Closing Thought–08Jan18

Those darn pesky facts

Trump recently signed a tax cut bill and several companies showed  their appreciation by giving its workers a bonus or a raise……and Trump had to proclaim these companies as forward looking and a credit to his “America First” agenda……but as usual Trump is a bullshit artist….

Companies like ComCast and AT&T were held up by Trump….well let’s look at the crap…..some are laying off workers…….but the tax bill saved them cash and they want to keep it…..

Comcast and AT&T were among the businesses that claimed Republican lawmakers’ effort to restructure the tax code in favor of wealthy corporations would allow them to be more generous to their workers, and publicly announced $1,000 year-end bonuses for their employees. The CEOs of both companies specifically cited the tax bill in separate press releases touting these “special” bonuses.

As usual the reality never gets reported for if they do then they are labeled “Fake News” by our mental deficient president…..somehow Obama will get the blame…..

My writing is getting old for the day….I will shut it down and rest for tomorrow’s stuff….chuq

“I Am So Sorry”

The coward comes crawling back to the good graces of Trump……a good boot licking…..

By now if one follows the news, any news, matters not which network you prefer, the story of Bannon turning on his “buddy” Trump has been the headline for about a week….but now Bannon has coming running back to Trump’s side for he was about to lose everything by opposing Trump and by everything I mean ……money……

Stephen Bannon expressed regret Sunday for the explosive statements he made about Donald Trump Jr. that were quoted in the just-released book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Reversing a comment he made in Michael Wolff’s book that Trump Jr.’s 2016 meeting with Russians was “treasonous,” Bannon begins his statement, first made to Axios, by calling the president’s oldest son “both a patriot and a good man,” the Washington Post reports. Bannon goes on to say that the quote was the result of “inaccurate reporting” and that he wasn’t actually speaking about Trump Jr. at all, but rather former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, a “seasoned campaign professional” who should have known that the Russians are “duplicitous, cunning and not our friends.”

Bannon’s comments have resulted in very public falling-out between the former senior White House aide and the man he helped get elected to the White House. After news of the comments broke last week, President Trump began calling Bannon “Sloppy Steve” on Twitter, and saying the Breitbart head had been “dumped like a dog by almost everyone.” Bannon’s apology comes just hours after his former protégé and current White House senior adviser Stephen Miller called Bannon’s comments “grotesque,” “out of touch,” and “obviously so vindictive” on CNN.

He had to do what he did or lose any influence, no matter how small, for his opposition…..

These guys are pathetic……groveling little toads.

What Happened To The Accusers?

For a couple of months the big story has been the sexual exploits of popular and famous people.  It even invaded the senatorial election in Alabama….one Roy Moore.

Mr Moore is a religious zealot that got thrown off the Alabama Supreme Court because he would not follow federal law.  It seems that a woman has come forward and told the world that he was a pervert…..

I am sure that most everyone knows the story…..The Right wing defended Moore…well he lost and most Right wing blogs puke up the same reports….now it is they are asking what happened to these accusers…..

There is an answer for the babbling buffoons…..

One of the women to have accused Roy Moore of sexual misconduct saw her home burn down this week in a fire authorities are investigating as arson, reports. “I am devastated, just devastated,” Tina Johnson says. “We have just the clothes on our backs.” The fire started at Johnson’s home in Gadsden, Alabama, on Wednesday morning while she and her husband were at work and their grandson was at school. Neighbors and utility workers called 911, but the fire department was unable to extinguish the flames before Johnson’s home and possessions were destroyed. Her family is currently living out of a motel.

The sheriff’s department says it has spoken to a “suspect of interest” and doesn’t “believe that the fire is in any way related to Roy Moore or allegations made against him.” Instead, Johnson says neighbors saw a man with a history of public intoxication walking around her house prior to and during the fire. “He’s been trouble in the neighborhood for a while,” one neighbor says. In November, Johnson joined a number of women in leveling sexual misconduct allegations against Moore, who was running for US Senate. She said he groped her and made inappropriate comments when she visited his office in 1991, the Washington Post reports. He was married at the time. “I was so humiliated and sickened,” NBC News quotes Johnson as saying of the incident. (Another Moore accuser sued the failed Senate candidate for defamation this week.)

Interesting right?

I post this for all my Right wing brethren that say that once the election was over so was the star quality of the story…..the accusers are still there it is just that they are NO longer headline material for the MSM….

The Iranian Protests

Sad to say that the protests are all  but over…..but they should give fodder for pundits and think tanks for a month or so…..then the media will move on…..

Well the pundit class has a new thing to zero in on….the book, the tell all book, but before that there were the protests in Iran….everyone has an opinion and everyone has  a  reason what made the Iranians resort to these deadly protests.  Most of these theories are wrong!

I have heard not one Western pundit report is what the protesters want from the government…..let me be the first……

What do the Iranian protesters want?

1) A referendum on founding the future regime, as most of the demonstrators called for a republican system similar to the developed countries and the overthrowing of the rule of of the Faqih.

2) Undermining the ideology of the Faqih regime and the liberation of Iranian society from the illusion of leadership of the Shiite world and its incursion into the Islamic world and eliminate the slogan of exporting the revolution.

3) Abolishing the forced veil and endorsing the principle of women’s free choice of appearance and clothing.

4) Freedom of the media, including free access to information, the Internet, social networks and the abolition of censorship.

5) Separating religion from politics and removing religious institutions and estates from politics and handing the administration of state affairs over to a government of technocrats.

6) An independent, just and impartial judiciary that is not subjected to any authority, power or political current.

7) Equal distribution of wealth and development plans to eradicate poverty, unemployment and deprivation.

8) Free, fair and transparent elections under international supervision.

9) Equality between women and men and the rejecting all forms of discrimination, violence and abuse against women in all fields.

Would be nice if someone in the media would have reported on these demands it would have given the protest more exposure…..

Of course the Iranian government will be blaming the CIA for this upheaval…..personally I do not think the “company” is the source of this unrest….yes they are there and working but these protests are generic….

There is as yet no public proof that the US is behind the protests, though the narrative sells well within Iran because of the long history of Iran being subjected to foreign intervention, and the long US history of backing foreign “revolutions.”

Hopefully the Iranians are not waiting for the US to step up with covert support…..the Trump State Department would be the kiss of death for the movement……a do-nothing bunch of losers from the top down.

But because of their lip service the Guard was called out and the usual “foreign agitators” were blamed…..

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said Sunday that the nation and its security forces have ended the wave of unrest linked to anti-government protests that erupted last month, reports the AP. “Iran’s revolutionary people along with tens of thousands of Basij forces, police, and the Intelligence Ministry have broken down the chain (of unrest),” the Guard said on its website, per Reuters. The unrest was “created … by the United States, Britain, the Zionist regime (Israel), Saudi Arabia, the hypocrites (Mujahideen) and monarchists.” Price hikes sparked protests in a number of cities and towns late last month, and at least 21 people were killed in scattered clashes. The protests, which vented anger at high unemployment and official corruption, were the largest seen in Iran since the disputed 2009 presidential election, and some demonstrators called for the overthrow of the government.

Many of the demonstrators protested against the Guard’s massive budget, its costly interventions across the region, and against Ayatollah Ali Khamenei himself. Hundreds have been detained since the protests began. They include around 90 university students, reformist lawmaker Mahmoud Sadeghi was quoted as saying by the semi-official ISNA news agency. Iranian lawmakers held a closed session on Sunday in which senior security officials briefed them on the protests and the conditions of the detainees, the state-run IRNA news agency reported. “It was emphasized that foreign elements, and in particular the United States, played a basic role in forming and manipulating the recent unrest,” IRNA quoted lawmaker Jalal Mirzaei as saying. The United States and Israel have expressed support for the protests, but deny fomenting them.

Keep in mind that Israel needs a strong Iran…..without i they have nothing but the Palestinians to blame for all their problems and the world will be watching…..something Israel does not need.

On a side note:  Former Iranian president has been arrested……

With an estimated 1,000 people arrested over the course of a little over a week in protests in Iran, the most high profile may ultimately be the most surprising, with reports former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been jailed for “incitement.”

Though Ahmadinejad has not really been linked to the protest movement, he made comments during his visit to Bushehr in late December which seemed to express support for them, faulting the leadership for being “detached from the problems and concerns of the people.

This makes the narrative a lot trickier internationally, as the US has sought to brand the new protests as a continuation of the 2009 protests, which were themselves against Ahmadinejad’s contested reelection.


This also……

Since the outbreak of mass demonstrations and unrest in Iran last week, US media have mostly busied themselves with the question of not if we should “do something,” but what, exactly, that something should be. As usual, it’s simply taken for granted the United States has a divine right to intervene in the affairs of Iran, under the vague blanket of “human rights” and “democracy promotion.” (The rare exception, such as an op-ed by ex-Obama official Philip Gordon—New York Times, 12/30/17—still accepted the premise of regime change: “I, too, want to see the government in Tehran weakened, moderated or even removed.”) With this axiom firmly established in Very Serious foreign policy circles, the next question becomes the nature, degree and scope of the “something” being done.

Trump’s 2017 Foreign Policy Record

Short analysis….it sucks!

When Trump was running in 2016 I will admit that there were a few things that he said about international relations that I, a hard core progressive, could agree with…..But then he was elected president and everything he said went out the window…..let us be honest 2017 has been a dismal year for our foreign policy.  We have not enough diplomats and the president and his Tweeting thumbs are making a mockery of our state department and our place in the world.

But let’s take a good look at Trump’s foreign policy 2017 record……

The first year of the Trump administration saw much more than the continuity in U.S. foreign policy that many of us expected. Trump’s candidacy and then his election were greeted with alarm by almost everyone in the foreign policy establishment, with an overwhelming consensus that he stood for a so-called “isolationist” withdrawal from international affairs. This interpretation was a serious misreading of Trump’s rhetoric and led to the usual knee-jerk reflex to define anything that differed from post-Cold War foreign policy as an outright rejection of all international engagement. As Trump’s policies have shown, he is open to a kind of international engagement, but it is one that is heavily militarized and defined by zero-sum contests with adversaries and allies alike.

We can hope that Trump will tighten up and learn a thing or two about diplomacy and international relations…..but I think he will keep playing with his Twitter button and keep pushing the US further down the rabbit hole.

Trump is allowing Russia and China to assert themselves as a world leader because of his ignorance of international relations……Russia will be the one to watch…..

In 2017, Russia fought a bloody and indiscriminate war in support of a brutal Syrian regime, armed rebels occupying eastern Ukraine, and continued its propaganda campaign targeting elections in Western democracies—the same campaign that helped to put Donald Trump in the White House.

There’s no reason to believe 2018 will be any different. Ignoring Trump’s own personal fondness for Vladimir Putin and his autocratic regime, the Trump administration’s national security team in December named Russia as one of the top threats to American interests. But it’s unclear what the divided administration of a compromised president will actually do to confront a resurgent Russia.

Since Trump has a soft spot for Russia….how far will they go before the US steps in and reasserts ourselves as the world leader we should be?