Closing Thought–12Mar19

I have listened to our Beloved Leader on many occasions and his use of simplistic language leads me believe that he has NO grasp on complex ideas or thoughts.

My daughter and I were discussing our Beloved Leader and I told her that he says he is a”really smart person” but I think that if he is a grad of Wharton, probably the 2nd best business school, then daddy bought his degree.

Then I read something his professor i marketing had to say about student Trump……

Donald J. Trump was an undergraduate student at Wharton for the latter two of his college years, having graduated in 1968

Professor Kelley told me 100 times over three decades that “Donald Trump was the dumbest goddam student I ever had.” I remember his emphasis and inflection — it went like this: “Donald Trump was the dumbest goddamn student I ever had.” Kelley told me this after Trump had become a celebrity, but long before he was considered a political figure. Kelley often referred to Trump’s arrogance when he told the story that Trump came to Wharton thinking he already knew everything. 

https://www.alternet.org/2017/10/former-wharton-professor-trump-was-dumbest-gddam-student-i-ever-had/

I knew it!

Who needs to study hard to get ahead when Daddy has money and the school needs a new classroom?

 

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Political Insanity

I could be writing about a fellow blogger whose site, “Finding Political Sanity”….but in this case it is more about political rhetoric.

This is an observation on the use of different terms to describe things we see and read……

A constant thread running through all of these “politicals” is that they are fraudulent. They are concepts that subvert, displace, and weaponize that which they profess to represent.

“Political Islam” is anti-Islamic. “Political Christianity” is anti-Christian. “Political Humanitarianism” is anti-humanitarian, and “political feminism” is anti-feminism.

“Political Islam” as represented by Wahhabism is an anti-Islamic extremist ideology that is grown nurtured and sustained by US imperialism which imposes mass murder, destruction, chaos and sectarianism on prey nations such as Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, and Syria.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/political-insanity/5625901

Keep in  mind that social media plays a large roll in politics these days….as long as a leader can use 35% of the populace to help spread his brand of lies and misinformation……anything is possible.

19th Nervous Breakdown

As much as I would like to put the Stones on for this post it is actually about Fearless Fosdick, the president.

We all know about his Tweeting propensity, right?  Hopefully I do not have to go back the last 10 months for that would be too much to ask of an aging old professor with health issues…tee hee….wink.

We know whether you are a supporter or like me a detractor that when something that is aimed at him and he takes offense he does what any 7 year old do….he lashes out….only he uses Twitter to bully the people and events that pisses him off.

Luckily for my reader I am not going to subject you to ever mindless rambling brain fart Fearless Fosdick has put on Twitter….(you are welcome)…..no the nervous breakdown I am writing about is the one to come.

By now even if the reader has been in seclusion in a cave they have heard about the event where Flynn has rolled over and is cooperating with Mueller on this investigation that according to Trump-ites is nothing more than a witch hunt….I bring this up because it appears that several White House biggies are the center of the investigation now (names withheld to avoid Right wing trolls)……

Any way you cut it Trump is losing it…..his Tweets are telling of his mental stability or the lack thereof……personally I think that the pressure of the office has finally starting working on what little sanity he had left….I mean after a lifetime of lying you ass off has to take a toll.

But when we say that someone is lying, we presume that they know they’re lying. That’s what distinguishes the “lie” from the “falsehood” or the “untruth.” You can unwittingly tell a falsehood, but if you lie it means you knew what you were doing. Or to quote the philosopher George Costanza, “It’s not a lie if you believe it.”

And Fearless Fosdick believes everything that he Tweets about regardless of the evidence otherwise.  And then there are the people that worship the very ground he walks on….old white guys, rednecks, Nazs, well you get the idea….these gullible people will voluntarily follow this asshole to Hell believing every word he utters.

All that aside…..Fearless is about due for a major meltdown and if this investigation gets too close I expect to see him go off the rail….but will the Congress (the pack of cowards) do anything to protect the country from a madman?  My guess is no that would r4equire a backbone and none I have witnessed seem to possess that one simple tool for governing.

So the babbling douche will be our president until something like Hell freezing occurs….without the Congress who will still be standing around patting themselves on the back for giving the nation the largest monetary theft in like….EVER!

So if the madman from NYC remains president until 2020 will he be re-elected?

I say NO because he will choose not to run in 2020 for re-election.  Why?

He had got everything that he could for his outside businesses from the Congress….No need for him to put up with the MSM in a re-election bid  The country will be free of Fearless Fosdick and the criminals in the White House….now the US will set about electing the next bastard that will screw them all over again.

The Kagans, It’s A Family Affair

Washington is a town of movers and shakers…..some move in the oil circle….others move in the financial side of life…..and then there are the Kagans…..a family ass deep in war.

Their candidate of choice in the last election was Clinton, Hillary, they were invested in her hubby too when he ran the world.  Once their candidate was handed her ass they slinked off into the shadows…..and after awhile theyt are back and you can bet that war will soon raise its ugly face yet again.

The neocon royalty Kagans are counting on Democrats and liberals to be the foot soldiers in the new neocon campaign to push Republicans and President Trump into more “regime change” wars,

The Kagan family, America’s neoconservative aristocracy, has reemerged having recovered from the letdown over not gaining its expected influence from the election of Hillary Clinton and from its loss of official power at the start of the Trump presidency.

Back pontificating on prominent op-ed pages, the Family Kagan now is pushing for an expanded U.S. military invasion of Syria and baiting Republicans for not joining more enthusiastically in the anti-Russian witch hunt over Moscow’s alleged help in electing Donald Trump.

Source: The Kagans Are Back; Wars to Follow – Consortiumnews

The roulette wheel is turning….where will it stop…..who gets the lucky roll?

Behind Closed Doors

Nope not some chessey country song from the 80’s……

We have had a little over a  month of a new president (really?  Seems like more than that)….and in all that time there has been one “scandal” after another…..granted none are proven scandals but the whispers are there….like them or not.

And the newest one involves our recently confirmed AG…..

Jeff Sessions spoke with Russia’s ambassador to the US twice in 2016, but he didn’t disclose those communications during his confirmation hearing to become attorney general. When asked about possible contact between Moscow representatives and Trump campaign members, Sessions specifically said he “did not have communications with the Russians” during the campaign and that he was “not aware of” any other campaign members doing so. Per the Washington Post, the revelation from Justice Department officials could spark more calls from Congress to appoint a special prosecutor to look into Russia’s alleged attempts to interfere with the 2016 election. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal US investigators have looked into the newly released contacts between Sessions and Russia, though it’s not clear whether the investigation has concluded. Following the disclosure of the conversations, Sessions said he “never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign,” per the AP.

One of the conversations between Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak happened in September, when Sessions, then a senator, was a senior member of the Armed Services Committee and one of Trump’s top advisers; officials say Sessions didn’t remember the details of his conversations with Kislyak by the time his confirmation hearing came around, and that the meeting was related to Sessions’ work on the armed services panel, not the Trump campaign. Sessions’ spokesperson says there was nothing “misleading” about his answers at the confirmation hearing because he was only asked about communications related to the campaign, not to his work as a senator. Following the latest revelations, top Democrats have called for Sessions to step down as AG, Mediaite reports. Republicans are split on whether Sessions should lead any potential probe into Russia’s alleged election tampering. A conversation with Kislyak is also what forced Michael Flynn to step down as Trump’s national security adviser.

After the news broke the other night then the slugs came out from under their rocks…….first the Dems gave their typical response…..

Democrats don’t just think that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should recuse himself from an investigation into Russian ties with the Trump campaign, they think he should step down from his post, period. “The Attorney General must resign,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wrote in a statement, per the Hill, because he “lied under oath.” Her call for him to resign, echoed by Democrats including Elijah Cummings in the House and Elizabeth Warren in the Senate, comes after the Washington Post reported that he met with the Russian ambassador to the US twice during the 2016 campaign. Sessions, an early Trump backer, says he did nothing wrong because he met with Sergey Kislyak in his capacity as a senator, not as an advocate for Trump. During his confirmation hearing, he declared, “I did not have communications with the Russians.”

Even his party is not above the rhetoric…….

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Wednesday that while he doesn’t know if the Trump campaign had improper communications with Russians, the attorney general would have to recuse himself from an investigation. “It is clear to me that Jeff Sessions, who is my dear friend, cannot make this decision about Trump,” he said, per Politico.

There is more and more calls from all sectors of the government for an investigation into Russian influence, if there is any……

Top Republicans said Thursday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should recuse himself from federal investigations of whether Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said during an appearance on MSNBC that Sessions should bow out to maintain “the trust of the American people.”

Minutes later, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) joined McCarthy’s call, tweeting that “AG Sessions should clarify his testimony and recuse himself.”

The calls from two of the House’s most prominent Republicans follow revelations that Sessions met with the Russian ambassador during election season. Under oath in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing in January, Sessions had said that he had not met with any Russian officials.

(WaPo)

Like I said this news just broke recently…..but it will be very telling to see what track this situation takes from today forward…..

Any bets on how long Sessions will survive as AG?

Update:  There has been turn after this post was published and I would like to get my readers caught up……

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Thursday he would recuse himself from any investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election because he was involved with President Donald Trump’s campaign

“I have recused myself in the matters that deal with the Trump campaign,” Sessions told reporters in the latest twist of the controversy over ties between Trump associates and Russia that has dogged the early days of his presidency.

Now you are caught up….for now……chuq

Russia, To Boldly Go…….

Looks like this situation is the one that will dominate the last days of a helluva year, 2016…..Did or did not Russia do some unauthorized hacking?

As usual there are two sides to every story…..those that are outraged and those that are trying desperately to ignore the reports with the hopes something else will materialize to capture the attention of the public…..

This whole Russia hacking thing is unusual and I just had to offer my historical perspective on the situation…..

Source: Ain’t Karma A Bitch? – In Saner Thought

It fascinates me to see how many Americans are lining up on the side of the defense of Russia….a decade ago I would have called these people idiots and morons…..

I think many Americans are too distracted with the election to care or read about something other than the “great” job Trump will do for this country (another bit of fantasy….IMO)…..

I read a piece in VOX that actually tries to explain the situation with the Russia hack…

National security has been the focus of virtually all of my professional life. I was in Washington on 9/11 and saw the smoke rising from the Pentagon. I arrived in Iraq shortly after the 2003 US invasion and spent several years living in Baghdad and writing about what had quickly become a bloody civil war. I covered the Bush administration’s decision to surge troops into Iraq in 2007 and the Obama administration’s decision to surge troops into Afghanistan in 2009. I’ve written about US spying efforts abroad and foreign spying efforts inside the US.

But I’ve never covered anything quite like Russia’s hack of the Democratic National Committee’s servers and the email account of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, moves designed to steal and then release information damaging to the Democratic presidential nominee.

Source: I’ve spent 15 years covering national security. I’ve never seen anything like the Russia hack. – Vox

True, we will have to wait an see just what tack our new president will take on this situation….I believe we are in for a long 4 years….and this could well be the opening salvo of a new Cold War.

There should be more attention to what Russia is doing with the Military…….

We began the forecasting process with Russia by looking at the country’s military capability. Russia has intervened in Syria to great fanfare, and while it has demonstrated undeniable improvements in some of its capabilities, the Russian military is far weaker than most make it out to be. Our 2016 forecast predicted a frozen conflict in Ukraine, and we came to the conclusion that this frozen conflict will be formalized in 2017 by answering a very basic question: What is the Russian military capability in Ukraine and in general?

The answer is found not by looking at events pertaining to the Ukrainian revolution in 2014, but rather the performance of the Russian military in the 2008 Georgia War. Russia achieved all of its strategic objectives in that five-day war, but serious deficiencies in Russian capabilities were revealed. Operational and tactical logistics left much to be desired, as the Russians had serious difficulties maintaining supply lines for food, fuel, and ammunition. Much of Russia’s military equipment was old and falling apart, Russian suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD) and electronic warfare capabilities were deficient, and use of precision-guided munitions was rare. Joint operational planning between different services was either nonexistent or ineffective.

After the war, Russia set out on an ambitious and vast military modernization program, reforming everything from doctrine to training to weapons. Russia set clear goals for reducing the number of conscript soldiers to professionalize the force. The 10-year State Armaments Program, announced by President Vladimir Putin in 2010, allocated 19.4 trillion rubles (worth $698.4 billion at the time) to revamp the equipment and weapons used by the Russian armed forces, and Russia’s military expenditures have been increasing both in absolute terms and as a percent of Russia’s GDP ever since.

Russia has taken some impressive steps forward. In 2008, it is unlikely Russia could have fielded a force and deployed it in Syria as it did in 2015. Of all the weapons Russia used in Syria, roughly 20% have been precision-guided munitions, which shows progress… but it also shows how much room Russia has to grow. Russia has deployed unmanned aerial vehicles to help with intelligence gathering, and both SEAD and joint inter-service operations have improved. According to Russian military officials, conscripts in the military have been reduced from roughly 600,000 in 2011, to 200,000 by the end of 2016.

These improvements and the media campaign around the Russian intervention, however, obscure the two most important elements to consider in evaluating the Russian military. First, despite these improvements, Russia has neither the military capability nor the political capital to conquer Ukraine, even if it wanted to. Russia beat Georgia because Georgia is a small country and Russia could overwhelm the Georgians with larger numbers. Ukraine is eight times the size of Georgia in terms of total land and can field a much larger infantry force. Many of Russia’s Rapid Reaction Forces that would be mobilized in such an action still consist of significant numbers of conscripts. Even if Russia could blitz its way to Kiev, it couldn’t hold the country, considering the long supply lines and Ukraine’s large, hostile population. And if the US or NATO decided to intervene, Russia would require even greater forces.

Second, Putin and the Russian government are aware of these limitations. Since 2008, they have been doing everything possible to modernize the Russian armed forces and to reach, if not parity, then a level of strength that could give them more strategic options. That has meant increasing military spending.
While Russia was flush with oil money, that was a perfectly logical plan. But Russia was not expecting oil prices to collapse in 2014. Russia had planned a budget on the then-conservative estimate that oil wouldn’t fall below $82 a barrel. Oil has averaged between $34 and $35 a barrel in 2016, and there’s no reason to expect the oversupplied market to give Russia significant relief in the coming year. Modernizing Russia’s forces is one of the top priorities for the government in the next three years, but it’s not clear if Russia has the money to spend.

(excerpt from a report issued by Geopolitical Futures)

Like I said…it is starting to smell a lot like 1949.

After ‘Destroying’ Canada, Stephen Harper Leaving Politics

I have a few readers from the north, Canada, to be accurate……while we Americans pay little attention to our neighbors to the north…..some things are universal……like politicians that leave office and immediately set about making their fortune on their “good” name.

I mean look at the fortune that Bubba has put together with that corrupted piece of crap he calls the Clinton Global Initiative……..and now his wife has eyes on her next fortune……

Sorry I digress……looks like Canadian politicians are NO different from their American counterparts…..

News that former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper would be leaving politics presumably to “make his fortune” was met with derision and delight from his many critics who say that the conservative MP “destroyed the social fabric of Canada.”

Harper is expected to resign from federal politics before Parliament resumes in the fall. According to the Globe and Mail, which broke the news Wednesday, he plans to “pursue new interests on corporate boards and the establishment of a foreign policy institute,” which, according to an undisclosed source, “won’t be academic or domestic-policy focused…but directed largely at global ‘big picture’ issues.”

And one former policy director speculated that those issues will likely include free trade, in addition to Harper’s “geopolitical thinking” in regards to human rights, democracy, and “standing up to authoritarian regimes.”

uring his tenure as Prime Minister, which spanned from 2006-2015, Harper was known internationally for pushing through an aggressive conservative agenda which included: wholesale investment in fossil fuels, including Canadian tar sands; blocking international efforts to combat climate change; dismantling civil liberties through mass surveillance; unflinching support of Israel and attempts to outlaw pro-Palestinian boycott movements; supporting numerous wars overseas; and willfully ignoring the treaty rights of Canadian First Nations, among many other things.

After word of his imminent departure broke, critics took to social media to speculate about what may be next for the man accused of turning Canada into a “climate villain.”

(commondreams.org)

I would like to hear from my readers from the north…..please let my other readers know what is what in Canada…..all opinions welcome…..