Closing Thought–20Jul20

I have always been amazed on how so many usually rational Americans can blindly follow a toad like Trump.

Since most of them a staunch viewers of FOX News and thinks anything else is just “fake news”(their words….as well as the idiot in the Rose Garden)…but it seems that a spotlight news to be placed on FOX News….surely there is something that the FCC can do to force accuracy in reporting (but not until the toad in the Rose Garden goes away)…..

253 lies in just five days!

Fox News hit viewers with an “avalanche of misinformation” in its weekday coverage of the coronavirus crisis from July 6 through 10, according to a national media watchdog group that documented at least 253 instances of the network’s coverage undermining science, politicizing the pandemic, emphasizing economic issues, and promoting other lies or problematic positions in those five days alone.

Media Matters for America (MMFA) noted in a statement that its new analysis released Thursday follows Yahoo News reporting from earlier this month which claims that Fox News‘ messaging on Covid-19 was undergoing a “remarkable turn” from its earlier coverage to “acknowledge … that the coronavirus is a far graver threat.”

In contrast with the kind of shift reported by Yahoo, MMFA revealed that:

  • Nearly half of Fox‘s coronavirus misinformation was about the science of coronavirus and health recommendations from experts (115 instances).
  • Fox politicized recommended public health measures, such as face masks usage and business closures, 63 times.
  • Fox emphasized the economy and reopening schools 46 times despite public health concerns.
  • Fox’s “The Ingraham Angle” was responsible for a quarter of all coronavirus misinformation on the network.
  • Fox‘s “straight news” shows accounted for more than one-third of all coronavirus misinformation.

Fox host Laura Ingraham and her prime-time show ‘The Ingraham Angle’ traded in coronavirus misinformation far more often than other Fox personalities and shows during the week of July 6,” MMFA research analyst Rob Savillo explains in the report.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/07/16/riddled-lies-analysis-finds-fox-news-covid-19-coverage-featured-misinformation-253

Not to worry….FUX News viewers will not believe anything that does not come from FUX….they will always find some lameass reason to depute facts.

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OMG! The Most Corrupt Admin In History

That is the narrative that the media is passing around these days….Trump is the head of a basically criminal enterprise…..makes for good copy and a good propaganda piece…..but let’s look at another presidential term and what transpired….that would be the term of G. W. Bush.

It interests me that all these pundits are comparing Trump to the tenure of other presidents in history…..but they seldom talk about the “scandals” of these presidents…..so how do they are match up?

Let’s look at those in recent history……

One of the most scandal heavy presidencies is that of Good Old “Dub”…..let’s look at the Executive Branch scandals……and what became known as “Lawyergate”……

  • Lawyergate” or the Dismissal of U.S. attorneys controversy refers to President Bush firing, without explanation, eleven Republican federal prosecutors whom he himself had appointed. It is alleged that they were fired for prosecuting Republicans and not prosecuting Democrats.[456][457] When Congressional hearings were called, a number of senior Justice Department officials cited executive privilege and refused to testify under oath and instead resigned, including:
  1. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
  2. Karl Rove, Advisor to President Bush
  3. Harriet Miers, Legal Counsel to President Bush, was found in Contempt of Congress
  4. Michael A. Battle, Director of Executive Office of US Attorneys in the Justice Department
  5. Bradley Schlozman, Director of Executive Office of US Attorneys who replaced Battle
  6. Michael Elston, Chief of Staff to Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty
  7. Paul McNulty, Deputy Attorney General to William Mercer
  8. William W. Mercer, Associate Attorney General to Alberto Gonzales
  9. Kyle Sampson, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
  10. Monica Goodling, Liaison between President Bush and the Justice Department
  11. Joshua Bolten, Deputy Chief of Staff to President Bush was found in Contempt of Congress
  12. Sara M. Taylor, Aide to Presidential Advisor Karl Rove

There is so much more…..all three branches none are immune…..Read about all the scandals and corruption stories from the Bush White House…..

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_federal_political_scandals_in_the_United_States#Legislative_branch_2

Like I stated earlier….we are always talking about the scandals and corruption in the Trump White House….but reality shows us that ALL…repeat….ALL presidencies have had their scandals and corruption……

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Enter The Police State

That is a term that is batted around anytime the police are involved….but what the Hell does it really mean?

A state in which the government exercises rigid and repressive controls over the social, economic, and political life of the people, especially by means of a secret police force.

When protestors are kidnapped into unmarked cars and bystanders are told they will be shot if they are followed, you can be sure that the warnings of impending fascism are not exaggerated.

Does that sum it up nicely for you?

If not then this infographic may be of some small help as well…..

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What makes me want to post on this situation now is the things happening in Portland Oregon……

Video footage and first-hand accounts of unidentified federal law enforcement officials snatching up Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland, Oregon and throwing them into unmarked vehicles drew nationwide attention and outrage Friday, with members of Congress, human rights groups, and journalists accusing the Trump administration of deploying “secret police” to crush dissent.

“Unmarked federal agents in combat gear are pulling protesters off the street and jailing them without charge,” tweeted Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). “That is what a police state is all about. Now is the time to defend our Constitution. Now is the time to come together and defeat Trump’s authoritarian policies.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/07/17/after-trump-deploys-secret-police-portland-imagine-what-happens-if-he-gets-four-more

The Mayor of Portland has finally come out with a demand that the president withdraw these thugs from the streets of Portland…..

Portland’s mayor threw down the gauntlet Friday after federal agents—some wearing camouflage in unmarked minivans—were seen grabbing people off the streets, the AP reports. “Keep your troops in your own buildings, or have them leave our city,” Mayor Ted Wheeler said at a press conference in a message to President Trump. “This is part of the core media strategy out of Trump’s White House: to use federal troops to bolster his sagging polling data. And it is an absolute abuse of federal law enforcement officials.” The agents have charged 13 protesters so far but also arrested people far from federal property the agents were assigned to protect. The ACLU calls it “extraordinarily concerning.” For more:

  • The defense: “We’re going to do our job,” acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told KPTV of the federal officers. “We’re going to do it professionally. But we’re not going to have these violent anarchists who show up about the same time every night for a series of hours, having that federal destruction to property.”
  • The accusation: Customs and Border Protection said Friday one arrest caught on video showed a suspect who had allegedly damaged property or assaulted federal agents, per the New York Times. CBP said agents identified themselves but didn’t show their names due to “recent doxxing incidents against law enforcement personnel.”
  • A lawsuit: The ACLU filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security and US Marshals Service on Friday, accusing agents of acting “over the widespread objections of local leaders” and “indiscriminately using tear gas, rubber bullets, and acoustic weapons against protesters, journalists, and legal observers.”
  • An investigation: US Attorney for Oregon Billy Williams called for an investigation Friday into the camouflaged agents’ behavior, per KHSU. He said the officers defended the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse against “an onslaught of commercial fireworks, laser strikes, glass, mortars, paint and anything else near at hand,” but in finding those responsible, may have acted questionably in “limited instances.”
  • Was it legal? Washington officials cited 40 US Code 1315, which allows DHS to deputize other federal agents in guarding federal property and make arrests “on and off the property in question.” But a historian tells the New York Times that this interpretation undermines other “checks and balances on DHS’ power because the officers’ power is effectively limitless and all encompassing.”
  • A secret memo: The Nation has obtained an “internal talking points memo” for the CBP that tells officials not to say where CBP agents are deployed and for how long. It also says there’s a special DHS task force—created in response to Trump’s order to protect US monuments and memorials—tasked with assessing civil unrest and using extra resources to stop it.
  • No more ribs: City and county police shut down a makeshift kitchen in downtown Portland—aptly called Riot Ribs—that served free sausages, ribs, and chorizo tacos to protesters for 12 days, Eater reports. It was used by people in a park where protests have been buzzing despite police use of tear gas and rubber bullets.
  • Shot in the head: Portland protester Donavan LaBella was shot in the head by a “non-lethal” round and apparently suffered skull and facial fractures, KATU reports. The 26-year-old has undergone surgery and is responding to doctors. Wheeler called the shooting “unacceptable.” The US Marshals Service is investigating.

Regardless whether you agree with the protesters or not….this situation is a violation of everything this country stands for and needs to be put in its place and made so that it will NEVER happen again.

The US does not need a Gestapo….we have the FBI for such chores.

Makes me ask….if this would have happened under the Obama presidency what would the Uber Right have said?

I mean they had a cow when some weapons from a sting op hit the streets…..they would have lost their minds if Obama had ordered the federal troops onto the streets of this country.

This is a pathetic use of the powers of leadership…..the world has seen all this authoritarianism before…..and it was defeated then and will be so today.

Now I wait for the defenders of these policies to show up and take me to task……

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ISIS–Wave Two

These days with the news fixated on the pandemic and then those protests it has all but forgotten about the danger of ISIS….and sadly there will be a second wave of their ascendance…….

ISIS has been beaten but not defeated….they still lurk in the shadows waiting……waiting for the next wave to begin.

Today, Islamic State barely exists in Iraq and Syria, its leader is dead and its recruits are scattered, languishing in jail or hunted throughout the Middle East and Europe.

But the threat of ISIS and of extremism has not gone away. Both on the battlefield of ideas and on the real battlefield, a second wave is certainly coming.

That wave will crash first across West Africa, where clashes between militant groups and national armies are taking place in every country of the Sahel region. The coalition has recognized this; only last month, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo singled out ISIS attacks in West Africa and said the United States was seeking a global fund of $700 million to continue the fight against ISIS in 2020.

A second ISIS wave is lurking in the dark

I posted last month on the possibility of ISIS scoring heavy in Africa…the Sahel region to be specific…..https://lobotero.com/2020/06/08/remember-isis/

Keep in mind….ISIS maybe be out of sight….but they are far from gone the way of the dodo……

It is only a matter of time before they return to the world stage.

Now the big question will be….Will we be ready for the return?

America’s intelligence agencies risk slipping back into dangerous pre-9/11 habits, a recently departed top counterterrorism official is warning in his first public remarks on the matter.

Russell Travers, former head of the U.S. government’s hub for analysis of counterterrorism intelligence, was so alarmed that he shared his concerns with the intelligence community’s top internal watchdog in his final weeks on the job.

“I think there are really important questions that need to be addressed, and I don’t think they have been thus far,” said Travers, who ran the National Counterterrorism Center until March of this year. “And that has me worried, because I do think we could very easily end up back where we were 20 years ago.”

Travers detailed his concerns, much of which remain highly classified, to the intelligence community’s inspector general. About a week later, he was summarily ousted, he says — and the Trump administration official who fired him didn’t explain why.

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/07/09/travers-terrorism-warning-355734

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