KER Politics – Sat 29 Jun, 2019

Hour 2 – Politics

Full Hour

I respect Dr. Birnbaum’s opinions on political and societal issues because of her common sense that she has shown in our “off mike” opinions and because of her education resulting in a PhD in clinical psychology. What do you think of these?

  • Segment 1 – Dr. Frieda Birnbaum, New York based clinical psychologist, successes the debates and political and societal issues.
  • Segment 2 – Dr. Birnbaum gives us her impression of the strength of character of the folks involved in the Democratic debate on Thursday.
  • Segment 3 – We discuss Islam and the stature of Iran with Christine Douglas-Williams and Jim McKinney.
  • Segment 4 – We wrap up KER Politics with opinions regarding the current situation with Iran.
Segment 1
Segment 2
Segment 3
Segment 4

Comments:
  1. On June 29, 2019 at 4:18 am,
    cfs says:

    Re: Debates…..
    History certainly rhymes. End of Roman Empire they got circuses; end of American Empire the Presidential candidates promised everything: free healthcare, free college education, free income, etc. Of course, Government makes nothing and nothing is really “free”, but the people never learn.

    • On June 29, 2019 at 9:25 am,
      Al B Korelin says:

      Here is a serious question, CFS: The whole situation in America today very depressing to this old guy (i.e.: Big Al) I am at the point where I am starting to find it very difficult to relate to progressives both in my family and in the people around me.

      I would appreciate you comments on this!

      • On June 29, 2019 at 9:32 am,
        OOTB Jerry says:

        Pray for wisdom……which those around you surely are lacking………JMO

        • On June 29, 2019 at 9:36 am,
          OOTB Jerry says:

          Ephesians 5…..might help you….

          • On June 29, 2019 at 10:09 am,
            Big Al says:

            Thanks, Brother!

      • On June 29, 2019 at 9:39 am,
        cfs says:

        It is not just “progressives”.
        Alas, the political system is so corrupt and used to feeding at the public trough, that no politician of either stripe anymore considers frugality in public spending a virtue.

        The tragedy is that hundreds of years of history in multiple countries has repeatedly demonstrated as once taxation exceeds about 10% then growth rate of every economy decreases.
        Every country in history that has grown to greatness has ALWAYS done so at low levels of taxation.

        • On June 29, 2019 at 9:52 am,
          cfs says:

          I am perplexed at how it become possible over the last century that Government now considers all income as theirs by right. No longer do governments seem to even consider individuals as having property rights; but merely as cattle for taxing.
          Politicians are prepared to destroy the country just as long as they can stay in power a little longer.

          • On June 29, 2019 at 10:36 am,
            Big Al says:

            Interesting comment about ” No longer do governments seem to even consider individuals as having property rights”

        • On June 29, 2019 at 10:38 am,
          Big Al says:

          And CFS, a rational government does not seem to consider what you are saying.

        • On June 29, 2019 at 2:06 pm,
          Big Al says:

          “no politician of either stripe anymore considers frugality in public spending a virtue.” You know that I completely agree with that statement because I have been saying that since before the turn of the century.

      • On June 29, 2019 at 9:58 am,
        Big Al says:

        I pray for wisdom, among other things, every single day Jerry. But then again you know that!

  2. On June 29, 2019 at 4:39 am,
    cfs says:

    Kamala Harris is a San Francisco Demcrat apparatchik.
    As Attorney General of California she was incompetent.
    https://madworldnews.com/kamala-harris-sex-jeff-sessions/
    Trump will have a field day if she is the democrat candidate.

    • On June 29, 2019 at 9:26 am,
      alexander korelin says:

      I think that he will have a field day with anyone of the candidates who I have seen.

    • On June 30, 2019 at 5:12 pm,
      Big Al says:

      You had some pretty positive, with a lot of caveats, things to say about her chances of victory at another location of our site.

  3. On June 29, 2019 at 5:03 am,
    AJ says:

    Dear Democrats, Here’s How to Guarantee Trump’s Reelection
    https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/06/25/democrats-trump-election-2020-227215

    • On June 29, 2019 at 9:32 am,
      Al B Korelin says:

      I find it to be amazing that there is even the slightest possibility that Trump could loose in the next national election.

  4. On June 29, 2019 at 7:12 am,
    ron says:

    Democratic Debate?
    I was shocked when Julián Castro advocated for government funding for Transgender abortions. Trannies cannot have children. But then I realized that he was talking about post birth abortions! Afterall several democrats have advocated for post birth abortions. Was this a Freudian slip? Or does he not know that Trannies cannot have children. Is he stupid or evil what difference at this point does it make.

    • On June 29, 2019 at 9:34 am,
      Al B Korelin says:

      Did Castro actually say that! I must have missed it. That would put it at the largest misstatement of all time.

  5. On June 29, 2019 at 7:24 am,
    b says:

    Tulsi Gabbard is the obvious choice imo.

    I guess her google searches went thru the roof, far beyond anyone else.
    Ron Paul was far and away the most popular until the tv ads began.

    Really looks like people voted as the tv told them to vote.

    I expect the same this time which means Tulsi doesnt have a chance.

    The Dems have to choose someone Trump can beat….without looking like that was the reason to have been chosen of course.

    • On June 29, 2019 at 7:27 am,
      b says:

      We cant forget where the money is coming from that supports Trump.
      No way is anyone going to overcome the Jewish lobby.

      • On June 29, 2019 at 9:12 am,
        cfs says:
        • On June 29, 2019 at 9:28 am,
          b says:

          You believe that cfs?

          • On June 29, 2019 at 11:07 am,
            Matthew says:

            +1
            CFS is lost.

          • On June 29, 2019 at 2:09 pm,
            Big Al says:

            b, if it really matters, I happen to believe that.

        • On June 29, 2019 at 10:41 am,
          Big Al says:

          Thanks for the clarification, but then is then and now is now!

        • On June 29, 2019 at 1:23 pm,
          Robert Moriarty says:

          CFS: Israel supports trump because he is owned by them. Hollywood and the media hate him. And just who do you think control them.

          Israel clearly wants to destroy the US and they are succeeding

          • On June 29, 2019 at 2:15 pm,
            Big Al says:

            Bob, would you like us to put in as a permanent part of our home page: “Robert J. Moriarty says on the record that “Israel is trying to destroy the United States” Since that is, in essence, really all that you every really say here, we would be happy to do that in spite of the fact that many informed individuals would begin to have questions about your sanity. Let me know and I will do whatever you like.

          • On June 29, 2019 at 3:49 pm,
            Matthew says:

            “Informed” individuals, Al?

          • On June 29, 2019 at 4:06 pm,
            terra.laser says:

            A reply to Big Al. There is a difference between intent to destroy vs. destroying without an explicit intent. The advancement of one country’s interest can result in the destruction of another as a sort of collateral damage. I do not think that most in Israel have any intent to destroy the United States, however, many times the advancement of the countries interest undermines and is contrary to some of the founding interests for the United States. Basic beliefs and philosophy and founding of the US are very distinct from those of Israel. The problem as I see it is the US does not hold Israel accountable for our founding beliefs and principles (probably because those have been diluted out of the culture) and the US is mostly played…which is a real problem for those who see

          • On June 30, 2019 at 12:26 pm,
            Robert Moriarty says:

            Al:

            If you would bother reading the FBI report on the dancing Israelis on 911, you could read it in black and white rather than getting your propaganda from FOX, CNN and CNBC. I find it very funny that you have a total inability to think for yourself.

            Everything the Zionists have done and intend to do is in print in black and white and has been for four decades and you still don’t get it. They come right out and say what they are going to do and if you don’t watch it on the tube, you can’t figure it out.

            CFS keeps talking about a mythical Iranian nuclear weapons program that all 17 US intelligence agencies have agreed doesn’t exist on two occasions and you just nod your head like a bobble toy. The most belligerent country in the world has nukes, threatens to use them and you two ignore that and mumble about a nuclear weapons program that doesn’t exist.

            You are both a monument to a successful program of misinformation. And you think I’m nuts? You are a hoot.

            If they say they are going to destroy us and everything around us shows that the US is collapsing I believe them. You don’t because no one has yet told you what to believe. How about adding up the facts and coming to a rational determination for yourself.

            Given the Iran can shut down the oil passing through the Gulf without firing a shot and that the US and Israel have and are committing acts of war on a daily basis, asking for a “shot across the bow” sounds like a ten year old kid running his mouth. Iran has 80 million people who have every right to defend themselves and given that we have lost every war we fought since WW II, asking for more is stupid.

            What branch of Christianity is it that you follow that advocates, “Blessed be the War Mongers?”

          • On June 30, 2019 at 1:10 pm,
            Matthew says:

            Bob, you’ve been piling truth on these guys for years. They’re not gonna wake up.
            Neocons are a hoot as well as a menace to every society on earth.

          • On June 30, 2019 at 1:58 pm,
            b says:

            I dont see it as a “wake up” thing, I think its preferring Zionism.

          • On June 30, 2019 at 2:22 pm,
            Matthew says:

            You might be right if it weren’t so clear that neither of them knows what Zionism really is.

      • On June 29, 2019 at 9:42 am,
        Big Al says:

        I personally don’t think that is an issue at this point in the race, b. Please explain and rationalize that statement and thank you.

        • On June 29, 2019 at 10:07 am,
          cfs says:

          One would think that democrats would learn
          From which states are people, on average, leaving?
          New York, Illinois, California. Socialist havens.

          To which states are people, on average, moving to?
          Florida, Nevada, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico.
          Lower cost of living, lower taxation states.

          • On June 29, 2019 at 2:46 pm,
            Big Al says:

            Thanks, CFS, for bringing up this point!

    • On June 29, 2019 at 8:05 am,
      cfs says:

      Tulsi Gabbard from the socialist paradise of Hawaii, where they already have free healthcare. (But where they often choose to come to the mainland for serious healthcare.)

      • On June 29, 2019 at 8:18 am,
        b says:

        Much wiser to have a warmonger cfs?
        Some one without the understanding of the military to be commander and chief?

        Dont worry about Tulsi, she is not a pawn of Israel.
        She wont get anywhere.

        • On June 29, 2019 at 8:30 am,
          cfs says:

          There, and I thought Trump was not supported by the MIC because he was minimizing troops in Iraq and not invading Syria and pulling out of Afghanistan.
          And did not want to invade Iran. Foolish me.

          • On June 29, 2019 at 9:10 am,
            b says:

            minimize troops in Iraq? pulled out of Syria? Afghanistan?
            You really have not/ are not following whats going on over there.

            Maybe you do know and are simply propagandizing idunno.

            Trump came to his senses about Iran…maybe, he just sent another dozen f 22s over there, thats after the fleets and b 52s etc etc etc

            We will see what happens, my guess is its up to Israel, all those 100s of millions the Israeli lobby Adelson etc gave Trump to get elected just might influence Trump.

            It did get the embassy moved, and a declaration Golan belongs to Israel. lol

            How many dead will the money buy?

        • On June 29, 2019 at 8:57 am,
          Nigel says:

          Unfortunately b, you are correct, Tulsi Gabbard probably won’t get anywhere because she hasn’t sold out. I don’t think any of the other candidates have any great insight, just parrot the same old BS we’ve heard 100 times..

          • On June 29, 2019 at 9:23 am,
            b says:

            hmmm, didnt the U.S. offer to make Libya prosperous?

            Iran can not give up what they dont have and terrorism?, maybe just maybe the U.S. could stop providing arms to isis alquida al sham a ram and whatever other groups are out there.
            Ask the U.S. to leave Al Tanf maybe….

          • On June 29, 2019 at 9:43 am,
            cfs says:

            Obama administration is not the Trump administration.

          • On June 29, 2019 at 2:48 pm,
            Big Al says:

            I feel like we need to repeat that over and over and over again as some people don’t seem to get that in this particular context.

          • On June 29, 2019 at 11:12 am,
            Matthew says:

            Gabbard is good on foreign policy and that’s it.

          • On June 29, 2019 at 7:16 pm,
            b says:

            cfs

            The americans are in Al Tanf today.

            The americans train isis fighters there, today, Trump administration.

        • On June 29, 2019 at 9:44 am,
          Big Al says:

          I personally don’t believe that any of the candidates or Trump happen to be “pawns” of Israel. Sorry b!

        • On June 29, 2019 at 9:46 am,
          Big Al says:

          b, are you saying that Trump is a warmonger? Sorry, I simply do not understand or agree with that statement.

          • On June 29, 2019 at 10:06 am,
            b says:

            First Full Year of Trump-Run Foreign Policy Sees Record Number of Bombs Dropped on Afghanistan
            Both casualties and expenses are rising.

            US intensifies bombing in Syria after Trump announced withdrawal ..
            Middle East civilian deaths have soared under Trump. And the media …
            The U.S. Never Dropped As Many Bombs On Afghanistan As It Did In 2018
            US air wars under Trump: increasingly indiscriminate, increasingly …

            Im not posting links as this site allows only one or freezes.

            You only need to look Al

            Is Trump a pawn of Israel…who benefits from american bombs in the middle east?
            Who benefited from the destruction of Libya?

            When it walks and talks like a duck Al, its probly a duck.

          • On June 30, 2019 at 11:50 am,
            b says:

            After seeing the info I’ve posted what do you think?
            Is Trump a warmonger?
            Is he simply continuing american policy?

            I’ve only posted whats happening in the middle east, there are other places in the world too.
            Venezuela,Cuba is threatened……..

    • On June 29, 2019 at 9:37 am,
      Al B Korelin says:

      “The Dems have to choose someone who Trump can beat” I think that I am missing your point. Is that what you really meant to write, b?

      • On June 29, 2019 at 9:53 am,
        b says:

        of course Al, altho, I tend to agree with you he will beat anyone on the dem ticket anyway.

        • On June 29, 2019 at 10:10 am,
          Big Al says:

          Different way to look at that statement, thanks!

  6. On June 29, 2019 at 7:57 am,
    b says:

    seg 4 Iran is building nukes, hasnt that been the chorus for the last 10-15 yrs?
    Iran painted as victims? Has she heard of the holocaust, Islam is encouraged to lie?
    Has she heard of the Mossad?

    Finish off Iran? All depends? It threatened Israel?
    Wow, lets kill 80 million people, can we find some one thats more insane to interview?

    How many times would these views require repeating to get the listeners of ker to believe it?

    What I think is interesting is Iran understands Israel owns the U.S. and its vassals and the rest like to pretend thats a conspiracy theory at best.

    If the U.S. attacks Iran, that will be the end of the U.S. and Israel as we know it today, maybe armageddon is the idea.

    Interesting politics section today Al.
    Thx.

    • On June 29, 2019 at 8:33 am,
      cfs says:

      Trump offers to make Iran prosperous if they give up nukes and terrorism, and Iran still propagates hatred. What a great religion of peace!

      • On June 29, 2019 at 9:24 am,
        b says:

        hmmm, didnt the U.S. offer to make Libya prosperous?

        Iran can not give up what they dont have and terrorism?, maybe just maybe the U.S. could stop providing arms to isis alquida al sham a ram and whatever other groups are out there.
        Ask the U.S. to leave Al Tanf maybe….

        sry for double post.

        • On June 29, 2019 at 10:14 am,
          Big Al says:

          As always a great post, b!

      • On June 30, 2019 at 2:44 pm,
        Robert Moriarty says:

        CFS:

        How do you give up weapons you don’t have and aren’t building? We know the three great sponsors of terrorism in the Middle East, Israel, the US and SA.

        You have made a decisions as has Al to remain ignorant in spite of all the potential in the world to educate yourself.

        http://www.batr.org/terror/112415.html

    • On June 29, 2019 at 9:54 am,
      Big Al says:

      b, is have always and will continue to always listen to all sides of every story. Did you happen to catch Christine’s statement about “freedom of religion” and how that relates to Islam in its pure form.

      I personally agree with the philosophy that Iran as it exists today is a threat. Remember that Iran is almost 100% Shia and Iraq comes in at about 40% and the majority of the rest of Muslim World consists of Sunni Muslims.

      • On June 29, 2019 at 10:28 am,
        b says:

        I believe you think Iran is a threat Al.

        google list of wars involving Iran.

        A little recent history.

        Ongoing Rebel and Islamist uprisings quelled in much of Syria.

        Most of Syria now controlled by Syrian Government, which is supported by Iran.

        Islamic State in Syria defeated near the end of 2017.

        Iraqi Civil War
        Iran launches successful airstrikes on ISIL positions in Iraq.

        Iranian military troops successfully defeat ISIL on the ground.

        ISIL dissolved in Iraq due to Iranian military intervention.
        Iranian victory

        Interesting Iran fights isis…the people we call terrorists.
        But Iran is the threat, how does that work?

        It was us overthrowing Irans democratically elected prez in 1953, not they overthrowing ours.

        The media is the propaganda arm of the mic, nothing more, sadly the majority believe them.

  7. On June 29, 2019 at 9:47 am,
    NIGEL says:

    I think having a war with Iran is a really bad idea, no honestly, it’s a really bad idea.

    • On June 29, 2019 at 10:13 am,
      OOTB Jerry says:

      ditto………..

      • On June 29, 2019 at 10:22 am,
        Big Al says:

        Having an “all out war with Iran” Nigel and Jerry is, of course, not a good idea. But, a “shot across the bow” as Trump arranged is a good idea and that is what I meant.

        • On June 29, 2019 at 10:35 am,
          b says:

          Only bad for the U.S., the west and the middle east and Iran, great for Russia,China,India the majority of the “stans”, cuba, n.Korea and s america…a few others I would think too.

          Pray the Iranians dont have viruses waiting to be used in every american city now, people gotta be silly to think they actually need nukes.

          • On June 29, 2019 at 2:44 pm,
            Big Al says:

            You bring up a VERY VALID POINT, b!

  8. On June 29, 2019 at 10:38 am,
    Ebolan says:

    “…the strength of character of the folks involved in the Democratic debate on Thursday.”

    Character? What character? They are all criminals, sociopaths and perverts who want to control every aspect of our lives and take as much of our money and freedom as they can. You need to get some better guests.

    Hey Jerry, and you too Korelin, you ready to pay for abortions for trans-men, trans-masculine and non-binaries???
    This is how freaking off the tracks the Demonrats are. Can you believe this?
    https://twitter.com/JulianCastro/status/1144341924821852160?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

    • On June 29, 2019 at 10:39 am,
      Ebolan says:
    • On June 29, 2019 at 10:42 am,
      Ebolan says:

      What’s next? Paying for the diets of transfats???

    • On June 29, 2019 at 11:31 am,
      OOTB Jerry says:

      Transgender , ….really have to question the intelligence of mental midgets…..
      Slowly….they debauched the currency, then their minds……

      • On June 29, 2019 at 12:02 pm,
        Ebolan says:

        This society is so f’d up…all aspects…and every institution is corrupt beyond redemption…this is a society I want no part of.

    • On June 29, 2019 at 2:21 pm,
      Big Al says:

      Ebolan, when did either one of us ever say that we personally supported any of the statements of ideas of the candidates!

  9. On June 29, 2019 at 10:47 am,
    larry says:

    AL…excellent refocus of the entire Islam discussions…Thank you
    Currently Judaism shares nothing with Islam…..

    • On June 29, 2019 at 2:23 pm,
      Big Al says:

      Of course, Larry, Judaism shares nothing with Islam

      • On June 29, 2019 at 8:14 pm,
        b says:

        You two could not be more wrong that Judaism and Islam have nothing in common.

        “Abraham is given a high position of respect in three major world faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam”.

        Moses and Noah are important in all 3 as well.

        All 3 religions are worshipers of the god of Abraham.

        Christians figure all gets better when Jesus returns, Islam says all gets better when the son of Mary returns and the Jews…wait for the Messiah.

        Sounds pretty sharing to me.

        • On June 30, 2019 at 8:14 am,
          OOTB Jerry says:

          Issac and Ishmael …….start there…..

          • On June 30, 2019 at 8:15 am,
            OOTB Jerry says:

            and WHO was their momma ,….and who was the father…..

          • On June 30, 2019 at 8:27 am,
            OOTB Jerry says:

            Start with Genesis 16…KJV…..for some of the answers….
            Hagar + Abraham =Ishmael
            Sara + Abraham = Issac

        • On June 30, 2019 at 9:44 am,
          b says:

          So your saying Islam and Judaism do share some commonalities?

          Personally I see the 3 religions as dif as Baptist and Morman for example, but both christian, even if they dont think each other are.

          So, I see the 3 of them as pretty sameish.

          • On June 30, 2019 at 10:10 am,
            OOTB Jerry says:

            Now go to Genesis 17

          • On June 30, 2019 at 11:58 am,
            b says:

            ok, so there are lots of things they share.
            Guess Al and Larry need to ….idunno…rethink?

          • On June 30, 2019 at 12:10 pm,
            OOTB Jerry says:

            Since you have both those ideas…………now go to the NEW TESTAMENT….

          • On June 30, 2019 at 12:42 pm,
            b says:

            Jerry, I am saying all 3 have things in common,they share some of the same beliefs.

            The big one of course…there is a god.

            Its possible to list many things.

            How could there not be common and shared beliefs? they are both god of abraham,noah,moses religions.

            1 big dif is the Jews have Jesus as idol worship and boiling in human excrement for all eternity and Islam has him as a pretty influential and revered cookie.

            Funny how Christians prefer the Jewish outlook to Islams concerning that.
            Boggles my mind..lol, I will never figure that one out.

          • On June 30, 2019 at 1:27 pm,
            OOTB Jerry says:

            Most christians…….know nothing of the writings of the jews…….

          • On June 30, 2019 at 1:30 pm,
            OOTB Jerry says:

            Current christians…….are hanging their hats on one verse……..
            Genesis 12:3 King James Version (KJV)
            3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee:

  10. On June 29, 2019 at 11:14 am,
    Endres says:

    Who will be the next Threat, Big Al?

    • On June 29, 2019 at 2:35 pm,
      Big Al says:

      Endres,

      Do you mean “who” or do you mean “what” or a combination of the two?

      • On June 30, 2019 at 7:17 am,
        Endres says:

        I mean a combination. Since the 90’s, was Iraq

      • On June 30, 2019 at 7:19 am,
        Endres says:

        And Then was Afganistan, Iraq, Lybia, Syria, and now Iran. What willbe next?

  11. On June 29, 2019 at 11:21 am,
    b says:

    So much for Tulsi Gabbard, i guess she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations .

    https://www.cfr.org/membership/roster

    All A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

    278 Results

    Tulsi Gabbard
    Stanley A. Gacek

    Really need to stop thinking past 2 headed snake…..I was fooled again…shame on me.

    • On June 29, 2019 at 11:36 am,
      Matthew says:

      Right there with Dick Cheney.

    • On June 29, 2019 at 2:24 pm,
      Big Al says:

      b, as I am sure that your are aware there are officially hundreds of members of the CFR.

      • On June 29, 2019 at 3:36 pm,
        Matthew says:

        Al, the CFR’s most powerful members are among those who really call the shots. Token members like Gabbard are willing tools.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ba9wxl1Dmas

      • On June 29, 2019 at 3:53 pm,
        Matthew says:

        Btw, the CFR has thousands of members…

        In the US, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is dominant. One of its 1921 founders, Edward Mandell House, was Woodrow Wilson’s chief advisor and rumored at the time to be the nation’s real power from 1913 – 1921. On his watch, the Federal Reserve Act passed in December 1913 giving money creation power to bankers, and the 16th Amendment was ratified in February creating the federal income tax to provide a revenue stream to pay for government debt service.

        From its beginnings, CFR was committed to “a one-world government based on a centralized global financing system….” Today, CFR has thousands of influential members (including important ones in the corporate media) but keeps a low public profile, especially regarding its real agenda.
        https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-true-story-of-the-bilderberg-group-and-what-they-may-be-planning-now/13808

  12. On June 29, 2019 at 11:43 am,
    Matthew says:

    It seems Huxley had a slightly better handle on things to come than Orwell:

    “What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egotism.

    Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumble puppy.

    As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists, who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny, “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.”

    In 1984, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that our desire will ruin us.”

    ― Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
    ————————
    The vast majority of Democrats and neocons will go to their graves without a clue that they’d been thoroughly duped by propaganda their entire lives.

    • On June 29, 2019 at 2:26 pm,
      Big Al says:

      Great post, Matthew, concerning Huxley and Orwell!!

    • On June 29, 2019 at 2:48 pm,
      larry says:

      GREAT POST MATTHEW!

      That should be posted front page on every paper in the western world

  13. On June 29, 2019 at 1:43 pm,
    RICHARD/DOC says:

    Don’t often comment on political issues but I don’t think Trump invades Iran. He may bluster and throw a few missles at them like Syria but I think he’s smart enough to know the regional disaster if he does as well as the fact he would not win re-election. The closer we get to 2020 the less likely he would submit ground troops. Of course, when one of the past president warmongers started a war, the non-thinking reaction of many of the citizenry was at first supported with a “you go, boy” reaction until reality set in. The other reason I believe Trump wouldn’t submit “boots on the ground” is because the odds are strong that Putin and Xi have told him in no uncertain terms that his move would bot be accepted by them. Iran is quite significant in their Eurasian and BRI initiative and they can’t afford to have that compromised. Of course, that could be another reason Trump would like to mess with Iran. With the Iran issue and the SPV Instex now operational, I believe Trump has a lot of balls to juggle and he may just start to back off with his bluster and aggressive moves as he nears the election battles of 2020. He may want to appear as if he accomplished some results with China etal. and not stir the pot as much.

    • On June 29, 2019 at 2:17 pm,
      Matthew says:

      You’re probably right since war with Iran is much less popular with the general public than the MSM is reporting.
      Scott Ritter was certain it would happen 13-14 years ago yet here we are. The reason, in my opinion, is that the invisible government has failed in its efforts to manufacture the consent of the majority. Popular opinion is more powerful than most realize which is why propaganda is such an important tool of all governments.

    • On June 29, 2019 at 2:20 pm,
      Matthew says:

      Even Ben Shapiro’s audience is waking up en masse and I think it’s safe to say that he didn’t see it coming.

    • On June 29, 2019 at 2:29 pm,
      Big Al says:

      Doc, I agree completely with your comment. My philosophy on the issue of America invading Iran is way too often misunderstood. I know that Trump is not an idiot as some on this site think.

  14. On June 29, 2019 at 1:44 pm,
    Ebolan says:

    BOYS!

    Those shirt and mug salesmen have a hell of a shoe for you!

    Putin: “liberal idea” has “outlived its purpose.”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jukroFnDqw

    I tell you, I don’t want any president but if I have to have one I’d pick Putin any day over the 20+ Corruptocrats who were flappin’ their gums the last two nights!

    Hell, I’d pick Putin any day over Trump. Putin would not tolerate this country being invaded by illegals! And of course the banksters hate him.

    And listen to those boys quote the dalie lama quotes on immigration in that video. Even more hard core than Putin.

    At least there are still a couple of sane people in this world

    • On June 29, 2019 at 1:44 pm,
      Ebolan says:
      • On June 29, 2019 at 2:48 pm,
        Ebolan says:

        Putin Says Globalism Is The Enemy of Humanity.

        Amen, brother Vladimir!

    • On June 29, 2019 at 1:44 pm,
      Ebolan says:

      SHOW!

      Dang iPad!

    • On June 29, 2019 at 1:50 pm,
      Ebolan says:

      Reparations…abortions for lgbtqzyx trans-men…free health care for all illegals…basically anyone who can get to this country….all I can say is you boys better be saving every penny you make because your criminal b@stard goooberment is going to make you pay for all this…one way or another.

      You can say what you want about Putin…and I wouldn’t want to live under his rule…but if I had to choose between and the criminal b@stards the 2 headed snake party barfs up…I’d take Putin any day as he would not tolerate any of this sh@t.

    • On June 29, 2019 at 1:54 pm,
      Ebolan says:

      Hah! The DemoNRats have this as one of their anti-Trump stickers for 2020…well, I will tell you boys I agree…Putin far better than any Demonrat and better than Trump. If ya gotta be ruled by a mob boss I’d pick Putin any day…

      https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41QVXoOYtpL._SX425_.jpg

      • On June 29, 2019 at 2:38 pm,
        Big Al says:

        I don’t consider Trump to be in the category of a “mob boss”

        • On June 29, 2019 at 2:45 pm,
          Ebolan says:

          Well, say whatever you want about Putin but he is not allowing his country to be invaded by hordes of illegals, he is not allowing his culture to be destroyed and he will not tolerate the rape of his people by the NWO and the banksters! And he is not bankrupting his country through insane debt!

          No politician in this country can say that!

          • On June 29, 2019 at 2:46 pm,
            Ebolan says:

            And actually, no politician in this country can say ANY of that!

        • On June 29, 2019 at 2:53 pm,
          Ebolan says:

          Well, then maybe he should be more like one. Do you think a mob boss would tolerate the invasion of his turf by a horde of illetal aliens?

          Trump is all hat and no cattle. There is no one stopping him from deploying the National Guard to seal off the border. The invasion is worse under Trump than under Obama! Hell, we now have Africans coming in from Mexico thanks to Soros. Why doesn’t Trump go after Soros…use some of those RICO statutes against the Soros outfits? Trump is a 100% phony!

    • On June 29, 2019 at 2:32 pm,
      Big Al says:

      Ebolan, there are more than a couple of sane people left in this world! I don’t believe that you mean Putin in the literal sense, but someone who shares some of his ideas like the ones that your mentioned.

  15. On June 29, 2019 at 3:17 pm,
    RICHARD/DOC says:

    IMHO, the next election is not about “capitalism” versus “socialism” although that’s what it’ll be cast as. After all, the U.S. is no longer a pure “capitalistic” system unless one feels “crony capitalism” is equivalent to true capitalism. We have a number of examples of how this country has socialism already but I won’t get into them except for the example of TARP when we bailed out “Goldman Slacks” etal. If that’s not corporate socialism, I don’t know what is. The big competition in 2020 will be a continuation of what Trump represented in 2016—-globalism versus the value of sovereignty, culture and civilization. That will be the ongoing war internally. I might add that I agree a lot with what EB said about Putin. The left has to demonize Putin and characterize him as America’s bogeyman when in fact he is a minimal threat unless America continues to threaten Russia with its’ well known neocon actions. The bogeyman happens to be sitting right in the bowels of this country and is not external. It’s the democratic party with its’ leftist base. The ultimate destruction of what this country used to extol has been, is, and will be destroyed if the people representing the party and their malignant leftist base don’t start to get a clue and reform what they represent.

    • On June 29, 2019 at 3:43 pm,
      Ebolan says:

      Putin and some of the Eastern Europeans are all that stand between the destruction of Western Civilization and Christianity. The NWO/bankster/Zionist cabal are determined Hell bent and the politicians of this country are their puppets.

      • On June 29, 2019 at 8:26 pm,
        b says:

        Looks that way to me too Eb.

    • On June 29, 2019 at 8:47 pm,
      cfs says:

      Doc, I don’t think Putin is quite as innocent as you portray, but I agree that in a Let sleeping dogs lie scenario he is not an immediate threat to the U.S..
      I find it amazing that a majority of Blacks can vote Democrat, the party of Slavery.
      That a majority of Jews can vote democrat,essentially an anti-Jewish party.And that new immigrants can vote Democrat; thereby accelerating the destruction of the very country they have chosen to emigrate to.
      Not that Republicans are much better with their corruption, cronyism and globalist, pro-military industrial complex attitudes.
      Republicans are just destroying the country more slowly than Democrats. But then perhaps I’m just an old-fashioned stick-in-the-mud conservative, who should go back to a write in candidate named “None of the Above”.
      Trump seems to be the only at least half-good option for President, hampered as he is by a lack of true party support.

      • On June 30, 2019 at 1:25 pm,
        Matthew says:

        Re: “That a majority of Jews can vote democrat,essentially an anti-Jewish party.”

        You say some shockingly stupid things, CFS, but that takes the cake.

        • On June 30, 2019 at 2:49 pm,
          cfs says:

          Remember when Trump gave Israel a Christmas present in 2017 by recognizing Jerusalem as its capital?
          The United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting on 7 December where 14 out of 15 members condemned Trump’s decision, but the motion was vetoed by the United States. Britain, France, Sweden, Italy and Japan were among the countries who criticized Trump’s decision at the emergency meeting. Only a few countries supported the move: Guatemala said that they will follow up and also relocate their embassy as did Paraguay, the Czech Republic, and a few others said they would consider it.
          About a dozen +/- US senators made speeches condemning Trump……EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM WAS DEMOCRAT. No Republicans spoke against the move.
          I may be “stupid, but I have a memory and while not the majority of the Democrats made speeches against Jerusalem as the capital, it sure does not seem to me to be a pro-Jewish party.

  16. On June 29, 2019 at 9:33 pm,
    johnnygeneric says:

    Birnbaum described Hillary.

  17. On June 29, 2019 at 11:01 pm,
    g kaiser says:

    I wish all the people so hell bent on killing would form a long queue. And go and do it themselves.

  18. On June 30, 2019 at 11:52 am,
    james says:

    The New World Order in full deploimant North Korea will join the Electronic EVIL Money System Prison very quikly ( The only real money is GOLD ! ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvy0BJAZ6Ac

  19. On June 30, 2019 at 1:31 pm,
    Jay Linn says:

    Dr Birnbaum’s idiotic assessment reminds me why English Common Law had this notion of ‘Jury of peers’. For a family shrink, more comfortable with crying children and teddy bears, ALL members of military combat professionals would strike her as being psychopathic killers. Guess what? That is related to their jobs! In the same way, Dr Birnbaum would see average politicians as dangerous ego maniacs or con men. People who can judge Trump’s mental stability is his fellow politicians, not Dr. Birnbaum! And I bet most politicians think of Trump as an effective opponent and not as a ‘psychopathic loonie’. But Dr Birnbaum is eager to out stupid label on Trump because her professional experience is very limited.

  20. On June 30, 2019 at 11:35 pm,
    cfs says: