Elm Street Grill

We had Saturday off, so we hit the ancient and venerable Smith Street Diner for breakfast, before going in to the store.  They regularly serve great meals to hundreds of people.  Our waitress, whom we’ve come to love, suggested we also try brunch at Elm Street Grill.  We hit the store, shipped orders and I watered the plants.

This morning, I went to the store, watered the plants and drove to Liberty,  My tenant at the He-Man Woman Hater’s Club is done painting the living and bedrooms.  I swapped the Fun Machine for the truck and drove to Lowe’s for John Deere green spray paint.  Then I drove to the store on the way home and picked up the metal loveseat in front of the store, which had begun to rust.

The Wife and I drove Darth Beetle to Elm Street Grill, which is just north of Pisgah Church.  The place is tastefully adorned.  The hostess showed us to the area just off the bar, which is where we like.  One wall was covered with at least a dozen screens, each showing something different and one showing the Panthers.

The polite bartender brought us regular and brunch menus, which were, like everything else, clean and appealing.  The first things I noticed were Chicken Tikka Tacos and Turkey Curry Flatbread.  WTF?

We’ve been substituting ground turkey for beef for years.  But unlike typical Indian restaurants, I had no clue from the smell.  I got a Blue Moon and the Wife had an excellent Bloody Mary.  The food came and it was understated, but great.  Instead of chutney, there were slices of lime and red onion.

The desserts, from Philly, were not to be missed and we got salted caramel cake to go.

The bill should have been about 25% more than it was.  Nor did we have to wait for it: a pet peeve.  Everyone was cheerful and better yet, busy.  Few things put me off more than walking into a restaurant and seeing employees standing around shooting the shit.  There’s always something to done.

Everyone was well groomed and moving quickly.  I started asking questions and the bartender indicated the owner, who was everywhere, ran front of house and his Wife ran the kitchen.

This place is on our way home from the store.  La Bamba is great, but I’m so excited to have found this new hangout.

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Antifa in Greensboro

Silly me, I thought from Charlottesville that Antifa looked like Ninja.  I’ve come to find that disaffected Millennials from Greensboro look more like stoners from Julian.  OK, Pleasant Garden.

There’s the baggy jeans and tennis shoes.  Sometimes they own a car, but often not.  Sometimes, there’s a ball cap, but always a shaggy beard and hair.

Rather than collect checks from Soros, they work in local restaurants, adorning meals with snot, spit, hair and God only knows what else.

Of course, the privileged White people who eat at these places are accustomed to being served by these unfortunates, as they look like, and often are,  their children.

They ain’t getting laid a lot and black guys seem appalled.  Cigs are obligatory as a symbol of self-destruction.  One of the reasons we go to Chili’s is to avoid semi-homeless guys stinking of tobacco, and those are the servers.

How can you vanquish fascism if you can’t even maintain your hair?

Now that I think of it, instead of the soup, I’ll have a big steaming bowl of internalized nihilism.

More and more, I’m getting a threatening look from young black guys.  They don’t even bother with the stoners.  Who am I kidding?  Everyobody gives me a threatening look in these rugby shorts and hair like an escaped mental patient.

OTOH, I know a few 3%ers and they’re all squared away,  It’s going to be a short civil war.

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The Prince of Greensboro

From June, 2016.


Everyday’s Halloween for this kid.


That’s right, little one. With all his money and influence, the most daddy could manage was running a brewery. Not even a restaurant.  But there’s a place next door selling street food, when it’s open.

One of these people is an idiot. The other is terribly unfortunate.

When the oligarchy begins to fail, this is what it looks like.

The big one whines a lot.

With that face, he could’ve joined the circus.

Somewhere, Richardson Preyer is weeping.

And you just know this bug-eyed prince is going into politics.

He thinks making a kid makes him a man.

Effete fucking liberal.

I thought it would be cruel to terrorize a poor millennial.

His mom is gonna beat my ass.

Daddy should’ve been named Frank.

I wonder how that hair goes over in the Hamptons.

BTW, would someone please disabuse me of the notion that the CCL is one of world’s biggest bullshit factories?

Would some please explain to me how Vick’s Vapo-Rub and NyQuil weren’t patent medicines with dubious therapeutic value?

Absent significant objection, I’m left with the conclusion that these people are magnificent frauds.  That, in fact, brewing beer is the most honest pursuit this family has engaged in for generations.

I’ve never been a fan of evangelism, even if it is directed at executives.  I’m left with the belief that more effective management increases productivity and reduces labor cost.  We have a word for this: neoliberalism.

Tell me CCL doesn’t promote globalism and I’ll tell you it isn’t the enemy of nationalism.

Doesn’t this seem odd?

So, I walk into the bar at La Bamba tonight after work and there they sit: the whole fam damily.  The richest kid in Greensboro was entirely unkempt and fat, wearing a local beer t-shirt, dungarees and flip flops probably made by an Iguana in Tobago.

I got a good beer, checked out Twitter on my cell phone and waited for the Wife.

All of a sudden, the kid had fallen from whatever great height they had him perched, and for a second they thought the scion was dead.  Fortunately, the kid regained its petulance and the rest of their meal was spent bargaining with him to stay long enough to eat.

Had the kid died, I’m sure they would’ve stopped to wolf down their taco salads.

The most recent season of Fargo featured a loan shark who wore cheap suits and had bad teeth so no one would suspect him of being a billionaire.  Likewise, the richest kid in Greensboro has gone native.  Indeed, I pitied him and everyone he knew.

This attire and hirsute appearance, for all I know, may be all the rage in that far away place where they were bound.  Maybe they can convince him to stay.  But probably not.

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Solution Porn

From Ellen Brown:

The Fed has stopped its quantitative easing program, but in its last round (called “QE3”), it was buying $85 billion per month in securities. At that rate, it would have to fire up the digital printing presses for only one additional month to rescue the suffering Puerto Ricans without hurting bondholders at all.

Werner’s third example was the US Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing program, in which it bought $1.7 trillion in mortgage-backed securities from the banks.

This won’t happen because it would draw attention to the odious nature of QE.

If the Fed can use QE to bail out Wall St. and PR, why can’t it do the same for Main Street?

From Raúl Ilargi Meijer:

If Xie is right, and I would put my money on that, despite all the housing bubbles elsewhere in the world, the Chinese, who make a lot less money than westerners, have pushed up the ‘value’ of Chinese residential real estate so massively that their homes are now ‘worth’ more than all other houses on the planet. Xie returns to this point later in the article, and says: “In tier-one cities, property costs are likely to be between 50 and 100 years of household income. At the peak of Japan’s property bubble, it was about 20 in Tokyo. “..

800 million Chinese workers have become as productive as their Western counterparts, but are not even close in terms of consumption…

In order to prevent a huge real estate crash, Beijing will have to make sure wages rise, across the board, and substantially, for hundreds of millions of people.

And prices for exported goods will rise, destroying their competitive advantage and creating profit opportunities for US manufacturers.  Of course, it will take years to re-establish the knowledge, skills and logistics to support manufacturing.  But as conditions worsen, I expect there will be lots of Chinese moving here to help.

This could be the answer to Amazon and Walmart peak oil was supposed to provide.

Unfortunately artificial intelligence and big data are looking more like porn than solutions.  Instead, we’re entering an age where forgotten knowledge, skills and behavior must be relearned.  Otherwise, we have no future.

From Danny Sjursen:

So often, both counterinsurgency and urban policing involve countless routine humiliations of a mostly innocent populace…

Dehumanization of the enemy, either at home or abroad, is as old as empire itself.

As we saw in Donbas and Catalonia, local police defend local oligarchs against national forces. Whereas local police terrorize the poor, they do not fall in line with nationals. Therefore, local military equipment becomes part of the resulting insurgency.

As governmental control necessarily atomizes, lots of social experiments will occur and hopefully the best will be adopted. Also, solutions are more likely to be responses to particular sets of problems, dependent on geography rather than comprehensive progressive theory.

Country clubs and churches represent socially cohesive wealth movements capable of self government. Indeed, many business owners currently depend on those cohorts for survival.

Most cities have already devolved to self government by and for these socially cohesive wealth movements.

The oligarchy controls both political parties, but is incapable of governing.  It remains to be seen if Steve Bannon can capitalize on the vacuum to duplicate the Trump candidacy in congressional races.  The PTB were surprised by that victory because they believed their own bullshit.  That isn’t likely to continue.

Currently, the Koch brothers’ ALEC-driven Libertarian network of orgs towers above anything on the Left, especially as the media is discredited with fake news.  If Bannon can link his Nationalist effort to Trump’s popularity, perhaps election victories are possible.  But the oligarchs will move heaven and earth to stop him, as they are doing to Trump.

As in North Carolina, it remains to be seen if anyone can stop the Koch juggernaut.  Until then, prepare for more neoliberal privatization of public assets and fascist austerity.

Barcelona has taught us one very important lesson: if revolution occurs, it will come from local oligarchs and not the increasingly marginalized poor, whose inverted totalitarianism turns every hovel into a gulag of alcohol and opiate-fueled destruction.

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Trump’s Mindless Nihilism

From Andrew Sullivan:

He can’t abolish Obamacare because huge majorities prefer it to any Republican alternative, so he is sabotaging it. He hasn’t built a huge wall across the entire southern border because it’s a ludicrous project that cannot solve the problem it was designed for. Ditto ripping NAFTA to shreds, which would cause immense disruption to three countries’ economies and ricochet around the world. Or attempting to ally with Russia against the E.U., as if Merkel was worse a threat than Putin. Or removing NBC’s license, which it doesn’t actually have, for political reasons. Or deporting 11 million people. Or pretending that climate change is not happening. Or a massive tax cut on the wealthy, and arguing, as Trump did Wednesday night, that it would create surpluses as Reagan’s did, which, of course, Reagan’s didn’t.

From John Nichols:

The president accused Tehran of stirring “chaos” in the Middle East and beyond. He labeled the Iranian government as “fanatical regime” and accused it of spreading “death, destruction and chaos around the globe.”

Last year, when Trump appeared as a GOP front runner, I salved my virulent opposition to Hillary and the GOP establishment in the comments at Zero Hedge and Naked Capitalism, where support for Trump was strong.

That is no longer the case.  Trump is now the object of open derision for caving to the Zionist neocon warmongers, in addition to the constant display of his psychotic stream of consciousness, usually at variance with officially stated policy.

This is where we find ourselves: in the clutches of not so much a madman, but a woefully uninformed and uninterested malignant narcissist.  His adolescent insistence on surrounding himself with generals means that domestic considerations take a back seat to imperialism.

As Old Glory grows ever more faded, these military whackjobs wield weapons which are either ancient or designed by lobbyists.  In either case, they are no match for Russian and Chinese efforts in response to generations of nuclear threat from the USA.

Hell, thanks to McChrystal, Patreaus and McMaster, and their focus on special forces and counterinsurgency, we can’t even fight a conventional battle.  They’re currently deployed illegally in Syria in support of terrorists against hardened Syrians and Iranians with the support of Russia, which provides air superiority with advanced electronic countermeasures and anti-ballistic missiles.

Meanwhile North Korea is incapable of developing and deploying an ICBM reentry vehicle capable of withstanding 7000C degrees and 50Gs deceleration.  We flew five B1-B Lancers over the ROK last week, while the remaining ten are probably being scrapped for parts.  But war games off the coast commence next week.

China and Russia are no doubt bemused.  We haven’t tested a nuclear warhead since 1962.  We now rely on Russia for rockets and probably don’t have the ability to deploy an ICBM reentry vehicle either.

There was a story on RT today about the US developing a global capability with conventional weapons.  Apparently, if you drop anything from 100 miles up, it strikes the earth with nuclear force.  Maybe the Russians will sell us the rockets to threaten it.

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Deep State Steve

I’ve been hanging out at 0HOUR1 on Twitter since the shooting, just like I did after Charlottesville.  It looks like the greatest US domestic terrorism acts may have been perpetrated by men who had Filipino mail order brides… or met them in a casino. You pick.

Regardless, this is not Islam, but something much worse: a global network of enterprising Filipino women.   Personally, I’m relieved that my overlord uses prostitution to exercise control.  Actually I thought it would be a cadre of Carolina cheerleaders, but who cares, it’s better than boring ISIS.

My early take was #BadCountryMusicKills but I followed 0HOUR1 into the Philippine jungle looking for ISIS and only found more women.

Trust me, this guy ain’t got no friends.  He drove all over, buying weapons, ammo and explosives for an attack on the airport as a diversion, but couldn’t pull it off.

He had a handful of WiFi cameras, which may have filmed the event and was captured by ISIS, but probably not, as… well, you understand.

But the Filipino ladies are probably blackmailing Trump with the video as we speak.

Whatever Steve was up to, he had a lot of fun.

I contend they will find an excellent collection of old country western records.

Like a farmer with two tractors, a guy who runs drugs and guns needs a plane he can depend on.

Anybody who paid to see Jason Aldean deserves what they got.

‘s next hit will be about how he took a bullet for a fat chick in shorts and boots.

Is next?

If a victim receives Pence’s blood, will they go batshit crazy, too?

The note said: “I really hate Jason Aldean and fat chicks in shorts.”

Does he get to hang out with Filipino men after he becomes a Moooooslim?

In what alternative universe would Trump believe the FBI/CIA/NSA/DEA?

He waited until Jason Fucking Aldean came on.

This attack is also a wry comment on the bastardization of country music appealing to patriotism, tribalism and war.

He’d never shoot up a concert.

Nobody ever got shot at a concert.

Excuse me, could I get some help carrying these rifles and ammo?

His Sirius Radio was tuned to Outlaw Country.

Who knew you could cause so much carnage with a couple of hi mag AR-15s?

It’s actually embarrassing.  Obviously a lone wolf effort.

ISIS would’ve at least used a C-130 gunship to bracket the target with 20mm Vulcan rotary cannons.

If Steve had opened a bingo hall like his dad, there’s no telling what mischief he might have gotten into.

As it was, he got rich, helped his brother retire and sent his mother presents.

He wasn’t radicalised, had an escape plan, but didn’t make it.


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All your base are belong to us

From Matt Taibbi:

Russian Internet trolls are trying to gin up even more controversy over NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem, a senator said Wednesday – warning that the United States should expect such divisive efforts to escalate in the next election…”

The Post cited Oklahoma Senator James Lankford, a toothy, humorless, young Republican who looks like an escapee from a teen zombie movie. Lankford shocked the world this week by revealing that “Russian Internet trolls” were stoking the NFL kneeling debate…

Senator Lankford initially didn’t offer any specifics backing up his claim. Later, however, a spokesperson for the Senator’s office directed reporters to the work of “a Russian Twitter account calling itself ‘Boston Antifa’ that gives its geolocation as Vladivostok, Russia.”..

In short, two young people goofing on the Internet.

From Moon of Alabama:

Everyone should be concerned when the Washington Post, Reuters and CNN all try to tie Black Lives Matters to “Russian influence”. “The Russians”, you know, bought ads promoting and disparaging that group:

“The ads reportedly centered around racial, political, and economic rifts in the U.S., with some promoting groups like Black Lives Matter and others describing the groups as a threat.”

Again – “the Russians” are taking both sides. What a wicked concept…

Looking from the outside the U.S. media have simply gone nuts.

From les7 in the comments:

After the narrative has been tentatively established it needs to be reinforced. This cannot be done immediately. Too much emphasis leads to suspicion and a kind of media ‘weariness’, it desensitizes the masses. This is why there was and will be a media pause between instalments – and yes I believe that this narrative (like the sanctions) are here to stay.

The best reinforcement is episodic and random. Initially not more than 6 months apart, and in the longer term never more than a year apart. The reinforcement itself is an intense focus on relatively insignificant things that echo the larger narrative, a focus that seeks to create a ‘meme’ reflective of one the larger themes in the newly created narrative. The most successful memes become the emotional locus around which society can be mobilized for future acts of aggression.

From Politico:

Russia might not have hacked American voting machines, but by selectively amplifying targeted disinformation and misinformation on social media—sometimes using materials acquired by hacking—and forging de facto information alliances with certain groups in the United States, it arguably won a significant battle without most Americans realizing it ever took place. The U.S. electoral system is the heart of the world’s most powerful democracy, and now—thanks to Russian actions—we’re locked in a national argument over its legitimacy. We’re at war with ourselves, and the enemy never fired a physical shot.

From the Guardian:

If the Blacktivist account is linked to Moscow, it will lend further credence to the findings of US intelligence officials that Russia was involved in influencing US politics.

From William Blum:

The anti-Russian/anti-Soviet bias in the American media appears to have no limit. You would think that they would have enough self-awareness and enough journalistic integrity -– just enough -– to be concerned about their image. But it keeps on coming, piled higher and deeper.

One of the latest cases in point is a review of a new biography of Mikhail Gorbachev in the New York Times Book Review (September 10). The review says that Gorbachev “was no hero to his own people” because he was “the destroyer of their empire.”

This is how the New York Times avoids having to say anything positive about life in the Soviet Union or about socialism. They would have readers believe that it was the loss of the likes of Czechoslovakia or Hungary et al. that upset the Russian people, not the loss, under Gorbachev’s perestroika, of a decent standard of living for all, a loss affecting people’s rent, employment, vacations, medical care, education, and many other aspects of the Soviet welfare state…

George Orwell comes to mind: “We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.”


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