Sympathy For The Devil

On the Sunday show I said I was swearing off any Trump news until the summer, as there is only so much screeching and squealing, I can take. I needed to take a break in order to train for the coming election. I plan to stick to that for the most part but looking at the clips of Trump stopping into a Chick-fil-A and the reaction to it, I thought it may be a good time to talk about the meaning of Trump.

Almost ten years ago now Trump entered the political arena, and nothing has been the same since, which is a remarkable thing by itself. If upon the elevation of Barak Obama to the presidency you had said that the reaction to this event will be Donald Trump swinging a wrecking ball through Washington and our politics, people would have assumed you had lost your mind.

Nonetheless, here we are, and that wrecking ball is about to take what will probably be its last swing through the system. I remain skeptical about Trump’s chances of winning in November, but I did not think he would make it this long. The reason is our managerial class hates what the man represents to the point where they have come to define themselves by that hatred.

That is the point of the show this week. I pulled together the various points about this I have made over the years, as to why they hate Trump. When you realize that Trump is a symptom, this last decade becomes a useful way of understanding not only the hysteria around Trump but why things are such a mess in general. Trump is the scourge sent by the gods to punish the managerial class.


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Contents

  • The Reality Of Trump
  • The Anti-politician
  • Class
  • Practical Knowledge
  • The Foundation Problem
  • Natural Leader
  • Trump Is a Symptom

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Yman
Yman
1 month ago

I have one question though, are there any white women who actually dating a white guy?

All of these social media, movie, television only displays white girl dating other ethnic group while hating white race

Lineman
Lineman
Reply to  Yman
1 month ago

If they weren’t dating White Guys would the propaganda be necessary…I think they are still seeing White Couples and that enrages them to push 24/7 propaganda…

Vinnyvette
Vinnyvette
Reply to  Yman
1 month ago

In the real non fake non woke world yes. The white women I know, and I can count many are repulsed by the thought.
Don’t let the narrative fools fool you.

Templar
Templar
Reply to  Vinnyvette
1 month ago

Look at the covers of the romance novels they sell at the supermarket. 99.9% feature same-race couples.

Some Guy
Some Guy
Reply to  Templar
1 month ago

Good eye. I wonder how long this will be permitted to continue. They will be forced to change, like action movies and video games did.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  Vinnyvette
1 month ago

Polls by dating sites show 94% of white women will only consider white men as a partner.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Alzaebo
1 month ago

Polls also indicate that the other six percent are flaky tramps with severe daddy issues.

Vinnyvette
Vinnyvette
Reply to  Alzaebo
1 month ago

Its all Hollywood / multimedia facade… Just like the LBGTQXYZ propaganda would have you thinking they are 99% of the population.

Paintersforms
Paintersforms
1 month ago

Mediocrity isn’t a bad deal. You don’t get the highs, sure, but you don’t get the lows, either. The trouble starts when you try to be something you aren’t. The bell curve is reality. Otoh, the bell curve also says the world needs more stable, competent, self-sufficient (if unspectacular) people than it needs great men or basket cases. There’s only so much extremity of living to go around. I’d guess the systems and managing thing is middle man leadership— bit of a contradiction in terms, probably can’t work in the long run. Not to say we need autocrats and serfs.… Read more »

BasedTeuton
BasedTeuton
1 month ago

I don’t understand the way the term ‘manager’ is being used here. I thought in the Burnham theory ‘manager’ was an abstract term that could refer to anyone involved in managing the economy. For example the CEO of JPMorgan Jamie Dimon would be a ‘manager’ in this reading. But this analysis of managers as basically Ayn Rand villains who hate honest, successful, hard-working practical people applies more to actual managers. As in, the literal management of JPMorgan who hate Trump for being what they are not. What am I missing?

Disruptor
Disruptor
Reply to  BasedTeuton
1 month ago

It’s a synonym for cloudperson.

It means, “hey, look over elsewhere!” while: Bibi, Yellen, Blinken, Mayorkas, Garland, Soros, ad semi-infinitum dance their jigs.

TempoNick
TempoNick
Reply to  BasedTeuton
1 month ago

Deep state, administrative state and just all the different layers of corporate management in general.

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
Reply to  BasedTeuton
1 month ago

They aren’t the ones carrying the toolbox.

Vinnyvette
Vinnyvette
1 month ago

Stellar show Z… However I will quibble with you over Trump later… What people like to forget about Trump is, his old man made him start at the bottom. Shoveling truck loads of stone and running a back hoe. Which had him working with the regular blue collar Joes. Trump is wealthier than 99% of Washington, and he became wealthy on his own. He doesn’t have to bend over to grift off the political donor class to have even the meager wealth they have. He’s never had to kiss anyone’s ass! They resent this. Trump is complete juxtaposition. He enjoys… Read more »

Hemid
Hemid
Reply to  Vinnyvette
1 month ago

People forget, but Trump hate is deep and long, longer than most people on earth have been alive. I was in NYC when he first became famous. “The media” always hated him. A great comedy magazine, Spy, hated him so much that the magazine became *about* hating him (and died of TDS). I first found out who he was when he wrote a letter to a literary magazine, either the Supplement or the NYRB, to complain that when he was reading book reviews his own name was so often gratuitously included in them as a metonym for evil—and in his… Read more »

Vinnyvette
Vinnyvette
Reply to  Hemid
1 month ago

Indeed Trump is 👍

YMAN
YMAN
1 month ago

Have you ever watched recent tv show called fallout?
Show introduces moldaver, female leader merciless acts as her communist ideology

She is Modern-day Rosa Luxemburg,  kill anyone who disagrees with her
Just like your typical American deeply influenced by Jews
And this tv show normalized act such as murder, because anyone who disagrees with you deserves deaths

problem is this kind of logic is nothing like the west, it’s closer to east

Bartleby the Scrivner
Bartleby the Scrivner
Reply to  YMAN
1 month ago

Funny that the first post this morning that I saw was yours YMAN. Last night, I started watching “Fallout”. The beginning grabbed me as it pulled no punches regarding a nuclear strike. I thought,”Hey, I can binge watch this whole damn season”. Was I in for a disappointment. Fast forward a few hundred years and the rich folk start alighting from their bunkers. They lost me at the moment the; Heroic knee grow who swiped an exoskeleton from a weak honkey, Reveals himself to a “strong female character”. They smile at each other and you know the white race is… Read more »

Vinnyvette
Vinnyvette
Reply to  YMAN
1 month ago

Why you still watching “Griller” TV?

Xman
Xman
Reply to  Vinnyvette
1 month ago

I call it the (ahem) “Negrovision” because all they show on it is blacks on every channel.

If the only thing you knew about the United States was from watching television, you’d think this country was in central Africa…

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Xman
1 month ago

In the world, not of it. It is possible to watch Negrovision. What you make of it is what’s important. No need to drag out details, but a lot of the problem lies in not understanding just what you are seeing. As the above descriptions indicate, most commenters here are not fooled by the scenes of magic Negro’s in positions of prominence and dominance—they know it’s all make believe and subtle indoctrination. Instead they take their enjoyment from other aspects of the show, while ignoring the rest. Reading and commenting in forums such as this is fine, but at my… Read more »

Xman
Xman
Reply to  Compsci
1 month ago

We have a local channel that shows nothing but old Westerns. Sometimes while I am waiting for the n̶e̶w̶s̶ propaganda broadcast I will turn on the Western channel and leave the volume muted, simply because there are white people on the screen.

(However the commercials are all Negroes…)

Bartleby the Scrivner
Bartleby the Scrivner
Reply to  Vinnyvette
1 month ago

Vinny

Forgive me

It was a moment of weakness…

😔

Bartleby the Scrivner
Bartleby the Scrivner
Reply to  Bartleby the Scrivner
1 month ago

On a side note,

I’m going to print out your 9:23AM post

Thank you for articulating that which I couldn’t.

Vinnyvette
Vinnyvette
Reply to  Bartleby the Scrivner
1 month ago

I appreciate that brother!

Vinnyvette
Vinnyvette
Reply to  Bartleby the Scrivner
1 month ago

It’s all good brother, we all have our crosses to bare. .. 👍 Even to get to all the good old non woke stuff, I cannot stand the constant onslaught of overly tanned / mixed couples, LBGTQ, woke bullshit. I was trying to watch the movie Casino, you know a good old classic. A commercial came on and a discusting limp wristed , gay version of the 70’s song It’s Magic by the band pilot came on in some shit big pharma drug commercial. I was then reminded of the butchering of numerous classic rock greats used in commercials like… Read more »

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
1 month ago

You know what else? I have a friend, a construction guy from backwoods Michigan. He loves erecting big walls. He read Art of the Deal and wanted to be Trump. You see, that’s Trump’s huge appeal. He talks and acts like or normal joe; people can look at him and hear an echo of the old American Dream. They could be a Trump too. Maybe even have a glitzy casino or a ritzy girlfriend of their own some day. And, still bump into him at their local Chik-fil-a. We don’t have to be weird or dirty to succeed in Trump’s… Read more »

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Alzaebo
1 month ago

Trumpet can pull it off, as when Clinton stopped off at McDonald’s for a big make, it came off as staged—and that’s just plain insulting.

Vinnyvette
Vinnyvette
Reply to  Compsci
1 month ago

Good call brother! 👍

Alzaebo
Alzaebo
1 month ago

And this is why the feminist media just can’t get enough of Trump. It’s like partner dancing; the guy spins her and twirls her, because partner dancing is about showing off the girl. You don’t twirl the guy. So with Trump, the girlies can strut and preen, prattle and declaim; they’re always waiting for him to say something interesting and outrageous for salacious gossip. Biden or the drones? Who cares? Whatever the mainstream is going on about, it’s boring and pretentious, about as fun and sexy as being in church. War, economy, courts, climate, covid- all just background scenery. Activists… Read more »

krustykurmudgeon
krustykurmudgeon
1 month ago

I agree with everything Z said. The one reservation I have about Trump is that he doesn’t seem like someone who can “drop character”. Like I feel he can’t be heartfelt or what not. Even Roosh, the notorious PUA guy (although to be fair he had given up the PUA lifestyle by that point) wrote a very nice eulogy about his sister (and somehow I can’t find it but it was on his blog).

usNthem
usNthem
1 month ago

Fantastic description/encapsulation of the Trumpster, who he is and what he represents – especially to the tards in charge. He is, flaws and all, a leader of men.

Another of the really good things about the special tards in charge (among many others) will be their absolute inability to take apart a firearm, clean it and put it back together so it actually works AND understand why that is important. Their lack of basic technical skills will be their ultimate undoing…

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

My favorite example of a German maker using a plastic part that should be metal is the infamous BMW, “Mickey Mouse flange,” that sits between the cylinder head and main coolant return hose:

https://youtu.be/UFnwMoCP6Tg

Thankfully it is not difficult to replace, and the aluminum replacement part is not that expensive.

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

Don’t get me going on plastic parts. Seen any number of such fail and when/if replaced—at great time cost—are so obvious as to be excessive wear parts that would not cost a nickel to be made durable, I can only speculate this is done deliberately to get folk to buy replacement products.

Templar
Templar
Reply to  Compsci
1 month ago

I used to drive a Volkswagen. At some point, the clip that holds the window in place inside the driver’s door just up and broke (upon investigation, it turned out to be made out of that very fragile, milky plastic that shrugs off all attempts to glue it). I enquired about getting a replacement clip and was told that Volkswagen didn’t sell the clips; instead, I would need to purchase an entire replacement door…

hokkoda
Member
1 month ago

Echoing many others: terrific show today. Not because it was about Trump, but because of what Trump represents. I’m not a mechanic and don’t claim to be, but when my son and daughters were younger, I refused to fix things for them. They were required to fix their own computers, for example. My son built his own computer and helped his sister build hers. When her computer failed, she came to me for help and I said “no” until she reached a point that was technically and financially beyond her. Then I helped get the new hardware piece and she… Read more »

DaBears
DaBears
Reply to  hokkoda
1 month ago

Yoy can drop the obese Chair Force XX chromosome on an enemy and she will splat! a way forward for the legs. Gawd rest her fat pear shaped soul.

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  hokkoda
1 month ago

There are YouTube videos of inductee’s getting off the bus at boot. Most can’t do 25 pushups. This from volunteers of whom it is said only 25% even meet qualifications to enlist. How many of those wash out?

We may remain an unoccupied country after a major war, but the looses will be horrendous. The question is, will we have learned anything? Doubtful.

Ploppy
Ploppy
1 month ago

The problem with Trump is that he’s still a k*kesucker. Even though they attack him relentlessly and call him Hitler, he’s still trapped in that Boomer truth regime.

Four years of looking into things and not pardoning dissidents and letting Israel enact their final solution isn’t all that appetizing.

John Perry
John Perry
Member
Reply to  Ploppy
1 month ago

The sense of him that I got when he was in office was that he feared being shamed by the people who hate us if he ever did something nice for Whites.
I only remember him talking about us once, and then apologetically, in an interview with Leslie Stahl.

Bourbon
Bourbon
Reply to  John Perry
1 month ago

Leslie Stahl is of course Early Life’d.

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  Bourbon
1 month ago

Hardly a distinguishing feature at 60 Minutes. They let (some) goys do some reporting, but the producers, from Don Hewitt through to today, have almost without exception been jewish, looks like easily 80-90%. See for yourself. Even the ones whose early lives don’t explicitly say it, it’s curious that they are almost all from Brooklyn.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/60_Minutes#Producers

Rasqball
Rasqball
Reply to  Ploppy
1 month ago

Always remember that djt made his bones in nyc. One must know how to detune the competition…non?

Xman
Xman
1 month ago

Great podcast, Z. One aspect of this argument that really needs to be elaborated more is that Trump’s “testicular fortitude,” “git’ er done,” take-charge persona is an existential threat threat to the managerial/political class is because that class is so thoroughly feminized. It is females who emphasize credentials, knowing people, committees, and consensus over a step-up-to-the-plate-and-hit-a-home-run attitude. It is females who resent with intense fury being exposed as fraudulent, stupid, and incompetent. Let’s not forget who Trump defeated: the archetype of the brittle, fake, bitchy female manager whose claim to fame rested entirely upon her association with her husband. Could… Read more »

XLOVELI
Reply to  Xman
1 month ago

Excellent comment, couldn’t agree more, Xman, would just like to add that it is women who gossip and badmouth you, and what is CNN and MSNBC and the rest but a gossip machine? The media outlets put a feminized lens to bear on Trump, hoping to shame him into submission in the female way, and when Trump shrugged them off like Atlas they had a tantrum. For instance, they would not show the vast crowds at his rallies, keeping the camera on him as if it was him and a few kooks there. In their bitchy bitterness they attempted to… Read more »

Martok's Eyepatch
Martok's Eyepatch
1 month ago

I loved this podcast. It summed things up perfectly. I loved Trump for a long time. Couldn’t see his flaws (would not, in fact) because the effect he was having on the worst people in the world was just too much fun (“I promise not to do this to Greenland!”, etc.) He was so out of place amongst the Skeksis in DC. The people who made him necessary were forced to expose themselves. Supporting him felt subversive and rebellious; the waves of goodwill between normal, decent people made the times feel like days of old in some odd way. I’ll… Read more »

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  Martok's Eyepatch
1 month ago

Trump’s sheer indefatigabilty and calmness in the face of endless lawfare are what make me believe he is genuine, though highly flawed.

Vinnyvette
Vinnyvette
Reply to  The Wild Geese Howard
1 month ago

What exactly are these “flaws” everyone is always going on about? He’s cocky? Brash? Bold? Because he tells people who fuck with him to fuck off? Because he takes no shit? These are not flaws. He wouldn’t be Trump or had the impact he’s had on the left, the swamp whatever without those traits. It’s always “I like Trump but flaws.” I like MAGA but not Trump because “flaws,” Give it a fucking rest. He’s been proven to be an honest businessman. Ten years of going through his business career with a fine tooth comb and… Nothing! So he’s a… Read more »

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  Vinnyvette
1 month ago

When I think of Trump’s flaws I think of Javanka, Mattis, Barr, Pence, pardons, not of his personal characteristics

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
1 month ago

Exactly. Trump has a CEO mindset—my way or the highway! He was a political novice tossed into the snake pit of politics. He did not have the power to *fire* of his political adversaries and lacked the political knowledge to pick and choose the appropriate allies (staff), some of whom were backstabbing him, while looking to their own political fortune—not his. This was ironically his greatest flaw, while also his greatest strength (outsider). None of this should surprise *anyone* who remember Schwarzenegger and Ventura—both of whom reached the pinnacle of their State’s power structure without real party support and both… Read more »

Vinnyvette
Vinnyvette
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
1 month ago

Good. Those critiques of Trump are fair game and I would agree.
I’m talking about his supposed “character flaws.” And that is what people mean when they call him flawed .

Intelligent Dasein
Intelligent Dasein
Member
Reply to  Vinnyvette
1 month ago

Trumps “flaw” is the fact that he doesn’t seem to understand the spirit that got him elected in the first place and that he constantly acts against the interests of the people who support him, and even against his own.

Witness forgiving Hillary Clinton, appointing a bunch of neocons to his cabinet, assassinating Soleimani, not firing Fauci, operation Warp Speed, Jan. 6th…

And now there is an article up on Zero Hedge saying that Trump wants to provide loans to assist Ukraine. What the actual?

OrangeFrog
OrangeFrog
1 month ago

A good show, Z. And for me, captures why – even though he is not aligned with my politics – I enjoyed his tenure as Prez. Indeed, he does seem to just like being rich. He does seem to not give a hare’s hind leg about being seen as a manager. And, in his vulgar mannerisms, he reveals the managers contempt not just him himself, but for us also. As I say, I’m under no illusions about Trump, but some of the things he did were moments of jaw-dropping honesty (recall, he frequently would point at CNN journalists and say… Read more »

Tom K
Tom K
1 month ago

A Journey through mid-America. I wasn’t going to start this but there’s enough overlap between Z’s podcast and my observations that yes I will go ahead and cover some highlights of our trip to see the total eclipse. And I know I’ll get ridicule for driving hundreds of miles to see it. I also have to say that the total eclipse itself was disappointing. We saw the one in 2017 near where we live. The thing I discovered is once you’ve seen one total eclipse, you’ve seen them all. It’s like your first kiss. The bloom is definitely off the… Read more »

Zfan
Zfan
Reply to  Tom K
1 month ago

Great show ZMan! But I’ll go off topic, too. About the mural of John Brown by John Stewart Curry in the Kansas Capitol. I saw it many times as a kid growing up in Topeka and a favorite outing with my grandmother was to walk all the way up to the top of the dome observing all the iron work inside and then stepping out on the balcony at the top. That image of John Brown —at the center of a huge mural The Tragic Prelude memorializing Bloody Kansas before the Civil War — his face and beard, were as… Read more »

redbeard
redbeard
Reply to  Zfan
1 month ago

I like the Kansas’ first album too.

Zfan
Zfan
Reply to  redbeard
1 month ago

Local boys that used a local emblem. Used to go see them under their original name at a club in the next county. Age15-16 with a fake ID. Most working class kids then worked after school and weekends and bought old cars that we worked on with friends. We also drank too much. If you were pulled over for driving drunk the cops might just chew you out and follow you home. Unlike our host, I was an underachiever— no guidance. On the topic of young people working which came up in the comments: back then in the 70s one… Read more »

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Zfan
1 month ago

Reading your story reminds me a bit of mine. What I particularly note is that we had *nothing* and therefore it was completely assumed in your very DNA that if you wanted something, you went to work to obtain it. The mis-spent youth stuff to me is not the essential part of your story. Did that as well. That you learned to work for your “daily bread” is.

My conclusion is that “good times”—wealth has destroyed America’s soul and several generations later we are reaping the whirlwind.

Tom K
Tom K
Reply to  Zfan
1 month ago

Thanks. I didn’t know all that.

Zfan
Zfan
Reply to  Tom K
1 month ago

You’re welcome—not the most useful information, though!

Tom K
Tom K
Reply to  Tom K
1 month ago

Three paragraphs up I meant to say ‘the bad part of old Kansas City.’

Z-Car
Z-Car
Reply to  Tom K
1 month ago

Upvoted for all the time you took to write a novella.

Tom K
Tom K
Reply to  Z-Car
1 month ago

Ha! I could have written a lot more. For instance, I forgot about how the wife charged into the room next to ours in Salina and told the kids to turn the TV down. I had gone to sleep but if I had been awake I would have told her not to.

c matt
c matt
1 month ago

You know who else stopped at McDonald’s? Hitler.

Getreal
Getreal
Reply to  c matt
1 month ago

I heard he was smart enough to have them put lettuce and Big Mac sauce on the cheeep double cheeser though. Wily.

Tuna
Tuna
Reply to  c matt
1 month ago

That was weinerschnitzls, not McDonalds that Hiter ate at.

WillS
WillS
1 month ago

Great show! Trump is like a middle clas guy who happens to be a billionare. The clouds disdain for the middle class may be their undoing. The middle class aka dirts, keep the system running. Part of Rome’s collapse was a lack of maintenance. We have been foolish to allow the infrastructure to degrade in order to pay for social progams. The destruction of the middle class may be the end of the modern complex society. Casual dismisal of what you can not do is a common theme in the modern beauracracy. The leadership lacks the ability to cut their… Read more »

TempoNick
TempoNick
Reply to  WillS
1 month ago

I just read something yesterday about a new car being unaffordable for 82% of the American population. Even cheap cars. There was nothing more quintessentially American then owning a house in the suburbs and a new car yet it is out of reach for the vast majority. Assuming this stat is for real, that shows how far we’ve fallen..

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  TempoNick
1 month ago

It’s probably real. Unless you are getting a bought down loan, You’re in the bag for 7% interest these days. However, when I was younger, that was typical for used cars, with new being slightly less and a longer term loan. What happened? In those days you bought a new car for $10k give or take for a working class person. Last I walked down the showroom, the cheapest new car (which I bought) was $51k MSRP. Money really isn’t more expensive today compared with historical times. It’s just that in the last decade or two, we’ve begun to think… Read more »

Whiskey
Whiskey
1 month ago

One of the things that the managerial elite has not considered is frustrated ambition. Regular black folk like Trump because he represents to them, the ability to make more money in their lives. Making more money makes life a LOT easier when you are on the margins and black voters while they may not vote for Trump seemed poised to stay at home. Latinos, likely will mostly vote for Trump. And young White men, they are going to be Trump in the extreme. I think it was Instapundit that noted the other day that only 15% of Stanford’s new class… Read more »

Evil Sandmich
Evil Sandmich
Reply to  Whiskey
1 month ago

Just want to note that what made elite educational institutions “elite” was the students, not the institution, something those institutions have forgotten. Does anyone anymore honestly think that someone with a Harvard diploma has more on the ball than someone from Big State U.?

Z-Car
Z-Car
Reply to  Whiskey
1 month ago

Short answer is that smart white guys will stop trying to climb the corporate/political ladder and they will instead get back to tinkering and building things in their garage. This is how aviation, electronics quite a lot else got started. Obviously not every white dude can become a Wright Brother or one of the Hewlett-Packard duo but you get the point. Cleverness and self reliance and trying new things…this is the way.

Zorro, the lesser "Z" man
Zorro, the lesser "Z" man
Reply to  Z-Car
1 month ago

Great point Z-Car. And now if you will excuse me, I must return to my garage and continue tinkering.

Maus
Maus
1 month ago

One small quibble with the incapacity of the managerial class to DO anything useful. A distinction ought to drawn between ignorance of a skill and unwillingness to use it. I’ll just use your lawn mowing anecdote as the illustrative example. First, I’ll credit that some simply lack knowledge of how the mower operates or even how to start it. Maybe that’s generational, like your intern and using a screwdriver. I’ve got nephews who were never required to do chores as children. This didn’t just arrest their moral development, but left them void of certain tool-using skills. They’re not stupid, since… Read more »

3g4me
3g4me
Reply to  Maus
1 month ago

Maus: This. My husband did a variety of manual labor and business jobs in his teens and early 20s. Not learned from his dad (a career army officer) but from his best friend-like-a-brother whose more country family socially ‘adopted’ him as one of their own all the time he spent with them. This dual nature/nurture definitely set him apart from most other government weenies. Now – he’s older, and he’d rather pay someone to do these things (especially as everything has become more complex) while he continues his work which pays a lot more. I do sometimes wish he was… Read more »

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  Maus
1 month ago

If I could find somebody to mow my lawn for $25 I probably wouldn’t mow either

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
1 month ago

Mow Noname will do it…

hokkoda
Member
Reply to  Maus
1 month ago

I’ve adopted the mentality that I don’t need to know how to do everything, but I ought to know if it is being done properly. A lot of what people call DIY today is actually something better done by a craftsman. Laying tile, for example. I’ve put down tile, but I never realized how badly a job I was doing until I hired a true tile guy to install floor tile in our master bedroom. He was a craftsman. He didn’t just know how to lay tile, he did the subfloor right and had ways of lining up the tile… Read more »

Z-Car
Z-Car
Reply to  hokkoda
1 month ago

You are right about the merits of craftsmanship versus learn-by-one’s-own-errors DIY but the problem these days is finding the craftsman. They’re all retiring or unavailable.

Hokkoda
Member
Reply to  Z-Car
1 month ago

Call a strong real estate agent. The list of trades we have is based on the list of contractors she hires to fix things in sellers’ homes. Since she did high quality work, we discovered her contractors also did. (And they’re mostly younger.) Our home builder also left us a list.

The guys who did our mill work are amazing. That’s another one I “can” do myself, but I’ll pay to have a craftsman do right.

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Maus
1 month ago

“ A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

My favorite Heinlein quote.

Karl Horst (Germany)
Karl Horst (Germany)
1 month ago

It would be an interesting poll to see if Europeans and Americans would feel safer or less safe with Trump in office. After watching the events under Biden starting with Afghanistan debacle and now the US State Department openly supporting Hamas, another four years of this decrepit imbecile in the White House can only endanger Europeans, and Americans even more. European leadership and the combined efforts of our respective militaries under NATO will do nothing to make us any safer. More tanks, cannons and jet fighters are pointless since European military personnel readiness and effectiveness is nearly zero with basically… Read more »

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  Karl Horst (Germany)
1 month ago

Europeans backing Trump, or any republican, seems equally fanciful to negros doing so

TomA
TomA
1 month ago

Trump the Barbarian People have had it with Dementia Joe and hence Trump will get a huge vote this November if not assassinated first. This means that the cheating required to steal the election will be epic and obvious. The new Covid con won’t mask this and nobody listens to the MSM anymore, so selling the Lie won’t fly this time. What comes next? Genuine efforts toward soft secession will begin, largely at the southern border. DC won’t try a Federal interdiction because the Texas National Guard would kick their ass and half the US military would applaud. So that… Read more »

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  TomA
1 month ago

I don’t think Biden will have to surpass 81 million votes to win. Trump could add 6 million votes to his total from last time and still fall short. So the cheating does not have to be any greater, or any more or less obvious. Just a repeat will do. My only question is if the foot soldiers of fortification are still loyal to Biden, or have become disaffected due to dead Palestinians If Trump does somehow manage to win, it will only be to become the new Herbert Hoover, blamed for the big crash, which would discredit the “maga”… Read more »

TempoNick
TempoNick
1 month ago

Some of this podcast sounds like what I wrote yesterday that didn’t get a lot of upvotes and at one point got a ton of downvotes. You hit the same things I said about politicians being actors, but only from the side of their donors telling them what to do and how to vote. The administrative state is just as much at fault for our situation as donors are and controls just as many of those puppet strings. There is even symbiosis between the two, as Soros was supposedly a frequent visitor to the State Department back in the old… Read more »

RealityRules
RealityRules
1 month ago

This was an outstanding show. This adds a dimension for how to think about and understand Trump and the reaction to him. What is remarkable is how the NPC class of The Regime mimics the power-player Managers in The Regime. A hive of drones. I’ve seen video footage of Eyepatch Dan being hounded by some independent journalist guy putting the screws to him. It was one where Eyepatch Dan eventually pushes and walks over someone in the crew and then gets a huge smile on his face. More interesting is the entourage of staffers that he kept around him. They… Read more »

Martkok's Eyepatch
Martkok's Eyepatch
Reply to  RealityRules
1 month ago

Nice comment. I remember being quite impressed with Crenshaw initially (was I ever that young) until he came out in favour of Red Flag Laws. Some time after that he took to Twitter to defend his position, and the sh*tstorm in the replies really was one for the ages. Actually, I think that might have been where the sobriquet ‘Eyepatch McCain’ was born. Widespread disenchantment with that scumbag appears to have taken root, because he’s a phoney reptilian shapeshifter and far from the only one. “And thus I clothe my naked villainy With odd old ends stol’n out of holy… Read more »

Andy Texan
Reply to  Martkok's Eyepatch
1 month ago

Eyepatch McCain totally bamboozled the local hicks including myself. He was heavily promoted on talk radio by a local host as one of the good guys running to oust a rino. This was 2014 I think before Trump opened our eyes. There’s a good guy Jameson running as an independent against him. This is a 70% repub district but Mr Eyepatch is unlikely to be moved.

Martok's Eyepatch
Martok's Eyepatch
Reply to  Andy Texan
1 month ago

Sorry to hear it. Although many people are seeing the light, folk tend to go for ‘known quantities’ once the bait is taken. When I first became aware of him, the thought ‘Hmm, Presidential material?’ went through my head. It’s now an Iron Law that when this happens, that person always turns out to be even worse than the usual worm in the end. They know exactly what they’re doing.

Who knows, he might get a fright next time!

Z-Car
Z-Car
Reply to  RealityRules
1 month ago

I met Crenshaw when he was first starting out, before he was elected. Small private reception (Long story which I must withhold in the interest of web anonymity…TLDR it was a fundraiser and I was one of the poor people in the room). We spoke briefly at the bar and I will say he was a legitimately very nice dude. Of course, maybe he thought I had money and was a potential campaign donor. Anyways he did not seem to have a whole lot of opinions of his own. This is understandable: he was in the Navy and then medical… Read more »

Hi-ya!
Hi-ya!
Reply to  RealityRules
1 month ago

The new seal training is going on Facebook, using your real name, and saying that multiculturalism has failed and the races must separate; that feminism has failed and whammin should have no public voice.

PrimiPilus
PrimiPilus
1 month ago

And right on cue, some cultural / media clown named Seth Meyers is rolled out to fire on TrumpMs Chick-fil-A stop: — He for sure didn’t pay for those milkshakes and the chicken; — He doesn’t know how to talk regular folk; I confess I have no idea who this guy Meyers is. I checked out of the media / cultural circus about two-plus decades back. But his comments seem especially ironic coming from a guy who likely never leaves the impregnable bubble of weirdness and fantasy that covers NYC, or whatever cultural madhouse he inhabits. I imagine he has… Read more »

Bourbon
Bourbon
Reply to  PrimiPilus
1 month ago

EARLY LIFE:

“His paternal grandfather was an Ashkenazi Jewish emigrant from Kalvarija near Marijampolė in modern-day Lithuania…”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seth_Meyers#Early_Life

PS: Did you see the pictures of the Tranny with the massive EEE-cup b00b job which accompanied (((Jeff Bezos))) to the state dinner?

They’re just laughing at us now.

3g4me
3g4me
Reply to  Bourbon
1 month ago

Bourbon – Anyone named Seth – you just know. Is there a term/saying about names similar to “physiognomy is real”? My husband always uses the name “Todd” as an example. Yes, there are always the few exceptions, but . . .

Lineman
Lineman
Reply to  Bourbon
1 month ago

Might ruffle some feathers but Why wouldn’t they laugh at us…They are just in the humiliation phase because we haven’t done sh!t to stop them…

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Bourbon
1 month ago

Bezos is not a Finkel. What’s the matter with you?

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
1 month ago

I’m not 100% sure about that. Have been unable to find genealogy info on his maternal grandfather Lawrence P. Gise of DARPA and AEC fame.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
1 month ago

Even if Gise is a Finkel, Bezos would still be only 1/4 Juice. Like Lenin.

Brandon Laskow
Brandon Laskow
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
1 month ago

Because Bourbon sees Finkels hiding behind every tree.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Brandon Laskow
1 month ago

He invents trees so he can find a Finkel hiding behind them.

Look, they’re pervasive and pernicious enough that there’s no need to make yourself look like a loon conjuring them ex nihilo.

Bourbon
Bourbon
Reply to  Bourbon
1 month ago

Here’s a link to (((JEFF BEZOS GEISS))) and his tranny boyfriend/girlfriend at the White House state dinner:

https://tinyurl.com/332nc96d

Note that (((Geiss))) rhymes with (((Fleiss))).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heidi_Fleiss

Lawrence P. “Gise” Geiss

{Jacqueline “Gise” Geiss} x {Ted Jorgensen}

Stepfather, Miguel Bezos.

Miguel Bezos is almost certainly Sephardic himself.

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  Bourbon
1 month ago

It is curious that a man who could have any woman he wanted chooses such an obviously plastic one, who became even more obviously plastic after she got with him, as if they couldn’t afford good plastic surgeons

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
1 month ago

The “plasticity” is part and parcel of their mental illness. The more absurd and obvious the plastic surgery, the more they like it and want. There are Reddit groups that post pictures of such “bimbo” histories. That Bezos finds attraction in this is also telling. All of this is sad. But mental illness is sad and part of the human condition.

grent
grent
Reply to  PrimiPilus
1 month ago

But they applaud Biden as a “man of the people” due to his pathological lying (which they don’t bother to check) when talking to the dirt people, claiming to have once been a part of whatever group he interacts with. “I worked a summer at McDonalds”, “I worked a summer in a car factory”, “I was a top football player in college”, “I remember taking the train every morning over that bridge”…

Whiskey
Whiskey
Reply to  PrimiPilus
1 month ago

Seth Meyers was on SNL, and is the host of the later late night NBC show taking over Conan O’Brien’s old spot.

He is famous for during the Gridiron Dinner (Press and DC pols) constantly making jokes at Trumps expense after Trump had questioned Obama’s birth certificate. Prior to that Trump had been in the club and it was likely at that moment Trump decided to run. Absent Seth Meyers doing a brutal take down of Trump, you’d have looked at Hillary! beating Jeb!

Hemid
Hemid
Reply to  Whiskey
1 month ago

Under Obama the presidential roast couldn’t be about making fun of the president anymore. Trump was repeatedly picked out and mocked as the safest target (biggest loser) in the room, not only by Meyer. I don’t think Trump can consciously understand events that are so contrary to his self-image, but he felt it.

3g4me
3g4me
1 month ago

Off topic: Get away from cities and suburbs and stop paying the diversity tax, in social researcher speak: “Revealed preference indicates that Westerners dislike actually-existing immigration so much that they are willing to take large pay cuts to escape it. In immigration-heavy countries, people move away from economic opportunity! . . . Here, local emigration is driven by newcomers’ behavior. In the United States, this is often called white flight, but it is not limited to white people or America. The exodus is often motivated by concerns about crime and physical safety, but it doesn’t have to be. Political differences,… Read more »

OrangeFrog
OrangeFrog
Reply to  3g4me
1 month ago

3g, Who knew! Imagine preferring something related to your roots and race over “economic opportunity”! It’s almost like it is just a natural thing to do. I should imagine that the only people impacted by this “study” are GoodWhites, who will be – naturally -appalled. Of course, whilst blacks may be “hurt” or “offended”, at least they don’t deny it’s all about race. Yesterday, as I rocked my youngest to sleep, I listened to some guy referred to as ‘Sargon’ interview Mr. Jared Taylor. Even though ‘Sargon’ appeared to be some sort of rightist, he kept trying to get Mr.… Read more »

3g4me
3g4me
Reply to  OrangeFrog
1 month ago

OrangeFrog: Blessings to you and all your family. Rocking babies to sleep is a treasured memory. I have never listened to Sargon but I have heard him mentioned by others – he is apparently Carl Benjamin. I thought he was half subcon but doesn’t appear so in photos. Perhaps he’s married to one? I don’t know – but there is almost always something like that in the background when someone claiming to be a dissident claims race isn’t primary. It’s not just blacks, or just any ‘x.’ On an individual basis one may meet decent individuals of any race. But… Read more »

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  3g4me
1 month ago

The surname Benjamin is frequently Finkel, i.e. Walter Benjamin.

Hemid
Hemid
Reply to  3g4me
1 month ago

Sargon’s wife is “black” but he’s British so I don’t know exactly what that means. He’s a normal 20th century white conservative, libertarian with traditionalist sensibilities that he sometimes resists, treats idealogical/religious divisions as more real than physical ones (because the former are alterable, in theory), etc. Good guy by instinct, but the time of the good guy has passed.

The Audacious Mendicant
The Audacious Mendicant
Reply to  3g4me
1 month ago

Begs the question, why do POC always always want to move close to, dress like, act like whitefolk? You don’t see whitefolk rushing to move into Little Saigon or onto the rez, or into Little Tijuana, so whats with the rush to get next to us?

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  The Audacious Mendicant
1 month ago

They’re masochists longing to be tormented by the Blue-eyed Ice Devils.

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  The Audacious Mendicant
1 month ago

Deep down, these POC know their people’s racial proclivities and where their best interest lies wrt safety, education, neighbors, etc.—and it ain’t in majority areas where their people reside. Better you’re the one tossing beer cans over the fence than be on the receiving end. 😉

Tars Tarkus
Member
1 month ago

The thing about Trump is despite not being our guy and not really being a solution to our problems, I still cannot help but like him.

TempoNick
TempoNick
Reply to  Tars Tarkus
1 month ago

You’re never going to get perfection. He’s as close to being my guy as it gets.

The thing about Trump is that you never know where he’s coming from. You can read into his proclamations whatever you want sometimes because I suspect sometimes he just says things but you’re supposed to know he really thinks the opposite.

I’m hoping that’s what’s going on when he keeps professing his love for Israel.

Tuna
Tuna
Reply to  TempoNick
1 month ago

“You’re never going to get perfection”

He was a incompetent disaster,

Don’t hand me a turd sandwich and tell me that I shouldn’t expect perfection.

The right wing refusal to learn and the obsession with giving him a second attempt has me writing off what remains of this society. Too stupid to survive.

His second term will be another total disaster and you fools voting for Trump a second time deserve everything you will get.

Outdoorspro
Outdoorspro
Reply to  Tuna
1 month ago

Seems somebody missed the point.

Tuna
Tuna
Reply to  TempoNick
1 month ago

“You can read into his proclamations whatever you want sometimes because I suspect sometimes he just says things but you’re supposed to know he really thinks the opposite.” Serious question here: How are you not able to see that this is a re-worded 4d chess/trust the plan argument that you guys made during his first term? It got you nowhere. Trump betrayed his supporters not only by refusing to do anything about immigration, but also left the J6ers to rot in prison while pardoning rappers. Yet, you still believe he is secretly something else than his words and actions have… Read more »

Alex
Alex
Reply to  Tuna
1 month ago

You don’t get it do you? There is great satisfaction in watching the people who hate you lose their minds over them. Its not the flawed man, its the giant FUCK YOU to all those weasels in DC. That is worth the price of admission.

You should listen to the whole thing before you comment.

Tuna
Tuna
Reply to  Alex
1 month ago

“You don’t get it do you? There is great satisfaction in watching the people who hate you lose their minds over them.”

I get no satisfaction at all.

They are winning, I don’t give a damn about their anger.

You are like some institutionalized patient laughing as the wards who hate their jobs beat you senseless.

Then later you decide to repeat the same useless thing that make your captors angry so you can once again gain some perverse, disordered pleasure while not improving your own position.

What a hopeless clownshow the right is

TempoNick
TempoNick
Reply to  Tuna
1 month ago

Are you kidding? Look at how far the Overton window has moved on all of these issues because of Trump’s loud mouth and because of how things are framed. All of these people you see in public positions, from Leticia James to the prosecutor in the federal case, to Fauci, to Miley have done something and that’s why they are being put out there until that the spotlight shines on them. Everything is being put out there so that we can see it. We wouldn’t have been able to see it before. All of this stuff, from election fraud to… Read more »

Mow Knowname
Mow Knowname
1 month ago

Love your final reference to Trump as the “Scourge of God” aka “Atilla the Hun”.

THAT is why I keep coming back.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

An outstanding post. The “politician as a resentful senior employee” is an incredible mental image and defines the problem, and the solution.

WillS
WillS
Reply to  Alex
1 month ago

Likely most government employees.

Filthie
Filthie
Member
1 month ago

In my opinion this is probably the magnum opus of your blogging career, Z. I often get egged by the Dissidents for being overly optimistic about the future and maybe rightfully so. People don’t understand that I am thinking in the long term. I am looking at least one generation, possibly two – down the road. All empires rise and fall, and we are at least two generations into the fall of the American Empire. Most of us here will probably live to see it collapse. But after that, there WILL be redemption. One of the fatal flaws I see… Read more »

RealityRules
RealityRules
Reply to  Filthie
1 month ago

This is a great post Filthie. I admire how you have taken responsibility and learned to be proud of maintaining a standard and holding your children to it. Good for you. Well done. There is an effort underway to create a new education system. It isn’t new really, but a re-constitution of an education system of an older much better order. In addition to returning to that standard it will have a component of explicit positive identity formation for our folk. I am not sure how we go from forums with anonymity to gathering more resources in this effort. We… Read more »

Mow Knowname
Mow Knowname
Reply to  RealityRules
1 month ago

Find a good school for your kids in real life?
It may be hard for the unbelievers, but attend a conservative church run by men and talk to the white guys who have 5+ children. Find out how/ where they educate their brood.
There are “non-traditional” schools out there for those who do not homeschool.
The Feebs were not wrong to target and surveil those who attend traditional masses.

Filthie
Filthie
Member
Reply to  Mow Knowname
1 month ago

Ooops… Sorry MK… I was typing at the same time you were.

Great minds think alike!

🙂

Filthie
Filthie
Member
Reply to  RealityRules
1 month ago

I would suggest some of the better churches. (That is a tough row to hoe because so many have been hopelessly pozzed). The home schoolers in our church banded together and have achieved fantastic results. The kids move far faster through the academic material, get extraordinary results on gov’t mandated and supervised tests… but they also go on more field trips, spend more time in sports and more time in extracurricular activities. It is astonishing to most normies and regular people how inefficient the public schools actually are. The first kids through the local homeschool programs are graduating early, with… Read more »

Tars Tarkus
Member
Reply to  Filthie
1 month ago

But are there any churches doing this? There are federal standards they have to meet to keep their certifications. Plus, most of the denominations have total SJW control of their national denomination headquarters. The Southern Baptists kicked a church out of the denomination for refusing to excommunicate James Edwards. This is pretty amazing when you think about it. They were willing to lose an entire congregation in order to kick one wrong-thinker out of the church. I am unaware of a single Christian denomination that is not run by SJW churchians at the national level.

Zfan
Zfan
Reply to  Tars Tarkus
1 month ago

A friend and former colleague’s Catholic parish in Orange County California has such a homeschooler cooperative that provides many educational opportunities for the kids. I have heard of others and I know that the one in OC was inspired by others going back at least 20 years. I am of course on the traditional end of end of the Catholic Church and know that parochial schools run the gamut. I would certainly recommend the local schools that belong to Latin Mass communities and I hear good things about the regular Catholic parish school where I have six grandnephews and grandnieces.… Read more »

1660please
1660please
Reply to  RealityRules
1 month ago

A “new education system” is desperately needed, and I’m glad to see someone else seriously advocating it. I believe that the corruption of education in the West, from kindergarten through grad school, is one of the main reasons we’re in such a mess. Many parents should share blame–absentee fathers, parents who blithely, happily send their kids to public schools, parents who don’t pay attention to what is taught, the awful social conditions students suffer under, etc., etc.–but the educational indoctrination itself can’t be overestimated. College education departments are among the most destructive institutions ever. And I agree that Filthie deserves… Read more »

Tars Tarkus
Member
Reply to  1660please
1 month ago

I’ve been saying the same for a long time. But it isn’t even just the schools. It’s all the industries that cater to children in some way or another. It’s toys. It’s kids books. It’s kids video. It’s educational programs either on TV or DVD/Blu-ray. It is absolutely saturated with SJWism. All this stuff causes their peers to be at complete odds with a kid you raise and shield from this stuff. I don’t know how it can be done, but we cannot create an alternative world for kids. We MUST get into the mainstream kids world and change it.… Read more »

1660please
1660please
Reply to  Tars Tarkus
1 month ago

To Tars Tarkus: When I was in my teens and early-20’s, I went through a liberal/left phase, and thank God my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles had earlier instilled a love of history and the West, which eventually came back to me, and which I never gave up. That was some decades ago, when the cultural rot had already seriously begun, but it wasn’t as advanced as now. You’re right to point out the awful, evil saturation that kids face now. I wish I had a better answer, but as parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, we can at least still… Read more »

Lineman
Lineman
Reply to  1660please
1 month ago

A lot of parents won’t stop sending their kids to school because of sports and the ways in to college…

Lineman
Lineman
Reply to  RealityRules
1 month ago

I have met with many people Brother it’s not that difficult if you truly want something better in life…

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  Filthie
1 month ago

Great comment, particularly here:

“Another desperately needed skill amongst the Dissidents is good humour and cheerfulness in the face of adversity.”

So much that. It serves two purposes. First, it is wonderful for the mind and spirit, and secondly, like all totalitarian monsters before them, the Regime hates to be mocked.

TempoNick
TempoNick
Reply to  Jack Dobson
1 month ago

Remember Alinsky rule number five: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”

flashing red
flashing red
Reply to  Filthie
1 month ago

The mottoes on my wall:

Adversity builds character.
Deprivation spurs ambition.
People can’t help you if they don’t know what you want.
People will never interrupt you when you are telling them how wonderful they are.
Children remember, parents crave praise and appreciation too.

Eloi
Eloi
Reply to  flashing red
1 month ago

You forgot one – Never tell a person your dreams (in the sense of when you were sleeping) if it takes more than 5 seconds.

Eloi
Eloi
Reply to  Filthie
1 month ago

What you are describing is the development of self-esteem, distinct from self-centered. The youth are terribly self-centered but terribly deficient in tenacity. And, yes, this is a result of society and parenting. I am analytically minded and clever, but I am not a wit a la the famous sodomite. I do, however, occasionally come up with a decent metaphor. I once stated to a friend that kids are a reflecting pool of our sins. Sometimes, you see it staring flatly back at you in their behavior. Other times, it is distorted like a wave pattern, but you can reconstruct the… Read more »

TempoNick
TempoNick
Reply to  Filthie
1 month ago

I’ve read before that the rise in autism is why we’re seeing the rise in homosexuality and transgenderism. (Actually, an internet friend of mine enlightened me on that subject.) Women are having babies later than they were meant to be having babies. Maybe those are the unintended consequences of all of the new technologies we have for infertility. Or maybe it’s just an unintended consequence of birth control pills. Who knows.

Paintersforms
Paintersforms
Reply to  TempoNick
1 month ago

From what I understand, starting young is key. For instance, my great-grandmother had kids into her 40s— 10 total— and they weren’t screwed up. I don’t think that was too uncommon back then.

ray
ray
Reply to  TempoNick
1 month ago

TempoNick —

Severe (non-verbal) autism is directly connected to historically late childbirth in modern women.

And that is why the most important factor in autistic births is never mentioned, much less corrected. Doesn’t serve the female imperative. Millions of children suffer as a result of selfishness and careerism . . . meh.

Brandon Laskow
Brandon Laskow
Reply to  ray
1 month ago

The insane vaccination schedule for children is another major factor in the increase in autism.

ray
ray
Reply to  Brandon Laskow
1 month ago

Yes the endless vaxxes are definitely a factor.

TempoNick
TempoNick
Reply to  Filthie
1 month ago

“I was accused of being unsuportive of my kid when I insisted that she get good marks in school, keep her nose clean, and learn to be helpful and useful. It got me cancelled and shoved out the airlock eventually and to be truthful… after much heart ache and soul searching and self doubt… I have managed to become oddly proud of it.” Nothing wrong with pushing your kid and demanding excellence, so long as you are doing it in a paternalistic manner and not being downright abusive. Sometimes there’s a fine line, but I don’t have a problem with… Read more »

Jack Dodson
Jack Dodson
1 month ago

D.C. is a weird, insular, anachronistic place, the eight-track player of capitols. As a young man, I had to interact with two congressional staffers, long-timers who had dutifully served various elected corporate whores. They got into an interminable discussion about who had attended which political hump’s fundraiser/soiree with recollections of other parties hosted by obscure although important-to-them characters. My impression was this banal nonsense marked defining moments in their lives and also bordered on the insane. It is hard to imagine things have gotten better in the last three decades. I formed an opinion of Washington then and there and… Read more »

Filthie
Filthie
Member
Reply to  Jack Dodson
1 month ago

That’s 100 thumbs up right there. I wonder. The old Roman empire rose and fell, and saved itself many times by swapping democracies for tyrants, and then back again as circumstances required. If you dig into your history books there are plenty of examples where the kings and aristocracy had to be killed and replaced in order to preserve the nation. We are at a unique point in history… while we certainly could benefit by culling our leadership class… they are, as our esteemed blog host said – paid actors at best who read scripts. To affect a proper leadership… Read more »

Jack Dodson
Jack Dodson
Reply to  Filthie
1 month ago

Thanks.

I forgot to add, and will do so now, that the Clouds that actually control the Help and Ho’s also are greatly diminished in character and quality. This may account in part for the wheels coming off recently.

Bourbon
Bourbon
Reply to  Jack Dodson
1 month ago

Jack Dodson: “Lower tier hangers-on like those two and the people they served have been isolated from reality and have created their own world, which is totally divorced from reality.” The Hive Mind of Passive Aggressive Personality Disorder is, on its on terms, and on its own turf, simply omnipotent. But lower-tier hangers-on move up the Passive Aggressive social ladder by stabbing one another in the back. They will never walk away from the safety of the Hive Mind, nor will they ever stop stabbing one another in the back. Long term, their moast important social trends are their lifetime… Read more »

Pozymandias
Reply to  Filthie
1 month ago

I think there’s still a value in removing the “paid actors”. I think of it this way – we’ve been quietly conquered by reptoid aliens who turn certain humans into their mouthpieces and control their actions. The reptoids are clever but they don’t themselves wield any firepower or command any troops. Their entire power-base is through deception. If they want you dead or in jail, they have to command one of their human flunkeys to kill you or lock you up. It might be useful to know who the reptoids really are and where they really live, but their power… Read more »

TempoNick
TempoNick
Reply to  Filthie
1 month ago

I can’t say this strongly enough: When you are going after the banksters, don’t forget that the administrative state needs some culling as well. That’s also where much of the problem lies. They wouldn’t even leave Syria after he ordered them too because they had no problem waiting out Trump until another globalist took the presidency. This Ukraine stuff is also a function of our permanent government.

Eloi
Eloi
Reply to  Jack Dodson
1 month ago

How is their banal jockeying any different from most people when discussing careers in the corporate or service world? The waitress will talk of the celeb she served 20 years prior.
Note I said, “Discussing careers.” If your highlight of your life is work-related, odds are you have a crappy life.

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  Eloi
1 month ago

It is entirely different in that the political types see their superficial interactions as having very deep societal implications rather than being a big, flashy trinket to show off to their pals. Good question, though.

Junger Generation
Junger Generation
1 month ago

Say what you want about BMWs and those who drive them, but: “Consumer Reports named BMW the top overall pick in its 2024 Brand Report Card rankings, with the German automaker becoming the first back-to-back winner since 2017. It cements BMW as one of the few luxury brands owners can count on for overall satisfaction — something unusual in CR’s rankings.” Yahoo Finance

Chet Rollins
Chet Rollins
Reply to  Junger Generation
1 month ago

Electric cars seem to be the choice of upper class strivers now. Had to make sure I was on mute when I was cracking up as one of the managers was trying to figure out logistics to make sure he could recharge his car on a cross state trip to a customer.

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Chet Rollins
1 month ago

The logistics seem programmed into newer EV’s. Certainly on Tesla’s. You program the destination in, and the charging stations appear, with the rates and times of each stop. The times are minimized/optimized to get you to the next charging stop without too much wait time. So it’s possible—even probable—that you pull into a charging station with a half charged battery, and leave with a 75% charge and an 30 minutes wait—rather than a 90% charge and a two hour wait. Off to the next one. Rinse, repeat… Of course the problem has been with chargers out of order and a… Read more »

TempoNick
TempoNick
Reply to  Compsci
1 month ago

It’s not only the altar of Gaia. It’s also a cool new gadget. People like new gadgets.

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  TempoNick
1 month ago

“ It’s not only the altar of Gaia. It’s also a cool new gadget. People like new gadgets.”

Guilty as charged. I bought one as I related here a couple days ago. From time to time, I’ll squeeze in my experiences to all to poke derision. 😉

Pozymandias
Reply to  Chet Rollins
1 month ago

Advise him to rent a gas generator and a small trailer.

Whiskey
Whiskey
Reply to  Pozymandias
1 month ago

I think either Top Gear or the Grand Tour actually did a bit on that. It was hilarious. As were their “green” cars.

Forever Templar
Forever Templar
Reply to  Junger Generation
1 month ago

Ancedotal but might be something to it. Tnere’s a high end auto mechanic not too far from me I sometimes cycle past in the evening. Come to think of it, I can’t remember any particular instance of seeing beamers in the lot waiting for repair. Mercedes, the odd Audi, a Bentley once in a great while, but no BMWs. Sure they do one some time; Japanese people are crazy stupid about keeping their cars in working order.

Paintersforms
Paintersforms
Reply to  Forever Templar
1 month ago

Back in high school, for a little while, I jockeyed cars to an auto auction for a shop. Cool job for a high school kid. Got to drive a Ferrari 308 once, which was awesome because I was a Magnum PI fan growing up.

Anyway, I drove Mercedes, Audis, and BMWs mostly. Didn’t really like the BMWs— no quirks or imperfections that give cars a personality imo. Blandly perfect. I used to describe them as the Megan Fox of autos.

Any rate, I’ve always heard they’re a nightmare to work on, so it’s probably good that they’re apparently reliable.

WillS
WillS
Reply to  Paintersforms
1 month ago

Had the BMW enigine in a Range Rover. Things are made in hell when it comes to working on them. Never again.

KGB
KGB
Reply to  Forever Templar
1 month ago

I haven’t soent more than a day in Japan for the last 20 years, what’s the oercentage of foreign vehicles on the road? Koreans are notorious for buying domestic, with only single digit percentages of imports, most of them luxury brands for the parvenues.

Mr. Generic
Mr. Generic
Reply to  Junger Generation
1 month ago

Hate to break it to you, but all of those “consumer report cards” and rankings are just as fake as the NY Times “bestseller” list. Those spots are nothing but paid advertising.

Jack Dodson
Jack Dodson
Reply to  Mr. Generic
1 month ago

This is true. Paid spots also run on television, radio and in newspapers disguised as objective news now, which should surprise no one. This started about a decade or so back as corporate media became strapped.

KGB
KGB
Reply to  Jack Dodson
1 month ago

The other day I caught the top-of-the-hour ABC News radio update and the final “story” was about an RSV vaccine developed by, you guessed it, Pfizer. It was so transparently a commercial that I can’t believe anyone could be fooled.

Filthie
Filthie
Member
Reply to  Mr. Generic
1 month ago

Plausible… but upon closer inspection… empirical evidence suggests it’s true. FT notes above the dearth of Beemers in the service station parking lot. Also anecdotal are the used car ads. You may see the odd, clapped out Beemer with a million miles on it but very few new pristine ones. The buyers are hanging on to them and only letting them go when absolutely necessary… or so it would seem…

Hokkoda
Member
Reply to  Junger Generation
1 month ago

I stopped reading CR back in 2019/10 when they demanded that a fully government run healthcare system was best for consumers.

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Hokkoda
1 month ago

Yep, CR is now (maybe always) a poz’d publication. In any event, they are not always correct in their product evaluations. It’s not necessarily that their testing is bad, but the parameters they decide are essential/important are not always correct and therefore not evaluated. Case in point. Many years ago—pre Tech boom—I had the responsibility of ordering simplistic phone answering machines for our “help desk”. The consultants manning the desk would handle walk ins as well as phone ins. When with a student, the phone would ring 5 times and then go to answer mode for a “leave a message,… Read more »

Hokkoda
Member
Reply to  Compsci
1 month ago

I don’t mind (and frequently used) their small appliance recommendations. When they waded into politics, though, I was done. I don’t mind BMW’s, but they have a weird status symbol vibe here. In Europe, the 3-series are used as taxis. I got a free upgrade to a 3-series while traveling. The interior controls are both stupid and bafflingly complex at the same time. The check engine light kept telling me to pull over immediately and call for help. I returned it and got a free future rental. As far as CR goes, there’s enough good free competition now that I… Read more »

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  Junger Generation
1 month ago

CR has been run by Wokes and Karens for years.

The engine bays of BMW and all German marques are now filled with plastic trash that loves to melt down under the heat and pressure generated by high-output turbocharged engines.

Eloi
Eloi
Reply to  Junger Generation
1 month ago

BMWs tend to be well-made. They do use a lot of bespoke parts, and thus more difficult access and expensive.
The crappiest car company of main note is probably Fiat – that owns Chrysler, Jeep, etc.
When Z talks about buying a new Jeep, I shudder for him. Horrible vehicles since the purchase.

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Eloi
1 month ago

Yeah, did that quite a few times. Jeep folks are a strange lot. You read the user groups and when you point out a flaw, the response usually is, “so what, it’s a Jeep”. They sold me way back their 1st ZF transmission, 9 speed auto. ZF is a German firm, not Italian. Soon the complaints rolled in and the arguments in the user groups started. Folks claiming the new transmission had no higher rate of failure than others. They were even sued class action. ZF 9-speed was killed second year. Guess no one liked to pony up $8-9k for… Read more »

The Wild Geese Howard
The Wild Geese Howard
Reply to  Eloi
1 month ago

We’ll have to agree to disagree.

I’ve had good to great experiences with Jeeps and Dodges for many years, both as an owner and a renter.

The loaded 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee my co-worker just picked up is an extremely impressive vehicle.

Hokkoda
Member
Reply to  Junger Generation
1 month ago

Self made millionaires drive Ford F150’s more than any other vehicle. And usually have driven and taken good care of it for YEARS.

Who ya gonna listen to? A bunch of left wing nerds at CR or successful small business owners?

TomA
TomA
Reply to  Junger Generation
1 month ago

Z, I hope you’re being compensated for this guy running a commercial on your website. Very sneaky indeed!

Junger Generation
Junger Generation
Reply to  TomA
1 month ago

I own a Audi S4.

Herrman
Herrman
Member
1 month ago

“Trump is the scourge sent by the gods to punish the managerial class.” Yes, this. And who the gods would destroy they first make mad.

The trick for the dirt people will to ride out the storm. This means not being where it will be worst (big cities), staying away from those who will act the worst (you know of whom I speak), and being prepared for “that will never happen!”.

ray
ray
1 month ago

It’s a war. You need warriors. D.T. is an eighties-era liberal, with a feminist daughter who often controls him (and thus, everyone around him), and plenty of old mafia connections because you don’t build in NYC without them. Donald’s a real estate developer, entertainer, and financier. Last time out he tried to glad-hand D.C., gladhanding always working for him before. Heh. First act upon victory: wave off any consequences for that insect queen, Hilarious. After that nobody in the beltway took him seriously, so Lady Columbia booked him for a jolly four-year Vexation Cruise. In the closing act, D.T. backed… Read more »

Mycale
Mycale
Reply to  ray
1 month ago

Not to mention pardoning a bunch of degenerates, many of whom were members of the tribe and lowlife rappers. Many of these pardons showed the worst impulses of his term – his tendency to reward people who glad-handed him, and his constant attempts to curry the favor of the juice (even though they helped engineer the color revolution that ousted him). And what he didn’t do – like a Snowden pardon – also showed off his tendency to talk more than act (although I do believe that he would have gotten JFK’d if he pardoned Assange, and he was told… Read more »

P
P
Reply to  ray
1 month ago

I don’t see any indications whatsoever that DT has formed a stable and effective potential Cabinet, that was his problem last time around.

“I need a new dust filter for my Hoover Max Extract Pressure Pro model 60 – can you help me with that?”

It’ll cost double this time–

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  P
1 month ago

There has to be a simple way around the Senate controlled cabinet appointments, because the president (I am pretty sure) is invested with the legal authority to command all the executive branch federal agencies. So just don’t nominate any cabinet secretaries. Issue orders to the agencies. It’s a lot for one man to do, but presidents have aides. What am I missing here?

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
1 month ago

There are a number of ways around it. Here in this State, the Governor simply hired these guys under a different title outside of “Director of the ‘Agency’” and let them run the particular agency in lieu of an appointed (and vetted by the Senate) Director/Head. If you’ve the votes of your party, you can’t be impeached and the agency in question does as you want.

Maus
Maus
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
1 month ago

Well, given the order of succession to the presidency established by the 25th Amendment of CONUS is predicated on a ranked hierarchy of Cabinet Secretaries, I can easily see a SCOTUS opinion finding a requirement to appoint based on the penumbral reasoning made famous in Griswold v. Connecticut (penumbral right of privacy justified unenumerated right to birth control), which was then extended to justify abortion in Roe v. Wade. Pandora’s box has been opened…

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  Maus
1 month ago

That’s nothing that can’t be dragged out for a whole presidential term

Martok's Eyepatch
Martok's Eyepatch
Reply to  P
1 month ago

Anyone who’d take the job would have to be a mad bastard. After all, the regime has spent several years exacting gleeful goblin vengeance on anyone associated with him.

Actually, that’s another reason I’m not optimistic about Trump getting back in: assuming he did, any appointees could ONLY be dragon-scaled, morally impeccable, flaming sword-bearing mad bastards with laminated hitlists they’d been working on since at least 1995. I doubt this will be allowed.

Geo. Orwell
Geo. Orwell
Reply to  ray
1 month ago

“plenty of old mafia connections because you don’t build in NYC without them” It’s not that I don’t believe this, but why didn’t the ruling class persecute BOM along those lines, instead of ludicrous prosecutions where there is in fact no crime at all? Like the absurd NY “fraud” case where exactly no one was defrauded, or the fruitcake woman who claims Trump startled her in a dressing room 300 years ago, or trying to make it a crime for this one president to retain his personal records, something done by every single president. One might think at some point… Read more »

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  Geo. Orwell
1 month ago

It’s been a long time since the cosa nostra had that much pull in NYC. Probably not a lot of evidence that has survived the decades. And even if there was, unearthing it and making a case out of it would involve a lot of, like, actual work.

c matt
c matt
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
1 month ago

Not to mention implicate a lot of other people.

MICoyote
MICoyote
Reply to  Geo. Orwell
1 month ago

Because if anyone looks too deep, you’ll find a whole slew of people that are also invoked. Politicians, the bureaucracy, police, rich people and on and on.

They want just him and not their expose friends and families.

Falcone
Falcone
1 month ago

think they hate Putin for similar reasons

And I’d figure they hate Russia because they fixed a major bridge in two weeks. And they are cranking out fighter jets now at a rate the kid makes hash browns at Waffle House. That has to be driving them insane.

Marko
Marko
Reply to  Falcone
1 month ago

The usual suspects hate Putin because he kicked out the (((Oligarchs))).
The rubes hate Putin because the people on TV tell them to.

I doubt Putin is a populist paradigm-shifter like Trump. Putin is a product of his culture: intelligent, calculating, a bit murderous, and charismatic in a Slavic way. Russia’s perfect leader.

Trump is a product of (a dying) American culture: industrious, high-energy, brand-focused, and charismatic in a bombastic American way. America’s perfect leader.

Problem is the America that produced a Trump is rapidly becoming an America that produces Letitia Jameses.

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  Marko
1 month ago

Brilliant comment. Letitia James is the future, and in a weird way that is a tiny ray of hope because it will accelerate the dysfunction.

3g4me
3g4me
Reply to  Marko
1 month ago

Marko: Very well said.

Bourbon
Bourbon
Reply to  3g4me
1 month ago

3g4me, may I introduce you to Fin Affleck?

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-13288129/Jennifer-Garner-Ben-Afflecks-daughter-Seraphina-new-Fin.html

BTW, that’s the Christ Church United Methodist in Charleston, West Virginia

Wesleyans.

I’ve been warning y’all about the Wesleyans since forever.

Pure poison.

Hun
Hun
Reply to  Marko
1 month ago

Problem is that Trump is pushing 80 and (ostensibly) wants to fix a fully rotten country with almost Brazilian demographics using a 1980’s American mindset.

Marko
Marko
Reply to  Hun
1 month ago

Yes, he is trying to have a Rocky IV ending for a country that wants a Madea’s Family Reunion ending

TempoNick
TempoNick
Reply to  Marko
1 month ago

Speaking of Slavic, “Marko Pianicata” (a melancholy song about Marko the alcoholic) was one of the 45’s in my grandmother’s record collection and one of my favorite songs. That’s what I think of anytime I see the name Marko.

Falcone
Falcone
Reply to  Marko
1 month ago

Putin may not be a paradigm shifter, but he is actually in charge, so why our political class hates him and says he’s a tyrant lol

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Marko
1 month ago

Exactly. Excellence must be ferreted out lest it be obvious what mediocrity is when compared. We see this all around us, if we simply look.

Falcone
Falcone
1 month ago

Fun show!

Thanks !

Hun
Hun
1 month ago

Trump is useful. Either as a boogeyman, very effective at uniting various nutcases into one front, or as a sedative for grillers, who think that owning the libs is what it’s all about. Or as a way to get Whites fight for Israel, which is what “they” are hoping for if he is allowed to win.

ProZNoV
ProZNoV
1 month ago

Class is a touchy subject we’re not supposed to talk about. Poor people think it’s money and stuff – the richest man in the world (Bernard Arnault) got there by selling “luxury goods” to poor people who think an overpriced, cripplingly expensive handbag or a nice watch will fool people into thinking they’re now part of the high class club. David Brooks (vomit) does an excellent job describing actual class: education pedigree, parental lineage, degrees on the wall, awards given to them by their self-licking professional ice cream cone mills. Definitely not just money: Musk and Trump will never be… Read more »

Hun
Hun
Reply to  ProZNoV
1 month ago

If you want to show you’re high class buy a BMW and drive like you own the road.

Montefrío
Member
Reply to  Hun
1 month ago

If one wants to show one is high class, one is not.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Montefrío
1 month ago

Indeed. Class and ostentation are two different and arguably antinomian things. The vast majority of rich and wealthy in AINO have no class whatsoever, although they endeavor to demonstrate otherwise by lavish material display. True class, in my opinion, lies in a measured appreciation for the finer things in life, almost all of which are the fruit of western civilization. Personal wealth has absolutely nothing to do with it.

Hoagie
Hoagie
Reply to  Hun
1 month ago

Mercedes-Benz and BMW’s are for Jew dentists who wanna look high class. The really rich drive a Rolls Royce and the Super rich don’t drive anything, they’re driven by somebody else.

Hun
Hun
Reply to  Hoagie
1 month ago

In my experience, BMWs are usually driven by middle managers who wanna to look high class 🙂

I know some truly rich people who drive old (not classic) cars.

Hun
Hun
Reply to  thezman
1 month ago

This reminds me of a video (song) by The Connells – ’74-’75. The black guy with the suitcase at around 2:00. He sure made it and showed everybody.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  thezman
1 month ago

@Hun

Negroes never countersignal; they amplify.

DaBears
DaBears
Reply to  thezman
1 month ago

Truly wealthy need to concern themselves with practical issues such as kidnapping and ransoms. They’ll commonly own a beater to avoid detection but ride in a limosine to attend house parties. It’s sensical.

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  thezman
1 month ago

Yep. I’ve seen it over and over in Virginia’s horse and wine country. Really rich people, especially old-money rich, very often drive old pick-ups and dress casually. (Though they also have very nice cars in addition to the beater.)

They don’t need to show people that they’re rich because they only hang out with other rich people who already know who they are. And they don’t care what people outside of their class think of them.

TempoNick
TempoNick
Reply to  thezman
1 month ago

“When it comes to cars, the rich often drive a beater, but something like an old Volvo …”

I drive a 2004 Volvo S60. It’s got less than a hundred thousand miles on it, leather seats and it’s still works. It’s all I need. It was my mom’s car when she died. Too nice to sell for the ridiculously small amount of money it would bring. I’m perfectly able to afford a new car.

I don’t really consider myself rich, but for countersignaling, absolutely. I love marching to my own drummer.

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  Hoagie
1 month ago

Probably the two richest guys I have ever personally known (they could both easily afford to be driven by someone else all the time), one of them drives a Maybach, and the other, nondescript Toyotas you wouldn’t look twice at. Both Jewish, incidentally.

3g4me
3g4me
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
1 month ago

Jeffrey: They may have money; they don’t have class.

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
1 month ago

3g, I’ll vouch for the toyota guy. The other one, not so much.

Citizen of a Silly Country
Citizen of a Silly Country
Reply to  Hun
1 month ago

Wrong. I went to a fund-raising event in the Virginia’s horse country. The parking lost was full of BMWs, Range Rovers, etc. People wearing expensive casual clothes.

The richest, most old-money guy – who owned the horse stables/estate where the party was held – shows up in his old, beat-up pick-up truck wearing old jeans and a nice but not fancy sweater.

He didn’t need to prove anything. His money, family line, club memberships, relations with politicians, etc., showed who he was.

Jack Dobson
Jack Dobson
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
1 month ago

This is spot on. I know of an extremely wealthy neighborhood where the residents themselves go to their grocery store in pajamas; the nouveaux riche in a nearby area usually have others shop for them and the few times they do the dirty themselves they dress to the nines.

People with actual jack really don’t give a damn what others think about them.

Hun
Hun
Reply to  Citizen of a Silly Country
1 month ago

I was being sarcastic, as evidenced by my followup comments.

3g4me
3g4me
Reply to  Hun
1 month ago

Hun: Nope. When a friend’s boyfriend had a ‘bimmer ‘ in 1979, it was something I took note of (hadn’t even heard of the vehicle prior to that). When a guy I dated in the mid ’80s had a Porsche convertible, it was great fun. Now, the only people driving them are blaqs, subcons, and east Asians. Strivers in crime, social status, and materialism. Even as late as 1990, I would have said a Bentley meant class, but that’s been debased by Hollywood and the blaqs too. Trying to recall what the genuinely wealthy and American upper-class people I worked… Read more »

Hun
Hun
Reply to  3g4me
1 month ago

I was being sarcastic. Damn, can’t a guy be sarcastic on the Internets?
Every BMW owner I know is making monthly payments on it and works in middle management or is some kind of a hustler.

3g4me
3g4me
Reply to  Hun
1 month ago

Hun – Sorry; saw your first irony warning after I had already typed this.

Hun
Hun
Reply to  Hun
1 month ago

No worries. Give me a few days and I will get over it.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  ProZNoV
1 month ago

You and Brooks (vomit) are quite right–Who has more class (and status) in AINO? A very successful plumber in Lynchburg, Virginia making 750K per annum, or an obscure anthropology professor at the University of Boston making 75K per year? There can be no doubt.

But who is actually more valuable to society? Aye. There’s the rub.

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
1 month ago

Ostei, I resemble that remark…. 😉

Hemid
Hemid
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
1 month ago

The greatest trick the professoriate ever pulled was convincing us they have lower incomes than plumbers.

That’s influence.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Hemid
1 month ago

Many of them do. Profs at many universities–not to mention JUCOs–start out at around 50K per annum, and there are PLENTY of plumbers who make quite a bit more than that. On average, however, yeah, profs probably make more than plumbers, but not by much.

Xman
Xman
Reply to  Hemid
1 month ago

At my last teaching job, I taught an 80% load (eight classes per year, max for a part-timer) and made less than $16k.

At another part-time job I made $2000 per course to teach convicted murders in prison.

The highly-paid tenured professors making $130-150k and carrying on about “social justice” are fucking hypocrites, half the classes in their universities are taught by part-timers and grad students earning the equivalent of minimum wage.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Xman
1 month ago

Yep. What you describe plus the whole “adjunct professor” vagabondage were part of the reason I never pursued a professorship.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Ostei Kozelskii
1 month ago

Boston University…doh!

Chet Rollins
Chet Rollins
Reply to  ProZNoV
1 month ago

Unfortunately, every parent in my neighborhood wants their kid in this system. Doing useful stuff like bag groceries or babysit? Low class, colleges will scoff. They need “leadership” opportunities like being on the board of some nonsense non-profit or wasting time on student council.

Their lives are so full fulfilling nonsense obligations for a check mark there is no way for any passion to rise.

c matt
c matt
Reply to  Chet Rollins
1 month ago

bag groceries:
“Implemented post-point of sale product distribution and delivery system”

babysit:
“Pioneered independent early childhood development program”

Z-Car
Z-Car
Reply to  c matt
1 month ago

Massively underrated comment.

ProZNoV
ProZNoV
Reply to  ProZNoV
1 month ago

Another very obnoxious signal:

Exotic vacations.

Places like the Faroe Islands, Antarctica, the Galapagos, Saint Helena, Easter Island, etc.

Guys like Trump can afford it, but they’re too busy getting stuff done in the real world. The poors and the middles don’t have the time or the $$.

Hun
Hun
Reply to  ProZNoV
1 month ago

Yeah, I know people who make sure that everybody knows about their vacations in Maldives or Bali. They have jobs in large corps and make maybe 2x the average. That means they are 2x better than the average person, right?

Pozymandias
Reply to  Hun
1 month ago

Well, it means they’re 4 times as heavily in debt.

Xman
Xman
Reply to  ProZNoV
1 month ago

Limbaugh used to talk about his. After he made a huge boatload of money as a Republican Party water-carrier, Zionist shill, and Negro sportsball fan, he wanted to buy an NFL team — and they treated him like a homeless bum in the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton.

The fact that he was from Missouri, had no college degree, was anti-abortion, and appealed to the rubes in flyover country meant that he would never be allowed into the upper class no matter how much money he had.

I don’t think he ever got over that.

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Xman
1 month ago

Hell, Marge Schott and (((Donald Sterling))) were effectively expelled from the ruling class because they held heterodox views on nuggras and other truth-free fields.

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XLOVELI
1 month ago

On a wintry day in New York, as Donald Trump was debating whether to run for president for the first time, it must have occurred to him that his life would be irrevocably changed by the event — bent out of shape the way light is twisted when it enters a prism. Now, applying for his second chance at the office, Trump is a changed man, scarred inevitably by his experiences in the shark-eat-shark world of the national political arena. The media loves to broadcast his image as much as it loves to pile on top of him. Half the… Read more »

Dutch
Dutch
Reply to  XLOVELI
1 month ago

Trump was way ahead of his time, in building a personal “brand” before the internet gave people a broad forum for doing exactly that. His brand is him, and he works it daily. Trump anticipated the whole concept a decade or two before it was widely implemented.

The rest of the political players are weak cheese at building their brands, because they lead with politics. Trump leads with cultural cues and the political stuff follows along later.

The politicos don’t understand all of that, and that is another reason they hate and fear him so much.

Compsci
Compsci
Reply to  XLOVELI
1 month ago

Trump is a dictator (capitalistic CEO) out of his environment—my way or the highway. This was always my concern with his running for President with no political experience. Some say he’s learned his lesson. We shall see, assuming he gets a second chance.

Gauss
Gauss
1 month ago

Re: Jonah Goldberg being proud of not being able to fix things around the house.
My wife and I had lunch with a retired couple a few months ago. When the subject of home repair and maintenance came up, one of them said, “We’re Jews. We don’t know how to do that kind of stuff!” The other nodded in agreement.

At the time, it struck me as an odd thing to be bragging about. The guy had been a pharmacist, not some middle-manager drone. He’s also fairly based on covid and skeptical of the medical business generally.

Brian Turner
Brian Turner
Reply to  Gauss
1 month ago

When I told a Jewish neighbor that I was going to spend my Saturday afternoon building cordwood racks, he replied, “One thing you’ll never hear a Jewish man say is ‘Let me get my tool belt.'”

Lineman
Lineman
Reply to  Brian Turner
1 month ago

Yea all they can do is be a parasite on those who do create and build….What I can’t understand is why we are ok with having parasites syphoning our time, energy, and wealth off of us…

Hi-ya!
Hi-ya!
Reply to  Lineman
1 month ago

My dad’s ancestors came here from England in the mid 17th cent and he hates it when I point out how Jews are over represented in influential positions, even against things he cares about as a conservative. He won’t allow it, Jews somehow became untouchable in the past 75 years

Lineman
Lineman
Reply to  Hi-ya!
1 month ago

No one wants to be called Hitler because of the massive propaganda that was carried out against him…

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Brian Turner
1 month ago

Heh. Gotta admit–that’s a pretty good line.

Hun
Hun
Reply to  Gauss
1 month ago

This is why “Arbeit macht frei” was the Holocaust.

3g4me
3g4me
Reply to  Hun
1 month ago

Hun: I laughed.

Jeffrey Zoar
Jeffrey Zoar
Reply to  Gauss
1 month ago

It’s like women who proudly proclaim “I don’t cook.” It’s not just that they are proud of not cooking, they are proud of not knowing how. It’s a status marker. What kind of sick culture recognizes that as status, and how we got there, well I guess you could write a book.

P
P
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
1 month ago

Well, I guess they could always bind their feet-

Pozymandias
Reply to  P
1 month ago

Or put on a damn burka and shut the hell up.

Hemid
Hemid
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
1 month ago

That attitude almost died a couple decades ago, at least among men. A wildly viral fad started among bohemian types, then called “hipsters,” actually rich young Jews, for ostentatious expertise in obscure blue-collar fields, manly displays of time- and money-wasting—rich-man daredevilry for physical cowards. Beekeeping, blacksmithing, and beer brewing were the big ones. The bee guys got laid, the anvil guys ruled YouTube for a while, the beer guys got bought out by InBev, and they all heavily influenced “the culture” (media) because their friends and families own it. The wealthiest guy I know became a custom cabinetmaker to the… Read more »

Ostei Kozelskii
Member
Reply to  Jeffrey Zoar
1 month ago

That’s been a trait of the aristocracy forever. Common work–such as cooking, farming, conducting business–is for commoners, not the social elite.

PS–An exception was the pre-19th century Russian nobility, who actually took delight in getting their hands dirty, grubbing for money and doing a spot of manual labor.

Z-Car
Z-Car
Reply to  Gauss
1 month ago

In the interest of accuracy, I will say working-class Jews are a thing in New York City. Russian, Ukranian, Israeli.