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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Empire America

Empire America

By Liam C. Calhoun
February 22, 2017

I spot a drone today;
No bombs,
But with plenty o’ potential –
A will to malice,
To malcontent, to murder.

I seek it south
And at its zenith,
Above dissent,
And the bastion that’d never know
Better, from worse.

So too, I spy it over the sands
And over cave,
Over Manhattan, over perdition,
And over “god,” over greed,
Over "great," and god-damned
Guaranteed;

A glistening, wrought silver teething,
“Dead,” come one wrong,
Word, or whatnot,
Anything antagonist “corporate,”
Our contradictory content,
Blessed, this,
“Complacency,” – indiscriminate.

Unbeknownst and melancholy-ridden,
The bombs have dropped,
And for some time now,
A sooner to be eternity
Whilst we’ve managed nothing but
The simplest of slumber;

We’re lucid but one second
And sheep more so the years.
The flock afar-critical,
As abstained become the hours,
The minutes, until, “then,”
Atop, “when,”
Whilst we learn again to breathe,
Maybe even dream,
And relieve the nooses continually
Knotted by others –

It’s an imaginary rebellion. Sure.
And I’m sure you’d agree;
Yet still, I soak a nightmare’s sweat
Whilst we gladly assume our
Peasant’s role
And as long as we do,
“They’ll,” gladly assume their
Thrones.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Rushin’ Doll’s

Rushin’ Doll’s

By T.P. Wilkinson
Dissident Voice
February 20, 2017

From the Tiber
To the Thames
The Potomac
To the Seine
Gold flows in sacks
To the Hudson’s
Safe harbour.

Paddling
Peddling
Through the confluence of cash.

Confusing
The mouth
The source
And the course
Not far from these rivers
Not far from these wells
Driven to madness
From the heavens
They fell.

Saving
Their dolla’s
Protecting
Their sheiks
From Riyadh
To Kabul
Fed on Syrian meat.

March with Prussians
To widen the gap
So Trump and the Russians
Take Hillary’s rap.


http://dissidentvoice.org/2017/02/rushin-dolls

Saturday, February 18, 2017

America's Civic War

America's Civic War

How Long Can America Stand Divided?

By Matt Mayer
US News.com
February 18, 2017

America is engaged in a Civic War.

I don't casually conflate this war with the Civil War fought to save
the union and end slavery.

Yet many fear that our current crisis could spiral out-of-control in
the coming years, resulting in as grave a threat to our union as the
Civil War.

America has overcome previous periods of protest and unrest,
but the ever-increasing unraveling of the last few decades has
no modern parallel.

As with many Americans, I first became uneasy with the tenor of
our national debate during George W. Bush's presidency when the
left ceaselessly attacked him over the Iraq War and enhanced
interrogation techniques.

The right took its turn during Barack Obama's presidency with
constant assaults on his birth, Benghazi and use of executive
power.

Our unraveling, however, predates both presidencies.

Some cite the 1960s, some Watergate, and others point to
Bill Clinton's presidency.

For me, the spiral really began with the left's, "borking" of
Supreme Court candidate Robert Bork.

The shrillness of that episode when the left went after his person
not so much his jurisprudence launched the era of zero-sum politics
in Washington.

What began in Washington slowly spread to the rest of the country
over the subsequent 30 years via 24-hour news channels, talk radio
and the internet.

Donald Trump's election may be merely another chapter in this
ongoing fight, but the sheer non-stop level of opposition beginning
before the election and accelerating each passing week portends a
deepening of the crisis.

Four weeks in, the left talks incessantly about impeachment and
secession, with some even publicly mentioning assassination and
a coup.

Such talk used to be confined solely to the dark corners
of our fringes.

Traditional areas where restraint was deployed such as
the inauguration, the appointment of Cabinet nominees
and the White House Correspondents' Dinner have become
hotly contested battlefields on which to draw blood.

Every action, no matter how small, is vigorously opposed
and magnified far beyond reason.

We have entered the era of inch-by-inch trench warfare.

As Doris Kearns Goodwin vividly described in her book "Team of
Rivals," the 30 or so years preceding the Civil War involved a
growing separation and looming clash between the North and the
South.

Abraham Lincoln's election in 1860 merely served as the catalyst
for the South to "fire the first shot."

The fight's geography today isn't so neatly divisible; rather, it pits
the densely populated major cities and coasts against the suburban
and rural masses.

Unlike in 1860, the media today isn't aligned by geography.

The mainstream media clearly has become part of the left,
with nontraditional entities serving as news sources for each
side's partisan points of view.

Instead of making us more social, the increased use of social media
has torn us further apart, as, what we dare not say to our neighbor's
face in our backyards, we aggressively type or endorse casually with
a click on our smartphones.

Our trust in government, media and each other declines
precipitously each passing year.

Facts have become, like beauty, something in the brains
of the beholders from both sides.

Facing the reality of Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump, we like to
claim we'd theoretically support a presidential candidate from the
other side, but who on the right would the left really support and
vice-versa?

We are, in fact, a red America and a blue America.

All signs point to it getting much worse.

We exited our past crises united once again and stronger for it in
the long term.

We may not be as fortunate this time, as each side becomes more
entrenched and convinced of its righteousness.

The Pied Pipers of today who preach Rodney King's, "can't we all
just get along" plea are sorely out-of-step with large segments of
America.

The path they want to lead us down is little more than the same
well-trod trail full of the very failed appeasement politics that
have fueled the anger and apartness.

It will take more than recycling cliches to change the course we
are on.

Talk isn't just cheap, it is utterly ineffective.

Lincoln fundamentally understood that a united America required
the North to thoroughly defeat the South.

The surrender of General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox largely
ended the Civil War, but true victory did not come for another
100 years.

Even if one side can win our Civic War, what will the settled
peace look like, will it hold and how long until final victory
will be achieved?

Ultimately, can there by clear victory in a Civic War based upon
ideologies that all fall within the four corners of a democratic
free society?

The very tenants of liberalism and progressivism have always been
the antithesis of the principals of conservatism and libertarianism
and vice-versa.

Elections used to determine which ideology prevailed for four-to-
eight years, with opposition being civilly exercised in Congress or
from statehouses.

Now, each side vigorously opposes and demonizes action before
they even know what exactly it is they are opposing in a, "they're
for it, we're against it" automaton fashion.

Obama wasn't just wrong. He was a closeted Muslim seeking to
supplant our Constitution with Sharia law.

Trump isn't just misguided. He is the next Adolph Hitler rapidly
laying the groundwork for the next Holocaust.

Western civilization is tragically losing its civility.

The unfortunate reality is that it may take an existential external
threat to truly bring us together, as occurred during World War II.

Given the rising instability in hot spots around the world, perhaps
a global crisis will peel us away from our partisan tribes and spur
us to once again rally around the flag as lovers of freedom.

The enemy at our gate may be the only force that can push us to
stop seeing our enemies across the aisle.

As Lincoln warned, "A house divided cannot stand."

The question isn't whether we are divided.

We most certainly are; rather, it is how long can our house stand
if our division persists?


http://www.usnews.com/opinion/civil-wars/articles/2017-02-16/
americas-divisions-have-led-to-a-civic-war

Thursday, February 16, 2017

‘He Will Die In Jail’

‘He Will Die In Jail’

By David Edwards
Information Clearing House
February 16, 2017

U.S. national security officials are reportedly ready to “go nuclear”
after President Donald Trump’s latest attack on the intelligence
community.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday and Wednesday, Trump insisted
that the “real scandal” was not that former National Security
Adviser Michael Flynn lied about his contact with Russia.

Instead, the president blasted what he said were “un-American”
leaks that led to Flynn’s ousting.

On Wednesday, former NSA intelligence analyst John Schindler
provided some insight into the reaction of national security
officials.

“Now we go nuclear,” he wrote on Twitter. “[Intelligence
community] war going to new levels. Just got an [email from]
senior [intelligence community] friend, it began: ‘He will die
in jail.'”

“US intelligence is not the problem here,” Schindler added in
another tweet. “The President’s collusion with Russian intelligence
is. Many details, but the essence is simple.”


The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author
and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Expotera.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46457.htm#sthash.gJ
sXF5CX.dpuf

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

General Michael Flynn

General Michael Flynn

By Expotera
February 14, 2017

Last night General Michael Flynn was forced to resign from his position as U.S. National Security Adviser.

General Michael Flynn was a very, very, highly enthusiastic supporter of Donald Trump during his campaign for the Presidency and General Michael Flynn was also a very, very, strong critic of Hillary Clinton's campaign for the Presidency as well.

Before Donald Trump won the Presidential Election back in
November he told all of his supporters that, "Justice Would Have To
Be Delivered At The Ballot Box" but after Donald Trump won the
Presidential Election back in November he told all of his supporters
that, "He Would Not Be Prosecuting Hillary Clinton" as he had
previously promised out on the campaign trail.

We are now only a little over three weeks into Donald Trump's
Presidency and in the words of the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs
Committee in the Russian Parliament Konstantin Kosachev, “Either
Trump hasn’t found the necessary independence and he’s been
driven into a corner... or Russophobia has permeated the new
administration from top to bottom. This action is based on not
just paranoia but something even worse."

You see out of all of the people who are currently living off the, "Public" and working for the government out in Washington D.C., General Michael Flynn was probably one of the very, very, "Last" people who should have been forced to resign from his position as U.S. National Security Adviser simply because General Michael Flynn had absolutely positively nothing to do with with putting our entire Country well over, "$20 Trillion Dollars" in debt, yet all of the people who are now fully responsible for all of this have never been forced to, "Resign" from their individual positions, nor will they ever be, "Prosecuted" by this new administration as well.

Donald Trump now owes General Michael Flynn for, "Falling On His Sword" to simply help Donald Trump to continue to protect, "Hillary Clinton" and the establishment in which she now fully represents from being brought to, "Justice" and I salute General Michael Flynn for his service to our Country, as well as for his willingness to, "Resign" from yet another, different color version of, "The Synagogue of Satan".....

Thursday, February 9, 2017

William Blum: Rogue State

William Blum: Rogue State

By Expotera
February 09, 2017

From 1945 to 2003, the United States attempted to overthrow more
than 40 foreign governments, and to crush more than 30 populist-
nationalist movements fighting against intolerable regimes. In the
process, the US bombed some 25 countries, caused the end of life
for several million people, and condemned many millions more to
a life of agony and despair. - William Blum

Our leaders are cruel because only those willing to be inordinately
cruel and remorseless can hold positions of leadership in the foreign
policy establishment. People capable of expressing a full human
measure of compassion and empathy toward faraway powerless
strangers do not become president of the United States, or vice
president, or secretary of state, or national security adviser or
secretary of the treasury. Nor do they want to. - William Blum

What our leaders and pundits never let slip is that the terrorists
whatever else they might be-might also be rational human beings;
which is to say that in their own minds they have a rational
justification for their actions. Most terrorists are people deeply
concerned by what they see as social, political, or religious
injustice and hypocrisy, and the immediate grounds for their
terrorism is often retaliation for an action of the United States.
- William Blum

Propaganda is to a democracy what violence is to a dictatorship.
- William Blum

Do you remember the classic example of chutzpah? It's the young
man who kills his parents and then asks the judge for mercy on
the grounds that he's an orphan. The Bush administration's updated
version of that was starting a wholly illegal, immoral, and
devastating war and then dismissing all kinds of criticism of its
action on the grounds that 'we're at war. - William Blum

A terrorist is someone who has a bomb, but doesn't have an
air force. - William Blum

Why don't church leaders forbid Catholics from joining the military
with the same fervor they tell Catholics to stay away from abortion
clinics? - William Blum

The Soviet Union and something called communism per se had
not been the object of Washington's global attacks. There had
never been an International Communist Conspiracy. The enemy
was, and remains, any government or movement, or even
individual, that stands in the way of the expansion of the
American Empire; by whatever name the US gives to the enemy -
communist, rogue state, drug trafficker, terrorist. - William Blum

The "trickle-down" theory: the principle that the poor, who must
subsist on table scraps dropped by the rich, can best be served by
giving the rich bigger meals. - William Blum

No matter how paranoid or conspiracy-minded you are, what the government is actually doing is worse than you imagine. - William Blum

The de facto censorship which leaves so many Americans
functionally illiterate about the history of US foreign affairs may
be all the more effective because it is not official, heavy-handed
or conspiratorial, but woven artlessly into the fabric of education
and media. No conspiracy is needed. - William Blum

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Castigating Trump For Truth-Telling

Castigating Trump For Truth-Telling

By Robert Parry
Consortiumnews.com
February 7, 2017

Gaining acceptance in Official Washington is a lot like getting
admittance into a secret society’s inner sanctum by uttering
some nonsensical password.

In Washington to show you belong, you must express views that
are patently untrue or blatantly hypocritical.

For instance, you might be called upon to say that, “Iran is the
principal source of terrorism” when that title clearly belongs to
Saudi Arabia and other Gulf state allies that have funded Al Qaeda,
the Taliban and the Islamic State.

But truth has no particularly value in Official Washington;
adherence to, “group think” is what’s important.

Similarly you might have to deny any, “moral equivalence” between
killings attributed to Russian President Vladimir Putin and killings
authorized by U.S. presidents.

In this context, the fact that the urbane Barack Obama scheduled
time one day a week to check off people for targeted assassinations
isn’t relevant.

Nor is the reality that Donald Trump has joined this elite club of
official killers by approving a botched and bloody raid in Yemen
that slaughtered a number of women and children (and left one
U.S. soldier dead, too).

You have to understand that, “our killings” are always good or at
least justifiable (innocent mistakes do happen from time to time),
but Russian killings are always bad.

Indeed, Official Washington has so demonized Putin that any
untoward death in Russia can be blamed on him whether there
is any evidence or not.

To suggest that evidence is needed shows that you must be a,
“Moscow stooge.”

To violate these inviolable norms of Official Washington, in which
participants must intuitively grasp the value of such “group think”
and the truism of, “American exceptionalism” marks you as a
dangerous outsider who must be marginalized or broken.

Currently, President Trump is experiencing this official opprobrium
as he is widely denounced by Republicans, Democrats and, “news”
people because he didn’t react properly to a question from Fox
News’ Bill O’Reilly terming Putin, “a killer.”

“There are a lot of killers.” Trump responded. “We’ve got a lot of
killers. What do you think — our country’s so innocent. You think
our country’s so innocent?”

Aghast at Trump’s heresy, O’Reilly sputtered, “I don’t know of any
government leaders that are killers.”

Trump: “Well — take a look at what we’ve done too. We made a lot
of mistakes. I’ve been against the war in Iraq from the beginning.”

O’Reilly: “But mistakes are different than —“

Trump: “A lot of mistakes, but a lot of people were killed.
A lot of killers around, believe me.”

‘Moral Equivalence’

Though Trump is justly criticized for often making claims that
aren’t true, here he was saying something that clearly was true.

But it has drawn fierce condemnation from across Official
Washington, not only from Democrats but from Trump’s fellow
Republicans, too.

Neoconservative Washington Post opinion writer Charles
Krauthammer objected fiercely to Trump’s, “moral equivalence”
and CNN’s Anderson Cooper chimed in, lamenting Trump’s deviation
into, “equivalence” i.e. holding the U.S. government to the same
ethical standards as the Russian government.

This, “moral equivalence” argument has been with us at least since
the Reagan administration when human rights groups objected to
President Reagan’s support for right-wing governments in Central
America that engaged in, “death squad” tactics against political
dissidents, including the murders of priests and nuns and genocide
against disaffected Indian tribes.

To suggest that Reagan and his friends should be subjected to
the same standards that he applied to left-wing authoritarian
governments earned you the accusation of, “moral equivalence.”

Declassified documents from Reagan’s White House show that this
P.R. strategy was refined at National Security Council meetings led
by U.S. intelligence propaganda experts.

Now the, “moral equivalence” theme is being revived to discredit
a new Republican president who dares challenge this particular
Official Washington, “group think.”

Lots of Killing

The unpleasant truth is that all leaders of major countries
and many leaders of smaller countries are, “killers.”

President Obama admitted that he had ordered military strikes
in seven different countries to kill people.

His Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rejoiced over the grisly
murder of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi with a clever twist
on a famous Julius Caesar boast of conquest: “We came, we saw,
he died,” Clinton chirped.

At the start of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, President George
W. Bush ordered the U.S. military to conduct a devastating aerial
assault on Baghdad, known as, “shock and awe.”

President George W. Bush launched an illegal war against Iraq
based on false pretenses, causing the deaths of hundreds of
thousands of Iraqis, many of them children and other civilians.

President Bill Clinton ordered a vicious bombing campaign
against the Serbian capital of Belgrade, which included
intentionally targeting the Serb TV building and killing 16
civilian employees because Clinton considered the station’s
news reports to be, “propaganda” i.e., not in line with U.S.
propaganda.

After the U.S. bombing in 1991 that incinerated more than
400 civilians, the Amiriyah Bunker in Baghdad was turned
into a memorial to the victims.

Since the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003,
the memorial was closed to the public.

President George H.W. Bush slaughtered scores of Panamanians
who happened to live near the headquarters of the Panamanian
Defense Forces and he killed tens of thousands of Iraqis,
including incinerating a civilian bomb shelter in Baghdad,
after he brushed aside proposals for resolving Iraq’s invasion
of Kuwait peacefully.

Bush wanted a successful war as a way to rally the American
people behind future foreign military operations, so, in his
words, the country could kick “the Vietnam Syndrome once
and for all."

Other U.S. presidents have had more or less blood on their hands
than these recent chief executives, but it is hard to identify any
modern U.S. president who has not been a, “killer” in some form,
inflicting death upon innocents whether as part of some,
“justifiable” mission or not.

But the mainstream U.S. press corps routinely adopts double
standards when assessing acts by a U.S. president and those
of an, “enemy.”

When the U.S. kills people, the mainstream media bends over
backwards to rationalize the violence, but does the opposite if
the killing is authorized by some demonized foreign leader.

That is now the case with Putin.

Any accusation against Putin – no matter how lacking in evidence
– is treated as credible and any evidence of Putin’s innocence is
ridiculed or suppressed.

That was the case with a documentary that debunked claims that
hedge fund accountant Sergei Magnitsky was murdered in a Russian
prison because he was a whistleblower when the documentary
showed that he was a suspect in a massive money-laundering
scheme and died of natural causes.

Although produced by a documentarian who started out planning to
do a sympathetic portrayal of Magnitsky, the facts led in a different
direction that caused the documentary to be shunned by the
European Union and given minimal distribution in the United States.

By contrast, the ease with which Putin is called a murderer –
based on, “mysterious deaths” inside Russia – is reminiscent
of how American right-wing groups suggested that Bill and
Hillary Clinton were murderers by distributing a long list of,
“mysterious deaths” somehow related to the Clinton, “scandals”
from their Arkansas days.

While there was no specific evidence connecting the Clinton's to
any of these deaths, the sheer number created suspicions that
were hard to knock down without making you a “Clinton apologist.”

Similarly, a demand for actual evidence proving Putin’s guilt
in a specific case makes you a, “Putin apologist.”

However, as a leader of a powerful nation facing threats from
terrorism and other national security dangers, Putin is surely a,
“killer” much as U.S. presidents are killers.

That appears to have been President Trump’s point, that the
United States doesn’t have clean hands when it comes to
shedding innocent blood.

But telling such an unpleasant albeit obvious truth is not the way to
gain entrance into the inner sanctum of Official Washington’s Deep
State.

The passwords for admission require you to say a lot of things that
are patently false.

Any inconvenient truth-telling earns you the bum’s rush out into the
alley, even if you’re President of the United States.


https://consortiumnews.com/2017/02/07/castigating-trump-for-
truth-telling

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

By Robert Hayden
February 5, 2017

When it is finally ours, this freedom, this liberty,
this beautiful and terrible thing, needful to man as air,
usable as earth; when it belongs at last to all,
when it is truly instinct, brain matter, diastole, systole,
reflex action; when it is finally won; when it is more
than the gaudy mumbo jumbo of politicians;

This man, this Douglass, this former slave,
this Negro beaten to his knees, exiled,
visioning a world where none is lonely, none hunted, alien,
this man, superb in love and logic,
this man shall be remembered.

Oh, not with statues’ rhetoric,
not with legends, and poems, and wreaths of bronze alone,
but with the lives grown out of his life,
the lives fleshing his dream of the beautiful, needful thing.