Thursday, August 10, 2017

Incompetent Trump's Ploy to End North Korean Threats Backfires, Causing New Threats

Well, that worked out well.

U.S. president Donald J. (J. stands for "Jackass," apparently) Trump threatens North Korea with nuclear annihilation, a threat seconded by his "Defense" (War) Secretary, former general James "Mad Dog" Mattis (the nickname was bestowed by his military colleagues on the bloodthirsty Mattis, who has opined that he enjoys killing), if NK makes any more bellicose threats against the U.S., and what happens? North Korea makes new threats. And now, a specific threat to launch a practice attack near the Pacific island of Guam, U.S. territory with U.S. military bases, with four missiles, in preparation for a nuclear strike.

So today Trump took another break from his golfing vacation to announce that what he said might not have been "tough enough." U.S. media are calling this, as is their habit when Trump amplifies one of his outre statements instead of backing and filling, "doubling down." Doubling down is a gambling term that means piling more money on a bet. (Usually a bad bet.)

Trump is a creature of habit, and an ignorant man. Since he has always surrounded himself with sycophants, he remains unaware of just how ignorant he is. He bathes his psyche in his own egotism, convincing himself that he is brilliant. Inside this apparently impenetrable psychological bubble, his self-regard is reinforced by the flattery of his courtiers. (Recall the recent sick show where the world was treated to the sight of his cabinet, the top U.S. government officials, going around the table lauding Trump! The political decadence of the U.S. on display for all to see, who have eyes.) Not just egotism, but egoism too, the feeling that one is at the center of the world, is a chronic condition Trump has.

One of Trump's lifelong habits is using bullying and intimidation to get his way. And with no self-awareness or self-reflection (no one could act the way Trump habitually does, and we have years of video evidence of his grotesquely flamboyant and inappropriate behavior, unless they lacked self-awareness) and existing in the bubble of his self-delusion of personal greatness, he simply does what he always does. So he threatened nuclear annihilation of another country to intimidate it. Only it didn't work.

But Trump never learns from his mistakes. He merely does more of the same, or retreats and focuses his attention elsewhere when his stock existential reactions to obstacles fail to produce the results he seeks.

By the way, why don't Trump's enemies in the power structure (media, politicians, and secret police) ever use the word "incompetent" in their attacks on him? Seems pretty obvious that he is.
Maybe competence is besides the point for them. The incompetence of Reagan and Bush the Younger didn't much bother them. As long as the Emperor goes along with the imperialist program, no problem. The system runs itself. The problem is when the Emperor isn't on the same page, as with Trump's alleged friendly attitude towards Designated Enemy Russia, ruled by the Demonic Putin. (Or in JFK's case, "dangerous softness" towards "Communism.")

Which should make people who think Bernie Sanders could have saved us rethink the idea that just electing a "good" president is the solution. Sanders would have been tied into knots by the power structure, had he become president. The system walls off positions that temporarily fall into "unreliable" hands. Even the top position.

OH! Did I just step in doo-doo again?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Trump Threatens Nuclear Obliteration of North Korea If It Makes More Threats: NK Immediately Makes A Threat, Calling Trump's Bluff

President Bluster still hasn't gotten the hang of this presidency thing, it would seem.

Donald Trump took time out from his 17-day vacation at one of his golf resorts to threaten the nuclear obliteration of North Korea if they so much as make more threats against the U.S.- not if they actually attack the U.S.

"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like, the world has never seen." And he said it twice, to make sure it's clear he was being deliberate and he meant it: "He has been very threatening beyond a normal state and as I said, they will be met with fire, fury, and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before." (Well maybe some other world has, eh?) [1]

So, did that fearsome warning of U.S. fire and brimstone stop the North Korean threats? Within an hour, NK responded with a threat to nuke Guam, a Pacific island and site of important U.S. military bases.

After the North Korean threat to blow up Guam, U.S. Secretary of State Rex "Big Oil" Tillerson rushed forth to make reassuring noises. He reinterpreted and distorted what Trump had actually said to pretend all Trump said was that the U.S. could defend itself. He told Americans they could "sleep well at night," meaning no danger here. And the governor of Guam, a U.S. colony (the U.S. calls its colonies "territories," to pretend it isn't imperialist), advised his subjects that they were in no "immediate" danger. (Like, there's no chance they'll die in the next 15 minutes.)  [2]

But Tillerson's clean-up efforts were immediately undercut by "Defense" Secretary James "Mad Dog" Mattis, a former general, who immediately made another nuclear threat and sternly instructed North Korea not to try anything and to stop what it's doing, because that could "lead to the end of the regime and the destruction of its people."

In fact, for weeks Trump's "national security team" has been using threatening language against North Korea. Given the paranoid and fanatical and ultimately insecure nature of the regime, this is completely counterproductive. And since an actual attack on North Korea would be catastrophic for U.S. client South Korea, and very risky for the U.S., and sure to turn most of the world's population against the U.S., and create extreme hostility from China, it seems that the only sensible route is to try to calm North Korea, and strive for a reasonable goal like a freeze in North Korea's nuclear weapons program rather than abolition, in return for a peace treaty to formally end the Korean war and dialing down of U.S. military activity on the peninsula.

But that would be "weak." The U.S. is positively neurotic about "weakness." The most powerful nation in human history is actually quite pathetic in this regard. Instead of being confident in its strength, it feels that making any concession to an adversary is a gross humiliation. (Lyndon Johnson once referred to Vietnam as a dwarf with a knife which it would be shameful to not crush. The rhetoric is telling.)

What tripped off Trump's latest intemperate fulmination? Apparently an "analysis" from the DIA ("Defense Intelligence" Agency- now there's an oxymoron) that was planted in the Washington Post claiming that North Korea now had miniaturized a nuclear bomb so it could be put on a missile as a warhead, thus enabling it to actually attack U.S. territory with a nuclear weapon.

A word is in order here about the DIA's reliability. It stinks. One example should suffice to prove that the DIA can never be trusted:

During Saddam Hussein's aggression against Iran in the 1980s during the Reagan regime, the U.S. sided with Iraq because Iran had been taken over by Ayatollah Khomeini and the mullahs after overthrowing the U.S.-installed tyrant the Shah. Hussein used poison gas against Iraqi Kurdish villages. The DIA put out a report claiming Iran did it- a pure, conscious lie. In other words, the DIA put out what purported to be an objective, scientific analysis that was pure disinformation serving a hidden U.S. political agenda. And of course, when later Saddam was converted into an enemy, the gassing of the Kurds was hammered over and over as part of the indictment of how evil he was. (The U.S., both government and media, are nothing if not supremely cynical.) Naturally, the fraudulent DIA report was never mentioned again.

And generally, secret police agencies like the DIA are composed of manipulative liars and cynical power mongers, fanatical nationalists and ideologues whose objectivity is, shall we say, somewhat impaired.
As for the current DIA claim that North Korea has already miniaturized atomic bombs, something it was supposedly several years away from doing: Could it be that this is more DIA disinformation, designed to cause trouble? It wouldn't be the first time the U.S. military worked to provoke war. Ever hear of the Tonkin Gulf incident? ("Hoax" would be a more accurate term.) And the DIA is an extremely reactionary organ of the U.S. military. The fanatical Islam-hater Michael Flynn, briefly Trump's "National Security" advisor and now a target for allegedly playing footsie with Russia, was made head of the DIA by Barack "The Drone Assassin" Obama.

The Deep State, after all, considers itself the True Guardian of the National Interest. Presidents who don't go along with it are either manipulated to get in line, maneuvered around, painted into a corner, or neutralized. So who knows what byzantine plot the DIA may be up to?

Currently the U.S. Congress has been busily tying Trump's hands, forcing him to sign a law imposing additional punitive sanctions on Russia, barring him from firing the special counsel, grand inquisitor Robert Mueller III, and threatening to refuse to allow him to replace the Confederate racist Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions III as Attorney General. And the Deep State secret police agencies FBI, CIA, and the NSA, a military agency, have been planting damaging "information" against Trump, his family, and his minions, almost daily, in the media.

We just don't know if the DIA report is accurate or not. But the DIA is not trustworthy, so we can't assume one way or the other at this point. [3]

It would be worse than ironic if a nuclear war resulted from the U.S.' own disinformation. But then, the U.S. blew up the Twin Towers plus number 7 World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and ever since has reacted to its own self-provocation with a global jihad against jihadism and the perfection of the world's most complete surveillance state ever.
                                                                               Oooh, scary!

1]  Trump later added a false boast via Twitter, his favorite communication medium, that the U.S. nuclear arsenal is "more powerful than ever." (He does epitomize the unhealthy American obsession with power.) Actually the U.S. nuclear arsenal at its peak numbered 30,000 weapons, consisting of 20,000 strategic weapons and 10,000 "tactical" or "battlefield" nukes, such as atomic land mines, atomic artillery shells, atomic bombs carried in backpacks. The U.S. arsenal has been reduced to around 4,000 strategic weapons- still enough to destroy the world. Typically the atomic bombs are around 300 kilotons each- a kiloton denoting an explosive force equal to a thousand tons of TNT. A megaton is a million tons of TNT- the U.S. used to have megaton-range bombs, but with more accurate delivery systems and multiple bombs per missile warhead and bomber, the greater power was superfluous.

For comparison, the atomic bombs that destroy Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August, 1945, had estimated yields around 13 and 18 kilotons, respectively. The man who ordered those attacks on a defenseless, defeated nation, Harry S Truman (no period after the S, S wasn't a middle initial, S was the man's middle name, a fact that U.S. propagandists insist on obfuscating by putting an incorrect period where it doesn't belong) announced in part after obliterating Hiroshima, "If they do not now accept our terms they may expect a rain of ruin from the air, the like of which has never been seen on this earth." How very Trumpian. Or Trump is Trumanesque.

2]  Guam is the site of U.S. military bases that are key to U.S. dominance over the vast Pacific Ocean. Its native inhabitants, ignorant simpletons, join the U.S. military, their conquerors, in large numbers. At some point they were made U.S. citizens, like Puerto Ricans, another U.S. island conquest and colony. Puerto Ricans have been used as U.S. cannon fodder since World War I.

3]  The DIA is the creation of Robert S. McNamara. McNamara, the notorious Vietnam War criminal and Secretary of "Defense" (War) during the regimes of John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, was jealous of the CIA, and decided to create his own CIA inside the Pentagon, the DIA. (As if the U.S. needed yet another malign secret police organ.) McNamara was supposedly a real intellectual whiz, who headed Ford Motor Company prior to his government "service."

McNamara had experience as a war criminal long before the U.S. destruction of Vietnam, it turned out. We only learned this when McNamara spoke relatively candidly to documentarian Errol Morris. McNamara reminisced about his time as right hand man to general Curtis LeMay, the psychopathic mad bomber, during World War II. LeMay commanded a fleet of giant B-29 bombers (much larger planes than the famous B-17s) which he used to burn 67 Japanese cities to the ground prior to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. (His predecessor resigned the position as he couldn't stomach the requirement to slaughter civilians on a mass scale.) McNamara's role was to calculate the most effective way to torch the cities and immolate their inhabitants.

McNamara relates a particularly damning episode when LeMay said to him that if the U.S. loses the war, he and McNamara would be tried as war criminals.

According to Noam Chomsky, on the day Japan surrendered, LeMay launched a final 1,000 bomber raid on Japan, a particularly vindictive act.

LeMay went on to head the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command, the nuclear attack forces of the U.S. Air Force. He was an ardent advocate for nuking the Soviet Union, and later Vietnam. The fact that such psychopaths routinely rise to the top levels of U.S. power is quite revelatory about the nature of the U.S. system.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Today's Attack Propaganda Against Trump Only Works On People With Amnesia

And those who are ignorant of basic legal concepts.

Today's attack mode: Donald Trump Jr,. an obnoxious character, son of the U.S. president, who is a chip off the old block, has been exposed by the U.S. secret police, using the New York Times as their megaphone, as having met with a Russian lawyer. The lawyer claimed to have dirt on Hillary Clinton- turned out she didn't.

Initially, moron Donald Jr. said the meeting was about adopting Russian children- an obvious, ludicrous lie. The Trumps seem adept at digging themselves in deeper and deeper in the political hole they're in.

So today we're being treated to the word "treason." Treason? The U.S. isn't at war with Russia. So there is no treason in an actual criminal law sense. The idea of "treason" is straight out of the McCarthy-Nixon-GOP playbook of 1947-1960, which the Democrats have latched onto as their strategy to try and topple Trump.

"Treason" having been so very loosely defined as being in cahoots with an enemy (Russia), what about the multimillion dollar donation to the Clinton Foundation in exchange for allowing Russian interests to buy uranium mines, approved by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton? [1]

We're also getting "experts," from the secret police fraternity, no less, (like on NPR), saying this is a violation of campaign finance law, because information has value, and receiving such a "contribution" from a foreign source is illegal.

Well then, if "information" equals an illegal donation, what about that dodgy dossier compiled by BRITISH CITIZEN and former MI6 secret policeman Christopher Steele? He offered it to Trump's GOP rivals and to the Clinton campaign, and finally the U.S. secret police in the person of James "Mr. Upright" Comey, then-FBI Director, briefed Trump about it. Or for that matter, the numerous foreign contributions received by Bill Clinton back when, and the donors fled overseas to avoid investigators? No mention of THAT of course.

The hypocrisy and double-standards are breathtaking. As is the total obsession of U.S. media blatherers with every new arrow they can fire at Trump. (While barely covering the viciousness of his domestic policies. No surprise there. The entire power structure is fundamentally reactionary and thus objectively enemies of the overwhelming majority of the American population.) These propagandists and political hacks are apparently unaware that they are in a bubble, and that most people most probably could care less about all this nitpicking. Every day, a new molehill is blown up into a mountain by the propaganda system. Amazing.

I certainly agree that Trump is a rotten choice for president. But EVERY U.S. president has been rotten, only some more than others, because the U.S. has always been an evil empire. There are principled ways to oppose Trump. Unsurprisingly, the ruling elites and their minions have chosen an unprincipled way. True to their character.

One more point. One of the day's big propaganda talking points is that Donald Jr. should have immediately ran to the FBI and reported the approach to him! This is how far into a police state mentality the "liberals" of the media and Democratic Party are dragging us! It's thoroughly despicable. They are empowering the most evil part of the power structure more than ever, namely the secret police agencies, primarily the FBI, CIA, and NSA. They are treated as demigods now, and they are some of the most vile and malicious organs on the earth.

1]  The New York Times has amnesia for its own reporting. But you don't have to. See "Donations to the Clinton Foundation, and a Russian Uranium Takeover," April 23, 2015, and "Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal," April 23, 2015.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Mouse That Roars: London Mayor Called for Cancellation of Trump State Visit to Britain

Bullyboy Narcissist-In-Chief likes to pick on "losers" who are "weak." He may have misjudged London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Almost 2 million people have signed an online petition calling for Trump's visit to be downgraded from official state status.

Gee, that's funny, he looks "weak." "LOSER!" Trump would spit. But the Bullyboy Narcissist President of the U.S. has met his match. And in a Muslim! "SAD!"

 Awww, Don't sulk, Donald! Let's see that Big Bully Boy sneer!

BBC Finally Forced To Mention Saudi Arabian Support For Terrorism

The UK-based Henry Jackson Society issued a report about Saudi Arabia's guilt as a wellspring of Sunni jihadi Islamofascist (my word) terrorism. This got a few sentences in the headline news of the British government's propaganda agency, the BBC "World Service" in English this morning. The Saudis utterly false, vehement denial was prominently reported. Also mentioned was the Society report scoring the Saudis for hypocrisy for blaming the Qataris for "supporting terrorism." (A mention dropped in later versions, which moved the Saudi lies to the top.)

By 4:30 AM EST the item was reduced to a single sentence: "Saudi Arabia has rejected accusations by a London think tank that it is the source of extremism in the UK." Back to backing the Saudis after just a couple of hours. Then repetition of Saudi attacks on Qatar, including playing a Saudi ruler's rant that Qater must "stop supporting terrorism, stop spreading hate." Unbelievable. Bastards living in a glass mansion hypocritically hurling boulders at Qatar. And the BBC has already forgotten the Jackson Society report in only a couple of hours. What does "BBC" stand for? Bullshit Broadcasting Corporation?

The BBC has been assiduous in its avoiding of any mention of Saudi culpability in the spread of Islamofascist Wahhabi-Salafist terrorism. Nor does it mention the fact that Saudi Arabia caused the current cholera epidemic and famine in Yemen, by bombing critical infrastructure, including power, water, and hospitals, and with a naval blockade that has cut off food imports on which Yemen depends. So what accounts for this lapse? It's the fact that a "respected" (BBC's word) right-wing think tank has spoken. Right-wingers are politically and ideologically dominant in "the West." Thus they get special privileges, including the privilege of being heard.

The Jackson Society also called for the release of a suppressed UK government report on Saudi backing for terrorism- another matter the BBC has tread extremely lightly over, to say the least.

The Henry Jackson Society is named after a dead U.S. Senator, Henry "Scoop" Jackson, who was known as "the Senator from Boeing," because he promoted the interests of that military arms manufacturer. (Boeing's other main business is commercial aircraft manufacture.) Boeing is headquartered in the state of Washington, on the west coast of the continental U.S. (Not to be confused with the city of Washington, D.C., i.e. District of Columbia, the capital of the U.S., on the east coast.) A Democrat and a rabid militarist, Jackson was one of the two Senators from the state of Washington. (Another note to non-Americans, and to ignorant Americans: as per the U.S. Constitution, every U.S. state has two U.S. Senators, regardless of population. There are currently 50 states, thus 100 Senators. This is highly anti-democratic. The 20 or so least populous U.S. states have the same population as the state of California, yet have 40 Senators to California's 2. What an ideal democracy! One reason for the utterly reactionary nature of the U.S. political system is the fact that all these rural, reactionary states dominate the U.S. Senate.)

Good News About Trump: Foreign View of U.S. Now More Realistic

A new Pew poll of citizens of non-U.S.nations finds a precipitous decline in the "favorable" view of the U.S. under president Donald "Huge Narcissist" Trump. Only about a quarter of people polled outside the U.S. have a "favorable" opinion of the U.S. under Trump.

This is good news. Under Obama, millions, maybe billions, of credulous idiots around the world were taken in by the clever, dangerous con man Barack "The Drone Assassin" Obama and had a "favorable" view of the violently imperialist, destructive U.S. The Trump results contrast with an unbelievable 60% who thought well of the U.S. during the Obama regime. Europeans in particular are stubborn fans of the criminal Obama, a sneaky, evil man who greatly strengthened the secret police state here, among numerous other crimes against humanity. He was also a brutal repressor of dissent, which is of a piece with perfecting a secret police state.

Of course, since the U.S. is mostly (but not entirely) a force for evil in the world, it is more realistic to have an "unfavorable" view of the U.S. Unfortunately international public opinion is totally subjective and swings like a weather vane according to the subjective impression of the likeability of whoever happens to be the Chief Imperialist of the U.S. at the moment.

Going against the trend, Russians had a more favorable opinion of the U.S. under Trump. This has yet to be justified by real changes in U.S. policy towards Russia. Trump has not eased sanctions against Russia, imposed to punish Russia for daring to resist the U.S.-bloc's political annexation of Ukraine. In Syria there is real conflict between the U.S. and Russia, with Russia supporting the murderous Assad regime with combat aircraft, and the U.S. fighting ISIS and other Islamist groups (while assiduous avoiding fighting the Assad regime). The U.S. just shot down an Assad regime warplane that was attacking or threatening U.S.-allied forces and their U.S. helpers on the ground. Russia responded by announcing that henceforth U.S. planes over Syria would be "targets." (An ambiguous term which implies they might be fired upon.) And Russia has ended communications with the U.S. military over Syria, which had been used to avoid aerial conflict by the two nations' warplanes over Syria as they bomb their chosen targets- the Russians to help Assad, the U.S. targeting ISIS etc. However, Trump conspicuously did not carry on the hostile anti-Russian tone of the Obama regime. Trump's reluctance to get with the anti-Russian program of U.S. elites is the main reason he is under relentless attack by an unholy alliance of the Democratic, Party, the corporate media, and the main secret police agencies (FBI, CIA, NSA).

The BBC also just announced the results of their own poll of 36,000 people in various countries. Only a third thought the U.S. was a force for good. (Amazing that a third of the world's people STILL don't get it!) Canada came out on tops as a Good Guy nation. Britain ranked down with the U.S. That should be no surprise, since the British ruling class has tied their nation tightly to the U.S. ever since World War II, like Odysseus bound to the mast of his ship to enjoy the sweet singing of the Sirens without hurling himself to his own doomed, lured by their irresistible voices. The British similarly were lured by the self-deception that the U.S. would serve their imperialist interests, and not vice versa as it turned out. Their innate snobbery caused them to underestimate the savvy of the American imperialists.

Now Israel, on the other hand, has the U.S. wrapped around its little finger! And that's almost entirely down to the power of organized Jews in the U.S. The Anglophile WASP elite of the U.S. didn't deliver for "Great" Britain what some Jews in the U.S. have done!

An oddity of history: a small nation dominating a much larger, much more powerful one. May be unique in the annals of nations.

Monday, July 3, 2017

U.S. Bourgeois Political and Media Elites In A Tizzy Because Trump Said Mean Things About One Of Their Number

Tongues are clucking and fingers are wagging at Donald Trump, the current president of the U.S. (and thus the man in charge of maintaining and expanding U.S. global dominance and preserving the hegemony of billionaires everywhere possible) for insulting Mika Brzezinski.

For something like 99.999% of the world's population, Mika Brzezinski is an unknown person. But U.S. political and media elites, who genuinely feel themselves to be at the center of the universe, have the attitude that they are "everybody." In fact, the words "everyone" and "everybody" have been used in regard to this pathetic contretemps.

For days on end now, if you turn on a radio or television, or look at a news website, you're deluged with the scandal du jour, Trump's Meanness to Mika. The U.S. media actually thinks this is something Important. (Apparently any club, or stick, or twig, with which to beat on Trump, will do.) The Washington Post, the hometown "news"paper of the capital city of the global U.S. empire, has numerous articles on its homepage devoted to this trivial story, all breathless in their outrage, shock, and indignation at the caddish, "inappropriate" (the mildest term of condemnation being used in the deluge of denunciations against Trump) behavior of Trump.

Brzezinski is where she is because her Daddy was the notorious imperialist apparatchik Zbigniew Brzezinski, a Polish emigre who harbored a lifelong hatred for and grudge against Russia. Brzezinski was the Man with the Plan to sucker-punch the Soviet Union by luring it into invading Afghanistan. In fact, it  is true to say that if it hadn't been for U.S. machinations, the Soviet Union probably would never have invaded that country. The U.S. conspired to place a regime hostile to the S.U. in power in Afghanistan. Brzezinski, who was the "National Security" Advisor to U.S. president James Earl Carter, advised Carter that the Soviets could be sucked into a war in Afghanistan to bloody their nose, as it were, and as "payback" for the U.S.' self-inflicted Vietnam War (really Indochina War, as the U.S. devastated Cambodia and Laos in addition to destroying Vietnam) debacle.

Brzezinski is the co-host of a pointless TV show on MSNBC, hosted by her lover, Joe Scarborough, called, modestly, "Morning Joe." Scarborough was previously a Republican Congressman, so of course he is a right-winger. This ego trip program is centered around Scarborough spouting his opinions- and he has opinions on every topic, free of any special insight or edifying analysis- with others sitting around a table on a studio set to chat, and with power-system guests, meaning various politicians, polemicists, and what passes for "experts" in the pantheon of the U.S. propaganda system.

Scarborough was a Trump enthusiast and booster, but once the bourgeois elite turned against Trump with a vengeance, Scarborough duly sailed his little media boat with the tide and turned against Trump. So both he and his lover/co-host turned into harsh critics of Trump.

Eventually Trump responded as he always does when he perceives hostility or even resistance, with insults. He called Dear Mika "dumb," and this was taken as something beyond the pale by the blatherariat and various politicians. He claimed she turned up at Mar-a-Lago, Trump's personal Florida Xanadu, with her paramour, bleeding from her face from recent plastic surgery. Trump says the duo repeatedly sought admission through the Magic Gates, and were repeatedly turned away. The media elite were duly aghast at the unflattering comments about one of their own. Republican politicians weighed in, harrumphing that Trump should can the trash talk, as it was unseemly, beneath the dignity of the president (it's certainly not beneath Trump's personal dignity!) and, of course, "a distraction" from important matters, like gutting Medicaid for millions of people, lavishing billions in tax reductions on the ultra-rich, neutralizing the Environmental Protection Agency, increasing the military budget by 11%, and so on. (In that case, let's hope the "distractions" continue for however long Trump remains inflicted on the world as U.S. Emperor.)

Scarborough/Brzezinski then retailed a story asserting that Trump's minions threatened them with a hatchet job in the so-called "National Enquirer," controlled by Trump's longtime friend, admirer, and ally, David Pecker, unless they apologized to Trump and called him to beg him to spike the story. The Washington Post helpfully provided an op-ed slot for Joe and Mika to feed this story to the public.

Pecker rules a stable of pseudo-newspapers, burlesque versions of actual newspapers, that are placed weekly in racks right at tens of thousands of supermarket checkout lines. Thus millions of people see their covers and lurid headlines every week, and are at least subliminally influenced by them. Pecker's rags, with their drumbeat of Trump-boosting covers during the campaign for the presidency, no doubt aided Trump's "victory." (He actually lost to Clinton by 2.9 million votes, but under the bizarre system of U.S. "democracy," he won in the so-called Electoral College, which is what counts, not who people actually vote for.) [1]

Trump's side denied the Scarborough/Brzezinski extortion story, but it seems credible to me.

The Epitome of Elegance: the very debonair David Pecker

Even though Trump is besieged by hundreds of media voices and political hacks, he apparently never tires of punching back, and indeed of picking new fights, gratuitously, as when he speciously attacked the Mayor of London in the wake of a terrorist attack there on June 3. [2] I don't see Trump tiring of the constant conflict, because he thrives on it. Unlike what is often said about bullies, he is no coward. In fact, he's a lot gutsier than his predecessor, Barack "The Drone Assassin" Obama, who always, always, shied away from taking on the GOP, and made numerous attempts to appease them. Likewise he rewarded Israeli prime minister Binjamin Netanyahu for heaping years of abuse and insults directed at him with a 10-year, $38 billion dollar gift of U.S. weapons, paid for by American taxpayers. [3]

One could expect no end to the media's high dudgeon against Trump's rudeness to Mika until another factoid comes along for Trump's power establishment enemies to wax indignant and outraged over. Sure enough, something came along, in the form of a dopey 28-second video of Trump tackling someone at a burlesque "professional wrestling" show, with a CNN logo superimposed on the "victim's" head. Trump tweeted the video (allegedly the work of a known white racist) and the media were off to the races again. CNN issued a pained statement about Trump inciting violence against journalists and neglecting the duties of the presidency.

 And all the while, the major propaganda offensive, "Russian meddling/interference in Our Democracy" has been non-stop political theme music for months now. The Democrats and most of the corporate media (and the prime movers behind this campaign, the secret police agencies FBI, CIA, and FBI that are the beating fascist heart of the Deep State) hope to build that into a crescendo that will oust Trump from the White House.

We shall see. This should be interesting. For the objective, perspicacious analysis that reveals the hidden truth, check back here regularly.

Poor Mika and Joe! Bullyboy Donald keeps PICKING on them!

MEANEST President EVER! He hurt Mika's feelings! And he exterminated Native Americans! And lots of Filipinos! And overthrew governments and imposed murderous fascist regimes in those countries! And he NUKED two defenseless cities! And laid waste to Vietnam and Cambodia and Laos! And... Oh wait, that was other presidents. Never mind.....

1]  An example of Pecker using the rags he controls to help Trump was his publication during the GOP presidential primaries of a photo of Ted Cruz's fascist fanatic father next to CIA agent (not CIA officer) Lee Harvey Oswald, with the imputation that Cruz senior was involved in the JFK assassination, for which Oswald was the fall guy. When Trump picked up on this, he was roundly denounced by much of the media blatherariat, who are ever-alert and allergic to any examination of that assassination. (The picture proves nothing about Cruz senior's involvement with the JFK hit, of course.) Ted Cruz was also running for the GOP nomination for president at the time.

For a timely description of Pecker, his "career" as a purveyor of media garbage, and his intimate ties to Trump, see "The National Enquirer’s Fervor for Trump ," The New Yorker, July 3, 2017 issue.

2]  See "Anti-Muslim Bigot & Demagogue U.S. President Trump Slimes London Mayor After Terrorist Attack," June 5, 2017.

3]  Two caveats to the Obama Cowardly Bully thesis. One is that he was a reactionary, who never had any intention of even trying to enact progressive policies. All his campaign rhetoric to the contrary was standard  Democratic Party deception, perfected over several decades by that vile gang. Second, one wonders if he was trying to "triangulate" in the manner of his predecessor as president, fellow accomplished-con-man Bill "Mass Murderer Times 4" Clinton. Clinton outflanked Congressional Republicans on their right, gutting welfare and instituting 60 new Federal death penalty crimes, among other things. Then-leader of the House GOP, the political mountebank Newt Gingrich, felt compelled to go along. Obama tried something similar with his healthcare "reform," devised originally by the far-right wing Heritage Foundation. To his surprise, the Republicans in Congress adamantly refused to provide even a single vote for it. Apparently Obama hadn't read the news reports of Senate GOP Boss Mitch McConnell stating the Republican priority for the Obama regime- to ensure its "failure." The fact that the Gang Of Plunderers announced in advance their plan for total obstructionism wasn't enough to stop Appeaser-In-Chief Obama from repeatedly trying to craft rightwing legislation they would support. And when Obama was first elected, the Democrats held majorities in both Congressional chambers, and could have enacted progressive legislation. But then, this is a party that has had ample opportunities to repeal the anti-labor Taft-Hartley Act of 1947, which is a key factor in the destruction of labor unions in the U.S. Yet they never had.

Unions that continue to support the Democratic Party are the equivalent of abused wives who never leave their abuser.

Still, the thesis stands. Obama consistently kow-towed to the powerful (like the financial industry) and took out his wrath on the weak, such as when he ordered the assassination of the 16-year-old son of Anwar al-Awlaki (who was driven into exile by the FBI and became a propagandist for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) and arranged for the Egyptian secret police to break the arm of peace agitator Medea Benjamin in retaliation for interrupting one of his orotund, mendacious speeches. Or keeping political prisoner and then Army soldier Chelsea Manning naked for a year in a Marine Corps brig prior to being railroaded for revealing U.S. crimes to the world via a document transfer to WikiLeaks. Or the incredible persecution of Julian Assange. Or many more examples. For an excellent documentary on some of the lengths the U.S. has gone to "neutralize" Assange, using Britain and Sweden (and even Assange's native Australia) as willing puppets, see "Sex, Lies and Julian Assange," by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation 4 Corners Program. It used to be available free on youtube, but now you have to pay. I downloaded it before that happened.

For Medea Benjamin, See "Obama Has Egyptian Military Regime Break American Peace Activist's Arm," March 8, 2014, and "Medea Benjamin’s Arm 'Wakes Me Up Every Single Night in Pain,'*" July 2, 2014.

Friday, June 23, 2017

North Korean Regime Murders Tourist For Swiping Propaganda Poster

Last year the totalitarian cult regime of North Korea once again showed its extreme hostility to people foolish enough to visit the demented nation. American tourist Otto Warmbier was arrested for trying to take a propaganda poster as a souvenir. Convicted of "subversion," he received a sentence of 15 years of hard labor. (U.S. court typically mete out much longer sentences for "seditious conspiracy.")

But Otto didn't have to serve his sentence. A few weeks ago the North Koreans dumped him off on the U.S. in a coma, which they absurdly claimed was caused by botulism and a medication. (American doctors found no evidence of botulism.) Otto's brain was missing large amounts of tissue in all areas.

Otto just died. He was 22.

I don't understand why people keep going to North Korea. This is a pattern of theirs, seizing foreigners and using them as bargaining chips, or just taking out their political psychosis on them. In addition to frequent arrests, there was the murder of a South Korean woman tourist by a North Korean border guard a few years ago.

Actually the North Koreans aren't way off base to assume that American visitors are spies. Why else would anyone in their right mind want to go there? Other than that freak Dennis Rodman, Americans have not been welcome there. (If the CIA or other U.S. "intelligence agencies" sent spies, they'd probably not send their own personnel. Too risky. They'd get some journalist or whoever to report back to them. But no spy would be able to access much in the way of secrets there.)

I suspect the North Koreans savagely beat Otto, then waited for the external wounds to heal before shipping his comatose body back to his family. Nice. Or maybe a bad reaction to an experimental brainwashing drug? Whatever, true to form, the North Koreans refuse to explain but do their usual thing of shoving preposterous lies in the world's face that insult our intelligence. This soon after the cult dictator Kim Jong-un ordered the murder of his half brother in a Malaysian airport, which they followed up with more absurd lies and bellicose demands aimed at Malaysia for daring to do a proper investigation and arresting the perpetrators.

Someday, someone's gonna have to take care of these bastards.

Otto Warmbier in the grip of North Korean goons.

 Otto had good reason for feeling bad. But it would turn out much worse for him than he knew...

 So long, Otto.

Monday, June 19, 2017

U.S. Sailors May Have Had to Sacrifice Shipmates to Prevent Sinking

The U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a Filipine cargo ship off the coast of Japan.. Seven sailors were killed. Their bodies were found inside the ship.

It was reported that the ship could have sank. The crew prevented it. One thing they must have done was seal off the compartments open to the sea by locking the watertight doors.

The sailors killed were in their bunks- which would have been on a lower level in the ship.

Which makes me wonder if they weren't drowned when the compartment doors were sealed.

By the way, that ship, a mere destroyer, cost a pretty penny. $1.5 billion, or 1,500 millions of dollars. The ship has very advanced navigation and warning equipment, so it's a mystery so far as to how the accident could have happened.

Guided Missile Destroyer USS Fitzgerald. Sail on, O Mighty Navy!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Islamofascist Terrorists Murder 31 People In Mogadishu, Somalia Restaurant

Al-Shabab bragged they did it. They set off a car bomb, then 5 terrorists methodically went through the restaurant, murdering people.

It has been common for the Somali Islamofascist group al-Shabab to target restaurants, hotels, and other such "soft targets."

Al-Shabab has also launched terrorist attacks into neighboring Kenya, in a bid to force Kenya to withdraw its troops from Somalia, where they help prop up the government against al-Shabab. These terror raids included one on a major shopping, mall, an on a university, during which many students were murdered. The consequences have included Kenyan government pressure on Somalis living in Kenya, who are now all considered suspect.

For some odd reason, people like Jeremy Scahill think everything would have been fine if the U.S. had allowed the Islamofascists to take over Somalia in the first place. Very strange.

Someday, leftists like George Galloway and various "peace activists" are going to have to face the reality of Islamofascist terrorism, and come up with serious proposals for dealing with it. Until then, other than appealing to war weariness, they have no ideological or political leverage to convince the public there is an alternative policy. There is an obvious political and moral gap in their worldview about this that needs to be filled.