Here is Another Telling Difference Between Democrat Leaders and Stupidparty Leaders

It is during the presidential campaigns that the best and the brightest take up the torch in promoting differing solutions and agendas regarding the problems of the day.

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Money flows into numerous candidates, who then hire advisers, strategists, researchers, speech writers, and marketers. The candidates put their best foot forward. But as they age, these assets start taking more of a backseat, and the candidates’ views are likely to become more adamant, more calcified—their character more transparent. So it is interesting to see what these leaders or potential leaders do after they move on from either being president or planning to be.

Stupidparty match-ups.

1) Reagan v. Carter:

President Ronald Reagan was probably suffering early onset of Alzheimer’s disease by the end of his presidency; thus, retiring to the ranch was no doubt the best, most logical course of action. But one suspects that even if he had been healthy, President Reagan would have been totally content to spend the rest of his time with his beloved wife Nancy at the ranch.

President Carter, however, had so much more to offer. Within minutes of Reagan’s taking office, Carter’s much-criticized stance towards the Iranian hostages was vindicated, with the peaceful outcome. President Carter taught at Emory University, wrote numerous books, helped expand Habitat for Humanity to build affordable housing. He established The Carter Center to advance human rights, alleviate suffering, promote democracy, fight disease, to  mediate and prevent conflicts. By way of illustration, The Carter Center is credited with reducing Guinea worm disease by 99%—an illness that impacted 3,500,000 people a year. He helped President Bill Clinton get North Korea to freeze and dismantle its nuclear program. This agreement fell apart under Stupidparty Bush Jr.’s brilliant foreign policy strategies of calcifying eternal enemies by deeming them “axis of evil” countries.

In 2002 President Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize. Although he is about 90 years of age, President Carter remains actively engaged in helping others. His inclusive and selfless activities seem to be in line with actual Christian teachings.

2) George Bush Sr. v. Clinton:

President George H. W. Bush rose to the top by a process of impressive diplomatic and political accomplishments and seniority and founded a family dynasty. His Gulf War was at least an honest one, and his efforts to be inclusive and compassionate were hit and miss, in a party moving in the other direction, as he sets up “a thousand points of light” and selected Stupidparty apostle Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court—almost as awkward a choice as, but more damaging than, McCain selecting Palin as VP candidate. Although during his presidency the charity may have seemed somewhat expedient, he does stay involved after he leaves office.

After the presidency, Bush basically retired to the ranch. He now does some traveling (whilst in Iraq, there was an assassination attempt), becomes a chairman here and there, gets honored and makes various discreet appearances. He went into cruise control (in an August 2001 letter he told journalist Carl Cannon, “Now at 77, I find that I am perfectly content to let history be the judge of those things I got right, and of my mistakes as well”).

Ironically, it was Bill Clinton’s energy that would add more to George Bush’s retirement. As their friendship and joint projects grew, President Bush wrote, “You cannot get mad at the guy. I admit to wondering why he can’t stay on time, but when I see him interacting with folks my wonder turns to understanding, with a dollop of angst thrown in, Clinton is a fascinating character. He has opinions on everything—no matter what. He seems to have a great grasp of history’s events and people.”

George H.W. Bush on bonding with Bill Clinton

President William Jefferson Clinton (paraphrasing and quoting Wikipedia):

President William Clinton does so much more than build the standard presidential library and write memoirs. In 2007 he released Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World, which became a New York Times best-seller and garnered positive reviews. In the aftermath of the 2004 Asian tsunami, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed Clinton to head a relief effort. After Hurricane Katrina, Clinton joined with fellow former president George H. W. Bush to establish the Bush–Clinton Tsunami Fund in January 2005.

Based on his philanthropic worldview, Clinton created the William J. Clinton Foundation to address issues of global importance. This foundation includes the Clinton Foundation HIV and AIDS Initiative (CHAI), which strives to combat that disease, and has worked with the Australian government toward that end. The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) was begun by the Clinton Foundation in 2005 (and has raised about $74b through 2013, three times more than the Bill Gates Foundation*). It attempts to address world problems, such as global public health, poverty alleviation, and religious and ethnic conflict. In 2005, Clinton announced through his foundation an agreement with manufacturers to stop selling sugared drinks in schools.

Clinton’s foundation joined with the Large Cities Climate Leadership Group in 2006 to improve cooperation among those cities, and he met with foreign leaders to promote this initiative. The foundation has received donations from a number of governments all over the world, including in Asia and the Middle East. In 2008, Foundation Director Inder Singh announced that deals to reduce the price of antimalaria drugs by 30% in developing nations. Clinton also spoke in favor of California Proposition 87 on alternative energy, which was voted down.

In 2009, Clinton traveled to North Korea on behalf of Euna Lee and Laura Ling who had been imprisoned for illegally entering the country from China. Jimmy Carter had made a similar visit in 1994. After Clinton met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, Kim issued a pardon.

Since then, Clinton has been assigned a number of other diplomatic missions. He was named United Nations Special Envoy to Haiti in 2009. In response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that Clinton and George W. Bush would coordinate efforts to raise funds for Haiti’s recovery. Clinton continues to visit Haiti to witness the inauguration of refugee villages and to raise funds for the earthquake victims. These activities highlight a different attitude on Haiti than that of various Stupidparty leaders. In 2010, Clinton announced support of, and delivered the keynote address for, the inauguration of NTR, Ireland’s first environmental foundation. At the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Clinton gave a widely praised speech nominating Barack Obama.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Clinton

One suspects that health permitting, Bill Clinton has many more chapters left in him.

Republican Presidents after presidency—doing a whole lot of nothin'.

3) George Bush Jr. v. Al Gore:

President George W. Bush retires to the ranch. Well, not literally. That rather ugly bit of land in Crawford where he would forever claim to be clearing scrub for no apparent reason other than pretending to be a cowboy. He moves to a Dallas suburb where, most notably, he conducted the opening coin toss at a 2009 Dallas Cowboys game.

Okay—perhaps I am being a little unfair. In this context, keeping silent is impressive and as president, he had at least meant well with his African focus; he has now been spotted doing stuff in Africa. But with any AIDS-related efforts, the more they are linked to abstinence, the more counterproductive they are likely to be.

President not-to-be Al Gore (Wherein I get to bask, benefit, and steal from all his glory)

Even though he won the popular vote and may have won Florida, a combination of Governor Jeb Bush, the overtly partisan Florida secretary of state (Kathleen Harris), and the Supreme Court, ended his ambitions in a highly questionable manner. Regardless and in spite of this crushing blow, Al Gore was far from done.

He continued to demonstrate that he has a very frustrating gift, that it was not only regarding the Internet that he is a man living ahead of his time. He was quick to see what was happening on the Bush Jr. Iraq war front, ahead of the curve on gay marriage; he refused to endorse his own VP choice and future Stupidparty convert, Joe Lieberman. He identified the dangers of Stupidparty religious zealotry, and he continued campaigning on the environment. He warned of the ever-increasing assaults on democracy:

In 2002—in a speech in California he lays out why he thinks that George Bush and Congress are far too much of a hurry to Invade Iraq. This criticism was prescient since it was before the invasion and before it had become evident that the country had been misled.

In 2004—in a speech, Gore correctly accuses Bush of betrayal—by misleading the country—an analysis he is well equipped to deliver since he had always been ahead of the curve anyway.

In 2004—Gore is honored to open the Democratic National Convention.

In 2004—Generation Investments Management is born; he is co-founder and Chairman. Later he launches the Alliance for Climate Protection (Note to Benefactors: this means protecting the environment, not raping it for personal gain.) He now also heads the climate change solutions group within the venture-capital firm of Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. Gore also helps with the Live Earth benefit concerts.

In 2005—an ever-on-the-ball Gore warns of Religious Zealots, pretty much making the same points as I have been echoing in this book.

In 2005—no doubt horrified by the incompetence of Bush Administration, Gore discretely does a “heck of a job” in chartering two planes to evacuate almost 300 people from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

In 2006—wins Academy Award for Best Documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. (As I’ve been on the case since around 1978, maybe I was ahead of his curve? Who knows?)

In 2007—writes a Stupidparty-type book, thus showing how remarkably ahead of the curve he is—but his book is called The Assault on Reason. He also argues that democracy is under threat but that the internet can help save us all. He clearly has a point, as anyone can see if they have been enjoying all the hyperlinks and hot links contained in this book.

In 2007—Gore receives the Nobel Peace Prize.

In 2008—again before public sentiment on the issue had fully taken hold Gore argued against the ban on same-sex marriage. He stated, “I think that gay men and women ought to have the same rights as heterosexual men and women to make contracts, have hospital visiting rights, and join together in marriage.”

Data extracted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Gore

4) Pat Robertson v. Jerry Brown:

Presidential hopeful Pat Robertson 

This Stupidparty founding father (has been covered at some length already) is surely massively ill-suited to living life outside of an asylum or apparently a jail cell, as The Guardian reports in “Mission Congo: how Pat Robertson raised millions on the back of a non-existent aid project”:

“The televangelist claimed Operation Blessing was giving vital aid in response to the 1994 Rwandan crisis. A documentary opening at the Toronto film festival paints a less flattering picture. Some of the most damaging criticism of Pat Robertson comes from former aid workers at Operation Blessing.

“One of the stranger sights of the refugee crisis that followed the 1994 Rwandan genocide was of stretcher-bearers rushing the dying to medical tents, with men running alongside reciting Bible verses to the withering patients.

“The bulk of the thousands of doctors and nurses struggling to save lives—as about 40,000 people died of cholera—were volunteers for the international medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) [Doctors without Borders]. The Bible readers were hired by the American televangelist and former religious right presidential candidate, Pat Robertson, and his aid organization, Operation Blessing International.

“But on Robertson’s US television station, the Christian Broadcasting Network, that reality was reversed, as he raised millions of dollars from loyal followers by claiming Operation Blessing was at the forefront of the international response to the biggest refugee crisis of the decade. It’s a claim he continues to make, even though an official investigation into Robertson’s operation in Virginia accused him of ‘fraudulent and deceptive’

claims when he was running an almost non-existent aid operation.”

http://www.imdb.com/news/ni56141651/

Presidential hopeful Jerry Brown

Paraphrasing and quoting Wikipedia:

In 1999 after leaving the Democratic Party, disillusioned by the two-party system. Brown easily became mayor of the troubled, overwhelmingly minority city of Oakland. Brown was “more interested in downtown redevelopment and economic growth than political ideology.”

The city was rapidly losing residents and businesses, and Brown is credited with starting the revitalization of the city, using his connections and experience to lessen the economic downturn, while attracting $1 billion of investments, including refurbishing the Fox Theatre, the Port of Oakland, and Jack London Square. The downtown district was losing retailers, restaurateurs, and residential developers, and Brown sought to attract thousands of new residents with disposable income to revitalize the area. Brown surpassed the stated goal of attracting 10,000 residents according to city records and built more affordable housing than previous mayoral administrations.

Attorney General of California (2007–2011).

In June 2008, Brown filed a fraud lawsuit, claiming mortgage lender Countrywide Financial engaged in “unfair and deceptive” practices to get homeowners to apply for risky mortgages far beyond their means. The suit was settled in October 2008 after Bank of America acquired Countrywide. The settlement involved the modifying of troubled “predatory loans” up to $8.4 billion.

Governor of California (2011–present).

Through budget cuts and tax increases, it appears that California’s dreadful economic performance under the previous Stupidparty Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is on the mend.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Brown

5) Dan Quayle v. John Kerry:

Dan Quayle, VP 1988–1992.

After leaving politics and failing to get any presidential traction, Quayle just decided to focus on making money.

Paraphrasing and quoting Wikipedia:

In 1999 he joined Cerberus Capital Management, a multibillion-dollar private equity firm, and is chairman of the company’s Global Investments Division. He has also been a member of the board of directors of Heckmann Corporation. Quayle is also a director of Aozora Bank, Tokyo. Quayle has also been on the board of directors of other companies.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Quayle

John Kerry, 2004, unsuccessful bid for president.

Like Jimmy Carter and like Al Gore, Kerry had to handle an absurd election outcome. This may have been worse than the Carter and Gore scenarios, for three reasons. By 2004 the country should surely have figured out that the Iraq war was built upon lie—but polling showed the 67% of Stupidparty voters remained clueless about the lack of a terror link or WMDs. Secondly, the impossible happened: George W. Bush, whose dad found a way to ensure that his son was safely engaged with the Texas Guard (and his record there is highly questionable), successfully swift-boated John Kerry, a certified was hero, where every investigation has corroborated his heroic actions during the Vietnam War, and thirdly, there were the shenanigans in Ohio, issues that John Kerry chose not to pursue—for the sake of national best interests, not to undermine the (rather sad) faith in the democratic process.

Since then, Kerry has continued serving in the Senate, focused on foreign affairs issues. He is presently Secretary of State and has revived the Middle East process—something that Romney had said (during his covertly recorded 47% Moocher gathering) was impossible, thus not worth trying. What Stupidparty foreign policy prognosticators fail to understand is that simply trying to be an honest broker in the Middle East goes a long way in mitigating hatred of the USA in the Middle East.

Second Debate Shows American Democracy Is Failing

The second 2016 Presidential Debate was a farce

AP / John Locher

The run-up to the the second Trump-Clinton debate, the debate itself, and the debate’s aftermath expose the simple truth that our democracy is failing.

The appalling spectacle was anything but a debate, and our society is currently incapable of producing a substantive debate or a substantive election because far too many voters abhor substance and seriousness. Something’s rotten in the state of Denmark, and it’s a large portion of the American electorate, among other things.

By Brian E. Frydenborg (LinkedInFacebookTwitter @bfry1981) Author‎, International Affairs/Development/Public Policy Professional, Freelance Writer/Journalist/Consultant/Historian

 AMMAN — As I am forcing myself to write this, my mind, body, and what’s left of my soul is reeling from this campaign, and, in particular, the things transpiring on and since this weekend, including the second debate between Clinton and Trump and its aftermath, and not just because I live in the Middle East and the debate started at 4AM my time.

There is so much that is deplorable in this election cycle that we could start from the very beginning, with Ted Cruz being the first major candidate to announce back on March 23rd, 2015, over a year-and-a-half ago. But I don’t have the heart to inflict more discussions of Ted Cruz on my audience after what I just witnessed this weekend. So, for simplicity’s sake, let’s start with this weekend.

What exactly happened?

Well, just days before the second general-election presidential debate between Clinton and Trump—given where the race is now, the most important debate in modern American history thus far in the most important election in modern American history—pretty much all that was discussed before the debate was a recording from 2005 of Trump, unaware that he was being recorded, talking about his sexual exploits with women that involved him bragging about extremely aggressive sexual behavior that he said he could get away with because he was famous, a conversation that included both language and discussion of behaviors that many found quite offensive. This burned out all the public discourse oxygen from late Friday though most of Sunday.

Then, on Sunday night, Trump trotted out four women at a press conference just before the debate: two who have accused Bill Clinton of unwanted sexual advances, one who has accused him of rape, and one who, as a twelve-year-old girl, accused a man whom Hillary Clinton represented (as a court-appointed public defender) of rape in the related trial and for whom she won a reduced sentence.

As for said debate, the moderators right away led with questions about the sex-talk scandal, and in response Trump opened it up with meandering mentions of a number of past Clinton scandals. Clinton spent much of the debate responding to Trump’s attacks and insults, including much talk about her tired, over-covered e-mail scandal.

Trump basically threatened to jail her if he won.

Many debates will happen between the political parties and the people will never know what happened between them. But, nowadays many news channels are telecasting only the debates happened between the parties and they are increasing their television rate and earning money from that. The debates should make the country prosperous and wealthy with much more opportunities for the youngsters. It should not be just a time pass debate and it should be a useful debate for the country.

I won’t blame the moderators for the way all this transpired, but the format basically allotted two minutes for answers and the moderators were strict in trying to cut off candidates rather than open up a deeper discussion, with both candidates frequently deflecting tough questions (Trump more so, of course), and attempts by the moderators to make them answer were for naught (not sure how they could force answers).

In the end, despite some discussion of policy, most of the second debate involved bickering, insults, discussion of scandals already over-saturated with media coverage, and Trump arguing with the moderators.

With so much at stake, this is what our system—our society, our people, our media, our political parties, our candidates—produced with an unprecedented election a month away. No truly in-depth discussion of education, poverty, taxation, the budget, race-relations, or jobs occurred, even if such topics were lightly touched upon.

The news cycles after the debate focused and continue to focus on the insultsand personal attacks at the debate, Trump’s sexual recording scandal, Bill Clinton’s past sex scandals, the candidates’ demeanor and body language, America’s new favorite undecided voter named Kenneth Bone and his sweater, anything but the issues. For most Americans, then, this debate was one of the only chances to hear Trump or Clinton explain what they would try to do as president in detail with at least some force holding them accountable in real time; that did not happen.

Kenneth Bone—uncommitted voter

Why Is This Happening?

Hillary Clinton is quite capable of talking at length about at number of substantive issues, but a majority of voters seem to respond to such talk with revulsion, boredom, and by not voting for whomever emits such talk. Add both the media’s and the public’s focus on scandals and, of course, Donald Trump into the mix, and it’s almost impossible to have any kind of a substantive discussion about anything, even if you replaced Hillary Clinton with Neil deGrasse Tyson or Stephen Hawking; even though one party has chosen a serious person of substance, the overall tone has been set by the lowest behavior of the non-serious and non-substantive, chosen by non-serious and non-substantive voters: essentially, roughly half the voters are dragging the other half down with them and has reset the political arena to match their own ridiculousness despite the maturity of the other half; the food fight on the debate stage turns said debate into a food fight by default.

That, dear readers, is what should terrify all of us: this is no way to conduct a campaign, a debate, an election, a democracy.

Because without a doubt, the function of a political debate must be to give candidates who can demonstrate expertise and realistic plans on substantive issues of concern to American citizens the chance to do so while simultaneously exposing candidates who cannot not do so as being clearly unable to do so. And yet, so much about the current setup makes either action close to impossible to any meaningful extent (with the exception to some degree of the Democratic primary debates, in which Clinton’s depth shone through and found millions of more voters support and Sander’ naive, shallow idealism fell flat for a strong majority of Democrats).

But even worse is that in 2016, it seems anywhere from one-third to half of voters would not base their votes on a substance and reason even if the debates functioned the way they should. Yes, the media is certainly part of the problem, but as part of market-driven forces, news outlets are forced to a large extent to give consumers what they want. Newspapers that try to be substantive and in-depth are losing readers and money to less objective and less accurate bloggers and extremist cocooning outlets.

The real problem is the American people: an increasing number are turning away from substance, whether it’s their politicians or their news. Many of the same dynamics that explain the rise of Trump and the Tea Party phenomenaexplain the rising popularity of Breitbart and Druge, basically right-wing media 3.0 after talk-radio (1.0) and Fox News (2.0).

In other words, even when it comes to the most important debate thus far in the most important election in modern American history, our system and our society—our people most of all—are not capable of having a substantive discussion and an informed weighing of issues and candidates. Thus, we get a debate is hardly a debate at all but becomes more about performance art and driving headlines and news cycles.

No matter who wins, what has gone down this election cycle is a serious wound in our body politic that has it in critical condition, and Trump is a significant symptom but is not the disease itself, which is the mentality of a huge number of American voters who voted for this and got what they voted for.

This Living Nightmare Is Awful, But Not Hopeless

As this nightmarish (and nightmarishly long) election cycle winds down to its final, most awful phase, leaders of both parties need to figure out how to come together to promote people of reason, stature, seriousness, and depth, and to find ways to actually be leaders, to lead the American people in spite of Americans’ baser desires, to push the public to value substance over style, to do more than simply what an angry mob craves and wants by finding ways to elevate enough of us to save us and our country from ourselves, rather than simply be tools of self-destruction who are chosen democratically but are but tools of self-destruction nonetheless.

As of now, I wouldn’t bet on this happening anytime soon, and if Republicans hold onto the House, we are likely to see extreme partisanship and gridlock on the domestic front even if Clinton wins; and yet, if Clinton is able to win and come into office with a Democratic House (I’m doubtful) and Senate (looking good), there is a chance that we can lead the country into a new, better era, one in which results will be achieved and in which results will trump the noise and propaganda and create a new, strong, and progressive majority that will pick up even some skeptics when it delivers these substantive results.

Because if this doesn’t happen, I am not sure how long or how well our system can survive continuing like it has these past few years, and especially this election year. That hope—that opportunity—is worth fighting for.

Here's hoping the debate is not a true reflection of the potential presidency

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Republic of Georgia Shows Trump & His Fans Depressingly Normal

OCTOBER 14, 2016 BY PATRICK ANDENDALL LEAVE A COMMENT

The worst thing about Trump? Globally, people like him and his supporters are everywhere and their politics maddeningly banal, as the ethno-centric politics of hate in the Caucasian Republic of Georgia demonstrate frightening similarities to the same politics in the Unites States of America.
By Brian E. Frydenborg (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter @bfry1981) Author‎, International Affairs/Development/Public Policy Professional, Freelance Writer/Journalist/Consultant/Historian

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AMMAN — Amid all the talk of the issue of the “normalization” of Trump, perhaps the most disheartening realization that comes to those who ponder such a concept is in how many ways how utterly banal are figures like Trump and the movement he is cultivating/exploiting, both in the wider world and throughout history. Georgia—the Republic of, in the Caucasus, not the one of peaches, the Atlanta Braves, and America’s Deep South—is as illustrative of this sad reality of the human condition as any other place, and is thus deeply relevant to understanding our own predicament with Mr. Trump and his fans.

To illustrate this point, I will steal from my own graduate school work in 2009 on conflict in Georgia involving Georgians, Abkhaz, Ossetians, and Russians, inserted in italicized blocs (apologies for all the parenthetical citations as we had a very strict and I would argue frustrating series of guidelines; here is the full paper).

Do people like all the political parties? The answer to this question is obviously no. All people will never the party which is ruling as of now. Because people expect the government political parties to do something for them economically. But, this will not happen for all government parties. So, it is based on the good things they do for the welfare of the people. We can just click to read about the current party in the United States.

As will be demonstrated, much of Georgian history involves internal and external forces managing the relationships between ethnic Georgians on one hand and ethnic Abkhaz and ethnic Ossetians and others on the other in what can loosely be understood to be Georgian territory and in what comprises the internationally recognized borders of Georgia today. Since 1800, Russia dominated the country and has been nearly the sole major outside actor involved in these ethnic conflicts, and in recent years has acted to allow both Abkhazia and South Ossetia to become de facto independent from Georgia and to become de facto parts of the Russian Federation. After the period of the rule of the Czars over the Russian Empire ended, the ethnic minorities in Georgia competed for favor and power to be bestowed from the Soviet Union’s governing elites, elites whose behavior ranged from accommodating ethnic Georgian nationalism to addressing concerns of minorities in Georgia as a way to check Georgian nationalism when it became too anti-Russian/anti-Soviet (something which continued after the fall of the USSR up through today).

Much of American history, likewise, is the story of race relations between white masters and black slaves in the South and the relationship between the rest of the country and the South when it came to limiting the institution of slavery. Since 1865, slavery ended in America but attempts at legal and political equality for freed slaves in the South failed in the face of a terrorist insurgency that finally succeeded in overthrowing the post-Civil War order everywhere in the South by 1877. It was not until a long period of first oppression and later unrest that legal and political equality for African-Americans was imposed on the South by an activist U.S. federal government by 1965.

Creating Identities
“The creation legend of Abkhazia and Georgia is identical, a sad fact that has not led to unity and fraternity between these two peoples,” writes Goltz (2009), “but rather to a disputation of basic history and the denial of the very humanity of the other group” (Goltz 2009, 21). For most of its history, Georgia had a stronger eastern kingdom which dominated a weaker western Georgian kingdom, and Abkhazia (then called Abkhazeti) was often ruled by a local prince who might submit to another prince or one of the Georgian kings, or might not, and managed to stay free, and eventually grew in power into its own kingdom, supplanting the west Georgian state and rivaling the east Georgian kingdom for several centuries until the latter unified both into a single Georgian kingdom in 1008 C.E. (Suny 1994, 11-33; Braund 1994, 152-313; Rapp 2000, 576; Gvosdev 2000,1). This kingdom would be a “decidedly decentralized state,” where local rulers often flouted the authority of the “kings” and reached out to foreign powers independently for leverage against them, some trying to take the throne (Suny 1994, 33- 38). Through the eleventh and twelfth centuries, Georgia “remained…primarily rural” and its “towns…were largely inhabited by Muslims, Armenians, and other foreigners” until the nineteenth century (Ibid., 38-39). Mongols and plague fragmented Georgia, and Abkhazeti was one of three western regions “ruled as semi-independent” principalities; Georgia would not see reunification “until the annexation by Russia in the nineteenth century” (Suny 1994, 38-59; Gvosdev 2000, 2-5).”

Note how divided and difficult to control the region was.

“Because, arguably, interests are tied to identities,” writes Suny (1999), “self-understandings… must be investigated as prerequisite to analyzing the security requirements of states” (Suny 1999, 139- 140). Georgia is among certain former Soviet states where “uncertainty about current politics and future possibilities are deeply embedded in more general confusion about who ‘we‘ are and where ‘our‘ interests lie” and he writes that “[n]ational identity is a particular form of political identification” in a world where “nation is not natural or given but must be worked for, taught, and instilled, largely through the efforts of intellectuals, politicians, and activists who make the identification with the ‘imagined political community‘ of the nation a palpable and potent source of emotional and intellectual commitment” (Ibid., 140, 144-145). For Suny, “[m]odern nations are those political communities made up of people who believe they share characteristics…that give them the right to self-determination… they can be thought of as arenas in which people dispute who they are, argue about boundaries, who is in or who is out of the group, where the ‘homeland‘ begins and ends, what the ‘true‘ history of the nation is” (Suny 1999, 145; 4 Suny 2001, 866). He argues that many wars in the modern era are fought over such issues, and that “longlived ‘nations,‘ [like]…Georgians… who have written traditions that go back millennia, have in modern times reconstructed and made consistent the varied and changing identities and ways of conceiving themselves that existed in the past;” “earlier identities” have been molded into “frame[s] of later templates, particularly that of the nation” (Suny 1999, 146). He describes Georgia as one of several former Soviet Republics where “the problems of ethnicity, identity, and the appropriate political forms to sustain the new state in the future were at the base of the devastating and violent crises that fractured” them (Suny 1999, 154). For Suny (1994), Georgia is “reinventing its past;” and “[t]the key to the future lies in what a people selects from its past, how it imagines itself as a community and continues to remake itself as a nation” (Suny 1994, 334-335).

Several authors besides Suny articulate a similar position, that the intensely-felt ancient identities of the Georgians and the Abkhaz are important components to understanding their modern struggles conflicts with each other. Grant (2009) comments that these ancient Abkhaz and Georgian identities were so strongly felt that Russia “never entirely convinced…[these people] that they were full partners alongside the rest” of the Russian Empire and the USSR, and Georgia‘s current President, Mikheil Saakashvili, “took a holy oath” as part of his presidential inauguration ceremony at Gelati, where the “greatest Georgian king of the eleventh century…is buried. By receiving the blessing at Gelati, Saakashvili, who wants a strong Georgian state, was symbolically alluding to a period of history when Georgia had such a state” (Grant 2009, ix-x; Nodia 2005, 78).

On the use of history in this debate, Zverev (1996) notes that it is a “salient factor” in understanding “why conflicts break out,” that “in Abkhaz literature, one finds references to the Abkhazian kingdom which existed in the 9th and 10th centuries. This is instrumental to the Abkhazian claim for sovereignty over the region even though the same kingdom could equally be described as a common Georgian-Abkhazian state, with a predominance of Georgian language and culture;” he points out that on the other side, Georgians “stress the allegedly non-Abkhaz character” of the historical Abkhazia, and that some even think of Georgians as “hosts” and that everyone else, including Abkhaz, are “guests” in Georgian territory (Zverev 1996, part I par.7). This debate, for Zverev as it was for Suny, is about presenting a case for who has the right to govern where and over whom, and this representation of the debate is also corroborated by the recent EU report on the August 2008 war (2009), by Khazanov (1996), by the International Crisis Group (ICG) (2006), and by Nodia (1998) (EURII, 66-69; Khazanov 1996, 6; ICG 2006, 3-4; Nodia 1998, 14). Nodia sums up Georgian views: “Abkhazia is Georgia, because it has always been part of Georgia when it was united. Georgians cannot see Abkhazia as a ‘foreign‘ land which was once conquered by them, and the accusation of imperialism usually makes them furious” (Nodia 1998, 19). Jans (1998) sums up the intersection of Georgian and Abkhazian thought, in that after the Cold War they were engaged in a quest for identity since “[d]emocracy, understood as the rule of the people by the people, begs the question of what is to be understood as ‘We, the people.‘“ (Jans 1998, 109) He further argues that “Ethnonational identities base their credibility and legitimacy on an interpretation of the historical past;” so for Georgians and Abkhazians, the past is of very present relevance to them (Ibid., 110). Lynch (2002) says that Abkhaz claims to the right of self-determination are, among other things, “based” on the idea that modern Abkhazia can claim to be the latest incarnation of “a long historical tradition;” he then quotes Abkhazia‘s foreign minister as saying “Abkhazia has a thousand-year history of statehood since the formation in the 8th century of the Kingdom of Abkhazia. Even within the framework of empires, Abkhazia kept this history of stateness. No matter the form, Abkhaz statehood remained intact” (Lynch 2002, 837). Departing from the more neutral posture of others, Chirikba (1998), writing as an Abkhaz government official, argues that Abkhaz history shows more independence from Georgians than not, and thus provides its people with “legitimate grounds for their claims to statehood and sovereignty” (Chirikba 1998, 48).”

Now, if some of this sounds familiar, it should: for much of American history, white Anglo-Saxon Protestants constructed an American identity that was based on their supposed superiority over other whites—Irish, Eastern and Southern Europeans—in addition to Africans and others, and defined being true “Americans” as their exclusive domain, working actively to frame these other groups as non-Americans and undeserving of the same rights, if any. Over time the different whites generally unified when it came to ethnic politics and redefined “American” as being white, which over much of the last century meant seeking to exclude blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and other non-whites from sharing in the spoils of being an “American.”

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Perceptions of Meddling
“Areshidze posits the theory that the Soviet “system of ethnic autonomies was…in reality…a time bomb that Moscow could blow up at its leisure by pushing the ‘protected‘ minorities towards separatism. Thus, this situation gave Moscow a means to weaken and destabilize” Georgia; Zürcher (2005) echoes this analysis (Areshidze 2007, 22; Zürcher 2005, 99). Castells (1996) claims that “the strong development of nationalism in the post-communist period can be related…to the cultural emptiness created by 70 years of imposition of an exclusionary ideological entity, coupled with the return to primary, historical identity (Russian, Georgian), as the only source of meaning after the crumbling of the historically fragile sovietskii narod” (Soviet people) (Castells 1996, 24). Eventually all these trends culminated on the Georgian side with the idea that “their further evolution was hindered by the restraints placed on them by the Russians. An attitude arose that, left to themselves, the Georgians could more quickly realize their historical potential;” “the erosion of Marxist ideology within the Soviet Union cleared the way for its replacement” by the forces already pent up even before Stalin and released after him. Released, they “produced an increasingly potent nationalist mood in all parts of Georgian society—and counternationalism among the ethnic minorities within the republic;” this in turn “stimulated a rapid escalation of ethnic politics in Georgia;” “[t]he specific goals of Soviet nationality policy, the rapprochement and eventual merging of nationalities, were further from realization in the 1980s than they had been at any time in Soviet history” (Suny 1994, 313-316, 320-321; Remington 1989, 145).

Such Georgian views are remarkably similar to those of many conservative white Americans: if the federal government would just get out of the way, they would be free to realize their full potential, and they deeply resent and oppose federal efforts to protect minority rights or to divert any common resources specifically in the direction of minorities; for these white Americans, this is taking what is “theirs” as “true Americans” as they define that concept and they seek to exclude or place limits on other groups that they view as less “American” and worthy than themselves. For them, their concept of their own freedom involves their ability to restrict the freedoms of others as they please.

It was no coincidence that the election of a black President—America’s first non-white president—who campaigned heavily on giving poor uninsured people (the way conservative whites incorrectly read it: non-white) healthcare gave rise to the Tea Party which was in many ways white nationalism run amok (one only has to look at the many polls and multiple studies that showed that huge numbers of Tea Partiers thoughtObama was a Muslim, doubted he was a Christian, believed he was not born in America, and had more prejudicial, insensitive, and extreme views on racial issues than most Americans, even when compared to non-Tea Party conservatives); those Tea party forces have morphed into the Trump movement, which has taken over the Republican Party, one of two major political parties in America, and clearly those people now carrythe same noxious and extreme views on race that they did when they were members of the Tea Party; in fact, racial concerns seem to be the largest motivators behind people choosing to support Trump: in other words, Trump is the candidate of white ethno-centrist nationalism in America.

Weaponizing History
Suny (2001) claims that Soviet policy created a tendency for ethnic groups like Georgians and Abkhaz to invent imaginary histories that can bolster “the legitimacy of the nation and particular claims to territory and statehood” while at the same time becoming become “exclusivist” and encouraging “desperate policies of deportation and ethnic cleansing” (Suny 2001, 895-896). The EU report concludes that in the atmosphere discussed, there was “no political framework that would have been strong enough to integrate the conflicting national demands” (EURII 2009, 63). Violence, war, and revolution would soon erupt as Soviet rule ended in Georgia.

One only need to look at how conservatives in America, particularly in the South, have created a fantasy about the Civil War that they maintain to this day: Lincoln was a tyrant while the South was bravely fighting for freedom and small government, despite a clear and overwhelming preponderance of evidence that, without question, slavery and white supremacy were at the heart of the Civil War—were actually its primary drivers—and at the heart of the ideology of the self-styled “Confederate States of America.” White ethno-centrists even try to force textbooks into public schools that downplay the issue of slavery, minimize discussion of racial oppression, and falsely frame America’s founding in a Christian context. Georgians and Abkhaz and others fight among themselves over their founding myths and over their histories, trying to distort and weaponize history as a way to delegitimize certain groups and assert exclusivity over this or that, but Americans are clearly no different.

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Zero-Sum Mentalities on Minorities: Identity and the Meaning of Independence
“Many Georgian nationalists are apprehensive of minorities like Ossetians and Abkhaz having too much autonomy and see this as a threat to Georgia; it was ethnic Georgian protests against the Abkhaz request for separation from Georgia in 1989 which sparked the rapid acceleration of Zviad Gamsakhurdia‘s nationalist, anti-ethnic minority agenda and “radicalized” Georgian nationalism; it became more belligerent towards perceived threats from minorities, especially Ossetians and Abkhaz” (Suny 1994, 317-323; Zürcher 2005, 90). For Devdariani (2005) Gamsakhurdia and his movement “perceived Abkhazia and South Ossetia as simply tools for Russian pressure directed against Georgian independence…”[C]oncerns of [their] local elites…[were ignored and]…tensions spiraled into violent clashes…[They failed] to see how…[their] own quest for independence challenged the identities of the Abkhazians and Ossetians” (Devdariani 2005, 161)…

Jones (2006), seeking to downplay ethnic tensions in favor of economic ones, disagrees that the protests were about Abkhazia and argues they were more about “Georgian independence,” but Jones still describes Gamsakhurdia as “using nationalist slogans to gain authority” and “manipulat[ing] a formerly moderate Georgian populace into a chauvinistic mob;” Zürcher maintains with others that the Abkhazian call for secession “led” to the protest (Jones 2006, 257; Zürcher 2005, 89). The EU report and Zürcher take care to mention Georgians, especially those in Abkhazia, saw concessions to minorities as too generous, and that this explains the rise of leaders like Zviad Gamsakhurdia (EURII 2009, 69; Zürcher 2005, 89)

When ethnic minorities tried/try to assert themselves in America, there was/is almost always a hostile backlash from the white majority, and these backlashes are often violence and can take on a form of terrorism. This was the plight the Irish faced as famously depicted in the Scorcese’s Gangs of New York, and of freed slaves who suffered at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan in the aftermath of the Civil War and for a century after, and violence spiked again when they asserted themselves in the later 1950s and 1960s. Today, with racial, gender, and sexual orientation movements, there has never been a more diverse array of loud assertions of minority groups for their deserved place in public and private life, and the discourse is richer and more diverse than it has ever been as a result. But with the rise of the Tea Party and Trump after the election of a black president and the codification of homosexual marriage as a right protected by the Constitution (both good things), with the yet further proliferation of oversensitivity, an extreme form of politically correct discourse, and complaints of microaggressions (no so much good things), we are seeing a major backlash and Donald Trump’s rise to a height of just a few percentage-points of votes away from the presidency is the face and spirit of that backlash. Many of his supporters look at groups like blacks, Hispanics, and the LGBT community as tools for an unholy alliance between such groups and a liberal activist federal government—led by a black president they generally believe is a foreign-born Muslim—that these whites perceive has come to oppress them in order to favor brown people and gays and non-Christians (more or less non-Americans to them).

Trump is therefore in many ways just America’s Zviad Gamsakhurdia. And it should be noted that Gamsakurdia propelled his country onto a path of ethnic hatred and violence that led to civil war. I don’t think Trump would push America into a civil war, but, as I’ve noted before, I do see America at an already dangerously high level of racial tension and violence not seen since the Civil Rights Era half a century earlier, with the one major exception being the 1992 L.A. riots, and I do see American society becoming far more divided than it is even now should Trump be at the helm, and view Trump as a danger to Western democracy.

Still, it is clear that the nativism and ethno-centrism that are driving today’s Republican Party and have handed it to Trump are parts of a longstanding American tradition, best exemplified by the “Know-Nothings” for which Abraham Lincoln harbored such disdain, Southern Civil-War slaver secessionists and Redeemers, and George Wallace’s movement from the Civil Rights Era. And, as in Georgia, these often regional movements are both about hostility towards other ethnicities and about independence, and independence from a federal government perceived almost as a foreign power and from a foreign power for the U.S. and Georgia, respectively. Such a concept of independence is tied to spheres both public and private that are seen to be contested with these other ethnicities in a landscape that has long been ethnically and/or racially polarized.

In America, people, locations, and states that are very anti-federal government hardly look at what they deem interference from Washington—in particular from Democrats, and in particular from the African-American-led Obama Administration—differently from how Georgian chauvinists look(ed) at Russian/Soviet efforts to accommodate Abkhaz and other minorities in Georgia; likewise, minorities in America have long looked to the federal government to establish and protect their rights against a white majority that, to varying degrees depending on location, has often sought and still seeks to infringe or even outright destroy those rights, much like Abkhaz and Ossetians have appealed to Soviet/Russian authority to protect them from abuses at the hands of Georgians.

A most salient case-in-point in America involves recent controversies in North Carolina; as one of the states that had used state laws to institutionalize the oppression of African-Americans until 1965, the U.S. Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) had included North Carolina along with a number of states and localities in a list of places—mostly in the South—that had to receive “preclearance” from federal authorities before changing any of its voting laws, with this preclearance provision on component of an effort to prevent the re-disenfranchisement of black voters. This system worked quite well until 2013, when the narrowly conservative U.S. Supreme Court issue a partisan 5-4 ruling that basically said the VRA was no longer needed and that it constituted federal oppression of state sovereignty. Almost immediately after the Supreme Court ruling, North Carolina was one of several states that enacted controversial restrictive voting laws under Republican leadership. These laws were criticized to varying degrees as thinly veiled attempt to suppress the votes of African-Americans, and at the end of August of this year, that is just what the federal court system decided: a federal appeals court had ruled that the North Carolina law sought to “target African Americans with almost surgical precision” and struck it down as unconstitutional, and the U.S. Supreme Court in a 4-4 partisan tie issued on August 31st (with a vacant seat since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, perhaps the most conservative justice on the Court) was unable to alter this decision (but almost certainly would have had Scalia been alive; a close call indeed).

Thus, as American Republican right-wing white ethno-centrist nationalists seeks to curb and flout federal authority and prodding on many issues related to minorities, from accepting refugees and affirmative action to voting rights and Medicaid expansion to LBGT rights and imposing sectarian religious agendas, so Georgian ethno-nationalists long sought to fight Soviet/Russian attempts to protect and ensure minority rights for Abkhaz and Ossetians. Georgia has been a part of the Russian Empire for over 200 year until the end of the Cold War, so though this involves two separate sovereign nations today, many of the dynamics still resemble those of Russian/Soviet intranational politics; conversely, the South of the United States experimented with secession as a unit from 1861-1865 and tried to form its own nation, an experiment which failed miserably but which still helps to explain why the South above all other regions of the United States exhibits a staunch resistance to the rest of the national will and to attempts by the U.S. federal government to bring it along with other national projects, from segregation to the ACA (Obamacare) and any of a whole host of other items.

As in the case with Georgia, at the heart of all this tension are ethnic tensions between those in a majority that see any concession to minorities as a loss of their “rightful” power and societal position on one hand and ethnic minorities that depend on outside forces for protection from outright oppression and domination at the hands those in that majority on the other. And, much as Trump is galvanizing a backlash in minority consciousness and activism in America, so, too, did Gamsakhurdia galvanize Abkhazians and others to resist him.

Conclusion: All Politics Is Local (Exclusion of “The Other?”)
The bottom line is that the sad identity politics of hate and division and resentment are hardly anything exceptional in America and can be found all over the world throughout history and up through today, from Burma to Turkey, from Israel to Burundi, fromFrance to Syria. Americans can only hope that Trump is not nearly as successful as Gamsakhurdia and that America will not follow Georgia in fracturing itself over ethnic hatred. Even if it manages to stave off such a scenario, that will only be a starting point for much needed healing and mending of racial and ethnic fences.

On a final note: Russia at one point gave military support to Gamsakhurdia, after he had been overthrown, as a way to weaken Georgia’s overall position before turning on him after Russia had wrested concessions from the new Georgian leadership. Trump might be interested in such history, with Putin’s Russia today interfering in America’s electionand trying to help Donald Trump get into the White House.

Trump and Rape: In Defending the Indefensible—Trumpeteers Reveal their True Colors.

Rush Limbaugh has finally said what so many Trumpeteers really believe:

RUSH LIMBAUGH:

You know what the magic word, the only thing that matters in American sexual mores today is? One thing. You can do anything, the left will promote and understand and tolerate anything, as long as there is one element. Do you know what it is? Consent. If there is consent on both or all three or all four, however many are involved in the sex act, it’s perfectly fine. Whatever it is. But if the left ever senses and smells that there’s no consent in part of the equation then here come the rape police. But consent is the magic key to the left.

As more and more women come forward with their stories about Trump -we will now see the unraveling of all the people who have enabled this rotten charlatan.

Get ready for a whole new level of repulsive absurdity. You thought “locker room” sexual abuse carried on outside the locker room was  OK? Think again. Why do I say after the locker room? Well in the audio you actually here Trump get out his Tic Tacs. Thus he was also acting on intent, not just crude misogynist entitled fantasy. But even if you are in the minority who choose to diminish this -we can now see that Trump and his diminishing fans have no where to go. Because with Trump we all know that this is not about his  rape fantasies, it is about his (attempted at least) rape realities.

So there is no justifying that is there? Well if you can convince people that rape is OK, well then all is copacetic, right? But who would try to do that. That would be quite deplorable, right? What gross overweight entitled misogynist pig(s)  would think rape is OK. Roger Ailes may be? Bannon may be? Well we can do better  than those pillars of the Stupidparty. Here it comes… trusty crusty misogynist old fart Rush Limbaugh explains:

“But if the left ever senses and smells that there’s no consent in part of the equation then here come the rape police. But consent is the magic key to the left.”

The left does not like Rape – but Stupidparty Trumpeteers do like rape. What else can we possibly infer? Stupidparty needs no consent, because women are not equal. But this tipping point, this breakdown in basic decency has been a long time coming and should be no surprise. It is not just Rush Limbaugh who loves this little ditty:

Every rape is sacred.
Every rape is great.
If a rape is wasted,
God gets quite irate.

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No it is not just Rush Limbaugh – it is the all the people who support or enable him. Don’t believe me? Trumpeteers love their “freedoms” and really want their freedom to rape:

The Freedom to Rape.

Ron Paul, SP Rep. Texas 14th:

“If it’s an honest rape, that individual should go immediately to the emergency room, and I would give them a shot of estrogen or—” I.e., in support of emergency contraception to prevent a rape pregnancy (February 3, 2012).

 Todd Akin, SP former Rep. Missouri 2nd:

“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways of shutting that whole thing down.”

Paul Ryan, SP Rep. Wisconsin 1st, Chair of the House Committee on the Budget, VP choice:

He personally believes rape is “a method of conception” and not an excuse to allow abortion. Ryan also confirmed that he remained very proud of the Ryan/Akin–sponsored “forcible rape bill.”

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Steve King, SP Rep. Iowa 4th:

In the context of the House bill, he was asked, “what if someone isn’t forcibly raped and for example, a 12-year-old who gets pregnant? Should she have to bring this baby to term?”

King: “Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way and I’d be open to hearing discussion about that subject matter.”

Steve King continues to spread nonsense about Planned Parenthood and voter fraud—all in the same breath:

“Harry Reid can defend those ghoulish and ghastly and gruesome practices that Planned Parenthood is advocating along with child prostitution and illegal immigration. He can play defense on that. They didn’t do very well in the Senate when they tried to defend ACORN. I don’t think they’ll do any better this time.”

Rep. Steve King Pledges “Smackdown” on Planned Parenthood

Maybe he should check out studies like from the Guttmacher Institute, which found at least half of all babies born to minors are fathered by adult men.)

http://www.thewire.com/politics/2012/08/steve-king-never-heard-anyone-getting-pregnant-statutory-rape-incest/56014/

Eric Cantor, SP Rep. Virginia 4th and House majority leader:

A reporter asks, “Is rape less heinous to some women?”

(Cantor threatened to kill efforts to remedy particularly high levels of rape on Indian reservations.)

“In other words, for Cantor, limiting the authority of tribal courts is more important than making sure rapists are prosecuted and women are protected from domestic violence. And now that the elections are over, and the GOP received the message that they need to do a better job of appealing to women and minorities, is good to get that clear”

Richard Mourdock, SP Sen. candidate Indiana:

“I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.” October 23, 2012 (one day after being endorsed by Mitt Romney).

John Cornyn, SP Sen. Texas:

“Richard and I, along with millions of Americans believe that life is a gift from God”—coming to the defense of Richard Mourdock on October 24, 2012.

Nikki Haley, SP Gov. South Carolina:

On her Facebook page she referred to the S.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault as “special interests”; objecting to this, Rep. Bakari Sellers said battered and raped women are not “distractions.”

John Koster, SP state candidate Washington:

says abortion should not be legal, even when it involves “the rape thing.”

Roger Rivard, SP State Rep. Wisconsin:

“Some girls rape easy.”

Linda McMahon, SP Sen. candidate Connecticut:

“It was really an issue about a Catholic church being forced to offer those pills if the person came in an emergency rape.” October 15, 2012.

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Rick Santorum, SP presidential candidate, angel candidate in waiting:

“I think the right approach is to accept this horribly created, in the sense of rape—but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you . . . rape victims should make the best of a bad situation”—January 2012.

Tom Smith, SP Sen. candidate Pennsylvania:

Pregnancy from rape is similar to “having a baby out of wedlock.

Larry Taylor, SP State Sen. Texas:

On the subject of rape and incest exceptions he stated “that he heard lots of testimony that amounted to ‘making bad choices’ and then wanting to ‘walk away from them.’”

 Clayton Williams, SP gubernatorial candidate Texas:

“If it’s inevitable, just relax and enjoy.”

Chuck Winder, SP State Sen. Idaho:

“I would hope that when a woman goes in to a physician with a rape issue, that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage or was it truly caused by a rape. I assume that’s part of the counseling that goes on”—March 2012

Scott Brown, SP former Sen. Massachusetts:

in 2005 sponsored legislation allowing doctors and nurses to turn away rape victims if they objected to emergency contraception.

 Lawrence Lockman, SP State Rep. Maine:

“If a woman has [the right to an abortion], why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman?” Lockman wrote. “At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t [in most cases] result in anyone’s death.”

Brian Nieves, SP State Sen. Missouri:

Most late-term abortions are not really undertaken to save a mother’s life but are “a matter of convenience.”

Trent Franks, SP Rep. Arizona 8th:

Incidences of pregnancy from rape is “very low.” (No scientific evidence supports this myth.)

 Ryan Fattman, SP State Rep. Massachusetts:

Undocumented immigrant rape victims “should be afraid to come forward.”

Kathleen Passidomo, SP State Rep. Florida:

“There was an article about an 11 year old girl who was gang raped in Texas by 18 young men because she was dressed like a 21-year-old prostitute.”

 Dennis Nolan, SP State Sen. Nevada:

was caught on tape allegedly offering to bribe the witness in a rape trial to change her story. (You can listen to the audio here.)

Sen. Nolan has now posted an open letter on his campaign website, claiming he feels “compelled to believe the sex was consensual” because the 16-year-old victim had been “very sexually active” prior to the rape, and because (“as a side note,” he says) 42% of Nevada teenagers have been sexually active before age 16.

 SP House, Congressional Bill.

“GOP bill would force IRS to conduct abortion audits”

But all of the above moronic rationalizations are now just fine -because who needs consent. Just rape and have a lot of fun -and advise your victim to do the same thing. This is what supporting Trump is doing to society -it is attempting to normalizes mankind’s worst instincts across the board. Anyone voting for Trump will be tarred by the same brush, till their dying breath -we all know who you would have voted for in Germany 1928

 

Updated–World’s Worst Weasel Mortally Wounded: Huge Consequences for Us All

Having written the below article explaining just how insidious and pivotal Roger Ailes is to all the crazy politics now climaxing in 2016—the year of the Trump, and indicating that Ailes might be the Worlds Worst Weasel’s—but even I had not figured out how truly awful Ailes really is.

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There have been two additional developments that allow us to better understand this beast. First one of the numerous women who has been sexually harassed (the point of trying to commit suicide having been sent into an horrific tailspin of self-loathing, and then relying on Fox for the wrong type of medical treatment) has bravely decided that the only way to move on is to bravely fall on her sword in order to reveal the true predator, the real megalomaniac – that is Roger Ailes who first traps his victims then bullies them into total subservience. The highly acclaimed New Yorker  magazine known for its rigorous fact checking and copyediting, its journalism on politics and social issues, have now published the  story of Laurie Luhn.  is quite staggering. The story is staggering.

Former news booker says she was tortured by Ailes for nearly two decades

But how come all these shenanigans have been successfully swept under the rug. You can get a sense of how in the article. But the poison runs deeper. Because Ailes was making so much money for News Corp, he was never held accountable. It turns out that no one blinked an eyelid when he basically created his own black ops team to investigate, bully, slander his enemies -i.e. anyone seeking the truth. This was all done at News Corp shareholder expense. As The New Yorker reports:

According to one highly placed source, Solivan worked out of what Fox insiders called “the Black Room,” an operation Ailes established around 2011 to conduct PR and surveillance campaigns against people he targeted, both inside and outside the company. The “Black Room” was located on the 14th floor of the News Corp building at 1211 Avenue of the Americas, a quiet part of the office that housed Fox News Latino and some marketing and promotions employees…… Targets of the campaigns included journalists John Cook and Hamilton Nolan, who have aggressively covered Ailes for Gawker. According to one source, private detectives followed Cook around his Brooklyn neighborhood, and Fox operatives prepared a report on him with information they intended to leak to blogs. (According to the source, one proposed line of attack claimed that Cook — whose wife, Slate news director Allison Benedikt, is Jewish — was anti-Semitic.) “I’m honored to be among Roger Ailes’s enemies,” Cook said.

As each new piece of the Jigsaw puzzle falls into place -Ailes loses the last of his personal, financial and political  ability to fight back. Dead man walking—all these stories and no doubt others will continue to emerge as we get a tour into Roger Ailes’ serpent’s nest. He makes the evil dragon Smaug of the Hobbit seem a good guy, by comparison.

As I keep singing to anyone who enjoys a good carol—

This year is 2016, the year that every day is Christmas day.

While some people remained glued to the unraveling hate-fest otherwise known as the GOP convention 2016, salivating over further proof a how shallow and deceitful the Trumps are (No Donald, you did not write The Art of The Deal; no Melania, you did not get a degree in Design and Architecture back in Slovenia; and no Melania, you cannot speak truthfully about how your values evolved (not by cribbing off someone else’s story).

If you can unglue your eyes from the GOP Cleveland self-masturbatory destruction, which has carried on relentlessly since— you may enjoy an even more thrilling spectacle—the ongoing destruction of Roger Ailes.

The knives are now out and inflicting mortal wounds on a beast massively more destructive than anything Rupert Murdoch has ever done. Whilst the GOP watches in horror as the self-made Frankenstein Trump comes back to eat its flesh—the creator of the creator (of the StupidParty) is now in his death-throes. With each new revelation, the newly declawed beast finds itself defenseless.

A thrilling spectacle—the ongoing destruction of Roger Ailes

Yes, more than anyone else, Roger Ailes is the creator of the StupidParty. He absolutely controlled the Fox message (to the point that being a journalist at Fox is an oxymoron). Fox beguiles and makes the GOP base more stupid—more uninformed (research has proven this): Fox interviews, trains, and empowers the politicians who end up driving the GOP, riding on the back of the now fully “zombified” GOP base.

Hence America is the only country in the world where the less well off do not support left-leaning parties; the only country in the world that would favor a Trump over a sensible politician.

The New York Times reported:

Roger Ailes’s tenure as the head of Fox News appears to be over… Rupert Murdoch, who was on vacation with his wife, Jerry Hall, on the French Riviera, had been in constant telephone contact with his sons, James and Lachlan, on the matter, according to a person familiar with the discussions. All three were in agreement on Mr. Ailes’s fate…One of the people who participated in the investigation was the network’s most popular female star, Ms. Kelly. She told investigators that Mr. Ailes had made advances toward her multiple times in the past, according to two people briefed on the matter. (Ms. Kelly’s accusations were first reported by New York magazine.) Other employees also told the investigators that they had been harassed by Mr. Ailes, one of the people briefed on the matter said.

But who can believe the New York Times? Well, even his own conceived and trained harpies from hell felt compelled to confirm the story. All people created by Roger Ailes, the core components of radical right wing Journalism and hate radio. Fox News, Fake Journalistic sites and Hate Radio—the tri-factor of manufacturing conspiracy theories, false narratives, bogus deceitful analysis—so what are the Ailes’s apostles of hell saying on this matter.

Roger Ailes's Harpees—Drudge, Limbaugh, The Blaze, Breitbart

At present Fox news will never discuss climate change but will spew endless nonsense about the Clinton foundation, all because the almighty Ailes demands it. Well, expect all that and much much more to change very soon. I strongly suspect that both Murdoch kids, James and Lachlan, who are beginning to run the empire, hold Roger Ailes in utter contempt—as should we all…

James Murdoch is married to Kathryn Hufschmid, who works for the Clinton Climate Initiative, a charitable foundation set up by former President Clinton in 2006. Asked about his views on climate change denial during an interview with The Observer newspaper (which is not owned by News International) in June 2009, James Murdoch replied:”How we deal with climate change deniers depends on who they are. If they run energy policy for large governments, then they’re a problem. If it’s a random columnist, ignore them for a while.”

In early 2008, shortly after James Murdoch took the helm at News International, the company’s most profitable tabloid newspaper, The Sun, appointed its first environment correspondent, Ben Jackson. The newspaper has sought to report environmental issues, including climate change, more prominently.

The London Telegraph reports that “Thanks to friendships with Al Gore and Bill Clinton, he [James Murdoch] has developed deep green instincts?” His father made a $500,000 gift to the Clinton Global Initiative. “I’ve gotten to know Al [Gore] in a number of different contexts in the last number of years,” James Murdoch told the Financial Times in an interview. We “think the same way about the necessity of being realistic concerning the climate crisis,” Gore piped in during the same interview.

So why is Roger Ailes’s demise so important? Well, to quote Obama, it is because he is (was) the most powerful man in the room. Please now allow me to prove all of my contentions about Roger Ailes:

Why is the Least Trusted News Media, the Least Trusted News Media?—And who is responsible?

Profitizing Hate, Ignorance, and Stupidity

This might seem like an easy question. But simply relying upon one’s gut is just not good enough. We are not interested in opinions; we want to know the facts. We all have a gut understanding of why the Economist, the BBC, and NPR are trusted. They have journalistic integrity. They have objectivity. They do not start with an agenda and then thrust all stories into that agenda. You remember -what news use to be like before a certain Australian reinvented the wheel. StupidParty will try and blunt the effectiveness of good journalism by infantile labeling, providing false equivalence, and simply making shit up.

But we do not label here. If we make an assertion we back it up. The Pew survey reveals what any critical thinker was well aware of—we all intuitively know the media that is responsible for making people more stupid, less informed. This statement is not an opinion. So let us show why we are so adamant on this point, but it will require some connecting of the dots, an ability to see patterns. Have no fear, we are going to make this task really simple, so simple that even StupidParty disciples will be capable of understanding—so simple that we will be able to simply force them out of their caves, kicking and screaming—where the sunshine of truth can let them sweat out or their bile and ignorance for all to see. So as simpleton Sean Hannity is apt to say “Let not your heart be troubled”—for here we think with our brains and all will be revealed.

Let us start with the poll data:

Trust and Distrust among Millennials

I have highlighted the key culprits of distrust, the media that has made journalism a joke, and thereby tainting all media. But before we begin we should add some perspective. It is not like all journalists have been like Walter Cronkite. People have been complaining about the media through the ages.

You may haJournalism...stagnant mediocrityve recognized something odd about that poll data. A pattern. But I am not here simply to bash Rupert Murdoch (Who is not the key Puppet Master), as that would be lazy and overly simplistic. But we should spend a moment to get an understanding of this man–who on paper has done more damage to the US political process than any other single person.

But in reality he is not the real problem–his horrendous role was more accidental than premeditated. Rupert Murdoch only cares about one thing—making tons of money by increasing circulation and ratings. This Australian media magnate first had to break into the English establishment and really shake things up. Murdoch had no scruples, he is an opportunist, an equal opportunity offender. Sure he is right wing, but that was never that important—he would far rather be king maker, support and curry favor with the likely winner. If he could help elect a Prime Minister of either party, Conservative or Labour, then that is what he would do.

As it turned out his strategy for the UK was very different from what he was going to do in the United States. He knew what his readers wanted, well what his male readers wanted. They wanted boobs. Yes literally, boobs, sex, and scandal, this was what Murdoch figured out—and he gave it to his readers, and soon his paper took off and gained the highest circulation.

On page three, every day a gorgeous naked model would adorn the page. Other pages would also discuss related topics. When there was real news, the headline on page one would invariably find a way to sexualize it. Boobs, sex scandals would adorn virtually every household. His Sunday paper the News (Screws) Of The World, followed suit. People in England would typically buy more than one paper and on Sunday a household might buy three to five national papers. The news was really fun.On page three, every day a gorgeous naked model would adorn the page.

Love or hate them, these stories tended to have merit, so one should not compare this to all the silly “Alien UFO Conspiracy” stories that Americans get with their National Enquirer and the like. But the deeper thinkers did realize that what Rupert Murdoch was doing was insidious. Check out the below short remake of It’s a Wonderful Life – starring a young Hugh Laurie (yes, he of “House” fame) as Rupert Murdoch—a skit that was made thirty years ago, but made to look even older to tie back to the original movie  https://vimeo.com/57263481

But Rupert’s misdeeds in the UK finally catch up with him. In July 2011 Murdoch faced allegations in the UK that his companies, including the News of the World, owned by News Corporation, had been regularly hacking the phones of celebrities, royalty, and public citizens. (Even though there has never been any evidence that Fox News did this in the USA – I would think in the light of various scandals that are now emerging about Ailes and his “black ops” -I think that this is an area that needs an investigation now.

British lawmakers went on to report that Rupert Murdoch is not fit to run a major international company, finding him ultimately responsible for the illegal phone hacking that has corroded his global media empire and damaged the political establishment.

The lawmakers said the 81-year-old News Corp chief lacked credibility, his son James appeared incompetent and the company was guilty of “willful blindness” towards its staff at the News of the World tabloid.

Murdoch always recognized that selling boobs was not going to work in the more puritanical and more censored USA. So rather than selling boobs, he had to finds boobs to sell to. And so began the remarkable career of our chief culprit, the “loudest voice in the room.”

Murdoch does not appear to have a huge respect for journalistic standards or ethics. Notwithstanding Murdoch’s well-known reputation, the debacle that is Fox may well now be beyond his control. (Now that Ailes is being destroyed, and Rupert will eventually have to cede control to his kids, this statement is no longer true.) Murdoch has created a Frankenstein that now has a life of its own. The brain inside that Frankenstein is Roger Ailes, and only in understanding Roger Ailes can we really fathom what happened.

“Roger Eugene Ailes (born May 15, 1940: aka Serial Ogre) is president of Fox News Channel and chairman of the Fox Television Stations Group. Ailes was a media consultant for Republican presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush and for Rudy Giuliani’s first mayoral campaign (1989). In 1996 Ailes was hired by Rupert Murdoch to create Fox News Channel for News Corporation to help with the new channel’s launch, on October 7, 1996.” (Wiki)

Because of Roger Ailes’s huge success—in 2010 earning about $800m in profits—he can now pretty much do whatever he wants. Employees must be subservient to his agenda. Even Murdoch, who is very conservative, needs to be careful. He surely respects the profits but was quoted as saying, “You know, Roger is crazy,” Murdoch recently told a colleague, shaking his head in disbelief, “He really believes that stuff.” http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/how-roger-ailes-built-the-fox-news-fear-factory-20110525#ixzz2d8RnLIov

Rolling Stone’s Tim Dickinson goes on to discuss how Ailes would like the outside world to perceive his earlier years and that he is now different from his very partisan past. In a recent biography of Ailes, “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” Gabriel Sherman “delivers a portrait of a manipulating, conniving, controlling, petty and fear-mongering man.” This book, which interviewed 614 people, does indicate that Mr. Ailes has a fertile imagination when it comes to trying to shape his image. But “deception isn’t the theme that knits together the key Ailes epochs documented in The Loudest Voice in the Room. Loyalty is.” The more power you have, the more loyalty you can demand. “I see the most powerful man in the world is here,” President Obama said, according to an “author interview with a person familiar with the matter.” Moving to launch Fox News simply gave Ailes heretofore unknown megaphone methods of thrusting partisan propaganda on a public not equipped to recognize Fact from Fiction, especially when delivered as news under the guise of “fair and balanced.”

As described in the article, he created one of the most “powerful political machines in American history,” which took the helm in navigating StupidParty—talking points and advancing the agenda of the far right. Fox News tilted the electoral balance to George W. Bush in 2000, prematurely declaring him president in a move that prompted every other network to follow suit. It helped create the Tea Party, transforming it from the butt of late-night jokes into a nationwide insurgency capable of electing.

Take it from Rush Limbaugh, a “dear friend” of Ailes. “One man has established a culture for 1,700 people who believe in it, who follow it, who execute it,” Limbaugh once declared. “Roger Ailes is not on the air. Roger Ailes does not ever show up on camera. And yet everybody who does is a reflection of him.”

By hiring Ailes, Murdoch knew that success in the USA was dependent on a different strategy.

By hiring Ailes, Murdoch knew that success in the USA was dependent on a different strategy.

Having established the hierarchy, it is now time to start connecting all the dots to the Pew Survey of the least trusted news media.

Notice how Roger Ailes holds the pivotal position as regards each of seven media centers that make up the bulk of the ten least trusted news sources.

(Buzzfeed the only other outlet with a significant quantity of data, appears to get high negatives, not because of politics—but more because it is so reliant on viral news that it is simply a bad site for seeking serious news.)

Notice how Roger Ailes holds the pivotal position

The above chart depicts how just one Oligarch has successfully had a huge impact in transforming and dividing America into two camps—the critical thinkers and the non-critical thinkers. Because the more you watch or listen to the individual above, the less politically informed you get. Allow me to prove my point:

So how come so many people are getting so much more StupidParty?

So how come so many people are getting so much more StupidParty?

Take global warming, whether you are in denial or not on this issue is not relevant. I have already proven that the vast bulk of scientists have concluded that climate change is occurring. This is an indisputable fact. But the more you watch Fox, the more ignorant, the more StupidParty you get. Here are the numbers:

Climate change views

http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pipa/pdf/dec10/Misinformation_Dec10_rpt.pdf 

But a picture of this mission to un-educate is worth a thousand words:

The higher the Number, the greater the Ignorance………The More you watch Fox……

The higher the number, the greater the ignorance.

Fox News . . . investing in ignorance . . . Fox News . . . investing in ignorance . . .

A remarkable 60% of those who watched Fox News almost daily believe that “Most scientists do not agree that climate change is occurring,” whereas only 30% who never watch it believe that. Only 25% of those who watch CNN almost daily hold that erroneous belief—and only 13% who listen to NPR or PBS almost daily.

 As reported in ThinkProgress:

“WPO found one bright spot in its lengthy report: ‘Those who had greater exposure to news sources were generally better informed. In the great majority of cases, those with higher levels of exposure to news sources had lower levels of misinformation.’ However, there was one exception, Fox News. . . .

“This data coincides with results of previous surveys finding that Fox News viewers are more misinformed about public policy issues. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll [in 2009] found that Fox News viewers were overwhelmingly misinformed about healthcare reform proposals. A study ranked Fox News last in the number of ‘high knowledge’ viewers and a poll ranked Fox viewers as the least knowledgeable about national and international affairs. And a study from the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland found that Fox News viewers were most likely to believe that Saddam Hussein had links to al-Qaeda, that coalition troops found WMD in Iraq, and that world public opinion supported President Bush’s decision to invade Iraq.”

NBC News Poll 2009.

72% of self-identified FOX News viewers believe the healthcare plan will give coverage to illegal immigrants,

79% of them say it will lead to a government takeover,

69% think that it will use taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions, and

75% believe that it will allow the government to make decisions about when to stop providing care for the elderly.

http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2009/08/19/4431138-first-thoughts-obamas-good-bad-news

Fox will deny and try and shoot the messenger, but they will be unable to come up with studies showing anything different. It should be pointed out that this does not necessarily mean that Fox viewers are the most uninformed on all subjects, just on the subjects that Fox wants them to be uninformed about.

In trying to debunk these polls, Fox News (out of desperation) utilized a StupidParty zealot, John Lott, author of More Guns, Less Crime, a book on a StupidParty myth that has been thoroughly and easily dismissed herein. Being a true StupidParty advocate, Lott does not believe in Global Warming (citing weather “forecasters” ill-equipped to address the issue). He denies that after the financial meltdown, the stimulus created the jobs and dismisses statements by the CBO as biased. “The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is a federal agency within the legislative branch of the United States government that provides economic data to Congress. The CBO was created as a nonpartisan agency by the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974.” (Wiki)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/01/05/truth-fox-news-viewers/#ixzz2d8wf4rLb

Please note that I eviscerate John Lott here.

Now let us deal with some of the spawn of Murdoch’s Frankenstein, how low can they go?

Is Pope that guy?

Matt Drudge is no journalist. He had to leave Fox because he was too extreme even for Roger Ailes. It is worth getting some background on the man recognized for playing a significant role is driving the news cycle, filling the void created by mainstream Journalists who are “dullards, bums, and hacks, hag-ridden with myopia, apathy, and complacence, and generally stuck in a bog of stagnant mediocrity.”

Drudge says that he “failed his Bar Mitzvah“, and graduated 341st out of a class of 355 from Northwood High School in 1984, giving himself, in his words, a “more than adequate curriculum vitae for a post at 7-Eleven“.[1] In the 1980s, Drudge worked as a telemarketer for Time-Life Books.

Drudge was unknown before he began the news aggregation site, the Drudge Report.[4] For many years, he took odd jobs such as night counterman at a 7-Eleven convenience store, telemarketer for Time-Life books, McDonald’s manager, and sales assistant at a New York City grocery store. In 1989, he moved to Los Angeles, where he took up residence in a small Hollywood apartment. He took a job in the gift shop of CBS studios, eventually working his way up to manager. Here, he was apparently privy to some inside gossip, part of the inspiration for founding the Drudge Report.

It is the Drudge report, a report that simply regurgitates news stories from any one or anywhere, picking and choosing to dovetail with his own unsophisticated world view—that other Journalists fawn to—because it is so much easier not have to one’s own research, fact checking etc. Drudge also set up Drudge radio—and the Kings of hate radio—Limbaugh, Hannity, Mark Levin and Michael Savage all adopt the same faux journalistic techniques.

Faux journalism

Andrew Breitbart was no Journalist, now deceased, but his machinery carries on. Drudge met Andrew Breitbart in Los Angeles during the 1990s and became his mentor, with Breitbart later helping to run the Drudge Report.[6][7] Breitbart announced in 2005 that he was “amicably leaving the Drudge Report after a long and close working relationship with Matt Drudge” but still helped run Drudge’s website from Los Angeles by working the afternoon shift, in addition to running Breitbart.com.[8][9][10] Drudge frequently links to Breitbart’s site but does not get paid for this service.[7]

Listening to radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh helped Breitbart refine his political and philosophical positions,  In 2004 he was a guest commentator on Fox News Channel’s morning show and frequently appeared as a guest panelist on Fox News‘s late night program, Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld. Breitbart also appeared as a commentator in the 2004 documentary Michael Moore Hates America.[23]

ACORN undercover videos

Breitbart brings down Acorn by making false allegations—But StupidParty disciples do not care. A former Massachusetts Attorney General hired to investigate the matter found no pattern of illegal conduct by the ACORN employees and said the news media should have been far more skeptical, demanding the raw video from which the edited versions were produced.[26]

Shirley Sherrod resigns after being slandered—but StupidParty disciple don’t care.

In July 2010 Breitbart was accused of smearing USDA official Shirley Sherrod with a viral video titled “Proof NAACP Awards Racism”. The video showed Sherrod speaking at a NAACP fundraising dinner in March 2010 admitting to a racial reluctance to help a white farmer get government aid. The NAACP later posted the longer 43-minute video of the speech In it, Sherrod said her reluctance to help a white man was wrong, and she had ended up assisting him. The NAACP then reversed their rebuke of Sherrod,[28][29] and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack apologized and offered Sherrod a new government position.

 “Friends of Hamas”

On February 7, 2013, Ben Shapiro published an article on Breitbart.com reporting allegations that former Senator and nominee for United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska) may have been paid to speak at an event sponsored by a group called “Friends of Hamas“.[36] Breitbart.com said that the story was based on “exclusive” information by “Senate sources”. The story was later repeated by other conservative opinion websites such as RedState,[37] National Review,[38] Washington Times,[39] PJ Media[40] and commented on by US Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.

An investigation by Slate reporter David Weigel failed to confirm the existence of the purported group.[41] On February 19, New York Daily News reporter Dan Friedman said that the story had originated from a sarcastic comment he made to a Congressional staffer, Other media including Washington Post,[46] New York Magazine[47] and The Daily Beast[48] strongly criticized Breitbart.com for its inaccuracy and low journalistic standards.

Mis-identification of Loretta Lynch

On November 8, 2014, Breitbart.com posted an article headlined “Obama’s attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch represented Clintons during Whitewater.” The article, by Warner Todd Huston, erroneously reported that Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general, had been part of Bill Clinton‘s defense team during the Whitewater scandal. In fact, the two Lynches are different people. After this mistake was pointed out by several news outlets, Breitbart did note that the two Lynches were different people, but “buried its correction at the end of the article without bothering to fix the mistake in the story itself.” This generated further criticism; The New York Times editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal noted, “The appended correction didn’t really do justice to the scope of the misidentification.” Other media watchdogs noted “that Breitbart had let the mistaken fact stand in the headline and the article itself,” and even published a second story containing the incorrect information on November 9. By November 10, the initial story had been deleted from Breitbart.com.

James O’Keefe partner in Crime and real life Criminal

StupidParty has had some success in various fabricated sting operations. I am personally aware of his effort to undermine the Wendy Davis campaign to become Governor of Texas. O’Keefe inserted his operatives into the campaign for months to try and gain trust and seek mistakes. I guess they could not find much, so onto plan B—entrapment. An O’Keefe operative approached a young staffer, just out of College, and advised this person that she/he had destroyed some ballot applications because the applicants were clearly racist. Now this would be against the law, but luckily the young man did nothing wrong and said that that was illegal and he would look into what to do. Now technically the moment you become aware of an illegal act you should report it to the authorities. Thus the next morning O’Keefe shows up in person at his young man’s house with the media—asking for comment. Fortunately, this kid was smart enough to say nothing and so O’Keefe had just wasted months of effort. But did he, though? Because trying to throw a young man to the flesh eating zombie base not only puts this young man’s life in danger but makes O’Keefe look good to people who can not think critically. O’Keefe knows his audience. But this type of fake news effort, similar to Murdoch’s phone tapping UK escapades, lead to criminal behavior:

O’Keefe and colleagues were arrested in New Orleans in January 2010 during an attempt to make recordings at the office of United States Senator Mary Landrieu, a Democrat. He and three fellow activists were apprehended with two of them dressed as telephone repairmen including Robert Flanagan, the son of William Flanagan, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana at the time. The four men were charged with malicious intent to damage the phone system. O’Keefe said he entered Landrieu’s office to investigate complaints that she was ignoring phone calls from constituents during the debate over the Affordable Health Care bill. The charges in the case were reduced from a felony to a single misdemeanor count of entering a federal building under false pretenses. O’Keefe and the others pleaded guilty on May 26. O’Keefe was sentenced to three years’ probation, 100 hours of community service and a $1,500 fine. The other three men received lesser sentences.

In October 2014 O’Keefe was accused of soliciting Colorado Democratic campaign staffers for then-U.S. Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) and Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), as well as independent expenditure organizations,[clarification needed] to commit voter fraud.

When a Rolling Stones reporter wrote a tongue in cheek obituary about Breitbart, evidently Breitbart’s Zombie fan base did not react so well.

Well done, Breitbart fans, well done! In less than 24 hours you’ve hacked into my Wiki page, published my telephone number on Twitter, called the Rolling Stone offices pretending to be outraged “advertisers” (anonymous ones, who hung up before we could figure out which “ads” to pull), and then spent all night calling and texting my phone with various threats and insults, many of them directed at my family. “Better grow eyes in the back of your head,” was one; “I’m going to take a shit on your mother’s grave,” was another; a third called my wife a “piece of shit like you,” and many others called me a “pile of human excrement.”

So there we have it. This is what Rupert Murdoch has created. This is the end game from profitizing hate, ignorance and stupid. The more prevalent these attitudes become the bigger the profits to Murdoch and his minions. The result is that the rest of the media has become polluted as they race to the bottom of the sewer. Just look at CNN. If ever there was an example of Stupid trumping Cowardice. If CNN had just had some balls they would never have found themselves held in contempt by both sides. A whole industry promoting misinformation is now in full bloom. But there is an Achilles heel—which we might well be witnessing now. What happens when Zombies start attacking each other, eating their own flesh and blood? This is bound to happen once they have sucked the life out of every intelligent thought. Perhaps that is the only way of killing off this deadly StupidParty virus that has been growing exponentially? This is what we may be  seeing in the one man wrecking ball called Donald Trump. Long live the emperor of the Zombies—leading his Zombie army fat full charge right into the Zombie army. Now that is a feast that I would love to witness.

Vladimir Putin: George Soros Is Wanted “Dead Or Alive” & Trumpeteer’s Agree

Now that we have established that Putin wants Trump to be President

—and that Trump and his team view Putin and Russia to be a great country, a great potential ally and a great place for the Trump brand to profit  (a no-brainer gift from Putin in return for the death of NATO, the death of Eastern Europe, and the total isolation of the USA ). Now is a good time to look at the far right’s greatest straw man argument. When confronted with the fact that money is corrupting American politics and destroying American democracy, the far right spout “George Soros” as if they are making some kind of coherent argument.

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They love Sheldon Adelson’s money, Adelson is a great guy. They love Putin’s helping hand, Putin is a great guy. But they hate Soros. Soros the communist, the Jew—and yet still get to call themselves patriots. Their new bromance hero is Putin, and Putin hates Soros too!

So what is the story, who is Soros? Why does Soros make it so easy for us to employ our ever ready bullshit detector to all things Stupidparty—and what is the difference between Soros and Adelson?

Eviscerating Stupidparty's only argument in defending too much money in politics—SOROS

Mention too much money in politics—and a nitwit is bound to materialize with the stunning news that George Soros is George Soros, American Democracy sold for a hill of beansand this foreign sounding communist is single-handedly trying to do something foreign-like, and communist. That is evidently why we need money in politics, or why we don’t need money out of politics (to stop Soros because George Soros is…).

In this vacuous argument, we see proof positive the destructive force of false equivalence. Is is absolutely stunning that because of Soros these nitwits are totally content to allow the top .001% of the population,who have no concept of the needs of the people (who only want to enrich themselves) to buy up Democracy so that they can write the rules of the game—a game in which they will be the only winners.

Thus, just as I have set the record straight regarding  false equivalence, I would like to look at the numbers, look at the man (Soros), and finally look at the difference between George Soros and the number one Stupidparty donor (who is not a Koch by the way)—because in these stories we can yet again see clearly the difference between a human soul and a Stupidparty soul.

Super-Rich people power—and where does Soros fall…

Some people are so wealthy that they are worth more than the net worth of whole countries. One American family (the Walmart family) is so wealthy they have the same amount of wealth as 40 million American families combined. Some people are so rich that they believe they can select the leader of the largest supposed democracy in the world. There are many ways such people can try and influence events. One way is through the newly minted Supreme Court’s Citizens United super PAC’s. Here are the largest individual donations to super PACs.

2012 Top Donors to Outside Spending Groups:

“These are the top individuals and organizations spending their money to influence your vote. That is, these are the top DISCLOSED donors. Some categories of outside spenders, such as 501(c)(4) groups, are not required to disclose the identities of their contributors.

“In 2012, the top 100 individual donors to super PACs, along with their spouses, represent just 1.0% of all individual donors to super PACs, but 73% of the money received.”

Here are the largest donors to super PACs

The total amount for the top 20 is $241,000,000 of which 85% apparently helps the Stupidparty.

George Soros, Stupidparty enemy # 1, 

The Man, not the Myth: Soros the Communist? I don’t think so:

George Soros survived the Nazi-occupation of Hungary and fled the communist regime as a teenager. He worked as a railway porter and waiter in London before becoming the world’s richest hedge fund manager, executing daring trades that earned him a legendary reputation. In 1992, with Stan Druckenmiller by his side, he shorted the British pound and made such an impressive profit that he became known as the man who broke the Bank of England.

OK—Soros the Nazi? Here (see image, my comments in red font) is a typical Stupidparty meme:How about a tiny bit of Soros fact-checking

Soros, who is Jewish, was 13 years in 1944 when Hungary was occupied by the Germans. He was being protected by a Hungarian Agriculture Ministry employee—posing as his godson. His godfather was ordered to do an inventory of a Jewish property. Soros accompanied his “godfather” (who could not leave the boy at home) for three days as he went to oversee the confiscation of property from Hungarian Jews.

So having dealt with that odious nonsense lets move on:

George Soros is a currency speculator and has worked tirelessly to further capitalism, especially in Eastern Europe. So while Soros was most concerned about George Bush’s sins against humanity, the illegal war, torture-detention stuff, he pretty much sat out the 2012 election.

And then . . .

“The news was greeted with a major sigh of relief in Democratic circles: philanthropist George Soros had decided to open his checkbook—to the tune of $2 million—to several liberal outside groups, the leading edge of what is expected to be $100 million in spending by the Democracy Alliance, a group of major Democratic donors.”

Perhaps he gave more in ways that are hard to investigate—just like all the individuals listed above. So call it $4m against $billions. The Stupidparty argument is a myth, but it is also revealing. The thing is that not only is George Soros a hard-core capitalist; he is also somewhat like an Asset Stripper or a hedge fund manager—occupations one might think are very far from humanistic. Perhaps George Soros recognizes the imbalance, because he happens to be one of the world’s leading philanthropists. Between 1979 and 2011, Soros gave away over $8 billion to causes related to human rights, public health, and education. He played a significant role in the peaceful transition from communism to capitalism in Hungary (1984–89) and provided one of Europe’s largest higher-education endowments to Central European University in Budapest. Soros is also the chairman of the Open Society Foundations. (Data from Wiki)

So while Stupidparty disciples revile him, most of humanity would revere him—since he has done so much work across the world to fight poverty and bring capitalism and freedom to countries on the brink. That sounds like Stupidparty Bush foreign policy—but without the need to kill everyone. It sounds like charity—but charity that does not simply involve giving to one’s own club (the Church) but rather to people who actually need help. It sounds like giving rather selflessly instead of trying to buy politicians, who will then vote to cut their tax rate or the minimum wage, so that they can pocket more $billions. It’s sound like this”wicked man”, this false flag equivalence gave a modest $2.8m, a tiny fraction of  a what another individual gave—a person with a very different agenda—an agenda of greed and treason.

 Sheldon Adelson:

Thus having dealt with that evil bête noire Soros, who sits number 20 on the list of top givers, we will look at Stupidparty hero #1, who contributed 25 times more than Soros during the 2012 election cycle, an insignificant numerical difference if you are that oxymoron—a Stupidparty mathematician.Sheldon Adelson bought his hometown newspaper and is now repressing any negative stories about himself

“According to two GOP fundraisers with close ties to the Las Vegas billionaire Adelson ultimately upped the ante and then some, spending closer to a previously unreported $150 million, the fundraisers said.”

Like Soros, Adelson made his billions engaging in one of the more suspect forms of capitalism, Adelson tapping into a recreation that many progressives and conservatives view with concern gambling. Progressives are concerned by its regressive nature, exacerbating poverty, while those on the right worry about sinning (a bigger concern, it seems, than poverty, which I find revealing).

Adelson was not always so Stupidparty. What might be the driving factors? His Las Vegas casino holdings are under investigation by the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission, focused “on the casino company’s operations in Macau, the world’s biggest gambling hub, court documents show. A former executive in Adelson’s empire, whose allegations are believed to be central to the probe, cites potential illegal dealings with a public official, as well as a tie to an organized crime figure.”

“The legal headaches besetting billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp. now include a grand jury in Los Angeles, part of a federal money-laundering probe of his Nevada-based casinos.”

UPDATE: Aug. 2013: “Las Vegas Sands Corp. has reached a deal with federal prosecutors to pay more than $47.4 million to the U.S. government in order to avoid criminal charges over alleged money laundering activities.”

Like Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch’s  hand in making America Stupidparty—Adelson is doing to Israel.

Adelson does not simply love money; he also has a passion for Israel. Since he is Jewish, that in itself is no surprise. He owns Israel’s largest newspaper. One reason for this circulation triumph may be this newspaper is free. Boys will have their toys.

“In Israel, Mr. Adelson is better known as the force behind the five-year-old free newspaper, Yisrael Hayom (Israel Today), which is seen by some as the Israeli print equivalent of Fox News. Touting Israeli patriotism, it is among the most widely read newspapers in the country and has a reputation for its fiercely loyal coverage of Mr. Netanyahu—and now Stupidparty presidential nominee Mitt Romney.”

Adelson’s Free Newspaper Sounds Just Like Fox News:

A study conducted by Moran Rada (Israeli Democracy Institute) showed that while competing newspapers’ coverage of Netanyahu was “not especially fair,” Yisrael Hayom’s coverage was biased in favor of Netanyahu in most editorial decisions, that the paper chooses to play down events that don’t help to promote a positive image for Netanyahu, while on the other hand, touting and inflating events that help promote Netanyahu and the Likud. Oren Frisco reached the same conclusion after the 2009 Knesset elections, writing that throughout the campaign, Yisrael Hayom published only one article critical of the Likud, and tens of articles critical of Kadima.

Mr. Adelson describes his paper as fair and balanced, which sounds suspiciously like you know who and is “Stupidparty speak” for not fair and not balanced.

Well, of course, an individual can pretty much believe what he wants. So what were Adelson (and his close friend Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu) up to during to the 2012 election cycle? Initially, Adelson pretty much single-handedly kept Newt Gingrich’s campaign afloat during the primaries.

Politico reports:

“Even as Newt Gingrich’s campaign teetered on the edge of collapse in March, the wife of a casino mogul gave a pro-Gingrich super PAC another $5 million. The contribution brought the Adelson family’s pro-Gingrich tally to $20 million—a figure Sheldon Adelson himself was floating in December. The Adelson’s almost single-handedly funded Winning Our Future’s (Gingrich’s Super PAC) operations since its inception in December, but in recent days, Adelson has signaled he will put his wealth behind Stupidparty  establishment candidates.”

This became Gingrich’s platform on Israel:

• Gingrich thinks that the U.S. is setting up a confrontation with Israel.

• He thinks that Israel is in great danger and by not supporting Israelis, we’re setting them up for a nuclear holocaust.

• He thinks that Israel has every right to maintain a blockade of Gaza in defense against Hamas.

He believes there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza but merely a political effort to undermine the safety of Israel.

Since this has written, Gaza has simply become more of a hell hole, more hate on both sides. The fearful conservative brain loves to hate, whether is be extreme conservative Muslims, extreme conservative Israelis’ or the extreme (Stupidparty elements in the USA).

 After Gingrich implodes, Adelson then needs to be a real player for Romney.

Adelson’s Romney-boosting support reportedly “limitless”as Forbes reported:

A well-placed source in the Adelson camp with direct knowledge of the casino billionaire’s thinking says that further donations will be “limitless.” Adelson, will do “whatever it takes” to defeat Obama, this source says. And given that Adelson is worth $24.9 billion—and told Forbes in a recent rare interview about his political giving that he had been willing to donate as much as $100 million to his initial presidential preference, Newt Gingrich—that “limitless” description telegraphs potential nine-digit support of Romney. Adelson, this source continues, believes that “no price is too high” to protect the U.S. from what he sees as Obama’s ‘socialization’ of America, as well as securing the safety of Israel. He added that Adelson, 78, considers this to be the most important election of his lifetime.

Perhaps his foreign policy concept -how to make peace with the Arabs -have the Americans nuke the Arabs:

 Romney Policies on Israel.

 On his world tour in 2012 (of basically insulting everyone) Romney was in Israel and naturally keen to keep the contributions flowing; it is not as if average Americans were rushing to contribute. So coincidentally, Romney would be much tougher on Iran. (Bear in mind that short of war, the international community already has an unusually cohesive and severe approach). He would recognize Jerusalem as [Israel’s] capital. For good measure, he insulted the Palestinians by declaring that cultural differences—not decades under Israeli occupation—are the reason Israelis are more successful economically. It’s hard to say how this could affect policy if he were president, but it is not encouraging.

“The real audience for Mr. Romney’s tough talk was American Jews and evangelical Christians, some of whom accompanied him on his trip. He is courting votes and making an aggressive pitch to donors, including Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino magnate with the hard-line pro-Israel views who is spending more money than any other American—$100 million—to defeat Mr. Obama.”

During Romney’s infamous 47% moocher country-club talk, he confided that there was no point in seeking a peace process in Israel, since it was just too complicated, i.e., better leave it all up to Netanyahu to run the show.

Netanyahu.

Netanyahu’s last bastion of international support really lies with the Stupidparty. This has been further proven by his ability to get 47 Stupidparty Senators to commit Treason in order to further Netanyahu’s agenda. People like Clinton and Obama and nearly everyone else on the planet (except Stupidparty) not only have some empathy for the Palestinian people, but also recognize that having America acting as a totally partisan broker in the Middle East is bound to energize terrorist support and other anti-Western activities.

Netanyahu interfered in the U.S. elections by trying to embarrass Obama and make him appear weak on Israel and Iran. This is how the Israeli opposition saw it. From Israel’s Haaretz newspaper:

“Following U.S. President Barack Obama’s victory in the American presidential elections, on Wednesday former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of blatantly interfering in favor of Stupidparty nominee Mitt Romney, adding that he did so in the name of Netanyahu and Romney-backer Sheldon Adelson.

“‘This represents a significant breach of the basic rules governing ties between nations, made worse by the fact that these are allies like Israel and the United States,’ Olmert said during a meeting with the heads of New York’s Jewish community.”

What is so ironic about this odd alliance between Netanyahu and the Stupidparty is that the evangelical wing of the Stupidparty merely sees Israel as the location for the end of times, that event will see the demise of all non-Christians. This odd alliance is more “the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” even when such friend will never be invited to dinner.

It looks very much like Adelson would like to appoint the next president of the United States, and there appear to be two key motivating factors. His Jewish heritage is so deeply rooted within him that one has to wonder which country he’s most loyal to—evidently, a key concern to all those “birther” Americans. He is clearly capable of massively influencing U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East by effectively buying up the presidency.

Regarding the assertions that Adelson is breaking the law and being investigated by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission—well, it is difficult enough for Obama appointees or any politician to pursue this, knowing that unlimited funds can be thrown to political opponents. As a general rule, the candidate with the most money wins. So if Obama is being massively intimidated, does anybody believe that a Gingrich or Romney appointee, or anyone in the Stupidparty, will have any motivation to enforce the law (assuming pertinent laws have not been gutted as payback for political contributions).

Bear in mind one other huge motivation. Romney never detailed his economic plans, as he knew if he did, not quite so many people would vote for him. But his plan was quite simple, and it was based on the debt argument. Simply put, there would be austerity,—paid for by everyone except the wealthy. The wealthy would carry on getting wealthier as a result of tax cuts for the wealthy. So Adelson’s “unlimited” spending was actually a drop in the bucket, compared to amounts he would gain under Romney. From Adelson’s point of view (and I believe he has admitted as such), gambling on Romney or any other Stupidparty candidate was a bet he could not possibly say no to.

So can we see the difference between Adelson and Soros? Can we see him as the polar opposite—if not, then simply turn back about four pages and start again?

Putin’s Patsy’s (part 2) Trumpeteers Unwittingly becoming Traitors – Yet Ignorance is no Excuse in the Eyes of Law

Michael Caputo, a leader of Trump’s New York Republican primary campaign, lived in Russia and worked as political consultant there in 1990s, where he at least once butted heads with the U.S. State Department for working against U.S. interests there. When he came back to the U.S. at the end of the decade, he founded a PR firm and, through that firm, helped to lead an effort to improve the then-recently-newly-elected Russian President Vladimir Putin’s public image in the U.S. at a time when he was coming under criticism from the U.S. government for attacking free press in Russia. He has expressed regret for that work for Putin.

Then there is retired Geneneral and former Defense Intelligence Agency head Michael Flynn, a foreign policy advisor to Trump who gave an intense pep-rally-style speech at the recent Republican National Convention. In December 2015, he sat near Putin at a Moscow dinner celebrating Russia Today (RT), the international Russian TV network and website funded by the Russian government that is a notorious anti-U.S. propaganda machine advancing Putin’s agenda. His appearance raised eyebrows, and he was invited to address the dinner, and both RT and Flynn at first declined to answer if he was paid for his speech, though Flynn later deflectively and evasively confirmed that he was. Gen. Flynn has also been a repeat guest on RT’s programming. He is a true hawk when it comes to ISIS and Islamic extremist terrorism, and has issued blistering criticism of the Obama Administration’s counterterrorism strategy for not emphasizing the Islamic nature of the threat (to do so would actually be a very counterproductive move), among other reasons. His strong stance against Islamic terrorism may be a posture that he feels he shares with Putin, and Gen. Flynn is on record advocating closer U.S. ties with Russia, in particular on the issues of Syria and terrorism.

On to Carter Page, who is another Trump foreign policy advisor. Page used to be the head of Merrill Lynch’s Moscow branch for three years, beginning in 2004, helping to advise the Russian state-run gas behemoth Gazprom. Gazprom was active at this time in Firtash’s political laundering scheme, funneling money to pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine, and throughout this period Firtash was working with Paul Manafort, raising the possibility that Manafort and Page might have connected during this period, even worked together on the Gazprom scheme (such a possibility surely deserves investigative scrutiny).

Today, Page is still an investor in Gazprom and attends its annual investor meeting, and seems to lament the effects of U.S. sanctions on Russia enacted in response to Putin’s invasive military moves in Ukraine. And just this month in Moscow, Page gave a speech heavily criticizing U.S. policy towards Russia that would have been completely in line with the editorial slant of RT, excoriating American “hypocrisy,” actions directed at regime change, and criticism of Russia for corruption, a corruption level that he opined was not any worse than corruption in the U.S. When asked by a Russian student if he really believed that America was a liberal democracy, Page noted with a smile that “I surround the word ‘liberal’ with quotes,” and that ”I tend to agree with you that it’s not always as liberal as it may seem,” concluding with an “I’m with you.”
Shortage of Big U.S. Investors for Trump = Opening for Russian Investment? There’s Something Going On!

Then there is the issue of Trump’s relationships with the banking industry.

Many major U.S. bank won’t lend to Trump anymore; after doing business with him throughout the 1980s and 1990s, today Wall St. banks have “pulled back in part due to frustration with his business practices but also because he moved away from real-estate projects that required financing, according to bank officials,” to quote The Wall Street Journal; these banks include Citigroup, J.P. Morgan Chase, and Morgan Stanley. Additionally, one Goldman Sachs executive noted that its people “know better than to pitch” any deals with the Trump name on them.

One of the banks with which Trump has one of his largest relationships is the German giant Deutsche Bank, which has loaned Trump billions ($2.5 billion in loans and $1 billion in loan guarantees to Trump/Trump-affiliated companies), but executives there, too, have found him difficult to deal with and the relationship has been rockier of late. Deutsche Bank, is, in fact, the only Wall Street bank of a larger scale that still loans to Trump, and overall, he owes “at least” $250 million to banks, mostly small banks.

But it should be noted that Deutsche Bank seems to have had a huge problem when it came to dealing with Russian transactions of an illegal or suspect nature: between 2012 and 2014, some $10 billion was found to have passed through Deutsche Bank from Russia fitting a “suspected money-laundering pattern” due to “systemic” failures of internal safeguards, and it was revealed that bank officials “ignored” or “dismissed” warning signs for a whole year. Included among the people whose money is being scrutinized are several close associates of Vladimir Putin, who, as the Panama Papers recently made abundantly clear (among other investigations), is hardly new to money laundering. The bank is currently under U.S. investigation. And, without access in recent years to major U.S. banks, the move by Trump to seek shadier investment from shadier sources, as with the SoHo deal, is not surprising, given Trump’s long history of flirting with and courting business with and in Russia and with Russians.

*****

Individually, these aspects might raise an eyebrow but not more. But all of this taken together? Is it possible “there’s something going on,” as Trump is fond of saying? It seems reasonable to believe that, yes, “there’s something going on.”

But wait, this is even without going into the hacking…

The Other Democratic E-mail Scandal: There’s Something Going On!

This mid-June, the Democratic National Committee (DNC)—the national leadership and braintrust of the Democratic Party—and the cybersecurity company CrowdStrike announced that two different groups of Russian hackers working for two different Russian government intelligence agencies had been successfully hacking the DNC’s servers. A week later, it was announced that the same Russians seemed to have penetrated the Clinton Foundation’s network.

The first group planted spying software on DNC servers last summer in June, giving it full access to DNC communication passing through DNC servers for almost a whole year. The DNC eventually suspected it had been hacked and called in CrowdStrike early in May of this year to assess the situation. Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, NY, also seemed to have been attacked but without a clear picture as to if data was stolen. Crowdstrike was able to drive out the hackers from the DNC servers earlier that June. The DNC only seems to have had “standard cyberprotections” wholly incapable of protecting against focused and persistent hackers acting with the support of foreign governments and intelligence agencies. This first hacking group has been nicknamed Cozy Bear by CrowdStrike and is also known as APT 29, and seems to be the one that had previously hacked into unclassified e-mail systems of the White House and State Department; the cleansing process for the State Department infection resulted in a few shutdowns throughout 2014 and 2015, at the height of negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program and international sanctions. This group is tied to the F.S.B., the modern version of the K.G.B., from which Putin emerged years ago,and is thought to be the better of the two hacking groups. The other group, labeled Fancy Bear and also known as APT 28, apparently hacked the DNC this April; it is thought to be run by Russia’s military intelligence service, the G.R.U., and has hacked aerospace and military installations in the West (including in the U.S.), Japan, and South Korea. The two hacking groups do not appear to have coordinated their efforts. Among the many pieces of information stolen by the hackers was the DNC’s opposition research on Trump, stole in the second April hack.

The story basically faded from the public consciousness until a few days before the Democratic National Convention began and one day after the Republican National Convention ended; on that Friday, the quixotic activist organization known as WikiLeaks posted nearly 20,000 e-mails taken from the DNC servers. As is normal with WikiLeaks, the organization and it controversial founder and leader, Julian Assange, decline to offer any details on how they obtained the information, but experts suspect the Russian hackers were the ones who handed them over to WikiLeaks. The e-mails contained information that showed controversial hostility to Bernie Sanders and discussions as to how to put Sanders on the defensive on the part of seven DNC staffers, including some senior ones (one staffer whose comments were felt to be the most offensive offered an apology). While no evidence was found on the e-mails that demonstrated a concerted DNC policy of working actively against Sanders in a material way (as one old college friend summed up the incident on social media: “so, lemme get this straight: some staffers from a national political committee expressed personal political opinions on their work email? ok, gotcha.”), the revelations nevertheless led to a massive outrage, especially with Bernie Sanders’ supporters, a group already prone to conspiracy theories and victimized thinking and that often feeds off of outrage.

Almost lost in the scandal about the DNC’s impartiality coming into question was the issue of the timing of the leaks and who orchestrated then. Obviously, releasing this information the day after Trump’s Republican National Convention ended and just at the beginning of the weekend before Clinton’s Democratic National Convention is designed to provide maximum benefit to Donald Trump and the Republican Party while inflicting massive harm and embarrassment upon Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party. Especially after the embarrassment and disorganization of the divided and divisive Republican National Convention, Clinton and the Democrats were poised to begin their convention in a particularly strong position; with the e-mail leak dominating the headlines all weekend and even Monday as the Democrats’ convention began, focus was driven away from Clinton’s announcement of Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and Bernie Sanders supporters began to stew in a rage that fomented and grew and boiled over the weekend and on Monday before the evening’s Convention proceedings.

Because of the leak, the Democratic Party’s raw wound was reopened and was in danger of becoming seriously infected at the very moment when it was the most important time to project Party unity. The scandal threatened to blow up and ruin the Democratic National Convention, and possibly Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the presidency, and only some furious and frantic last-minute scrambling on the part of both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, as well as their campaigns and the staff of the DNC, including the new interim DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile who had taken over only on Monday, averted what could have been a historic disaster for Clinton.

The first and only tangible casualty thus far was DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a congresswoman from Florida, who tenure of late was marred by difficulty; this DNC e-mail leak was the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back, and Sunday, not even 48 hours after the WikiLeaks release and on the day before the Convention, it was announced that she would be stepping down from her position at the DNC, but only after the Convention. This did little to assuage the concerns of Democrats, the Clinton campaign, and especially Bernie Sanders supporters, especially as Wasserman Schultz made clear she still planned to gavel-in and gavel-out the Convention and publicly address it while in session.

Reality seemed to set in Monday, when both Rep. Wasserman Schultz and Sen. Bernie Sanders were booed loudly and continuously during dayime meetings, making clear the reality that more had to be done. Within a few hours, all talk of Rep. Wasserman Schultz gaveling and appearing at the convention disappeared and she agreed to stay away from the Convention; as a face-saving gesture for her long years of hard work on behalf of the Democratic Party, the Clinton campaign named her an honorary chair of the campaign’s “50-state program,” a move that failed to placate some and was seen by many in and of itself as a controversial mistake. Only deft political maneuvering, both behind the scenes and on the convention floor during the actual convention throughout the convention, up to and including Clinton’s culminating acceptance speech on Thursday, prevented far worse damage that might have resulted in a spectacle of sustained chaos and potentially ruined the Convention and Clinton’s candidacy, as the capacity of Bernie Sanders supporters for disruption had been well demonstrated several months earlier at Nevada’s Democratic Convention, which was closed out amid security forcing an end to the events as concerns for safety passed a red line.

Also on Monday as the Democratic National Convention’s first day unfolded, it was learned that government investigators had tried to warn the DNC of a possible intrusion months before the DNC took substantive action to address it, raising questions as to how competently the hacking problem was handled, and that the FBI was now investigating the hack.

In just a short period of time, WikiLeaks was able to do real damage to the Democratic Party, and nearly succeeded in doing far more damage. Was this all in the name transparency and fairness?

Questioning WikiLeaks Motives: There’s Something Going On!

As for WikiLeaks, its leader Julian Assange has made it abundantly clear that he harbors a great animus, both personal and professional, for Clinton, describing her and her policies in strident language—saying that a vote for Clinton is “a vote for endless, stupid war”—and making it clear that he deliberately timed the release of the DNC e-mails just before the Democratic National Convention to harm Clinton and her candidacy.

But beyond that, there are serious questions as to if WikiLeaks has a relationship with the Russian government. For starters, after Assange took up residence in the Ecuadorian Embassy to the UK in London to avoid arrest, the state-funded Russia Today (RT) network gave Assange a TV show for a time, which was extremely critical of the U.S. even as it praised the founder of Hezbollah. On one of this shows, Assange quite hypocritically supported the crackdown on Ecuador’s free media by the Ecuadorian president, who is increasing his ties to Russia. There was also an incident that saw documents in the possession of WikiLeaks given by a WikiLeaks staffer to the government of the pro-Putin dictator of Belarus, which it used to arrest and suppress Belarusian pro-democracy activists. Since Assange was close to that staffer, that staffer apparently was not criticized or reprimanded for this act.

It may very be that WikiLeaks is unwittingly playing into serving Russia’s interests, rather than in a spirit of collusion, but the picture is murky and either way, it does not look good; either way, it seems Russia has “weaponized” WikiLeaks for its own anti-American purposes. But this also fits what seems to be Assange’s agenda, which is more anti-American and anti-Western than anything else; Assange even criticized the Panama Papers leaks, which detailed a lot of embarrassing information about Putin’s private fortune and those of Russian elites, as serving American interests. Assange had promised to reveal information embarrassing for and damaging to Russia in 2010, but never did (perhaps because of thinly veiled F.S.B. threats from Russia? Perhaps he’s been intimidated and/or coopted into serving Russian interests? We may never know for sure. Notably, he threatened to release that info before he was given his Russian TV show). Oh, and contrary to the many other sources agreeing that Russia is behind the DNC hacking, Assange claims there is “no proof” of that…

On a disturbing side note, the WikiLeaks DNC release was not very discriminating, including Social Security and credit card numbers of DNC donors, certainly violating their right to privacy, with even Edward Snowden (who has been helped greatly by WikiLeaks, especially in his getting asylum in Russia) criticizing this aspect of the leak.

It’s 2016—The Year When Christmas Day Comes Every Day

It suddenly struck me. Why am I suddenly always in a great mood—every day better than the previous day—every day being Christmas Day.

Every morning I rush down the stairs, go to the spot where we should always have our 2016 Christmas tree to see what Santa has brought me (and every other little person in the whole of the USA). Each night I rest at ease, relax with a smile, say a little prayer, “thank you Lord for your great abundance, I will not take your kindness for granted, but I do wonder why it took you so long.” I fall asleep, totally content, knowing that just like groundhog day, tomorrow will  produce more wonders—till we reach a point, where everyone will finally get the point and we can stop reliving stupid every day—for eternity.

It's 2016 and every day is Christmas Day

How do I pass on all this joy?

As I write this I have already had well over 180 days of wonder and joy. I can not go over all the wonderful stuff that has happened on each one of these days, there is just too much. So instead I have decided to do a one week diary, each day of the week I will proclaim the daily wonder—in the full knowledge that for the rest of 2016 such wonders shall not cease.

Wednesday July 6th

I ran down the steps, not even having time to put on my dressing gown. I heard a carol in the background with lyrics that made me smile;

To finally admit we are born alone
and that your only one’s got another robot to take the throne.
Heartless of the world deny the king is dead.
F**k, the king is dead.
Heartless with your burning eyes.
The king is dead.
F**k, the king is dead.

And then this was what I found under the Christmas tree:

Ailes' history of rampant sexism exposed as new allegations emergeIt was so beautifully wrapped—and as I unwrapped this blonde bombshell I could not stop humming to myself.

Hark! The blonde angels sing,
Glory to the dead-born King…

We all know how vile that Jabba the Hut creature, who liked to play with his blondes, really is. The worst person in the world—the creator of Stupidparty. Please let there be more. This is a clarion call to all Fox blonde bombshells—you can come out of the closet now. We feel your pain. Roger Ailes creates the  climate of suffocating sexism and misogyny on Fox. Leave Fox, pursue Fox and become a Journalist—because if you receive a paycheck from Roger Ailes, you lose your right to call yourself a journalist.

Barely were the words out of my mouth before God responded with another Christmas cracker…

In the wee hours since the lawsuit was announced, “at least ten” other women have contacted the Gretchen’s law firm, wanting to speak about Ailes’ treatment, according to a spokesman for the firm.

Thursday July 7th

I ran down the steps, not even having time to put on my dressing gown. I heard a Carol in the background with lyrics that made me smile;

Oh, the weather outside is frightful,
but the fire is so delightful.
And since we’ve no place to go
This fire can not be put out with snow

This was what I found under the Christmas tree: Darrell Issa was so upset about the Republican FBI  Director James Comey’s efforts to slander Hillary—that Comey would not actually reach the levels of actually breaking the law by prosecuting someone for purely political reasons—that Issa demanded an investigation which would only put Comey on the defensive, allowing Democrats to set the record straight about how underwhelming and unclear these supposed breaches of classified information were (all within the context that up to 90% of classified information should never have been classified in the first place).

The irony of Issa demanding another investigation of anyone other than Darrell Issa—one of the most corrupt politicians in congress, who has wasted about $100m of taxpayer money on his politically inspired witch hunts—well, it’s just too delicious to ignore.

Let’s Investigate the lack of investigation of an Investigator that loves to instigate numerous investigations wherein such investigations keep coming up empty handed—leaving the taxpayers to fork the bill for his endless charades. How much money has been so wasted?

How much money has been wasted by Issa investigations?

A Stupidparty Crook and his endless witch hunts: Salon reports:

“The only thing that makes Rep. Darrell Issa remotely qualified to chair the House Oversight Committee is his personal familiarity with the investigative process—on the receiving end. The man Republican House Speaker John Boehner

John Boehner was 53rd speaker of the house of representatives from 2011 to 2015 of United States. He is a politician and Republican party member. He completed his B.A. from Xavier University in 1977. He was born on 17th November 1949.  He served for both the house of minority and house of majority. To know more click navigate to these guys

put in charge of investigating government wrongdoing was himself indicted for stealing a car, accused of stealing at least one other car, arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, and twice suspected of insurance fraud—and once extensively investigated by authorities for arson, because his former business associates accused him, on the record, of burning down a building to collect the insurance payout.”

Is Darrell Issa a Crook? Clearly this question must be asked. It must be asked because of the role the Stupidparty decided to hand to him. You really would hope that an individual in charge of investigating the president should have a great deal of ethical credibility. So before listening to anything this man has to say, should you not evaluate the Darrell Issa’s veracity?

How Darrell Issa has blown up to around $100,000,000 of taxpayer money on invented scandals:

Darrell Issa granted a budget of $25,678,100 to pursue of fake scandals .

This figure does not account for the $14 million spent by the IRS answering voluminous and often duplicative subpoenas, the “millions” spent by the Department of Defense responding to inquiries about the attack in Benghazi, the budget of the Oversight Committee’s minority staff, nor the massive expenditure of resources by the dozens of other federal agencies that have come under the scrutiny of the Oversight Committee. By its conclusion Darrell Issa’s chairmanship could cost the U.S. Treasury well into the nine figures. From that astounding allocation of resources, Issa has unveiled no major corruption or gotten to the bottom of no significant scandal. By mistaking bureaucratic incompetence for scandal, ineptitude for criminality, and general stupidity on the part of low- and mid-level government employees for political conspiracy, Issa all but guarantees that only the most fervent partisans will trust any information that emerges from his committee. In that way he is perhaps the best Oversight chairman a Democratic administration could hope for—one whose investigations can simply be disregarded as partisan witch hunts and whose influence waned with each misstep…

Friday July 8th

I ran down the steps, not even having time to put on my dressing gown. I heard a Carol in the background with lyrics that made me smile;

Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy
Do you hear what I hear
(do you hear what I hear)
Ringing through the sky shepherd boy
Do you hear what I hear
(do hear what I hear)
A song, a song

It had barely been a day since long time loyal GOP stalwart, FBI director James Comey had tried to hand Hillary’s Clinton’s head to the pitchfork mob—for evidently being “extremely reckless” in sending a few classified emails. Notwithstanding the fact that no one has come close to showing what supposedly classified information may have been “recklessly” shared by the one person who would have a better grasp than anyone else about what material would actually be sensitive (like the actual person in charge of diplomacy, as opposed to some grunt simply calling everything classified just to cover their ass). Up to 90% of supposed classified material need not be deemed classified, so who better to make the call than the Secretary of State. It is after all her job on the line, she has to do all the talking, the ultimate decision making, be responsible for every American life.

Yet she can not communicate?

Imprisoned, paralyzed with endless layers of foggy bureaucratic rules, made by bureaucrats terrified of being hauled up by politician lawyers who have a political agenda massively superseding any genuine interest or expertise in national security.  Worse and within this context, the Secretary of State is  expected to retroactively save lives (Libya). Perhaps Ambassador Stevens was in danger, but was that was too classified to discuss, just in case the Chinese got there first?  This is all too complex for Stupidparty, Trump and his Trumpeteers.

FBI director testifies over Clinton email probe

So having been handed Hillary’s head—what does Stupidparty do? They scream at their own man for not prosecuting a case in which it is clear that no laws have been broken. This forces their own man to defend his decision and allow the Democrats to start to actually correct the record. First off, we can now deal with the absurd notion that Hillary’s actions were worse than General Petraeus’.

“Amazingly, amazingly, some Republicans who were praising you just days ago for your independence, for your integrity, and your honesty, instantly turned against you, because your recommendation conflicted with the predetermined outcome they wanted…”

“I give House Republicans credit,” Cummings said. “They are not shy about what they are doing. They have turned political investigations into an art form. If our concerns here today are with the proper treatment of classified information, then we should start with a review of our previous hearing on General David Petraeus, who pled guilty last year to intentionally and knowingly compromising highly classified information. The problem is, Mr. Director, we never had that hearing. This committee ignored that breach of national security because it did not match the political goals of House Republicans.”

Ouch.

By having this meeting they force Comey to confirm that Hillary was absolutely not guilty of gross negligence (something that could not  be said about Petraeus):

Comey specifically hit back against an argument put forward by some conservatives, including Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus, that Clinton committed “gross negligence.”

Comey said that since the statute making gross negligence a crime was passed in 1917, it has only been used by the Department of Justice once in a case of espionage. He said that at the time of the statute’s passage, there were concerns that the statute would “violate the American tradition of requiring that before you lock somebody up, you prove they knew they were doing something wrong.”

Since Trump and his Trumpeteers keep defending Petraeus (a one time likely candidate  to run for President as a Republican) a quick summary of the facts are in order:

Petraeus’ case made him more legally vulnerable than Clinton. Petraeus knew that he was exposing confidential information and then lied to FBI investigators about it. Petraeus shared eight notebooks, called “black books,” with Broadwell that contained his own handwritten notes on classified matters.

But there is more:

FBI Director James B. Comey told lawmakers on Capitol Hill that Hillary Clinton’s private email server was likely created for convenience, not to conceal any communication or information from public record or Congress.

James Comey gets to destroy a bunch of conspiracy charges concerning the Bill Clinton /Loretta Lynch meeting and other nonsense put out by Donald Trump:

Comey on timing of decision not to prosecute Clinton: “The timing was entirely my own. Nobody knew I was going to do it, including the press…”

But it just keeps getting better, because Americans have such a simplistically confused notion about classified documents—and an education about this subject can only help Hillary. So this was probably not how people imagined classified documents are marked:

One can assume how classified documents are marked—or have someone explain it clearly

So as Laura Clawson a writer for The Daily Kos points out:

Why did Republicans think that going after an experienced prosecutor who they’d publicly said they respect as a man of great integrity was going to go well for them? Comey originally went out of his way, against usual protocol, to give them something to work with in attacking Clinton, and instead of thanking him, Republicans are attacking him and repeatedly inviting him to explain why it would be wrong to prosecute Clinton. It seems they just can’t keep themselves from overplaying their hand when it comes to Hillary Clinton.

Friday July 11th

I ran down the steps, not even having time to put on my dressing gown. I heard a Carol in the background with lyrics that made me smile;

Onward then, ye people
Join our happy throng
Blend with ours your voices
In our triumph song

For we refuse to enable
Something clearly wrong
We still have our choices
We will not join a fascist throng

Here are some of the people who would normally be expected to attend the GOP convention, but are trying to excuse themselves this year, using ever more desperate excuses.

  1. Mark Kirk (R.-Ill.) “Given my military experience, Donald Trump does not have the temperament to command our military or our nuclear arsenal.”
  2. H.W. Bush Sr. Too old to come
  3. G.W.Bush Jr    Too busy srubbing bush’ in his non ranch suburban home
  4. Jeb Bush, 2016 Republican presidential candidate  “Trump is not the future of the Republican Party”
  5. Mitt Romney, If we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished.
  6. Sarah Palin sulking over not being VP – Alaska is a long way from ClevelandPicture
  7. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) “Shelby lying low as GOP convention draws near”
  8.  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)  will be traveling her state by bush plane.
  9. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) he is planning to trek the Grand Canyon
  10. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) he has to mow his lawn
  11. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) he will be in Florida campaigning and meeting with voters
  12. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID)  will be conducting town hall-style meetings in Idaho
  13. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) will be on a “listening tour” in his state.
  14. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) will be campaigning,
  15. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) will use the time to hone his “fly fishing.”
  16. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) will be campaigning
  17. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) Under the circumstances we have, I’m going to be campaigning in the state
  18. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) says he has attended four conventions
  19. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS)  will not be going for personal and family reasons.
  20. Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV)  just want to reconnect with constituents
  21. Sen. Lindsey Graham, former presidential candidate just want to reconnect with constituents
  22. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) essentially called Trump a racist and said he’s open to embracing the Libertarian Party
  23. Sen:Still Deciding: Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), “other things going on and I’ve got to weigh where I can do the most good.”  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)* Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)   Sen. John Thune (R-SD)*
  24. Ohio Governor John Kasich If I’m going to show up at the convention, and I’m not going to be saying all these great things about the host…
  25. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R-Md.)  I hate the whole thing.
  26. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R-Mass.)  Anybody who is using the Orlando shooting as a tool in a political fight isn’t “thinking straight,
  27. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley Trump supporters aren’t all racists.
  28. Former NJ Governor Tom Kean Sr. Trump was a loose cannon who should “listen to people and stop tweeting at 11 o’clock at night.”
  29. New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, Like my Democratic opponent, I will support my party’s nominee in the fall,”
  30. Utah Rep. Mia Love, I have not been supportive of Mr. Trump, and I’m not really excited to go back to a convention that’s centered around him
  31. Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) told reporters he had “a longstanding appointment downtown.”
  32. Mark Salter, former aide and speechwriter for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) “The GOP is going to nominate for President a guy who reads the National Enquirer and thinks it’s on the level. I’m with her.”
  33. David Ross Meyers, former White House staffer under George W. Bush’s former communications adviser for the Senate Republican Leadership
  34. Eliot Cohen, counselor of the Department of State during President George W. Bush’s administration
  35. Max Boot, foreign policy adviser to Sen. Marco Rubio, Council on Foreign Relations fellow “I would sooner vote for Josef Stalin than I would vote for Donald Trump,” Boot told theNew York Times on March 2. “There is no way in hell I would vote for him. I would far more readily support Hillary Clinton, or Bloomberg if he ran.”
  36. Ben Howe, contributing editor to the conservative website RedState—She’s not flipping crazy like Trump is
  37. Jamie Weinstein, senior editor, Daily Caller: there is little threat another Clinton presidency would end the American system as we know it. You can’t be so sure with Trump.
  38. Robert Kagan, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution The neoconservative foreign policy commentator called Trump the GOP’s “Frankenstein monster” who is “strong enough to destroy its maker” “The Republicans’ creation will be.”
  39. Richard Armitage, deputy secretary of state under George W. Bush he doesn’t appear to want to learn about issues.
  40. Rep.Scott Rigell R-Va I reject Trump as our nominee based on his judgment, temperament and character, all of which point to a reckless, embarrassing and ultimately dangerous presidency.   Just this past Sunday, Trump’s poor judgment was on display.  He failed not once, not twice, but three times to denounce the KKK and its onetime leader, the infamous racist, David Duke.  Looking a bit confused when asked about the KKK and Duke, Trump pleaded ignorance.  What void must exist in the heart of a person who when asked about the KKK has to struggle for even a moment as to what his position is?
  41. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) “I will not support Mr. Trump. That is not a political decision, that is a moral decision”
  42. Patrick Ruffini, Republican strategist and early #NeverTrump adopter
  43. Richard Hanna (R-NY)
  44. Former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman (R-NJ)
  45. Tim Miller, former spokesman for Jeb Bush, adviser to Our Principles, an anti-Trump super PAC
  46. Peter Wehner, GOP strategist
  47. Liz Mair, GOP strategist
  48. Rick Wilson, Republican operative “I will never vote for Donald Trump, not even if it means he forms a third party and runs as the narcissist sociopath he truly is.”
  49. Former Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.)
  50. Former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-M.N.), Congressional Leadership Fund chairman
  51. Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) “He loves torture!” Paul said.Picture
  52. Stuart Stevens, top strategist, Romney 2012
  53. Kevin Madden, former Mitt Romney communications director
  54. Ken Mehlman, former Republican National Committee chairman
  55. Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard
  56. Erick Erickson, conservative commentator, former editor of RedState, founder of The Resurgent
  57. Steve Deace, conservative commentator and radio talk show host
  58. Mark Levin, conservative radio host
  59. Brian Bartlett, GOP communications strategist
  60. Jay Caruso, contributing editor at RedState
  61. Linda Chavez, conservative columnist
  62. Mindy Finn, GOP media strategist and president of Empowered Women “For me, it’s secondary to his menacing character. So I wouldn’t support Trump if you paid me his net worth. I refuse to carry his flag. I challenge you to do the same.”
  63. Jon Gabriel, editor-in-chief of Ricochet “If the keys are handed to a would-be strongman, I have no choice but to step out of the car and walk my own way,” he wrote. “If that makes me a bad Republican, so be it. I seek to be a good American.”
  64. Stephen Hayes, senior writer at The Weekly Standard “Casual dishonesty is a feature of his campaign.”
  65. Glenn Beck, host of The Glenn Beck Program and founder of TheBlaze
  66. Dave Yost, Ohio auditor of state
  67. Ruth Guerra the RNC’s national director of Hispanic media, serving as a top surrogate for the party as it looked to make inroads with Latino voters and making frequent TV appearances in English and Spanish to try to lead outreach.
  68. Katrina Jorgensen the communications chair for the Young Republican National Federation. “I want no part of a racist, fascist, hateful presidency.”
  69. Nathan Wurtzel, Make America Awesome Again super PAC
  70. George Will, Washington Post columnist and Fox News commentator
  71. Bruce Carroll, creator of GayPatriot.org Carroll said on Twitter, “I will oppose ALL candidates of any political affiliation who align.”
  72. Mona Charen, senior fellow at Ethics and Public Policy Center
  73. Dean Clancy, former FreedomWorks vice president
  74. Rory Cooper, GOP strategist, managing director of Purple Strategies, senior advisor to the Never Trump PAC
    Daniel Vajdich,  senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, national security policy adviser to the Ted Cruz campaign
  75. Bob Dold (R-Illinois) “Donald Trump’s hateful words towards wide swaths of our country, from women to Latinos to veterans and Muslims, disqualify him from ever serving as president of the United States
  76. Michael Graham, conservative radio host
  77. Former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.)
  78. Connor Walsh, former digital director for Eric Cantor, founder of Build Digital
  79. Jonah Goldberg, senior editor at National Review
  80. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.)
  81. Alan Goldsmith, former staffer, House Foreign Affairs Committee   Picture
  82. Stephen Gutowski, Free Beacon staff writer 
  83. Ross Douthat, New York Times columnist
  84. Doug Heye, former communications director for the Republican National Committee*
  85. Brad Thor, conservative author
  86. Charlie Sykes, radio show host
  87. Erik Soderstrom,conservative blogger
  88. David French, National Review writer
  89. Jennifer Rubin, conservative opinion columnist for the Washington Post
  90. Quin Hillyer, conservative columnist
  91. Former Gov. Tom Ridge (R-PA)
  92. Iowa state Sen. David Johnson “I will not stand silent if the party of Lincoln and the end of slavery buckles under the racial bias of a bigot.”
  93.  Chase, Ford, JPMorgan Chase, Motorola, Walgreens and Wells Fargo For the first time in years,such  corporate sponsors have declined to participate
  94. Justin Amash (R-Mich.)
  95. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.)
  96. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.)
  97. Nine of Arizona’s 58 Republican delegates originally slated to go to the GOP convention in Cleveland next month are skipping the event
  98. Ivanka Trump’s Rabbi will be a no show after all …
  99. Tim Tebow also nixed Trump’s invitation yesterday…
  100. Tom Brady- that Quarterback Guy who loves Stupidparty
  101. I will not be attending.

Monday July 11th  (12 Drummers Drumming…)

I ran down the steps, not even having time to put on my dressing gown. I heard a Carol in the background with lyrics that made me smile;

And all the world rejoiced because the truth came out at last
A truth had been promised now it had come to pass
And the joyful news that Stupipdarty lied again and again spread quickly far and wide
Once upon a Christmas every day is Christmas  as Stupidparty is fried

James Comey must be getting really pissed at the idiocy of his party as his charges disintegrate, it just keeps getting better (or worse for James Comey as his hapless efforts to appease his party rapidly disintegrate):

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For final clarification on this issue and where Comey admits he was not aware of the fact that these were not actually classified:

 

Tuesday July 12th  (11 Pipers Piping…)

Planned parent is a vital women’s healthcare provider that saves lives, reduces poverty and reduces abortions- yes it does!!! To appose planned parent is to be pro death, it really is that simple. A year ago, video fakers tried to swift-boat Planned Parenthood. Instead, they helped strengthen it:

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Wednesday July 13th  (10 Lords a Leaping…)

Self defined Stupidparty intellectual power house and someone desperate to be Trump’s VP—Newt Gingrich decides that this would be a great time to open his mouth.”We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in Sharia, they should be deported. Sharia is incompatible with western civilization.”

Thursday July 14th  (9 Ladies Dancing…)

Trump Picks the definition of Stupid as his running mate.

Friday July 15th (8 Maids a Milking…)

Donald Trump is famous for decisively firing people. But according to multiple reports on Friday, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee tried and failed to fire his own running mate ― all before he’d even formally announced who he was. CNN’s Dana Bash and NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell both reported that Trump got cold feet Thursday night over his apparent veep choice, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. According to Bash, Trump was “so unsure” about his offer to Pence that “around midnight last night, he asked aides if he could get out of it.” O’Donnell tweeted that the real estate mogul was on the phone late into the evening on Thursday, “asking if he could change course on VP pick.”  It is not like the negative feeling is not mutual -no it is much worse than that – The National Review’s Tim Alberta reported in April that longtime friends of Pence’s said the governor “loathes” Trump. Alberta stood by that reporting on Friday.

Dismissing Godwin— “Go Ahead and Refer to Hitler or Nazis When You Talk About Trump

Trumpeteers rally cry, "Lock them up!"

Trump supporters have a new rallying cry when he goes on his rambling tirades: “Lock Them Up!”

Them who? The media.

It’s not funny. It’s absolutely fucking ridiculous. But it is not funny. The reason they want to lock up the media isn’t for some profound universal infraction. Their ire is drawn by repeated condemnations by Donald Trump demanding that the media is out to get him. And the initial response, instead of asking for retractions or correcting any records, is to forfeit journalists Constitutional rights and toss them in jail. Again, this isn’t funny. And this is not an issue to be taken lightly.

I preface to all who automatically cry “Godwin’s Law”

Godwin’s law is applied to any threaded online forum for discussion or online chat room, the law states if any discussion takes place to a long time then there is a probability of comparing Hitler with someone or something. The law was introduced in 1990. Godwin is an American author and an attorney.  This Site will tell you more.

when someone mentions Hitler – Shut Up. It could be argued that Godwin’s Law has become a victim of that which the rule, itself, was meant to address: hyperbolic comparisons (to Hitler/Nazis). Now, of course, it is used hyperbolically to dismiss meaningful conversations where those comparisons are drawn.

In December 2015 Mike Godwin wrote in an Op-Ed for the Washington Post, “If you’re thoughtful about it and show some real awareness of history, go ahead and refer to Hitler or Nazis when you talk about Trump.” Ok. Thanks.

Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf:

Propaganda must always address itself to the broad masses of the people. (…) All propaganda must be presented in a popular form and must fix its intellectual level so as not to be above the heads of the least intellectual of those to whom it is directed. (…) The art of propaganda consists precisely in being able to awaken the imagination of the public through an appeal to their feelings, in finding the appropriate psychological form that will arrest the attention and appeal to the hearts of the national masses. The broad masses of the people are not made up of diplomats or professors of public jurisprudence nor simply of persons who are able to form reasoned judgment in given cases, but a vacillating crowd of human children who are constantly wavering between one idea and another. (…) The great majority of a nation is so feminine in its character and outlook that its thought and conduct are ruled by sentiment rather than by sober reasoning. This sentiment, however, is not complex, but simple and consistent. It is not highly differentiated, but has only the negative and positive notions of love and hatred, right and wrong, truth and falsehood.

Trump seems to understand the value of crowds of ‘human children’, as well. He offers constant reminders of building his wall, banning Muslims and demanding our leaders use terminology to dismiss billions of ‘others’ when talking about terrorism. He even insists to those feeble minded that our current president is one of those ‘others’ and implies that President Obama is in league with the terrorists we are all supposed to fear that only Trump can save us from. This is all rounded out by telling us, “I love the poorly educated.” Yeah. No shit.

Hitler had a very powerful propaganda machine. It was built and perfected over a decade. Trump had little to do with the machine he is using today, but he is exploiting its existence nonetheless.

In Hitler’s time, radio and print journalism were the dominant media used to inform the masses. Hitler said of his message, “I will provide a propagandistic casus belli. Its credibility doesn’t matter. The victor will not be asked whether he told the truth.” As with Trump’s messages of blaming immigrants for rapes and murders and blaming Muslims for all terrorist acts in America, Hitler used his propaganda to elevate the Aryans by correlating all evil acts in society to having been perpetrated by the Jews. And Communists (the left).

The first objective of propaganda is to dismiss those who the public is used to getting their information from. In Mein Kampf, Hitler wrote of his propaganda, “It must not investigate the truth objectively and, in so far as it is favorable to the other side, present it according to the theoretical rules of justice; yet it must present only that aspect of the truth which is favorable to its own side.” Donald Trump has certainly made the same assessment. So consider that every time you hear him whining about his media coverage or see him tweeting about his supposed vilification. These were just from today:

The first objective of propaganda is to dismiss those who the public is used to getting their information from.

Trump tweet ignorance like a stuck pig bleeds

He has defined his victimhood by the press for over a year now. His rallies have a penned area where the media are kept and he regularly points them out to the crazed audience for their condemnations. The hysteria has even bled over into the pen and MSNBCs Katy Tur was once even afforded a Secret Service escort for her own safety after a particularly nasty tirade against her by Trump.

Trump plays the victim in the press... what a joke.

It might seem like a stretch to suggest that he would round up the press who reported unfavorably about him if he were elected. There really is no telling what he would do, to be honest. He has given us some hints about his own opinions on killing journalists, however.

So there’s that.In 1933, when the Nazi’s were rising to power, one of the first acts was to create concentration camps for Hitler’s political opposition. Many of those who opposed him were the journalists who had written about him and warned of his rise.

Fritz Gerlich was a German who wrote against the Hitler regime. Early in his career, he was a conservative nationalist until the Beer Hall Putsch of 1923. He saw the Nazi movement for what it was and reported accordingly. In 1929 he started a newspaper to expose the lies the propagandists were beginning to feed the public. By 1932 the paper had a circulation of 40,000 and was renamed Der Gerade Weg (The Straight Path) where he wrote, “National Socialism means: Enmity with neighboring nations, tyranny internally, civil war, world war, lies, hatred, fratricide and boundless want.” After taking power in 1933, Gerlich was one of the first arrests made. He was transported to Dachau and died a year later during the Night of the Long Knives.

Otto Felix Kanitz was prominent in an Austrian anti-authoritarianism movement and his pamphlet, Kämpfer der Zukunft, was banned by the Nazis and a part of the first book burnings in 1933. In 1934 he went into exile but returned to Austria in 1938. He was then captured and sent to Buchenwald where he was executed.

Henry Wilhelm Kristiansen was a Norwegian newspaper editor for a Communist newspaper. In 1940, Norway was occupied by Germany and the newspaper was shut down by the Nazis. Kristiansen was arrested and later released. He continued his work underground and was arrested again in 1941 when he and his wife, Mirjam, were deported. She died in Auschwitz and he in Neuengamme.Arne Jostein Ingebrethsen was a Norwegian newspaper writer who determined to write against the German occupation of Norway. He was imprisoned for an article in 1940 and, upon release, continued his work to denounce the occupation. In 1943 he was arrested again and moved to different concentration camps until he died in Melk, just months before the camps were liberated.

I don’t spend any of my time imagining that Donald Trump has the intellectual curiosity required to research Hitler’s rise to make use of his successes. I believe Trump’s methodology comes from having learned through his own career, and secondarily from subconsciously witnessing the rise of the Tea Party about how to manipulate facts and appeal to the least among us.

Books will certainly be written in the future to chronicle and compare Hitler and the Nazis to the rise of the Tea Party and Trump’s capacity to hijack their very limited message of nationalism and hating the ‘others’ to rise to the point where he has. They will compare their prominent egos, questionable sanity and demagoguery.  They will note Trump’s taking dog whistles to the next level at a time when those who needed to hear them most were at their apex. One of Hitler’s greatest draws was his promise to disavow the Treaty of Versailles and rebuild the nations military. Trump has a similar message. Of course he manages to twist-turn it into a dismissal of our own military greatness and paints his patriotism as dubious, at best.

Historians will show how neither Trump nor Hitler were remotely religious but espoused Christian ‘values’ in attempts to build up the simple minded and define their superiority. Trump’s bullshit nationalistic dialogue depicting a country very few can identify will be covered. Trump’s nonsensical rhetoric about caring for the nation’s poor mirrors a lot of what Hitler said. Of course, to be honest, Hitler actually did see to the social welfare of the working class. Trump’s tax plan and long history of only looking out for himself would surely offer more than a little supposition about who would benefit from any policies he might want to enact.

The good news?  The myriad commonalities between Hitler and Trump can be countered with numerous differences. Hitler was an amazing orator and used his skills to rally many people beyond his base. Trump can either stand in front of a teleprompTer and mangle the very words in front of him or ad-lib an entire speech and leave any thoughtful audience to seriously question his own mental stability, but be certain he thinks of little more than inflating his own ego.

Hitler worked very hard for many years to build his movement. He was passionate in his attempt. Trump is lazy and expects to just hijack a fading movement and take it to the White House. As utterly disgusting and inhuman as Hitler’s entire rule was, he completely believed in it. He was a genuine zealot of his own movement. Donald Trump could obviously care less about nearly every issue in the GOP (or any other) platform. Hitler had a large team of people who understood his mission and worked tirelessly for him (many out of fear). Trump doesn’t know what he’s doing from one minute to the next and his own ‘team’ are wholly confused about his end game. Those in the GOP who would gladly kiss his ass and embrace his platform of hate are even being dismissed by the candidate. Hitler had the foresight to make use of the willing parasites around him.

Let me be plain … Just because he is a goddamned clown doesn’t mean that, if given the opportunity, he wouldn’t absolutely destroy our country. Evidence is found in countless answers he’s offered from quickly determining that women who seek abortions should be punished to his absolute dismissal of the killings of journalists shown above where he says of Putin, “At least he’s running his country.”

Because we are a democracy, the likelihood of his ascension can be diminished by our own passion and drive to continue moving America forward. Of course, that means all of us have to continue to speak out. Even to those who would really rather not talk about it. And, as hard as the media often makes it for us, we must rally behind their attempts to communicate the truths about the vile self-serving creature who is trying to follow MY President into the White House.

The Echoes of History have Reached our Shores—Trump Promotes Violence -But Keeps Denying it…!

Other than this introduction I will add nothing—say nothing. Yes I am going there – but in silence, you decide.

The blog will begin and end with a quote from Mein Kampf. Make of it what you will. But I would advise you to read these two quotes by removing the word Jew and replacing it with the following–Mexican, Chinaman, Muslim, Journalist, Women, Loser, ugly, Handicapped, Protester…

Bear in mind, Hitler didn’t need to “turn” his country against the Jews, because most Germans were already antisemitic; he just put into practice what many felt would be acceptable.
Donald Trump promoting anti-protester violence -  sounds like something he'd do.

Now most Americans are not antiMexican, Chinaman, Muslim, etc, but most Stupidpartyvoters are—and this disease of the mind might well make further inroads, since big money will not want turn on the very people they have deceived into voting against their own economic interests. After the first World War, Germany was in poverty and Hitler blamed mostly the politicians, Jews, homosexuals, gypsies, and people with mental disabilities for Germany’s financial problems. He had probably never met Mexicans and Chinamen, but he would have been OK with the distant Muslim presence (because they could be his allies against the Jews). This is a similar dynamic to the kneejerk Cruz fans yelling USA! USA! USA! when Cruz the anti-Chruzt  says that he will support Israel 100% regardless of what they do.

In fact whenever you hear Stupidparty fans chant USA! USA! USA! you know that they are being incited by reprehensible demagogues. It seems that Nazi movement was more than a political movement.

It was also kind of a religion and way of life– perhaps a hearkening back to a romanticized mythical way of life–somewhat comparable to people who now dream of going back to 1860(slavery, white power, a life expectancy of 38 years and a mental age of 5).

Finally I will add that this website predicted Trumps ascendancy back in August 10th, 2015, and the behavior of the Republican party/ voter has followed an obvious and inevitable track. The only way this ends well, is if it ends badly for Stupidparty.

Trump is both the poison and the antidote.

I do hope Trump becomes the nominee, because we need to get all this idiocy/hate out into the open–into the sunlight. Then let the chips fall as they may. Lets go all in. Either America can rejoin humanity (allow Math to defeat Myth) or become an Island of Stupidity and Bigotry.

Donald Trump is being compared to Hitler

-Adolf Hitler (Mein Kampf)

“But even more: all at once the Jew also becomes liberal and begins to rave about the necessary progress of mankind.”

Trumps Denials:

“I do not accept responsibility,” Trump said on Meet The Press. “I do not condone violence in any shape.”

Asked by George Stephanopoulos if that stance supports and encourages violence, the businessman and 2016 Republican front-runner denied ever making that promise. Stephanopoulos asked if Trump was planning to pay the legal fees of a man who admitted to punching a protester at a Trump rally last week in North Carolina.

“No, I didn’t say that,” Trump said in a phone interview. “I never said I was going to pay for fees.”

“And every once in a while… somebody will stand up and they’ll say something.… It’s a little disruption, but there’s no violence. There’s none whatsoever.”

The facts:

Aug 15th, 2015

When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” Trump said. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems…they’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

In August 2015, two Boston men were arrested for beating a homeless Latino man with a metal pole. One of them told police, “Donald Trump was right—all these illegals need to be deported.” When Trump was asked about it at a New Hampshire press conference, he initially said he didn’t know about the incident—then added:

I will say that people who are following me are very passionate. They love this country and they want this country to be great again. They are passionate. I will say that, and everybody here has reported it.

In November, a Trump supporter “punched and attempted to choke” a protester at a rally in Birmingham, Alabama (according to the Washington Post); Trump said afterward that “maybe he deserved to get roughed up.”

“He deserved it,” McGraw told Inside Edition. “The next time we see him, we might have to kill him. We don’t know who he is. He might be with a terrorist organization.”

“If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you?” Trump said, drawing cheers and laughter. “Seriously, OK? Just knock the hell — I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees. I promise. I promise. They won’t be so much, because the courts agree with us too—what’s going on in this country.”

During one interruption, Trump said, “Get him out. Try not to hurt him. If you do I’ll defend you in court.”

He then recalled an incident at a New Hampshire rally where a protester started “swinging and punching.” Trump said some people in the audience “took him out.” “It was really amazing to watch,” he said.

“See, in the good old days this didn’t use to happen, because they used to treat them very rough. We’ve become very weak.”

November 21, 2015

At a campaign event in Alabama, half a dozen white attendees punched and kicked a 31-year-old Black Lives Matter protester while yelling racial slurs at him.

 

December 14, 2015

At a rally in Las Vegas, attendees can be heard screaming obscenities at a black protester while he is being escorted from the premises. “Light the motherf***er on fire!”

Feb. 29, 2016

Time magazine photographer was choke-slammed to the ground by a Secret Service agent during a campaign event in Radford, Virginia.

March 2, 2016

A black woman was repeatedly shoved by a group of white men as she was leaving a Trump rally in Kentucky. Two of the men involved in the incident were white nationalists.

March 8, 2016

Following a campaign event in Florida Tuesday night, Brietbart reporter Michelle Fields was reportedly grabbed and thrown to the groundby Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, when she attempted to ask Trump a question. The Trump campaign has since denied the accusations, despite multiple eyewitness accounts.

March 9, 2016

The March 4 rally at which Trump promised to defend assaulters in court came the day after two protesters at a Kentucky rally were assaulted by members of a white supremacist group.

-Adolf Hitler (Mein Kampf)

“Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: ‘by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.”

In Conclusion:

“If you disenfranchise those people, and you say, ‘Well, I’m sorry, but you’re 100 votes short, even though the next one is 500 votes short,’ I think you would have problems like you’ve never seen before. I think bad things would happen,” Trump continued. “I wouldn’t lead it, but I think bad things would happen.

Mein Trumpf

Heil Trump.