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this destiny does not tire

Pindo media worship of the pindo military
As’ad AbuKhalil, Angry Arab (Blog), Oct 21 2017

The WaPo and other media have no problem in referring to lies by Trump. But when it came to lies uttered by Gen Kelly, the WaPo among others only dared to say that he was “not accurate.”

Fadlo (AUB president) blocked me
As’ad AbuKhalil, Angry Arab (Blog), Oct 21 2017

I never once communicated with him and never directed a message to him but he blocked me on Twitter. Having said that, there is a really long list of people (politicians and singers for some reason) who block me on Twitter without me communicating with them: former president Michel Sulayman, Ashraf Rifi, Joumana Haddad, Salem Zahran, Faris S’ayd, Majda al-Roumi, UN ambassador in Lebanon Ms Sigrid Kaag, NYT correspondent in Jerusalem Diaa Hadid and Syrian opposition figure Bassam Ja`aaah among others. But the block by Fadlo was the worst: it hurts really. I am inconsolable.

If a Muslim is accused of rape, what does this have to do with Islam?
As’ad AbuKhalil, Angry Arab (Blog), Oct 21 2017

This is by far the most Islamophobic disgusting thing the NYT ever published! What does this have to do with Islam? We know that if an individual Muslim commits a terrorist act, his act is blamed on Islam, the religion, but now has it got to the point that if an individual Muslim commits a crime of any kind, it will also be blamed on Islam, the religion? David Duke and other Nazi anti-Semites used the Harvey Weinstein scandal to spew their anti-Semitic trash, but the NYT is doing the same! If someone were to relate the Harvey Weinstein scandal to Judaism, it would be seen rightly as anti-Semitism, and the NYT would be outraged, but with its long history of bigotry and racism against Arabs and Muslims, the NYT found no problem in publishing this headline? I don’t know the person in question, and the crime of rape should be investigated, but why relate it to:

  1. Harvey Weinstein?
  2. Islam?

This is a new low for the NYT! So if an individual Muslim were to steal, the NYT will publish a headline about “Theft in Islam”?

Realism and Democracy: the case of Elliott Abrams
As’ad AbuKhalil, Angry Arab (Blog), Oct 21 2017

My weekly article in al-Akhbar: “Realism and Democracy in US foreign policy: The Case of Elliott Abrams.”

Pindostan actively supported massacres
As’ad AbuKhalil, Angry Arab (Blog), Oct 20 2017

From FAIR:

“Standing by,” however, is not what Pindostan did during the Indonesian genocide of 1965–66. Rather, it actively supported the massacres, which were applauded at the time by the NYT.

Neo-Nazi leader praised apartheid Israel as a model for white supremacists
As’ad AbuKhalil, Angry Arab (Blog), Oct 20 2017

From the NYT (thanks Amir):

White nationalist leader Richard Spencer gave Israel as an example of an “ethno-state” he aspires to create in Pindostan during a controversial speech at the University of Florida on Thursday.

How the claim by Syrian director, Muhammad Bayazid, that he survived an assassination attempt fell apart
As’ad AbuKhalil, Angry Arab (Blog), Oct 20 2017

A long expose by a pro-Syrian opposition paper debunks his claim.

A provocateur tried to convince refugees and Islamists to commit assassinations in Germany
As’ad AbuKhalil, Angry Arab (Blog), Oct 20 2017

From Joerg in Berlin: Yesterday there were interesting revelations about last years Jihadi attack on a Xmas market in Berlin. A radio station and a newspaper said that before a provocateur tried to convince refugees and islamists to commit assassinations in Germany, particularly by using trucks as a weapon:

Eine wichtige Bezugsperson des Terroristen Anis Amri in der militanten Islamistenszene war ein V-Mann des Landeskriminalamts Nordrhein-Westfalen. Recherchen des rbb und der “Berliner Morgenpost” belegen nun, dass die sogenannte Vertrauensperson VP-01 frühzeitig Islamisten zu Anschlägen in Deutschland angestachelt haben soll. Laut eines Zeugens war dabei auch von einem Anschlag mit einem Lkw die Rede.

megadodo publications themselves

Billionaire Megadodo Launches Campaign To Impeach “Mentally Unstable” Trump
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Oct 21 2017

Demagog megadodo and ‘enlightened plutocrat’ Tom Steyer can no longer sit idly by and watch as Pres Trump sullies the dignity of the Oval Office by lashing at anybody who criticizes him and issuing Twitter rants directed at enemies both real and perceived, so he’s decided to do something about it by releasing a laughably sanctimonious new video framed as a call to arms for Thug Congress critturs to “do what’s right” and “demand that members of Congress take a stand on impeachment” of Pres Trump. In the hilarious video, Steyer accuses Trump of being “mentally unstable” while simultaneously alleging that he’s brought Pindostan to the brink of nuclear war to indulge his own ego. Steyer’s litany of distorted accusations, from accepting bribes from foreign governments to deliberately obstructing justice, combined with saccharinely somber background music makes for an obliviously un-self aware attempt at emphasizing the ‘gravity’ of the situation.

A Thug Congress once impeached a president for far less, yet today people in this Congress know that the president is a clear and present danger armed with nuclear weapons … and they do nothing.

In what’s perhaps the coup de grâce, Steyer bills himself as an “Pindostani Citizen.” Of course, we can think of a few more appropriate labels, given the context. Steyer is the founder of investment firm Farallon Capital and the NextGen America environmental political action committee, which opposes the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. While Steyer’s push will likely fall on deaf ears given the Thug majorities in both houses of Congress, impeachment is hardly the biggest threat to Trump’s presidency. Bannon once reportedly informed a surprised Trump that a clause of the 25th Amendment allows his cabinet to vote to strip him of his office, which is much more concerning, particularly given the Thug establishment’s embrace of VP Pence. Predictit shows the odds of a Trump impeachment have been relatively stable in recent months at around 30%, though low trading volume raises questions about the validity of this number. In either case, Steyer has joined a handful of wealthy Pindos who are actively campaigning against Pres Trump. As Russia Today points out, ‘porn king’ Larry Flynt earlier this month offered $10m for any information that would help to remove Trump, whom he referred to as “a moron” from the White House. Steyer and Flynt’s denunciations of the Trump administration are indicative of a glaring inconsistency in the so-called resistance’s criticisms of the president, to wit that he is both a calculating and dangerous autocrat and a doddering incompetent moron. So which is it?

pilger on hitl

Clinton, Assange And The War On Truth
John Pilger, Oct 20 2017

On Oct 16, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation aired an interview with Hillary Clinton, one of many to promote her score-settling book about why she was not elected POTUS. Wading through the Clinton book What Happened is an unpleasant experience, like a stomach upset: smears and tears, threats and enemies. “They” (the voters) were brainwashed and herded against her by the odious Donald Trump, in cahoots with sinister Slavs sent from the great darkness known as Russia, assisted by an Australian “nihilist”, Julian Assange. In the NYT, there was a striking photograph of a female reporter consoling Clinton, having just interviewed her. The lost leader was above all “absolutely a feminist.” The thousands of women’s lives this “feminist” destroyed while in government, in Libya, Syria, Honduras, were of no interest. In New York magazine, Rebecca Trainster wrote that Clinton was finally “expressing some righteous anger.” It was even hard for her to smile, “so hard that the muscles in her face ache.” Trainster concluded:

Surely, if we allowed women’s resentments the same bearing we allow men’s grudges, Pindostan would be forced to reckon with the fact that all these angry women might just have a point!

Drivel such as this, trivialising women’s struggles, marks the media hagiographies of Hillary Clinton. Her political extremism and warmongering are of no consequence. Her problem, wrote Trainster, was a “damaging infatuation with the email story.” The truth, in other words. The leaked emails of Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta revealed a direct connection between Clinton and the foundation and funding of Daesh. The Toads, who are the ultimate source of most Islamic terrorism, were central to her career. One email, in 2014, sent by Clinton to Podesta soon after she stepped down as Sec State, discloses that Daesh is funded by the Toads & Thanis (of Qatar). Clinton accepted huge donations from both for the Clinton Foundation. As Sec State, she approved the world’s biggest-ever arms sale to her benefactors the Toads, worth more than $80b. Thanks to her, Pindostan’s arms sales to the world for use in stricken countries like Yemen doubled. This was revealed by WikiLeaks and published by the NYT. No one doubts the emails are authentic. The subsequent campaign to smear WikiLeaks and Julian Assange as “agents of Russia” has grown into a spectacular fantasy known as “Russiagate.” The plot is said to have been signed off by Vladimir Putin himself. There is not a shred of evidence. The ABC Australia interview with Clinton is an outstanding example of smear and censorship by omission. I would say it is a model. Having established Clinton’s visceral suffering at Pres Trump’s inauguration, Ferguson asks about “Russia’s role.”

Q: No one could fail to be moved by the pain on your face at that moment … Do you remember how visceral it was for you?
A: I think Russia affected the perceptions and views of millions of voters, we now know. I think that their intention coming from the very top with Putin was to hurt me and to help Trump.
Q: How much of that was a personal vendetta by Vladimir Putin against you?
A: I mean, he wants to destabilise democracy! He wants to undermine Pindostan! He wants to go after the Atlantic Alliance, and we consider Australia kind of an extension of that. (The opposite is true. It is Western armies that are massing on Russia’s border for the first time since the Russian Revolution 100 years ago.)
Q: How much damage did he do personally to you?
A: Well, I had a lot of history with him because I was Sec State when ah WikiLeaks published a lot of very sensitive information from our State Dept and our Defence Dept. (What Clinton fails to say, and her interviewer fails to remind her, is that in 2010, WikiLeaks revealed that Sec State Hillary Clinton had ordered a secret intelligence campaign targeted at the UN leadership, including Sec-Gen Ban Ki-moon and the permanent SC representatives from China, Russia, France and Britain. A classified directive signed by Clinton was issued to diplomats in Jul 2009 demanding forensic technical details about the communications systems used by top UN officials, including passwords and personal encryption keys used in private and commercial networks. This was known as Cablegate. It was lawless spying.) He is very clearly a tool of Russian intelligence, and he has done their bidding. (Clinton offered no evidence to back up this serious accusation, nor did Ferguson challenge her.) You don’t see damaging negative information coming out about the Kremlin on WikiLeaks. You didn’t see any of that published. (This was false. WikiLeaks has published a massive number of documents on Russia, more than 800,000, most of them critical, many of them used in books and as evidence in court cases.) So I think Assange has become a kind of nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a dictator.
Q: Lots of people, including in Australia, think that Assange is a martyr for free speech and freedom of information. How would you describe him? Well, you’ve just described him as a nihilist.
A: Yeah, well, and a tool. I mean, he’s a tool of Russian intelligence. And if he’s such a, you know, martyr of free speech, why doesn’t WikiLeaks ever publish anything coming out of Russia? (Again, Ferguson said nothing to challenge this or correct her.) There was a concerted operation between WikiLeaks and Russia and most likely people in Pindostan to weaponise that information, to make up stories, to help Trump.
Q: Now, along with some of those outlandish stories, there was information that was revealed about the Clinton Foundation that at least in some of the voters’ minds seemed to associate you with the peddling of information …
A: Yeah, but it was false! It was false! It was totally false!
Q: Do you understand how difficult it was for some voters to understand the amounts of money that the Foundation is raising, the confusion with the consultancy that was also raising money, getting gifts and travel and so on for Bill Clinton that even Chelsea had some issues with?
A: Well, you know, I’m sorry, Sarah, I mean, I know the facts!

The ABC interviewer lauded Clinton as “the icon of your generation.” She asked her nothing about the enormous sums she creamed off from Wall Street, such as the $675,000 she received for speeches at Goldman Sachs, one of the banks at the centre of the 2008 crash. Clinton’s greed deeply upset the kind of voters she abused as “deplorables.” Clearly looking for a cheap headline in the Australian press, Ferguson asked her if Trump was “a clear and present danger to Australia,” and got her predictable response. This high-profile journalist made no mention of Clinton’s own “clear and present danger” to the people of Iran, whom she once threatened to “obliterate totally”, and the 40,000 Libyans who died in the attack on Libya in 2011 that Clinton orchestrated. Flushed with excitement, the Sec State rejoiced at the gruesome murder of Muammar Gaddafi. Julian Assange said in a filmed interview with me last year:

Libya was Hillary Clinton’s war. Barack Obama initially opposed it. Who was the person championing it? Hillary Clinton. That’s documented throughout her emails. There’s more than 1700 emails out of the 33,000 Hillary Clinton emails that we’ve published, just about Libya. It’s not that Libya has cheap oil. She perceived the removal of Gaddafi and the overthrow of the Libyan state (as) something that she would use in her run-up to the general election for President. So in late 2011 there is an internal document called the Libya Tick Tock  that was produced for Hillary Clinton, and it’s the chronological description of how she was the central figure in the destruction of the Libyan state, which resulted in around 40,000 deaths within Libya. Jihadis moved in, Daesh moved in, leading to the European refugee and migrant crisis. Not only did you have people fleeing Libya, people fleeing Syria, the destabilisation of other African countries as a result of arms flows, but the Libyan state itself was no longer able to control the movement of people through it.

This was the story, rather than Clinton’s “visceral” pain in losing to Trump, or any of the rest of the self-serving scuttlebutt in her ABC interview. Clinton shared responsibility for massively destabilising the Middle East, which led to the death, suffering and flight of thousands millions of women, men and children. Ferguson raised not a word of it. Clinton repeatedly defamed Assange, who was neither defended nor offered a right of reply on his own country’s state broadcaster. In a tweet from London, Assange cited the ABC’s own Code of Practice, which states:

Where allegations are made about a person or organisation, make reasonable efforts in the circumstances to provide a fair opportunity to respond.

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Following the ABC broadcast, Ferguson’s executive producer, Sally Neighbour, re-tweeted the following:

Assange is Putin’s bitch. We all know it!

The slander, since deleted, was even used as a link to the ABC interview, captioned ‘Assange is Putins bitch. We all know it!’ In the years I have known Julian Assange, I have watched a vituperative personal campaign try to stop him and WikiLeaks. It has been a frontal assault on whistleblowing, on free speech and free journalism, all of which are now under sustained attack from governments and corporate internet controllers. The first serious attacks on Assange came from the Guardian, which turned on its besieged former source like a spurned lover, having hugely profited from WikiLeaks’ disclosures. With not a penny going to Assange or WikiLeaks, a Guardian book led to a lucrative Hollywood movie deal. Assange was portrayed as “callous” and a “damaged personality.” It was as if a rampant jealousy could not accept that his remarkable achievements stood in marked contrast to that of his detractors in the “mainstream” media. It is like watching the guardians of the status quo, regardless of age, struggling to silence real dissent and prevent the emergence of the new and hopeful. Today, Assange remains a political refugee from the warmaking dark state of which Donald Trump is a caricature and Hillary Clinton the embodiment. His resilience and courage are astonishing. Unlike him, his tormentors are cowards.

i found this on google news …

West Wants to Cover Tracks of Barbaric Bombings in Raqqa
Sputnik, Oct 22 2017

Russian Defense Ministry spox Maj-Gen I Konashenkov has called the urgent intention of the Pindo coalition members to allocate financial aid to Raqqa suspicious amid repeated refusals to deliver humanitarian aid to the Syrians affected by the civil war. Raqqa has been under Daesh control for four years, since 2013. In early June, the YPG/SDF and the Pindo coalition launched an operation to liberate it. Konashenkov said Sunday:

Raqqa has not managed to cool down after bombings by the international coalition, and the high-ranking officials from Faschingstein, Paris and Berlin have started making statements about the urgent allocation of tens of millions of dollars and euros to Raqqa. These millions should allegedly help to restore peaceful life in the city. We welcome such generosity, but we have questions. Over the past two years, Russia has repeatedly asked Pindostan & Eurostan to send humanitarian aid to the Syrians affected by war, and has also prepared a list of settlements where this assistance is needed most of all, without dividing Syrians into “bad” and “good” ones. However, the response has always been negative. (There) is an aspiration to quickly cover up the tracks of the barbaric bombings of Pindo coalition aircraft that have buried thousands of civilians liberated from Daesh under the ruins of Raqqa. Statements made by Pindo authorities including the White House, the Pentagon and the State Dept about the crucial role of the Raqqa’s liberation in the struggle against the terrorists and the contribution of the Pindo coalition to this fight, also could puzzle. It seems that Faschingstein considers that Raqqa was the only place controlled by Daesh in Syria, a provincial town with a prewar population of about 200,000 and with the population of no more than 45,000 before the beginning of the coalition’s operation to liberate it that lasted for five months. At the same time, the SAA liberated the city of Deir ez-Zor, which was inhabited by more than 500,000 before the conflict, in 10 days.

On Oct 20, the YPG/SDF announced the conquest of Raqqa. Pres Trump called the victory a “critical breakthrough” and announced that a “transition into a new phase” would be forthcoming.

bannon never seeks approval from the media, only reaction (the hegelian strategy)

Bannon Attacks Bush 43 Over ‘Nativism’ & ‘Bigotry’ Comments
Vanessa Romo, Martina Stewart, NPR, Oct 21 2017

Steve Bannon unleashed a torrent of insults against Bush 43 in California on Friday night. In a 40-minute address at an annual California Thug Party convention in Anaheim, he said to a smattering of applause and laughter:

Pres Bush embarrassed himself! He has no earthly idea whether he is coming or going, just like it was when he was POTUS! It’s clear he didn’t understand anything he was talking about!

Bannon was referring to a speech delivered by Bush 43 just a day earlier. Bannon called Bush 43 the “most destructive” president in pindo history for allowing China’s rise as an economic force. Bush 43, who advocated for comprehensive immigration legislation late in his presidency, said at the Bush Institute’s Spirit of Liberty event in NYC:

Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication. We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism, forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to Pindostan. We see a fading confidence in the value of free markets and international trade, forgetting that conflict, instability and poverty follow in the wake of protectionism.

Bush 43’s two-term presidency embraced the tenets of free trade. Throughout his administration, he warned against global protectionism, which he believed would stunt the nation’s economic growth. Bannon’s attack on the former president a day after Bush’s speech is the latest salvo in the former Trump aide’s self-described “war” on establishment Republicanism. Bannon declared last week at the annual Values Voter Summit in Faschingstein:

Right now it’s a season of war on the GOP establishment.

Since returning to his position as executive chairman of Breitbart, Bannon has launched a comprehensive effort to support anti-establishment GOP candidates who will be loyal to Pres Trump’s agenda, even in hotly-contested 2018 races for Senate seats the Thug Party needs to hold in order to maintain and grow its majority in Congress’ upper chamber. Presaging his efforts for the midterm cycle, Bannon recently backed former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Judge Roy Moore in a Thug primary against incumbent Luther Strange, who was backed by both Trump and Majority Leader McConnell. Moore won the primary but is now in a tighter than expected general election race in traditionally deep-red Alabama. Jeff Flake of Arizona, Dean Heller of Nevada, Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Deb Fischer of Nebraska and John Barrasso Wyoming are already in Bannon’s sights for 2018. Bob Corker, who Bannon had also threatened with a primary challenger, recently announced he will not seek re-election in 2018. Bannon said last week that Corker is now a litmus test for other establishment Thugs. McConnell is another litmus test for Bannon as he plots for 2018. He also said in a speech last week to the Values Voter Summit:

All of you folks that are so concerned that you’re going to get primaried and defeated, there’s time for a mea culpa. You can come to a stick and condemn Sen Corker. You can come to a stick, a microphone, and say “I’m not going to vote for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell!”

In California, where Demagogs hold overwhelming political power at both state and national level, Bannon urged conservatives to unite against Demagogs in order to retain Thug control of House seats likely to be vulnerable in 2018, and prevent Demagogs from becoming the majority in the House with the new session of Congress in 2019. His call to action would have had a special resonance for the Thug Party boxtops and activists gathered in Anaheim because there are five House Thugs in the Southern California area being targeted by Demagogs in 2018. He said:

It’s time for California to start having some victories. (The Demagogs) are going to drag us so far to the left that we’re going to hold those districts, and Nancy Pelosi is not going to get her opportunity to impeach the POTUS.

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The Historical Zionist Case for Fascism
Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam (Blog), Oct 20 2017

292Herut flyer: “An answer to fools!”

Over the past year, especially in Britain, the Israel Lobby has mounted its high horse about the issue of comparing Zionism to Nazism. Calling any such comparison anti-Semitic, it has insisted that the charge is a fabrication of the order of the Christian Blood Libel. Tony Greenstein, myself and others have countered that the comparison is indeed historically factual and accurate, though I’ve also warned that such comparisons must be made carefully, rather than as a bludgeon to equate Israel with Nazism. Ken Livingstone, who offered a rather provocative version of the claim, got himself suspended from the British Labour Party as a result. Jackie Walker, who is herself Jewish, was threatened with expulsion for correctly noting that Jews profited from the trans-Atlantic slave trade.  Most recently, Moshe Machover, the founder of the Israeli anti-Zionist Party Matzpen, found himself expelled from the Israeli Labor Party for arguing along the same lines. A Jewish studies graduate student earlier today pointed me to a fascinating study of pre-WW2 Jabotinsky Zionism and its impact on latter-day Israeli politics, Jabotinsky’s Children: Polish Jews and the Rise of Right-Wing Zionism by Daniel Kupfert Heller. My friend pointed me to an eye-opening passage (p 72, unfortunately not in my Google online version – RB) which recounts the romance the Zionist Revisionists had with Italy’s Mussolini circa 1928:

“It has to be said fiercely and succinctly: we are fascists, Jewish fascists.”  With these words, D Stabiecki, a Revisionist living in Rome, appealed to Polish Jews to adopt the politics of Mussolini’s Italy. The chief mission of the Revisionist movement, he argued, was to give birth to the fascist Jew. This new Jew would “glorify physical strength” and strive toward “the will to power,” the notion that as Nietzsche put it, “Life itself is essentially a process of appropriating, injuring, overpowering the alien and the weaker.” The fascist Jew’s code of ethics would follow a simple formula: “Everything that serves the building of the Jewish state is good. Everything that damages the construction of the Jewish state is bad.” He argued the new fascist Jew would wage war against socialists and communists on the “Jewish street” and be “prepared to use all means to stop them, not excluding physical force.” He would proudly declare that the “democratic-liberal idea is not holy to us. If the realization of democratic thinking can lead to destroying the ideal of the Jewish state, we can also be anti-democratic.”

While it’s important to note that this romance between Zionist and European fascism flourished in the period before WW2, before news broke of the Holocaust and the Nazi extermination of much of European Jewry. It’s also worth keeping in mind that the Revisionists, in their effort to end British colonial rule, conducted serious negotiations with the Nazis well into the War itself.  They even contemplated a Jewish state underpinned by much of the same ideology as the Nazis themselves. Nor were the Revisionists the only zionist party flirting with European fascism. Ben Gurion’s Labor movement signed the Haavara Agreement which facilitated the plundering of the wealth of German Jews by transferring it to Palestine in return for the purchase of military matériel for the Nazi war machine. Haavara also served a double benefit because it peeled away Diaspora Zionists from the international campaign led by Pindo Jewry to boycott Nazi Germany. The idea that zionism has had a long historical flirtation with fascism that informs Israel today, is an idea that should not be controversial. The fact that in some circles it is, illustrates how ahistorical the Israel Lobby and its adherents are.

walnuts a la mode

Did McCain Provide The Infamous ‘Trump Dossier’ To BuzzFeed?
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Oct 20 2017

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After nearly a year of cogitating, no-one in the media, usually a fairly leaky institution, has been able to figure out who exactly who leaked the infamous “Trump Dossier,” which was published on Jan 10 2017 by BuzzFeed and promptly debunked. As the Daily Caller points out today (below), less than a handful of people had access it before it made its way to BuzzFeed: John McCain, David Kramer (a former State Dept boxtop now with the McCain Institute), then-FBI Director Comey, and Fusion GPS who created it. Fusion GPS has since stated under oath that they did not share the document with BuzzFeed, which leaves McCain, Kramer and Comey. Asked about the dossier recently, McCain lashed out, seemingly a new trend for him of late:

In addition to McCain and Steele, opposition research firm Fusion GPS had the dossier, as did David Kramer, a former State Dept official and an associate of McCain’s. One person who was provided a copy of the salacious document, written by former British MI6 officer Christopher Steele, is John McCain, who has already acknowledged providing an early version of the dossier to then-FBI Director James Comey, but he denied this week that he also gave a version to BuzzFeed, which published it on Jan 10. McCain said during a testy exchange with The Daily Caller on Wednesday: “I gave it to no one except for the director of the FBI! I don’t know why you’re digging this up now!” McCain was asked whether he was BuzzFeed’s source after his office declined to answer direct questions on the matter.

Of course, the identity of BuzzFeed’s source is significant for two reasons:

  1. Because a Russian tech executive, Alexei Gubarev, was accused in the document of hacking into DNC computers to dig up dirt on Hillary during the 2016 campaign;
  2. Because it could shed light on whether someone in Trump’s own party or, perhaps even more disturbing, within the FBI ordered a “political hit” on the new president.

It is a central question in a lawsuit filed against the media outlet by Aleksej Gubarev, a Russian tech executive named in the dossier. Gubarev is identified by name in Steele’s Dec 13 memo. In it, Steele alleges that Gubarev was recruited under duress by the FSB, and that he used his companies to infiltrate the computer systems of the DNC. Gubarev’s attorneys have said they want to find out if BuzzFeed’s source provided any warnings or qualifications about the allegations made in the dossier. If so, the lawyers are likely to argue that BuzzFeed was negligent and careless in publishing the document. BuzzFeed, which has apologized to Gubarev, has defended its decision to publish the dossier, noting that its article unveiling the Steele memos explicitly stated that the memos had not been corroborated. The website also said that the dossier was newsworthy because Comey had briefed Pres Trump on its allegations during a meeting on Jan 6. On top of its importance to the lawsuit, the identity of BuzzFeed’s source is of widespread interest because of the possibility that a government official disseminated the uncorroborated document to the media, possibly as a hit job on Trump. And then, of course, there is the issue of who ordered the dossier in the first place:

John McCain unleashes unfairly on Fox’s Doocy
Cheryl Chumley, Wash Times, Oct 18 2017

Senator John McCain, ya gotta quit! Seriously! Sorry for the brain cancer and all that, but the fact that you’re still a sitting senator means you’re open to constituent accountability and criticism. This latest unhinged blasting of Peter Doocy of Fox News is truly unwarranted. He only asked, as Mediaite noted:

Has your relationship with the president frayed to the point that you are not going to support anything that he comes to you and asks for?

McCain’s response?

Why would you say something that stupid? Why would you ask something that dumb? Huh? My job, as a Pindosi senator, as a senator from Arizona, which I was just re-elected to …! You mean that I am somehow going to behave in a way that I’m going to block everything because of some personal disagreement?

That’s exactly what Doocy was asking to clarify, because that’s exactly what the majority of conservatives believe. McCain’s contempt for Trump stretches long. The two have traded public barbs for quite some time. But it was McCain who recently shuffled across the Senate floor to cast his dramatic thumbs-down vote for Trump-pressed, Trump-promised Obamacare reform. And it was McCain who just came out and spoke harshly about what he called “half-baked nationalism,” an obvious reference to the type of Pindostan First mentality that Trump, and Stephen Bannon for that matter, ushered into the nation. McCain told Doocy: “That’s a dumb question!” Well, really, it’s not. It’s the main question to ask McCain, the elephant in the room, so to speak. He doth protest too much, methinks.

John McCain Denies Being BuzzFeed’s Trump Dossier Source
Chuck Ross, Kerry Picket, Daily Caller, Oct 19 2017

The number of people who could have provided BuzzFeed News with a copy of the infamous Trump dossier is vanishingly small. Only a few people had access to the full document, which consists of 17 memos dated between Jun 20 and Dec 13 2016. One person who was provided a copy of the salacious document, written by former British MI6 officer Christopher Steele, is John McCain, who has already acknowledged providing an early version of the dossier to then-FBI Director James Comey, denied this week that he also gave a version to BuzzFeed, which published it on Jan 10. McCain said during a testy exchange with The Daily Caller on Wednesday:

I gave it to no one except for the director of the FBI. I don’t know why you’re digging this up now.

McCain was asked whether he was BuzzFeed’s source after the Republican’s office declined to answer direct questions on the matter. Only a few people are known to have had possession of the full 35-page document before BuzzFeed obtained its copy. In addition to McCain and Steele, opposition research firm Fusion GPS had the dossier, as did David Kramer, a former State Dept boxtop now with the McCain Institute. Earlier this week, in response to a lawsuit related to the dossier, BuzzFeed reporter Ken Bensinger disclosed in federal court that he obtained a copy of the report in December. Bensinger said that his source allowed him to take photographs of the dossier. The identity of BuzzFeed’s source is significant for two reasons. It is a central question in a lawsuit filed against the media outlet by Alexei Gubarev, the Russian tech executive named in the dossier. Gubarev is identified by name in Steele’s Dec 13 memo, which alleges that Gubarev was recruited under duress by the FSB, and used his companies to infiltrate the computer systems of the DNC. Gubarev’s attorneys have said they want to find out if BuzzFeed’s source provided any warnings or qualifications about the allegations made in the dossier. If so, the lawyers are likely to argue that BuzzFeed was negligent and careless in publishing the document. BuzzFeed, which has apologized to Gubarev, has defended its decision to publish the dossier, noting that its article unveiling the Steele memos explicitly stated that the memos had not been corroborated. The website also said that the dossier was newsworthy because Comey had briefed Pres Trump on its allegations during a meeting on Jan 6. On top of its importance to the lawsuit, the identity of BuzzFeed’s source is of widespread interest because of the possibility that a government official disseminated the uncorroborated document to the media, possibly as a hit job on Trump. It was widely believed until recently that Fusion GPS itself gave the dossier to BuzzFeed. The opposition research firm, founded by former Wall Street Journal reporters, has close relationships with numerous Beltway journalists. Prior to the election, Fusion arranged for Steele to brief several reporters on his findings. In a surprise twist, Fusion recently denied in a court proceeding that it gave BuzzFeed the final version of the document. Evan Fray-Witzer, a lawyer for Gubarev, said in a deposition last month in federal court in Florida, where BuzzFeed is being sued:

Buzzfeed went to them and tried to get the dossier from them and they refused to give it to Buzzfeed.

Steele has also denied that he was BuzzFeed’s source. In court filings in London, where he is being sued by Gubarev, he said he did not give the dossier to any news outlets. McCain and Kramer, a former State Dept boxtop now at the McCain Institute, were first told about the dossier in November, during a conversation with Sir Andrew Wood, a former British ambassador to Moscow who knew Steele. McCain then dispatched Kramer to meet with Steele in London on Nov 28. Steele revealed in the London lawsuit that he allowed Kramer to view the dossier but did not provide him a copy. He said that an “arrangement” was later made for Fusion to provide a copy of the dossier to McCain through Kramer. McCain then provided a copy of the document to Comey during a Dec 9 meeting. Four days after McCain met with Comey, Steele produced the final memo of the dossier, which was provided to BuzzFeed and which included the allegations against Gubarev. Steele sent the final memo to Fusion with instructions to pass a hard copy to Kramer and McCain. It is unclear how the dossier was disseminated after that. Fusion has not said whether it disseminated the final version of the dossier to anyone outside the company. The denials by Steele, Fusion and McCain that they were BuzzFeed’s sources leave only a few possibilities, including Kramer, who has not responded to multiple requests for comment about his handling of the dossier or whether he gave it to any news outlets, nor talked on the record to any reporters since being identified in the controversy.

New Court Filing Re-Opens Question Of Who Gave Trump Dossier To BuzzFeed
Chuck Ross, Daily Caller, Oct 11 2017

In a surprise twist, opposition research firm Fusion GPS says that it did not give its infamous dossier of anti-Trump research to BuzzFeed News prior to the outlet’s Jan 10 publication of the salacious document. That revelation, made in court papers filed by Fusion’s lawyers in a Faschingstein federal court Tuesday, re-opens the issue of who provided the dossier to BuzzFeed. Tracking down BuzzFeed’s source could prove crucial to several lawsuits that have been filed over the dossier. Fusion made the disclosure in a motion to quash a request for discovery made by Alexei Gubarev, a Russian tech executive who is suing BuzzFeed for defamation. Gubarev was identified in a Dec 13 memo contained in the dossier, which was written by former British MI6 officer Christopher Steele. Gubarev’s lawyers have pressed Fusion GPS to provide details about its work on the dossier. In his Dec 13 memo, Steele cites an unnamed source who claimed that Gubarev planted viruses and malware to hack into the DNC’s computers. Gubarev has denied the allegation and says that BuzzFeed was careless in publishing the dossier without fully vetting Steele’s allegations. It was widely believed that Fusion GPS was BuzzFeed’s source for the dossier. The firm has acknowledged briefing reporters from outlets like the NYT, the WaPo, Yahoo News and MoJo on the dossier. The existence of the dossier was an open secret among Faschingstein journalists. Last month, Fusion GPS agreed to testify regarding all its previous exchanges with BuzzFeed over the dossier. It now says that, while BuzzFeed reached out to it, asking for the dossier, it did not provide the document to them. The filing quotes the deposition given in late September by Gubarev attorney Evan Fray-Witzer, which said:

We have not yet been able to depose Fusion. We’re making that attempt. Fusion’s fighting it. But the one thing that they have told us is that Buzzfeed didn’t get the dossier from them. Buzzfeed went to them and tried to get the dossier from them, and they refused to give it to Buzzfeed.

Fusion’s denial that it gave the dossier to BuzzFeed leaves a few possibilities for who disseminated the controversial document, which is now being investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Steele has insisted that he is not BuzzFeed’s source. The former MI6 agent disclosed earlier this year in a London court, where he is being sued by Gubarev, that he did not provide the dossier to BuzzFeed or any other media outlets. He claims that he has only provided the complete dossier to Fusion, British intelligence services and to David Kramer, an associate of Arizona Sen. John McCain. During a meeting in London on Nov 28, Steele gave the dossier to Kramer. McCain then gave the dossier to then-FBI Director James Comey during a Dec 9 meeting. Fusion later instructed Steele to provide the final Dec 13 memo to McCain and Kramer through an encrypted email channel. Whether McCain or Kramer provided the dossier to BuzzFeed remains an open question. Here is the Fusion GPS court filing by Chuck Ross on Scribd.

typical jew scum headlines

Pampered, Safe And Very Scared
Moon of Alabama, Oct 21 2017 

The pindo military is a socialist paradise:

Service-members and their families live for free on-base. People living off-base are given a stipend to cover their housing costs. They shop in commissaries and post exchanges where prices for food and basic goods are considerably lower than at civilian stores. Troops and their families count on high-quality education and responsive universal health care. They expect to be safe at home. Bases, on average, have less violence than pindo cities of comparable size, and residents enjoy a wide range of amenities, not just restaurants and movie theaters but fishing ponds, camp sites and golf courses built for their use. Of course some bases are better than others, but even the most austere provides a comprehensive network of social welfare provisions and a safety net that does not differentiate between a junior employee and an executive.

For those who stay on, the military provides a generous retirement pay. But isn’t life in the military dangerous! Not so. According to a 2012 study by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, the risk to one’s life is lower for soldiers than for civilians. The huge difference is quite astonishing. The death rate for soldiers would still have been lower than for civilians if Pindostan had started another medium-sized war:

In the past two decades, which include two periods of intense combat operations, the crude overall mortality rate among pindo service members was 71.5. In 2005, in the general population, the crude overall mortality rate among 15-44 year olds was 127.5. If the age-specific mortality rates that affected the general population in 2005 had affected the respective age-groups of active-component military members throughout the period of interest for this report, there would have been approximately 53% more deaths among military members overall.

Those working in the military, even when Pindostan is at war, have a quite pampered life, with lots of benefits. They have less risk to their lives than their civilian peers. But when some soldier dies by chance, the announcements speak of “sacrifice”. The fishermen, transport and construction workers who have the highest occupational death rates don’t get solemn obituaries and pompous burials. There may be occasions where soldiers behave heroically and die for some good cause., but those are rather rare incidents. The reports thereof are at times manipulated for propaganda purposes. The Pentagon spends more than $1b/yr on advertisement.  It spends uncounted millions more on hidden information operations. These are not designed to influence an enemy, but the Pindo creeple. In recent years, they have scripted or actively influenced 1,800 Hollywood film and TV productions. Many of the top-rated movie scripts pass through a military censorship office which decides how much ‘production assistance’ the DoD will provide for the flick. A rather schizophrenic aspect of its safe life is the military’s fear. Despite being cared for and secure, the soldiers seem to be a bunch of scaredy-cats. The military’s  angst is very ambiguous. It meanders from issue to issue. This at least to various headlines:

Members of the military live quite well. They are safe. Their propaganda depicts them as heroes. At the same time we are told that they are a bunch of woosies who fear about anything one can think of. I find that a strange contradiction.

who were the door staff?

Spencer met by mass protest at University of Florida
Fred Mazelis, WSWS, Oct 21 2017

Mass protests greeted Richard Spencer at the University of Florida on Thursday. Spencer’s supporters in the auditorium at the Phillips Center at the University of Florida Gainesville campus faced hundreds of anti-Nazi students and other Gainesville residents. In advance of the event, ignoring the advice of university President Kent Fuchs and others to simply ignore Spencer, thousands signed up on a Facebook page entitled “No Nazis at UF, Protest Richard Spencer.” Hundreds gained entry to the auditorium, where they continuously interrupted him with chants. This came despite efforts to prevent many from entering the center. According to the Miami Herald, only 456 of the 700 seats were occupied. Spencer’s supporters, having paid for the rental, were allowed to determine who could enter, and many were denied permission, including individuals with anti-Nazi slogans on T-shirts as well as some who had written phone numbers on their arms, an indication that they were prepared for possible arrest. Samantha Schuyler, who was forcibly prevented from entering, was quoted as saying:

I think it’s racism! It’s arbitrary! They told me to leave! Then they dragged me!

Despite these efforts, Spencer’s supporters were heavily outnumbered inside the venue. Only about 15 raised their hands when Spencer called on those who agree with the “Alt-Right” to identify themselves. Outside, hundreds more marched in protest. Spencer claimed victory, but shut down the meeting 30 minutes early. In his speech, Spencer gave further indications of the strategy behind hise efforts to build a fascist movement in Pindostan. Spencer said:

Like millions of other white people now in their 20s and 30s, I have a dramatically different lived experience from that of my parents. My parents can remember Peak Pindostan. They can remember the Pindostan of the 1950s: diners and ice cream dates and drive-in movie theaters.

The establishment media, using remarks like these, calls Spencer and his ilk white nationalists, rather than fascists or neo-fascists. Spencer and his National Policy Institute have depicted themselves as defenders of free speech, and demanded the right to rent facilities at public institutions such as the University of Florida. The protests were relatively peaceful, with two arrests and several minor injuries following clashes between rival demonstrators. As the action was winding up, a single gunshot was heard at a nearby bus stop. A local television station reported that an argument had led to gunfire. A man exited a vehicle and fired one shot, which missed its intended targets. The license plate of the car was provided to the authorities, and three people were arrested later that evening about 20 miles north of Gainesville. They were charged with attempted murder. The three men, from Texas, had apparently taunted the protesters with Nazi salutes and pro-Hitler chants before one of them took out his weapon. He is reportedly being held on $3m bond and the other two on $1m each. Earlier in the week, ahead of the speech, Governor Scott declared a state of emergency for Alachua County. On this pretext, the authorities mobilized the University of Florida Police Dept, the Gainesville Police Dept, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Dept, and the Florida Highway Patrol. Hundreds of heavily-armed police were deployed on the streets of Gainesville, with roads blocked by cement and dump trucks. Soldiers in riot gear were stationed in the balcony of the Phillips Center during the meeting. The university reported that it had spent more than $500k in security measures. The state of emergency was declared in the name of “public safety.” As in all such cases, however, it was used both to deter mass protest and also for training purposes for future actions to be directed against the working class.

Neo-Nazi Richard Spencer says he turns to Israel “for guidance”
Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, Oct 20 2017

Spencer said he acknowledged the “moral legitimacy” of other “ethno-states,” naming Russia, Poland and Hungary as supposed examples. Spencer and his backers faced big protests including cries of “Go home Nazis!” and “Nazi scum!”

Yet while the pindo far right unquestionably exhibits anti-Semitism, Spencer has been effusively positive about Israel and Zionism. Spencer has previously referred to his desire for a European enclave in North America as “white Zionism.” Last December, Texas A&M campus rabbi Matt Rosenberg said to him (completely contrafactually):

My tradition teaches a message of radical inclusion, as embodied by Torah!

In an exchange caught on video and widely circulated online, Spencer responded:

Do you really want radical inclusion into the state of Israel?

The rabbi was left almost speechless, and later conceded that he lost the argument with Spencer. Israel and its supporters, like Spencer and his, are obsessed with demographics, albeit of different groups. A mainstream view among Zionists is that too many Arab births would constitute a “demographic threat” to Jewish control of the ostensibly democratic Israeli state. Among a host of racist policies aimed at demographic control, Israel denies Arab refugees their right to return home solely because they are not Jews. In March, a landmark report published by the UN found that Israel operates a system of apartheid over the entire Arab occupation, including using “demographic engineering, in order to establish and maintain an overwhelming Jewish majority in Israel.” Spencer’s admiration for Israel fits in with a broader pattern. Leaders of neo-Nazi parties that made recent electoral breakthroughs in Germany and Austria have been vocal supporters of Israel, including its settlements. Max Blumenthal noted on Thursday that mega-funder Adam Milstein had posted an image on Twitter of the face of George Soros superimposed on an octopus straddling the globe. Blumenthal called it “indisputably anti-Semitic,” harkening back to the kinds of images frequently disseminated by anti-Jewish conspiracy theorists.

Soros has also been targeted by Hungarian PM Orban. Netanyahu has embraced Orban, a modern manifestation of the historical alliances between Zionists and anti-Semites. Adam Milstein’s foundation funds a who’s who of right-wing anti-Palestinian groups. When Milstein was convicted of felony tax evasion in 2009, Israel’s consul-general in Los Angeles wrote a glowing letter to the judge in an effort to secure a lenient sentence. He also has a history of Islamophobia.

Milstein has deleted the octopus tweet and apologized, claiming he did not know the image was anti-Semitic. But his Twitter account still shows that in September he posted another image targeting Soros that had been posted on Facebook by Yair Netanyahu, who was widely criticized for posting anti-Semitic memes inspired by the neo-Nazi “alt-right.” The younger Netanyahu also caused a controversy in August for suggesting that anti-fascists and activists with BLM are a bigger threat to Israel and perhaps to Jews throughout the world than the neo-Nazis who rampaged in Charlottesville.

drivelling monstrous bigots & pricks

Kelly’s tirade and the threat of dictatorship
Bill Van Auken, WSWS, Oct 21 2017

Two-and-a-half weeks after the deaths of four Pindo SOF during a firefight in Niger, the pindo media has remained fixated on the ugly controversy surrounding Pres Trump’s condolence call to the grieving widow of one of the soldiers, made as she was driving to the airport to meet his coffin. Accounts given by both family members and congress crittur Frederica Wilson, who was in the car when the call came over the speaker phone, leave no doubt that the indifference of the billionaire conman in the White House to the death of a 25-year-old black pindo soldier from an impoverished Florida town came through loud and clear. Trump’s phrase, “he knew what he signed up for,” had all of the warmth of his attitude toward the lay-off of one of his casino employees, or the losses his multiple bankruptcies inflicted on his business partners. It is of a piece with his tossing of rolls of paper towels to desperate victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Sgt Johnson’s widow was reportedly distraught over his call, noting that he did not even know her husband’s name. The episode encapsulated not merely the sociopathic personality of the president, but the attitude of Pindostan’s ruling oligarchy toward the members of the all-volunteer army that it employs to pursue its profit interests by means of military aggression all over the world. Behind the backs of the pindo creeple, the Pentagon has steadily escalated its military intervention in Africa, with between 650 and 800 pindo SOF deployed in Niger and another 400 or more on the ground in Somalia. At least 1,700 pindo SOF are deployed across the continent, more than in any other region of the globe outside of the Middle East. Under the cloak of the GWOT, pindo imperialism is flexing its muscles in a bid to counter growing Chinese economic influence in a region rich in strategic resources. The controversy was not only politically damaging to the White House, it cut across Faschingstein’s global aims. To put out the fire, the administration called in White House CoS Gen (Retd) Kelly, whose son was killed by a land mine in Afghanistan in 2010. There had been widespread speculation in the media that Kelly was remaining silent and out of sight because of his disgust with Trump’s handling of the Niger casualties, and the president’s attempt to present his own attitude to pindo war dead as superior to that of his predecessors in the Oval Office. On Thursday, however, Kelly obligingly turned his own son’s death into a political asset for his employer, invoking the supposed sanctity of military society and its institutions in order to intimidate the media. He refused to take questions from anyone save members of Gold Star families or reporters who knew such families. One of the first reporters daring to pose a question to the general began by giving out the Marine Corps motto, “Semper Fi!”, establishing his loyalty to the military. The message was further driven home on Friday when it emerged that Kelly had falsely accused Frederica Wilson of bragging at a public ceremony about securing funding for a government building in Miami named after slain FBI agents. When a reporter pointed out that his charge was a lie, the White House press secretary responded:

If you want to get into a debate with a four-star Marine General, I think that that’s something highly inappropriate!

Kelly spoke with a distinct tone of bitterness and resentment, as the representative of a military caste that has become increasingly alienated from and hostile to civilian society and civilian authority. Speaking of Faschingstein’s all-volunteer military, he said:

They are the best 1% this country produces. Most of you as Pindos don’t know them. Many of you don’t know anyone who knows any one of them. But they are the very best this country produces, and they volunteer to protect our country when there’s nothing in our country anymore that seems to suggest that selfless service to the nation is not only appropriate but required… But that’s all right.

He went on to conflate his defense of the military against supposed civilian contempt and indifference with the expression of extreme right-wing views, saying:

You know, when I was a kid growing up, a lot of things were sacred in our country! Women were sacred, looked upon with great honor! That’s obviously not the case anymore, as we see from recent cases! Life, the dignity of life, is sacred! That’s gone! Religion: that seems to be gone as well!

While the invocation of women and religion as “sacred” hardly calls to mind the image of Donald Trump, “the dignity of life” does resonate with the key political constituency of the Christian right, as code for the banning of abortion. The appointment of Kelly, like those of Mad Dog Mattis and H R McMaster, was supported by the Demagog Party and the media as a welcome turn by the Trump administration. The NYT referred to the retired and active-duty generals that dominate the Trump cabinet as “the adults in the room,” while the WaPo referred to them as “voices for moderation” and “moral authorities.” In reality, these senior career military officers are, if anything, to the right of Donald Trump. They see the pseudo-populist and nationalist demagogy of the president as a useful instrument for advancing the political agenda of the vast “military industrial complex.” While Kelly hails the 1%, referring to the volunteer troops, many of these troops are economic conscripts brought into the military from poor and working-class backgrounds. Kelly and those like him are part of another 1%, drawing down military pensions totaling over $200k/yr while earning hundreds of thousands more by serving as advisors and board members for military contractors and arms manufacturers. This chance meeting on a dissecting table of a sewing machine and an umbrella intersection of a right-wing military caste and a parasitic capitalist oligarchy under conditions of ever-widening social inequality is one of the sharpest expressions of the decay of pindo capitalism and the thorough erosion of any social or political foundation for democratic forms of rule. Among Kelly’s most significant remarks was his denunciation of the Demagog congress crittur who criticized Trump’s insensitivity to the family of the slain soldier as part of “the long tradition of empty barrels making the most noise,” a definition he undoubtedly would find appropriate for all of the congress, the media and other civilian institutions. The “full barrels” are the barrels of the guns employed by the Pentagon. The Demagog Party poses no opposition to the growing military domination of the pindosi government. On the contrary it has promoted it, opposing Trump from the right on issues of foreign policy, accusing him of insufficient deference to the military and intelligence apparatus and a reluctance to carry out a military escalation against Russia. Wilson, the immediate object of Kelly’s ire, is an unabashed supporter of the Pentagon in general and pindo military intervention in Africa in particular. She is best known in Congress for championing legislation promoting pindo military deployments in Nigeria and elsewhere under the human rights pretext of intervening to rescue kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls. Kelly’s extraordinary intervention at Thursday’s White House press conference constitutes a sharp warning. Anyone who thinks that “it can’t happen here,” that a pindo government that has sponsored countless coups and regime-change operations around the globe cannot itself become the target of a military takeover, is making a serious political mistake.