The Strangelove Effect – Or How We Are Hoodwinked Into Accepting a New World War by John Pilger — Antiwar.com

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As the world moves closer to an all out conflict….there are those that see a possible problem brewing……and others see a necessity for another conflict………

Check it out and let me know what you are feeling……

 

The Strangelove Effect – Or How We Are Hoodwinked Into Accepting a New World War by John Pilger — Antiwar.com.

Peddler of Iraq War Lies Now Pushes Lies On Urkaine to Drum Up Confrontation with Russia

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Looks like No one could give a sh*t about Ukraine and what is happening……all I can say is…..remember that when the nut cutting starts!

Mental midgets are still fixated on some damn freeloader in Nevada……..and that is just plain PATHETIC!

Are we being played as we were for the Iraq debacle?

For anyone that has played the damn silly game of war will know that it does not take much to push events into a massive overreaction……but first a case must be made for that intervention…….and some are trying to do just that………if they succeed then I will have lots to write about in the near future……..and that is….WHY I AM HERE!

 

Peddler of Iraq War Lies Now Pushes Lies On Urkaine to Drum Up Confrontation with Russia.

Here We Go—Again

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Things are not looking too good in Eurasia…..Ukraine is at a rapid boil……Russia is strutting around like some game cock……There has been many different types of violence……shooting at planes, attacking government buildings and attack on personnel………Ukraine is responding …..

Tensions in Ukraine are rising dangerously again despite last week’s diplomatic agreement: The country’s acting president has ordered security forces to resume “anti-terror” operations against pro-Russia militants in the country’s east after the tortured bodies of two people allegedly abducted by insurgents were found in the city of Slovyansk, the AP reports. The militants “are beginning to torture and kill Ukrainian patriots,” said Oleksandr Turchynov. “They are impudently rejecting the calls of not only our country but of all the world’s society when they demonstratively mock the decisions taken in Geneva.” One of the victims, he said, was a member of the city council in Slovyansk and a member of his own party. 

The acting prez has his hands full………

  • The Ukrainian government appears emboldened by Joe Biden’s visit yesterday, Reuters notes. “We have obtained the support of the United States, that they will not leave us alone with an aggressor,” the deputy prime minister said when announcing the “liquidation of illegal armed groups” in the east. “We hope that in the event of Russian aggression, this help will be more substantive.”
  • Slovyansk is emerging as a major flashpoint: Ukrainian defense officials say one of their planes was shot at during a flight over the city. The Antonov-30 was hit by several bullets but landed safely.
  • The Pentagon says it is sending hundreds of extra troops to Eastern Europe to reassure allies as the Ukrainian crisis heats up. Companies with around 150 troops are being sent to Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia, with the first troops set to arrive today, reports the Wall Street Journal.
  • Vice News reporter Simon Ostrovsky is being held hostage by pro-Russia gunmen in Slovyansk, the New York Times reports. He had produced a series of hard-hitting reports from the region in recent weeks. Vice “is aware of the situation and is in contact with the United States State Department and other appropriate government authorities to secure the safety and security of our friend and colleague,” the news organization said in a statement.

The world is losing its calm demeanor with Russia………..but the troubling part of this drama is the newest bit of info coming out……..

The U.S. is sending about 600 ground troops to Eastern Europe this week to “reassure” allies there as Washington resumes its campaign of pressure on Russia over the Ukraine standoff.

About 150 soldiers from the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), based in Italy, are heading to each of four countries — Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia — in rotational deployments that the Pentagon says will be sustained until further notice.

The paratroopers will take weapons and ammunition for “infantry exercises” and be in place by the end of the week, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters at the Pentagon. The roughly company-sized units will remain in place for about a month, and then new ones will follow them until at least the end of the year.

The Hawks have gotten their way….American troops will be sent and begin the new role of adventurism….this time in Eurasia…….

While I was writing this breaking news came across my desk………..

Ukraine’s interim President Oleksandr Turchinov is demanding the military immediately launch a new round of attacks against protesters in the eastern two provinces of the country.

Turchinov alleged two bodies were found “brutally tortured” near Slovyansk, a protester-held city, and declared the protesters “have now gone too far” and that the “anti-terrorist” operation needed to be escalated.

He insisted the regions had to be brought back under control of the interim government to “protect” Ukrainian citizens in the area. The Defense Ministry gave no indication when attacks would resume.

Slovyansk was the most recent city attacked by Ukraine’s military, though the offensive quickly stalled and many troops refused orders to attack the protesters, choosing to surrender their arms and vehicles instead.

A new offensive?  If so what part will the US troops be playing in this escalation?

Today I will be pressing a few articles about the possibility of a new world war…..please let me have your thoughts.

Hit Them In The Wallet

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By now most of America has moved on from Ukraine but if things go to crap you can be sure that the Tea Party will have something to say…..right now they are fixated on some freeloading rancher and cannot be bothered with another issue………..

Sanctions are being imposed…..kinda like the sanctions we impose on everybody that crosses us in one way or the other……people ask if that is really the way to go with Putin…….if we listen to some of the hawks they would have American troops already boot deep in the conflict in Ukraine………that is a scary thought….at least to me……….

But will sanctions really be that expensive to Russia?  There is an opinion on that subject that you may find interesting…..

Vladimir Putin’s approval rating has jumped 10 points during the Ukraine crisis, to 72%, according to the state pulling group. But that could change when Russians see what their adventure there is really costing them, Ilan Berman of the American Foreign Policy Council writes in the Wall Street Journal. Here are the ways Russia is hurting:

  • Almost $51 billion flowed out of the country in the first quarter of 2014, according to new statistics from the Central Bank of Russia.
  • Russia’s economic development industry expects the economy to grow less than 1% this year—down from an earlier estimate of 2.5%. The World Bank predicts the economy shrinking almost 2%; that would amount to about $30 billion in lost production.
  • Gazprom might regret jacking up gas prices for Ukraine, because that may permanently cost it a major customer. The Ukrainian government has already issued a temporary stop on purchases.
  • Russia will pump $7 billion into economic aid for Crimea, which is a lot even if you consider the resources it’s gained by annexing the peninsula.
  • One financial analyst is predicting a total capital flight of $160 billion this year.
  • And none of that is counting the blows to Russia’s international standing—including its ouster from the G8.

“The longer the crisis over Ukraine lasts, the higher the economic costs to Russia are likely to be,” Berman concludes. “Sometime in the not too distant future, it might become considerably more difficult for the Kremlin to continue to ignore the real-world price that is associated with its policies.” Click for Berman’s full column.

Could this drive Russia into the postured it had back during the Cold War?  Are we looking at a stand-off between East and West?

The world is watching……..what will China do?  Will it consider expanding its territory?  And then there is that malignant midget in North Korea.

What If Hobby Lobby Wins? | Right Wing Watch

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As long as I have written about SCOTUS today……I thought I would present this piece which could have far reaching implications……

We will have to wait for the close of session, June, for their ruling on this case……..what do you think they will have say on this issue?

 

What If Hobby Lobby Wins? | Right Wing Watch.

Truth In Advertising—Redux

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In the past I have written many times about the campaigns and the lies they all spread…….UK has a law that only truth (simplistically put) can be in campaign ads…..and I think it is a great law……..the Us is swayed by lies and then they cannot figure out what happened….they want to believe that all is on the up and up…….

SCOTUS will be hearing a law from within the borders of this country, did not know about it, and their ruling could be something good but unfortunately with their abysmal record I am not very optimistic……from a report filed by Traci G. Lee…….

Are false statements about political candidates a criminal offense? According to an Ohio law which is the subject of an upcoming Supreme Court case, the answer is “yes.”

The Supreme Court will consider a challenge next week to an Ohio law that prohibits an individual or group from knowingly or recklessly making false statements in political campaigns. The case, Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus, was filed last August after conservative anti-abortion group the Susan B. Anthony List attempted to launch a billboard campaign in 2010 against former Rep. Steve Driehaus, a Democrat, who ended up losing his re-election bid.

The billboard would have claimed that Driehaus supported taxpayer-funded abortions because of his support for the Affordable Care Act. Driehaus appealed to the Ohio Elections Commission, invoking the Ohio law that barred false campaign statements, and the advertising company that owned the billboard space refused to rent it to the Susan B. Anthony List.

The question the Supreme Court justices will consider is whether the Ohio law violates the First Amendment, which the Susan B. Anthony List argues it does. “The Ohio Election Commission statute demonstrates complete disregard for the Constitutional right of people to criticize their elected officials,” SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a press release last year, adding, “Driehaus’ original complaint should have never been enabled in the first place. The law must go.”

What a precedent that would set if SCOTUS would do the right thing……..about here I should be laughing at the thought of SCOTUS doing anything constructive……..as my friend Larry from Woodgate’s View said……..”I must have had pessimistic pudding for breakfast”  (thanx Larry I needed that this morning)……..

Any thoughts?

http://lobotero.com/2010/11/05/where-is-the-truth-in-advertising/

http://lobotero.com/2010/11/17/truth-in-advertising-part-2/

 

 

Are Americans Capable Of Change?

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CHANGE!  That magical word that can deliver votes.  Every American wants and sometimes demands change……but are they capable of change?  Or is it just a political slogan to win over the population?

This has been a post in the making….I started with the opening statement and weeks later I am still trying to put it together…….

Americans say they are looking for change……most are not….what they are looking for is their party or candidate or whatever to be elected.  To change Washington you would have to change the system…….ALL candidates are funded by special interests and they fund the candidates to get what they want….and they want things to remain the same…..they have a free run of DC they will NOT give that prestige up for any reason or than to be forced and I mean FORCED to relinquish their stranglehold on politics….and that my friend will never happen….not with the Dems or the GOP or the Tea Party or whatever little group one belongs.

Congress approval rating is at 13%, the lowest point in history and yet this rating does nothing to change their thinking and their policies……..the voter’s concerns means nothing to these people.  In a recent survey 72% of this polled say that elected officials do not deserve to be re-elected and yet they are almost every time.

Do Americans really want change?

The reps will offer up reform and reform is NOT change.  Reform is something done to appear to be concerned and changeable but in reality all it is is a feel good situation that gives the illusion of change.  With reform the underlying problems will remain just out of sight.

Sorry to say but voting is another feel good situation for the people….they are not in control of the process…..they get to vote on a person chosen for them…..and that sounds a lot like the old USSR where voters got to vote yes or no on a candidate…..ours is a bit more sophisticated but it is basically a yes or no vote.

Another problem is the people accept the reform as change…either they are ignorant or they are just naive…….there has never been real change…..a butt load of reforms but change has been elusive.

Personally I do not believe that there will be substantial change in my lifetime…..and that brings me to a quote I have in the back of my old radical brain….”There is NO solution….but revolution”.  Now the word revolution will make a lot of my readers shudder……remember though there are many ways to have a revolution and NOT all involve a bang bang shoot’m up………

If you are NOT willing to make change….then please stop using the term…..for so far all it is is a political campaign prop.  And a real cute bumper sticker.

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