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An op-ed in the New York Times:

Trump’s Border Stunt Is a Profound Betrayal of Our Military

The president used America’s military not against any real threat but as toy soldiers, with the intent of manipulating a domestic midterm election.

By Gordon Adams, Lawrence B. Wilkerson and Isaiah Wilson III

The American military should only be used to protect vital American interests, such as those found in the Sahara and the Hindu Kush, rather than to protect trivial objectives like preventing a column of young foreigners from marching across the United States border.

Moreover, it’s inhuman to force American troops to sit around in America merely to deter border incursions of their homeland when everybody knows they are dying for some of that downhome Libyan cooking after a hard day fighting tribesmen they were on the same side as as recently as last month. From Defense One:

The U.S. military is officially fighting wars in seven countries, according to the White House’s latest war report. Known formally as the “Report on the Legal and Policy Frameworks Guiding the United States’ Military Force and Related National Security Operations,” the unclassified portion flags ops in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Niger — all under the banner of the same war authority granted in the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force to fight al-Qaeda-linked militants.

Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Niger. That’s where Americans belong, not Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, or California. Our men in uniform should only protect countries that Americans cannot:

A. Find on a map
B. Spell
C. Ideally, don’t dare try to pronounce

When George Washington warned against “foreign entanglements,” he meant our troops should be fighting perpetually in Somalia in some endless war of clan against clan. Our national grand strategy must remain:

Invade the World!
Invite the World!

Most of all, America must never fall so low as to mind our own business. Our philosophy must always be:

Aggression abroad
Submission at home

 
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  1. It’s amazing what these military-think-tank creeps think of as normal and just. I can understand the post-war-status-quo worship, you can make yourself believe that international institutions or Pax Americana has led to world peace (rather than the real cause of world peace, Mutual Assured Destruction).

    But imagine justifying our obvious wars for Israel as a card-carrying neolib. I mean what can you even say at this point to defend these plainfaced wars for Israel? Ask Sam Power I guess, and her boyfriend.

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    It wasn't very peaceful post-WW2.
    , @YetAnotherAnon
    "I mean what can you even say at this point to defend these plainfaced wars for Israel?"

    I'm not sure whether Afghanistan, Somalia or Niger poses much threat to Tel Aviv, but I note the authors are "Gordon Adams, Lawrence B. Wilkerson and Isaiah Wilson III" - good WASP names, a rarity in NYT op-eds.

    Maybe three names more typical of the NYT op-ed demographic would have been "bad optics".
    , @Charles Pewitt

    But imagine justifying our obvious wars for Israel as a card-carrying neolib.

     


    I mean what can you even say at this point to defend these plainfaced wars for Israel? Ask Sam Power I guess, and her boyfriend.

     

    Samantha Power is an evil Leprechaun harpy of the worst sort.

    I love many of the great Irish people, but some of these Irish people are horrible Leprechauns with evil designs for everyone and every nation.

    Samantha Power pushes nation-wrecking mass immigration.

    Samantha Power pushes for more war in the Middle East and West Asia on behalf of Israel.

    Samantha Power is a rancid globalizer with an evil, ugly face of distorted features. Samantha Power's heart and soul are as ugly as her grotesque visage.

    Tweets from 2015:

    https://twitter.com/CharlesPewitt/status/600727129425354753

    https://twitter.com/CharlesPewitt/status/650055437950316545
    , @Digital Samizdat

    ... you can make yourself believe that international institutions or Pax Americana has led to world peace (rather than the real cause of world peace, Mutual Assured Destruction).
     
    Ah, but the idea that it was MAD rather than the UN which has prevented WW3 all these years is so very ... NRA. Of course liberals don't like it. Oh--and it also prevents them from 'bringing democracy' to N. Korea, China, Pakistan, etc.

    An armed world is a polite world!
  2. Moreover, it’s inhuman to force American troops to sit around in America merely to deter border incursions of their homeland when everybody knows they are dying for some of that downhome Libyan cooking after a hard day fighting tribesmen they were on the same side as as recently as last month.

    Snark to the nth power. That’s why I read these things!

    • Agree: Dtbb, Mr. Rational
    • Disagree: WHAT
    • Replies: @ZeroDay
    Agree. That had me snickering at my desk.
    , @Toño Bungay
    But you're a libertarian, right? Government is illegitimate, borders are zones of implicit violence. Let's leave the big ol' USA aside; how can little countries, Denmark or Hungary, say, maintain their language and culture if they observe libertarian ethics? Strict enforcement of property rights? Will that really do the trick? Must we all really consent to one homogenized world?
  3. By Gordon Adams, Lawrence B. Wilkerson and Isaiah Wilson III

    Must have been a difficult assignment; they had to get three guys on it.

    • LOL: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Don't ask, don't tell.
    , @Henry's Cat
    Two white guys and three blacks.
  4. Didn’t the GOP Congress tell Trump to wait until after the election to address the wall? Well, it’s after the election.

    • Replies: @Bubba
    ‘Build the wall!” was a great campaign slogan, but it will go down in history like “No new taxes!” Trump is a one-termer like Bush the 1st if he doesn’t get a wall built soon and keeps showing ineptitude and weakness on the southern border illegal alien invasion.
  5. Always wanted to ask. Why does it take three people to write one article?

    • Replies: @MikeatMikedotMike
    It is likely that each journalist cannot:

    A. Find on a map
    B. Spell
    C. Ideally, don’t dare try to pronounce
    D. All of the above.
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    It looks good to have a lot of articles under one's name. It's possible that on this one, just the 1st guy wrote it, the 2nd guy went to Starbucks and got them all lattes to go, and the 3rd guy ordered a pizza later on. They can switch roles for the next one. Pad up that C.V. for the HR ladies.

    It's also just possible that the tertiary writer is not actually a real human being, but an undelivered volleyball:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lH1AgbhmUpc
    , @Mr. Anon

    Always wanted to ask. Why does it take three people to write one article?
     
    In this case, because two of them are colonels.
    , @Thomm

    Always wanted to ask. Why does it take three people to write one article?
     
    Look up the meaning of the word 'sinecure'. The fortunate have one.
  6. it’s one thing when NYT runs article number 10,000 like this. another when somebody like admiral mcraven says something profoundly idiotic like, attacks on the media are the greatest threat to democracy in his lifetime, or some such rank nonsense. what a babbling moron. almost, almost as stupid as the general who said the greatest casualty would be our diversity.

    in the last 15 years almost every military man with a profile high enough to appear in the media, has revealed himself to be a slug brain pawn, who can’t see much beyond the sights on his weapon. they are genuinely, totally clueless about how the world is changing, and should only be consulted for their opinion when you want to blow things up or kill people

    mattis, kelly, mcmasters, pure garbage. most annoying is how tough they talk. especially that mattis twerp. talking about how he’s gonna kill everybody who crosses him. they couldn’t defend america from transexuals, let alone secure the southern border.

    trump thinks it’s 1960 and military men are of the high caliber he observed when he was growing up. the truth is, schwarzkopf was the last real leader of US forces. the decline began in earnest with shinseki and the preposterous worship of colin powell.

    it’s probably the case that all the officers coming out of the clinton era and later are suspect.

    extra lulz – vice president pence staring down putin like he was gonna do something. what total frauds these guys are.

    • Agree: L Woods, Buck Ransom
    • Replies: @lavoisier
    Good point.

    It does sometimes feel like an alternate zombified universe when everyone, from every major cultural institution in our nation, all seem to be reading from the same vacuous script.

    Is there any limit to the number of whores populating the high ranks in our society?
    , @lavoisier

    extra lulz – vice president pence staring down putin like he was gonna do something. what total frauds these guys are.
     
    Putin apparently is a judo expert.

    I am not sure about Pence.

    But I guess anyone can act pretty tough when they have someone else doing the fighting for them.

    , @Toño Bungay
    Did you read McMasters' book on decision-making on Vietnam? A "slug brain"? If so, not obvious to me.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    mattis, kelly, mcmasters, pure garbage. most annoying is how tough they talk. especially that mattis twerp.
     
    Yeah, he probably types in all lower-case, too.
    , @Authenticjazzman
    Well seeing as they all went through the US marxist edumacation system what can be expected,

    Deep down inside the majority of the last two generations of high ranking ossifers probably consider the US to be the root of all evil as they were brainwashed into believing by their leftist perfessers, and you can bet that they are all BC/HC/BO worshipers.

    Authenticjazzman "Mensa" qualified since 1973 , airborne trained US Army vet, and pro Jazz performer.

  7. “A. Find on a map
    B. Spell
    C. Ideally, don’t dare try to pronounce”

    D. (((vacation in)))

  8. @Dtbb
    Always wanted to ask. Why does it take three people to write one article?

    It is likely that each journalist cannot:

    A. Find on a map
    B. Spell
    C. Ideally, don’t dare try to pronounce
    D. All of the above.

  9. @Dtbb
    Always wanted to ask. Why does it take three people to write one article?

    It looks good to have a lot of articles under one’s name. It’s possible that on this one, just the 1st guy wrote it, the 2nd guy went to Starbucks and got them all lattes to go, and the 3rd guy ordered a pizza later on. They can switch roles for the next one. Pad up that C.V. for the HR ladies.

    It’s also just possible that the tertiary writer is not actually a real human being, but an undelivered volleyball:

  10. anon[799] • Disclaimer says:

    By Lawrence B. Wilkerson

    Ah, the guy who helped get us into Iraq. 100,000 civilian casualties. Thousands of dead Americans. He’d know all about betrayals. The guy could have just quit rather than help write Powell’s infamous UN speech, but the guy lacked the integrity despite what his military credentials might have led you to believe otherwise. I guess he’s trying to make up for it now by extolling the right side of history(TM). It’s amazing how simple minded and overly moralistic our virtue-signalling Ruling Class is these days; just goes to show you that cognitive ability and wisdom (and integrity) don’t necessarily go hand in hand. Democracy. What a farce. China will truly rule the world.

    Col. Wilkerson won’t be around to see the outcome of his very naive policy, so I guess it doesn’t mean much to him that we could get our own demographics-inspired Chavez one day; I already see a certain congresswoman who might fit that bill on the horizon. Future generations will look back and wonder who committed the real betrayal – Donald Trump for inconveniencing a moralistic, closed-mined hack’s sensibilities about how things ought to be or Lawrence Wilkerson for sacrificing the nation itself for his own social benefit. But there’s always a guy like that in history, right? Judas, Ephialtes, Arnold, Brutus … Wilkerson, Boot, Rubin, Bush, Comey, Clinton, Mueller, …

    • Replies: @Buster Keaton’s Stunt Double

    China will truly rule the world.
     
    China is an overstacked house of cards awaiting its next regularly scheduled catastrophic collapse.
  11. Gotta agree wholeheartedly with the sarcastic assessment. It really does boggle the mind, that the leadership, such as it is, can endure such cognitive dissonance.

  12. @Jim Don Bob

    By Gordon Adams, Lawrence B. Wilkerson and Isaiah Wilson III
     
    Must have been a difficult assignment; they had to get three guys on it.

    Don’t ask, don’t tell.

  13. The elites really do hate the American people.

    • Replies: @nsa
    "The elites really do hate the American people".
    Wrong......hate implies a certain fear and even respect. The country's owners have only contempt for the American population and it's easy to understand why. They look down from atop their privileged perches and see a multi-culti stew of obese morons worshipping negroids (sports) and homos (culture), while being ruled over by a vile Cock Cutting Cult (finance and politics).
  14. We demolish countries most people have never heard of, and the embittered survivors are admitted here as refugees.

    We need the opposite of a war, where refugees go back and rebuild their homelands.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational, Lowe
    • Replies: @Mr. Rational

    We need the opposite of a war, where refugees go back and rebuild their homelands.
     
    A war here would do just that, especially if the "refugees" still had strong connections to the old country.

    I suspect any sort of war would do, including a "dirty war" on invaders and other parasites.
    , @TheJester

    We need the opposite of a war, where refugees go back and rebuild their homelands.
     
    If they went home and rebuilt their own countries, they would be acting like Americans. They are not Americans, so they don't go home and rebuild their own countries. Instead, we invite them to stay in our country as refugees ... or something like that.

    So, now they are here rather than there ... in growing numbers. Now, we act like them instead of them acting like us. Then, all of a sudden, it is not "American" to rebuild your own country anymore.

    I guess it follows that we don't go to the moon or do anything like that ever again either.
  15. Anon[395] • Disclaimer says:

    Notable pushback against “labor shortage” claims

    The National Association of Manufacturers is warning that 2.4 million manufacturing jobs could go unfilled between now and 2028, according to a study from the association and the consultancy firm Deloitte.
    But there’s debate about that number and what it means for our economy.

    But some economists don’t agree that it’s a major problem.
    Andrew Weaver, an assistant professor of labor and employment relations at the University of Illinois, conducted his own study on the skills gap in 2016 and found only about a fourth of employers were having trouble hiring.

    https://www.pbs.org/newshour/economy/making-sense/manufacturers-say-their-job-shortage-is-getting-worse-heres-why

    A fairly balanced article unlike the usual tripe from the business press that has been dropped into this comment section.

    If there really is a shortage, you’d think you would see manufacturers that “can’t find workers” starting new locations in Latin America. We are used to outsourcing for lower wages, but rarely because workers themselves can’t be found.

    • Replies: @Anonymous

    If there really is a shortage, you’d think you would see manufacturers that “can’t find workers” starting new locations in Latin America. We are used to outsourcing for lower wages, but rarely because workers themselves can’t be found.
     
    No one will risk capital there because if it succeeds the government du jour will seize it and nationalize it, and also because there is no supply chain, or if there is, it is horribly expensive.

    Brazil and Argentina have automotive industries, but export almost no cars because the local cars are overpriced and obsolete and poorly made as compared to those made elsewhere. Argentines and Brazilians have to pay too much for cars that are inferior to American, European or Japanese cars.

    And those are countries that have at least some white or mostly-white workers they can draw on.

    Honduras, El Salvador, et al, are populated by people no one wants to hire very much, and then only when they don't run things.

    Mexico is full of US capital, but mostly in maquiadora operations:
    http://www1.udel.edu/leipzig/texts2/vox128.htm

    Although they can be located anywhere, most are within close proximity to the US Border. One unstated reason, along with the total lack of infrastructure elsewhere in the country outside the Federal District, is the presumption that if the Mexican government nationalized enough of the plants we'd move the border a few miles farther back. I don't think e would do that, but business owners apparently differ. They figure they know better than anyone else what it costs to buy politicians.
    , @Autochthon
    It must be said again and again: there is no such thing as a "shortage of workers" – there are only wages set too low. This stuff is middle-school economics, for crying out loud.

    A "shortage of workers" indeed – one had may as we babble about the "excess of employers."
    , @Hypnotoad666
    Economists use "shortage," "supply" and "demand" in very defined ways that make sense. By contrast, the MSM make a logical hash of everything by using these terms indiscriminately.

    To an economist a "shortage" is a market failure (almost always caused by government interference) in which prices aren't able to adjust to the correct level that balances the available supply with the current demand. Bu to journalists a "shortage" occurs anytime the price of a commodity is higher than the buyer wishes it cost.

    This sloppy language and thinking leads to no end of confusion -- witness, for example, all the nonsense being written about the "housing crisis" in California. Which is no "crisis" at all, but just the market pricing a valuable commodity at its correct price based on the available supply.
  16. anon[117] • Disclaimer says:

    Always wanted to ask. Why does it take three people to write one article?

    That sometimes happens when the publisher has an agenda. Wilkerson is a prominent skeptic of neoconservatives and a former military officer, so they are hoping that by adding his name with others on this piece, they can appeal to enough republicans and independents to deter Trump from protecting our borders against the tides of future democrat voters. Say I want to oppose a policy but I don’t want people think I have an agenda: Why Policy X is Bad, by author X, author Y, and…Abraham Lincoln! “See, that last guy’s cool, right? You know him. You wouldn’t want to be against a guy like that, right…right?”

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    Oddly, the partial revival of Abraham Lincoln's trade policies by Trump is attacked.
  17. Unless they’re going to kill these cockroaches what’s the point of having the Army down there ? It seems at this point the F**king Mexicans are doing a better job of defending our borders than the Tweeter in Chief .

    • Replies: @rufus
    Prevent entry and settlement in the United States.

    Rest is just conversation.
  18. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon
    Notable pushback against "labor shortage" claims


    The National Association of Manufacturers is warning that 2.4 million manufacturing jobs could go unfilled between now and 2028, according to a study from the association and the consultancy firm Deloitte.
    But there’s debate about that number and what it means for our economy.
     

    But some economists don’t agree that it’s a major problem.
    Andrew Weaver, an assistant professor of labor and employment relations at the University of Illinois, conducted his own study on the skills gap in 2016 and found only about a fourth of employers were having trouble hiring.
     
    https://www.pbs.org/newshour/economy/making-sense/manufacturers-say-their-job-shortage-is-getting-worse-heres-why

    A fairly balanced article unlike the usual tripe from the business press that has been dropped into this comment section.

    If there really is a shortage, you'd think you would see manufacturers that "can't find workers" starting new locations in Latin America. We are used to outsourcing for lower wages, but rarely because workers themselves can't be found.

    If there really is a shortage, you’d think you would see manufacturers that “can’t find workers” starting new locations in Latin America. We are used to outsourcing for lower wages, but rarely because workers themselves can’t be found.

    No one will risk capital there because if it succeeds the government du jour will seize it and nationalize it, and also because there is no supply chain, or if there is, it is horribly expensive.

    Brazil and Argentina have automotive industries, but export almost no cars because the local cars are overpriced and obsolete and poorly made as compared to those made elsewhere. Argentines and Brazilians have to pay too much for cars that are inferior to American, European or Japanese cars.

    And those are countries that have at least some white or mostly-white workers they can draw on.

    Honduras, El Salvador, et al, are populated by people no one wants to hire very much, and then only when they don’t run things.

    Mexico is full of US capital, but mostly in maquiadora operations:

    http://www1.udel.edu/leipzig/texts2/vox128.htm

    Although they can be located anywhere, most are within close proximity to the US Border. One unstated reason, along with the total lack of infrastructure elsewhere in the country outside the Federal District, is the presumption that if the Mexican government nationalized enough of the plants we’d move the border a few miles farther back. I don’t think e would do that, but business owners apparently differ. They figure they know better than anyone else what it costs to buy politicians.

    • Replies: @Anon
    That's some odd behavior from businesses that love to go on about the benefits of "diversity" and "cultural enrichment". And the same businesses that have a tendency to boast about "hard-working immigrants", a strange contrast with "siesta culture", selection bias?

    The Belt and Road initatives, debt trap? Or a solution to their logistics problem?
    , @nebulafox
    Mexico actually did try its best to pull the same kind of free-market oriented trading zones that worked so well in China back in the 1980s, back when Mexico was much richer than China was. Hence, the maquiladoras. There's quite a bit of manufacturing in Mexico.

    There's some reasons why it didn't succeed like in China, though:

    1) Mexico, and Latin America in general, has serious "law and order" issues that China and East/Southeast Asia in general doesn't. Doesn't help that the best areas in the north have been hit hardest by the drug war.

    2) The Mexican government didn't focus on the basic mass infrastructure, literacy, and scientific research projects that China did. Mao did a great number of bad things, but one thing he got right in spades was all of this. The Cultural Revolution honked things up pretty major, but it couldn't erase this all completely, so when Deng decided it was time to introduce capitalism in the 80s and 90s, he had plenty of bright young people to send abroad to study in the US, Japan, or Singapore. Mexico has improved a lot-especially on the literacy and birth rate fronts-in the last several decades, but the same kind of focus on the basics just wasn't there.

    3) Educational system-and educational culture-is hands-down superior in China.

    4) Nationalism. China's elites think of themselves as unambiguously Chinese. Mexico's elites have at best a distant connection with other Mexicans, often stressing ties to the United States or Europe rather than Mexico. If you don't think this has policy and culture consequences, I've got a nice bridge in Brooklyn to sell to you.

    5) Finally, ironically enough, because China was so messed up by the 1970s. It was a more of a blank slate to work on than Mexico was: people were so alienated from Maoism by the late 70s that Deng had carte blanche to do what he wanted. And because of these humble origins, they've kept the low-level stuff sustainable until recently. And by this point, the Chinese populace is well-developed enough that they can replace manufacturing plants with building nuclear plants when things outsource to the Vietnamese border or some Jakarta suburb.

    , @Autochthon
    You've some points, and I take them, but you are over-egging the pudding comparing South America to southern North America.

    For just one example; Embraer are hardly a maquiladora nor a third-rate operation incapable of making products anyone wants outside of Brasil...
  19. These three stooges are also against foreign deployment of a military when it’s done by a Republican President.

    Yes I know one of them worked for Powell, but Powell changed his mind about the war when the media started obsessing about the continual bodybags.

  20. Now Trump has the left on board with “Support Our Troops” AND the Global War on Terror.

    Cthonic 5d Baccarat!

    “That which is in check may never be in mate.”

  21. It’s not just a “betrayal” of our military; it’s a “profound betrayal.”

    I guess you need 3 guys to come up with this stuff.

  22. @Dtbb
    Always wanted to ask. Why does it take three people to write one article?

    Always wanted to ask. Why does it take three people to write one article?

    In this case, because two of them are colonels.

    • Replies: @Simply Simon
    Retired colonels should be neither seen nor heard from. Holds true for active/retired generals and admirals.
  23. Defending just our borders wouldn’t begin to justify the military’s $500 billion/year budget.

    • Agree: The Anti-Gnostic
    • Replies: @Forbes
    If it were only $500 billion/year...
  24. “Americans”

  25. Submission at home

    Perpetual atonement.

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    "Some are guilty. All are responsible." Funny, when that gets applied to the rabbi's folks, that's Anti-Semetism!
    , @Mr. Anon
    Thanks for the link; that article was disgusting. The special pleading is getting even more naked. This whole moral paragon act on the part of a lot of members of this group is wearing really thin. Don't lecture me about universal principals when you have your own separate word for "racism" that applies only to your own group.
    , @ChrisZ
    Re: “Americans need a dose of German guilt”...

    Five years ago my comment to this would be “The mask slips.” The idea being that it expresses openly a sentiment that is almost always studiously buried from public view.

    Today, though, it seems that writers feel so invulnerable, speak for a side that has such an unbeatable upper hand, that they toss any consideration of discretion to the wind.

    Either that, or they are so clueless and arrogant that they actually believe they have invented these thoughts that their forbears were at least wise enough to stifle in public.
    , @ZeroDay
    "Americans Need A Dose Of German Guilt"

    Americans already have this. Most younger American gentiles have been indoctrinated to believe the US was culpable in the Holocaust in some subtle way.

    Try suggesting the Holocaust memorials would be more appropriate in Berlin. They will give you the same looks that ABC News reporter game Milo, when he didn't apologize for saying Leslie Jones looks like a man.
  26. The NYT view:

    • LOL: Malcolm X-Lax
    • Replies: @L Woods
    It still boggles my mind that someone could actually publish this without satirical intent .
  27. Anon[395] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    If there really is a shortage, you’d think you would see manufacturers that “can’t find workers” starting new locations in Latin America. We are used to outsourcing for lower wages, but rarely because workers themselves can’t be found.
     
    No one will risk capital there because if it succeeds the government du jour will seize it and nationalize it, and also because there is no supply chain, or if there is, it is horribly expensive.

    Brazil and Argentina have automotive industries, but export almost no cars because the local cars are overpriced and obsolete and poorly made as compared to those made elsewhere. Argentines and Brazilians have to pay too much for cars that are inferior to American, European or Japanese cars.

    And those are countries that have at least some white or mostly-white workers they can draw on.

    Honduras, El Salvador, et al, are populated by people no one wants to hire very much, and then only when they don't run things.

    Mexico is full of US capital, but mostly in maquiadora operations:
    http://www1.udel.edu/leipzig/texts2/vox128.htm

    Although they can be located anywhere, most are within close proximity to the US Border. One unstated reason, along with the total lack of infrastructure elsewhere in the country outside the Federal District, is the presumption that if the Mexican government nationalized enough of the plants we'd move the border a few miles farther back. I don't think e would do that, but business owners apparently differ. They figure they know better than anyone else what it costs to buy politicians.

    That’s some odd behavior from businesses that love to go on about the benefits of “diversity” and “cultural enrichment”. And the same businesses that have a tendency to boast about “hard-working immigrants”, a strange contrast with “siesta culture”, selection bias?

    The Belt and Road initatives, debt trap? Or a solution to their logistics problem?

  28. Yeah. And putting mangled 19 year olds in Bathesda because their parents can’t afford college and you insist that our national interests lie in being a mercenary force for the Saud clan is, like, totally not.

  29. The U.S. military is officially fighting wars in seven countries… Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Niger

    I’ll grant Syria, Libya, and Yemen as “countries”, albeit the last was two countries not all that long ago. Something about the Y must unify people…

    Iraq? Isn’t that at least three countries, Shiite, Sunni, and Kurd?

    Niger? C’mon. That’s just lines on a map drawn by Frogs. And nobody can agree on how to pronounce it. How many ways can you say “Our banal niche in Niger”?

    Somalia was three colonies, and then two countries– French Somaliland became Djibouti– and now is back to three, or four. Punt, Somaliland, most of Djibouti, and plain old Somalia.

    Afghanistan? What the hell is that? A land of pederasts in power and goatherds who topple brick walls on them when they get in power.

    The kind of place where the greater danger is not losing, but winning. Like we need a cold, dry, gay Puerto Rico.

    • Replies: @European-American

    The U.S. military is officially fighting wars in seven countries… Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Niger
     
    Mnemonic: SLAY SIN

    PS: For people who, like me, can’t distinguish Somalia from Sudan:

    Somalia = Horn of Africa, Black Hawk Down, Mogadishu. Population 14 million. Bordering Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea/Indian Ocean. Pirates. Famous people: Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Islam critic), Iman (model).

    Sudan = I got nothing... Population 40 million. In the Sahara desert. Bordering Red Sea. Immediately south of Egypt. Nubians. Recently split, giving rise to world's newest country, South Sudan (Christian), itself involved in a civil war since 2013... Famous people: none... I give up.*

    As for Niger... Landlocked. Sahara. Population: 21 million Nigeriens. Not to be confused with Nigerians. Famous people: oh, come on!

    *Sort of famous French song mentioning Sudan: https://youtu.be/jBIWL9S32QQ

  30. @Anonymous

    If there really is a shortage, you’d think you would see manufacturers that “can’t find workers” starting new locations in Latin America. We are used to outsourcing for lower wages, but rarely because workers themselves can’t be found.
     
    No one will risk capital there because if it succeeds the government du jour will seize it and nationalize it, and also because there is no supply chain, or if there is, it is horribly expensive.

    Brazil and Argentina have automotive industries, but export almost no cars because the local cars are overpriced and obsolete and poorly made as compared to those made elsewhere. Argentines and Brazilians have to pay too much for cars that are inferior to American, European or Japanese cars.

    And those are countries that have at least some white or mostly-white workers they can draw on.

    Honduras, El Salvador, et al, are populated by people no one wants to hire very much, and then only when they don't run things.

    Mexico is full of US capital, but mostly in maquiadora operations:
    http://www1.udel.edu/leipzig/texts2/vox128.htm

    Although they can be located anywhere, most are within close proximity to the US Border. One unstated reason, along with the total lack of infrastructure elsewhere in the country outside the Federal District, is the presumption that if the Mexican government nationalized enough of the plants we'd move the border a few miles farther back. I don't think e would do that, but business owners apparently differ. They figure they know better than anyone else what it costs to buy politicians.

    Mexico actually did try its best to pull the same kind of free-market oriented trading zones that worked so well in China back in the 1980s, back when Mexico was much richer than China was. Hence, the maquiladoras. There’s quite a bit of manufacturing in Mexico.

    There’s some reasons why it didn’t succeed like in China, though:

    1) Mexico, and Latin America in general, has serious “law and order” issues that China and East/Southeast Asia in general doesn’t. Doesn’t help that the best areas in the north have been hit hardest by the drug war.

    2) The Mexican government didn’t focus on the basic mass infrastructure, literacy, and scientific research projects that China did. Mao did a great number of bad things, but one thing he got right in spades was all of this. The Cultural Revolution honked things up pretty major, but it couldn’t erase this all completely, so when Deng decided it was time to introduce capitalism in the 80s and 90s, he had plenty of bright young people to send abroad to study in the US, Japan, or Singapore. Mexico has improved a lot-especially on the literacy and birth rate fronts-in the last several decades, but the same kind of focus on the basics just wasn’t there.

    3) Educational system-and educational culture-is hands-down superior in China.

    4) Nationalism. China’s elites think of themselves as unambiguously Chinese. Mexico’s elites have at best a distant connection with other Mexicans, often stressing ties to the United States or Europe rather than Mexico. If you don’t think this has policy and culture consequences, I’ve got a nice bridge in Brooklyn to sell to you.

    5) Finally, ironically enough, because China was so messed up by the 1970s. It was a more of a blank slate to work on than Mexico was: people were so alienated from Maoism by the late 70s that Deng had carte blanche to do what he wanted. And because of these humble origins, they’ve kept the low-level stuff sustainable until recently. And by this point, the Chinese populace is well-developed enough that they can replace manufacturing plants with building nuclear plants when things outsource to the Vietnamese border or some Jakarta suburb.

    • Replies: @Flip

    4) Nationalism. China’s elites think of themselves as unambiguously Chinese. Mexico’s elites have at best a distant connection with other Mexicans, often stressing ties to the United States or Europe rather than Mexico. If you don’t think this has policy and culture consequences, I’ve got a nice bridge in Brooklyn to sell to you.
     
    The American elites seem more and more disconnected from the American people over time.
    , @Jack D
    You keep glancing at it but never hit the nail on the head - China has better human capital than Mexico. It's all racial/genetic. Everything else you mention is just a side effect.

    Mao led China into an abyss - if Mexico had done the same it would have taken centuries for them to recover. At the end of the Cultural Revolution they were basically starting from zero - the universities had been closed, the professors and students sent to the countryside and some killed or their health broken. But because of China's high quality human capital they were able to catch up relatively quickly. We saw the same thing in Japan - we literally nuked them and yet because of their high quality human capital they were able to recover quickly. Mexico in some ways is still recovering from the Conquistadors. As you say, to the extent that Mexico has an entrepreneurial class, it is usually foreign - Mestizo geniuses of any kind are rare.

    (Having a high IQ population does not immunize you against mad dictators - see Germany).
  31. @Dtbb
    Always wanted to ask. Why does it take three people to write one article?

    Always wanted to ask. Why does it take three people to write one article?

    Look up the meaning of the word ‘sinecure’. The fortunate have one.

  32. It would only take 20,000 troops to substantially seal our 2000-mile southern border.

    10/mile.

  33. @istevefan
    Didn't the GOP Congress tell Trump to wait until after the election to address the wall? Well, it's after the election.

    ‘Build the wall!” was a great campaign slogan, but it will go down in history like “No new taxes!” Trump is a one-termer like Bush the 1st if he doesn’t get a wall built soon and keeps showing ineptitude and weakness on the southern border illegal alien invasion.

    • Replies: @TTSSYF
    But to whom do you think he will lose? To a Dem who believes in open borders, or to a Rep who will make good on building the wall? If so, who is that Rep?
    , @anon

    Trump is a one-termer like Bush the 1st.....
     
    i hope the Liar in Chief goes to jail, his rotten son too

    all the people he let down

    he's still going around with his "Lock her up" bs as though anyone believes him any more

    , @Precious
    ‘Build the wall!” was a great campaign slogan, but it will go down in history like “No new taxes!”

    This is incorrect for two reasons...

    1) Bush reneged on his promise by actually approving new taxes. If he had vetoed the tax hike and Congress then overrode him no one would have blamed him. For Trump to do the equivalent, he would need to tear down the fences already in place and invite invaders to come in.

    2) Trump's supporters see him trying to build the wall, with Congress fighting him. They see him doing what he can, like sending troops to the border and putting up barbed wire.
  34. “I participated in a hoax on the American people”

    – Lawrence Wilkerson

    • Replies: @TheJoeShow
    It's satire, people. They're being facetious. They know that our border IS, in the end, the ONLY one that matters to us.
  35. Trump’s Nationalist Rhetoric Has Trickled Down To Mexico — And Turned People Against The Caravan

    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/karlazabludovsky/mexico-immigration-fight-tijuana-migrant-caravan

  36. “I enrolled to fight in the Middle East.”

    Uh, is that real? What dolts. Virtually no one I have ever known has signed up to fight in the Middle East (read: Israel). The mask slips.

    • Replies: @Lowe
    Yes, it's real. They actually ran that.

    When Trump runs for reelection his campaign staff needs to buy ad space in all the papers and run that cartoon, with 'New York Times' printed below it.
    , @Buck Ransom
    Note the "enrolled." Like it's cosmetology school or something.
    , @Jack D
    Israel conducts its own defense using its own precious flesh and blood. No US soldier has ever died defending Israel. You must be mixing up Israel with the Saudis or Kuwaitis or someone.
  37. When George Washington warned against “foreign entanglements,” he meant our troops should be fighting perpetually in Somalia in some endless war of clan against clan.

    From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli. And there are at least two Tripolis.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    Was it the Roman Empire equivalent of "tri-county area"? Every time three expanding cities converged they were the local Tripoli?
    , @Jenner Ickham Errican
    There are whole bunches of ‘em:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EEE
  38. From the NYT Article:

    . . . we are a bipartisan threesome . . .

    Definitely more than I wanted to know.

  39. @Reg Cæsar

    When George Washington warned against “foreign entanglements,” he meant our troops should be fighting perpetually in Somalia in some endless war of clan against clan.
     
    From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli. And there are at least two Tripolis.

    Was it the Roman Empire equivalent of “tri-county area”? Every time three expanding cities converged they were the local Tripoli?

  40. According to the article, troop pay, equipment, food, etc. is already a sunk cost for maintaining the deployed units. Nevertheless, it will supposedly cost an additional $200 million to deploy 5,900 troops from Illinois, Colorado and N.C. to the Mexico border. That works out to $34,000 per soldier just to drive to the border and camp out.

    Why is it that everything our military does has to be so spectacularly expensive?

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    It's a bit of why the Pentagon is "missing" $21 trillion. Really bad accounting standards, rather than theft.
    , @Anonymous
    It's not cheap but it's bound to be far cheaper than deploying them to the 4 corners of the world and that the money paid out is at least cycling back into the US when spent here.

    A wall and deportation of existing illegals would be much cheaper in the long run.
    , @TheJoeShow
    Fuel?
  41. The last thing our Zionist masters want is the American army defending America.

  42. @Anon
    Notable pushback against "labor shortage" claims


    The National Association of Manufacturers is warning that 2.4 million manufacturing jobs could go unfilled between now and 2028, according to a study from the association and the consultancy firm Deloitte.
    But there’s debate about that number and what it means for our economy.
     

    But some economists don’t agree that it’s a major problem.
    Andrew Weaver, an assistant professor of labor and employment relations at the University of Illinois, conducted his own study on the skills gap in 2016 and found only about a fourth of employers were having trouble hiring.
     
    https://www.pbs.org/newshour/economy/making-sense/manufacturers-say-their-job-shortage-is-getting-worse-heres-why

    A fairly balanced article unlike the usual tripe from the business press that has been dropped into this comment section.

    If there really is a shortage, you'd think you would see manufacturers that "can't find workers" starting new locations in Latin America. We are used to outsourcing for lower wages, but rarely because workers themselves can't be found.

    It must be said again and again: there is no such thing as a “shortage of workers” – there are only wages set too low. This stuff is middle-school economics, for crying out loud.

    A “shortage of workers” indeed – one had may as we babble about the “excess of employers.”

    • Agree: dfordoom
    • Replies: @South Texas Guy
    Agree on your "no such thing as a shortage of workers." I was in two such industries that constantly whine to journalists about "shortages." I left school for a year to be an OTR driver (the job just straight up sucks, and doesn't pay enough), and once I got my degree, I was a teacher for a couple of years. Most of the jobs available are teaching 12-15 year olds (who are by nature assholes), or in specialty disciplines like special ed. If you want to sit in front of a classroom of 17 year olds and talk about Conrad, Orwell, Hemingway, etc. you're probably SOL.
    , @Anonymous
    Actually, there is an "excess of employers" if there is a "shortage of workers" and wages are too low. When there is a "shortage of workers" i.e. wages are too low, that means there are employers who cannot afford to pay higher wages and maintain viable businesses. If those employers can't hack it with the higher wages, then they need to shut down their businesses and become employees themselves.
  43. @anon

    By Lawrence B. Wilkerson
     
    Ah, the guy who helped get us into Iraq. 100,000 civilian casualties. Thousands of dead Americans. He'd know all about betrayals. The guy could have just quit rather than help write Powell's infamous UN speech, but the guy lacked the integrity despite what his military credentials might have led you to believe otherwise. I guess he's trying to make up for it now by extolling the right side of history(TM). It's amazing how simple minded and overly moralistic our virtue-signalling Ruling Class is these days; just goes to show you that cognitive ability and wisdom (and integrity) don't necessarily go hand in hand. Democracy. What a farce. China will truly rule the world.

    Col. Wilkerson won't be around to see the outcome of his very naive policy, so I guess it doesn't mean much to him that we could get our own demographics-inspired Chavez one day; I already see a certain congresswoman who might fit that bill on the horizon. Future generations will look back and wonder who committed the real betrayal - Donald Trump for inconveniencing a moralistic, closed-mined hack's sensibilities about how things ought to be or Lawrence Wilkerson for sacrificing the nation itself for his own social benefit. But there's always a guy like that in history, right? Judas, Ephialtes, Arnold, Brutus ... Wilkerson, Boot, Rubin, Bush, Comey, Clinton, Mueller, ...

    China will truly rule the world.

    China is an overstacked house of cards awaiting its next regularly scheduled catastrophic collapse.

  44. @Anonymous

    If there really is a shortage, you’d think you would see manufacturers that “can’t find workers” starting new locations in Latin America. We are used to outsourcing for lower wages, but rarely because workers themselves can’t be found.
     
    No one will risk capital there because if it succeeds the government du jour will seize it and nationalize it, and also because there is no supply chain, or if there is, it is horribly expensive.

    Brazil and Argentina have automotive industries, but export almost no cars because the local cars are overpriced and obsolete and poorly made as compared to those made elsewhere. Argentines and Brazilians have to pay too much for cars that are inferior to American, European or Japanese cars.

    And those are countries that have at least some white or mostly-white workers they can draw on.

    Honduras, El Salvador, et al, are populated by people no one wants to hire very much, and then only when they don't run things.

    Mexico is full of US capital, but mostly in maquiadora operations:
    http://www1.udel.edu/leipzig/texts2/vox128.htm

    Although they can be located anywhere, most are within close proximity to the US Border. One unstated reason, along with the total lack of infrastructure elsewhere in the country outside the Federal District, is the presumption that if the Mexican government nationalized enough of the plants we'd move the border a few miles farther back. I don't think e would do that, but business owners apparently differ. They figure they know better than anyone else what it costs to buy politicians.

    You’ve some points, and I take them, but you are over-egging the pudding comparing South America to southern North America.

    For just one example; Embraer are hardly a maquiladora nor a third-rate operation incapable of making products anyone wants outside of Brasil…

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Embraer are an aircraft company, not a car company. I wouldn't mind having a Tucano to play with myself. They are completely dependent on US (or Canadian in the case of the ubiquitous PT-6 turboprop) engines, avionics, and most rotables-hydraulic parts, hoses, fittings, brakes, et al. But unlike the auto business they are allowed to import these.

    When Wichita was divesting itself of the recip market because pwoduct wiability, I figured Brazil, Argentina, et al would be perfect places to set up a vertically integrated light aircraft plant and actually did some research on it. I found out from people who'd gone their for other manufacturing businesses that they'd lost their ass because of the stifling bureaucracy, petty corruption, serious supply chain issues, and difficulty in finding skilled manufacturing workers that would show up and do good work consistently.

    Not being able to import anything even when it's going right back out the door and out of the country is a serious problem. Brazil has huge gaps in what they make and its consistency and suitability for purpose and vendors there-I found out with the musical instrument business, we worked on a deal to import some resonator guitars-can be incredibly truculent. They are worse than the goddamned French in fact. It fell apart because they would not make any changes and the product as built was unplayable as a normal guitar.
  45. @Achmed E. Newman

    Moreover, it’s inhuman to force American troops to sit around in America merely to deter border incursions of their homeland when everybody knows they are dying for some of that downhome Libyan cooking after a hard day fighting tribesmen they were on the same side as as recently as last month.
     
    Snark to the nth power. That's why I read these things!

    Agree. That had me snickering at my desk.

  46. @Jim Don Bob

    By Gordon Adams, Lawrence B. Wilkerson and Isaiah Wilson III
     
    Must have been a difficult assignment; they had to get three guys on it.

    Two white guys and three blacks.

  47. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Autochthon
    You've some points, and I take them, but you are over-egging the pudding comparing South America to southern North America.

    For just one example; Embraer are hardly a maquiladora nor a third-rate operation incapable of making products anyone wants outside of Brasil...

    Embraer are an aircraft company, not a car company. I wouldn’t mind having a Tucano to play with myself. They are completely dependent on US (or Canadian in the case of the ubiquitous PT-6 turboprop) engines, avionics, and most rotables-hydraulic parts, hoses, fittings, brakes, et al. But unlike the auto business they are allowed to import these.

    When Wichita was divesting itself of the recip market because pwoduct wiability, I figured Brazil, Argentina, et al would be perfect places to set up a vertically integrated light aircraft plant and actually did some research on it. I found out from people who’d gone their for other manufacturing businesses that they’d lost their ass because of the stifling bureaucracy, petty corruption, serious supply chain issues, and difficulty in finding skilled manufacturing workers that would show up and do good work consistently.

    Not being able to import anything even when it’s going right back out the door and out of the country is a serious problem. Brazil has huge gaps in what they make and its consistency and suitability for purpose and vendors there-I found out with the musical instrument business, we worked on a deal to import some resonator guitars-can be incredibly truculent. They are worse than the goddamned French in fact. It fell apart because they would not make any changes and the product as built was unplayable as a normal guitar.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    Most of Brazil's (considerable - 3 million units/yr) auto production is for domestic use and exports go mainly to the Latin American market (mainly Argentina and Mexico) but about 20% of exports go to the US and Europe. For example, the engines in Mini Coopers were until recently made in Brazil.

    A protected domestic market and corrupt leftist governments in bed with the unions have not been good for their auto industry (pretty much a sure recipe for inferior quality) but hopefully things will change under their new leadership.
  48. @dvorak
    It's amazing what these military-think-tank creeps think of as normal and just. I can understand the post-war-status-quo worship, you can make yourself believe that international institutions or Pax Americana has led to world peace (rather than the real cause of world peace, Mutual Assured Destruction).

    But imagine justifying our obvious wars for Israel as a card-carrying neolib. I mean what can you even say at this point to defend these plainfaced wars for Israel? Ask Sam Power I guess, and her boyfriend.

    It wasn’t very peaceful post-WW2.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon

    It wasn’t very peaceful post-WW2.
     
    Indeed. The "Pax Americana" wasn't even good at delivering Pax. It made the MIC a lot of money though.
  49. @Reg Cæsar

    When George Washington warned against “foreign entanglements,” he meant our troops should be fighting perpetually in Somalia in some endless war of clan against clan.
     
    From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli. And there are at least two Tripolis.

    There are whole bunches of ‘em:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EEE

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    https://images.mentalfloss.com/sites/default/files/styles/mf_image_16x9/public/istock_000040869644_small.jpg?itok=z7huIAEn&resize=1100x1100
  50. @anon

    Always wanted to ask. Why does it take three people to write one article?
     
    That sometimes happens when the publisher has an agenda. Wilkerson is a prominent skeptic of neoconservatives and a former military officer, so they are hoping that by adding his name with others on this piece, they can appeal to enough republicans and independents to deter Trump from protecting our borders against the tides of future democrat voters. Say I want to oppose a policy but I don't want people think I have an agenda: Why Policy X is Bad, by author X, author Y, and...Abraham Lincoln! "See, that last guy's cool, right? You know him. You wouldn't want to be against a guy like that, right...right?"

    Oddly, the partial revival of Abraham Lincoln’s trade policies by Trump is attacked.

  51. @eah
    Submission at home

    Perpetual atonement.

    https://twitter.com/jdforward/status/1064632002710814720

    “Some are guilty. All are responsible.” Funny, when that gets applied to the rabbi’s folks, that’s Anti-Semetism!

    • Agree: eah
  52. @Hypnotoad666
    According to the article, troop pay, equipment, food, etc. is already a sunk cost for maintaining the deployed units. Nevertheless, it will supposedly cost an additional $200 million to deploy 5,900 troops from Illinois, Colorado and N.C. to the Mexico border. That works out to $34,000 per soldier just to drive to the border and camp out.

    Why is it that everything our military does has to be so spectacularly expensive?

    It’s a bit of why the Pentagon is “missing” $21 trillion. Really bad accounting standards, rather than theft.

  53. “The American military should only be used to protect vital American interests, such as those found in the Sahara and the Hindu Kush ….”

    Who are we kidding? It is time to start calling it The Department of War once again.

  54. @Autochthon
    It must be said again and again: there is no such thing as a "shortage of workers" – there are only wages set too low. This stuff is middle-school economics, for crying out loud.

    A "shortage of workers" indeed – one had may as we babble about the "excess of employers."

    Agree on your “no such thing as a shortage of workers.” I was in two such industries that constantly whine to journalists about “shortages.” I left school for a year to be an OTR driver (the job just straight up sucks, and doesn’t pay enough), and once I got my degree, I was a teacher for a couple of years. Most of the jobs available are teaching 12-15 year olds (who are by nature assholes), or in specialty disciplines like special ed. If you want to sit in front of a classroom of 17 year olds and talk about Conrad, Orwell, Hemingway, etc. you’re probably SOL.

    • Replies: @ATBOTL
    Stop using so many obscure acronyms.
  55. @Bubba
    ‘Build the wall!” was a great campaign slogan, but it will go down in history like “No new taxes!” Trump is a one-termer like Bush the 1st if he doesn’t get a wall built soon and keeps showing ineptitude and weakness on the southern border illegal alien invasion.

    But to whom do you think he will lose? To a Dem who believes in open borders, or to a Rep who will make good on building the wall? If so, who is that Rep?

    • Replies: @Bubba
    Great questions - there is no Republican who will run to the right of Trump or challenge him on the lack of a border wall. The wall is dead and if there is any progress it will only be sabotaged by Dems, RINO’s and The Deep State. As for the Dems, I believe that they will nominate a POC woman like Kamala Harris and keep relentlessly pushing for open borders. There won’t be a white man or woman on the Democratic presidential ticket for a long time.
  56. Anonymous[390] • Disclaimer says:
    @Hypnotoad666
    According to the article, troop pay, equipment, food, etc. is already a sunk cost for maintaining the deployed units. Nevertheless, it will supposedly cost an additional $200 million to deploy 5,900 troops from Illinois, Colorado and N.C. to the Mexico border. That works out to $34,000 per soldier just to drive to the border and camp out.

    Why is it that everything our military does has to be so spectacularly expensive?

    It’s not cheap but it’s bound to be far cheaper than deploying them to the 4 corners of the world and that the money paid out is at least cycling back into the US when spent here.

    A wall and deportation of existing illegals would be much cheaper in the long run.

  57. THAT was some dry ass humor.
    I do like me some irony.

  58. @Hypnotoad666
    According to the article, troop pay, equipment, food, etc. is already a sunk cost for maintaining the deployed units. Nevertheless, it will supposedly cost an additional $200 million to deploy 5,900 troops from Illinois, Colorado and N.C. to the Mexico border. That works out to $34,000 per soldier just to drive to the border and camp out.

    Why is it that everything our military does has to be so spectacularly expensive?

    Fuel?

  59. @prime noticer
    it's one thing when NYT runs article number 10,000 like this. another when somebody like admiral mcraven says something profoundly idiotic like, attacks on the media are the greatest threat to democracy in his lifetime, or some such rank nonsense. what a babbling moron. almost, almost as stupid as the general who said the greatest casualty would be our diversity.

    in the last 15 years almost every military man with a profile high enough to appear in the media, has revealed himself to be a slug brain pawn, who can't see much beyond the sights on his weapon. they are genuinely, totally clueless about how the world is changing, and should only be consulted for their opinion when you want to blow things up or kill people

    mattis, kelly, mcmasters, pure garbage. most annoying is how tough they talk. especially that mattis twerp. talking about how he's gonna kill everybody who crosses him. they couldn't defend america from transexuals, let alone secure the southern border.

    trump thinks it's 1960 and military men are of the high caliber he observed when he was growing up. the truth is, schwarzkopf was the last real leader of US forces. the decline began in earnest with shinseki and the preposterous worship of colin powell.

    it's probably the case that all the officers coming out of the clinton era and later are suspect.

    extra lulz - vice president pence staring down putin like he was gonna do something. what total frauds these guys are.

    Good point.

    It does sometimes feel like an alternate zombified universe when everyone, from every major cultural institution in our nation, all seem to be reading from the same vacuous script.

    Is there any limit to the number of whores populating the high ranks in our society?

    • Replies: @TommyBahamaFannyPack
    It's the boomers. Once you see the connection between all of the dumb policies, dumb spending, dumb wars, and maudlin rhetoric, it's hard to unsee it. Many of them are nice. But 60-70% of that generation is pretty worthless. Obviously made worse by their sheer numbers.
  60. @prime noticer
    it's one thing when NYT runs article number 10,000 like this. another when somebody like admiral mcraven says something profoundly idiotic like, attacks on the media are the greatest threat to democracy in his lifetime, or some such rank nonsense. what a babbling moron. almost, almost as stupid as the general who said the greatest casualty would be our diversity.

    in the last 15 years almost every military man with a profile high enough to appear in the media, has revealed himself to be a slug brain pawn, who can't see much beyond the sights on his weapon. they are genuinely, totally clueless about how the world is changing, and should only be consulted for their opinion when you want to blow things up or kill people

    mattis, kelly, mcmasters, pure garbage. most annoying is how tough they talk. especially that mattis twerp. talking about how he's gonna kill everybody who crosses him. they couldn't defend america from transexuals, let alone secure the southern border.

    trump thinks it's 1960 and military men are of the high caliber he observed when he was growing up. the truth is, schwarzkopf was the last real leader of US forces. the decline began in earnest with shinseki and the preposterous worship of colin powell.

    it's probably the case that all the officers coming out of the clinton era and later are suspect.

    extra lulz - vice president pence staring down putin like he was gonna do something. what total frauds these guys are.

    extra lulz – vice president pence staring down putin like he was gonna do something. what total frauds these guys are.

    Putin apparently is a judo expert.

    I am not sure about Pence.

    But I guess anyone can act pretty tough when they have someone else doing the fighting for them.

  61. @dvorak
    It's amazing what these military-think-tank creeps think of as normal and just. I can understand the post-war-status-quo worship, you can make yourself believe that international institutions or Pax Americana has led to world peace (rather than the real cause of world peace, Mutual Assured Destruction).

    But imagine justifying our obvious wars for Israel as a card-carrying neolib. I mean what can you even say at this point to defend these plainfaced wars for Israel? Ask Sam Power I guess, and her boyfriend.

    “I mean what can you even say at this point to defend these plainfaced wars for Israel?”

    I’m not sure whether Afghanistan, Somalia or Niger poses much threat to Tel Aviv, but I note the authors are “Gordon Adams, Lawrence B. Wilkerson and Isaiah Wilson III” – good WASP names, a rarity in NYT op-eds.

    Maybe three names more typical of the NYT op-ed demographic would have been “bad optics”.

  62. @Bragadocious
    "I participated in a hoax on the American people"

    -- Lawrence Wilkerson

    It’s satire, people. They’re being facetious. They know that our border IS, in the end, the ONLY one that matters to us.

  63. @Achmed E. Newman

    Moreover, it’s inhuman to force American troops to sit around in America merely to deter border incursions of their homeland when everybody knows they are dying for some of that downhome Libyan cooking after a hard day fighting tribesmen they were on the same side as as recently as last month.
     
    Snark to the nth power. That's why I read these things!

    But you’re a libertarian, right? Government is illegitimate, borders are zones of implicit violence. Let’s leave the big ol’ USA aside; how can little countries, Denmark or Hungary, say, maintain their language and culture if they observe libertarian ethics? Strict enforcement of property rights? Will that really do the trick? Must we all really consent to one homogenized world?

    • Replies: @Fidelios Automata
    I personally have become a Hoppean libertarian. Illegal immigrants are trespassers.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    But you’re a libertarian, right? Government is illegitimate, borders are zones of implicit violence.
     
    So are anti-discrimination laws. Those are less defensible in a libertarian society than are the borders. (Except when applied to the state itself.)

    It was this argument that caused the whole kerfuffle when Ron Paul's thirty-year-old newsletters were exhumed, wasn't it?

    The unpleasant immigrant might get into the country, but he'll be facing a whole lot more gates to crash. Unless his employer puts him up. Fat chance of that.
  64. @prime noticer
    it's one thing when NYT runs article number 10,000 like this. another when somebody like admiral mcraven says something profoundly idiotic like, attacks on the media are the greatest threat to democracy in his lifetime, or some such rank nonsense. what a babbling moron. almost, almost as stupid as the general who said the greatest casualty would be our diversity.

    in the last 15 years almost every military man with a profile high enough to appear in the media, has revealed himself to be a slug brain pawn, who can't see much beyond the sights on his weapon. they are genuinely, totally clueless about how the world is changing, and should only be consulted for their opinion when you want to blow things up or kill people

    mattis, kelly, mcmasters, pure garbage. most annoying is how tough they talk. especially that mattis twerp. talking about how he's gonna kill everybody who crosses him. they couldn't defend america from transexuals, let alone secure the southern border.

    trump thinks it's 1960 and military men are of the high caliber he observed when he was growing up. the truth is, schwarzkopf was the last real leader of US forces. the decline began in earnest with shinseki and the preposterous worship of colin powell.

    it's probably the case that all the officers coming out of the clinton era and later are suspect.

    extra lulz - vice president pence staring down putin like he was gonna do something. what total frauds these guys are.

    Did you read McMasters’ book on decision-making on Vietnam? A “slug brain”? If so, not obvious to me.

    • Replies: @notanon
    most high ranking military people grew up in all-white environments before the education system was fully pozzed followed by living in secluded military colonies being drip-fed fluoridated news from the corrupt media - they have no clue what is happening.

    if they had any sense they'd realize military power is built on a strong domestic economy, that the last 40 years of full on banking mafia economic policy has been wrecking that and they need to reverse it by halting immigration and on-shoring.

    if they had any sense.
  65. @nebulafox
    Mexico actually did try its best to pull the same kind of free-market oriented trading zones that worked so well in China back in the 1980s, back when Mexico was much richer than China was. Hence, the maquiladoras. There's quite a bit of manufacturing in Mexico.

    There's some reasons why it didn't succeed like in China, though:

    1) Mexico, and Latin America in general, has serious "law and order" issues that China and East/Southeast Asia in general doesn't. Doesn't help that the best areas in the north have been hit hardest by the drug war.

    2) The Mexican government didn't focus on the basic mass infrastructure, literacy, and scientific research projects that China did. Mao did a great number of bad things, but one thing he got right in spades was all of this. The Cultural Revolution honked things up pretty major, but it couldn't erase this all completely, so when Deng decided it was time to introduce capitalism in the 80s and 90s, he had plenty of bright young people to send abroad to study in the US, Japan, or Singapore. Mexico has improved a lot-especially on the literacy and birth rate fronts-in the last several decades, but the same kind of focus on the basics just wasn't there.

    3) Educational system-and educational culture-is hands-down superior in China.

    4) Nationalism. China's elites think of themselves as unambiguously Chinese. Mexico's elites have at best a distant connection with other Mexicans, often stressing ties to the United States or Europe rather than Mexico. If you don't think this has policy and culture consequences, I've got a nice bridge in Brooklyn to sell to you.

    5) Finally, ironically enough, because China was so messed up by the 1970s. It was a more of a blank slate to work on than Mexico was: people were so alienated from Maoism by the late 70s that Deng had carte blanche to do what he wanted. And because of these humble origins, they've kept the low-level stuff sustainable until recently. And by this point, the Chinese populace is well-developed enough that they can replace manufacturing plants with building nuclear plants when things outsource to the Vietnamese border or some Jakarta suburb.

    4) Nationalism. China’s elites think of themselves as unambiguously Chinese. Mexico’s elites have at best a distant connection with other Mexicans, often stressing ties to the United States or Europe rather than Mexico. If you don’t think this has policy and culture consequences, I’ve got a nice bridge in Brooklyn to sell to you.

    The American elites seem more and more disconnected from the American people over time.

    • Replies: @L Woods
    They’re not disconnected from the Real Americans.

    — Kruggles
  66. @Anon
    We demolish countries most people have never heard of, and the embittered survivors are admitted here as refugees.

    We need the opposite of a war, where refugees go back and rebuild their homelands.

    We need the opposite of a war, where refugees go back and rebuild their homelands.

    A war here would do just that, especially if the “refugees” still had strong connections to the old country.

    I suspect any sort of war would do, including a “dirty war” on invaders and other parasites.

  67. @dvorak
    It's amazing what these military-think-tank creeps think of as normal and just. I can understand the post-war-status-quo worship, you can make yourself believe that international institutions or Pax Americana has led to world peace (rather than the real cause of world peace, Mutual Assured Destruction).

    But imagine justifying our obvious wars for Israel as a card-carrying neolib. I mean what can you even say at this point to defend these plainfaced wars for Israel? Ask Sam Power I guess, and her boyfriend.

    But imagine justifying our obvious wars for Israel as a card-carrying neolib.

    I mean what can you even say at this point to defend these plainfaced wars for Israel? Ask Sam Power I guess, and her boyfriend.

    Samantha Power is an evil Leprechaun harpy of the worst sort.

    I love many of the great Irish people, but some of these Irish people are horrible Leprechauns with evil designs for everyone and every nation.

    Samantha Power pushes nation-wrecking mass immigration.

    Samantha Power pushes for more war in the Middle East and West Asia on behalf of Israel.

    Samantha Power is a rancid globalizer with an evil, ugly face of distorted features. Samantha Power’s heart and soul are as ugly as her grotesque visage.

    Tweets from 2015:

    • Replies: @anon
    Did anyone ever mention to you that people who rant constantly and TYPE IN UPPER CASE a lot are perceived as old cranks, mentally unstable, and thus not taken seriously?
  68. Chasing lightly armed brown men around in the deserts of africa and southwest asia is who we are bro.

    • LOL: jim jones
  69. @Redneck farmer
    It wasn't very peaceful post-WW2.

    It wasn’t very peaceful post-WW2.

    Indeed. The “Pax Americana” wasn’t even good at delivering Pax. It made the MIC a lot of money though.

  70. By Gordon Adams, Lawrence B. Wilkerson and Isaiah Wilson III

    Gordon Adams appears to be a treasonous rat almost 80 years old.

    Gordon Adams pushes nation-wrecking mass immigration and endless overseas war on behalf of Israel.

    Lawrence Wilkerson appears to be a treasonous rat bay boomer who advised a famous race quota military mulatto on this or that.

    Lawrence Wilkerson pushes nation-wrecking mass immigration and endless overseas war on behalf of Israel in the Middle East and West Asia.

    Isaiah Wilson #3 appears to be a mulatto token Generation X bonehead who is the grinning face of late stage imperial mulatto decline.

    Isaiah Wilson #3 pushes nation-wrecking mass immigration and endless overseas war on behalf of Israel in the Middle East and West Asia.

  71. @eah
    Submission at home

    Perpetual atonement.

    https://twitter.com/jdforward/status/1064632002710814720

    Thanks for the link; that article was disgusting. The special pleading is getting even more naked. This whole moral paragon act on the part of a lot of members of this group is wearing really thin. Don’t lecture me about universal principals when you have your own separate word for “racism” that applies only to your own group.

  72. • Replies: @Anon87
    I bet Ann wishes she wrote that one. It is her type of punchline.
  73. @Toño Bungay
    Did you read McMasters' book on decision-making on Vietnam? A "slug brain"? If so, not obvious to me.

    most high ranking military people grew up in all-white environments before the education system was fully pozzed followed by living in secluded military colonies being drip-fed fluoridated news from the corrupt media – they have no clue what is happening.

    if they had any sense they’d realize military power is built on a strong domestic economy, that the last 40 years of full on banking mafia economic policy has been wrecking that and they need to reverse it by halting immigration and on-shoring.

    if they had any sense.

  74. anonymous[739] • Disclaimer says:

    Yep.

    I saw this all so clearly in ~ 1991 when I led a one man “America First” anti war campaign in Nashville TN against the first of so many of these Neo Conservative wars/interventions/police actions in Iraq.

    I was treated fair by the Tennessee media including some Jewish media. The problem was that regular Red State Tennesseans just couldn’t seem to rap their minds around the idea that an American could be anti War if they weren’t a Jane Fonda type 1960s Leftist.

    And when the Powers that Be paid Country & Western singer Hank Williams Jr to crank out some God awful pro war propaganda song “Don’t Give Us A Reason” well, something like 80% plus of Tennessee went gung ho for this first of many Neo Con wars.

    There isn’t the same enthusiasm for these endless Neo Conservative wars in Red State/Southern States but you also can’t get elected to any office just making this your issue.

    Opposing the worst forms of mass illegal immigration (the 2nd key plank of the Neo Conservative nation wreckers) is more popular.

    • Replies: @Anon87
    I imagine this will be a contuined problem for at least another generation. The stink of smelly hippies and Hanoi Jane still permeate and the knee jerk reaction is to support the military no matter what. Boomers still keep the 60s culture held high, which keeps traditional rightist uneasy with anti-war positions.

    I'm thinking of the recruitment tables that were set up in the high school cafeteria. I'd roll my eyes at the bleeding heart faculty and students that made a big stink mannnnnn, but today I would be there telling kids I understand the impulse to serve but don't get bait and switched. There is no way to do that without coming off as some pansy liberal who would get Archie Bunker's blood pressure up. When the US gets its eventual ass kicked really bad (let's face it, it's coming) I'd rather it be the useless diversicorps getting blown apart and not God and family patriots.
  75. @eah
    Submission at home

    Perpetual atonement.

    https://twitter.com/jdforward/status/1064632002710814720

    Re: “Americans need a dose of German guilt”…

    Five years ago my comment to this would be “The mask slips.” The idea being that it expresses openly a sentiment that is almost always studiously buried from public view.

    Today, though, it seems that writers feel so invulnerable, speak for a side that has such an unbeatable upper hand, that they toss any consideration of discretion to the wind.

    Either that, or they are so clueless and arrogant that they actually believe they have invented these thoughts that their forbears were at least wise enough to stifle in public.

  76. @TTSSYF
    But to whom do you think he will lose? To a Dem who believes in open borders, or to a Rep who will make good on building the wall? If so, who is that Rep?

    Great questions – there is no Republican who will run to the right of Trump or challenge him on the lack of a border wall. The wall is dead and if there is any progress it will only be sabotaged by Dems, RINO’s and The Deep State. As for the Dems, I believe that they will nominate a POC woman like Kamala Harris and keep relentlessly pushing for open borders. There won’t be a white man or woman on the Democratic presidential ticket for a long time.

    • Replies: @SporadicMyrmidon
    Kamala Harris will likely be brutalized by Trump, and many who don't like it will perceive it and hesitate to vote for her. Not so long ago I thought there would be no white man heading the Democratic ticket for a long time, but now I'm thinking they've reconciled themselves to the fact that this is absolutely necessary and are going to push Beto O'Rourke or some alternative, who can be distinctively "white" in an acceptable and inoffensive way. Beto plays the "cool, chill" white boy. It is a type, and he has no problems with "diversity". He is a tool and he knows it, and can be the white male candidate that will do the bidding of his masters, more so than any of the actual white globalist billionaires sometimes touted. Beto is the white Obama.
  77. @Flip
    The elites really do hate the American people.

    “The elites really do hate the American people”.
    Wrong……hate implies a certain fear and even respect. The country’s owners have only contempt for the American population and it’s easy to understand why. They look down from atop their privileged perches and see a multi-culti stew of obese morons worshipping negroids (sports) and homos (culture), while being ruled over by a vile Cock Cutting Cult (finance and politics).

    • Agree: BB753, Corn
    • Replies: @South Texas Guy
    Disagree that the elites don't fear or respect average joes. Contempt for us, yes, but we are still far too numerous and can give them too much trouble to make any overt action worth their while.
    For example, they can't talk about banning guns anymore, just little virtue signaling measures like magazine limits and such. If they tried to talk about limiting white employment or enrollment at colleges to, say, 50 percent, they'd be screwed.
    So there's still quite a bit of fear there. Also, if it came down to street-level type stuff, we're better fighters than they are, as shown by the proud boys vs. antifa clashes.
  78. A. Find on a map
    B. Spell
    C. Ideally, don’t dare try to pronounce

    I like trying to pronounce “Niger.”

  79. @Flip

    4) Nationalism. China’s elites think of themselves as unambiguously Chinese. Mexico’s elites have at best a distant connection with other Mexicans, often stressing ties to the United States or Europe rather than Mexico. If you don’t think this has policy and culture consequences, I’ve got a nice bridge in Brooklyn to sell to you.
     
    The American elites seem more and more disconnected from the American people over time.

    They’re not disconnected from the Real Americans.

    — Kruggles

  80. @Bubba
    ‘Build the wall!” was a great campaign slogan, but it will go down in history like “No new taxes!” Trump is a one-termer like Bush the 1st if he doesn’t get a wall built soon and keeps showing ineptitude and weakness on the southern border illegal alien invasion.

    Trump is a one-termer like Bush the 1st…..

    i hope the Liar in Chief goes to jail, his rotten son too

    all the people he let down

    he’s still going around with his “Lock her up” bs as though anyone believes him any more

    • Replies: @Precious
    i hope the Liar in Chief goes to jail, his rotten son too

    Obama doesn't have a son, and while I don't know if he will go to jail, he sure looked scared at his rallies before the midterms. Watching him cower during his speech and his voice break brought a smile to my face.

    he’s still going around with his “Lock her up” bs as though anyone believes him any more

    It may just all be talk but it sure is fun to talk about.
    , @TheBoom

    i hope the Liar in Chief goes to jail
     
    Trump deserves it for letting the Proud Boys be persecuted while warning antifa not to make his voters angry
  81. @Anon
    Notable pushback against "labor shortage" claims


    The National Association of Manufacturers is warning that 2.4 million manufacturing jobs could go unfilled between now and 2028, according to a study from the association and the consultancy firm Deloitte.
    But there’s debate about that number and what it means for our economy.
     

    But some economists don’t agree that it’s a major problem.
    Andrew Weaver, an assistant professor of labor and employment relations at the University of Illinois, conducted his own study on the skills gap in 2016 and found only about a fourth of employers were having trouble hiring.
     
    https://www.pbs.org/newshour/economy/making-sense/manufacturers-say-their-job-shortage-is-getting-worse-heres-why

    A fairly balanced article unlike the usual tripe from the business press that has been dropped into this comment section.

    If there really is a shortage, you'd think you would see manufacturers that "can't find workers" starting new locations in Latin America. We are used to outsourcing for lower wages, but rarely because workers themselves can't be found.

    Economists use “shortage,” “supply” and “demand” in very defined ways that make sense. By contrast, the MSM make a logical hash of everything by using these terms indiscriminately.

    To an economist a “shortage” is a market failure (almost always caused by government interference) in which prices aren’t able to adjust to the correct level that balances the available supply with the current demand. Bu to journalists a “shortage” occurs anytime the price of a commodity is higher than the buyer wishes it cost.

    This sloppy language and thinking leads to no end of confusion — witness, for example, all the nonsense being written about the “housing crisis” in California. Which is no “crisis” at all, but just the market pricing a valuable commodity at its correct price based on the available supply.

    • Agree: Autochthon
    • Replies: @flyover hick

    Economists use “shortage,” “supply” and “demand” in very defined ways that make sense. By contrast, the MSM make a logical hash of everything by using these terms indiscriminately.
     
    One of the journalistic constants in the US: journalists covering economic subjects are obviously illiterate in said subject. Economist Dean Baker makes that point.

    Do you think a media outlet would hire someone as a sportswriter to cover baseball, yet he didn’t know the rules of baseball, and had no inclination to learn the rules?
    Of course not.

    As Greg Cochran would say, “sports are important.”

    We require sportswriters to have a much higher degree of knowledge of the subjects they cover than the journalists who report on economic issues.

  82. @anon
    "I enrolled to fight in the Middle East."

    Uh, is that real? What dolts. Virtually no one I have ever known has signed up to fight in the Middle East (read: Israel). The mask slips.

    Yes, it’s real. They actually ran that.

    When Trump runs for reelection his campaign staff needs to buy ad space in all the papers and run that cartoon, with ‘New York Times’ printed below it.

  83. Me thinks that number is low. We had SpecOps soldiers butchered in Mali (and also killing each other there) last year. We aid nearly every tinpot dictator in the Sub-Saharan to some extent – and they all have rebel issues.

  84. Wow! There’s a lot of utter nonsense here.

    The US military is tasked with defending the US regardless of where the threat is considered to be.

    Placing them on the border is is not only appropriate — it is the most appropriate use of the military.

    • Replies: @Anon87
    I'm curious, is some of the pushback really from anyone in the current military or just the media?

    If we continued with cushy promotions, fat bidgets and pensions, and promised consulting gigs, would generals treat securing the border like a real objective? Or do they just like blowing shit up and throwing some weak enemies around? To be fair, blowing shit up IS enjoyable. But at least securing the border could be a battle they actually win for once.
  85. @TelfoedJohn
    The NYT view:
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DrAeJ-gXcAEpLaN.jpg

    It still boggles my mind that someone could actually publish this without satirical intent .

    • Agree: ben tillman
    • Replies: @notanon
    i think they were conned by the cartoonist.
  86. @Jenner Ickham Errican
    There are whole bunches of ‘em:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EEE

    • Replies: @Jenner Ickham Errican
    Please, no self doxxing. Someone’s bound to recognize you.
  87. @prime noticer
    it's one thing when NYT runs article number 10,000 like this. another when somebody like admiral mcraven says something profoundly idiotic like, attacks on the media are the greatest threat to democracy in his lifetime, or some such rank nonsense. what a babbling moron. almost, almost as stupid as the general who said the greatest casualty would be our diversity.

    in the last 15 years almost every military man with a profile high enough to appear in the media, has revealed himself to be a slug brain pawn, who can't see much beyond the sights on his weapon. they are genuinely, totally clueless about how the world is changing, and should only be consulted for their opinion when you want to blow things up or kill people

    mattis, kelly, mcmasters, pure garbage. most annoying is how tough they talk. especially that mattis twerp. talking about how he's gonna kill everybody who crosses him. they couldn't defend america from transexuals, let alone secure the southern border.

    trump thinks it's 1960 and military men are of the high caliber he observed when he was growing up. the truth is, schwarzkopf was the last real leader of US forces. the decline began in earnest with shinseki and the preposterous worship of colin powell.

    it's probably the case that all the officers coming out of the clinton era and later are suspect.

    extra lulz - vice president pence staring down putin like he was gonna do something. what total frauds these guys are.

    mattis, kelly, mcmasters, pure garbage. most annoying is how tough they talk. especially that mattis twerp.

    Yeah, he probably types in all lower-case, too.

  88. @Toño Bungay
    But you're a libertarian, right? Government is illegitimate, borders are zones of implicit violence. Let's leave the big ol' USA aside; how can little countries, Denmark or Hungary, say, maintain their language and culture if they observe libertarian ethics? Strict enforcement of property rights? Will that really do the trick? Must we all really consent to one homogenized world?

    I personally have become a Hoppean libertarian. Illegal immigrants are trespassers.

  89. @Toño Bungay
    But you're a libertarian, right? Government is illegitimate, borders are zones of implicit violence. Let's leave the big ol' USA aside; how can little countries, Denmark or Hungary, say, maintain their language and culture if they observe libertarian ethics? Strict enforcement of property rights? Will that really do the trick? Must we all really consent to one homogenized world?

    But you’re a libertarian, right? Government is illegitimate, borders are zones of implicit violence.

    So are anti-discrimination laws. Those are less defensible in a libertarian society than are the borders. (Except when applied to the state itself.)

    It was this argument that caused the whole kerfuffle when Ron Paul’s thirty-year-old newsletters were exhumed, wasn’t it?

    The unpleasant immigrant might get into the country, but he’ll be facing a whole lot more gates to crash. Unless his employer puts him up. Fat chance of that.

  90. @eah
    Submission at home

    Perpetual atonement.

    https://twitter.com/jdforward/status/1064632002710814720

    “Americans Need A Dose Of German Guilt”

    Americans already have this. Most younger American gentiles have been indoctrinated to believe the US was culpable in the Holocaust in some subtle way.

    Try suggesting the Holocaust memorials would be more appropriate in Berlin. They will give you the same looks that ABC News reporter game Milo, when he didn’t apologize for saying Leslie Jones looks like a man.

    • Replies: @anon

    “Americans Need A Dose Of German Guilt”

    Americans already have this. Most younger American gentiles have been indoctrinated to believe the US was culpable in the Holocaust in some subtle way.
     
    one would think the jews would be constructing memorials to thank the U.S. and Brits for their role in defeating Hitler. Instead the latest i hear is that we didn't invade the continent soon enough for the jews' liking.

    they seem to be proud of their shamelessness
    , @eah
    Try suggesting the Holocaust memorials would be more appropriate in Berlin.

    They have one there of course -- it's right in the backyard (so to speak) of the US embassy.

    A German concept is 'Erbschuld' -- inherited guilt -- although you will not find that word in a typical dictionary, it is used and everyone knows what it means -- the German establishment makes the most of it -- they wallow in it and make the German people wallow in it -- Alice Weidel of the AfD had the perfect expression for it: inszenierte moralische Überlegenheit -- artificial moral superiority -- migrants are used for that purpose too -- it is a way for elites to constantly prove their moral fitness to lead.

    Obviously that's Merkel left-center -- in the wheelchair is Wolfgang Schäuble, (in)famous for saying that without migrants Germans were in danger of becoming inbred --on the far right is Frank Walter Steinmeier, current Bundespräsident -- he is wearing a yarmulke but is not Jewish.
  91. @Mr. Anon

    Always wanted to ask. Why does it take three people to write one article?
     
    In this case, because two of them are colonels.

    Retired colonels should be neither seen nor heard from. Holds true for active/retired generals and admirals.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Retired colonels should be neither seen nor heard from.
     
    Let alone voted for.


    Charlotte Rampling explained her early success as all the soldiers want to see the colonel's daughter with her knickers off.
  92. Editorial cartoonist is apparently another job Americans won’t do so they need to get a French guy to draw their cartoons in broken English. “Enrolled” instead of enlisted (they fixed it in a later version), “Border Mexico”, etc.

    And as someone pointed out, isn’t Wilfred Brimley a little old to be an enlisted man?

  93. The left abandoning their anti-war stance may be the biggest tragedy of our times.

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
    Nonsense : The left never held an anti-war stance pertaining to leftist "wars-of-liberation". In fact they supported said conflicts and solicited funds for the support thereof.

    Get your facts straight.

    AJM
    , @notanon
    the corrupt establishment Left and their NPC army has but the thinking Left hasn't - they're only a small minority but they have most of the agency - should be interesting.
  94. Hey, here’s a real-live deportation!

    But don’t get your hopes up. He’s an exchange high-school student, so he’d have been going home anyway. It’s just a little earlier now.

    Taiwanese student accused of school threat to be deported

  95. @anon
    "I enrolled to fight in the Middle East."

    Uh, is that real? What dolts. Virtually no one I have ever known has signed up to fight in the Middle East (read: Israel). The mask slips.

    Note the “enrolled.” Like it’s cosmetology school or something.

  96. @Anonymous
    Embraer are an aircraft company, not a car company. I wouldn't mind having a Tucano to play with myself. They are completely dependent on US (or Canadian in the case of the ubiquitous PT-6 turboprop) engines, avionics, and most rotables-hydraulic parts, hoses, fittings, brakes, et al. But unlike the auto business they are allowed to import these.

    When Wichita was divesting itself of the recip market because pwoduct wiability, I figured Brazil, Argentina, et al would be perfect places to set up a vertically integrated light aircraft plant and actually did some research on it. I found out from people who'd gone their for other manufacturing businesses that they'd lost their ass because of the stifling bureaucracy, petty corruption, serious supply chain issues, and difficulty in finding skilled manufacturing workers that would show up and do good work consistently.

    Not being able to import anything even when it's going right back out the door and out of the country is a serious problem. Brazil has huge gaps in what they make and its consistency and suitability for purpose and vendors there-I found out with the musical instrument business, we worked on a deal to import some resonator guitars-can be incredibly truculent. They are worse than the goddamned French in fact. It fell apart because they would not make any changes and the product as built was unplayable as a normal guitar.

    Most of Brazil’s (considerable – 3 million units/yr) auto production is for domestic use and exports go mainly to the Latin American market (mainly Argentina and Mexico) but about 20% of exports go to the US and Europe. For example, the engines in Mini Coopers were until recently made in Brazil.

    A protected domestic market and corrupt leftist governments in bed with the unions have not been good for their auto industry (pretty much a sure recipe for inferior quality) but hopefully things will change under their new leadership.

  97. @Simply Simon
    Retired colonels should be neither seen nor heard from. Holds true for active/retired generals and admirals.

    Retired colonels should be neither seen nor heard from.

    Let alone voted for.

    Charlotte Rampling explained her early success as all the soldiers want to see the colonel’s daughter with her knickers off.

  98. @nebulafox
    Mexico actually did try its best to pull the same kind of free-market oriented trading zones that worked so well in China back in the 1980s, back when Mexico was much richer than China was. Hence, the maquiladoras. There's quite a bit of manufacturing in Mexico.

    There's some reasons why it didn't succeed like in China, though:

    1) Mexico, and Latin America in general, has serious "law and order" issues that China and East/Southeast Asia in general doesn't. Doesn't help that the best areas in the north have been hit hardest by the drug war.

    2) The Mexican government didn't focus on the basic mass infrastructure, literacy, and scientific research projects that China did. Mao did a great number of bad things, but one thing he got right in spades was all of this. The Cultural Revolution honked things up pretty major, but it couldn't erase this all completely, so when Deng decided it was time to introduce capitalism in the 80s and 90s, he had plenty of bright young people to send abroad to study in the US, Japan, or Singapore. Mexico has improved a lot-especially on the literacy and birth rate fronts-in the last several decades, but the same kind of focus on the basics just wasn't there.

    3) Educational system-and educational culture-is hands-down superior in China.

    4) Nationalism. China's elites think of themselves as unambiguously Chinese. Mexico's elites have at best a distant connection with other Mexicans, often stressing ties to the United States or Europe rather than Mexico. If you don't think this has policy and culture consequences, I've got a nice bridge in Brooklyn to sell to you.

    5) Finally, ironically enough, because China was so messed up by the 1970s. It was a more of a blank slate to work on than Mexico was: people were so alienated from Maoism by the late 70s that Deng had carte blanche to do what he wanted. And because of these humble origins, they've kept the low-level stuff sustainable until recently. And by this point, the Chinese populace is well-developed enough that they can replace manufacturing plants with building nuclear plants when things outsource to the Vietnamese border or some Jakarta suburb.

    You keep glancing at it but never hit the nail on the head – China has better human capital than Mexico. It’s all racial/genetic. Everything else you mention is just a side effect.

    Mao led China into an abyss – if Mexico had done the same it would have taken centuries for them to recover. At the end of the Cultural Revolution they were basically starting from zero – the universities had been closed, the professors and students sent to the countryside and some killed or their health broken. But because of China’s high quality human capital they were able to catch up relatively quickly. We saw the same thing in Japan – we literally nuked them and yet because of their high quality human capital they were able to recover quickly. Mexico in some ways is still recovering from the Conquistadors. As you say, to the extent that Mexico has an entrepreneurial class, it is usually foreign – Mestizo geniuses of any kind are rare.

    (Having a high IQ population does not immunize you against mad dictators – see Germany).

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
    Germans, the most profound BC/HC/BO worshipers on planet mirth, who are now suffering under DTS more severely that any other peoples on this insane planet, most certainly cannot be classified as a "High IQ population" otherwise they would have long ago abolished their hideous big brother "Meldepflicht", the code requiring every citizen or resident to report, under penalty of law, their address to the local police registry office : Polizeiliches Meldeamt.

    I have only encountered one German citizen who understood and hated the philosophical implications of this grotesque law, and he moved to the US decades ago.

    Germans basically are authority-worshiping "subjects", and this sick mindset permeates all of US society,
    displayed through the verneration of all of the BSers of society : Judges, journalists, states-attorneys,medicos,attorneys, politicians, etc.

    AJM
    , @jim jones
    China's Golden Age is OVER!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9J35AxY1pLE
    , @anon

    You keep glancing at it but never hit the nail on the head – China has better human capital than Mexico. It’s all racial/genetic. Everything else you mention is just a side effect.
     
    yes, 107 vs 85
    , @Johann Ricke

    As you say, to the extent that Mexico has an entrepreneurial class, it is usually foreign – Mestizo geniuses of any kind are rare.
     
    AMD is kind of a case in point. The previous CEO, is a mestizo from Mexico. He brought the company to its knees. The new chief is a lady from Taiwan. AMD is doing a Lazarus - that which was practically dead is now giving Intel a run for its money. As with other turnarounds, there is a great deal of serendipity involved. But the contrast is pretty striking.
  99. Given the unrest now occurring in Tijuana [BTW, if that city had been named in America, it would be called "Auntie Jane!"] if the US Army entered Mexico and assisted with the repatriation [aka DEPORTATION] of the Hondurans, for once our soldiers just MIGHT be “hailed as liberators!”

  100. Anonymous[276] • Disclaimer says:
    @Autochthon
    It must be said again and again: there is no such thing as a "shortage of workers" – there are only wages set too low. This stuff is middle-school economics, for crying out loud.

    A "shortage of workers" indeed – one had may as we babble about the "excess of employers."

    Actually, there is an “excess of employers” if there is a “shortage of workers” and wages are too low. When there is a “shortage of workers” i.e. wages are too low, that means there are employers who cannot afford to pay higher wages and maintain viable businesses. If those employers can’t hack it with the higher wages, then they need to shut down their businesses and become employees themselves.

    • Agree: Autochthon
  101. @International Jew
    Defending just our borders wouldn't begin to justify the military's $500 billion/year budget.

    If it were only $500 billion/year…

  102. The special operations community was something of a last bastion, but The Crackdown is coming down on them now what with all the recent negative media attention. “Our” “elites” must really be confident they can win all possible wars with technology alone.

  103. From my blog:

    Nov 18, 2018 – Real National Defense

    President Trump is mostly talk and no action. Despite promises to seal the border, the Border Patrol arrested 51,000 people crossing illegally during the month of October, double the number from October 2017, and higher than when Obama left office. Half were children, who are not crossing to work. Nobody knows how many slipped past, but probably more than were arrested, which is why they keep coming.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/latest-trump-signs-proclamation-denying-migrant-asylum-142601786–politics.html

    Trump recently overrode bad advice from his imperial minded Generals and ordered some 5800 active duty troops to the border. The Department of Defense employs over 2,000,000 full-time uniformed and civilian personnel, yet our corporate media complained this would strain the force and costs lots of money. Trump marginalized the effort by limiting their role to simple engineer tasks, then the Pentagon announce that most will be sent back home by December 15th. It is all a ruse!

    https://www.stripes.com/news/border-troops-in-texas-finish-laying-razor-wire-pentagon-expects-to-send-most-home-by-dec-15-1.557257

    If Trump were serious, he would order at least 10,000 troops permanently moved back to the border to help defend the USA from invasion. This is not illegal like our corporate media implies, and does not mean US troops will confront US citizens, as this article explains. Guarding the Mexican border was the US Army’s primary peacetime mission until 1940, which is why we still have several military bases along the Mexican border!

    http://www.g2mil.com/border.htm

    If President Trump is worried about weak legal challenges, he can limit troop operations to federal lands. Most of the land along Arizona’s border with Mexico belongs to the federal government! Who could object to federal troops protecting federal land from intruders? If you cut through the fence of an American military base you face arrest by American soldiers. That is not considered illegal, so how can anyone object to federal troops detaining trespassers who invade federal property? This would free a thousand Border Patrol agents for duty elsewhere.

  104. @dvorak
    It's amazing what these military-think-tank creeps think of as normal and just. I can understand the post-war-status-quo worship, you can make yourself believe that international institutions or Pax Americana has led to world peace (rather than the real cause of world peace, Mutual Assured Destruction).

    But imagine justifying our obvious wars for Israel as a card-carrying neolib. I mean what can you even say at this point to defend these plainfaced wars for Israel? Ask Sam Power I guess, and her boyfriend.

    … you can make yourself believe that international institutions or Pax Americana has led to world peace (rather than the real cause of world peace, Mutual Assured Destruction).

    Ah, but the idea that it was MAD rather than the UN which has prevented WW3 all these years is so very … NRA. Of course liberals don’t like it. Oh–and it also prevents them from ‘bringing democracy’ to N. Korea, China, Pakistan, etc.

    An armed world is a polite world!

  105. @Reg Cæsar
    https://images.mentalfloss.com/sites/default/files/styles/mf_image_16x9/public/istock_000040869644_small.jpg?itok=z7huIAEn&resize=1100x1100

    Please, no self doxxing. Someone’s bound to recognize you.

  106. @Hypnotoad666
    Economists use "shortage," "supply" and "demand" in very defined ways that make sense. By contrast, the MSM make a logical hash of everything by using these terms indiscriminately.

    To an economist a "shortage" is a market failure (almost always caused by government interference) in which prices aren't able to adjust to the correct level that balances the available supply with the current demand. Bu to journalists a "shortage" occurs anytime the price of a commodity is higher than the buyer wishes it cost.

    This sloppy language and thinking leads to no end of confusion -- witness, for example, all the nonsense being written about the "housing crisis" in California. Which is no "crisis" at all, but just the market pricing a valuable commodity at its correct price based on the available supply.

    Economists use “shortage,” “supply” and “demand” in very defined ways that make sense. By contrast, the MSM make a logical hash of everything by using these terms indiscriminately.

    One of the journalistic constants in the US: journalists covering economic subjects are obviously illiterate in said subject. Economist Dean Baker makes that point.

    Do you think a media outlet would hire someone as a sportswriter to cover baseball, yet he didn’t know the rules of baseball, and had no inclination to learn the rules?
    Of course not.

    As Greg Cochran would say, “sports are important.”

    We require sportswriters to have a much higher degree of knowledge of the subjects they cover than the journalists who report on economic issues.

    • Replies: @ben tillman

    We require sportswriters to have a much higher degree of knowledge of the subjects they cover than the journalists who report on economic issues.
     
    That's because there's no angle in keeping the public ignorant or deliberately misinformed about sports.
  107. @prime noticer
    it's one thing when NYT runs article number 10,000 like this. another when somebody like admiral mcraven says something profoundly idiotic like, attacks on the media are the greatest threat to democracy in his lifetime, or some such rank nonsense. what a babbling moron. almost, almost as stupid as the general who said the greatest casualty would be our diversity.

    in the last 15 years almost every military man with a profile high enough to appear in the media, has revealed himself to be a slug brain pawn, who can't see much beyond the sights on his weapon. they are genuinely, totally clueless about how the world is changing, and should only be consulted for their opinion when you want to blow things up or kill people

    mattis, kelly, mcmasters, pure garbage. most annoying is how tough they talk. especially that mattis twerp. talking about how he's gonna kill everybody who crosses him. they couldn't defend america from transexuals, let alone secure the southern border.

    trump thinks it's 1960 and military men are of the high caliber he observed when he was growing up. the truth is, schwarzkopf was the last real leader of US forces. the decline began in earnest with shinseki and the preposterous worship of colin powell.

    it's probably the case that all the officers coming out of the clinton era and later are suspect.

    extra lulz - vice president pence staring down putin like he was gonna do something. what total frauds these guys are.

    Well seeing as they all went through the US marxist edumacation system what can be expected,

    Deep down inside the majority of the last two generations of high ranking ossifers probably consider the US to be the root of all evil as they were brainwashed into believing by their leftist perfessers, and you can bet that they are all BC/HC/BO worshipers.

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

  108. @Jack D
    You keep glancing at it but never hit the nail on the head - China has better human capital than Mexico. It's all racial/genetic. Everything else you mention is just a side effect.

    Mao led China into an abyss - if Mexico had done the same it would have taken centuries for them to recover. At the end of the Cultural Revolution they were basically starting from zero - the universities had been closed, the professors and students sent to the countryside and some killed or their health broken. But because of China's high quality human capital they were able to catch up relatively quickly. We saw the same thing in Japan - we literally nuked them and yet because of their high quality human capital they were able to recover quickly. Mexico in some ways is still recovering from the Conquistadors. As you say, to the extent that Mexico has an entrepreneurial class, it is usually foreign - Mestizo geniuses of any kind are rare.

    (Having a high IQ population does not immunize you against mad dictators - see Germany).

    Germans, the most profound BC/HC/BO worshipers on planet mirth, who are now suffering under DTS more severely that any other peoples on this insane planet, most certainly cannot be classified as a “High IQ population” otherwise they would have long ago abolished their hideous big brother “Meldepflicht”, the code requiring every citizen or resident to report, under penalty of law, their address to the local police registry office : Polizeiliches Meldeamt.

    I have only encountered one German citizen who understood and hated the philosophical implications of this grotesque law, and he moved to the US decades ago.

    Germans basically are authority-worshiping “subjects”, and this sick mindset permeates all of US society,
    displayed through the verneration of all of the BSers of society : Judges, journalists, states-attorneys,medicos,attorneys, politicians, etc.

    AJM

    • Replies: @Jack D
    I completely lost you on the acronyms. JD.
  109. Protecting our border is a better use of our military than hiking around in Africa or Yemen. Next best use would be to post a few hundredc on the streets of Portland.

  110. @Thea
    The left abandoning their anti-war stance may be the biggest tragedy of our times.

    Nonsense : The left never held an anti-war stance pertaining to leftist “wars-of-liberation”. In fact they supported said conflicts and solicited funds for the support thereof.

    Get your facts straight.

    AJM

  111. @Jack D
    You keep glancing at it but never hit the nail on the head - China has better human capital than Mexico. It's all racial/genetic. Everything else you mention is just a side effect.

    Mao led China into an abyss - if Mexico had done the same it would have taken centuries for them to recover. At the end of the Cultural Revolution they were basically starting from zero - the universities had been closed, the professors and students sent to the countryside and some killed or their health broken. But because of China's high quality human capital they were able to catch up relatively quickly. We saw the same thing in Japan - we literally nuked them and yet because of their high quality human capital they were able to recover quickly. Mexico in some ways is still recovering from the Conquistadors. As you say, to the extent that Mexico has an entrepreneurial class, it is usually foreign - Mestizo geniuses of any kind are rare.

    (Having a high IQ population does not immunize you against mad dictators - see Germany).

    China’s Golden Age is OVER!

    • Replies: @Jack D
    China (not unlike the US) goes thru waves of being more open to outside influences/more xenophobic and right now the pendulum is over on the xenophobic side. But a lot of it is just LARPing. The NY Times has a series now on China and they have a photo of a bunch of guys (a work group?) wearing old fashioned cotton peasant soldier uniforms and singing nostalgic songs praising Mao. But one of the guys has his shirt unbuttoned and underneath he is wearing a Nike T-shirt and they really don't want to go back to the time when they had literally nothing.

    Now Xi has an authoritarian streak but he knows that there's no way that he can turn China into N. Korea. The government can tinker at the edges and try to censor the internet and repress dissent but they can't do anything that will fundamentally damage the economic juggernaut or they will lose the mandate of heaven.
  112. @anon
    "I enrolled to fight in the Middle East."

    Uh, is that real? What dolts. Virtually no one I have ever known has signed up to fight in the Middle East (read: Israel). The mask slips.

    Israel conducts its own defense using its own precious flesh and blood. No US soldier has ever died defending Israel. You must be mixing up Israel with the Saudis or Kuwaitis or someone.

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @ATBOTL
    Every single American soldier who died in Iraq died for Israel.
  113. @South Texas Guy
    Agree on your "no such thing as a shortage of workers." I was in two such industries that constantly whine to journalists about "shortages." I left school for a year to be an OTR driver (the job just straight up sucks, and doesn't pay enough), and once I got my degree, I was a teacher for a couple of years. Most of the jobs available are teaching 12-15 year olds (who are by nature assholes), or in specialty disciplines like special ed. If you want to sit in front of a classroom of 17 year olds and talk about Conrad, Orwell, Hemingway, etc. you're probably SOL.

    Stop using so many obscure acronyms.

  114. @Jack D
    Israel conducts its own defense using its own precious flesh and blood. No US soldier has ever died defending Israel. You must be mixing up Israel with the Saudis or Kuwaitis or someone.

    Every single American soldier who died in Iraq died for Israel.

  115. To the admin : Just why the fuck are my harmless and factual postings required to be consistantly held up for “moderation”, and all other posting are published without delay?

    AJM

  116. If we don’t stop the invaders at our borders we will become another Somalia or Libya. We cannot let these people storm our borders and then look for us to support them

  117. I find it quite amusing that residents of Tijuana are protesting the migrants shouting “Tijuana First” and “Mexico First” and the mayor has a red ball cap saying “Make Tijuana Great Again” and other Mexican protesters are shouting “Trump was right. This is an invasion”. Wow, Trump nailed it.

  118. “our military” had profound betrayal coming.

    thank God trump betrayal-ed them.

  119. @Bubba
    ‘Build the wall!” was a great campaign slogan, but it will go down in history like “No new taxes!” Trump is a one-termer like Bush the 1st if he doesn’t get a wall built soon and keeps showing ineptitude and weakness on the southern border illegal alien invasion.

    ‘Build the wall!” was a great campaign slogan, but it will go down in history like “No new taxes!”

    This is incorrect for two reasons…

    1) Bush reneged on his promise by actually approving new taxes. If he had vetoed the tax hike and Congress then overrode him no one would have blamed him. For Trump to do the equivalent, he would need to tear down the fences already in place and invite invaders to come in.

    2) Trump’s supporters see him trying to build the wall, with Congress fighting him. They see him doing what he can, like sending troops to the border and putting up barbed wire.

    • Replies: @Sarah Toga
    Your argument makes sense. However, remember legal immigration is turning strategic electoral states blue.
    Over 1,000,000 anti-GOP imports annually is nothing but trouble.
    Look at the slim margins of popular GOP politicians - Gov. Abbott in Texas, former Gov. Scott in Florida.

    If either FL or TX is swamped by the "blue wave of immigration" - it's over. Trump voters forgiving him for congress-stupidity will be moot.

    Legal immigration has increased since 2015. Americans are being out-numbered by foreigners.
    Trump won by tiny margins across the Great Lakes electoral states - maybe 80,000 total?
    It is very easy for discouraged Trumpists from 2016 to stay home in 2020, unless Trump gets bold in cutting immigration.
    , @TheBoom


    Trump’s supporters see him trying to build the wall
     
    Actually, Trump's supporters increasingly see Trump as not being serious about building the wall. If he was serious, he would have vetoed spending bills that did not include funding for the wall and, failing the first, he would have followed Ann Coulter 's suggestion to order the army to build it.

    Even if he lost those fights, he would be viewed as being serious about the wall.
    , @Bubba
    Nope. You are wrong, but I'll give you credit for being pedantic.

    Both slogans were gigantic empty promises.

    Bush the 1st in '92 was humiliated & his campaign eviscerated with non-stop DNC ads of G.H.W.B. leading his GOP supporters from '88 with the chant "No new taxes!" It was the reason he was elected and was soundly rewarded when he reneged on his promise.

    Wash, rinse, repeat in 2020.

    I hope it doesn't happen, but it looks like Trump will be humiliated & his campaign eviscerated in '20 with non-stop DNC ads of DJT leading his GOP supporters from '16 with the chant "Build the wall!" It was the reason he was elected and he will be soundly rewarded if he reneges on this promise.

    Regardless of the lack of Congressional support and refusal to build the wall, President Trump will be blamed and held in contempt by his supporters if he fails. The illegal alien hordes have not been deterred one iota and the onslaught against American sovereignty continues unabated.
  120. @lavoisier
    Good point.

    It does sometimes feel like an alternate zombified universe when everyone, from every major cultural institution in our nation, all seem to be reading from the same vacuous script.

    Is there any limit to the number of whores populating the high ranks in our society?

    It’s the boomers. Once you see the connection between all of the dumb policies, dumb spending, dumb wars, and maudlin rhetoric, it’s hard to unsee it. Many of them are nice. But 60-70% of that generation is pretty worthless. Obviously made worse by their sheer numbers.

    • Replies: @William Badwhite

    But 60-70% of that generation is pretty worthless.
     
    Give it another 10 years or so and they'll all be collecting social security thus driving us further into bankrupty. Also expect them to fight tooth-and-nail any restrictions on their driving as they age. 80+ year old boomers killing people in traffic accidents is going to be a "thing".

    I find it pretty hard to call their parents "The Greatest Generation" when they raised these people. "We fought and won a world war, then came home and birthed then raised a bunch of selfish assholes".
    , @anon

    dumb wars
     
    Vietnam was the product of the so-called "greatest generation" as well as other follies throughout US history being done in various periods, none attributable to the boomers. Simple minded explanations appeal to simple people.
  121. “Did you read McMasters’ book on decision-making on Vietnam?”

    why would i read anything that somebody who is plainly a moron wrote? how could anybody have heard this guy talk for the whopping one year that trump could stand him before he got canned, and not come away with the impression he was an idiot? his decision making on current military matters amounted to: I’m incredibly stupid, and I don’t understand what’s about to happen to the united states in less than 10 years time on the present pointless course. So moar wars, more defense bujjet, hoorah!. Murca, F yeah.

    mcmasters was 14 in 1976. he did not serve in vietnam and knows nothing about it. just like he knows NOTHING about defending the united states from actual enemies.

    i’ll repeat, this guy’s natural role is to be the equipment manager for a minor league baseball team, then on his days off to stand in the back row of motley crue concerts and cheer wildly for some band that ceased to matter 25 years ago. he’s completely, totally detached from what’s actually happening on the ground and guys like this are best left back in 1991.

    he is a general BECAUSE he knows nothing about actually defending america. don’t people get that? these guys can’t be promoted to their positions if they object to the present course the nation is on. they have to be in favor of sandbox wars or they don’t get the job. christ.

  122. another slug brain heard from. general mccaffrey. and no surprise, a clinton advisor.

    almost every american general and admiral has been dead wrong about even military matters, their core competency, for over 20 years now. WHY ARE WE LISTENING TO THEM?

    “Yeah, he probably types in all lower-case, too.”

    he sure doesn’t do his job, so who cares what else short, weak, skinny, all talk no action james mattis does or does not do. maybe his memo contradicting his commander in chief that transexuals are awesome soldiers and absolutely, positively must stay in the military, and become a growing presence that weakens and undermines things, was written in all lower case email. HOW WOULD YOU KNOW?

    i bet contradicting his boss about getting out of afghanistan, and making sure american soldiers keep getting killed for no reason whatseover, wasn’t written in an email though. it’s totally believable that these guys get into shouting matches, kelly, bolton, mattis, mcmasters. that’s the one fake news report that might be true. because they’re all so retarded.

    even here, there is a mattis defender. we’re really doomed. what next? the conservative case for defending robert gates, the coward.

    people who deliberately attack their own military and weaken it as much as they can are people to be defended, i guess.

  123. @Authenticjazzman
    Germans, the most profound BC/HC/BO worshipers on planet mirth, who are now suffering under DTS more severely that any other peoples on this insane planet, most certainly cannot be classified as a "High IQ population" otherwise they would have long ago abolished their hideous big brother "Meldepflicht", the code requiring every citizen or resident to report, under penalty of law, their address to the local police registry office : Polizeiliches Meldeamt.

    I have only encountered one German citizen who understood and hated the philosophical implications of this grotesque law, and he moved to the US decades ago.

    Germans basically are authority-worshiping "subjects", and this sick mindset permeates all of US society,
    displayed through the verneration of all of the BSers of society : Judges, journalists, states-attorneys,medicos,attorneys, politicians, etc.

    AJM

    I completely lost you on the acronyms. JD.

    • Replies: @anon
    I come here for Steve's wry humor and stay for his smart and funny commenters. One can learn a lot by reading the comments and have a good laugh, too.
    But the wacko, autistic commenters can also be fun in a perverse way: the ranting ALL UPPER CASE types, the painful-personal-issue guys ("white women hate hate hate beta males", i.e., him), and the acronym soup shut-ins, whose autistic lack of theory of mind is almost endearing, the way a toddler's self-talk can be endearing to listen to. It's like a mental/emotional Special Olympics and you really want the "athletes" to overcome their particular handicaps.
    , @Authenticjazzman
    " I completely lost you on the acronyms"

    No big deal, with your intelligence you get my point anyway.

    AJM
  124. @jim jones
    China's Golden Age is OVER!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9J35AxY1pLE

    China (not unlike the US) goes thru waves of being more open to outside influences/more xenophobic and right now the pendulum is over on the xenophobic side. But a lot of it is just LARPing. The NY Times has a series now on China and they have a photo of a bunch of guys (a work group?) wearing old fashioned cotton peasant soldier uniforms and singing nostalgic songs praising Mao. But one of the guys has his shirt unbuttoned and underneath he is wearing a Nike T-shirt and they really don’t want to go back to the time when they had literally nothing.

    Now Xi has an authoritarian streak but he knows that there’s no way that he can turn China into N. Korea. The government can tinker at the edges and try to censor the internet and repress dissent but they can’t do anything that will fundamentally damage the economic juggernaut or they will lose the mandate of heaven.

  125. @L Woods
    It still boggles my mind that someone could actually publish this without satirical intent .

    i think they were conned by the cartoonist.

  126. @Thea
    The left abandoning their anti-war stance may be the biggest tragedy of our times.

    the corrupt establishment Left and their NPC army has but the thinking Left hasn’t – they’re only a small minority but they have most of the agency – should be interesting.

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
    " The thinking left"

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

    The "Thinking left". You win the grand prize for the joke of the century.

    There is no such animal as a "thinking" leftist, unless you want to consider the manifold storms of confusion, malice and dissolution running through their sick minds as : "thinking".

    Each and every single one of them are fucking insane beyond redemption, although there are, and have been cases of an occasional individual waking up to the reality of his/her lunacy.

    AJM
  127. i think attacking Trump personally for the lack of action on the wall etc is foolish – even if it’s justified.

    a lot of MAGA people will be loyal blue collar types who will react badly to that causing pointless conflict.

    the exact same points can be made without alienating MAGApeeps by attacking the people blocking him from doing what he was elected to do: GOPe, Dems, bolshevik judges, corrupt media and the eye of the pyramid the central banking mafia.

  128. @anon

    Trump is a one-termer like Bush the 1st.....
     
    i hope the Liar in Chief goes to jail, his rotten son too

    all the people he let down

    he's still going around with his "Lock her up" bs as though anyone believes him any more

    i hope the Liar in Chief goes to jail, his rotten son too

    Obama doesn’t have a son, and while I don’t know if he will go to jail, he sure looked scared at his rallies before the midterms. Watching him cower during his speech and his voice break brought a smile to my face.

    he’s still going around with his “Lock her up” bs as though anyone believes him any more

    It may just all be talk but it sure is fun to talk about.

  129. @Anon
    We demolish countries most people have never heard of, and the embittered survivors are admitted here as refugees.

    We need the opposite of a war, where refugees go back and rebuild their homelands.

    We need the opposite of a war, where refugees go back and rebuild their homelands.

    If they went home and rebuilt their own countries, they would be acting like Americans. They are not Americans, so they don’t go home and rebuild their own countries. Instead, we invite them to stay in our country as refugees … or something like that.

    So, now they are here rather than there … in growing numbers. Now, we act like them instead of them acting like us. Then, all of a sudden, it is not “American” to rebuild your own country anymore.

    I guess it follows that we don’t go to the moon or do anything like that ever again either.

  130. @TommyBahamaFannyPack
    It's the boomers. Once you see the connection between all of the dumb policies, dumb spending, dumb wars, and maudlin rhetoric, it's hard to unsee it. Many of them are nice. But 60-70% of that generation is pretty worthless. Obviously made worse by their sheer numbers.

    But 60-70% of that generation is pretty worthless.

    Give it another 10 years or so and they’ll all be collecting social security thus driving us further into bankrupty. Also expect them to fight tooth-and-nail any restrictions on their driving as they age. 80+ year old boomers killing people in traffic accidents is going to be a “thing”.

    I find it pretty hard to call their parents “The Greatest Generation” when they raised these people. “We fought and won a world war, then came home and birthed then raised a bunch of selfish assholes”.

    • Agree: Autochthon
    • LOL: BB753
    • Replies: @BB753
    According to genetics, parenting is overrated. Assholes are born that way and there's little to stop them from growing that way.
    , @Speaker of the Dead

    I find it pretty hard to call their parents “The Greatest Generation” when they raised these people. “We fought and won a world war, then came home and birthed then raised a bunch of selfish assholes”.
     
    You can blame Dr. Spock for that.
  131. @Precious
    ‘Build the wall!” was a great campaign slogan, but it will go down in history like “No new taxes!”

    This is incorrect for two reasons...

    1) Bush reneged on his promise by actually approving new taxes. If he had vetoed the tax hike and Congress then overrode him no one would have blamed him. For Trump to do the equivalent, he would need to tear down the fences already in place and invite invaders to come in.

    2) Trump's supporters see him trying to build the wall, with Congress fighting him. They see him doing what he can, like sending troops to the border and putting up barbed wire.

    Your argument makes sense. However, remember legal immigration is turning strategic electoral states blue.
    Over 1,000,000 anti-GOP imports annually is nothing but trouble.
    Look at the slim margins of popular GOP politicians – Gov. Abbott in Texas, former Gov. Scott in Florida.

    If either FL or TX is swamped by the “blue wave of immigration” – it’s over. Trump voters forgiving him for congress-stupidity will be moot.

    Legal immigration has increased since 2015. Americans are being out-numbered by foreigners.
    Trump won by tiny margins across the Great Lakes electoral states – maybe 80,000 total?
    It is very easy for discouraged Trumpists from 2016 to stay home in 2020, unless Trump gets bold in cutting immigration.

    • Replies: @Autochthon
    I did not vote earlier this month. I will never vote again. I was hornswoggled into supporting Trump at great personal sacrifice an loss (because of the hateful, criminal pppulace and the corrupt government in Mexinchifornia, I was literally driven out of my home and now community by a campaign of persecution launched against me).

    In return for this I got a lying sack of shit for my president and Moreno of the same from Ryan, McConnell, and the rest of those clowns. That the guy gave sinecures to his daughter and his son-in-law – completely unqualified people in a morbid of bald and shameless nepotism – and then installed in the cabinet a bunch of the same corrupt scum he purportedly wanted cleared out...

    I now want the fall to accelerate. Let the hordes swell until they are eating each other in the streets. I'm confident in my abilities to handle myself and protect my family. Why I want is the empire to burn so that one day my descendants can live in their own nation again – and that can never be for so long as the evil empire endures.

    I expect many, many others now take positions something like this one.
  132. Steve, this post of yours is most excellent. I will adapt it for my next hard copy letter to my congresscritters.

  133. @donut
    Unless they're going to kill these cockroaches what's the point of having the Army down there ? It seems at this point the F**king Mexicans are doing a better job of defending our borders than the Tweeter in Chief .

    Prevent entry and settlement in the United States.

    Rest is just conversation.

  134. ohhh . . .

    No issues.

    build the wall . . .

  135. Looking at videos and pictures, I have begun to notice concertina wire being used along the border. I have seen the military stringing it up and I have seen it at key places (where the press is) such as right near the crossing. I have also seen it on top of the fence right where it goes into the pacific ocean. In other words, right where the media and the caravan pussies congregate.

    This might just be my over active imagination but I think Trump has figured out that having a beautiful fence is less important than having a cheap and effective one.

  136. @Reg Cæsar

    The U.S. military is officially fighting wars in seven countries... Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Niger
     
    I'll grant Syria, Libya, and Yemen as "countries", albeit the last was two countries not all that long ago. Something about the Y must unify people...

    Iraq? Isn't that at least three countries, Shiite, Sunni, and Kurd?

    Niger? C'mon. That's just lines on a map drawn by Frogs. And nobody can agree on how to pronounce it. How many ways can you say "Our banal niche in Niger"?

    Somalia was three colonies, and then two countries-- French Somaliland became Djibouti-- and now is back to three, or four. Punt, Somaliland, most of Djibouti, and plain old Somalia.

    Afghanistan? What the hell is that? A land of pederasts in power and goatherds who topple brick walls on them when they get in power.

    The kind of place where the greater danger is not losing, but winning. Like we need a cold, dry, gay Puerto Rico.

    The U.S. military is officially fighting wars in seven countries… Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Niger

    Mnemonic: SLAY SIN

    PS: For people who, like me, can’t distinguish Somalia from Sudan:

    Somalia = Horn of Africa, Black Hawk Down, Mogadishu. Population 14 million. Bordering Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea/Indian Ocean. Pirates. Famous people: Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Islam critic), Iman (model).

    Sudan = I got nothing… Population 40 million. In the Sahara desert. Bordering Red Sea. Immediately south of Egypt. Nubians. Recently split, giving rise to world’s newest country, South Sudan (Christian), itself involved in a civil war since 2013… Famous people: none… I give up.*

    As for Niger… Landlocked. Sahara. Population: 21 million Nigeriens. Not to be confused with Nigerians. Famous people: oh, come on!

    *Sort of famous French song mentioning Sudan:

  137. anon[161] • Disclaimer says:
    @ZeroDay
    "Americans Need A Dose Of German Guilt"

    Americans already have this. Most younger American gentiles have been indoctrinated to believe the US was culpable in the Holocaust in some subtle way.

    Try suggesting the Holocaust memorials would be more appropriate in Berlin. They will give you the same looks that ABC News reporter game Milo, when he didn't apologize for saying Leslie Jones looks like a man.

    “Americans Need A Dose Of German Guilt”

    Americans already have this. Most younger American gentiles have been indoctrinated to believe the US was culpable in the Holocaust in some subtle way.

    one would think the jews would be constructing memorials to thank the U.S. and Brits for their role in defeating Hitler. Instead the latest i hear is that we didn’t invade the continent soon enough for the jews’ liking.

    they seem to be proud of their shamelessness

  138. @Jack D
    You keep glancing at it but never hit the nail on the head - China has better human capital than Mexico. It's all racial/genetic. Everything else you mention is just a side effect.

    Mao led China into an abyss - if Mexico had done the same it would have taken centuries for them to recover. At the end of the Cultural Revolution they were basically starting from zero - the universities had been closed, the professors and students sent to the countryside and some killed or their health broken. But because of China's high quality human capital they were able to catch up relatively quickly. We saw the same thing in Japan - we literally nuked them and yet because of their high quality human capital they were able to recover quickly. Mexico in some ways is still recovering from the Conquistadors. As you say, to the extent that Mexico has an entrepreneurial class, it is usually foreign - Mestizo geniuses of any kind are rare.

    (Having a high IQ population does not immunize you against mad dictators - see Germany).

    You keep glancing at it but never hit the nail on the head – China has better human capital than Mexico. It’s all racial/genetic. Everything else you mention is just a side effect.

    yes, 107 vs 85

  139. @anon

    Trump is a one-termer like Bush the 1st.....
     
    i hope the Liar in Chief goes to jail, his rotten son too

    all the people he let down

    he's still going around with his "Lock her up" bs as though anyone believes him any more

    i hope the Liar in Chief goes to jail

    Trump deserves it for letting the Proud Boys be persecuted while warning antifa not to make his voters angry

  140. @Precious
    ‘Build the wall!” was a great campaign slogan, but it will go down in history like “No new taxes!”

    This is incorrect for two reasons...

    1) Bush reneged on his promise by actually approving new taxes. If he had vetoed the tax hike and Congress then overrode him no one would have blamed him. For Trump to do the equivalent, he would need to tear down the fences already in place and invite invaders to come in.

    2) Trump's supporters see him trying to build the wall, with Congress fighting him. They see him doing what he can, like sending troops to the border and putting up barbed wire.

    Trump’s supporters see him trying to build the wall

    Actually, Trump’s supporters increasingly see Trump as not being serious about building the wall. If he was serious, he would have vetoed spending bills that did not include funding for the wall and, failing the first, he would have followed Ann Coulter ‘s suggestion to order the army to build it.

    Even if he lost those fights, he would be viewed as being serious about the wall.

    • Replies: @Precious
    Actually, Trump’s supporters increasingly see Trump as not being serious about building the wall.

    You are wrong.

    If he was serious, he would have vetoed spending bills that did not include funding for the wall

    or he would...

    failing the first, he would have followed Ann Coulter ‘s suggestion to order the army to build it.

    Which is why Trump ordered the army to deploy to the border where they have been putting up barbed wire. Did you even read the post at the top by Steve Sailer?
    , @anon
    exactly
    , @Bubba

    Even if he lost those fights, he would be viewed as being serious about the wall.
     
    Exactly - the Democrats are readying their ads to depress the Republican turnout in 2020. They are resurrecting their 1992 playbook to defeat Trump in 2 years.

    In '92 I remember ad after ad (on TV and radio) relentlessly mocking Bush the 1st with his "Read my lips, no news taxes!" and this was soon after his incredibly high 80%+ approval rating. The ads were devastating to the Bush re-election campaign and demoralized his base (many voted for Ross Perot or stayed at home). DNC consultants are salivating to do the same with Trump's "Build the wall!" and show that it was an empty promise.

    , @Buster Keaton's Stunt Double
    Boomer defeatism is a hell of a drug. ;)
  141. @Jack D
    You keep glancing at it but never hit the nail on the head - China has better human capital than Mexico. It's all racial/genetic. Everything else you mention is just a side effect.

    Mao led China into an abyss - if Mexico had done the same it would have taken centuries for them to recover. At the end of the Cultural Revolution they were basically starting from zero - the universities had been closed, the professors and students sent to the countryside and some killed or their health broken. But because of China's high quality human capital they were able to catch up relatively quickly. We saw the same thing in Japan - we literally nuked them and yet because of their high quality human capital they were able to recover quickly. Mexico in some ways is still recovering from the Conquistadors. As you say, to the extent that Mexico has an entrepreneurial class, it is usually foreign - Mestizo geniuses of any kind are rare.

    (Having a high IQ population does not immunize you against mad dictators - see Germany).

    As you say, to the extent that Mexico has an entrepreneurial class, it is usually foreign – Mestizo geniuses of any kind are rare.

    AMD is kind of a case in point. The previous CEO, is a mestizo from Mexico. He brought the company to its knees. The new chief is a lady from Taiwan. AMD is doing a Lazarus – that which was practically dead is now giving Intel a run for its money. As with other turnarounds, there is a great deal of serendipity involved. But the contrast is pretty striking.

    • Agree: jim jones
    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    AMD is doing a Lazarus – that which was practically dead is now giving Intel a run for its money.

    That's good to hear because Intel has been fairly dead in the water in recent years when it comes to making PC chips faster.

  142. @TheBoom


    Trump’s supporters see him trying to build the wall
     
    Actually, Trump's supporters increasingly see Trump as not being serious about building the wall. If he was serious, he would have vetoed spending bills that did not include funding for the wall and, failing the first, he would have followed Ann Coulter 's suggestion to order the army to build it.

    Even if he lost those fights, he would be viewed as being serious about the wall.

    Actually, Trump’s supporters increasingly see Trump as not being serious about building the wall.

    You are wrong.

    If he was serious, he would have vetoed spending bills that did not include funding for the wall

    or he would…

    failing the first, he would have followed Ann Coulter ‘s suggestion to order the army to build it.

    Which is why Trump ordered the army to deploy to the border where they have been putting up barbed wire. Did you even read the post at the top by Steve Sailer?

  143. @TheBoom


    Trump’s supporters see him trying to build the wall
     
    Actually, Trump's supporters increasingly see Trump as not being serious about building the wall. If he was serious, he would have vetoed spending bills that did not include funding for the wall and, failing the first, he would have followed Ann Coulter 's suggestion to order the army to build it.

    Even if he lost those fights, he would be viewed as being serious about the wall.

    exactly

  144. Trump’s supporters increasingly see Trump as not being serious about building the wall

    two possibilities
    1) Trump isn’t serious
    2) Trump is serious but the swamp is too strong

    attacking Trump personally only makes sense in one case – attacking the swamp makes sense in both cases.

  145. @Charles Pewitt
    https://twitter.com/AnnCoulter/status/1064844903820201984

    I bet Ann wishes she wrote that one. It is her type of punchline.

  146. Yes, it was a stunt, and that was what was wrong with it. It should have been real.

  147. @TheBoom


    Trump’s supporters see him trying to build the wall
     
    Actually, Trump's supporters increasingly see Trump as not being serious about building the wall. If he was serious, he would have vetoed spending bills that did not include funding for the wall and, failing the first, he would have followed Ann Coulter 's suggestion to order the army to build it.

    Even if he lost those fights, he would be viewed as being serious about the wall.

    Even if he lost those fights, he would be viewed as being serious about the wall.

    Exactly – the Democrats are readying their ads to depress the Republican turnout in 2020. They are resurrecting their 1992 playbook to defeat Trump in 2 years.

    In ’92 I remember ad after ad (on TV and radio) relentlessly mocking Bush the 1st with his “Read my lips, no news taxes!” and this was soon after his incredibly high 80%+ approval rating. The ads were devastating to the Bush re-election campaign and demoralized his base (many voted for Ross Perot or stayed at home). DNC consultants are salivating to do the same with Trump’s “Build the wall!” and show that it was an empty promise.

    • Replies: @Precious
    Exactly – the Democrats are readying their ads to depress the Republican turnout in 2020. They are resurrecting their 1992 playbook to defeat Trump in 2 years.

    They are going to ask Ross Perot to run again?

    In ’92 I remember ad after ad (on TV and radio) relentlessly mocking Bush the 1st with his “Read my lips, no news taxes!” and this was soon after his incredibly high 80%+ approval rating. The ads were devastating to the Bush re-election campaign and demoralized his base (many voted for Ross Perot or stayed at home).

    The 1992 playbook isn't going to work well unless they find a third party billionaire to run.

    , @TheBoom

    DNC consultants are salivating to do the same with Trump’s “Build the wall!” and show that it was an empty promise
     
    .

    Even Vincente Fox is openly mocking Trump for not building the wall. He wouldn't do that if he thought it might get Trump to build it
  148. @TommyBahamaFannyPack
    It's the boomers. Once you see the connection between all of the dumb policies, dumb spending, dumb wars, and maudlin rhetoric, it's hard to unsee it. Many of them are nice. But 60-70% of that generation is pretty worthless. Obviously made worse by their sheer numbers.

    dumb wars

    Vietnam was the product of the so-called “greatest generation” as well as other follies throughout US history being done in various periods, none attributable to the boomers. Simple minded explanations appeal to simple people.

    • Replies: @anon
    Every generation is entitled to some fubars. The quantity of boomer fubars is unparalleled in US history. In domestic and foreign policy, every major area they have touched is worse off. No generation has been given so much and achieved so little.
  149. @anonymous
    Yep.

    I saw this all so clearly in ~ 1991 when I led a one man "America First" anti war campaign in Nashville TN against the first of so many of these Neo Conservative wars/interventions/police actions in Iraq.

    I was treated fair by the Tennessee media including some Jewish media. The problem was that regular Red State Tennesseans just couldn't seem to rap their minds around the idea that an American could be anti War if they weren't a Jane Fonda type 1960s Leftist.

    And when the Powers that Be paid Country & Western singer Hank Williams Jr to crank out some God awful pro war propaganda song "Don't Give Us A Reason" well, something like 80% plus of Tennessee went gung ho for this first of many Neo Con wars.

    There isn't the same enthusiasm for these endless Neo Conservative wars in Red State/Southern States but you also can't get elected to any office just making this your issue.

    Opposing the worst forms of mass illegal immigration (the 2nd key plank of the Neo Conservative nation wreckers) is more popular.

    I imagine this will be a contuined problem for at least another generation. The stink of smelly hippies and Hanoi Jane still permeate and the knee jerk reaction is to support the military no matter what. Boomers still keep the 60s culture held high, which keeps traditional rightist uneasy with anti-war positions.

    I’m thinking of the recruitment tables that were set up in the high school cafeteria. I’d roll my eyes at the bleeding heart faculty and students that made a big stink mannnnnn, but today I would be there telling kids I understand the impulse to serve but don’t get bait and switched. There is no way to do that without coming off as some pansy liberal who would get Archie Bunker’s blood pressure up. When the US gets its eventual ass kicked really bad (let’s face it, it’s coming) I’d rather it be the useless diversicorps getting blown apart and not God and family patriots.

    • Replies: @Bubba

    I’d rather it be the useless diversicorps getting blown apart and not God and family patriots.
     
    LOL and Agree.
  150. @EliteCommInc.
    Wow! There's a lot of utter nonsense here.

    The US military is tasked with defending the US regardless of where the threat is considered to be.

    Placing them on the border is is not only appropriate -- it is the most appropriate use of the military.

    I’m curious, is some of the pushback really from anyone in the current military or just the media?

    If we continued with cushy promotions, fat bidgets and pensions, and promised consulting gigs, would generals treat securing the border like a real objective? Or do they just like blowing shit up and throwing some weak enemies around? To be fair, blowing shit up IS enjoyable. But at least securing the border could be a battle they actually win for once.

  151. @Johann Ricke

    As you say, to the extent that Mexico has an entrepreneurial class, it is usually foreign – Mestizo geniuses of any kind are rare.
     
    AMD is kind of a case in point. The previous CEO, is a mestizo from Mexico. He brought the company to its knees. The new chief is a lady from Taiwan. AMD is doing a Lazarus - that which was practically dead is now giving Intel a run for its money. As with other turnarounds, there is a great deal of serendipity involved. But the contrast is pretty striking.

    AMD is doing a Lazarus – that which was practically dead is now giving Intel a run for its money.

    That’s good to hear because Intel has been fairly dead in the water in recent years when it comes to making PC chips faster.

    • Replies: @TheBoom
    Intel is now a very sjw infested company. They spend huge amounts of money on the indoctrination and programs
  152. @Bubba

    Even if he lost those fights, he would be viewed as being serious about the wall.
     
    Exactly - the Democrats are readying their ads to depress the Republican turnout in 2020. They are resurrecting their 1992 playbook to defeat Trump in 2 years.

    In '92 I remember ad after ad (on TV and radio) relentlessly mocking Bush the 1st with his "Read my lips, no news taxes!" and this was soon after his incredibly high 80%+ approval rating. The ads were devastating to the Bush re-election campaign and demoralized his base (many voted for Ross Perot or stayed at home). DNC consultants are salivating to do the same with Trump's "Build the wall!" and show that it was an empty promise.

    Exactly – the Democrats are readying their ads to depress the Republican turnout in 2020. They are resurrecting their 1992 playbook to defeat Trump in 2 years.

    They are going to ask Ross Perot to run again?

    In ’92 I remember ad after ad (on TV and radio) relentlessly mocking Bush the 1st with his “Read my lips, no news taxes!” and this was soon after his incredibly high 80%+ approval rating. The ads were devastating to the Bush re-election campaign and demoralized his base (many voted for Ross Perot or stayed at home).

    The 1992 playbook isn’t going to work well unless they find a third party billionaire to run.

    • Replies: @Bubba
    The DNC doesn't need a 3rd party billionaire. All they need to do is suppress the 2020 GOP turnout in PA, WI, MI and FL by 1% and they will win. I hope it doesn't happen because the next Democratic Presidential candidate will be far more worse than Hillary (or Bernie), but you can guarantee their nominee will be more appealing to one's eyes.

    If President Trump builds a wall (or starts one) then he will coast to an easy victory. I hope he will build it and sticks it to the swamp called Congress.

  153. The 1992 playbook isn’t going to work well unless they find a third party billionaire to run.

    Romney will run as a spoiler.

    (Trump needs to find out what Romney is being blackmailed with)

    • Replies: @Bubba

    Romney will run as a spoiler.
     
    If you are correct then Mitt must be a closet masochist.
    , @Anonymous

    (Trump needs to find out what Romney is being blackmailed with)
     
    Probably an offense in the church of some sort. Just think of all the things Mormon could do that if it got out could get him excommunicated or held in bad odor. Won't be heresy or a theological issue: he did something somewhere.
  154. @Precious
    ‘Build the wall!” was a great campaign slogan, but it will go down in history like “No new taxes!”

    This is incorrect for two reasons...

    1) Bush reneged on his promise by actually approving new taxes. If he had vetoed the tax hike and Congress then overrode him no one would have blamed him. For Trump to do the equivalent, he would need to tear down the fences already in place and invite invaders to come in.

    2) Trump's supporters see him trying to build the wall, with Congress fighting him. They see him doing what he can, like sending troops to the border and putting up barbed wire.

    Nope. You are wrong, but I’ll give you credit for being pedantic.

    Both slogans were gigantic empty promises.

    Bush the 1st in ’92 was humiliated & his campaign eviscerated with non-stop DNC ads of G.H.W.B. leading his GOP supporters from ’88 with the chant “No new taxes!” It was the reason he was elected and was soundly rewarded when he reneged on his promise.

    Wash, rinse, repeat in 2020.

    I hope it doesn’t happen, but it looks like Trump will be humiliated & his campaign eviscerated in ’20 with non-stop DNC ads of DJT leading his GOP supporters from ’16 with the chant “Build the wall!” It was the reason he was elected and he will be soundly rewarded if he reneges on this promise.

    Regardless of the lack of Congressional support and refusal to build the wall, President Trump will be blamed and held in contempt by his supporters if he fails. The illegal alien hordes have not been deterred one iota and the onslaught against American sovereignty continues unabated.

    • Replies: @Precious
    Nope. You are wrong

    No, you are wrong, I am correct.

    Both slogans were gigantic empty promises.

    ^False equivalence logical fallacy.

    Bush...."No new taxes"...Wash, rinse, repeat in 2020. I hope it doesn’t happen, but it looks like Trump will be humiliated & his campaign eviscerated in...

    In 2016? Yeah, I heard that one before.

    Regardless of the lack of Congressional support and refusal to build the wall, President Trump will be blamed and held in contempt by his supporters if he fails. The illegal alien hordes have not been deterred one iota

    ^Shot. And for the chaser, this report...

    President Trump took pro-active steps to harden the U.S. border through the deployment of U.S. military, and specifically through Corps of Engineers working in concert with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to make illegal entry into the U.S. far more difficult. As an outcome, the mass influx of Central American travelers is backing-up in Tijuana Mexico;

  155. @Precious
    Exactly – the Democrats are readying their ads to depress the Republican turnout in 2020. They are resurrecting their 1992 playbook to defeat Trump in 2 years.

    They are going to ask Ross Perot to run again?

    In ’92 I remember ad after ad (on TV and radio) relentlessly mocking Bush the 1st with his “Read my lips, no news taxes!” and this was soon after his incredibly high 80%+ approval rating. The ads were devastating to the Bush re-election campaign and demoralized his base (many voted for Ross Perot or stayed at home).

    The 1992 playbook isn't going to work well unless they find a third party billionaire to run.

    The DNC doesn’t need a 3rd party billionaire. All they need to do is suppress the 2020 GOP turnout in PA, WI, MI and FL by 1% and they will win. I hope it doesn’t happen because the next Democratic Presidential candidate will be far more worse than Hillary (or Bernie), but you can guarantee their nominee will be more appealing to one’s eyes.

    If President Trump builds a wall (or starts one) then he will coast to an easy victory. I hope he will build it and sticks it to the swamp called Congress.

    • Replies: @Precious
    If President Trump builds a wall (or starts one) then he will coast to an easy victory.

    Since you admit Trump's re-election is completely dependent on what he does, and not some Democratic party strategy, 1992 or otherwise, than I don't really have anything to argue.
  156. @nsa
    "The elites really do hate the American people".
    Wrong......hate implies a certain fear and even respect. The country's owners have only contempt for the American population and it's easy to understand why. They look down from atop their privileged perches and see a multi-culti stew of obese morons worshipping negroids (sports) and homos (culture), while being ruled over by a vile Cock Cutting Cult (finance and politics).

    Disagree that the elites don’t fear or respect average joes. Contempt for us, yes, but we are still far too numerous and can give them too much trouble to make any overt action worth their while.
    For example, they can’t talk about banning guns anymore, just little virtue signaling measures like magazine limits and such. If they tried to talk about limiting white employment or enrollment at colleges to, say, 50 percent, they’d be screwed.
    So there’s still quite a bit of fear there. Also, if it came down to street-level type stuff, we’re better fighters than they are, as shown by the proud boys vs. antifa clashes.

  157. @notanon

    The 1992 playbook isn’t going to work well unless they find a third party billionaire to run.
     
    Romney will run as a spoiler.

    (Trump needs to find out what Romney is being blackmailed with)

    Romney will run as a spoiler.

    If you are correct then Mitt must be a closet masochist.

  158. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @notanon

    The 1992 playbook isn’t going to work well unless they find a third party billionaire to run.
     
    Romney will run as a spoiler.

    (Trump needs to find out what Romney is being blackmailed with)

    (Trump needs to find out what Romney is being blackmailed with)

    Probably an offense in the church of some sort. Just think of all the things Mormon could do that if it got out could get him excommunicated or held in bad odor. Won’t be heresy or a theological issue: he did something somewhere.

    • Replies: @Autochthon
    Imagine if the secret transgression is drinking coffee(!). Trump, who apparently abstains from coffee as well as booze and tobacco, will mock Mittens by claiming to be a better Mormon (except when it comes to grabbing the ladies by the ... er ... pearl of great price, that is...).
  159. @Anon87
    I imagine this will be a contuined problem for at least another generation. The stink of smelly hippies and Hanoi Jane still permeate and the knee jerk reaction is to support the military no matter what. Boomers still keep the 60s culture held high, which keeps traditional rightist uneasy with anti-war positions.

    I'm thinking of the recruitment tables that were set up in the high school cafeteria. I'd roll my eyes at the bleeding heart faculty and students that made a big stink mannnnnn, but today I would be there telling kids I understand the impulse to serve but don't get bait and switched. There is no way to do that without coming off as some pansy liberal who would get Archie Bunker's blood pressure up. When the US gets its eventual ass kicked really bad (let's face it, it's coming) I'd rather it be the useless diversicorps getting blown apart and not God and family patriots.

    I’d rather it be the useless diversicorps getting blown apart and not God and family patriots.

    LOL and Agree.

  160. @anon

    dumb wars
     
    Vietnam was the product of the so-called "greatest generation" as well as other follies throughout US history being done in various periods, none attributable to the boomers. Simple minded explanations appeal to simple people.

    Every generation is entitled to some fubars. The quantity of boomer fubars is unparalleled in US history. In domestic and foreign policy, every major area they have touched is worse off. No generation has been given so much and achieved so little.

  161. @Sarah Toga
    Your argument makes sense. However, remember legal immigration is turning strategic electoral states blue.
    Over 1,000,000 anti-GOP imports annually is nothing but trouble.
    Look at the slim margins of popular GOP politicians - Gov. Abbott in Texas, former Gov. Scott in Florida.

    If either FL or TX is swamped by the "blue wave of immigration" - it's over. Trump voters forgiving him for congress-stupidity will be moot.

    Legal immigration has increased since 2015. Americans are being out-numbered by foreigners.
    Trump won by tiny margins across the Great Lakes electoral states - maybe 80,000 total?
    It is very easy for discouraged Trumpists from 2016 to stay home in 2020, unless Trump gets bold in cutting immigration.

    I did not vote earlier this month. I will never vote again. I was hornswoggled into supporting Trump at great personal sacrifice an loss (because of the hateful, criminal pppulace and the corrupt government in Mexinchifornia, I was literally driven out of my home and now community by a campaign of persecution launched against me).

    In return for this I got a lying sack of shit for my president and Moreno of the same from Ryan, McConnell, and the rest of those clowns. That the guy gave sinecures to his daughter and his son-in-law – completely unqualified people in a morbid of bald and shameless nepotism – and then installed in the cabinet a bunch of the same corrupt scum he purportedly wanted cleared out…

    I now want the fall to accelerate. Let the hordes swell until they are eating each other in the streets. I’m confident in my abilities to handle myself and protect my family. Why I want is the empire to burn so that one day my descendants can live in their own nation again – and that can never be for so long as the evil empire endures.

    I expect many, many others now take positions something like this one.

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
    " In return for this I got a lying sack of shit for my president"

    Yeah so you now think that HC would have not been a lying sack of shit a zillion times more so than DT.

    You can't BS me friend, you voted for HC, and you are experiencing great pain because she did not manage to cheat her way into the WH.

    AJM
  162. @Anonymous

    (Trump needs to find out what Romney is being blackmailed with)
     
    Probably an offense in the church of some sort. Just think of all the things Mormon could do that if it got out could get him excommunicated or held in bad odor. Won't be heresy or a theological issue: he did something somewhere.

    Imagine if the secret transgression is drinking coffee(!). Trump, who apparently abstains from coffee as well as booze and tobacco, will mock Mittens by claiming to be a better Mormon (except when it comes to grabbing the ladies by the … er … pearl of great price, that is…).

  163. @Bubba
    Great questions - there is no Republican who will run to the right of Trump or challenge him on the lack of a border wall. The wall is dead and if there is any progress it will only be sabotaged by Dems, RINO’s and The Deep State. As for the Dems, I believe that they will nominate a POC woman like Kamala Harris and keep relentlessly pushing for open borders. There won’t be a white man or woman on the Democratic presidential ticket for a long time.

    Kamala Harris will likely be brutalized by Trump, and many who don’t like it will perceive it and hesitate to vote for her. Not so long ago I thought there would be no white man heading the Democratic ticket for a long time, but now I’m thinking they’ve reconciled themselves to the fact that this is absolutely necessary and are going to push Beto O’Rourke or some alternative, who can be distinctively “white” in an acceptable and inoffensive way. Beto plays the “cool, chill” white boy. It is a type, and he has no problems with “diversity”. He is a tool and he knows it, and can be the white male candidate that will do the bidding of his masters, more so than any of the actual white globalist billionaires sometimes touted. Beto is the white Obama.

    • Replies: @Bubba
    Now that is an interesting & realistic analysis. Thank you for writing that so well.

    I didn't follow Beto "I culturally appropriated my nickname" O'Rourke's campaign, but I know the MSM fawned over him as if he was JFK reincarnated. The few MSM articles I read about him made me nearly vomit.

    Beto is the white Obama.
     
    LOL! Now that is a great comment!

    And I keep forgetting that Obama was half-white. So "Beto" would be the 100% white Obama and before he runs I think he would have to be anointed by Oprah.
  164. @Bubba
    Nope. You are wrong, but I'll give you credit for being pedantic.

    Both slogans were gigantic empty promises.

    Bush the 1st in '92 was humiliated & his campaign eviscerated with non-stop DNC ads of G.H.W.B. leading his GOP supporters from '88 with the chant "No new taxes!" It was the reason he was elected and was soundly rewarded when he reneged on his promise.

    Wash, rinse, repeat in 2020.

    I hope it doesn't happen, but it looks like Trump will be humiliated & his campaign eviscerated in '20 with non-stop DNC ads of DJT leading his GOP supporters from '16 with the chant "Build the wall!" It was the reason he was elected and he will be soundly rewarded if he reneges on this promise.

    Regardless of the lack of Congressional support and refusal to build the wall, President Trump will be blamed and held in contempt by his supporters if he fails. The illegal alien hordes have not been deterred one iota and the onslaught against American sovereignty continues unabated.

    Nope. You are wrong

    No, you are wrong, I am correct.

    Both slogans were gigantic empty promises.

    ^False equivalence logical fallacy.

    Bush….”No new taxes”…Wash, rinse, repeat in 2020. I hope it doesn’t happen, but it looks like Trump will be humiliated & his campaign eviscerated in…

    In 2016? Yeah, I heard that one before.

    Regardless of the lack of Congressional support and refusal to build the wall, President Trump will be blamed and held in contempt by his supporters if he fails. The illegal alien hordes have not been deterred one iota

    ^Shot. And for the chaser, this report…

    President Trump took pro-active steps to harden the U.S. border through the deployment of U.S. military, and specifically through Corps of Engineers working in concert with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to make illegal entry into the U.S. far more difficult. As an outcome, the mass influx of Central American travelers is backing-up in Tijuana Mexico;

  165. @Bubba
    The DNC doesn't need a 3rd party billionaire. All they need to do is suppress the 2020 GOP turnout in PA, WI, MI and FL by 1% and they will win. I hope it doesn't happen because the next Democratic Presidential candidate will be far more worse than Hillary (or Bernie), but you can guarantee their nominee will be more appealing to one's eyes.

    If President Trump builds a wall (or starts one) then he will coast to an easy victory. I hope he will build it and sticks it to the swamp called Congress.

    If President Trump builds a wall (or starts one) then he will coast to an easy victory.

    Since you admit Trump’s re-election is completely dependent on what he does, and not some Democratic party strategy, 1992 or otherwise, than I don’t really have anything to argue.

  166. anon[965] • Disclaimer says:

    “Israel conducts its own defense using its own precious flesh and blood. No US soldier has ever died defending Israel. You must be mixing up Israel with the Saudis or Kuwaitis or someone.”

    Thousands of American GIs died in Iraq defending Israeli interests; over 200 died in Lebanon back in the 80s. If Sheldon Adelson and Hiam Saban get their way, thousands more may die defending Israeli interests in Iran. Oh, and a good bit of their defense budget is also paid for by us.

    • Replies: @TERRIANDA
    ITS THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THIS COUNTRY , YOU MUST BE ONE OF THE MOST UNEDUCATED PEOPLE ON THE PLANET . GROW UP . THIS CARAVAN /INVASION IS NOT ABOUT ISREAL AND FOREIGN WARS NUMB NUTS , WHATS YOUR COMPREHENSION LEVEL ZERO ???
  167. “China is an overstacked house of cards awaiting its next regularly scheduled catastrophic collapse.”

    Wishful thinking. Your analogy applies better to the United States, I can assure you.

  168. “Americans Need A Dose Of German Guilt”

    It’s called Columbus Day.

  169. @ZeroDay
    "Americans Need A Dose Of German Guilt"

    Americans already have this. Most younger American gentiles have been indoctrinated to believe the US was culpable in the Holocaust in some subtle way.

    Try suggesting the Holocaust memorials would be more appropriate in Berlin. They will give you the same looks that ABC News reporter game Milo, when he didn't apologize for saying Leslie Jones looks like a man.

    Try suggesting the Holocaust memorials would be more appropriate in Berlin.

    They have one there of course — it’s right in the backyard (so to speak) of the US embassy.

    A German concept is ‘Erbschuld’ — inherited guilt — although you will not find that word in a typical dictionary, it is used and everyone knows what it means — the German establishment makes the most of it — they wallow in it and make the German people wallow in it — Alice Weidel of the AfD had the perfect expression for it: inszenierte moralische Überlegenheit — artificial moral superiority — migrants are used for that purpose too — it is a way for elites to constantly prove their moral fitness to lead.

    Obviously that’s Merkel left-center — in the wheelchair is Wolfgang Schäuble, (in)famous for saying that without migrants Germans were in danger of becoming inbred –on the far right is Frank Walter Steinmeier, current Bundespräsident — he is wearing a yarmulke but is not Jewish.

  170. @Charles Pewitt

    But imagine justifying our obvious wars for Israel as a card-carrying neolib.

     


    I mean what can you even say at this point to defend these plainfaced wars for Israel? Ask Sam Power I guess, and her boyfriend.

     

    Samantha Power is an evil Leprechaun harpy of the worst sort.

    I love many of the great Irish people, but some of these Irish people are horrible Leprechauns with evil designs for everyone and every nation.

    Samantha Power pushes nation-wrecking mass immigration.

    Samantha Power pushes for more war in the Middle East and West Asia on behalf of Israel.

    Samantha Power is a rancid globalizer with an evil, ugly face of distorted features. Samantha Power's heart and soul are as ugly as her grotesque visage.

    Tweets from 2015:

    https://twitter.com/CharlesPewitt/status/600727129425354753

    https://twitter.com/CharlesPewitt/status/650055437950316545

    Did anyone ever mention to you that people who rant constantly and TYPE IN UPPER CASE a lot are perceived as old cranks, mentally unstable, and thus not taken seriously?

    • Replies: @BB753
    In general, I've found that people writing in UPPER CASE suffer from presbyopia and can't be bothered to use their prescription glasses to type on their computers.
  171. @notanon
    the corrupt establishment Left and their NPC army has but the thinking Left hasn't - they're only a small minority but they have most of the agency - should be interesting.

    ” The thinking left”

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

    The “Thinking left”. You win the grand prize for the joke of the century.

    There is no such animal as a “thinking” leftist, unless you want to consider the manifold storms of confusion, malice and dissolution running through their sick minds as : “thinking”.

    Each and every single one of them are fucking insane beyond redemption, although there are, and have been cases of an occasional individual waking up to the reality of his/her lunacy.

    AJM

  172. anon[889] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D
    I completely lost you on the acronyms. JD.

    I come here for Steve’s wry humor and stay for his smart and funny commenters. One can learn a lot by reading the comments and have a good laugh, too.
    But the wacko, autistic commenters can also be fun in a perverse way: the ranting ALL UPPER CASE types, the painful-personal-issue guys (“white women hate hate hate beta males”, i.e., him), and the acronym soup shut-ins, whose autistic lack of theory of mind is almost endearing, the way a toddler’s self-talk can be endearing to listen to. It’s like a mental/emotional Special Olympics and you really want the “athletes” to overcome their particular handicaps.

    • Replies: @Anon
    You think being "autistic" is worse than being hate-filled and arrogant like you? Boy are you mistaken. There is still time for you to change your hateful attitude before you die, but if you don't you're not going to like where you're gong.
  173. Did anyone ever mention to you that people who rant constantly and TYPE IN UPPER CASE a lot are perceived as old cranks, mentally unstable, and thus not taken seriously?

    Thank you for the information!

    IMMIGRATION MORATORIUM NOW!

    DEPORT ALL ILLEGAL ALIEN INVADERS NOW!

  174. @flyover hick

    Economists use “shortage,” “supply” and “demand” in very defined ways that make sense. By contrast, the MSM make a logical hash of everything by using these terms indiscriminately.
     
    One of the journalistic constants in the US: journalists covering economic subjects are obviously illiterate in said subject. Economist Dean Baker makes that point.

    Do you think a media outlet would hire someone as a sportswriter to cover baseball, yet he didn’t know the rules of baseball, and had no inclination to learn the rules?
    Of course not.

    As Greg Cochran would say, “sports are important.”

    We require sportswriters to have a much higher degree of knowledge of the subjects they cover than the journalists who report on economic issues.

    We require sportswriters to have a much higher degree of knowledge of the subjects they cover than the journalists who report on economic issues.

    That’s because there’s no angle in keeping the public ignorant or deliberately misinformed about sports.

  175. @William Badwhite

    But 60-70% of that generation is pretty worthless.
     
    Give it another 10 years or so and they'll all be collecting social security thus driving us further into bankrupty. Also expect them to fight tooth-and-nail any restrictions on their driving as they age. 80+ year old boomers killing people in traffic accidents is going to be a "thing".

    I find it pretty hard to call their parents "The Greatest Generation" when they raised these people. "We fought and won a world war, then came home and birthed then raised a bunch of selfish assholes".

    According to genetics, parenting is overrated. Assholes are born that way and there’s little to stop them from growing that way.

    • Replies: @anon

    According to genetics, parenting is overrated.
     
    Do you have a cite?
  176. @anon
    Did anyone ever mention to you that people who rant constantly and TYPE IN UPPER CASE a lot are perceived as old cranks, mentally unstable, and thus not taken seriously?

    In general, I’ve found that people writing in UPPER CASE suffer from presbyopia and can’t be bothered to use their prescription glasses to type on their computers.

    • Replies: @anon
    Presbyopia, not being bothered to use reading glasses, typing in ALL CAPS, and a tendency to rant are, I would guess, strongly correlated.
  177. @William Badwhite

    But 60-70% of that generation is pretty worthless.
     
    Give it another 10 years or so and they'll all be collecting social security thus driving us further into bankrupty. Also expect them to fight tooth-and-nail any restrictions on their driving as they age. 80+ year old boomers killing people in traffic accidents is going to be a "thing".

    I find it pretty hard to call their parents "The Greatest Generation" when they raised these people. "We fought and won a world war, then came home and birthed then raised a bunch of selfish assholes".

    I find it pretty hard to call their parents “The Greatest Generation” when they raised these people. “We fought and won a world war, then came home and birthed then raised a bunch of selfish assholes”.

    You can blame Dr. Spock for that.

  178. AND YOU STEVE SAILOR ARE AN FULL BLOWN IDIOT , I HAVE READ SOME OF YOUR OTHER GARBAGE BEFORE BUT YOU HAVE OUT DONE YOUR STUPIDNESS ON THIS ONE.

  179. @anon
    "Israel conducts its own defense using its own precious flesh and blood. No US soldier has ever died defending Israel. You must be mixing up Israel with the Saudis or Kuwaitis or someone."

    Thousands of American GIs died in Iraq defending Israeli interests; over 200 died in Lebanon back in the 80s. If Sheldon Adelson and Hiam Saban get their way, thousands more may die defending Israeli interests in Iran. Oh, and a good bit of their defense budget is also paid for by us.

    ITS THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THIS COUNTRY , YOU MUST BE ONE OF THE MOST UNEDUCATED PEOPLE ON THE PLANET . GROW UP . THIS CARAVAN /INVASION IS NOT ABOUT ISREAL AND FOREIGN WARS NUMB NUTS , WHATS YOUR COMPREHENSION LEVEL ZERO ???

    • Replies: @Anonymous

    Thousands of American GIs died in Iraq defending Israeli interests; over 200 died in Lebanon back in the 80s.
     
    He writes the truth. The lives lost and money spent in the rest of SPIN SLAY should also be included.
    , @anon
    Heh heh, I see what you've done here. An almost perfect parody, except for a little too much punctuation.
  180. @Autochthon
    I did not vote earlier this month. I will never vote again. I was hornswoggled into supporting Trump at great personal sacrifice an loss (because of the hateful, criminal pppulace and the corrupt government in Mexinchifornia, I was literally driven out of my home and now community by a campaign of persecution launched against me).

    In return for this I got a lying sack of shit for my president and Moreno of the same from Ryan, McConnell, and the rest of those clowns. That the guy gave sinecures to his daughter and his son-in-law – completely unqualified people in a morbid of bald and shameless nepotism – and then installed in the cabinet a bunch of the same corrupt scum he purportedly wanted cleared out...

    I now want the fall to accelerate. Let the hordes swell until they are eating each other in the streets. I'm confident in my abilities to handle myself and protect my family. Why I want is the empire to burn so that one day my descendants can live in their own nation again – and that can never be for so long as the evil empire endures.

    I expect many, many others now take positions something like this one.

    ” In return for this I got a lying sack of shit for my president”

    Yeah so you now think that HC would have not been a lying sack of shit a zillion times more so than DT.

    You can’t BS me friend, you voted for HC, and you are experiencing great pain because she did not manage to cheat her way into the WH.

    AJM

    • LOL: Autochthon
  181. @Jack D
    I completely lost you on the acronyms. JD.

    ” I completely lost you on the acronyms”

    No big deal, with your intelligence you get my point anyway.

    AJM

  182. @TERRIANDA
    ITS THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THIS COUNTRY , YOU MUST BE ONE OF THE MOST UNEDUCATED PEOPLE ON THE PLANET . GROW UP . THIS CARAVAN /INVASION IS NOT ABOUT ISREAL AND FOREIGN WARS NUMB NUTS , WHATS YOUR COMPREHENSION LEVEL ZERO ???

    Thousands of American GIs died in Iraq defending Israeli interests; over 200 died in Lebanon back in the 80s.

    He writes the truth. The lives lost and money spent in the rest of SPIN SLAY should also be included.

  183. @BB753
    In general, I've found that people writing in UPPER CASE suffer from presbyopia and can't be bothered to use their prescription glasses to type on their computers.

    Presbyopia, not being bothered to use reading glasses, typing in ALL CAPS, and a tendency to rant are, I would guess, strongly correlated.

    • LOL: BB753
  184. @BB753
    According to genetics, parenting is overrated. Assholes are born that way and there's little to stop them from growing that way.

    According to genetics, parenting is overrated.

    Do you have a cite?

    • Replies: @BB753
    Check out the blog West Hunter, run by Greg Cochran. Or Jayman's blog. If Jayman is reading this, he'll be more than happy to provide bibliography and links.
  185. @TERRIANDA
    ITS THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THIS COUNTRY , YOU MUST BE ONE OF THE MOST UNEDUCATED PEOPLE ON THE PLANET . GROW UP . THIS CARAVAN /INVASION IS NOT ABOUT ISREAL AND FOREIGN WARS NUMB NUTS , WHATS YOUR COMPREHENSION LEVEL ZERO ???

    Heh heh, I see what you’ve done here. An almost perfect parody, except for a little too much punctuation.

  186. The American military should only be used to protect vital American interests, such as those found in the Sahara and the Hindu Kush, rather than to protect trivial objectives like preventing a column of young foreigners from marching across the United States border.

    It is not so much that, but that the US already has a quasi-military force that specializes in dealing with illegal pedestrian civilians that is not asking for extra help from soldiers to get its job done–so far as I know.

  187. @anon

    According to genetics, parenting is overrated.
     
    Do you have a cite?

    Check out the blog West Hunter, run by Greg Cochran. Or Jayman’s blog. If Jayman is reading this, he’ll be more than happy to provide bibliography and links.

  188. @TheBoom


    Trump’s supporters see him trying to build the wall
     
    Actually, Trump's supporters increasingly see Trump as not being serious about building the wall. If he was serious, he would have vetoed spending bills that did not include funding for the wall and, failing the first, he would have followed Ann Coulter 's suggestion to order the army to build it.

    Even if he lost those fights, he would be viewed as being serious about the wall.

    Boomer defeatism is a hell of a drug. ;)

  189. @Steve Sailer
    AMD is doing a Lazarus – that which was practically dead is now giving Intel a run for its money.

    That's good to hear because Intel has been fairly dead in the water in recent years when it comes to making PC chips faster.

    Intel is now a very sjw infested company. They spend huge amounts of money on the indoctrination and programs

  190. @Bubba

    Even if he lost those fights, he would be viewed as being serious about the wall.
     
    Exactly - the Democrats are readying their ads to depress the Republican turnout in 2020. They are resurrecting their 1992 playbook to defeat Trump in 2 years.

    In '92 I remember ad after ad (on TV and radio) relentlessly mocking Bush the 1st with his "Read my lips, no news taxes!" and this was soon after his incredibly high 80%+ approval rating. The ads were devastating to the Bush re-election campaign and demoralized his base (many voted for Ross Perot or stayed at home). DNC consultants are salivating to do the same with Trump's "Build the wall!" and show that it was an empty promise.

    DNC consultants are salivating to do the same with Trump’s “Build the wall!” and show that it was an empty promise

    .

    Even Vincente Fox is openly mocking Trump for not building the wall. He wouldn’t do that if he thought it might get Trump to build it

    • Replies: @Bubba
    I forgot about that creepy Mexican, he reminds me of the late Manuel Noriega. Trump's DOJ could ask a judge to issue an arrest warrant against Fox for money laundering which would at least keep him out of the USA, but I'm not holding my breath. However, maybe El Chapo's trial will reveal Vicente Fox's complicity in the drug war.

    Happy Thanksgiving!
  191. @anon
    I come here for Steve's wry humor and stay for his smart and funny commenters. One can learn a lot by reading the comments and have a good laugh, too.
    But the wacko, autistic commenters can also be fun in a perverse way: the ranting ALL UPPER CASE types, the painful-personal-issue guys ("white women hate hate hate beta males", i.e., him), and the acronym soup shut-ins, whose autistic lack of theory of mind is almost endearing, the way a toddler's self-talk can be endearing to listen to. It's like a mental/emotional Special Olympics and you really want the "athletes" to overcome their particular handicaps.

    You think being “autistic” is worse than being hate-filled and arrogant like you? Boy are you mistaken. There is still time for you to change your hateful attitude before you die, but if you don’t you’re not going to like where you’re gong.

  192. @TheBoom

    DNC consultants are salivating to do the same with Trump’s “Build the wall!” and show that it was an empty promise
     
    .

    Even Vincente Fox is openly mocking Trump for not building the wall. He wouldn't do that if he thought it might get Trump to build it

    I forgot about that creepy Mexican, he reminds me of the late Manuel Noriega. Trump’s DOJ could ask a judge to issue an arrest warrant against Fox for money laundering which would at least keep him out of the USA, but I’m not holding my breath. However, maybe El Chapo’s trial will reveal Vicente Fox’s complicity in the drug war.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  193. @SporadicMyrmidon
    Kamala Harris will likely be brutalized by Trump, and many who don't like it will perceive it and hesitate to vote for her. Not so long ago I thought there would be no white man heading the Democratic ticket for a long time, but now I'm thinking they've reconciled themselves to the fact that this is absolutely necessary and are going to push Beto O'Rourke or some alternative, who can be distinctively "white" in an acceptable and inoffensive way. Beto plays the "cool, chill" white boy. It is a type, and he has no problems with "diversity". He is a tool and he knows it, and can be the white male candidate that will do the bidding of his masters, more so than any of the actual white globalist billionaires sometimes touted. Beto is the white Obama.

    Now that is an interesting & realistic analysis. Thank you for writing that so well.

    I didn’t follow Beto “I culturally appropriated my nickname” O’Rourke’s campaign, but I know the MSM fawned over him as if he was JFK reincarnated. The few MSM articles I read about him made me nearly vomit.

    Beto is the white Obama.

    LOL! Now that is a great comment!

    And I keep forgetting that Obama was half-white. So “Beto” would be the 100% white Obama and before he runs I think he would have to be anointed by Oprah.

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