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AH ha,,, we got Dem dirty bastards and their Chemware… WE just love to (BOMB BOMB BOMB !!!!), who cares about the FACTS

The Spoils of War………

IN EVERY TYPE of government, nothing unites people behind the leader more quickly, reflexively or reliably than war. Donald Trump now sees how true that is, as the same establishment leaders in U.S. politics and media who have spent months denouncing him as a mentally unstable and inept authoritarian and unprecedented threat to democracy are standing and applauding him as he launches bombs at Syrian government targets.

Trump, on Thursday night, ordered an attack that the Pentagon said included the launching of 59 Tomahawk missiles which “targeted aircraft, hardened aircraft shelters, petroleum and logistical storage, ammunition supply bunkers, air defense systems, and radars.” The governor of Homs, the Syrian province where the attack occurred, said early this morning that the bombs killed seven civilians and wounded nine.

The Pentagon’s statement said the attack was “in retaliation for the regime of Bashar Assad using nerve agents to attack his own people.” Both Syria and Russia vehemently deny that the Syrian military used chemical weapons.

When asked about this yesterday by the Globe and Mail’s Joanna Slater, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged an investigation to determine what actually happened before any action was contemplated, citing what he called “continuing questions about who is responsible”:

But U.S. war fever waits for nothing. Once the tidal wave of American war frenzy is unleashed, questioning the casus belli is impermissible. Wanting conclusive evidence before bombing commences is vilified as sympathy with and support for the foreign villain (the same way that asking for evidence of claims against Russia instantly converts one into a “Kremlin agent” or “stooge”).

That the Syrian government deliberately used chemical weapons to bomb civilians became absolute truth in U.S. discourse within less than 24 hours – even though Trudeau urged an investigation, even though it was denied in multiple capitals around the world, and even though Susan Rice just two months ago boasted to NPR: “We were able to get the Syrian government to voluntarily and verifiably give up its chemical weapons stockpile.”

Whatever happened with this event, the Syrian government has killed hundreds of thousands of people over the past five years in what began as a citizen uprising in the spirit of the Arab Spring, and then morphed into a complex proxy war involving foreign fighters, multiple regional powers, ISIS, Al Qaeda, and Russia.

The CIA has spent more than a billion dollars a year to arm anti-Assad rebels for years, and the U.S. began bombing Syria in 2014 – the 7th predominantly Muslim country bombed by Obama – and never stopped. Trump had already escalated that bombing campaign, culminating in a strike last month that Syrians say destroyed a mosque and killed dozens. What makes this latest attack new is that rather than allegedly targeting terrorist sites of ISIS and Al Qaeda, it targets the Syrian government – something Obama threatened to do in 2013 but never did.

Leading Congressional Democrats – including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi – quickly praised Trump’s bombing while raising concerns about process. Hours before the bombing commenced, as it was known Trump was planning it, Hillary Clinton – who has been critical of Obama for years for not attacking Assad – appeared at an event and offered her categorical support for what Trump was planning:

WATCH: Hillary Clinton said U.S. should attack Assad’s airfields hours before missile strike. More: http://nbcnews.to/2o34p6W 

The Trump White House is preliminarily indicating that this was a limited strike, designed to punish Assad for his use of chemical weapons, rather than a new war to remove him. But such aggression, once unleashed, is often difficult to contain. The Russian and Iranian governments, both supportive of Assad, have bitterly denounced Trump for the attack, with a Putin spokesman calling it a “significant blow” for U.S.-Russian relations. Russia already announced retaliation in the form of suspending cooperation agreements.

Even if it is contained, there are endless implications from Trump’s initiation of military force against the Syrian Government. For now, here are ten critical points highlighted by all of this:

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A year that WAS , and a year that WASN’T

 

I’m trying not to call names at this point, on all Social Media.. .does no good….in the long run… i have a split family, half or more of whom supported and /or voted for Mr. Trump…and just understanding that without considering half of my family ‘deplorables’ or some such…to think that some people who agreed with Mr Trump..when he called them ‘uneducated’…a joke to him? would defeat my purpose to just reply and call him, a ‘joke’.. he may well be,… what he is definitely, (supported by psychiatrists and my own psychologist) is a NARCISISIST, WITH PATHOLOGICAL TENDENCIES… others have added more to that.. but firstly, we must deal with this. Have we possibly had other Presidents, Vice Presidents, with similar traits? yes. But, I just heard Bernie Sanders again on Democracy Now, for an hour.. the One person I believe could have won this past election, had he been the Democratic Nominee.. There are many things i would say, we need to do and i only have ‘hopes’ at this point, having working hard this past year for the Sanders campaign and other progressives in my area… We need to follow, along with other things, as much as we agree with, the Bernie Sanders, ‘Our Revolution’ principles, other progressive groups, e.g. Citizen Action (of the Hudson Valley and others), MOveOn.org , Working Families party, and yes, the Green party for those who lean that way… But, we must work to include ALL valid candidates for the Presidency, and local progressives and progressive causes…

Two things upon my mind and the most important to me… One which I believe even Bernie Sanders (who took it seriously), is the possible ‘Near term Human Extinction’. due to Climate change, and possible extinction of many millions of species and ourselves? (I don’t trust any of the signatories of COP/Paris this past year)..and , Two, secondly, as far as we can enforce, is to fight, for the current, moment, our Constitutional, and Civil rights, in the Bill of Rights.. we have already lost SO many Rights, and are losing, seriously, our Free

March Of Triumph
October 1935: Young fascist, in their black shirts, marching past Mussolini. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

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dom of Speech, personally and in our so called Media.

Thoughts on a Sunday Morning 11/13/2016

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THOUGHTS ON A SUNDAY MORNING, (and it ain’t the CBS Sunday Morning).

First Sunday, weekend  after Trump’s election as President (of all the people?).

Trump talks of the ‘forgotten people’ but who does he mean by ‘forgotten’…?Are the Native Americans forgotten?, are the Latinos, and various Island immigrants forgotten… LGBTQ (myself included), religious  minorities, including Jews and Muslims, Sikhs, the ‘brown’ (all non white peoples) who have always been ‘less than’ in equality in all sections of our nation, socially, and economically.

Not least of all,  African  Americans, who have the second most unique place in American history, (after the Indigenous tribes and ‘nations’) and are inescapably intertwined in our history, including the worst War in our history, which we seem to be closer to  enacting than ever before in our history, the Civil War. What will we do, if all of the ‘other’ FORGOTTEN people’s are suddenly suspect, mass arrests, as seems to already have happened under the current administration, facing increased persecution of ‘our’ liberties;  free speech,  ‘Right of the People peaceably to assemble’, freedom of Religion, and all the rest of the First Amendment , et.al.

To deny what I have posted above is a certain American Hubris, or just outright ‘denial’ by those not only in power, but those who voted for Mr. Trump out of some sense of unknown ‘entitlement’ or being ‘wronged’ somehow.  I understand the anger, the lost jobs, the feeling that this nation is not what it used to be, but to turn to the oft chime of  thinking we need a ‘strong’ leader?  but, is that always the answer?

Already there have been terrible incidences of seeming ‘white hate’ against Muslim, Black, LGBTQ students in schools nationwide, racial message painted on Black churches and such. Will this increase? Will it become like the early days of Mussolini’s ‘black shirts’, or worse, Hitler’s SS?  This is not some Hollywood movie, or daydreaming on my part; it already seems like it could begin in many parts of our nation. [“Reports of hate crimes and intimidation of American Muslims and other minority groups have increased in the days since Donald Trump’s shock election victory on the back of the most xenophobic campaign in modern US history .” –http://www.thenational.ae/world/americas/hate-crime-and-islamophobia-increases-after-trump-victory%5D

So, where do we go? To whom do we turn? Our Constitution, already well ‘shredded’ during the Clinton and Bush II, and Obama administrations?   During the first decades after WW II, we taxed the rich or richer, at 80 to 90 %, we had a nation where for the first time, War veterans could easily afford college, could easily afford a home on a single family income.  All that was slowly destroyed, from the Reagan backlash aministration, through all those that followed, yes, even the Democrats.  We seem to all want the equality of income of that era ,where the CEO’

S of companies made, perhaps, 30-40 times the common worker but not HUNDREDS of times the common worker. This is why Bernie Sanders offered real solutions, and seemingly Mr Trump, seems to have promised the same, if that’s what he meant by ‘Great again’?

We, on the sidelines that, whether we voted for Democrats, Independents, Green Party (my own choice, not supporting either ‘corrupt, Corporation owned ‘parties’), Libertarians, or other, await what’s to come. Some with renewed fear, some with expectations, some not knowing what is to come, and those who voted for Mr. Trump, I imagine, await the Great promises he made. Can he bring this to them? Will he work within the confines of our Laws, and Constitution? Or will he, as some fear, be the ‘loose cannon’ or ‘free speaker’ of the recent Campaign season, most of which was reprehensible in its Inhumanity, to more than half the Nation.   The Independents or ‘non voters’ of this recent Election, are about 1/3 or more.  Less citizens voted in both ‘parties’ than in the last Presidential election (stats provided upon request), and both candidates were the most ‘unpopular’ in our election history, in most polls.  (“..with registered voters, the two are basically tied: Clinton has 59% unfavorability and Trump has 60%.” – http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/08/31/poll-clinton-trump-most-unfavorable-candidates-ever/89644296/).

Not to go on forever in this strain, I will however, continue to blog and write as things occur through this new administration, on its actions, the populace’s reactions and much more.

I am just one voice in millions wondering the same, this first week, after a trying, tiring, exhausting, election for everyone concerned.  Peace and hope to you all, including everyone who may read this.

 

Robert J Dorn, Librarian, Genealogist, Activist, Commoner.‘

On this day after the Blizzard of ’16

“The wealth divide is getting more extreme. The 62 wealthiest people in the world have wealth equal to the poorest 3.5 billion, half the world’s population. Five years ago it took 388 people to match half the population. Huffington Post reports that “The wealth of the richest 62 has increased an astonishing 44 percent since 2010, to $1.76 trillion. Meanwhile, the wealth of the bottom half of the world dropped by 41 percent.” (from Popular Resistance Newsletter — “https://www.popularresistance.org/davos-and-its-threat-to-democracy/”)

I am not afraid of a Davos brand conspiratorial  takeover of the world.. I don’t have to be,, it ‘s common knowledge. its there, its fact….  Bernie Sanders speaks of this constantly and is why I , and millions of others have supported the only non Davos/Corporate backred politician/person running for President.. so in many senses he already is a Revolutionary and we are waging a Revolution as ,we, his supporters, and Bernie have surpassed Hillary the ‘corporate’ backed choice by the DNC and ‘estsablishment’ if you wish, Democratic ‘pick’….no Royal families.. we are tired of Bushes and Clintons. sorry,… or…. not.

 

 

The Logic of American Politics – May 26, 2015

The Logic of American Politics – May 26, 2015.

A local op ed that is Excellent…. about American politics today..

 

By Grayce Goin

If I hear one more candidate for president say “God told me to run for POTUS” I will run up and down the street screaming while pulling my hair out.

It is not so much the declaration that would cause me to act thus, but rather the awareness of those that will vote for such charlatans. If there is a god why would it talk to politicians, most of whom walk a tightrope of morality? They are no better than the snake oil salesmen that crowd the airwaves on Sunday mornings insisting that planting of seed with them (frequently $1000) will cause god to send them a windfall – I always wonder if that is a tree limb for their heads.

I can’t help but wonder why even the fundamentalists aren’t afraid of their pastors in positions of political power. Can’t they see the inevitability of someone from another sect being elected and have different religion shoved down their throats.

And why are they afraid to do any research?

Just recently Ted Cruz told a Christian group that the Democrats in the Senate were working on the bill that would outlaw the first amendment to the constitution!!! They just took his word for it, not one person questioned this statement.

The governor of Texas called out the National Guard . . . why? . . . because branches of the U.S. military were holding joint service training sessions and he wanted to insure that they did not take over Texas.

Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee advanced a bill to change a D.C. law. They would make it legal for employers to discriminate against women who use contraception or seek family planning services.

A black doctor who is jumping in the POTUS ring, after using every possible social service while growing up now wants to close out all avenues of assistance because: it is causing the destruction of the African-American family.

A white woman, former corporate CEO is so far running on the platform that Hillary can’t be allowed to win. This CEO has no political or governmental experience, but of course knows all that is needed to run the country.

There will be more candidates jumping out of the clown car in the days and weeks ahead. We will be amused by some of them, disgusted by others, occasionally both at the same time. The sad part is: none of this is really funny.

I recently read an article that demonstrated that only 17% of eligible voters gave us the House of Representatives we now have. Those in the House are now attempting to destroy Social Security, Veterans Benefits, Food Stamps, Homeless programs, the EPA, OSHA; the list goes on and on while they keep cutting taxes for corporations and the top 1%.

The only hope for the future is to get people to vote in every election. The midterms matter greatly, as is currently being demonstrated by fools who have no clue about the constitution. We need dramatic change made to our election process. Instead of having a bunch of clowns pointing fingers at each other for months on end, the parties should pick their candidates early on and spend the time deciding on their platforms, then debate that with the opposition.

American politics . . . no logic to be found here.

Plutocracy or Oligarchy… you decided

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/05/02/plutocrats-v-oligarchs/

Both Rep. (Vt-I) Bernie Sanders and Activist/Linguist Noam Chomsky have called us both of these terms on and off.

We see how they explain where we are today. We are not quite the ‘oligarchy’ that Russia became after the Soviet Union’s demise, but we are essentially the same in practice.

As we (Polls aside) all feel to an extent, admittedly or not, that we have lost our freedom, democracy, call it what you will, in this Nation today.  Be you Tea Party, Libertarian (modern version), Liberal, Leftist, Democrat or Republican…  Our voting record on ‘off’ years is 25 %…this should shock us!…
What I have said so far, is pretty non partisan…something we can for the most part, all agree on ….

we feel that someone else is in control of our government..

Peace
August 11, 2014…the Old Hippie 🙂

Reports from the ‘StoptheFrackAttack’, march in D.C. July 28, 2012.

STOP THE FRACK ATTACK MARCH IN D.C.
Saturday, July 28, 2012, US Capitol

Bus for Progress chants from the 'Stop the Frack Attack' march
Above is a short video of the end of the march Saturday, and the very vocal ‘Bus for Progress’ group from central New Jersey , who so kindly gave Kathie and I a ride for most of the march, escaping from the heat. The bus also picked up several other elderly who had collapsed along side the march route as we went along.

Capitol US, rally for 'StoptheFrackAttack'
Overview of the rally in the beginning of the ‘StoptheFrackAttack’ at the Capitol

You will see Kathie A. and a quick view of Padma (MoveOn Sullivan ) and others from MoveOn and various other progressive groups a the “StoptheFrackAttack’ march on Saturday, July 28, 2012, on the ‘grotto’ area outside the US Capitol.

Another successful coalition of many groups as far as Ohio and North Carolina, joined many from NY, NJ, PA and the Northeast, including, ‘NYagainstfracking.org’. ‘350.org’ (Bill McKibben), the ‘Sierra Club’, our sponsor, ‘Catskill Mountainkeeper’. Thanks for the opportunity to Carolyn and the rest. 23 Sullivan residents, including myself, were able to go. Thanks to your fabulous bus driver, Andy, who was ‘longsuffering’. A long but successful day, despite dangerous heat, for many, and the long day. Democracy now had a short clip from the march today, (Monday, July 30), announcing thousands in the crowd.

Reporting , Bob Dorn