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  1. dwb says:

    Seriously – when did Vlad Putin become “the worst man in the world?”

    Didn’t Barack Obama once boast that he would meet with any foreign leader, anywhere, with no preset conditions?

    Didn’t the Democrats chastise President Reagan for calling the Soviet Union an evil empire? (And deny that the Soviets were any “worse” than the US from a realpolitik perspective)?

  2. The war between the Deep State and Trump is untenable now. Something has to give.

  3. Tomorrow is the centennial of an interesting event in Russian history. Apparently (ex?)-Chekist Putin came up with a good excuse not to show for the commemorations.

  4. Literally Hitler

    and

    Literally Stalin

    met

    and decided to divide up Europe

    again.

    • Replies: @Jus' Sayin'...
  5. ic1000 says:

    I haven’t been following. But on the teevee this morning, CBS News’ reporterettes were casting their lot squarely in the “we’e overdue for a coup against Trump” bin.

    The historical ignorance on display was quite breathtaking, and quite ordinary for the live-action commentariat.

    • Replies: @Lagertha
    , @Russ
  6. Anon[274] • Disclaimer says:

    It was fine.

    Despite all the fainting couches, it was something that needed to happen and it was about as successful as one would imagine- lots of vague promises of future cooperation where interests overlap and nothing where they don’t.

    President Trump is right to call Russia a competitor. That’s where we are, and we should be okay with that; instead we are being pushed into re-declaring her the enemy and hoping for what? A cold war redux? A hot war, to switch things up this time?

    Putin is not a good guy. He’s not even a very good autocrat. By those standards he’s pretty lousy, in charge of a lousy mess of a country. But its a lousy mess with natural resources and a stockpile of weapons with the capability of bloodying our noses and put a spanner in the works. Those are the facts on the ground. It’s a lot more sensible to start over with that in mind than to continue to antagonize the situation in silly ways.

    • Agree: RVBlake
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  7. Polynices says:

    People shouldn’t comment unless they actually watch the whole press conference. I did and it was pretty damn bland. Putin said some stuff, Trump said some stuff, but it was basically all generalities. If Trump and Putin had been in a screaming match that devolved into a fist fight I’d still expect the press conference to have looked like it did. People are reading WAY too much into it.

  8. Anonymous[266] • Disclaimer says:
    @dwb

    Seriously – when did Vlad Putin become “the worst man in the world?”

    Um, read Ron Unz’s piece today. About the same time as the oligarchs stopped ruling Russia.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Chief Seattle
  9. Russian collusion is a (lying) globalist narrative and the President refuses to play along. Putin in a nationalist ally and the globalists hate it.

    • Agree: Travis
  10. ANON[132] • Disclaimer says:

    You all need to catch up. Read reddit.com/r/greatawakening/ including archival material.

  11. It was epic Trump trolling all the way.

    The REEEEEEs travel line-of-sight so I couldn’t get them direct from the coasts, but I caught them when they bounced off the moon.

    • Agree: sayless
    • Replies: @sayless
  12. @dwb

    When Vlad Putin became an apostate from the Marxist international and proved that 70 years of indoctrination couldn’t erase a Russian Christian national identity. Under the surface of the Communist KGB man, there lurked a ghastly Russian, reassembling the Tsar’s southern ambitions.

    Our revolutionary leftists loved the Soviet Union, but they hate Russia. Russia proves their bankrupt ideology cannot endure long, even enforced with bayonets. They hate Putin for making Russia great again when they wanted a supine Russia as a failed state, exploitable and weak as a punishment for turning away from the true way of international socialism. Putin didn’t kill the Soviet Union, but he turned his back on it, and pulled Russia out of the grave. For that, he will never be forgiven.

    • Agree: BB753
  13. Anonymous[234] • Disclaimer says:
    @dwb

    Of course he did and of course they did. But the left liked Obama. And of course the left hated Reagan and, if not necessarily supporting the Soviet Union by that point, at least had some residual sympathy for the communist cause. And now the left realllllly hates Putin, because he’s an easy scapegoat for their humiliating loss to Trump, and naturally they prefer to just blame the whole world for their failures rather than critically examining their own faults and weaknesses.

    To me the “outrage” has been illuminating. The left’s criticism, if I’m understanding it correctly, is that Trump didn’t publicly call Putin/Russia, in so many words, liars and cheats. Why do they think that’s the best or most productive way to handle this? Because to the American left insults, bullying and inflammatory language as negotiating tactics are not only appropriate, they’re practically required! The left has all the power in this country: they control the media, the academy, the courts and to a large extent the corporations, so they know that they don’t have to concede anything to their enemies, whom they can and do destroy with ease. In fact, “negotiating tactic” isn’t the right term: the left doesn’t negotiate; they declare.

    But Putin isn’t some hapless college kid or police officer accused of “racism” or “sexual harassment.” He’s the president of a large sovereign nation with a vast nuclear arsenal. We use “diplomatic” as a synonym for “polite” for a reason: in this world, you have to treat powerful people with respect.

    • Agree: Harry Baldwin, snorlax
    • Replies: @prusmc
  14. Forbes says:
    @dwb

    The ankle-biting media are Democrat operatives, and they operate openly as The Resistance. The only standards Democrats have are double standards.

    Trump chooses not to play their game and it infuriates them. They haven’t accepted his 2016 win, they don’t understand how it happened, and they persist in hectoring him about what he’s supposed to be doing/saying. Since he’s not their puppet, he must be Putin’s puppet–is the best they can do.

    • Replies: @drumph
    , @Realist
  15. Two Leprechaun assholes named John Brennan and Jim Comey should be deported as soon as possible. The Deep State is crawling with treasonous rat globalizers such as Comey and Brennan.

    Comey and Brennan shouldn’t have been allowed to be security guards at Fordham University, let alone be prominent Deep State rats screwing around with America’s electronic spy apparatus.

    Trump must find out how Jim Comey and John Brennan and that mulatto bastard Susan Rice and many others were able to use the power of the United States government to advance the partisan interests of the Democrat Party and the political fortunes of Hillary Clinton.

    The Russia bullshit is for two reasons:

    1) Use pseudo-nationalist claptrap to cover the fact that the Democrat Party has gone post-national by screaming about Russia and 2) Lay down a smoke screen to hide and cover up the election year use of the power of the US government to spy on the Trump campaign.

    • Agree: AndrewR
  16. Anon[694] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Ron made a point to qualify several times in his essay that” he is no expert ” on the subject . Difficult to take him seriously.

  17. @anony-mouse

    And the boys on (((your team))) were all raring to go at their anticipated pastime of church burning, priest/monk slaughtering, and general oppression of the Christian populace of Russia once they had murdered the Czar and his family. Yeah, team.

    Oh, wait, maybe that wasn’t what you wanted us to be reminded of? Oops, too late; cat’s out of the bag.

    And by the way, it is to President Putin’s credit not to want to associate himself with the murders and the subsequent terrorization of the Church and the Christian believers. Having a principled distaste for such would not constitute “a good excuse” for not attending, but rather would speak well of the man. Those actions are to be abominated, at least if you are possessed of good character. But perhaps you prefer to gloat? Can’t have it both ways, you know.

    • Replies: @sayless
  18. @dwb

    Seriously – when did Vlad Putin become “the worst man in the world?”

    Not long after he chased a couple of prime Jewligarchs, such as Berezovsky and Khodorkovsky, out of Russia.

    Something very similar happened to Stalin back in the day. In the 1930s, all the Jewish communists loved him, couldn’t get enough of him. But by the 50s, they had almost all given up on the USSR and gone over to Trotskyism. Why? They figured out what had happened: Stalin had used the purges to effectively strip the Jew-Bolsheviks of their control over the Soviet state–especially the dread NKVD (the forerunner of the KGB Domestic Service).

  19. Russians hacked Felonia Van Pantsuit’s* server, which exposed the Dems for the vile clods they are. And posted some silly Faceberg** ads. There’s your Russian “collusion”.

    Impact on election results: Zero.

    Hacking, and spying, is what governments do, and as much as they can get away with.

    REALLY SCARY? A large percentage, approaching a majority, of Dems actually think the Russkis used their superhuman 4D hacking skills to diddle with the Diebold machines to tip the election. Good grief.

    BTW – Where is that confounded server? (as Robert Plant might have put it.)

    (Full credit—-

    * – Schlichter (pretty sure)
    ** – Zman (almost positive)

    • Replies: @Lagertha
    , @Clyde
  20. Whaddaya think?

    Sounds good. Nice optics. And with the Russians in Miami, might help carry Florida.

    Trump-Putin ’20!!

  21. Whiskey says: • Website
    @julius caesar

    A coup is in the works. Mueller indicts on some flimsy pretext, Trump and Pence are perp walked, either Hillary! Or Obama step in as President because reasons.

    And the purge of Straight White males is begun.

    The only thing keeping Trump not arrested for deplorableness is the fight between Hillary and Obama over who runs things. Obama has all that Soros money and is the ex President. Hillary has all the media and most of the DOJ and FBI on her payroll.

    • Replies: @CCZ
    , @YetAnotherAnon
  22. And loudly flows the Don.

  23. sayless says:
    @Mr. Rational

    Now John Brennan has tweeted that Trump has committed high crimes and misdemeanors. The establishment can’t grasp that the paradigm is changing.

    It must have given Trump a lot of satisfaction to bring up “stupid people” in previous administrations. The trip was worth it for that alone.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Eagle Eye
  24. @anony-mouse

    Putin has venerated the relics of other saints. Why not those of the Holy Martyred Imperial Family?

    • Replies: @Lagertha
  25. How is Trump’s approach–making nice with Russia and blaming previous American administrations for the bad blood–any different from Obama and Hillary’s reset button?

  26. CCZ says:
    @Whiskey

    TREASON is the new battle cry of the “resistance.” The “deep state” liberals, leftists, and Democrats have taken to Twitter (“Trending Twitter” the new determinate for what should happen in the world) to brand the Trump-Putin Summit as “The Treason Summit” and hundreds, if not thousands, of useful idiots are calling the meeting TREASON.

    https://twitter.com/hashtag/TreasonSummit?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1018800817082699776&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zerohedge.com%2Fnews%2F2018-07-16%2Fjohnstone-peace-talk-between-nuclear-superpowers-offends-americas-assholes-and

    • Replies: @Lagertha
  27. Anonymous[230] • Disclaimer says:

    What do I think? Don’t look to the Amazon Post for the truth on this summit.

    DOWN WITH JORGENSEN (Bezos)

  28. @Haxo Angmark

    ROTFL!!! You must be channeling TD!

  29. George says:

    Democrats appalled that Putin is conspiring with the NRA not to take American’s guns away.

    Russian gun nuts coming to “The Homeland” and meeting with our gun nuts.

    Democrats, if you can’t register guns at least register foreign gun nuts.

    Russian woman charged with spying for Moscow by ‘infiltrating’ NRA

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/16/maria-butina-charged-spying-russia-us-doj

    How many more unregistered foreign gun nuts are in The Homeland.

    Why you write The Homeland, do you capitalize the T in the?

    • LOL: Mr. Rational
  30. Berty says:

    The media and GOPe wanted to give us a reminder of why nobody should ever trust them.

    After today I hope Trump goes hard against Graham and Sasse and completely destroys their re-election campaigns.

    • Replies: @Corn
    , @Lagertha
  31. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    Putin is not a good guy. He’s not even a very good autocrat. By those standards he’s pretty lousy, in charge of a lousy mess of a country. But its a lousy mess with natural resources and a stockpile of weapons with the capability of bloodying our noses and put a spanner in the works. Those are the facts on the ground. It’s a lot more sensible to start over with that in mind than to continue to antagonize the situation in silly ways.

    Their stockpile can’t just bloody our noses, it can kill most of us and render most of North America radioactive for a millennium or longer. Ours can do even wore to his, of course.

    You may not like Putin. He may not be very likable. He is, however, a serious and formidable man and he is the best ruler Russia has had in over a century. I have more respect for him than I have had for any President since at least Kennedy we have had, at least until Trump.

  32. Dave Pinsen says: • Website

    I think people have lost their minds, including otherwise reasonable and skeptical observers such as Richard Bradley.

    • Replies: @Lagertha
  33. Dave Pinsen says: • Website

    Also, it reminds me of some of the saber-rattling at Saddam you’d hear in the late ’90s.

    • Agree: reiner Tor
  34. Russia is going to accept South African farmers into their country?

    https://rt.com/business/432375-russia-south-africa-farmers/

    I am not seeing how Russia is a foe of the US.

  35. prusmc says: • Website
    @Anonymous

    Sad to say, President Trump will be former President Trump in three months.

    • Troll: Mr. Rational
  36. I knew a woman who was an exchange student while Gorbachev and his oligarchs* were running the country. The Russians she met and lived with were suffering horribly. A good week of food buys comprised mostly bread and potatoes and as much of the readily available vodka as one wanted. The people she met mostly said that they’d been better off under the communists. She loved the people and the country but had a miserable time due to all the inconveniences and deprivation. She came back some years after Putin kicked out the oligarchs, restored the economy, and set about restoring the pride and hopes of his countrymen. She had trouble convincing herself it was the same country. The people were well fed and clothed, happy, and once again proud of and hopeful for their nation.

    Abroad, Putin made multiple overtures to foreign powers, seeking a reasonable balance of power in the region and recognition of Russia as a regional, if not a world, power. All these efforts were rebuffed, sometimes brutally, e.g., the US engineered anti-Russian coup in Ukraine.

    * The high proportion of Jews who, operating out of Harvard, designed and oversaw the looting of the Russian economy; the high proportion of the resulting oligarchs who were Russian Jews; the number of American Jews who got rich off this scam and later tried to cover it up is enough to turn anyone into an anti-Semite. That Putin failed to succumb to the temptation of exploiting these facts, which almost every Russian knew, but in fact reversed some of the anti-Semitism that had flourished under Gorbachev, is a further testimony to the man’s fundamental moral integrity. I’d trust him a lot more than any of the Clintons, Brennans, Crappers, Muellers, neocons, MSM bimbettes and fancy boys etc., who are so busily slurring him and Trump.

  37. jcd1974 says:

    US media asks Trump to ask Putin if he’ll stop beating his wife. Trump refuses to play along and media goes crazy.

    • LOL: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Lagertha
  38. Travis says:

    Trump showed strength by fighting back against his biggest enemy, the deep state. Trump demonstrated that he does not fear the FBI, DIA and DOJ. It took a lot of courage to dismiss the “meddling” narrative generated by powerful US intelligence operatives who have targeted Trump. Most politicians would have avoided meeting with Putin until Mueller finished his “investigation” and they certainly would not have the strength to reject the conclusions of the FBI, CIA and DOJ while the investigations continue.

  39. ChrisZ says:
    @Shingas the Terrible

    This is a clever comment, Shingas. I’ve argued elsewhere that the link between the left’s radical agenda and its embrace of Islam is its hatred of Christianity. You persuade me that it could also explain their bizarre turnaround on Russia. Your line about the left loving the Soviet Union but hating Russia is a strong rejoinder to use against them.

    I agree with one of the anonymous commenters here that Putin is not exactly a good guy. Nevertheless, throughout the Obama period he was the only world leader of note who was willing to defend Western Christian civilization. He deserves credit and praise for that—especially as a rising crop of leaders seems to be acknowledging the need to preserve the Western heritage.

  40. A rule of thumb that has held true my whole life—any day that a Russian leader and an American President emerge from a meeting on better terms with each other is a good day for America’s (and the world’s) security.

    Trump just trolled the deep state, big time. The Washington Post is having a conniption.

    Some headlines

    The moment called for Trump to stand up for America. He chose to bow.

    ‘Disgraceful,’ ‘shameful’: Trump’s defense of Putin finds few supporters in CongressTrump repudiates U.S. intelligence community by according equal weight to Putin.

    After a stunning news conference, there’s a newly crucial job for the American press.

    Trump is a Putin fanboy. Someday we’ll know why.

    Trump just colluded with Russia. Openly.

  41. @julius caesar

    I was thinking that too as today’s events rolled on. Washington is going to unite to vomit Trump out of their system. He’s indigestible to them. That means the United States may very well experience the kind of craziness France underwent in the late ’50s and early ’60s. Units of the US military and law enforcement may not accept Trump’s removal from office. That may be what’s going on this time next year.

    • Replies: @Hail
    , @julius caesar
    , @prusmc
  42. @Anonymous

    Ours can do even wore to his, of course.

    Nope. We have strategic parity. The two sides have negotiated it to be that way.

    What’s changing, and Trump and a small, still sane, minority in our national security establishment are trying to head off, is a new arms race, with the Obama era announcement of plans to upgrade the nuclear arsenal and the Bush era unilateral abrogation of the ABM (anti-ballistic missile) treaty.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Rosie
    , @Regret
  43. Corn says:
    @Berty

    As conservative as South Carolina is I can’t believe Leapin’ Lindsay has never been primaried.

    • Replies: @Berty
    , @Thorfinnsson
  44. joun says:

    The behavior of American and British media today has been abhorrent. This is clearly coordinated.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that democracy is a non-viable system due to the power of visual media.

    • Agree: AndrewR, Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Lagertha
    , @silviosilver
  45. anonymous[278] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    [Vlad] is, however, a serious and formidable man and he is the best ruler Russia has had in over a century.

    I thought on that. You’re right — Vlad is the best ruler Russia has had in over a century. Shocking but true.

    • Replies: @Clifford Brown
  46. Orangeman says:

    It’s like they went searching and blew the dust off old Bircher, Edwin Walker speeches and merely updated the language.

    Not only have they run out of ideas to sell they are now using ideas they used to alternately laugh at and ridicule but also fear because “it’s that kind of thinking that will get us all killed.”

    When people call the Left psychopathic I used to wince. Not anymore. They are begging the point now.

    • Replies: @Lagertha
  47. Michelle says:

    They wanted him to bow to the Queen, though. That he did not got their panties in a bunch! Will wonders never cease? The older liberal set at my local dog park follow the British royals as slavishly as lower class Canadians do. The Crown is their second favorite show after The Handmaid’s Tale.

    • LOL: sayless
    • Replies: @AndrewR
    , @Anon
    , @Anon
  48. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @prusmc

    I doubt it, but removing Trump could start the Big Riot.

  49. Berty says:
    @Corn

    All of his opponents have been autistic Ron Paul followers. He’s never had real opposition.

  50. MEH 0910 says:

  51. @Corn

    South Carolina has an open primary, so Democrat voters protect Lindsssthaaaay Grahamnesty.

    • Replies: @Lagertha
  52. MEH 0910 says:
    @MEH 0910

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    , @Lagertha
  53. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @PiltdownMan

    Our total warheads are greater and our delivery systems are better.

    Having said that, Russia’s very backwardness may mean that more of its agricultural base may survive. Our highly computerized, chemical based Big Ag will be utterly laid to waste-EMP could render most modern tractors and combines unusable, as they have computer controlled common rail diesels, and there won’t be any Roundup for a while. Many may survive the blast and radiation to starve to death in a few weeks or months.

    But both nations would be destroyed utterly as nations. A remnant will survive, but in neither case may want to be associated with the old nation, and it would be a long generation anyway.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Anon
  54. Lagertha says:
    @ic1000

    I was disgusted with everyone from CBS/CNN/ABC – whatever bs left-wing network – reporting from my City! They have all become unhinged because their narrative has been completely destroyed – I mean, Brennan, the big liar, chiming in with the “treasonous” nonsense” – (early Alzheimer’s?).

    I like the fact that this meeting was in my beloved Finland…the ambiguity of Finland’s relationship with first, the Bolsheviks (1916-17); then USSR(’46-’90); then Imperial Russia a la’ Putin, is so confusing to American reporters; and, to the low info liberal Americans who know squat about Finland or it’s unique and very old relationship with Russia. Every one of these reporters came across as an idiot – they simply don’t understand Finlandization – and, they sure don’t get Putin. They are so obnoxious and breathtakingly stupid that their very presence in my beloved Helsinki, disgusts me. I want them to get on their jets to NYC and get out of my City. Finns have always hated Bolsheviks and Socialists – good riddance to bad trash…Pravda lives in NYC & LA.

    I was really disgusted that people from CNN even sat at Allas, bad mouthing Trump…in my city. I hope they never come back here again. They are the ones that are treasonous.

  55. @anony-mouse

    Wow :) Nice Sholokhov reference :) And let’s hope that it flows to the sea.

  56. Russ says:
    @ic1000

    The historical ignorance on display was quite breathtaking, and quite ordinary for the live-action commentariat.

    When the primary criterion for displaying such breathtaking historical ignorance is young firm teats, one quickly understands, accepts, and categorizes the display accordingly.

    • LOL: Mr. Rational
  57. AndrewR says:
    @Michelle

    The British royals are fascinating on many levels.

    Trump didnt need to bow to the queen because he is not a UK national and he is, like Liz, the head of state of a sovereign nation. It was settled 230 years ago that no American need bow to a British monarch, and it shall remain thus at least until well into the next century, if not forever.

    • Replies: @Lagertha
  58. AndrewR says:
    @MEH 0910

    I am incapable of being very effusive in my praise for Donald Trump, but days like today make me feel blessed that he, and not the wicked witch or another vile deep state sociopath, is our president.

  59. Lagertha says:
    @MEH 0910

    Totally agree. Finlandization is global, now. The weather was truly excellent this weekend- just wanted that to get out there! Nightless night is so magical. I’m glad it kept the American leftists up!, haha! I would have protested CNN/NBC/ABC/BBC if I was a lot younger, and, wanted to hang-out in my city….Helsinki was deserted because everyone was at their summer cottage or boat. Plus, they knew traffic would be bad. Summer is very short in he North, and everyone in Finland is on vacation the entire month of July.

    Seriously, USA, Russia & China must work together forever. These 3 nations must get along…and, they can. Reporters and spies, retired, angry NSA dudes, lawyers, and disgruntled politicians are just gonna be sidelined one way or another. The sooner they get over their egos, the quicker larger problems can be solved by truly honorable, and honest, ethical people, representing the 3 powers. Democrats/Liberals/Progressives really committed an Epic Fail as far as what went on in Helsinki. Sheesh, I voted for Obama back in the day, but I am so disgusted (forget embarrassed – so over it) by the reaction of the liberal pundits and politicians. But, keep it up, please! :)

  60. Rosie says:
    @PiltdownMan

    Nope. We have strategic parity. The two sides have negotiated it to be that way.

    I’m horrified by the idea of US and Russia being opposing “sides” at all, as if the rest of the world doesn’t (correctly) see us all as different varieties of White people.

    • Replies: @Lagertha
    , @AndrewR
  61. Lagertha says:
    @Thorfinnsson

    I predict Lindsay will be replaced by a younger Republican. Millennials are so done with turncoats.

  62. drumph says:
    @Forbes

    That they need a villain to pin it on. They cannot accept that Trump beat them, so they say it was really Bannon, or it was really Putin, or it was really twitter trolls. One thing or another depending on how the wind blows.

  63. Anon[184] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Most people would find out the hard way , but there is plenty of nutritious food to be foraged all across America.

    • Replies: @Jack Hanson
  64. Lagertha says:
    @Orangeman

    The left has become psychopathic. I can no longer reveal my political beliefs in my community because I fear violence towards me/my dogs/my property. And, most of the violent people (or people who spew violent ideas or are turned-on by violence) are baby-boomer suburban women and men…privileged white people! I can’t wait to get out of this state ( a few more years) and live in a Red State where I can finally speak to people who are open-minded. It is mind-blowing that Progressives are now the unpredictable, violent, haters….but, they have shown their true colors these last 2 months.

    • Replies: @anon
  65. I have a theory about the West’s demonization of Putin. It wasn’t for any of the stated reasons: Crimea, his treatment of journos, Ukraine. It was for one reason and one reason only. Russia’s anti-LGBTQ propaganda law passed in 2013. And, just as crucially, the connection made there between the LGBTQ and pedophilia. That was a deal breaker for the West and the Deep State. If you know the people who tend to work in government, a hugely disproportionate number of them are gay. They simply can’t let this go. Imagine WW3 starting because of a gay Deep State conspiracy to fabricate a completely insane conflict with a nuclear power.

    • Replies: @Ziel
    , @Chrisnonymous
  66. utu says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    But why he connects Nuland to Clinton and keeps bringing Clinton up? The Nuland’s coup in Ukraine was when her boss was Kerry. Spengler in small doses only. Smart guy but how do you explain his LaRouche period? Whatever he was up to then did not pan out. Who actually was LaRouche’s handler? What was the purpose of this operation?

  67. @Jus' Sayin'...

    ‘…I knew a woman who was an exchange student while Gorbachev and his oligarchs* were running the country. The Russians she met and lived with were suffering horribly. A good week of food buys comprised mostly bread and potatoes and as much of the readily available vodka as one wanted. The people she met mostly said that they’d been better off under the communists…’

    Gorbachev and his oligarchs? Things were better off under the Communists (than during Gorby’s period?)

    No wonder Scott McConell thinks these comments are so great:

  68. @anonymous

    Vlad is the best ruler Russia has had in over a century. Shocking but true.

    I would say the best world leader of the 21st Century (to date). Arguably, the greatest world leader since Mao.

    • Replies: @Ziel
  69. Lagertha says:
    @Rosie

    Well, that’s just it, Rosie. Globalists/Central banks want USA & Russia (2 Christian nations that are super powers) to go full nuclear war with millions of casualties on both sides. I know that sounds crazy, but this wish of the globalists, was the sole reason I knew that I must vote for Trump. The Central Banks of Europe & Wall Street have called the shots for decades, and Trump came in and exposed their heinousness. Avoiding NWO; a surveillance state controlled by ultra wealthy, global elites (who would lord over us all), is now the reason the left is losing their sh*t because Trump and Putin are never gonna be on board with that (and neither will China; Putin and Xi have already agreed). We are in an existential crisis, and have been, for 3+ years. We are fighting against a possible authoritarian, socialist super-state.

  70. Alfa158 says:

    Here’s a beauty for you; NPR released a hacked transcript of the press conference.

    You can find the accurate version on the Time magazine and the NYT websites.
    In regard to the question about the the 12 indicted Russian officials, Putin said that he is going to cooperate with Trump and allow Mueller to come to Russia for the questioning of the indicted officials.
    The reporter’s follow up question was:

    Question: And did you direct any of your officials to help him do that?

    Mr. Putin (through an interpreter): Yes, I did. Yes, I did. Because he talked about bringing the U.S.-Russia relationship back to normal.

    NPR deleted the real question and replaced it in their copy of the transcript with:

    REPORTER: Did you want President Trump to win the election and did you direct any of your officials to help him do that?

    Mr. Putin (through an interpreter): Yes, I did. Yes, I did. Because he talked about bringing the U.S.-Russia relationship back to normal.

  71. JimB says:

    The entire Democrat progressive establishment has turned into an Alzheimer’s patient. Their speech is gibberish, they can’t remember the past, and they are constantly getting violent and agitated over trivial things.

  72. Lagertha says:
    @ChrisZ

    yes. What most people don’t understand: Putin loves Russia, and he is, really, a proto-Czar. And, as far as Crimea, Stalin was very wishy-washy about Crimea after the late 40′s, so, it got stuck in limbo, unintentionally. Because the Navy base has been there for decades, Crimea is Russian again, duh. Ukrainians have used Americans (McCain) in creating a false narrative – and, McCain, and all the other American Idiots, fell for it, hook, line & sinker. Ukrainians are playing everyone…but their jig is up, so to speak.

  73. Lagertha says:
    @Alfa158

    well, only lefties listen to NPR these days. But agree, this is just one more example of evil, lying journalists and lefties.

  74. Lagertha says:
    @AndrewR

    Men/women who are PM’s or Presidents don’t bow to queens or kings – it is not expected.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
  75. Ziel says:
    @Clifford Brown

    I’d say Deng, not Mao.

    • Replies: @Clifford Brown
  76. Tiny Duck says:

    Charles Blow wrote about this

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/15/opinion/trump-russia-investigation-putin.html

    If you don’t want Russia destroyed than you are a traitor plain and simple

    Russia is racist and sexist and gave up on its socialistic ideals

    It has to go

    It is also offensively white

    • Replies: @dwb
    , @Karl
    , @Unladen Swallow
  77. Lagertha says:
    @Jus' Sayin'...

    There is so much chatter about who the oligarchs actually were (mostly Jewish) these days, by Millennials, world-wide, who hate, hate, hate baby boomers and anyone born before 1993 at this point. And, this is one of the reasons there is a growing movement against banks, Wall Street, not to mention BDS in the states, and in Europe. Ireland is the first to go full-on against the banks.

    The horrid, disgusting looting of the Russian natural resources (in the 90′s) by Americans, Europeans and Israelis is so suppressed by the media..it is sinful; but these people will suffer one day, as evil people should suffer. Karma is always a bitch.

    Putin has been very quiet about calling out these carpet baggers…but, he is sooo boss now. That’s why people like Brennan are shitting themselves…along with so many turncoat Americans.

  78. mobi says:

    Not always easy, or most satisfying, to put yourself in the other side’s shoes, but I suspect they actually do suspect that Trump is a Manchurian candidate of Russia (in their place, I’d want to assume the same.)

    Is it their version of the ‘Birther’ phenomenon?

    Also, Putin claimed in the press conference that Bill Browder looted $1.5 billion from Russia in the ’90s, and funneled $400 million of it to Hillary’s campaign, via US intelligence agencies.

    You’d expect them to turn up the volume of shrieking to draw attention away from that allegation. Is this what they’re actually hysterically afraid of from Russia?

    (and was that what Trump meant by ‘powerful info’ from Putin re: ‘election meddling’?)

  79. @Anonymous

    I haven’t seen the new Unz piece yet, but look forward to it. Any time I’ve tried to explain *why* U.S. elites hate Putin and the relation with the Larry Summers oligarch days of late 1990s people look at me like I’m a conspiracy nut. But there’s no other way to explain the outright hatred for Putin in the press, which pre-dated the Trump candidacy by at least a couple of years. I asked a friend what the Russians did which was so bad, and she thought for a bit and then said that they don’t respect gay rights. Really? The Masha Gessen obsession with her genitals explains why our press insists on taunting a superpower?

    • Replies: @Lagertha
    , @Lagertha
  80. Lagertha says:
    @fred c dobbs

    not one of my favorites, but liked your post: and, yes, normies were not mind-controlled to pull the lever for Trump. Progressives grew up thinking that Saturday morning cartoons were real.

  81. Lagertha says:
    @Chief Seattle

    Putin threw-out or imprisoned the oligarchs and bankers; from where evah they came from! So, yeah, he destroyed a “money makes the world go around” ploy by avaricious bankers. Putin is an uber-nationalist, and he got woke, quickly. People forget that Russia is a winter country and you still have to feed people during a 7 month winter. Russia has no Florida/south/etc. Farming is now, very innovative – ergo, the welcoming of South African farmers. Greenhouses and aquaponics and indoor culture is the future.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  82. @Jus' Sayin'...

    If we actually had a free media they would be praising Putin for restoring order to a nuclear power which is armed to the teeth. It’s not hard to imagine alternatives with weak rulers or regional powers vying for control and selling or giving nukes to the highest bidder, and/or using the remants of the Soviet army as mercenaries for hire. Now *that* would be bad. From my vantage point as an American, even the worst claims about Putin — that he is a kleptocrat dictator that throws noisy journalists in jail — seems like a huge improvement over the Soviet Union, really not much different than the leaders of Singapore, and certainly far better than the leaders of China.

  83. Lagertha says:
    @Percy Gryce

    too early.

    Right now, the left is PsyOpsing the public with Anastasia on Broadway – how she was so down with Bolshevism. I saw the play more than once, and I can say: it is utter bullshit (as far as history; song and dance, very cute). However, it is a money maker to attract families/daughters – the Disney princess stuff$$$$…but history, is not at all correct with this musical. It’s pretty, but sort of barfy at the same time. Most males: fougettaboudid – pay someone to take your daughter to it if she insists.

    • Replies: @sayless
  84. mobi says:

    Trump knows what he’s up against, knows that Putin is on his side more than his own Deep State is, and knows he’ll need all the allies he can get.

    Is that why he took this Summit, and met for 2 hours alone with Putin, with no aides present, allegedly ‘without precedent’?

    I wonder if he used an interpreter from his own side, or from the Russian side (or how good is Putin’s English)?

    Is the volume of screeching in part because they’re really worried what Trump learned in those 2 hours?

    Will they feel they’ve got to move before Trump does?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  85. @MEH 0910

    That is a very interesting photo. Trump is not doing any of his normal Alpha Male body language. His feet are together, his shoulders slightly slumped, and his hands at his sides. He is being very careful not to threaten Putin and to treat him as an equal. I haven’t seen pictures of the rest of the meeting, but that is the least Trump-like Trump I’ve seen, and given the man’s genius for presentation its assuredly no accident.

  86. Kirt says:

    I pray for peace which I think Trump and Putin are at least trying to achieve. Clearly their critics loathe the prospect of peace breaking out. It would be bad for the profits of the military industrial complex and for the jobs of all the Sauron mini-me denizens of the deep state.

  87. Lagertha says:
    @Berty

    and, just destroy Paul Ryan – such a worm. Can he just retire early and effing disappear for good – I don’t want to see his duplicitous Eddie Munster face, ever again!

  88. @prusmc

    ??? Huh ??? Care to elaborate?

    • Replies: @Lagertha
  89. Lagertha says:
    @Dave Pinsen

    Bradley is secretly, wanting to be a girl…because being a transgender girl will be better for his career once he hits 50. Wasp men must change their gender (race is too hard) to matter!!..hahhaahhaaaa…ok, I gotta get outta Steve zone! G’night, boys and girls.

  90. Lagertha says:
    @Unladen Swallow

    relax…”they” is just a troll…meaning: frustrated.

    Blow off people who have only 100 comments since like, 2015 – they’re all journalists/desperadoes/guys and girl journoes with absolutely, no game, trying to understand us, lab monkeys-of-the-worst-kind, on iSteve.

  91. Lagertha says:
    @Chief Seattle

    Chief – they’re flipping out. It is kitchen sink time.

  92. Lagertha says:
    @joun

    welcome to the world of the woke! So happy that you saw the disingenuous side of well, all of MSM media. Buckle your seatbelt and get ready to be free to express opinions and ideas.

  93. @ChrisZ

    Agree on the hatred of and for Christianity (not to be confused with Churchianity or SJWism masquerading as Christianity, i.e. the current Pope, Episcopals, etc.) by the Left.

    That in and of its self should be a strong argument that true, strong Christianity is THE WAY.

    • Replies: @ChrisZ
  94. Lagertha says:

    in years to come, let me know you are in wonderful Finland. This is my paradise. We can stay up late and argue politics, and…fish…stoke up the sauna…fish…drink…read….fish….sauna….watch the sunset….read….fish…cook….drink…..read….fish…sauna…..do the dishes….pick blue berries….sit…watch the sunset….

  95. @Ziel

    I don’t necessarily disagree and I had previously drafted my response to include Deng, but China is succeeding less because of a single President’s vision than the collective borg of the Politburo. Furthermore, there is a big difference between continuing an upswing as China has versus turning around from a social collapse to a return to global prominence.

    Also, the globalists (City of London, Wall Street, Silicon Valley and the global media) are backing China’s rise and eventual dominance whereas those same globalists are fighting Russia every step of the way.

    So in the end, I find Putin much more impressive.

  96. Watching Max Boot, Julia Iofee and Michael Isikoff in COMPLETE MELTDOWN MODE on CNN with Don Lemon.

    Julia Ioffe just called the Trump/ Putin Press Conference a cultural desecration of historic proportions comparable to the Taliban’s dynamiting of the Buddhas of Bamiyan!!!

    Max Boot and Isikoff are ranting about Russian traitors like members of the John Birch Society.

    Good times!

  97. @Alfa158

    You can tell they’re lying, because you can see them typing.

  98. Watch any videos of President Putin on YouTube, especially his long press conferences.

    You will feel, in a fresh new way, that America is clown country.

    • Agree: donut
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  99. @Whiskey

    There’s a reverse-Brexit coup on this side of the pond, too.

    May (a Remainer, remember) has seen every proposal she’s put to the EU rejected by them (to a chorus of gleeful commentary from the Guardian/BBC axis), Brit insiders (traitors) are leaking stuff to the EU’s negotiators. Remember that the elite were stunned and horrified by the Brexit vote.

    Now all this was foreseen and predictable. No one has ever left the EU, and where national votes have gone against EU policy, voters have been made to vote again until the ‘correct’ result is achieved. The EU was never likely to want anything but a punitive Brexit pour encourager les autres – like Greece and Italy, not to mention the V4 mass immigration refuseniks.

    May herself said famously that “no deal is better than a bad deal”, and what she’s proposed is the ultimate bad deal – accepting EU rules while having no power to change them. If this ultra-soft Brexit goes ahead, the next EU steps will involve amending those rules incrementally, step by step, to disadvantage the UK – who will have zero power to do anything about it. The end game is a second referendum where people tire of the ever-tightening rack and vote to go back in.

    I don’t underestimate May’s difficulties. I’m sure she’s worried about things like Airbus (the UK makes the wings) and Rolls-Royce, two of the UK’s increasingly diminishing roster of world-class manufacturers. But an independent UK can do whatever it takes to keep those companies and their skill-sets in existence. An EU-satellite UK can’t – companies like those will be effectively EU hostages.

    But she is a lousy leader – a real stinker. She is weak and bears the imprint of whoever sat on her last. Her greatest claim to prominence in the Blair years was tagging her party as “the nasty party” for Guardianista brownie points – betrayal is part of who she is. She’s also childless, so has no skin in the game when it comes to the future of Britain.

    The UK should have been planning for no deal and WTO rules from Day 1.

    (While I despise her, she is Chamberlain not Hitler. She hasn’t destroyed perfectly viable countries and brought about the deaths of Britons as Cameron did with Libya and Blair did with Iraq.)

  100. Precious says:
    @prusmc

    Sad to say, President Trump will be former President Trump in three months.

    I will bet you $1000 Trump will still be President in six months. Care to put some money where your mouth is?

  101. Anon[323] • Disclaimer says:

    It’s Trickle-down-hate from Jewish Power.

    If Jewish Power were to stop the hate, the rest will follow.

    Dogs bark to the tune of their master.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  102. Whaddaya think?

    For all their faults, both the best leaders their respective nations have had in quite some time.

  103. 22pp22 says:

    I have been reading as many of these op-eds as I can stomach (which isn’t many), and the commentary is largely libelous and fact-free.

    We are always being told that free speech is limited. You can’t shout fire in a crowded theatre, but you can scream for conflict with a nuclear power.

    This is really, really not funny.

    Can none of these “journalists” be sued?

  104. @mobi

    Trump speaks fluent Russian. He learned it during The Missing Years when he was secretly at a KGB training camp in Pinsk.

    • LOL: Harry Baldwin
    • Replies: @Percy Gryce
    , @Pericles
  105. Anon[361] • Disclaimer says:

    Great Q&A at the press conference. So refreshing–and inspiring–to hear two leaders speak frankly, reasonably, and even somewhat courageously.

  106. Anonymous[361] • Disclaimer says:
    @The True and Original David

    Check this clip out:

  107. Berty says:

    102 comments and 18 of then are Lagertha. Shut the hell up.

    • Agree: jim jones
    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
  108. LondonBob says:

    The Israel lobby is increasingly visible, Russia is misdirection.

    • Replies: @utu
  109. Hail says: • Website
    @Cagey Beast

    White men in the U.S. military are split on Trump by 55-25-20 (support-oppose-neutral), or something about that, — that is what I get when I try to disentangle the results of an October 2017 poll from Military Times.

    However, when talking coups d’etat, note:

    While almost 48 percent of enlisted troops approve of Trump, only about 30 percent of officers say the same, the poll shows.

    • Replies: @Charles Pewitt
  110. Realist says:
    @Forbes

    The ankle-biting media are Democrat operatives, and they operate openly as The Resistance. The only standards Democrats have are double standards.

    Au contraire many are Republicans….but all are members of the Deep State or sycophants.

  111. Tyrion 2 says: • Website

    All misunderstandings are best cleared up in person. Also, you can be sure that nobody is (electronically) listening. Adults can’t be talking with the possibility of the world’s media being leaked into their discussion. Not when a ribald observation that many women see a lot to like in celebrity billionaires can be turned into an admission of repeated rape.

  112. Realist says:

    Trump needs to clean house, which should have been done day one. He has exacerbated the problem by appointing obvious members of the Deep State. It is hard to believe someone could be as dumb as Trump appears to be by his appointments….or he is part of the Deep State.

    He needs a mass firing in the DOJ including the FBI, including Mueller , along with all who disagree with his every move, including the military. Either he has convictions or he does not. The worse that can happen is that his enemies will remain his enemies.

    • Agree: Faraday's Bobcat
  113. @Berty

    “102 comments and 18 of then are Lagertha. Shut the hell up.”

    I like her stuff. No cat-lady she. No gentleman you.

    And Finland IS beautiful, despite the increasing number of headscarves with pushchairs in Helsinki.

  114. AndrewR says:
    @Lagertha

    I’m not sure you know the difference between head of state and head of government.

    The US President is both. The Canadian PM, the Australian PM, the NZ PM, and of course the British PM are only heads of government and the British monarch is their head of state to whom they bow or curtsey.

  115. bjdubbs says:

    Can someone explain why American Jews care about Russia? I get that Putin is a czar and Jews don’t like Russian czars but they don’t live in Russia any longer. What can Putin do that puts Jews or Israel at risk? There’s a missing step in the argument.

  116. @julius caesar

    I don’t think so at all. I think the President’s position is greatly strengthened now, his confidence is growing. I think he is treating his Deep State opposition with entirely justified contempt. I think that they are baffled and amazed (I am too tbh). This looks like an enormous gamble, but I have great faith and confidence in Trump at this point. He would not be making moves like this if the game, behind the scenes, were not already over. (imho).

    • Replies: @notanon
    , @Redman
  117. ChrisZ says:
    @The preferred nomenclature is...

    That in and of its self should be a strong argument that true, strong Christianity is THE WAY.

    Alternatively, the left’s hatred of Christianity could be seen as evidence that its intentions are truly Diabolical—not merely misguided, self-destructive, or wrong.

    There’s a lot of intelligent commentary, here and elsewhere, identifying Leftism as a variety of ersatz religion. But rarely do such comments go beyond the sociology of that religion (analogous to the “churchianity” you mention), to ask “What is the ultimate object of worship—who is is the invisible authority—of the Leftist religion?”

    • Replies: @Ozymandias
  118. NickG says:

    Whaddaya think?

    Wonderful stuff; upsetting all the ostentatious bien pensantry.

    Of course the FDR & Truman-Stalin comparison makes a nonsense of the outraged bloviating of the bien pensantry.

  119. @bjdubbs

    Resentment over country club membership.

  120. Yet another Soviet emigré journalist who’s unhappy when Russians are happy or when Russians get along with others:

  121. @Cagey Beast

    >Units of the US military and law enforcement may not accept Trump’s removal from office.

    This is precisely the reason why the elites are branding him a “traitor.” For a soldier a traitor is worse than the enemy. Every solider highly despises a traitor.

    The elites believe that if they repeat “Traitor Trump” enough times even his supporters will start thinking that maybe there is something traitorous about Trump. To be fair, it might actually work. Elites are elites precisely because they know how to capture power.

    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
  122. MEH 0910 says:

  123. Anonym says:

    This whole #treasonsummit thing is the Democrat equivalent of DR3 – “Dems R the Real Racists”. A damp squib. It won’t even get the chamber of commerce types hard, let alone Trump voters.

    Russia is no longer communist and now mostly Christian. They are now just another great power, they don’t have a noxious ideology they want to force on the world. They do have a lot of nukes but they are no longer an existential threat if they ever were.

    • Agree: Desiderius
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  124. For the umpteenth time, Rooshia has over seven thousand missiles with nuke warheads, some having our name on ‘em. It pays to at least attempt to be nice-nice with Vlad.

    By the way, still waiting for those mystery “hackers” to become unearthed, It would be interesting to find out why it was that Rooshia was so obsessed with keeping Hillary Clinton out that they would resort to attempting to influence the 2016 election.

    What, if anything, did they know about Hillary Clinton?

  125. Dtbb says:

    I think Trump may be our only hope. Pray for him

  126. prusmc says: • Website
    @Cagey Beast

    Anyone who thinks the Military will support President Trump in a show down with the Deep State does not know much about the Military today. More likely, the hierarchy of stars and near stars will assess where their bread is buttered from and parrot the Trump as traitor line( not really believing it but accepting it as a rationalization), and go along with a Mattis and active duty cabal overthrowing Trump. Who to replace him with? Pense is tainted, so go to Paul Ryan before November or Hilary or Obama after the election.
    It does not make a bit of difference what the average soldier thinks, he will do as he is told in order to guarantee the monthly house and car payment.

  127. @julius caesar

    To be fair, it might actually work.

    You’re right, it’s still very much up in the air at this stage. Oddly enough, just this morning I see that permanent Washington has chosen to drag the NRA into this. This is the opposite of what they should be doing if they want to take back Republican base from Trump:

    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
    , @Thomas
  128. Tex says:
    @Jus' Sayin'...

    That’s an interesting footnote on your post. I’m still catching up on the origins and connections of the oligarchs.

    The high proportion of Jews who, operating out of Harvard, designed and oversaw the looting of the Russian economy; the high proportion of the resulting oligarchs who were Russian Jews; the number of American Jews who got rich off this scam and later tried to cover it up is enough to turn anyone into an anti-Semite. That Putin failed to succumb to the temptation of exploiting these facts, which almost every Russian knew, but in fact reversed some of the anti-Semitism that had flourished under Gorbachev, is a further testimony to the man’s fundamental moral integrity.

    Bill Browder is a peculiar yet very important figure in the decline of US-Russian relations. He’s the grandson of Earl Browder, former CPUSA leader. Apparently Earl’s heirs did well, Bill Browder is rich as hell. He was a very big investor in post-Soviet Russia, but ran into trouble with the authorities. He pushed for the Magnitsky Act, on the claim that his lawyer was done to death in a Russian prison.

    The linked article has some info on in Interpol warrant the Russians got in 2017, and Browder’s brief arrest in May this year. I didn’t know about that.

    https://infogalactic.com/info/Bill_Browder

    • Replies: @LondonBob
  129. utu says:
    @LondonBob

    The Israel lobby is increasingly visible, Russia is misdirection.

    Only this explains left and right unity. Both Trump and Putin are pressured to act on Iran.

  130. @Cagey Beast

    If the anti-Trump ruling class think the smart move right now is to drag the NRA into this, then it’s they who are the “new Nazis”. I mean, not since Hitler declared war on both the United States and the USSR in the same year has anyone made an unforced error of this magnitude.

    Washington’s ‘brightest and best” are sorcerer’s apprentices. Iraq, Libya, Syria, Georgia, Egypt, the EU and Ukraine have all been sprinkled with their pixie dust. Are these serial f**ck-ups now going to apply their “magic” to the US itself? Is this what a MAGA rally is going to look like when they’re done rescuing America from itself?

    • Replies: @Jenner Ickham Errican
  131. RCB says:

    Maybe I’m old fashioned, but… is no one here bothered by Trump’s siding with Putin about the allegations, against his own intelligence agencies, while standing right next to him? I am bothered.

  132. Anonym says:
    @Shingas the Terrible

    Putin first elected in 2000. Note the inflection point.

    When they hit 2.0 we can start worrying about their need for lebensraum.

    • Replies: @Buck Turgidson
  133. @prusmc

    It does not make a bit of difference what the average soldier thinks, he will do as he is told in order to guarantee the monthly house and car payment.

    I would not count on that. That might be the case if Trump were arrested next Tuesday but what about a year from now, when a lot of tit-for-tat nastiness has gone on? What if guys on base have been watching a show trial of Trump, swapping notes via their mobile phones and decide to side with him? How many times have we seen the phrase “military units loyal to the ousted ….” in the news and histories of other countries? Why not yours? Are you really that exceptional?

  134. @bjdubbs

    Every Western nation they live in is Imperial Russia circa 1880 to the Jewish intelligentsia if that country doesn’t buy their worldview. This is because they had no power then in that country, so every time the goys do something to remind them they don’t run this country that is what they see it as.

    John Derbyshire pointed this out during the last election. It’s insane, but if you say so and point out it’s a Jewish predilection then you are anti-Semitic, and it proves you are just modern Jew hating Czars, QED.

    • Agree: Charles Pewitt
  135. This was in the Twitter feed when I searched for “Butina”. Made me LOL:

  136. @prusmc

    And ignore their oath to defend the Constitution, eh? This may surprise you, you traitorous dog, but I suspect that there are more soldiers, airmen, sailors & marines who have some honor left who will remember their oath when push comes to shove.

    That’s not what you want, obviously, and that explains your effort to undermine the resolve of us citizens to not see our Republic be destroyed.

    prUSMC? Yeah, some Marine, kinda like Lee Harvey Oswald.

    Shove off, troll.

    • Replies: @prusmc
    , @Jack Hanson
  137. Pericles says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Putin just looks into Trump’s eyes and makes a curious wave with his hand and Trump starts speaking fluent Russian. (I read it in WaPo.)

    • Replies: @Anon
  138. Thomas says:
    @Cagey Beast

    Oddly enough, just this morning I see that permanent Washington has chosen to drag the NRA into this. This is the opposite of what they should be doing if they want to take back Republican base from Trump…

    Wayne LaPierre has overseen the NRA become a joke, a “lifestyle brand” business driven by cultural resentments more than it is any sort of effective advocate or lobby, and that’s now as or more useful as a punching bag for Democrats and leftists as anything else. Name the last major legislative or legal outcome that the NRA itself played a decisive role in.

    • Replies: @Jenner Ickham Errican
  139. Thomas says:

    Take on Trump-Putin: it’s another unforced error by Trump caused by his own ego and obsession with the “witch hunt” and anything that calls into question his electoral victory. He’d have done best just to ignore or brush off any questions about 2016, hacking, whatever but he had to jump in and make himself look weak and foolish. (Note to anyone who says this is “playing into the left’s frame,” it’s Trump who’s playing into their frame by not being able to let the issue go and going into the whole mess of servers and emails at what’s supposed to be, what should have been, an important foreign policy affair). Hopefully it’ll blow over in a week or so when the next news cycle starts, but I wish he knew how to be a little more circumspect and careful sometimes, especially with his enemies in the press.

  140. @Thomas

    Your conception was an unforced error.

    • Replies: @Thomas
  141. notanon says:
    @bjdubbs

    (some of) their grand-parents murdered millions of Russians

  142. notanon says:
    @Tim Howells

    He would not be making moves like this if the game, behind the scenes, were not already over. (imho).

    that’s my take also – either he’s an incredibly reckless gambler (which is possible) or the game is already over and Sessions is about to put them all in jail.

  143. @Alfa158

    This is dynamite.

    I was interviewed by Susan Stamberg of NPR’s “All Things Considered” decades ago as a result of a letter I wrote them about their political bias. When a portion of the interview was aired, Stamberg had rerecorded her questions so that many of my responses were not to the questions she had asked, but to different ones that cast me in a different light. She had become quite heated during our exchange and I sounded heated in response, but she rerecorded herself so that she sounded calm and only I was heated. Finally, at one point she acknowledged that while everyone who worked at NPR was liberal, it was the liberalism of open-mindedness and willingness to give alternative views a respectful hearing. She evidently thought better of this concession and removed it from the aired version.

    A firsthand lesson in the duplicity of the media.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    , @res
    , @Anonymous
  144. Anon[105] • Disclaimer says:
    @RCB

    For one thing, he didn’t side with one or the other. He was agnostic. For another, it isn’t clear that the two “sides” aren’t talking apples and oranges.

    But why are you bothered in any case?

  145. Anonymous[105] • Disclaimer says:
    @Thomas

    Was what he said untrue? We need leaders who speak the truth.

  146. prusmc says: • Website
    @JerseyJeffersonian

    Jersey Jeffersonian:
    The first time I have been personally attacked on this site. I’ve been called naive and wrong and have been no doubt both at times.
    However, I believe Congress members, Judges, Federal Bureau of Investigation, ATFE and CIA people also take an oath, has this made a lot of difference?
    IMHO it would be preferable if the Military could be a factor in defending the Republic led by our President, today. I just reiterate that anyone above one-star rank was advanced during the Obama era (that is not to say our former President enforced political correctness and loyalty during his 8 years). Consequently, they have to be astitute protectors of self interest first and any considerations are secondary.
    I lost faith in the ideal you laudably seem to hold when I watched the Petrius and George Casey type military leadership. If the Military acts it will be against the President, not to protect the Republic and not to preserve liberty of the PDJT supporting population but to suppress it.
    I hope you are correct and I am mistaken,so be it.

  147. Ziel says:
    @Bragadocious

    Yup. The timeline of anti-Russian agitation from the left confirms that.

  148. @Harry Baldwin

    I was interviewed once for about an hour by NBC News as a conservative film critic. They spliced about 30 seconds from me in with about 90 seconds from George Clooney, which made it look like I was arguing with Clooney, who is one of the all-time great talk show guests. Not surprisingly, I lost that debate with Clooney I didn’t know I was having.

    • Replies: @Hail
  149. sayless says:
    @Lagertha

    Anastasia down with Bolshevism??

    Must have been before the B.’s finished her off with bayonets.

    Memory eternal. Today is the 100th anniversary.

  150. res says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    It seems it would be good policy to always make one’s own recording of a media interview. Probably would not help much in any case. Perhaps today it could make for a useful tweet (or similar) comparing the versions though.

    Thanks for passing your lesson along.

    P.S. At some point is there legal recourse for changing the content of the questions? Perhaps the court of public opinion would be best even if so.

  151. @JerseyJeffersonian

    Mattis is half of Trump’s coup insurance. The other is DHS, I.e. what would be the “Ministry of the Interior” in many other countries, where you’ve got several divisions worth of counter insurgents there alone.

    • Replies: @JerseyJeffersonian
  152. @RCB

    The same intelligence agencies that lied us into Iraq? The way I see it, our intelligence agencies and elites have ignored much larger and growing threats to our country from China’s growth and immigrant invasion. The fact that the media is throwing a frenzy over Russia is exactly congruent with the fact that Trump threatens their deep-state interests and they’ll will do anything to discredit him.

  153. @Anon

    That assumes a level of agency that most Americans simply do not have, and people pouring out of cities looking for food is going to strip the countryside bare in a matter of weeks.

  154. @bjdubbs

    You’re asking about why a people who still celebrate Purim can’t let go of something that happened a little over a century ago.

  155. Pat Boyle says:
    @dwb

    I don’t follow Russian politics. So in a sensible world you might imagine that I would not choose to comment. But why should I restrict myself when none of the politicians or newscaster do? Ignorance about the events in Russia since Gorbachev and the fall of the Soviet Union is the order of the day. I do know some things about some things but not much about recent Russian history. Watching TV yesterday I see that I am not alone.

    Some things to keep in mind. America and Americans are nice. It is important for Americans to think well of themselves. Hence all the opportunistic Democrats who rush to the cameras to preach to the electorate that ” that’s not who we are”. We are lectured that America can’t take certain strong policies because Americans must always be nice.

    And there’s something to it. All the Nazis tried to surrender to the Americans rather than the Russians. No one cares much about the fate of the Nazis because they were after all Nazis. Those that got captured by the Soviets were raped, imprisoned or just shot. We gave the Nazis in our sector the Marshall Plan. The American GIs who occupied Germany were likely to give the starving kids a Hershey Bar. We are nice.

    America is accepted worldwide as the leading nation because we have a reputation for fair dealing and fair play. The Russians have no such reputation. They have suffered much since the fall of Communism. Their GNP has plummeted. Nutrition has suffered. The Russians had stopped reproducing. Alcoholism flourished. They were exploited by rapacious “robber baron” oligarchs .

    They were a nation in deep trouble looking for effective political leadership. America – fat , happy America – could afford a well meaning doofus like Carter or an guilty indulgence like Obama, but Russia needed someone made of sterner stuff. Our Donald Trump was in fact Donald Trump. He is a guy who gets things done. Their Donald Trump has been Putin – a nastier and more brutal leader than America would ever tolerate but by their national historical standards – a pussy cat.

    The general American ignorance of Russia means we have been slow to react when the politics changed. The New York Times and the Democratic party decided that Communism was cool. When we had to line up to defeat the Axis powers we included Red Russia and spoke of the monster Stalin as ‘Uncle Joe’. Then after the annihilation of the Nazis we had to reverse direction and see them as our major enemy – which they were. Many Democrats and other leftists found that hard to do. But the Republicans and Reagan destroyed the USSR.

    Now things have changed again and again the liberals don’t want to appreciate the new situation. Our new international rival dedicated to our economic defeat and political humiliation is China. Trump who seems to think these sort of issues through for himself sees no national benefit to automatically be hostile to Russia as if it were 1975 again.

    Allies change and interests shift. Our greatest ally in recent years has been England. But that could change and maybe the French could like America again. I only hope we have some later day Trump who can move with the times. Right now Trump is way out in front doing what a leader is supposed to do.

    BTW – I use the term “Donald Trump” as a title the way the family name Rex (the name of the king) came to be the name for kingship. Victor Davis Hanson writes about the “Savior Generals”. One example is Sherman whose March to the Sea saved Lincoln and the Union cause. Now some just say he pulled a Sherman for someone who turned things around on the battle field.

    Similarly we may start saying some future Savior President might be termed as having pulled a Trump. Putin is trying to pull a Trump.

  156. The Soviet Union is gone but Russian objectives have remained constant:

    • LOL: Mr. Rational
  157. Precious says:
    @prusmc

    I lost faith in the ideal you laudably seem to hold when I watched the Petrius and George Casey type military leadership. If the Military acts it will be against the President, not to protect the Republic and not to preserve liberty of the PDJT supporting population but to suppress it. I hope you are correct and I am mistaken,so be it.

    You are mistaken. It is obvious that Trump cut a deal with the military either during or even before he started campaigning. He allied with the Pentagon to tackle the CIA, FBI and others. His enemies aren’t getting a coup from the military. They won’t be getting help from the Mossad either, notice Trump is also very friendly with Israel.

    • Replies: @prusmc
  158. @Hail

    While almost 48 percent of enlisted troops approve of Trump, only about 30 percent of officers say the same, the poll shows.

    Military officers over age 40 or so may not have the crazy balls required to assert extra-constitutional power to save the United States from the nation-wrecking plots of the globalizers.

    Didn’t Sailer feature that Spaniard-surnamed asshole officer who got on his hands and knees like a common whore in front of that Jew pressure group the ADL? The guy was a complete and total puke boy with no integrity. Guys like that ain’t no problem. Remove them from the military and send them golfing.

    Give me metrics on the ages of the military officers who support Trump and those who don’t.

    My dad didn’t think so highly of the officer assholes he served under during and after WWII. A lot of US military officers are disgusting treasonous rats. Jack Keane, Michael Hayden and many more retired and serving military officers are complete and total no-integrity globalizer assholes.

    Many young guys who enlisted for military service after Pearl Harbor thought the world of that Margaret Chase Smith woman who wanted to protect the 17 year old puppies by not pushing them into combat during WWII. Let those grey beard bastards of 18 jump into the meat grinder.

    • Replies: @Jack Hanson
  159. Anonymous[234] • Disclaimer says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    Adam Carolla called them out for something in the same vein: essentially they ambushed him with something “racist” he had said on his show…except that it was a comment made by a guest about their own racial group, not anything Adam himself said. He pointed this out to the interviewer, he grudgingly conceded the point…and then the whole interview was killed, never aired.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/06/14/adam_carolla_rips_ambush_interview_with_npr_host_speech_is_free_unless_you_disagree_with_them.html

  160. @Bragadocious

    Yes. I was going to say much the same earlier and then stopped. But LGBTQ is the only thing that makes sense of the intense emotion on the left. People refer to murdered journalists and Russian geopolitical interventions, but these are rationalizations. Nobody is really getting worked up over Crimea or the Ukraine.

    And that must especially be true for someone like John Brennan. He approves of torture to prevent occassional attacks by terrorists, but he wants Cold War II with a nuclear power over some murdered writers? No way. However, he’s been outspoken on behalf of LGBTQ before–even declaring that he hopes his support for them is his legacy. My guess is that if we looked into his family or background, there’s some connection–a gay relative or friend or some such.

    I work with a gay man who is totally opposed to Putin. He’s very reasonable on a host of issues, but when it comes to Russia, you can’t talk to him. And I understand from him that being anti-Russian is a thing in at least part of the gay community–as in, e.g., they refuse to travel to Russia, a kind of private embargo.

    There is talk of “pro-war” people who want conflict with Russia, but that never rings true to me. People don’t want war for its own sake. My guess is that if Putin became pro-gay tomorrow, criticism of Russia would silently disappear.

    • Replies: @notanon
  161. @Shingas the Terrible

    I think you may have it. The lefties got all upset when Putin suppressed a female punk band whose name involved a word Trump is not allowed to say (or grab) when they wanted to do a church performance.

    Lefties are like weathervanes: they can turn at the slightest breeze.

  162. @Thomas

    No. The Mueller indictments were released in coordination with the summit to set the stage for criticizing Trump. He didn’t make an unforced error–anything he might have said would have been criticized.

    • Replies: @Thomas
  163. dwb says:
    @Pat Boyle

    Thanks, Pat Boyle. This makes a lot of sense to me.

  164. @Cagey Beast

    Would’ve been frickin’ awesome if Trump in Helsinki called on a hostile reporter:

    “O-ysya ty o-ysya! Fake news over there—what’s your question?”

  165. @Thomas

    Doubting Thomas: The NRA has been instrumental in liberalizing gun laws over the past few decades — in court, through legislation, and by political endorsements. Of course it’s not all untrammeled victory; more like two steps forward, one step back. But progress is being made.

    http://www.google.com/search?q=nra+victories

    • Replies: @Thomas
  166. dwb says:
    @Tiny Duck

    FWIW, Blow is a barely literate fool. His writing is at best banal, and his ability to reason is comparable to my 12 year old’s.

    Again, it is just nothing short of stunning to me how deranged all of this is.

    I am not a fan of Putin, or Russia. I have no illusions that he is trying to do what he thinks is best for Russian interests, and those do not align with ours in most or even many cases.

    I know it’s a shock to these clowns that the elected leader of a nation would be so retrograde as to put his country’s interests first.

    Did Russia “hack” the Democrats’ accounts? Of course they did. On the level that I do not like crime – I would hope that the police would treat Russian or any “hacking” of my personal accounts seriously. But equating hacking the servers of the Democratic party with “stealing an election” is just stupid. The Democrats are not the US government, let alone the USA.

    I am old enough to remember when Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union the “evil empire,” and how angry and offended the Democrats were that he would say out loud what we all knew to be true.

    Apparently, the Soviet Union, who were giving arms to guerrillas who were actually killing Americans, who had vowed to “be at our funeral,” and who had tried to place nuclear devices in Cuba, were not “evil,” and deserved to be treated with diplomacy and respect. Vlad Putin, who (according to them) engineered the disclosure of some shitty internal comments that revealed “who the Democrats are” (to use their favourite term) is worse than Hitler.

    They are just insane.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    , @CCZ
  167. Okay, Trump surrenders, at least partially, to the Intelligence “community”

    • Replies: @notanon
  168. @bjdubbs

    American Jews irrationally hate Russia because of “Fiddler on the Roof”, just like blacks will always hate Whites because of “Roots” and Baby Boomers hate hunters because of “Bambi”.

    • LOL: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @sayless
    , @AndrewR
  169. Karl says:

    “the first press release faxed out the door, controls the future narrative”

    Trump needs to start attacking pre-emptively.

    He’s too nice a guy

    He needs some Jewish speechwriters, I guess.

  170. notanon says:
    @Chrisnonymous

    There is talk of “pro-war” people who want conflict with Russia, but that never rings true to me.

    the main pro-war faction wants war with Syria and Putin is blocking them so they push for war with Russia as a game of chicken to get Russia to back down, not to have an actual war – although the worry is their game of chicken might lead to one by accident.

    there’s also a second idea that the banking mafia’s internal logic will eventually lead them to think that taking out both Russia and America would fit their move to China (horizontal transmission with virulence) – which i admit is hard to believe.

  171. @Charles Pewitt

    Hell, give me the metrics on branch of service and MOS. Whenever people start talking about “the military” as an amorphous blob they’re either clueless, mendacious, or both.

    Show me where the combat arms fall. Yeah yeah, “muh logistics”. Important, but a half competent S-1 can get it done. A supply LT turning on a dime and leading a rifle company in a civil conflict is a far messier situation, which is why you want to know where your company grade officers stand.

    • Replies: @Charles Pewitt
  172. Karl says:
    @Tiny Duck

    78 Tiny Duck > It is also offensively white

    hell hath no fury like an African-American who knows that his sisters (in Africa itself) would run over each others grandmother to get a mzungu boyfriend

    I read the “society” newspapers of english-speaking Africa. Envy of getting knocked up by a mzungu, is very out in the open.

    • LOL: Mr. Rational
  173. sayless says:
    @JerseyJeffersonian

    I don’t understand your third paragraph here. Putin goes to church services from time to time at any rate, comports himself properly and would have no reason not to attend the commemoration if his schedule permitted.

    It’s a religious service and wouldn’t be focused on the atrocity. The Imperial family are recognized as saints.

  174. @Jack Hanson

    The electronics guys in the American Empire have a lot of power, too.

    I wonder what percentage of the electronics guys will side with the patriots or the globalizers. Will the electronics guys side with 60 million Trump voters or some treasonous globalizers in the Deep State?

    • Replies: @Jack Hanson
  175. notanon says:
    @julius caesar

    ugh – what a waste

    his generals think media opinion = public opinion

  176. Anonymous[236] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonym

    They are now just another great power, they don’t have a noxious ideology they want to force on the world.

    Uh, I’ve been repeatedly told they’re trying to spread white Christian supremacism… (Not sure (((who))) gave them that idea.)

  177. Anonymous[236] • Disclaimer says:
    @Alfa158

    It looks like the reporter asked the question NPR have down but the translator only translated the last part of it?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @AndrewR
  178. Anonymous[236] • Disclaimer says:

  179. Ash Carter says watching Trump in that press conference with Putin was It was “like watching the destruction of a cathedral”. Let’s ask the Christians of Syria and Iraq whether the US national security machine is like a “cathedral” or more like the destroyer of cathedrals?

  180. sayless says:
    @George Strong

    -Baby Boomers hate hunters because of Bambi-

    Not I.

    Bambi’s mother had it coming.

    • LOL: Mr. Rational
  181. • Agree: Mr. Rational
  182. Regret says:
    @PiltdownMan

    Stratigec parity on paper. But the paper aint fact.

    Not that the difference is all that relevant, imo. Destruction on that scale is past the point of bean counting.

  183. @Tiny Duck

    You aren’t even trying duck, that was an incredibly weak post even by your low standards. Blow up the world over Putin disrespecting leftist ideology? Even you are not that stupid, or maybe you are.

  184. Check out the name of the author of this hot off the press Trump hit piece:

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.gq.com/story/what-putin-has-on-trump/amp

    Yep, the same author whose Twitter Steve posted a few headlines down the page, gushing of the wonders of multicultural soccer teams. She is (surprise, surprise) a Russian-born Jew.

    By the way, I just assumed it’s a Trump hit piece. I’m not actually going to read it. I just ate.

  185. @ChrisZ

    “What is the ultimate object of worship—who is is the invisible authority—of the Leftist religion?”

    Mankind itself, as a singular unified entity, supplants all previous deities. In return for abrogation of any individual rights or thoughts, the proletariat can pursue a life centered around the sacred crotch.

    Orwell may have prophesied the details, but it was Huxley that nailed the big picture.

    • Replies: @ChrisZ
  186. Redman says:
    @Tim Howells

    I don’t know why exactly, but I have a sneaking suspicion that Trump knows something he’s not telling yet. This may explain the increased confidence I’ve noticed as well. What he did in finland was pure guts. Reminded me of the debate in the SC primary where he was like a Christian in the Roman Coliseum.

    I suspect it may have to do with the FBI investigation and the possibility of indictments in that area. I’ve assumed he was going to have a case built as insurance against Mueller recommending obstruction of justice charges.

    But he could spring the news anyway right before the midterms for maximum effect. One can hope.

  187. AndrewR says:
    @George Strong

    Hunting has never ceased being popular, and almost no hunters today were even alive – let alone grown – when Bambi was released. And there’s nothing wrong with learning to empathize with deer. While non-human animals in Disney films are anthropomorphized, it certainly would be traumatizing for a fawn to lose his mother. You can hunt while still understanding that your prey are sentient beings. It gives you more respect for the process and the power that you have.

  188. Thomas says:
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    The NRA had victories in the past. It ran out of steam awhile ago. Ever since Heller (which the NRA didn’t want the Supreme Court to take), most of the progress on the Second Amendment has been the work of grassroots activists and smaller groups like the Second Amendment Foundation. NRA just likes to parachute in a spokesperson or lobbyist and claim credit at the last moment. These days, they spend more time and money trying to make money or ginning up outrage than they do on either advocacy or training.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
  189. Thomas says:
    @Chrisnonymous

    He didn’t make an unforced error–anything he might have said would have been criticized.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/397522-trump-seeks-to-quell-russia-furor

    Once again, one is best advised to wait a couple days before seeing which narrative Trump will settle on when he gets blowback. If his reaction to Charlottesville is any indication, he might pull another 180 by tomorrow.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
  190. AndrewR says:
    @dwb

    Blow is pretty stupid, as are the sycophantic白左 cheerleaders who fill up his comment sections.

    One line in particular struck me as astoundingly stupid: “Trump is a traitor, and may well be treasonous.”

    How can a traitor not be treasonous? What would a non-treasonous traitor be like?

  191. AndrewR says:
    @Rosie

    Rosie, you have a lot of dumb comments, but this one is in the running for the stupidest.

    • Replies: @Mr. Rational
    , @Rosie
    , @Mr. Anon
  192. @Charles Pewitt

    I imagine whichever side lowers the chance of being liquidated by an ODA Team (or even just policed up by some 11Bs and their forward thinking PL).

  193. JimD says:

    Brought out the best of your commentators, Steve.

  194. @AndrewR

    If you can’t see the truth in Rosie’s comment, you are BLIND.  Other races have THEIR OWN interests, including “sides” completely disparate from a US/Russian axis.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
  195. “Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all out legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins – or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom – Lucifer.”

    Saul Alinsky’s foreword to his own book.

  196. @Thomas

    The NRA, of which I am a life member, benefits greatly from the vitriol the gun grabbers spew at it at every opportunity. Other gun rights groups can only dream of that kind of free advertising.

    • Replies: @Thomas
  197. @Pat Boyle

    You had me until you got to that murderous coward thug Sherman. Otherwise, great comment. I’m in Volume 2 of the Gulag Archipelago right now. Most people have no idea how freaking brutal the Russians can be. None.

  198. Rosie says:
    @AndrewR

    Rosie, you have a lot of dumb comments,

    The feeling’s mutual.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
  199. Anonym says:

    https://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2018/07/17/arnold-schwarzenegger-blasts-little-wet-noodle-trump-over-putin-presser/

    The Dems should run Arnie in 2020.

    - Ability to memory hole birth certificate. Maybe Arnie was born in Alaska.
    -Centrist Democrat
    -Star power
    -Glove-up-ass Deep State approved, still warm from Hollywood. Jesse Ventura he ain’t.

  200. anon[673] • Disclaimer says:
    @Lagertha

    I live in Seattle and work in an office building. If people new I voted for Trump I would absolutely be fired. I am very aware that I have to keep my mouth shut when people around me talk politics.

  201. CCZ says:
    @dwb

    Mr. Blow also seems to display some “sensory defensiveness,” “sensory integration dysfunction,” and “tactile sensory discrimination disorder,” the “Don’t Touch Me” aversion. Maybe this is what is responsible for his stunted and distorted view of the world!!

    Take a look:

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    , @Gunner
  202. ChrisZ says:
    @Ozymandias

    Interesting answer, Ozy. It’s probably what Leftists tell themselves—or what they feel in their hearts regardless of what they say they believe.

    But that’s exactly what Satan wants them to think. ;)

  203. Thomas says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    I’m a life member of NRA as well, and have been a member since I was 19. I’ve also volunteered directly in gun rights advocacy (canvassing, showing up to testify in legislative hearings, etc). The NRA doesn’t need free advertising. It has more than enough money to advertise all it wants (it unduly monopolizes a lot of the funding and attention on the gun rights side for not much of a return as it is). Getting the other side pissed off at you might make you look like you’re accomplishing something to your own core supporters, but it doesn’t do much to convince anyone else. As I said above: name the last major legal or legislative victory the NRA took the lead on. Their two big legislative priorities (concealed carry reciprocity and removing silencers from the NFA) for the first undivided Republican government in a decade went nowhere, and they’ve mostly gotten known this year for being ostracized by institutions and businesses they used to have relationships with.

  204. @prusmc

    Fair enough. My ire was sparked by your world-weary, defeatist tone. I think you underestimate the sheer cussedness, as well as the sense of obligation and gratitude to this Republic, that has weathered some major storms, on the part of those who wear the uniform. No, not all, or perhaps not even very many, of them are versed in the history, or in the defining characteristics of our governmental experiment here, but these people are not there strictly for benefits accruing to themselves. They feel themselves to be participants in, and protectors of, something not only greater than themselves, but something worthy of defenders. Maybe they are not on the same level as the Founders, but as the Republic has evolved to include them as full-fledged citizens, they do what they can to justify the faith that their forebears showed in them. This accelerating turn toward Empire and the spiritual sickness that accompanies this are lamentable, and must be acknowledged, but this is not the whole story, not by half. Making America Great Again means more than re-industrializing, it is about restoring a nation of self-actuated citizens, and not resigning ourselves to lives as mere “consumers” and debt slaves. Are you ready to live beyond yourself, and FOR something?

    Peace,
    JJ

  205. Thomas says:
    @Buster Keaton’s Stunt Double

    I wasn’t personally there as such, but the mechanics of conception imply at least some force. I’m sure you have a video or a magazine, probably one with pages stuck together, somewhere around to show you how it works.

  206. @Jack Hanson

    Roger that. There are a lot of guys out there who could really ruin the day of these precious bi-coastal “elites” without popping a sweat. Considering that these soi dissant “elites” show nothing but contempt for the very people that they seem to depend on to be their protectors & bully boys, they play with fire.

  207. Tex says:
    @LondonBob

    Thanks for the links. This is a really weird part of the swamp for sure.

  208. @Lagertha

    Russia has no Florida…

    Crimea is their Key Largo. You take what you can get.

  209. @Anonymous

    Did President Putin want President Trump to win the presidential election?

    “Yes, I did. Because he talked about bringing the U.S.-Russia relationship back to normal,” Putin says

    Mrs Mulroney wanted Walter Mondale to win the election. I don’t recall any hysteria over Canada’s interference in our elections.

    Then again, Mondale lost, carrying only Moscow-on-the-Potomac and Siberia-on-the-Mississippi, the latter probably by the number of dual Canadian-American citizens in that state. Winners can be magnanimous.

    • Replies: @silviosilver
  210. @Jus' Sayin'...

    I knew a woman who was an exchange student while Gorbachev and his oligarchs* were running the country. The Russians she met and lived with were suffering horribly. A good week of food buys comprised mostly bread and potatoes and as much of the readily available vodka as one wanted. The people she met mostly said that they’d been better off under the communists. She loved the people and the country but had a miserable time due to all the inconveniences and deprivation.

    In the late 80s, an Australian comedy show did a skit featuring a Russian ‘The Price Is Right.’ The prize the contestants were competing for was announced as “It’s a…new cow.” I was ten or eleven at the time, and I’d learned by then that America and the USSR (or the ‘free world’ and ‘the commies’) were mortal enemies, but I didn’t know Russia was so much poorer – how could they stand up to America then? I thought.

    • Replies: @dwb
  211. @joun

    I’ve come to the conclusion that democracy is a non-viable system due to the power of visual media.

    The lefties suckered us good. They claimed the revolution was about taking over the means of production, but what they really wanted was control over the means of communication.

  212. @MEH 0910

    Instant classic. Love it. Already beats Obama’s most memorable phrase. (Which was what? The police ‘acted stupidly’? Haha. Nah, probably that glib line about there isn’t a liberal America and a conservative America – there’s a United States of America, which even in 2004 was drastically at odds with reality.)

  213. It feels like 1985 again. The Republicans — oh, wait, now it’s the Dems — are after the Russkies!

    My fellow Americans: Have you killed a Russian today ;) Would Rachel Maddow want to date you (assuming that you’re a woman)? Blood must flow! (And not the menstrual stuff, which is another matter entirely.)

    100 years since the Bolsheviks began their reign of terror. Pissing on Marx tonight ;)

  214. Mr. Anon says:

    Actual video of the President of the United States colluding with Vlaidmir Putin:

    Of course, it was President Obama colluding with Putin’s stooge, Medvedev.

    And yet this morning, Democrats are frothing at the mouth about Trump’s press conference.

    Steny Hoyer said that Trump’s comments were treasoness. He also said that they don’t rise to the level of impeachment?

    Huh? So “treason” is NOT a high-crime or misdemeanor? They obviously – many of them – don’t even believe what they are saying, but are just saying it for tactical advantage.

    John Brennan also called it treasonous – the same John Brennan who – during the Cold War – voted for the Moscow-backed communist stooge Gus Hall for President.

  215. Mr. Anon says:
    @AndrewR

    Rosie, you have a lot of dumb comments, but this one is in the running for the stupidest.

    And yet they seem a lot smarter than any of yours.

  216. I see David Frum’s having a meltdown, which is always a positive indicator. (I bet he wishes he’d saved the “Unpatriotic Conservatives” zinger for this rather than wasting it on the pointless Iraq war.)

  217. @Thomas

    Do you remember the Obama Apology Tour? When Obama took sides against the U.S., it was considered saintly. When Trump calls US intelligence, which has a track record of mistakes, into question or says that poor relations with another country are on us, it’s suddenly “treason”.

    I’m critical of Trump from time to time, but in this case the “furor” does not comport with his remarks. It’s manufactured outrage based on his meeting with Putin at all. The timing of the release of the 12 Russian indictments was clearly preparation for the summit. There was no possible outcome in which Trump’s critics weren’t apoplectic.

    By declaring that Trump made “unforced errors,” you are announcing that you disagree with what he said, but you aren’t pointing to an actual causal relationship between Trump’s comments and the media reaction.

    • Replies: @Thomas
  218. Hail says: • Website
    @Steve Sailer

    From the old ISteve.com, in the pre-comment era, January 2006 [now archived at Unz.com]:

    George Clooney vs. Steve Sailer in NBC’s “Roguish Charm Smackdown”

    [...] The thesis of the segment was, according to NBC’s website:

    “An influx of highly acclaimed movies with serious themes [i.e., leftist politics] is translating into a new brand of big box office hit.”

    But that’s the first I heard that was what they were claiming. On Friday, they wouldn’t tell me that was what they were going to say. They just referred to the theme as “topical movies” or “issue movies” or “political movies.” If they’d come out and told me what their argument was, I would have said: “‘A new brand of big box office hit’? Are you nuts? Movies with ‘serious themes’ always come out in the 4th quarter each year so they can be remembered at awards time, when movie industry insiders love to congratulate each other on their social consciences. Some of them even sell a lot of tickets. But 2005 was a lousy year for Hollywood at the box office and ‘issue movies’ sure didn’t make it any better.”

    Indeed, an amusing confirmation of this was that during our 20 minute discussion on tape, the interviewer requested a couple of times that I not mention any of these movies he’d brought up as examples of this “trend,” such as “North Country” or “Syriana,” by name because, according to him, only a tiny fraction of the TV audience had actually seen them. That of course made my point that Hollywood is missing out on big profits by being out of touch with half the country, because each of these films were seen by only a small fraction of the number of people who paid $370 million domestically to see “The Passion of the Christ,” which the Hollywood studios refused to touch.

    So, I kept talking about why Hollywood is not having hits, but that wasn’t why they wanted me on. Instead, they wanted “balance” by having a benighted conservative say that it was wrong for Hollywood to have hits making smart serious movies about the burning issues of the day.

    Excerpt from purported transcript of the segment on NBC — the trick they pulled on Sailer in full view by Sailer’s curiously unrelated-seeming remark (Sailer: “I kept talking about why Hollywood is not having hits”) — in which fewer than fifty of his words were aired out of a twenty-minute taping session:

    HENRY SHEEHAN (president, Los Angeles Film Critics Association): It’s very voguish to be heavy-thinking in Hollywood because it’s always very voguish to be making money. Plus, you have first-rank directors, top actors that are happy to attach themselves to these projects.

    PETER ALEXANDER: Among them George Clooney, one of the most powerful men in moviemaking.

    GEORGE CLOONEY: The last couple of years I’ve been — we’ve been more politically interested in a lot of issues.

    ALEXANDER: But critics charge there’s a lack of diversity of political opinions in Hollywood, that moviemakers are out of touch with most of America.

    STEVE SAILER: Hollywood’s got to start getting on the boat. They’ve got to do some research, they’ve got to think about the fact that the whole world doesn’t see the world the way they do, that they are off on this little island.

    ALEXANDER: Still, for now, Hollywood continues on its course, and all sides agree ultimately it’s the audience that dictates which movies are made [...]

  219. Karl says:

    if you gave Huma Abedin a facelift and a nose job, would she look just like DemocratSocialist wannabe Queens Rep AOC?

  220. Anon[173] • Disclaimer says:

    The current bipartisan Putin hysteria is best viewed through a Jewish-Israeli lens. Once it is seen, it is hard to unsee.

    First, the selective moral outrage. The idea that Putin is antithetical to American ideals does not hold up to scrutiny. Putin’s great supposed crime — invading Crimea — was geared around securing access to Russia’s single warm water port. The US, under both parties, has committed far greater crimes for far smaller and less necessary geopolitical goals. Putin was successful in achieving that geopolitical end with minimal bloodshed. The same cannot be said about the past several US presidents.

    Where Putin is unusual, is that he is an unapologetic white Russian nationalist, who has negligible Holocaust guilt and little use for a Jewish intelligentsia and business elite. That is enough to put a political bullseye on him.

    He becomes “dangerous” once you consider the situation in the Middle East, where the US is disengaging because of its energy independence and pointless-war fatigue. Meanwhile, Russia is actively engaging, likely because of energy interests, which underpin the Russian economy. (Putin hinted at this in the press conference).

    Israel no longer has the US to keep the region quelled or in perpetual conflict. Israel will very likely end up dealing with Russian-backed Muslim states in the coming years. This is a threat to Israeli-Jewish interests, and thus by proxy to the US — if you are to believe the MSM, academia and Jewish political lobbies, which are by-far the largest donors to both parties.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  221. Clyde says:
    @fred c dobbs

    Russians hacked Felonia Van Pantsuit’s* server, which exposed the Dems for the vile clods they are. And posted some silly Faceberg** ads. There’s your Russian “collusion”.
    Impact on election results: Zero.

    Exactly what happened. I will add that faggy looking sap John Podesta (has three children) has been on the warpath ever since his emails were blown wide open by a simple fishing attack. I see his hidden hand (one of many) behind the anti-Trump hysteria in DC.
    And the DNC server was kept going for a month even after Dems knew it was hacked. Why! It was the *all important* Primary Season and had to be kept up and running. In Donna Brazile’s book. My bet is make that months rather than one month.

  222. @Reg Cæsar

    Whom did Mr. Netanyahu want to win the 2012 election? Did anyone ask?

  223. @Anon

    little use for a Jewish intelligentsia and business elite.

    Considering the tiny percentage of Jews in Russia, I would guess that Putin has about the same proportion of Jewish advisers and business allies, adjusted for population differences, as the average American president.

    I don’t know for sure, but that would be my null hypothesis.

  224. AndrewR says:
    @Mr. Rational

    What a laughably absurd and, quite frankly, insane worldview.

  225. AndrewR says:
    @Mr. Anon

    Thank you for the content-free comment. Maybe Rosie the senior citizen will reward you, if ya know what I mean…

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  226. AndrewR says:
    @Rosie

    Perhaps, but let’s focus on the particular stupid comment which you inexplicably made yesterday.

  227. AndrewR says:
    @Anonymous

    Well honesty would require pointing out in the transcript that the interpreter didn’t ask the whole question, which anyone could have noticed regardless of their knowledge of Russian.

  228. AndrewR says:
    @CCZ

    He’s obviously a female-phobic homosexual, and her whiteness likely upsets him too, and obviously he highly overreacted, but I can see his point that if you’re going to insult someone or condescend towards them that you shouldn’t touch them while you’re doing it.

  229. Thomas says:
    @Chrisnonymous

    Do you remember the Obama Apology Tour? When Obama took sides against the U.S., it was considered saintly.

    Is that the standard we should expect of Trump? “Obama did it first!”

    I’m critical of Trump from time to time, but in this case the “furor” does not comport with his remarks. It’s manufactured outrage based on his meeting with Putin at all. The timing of the release of the 12 Russian indictments was clearly preparation for the summit. There was no possible outcome in which Trump’s critics weren’t apoplectic.

    That was obvious, that the media were going to do everything they could to turn this trip and summit into a disaster for Trump. It was as predictable as a sunrise… but Trump took the bait anyway. He would’ve been best off just deferring, saying nothing, or ignoring the question, but he just can’t help himself. When either 1) his victory in 2016 is called into question, or 2) the subject of Russia comes up, he just has to go for it, re-litigate his “enormous” victory all over again, and make invidious comparisons with the U.S., no matter how much it ends up biting him in the ass. If it weren’t for him doing the same exact thing last spring over the Comey firing, in front of the media and with the Russian ambassador (!), he might not have faced Mueller getting appointed.

    And this latest imbroglio is going to have consequences. The immediate media furor will blow over, sure, but the Democrats, who have to run against a strong economy and general Republican political progress this year, get a strong central talking point for the midterms. “Vote for us as a check on a President you can’t trust with the Russians.” It’s an issue that cuts right into an area Trump should be strong in (“America first”). Republicans in Congress are revolting now too. If there was any hope of getting their support for limiting or possibly ending early the Mueller probe this year, that’s likely gone now. There’s the threat of additional sanctions or other legislation that will further constrain Trump on foreign policy.

    Given these downsides, what benefit did Trump realize from his remarks? How did it help him? Either he just can’t ever help himself taking whatever bait the media leaves out for him, or… he can’t stop himself from reflexively adopting a deferential and submissive posture where Putin is concerned no matter how bad it looks, and as facially preposterous as most of the Russiagate allegations are, that’s the one thing that makes me wonder.

  230. prusmc says: • Website
    @Precious

    Precious:
    Good points, but money for the Military can’t by you love. In the case of the Mossad it can probably warn PDJT of a coup by the deep state but do nothing to foil it or overcome it.
    With the momentary, transgressions of Obama, the moving parties of the permanent bureaucracy are in various degrees pro- Israel. It won’t be long before this soon to be NY congresswoman, Ocasio-Cortez gets called in to listen to the people you don’t say no to and drops if not changes her message.

    t

  231. dwb says:
    @silviosilver

    Who can forget the mid 1980s ad by Wendy’s, which parodied a Soviet “fashion” show.

    Essentially, day wear, evening wear, and swim wear were all the same grey, sack cloth dress modelled by a middle aged babushka, with the addition of a flashlight or beach ball (respectively)?

  232. @dwb

    It is chilling sign of the near total convergence of LegacyMedia to J-Left & Neocon obedience, that one can count sane tv pundits on 1 Hand.
    Without Tucker, Ingraham, Hannity & Dobbs, there would be total lapdog unanimity with a Max Boot/ J Rubin worldview of rabid anti-Putinism.

    We desperately need to replace 80% of our Elites.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  233. @dwb

    Ha! Thanks for posting that memorable commercial. I could not find it.

  234. Beckow says:

    As of this morning, Trump is a ‘racist, xenophobe, crazy, and traitor’. Worse than Hitler, who was only 3 out of the 4. And they are not done with Trump, yet. The words can never capture the evil of Trump, and soon Hitler will be referred to as being like Trump, not vice-versa.

    ‘Whadda’y think”…me thinks we are f..ed…

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
  235. @Anonym

    Wow so rates of fertility / childbirth can change? You mean they can actually *increase*?

    Someone tell the entire mainstream media, who think they can only move one direction (down) in industrialized nations, can never increase, and thus require massive third world immigration to replace ourselves, run our nation, and fix the millions of evils wrought by declining birth rates.

    • Replies: @Anonym
  236. Anonym says:
    @Buck Turgidson

    Putin has had nearly 20 years and it’s still not at 2.0 yet. He’s no Hitler.

  237. Gunner says:
    @CCZ

    Blow must have got beat up every day by his co-ethnics in high school.

  238. Mr. Anon says:
    @AndrewR

    Thank you for the content-free comment.

    As near as I can tell, “content-free comment” describes everything you post.

    if ya know what I mean…

    No. I don’t. Explain it. Say what you mean, you little twerp.

  239. Precious says:

    The hysteria continues, and I see Paul Craig Roberts and others predicting a coup to remove Trump.

    I say baloney. Trump would have done this summit last year if he could have, but he wasn’t in a strong enough position at the time. He did it now because he has a stronger hand and he can weather all of the hysterical accusations that are shrieked by his enemies.

    The attempts at assassination have failed, Trump is simply too well-protected…and not just by the Secret Service, but by bodyguards who have worked for him for over a decade. They aren’t going to get lucky that way.

    Their absolute best hope at this point is to have the Democrats capture the House in the midterms and use that to open impeachment proceedings. But I think they have squandered that opportunity by letting their nutjobs and freaks let their fur fly just a bit too much. Republicans and deplorables are spooked now, so they will make the effort to get out and vote.

    Plus, Trump wouldn’t be Trump if he wasn’t cooking up some underhanded, sneaky, hit-below-the-belt October surprise to send the Democrats reeling just before the mid-terms. I hope Trump spent at least fifteen of those valuable minutes with Putin brainstorming on ways to make the Democrats go kamikaze this fall.

  240. Eagle Eye says:
    @sayless

    Now John Brennan has tweeted that Trump has committed high crimes and misdemeanors. The establishment can’t grasp that the paradigm is changing.

    Johnny needs to get out more, maybe get a hobby, crocheting perhaps or baking cakes.

  241. MEH 0910 says:

  242. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Michelle

    Netflix has a great British comedy series, The Windsors. It’s a satire on the royal family. It’s hilarious.

    Recommend it to your friends.

  243. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Michelle

    So that’s what the yammering about breach of protocol was.

  244. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Pericles

    Feel the force Donald feel the force

  245. @Thomas

    I’m sure you have a video or a magazine, probably one with pages stuck together, somewhere around to show you how it works.

    We don’t use video or magazines these days, old man. This is the digital age.

  246. @dwb

    The Canadian SCTV sketch comedy had a similar recurring parody of Cold War Russia, CCCP-TV (or CCCP1):

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