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Kunstler: The Odious Versus the Tedious

Public Policy

You thought the Republican convention was a ghastly spectacle of royal Trumpery (and Iago-style backstabbing featuring the arch-asshole Ted Cruz)? Now comes the Democratic Annunciation of I’m-With-Her-It’s-My-Turn, the incarnation of crony corruption in our late-state Republic of Racketeering. Remember that old movie, The Exorcist, with its demonic spewage of projectile vomit. Expect something like that on the grand scale in Philadelphia this week as the Exalted-Breaker-of-Glass-Ceilings steps forth to accept her victory tiara.

The New York Times is blaming the Ruskies for releasing those thousands of new emails disclosing the perfidy of the Democratic National Committee staff in pimping for Hillary against Bernie and trafficking with the major network news operations to manage and spin things Her way — and especially to rig the electoral machinery against Sanders. How much will his supporters Feel the Bern this week in Philly as the party attempts to put on an appearance of unity (Ha!) behind HRC? How can it conceivably be possible now for Bernie to stand by her side for the crucial unity photo op? I suspect he’d rather chew his right arm off.

For my money, the Ruskies should get the Nobel Peace Prize if they were behind the email release. What higher service to democracy than to expose the anti-democratic workings of the party that affects to call itself Democratic? The sudden appearance of 20,000 smoking guns made party chairperson Debbie Wasserman-Schultz vamoose faster than you can say Debbie Wasserman Schultz, though her replacement, Donna Brazile is every inch just another blatant HRC foot-soldier. Perhaps she’ll have to orchestrate the proceedings with smoke signals or invisible ink instead of emails.

As the conventions rolled out, the aggregate miasma we call the news industry resorted to that tired trope of Optimism Versus Pessimism. Translation: you can’t handle the truth so somebody please bring out the rainbow-leaping unicorns. The American zeitgeist is a tattered garment worn by a three hundred pound tranny in a diabetic coma. It’s probably beyond salvation at this point. Somebody please put it out of its misery. Hence: Trump Versus Hillary, the odious versus the tedious, the election to end all elections.

I derived scant enlightenment listening to the Republican nominee Trump’splainin’ just how he will make America great again. As sheer oratory, Trump made Warren G. Harding look like Pericles. “I am your voice,” he bellowed to the assembled delegates dressed in costumes that made them appear like rodeo clowns from another planet. And that speech was carefully crafted by supposed professionals and mounted on a telepromper. Now Trump will go forth speaking in his usual incoherent vernacular as he vies to become the first president removed by a military coup d’état for blundering incompetence.

Hillary countered by showboating her vice-presidential pick, Tim Kaine of Virginia, America’s new high school Spanish teacher. I was only surprised that she didn’t choose Lebron James. Ambition called and Tim Kaine answered and you wonder just how he will regret picking up the phone as the campaign heats up and he has to Kaine’splain the growing allegations of Hillary’s misdeeds. Can a running mate up and quit before the election? It’s never happened before.*  But Kaine might be concerned about his reputation.

So, gird your loins for the awful pageantry of the week to come: kind of a road company version of The Manchurian Candidate. The election is now between the borderline personality Mommy and the arch-narcissist Daddy for the hearts and minds of a public sore beset by the initial spasms of economic and cultural collapse. Perhaps Big Brother is waiting in the wings.

*A reader reminds me that George McGovern’s running mate in 1972, Sen. Tom Eagleton of Missouri, stepped aside when it became public that he’d been hospitalized for mental illness earlier in life and subjected to electroshock therapy. My bad.


22 Comments on "Kunstler: The Odious Versus the Tedious"

  1. penury on Mon, 25th Jul 2016 12:05 pm 

    Sort of covers all the bases. Looked at with a no dog in the hunt view point the corruption of the U.S. political system has been exposed, now will anyone do anything about it? Short answer, blame Putin and run away.

  2. jjhman on Mon, 25th Jul 2016 12:15 pm 

    The real question in this election is: Which Hillary are we going to get?

    Will it be the young Hillary that broke from her Republicanfamily and became a genuine voice for the downtrodden or will it be the post rise-to-power Iraq-war-voter, bank-buddy Hillary?

    Sorry to say I’d take either one over any version of Trump.

    A sad time for the concept of representative government.

  3. Apneaman on Mon, 25th Jul 2016 1:00 pm 

    In other odious new, here’s a piece about rockman and his buddies..

    Gag the Little Children — Forever

    “These two things happened in the summer of 2011:

    1.US EPA administrator Lisa Jackson told a Congressional committee, “I’m not aware of any proven case where the fracking process itself has affected water,” echoing industry insistence that not a single water well had been affected by fracking [see “The Mother of All Fracking
    Lies,” The Daily Impact, 8/17/2011]

    2. ;A large fracking company, Range Resources Corp., agreed to pay a Pennsylvania family $750,000 to shut them up about how a fracking operation next to their 10-acre farm had polluted their water and air, seriously damaging their health.

    That frackers lie is not the headline. Here’s the headline: in approving the settlement agreement, the court imposed on the family’s two minor children, then 10 and seven years old, a lifetime ban on talking about fracking or the Marcellus Shale region.

    The agreement, unsealed fully by the court last week, enjoined the adult Hallowiches, Chris and Stephanie, from talking in public about the destruction of their farm and life by the proximity of four wells, gas compressor stations and a 3-acre water impoundment operated by Range Resources. That has become the norm in fracking country, where companies want to avoid public exposure of the awful reality of fracking as described in scores of lawsuits. To avoid conviction, and description of their transgressions in public court records, they offer “settlements” with gag orders attached.

    A case can be made for the availability of this option. Families are often desperate, as the Hallowiches were, to get themselves and their children away from a toxic environment, and trials take a lot more time than settlements. Many families might not have the resources to pay for a long trial, and finding a lawyer who will take the case “on spec” can be difficult in a region in the grip of hysterical greed.

    But minor children? How do you explain to them that if, for the rest of their lives, they use the words “fracking” or “Marcellus Shale,” they will have committed a crime? (Or at least a tort.) And if you can explain it, how do you justify it? And if you can explain and justify it, how do you enforce it? Is some suit from Range Resources’ law firm going to follow these kids around, making sure, for example, that if they are diagnosed with cancer they never mention to their doctor the words “fracking” or Marcellus Shale?”

    Meanwhile the CEO of Exxon, Rex Tillerson, was entirely within his rights to proclaim, as he did a few months before the Hallowich case was heard, “To our knowledge, there have been a million wells fracked, and no documented cases of contamination of groundwater from hydraulic fracturing.” He was speaking to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, in January of 2010. Talk about contempt of Congress.

    It is the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States (the Second Amendment is, well, number two): our guarantee of freedom of speech and of the press. It is regrettable that it has become routine for corporations to demand and get legal limitations on individuals’ freedom of speech, simply to avoid embarrassment. It’s a shame that the legal tradition — that a person cannot sign away Constitutional rights — is being abandoned.

    Bit it is an unmitigated disaster when a judge finds it acceptable to impose on a seven-year-old child a lifetime limitation on free speech, in order to protect the sensibilities of the oil fracker who destroyed her family’s home and dreams. A traumatic experience of which she must never speak.

    And let us please remember this: the second guarantee incorporated in the First Amendment is of freedom of the press. Aside from the Guardian, a British newspaper, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (which has pursued the story relentlessly from the beginning), the lies of the EPA administrator and the Exxon CEO, the long trauma of the Hallowich family and now the abusive, perpetual restraints placed on their innocent children, have merited virtually no coverage from the mainstream media. Apparently they have no skin in the game.

    When they gagged small children for their lifetimes, I did not speak up, because I wasn’t a small child”

  4. Apneaman on Mon, 25th Jul 2016 1:10 pm 

    And here’s one on that skank Wasserman. The whole fucking deal is corrupt. Not one of them is exempt.

    Debt Trap Debbie

    “Wasserman Schultz has been a close ally of the predatory [payday lending] industry for years, dating back to her time in the Florida statehouse around the turn of the century. But it wasn’t until this spring, when the official leader of the Democratic party used her heft within the caucus to urge other Democrats to help ensure payday lenders could evade regulation nationwide, that her long advocacy for 400 percent interest rates and endless debt traps for the working poor became a political liability.

    In December, Wasserman Schultz signed onto legislation that would have cut up the CFPB’s rules before they were even issued. The influential Democrat went further, circulating a memo urging other House Democrats to support that same bill.

    The premise of H.R. 4018 was that the CFPB rules should not be allowed to trump existing state legislation. Leading proponents of the bill argued repeatedly that Florida’s own payday lending law was a “gold standard” for regulating payday lending. It is nothing of the sort, as the data about consumer outcomes in Florida proves. Borrowers face average costs twice as high in Florida as in Colorado, where rules are more strict but payday lending is still allowed. Floridians face an average annual interest rate of 304 percent, compared to 121 percent since Colorado’s reforms.”

    I’m wondering if we will see the guillotine make its reappearance here in the endtimes?

  5. Bob Inget on Mon, 25th Jul 2016 1:29 pm 

    Kunstler offers only despair.

    Either we elect Clinton for more of the same or
    the Last US President.

    Comparing fraccing to voting: Someone, anyone, show us an alternative energy with zero deadly side effects.
    We make choices daily, choosing the least offensive or pretending, like our vast AGW denier population, it doesn’t matter.

  6. penury on Mon, 25th Jul 2016 1:44 pm 

    “Kunstler offers only despair” Really Kunstler offers facts, and cogent observations, the despair is added by the readers who can see thru the MSM hype and understand that corruption, crony politics and outright criminal behavior is accepted as normal in U.S. politics today. Prepare yourselves is his constant theme and some of us think it is a good message.

  7. Apneaman on Mon, 25th Jul 2016 2:38 pm 

    Bob, do you prefer a different version of reality? Well, for every despairing Kunstler there are 10,000 hopey dopey, head up ass, MSM narratives out there. It’s the humans and their need for soothing stories again. Methinks Kunstler is close enough to the truth. One can split hairs on his prejudices and biases, but he is dead on when he claims “everything” is a racket and “everything goes and nothing matters”. Sadly, there is no one else. What you see is what you get. Your politicians and captains of industry and commerce are products of America. Born in America, raised in America, educated in America with their values learned from their parents and peers. It’s political, cultural, social and economic collapse in action American style. Same shit going on all over the globe with local flavours and varying speeds. On top of it all you have environmental collapse that is not only unprecedented in the humans history, but unprecedented in the plants history. The only reason you are not seeing more despair is because of the human’s infinite ability to bullshit themselves under any circumstances.

  8. Jerry McManus on Mon, 25th Jul 2016 4:51 pm 

    HRC = Her Royal Crony-ness.

  9. Anonymous on Mon, 25th Jul 2016 7:42 pm 

    JHK, now with less overt racism and pandering to the uS police state!

  10. makati1 on Mon, 25th Jul 2016 10:29 pm 

    Ap, “I’m wondering if we will see the guillotine make its reappearance here in the endtimes?”

    If it does, it will have a tag reading: Made in China. lol

    I would be willing to pay for the first one if it is set up on the National Mall and used there.

  11. Brad on Tue, 26th Jul 2016 12:53 am 

    National leftist boil Michael Moore has written a thouthfull post and concludes, to his horror, that Trump is going to win, with actually good arguments:

    In the US, where it is bon ton to despise the white working class, this class is about to hit back. Hit back against the media, against the Dems who should have represented this class but refused to do so. Hit back against Ford and Apple who move their factories offshore. And hit back against fat ass Moore himself.

    Pass the pop corn, Archie Bunker is back!

  12. makati1 on Tue, 26th Jul 2016 8:56 am 

    Brad, If I were to bother to vote, and I will not, I would vote for anyone but Billary. I think Trump would be good for America. If nothing more than to take it into isolation and pull the troops out of the 800+ foreign bases, bring the fleets home and build his wall.

  13. JuanP on Tue, 26th Jul 2016 12:15 pm 

    Ap “I’m wondering if we will see the guillotine make its reappearance here in the endtimes?”
    In Rwanda, the Hutus managed to kill up to a million Tutsis in 100 days using little more than machetes and clubs. They imported one million one dollar machetes from China to accomplish this. I have always been very impressed by their brutality, speed, resourcefulness, and ROI. Machetes are fearsome weapons and very low cost. When the SHTF things could collapse much faster and with more brutality than we expect. I have a long machete and a shorter Parang. The Parang is my favorite jungle tool.

  14. Apneaman on Tue, 26th Jul 2016 12:22 pm 

    A machete is just a handheld guillotine.

  15. PracticalMaina on Tue, 26th Jul 2016 1:45 pm 

    Bob, what kind of alternative energy’s are blowing up towns ect. How many wars have been fought over renewables. when you say deadly consequences are you talking about birds? Because FF kills ecosystems. I know its sad when a solar concentrating array or wind turbine takes out a bird, but I have definetly whacked a bird with my ICE vehicle, and no one made a federal case.
    Makati, I do not disagree with you on your extreme distrust of Hillary, but I do not know if I see Trump pulling troops from bases. More like Haliburton 2.0.
    I wish we knew the ins and outs of Trumps finances, because I see this as a monetary decision, I highly doubt it is out of the goodness of his snake heart.

    Go Bernie, or third party, or anarchy.

  16. Daniel in KC on Tue, 26th Jul 2016 9:57 pm 

    Another totally appropriate posting for this site. (Oh wait … I didn’t see ANY reference to petroleum, or energy, or alternatives in Kunstler’s post)

  17. Go Speed Racer on Tue, 26th Jul 2016 10:48 pm 

    Vote Trump. All the bullshit pouring out of his mouth, like the crazed Irish cousin at dinner, such a relief compared to that straitjacket PC rubber room elitism from Hillary. You get the Muslim neighbors moving in, while Hillary walks off with another $200 million and waltzes off to her walled off all white compound. After spouting about ‘diversity’ to collect the speech money.

    Trump is fresh air compared to all of that.

  18. makati1 on Tue, 26th Jul 2016 11:50 pm 

    Practical, when you have billions, what do you do for entertainment? You can buy anything or anyone you want. Bored is the word for today in a billionaire’s life. Why not try for President?

    Maybe he wants to actually do something good and sees this as the way to do that, big time? After all, he is not the first 1%er that ran and (could) became president. There were at least 12 US Presidents (out of 43 total) that were equal to today’s million/billion net worth level that became US President.

  19. Go Speed Racer on Wed, 27th Jul 2016 5:10 am 

    Especially scary, is Hillary’s middle name.

    Hillary Ramrod Clinton. And she always makes sure the middle name is in there, all spelled out.

  20. JuanP on Wed, 27th Jul 2016 5:51 am 

    Practical “Makati, I do not disagree with you on your extreme distrust of Hillary, but I do not know if I see Trump pulling troops from bases.”
    I do not expect anyone to bring our troops back. The USA will keep its agressive, criminal, Illegal occupying, attacking, invading, murdering, and raping until it can’t, and then it will most likely simply abandon the troops wherever they are. They may be all left behind!

    Why would they want them back? It’s not like they don’t already have huge military and police forces in the USA already. They might bring them back, if they can, to attack and control the civilian population if there is a revolution or to fight a civil war in the USA.

  21. PracticalMaina on Wed, 27th Jul 2016 12:03 pm 

    I want them back with the people they were sworn to protect, especially the ones who take upholding the constitution very seriously. I want our country to stop constantly increasing the numbers of enemys and dangers to our civilians as well as individuals in uniform. End imperialism and maybe use our might to make public transportation more safe, without walking threw an xray device, after all, and violate people.

  22. Kenz300 on Sat, 30th Jul 2016 8:43 am 

    The top 1% want it all….. and the RepubliCON party will give it to them………..

    What do RepubliCONS believe…….. depends who is paying….. follow the money……. fossil fuels….. oil, coal, natural gas…, nuclear, NRA………the top 1%

    Are RepubliCONS the real EVIL DOERS………..they want to end Social Security, Medicare and access to contraception…….

    RepubliCONS are the reason the middle class is shrinking…… in the past the top 1% wanted to import all the cheap labor they could get ……… now the people are finally waking up but they do not realize they have been conned by the RepubliCONS……….

    The RepubliCON elite want cheap labor…………They are no friend of the middle class

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