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          “I Could See On His Face, That Shock”: Spike Lee Says He Told Obama About Charlottesville Violence      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

As Spike Lee preps for the release of his forthcoming film BlacKkKlansman, the acclaimed film director recently spoke with TIME magazine about the movie, America’s current political climate, and why he ended up using numerous videos from the Charlottesville rally last year as the ending to BlacKkKlansman. READ: Suspect In Charlottesville Car Attack Faces Life In Prison While discussing […]

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          Why some Americans say Trump can't stop what Obama started      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Even now, 10 years later, Sher Watts Spooner gets choked up.
          First And Last Two Letters Are Key To Solve This Puzzle That's Not So Easy       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
On-air challenge: Take the category, then name something in it whose first two letters are the last two letters of the category's name. For example: Author (George) Orwell. 1. Beatle 2. Disney musical 3. Letter of the Greek alphabet 4. Country in Africa 5. Make of auto 6. Make of automobile 7. An Obama 8. Salad green 9. Racehorse 10. Municipal official 11. Norse explorer 12. Bridge 13. Ocean 14. Best Picture 15. Summer Olympics host Last week's challenge, from listener Mike Reiss, who is a former writer and producer for The Simpsons: Take the name of a well-known actress. Her first name starts with the three-letter abbreviation for a month. Replace this with the three-letter abbreviation of a different month, and you'll get the name of a famous poet. Who are these two people? Answer: Julianne Moore, Marianne Moore Winner: Sara Hindsley of Greenbelt, MD. Next week's challenge, from listener Andrew Chaikin of San Francisco : Think of a common nine-letter word that contains five
          Former Obama Defense Official and WAPO reporter: There is a need for a Space Force      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A former Obama Defense Department official told CNN today that there really is a need for a Space Force: Kirby points out that both Russia and China already have space forces of . . .
          Trump Secretary of Ed Betsy DeVos Adds Another Damaging Obama Rule to Ash Heap      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Another damaging Obama regulation is heading for the ash heap, which is great news for students.


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          Racist communist famine grows in South Africa      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(Frontpage Magazine) “Strongman politics are ascendant,” Barack Obama warned in South Africa. He spoke passionately about “the politics of fear and resentment” at the Mandela Lecture. He worried that we were entering a world, “where might makes right and politics is a hostile competition between tribes and races and religions.” While the media used the […]
          Re: This is the real, Americanized, nazi, Ukraine      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

WW-3, cannot be avoided. Those who understand that war is wrong should be able to see the hopelessness of the situation. Nations would rather buy weapons --wasting Trillions yearly-- than feed their people. Mankind is fundamentally flawed and cannot practice higher - more noble ethics - and is therefore doomed to destruction.

Trump is nothing but the white mans Obama. Americans do not protest or fight and therefore their rulers will abuse them. Americans are afraid to upset their masters, and want peace -at any cost- and therefore, they will be ruled by their Masters.


          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by George      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Bill Plante, March 7: "Mr. President, when did you first learn that Hillary Clinton used an email system outside the U.S. government for official business while she was secretary of state?" Obama: "The same time everybody else learned it through news reports." ____________________________________________________ Lisa Page to Peter Strzok, "...POTUS wants to know everything we're doing." Lisa Page to Congress, "...the texts mean what the texts say."
          Ankara on collision course with Washington over Iran sanctions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order Monday to introduce sanctions against Iran threatens to put Washington and Ankara on a collision course. Ankara insists Trump’s unilateral actions do not bind it. The looming dispute threatens to exacerbate existing tensions between the two NATO allies. “We are going to aggressively enforce our sanctions, and that puts a very important test to those companies, to those banks and to those governments—who do they want to do business with?” said a senior official Monday. “We are very serious to enforce those sanctions, and that’s what the president has directed us to do.” The first wave of Iranian sanctions goes into effect Tuesday and targets mainly financial transactions and commercial airline sales with Iran. In November, measures to stop the sale of Iranian energy are set to go into effect. Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has ruled out complying with U.S. measures, insisting Turkey is bound only by international agreements. Ankara identifies Tehran as a key trading partner to help boost its flagging economy. Iranian oil and gas are critical to energy-poor Turkey. In the first six months of this year, Turkey imported an average of 176,000 barrels a day of Iranian oil, accounting for 49 percent of Turkish imports. “It’s pretty damn serious, obviously, with the Turkish economy facing difficult times. To give up on trade with Iran and not being able to buy gas and oil would really hurt the Turkish economy,” said international relations expert Soli Ozel of Istanbul’s Kadir Has University. “So, there is a big problem, and there is very little time to solve it, and at a time when both sides don’t trust one another.” Strained relations Turkish-U.S. relations are already profoundly strained over myriad differences. Last week, Washington took the unprecedented step of sanctioning two Turkish ministers over the ongoing detention of U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson. Brunson, facing terrorism charges, is under house arrest. Ankara retaliated in kind, sanctioning two unnamed U.S. officials. With Turkey a significant importer of Iranian oil, analysts say it will be a priority of Washington to persuade Ankara to comply with its sanctions. Last month, senior U.S. officials—led by Marshall Billingslea, assistant secretary of the Treasury for terrorist financing—visited Ankara to meet with government ministers and business leaders to press the case for sanctions. Billingslea described the talks as positive, but a source privy to the meeting described the meetings as difficult. A Turkish business source claims Washington’s suggestion to use Saudi Arabian oil instead of Iran’s fails to take into account the costly and timely readjustment of Turkish refineries to accommodate the lower quality of Saudi oil. Ankara also has strategic concerns about relying on Saudi Arabia. “Turkey is being told to buy oil from Saudi Arabia, while it has a pipeline with neighboring Iran and can get crude at a lower price,” wrote Ilnur Cevik, a senior presidential adviser in Turkey’sSabahnewspaper. “Besides, who can guarantee that Turkey will be provided a steady flow of oil at reasonable prices when Saudi Arabia at times is displaying an antagonistic policy toward Ankara?” Former U.S. President Barack Obama granted Ankara some exemptions when imposing sanctions against Iran. However, critics point out, Ankara severely undermined U.S. sanctions by using gold to circumvent restrictions on the use of dollars to trade with Iran. Turkey at one time was one of the world’s biggest gold importers and exporters. Washington has now closed the door to using gold in trade with Tehran. Halkbank case Earlier this year, a New York court convicted a senior official of Turkish state-controlled Halkbank for a violation of U.S. Iranian sanctions. The U.S. Treasury is considering a hefty fine against the bank, which analysts warn could be several billion dollars. Analysts see the Halkbank experience as a warning to Ankara and the Turkish financial system of the risks violating future U.S. sanctions. “It will actually force Ankara to choose between Iran and the United States,” said former senior Turkish diplomat Aydin Selcen, who served in Washington. “Not complying with Iran sanctions is not an option. There will be increased pressure from the U.S. bringing a vicious circle in bilateral relations.” The deepening U.S.-Turkish tensions are taking a heavy toll on Turkey’s financial markets. The Turkish lira suffered heavy drops last week over Washington sanctioning two Turkish ministers. On Monday, the currency hit another record low on news of new U.S. economic tariffs against Turkey. U.S. Iranian sanctions are set to be the latest in an ever-growing list of disputes between Ankara and Washington. “You could actually find ways out of all this,” Ozel said. “But trust in these relations has been totally decimated. And to rebuild trust in relations is the main, hard task.”
          Racist communist famine grows in South Africa      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(Frontpage Magazine) “Strongman politics are ascendant,” Barack Obama warned in South Africa. He spoke passionately about “the politics of fear and resentment” at the Mandela Lecture. He worried that we were entering a world, “where might makes right and politics is a hostile competition between tribes and races and religions.” While the media used the […]
          Many American states are making voting harder      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

AMERICA’S mid-term elections in November will be hugely consequential. If the Democrats capture the House of Representatives, as The Economist’s model suggests they have a three-in-four chance of doing, they will control congressional committees that now protect President Donald Trump from harsh investigation. If Republicans hold on, they can pick up their attempt to repeal Obamacare. Yet few Americans are expected to vote in the mid-terms. Last time, in 2014, just 37% of eligible voters turned out. Worse, many legitimate voters this autumn will be deterred or blocked from casting ballots.

In some states voters have been “purged” from the rolls in overzealous clean-up efforts (see article). Other states demand ever more documentary proof that people are eligible to vote. Well-off homeowners...


          As Texas and Other States Close In, Can DACA Survive Latest Legal Attack?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Trump administration plunged thousands of migrant children into a frantic limbo this summer when it separated them from their parents in a bid to deter illegal immigration on the southwest border, igniting weeks of protest and litigation.

But the chaos has obscured a much longer-running dispute over the future of another group of unauthorized immigrants: the nearly 700,000 young people who were brought to the United States as children by their parents, and who received temporary permission to live and work in the country through the Obama-era program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

A federal judge in Texas heard arguments on Wednesday in a bid by Texas and eight other states to end the program, which they say went beyond President Barack Obama’s authority and imposed a heavy financial burden on states saddled with the costs of illegal immigration.

A coalition of border town mayors and business groups, including Southwest and United airlines, filed a brief in the case arguing that ending DACA and taking thousands of young workers out of the economy could cost $460 billion in economic activity over the next decade....

 

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          Comment on Islamic Terrorism Quiz Yields Chilling Answers by JONATHAN DAVID MOOERS      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
https://www.teaparty.org/heavily-armed-muslim-extremists-arrested-nm-trained-11-children-commit-school-shootings-318379/ https://www.teaparty.org/democrat-darling-linda-sarsour-praises-imam-siraj-wahhaj-radical-islamist-linked-world-trade-center-bombing-father-nm-terrorist-318418/ https://www.teaparty.org/michigan-dodges-bullet-sharia-law-compliant-democrat-loses-gubernatorial-primary-318422/ https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/17/goodbye-barack-hussein-obama-americas-first-muslim-president ISLAM entering America today, like the bubonic plague entering Europe in former years, IS AN INFESTATION in immediate need of vigorous pest control from Trump's Americans. SEE SOMETHING, DO SOMETHING...SUPPORT TRUMP'S AMERICAN CRUSADE!
          Road Tripping Through Time: Tracking Gas Prices and Fuel Efficiency of Cars to Determine What Era of American Drivers Got the Most Bang for Their Buck      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In light of Trump's EPA announcing a proposed rollback the Obama-era fuel efficiency standards today, I thought I'd repost my article that looks at how the price of driving per mile has..

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          Re: Bird pulled another scooter-drop stunt in Mt. Pleasant today, but cops rounded them up      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
We don't like you dropping off scooters.

But drop off thousands of illegal aliens and DemoKKKrats will welcome it. Remember when Hussein Obama was busing them around the country?
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          The Story Of The Democratic Party, As Told By New Podcast 'The Wilderness'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
With  Eric Westervelt  ( @Ericnpr ) The way forward for the Democratic Party. Jon Favreaus popular new podcast, The Wilderness , explores how the Democrats lost their way and how to bounce back. Guest Jon Favreau , host of the new political commentary podcast, The Wilderness, a 15-party documentary series that consults historians, strategists and politcians to tell the story of the Democratic party. Chief speechwriter for Barack Obama from 2006-20013. Founder and host of Pod Save America. ( @jonfavs ) Listen to The Wilderness here. From The Reading List Vulture : Pod Save America’s Jon Favreau Has a New Politics Podcast Crooked Media, the liberal political media company founded by former Obama staffers Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor, is primarily built around its popular talk-radio-style podcast, Pod Save America. But today, the team is adding another shot to its game with the release of a new podcast documentary called The Wilderness, led and hosted by Favreau, that
          Fair housing groups fight Trump administration in court over housing segregation rule      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Fair housing advocates asked a federal judge on Thursday to reinstate a key element of an Obama-era rule combating housing segregation that the Trump administration rolled back in May. The coalition of fair housing advocacy organizations and New York State are suing the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) over a notice it posted in the […]
          Democrat Texas Congressional Candidate Colin Allred Is Anti-White Hate-Monger      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
  Republican political consultant Matt Mackowiak discovers dangerous ideas embraced by Democrats hoping to ride a “blue wave” in November: One of the prized Democratic recruits of the 2018 cycle is former NFL player and Obama administration official Colin Allred, who was just endorsed by former President Obama. He is running against House Rules Committee […]
          Is Obamacare Now Optional? New Rule Expands Consumer Protections in Short-Term Health Plans      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Trump administration has reversed an Obama-era rule that exposed consumers with short-term health insurance plans to medical underwriting after they got sick. The Trump rule restores consumer protections in short-term plans, which are exempt from ObamaCare’s costly benefit mandates and hidden taxes. Does the new short-term plans rule create a “freedom option” for those who have had enough of Obamacare? Does if free religious conservatives from having to purchase coverage they find morally objectionable? Will it usher in a new era of innovation that will make access to care more secure for the sick? Does the new rule sabotage or threaten the stability of Obamacare? Come listen to one of the nation’s leading scholars discuss short-term health plans and the potential of innovation to revolutionize health insurance.
          Comment on Got a post or a link? Stick it here 8. by whiskeyriver      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
That young lady hit the welfare nail on the head right away. Why do people think so many black and Hispanic babies are born out of wedlock? A woman can spread her legs, have 4 or 5 rugrats from 4 or 5 different men, never marry, get to keep a live in boy toy, and get lots more welfare! One example I know is a woman here in town who has 2 boys and two girls. She is "entitled" to a three bedroom apartment for $80 per month rent. Her all electric apartment should have an electric bill that would scare most people, hers is $20 per month. All her brats have Obama phones. She drives a nicer car than a lot of hard working people can afford. Her kids wear designer clothes and $200 dollar sneakers. She get almost $700 per month in food stamps. And she bitches because her life is so hard!
          Comment on Got a post or a link? Stick it here 8. by sifi      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The #walkaway movement seems to really be picking up steam. Some of the videos are really inspiring. Here's one of my favorites. Her reason for not voting for Obama made me lol. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oG6JqmdIubA
          Comment on Could Obama be fined $500 for falsifying census form? by Adriantoth      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Virginia Republican who complained about women all up 'in my grill' poised for defeat by a woman      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

What goes around often comes around in politics, as Rep. David Brat (R-VA) is learning. Brat is the tea party turned Freedom Caucus guy who stunned the Republican establishment in 2014 when he topped then-majority leader Eric Cantor in a primary—arguably the tipping point for the Republican Party, when the maniacs took over and they ended up selling their souls to the likes of Trump. Now a new wave is coming, led by women, and they're preparing to bring Brat down.

He brought this on himself, whining last year about how he couldn't hold town meetings because "Since Obamacare and these issues have come up, the women are in my grill no matter where I go. … They come up—'When is your next town hall?' And believe me, it's not to give positive input."

So now a candidate who isn't afraid of her future constituents, Abigail Spanberger, a well-credentialed former C.I.A. officer, is up in his grill electorally. She's got the backing of the Liberal Women of Chesterfield County, all those women who were making Brat's congressional life such hell by doing things like asking him to protect their families' health care. They're mobilizing women in the district to do to Brat what he did to Cantor, and they're making the race viable for Spanberger. "Republicans are now feeling like me when the Tea Party emerged," Becky Stuart Conner, a member of the Chesterfield County group, told The New York Times. "I think it is ironic, humorous," says Ms. Spanberger. "I read it as a cautionary tale of coming into the scene saying you want to do things differently, and not really doing it differently."

Virginian's 7th congressional district is one of those, like Ohio's 12th, that has traditionally been rock-solid red but is changing—a mix of conservative rural and increasingly progressive suburbs around Richmond. A lot of that has to do with population growth and that population having many college-educated women. Both Henrico and Chesterfield counties have had population surges in the last two decades—65,000 residents in Henrico, and 82,000 in Chesterfield since 2000. That's changed the face of the district, and Trump's election has made that face much more female. For example, the Liberal Women of Chesterfield County started as a Facebook post by resident Kim Wright Drew looking for like-minded women who shared her pain. Her first meeting had 100 people, and now the Facebook group has 3,000. They don't just hang out in social media, either, meeting to write postcards for candidates and to organize get out the vote efforts locally.

Those are the women who helped now-Gov. Ralph Northam win Chesterfield County by 700 votes last year, keeping the governorship blue. So they are definitely getting up in Brat's grill these days.

Let's keep them scared. Please give $1 House funds to take it back.


          New 20% tax break for rich people is up for grabs, and Treasury is making sure Trump benefits      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

One of the big giveaways the Republican tax scam offered to rich people came in the form of a 20 percent deduction for pass-through businesses. And as the Treasury Department decides what businesses will qualify as pass-throughs for that tax break, lo and behold, in the middle of a rule that will already overwhelmingly benefit people making $1 million or more, it looks like Donald Trump will benefit bigly.

While the Treasury Department’s regulation on how to interpret the pass-through provision blocks companies based on the “reputation or skill” of their owners from taking the deduction, and while the Trump Organization functions substantially by slapping the name Trump on everything in sight:

That provision appears to allow a company that earns some of its income by licensing its owner’s name to apply the 20 percent deduction to other income that does not flow from licensing. That could be important for Mr. Trump, whose companies have licensed the Trump name to hotels and products around the world. Tax lawyers said Wednesday that the regulations could have prohibited Trump companies from deducting much more — if not all — of their income, instead of allowing the income streams to be separated.

“To the extent that he’s getting income from licensing the use of his name, it looks like he is ineligible for the deduction,” said Lily Batchelder, a New York University law professor and former Obama administration official. “But even if that licensing income was, hypothetically, 51 percent of his business’s income, I think it’s treated as a separate trade or business so he can get the deduction on the other 49 percent of his income.”

It’s worth pausing to note that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has distinguished himself as one of the great suck-ups of a cabinet filled with suck-ups, and it’s his department making this rule that appears to benefit Trump directly.

This whole thing is an abomination of a giveaway to the wealthy separate from any specific benefit to Donald Trump’s bank account, but that’s the decadent icing on the deluxe cake.


          Trump en mensen die niet mee kunnen komen      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Eind september komt Barack Obama naar Nederland om te praten over Forward Thinking leadership oftewel: hoe onderscheiden exceptionele leiders zich van gewone leiders. In het boardroompanel praten we wekelijks over leiderschap. Reden om de panelleden de komende tijd te vragen welke vraag ze Obama hierover zouden willen stellen. Bedrijvendokter Anton Wiggers wil graag weten in hoeverre je leiderschapskwaliteiten kunt aanwenden voor 'minder bedeelden'. Harm-Jan de Kluiver, advocaat bij De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek heeft een vraag over Obama's vooruitziende blik. Of liever: het gebrek daaraan.
          Comment on Blog Entry #6 The Obama Administration and the Press by Landscape Design Knoxville TN      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          U.S. appeals court orders EPA to ban pesticide said to harm children      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

U.S. appeals court orders EPA to ban pesticide said to harm childrenThe 2-1 decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle overturned former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt's March 2017 denial of a petition by environmental groups to halt the use of chlorpyrifos on food crops such as fruits, vegetables and nuts. "This shows that the EPA can't just ignore the science that this pesticide damages children's brains," Marisa Ordonia, a lawyer for Earthjustice, which represented the petitioners, said in an interview. "The Trump administration has to follow the law, as does everyone else." Pruitt's ruling, one of many by the administration to reduce federal regulatory oversight, had reversed a 2015 Obama administration recommendation to extend to food a 2000 ban on chlorpyrifos that covered most household settings.



          Kurt Cobain: "Republicans Are An Incarnation Of Satan. I Hate Them"      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

I know they don't teach basic civics in school any longer, but I'm old enough to have learned that we are a country of immigrants and that America was great because it was a melting pot-- even better than Canada which was disparaged as a mosaic in comparison. When Trump unchains his in-house neo-Nazi co-conspirator, Stephen Miller, and allows him to turn his energy (and bigotry) against legal immigrants, the Regime is directly attacking every family in the country. Remember when you read below, that Miller was the brilliant strategist behind family separation and border kidnappings. Yesterday the Jewish Daily Forward warned its readers that Miller's new plan stops citizenship for legal immigrants. The story originates with Julia Ainsley at NBC News, explaining how the Trumpist regime plans to "make it harder for legal immigrants to become citizens or get green cards if they have ever used a range of popular public welfare programs, including Obamacare."

And they plan to institute this newest Miller attack against America without congressional approval. He's drafting a plan that would target "immigrants living legally in the U.S. who have ever used or whose household members have ever used Obamacare, children's health insurance, food stamps and other benefits."
Immigration lawyers and advocates and public health researchers say it would be the biggest change to the legal immigration system in decades and estimate that more than 20 million immigrants could be affected. They say it would fall particularly hard on immigrants working jobs that don't pay enough to support their families.

Many are like Louis Charles, a Haitian green-card holder seeking citizenship who, despite working up to 80 hours a week as a nursing assistant, has had to use public programs to support his disabled adult daughter.

Using some public benefits like Social Security Insurance has already hindered immigrants from obtaining legal status in the past, but the programs included in the recent draft plan could mean that immigrant households earning as much as 250 percent of the poverty level could be rejected.

...Miller, along with several of his former congressional colleagues who now hold prominent positions in the Trump administration, have long sought to decrease the number of immigrants who obtain legal status in the U.S. each year. And even before the rule is in place, the administration has made it more difficult for immigrants to gain green cards and for green-card holders to gain citizenship.

[Note: Miller was never in Congress, although he worked for several Republican racists and xenophobes-- Jeff Sessions, Michele Bachmann, Dave Brat and John Shadegg.]



Charles, the Haitian green-card holder who works as a nursing assistant in a psychiatric hospital near Boston, said he was stunned to learn his application for citizenship had been denied. He had used a fake passport given to him by smugglers when he entered the U.S. from Haiti in 1989, but confessed to border officers and received a waiver from USCIS absolving him of his wrongdoing and allowing him to obtain a green card in 2011.

Now 55, Charles is a homeowner and a taxpayer and thought obtaining citizenship would be a smooth process. "I thought in this country everything was square and fair," Charles said.

But when he went for his citizenship interview in August 2017, the USCIS officers told him they were going to revisit the decision to waive the fake passport incident, meaning he could potentially lose his green card as well.

Then he received a letter in September telling him his request for citizenship had been denied.

He appealed the decision, but as he waits for a final verdict, his lawyer says his green-card status may also now be in question.

In late November, the Trump administration announced they would end temporary protected status for Haitians who came to the U.S. after the deadly 2010 earthquake. Charles's wife was a recipient of that protection and without him becoming a citizen, he would be unable to vouch for her.

But Charles's biggest concern is his daughter. Although she is in her 20s and a U.S. citizen, she has severe disabilities that make it impossible for her to live by herself.

Charles is unaware of Miller's new plan to limit citizenship for immigrants who have used public assistance. But it is likely to affect him because he has used public assistance to help care for his daughter, so she could end up further hurting his chances for citizenship.

Though its effects could be far-reaching, the proposal to limit citizenship to immigrants who have not used public assistance does not appear to need Congressional approval. As the Clinton administration did in 1999, the Trump administration would be redefining the term "public charge," which first emerged in immigration law in the 1800s in order to shield the U.S. from burdening too many immigrants who could not contribute to society.

..."Any policy forcing millions of families to choose between the denial of status and food or health care would exacerbate serious problems such as hunger, unmet health needs, child poverty, and homelessness, with lasting consequences for families' wellbeing and long-term success and community prosperity," said the National Immigration Law Center in a statement.
There's a Kurt Cobain quote-- a fake Kurt Cobain quote, as it turns out-- being circulated on the Internet. I know it's fake because Danny Goldberg, the manager of Cobain's band, Nirvana, decided to write about it this week at The Nation. The fake quote, which was first posted on the Trump Train Facebook page asserted that Cobain predicted "We’ll elect a true outsider. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a business tycoon… Someone like Donald Trump." Danny set the record straight:
I know that the quote is not only made up but it is also a grotesque perversion of Kurt’s beliefs. He often differentiated Nirvana from more overtly political punk bands like Dead Kennedys and Fugazi, but Kurt was unambiguous about where his political sentiments lay and, although he identified with anarchist imagery in some contexts, Kurt had no problem making choices at election time.

I remember the excitement in his voice when he called to tell me that he and Courtney Love had just contributed $100 each to Jerry Brown’s campaign for president in the Democratic primary in 1992. A few months later, Sergio Marchi, an Argentinian journalist, asked Kurt if he planned to vote in the general election, and Kurt answered “Yeah, I’ll vote for Clinton. The Democrats are very conservative but at least they are not as conservative as the Republicans.” Regarding the billionaire businessman third-party candidate Ross Perot, Kurt was equally clear: “The guy sucks. He’s rich; I don’t trust him as president.”

After the election, in an interview for The Advocate, Kurt elaborated: “I was helpless when I was 12 and Reagan was elected and there was nothing I could do about it. But now this generation is growing up and they’re in their mid-20s and they’re not putting up with it. I would rather have had Jerry Brown but I’m definitely happy that Clinton is in…. Chelsea seems like a pretty neat person, a Birkenstock wearing kid,” adding “Amy Carter’s pretty cool too from what I’ve heard. She’s been seen at Butthole Surfers concerts.”

Trump’s misogynistic attitude towards women would have deeply offended Kurt, who detested bullies and sexists. Explaining the lyrics to his song “In Bloom” when Nirvana’s breakthrough album Nevermind was released, Kurt was explicit: “I don’t like rednecks, I don’t like macho men, I don’t like abusive people.”

I suspect that Kurt would also have been appalled by the idea of a reality-TV star becoming president. In his famous chorus to “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Kurt sang, “With the lights out, it’s less dangerous, here we are now, entertain us.” He was not endorsing hypnotic passivity, he was satirizing it. As those who program Trump-supporting bots know, apathy and cynicism help discourage some people from voting, a syndrome that inevitably helps Republicans.

...To make his values clear Kurt wrote in the liner notes of the Nirvana compilation Incesticide, “I have a request for our fans. If any of you in any way hate homosexuals, people of different color, or women, please do this one favor for us-- leave us the fuck alone! Don’t come to our shows and don’t buy our records.”

No one can know for sure how Kurt would view the coming mid-terms, but he did say in that Argentinian interview that he did just before the 1992 election: “Republicans are an incarnation of Satan. I hate them.”



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There was some excellent news for progressives Tuesday night. If you think Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is wonderful, you're going to love Rashida Tlaib from Detroit. And James Thompson from Wichita was the first candidate Alexandria (with Bernie) went to campaign for after her own win. His win was a landslide. In southwest Michigan, Matt Longjohn is likely to prove himself to be one of the best members of the class of '19.

I'm not a big fan of identity politics. I'm happy Rashida will serve as a positive role model for Muslim women and Palestinian-Americans-- she will be the first member of both groups to be a member of Congress-- but the reason I'm so excited about her is because she has proven herself to be an effective progressive while she served in the Michigan legislature. That said, The Atlantic ran an interesting report by Elaine Godfrey about Netroots Nation over the weekend that is based on winning in November by putting together a multiracial coalition. That's good, as long as the candidates are the best candidates, although the point was mostly about voters rather than candidates per se. Alexandria: "Our swing voter is not red to blue. It’s nonvoter to vote."
The line was met with huge applause from the audience at Netroots Nation, the annual gathering for progressive candidates, activists, and organizers. Whereas last year’s conference attendees saw a gubernatorial candidate’s speech interrupted with shouts of “Trust black women,” this year’s felt like a very intentional tribute to people of color, especially women. The conference offered more than 20 training sessions and panels specifically addressing how to reach those voters, as well as the millions of eligible Americans who aren’t registered to vote. The majority of panelists and presenters, according to Netroots organizers, were people of color.

Democrats have been grappling with key questions about coalition building since the 2016 election: Should they prioritize winning back the voters they lost to Trump? Should they attempt to woo the white voters gradually fleeing the party? Progressives this weekend said, emphatically, no. It’s a genuine attempt to remake the Democratic Party at a time when racial and class tensions are the highest they’ve been since the 1960s-- and it’s also put them on a collision course with party leaders and other Democrats.

“I think Trump’s win scared the shit out of everybody,” said Anoa Changa, a progressive activist and the host of the podcast The Way With Anoa. “I think it’s been a wake-up call for a lot of people that we have to invest. We can’t just do the traditional model where we only talk to super voters.”

That doesn’t mean ignoring whites and Trump voters, she says. Instead, “it’s rejecting the notion that our way to victory is having a centrist, moderate right-leaning strategy that feels like we could peel off Romney Republicans, versus investing in communities of color, marginalized groups, and progressive white people,” Changa said. “There is this notion that … we can’t address the issues of race, systemic oppression, because we don’t want to piss these voters off. We have to find a way to do both.”

A key voting group that progressives want to mobilize consists of the more than 4 million voters who supported President Barack Obama in 2012 but didn’t vote in 2016. More than 50 percent of them were people of color, and almost one-quarter were under the age of 30, according to data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study. “If 2016 had happened with the same voter-turnout patterns as 2012 then [Hillary] Clinton would have won,” said Brian Schaffner, a political-science professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who helped conduct the survey. “Clearly turnout can influence outcomes.”

But it’s bigger than the Obama voters. Roughly 59 percent of black Americans and 48 percent of Hispanic Americans voted in 2016, compared to 65 percent of whites. If progressives could just close this gap, they argue, Democrats would win more often. They aim to do that by mobilizing already registered voters—and by registering new ones: Roughly 30 percent of the citizen voting-age population is unregistered, and those Americans are more likely to be young people and people of color. These are the people activists call the “New American Majority.”

The Democratic Party so far has leaned into economic messaging as a way to win in 2018: After the 2016 election, they unveiled “A Better Deal” aimed at appealing to moderates and weary Trump supporters. They’ve been backing Conor Lamb–type candidates who, through their backgrounds and a focus on jobs and wages, are able to come off as more independent. In 2016, Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York told the New York Times last week, “there was a blind spot that we had as Democrats with respect to engaging with the American people around the economic anxiety that they continue to experience.”

But progressives are adamant that the only way to win in November and beyond is to be about more than economics, and that the right message-- the one that will appeal to progressive whites, as well as turning out more people of color to the polls-- invokes both race and class equally. Two Netroots trainings on developing a “Race-Class Narrative” were completely filled this weekend, with activists and organizers participating in mock-canvassing sessions in which they practiced delivering lines that contained both racial and economic messages. “The status quo has been not to talk about race, and there’s a myth out there is that if you talk about race you’ll lose,” said Causten Rodriguez-Wollerman, one of the leaders of the training and a strategist with the public-policy organization Demos. “You cannot build a multiracial coalition by being silent on race.”

Some Democrats have poked holes in this “emerging majority” strategy on logistical grounds. “I don’t think there’s a secret progressive nonvoter bloc that, if we just say the magic words, is gonna show up and, voila, fix the Democrats’ problems at the polls,” said Lanae Erickson Hatalsky, the vice president for social policy and politics at Third Way, a think tank advocating for center-left ideas. Nonvoters, she said, are going to be hard to engage. “Is it easier to activate a whole bunch of people that haven’t voted in 20 years or persuade the people who are already showing up?”

To counter that, though, progressives offer up Alabama as a test case: In December, Doug Jones became the first Democrat elected to the Senate from the state in 25 years with the help of 96 percent of black voters. They also point to the Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, an African American woman who structured her campaign around minority empowerment and outreach in order to beat her more moderate primary opponent. To defeat the Republican Brian Kemp, Abrams is attempting to do what Obama did in 2008: build a coalition of progressive whites, but also turn out minorities to the polls at far greater numbers than usual. If Abrams can pull that off, writes Time’s Molly Ball, “the implications would be profound, not just for Georgia but for the whole region and potentially the nation.”

On Saturday, the final night of this year’s Netroots conference, a small group of young protesters from the “Black-Ass Caucus” took to the stage. “We will no longer be tokenized by so-called white allies,” one man shouted to the audience. Another protester, a young woman, criticized progressives who speak about economics and class without mentioning race. “Everything-- including class issues-- are built on race issues!” she yelled into the microphone.

“I’m a woman of color and people do not pay attention to us, even in the littlest things, but we are always the ones saving the Democratic Party,” the 27-year-old Ianthe Metzger, a staffer for the Human Rights Campaign and a Netroots attendee, told me earlier in the weekend. “Finally it feels like we have a say … It’s like finally, this is our moment.”
I'd be very happy to see Georgia elect a woman as governor, I'd be very happy to see Georgia elect an African-American as governor. I'd be happier yet to see Georgia elect an exceptionally good governor. Fortunately Stacey Abrams is all three in one. As the NY Times mentioned a couple of weeks ago, "Georgia’s captivating governor’s race between Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams has taken on the dimensions of a defining moment, one that will, regardless of outcome, determine what the state represents and how it is perceived. That voters chose these two candidates reflects how Americans are embracing politicians on the basis of culture and identity, and how Georgia’s politics are catching up with its rapid demographic change: The nonwhite population has grown to 40 percent from 29 percent since 1990. But Georgia’s political middle, long the dominant force behind the state’s thriving commerce and pragmatic leadership, suddenly finds itself all but abandoned."
Ms. Abrams, 44, a brainy Yale Law graduate from Atlanta, has leveraged the prospect of becoming the country’s first female African-American governor to nationalize her campaign and its fund-raising. By contrast, Mr. Kemp, 54, is a drawling agri-businessman from Athens who has revived a populist style that has lain dormant in Georgia since the late 1960s. Both campaigns say they are committed to maximizing turnout by their most rabid supporters rather than moderating in order to broaden their appeal to centrists and independents.

Each side frames the election of the other in doomsday terms. Mr. Kemp, the Democrats fear, will take Georgia the way of North Carolina and Indiana, which were tarnished by recent legislative battles over issues like gay rights and the use of public restrooms by transgender people. Republicans warn that Ms. Abrams, who hopes to expand Medicaid health coverage for the poor and disabled, will raise taxes they have cut, reverse the state’s job growth, deplete its rainy-day surplus and threaten its superior bond ratings.

...To those in between, the chasm between Mr. Kemp, who has adopted President Trump’s language on guns and immigration, and Ms. Abrams, who supports an assault rifle ban and says her “soul rests with those seeking asylum,” feels as vast as Tallulah Gorge.

“It would be nice if we had a more moderate option,” said Kathrine DeLash, who works at a pet store in suburban Cobb County and doesn’t identify with either political party. “You don’t get that with the candidates we have right now. The people who shout the most to their own people get the most attention, and it doesn’t matter what they’re saying as long as they shout the loudest.”
The Times has it half right: Kemp is an extremist. But Abrams is not. Her policy agenda is widely popular with the American people and the only reason people call her as extreme as Kemp is because she's black. I would have expected a more discerning look from The Times in their hunt for the elusive, beloved middle. People like the policies Abram is offering even if some of them are a little tepid about electing Georgia's first woman governor and first black governor. Get over it; it's 2018, not 1875. And, luckily, the "middle" is defined by actual voters, not by the privileged members of the elite media.


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EAT YOUR HEARTS OUT FAGGOTS, GAY MAFIA AND LIBERALS! Imagine if Obama had a hotel in Chicago and what an utter SHITHOLE it would be. Typical Democrap, career politician scumbag.
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At The Atlantic, Caitlin Flanagan has elevated Jordan Peterson to demigod status, portraying him as the man whose words will destroy "identity politics" and the left as a whole.



Flanagan isn't on the right-wing media circuit, but her piece reads like something you'd find at Townhall or the American Thinker. It portrays the left as all-powerful -- able to ban Peterson from all morning chat shows in the U.S. and to destroy the careers of editors engaged in wrongthink -- but also extremely fragile and destined to collapse any minute now, like the paper tigers they are. This is reminiscent of the way the right talks about Democratic politicians -- they're both impotent (Barack Obama can't utter a coherent sentence without a Teleprompter!) and all-powerful (Obama fundamentally transformed America into a socialist pro-Muslim hellhole!). Peterson is the man who's crushing the omnipotent but decaying left -- it's not much of an exaggeration to say he's Flanagan's Q, subverting the dominant paradigm with his sub rosa, samizdat utterances.

Flanagan describes the effect Peterson had on her teenage son and his friends after they discovered his YouTube videos:
The boys graduated from high school and went off to colleges where they were exposed to the kind of policed discourse that dominates American campuses. They did not make waves; they did not confront the students who were raging about cultural appropriation and violent speech; in fact, they forged close friendships with many of them. They studied and wrote essays and—in their dorm rooms, on the bus to away games, while they were working out—began listening to more and more podcasts and lectures by this man, Jordan Peterson.

The young men voted for Hillary, they called home in shock when Trump won, they talked about flipping the House, and they followed Peterson to other podcasts—to Sam Harris and Dave Rubin and Joe Rogan. What they were getting from these lectures and discussions, often lengthy and often on arcane subjects, was perhaps the only sustained argument against identity politics they had heard in their lives.

That might seem like a small thing, but it’s not. With identity politics off the table, it was possible to talk about all kinds of things—religion, philosophy, history, myth—in a different way. They could have a direct experience with ideas, not one mediated by ideology. All of these young people, without quite realizing it, were joining a huge group of American college students who were pursuing a parallel curriculum, right under the noses of the people who were delivering their official educations.
And this is big and hugely subversive because the left needs only a nudge before it collapses utterly, according to Flanagan:
... there is no coherent reason for the left’s obliterating and irrational hatred of Jordan Peterson. What, then, accounts for it?

It is because the left, while it currently seems ascendant in our houses of culture and art, has in fact entered its decadent late phase, and it is deeply vulnerable.... When the poetry editors of The Nation virtuously publish an amateurish but super-woke poem, only to discover that the poem stumbled across several trip wires of political correctness; when these editors (one of them a full professor in the Harvard English department) then jointly write a letter oozing bathos and career anxiety and begging forgiveness from their critics; when the poet himself publishes a statement of his own—a missive falling somewhere between an apology, a Hail Mary pass, and a suicide note; and when all of this is accepted in the houses of the holy as one of the regrettable but minor incidents that take place along the path toward greater justice, something is dying.

... When even Barack Obama, the poet laureate of identity politics, is moved to issue a message to the faithful, hinting that that they could be tipping their hand on all of this—saying during a speech he delivered in South Africa that a culture is at a dead end when it decides someone has no “standing to speak” if he is a white man—and when even this mayday is ignored, the doomsday clock ticks ever closer to the end.
Flanagan's a better and smarter writer than the folks at C-list right-wing sites, but I don't see how there's much difference between her fantasy of of the end of leftism and the "Imagine No Liberals" worldview at those sites.

Because of Peterson and his allies, Flanagan says, leftism is on the run -- a few YouTube videos here, a few Joe Rogan podcasts there, and the left has been overwhelmed.
Whatever was happening, it was happening on a scale and with a rapidity that was beyond the ability of the traditional culture keepers to grasp. When the left finally realized what was happening, all it could do was try to bail out the Pacific Ocean with a spoon.

As I said, Peterson is Flanagan's Q





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If Salazar makes it to Albany, she will join the ranks of 42 DSA-endorsed candidates who are now or will soon be serving in offices from the Moorhead, Minn., school board to Capitol Hill (that is, if Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins the general election as handily as she did her primary in New York’s 14th Congressional District). So far this year, local chapters have endorsed at least 110 candidates.

By the time this article goes to press, DSA may well have 50,000 members across 200 local groups in all 50 states—up from 6,000 members in 2015. The surge in freshly minted socialists came in three waves: First, those energized by Bernie Sanders’ primary run; second, those brought in by Donald Trump’s election and the Women’s March; and third, those inspired by 28-year-old DSA member Ocasio-Cortez’s primary victory in May over incumbent—and Democratic heavyweight—Joe Crowley.

So what is DSA, exactly, and what is it doing with this growing army?

DSA’s electoral work has attracted national media attention in the wake of Ocasio-Cortez’s historic win. Yet it’s just one part of a bottom-up approach to politics that sees the ballot box and state power as tools for advancing toward a more radically democratic society. Members—most of them millennials, in small towns and big cities in every corner of the country—are engaged in everything from occupying Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices to evangelizing about Medicare for All. Many reporters have tried to divine what DSA believes, be that the group’s policy prescriptions or its ideology. DSA, though—to crib from Karl Marx—isn’t looking merely to interpret the world, but to change it, campaign by campaign, door by door. What’s made DSA’s ascendance remarkable is less its analysis of capitalism than its ability to put people angry about capitalism to work.

IT’S TELLING THAT, UNLIKE MOST SOCIAList groups, DSA was formed out of a merger—not a sectarian split. In 1982, at the dawn of the Reagan era, the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) and the New America Movement (NAM) combined forces. DSOC had been founded in 1973 by socialist intellectual Michael Harrington and other members of the Socialist Party who had grown disenchanted with political irrelevance. NAM, founded in 1972 by former members of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), was rooted in ’60s counterculture, the New Left and second-wave feminism. (In 1976, members of DSOC and NAM moved to Chicago to found In These Times, and for the next decade the then-newspaper reported diligently on the ins and outs of DSOC, NAM and DSA.)

The 1980s would prove a tough decade for left politics, the 1990s and 2000s even more so. DSA shed members and closed chapters around the country as a few loyalists and a steady trickle of young recruits kept the organization running.

Enter Bernie Sanders’ primary campaign and his stalwart identification as a “democratic socialist,” a surprise boon for an organization with those two words in its name. DSA’s commitment to being a pluralistic, “multi-tendency” organization also meant it was open enough to accommodate thousands of newcomers.

Democratic socialism itself has always been a heterodox term, encompassing everyone from ideological Trotskyists to New Deal Democrats. The surge of new, mostly 20-something members include anarchists, Marxist academics and— most numerously—political neophytes excited about Sanders’ message and frustrated with the Democratic establishment.

DSA isn’t keen to enforce a strict definition of “democratic socialism”—although mainstream media outlets newly hip to DSA are desperately looking for one. On its website, DSA writes:

At the root of our socialism is a profound commitment to democracy, as means and end. As we are unlikely to see an immediate end to capitalism tomorrow, DSA fights for reforms today that will weaken the power of corporations and increase the power of working people ...

Our vision is of a society in which people have a real voice in the choices and relationships that affect the entirety of our lives. We call this vision democratic socialism—a vision of a more free, democratic and humane society.

Members I spoke with took this to mean everything from taking public goods like healthcare off the private market (along the lines of Scandinavian social democracies) to worker-ownership of the means of production. Central Iowa DSA co-chair Caroline Schoonover was among many to say that democratic socialism means “taking power from the few and giving it to the many.” All saw small-d democracy—people having a say in the decisions that affect them—as central, both in politics and workplaces, and in DSA itself.

For this story, I spoke with around two dozen DSA members from chapters around the country. The primary source of their excitement was that DSA chapters seemed to be actively working on something, not just sitting around reading Marx. Like the citizen action group Indivisible, which also exploded after the election, DSA let people shake off a feeling of helplessness about the political climate and roll up their sleeves.

DSA also offers a community. Chapters host regular beach days, parties, fundraisers and social events, like Metro D.C. DSA’s recent “No ICE Cream Social.” If Indivisible was able to connect many alienated, middle-class suburbanites jarred out of their political comfort zone, DSA has provided a home for tens of thousands of downwardly-mobile, debt-ridden millennials grappling with a system that simply isn’t working for them.

Adam Shuck and Arielle Cohen, 32 and 29, joined Pittsburgh DSA in its infancy; Shuck was among the seven people who first met at a bar in 2016 to talk about getting the chapter together. Each was energized by Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign but disillusioned by his presidency. “I thought we were going to see some kind of New Deal,” Shuck says. The frustration led him at first to join the International Socialist Organization before the Sanders campaign brought him to DSA. While a student at SUNY Purchase, Cohen grew disillusioned with the sausage-making and compromise that created the Affordable Care Act, and organized with Occupy Wall Street before moving to Pittsburgh and finding her way to DSA. Now, Shuck and Cohen co-chair the Pittsburgh chapter.

Pittsburgh DSA held its first general meeting in December 2016 with around 100 people. Now it has a dizzying number of working groups: a health justice committee campaigning for Medicare for All; reading groups tackling Marx and Engels; an anti-imperialism committee lobbying for legislation criticizing Israel’s occupation of Palestine; a socialist feminist working group exposing crisis pregnancy centers; an ecosocialist group fighting the privatization of the city’s water and sewer system; a housing rights group pushing for protections for renters; and a number of inward-facing groups handling tasks like recruitment and communications.

The chapter also brought the newly revived DSA one of its early electoral victories, rattling the local Democratic machine. In December 2017, the group threw its weight behind Summer Lee’s campaign to represent House District 34. In the May primary, with the help of DSA and groups like Our Revolution and the Sierra Club, Lee, 30, a recent law school grad, beat Paul Costa, 57, a 19-year incumbent and member of a dynastic Pittsburgh Democratic family.

Lee had experience working on school board races and on a coordinated campaign to elect Katie McGinty governor and Hillary Clinton president in the 2016 general election, and she was impressed with DSA’s electoral work on Mik Pappas’ judicial campaign. Pappas ran on a platform of ending cash bail and working to end mass incarceration, and won in a landslide, with the help of a dedicated grassroots turnout effort staffed in part by DSA members.

“They were running 20 or more canvassing shifts a week,” says Lee. “I had never seen that type of energy around magistrate elections. I realized that ideologically we aligned.” She joined DSA shortly thereafter and sought them out as her first endorsement.

It wasn’t easy. DSA’s candidate endorsement process is a microcosm of its baked-in commitment to direct democracy. For every decision, at every level, there’s deliberate space for members to duke things out, combined with a commitment to ultimately supporting the group decision rather than splitting off into rival factions. The very question of whether to engage in the electoral process—and in particular, to work within the Democratic Party—remains fraught, with many members skeptical of investing limited organizational resources into elections rather than base-building.

New York City DSA hotly debated whether to endorse Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s challenger from the left, Cynthia Nixon, after she declared herself a democratic socialist. Several dozen DSA members signed a “vote no” statement arguing that universal healthcare and rent control will be won not by electing candidates to office but by “building working-class power that holds [them] accountable,” citing the successful teachers’ strikes in Republican states. As this issue went to press, NYC-DSA chapters were voting on the endorsement.

“We have folks who distrust electoral work, and even among those that don’t, there are different ways of thinking of how to approach it,” says DSA National Director Maria Svart, 38, a former SEIU organizer. “Everybody appreciates that electoral success only comes when you have an organized base. Having all these tendencies in conversation means that everybody learns from each other.”

While the endorsement process varies from chapter to chapter, in some cases—including Lee’s—the first step is filling out a lengthy form with quest ions from each of t he chapter’s working groups. Typically, one is whether the candidate identifies as a socialist. Members weigh that alongside specific policy questions (“Do you support universal rent control? Abolishing the police?”) and a range of other concerns: How much of an impact could the chapter have on the race? How will it build the chapter’s capacity and the movement to challenge the capitalist class?

Next comes the interview process. After filling out Pittsburgh DSA’s questionnaire, Lee was interviewed by a roomful of members. The group voted to endorse both Lee and Sara Innamorato, a state representative candidate, and the two supported one another’s campaigns.

Ocasio-Cortez, in New York, jumped through even more hoops. Because her congressional district spans the Bronx and Queens DSA chapters, she had five interviews: with the electoral committees and membership of each branch, and then the citywide convention. “We put her through hell,” jokes Michael Kinnucan, a DSA member now comanaging the state Senate campaign of Julia Salazar (whom the organization endorsed alongside Ocasio-Cortez in a parallel process).

Abdullah Younus, co-chair of NYC-DSA and a member of DSA’s National Electoral Committee, explains that the extensive endorsement process isn’t just a means of vetting candidates, but of building members’ commitment to them. “It makes it a lot easier to have the same folks who write the questions come out and knock for those candidates,” he says. “They’re talking about work they’re invested in.”

SALAZAR, 28, ESTIMATES THAT SOME 800 DSA MEMbers live in and around her district, which has translated into hundreds of volunteers spreading the word about her September primary. Even in her short time with the group (she joined in late 2016), she’s seen a change in how fellow leftists relate to electoral politics. “I think part of it is people seeing the term ‘democratic socialist’ normalized in the electoral realm, through Bernie mostly, at least initially, and so seeing it as an actually viable strategy,” she told me between knocking doors.

Though she’d worked on legislative campaigns as a staff organizer with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Salazar only recently began to think about electoral work. “It’s not something I ever thought about before—not just for myself, but in seeing leadership development in community organizing as a path toward seizing state power,” she says. “That sounds like a jump, right? But ultimately that’s the goal.”

Thanks in part to the Sanders campaign and Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning upset, that goal feels more within reach now than it has since the days of the Socialist Party’s Eugene Debs. Big, universal programs like a federal job guarantee or Medicare for All draw overwhelming popular support. And small, local races offer an opportunity for the grassroots to tip the balance.

Establishment candidates in Democratic-controlled cities effectively depend on low turnout. Their political consultants tend to rely more on advertising and glossy mailers, and less on actually talking to people—particularly people who don’t usually vote. Mobilizing even a few thousand new voters in that context, then, is a fairly straightforward formula for victory. When DSA member Lee Carter won a seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates in November 2017, he beat his Republican opponent by 9 points—a margin of 1,850 votes.

“Our party structure protects incumbency, and relies on an ignorant electorate,” Summer Lee says, noting how much time her campaign spent educating voters about the election itself. “If everybody were voting, we’d have a completely different system.”

Depending on the city, DSA can offer a large, self-organized volunteer base to candidates who navigate its endorsement process. Pittsburgh DSA estimates that its volunteers knocked on some 70,000 doors through the course of Lee’s campaign. Turnout in Lee’s district was 14 percent higher than in others around Allegheny County and 54 percent higher than in the last midterm election.

Still, it’d be nearly impossible for DSA-endorsed candidates for higher offices to make do with only DSA’s support, and they often work alongside other organizations like Justice Democrats, Our Revolution and the Working Families Party—especially for bigger races. Justice Democrats and Brand New Congress, for example, convinced OcasioCortez to run and helped staff her campaign, and she gained the backing of Black Lives Matter-Bronx and People for Bernie Sanders, among others. Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign reached 120,000 doors overall.

By being an organization that does much more than campaign for candidates, DSA hopes to upend the notoriously transactional, short-term nature of electoral work, enabling its members and elected officials to build relationships with and commitments to their communities that extend beyond election day. DSA is still figuring out how to build independent political organizations to hold the politicians it helps elect accountable. Thus far they’ve relied on their close ties with dyed-in-the-wool DSA members-turned-candidates like Lee Carter. DSA, Carter says, has “been the core of my support since I’ve been in the legislature. I still go to meetings whenever I can, and they help me get in contact with other groups.”

DSA member, Hawai’i state representative and now U.S. House candidate Kaniela Ing says he hopes that DSA remains “part of an independent Left, and does not get too caught up in electoral and legislative politics”—and that it holds politicians to account, himself included.

“I’m a movement candidate,” Ing says. “Hopefully my role is to help push whatever movements are building over the finish line. Elected officials really like to take too much credit for bills they pass that are really the result of the public waking up and forcing politicians to act.” He says he hopes to have regular check-ins with DSA should he make it to Washington.

ELECTORAL WORK ALSO FEEDS INTO DSA’S OTHER campaigns. Pittsburgh DSA’s membership swelled in the wake of Lee and Innamorato’s wins. “[Email] list building, data tracking, how to talk to people at the doors— that all helps build the muscle that can also help with canvassing for housing justice,” Shuck says.

“When we canvass an area, we’re often knocking a door many times, whether for a candidate, for Medicare for All or for housing justice,” Cohen adds. “At this point, people know us when we come to the door, and they know what DSA is.”

NYC-DSA’s Abdullah Younus sees electoral work as a training ground. He says that canvassers for the New York Health Act, legislation to create a statewide single-payer system, “got skilled on this kind of work by going through the electoral working group.”

For all the recent attention to DSA’s upstart electoral success, it’s only one part of the group’s work nationwide. Many chapters don’t engage at all with elections, or are just starting to think about whether they would like to run candidates. Michael I. Esealuka, co-chair of New Orleans DSA, says, “It would be difficult for us as a small chapter to develop the type of accountability mechanisms we need to hold people [we elect] accountable to our socialist vision.”

Prior to the victories of Carter, Lee and then OcasioCortez, DSA was perhaps best known for agitating to push Medicare for All into the national spotlight—a campaign adopted by delegates from around the country at DSA’s biennial convention in August 2017 as one of three national political priorities, alongside building electoral power and stronger and more militant unions. Forty-five chapters across 20 states held a weekend of action for Medicare for All in April, tabling at farmers’ markets, hosting public events and, as always, canvassing. On the labor front, DSA chapters in West Virginia, Kentucky and Oklahoma raised money for strike funds to support the militant teacher walkouts this spring, and the national DSA sent an email encouraging members around the country to contribute what they could.

Many individual chapters have their own priorities, reflecting local concerns and political climates. Providence DSA, for example, is campaigning for more democratic control over investor-owned electric utilities. New Orleans DSA has focused on base-building work that includes running clinics to help people deal with medical debt, coordinating with the AFL-CIO in developing young rank-and-file labor leaders, and mending broken brake lights, an excuse used by police in the traffic stops that can be “especially perilous and life-disrupting to undocumented immigrants and PoC [people of color],” as the chapter explains on Facebook.

Because there are big DSA chapters in cities with expensive housing stock—Los Angeles, Chicago and the Bay Area, for instance—the fight for affordable housing has emerged as a major priority. “Housing justice is probably the biggest issue in Los Angeles; the homelessness crisis is at a tipping point,” says Arielle Sallai, a member of DSA Los Angeles’ steering committee. DSA-LA and other California chapters are canvassing to pass Proposition 10, an initiative on the ballot in November that would loosen a statewide limit on rent control. Similarly, Chicago DSA is supporting a campaign to overturn Illinois’ rent control ban, with the back ing of A lder man and DSA member Carlos Ramirez-Rosa.

On many issues, including housing and homelessness, DSA chapters are well aware that their members often don’t look like the populations most directly affected. Although DSA does not have up-to-date member demographics, it has historically leaned white and male.

Coalition-building is one way to correct for this. “Housing work is a great chance to be part of a radical coalition and talk to as many individuals as possible,” Sallai says. DSA-LA has teamed up with local groups like the LA Tenants Union that have been working for years against gentrification.

Esealuka, a black woman, is frank about the fact that New Orleans DSA is a majority white organization in a majority black city. “It’s a problem, obviously, but it’s nothing that can’t be overcome,” she says. “It’s not like we have to write DSA off because it’s majority white and majority male. … Because we have 45,000 members [nationwide], we have so much potential to do good in this country. It’s just a matter of being more intentional about embedding ourselves into things that matter to working-class people.”

Noting the high proportion of women taking on leadership roles in her chapter, Esealuka suggests that all chapters equip members with the organizing skills to develop the leadership of women and people of color. Internally, many chapters have also created specific spaces, such as the national Afrosocialist Caucus or Socialist Feminist working groups, for DSA members who aren’t white or male to feel welcome and build community.

THOUGH SEN. TAMMY DUCKWORTH (D-ILL.) INFAmously said after Ocasio-Cortez’s primary win that socialist politics can’t work in the Midwest, they’ve certainly found an audience in the heartland. Iowa, for instance, has the highest number of DSA chapters per capita of any state. Members in chapters outside of big blue coastal cities may talk about socialism a little differently than their counterparts and run different campaigns, but they agree on the basics of what they’re fighting for. Chapters in blue cities like Denver are quick to say they don’t automatically find a warm reception just because they’re talking to Democrats, and chapters in red or purple states note they don’t necessarily face open hostility. For the past two years, Central Iowa DSA has marched in the state fair parade through Des Moines, flanked by Trump floats and those from local businesses. “You get thumbs up about Medicare for All and everybody needing healthcare,” says cochair Joe Ellerbroek. “You might get a middle finger at an ICE protest every once in a while.”

After decades of socialism being nonexistent in mainstream political debates, however, most people simply are not familiar with the term itself. “I didn’t know I was a democratic socialist when I decided to run, and I didn’t know that this group existed,” says Summer Lee. “I just knew that these policies are policies that we need. When you go to black communities, we really are more inclined to socialism. We don’t always have that language in our communities, but we know that these policies are what’s needed for our communities.”

Asked how they talk about democratic socialism with voters, all seven DSA-endorsed candidates I interviewed offered some variation on the same answer: “I don’t lead with that.”

Ocasio-Cortez says she opts instead to “show people what we’re fighting for. What I talk about is Medicare for All, tuition-free public college and housing as a human right. In my interpretation of what democratic socialism is, it is the fight for a basic level of dignity that our society refuses to violate.”

Ing says, “Usually, when I talk about money in politics or the government not representing us, that transcends any left-right values. Most people see the world from bottom versus top: Are you with us, or them?”

DSA candidates running for office and DSA members knocking doors, then, articulate socialism as a common sense set of practices and beliefs: swearing off corporate donations, supporting big, universal programs that promise to redistribute society’s resources more equitably, and returning decisions to the hands of the people most directly affected. As DSA makes inroads selling the public on the virtues of democratic socialism and infiltrating the halls of power, it will also figure out what to do once it gets there.

For the moment, DSA members and candidates are making the road to a 21st-century American socialism by walking it—and knocking on a few hundred thousand doors along the way.


          A Bold Foreign Policy Platform for the New Wave of Left Lawmakers      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

ACROSS THE COUNTRY, A NEW COHORT OF PROGRESSIVES IS RUNNING FOR—AND WINNING—ELECTIONS. The stunning victory of democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the Democratic congressional primary in New York is perhaps the most well-known, but she is far from alone. Most of these candidates are young, more than usual are people of color, many are women, several are Muslims, at least one is a refugee, at least one is transgender—and all are unabashedly left. Most come to electoral politics after years of activism around issues like immigration, climate and racism. They come out of a wide range of social movements and support policy demands that reflect the principles of those movements: labor rights, immigrant and refugee rights, women’s and gender rights, equal access to housing and education, environmental justice, and opposition to police violence and racial profiling. Some, though certainly not all, identify not just with the policies of socialism but with the fundamental core values and indeed the name itself, usually in the form of democratic socialism.

Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American woman in Detroit, just won the Democratic primary for the legendary Congressman John Conyers’ seat. Four women, two of them members of Democratic Socialists of America and all four endorsed by DSA, beat their male incumbent opponents in Pennsylvania state house primaries. Tahirah Amatul-Wadud is running an insurgent campaign for Congress against a longstanding incumbent in western Massachusetts, keeping her focus on Medicare-for-All and civil rights. Minnesota State Rep. Ilhan Omar, a former Somali refugee, won endorsement from the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, and is running for Keith Ellison’s former congressional seat as an “intersectional feminist.” And there are more.

Many highlight their movement experience in their campaigns; they are champions of immigrant rights, healthcare, student debt organizing and the fight for $15. Intersectionality has grown stronger, as the extremism of Trump’s right-wing racist assault creates significant new gains in linking separate movements focused on racism, women’s rights, immigrant rights, climate, poverty, labor rights and more.

But mostly, we’re not seeing progressive and socialist candidates clearly link domestic issues with efforts to challenge war, militarism and the war economy. There are a few exceptions: Congressional candidate and Hawaii State Rep. Kaniela Ing speaks powerfully about U.S. colonialism in Hawaii, and Virginia State Rep. Lee J. Carter has spoken strongly against U.S. bombing of Syria, linking current attacks with the legacy of U.S. military interventions. There may be more. But those are exceptions; most of the new left candidates focus on crucial issues of justice at home.

A progressive foreign policy must reject U.S. military and economic domination and instead be grounded in global cooperation, human rights, respect for international law and privileging diplomacy over war.

It’s not that progressive leaders don’t care about international issues, or that our movements are divided. Despite too many common assumptions, it is not political suicide for candidates or elected officials to stake out progressive anti-war, anti-militarism positions. Quite the contrary: Those positions actually have broad support within both our movements and public opinion. It’s just that it’s hard to figure out the strategies that work to connect internationally focused issues, anti-war efforts, or challenges to militarism, with the wide array of activists working on locally grounded issues. Some of those strategies seem like they should be easy—like talking about slashing the 53 cents of every discretionary federal dollar that now goes to the military as the easiest source to fund Medicare-for-all or free college education. It should be easy, but somehow it’s not: Too often, foreign policy feels remote from the urgency of domestic issues facing such crises. When our movements do figure out those strategies, candidates can easily follow suit.

Candidates coming out of our movements into elected office will need clear positions on foreign policy. Here are several core principles that should shape those positions.

A progressive foreign policy must reject U.S. military and economic domination and instead be grounded in global cooperation, human rights, respect for international law and privileging diplomacy over war. That does not mean isolationism, but instead a strategy of diplomatic engagement rather than—not as political cover for—destructive U.S. military interventions that have so often defined the U.S. role in the world.

Looking at the political pretexts for what the U.S. empire is doing around the world today, a principled foreign policy might start by recognizing that there is no military solution to terrorism and that the global war on terror must be ended.

More broadly, the militarization of foreign policy must be reversed and diplomacy must replace military action in every venue, with professional diplomats rather than the White House’s political appointees in charge. Aspiring and elected progressive and socialist office-holders should keep in mind the distinction between the successes and failures of Obama’s foreign policy. The victories were all diplomatic: moving towards normalization with Cuba, the Paris climate accord and especially the Iran nuclear deal. Obama’s greatest failures—in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen—all occurred because the administration chose military action over robust diplomacy.

Certainly, diplomacy has been a tool in the arsenal of empires, including the United States. But when we are talking about official policies governing relations between countries, diplomacy—meaning talking, negotiating and engaging across a table—is always, always better than engaging across a battlefield.

A principled foreign policy must recognize how the war economy has distorted our society at home—and commit to reverse it. The $717 billion of the military budget is desperately needed for jobs, healthcare and education here at home—and for a diplomatic surge and humanitarian and reconstruction assistance to people of countries devastated by U.S. wars and sanctions.

A principled foreign policy must acknowledge how U.S. actions—military, economic and climate-related—have been a driving force in displacing people around the world. We therefore have an enormous moral as well as legal obligation to take the lead in providing humanitarian support and refuge for those displaced—so immigration and refugee rights are central to foreign policy.

For too long the power of the U.S. empire has dominated international relations, led to the privileging of war over diplomacy on a global scale, and created a vast—and invasive—network of 800-plus military bases around the world.

Now, overall U.S. global domination is actually shrinking, and not only because of Trump’s actions. China’s economy is rapidly catching up, and its economic clout in Africa and elsewhere eclipses that of the United States. It’s a measure of the United States’ waning power that Europe, Russia and China are resisting U.S. efforts to impose new global sanctions on Iran. But the United States is still the world’s strongest military and economic power: Its military spending vastly surpasses that of the eight next strongest countries, it is sponsoring a dangerous anti-Iran alliance between Israel and the wealthy Gulf Arab states, it remains central to NATO decision-making, and powerful forces in Washington threaten new wars in North Korea and Iran. The United States remains dangerous.

Progressives in Congress have to navigate the tricky task of rejecting American exceptionalism. That means recognizing that it is often a good thing when U.S. global military and economic efforts fail, because they are generally aimed at maintaining domination and control. Without that U.S. domination, the possibility arises of a new kind of internationalism: to prevent and solve crises that arise from current and potential wars, to promote nuclear disarmament, to come up with climate solutions and to protect refugees.

That effort is increasingly important because of the rapid rise of right-wing xenophobic authoritarians seeking and winning power. Trump is now leading and enabling an informal global grouping of such leaders, from Egypt’s Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to Victor Orban in Hungary and others. Progressive elected officials in the United States can pose an important challenge to that authoritarian axis by building ties with their like-minded counterparts in parliaments and governments—possibilities include Jeremy Corbyn in the United Kingdom and Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico, among others. And progressive and leftist members of Congress will need to be able to work together with social movements to build public pressure for diplomatic initiatives not grounded in the interests of U.S. empire.

In addition to these broad principles, candidates and elected officials need critical analyses of current U.S. engagement around the world, as well as nuanced prescriptions for how to de-escalate militarily, and ramp up a new commitment to serious diplomacy.

GEOPOLITICAL POWER PLAYS

RUSSIA: Relations with Russia will be a major challenge for the foreseeable future. With 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons in U.S. and Russian hands, and the two powers deploying military forces on opposite sides of active battlefronts in Syria, it is crucial that relations remain open—not least to derail potential escalations and ensure the ability to stand down from any accidental clash.

Progressives and leftists in Congress will need to promote a nuanced, careful approach to Russia policy. And they will face a daunting environment in which to do so. They will have to deal with loud cries from right-wing war-mongers, mainly Republicans, and from neo-con interventionists in both parties, demanding a one-sided anti-Russia policy focused on increased sanctions and potentially even military threats. But many moderate and liberal Democrats—and much of the media—are also joining the anti-Russia crusade. Some of those liberals and moderates have likely bought into the idea of American exceptionalism, accepting as legitimate or irrelevant the long history of U.S. election meddling around the world and viewing the Russian efforts as somehow reaching a whole different level of outrageousness. Others see the anti-Russia mobilization solely in the context of undermining Trump.

But at the same time, progressive Congress members should recognize that reports of Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 and 2018 elections cannot be dismissed out of hand. They should continue to demand that more of the evidence be made public, and condemn the Russian meddling that has occurred, even while recognizing that the most serious threats to our elections come from voter suppression campaignsat home more than from Moscow. And they have to make clear that Trump’s opponents cannot be allowed to turn the president’s infatuation with Vladimir Putin into the basis for a new Cold War, simply to oppose Trump.

CHINA: The broad frame of a progressive approach should be to end Washington’s provocative military and economic moves and encourage deeper levels of diplomatic engagement. This means replacing military threats with diplomacy in response to Chinese moves in the South China Sea, as well as significant cuts in the ramped-up military ties with U.S. allies in the region, such as Vietnam. Progressive and socialist members of Congress and other elected officials will no doubt be aware that the rise of China’s economic dominance across Africa, and its increasing influence in parts of Latin America, could endanger the independence of countries in those parts of the Global South. But they will also need to recognize that any U.S. response to what looks like Chinese exploitation must be grounded in humility, acknowledging the long history of U.S. colonial and neocolonial domination throughout those same regions. Efforts to compete with Chinese economic assistance by increasing Washington’s own humanitarian and development aid should mean directing all funds through the UN, rather than through USAID or the Pentagon. That will make U.S. assistance far less likely to be perceived as—and to be—an entry point for exploitation.

NATO: A progressive position on NATO flies straight into the face of the partisan component of the anti-Trump resistance—the idea that if Trump is for it, we should be against it. For a host of bad reasons that have to do with personal enrichment and personal power, Trump sometimes takes positions that large parts of the U.S. and global anti-war and solidarity movements have long supported. One of those is NATO. During the Cold War, NATO was the European military face of U.S.-dominated Western anti-Communism and anti-Sovietism. With the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, peace activists from around the world called for the dissolution of NATO as an anachronistic relic whose raison d’etre was now gone.

Instead, NATO used its 50th anniversary in 1999 to rebrand itself as defending a set of amorphous, ostensibly “Western” values such as democracy, rather than having any identifiable enemy—something like a military version of the EU, with the United States on board for clout. Unable to win UN Security Council support for war in Kosovo, the United States and its allies used NATO to provide so-called authorization for a major bombing campaign—in complete violation of international law—and began a rapid expansion of the NATO alliance right up to the borders of Russia. Anti-war forces across the world continued to rally around the call “No to NATO”—a call to dissolve the alliance altogether.

But when Trump, however falsely, claims to call for an end to the alliance, or shows disdain for NATO, anti-Trump politicians and media lead the way in embracing the military alliance as if it really did represent some version of human rights and international law. It doesn’t—and progressives in elected positions need to be willing to call out NATO as a militarized Cold War relic that shouldn’t be reconfigured to maintain U.S. domination in Europe or to mobilize against Russia or China or anyone else. It should be ended.

In fact, Trump’s claims to oppose NATO are belied by his actions. In his 2019 budget request he almost doubled the 2017 budget for the Pentagon’s “European Deterrence Initiative,” designed explicitly as a response to “threats from Russia.” There is a huge gap between Trump’s partisan base-pleasing condemnation of NATO and his administration&rdqou;s actual support for strengthening the military alliance. That contradiction should make it easier for progressive candidates and officeholders to move to cut NATO funding and reduce its power—not because Trump is against NATO but because the military alliance serves as a dangerous provocation toward war.

THE WAR ON TERROR

What George W. Bush first called “the global war on terror” is still raging almost 17 years later, though with different forms of killing and different casualty counts. Today’s reliance on airstrikes, drone attacks and a few thousand special forces has replaced the hundreds of thousands of U.S. and allied ground troops. And today hardly any U.S. troops are being killed, while civilian casualties are skyrocketing across the Middle East and Afghanistan. Officials from the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations have repeated the mantra that “there is no military solution” in Afghanistan, Syria, or Iraq or against terrorism, but their actions have belied those words. Progressive elected officials need to consistently remind the public and their counterparts that it is not possible to bomb terrorism out of existence. Bombs don’t hit “terrorism”; they hit cities, houses, wedding parties. And on those rare occasions when they hit the people actually named on the White House&rdqou;s unaccountable kill list, or “terrorist” list, the impact often creates more terrorists.

The overall progressive policy on this question means campaigning for diplomatic solutions and strategies instead of military ones. That also means joining the ongoing congressional efforts led by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and others  to challenge the continued reliance on the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).

In general, privileging diplomatic over war strategies starts with withdrawing troops and halting the arms sales that flood the region with deadly weapons. Those weapons too often end up in the hands of killers on all sides, from bands of unaccountable militants to brutally repressive governments, with civilians paying the price. Congress members should demand an end of massive arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other U.S. allies carrying out brutal wars across the Middle East, and they should call for an end to the practice of arming non-state proxies who kill even more people. They should call for a U.S. arms embargo on Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey, Pakistan, Jordan and Israel (which presents a whole other set of arms-related challenges), while urging Russia to stop its arms sales to Syria, Iran and Pakistan. Given the power of the arms industries in the United States, arms embargoes are the most difficult—but perhaps the most important—part of ending the expanding Middle East wars.

Progressives in Congress should demand real support for UN-sponsored and other international peace initiatives, staffing whole new diplomatic approaches whose goal is political solutions rather than military victories—and taking funds out of military budgets to cover the costs. The goal should be to end these endless wars—not try to “win&rdqou; them.

ISRAEL-PALESTINE: The most important thing for candidates to know is that there has been a massive shift in public opinion in recent years. It is no longer political suicide to criticize Israel. Yes, AIPAC and the rest of the right-wing Jewish, pro-Israel lobbies remain influential and have a lot of money to throw around. (The Christian Zionist lobbies are powerful too, but there is less political difficulty for progressives to challenge them.) But there are massive shifts underway in U.S. Jewish publicopinion on the conflict, and the lobbies cannot credibly claim to speak for the Jewish community as a whole.

Outside the Jewish community, the shift is even more dramatic, and has become far more partisan: Uncritical support for Israel is now overwhelmingly a Republican position. Among Democrats, particularly young Democrats, support for Israel has fallen dramatically; among Republicans, support for Israel’s far-right government is sky-high. The shift is particularly noticeable among Democrats of color, where recognition of the parallels between Israeli oppression of Palestinians and the legacies of Jim Crow segregation in the United States and apartheid in South Africa is rising rapidly.

U.S. policy, unfortunately, has not kept up with that changing discourse. But modest gains are evident even there. When nearly 60 members of the House and Senate openly skipped Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech when he came to lobby Congress to vote against President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, the sky didn’t fall. The snub to the Israeli prime minister was unprecedented, but no one lost their seat because of it. Rep. Betty McCollum’s bill to protect Palestinian children from Israel’s vicious military juvenile detention system (the only one in the world) now has 29 co-sponsors, and the sky still isn’t falling. Members of Congress are responding more frequently to Israeli assaults on Gaza and the killing of protesters, often because of powerful movements among their constituents. When Trump moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, the Israeli daily Ha’aretz acknowledged the divide: “While members of the Republican Party overwhelmingly expressed support for the move, Democrats were split between those who congratulated Trump for it and those who called it a dangerous and irresponsible action.”

That creates space for candidates and newly elected officials to respond to the growing portion of their constituencies that supports Palestinian rights. Over time, they must establish a rights-based policy. That means acknowledging that the quarter-century-long U.S.-orchestrated “peace process” based on the never-serious pursuit of a solution, has failed. Instead, left and progressive political leaders can advocate for a policy that turns over real control of diplomacy to the UN, ends support for Israeli apartheid and occupation, and instead supports a policy based on international law, human rights and equality for all, without privileging Jews or discriminating against non-Jews.

To progress from cautiously urging that Israel abide by international law, to issuing a full-scale call to end or at least reduce the $3.8 billion per year that Congress sends straight to the Israeli military, might take some time. In the meantime, progressive candidates must prioritize powerful statements condemning the massacre of unarmed protesters in Gaza and massive Israeli settlement expansion, demands for real accountability for Israeli violations of human rights and international law (including reducing U.S. support in response), and calls for an end to the longstanding U.S. protection that keeps Israel from being held accountable in the UN.

The right consistently accuses supporters of Palestinian rights of holding Israel to a double standard. Progressives in Congress should turn that claim around on them and insist that U.S. policy towards Israel—Washington’s closest ally in the region and the recipient of billions of dollars in military aid every year—hold Israel to exactly the same standards that we want the United States to apply to every other country: human rights, adherence to international law and equality for all.

Many supporters of the new crop of progressive candidates, and many activists in the movements they come out of, are supporters of the increasingly powerful, Palestinian-led BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement, that aims to bring non-violent economic pressure to bear on Israel until it ends its violations of international law. This movement deserves credit for helping to mainstream key demands—to end the siege of Gaza and the killing of protesters, to support investigations of Israeli violations by the International Criminal Court, to oppose Israel’s new “nation-state’ law—that should all be on lawmakers’ immediate agenda.

AFGHANISTAN: More than 100,000 Afghans and 2,000 U.S. troops have been killed in a U.S. war that has raged for almost 17 years. Not-Yet-President Trump called for withdrawal from Afghanistan, but within just a few months after taking office he agreed instead to send additional troops, even though earlier deployments of more than 100,000 U.S. troops (and thousands more coalition soldiers) could not win a military victory over the Taliban. Corruption in the U.S.-backed and -funded Afghan government remains sky-high, and in just the past three years, the Pentagon has lost track of how $3.1 billion of its Afghanistan funds were spent. About 15,000 US troops are still deployed, with no hope of a military victory for the United States.

Progressive members of Congress should demand a safe withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, acting on the long-held recognition that military force simply won’t work to bring about the political solution all sides claim to want.

Several pending bills also would reclaim the centrality of Congress’ role in authorizing war in general and in Afghanistan in particular—including ending the 2001 AUMF. Funding for humanitarian aid, refugee support, and in the future compensation and reparations for the massive destruction the U.S.-led war has wrought across the country, should all be on Congress’ agenda, understanding that such funding will almost certainly fail while U.S. troops are deployed.

IRAN: With U.S. and Iranian military forces facing each other in Syria, the potential for an unintentional escalation is sky-high. Even a truly accidental clash between a few Iranian and U.S. troops, or an Iranian anti-aircraft system mistakenly locking on to a U.S. warplane plane even if it didn’t fire, could have catastrophic consequences without immediate military-to-military and quick political echelon discussions to defuse the crisis. And with tensions very high, those ties are not routinely available. Relations became very dangerous when Trump withdrew the United States from the multi-lateral nuclear deal in May. (At that time, a strong majority of people in the United States favored the deal, and less than one in three wanted to pull out of it.)

The United States continues to escalate threats against Iran. It is sponsoring a growing regional anti-Iran alliance, with Israel and Saudi Arabia now publicly allied and pushing strongly for military action. And Trump has surrounded himself with war-mongers for his top advisers, including John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, who have both supported regime change in Iran and urged military rather than diplomatic approaches to Iran.

Given all that, what progressive elected officials need to do is to keep fighting for diplomacy over war. That means challenging U.S. support for the anti-Iran alliance and opposing sanctions on Iran. It means developing direct ties with parliamentarians from the European and other signatories to the Iran nuclear deal, with the aim of collective opposition to new sanctions, re-legitimizing the nuclear deal in Washington and reestablishing diplomacy as the basis for U.S. relations with Iran.

It should also mean developing a congressional response to the weakening of international anti-nuclear norms caused by the pull-out from the Iran deal. That means not just supporting the nonproliferation goals of the Iran nuclear deal, but moving further towards real disarmament and ultimately the abolition of nuclear weapons. Progressives in and outside of Congress should make clear that nuclear nonproliferation (meaning no one else gets to have nukes) can’t work in the long run without nuclear disarmament (meaning that the existing nuclear weapons states have to give them up). That could start with a demand for full U.S. compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which calls for negotiations leading to “nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and complete disarmament.”

SYRIA: Progressive candidates and elected officials should support policies designed to end, not “win” the war. That means withdrawing troops, ceasing airstrikes and drone attacks, and calling for an arms embargo on all sides of the multiple proxy war. The civil war component of the multiple wars in Syria is winding down as the regime consolidates its control, but the sectarian, regional and global components of that war have not disappeared, so continuing a call for an arms embargo is still important. The first step is to permanently end the Pentagon’s and the CIA’s “arm and train” policies that have prolonged the war and empowered some of its most dangerous actors.

There will also need to be negotiations between the regional and global actors that have been waging their own wars in Syria, wars that have little to do with Syria itself, but with Syrians doing the bulk of the dying. That means support for the UN’s and other internationally-sponsored de-escalation efforts, and serious engagement with Russia towards a permanent ceasefire, as well as the arms embargo. U.S. policy should include absolute prohibitions on Washington’s regional allies—including Saudi Arabia and Turkey—sending U.S.-provided arms into Syria. And progressive supporters of diplomacy should also maintain pressure on the United States to back multi-lateral diplomatic processes organized by the UN and others—on humanitarian issues in Geneva, and political issues in Astana. Cutting the United States’ multi-billion dollar arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan, Turkey and other U.S. allies involved in the Syrian wars would also lend legitimacy to U.S. efforts within those diplomatic processes to press Russia to stop providing arms to the Assad regime.

IRAQ: Congress has largely abrogated its responsibilities even as the 15-year war initiated by the United States continues. Progressive policymakers would do well to join the existing efforts to end—not replace, but cancel—the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force against Saddam Hussein's government in Iraq, and reopen congressional debate, with the goal of ending funding for war in Iraq once and for all. When President Obama withdrew the last troops from Iraq at the end of 2011, stating that “war in Iraq ends this month,” many assumed that the authorization ended as well. But it was never officially repealed and had no expiration date, and three years later Obama claimed that the then-12-year-old authorization justified the war against ISIS in Iraq. While Trump has relied primarily on the 2001 AUMF, the Iraq-specific authorization of 2002 remains in place and should be withdrawn. 

In the meantime, progressives in Congress should support many of the same policies for Iraq as for Syria: withdraw the troops and special forces, stop the assassination program that is the heart of Washington’s “counter-terrorism” campaign and cease sending arms. Congress should end funding to force the closure of the network of small “forward operating bases” and other U.S. military bases that may remain in U.S. hands in Iraq despite earlier agreements to turn them over to the Iraqi government. The U.S. must figure out new ways to provide financial compensation and support to the people whose country and society has been shredded by more than a dozen years of crippling U.S.-led economic sanctions bookended by two devastating wars (Desert Storm, starting in 1991, and the Iraq War, starting in 2003)—while somehow avoiding the further empowerment of corrupt and sectarian political and military leaders.

YEMEN AND SAUDI ARABIA: The ongoing Saudi-led war against Yemen reflects the most deadly front of Saudi Arabia’s competition with Iran for regional hegemony. The United States is providing indirect and direct support, including U.S. Air Force pilots providing in-air refueling so Saudi and UAE warplanes can bomb Yemen more efficiently, and Green Berets fighting alongside Saudi troops on the border, in what the New York Times called “a continuing escalation of America’s secret wars.”

The U.S.-backed Saudi war against Yemen has also created what the UN has declared the world’s most serious humanitarian crisis. Congress’ first action must be to immediately end all U.S. involvement in the war. Next, Congress must reject all approvals for arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE as long as they continue to bomb and blockade Yemen.

Ending these arms sales may be a serious challenge, given the power of the arms manufacturers’ lobby, Israel’s strong support of Saudi Arabia against Iran and the fact that Saudi Arabia remains the top U.S. arms customer. But recent efforts and relatively close votes in both the House and Senate, while not successful, indicate that challenging the longstanding process of providing the Saudis with whatever weapons they want may be closer to reality than anticipated. The House called the U.S. military involvement in the Saudi war in Yemen “unauthorized.” Reps. Ro Khanna, Marc Pocan and others have introduced numerous House bills in recent months aimed at reducing U.S. arms sales and involvement in the Saudi-led assault. In the Senate, a March resolution to end U.S. military involvement in the Yemen war failed by only 11 votes, a much narrower margin than anticipated. Progressive candidates and new members of Congress should support all those efforts, and move further with a call for ending the longstanding U.S. alliance with Saudi Arabia, especially military sales and support for the Saudi-Israeli partnership against Iran.

A QUICK GLANCE AT SOME OTHER POLICY QUESTIONS

NORTH KOREA: Progressive elected officials will need to support Trump’s diplomatic initiatives, challenging mainstream Democrats willing to abandon diplomacy because Trump supports it (however tactically or temporarily). Progressives will also need to condemn U.S. military provocations that undermine that same diplomacy, and build public and congressional support for the inter-Korean diplomatic moves already underway. That should include pushing for exemptions in the U.S.-imposed sanctions that would allow inter-Korean economic and other initiatives to go forward. Progressives in Congress can also play a major role in supporting people-to-people diplomacy with North Korea, and they can lead the way in replacing the current armistice with a peace treaty finally ending the Korean War.

AFRICA: Across the continent, there is an urgent need to reverse the militarization of foreign policy, including reducing the size, breadth of responsibilities and theater of operations of AFRICOM.  The wide-ranging but unauthorized and largely secretive special operations and other military actions across the continent violate not only international law, but U.S. domestic law as well.

LATIN AMERICA: In Latin America, there is an urgent need for a new anti-interventionist policy, not least to stop the current attempts to take advantage of serious domestic crises in Venezuela, Nicaragua and elsewhere. Progressives will need to challenge the U.S. economic and foreign policies that create refugees from Central America in particular (including the consequences of the U.S. wars of the 1980s), even while fighting to protect those migrants seeking safety in the United States as a result of those earlier policies. Regarding Mexico, Congress needs to fight for a U.S. position in trade negotiations that is not based on economic nationalism, but rather on making sure that Mexican workers and U.S. workers are both equally lifted up. Left policymakers will also have the chance to play a leading role in forging a new relationship with Mexico’s just-elected progressive President Lopez-Obrador. 

All of the areas where U.S. wars are or were underway, as well as places where U.S. economic and climate policies have helped create crises threatening people’s lives, also become areas from which migrants are forced to flee their homes. U.S. policymakers must acknowledge that U.S. policies are direct causes of the refugee crises that exist in and around the war zones and climate crisis zones of the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere—and that the refugees seeking asylum in Europe, and the far fewer trying to come to the United States, are a consequence of those policies. So progressive candidates and policymakers should support massive expansion of funding for these victims of war, including humanitarian support in their home regions and acceptance of far greater numbers of refugees into the United States. They must directly challenge the xenophobic policies of the Trump administration that include the Muslim Ban, the separation of children from their families at the border and the vast reduction in refugees accepted into this country. In Congress, that might include introducing bills to cut funding for ICE or eliminate the institution altogether.

Finally, progressive candidates and elected officials will need to continue to craft policy proposals that recognize what happens when the U.S. wars come home. This requires more voices in Congress challenging the military budget because it’s used to kill people abroad and because the money is needed for jobs, health care and education at home. It means challenging Islamophobia rising across the United States because of how it threatens Muslims in the United States and because it is used to build support for wars against predominantly Muslim countries. It means exposing—on the floor of the House and beyond—the fact that the Muslim bans targeted primarily countries the United States was bombing, sanctioning or stationing soldiers in. And it means being clear that protecting refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants has to include ending the wars that create refugees in the first place.

Certainly, we shouldn’t expect every progressive or even every socialist running for national office to become an instant expert on every complicated piece of U.S. foreign policy. And for those running for state and local office, there may seem to be even less urgency. But we’ve seen how the Poor People’s Campaign, with its inclusion of militarism and the war economy as one of its four central targets (along with racism, poverty and environmental destruction), has demonstrated to all of our movements the importance of—and a model for—including an anti-war focus within multi-issue state and local mobilizations. The Movement for Black Lives has created one of the strongest internationalist and anti-war platforms we’ve seen in years—including calls for cutting the military budget, supporting Palestinian rights, stopping the Global War on Terror and the so-called War on Drugs, ending the militarized U.S. interventions across Africa, and linking U.S. military and economic policies with the rise in Haitian and other—predominantly Black—immigration.

Immigrant rights activists are linking movements for sanctuary (and against ICE) with opposition to the wars that create refugees. Campaignsare underway to reject the training of U.S. police by Israeli police and military forces. Battles are being waged to get local law enforcement agencies to refuse Pentagon offers of weapons and equipment left over from U.S. wars in Afghanistan and elsewhere. These campaigns all play out at the local and state level.

So especially for those running for Congress, but really for all candidates at every political level and venue in this country, there is a clear need for a strong, principled position on at least a few key foreign policy issues. And the key to making that happen still lies with our movements.


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By Juan Miró, University of Texas at Austin and Edmund T Gordon, University of Texas at Austin The Trump administration recently announced plans to scrap Obama-era guidelines that encouraged universities to consider race as a factor to promote diversity on campus, claiming the guidelines “advocate policy preferences and positions beyond the requirements of the Constitution.” Some … Continue reading For universities, making the case for diversity is part of making amends for racist past
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Materials will remain available to (ahem) "check out."
Wow- here we are. After 8 years of ups, downs, and the intense insanity of the Obama administration, we've finally reached the last day of Hope n' Change Cartoons (at least for the foreseeable future).

I'd like to say things that are grandiose and moving, but who the heck needs that kind of pressure? If Lincoln had known beforehand that generations of kids were going to have to memorize every jot and tittle of the Gettysburg Address, he probably would have gotten writer's block and a migraine.

Moreover, if you're reading this, odds are good that you've already heard my opinions on pretty much everything. You know where my heart is and why I reflexively twitch when I hear the word "Obamacare." You know that I love this country, love those who have fought and died for our freedoms, and hope passionately that our nation has a bright future ahead.

Of course, that's only going to happen if we all continue to work towards that goal. And I really mean "all" - people of different political beliefs, races, economic strata, and whatever passes for gender these days.

I'm worried about that, because Obama's primary legacy (well, other than the wild pendulum-swing Presidency of Donald Trump) is one of hatred and anger, with American pitted against American. We see it every day now with the Left literally going out of its mind, declaring folks like us to be hatemongers, Trump to be the new Hitler, and the (formerly) United States of America to be a vicious fascist state.

Most of these people aren't evil - they're decent folks who are frightened and who have been lied to, and demonizing them would only be playing into Obama's game. Unfortunately, these people will not be swayed by words or logic (let alone delightfully witty webcomics) but will eventually have to have their opinions changed by actual successes from the Trump administration. Successes so large and tangible that there can be no denying them. Which is the same standard we should all use to judge every Presidency.

But even that may not be enough to convince those few who take an ugly pride in cultivating closed minds, cutting off communications to those with whom they disagree, or who simply lack the critical ability to process information anymore. Today I saw a story saying that Facebook (where many people get their "news," God help us) has instituted new algorithms to make sure that no more "fake news" ever appears on their list of breaking stories.

So what was at the top of their list of non-fake news today? This little gem...

Disclaimer: the views expressed are not those of anyone sane.
The "person to blame" is Donald Trump (surprise!). But who the hell are these "scientists" and by what power of scientific precognition are they able to foretell "apocalypse" or reset the hands of the preposterously-named and entirely bogus "Doomsday Clock?!" Fake news doesn't get any faker than this - and it can come from the Left or the Right. We need to cultivate skepticism while trying not to lapse into cynicism.

Looking back at 8 years of Hope n' Change, I'm proud of the fact that the cartoons and commentaries hold up as accurate and truthful. I'm proud of the fact that my vigorous opposition to Obama and the progressive agenda was never based on blind hatred, but on disagreement with actual policies and pronouncements. I genuinely gave this president a chance...but it didn't take him long to show himself wholly unworthy of his high office.

Some business items:

• The Hope n' Change website isn't going anywhere. It will be maintained so that you can visit anytime, sort of like going to DisneyWorld without needing to wait in lines!

• In the next week or two, I'll post a new welcoming page in which your hostess with the mostess, Busty Ross, will greet visitors and direct them to the easy to use "search" function that will let you time travel through thousands of HnC cartoons and posts about news stories as they developed over the years. If you've never played with this, you're missing a treat!

• In the near future, I'll probably make ebook collections of Hope n' Change available (perhaps each ebook representing a year). I've already found a service that can help me convert the content, and whatever I end up with will be offered as inexpensively as possible (maybe even free - I'm not really a red hot businessman).

The Hope n' Change Facebook page will remain active, and I'll probably post some new cartoons over there from time to time - albeit based on spontaneous impulse rather than an actual schedule.

• I can't emphasize enough that you should put your contact information on my email list (look at the top left column on this page). I'll never spam you, but I surely will have foolishness to contact you about from time to time as I discover new avenues of mischief-making.

Johnny Optimism, my other webcomic, will continue publishing every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Heck, I'll even lift the ban on political comments over there in case any of you want to post "Funny leprosy gag, Stilt. By the way, did you catch the total dick move by Schumer today?!" 

I'm going to genuinely miss every one of you. And I'm not going to expound on that right now because Clan MacGregor is genuinely foul scotch at the best of times, and its taste will not be improved by tears and snot. Probably.

I'll be back.  I don't yet know how, when, or in what form - but I have no more ability to restrain my creative impulses than a Tourette's patient has to stop shouting obscenities.  In fact, my creative impulses may actually be a form of Tourette's. In which case, I'm hoping to get it named after me.

AND ONE LAST THING...

Some of you have voiced concern that Lefty Lucy may fall on hard times considering that she'll be losing her internship here at the Hope n' Change office tower and has no demonstrable job skills. Happily, something has already opened up for her...

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SOooo, that's it for now - though I'll meet you all for drinks and party hats in the comments section. It's genuinely been an honor and a privilege to be your host (not that I'm calling you parasites!) for the past 8 years.  I made the jokes, but you made the community. And for that I will always be grateful.   -Stilton Jarlsberg

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Truth in advertising: my hair turned white during Obama's first year in office.

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Harp glissandos are more magical when you don't see who's playing them.
As Hope n' Change wraps up 8 years of publication, it seems like a good time to take a nostalgic stroll down memory lane - the better to answer the question that is on so many lips: "What the hell were you thinking?!"

As preamble, I'll say that for my entire adult life I've earned my living by writing comedy in various forms - for radio, television, print, and even film. Long before Obama was on the horizon, one of my favorite gigs was writing topical comedy punchlines every evening which would then be faxed to radio DJ's nationwide to use on their morning shows to prove they were spontaneous and witty.

Around the same time, to keep my writing skills in practice I started taking odd pieces of old black & white clipart and adding multiple goofy captions. I called those cartoons (never published anywhere) "Earwigs" as a tribute to the nightmarish insects which are alleged to crawl into people's ears, burrow into their brains, and cause madness. Because that's the sort of thing I find funny.

This is an Earwig cartoon. It may or may not be laying eggs in your brain.

I liked playing with the clipart because, while I loved to doodle, I wasn't really a terrific cartoonist...

But if I'd drawn this with my foot, you'd be impressed - right?
One of my favorite comic strips at the time (2008) was the wonderfully dark and demented "Red Meat" by Max Cannon. His highly stylized, retro-look characters would change very little (if at all) from frame to frame, and the comedy all came from the writing.

To my delight, I discovered that the Red Meat website allowed users to try making their own comic strips by selecting the characters and giving them dialogue. Here are a few of my early efforts (none of which are any sicker than the actual comic strip):

Yes, I could genuinely enjoy writing this kind of thing all day.
That's when I had an epiphany (or maybe it was scotch): I could assemble my own cast of distinctive characters from properly licensed clipart and do a comic strip! With a little investigation, I discovered the program "ComicLife" which made it easy to drag and drop from a library of images and add word balloons.

But what should be my subject? On something of a lark (little knowing how much time I'd eventually devote to giving others the bird), I decided on "Hope n' Change" - inspired by the still fresh and singularly idiotic presidential victory of Barack Hussein Obama.

Seriously, the man won based on preposterously meaningless slogans like "Yes We Can," "Hope and Change," and "We are the ones we've been waiting for." He had no successful track record of legislation or management, and for those who bothered to read his autobiographies (which didn't include the news media), he had an exalted view of himself and a dim view of America.

With a complete lack of understanding how blogging works, I published the first cartoons under the Hope n' Change banner in January, 2009. Not every cartoon that week was political - although this one was...



My choice of retro artwork was more than just a nod to "Red Meat." It was intended to echo the unsubtle "black and white" campaign promises which Obama had made and the American people had fallen for. Additionally, I liked the contrast between the nostalgic "classic Americana" look and the radical social upheaval being pushed by the Democrats.

By February 2009, I'd (barely) figured out what I was doing and began a daily publication schedule. That's right, 7 times a week...


Actually, that daily schedule was pretty easy to maintain because I was publishing just the cartoon with maybe an occasional sentence or two to go with it. No editorials. No comments to read or respond to. And, uh, no readership.

The first real surge in online views came after the conservative blog site Sondrakistan (called "SondraK" at the time) gave us a good review and suggested that their readers pay us a visit. From there, readership grew slowly but steadily thanks to word of mouth and a growing public awareness that, with Barack Obama in charge, we were in real trouble...


Over the course of a year I started adding more editorial content to go with the cartoons; I wanted to get the laugh, but also had more that I wanted to say. Moreover, Mrs. Jarlsberg (who is wise in all things) encouraged more editorializing because it made the strip more engaging for people - as did the addition of an open comments section.

Due to the extra work (cartoons are easy, wordification is hard), publication of Hope n' Change was cut to 5 days a week, then (in 2012 or so) 3 days a week.

The goal, however, always remained the same: to give conservatives a laugh and some hope that we could eventually get Barack Obama out of office and wrest control of Congress out of the filthy, spider-like hands of the Democrats. And by this time, the fight was getting serious...


Around this time, I started adding color to a number of the strips. It was a break from the classic look - but one I hoped would make the cartoons more appealing to a broader readership...


Over time, I then made the jump to frequently using actual photographs of people in the news, though I never completely dropped the black and white retro images of the coffee couple, chicken-boy, bear & cow, and other characters who remained (and still remain) dear to my odd little heart...


When Barry was eventually elected to a second term, it was a personal blow...

And alcohol was still available in stores.
I had never intended to make an unpaid career out of Hope n' Change, but the cause seemed more important than ever. Not that I ever had any illusions about how much impact I was making with the blog's modest (but highly intelligent and stunningly attractive) number of readers. 

Of course, there was always the hope that the site would magically go viral (Rush Limbaugh, would it have killed you to give me a shout out?) - but in times of need, real Americans pitch in and do what they can, big jobs or small. And if my job was to be the Rosie the Riveter of online conservative comic strips, I was happy to serve until the scourge of Barry's administration was finally over...

And we've also seen a lot of people who belong BEHIND bars.
And the rest, as they say, is history - or at least, soon will be history as we prepare the transition from an active blog to a lovingly preserved archival site in which Obama and his dishonorable band of scoundrels will always be roasting on our eternal flame.

On Friday, I'll be back with some closing remarks and personal thoughts on this long, crazy experience we've shared. See you then! - Stilton


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50 Shades of Who Gives a Damn.
On the first full day of Donald Trump's administration, millions of women gathered in cities around the world to deliver the message, powerfully and unequivocally, that we dodged a real bullet by not electing a vagina-owner as President.

Oh sure, that wasn't the message they meant to send - but what the hell else is anyone (male or female) with more than a spoonful of brains supposed to think? The angry protesters donned "pussy hats" and vagina costumes to prove they're not just sex objects and should be taken seriously.  Which, frankly, we find hard to do when a glowering woman has turned her face into a clitoris.

Purportedly, the massive marches were about women finally and firmly demanding their rights, including non-discrimination, protection from sexual assault, equal pay for equal work, access to abortion on demand, the right to vote, the right to go to school, the right to sit in the front of the bus, and the right to be served at Woolworth's lunch counters.

Of course, all of these things are already mandated by law, but attempts to inform the protesters of this were decried as blatantly sexist "man-splaining." And the real point isn't that women lack rights, but they feel like they lack rights...and feelings always outweigh facts among those high on estrogen.

Celebrity speakers were in abundance at the Washington march, with alleged-actress Ashley Judd proclaiming herself to be a "nasty girl" and babbling about Donald Trump's wet dreams (honest), and Madonna following up on her previous promise to blow any man who voted for Hillary with a new admission that she wants to blow up the White House.  A sentiment which drew a standing ovulation from the enthusiastic crowd.

Disclaimer time: Hope n' Change supports equal rights for women without reservation. No woman should suffer from discrimination or actual sexual harassment. If a man "grabs her by the pussy" he should face criminal charges. If he talks about grabbing women by the pussy, even "just among the boys," he should be considered an asshole and pariah.

These are serious matters which, unfortunately, have now been trivialized by activists who failed to elect their chosen candidate and are now having a huge public hissy fit simply because they can in a country which already affords them the freedom and rights to do so.

To those women who filled the streets, Hope n' Change acknowledges that you have been heard.

But maybe next time, consider having something to say.

BONUS: SECRET CERVIX PROJECTION
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He may have something there.

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Hope n' Change can't blame our coffee drinking friends for indulging in a bit of nostalgia on this very special day - something we'll be doing more of here next week as we tie up loose ends.

But today is about celebration. Celebrating the inauguration of a new President, who brings promise of a more hopeful (albeit no less colorful) future. Celebrating what is almost certainly the worst day of Hillary Clinton's life...which we hope will translate into many godawful days for Bill Clinton during his remaining STD-ridden years.

But mostly we're celebrating the fact that Barack Hussein Obama (aka Barry Soetoro) is no longer president, agitator-in-chief, and most prolific and profligate vacation-taker in the world. He has been an almost unendurable blight and curse on our nation, and will no doubt continue to be - albeit (finally!) as a private citizen.

We'll have a lot more to say next Monday after we've had a chance to reflect on this incredible and long-awaited day. But for now, we'd like to express our sentiments in a way that words simply can't handle. Which is why Hope n' Change is proud to present...

VIDEO: THE OBAMA LEGACY DISPOSAL TEAM



Best wishes, hugs, and hearty handshakes to all Hope n' Change readers on this glorious occasion - and please join us in drinking a toast to a new day of real hope for change!


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In lieu of flowers, send angry tweets and unfriend people on Facebook.
The cartoon above, created decades ago by Stilton's father, seems particularly apt at this volatile moment in time. On Friday, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as President of the United States with an historically low approval rating and rabid, foam-dribbling opposition from those on the Left.

Congressman John Lewis, among 40 or so other elected Democratic plantation owners, will be skipping the inauguration to protest John Podesta's inability to understand that "password" is not a secure password. Entertainers are running for cover rather than have their names (and careers, if any) forever associated with the Inaugural festivities. New York mayor Bill de Blasio will even spend Inauguration Day taking part in a protest staged at Trump's NY City International Hotel, linking arms with liberal chowderheads like Alec Baldwin and Michael "Are you going to finish that pie?" Moore.

And this is all before Trump's first day in office.

In the past, Inauguration Day was a celebration of the American Way as much as the simple transfer of power to a new President. A time for people of all political persuasions to come together, however briefly, to give the new guy a chance. A honeymoon period which the Right has always granted the Left, even when unqualified radical community organizers with vaguely terrorist-sounding names are sworn into office solely on the basis of being "clean" and having perfectly creased pants.

But not this time. It seems there are indelible battle lines drawn already and the zeitgeist is about to hit the fan with a loud and foul-smelling splat.

On Friday, Hope n' Change predicts we'll see the official kick-off of a four year (at least) culture war unlike anything which has come before. A clash not predicated on policies or even reality, but rather on ideology and blind emotion. The coasts versus flyover country, and the over-educated versus the overlooked. We would metaphorically suggest that it will be like previous manifestations of the Left on meth, only we're not at all sure that they weren't already on meth.

Editorially speaking, this would be the perfect spot for us to insert solemn words intended to heal our national rifts and call for unity, tolerance, and mutual understanding. But, and we can't emphasize this point strongly enough, screw that.

Whether they like it or not, it is these same strident Leftists who bear the responsibility for Donald Trump's election. For that reason alone, they should try to just shut the hell up for a little while and reflect on the fact that the "monster" to which they so stridently object is of their own creation.

AND ONE MORE THING...
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BREAKING NEWS: CUTTING SENTENCES
 

We'll admit we're a little confused. Obama has recently been telling us that our entire system of democracy has been undermined by the theft of secrets which ended up on Wikileaks.  Which is why it's so puzzling that Barry has just commuted the 35-year espionage sentence of Private Bradley Manning (now "Chelsea Manning" through the politically popular miracle of gender reassignment) for the theft of secrets which ended up on Wikileaks.

Rather than struggle to ascertain the president's baffling reasoning in making this anti-security decision, Hope n' Change is instead going with Occam's Razor: we think he did it because he's an asshole.


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When we read that the nation's oldest and best known circus was going out of business, we simply assumed that it was another one of Donald Trump's metaphors for draining the Washington swamp.

But no, it's actually the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus which is literally packing their tents after nearly a century and a half. Audiences have changed, with smartphone-tapping ADD kids preferring virtual entertainment to live performers.

Of course, there's still plenty of circus-style wackiness to enjoy in the run-up to Inauguration Day. Protesters are making plans to shut down Washington DC, performing artists are receiving death threats from the "tolerant Left" if they agree to appear for President-elect Trump, and press conferences are now best conducted by someone wielding a whip and chair. All we need is some calliope music and the smell of manure.

But come to think of it, we already have one of those things in abundance.

BONUS: DREAM RESUMED
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Martin Luther King Jr had a dream...which turned into an 8 year nightmare under Barack Obama. Virtually every socioeconomic metric for black Americans got worse under this president, while race relations plunged to new lows owing to the unending race-baiting and divisiveness of those on the Left.

Hope n' Change likes what Donald Trump has had to say about finally breaking the Democrat's merciless death grip on inner cities and improving opportunities for black citizens. We'll be watching closely to see if, unlike the loathsome man he is following into office, Trump's promises actually prove to be more than words.

BONUS TWO:  INAUGURAL BALL GAME
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We were tempted to call this the John Wilkes Dunking Booth, but it would be wrong - that's for sure.

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Okay, Trump isn't really going to be pee-boarding anyone (darn it), but just because a story isn't true is no reason not to report it.  At least, in 2017 that seems to be the prevailing journalistic philosophy after a number of news outlets, with varying degrees of enthusiasm and hyperbole, published reports that the Russians were ready to blackmail Donald Trump with secret videos of the billionaire in a Moscow hotel room, paying prostitutes to perform a "golden showers" scenario (peeing) on a bed once used by Barack and Michelle Obama.

The only problem is that there's no evidence whatsoever that this ever happened. None. It's complete and utter claptrap, and less believable than the rumor that the Russians have video of the night the Obamas used that hotel room and someone ended up getting a "dirty Sanchez." (If you don't know the term, for the love of all that's holy don't look it up.  Let's just say it's a sexual act invented by liberals who really, really deserve to be turned into pillars of salt.)

At a press conference on Wednesday, Trump quickly dismissed the preposterous tale - and subsequently refused to take questions from a CNN reporter because that organization was one of the purveyors of this "fake news." Score one for The Donald!

The so-called "Trump Blackmail" dossier has apparently been kicking around for months, with many people in government and media aware of its existence, but unable to do anything with it since none of the accusations held up to scrutiny. Which is frequently the case when a story is complete and utter bullcrap.

Still, the fictitious scandal developed a life of its own behind closed doors. If we're getting the story right (which seems quaint, doesn't it?), the dossier found its way into the hands of John McCain who was so stunned by the scatological accusations that he spat out the acorns he'd been storing in his cheeks for winter.

McCain then gave the report to FBI Director (and unindicted Hillary co-conspirator) James Comey, who - instead of burning the report and suggesting that McCain check into a 12-step program -  apparently slipped the information to perennial lunatic Harry Reid, who demanded the allegations be made public to derail Trump's run to the White House. This is, of course, the same Harry Reid who gleefully boasts about lying his ass off regarding Mitt Romney's taxes as an act of political sabotage.

(And on a side note, Harry, absolutely no one believes your story of getting your face battered and bruised by an exercise rubber band gone rogue. Rather, we strongly suspect that person or persons unknown beat the living tar out of you, then disappeared into the shadows before we could offer to buy them several rounds of drinks.)

Passed around as indiscriminately as Bill Clinton's DNA, the report eventually found it's way to the NBC-affiliated "news" website Buzzfeed (so named because Buttfeed was apparently already taken) which printed every scurrilous word online - kicking off a massive "me too" campaign of other alleged news organization linking to the story without even pretending to fact-check.

As alleged actress Meryl Streep said only days ago, "Disrespect invites disrespect" and "when the powerful use their positions to bully, we all lose. We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage."

So far, the real outrages seem to be generated by a press which has deserted anything remotely like principle.

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          The Thing That Wouldn't Leave      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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The party's over. America has yawned theatrically, made a show of looking at our watch, gathered up the empty glasses and snack bowls, put them into the sink to soak, and started talking very pointedly about how early we have to get up tomorrow to put in a full day's work. Hint, hint.

But Barack Obama, who has been partying in our house for 8 years, isn't picking up on our subtle message that he should just get the hell out already. Which is why he went to Chicago yesterday to deliver his long-awaited farewell address. And we're talking very long-awaited; personally, we've been awaiting for this skeevy socialist race-baiter to say farewell ever since his inauguration.

Not that we watched his actual speech, of course.  Everything about him - his haughtily uplifted chin, sneering arrogance, monomaniacal self-absorption, and lecturing tone of voice - sickens us and raises our blood pressure to dangerous levels. And we're not about to risk an aneurysm with only days to go.

But according to pre-speech comments from Valerie "I heart Iran" Jarrett, "It's not a victory lap speech. His intention is to motivate people to want to get involved and fight for their democracy."

Coming from someone else, we'd take that as metaphor - but we're pretty sure that Valerie and Barry mean real fighting of the type they've encouraged in the past, with rioting, looting, molotov cocktails, and shrieking lunatics attacking police vehicles.

According to Josh Earnest (which is a phrase that Hope n' Change is really looking forward to never writing again), the crux of Barry's speech will be on "what the president believes is necessary for us to confront the challenges that lie ahead." 

Great. So Obama's advice is going to be "fighting" and "confrontation" to hamper the efforts of the newly-elected President as he tries to restore prosperity and genuine hope to America in the aftermath of a two-term disaster.

But what else would we expect from a man whose every action has been intended to leave the country in worse shape than he found it? A goal which, sadly, is likely to stand as his one actual accomplishment.

BONUS: STREEP TEASE

Speaking of "Oh, STFU"...

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Now we know what Al Jolson would have looked like in color.


          Intelligence Testy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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There are two related stories to discuss today, both on the subject of Intelligence. A word which, needless to say when referring to Washington, refers to "spying" instead of anything remotely like "smartness" or "proper brain function."

Specifically, President-elect Donald Trump has made it clear that he doesn't consider US intelligence agencies to be 100% reliable, especially when it comes to their consensus accusation that Vladimir Putin interfered with our election by disguising himself with a pair of Groucho glasses, then driving a schoolbus filled with Cossacks to various polling places in key electoral states.

But before Hope n' Change dives into the details of the "Russian hacking" story, let's look at Barack Obama's recent claim of advising Trump - strictly as a professional courtesy - that as President he should always trust the US intelligence community.

"There are going to be times," the miserable stain on the Oval Office said, "where the only way you can make a good decision is if you have confidence that the process is working, and the people that you put in charge are giving you their very best assessments."

Really, Barry? Is that how you've conducted your presidency? Not according to the Hope n' Change vault...






Let's review a few fun facts. As president, B. Hussein skipped the majority of his intelligence briefings including the one immediately following the debacle in Benghazi. Barry also had nothing but foreign policy failures, and repeatedly placed the blame on his intelligence agencies.

So why should Trump - or the rest of us - invest our trust in the intelligence agencies who failed to see the rise of Isis? Who missed nuclear weapons development by Iran during our negotiations? Who were unable to connect the dots preceding Putin's many successful aggressions - as well as those of China and North Korea.

These are the intelligence agencies whose keen insights helped bring about nightmare scenarios in Syria, Libya, and pretty much every other country which has mosques. Intelligence agencies which failed to flag September 11th as a potentially meaningful day for terrorists to attack in Benghazi.

Intelligence agencies which, at least according to the administration, found it "no big deal" that Hillary (as freaking Secretary of State) put all of our national secrets on an unguarded personal server just so she could dodge future Freedom of Information Act demands to see documents rightfully belonging to the American people.

All of which brings us back to the "Election hacking" story. The intelligence agencies have now offered up their (ahem) official report on this alleged election-changing, super-sophisticated act of cyber terror, and have found that (cue the shower-stabbing music from "Psycho") Vladimir Putin personally ordered a monumental campaign to undermine our election and put his personal buddy, Donald Trump, into office!

But there's one little problem. While the declassified report is happy to draw this apocalyptic conclusion, it offers virtually no proof. We're asked to accept this poppycock on sheer trust, which would be a lot easier if the Obama administration and intelligence agencies had even an iota of credibility anymore.

But let's look at a couple of important things the report says that we can agree with: there was no hacking or interference with any voting or vote-tallying machines, and the intelligence agencies do not assert that the alleged Russian campaign had any influence on voters or the election. Wow.

It is also noteworthy that the intelligence agencies were able to draw such detailed conclusions considering the DNC failed to cooperate with the investigation, and wouldn't grant the FBI access to their computers. And interestingly, the report fails to note that the sensitive emails eventually released by Wikileaks (again, without direct evidence of Russian involvement) weren't even obtained by "hacking," but rather by a simple "phishing" email sent to John Podesta, in which he revealed that his password (and the key to all of the DNC's documents) was..."password."

The report also states that Putin's evil plan to overthrow our election involved schemes like having Russian newscasts criticize Hillary Clinton more than Donald Trump. Which apparently made a huge impact on the many voters whose primary source of information was Russian newscasts.

We could go on and on (and already have!) but our point is this: thanks to the Obama administration our intelligence agencies no longer have a whit of credibility, nor does their preposterously politicized "Russian hacking" report.

Considering 8 years of wall-to-wall failures, it's not surprising that Americans have decided to turn their backs on alleged "Intelligence" in favor of Donald Trump's promise of common sense.


          It Takes a Sociopathic Village      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Boo Radley isn't going to like them, either.
Barack Obama has announced that he will be making a farewell address to the citizens of Chicago next week, in part to "celebrate the way you've changed this country." We can't think of a better location, considering some of those "changes" include 762 murders in 2016, and the recent abduction and torture (with live Facebook streaming) of a mentally challenged white man by four black thugs, who used their time in the online spotlight laughing and spouting obscenities directed at Donald Trump and white people.

When white lunatic Dylann Roof murdered nine black members of a South Carolina church, Barack Obama made clear his belief that nobody acts alone (even if they think they do), and larger sociological connections - and corrections - must be made.


While that point can and should be debated (Obama himself denies his own "logic" every time a Muslim carries out an act of terror), it can't be debated that, even worse than a lone psychopath, there is something sicker and more inherently dangerous about a group of hate-filled people who joyfully torture another human and broadcast it to their friends. That's symptomatic of a culture of sociopathy, malignant and metastasizing.

While it's easy and appropriate to lay some of the blame on media celebration of thugs, ho's, and the gangster life, we believe the larger share of guilt belongs to generations of Democrat policy makers - Obama most decidedly included - who have destroyed black families, the educational system, and the nation's inner cities in order to provide an unending source of enslaved voters who must rely on government entitlements for survival.

Add to this the Obama administration's 8 year history of stoking racial fires, showing antagonism towards police, and their active encouragement of rioting in black communities as an appropriate and "understandable" response to acts of imagined racism.

All of this has created a sickness in the soul of too many black Americans that is as representative of Obama's "legacy" as anything could possibly be. If the man had an ounce of honesty or integrity, he wouldn't be traveling to Chicago to boast of his "accomplishments" - he'd be going there to apologize.

BONUS: A WORD ABOUT THE "RUSSIAN HACKING" INTELLIGENCE HEARINGS

Bullshit.

HOPE AND CHANGING...

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We'll be talking more about this in the near future, but just to give everyone time to adjust to the idea (including ourselves), we're officially announcing that Hope n' Change Cartoons will be turning out the lights here on or slightly after the day Obama leaves office.

Hope n' Change has existed with a specific purpose in mind: to comment on the many disasters associated with the Obama administration and the culture of liberalism, and to address those issues with enough humor to boost morale for those on the Right who've been fighting back. That job has been completed and we've got the empty scotch bottles to prove it.

Mind you, we don't expect the world of politics to get any less ugly and ridiculous now - far from it. These are going to be tumultuous times and no political satirist is going to run out of raw material while Donald Trump is in office and Obama is heckling from the front row.

But we're looking forward to finding new projects to work on, both personal and professional. A lot has been "back burnered" in the past 8 years, and we're not getting any younger (although oddly, we are getting more distinguished looking). We plan to do more things which are creative, fun and funny - and don't come with rigid (albeit self-assigned) deadlines throughout the week.

A few additional points:

• We intend to keep up an easy-to-find public profile.

• This site will remain intact and we'll do whatever is necessary to keep it visible. There's a lot of history here!

• Our Hope n' Change Facebook page will continue, although whether new cartoons get posted over there will be purely a matter of whether or not our graphics Tourette's syndrome kicks in.

Johnny Optimism will continue as usual. Sick kids and life's unfairness never get old!

• If you're on our mailing list, we're going to maintain the database so when we create another blog, write a book, or just want to stage a huge reunion party at some centrally located bar, we'll be able to reach you. If you're NOT on the mailing list, then add your information here before the end of the month.  It's free, there's no spam, and future historians will list you among the pantheon of heroes.

There's a lot more that needs to be said, but we'll save that for another day. For now, just know how sincerely appreciated you are - and let's continue business as usual while enjoying the countdown to Barack Obama's final day in office!


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JULY

With the political world holding its breath in anticipation, Hope n' Change finally endorses a Presidential candidate...


While lacking the enthusiasm evinced by many Trump supporters, Hope n' Change opines that "Donald Trump is potentially a yuuuuge disrupter at a time when our political system needs huge disruption. Our nation would be far more likely to survive his possible policy failures than even a single term of Hillary Clinton's toxic policy successes."

This belief is immediately confirmed when yet another federal agency is revealed to have been corrupted by proximity to the Clinton Machine...


After laundry-listing the many, many ways that Hillary had lied, evaded, and thoroughly compromised national security with her secret email server, FBI Director James Comey decides that no charges should be pressed because:

A) He is apparently a complete political whore
B) His family was being held at gunpoint
C) He believes that women (bless their hearts) are just too darn stupid to understand computers, national security, and laws
D) Hillary made a pact with Satan which involves fellating lepers in Hell for all eternity
E) All of the above. Which, frankly, we're pretty sure is the right answer.

Energized by this undeserved "Get Out of Jail Free" card, Hillary immediately seizes on new ways to make voters hate her...


Following a black sniper's assassination of five Dallas police officers who were providing security for a "Black Lives Matter" protest, Hillary bravely declares that the actual problem is that white people need to do a better job of listening and, bizarrely, that Wall Street needs greater transparency. Based on her strong statement, an increasing number of voters begin to suspect she's using narcotics.

Meanwhile,  GOP heads explode when Senator Ted Cruz appears at the Republican National Convention and speaks passionately about the need to defend freedom and the Constitution, but fails to endorse Trump by name for reasons no one can explain...


But July isn't done with us yet. Following a series of scandals revealing sabotage against the Bernie Sanders campaign, the DNC meets to celebrate democracy by anointing a candidate selected by unelected "superdelegates"...


AUGUST

With the wind at her back, which is helpful in keeping her upright, Hillary starts fleshing out what revolutionary policies she hopes to bring to the presidency other than the ability to pee while sitting down...

But concerns grow about the candidate's health as she is increasingly seen struggling with simple tasks like speaking without coughing up a lung, getting both eyes to point in the same direction, or telling the truth...


But undaunted and pumped full of amphetamines and opioids,  Hillary throws herself into intense preparation for the upcoming Presidential debates...


And speaking of sex escapades (which is pretty much synonymous with speaking about the Clintons) another one rears its...uh...head when Anthony Weiner, the oft-disgraced husband of Hillary's right hand woman Huma Abedin, is discovered to be emailing bonergrams to an under-aged girl...


Saying "enough is enough," Huma gives up on Weiner (not that there's anything wrong with that) and prepares to face new challenges in...

SEPTEMBER

When asked to answer yet more questions about her totally illegal scheme to evade the Freedom of Information Act and, as an unexpected bonus, give away all of our nation's secrets, Hillary is struck - apparently forcefully - with a brilliant idea...


Yes, the woman who wants to be President of the United States claims to have such substantial brain damage that she can't remember anything which happened while she was engaged in criminal activity.  Which is to say her entire adult life.

Shortly thereafter, Clinton speaks to an adoring throng of hired enthusiasts at an LGBT fundraiser and makes a statement which convinces even hardened skeptics that she has gangrenous grey matter...


"To be grossly generalistic," she grossly cackled, "you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic— you name it!"

Surprisingly, at least to Democrats, it turns out that many Americans don't appreciate being mocked, disparaged, and slandered by corrupt elites. Which is why it's (ahem) fortunate for Clinton that the public is soon distracted by a terrorist bomb blast...


29 people are hurt (and thankfully none killed) when a bomb is detonated in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York. Chelsea Clinton swears "it's just a coincidence" and "I'm working on an alibi."

Hoping to get her media narrative back on track, Hillary Clinton puts avuncular socialist Bernie Sanders on the campaign trail to say that he no longer despises everything Hillary stands for, and that he's come to the life-changing (and possibly life-saving) realization that she is the most honest, refreshing, and ethical politician ever born...


In fairness to Bernie, maybe he was just trying on his "shameless whore" costume to make ready for...

OCTOBER

Suddenly, the campaign is rocked by a series of well-coordinated (if loosely fact-checked) attacks on Donald Trump's finances...


The NY Times goes "front page crazy" with a story screaming that over the past few years, Donald Trump may have paid all the federal income tax he legally owed - which possibly, and only possibly, equaled "none." Not only is "Man Pays Correct Amount of Taxes" not a scandal, it's not even interesting.

What is interesting is that the story was written based on illegally obtained information which was leaked to the public. Democratic spokespeople offer high praise for the publication of illegally leaked documents, then report a weird feeling "like a crow just stepped on my grave."


In a shocking revelation that even offends serial rapist Bill Clinton, an old audiotape reveals that Donald Trump once used the word "pussy" in a conversation which did not involve cats. Even worse, a (very small) parade of women come forward, dabbing tears, to share tortured memories of being "kissed without permission" by Donald Trump, who used only Tic Tacs for breath control.

Unfortunately for Hillary, none of this is as interesting as Wikileaks' release of thousands of documents detailing the corruption of the Clinton Foundation, Hillary's "pay for play" use of the State Department to solicit bribes, and the overall sleaziness of everyone in the Democratic party.

Suddenly finding illegally obtained information which was leaked to the public abhorrent, the media and the White House blame Russian hackers because it sounds better than "our own idiocy." Joe Biden warns of draconian counter measures...


In the midst of all this, early voting begins, with record numbers of voters flooding to the polls to decide which of the two least popular candidates in American history will win...


But wait! With Halloween in the air, James Comey doesn't need to dress up as a ghost to scare the sheet out of Hillary - he simply reopens her "thing that wouldn't die" email espionage case only days before the election.

Hilariously, it turns out that in the course of investigating Anthony Weiner's underage sexting activities, the FBI has discovered thousands of Hillary's State Department emails on his personal laptop...as well as on his laptop computer.


And so the stage is set for...

NOVEMBER

Following a hostage video in which James Comey, bruised and bound, says that nothing suspicious other than Top Secret documents was found on Weiner's "spank bank" computer, Election Day arrives at last.

Left-leaning media political pundits sport Cheshire Cat grins, and Hillary Clinton's team pops champagne corks as the poll results start to come in.

Soon after which the grins fade, the champagne goes flat, and (according to trustworthy sources on the Left) Armageddon arrives...


Trump wins to the shock and disbelieving horror of liberals everywhere...


Apparently unaware of how the American voting system works, those on the Left are further devastated by the realization that while Hillary won the popular vote, it's only the critical electoral college vote that decides the Presidency...


While many anti-Americans take the news of Trump's victory badly,  perhaps the most convincing display of grief comes from Fidel Castro who actually goes to the trouble of dropping dead...


Which at long last brings us to...

DECEMBER

In the weeks following the election, it becomes clear that American voters were sick of being denigrated, disrespected, and lied to by their own government. Tired of seeing their health insurance costs skyrocket while their benefits plummeted. And unwilling to accept a stagnant economy which seemingly offered jobs only to hedge fund managers and fry cooks.

Granted, not everyone saw the election results in the same way...


When his analysis is roundly laughed at, Barack Obama goes back to his default position of claiming that the election was somehow "hacked" by evil Russians who, inexplicably, liked the idea of Donald Trump having a nuclear arsenal.

The soon-to-be ex-president declares the alleged hacking to be a grave and immediate existential threat to our nation, then takes swift action by boarding Air Force One for another extended, multi-million dollar vacation in Hawaii...


Back on the mainland, the electoral college finally meets to officially cast their votes. And once again, a dazed and broken Hillary has to settle for second place...


With only days left in the year, Americans finally breathe a sigh of relief - confident that they can enjoy the holidays without any vacationing presidents suddenly launching a vicious sneak attack on one of our closest allies. They are, of course, wrong...


With assistance (and likely direction) from the Obama administration, the U.N. passes a resolution condemning Israel, eroding that nation's legitimacy and chances for eventual peace.  It is a transparently petty and vindictive act from a petty and vindictive president bent on burning the world down if he can't be in charge.

In the final days of his wretched administration, he also admits floods of refugees and illegals into the country, grants early release to a record number of felons, and puts thousands of new regulations in place to hamper the American economy under Donald Trump.

Which is why the stroke of midnight on December 31st has never been sweeter...


Happy New Year from Stilton Jarlsberg and Hope n' Change Cartoons...which, after 8 long years, finally has actual hope for change.



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If we had to sum up 2016 in a single word, it would be...unprintable. Seriously, we'd be working hard to come up with the vilest, most appalling, utterly disgusting and likely illegal word in our rich, albeit genuinely filthy vocabulary - and even then we'd fail to do justice to this rotten collection of months.

Fortunately, we don't have to sum things up in a single word. We have this entire page to work with, so let's dive straight into...

JANUARY


The year hits the ground running (like an abscessed boil) when the Post Office releases a "Forever" stamp commemorating the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha, which honors the willingness of Ibrahim to slit his son's throat after being "triple dog dared" by Allah. As part of the festival, modern Muslims are still expected to sacrifice their best farm animal...assuming they have the financial ability to first buy it an orange jumpsuit and get it to pose for a Youtube video.

And speaking of people associated with Youtube videos, Hillary Clinton stays busy denying that she  ever had classified documents on her private email server. An assertion which, like everything else Hillary has ever said, turns out to be wildly untrue.


Of course, not all newsworthy events were domestic. Or even comprehensible...


John "You Rang?" Kerry comes out with the least encouraging pronouncement imaginable about the throat-cutting, suicide-bombing, allegedly non-Islamic murderers of ISIS, ISIL, Daesh, or whatever the hell other name the administration thinks likely to be unrecognized by Democratic voters.

Specifically, Kerry further downgrades our nation's goal from "destroying, degrading, or disrupting" the maniacal killers to merely "denting" them. His goal apparently being to make Hillary look like only the second worst Secretary of State ever, just in time for...

FEBRUARY


Early in the Democratic debate process, Martin O'Malley shocks everyone by announcing that he'd dropped out of the race - which was the first time anyone knew he'd been in the race.

Following Hillary Clinton's discovery in Iowa that she is less popular among young females than a yeast infection, Hillary asks herself what vivacious, high-powered celebrity superstar could help her reel in youthful female votes in New Hampsire, and she comes up with...


Oddly, threats of eternal damnation don't save Hillary from a landslide loss to Bernie Sanders, causing Hillary to break out the really big gun...


But just as things get really bleak for Hillary, the entire political landscape is changed by an unexpected death...


Beloved conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia suddenly dies in bed with a pillow on his head. A local judge pronounces the death due to natural causes without seeing the body or ordering an autopsy, because Obamacare doesn't cover those things.

In the following days, Obama decides to skip Scalia's funeral owing to an absolutely unavoidable scheduling conflict involving a critical tee time...


The country will not see such a blatantly petty snub again until, well, a few days later in...

MARCH


"If I didn't attend a funeral for a sitting Supreme Court Justice," the president may well have said, "I sure as hell won't be wasting my time going to one for some first lady. There's nothing less important than a first lady!"

In his place, the president appropriately sends...the first lady.

And speaking of skipping commitments, seemingly unstoppable primary candidate Donald Trump has a few clearly expressed ideas on the subject...


But of course, there's more than just an election going on. Barack Obama is still holding the reins and shaping critical foreign policy. Which is how we ended up with...


In his never-ending quest to build a legacy, the president tries to normalize relations with the oppressive communist dictatorship of Cuba in hopes of increasing the number of investment opportunities for his wealthy donors, and decreasing the number of Cuban immigrants whose children might grow up to become conservative GOP presidential candidates.

But only days later, the world is again shocked by a brutal act of terrorism - this time in a Brussels airport. Despite his busy travel schedule, Obama immediately swings into action...


Rather than doing diddly-squat about the carnage in Brussels, Obama attends a baseball game with new BFF Raul Castro, then jets off to Argentina where he performes a pelvis-grinding tango at a state dinner to prove his masculinity to ISIS.

Which brings us to...

APRIL


To help shore up support from women who just can't seem to understand the whole complicated "birds & bees" thing, Hillary declares that "unborn persons" have no rights - making it perfectly acceptable to take viable children in the final days (or hours) of gestation and turn them into chop suey. An observation that Bernie Sanders quickly echoes, while admitting that it's put him off Chinese take-out for awhile.

But life and death issues soon take a backseat to a far more important crisis in America...

Springsteen and other (ahem) "artists" boycott North Carolina following passage of a law which segregates bathroom privileges based exclusively on an individual's God-given plumbing rather than their current (and sometimes whimsically flexible) gender self-identification.  This kicks off a firestorm of controversy around the country as liberals try to force businesses to create new bathrooms for each of the 51 sexual genders (no, really) recognized by Facebook, or at least let anyone who enjoys peeing in front of kids do so to fight discrimination.

The country becomes so embroiled in the issue that it becomes necessary for Barack Obama to remind the nation who truly suffers from discrimination in our wretched country...

The tone deaf president assembles a group of allegedly popular rappers (including Nicki Minaj, Busta Rhymes, J. Cole, Wale, DJ Khaled, and others we couldn't possibly pick out of a police line-up) to help with his "Brother's Keeper" initiative which is designed to encourage young black men to avoid incarceration for undocumented acts of wealth redistribution.

Unfortunately, during the president's remarks, rapper Rick Ross's court-ordered ankle bracelet goes off. It turns out that the man selected by Mr. Obama to serve as an exemplary racial role model is required to wear the device until his trial date for aggravated assault and battery, pistol-whipping, and kidnapping.

Were the other dignitaries at the summit nonplussed? Based on their actual pictures below, we're guessing not...


Meanwhile, as the primaries wear on, people finally start realizing that Trump might actually become the GOP nominee...


By the way, in case you don't know, the cartoon above is a tribute to "Forbidden Planet," which is the best sci-fi movie ever made. If you've never seen it, get your hands on it and watch it NOW while the rest of us move on to...

MAY


By a significant margin, Hoosiers go to the polls to declare that they find Trump to be the candidate who is outstanding in the field. And trust us, Indiana folk (like us!) love jokes about fields. But feeling distinctly un-loved, Cruz says "enough" and drops out of the race, practically guaranteeing Trump's nomination.

Assuming, of course, that he doesn't fall prey to the latest death-dealing malady inflaming the media...


In response to the dread threat hypothetically presented by mosquito-borne Zika virus, Barack Obama requests $2 billion to prevent the blood-sucking parasites coming across our southern border from wreaking destruction. The $2 billion will be used to put the young mosquitoes in good schools, settle their families in middle class neighborhoods, and give the grown mosquitoes some walking around money until they can find permanent blood-sucking jobs in government.

That is, unless someone intends to drastically reduce the number of blood-sucking jobs in government...


Donald Trump "seals the deal" when his delegate count pushes over the magic number of 1,237 with multiple states left to go to further pad his margin of victory.  The people have spoken - and they're using very short (frequently 4-letter) words as they storm into...

JUNE

Because Donald Trump's blunt candor is generating so many news stories, Barack Obama jumps back into the erudition spotlight with a devastatingly brutal dissection of contemporaneous political rhetoric and offers wise analytical advice...


Of course, there's no "okey-doke" going on in the Democratic primaries. Everything is honest, legit, and above board...


Bernie Sanders grows peevish when the Associated Press declares Hillary to be the overall winner of Democratic primaries which haven't happened yet. It's almost like a conspiracy of some sort is working against him - but that's crazy, right?

Then without warning...


Terror returns to the United States in the form of an ISIS-inspired lunatic who kills and wounds over 100 people at a Gay nightclub in Orlando, before being sent straight to Hell by a policeman's bullet.

Authorities struggle to discern the killer's motives, having nothing to go on other than his actual 911 phone call in which he swears allegiance to ISIS, and shouts"Allahu Akbar" during his death-dealing spree.

Such a vile act is obviously unacceptable to the Obama administration, and they move quickly to let future terrorists know what they'll be up against...


Frankly, all of these events are getting so overwhelming that Hope n' Change needs a little time off - so we play hooky for a week, confident that it will be a slow period for news.

We are, of course, dead wrong...


(END OF PART ONE - JOIN US WEDNESDAY TO WRAP UP THE YEAR!)


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After repeatedly having his ass handed to him by Vladimir Putin for the past 8 years, Barack Obama decided yesterday that it was "now or never" to finally take strong action against Russia... whether Russia had done anything wrong or not.

Which is why, in reaction to the so-called "election hacking," Obama ordered 35 Russian diplomats (described by the White House as "intelligence agents") out of the country, closed a couple of domestic Russian facilities (described by the White House as "intelligence agencies"), and promised to unleash a cyber counterattack (described by the computer literate as "fat chance").

Unfortunately, despite requests from the Senate and House Intelligence Committees, Barry has failed to produce any compelling evidence that Russia was behind the Wikileaks document releases which revealed to American voters that the Democratic party, from Hillary on down, is populated by sleazy, bribe-mongering crooks, lunatics, and sex addicts. In fact, it's highly questionable whether any final intelligence analysis will even hit Obama's desk before he leaves office - making the timing of his saber-rattling highly suspect if not downright dangerous.

Mind you, Hope n' Change isn't suggesting that Russia didn't hack into the email servers of Hillary, Leon Panetta, and the DNC. Of course they did; the cyber-porch lights were left on, the cyber-front door was wide open, and there was a big cyber-sign on the porch saying "please don't steal anything while we're not home."

The secret keepers were, in the laughable words of James Comey, "extremely careless." Meaning neither Russia nor anyone else had to be extremely clever to steal documents.

But all of that being said, no evidence has been presented that it was Russia who gave damning but 100% truthful documents to Wikileaks. It could have been a mischievous high school kid or, our personal belief, a Democratic insider who wanted to save our nation from Hillary.

Which is why it's disconcerting that Obama, while still vacationing in Hawaii, has prematurely chosen retaliatory action against the only suspect who has a huge nuclear arsenal and pretty much no sense of humor.

Perhaps, before the big ball drops in Times Square on New Year's Eve, he just wants everyone (especially Historians) to think that after 8 simpering years in office his own balls have finally dropped.

AND ONE MORE THING...



Drink up, drive safely, and join us Monday for "2016 - the year in review!"


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Yes, it's an old cartoon - but it's never been truer.
Although Barack Obama has only days left in office, he's doing his best to make every one of them count...in the worst possible ways. As a case in point, witness his almost unbelievable betrayal of Israel by failing to prevent the passage of a U.N. resolution which will do grave damage to our (ahem) former ally for years to come.

Even worse, Israel claims to have evidence that the Obama administration actually helped draft this sneak attack on Israel - clearly missing any moral insight from the recent visit of Japan's prime minister to Pearl Harbor.

Also in his busy, busy schedule, the president has been releasing prisoners from jail faster than Henry Ford churned out model-T's, recently setting a new record by granting 231 pardons in a single day - which is perhaps only a warm-up for setting more felons free in the coming weeks. But at least he's not dumping dangerous prisoners from Guantanamo on the world, right? Wrong! He's taking steps to transfer up to 18 more detainees before Trump takes office (only 4.5 of whom will return to battlefield mayhem and active terrorism, according to the government's own statistics).

But wait - there's more! To help assure that US relations with Russia are as bad as possible on his way out, Obama is about to announce plans to "punish" Russia for their alleged (yet entirely unsubstantiated) role in telling voters the truth about Hillary Clinton, thereby upsetting our precious national system of basing elections on catchphrases, lies, and genitalia. The president's retaliatory arsenal is said to include various harsh sanctions and "cyber-operations," including forcing Russians to use the Healthcare.gov website to get medical treatment.

Besides all of this active sabotage of the incoming Trump administration, Barry is also spending the waning days of his presidency ingesting large quantities of hallucinogens (perhaps with buddies from his Hawaiian "choom gang"). How else to explain his recent declaration that, had be been allowed to run again, he would have won a third term by beating Donald Trump.

Not because of any actual accomplishments, of course, but because "in conversations that I've had with people around the country - even some people who disagreed with me - they would say, 'The vision, the direction that you point towards is the right one.'"

That direction, by the way, remains unchanged after 8 years...although we're still unsure if it points to Mecca or Hell.


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We don't need to elaborate much on the cartoon above - after 8 years, you already know the kind of people who Hope n' Change thinks deserve a permanent place on Santa's "really, really naughty" list.

So let's just move on to wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! We're going to take just a few days off to enjoy family, friends, and this wonderful season, and we'll return on Wednesday the 28th with new ruminations on whatever insanity occurs between now and then.

Please know that we're not exaggerating when we say we consider you to be an important part of the big Hope n' Change family. Your comments, camaraderie, wisdom and humor are gifts we enjoy all year long and we're sincerely thankful. Have a great holiday, and see you back here soon!




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Run, forest, run!
Hillary Clinton, who was desperately pushing a "free college education" pledge to win votes from the young and simple-minded, got her own college education Monday for the low, low cost of only $1.2 billion in campaign spending. Because Monday was when the members of the electoral college finally voted to officially make Donald Trump the winner of the 2016 Presidential election.

While Hillary still has ongoing grudges (and perhaps assassination contracts) against Vladimir Putin, Anthony Weiner, and schizophrenic FBI director James Comey for her loss on November 8th, the former first lady is blaming one and only one person for her massive electoral college loss: former actress (and recognizable human) Loretta Swit...

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At the plastic surgeon's she went full retread. You should NEVER go full retread.
Swit was one of a handful of alleged celebrities who appeared in a last-gasp ad which encouraged electoral college voters to cast their ballots for somone - anyone - other than the man who actually won the Presidential election.  Clearly, no minds were changed...although we imagine the electors will continue to have screaming nightmares for the rest of their lives.

And so, Hope n' Change is emitting a small (but cautious) sigh of relief as it appears that the election results will really stick, and Hillary will be forced to spend the rest of her days out in that poplar forest foraging for grubs, berries, and nonexistent Foundation donors while muttering obscenities in the snow.

As Tiny Tim would say, "God bless us, every one!"


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Because "Mele Kalikimaka" is so difficult to pronounce
The left-leaning media is still hyperventilating about Russian interference with our election, going so far in some cases as to declare that we are no longer a free country and that Vladimir "Nice Pecs" Putin has successfully pulled off a massive coup d'etat. Apparently, his evil goal is to destroy us from within by facilitating the appointment of brain surgeons to cabinet positions.

All of which would seem considerably more like a terrifying existential crisis if Barack Obama cared enough to have skipped his annual bajillion-dollar Christmas getaway to the five-star environs of Hawaii. But there he is again, thousands of miles from the Oval Office - golfing, gnawing shave ice, eschewing any traditional symbols of Christmas or Christianity entirely, and (understandably) avoiding contact with family members as much as possible...

It's all the more impressive considering her deep sense of hopelessness.
Frankly, we're so sick of the first family and their wretched excesses that we pulled these cartoons out of the vault and can't really work up any enthusiasm about coming up with fresh ways to disparage them today. We're tired, we detest them, and we just want them gone.

Not that it's a bad start having them on Oahu. Which, by wild coincidence, is what we'll be shouting when they're escorted (hopefully forcefully) out of the White House on January 20th.

BONUS: A RANDOM HOLIDAY THOUGHT...
...to help us fill out the page at least a little more.
Seriously, why isn't PETA all over this?!
ADDITIONAL BONUS: YEP, IT'S MONDAY
Unlike sunny, expensive Oahu, it got darned cold in north Texas last night...and we've discovered that the pipes have frozen in one of the bathrooms. We've now got a heat lamp on the exterior wall, and a battery of space heaters and hair dryers blowing on the interior pipes (the area with the actual blockage can't be reached directly).

There is also a real sense of suspense, wondering if - at any moment - our bathroom faucet will simply return to normal operations...or we'll discover that a ruptured pipe is filling the walls of our home with water just in time for a randomly selected plumber to earn enough money for all of his Christmas shopping. And a Hawaiian vacation.

SO STILTON, HOW'S YOUR OBAMACARE DOING?
Thank you for asking. Healthcare.gov finally conceded my imaginary earning status for 2017 so that I could select another crappy, overpriced HMO plan - which I did.

And I assume all of that went smoothly, because last week I received six - count 'em - six new ID cards from Blue Cross. Three for me, and three for Mrs. Jarlsberg who isn't on the policy anymore.  Then on Saturday, I received two more ID's, both of which are in my name but showing different policy numbers.  So there's at least some chance that I now have 8 insurance policies.

None of which stopped Healthcare.gov from sending me daily reminders that I was not insured and needed to hurry to beat the cutoff deadline. Which they've now extended since the website (for the umpteenth time) failed to keep up with the traffic.

They've also let me know that I can pay my multiple insurance policies by giving them my banking information and letting their crack computers siphon money whenever they feel like it.  I'd sooner hand over my information to a Nigerian prince who wants to share his fortune.

(Noon Update: I swear on all that's Holy that I just got two more ID cards in today's mail.)

TRIPLE BONUS: MULLIGAN'S ISLAND
Not, of course, that there's anything wrong with that.

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This is SO much funnier when you substitute the correct word for "bleeping"...
The Left is still pushing the story that the integrity of our recent election was fatally compromised by leaked information which, according to unnamed and unsubstantiated intelligence agency sources who are leaking information (if not made up entirely) came from Russia.

We've already editorialized on this nonsense, but found that a new low was reached when White House spokesweasel Josh Earnest declared (not joshing, but earnestly) that "It's just a fact that (Trump) was encouraging Russia to hack his opponent (to) help his campaign."

Well, no - it's a fact that Trump made a very obvious joke about Russia finding the 30,000 emails that Hillary was hiding from investigators. But when this obvious truth was pointed out to Earnest, he glowered, "I don't think anybody at the White House thinks it's funny that an adversary of the United States engaged in malicious cyberactivity to destabilize our democracy. That's not a joke. Nobody at the White House thought it was a joke. Nobody in the intelligence community thought it was a joke."

In other words, nobody in the White House or intelligence community would know a joke if it bit them in the ass. Which this one actually has.

Still, the preposterous hubbub is giving some Leftists hope that Monday's vote by the electoral college might still overturn the will of the people...



We think it's almost impossible that there will be a last-minute upset in the electoral college, but we admit we'll breathe easier when the voting is finally done, and Donald Trump's win is validated. Or is that Vlad-idated...?

BONUS: GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST
From the yuletide vault in 2012...

And don't forget...
You probably think this was just an excuse to bring back Busty again. And you're right.
Our exclusive Hope n' Change Christmas music collection from Manhole Steamrising is still free for you to download and/or share with anyone you want! Just click on this link: http://bit.ly/2hpIDcs


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Readers- Believe it or not, it actually takes a modicum of focused thought to do each post on Hope n' Change, and that simply proved impossible today owing to a personal situation which has now been successfully resolved. But rather than leave you in the lurch (as we like to say to John Kerry), here are some cartoons from the vaults which still have something to say about current (and sadly recurrent) stories.

Regarding the wave of accusations about "fake news," Hope n' Change thinks we all know how the game is really played...


And Brian Williams is leading the charge against "fake news?" Really...?!



Meanwhile, as yet another parting gift from the outgoing president, Barack Obama has declared that our nation is still suffering from the effects of slavery. And he makes an interesting point, since by almost every available metric, things have gotten much worse for black Americans...over the last 8 years.

Okay, things haven't gotten worse for EVERY black family...
Ever the whining grievance-monger, Obama has never been shy about bemoaning "the blood of slaves" which courses through the veins of his privileged wife and daughters. But it was only in 2012 that a lone researcher surmised that there might be a scintilla of slave's blood in Obama. Inherited from his white mother's side rather than from Barack senior...



Meanwhile, Barry is criticizing Donald Trump for missing some daily intelligence briefings (a criticism which we find valid, by the way), and saying that a president is "flying blind" without those briefings. But why in the name of Beelzebub's blast furnace didn't anyone say that to Obama for the last 8 years?!

Some reports say that Barry skipped as many as two thirds of his intelligence briefings, including the one the morning after the Benghazi debacle. Instead of attending the briefing, he flew to Las Vegas for a fundraiser at which he compared the "sacrifices" of Democratic fundraisers to the sacrifices of four still-warm murdered Americans. The miserable rat bastard.


Okay, Happy Hour is officially on...which means it's time for us to take time off. Hopefully everything will be back to normal here (or as close as it ever gets) on Friday!  


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Barack Obama has ordered a "full review" of cyber-chicanery associated with the 2016 elections, under the belief that Russia may have tampered with our sacred voting process by somehow having created a 30 year history of corruption by Hillary Clinton and everyone she's ever been in contact with.

Where do we even begin? The CIA - no doubt under orders and perhaps the threat of waterboarding - has issued a strong but factually vague statement that people who may have connections to people who may be Russian may have provided Wikileaks with vast amounts of hacked information about Hillary's decades-long history of sleazy deals and ineptitude, which may have influenced the election because (unlike most information given to voters) it was all true.

The accusations would be more plausible if the CIA, FBI, and DOJ weren't so thoroughly compromised by their own political cover-ups and scandals at this point. As their main mission is now the protection of undeserving Democratic asses, we're not exactly impressed with anything they're saying now.

And just how "meta" is the accusation that Russia tried to corrupt our election process by releasing proof (and plenty of it) that Hillary and the DNC had already corrupted the election process? Who's the actual criminal here, and who's simply a witness?

Hope n' Change actually thinks it pretty unlikely that Russia had anything to do with the release of damning information about Hillary and her cohorts in crime. After all, if they had hacked all this dirt (not to mention every Top Secret hosted on her email server) wouldn't they want Hillary to win so that they'd own an American President because of all the blackmail potential?

That's why we think it far more likely that the source of the hacked material was an individual patriot from the Democratic party or a domestic intelligence agency who saw this as the only way to save America from a corrupt, shrieking, money-grubbing, two-faced, brain-damaged harpy with a gift for screwing up every policy issue she's ever touched.

Obama's highly publicized demand for a report on computer espionage is supposed to be rushed to his Oval Office desk (no doubt to be left between his fingernail clippings and scuff marks from the heels of his shoes), but the results may never be made public. Which is hardly surprising, considering that the actual purpose of Obama's call for an investigation is simply to delegitimize the upcoming Presidency of Donald Trump.

In other words, a hostile government really is trying to subvert the will of American voters. It just happens to be the government currently in Washington.


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No jokes or politics today. I just found out that my friend and neighbor of 25 years passed away a few hours ago, quite suddenly, from complications of fast-moving Alzheimer's disease.

He was a good guy (and like the rest of us, not a perfect guy) who worked hard his entire life, had a wife and family, achieved a degree of success which transcended his upbringing and education, and who poured me a nicely-spiked glass of eggnog every year at Christmas time while our wives wrinkled their noses and said "how can you guys drink that stuff?!"

He took pleasure in keeping his home and lawn immaculate, loved to engage in long conversations when we met at the mailbox, and he proudly wore his patriotism on his sleeve.

I can't help thinking of the juxtaposition of my friend dying the same day as John Glenn. One was an astronaut who soared the heavens, and the other was an American of the kind who defines the bedrock of our nation.

I'll miss them both.


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Even though Donald Trump hasn't even been inaugurated yet, Joe Biden has already stepped forward to offer himself as a possible opponent in the 2020 Presidential race. When asked by alleged reporters, the soon-to-be-former Veep declared "I am going to run for President in 2020. What the hell, man, anyway."

Granted, he hasn't officially thrown his hat into the ring, but that's because it's his winter hat and he has problems unfastening the chin strap while wearing the mittens buttoned to his coat sleeves. And a friend of ours posited how much fun it would be if Joe had a match-up against General James Mattis, who could run as "Mad Dog 2020," thus endearing himself to generations of partiers who have a history with fortified wine.

Biden would, of course, bring a lot to such a contest. For one thing, he's a wacky old white guy with a disturbingly unnatural hairline, which was certainly popular in this election cycle. Additionally, he's pretty much the last major Democrat standing; Bernie will be in a soundproofed socialist rest home within four years (perhaps sharing a room with Castro's ashes), and in that same time frame we expect to find Hillary's well-pickled liver floating in a glass jar at the Smithsonian.

Still, all of this is actually good news according to Democrats like Nancy Pelosi...

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The newly re-elected House Minority Leader and Botox spokesperson disagreed with reporters who found it odd that, in a time when voters clearly want change, Democratic House members decided to dust off an archeological relic like Nancy to guide them .

"I don't think people want a new direction," Nancy said through clenched teeth while compulsively blinking her tarantula-leg eyelashes. Really? Democrats were swooning over Bernie Sanders and the country actually voted in Donald Trump because they wanted to "stay the course" set by Obama and Pelosi? Seriously, this woman is on some kind of world class drugs. Not that we're ruling out senile dementia.

DEC 7th, 2016: ANOTHER DAY OF INFAMY

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The few remaining survivors of that horrible day 75 years ago now have the odd distinction of being attacked twice at Pearl Harbor...once by the Japanese, and once by the Obama administration.

Yes, we understand the symbolic importance of showing Japan and the United States united on this historic anniversary - but it could so easily have been presented to the public without accusing those aging heroes who fought, bled, and saw their friends and shipmates blown to pieces, drowned, or burned alive of "personal bitterness" if they haven't just "moved on" and made their peace with the horror of the sneak attack.

This appalling statement makes it clear that, in the mind of this administration, this anniversary is not about those who fought or died at Pearl Harbor, but rather about one more fatuous photo-op with a foreign figurehead for the sole benefit of the second greatest American tragedy to originate in Hawaii: Barack Hussein Obama.


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And he probably said where to put them.
Here at Hope n' Change, we find that we're filled with radiant happiness each time Barack Obama does anything as president for the last time. It's a delightful reminder that his days in office - and our days of misery - are literally numbered.

To that end, we're happy to announce the addition of our new countdown clock which you can find in the top left column of this blog. We fretted briefly over whether it was unseemly and disrespectful to headline the clock as showing "time till the screen door hits Obama's ass," but after further introspection we realized that everything else we might have said would be considerably more unseemly and disrespectful.

Seriously, our constipated nation is waiting anxiously for its electoral enema to kick in so we can be rid of this guy. In fact, it now strikes us that we'd like to be at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue the day Barry makes his final goodbyes, so that we could then blast the sound of a flushing toilet through powerful amplifiers. Perhaps we should start a Kickstarter campaign...

BONUS: TWEET REVENGE
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"Initial reports are no survivors at MSNBC..."
We almost (but not quite!) wish that Trump would fire off a few tweets like the one above, just to coax more screams and lamentations from those on the Left. Because we're getting so much enjoyment out of their ongoing suffering.

Then again, he doesn't actually need to toy with the Leftists because they're already losing their minds over his excellent cabinet pics.  A Secretary of Defense who understands military might, wants to avoid war when possible, and values the lives and commitment of our troops? Horrors! A Secretary of Education who actually puts quality education (especially in our inner cities) ahead of protecting teachers unions? Madness!

If there's a connecting theme to Trump's picks to date, it's that he's eschewing the ivory tower academics who claim to be experts in their fields, and instead choosing people who have actually demonstrated significant accomplishment in those fields.

It really is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.


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In an unintentionally hilarious interview with Rolling Stone ragazine (spelling intentional), Barack Obama asserted that the reason Democrats got pulverized in the recent election is because "Fox News (is playing) in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country."

While demonstrably not true, Hope n' Change doesn't doubt that the insufferable dimwit-in-chief actually believes his fantasy because it protects him from taking personal responsibility for an historic electoral trouncing.

In Barry's mind, overstuffed white people would sit silent and transfixed at the local Cracker Barrel restaurant, sucking syrup out of their pancakes rather than chewing noisily, all the better to hear the Right Reverend Sean Hannity accuse Hillary Clinton of being a Martian.  Or perhaps he imagines eerily quiet Happy Hours during which patrons sat on bar stools in hypnotic trances while the gospel of hate was preached by Bret Baier, Britt Hume, and other bomb-throwing radical conservatives.

Barry did concede that the Democrat party had a problem with messaging and getting the word out to voters - but we have to disagree. We think their message came through loud and clear: that under Obama, what used to be a part-time job is now considered a career. That a stagnant economy which benefits only the rich and well-connected is the new norm. That laws are only for little people to obey.

We got the message that the Left considers ordinary Americans (also called "a basket of Deplorables") to be racists, misogynists, xenophobes, homophobes, ignoramuses, gun nuts, religious fanatics, and potential terrorists.

We got the message that a boy who believes he's a girl has more rights than all of the actual girls in a school shower. We got the message that inner city schools should never be improved, and that loans for uselessly self-indulgent college degrees need never be paid back.

We got the message that there is no gestational time limit on killing the unborn, up to and including the moment of birth. We got the message that illegal aliens have a "right" to jobs and benefits that legal citizens lack. And we got the message that as bad as things were under Obama, they were about to get a whole lot worse under Hillary.

And then we voted.

Which is why Barack Obama's actual legacy may only turn out to be a few soon-forgotten interviews in yellowing issues of Rolling Stone.

BONUS: DECEMBER ALREADY?!

Lots of you may be putting up Christmas decorations this weekend, which is why we're giving you a FREE no-strings-attached downloadable album of relaxing instrumental Christmas music!

Not available in stores. Trust us on this one.

It's the "Manhole Steamrising Complete Christmas Collection," consisting of 15 soothing tracks of Christmas favorites, two of which are "Adeste Fidelis" and are done (as Basil Fawlty would say on gourmet night) "in two extremely different ways."

It's all perfectly legal, and you're free to share the music and/or the link with as many people as you like. In fact, we encourage you to share! Please! Tis the season! Just click this link to get your download started.

You'll end up with a ZIP file which, when double-clicked, will open up into a folder with your 15 songs in MP3 format. No spam, no viruses, no hassles whatsoever. Although if you downloaded the album when we offered it last year, you may experience some holiday deja vu while listening.

If you'd like to sample the music (or just enjoy it without downloading), we've also put the album on Youtube. Just click below to play!




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From Ian:

A homicidal Jew-hatred is going viral, again
The culture of suspicion against Jews circulates now in a country that had not participated in the Holocaust, , which did not have ghettos, but where today for a mixture of Thirdworldism, consistent Islamic electoral interests, anti-colonial madness out of maximum time and anti-Zionism practiced by the progressive elites, the English citizens of Jewish origin today no longer feel at ease.

The previous day there was the indictment of an imam of Copenhagen who in a sermon invited the faithful to kill the Jews. The day before there was the reconstruction of the history of the Imam of the Great Mosque in Toulouse, also guilty of having invited the faithful to get rid of the Jews.

Previously, there was a pan-European flotilla of solidarity to Hamas and Gaza which stopped in many Italian ports. Also a law in the Senate of Ireland which sanctions with prison those who import post-1967 Israeli goods.

And then the launch of hundreds of missiles on the Israeli houses in the south. And then the threats of elimination of the Jewish people coming from the spiritual father of Iran, Ali Khamenei.

And we do not stop here, since the last few weeks have seen nothing short of attacks on Jews in the cities of Germany and France.
Watchdog Group Sues US Government to Obtain Records of BDS Groups Under Obama Administration
A conservative watchdog group has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense over Obama-era records pertaining to anti-Israel BDS groups.

Judicial Watch filed the FOIA lawsuit in order to obtain records from 2015 of groups affiliated with BDS movement, which lobbied “the Obama administration to adopt policies to harm companies doing business with Israel,” the group said in a statement.

The lawsuit occurred “after all three agencies failed to respond to nearly identical April 23, 2018, FOIA requests,” the organization explained.

“Americans deserve to know if the Obama-era agenda of supporting anti-Israel radicals in subverting US law is ongoing,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “These entrenched bureaucrats of the Deep State clearly require lawsuits to compel observance of FOIA law.”

The lawsuit states, despite Obama signing the 2015 Trade Enforcement Act, “the Customs and Border Protection Bureau restated the West Bank Country of Origin Marking Requirement rules requiring labeling of goods as being from the ‘West Bank,’ despite the fact that it is not a sovereign country,” reported Judicial Watch.

The Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) applauded the move by Judicial Watch.
Israeli Air Force Gets First-Ever Female Squadron Commander
The Israeli Air Force has appointed the first female squadron commander in its 70-year history.

According to Israel’s Channel Two, the commander, who for security reasons is referred to only as “G.,” will be promoted to lieutenant colonel and put charge of the 122nd Squadron, known as “Nachshon.” The squadron is composed of planes specifically geared toward intelligence gathering.

The 34-year-old G. has been active in the Air Force since 2003, and has served in several command positions, including deputy commander of the “Nachshon” Squadron itself.

G. — currently a major — said that she was “happy with the appointment,” which she called “a great privilege alongside a great responsibility.”

“The real work is ahead of me,” she added. “I’m proud to serve in the Air Force.”



Son of Imam Linked to WTC Bombing Kept Children in 'Filthy' Compound, Allegedly Trained Them to Shoot Up Schools
Horrifying details emerged on Wednesday in the case of Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, the son of an imam linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, who was arrested in New Mexico on charges of keeping 11 starving children in a filthy compound. According to court documents filed by prosecutors, Wahhaj was training the children to carry out school shootings.

Prosecutors asked the judge to hold Wahhaj without bond for felony child abuse. He is also the subject of an extradition warrant from Georgia on charges of kidnapping his own son from the state in December. His son was not among the starving children rescued from the compound. There are fears the remains of an as-yet unidentified child found at the compound could be Wahhaj’s son.

Prosecutors said on Wednesday that Wahhaj and four accomplices possessed an AR-15 rifle and four pistols with ample ammunition and were training the children to commit school shootings.

Wahhaj’s father, who was born under the name Jeffrey Kearse but now also uses the name “Siraj Wahhaj,” is an imam in New York who was an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He served as a character witness in the trial of mastermind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, also known as the “Blind Sheikh.”

The New York Post reported on Monday that the elder Wahhaj is currently the head of the Majid at-Taqwa mosque in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The other defendants in the compound case are the younger Siraj Wahhaj’s wife, his two sisters, and his brother-in-law.








Palestinians celebrate relative's victory in U.S. Congressional race
Sharing smiles and hugs, the extended family of Rashida Tlaib, who is set to become the first Muslim woman to join the US Congress, celebrated her election victory in the courtyard of their West Bank house on Wednesday.

The oldest of 14 children born to a family of Palestinian immigrants, Tlaib is a Detroit native. Her father worked at a Ford Motor Company plant in the city, home of the US car industry, and she became the first Muslim woman elected to the state legislature.

On Tuesday, she won her district's Democratic nomination for Michigan's 13th Congressional district, encompassing parts of Detroit and surrounding suburbs and home to one of the largest Muslim and Arab-American populations in the United States.

Since no one ran in the Republican primary, Tlaib is poised to win the seat.
Nick Cohen: The old left and the new anti-Semitism
Only the handful of Jews who have stuck with the far left believe that now. There are abundent examples of Labour members endorsing racism. The supernatural Jew of Nazi Europe has been reinvented by the left. The Jew is now ‘the Zionist’: the sinister force behind 9/11, the Iraq War, the banking crisis and attacks on the beloved leader.

This sounds like fascism. The convergence between the extremes should not hide the fact that the disgrace of the British Labour party flows from distinctly left-wing sources that threaten the German and wider European left.

The first is failure to come to terms with the crimes of communism. Corbyn was a regular writer for Britain’s communist newspaper, the Morning Star. His chief adviser, the upper-class socialist Seumas Milne, defended the old GDR. The racism on the British left, in its content and tone, dates back to Stalin’s almost forgotten ‘anti-Zionist campaigns,’ at the time of the Slansky trial and ‘doctors’ plot’. I have no doubt that if Corbyn and his allies were Germans, they would be in Die Linke.

There is a second factor. After the fall of communism, the dominant section of the British far left preferred to make common cause with radical Islam or the secular Middle Eastern dictatorships of Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi and Bashar al-Assad than to make their peace with liberal democracy. Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories did them no harm for decades. In Britain, as in Germany, Jews are a tiny minority. The far larger Muslim minority is a key part of Labour’s base now. Although it is a libel to say that all British Muslims are anti-Semitic, it is a statement of fact that the Islamist groups who back Corbyn are reactionary on all questions including Judaism. In any case, because Britain never experienced communism or fascism there is little understanding here about what anti-Semitism is and how dictatorial movements from the Tsarists to Islamic State have used it to attack liberal values.

Let me end with a warning. Labour under Corbyn has avoided the collapse in support that has afflicted social democratic parties across Europe. Corbyn’s acolytes are now telling German social democrats to follow his example. Let the shameful state of the once proudly anti-fascist Labour party stand as a warning to them. They may win more votes. But they will never produce a centre-left politics worth having.
Britain’s Labor Party Is Now the Party of Anti-Semitism
Since the hard-left parliamentarian Jeremy Corbyn became its leader in 2015, the UK’s Labor party has seen near-continuous anti-Semitic outbursts by its members and revelations of Corbyn’s own association with vicious Israel-haters, coupled with several ostensible attempts to set things right which proved to be shams. Most recently, the party has disciplined two MPs for complaining about anti-Semitism. Tamara Berens concludes that this is far more than a passing problem:

Many focus on the question of whether Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite himself. He may or may not be. However, his deliberate actions to reject the Jewish community’s concerns, silence his moderate Labor detractors, and pedal anti-Zionism as central to his political image show that he is more than happy to utilize anti-Semitism for political purposes.

Anti-Zionism—and by extension, giving credence to anti-Semites—is fundamental to the worldview Corbyn has cultivated on his journey to political stardom. For most of his political career, Corbyn was a fringe socialist politician and supporter of the USSR, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, the Iranian ayatollahs, and the Venezuela of Nicolas Maduro [and Hugo Chavez]. After becoming Labor leader, Jeremy Corbyn toned down some of this support for radical anti-Western groups. Nonetheless, he has consistently maintained his support for anti-Zionist causes. What’s undoubtable is that throughout his career, his ultimate goal has remained the same: rejecting Western values and embracing the alliance between radical socialists and Islamists in a strategic bid to normalize and implement socialism in the UK.

Politically, Corbyn’s strategy is working: according to a recent YouGov poll, 61 percent of the party believes Corbyn is handling accusations of anti-Semitism well. And 80 percent of the party deems him a good leader overall. The events of the past few weeks indicate that the Labor leadership has been able to build on their apparent success to . . . distance themselves from the overwhelmingly Zionist British-Jewish community. This perhaps became most apparent last Friday, when Jeremy Corbyn published another article in the Guardian disregarding his part in normalizing anti-Semitism in the party. The piece came out at 5:00pm, when the majority of Jews in the country were busy preparing for the Sabbath.


Jeremy Corbyn and the 9/11 Conspiracy Theories of a “Very Honoured Citizen”
In one of his bids to escape the antisemitism crisis engulfing the Labour party, last Friday Jeremy Corbyn offered this line in The Guardian:

Labour staff have seen examples of Holocaust denial, crude stereotypes of Jewish bankers, conspiracy theories blaming 9/11 on Israel, and even one individual who appeared to believe that Hitler had been misunderstood.

Mr Corbyn should know all about 9/11 conspiracy bunkum. He has been an enthusiastic champion of Raed Salah, one of the notable peddlers.

Raed Salah is the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel. It is close to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Salah visited the UK in 2011, planning to speak alongside MPs as part of his tour, including Mr Corbyn.
UK Labour MP under fire for accusing Israel of ‘genocide’ in Gaza in 2012
A senior lawmaker in the British Labour party has come under fire after a 2012 video surfaced that saw him claiming Israel was attempting to commit “genocide” against the Palestinians.

The opposition party, which has been mired in an ongoing anti-Semitism scandal, defended John McDonnell after the clip was published by the Daily Telegraph.

McDonnell is the UK’s shadow chancellor of the exchequer, having been appointed to the post in 2015 by Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has been repeatedly been accused of being soft on anti-Semitism among his party members.

In the video, taken in November 2012 during a round of violence between Israel and terror groups in the Gaza Strip known as Operation Pillar of Defense, McDonnell said: “Nobody can speak without expressing some form of solidarity with the people of Gaza … as the children are murdered and the bombs are flying from Israel.”

“I think it’s absolutely critical now that we use every platform we can to expose what’s going on, which is effectively an attempt at genocide against the Palestinians,” he charged at a far-left rally organized by the Unite the Resistance organization.
Extremist-Linked Assad Fan Lord Sheikh and His Zionist-Bashing Group
Sheikh is on the record publicly praising the controversial group the Al Muntada Trust. The group faced scrutiny after fears were raised that its funds had ended up with Boko Haram extremists. It has been linked to a series of anti-Semitic, homophobic and extremist preachers. In the video above, Lord Sheikh calls the group “marvellous”…

Then there is Lord Sheikh’s praise for the East London Mosque. Sheikh said:

“I would certainly commend the Mosque and Centre: not only do you provide a place of worship, but you provide a holistic service and more importantly the empowerment for women.”

Once again, the East London Mosque has well-known and established links to a series of misogynistic and homophobic speakers.

It gets worse. Lord Sheikh has links to the hugely controversial Interal charity, which was investigated by the Charity Commission over its links to Hamas.
Birthright co-founder: Don't criticize Israel on our nickel
Birthright Israel co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Charles Bronfman said on Wednesday that young Jews are free to criticize Israel, but not while enjoying a free trip, JTA reported.

“If people want to call Israel names and say bad things about the country, they certainly have the right to free speech. But they don’t have the right to do it on our nickel,” he was quoted as having told Haaretz in an interview.

His comments came after at least two groups of American Jews visiting Israel on the 10-day trip left the tour to join leftists groups on visits to Palestinian Arabs. The walk-offs reportedly were encouraged by the leftist American-Jewish group IfNotNow.

The young Jews who walked off the trip and some others who remain on them are critical of what they say is Birthright’s failure to deal with Israel’s alleged “occupation” of Judea and Samaria. Some have complained that maps handed out to participants do not draw a proper distinction between Israel and Judea and Samaria.

Bronfman said in his interview with Haaretz that participants on Birthright can extend their trip and join any kind of group they want or travel on their own to areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority.

“If they want to go to the West Bank or Gaza, they are certainly free to go,” he was quoted as having told Haaretz.

“What is not fair is making a big tzimmes while the trip is on. Frankly, I just don’t think that is fair to their fellow participants,” added Bronfman.
Another Jump the Shark Moment from JVP
The latest email from Jewish Voice for Peace's Deputy Directory Stefanie Fox may be a jump the shark moment for the anti-Israel group. The subject line reads "Why is the ADL training ICE in Israel?" Maybe Stefanie is secretly hoping you don't bother to read the rest of her offering. (Spoiler alert: they aren't)

Stephanie claims ICE has been learning techniques and tools from the Israeli military. She doesn't care if Peter Edge was in Israel studying cyber-security or attempting to learn from Israel's remarkable sucess at curtailing human trafficking. If it involves Israel, it must be made to be nefarious. Stefanie Fox spews typical JVP vitriole: "The real-world results of these trips have been Israeli & US officials sharing “worst practices” -- deportation and detention, shoot-to-kill policies, massive spying and surveillance -- that have become the go-to policies of agencies like ICE."

Why the hyperbole? Because 3 years ago, during the Obama administration the Deputy Associate Director of Homeland Security Investigations, one man, Peter Edge joined a delegation to Israel sponsored by the ADL.
American Association of University Professors: Don’t boycott the anti-Israel academic boycotters
But if you uphold the right to boycott, you necessarily need to uphold the right to counter-boycott.

The problem with this is that AAUP upholds the right to boycott, but only on one side. Substantively it opposes both the boycott and counter-boycott, but procedurally it upholds only the right of the boycotters.

AAUP also sent a letter to Israel regarding Israel’s denial of entry to Columbia Law Professor Katherine Franke, an academic boycott supporter.

Additionally, AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure sent a letter to the Israeli government in regard to the interrogation, subsequent expulsion, and apparent banning from Israel of Columbia Law School Professor Katherine Franke over her supporter of the “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” (BDS) movement in April. The letter urges the government of Israel to “reconsider your immigration officer’s decision and to revoke any further ban on Professor Franke’s entry for purposes of collaborative academic and scholarly work in Israel.”

Again, AAUP upholds Professor Franke’s right to boycott Israel and Israelis, but does not uphold the reverse. It does not matter that it is the Israeli government boycotting Professor Franke, since the BDS movement regularly seeks to impose government boycotts of Israel. So governmental power is used by both sides.

By turning academia into war by other means, the anti-Israel academic boycotters invited relatiatory boycotts. By affirming the rights of the boycotters to boycott Israel, but rejecting the right of Israel and supporters of Israel to counter-boycott, AAUP is not consistent or principled.
Legal action taken against first BDS motion by Latin American municipality
An organization of Chilean-Israelis has filed a legal action against the municipal council of the Chilean city of Valdivia and its mayor, which recently approved the first municipal BDS motion in Latin America. BDS refers to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement targeting Israel.

The Chilean Community of Israel (CCHIL) organization sent a letter on July 30 to the Chilean state comptroller arguing that the motion contravenes Chilean law, that a municipal council has no jurisdiction to take such actions and that the mayor has overstepped his legal authority by advancing and signing the motion.

In Spain, dozens of municipal authorities have adopted BDS motions against Israel prompted by the pro-Palestinian advocacy of the left-wing populist Podemos Party.

Anti-BDS activists are now concerned that this phenomenon could spread to Latin America, and the legal motion to the Chilean state comptroller is an effort to try and stop it in its tracks.

The ACOM organization in Spain has successfully sued 33 local municipal authorities out of at least 100 that approved BDS motions. It is hoped that the widespread adoption of such measures can be avoided in Chile and the broader region.

Indeed, the Valdivia municipal decree itself, passed in June, references the BDS motions in Spanish cities, saying that its own measure was following in those footsteps.
Anti-Semitism Soars on U.S. College Campuses
Anti-Semitic incidents on U.S. college campuses have continued to grow in 2018, with at least 384 recorded incidents in the first half of this year, according to a new report showing the number of genocidal expressions towards Jewish hit new highs on campuses across the United States.

A new report by released Wednesday by pro-Israel organization the AMCHA Initiative, a group that tracks anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity on college campuses, shows that much of the anti-Semitism on U.S. campuses is the result of activity by anti-Israel activists who promote imagery such as swastikas and tropes calling for the destruction of the Jewish people, according to the report.

Genocidal expression, such as images and language promoting the killing of Jews and destruction of Israel, "rose dramatically" over the past years, with at least 75 percent of such incidents "involving classic anti-Semitism" and "genocidal expression," according to the report. The number of such incidents appear to have dropped slightly from 2017 to the first part of 2018, the report notes.

Most notably, according to the report, "Israel-related incidents were significantly more likely to contribute to a hostile campus," the report found.

The AMCHA report puts figures to a range of anecdotal and reported conflicts on college campuses across the United States, where anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity continues to flourish. Pro-Palestinian campus activists continue to aggressively silence those in the Jewish community and foster an unsafe environment for many Jewish students.
Christian Science Monitor Highlights Benefits of Jewish Sovereignty
One underlying message that modern mass media offers about Israel is that Jewish power and sovereignty in the land of Israel is a threat or obstacle to the welfare of people living in the Middle East. This dishonest narrative, which fits the agenda of authoritarian regimes and de-stabilizing political movements that use anti-Zionism as a unifying political agenda, infects much, if not most of the media coverage of the Jewish state. This “blame-Israel” narrative is so ubiquitous that it comes as a shock when a news outlet gets it right and portrays Israel as a force for good in the Middle East. But it does happen.

It happened in an article published on July 11, 2018 in the online edition of The Christian Science Monitor and reprised in the July 30, 2018 issue of The Christian Science Monitor Weekly.

The article, titled “Syrian war comes to Israel’s doorstep, brings swirl of changing attitudes,” was written by Dina Kraft. In the article, Kraft recounts how 10,000 people fleeing from Syrian Civil War have come to rely on Israel for their welfare and safety. They have gathered near Syria’s border with Israel because of the protection the Jewish state affords them under “Operation Good Neighbor.” The program provides food, fuel, medical supplies and in some instances medical treatment to people living in villages near Israel. As a result of the program, “[s]ome 5,000 Syrians have been treated in Israeli hospitals,” Kraft reported.

These acts of kindness have changed how many Syrians view the Jewish state, the article indicates.
BBC double standards in reporting social media incitement evident again
In April of this year the BBC News website’s domestic pages reported the sentencing of a Salford man previously found guilty of “encouragement of terrorism”.

“Muslim convert Adam Wyatt, 48, admitted disseminating a terrorist publication that said “Britain must atone for its sins in Palestine” and posting on social media that jihad was an obligation for all Muslims.”

The following month the website reported the sentencing of a man from Sunderland who had previously pleaded guilty to similar offences.

“A shopkeeper who tweeted support for Islamic State (IS) and called for “death to Shias” has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Mohammed Zahir Khan, of Nora Street, Sunderland, had admitted encouraging terrorism, dissemination of a terror publication and stirring up religious hatred.”


Unsurprisingly, the BBC did not send a reporter to interview either of those men before they were sentenced. Neither did it promote the notion that they were put on trial because of their identity to millions of audience members or portray either of their cases as being about “free speech”.

However, when an Israeli-Arab woman was sentenced to five months in prison after having been convicted of incitement to violence in her poems and social media posts, the BBC News website amplified her claims of political persecution in a July 31st report titled “Dareen Tatour: Israeli Arab poet sentenced for incitement“.
Shocking documentary shows how Sweden’s ruling leftist party ‘helped’ Nazi Germany
A shocking documentary about Sweden’s ruling Social Democratic Party, shows how the leftist party ‘inspired and helped’ Nazi Germany.

The documentary, produced by the party’s right-wing opponent, the Sweden Democrats, was removed by YouTube yesterday in an act of censorship.

But after a backlash it is now visible again on the social media channel of broadcaster Samtiden Dokumentär.

Ironically the documentary starts with the leader of the leftist Social Democratic Party, Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven, telling how the right-wing Social Democrats historically have Nazi roots.

But now the Sweden Democrats are hitting back and have produced this documentary to tell the truth about their leftist opponents.

And it is revealing as it shows that the Swedish Social Democrats inspired Nazi Germany on the issue of Eugenics or “ethnic cleansing”.
Jewish couple in Belgium targeted with death threats
A Jewish woman living in Belgium said her family has been targeted with anti-Semitic abuse since one of their neighbors discovered they were Jews.

The woman, identified only as Nicole, 43, in an article published last month by the La Meuse regional daily about her ordeal, had been living for over two years in Marchienne-au-Pont, a suburb of Charleroi 30 miles south of Brussels, without incident, according to the report.

But this summer, the report said, she and her family have been targeted in a campaign of harassment that has featured written death threats stuffed into their mailbox and the scrawling of anti-Semitic graffiti on their front door.

“We are too afraid to leave our home since this started,” Nicole, a Chile native, was quoted as telling the newspaper. “Several people discovered we’re Jewish and ever since we’ve been getting death threats.” One letter addressed to Nicole called her a “dirty whore” and other insults.

The couple have filed several complaints with police but no suspects have been brought in.
Mayoral candidate: Questioning Holocaust isn't anti-Semitism
A self-proclaimed Holocaust revisionist is planning a run for mayor of Hilton Head, South Carolina, but says his beliefs will not impact his local anti-development platform.

Michael Santomauro, 59, filed papers to enter the race on Monday, according to the Island Packet.

Santomauro, who founded a roommate-matching service, made headlines in New York City in 2003 when subscribers to his service received a stream of emails spreading his beliefs denying historical accounts of the Holocaust.

In 2004, protesters surrounded his home and chanted “evict the Nazi.” He told the New York Post then that the Nazi label is “totally inaccurate.” He told the Island Packet this week that the protesters were “part of a domestic terrorism group.”

In 2011, Santomauro urged his child’s school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side to acquire the book “Debating the Holocaust: A New Look at Both Sides.” The book collects essays denying key aspects of Holocaust history, including the death toll, the accounts of survivors, the physical evidence found at death camps and the feasibility of the methods the Nazis used to carry out mass murder. Santomauro runs American operations for a publisher of e-books dedicated to Holocaust denial.
Germany lifts ban on Nazi symbols in video games
Computer and video games can include swastikas and other Nazi symbols, a German industry body said Thursday, after a heated debate over the “Wolfenstein” franchise in which gamers battle Third Reich forces.

The game was previously deemed to have fallen foul of the German criminal code, which bars any depiction of so-called “anti-constitutional” symbols, including Nazi swastikas.

Accordingly in “Wolfenstein II,” images of Adolf Hitler were doctored to remove his mustache and the swastika in the Nazi flag was replaced with a triangular symbol.

This sparked an uproar in the gaming community, prompting calls for games to be treated like films.

Because movies are deemed works of art, they are exempt from the ban, similar to material used in research, historical or scientific purposes.

Films set in the World War II-era, for instance, are allowed to be screened in Germany with Nazi symbols.
Curator of Elie Wiesel Museum Welcomes Global Outpouring of Support, as Romanian Police Arrest Vandalism Suspect
In the wake of this past weekend’s vandalism incident at the childhood home of the late Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel in Romania, there has been an outpouring of solidarity from across the globe, the curator of the museum at the site told The Algemeiner on Wednesday.

Alina Marincean said the incident — in which antisemitic graffiti was scrawled on the home — came as a surprise to both museum staff members and local residents in the city of Sighetu Marmatiei, located in northwestern Romania near the border with Ukraine.

“Nothing of this sort ever happened to us and we are organizing yearly public events with a great impact on the local and regional community,” she noted.

Following the discovery of the graffiti on Saturday, Marincean recalled, “I spent the whole next day responding to emails and answering calls from friends, visitors, people I know from around the world from Finland to South America, Israel and the US, people who expressed their concern and also support.”

“There were also visits at the museum from politicians and intellectuals from Romania who wanted to point out the importance of this place that keeps Elie Wiesel’s work and memory alive, as well as the memory of all those 38,000 Jews who never returned to their homes after May 1944,” she added.
Patented Israeli Laser Technology Could be Used to Fight Forest Fires Across the World
Texas, Oregon, Florida, New Jersey, as well as Canada, Greece, India, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK are among other areas battling massive forest fires, a phenomenon experts expect will only increase due to climate change.

It was the massive forest fires in Israel over the past several years that gave electro-optics physicist Daniel Leigh the idea of using algorithm-controlled laser beams from helicopters or trucks to zap leaves, thin branches and pine needles off treetops in the path of fire. The flames are forced downward, where they can be more easily controlled by conventional methods.

Leigh explains that leafy treetops provide a highly combustible smorgasbord for hungry forest fires. Fanned by extreme wind and weather conditions, a forest fire that rises to the treetops spreads out of control in the blink of an eye.

When Leigh shared his idea with ecologist Zvika Avni, former chief of the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) Forestry Department, Avni agreed to be the ecology and the wildfire fighting specialist for Leigh’s startup, Fighting Treetop Fire (FTF).
Swedish Christian Zionists to sail to Israel
Following Swedish pro-Hamas operatives’ failed attempt to reach Gaza by sea, a Christian supporter of Israel from Sweden announced he would take dozens of pro-Zionists to Israel on his yacht.

Stefan Abrahamsson today announced on Facebook that his yacht, Elida, will set sail from Sweden on Aug. 25 to Israel to show solidarity with the Jewish State and Middle East Christians.

“We want to break the silence of the severe persecution and cleansing of the Christian population that is taking place in this region,” he wrote. “As the only democracy in the Middle East amid ​​dictatorships, Israel welcomes us on this show of solidarity with human rights, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and fundamental democratic values. In turn, we are taking a stand for the values ​​that Israel stands for.”

Abrahamsson wrote that on Aug. 24 he will organize a sendoff party at the Gothenburg marina from which his yacht, carrying about 40 activists, will set sail for Herzliya, Israel. The Elida is expected to reach Israel in October and dock there for several weeks. The sendoff will feature a discussion on “precisely these important issues,” he wrote. Lars Adaktusson, a lawmaker from Sweden in the European Parliament, is scheduled to speak at the event.
Israeli runner Lonah Chemtai Salpeter wins gold at European Championships
Israel’s Lonah Chemtai Salpeter won the women’s 10,000-meter run at the 2018 European Athletics Championships in Berlin Wednesday, completing the race in 31 minutes, 43.29 seconds.

Israeli-Kenyan Salpeter came 9 full seconds ahead of Susan Krumins of the Netherlands, winning the gold medal. Sweden’s Meraf Bahta came third.

The 29-year-old became the first Israeli to be crowned European champion.

“I still don’t believe it,” she said afterwards. “I’m really happy. I dreamed of this, but I didn’t believe it happened.”

Salpeter will receive a grant of NIS 40,000 (some $11,000) from Israeli sports authorities for her win.

Born in Kenya, she first came to Israel in 2008, working as a caretaker at Kenya’s embassy in Tel Aviv. While running at a Herzliya park, she was noticed by running coach Moti Mizrahi, who suggested she train professionally.
2.4 million tourists came to Israel so far in 2018, ministry says
Israel’s Ministry of Tourism has announced that 2.4 million tourists have visited Israel since the beginning of 2018, a 17% increase in tourists for the same period in 2017.

Citing findings from Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, the ministry said in a statement that the number of tourists is 46 percent more than in 2016, almost double the number of tourists that entered during the same period that year.

According to the ministry, 293,400 tourists entered Israel during July 2018 alone, which is around eight percent more tourists than in July 2017.

Over 250,000 tourists came by air, the release said, an 8.8% increase compared to July 2017. 26,200 of them came through land crossings into Israel, a 3.1% increase compared to that month the year before. (Israel only has land border crossings with Egypt and Jordan.)

“Month after month, we are witnessing new achievements and record highs in incoming tourism,” Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin (Likud) said in a statement. “I am pleased that, in the last month, we have also seen an impressive rise in incoming tourism... the tourism industry continues to be a significant factor in making exceptional impact and contributions to the Israeli economy and workforce.”

Levin also praised the ministry’s marketing initiatives and “innovative activities… Together with the incentives for airlines and investments in infrastructure,” for contributing to the rise in tourism.
2,200-Year-Old Earring Found in Jerusalem Excavation Sheds Light on Hellenistic Period in Judea
A 2,200-year-old golden earring was discovered at the City of David’s archaeological excavation just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, shedding light on life in the city after it was conquered by the Greeks.

The rare artifact depicts a finely-crafted head of a horned animal and delicate filigree work, and is believed to date back to the second or third century BCE, a period during which the Temple was the center of Jewish life, but the region was controlled by the Greeks and a significant percentage of the Jewish populace was influenced by Greek culture and beliefs.

During the time period the earring is believed to be connected to, Judea was a semi-autonomous Hellenistic vassal first under the rule of Ptolemaic Egypt from 301 to 198 BCE, and then under the Seleucid Empire, after Antiochus III conquered Jerusalem. Shortly afterwards, Jews who were not Hellenized ultimately took part in the Maccabean Revolt of 167 BCE, which is commemorated in the Hanukkah story.

According to Professor Yuval Gadot of Tel Aviv University, co-director of the Givati Parking Lot excavation, the find is the first earring discovered in Jerusalem from the Hellenistic period, found in an early-Hellenistic period building deep inside the dig.



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          Trump's 'skinny' insurance plans will help millions of families      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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On August 2, the Trump administration issued a proposed rule allowing the sale of short-term, limited-duration health insurance plans, also known as short-term plans. The new rule extends the renewal period for short-term plans up to a year, a change from the previous Obama-era policy of letting them last only up to three months. It also allows these plans to be extended for up to 36 months.

The longer renewal period will give Americans more options to determine the length of their healthcare policies, at least until they can find a longer-term plan that better suits their needs. This is yet another step in the Trump administration’s plan to undermine rigid Obamacare rules so that working families have better health insurance choices available.

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A Jacobin editor defends the Republican Party against the charge of wanting to take poor people’s insurance away.
          "F*ck Hope": Michael Moore Slams Obama's Mantra As "Lazy Way Out"       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Liberal activist Michael Moore has slammed former President Obama's "hope" ideology as "the lazy way out," during an interview promoting his new anti-Trump film, "Farenheit 11/9," which opens in theaters next month. 

Moore told the Huffington Post that "Hope is passive. Hope gives you permission to let someone else do the work. Hope leads people to believe that tax returns, or a pee tape, or the FBI or an adult film star will save the country. Hope, and the passivity that comes with it, is what helped get us here to begin with. It’s the lazy way out."

We don’t need hope. We need action,” exclaimed Moore. 

In case that was too subtle, Moore clarified: 

Fuck hope. Seriously, fuck hope. Fuck despair, too. But fuck hope.

Moore tells the Post that Donald Trump is an "evil genius" who "has no intention of leaving the White House." 

Whenever he hears that another country has a president for life, he perks up and thinks, “I like the sound of that!” And he has an obedient political party that holds every seat of power backing him up. 

American journalism schools have not trained students how to cover an authoritarian leader. Our media has no idea what it is up against. They’re getting steamrolled by a tyrant because Trump understands media and understands the country he lives in more than those that cover him do. This puts us all in grave danger. -Michael Moore

We wonder if Moore's new film will accidentally redpill as many Americans as his last one - seen by many as one of the greatest pro-Trump advertisements during the 2016 election.


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Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

America, you officially have a debt problem, and I am not just talking about the national debt. 

Consumer bankruptcies are surging, corporate debt has doubled since the last financial crisis, state and local government debt loads have never been higher, and the federal government has been adding more than a trillion dollars a year to the federal debt ever since Barack Obama entered the White House. 

We have been on the greatest debt binge in human history, and it has enabled us to enjoy our ridiculously high standard of living for far longer than we deserved.  Many of us have been sounding the alarm about our debt problem for a very long time, but now even the mainstream news is freaking out about it.  I have a feeling that they just want something else to hammer President Trump over the head with, but they are actually speaking the truth when they say that we are facing an unprecedented debt crisis.

For example, the New York Times just published a piece that discussed the fact that the bankruptcy rate among retirees is about three times higher than it was in 1991…

For a rapidly growing share of older Americans, traditional ideas about life in retirement are being upended by a dismal reality: bankruptcy.

The signs of potential trouble — vanishing pensions, soaring medical expenses, inadequate savings — have been building for years. Now, new research sheds light on the scope of the problem: The rate of people 65 and older filing for bankruptcy is three times what it was in 1991, the study found, and the same group accounts for a far greater share of all filers.

Infographic: Bankruptcy Surging Among Older Americans | Statista

You will find more infographics at Statista

Overall, Baby Boomers are doing a whole lot better financially than the generations coming after them, and so this is very troubling news.

And here is another very troubling fact from that same article

Not only are more older people seeking relief through bankruptcy, but they also represent a widening slice of all filers: 12.2 percent of filers are now 65 or older, up from 2.1 percent in 1991.

The jump is so pronounced, the study says, that the aging of the baby boom generation cannot explain it.

Of course it isn’t just Baby Boomers that are drowning in debt.

Collectively, U.S. households are 13.15 trillion dollars in debt, which is the highest level in American history.

All over the nation, companies are also going bankrupt at a staggering pace.  This week we learned that the biggest mattress retailer in the entire country “Is considering a potential bankruptcy filing”

Mattress Firm Inc, the largest U.S. mattress retailer, is considering a potential bankruptcy filing as it seeks ways to get out of costly store leases and shut some of its 3,000 locations that are losing money, people familiar with the matter said.

Mattress Firm’s deliberations offer the latest example of a U.S. brick-and-mortar retailer struggling financially amid competition from e-commerce firms such as Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O).

We have seen retailer after retailer go down, and it is being projected that this will be the worst year for retail store closings ever.

But it isn’t just retailers that are hurting.  Yesterday, I came across an article about a television manufacturer in South Carolina that just had to lay off “94 percent of their workforce”

A TV manufacturer based in South Carolina have blamed Trump’s trade tariffs for laying off 94 percent of their workforce.

Element Electronics now has just eight employees in their company after letting 126 members of staff go.

They said the tariffs imposed on goods from China mean they can no longer buy essential components for their TVs.

During this next economic downturn, I believe that we are going to see the biggest wave of corporate bankruptcies that this country has ever seen.

State and local governments don’t go bankrupt, but they are drowning in debt as well.  State and local government debt has ballooned to the highest levels on record in recent years, and one of the big reasons for this is because we are facing a coming pension crisis that threatens to absolutely overwhelm us

Many cities and states can no longer afford the unsustainable retirement promises made to millions of public workers over many years. By one estimate they are short $5 trillion, an amount that is roughly equal to the output of the world’s third-largest economy.

Certain pension funds face the prospect of insolvency unless governments increase taxes, divert funds or persuade workers to relinquish money they are owed. It is increasingly likely that retirees, as well as new workers, will be forced to take deeper benefit cuts.

Meanwhile, the federal government continues to engage in incredibly reckless financial behavior.  When Barack Obama was elected, we were 10 trillion dollars in debt, and now we are 21 trillion dollars in debt.

What that means is that we have been adding more than a trillion dollars to the national debt per year since 2008, and we continue to steal more than 100 million dollars every single hour of every single day from future generations of Americans.

And even though the Republicans have been in control in Washington, very few of our leaders seem to want to alter the trajectory that we are on.  But if something is not done, absolute disaster is a certainty.  At this point, it is being projected that our debt will reach 30 trillion dollars by 2028 if we stay on this current path.  It would be difficult to overstate the grave danger that we are facing, but nothing is being done to turn things around.  Here are some more projections from the Congressional Budget Office

In 2022, the Highway Trust Fund will run out of full funding. In 2026, the Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund follows. In 2032, the Social Security trust fund surpluses run dry, and all beneficiaries regardless of age or income level will face a 21 percent across-the-board benefit cut. Before 2030, we could have trillion-dollar annual interest payments. Interest rates have been low until now, but that is changing. As rates go up, we have to pay more on new debt and on all accumulated debt.

The amount we pay in interest on the debt is set to triple over the next ten years. But if interest rates rise just 1 point higher than expected, the government will owe an extra $1.9 trillion over 10 years.

On top of everything else, everyone else around the world has been on a massive debt binge as well.

Total global debt is well above 200 trillion dollars, and it has nearly quadrupled over the past 17 years.

Are you starting to understand why they call this a “debt bubble”?

Unfortunately, all debt bubbles must burst eventually, and the one that we are in right now is definitely on borrowed time.


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“La bestia”, ovvero del come funziona la propaganda di Salvini

DI STEVEN FORTI
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Intervista a Alessandro Orlowski, ex hacker e spin doctor digitale, che ci parla della strategia comunicativa della Lega, dell’affaire Cambridge Analytica, del business dei falsi profili twitter, del Gdpr, Facebook e molto altro
Alessandro Orlowski è seduto a un tavolino di un bar di Barcellona. Nato a Parma nel 1967, vive in Spagna da 20 anni. Ex regista di spot e videoclip negli anni ’90 e grande appassionato di informatica, è stato uno dei primi e più influenti hacker italiani. Fin da prima dell’arrivo dei social network, ha lavorato sulle connessioni digitali tra gli individui, per sviluppare campagne virali. Negli anni ha condotto numerose campagne in Rete, come quella per denunciare l’evasione scale del Vaticano o i gruppi estremisti negli Stati Uniti e in Europa. Oggi fa lo spin doctor digitale: ha creato Water on Mars, startup di comunicazione digitale tra le più innovative, e guidato il team social risultato fondamentale per condurre il liberale Kuczynski alla presidenza del Perù. Ci accomodiamo, e cominciamo a parlare con lui di politica nel mondo digitale, per arrivare presto a Matteo Salvini e allo straordinario (e inquietante) lavoro che sta realizzando online.
Che evoluzione ha avuto negli anni il concetto di “rete social”?
Nasce nei primi anni ’80 con le BBS, le Bulletin Boards System, antesignane dei blog e delle chat. La prima rete sociale, però, è stata Friendster nel 2002, che raggiunse circa 3 milioni di utenti. A seguire l’amatissima (da parte mia) MySpace: narra una leggenda nerd che fu creata in 10 giorni di programmazione. Il primo a usare le reti social per fini elettorali è stato Barack Obama nel 2008.
Oggi in Italia chi è il politico che maneggia meglio questi strumenti?
In tal senso la Lega ha lavorato molto bene, durante l’ultima campagna elettorale. Ha creato un sistema che controlla le reti social di Salvini e analizza quali sono i post e i tweet che ottengono i migliori risultati, e che tipo di persone hanno interagito. In questo modo possono modi care la loro strategia attraverso la propaganda. Un esempio: pubblicano un post su Facebook in cui si parla di immigrazione, e il maggior numero di commenti è “i migranti ci tolgono il lavoro”? Il successivo post rafforzerà questa paura. I dirigenti leghisti hanno chiamato questo software La Bestia.
Quando nasce La Bestia?
Dalle mie informazioni nasce dal team di SistemaIntranet di Mantova, ossia dalla mente di Luca Morisi, socio di maggioranza dell’azienda, e Andrea Paganella. Morisi è lo spin doctor digital della Lega, di fatto il responsabile della comunicazione di Salvini. La Bestia è stata ideata a fine 2014, e finalizzata nel 2016. All’inizio si trattava di un semplice tool di monitoraggio e sentiment. Poi si è raffinato, con l’analisi dei post di Facebook e Twitter e la sinergia con la mailing list.
Come funziona l’analisi dei dati, su cui si basa la strategia?
Diciamo che a livello di dati non buttano via nulla: tutto viene analizzato per stabilire la strategia futura, assieme alla società di sondaggi SWG e a Voices From the Blogs (azienda di Big Data Analysis, ndr). I loro report, su tutti quelli del professore Enzo Risso, sono analizzati attentamente dal team della Lega, composto da Iva Garibaldi, Alessandro Panza, Giancarlo Giorgetti, Alessio Colzani, Armando Siri e altri.
La Bestia differenzia il suo operato a seconda dei social, per rendere immutata l’efficacia di Salvini in base allo strumento?
Per chi si occupa di marketing e propaganda online, è normale adattare la comunicazione ai differenti social. Twitter è l’ufficio stampa, e influenza maggiormente i giornalisti. Su Facebook ti puoi permettere un maggiore storytelling. È interessante vedere come, inserendo nelle mailing list i video di Facebook, la Lega crei una sinergia con la base poco attiva sui social: la raggiunge via mail, e aumenta così visualizzazioni e condivisioni.
Operano legalmente?
Camminano su un lo molto sottile. Il problema riguarda la gestione dei dati. Hanno creato, per esempio, un concorso che si chiama “Vinci Salvini” (poche settimane prima del voto, ndr). Ti dovevi registrare al gioco online e quanti più contenuti pubblicavi a tema Lega, maggiori erano le possibilità di incontrare Salvini. È stato un successo. Il problema è che non sappiamo come siano stati gestiti i dati. A chi venivano affidati? A Salvini? Alla Lega? A una società privata?
C’è qualche legame con lo scandalo Cambridge Analytica in questo utilizzo “disinvolto” dei dati personali?
Difficile rispondere. Circolano voci in merito all’apertura di una sede di Cambridge Analytica a Roma poco prima delle elezioni italiane, progetto abortito in seguito allo scandalo che ha coinvolto la società britannica. Un partito italiano, non si sa quale, avrebbe richiesto i suoi servizi. È noto che la Lega volesse parlare con Steve Bannon (figura chiave dell’alt-right americana, fondamentale nell’elezione di Donald Trump, ndr) in quel periodo, incontro poi avvenuto in seguito.
La destra – più o meno estrema – sta vincendo la battaglia della comunicazione digital? 
Si muovono meglio dei partiti tradizionali, che non sono riusciti a evolversi. Lo dimostra Bannon, e pure Salvini, che a 45 anni è un super millennial: ha vissuto il calcio balilla, la televisione, Space Invaders e le reti social.
Vedi analogie tra la strategia social di Donald Trump e quella di Salvini?
Salvini ha sempre guardato con attenzione a Trump. Entrambi fanno la cosa più semplice: trovare un nemico comune. E gli sta funzionando molto bene. Nel nuovo governo si sono suddivisi le responsabilità: al M5S è toccato il lavoro, con la forte macchina propagandistica gestita dalla Casaleggio Associati, alla Lega la sicurezza e l’orgoglio nazionale, gestiti da Morisi e amici.
Sta pagando, non c’è che dire.
La totale disinformazione e frotte di like su post propagandistici e falsi – per esempio l’annuncio della consegna di 12 motovedette alla Guardia costiera libica (a fine giugno, ndr) – portano a quello che si definisce vanity KPI: l’elettore rimane soddisfatto nel condividere post che hanno migliaia di like, e quindi affermano le loro convinzioni. Consiglio la lettura di The Thrill of Political Hating di Arthur Brooks.
Esiste una sorta di meme war all’italiana? 
Le meme war non esistono. Ci possono essere contenuti in forma di meme per denigrare i competitor e inquinare i motori di ricerca. Ricordiamoci anni fa, quando su Google scrivevi il cognome “Berlusconi” e il motore di ricerca ti suggeriva “mafioso”: fu un esempio di manipolazione dell’algoritmo di Google. Lo stesso sta succedendo in questi giorni: se scrivete la parola “idiot” e fate “ricerca immagini”, compaiono solo foto di Trump.
Come è stata finanziata l’attività delle reti social della Lega?
La Lega voleva creare una fondazione solo per ricevere i soldi delle donazioni, al fine di poter tenere in piedi le reti social senza passare per i conti in rosso del partito. Il partito è gravato da debiti e scandali finanziari (a luglio il tribunale di Genova ha confermato la richiesta di confisca di 49 milioni di euro dalle casse del partito, ndr). Le leggi italiane lasciano ampio margine: permettono di ricevere micro- donazioni, senza doverle rendere pubbliche. È una forma completamente legale. In ogni caso, potresti chiederlo direttamente a Luca Morisi (Morisi non ha risposto ai tentativi di contatto da parte di Rolling Stone, ndr)
Hanno ricevuto finanziamenti dall’estero? 
Recentemente l’Espresso ha raccontato che alcune donazioni al partito provengono da associazioni come Italia-Russia e Lombardia- Russia, vicine alla Lega. D’altra parte, sono stati i russi a inventare il concetto di hybrid war. Il generale Gerasimov ha teorizzato che le guerre moderne non si devono combattere con le armi, ma con la propaganda e l’hacking.
Un sistema come La Bestia alimenta la creazione di notizie false?
Non direi che ci sia un rapporto diretto tra le due cose, ma sicuramente c’è un rapporto tra La Bestia e il bias dei post che pubblicano. Come ha spiegato lo psicologo e premio Nobel Daniel Kahneman, di fronte a una notizia online la nostra mente si avvale di metodi di giudizio molto rapidi che, grazie alla soddisfazione che dà trovare conferma nei nostri pregiudizi, spesso porta a risposte sbagliate e illogiche, ossia biased.
Salvini lavora su questo bias?
Lo fa il suo team, e anche quello del M5S: amplificare notizie semi-veritiere, viralizzandole e facendole diventare cultura condivisa, che viene confermata sia dalla fonte considerata carismaticamente onesta e affidabile, sia dal numero di condivisioni che la rendono in quel modo difficilmente contestabile. Vai tu a convincere del contrario 18mila utenti che hanno condiviso un post di dubbia veridicità! Una delle figure chiave delle fake news della Lega è stato e forse ancora è il napoletano Marco Mignogna, che gestiva il sito di Noi con Salvini, oltre a una ventina di portali pro-Salvini, pro-M5S e pro-Putin (nel novembre 2017 si è occupato del caso il NYT, ndr).
Quanto di ciò che hai detto fin qui vale anche per il Movimento 5 Stelle?
Non c’è dubbio che dietro al M5S ci sia una buona azienda di marketing politico. La loro propaganda è più decentralizzata rispetto a quella della Lega, tutta controllata da Morisi. Creano piccole reti, appoggiandosi agli attivisti “grillini” e risparmiando così denaro. Non
pagano per rendere virali i post di Grillo o di Di Battista. Anche se oggi, con il M5S al governo, la strategia è in parte cambiata.
Quanto influisce l’attività di trolling sul dibattito politico?
Dipende dal contesto politico e dal Paese, in alcuni casi può essere molto violenta. Per creare account su Twitter esiste un software acquistabile online, che ti permette di generarne mille in tre ore, ognuno con foto e nome distinto. Parliamo di account verificati con un numero di cellulare: c’è un servizio russo che, per 10 centesimi, te ne fornisce uno appositamente. Con 300 o 400 euro puoi crearti in un pomeriggio un migliaio di account Twitter verificati. A quel punto puoi avviare un tweet bombing, cambiando la percezione di una notizia. È semplice e costa poco.
Ci sono conferme sull’esistenza di una rete di troll leghisti?
Non è facile rispondere, perché ci sono diverse tipologie di reti troll, organiche o artificiali. A volte distinguere le due senza tool specializzati è quasi impossibile. Per esempio, le reti di troll formate da persone reali spesso si auto-organizzano, sapendo benissimo che un utente singolo può avere due o più account social sullo stesso network. È normale vedere un utente pro-Lega o pro-M5S gestire anche cinque account con nomi diversi: cento persone in un gruppo segreto di Facebook o su un canale Telegram, con cinque account ciascuno, fanno 500 troll pronti ad attaccare, e scoraggiare utenti standard a un confronto politico.
Esistono quindi reti costruite ad hoc? 
Una di queste botnet è stata smantellata da un gruppo di hacker italiani sei mesi fa: era collegata a una società romana che gestiva una rete di 3mila account Twitter, collegati a un migliaio di account Facebook. Non mi stupirei se un team gestito da Morisi avesse automatizzato e controllasse qualche centinaio o migliaio di account. Qualcosa di simile era già nelle loro mani, con un sistema di tweet automatici su diversi account (documentato da diverse fonti giornalistiche lo scorso gennaio, ndr). L’unica pecca del loro team è la sicurezza informatica, come si è potuto notare dal leak delle informazioni del loro server, avvenuto all’inizio di quest’anno.
Cosa sappiamo sul “gonfiamento” dei numeri social di Salvini?
Abbiamo notato alcune discrepanze, ma in questo momento di grande successo mediatico di Salvini non sono più rilevanti. Abbiamo scoperto alcune botnet di Twitter nate contemporaneamente che, dopo pochi giorni e nello stesso momento, hanno seguito tutte l’account ufficiale di Salvini. La relazione con il suo account era il fatto che supportavano account di estrema destra in Europa, quindi attribuibili a persone vicine a Voice of Europe e gruppi simili, legati a Steve Bannon, come #Altright o #DefendEurope. La pratica di creare fake account è comune: solo pochi giorni fa Twitter ne ha cancellati alcuni milioni.
C’è un modo per riparare simili storture?
C’è poco da fare. In seguito allo scandalo Cambridge Analytica, Facebook ha colpito tutti, impedendo ai ricercatori di studiare questi fenomeni. Le cose non sono cambiate, anzi. Anche a seguito dell’adozione del GDPR (il regolamento sulla protezione dei dati personali, ndr) nei prossimi anni vedremo come si raffineranno le campagne politiche online: sarebbe utile avere leggi che impongano maggior trasparenza su come funzionano le reti social e, naturalmente, maggiore tutela per i cittadini, in particolare per quanto riguarda i propri big data.

          Trump Can't Save the Republican Establishment       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

It’s not unprecedented for a fairly popular president (with his own base) to discover that loyalty and enthusiasm for him does not transfer to his party’s members of Congress. President Barack Obama was unable to bring out his base in the midterm elections of 2010 and 2014, with crippling consequences for his presidency and for the Democratic Party as a whole. But Donald Trump may soon discover that he has the same problem to a much higher degree. After all, Obama did not run on the premise that his Democratic Party rivals were a bunch of low energy, lying, weaklings. He didn’t run against the Democratic establishment and its leadership in Congress.

Donald Trump surprised people when he was rewarded for brutally attacking the Bush family, disparaging John McCain’s military service, calling Mitt Romney a choke-artist, and trashing other popular Republican politicians like Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz. He called Washington a swamp and properly cast the Republican establishment as his enemy. It’s just not clear why a Trump supporter would be a natural voter for an incumbent member of Congress from any party.

Once in office, Trump has not shied away from criticizing congressional Republicans, especially when they failed to repeal Obamacare. His base must know on some level that he needs Republican majorities to protect himself, but a large percentage of his voters were never partisan Republicans or traditionally supportive of Republican majorities. Why would these people be motivated to show up to vote for Ted Cruz?

There’s obviously a reshuffling of the electorate going on, as we could see in last night’s election results. Several Republican members of Congress are no longer looking safe despite representing districts that have had a strong historic right-wing lean. This isn’t new. We’ve seen the Republicans underperform consistently in special elections for more than a year now.

Some of this is the natural pendulum swing we usually see in a new president’s first midterm, as the opposition gets motivated to counterattack. Some of it a result of the GOP nominating some truly awful people like Judge Roy Moore. Some of it is buyer’s regret from Trump supporters who thought they’d be getting something different.

But I think a significant part of the problem is that a big chunk of Trump’s voters hate Congress, are not partisan Republicans, and don’t support incumbents or either party. I’ve written about this before, and I’m still uncertain about the size of the contingent, but there’s a significant number of people who always cast their ballot as an effort to vote the bums out. In the matchup of Clinton vs. Trump, this translated to a vote for Trump. In a congressional race, it means (assuming they bother to show up at all) that the challenger is likely to get their support.

It’s not easy to turn a successful anti-establishmentarian campaign into a movement for reelection. This is especially true if you hero of the movement is not actually on the ballot and he’s asking people to vote for the establishment.

In a way, Trump has been campaigning against the Republican majorities in Congress from the very beginning. This isn’t because they’re Republicans. It’s because the whole premise of his campaign was that Washington DC is filled with bums.

I think it’s a failed premise to think that Trump supporters will save the GOP from midterm disaster. On the evidence so far, that it not going to happen.

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          Weak Democratic Affiliates Should Be a Focus       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

There’s plenty of interesting information in the data collected by the National Opinion Research Center during their latest nationwide survey. The headline takeaway is that Trump’s base of support is weaker than it may appear from just looking at the topline numbers. What stood out to me was something different, however.

The survey breaks voters into six basic categories: Strong Republican, Not-so-strong Republican, Lean Republican, Strong Democrat, Not-so-strong Democrat and Lean Democrat. The two “lean” categories are essentially people who do not want to self-identify with either party. Among the three Democratic groups, it may surprise you to learn that Trump does best with people who identify as Democrats, but not too strongly. They like Trump better than “independents” who lean Democratic.

And it’s a pretty big difference. Strong Democrats strongly disapprove approve of President Trump (eighty-seven percent) and Lean Democrats are almost as hostile (eighty-three percent). But Not-Too-Strong Democrats only register sixty-eight percent strong disapproval.

This is the group where you’ll find the Obama-Trump voters. Many of them have already seen enough of Trump, regret their decision to give him a chance and will not be voting for him again.  Some of them are happy with Trump and may soon migrate into independence or a Republican affiliation. The significant thing is that whether they voted for Trump or not, whether they regret voting for him or not, and whether they’re more sympathetic to him even in opposition or not, they’re people who still identify as Democrats.

For strategists who are actually interested in convincing Democrats to vote for Democrats, they should examine what this group likes about Trump beyond his anti-immigrant racism.  It could be his opposition to NAFTA and other trade agreements. It could be his combativeness and willingness to tell elites where to get stuffed.  It could be as simple as a more general social conservatism within this group. To be sure, there are still nearly seven out of ten people in this group who strongly disapprove of Trump, but the rest are a weakness for the Democratic Party as well as an opportunity.

The Obama-Trump Democrat is not a myth. Republicans will do better poaching them (again) than they’ll ever do with left-leaning independents.  And Democrats have a better chance of shoring up support among their own than they do of poaching right-leaning independents who also support Trump by better numbers than Not-so-strong Republicans.

In other words, the biggest minefield for vote switchers (for both parties) is among loose affiliates of the other party rather than independents, but they’re also the easiest voters to retain due to their historic allegiance.  If you push you weak affiliates out, you’re doing our opponents’ work for them.

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          Comment on REPORT: Judge threatens Sessions, orders migrants returned to U.S. by Roxanne Koller      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
This corrupt, globalist NWO Obama Judge needs to be immediately & permenantly removed from the Bench! Enough of these Alinskyite, Communist Judges running roughshod over our President , Attorney General & Immigration Laws. Get rid of this judge and all like him.
          Obama ignores genocide in South Africa      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Once upon a time there were two politicians. One had the power to give media and political elites goosebumps. Still does. The other causes the same dogs to raise their hackles. The first is Barack Hussein Obama; the second Vladimir Putin. The same gilded elites who choose our villains and victims for us have decided […]
          Obama ignores genocide in South Africa      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Once upon a time there were two politicians. One had the power to give media and political elites goosebumps. Still does. The other causes the same dogs to raise their hackles. The first is Barack Hussein Obama; the second Vladimir Putin. The same gilded elites who choose our villains and victims for us have decided […]
          What Could Be Worse Than a Civil War? Perhaps Not Having One?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The current war in which we are engaged is not conventional. There is a strong solidarity in international socialism that has infected the United States and is being nurtured by members of the Shadow Government - Obama holdovers, neocons, and Deep State Globalists. They have overtaken academia, the media, and are controlling many aspects of our economy and political appointments. They're years, if not generations ahead of the true American patriots. Censorship, banning of conservative ideol
          Comment on 2:00PM Water Cooler 8/9/2018 by grayslady      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
I agree on Cook's forecasting, but from the other side. Just looking at Illinois races, I think they may have drunk some Democrat kool-aid. Here are the Illinois districts Cook's highlights and my commentary as someone who has lived in the state for 70 years: IL-14 Bellweather Suburbs Immediately suspicious since the district is not suburban. It's all rural farmland! Dems are running a young black woman who is a Hillary clone--in a district that has 3% blacks. This district could be won by a Bernie-style populist. IL-06 White Collar Wonderland Roskam (incumbent) v. Casten (Repub-lite) No way this is a toss-up. Roskam will win. IL-13 Urban-Rural Divide District includes Univ. of IL, but otherwise rural. Could be won by a Bernie-style populist, but Dems are running a Hillary clone. IL-12 Trump Surge Zone I agree with Cook's that this is a toss-up. In grayslady's opinion, this is the only possibility for a Dem pick-up. Southern Illinois is in real economic pain--so much so that it is the only part of the state willing to consider fracking. Both candidates grew up in the area, but the Dem, in this case, seems to have some creative economic ideas to help this area of primarily small business and farmland. Could easily be won by a Bernie-style populist with an area-specific economic agenda. Kelly (the Dem), doesn't support MFA, but doesn't want to privatize SS or Medicare. Kelly is supported by Obama--that's the bad news.
          Deep State and MSM Will Fight to the Death Against Trump – Paul Craig Roberts      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Why is the mainstream media (MSM) and the Deep State fighting so hard against Trump? Economic expert and journalist Dr. Paul Craig Roberts contends, “All this started during the Presidential campaign when Trump started normalizing relations with Russia. It would be good for both of us, both countries. That’s when they cooked this up (Russian collusion with Trump campaign). They said, oh my gosh, we can’t have that. All the money we wallow in, the excuse for it, will be gone. That’s the main factor here, and it’s a huge sum of money. So, they are going to fight to the death over it.”



The censorship effort is not only against Alex Jones. The elites are against the rise of populism and free speech and the spread of ideas and information that upset their globalist world order. While Trump might not be entirely without corrupt backers (an understatement) it appears he is part of a more realistic cabal within the system that is trying to fix a few things.

Note: With neocons still employed within the new Administration, as they were in Bush and Obama's, is what we are seeing, in terms of a changing foreign policy, simply a ruse where we'll get more of the same?

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 10th, 2018.]
          Comment on Financial Advice for Preppers by Zachary      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Grace, at first glance I'd agree with what you say - who cares about an old debt or two if things are truly FUBAR. Consider though the preliminary stages to a disaster. Say, about where we are at the present moment. Having extra money to buy future necessities would be nice, and that would result from not continuing to hand the bank piles of "interest" money on top of the original debt. A disaster might not proceed to the point you describe, and outstanding debts could be used as a lever to finish "cleaning out" folks. A few years ago when Obama The Great was president, the banks organized a massive heist. A neigbor family had been living in their house for nigh on 18 years, and had built up some equity. The mother and wife told me their mortgage had been sold 7 times, and each time their mortgage payments had gone up a little bit. There came a point where they could no longer meet those payments, and lost everything. Not only the house, but the family was shattered by the experience and disintegrated. I'm reading stories these days about the return of "debtor's prisons". A bank-friendly judge will toss a person into the clink for missing a small payment or fine, and things go to hell in a handbasket in a hurry. So trying to keep the "debt" lever out of the hands of the banksters seems a good idea to me. A saying I've known for years goes something like this: "If you owe the bank $1,000 that's your problem. If you owe the bank $1,000 million, that's the bank's problem." During a hyperinflation disaster Rich People will do just fine - they'll watch their debts evaporate. Poor people aren't likely to do nearly as well.
          Malia Obama Boyfriends 2018: Who Is She Dating Now?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Who has Malia dated?
          You Won’t Believe What Obama Did in South Africa      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Do you know what Obama did in South Africa? You’re not going to believe it. It’s the biggest disgrace in the history of the U.S. presidency. But the mainstream media won’t say a word- it’s a total blackout. This is (as […]

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          Obamas greeted by screaming fans at Martha's Vineyard       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Obamas were greeted by screaming fans this week during their summer visit to Martha’s Vineyard. Barack and Michelle were met with hundreds of fans gathering out outside The Cardboard Box restaurant in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, as they...
          Napolitano's Law of the 51-Foot Ladder Tested, by Steve Sailer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Janet Napolitano famously said, "Show me a 50-foot wall, and I'll show you a 51-foot ladder," after which Obama made her Secretary of Homeland Security. And then her mastery of engineering and physics, as proven by this celebrated quip, helped get her appointed president of the University of California. Except ... An illegal alien has...
          George Galloway: Showdown over Iran looms as Trump turns up the heat on Tehran      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Showdown over Iran looms as Trump turns up the heat on Tehran

George Galloway
George Galloway was a member of the British Parliament for nearly 30 years. He presents TV and radio shows (including on RT). He is a film-maker, writer and a renowned orator.
Showdown over Iran looms as Trump turns up the heat on Tehran
Operation Boot is back. The new American plan for regime change in Iran dawns this week with a re-imposition of economic sanctions against Tehran and the threat of more to come.
American exceptionalism in action as the whole world (minus Trump satrapies) rejects the move putting the EU on a collision course with Washington.
For nearly 50 years economic sanctions have been the default position of western countries seeking to bring others to heel, make them succumb, or in the most extreme circumstances roll over, cry "Uncle Sam" and be "regime changed".
The fact that quarantine - or siege - is an act of war rather than an alternative to war is easily elided with a compliant media.
For most of my life I have struggled to explain that the US embargo on Cuba for example –still more the claimed extra-territoriality of that embargo– as a result of which gigantic US fines are levied on foreign companies doing business with Cuba entirely legally under their own countries’ law. That the embargo on Cuba is lawless brigandry need hardly detain us. Perhaps St. Augustine said it best in his book "The City of God".
Describing an encounter on the high seas between Alexander the Great and a pirate ship, Alexander demands:
"How dare you terrorize these waters as a thief?"
The Pirate captain answers:
"How dare you terrorize the whole world? You with your great Navy, can call yourself an Emperor, and call other men as you please."
I lived up close and personal enough to smell it, the long devastating regime of economic sanctions against Iraq which killed 1.7 million of Iraqis, according to UN figures (not to be confused with the deaths during the invasion and subsequent occupation from 2003).
Among them were many children and I helped put their little white coffins into the baked earth amidst the wailing of their parents on many occasions when I was the only British politician travelling to Iraq.
The monstrous Secretary of State Madeleine Albright - now reborn as a critic of Trump's policy of "separating children from their families" - was in no doubt when she told Lesley Stahl on CBS News of the value of separating Iraqi children from their families forever for political purposes.
When asked about the policy she was implementing on Iraq which (at that time) had killed half a million Iraqi children she replied:
“I think this is a very hard choice. But the price, we think, the price is worth it.”
Neighboring Iran has endured endless twists and turns in western policy. Given that the country grows oil and gas rather than avocados is of course the reason. As Donald Rumsfeld reportedly said, in terms, "It’s not our fault God put America’s oil under other people's countries."
Under the dark reign of the self-declared emperor Pahlavi the Peacock Shah of Persia, Iran was the West's best friend. Indeed Britain and the United States had actually put Pahlavi on his ‘Peacock Throne’ overthrowing the elected premier Mosaddegh in Operation Boot in 1953. The moderate socialist Mosaddegh had made the fatal error of nationalising his own country’s oil, taking it from the big western oil companies. His fate was sealed.
Iran then became a byword for torture and repression until the 1979 overthrow of the whole regime by millions of Iranians on the streets - far too many to shoot.
Iran has been ostracized, invaded, subverted and sanctioned ever since.
The first rays of light in this dark story appeared with the P5+1 Nuclear deal the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran in which Iran undertook to so verifiably limit its nuclear energy industry as to preclude forever the creation of a nuclear bomb (this despite the fact that most of Iran's adversaries in the region and beyond bristle with nuclear weapons or live under the military promise of defense by the nuclear weapons of others.
It was a good deal. But it was negotiated by Barack Obama on the American side and one of President Trump's primordial obsessions is to destroy anything with Obama's signature on it.
But there was a major problem in Trump's determination to wreck the Iran Nuclear Deal. This was a solemn and binding Treaty not between the US and Iran but between Iran the US, Russia, China and the EU.
A major test immediately loomed - would after token protests the European Union tamely bow down to Trump, the bull in the China shop?
Not yet at any rate. Indeed all the signs are that this is the first pan-European revolt against US hegemony, more significant in fact than the refusal of France and Germany to join the Bush and Blair invasion of Iraq.
The EU has enforced its "Blocking Statute" to protect its firms from the latest round of US Sanctions on Iran which came into effect at midnight eastern standard time Tuesday. Even harsher sanctions will be imposed by Trump in November - giving rise to widespread speculation in Iran that the Islamic Republic will preempt it with an "October surprise" rather than go quietly into that goodnight.
The Blocking Statute has never been used by the EU before (though it has existed more than 20 years). It is thus a significant assertion of European rejection of an American policy almost bereft of support outside Israel and Saudi-Arabia.
But it may be more symbolic than real. First, all 27 EU countries will have to incorporate specific rejection of the US sanctions on Iran into their domestic rules. Time consuming, and wide-open to US subversion of the process. There are plenty of US satrapies in the EU. Moreover European companies themselves (as is the case in trade with Cuba) are quite likely to roll-over and cry uncle for fear of losing their markets in the US.
Symbolic or not though it is a further sign of American isolation on foreign policy issues and a further stick for the US Democrats to beat President Trump with in the run-up to the mid-term elections in November. The Democrats prefer war with North Korea and peace with the Islamic Republic of Iran. As the Americans say "Go figure"...
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          Illinois Obamacare Rate Increases Among the Highest in the Country      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Several years ago, when the  ACA went into effect, I predicted there would be no more insurance carriers on the exchange when the “bailout” that was in the law went away in 2017.  Well, I was not too far off.

We have seen United Health Care, Humana, Aetna, and Coventry pull out of many markets this year.  We are seeing higher rate increases than we ever have.&...

          Comment on Oscars shake-up: shorter broadcast, “popular” film category. by Jᴏʜɴɴʏ1ᴘ5      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
While viewers could be leaving because of political comments in acceptance speeches due to be wanting to be entertained rather than what some may see as dictated to by Hollywood, it has been going on long before Trump got on the radar (back when Obama became President). An example is in 2006 when George Clooney talked about how Hollywood and its stars were always ahead of the trend when it came to causes. It irked people a bit, in fact so much so that it inspired a South Park episode based around the attitude of owners of hybrid cars and whole progressive movement ... as in: "A cloud of smug forms over South Park and begins to combine with that of San Francisco. McFriendly informs the town that a cloud of smug from George Clooney's 78th Academy Awards acceptance speech will soon drift between the two potential storms, merging them together to create a system which will heavily...
          'Where Is the Winning?': Columnist Details Trump's Impressive Record of Failure as President      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Compared to what he promised, Trump has a pathetic record.

President Donald Trump famously made the cartoonish and ridiculous campaign pledge that, "We will have so much winning if I get elected that you may get bored with the winning."

But since taking office, Trump has blamed his repeated failures on everyone else — Democrats, Republicans, Robert Mueller, President Barack Obama, the media — while claiming "wins" even when they don't exist.

In a new column Thursday, Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent asked the simple question: "Where is the winning?"

He pointed out that what are often claimed as wins are merely policies implemented that will, in theory, please his base, even if the policies fail to live up to his own stated objectives. As Josh Barro recently argued, Trump's purported success in overhauling the Environmental Protection Agency, for instance, is much more fragile than it appears, in part because the reforms have valued style over substance.

Sargent argues this point persuasively on the immigration front as well. Despite an initial decrease in immigration rates in Trump's first year in office, the levels have picked back up again in 2018 even as the administration implements cruel and draconian policies along the border. It's hard to see how this is "winning," even by Trump's warped standard.

And one key policy move — separating immigrant families at the border — turned out to be not only a moral disaster but a political liability and an administrative mess. Meanwhile, Trump's foreign policy has been nearly catastrophic.

"The larger question we need to be debating is whether we’re currently witnessing the failure of Trump’s xenophobic nationalist agenda on multiple fronts — and on its own terms," Sargent wrote. "Trump’s trade war, which was also conceived out of xenophobic — and not economic — nationalism, is another case in point. Trump’s tariffs were supposed to make other countries quickly capitulate to our demands; that isn’t happening, and we’re hearing more and more stories of layoffs flowing from the resulting escalation in trade hostilities."

He continued:

The story that Trump told to the “forgotten men and women” was that they were getting ripped off by elites who were transferring their money to border-crossing migrant workers and/or shipping it abroad. Trump would set all this right with a much tougher approach to immigration and trade. Meanwhile, he justified his tax cuts showering spectacular benefits on those elites on similar grounds — it would result in an explosion of job-creating investment. This hasn’t happened, either. And more of the job growth that has taken place continues to flow to parts of the country that didn’t support him.

There are real policies that could actually help those among Trump's base that need assistance. But Trump never offered any real solutions, just boogeymen. So there'll be no "winning" for the people who were counting on Trump to make their lives better — just a long string of his failures.
          Are Republicans Becoming As Worried About Losing the Senate As the House?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Right-wing anxiety is mounting.

The conventional wisdom among many political analysts has been that while Democrats have a good chance of retaking the House of Representatives in the November midterms, they are facing a much steeper climb in the U.S. Senate—where obtaining a majority would mean keeping every seat they presently hold while taking two seats from Republicans. But if comments that Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California recently made at a GOP fundraiser are any indication, some Republicans are growing increasingly worried about the Senate. And Nunes is not the only Republican who fears that the Senate could be in play for Democrats in November.

MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” has obtained a recording that was surreptitiously made at a GOP fundraiser in Spokane, Washington on July 30. In the recording, Nunes is asked about GOP efforts to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein—and he replies that while he’s no fan of Rosenstein, Republicans’ top priority at the moment should be getting Judge Brett Kavanaugh confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Impeaching Rosenstein, Nunes said, can wait.

Nunes is heard saying, “I’ve said publicly Rosenstein deserves to be impeached. The question is the timing of it right before the election.” Republicans, Nunes stressed, “take the risk of not getting Kavanaugh confirmed” if they “start with impeachment on Rosenstein.”

Here’s the thing: if Nunes were truly confident that Republicans would be maintaining the Senate in the midterms, he wouldn’t have expressed such a sense of urgency about Kavanaugh. Republicans certainly had no problem waiting a year when President Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland for the High Court, which is why Justice Neil Gorsuch (a Donald Trump appointee) is now on the High Court instead. But Nunes obviously fears that if the Senate doesn’t confirm Kavanaugh soon, they might not have a chance because Democrats could be controlling the Senate in 2019.

Republicans have been openly expressing more concern about the House than the Senate. Pro-Trump GOP strategist Alex Castellanos, for example, has predicted that Democrats will gain 40 to 50 seats in the House but won’t retake the Senate. But neocon Bill Kristol, publisher of the Weekly Standard and a vocal critic of President Trump on the right, has asserted that Democrats’ chances of regaining both the House and the Senate are “pretty good now.” And in Texas, Sen. Texas Cruz is obviously feeling nervous about a recent Texas Lyceum poll showing him ahead of Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke by only 2%—which is a statistical dead heat.

It’s no coincidence that Cruz is now asking Trump to please campaign for him in Texas: even though Republicans have a major advantage over Democrats in Texas Senate races, Cruz has said of O’Rourke’s campaign, “We are taking it deadly serious.” During 2018’s second quarter, O’Rourke raised $10.4 million, while Cruz “only” raised $4.6 million. So, as much as Cruz despised Trump in 2016, he obviously feels that he really needs his help in Texas now.

Another Senate race Republicans are concerned about—perhaps more than any other—is the one in Nevada, where recent polls have showed incumbent Republican Dean Heller and Democrat Jacky Rosen in a dead heat. Heller is considered the most vulnerable of the incumbent Republicans seeking reelection, as Nevada was a state that Hillary Clinton carried in 2016’s presidential election.

If Democrats maintained all of their current Senate seats and Rosen defeated Heller in Nevada, they would still need to pick up at least one more seat—for example, a seat in Arizona, where Republican Sen. Jeff Flake is not seeking reelection and Rep. Martha McSally has been the frontrunner in the GOP senatorial primary. In early August, a poll by OH Predictive Insights showed that in a hypothetical matchup between McSally and Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, the Democrat was ahead by 4%.

So, in a scenario in which Democrats maintained all of their current Senate seats and there were victories by Rosen in Nevada and Sinema in Arizona, they would have a narrow lead in the Senate in 2019. But that assumes they don’t lose any of the seats they are defending, which is a possibility. In Missouri, incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill is considered the Senate’s most vulnerable Democrat.

Nonetheless, hearing comments that Nunes made about the midterms when he didn’t know he was being recorded speak volumes and point to a growing Republican anxiety about the Senate. Everyone from former Rep. David Jolly to Ohio Gov. John Kasich has been asserting that Republicans are in trouble in the House come November—and judging from Nunes’ comments, some Republicans are very worried about the Senate as well. 


          Mueller’s Team Asks Judge in Manafort Case to Tell Jury He Was ‘Out of Line’ for Criticizing Prosecutors      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
“You may put that aside… I may well have been wrong," the judge admitted.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is reportedly asking Judge T. S. Ellis, who is overseeing the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, to tell the jury he crossed the line by attacking prosecutors.

According to reports from the courtroom, Ellis has repeatedly clashed with prosecutors during the trial and refused to allow them to present some evidence.

In one case, Ellis snapped at prosecutors in front of the jury because they allowed an IRS agent to attend the trial. One prosecutor noted that the judge had granted permission for the agent to attend.

“Let me be clear, I don’t care what the transcript said … don’t do it again,” Ellis said, admonishing the prosecutor Uzo Asonye.

In a court filing revealed on Thursday, the Mueller team asked the judge to explain to the jury that he was wrong to criticize the prosecutor.

“Drama between Manafort prosecutors and Judge Ellis continues,” CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz reported on Twitter. “In new court filing prosecutors are fighting back after days of Judge Ellis growing increasingly angry at them. The filing specifically asks Ellis to tell the jury he was wrong when he chastised prosecutors Wednesday.”

NBC’s Pete Williams also reported that prosecutors want Ellis to “explain to the jury that he was out of line when he reprimanded them over allowing an IRS agent witness to watch other testimony,” according to NBC’s Ken Dilanian.

On Thursday, The Washington Post noted that Ellis apologized to the jury.

“I was critical of counsel for … allowing an expert to remain in the courtroom,” Ellis told the jury prior to Thursday’s testimony. “You may put that aside… I may well have been wrong.”

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          Here Are 4 Shocking Revelations From the Secret Nunes Tape      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
“If Sessions won't unrecuse & Mueller won't clear Trump we're the only ones."

“The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC has obtained a recording that was surreptitiously made at a GOP fundraiser in Spokane, Washington on July 30—one in which Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California offers a possible explanation on why GOP efforts to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein have hit a bump in the road: it might delay Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Here are four of the most shocking revelations from the tape.

1. Nunes Shows Real Sense of Urgency

Far-right Republicans seemed to be quite enthusiastic about impeaching Rosenstein, but to their dismay, House Speaker Paul Ryan came out against the move. And Nunes, in the recording (which was obtained by a liberal/progressive group), indicates that he opposes impeaching Rosenstein at this point because getting Kavanaugh confirmed should be Senate Republicans’ top priority at this point. Asked about Republican plans to impeach Rosenstein, Nunes said that “it’s a bit complicated” because focusing on Rosenstein now would mean less time for Senate Republicans to focus on Kavanaugh. Nunes asserted, “Do you want them to drop everything and not confirm the Supreme Court justice, the new Supreme Court justice?"  

2. Ari Melber: Nunes Admits Foreign Collusion Is a Crime.

MBNBC’s Ari Melber, tweeting on the Nunes tape, asserted that:

(1) “Nunes secretly wants another Rosenstein impeachment push — just after SCOTUS hearing,” and (2) Nunes admits foreign *collusion* on stolen e-mail *is a crime*.

3. Nunes’ Remarks Indicate That He’s Fearful Republicans Could Lose the Senate in November

In the secret tape, Nunes is heard saying that in an impeachment scenario, “The Senate would have to drop everything they’re doing” and “start with impeachment on Rosenstein—and then, take the risk of not getting Kavanaugh confirmed. So it’s not a matter that any of us like Rosenstein. It’s a matter of, it’s a matter of timing.”

Clearly, Nunes’ remarks indicate that he’s fearful Republicans could lose the Senate to Democrats in the November midterms. 

4. Nunes Specifially Mentions Midterms

In the tape, Nunes is heard saying, “I’ve said publicly Rosenstein deserves to be impeached. The question is the timing of it right before the election.”

When President Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland for the seat that the late Antonin Scalia had held on the U.S. Supreme Court, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to hold any confirmation hearings. But with Kavanaugh, Nunes wants confirmation hearings ASAP—which speaks volumes.


          GGW #163: Penetration Tester      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
We set a record for the longest episode EVER!  Almost two hours of geeky and gaming fun!  From Apple to Zed!  This week we cover AT&T, Facebook, Skype, Google, Hacking a police car, Spyware on Rental Computers, Android, STERN Pinball, Groupon, Nintendo, Wii, 360, Hacking, Other OS, Obama and much much more! Special thanks to: […]
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Yep, it’s true, Jon entered the world of tablet computing with the Nook!  AND he talks about it!  We also cover:  Portal 2, Nintendo, Steve Jobs, Google, Apple, Comcast, DRM, Console Gaming, President Obama, Cisco, Flip Cameras, T-Mobile and much much more! Remember Audio posts first, then Video! 🙂 Special thanks to: Jon Kessler,  Joseph […]
          An F-Bomb About the S-Word      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Asked by a reporter on Wednesday whether he identifies as a socialist, Ben Jealous gave a long-winded but generally on-point response implying he does not. Asked a second time for clarification, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Maryland gave a much shorter response: “Are you fucking kidding me?”

You can guess which of the two answers people noticed. The Washington Free Beacon posted video of the exchange with a headline declaring, “Ben Jealous explodes at reporter over being asked if he’s a socialist,” and Fox News likewise blared, “Ben Jealous snaps at reporter for socialism question.” Outlets like the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun went with a less active verb but still highlighted the profanity: “Ben Jealous drops an f-bomb.” The GOP quickly tried to capitalize: A top official at the Republican Governors Association called Jealous “unhinged,” and a spokesman for his GOP opponent, Gov. Larry Hogan, lamented that the curse word had lowered “the level of political discourse in our state and in our country.” Jealous quickly apologized, which kept the perpetual-motion machine moving. “Ben Jealous apologizes for dropping f-bomb when asked if he’s a socialist,” announced a CBS News affiliate in Baltimore.

Even this litany of headlines fails to fully capture just how far and fast this episode spun out of control given how it began. Below is the full transcript of the exchange between Jealous and the Post’s Erin Cox, who was asking the candidate to respond to comments Hogan made in a recent New York Times interview and charges leveled against him by the RGA in a misleading attack ad. (That ad cherry-picks the first half of a June remark by Jealous, who went into the tech sector after his time as the head of the NAACP: “Go ahead, call me a socialist. That doesn’t change the fact I’m a venture capitalist.”) After Jealous’ initial 90-odd-second answer, Cox did her journalistic due diligence to remove any and all doubt.

Reporter: Governor Hogan and the RGA have made a significant amount of effort and investment in trying to paint you as a socialist—they’ve actually called you a “socialist” and a “far-left socialist” and [claimed] that the state “can’t afford” you. What is your response to, first, the term socialist, whether you embrace it, identify [with] it to any degree, and secondly, the charge about whether the state can afford you.

Jealous: You know, I about fell out of my chair when I read in the Times this weekend that Hogan was out there calling me names. And then it occurred to me, him calling me a “far-left socialist” is what the Tea Party called President Obama, it’s what Barry Goldwater called Martin Luther King. And when you see conservatives like Hogan name-calling, you realize that they’re scared. That they’re frankly afraid of the change that all of our families need—we need a more inclusive and robust economy. Now what I am is a venture capitalist. And what I do is invest in growing businesses. You can go talk to Jess Gartner at—down in Baltimore City, whose company Allovue, she’ll tell you, has benefited a lot more from my work as a venture capitalist than anything that Governor Hogan has done as governor. The reality is that when it comes to building our economy this governor has been lazy and we’re all now paying a price for it. We are dead last in the region as far as growth—we’re dead last as far as wage growth. We’ve seen health care costs surge on his watch, as he’s been part of the Republican effort to undermine Obamacare. And when I’m governor, we’ll turn things around and we’ll do it by investing in our small businesses, by pushing everybody we can into Obamacare, and doing whatever it takes to get a better deal on health care for the people of our state.

Reporter: Not to put too fine of a point on it, but do you identify with the term socialist?

Jealous: Are you fucking kidding me? Is that a fine enough point?

Reporter: Thank you, sir.

Jealous: All right, thank you.

Sure, most people can agree that Jealous would have been better off keeping his response PG and simply answering the question with a yes or no. But you can watch the video and see him chuckle after he finishes, making it clear he was not swearing at Cox so much as expressing frustration at being cast as a socialist. As part of his apology, Jealous also offered up the unambiguous type of answer Cox had been looking for. “I’m a venture capitalist, not a socialist,” he tweeted. “I have never referred to myself as a socialist nor would I govern as one.”

The whole mess obscures the far more interesting part of this, which is that Jealous, a chief surrogate for Bernie Sanders two years ago, is so adamantly rejecting the socialist label. Jealous has been consistent on that point, even as the term continues to gain traction on the left, particularly among younger Americans.

Given the term’s amorphous nature today—Sanders, the most well-known “democratic socialist” in the country, isn’t all that socialist by traditional standards—Jealous and other proud progressives like him have the luxury of defining the term however they want and then embracing it under that definition or rejecting it.

Jealous is calling for Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage, and tuition-free college funded by ending mass incarceration. His progressive bona fides are not in doubt. And he made clear in the primary that he believes the best way to defeat Hogan, an extremely popular Republican in a blue state, is by running to the left as a way to mobilize disaffected liberals, especially voters of color. And yet here Jealous is reinforcing the assumption baked into the GOP attack and, to a lesser degree, Cox’s question: that socialism, however defined, is a dirty word. That makes a certain type of sense given that Republicans have long used the term to smear anyone and anything they deem insufficiently conservative. And it was Sanders’ embrace of the term that many pundits and politicos used to discount his chances in 2016.

Still, Jealous’ full-throated rejection puts him at odds with Sanders, who has endorsed his campaign, and with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the left’s newest hero, both of whom are eager to erase the word’s stigma. It’s a question more about politics than policy, but branding exercises matter in elections, and as spontaneous as Jealous’ profanity may have been, his rejection is a deliberate decision. That’s far more important than his uttering the F-word.


          Is Republican Leadership Secretly Backing Devin Nunes’ Plan to Impeach Rod Rosenstein?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

On Wednesday, The Rachel Maddow Show released leaked audio of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes that was recorded at a private fundraiser for his Republican colleague, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. The recording shows Nunes’ commitment to using the power of his office to obstruct Robert’s Mueller investigation of Donald Trump, with the congressman acknowledging his aim to protect the president from investigators to ensure the GOP remains in power.

“If [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions won’t unrecuse and Mueller won’t clear the president, we’re the only ones,” Nunes said to the crowd of Republican donors. “Which is really the danger. That’s why … we have to keep all these seats. We have to keep the majority. If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away.”

These private remarks are the opposite of shocking given what Nunes has said and done in public. Since Trump took office, Nunes has publicized classified information meant to support a claim by Trump that Barack Obama had personally “tapped” his phones without revealing that his source was the White House itself; hyped and produced a memo, which Trump’s own Justice Department described as misleading, that was meant to discredit the FBI; prematurely closed the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation and reached conclusions that contradicted the findings and beliefs of the intelligence community and even some of the committee’s Republican members; campaigned to publicize classified information that intelligence officials have described as directly threatening intelligence-gathering sources and methods; and spent the last few months building a campaign to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in a way Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan called “cavalier.”

There is one way, though, in which Nunes’ fundraiser comments might reveal something important: They show his belief that he has the support of Republican leadership in his campaign to shield Trump. For her part, McMorris Rodgers, the chair of the House Republican Conference, seemed to indicate he is correct in that view.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, told me last week that he felt that Ryan has at least tacitly “endorsed” Nunes’ “malfeasance.” Ryan has portrayed the situation as otherwise, publicly distancing himself from the efforts to impeach Rosenstein and pressing his colleagues to back off that attempt after articles of impeachment were submitted last week.

Hardline Republicans, however, have promised that impeachment options “remain on the table.” Rosenstein has become the top target of the president’s defenders, because he has ultimate authority over the Mueller probe that Trump has so vocally and consistently declared to be a “witch hunt.” (On Thursday, he called it a “rigged witch hunt.”)

Nunes’ comments reveal that his current plan is to wait until Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed to the Supreme Court by the Senate and then to return to trying to get Rosenstein impeached. Here’s the relevant portion of audio:

Audience member: “But also, on things that came up in the House on Rosenstein impeachment thing. And it appears from an outsider that the Republicans were not supported.”

Nunes: “Yeah, well, so it’s a bit complicated, right? And I say that because you have to, so we only have so many months left, right? So if we actually vote to impeach, OK, what that does is that triggers the Senate then has to take it up. Well, and you have to decide what you want right now because the Senate only has so much time. Do you want them to drop everything and not confirm the Supreme Court justice, the new Supreme Court justice? … I’ve said publicly Rosenstein deserves to be impeached. I mean, so, I don’t think you’re gonna get any argument from most of our colleagues. The question is the timing of it right before the election.”

McMorris Rodgers: “Also, the Senate has to start –”

Nunes: The Senate would have to start, the Senate would have to drop everything they’re doing and start to, and start with impeachment on Rosenstein. And then take the risk of not getting Kavanaugh confirmed. So it’s not a matter that any of us like Rosenstein. It’s a matter of, it’s a matter of timing.

Nunes states that the Rosenstein impeachment is merely being delayed, not entirely tabled. McMorris Rodgers, too, seems to acknowledge that the dynamics of the Senate, which is hoping to hold hearings on Kavanaugh’s nomination next month, prevent a Rosenstein impeachment from going ahead right now.

It’s unclear whether McMorris Rodgers is speaking for the House Republican leadership. It’s possible McMorris Rodgers is patronizing Nunes. It’s also possible she’s serious about giving him the chance to impeach Rosenstein. Given the persistence of Trump’s House supporters and the timing of Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation, we’ll likely have answers to these questions very soon.


          Michelle Obama Joins Voter Registration Drive for the Midterms      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Former First Lady Michelle Obama is featured in a video along with celebrities Tom Hanks, Janelle Monáe, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Lin-Manuel Miranda to encourage people to register and vote. In less than 100 days, the midterm elections that will either expand President Trump’s power or greatly restrict it, will take place on November 6. There has been much talk about the likelihood of a “blue wave” that could give Democrats the gavel and investigative power in Congress over the next two years of Trump’s presidency. The underlying urgency of Michelle Obama’s message is an unspoken aspect of her new registration effort. The name of the new effort, “When We All Vote,” is also an indication that the former first lady is well aware of the fact that higher voter turnout usually leads to Democratic victories at the polls. The effort is also a challenge to registered voters to participate in elections “both big and small.” Though the effort is billed as “non-partisan,” the sense of urgency about the country’s direction under President Trump’s leadership is an unavoidable backdrop. Several live events are also expected as part of the effort between now and election day. Former President Barack Obama is expected to hit the campaign trail to assist Democrats who are looking to take back the House and Senate in 2019. On July 31, the former President announced that he is endorsing 81 Democratic candidates on the ballot this November. There is a record number of women on the ballot this year. Many of the endorsements former President Obamaread more

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          Unlike Michelle, Melania’s Parents Proud of America, Officially Gain Citizenship      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

During the 2008 presidential campaign, the mainstream media promoted the talking points of candidate Barack Obama. Viewers were saturated with “Hope and Change” and “Make the Rich Pay Their Fair Share.” But one comment during that campaign that was buried under all the spin was this declaration from future first lady Michelle Obama before the…

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          Re: Our Friend David (Pecker)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

I'm no lawyer, I just quoted one. I do know that since GWB things have happened that make Nixon look like a Boy Scout and nothing ever happens. Let's say you are right, then we get Pence who is far worse in my opinion. If you're hoping for Trump and Pence impeachment and rolling Hillary into place , she said on the campaign trail that she would nuke Iran, amongst other choice pyschopathic rantings. FWIW, the U.S. has "intervened", violently at times, in many elections around the globe, to say nothing of Israel's interference in US elections which is far worse than anything Russia did. Anyone who wants nuclear armed Russia as an enemy is a drooling moron.

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          How high can he go? Trump breaks his own records for lying two months running      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Week by week, Donald Trump’s gargantuan dishonesty is growing. He’s gone from being the LeBron of lying to a one-man Hall of Fame, setting records in June only to break them in July:

Before last week, Trump’s record for lies and false claims in a single week was 103, set in June. Last week, he soared past 103 all the way to 132. Before last month, Trump’s record was 268 lies and other false claims in June. In July, he bumped that up to 280.

No subject is too big or too small for Trump to lie about:

Among the whoppers: he claimed that Americans need photo identification to “buy groceries” or to “buy anything” (obviously not), that car plants are opening in Pennsylvania (none are), that Justice Neil Gorsuch was number one in his class at Harvard Law School (Gorsuch wasn’t close), that the European Union refused to talk trade with Barack Obama (the EU engaged in three years of trade negotiations with Obama), that he is surrounding the U.S. with missile defence systems (U.S-based interceptor missiles are located only in California and Alaska) ...

How many lies can one person tell in a week? Don’t bet on 132 being Trump’s ceiling. And those are just his public lies—it’s impossible how many more he told in private settings.


          Trump Administration To Overhaul A Program Designed To Save Medicare Money      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The federal government will overhaul accountable care organizations, an Obama-era innovation. The change could lead to a dramatic decrease in hospitals and doctors participating in the program.
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          9th Circuit Court Forces EPA To Enforce Obama-Era Pesticide Ban      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 01/17/15      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS White Power has been exhibited around the globe in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shooting; Whites chastised Pres. Obama for not participating in the French rally against terrorism and unanimously affirmed White freedom of speech - even for Racists. Tweeting #BlackLivesMatter don't make it so, as hundreds (maybe thousands) of black people are reported to have been massacred in melanin and oil rich Nigeria. Whites yawned. 6-year-old Kendrea Johnson's hanging death was declared an accident/suicide - the second strange hanging death of a black child in Minnesota since 2013. As protest$ and dialog about police brutality continue, North Miami Beach Police were found to have been using photographs of arrested black males for target practice; apparently, this does not constitute a breech of department policy. NYPD union boss and Suspected Race Soldier Patrick Lynch is being challenged by many non-white officers - whom assert that Racism is a problem; New York Mayor De Blasio's "diverse" family didn't prohibit him from promoting Elif Gure-Perez, a convicted Racist. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 01/24/15      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS Whites recognized the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and to illustrate substantial change and progress had President Obama deliver the 2015 State Of The Union address the following day. After all the pomp and circumstance, the Klu Klux Klan littered Orange County, California neighborhoods with Racist propaganda and the New York Times reported that the Department of Justice will not pursue Civil Rights violations against Suspected Race Soldier Darren Wilson. The Seattle Seahawks were so inspired by Dr. King they announced that by returning to the Super Bowl, they too have overcome. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 01/31/15      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS The 2015 Sundance Film Festival showcased a bounty of films (3 1/2 Minutes, The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution,The Hunting Ground), many that directly confront Racism. The New York Times' Charles Blow has also courageously, accurately addressed The Problem. Unfortunately, he and his offspring remain Victims of White Terrorism. Speaking of tacky, House Speaker John Boehner invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to outline his Iran grievances to Congress without involving President Obama - a historic breach of protocol. In a routine illustration of White Supremacy, Eugene de Kock - a convicted "death-squad leader," torturer, and White psychopath - was paroled in South Africa South. And White obsession with ball games led a throng of Whites to harangue Marshawn Lynch for failing to speak on command; the admonitions were accompanied by conjecture about what he would do with his black penis. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. w/ Dr. Frances Cress Welsing Part XXVI      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Dr. Frances Cress Welsing makes her 26th visit on The Context of White Supremacy. A 3rd generation physician, general and child psychiatrist with nearly 50 years work researching and deconstructing the global empire of White Supremacy, Dr. Welsing's expertise is well documented, well earned. Two chapters in The Isis Papers offer keen insight on two highly publicized events of 2015. The obsession with Marshawn Lynch's black penis and box office heavyweight American Sniper illustrate vital elements of the Cress Theory of Genetic Annihilation. We hope to get her thoughts on the vaccine controversy as well as the conflagration between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama. We'll also seek her views on Racist Death Squad Leader Eugene De Kock being granted parole as well as the resignation of McDonald's Corporation CEO Don Thomson (black male). INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 03/07/15      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS Whites devoted a grotesque, deliberate amount of attention on the 50 year anniversary of the "Blood Sunday" carnage in Selma. Jimmie Lee Jackson and black Alabamans were once again stomped as Whites smeared images Rev. James Reeb and Viola Liuzzo to demand that there are "good Whites." And White Victims, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promoted while pleading for defense of Israeli sanctuary and discrediting President Obama's foreign policy. Andrea Shea King called for Congressional Black Caucus members who challenged Netanyahu's address to be lynched. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice formally announced that there would be no indictment of Michael Brown, Jr.'s White killer. However, a simultaneous DOJ report corroborated the claims of enraged black people by finding that the Ferguson Police Department was structurally Racist and prioritized terrorizing and extorting poor black citizens above public safety. Speaking of terrorists, Daniel Holtzclaw's trial date is set for October 26th. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 03/14/15      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS The week commenced with the White occupation of Selma for the 50 year anniversary of Bloody Sunday. The rhetoric of progress and improvement rained down like "nigger-knockers" busting Congressman John Lewis' skull in 1965. Before the party favors and litter from the Edmund Pettus bridge could be cleared, the internet was clogged with footage of the University of Oklahoma's chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon chanting about lynching niggers. Two of the White ringleaders were expelled, and the fraternity has been evicted from the Norman campus; the White perpetrators initially apologized, but have since initiated a law suit opposing their banishment. Speaking of White upstarts, two members of the Selma spectacle - Senators Rob Portman and Jeff Sessions - were among the 47 senators who authored a letter to Iran proclaiming that any negotiations with the nigger in the White house can be promptly nullified when Whites officially reclaim the Oval Office. And Ferguson recaptured the spotlight with the resignations of Chief Tom Jackson and Judge Ronald J. Brockmeyer. The day of Jackson's exit, two officers were shot in front of the Ferguson Police Department. Their injuries were not fatal, no suspects have been arrested, and President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, Rev. Al Sharpton and rap music have been blamed. INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. ASSATA: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY Part I      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts our debut study session on the autobiography of Assata Shakur. Formerly JoAnne Chesimard, Shakur is a veteran of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army, a convicted cop killer, an escaped felon, the first woman ever placed on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist List, and an author. As President Obama has labored to improve relations with Cuba, Shakur's extradition continues to be a pivotal talking point. Her autobiography reveals how her understanding of her Racism evolved and what she should do to solve this problem. The book gives equal time to her account of being imprisoned and shackled for a crime she maintains she did not commit. Listeners should contrast this narrative with our recent study of Minister Malcolm X. INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. ASSATA: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY Part II      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts our 2nd study session on the autobiography of Assata Shakur. Formerly JoAnne Chesimard, Shakur was actively involved in the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army, convicted of killing New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster, an escaped felon, the first woman ever placed on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist List, and a writer. As President Obama labors to improve relations with Cuba, Shakur's extradition has remained a key talking point. Last week's segment began with Shakur recounting being shot, shackled and tortured by cops who bragged about being Racist while calling her nigger. She believed Whites manipulated a black nurse to ask her for information while she was in her hospital bed. Shakur remained quiet, codified. She stressed that her black grandparents and demanded #BlackSelfRespect - which nourished her dedication to countering Racism. Poignantly, Assata recalls the warmth and love of her mother telling her that she made her proud. We'll keep an eye out for the influence of Christianity. INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 05/16/15      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. Weâ??ll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. Weâ??ll examine news reports from the past seven days and â?? hopefully â?? promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS This week marked the 30th anniversary of the 1985 bombing of the MOVE residence in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Whites mused over the 11 adults and children who were killed and the dozens of black houses burned to the ground. No one was criminally charged for this catastrophe, and this week it was announced that no one would be charged for the police killing of Tony Robinson in Wisconsin. Abrupt disciplinary action was taken against New Jersey public school teacher Marilyn Zuniga; she was terminated for allowing her 3rd grade students to write "get well" cards to journalist and convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. In another prison news, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to the death penalty; perhaps this impacted some of our listeners thoughts on whether or not the convicted bomber is accepted as White. And Chicago had a bit of it all: An announcement of millions in reparations for black victims of Chicago Police Terrorism. And Chicago's South Side being awarded the Barack Obama presidential library. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 05/23/15      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS Memorial Day Weekend commenced with tempered optimism in Baltimore, Maryland as six enforcement officers were indicted for the death of Freddie Gray. Half of the accused officers are black, and a black officer (Caesar Goodson Jr.) is facing the most severe charge - second-degree "depraved heart" murder. Cleveland, Ohio residents salivate over a possible return to the NBA Finals while simultaneously preparing for potential melees in response to the Michael Brelo verdict; Brelo is the lone Cleveland officer facing criminal charges for a 2012 shooting that left two unarmed black people dead and at least 137 shots fired. Ferguson smoldered in response to Michael Brown Jr.'s killing, there's been far less attention and rage for the alleged horrors of Homer G. Phillips Hospital. Black St. Louis mothers charge that they were given false information that their children died during the delivery process only for their babies to be stolen and sold. And in other news, let Jesse Lee Peterson know that Google is Racist and President Obama resides in the Nigger House. INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 05/30/15      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. Weâ??ll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS New Attorney General Loretta Lynch made international headlines with indictments against governing soccer body FIFA for an expansive "$150 million bribery and racketeering scheme." Of course, accused black people - like "Trinidad Jack" Warner - were prominently showcased. Lynch has also been a crucial voice in wrangling over the Patriot Act's pending expiration. President Obama encourages reform, The New York Times' editorial board wants the provisions trashed, and Reihan Salam reminds us that "a lot of those Patriot Act powers are permanent." Conintelpro proves that laws and permission don't prohibit White surveillance. Speaking of Pres. Obama, a Pennsylvania newspaper expressed shame for publishing an editorial calling for the execution of the non-white commander in chief. Speaking of killing black people, the Chicago Police Department added to its sterling reputation by firing a White officer who posed for a photo with a hunting rifle and a black male wearing deer antlers. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. ASSATA: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY Part V      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts our 5th study session on the autobiography of Assata Shakur. Formerly JoAnne Chesimard, Shakur was a dedicated member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army, convicted of killing New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster, an escaped felon, the first woman placed on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist List, and an author. She continues to inspire White angst as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently chided Pres. Obama's policy on Cuba: "The condition for which Cuba is able to join the rest of the civilized world must rest on the country's commitment to hand over every terrorist currently being harbored, starting with Joanne Chesimard." Last week's installment described Assata's pregnancy behind bars and the coordinated effort to deny her proper medical care. White prison officials intentionally aggravated her and verbalized their wishes for the child's death. Assata's aunt and attorney helped her gain access to a competent, caring black physician - who was also subjected to Racism. Keep an eye out for the influence of Christianity. INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. w/ Dr. Frances Cress Welsing On The South Carolina Shooting      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Dr. Frances Cress Welsing makes her 28th visit to The Context of White Supremacy welcomes. Dr. Welsing is a third generation physician, general and child psychologist, and author of the top selling book, The Isis Papers: The Keys To The Colors. We'll get her thoughts on the most recent illustration of white pathology, the mass murder of nine black people at a Charleston, South Carolina church. We'll review Pres. Obama's remarks on the slaughter and why this must be labeled an act of Racial Terrorism. INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 06/27/15      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS The first days of summer have been dominated by the terrorist violence in Charleston, South Carolina. President Barack Obama offered a dramatic, political eulogy for State Senator Rev. Clementa Pinckney. Racists have skillfully steered attention to an indictment of the Confederate flag and Confederate paraphernalia. The abuse of black people is the essence of global White identity. Lost in the shuffle, black churches in North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia were damaged or destroyed by fire. The fires in North Carolina and Georgia have already been ruled arson. This marks at least 5 separate assaults on Black churches in the 10 days since Dylann Storm Roof's ambush of Mother Emanuel A.M.E. The "Gay Rights" sector of White Supremacy continues it's blitzkrieg. And Ben Affleck provided another wonderful illustration of why we should commit to not helping White people. INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 07/18/15      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS Alabama's removal of the Confederate battle flag did not save the black lives of Anthony Ware or Kindra Darnell Chapman. In a manner yet to be determined, Ware died in police custody after being pepper sprayed and arrested. Some of the Tuscaloosa officers were wearing body cameras, but they failed to record significant moments of Ware's detainment. Chapman, 18, was arrested for taking a cellphone. She reportedly hung herself within hours of being booked. Chapman's death was simultaneous with the similarly reported death of Sandra Bland. Texas officers arrested Bland, who promptly reported concerns for her safety and officer abuse. Shortly there after, she is alleged to have hung herself. One of the involved officers, Sheriff Glenn Smith, was previously fired from a Texas police department amid accusations of Racism. President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to tour a federal prison; at an NAACP convention this week, he echoed that, "African Americans are more likely to be arrested. They are more likely to be sentenced to more time for the same crime... [and] around one in nine African American kids has a parent in prison." The evening before his visit, he was greeted by a gang of White ruffians brandishing Confederate flags. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 07/25/15      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS Nearly two weeks after the death of Sandra Bland, the ritual of post-mortem hand-wringing and calls for reform and protest continue. Whites have spotlighted a White female inmate who purports to have comforted "Sandy B" in prison; she also supports with the cause of death being suicide. It's also been reported that Bland had large quantities of cannabis in her system. While black folks are criminalized for breathing, another White man went on a shooting spree, this time in Louisiana where four people were killed. As Whites slaughter and black people die en route to and in the confines of jail, President Obama made what could be his final visit to the continent as commander and chief. Africans have already announced their concerns about being propagandized with lectures on Gay Rights. And in the midst of all our summer fun, an American icon has been humiliated. Hulk Hogan's contract with WWE has been voided after audio recordings surfaced of him calling Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson a sambo and a nigger. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 08/01/15      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. Weâ??ll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. Weâ??ll examine news reports from the past seven days and â?? hopefully â?? promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS President Obama became the first US president to address the African Union. He discouraged lifetime presidents and scolded African nation's record on human rights, which is ironic considering much of this week's US media focused on the shooting death of Samuel DuBose. Suspected Race Soldier Ray Tensing has been indicted for DuBose's murder and has subsequently been released after posting a $1 million bond. Two White officers who corroborated Tensing's initial - and false - account will not be punished. Crowdfunding sites soliciting donations for Tensing's have allegedly been shutdown. In the wake of suspicious death of Sandra Bland, black and non-white females continue to die under peculiar circumstances in police custody. The most recent names include: Ralkina Jones, Sarah Lee Circle Bear and Raynette Turner. INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 08/29/15 #Katrina10      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. Weâ??ll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. Weâ??ll examine news reports from the past seven days and â?? hopefully â?? promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS Ten years ago today, Hurricane Katrina gutted the Gulf Coast - causing biblical destruction in Mississippi and Louisiana. The Army Corps of Engineers inadequately constructed and inadequately maintained the levees designed to protect New Orleans, Louisiana. The levees failed, resulting in thousands of deaths, billions in damages, and the displacement of a million US citizens. This event and its aftermath is one of the most appalling campaigns of Racism in history. A decade after the catastrophe, 100,000 black New Orleanians never returned home and income disparity between Whites and blacks has skyrocketed. Former President George W. Bush and President Obama visited the Crescent City this week to celebrate the recovery and resilience of a Whiter, richer town. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. w/ Dr. Frances Cress Welsing Part XXX      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Dr. Frances Cress Welsing makes her 30th visit to The Context of White Supremacy. Dr. Welsing is 3rd generation physician, general and child psychiatrist, author of the Isis Papers: Keys To The Colors, a contributor to the Hidden Colors documentary series, and a Victim Of White Supremacy. We'll get her views on Congressman John Boehner resigning as House Speaker; she's repeatedly shared her position that House Speaker Boehner's skin complexion drives his vitriol towards President Obama and is a likely factor in the GOP dissatisfaction with his congressional leadership. With the immigrant crisis roiling across Europe, the recent attack by two black immigrants at a Swedish Ikea have prompted an intense backlash against non-white refugees. We'll also make time to review the visit from Pope Francis as well as WDBJ shooting by alleged killer Vester Flanagan. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 10/03/15      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS Now that we've had a school shooting, the academic school year can officially begin. Chris Harper Mercer, 26, allegedly slaughtered Umpqua Community College students in Oregon; 9 are reported dead, 10 are reported wounded. President Obama pointed out the "routine" nature of these killings. Mercer allegedly described himself as "mixed-race," but the Los Angeles Times characterized him as having White Supremacist leanings. The suspected White Supremacist leanings of GOP Majority Whip Steve Scalise are nearly forgotten; he's now positioning himself to nab House Speaker John Boehner's job. And while Whites feign rage about lax gun laws, the two year "anniversary" of Miriam I. Carey being summarily executed in the nation's capitol continues to be ignored. Her family and supporters marked the event by holding a vigil in New York. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 10/10/15      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White p eople. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS Tussling Whites have discombobulated the Republican wing of White Supremacy conglomerate. President Obama-inspired White angst has undermined efforts to replace outgoing House Speaker John Boehner. Whites in the nation's capitol are simultaneously rankled about the impending visit of Minister Louis Farrakhan and tens of thousands of black people for the Justice Or Else gathering on Saturday, October 10th. The U.S. Capitol Police that joined in killing and covering up of the shooting death of Miriam I. Carey distributed a memo scolding Min. Farrakhan and Black Lives Matter. The document warned that the invading negroes represent a "potential for violence." Similarly a group of New York's black elementary school children were rebuked for sitting together in the cafeteria; even a small number of black 10-year-olds qualifies as a gang. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. w/ Dr. Frances Cress Welsing Part XXXI      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Dr. Frances Cress Welsing makes her 31st visit to The Context of White Supremacy. Dr. Welsing is an author, 3rd generation physician, and general and child psychiatrist. She wrote the landmark counter-racist text, The Isis Papers: The Keys To The Colors. We're excited to get her thoughts on the trial of suspected sexual terrorist Daniel Holtzclaw. His guilt will be determined by an all White jury, which is a predictable occurrence in the system of White Supremacy. We'll ask Dr. Welsing to connect the treatment of Holtzclaw's black female victims to the weekly projections on television hits like Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder. We'll also discuss the recent reports on rising death rates for middle-aged Whites. Could this also be a product of the "Obama effect"? #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE: 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 11/07/15      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White p eople. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS The trial of former officer and suspected sexual terrorist Daniel Holtzclaw commenced this week; all of his alleged victims are black females. The jury determining his fate is all White. Ironically, the Supreme Court at this very moment is reviewing the standard practice of excluding black citizens from juries. Holtzclaw's case continues to receive paltry attention, which would be the complete opposite if he was black or if his victims had been White. While black females in Oklahoma receive no sympathy, Whites are singing a different tune about the "war on drugs" now that throngs of Whites are languishing with heroin, prescription medication and methamphetamine addiction. For nearly a half century Whites have offered no compassion but lots of jail time for black people suffering from substance abuse issues. Whites also invested a sizable chunk of time sulking about recent data showing rising death rates for middle-aged Whites. Perhaps this is also a product of "the Obama effect"? #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 11/21/15      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS The reported terrorist attacks in Paris, France continue to saturate media outlets and, predictably, have encouraged a less refined, more public manifestation of White Supremacist conduct. An increasing number of Whites are unsatisfied with President Obama's alleged handling of ISIS and the conflict in Syria. While many Race Soldiers clamor for a merciless, violent response, black United States' citizens have militarized police units march through their residence for misplacing a house key. Black scholars across the states continue to challenge the Racial Terrorism they're forced to tolerate while seeking knowledge. The Racist backlash has been immediate, widespread, and tacky. Speaking of terrorists, the third week of the Daniel Holztclaw trial concluded on Wednesday with more black female victims testifying to being petrified and violated by a predator with a badge and gun. The OKC Artists for Justice managed a peaceful protest loud enough to be heard in the court room. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Chicago in Context featuring Pam (Trojan Horse)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Pam (http://RacismWS.com/) returns to The Context of White Supremacy. She manages the Racism Is White Supremacy blog and established Trojan Horse Press. She's co-authored a range of constructive counter-racist literature to help black people grasp the total war Whites are conducting against us: The Beauty Con Game, The Interracial Con Game, Black Love Is A Revolutionary Act. Since Pam is a Chicago, Illinois native, we thought she could boost our comprehension of the legacy strategic terrorism against black Chicagoans. The recent attention on the police slayings of Rekia Boyd and Laquan McDonald, the Homan Square torture facility and Spike Lee's documentary Chiraq, often fail to put these incidents within a historical context of 100 years of White Terror Domination in the Windy City. We'll review the work of Isabel Wilkerson, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Beryl Satter, Leanita McClain and President Barack Obama. After being assaulted with rocks and bricks while peacefully protesting in 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. confessed, "I have been in many demonstrations all across the South, but I can say that I have never seen even in Mississippi and Alabama mobs as hostile and as hate filled as I've seen here in Chicago." #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE: 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME Part I      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the premier study session on Ta-Nehisi Coates ballyhooed publication, Between The World And Me. This 2015 text recieved the National Book Award for nonfiction and was on President Obama's summer reading list. In addition to the laurels for the book, he also nabbed a 2015 MacArthur Genius Award and continues to generate dialog on his 2014 treatise on reparations. Between The World And Me was published early in response to Dylann Roof's Terrorist attack in South Carolina. Coates labels this text a letter to his black child, a honest conversation on White Supremacy and the systemic plunder and rape of black bodies. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE: 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 11/28/15      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS Much like 2014 when the death of Tamir Rice and the non-indictment of Eric Garner's killer cast a pall over "Thanksgiving," this year's holiday was again dominated by black death. 5 Black Lives Matter protesters were shot in Minnesota while opposing the police killing of Jamar Clark. The gunmen are Suspected White Supremacists, and CBS reports that charges are pending against four men. A local NAACP representative alleges that the Minneapolis Police Department may be directly or indirectly involved in this act of domestic terrorism. Concurrently, a Suspected Race Soldier was charged with first degree murder in the 2014 shooting death of Laquan McDonald. Television networks were again broadcast looped footage of a black teen being gunned down in the street. The Daniel Holtzclaw trial entered the fourth week, and it still seems that the black female victims are the presumed violators. And White House security thwarted another intruder who hopped the fence at the Obama's residence in Washington, D.C. Unlike Miriam I. Carey, the trespasser was not shot. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME Part II      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the 2nd installment on Ta-Nehisi Coates esteemed bestseller, Between The World And Me. This 2015 text received the National Book Award for nonfiction and made President Obama's summer reading list. On top of the cacophony of accolades, Coates seized a 2015 MacArthur Genius Award and continues to rouse commentary for his 2014 analysis of reparations. Coates' work was published early in response to Dylann Roof's Terrorist assault in Charleston, South Carolina. Our first session revealed Coates comprehensive grasp of the history of White Supremacy. He shares intimate details on his black childhood and formative years at Howard University. Coates offers this text as a letter to his fifteen-year-old son. Nothing about the first portion of this text seems designed for black adolescent readers. In fact, the book begins with Coates lamenting a White woman's inability to relate to black suffering. We'll be sure to include the works of Richard Wright and Minister Malcolm X. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE: 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 01/09/16      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS Many Victims of Racism spent the opening week of 2016 mourning the loss of distinguished physician and attempted counter-racist Dr. Frances Cress Welsing. A memorial at Howard University in Washington, D.C. was held earlier today. Dr. Welsing characterized the gun as the great equalizer for Whites. Not surprisingly, President Obama's teary-eyed proclomation on executive orders designed to reduce gun violence was widely critized. Many Whites - and some non-whites - lampooned the president as unmanly and proceeded to buy even more firearms. No one spoke of disarming the White terrorists who've comandeered federal property in Oregon. Although no one has been indicted for the suspicious death of Sandra Bland, White officer Brian Encinia was charged with perjury for statements given regarding his arrest of her. He may be fired (transferred). And Dr. Welsing's theory that the promotion and seeming increase of sexual intercourse between White Women and black males may be encouraging increased violence by White Men was supported by Governor Paul LePage. He chided heroin pedlars who invade Maine with their contraband and impregnate White girls before absconding. He's since apologized and rebuffs being classified as a Racist. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 01/16/16      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS This coming Monday is the officially designated holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Whites will feign esteem and admiration for the counter-racist efforts of the assassinated "drummer major for justice." The alleged modern day product of King's "dream," President Barack Obama, delivered his last State of the Union Address. This time, no one interrupted to brand him a liar. The president's former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has dismissed calls to resign as mounting evidence suggests he may have lied about his knowledge of the police killing of a black teen. Chicago officials liberated yet another snuff flick of a black male being slaughtered by the Windy City's finest. Armed White thugs - including Cliven Bundy's offspring - continue their armed occupation of federal property in Oregon. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 02/20/16      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia picked the middle of Black History Month to perish. The Supreme Court vacancy has reconstructed the 2016 presidential election and Pres. Obama's last year in office. Justice Scalia's death has also provided an excuse for Racists to further torment Justice Clarence Thomas and the president. Echoing the pathologies of convicted sexual terrorist Daniel Holtzclaw, two LAPD officers have been arrested and charged with repeatedly raping four women over the course of several years. The racial classification of the victims has not been released. Like Beyonce's Super Bowl demonstration, Kendrick Lamar used his Grammy recital to call attention to the ongoing war against black people. Speaking of terrorism, synchronized with the PBS presentartion of Stanley Nelson's documentary on the Black Panther Party, Albert Woodfox was finally released from Angola penitentiary in Louisiana. He served 43 years - including decades in solitary confinement. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Global Sunday Talk On Racism 02/21/16      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts our monthly Global Sunday Talk On Racism. This broadcast is constructed to encourage participation from Victims of Racisms beyond the United States and/or non-white people who are not able to call-in during our normal broadcast time. This broadcast coincides with The C.O.W.S. seven year anniversary of returning to airwaves. We're anxious to hear international perspective on the reported outbreak of the Zika virus. This professed health crisis will likely accumulate increased attention with the approach of the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. We'll also address the death of Sarah Reed. Much like the death of Sandra Bland and Kimberly Randle-King, Ms. Reed died under suspicious circumstances while being held in greater confinement in the United Kingdom. We'll also make time to ask our international listeners about the United States presidential election. We'll see which White person they think will take the reigns from Pres. Obama. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE: 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 03/12/16      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how eeest to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS Former First Lady and Suspected Race Soldier Nancy "Just Say No" Reagan died this week at the age of 94. President Obama was pilloried for skipping her funeral. Speaking of resurrections, Senator Bernie Sanders resuscitated his presidential campaign by defeating Hillary Clinton in the Michigan Primary. Once again, non-white people were credited with swaying the the final result - black Michigan voters didn't come through for Clinton. Interestingly, during the Flint, Michigan debate preceding the primary, Sanders was questioned about his "racial blind spots." While responding he said that Whites are ignorant about ghetto life and - more importantly - about being poor. Whites in Appalachia were pissed. Meanwhile, Donald Trump supporters have demonstrated no ignorance about being White or how they feel about black people. Black attendees at Trump rallies continue to be violently assaulted by Whites. It increasingly looks like the refinement era of White Supremacy is concluding. This appears to be exerting an enormous toll on #BlackMentalHealth. INVEST in The COWS - paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 03/19/16      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how eeest to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS Yesterday marked the 81st birthday of author and psychiatrist Dr. Frances Cress Welsing. Her theory of White Genetic Annihilation continues to be substantiated daily. In the United Stated the clocks were moved forward and Donald J. Trump and Hillary R. Clinton pummeled their opponents during the final winter primary; both hold sizable delegate leads and look poised for a November deathmatch for the White House. Once again black people were credited with aiding Clinton's defeat of Senator Bernie Sanders. Speaking of black political power, President Obama nominated Judge Garland Merrick to fill the SCOTUS vacancy. NPR's Nina Totenberg noted that the president picked the only White Man on his short list of candidates. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder testified before Congress about the poisoned water in Flint and how his administration's response. Despite ongoing recall efforts, Mr. Snyder remains employed. And speaking of White men getting off the hook, the continuing trials for the 2013 White Terrorism at San Jose State University highlight the need for criminal justice reform. Two former White students were sentenced to thirty days in jail or weekend work; they must also complete "50 hours of volunteer work with a nonprofit organization serving the black community and enroll in a cultural awareness program on the African-American experience." A third White criminal was given probation. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. A FOOT IN EACH WORLD Part IV      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the 4th study session on Leanita McClain's posthumously published A Foot In Each World. McClain was an exceptional representation of the potency and significance of black journalists. She had articles published in the Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post. She generally used her columns to examine how Racism impacted black people. She succumbed to suicide in May of 1984 at the age of 32. Her suicide note reveals the degree to which White Supremacy destroyed her mental health. She wrote: "Do not try to pull my back into this world. I will never live long enough to see my people free anyway." A Foot In Each World is a compilation of her poetry and essays that was edited by her former husband Clarence Page. Examining her work chronologically offers insight on her evolving understanding of Racism as well as her personal sorrow. It seems that her fear of being rejected or vilified by other black people was a regular source of grief. She also seemed to harbor hopes and heartache over a few "Good Whites." Last week we reviewed her support for pardoning Marcus Garvey and her defense against releasing classified documents on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Her piece, "The Wart On Chicago's face," reveals many of the well-founded trepidation that Black Chicagoans had about the Racist response to election of Mayor Harold Washington; in this essay, McClain captures the identical energy and anxiety of President Obama's 2008 run for the White House. #BlackMentalHealth INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. A FOOT IN EACH WORLD Part VI      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the 6th study session on Leanita McClain's posthumously published A Foot In Each World. McClain was a trailblazing black journalist in the 1980's. She was on the editorial board for the Chicago Tribune and was regulalry published in The Washington Post. She consistently used words to reveal how White Supremacy impacted black people. She succumbed to suicide in May of 1984 at the age of 32. Her suicide note emphasizes the degree to which White Supremacy assailed her mental health. She wrote: "Do not try to pull me back into this world. I will never live long enough to see my people free anyway." A Foot In Each World is a collage of her poetry and essays that was edited by her former husband and journalist Clarence Page. Studying her work chronologically offers insight on her evolving thoughts on Racism as well as her depression. It seems her fear of being rejected or vilified by other black people was a consistant source of agitation. She also seemed to harbor hopes and heartache over a few "Good Whites." Last week we covered her articles which detailed the ongoing attacks against Mayor Harold Washington - the first black mayor of Chicago. Edward Vrdolyak led a gang of White elected officials known as the "Vrdolyak 29." McClain documents how these White politicians made it their duty to obstruct and hamper Washington's administration - foreshadowing the Racist hijinks in opposition to President Obama. McClain's body of work provides a wealth of insight into the years of President Ronald Reagan and the racial politics of the decade. #BlackMentalHealth INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 05/14/16      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how eeest to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS Young scholars across the country prepare to celebrate an educational landmark with their spring graduation, sixteen black cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point faced possible disciplinary action for having the gumption to take a photograph with black fists raised. Officials said this uppity act may have been an unauthorized political act showing solidarity or support of the Black Lives Matter movement. They've since decided against taking punitive action. The killer of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, continues doing his part to combat the threat of BLM. He's reportedly auctioning the gun he used to kill the black teen in 2012, and will allegedly use a portion of the profits to "fight Black Lives Matter." While President Obama announced that he will be the first sitting United States president to visit Hiroshima, Japan since the nuclear destruction of World War II, presidential hopeful Donald J. Trump continues his unabated march to the White House. The New York Times reported that many White Trump supporters are deceiving pollsters by not publicly declaring their support of Trump for fear of being branded a Racist. This would seem to strengthen the likelihood of Trump prevailing in November, while simultaneously contradicting the idea of Whitefolks being ignorant about Racism. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 05/28/16      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how eeest to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS Suspected White Supremacist Donald J. Trump acquired the necessary delegates to cement the Republican presidential nomination; Dr. Frances Cress Welsing still looking clairvoyant. Meanwhile, the current president became the first sitting commander in chief to visit the Japanese site of the World War II nuclear holocaust. A sizable number of Whites didn't want to hear any apologizing from Pres. Obama. Back in the states, The Supreme Court ruled that a black death row inmate's rights were violated when White prosecutors willfully excluded black jurors; it's ambiguous how this will impact the infinite number of convictions by homogeneous juries. Speaking of court, entertainment icon Bill Cosby will stand trial in Pennsylvania on chrages of sexual assault. Across the country in Idaho, a gang of White teens will face prosecution for racially terrorizing and raping a disabled black teenage student. They forced a hanger into his rectum. However, to remind us that Racism is mostly a thing of the past, Alex Haley's legendary Roots returns to television for the Memorial Day weekend. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. White People Don't Take Holidays From Practicing Racism      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In the United States, Whites have declared May 30th a "holiday," but the System of White Supremacy never vacations. Consequently, The Context of White Supremacy won't take a recess to barbecue and watch ball games. Gus T. Renegade dissect the race for the White House and why Donald J. Trump is looking more like Pres. Obama's successor. To clarify the point, We'll re-evaluate Dr. Frances Cress Welsing's clairvoyant analysis on the reconstruction of White Supremacy. We'll also review the growing number of black officials being flogged, reprimanded or verbally chastised for alleged or perceived violations - or downright uppityness. This list includes: Bill Cosby, Marilyn Mosby, Ken Thompson, Justice Clarence Thomas, and President Jacob Zuma, Speaking of set up to fail, from Toronto, Canada to Ferguson, Missouri to San Francisco, California, the new Racist code appears to be to put a black police officer at the front of any department being scrutinized for killing and terrorizing black people. Gus will also share a quick thought on the recent film Zootopia as well as his theories on why non-white people are frequently giddy to discuss sexual intercourse between Whites and non-whites. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 07/09/16      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS The 4th of July fireworks were barely extinguished before business as usual resumed in the United States. As White Supremacists never take a vacation from brutalizing black people, Louisiana's Alton Sterling and Minnesota's Philander Castile were gunned down on camera by Race Soldiers. No one has been charged for their respective deaths; social media cranked out fresh hashtags and rhetoric about justice. Much of this was scuttled when a Thursday evening Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, Texas was interrupted bysniper fire. It was originally reported that multiple shooters fired into the crowd killing five police officers and wounding eleven others - including two civilians. Updated reports indicate that investigators believe Micah Xavier Johnson, a 25-year-old black male, is the sole shooter; officers allegedly killed him with an incendiary device after an extensive shootout. However, alternate reports indicate Johnson died from a self-inflicted gun wound. With so many questions unanswered, many have concluded that President Obama and Black Lives Matter protesters are the culpabale for the mythological "war on cops." It's being alleged that Johnson was "upset with White people," which motivated his calculated attack. Much like the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy - which was also in Dallas, this shooting will greatly impact who resides in the White House. Then again, maybe the weekend opening of The Purge had a bigger impact than we think. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 07/16/16      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS The unrest from last week's police killings in Louisiana and Minnesota coupled with five officers killed in Dallas, Texas continue to captivate the nation and demand dialog on Racism. President Obama spoke at a Texas memorial for the deaced enforcement officials and followed this with a town hall discussion on Racism - many Whites were disgruntled about this. NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James opened ESPN's Espy Awards show by discussing the police shootings of black people. These athletes might be in store for a White backlash similar to what was demonstrated this week in Texas. Speaking of the "war on cops," a White man killed two bailiffs in Michigan, and news outlets barely mentioned it - nor did they add it to their rhetoric about the contempt for law enforcement. France endured another terrorist attack, where a truck was driven through a crowd killing more than 80 people. This along with the police shootings is solidifying the notion that the global White collective is under attack and must counter-strike. #RacismIsNotAPrivilege INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 09/10/16      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS President Barack Obama's final days in office seem destined to be bursting with the same disrespect he's stomached for the past 8 years. The president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, threatened to call Obama's mother a "whore" before their proposed rendezvous was canceled. While visiting China for the G20 summit, President Obama took time to verbally support NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick's protest of the national anthem - several other athletes, including gay White women, have joined in the demonstration. This week marks a glorious moment in the history of American democracy, marking the 45-year anniversary of the Attica prison rebellion in upstate New York. The mostly non-white inmates were protesting many of the same issues with mass incarnation that remain malignant today. Darren Seals, one of the prominent protesters during the 2014 Ferguson crisis, was found shot to death in a burning automobile. No one has been arrested for the murder, which is remarkably similar to the December 2014 death of DeAndre Joshua. #RacismIsNotAPrivilege INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 09/24/16      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS The summer of 2016 closed with terrorist attacks reported in New York City, New Jersey, and St. Cloud, Minnesota. Ahmad Khan Rahami engaged in a shootout with enforcement officials before being captured alive; he's a primary suspect in New York's Chelsea explosions over the weekend. Presidential hopeful Donald J. Trump blamed "political correctness" and reminded citizens that these attacks are possible because of weak immigration laws - which he will correct if elected. Ongoing terrorism against black people continued with the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina. The 21st century Racist script dictates that whenever possible, showcase a prominent black enforcement official to deflect allegations of White tyranny. Charlotte Police Chief Kerr Putney (black male) has been front and center maintaining that Scott was armed and killed by a black officer. Both of these claims have been disputed by eye witness testimony - there's even a White witness reporting that a White officer executed Scott. Protests in Charlotte have raged throughout the week, and some black people are proposing a complete economic boycott in Charlotte. Down the road, Betty Shelby, a White Tulsa Police officer, was charged with first-degree manslaughter for killing Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma last Friday. Crutcher was black and unarmed. The video footage of his execution has entertained millions this week. President Barack Obama recommended hope, chided black people to put their faith in Hillary R. Clinton to continue progress, extend his legacy. #RacismIsNotAPrivilege INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 11/05/16      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS Whites let it hang out for Halloween 2016. An NCAA football spectator brandished an effigy of President Obama being lynched - he was allowed to remain at the ball game. A University of Arkansas student dressed in blackface as Bill Cosby - he was expelled. Speaking of ghouls and tricks, the 2016 presidential election is hours from a merciful conclusion. The trend of black people being bullied and exploited throughout the campaign continued as a Mississippi black church was vandalized; "Vote Trump" was scrawled across the sanctuary. White terrorists didn't restrict their barbarism to black places of worship, two White Iowa police officers were reportedly killed by a White man. The suspected gunman, Scott Michael Greene, was "detained without incident;" law enforcement apparently didn't feel threatened or concerned for their safety even though Greene had a history of confrontations with police - including being ejected from a high school football game for brandishing a confederate flag and berating black spectators. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. President Elect Donald J. Trump      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy unpacks the historic election of Donald J. Trump. The upstart tycoon and reality star again made dolts of the pundits and prognosticators; polls repeatedly indicated that Hillary Clinton would easily become the first female president of the United States. They drastically underestimated Trump's appeals to White Power. Trojan Horse Publications author Pam joins us to make sense of an unconventional election. A co-author of several constructive texts detailing what Racism is and what black people can do to solve this problem, Pam is one of listeners' favorites and always eager to courageously discuss strategies for helping black people. We'll get her views on the importance of author and counter-racist scientist Dr. Frances Cress Welsing correctly predicting a year ago that Trump would nab the presidency. Pam will share her observations on how black people have responded to Trump victory and if she has heard black people being blamed for Hillary's loss - a number of reports have stressed that Clinton earned fewer black votes than President Obama. We'll also review the role of White Women. Much time was invested convincing voters that Trump was a misogynist who didn't value women or deserve their vote. Apparently, White Women didn't listen as more than 50% of them reportedly voted for Trump. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 11/26/16      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. Weâ??ll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. Weâ??ll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS This week marked President Obama's and First Lady Michelle Obama's final Thanksgiving at The White House. The days preceeding turkey day were stuffed with handwringing over the pending Trump administration and how much influence the Alt-Right, White Nationalists will wield in the Oval Office. The listing of flagrantly Racist acts directy related to Trump or conspicuously concurrent with his electoral triumph grows exponentially. Former Oklahoma City Police officer and convicted serial rapist Daniel Holtzclaw lost the trial for his freedom. But the caged sexual predator has a congregation of allies who've financed the erection of a billboard suggesting Holtzclaw's innocence. Entertainment icon Kanye West halted a California concert to air his stance on the presidential election and his hypothetical support of Trump. Soon thereafter, West reportedly agreed to seek medical attention for "stress and exhaustion." #BlackMentalHealth. INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Gwen Ifill, THE BREAKTHROUGH Part 1      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the premier study session on Gwen Ifill's 2009 publication, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. An award-winning journalist and anchor at PBS, Ifill, 61, died from cancer in November of this year. Ifill was a black female journalist in a field dominated by White men, and she admitted that Racism impacted her career. It may have been a contributing factor in the deterioration of her health. In The Breakthrough, Ifill deconstructs the significance of Barack Obama winning the 2008 presidential election. Her analysis looks at the history and evolution of White Supremacy in this part of the world and how Racism became a fundamental issue in the election. She explores the kerfuffle involving Pres. Obama's relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright and how having a White parent influenced perception and opinion of the Illinois senator. We hope this reading will honor Ifill's life and work, and we'll take the chance to compare the beginning of the "Obama Administration" with the rise of President-elect Donald J. Trump. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943#
          The C.O.W.S. Gwen Ifill, THE BREAKTHROUGH Part 2      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the 2nd study session on Gwen Ifill's 2009 bestseller, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. An award-winning journalist and anchor at PBS, Ifill, 61, died from cancer in November of this year. Ifill was one of the few black female mainstream journalists, and she courageously acknowledged that Racism impacted her career. It may have been a element in her passing at such a young age. During the first week's session, we noted that the title of the book contained the word "race," not Racism. This precise difference often reflects a conscious or unconscious attempt to obscure or dilute White pathology and commitment to Racism/White Supremacy. In the early stages of The Breakthrough, Ifill suggests that the election of Barack Obama represented tangible proof that some Whites might be willing to part with Racism. Ifill posits that rockstar black politicians like President Obama, Senator Corey Booker, and Governor Duval Patrick represent the evolution of black political powerbrokers who don't overtly discuss Racism and have the necessary credentials to awe White voters. Ifill writes that civil rights gadflies like Jesse Jackson Sr. and Al Sharpton frighten White people, and a part of President Obama's success was keeping them at bay. Listeners should contrast Ifill's presentation of Racism with the pending Trump Administration. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943#
          The C.O.W.S. Gwen Ifill, THE BREAKTHROUGH Part 3      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the 3rd study session on Gwen Ifill's 2009 bestseller, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. An award-winning journalist and anchor at PBS, Ifill, 61, died from cancer in November of this year. Ifill was one of a small number of black female mainstream journalists, and she frequently her platoform as a journalist to address Racism. In fact, White Supremacy likely contributed to her passing at such a young age. During last week's segment, Ifill covered the differing black opinions on Obama's 2008 presidential campaign as well as the senator's daunting task of "straddling" the "racial divide." She catalogs how Obama had to appease White voters by rejecting Louis Farrakhan, admonishing Rev. Jeremiah Wright, periodically castigating black people, and "stiff arming" Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton. Ifill also discussed how Racist Women weaponized feminism to upbraid those who would support a non-white candidate over Hillary Clinton. Interestingly, Ifill references a myriad of black scholars and journalists - Melissa Harris-Perry, Alice Walker - and even Admitted White Supremacist Timothy Wise, who all recognized how a significant population of White Women were, as Wise wrote, "Not thinking and acting as women," but as White Supremacists. It's stunning that eight years later, after President-elect Trump's victory we are again "surprised" that White Women's allegiance to White Supremacy made a substantial impact in the voting booth. Listeners should contrast how Ifill's presentation of Racism with the pending Trump Administration. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943#
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 12/24/16      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS Even while millions on the planet prepare to celebrate White Jesus's birth, the havoc of an unjust planet took no holiday. A reported terrorist attack at a German Christmas market left twelve dead and more than forty injured. Chancellor Angela Merkel's policy of accepting immigrants (non-white people) is being widely rejected. TIME Magazine reported that her critics accuse her of "importing terrorism to Germany." United States domestic terrorism was memorialized as this week marked the thirty year anniversary of the murder of Michael Griffith. He was hit by a car while fleeing a gang a baseball-bat-wielding White Terrorists. The predominantly black residents of Flint, Michigan continue to struggle to acquire clean water, but this week new criminal indictments were leveled against former emergency managers. This could be another incident of Racial Showcasing as Darnell Early, a black male, is often projected as a central offender. Speaking of no count black politicians, First Lady Michelle Obama exchanged views with Oprah Winfrey. During the exchange, Mrs. Obama addressed the racist perception that she's an "angry black woman." #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943#
          The C.O.W.S. w/ Dr. Niyana Rasayon Part XIII      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy welcomes the return of Dr. Niyana Rasayon. A behavioral neuroscientist, neuropsychologist, professor, author and father, Dr. Rasayon is also a North Carolina A&T alumnus and one of our listeners' favorite guests. We've previously examined his published work, including The Awakening: OMG The President Is Black and Reality Check: A Manuel for the Hue-Man Octahedron & The Mystery of Melain. Dr. Rasayon was gracious enough to step away from the yuletide festivities to review the gruesome year of 2016. Countless black people who devoted their existence to healing black people and confronting White Supremacy did not see this year's conclusion. Prince, Muhammad Ali, George Curry, Natalie Cole, Phife Dawg, Gwen Ifill, Maurice White, Dr. Delbert Blair, Dr. Afeni Shakur, Dr. Sebi, and Dr. Frances Cress Welsing all transitioned this year. President Barack Obama is still alive, but he will not occupy the Oval Office in 2017. We'll ask Dr. Rasayon how President-elect Trump impacts how we understand Pres. Obama's tenure as Commander In Chief. We'll also review the federal conviction of Dylann Storm Roof. The White Terrorist slaughtered nine black worshipers - including State Senator Rev. Clementa Pinckney, after having methodically planned the attack for months. Now, many White and non-white people are begging for this Racist's White life to be spared. INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. #TragicArrangements: Racist Mother, "Biracial Daughter"      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy welcomes two non-white listeners to examine how Racism impacts their lives. Specifically, both of our guests are non-white females, but they both have a White mother and a black father. Gus introduced these two listeners because of the symetrical nature of their experiences. We'll hear how their White mothers have practiced Racism throughout their lives and how they began to understand that their mom is Racist. We'll inquire about how their White mothers and family members talked about black people and if this corrupted their perception of black people. We'll also ask how major racial episodes - like the O.J. Simpson trial or the election of President Barack Obama - were discussed in their house. Since both of these ladies recognize their moms' Racism, we'll study how their maternal relationship has changed with a more accurate grasp of Racism. This broadcast should illustrate why sexual activity with Whites is massively incorrect and why the offspring of these Tragic Arrangements suffer most. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Gwen Ifill, THE BREAKTHROUGH Part 4      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the 4th study session on Gwen Ifill's 2009 bestseller, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. An award-winning journalist and anchor at PBS, Ifill, 61, died from cancer in November of this year. Ifill was one of the lone black female mainstream journalists, and she often discussed Racism during her journalism career. In fact, White Supremacy likely contributed to her death at such a young age. During last week's broadcast, Ifill referenced Shirley Chisholm, the first black female to run for president, and many other white and non-white females who maintain that gender is a bigger problem than Racism. However, Ifill cited hard data - including Department of Labor statics showing that more than two-thirds of all bachelor's degrees earned by African Americans are awarded to women, that suggests White Supremacy dominates. Ifill also examined the political ambitions of Artur Davis, who hoped to become the first black governor of Alabama. Davis thought he could follow in President Obama's triumph and rely on a sizable portion of White voters to support him. He was incorrect. After the publication of The Breakthrough, Davis lost his 2010 gubernatorial bid during the Democratic primary and eventually bolted to join the Republican party in 2012. At the time this book was published, Ifill considered Jesse Jackson Jr. another example of the new breed of successful black politicians. Jackson publicly clashed with his father, and supported Obama's rise the White House. Following the book's publication, Jackson's was convicted of financial improprieties and sentenced to federal prison. Listeners should contrast how Ifill's presentation of Racism with the pending Trump Administration. INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade Listen or Call In With Web Based Flash Phone CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# #AnswersForMiriamCarey
          The C.O.W.S. Gwen Ifill, THE BREAKTHROUGH Part 5      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the fifth study session on Gwen Ifill's 2009 bestseller, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. A New York Times bestselling author, journalist and anchor at PBS, Ifill, 61, died from cancer in November 2016. Ifill was one of the lone black female mainstream journalists, and she regularly used her platform as a journalist to interogate the problem of Racism. In fact, White Supremacy likely contributed to her passing at such a young age. During last week's session, Ifill provided a comprehensive inspection of former Newark, New Jersey mayor and current United States Senator Corey Booker. A Stanford alumnus, who, like President Barack Obama, has a White parent, Booker is noted for having "a distinguished and distinctly nonghetto pedigree." The chapter details Booker as a charismatic new breed of black politician who recognizes that "race" remains a major problem. However, Ifill also detailed Booker's reputation for disparaging black people "in front of elite White audiences." The book also examined racial identity. However, the meaning of being "White" was ignored. Ifill invested a sizable amount of time reviewing the notion of "being black enough." At times, The Breakthrough seems to take African Americans to task for adjudicating the "blackness" of elected officials like President Obama or Senator Booker. But Ifill conceded a core component of black suspicion of "biracial" people: "Many white voters are clearly more comfortable thinking of them as half white." Listeners should contrast Ifill's presentation of Racism with the pending Trump Administration. INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# #AnswersForMiriamCarey
          The C.O.W.S. Gwen Ifill, THE BREAKTHROUGH Part 6 (Conclusion)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the 6th and final study session on Gwen Ifill's 2009 bestseller, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. A pioneering journalist and anchor at PBS, Ifill, 61, died from cancer in November of 2016. Ifill was one of the lone black female mainstream journalists, and she consistently highlighted Racism during her journalism career. In fact, White Supremacy likely contributed to her passing at such a young age. During last week's session, Ifill analyzed Obama's 2008 tightrope navigation of Rev. Jeremiah Wright's fiery sermon. Tellingly, the president used the jargon of racial "progress" to rebuke Rev. Wright as someone who failed to concede how much things have "improved" for Victims of Racism. Peddling the "racial progress" of the country has been a staple talking point during Obama's tenure in the White House. Ifill also detailed former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick. She discussed an incident where Patrick was racially attacked by a group of Whites. Ifill failed to include Patrick's commentary on the incident: "The worst that happened was that someone, a couple people, threw their cigarette butts at me. Nobody actually hit me, but you still feel wounded. And if you're not real careful, you can feel ashamed too... . You feel ashamed of who you are -- and what you are -- which is a disaster." Listeners should contrast Ifill's presentation of Racism with the pending Trump Administration. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943#
          The C.O.W.S Compensatory Call-In 01/14/17      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS The final hours of Barack Obama's presidency are elapsing quickly. The commander in chief gave his farewell address in Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday. He devoted a significant amount of time addressing the problem of "race." However, he only used the term "racism" once - while discussing the idea of "reverse racism." Speaking of persecuted Whites, U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions spent week the refuting charges of Racism during his confirmation hearing for the position of Attorney General. Much like Trump's victory, there's every reason to think Sessions will be confirmed and will confiscate Loretta Lynch's post. In South Carolina, a federal jury sentenced convicted mass murderer and Admitted White Supremacist Dylann Storm Roof to death. Federal prosecutor Jay Richardson labeled Roof an "unrepentant Racist." After his sentence, Roof declared, "I felt like I had to do it and I still feel like I had to do it." #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Global Sunday Talk On Racism 01/15/17      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts our monthly Global Sunday Talk On Racism. This program is specifically constructed to increase participation from Victims of Racism beyond the United States and/or non-white people who are not able to join us during our typical broadcast time. The Barack Obama era is five days from ending. President-elect Donald J. Trump will be inaugurated, and the world speculates how the new administration will impact the global operation of White Power. We'll also review the December 2016 prison riot in Birmingham, England. Inadequate prison staff was reported as a major contributor to the melee, but one of our UK listeners submits that narcotics may have also been factor. We'll also review one of UK listener's effort support and replenish black mental health. Dr. Frances Cress Welsing inspired her to contribute to the healing of black people. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE: 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Farewell Obamas, The Inauguration of President Donald J. Trump      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy broadcasts the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump. We'll spend the day reflecting on Barack Obama's two terms as president. Death threats, Obamacare, the Tea Party, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. After nearly a decade, the Obamas depart the White House. And truthfully, it appears First Lady Michelle Obama, many Racist Whites, and a multitude of black people are jubilant that Barack, Sasha and Malia will have a new address. Our retrospective will include some of the most memorable moments of the Obama years: the "More Perfect Union" speech of 2008; selections from Dreams From My Father; his 2016 commencement speech at Howard University; his response to the killing of Trayvon Martin; Dr. Henry Louis Gates' arrest. We'll revisit a number of Obama's critics, including: C.O.W.S. listeners, Bill Cosby, Dr. Cornel West, Michael Eric Dyson, King Simon, Ta-Nehisi Coates. We'll also hear perspetives of Neely Fuller Jr. and Dr. Frances Cress Welsing; the two attempted counter-racists offered keen insight on the "first black president." INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# #AnswersForMiriamCarey The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 01/21/17      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS The Obama ends. President Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as President of the United States of America. He immediate signed executive orders "targeting" Obamacare. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas became the first black justice to swear in a vice president. Hordes of White protesters engaged in disgraceful, criminal antics during the ceremonies. Hundreds were arrested. Even as Michelle Obama and former President Barack Obama ended their tenure, White Terrorists continue to threaten the life of the "first black president." Speaking of venerated black people, the holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. motivated a White Woman to offer a fried chicken, waffles and watermelon special at her cafe. She insists she's not Racist. Georgia's Elisabeth Cannon rejected Dr. King's devotion to non-violence; she shot a fifteen-year-old black child in the head. Cannon chargesges that she had "been terrorized by rocking-throwing" blacks. She's also been accused of making "racial slurs." #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Farewell Obamas, The Inauguration of President Donald Trump 2      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
[Final hour of the total 6 hour broadcast] The Context of White Supremacy broadcasts the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump. We'll spend the day reflecting on Barack Obama's two terms as president. Death threats, Obamacare, the Tea Party, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. After nearly a decade, the Obamas depart the White House. And truthfully, it appears First Lady Michelle Obama, many Racist Whites, and a multitude of black people are jubilant that Barack, Sasha and Malia will have a new address. Our retrospective will include some of the most memorable moments of the Obama years: the "More Perfect Union" speech of 2008; selections from Dreams From My Father; his 2016 commencement speech at Howard University; his response to the killing of Trayvon Martin; Dr. Henry Louis Gates' arrest. We'll revisit a number of Obama's critics, including: C.O.W.S. listeners, Bill Cosby, Dr. Cornel West, Michael Eric Dyson, King Simon, Ta-Nehisi Coates. We'll also hear perspetives of Neely Fuller Jr. and Dr. Frances Cress Welsing; the two attempted counter-racists offered keen insight on the "first black president." INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# #AnswersForMiriamCarey The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 01/28/17      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS President Donald J. Trump completed his first full week as commander-in-chief following a weekend of unruly protests, which resulted in a shooting at a University of Washington affair hosted by the UW College Republicans. Some black Washingtonians insist they're "glad" the first black president vacated the White House - just to end eight years of racist monkey images of Barack and Michelle Obama. Speaking of anti-blackness, a Canadian district school trustee, Nancy Elgie, admits to calling a black parent a nigger. Parents and outraged Canadians have asked for her resignation; thus far, Elgie has not stepped down. She stated she's agreeable to some form of sensitivity training. Maintaining the global theme of Whites not being reprimanded for the abuse and murder of black people, the Los Angeles Police officers who killed Ezell Ford in 2014 will not be charged. The impotent investigation lasted more than eighteen months. Hip-hop mogul Jay Z addresses the plague of police terrorism with his new documentary series on the tragic life and death of Kalief Browder. After being jailed for three years without ever being convicted of a crime, Browder committed suicide in 2015. Jay Z's project received rave reviews at this years Sundance Film Festival. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 02/25/17      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS In a 6-2 ruling, the Supreme Court concluded that black inmate Duane Buck's death penalty sentence was "tainted by racial prejudice." NPR reports a psychologist provided "expert" testimony "that statistically, Buck was more likely to commit violent crimes in the future because he is black." Justice Clarence Thomas cast one of the dissenting votes. Federal officials publicized previously sealed GPS data confirming that death row inmate and Race Soldier Dylann Roof drove to a second black church in the minutes after his murdurous attack on Mother Emanuel AME Church. Members of the Branch AME Church expressed "mind-boggling" disbelief after learning the White killer visited their place of worship. Speaking of creepy whitefolks, Jordan Peele's "Get Out" was released in theaters this week. Peele admitted to using the horror flick as a vehicle to discuss the white racial hostility that fomented under President Obama's rule. Predictably, some white viewers have branded the film "anti-white." #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 03/25/17      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS An attack in London, England left five dead and was promptly defined as an act of terrorism. The alleged non-white attacker was killed on spot. The incident prompted immediate discussions about US security measures to prevent similar violence. At the same time, James Harris Jackson admitted to traveling to New York City for the expressed purpose of killing black males. Jackson is charged with killing unarmed 66-year-old Timothy Caughman, allegedly because of his disgust with the promotion of dating between White Women and black males. Jackson admitted to harboring "hatred for black men" since he was a teen. Before her death, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing theorized that a rising number of White Men were inspired to terrorize black males as a result of seeing so much "interracial dating." Speaking of despised black males, The country will be stuck with Obamacare, as President Donald J. Trump and fellow Republicans failed to produce the necessary votes to repeal the law. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Global Sunday Talk On Racism 05/21/17      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts our monthly Global Sunday Talk On Racism. This broadcast is specifically engineered to encourage participation from Victims of Racism outside the United States and/or non-white people who are not able to participate during our usual program time. We'll discuss the French presidential election, where Marine La Pen, widely accused of being Racist, was defeated. We'll also review Canadian journalist Desmond Cole, who resigned from the Toronto Star newspaper after White editors admonished him for his activist work against Racism. We'll ask our international listeners to share how US politics are being discussed in their part of the world. President Obama received a noteworthy level of admiration in the international press during his eight years in office. Coverage seems notably different with President Trump. We'll also see if our international listeners have a code for requesting increased compensation from their place of employment. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE: 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 07/29/17      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS President Donald J. Trump took to twitter to announce that "transgender people" will be prohibited from serving in the military. The New York Times reports this move aims to resolve breach between Whites regarding whether "taxpayer money should pay for gender transition and hormone therapy for transgender service members." Race Soldiers are wisely using this controversy to advance conflation between "gay rights" and white supremacy. Former First Lady Michelle Obama opened up to a Colorado audience about a snippet of the racist abuse she and her family experienced while in the White House. ""Knowing that after eight years of working really hard for this country, there are still people who wonâ??t see me for what I am because of my skin color," said Mrs. Obama. Whites in Minneapolis widely circulated and praised images of Philando Castile's mother, Valerie, warmly embracing the Australian relatives of Justine Damond, who was killed this summer by Minnesota police. And with a masterstroke of racial showcasing, HBO spotlighted a group of black producers to defuse charges that their new show, which dramatizes a Confederate triumph in the Civil War, is not racist. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 09/09/17      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS Days after Hurricane Harvey eviscerated the Houston, Texas area, Hurricane Irma - the most powerful storm to hit the United States more than 75 years - is poised to wreak cataclysmic ruin on the state of Florida. Flood damage and chemical leaks have left many black and non-white Texans in a state of dire emergency. Many of the victims have no flood insurance, which only intensifies the catastrophe. As with many emergencies, a number of Black Floridians and Texans were unable to escape the path of destruction. In addition to the hurricanes and a monstrous earthquake in Mexico, United States political attention locked on President Donald J. Trump's decision to end President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allowed 800,000 undocumented children to remain in the country and work legally. Suspected Racists have seized on this issue; ther have been Whites marching and shouting across the land. Gus witnessed two racist suspects brandishing signs in support of "DACA" on a Seattle, Washington highway overpass this week. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 10/21/17      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. Weâ??ll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. Weâ??ll examine news reports from the past seven days and â?? hopefully â?? promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS Climate and environmental crisis continue to roil the planet, as California wildfires have killed dozens of people and scorched acres of prime real estate. Prisoners are being shipped to the front lines to battle the blazes in the hopes of demonstrating "good behavior". President Donald J. Trump continues to chip away at Barack Obama's policies, this week scuttling funding to key portions of the Affordable Care Act. Whites continue to talk trash about the current commander in chief. Even former President George W. Bush told a New York audience "bigotry seems emboldened" in Trump's America. Speaking of bold, former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick filed a lawsuit against the NFL alleging that White owners colluded to deny him employment. Whites made no effort to collude against suspected sexual predator Harvey Weinstein. After years of alleged sexual tyranny, Weinstein's White pals and co-workers like Quentin Tarantino acknowledge they did nothing to stop Weinstein's criminal behavior. #AnswersForMiriamCarey INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 2/17/18      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS The roman-antics of St. Valentine's Day were eviscerated by yet another gun-toting White Man. Nikolaus Cruz, 19, has been arrested and charged with killing 17 people during a school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Unlike Miriam I. Carey, Walter Scott and an infinite number of unarmed Black victims of police terrorism, Cruz was taken into custody unharmed. CNN reports that Cruz used social media to "[hurl] slurs at blacks and Muslims... and had ties to White Supremacists." Multiple tragedies struck during the middle of Black History Month, as historian, author and journalist Lerone Bennett Jr. died this week at the age of 89. The former editor of JET and Ebony magazines, Bennett wrote nearly a dozen books, including: Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America and Forced into Glory: Abraham Lincolnâ??s White Dream. Celebrated and criticized illustrations of black people abounded this week, as portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama were revealed - the latter depicted holding a decapitated head. And Marvel's Black Panther flick continues to command the global box office. #BlackSelfRespect INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943#
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 03/03/18      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS A federal appeals court offered a poignant homage to the conclusion of Black History Month, the court ruled that the 1964 Civil Rights Act covers "gay rights." The decision was widely cheered as yet another watershed moment for the LGBTQ community. Meanwhile victories for black people have been hard to count. A substantial number of the youth division of the White race are devoting time and energy to the subject of gun laws. After "White Identity Extremist" Nikolas Cruz slaughtered more than a dozen children at a Florida school, Whites are again chinwagging about the possibility of symbolically castrating Whites, restricting access to certain firearms. After nearly a decade of the "Obama effect," where historic numbers of Whites purchased firearms in response to the first non-white president, the Trump era has reversed the fad, there are now more guns than White buyers. INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943#
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Cal-In 06/02/18      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS Roseanne Barr, a Suspected Race Soldier and television and entertainment icon, used social media to racially assault President Barack Obama's senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, comparing her to a monkey from the infamous Planet Of The Apes anthology. Following her racist outburst, ABC canceled Barr's eponymous sitcom, which was one of the network's most beloved series and, ironically, depicted a White family with a pro-Trump matriarch who conducts surveillance on her "Muslim" neighbors. Speaking of work stoppage, Starbucks barricaded more than 8,000 coffee shops in the U.S. to devote a few hours to racial bias training. It's uncertain if the effort will have any impact on how black patrons or even black baristas are treated. Demonstrating the global contempt for non-white life, a Harvard study concluded there were nearly 5,000 deaths in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria. This is an astronomically higher toll than what was originally reported. The number of black people murdered during the 1921 "Tulsa Race Riots" was also not accurately reported. Friday marked 97 years since the grisly incident of White Terrorism. #TulsaWasNotARaceRiot INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943#
          Facebook teams up with NATO to censor news      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A new Reuters report confirms that social media censorship is taking a chilling geopolitical effect, as Facebook has been revealed as a top donor to the Atlantic Council, alongside Western governments, Gulf autocratic regimes, NATO, various branches of the US military, and a number of major defense contractors and corporations.

In May Facebook announced that it was outsourcing much of its political “fact-checking” to the Atlantic Council, the PR arm of NATO, and more specifically, four individuals within the Atlantic Council will form a “Digital Forensic Lab (DFR Lab)” so as to help the billion dollar tech giant spot those pesky Russian election meddling trolls…because God knows, Facebook simply does not have the money or know-how to hire its own team of “fact checkers”, something that a publisher platform of Facebook’s size would naturally do in house as it formulates its editorial position.

The team of four total individuals running the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFR Lab) will be lead by a former National Security Council advisor for the last four years of the Obama administration, Graham Brookie, who is also its founder.


          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 06/16/18      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS President Donald J. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held a long awaited summit this week in Singapore, where Whites emphasized the importance of castrating the non-white country's nuclear capacity. Some pundits have questioned how such a meeting would be perceived if President Obama still occupied the White House. This week marks one year since the catastrophic Grenfell Tower fire killed dozens of mostly non-white people. The newly launched inquiry investigates the cause of the deadly fire, while reports admit little has improved over the past dozen months to prevent such a traumatic loss of life from happening again. Speaking of firefighters, 8 NYFD members were suspended after footage showed a drunken riot where a New York Fire Department official allegedly called another firefighter a "nigger." #EndRacism2BeADad INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943#
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 07/14/18      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS More then 60 years after the lynching of Emmett Till, the Justice Department announced they've reopened the case into the 1955 slaughter of the black fourteen-year-old. Carolyn Bryant Donham, the Race Soldier who admitted lying about Till and was accused of being in the vehicle the night the boy was killed, is still alive and should be prosecuted. Speaking of prosecutions, the Washington Post reports that Suspected Racist "Michael Selyem, who leads the Hardcore Gang Unit at the San Bernardino County District Attorneyâ??s Office, is the subject of an internal investigation." Selyem is accused of posting racist and terrorist threats about former First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters. Prosecutor Selyem reportedly called Congresswoman Waters "ghetto," and wondered why she has not been shot. On the other side of the globe, Brits mourned England's World Cup defeat while Serena Williams returned from child birth - with a White man - to play for her 8th Wimbledon singles titles. #RacismIsNotAPrivilege INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943#
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 07/21/18      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS President Donald J. Trump continued his globetrotting, this week caucusing with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Presumably, the two conversed about the global operation of White Supremacy. This week also marked one hundred years since the birth of former South African president Nelson Mandela. Former U.S. President Barack Obama and many others used the occasion to remember Madiba's commitment to replacing White Supremacy. Chicago's Harith Augustus will celebrate no more so-called birthdays; he was killed earlier this month by Chicago police. Citizens have protested the killing and the suspiciously released edited video footage of the killing. Black enforcement officers have spent a lot of time in front of the camera answering questions about Augustus's killing. Speaking of Race Soldiers, Asheville, North Carolina police confessed to operating surveillance on Black Lives Matter members and other activists protesting the White Terrorist practices of enforcement officers. #9YearsOfTheCOWS INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943#
          The C.O.W.S. w/ Neely Fuller, Jr. - May 16,2009      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. - founder of the White Privilege Conference - was the confirmed and originally scheduled guest for this program. However, he forgot. As a Victim of White Supremacy, Gus T. Renegade is trained in the art of compensation. Mr. Neely Fuller, Jr. shared his views on the System of White Supremacy. Mr Fuller is the author of The United Independent Compensatory Code System Concept. He discussed how even President Obama is subject to the White Supremacists & why White Privilege is not the most accurate term. [The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p] CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# Invest in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb
          The C.O.W.S. w/ Bill Ayers - Jun 03,2009      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
University of Illinois(Chicago) professor Bill Ayers will share his views on the System of White Supremacy. Professor Ayers will discuss how the Weather Underground intended to work against Racism/White Supremacy and his thoughts on President Obama. We will ask Professor Ayers to suggest strategies to counter Racism. [The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p] CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# Invest in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb
          The C.O.W.S. w/ On Psychopaths with Sam Vaknin (Macedonia)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy welcomes Sam Vaknin live from Macedonia. Mr. Vaknin is a White man and an admitted narcissist. He authored the text, Malignant Self Love: Narcissism Revisited. Mr. Vaknin was also the subject of Ian Walker's documentary film, I Psychopath. Vaknin has been to prison, has made and lost fortunes, and seems to take pride in admitting his lack of empathy for others. We'll see how much of psychopathic behavior parallels the collective, predatory behavior of Whites. We'll ask him to explain his concept of false modesty and what he looks for in potential vulnerable victims. We'll also ask about his suggestions for things to avoid with a potential psychopath. Gus is excited to discuss Dr. Vaknin's conclusion that Pres. Barack Obama exhibits clinical narcissism - this could be projection as whites are prone to deflecting their own pathologies. [The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p] CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# Invest in The COWS - http://tiny.cc/ledjb
          Voto obrigatório: sorrir para não chorar.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Um dia precisaremos discutir com seriedade a obrigatoriedade do voto, uma aberração de apenas 21 dos 230 países do mundo. Em países onde o voto é facultativo, o político precisa antes de qualquer coisa convencer o eleitor a sair de casa para votar, o que torna o processo ainda mais democrático e representativo. Basta de currais eleitorais. Segue texto de Ana Paula do Vôlei sobre o tema, via Estadão:


Passada a Copa, a corrida eleitoral começou de verdade. Treino é treino, jogo é jogo, mas como no clássico de Antonio Candeia, imortalizado por Cartola, o brasileiro está tão perdido que parece cantarolar “deixe-me ir, preciso andar, vou por aí a procurar, rir pra não chorar”. Com a devida vênia aos futurólogos, a eleição de 2018 é a menos previsível das últimas décadas. A velha polarização PT-PSDB é coisa do passado (ainda bem!), mas o futuro, só Deus sabe.

Por mais questionáveis que sejam as pesquisas, sem contar a volatilidade do humor do brasileiro com os políticos, temos um quadro que desafia qualquer palpite. Em quase todas as eleições presidenciais após 1989, o líder das pesquisas um ano antes do pleito colocou a faixa verde e amarela no peito. Como o “preferido” de um terço dos eleitores, segundo alguns institutos de pesquisa, está vendo o sol nascer quadrado em Curitiba, e outro terço se declarando indeciso, como fazer uma previsão minimamente confiável? Impossível.

O ex-presidente, atual presidiário, apontou seu dedo para Fernando Haddad, o poste eleito por ele em 2012 para a prefeitura de São Paulo que perdeu a reeleição já no primeiro turno para João Dória, um outsider da política que sequer era unanimidade no próprio partido - uma derrota avassaladora e humilhante em praticamente todas as zonas eleitorais da capital. A malfadada gestão Haddad é lembrada obrigatoriamente todos os dias pelos paulistanos por conta das horrendas ciclovias que cortam a cidade até hoje. Com Lula preso e indicando um candidato pouco popular para o Planalto, com sua sucessora deposta por impeachment, este será o maior teste para sua capacidade de transferência de votos até hoje.

Em segundo lugar, o grande azarão desta eleição: o indeciso. Sem o inquilino VIP da carceragem da Polícia Federal na disputa, um em cada três brasileiros pesquisados diz não ter idéia para quem vai entregar o mais alto cargo público do país daqui a dois meses. Mesmo com a inclusão do nome de Fernando Haddad no lugar de Lula, o terço indeciso continua lá. E estamos falando de resultados da pesquisa estimulada, aquela em que uma cartela com os nomes dos candidatos é apresentada ao eleitor. A situação, na verdade, é ainda mais preocupante.

Na pesquisa espontânea, aquela em que o eleitor deve revelar sua preferência livremente, sem consultar uma lista pronta de candidatos, a quantidade de indecisos sobe para quase metade do eleitorado. Quando somamos os que dizem votar branco ou nulo, temos algo como 70% do total. É possível, considerando o resultado das últimas pesquisas espontâneas divulgadas, que até dois terços dos brasileiros ou não sabem em quem vão votar ou simplesmente não participarão da escolha.

O quadro não muda muito nas simulações de segundo turno. Sem considerar Lula, que está evidentemente inelegível e sua inclusão nas pesquisas serve mais a uma agenda política específica do que ao país, a quantidade de eleitores indecisos supera a soma de todos que revelaram preferência por algum candidato. A eleição está realmente começando agora, mas os resultados finais continuam tão imprevisíveis quanto possível. E isso não é bom.

Pelo “centrão”, Geraldo Alckmin tenta viabilizar seu nome ainda impopular com um discurso dissimulado e um conjunto de apoios que reúne parte da velha política que tanto sonhamos nos livrar. Álvaro Dias corre por fora como um nome alternativo para o bloco que reúne o maior número de políticos, tempo de TV e máquinas partidárias locais, mas nenhum acordo político funciona sem combinar com o eleitor que, até agora, não mostrou querer embarcar na canoa alquimista.

A grande novidade desta eleição é, sem dúvida, Jair Bolsonaro. Conseguirá o deputado unir os brasileiros que foram às ruas pedir o impeachment de Dilma ou falará apenas para sua base eleitoral já consolidada e terminará com uma votação não tão expressiva e sem apoios fora do próprio nicho político? Na primeira eleição presidencial após as garras certeiras e imperdoáveis da Lava Jato, difícil prever.

Seja qual for o resultado, um dia precisaremos discutir com seriedade a obrigatoriedade do voto, uma aberração de apenas 21 dos 230 países do mundo, segundo um relatório recente da CIA. Em países onde o voto é facultativo, o político precisa antes de qualquer coisa convencer o eleitor a sair de casa para votar, o que torna o processo ainda mais democrático e representativo. Com o voto facultativo, os currais eleitorais e os votos “de máquina” serão evidentemente esvaziados, dando oportunidade para que políticos mais representativos emerjam do lamaçal que vemos hoje.

Na noite da eleição presidencial americana de 2012, que reelegeu Barack Obama, eu estava num hospital de Los Angeles devido a um acidente do meu filho no treino de vôlei e que resultou num pequeno corte. Enquanto assistíamos a contagem de votos pela TV, o enfermeiro que dava pontos no queixo do futuro atleta nos contava que, embora tivesse votado em Obama em 2008, não havia votado na eleição que acompanhávamos ao vivo porque não se sentia devidamente informado e engajado. Ele reconhecia que, devido aos intermináveis plantões no hospital, havia acompanhado pouco a campanha e que, por isso, seu voto seria pouco informado e um desserviço à democracia americana. Esta maturidade só se conquista com mais liberdade e não menos, só quando o Estado é mínimo e não interfere na capacidade individual de questionar a própria aptidão, ou simples desejo, para votar.

O voto obrigatório pode ter a plasticidade da verdadeira democracia, mas não deixa de ser um poderoso alimento aos nossos algozes e à máquina corrupta que hoje infelizmente conduz as engrenagens do nosso país. Assim como lutamos pelo direito de votar, deveríamos também lutar pelo direito de não sermos obrigados a votar. O valor da multa para quem não vota pode parecer irrisório (R$3,51), mas eleitores que não foram às urnas em 2016 devem nada mais que R$ 98 milhões à Justiça Eleitoral, montante que vai diretamente para o Fundo Partidário. O inacreditável fundo que distribui recursos às siglas mensalmente, ainda que composto de outros recursos, tem a estimativa de receber R$ 780 milhões em 2018. O “direito” de não querer votar continua alimentando a máquina dos lobos.

Deixo algumas perguntas para um futuro debate: será que com o voto facultativo teríamos um número tão grande de indecisos em toda eleição? Será que nossos candidatos estão sempre verdadeiramente engajados com nossos anseios, necessidades e as mudanças que pedimos há décadas? Como se comportariam se a cada eleição a tarefa de cada um deles fosse nos tirar de casa e lutar, literalmente, para ter o nosso voto?

Mesmo morando fora do Brasil já há alguns anos, continuo tão interessada no futuro do país como sempre e no dia 7 de outubro estarei depositando meu voto na urna daqui mesmo, só assim temos a chance de mudar o país e nossas mazelas políticas. Enquanto isso, como diria Cartola, vamos sorrir pra não chorar.

          The C.O.W.S. THE TURNER DIARIES Study Session Part III      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly study session on Dr. William Pierce's The Turner Diaries. A most interesting week to be reading this text - with the Democratic National Convention for President Barack Obama. When we left Abel Turner, they had just detonated an explosive in an FBI building. The same White people produced the bomb, responded to help the wounded victims. We'll continue to observe how the White characters respond to a sense of impending annihilation.INVEST in The COWS â?? http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. THE TURNER DIARIES Study Session Part III      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly study session on Dr. William Pierce's The Turner Diaries. A most interesting week to be reading this text - with the Democratic National Convention for President Barack Obama. When we left Abel Turner, they had just detonated an explosive in an FBI building. The same White people produced the bomb, responded to help the wounded victims. We'll continue to observe how the White characters respond to a sense of impending annihilation. INVEST in The COWS â?? http://tiny.cc/ledjb CALL IN NUMBER: 760.569.7676 CODE 564943# SKYPE: FREECONFERENCECALLHD.7676 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. w/ Dr. Frances Cress Welsing Part V      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Isis Papers author Dr. Frances Cress Welsing makes her fifth visit to The Context of White Supremacy. We'll ask Dr. Welsing to share her views on the importance of using the most accurate terms to articulate the System of White Supremacy; she'll discuss why non-white people should not use the term "hate crime." We'll solicit her opinion on the Gulf Coast oil catastrophe and how Whites have critiqued President Obama's response to the environmental disaster. We'll also seek Dr. Welsing's insight on what keeps black people in fear of fighting Racism/White Supremacy and how this relates to Mr. Fuller's concept of Great Spectators. INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. w/ Dr. Kevin MacDonald, Ph.D. Part II      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Kevin MacDonald, Ph.D. visits The C.O.W.S.. MacDonald holds a Masters degree in evolutionary biology and a Ph.D. in Biobehavioral Sciences. He is a Professor of Psychology at California State University â?? Long Beach, where he has authored more than 100 "scholarly essays and reviews." Professor MacDonald has also penned several books - Cultural Insurrections: Essays on Western Civilization, Jewish Influence, and Anti-Semitism, Separation and Its Discontents: Toward an Evolutionary Theory of Anti-Semitism. We previously discussed Dr. MacDonald's report - Psychology and White Ethnocentrism - Dr. MacDonald offer his view on the difficulty of getting White people motivated and focused on maintaining the System of White Supremacy. We'll discuss his observations in the two years since we spoke, the presidency of Barack Obama and the 2012 election, his review of Snow White and The Huntsman, and what he's been doing to galvanize the efforts of White Women, White Men and White children. INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943# The C.O.W.S. archives: http://tiny.cc/76f6p
          The C.O.W.S. Compensatory Call-In 07/07/18      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the weekly Compensatory Call-In. We encourage non-white listeners to dial in with their codified concepts, new terms, observations, research findings, workplace problems or triumphs, and/or suggestions on how best to Replace White Supremacy With Justice ASAP. We'll use these sessions to hone our use of words as tools to reveal truth, neutralize White people. We'll examine news reports from the past seven days and - hopefully - promote a constructive dialog. #ANTIBLACKNESS A normal summer Wednesday was transmogrified into a day of beer swigging and battle simulation for the July 4th festivities. While Whites pretended to celebrate independence and liberty from injustice, Therese Okoumou climbed the Statue of Liberty in objection of the Trump administration's immigration policy. She carried out her act sporting a shirt that read: "White Supremacy is Terrorism." Speaking of the current president, Mr. Trump continued his thrashing of Obama-era policies, obliterating regulations that asked colleges to include "race" as a factor when admitting students. These polices were poor efforts to compensate for White Supremacist polices that willfully prohibited black students from obtaining education. In the state of Oregon, an area notorious for barring black citizens access to the state, a black politician was deemed suspicious for canvasing for votes. A White Woman phoned enforcement officers on State Rep. Jannelle Bynum. And then there was the new Purge film. #AntiBlackness INVEST in The COWS - http://paypal.me/GusTRenegade CALL IN NUMBER: 641.715.3640 CODE 564943#
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          James Woods On The UnDemocratic Tactics Of Leftists...      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Let's Just Have The Same Immigration Policies As Mexico....


 #jameswoods

James Woods Destroys Obama's Deputy National Security Adviser, Ben Rhodes


          Trump Administration To Overhaul A Program Designed To Save Medicare Money      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A key initiative of the Affordable Care Act was a program designed to help control soaring Medicare costs by encouraging doctors and hospitals to work together to coordinate patients' care. This led to the formation of what are known as accountable care organizations or ACOs. The program was expected to save the government nearly $5 billion by 2019, according to the Congressional Budget Office . It hasn't come anywhere close. On Thursday, the Trump administration proposed an overhaul to the program. The move could dramatically scale back the number of participating health providers. Trump administration officials say ACOs have led to higher Medicare spending. The announcement was just the latest in a steady drumbeat of moves by Trump administration officials to unwind health policies set in place by the Obama administration. Medicare ACOs began in 2012 and today enroll more than 10 million beneficiaries. ACOs are part of push across government and private sector health programs to pay
          Why Trump Should Scale Back Auto Mileage Regulations      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Authored by Gary Galles via The Mises Institute,

The Trump administration EPA and Department of Transportation have announced their intent to change the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard from what was decreed by their Obama administration predecessors. They were scheduled to reach 54.5 mpg in 2025. The new target will be 37 mpg.

The rationale being given the most attention is that reducing the CAFÉ standards would reduce automobile deaths. However, that is being panned by left-leaning critics.

For instance, Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik characterized the plan as “dirtier cars are safer, so lets keep them dirty.”

Two days later, former Clinton and Obama administration member David J. Hayes was featured on the oped page (8/6/18) with a criticism titled, “Gas guzzlers won’t make us safer.”

However, while these (and similar) critical articles deride the possibility that reducing fuel economy standards from the much higher levels they would have been bumped to could increase automobile deaths (Hiltzik described it as “fatuousness” and Hayes termed it “baloney”), they not only misrepresent the arguments rather than examine them, they fail to consider the actual evidence for that “fatuous baloney.”

Consider the title, “Gas guzzlers won’t make us safer.” Not only is the conclusion asserted rather than demonstrated, but what gas guzzlers (a term Hitzlik also uses) is it referring to? Cars that averaged 37 mpg would be by far the cleanest vehicle fleet in American history. And the air is far cleaner than it was, meaning that the additional benefits from each further improvement is far less than in the past, undermining the argument for sharply more stringent standards.

Further, the logic such critics dismiss out of hand is hardly new or preposterous. It goes back to a famous 1989 Harvard-Brookings study that found that CAFÉ caused a 14–27% jump in traffic deaths due to the resulting car downsizing. An update for 1996 found that 2,700–4,700 automobile deaths, of 22,000 total, were attributable to such downsizing.

The arguments made in such studies are far from preposterous, either. When the higher costs of downsizing make newer cars more expensive relative to older, less safe cars, people buy fewer new cars, and increase the risks borne by such drivers and passengers. And if far better mileage lowers the cost of driving additional miles, the law of demand implies such people will drive more, other things equal. It is a matter of how large such effects are, demanding empirical research, not just a hand-wave of dismissal.

Both these writers echo the EPA’s January 2017 Final Determination, that the 54.5 mpg standard to be phased in “will have no adverse impact on automobile safety.” However, that contradicts the July 2016 Draft Technical Assessment Report finding that “mass reduction continues to be an important technology option … in meeting future … standards,” and the admission that there is a “relationship between vehicle mass and safety.” In fact, in 1992, a federal appeals court held that “the 27.5 mpg standard kills people,” but that the EPA had broken the law, using “fudged analysis,” “statistical sleight of hand,” and “bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo” to keep from admitting demonstrated increases in safety risks.

It is also important to consider evidence from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), whose research is intended to more accurately determine risks for companies with billions of dollars at stake, not justify a political agenda. Their April 2018, post on “Vehicle size and weight” focuses on the fact that “the bigger the crush zone … the lower the forces on the occupants,” in explaining the role of vehicle size and that, in a collision, “the bigger vehicle will push the lighter one backward during the impact. As a result, there will be less force on the occupants of the heavier vehicle and more on the people in the lighter vehicle,” to explain the effect of weight (bigger vehicles are similarly safer in single-vehicle crashes). In summary, “All other things equal, occupants in a bigger, heavier vehicle are better protected than those in a smaller, lighter vehicle.” Supportive evidence includes that in 2016, 1–3 year old very large cars had 22 deaths per million registrations, but minicars had 62. Small cars also made up a vastly disproportionate share of high driver death rate vehicles for the 2011–2014 model years. Perhaps most dramatic, however, was a study comparing hybrid models with their conventional counterparts. The occupant-injury rate for the hybrids, which weighed substantially more (10% in the study), was one-quarter lower.

Those who would roll back CAFÉ standards from an eventual 54.5 mpg to 37 have a much better case, while their opponents offer much more bombast. But there is a further question that should be asked, but can get lost in the politics — why do we need CAFÉ standards at all?

Nobody knows better than those who buy and fuel their vehicles with their own money what kind of vehicles are most appropriate for the circumstances they face. In particular, I see no evidence that politicians and bureaucrats know us better or care about us more than we do. Why can’t we be allowed to make our own choices in the face of the tradeoffs between mileage, carrying capacity, safety, etc.? And as must always be asked about such nanny state intrusions into our liberty, if we are deemed incapable to make such automobile choices with our own money (much of which is sucked off by government as proof of how much they care), how can we be capable of intelligently determining who our political representatives should be?


           Court orders ban on harmful pesticide, says EPA...       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A coalition of US farmworkers and environmental groups sued last year after then-EPA chief Scott Pruitt reversed an Obama-era effort to ban chlorpyrifos.
          Trump Administration To Overhaul A Program Designed To Save Medicare Money      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The federal government will overhaul accountable care organizations, an Obama-era innovation. The change could lead to a dramatic decrease in hospitals and doctors participating in the program.
          Healthcare Triage News: The Trump Admin is Back to Sabotaging Obamacare      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Last week, we gave the Trump department of Health and Human Services some credit for approaching the administration Obamacare as honest brokers. This week, it’s back to sabotaging the ACA. @aaronecarroll
          India's invite to Trump not date specific, say govt sources      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The invitation to United States President Donald Trump to visit India is not date-specific, said government sources on Thursday.

Earlier it was reported that India extended an invitation to the US President to be the special guest on the Republic Day function next year.

On August 2, US Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in a press briefing in Washington stated that no decision had been taken on the matter yet. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis, however, would be visiting India next month to start a "dialogue process and a potential discussion for a presidential visit later in the year."

For the Republic Day function, the government invites a 'head of a country' to be the special guest.

Leaders from the 10 ASEAN nations -- Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei - were chief guests at this year's parade function.

Former US President Barack Obama has also been part of the celebrations and visited India in 2015 as the chief guest of the 65th Republic Day event. (ANI)


          BASTILLE DAY MAYHEM- THE 7/14 TRUCK MASSACRE FALSE FLAG ATTACK - WHERE IS THE BLOOD?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
 
 
 
BASTILLE DAY MAYHEM:
 
THE 7/14 TRUCK MASSACRE FALSE FLAG ATTACKS
 
(Copyright 2016, Tony R. Eliot - All Rights Reserved)
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Media Reporter Tony R. Eliot Asks the Question:
 
"WHERE IS THE BLOOD?"
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By now, most of us have heard about the Bastille Day Massacre where Mohamed Lahouaie Bouhlel drove a 19 ton white Renault Lorry into a crowd of people celebrating the holiday and killing 84 people. Bouhlel himself was born in Tunisia in 1985, and had a French Residency permit.
 
According to reports, Bouhlel had no ties to any Islamic terrorist organizations, however was depressed, had a criminal background, and he was (as usual) "a loner." 
 
 
 
Viewer take Note:
 
The Explosion Shown Below IS an "accident" ...
<By Order of the French Government and Mass Media>
 
 
 
(Tim Williams - Twitter)
 
"Ignore the Man Behind the curtain!"
 
 
Quite a few things with this incident make no sense at all and are virtually impossible, as well.  Bouhlel was said to have been gunned down inside the cockpit of the truck while attempting to get out. But no blood is to be seen.
 
First of all, Bouhlel had motive for committing this act.  His life wasn't perfect, but definitely not bad enough to cause a person to go out and kill scores of people for no apparent reason.
 
Secondly, this man supposedly drove a truck into a crowd killing 84 people and injuring some 202 others, some 52 of the 202 injured are said to have been hurt badly enough to be in critical condition.
 
 
 
 
With this in mind, one would expect blood to be everywhere, on the truck itself, in the street, and pools of blood surrounding the dead.  Yet, this doesn't seem to be the case. 
 
 
 
Not one spot of blood is seen on the truck, anywhere, no blood at all on the street where this happened, and no blood around the supposedly dead bodies in the street. Also, no blood is seen on the door, seat or anywhere else inside the truck where Bouhlel was said to have been shot.
 
 
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With the number of bullet holes in the windshield, at least one of them would have hit Bouhlel causing some blood splatters to be prevalent on the windshield, yet none is seen here either.
No blood at all is seen on the door or window on the driver’s side of the truck where Bouhlel was supposedly shot dead attempting to get out.
If this incident was a legitimate attack as we are told, blood would be everywhere. 
 
If you have ever seen pictures of deer or other animals that have been hit by cars, and the automobiles or trucks themselves, you would see blood on the vehicles, on the carcasses, and on the road both where they were hit and where they lay. Yet, no blood is prevalent anywhere in the Niece incident.
 
The truck also had to be traveling above 30 MPH to have a 50% chance of killing the people it hit, with the number of people present, the number of cops there, as well as the perimeter being a safe zone because of the party goers, Bouhlel would have had a hard time reaching and maintaining death speed.
 
 
 
Bottom line, there would have been lots of blood and none was found.  The infamous baby doll picture beside the body in the street is yet another sign of a false flag rather than a legitimate terrorist attack.
 
 
 
The same type of baby doll was seen at the Brussels terrorist attack.
 
 
The whole Bastille Day Massacre was just another staged event, as was Brussels. These theatrics are orchestrated by government clandestine organizations designed to sway the minds of people to a desired trend of thought. In the case of what direction of thinking we are supposed to be going after this latest event, I suspect it is to have us believe that not all terrorist acts are committed by Islamic terror organizations. Since the perpetrator is said to be non religious with no ties to any Islamic groups at all. 
 
The US government would have plenty of reasons for wanting the US population to believe not all Muslims are terrorists, since both Obama and Hillary propose bringing in literally hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees. This same desired mind frame is also wanted in France where in this area of the world,  people are getting tired of experiencing crimes committed by these so called Muslim refugees as well as the complete disregard of the laws in the countries who accepted them.
The evidence just does not fit the crime scene in this latest facade.
 
 
Tony R. Eliot
San Antonio, Texas
 
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Hopefully Dale Torres, and David, show their support for Roseanne Barr. She was recently abruptly fired from ABC for her tasteless joke about a former Obama staff member.
          Trump Administration To Overhaul A Program Designed To Save Medicare Money      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The federal government will overhaul accountable care organizations, an Obama-era innovation. The change could lead to a dramatic decrease in hospitals and doctors participating in the program.
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One of the problems this would cause for pastors/churches (if the law was struck down) has to do with the ACA (Obamacare). Housing allowance is not included as income, which is advantageous in terms of the subsidies a pastor may receive for medical insurance.
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A clerk’s entry of default has been filed against a defendant in a major lawsuit alleging George Soros, Barack Obama, Louis Farrakhan and others incited their supporters to “engage in threats of and attacks to cause serious bodily injury or death upon police officers, Jews and Caucasians.” The case was filed by Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch […]
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Trump and the Republicans are doing all they can to destroy Obamacare and diminish health care to millions of Americans. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nf9GpFxgoY
          Trump's dueling Russia policies      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Moscow is fuming over the latest sanctions triggered yesterday by President Trump, which could carry significant diplomatic and economic consequences.

Between the lines: This is another punch landed by a man who seemed reluctant to throw it. Trump took this step after missing a deadline and absorbing pressure from Congress, particularly in the wake of his jarring performance alongside Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. He has tweeted about Russia today, but it was to condemn witch hunts rather than the use of chemical weapons.


How it happened...

In March, the Trump administration accused Russia of culpability in the nerve agent attack on Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, England. That put the wheels in motion...

  • The House Foreign Affairs committee requested a formal determination within 60 days as to whether Russia had illegally used chemical weapons, under the terms of a 1991 law which lays out sanctions for countries that do so.
  • That deadline came and went, but Rep. Ed Royce, the committee’s Republican chairman, prodded Trump on the matter in a July 26 letter, requesting a determination by August 9. Yesterday, August 8, Secretary of State Pompeo issued that determination.
  • That triggered an initial batch of sanctions, which will be of little practical effect. A second round of harder-hitting sanctions looms if Russia fails to make certain assurances on chemical weapons that, let's face it, it's not going to make.

What to watch: In phase two, Trump could cut off nearly all trade with Russia and block its state airline, Aeroflot, from landing in the U.S., per NBC’s Josh Lederman. The administration will likely decide not to escalate matters that far.

  • Mark Simakovsky of the Atlantic Council says Russia remains confident "Trump will ultimately be a brake on the fundamental breakdown of relations," no matter how far members of Congress and some in his administration want to push things.

Between the lines: Trump's reluctance to confront the Kremlin threatens to defang his own administration's policies, while those same policies are undercutting his attempts to improve relations with Russia.

  • Trump has already expelled 60 diplomats and closed a Russian consulate in Seattle over the Skripal attack, but reportedly protested to aides when that response turned out to far exceed steps allies took.
  • In December, Trump agreed to provide lethal weaponry to Ukraine in Kiev’s fight against Russian-backed separatists. Since then, Trump has blamed Barack Obama rather than Putin for Russia’s incursions into Ukraine, and reportedly told fellow world leaders in June that Crimea is Russian because everyone there speaks Russian.
  • Last August, Trump signed into law sanctions designed to punish Russia for meddling in the 2016 election. But he privately fumed about Congress forcing his hand, and slow-walked the implementation process.

The bottom line: Trump came into office considering rolling back Obama's sanctions, rather than imposing new ones. Yet the punishments keep piling up on his watch.

"How is this administration taking tough actions on Russia while the president actively avoids them? That’s the question everyone is trying to answer."
Mark Simakovsky

          America’s role in Yemen’s disaster      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Dozens of children were killed today when an airstrike from the Saudi-led coalition struck a bus in Yemen.

The bigger picture: The war in Yemen is exacerbating what has been called the "world's worst humanitarian disaster." The coalition has bombed weddings, hospitals, and schools, been accused of torturing detainees and, according to a recent AP report, paid off and even recruited al-Qaeda members. The U.S. has continued to support it.


  • Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca Rebarich told Axios that the U.S. was not involved in Thursday's strike.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Stephen Seche tells Axios the U.S. has two primary goals in Yemen — countering Iran and fighting terrorist groups — and the coalition is "addressing these issues on our behalf."

"Why are we going to get in their hair about how they're conducting this war, because basically they're doing our work for us over there."
Seche, describing the thinking of some in the administration

While the war started under President Obama, the Trump administration has taken a different approach to working with the coalition, Seche said:

  • The Obama administration: "We will give you a green light on certain things in Yemen, and if we don't then you stand down."
  • The Trump administration: "Explain to us what you need to do — we'll offer some words of caution, some words of advice — but at the end of the day it's your call to make. That is your backyard, it's not ours."

The Pentagon's view, via Rebarich: "The U.S. military support to our partners mitigates noncombatant casualties, by improving coalition processes and procedures, especially regarding compliance with the law of armed conflict and best practices for reducing the risk of civilian casualties. The final decisions on the conduct of operations in the campaign are made by the members of the Saudi-led coalition, not the United States."


          US-Backed Coalition Just Slaughtered Dozens of Children Under 10-Years-Old by Bombing a Bus Full of Kids      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
By John Vibes Through multiple Democratic and Republican presidential administrations, of Bush, Obama, and Trump, the United States military has been on a steady march...
          'We Just Bombed a SCHOOL BUS': Democratic Senator Says 'We Need to End' American Support for Attacks in Yemen      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Dozens of children were reportedly killed in a Saudi attack on Yemen.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) denounced American military aid to Saudi Arabia following reports of a devastating airstrike on a Yemeni school bus on Thursday.

CNN reported that dozens of children under the age of 15 were killed in the attack, and many more were injured, according to reports from Yemeni officials and the Red Cross.

"U.S. bombs. U.S. targeting. U.S. mid air support," Murphy said in a tweet. "And we just bombed a SCHOOL BUS."

He continued: "The Saudi/UAE/U.S. bombing campaign is getting more reckless, killing more civilians, and strengthening terrorists inside Yemen. We need to end this - NOW."

In a statement, Pentagon spokeswoman Rebecca Rebarich said that American aid helps reduce civilian casualties. However, a recent review of airstrikes by the United Nations found that "measures taken by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in its targeting process to minimize child casualties, if any, remain largely ineffective."

American support for the Saudi attacks in Yemen began under President Barack Obama, and President Donald Trump has vigorously continued the policy and ramped up munitions sales to the U.S. ally.

“In retrospect, the problem is that we did just enough to produce the perception of complicity, without doing enough to actually influence their behavior,” a former senior Obama administration official told the Washington Post. “We tried to take this principled middle position, which left us stuck.”

Meanwhile, the war has caused what the United Nations says is a humanitarian disaster. In addition to the thousands of deaths from direct attacks, millions are believed to be on the brink of starvation because of the crisis.


          'Corrupted With Power': Democratic Lawmaker Smacks Down Devin Nunes Over Secret Recording      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Rep. Eric Swalwell has had enough of Devin Nunes' naked partisanship.

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) is once again embroiled in controversy following the release of a secret recording of his remarks at a fundraiser for GOP Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers. In the recording, he stated that Republicans must keep the House in order to protect Trump from Special Counsel Robert Mueller even while admitting collusion with a foreign power can be a criminal matter.

And his Democratic committee colleague, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) is furious.

In conversation with CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday, Swalwell made his views on the matter quite clear: Nunes is abusing his authority and needs to be removed.

"Paul Ryan should condemn this because this goes to the corruption that Donald Trump promised Americans he would clean up," said Swalwell. "And when I go across the country or talk to my own constituents, they're concerned about their health care, they're concerned about their paychecks, and they're concerned that nothing gets solved in Washington because it's all about power and corruption. And if we want to show the American people that's not what Washington is about, and that they are empowered, we should get rid of a corrupt chairman who is doing everything he can to protect a president under investigation. That is something Paul Ryan could do right now."

"You really think he's corrupt?" Cooper pressed him.

"I think he's been corrupted with power, and he believes that his job is to protect President Trump," said Swalwell. "And our country suffers because of that. And Anderson, because the House Intelligence Committee chairman cannot show unity and protect us against future Russian attacks, as we speak right now, the Russians are attacking us. They're not afraid of us. They believe Devin Nunes and Donald Trump have given them green lights, and I think right now, there's just too much corruption. That's what this election's going to be about."

Nunes' remarks are completely in line with his behavior as committee chairman throughout Trump's time in office.

He has sought to stall the House investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia. He faced an ethics investigation last year in connection with a secret meeting he had with Trump, allegedly to help support his conspiracy theory that President Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped. And he authored a partisan memo that attacked the FBI for its investigation of the Trump campaign.

Throughout all this, Paul Ryan has remained supportive of him. And there is currently no indication that the GOP leadership plan to exact any consequence for this behavior, or even disapprove of it in the first place.

 


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City leaders have tapped San Antonio Metro Health Director Colleen Bridger to lead efforts to clean Bexar County's smoggy air. City Manager Sheryl Sculley announced the appointment Wednesday afternoon. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency designated Bexar County as a nonattainment community under stricter smog standards that were adopted by the Obama administration. Under the EPA's standards, cities must keep ground-level ozone concentration below 70 parts per billion. Although ground-level…

          Ancaman AS Tidak Dihiraukan, Turki Tetap Beli Gas Alam dari Iran      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

BINTANGNEWS.com –Turki menyatakan pihaknya tetap akan melanjutkan pembelian gas alam dari Iran, sehari setelah Presiden Amerika Serikat, Donald Trump mengancam siapapun yang berdagang dengan Iran, tidak akan dapat berbisnis dengan AS.
Menteri Energi Turki, Fatih Donmez mengatakan Ankara akan terus melakukan pembelian gas dari Iran sejalan dengan kesepakatan jangka panjang dengan Teheran, meskipun Amerika memberlakukan kembali sanksi.

"Kami akan melanjutkan perdagangan ini karena kami tidak mungkin membiarkan warga kami hidup dalam kegelapan," kata Menteri Donmez seperti dilaporkan situs berita hurriyetdailynews.

"Kami menerapkan sanksi PBB terhadap Iran di masa lalu. (Sekarang), bahkan Uni Eropa sangat terganggu dengan keadaan saat ini. Kami melakukan perdagangan yang sah (dengan Iran), yang sangat penting terkait dengan keamanan pasokan," tambahnya.

Tetapi dia juga mengatakan perundingan yang dijadwalkan akan dilangsungkan di Washington kemungkinan dapat membantu ditemukannya jalan keluar untuk mengatasi persoalan ini.

Menurut Reuters yang dikutif BBC Indonesia, dalam sebuah wawancara dengan media A Haber, Donmez mengatakan kontrak jangka panjang Turki dengan Iran berupa pasokan sebesar 9,5 miliar meter kubik dan berlaku sampai tahun 2026.

AS tidak dapat mencegah
Sebelumnya, Menteri Luar Negeri Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif mengatakan AS tidak akan dapat mencegah negaranya mengekspor minyak.

Dia mengatakan kepada suratkabar Iran bahwa rencana Washington untuk mengurangi ekspor minyak Iran sampai ke angka 0 adalah terlalu menyederhanakan masalah dan tidak mungkin terjadi.

Teheran juga berharap Trump tidak akan didukung dunia untuk membuat sanksi tersebut berlaku, berbeda dengan pendahulunya Presiden Obama.

"Ada perbedaan besar saat ini: sebelumnya tidak seorangpun mendukung Iran. Tetapi sekarang semua negara di dunia mendukung Iran. Amerika selalu berubah-ubah, sehingga sekarang tidak seorangpun mempercayainya," kata Menteri Luar Negeri Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif kepada wartawan seperti dilaporkan kantor berita AFP.

Selain Turki, India dan Cina sudah menyatakan tidak akan memangkas pembelian minyak dari Iran secara signifikan.

Lebih dari 25% impor Iran dan 19,7% dari ekspornya sejak bulan Maret, berasal dari Cina.

Pada Selasa (07/08) Presiden Trump melontarkan peringatan keras kepada siapa pun yang melakukan perdagangan dengan Iran, menyusul pemberlakuan kembali sanksi terhadap negara tersebut.

"Siapa pun yang melakukan bisnis dengan Iran TIDAK akan melakukan bisnis dengan Amerika Serikat," kata presiden As tersebut.

Sejumlah sanksi telah berlaku, sementara yang lebih keras berkaitan dengan ekspor minyak akan mulai berlaku pada bulan November.(bin)  

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WHAT are the political slogans that in recent years have convinced people to trust someone standing for office with their vote? In the US, Barack Obama ran on both ‘hope’ and ‘change’. More recently, at a time of unique national difficulty,...
          5 ways being left-handed can positively affect your life      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

left handed

  • Left-handed people face everyday challenges that their right-handed counterparts never have to worry about, like hand smudges while writing and using scissors made for righties.
  • Though only 10% of the entire population is left handed, many influential people throughout history have been lefties, like Bill Gates, Barack Obama, and Babe Ruth.
  • Though left-handed people may seem at a disadvantage, their handedness may lead them to be more creative, perform better athletically, and have certain health benefits.

 

Being left-handed comes with a handful of downsides that I'm all too familiar with as a lefty myself. My right-handed counterparts never have to worry about hand smudges while writing or the struggle of using righty scissors.

Many things, like the number pad on the side of a keyboard or gas pedals in cars, aren't made with southpaws in mind, most likely because only about 10% of the human population is left-handed, as Business Insider previously reported.

That 10%, however, includes some of the most influential people in history, ranging from presidents like Barack Obama, entrepreneurs like Bill Gates, and media moguls like Oprah Winfrey. It's easy to wonder if the less-popular handedness is associated with some advantages.

As it turns out, some scientific studies suggest that sinistrality (the medical term for when left-side body parts work better than those on the right side) could positively impact your life.

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1. Lefties can be more creative

Left-handedness is associated with "superior divergent thinking," a process of thought that explores possible solutions and generates creative ideas based on existing information, as Business Insider previously reported. However, the study referenced only supported this conclusion for men.

Additionally, University of Liverpool researchers Giovanni Sala and Fernand Gobet reported in a 2017 roundup for The Conversation that lefties are more likely to have a more highly developed right hemisphere of the brain, which performs tasks related to creativity.

The right brain hemisphere is associated with creativity because it controls non-verbal, conceptual, holistic, intuitive, and imaginative processes, according to Scientific American.



2. Lefties can be better athletes

Babe Ruth's athletic success may have actually been linked to his left-handedness.

In 2017, Biology Letters published a study showing that left-handed men and women are overrepresented in elite sports, including baseball, table tennis, cricket, and other interactive games where players have to react quickly.



3. Lefties may face challenges better

A small study published in 2013 in A Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology tested the performance of 47 right-handers and 50 left-handers on a series of executive-related tasks, like.

The results suggest that left-handed people have better mental flexibility, as The New Yorker reported, which can help them adapt to new situations.



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          Inside the relationship of former 'bad boy' pro golfer Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky, who used to eat breakfast and dinner with her hockey legend father every day      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Dustin Johnson Paulina Gretzky

  • Dustin Johnson and his fiance Paulina Gretzky met through Gretzky's parents in 2009.
  • The golf star and the pop singer-turned-model didn't go on their first date, however, until 2012.
  • They've been together ever since, and now have two children.


Dustin Johnson wooed the entire Gretzky clan long before he took his future fiance Paulina Gretzky on their first date.

In 2009, the pro golfer met Paulina's mother Janet — the wife of legendary hockey player Wayne Gretzky — at the Hero World Challenge golf tournament. Afterwards, the Gretzkys had Johnson over for dinner.

GOLF reported that Johnson and Gretzky had "undeniable chemistry" from the get-go, but the timing was off. Both were already in relationships with other people.

"We became good friends," Gretzky told GOLF. "Actually, my whole family became friends with Dustin — my brothers and parents saw him a lot more than I did."

But the story didn't end there.

Here's a look inside the relationship between golf's reformed "bad boy" and the hockey heiress:

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First, here's some background on the pair. Johnson is currently ranked number one in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Source: Official World Golf Ranking, CBS



He won the 2016 US Open and has won five World Golf Championships.

Source: Official World Golf Ranking, CBS



Forbes estimated that he had a net worth of $27.6 million in 2017. Currently, he is the frontrunner in the 2018 PGA Tournament.

Source: Official World Golf Ranking, CBS



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          Comment on Six Months’ Worth of PC, Diversity and Leftist Destruction in the US Military – Part II by Ken      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
I'm afraid that because of all this PC BS, we are all in deep shit. Obama and friends have turned our military into a bunch of wimpified, transgendered, girly mamas boys who would probably turn tail and run at the first sign of trouble (just like our macho former Sec. of State Hanoi John Kerry). We're in trouble as a nation, and nobody in authority is doing anything about it. Obama said he was going to "fundamentally change the way we view our nation" and all the generals just sat there and let him do it.
          Trump Administration To Overhaul A Program Designed To Save Medicare Money       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A key initiative of the Affordable Care Act was a program designed to help control soaring Medicare costs by encouraging doctors and hospitals to work together to coordinate patients' care. This led to the formation of what are known as accountable care organizations or ACOs.

The program was expected to save the government nearly $5 billion by 2019, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

It hasn't come anywhere close.

On Thursday, the Trump administration proposed an overhaul to the program. The move could dramatically scale back the number of participating health providers.

Trump administration officials say ACOs have led to higher Medicare spending.

The announcement was just the latest in a steady drumbeat of moves by Trump administration officials to unwind health policies set in place by the Obama administration.

Medicare ACOs began in 2012 and today enroll more than 10 million beneficiaries. ACOs are part of push across government and private sector health programs to pay doctors and hospitals for the value of care they provide rather than just provide a fee for each patient they treat.

If ACOs provide care for less than certain cost targets — while meeting quality of care standards —then they get to share in any of the savings. Commercial insurers and Medicaid have also adopted ACOs in the past decade.

About 82 percent of the 561 Medicare ACOs are set up so that they are not at risk of losing money from Medicare. They can share in any savings they achieve. The remaining 18 percent can gain a higher share of savings, but also risk paying back money to Medicare if they do not meet their savings targets. Those ACOs have been more successful in saving money, Medicare officials said.

The Trump Administration said it would phase out its no-risk model beginning in 2020.

A recent industry-sponsored survey showed 70 percent of ACOs would rather quit than assume such financial risk.

Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said it's wrong to have ACOs that can only make profits but not risk any losses.

"We want to put the accountability back into accountable care organizations," she said during a briefing with reporters.

Existing ACOs will have one year to switch to a model accepting financial risk. New ACOs will have two years.

Under existing rules, ACOs would have had up to six years to shift to a model where they share in financial risk.

These and other proposed changes would save Medicare $2.2 billion over the next decade, Verma said.

The proposal drew rare praise from a former Obama administration official. Andy Slavitt, who headed CMS, tweeted: "CMS is proposing changes to Medicare ... At first look, they look positive to me."

CMS estimated that its new policy would lead to a net drop of about 100 ACOs by 2027.

Industry observers say that prediction seems modest at best.

"That does not seem too realistic," says Ross White, manager of the Center for Health Care Regulatory Insight at KPMG, a large consulting firm.

"This is going to come as quite a shock to a lot of current participants although the Administration has been sending these signals for several months ... It definitely seems like they are trying to ratchet down and squeeze the dollar savings out and not have participants in it for the wrong reasons."

Clif Gaus, the CEO of the National Association of ACOs, says the proposal will "upend the ACO movement" and introduces "many untested and troubling policies."

"CMS discusses creating stability for ACOs by moving to five-year agreements, but they are pulling the rug out from ACOs by redoing the program in a short timeframe," he says.

He said the "likely outcome will be that many ACOs quit the program, divest their care coordination resources and return to payment models that emphasize volume over value."

CMS also wants to require doctors in ACOs to inform their patients that they are in an ACO. That has not occurred previously, because unlike HMOs, ACOs do not restrict which providers they can see.

Tom Nickels, executive vice president of the American Hospital Association, also criticized the new ACO rules. "The proposed rule fails to account for the fact that building a successful ACO, let alone one that is able to take on financial risk, is no small task," he says. "It requires significant investments of time, effort and finances."

Verma, who has repeatedly said unleashing the free market principles will help control health care costs and improve quality, says ACOs are driving more hospitals and doctors into mergers, which leads to higher costs.

"We want to work with ACOs that are serious about delivering value. We can no longer run a program that is losing money for taxpayers," she told reporters.

This story was produced through collaboration between NPR and Kaiser Health News (KHN), an editorially independent news service and a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy organization that isn't affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

Copyright 2018 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.

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A key initiative of the Affordable Care Act was a program designed to help control soaring Medicare costs by encouraging doctors and hospitals to work together to coordinate patients' care. This led to the formation of what are known as accountable care organizations or ACOs. The program was expected to save the government nearly $5 billion by 2019, according to the Congressional Budget Office . It hasn't come anywhere close. On Thursday, the Trump administration proposed an overhaul to the program. The move could dramatically scale back the number of participating health providers. Trump administration officials say ACOs have led to higher Medicare spending. The announcement was just the latest in a steady drumbeat of moves by Trump administration officials to unwind health policies set in place by the Obama administration. Medicare ACOs began in 2012 and today enroll more than 10 million beneficiaries. ACOs are part of push across government and private sector health programs to pay
          Equilibrium and disequilibrium      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

There is a stark contrast between President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump when it comes to dealing with Iran. The former engaged in what could be termed "Blame America First" appeasement. The latter is laying an ax to the root of Iran's misbehavior.

Mr. Obama's naive, indeed dangerous, relationship ...

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The federal government will overhaul accountable care organizations, an Obama-era innovation. The change could lead to a dramatic decrease in hospitals and doctors participating in the program.
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          As Texas and Other States Close In, Can DACA Survive Latest Legal Attack?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Trump administration plunged thousands of migrant children into a frantic limbo this summer when it separated them from their parents in a bid to deter illegal immigration on the southwest border, igniting weeks of protest and litigation.

But the chaos has obscured a much longer-running dispute over the future of another group of unauthorized immigrants: the nearly 700,000 young people who were brought to the United States as children by their parents, and who received temporary permission to live and work in the country through the Obama-era program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

A federal judge in Texas heard arguments on Wednesday in a bid by Texas and eight other states to end the program, which they say went beyond President Barack Obama’s authority and imposed a heavy financial burden on states saddled with the costs of illegal immigration.

A coalition of border town mayors and business groups, including Southwest and United airlines, filed a brief in the case arguing that ending DACA and taking thousands of young workers out of the eco