Saboteurs Of Peace?

I will admit that I have been a staunch opponent of the president and I know there are those that support him (why?)….and in the past I have stated that I did supporter some of his foreign policy claims but since his election I have been disappointed in his actions.

In that vain of thought I would like to offer a post from another writer that has a different look at the meeting between Putin and Trump……

If there was ever any doubt that the Russia-gate hoax is a scheme by the War Party to salvage their bankrupt foreign policy, and depose a democratically-elected President, then Robert Mueller’s indictment of twelve alleged GRU agents for “interfering” in the 2016 election settles the matter once and for all. Are we supposed to believe it was just a coincidence that the indictment was made public just as Trump was about to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki?

An indictment of twelve individuals who will never contest the charges, and which will not have to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law – to whom is it addressed? Not to any jury, but to the court of public opinion. It is, in short, pure propaganda, meant to sabotage Trump’s Helsinki peace initiative before it has even convened.

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/07/15/saboteurs-of-peace-on-the-road-to-helsinki/

I am sure that within his circle of supporters they see this (the opposition to the meeting) as propaganda……but as an old radical I also see the press as trying to sabotage any thing that could come out of this meeting……but as an old radical and antiwar supporter I see it as an attempt to keep the war party in total control of the policies.

I do not like Trump’s policies but I dislike war even more….but if he can end some of our many wars then I will give him his props when it is due.

There are some that see the recent Putin/Trump meeting as a possibility of a solution for our war in Syria….

To start with, the “grand bargain” on Syria analysts believe is possible will be neither “grand,” as Syria today is not the focal point for Russia or, more importantly, the United States, nor can it be referred to as a “bargain” per se, since the situation has already taken shape and the presidents will just need to formalize it.

We will have to wait and see if there is any progress on the Syrian front….
There were a couple of statements made by pundits……
1–US does not approve of Russia in Syria…..
2–Does not like it when Russia sells military hardware around the world…..
3–Russia has invaded sovereign nations…..
Does anyone else see the hypocrisy?
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The Stinky In Helsinki

Let me make it clear…I think that talking with adversaries is a good way to solve problems…that is called diplomacy….sorry what happened in Helsinki was nowhere near diplomacy.

I have been watching Our Dear Leader’s responses to questions for over 540 days of his presidency….and in all that time his responses have been nothing but babble and the reiterating his accusations and his bitches about the 2016 elections.

The meeting in Helsinki was a waste of time for anything but Trump’s ego trip…..no one heard anything from our Dear Leader but bullsh*t……even his best friend in the media FOX heard nothing but babble……Let us check the round-up shall we?

CNN’s Anderson Cooper called it “perhaps one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president” immediately after the press conference. Cooper’s name immediately began trending on Twitter after making the comment, which resulted in a variety of media members agreeing with the CNN star.

“Anderson Cooper nailed it,” CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin tweeted.

Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire and Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason were both praised by journalists for asking tough questions, but Trump’s answers drew scorn.

“Trump, finally asked whom he believes on Russia interference, gives a vague and rambling non-answer, with renewed complaints about Hillary’s server. Says he trusts US intel but made clear he takes Putin’s denials seriously. Lame response, to say the least,” Fox News’ Brit Hume tweeted.

“He threw in references to the whereabouts of a computer server at the Democratic National Committee and the activities of a former House Democratic staffer who some conspiracy theorists have alleged penetrated lawmakers’ computers,” NBC News’ Jonathan Allen wrote. “Trump also blamed the U.S. in part for the deterioration of the relationship between the two countries in recent years.”

The New York Times’ headline said, “Trump avoids rebuking Putin on meddling,” noting that the president “won’t say if he believes Moscow or U.S. intelligence.” The Washington Post also focused on the president’s reaction to the Mueller probe with a headline, “Putin again denies Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election; Trump calls probe a ‘disaster for our country.’”

CNN chief International anchor Christiane Amanpour called the press conference “extraordinary,” while the network’s senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta said the president took the word of Putin over his own intelligence community. Acosta even said there was “nervous laughter” in the room when Putin was asked if he has dirt on Trump before calling it “astonishing” that he didn’t condemn Putin when given the chance.

“They came across as playmates on a soccer field more than they did international rivals,” Acosta said.

CNN’s Gloria Borger added, “Everybody around the world has seen the president stand next to Vladimir Putin and basically cave.”

“Horrible performance from our President today. Pretty ugly when u give a pass to a nation that is undermining our democracy,” Fox Business anchor Trish Regan tweeted.

Fox News’ Neil Cavuto called the press conference “disgusting,” while his colleague Stuart Varney added, “It was not a very forceful presentation from President Trump with Putin standing right next to him. Not forceful at all.”

“Noticing on Twitter that many of the normal Trump defenders are struggling mightily to defend today’s performance,” NBC News’ Chuck Todd said.

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro called Trump’s performance “self-serving and utterly grotesque,” before declaring Trump “made a fool of himself.” The BBC’s headline simply stated, “Trump sides with Russia against FBI.”

Conservative strategist Chris Barron tweeted, “Not pleased with Trump’s Putin press conference. Doesn’t feel like America First.”

(Fox News)

How long will he keep reliving the election?  An election HE WON!

This is that bee in his bonnet…..Does he relive the election because his feelings are hurt that he lost the popular vote…..does he deep down think that we feel he is a illegitimate president?

It’s all right there in the indictment — day by day, hack by hack, theft by theft — how agents of the Russian intelligence service, the GRU, set out in the spring of 2016 to steal the election for Donald Trump. When you track the actions taken by Russian intelligence in the indictment with statements made by Trump and actions taken on his behalf by members of his campaign, the picture is as clear as an iPhone photo. Agents of the Russian government coordinated with members of the Trump campaign and took cues from Trump himself in order to influence the election of 2016.

In announcing the indictment, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein may have refused to point to a victim of the Russians’ crimes other than to say it was America itself, but the intent of the Russians was clear. They took active measures over a period of at least nine months to aid the campaign of Donald Trump and to damage the campaign of Hillary Clinton. They stole the election for Donald Trump, and he helped them do it.

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/donald-trump-illegitimate-president/amp/

This will be interesting to see if the GOP has anything to say or they wimp out like they have been doing for 540+ days……in other words….will the GOP grow a spine?

Oh yeah…I learned that Dear Leader won the 2016 election and that Hillary was his opponent……

Lastly, do you think that the media is making too much out of the Helsinki situation?  (I ask because tomorrow I will post on that possibility)(hope to see you there)

When Did They (Russia) Become A Friend?

Russia/US Summit/Meeting (depends on which version you want to believe) happening today…..

As far back as I can remember Russia has been in the cross hairs of the GOP….there was NOTHING about Russia that would be considered admirable……yes I know that most of those days were when Russia was called the USSR…a damnable communist state….and then the state collapsed and we saw a drive for democracy something they did not have under the communist leaders…..then we entered into the era of Putin and now Russia is our best friend….or so it seems if you listen to the dumbasses on the Right and even the GOP is graveling to Russia.

I remember 40 years ago I wrote something nice about Russia and I was beaten over the head by many with chants of “America…Love It Or Leave It”……my how times change……for those are the very same mental midgets that see no problem with Russia today.

I was asking this question and a friend turned me onto a leading paper in Philly that was asking the same question….

I am a member of the last generation that grew up thinking the Soviet Union was a godless, murderous regime that cast its enslaved inhabitants into perpetual darkness. I remember sitting at my desk at St. Mary’s Academy in 1967, praying for the souls of the boys and girls, the future swimmers, gymnasts, ballerinas, pole vaulters, weightlifters and cosmonauts who would battle us for world domination. I didn’t put a lot of effort into those prayers, because even at that young age I knew that those kids hated us as much as we hated Ovaltine (if you know what it is, you understand, and if you don’t know what it is, I can’t even begin to explain).

As I grew older, I became fascinated with what I called “Russia,” because even though I knew there were a lot of countries with distinct and separate cultures that had been swallowed up by this monstrous geographical hydra, I couldn’t pronounce 99 percent of the places with names that ended in “azakstan,” “bekistan,” “ikistan” and other things that sounded like seasonal allergies.

http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/christine_flowers/when-did-russia-become-a-friend-of-america-20170713.html

He rid himself (Trump) of a hawk that was always pointing out the flaws in Russia and wanted the US to disengage from them…..after years of a “nation non grata” Russia has now found a “friend” in the White House.  My next question is what happened to that hawk Bolton?  Did he have an epiphany once he came to the White House?  He is a Russia fan now that he is supping with our dear leader?

Russia and US have always been butting heads over the division of the world…..but since January of 2017 everything points to Russia as an ally in some way…..Trump has even decided to rid himself of Russian hawks within his administration……

Shortly before Donald Trump detonated a NATO summit, shanked the beleaguered British prime minister and prepped for a face-to-face love session with Vladimir Putin, his White House quietly divested itself of a senior official hawkish on Russia and bullish on the transatlantic military alliance.

The circumstances of retired Army Colonel Richard Hooker’s departure from the National Security Council on June 29 are in dispute. It’s not clear whether Hooker was forced out or if his detail on the NSC came to its natural end. But what’s not in doubt is that for the past 15 months, Hooker was senior director for Russia, Europe and NATO.

https://www.justsecurity.org/59452/russia-hawk-axed-national-security-council/

Let me ask…..Our dear leader said in an interview with some tool named Morgan when asked about Russia said…..” Putin was “probably” ruthless, “but I could name others also.”  What does that have to do with the question….he tries to deflect all questions about Putin…leads me to think that something nefarious may be going on….think about it….if your wife was this evasion what would you think?

I guess these days it is whose line you want to believe….but regardless….Russia interfered in some way with the last election…they may or may not have had any influence….but the fact that they tried should be condemning….but for the GOP it is not.

Why?

Saturday–14Jul18

Weekends are so relaxing, at least for me, and it is a chore some days to find posts that do not fit into the mold that I have set up here on IST……but this is an interesting thing that I found…..

Check my Spam this morning I have been chosen to make $50,000 a month all I need do is click on a video…..did I?  Not a damn chance!

WE here on the blogs of the world are always going on about which president is the most popular…..well some did a survey (I mean there are surveys for everything)……And the winner is……..

Ask Americans who the best president has been in their lifetimes, and one man ranks significantly above all others—though he didn’t always. Barack Obama won the top spot in the Pew Research Center survey, based on phone interviews with 2,000 US adults during the week of June 5-12; 44% of respondents ranked No. 44 as either the best or second-best president during their years on Earth. Bill Clinton came in second with 33%, while Ronald Reagan ranked third at 32%. Though Donald Trump gained only 19% of the vote, Courthouse News notes those numbers seem to align with how sitting presidents typically do in the Pew survey: In 2011, while he was still in his first term, Obama took in a 20% share. Here, the rankings based on the combined percentages of being selected as either a first or second pick:

  • Barack Obama, 44%
  • Bill Clinton, 33%
  • Ronald Reagan, 32%
  • Donald Trump, 19%
  • George W. Bush, 14%
  • John F. Kennedy, 12%
  • George HW Bush, 10%
  • Jimmy Carter, 4%
  • Dwight Eisenhower, 2%
  • Franklin Roosevelt, 1%
  • Richard Nixon, 1%
  • Lyndon Johnson, 1%
  • Harry Truman, 1%
  • Gerald Ford, 1%

At best this is subjective and it would depend on which generation you ask….

More on how the presidents rated, including within different generations and political parties, here.

Personally, I liked Carter because of his foreign policies…granted there were some decisions that I disagreed with but I can say that for every president.  Ever president since Carter has been a pawn of the M-IC….matters not the party they are equally spineless.

How about you…a favorite president?

Time for some breakfast….. omelette, cheese and spinach, hash browns, bacon and biscuits…..then some more research…..see ya later….chuq

Enter The Congressional Circus

Finally!  Proof we have all searched for…….we have watched these pathetic losers for a long painful time……and not being amused at their lies and antics and now they have done what I thought they could not possibly do……

On many occasions I have called the Congress a circus…..and yesterday in a 9 and half hour tear proved my point beyond a shadow of  doubt…..I watched most of it (as much as I could stomach) and have never been more proud of the GOP for showing their true face…..

The FBI agent who got caught up in a texting scandal over his views about President Trump testified on Capitol Hill Thursday, and it was volatile from the very start. “Heated and sometimes chaotic” is how the Washington Post describes it, and the AP had the same vibe with “bitterly contentious and occasionally chaotic.” Peter Strzok testified that he regretted sending those anti-Trump texts, including one infamous one in which he says “we’ll stop” Trump’s election, but emphatically insisted that his personal views in no way affected his work on two investigations in 2016 of Hillary Clinton and Trump. Republicans, however, weren’t buying it. Details:

  • Opening statement: “Not once in my 26 years of defending my nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I took,” Strzok said in his opening statement. “There is simply no evidence of bias in my professional actions.” He also said the hearing by the House judiciary and oversight committees “is just another victory notch in (Vladimir) Putin’s belt and another milestone in our enemies’ campaign to tear America apart.” Read the full text via Politico.
  • Versus Gowdy: GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy went after Strzok quickly. “Agent Strzok had Donald Trump impeached before he even started investigating him,” he said. “That is bias. Agent Strzok may not see it but the rest of the country does, and it is not what we want, expect or deserve from any law enforcement officer much less the FBI.” At one point, Strzok accused Gowdy of twisting his words and said he didn’t appreciate it. “I don’t give a damn what you appreciate,” responded Gowdy. “I don’t appreciate an FBI agent with an unprecedented level of animus working on two major investigations in 2016.”
  • Contempt threat: When Strzok said he wouldn’t answer questions about the FBI investigations, GOP Rep. Bob Goodlatte threatened to hold him in contempt. Democrat Eric Swalwell then countered about holding Steve Bannon in contempt for refusing to answer questions at an earlier hearing, reports Fox News. In the end, nobody was held in contempt. Throughout the hearing, however, “Democrats tried to run interference for Mr. Strzok, using parliamentary points of order and other tactics to protect him from Republican prying,” per the New York Times.
  • Video: Mediaite has a clip of the “absolute chaos.”
  • Notorious text: “I don’t recall writing that text,” Strzok said of the one in which he wrote “we’ll stop” Trump’s election, reports Axios. “What I can tell you is that text in no way suggested that I or the FBI would take any action to influence the candidacy of candidate Trump.” Strzok also said the text came after Trump’s criticism of the family of a US soldier in Iraq. “You need to understand that was written late at night, off-the-cuff,” he said, per the Wall Street Journal. “My presumption, based on that horrible, disgusting behavior, [was] that the American population would not elect somebody demonstrating that behavior to be president of the United States.”
  • Lisa Page: Strzok is under internal investigation by the FBI and is on what amounts to administrative leave. The FBI lawyer with whom he shared anti-Trump texts, Lisa Page, left the agency. She will meet behind closed doors Friday and Monday with members of Congress, reports CNN. Trump tweeted about her on Wednesday. “What can she possibly say about her statements and lies,” he wrote.

I would like to thank the GOP especially the slugs in the Tea Party’s Freedom Caucus for proving that I was correct when I called US Congress a silly unprofessional circus.  Thank you for proving my point!  It’s Miller Time!

Liberals…….

Liberals!  You know who they are according to most so-called conservs….they are anyone who does not meet what they consider a conserv ideology.

I would try to have an academic debate on this situation but that would be a waste of time and would end up with the so-called conserv saying “whatever” or their favorite retort “moving on”.

If there is half a brain out there then they will realize that we are witnessing the demise of democracy….but then few will see it for it is happening all around them slowly with a barrage of slogans……it is as if the world has lost all confidence in democracy…..

Democracy across the world is under siege. This according to the latest Freedom House report documenting that for 2017, “democracy faced its most serous crisis in decades” as seventy-one countries experienced declines in freedom or fair government, including the United States, and only thirty-five an improvement. This was the twelfth consecutive year of decline in democracy world-wide.

The question is why? Why has confidence in democracy retreated? Freedom House does not provide an answer, but there is a reason. It is democracy’s marriage to neo-liberal capitalism has fostered the conditions leading to its own undoing, similar to the way Karl Marx once described in the Communist Manifesto the “gravedigger thesis” (What the Bourgeoisie therefore produces, above all, are its own grave diggers”) where capitalism would produce the conditions that would undermine its own existence.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/06/28/neo-liberalism-and-the-retreat-of-democracy/

Back in the early days of this republic a young Frenchman came to observe the founding of a new nation…..his name was Tocqueville and his book “Democracy In America” is required reading for a political scientist…..could this Frenchman save the US from itself?

The modern world differs from antiquity and the Middle Ages, a disjuncture Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America (1835, 1840) proposes to explain and illustrate. In the past, societies were organized on the assumption that men were naturally unequal. However, the Christian idea of human equality provided the impetus for a “democratic revolution,” or a gradual reordering of the world based on the equality principle. Democracy in America shows what a difference equality makes by constantly contrasting modern, democratic forms of politics, work, family life, and the arts and sciences with their old, aristocratic counterparts.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/what-would-tocqueville-do/

This country needs all the assistance it can get….if it can be saved from itself…..I mean there are still those old farts that see a socialist behind every Democrat…..as always these people are afraid of something they cannot identify.

Closing Thought–10Jul18

Since 2010 I have been leery of the Tea Party and especially their so-called caucus in Congress, the Freedom Caucus……ever noticed the more extremist the group the more patriotic their names are?

Any way one of their “leaders’ is Rep. Jordan of Ohio and he is having his problems with the time before his Congressional days….

A team doctor who allegedly molested athletes; coaches who reportedly knew but turned a blind eye. It’s not the story of Michigan State University and Larry Nassar but that of Ohio State—and the allegations are touching a “powerful” Republican congressman. NBC News on Tuesday reported on claims from three former wrestlers who say the late Dr. Richard Strauss molested players during his tenure with the team from the mid-’70s to late ’90s—and that Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, the team’s assistant wrestling coach for the 1986 to 1994 period, knew. Jordan denied being aware of the abuse claims several months ago (the university said in April it was investigating) and repeated that denial Tuesday. But those NBC News spoke with say that just isn’t so. More:

  • Former wrestler Dunyasha Yetts says he went straight to Jordan after Strauss began to remove his wrestling shorts when he sought help for a thumb injury. He said Jordan and then-head coach Russ Hellickson spoke with Strauss, who the New York Times reports committed suicide in 2005. Yetts says it was far from the only discussion players had with Jordan, and that it was commonly known Strauss showered with players though he didn’t work out.
  • Mike DiSabato, another player who spoke with NBC News, got detailed in an interview with CNN: “I never saw Doc Strauss … where he didn’t ask me to—where I went to see him for medicine or whatever, finger injury, shoulder, knee—where he did not want to examine my testicles. He groped. Every time. If you wanted your meds, if you wanted to stay healthy … so that you could stay on scholarship, you grinned and beared it, so to speak.”
  • CNN says male members from 14 of the university’s sports teams—among them baseball, fencing, football, swimming, and track—have levied allegations against Strauss per Ohio State. Some 150 people have been interviewed as part of the probe.
  • What a rep for Jordan had to say after NBC News published its article: “Congressman Jordan never saw any abuse, never heard about any abuse and never had any abuse reported to him during his time as a coach at Ohio State. He has not been contacted by investigators about the matter but will assist them in any way they ask because, if what is alleged is true, the victims deserve a full investigation and justice.”
  • The Columbus Dispatch quotes a written statement from Porter Wright Morris & Arthur attorney Kathleen Trafford as saying Jordan was contacted by phone and email but did not respond to the interview requests. Jordan’s rep countered this, demanding “that they send us the supposed communication” and noting Jordan remains “willing to assist.”

The Times gives context to Jordan’s position in the House, describing the Freedom Caucus member as being floated as a potential successor to Paul Ryan as speaker. Though the Times sees that outcome as “unlikely,” it believes he’ll exert influence over the selection.

Of course he is denying an knowledge of the abuse….as we would expect……I say if guilty he needs to be a BBQ…..and as we would expect he is blaming his enemies and the media for his problems…..let the case go where it must…..

While writing this draft more news on the Jordan front has come to light…..

The number of Ohio State wrestlers who’ve come forward to say Rep. Jim Jordan knew about abuse at the hands of their team doctor is rising, despite Jordan’s adamant denials. After an initial report on three former wrestlers, NBC News interviews a fourth accuser, Shawn Dailey, who says he was groped several times by Dr. Richard Strauss in the mid-’90s, when Jordan was the team’s assistant coach. “It was very common knowledge in the locker room that if you went to Dr. Strauss for anything, you would have to pull your pants down,” Dailey, now 43, says, adding he never approached Jordan about his own abuse but took part in locker room discussions about Strauss with Jordan. Dailey specifically backs up the account of former teammate Dunyasha Yetts, saying Jordan’s reply to Yetts after Yetts complained about Strauss was: “If he tried that with me, I would kill him.”

Dailey notes he’s a Republican, like Jordan, whom he calls a “close friend” and “good guy” whose campaign he donated to in 1994. Still, “what happened drove me out of the sport,” he says. “So I was surprised to hear Jim say that he knew nothing about it. … That’s kind of hurtful.” Former UFC champ Mark Coleman also speaks out, telling the Wall Street Journal “there’s no way unless [Jordan’s] got dementia or something that he’s got no recollection of what was going on at Ohio State. … I have nothing but respect for this man, I love this man, but he knew as far as I’m concerned.” Meanwhile, President Trump has weighed in, telling reporters Thursday that he believes Jordan “100%, no question in my mind.” “Jim Jordan is one of the most outstanding people I’ve met since I’ve been in Washington,” Trump said, adding he doesn’t believe the allegations against him “at all.”

Of course the president will not believe the allegations…Jordan is his butt boy in the House with Nunes……birds of a feather sort of thing.

No secret that I would like to see Rep. Jordan run out of Washington….but not like this…..I prefer that he be beat at the polls.