The Bully On The Block

As a junkie of all things international relations…I am constantly watching the press and the think tanks to keep my readers abreast of what is happening and why……

I do so enjoy the media acting as the propaganda arm of the government….apparently they are told what to do and told to run with the ball….keep the American people confused and stupid.

For months, probably years we the people have been told about the Russians and their buildup and thumbing their nose at the Western forces like NATO….

I have been saying for about that long that I felt like it was all a show to make Russia look more dangerous than they were….and now all my suspicion has been proven out…..

President Obama and NATO leaders signed on to the false narrative of a minding-its-own-business West getting sucker-punched by a bunch of Russian meanies, a storyline that suggests insanity or lies, reports Robert Parry.

It’s unnerving to realize that the NATO alliance – bristling with an unprecedented array of weapons including a vast nuclear arsenal – has lost its collective mind. Perhaps it’s more reassuring to think that NATO simply feels compelled to publicly embrace its deceptive “strategic communications” so gullible Western citizens will be kept believing its lies are truth.

But here were the leaders of major Western “democracies” lining up to endorse a Warsaw Summit Communiqué condemning “Russia’s aggressive actions” while knowing that these claims were unsupported by their own intelligence agencies.

Source: NATO Reaffirms Its Bogus Russia Narrative – Consortiumnews

Even the American Conservative has noted that the US made several mistaken in 1991 with the collapse of the USSR…..

Whenever the subject of American foreign-policy catastrophes comes up, the word “Iraq” immediately comes to mind. But George W. Bush’s ill-fated invasion of that hapless land in reality did not do irreparable damage to the United States. That is not to trivialize the costs, including trillions of dollars and the deaths of thousands of Americans plus hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, but the reality is that the U.S. homeland was not attacked and the economy has not collapsed, making Iraq a war that should never have been fought but not a defeat in historic terms.

One thinks of Russia less frequently when U.S. policy failures are examined. In 1991, Russia was a superpower. Today it is a convenience, a straw man fortuitously produced whenever someone in power wants to justify weapons expenditures or the initiation of new military interventions in faraway places. Much of the negative interaction between Washington and Moscow is driven by the consensus among policymakers, the Western media, and the inside-the-beltway crowd that Russia is again—or perhaps is still and always will be—the enemy du jour. But frequently forgotten or ignored is the fact that Moscow, even in its much-reduced state, continues to control the only military resource on the planet that can destroy the United States, suggesting caution should be in order when one goes about goading the bear.

Source: Russian Harassment and Other Fables | The American Conservative

Basically the government needs the media and the people needs an enemy….true that they have ISIS to hate but that cannot last forever and Russia is the perfect villain….for the American people still have left over animosities toward the nation and it is easy to feed the fear…..the government needs the American people to live in fear…..and the media supplies the indoctrination.

The Four Liars of the 2016 Election

Today is once again yet another “Big Day” in American politics…..so before the public votes I thought I would press this article that I read in the New Republic…..has some unflattering things to say about the 4 leading candidates of both parties…..

I am not saying that I believe all this analysis….just thought that the voter might like to see what is being written about the person they may be supporting in the 2016 election.

After all their vote is precious maybe they should check out all that is written about their candidate….but that may be a bit much to ask of the American people…..

Hillary the Noble Liar, Donald the Bullshitter, Ted the Trickster, and Bernie the Blue-Eyed Liar—who will win the day?

Source: The Four Liars of the 2016 Election | New Republic

How the Rich Control Policymaking

It is election time and we Americans are doing what we always do……we blame the rich for all the bad decisions that this country makes.  Even though we hear that we have a voice and we can be heard if we interact with our representatives…….well sports fans that is damn right FALSE!

How many times have you heard your Congress person say that they need to hear from you so that they may lay out the proper tract for any issue?

The truth is that your voice is very low and almost none existent…..the rich control the policymakers…..I know we all know this already……but how do they control the process?

New research shows the power of the wealthiest Americans to impose their preferences….

The United States of America is a democratic country. Over the past few decades, however, important questions about policy and budgets have been decided overwhelmingly against the interests and preferences of the middle and working classes. When the preferences of the rich and the middle class come into conflict, the rich tend to win.

Matt Grossmann, a political scientist and the director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University, is working on a project to expand upon the work of Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page, whose bombshell paper last year revealed the impact of economic inequality on public opinion in the U.S. As part of his research, Grossmann examined 50 proposals in the Gilens data set on which opinions between the wealthiest Americans and the median voter diverged the most.

Source: How the Rich Control Policymaking | Al Jazeera America

We can bitch about this from now until the cows go to Benghazi……for it will not change….why?  Americans do not truly want it to change.  Proof?  Just look at the voting for the last 25 years….your answer is there.

Cruz Lashes Out At Trump

I am by no means a supporter of Donald Trump but even I think his rival Ted Cruz is a bit over the top….Cruz takes every advantage to spread lies and other such “dirty Tricks”……of course most of it comes from his PACs so he can say that he is innocent of any of the juvenile BS…..

His, Cruz, email scams are becoming legendary….he has used them on Carson and Rubio….probably others….but his latest scam is targeted at Trump supporters…..

This article is from Infowars, a site that I do not think is anything but bullsh*t….but if this report is true then legal actions should be started….

Campaign reportedly sent e-mail that leaves out legal requirements

Source: Insider: Cruz Campaign Encouraged Utah Voters to Break Law » Alex Jones’ Infowars: There’s a war on for your mind!

Believe it or not…I am NOT one of those lazy f*cks that gets my news from a single source……so yes, as much as I dislike Alex Jones and his Infowars I will check it out from time to time for news.

Then there is the cute little trick on using Trump’s wife in a racy add for Cruz…..now this should be a line…..I think anyone that would use such a technique to influence the voter is due NO respect….and is a bit classless.

So Cruz and Trump are in this infantile back and forth about each others wives…..is this what our politics has come to……two major candidates acting like 6 graders?

Donald Trump isn’t letting Ted Cruz’s wife out of his crosshairs just yet: On Wednesday night, he retweeted an insult about her looks, reports Mediaite. The tweet reading, “A picture is worth a thousand words” shows side-by-side images of Heidi Cruz and Trump’s wife, Melania—the former image unflattering, the latter very flattering. Ted Cruz responded with a tweet of his own: “Donald, real men don’t attack women. Your wife is lovely, and Heidi is the love of my life.”

All of this comes after an anti-Trump super PAC mocked Melania Trump by using an image of her from a magazine’s nude photo shoot. Trump blamed the Cruz campaign—which denied any knowledge of it—and threatened to “spill the beans” about Heidi Cruz. She doesn’t seem fazed by the threat, however. “Most of the things Donald Trump says have no basis in reality,” she said on Wednesday, per the Hill. “We are not worried. We’re focusing on our campaign, and we’re going to continue to do that.”

Why would anyone with half a brain take either of these two d/bags seriously?

Maybe it is just me….but I prefer an adult as my candidate.

Could it be that I am being too hard on Cruz…..well let’s see…….

Type “Ted Cruz” and “hate” into a Google search, and the results are hilarious: “The most hated man in Congress” (Salon), “Why D.C. hates Ted Cruz” (The Atlantic), “Is Ted Cruz really an awful, terrible jerk?” (Mother Jones), “Everybody hates Ted” (The New Republic), “Ted Cruz: The 2016 Republican candidate everyone loves to hate” (Vanity Fair), and “Ted Cruz’s biggest challenge: To know him is to hate him” (Vice), and that’s just a small sampling. (Then there is the infamous booger-eating display, about which, the less said the better.)

Enough said?

Why The Disdain For Veterans?

The most sickening part of any national election is all the faux concern by candidates for the plight of the American veteran…..glowing words of praise and cute little slogans and we have the makings of a winner in the political arena.

If all this concern is genuine why are the vets suffering at the hands of the government they pledge to protect?

Our veterans are treated like tools…..once they are broken we discard and get a new one to take its place……a great (cough, cough) American statesman, Kissinger, has an answer to my question…..

 

This is the type of stuff that should make Americans pissed off…..but instead they turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to the plight of the veteran…..it is a shame that vets give their all and in return an ungrateful country pushes them aside…maybe if everyone served it would be different….

What You Should Know About That Completed TPP “Trade” Deal

By now everyone that has a political blog has written something about the new trade agreement the Us has decided to get in on……the TPP.

Personally, I think it will be more disastrous than the boondoggle of Clinton…..NAFTA……

Most everyone has bitched about the agreement but how many have bothered to see what they are bitching about?

In case you are one of those people….let me help……

The United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, and eight more Pacific Rim countries on Monday came to an agreement on a free-trade pact that would kill upward of 18,000 tariffs currently in place on US exports ranging from cars to avocados, in a deal the Washington Post hails as the largest “in a generation.” The terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership were hashed out over nine days in Atlanta, with an intended Sunday announcement falling through amid continuing debate. What you need to know:

  • What makes the deal so large? The counties involved (also Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam) represent about 40% of the world’s GDP.
  • How long has the deal been in the works? Negotiations have occurred over almost eight years, per the New York Times, with the Post terming five of those years as seeing “arduous” debates. President Obama has been pushing the deal as a way to keep China from having an overbearing influence on Pacific trade.
  • What were some of the final sticking points? Drugs and dairy. US producers of biologic drugs (that is, those made from living organisms) currently have 12 years to keep their data secret so as to ward off cheaper rivals. Australia was the loudest opponent; the compromise provides between five and eight years of data protection. On the dairy front, America will be able to export more dairy to Canada and Japan; we’ll also import more such products from New Zealand.
  • So is it a go? Not yet. Congress now has 90 days to review the agreement, whose full text won’t be available for as long as a month. That puts the up-or-down vote in early 2016 (February at the earliest, per Politico.) The Wall Street Journal reports that support among Democrats is tepid; as for Republicans, it paints their support as “unpredictable” as they eye the 2016 election. Labor unions, environmentalists, and liberal activists see it as a bad deal for American workers and the planet. Candidates ranging from Donald Trump to Bernie Sanders aren’t fans, either.
  • What would it mean for Obama? “Legacy-making” and “legacy-defining” are the phrases being trotted out by the media, with the Times summing it up as a potential “capstone for his foreign policy ‘pivot’ toward closer relations with fast-growing eastern Asia, after years of American preoccupation with the Middle East and North Africa.”

There are the basics of the agreement….and I could stop there and hope that everyone would care enough to check the deal out…..but we all know that I am not that kind of writer…….there is so much more that needs to be said about the agreement….it might as well be me that sez it!

The agreement remains secret for now, but here is what we know and what to expect.

Source: What You Should Know About That Completed TPP “Trade” Deal

This deal will be a horrible deal for the American worker….just like NAFTA…..we all need to speak up and demand ALL the information….if it is so good for Americans why is it still a secret?

That one question says it all.

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Fact Check: Netanyahu’s 2015 UNGA Address | IMEU

This week has been a plethora of political posturing and lying……world leaders get to speak to the General Assembly of the United Nations…..everybody gets a turn….it is kinda a big deal for foreign policy geeks like myself……it is so amusing as well as frustrating…..but mostly it is entertainment at its best.

BiBi went before the General Assembly of the UN and made one of his BS speeches……like most of them filled with horse manure and outright lies……

My fave BS line is the one he uses and our trained monkeys of AIPAC, the GOP, used the one term that I hate more than anything……

“Israel the only democracy in the Middle East”……..that my friends is a……..LIE!

Here is a breakdown of BiBi’s UN speech……….point by point……

Source: Fact Check: Netanyahu’s 2015 UNGA Address | IMEU