Open Thread – 28 June 2024

I’m pretty sure a lot of you have something to say about last night’s debate. What did I notice? Biden is an old man, a real old man. Fairly certain there are some in the DNC sweating that absolute fact. Trump remains a pathological liar and he can convey those lies vigorously. If he lightened up on the lies, I would have declared him the absolute winner. But he couldn’t so I can’t.

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175 Responses to Open Thread – 28 June 2024

  1. F&L says:

    Perfect summary, blessedly succinct TTG. Based on this brief clip below of Gavin Newsom some say he is in the running to be the nominee. For that to happen before or during the convention Biden has to withdraw from the race since he already has more than sufficient delegates pledged to him. After the convention the party bosses can pick his successor with zero input from anyone else if he pulls out.

    • Condottiere says:

      If they do withdrawal Biden, they lose three swing states. Wisconsin does not allow withdrawal except for death. In Nevada no changes can be made after the fourth Friday of June except for death. In Georgia if he withdraws 60 days before the election, his name will be on the ballot, but no votes counted. In Texas they have until the 74th day before election to withdrawal. So they are fucked . Hahahaha

      What are they going to do? Kill him? Only democrats are so evil and desperate.

      • TTG says:


        The Democratic convention isn’t until 19-22 August. If someone other than Biden is chosen, it would be then. So does Nevada not recognize nominating conventions?

      • F&L says:

        Thanks. It’s beginning to look like you’re right and that Joe will remain in the race. I wouldn’t bet the ranch on it but wouldn’t bet against it either.

  2. Lars says:

    Biden did not do a good job of communicating, but got some if his policy answers right. Everything that came out of Trump’s mouth was a lie. I think the moderators did an awful job by letting him avoid answering their questions and go off topic. That was not very professional. Other than that, I doubt this debate changed many minds. According to some, Biden had a cold, which would explain some of the problems he had. He is an old man, but so am I. As long as I can play pickleball and do the NYT crossword puzzle every day, I am in reasonable shape. But I am also getting over a cold, so I can understand Biden’s problem. The good news for him is that there are 5 months to the election and that is a life time in politics.

    • babelthuap says:

      They both are liars. Biden and his 3 degrees, top of his class, full scholarship, plagiarism in college for starters. I keep hearing people say Trump is a liar but so what. Anyone who says that and voted for Biden they also voted for a liar so the “Trump liar” is not the issue at all.

      The issue is what liar benefits you the most.

    • James Nawrocki says:

      I had to shut off the televised debate after 30 minutes. It was just too painful to watch Biden. His addled self was on display for all to see. The split screen of both candidates drove home the point even more, by watching Biden’s facial gestures.
      A chill ran down my spine that a person with this level of cognitive function is POTUS. As my non-political spouse (who watched all 90 minutes) said afterwards: if you knew nothing about the 2 men on stage, and where they stand on the issues, Trump won hands down.
      Old Joe has not been a bad chief executive, and his heart has mostly been in the right place. But he, like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, believe they are indispensable people, and do not know when to gracefully exit the public stage.
      I am so glad we got this revelation, now in June, rather than in October.

      • Eric Newhill says:

        I thought they both did a terrible job of communicating and both generally looked old and decrepit, but Biden more so than Trump. As for lies, they both told some whoppers. Biden is a blatant liar and Trump is an exaggerator.

        I’ll be voting for Trump, again, however it is sad that those two are our choices. Between the stupid and vicious media, the vicious politicians and the vicious forces behind the scenes (e.g. deep state, deep pocketed special interests) and an ignorant public that can’t grasp nuance or complexity and prefers sound bites and handouts, there is no reason a competent successful person would run for office and become a target, on top of being unappreciated.

      • scott s. says:

        So, how does Biden compare to FDR in late 44 and 45?

        • TTG says:

          scott s,

          FDR was in far worse condition physically, but it was fairly well hidden even by the press. Biden still bikes. Mentally, I’m not sure. FDR did well through the election, but 24/7 media and social media were not a thing back then. Biden might still be sharp, but his ability to express himself had declined and that’s readily apparent to all.

        • Fred says:

          Diane Feinstein was rolled into the Senate to vote until they finally had to put her into hospice. They’ll do the same thing with Joe.

  3. babelthuap says:

    In real news another US coup failed. This time in Bolivia. Apparently Bolivia has a lot of lithium, the largest reserves in the world:

    Other US coups have failed over the last several years. The old playbook no longer works. Ukraine was the last successful one. Either countries are catching on or people are just getting outright tired of the upheaval and commotion and want nothing to do with it other than stop it.

    • James says:


      Bolivia has been signing contracts with Chinese companies to exploit their Lithium reserves and has been talking about joining BRICS. This cannot stand!

      I was trying to fly out of La Paz sometime around 2009 and my flight kept getting cancelled. BoA has a really good safety record (and flying into or out of La Paz is non-trivial) but that comes at a price – they cancel flights if they have any safety concerns whatsoever.

      So I kept going back, day after day, to this one woman at this one travel agency, who spoke English perfectly because she had lived in the US and been educated in the US, to book yet another flight after my previous flight had been cancelled. There were some indigenous Bolivians protesting in the street and I asked her what they were protesting about. She rolled her eyes and said “those people are ALWAYS protesting”.

      She actually, with much effort, managed to book me on a flight (with three hops) to get me to Sao Paulo from where I could fly to Ecuador which was where I really wanted to go. I will always be grateful to her – she was very nice. And she gave me a bit of a glimpse into the class divisions into that part of the world between the lighter skinned elites and the darker skinned indigenous and into the fact that every group is likable if you bother to get to know them.

      Even – believe it or not TTG – even the Russians. Or at least some of them.

      • TTG says:


        Every Russian I’ve met up close, I’ve liked. We even exchanged cordial waves of ski poles with the Spetsnaz team training on the next ridge, although our Austrian trainers kept us separate.

        I liked the David Duchovny Russian beer commercial back in 2014, even though a lot of people gave him shit about it. It expressed a wonderful view of Russian culture.

  4. Keith Harbaugh says:

    My prediction:
    Jill will read all the reviews, observe how Joe did and is doing, make a judgement on what is most likely to happen in the next four years,
    and then urge Joe to start enjoying a well-deserved retirement, spending more time with his grandkids.
    Maybe even getting to know Navy.

  5. Fred says:

    CNN post debate show indicates just how much the left is panicking.

    Apparently many here still don’t understand edited audio and video and thus still believe the fine people hoax, the 51 intelligence against statements that hunter’s laptop (now confirmed in court as real) was Russian disinformation, and a few others. Truly sad. I would refer you to Scott Adam’s debunking, but even Snopes has changed its tune.

    • TTG says:


      The immediate post-debate analyses showed DNC talking heads with their hair on fire frantically suggesting immediate replacements for Biden. By morning, it was calmer, but not by much. Saw a post debate performance by Biden where he was night and day from his debate performance. Go figure.

      • Fred says:


        The most important question from last night was “who’s running the country, the guy who is older than Petain when he headed the Vichy government, or someone else?”

      • Yes. And the question the Democrats need to consider is:

        “If the Russians should launch a nuclear strike, either just in Europe or in America as well
        (brought about of course precisely by the policies towards Ukraine these same Democrats have been pushing),
        which Joe Biden (one a man who can’t complete coherent sentences)
        will be in control of America’s nuclear arsenal?”

        It is the height of irresponsibility for the Dems to avoid that question.

      • John Minehan says:

        If I were the Dems, I would not panic; if I were the GOP. I would not gloat;

        Biden was bad, but Trump was not much better (and has 34 felony convictions)

        Worst case, both sides will need to open their conventions and we will have other (and possibly better) candidates.

        Given both sides have the problem, neither SHOULD object to the other side doing this.

  6. Fred says:

    The supreme court has issued a few important decisions. The one about the SEC (taking away Lucy’s football) is a body blow to the administrative state.

    • LeaNder says:

      SEC (taking away Lucy’s football) is a body blow to the administrative state.

      Finally giving it back to Charly Brown?

      What decision is on your mind, Fred?

      • Fred says:


        As a victim of European regulators you can’t comprehend the loss of freedom Americans the have endured at the hands of a regulatory apparatus of unrestrained bureaucrats acting as prosecutor, jury, and judge combined in one agency.

        I would recommend reading on English Common Law, but it might be faster to simply watch some old episodes of Rumpole of the Bailey.

        • LeaNder says:

          You seemed to be referring to a specific case/decision.

          The reversal of Trump’s hesitant bumb stock ban? … Restrictive but not concerning the SEC.
          But thanks for the hints. Let’s take a closer look at recent SC decisions:


          Yes, the world’s only truly free market should be unleashed full force on the world again. A more beautiful since more powerful 2008 with a small elite of beautiful, beautiful winners versus a wasteland of losers and whiners.

          • Fred says:


            The decision affecting the securities and exchange commission has zero to do with armaments. Ending the ability of the ATF to administratively change the definition of one, that is a keen and accurate insight.

  7. Fred says:

    Oh, look, Chevron is dead too. And all those OSHA mandated covid shots…..

  8. Jim. says:

    Well Sir…Joe The Pale Face…Recovered From His Flew (Over The Cockoos Nest)
    Very Well. .. Ninety Minutes of Debate Vs…One Long Distance Doocey Shout..
    on the WH Lawn…
    After Having His Morning Tea…and Plate of Mushrooms…And Make Up…He
    And Jill ..Went Down The Hill…Oh What a Difference a Pill Can Make…The
    Morning After.. The Hillary and Jill Show…Saving Abominations Again.Eh

  9. Lars says:

    Let me remind you that when in his 90’s, Carter was building houses and teaching Sunday school. But Biden and his team created this and it is up to them to fix it and soon. In addition, in a debate Obama truly was bad, but recovered and won. This is just really a blip and there will be much more events to come. It was clear that Trump is a threat to the country, so it will be a match between a guy who sometimes slips and one who wants to tear everything down without any real plan to replace. Like the last time, some people think they can handle Trump, so everything will be fine. I am not so sure about that.

    • Fred says:


      What is the threat Trump poses to the country? What is he going to tear down? What was torn down in his first term?

      • Lars says:

        Fiscal responsibility disappeared and there was some serious damage at the Capitol. Not to mention the international status of the US. But most importantly, facts were ignored, omitted and discarded on a daily basis.

        • Fred says:


          A changing “International status” of the US? Is a threat? You care about what Vanuatu, Nepal or Mozambique’s respective governments think of the US? What do you think about how the governments of China, Russia, India and our “NATO allies” view of our national leadership after the performance of Joe Biden?

          Facts ignored, omitted and discarded on a daily basis? How does that relate to the truthful reports from NYT, WAPO, AP, CBS, NBC, ABC, BBC, and your other sources for years? What have they ignored, omitted, or discarded daily?

          • Lars says:

            The good news is that I do not live in an echo chamber with distorted acoustics. The bad news is that too many Americans do. Several people I know only want to hear what they want to hear, not necessarily what they need to. There are some empirical studies about the news media and I do take them seriously. I also get quite a bit of my info from overseas sources and that helps forming opinions too.

          • Fred says:

            Still can’t give straight answers to simple questions.

          • Condottiere says:

            You can blame Ronald Reagan for that. He deregulated the media and it resulted in total consolidation. About 90-95% of our information and media comes from 5 major conglomerates. News, magazines, publications, websites, books, movies, cable networks, movies, TV, and radio is controlled by 5 billionaires and executives. We are being bombarded and gaslit with partisan propaganda. Tribalism is how we pick who is right. This is why no one trusts their opponent’s media.



          • Fred says:


            Yes. CNN just showed the world the reality that was hidden. Many still prefer the comfort of the gaslight.

  10. rick says:

    The idea that the Dems should or will change candidates is stupid and a certain loss. The hysteria would be funny, if it was not so…you know…stupid and counterproductive. Whoever convinced the Biden campaign to have a debate between incumbent and challenger in the first place should be eaten by rats publicly.

    The only thing anyone from the Biden campaign should be saying is “Do you remember 2019? Do you remember 2020? Do you remember not only all the lies, but the really bone-crushingly stupid lies since then?” That’s it. Let the opposition wail their wails. Just keep asking if anyone remembers what it was like when they were in charge. Maybe point out that there are a million less people answering that question because the challenger was denying the pandemic and then telling people to huff bleach.

    Any “progressive” who thinks that not voting for Biden will do anything that they do not consider harmful is…what? Stupid. It is remarkable and troubling how often that word is coming up in relation to US presidential politics.

    Finally, a word from Cap on the election:

    • rick says:

      Remember when the challenger brought the Doctor who publicly states that demons impregnate women at night as a COVID advisor?

    • John Minehan says:

      I’ll be honest. I have practiced Health Law for 35 years and I have no idea what President Biden was talking about about with Medicare (or even what he might have wanted to talk about when he said “Medicare.”)

      Trump was not much better (and he is just before being sentenced on 34 NYS felony Charges he was convicted on.

      Both parties need to sit down and think about what to do,

      An open convention and a better candidate might do both political parties (and the Country) a world of good.

      . . . . then we might look at the Primary/Convention/Selection process overall . . . .

      • John Minehan says:

        Sorry! Typo. “25 years” not”35.

        But I still have no idea what it meant.

        • Eric Newhill says:

          Healthcare insurance guy here for past 20 years +. I have no idea what Biden was talking about either. The related points that were a little more were blatant lies. Pretty sure Biden had no idea what he was saying either, as noted by Trump.

        • Eric Newhill says:

          meant to say “more clear”; not just “more”.

          Maybe I’m getting it too.

  11. English Outsider says:

    Terrible debate format. What were those two doing agreeing to it? Lined up like a couple of schoolboys and allowing some nobodies to tell them what to speak on and how long to speak on it.

    Those two need space. Trump needs a lot of space, and an audience cheering him on, to put his message across. Biden showed in his fighting back speech afterwards he’s still able to put his across. And yet both allowed themselves to be confined in that cramped and bitty format where no real debate could be unfolded. The most new information I got from it was more knowledge than I need about their golf handicaps.

    Though I don’t know who’d win a round of golf between those two. I’d not put it past the Donald to kick his ball to a better lie nor past Biden to make front page news of it. And Trump showed himself at his worst, jibing at Biden’s mental capacity and asserting his own was superior.

    As for that mental capacity, there hasn’t been a really clever US President since Clinton. And looking at what Clinton got up to with US foreign policy, cleverness doesn’t help that much. On US foreign policy, which naturally is what interests me most, these big politicians are mostly the sum of the forces acting on them in any case. As long as they can read the teleprompter OK, doesn’t make a lot of odds who they are. Who finds relevant the breed of Caligula’s horse?

    Except that appearances do matter. Especially in the States, where the voters aren’t quite as easily herded as they are in Europe. The politicians wouldn’t obsess about PR if how good they are at it doesn’t have effects in the real world. The donors aren’t going to want to back Biden if they doubt he’ll be able to deliver the votes. To fool We the People into putting their ticks in the right box it’s necessary for the showmanship to be right. The showmanship wasn’t right in that debate and the donors are going to want to see it improved. Or else.

    So whoever agreed on Biden’s behalf to that crazy debate format should be told not to take risks like that again. I think, however, that as far as foreign policy goes Putin had it right. It doesn’t make a lot of odds who the President is. I watched the Colonel’s “Borg” overriding Trump when it suited them and if he’s elected it’ll no doubt happen again. In as far as a US President exercises any personal power in foreign policy, Biden’s probably the safer bet. On the rare occasions when he gets his hands on the reins, Trump tends to be less predictable.

    • Fred says:


      The format wasn’t good? The moderators weren’t good enough? The showmanship didn’t please donors? Clinton, the Epstein island visitor who signed the “giant sucking sound” (Perot reference) nafta treaty that gutted our manufacturing base? Yes, clever. Like Boris and few other empty suits who’ve lived at 10 downing street. Sounds like Europe’s preferred candidate is toast.

    • John Minehan says:

      I think it benefited Trump. It kept him on point and less strange or belligerent..

      • Eric Newhill says:

        I think it was a set-up designed to show everyone how far gone Biden is. Even CNN has been saying that it’s time for Joe to go. Now there is a justification for replacing him prior to the election, which is a better option than having him either die in office or have to be 25th amendmented next year and being stuck with Harris has POTUS, something no one finds acceptable.

        I also think this is why Trump agreed to the debate. There really is no reason to have a debate at face value. We all already know each candidate’s platform, talking points and style. We already know what they will say to each other. This is just a rehash of 2020.

        However, beneath the surface, going through with the debate is win/win for Trump. He helps demonstrate that Biden is vegetable and that the powers that be have been allowing that situation to continue and that is red meat for the MAGAs and may sway some independents who are already angry about the NY sham trials. It’s a very bad look for the Democrats party keeping a Biden in office to date. It speaks to the presence and power of the deep state. Sure it helps the democrats accomplish a replacement for Biden, but it’s too late for them to save their image. No matter who the democrats select to replace Biden, it looks rushed and unvetted.

        On the other hand, if the democrats stick with Biden, independents will definitely move to Trump, the candidate that isn’t obviously demented.

        Now, it may be that the democrats are trying to make a deal – they will replace Biden with a candidate the republicans can live with if elected and, in return, the republicans will torpedo Trump for someone the democrats agree they could live with if elected. Trump would fight this tooth and claw, but who knows what sabotage the two parties may yet have in store for Trump? They may think they have a coup de grace poised to drop.

  12. “Biden showed in his fighting back speech afterwards he’s still able to put his across.”

    Um, there was a big difference.
    In the North Carolina speech Biden had a teleprompter: ,

    like in practically all of his speeches.
    The debate revealed how much trouble Joe Biden has thinking on his feet, without a teleprompter,
    when he is merely voicing words likely written by a speechwriter,
    rather than extemporaneously.

    • English Outsider says:

      Keith Harbaugh – I didn’t know that though I did wonder when I saw Biden looking fixedly at single spots.

      Should say that I don’t think much of the foreign policies of either candidate, or rather of those backing them. Unless my memory’s at fault, in 2016 the Colonel voted Stein. She and Tulsi Gabbard are the only two I have seen speaking whose foreign policy sounds in any way realistic. Trump seems to be living in dreamland with his proposals on Ukraine, Biden similarly, and both have a screw loose on events in Israel. Psychos on the loose about sums it up.

      As was apparent even from that debate. I suppose you know we have an election over here too. All except oddball Farage carefully avoiding issues of substance. Main difference being that when the top European politicians talk foreign policy the world laughs. When the American ones do, thousands die.

      • John Minehan says:

        In the Ukraine, both sides want an out without admitting it

        Biden probably does not want to give it to them.

        Trump wants to be able to take credit for settling it.

        Their interests are mutual enough that there might be a solution there (at least in the short term).

        To quote von Bismack, “If You like laws or sausages, it does you well not to see them made.” The same may be true of “peace.”

      • LeaNder says:

        EO, PL supported Bernie Sanders against Hilary Clinton, but I consider it highly unlikely he never supported let alone voted Stein. But as always I willing to learn something new about our late host.

      • “Main difference being that when the top European politicians talk foreign policy the world laughs. When the American ones do, thousands die.”

        A good look at who is driving American foreign policy is here:
        by Katrina vanden Heuvel

        • English Outsider says:

          From the link provided:-

          “As Cohen put it in the Atlantic, “we need to see masses of Russians fleeing, deserting, shooting their officers, taken captive, or dead. The Russian defeat must be an unmistakably big, bloody shambles.”

          The word “bloody” is seldom used in the States as an expletive. In this passage, therefore, what is meant is a military defeat accompanied by much slaughter.

          May 19th 2023, that was published. Washington must have been ringing with applause for that up an’ at ’em call to war. I know Westminster was.

          Except that I imagine any Russian under 90 or so hearing that would instantly enlist. And of course Russia delenda est has been message coming loud and clear from the West since ’22. Did we think they would not hear that message?

          Presumably why the Russians have been flocking to the colours in their thousands, Anyone saying “the English defeat must be an unmistakably big, bloody shambles” would have any Englishman who wasn’t six feet under doing the same.

          Eliot A Cohen. Gets a glowing set of references here:-

          A glittering CV and a more that usually distinguished career. Now merely a humble recruiting officer for the Russian armed forces. Strange, the tricks fate plays on even the best of us.

          • TTG says:


            By your reasoning, Russia has only her own politicians and talking heads to blame for the Ukrainians resisting the Russian invaders with the ferocity and heart they’re exhibited for the last two and half years.

      • Fred says:


        Keep the insult. Boris Johnson kept the Ukraine war going, not the US. Had GCHQ not aided Hilary the whole Russia Russia collusion hoax would have gone nowhere, we would be at the end of Trump’s second term, and the end of the EU as we know it. Rejoice in with the situation that your politicians helped create. BTW the EU, which you are still entangled with, won’t last much longer.

        • English Outsider says:

          Entangled? With the EU? You across the Atlantic don’t know the half of it Fred. As far as Ukraine and such matters go we’re a bit more than “entangled” with Festung Europa. We’re with it heart and soul! The British Lion switched sides long ago.

          That was our foreign policy laid out in a nutshell. Still is. Barbarossa Scholz can count on England this time round. Festung Europa erwache!

          • Fred says:


            If only your people could vote to replace their elites “”Who rules East Europe commands the Heartland.” ” true believers. Oh, and Auslander Raus! while you are at it. Except you can’t say, write, or think that in the EU. It even gets lots of your fellow subjects in trouble.

    • optimax says:

      Biden also has the angry old man down pat. It’s deeply ingrained in his character like braggadocio is in Trump.

  13. Lars says:

    In essence, it will come down to a contest between an old man and a conman. As one veteran Republican election specialist put it: It is between two old men. I you ask them to house sit for you, one will forget to turn of some lights and take some naps. The other one will steal all your valuable stuff and kill your dog.

    • ked says:

      each has a bunch of fellow travelers. the old man’s might raid the fridge of beer… the con’s? religious freaks & violent gangsters seeking to wipe out house-sitting competition. if your wife & children might return before you do… that’s a risk you accept.

  14. Christian J Chuba says:

    The only chance the Democrats have is to replace Biden. The independent voters are not going to vote for the only President in history who does the old man, Parkinson’s shuffle when he walks and whispers when he talks. That’s my analysis, not my preference. I’m voting for Jill Stein. I do not have a dog in this fight.

    • rick says:

      This was the Nader Voter attitude of 2000, and frankly, mine in 2016 when I did not cast a vote for president at all. Those both worked out like shit. You cast a vote for someone you know will not win, you vote for the winner; are they really that equal to you? I know I learned my lesson.

      Do you really think they could change candidates now and win? Really? I would love to hear how that would work.

      • elkern says:

        Technically, it depends what State you are in. I live in a “safe” Blue State, so I can vote for Stein (or whoever) without throwing the Electoral College to Trump.

        But just imagine the hot air Trump would produce if he won the Popular Vote but lost the EC! In both 2015 & 2020, I held my nose & voted Dem, specifically out of fear for what Trump & his Mob would do if they lost like that – despite the *fact* that Trump won the EC in 2016 while losing the popular vote by almost 3 Million votes.

        Interesting note: the GOP has only won the popular vote once this century (narrowly, in 2004).

    • TonyL says:

      Christian J Chuba,

      I’m tired of hearing people saying “I do not have a dog in this fight”. You do have a dog in this fight. You refused to vote for Biden or Trump, and will vote for Jill Stein. You also do “have a dog in this fight” if you will not vote for any of the candidates. Even if you move out of the country, you will still have “a dog in this fight” when you retire and start getting Social Security and Medicare benefits.

      • Christian J Chuba says:

        ‘don’t have a dog in this fight’. I meant between Trump and Biden. Trump and Biden are equally unacceptable. Both are warmongers and both will continue to explode the deficit. Both have run up our debt by trillions of $ and committed acts of aggression against other countries.

        The Republicans and Democrats do no own my vote. They have to earn it.

  15. Lars says:

    As usual it will be a binary choice and to opt out is neglect. Any vote for anyone besides the two main candidates is a vote for one of them and less for the country and more for self-indulgence.

  16. English Outsider says:

    Thanks, TTG.

    I should explain that it’s only possible to say thanks by writing a comment. I write fast and don’t always catch errors when I look over the comment before submitting. So if I later see a particularly stupid error I submit a corrected comment and ask TTG if he’d mind deleting the first. Scholar and gentleman as he is, TTG always helps out. Must add to his already heavy load moderating so have just put in a note to say thanks.

    Hope this one’s error free for once!

  17. Computer support for background investigations: A huge boondoggle

    “An Examination of DOD’s Struggling Background Check System”

    After eight years and over $600 million spent on the [National Background Investigation Services (NBIS)], there is very little to show for it.

    [The chairman said]
    we are eight and a half years into a three-year program.
    We are 1.345 billion spent on about a 700-million-dollar program”

  18. mcohen says:

    I would say that it is time for the iranian people to choose their destiny.Not wisely because they are wise,but rather with their hearts.

    • James says:


      Do you think Iran should join BRICS?

      • mcohen says:

        The possibility of Iran joining brics exists.The first Muslim country to do so,but would the present leadership consider it,probably not.
        However as an alternative enlightenment path to that of the west,Iran would greatly benefit.You know.Iranian mindset has not greatly benefited under Islam and I think that both Russia and China and to some extent India could uplift Iran intellectually.
        When you look at the advances coming out of
        B R I in all fields Iran could bring some valuable insight.
        Also Iran would need oversight in its nuclear ambitions and they would probably look to a non western approach.

        Cannot be fiddling around with reactors.As Ukraine did

  19. optimax says:

    Voting for a third party is a way to register your displeasure with both candidates and is something I’ve done before and may do again. Both the RNC and DNC are private corporations that don’t have a requirement to make the primaries fair. To try and convince somebody they have to vote for the lesser of two weasels is shirking their duty as an Americano is a form of brainwashing.
    I met a man who just came from the Democratic convention in SF back in the 80’s. He said that it was not a democratic process and if people understood how the candidates were chosen, there would be a revolution. I think he gave Americans too much credit.

    • TonyL says:


      “To try and convince somebody they have to vote for the lesser of two weasels is shirking their duty as an Americano is a form of brainwashing.”

      Life is about making a choice. If you want your choice counted for something then make it. If you don’t think it will make any difference then, by all means, don’t bother.

      • optimax says:


        I don’t have to buy a product some corporation chose for my, or follow the rules they made for their own benefit. There should be more than two candidates but no more than five. Those are my rules– that count for nothing. Some people think being part of a herd makes them something bigger than themselves.

        I’ll either vote for Alfred E. Neuman, RFK Jr or Trump.

        The fact that Biden is in cognitive decline is finally in the open after the debate. The msm and Dem party have been hiding it for years. It has been shown on some of the more conservative websites but the leftist media declared those videos to be fake. And then Lady McBiden says he just had a bad day or a cold. The truth is Joe is not charge and he shouldn’t be. You’re voting for his handlers, and that’s fine if you think they are doing great things for the country or if you believe the lie that Trump will destroy our democracy. Yes, I think Trump is a better choice than Biden or the cabal that surrounds him. But I want someone who will rein in the MIC and pull us back from being the police force of the world. And the powers-that-be won’t let that happen.

        • ked says:

          it’s kinda a shame no one on the right has reservations about the cabal surrounding trump. due to mortality tables, extreme partisanship & a near-perfect constitutional storm this is an election wherein a cabal will ultimately rule.
          if it is trump’s, prepare yourself for institutional destruction & grand civic corruption. why do they go on & on about the deep state? projection … it is a confession of their intent. they are true believers in the disintegration of America – their faith willed by God. a vote for trump is a vote to speed dissolution by political gangsters.

          • Eric Newhill says:


            You mean the CIA, MIC, DOJ, FBI, MSM and…..oh wait…that is the cabal surrounding Biden.

            Trump’s cabal, well let’s see……um you’re going to have to help me there. Having a challenge coming up with that cabal. Is it people Biden’s cabal labeled as “deplorable”, like every day working people? The Russians? no can’t be that. It was debunked…..I’m sure Biden’s cabal has put ideas in your head about Trump’s cabal. So please help me out.

    • Fred says:

      How has that worked out for you all these years?

      • optimax says:

        Are you talking about voting third party? I’m not complaining. Even when I vote for one on the ballot,they rarely win, especially local elections in ultra-progressive Portland, Or. I voted for Trump last election. May do it again even though I know Oregon always goes Dem or for complete wacko. Most of my friends are liberal, some even progressive. As Trump said,and is frequently taken out of context, “There are fine people on both sides.”

  20. Condottiere says:

    While everyone is distracted about Biden’s debating incompetence, this came out.

    2 of the 51 signatories were on active contract with the agency and may have abused their positions to rush the statement through the PCRB. Others had “green card access”.

    • Eric Newhill says:

      The deep state relishes and defends the autonomy that comes from having an old, mindless, zombie in the top executive office.

      • mcohen says:

        I wonder about that “Deep state”,also why ufo’s only exist in america.Nowhere else,these little green men with the big wobbly eyes and freeze dried testicles.
        Deep state sounds more like a timothy leary word of wonder.
        Transcendental anaesthesia on drip.
        Eric,i think newhill does not suit.Anthill probably a better choice
        Check out anting

        Black drongo is next level black swan.

        Blue black drongo
        Deep state bongo
        Got the beat man
        This is what i see
        From my tin can
        Mighty roar from the ocean floor
        Phoenix flying fish
        You can hear the mariners
        Making a final wish.

    • optimax says:


      Thank you for passing along this important information that proves the CIA interfered in the 2020 presidential election on behalf of Joe Biden, deflating the October surprise that would have benefited Trump. This confirms my suspicions.

      • Eric Newhill says:

        But, but, one of our flaming liberals, upstream, says Trump is surrounded by an evil cabal; presumably more sinister than what Condottiere has shared.

        I noticed a strange trend wherein liberals/progressives are kind of in love with the CIA, FBI, Fauci – and any big authoritarian government agency, except maybe the military. It’s strange, to me, at least, because from the 1960s up until Obama, the left despised and distrusted government power. Something flipped.

        I think it was that liberals/progressives are actually as power hungry, as controlling and as into ends justifying means as the worst of the groups they are against, they just never felt they had control over the state. Obama showed them that they too could enter the halls of power and use it to force their revolutionary notions on everyone.

        Now these liberals preach that big authoritarian government and its intelligence agencies are a good thing that must be respected because they keep us safe from all manner of tremendous evil, like the “Orange Man” and his cabal – such fairy tales.

      • Fred says:

        You mean Hunter would have been charged with the felonies he was convicted of years ago, along with a few more?

  21. F&L says:

    Zelensky’s wife ordered a $4.5 million Bugatti sports car. Not 10 cars for $450,000 each, nor 100 cars for $45,000 each, but one for four and a half million.

  22. optimax says:

    A cabal of deplorables. Has a nice ring to it. Too bad Trump’s cabal didn’t, and won’t, include the CIA, FBI or Boy Scouts. But a blue collar cabal comprised of plumbers, mechanics and all types of rabble. They almost overthrew the government without weapons or the military on their side. Yeah, it was a stupid riot but not as bad as the 100 days of riots in Portland the city still hasn’t recovered from. I just hope Nancy got her podium back.

    • TonyL says:


      You say Jan 6 was a stupid riot. I say it’s Trump’s last hope to overturn the election after he lost. He was waiting for hours hoping to see any congressman/woman or Mike Pence was taken hostage, or harmed in any way, and then declare martial law.

      • optimax says:


        We are all speculating what Trump was thinking that day but you’ve gone way too far. “He was waiting for hours hoping to see any congressman/woman or Mike Pence was taken hostage, or harmed in any way, and then declare martial law” is just your near hysterical fantasy. Trump wanted to go to the Capitol Building but the Secret Service would not let him go. If the driver had taken him, would he have talked the crowd down and prevented a riot or would have charged up the stairs at the head a blood thirsty crowd with a nine iron clutched above his head? /s Take your pick.

        He did wait too long to send his “Go home” tweet.

      • Fred says:


        Why oh why has no one been charged with “insurrection”; or attempted murder, or a host of other felonies?

        • TonyL says:


          Quite simple, the rioters never got close to any of the members of Congress. And calling them insurrectionists would be giving them too much credit. They were just simple minded rioters. Look for their leaders hiding and pulling strings.

    • TTG says:


      Trump’s inner cabal will be people like Jason Miller, Boris Epshteyn, Stephen Miller, Ric Grenell, Kash Patel and Steve Bannon. They will be implementing Project 47 and Project 2025. The immediate goal is to replace large swaths of government employees with Trump loyalists. It’s a variation on the Soviet red or expert question, so the CIA, FBI and maybe even the Boy Scouts will become Trump’s cabal.

      • Fred says:


        My goodness the Obama Biden inner cabal is going to be replaced! Tail gunner Joe will be back and conspiracy theories 47 and 2025 will come true! Oh my! And here I am just out of tin foil. I was promised flying cars when I was a kid too, darn it. At least we aren’t discussing Biden’s great debate performance or his attack on the supreme court.

      • Eric Newhill says:

        So Trump will allegedly do what Obama/Clinton did? Sounds like projection, but I sure hope it happens.

        Opioid deaths (coming from China/cartels) at record levels, human trafficking (including children) at record levels, “Other than Mexicans” crossing the border (including known terrorists) at sky high/record levels, but the FBI thinks that US citizens who object to woke transvestite politics at school board meetings are among the biggest threat to the country. Please ignore Russian collusion BS, mysterious and abused FISA warrants, domestic spying, etc. It’s for our own good. FBI/DHS/CIA knows best, right?.

        What we have currently is a variation – scratch that – a direct copy of the Soviet red or expert question. Yes. Those assholes need to be replaced. Boohoo for you that they will be replaced by people that believe our country is great, should not be worn down and who support traditional American values. Your revolution is coming to an end. Thank God.

      • Eric Newhill says:

        + Looks like France is also done with your “progressive” ideology. Bon Chance LePen!

        • jld says:

          The supposed French “far right” has been fully bought by our (European) Deep State and allowed to ascend to power, possibly to bear the costs of the impending mayhem, economic or otherwise.

      • Eric Newhill says:

        One last – A so called “Trump loyalist” is a person loyal to the Constitution and the ideals of the founders.

        The progressives believe the founders were evil and that the Constitution is an outdated piece of paper.

        Magas are conspiracy theorists? Go back and read your own comment. And of course you also believe that Trump will will declare himself dictator for life, like Zelensky, but for a shorter term since Trump is pretty old.

        Sounds like out of control paranoia to me.

      • optimax says:


        You mean a return to 1860?
        I must admit that i was unfamiliar with Progect47. After a cursory reading of their website, I agree with much of the plan but it all depends on its implementation, which, like many plans, can go sideways and turn into a nightmare. What I don’t like is. no matter who wins the election, our foreign policy will be based on use of military power. Even Reagan after building up our military, used diplomacy and economic power to defeat communism. He had a few small military adventures but nothing long term that drains our wealth.

        When I moved to Tucson in ’84 Hughes was was going full blast developing and producing missile. It stopped once our stockpile of weapons reached an acceptable degree. People lost jobs and Tucson’s economy took a downturn.

  23. Margot Cleveland has a good column:

    “By ‘Democracy,’ Democrats Mean
    A Shadow Government Of Unelected Biden Aides”

    “the country witnessed our commander-in-chief
    confirm through his cognitively impaired performance
    that he is not running our country …
    those closest to the president —
    his cabinet, advisers, campaign staff, and Democrat-trusted members of the press —
    knew this reality for years.
    They were content to keep quiet so long as they could hide the truth from Americans: that
    they, not the commander-in-chief elected by voters,
    would run the country.”

  24. “A neurosurgeon diagnoses Joe Biden
    Mid-stage Parkinson’s, with dementia”

    “[Biden] undoubtedly has Parkinson’s disease,
    and is increasingly suffering from Parkinson’s dementia.
    The signs are unmistakable:

    Here we have someone with cognitive issues with his hand on the nuclear button.”

    • F&L says:

      Thanks for that link. It’s a convincing analysis. I wonder if Parkinson’s is accompanied by obstinance — it’s sometimes present in dementia. Given what he thinks of Trump it must seem unthinkable to Joe to drop out, and what I’ve seen so far says he won’t.

      • I think the problem is Jill.
        You know, this SWMBO thing.
        I can guarantee you, it wasn’t like that in the 1950s.
        Check out
        “I’m going to send you to the moon, Alice.”
        Quite the change.

        Those of us who remember 1950s television probably remember this:
        Definitely not SWMBO territory.

        • F&L says:

          By coincidence or not the NY Times lead article this morning in its online edition is precisely about Biden’s worrisome health with mentions of numerous powerful people who interact with Biden saying he has declined rapidly and markedly in recent months. But the cite a doctor – the Whitehouse doctor – saying he doesn’t have Parkinson’s. I found myself wondering if they don’t read TTG’s blog here.
          In case you subscribe:

    • A Wednesday, July 3, report on what is going on with Joe, his family, and the scene:

      “NBC News has reported that Hunter Biden intensely wants his father to stay in the race.
      And Jill Biden has been adamant that he wouldn’t give up.”

    • A comment from CNN’s medical correspondant Sanjay Gupta:

      “Biden should undergo ‘detailed cognitive and movement disorder testing,’ Sanjay Gupta says”

      “Gupta said the symptoms he saw include Biden’s
      halting speech,
      quiet voice,
      slack-jawed appearance, and
      inability to finish some sentences while on the debate stage.”

    • A ten minute video from a medical doctor, Dr. Suneel Dhand, on Biden’s condition:

      dated Monday, July 1.

      He shows a video clip of Biden from 2012, when Biden was in his late 60s, then shows one from the 2024 debate, so we can see how much Biden has changed (deteriorated).

      It is amazing how many of the comments to that video are from people with experience with people who have dementia, and recognize the symptoms.

    • Wow!
      The Walter Read neurologist who has been examining Biden’s mental capabilities is also a donor to Biden’s campaigns!

      “A neurologist who specializes in Parkinson’s disease and met with President Joe Biden‘s physician earlier this year, among other White House visits, doubles as a donor to the president’s reelection campaign, records show.

      Dr. Kevin Cannard at Walter Reed Medical Center, whose White House visits were unearthed by the New York Post on Saturday and sparked further questions about Biden’s fitness for office after his lackluster debate performance, has cut regular checks to Biden’s campaign since February 2020, according to Federal Election Commission filings.”

      Can someone who donates to Biden’s campaigns be considered an objective observer?

      • TTG says:

        Keith Harbaugh,

        Ronnie Jackson was a diehard Trump supporter while he was White house doctor. He was demoted for his inappropriate medical behavior during his time at the White House.

  25. F&L says:

    Maybe this belongs in TTG’s recent pre-4th of July post of reminiscence since it so seriously affects the American republic going forward.
    Anyway, for once I fully agree with a New York Times editorial. How in the F could Chief Justice Roberts (or anyone) write such an opinion especially with a criminal such as Trump likely to take office and especially especially given his antics on Jan 6, 2020?
    As Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in a blistering dissent along with the other two liberal justices, the ruling creates a series of “nightmare scenarios” for what a president is now allowed to do. “Orders the Navy’s SEAL Team 6 to assassinate a political rival? Immune. Organizes a military coup to hold onto power? Immune. Takes a bribe in exchange for a pardon? Immune. Immune, immune, immune.”
    She added: “The relationship between the president and the people he serves has shifted irrevocably. In every use of official power, the president is now a king above the law.”

    • Lars says:

      What disturbs me the most about this Supreme Court, other than the corruption, is that they do not seem capable of considering the consequences. John Roberts just allowed Joe Biden to issue a executive order, which is “official” and thus brings immunity, to revoke Trump’s citizenship and thus make him ineligible to run for office and then deport him because of his criminal history. Not that I expect it, but it is an illustration of the low level of intelligence we now have on the court. I wonder how long it will take before some federal judges just start to ignore this court and their poor decisions. Nor do I think most Americans agree that the only things that can be regulated anymore are women’s bodies.

      • F&L says:

        Well said. It’s a horror.

      • Mark Logan says:


        My read is the Supreme Court has set themselves up as the sole arbiter of what are official acts and what are not. So, we have Nixon’s “It’s legal if the President does it…” with the caveat of “…if the Supreme Court agrees.”

        The only remedy is a Constitutional amendment. I suspect it could happen if worded simply enough, as it would be very hard to argue against “No one is above the law” to the American people.

        IMO the ruling is not entirely silly. I can see some reason to have a sitting POTUS immune to criminal prosecution, but there should be some check on wanton ambition and a person so cowardly that they are afraid to defend their acts in front of a jury of their peers shouldn’t be a POTUS.

      • Fred says:


        Where in the constitution is ‘consider the consequences’ before deciding if something is constitutional or not?

        Can you point out which article of the Constitution gives the executive branch that power to revoke citizenship via executive order? Just kidding. I really would like to know how many cries from the heart it takes before an ‘extremist’ “rid of this meddlesome priest” to paraphrase HenryII.

  26. English Outsider says:

    A couple of interviews with Harrison Mann.

    The second gleaned from the MOA comment section.

    That’s a career gone, by the sound of it. Other American dissidents from his world seem mostly to be retired with pensions or are able to retreat into consultancy work. Harrison Mann is too young for the first and probably won’t get consultancy work after going public like that.

    So one can only wish him well. I’ve come across no recent equivalents in the English news and probably would have read about them if there were any. I suspect that the security constraints after leaving are much tighter here and in Europe in any case.

    I wonder how many there are like him in the vast Intelligence apparatus of the various Western countries. Judging by the vast contempt Colonel Lang had for our set-up in the UK, quite a few here. Shut up and just get on with the job will be the motto for most of them, I suppose. Must be pretty deadening, to have to go into work with that attitude day after day.

    A sharper dilemma for Mann’s Israeli equivalents. Many of those must be appalled by Netanyahu’s all or nothing brinkmanship, even setting aside moral questions such as those that troubled Mann. What can you do, when you see your country flirting with disaster and are expected to go along with it?

    • mcohen says:

      “All or nothing brinkmanship”
      You kidding right.This is a battle for survival for israel.There is no alternative.

      • English Outsider says:

        Battle for survival both sides, looks like, mcohen. The Golden Billion versus the “Jungle”. Ukraine also. Stress testing Western Exceptionalism to the limit.

        So our Masters have decreed. Just keep Joe away from the big red button and wait it out.

  27. F&L says:

    Time for Biden to fire or otherwise remove the Supreme Court. It’s now legal, as would be burning the Reichstag or appointing his horse to the Senate.

    • Eric Newhill says:

      Over-reacting much?

      Unconstitutional orders have not suddenly become legal. Nor have orders that are for the President’s personal benefit.

      • F&L says:

        It’s interesting you say that because though it’s reassuring to hear this from you, Supreme Court Justice Kagan (and Brown) said things similar to mine in her dissenting opinion which I quoted briefly (via the Times) above and she’s supposedly an expert on the US constitution. See this:
        As Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in a blistering dissent along with the other two liberal justices, the ruling creates a series of “nightmare scenarios” for what a president is now allowed to do. “Orders the Navy’s SEAL Team 6 to assassinate a political rival? Immune. Organizes a military coup to hold onto power? Immune. Takes a bribe in exchange for a pardon? Immune. Immune, immune, immune.”
        Was she also over-reacting? Her mention of organizating a military coup is certainly pertinent given Jan 6 though I vaguely recall reports of our military turning down his requests to get involved on that date. (Some have claimed that our security agencies such as the FBI were involved in arranging the affair as an elaborate entrapment.)

        • Eric Newhill says:

          Typical hysterical liberals; subspecies = women. Sky screamers.

          Having SEAL Team 6 take out a political rival is directly counter to the constitutionally prescribed method of selecting new representative leadership and transferring power to them. Therefore, being against the Constitution, it would be illegal.

          Also, it seems to me that assassinating a rival is an act born of personal ambition and not an official act on behalf of the country. So not immune for that reason as well.

          • TTG says:

            Eric Newhill,

            I tend to agree with you. Some things should be obvious. Although Trump’s lawyer refused to agree that something as egregious as a sitting president having SEAL Team 6 take out a political rival is beyond the pale of immunity, the Supreme Court refused to rule such a scenario out. They refused to rule on anything specific. At least Amy Coney Barrett came out and said that Trump’s fake electors scheme cannot be construed as an official act.

          • F&L says:


            Your points are valid.

        • Eric Newhill says:

          btw – if you think Jan 6th was a coup attempt, then you don’t know what a real coup looks like (hint, involves guns, bombs, murder; often of the mass variety).

          More hysteria – probably of the subcategory “disingenuous”

          • TTG says:

            Eric Newhill,

            Throughout history, there have been plenty of nonviolent revolutions and bloodless coups. The 1989 Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia and Ukraine’s 2004 Orange Revolution changed governments bloodlessly. The Philippines had two such uprisings leading to changes in the government, the People Power Revolution in 1986 and a second People Power Revolution in 2001.

            Wikipedia has a page on nonviolent revolutions that gives an overview of such things, although I don’t agree that all those listed by Wikipedia were necessarily bloodless.

            Trump’s coup attempt revolved around those fake electors he tried to insert into Congress. The violence of Jan 6 was just a distraction, a sleight of hand to set conditions for the insertion of the lists of fake electors.

          • Eric Newhill says:

            The fake electors are fake.

            Btw, you are going to be learning fairly soon, that the elections, at least in some states that have been studied, are rigged. Trump has been correct. You heard it from me first – and this is inside info that I have been personally involved with for the past couple of years+; as in I’ve actually seen the evidence as it developed, played the devil’s advocate/null hypothesis, until that was no longer viable b/c the evidence of registration tampering – lending itself to fake votes – is overwhelming.

            Trump’s soft coup my ass. Insulting! Agencies you’ve been a member of have been soft-couping the country for some time. The mail-in ballot was the ultimate expression of a program that started with Obama’s run. Looking forward to further discussion when the story breaks.

            And nope, I’m not saying any more about it. You will be finding out soon enough. Will be fun to watch the bobbing and weaving. Hope you’ve been doing your warm-ups and stretches.

          • Fred says:


            Good luck with that legal reasoning. Did you see the debate where perfectly healthy Joe Biden crushed Trump? Imagine what other things your news source has not been clearly and accurately showing their viewers/readers.

          • LeaNder says:

            Hear, hear. So Larry Johnson, who presented all the “evidence” about the rigged election, was right after all? I thought you considered him crazy. Not on that issue? Had he stayed with the issue, remained a Trump loyalist instead of moving on to Putin, you would consider him more sane?

            So Barbara Ann was right. Trump indeed had a trump card up his sleeve more then four years ago, he simply patiently waited to present it just in time for his reelection.?

            I hope you will soon present more of this hot stuff on this blog for all of us here. Hmm, so Giuliani and “I’ll release the Kraken” Powell have not cracked, but will soon triumph? 😉

            I am waiting with bated breath!

            Eric Newhill: Btw, you are going to be learning fairly soon, that the elections, at least in some states that have been studied, are rigged. Trump has been correct. You heard it from me first – and this is inside info that I have been personally involved with for the past couple of years+; as in I’ve actually seen the evidence as it developed, played the devil’s advocate/null hypothesis, until that was no longer viable b/c the evidence of registration tampering – lending itself to fake votes – is overwhelming.

          • TonyL says:

            “I have been personally involved with for the past couple of years+; as in I’ve actually seen the evidence as it developed, played the devil’s advocate/null hypothesis, until that was no longer viable b/c the evidence of registration tampering – lending itself to fake votes – is overwhelming.”

            Let me guess. You’re showing your color. Is that Qanon?

          • Eric Newhill says:

            Johnson, Giuliani, the Kraken, etc. are all mostly nonsense. Highly unprofessional hacks, going off half-cocked. I say “mostly” nonsense because they were intuitively correct that there is something systematic occurring. From what I can see, it must be originating from a centralized cheating team (as in federal – see below). The study I am referring to is based on source data (state voter registration databases) and the findings have now been thoroughly vetted.

            My involvement for the past three years has been to work at hypothesis testing, playing the skeptic and, mostly, attempting to debunk the findings; to identifying alternatives that don’t involved a cleverly engineered election cheating scheme. I have surrendered. There are no viable alternatives to the presented proof. There is something centrally organized, illegal and well concealed happening in the voter registration rolls for the states that have been studied.

            BTW, Just because you don’t like my position on Hamas, Israel, Muslims and Ukraine doesn’t mean I’m not a well respected professional in the area of big data analysis, scientific study design and statistics. You make the assumption that anyone who doesn’t see things your way must be stupid, evil and/or crazy. That is the height of arrogance and unchecked ego.

            Think about this – if you’re going to create fake ballots and votes for your preferred candidate you cannot do so in excess of certain externally imposed limits; like the number of people in the geography, like the number of people registered to vote.

            So the key to rigging an election is based more on voter registration than it is on creating the fake ballots. Fake ballots is the easiest part, especially when there is massive mail-in voting (as there was in 2020). You need to have the right number of fake voter registrations; a number that corresponds to the number of fake votes.

            The good news, for cheaters, is that not all Americans register to vote and of those registered to vote, not all actually vote in a given election. So fake registrations and fake votes can be created in numbers large enough to sway elections.

            However, for various reasons I’m not going to delve into here, you need to keep track of fake registrations. Which of the registration records are fake? Which have been used to create fake votes? Which fake votes? and more…..

            You can’t create a new field (column) in the voter registration tables that contains that info because those are public records. So how could you do it? You could covertly imbed the information in otherwise straightforward and required data elements. Your cheater crew can run query code containing the algorithm (imbedded info) any time they want on your database to tease out the fake registration records and create a fake registration dataset that can the be used for nefarious purposes.

            Such an encrypted code has, indeed, been applied to subsets of the state voter IDs. By “subsets” I mean volumes sufficient to throw any election, except a complete landslide, in favor of the cheaters’ candidate. The encryption is straightforward once it has been identified – and indeed has been verified by independent parties with expertise in that area. However, the encryption was very well hidden. It is not applied to all registration records. Rather, records have been partitioned into groups (via a separate partitioning algorithm) and the encryption only applied to some groups. It is 100% present for records in the applied group. Again, this has now been independently verified. This is NSA level work.

            Worse, from the perspective of election integrity and security, virtually all registrations to which the algorithm that have been physically canvased have proven to be fake. There are approximately 2 million impacted voter registrations in NY state. Obviously, there is no way to go knock on 2 million doors. A representative sample was selected and, again, all canvased impacted records turned out to be fake registrations. Worse yet, for election integrity, all of those phony registrations voted in the 2020 election.

            That said, we do not know for whom they voted. The point here is that someone went to the trouble of creating, encrypting and imbedding a fairly advanced algorithm into state voter registration databases. That is a crime in itself. Someone then used the algorithm to create and, presumably track, fake voter registrations; fake registrations that then somehow voted.

            I do not believe that state boards of election are involved, at least not directly. That represents too many people who would need to keep quiet and there would be a lack of conspiracy continuity when there are personnel changes. I believe that the work is being done by consulting companies who are actually fronts for a certain federal agency (or agencies) in conjunction, possibly, with the DNC – but that is speculation on my part.

            There’s more, and you will soon enough be hearing about it publicly as there is going to be a legal and media campaign around the topic in the near future.

            QANON? LOL. You’re showing your color, son.

          • Eric Newhill says:

            Kraken – very funny.

            Eh….what the heck. I’ll give you a taste.

            Start here –

            and view the Albany Election Committees Presentation

            What the woman has to say is disturbing, but the what the gentleman presents is more so. He is a friend of mine and “the algorithm” is what I have personally reviewed closely. It’s real. It is not an artifact of some innocent process as far as I and various other experts can tell. It is sophisticated programming that is highly suggestive of NSA level. With the algorithm and mail in ballots, rigging an election is absolutely possible. The state refuses to address anything presented. The same issues – including the algorithm – are present in other states’ registration records.

            There is more and it will be landing hard, soon.

  28. optimax says:

    According to some here Obama and Panetta should be found guilty, stripped and deported (to where, Cuba) for the drone killings of American citizens in Yemen.
    The Supreme Court ruling made the the distinction between a president’s private and official executive duties. He can be tried for the former but not the latter, sending the case back to the lower court to determine which is which. Don’t get your news from the View.

    • Lars says:

      In essence, the Supremes punted. They did not rule on this case specifically and engaged in some serious judicial activism. Now it will resemble a ping pong match for quite some time. Several noted judicial experts now expect this ruling to be overturned. How long that will take is not known, but it puts them in company of the Dred decision and others that did not stay on the books. Add to that the idea that the Supreme Court is now the final authority on just about all regulations and you realize how arrogant the Republican justices now are.

      • Fred says:


        And Joe Biden is perfectly healthy, just like the NYT and the rest have been telling us for years.

        • Lars says:

          I do get the NYT, mainly for their crossword puzzle, but I do not hold them in the same esteem as you do. Regarding Biden’s health, I don’t really know. I know he is old and so am I and I played pickleball this morning. But Joe Biden was elected as POTUS and you were not. All I know is that Joe Biden has to convince a lot of people that he is up for the job, and so does Trump. Who increasingly seems bewildered, which seems to go unnoticed by too many. So far.

          • F&L says:


            How do you like Wordle?

            (Asked by an old crossword fan too – me).

          • optimax says:


            You’ll be satisfied with bringing Joe out after pumping him him up with drugs for the next presser? This isn’t the first time his mental confusion has been on display, just the first time most Americans and the rest of the world saw it for themselves. He needs to resign now. It’s too important a job for an incompetent to hold from an old peoples home and it isn’t just his age. I despise Kamala but that’s our system and we have to stick with it. I’ve never been this discouraged about our country as I am now. I take no pleasure in watching Joe fail in front of the whole world and it’s more than winning.

          • Fred says:

            LOL the cope is strong. Party loyalty comrade. It worked in the old country, it will work here too.

          • TonyL says:


            “LOL the cope is strong. Party loyalty comrade. It worked in the old country, it will work here too.”

            That’s a pretty cheap shot.

  29. LeaNder says:

    Painful. Truely painful. Quo vadis America?
    Biden has morped into his shadow.

    • English Outsider says:

      Fintan O’Toole. LeaNder? We are well acquainted with him in England. Coming up the world, writing hit pieces for the NYT. Usually rises no higher than the Guardian.

      • LeaNder says:

        I misread your debate analysis? You didn’t appreciate–as O’Toole–that the two more or less senile competitors told you quite a bit about their golf handicaps? I thought you highly appreciated that info.

        • English Outsider says:

          You see through me so easily, LeaNder. Fact is, I’m having a really hard time cheering for Trump these days.

          I’m trying out the theory that he’s still a little angel, but a little angel who finds himself prisoner of an increasingly crazy electorate.

          Any good, that theory? Could be my last chance of not catching TDS.

    • Fred says:

      An Irish Drama critic, who apparently wrote no dramas of his own?

  30. This really belongs under your post
    “Happy Birthday to the US Army”,
    but comments there are now closed, so I will post it here.

    “America’s shrinking military is a cultural crisis”

    It is a good commentary on recruiting issues.

    “As the Cold War accelerated in 1955, there were 161 million people in the U.S. and 3.3 million active troops — about 2 percent of the population.
    Today there are 340 million Americans and 1.3 million active service members, or 0.4 percent of the population.”

    • Fred says:


      There is no cultural crisis, this is simply the continuation of Barack’s fundamental transformation of America.

  31. “Schism” within the Catholic Church.
    I have never been Catholic, but even so find this interesting.

    “Italian Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the disgraced former papal nuncio to the United States who questioned the legitimacy of Pope Francis and the authority of the Second Vatican Council,
    has been found guilty of schism and excommunicated, the Vatican announced on July 5.”

    For another look at developments within the Catholic Church, see this article by “Observer R” at Larry Johnson’s website:

    “While it is generally considered impolite to discuss the inter-relationship between politics and religion,
    the current situation in the Catholic Church has resulted in a very serious and pubic squabble over this very issue.”

  32. Wunduk says:

    After the butcher…. Turnout was slightly higher (50%) than in the first round. P stands for Pragmatism.

    Masoud Pezeshkian elected as Iran’s new president (Mehr News 6.7.2024)

    TEHRAN, Jul. 06 (MNA) – Masoud Pezeshkian was elected as Iran’s new president. Pezeshkian won the election race by securing 16.384.403 of the votes while Saeed Jalili, his rival, managed to secure 13.538.179 of the votes, according to an announcement made by Mohsen Eslami, spokesperson for Iran’s election headquarters. Masoud Pezeshkian and Saeed Jalili were the two candidates who secured the most votes in the snap presidential election on June 28. The gap between the two candidates was more than two million votes in the end. Pezeshkian would replace Ebrahim Ra’si, who embraced martyrdom during a helicopter crash in Iran’s northwestern mountainous region on May 19.

    • TTG says:


      I find that interesting although I’ve never heard the term woo before. You may recall that I have an abiding interest in shamanism, remote viewing and cultures more connected with the natural and spiritual worlds.

      • Eric Newhill says:

        “Woo” is a currency term among the professional “debunker” community. Debunking is a cottage industry of sorts. I believe it was coined by James Randi. These are hardcore materialists who rabidly enjoy “destroying” any and all evidence of what is commonly and generically referred to as “paranormal”. Debunkers are often thoroughly dishonest and misrepresent the evidence. They also often propose ridiculous materialist alternative explanations because, well, you know, that’s all there is and “woo” is never the answer. These people are like neurotic self-appointed guardians of “science”; a means of inquiry they don’t appear to understand as well as they think they do.

    • Mark Logan says:


      I have experienced some things which have convinced me there is true woo, but when dealing with it it is important to remember at lot of woo is poo. I’ll let Carl Sagan do the honors:

      “I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness…

      The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance”

      ― Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

      • Eric Newhill says:

        Yes, a lot of what is offered as woo is poo, but a lot of what is offered as “science” is also poo. Poo is what we get when we stop being open to the full range of our potentials and experiences and become stuck, like fossils, in a given paradigm.

        • Mark Logan says:


          Indeed. I would say the key is that both should be used to lead one to reflection instead of absolute certainty.

      • F&L says:

        You might want to step up to the enjoyment and appreciation of fine 75 or 100 year old single malt scotch from that Boone’s farm you tote around in terms of terminology at least.
        I’m speaking of “woo” which Freud and others called “the uncanny.”

        Jung preferred “synchronicity.” “Deja Vu” is an early term. These are usually neurological phenomena in the great majority of cases. Except when they’re not. The top psychoanylsts encountered these phenomena and went to great lengths to try to suss out what in fact is going on. Suffice it to say that Freud was a highly rational man with no love of superstition but he acknowledged that he encountered, with a select few of his patients, coincidence and mutual “uncanny” phenomena so weird that he was willing to give credence to ideas of ESP and similar. He, unlike Jung, didn’t want to at all, but acknowledged that he didn’t really have a choice given his experiences and others he knew of through colleagues (who were also disinclined by nature to accept the weird).

    • optimax says:

      I never heard the term woo either. sounds silly when you are talking about the spiritual world as a reality that can not be scientifically proven. Of course science is important but people forget that scientific theories can also only be disproved and are relevant until disproved. Last night I listened to Joe Rogan for the first time. Jimmy Dore was on and I found their discussion interesting of Jung, the Animus, breathing excersises that bring on a different level of consciousness, a spiritual level. If you are interested:

      In 1980 I took peyote and spent a full moon night on a beach in Yelapa, Mexico. I saw the grid that connected the planets and earth to each other, like a huge geodesic dome in the sky with finer threads on earth. JR and JD talk about that. There was no electric power or road into this small village at that time.

      • TTG says:


        I was talking with one of the remote viewers from the old DIA unit that did this seriously. He was of native American heritage. We both agreed that we would not try using Jimson Weed as some of the old shamans did until we knew we were close to death. We both believe in remote viewing and the world beyond the physical, but not to extent that we would blow out our brains or hearts in pursuit of the world beyond.

        • optimax says:


          Many people did blow their brains out on acid, meth, coke and booze, new a few, saw many. I haven’t heard or read anything about jimson weed, have read about remote viewing. We do communicate with animals even if we don’t know it.

          • Eric Newhill says:

            Jimson Weed (Datura) contains extremely toxic alkaloids that can cause serious illness and death. At best it induces a state of delirium – often nightmarish – as opposed to the true mind expansion experienced with psilocybe mushrooms, ayahuasca and peyote. Apparently, some natives have learned to utilize the delirium induced by Datura for magical purposes. I would say that it should avoided because there are better ways and the dangers too great.

    • jld says:

      If I may abuse this “dead” thread once more.

      Though I disagree with Michael Levin on some points (notwithstanding his probable IQ around 200 🙂 ) , he nevertheless gives evidence that our whole world is entirely “made up” by our minds and this comports very well with my own opinion that there are actually NO “objects” of any kind, which so puzzled Barbara Ann.

  33. English Outsider:
    If you are reading this, I wonder if you have any comments on this article:

    “Why a disillusioned, angry Britain voted for change”

    “For this is not a story of Britain lurching to the left.
    This is a story about something deeper — about broken promises and broken trust;
    about failing public services and household bills you can’t pay;
    a collective lust for change.
    It’s about a deep disillusionment with politics.

    Yet none of this deterred the record 1.2 million people who migrated to the U.K. in 2023,
    nor nearly 30,000 who risked their lives to illegally cross the 21-mile English Channel from France in rickety small boats —
    up from just 300 in 2018.”

    With all the problems England is having, detailed in the article above, one may wonder why so many people want to go to England.
    Conditions in their home countries must be really bad.
    One wonders why they abandon their native lands.

  34. English Outsider says:

    Keith Harbaugh – I thought this was a dead thread. It was only Eric’s and TTG’s fascinating remarks in the most recent article that sent me back to it. So I nearly missed your comment.

    They come here because it’s better and safer here than where they come from. Given that it’s hundreds of times cheaper to look after people in their home countries than here, and given that it’s often enough us who’ve created the conditions they’re fleeing, that’s a bit dumb on our part. But it’s how it is.

    The deep disillusionment with politics you mention is common enough here, as it is in the States. The difference between Europe and the States, I believe, is that we in Europe might be getting more vociferous than we were in complaining about the effects of our broken politics but seldom trouble to enquire into the cause.

    So here in England Farage is making hay with the discontented vote but not getting to the root of why so many are discontented. Big on rhetoric, effective on that too for many, but weak on analysis.

    In Germany I’ve been looking at what the dissidents there have to offer. Kujat, Zorn and such like – they do the military stuff and are good at it but shy away from looking at more. Krone-Schmalz, very much more limited coverage, says a lot of sensible things and says them well but there’s no fundamental critique of the status quo there. Weidel, plenty of coverage and very hard hitting, but no deep examination. Some not very pleasing overtones as well:-

    And Wagenknecht – scarcely any analysis there at all and even skirting around some current live issues. Issues that are discussed as a matter of course in the States but tend to get deep-sixed in polite company in Germany. More focused on exploiting popular dissatisfaction than on looking for the reasons for it.

    Germany’s the key country in Europe so that’s worth the most attention but in France, the other European pillar and where it’s seemingly more open season for dissidents, I’m not sure it’s much different. Political discourse and analysis is contained within a narrow range – though within that narrow range they certainly do manage some spectacular fireworks!

    Nothing there, then, like the wide range of fundamental political analysis that is everyday currency over your way. So yes, “a deep disillusionment with politics” you’ll find here in abundance. But little constructive remedy.

  35. You have run several posts on drones.
    This might more properly be placed under one of them, but since they are now closed, I will post it here.

    “Mysterious Drones Swarmed Langley AFB For Weeks”

    “Langley Air Force Base, located in one of the most strategic areas of the country, across the Chesapeake Bay from the sprawling Naval Station Norfolk and the open Atlantic,
    was at the epicenter of waves of mysterious drone incursions that occurred throughout December.

    This spate of bizarre drone incursions deeply underscores the still-growing threats that uncrewed aerial systems present on and off traditional battlefields,
    and to military and critical civilian infrastructure,
    issues The War Zone has been highlighting in great detail for years.

    It is important to note that this is not the first time that Langley and other U.S. military bases across the country, including outlying U.S. territories, as well as critical civilian infrastructure,
    have been subjected to mysterious drone overflights.
    U.S. warships have also been swarmed off the coasts of the United States.
    U.S. military aircraft are also routinely encountering drones in various test and training ranges and other restricted military operating areas. America’s nuclear power plants
    have had very troubling encounters with drone swarms.”

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