Fire Spicer; Shut Down Pepsi; United Still Not Down

Sean Spicer, Pepsi, David Dao

Leave it to Sean Four-Fingers.

Politics aside, US Press Secretary Sean Spicer should be fired for being an idiot.

President Trump is free to choose any Conservative he wants to serve as his mouthpiece. I’m just asking that he chooses among the smart ones.

No need for me to break down Spicer’s waves of failing “Assad worse than Hitler” remarks during Passover(!) when Wonkette did a thorough job of that.

Spicer must’ve had the same communications training as United Airlines
… a company I’ve avoided flying with even before 9/11, when I became convinced that terrorists actively think about bombing any American company or physical asset around the world that contains a permutation of the words “America” or “United States.”

But United’s depiction of David Dao — the physician they manhandled and “reaccommodated” from their plane TWICE, after issuing him a boarding pass — as a guy with anger management issues makes me wonder about the synchronization of United CEO Oscar Moñoz’ statement and the news story about Dr. Dao being a gay, illegal drug-dispensing emotional firebomb.

As if It’s okay to yoke gay, illegal drug-dispensing emotional firebombs …

Speaking of yoking 69-year olds, Why should the airport security guard, who was asked by United to remove Dr. Dao, be placed on leave before disciplining the requestors?

It’s not like the officer was asked to invite the good doctor out for tea — I’m sure the guards involved would have been fired if they went back to Untied and said “Hey boss, the doctor won’t to leave, so he rides, right?”

Whoever dispatched the guards knew the outcome could be violent. This is just another corporate game of deflecting root causes.

Looks like my decision to stay the hell away from United’s Friendly Skies remains on point.

Which reminds me of this hilarious Pepsi-United mashup:

#NoWords #Pepsi #AmericanHorrorStory #HoldMyBeer

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I think boycotting Pepsi for trivializing people’s decades of struggle for equality and justice is too lenient.

I say let’s shut Pepsi all the way down.

Put ‘em out of business.

No negotiations, no acceptance of offers to kick in a few dollars to some National [fill in the organization’s name here]’s annual banquet. Lights out. Bye-bye, sugar.

Perhaps you’re a Doritos fan (I’m not). Then just shut down Pepsi’s soda division. Or decommission the company’s existence in chunks.

Individuals like Spicer, Muñoz — along with the institutions they represent — are quite accustomed to Twitter critics and marches.

That’s why you have to kick them in their vital organs: the polling spot and the market cap …

song currently stuck in my head: “got to give in” – neil diablo

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If you love modern, independent Soul music creators like Kindred the Family Soul, Angela Johnson, Moonchild and Amp Fiddler, give thanks to Soulsorts’ Roger Williams for this three-hour show of top-shelf tracks.

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Trump, Russia and the Big Boys Regime Change Club

us cruise missile

After a brief distraction from the November 8, 2016 elections and President Donald Trump’s brief declaration just over a week ago that removing President Bashar al-Assad would not be the United State’s priority in concluding Syria’s civil war, it appears that the Global Regime Change Tour — produced by the US — is back on track.

Or is it … ?

Let’s first deal with this chemical weapons attack in Idlib Province’s Khan Sheikhoun — allegedly committed by the Syrian government — and then cover Trump’s military response.

It’s clear that something awful happened, but the chemical attack story seems fishy to me.

These videos aren’t helping matters.

Take a look at this story of the attack victims submitted by Dr Shajul Islam:

Is that a doctor wearing a leather jacket and treating a “gas” victim with a ventilation bag?

Next scene: the film director must’ve told Leather Jacket Guy “Hey, stupid! Put your white Ghostbusters outfit on! This is the post-gas attack scene!”

So, the guy goes through a wardrobe change but still halfway handles the ventilation bag in the next scene. His protective surgical mask poetically hangs halfway off his mouth.

Plus, the Former Leather Jacket Guy spent more time staring at the camera than helping his patient.

Bad acting? Or bad doctor? In the latter case, the patient probably gave up the ghost by now.

Back to masks — this WAS a chemical attack, right? What’s a surgical mask going to do?

All the hospital personnel either wore surgical masks or nothing over their faces at all.

So, why did we NOT see medical personnel dropping to the floor on camera due to exposure?

Anything less than wearing a hazmat suit and protective headgear when near sarin gas attack victims who were immediately exposed to the agent means trouble.

But doctors are wearing leather jackets for protection?

Oooh, wait — how do you tell the difference between a Sarin chemical attack and a chlorine gas one?

You sniff the contaminated body, of course!

And we’re not even past a minute into the 10-plus minute video.

One more thing about Dr Shajul Islam — Google his name with the term “terror charges.”

Like many other skeptics have pointed out, there’s no strategic reason for the Syrian government, who is winning the war at this point, to gas anyone.

Something terrible appeared to happen, but what? And how?

I have a stupid question for you: how would you like to see children die — from gas attacks, or bombs?

Innocent children have been bombed to death across the Middle East since 2001, but a chemical gas attack against these children is Trump’s red line?

Why isn’t anyone calling out Saudi Arabia’s B.S. when they condemned these gas attacks while they are killing or starving innocent babies in Yemen with US-made bombs, US-sourced intelligence and US fighter jet refueling capabilities?

yemen baby starved to death

This Yemeni baby starved to death.

Why isn’t Trump condemning the baby deaths in Yemen?

#45 referred to the “beautiful babies” from Syria who died in last Tuesday’s gas attack.

Do the dialectics of Trump’s prose and the substance of his actions (or inactions) declare the babies of Yemen less beautiful?

When Islamic State (ISIL or ISIS) was killing babies in 2014, the US only half-azzed bombed ISIL — and as a result, we saw the terror group’s medieval-like caliphate actually grow its territorial footprint. It took Russia’s madness-ending air strikes to reverse ISIL’s momentum.

We know by now that the half-azzed air strikes were by design since ISIL appeared to be an effective bet — risks of creating Mujihadeen 2.0 considered(?) — to remove Assad.

I’ll save that for later.

But were the Syrian babies not beautiful in 2014?

How about the hundreds of Syrian babies who were killed by US air strikes?

What about the babies killed by US-led coalition air strikes in Iraq? You can analyze those deaths here.

What beautiful baby deaths moved Trump to act this time?

I know we’re talking about the simple thinking of Trump, but I’d like to think the answer is more complex than the blond twins:

Hey, I stated my desire …

The situation finds Trump pushed by two catalytic vectors — the wave of recent setbacks concerning his domestic agenda, and the way this attack serves as a test of his own “red line” preferences.

You can’t go out like a punk!” is what I’m sure his aides said to him.

Blaming President Obama on TV for how the former President’s reaction to the 2013 Ghouta gas attack led to what we see today didn’t go terribly far in convincing people that Trump was acting sufficiently presidential.

But Trump had to do SOMETHING to show Americans what kind of leader he is — without ratcheting up Russia’s anger.

So, he gives Russia the heads-up that America will have to bomb a Syrian airfield, Syria gets the advance warning to prepare and then missiles flew.

All this with no publicly accessible evidence of what exactly happened in Idlib, and no plan for what should happen next.

Did we just witness another erratic decision by Team Trump, or an attempt at a deft parry that hoped to turn a horrific event into the neutralization of domestic critics and Russia collusion witch hunters?

The gas attack and Trump’s response open a new chapter that will give keen observers an opportunity to separate the political elites from people just want to screamRUSSIA” from their lungs for MSNBC airtime.

Like I mentioned in previous posts, the US has wanted regime change in Syria for about two decades. Some will argue the desire and attempts at implementation have occurred several times since 1949.

Active planning for removing Syria President Assad began about a decade ago.

The convenient convergence of the Arab Spring and the Gulf nations’ desire to build a natural gas pipeline through Syria — against Assad’s wishes and erasing Russia’s gas market advantage in Europe — prompted the US to channel arms and training to shady “rebels” for the purpose of overthrowing Assad.

And yes, those rebels have been infiltrated by jihadists.

Allowing the formation and expansion of Islamic State under the “I thought they were junior varsity jihadists” excuse — despite 2012 warnings from a nutcase intelligence chief who happened to be right this time — was part of the regime change plan.

Overthrowing Assad this way means Russia loses the European gas market and Iran loses a client state, but the region gains an extremist cesspool that would be the worst mixture of 1999’s Afghanistan and 2017’s Libya. Both were also US creations, by the way.

With Assad out of the way, Iran — and its enormous oil reserves — would be an imminent stop on the Global Regime Change Tour. Besides, without regime change in Iran, the country will soon become too powerful to obey rules of desired behavior in the Middle East.

I suspect that Trump did not understand much of this during his presidential campaign and the beginning of his honeymoon in the White House when he declared that ridding Syria of jihadists would be his administration’s priority, and not regime change.

If you get the concept of how “the enemy of your enemy is not always down with you,” you’ll now understand why the political elites, including Bush The Second, former US Vice President Dick Cheney and 2016 political opponent Hillary Clinton take the same side when criticizing Trump about Syria. I rap about this in more detail here.

This also explains why nutcase General Mike Flynn had to leave his NSA director position one way or another, and Steve Bannon was removed from the National Security Council.

Some of you still see the world through red or blue lenses, so I’ll say this differently to avoid being misunderstood: Bannon and Flynn may not be down with down with you, but they’re also not down with the political elite’s bigger picture.

I’m particularly concerned about Trump’s more recent decision to focus on regime change in Syria.

This tells me the political elites are winning control of foreign policy, and the Global Regime Change Tour will resume in Syria and Ukraine.

Except Russia will not go along with this plan.

To be continued …

song currently stuck in my head: “con mi ritmo” – mongo santamaria

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The MLK Speech You’ve Heard Before (But Not Really)

mlk assassination

I’m recognizing the 49th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s assassination by posting his final speech — better known to many as “I have Been to the Mountaintop” — since many of us only know two minutes of it.

Along with the media-saturated “I Have a Dream” speech by MLK, just playing the climax of “Mountaintop” hides the vision of MLK feared by the establishment: a man fed-up with America’s hypocrisy of evangelizing freedom while poor Americans can’t eat and poor people from other lands are obliterated by America’s very expensive bombs.

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

What made King especially dangerous is that he had many followers who felt the same way.

I’ve written about this a long time ago — by 1967, King was clearly speaking a language of social justice highly familiar to the Black Lives Matter movement and Berners. [Plus, check this out.]

MLK’s planned Poor People’s Campaign sounds like a decades-earlier version of Occupy Wall Street.

King understood by then that integrating lunch counters would never lead to social and economic equality; and that a more radical change was needed.

King also knew well before fatally meeting a sniper’s bullet on April 4, 1968 that death was following his evolving message of equality.

King came to the aid of striking Black sanitation workers in Memphis Tennessee who were underpaid, barred from forming a union and were subjected to deadly working conditions. The first march led to a chaotic incident — King talked about that in a tone that will remind you of how the media covered those Ferguson demonstrations — but he returned to Memphis to continue this struggle.

This is the backdrop to KIng’s Mountaintop speech.

Embedded media is below. Listen, read, share and discuss with your friends …

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S.F.M.D. (Silly Flynn Makin’ Dollas)

[BK’s note: I still think President Donald Trump lacks the emotional stability to serve in public office so don’t twist my opinions in this piece into an endorsement of his administration.]

The anti-Trump movement has been giddy these days since hearing that recently fired National security Advisor Michael Flynn offered to speak with Russiagate investigators in exchange for immunity. Flynn was forced out of the Trump Administration after it was revealed that he discussed US sanctions against Russia with Russian ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak in 2016, but did not disclose these conversations to Trump officials.

As we’ve learned from the experience of granting members of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s circle immunity in exchange for testimony about her email practices, there’s no guarantee that granting immunity will result in anyone getting arrested.

But let’s take a step backward and discuss the legal trouble Flynn finds himself in.

Because his silly azz couldn’t wait a few weeks until he was sworn-in as a government official to have a chat with Kislyak, Flynn could face jail time for violating a rare law from 1799(!)

(Laughing) And if Flynn can manage to be one of the few US officials to get caught up by the Logan Act, who knows what other legal troubles his lack of common sense created?

I’ll hit that point later, but we don’t know the full answer to that question — yet.

Let’s come back to the present and raise a related question: who the hell knows what Flynn wants to talk about with investigators?

Until we hear what Flynn has to say, we don’t know if the US’s Russia investigation will be any closer to determining if [1] Team Trump collaborated with Russia to steer the outcome of last November’s presidential elections, or [2] the Trump Administration is currently on the Russian payroll as agents.

“What about the $67,000 in payments he received from Russia,” you may ask.

Even if you ignore how President Bill Clinton, like Flynn, received money from Russians in the form of speaking fees — the former Leader of the Free World made $500,000 from a single speech delivered to a Russian entity with ties to the Kremlin — you can’t look past a Washington Post piece that subtly points out how the $45,000 Flynn received from speaking at a 2015 event sponsored by Russian media organization RT was a result of RT talking down Flynn’s initial asking price, which Flynn then had to split with the speakers bureau that helped to book the gig.

Does openly driving a hard bargain against a “Russian agent” for speaking fees make sense to you?

Given how Flynn’s common sense seems to fail him at important moments, I’m not surprised that he withheld the Russian payment transactions as a way to avoid a witch-hunting media firestorm. After all, it’s not easy explaining to the public any Russian relationship you have these days.

But he should have known by now that the US government would soon discover those payments, thus making his lack of disclosure ridiculous.

Besides, Flynn could be tossed in jail for filing false financial disclosure reports.

But the fact that Flynn is a hot mess with respect to his personal business does not yet tell us anything about him being a Russian lackey.

Until we know what Flynn has to say, we’re back to the same level of insight we’ve been in since November 8th 2016: there is no evidence at this point which points to members of the Trump team colluding with Russia to influence the presidential elections, or that members of the Trump Administration are on the Russian payroll to perform Russia’s bidding.

Let’s revisit this topic after Flynn talks …

song currently stuck in my head: “hundred of times” – hotmood

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Sunday Smack: Is Steve Bannon the Frantz Fanon of White People?

Frantz Fanon, Steve Bannon

The Strange Persistence of Guilt” piece by New York Times writer David Brooks — where he equates President Donald Trump’s chief strategist and Alt-Right icon Steve Bannon with Martiniquan psychologist, writer, philosopher and radical Frantz Fanon — is the inspiration for today’s Sunday Smack.

Before Brooks raised eyebrows with his comparison, he provided some context:

… America’s heartland populists see themselves as the victims of the oppressive coastal elites.

He then dropped this pairing:

Steve Bannon is the Frantz Fanon of the whites.

There’s almost no argument that America’s heartland has also suffered during the past four decades of growing income inequality.

And Bannon is arguably the intellectual voice for many working class Whites.

But others would argue that the historical backdrop for Bannon and Fanon are highly dissimilar.

Let me know what you think:

Is Steve Bannon the Frantz Fanon of White people?

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You Voted for Death Panels Last November

Do you remember back in 2009 when Party of No Brains Governor Sarah Palin prohesized that the Party of No Guts’ attempt to reform the American healthcare system would result in the formation of death panels that would determine who lives and dies?

Well — dare I say this — she was right

… Except the death panels were formed by her own party, who in turn crafted a death proposal they call the American Healthcare Act.

And that means all of you who voted for the Party of No Brains during last November’s elections also voted for death panels.

There’s a hard truth about bad public policy that many people are too diplomatic to discuss: people DIE as a result of bad policy.

Or, bad policy becomes an obstruction to saving people from death.
Therefore, people still die.

The moment you implement a policy that separates people from their ability to generate wealth at a pace equivalent to the cost of living, or denies them access to health or safety, DEATH follows.

And the Party of No Brains recently tried to “cure” America’s healthcare problem by proposing legislation that would have KILLED people.

Death is the outcome when you make healthcare too expensive for the elderly to purchase.

Death is the outcome when millions of people are removed from health insurance plans.

Death is the outcome when you cut funding to maternity care and mental health.

But few people talk about the Party of No Brains’ American Healthcare Act in these terms.

But not this blog.

Since 2011, the Party of No Brains voted on Obamacare no less than 50 times, which included measures to repeal or replace it.

I could only pray that Congress spends at least a third of such focused energy to eliminate American poverty or destroy Al-Nusra in Syria …

… But these clowns had seven years — more than that when you consider the time spent between the Affordable Care Act’s pre-passage debate and their mid-term conquest of the House of Representatives — to craft a replacement to Obamacare, and the only option they can come up with is a plan that KILLS people?

And for people who’ve given President Trump the benefit of Teflon, There’s no good conclusion you can reach from his endorsement of a policy that leads to people dying.

Trump either never pressed for the death proposal’s details, couldn’t stretch his brain to make the conclusion that death would have been an outcome for many, or simply didn’t care whether or not people would die as a result of the new law.

I have a question for you Party of No Brains fans: how does it feel to vote for a pro-life party that sat down at a meeting table to make decisions about which of your friends or family members would have to die?

How can the same “Party of Fetus Fixations” propose cuts to maternity care and think that’s an expression of love for life or this country?

And while the AHA …

… By the way, folks really need to think harder about the way their legislative titles can be converted to acronyms …

… has been defeated for now, do you realize that the Party of No Brains death panel still exists, and their plans to kill the current healthcare system you with hundreds of slower and smaller lacerations will quietly proceed?

Don’t you Party of No Brains fans feel as if you’ve been played by your leaders?

The Party of No Guts is not innocent here. Both Obamacare and AHA reflect willful bipartisan ignorance of a key driver behind high healthcare costs: the health insurance companies serving as intermediaries between you and your doctor — and then charging progressively higher premiums for this privilege to satisfy demanding shareholders.

You could say the health insurance industry’s half-billion dollar lobbying expenditure on both major parties is really woof ticket money.

Which explains why these companies were never named when one party stood behind an increasingly expensive and crumbling healthcare solution for nearly seven years with no intention of proposing an alternative fix, and the other party had no solution for the same amount of time — and then they threw together one that would kill people.

Therefore, the woofing you see from both sides of the aisle is a perverted game …

song currently stuck in my head: “favela” – lalo schifrin

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz and healthcare — won’t help Democrats find salvation

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Partisan politics makes many politicians look like strung-out lovers — feeling an inexplicably dumb compulsion to support the lamebrain propositions of their political parties and appearing even dumber when publicly doubling down their support, even when confronted with facts that prove their supported positions make no sense.

Reenter Florida Congressperson and former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to the dumblight via CNN last week, where she was either blatantly lying about her praise for Obamacare’s level of perfection — despite its family budget-straining costs, or was obviously strung-out over the Party of No Guts’ love juice.

Here’s how the conversation went:

Poppy Harlow (CNN): In your home State of Florida, premiums this year on the Silver Plan, going up 19 percent. Last year, they went up 9.5 percent. You know these families, they write to you, they call you, they say “We simply can’t afford this.” Where was the urgency when you thought —

DWS: No. Actually, that’s not what they’re saying in my state.

PH: You’ve had no constituents say “This is too expensive” (?)”

DWS: Look, People vote with their feet. What that means is when something is too expensive, they walk away. We have the most sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act in the entire country in the state of Florida …

In a University of South Florida study that ranked state health care systems according to access, cost and outcome, Florida’s health system ranked 38th in America. The study found that access and cost are Florida’s main problems.

In addition, higher healthcare costs are seen as a problem shared by families across the country.

So, besides being a sinner who’s hell-bent on remaining a sinner in the face of facts, how can Wasserman Schultz say no one’s complaining?

Lying will not lead her party to redemption.

Besides, that “People vote with their feet” remark makes no sense.

People don’t vote for healthcare — they buy it. Plus, they’re forced to do so via federal mandate. Walking away isn’t necessarily an option.

Wasserman Schultz then fortified her falsehood by weaving in themes people can relate to by mentioning how the proposed Trumpcare that will insure fewer people and place the elderly under considerable strain.

The most perversely intelligent thing Wasserman Schultz did was cut off Harlow’s question at mid-sentence.

If I were Harlow, my complete question would have been “Where was the urgency to revisit and fix Obamacare’s problems when there were more Democrats in both Houses of Congress to do so?”

The Party of No Guts have expressed no more urgency about fixing America’s healthcare problem than The Party of No Brains current level of willingness. Insurance companies contribute to both sides of the aisle for good reason.

More on that in a future post. Let’s get back to Wasserman Schultz and her lying.

She was fully aware of rising costs when she sparred with Rep. Ron Paul in an earlier CNN appearance:

Back to the Harlow conversation. When pressed, Wasserman Schultz offered the half-hearted concession that “people will always complain” about healthcare costs.

As if the complaint is either trivial or an unmovable fact of life.

The admission proves Wasserman Schultz was aware of the lie she previously told Harlow.

It’s true that Obamacare, which became law in 2010, helped to put a dent in the healthcare premium increase curve. The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that health insurance premiums rose 20% from 2011 to 2016, compared to 31% 2006-2011. The period between 2001 and 2006 saw a 63% increase between 2001 to 2006. [PDF]

healthcare premiums increases chart
But high-deductible plans have become the new norm. More than half of covered families are paying $1,000 a year or higher, in addition to premiums, before their insurance plans kick in.

Compare that to 2008, where only 18 percent of covered families paid  $1,000+ in deductibles.

Plus, prescription drug costs are higher than ever.

Add in the fact that American wage increases have remained stubbornly low and It’s not hard to see how families can view out-of-pocket healthcare costs as a big problem.

In fact, here’s a chart to help you visualize families’ burden:

healthcare costs chart
But no one’s complaining to Wasserman Schultz?

And this is another reason why I keep saying the Party of No Guts wants redemption, but without salvation.

But Wasserman Schultz may have a point about Floridians voting with their feet. I’ll leave you with this state chart from the 2016 Presidential election…

Florida presidential elections 2016
song currently stuck in my head: “calvary” – radio komolafe

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Donna Brazile’s Failed Attempt at Salvation

Donna Brazile speech

In a related but trending story that dovetails to my insistence that the Democratic Party seeks redemption without salvation, disgraced former CNN analyst and DNC interim head Donna Brazile admits to leaking primary debate questions to partner-in-shadiness Hillary Clinton and calls the act “a mistake I will forever regret.”

(Laughing) But not so fast, Madame Brazile.

She must’ve written the Time piece of her admission while listening to that Jackson 5 “forever come today” song.

Contrary to what you may read in social media headlines, Brazile admitted to “circulating things” back in November when she first tore her backside on the Wikileaks fence that busted her for the debate leak in the first place!

And if Brazil didn’t circulate things, she was — in her own words – “submitting things.”

So, what’s the difference between then and now?

Using Brazile’s November words again:

“My conscience, as an activist, as a strategist, my conscience is very clear.”

Her “conscience is very clear.”

Doesn’t sound like the words of a person seeking salvation.

I see that we need to go over the prerequisites to redemption again, but at a more fundamental level than salvation.

Salvation requires confessing to sins without blaming The Devil for helping you get busted.

But let’s go back even further — there’s still no evidence that the Russians hacked the truth out of the DNC’s emails.

I mean, we know the truth about the DNC’s electoral antics have been exposed to the world — we just don’t know who’s responsible for hacking it.

Nope. No proof. Blaming a party’s implosion on a Russian news agency that executed a winning social media strategy — particularly in the absence of facts that point a specific actor responsible for the hacking — is not evidence.

Besides, what makes everyone so sure that the Party of No Guts’ emails weren’t leaked, as opposed to hacked?

Nonetheless, Brazile can’t even confess with all her soul:

By stealing all the DNC’s emails and then selectively releasing those few, the Russians made it look like I was in the tank for Secretary Clinton.

Uh, yeah. The definition of being “in the tank” is when you supply debate questions to candidate Hillary Clinton in advance and give bupkis to Clinton’s Democratic primary opponent, Bernie Sanders — effectively giving Clinton an advantage.

And how can someone regret an act they committed, and then say the act they regret committing was taken out of context to look bad by the people who initially exposed it?

My guess is that after the Democratic establishment beat down yet another left-wing resurrection that wanted the party to focus on annoying things like mitigating the influence of Wall Street and growing the economy but not at the expense of working families, insiders like Brazile have to offer something that looks like an olive branch.

Except this olive branch arrived in the form of a magazine op-ed story that spends more time demonizing THE RUSSIANS than admitting to sin.

I’ve said a few posts ago that redemption requires salvation, and salvation requires hard work.

Brazile’s not yet ready to roll up her sleaves.

The full quote from November and SoundCloud audio clip are embedded below this post …

song currently stuck in my head: “trinidad” – willie bobo

Donna Brazile’s November 2016 statement on Joe Madison’s XM/Sirius radio show about leaking debate questions to Hillary Clinton’s campaign

“My conscience, as an activist, as a strategist — my conscience is very clear. When I said what I said, I said it and I’m not going back on it. But I also understand that throughout the primary season, whether it was 2008, 2004 and two thousand — whatever, 2016, I was in touch with everybody. Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders, who I’ve known for over 30 years, Hillary Clinton, who I’ve known … You’re doggone right I’m gonna talk to everybody. Joe, I will never go out on TV or come on radio without the facts. I will ask, I will submit things, I will circulate things and guess what? I also enjoy the exchange that I have with my colleagues — they work for everybody. My friends are deeply embedded in all of the campaigns. And guess what? Here comes a real shocker. I also talk to Republicans. Before I go to their events, I talk to them. What are the topics, what are we going to be talking about, sometimes I don’t even know the issues myself and I have to ask. I have to call around. So I talked to everybody. And people will tell you that. People are outraged now because we’re in this period of time that everybody has selective outrage. One last thing, had the Republican National Committee been hacked, had the Republican party’s emails and other systems been altered and hacked, the country would be in selective outrage if they found out that this was from a foreign source. Right now, they’re just basically sending around these emails like they’re gossip and not understanding the impact that a foreign country is trying to undermine our democracy by stealing the playbook of one political party.”

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Trump and Russia vs. Political Elites

Trump and Russia

Now that the mainstream press has most of us conditioned to get hysterical about the expanding web of Trump Administration officials who spoke with THE RUSSIANS

… All caps used for dramatic branding purposes …

Can we have a moment to make partial sense out of this?

“Partial” is an important term here since only a proper investigation will sort out everything we need to know about Trump’s relationships.

But Let me first get two of my strong convictions out of the way.

One — I have a Marcel Deiss Engelgarten and flash-fried lobster sammich party reserved for the day Trump appointee Jeff Sessions leaves the Justice Department.

Two — I still think Trump lacks the emotional stability to sit in the Big Chair.

Still, I’m sure the geopolitical elite has problems with #45 because they feel he has too much to learn about how the world really runs, and there are too many global projects waiting in the pipeline for execution to exercise patience with on-the-job trainees with ADHD and a predilection for harvesting domestic violence.

Conversely, Hillary Clinton is one of the best Deep State pupils who isn’t wearing a ring right now.

The original plan was for Clinton to win the election and finish up a few agenda items Team Obama clumsily left behind.

Like executing the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Snatching Crimea from Russia — although I don’t see that happening without directly confronting Russia and paying a heavy price.

Successfully closing out the Middle East regime change project better known as the Syria civil war. Having Crimea as a staging area for an air assault would’ve made the Syria exercise easier to pull off, but projects are rarely perfect, right?

Changing regimes in Iran would be the next step after finishing Syria.

In the case of Syria and Iran, it’s curious how the US saw such a rare and fleeting opportunity to shape the Middle East region for decades to come that they were willing to directly and indirectly support terrorists’ revolutionary aspirations.

Trump may barely understand the Iran portion of the foreign policy elite’s roadmap, but that’s about it.

And that’s why I blew-off the stories about Sessions meeting with THE RUSSIANS.

He reminds me of an errand boy from a sophisticated crime organization who puts his employers at risk each time he hangs out at local nightclubs — full of overpriced bravado — and starts fistfights over some “low-level beef.”

Sure, not “low-level” to many of you or community members potentially affected by Sessions’ abuse and the pumped-in air of hatred that seems to be a marker in Trumpland.

But Sessions’ acts can be distractions from the global mafia’s primary lines of business: free trade looting, damn-near free global labor, currency dominance and emerging superpowers lockdown.

The deployment of violence is typically a means to serve only these four outcomes, although there are times when the needs of local and global thuggery converge.

But Sessions and THE RUSSIANS? C’mon.

Even Vanity Fair isn’t buying that tale!

If you serve in the legislative or executive branches of the US government, there’s a good chance that you’ve met with THE RUSSIANS.

That’s how globally-connected political and commerce systems work.

If you’re an oil company executive, don’t be surprised if you find yourself having dinner with some wealthy Russian business folks.

And if you’re an economic or political advisor to a legislative or presidential candidate, how would you expect to do your job unless you speak with representatives from other global actors as a way to inform your future policies? In other words, you’re likely going to speak with THE RUSSIANS.

If you’re an executive traveling overseas, don’t be surprised if you’re approached by an intelligence operative from your destination country.

Placed in a different way, you may have unwittingly spoken to THE RUSSIANS on your last business trip. If nothing else, the agent wants to make sure that you’re not in the snoop game.

Ambassadors may have intelligence connections — and they don’t carry signs telling you so. Look at departed US Ambassador Chris Stevens as an example.

Therefore, I wasn’t surprised that the same people who accused Trump’s circle of speaking with THE RUSSIANS ended up being exposed by Trump’s team of speaking with THE RUSSIANS.

The content of those conversations would be more important to me than anything else.

But but no one’s even talking about content.

In place of identifying facts, folks are simply losing their collective sugar honey iced tea over any mention of THE RUSSIANS.

Look, I get it. I’d rather have someone else in the White House as well.

I also see the game being played — how about you?

If you were helplessly clueless before, your lifeline of mainstream-sourced enlightenment arrived when the political elite attempted to advance their bipartisan anti-Trump movement by repositioning a mass murderer from the 2000’s as a lovable Republican who also happens to disapprove of Trump.

George W. Bush and Michelle Obama

Nothing against the former First Lady’s halo powers, of course …

I’ve covered Syria and Ukraine in a number of posts so I won’t rehash history this evening.

Instead, I’ll offer some ideas, lightly covered with sarcasm, for how Trump can avoid this boiling sea of scrutiny by the media and political elite.

He could start by supporting the removal of Bashar al-Assad — even if it means supporting Islamic extremists to do it; throwing his support behind the next jobs-slaying trade agreement that looks anything like NAFTA or TPP; affirming the need for NATO’s post-Cold War existence with no conditions attached; taking stronger measures to force Russia into giving up Crimea; vowing to become an enemy of THE RUSSIANS.

Otherwise, the political elite will work towards getting him out of office.

You may still have your problems with Trump, regardless of the policy positions he takes.

But a few changes in Trump’s global outlook will help him find new and powerful friends who don’t care much about what you think.

Unless of course your thoughts directly affect free trade looting, damn-near free labor, currency dominance …

song currently stuck in my head: “moonless midnight” – john surman

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