Closing Thought–19Nov18

We have had a midterm election and as usual the GOP is claiming voter fraud to explain their losses….I mean it has to be fraud because no one would vote against their racist agenda, right?

But wait the dude that sits in cat bird seat of power has a better explanation of why his idiotic ideas failed……

President Trump asserts that Republicans are losing elections because people are donning disguises to vote illegally. Trump made the claim while discussing the Florida recount with the Daily Caller, along with his belief that Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes should be fired (more on that here, here and here). The full transcript of the interview shows the president also brought up California before making his disguise statement, so it wasn’t clear which state he meant when he said this:

  • “The Republicans don’t win and that’s because of potentially illegal votes, which is what I’ve been saying for a long time. I have no doubt about it. And I’ve seen it, I’ve had friends talk about it when people get in line that have absolutely no right to vote and they go around in circles. Sometimes they go to their car, put on a different hat, put on a different shirt, come in and vote again. Nobody takes anything. It’s really a disgrace what’s going on. The disgrace is that, voter ID. If you buy, you know, a box of cereal, if you do anything, you have a voter ID.”

The Guardian, which along with other media outlets paints the “disguises” claim as being about Florida, notes that Florida counties face a 3pm deadline Thursday to finish their machine recounts and that it’s not clear all of them will be able to comply; six federal lawsuits have been filed so far over the election in the state. The New York Times reports that thousands of ballots may be disqualified due to signature mismatches, though US District Judge Mark Walker on Thursday extended a deadline on that. He gave voters whose ballots were discounted over their signatures until 5pm Saturday to show a valid ID and resolve the issue, reports the AP. He also chastised state election officials: Florida is “the laughingstock of the world election after election, and we chose not to fix this.” (Trump earlier called Florida ballots “massively infected.”)

You gotta love the bullshit these a/holes can stir, right?

The GOP has become the whiny ass losers they have always been but hid very well…..they come out of the woodwork when they are losing….like there has got to be fraud because we know that everyone loves a Repub right?

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“Making America Great Again”–Part 19

The War is over and the country is attempting to heal itself and now the call goes out…”Go West Young Man”…..now we look at the massive expansion into the western US……white man goes face to face with the Native American and all Hell will break lose…..

What were Custer’s last words?

“Where’d all these f*cking Indians come from?”

Part 19 of “American History for Truthdiggers.”

“They [the Sioux Indians] are to be treated as maniacs or wild beasts and by no means as people.” —Gen. John Pope, in instructions to his officers during an Indian war in Minnesota (1862)

The West. The frontier. Few terms, or images, are as quintessentially Americans or as culturally loaded as these. Interestingly, the West—unlike other regions—is often defined as both a time and a place. It is also hopelessly shrouded in myth. Americans leaders, from George Washington to Donald Trump, frequently claimed that the West, the frontier, somehow defined us as Americans. It was long seen as a place of opportunity, rebirth even. If a man failed in the East, well, then, “Go West, young man,” as one Indiana newspaper declared in the popular phrase it coined.

The truth, of course, is messy. Even focusing, as we will here, primarily on the West’s most immortalized era (1862-1890), the serious historian finds a story teeming with less fact than fiction. Some have even questioned whether there is any merit in studying the West as a separate historical discipline. Still, in a series such as this, something must be said of the place and the time. Americans, after all, seem to have decided that the frontier does, in fact, define us; that the West is who we are. And so it is, for better or for worse.

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/american-history-for-truthdiggers-lies-we-tell-ourselves-about-the-old-west/

The West has been “won” and now the country prepares itself for industrialization…..once again forces are at work……

We are getting to the latest installment of Maj. Sjursen’s series……..I will beposting them as they become available and I will give my readwer access to the entire series as well…….

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Is There A Mandate?

Finally and mercifully the midterms are in the history books…..but the partisan BS goes on and on……

But an observation……. an era of Republican leadership, nationalistic and fundamentalist movements, and changing social conventions. Electing Republican presidents who favored business expansion rather than regulation, the American public enjoyed apparently unlimited prosperity, while fear of radicals and foreigners combined to almost completely close off America to immigration and contributed to the resurgence of hate groups such as the Ku Klux Klan.

Sound familiar?

It should it was a description of the 1920’s in the US.

But I digress…….

Dems take the House.  GOP gains in Senate.  And the Congress has a mandate.  Riddle me this….What would that mandate be?

One person has said it is try and break this vicious cycle of tribalism…..really?

To me it looks more like racism than some form of tribalism…..

It’s fashionable in the Donald Trump era to decry political “tribalism,” especially if you’re a conservative attempting to criticize Trump without incurring the wrath of his supporters. House Speaker Paul Ryan has lamented the “tribalism” of American politics. Arizona Senator Jeff Flake has said that “tribalism is ruining us.” Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse has written a book warning that “partisan tribalism is statistically higher than at any point since the Civil War.”

In the fallout from Tuesday’s midterm elections, many political analysts have concluded that blue America and red America are ever more divided, ever more at each other’s throats. But calling this “tribalism” is misleading, because only one side of this divide remotely resembles a coalition based on ethnic and religious lines, and only one side has committed itself to a political strategy that relies on stoking hatred and fear of the other. By diagnosing America’s problem as tribalism, chin-stroking pundits and their sorrowful semi-Trumpist counterparts in Congress have hidden the actual problem in American politics behind a weird euphemism.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/11/racism-not-tribalism/575173/

On the racism thing…..Mother Jones sees the racism in 2018 was down but sexism up…….

Here’s an interesting bit of polling research from Brian Schaffner. He used a panel study to test the effects of racist and sexist attitudes toward voting Republican in 2016 and 2018. Here’s what he found:

https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2018/11/in-2018-racism-was-down-but-sexism-was-up-among-republican-voters/

Will the past election bring a return to the “rule of law”?

After Wednesday, elected officials in the Republican Party should have no doubt that Donald Trump will force them to choose in coming days, weeks, and months between loyalty to him and loyalty to the rule of law, between the public’s right to the truth and Trump’s efforts to hide it.

The president began the day with an extraordinary threat on Twitter: “If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level,” he wrote,“then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level. Two can play that game!”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/republicans-must-choose-between-trump-and-the-rule-of-law/ar-BBPtOxP

Come 2019 will the GOP grow a pair or will they continue to govern on their knees in front of Our Dear Supreme Leader?

My guess is they are springing for new knee pads…..cowards always work best when kept on their knees.

Iran And Terrorism

Before I begin I would like to state that I do not like “Newsweek” as a source….they are a bit too pro war for my liking.

The tales around Iran have ramped up since that d/bag Bolton has entered into the White House  as an adviser……well I read something that made me chuckle as an analyst of Middle East events…..

The United States has warned that Iran could create a new malign force akin to the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and said Saudi Arabia was an ideal partner to help contain the revolutionary Shiite Muslim power in the Middle East.

James Jeffrey, the State Department’s special representative to Syria, told the Sixth Annual Defense One Summit Thursday that direct military action would not be enough to defeat Iran and its expanding network of armed allies, many of which were comprised of Shiite Muslim militias. Like the Pentagon and its own local partners, these fighters have fought jihadi groups like ISIS in Iraq and Syria, but they oppose U.S. influence there.

https://www.newsweek.com/us-warns-iran-new-isis-partner-saudi-arabia-1218109

Seriously?

Looks like Bolton and his gang of fools will let Israel dictate their policies once again.

Apparently NO one wants to know that ISIS is an invention from the minds of Wahhabist…..of which the Saudis are founding members…it is the religion of the royal family…..and if anyone wants to remember the majority of the 9/11 attackers were Saudis.

Now who do you think would be creating new “ISIS” like groups?

I think the Iran connection is in the minds of the Israelis who lead the Trump adviser around by their wankers.

The more intel provided by Israel no doubt….

The United States is claiming that Iran spends nearly $1 billion a year providing support to Hizballah, Hamas, and other allied militant groups in the Middle East.

U.S. Ambassador Nathan Sales, a coordinator for counterterrorism at the State Department, told reporters in Washington late on November 13 that Iran spends about $700 million a year on Hizballah, the Lebanese militia that has fought wars with Israel and has provided critical support to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his seven-year civil war against Sunni rebels.

In addition, Sales said Tehran gives Hamas, the militant Palestinian group that controls the Gaza Strip, and other “Palestinian terrorist groups” another $100 million a year.

https://www.rferl.org/a/us-nathan-sales-claims-iran-spending-1-billion-dollars-a-year-backing-hizballah-hamas-other-militant-allies/29601564.html

Once again….Newsweek was used only because of the bullshit they were trying to pass off as fact…..but then what can we expect from a industry that is owned by the Israelis hook, line and sinker?

Besides how much does the US spend on its “allies”?  I guess it is a policy for the US…”Do as I say not as I do”…..right?

Speaking of the walrus (Bolton)…..he is championing the terrorist group know as MEK…..that is right until recently it was on the terrorist list at State….

Mostafa and Robabe Mohammadi came to Albania to rescue their daughter. But in Tirana, the capital, the middle-aged couple have been followed everywhere by two Albanian intelligence agents. Men in sunglasses trailed them from their hotel on George W Bush Road to their lawyer’s office; from the lawyer’s office to the ministry of internal affairs; and from the ministry back to the hotel.

The Mohammadis say their daughter, Somayeh, is being held against her will by a fringe Iranian revolutionary group that has been exiled to Albania, known as the People’s Mujahedin of Iran, or MEK (Mujahedin-e Khalq). Widely regarded as a cult, the MEK was once designated as a terrorist organisation by the US and UK, but its opposition to the Iranian government has now earned it the support of powerful hawks in the Trump administration, including national security adviser John Bolton and the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo.

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/nov/09/mek-iran-revolution-regime-trump-rajavi

But Bolton is drinking the kool-aid offered by a group of disconnected Iranian terrorists……

It should be obvious that a group that abuses its own members so cruelly is unfit to hold political power over anyone. It is a disgrace that so many prominent American and European officials and politicians have aligned themselves with such a despicable organization, and it shows how willing many Iran hawks are to overlook the group’s horrific record because it gives them a convenient ally in their pursuit of regime change.

The MEK was removed from the U.S. list of foreign terrorist organizations six years ago, but that wasn’t because the government believed they had given up on using violence to achieve their goals:

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/boltons-favorite-deranged-cult/

This is just silly bullsh*t from neocons that need someone for the country to hate if they are to retain their hold on policy…..this is bullsh*t put forth by Israel and the US will always be a loser in the Middle East as long as they allow Israel to dictate their policies for the region.  Period!

Space: The New Frontier?

Note:  This is a long read with many references but if you are interested in this situation they are well worth the attention to read….

Our Dear Supreme Leader has stated that he wants to make yet another branch of military service……a Space Force…..not an original idea…..actually it was proposed by the Obama administration…..in 2009 I wrote about the proposal…..https://lobotero.com/2009/01/06/militarization-of-space/

Space might be the final frontier, but it is also now on the verge of becoming a well-worn bureaucratic path. Military and civilian leaders are currently working through the details of proposals to create an independent service dedicated to space within the next two years. This would be the first new military branch since the Air Force spun off from the Army in 1947. Pentagon planners estimate it would cost upwards of $13 billion over the next five years to establish the Space Force as a separate service branch, although history suggests the real cost will be many times that.

https://www.pogo.org/analysis/2018/10/space-force-a-historical-perspective/

There is a necessity for Space Power, right?

The mystery of space has always been the subject of intrigue and wonder for mankind. Today is no different, and new technological capabilities raise the question, “How can space be utilized most effectively on a global scale?” As countries scramble to develop and maintain space assets, as well as compete with each other for advantage and prestige, a lack of order and regulation remains within the space domain. Currently, no unified or coherent space theory exists directing how the domain should be controlled and utilized. This problem is one of the many with which the United States must wrestle as it seeks to create an independent space service. Toward that end, this article reviews current theory and, it is to be hoped, provides the next space theorist an adequate starting point which might assist in creating a lasting and universally accepted unified theory of spacepower.

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2018/11/13/in_search_of_space_power_theory_113952.html

Since very few people are taking this seriously…I thought IST should keep an eye on this situation…….

One of the issues that will face the new Congress is the creation of a new military service: the U.S. Space Force.

Recently, Vice President Mike Pence chaired the fourth meeting of the National Space Council. The council is comprised of key elements of the U.S. government that are involved with space, and includes not only the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the secretaries of state and defense, but also the secretaries of commerce, transportation, and homeland security, as well as the director of national intelligence, the director of the Office of Budget and Management, the head of NASA, and the national security and homeland security advisers.

The venue was significant — Roosevelt Hall at the National War College. Established in 1946, the National War College seeks to train the next generation of senior officers and national security civilians in the ways of grand strategy, including how to balance resources available against requirements. Thus, the announcement that the National Space Council would unanimously endorse the creation of the new Space Force was intended to send a strategic signal.

https://www.westernjournal.com/space-force-coming-us-needs/

Is there truly a Space Force on the Launching Pad?

Vice President Mike Pence addressed the fourth meeting of the National Space Council, a White House advisory group charged with making recommendations about America’s activities in space. This summer, President Trump called for the establishment of a new branch of the military, a US Space Force, to protect American interests there. Thus far, only a few pollsters have explored the public’s awareness of the plan and support for it.

To understand current attitudes, it helps to look at how Americans have viewed space exploration over time. In 1955, when Gallup asked Americans whether “men in rockets will be able to reach the moon” in the next 50 years, 38% said they would, but 51% said they would not. A few years later in 1961, 65% approved of the country’s attempt to send a man into space, while 20% disapproved.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bowmanmarsico/2018/10/30/a-space-force-on-the-launch-pad/#3bea060239c1

The problem when space is involved is the line between military and civilian……the lines are getting more and more blurred…..

Vice President Mike Pence recently was asked by Washington Post reporter Robert Costa: “What will the Space Force do?”

In his response, Pence did not run down a list of duties that might be assigned to the new military branch. But he did comment extensively on why he and the president feel strongly that a Space Force should be established.

It all started on the campaign trail in 2016, Pence recalled. “The president and I had a conversation about his interests in really reviving American leadership in space, and particularly when it came to human space exploration. … And we both shared a concern that while America continues to be dominant in space, in terms of technology, in terms of our accomplishments, that we were losing momentum in recent years; that America had essentially been consigned to low-Earth orbit, and we actually off-lined our own platforms when we grounded the shuttle program,” said Pence. “The president saw all of that as intolerable.”

https://spacenews.com/space-force-discussions-increasingly-blur-the-line-between-military-and-civilian-space/

AS I waited to see if there is more on the new branch of the military I came upon this article…..it seems that the Pentagon may be deadly serious about a new branch and starting in 2019 it will be forefront….

The Pentagon is moving at a good clip to establish a U.S. Space Command and a Space Development Agency in early 2019, said Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.

During a meeting with reporters on Thursday at the Pentagon, Shanahan spoke with a sense of urgency about the DoD space reorganization.

“I’d love to make it this year,” he said of standing up a Space Development Agency to take over the procurement of next-generation technologies. While creating a Space Force as a separate military service requires new legislation, the Space Command and the Space Development Agency can be set up using existing executive authorities.

There is likely to be congressional resistance to forming a new military branch, but Shanahan said he expects no push-back on Space Command or on the Space Development Agency.

https://spacenews.com/major-moves-in-dod-space-reorganization-to-start-in-early-2019/

IST will try to keep its readers informed on this topic…..too many are laughing it off….we are not.

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