Who shall deliver us from this Neocon Senator,

Posted On: Friday - March 4th 2022 2:40PM MST
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oh wretched Americans that we are?

No, no, no, FBI, you've got Peak Stupidity all wrong! We do not exclaim this in the sense of Henry the 2nd of olde England. It's 850 years later. In this current more civil era, we don't use such inciting statements. We are simply referring to next term's GOP primary, past the current era in fact, in March of AD 2026.

However, the Senior Senator from South Carolina is under the impression that it's perfectly OK for a sitting United States Senator to call for the assassination of the leader of a foreign country. Our country is not at war with Russia either, however that's defined these days. The country is not a threat to us.

It's been over 3 decades since Russia has meant the Communist USSR. Since that time, the Neocons have done their best to box the country and its long-term leader into a corner. Vladimir Putin, no matter what you think of him personally, should have been dealt with diplomatically. All the old Soviets and Chairman Mao were dealt with diplomatically.* Yet, the American Neocons are drunk with power and war.

These 100 big shots have been in a high position in the one true military superpower from 1989 till recently, Senators such as Miss Lindsey (along with his gratefully** dead colleague Juan McAmnesty) are used to being the collective neighborhood bully. This Feral Government bully could say and do anything with everyone else scared to strike back. It never lasts though. One day, some kid will up and slug the bully in the face. If this kid ends up being Vladimir Putin, running a country with 10's of thousands of nukes, we're gonna get a big collective black eye.

The olde Archbishop of Canterbury in the late 12th century was annoying due to his excommunicating the living out of everyone. Senator Graham, with his multiple attempts at immigration amnesty for millions and his support for American wars of aggression around the globe, is much worse a character than Thomas Becket.

It's probably much too late in the game for voting as a solution, but, just for old time's sake here, will no South Carolina electorate ever deliver us from this meddlesome piece of crap? We don't need Royal Knights headed to Canterbury this time. We just need conservative South Carolinians to get out to the voting booth!

Nah, the only people who can fix this are the South Carolinian people. Easy to say, hard to do, since hardly anybody votes in the primaries. If you don't want to live in darkness, be poor, and then live in darkness again, step up to the booth, Sandlappers!

To doctor up another line from the olde Henry II/Becket saga, from contemporary monk Edward Grimm: "What miserable drones and traitors have we voted in and promoted in our GOP who let their people be treated with such shameful contempt by a light-in-the-loafers Senator!"

PS: The phrase in the title is the popularized version of what Henry II is said to have said. It comes from Romans 7:24 - - "O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?"

* The shoe-banging was from the other side.

** For Americans, that is.

Sunday - March 6th 2022 8:58AM MST
PS: OK, thanks to both of you, Mr. Hail for the brief review and Mr. Smith for the on-line copy.

Mr. Hail, no I never kept up that much to have heard of Scott Adams. I did read a book by one Josh Rogin - "Chaos under Heaven" - in which the last chapter also has the inside scoop of the Trump White House during the Covid Panic. Because of the theme of the book, this part is mostly a tie-in with the Covid reaction and the Trump/China relationship.

This first review is of the whole book (well, minus the last chapter), while the 2nd is about the Covid part in the last chapter (all pretty recent when Mr. Rogin wrote his book).


Adam Smith
Sunday - March 6th 2022 8:42AM MST
PS: Good morning, everyone...

A Plague Upon Our House: My Fight at the Trump White House to Stop COVID from Destroying America...

Mr. Hail, it seems the talktotransformer's work is maturing, as if it is gaining some sort of understanding or insight.
That second piece is some pretty dark poetry. Thanks.

Sunday - March 6th 2022 1:20AM MST

Mr. Moderator: "Is that Scott Atlas book - 'A Plague Upon Our House: My Fight at the Trump White House to Stop COVID from Destroying America' - worth reading? The title does NOT sound promising for a guy like me and likely you."

You may recall the author, Scott Atlas, was a firm Anti-Panic voice on the presidential task force for a tiem in 2020, the one dominated by some pretty hardline Panic backers and politicos including the notorious Fauci. Atlas was the only well-known figure on the inside to oppose the Panic in a consistent way.

The book title does not really work to convey his position. I'd have advised "My Fight at the Trump White House to Stop Covid **Lockdowns** from Destroying America" or something likethat. The phenomenon was greater even than so-called lockdowns, of course. And we lack a good name for it, which is why I like to use "the Corona-Panic" to describe the whole sweeping phenomenon.

I am in the middle of the Atlas book now. It is a memoir of about ten months in 2020 when he emerged as an Anti-Panic voice in the public square, and then got invited to the Trump White House and accepted. I think the book is good for what it is. Beyond the Corona Question, it gives insight as well into the Trump White House.

On the Corona Question, based on the book alone I'd have to characterize Scott Atlas as a "moderate Anti-Panicker." More moderate than his public persona suggested he was, than I believed he was before opening the book. Or maybe he deliberately softened his views to look more moderate for the book's purposes?

An insider's view of events is always of interest. I don't think Atlas' book disappoints there, even if, as with all memoirs, people may have mixed motives or imperfect information or simply the bias of seeing through one's own eyes rather than some kind of omniscient eye.

Atlas is, it seems, most critical of the now-forgotten, scarf-wearing, Corona-Panic High Priestess called Deborah Birx. Reading about Birx yelling at Atlas about his lack of loyalty to the Panic in front of other White House people is the kind of insight you hope for in good memoirs like this. As well as snapshots of the role played the lizard-like Jared Kushner, who, even in Atlas' small world of the Corona Task Force, seemed to be a power-behind-the-throne, often seeming to "run" things despite no expertise and no formal position.

(My interest in the Atlas book was mostly as a primary-source material for the ongoing quest to understand things like how the Anti-Panic side formed itself--or found itself--in 2020, and why the Anti-Panic side lost so decisively despite being so right.)

I have also recently read a more technically and academically oriented book by some Canadians on the Corona-Panic in Canada (an attempted sociological-political study of the Panic in Canada, with a focus on western Canada). I hope to put up SHORT reviews of both that one and the Scott Atlas book and more to come.

If you prefer a one-word answer on whether the Scott Atlas book is worth reading, I'd say "Yes."
Saturday - March 5th 2022 4:52PM MST
PS: Dieter, I'm just now reading your linked-to article. This is from near the beginning, and I'd written my latest post earlier:

"Maybe I am wrong—tragically wrong—but I cannot dismiss the suspicion that we are witnessing an elaborate charade, grossly magnified by prominent elements of the American media, to serve a domestic political end. Facing rising inflation, ... "

OK, now we go off the rails a bit, but same general idea - a distraction. "...the ravages of Omicron, blame (for the most part unfair) for the withdrawal from Afghanistan, plus the failure to get the full support of his own party for the Build Back Better legislation, the Biden administration is staggering under sagging approval ratings just as it gears up for this year’s congressional elections."

I don't think he's the only one who wondered why America was expanding NATO and pushing Russia into a corner, not to mention just being plain vindictive winners of the Cold War. I wondered that in the late 1990s already, and would have told you so, had I had a blog. Dang it, shoulda' started the blog 15 years earlier!
Saturday - March 5th 2022 4:47PM MST
PS: The Presidential Tweet Squad could be more important than, I dunno, the Dept. of the Interior or something, Mr. Hail. Had Ronald Reagan tweeted, I'm sure he would have gotten the right people. (Hopefully, he would not use that iditot Peggy Noonan for it.)

For most people, it must be so temped to just slam back a reply, with spelling errors, grammar errors, and mistakes as with Miss Lindsey's "live in darkness" bit twice. Donald Trump was mostly like the average tweeter unfortunately, as you write. Is that Scott Atlas book - "A Plague Upon Our House: My Fight at the Trump White House to Stop COVID from Destroying America" - worth reading? The title does NOT sound promising for a guy like me and likely you.


Saturday - March 5th 2022 1:06PM MST
PS As you say, the people of SC. But, we all know that’s not going to happen. So, it will be God or Nature, to use Spinozist language. And when he does depart this life, don’t be surprised if what follows is rather worse. Clown World only gets clownier.
The Alarmist
Saturday - March 5th 2022 7:42AM MST

There was a time when the Senators of Rome might actually lead troops into batlle. Rome declined as the Senators increasingly sat on their laurels and figured out how to curry favour to line their own pockets. BTW, in the earlier days of the Republic, Senators were prohibited from engaging in banking, limited in their investments, prohibited from owning ships that could engage in international commerce, and prohibited from leaving the Republic without the consent of the Senate. Sounds like a winning prescription for the US Senate.

It’s not correct to say Putin==Hitler. At best, one might say they are instantiations of the Class Dictator.

What Grahmnesty seems to fail to grasp is that if Vlad is the murderous poisoner the Western media have made him out to be, he’d better hire a food taster.
Dieter Kief
Saturday - March 5th 2022 6:02AM MST

Joe Biden on US-television: How come Putin could just say let's invade Russia?

One more of the US warners against "the greatetst strategic mistake since the cold war":Jack F. Matlock, Ronald Reagan's ambassador to the USSR:

Saturday - March 5th 2022 1:55AM MST

One thing this shabby little episode tells us is that no one vets Lyndsey Graham's tweets. No tweeting by committee decision there.

An anecdote in Scott Atlas' book painted the picture of some of the vetting sessions for Trump tweets during the first months of the Corona-Panic (and presumably at other times in the wasted four years the Orange Man soaked up), supervised by Kushner and decided by committee of insiders.

It's likely most of DJT's tweets were NOT vetted like that, but, according to Atlas, some of them with most policy relevance definitely were.

They'd have drafts of tweets written on big whiteboards, bring the first draft into a room, and Kushner would guide debate the exact wording, and the various insiders would suggest changes or etc. It sounds like a "writer's room" for any TV show works. The final version (wording) is what Trump later tweeted.
Friday - March 4th 2022 10:50PM MST
PS: Mr. Hail, I'm guessing a lot of Valedictorians are using this Transformer software - saves a lot of thinking. You don't have to say anything that matters anyway - everyone's ready to get TH out of there. I first wondered where the program got "banking" from, but I suppose that is tied in with "Feral Government", and maybe "Neocons" too.

Robert, I suppose you were right on, if you figured that I was going to write ABOUT someone who says Putin == Hitler. Yeah, so Putin should be blown up, as by Stauffenberg, or stabbed, as by Brutus, says Senator Grahmesty.
Friday - March 4th 2022 7:52PM MST
PS: Good try, Robert. Nobody loses here, though. Pick up a home version of Peak Stupidity on the way out.
Friday - March 4th 2022 7:13PM MST

Re: Robert,

I plugged your latest comment into the TalkToTransformer bot to see what it would come up with from the simply prompt, and to keep this rudderless conversation going, and the bot went in a dark direction.

(begin quote from an auto-writing bot)

I'm not even going to have to see it.

I won't see his face or look at his eyes or hear his voice.

The doctors will do that for me.

My body is just a vessel.

My body isn't even my own.

I don't own it.

I don't have a say in its actions.

I can feel pain but not pleasure.

I can feel happiness but never sadness.

The only feeling I can't feel is freedom.

I'm caught in a ball of pain and sad.

Sad and angry.

(end quote from an auto-writing bot.)

Comment: in the context of this conversation as a reply to Robert's ironic comment, this one off-topic pure gibberish. "I'm caught in a ball of pain and sad" is clever phrasing, though, and according to Google no one has used it before.
Friday - March 4th 2022 7:02PM MST
PS: Mr. Moderator, this really is too easy.

You were going to say that Putin == Hitler, and the wondrous and ever so smart Neocons are finally leading our Dear Leaders in the (now formerly) FS to see reason.

What, me worry?
Friday - March 4th 2022 5:08PM MST
PS: Thank you so much, Mr. Ganderson! I've accidentally hit the submit before, and the problem is that deleting a post is more trouble than it could be.

That said, since the topic keys are in here, anyone care to guess what the post is about (there is a lack of more precise topic keys though).

Mr. Hail, I will check it out later. Keeping too busy some times to finish a post.
Friday - March 4th 2022 4:12PM MST
PS: (I keep wanting to write 'P.S.'!)

Mr. Hail, that was pretty impressive automatic writing. Things keep moving along.

But, since there is nothing for me to derail here:
A while ago, (in some history of anti-biotics?) I came across the line 'If pneumonia is the old-man's friend, why are we looking for a cure?' I feel that somehow this quote could be applied to much of our "Modern World" (obligatory plug for Waugh's "Scott-King's Modern Europe"), but I can not quite put it together now.
Friday - March 4th 2022 4:02PM MST

"Ooops, post coming later."

In light of this lack of Peak Stupidity content here, I plugged in the thin content provided to the "Talk To Transformer" automatic writer bot. (I plugged in ("Posted On: Friday - March 4th 2022 2:40PM MST / In Topics: The Russians US Feral Government The Neocons / Ooops, post coming later.")

Talk to Transformer provides this mush of good-seeming text-strings:


Okay now you all have to listen. Let me just add a few questions to make it clear what has been asked and answered. The questions I asked were ones asked by people in the know who have much more experience in these topics then I do.

I have been "involved" in all sides of the last few years in the effort to bring peace to the region, so some of my knowledge is from those who know. Just so you know, you will see a different tone to this series than most are used to. It will be very serious in nature and will make all parts of the world a little more clear and understandable for everyone.

By doing so, I am not interested in bashing the Russians or the Neocons, I am only interested in discovering the true people behind the actions and strategy of both.

Most of you know how the system of banking works, but there are some that don't. I am not interested in showing them the light, I am interested in showing them how they can use the light to make it right. Many people can be manipulated into doing things that they would never dream of by using large amounts of money and state power. This is not a religious term, it is a fact, which I will explain in an upcoming topic.

Friday - March 4th 2022 3:42PM MST
PS. Great post- your best yet!
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