Monday, February 27, 2017





On a more serious note, there are seemingly few speculations about the following:
The country was attacked or attempts were made during the first year of every
President since Bill Clinton.

As President Trump signs off on easily overturned Executive Orders, it's probable
that many of his moves can be seen as setting up his political opposition.  IF an
airliner is attacked, as was attempted during Obama's first year, DT can deflect
and claim that his attempts to save the country were thwarted and obstructed by
the "lying" liberal press, and the judiciary with SCOTUS decisions pending.

On the other hand DT represents the same Republican Party that obstructed and blocked
President Obama's TSA appointment during his first year of 2009.  Yes, that Republican Party.
A "loyal" opposition that easily gets away with national security obstruction in plain sight.
When the “Christmas Bomber” airline attack failed Republican Senator Jim DeMint, who
blocked the TSA appointment, was the first to criticize the President and FBI's handling
of the attempt to bring down an airliner over an American city.  Rumors and manufactured
news by Republican bomb throwers claimed that team Obama arranged and planned the attack to fail.

6/6/17 - I wrote the above about Trump's EO's when he made them in February 2017.
I was unaware of anyone else doing the same.  It turns out that Jack Goldsmith of the influential
“lawfareblog” was one of the few who with the nerve to call attention to what was and is
actually going on.
ineffectual-or-worse. (EO = Presidential Executive Orders)

Per Jack Goldsmith:
"Last night I tweeted: “Increasingly apparent—from the way Trump 
rolled out EO to his attack on courts—that he wants EO struck down. 
Not just incompetence.”"

"Here is what I meant.   The clearly foreseeable consequence of the 
roll-out combined with Trump’s tweets is to weaken the case for 
the legality of the EO in court.  Why might Trump want to do that?  
Assuming that he is acting with knowledge and purpose 
(an assumption I question below), the only reason I can think of is 
that Trump is setting the scene to blame judges after an attack that 
has any conceivable connection to immigration.  If Trump loses in 
court he credibly will say to the American people that he tried and 
failed to create tighter immigration controls.  This will deflect blame 
for the attack.  And it will also help Trump to enhance his power after 
the attack.  After a bad terrorist attack at home, politicians are always 
under intense pressure to loosen legal constraints.  (This was even 
true for near-misses, such as the failed Underwear bomber, which 
caused the Obama administration to loosen constraints on its 
counterterrorism policies in many ways.)  Courts feel these pressures, 
and those pressures will be significantly heightened, and any 
countervailing tendency to guard against executive overreaction 
diminished, if courts are widely seen to be responsible for an actual 
terrorist attack.  More broadly, the usual security panic after a bad 
attack will be enhanced quite a lot—in courts and in Congress—if 
before the attack legal and judicial constraints are seen to block safety.   
If Trump assumes that there will be a bad terrorist attack on his watch, 
blaming judges now will deflect blame and enhance his power more 
than usual after the next attack."....Jack Goldsmith, lawfareblog. 

And now the conservative, Max Boot:

"Donald Trump’s caustic, ill-tempered, and divisive inaugural address sounded as 
if it came from a different world from the one I inhabit — or, to be exact, from a 
different America than I have known for the 40 of my 47 years that I have been 
lucky enough to live in this wonderful country." 

"Trump's America is full of “rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation.” It is home to an education system “which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge.” It is rife with “crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.” And who is responsible for this “American carnage”? Trump heaped blame on other countries and on disloyal American elites"" Max Boot, Foreign Policy, 1/21/17 (whose family immigrated to the US from Russia.) 

“That’s some weird shit.” Bush’s reaction to the Trump Inaugural speech...

which, in part, depicted America as a dystopian Mad Max landscape filled with the above named
"rusted out factories scattered like tombstones" as if playing to endtime fundamentalists or an
RT audience whose petrostate unofficial government sponsor, Czar Vlad Putin, uses the RT
network as a platform to carefully depict everything imaginably negative regarding the U.S.
His job made easier by America’s open critical media with or without the present administration.
RT and Sputnik play at straight news reporting until events like the US presidential elections.
At which point they diverge into carefully manipulated propaganda from the right and left.

President Trump's inaugural speech assisted Putin in his years long strategy of reversing
media and internet news that puts closed authoritarian Russian Fight Club kleptocracies
in a bad light.  Russia's history and system of government before and after Stalin, always
said to be in transition, leave them no choice but to employ Big Brother censorship
to the point of murdering (vaporizing) journalists and opposition leaders right now, today,
not during Stalin’s rule, not 28 years ago during the time of the KGB and Stasi in East
Germany’s GDR (German Democratic Republic) when KGB Col. Putin competited with the
Nazis to see whose vision of hell was worse.

The recent movie Atomic Blonde had a good guy E German spy character named Merkel
and a balding KGB spy stand-in for Vlad “The Impaler” Putin whose character gets shot
and bleeds out from the neck.  (Who says Hollywood writers have no sense of humor?)
Nonetheless Putin's troll farms of today with frequent assistance from RT guests like
ex-CIA Putin fan, Hillary hater and 911 truther, Ray McGovern.

Russian opposition media exists but is so diminished as to necessitate books with titles like,
"Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia" a 2015
book by ex-Russian journalist Peter Pomerantsev that summarizes Russian media and
propaganda strategies perfectly.  I read the glowing reviews in the NY Times in 2015.
Apparently few others bothered.

The Russian local internet was polluted and turned upside down years ago.  At the same
time Putin turned his attention to the world beyond Russia's borders for similar results.
None of which is in any way new.  We do not now live in a post fact, post truth world
despite years of You Tube and social media manipulation by Religious Right, alt/ right,
Alex Jones, fake YT radio channels, 4-Chan, National Enquirer and especially, Russian
troll farms.  Which of the above aided Trump’s advance on Casablanca (DC)?  All the above.

The full employment economy in the U.S. that greeted Trump on January 20th, 2017
was in sharp contrast to the 800,000 job loses occurring the month before Barack Obama
took office in 2009.  For the latter disaster we can thank "excellent" chess moves of
Dick Cheney of the Cheney Bush administration and a Republican Party that left Democrats
to their traditional role of digging out from Republican deregulation which gave us a (1929)
2008 Great Recession.  It took until 2013 for major banks to pay off fines.  Deutsche Bank,
one of the few majors that would still lend to Trump Inc, fined for LIBOR manipulation
was also fined for laundering money for Russian oligarchs (blamed on an American employee
of course) and is still paying off fines assessed in the billions by the Obama DOJ in 2016.
In reprisal Deutsche falsely announced before the 2016 election that the US was in recession.
Duly reported on bogus financial sites who get their talking points from Russia.  Undoubtedly
web sites like “Zero Hedge” (right wing) and “Naked Capitalism” (left wing) were too smart
to bend over that far.  Glenn Greenwald?  *ucker Carlson calls him “a very brave man” for
standing up to the “Russian hating left wing conspiracists.”

2008 left America's first African-American President with options both bad and terrible.
Things were in such horrific shape that Dick Cheney famously predicted that President
Obama could only be a one-term President.  That the combination of two wars and
near economic collapse would overcome any administration so unfortunate as to follow
8 years of Cheney and Republican control.

Dick (DC) Cheney had eight years to deregulate, and, with the help of mortgage loan fraud
specialist Roland Arnall, the Cheney Bush SEC and cooperation from Cheney's long time
“friend" across three Republican Presidents Allan Greenspan - who together unleashed the
beasts of "free market" predatory economic mayhem upon the U.S. and the world.

The main predators were fraud based subprime real estate loan companies like Arnall's
Ameriquest.  Arnall was the number one 2004 Bush campaign contributor which is how
he stayed ahead of fines imposed by Democratic Atrorney General's.  Ameriquest
sponsored the Bush owned Texas Rangers baseball team until the publicity, scandals and
fines forced them to change the name of their field which was, of course, Ameriquest Field.

Cheney, as it turned out was very wrong.  Obama easily won his second term.  His
daughter Liz, however, was finally elected to Congress in 2016 to offset her fathers
powers of prediction.  Possibly as a challenge to a faltering Trump and or Pense in 2020
as the first female VP or Republican Presidential candidate.  Enough of that.  The world
can only handle so many horror reality shows at one time.

In 2008, elements of right wing America thought President Obama was going to take away
their *freedumbs* and guns.  This resulted in an exponential uptick in death threats and the
sale of guns and ammo.  Typical and expected from NRA “Purge Night” Skinheads.  How many believed such hyperbolic crap?  (Is this blog equally hyperbolic?  Not even close)  Political
power, oil and nihilistic party over country is what matters for the GOP as per moderate
heavyweight George Packer at the 2017 NYPL.  Republican moderates Thomas Mann and
Norm Ornstein have rightly singled out their own party with worse descriptions.

Going from Fantastic Beast Cheney Obscurants to Trump, Miller, Bannon and Jeff Sessions
wasn't such a stretch after all.

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