The Media Purge Is Near Complete

First, I must admit my disappointment that Ferrari lost the Italian Gran Prix at Monza…..that German company won…..is there some way Hamilton can be penalized for not being as Italian?  Made my Labor Day just awful…I remain grumpy!

Now to work!

I have been writing for years that the media was nothing but a propaganda arm of the government as well as Wall Street….it is used to shape our views and opinions plus programming the population to accept whatever line is pushed……so far they have done a marvelous job….I point to FOX News as proof.

When I heard the news that MSNBC was firing anchors like Ed Schultz, Alex Wagner, Joy Reid, etc….I said then that the network was purging all progressive thought…..I warned that Sharpton was not safe nor was Diaz Balart…the only true left leaning voice that will remain will be Rachel Maddow only because she is adorable and her ratings are good for revenue……but keep in mind so was Obermann’s…….and we know what happened to him……

Since I wrote the piece awhile back more news has come to light…..Sharpton goes from a daily show to a Sunday show which should make his ratings tank then it can be justified in firing him….watch for Chris Hayes to get  makeover to toe the neocon line….then there is Harris-Perry….this one is a question mark in my mind.

I use to watch Morning Joe because it was a third way show….lots of independent talk….now it will expand to 4 hours and the mundane crap of Mika, a one dimensional character and the Neocon babble of Scarborough will get even more time to make us nauseous…..

Source: Here’s How MSNBC Is Becoming Another Right-Wing Noise Machine | The Fifth Column

If one wants real news I suggest you look for it on-line….because the best you will do for independent talk on cable will be CNN….and that alone is pathetic.

I am sure that someone will appreciate the switch for MSNBC (ComCast) but those would be people that let the tube do their thinking for them….me?  I would rather watch something called “Nazis vs Aliens”…it would be more newsworthy than anything MSNBC can offer.

If you enjoy news and if you watch MSNBC then I suggest that you invest in a case of “barf bags”……you will NEED them!

Syria: Blinded By The Light

My regular readers will know that I have been a very vocal opponent of the plan for Syria…..the neocon idea of training rebels to fight was moronic at best but it won approval of the Obama people and it has been nothing but a problem……a problem that people like myself told them about a year or more ago…..but did they listen?  Hell NO!  They were smarter than that……and we see where that smartness has gotten them, huh?

For a couple of years the US and its friends have been involved in the battle against ISIS…..there have been plans within plans…..schemes within schemes….and so far nothing has stopped the ISIS machine from killing, destroying and moving on……..the final plan was to train vetted moderate rebels arm and supplied by the US to take the battle to Assad and onward ISIS……

It was a sad plan at best…..first they could not vet enough rebels to relly make a difference and then the ones they did train and turn loose to raise Hell within Syria were captured moments after entering Syria…….

So since that was a bust what now?

The Pentagon plans a total revamp of its plan to train an army of moderate Syrian rebels after a disastrous start to the program. Officials had aimed to train thousands of fighters in the first year, but only a few dozen made it through the vetting process, and many of those first 54 graduates were killed and captured by the al-Qaeda affiliate Nusra Front within weeks of graduating the US program in July and joining the American-backed Division 30 group in Syria. In classified assessments, the military admits that the debacle showed that the rebels didn’t receive enough training and support and were not sent to Syria in numbers big enough to make a difference, the New York Times reports.

Division 30 commanders tell the Times that the group’s leader, Nadim Hassan, was seized by the Nusra Front along with seven others other soon after entering Syria to negotiate the release of kidnapped recruits. They are apparently still being held. US air support defeated the Nusra Front fighters when they attacked a Division 30 base the next day, but the surviving US-trained fighters are now scattered across the country. “As with any difficult endeavor, we expected setbacks and successes, and we must be realistic with those expectations,” a spokesman for the US training task force tells the Times. “We knew this mission was going to be difficult from the very beginning.” France, meanwhile, has launched reconnaissance flights over Syria and is considering its first airstrikes against ISIS in the country, the AP reports.

Finally a light bulb went on in the command center……after months even years of an unsuccessful program maybe it is time to rethink the whole war strategy……counterinsurgency may not be the way to “degrade and defeat” ISIS……

OH!  By The Way……..TOLD YOU SO!

Can you hear Homer Simpson about now?

News The Media Can’t Use

CRAP!  I do not know how busy it would be during my couple of days of mental relaxation……lots to catch up on…..hang on!

For whatever reason there are some news reports that the MSM seems to ignore or feels is not important enough to burden the American population with a report……I will do so because as an international analyst I am always on the lookout for that one situation that could be a linchpin to the next bad conflict……an event that may seem small but could blossom in another world affair…..

1–This story got zero press coverage…….

US troops in Sinai suffered their first casualties, when four of them were wounded in an IED blast in Sinai. Two other MFO members from an unknown nation were wounded in a separate blast, and the Pentagon suggested the US troops were sent out to rescue the other two.

Pentagon officials said they are growing increasingly concerned about the worsening security situation in Sinai, and say they might have to take “additional measures,” including deploying more and heavier weapons, to keep their troops safe.

What are American troops doing in the Sinai?  Are they there to help the new Egyptian government or to help Israel?  Instead of being told about the injuries of Americans we are treated to crap stories like Kanye wants to be prez….and you still believe that the media is NOT a propaganda tool?

2–Everyone has heard about the flood of refugees into Southern Europe and the problems countries are having dealing with them, right?   But did anyone hear about another “wall” that is being considered?

Hungary and Bulgaria have turned to Israel for advice on building a fence modeled on the one set up on the southern Israeli border with Egypt to stop the influx of refugees.

What better nation to ask than Israel….after all they are building an apartheid wall around the West Bank….what better nation to ask than one that has spent decades controlling a population with severe techniques?

3–About 4 months ago the world was told by the Iraqi government that it would retake the city of Ramadi in a matter of days….that was in May 2015…..how is it going so far?

After ISIS captured Ramadi in mid-May, officials were desperate to downplay the importance. When calling a provincial capital of 500,000 people unimportant didn’t work, they insisted there was a plan in place to quickly retake the city. Months later, they’ve made no real progress to that end.

Surrounding Ramadi was supposed to be the first step, isolating it and cutting it off from ISIS supply lines. Over the course of an entire summer, Iraq’s military hasn’t even managed that much, and has suffered some major casualties by trying to position their military too close to the city.

The lack of success is being blamed on the lack of assisting airstrikes and a heat wave…..both are lame and are nothing but excuses to cover-up an impotent military.

4–The region unknown as Central Asia has peaked my interests…..I believe we may be looking at the next region to explode into major problems……

First is Tajikistan……..

The US has announced the immediate closure of their embassy in Tajikistan today as the nation’s capital city erupted in battle, with an Islamist group led by the Deputy Defense Minister raiding the Defense and Interior Ministries and looting large amounts of weaponry.

Maj. Gen. Abdulkharim Mirzo Nazarzod, the official in question was a commander in the former Islamist rebellion during the 1990s civil war, and his political party, the Islamic Renaissance Party, was banned just last week by the government.

Nazarzod is the second major loss to the government’s military establishment in recent months, after Gulmurod Khalimov, the leader of the special forces, joined ISIS in May. Though there is no sign that Nazarzod joined any existing Islamist group, his historical ties to the old rebellion suggests today’s incidents may be a prelude to another major Islamist rebellion in central Asia.

Next is Kyrgyistan…….

Kyrgyzstan canceled a cooperation treaty with the United States on Tuesday, raising the stakes in a diplomatic row triggered by the award of a human rights prize to a jailed dissident.

Kyrgyz Prime Minister Temir Sariyev ordered his cabinet to renounce the 1993 Bilateral Agreement with the U.S. It will not be valid starting Aug. 20, the government said in a statement.

The agreement provided for U.S. aid to Kyrgyzstan to be brought into and out of the country without the levying of taxes, customs duties or any other payment.

Central Asia will be watched by me….I feel that the next “surprise” will come from this region….in case few know where this is let me point it out for you……

5–News has come out that the Iraqi air force has started air campaigns against ISIS using planes bought from the US….interesting?  God yes!

Iraq has not had much or an air force since the invasion of 2003……now ask yourself….without much of an air force……..just who is flying their combat missions?

6– There is another Defense program that is as worthless as ever…..first it was that damn F-35 that after a decade finally starting working within suggested parameters…….then there is the US Navy mine sweeper that cannot find mines…..

The US Navy’s troubled Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), a.k.a. “the Navy’s most hated program since its inception,” was hit with more criticism recently.

In response to an internal Pentagon report that pointed to continuing, decade-long deficiencies in the ship’s mine-hunting system, leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee have served notice that the Department of Defense (DOD) should consider giving up on the project altogether and look for alternatives.

The concept behind the LCS calls for a small surface vessel, designed to operate close to the shore, which can be customized with different modules for three main missions: mine countermeasures, surface warfare, or anti-submarine warfare. The LCS comes in two flavors: the Freedom-class, a conventional hull designed and built by Lockheed Martin, and the Independence-class, a trimaran hull designed and built by General Dynamics. Both classes have a crew of some 40 sailors, but the Independence-class vessels have a larger flight deck to accommodate more air assets.

Another piece of crap brought to us by the Military-Industrial complex……billions spent on a piece of fecal matter……I weep for the sailors ……

None of this news fits the paradigm that the media has set up for the American people……ain’t propaganda great?

Thanx for your attention and I will try to keep posting news that we seldom hear…..

It is good to be back!

Fox News Embarrasses Dick Cheney On Iraq And Iran

Say Whaaaaaaaaat?  Are these guys smoking crack?  Did I enter into Superman”s Bizarro World?

What the Hell is going on in this world?

After a decade of giving Dick Cheney and that daughter of his a free podium to spout their neocon bullshit…..FOX News has seemed to ambush the dick at his own game……

Chris Wallace has taken Cheney and his bullshit narrative to task…….go figure.

Source: Fox News Embarrasses Dick Cheney On Iraq And Iran

Okay after reading that tell me you do not have a new found respect for Chris Wallace…..there is a possibility that Wallace got hit in the head with a tree limb or he could be trying to become a real life anchor dude….whatever his motives I enjoyed his hammering one of the US greatest LIARS!

Whatever happened to critical intellectuals? – Al Jazeera English

That is a damn good question.  Critical thinking is a thing of the past….today it is all along “party lines”….little “outside the box” thinking left.  We have proven that the thinking of today’s political climate progress is just not possible.

In my studies at university I was taught about the classical definitions of conservatism and liberalism…….there is nothing like them in American politics of today……basically we are confronted with the same coin only different sides of neoliberalism.

Neoliberalism combined with the disappearance of critical intellectuals spell a bleak future for Western democracy.

Source: Whatever happened to critical intellectuals? – Al Jazeera English

Our society needs more critical thinking…….if it is to survive the crush of stupid that prevails in these days of…..whine and poses!

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Does A Majority Of Republicans Hold Racist Views?

Before someone has a stroke and starts accusing me of all kinds of crap…..let me say….I am only asking a question not stated a truism.  (Do I need to define truism?)

I started thinking about this question right after Trump made his now infamous Mexicans are rapists comment and the popularity of his comments after that have lead me to this question.

Other candidates have made statements that I think border on bigotry….there are lots of people pointing out that all this rhetoric has a racist tinge to it……the media is not really asking the question or reporting on the atmosphere that the Repubs are setting up for themselves…..

Is it possible that the GOP is loading itself down with racists?

A national poll would be nice.

Asking and you shall receive…….

A majority of GOPers are living in a dangerous right-wing fantasyland—and they think that’s just fine.

Source: Nationwide Poll: Majority of Republicans Have Nakedly Racist Worldview—Trump Has Found the Way to Unleash It | Alternet

To be honest Repubs are not alone…..there are those so-called independents (a generically neutral name for people that are embarrassed by their party and want to pretend to distance themselves from that embarrassment or those that are afraid of being labeled)…….

I know….I know….I do not put much faith in polls either…….Now that you have read about this poll……do any of you have an opinion on this?  A silly question but I had to ask.