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19 April 2024

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fish ole'

Posted by: Gregory | 19 April 2024 at 10:23 AM


No.

In any case that's not why I watched the 30 second "Star Hustler" blurbs late Saturday nights after Creature Features. And even though Horkheimer's estate disputes the accusation, if it's true, Jack still did far less damage to society than the Frankfurt School.


fish ole’

I get it….


'They wouldn't just eat any white men that fell from the sky': Outraged Papua New Guinea academics lash out at Biden's 'unacceptable' suggestion that cannibals ate his WW2 pilot uncle


….I don’t know anyone who likes Irish food either!



https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13327529/Biden-cannibalism-uncle-Papua-New-Guinea-outraged-academics.html

Scott O

Well - there goes the cannibal vote!

scenes

"'They wouldn't just eat any white men that fell from the sky': Outraged Papua New Guinea academics lash out at Biden's 'unacceptable' suggestion that cannibals ate his WW2 pilot uncle"

Well, thank goodness he didn't fly over Colorado.

https://archive.seattletimes.com/archive/?date=20000907&slug=4041058

lol. I can just imagine the fuss that Christy Turner would have made if he were still teaching. psul and I. Juan's people would have his head on a spike.

Seriously, what will be interesting is watching that sort of thing fall into the memory hole over time.

Individual Juan

Angry old fart falling asleep in court, serenading the defense team with his gaseous emissions.

MAGA

Paul Emery

Wow!!! Direct quote from Rebanes Ruminates choice from President Donald Trump. If this isn't a threat what is!

In Trumps own words in Truth Social:

"If a President does not have Immunity, the Opposing Party, during his/her term in Office, can extort and blackmail the President by saying that, 'if you don’t give us everything we want, we will Indict you for things you did while in Office,' even if everything done was totally Legal and Appropriate," Trump posted on Truth Social.

"Obama, Bush, and soon, Crooked Joe Biden, would all be in BIG TROUBLE. If a President doesn’t have IMMUNITY, he/she will be nothing more than a 'Ceremonial' President, rarely having the courage to do what has to be done for our Country," the former president added. "This is not what the Founders had in mind! Protect Presidential Immunity. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"

Paul Emery

sp

Rebanes Ruminates choice for President

fish ole’

”Wow!!!



…..say again Wow!!!


Paul Emery

Yes, "WOW" indeed. Glad you agree with me fishole. Pretty amazing that as President Trump would think he'd need " Immunity" in order to do his job. No President in history has ever taken that position.

Don Bessee

REALLY?!! oh lame ponytail of ignorance, can you say slick willey clinton? LOL

;-)

Don Bessee

Now thats interesting -

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/fbi-found-it-alarming-that-fauci-funded-virus-research-at-wuhan-lab-would-leave-no-trace-of-human-manipulation/ar-AA1nkjij?ocid=msedgntp&pc=U531&cvid=054d84bd31b24fc8a1d7e382e497f11b&ei=98

;-)

Don Bessee

HAHAHAHA!

https://www.yahoo.com/news/dearborn-activists-push-bail-biden-154909160.html?.tsrc=fp_deeplink

;-)

Foothills Observer

I see not much has changed at the Home of White Nationalism in Nevada County (and northern Idaho) in the years since normal people have moved on. The same old losers remain, except for the right wingers who have croaked in recent years. Still embittered, still fighting reality and the progress of the world.

Equal parts funny and pathetic. Time has passed you boys bye.

fish ole’

Posted by: psul Emery | 19 April 2024 at 08:00 PM


I suppose if pressed I’d have to say I’m glad you’re not dead. Was starting to wonder….

fish ole’

Posted by: Foothills Observer | 19 April 2024 at 09:59 PM


I see not much has changed at the Home of White Nationalism in Nevada County (and northern Idaho) in the years since normal people have moved on. The same old losers remain, except for the right wingers who have croaked in recent years. Still embittered, still fighting reality and the progress of the world.

Equal parts funny and pathetic. Time has passed you boys bye.



Hi Steve….

Scott O

"still fighting reality and the progress of the world"

Yeah - we old conservative farts just won't admit that men can get pregnant and that human feces on the sidewalks is "progress".

George Rebane

Scott 1033pm - You make an important point. The Left suffers cultural blindness and sees none of the artifacts of their policies which have degraded the country and are now driving it to complete destruction. Neither did the Russians, Italians, Germans, Chinese, Cubans, Venezuelans, and Vietnamese. These are all political role models for the Democratic party.

Gregory

Wow indeed... apparently Jeffie, Stevie and Paulo all decided to leave a turd here for old time's sake.

Hot time in Chicago this summer. Progressives will be at it like in '68.

fish ole’

I suppose if pressed I’d have to say I’m glad you’re not dead. Was starting to wonder….


I mean you hadn’t been around for awhile……and with that guy setting himself on fire 🔥 yesterday…..

Well you can’t blame me for my hastily assumed conclusion.

Don Bessee

Thats rich wokesters and totally without self awareness -

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2024/04/20/ultra-woke-google-claims-company-is-not-place-to-debate-politics-after-firing-anti-israel-radicals/

;-)

Scott O

Boy - how the left has changed:
"The Pentagon could get weapons moving to Ukraine within days once the Senate passes a long-delayed aid bill. That's because it has a network of storage sites in the U.S. and Europe that already hold the ammunition and air defense components that Kyiv desperately needs.

Moving fast is critical, CIA Director Bill Burns said this past week, warning that without additional aid from the U.S., Ukraine could lose the war to Russia by the end of this year."

Yeah - as opposed to losing later on.
First - a shit load more Russians and Ukrainians need to die.
from - wait for it - Daily Kos
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2024/4/20/2236333/-How-the-US-can-rush-weapons-to-Ukraine-after-Congress-finally-passed-new-funding

Cue their theme song from Robert Zimmerman -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEmI_FT4YHU

scenes

I see that J. Kunstler is on fire this last Friday.

" Before the saints come marching in, the human archetypes strut down the avenue in their revealing regalia. Do you know why the archetypal batshit crazy women of the Democratic Party adore “Joe Biden?” I’ll tell you: because he represents perfectly and exactly the “patriarchy” they revile in his floridly comic senescence. “Joe Biden” is the patriarchy disabled, feeble, feckless, impotent, and reduced to inanity. He would be pitiful if the patriarchy itself were not so contemptible. This is exactly how the batshit crazy women want it to look.
....etc."

https://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/batshit-crazy-america/

Don Bessee

A quote from filmmaker Fritz Lange -

I am not a religious man but how do you teach ethics without religion?

;-)

Don Bessee

A quote from filmmaker Fritz Lange -

I am not a religious man but how do you teach ethics without religion?

;-)

Don Bessee

They are so cloisted. LOL -

"She's a ‘Portlandia’ character," Maher quipped. "She says things like ‘I mean, sure, looting is counterproductive. But it’s founded on treating people's ancestors as private property.' I mean, c'mon man. A long time ago. She says 'I suffer with cis-White mobility privilege.' I mean it's kind of White woman who says she's Beyoncé's spirit animal."

The HBO host later pivoted to how Berliner's essay noted subgroups within NPR like "MGIPOC" (Marginalized Genders and Intersex People of Color), "Mi Gente" for "Latinx" employees, "NPR Noir" for Black employees and "Ummah" for Muslim employees.
"Come on," Maher reacted. "Trump divides us, yes he does, But you're doing it too. Why do you need to do this?"

"They're protesting for terrorists, okay? I think this is a result of the kind of stuff that flows down from places like NPR and colleges," Maher said.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/entertainment/news/bill-maher-pans-npr-portlandia-character-katherine-maher-following-newsroom-turmoil/ar-AA1nmCAD?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531&cvid=ce0b71958cd44e04a610e7641f959e0e&ei=120

;-)

scenes

"I am not a religious man but how do you teach ethics without religion?"

It seems perfectly possible to me. It isn't like most classical Western philosophy systems are steeped in religion and the Soviets had their own system in modern times.

If by 'religion', a person means some variant of Abrahamic beliefs, I've always wondered why they were so wildly successful. Maybe it's the built-in iconoclasm.

scenes

" "Mi Gente" for "Latinx" employees, "NPR Noir" for Black employees and "Ummah" for Muslim employees."

I do like that. I'll fit it into normal conversation somehow.

'NPR Noir' sounds more poetic than Bravo Mike fer sure.

Gregory

So, how does Stephen Frisch live with himself being an anti-racist with a large harem of white women workers?

fish ole'

Just more of America's Black Supremacy problem......


"Our Cities Turn Into War Zones Every Night"


Prolly whitey's fault!


https://www.zerohedge.com/political/our-cities-turn-war-zones-every-night

https://twitter.com/MyLordBebo/status/1781969698692763882?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1781969698692763882%7Ctwgr%5Eb840919243f0a821367cd2ce7417438a771525d8%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zerohedge.com%2Fpolitical%2Four-cities-turn-war-zones-every-night

Don Bessee

Creepy grampa joe and 0 love those mutha mullahs and actually root against israel. -

https://www.breitbart.com/faith/2024/04/22/obamas-passover-message-adds-palestinians-into-the-story-omits-hostages/

;-)

Don Bessee

Those mutha mullahs are a bunch of insane liars, it did not stop the israili f35 -

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/iran-unveils-new-weapon-capable-of-taking-out-america-s-stealth-jets/ar-AA1nt0ht?ocid=msedgntp&pc=U531&cvid=773fc89c11ae4503ea44bc94ec4bcc1f&ei=90

;-)

Don Bessee

Thanks creepy grampa joe and the dems -

https://www.foxnews.com/us/fentanyl-seizures-surge-colorado-cartels-spread-new-regions-dea-says

;-)

scenes

"So, how does Stephen Frisch live with himself being an anti-racist with a large harem of white women workers?"

I think I could live most comfortably with that situation.

Your bills are paid and the coffee is always hot. The best things in life. Conan might even approve.

fish ole'

Note to self....talk to wife about getting a pet.....!


Flamethrowing robot dog that can shoot fire up to 30ft goes on sale...



https://news.yahoo.com/tech/flamethrowing-robot-dog-shoot-fire-130140930.html

Scott O

This should work out nicely:

"Biden Calls for 44.6% Capital Gains Tax Rate, Highest Capital Gains Tax Since Its Creation in 1922"

Won't affect the financial markets one bit. Everyone will just carry on per usual and pony up at tax time.

Right.

https://www.atr.org/biden-calls-for-44-6-capital-gains-tax-rate-highest-capital-gains-tax-since-its-creation-in-1922/


scenes

fisho@9:35AM

Which end shoots the flames?

scotto: "Biden Calls for 44.6% Capital Gains Tax Rate,"

Typical election year raw meat for his constituency. Given who funds the DNC, the likelihood of that happening is right around 0% I'd say.

I wonder if I could find what the real capital gains tax rate is right now if you (rightfully) include inflation as a form of tax on assets.

Scott O

I know psul will say this guy's unreliable as a witness because he's a darky who's gone off the plantation, but the cracks in the Jan 6th bull shit are starting to grow. It will be interesting to see where this leads. An officer in the military openly calling out higher ups as liars. In public. Under oath. In a public hearing. And he's a lawyer as well as an officer. How will this get covered up?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b34TWJnZGzI

Scott O

Starting to sound like Benghazi all over again.
We were standing by.
We were ready.
We had a plan.
We were never given authorization to move.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVD9MSojxCc

Individual Juan

So sad for the anti-alternative energy deniers/California haters

"California NOW HAS SO MUCH SOLAR POWER THAT ELECTRICITY PRICES ARE GOING NEGATIVE DURING THE DAY" lol!

https://futurism.com/the-byte/california-solar-electricity-prices-negative?utm_term=Futurism%20//%2004.23.24&utm_campaign=Futurism_Actives_Newsletter&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email

Scott O

"ELECTRICITY PRICES ARE GOING NEGATIVE DURING THE DAY"

Must be why the cost of electricity is so high in CA.

Nice try, Juanita - play again soon.

scenes

"Nice try, Juanita - play again soon."

Oh well, there's just no telling what the economic realities of solar are. The minute you have some sort of gubmint subsidies/regulations/mandates the ability to tell what the what is disappears.

I'm all for PG&E or SCE putting up a solar farm somewhere if it's cheaper than other sources. Naturally, this needs to include the complete cost of infrastructure, storage (ya got enough battery for a week or two or three?), total cost of ownership. I can't help but think that a lot of these big deal 'lectric decisions are made via feelz rather than practical reality. For one thing, it's impossible to get around the fact that you need to handle 100% of peak load for some time with no renewables.

Bummer that Crazy Wine Karens have taken over from the free market for basic services like power and heat. OTOH, high speed rail from Stockton to Barstow might be in the offing.

scenes

...as a side note.

My guess is that the way the Wine Karens handle the peak load (and generally shittier uptime) issue going forward is not to build capacity into the grid, but to do wondrous things like centralized control of residential and commercial HVAC, home-based storage, grid-tied EVs, huge differences in time-based rates, and any other way they can think of to push the problem onto consumers.

I can just imagine the Big Knob they'll have at PG&E HQ where they turn all the 'smart' homes' A/C up to 80 degrees.

It's for the children.

Like anything involving modern 'progressives', the best answer will tend to be to disassociate yourself from the dysfunction. When you get down to it, home schooling, local trade, self-employment, self-sufficiency, booting MSM to the curb, etc. all have similar root problems driving them. It's like Ulysses with his oar, walk until you find a land where they've never heard of people like Sam Brinton. That land might be your current home.

Gregory

"So sad for the anti-alternative energy deniers/California haters"

So sad for Indy Jeff, who didn't click through to read the article.

fish ole'

"So sad for the anti-alternative energy deniers/California haters"



"Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life son!"


~Dean Vernon Wormer, Faber College

Don Bessee

Funny how they can ignore the eu getting it right -

https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2024/04/24/we-are-ashamed-uk-psychologists-apologise-for-role-in-promoting-transgender-medicine-to-children/

;-)

fish ole’

President Brainstem proposing a 44% capital gains tax…..


Wonder what that will do to the level of change in the guitar case?

Might want to consider one of these….up your take a bit.



https://www.cellocentral.com/best-cello-hard-cases/

Individual Juan

"This week, David Pecker testified in Donald Trump’s criminal trial. Pecker was the longtime publisher of the National Enquirer, America’s foremost supermarket tabloid. Over the course of 2015 and 2016, the Enquirer became politically active on behalf of Trump, first in the Republican presidential primary and then in the general election campaign.

Now we know why.

Pecker—who had been friendly with Trump for decades—made an agreement with Trump’s fixer, Michael Cohen, in August 2015. By the terms of the agreement, Pecker would use the Enquirer to run stories helpful to Trump’s campaign and kill stories that might hurt Trump.

There is a great deal to say about this arrangement because it is entirely new in modern American politics. Trump and Pecker chose to turn an existing media property into an actual propaganda arm of the campaign—taking direction directly from Trump’s consigliere.

And they did so under the cover of night. Say what you will about Pravda and the Daily Worker—at least they acknowledged that they were wholly owned subsidiaries of the Communist Party.

The National Enquirer pretended that it was on the level—just a normal tabloid doing normal tabloid stuff.

In taking in the testimony of David Pecker, it is tempting to say that he was the Joseph Goebbels of the MAGA movement, but that’s not quite right. Pecker is much closer to Dietrich Eckart."

Individual Juan

https://open.substack.com/pub/thebulwark/p/pecker-slapped?utm_source=share&utm_medium=android&r=26vbls

fish ole'

The National Enquirer pretended that it was on the level—just a normal tabloid doing normal tabloid stuff.


Jeez jeffie go peddle your nonsense over on Facebook.....nobody here cares.

fish ole'

"Four more years.....pause".


President Stem restoreth my soul......



https://twitter.com/disclosetv/status/1783184198477508785?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1783184899593146835%7Ctwgr%5E076defdd2a237e0fe7fd2f4e858d9843a66e37a2%7Ctwcon%5Es3_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Finstapundit.com%2F643741%2F

Scott O

"...because it is entirely new in modern American politics."

Was this supposed to be a humor piece?
I can't imagine anyone typing this without laughing.

Don Bessee

New red guard, new hitler youth hard to tell the difference -

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/04/24/nolte-elite-universities-breed-new-hitler-youth/

;-)

Don Bessee

Reality check again -

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/news/the-electric-vehicle-market-didn-t-burst-it-imploded/ss-BB1kGNqT?ocid=msedgntp&pc=U531&cvid=e79f86a85a154a31ad355d570e92368f&ei=32#image=10

;-)

Don Bessee

Time to put creepy grampa joe back in the basement with a pudding cup. Ya talking about a state that now has a million more repubs registered than dems -

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-insists-red-state-won-twice-trump-suddenly-in-play

;-)

showmekid

Just want to add a new issue for discussion. There is a lot of misinformation out there regarding the grand jury report on Nevada County and the Fire Safe Council. You can read this report on the Nevada County Superior Court website of on YubaNet or the Union. However, the response to this report from the FSC seems to be one of kill the messenger rather than how can we fix the problem. In disclosure, I am not a member of the Grand Jury, but have served as a member in past years.

California codified grand jury law in 1872 in the Penal Code, where most of the grand Jury law resides.

Today, the Grand Jury's principal role is to investigate all county agencies, special districts schools and other entities that receive public monies. The Grand Jury may investigate the efficiency of all local government activity, audit financial records and review all public records.

The Fire Safe Council and their allies have recently bombarded local media with opinions that the Grand Jury had no legal authority to review the monies given to the Fire Safe Council by Nevada County. Sorry, but you took public monies, you have to have proper accounting to show when, where, how and on what what the monies were expended.

Secondly, these opinions paint the Grand Jury as a group of uninformed people who don't know what they are doing. It is true that Grand Jurors come from all walks of life. However, it should be noted that all Grand Jury reports, before public publication, are reviewed by the full panel of the Grand Jury and then are submitted to Nevada County's County Counsel for review and approval. County Counsel has the authority to send back the report to the Grand Jury if any problems exist with the report.

After County Counsel approval, the report is then forwarded to the Superior Court Judge who presides over the Grand Jury for review and approval. Again, any problems which may exist can be noted by the Judge and the report sent back to the Grand Jury. Every report must be approved by both County Counsel and the Superior Court Judge before it it is published.

As I said previously, it is easier to kill the messenger, especially when there are individuals on Boards of Directors and manager of an organization who are more worried about their reputation and image in the community that in the facts.

I'm interested in any thoughts. Thank you

Don Bessee

Has anyone ever heard of a grand jury foreman going on the radio the day after a report is released?

;-)

scenes

showmekid@12:49. If it wasn't obvious, one of my General Theories of Life is that non-profits are typically constructed to provide their founders and employees with a paycheck. Dunno if that's the case here, although a person who is defending a cause is hard to tell from someone who is defending their livelihood.

I suppose a person could start with this:

https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/943317612/202332719349300923/full

From a first-hand standpoint, it appears that 99.9% of actual clearing work that I ever see is due to PG&E line clearing operations, so perhaps the right answer is to buy some spray paint and spritz dots on trees.

In the scheme of things, does anything called a 'Council' or a 'Grand Jury' accomplish much aside from The Union write-ups read only by retirees? It'll just be some mix of accusations and award dinners interspersed with paperwork and meetings. Fire don't care. Real results will come from the only parties with a say in the matter, insurance companies and the physics of conflagration.

scenes

moi@2:13PM

I poked through the Grand Jury document for a minute. Ooooh. I like this.

I did notice in the IRS form that one Jaime Jones Purkey is making $211,653 in direct compensation and the one Christopher Wackerly is making $150,533. No telling what other benefits, travel and otherwise were spent.

A quick googling tells me that they are married.

OK. These people are geniuses.

I also see (from another source) that a couple of police sergeants in Nevada City made around $230k (income + benefits), and the Nevada County sheriff and chief administrator took in $413k and $460k respectively in one of the last few years, so perhaps I just need a more realistic view of what serving the public is worth.

scenes

moi@2:35PM

A quick correction. The Purkey/Wackerly take is actually $231k + $162k if benefits are added.

Honestly, they should throw a little more sugar in there to get it to a nice even $400k combined. It makes the math easier.

scenes

sorry to bug everyone, but I just love this kind of thing. After a fun 1/2 hour or so of checking out other 'Fire Safe Councils' in the state, typically with all-volunteer executives, I came back to the local one.

from: https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/943317612

here's the CEO/Executive director compensation, rounded down:

2010: J. Drummond $53k
2011: J. Drummond $65k
2012: J. Drummond $64K
2013: J. Drummond $66k
2014: J. Drummond $66k
2015: J. Drummond $67k
2016: J. Drummond $74k
2017: J. Drummond $81k
2018: J. Drummond $84k
2019: J. Drummond / J.J. Purkey $47k / $44k
2020: J.J. Purkey $102k
2021: J.J. Purkey $163k
2022: J.J. Purkey / C. Wackerly $211k / $150k

make of it what you will.

Don Bessee

@324 Drummond was the only employee, and the rest were volunteers then it grew into a very large operation that ran many multimillion-dollar projects with a large group of paid fulltime staff and crews.
\
;-)

Don Bessee

Any buyers remorse now? -

Non-German foreigners make up a disproportionate number of suspected criminals and nearly 60 per cent of violent crime suspects, despite making up just 14.6 per cent of the population, statistics released by the Federal Criminal Police Office on Tuesday revealed.

According to the data, foreigners without a German passport represented 111,517 suspects alleged of violent crimes out of the total 190,605 suspects for the country as a whole, or 58.5 per cent, broadcaster NTV reports.

https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2024/04/10/migrants-make-up-nearly-six-in-ten-violent-crime-suspects-in-germany/

;-)

Gregory

Indy Jeff is obviously off slapping his pecker.

Don Bessee

Too bad wokesters -

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/04/25/supreme-court-poised-to-agree-with-trump-former-presidents-are-immune-from-some-prosecutions/

;-)

Don Bessee

Another big wake up call -


Shares of rental car giant Hertz plunged by more than 20 percent on Thursday after the company reported huge losses related to its investment in Electric Vehicles (EVs).

For months, Hertz has been struggling after going all-in on EVs. On Thursday, Hertz executives said it lost $1.28 per share in the first quarter, many times larger than Wall Street’s estimate of a loss of 45 percent per share.

The wider-than-expected loss came even though business was actually busier than expected for Hertz. The company took in $2.1 billion in revenue, slightly outpacing expectations.

In January, Hertz executives announced that they would sell 20,000 EVs from their fleet, which accounts for about 33 percent of the company’s total number of EVs. This week, Hertz executives said they would sell an additional 10,000 EVs from their fleet this year.

In return, the company is buying gas-powered cars, which executives said are in much higher demand than EVs. That lack of demand means delays for Hertz’s plans to buy 175,000 EVs from General Motors (GM) and 65,000 EVs from Polestar.

https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2024/04/25/hertz-shares-crash-with-another-electric-vehicle-wreck/

;-)

Don Bessee

Weak governments breed criminal gangs. Bought and paid for he be -

Mexico’s president said Thursday that the country’s violent criminal gangs and drug cartels are essentially “respectful people” who “respect the citizenry” and mostly just kill each other.

The claims by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador are clearly at odds with the reality of millions of Mexicans who live in areas dominated by drug cartels. The cartels routinely demand protection payments from local residents and kill or kidnap them if they refuse to pay.

https://currently.att.yahoo.com/news/mexican-president-claims-criminal-groups-195600552.html

;-)

fish ole'

.....she's just now noticing President Brainstem and his bought and paid for scrawny ass is warming a chair in the Oval Office....


Justice Jackson: Oval Office Could Turn Into 'Seat of Criminality'...


Those Supreme Court Justices.....nothing escapes them!


https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/4619091-supreme-court-jackson-trump-claims-oval-office-seat-criminality/


fish ole'

Nothing matters except making President Stem's "official" numbers look good enough to allow him to re-occupy his sinecure......


"Of course the truth is that we have been sold a lie.

If you do not have a job, you are classified by the U.S. government as either “unemployed” or “not in the labor force”.

In 2008 and 2009, the combined total of those two categories never even reached 90 million.

Today, the combined total of those two categories is over 106 million.

The Biden administration says that only 6,429,000 Americans are officially “unemployed”.

The other 99,989,000 Americans without a job are considered to be “not in the labor force”.

And more will be lumped into those two categories soon, because large employers all over the nation continue to conduct mass layoffs.

For example, thousands of Tesla workers in California and Texas were just notified that they will be losing their jobs…

The notifications in California and Texas, where the electric vehicle (EV) maker has large presences, came in the form of WARN notices, according to reports.

In California, the planned Tesla headcount reductions will hit approximately 3,300 workers, The San Francisco Standard reported Tuesday.

They will apparently occur at locations in a total of four different cities in the Golden State.

Meanwhile, Texas will see almost 2,700 employees in Austin lose their jobs, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

Sadly, the pace of layoffs is likely to increase during the months ahead, because business activity in the U.S. is declining…

The U.S. economy lost momentum in April, a pair of S&P surveys found, as businesses reported a decline in new orders and reduced employment for the first time since the pandemic.

The flash U.S. manufacturing purchasing managers index slipped to a four-month low of 49.9 in April from 51.9 in March.

The S&P flash U.S. services PMI fell to a five-month low of 50.9 this month from 51.7 in March.

The surveys are the first indicators of each month to give a sense of how the U.S. economy is performing.

Meanwhile, the cost of living crisis just continues to escalate.

Shockingly, at one station in California gasoline now costs $7.29 per gallon…"


....more zerohedge.com you senile old wanker!



https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/why-are-there-so-many-americans-cant-find-job-even-though-they-are-desperate-be

fish ole'

I wondered why jeffy....err....Individual jeffy....had been so spotty in his visits recently


Watch: Drag Queen Makes Tiny Kids Chant "Free Palestine"


I guess he's been enjoying two of his favorite peccadillos simultaneously....



https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/watch-drag-queen-makes-tiny-kids-chant-free-palestine

Scott O

The Dems next vote-buying opportunity:

"Americans say they don't have enough money for retirement, with a solid chunk having no savings at all."

Example one -
"Pam Tourangeau said at 68, she doesn't have a big nest egg.
"I was just doing all the love, peace, and let's be happy kind of thing. But money wasn't our focus," she said. "Now, all of a sudden, it's become a problem.""

No - it was a problem back when you decided that "money wasn't our focus".

This is going to be wonderful. Hang on everyone.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/retirement/ar-AA1nILeT

fish ole'

I routinely deride the website curated (that's the "word o the day" isn't it) by Matt Drudges boyfriend but he does find the best pictures of President Stem...!

Scrawny old man fists balled in little clumps of old man rage.....! Having perhaps his greatest ever "Old Man Yells at Cloud" moment! So much better than his "Riefenstahl Speech" as they refer to it with the red background and the Marines in the background.....this one captures the essential Biden essence, a crazy old pol yelling for reasons even he is unaware!

Truly sublime!


https://pbs.twimg.com/media/GMHujTNWwAAw78R?format=jpg&name=small


It's moments like this that I understand most why Punchy™ likes him!


(...and yes jeffy.....I'm posting after midnight! Scaaaarrryy!)

scenes

"This is going to be wonderful. Hang on everyone."

C'est l'argent.

Lotsa things going on. Average age of death increases, cost of elder health increases, break-up of family life, disappearance of fraternal organizations and church membership, offshoring.

I figure it'll be a fun political football since the people driving the train (POC, men-in-dresses, wine moms) have shittier savings habits and a lesser ability to do something useful for a living for a lifetime. There's going to be quite a tussle over 401k/IRA money, there's a lot just sitting there not doing God's Work for protected classes, but I expect that most funding will be done via inflation. Good times, good times.

Honestly, my favorite part will be the misremembering of some kind of Golden Age of America, back when houses cost 10 cents and everyone got a huge pension from their employer. It's all bullshit, but that never stopped anyone.

For the average person at this time and place, the non-chump move would have been to head for gubmint jobs or invent a non-profit (and no Don, I don't think that $400k in family income is appropriate for an organization grossing $2.9M, but then that's just me ;-) ), but that becomes musical chairs pretty quickly.

The scrabbling is going to get pretty intense I think. Everyone wants some of the Little Red Hen's bread and those zombies scratching at the door will be retirement-age therapists, ageing urban masses, out-of-work retail clerks, bank employees, and travel agents. I'm not certain what the best path for asset protection will be for the responsible middle classes. Maybe the gold bugs had it right all along.

scenes

fisho: "Truly sublime!"

FOUR MORE YEARS.....PAUSE.

I think that Biden is the perfect man to lead the country. When senile grandpa is weaving down the highway in his Delta 88 Royale Brougham, you just have to stay behind him and watch the mayhem. If a person is careful, it'll be like watching a battle from a distance. A giant variety show of madness, pathos, and humor. We're just lacking a big ol' foreign war as icing on the cake.

Gotta improve my shortwave receiver setup. The center cannot hold and news is where you find it.

scenes

JHK speaks:

"The plum blossoms are ready to pop here. You can feel your blood rising. The evening sun lingers a little longer every day. Normally you’d celebrate, but not this year of roaring portents and evil juju. History doesn’t stop to catch its breath for a moment. The tiny glowing diode deep in “Joe Biden’s” brain dims a bit more each day (pause) while low men and women in high places trifle with the fate of the nation. Everyone dreads what’s coming."
...etc.

https://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/emergency-o-rama/

Scott O

Ain't Kunstler a cheery morning wake-up twice a week?
But he's absolutely correct. The whole financial shebang is a clattering contraption of everyone trading IOUs backed up with a value base of nothing but one's and zed's on a hard drive that's controlled by God-knows-who.
I have to laugh every time a paid liar proclaims your SS funds are safely backed by billions in "assets".
Everyone is doing swell because someone else owes them a pile of dough.

scenes

scotto@8:13AM

One of my favorite variants on the theme is the notion that WE SHOULD JUST TAKE MONEY FROM THE BILLIONAIRES AND GIVE IT OUT TO ME AND THE POOR.

Nearly all of those assets are parked in ones and zeds and attempting to turn them into groceries and new Escalades is simply a disaster waiting to happen, simply more inflation as it doesn't reflect hard goods to any extent.

Naturally, you gotta keep that stock market inflated and the bond market forever solvent as a fair amount of it represents the 'wealth' of public pension plans and highly government-encouraged tax deferred instruments. Any decrease in the wealth of government employees overly-affects-POC-and-wimmen and the middle class will go crazy if their stocks go down in value.

I'd say that financial markets have not only metastasized, witness the growth of FIRE, but have merged with The State. The treadmill goes faster and faster and everything will be fine until it isn't.

fish ole'

One of my favorite variants on the theme is the notion that WE SHOULD JUST TAKE MONEY FROM THE BILLIONAIRES AND GIVE IT OUT TO ME AND THE POOR.


Yes....PLAN WARREN.....coming to a frightened political class near you!


You won't want to miss it!

Scott O

Ah, yes - those damn "rich" people hog all of the money! It's in their basements - just like Uncle Scrooge. Here's the latest hilarity from that crowd:

"Nobel laureate Esther Duflo proposes taxing 3,000 billionaires to protect the world’s poorest from climate change—and most Americans likely agree with the plan"

...most Americans likely agree - well, of course!

"“That is our moral debt,” Duflo told Fortune."

Gotta love the collective "our".

Here's the bottom line:

"The idea is not to tax the ultra-rich more, Duflo said, but rather to ensure that they are paying income taxes in general—since notoriously, this group avoids a lot of taxation. And once their fair share of taxes are collected, she argued, “what better use of them than to compensate the very poorest people in the world for losing their life due to climate change?”"

The really sad part is the woman is so bleeding stupid, she actually believes this shit. In a sane world, the audience would throw things at her and hoot her off the stage. But we live in crazy-town now, so on and on it goes.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/news/nobel-laureate-esther-duflo-proposes-taxing-3000-billionaires-to-protect-the-world-s-poorest-from-climate-change-and-most-americans-likely-agree-with-the-plan/ar-AA1nlTgB

scenes

re: scotto@9:45AM

What you come up against is that the audience for Esther Duflo (who is, I see, the 'Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics' at MIT. Bet it pays well.) has a very foggy notion about the difference between 'asset' and 'income'.

Maybe a decent rule for life is that any statement with the words 'fair share' (or 'common sense') should just be thrown in the bin.

The Estonian Fox

Scott O @ 09:45 AM

Esther received the "Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel" - not quite an original Nobel Laureate, but it is one more than I have. Remember, my fave economist, Paul Krug.... also received one, so there is that.

Scott O

"Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics"

I really had thought that was a snarky joke - I looked it up. I'm sure that she's made sure that her poverty has been eliminated. So - that's a point in her favor.
Exactly what is a "fair share" makes perfect sense to the person who gets to be the decider of "fair share".
It's an amount or a percentage that is TBD always at a later date.

showmekid

re: scenes on 4/27 @ 7:02AM;

$400G plus their kid or a kid of one of them, is employed there also, not sure of his last name. Don't know what he makes, he's a project manager or some such lofty title.

Plus, has Bessee or anyone else seen the trucks they drive? When we had snowmageddon, they were out at the PG&E staging grounds on Brunswick. PG&E crews were driving work trucks, you know, the basic pick-up with vinyl bench seats, no frills. The head of FSC, her husband (second in command) and her kid (the crew chief)were driving Ford and Dodge Ram trucks, top of the line paint and trim, with lift kits, huge tires, custom wheels, all kinds of chrome roll bars, fancy lights, leather interiors, all the bells and whistles. You know the kind truck you would pay in the $70Gs for. I'm really sure that was an appropriate expenditure.

Don Bessee

@435 Envy much?

;-)

Scott O

One more thought on E Duflo's logic -

"to ensure that they are paying income taxes in general—since notoriously, this group avoids a lot of taxation."

Could have sworn income tax returns were not normally in the public domain.
I would love to hear her provide proof of this comment. There are people who make a very good living helping the wealthy to structure their income to lessen the tax burden and they all say the rich pay plenty. The IRS and state finance figures and stats bear this out. In fact - one reason the CA state govt typically has extreme cycles of boom and bust is because it way overly depends on the wealthy for the lion's share of tax revenue. Even Gray Davis pointed that out.

Scott O

DB 4:57 - What's the goal of the Fire Safety Council?
Fire safety or cushy lifestyles for certain people?

Scott O

Well - at least they have standards!

"College Activists Postpone Anti-Israel Encampment Because Students Are Too White"

Gotta keep it real.

https://thefederalist.com/2024/04/26/college-activists-postpone-anti-israel-encampment-because-students-are-too-white/

showmekid

Really surprised by your replies, Mr. Bessee. Always thought you were conservative and were concerned about how public monies (taxes) are spent. The FSC did some good work,but could they have done more if monies were properly and prudently spent? Are some folks a little worried about where a full forensic audit will show the monies went to or were spent on?

The Estonian Fox

Scott @ 05:06 PM

In 2021, ProPublica published their 'analysis' of the taxes paid by the obscenely (my word) wealthy. (My name was not on the list - I am torn in both directions on that). "We obtained the information from an anonymous source who provided us with large amounts of information on the ultrawealthy." It is thought this info is illegal to reveal publicly. But as PP said:

"One of the billionaires mentioned in this article objected, arguing that publishing personal tax information is a violation of privacy. We have concluded that the public interest in knowing this information at this pivotal moment outweighs that legitimate concern."

What PP did was to use taxes paid vs increase in annual wealth, rather than taxes paid vs income declared on the 1040. That's not how I would calculate % tax paid, though Liz Warren might disagree with me.

PP also said "Federal budgets, apart from military spending, have been constrained for decades." We've had a spending problem with no constraint for those same decades. With the decline in religious attendance, there is no moral constraint anymore.

"Taxes are a kind of collective sacrifice. No one loves giving their hard-earned money to the government. But the system works only as long as it’s perceived to be fair." Yet there is a large number of folks who pay no income taxes. Is that fair? Again, who gets to decide the 'fair share'? I know I'm not the one deciding.

https://www.propublica.org/article/the-secret-irs-files-trove-of-never-before-seen-records-reveal-how-the-wealthiest-avoid-income-tax

Scott O

EF 6:53 - The guy that released the info to PP went to prison. PP knew it was illegally obtained and they should have been charged as well. Oh, well.
PP is as left wing as they come. They cherry-picked some years here and there but the idea that the wealthy don't pay taxes is total BS.
They are confusing wealth accretion vs income and they sorta leave out all the taxes they always pay on their homes and their employees and their mechanical toys.
It's just left-wing BS to cover for failed socialist policies. The govt can confiscate every penny from the wealthy and we'd still be broke. Some how that fact seems to always elude the conversation.

Gregory

College students are revolting.

fish ole’

Posted by: Gregory | 28 April 2024 at 01:08 PM


College students are revolting


They’ve always been revolting….now they’re rebelling!!

Don Bessee

@959 The fsc had an independent audit in 2022 and they passed. They do the jobs for less than any other contractor in the area. They give the taxpayers the best value for dollar.

;-)

Scott O

Always a good idea to start the day with comedy.
From CNN of all places:

"Misinformation has created an alternative world for some Americans"

https://www.cnn.com/2024/04/28/politics/election-misinformation-conspiracy-theories-what-matters/index.html?iid=cnn_buildContentRecirc_end_recirc

fish ole'

But emoluments......emoluments.....


Joe Biden's Brother Embroiled In High-Ranking Qatari Scheme To "Provide Wealth Of Introductions" Through "My Family": Politico


What of emoluments????



https://www.zerohedge.com/political/joe-bidens-brother-embroiled-high-ranking-qatari-scheme-provide-wealth-introductions

fish ole'

Hey.... good thing you guys elected Bai den.....


Face shields, dry suits, showers: Lifeguards in California adapt to sewage contamination...


He got all those environmental problems corrected in short order......and all that money Trump was was sending to fight foreign wars....he fixed that too!



https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/face-shields-dry-suits-showers-lifeguards-in-south-county-calif-adapt-to-persistent-sewage-contamination/ar-AA1nP1pC

fish ole'

I'm not sure that any single photograph sums up just what a slack jawed idiot is the Vice President better than this one does....


https://s.hdnux.com/photos/01/37/16/55/24963961/3/960x0.webp


Absolutely delightful in a slow witted child being asked a question before the class sort of way!

Scott O

from the article on the lifeguards facing polluted water -

""We can't wait years for the federal government to get enough money and do all this construction," said Coronado Lifeguard Capt. Sean Carey. "We just need some protections now because this is the lifeguard's cancer.""

Why is this a federal issue in the first place? This is entirely on the local authorities. You would think gov Hair Gel might even try to care. A failed sewer system is a 3rd world symptom straight out.

fish ole'

Posted by: Scott O | 29 April 2024 at 08:45 AM


You would think gov Hair Gel might even try to care.


Too busy conducting quiet Voodoo ceremonies trying to usher Xho Bai Den into the great beyond!

Gregory

"A failed sewer system is a 3rd world symptom straight out."

Tijuana is the place with the failed sewer system, and TJ is not often mistaken for first world. The article doesn’t do a good job pointing the finger...

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