, will give you the details. Surely you must familiar with the numerous US armed interventions, military occupations and mass killings in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador (where the despicable war criminal John Negroponte organized Taliban- and ISIS-style death squads).

    By the way, the US itself is increasingly composed of shithole patches, such as the seedier parts of Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago, etc. etc.

    Like elites in Latin America, the rich and better-off in the US have to retreat into gated communities, high security apartments and pay extra for their personal security, because their corrupt and inept government is no longer able to guarantee the kind of normal safety that one might expect from a civilized state.

    Unfortunately, this is precisely the societal model the US has been exporting since the Fall of the Berlin Wall. And this after first regaling the world with nazi-style corporate governance, dubious accounting methods, medieval legal concepts, inferior television shows, lousy Hollywood crap, infantile rock “music,” junk food, synthetic non-food such as McDonald’s hamburgers, and sugar laden or aspartame poisoned horse piss (Coca Cola).

    One should rather be amazed that Latin American nations have still been able to preserve their idiosyncracies.

    President Porfirio Díaz of Mexico once observed: “Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States.”

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  105. anon[168] • Disclaimer says:
    @bucky

    I’ve lost real money this month because of Trump’s trade war. I’m not happy.

    short sighted idiots and their shekels

  106. anon[168] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    believed that people who look like Jeff Goldblum….

    there’s no way he has a job in hollywood if he’s not a jew

  107. anon[168] • Disclaimer says:
    @Hans Vogel

    Surely you must familiar with the numerous US armed interventions, military occupations and mass killings in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador (where the despicable war criminal John Negroponte organized Taliban- and ISIS-style death squads).

    you’re right, they’d have been better off if the US just dropped some nukes on them, then they’d be some of the most productive countries in the world

    • Replies: @Hans Vogel
  108. @anon

    I assume this is an expression of your “American” values?

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
    , @anon
  109. @Hans Vogel

    ” I assume this is an expression of your “American values”.

    List you know-it-all german “Besserwisser” Dummkopf, mankind has suffered far more under your german “Values” and under your axiom of “Am deutschen Wesen soll die Welt genesen”.

    It’s high time that you German “Besserwisser” finally realize that nobody likes you, and it’s your own fault, as people the world over are sick and tired of your petulant “Oberlehrer” attitude and your overbearing know-it-all “Gutmenschen”, holier-than-thou, leftist “we are the good guys” now lunacy.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” qualified since 1973 , airborne trained US Army vet, and pro Jazz artist.

    • Replies: @aGerman
  110. Take it easy you old vet. It is no shame to run out of arguments, but no need to resort to name calling and insults. Nor should you be ashamed for lacking in general education and knowledge. Relax. The rest of the world knows your kind and we all think you guys are not so much evil as, well, ill-informed and generally off the mark. And please, don’t be proud of the fact that you always like to shoot first and ask questions later. By the way and for your information, it was the Red Army, the Russians that defeated the Germans in the Second World War, not you guys or, God forbid, the limeys. The US army has not been able to win a war other than against Indians, ill-organized Mexicans and the inept Iraqis. Oh sorry, I forgot the war against Grenada in 1983.

  111. @Hans Vogel

    Maybe, but not entirely.
    Melusine winds from Siberia in The winter did lend a quite a hand.

  112. Hank Yobo says:
    @Hans Vogel

    Yah, those mushroom clouds over Hiroshima and Nagasaki were caused by the Russians and their vaunted long-range bomber force. Moscow could have been next. So the Western allies’ contributions to the war effort were negligible? Historical revisionism at its worst.

  113. Bombing civilians is indeed what the US air force has always excelled in. Their English vassals also, by the way. Giulio Douhet’s teachings taken up by Trenchard and all that. Wars are not won, however, by aerial bombings but you actually have to conquer and occupy terrain. That is what the Red Army did: over 90% of all the man hours fighting in the West was spent on the Eastern Front (Norman Davies). In 1945 the US had only enough enriched uranium for three bombs, one for pretrial in Nevada and two for Japan. Some even say the enriched uranium was a gift from Hitler, sent in the U-234..

    • Replies: @Colinsky
  114. Hank Yobo says:

    “Wars are not won, however, by aerial bombings but you actually have to conquer and occupy terrain.”

    So the Nazi effort to win the Battle of the Atlantic, develop their V weapons, and get jet fighters into the air was all part of their strategy to occupy terrain? I wasn’t aware that “man hours spent” was an effectual metric for determining victory. Afghanistan anyone?

    • Replies: @Hans Vogel
  115. Colinsky says:
    @Hans Vogel

    The Nagasaki bomb did not use uranium. It was a plutonium bomb.

    • Replies: @Hans Vogel
    , @aGerman
  116. @Hank Yobo

    Actually, yes, all of those are indirect or supportive tactics. If you do not believe me, I suggest you read up on strategy and military history.

    As for Afghanistan, surely you know that only an absolute ignoramus would go in try to occupy and hold it. If Alexander the Great couldn’t, the English couldn’t and the Red Army couldn’t, certainly the US couldn’t. They couldn’ t win in Vietnam either, could they?

    In fairness, it should be said that the US did not move in to occupy terrain or to get even with some inverted Santa Claus, but just to get its hands on the world’s number one heroin producer. After all, they already control the world’s cocaine production in Colombia, with the DEA assigned to control production and the CIA taking care of worldwide distribution.

  117. MEH 0910 says:

    “…Latin America is a series of wretched hellholes.”
    -Fred Reed

    (Dramatization: May not have happened)

  118. @Hans Vogel

    The “Gadget” test device was also a plutonium-fueled, implosion assembled explosive.

  119. @Hans Vogel

    ” The rest of the world knows your kind”

    And the rest of the world know your (German) kind, your psychopathic know-it-all, Besserwisserischer “We are the good guys now the “Gutmenschen” and you are the bad guys mind-set.

    Regarding losing or winning wars : In Viet Nam the NV suffered 2.5 million fatalities and the Americans 55000, and now Viet Nam is capitalistic and bursting with MC Donalds, Burger King and Dunken Donats, so who lost or who won, as the leftist lie claiming the US lost is now seen through as that precisely what it is a big fucking lie.

    Regarding the Red Army : If they had not have been supplied with millions of tons of US war equipment and foodstuffs, they would have not prevailed, period.

    Look you don’t know what you are talking about as your pseudo german educational niveau is nothing but a farce and totally rmoved from fact.

    AJM

    • Replies: @Hans Vogel
    , @bluedog
  120. @Authenticjazzman

    Would you please refrain from name-calling. It is no shame for you to be ill-informed and basically ignorant about history (including that of your own country), but there is no need to take pride in ignorance. Perhaps as a member of the US army of occupation in Germany (excuse me, I don’t know, I am just assuming on the basis of your inserting German words), you were shocked to discover the chasm that separates your Brave New World from poor old Europe and to see how woefully inadequate the US educational system used to be. I suspect this gave you a sense of inferiority, but there really is no need for that. We are all (US people and Europeans) basically poor devils exploited by ruthless, cruel crapitalists.

  121. anon[267] • Disclaimer says:
    @Hans Vogel

    nah, you’re just too stupid to figure it out

  122. aGerman says:
    @Colinsky

    sounds to my like the affected person who claims misspelling of progrom.

  123. aGerman says:
    @Authenticjazzman

    Your cites are all of passive “influence by example”. Maybe your knowledge of german language is not good enough to see this.

    The old-german expression enforcing “freedom and democracy” with bombs and terror is “Lebensraum”.

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  124. Logan says:

    When the New York Times says something nauseatingly PC, well-informed rebuttals surge across the Web.

    That bug is in the process of being fixed.

  125. Logan says:
    @Hans Vogel

    The Indian wars were no more than extermination campaigns, actually a kind of holocaust.

    If the Indian wars were extermination campaigns, why didn’t they succeed? It’s not because the Indians successfully resisted and thus prevented America from exterminating them. For instance, when the Chickasaw were “removed” to Oklahoma, they numbered less than 5000. Surely it would have been a great deal easier to just kill them in MS or TN than to spend a bunch of money moving them.

    No, it’s because any attempts at true extermination were intermittent and usually primarily rhetorical.

    If you want to see true extermination in practice, look at the the history of Argentinian or Tasmanian settlers interacting with their indigenous peoples.

    Or of course the history of the Mongols and their utter extermination of various peoples. Or the Romans, who similarly wiped out various peoples, most notably the Carthaginians.

    For some reason, live Indians, members of tribes numbering multiples of what they did 100 years ago, are able to talk of genocide without ever noticing the obvious contradiction.

  126. Logan says:
    @Tony Vodvarka

    I lived for several years in northern NM a few decades ago. At the time, at least, there was a sharp distinction between the “Spanish,” who had lived there since before the Pilgrims arrived in MA, and the “Mexicans,” who had mostly migrated from south of the border during the 20th.

    This divide was most sharply maintained by the Spanish, who were proud of their entirely “white” blood relative to the mestizo Mexicans.

    The entire Hispanic population of the area annexed by the US in 1848 was probably well under 100,000. Remarkably few of the Hispanic population of this area today are descended from them.

  127. @Hans Vogel

    The US army has not been able to win a war other than against Indians, ill-organized Mexicans and the inept Iraqis. Oh sorry, I forgot the war against Grenada in 1983.

    You also forgot that the Army played a significant part in the defeat of Japan in WW2. In the battle of Okinawa, there were more Army troops than Marines.

    • Replies: @Hans Vogel
  128. @aGerman

    ” Maybe your knowledge of german language is not good enough to see this”

    Auf jeden Fall besser als Ihre Kenntnisse der englischen Sprache”

    Was Sie oben geschrieben haben kann ruhig als Kauderwelsch bezeichnet werden.

    You Germans turn my stomach with your “Herrenmenschen” attitude.

    AJM

    • Replies: @Hans Vogel
  129. here was a sharp distinction between the “Spanish,” who had lived there since before the Pilgrims arrived in MA

    They’re the biggest assholes you’ll ever want to meet. The reason they hate Anglos is because we’ve been in New Mexico for 100 years and own everything; they’ve been there for five times as long and are all working at gas stations.

    The reason they go around with their noses in the air about how they’re descended from conquistadors is that they’re losers who live in the past because they have nothing else to be proud of.

  130. @Prusmc

    Hell, I could identify them if all you provided was their border outlines, with no other clues.

    The same goes for US states, of course. Provinces of Canada – EZ….. and could nail quite a few Mexican states.

    Had a GF years ago (LDS, btw, who adhered to all the LDS tenets save the most important one =) who said she went to school for two years “in the Midwest” before transferring to ASU.

    The Midwest? University of Utah.

    She grew up in West LA. Everything east of I-5 was terra incognita.

  131. @Authenticjazzman

    Oh boy, your poor stomach! I do hope for you that you don’t have high blood pressure or a heart condition. All that excitement and anger might be bad for your health.

    By the way, are you sure “Kauderwelsch” is the right word for conveying what you meant to say? After all, Kauderwelsch also has a certain acoustic connotation, as is confirmed by wiki, which on non-political matters such as vocabulary, morphology and syntax, is still rather reliable:

    “Das Kauderwelsch ist die Bezeichnung für eine verworrene Sprechweise, für ein unverständliches Gemisch aus mehreren Sprachen oder eine unverständliche fremde Sprache.”

    The quotation you are reacting to is not an unintelligible mixture of several languages, nor would it be unintelligible for you. Moreover, in this case there were no acoustics involved, unless of course you have a special feature installed on your computing device.

    Though Kauderwelsch is a nice expression, in ths case and for conveying what you apparently wanted to say, it would be better to use Unsinn, Blödsinn or dummes Geschwätz, etc. Don’t you agree?

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  132. @Hans Vogel

    Look friend I do not desire to be engaged in a silly pissing context over issues of semantics.

    I consider you to be an abject know-it-all fool, a hopeless overbearing, “Besserwisser”, and your nonsense simply disgusts me.

    Mark Twain : “Argue with a fool and what do you get : Two fools”

    AJM

  133. bluedog says:
    @Authenticjazzman

    Yea Gods another idiot that thinks supplies are more inportant then blood or lives,those supplies were the best investment we ever made, now if we could have made it work in Nam we would’nt have got our ass’s kick….

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  134. Amen, that is a fitting penultimate incoherent thought.

  135. @bluedog

    ” We wouldn’t have got our ass kick..”

    Yeah we really got our ass “kick…” by suffering 55000, as compared to the 2.5 million NV losses, and the fact that Viet Nam is now totally capitalistic, and full of McDonalds and BurgerKings.

    My deceased brother came home from a year in the infantry in VN, with a bad heart and a stiff leg, and he never once stated that we got our ass “kick…”

    You have no clue as to what you are blathering about, and you can shove your anti-American BS where the sun doesn’t shine.

    AJM

    • Replies: @bluedog
    , @Hans Vogel
  136. bluedog says:
    @Authenticjazzman

    Of course we got our ass’s kick as we left on the skids of helicopters or do you in your twisted view call that a victory,most sane people would’nt but the insane that’s a different story in itself…

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  137. @Authenticjazzman

    When someone breaks into my house, I’ll kill him and I suppose you would, too.

    When you cross the border of another country with a gun in your hand, do not be surprised when you’re shot at. Actually you deserve to be killed. Looks like your brother got what he deserved. Like all those 55.000 US people killed in Vietnam. They had it coming to them and they fully deserved it.

    Yes, and I know that the US sent troops to Vietnam upon the request of the Saigon government. A puppet government installed by the Washington regime.

  138. @bluedog

    Okay simpleton as you are simply unable to comprehend the situation as it was back then, I will break it down for you : You are only defeated in a military context when you have employed ALL of your resources , and the US most certainly did not employ all of it’s resources, otherwise it could have turned VN into glass for the next thousand years.

    The only defeat the US suffered was at the hands of the hippies and commies such as yourself rampaging through the streets of the US and europe, and they simply said fuck it, the whole thing was not worth the effort and sacrifice.

    AJM

    • Replies: @bluedog
  139. @bluedog

    Do not let yourself be cowed by the ravings of the Authentic Jazz Man. The claim he makes:

    You are only defeated in a military context when you have employed ALL of your resources

    is not true as a general historical “law.” Sure, there are cases where states, nations or tribes “have employed all of (their) resources,” but as a general rule, plenty of these resources are still available, when the political leadership (or the military having assumed political responsibilities) decides that the war is lost and that fighting on makes no sense other than the prolonging of misery.

    Thus the German leadership in October/November 1918 decided to take up Woodrow Wilson on his promise of a fair peace deal. Though military undefeated, in actual fact it meant defeat. The same can be said of the US government when it decided to withdraw from Vietnam.

    • Replies: @bluedog
  140. bluedog says:
    @Authenticjazzman

    Depends on the factors the JC wanted to go nuclear and Johnson reply to the deadheads and yes they are deadheads waiting in line for the next opening on some board of the MIC,what are you out of your fu*king minds.do you want to bring China into it and we were still remembering Korea and China’s part in that,I know deadheads like you can’t think past what’s for lunch but there are always other factors in play that have to be considered>>>

  141. bluedog says:
    @Hans Vogel

    I’m not for as the old saying goes there’s a fool born every minute and fools like him spend a lifetime proving it//

  142. @republic

    Remind me . . . who is the Mexican navy intended to fight against?

  143. SafeNow says:

    “Yellow fever”

    Loyalty, empathy, compassion, support, sensitivity, fairmindedness, leanness, fastidiousness, and an extra standard deviation of smarts. I would advise a young man to consider that “fever.” And btw, Harvard admissions is now in court for downgrading Asians for the personality trait of being decent.

  144. 🐈 22 says:
    @Thuggernaut

    Thuggernaut
    Are you attempting to insult and shame Fred?
    Censorship is not the American way. If you don’t like Fred, don’t reed his column. (Pun intended). Unless you believe in fascism as a fairy tale existence, you should applaud our Fred. Pal, I gather you cannot handle the truth, or you do not want the readers to hear the truth.

  145. 🐈 22 says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Achmed
    You didnt reed read and accuse him of skimming? Gotcha old pal. ….

  146. 🐈 22 says:
    @bucky

    Wallstreet has rebounded. Soros has quit moving his blood money for now…the old bag is bored…

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