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2019-08-08 08:25 by Karl Denninger
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This is an interesting article, and well-worth the time to read:

There is also the intriguing example of Dennis Hastert. As the longest serving Republican Speaker of the House in U.S. history, holding office during 1999-2007, Hastert was third in line to the Presidency and even ranked as our nation’s top Republican elected official during some of that period. Based upon my newspaper readings, he had always struck me as a rather bland and ordinary individual, with journalists sometimes even strongly hinting at his mediocrity, so that I occasionally wondered just how someone so unimpressive could have risen to such extremely high national office.

Then a few years ago, he was suddenly thrust back into the headlines, arrested by the FBI and charged with financial crimes relating to what apparently had been his past history of abusing young boys, at least one of whom had committed suicide, with the federal judge who sent him to prison denouncing him as “a serial child molester” at sentencing. Perhaps I’ve led an overly sheltered life, but my impression is that only a tiny sliver of Americans have had a long record of child molestation, and all things being equal, it seems rather unlikely that someone of such a background but who possesses no other great talents or skills would rise to near the absolute top of our political heap. So perhaps not all things were otherwise equal. If some powerful elements held the hard evidence that placed a particular elected official under their total control, making great efforts to elevate him to Speaker of the House would be a very shrewd investment.

Gee, I've written on that, haven't I?

But isn't it curious who hasn't?  Everyone in the mainstream media, for example.  And this is not a singular instance either; indeed, is this not more the rule than the exception when it comes to people in "high places"?

Witness the Obamacare decision out of the US Supreme Court.  When I read the opinion I was literally left with my head spinning.  Here is the Chief Justice, John Roberts, taking a law that the court found unconstitutional (imposing a fine for not doing something) and then acting to "save" it by ignoring the explicit Congressional Record of its debate and passage -- that is, that Congress knew, at the time it was drafted, that they could not write the law using the penalty as a tax because direct taxes, other than the income tax made legal under the 16th Amendment, are unconstitutional.  Congress knew this, it's in the Congressional record and it is why they wrote the law the way they did.

So Roberts, knowing this, turns around and rewrites the unconstitutional law into...... another unconstitutional law, one that Congress itself knew it could not pass because it didn't meet Constitutional muster and thus had been rejected!

He didn't care.  But why didn't he care?  Was it because someone has something on him?  There's plenty of speculation related to his adopted children and alleged irregularities -- which could lead said children, even now and in fact forevermore into the future, to be deported!  Do you think that might be a pretty good "pain point"?  I pointed this out at the time.... and of course it got nearly no press, except in Esquire, which ran a (short) article after the same-sex marriage decision.

But then again we, the people, have become supine in general.  I get asked from time to time (including the other day on Twatter) why I point out that people should rise up and take action, yet what I do is sit behind a keyboard and opine.  The obvious open question that wasn't asked (lest it get the asking party banned from Twatter) was "why haven't you gone postal?"

Such a question is beyond stupid but since logic provides a simple answer I'll give it to you anyway: Suicide isn't on my agenda and since nobody gives a wet crap about any of this corruption and the destruction it has served upon America and Americans, why would I do something that would have exactly the same impact on the course of human events as my walking into the middle of the street in front of my house and blowing my own brains out?

Perhaps sometime down the road the situation will change and the people will wake the hell up.  But I have little reason indeed to believe it shall be so; after all, there's certainly no indication of any stirring of the great fire in the belly that empowered the people on this land to tell Britain to pound sand in 1776 -- and mean it.

Then again somehow I doubt George Washington or Thomas Jefferson were into buggering little boys or raping 14 year old girls.  It seems, however, that such is indeed a common thread today -- far beyond the representation that mere numbers would suggest -- among those in high office.

And that leads to the obvious question:  Is that a bug, a feature, or, as seems more likely, are those who "aspire" to high office placed there by the very people who proffered those boys and girls to said sickos?

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I can come to no other conclusion than that we are well and truly screwed. No, I take that back. We're WAY past screwed at this point and went by it at a not trivial fraction of the speed of light. If "Screwed" was a planet, it would take a year for a radio signal from Planet Screwed to reach us.

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Totally agree that the norm is to have a handle on these people before they ever get close to a national level office.
Is that the big problem with Trump? That he wasn't supposed to win by design so they neglected a handle on him as a backup just in case the impossible happened? Is Clinton's crying and moaning because it was literally PROMISED to her?
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Gee, I've written on that, haven't I?


Yep, and this is NOT just a onesy twosy thing anymore, in my opinion. I can imagine this being so successful for "some powerful elements" to control top pols that it's probably become their preferred model over the years. I'd be willing to bet that virtually everyone at the top, or on their way up to the top, are compromised, nasty, evil mother ****ers.

Please let this be the day a giant flaming meteor takes out DC.

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You have, specifically Hastert, yes.

But more importantly the overall subject matter of perverts who only claim to power is their exploitation of children. These peoples minds are so twisted they have no problem threatening the safety and well being of people who refuse to provide venue to their sickness.

If people like Hastert are willing to hurt children, how much more so would they be willing to hurt you and everyone else who stands in the way of their sickened hearts. And if all they have to do to keep their raping and torment of children alive and well is sell out to their handlers. Well******on YOU for getting in their way.

Thank you for not only writing on this subject, but for continuing to write on this and MANY other "taboo" subjects.
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Make one wonder what they really have on Trump that is NOT being used...
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Of course they are placed there. The ones that do the placing want immoral politicians who can be manipulated and do not have superior intellect. That way they can have the politicians do what they want with reduced risk that the politicians will do something that would effectively impeed the manipulators' plans.
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thanks for this piece and for posting the article by Ron Unz.

a major issue with people putting a stop to this is the long term activity of creating weak men. it is a technique as old as the Romans where in conquered territory women were placed in charge. two things occur. men lose the desire to produce and standup to authority. women's maternal instincts seeking to protect their offspring train their males to be submissive and not challenge the system. often the only masculine activities permitted are sports, contests and futile outbursts. men learn that they are only to be work mules or drop out. even the more rebellious engage in useless activities as loners or dropouts. think of this and the modern iterations.

interesting that organized crime is mentioned. when people are imported from countries where corruption is the way of life, most men are beaten down (see above) and strong men rule; one gets a form of natural selection in the new host country for the most virulent.

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Noam Chomsky's take & remedy on the principles of concentration in wealth & power he makes in the documentary Requiem for the American Dream is identical to that made here by our host.

Although they get a bad (deserved in many cases) rap, the battles organized labor fought in the late 1800's-early 1920's, frequently lethal, are responsible for many of the benefits we worker bees enjoy today, i.e. 40-hr work week to name just one.

It's painfully obvious to my eyes that corporations who are now deemed as citizens with the same (greater) rights, have been waxing while labor's rights have waned since that time. The proletariet better figure it out and that right soon before the budget blows up in the next few years. Unfettered capitalism aka the gold-collared class can be just as destructive to the working class, blue & white collared, the environment & freedom as unbridled marxism. Congress represents those who put them in office and will only be held to account and heed if enough people demonstrate that, besides just the plutocratic oligarchs.

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As an ex-Limey, watching the cover up of the "grooming gangs" in Rotherham, etc., and wondering why it was allowed to go on for so long, I eventually realized, "whom are they supplying?"
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@Strangely -- Yep.

That rabbit hole is deep and has many twisty passages, all leading to someone with a lot of power with his dick buried in a 13 year old girl, boy -- or both.

Incidentally don't excuse the women in power either; they're complicit at best if not directly involved in procuring and directing this crap.

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When all the rumors were swirling...(Pizza Gate, Codes for pedofilic preferences, Clinton Involvement, etc) remember how it was all "Wing Nut Conspiracy Theory"????

Hmmm....
Hastert....
Wiener.....
Epstein....
Clinton on Lolita Express and Island....


Hmmmm.....

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Yeah, and those are just the ones who got busted.

How many didn't?

Weiner got away with it for HOW long? Hastert got away with it until long after he left office, yet his alleged buggery took place before he ran for office at all!

Clinton? Hahahahahaa...... gee, he got caught getting a blowjob under his desk while on the phone with a foreign head of state, which is an inherently-classified conversation!

Need I go on?

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Let's not assume it is only government leaders. There is a reason the media is more than disinterested.
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@Nadavegan -- Of course. Anyone who thinks the media isn't full of these people too has rocks in their head.

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I think it's the cart before the horse. I think that you don't get to certain positions anymore unless you can be controlled with "dirt". It's a very jaded point of view, I know.
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@CFisher -- Absolutely. I suspect that were I to have exhibited an interest in young girls (or boys) for less-than-legal purposes (instead of blackballing that crap when I ran MCSNet on my infrastructure to the extent I could do so without digging into people's personal directories and email storage) I would likely be a Senator right now.

Instead I got death threats, which the FBI and local cops ignored and refused to act on even when I was able to specifically identify where they came from (and in many cases I was able to do exactly that to the level of an individual apartment or house!)

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@ Tdurden "We're WAY past screwed at this point and went by it at a not trivial fraction of the speed of light."

I think instead of a fraction of light speed you meant an exponential multiple of light speed.

Something like Ludicrous speed or straight into Plaid. smiley

Just like Karl mentioned on the radio program, from Day 1 on arriving in DC all communications are "setup" for them and "monitored" and "controlled" all with gaping wide security holes. Those of course are not flaws but features.

Cross the machine and you are pigeon holed, cut off from $ and committees and sent packing after 1 term.

Whole concept is sickening !
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"Anyone who thinks the media isn't full of these people too has rocks in their head."

Indeed, all you have to do is see what is offered on TV to see the people creating it have no moral character.
Even outside the political narrative, they celebrate petty, criminal people who have no loyalty or manners.
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Trump is obviously very flawed, but this is why I voted for him. Both parties and the media were attacking him. He wasn't taking lobbyist donations. I'd rather have a homeless bum in office than another one of those bought and paid for sociopaths. At least the homeless bum can do what he honestly thinks is best for Americans, without that horrible influence corrupting things.

I see both parties as businesses. Their only product is YOUR REPRESENTATION. They act as gatekeepers to our representatives for a fee. That is what they sell for billions. They get away with that and it's called free speech.

By refusing to take lobbyist money, Trump was directly attacking their business model. I predicted he would have trouble accomplishing anything through congress, because they would fight tooth and nail for their livelihood. But there is no way the republic can survive long term unless more independents can get elected. There isn't much left that the 2 party system can loot, and they've almost turned China into the next world power.
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Next logical question is who's in control of this? Who's pulling the strings for all these "elected & appointed" puppet pedophiles? A couple of my top contenders are the CIA and China. Maybe they are working together?

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Well, not to disprove the point but to be completely accurate, Jefferson had Sally Hemings as a sexual slave. But no one was bribing him, or blackmailing him to write laws that harmed or plundered fellow citizens because of it.
To me that points to the fact that all men are immoral corruptible beings we and have failed to deal with that fact poltically to neutralize it. While people like J Edgar Hoover exploited the fact and have enslaved us. No one questioned publicly why Hoover was allowed to stay in office past mandatory retirement age. But everyone playing the game knew. Roberts is playing the game and no one really questioned in the media his betrayal of the Constitution. Did any Law School? Because everyone in the game knew why he did it and wanted that outcome.

The model that we falsely operate under is that we vote and it matters and the people we vote for represent us. People don't go into politics to represent their fellow man. They go into to amass power and wealth, not to run the nation in what the average person would consider a responsible, ethical manner. There's no money or power in that.
Robert Mueller is apparently a senile incompetent (or a very good actor) and nobody noticed that in his job interview for independent counsel, he didn't have pass a physical? No one on his staff went to the media and outed his incapacity, instead all we heard was a complete b.s. story about his competence and rectitude. When you apply for the lowest federal job you get thoroughly investigated, credit rating, debts, physical, neighbors, relatives, etc. But we are to believe with Mueller, no one questioned his fitness to serve. And the media is not now doing a deep dive into that question.
Only independent outlets are going to get facts out about what is going on. I often think back to Matt Lauer. Everyone knew he was a creep but he didn't ever get exposed and destroyed until he crossed Hillary.
The Unz Review has a great article on the discrimination against Asians and whites in admissions to the Ivy League Universites. The spots that should go to Asians and whites are being redirected to unqualified students of Jewish ethnicity. That was a stunner. The quality of graduates from these schools is completely non meritocratic, and yet it is they who will get the top jobs in government and Wall Street and devise the rules under the rest of us will live under.


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The quality of graduates from these schools is completely non meritocratic, and yet it is they who will get the top jobs in government and Wall Street and devise the rules under the rest of us will live under.

Right up until the people forced to live under that decide they've had enough, en-masse (NO, not one at a time -- that's functionally equivalent to suicide) and decide to rise up and solve the problem in a permanent fashion.

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"why haven't you gone postal?"

It's pointless unless you're tired of life and want to take a few with you.

This is the current global situation: Western Civilization continues to go through an unstoppable cycle (i.e., decline, attempt to rise and "make great again" and fail to do so, a hard fall down and finally a total collapse. Then comes all-out genocide for whatever resources are left). The cycle is so far timeless and no civilization in history has been able to break the rise-fall cycle. And time this won't be any different.

A thousand persons going postal at the same time could not stop the inevitable. A thousand at best might make a difference in the rate of change (e.g., the Blacks going postal and burning down a few hundred buildings gets The Tribe more sympathy and welfare) but no real difference is made in the final outcome of Western Civilization. Western 1950s culture is almost completely gone, and the massive surplus that was built up is being looted. The ignorant masses are the deciding factor in all of this, and not one guy going postal. The ignorant masses have unknowingly voted themselves right into the arms of the Grim Reaper.

I call the U.S.A., "The Diversity Empire". And what's about to happen is the stark realization that "we the people of The Diversity Empire can't all just get along".... I expect lots of low intensity conflict as the OtherColors continue to overrun, loot and displace the Whites.

I'm watching for the next phase of conflict to start: sooner or later somebody is going to figure out that gunning down 20 or 30 people is small potatoes and a complete waste of time. Killing little brown breeders or cockroach politicians doesn't even put a dent in the problem. Somebody is going to figure out that damaging the infrastructure is far more effective than killing a few dozen people. One smart guy could smuggle in the Obama worm, the fruit fly and some other super pests ( including some nasty fungus) and then incubate enough to cause billions of dollars worth of damage to the food supply. You don't have to be an agronomist to figure it out. After attacking the food supply another soft target would be burning down national forests with a few dozen homemade incendiary devices. Then hit the power grid. There are plenty of things to damage in such a complex empire. Attacking people directly is one of the least effective means...

Personally, I'm staying completely out of the fight unless it comes to my front door and I have no choice. I recommend that people prepare accordingly by stockpiling supplies and moving away from big cities --- or at least have a bugout location you can go to when the lights go out and Tribe Burns the place down...

"White Flight" is something I'd highly recommend.
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I think the government realizes that folks could rise up and solve the problem in a permanent fashion if they could focus on the true enemy, but they are being pulled into a divided state by all the rhetoric about diversity, racism, nationalism etc. I believe all this is being done on purpose to further hide who the real enemy/enemies are. More folks seem to be waking up to this lately, and TPTB are clamping down harder to make sure the information is blocked at every turn. When some things are brought to light, along comes another crisis to divert the attention of the sheeple. There seem to be so many of these events that they eventually just slip through the cracks as the major damage is being done to the country behind the scenes.

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