Category Archives: Politics

Pete Kasperowicz ~ DOJ Caught Working With Dems On IRS Leak

(The Blaze) – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) says the Obama administration’s Justice Department has been caught red-handed trying to orchestrate the leak of committee documents related to the ongoing IRS investigation, which would have allowed Justice to comment on the documents before Republicans made them public.

Issa says he has clear evidence of this — a Justice official mistakenly called Issa’s staff directly, instead of calling a Democratic office, and asked Issa’s staff to leak the information “before the Majority” — meaning Republicans — could share it.

“I am extremely troubled by this attempt to improperly coordinate the release of committee documents with the minority staff,” Issa wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder in a Monday letter. “This effort to preemptively release incomplete and selectively chosen information undermines the department’s claims that it is responding in good faith.” Continue reading

Chris Hedges ~ Driving American Politics Underground

“I see an innumerable crowd of like and equal men who revolve on themselves without repose, procuring the small and vulgar pleasures with which they fill their souls. Each of them, withdrawn and apart, is like a stranger to the destiny of all the others: his children and his particular friends form the whole human species for him; as for dwelling with his fellow citizens, he is beside them but he does not see them. …” – Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (1840)

HillaryClintonPolitics, if we take politics to mean the shaping and discussion of issues, concerns and laws that foster the common good, is no longer the business of our traditional political institutions. These institutions, including the two major political parties, the courts and the press, are not democratic. They are used to crush any vestiges of civic life that calls, as a traditional democracy does, on its citizens to share among all its members the benefits, sacrifices and risks of a nation. They offer only the facade of politics, along with elaborate, choreographed spectacles filled with skillfully manufactured emotion and devoid of real political content. We have devolved into what Alexis de Tocqueville feared—“democratic despotism.”

The squabbles among the power elites, rampant militarism and the disease of imperialism, along with a mindless nationalism that characterizes all public debate, have turned officially sanctioned politics into a carnival act.

Pundits and news celebrities on the airwaves engage in fevered speculation about whether the wife of a former president will run for office—and this after the mediocre son of another president spent eight years in the White House. This is not politics. It is gossip. Opinion polls, the staple of what serves as political reporting, are not politics. They are forms of social control. The use of billions of dollars to fund election campaigns and pay lobbyists to author legislation is not politics. It is legalized bribery.

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Stephen Lendman ~ Obama Threatens War On Humanity

“Wars without end define America’s agenda. It lets war profiteers gorge at the public trough. It empowers America’s lunatic fringe over cooler heads. It risks the unthinkable. It risks turning planet earth into an uninhabitable wasteland.” – S. Lendman

steveLendmanPermanent war is official US policy. Obama is the latest in a long line of rogue warrior presidents.

He’s waged multiple direct and proxy wars. He’s done so throughout his tenure.

He has lots more death and destruction in mind. More on this below.

America’s culture is violent. It’s always been this way. It glorifies wars in the name of peace.

It has the highest homicide among Western nations by far.
Civilian gun ownership is out-of-control.

Proliferation leaves everyone vulnerable. Many inner city communities are virtual war zones. It’s unsafe to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

About 100,000 Americans are annual gun violence victims. Each fatality leaves two others wounded.

Countless others are irreparably harmed. Militarized cops make their own rules. They operate extrajudicially.

They brutalize and kill with impunity. Blacks, Latinos and ethnic minorities are targets of choice.

Nothing whatever is done to curb things. The right to bear arms assures using them irresponsibly.

It’s commonplace throughout America. It’s mostly because Washington claims a divine right to advance its imperium.

Michael Parenti calls imperialism “the process whereby the dominant investor interests in one country bring to bear military and financial power upon another country in order to expropriate the land, labor, capital, natural resources, commerce, and markets of that other country.”

America claims might justifies right to do it. To carve up whole continents for profit.

Destroying countries to save them. Raping and pillaging them. Stealing their resources. Exploiting their people. Continue reading

Sartre ~ Suckering The Public On A War Of Terror

TheBiggerTheLieThe gullibility of the American public – only exceeded by the ease that the fascist establishment is able to conduct their criminal government without any meaningful protest – just keeps rolling along. The mainstream media is still able to practice their black art of painting their masterpiece, entitled discovering a new cell of terrorists in every news report. Making up a scripted narrative to fix all seasons, take the creative ability of a screenwriter and the guidance of the intelligence community to shepherd the story to fix the immediate political objective. In a world where truth is the rarest of all commodities, you can be assured that the simpletons, who believe the psychological warfare accounts reported as fact, will invariably remain docile fools.

The news machine has become pure government propaganda. If the fantasy spin was merely benign diversion or trivia, one might be able to simply ignore or dismiss the poppycock as the price of driving broadcasts for ratings. However, when national survival as a free society, systematically being dismantled to rationalize some phony made up terrorist threat, the luxury of pampering an imbecilic public attitude that accept lies as reality, can no longer be tolerated.

Mikael Thalen’s article, ISIS Beheadings of Journalists: CIA Admitted to Staging Fake Jihadist Videos in 2010, cites “A 2010 Washington Post article authored by former Army Intelligence Officer Jeff Stein features a detailed account of how the CIA admittedly filmed a fake Bin Laden video during the run up to the 2003 Iraq war.”

Mr. Thalen goes on to say: “Only days after Infowars’ questioned several discrepancies in the James Foley beheading video, top British forensic experts concluded that the video was likely staged using “camera trickery and slick post-production techniques.” Continue reading

Jeff Nielson ~ Ukraine Declares War On Russia

“. . . we need only to look toward one of the greatest vultures in the modern history of our markets: Warren Buffet. Eighty-three-year-old Buffett, the (so-called) ultimate “long term investor” has currently pulled more of his Berkshire Hathaway capital out of our markets than at any other time in Buffett’s illustrious(?) 40-year career at the helm of Berkshire Hathaway.This mountain-of-money now exceeds $50 billion – more than the total GDP of most nations.” J Nielson

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The (Western) march towards World War III continues. The series of events is crystal-clear to any who have viewed them with an untainted mind.

First the corrupt Western bloc – and principally the United States — engineered a (bloody) coup to overthrow the former, pro-Russia government in Ukraine. It was an unnecessary coup, from the standpoint of the Ukrainian people, as free elections had already been scheduled within the following year. However it was a necessary coup from the standpoint of the fascist West, as the brutal Thugs they installed on the throne of Ukraine could never have mustered enough popular support to win a free election.

From the moment this pro-West Thug government (illegally) seized power, its mandate (dictated by its Western ‘sponsors’) has been simple: crush all dissent. Despite having seized power themselves at the end of a gun barrel; the very first decree made by the Thug government was that everyone who did not support this illegal government had to immediately surrender all weapons (“do as I say, not as I do”).

Naturally, the last thing which those opposed to an illegal government which had seized power in a bloody coup would do is to disarm themselves. One does not surrender their weapons to their political opponents – when those opponents already have a track-record of killing anyone who opposes them. Thus, there can be no doubt as to who created the civil war which now rages inside Ukraine: the (illegal) pro-West government in Kiev.

Sadly, not one word of these events has ever filtered through the propaganda echo-chamber which Western governments call a “free press”. The tiny handful of multi-national corporations who control all of our media have been given their own orders: simply “blame Russia” for everything. Continue reading

Amy Goodman ~ Net Neutrality Under New Attack – Internet Slowdown In The Works

“The FCC has long been considered a “captured agency,” beholden to the corporations it is supposed to regulate. Unfortunately, before becoming FCC chairman, Tom Wheeler enjoyed a long career as the top lobbyist for both the cellular phone industry and the cable industry.” A Goodwin

AmyGoodwinNext Wednesday, Sept. 10, if your favorite website seems to load slowly, take a closer look: You might be experiencing the Battle for the Net’s “Internet Slowdown,” a global day of grass-roots action. Protesters won’t actually slow the Internet down, but will place on their websites animated “Loading” graphics (which organizers call “the proverbial ‘spinning wheel of death’”) to symbolize what the Internet might soon look like. As that wheel spins, the rules about how the internet works are being redrawn. Large Internet service providers, or ISPs, like Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T and Verizon are trying to change the rules that govern your online life.

The fight over these rules is being waged now. These corporate ISPs want to create a two-tiered Internet, where some websites or content providers pay to get preferred access to the public. Large content providers like Netflix, the online streaming movie giant, would pay extra to ensure that their content traveled on the fast lane. But let’s say a startup tried to compete with Netflix. If it couldn’t afford to pay the large ISPs their fees for the fast lane, their service would suffer, and people wouldn’t subscribe. Continue reading

Steve Pieczenik ~ Theater of the Ab$urd: Two Beheadings; US Bombs I$I$; and Ukraine Chocolate King Fights Ex-KGB Agent, Putin

“My best advice is to forget about it!  Go about your life,  doing the small things that make no difference to the world in general but mean a lot to you. Take care! And live life to the fullest.” S Pieczenik

theyLiedSometimes the world seems to be out of control! There is a war over here and a war over there; everywhere we look there is war—think of the rhymes in “Old MacDonald had a Farm”—then you get both the rhyme and scope of this absurdity of wars.

From my posterior view of all that is seemingly transpiring through the myopic lens of my internet,  I feel as if I am in a Jean Paul Sartre ‘Theater of the Existential Absurd’ [fancy title signifying very little].  The most ludicrous scene so far is that dual beheading of two inveterate ‘free lance journalists’,  one a New Hampshire Catholic, blessed by the pedophile-ignoring Pope Francis.  The other is a Florida based Jewish ‘free lance journalist’. If my memory serves me correctly, me thinks I have seen this scene of ‘alleged violence’ to precipitate Obama’s administration action in places like Newtown and elsewhere through out the USA when gun control was in issue. As we know, Obama didn’t start this faking it till you make it happen, he simply continues this long tradition (WMDs, terror attack on WTC, gulf of Tonkin, Pearl Harbor etc etc). Continue reading

Tony Cartalucci ~ ISIS To The Rescue

“There is no better way to control the vast resources, geography, and populations of Eurasia and beyond than granting everything from North Africa, the Middle East, and Eurasia to ignorant, indoctrinated, medieval zealots led by duplicitous co-conspirators who will wheel-and-deal with the corporate-financiers of the West while keeping their own populations in fear and darkness . . .” T Cartalucci

ISIS_FightersAs the crisis in Ukraine continues to fare poorly for Kiev and its NATO-backers, an “unlikely” ally has emerged – ISIS. Threatening to “liberate” Chechnya and the Caucasus, ISIS would essentially be handing over regions of Russia to its Western and Persian Gulf sponsors. While one would imagine the West would attempt to at least appear to stand in solidarity with Russia in the face of this recent threat, it has instead used the threat to stir fear among Russians, and as leverage against Moscow.

The Fortune 500-funded Carnegie Europe think tank recently published an op-ed titled, “Forget NATO, Russia’s Got Bigger Problems.” In it contains astounding admissions – that NATO’s agenda is expanding itself all along Russia’s borders, that “the EU is now in direct competition with Russia over the future of the lands straddling the EU and Russia,” and that its plans in Ukraine are in utter disarray.

The op-ed would also leave readers with an unmistakable threat:

What could deter him [Russian President Vladimir Putin] is his own combustible southern flank and Islamic State, which Russia would be very unwise to ignore. It is these threats that are far, far more dangerous to Russia than NATO’s limited intentions in Poland and the Baltic states.

These threats are also more dangerous than the EU, whose openness has hugely profited Russian companies and ordinary Russian citizens.

If Putin thinks NATO and the EU are his big threats, competitors and enemies, he hasn’t seen anything yet.

The threat is clear. The Islamic State (ISIS), a creation of US, European, Saudi, Qatari, and Israeli designs, is a global mercenary expeditionary force, precisely as Al Qaeda was since its inception in the 1980s in Afghanistan. While it is currently being used by the West to divide and destroy the Middle East and smash the Iranian arc of influence stretching from Tehran, across Iraq and Damascus, and all the way to Lebanon, it can easily be redirected into the hotbeds of sectarian extremism in Russia’s southern Caucasus region. Continue reading

Robert Parry ~ The Whys Behind The Ukraine Crisis

 “Though I’m told that Obama now understands how the neocons and other hardliners outmaneuvered him over Ukraine, he has felt compelled to join in Official Washington’s endless Putin-bashing, causing a furious Putin to make clear that he cannot be counted on to assist Obama on tricky foreign policy predicaments like Syria and Iran.” – R Parry

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A senior U.S. diplomat told me recently that if Russia were to occupy all of Ukraine and even neighboring Belarus that there would be zero impact on U.S. national interests. The diplomat wasn’t advocating that, of course, but was noting the curious reality that Official Washington’s current war hysteria over Ukraine doesn’t connect to genuine security concerns.

So why has so much of the Washington Establishment – from prominent government officials to all the major media pundits – devoted so much time this past year to pounding their chests over the need to confront Russia regarding Ukraine? Who is benefiting from this eminently avoidable – yet extremely dangerous – crisis? What’s driving the madness?

Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland, speaking to Ukrainian and other business leaders at the National Press Club in Washington on Dec. 13, 2013, at a meeting sponsored by Chevron.

Of course, Washington’s conventional wisdom is that America only wants “democracy” for the people of Ukraine and that Russian President Vladimir Putin provoked this confrontation as part of an imperialist design to reclaim Russian territory lost during the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. But that “group think” doesn’t withstand examination. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “Who’s Telling the Big Lie on Ukraine?”]

The Ukraine crisis was provoked not by Putin but by a combination of the European Union’s reckless move to expand its influence eastward and the machinations of U.S. neoconservatives who were angered by Putin’s collaboration with President Barack Obama to tamp down confrontations in Syria and Iran, two neocon targets for “regime change.” Continue reading