The end

On Wednesday domestic terrorists laid siege to, penetrated and overtook the US capital. People died. Cops all over the place. Anarchy reigned. The last time Washington was assaulted was in 1814. And we did it.

Well, in the midst of this attempted coup of the American government, the stock market gained 400 points. Overnight it tacked on a bunch more. When it opened this morning, more surge.

Now, some people wonder… how? Are the money dudes on Wall Street completely tone deaf to the fact thousands of citizens stormed Congress and tried to overthrow it? How could this not have caused a market crash of Biblical proportions? And what the heck happens next? The guy who caused the mob is still in power, after all.

Here are some facts, and reasons investors watched the mob swarm over the seat of democracy and did not rush to cash. Instead they hit the big Buy button.

First, it’s over. The Trump era. He is a spent, discredited, disgraced, pathetic, divisive, destructive and now completely inconsequential force. Says my buddy Ed Pennock…

Yesterday’s events will have obliterated the brand value of “Trump”. No one will pay for the pleasure of using the name. That well has been poisoned. We read with interest that shareholders are starting to warn managements of making financial contributions to other Insurrectionist Republicans. What management will defy those wishes? Who will want to submit a proposal to hold their next AGM at Mar A Lago? There’s more than enough anger to go round.

After the bloody coup attempt, nobody who matters cares about the 45th president. He has no legacy. He cannot run in 2024. Ivanka, either. The millions who voted for him will dwindle, stray off, be repulsed or spend the next few years yelling at each other and the wall on Parler. Their influence on the economy or anything of consequence: zero.

Second, Trump has done a fine job of destroying a great political party. Republicans have been ripped apart after mindlessly serving a despot and mentally defective thug for the past four years. Shame on them. Now they need to retreat, regroup, refocus and try to restore trust. It will take time, during which Democrats will run free with their agenda.

Third, this week everything has changed. Trump lost the House, the White House and now the Senate. His phone call last weekend to Georgia officials, telling them to rig the vote count in his favour, helped seal the deal. Georgia voters on Tuesday sent two Dems to the Senate – an historic moment – and now the blues are in charge.

Fourth, this means Biden (affirmed last night after the attempted rebellion) can (a) goose vaxing and get the virus more under control – a pre-requisite to re-opening the economy, (b) pass a new stimulus package including healthy relief cheques to citizens and (c) govern in a fashion more predictable, consistent and efficient than that experienced in the last four years. Yes, corporate taxes may go up but no longer will there be policy announcements, out of the blue, in a midnight tweet WRITTEN IN CAPS!!

What has this meant?

Bond yields have spiked with the 10-year Treasury rate coursing through 1%, and expected to hit 1.25%. That is huge. It might bulge much more, on the expectation of romping GDP growth of as much as 6%. Or more. The third and fourth quarters of 2021 could be a rush.

The Dow and the S&P are in record territory as a result. So is Bay Street. Real estate is smoking in both the US and Canada (GTA sales up 65%, Van sales up 54%). Car sales are exploding. Check out the price of a two-by-four or a hunk of G1S plywood. This is raw inflation. The Biden presidency – at least in the first year or two – will be all about spending, stimulus, infrastructure and virus defeat. There may be a large amount of upside to the markets, along with the certainty of swelling consumer prices and rising interest rates a lot sooner than most people expected.

So this is why.

The cancer has been removed. Carved out in a few hours on January the 6th. The body survived it.

So in the midst of this tough winter of disease, lockdowns, quarantines, isolation, cold, conspiracy and now rebellion, recovery looks certain. We have the meds. We have the political will. We’ve had a catharsis. And we’re all so damn sick of drama.

Maybe we can even make a few things great again.

286 comments ↓

#1 Inequity on 01.07.21 at 1:44 pm

I hope the US takes a firmer position with domestic terrorism than their neighbors to the north have over the last 50 years.

#2 Doug t on 01.07.21 at 1:46 pm

As far as “drama” goes I do believe the Dems own that title FULL TILT lol – the enterstainment down south will just take on a different pitch – say hello to the new boss, same as the old boss

#3 Cheese on 01.07.21 at 1:48 pm

I have made more gains on my portfolio in the past 48 hours, than the previous four years. It feels good to be out from under n the doom cloud for at least a few days.

Unfortunately it is encouraging me to make riskier decisions with my investments.

#4 Pete Tanner on 01.07.21 at 1:48 pm

The US will be now a socialist basktcase for 2 maybe 4 years now. When the stated US debt now 26 trillion reaches 60 to 75 trillion by 2025 not including all unfunded liabilities then we will what people will say.

When the economy is in economic spiral of going down with mass unemployment, high cost of living, high inflation, money worth nothing, massive food and other necessities not getting shipped to most of the population, real mass unrest what we have seen the last 12 months is nothing etc. etc.

Canada is going to be screwed big time too so enjoy your cup of delusion now. I don’t care what you call me but don’t blame me the messenger as reality bites and it is going to be a rude awakening for alot of people. This is why I stopped working 8 years ago and just live off my meager annual CPP, OAS, savings until I leave and be in peace from this world that is so rigged.

#5 Bill on 01.07.21 at 1:50 pm

And what happened last time around? Sorry its all the same Sh*t. Their all the same, more hungry for power rather then to serve.
Garth you make it sound like its going to be happily ever after?! Far from it.
Now they can get back to diminishing your freedoms, rights and removing guns. No? Just go back 30 years…..
The upheaval started waaaaay before Trump.

#6 Pandemic my derriere blaze in French on 01.07.21 at 1:57 pm

So the virus was really just a Chinese plot to remove Trump and put a Chinese puppet in the White House…to further destroy America

As for the 50% of Americans who still follow Trump, u are dreaming as usual

#7 faron on 01.07.21 at 1:58 pm

great post Garth. watching renewable etfs has been stunning. strong yuan and a new surge in commodities will/are pushing inflation too. plus, all the covid protocols are nudging prices and preparing consumers for increases. 3% inflation before 2h22. then overnight rate hikes.

#8 faron on 01.07.21 at 2:07 pm

also, banks like these rate bumps. zeb and xlf all crushing on the blue wave.

#9 Sara on 01.07.21 at 2:12 pm

So if interest rates will be rising sooner than many expected, I presume we will see the Canadian housing market losing steam as well.

#10 Apocalypse NOW on 01.07.21 at 2:12 pm

The end

………. is nigh.

PREPARE

#11 OK, Doomer on 01.07.21 at 2:12 pm

Well… that was quick. Facebook and Instagram have banned Trump indefinitely, Twitter has banned him for 12 hours, the Democrats want to pass resolutions to impeach him, remove him, and ban him from running in 2024. And American Airlines wants to ban Trump supporters from the “Freedom of Flying”.

All that stuff I said yesterday about hoping the U.S. would rise above petty politics and would not move into political retribution? Never mind. It’s here.

Very disappointing.

#12 KNOW IT ALL on 01.07.21 at 2:13 pm

BOUT RIGHT

“Canada must feel like they live in an apartment above a meth lab.”

We are!

#13 The West on 01.07.21 at 2:15 pm

Trump makes a convenient scapegoat – I’ll give you that. He is an idiot and has ruined his family’s crest among the American hegemony but, this isn’t over. In fact, this will be remembered as the most peaceful attempt “The People” made to wrest control of their political machine away from those guys who print money and sell the debt to them.

This is far from over – and now “The People” have a rallying cry. Trump made an excellent scapegoat for public consumption but, again, we are just detracting from the real issues. Wall Street continues to suck Main Street dry. China has been allowed to steal freedumb (so that the Anglo American Establishment can build a plutocracy on top of “The People”) and Biden ushers in all of Bush/Obomba’s war hawks in the smoke of current events.

Distractions, distractions, distractions….

How many BLM rioters died when they were trashing the small business enterprises over there in the Twin Cities again? Not to take away from the disgrace yesterday but, goodness, let the cries of injustice ring out! Poor athletes and entertainers, so sick of all of this from their mansions and private islands…imagine the inhumanity.

Hopelessly divided, hopelessly outnumbered and now sold out by our own leadership. It’s bad here in Canada too. Keep them locked down – that new strain is “dangerous” :)

The western world is burning down. Biden, the Dems, ain’t gonna save nuthin’.

“Hope and Change”
“Yes, we can.”

Yes, the establishment, sure can.

#14 Brian Ripley on 01.07.21 at 2:18 pm

My Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto SF Detached Housing Momentum chart is up:
http://www.chpc.biz/housing-price-momentum.html

Physical single family detached price momentum remained aloft on the Covid 19 rally but cash buyers represented by the TSX Real Estate Index plot have a hedging ability and can react in real time and they continued coiling about the “extreme fear” level of 20% below the flat line.

Single Family Detached Houses and the TSX Real Estate Index have increased in price over ​the last 10 years (Dec/Dec) by:​

121% in Vancouver
21% in Calgary
123% in Toronto
56% in TSX Real Estate Index

If nominal bond yields and CPI continue creeping up, real returns will continue to crumble. That will not support physical real estate values. But will that tame the animal spirits of the FOMO 2.0 crowd?

#15 On the train on 01.07.21 at 2:18 pm

Thanks for the blog Garth
I am on the train!
I thought that January would be a steam train, wow a bullet train.

Does anyone have similar observations, called my stock broker and was told TFSA deposits are so backlog it may be a week. Very interesting!
Anyone else?
Anyway I bought on Monday as my deposit will be backdated. Glad I did, even with an appointment my broker was overwhelmed. No wonder the market went up.

I think 2021 will still be a rough beginning until the virus is under control. But after that!
Did anyone see any charts on inventory? It’s the lowest ever. So my advice get off the train and get on an airplane
Pent up demand is an understatement.

Totally amazed at yesterday. No wonder governments are afraid of mobs. All because the president said March.
Hope everyone has a great day.

#16 SW on 01.07.21 at 2:20 pm

fyi, it’s G1S, as in “good one side” – a bit like the economy.

I knew that! – Garth

#17 ted on 01.07.21 at 2:23 pm

“The last time Washington was assaulted was in 1814. And we did it.” Lol

The white house was stormed on May 30th 2020 and Trump fled to a bunker.

A bit dramatic I think. Out of control protests are now the norm.

#18 Mr Happy on 01.07.21 at 2:25 pm

Don’t care who is in the White House. Never did. The Clown just made it entertaining.

Now just show me the money!!

#19 Doug t on 01.07.21 at 2:31 pm

LoL – and “world leaders” around the globe DENOUNCE the attack on congress – well DUH of course they do, they all want to keep the sheep in their stables and not threaten their power and control over the masses –

#20 lol on 01.07.21 at 2:32 pm

lol – it ain’t over til the fat lady sings, Garth. You know that! Two more weeks! Two more weeks!

MAGA protestors should have directed their anger towards small businesses instead of the gov’t. Maybe they’ll get it right in the next couple weeks.

#21 Faron on 01.07.21 at 2:40 pm

Now that I think you all have had the last word about me. Here’s your chance to realize The Jaguar‘s dream. A poll. This is not a troll nor will you be confronted with anything distasteful aside from a fart joke.

Fill it out. You can pick more than one. It’s possible to IP spoof this and vote multiple times, but i will be running the results through the Ted Cruz voter fraud prevention software suite, so best not try your luck.

I’ll check on it tomorrow and if the results are not in my favour, I’ll leave this site until the robins begin chirping in the trees. Oh, wait, this is Vic, they already are…

3 months. I’ll be gone for 3 months if there are more “go” than “stay” selected as of 5PM PST. equal, I’ll go until Feb. More “stay” than “go”, tough tacos.

xoyondo.com/ap/CDB2rKHB7IGoM8Q

Have fun and toodles! The first voter will see that I’ve already chosen three of the four options.

#22 Dina Polard on 01.07.21 at 2:40 pm

Mr Happy, now lets show you the worthless money used for paper to wallpaper over everything.

The money will be worthless with a 50,000 Dow. It is always worth less than before. Even electronic money will be worth even much less too.

#23 Unhinged Trader on 01.07.21 at 2:40 pm

Seeing those senators and congressmen cowering in their benches was one of the best things I’ve ever witnessed, and re-invigorated my belief in the American people who have not lost their spirit since the founding period. The same spirit made this the most successful country in history.

Washington’s creatures were officially WARNED by American patriots.

Just when I thought America was finished…

#24 Not so happy prairie guy on 01.07.21 at 2:43 pm

Garth you’ve outdone yourself in vitriol for a politician who fought against the Deep State infesting America for the last four years who constantly put down the duly elected president.

Yes the actions at Congress yesterday were terrible but it was only the president’s followers who were so upset with the Democrats, many Republicans, and the MSM totally ignoring the gross fraud which took place on Nov. 3 and repeated Tuesday. How is it ever possible for vote counts for a particular candidate to decrease when more more votes are counted which a number of videos taken of TV screens show as happening Tuesday night?

The USA is at a breaking point and I feel for our family who live there.

It’s great to see markets going up but don’t forget they also went up when the current president won despite all indications they would drop.

So you get QAnon out there in the flatlands, I guess? – Garth

#25 Classical Liberal Millennial on 01.07.21 at 2:46 pm

Excellent post, good sir. Hopefully this was the death of the MAGA cult. Better days are ahead.

#26 Alberta Ed on 01.07.21 at 2:50 pm

We’re still stuck with Mr. Socks, though.

#27 GeorgeWashington on 01.07.21 at 2:51 pm

If you think it’s over you’re dreaming.

It’s been shown that the establishment won’t budge so the only solution is revolution.

Why don’t you use the same screen names as when you come here as an anti-masker and anti-vaxer? Then we could ignore you faster. – Garth

#28 IHCTD9 on 01.07.21 at 2:53 pm

Check out the price of a two-by-four or a hunk of G1S plywood. This is raw inflation.
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I shudder to think. Here at work we buy this 7/16″ cheap waferboard to use on a machine, it is a consumable, and gets destroyed as a matter of course, then gets heaved in pieces.

Last year 6.99/sheet. Right now – 29.99/sheet!

#29 Mattl on 01.07.21 at 2:57 pm

The millions who voted for him will dwindle, stray off, be repulsed or spend the next few years yelling at each other and the wall on Parler. Their influence on the economy or anything of consequence: zero.

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While I hope this is true it seems like fantasy to me. We are talking about 74MM voters that checked the Trump box.

He will stand up a media platform to reach these folks the day after he leaves office. Who cares if anyone books Mar Lago when you have 20-40MM subscribers to your news channel @ 10 bucks a month.

He is going to be a major force in politics until he is in the ground. Count on it.

#30 TurnerNation on 01.07.21 at 2:58 pm

It’s always amazing USA spends more on military than all other First world countries, combined.
Yet yesterday as on Sept 11 the country appeared helpless and undefended. Not a finger lifted in defense.

Of course Sept 11 brought, against her citizens, the never ending Patriot Act- with its unlimited powers for search and detention. I wonder what this time will bring.

….
As always Watch your food supply. We know the global elites want us eating their global corp’s FAKE meat.
Lab synthesized gunk.
Yep CV helped that goal. Of course. Build back better right?

CV crisis has three goals: control over our Feeding, Breeding and Movements/travel.

“https://www.tvo.org/article/a-crisis-of-capacity-ontario-faces-slaughterhouse-scarcity-during-covid-19
‘A crisis of capacity’: Ontario faces slaughterhouse scarcity during COVID-19
Abattoirs have been shutting down across the province — now the pandemic is putting pressure on an already strained system
By Marsha McLeod – Published on Jan 06, 202”

#31 Sail Away on 01.07.21 at 3:01 pm

#21 Faron on 01.07.21 at 2:40 pm

Re: poll

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Faron, I’m not going to take the poll, but my vote is you stay. We’re blog family, bro. We might not agree much, but I guarantee we could work together.

Jag: I like you, but don’t agree with you on this. And your personal attack on F yesterday was a little over the top.

#32 WorldOfLies on 01.07.21 at 3:01 pm

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#33 Tron Light on 01.07.21 at 3:02 pm

Yeah, a real coup attempt…not!

“People died.” Yes, four people. One unarmed protester (a woman), a retired veteran shot in the neck by police, a man who died of a heart attack after apparently tasing himself and two others from unspecified medical emergencies.

Meanwhile we’re lead to believe this “coup attempt” was parallel to 9/11 and Pearl Harbor (Sen. Chuck Schumer)!

You seem disappointed only four lives were lost. Just as you have diminished all the Covid deaths. What a piece of work you are. – Garth

#34 crazed and a little confused on 01.07.21 at 3:03 pm

Honestly i’m a little sad. forget fiscal policy or any form of financial accountability. investors will pump up the stock market and driveit up …knowing the govt will bail them out .

i have no doubt the tech market will correct 10- 20 % . i’ve been through 3 of them in the last 7 years and i bought and sold Apple 2x . i still remember the 1 st one very clear. i think it was when tim cook took over . the stock dropped from $127 to about $96 in a week . i kept it when i bought it at $114..

im still sad though. A lot of people will suffer when the US Debt reached $ 56 trillion in 10 years and CAN will be $2 trillion. imagine how much food, insurance etc will cost. a number a people are struggling now…you see the food banks??

#35 Erin Jashu on 01.07.21 at 3:03 pm

When will we see the end of the communist, socialist, marxist cult. Too many thieves in society and that is the real cancer.

#36 Unhinged Trader on 01.07.21 at 3:06 pm

If I can add one more comment to my above post:

One other excellent side-effect of this theatre has been to expose that the Republicans are a fraudulent status quo party, not in opposition to the Democrat-State Security-Mass Media tripartite Oligarchy; they are in fact one and the same, the MONOPARTY.

The contrived cultural squabbles about abortions and guns are just cleverly engineered sophistry.

#37 Eric Giesbrecht on 01.07.21 at 3:06 pm

You are so, so right: this blog is pathetic. But I will make sure to come back once in a while to check out what the opposite of reality really is. This perspective you shared is pretty much an inverse mirror image of what is; seems like a perfect epitaph for your work here.

You were once a contrarian, Garth, or perhaps it was simply in so far as real estate was concerned. Godspeed, good sir. You have a year of surprises to look forward to and complain about.

#38 jess on 01.07.21 at 3:13 pm

so herostratus goes out and wants notoriety?

https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/administration/cabinet

15 members + the VP =16 cabinet
how many are needed for amendment 25th to remove ? How many have resigned so far? out of the 15 all that is needed is a majority 8 of them .
If Pence says yes ,he is the acting president immediately. 8 vote him out today. Immediately Trump has no power. Trump’s option is that he has four days to appeal. But within 4 days the majority then voted again and if it is sustained on appeal it continues on for a period of 21days. Within that 21 days ,2/3congress
in both houses must approve .It would take him out of power for 21 days and( his finger off the button and from signing anything he is powerless.)
===========================
a majority of the fortune 500 condemned the event say he should be removed from office:

so how to save face: pence looks good to the base he will say forgiveness looks forward /revenge looks back
as VP Pence not wanting to be the fall guy could go for the 25 amendment have him removed so he can become president and then pardon trump. although, trump would have to resign.

#39 mark on 01.07.21 at 3:14 pm

Japans stock market tumbled from its peak, decades ago and has still not climbed back up it has went sideways, and all we can say is all time high markets are going higher, great money management/risk control, good luck with that.

#40 Stoph on 01.07.21 at 3:16 pm

#243 Michael in-north-york on 01.07.21 at 1:58 pm

Yup. Obviously, Trump is not a useful solution to any problem.

But, he is a very telling symptom.

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Yes, just like this blog’s comment section.

#41 Dolce Vita on 01.07.21 at 3:18 pm

This AM from Il Manifesto, headline in English:

https://i.imgur.com/IIEwwLE.png

Yours the same Garth.

I take that as a good omen.

#42 Amok on 01.07.21 at 3:21 pm

#4 Pete Tanner

Socialist basket case?
Didn’t Obama hand over power (peacefully I might add) with a booming economy?
What is the fact on that? I’m interested in your take.

#43 Rajesh Shattaja on 01.07.21 at 3:21 pm

crazed and little confused, you mean UBI, guaranteed annual income, social programs, CERB, EI, welfare, WSIB, GIS and many other provincial, territorial social programs, socialism, communism, marxism etc. does not work. It actually makes things much worse.

Why are you confused at all? Canada is going to be screwed more too with Liberals, NDP etc. doing what they want. We will not get there in 10 years. It is more like 3 to 4 years at most. It is done.

#44 the jaguar on 01.07.21 at 3:26 pm

@ sail away. It might have been a little over the top, but it will come to pass.
Tell you what, I will go instead. I can still enjoy Garth’s blog and abstain commenting. No hardship for me and eliminates a target. My exit will lighten the discourse.

#45 Michael Guy on 01.07.21 at 3:28 pm

Very bullish Garth! I agree. All we need to do now is get rid of the Ford and Kenney so-called governments and things will really be looking up.

#46 Ben Smith on 01.07.21 at 3:28 pm

Boring and predictable will be absolutely amazing for my portfolio. I couldn’t wait.

#47 jal on 01.07.21 at 3:33 pm

” the Democrats want to pass resolutions to impeach him, remove him, and ban him from running in 2024.”
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Hummm
That would mean, “lock him up”
Hummm
If Nancy does that then that will be the motivator for 70 million voters. Civil war would not be too far behind.
Hummm
A smarted move would be to let MSM forget to report on Trump’s golfing score.

#48 Captain Uppa on 01.07.21 at 3:33 pm

I felt really sad seeing that protester get stretchered out, covered in blood and lifeless.

That image hit me hard.

I don’t know her, never met her, and I totally disagree with her politics and what she did yesterday; but I was heartbroken for her and her family.

How did she get mixed up in all this? Social media? QAnon?

We need to stop fighting with each other and start listening. Peacefully.

While I am filled with joy that Trump is gone, he’s not the root cause of this divisiveness, though he surely used it.

I hope we make society great again.

#49 SunShowers on 01.07.21 at 3:35 pm

“The millions who voted for him will dwindle, stray off, be repulsed or spend the next few years yelling at each other and the wall on Parler.”

I think that’s a bit optimistic.

There’s no getting this ugly toothpaste back in the tube. These people are going to keep yelling on Parler, yes. But the unhinged QAnon mess won’t stop, they’ll keep spouting off more and more insane conspiracy theories, which will be uncritically reported by “alternative news” sources like OANN, and shared on complicit social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter resulting in an ever-intensifying feedback loop of nonsense.

74 million people voted for Trump in 2020. This is AFTER the first 4 years and everyone knew how unstable he was. 74 million people don’t just fade away. Sure, you can (metaphorically) lock them in a room where they’re (relatively) harmless to themselves and others and forget about them. But these people are already whacked in the head, imagine the level of crazy we’ll have to deal with after they’ve been locked in an enclosed space huffing their own farts for 4 years.

Something big has to change, or else there’s going to be another wannabe dictator in our future, and I think they’re going to be worse than Trump. Worse not necessarily because they’re more authoritarian, but because they’re immensely less stupid.

#50 Dolce Vita on 01.07.21 at 3:36 pm

Again you write from the heart Garth and are inspirational even when you’re dishing Trump then who hasn’t in the past day.

Covid-19 needs to be vanquished with herd immunity. As of today even the wealthy nations are WAY BEHIND vaccinating their people.

There will be hope, economies expanding like gangbusters when people see the back of Covid-19 and know they are immune. That has to happen before all you predict, and I agree, comes to pass.

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Retired General Rick Hillier got it right last night when he said APPROVE AstraZeneca (Canada has ordered 20M doses). It can be stored in a cooler with some ice and the proverbial Nurse can go around and vax anyone in sight and quickly so.

No need for cryo, deep freezers and handling precautions.

Novavax (Canada has ordered 52M doses) is also a cooler with ice storage vaccine as AstraZeneca but results will not be known until March and then there are approvals, etc.

J&J end of January results (Canada has ordered 10M doses) and then approvals, etc.

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The good General is correct and I believe the only hope for Canada (and other countries) to get back on track with vaccinations – AstraZeneca approval now before it is too late as in 2022.

#51 NoName on 01.07.21 at 3:37 pm

#28 IHCTD9 on 01.07.21 at 2:53 pm
Check out the price of a two-by-four or a hunk of G1S plywood. This is raw inflation.
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I shudder to think. Here at work we buy this 7/16″ cheap waferboard to use on a machine, it is a consumable, and gets destroyed as a matter of course, then gets heaved in pieces.

Last year 6.99/sheet. Right now – 29.99/sheet!

Go on YouTube and serch for uneducated economist, he is bit over the top on other stuf, but he is alway dead on on lumber and mdf particle board.

#52 crazed and a little confused on 01.07.21 at 3:37 pm

43 # rajesh
thank you for reading my post. the confused is part of my user name
but it does represent my mindset. i am financially responsible as most on this blog and i think a avid investor . but i also see a few parties of people who are in huge debt and all they need is a few % rates up ie 2% and its going to be bad. if the mortgage is 1.79 and it goes to 3.25 % they will need to refinance or there goes their RRSP something like that.

judging from your response you have a more darker picture than i do . however i glad someone shares my belief :).
Sometimes i think i’m the only one or i’m a alien on another planet

#53 Alponse on 01.07.21 at 3:38 pm

If you think the end of Trump means that Trump supporters are going back to milquetoast cuckservatism, you are in for a rude awakening.

You could have had the decency to mention the name of the poor woman who was shot in the back by a cowardly cop yesterday (blood was spilled indeed, but not by the so-called domestic terrorist).

#54 Ustabe on 01.07.21 at 3:40 pm

@ #21 Faron on 01.07.21 at 2:40 pm

regarding your poll: it needs to have some names added.
The challenge was a Survivor type test. That would mean both you and Jaguar should be up there. At the least.

I’m running both my smokers right now…one contains a couple of brisket points that I spent the past couple of weeks making into pastrami and the other has two beef cheeks going for barbacoa tacos tonight. So I stand, beer in hand, watching the smoke, checking the temps, thinking.

I’m thinking I really should wrap myself in some chiffon so SA’s homoerotic thoughts about me can be further fulfilled.

So add him to the poll as well, OK?

#55 Yukon Elvis on 01.07.21 at 3:40 pm

#44 the jaguar on 01.07.21 at 3:26 pm

@ sail away. It might have been a little over the top, but it will come to pass.
Tell you what, I will go instead. I can still enjoy Garth’s blog and abstain commenting. No hardship for me and eliminates a target. My exit will lighten the discourse.
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Stick around. Your posts are always interesting and funny.

#56 joe on 01.07.21 at 3:46 pm

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#57 Hilarious on 01.07.21 at 3:48 pm

The pissant billionaire globalists can fund Antifa for years to burn down cities and have their media lie about it. They achieve nothing. Can’t even capture the police precinct.

Give the grass roots right one day and they take the capitol.

#58 Blog Bunny on 01.07.21 at 3:48 pm

Why you never mentioned domestic terrorists when ANTIFA and BLM were burning cities and destroying property? The violence has been going on for months ant not a peep from those who want us to be brainwashed.

#59 Guelph Guru on 01.07.21 at 3:50 pm

The end of the Trump era is a welcome relief. A lot of his actions were pro business but the hate and uncertainty that accompanied was counter productive.
Hoping that Biden does nothing and let the market heal itself using the liquidity provided by the Fed.
Get ready for inflation and higher rates. Hope my salary keeps up.

#60 Dougie on 01.07.21 at 4:00 pm

I heard a good comment recently: “Trump’s supporters all seem to be the progeny of marriage between first cousins”.

It seems to me that a bunch of them have been posting on this blog today.

My New Year’s resolution: Don’t read Greater Fool comments section any more.

#61 Tron Light on 01.07.21 at 4:08 pm

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#62 Adele on 01.07.21 at 4:08 pm

Garth, I think that you missed the Delete button on post #32. Definitely sounds like an anti-Semitic dog whistle.

Now deleted. Thank you. The swill today is overwhelming. – Garth

#63 Sail Away on 01.07.21 at 4:09 pm

#44 the jaguar on 01.07.21 at 3:26 pm

@ sail away. It might have been a little over the top, but it will come to pass.

Tell you what, I will go instead. I can still enjoy Garth’s blog and abstain commenting. No hardship for me and eliminates a target. My exit will lighten the discourse.

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Terrible idea! Stop the self-immolation. We all have many sides and some things trigger (should I say that?) a strong response.

That’s life and that’s the way it should be… but…

Internet argument fosters one-dimensionality, so it makes it way too easy to create angels and demons. In reality, people are just people. With consciences. Our conscience makes us feel bad about saying things that may have come out too strong in the heat of the moment. It happens. No need to self-destruct.

In person, we would all get along.

#64 Linda on 01.07.21 at 4:10 pm

Mr. Turner, I do hope you are correct & the drama is done. Unfortunately Trump is still POTUS until January 20th. So still time to do yet more damage, unless Congress finally decides to vote for impeachment & ban Trump from ever again holding public office. Because if they don’t, guess who will be back come 2024?

Markets are indeed shooting upwards. I take it we can expect mortgage rates to shoot higher in short order, along with inflation. Now all we need do is get that pesky virus under control & get people back to work. Here is hoping that happens soon!

#65 Faron on 01.07.21 at 4:11 pm

#54 Ustabe —

Ha, you paint quite a picture. You had me until the chiffon. Maybe aim for the get-up that the Q-anon shaman was wearing in yesterday’s events?

I’d expand the list, but I don’t believe in silencing people. I do believe in leaving a party when I’ve overstayed my welcome no matter how “right” I am.

I will, and many times have, ascend from a murmer to a grumble to a yell at several posters’ ideas and then, when pissed, resort to jabs, personal or otherwise. But I do not recall having ever asked to ban anyone. I could be wrong there. I have straight told people to shut up, but not ban. It’s Garth’s private space to ban people and my own choice to offer to stay or go.

Enjoy the hard-won smoked meats. We have some slow cooker short ribs going today. Perfect cure for the grey days.

#66 Sail Away on 01.07.21 at 4:12 pm

#54 Ustabe on 01.07.21 at 3:40 pm

I’m thinking I really should wrap myself in some chiffon so SA’s homoerotic thoughts about me can be further fulfilled.

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My apologies. I was out of line with that, and actually agree with your sentiment about banning.

#67 Burnaby Boy on 01.07.21 at 4:12 pm

#14 Brian Ripley
In Burnaby, near Metrotown, awaiting development my neighbour’s house assesment just dropped from $3 m to $2 million. I rent but if I’m here at the end I’ll post what I know.

#68 binky barnes on 01.07.21 at 4:12 pm

I voted GO. But only because I think you need a bit of a break. You seem to be letting this place get to you a bit. I dunno how Garth does it day after day.

BB

#69 Captain Uppa on 01.07.21 at 4:14 pm

#56 Captain Uppa on 01.07.21 at 4:12 pm
House lust is at an all time high in my office.

“I’m gonna buy an investment condo before I get laid off so I can get a mortgage”.

Not. Making. That. Up.

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I forgot the second and perhaps more disturbing part; everyone cheered the move as brilliant.

“You’re doing the right thing. Timing is everything.”

#70 Juan Sanchez on 01.07.21 at 4:14 pm

Garth, I don’t see you mentioning about your worry, deep concern about high inflation, high taxes and Canada being a much poorer country in the next 2, 3 maybe 4 years.

I think all the gains of stocks, people’s balanced portfolio’s will be more than wiped out by high taxes, high inflation etc.

#71 leebow on 01.07.21 at 4:17 pm

Last night was tough. The swine emitted its final grunt.

Interesting how quickly we got used to his horrible crap. No wonder people who live under dictatorships are so desensitized.

#72 Diharv on 01.07.21 at 4:18 pm

Why can’t Trump run in 2024? As much as I’d like to see him fade away forever, I don’t think we are that lucky .

#73 Victor Maitland on 01.07.21 at 4:20 pm

#53 Alphonse, “poor woman”? She was a dedicated Q follower, and her trail of social media tweets prove that she was a dangerously delusional person who saw herself as part of a revolution to overthrow the government. She was shot not in the back, but in the face/throat area, when she was trying to climb into a window to force her way into a room where some congress members were sheltering from the mob.

While there are Q adherents trying to martyrize her, others are actually distancing themselves, with some claiming she was a “false flag” planted by the “deep state” to make Q-ers look bad. Imagine that – she was so over the top that even some committed Q-losers are too ashamed of her to claim her as one of their own.

It’s amusing how Trump supporters are suddenly espousing anti-police sentiment for the very first time, calling them “cowards” and “traitors” and the like. What next? Will we see Q-Tips linking arms with BLM activists shouting “defund the police”?

#74 Diamond Dog on 01.07.21 at 4:20 pm

Good summation, Garth.

As much as Trumpets don’t want to admit, Trump and anything to do with Trump is done. He’s toxic now. Anyone who doesn’t understand why needs only to listen to his rally words on the morning of the riot to his rioters to understand why that is and if they can’t get that, well… how does one politely say it, they won’t get simple:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vMXOO34JGk&t=1081s

All the politicians who backed Trump last night during the votes, few will survive the fallout of doing so. Trump isn’t just toxic, he’s traitor toxic and backing traitors is political suicide. Maybe some congressional Republican seats will survive in deep red states but, who knows, maybe not. If donors dry up and your reputation is you backed Trump…

What you say here Garth, “Second, Trump has done a fine job of destroying a great political party. Republicans have been ripped apart after mindlessly serving a despot and mentally defective thug for the past four years. Shame on them. Now they need to retreat, regroup, refocus and try to restore trust. It will take time, during which Democrats will run free with their agenda.”

It’s all true. This really was a great political party historically that is now divided, rudderless and lost. They blew it hard backing a mentally unfit and morally challenged self server as you so accurately state and they need to rebuild. The party needs some serious personnel changes, hopefully into something better than what the world has had to endure these last 4 years. It’s been painful to watch.

Why do we want this? Because Democracies thrive when there are 2 or more parties fit to rule, because democracies thrive not only on the strength of the ruling parties, but the strength of their opposition. Because, as we always find out, every party needs to be replaced sooner or later. To not acknowledge this is to have swallowed the koolaid:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhJY9-OE5vk&t=3s

The rest of what you say Garth, the markets sink or swim on profits. The S/P 500 is more resilient but not an island. 1/4 of the economy concentrated in 28 million out of 42 mil in Cali is offline. There are a few other states that have some serious economic restrictions, but most states have wide open economies as this site will atest:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/states-reopen-map-coronavirus.html

Even so, we are likely to see negative Q4 and Q1 quarters out of the USA, nothing like the pancaked quarters of 2020, but they’ll be negative. A mostly open economy doesn’t mean free spending ways and the consequence, even though most are wearing masks in the U.S. is still high daily Covid19 case totals.

We may not see average daily cases under 200,000 until February, maybe even March. It really depends on vaccine roll outs and they’ve been slow. A Biden administration will take a couple weeks to get right footed, there are economic bubbles sure, but I think earnings season will be sobering and temper some of the wild speculation out there at least, until April. Then we see the economy pick up through summer or fall on hope and if valuations continue to get well ahead of the market, corrections that follow could be extreme and if the market corrects hard, the economy may just fall with it as the wealth effect reverses. We’ll see, the next month looks good. My 2 cents anyhow.

#75 Piano_Man87 on 01.07.21 at 4:24 pm

“Man who doesn’t want job anymore refuses to accept he was fired. Opts to violently resist being fired to somehow save face.”

#76 S.Bby on 01.07.21 at 4:24 pm

As random lengths lumber goes, so does the economy. It’s a good harbinger of things to come.

https://www.cmegroup.com/trading/agricultural/lumber-and-pulp/random-length-lumber.html

#77 Leichendiener on 01.07.21 at 4:25 pm

#3 Yes, unbelievable gains. I must reset my thinking regarding what is possible.

Awomen

#78 Classical Liberal Millennial on 01.07.21 at 4:26 pm

It’s really alarming to see so many blog dogs siding with the traitors with Confederate flags.

#79 Stone on 01.07.21 at 4:28 pm

#159 Stone on 01.06.21 at 9:26 pm
Civilization is just a thin veneer.

Meanwhile, in the land of balance and diversification, I sit back and do nothing with my B&D portfolio. It’s up 1.35% YTD. I think it will go higher tomorrow.

Yawn…

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Today was great. 2.48% YTD. In only 4 days. B&D, I love you. ❤️

This could be a really good year.

#80 JB on 01.07.21 at 4:28 pm

#18 Mr Happy on 01.07.21 at 2:25 pm

Don’t care who is in the White House. Never did. The Clown just made it entertaining.

Now just show me the money!
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You should care as the current clown has the Nuclear Codes. This surely is a land of confusion!

https://youtu.be/Yq7FKO5DlV0

#81 Frank Papaoulous on 01.07.21 at 4:31 pm

Hey Juan Sanchez, remember when the media here in Canada made such a big deal about the 7% GST and how it was so bad for business and consumers. We should send in petitions and complain to stop Brian Mulroney and the PC Party in Canada fro this high tax grab.

Do you see the same Canadian media talking about the high carbon taxes just put in two times now just by Federal Trudeau Liberals and many other taxes. No and many more carbon tax hikes to come.

The Canadian media is as credible as the CCP in China. They are covering it all up. They are the same for decades now protecting, propping up the father of Canadian socialism, Pierre Elliot Trudeau.

#82 jess on 01.07.21 at 4:31 pm

hey enablers you lost

…all those platforms claiming free speech… the fortunes ,this vs thats and the law makers who claim to uphold the rule of law…and to people who use their saliva to shine trumps boots and to the man who seems to have hair that cries ….

There is no gift in silence.

#83 Sibling Notover on 01.07.21 at 4:31 pm

I’m betting it’s far from over.

If there’s one thing we saw in this election, it’s all the backstabbing in both parties by career politicians that are in it for themselves and loyal to what goes in their pockets.

Trump never endorsed lawlessness – not yesterday and not in his 75 years of existence. I don’t think Trump supporters are going anywhere. They know the truth.

Cruz, Gaetz and Jordan are talking sense. It’s up to them now.

The states need to continue investigating the fraud. Like the Russia and Flynn hoax, it may take months or years to fully uncover.

In the mean time, peach out Sibs.

#84 jess on 01.07.21 at 4:32 pm

oh that was grift not gift

#85 Faron on 01.07.21 at 4:39 pm

#49 SunShowers on 01.07.21 at 3:35 pm

“The millions who voted for him will dwindle, stray off, be repulsed or spend the next few years yelling at each other and the wall on Parler.”

I think Garth’s right here. A chunk of Trump’s base will be loyal to his ideas regardless. He gave them a platform and legitimacy to air their far-right views (the confederate flag wavers, the Q-anoners etc). But there’s a substantial chunk of Trump voters who will have been seriously turned off by what happened yesterday. Combine that with some timely and widely publicized crack downs in coming weeks on far right groups who violated law and you will see the MAGA selfie-takers from yesterday flee the “movement” apace. Simply not having a twitter-hyped goon in office and a media that has to echo his every word will make a big difference even though the relaxation time will be years rather than weeks.

It can’t be understated how important it was that the joint session resumed last night. After the melee, there was a power vacuum in the USA, something that hasn’t happened in many generations. The joint session almost had to continue if only as an international show of governance. They could have sat around and debated the merits of tofu vs. seitan, but they had to be there with Trump fully AWOL.

There will be growing space in the GOP for members who actually address the needs of moderate conservative Americans who have been dealt a bad hand by globalism. McCain would have been ascendant in this scenario were he alive. Romney will do well.

#86 S.O on 01.07.21 at 4:44 pm

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#87 Adam Smith on 01.07.21 at 4:46 pm

“Canada joins UN peacekeeping mission to prevent civil war in US, asks if it can bunk with Brazil for a bit”

Wonder if this will remain satire?

https://www.thepigarse.com/post/canada-joins-un-peacekeeping-mission-to-prevent-civil-war-asks-if-it-can-bunk-with-brazil-for-a-bit

#88 Keen Reader on 01.07.21 at 4:47 pm

Very relieved Trump didn’t jump on this to declare martial law. With his trusty minions in key positions, and a likely fractured military leadership, things could have gone downhill quick…

“Terrorists… coup…”: anyone that fits the bill should be severely punished. To be fair though, many uninvited yahoos walked thru undefended gates, some cops smiling along, then ran the halls unarmed, yelling inanities and taking selfies. Misdemeanours for sure, but not terrorism-worthy. It is indeed a terrible image for the US, laughing stock abroad, with few foreign leaders denouncing Trump’s role in the chaos. Shameful from many PoVs!

Lastly, thanks for advising to stay invested, with new highs reached today. Will we get the warning before things revert back to a more sustainable curve??

#89 KLNR on 01.07.21 at 4:48 pm

@#42 Amok on 01.07.21 at 3:21 pm
#4 Pete Tanner

Socialist basket case?
Didn’t Obama hand over power (peacefully I might add) with a booming economy?
What is the fact on that? I’m interested in your take.

good luck with that. probably take him awhile to check with his Q-anon sources lol.

On a brighter note, great post Garth.
This trump cult nonsense will be long forgotten
in no time.

#90 Fin Flander on 01.07.21 at 4:50 pm

Mark, Japan’s stock market at 27,490 for Nikkei 225 Toyko Japan index or so now is just another pump and dump. I would not be surprised when things get bad that under 20,000 will be in the cards.

Many don’t remember the 9,000 to 10,000 level on the Nikkei 225 Toyko Japan index back many years ago, 2009. My friend’s mutual funds, etf’s lost 40% in 4 years and took 7 years to just get back to break even.

#91 Ponzius Pilatus on 01.07.21 at 4:53 pm

Re: picture
I usually believe the scientists.
But the picture proves they are wrong by claiming that the Neatherthalers are extinct.
Next time bring ladders, idiots.

#92 Alphonse on 01.07.21 at 4:54 pm

@Victor Maitland
I don’t care what her personal beliefs were and for the record I don’t even like Trump. So she believed in Q, does that justify murder? The coward who shot her was not in any danger. She was unarmed. You seem more obsessed about Q followers than Q followers are about Q, which is very sad. Get a life. Ashley Babbitt was her name, say it.

#93 Tron Light on 01.07.21 at 4:54 pm

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You just proved my point. Thanks.

You dis me, you get deleted. What did you expect? – Garth

#94 Cowtown Cowboy on 01.07.21 at 4:54 pm

I think most Canadians have had enough ‘Drama’ themselves…

Elect a clown, expect a circus
Elect a drama teacher, expect ….???

#95 Victor Maitland on 01.07.21 at 4:56 pm

#83 Sibling – you’re right. Trump never endorsed lawlessness. He practiced it.

#96 OK, Doomer on 01.07.21 at 4:59 pm

#47 jal on 01.07.21 at 3:33 pm
” the Democrats want to pass resolutions to impeach him, remove him, and ban him from running in 2024.”
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Hummm
That would mean, “lock him up”
Hummm
If Nancy does that then that will be the motivator for 70 million voters. Civil war would not be too far behind.
Hummm
A smarted move would be to let MSM forget to report on Trump’s golfing score.

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When Trump was first elected, he signaled loud and clear for everyone to leave the Clintons alone, despite all of their shenanigans, calling them “good people”. He was extending the olive branch and attempting to unify the country.

All Hillary would have needed to do to avoid the mess the U.S. is in today was say “Yes, I don’t like him either. In fact I can’t stand him. But he won the election, he is the President and we need to respect the Office. And let’s work to vote him out in four years.” But she didn’t. And neither did Obama. Instead, they doubled, tripled and quadrupled down, and egged on the MSM to run him to ground. And now, here we are.

I’m hoping that Biden has the guts to stand up to those who want to punish those who they politically disagree with. If not, the U.S. could get real ugly, real quick.

About ten years ago, when I was working in the U.S., I started to catch whiffs of the coming U.S fascist Police State. Oddly though, I expected the whip to be carried in the right hand, not the left.

My mistake.

#97 Sail Away on 01.07.21 at 5:00 pm

#54 Ustabe on 01.07.21 at 3:40 pm

So add [SA] to the poll as well, OK?

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Haha. If popular acclaim were to be in favour of my removal, I’d just assume it’s a misunderstanding and set out to remedy it with more Sail Away, not less!

#98 yorkville renter on 01.07.21 at 5:04 pm

The calls of “socialism” and “radical left” all ring hollow.

Biden is a centrist.
Biden is not radical.
Biden is not Trump.

The markets are responding and the losers here who support Don and extremism on the right are still saying things like ‘socialist basktcase’ (sic) because they are so blinded by their ideology.

Biden won because he’s a centrist.

read a little… you might grow a little when you do.

#99 fail army on 01.07.21 at 5:06 pm

#81

Did you spell your name wrong? #fail

#100 Rob Klein on 01.07.21 at 5:07 pm

You know Mr T will pardon all the thugs on his way out the door.

#101 Suburban Bob on 01.07.21 at 5:08 pm

Is that a picture of Toronto buyers trying to get into the sales office of a new condo development?

#102 SeeB on 01.07.21 at 5:11 pm

Garth.. After watching what happened last night, and watching the election objectors CONTINUE in their baseless accusations upon returning to the house, and the RW media spin saying Antifa were the main perpetrators, I see no reason to believe this is going to disappear suddenly once Biden takes office. You are lying to yourself.

ASSUMING IF there is some truly seismic MAGICAL shift regarding the spread and belief of propaganda online in the next few days, then the best case would be 2 more years of crazies. But I see no evidence to believe that will happen.

However, if you want to share a study or investigation showing the gradual winding down of the right-wing media rhetoric and lies, as well as MSM manufacturing the illusion that everything is “OK”, then maybe I’ll consider the idea.

What we are looking at is the gradual slide into fascism. Graham is already talking about giving police and investigators more money to shore up security. Yesterday was the US Reichstag fire moment, with police happily stepping back, and even a few taking smiling selfies with the terrorists, so giving them money seems counter productive. The only thing that saved us yesterday was that trump having no real plan in place beyond mollifying his own ego.

#103 Joseph R. on 01.07.21 at 5:12 pm

#233 Michael in-north-york on 01.07.21 at 12:53 pm
#142 Joseph R.: “There are no “companies” in a communist system. If you see bailouts in your society, it means you do not live in a communist society.”


Oh come on, I am aware that the original definition of communism is a hypothetical society that uses no money at all.

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All societies have a concept of money; communist societies aren’t exceptions. They even use a form of currency as money: USSR had the Soviet ruble, China has the Renminbi, and North Korea has the Won.

Supply chains are a series of buyers and sellers as intermediate between you and the producer of a product. Example, for oil the supply chains is between the oil field and your gas station. The oil you buy went through dozens, if not hundreds of intermediate buyers and sellers before it’s in your Toyota.

If one or many of these intermediate seller does not believe it will get paid for it’s product, it will stop selling. Once this happens systemically (a lot of buyers), it can cause a perceived shortage of a essential goods (food, milk, fuel). When end consumers, YOU, for instance, believe they will face shortage, then you “panic buy”, which ends up causing shortage in the end. Once that occurred, you can end up with an hyperinflation death spiral…

Bailouts are about keeping the “spice” flowing, not about government picking winners or losers.

“Free markets” aren’t magically creations that solves problems automatically; they are there to keep products flowing from producers to end consumers.

#104 Reximus on 01.07.21 at 5:16 pm

Trump is very much a mobster-like figure who has pledged to take down anyone who doesnt toe his line while he is out on political sabbatical…like a capo that has to do jailtime, and expects his gang to keep his seat warm until he gets out, and has anyone acting ‘disloyal’ rubbed out.

The number of times he and his spawn have made it clear they are keeping ‘lists’ to threaten any in ‘his’ party that if they stray they will get the Trump retribution is sickening.

The Repubs really need to purge him and his mob if they want to again have a respectable party, and if it takes a full impeachment with senate conviction, so be it. That way he cant run again. And they dont have to do it before Jan 20, the constitution says they can do it long after he leaves office.

#105 Gary C on 01.07.21 at 5:16 pm

Trump is gone, Keystone XL is gone, Paris Climate Accord
will be enacted in the USA, hmmmm
On a hunch I bought some POT Stocks, added to renewable energy, RNW, BIP, for the divy.

The last group of people to March on Congress were
from Canada 1812

#106 Another Deckchair on 01.07.21 at 5:28 pm

Wow. Leaving the USA alone for a moment:

“A senior public servant at the Public Health Agency of Canada accepted an all-expenses-paid holiday to Jamaica courtesy of Air Canada Vacations in November” (Globe and Mail)

When I was a federal public servant, we ALL went through MANDATORY training on “fiscal responsibility” as a public servant. Public Servants serve the public, not take from the public.

Accepting a bottle of wine at Christmas, or even a baseball cap was a definite no-no.

Sigh. Guess those near the top never got the memo to attend the MANDATORY training.

#107 Dogman01 on 01.07.21 at 5:30 pm

I think the last group was the Bonus Army of WWI vets.
1932.

Shameful on the USA that time.

https://www.zinnedproject.org/materials/bonus-army

“Two veterans lost their lives in the assault and an eleven-week-old baby died from what was believed to be gas-related illness. In addition, an eight-year-old boy was partially blinded by gas, two police had their skulls fractured, and a thousand veterans suffered gas-related injuries.

In the smoldering aftermath, a dazed, rail thin Joe Angelo approached his old boss but was harshly rebuked. “I do not know this man,” Major Patton growled. “Take him away and under no circumstances permit him to return.”

The next day, the New York Times ran an article under the headline: “A Calvary Major Evicts Veteran Who Saved His Life in Battle.”

#108 Faron on 01.07.21 at 5:33 pm

poll update:

10 stay
5 go
3 fartz
2 dreamy

https://xoyondo.com/ap/CDB2rKHB7IGoM8Q

16 respondents, so at least one person didn’t chose stay or go but did choose fartz and/or dreamy. Love it.

#109 SeeB on 01.07.21 at 5:34 pm

#4 Pete Tanner on 01.07.21 at 1:48 pm

The US will be now a socialist basktcase for 2 maybe 4 years now.
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#98 yorkville renter on 01.07.21 at 5:04 pm

The calls of “socialism” and “radical left” all ring hollow.

Biden is a centrist.
Biden is not radical.
Biden is not Trump.

The markets are responding and the losers here who support Don and extremism on the right are still saying things like ‘socialist basktcase’ (sic) because they are so blinded by their ideology.

Biden won because he’s a centrist.

read a little… you might grow a little when you do.
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For sure, yorkville. Hearing the hilarious scenarios of a socialist take over in America is baffling. Socialists have no real power base in America anymore since union membership is under 10% in that country, and many of those union workers are probably “trumpets” anyway.

Yeah there are progressives calling for better treatment, but it’s always in the context of the existing system. Whatever, it’s easier to hand more money to the top, call the poor lazy, and let the poor tear each other apart over who’s lazier.

The US is gonna go further right. Once they solidify the narrative that leftists were egging on the trump supporters, it will be used as a pre-text to invest in MORE law enforcement, meaning more military guns and armored vehicles for good ol’ Barney Fife. Defunding is not happening anymore without a miracle.

#110 $60.00 ... on 01.07.21 at 5:36 pm

#28 IHCTD9 on 01.07.21 at 2:53 pm

Check out the price of a two-by-four or a hunk of G1S plywood. This is raw inflation.
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I shudder to think. Here at work we buy this 7/16″ cheap waferboard to use on a machine, it is a consumable, and gets destroyed as a matter of course, then gets heaved in pieces.

Last year 6.99/sheet. Right now – 29.99/sheet!
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for a sheet of 5/8 MDF board out here in 604. For those who might not know MDF is sawdust glued together. Plus tax of course …

#111 ovidet on 01.07.21 at 5:38 pm

@Victor Maitland
I don’t care what her personal beliefs were and for the record I don’t even like Trump. So she believed in Q, does that justify murder? The coward who shot her was not in any danger. She was unarmed. You seem more obsessed about Q followers than Q followers are about Q, which is very sad. Get a life. Ashley Babbitt was her name, say it.
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What do you expect when she tried to breach the house chambers? Do you not understand that in addition to physical violence, sensitive information has been looted, photographed and shared all over the internet. This has been a total security failure and those in charge with protecting the building should expect a reprimand.

#112 fishman on 01.07.21 at 5:40 pm

Ok bloggie doggies, lets quit the squabbling. We’ve got a good thing going here.The reason this blog & comment section is successful is because Garth uses the comments to provoke his intellectual curiosity. He needs this step to feed his muse to write the blog. Just like a dog it needs feeding every day. This means we always must attempt speaking with our true voice. Thats hard. Its a process. Some on here are farther along than others. Its not your point of view or knowledge or experience that is important. It is speaking your original thoughts to your own truth in your own words. Then, hopefully, each reader discovers distilling that truth will provoke intellectual curiosity. Which, if your lucky, (no divine intervention here) awakens the elusive muse in all of us. The truer the voices the more lucid the feedback loop for the muse.. Its tough, don’t give up. It’ll feel good when you know you said something original & unique. And funny, thats it, you’ve made it.

#113 45north on 01.07.21 at 5:41 pm

Third, this week everything has changed. Trump lost the House, the White House and now the Senate. His phone call last weekend to Georgia officials, telling them to rig the vote count in his favour, helped seal the deal. Georgia voters on Tuesday sent two Dems to the Senate – an historic moment – and now the blues are in charge.

reminds me of that great American classic “Gone with the Wind”

#114 Diamond Dog on 01.07.21 at 5:45 pm

Caught a couple interviews in U.S. political contexts that I thought were worth a look. This GOP congressman gives me hope for Republicans because they actually have someone like Kinzinger in the party:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5tEOO0QfZw

Scaramucci has some humble insights and kind of gives a viewer a feel for how NY money sees it. Deprogramming is a right choice of words, its worth a watch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WgtU9NkVlw

Once again, the invoking the 25th amendment… best guess is that Republican donors will decide it. If it was up to Republican politicians themselves, they just don’t collectively have a back bone to do it. (this is how far they’ve fallen and they’ve shown it over and over in mindless servitude to a despot) But! If their donors pressured Republicans do invoke the 25th, it would be through cabinet following Mike Pence’s lead and then its done. If it happens, it will be soon, as early as tonight and sooner is better. I think it needs to happen, its the best thing for the nation right now but whether it does, it’s a coin toss.

#115 Victor Maitland on 01.07.21 at 5:51 pm

#92, No Alphonse, if you want to martyrize – or fetishize – a criminal who was shot by police for trying to violently overthrow the democratic institutions she was sworn to protect (she was an air force vet for crying out loud!) then YOU say her name, but at least spell it correctly. I’ll leave her to the anonymity that any common criminal deserves. Many police failed in their duty yesterday. But at least one of them stood up, did his job, and remembered what his sidearm was for.

#116 Diamond Dog on 01.07.21 at 6:04 pm

Did Trump incite yesterday’s riot? Yes. He really did and the right thing at this point is to remove Trump from office. Whether that happens remains to be seen, but regardless, Trump should be removed from office. This is Trump’s speech to his mob of supporters before they left to riot the capitol building:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vMXOO34JGk&t=1086s

This is the timeline of what followed Trump’s riot rally:

https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2021/01/politics/us-capitol-siege/

#117 Wait There on 01.07.21 at 6:07 pm

Yesterday’s events are not about Trump when you dig down deep. Trump’s rise was because of people.
Forget the man, one needs to think about what is happening to western society. The Roman Empire eventually did fall down. We can look back in history, but what we are witnessing is nothing different from what happened then.
One must not think that yesterday’s events represent 49% of the US population it doesn’t at all. The other 48.99% did not participate nor would they have either.
Generally western society’s pendulum is swinging left for a reason. The rise in the markets and RE’s rise will only increase the wealth divide and therein lies the problem.
Not sure Biden spending will fix that nor will 4 years of Democratic party rule either. I really don’t know what the Great Reset is, but I suspect yesterday’s events foretells a future riot not about politics but wealth. Until a working man can afford to house a feed a family comfortably, a day of reckoning is in the future.

#118 Harry Cloberra on 01.07.21 at 6:11 pm

Why do you think they have been brainwashing kids for 30 years now that socialism in America is the answer. You will see that the US will be more like Europe in the beginning and get much worse and be a socialist cesspool.

You will see America be totally fundamentally transformed like Obama said. Obama and the democrats are socialists disguised as democrats called progressives, liberals etc. America will be fundamentally deformed in 4 years for sure. Watch and see it be destroyed.

#119 DON on 01.07.21 at 6:12 pm

@IHCTD9

I think you are barking up the right tree in terms of your thoughts on China and its future. Finding a made in canada label is like trying to find Waldo.

On the galaxy and universe subject perhaps we can’t see other life forms near us because we are operating on different frequencies from one another.

#120 Casey A. on 01.07.21 at 6:16 pm

Impeached and lost it all now.

http://www.loser.com

#121 jess on 01.07.21 at 6:19 pm

we fight and we fight like hell we love you etc etc

someone should check the urine! Qshaman
hilters chemist documented that the nazi =Pervitin =Berlin, Dr Fritz Hauschild, its head chemist, inspired by the successful use of the American amphetamine Benzedrine at the 1936 Olympic Games, began trying to develop his own wonder drug – and a year later, he patented the first German methyl-amphetamine. it was given to the soldiers put in chocolates etc
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/sep/25/blitzed-norman-ohler-adolf-hitler-nazi-drug-abuse-interview

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/nov/02/kentucky-state-police-training-materials-hitler-quotes
Quotes attributed to Adolf Hitler and Confederate general Robert E Lee appear in training materials once used by the Kentucky state police (KSP) to create “ruthless” warriors who would “fight to the death”.The instructional slideshow, decorated with a bald eagle and American flag, advises officers to “meet violence with greater violence”. It includes the line “über alles” – a phrase from a Nazi-associated verse of the German national anthem – ironically juxtaposed against a background of American troops in Iwo Jima during the second world war.

“It is entirely inexcusable for the words of Hitler to be used in training Kentucky State Police,” the Anti-Defamation League tweeted on Friday.
Kentucky State Police training materials quoted Hitler …
http://www.kentucky.com › state › kentucky › article246849952
Oct 30, 2020 — Training materials previously used by Kentucky State Police included quotes from Adolf Hitler while promoting a “warrior mindset.”

#122 Long-Time Lurker on 01.07.21 at 6:21 pm

There’s an interesting signed affidavit out of the U.S. embassy in Italy — if you can find it to read. I read it on Twitter.

#123 Steven Rowlandson on 01.07.21 at 6:21 pm

The chickens will becoming home to roost soon enough and it won’t be pleasant. Trump was a distraction which bought 4 years of relative peace. Biden and his people will bring war and inflation or worse. Remember fiscal responsibility , morality and truth are less popular than the Donald at least in the mainstream of society.

#124 Kat on 01.07.21 at 6:31 pm

He should be arrested for inciting violence and hold him in some way accountable for the deaths. All those poor families losing loved ones because of a fool. Too many fools lately , either they do not care about anyone else or are so over dramatic they take offense to everyone. Maybe having this maniac finally out will calm the world stage somewhat.

#125 Sara on 01.07.21 at 6:37 pm

@Faron, I took your poll. And picked two of the options.

It would be interesting to do a similar poll for some of the other regulars here.

#126 Sail Away on 01.07.21 at 6:38 pm

#115 Victor Maitland on 01.07.21 at 5:51 pm

Many police failed in their duty yesterday. But at least one of them stood up, did his job, and remembered what his sidearm was for.

————

No, the police did not by any means fail in their duty.
You or I have no idea what their orders were. I assume the orders were NOT to instantly use deadly force on anybody and everybody who stepped into the building.

It’s possible their orders were to use deadly force on anybody who tried to breach the specific room officers had chosen to barricade and protect. In which case it worked. A dead body hanging over the only entrance window to a room is a good warning.

Kudos to the police. Too bad an officer had to do it; that messes up some peoples’ heads.

#127 Tron Light on 01.07.21 at 6:40 pm

“You dis me, you get deleted. What did you expect? – Garth”

It wasn’t so much of a dis but more like a harsh critique.

You are my guest. Act like it. – Garth

#128 Stan Jacobs on 01.07.21 at 6:40 pm

Harry Cloberra #118, this is very interested you say that 30 years now they have been brainwashing kids socialism is the answer in America for 30 years.

It is just over 30 years the collapse of the USSR. The biggest communist 75 year experiment called the USSR, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. It makes sense they have to latch on to some similar amount of population like the US.

The USSR was around 289 million in population back in 1989 and the US population is today, 2021 is 331 million. It makes sense to me and looks really similar and coincidental that after 30 years now this is happening after 1 generation or so.

It was Ronald Reagan that told the US in 1964 a speech freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. The US is slipping away day by day.

#129 Alphonse on 01.07.21 at 6:41 pm

@Victor Maitland
You’re right about the name. Sorry for that. But how can you say she wanted to violently overthrow the government when the only blood spilled was her own? If these protesters wanted to violently overthrow the government, they would have come guns blazing.

#130 BobC on 01.07.21 at 6:43 pm

Garth, thank you for today’s post. I see it as a positive opinion of the future which I needed. Let’s all hope President Biden will change things to benefit the future of the U.S. and the world.
I wonder who the MSM is going to hate now? Small business owners and anybody making over $60k a year? They seem to survive only on hate. Who reads good news?

#131 Nonplused on 01.07.21 at 6:44 pm

#21 Faron on 01.07.21 at 2:40 pm

Garth is the arbiter of what can be posted and what cannot, so I am not voting. I disagree with what you say, but not with your right to say it.

#132 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.07.21 at 6:47 pm

@#64 Linda
“Unfortunately Trump is still POTUS until January 20th. ”

+++
I’m thinkin the Orange Orangutan has been rendered impotent.
Twitter, Facebook, shutdown.
Everyone including his own party think he’s an idiot and want him gone asap.
Trump an Impotent POTUS….
Kinda has a nice irony to it.

#133 CJohnC on 01.07.21 at 6:50 pm

Faron, Sailaway,The Jaguar,Ustabe…..

Geez guys, give it a rest. Your like a bunch of pantywaists bickering over who’s going to pay the price at the ice cream parlour. And this has been going on for days.

When you stick to the topic instead of trying to outdo each other sticking it to each other then you all often have something useful to say. Just all stay and quit the girly bickering.

#134 Penny Henny on 01.07.21 at 6:51 pm

Attempted coup?
Hardly.
More like voices that wanted to be heard.

No excuse. If they were BLM thugs you would be apoplectic. Hypocrite. – Garth

#135 KLNR on 01.07.21 at 6:52 pm

@#132 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.07.21 at 6:47 pm
@#64 Linda
“Unfortunately Trump is still POTUS until January 20th. ”

+++

Trump an Impotent POTUS….

should read
Trump an Impotent POS….

#136 CalgaryCarGuy on 01.07.21 at 6:52 pm

It seems to me that what happened yesterday was a beginning not an end.

#137 Sara on 01.07.21 at 6:53 pm

I created a poll as well. Fartzy this is for you. Hope you like it.

https://xoyondo.com/ap/eKoEb3o4uRbba60

#138 Nonplused on 01.07.21 at 6:59 pm

#25 Classical Liberal Millennial on 01.07.21 at 2:46 pm

“Excellent post, good sir. Hopefully this was the death of the MAGA cult. Better days are ahead.”

Could be, but I never thought Trump was leading this movement from above in the first place. He was the lightning rod, not the storm. He was following the crowd, not leading it. That should be obvious to anybody who knows what leadership looks like.

So we shall see. They obviously need a new leader now but leaders have a habit of arising when needed. This could be Kanye West’s big moment.

#139 KLNR on 01.07.21 at 7:00 pm

@#118 Harry Cloberra on 01.07.21 at 6:11 pm
Why do you think they have been brainwashing kids for 30 years now that socialism in America is the answer. You will see that the US will be more like Europe in the beginning and get much worse and be a socialist cesspool.

You will see America be totally fundamentally transformed like Obama said. Obama and the democrats are socialists disguised as democrats called progressives, liberals etc. America will be fundamentally deformed in 4 years for sure. Watch and see it be destroyed.

lol, sure buddy. always a good laugh when someone on here refers to the dems as socialists.

murica hit rock bottom yesterday.
The only way is up now.

#140 baloney Sandwitch on 01.07.21 at 7:03 pm

I don’t know what the fuss is about. Life is getting better, people are living longer, healthier, wealthier lives. The vaccine is here. I prefer to see the glass as more than half full. Be kind and do what you can to help out. Be part of the solution. Peace.

#141 Paul B on 01.07.21 at 7:07 pm

The Dems have the Congress, the Senate, and the Presidency so they can now implement their agenda without compromise. One thing they should do as part of that agenda is to take some lessons from Elections Canada, who run a very good and credible election process, and tighten up the integrity of their elections – or else the refrain of “stop the steal” will happen every time.

#142 KLNR on 01.07.21 at 7:07 pm

@#134 Penny Henny on 01.07.21 at 6:51 pm
Attempted coup?
Hardly.
More like voices that wanted to be heard.

No excuse. If they were BLM thugs you would be apoplectic. Hypocrite. – Garth

I’d say penny is a lot more than a hypocrite.

#143 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.07.21 at 7:08 pm

@#96 Ok Doomer
“About ten years ago, when I was working in the U.S., I started to catch whiffs of the coming U.S fascist Police State. Oddly though, I expected the whip to be carried in the right hand, not the left.”

+++

Anecdote Time! ( Ponzies Favorite!)

About 40 years ago I was at an US Festival in California.
350,000 people at a 3 day rock concert in San Benadino
The desert. 40 cel by noon
Hot, dusty, crazy.
The “campground” was fenced off from the concert area and was also fenced off from the outside world.
All day, every day the various police agencies patrolled inside and out of the campground.
San Berdoo sheriffs dept on horseback, State Police on dirt bikes. California Highway patrol on golf carts, helicopters, walking patrols, on and on and on.
The police presence was crazy.
But the private security guards controlling the gate, concessions, beer gardens, etc outnumbered the police two to one.

One of the Canadians I was with commented then about the endless police patrols…..,
“This is the Land of the Free?”

But very few problems.

#144 Flop... on 01.07.21 at 7:08 pm

As Ashton Kutcher said, Dude…where’s my blog?

I know it’s hidden in here somewhere.

Run away, but we’re running in circles…

M46BC

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bpFOm2wN4kM&list=FLy8wJf4L7KUGuO3YaiiRb2Q&index=72

#145 SOMETHINGS UP!! on 01.07.21 at 7:08 pm

And to think many of your active bloggers are symphatetic Trump supporters.

Geez I gotta find a new crowd.

#146 Reximus on 01.07.21 at 7:11 pm

Trump’s mob just killed a DC cop…he needs to go, now

#147 Bonobo on 01.07.21 at 7:14 pm

So melodramatic…

Many useless ponces everywhere.

#148 Doug t on 01.07.21 at 7:17 pm

#139 Klnr

THAT was far from rock bottom – that was an appetizer – the situation in the U.S.S.R has been fragmenting for 35 years – it will continue to deteriorate no matter which party is elected – history….. it repeats

#149 Stone on 01.07.21 at 7:18 pm

#125 Sara on 01.07.21 at 6:37 pm
@Faron, I took your poll. And picked two of the options.

It would be interesting to do a similar poll for some of the other regulars here.

———

Who cares. Maybe if you got a life, you’d actually come to realize where you should actually direct your energies toward and accomplish something productive.

The same goes for the other losers on here.

#150 Nonplused on 01.07.21 at 7:21 pm

Note that I am breaking my comments up more so I can figure out why I get DELETED or ghosted. Yesterday I got ghosted on a comment that could have been an outline for Garth’s blog today. Except I mentioned the possibility of agent provocateurs, which is probably why.

Anyway, I’ve seen the video of the woman getting shot and killed at point blank range. She was unarmed and appeared to pose no threat to the man who shot her. And he was lucky his aim was good, because there were 2 riot control officers with M-16’s right behind her. From what I could tell from the video, one of them immediately attempted to assist the woman and the other pointed his gun at the shooter and demanded he drop the weapon. He definitely shot to kill. At that range he had many options but he shot for the head, got her in the neck. She died. It was a disturbing video.

I saw another video demonstrating just how violent the mob was. Once in the capital building most of these violent protesters stayed within the red fences like they were on a guided tour. A couple of them took pictures in front of a painting depicting the Canadian invasion Garth mentioned. Not all of course, some of them also entered the chamber. But nothing caught fire. If there was an opportunity to burn the building down there it was, but no fires.

Then Trump sent out a message “peacefully go home”, and they did. But he is still an idiot. He never should have requested the march on the hill in the first place. Anyone with a lick of sense would know that you are just inviting false flags or unexpected outcomes. He should have sent everyone home after the rally. A true leader would have had the foresight to do that. But it is interesting I suppose in the case of any person’s life where you can look back at one decision that ruined everything. My ex-wife comes to mind for me.

#151 Dolce Vita on 01.07.21 at 7:23 pm

Since I believe the way out of this Covid-19 mess is for Cdns. to have immunity and then prosperity ought to resume economically (not to mention peace of mind) a SCORECARD of vaccinations to the end of a Week Number comparing the Actual number of people vaccinated vs. the number required to be vaccinated for 75% herd immunity by (23,974,943 people): the End of Sept. 2021 and by the End of Year 2021.

2021 Week ONE Canada Vaccination Summary, Ahead/Behind/On Schedule:

Actual No. Vaccinated 102,000
Actual vs. Oct. 2 Goal -512,742 Behind
Actual vs. 2021 End -359,057 Behind

Assumptions, Data Sources:

1. †Cdn Population ≥ 15 yrs old = 31,966,591
2. Herd Immunity Percent = 75%
3. 75% Herd Immunity No. of to be vaccinated = 23,974,943
4. Oct. 2, 2021 = Gov Canada goal end of Sept. done (actually for all Cdns but here for 75% of them), 614,742 per week need to be vaccinated.
5. 2021 End = Jan. 1, 2023 (Week 52), 461,057 per week need to be vaccinated.
6. Actual No. Vaccinated = No. of doses ÷ 2
7. No. of doses as reported by Bloomberg Vaccine Tracker
https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/covid-vaccine-tracker-global-distribution/#dvz-section-purchasing
8. †StatCan: Population estimates on July 1st, by age and sex (2020)
https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/t1/tbl1/en/tv.action?pid=1710000501

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I’d like to do this on the day at the end of every week Garth. If not let me know.

And yes, I know the 9th is end of week but thought I’d get a sample in.

#152 jess on 01.07.21 at 7:24 pm

Gaetz quoting evidence that is not there?
A Facial Recognition Company Says That Viral Washington Times “Antifa” Story Is False

Matt Gaetz had cited the story in Congress as supposed evidence that antifa was involved in the Capitol assault. But the company says it’s “outright false.”
“XRVision takes pride in its technology’s precision and deems the Washington Times publication as outright false, misleading, and defamatory,” XRVision said in a statement to The Daily Beast. “Our attorney is in contact with the Washington Times and has instructed them to ‘Cease and Desist’ from any claims regarding sourcing of XRVision analytics, to retract the current claims, and publish and (sic) apology.”
https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/07/politics/capitol-antifa-infiltration-fact-check/index.html

#153 SW on 01.07.21 at 7:25 pm

And here was me, thinking that Faron, SailAway, Ustabe and such were nice little old ladies basically arguing about quilting patterns.
“He’s” dreamy I’d say.

Some of the other snarling curs really need to take more care of their mental health.

Be kind, you guys, especially to yourselves.

#154 Reximus on 01.07.21 at 7:28 pm

Finally, trump concedes the election. What an complete arse

#155 I'm Alright Jack on 01.07.21 at 7:28 pm

I’d love to share Garth’s optimism, but I have serious doubts about Biden’s abilities to pull the warring factions together – in congress or in its citizens. Don’t know how well the US economy will do over the next while. This seems like a short term relief rally.

The Dems are full of whacky socialists and ‘progressives’ these days, and many Americans just won’t go for those ideas (that’s why, I believe, Trump got so many votes, despite his obvious failings). Biden will be pulled hither and thither by his own party, and likely won’t get much done (if he survives 4 years).

Let’s hope the protests end for now, as the US (and everyone else) needs a rest. Portland, Seattle, St Louis, Minneapolis and this latest one.

What are the MSM, Hollywooders, sports stars and talk show hosts going to talk about now with Trump gone? Because you can be sure they will never seriously criticize the Dems or Biden. Should be pretty boring, just like Biden.

Regardless, we should focus on our own problems – Mr. Socks’ Liberals.

#156 Yukon Elvis on 01.07.21 at 7:33 pm

#134 Penny Henny on 01.07.21 at 6:51 pm
Attempted coup?
Hardly.
More like voices that wanted to be heard.

No excuse. If they were BLM thugs you would be apoplectic. Hypocrite. – Garth
……………………

If they were BLM thugs CNN would not cover the story and you would never hear about it.

#157 YVR 60% Crash on 01.07.21 at 7:37 pm

#11 OK, Doomer
Well… that was quick. Facebook and Instagram have banned Trump indefinitely, Twitter has banned him for 12 hours, the Democrats want to pass resolutions to impeach him, remove him, and ban him from running in 2024. And American Airlines wants to ban Trump supporters from the “Freedom of Flying”.

————————————————————

We should probably ban free speech of all politicians that we disagree with…
It’s the right thing to do. LOL!

#158 ImGonnaBeSick on 01.07.21 at 7:38 pm

Ha.. are we now voting people off the island? I thought you dirty hippies didn’t believe in cancel culture… Oh.. such tolerance…

#159 theoryAndPractice on 01.07.21 at 7:42 pm

when you are getting your vaccine Dolce ?

#160 John Dimas on 01.07.21 at 7:43 pm

KLNR, we will see in the next few years how much you will be laughing as US and the western world is a so called socialist paradise which means a complete disaster. Freedom is taken for granted and if you don’t fight for it it is lost.

Remember, here in Canada the Liberals federally have been in power for 70% of the time since 1867. They are responsible for most of the high taxes, high cost of living, high loss of freedom in Canada. Good luck seeing the future as a socialist utopia.

#161 Yukon Elvis on 01.07.21 at 7:45 pm

#151 Dolce Vita on 01.07.21 at 7:23 pm

I’d like to do this on the day at the end of every week Garth. If not let me know.
……………………………

How ‘bout you set yourself on fire and jump off a tall building instead ?

#162 dosouth on 01.07.21 at 7:48 pm

That’s all well and good for the U.S. but I wish our politicians could get it together and get on with taking care of our population here….or stop travelling so we stop bumping into them.

Heck we should be in Florida getting our vax there, as some snowbirds are. Something wrong with that picture.

#163 Drinking on 01.07.21 at 7:49 pm

I have to agree with you Garth; never really cared for the guy but respected that he was anti war and was trying to protect his country from; really, itself! Like buying a $ 1000 iPhone made in China?????? This recent episode sowed his seed, idiot!

Staying invested but clinging to my cash for all the deals that will appear after another loser Biden will be in charge; all good at first then all hell will break loose!!

#164 SWO Chemical Valley home of the Sting on 01.07.21 at 7:51 pm

CORRECTION… The Brits did that; not us, we weren’t Canadians until 1967.

“On Wednesday domestic terrorists laid siege to, penetrated and overtook the US capital. People died. Cops all over the place. Anarchy reigned. The last time Washington was assaulted was in 1814. And we did it.”

#165 Nonplused on 01.07.21 at 7:51 pm

#114 Diamond Dog on 01.07.21 at 5:45 pm

Trump has vowed a peaceful transition on January 20th, which, so far as I can see, is about as close to conceding as you are going to get out of his mouth. So my prediction was right; he would concede after the electoral college results were ratified.

He then went on to brag about how it was the most successful 4 year presidency ever and bla bla bla bla bla but whatever. He has admitted it is over.

But don’t expect him to go away though.

#166 Ponzius Pilatus on 01.07.21 at 7:51 pm

#143 CEF
I read your anecdotes right before bedtime.
Never slept better.
Thank you.

#167 KLNR on 01.07.21 at 7:54 pm

@#150 Nonplused on 01.07.21 at 7:21 pm

quit being willfully ignorant.

#168 Sara on 01.07.21 at 7:57 pm

#149 Stone on 01.07.21 at 7:18 pm
#125 Sara on 01.07.21 at 6:37 pm
@Faron, I took your poll. And picked two of the options.

It would be interesting to do a similar poll for some of the other regulars here.

———

Who cares. Maybe if you got a life, you’d actually come to realize where you should actually direct your energies toward and accomplish something productive.

The same goes for the other losers on here.
======================

Is Stone short for Kidneystone? You seem a bit more irritable than usual today, like you are in pain. Here is a poll I made to help keep your mind off what ails you.
xoyondo.com/ap/pDFKB94KpsswkcU/73o6OPenLX

#169 KLNR on 01.07.21 at 7:59 pm

@#148 Doug t on 01.07.21 at 7:17 pm
#139 Klnr

THAT was far from rock bottom – that was an appetizer – the situation in the U.S.S.R has been fragmenting for 35 years – it will continue to deteriorate no matter which party is elected – history….. it repeats

False equivalency?
turn that frown upside down Doug.

#170 Nonplused on 01.07.21 at 8:05 pm

I’m also getting really nonplused with the new major media (Facebook, Twitter, Google). “This claim is disputed and cannot be retweeted” they say if Trump claims election fraud. Then they ban him. They can ban the President of the United States! I’m not talking about whether the claims are true or false, only about whether Twitter should be the arbiter. They don’t ban the “Flat Earth Society”! And I should know, I am a member. (PS it is a psy-op. It is how we spot the crazies.)

#171 Paul on 01.07.21 at 8:05 pm

#150 Nonplused on 01.07.21 at 7:21 pm
Note that I am breaking my comments up more so I can figure out why I get DELETED or ghosted. Yesterday I got ghosted on a comment that could have been an outline for Garth’s blog today. Except I mentioned the possibility of agent provocateurs, which is probably why.
————————————————————————————————
Why? you ask why, that’s enough to get you deleted right there.
Especially if things aren’t going well. Lol

#172 BobinKits on 01.07.21 at 8:08 pm

@#133 CJohnC Faron, Sailaway,The Jaguar,Ustabe…..

Geez guys, give it a rest. Your like a bunch of pantywaists bickering over who’s going to pay the price at the ice cream parlour. And this has been going on for days.

When you stick to the topic instead of trying to outdo each other sticking it to each other then you all often have something useful to say. Just all stay and quit the girly

***
Couldn’t agree more!

#173 Robert Ash on 01.07.21 at 8:14 pm

Sadly Canada and America are in a period of Decline, in my opinion. If only our Leaders would consider using the fact that most Citizens, in America and Canada, have a personal computer or smart phone, and start acting like Democracy matters. There is a simple way to correct many issues…. ask the citizens, via Digital communications, their views, on major issues. If Canadians, and Americans, really felt they were included in the decisions, many problems, would dissipate. An example is Energy Independence. Ask Canadians, Trudeau…. might as well consider the Immigration question as well…. Health Care … some fees, for an annual visit? In todays world of High Tech, Zoom, Smart phones, Satellites, etc… there is no longer any excuses, not to ask the People, via Referendum, or MP interaction. People, are not content to support the three levels of government, at the current expensive levels, with out more interaction. A common problem, for example, is the Urban Rural divide, which is likely to become more pronounced as more people, WFH.

#174 Grunt on 01.07.21 at 8:23 pm

Run that by me again. What was Nixon and Watergate and a resignation? Compared to this?

#175 Doug t on 01.07.21 at 8:26 pm

#167 klnr

No frown here buddy – been happily watching the decline of the empire that has brought death to multi millions of people worldwide in wars, political insurrections, corporate capitalist domination and destruction etc etc

#176 Sara on 01.07.21 at 8:30 pm

#168 Nonplused on 01.07.21 at 8:05 pm
“I’m also getting really nonplused with the new major media (Facebook, Twitter, Google). “This claim is disputed and cannot be retweeted” they say if Trump claims election fraud. Then they ban him. They can ban the President of the United States! I’m not talking about whether the claims are true or false, only about whether Twitter should be the arbiter. They don’t ban the “Flat Earth Society”! And I should know, I am a member. (PS it is a psy-op. It is how we spot the crazies.)”

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Free speech does not include giving people a forum from which to incite civil unrest. Trump has been riling his base up for weeks. Yesterday was the last straw – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat were morally obligated to not continue to give him a platform from which to cause further rioting and violence.

Would you like to see a repeat of yesterday or worse on January 20th?

#177 earthboundmisfit on 01.07.21 at 8:36 pm

Inasmuch as I find Trump abhorent, I recall that it was Gingrich who sowed the seeds that allowed Trump to happen.

#178 Drinking on 01.07.21 at 8:40 pm

#173 Robert Ash

You mean; just like Garth is doing for all of us on his postings/blog???

#179 Steve on 01.07.21 at 8:40 pm

The last days were crazy for my portfolio. With the senate control, I expect the USA will start spending by giving money to the people who will spend it. I expect inflation.
The sad thing about the attack on the capital was the law enforcement or should we say lack of enforcement. It looks like only the secret service took their job seriously with the shooting of the protester trying to gain access to parts of the building. Biden is going to have very big job trying to clean up and restore the USA. I hope he does it, I am betting part of my retirement on it.

#180 Dog Breath on 01.07.21 at 8:47 pm

By mistake this was posted to previous article.

Yes, Trump is done, finished. The United States Deep State, after four years of relentless attacks from the controlled corporate media with RussiaGate and all the vicious personal attacks has finally done him in. The coup d’etat was of course the phony rigged election.
OK, he’s gone but there remains over 71 million Americans who voted for him and millions more who’s votes were flushed down the memory hole. These people know they are having their country, their livelihood, and their culture stolen from them. It spite of wishful thinking, these people remain, they’re not going away. The question is how will the oligarchs, the real rulers deal with them. We will see !!

Curious. Who’s stealing ‘the culture’ of 71 million people? – Garth

#181 David Greene on 01.07.21 at 8:53 pm

Why the heck not? Twitter, Friendface, etc. are all privately-owned platforms. Those corporations have zero obligation to offer a platform to Trump. Trump and his cronies and followers whine and rant about how evil it is that they get knocked off these platforms. They can go create their own. But they know these platforms have a larger following, and let’s face it, they want to reach some centrists and/or left-leaning people as well.

#170 Nonplused on 01.07.21 at 8:05 pm

I’m also getting really nonplused with the new major media (Facebook, Twitter, Google). “This claim is disputed and cannot be retweeted” they say if Trump claims election fraud. Then they ban him. They can ban the President of the United States! I’m not talking about whether the claims are true or false, only about whether Twitter should be the arbiter. They don’t ban the “Flat Earth Society”! And I should know, I am a member. (PS it is a psy-op. It is how we spot the crazies.)

#182 FriedEggs on 01.07.21 at 8:59 pm

Its because its Merry Christmas – Christ is Born!

No crashes today.

#183 Dogman01 on 01.07.21 at 9:00 pm

173 Robert Ash

Absolutely correct.

If they believed in Democracy we have all the tools to have a real democracy.

Red tie or Blue Tie, democracy is just an illusion.
Like the MSM our “democracy” is a tool for control.

#184 Drinking on 01.07.21 at 9:09 pm

Damn, I hope that I did not portray my previous post as an angst against Garth; my point is that Garth has provided us with the most democratic outline out there and was only reminding post 173 (Robert Ash) of it; there are many other avenues; ok, start one!

#185 conan on 01.07.21 at 9:11 pm

“He is going to be a major force in politics until he is in the ground. Count on it.”

I will be surprised if he lasts one year. He either gets sent to prison as a traitor , or some country that he made very angry does a high level take out.

For more than a year I have been saying Trump would lose the House , Senate and the Presidency. I also called Biden for the win before he even decided to officially run.

#186 Cici on 01.07.21 at 9:30 pm

Thanks for another GREAT post!

You called it…again ;-)

#187 Ponzius Pilatus on 01.07.21 at 9:37 pm

I can’t help but feeling uneasy about the ever widening gap between Wall Street and Mainstreet.
The hubris on one side. And the doom and gloom, on the other.
Something has to give.
Biden probably will try to reign in Mr. Market.
I wish him luck.

#188 Ted Fifty on 01.07.21 at 9:39 pm

I fully expect If I rush the Congress hall
In a group of rioters with unknow intentions I most likely
will be shot dead on the spot. For that reason
It’s not likely I’ll every attempt it.

#189 Ted Fifty on 01.07.21 at 9:39 pm

No Man serves two masters.
No man gives loyalty while demanding it.
No Man leads if following.
No man can demand respect while squandering it.
No Man is ethical when fashioning his own greatness at cost and detriment of others.
No Man gets legacy without building it.
No Man can expect mercy without having the substance of it.
No Man is an island unless his malignant ego is used to build it.

#190 Winterpeg on 01.07.21 at 9:42 pm

Quite a different tone in today’s speech by Trump.
He had a good speech writer.
Although Pence called National guard, not Trump?
Or at least Trump delayed in calling it?
And his comment at the end: “to my supporters, this is only the beginning.” …. Does he mean a new reality TV show, or what?

#191 truefacts on 01.07.21 at 9:47 pm

Biden – what will happen with no checks/balances?

1. massive deficits
2. increased taxes
3. attack on oil (bye keystone xl, bye US energy independence)
4. bending over for China allowing them to keep rising and eclipse US as global power
5. hard turn left on social issues

Let’s check back in two years to see how it unfolds…

#192 Sara on 01.07.21 at 9:58 pm

Interesting read.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/opinion-police-response-us-capitol-building-racism-1.5864611

#193 Victor on 01.07.21 at 9:59 pm

Nothing is new , we celebrate the victory of the Wall Street. And live happily ever after.

#194 Uncle Charlie on 01.07.21 at 10:02 pm

Faron, I may not agree with some of the things you post, but overall, I value your opinion. We need both sides of the argument on here.

As far as Biden goes (and the exit of Trump), my main concern is the hawkish nature of many of the people he’s appointing. If the US isn’t invading at least one country in the next 4 years, I’d be surprised. Other than that, let’s see what he can do to take the US into a more positive direction. Time will tell.

#195 Old Ron on 01.07.21 at 10:02 pm

LETS LOOK AT THE TRUMP 4 YEAR MARKET :

DOW JONES 30 UP 57% / 14.3% A YEAR

S&P 500 UP 68.3% / 17% A YEAR

If we get 6% GDP growth we will have inflation. = Much higher interest rates

Booming economy = the end of QE, and direct participation in the market by the US Federal Reserve.

A Booming economy will mean tighter money, and investors will be turning to Value stocks which should do well. Growth Stocks will get thumped, and they represent a large piece of thew stock pie.

Prediction Biden will see flat to negative stock market for 4 years.

#196 Reality is stark on 01.07.21 at 10:08 pm

And if you really want to learn something of value read Stealth War by Robert Spalding.
All this idiotic political Trump/Anti-Trump mindless debate.
Wake up folks, you are not properly focused.
Cheering the fact that the socialists are ultimately selling you down the river is no cause for celebration. Ask the young people in Southern Spain what their economic prospects are as their manufacturing sector was devastated over the last 20 years to the CCP. Now that tourism has been crushed you can only imagine their optimism living in their parents basement at 40.
A story to be replicated here as we spend other people’s money recklessly by overpaying public wages we cannot afford.
Stupid is as stupid does.

#197 Faron on 01.07.21 at 10:11 pm

Some real class-acts were part of the mob ranging from run of the mill MAGA(ts) to full blown neo-nazis.

MAGA(t):

https://nypost.com/2021/01/07/nyc-man-who-breached-us-capitol-is-son-of-prominent-brooklyn-judge/

Twitter thread IDing the goons who largely IDed themselves:

https://twitter.com/Gagladla/status/1347133200544522241

#198 AlbertaGuy in AB on 01.07.21 at 10:12 pm

Dolce, I like the idea of your weekly report, this might help

https://covid19tracker.ca/vaccinationtracker.html

Alberta seems to be in the lead as far as distribution of current vaccine stock (76% of jabs used)

Might be something similar for IT?

Speaking of your homeland, I watched a couple of very nice videos on youtube…a nice way to escape in our locked down world….its like taking a vacation without all the hassle!

3 hr Venice Canal Tour from last August
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riZWEoGKyuU

2 hr walking tour of Ovierto from July https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=is7fJVLo9Js

#199 Jo on 01.07.21 at 10:28 pm

In agreement with 133 and 172. This group is becoming tiresome. Wage your personal wars elsewhere. Be nice if you guys just tried to focus and comment on the topic, nothing else.

#200 Morrey on 01.07.21 at 10:30 pm

This is the end
Beautiful friend
“This is the end
My only friend, the end

Lost in a Roman wilderness of pain
And all the children are insane
All the children are insane
Waiting for the summer rain, yeah”

#201 DON on 01.07.21 at 10:34 pm

#125 Sara on 01.07.21 at 6:37 pm
@Faron, I took your poll. And picked two of the options.

It would be interesting to do a similar poll for some of the other regulars here.
**********
Only Garth has the ability to poll. You are free to nominate. “Name and Shame”

Crowded and I, have exchanged furious comments – were basic misunderstandings but we apologized like adults and moved on. Time is too precious too waste trying to get the upper hand in and argument that gets in the way of a solution.

Fishman said it very well in his post.

Let’s get back to understanding each view point in a constructive manner. If not there will be a lot of nominations and no blog alliance will help anyone. Garth will not hesitate to boot them, as he should, it’s his name and reputation and his blog. It is bad enough Garth has to deal with the daily lack of reading comprehension, accusing him of flip flopping. His has WAY more patience than me.

@Jag – no need for you to go anywhere.

#202 Doug in London on 01.07.21 at 10:34 pm

@Suburban Bob, post #101:
Good one! Then again, with many people leaving the city I wonder if they’re flocking to a sales office in Bancroft or Coboconk. If those places are too expensive maybe they’ll try Gogama or Fauquier.

#203 Playing the victim card on 01.07.21 at 10:34 pm

#4 Pete Tanner on 01.07.21 at 1:48 pm

This is why I stopped working 8 years ago and just live off my meager annual CPP, OAS, savings until I leave and be in peace from this world that is so rigged.

Pete, as mentioned yesterday, you can choose to be a puppet or a boss in this world. Sounds like you’ve played your cards and didn’t like them … and then took your marbles home with you.

Hey … if that works for you, so be it. I’ve chosen another route … much, much different than yours. There ain’t no mulligans in life!

#204 Ustabe on 01.07.21 at 10:35 pm

Remember, here in Canada the Liberals federally have been in power for 70% of the time since 1867. They are responsible for most of the high taxes, high cost of living, high loss of freedom in Canada.

And there is probably a reason for that.

As I have posted all too often I have worked on two successful provincial PC campaigns which punched my ticket to a federal PC campaign. Which was successful. Even back then when the Progressive Conservative Party wasn’t full of the nothing burgers as it is today I was sure not going to remain in Ottawa…I could have been a contender but I removed myself as I saw zero long term benefit with remaining in the confines and on the payroll of the PC’s.

So I came home and went to adult work instead of the playing around stuff I was doing. And just like Sail Away I was successful. As was my wife. She built and ran the largest veterinary hospital north of Victoria. Big difference between a vet hospital and a vet clinic. Big money when she sold it too.

I ran my little cafes and diners and my brother and I did a little side gig with rental real estate in Calgary. Unlike the take that a business owner can’t get cash for the business I sure did. My partner in Calgary died, the business was there, I was here and getting older. Between the various insurance policies we held one on the other and the money the overtaking company offered even after the realtors, the tax lawyers, the tax accountants (plural, both) and the CRA I still qualified for private banking when all was done.

Today, just like Sail Away we are beyond comfortable, we are comfortable without having to even think about being careful. My wife bought a small office building a year and a half ago so she could house a couple of her favourite charities rent free.

And we did all this despite whoever was in power politically, whoever was imposing rules and regulation, whoever was attempting to impede our progress. Over a lifetime, sure, but boy did we have mostly fun doing it.

In Canada. The fact that any of you can’t is telling to me. Says something about aptitude and attitude.

In retirement I have invested in a small, boutique long term care residence company. Zero Covid cases and line ups both from folks who want to work for us and for families that want to place their loved ones. I invested in two drunks who I met in a bar. Bush rats we call them out here. They make a living pulling salal, scrap metal, berries, mushrooms, whatever out of the bush and selling it on. They thought that they had a mushroom business. My knowledge of food brokers and my money has tripled their sales, doubled their income and has been very lucrative for me as well.

Just playing around and I have more income than most. In Canada, my country. All you scrots bitching and moaning about socialist this and socialist that don’t even know what true conservatism is…how in the world do you expect those of us that prosper in this great country to even begin to take you seriously.

And as penance for a nonplused length posting here’s a tip: Would you buy shares in a company who has just signed on to produce EV’s for Honda with part of the reason being better batteries that have longer range, charge quicker and are more environmentally benign than the ones from LG or Panasonic. Think full sized delivery trucks with 1,000 mile range. Pick ups, SUVs with massive tow power and range that doubles and triples what is going on today. That is part of why Honda has partnered up with GM.

#205 GRG on 01.07.21 at 10:35 pm

Garth might delete this post because he thinks I’m dissing him, but who allowed the photo substitution at the top of the column today?

Instead of the much needed cute canine shot, we get…what?…people refusing to pay admission before they use the D.C. Parks & Recreation public climbing wall.

Bring back the mutts I say!

#206 Calguy on 01.07.21 at 10:38 pm

Trump may have won without corona virus. Why is China refusing the WHO entry to do an investigation? There are more questions than answers. Why is life back to more normal in China than here? I am still suspicious of this whole thing and am worried about theUSA being too lenient in global affairs. I do hope that the USA can somehow come together from all this. Looking at ourselves 2021 is not bringing any hope either with slow vaccine rollout and continuing high cases. The chief public health officer just said a coup,e of weeks ago that transmission from flight is about 1 percent of the cases. All of the sudden we are having more and more restrictions and rights taken away. Why has the govt been so slow to bring in rapid testing? This was needed months ago. The economy needs to get off the ground and rapid tests could help in many sectors. The mental health issues I see from workers is like I’ve never seen before. SAD, depression and anxiety are all prevalent. I usually go south a couple of times a year to get vitamin D and just have a warm break from the cold winter. With all the restrictions that can’t happen. I’m grateful to work but can’t quarantine because not working from home. Here’s hoping for govt to treat this as war time. Heck getting H1N1 shot seemed more priority than then getting a vaccine now.

#207 Tick Tock on 01.07.21 at 10:44 pm

#12 KNOW IT ALL on 01.07.21 at 2:13 pm
BOUT RIGHT

“Canada must feel like they live in an apartment above a meth lab.”

We are!

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Which didn’t sound that bad until we realized that our windows and doors were sealed and locked from the outside, the smoke alarms were going off, the fire was coming thru the floorboards, and the SWAT team decided to land on our roof in a helicopter!

#208 Grg on 01.07.21 at 10:46 pm

You’re assuming Trumpers are paying attention. They’re not.

Got a call from a Trumper buddy in S/E WA yesterday during the occupation. I asked him if he was watching events unfolding in Washington. Nope, didn’t know a thing about it. Said he’d check it out and muttered something about a couple of million Biden votes which came from China.

Don’t give these people too much credit.

#209 Diamond Dog on 01.07.21 at 10:59 pm

#165 Nonplused on 01.07.21 at 7:51 pm

Trump has pretty much lost all credibility with what he says. A couple days ago, he said he would never admit defeat for the rest of his life, today he’s saying the opposite, tomorrow who knows but at this point, I’m not sure many still care. It’s really hard for Trump to put his riot rally back in the bottle now, and this following Sunday’s Georgia call to rig an election, it’s a total shit show. Really, its a shit show of a shit show, its up past his neck now.

Today, Trump is toxic. Tomorrow, he’s a pariah. By next week, Trump’s a leper. The knives are out for him now. Most our thinking about their future (finally) with this in mind now. Karl Rove’s words at FOX set the tone below at media that is as bias as it gets, Trump can no longer be defended. How can anyone, Trump incited a riot to the capital building no less! It’s beyond dispute, it’s unmoored, unhinged, its treasonous and simply reinforces the fact that it’s not Trump’s first treasonous act.

Hey, inciting a deadly riot isn’t just treasonous, its indictable! Trump is asking aids about self pardons when the legal strategy is full of holes, no one is above the law. Trump legally right now is best off to just go along with a 25th amendment so Pence can pardon him, its his best play to stay out of jail. A presidential pardon from vice president Ford worked for Nixon, there is a legal precedent, it will probably work for Trump but a self pardon? Doubtful and if the 25th amendment isn’t invoked, the Dems will go after Trump and he’ll have no friends to defend him. Maybe exile to Russia is Trump’s best choice, like seriously, where would he go?

Thing is, its not like Republicans shouldn’t have seen this coming, they failed to act and now they own everything that comes next as all three houses have just turned blue and all the momentum is on the Dem’s side:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/topstories/karl-rove-latest-trump-statement-too-little-too-late/vi-BB1czbF5

#210 YVR 60% Crash on 01.07.21 at 11:01 pm

#80 JB on 01.07.21 at 4:28 pm
“You should care as the current clown has the Nuclear Codes. This surely is a land of confusion!”
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Well! for few more weeks I wouldn’t think that so bad.
The bigger clown for the next 4 years that really freaked me out ….

#211 Rural Rick on 01.07.21 at 11:02 pm

Actually Trump did not call the National Guard This guy did
Ralph Northam
@GovernorVA
My team and I are working closely with @MayorBowser
, @SpeakerPelosi
, and @SenSchumer
to respond to the situation in Washington, D.C.
Per the Mayor’s request, I am sending members of the Virginia National Guard along with 200 Virginia State Troopers.
Once Trump heard that he immediately took credit.
Check it out.

#212 Vanreal on 01.07.21 at 11:17 pm

Thanks so much for your great post today Garth. Let’s hope we’ve seen the last of that crazed egomaniac and his creepy family. I will say that reading the tone and vitriol in so many of today’s comments makes me fear for the future. Today was my last day of reading the comments section. I think you should consider shutting it down.

#213 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.07.21 at 11:45 pm

@#187 Ponzzzzzzz

Sorry, fell asleep.

#214 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.07.21 at 11:52 pm

@#192 Sara

Nothing interesting about it.
More CBC pro socialist, politically correct drivel.

A billion dollar a year budget to have our “national tv channel” urinate on the very people that pay for their existence.
Which, if the CBC were forced to survive in the real world , would be very short lived.

Do you have any other links that are worth while or just more of the same?

#215 Sail Away on 01.08.21 at 12:02 am

Re: Type 1 civilization

Yes! Never have we as a species been less at odds, more technologically advanced, and more interconnected. Actual wars involving land seizure have been eradicated, with Kuwait being the most recent attempt. We now live in a global community with global expectations of behaviour applied to all.

Here we are being astounded at people wandering through the Capitol building when even 50 years ago, large scale genocide was still occurring.

Human existence is now simpler and more secure than it’s ever been.

I just finished reading ‘Sapiens’ by Yuval Harari, which details the gigantic advancements made throughout human existence. Excellent book.

#216 Nonplused on 01.08.21 at 12:38 am

#176 Sara on 01.07.21 at 8:30 pm
#168 Nonplused on 01.07.21 at 8:05 pm
“I’m also getting really nonplused with the new major media (Facebook, Twitter, Google). “This claim is disputed and cannot be retweeted” they say if Trump claims election fraud. Then they ban him. They can ban the President of the United States! I’m not talking about whether the claims are true or false, only about whether Twitter should be the arbiter. They don’t ban the “Flat Earth Society”! And I should know, I am a member. (PS it is a psy-op. It is how we spot the crazies.)”

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Free speech does not include giving people a forum from which to incite civil unrest. Trump has been riling his base up for weeks. Yesterday was the last straw – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat were morally obligated to not continue to give him a platform from which to cause further rioting and violence.

Would you like to see a repeat of yesterday or worse on January 20th?

——————————-

Trump also told his followers to “peacefully go home”. Twitter banned that too, before the message could really get out.

Elon Musk said something along the lines that “Whatever happens will be the most entertaining”. Scott Adams elaborated by saying “Of course. The AI bots that control the news flow are programmed for maximum views.”

We live in a world of click-bait. If we are to understand the situation from what we can verify, one woman who posed no threat to anybody according to the to riot police standing behind her was shot in the neck, and 3 other people died of unspecified medical reasons. The capital did not burn. The “rioters” for the most part were walking in the ropes like they were on a tour. Not all of them mind you.

It was still a disgrace though. The protestors should not have entered the building and disrupted the proceedings.

But of course that viewpoint wouldn’t have generated as many clicks.

Please understand that if you get your news from the MSM, Facebook, Twitter, or Google you are being conditioned to believe absurdities. And of course if you get your news from the alternative media it is mostly conspiracy theories. They are all of them about the clicks and the ad revenue that follows. Truth, if such a thing still exists, is no longer important, and you will be hard pressed to find it on your devices.

#217 SeeB on 01.08.21 at 1:19 am


#128 Stan Jacobs on 01.07.21 at 6:40 pm

Harry Cloberra #118, this is very interested you say that 30 years now they have been brainwashing kids socialism is the answer in America for 30 years.

It is just over 30 years the collapse of the USSR. The biggest communist 75 year experiment called the USSR, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. It makes sense they have to latch on to some similar amount of population like the US.

The USSR was around 289 million in population back in 1989 and the US population is today, 2021 is 331 million. It makes sense to me and looks really similar and coincidental that after 30 years now this is happening after 1 generation or so.

It was Ronald Reagan that told the US in 1964 a speech freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. The US is slipping away day by day.
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Would you say the main issue with the USSR was socialism, or authoritarianism?

As we have learned from the US’s brand of democratic capitalism, what you call a system is not always what it actually is in practice.

Would you say what Regan did with the unions was pro-freedom? When the Americans bomb a place, is it to bring freedom, or is it to enforce their own will?

Politicians use beautiful language to describe what their vision is for the country, while the actual policy they bring forward only secures those dreams for a few, while excluding the many.

Did the average citizen in the USSR truly have ownership, or even a say, in the means of production?

Even evil Mr. H called his project “National Socialism”, but what was the defining characteristic? Was it the workers truly owning those means, or was it brutal repression and conquest for the benefit of the few?

We get so hung up on names and words, and ignore what people actually do.

#218 Peter Kook on 01.08.21 at 4:06 am

Too many dogs today on the picture :-)

#219 Arse on 01.08.21 at 4:28 am

Things are very unpredictable for me at present. Anything can happen in the USA in the near future. I think this kind of things are going to happen in other countries as well.

#220 NEVER GIVE UP on 01.08.21 at 4:46 am

From first world to third in four years!

#221 BillyBob on 01.08.21 at 6:13 am

Jag, please don’t quit posting. Your whimsical and intelligent comments add sorely-needed value. Some of us have the attention span to read more than a few words.

Faron, for the record I support your right to post whatever you want. Garth is the final arbiter, no one else. I may personally prefer you didn’t, if only because your neediness is so cringe-inducing it makes the skin crawl, but I would never demand you leave. I do not share your belief in cancel culture.

But frankly, someone who would set up their own online poll to assess their popularity on an anonymous forum does not get to complain when they are judged to be the epitome of what Millennials are mocked for. It could only be more on the nose if you had bought a battered cross and nailed yourself to it.

And please do not flatter yourself by thinking I participated in your latest quest for validation. I can’t remember how many tens of thousands of visitors Garth said visit this site daily, read the comments, but don’t write any. But I hope you do the math and realize that 16 views is statistically insignificant and might wake you to the fact that what you (and I) write is too.

I really don’t mean that unkindly, on the contrary to relieve your evident stress that your “message” is so poorly received. Do you think CEF has a meltdown just because Ponzi isn’t enlightened enough to realize fart references are hilarious?

Now could we get back to discussing airplanes, international living, travel, booze…uh…I meant, real estate, personal finance, and investing please?

#222 KLNR on 01.08.21 at 6:35 am

@#160 John Dimas on 01.07.21 at 7:43 pm
KLNR, we will see in the next few years how much you will be laughing as US and the western world is a so called socialist paradise which means a complete disaster. Freedom is taken for granted and if you don’t fight for it it is lost.

Remember, here in Canada the Liberals federally have been in power for 70% of the time since 1867. They are responsible for most of the high taxes, high cost of living, high loss of freedom in Canada. Good luck seeing the future as a socialist utopia.

oh man, cheer up already. life has consistently gotten better since 1867 lol. covid not withstanding at the moment, life for most has never been better. we’ve always been a social democracy, can’t wait to see this socialist utopia fantasy you speak of.

#223 Gravy Train on 01.08.21 at 7:37 am

#215 Nonplused on 01.08.21 at 12:38 am
“Truth, if such a thing still exists, is no longer important, and you will be hard-pressed to find it on your devices.” The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction (i.e., the reality of experience) and the distinction between true and false (i.e., the standards of thought) no longer exist.
― Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

#224 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.08.21 at 8:28 am

90 million people have been ( or still are) infected.
22 million Americans infected.
375,000 Americans dead.
400,000 dead by Jan20?
Trump the loser.
12 more days.
No Twitter.
Trumped.

#225 IHCTD9 on 01.08.21 at 8:53 am

One thing with the West today, is that people are too taken with Politics. This stuff should be way down the priority list. Right now, some of the kids won’t even date someone who votes for “X”, or is a “X”, or who doesn’t think “X”. Meanwhile lots of knuckle draggers my age are married to card carrying Socialist NDP loving lefties. Probably the same for the Boomers.

Ms. IH and I are polar opposites politically, neither one of our votes has counted for years (although she did not vote for Trudeau last time because of blackface). Living is busy and can be tough, striking people out of your life because of how they vote is a loss for you, and a fail.

I have found in some ways, left/right thinking complement each other in relationships – if this thinking is left in its natural mild state.

#226 TurnerNation on 01.08.21 at 8:54 am

How’s everyone liking the New System so far? In under a year it’s gone from “two weeks to flatten!” into WW3 Curfews – rolling out at the same time in the former First World countries. Yes curfews same as in WW2 (hint, we lost the real war. My grandparents tried hard)
Asia is excepted they are already under tight control.

The script must be rolled out SLOWLY so as not to spook us. Yes, Moderna just let it slip that the jab is good only for a year or two. Then you would lose your freedoms again. Why? Google ID2020.org it has been planned for years.

Anybody not on board with this plan has been FIRED. Did you notice a dozen people you had elected, in Kanada, were punted this week? The excuse of travel. What co-incience.

And this. It starts with the children, in this New System. Which is why Ontario cancelled in person classes…again…this week. Only 1 month!
The permanent lockdowns were extended again – in BC and Northern Ontario. Look for more curfews, per the plan.

So how long until UBI arrives in all the First world countries? Minimum wage = Maximum wage under the New System (UN new global order). $15 serfs

#227 Gravy Train on 01.08.21 at 9:05 am

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
― Abraham Lincoln

#228 IHCTD9 on 01.08.21 at 9:11 am

#192 Sara on 01.07.21 at 9:58 pm
Interesting read.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/opinion-police-response-us-capitol-building-racism-1.5864611\
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More like right on cue.

#229 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.08.21 at 9:22 am

If you can tune a piano….can you tuna fish?

– Donald Trump

#230 George S on 01.08.21 at 9:25 am

One useful thing that Trump and social media have done is exposed many people as to who they really are and you can avoid having anything to do with them (unfortunately it also allows you to join with them and rile each other up)
I used to tell my kids that every thing you do is noticed by others and it can either open or close doors to things that you never knew were there.

I watched a Judge Judy show one day when she told one woman “I bet you are one of those people that always has problems”

#231 Sara on 01.08.21 at 9:45 am

#227 IHCTD9 on 01.08.21 at 9:11 am
#192 Sara on 01.07.21 at 9:58 pm
Interesting read.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/opinion-police-response-us-capitol-building-racism-1.5864611\
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More like right on cue.
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Sadly, yes.

#232 Job#1 on 01.08.21 at 9:47 am

If bond yields spike on the expectation of GDP growth, will CBs still keep rates at rock bottom til 2023 as previously forecast? Or will rates start to rise earlier than expected? If so, that might start to squeeze those overly indebted. Sounds like the second half of Biden’s term, with QE gradually diminishing, might not be so rosy.

Faron: I will not lavish my time to confirm or deny your worth to this blog, or to further your quest for attention. That’s Garth’s prerogative.

Jaguar: I enjoy and appreciate your comments. Allow our host to decide who goes or stays.

#233 Came back from St. Mike's hospital on 01.08.21 at 9:53 am

Canada is a bankrupt third world country, multi culti scam will fail miserably.

The daily AGITPROP and terror garbage spewed by incompetent and idiotic governments is like heroin u need higher and higher doses, until the addict dies..

Caught in their own web of deceit the governments now have a PAVLOVIAN reflex of more terror and more lockdown but predictably nothing works.

For GARTH the intelligent do u know what comes after govt induced FEAR, the sentiment will be FURY..

#234 Dharma Bum on 01.08.21 at 10:03 am

Is anyone else in Ontario as excited as I am about a Quebec style curfew?

That would truly make COVID the great equalizer.

As it is, the progressively strict (and increasingly useless) lockdowns have pushed normal people into my sordid lifestyle – y’know – staying home every day, sleeping in, not working, collecting some form of government administered money (in my case it’s my own money -CPP-but it’s kind of pogey like), over eating, over drinking, watching Netflix, and consuming more THC.

Now, with the possibility of CURFEW, even more people can become a slug like me: never going out at night, and going to bed by 9PM, then waking up to start the whole sorry cycle over again in perpetuity.

Who knew that I would have been the one to set this trend in motion years ago?

I guess that’s what FU money does. Thanks Garth, if it wasn’t for your investment advice years ago (and I mean way before this blog), I couldn’t have become the successful, no-need-to-work Dharma Bum that I am.

Now the guv is making everyone into bums.

Brilliant.

Namaste.

#235 Sara on 01.08.21 at 10:09 am

#215 Nonplused on 01.08.21 at 12:38 am
#176 Sara on 01.07.21 at 8:30 pm
#168 Nonplused on 01.07.21 at 8:05 pm
“I’m also getting really nonplused with the new major media (Facebook, Twitter, Google). “This claim is disputed and cannot be retweeted” they say if Trump claims election fraud. Then they ban him. They can ban the President of the United States! I’m not talking about whether the claims are true or false, only about whether Twitter should be the arbiter. They don’t ban the “Flat Earth Society”! And I should know, I am a member. (PS it is a psy-op. It is how we spot the crazies.)”

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Free speech does not include giving people a forum from which to incite civil unrest. Trump has been riling his base up for weeks. Yesterday was the last straw – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat were morally obligated to not continue to give him a platform from which to cause further rioting and violence.

Would you like to see a repeat of yesterday or worse on January 20th?

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Trump also told his followers to “peacefully go home”. Twitter banned that too, before the message could really get out.
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I knew you would come back with that.

Have you heard of the term “damage control”?

Because Trump said a few words that sounded reasonable after the fact, doesn’t negate all the inciting rhetoric used prior to the event of yesterday.

Think Non-plussed. Think. Stop being sucked into the lies.

#236 Victor Maitland on 01.08.21 at 10:16 am

Ustabe has a point. All of you lighting your hair on fire over “socialism”, or over politics in general, need to remember this Barbara Bush quote: “What happens in your house is more important than what happens in the Whitehouse.” We can easily translate that into Canadian: “What happens in your house is more important than what happens in the House of Commons.” I cannot help but notice that the successful people I’ve known over the years were successful under Liberal and Conservative governments federally, and PC, Liberal and NDP governments provincially. The only people I know who were in any way derailed by government were those whose businesses were directly dependent on government contracts when the government changed direction. (I’ll make an exception for the NEP, which was devastating for those working in the oil patch.)

I am not defending socialism, and I happen to believe that Pierre Trudeau badly damaged this country, and that his son is going to be equally damaging, if he hasn’t been already. But an obsession with politics, or worse, with government itself, whether you’re of the left or the right, is a cancer that is sure to bring more socialism, not less. That’s why the SJWs who support Trudeau and the right wingers who support Trump had very similar results when it came to the expansion of government spending. Trump ran record deficits during boom years to finance tax cuts and reckless spending. Trudeau used a deadly epidemic to promote a massive expansion of the social safety net. Either way we got more government and less freedom. Right or left, the equation is the same: Obsess over government and politics, and you will get more of both in your life. Want more freedom and less government? Stop obsessing over politics and government and get to work on your own stuff, whatever that might be. You get a vote every four years. Other than that you have little influence over the direction of government. But you do have the ability to change your own life. It’s 2021; what are you going to do this year? Blame Trump and Trudeau? Complain about socialism? Or capitalism? Or colonialism? Or some other ism that you’re convinced is destroying your future? Or are you going to take action to improve your own lot? When I was young, I wish someone would have slapped me in the head- good and hard – and posed that exact question, replacing 2021 with 1991 or so. I just did it for you. You’re welcome.

#237 Sara on 01.08.21 at 10:18 am

@Faron,

I hope you ignore all the rude comments from those who would like to see you leave and/or enjoy putting you down. Most seem to fall into the Trump-apologist, man-made climate change denier camps, so who cares what they think about you.

Stick around. Make them squirm some more in their own cognitive dissonance. Hopefully a few of the less stuck in the mud ones will learn something.

And try not to let them see when they get to you – they love that.

#238 canadian ex-pat on 01.08.21 at 10:19 am

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#239 Apocalypse NOW on 01.08.21 at 10:29 am

The chaos Wednesday was just one small hint of what is to come.

PREPARE

#240 canadian ex-pat on 01.08.21 at 10:33 am

#232 Came back from St. Mike’s hospital

You are asolutelly right.
I think you are from Russian origin and you undersand
the situation, contrary to canadians with frozen brain,

“The daily AGITPROP and terror garbage spewed by incompetent and idiotic governments is like heroin u need higher and higher doses, until the addict dies..”
Exelent description.

#241 Sara on 01.08.21 at 10:34 am

#229 George S on 01.08.21 at 9:25 am
“One useful thing that Trump and social media have done is exposed many people as to who they really are and you can avoid having anything to do with them (unfortunately it also allows you to join with them and rile each other up)”
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For sure. Personally, I am rethinking some key relationships in my life, that were struggling before, but now are even more challenging as fallout from the cult of Trump and right-wing media. Having excused much behaviour in the past, I am now even more convinced that their thinking is, well, ‘problematic’ and not likely to improve. It has gotten to the point where I stay clear of any political topic because otherwise, they will repeat conspiracy theories and propaganda to explain anything they don’t want to face up to.

There are endless articles, support groups, psychological analyses, books, etc focussing on the cult of Trump effect and right-wing propaganda. Even intelligent (in some ways) people are sucked into it. :(

#242 Diamond Dog on 01.08.21 at 10:37 am

#220 BillyBob on 01.08.21 at 6:13 am

Distractions, yeah… personal banter back and forth, entertaining as certain contexts may be, I’m looking forward to its fade back into the shadows so that the brighter minds of steerage can shine in the direction of this blogs wide lens mission. :)

#243 Oakville Rocks! on 01.08.21 at 10:39 am

I imagine the moment Trump realized he might have a place in politics occurred when he saw the now famous exchange between Senator John McCain (running for President at the time) and a woman at a town hall in Minnesota during the 2008 campaign. The woman, standing, addresses McCain “I can’t trust Obama. I have read about him, and he’s not, um, he’s an Arab”. McCain, the decent man that he was, corrects her, defends his rival Obama and even goes so far as to say he admires and respects him.

You have to think Trump saw this and thought of McCain, what a loser, use this woman’s gullibility and ignorance/racism to your advantage. Although it would have served him and his interests to do so, McCain understood the damage that lies, misinformation and conspiracy theories can do to a democracy and was not having it, forcefully speaking up on Obama’s behalf and against the lies told about him.

Trump, having preyed on the gullibility and greed of people who bought into the myth of Trump the Tycoon through Trump University and the Trump foundation, knew there would be an opening in politics for someone who catered to these “forgotten, voiceless Americans”. And so Trump the politician was born.

Yesterday, a woman and a policeman died because this reckless, feckless narcissist, having preyed upon the gullibility and ignorance of his followers for more than two months with baseless conspiracy theories about election fraud, urged them to do what people of integrity and common sense had refused to do – deny the legitimate election of Joe Biden by threatening the security of the lawmakers elected by all Americans. It is telling that those here who so frequently preach the gospel of personal responsibility are now so silent when it comes to holding President Trump responsible. The Wall Street Journal, a bastion of common sense Conservative values, this morning is urging Trump to resign to avoid his legitimate impeachment.

As much as I loathe Trump, we probably agree on one thing. When he looks out upon his followers and the enabling sycophants who stroke his ego and propagate his nonsense, he must be thinking one thing, dumb and dumber.

#244 KLNR on 01.08.21 at 10:47 am

@#232 Came back from St. Mike’s hospital on 01.08.21 at 9:53 am
Canada is a bankrupt third world country, multi culti scam will fail miserably.

The daily AGITPROP and terror garbage spewed by incompetent and idiotic governments is like heroin u need higher and higher doses, until the addict dies..

Caught in their own web of deceit the governments now have a PAVLOVIAN reflex of more terror and more lockdown but predictably nothing works.

For GARTH the intelligent do u know what comes after govt induced FEAR, the sentiment will be FURY..

LOL

#245 Diamond Dog on 01.08.21 at 10:50 am

One just can’t help looking at Garth’s headliner and ask how the Trump presidency will end! The more I think on its legalize, it would be better for Trump and Republicans if he either resigned, or the 25th amendment was invoked (in the best interests of the shareholder) and then Pence pardon’s him. A Pence pardon gives Trump the best legal protection after stepping down from public life. Perhaps the best way for him would be to resign but both avenues would have to be followed up by a presidential pardon. If there’s an incentive for transactional Trump to fall on his sword or Republicans to invoke the 25th, there it is.

The CNN headline this morning read my mind “TRUMP FACES THREAT OF NEW IMPEACHMENT (that’s twice this week). If Trump doesn’t resign or a 25th amendment isn’t invoked, then the question of whether the Dems would, could and should impeach looms large.

Both newly elected Georgia Senators won’t be sworn in until next Friday on the 15th, I believe. Georgia could try to delay it, but under the circumstances (especially with that Trump Georgia call on Sunday, was it really only Sunday?), there isn’t much political capital in that. Until Georgia senators are both sworn in which likely won’t be until Monday the 18th, the Dems don’t have the power to table bills in the Senate but when they do, at any time Nancy can table it next week and Chuck can table it for a vote on the 18th in a hot minute and likely take votes within an hour.

So the question then becomes, “is it worth it?” Politically and ideologically, legally, is it worth it to impeach a sitting president with 2 days to go on his term?

Practically speaking the answer is no. Ideologically, legally and politically, there are all kinds of reasons why one should. There are standards to live up to here, examples that need to be set, precedence. Trump supporters especially need to understand this, what Trump did in inciting a riot at the capitol building no less, is more than an affront on democracy and the institutions of the rule of law, its way past a stunt here, people died. There were pipe bombs on scene, acts of terrorism, if you or I did the same thing we would be looking at 15 to 25 years in jail, maybe life without parole without a high end lawyer.

Someone like Trump who is clearly guilty of this and caught dead to rights, 2 years in jail? Flip a coin as to whether Trump spends it in minimum/medium security or does 2 years concurrent in max, that’s up to a judge. When one looks at it from a legal standpoint, any future inciter of riots can point to the president’s sentence for leniency. Precedent only goes so far, but it does have weight in the courts of law, including the argument against impunity itself.

What I’m saying is, the Dems will have to make an example of Trump whether they want to or not. What he did was criminal and he’s caught dead to rights. (that’s just riot incitement, what follows if Trump was behind lax security, potential multiple charges, it could be worse) Clearly, it will be a mix of both (Dems will and won’t want to).

Republicans will counter that with 2 days to go, its all a waste of time, a stunt. Dems will counter that Trump is a criminal and needs to be made an example of and if they had a majority Senate, Trump would have been rightfully impeached a long time ago. Some Republican Senators looking at their futures might go along with that and the Senate finds enough votes to impeach before inauguration day.

Both arguments have merit but at the end of the day, only one president from one party will be impeached… unless Republicans/Trump choose what is best for Trump (and Republicans) legally and Trump falls on his sword and resigns or Republicans scrambling to keep donors invoke the 25th and Trump is later pardoned by Pence.

Why should Republicans want Trump to resign or Pence invoke the 25th paving the way for a pardon? Without legal protection from a presidential pardon, especially if Trump isn’t impeached, newly minted AG’s will go after Trump “hard” and who really knows what they’ll find. Bribery, public theft of funds, the obviousness of inciting a riot, election tampering, fraud, Russian collusion, there are dozens of clear cut reasons of self interest as to why Republicans would want a presidential pardon for Trump.

#246 Sky on 01.08.21 at 11:08 am

Trump – the man – meant well. Trump – the president – was a failure. He was clueless as to what he was up against. A little knowledge is dangerous.

Relentless leaks, false accusations, impeachment, special investigations. Vitriolic leftist attacks from the Democrats & within his own party and from “retired” deep state bigwigs. The 24/7 slander and howling from the media. All culminating in an election which left us with more questions than answers.

What was Trump’s response to all this? The volcano threatened to erupt, is what he did. He rumbled & shook & belched out rocks, choking sulphur & tweet storms. And the media darlings couldn’t get enough.

They never let you take your eyes off this spectacle for even a minute. They screeched out in unison — Look out! He’s gonna blow! Any minute now the Russian spy will hit the nuclear button!

But there was no eruption, no engulfing lava flow. North Korea didn’t nuke us. BOTH Wall Street & Main Street flourished (all without benefit of trillions pumped in by the Fed). Unemployment reached record lows. Trump never started any wars. He pulled back troops & ISIS largely became a thing of the past.

Most everything we’ve been subjected to in the last 4 years has been a construct. A cooked up media psychodrama. In reality — the volcano was all fury and then… pfft!

Because there were no arrests. Censorship is gaining steam. Julian Assange is still rotting in prison. And BLM & Antifa were given free reign to loot & burn city after city for weeks on end. A complete Trump fizzle. Pfft.

So, this Season 4 finale is nearly over. Perhaps even with a surprise ending (emergency impeachment #2)? It was a smash hit with ratings through the roof.

A new series begins January 20 — starring Biden & his giggling VP. Featuring your favorite NeoLib villains Nancy Pelosi & Chuck Schumer in a demonic alliance with the NeoCons. An exercise in pure power unleashed.

This series will start slowly. Give it time. It will seem a little crawly & boring. But a little strange at the same time… as you stand on the shoreline and wonder where all the sand is coming from and where all the water has gone. Be patient. It will all make sense when the tsunami hits.

Volcano Trump was a bit of a disaster. But a tsunami? That’s a cataclysm.

So, 400,000 dead Americans, the complete polarization of the USA, unfounded allegations to undermine democracy and an attempted takeover of Congress by a Trump mob is…like…nothing? You Trumpets are a rare breed. – Garth

#247 tkid on 01.08.21 at 11:22 am

While the debate about US politics is stimulating, may we please have a debate about the market insanity that is Tesla? Should we buy?

#248 Michael Bruce Chase on 01.08.21 at 11:25 am

If you believe that real conservative Trump supporters were the ones who “stormed” the capitol then you are delusional. Those doing the storming were Antifa. All done so as to discredit Trump. False flag operations to provide fodder so that Pelosi and Schumer can trot out their phony outrage. Mr. Market might like it, but the tribulations are gaining momentum. The USA under Biden will now give free rain to China who have already cracked down on Hong Kong. They will now proceed to try and Annex Taiwan. A major shit storm is on the horizon.

Where do you nutjobs come from ? Why pick on my poor, defenceless blog? – Garth

#249 IHCTD9 on 01.08.21 at 11:38 am

#235 Victor Maitland on 01.08.21 at 10:16 am

Stop obsessing over politics and government and get to work on your own stuff, whatever that might be.
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Many folks have big issues with this mindset. I will offer some strategies that worked for me.

Rather than get mad that Trudeau is our PM, I developed and implemented several strategies to reduce the taxes that I pay to his government. This kept my mind busy doing positive things, and saves me a bundle. It became a bit of a hobby, and I plan on continuing indefinitely. Funny thing – I ended up being a recipient of tens of thousands of Trudeau handouts and free cash since I started not paying hardly any taxes to his government. Is that weird or what? I don’t even know what Trudeau is up to most of the time.

Take those savings and Trudeau bux and invest them in your property – labour by you. Dopamine rushes await, as does tax free capital gains. Take those handouts and stuff them into your TFSA and your RRSP – now you make jokes with your buddies about how Trudeau gave you a tax free benefit, and you employed it to lower your taxable income, generate a large tax return, and earn tax free gains! You’ll have a good laugh over a few beers, feel great, and forget all about what’s his name in Ottawa.

If all else fails, buy an antique track layer to restore. This will consume all your time and all your money. It will periodically drain you of your will to live. You will not have the time or energy to get mad about politics.

#250 LP on 01.08.21 at 11:49 am

#235 Victor Maitland on 01.08.21 at 10:16 am

Good post!!

#251 Michael Bruce Chase on 01.08.21 at 11:57 am

NUTJOB…….well only time will tell.

#252 Doug t on 01.08.21 at 12:01 pm

#238 Apocalypse Now

DUDE I’m ready – lets get this party rollin DUDE

#253 SeeB on 01.08.21 at 12:09 pm

#247 Michael Bruce Chase on 01.08.21 at 11:25 am

If you believe that real conservative Trump supporters were the ones who “stormed” the capitol then you are delusional. Those doing the storming were Antifa. All done so as to discredit Trump. False flag operations to provide fodder so that Pelosi and Schumer can trot out their phony outrage. Mr. Market might like it, but the tribulations are gaining momentum. The USA under Biden will now give free rain to China who have already cracked down on Hong Kong. They will now proceed to try and Annex Taiwan. A major shit storm is on the horizon.
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Yeah, sure there bud.

#254 Stone on 01.08.21 at 12:15 pm

Where do you nutjobs come from ? Why pick on my poor, defenceless blog? – Garth

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They may be Adele fans who want to teach your blog a lesson.

#255 SeeB on 01.08.21 at 12:15 pm

#239 canadian ex-pat on 01.08.21 at 10:33 am

#232 Came back from St. Mike’s hospital

You are asolutelly right.
I think you are from Russian origin and you undersand
the situation, contrary to canadians with frozen brain,

“The daily AGITPROP and terror garbage spewed by incompetent and idiotic governments is like heroin u need higher and higher doses, until the addict dies..”
Exelent description.

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20 years ago that was true. Now the garbage agitprop is easily made and distributed by any grifter with a microphone. Now we have an entire field of fake news personalities blaring hate and discord under the guise of free speech. MSM is tricky in that they misdirect with the truth, while the new crop or AONs and Infowars just straight up lie and yell.

It’s sad that the conservative ideology surrounding personal responsibility is so easily discarded at sight of a dollar.

#256 Sail Away on 01.08.21 at 12:16 pm

#224 IHCTD9 on 01.08.21 at 8:53 am

One thing with the West today, is that people are too taken with Politics. This stuff should be way down the priority list. Right now, some of the kids won’t even date someone who votes for “X”, or is a “X”, or who doesn’t think “X”.

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Yes, those are known as ‘intolerant people’. They would benefit greatly from a stint in the Army.

#257 A Shameless Plug for Two Good Sources on 01.08.21 at 12:16 pm

I read Garth’s columns because of who writes them, an individual who has experience across several realms and who has managed to successfully integrate lessons learned from each. He has my respect for his good judgement. And, he is successful, which surely must stick in the craw of some of the more disingenuous and unsatisfied posters on this blog. I suspect for many of the malcontents and negatives who post here that must come as uncomfortable.

Another source of information and news that I find worthwhile is the The Economist. It offers clear explanations, insightful commentary, and an overview of many areas including politics, technology, and the arts.

Trump is aging and the stress he is under will surely shorten his life and impair his capacity. I do not believe that he will be a long term threat although how he has enabled some deplorable and foul actors will be a source of anguish and conflict for decades to come.

#258 Blobby on 01.08.21 at 12:20 pm

I always find it amazing how many Spanky supporters moan about the evils of socialism, while in the same breath get upset about defunding cops or demand a $2000 hand out instead of a $600 one.

#259 neo on 01.08.21 at 12:21 pm

The end is nigh….The end of the beginning….Not the beginning of the end….

#260 Love_The_Cottage on 01.08.21 at 12:24 pm

#247 Michael Bruce Chase on 01.08.21 at 11:25 am
Where do you nutjobs come from ? Why pick on my poor, defenceless blog? – Garth
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With respect Garth, because you are enabling them.

#261 NoName on 01.08.21 at 12:31 pm

#247 Michael Bruce Chase on 01.08.21 at 11:25 am
If you believe that real conservative Trump supporters were the ones who “stormed” the capitol then you are delusional. Those doing the storming were Antifa. All done so as to discredit Trump. False flag operations to provide fodder so that Pelosi and Schumer can trot out their phony outrage. Mr. Market might like it, but the tribulations are gaining momentum. The USA under Biden will now give free rain to China who have already cracked down on Hong Kong. They will now proceed to try and Annex Taiwan. A major shit storm is on the horizon.

You are confused, fuuny thing in between last night @1am and and now i went through, 7 hours of podcasts about policy on far east from former to future policy makers. And while doing that i fogot to see dentist, lucky for me they remember to call me to come in…
Just remember that former dude runned 70-80% of forign policy from previous administration. If i got it correctly new guy might just turnit a noch up with allies, instead of going on its own.

You can print this and put it on a fridge.

#262 WTF on 01.08.21 at 12:38 pm

#294 Uncle Charlie “As far as Biden goes (and the exit of Trump), my main concern is the hawkish nature of many of the people he’s appointing. If the US isn’t invading at least one country in the next 4 years, I’d be surprised. Other than that, let’s see what he can do to take the US into a more positive direction. Time will tell.”

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As opposed to the pacifists Bonespur appointed?

Pompeo, Bolton, Flynn, O’brian, Barr, Bannon, Mattis.

Yes indeed, time will tell.

#263 Faron on 01.08.21 at 12:42 pm

#220 BillyBob on 01.08.21 at 6:13 am

Father, I took out the garbage and did the dishes. Can I go play with my friends now?

Man, if you can’t take that poll as a joke but with actual consequences that could save you from my “neediness” god help you.

And I thought you were done reading my drivel? Oh, wait, maybe you are the same rat in a cage hitting the dopamine paddle that the rest of us posters are?

#214 Sail Away on 01.08.21 at 12:02 am

Kuwait being the most recent attempt.

just semantics, but Crimea, Ukraine actually, if not more recent (Israel, Jurdistan, the levant via ISIL).

I agree with IHTCD9 and your discussion about overall trend toward a more stable and interconnected world. 7+billion apes living in tightly packed quarters. Wow. But let us not forget that the street doesn’t have to be one-way. Also read his follow up. Also, Harari draws from a swath of gender studies principles and lit.

#236 Sara on 01.08.21 at 10:18 am

Thanks. I try to. I maintain that the root of much of this is the revolt against information that big tobacco helped start and that the hippy movement helped make mainstream. Couple that with decreasing real human connection (even in light of Harari and many others’ hypotheses) leading to increased despair and a world now rife with for-profit misinformation sources and social media funhouse mirrors and you’ve got a bad mix. TBH, there’s a screwed up part of me that comes here for “community”. There’s a reason I started posting here at t+5 s after the lock downs started. How screwed up is that?

#264 KLNR on 01.08.21 at 12:42 pm

@#250 Michael Bruce Chase on 01.08.21 at 11:57 am
NUTJOB…….well only time will tell.

nah, it’s been confirmed.

#265 IHCTD9 on 01.08.21 at 12:50 pm

Here’s another great idea on how to forget about the MSM and Politicians:

Go out to your local YAMAHA dealership, and buy yourself an ultra-sweet new RMax 1000 SXS

Here’s an honest review on the RMax from a Canuck run organization from northern Ontario (along with some sweet Ontario forest trails):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ydyNnwNBl8

Buy that sucker, get yourself an EOTA permit, and plan a trip. Thousands of km worth of trails going all over the Province – you won’t need a road going vehicle AT ALL. You could easily make a week long trip out of it.

When you get back and are done scratching, all you will be thinking of is planning your next trip. Maybe trailer to Sudbury and get way up north (don’t try this if you own a Polaris).

I’ll be doing exactly this once I get Ms. IH on board with dropping 30 grand on this thing. (For my mental health, and overall wellbeing, of course.)

#266 SWL on 01.08.21 at 12:51 pm

@Sara and Faron. Get a room already

220 BillyBob nailed it

@TurnerNation – The new system sucks, but unfortunately its here to stay. Not surprising to those that have been paying attention, but there will be a steep learning curve for those who haven’t. The massive greed and corruption in this world sickens me, however I’ve learned to somewhat let it go for there is not much I can do to prevent this slow moving train wreck

I choose not to participate in the new system (as much as legally possible) and vote with my wallet. I like to understand what and where the goods I buy come from and have never been caught up in that rat race of buying junk I don’t need

I think its probably more than coincidence that this virus appeared in late 2019-20 and am amused by people who say good riddance to 2020 and welcome 2021 and figure this virus will be in the rearview. false hope. Virus or no virus, this is the long game and agenda 21, 2030 is very real and like you tirelessly point out all happening right before our eyes. Google hasn’t yet scrubbed all the info out there, but this is our future

GLTA navigating the future going forward we’re going to need it. What we don’t need is to be bickering amoungst ourselves while ignoring the real robber barons are our elected officials, either knowingly or willfully ignorant (useful idiots) towing the UN ‘Sustainable Development’ party line

For those who don’t yet know sustainable development is the buzz word for shafting us common folk while the global rulers live well beyond their means like kings and have zero shame in doing so

Ignore at your own peril

Ignorance is bliss, but its still ignorant

#267 Faron on 01.08.21 at 12:51 pm

poll update

stay: 31
go: 23
fartz: 10
dreamy: 4
N: 60

dreamy has plateaued :-/

looks like there was a 3AM vote dump, storm the capital.

I’m blown away still that now at least six people have voted fartz/dreamy but neither stay or go. Based on deltas, at least five of those six voted fartz. noted.

https://xoyondo.com/ap/CDB2rKHB7IGoM8Q

Closes at 5, then a nap and then I’ll count the mail ins. Results some time in 2Q21.

#268 IHCTD9 on 01.08.21 at 12:53 pm

#260 NoName on 01.08.21 at 12:31 pm

[re: Dentist appt.]

… lucky for me they remember to call me to come in
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This is a certainty right up there with death and taxes…

#269 Faron on 01.08.21 at 12:56 pm

#251 Doug t on 01.08.21 at 12:01 pm

#238 Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse, maybe take the Lagrangian approach and solidify your name to “Apocalypse in 10 days”

Sorry, fluid mechanics joke…

#270 Sail Away on 01.08.21 at 1:01 pm

#240 Sara on 01.08.21 at 10:34 am

Personally, I am rethinking some key relationships in my life, that were struggling before, but now are even more challenging as fallout from the cult of Trump and right-wing media. Having excused much behaviour in the past, I am now even more convinced that their thinking is, well, ‘problematic’ and not likely to improve. It has gotten to the point where I stay clear of any political topic because otherwise, they will repeat conspiracy theories and propaganda to explain anything they don’t want to face up to.

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Have you considered a stint in the Army?

#271 Diamond Dog on 01.08.21 at 1:06 pm

#215 Nonplused on 01.08.21 at 12:38 am

Trump also told his followers to “peacefully go home”. Twitter banned that too, before the message could really get out. – Nonplused

Within the same tweet, Trump called it a “stolen election” using the same language that incited a riot. What should Twitter do, start redacting Trumps tweets?

“The capital did not burn. The “rioters” for the most part were walking in the ropes like they were on a tour. Not all of them mind you.” – Nonplused

Like I said earlier, minimize and exaggerate until the riot never even happened right? Normalized and now expected, the next one barely moves the needle. 5 dead needs to be a dozen next time to generate headlines and, well, more die in a WHO concert, big whoop and each time is worse than the last which gets ignored and “how can I further my career” turns into “how can I keep from getting shot” and hate speech turns into a gas chamber.

That’s how it works man, it’s incremental over time and if stuff like this isn’t put down, it becomes a monster like 2 months of election result denial turning into a riot with 5 dead.

Walking within the ropes like rioters are on tour, a walk across a lawn, think Nonplused. More than 50 cops were injured alone. If it was you or I that incited this riot to the capitol building, we’d be doing 15 to life. What Trump did was criminal, ok? Do you get that yet?

“one woman who posed no threat to anybody according to the riot police standing behind her was shot in the neck, and 3 other people died of unspecified medical reasons.” – nonplused

Its 5 deaths now and do you understand the definition of the word “medical emergency”?

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

“A medical emergency is an acute injury or illness that poses an immediate risk to a person’s life or long-term health, sometimes referred to as a situation risking “life or limb”.” It’s not just a medical term, its a legal term. Perhaps this link will expand your awareness as to why it’s called “medical emergency”:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9124461/US-Capitol-Police-officer-DIES-following-MAGA-mob-riots-Congress-marking-FIFTH-death.html

A 50 year old stroked himself, a 55 year old gun nut had a heart attack, a 35 year old woman with a legal history got shot, a first time young woman protester from Georgia got trampled to death and a cop died from a concussion from the riot. Trump incited a riot, he’s on a 75 minute riot rally video dead to rights over it and people died because of it. Today he’s toxic, this weekend he’ll be a political pariah and next week he’s a leper. You should have known the Trump train was off it’s rails, don’t be surprised at what happens next.

#272 Jesse on 01.08.21 at 1:16 pm

Inflation rising, Bitcoin rising, Tesla rising, gold falling….

Something is very, very wrong in the world…

Stay home, watch Netflix, smoke weed.

Welcome to the roarin’ 20s.

#273 Sky on 01.08.21 at 1:17 pm

“So, 400,000 dead Americans, the complete polarization of the USA, unfounded allegations to undermine democracy and an attempted takeover of Congress by a Trump mob is…like…nothing? You Trumpets are a rare breed. – Garth”

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I’m not a Trump fan. And I’m also not a Never Trumper. Individual politicians don’t rule my emotional life. Their personalities are irrelevant. I’m not having dinner with them. Their actions & policies are the only thing that matters.

The polarization was pre-existing. That’s why Trump was elected. Media ramped up the polarization into the stratosphere & people who DO have their emotional lives invested in politics bought into this spin.

Don’t blame the COVID numbers on Trump. It was up to the governors to implement restrictions. And Trump heavily funded the warp speed vaccines.

Biden/Harris will soon be in place – Team Lockdown. Look for T2 to cozy up to his ideological counterparts & implement even more heavy handed & economically destructive policies. He’ll follow their lead in lockstep – although he hasn’t skipped a beat on his own so far.

Many in the USA are fleeing to Florida which is open for business and where you can still have some kind of a life. Watch for the new Democrat administration to come down hard on Florida.

Democrat states & judiciary were in open revolt against Trump policies (sanctuary cities, defund the police, no more ICE, etc). All with the media’s blessings. Now watch the same media go ballistic if DeSantis in Florida defies the Biden administration in any way.

CNBC barely covered the market yesterday. They were only interested in “one of the darkest days in American history” & ” the attack on the temple of our democracy.” This narrative was delivered in reverential tones.

Just when did the Capitol Building morph into a temple? Does that make Biden their God-emperor?

#274 ronh on 01.08.21 at 1:23 pm

Got Tesla? To da moon Alice!

https://i1.wp.com/northmantrader.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/TSLA.png?ssl=1

#275 IHCTD9 on 01.08.21 at 1:47 pm

#255 Sail Away on 01.08.21 at 12:16 pm
#224 IHCTD9 on 01.08.21 at 8:53 am

One thing with the West today, is that people are too taken with Politics. This stuff should be way down the priority list. Right now, some of the kids won’t even date someone who votes for “X”, or is a “X”, or who doesn’t think “X”.

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Yes, those are known as ‘intolerant people’. They would benefit greatly from a stint in the Army.
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Aye, but folks like these might not be fixable. It would take a huge life altering trauma of some kind to facilitate an organic installation of reason and wisdom.

#276 Arse on 01.08.21 at 1:49 pm

62,000 jobs lost in Canada last month and 140,000 jobs lost has no effect on housing prices and the stock market bubble.

Lockdowns are temporary, not structural. – Garth

#277 Squire on 01.08.21 at 1:51 pm

Good post Garth. Ok, it’s been 8 crazy days, see you all in 2022.

Let’s hope the pendulum doesn’t swing really far left. Landing around the middle is about right.

#278 Tudval on 01.08.21 at 1:53 pm

Pathetic. Not Trump though. Listen to Conrad Black interview on BNN. If you don’t want to listen to him, oh well, what are you doing on financial blogs, there should be a more appropriate activity for you. As for the events on Wednesday… not much happened – someone sat in Pelosi
s chair. She’ll need to disinfect it thoroughly. People died.. but why, we still don’t know. We don’t know why the police removed the fence and invited people in. It’s all on video. We don’t know why some were shouting “No Antifa!” as masked men were smashing windows while not masked men where trying to stop them. We don’t know why left wing activist was filming inside the Capitol. All we know is “Orange man bad” and allegations of *widespread* electoral fraud are unfounded. Yeah, right!

#279 KLNR on 01.08.21 at 1:54 pm

@#274 IHCTD9 on 01.08.21 at 1:47 pm
#255 Sail Away on 01.08.21 at 12:16 pm
#224 IHCTD9 on 01.08.21 at 8:53 am

One thing with the West today, is that people are too taken with Politics. This stuff should be way down the priority list. Right now, some of the kids won’t even date someone who votes for “X”, or is a “X”, or who doesn’t think “X”.

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Yes, those are known as ‘intolerant people’. They would benefit greatly from a stint in the Army.
___

Aye, but folks like these might not be fixable. It would take a huge life altering trauma of some kind to facilitate an organic installation of reason and wisdom.

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politics is starting to look a lot like religion.
Interloping is shunned for the most part.

#280 Squire on 01.08.21 at 1:55 pm

#272 Sky on 01.08.21 at 1:17 pm

————————————— Good post Sky
It’s amazing to watch how fast the media goes after anyone conservative but spoon feeds questions to Mr. Socks. There is way more going on here that what we see on the surface

#281 Tudval on 01.08.21 at 2:02 pm

In any case no matter how high the propensity to manufacture outrage, pretty sure time will work its magic and you’ll come to remember fondly these good old days. You had a man in the WH who you didn’t agree with his principles (admittedly controversial) and now you have a man and a woman with ZERO principles. I’m taking bets who will seem better in a few years time.

#282 theoryAndPractice on 01.08.21 at 2:05 pm

So, I must believe it is on TV, right ?

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/majority-of-canadians-want-the-federal-government-to-make-the-call-on-mandatory-covid-19-vaccine-survey-1.5218679

We have all wanted to be vaccinated for our safety and security yesterday , redundant poll !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeMvMNpvB5M&list=RDMM&index=36

#283 DivaTrim Keto on 01.08.21 at 2:09 pm

One research on alcohol use involved greater than 2,000 people. To help reduce stomach fat and protect your health, read ingredient labels carefully and keep away from products that comprise trans fat. These are sometimes listed as partially hydrogenated fats.

#284 Sail Away on 01.08.21 at 2:29 pm

#273 ronh on 01.08.21 at 1:23 pm

Got Tesla? To da moon Alice!

https://i1.wp.com/northmantrader.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/TSLA.png?ssl=1

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Maybe I should look into that. What’s his name? Mush or something?

#285 Luis Bermudez on 01.08.21 at 6:44 pm

What a coincidence ?

The same phrase used by sleepy Joe “Domestic terrorism”

Come on !!

If this can be called Domestic Terrorism, how we can call what BLM and Antifa did for 3 months on most of the main cities in USA ?

#286 Mike from Canmore on 01.09.21 at 2:39 pm

#229 crowdedelevatorfartz on 01.08.21 at 9:22 am
If you can tune a piano….can you tuna fish?

– Donald Trump
Have to ask REO Speedwagon heehee

Hey, it looks like the first time real patriots have been in the capitol building in like 100 years LOL