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I am a reasonably retired mid-level journalist of no import but much experience, interested in international affairs, law, society, education, and political trends. Yet, God’s truth, I do not know who Boehner and Pelosi are, or were, and now somebody or something called Ryan. Yes, I know that they are in Congress, or were, but I do not know what posts they hold, or held, or in which party they are, or were, or in which house. I really do not.

How can this be? How can someone who has spent a lifetime in the fetid bubblings of the news racket, including many years in DC, be so profoundly ignorant of the most elementary of political facts? Isn’t that like a neurosurgeon who can’t find the brain?


It’s simple. Congress seems to me to be of so little importance as not to merit attention. I mean this seriously. I cannot see that it matters who is on what committee or speaker of whatever or, for that matter, who wins the presidential election (unless Trump) or who is on the Supreme Court. I think I can name two of the stiffs on the Court.

Consider: The crucial issues facing the country are the endless wars, racial hostility, immigration, affirmative action, federal surveillance, uncontrolled looting and burning, the deterioration of the universities, wildly excessive military spending, the abandonment of the Constitution, the conversion of the schools into indoctrination camps, the federal practice of torture, and the enforcement of political correctness by the federal government, academia, and the media.

What is the relevance of Congress to these? Is it possible to imagine the alleged legislators (allegislators?) actually doing anything about any of them? If they were going to, they would have.

When is the last time Congress did anything that mattered?

Obamacare, perhaps, when they replaced a wretched form of health care with a wretched form of health care.

For that matter, why does it matter who wins the presidential election? With the exception of Trump, none would even try to deal with the things that matter to me. They all promise More of the Same. All are politically correct. They all represent a self-interested clique of parasites.

The Supreme Court? The Nine Cadavers could have found torture unconstitutional, or affirmative action, or undeclared wars. Nothing. They serve only to certify the status quo. What do they do all day? Sleep in their coffins, I suppose, and come out at night to flap around the Capitol.

In high school, we learned that the government consisted of three branches, the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. This was at least sometimes accurate, intermittently, a little. Times have changed. The actual branches are more like the President, Israel, the corporations, Wall Street, the media, and the federal bureaucracies.

There is in this arrangement considerable overlap and much interlocking of directorates. Personnel go back and forth between Treasury and Wall Street, and corporate donors buy the President. Israel, the Pentagon, and the arms makers are as complexly tied together as copulating octopi. Or octopuses. (Or maybe octopodes.) All of them regard the United States as ticks regard cows.

In its beautiful design, democracy serves to keep the population from meddling in policy. If the politically correct want children to be taught that Sojourner Truth was more important than George Washington, a committee nobody has heard of in New York mandates the text book and the Department of Education requires its use by regulation. No politician is responsible, and infuriated parents in Kansas have no recourse. How do you remonstrate with an anonymous bureaucracy? What is its phone number?

If the president wants to outlaw cultural symbolism—forbidding employees of the Veterans Administration to say “Merry Christmas,” for example—he just does it. (And did.) The Supreme Court, sloshing somnolently in its embalming fluid, will ignore the matter or affirm that the Constitution says whatever the President says. What earthly point is there in paying them attention? To do so establishes one as being in the last stages of naiveté.

Which, incidentally, is the attitude of citizenries of other Third World countries.

Along with Congress and the Supreme Dead and other such abandoned houses, I put Big Journalism. Encapsulated in a curious bubble of isolation, it serves chiefly to to produce a narcotic droning. The first rule of BJ—that’s “Big Journalism”—is to choose a point on the Left-Right continuum (it doesn’t matter what point) and never, ever deviate from it. This rule, rigidly followed, makes unnecessary the reading of their output. They could be done in software. Name a subject and you know without further investigation the views of any given talking head. Why listen to them?

If anyone comes long who doesn’t fit, either news weasel or pol, they want to disappear him.Thus we see the Republicans, desperate to find a candidate that Hillary can beat, chattering at each other, “Is Trump Really a Conservative?” Not “Does what he says make sense?” The underlying question of course is “How can we get rid of this guy that the constituency wants but who isn’t a member of the tree house?”

They all seem to spend their time talking to each other about each other. They remind me of ingrown toe-nails. I think of this as the National Review Two-Step, though it is industry-wide. (Journalism is an industry: Ay, there’s the rub.) Thus the endless stories, “Leibniz on Atkins,” “Tugwurtle’s Response to Michael Moore on Coulter.”

When I go to political sites like, say,, I find dozens of talking heads, almost none of who have I heard of. They seem fascinated with each other. None ever says anything that provokes thought. They are like birds perched on their chosen points on the political x-axis, singing the song appropriate to that point. (Maybe you didn’t know that birds could perch on axes. Well, they can.) I suspect that they all live in a sealed cage in New York, connected to each other by wires. I am sick of their chirping.

If they have any notion of what is going on in the US, they conceal it well.

And my God, the narcissism. Any more self-esteem among the talking heads and they would need toe shoes. Reporters used to be honest drunks, ashen-souled, chain-smoking, profane, ugly, their cynicism a conclusion, not a pose, more concerned with getting the news than being the news. Ernie Pyle, Don Marquis, Mencken, Seymour Hersh. Today “journalism” looks to be a branch of central casting in Hollywood. We have Michael Moore, who in his working-stiff costume seems to be trying out for a bit part in Rumble on the Docks, and Megyn Kelly, a babble-blonde BJ bimbo hoping for a gig with Victoria’s Secret.




‘Nuff said.

(Republished from Fred on Everything by permission of author or representative)
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  1. In the 19th Century non-presidential figures such as Henry Clay, Daniel Webster and John C. Calhoun were better known and more important than presidents. But the enormous influence and infrastructure of the national government did not exist.

    There are, however, some things that go on behind the scenes that are more important than you might think–appropriations, for example. I doubt that you would like it more if you knew more about it.

    Mike Loughren’s book, The Deep State, is an interesting exposition of what goes on behind the scenes and certain members of Congress and their staffs are very closely and deeply involved.

    As far as the Supreme Court is concerned the four “liberal” justices do serve as little more than potted plants approving whatever the Democrats want. But Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito do form a core that at least try to follow the Constitution. Kennedy is a wild card and I don’t know how to characterize John Roberts–he’s often in the Scalia-Thomas-Alito camp but is obviously afraid of the Obama Administration.

    • Replies: @RobinG
    , @Jus' Sayin'...
  2. Rehmat says:

    I never liked Boehner and Pelosi, not because of their Jewish backgrounds but because their loyalty to a foreign colonial power.

    The US Supreme Court has unique past history. Out of its current nine judges, three are Jewish, and rest Zionist Catholics or “Christians”. There is no representation for the Blacks or non-Whites that make over 25% of country’s population.

    On January 7, 2014, Robert W. Merry, political editor at pro-Israel, ‘The National Interest’ nominated five worst US Presidents (in ascending order): James Buchanan, Franklin Pierce, Wilson, G. W. Bush and Millard Fillmore……

  3. Svigor says:

    It’s simple. Congress seems to me to be of so little importance as not to merit attention. I mean this seriously.

    That’s how I’ve always felt about it. People talk about the details and my eyes glaze over. Political fantasy football Tweedledee vs Tweedledum. I just chalk my indifference up to my being a Philistine.

  4. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Mr. Reed is on a roll. (I hope he’s right in his passing distinction of Donald Trump. But I doubt it.)

    This column helps to show that Ms. Mercer’s obsession with Trump and Megyn Kelly is in itself an aspect of The National Distraction.

  5. TWS says:

    Well she did get interviewed by Howard Stern and listened to fart jokes and laughed about her and her husband’s sex life. That sounds like a journalist. Oh, wait that sounds like a low class stripper.

  6. If Congress were completely irrelevant, then Obama wouldn’t have to circumvent them with executive actions and regulatory expansion. Congress could make itself a lot more relevant by cutting off the spending, but they have shown no appetite for the fight.

    I would have liked to tube-steak a younger Nancy Pelosi, not that that’s apropos of anything.

  7. Megyn [sic] earned her media position on her knees in several offices with the blinds pulled shut and cheap hotels.

  8. Mark Green says: • Website

    Good one, Fred. You’re on to something. This one is a classic:

    “The actual branches are more like the President, Israel, the corporations, Wall Street, the media, and the federal bureaucracies.”

  9. Discard says:

    Not that the Supreme Court is supposed to be a representative body, but there is one Black Justice and one Mexican.

    • Replies: @Diversity Heretic
    , @Rehmat
  10. Priss Factor [AKA "Dominique Francon Society"] says:

    “Consider: The crucial issues facing the country are the endless wars, racial hostility, immigration, affirmative action, federal surveillance, uncontrolled looting and burning, the deterioration of the universities, wildly excessive military spending, the abandonment of the Constitution, the conversion of the schools into indoctrination camps, the federal practice of torture, and the enforcement of political correctness by the federal government, academia, and the media.”

    Fred, Fred, Cabbage Head, surely you realize that your litany of complaints mostly involve them Jaffers.

    racial hostility, affirmative action, looting and burning, deterioration of universities, schools into indoctrination camps, political correctness, etc.

    To get to core of the problem of the Negro, we need to make a distinction between Social Racism and Natural Race-ism.

    Social Racism is racial bias imposed by the powerful forces in society.

    So, when US said ‘No jivers in the professional sports’, that was Social Racism.

    Because ‘racism’ became so closely associated with white social and political policy in the US, it was assumed that IF social biases were removed, the races would get along just fine and be equal in everything. It was as if we were supposed to believe that blacks are whites with black skin and whites are blacks with white skin. It was just a matter of skin color, but society unfairly imposed social biases in favor of one race over another.

    But this overlooked the fact of Natural Race-ism, i.e. races really do exist, races are different not only in skin color but in intelligence, personality, temperament, aggression, muscularity, etc.
    So, if society gets rid of Social Racism, the result isn’t all-around equality but the rise of differences in accordance to Natural Race-ism.
    Since whites have an edge in IQ, whites will continue to do better than blacks in school. Since blacks have an edge in speed, power, and coordination, they will do better than whites in sports. Since black guys are tougher, they will beat up white boys than vice versa. Since blacks are more aggressive and tougher, there will be more black-on-white violence than vice versa.

    But PC says race is just a social construct. Therefore, getting rid of Social Racism will supposedly do away with racial differences.

    But in fact, ever since Social Racism has been removed, the biases of Natural Race-ism have been tremendous. Natural Race-ism doesn’t decree that only blacks can participate in NBA and NFL. But in many positions, there might as well be a policy that says ONLY BLACKS ARE ALLOWED.
    By law, men of all races can try out for NFL and NBA, but Natural Race-ism discriminates in favor of black males over non-black males.

    And in education, if we were to purely by meritocracy, Jews/whites(Anglo and Hispanic)/Asians pull out way ahead of blacks and non-white Hispanics. Notice that Ted Cruz, supposedly a very smart guy, is a white Cubano.
    Indeed, the Social Racism of ‘affirmative action’ has to be employed to place more blacks and browns in top universities. Natural Race-ism discriminates in favor of Jews, whites, and yellows.

    It’s the same with sexism. There is Social Sexism and Natural Sexism.
    Suppose we get rid of Social Sexist Discrimination. So, will men and women be equal?
    No, Natural Sexism will still favor men for police work and military since men are naturally stronger and tougher.

    It’s true that there were Social Barriers erected against certain races and women.
    But getting rid of those Barriers doesn’t mean there won’t be Natural Barriers.
    Suppose US had a law that said NO ASIANS IN DEFENSIVE TACKLE POSITIONS IN NFL. Suppose Asians bitch about such policy as being unfair. So, suppose such barriers against Asians are removed. But what are the chances that an Asian guy will make it to the NFL? Asians get pressure society to end Social Racism, but they will still be hampered by Natural Race-ism that favors other races in sports.

  11. Funny picking Breitbart as exemplary of the mainstream media – I routinely see it denounced from all sides, precisely for going ‘off the reservation’.

  12. DH says:

    Fred, one of your best pieces.
    The US elites are repulsive.

  13. @RobinG

    Thank you for correcting the misspelling of Mike’ name. There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes. In most cases, there’s a reason that it’ behind the scenes.

  14. @Discard

    Three of the present justices are Jewish, one is black, and Sonia Sotomayor is Puerto Rican. I think that if you confuse a Puerto Rican and a Mexican, the Mexican might punch you in the nose.

    The other six justices are Catholic (Thomas is a convert). All of them went to law school at Harvard or Yale.

    Not a single WASP from flyover country on the nation’s highest court. More and more I lean (albeit reluctantly)to a partition solution for the USA.

    • Replies: @guest
    , @Dr. X
  15. geokat62 says:

    I never liked Boehner and Pelosi, not because of their Jewish backgrounds but because their loyalty to a foreign colonial power.

    Both, Boehner and Pelosi, are Roman Catholic.

    • Replies: @Rehmat
  16. Rehmat says:

    Well – Donald Trump may not consider Mexicans White, but UK’s opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn considers his Mexican wife as White.

    So who is your Black judge at the US Supreme Court?

    UK’s Labour opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn has invited Donald Trump to visit a mosque in London saying, he might learn something.

    “I decided to invite Donald Trump on his visit to Britain to come with me to my constituency because he has problems with Mexicans and he has problems with Muslims,” Corbyn said on Sunday.

    He added that it would be better to engage with Trump than bar him entry to the UK.

    “As you know, my wife is Mexican and my constituency is very, very multicultural, so what I was going to do was go down to the mosque with him and let him talk to people there,” he noted. Watch video below.

    • Replies: @pyrrhus
    , @Albion
  17. A. says:

    You forgot the universities. Who trains the bureaucrats?

  18. JEC says:

    Is Trump Really a Conservative?

    What would a “real” conservative say and do? Is there such a thing anymore, anywhere?

    Trump isn’t a conservative or a Republican; he’s a maverick. If there was a Maverick Party on the American political scene, I guess Fred Reed would be in it too. (I know this is a contradiction in terms).

  19. War for Blair Mountain [AKA "Groovy Battle for Blair Mountain"] says:

    Michael Moore has ben known to a phony working class hero for a long time. His first documentary “Roger and me” was a narcissistic theft of the original script for a documentary about White Detriot autoworkers. The original script was handed over to Moore by the original authors and Moore radically altered the script to make it about Big Mike’s Big Ego thereby the great horror. ,.the original intent of the script writers.

    Moore lives like a MEGA-WHITE MALE CEO..because he is on!!! Moore knows exactly what he is doing:agitating for importing nonwhite legal immigrant scab labor for the MEGA-White Male CEOs.

    Moore should be processed in a meat grinder and fed to hungry rats!!!(think the Coen brother’s movie Fargo -the scene where Steve Buschemi is processed in the meat grinder).

    Moore reminds me of the fat sociopath cockroach Glen Beck.

  20. > the enforcement of political correctness by the federal government

    Examples? Because I’m thinking of a counter-example: the only place that NPI, a white-nationalist organization can meet, is in govt. buildings.

  21. Macilrae says:

    “The Nine Cadavers”!

    Oh Fred, I love you!

    This has to be one of your best-ever pieces.

  22. pyrrhus says:

    Fred kills it….as Mark Twain once said, if voting changed anything, they’d outlaw it…We live in a Banana Republic Police State in which there is neither rule of law nor justice….Stay out of their way and wait for the collapse….

  23. Hubbub says:

    “The first rule of BJ—that’s “Big Journalism””

    BJ = LBJ; not Lyndon Baines Johnson, but ‘Liberal Big Journalism’

  24. pyrrhus says:

    At least Corbyn is civil, unlike the other yahoos who infest British politics….

  25. @Diversity Heretic

    Appropriations and authorizations: Most Americans don’t know the difference between the two, which is part of the Constitution, and which is important. This lack of knowledge is just one more thing that enables the crap weasels inside the beltway to screw us all over. It’s past time for a revolution and (real) civil war, folks.

    • Replies: @Diversity Heretic
  26. Re: Nancy Pelosi, aka Cruella Demented, aka Pelosi Galore (at 8 minutes in)

    I guarantee you that woman sleeps upside down!

    The classic Dennis Miller Rant.

  27. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The arrogance and sense of impunity shown by the government is demonstrated in it’s announcement during the Bush administration that henceforth they will institute a program of organized torture against those foreigners who have the audacity to resist the aggression of the empire, labeling them ‘terrorists’. All dictatorships everywhere who might practice it usually cover it up and deny it knowing full well that it’s a detestable practice. Not the US though, they brag about it. It’s a way of terrorizing everyone on the planet, showing everybody what awaits them should they resist. As a result the US now has a number of professional torturers on it’s payroll, people who’ve researched torture techniques through the ages and have hands-on experience with live subjects. Since it’s all done in secret there’s no telling how many have been tortured, how many just murdered. Think about that for a moment, our country has a job category of professional torturer.
    How long before this program goes from something for foreigners to being implemented against citizens? It’s just a small step; the apparatus is already there. The surveillance, spying and mass recording is not to protect the citizenry but as insurance that they don’t get uppity later on at some point should things turn sour such as perhaps if it’s decided to embark on a major unpopular war that sucks resources and lives. Dissident leaders could just disappear and get the torture treatment. Democracy is something they tell you in school just like they get children to believe in Santa Claus but in reality it’s just a shell game to bamboozle the public. Expect repression and domestic militarization to intensify as the public starts to get skittish about what’s been taking place. The lines between foreign and domestic enemies will become blurred. Has the US ever not been in the process of bombing foreigners? America today is an international Murder Inc.

  28. Biff says:

    What do they do all day? Sleep in their coffins, I suppose, and come out at night to flap around the Capitol.

    Nails it!

  29. Gort says:

    I recommend to all who have not yet done so: read anything and everything H.L. Mencken has written.

    A brilliant writer with an amazing vocabulary and a hold-no-punches style. A refreshing journalist whose politically incorrect views of the world holds up to this day, decades past his death. God, I wish we had people like him today in the mainstream media.

  30. Alfa158 says:

    What they call the Managerial Class is what runs the country. These are the millions of people in government bureaucracies, the media, judiciary and academia who are in their positions for 40 years, and watch while the Boehners and Pelosis come and go while they just chug along pretty much ignoring whatever the legislators try to legislate and the electorate asks for unless it conforms to their agenda. Since they all get the same ideological programming they all follow the same consensus agenda. I think not even a President Trump will be able to do much about this concentration of wealth and power unless something really drastic happens to break up the web.
    It would take something like a Dinosaur asteroid in the Atlantic swamping DC and NYC to really damage it and that ain’t going to happen.
    These self-perpetuating systems usually persist until they finally poison and weaken the host enough that it collapses. This could be looming over the horizon now. What happens if the currency is so weakened that interest rates inevitably start climbing? Servicing a 20 trillion dollar national debt or meeting 275 trillion dollar pension obligations is only possible with 1% interest rates and cost of living increases that are effectively negative since they are less than the real rate of inflation. If interest rates and inflation go to 10% servicing their debts and paying pensions will consume government budgets. What happens to the Academia that trains the managers and enforces ideological conformity when kids can no longer afford the exploding costs versus benefits of going to college?
    What happens when the last tax galley slaves are overwhelmed by the importation of tens of millions of low education, low IQ, tax consumers and they fall dead over their oars or give up and walk away?

    • Replies: @another fred
  31. Rehmat says:

    So claims John Kerry, but his bother, a practicing Jew, claims that “John will never betray Israel because WE ARE JEWS.”

    Nancy Pelosi was born into an Argentinean Jewish family. Her daughter is married to a Zionist Jew.

    In July 2010, John Boehner condemned Hollywood director Oliver Stone (with Jewish family roots) for saying that Jews control of US media doesn’t allow debate on Holocaust. Why? Could it be that Boehner was pissed off because Oliver Stone’s son converted to Islam in Iran?

    Sean Christopher Ali Stone says he has been target of ‘reverse anti-Semitism’ since he converted to Islam even though his father had no problem with his conversion to Islam. “My dad said, ‘Allah be with you’. My father understands that I am trying to bridge certain gaps and bring about peace.”

    • Replies: @geokat62
  32. guest says:

    “The actual branched are more like the President, Israel, the corporations, Wall Street, the media and the federal bureaucracy”

    You got the last one right, but the others have much less power than you think. Our real rulers are the Permanent Government, also known as the civil service, the part of government that’s “above politics” and stays the same no matter who’s in office. Outside of them you have the NGOs and the universities, which train the civil service, the politicians, and enough of everyone involved in telling us what to think–journalists, educators etc.–to control what we think. And public optinion is still the path to power.

    Elected officials are pretty far down the hierarchy. I’d put them below the Money Power, which pre-New Deal used to run the show. They don’t anymore because their money can’t buy ideology. Rockefellers, Ford’s, and Carnegies can build foundations and buy schools, but they always end up as Frankenstein’s monsters, beyond the control of their masters.

  33. guest says:

    I can’t for the life of me fathom the sense of ranking Buchanan lower than Lincoln. That’s madness, but those sorts of lists are compiled by people who like to be entertained and like action, and what was ever more fun in U.S. history than the war that killed 600,000 of us?

  34. guest says:
    @Diversity Heretic

    “All of them went to law school at Harvard or Yale”

    You hit the nail on the head. SCOTUS is a most permanent part of the Permanent Government, and could be enormously powerful. For a half a second during the early New Deal they showed how, and were the only effective counterrevolutionary force. But they capitulated and haven’t since done anything but further the revolution, besides giving hiccups here and there.

    Justices are trained by the Harvard-Yale-Columbia intellectual legal oligarchy, and, surprise, end up thinking the way they want them to.

    • Replies: @Diversity Heretic
  35. dcite says:

    Pelosi is Italian Catholic. She comes from an old, political family in Baltimore. Her father, Thomas D’Alesandro, was mayor for so many years some people just thought the family had bought the city and made it their business. Another D’Alesandro was mayor in the 60s. They ran together like a blur. I had some of their relatives in my class in later years. People who remember the 20th century, can’t separate Baltimore politics from D’Alesandro. Like all politicians, they were unclean. Nothing to do with ethnicity.
    Baltimore was a segregated city until the early 60s. And we know what race relations are like there today. The idea of Italians being somehow united with blacks in any practical way is laughable to anyone who has lived in Baltimore among these two groups. I think they are the only white group that still has its own ethnic neighborhood. The Baltimore Greek ethnic status is similar, but they are more exotic due mostly to their religion and geographical origin. They gave us VP Sprio Agnew.

    • Replies: @Rehmat
  36. @Alfa158

    What happens if the currency is so weakened that interest rates inevitably start climbing?

    Not to say that it couldn’t happen, but keep in mind that what is actually going on is that other nations are intentionally weakening their own currencies faster than ours. We live in the best house in a bad neighborhood and the people in charge know that. Money is moving to the US, not away from.

    I think what it is going to take to unwind the system is a breakdown in international cooperation.

    To repeat myself from other threads, that is why the article by Michael Hudson is so significant. Also the AIIB. First cracks in the dam?

  37. guest says:

    Just for fun, here’s my five worst list: Lincoln, FDR, Wilson, Truman, then maybe LBJ or GWB.

    • Agree: Mark Green
    • Replies: @Wally
  38. geokat62 says:

    Nancy Pelosi was born into an Argentinean Jewish family.

    I did a little surfing and all I could come up with is that her father was born in the US and her mother immigrated to the US, nothing about an Argentine background:

    Thomas D’Alesandro (her father) was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Maria Petronilla (née Foppiani) and Tommaso G. D’Alesandro, who were born in Montenerodomo, Abruzzo, Italy. [Thomas] was married to Annunciata M. (“Nancy”) Lombardi,… who was born in Italy in 1909, and immigrated to the United States as a child.,_Jr.

    Do you have any reliable references that contradict this?

    • Replies: @Rehmat
  39. Wally says: • Website

    You forgot to add racist Obama to that list.

    • Replies: @guest
  40. guest says:

    “You forgot to add racist Obama to that list”

    I’d prefer a bit of perspective on him. A lot of the worst on his watch were carryovers, like Iraq-Afghanistan, the bailouts, the domestic spying free-for-all, etc. His pointless wars–Libya, Ukraine, Terminator Planet (drones), Syria, Iraq Part III(?)–weren’t as big as others’. His worst achievement, Obamacare, he may have fumbled. From his perspective, that is, which means from my perspective it’s not as bad as it could’ve been.

  41. @Gort

    Did someone say, “Mencken”? iSteve, if this is a violation of some arcane posting rule, iApologize and beg your indulgence. It was all I could do to stop cutting and pasting these Mencken morsels. Man truly does not live by bread alone; snark helps, too.

    “A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.” – H. L. Mencken

    “Democracy is the worship of jackals by jackasses.” ― H.L. Mencken

    “The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable…” ― H.L. Mencken

    “In the present case it is a little inaccurate to say I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible to any public office of trust or profit in the Republic. But I do not repine, for I am a subject of it only by force of arms.” ― H.L. Mencken

    “Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.” ― H.L. Mencken

    “As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” ― H.L. Mencken

    “The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.” ― H.L. Mencken

    “All government, in its essence, is a conspiracy against the superior man: its one permanent object is to oppress him and cripple him. If it be aristocratic in organization, then it seeks to protect the man who is superior only in law against the man who is superior in fact; if it be democratic, then it seeks to protect the man who is inferior in every way against both. One of its primary functions is to regiment men by force, to make them as much alike as possible and as dependent upon one another as possible, to search out and combat originality among them. All it can see in an original idea is potential change, and hence an invasion of its prerogatives. The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are.” ― H.L. Mencken

    “Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on “I am not too sure.” ― H.L. Mencken

    “Civilization, in fact, grows more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary. Wars are no longer waged by the will of superior men, capable of judging dispassionately and intelligently the causes behind them and the effects flowing out of them. The are now begun by first throwing a mob into a panic; they are ended only when it has spent its ferine fury.” ― H.L. Mencken

    “I am suspicious of all the things that the average people believes.”
    ― H.L. Mencken

    “Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.”
    ― H.L. Mencken

    “Equality before the law is probably forever unattainable. It is a noble ideal, but it can never be realized, for what men value in this world is not rights but privileges.” ― H.L. Mencken

    “The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.” ― H.L. Mencken

    “Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.” ― H.L. Mencken

    “Misogynist: A man who hates women as much as women hate one another.” ― H.L. Mencken

    “The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.” ― H.L. Mencken

    There are hundreds more worth committing to memory, IMHO. P.S.: Thanks, Fred Reed!

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    , @KA
  42. Rehmat says:

    Nice cut & paste from Israeli Wikipedia dude – but that’s as a big lie as G-d promised Palestine to Khazarian Jews.

    • Replies: @dcite
  43. Rehmat says:

    Sorry darling you “research” circling around Netanyahu’s bundle of lies known as WIKIPEDIA, which only some fools would believe in.

    Pelosi comes from a Argentine Jewish family. You may like to confirm it with kosher pope Francis, former Archbishop of Buenos Aires.


    • Replies: @geokat62
  44. geokat62 says:

    Sorry darling…

    Sorry, sweetheart, but when I challenged you to produce a reliable reference that supports your claim that Nancy Pelosi has a Argentinian Jewish family background, the best you could do was produce a link that claims that pope Francis is kosher?

    And by signing off with “Shalom” you seem to assume that I’m some kind a ziotroll. Bad assumption. Take a look at my cache of comments and you’ll find I am among the harshest critics of the neocons/Israel firsters. That said, you don’t do our side any favors by making unfounded claims that can’t be backed up with solid evidence. Try to do a little better next time, won’t you, sweetheart.

    • Agree: Wizard of Oz
    • Replies: @Rehmat
  45. DickyGee says:

    Hey Fred,

    You’ve got some “well deserved” indignation goin’ on that’s for sure. I remember an uncle of mine when I was a kid growing up in Washington State in the Pacific Northwest (waaaay away from anything that even approximated the Federal Govt) saying “this country is going to Hell in a hand basket.” That was in the late fifties when Ike was President and the “miracle” of the American middle class was blossoming! Things are a shitload different now, of course, as corporate power and system-wide corruption has hollowed out the country and massive spending on the deficit producing global American war machine continues unabated. I noticed that one of the comments in this thread referenced Mike Lofgren’s excellent essay “Anatomy of the Deep State”. . . without which (or a similar deep analysis of power relations) one could never understand contemporary American Politics. That said, there are a few honest, hard-working investigative journalists, independent analysts, and intellectuals (including Hersh, of course) out there who tell the “truth” as they see it, are not “apologists for power” and can be relied upon to do so: Robert Parry at Consortium News, Glenn Greenwald at the Intercept, Ralph Nader who understands “in spades” what’s going down in America along with long time intellectuals like Noam Chomsky, and deeper thinkers like Henry Giroux and Chris Hedges, etc. Glad you posted at the UNZ site. You’re in good company for sure! DickyGee

  46. You believe that Greenwald is not a bought and paid for tool of his billionaire owner?
    The supporter of the Ukraine Nazis and the Indian Hindu fascists?

  47. Dr. X says:
    @Diversity Heretic

    “Three of the present justices are Jewish, one is black, and Sonia Sotomayor is Puerto Rican…
    The other six justices are Catholic (Thomas is a convert). All of them went to law school at Harvard or Yale. Not a single WASP from flyover country on the nation’s highest court.”

    And you can bet good money that those justices will vote to uphold President Hillary’s upcoming massive gun grab from the “yokels” in “flyover country,” too.

  48. dcite says:

    Cut and paste a spiel about politicians gets the spelling right. Most commenters here only discuss them at Wiki depth.
    Having grown up in Baltimore, I know as much about these creatures as I need to know.
    Try taking your Khazarian tales to a Knights of Columbus meeting there.
    If you succeed, to be a fly on the wall would be worth the price of admission.

    • Replies: @Rehmat
  49. KA says:

    “On Jan. 26, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held an important year-in-review press conference before an audience of about 150 journalists, including ..

    “Regarding a similar news blackout that followed another major Russian press briefing, the sharp-tongued Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova commented, what are all these accredited Western reporters doing in Moscow if nothing gets published abroad? Do they have some other occupation?

  50. Rehmat says:

    Fred Reed seems to be afraid of being called anti-Semitic. The truth is United States is ruled by in descending order: “Israel (through the Jewish Lobby), President, Wall Street, Zionist/Jewish-controlled media, and Israel-trained US intelligence and police departments.”

    In simple word: United States has long become an Israeli colony.

  51. Rehmat says:

    But, but ….. Columbus, too, was also Jewish though his family tree, I’m sure is connected to the tree the rabbi hanged Jesus Christ over 2000 years ago.

    On May 24, 2012, Charles Garcia, Jewish CEO of Garcia Trujillo, in a CNN Op-Ed claimed that Christopher Columbus (Cristóbal Colón in Spanish) was a secret Jew whose 1492 voyage was funded by a couple of rich Jews and not by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella as the Christian historian want the world to believe.

    Garcia also claimed that Columbus voyage was not meant to reach the spice-rich India but to liberate Jerusalem from Muslims.

    • Replies: @dcite
  52. dcite says:

    Irony seems to bounce off the true believer.

  53. @Bard of Bumperstickers

    My favorite:

    “The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can’t get and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods.” Mencken

  54. Wonder how Fred REALLY feels.

    Seriously though, an excellent rant! And, yes, can anyone take modern day “journalism” seriously anymore?

  55. Rehmat says:

    But darling why didn’t you open the link to find out who baptized Pope Francis as one of America’s 50 Jewish leaders?

    America’s oldest Zionist Jewish Daily Forward its 2013 Award, “Forward 50“ that listed 50 top American Jews who have served the Jewish and Israeli interests the best in the previous 12 months. Pope Francis is the only Goyim who is on the 2013 list of the “notable Jews”.

    Congratulation Holy Sea for being reminded of your Jewish roots!!

    • Replies: @geokat62
    , @Mark Green
  56. @Jus' Sayin'...

    I worked on Capitol Hill for nine years and for an independent regulatory commission for seven, so I know a bit of the “arcane” terminology of the congressional authorization/appropriations process. A lot of work is done in the “back and forth” of the appropriations process–supplementals, earmarks and reprogrammings. Certain members of Congress and their staffs are more involved in the work of the executive branch than appears from the outside.

    Approriation subcommittee hearing rooms are very small and it’s hard for the public to see what’s going on, let alone actually testify, even in supposed public hearings. The small size is not an accident!

  57. @guest

    Your observation of the education being given at law schools today is depressingly accurate. The next generation of judges and justies will be worse than the present. Any hope that the courts will be a check on the executive is a chimera.

  58. geokat62 says:

    But darling why didn’t you open the link to find out who baptized Pope Francis as one of America’s 50 Jewish leaders?

    But, sweetheart, I did open the link and not one word about Nancy Pelosi, let alone her Argentine Jewish roots, which is what is in dispute. It seems to me you are struggling mightily to understand the distinction between these two individuals, unless you are suggesting that Nancy Pelosi is really pope Francis in drag?

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  59. So much wealth sloshing around Washington DC and all the places & people & industries its denizens manage.

    Blood attracts leeches. Leeches gonna leech until the host is so weakened that there’s no longer enough blood for every parasite.

    The bust now baked in is epic.

  60. @geokat62

    What do you think Rehmat is doing here? He probably is of Pakistani Muslim origin and not old enough to be a silly old man amusing himself. So….?

    Obviously unemployed and therefore one is led to infer unemployable because of some mental kink that makes him a misfit in any workplace and unreliable as an independent consultant/analyst???

    (The mental problem seems to extend to interference with his cognitive functioning too).

    • Replies: @Rehmat
  61. Fred – I think you are wrongly equating the inadequacies of Congress and of SCOTUS. The Justices (of whom I only know two personally – philosophical opposites) are obviously hardworking and spending their time in ways completely different from the way that Congresspersons with two year terms have to, namely fundraising.

    Unfortunately the incorporation of the Bill of Rights into the Constitution has led to the politicisation of the appointment process for SCOTUS instead of choice of the most esteemed professionals and scholars who would attempt to apply strict judicial method to all questions coming before them. The result is no reason for insulting all the individual members of the court without showing evidence that you have read their judgments with understanding and drawn defensible inferences from that. Mind you I suspect that there would be one or two of them you could end up despising…. But not the whole court.

  62. Mark Green says: • Website

    Rehmat- As I’ve stated previously, many of your posts are thoughtful and worthwhile. At the same time, a little healthy skepticism goes a long way. No need to bark needlessly.

    Show respect. Gain respect.

    Why burn bridges when you can win allies?

  63. KA says:

    Only NYT can pull this off as some kind of thoughtful deliberated remedy for a world dangerous for women and frighteningly dangerous for everybody which can be solved by one Woman . only the goddess Clinton could rescue the girls . So the ” girlie” votaries should not give up on her according to the wailing of another cheer leader .
    Even Kristoff could not encourage them to look into the role played by Clinton and some other women in getting those Gazan, Libyan ,Syrian,and Iraqi women and girls killed by NATO,drone,or hammered by wars or sanctions , or by Bush juggernaut of woman emancipator looking for an photo opportunity adorned with permanent high fives and thumbs up .

  64. Albion says:

    I would be careful praising Corbyn. His lack of experience makes him look like the fool he is, and track record is to approve of terrorists. Should he ever gets out of his politically correct mindset he might notice that London is degenerating into a third world sh*thole thanks to the policies of his Labour mates — a policy he is keen to continue.

    Other than that, please praise him. Trump can in fact go to any mosque and see what they are pretending to be there, so he doesn’t need to come to London.

  65. Rehmat says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    “And may I ask what Israeli Jewish idiots with their brains between their legs are doing on this site,” Gilad Atzmon.

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