A Stable Prez For A Stable Nation

by William Skink

he’s a very stable genius
from a very stable clan
with stable people helping
the stable hidden hand

Amerika, a stable nation
enjoys its stable home
bought with stable wages
on borrowed, stable loans

a stable media agrees
and feeds our stable wants
to please their stable owners
and keep their stable jobs

our stable future awaits
to fulfill our stable plans
of stable global control
over stable global lands

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What Free Time?

by William Skink

I haven’t been posting much due to reading. I’m reading The Memoir of Billy Shears which is in the voice of William shepherd who claims to be the person who replaced Paul McCartney in 1966. The book is actually “authored” or “encoded” by Thomas E. Uharriet.

I’m also reading Programed To Kill, by Dave McGowan. This one is about an unseen pattern lurking behind what you think you know about serial killers. And what is that you didn’t ask? Drug trafficking, human trafficking and Satanic cults. Lots of Satanic cults.

Why am I trudging through tales of ritualistic murders and seemingly silly, half-century old conspiracy theories about Paul McCartney dying in a car crash? Because I think these narratives are important.

I’m slowly working my way back to a story I started before leaving my job at the shelter. I’m thinking of it as an alternative reality memoir. I’ll have more to say about all this later.

With limited time (my wife is getting pissed as I write this and the kids are acting up) something has to give.

I wish I had more time, but I don’t. Thanks for reading.

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Anything To Do With Money + Anything To Do With Israel = Anti-Semitism

by William Skink

Did you know it’s anti-semitic to accurately describe the function of the Israeli lobbying group, AIPAC?

That’s what Rep. Ilhan Omar is discovering after her “offensive”, “anti-semitic” tweets describing AIPAC’s interest as being “all about the Benjamins baby“.

House Democrats have called on congressional leaders to condemn controversial remarks made by Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) suggesting that Israeli money has influenced US politics, reports Politico.

Omar suggested in a Sunday night tweet that America’s support of Israel is due to donations by pro-Israel groups such as AIPAC, after an earlier tweet responding to journalist Glenn Greenwald was interpreted as anti-Semitic.

Rep. Omar quickly apologized for her factual explanation of how lobbying groups function. Apparently associating anything related to money to anything related to being jewish is an “anti-semitic trope”.

To counter this absurd smear against Rep. Omar, The Intercept has a piece out about a documentary that’s been suppressed, titled Pro-Israel Lobby Caught on Tape Boasting That Its Money Influences Washington. Is this title anti-semitic? From the link:

The debate over the influence of pro-Israel groups could be informed by an investigation by Al Jazeera, in which an undercover reporter infiltrated The Israel Project, a Washington-based group, and secretly recorded conversations about political strategy and influence over a six-month period in 2016. That investigation, however, was never aired by the network — suppressed by pressure from the pro-Israel lobby.

David Ochs, founder of HaLev, which helps send young people to AIPAC’s annual conference, described for the reporter how AIPAC and its donors organize fundraisers outside the official umbrella of the organization, so that the money doesn’t show up on disclosures as coming specifically from AIPAC. He describes one group that organizes fundraisers in both Washington and New York. “This is the biggest ad hoc political group, definitely the wealthiest, in D.C.,” Ochs says, adding that it has no official name, but is clearly tied to AIPAC. “It’s the AIPAC group. It makes a difference, it really, really does. It’s the best bang for your buck and the networking is phenomenal.” (Ochs and AIPAC did not immediately return The Intercept’s requests for comment.)

Without spending money, Ochs argues, the pro-Israel lobby isn’t able to enact its agenda. “Congressmen and senators don’t do anything unless you pressure them. They kick the can down the road, unless you pressure them, and the only way to do that is with money,” he explains.

Can facts be anti-semitic?

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Why Does Oregon Need Legislation To Protect Its Citizens From Saudi Arabian Students?

by William Skink

I think a lot about accountability, like who experiences it and who doesn’t. Socio-economic status goes along way to either ensuring you are accountable for your actions, or not. Being a foreign national of a power ally also helps one elude accountability for little things, like rape and manslaughter.

Seven years ago this month a Saudi student attending classes at the University of Montana allegedly sexually assaulted two women in the same day. Here is how the Missoulian reported it:

A man accused of raping one University of Montana student and assaulting another earlier this month was contacted repeatedly by UM Dean of Students Charles Couture before fleeing the country.

After Couture informed the man – who was accompanied by his lawyer – that he was being accused of sexual assault under the university’s Student Code of Conduct, the man left the area, UM President Royce Engstrom said Friday.

In fact, the man – a Saudi national studying at UM – has left the country, Missoula Mayor John Engen said police told him earlier Friday.

The spin of this deplorable delayed reaction by University officials was not well received. Here’s more from the article:

Couture received the campus police report on Feb. 14, Engstrom said. He then wrote a letter to the alleged perpetrator, and also requested a written report from the victim, Engstrom said. On Feb. 17, he said, Couture received that victim’s report, and also learned of another assault – this one a rape – by the same perpetrator.

At that point, Couture called the alleged perpetrator and told him about the sexual assault report, Engstrom said. At the end of the day on Feb. 17 – a Friday before a long holiday weekend – the university sent a campus-wide email warning of “Sexual Assault … Possible Threat to Community.”

That was the first Missoula police heard of the incidents, Engstrom confirmed Friday. Missoula police quickly contacted university administrators, he said. However, a week had passed since the alleged attacks.

Apparently the behavior of this student is not an isolated event. In fact there have been so many similar situations of alleged crimes committed by Saudi students, and subsequent evasions of accountability, that legislation is being introduced in Oregon to hold Saudi Arabia accountable:

New legislation introduced by Oregon senators aims to punish Saudi Arabia following shocking allegations that the kingdom has whisked as many as five young men facing criminal charges, ranging from rape to murder, out of the country from that state alone.

Speaking publicly for the first time Thursday, the parents of Fallon Smart, a 15-year-old victim of a hit and run by Saudi student Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah in 2016, said they were horrified to learn their daughter’s alleged assailant had disappeared two weeks before his trial with the help of the Saudi government. Noorah was charged with manslaughter, felony hit-and-run, and reckless driving in the teen’s death. He faced a minimum prison sentence of 10 years.

Federal investigators confirmed to the Oregonian/Oregon Live that a private lawyer hired by the Saudi consulate posted $100,000 of a $1 million bail for the 21-year-old and apparently arranged for a dark SUV to pick him up shortly after he left jail. His severed electronic bracelet was found at a nearby gravel yard. Authorities believe he was given a forged passport, since his was sequestered by Oregon authorities, and flown back to Saudi Arabia on a private jet. He was seen back in his home country a week after he disappeared.

I hope UM officials desperate to turn around the enrollment problem are paying attention.

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Taking Down Tulsi Gabbard

by William Skink

NBC is doing its part to destroy the credibility of resistance media, but this time the target wasn’t Trump. It wasn’t even a Republican. Nope, the politician who triggered this brazen smear campaign is presidential contender and anti-warmonger, Tulsi Gabbard.

One might assume that as a non-white woman who served in America’s military, Gabbard would be a darling of identity obsessed Democrats. Unfortunately for Gabbard, to be a darling of Democrats, one must never question America’s right to meddle in other countries affairs. Here is Tulsi’s offensive tweet:

The United States needs to stay out of Venezuela. Let the Venezuelan people determine their future. We don’t want other countries to choose our leaders–so we have to stop trying to choose theirs.

So how did NBC insinuate Gabbard is becoming a Kremlin puppet? They used the discredited Democrat-linked New Knowledge to make the claim Tulsi Gabbard is receiving support from Russia. Here is Greenwald tearing apart NBC’s propaganda smear against Gabbard:

NBC NEWS PUBLISHED a predictably viral story Friday, claiming that “experts who track websites and social media linked to Russia have seen stirrings of a possible campaign of support for Hawaii Democrat Tulsi Gabbard.”

But the whole story was a sham: The only “expert” cited by NBC in support of its key claim was the firm New Knowledge, which just got caught by the New York Times fabricating Russian troll accounts on behalf of the Democratic Party in the Alabama Senate race to manufacture false accusations that the Kremlin was interfering in that election.

To justify its claim that Gabbard is the Kremlin’s candidate, NBC stated, “analysts at New Knowledge, the company the Senate Intelligence Committee used to track Russian activities in the 2016 election, told NBC News they’ve spotted ‘chatter’ related to Gabbard in anonymous online message boards, including those known for fomenting right-wing troll campaigns.”

What NBC — amazingly — concealed is a fact that reveals its article to be a journalistic fraud: That same firm, New Knowledge, was caught just six weeks ago engaging in a massive scam to create fictitious Russian troll accounts on Facebook and Twitter in order to claim that the Kremlin was working to defeat Democratic Senate nominee Doug Jones in Alabama. The New York Times, when exposing the scam, quoted a New Knowledge report that boasted of its fabrications: “We orchestrated an elaborate ‘false flag’ operation that planted the idea that the [Roy] Moore campaign was amplified on social media by a Russian botnet.’”

That fraud was overseen by New Knowledge’s CEO, Jonathon Morgan. At the same time Morgan was fabricating Russian troll accounts and using them to create a fraudulent appearance that Putin was trying to defeat the Democratic Senate candidate, he was exploiting his social media “expertise” to claim that Russians were interfering in the Alabama Senate election. In other words, Morgan used his own fake Russian accounts to lie to the public and deceive the national media into believing that Kremlin-linked accounts were trying to defeat the Democratic Senate candidate when, in fact, the accounts he was citing were ones he himself had fabricated and controlled.

It’s absolutely disgusting that Gabbard’s anti-interventionist positions have made her a target for this kind of dirty political hit job. And for NBC to pretend New Knowledge is a credible source for its reporting is equally disgusting.

I hope the other Democratic presidential hopefuls are getting the message: go along with the NeoCon/Neoliberal consensus on belligerent US Imperialism, or else.

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Old NeoCons Bring A New Belligerence

by William Skink

There is a new escalation of belligerence and geopolitical desperation playing out on the world stage that I am not sure the Russia-obsessed media is capable of contextualizing. Like the run-up to the disastrous catastrophe in Iraq, the steps America is taking to make a military confrontation more possible is not getting the criticism it deserves.

While Rachael Maddow takes fearmongering to a whole new level by wondering what would happen if Russia cut the power during a polar vortex event like the Midwest suffered through, the US has formally left the INF treaty. I would love to know what kind of 4-D chess Trump the Putin puppet is playing here with a move that could restart a whole new arms race with Russia:

The Trump administration just announced it will officially withdraw from an aging nuclear missile treaty with Russia, a move that could kick-start an arms race and threaten the European continent — but also allow the US to better prepare for a war against China.

On Friday morning, President Donald Trump issued a statement that put the final nail in the coffin of the Cold War-era agreement, finalizing a decision that many experts — both happily and nervously — expected for months.

“Tomorrow, the United States will suspend its obligations under the INF Treaty and begin the process of withdrawing from the INF Treaty,” Trump said. “For arms control to effectively contribute to national security, all parties must faithfully implement their obligations.”

In a press conference around the same time, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “Russia has jeopardized United States security interests, and we can no longer be restricted by the treaty while Russia shamelessly violates it.”

Does this make anti-Russian, neoliberal xenophobes jump for joy? Isn’t this what you want your President to be doing, sticking it to Russia to show those fucking Ruskies who the boss is?

Another dangerous move by the Trump regime that requires context for those with national amnesia is the return of Elliott Abrams, a despicable creature who belongs in chains before the ICC. Why? Here’s Allan Nairn on Democracy Now with some relevant history on this sociopath:

ALLAN NAIRN: Abrams was the key man in Reagan administration policy toward Central America, when that administration was abetting what a court recently ruled was a genocide in Guatemala, when the U.S. was backing the army of El Salvador in a series of death squad assassinations and massacres, and when the U.S. was invading Nicaragua with a Contra force that went after what one U.S. general described as “soft targets,” meaning civilians, things like cooperatives.

Abrams later came back during the George W. Bush administration, joined the National Security Council and was a key man in implementing the U.S. policy of backing Israeli attacks against Gaza, when the U.S. refused to accept the results of the Gaza elections, where Hamas defeated Fatah in a vote, and instead Abrams and company backed a war operation to overturn the results of the election, backing the forces of Mohammed Dahlan.

If you want to hear/read more, go to the link, but I should warn you Nairn gets graphic with some specific atrocities Abrams helped downplay and cover-up.

Speaking of psychopathic Neocons, I would be remiss if I didn’t highlight the mustached one being given a long leash to fuck shit up, John Bolton. His threats last September against the ICC are extreme bordering on unhinged. Here is Bolton in all his mustached glory declaring the ICC already dead to the US:

The United States launched a blistering verbal attack on the International Criminal Court (ICC) and threatened sanctions against its judges if they proceed with a probe into alleged war crimes by Americans in Afghanistan.

John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, made the announcement in a speech to the Federalist Society, a conservative group, in Washington, DC, on Monday.

“Today, on the eve of September 11th, I want to deliver a clear and unambiguous message on behalf of the president. The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court,” Bolton said.

“We will not cooperate with the ICC. We will provide no assistance to the ICC … We will let the ICC die on its own. After all, for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us.”

What a psycho. Is this how Trump is draining the swamp? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

The most recent news coming from the Hague is the resignation of a judge over threats to the court by the US and Turkey. I’m going to include a long quote because I think what former ICC judge Christoph Flügge has to say about threats against the court is incredibly important:

Flügge, who had been a permanent judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) since 2008, told the German newspaper Die Zeit that he had concluded in the wake of the developments that the “diplomatic world” saw no value in an independent judiciary.

He warned that the UN’s blind eye to Turkey’s intervention had set an alarming precedent.

“Every incident in which judicial independence is breached is one too many,” he said. “Now there is this case, and everyone can invoke it in the future. Everyone can say: ‘But you let Turkey get its way.’ This is an original sin. It can’t be fixed.”

Flügge said the attitude of the US administration to the international criminal court (ICC) in The Hague highlighted the danger.

“John Bolton, the national security adviser to the US president, held a speech last September in which he wished death on the international criminal court,” he said.

“If these judges ever interfere in the domestic concerns of the US or investigate an American citizen, he said the American government would do all it could to ensure that these judges would no longer be allowed to travel to the United States – and that they would perhaps even be criminally prosecuted.

“The American security adviser held his speech at a time when The Hague was planning preliminary investigations into American soldiers who had been accused of torturing people in Afghanistan. The American threats against international judges clearly show the new political climate. It is shocking. I had never heard such a threat.”

Flügge said the judges on the court had been “stunned” that “the US would roll out such heavy artillery”.

“It is consistent with the new American line: ‘We are No 1 and we stand above the law,’” he said.

As Neoliberals try to maintain their control over the DNC (more on that soon) and corporate media continues obsessing over Russiagate, this new belligerence is making a shooting world war more possible.

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What You’re Not Being Told About Missoula’s 10 Year Plan To End Homelessness

by William Skink

I understand the need to be positive and focus on gains made in the nearly impossible task of “ending homelessness” in Missoula, but at some point the effort to be positive, and how it’s reported in local media, deviates so far from reality that it becomes just PR spin, and does a disservice to those on the ground experiencing the need for services and those trying to deliver services.

There was a panel update Tuesday on Missoula’s 10 year plan to end homelessness. Today the Missoula Current has an article about the update, which includes this:

That’s why Missoula leaders have developed a Coordinated Entry System, or CES, that provides multiple access points for those experiencing homelessness to receive help. These access points include agencies that are advertised as coordinated assessment centers and provide a “no wrong door” approach, meaning a person can go to any of the agencies and enter the system.

What does “no wrong door” mean? One could get the impression that you go to any of these homeless points of entry, say you are homeless, and start getting services. But that is not what happens at all.

First, the homeless individual or family has to meet a strict HUD definition of homelessness, which you can find more info about here.

The way it has worked here, in Missoula, is if you are couch-surfing, you are not considered homeless enough and won’t be assessed by the Coordinated Entry System. If you spent the previous night in a motel room you paid for yourself, you won’t be assessed by Coordinated Entry. But if an agency paid for your motel room, you can be assessed.

The idea of “no wrong door” creates an unrealistic expectation that front-line staff have to then deal with. It is not uncommon for people to get frustrated, to get angry, when they are told their situation is not homeless enough to warrant being assessed by this new system.

The Missoula Current also continues to use Point-in-time data to make it seem like homelessness in Missoula is decreasing:

According to a 2018 point-in-time survey, Missoula had 319 people experiencing homelessness, the highest population among 10 Montana cities that made a count.

Missoula also had the highest number of chronically homeless residents in the survey, at 46 individuals.

However, the city’s total homeless population is dropping, from 538 in 2015 to 395 in 2016, and lower each year since.

How can homeless numbers in Missoula be going down when the numbers at the homeless shelter have been going up? The Salvation Army’s warming center is serving 35-40, in addition to the 160-170 people being served by the Pov. I’m not sure how many people are being served by the DV shelter run by YWCA, or the women and children being served by UGM, or Mountain Home for young mothers, or the families being served by Family Promise, or the increasing numbers of people living in cars and old RVs, but it adds up.

And then there’s the plan itself.

I haven’t watched the whole panel presentation, but the three phases described at the beginning got my attention. Here is how the MC article describes it:

The initiative started in 2012 with two phases, “creating rapid, visible and meaningful change” and “building a coordinated system to end homelessness.”

In its third and final phase, “making adjustments to ensure sustainability,” agencies will work to maintain a system that responds to homelessness by providing rapid access to safe, sustainable long-term housing.

If anyone wants to consult the actual 10 year plan to end homelessness you can read it in pdf form here. I took a look and discovered on page 34 that phase 1 includes this:

Consolidate and/or coordinate existing efforts with clear point of entry and ability to scale to meet needs.

Here are some other phase 1 strategies from the plan:

Create a funding pool for start-up housing expenses (i.e., first & last month rent, deposit, utility deposit)

Initiate task force to structure insurance program that is appealing to landlords and property managers.

Engage landlords in eviction prevention, referral to homelessness prevention.

Somehow Phase 1 became “creating rapid, visible and meaningful change”. Huh? I guess that’s better than saying we hired someone who wasn’t up to the task and wasted over 3 years with little to show for it.

While there have been gains made in the past 7 years, I think it’s important to acknowledge that things have not gone according to the 10 year plan. The 3 phases now stated do not correlate with the actual goals laid out in 2012. The reason for this, in my opinion, is to protect those responsible for failing to provide the tools, oversight and leadership in the first 3 critical years of implementation.

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Why The Loss Of The Missoula Indy Matters

by William Skink

There is a great long-read about media and unionizing that includes what Lee Enterprises and scumbag Matt Gibson did to the Missoula Indy staff, which you can read here. Here is a portion of the Missoula-relevant part:

On a Tuesday morning in September, Indy staff learned the paper had shut down before the workday even began. The move was abrupt, moreso considering everything had been in place for the next issue. Lee deleted the paper’s social media accounts and essentially salted the earth by replacing its website archive with a redirect to the Missoulian’s homepage.

The impact of a community newspaper can’t be quantified, but that hasn’t stopped people from trying. Last month, an episode of National Public Radio’s podcast Hidden Brain examined the relationship between newspaper closures and interest rates. The show cited research that found interest rates for loans go up after newspapers shut down, due to an increased risk of local government corruption when there aren’t journalists around to play watchdog.

Dan Brooks, a freelance reporter and former columnist for the Indy, said that’s his biggest concern, that the loss of the Indy equates a loss in accountability.

“I think that city and county government are going to be able to get away with a lot in the absence of the Indy because, you know, local television news is not performing that function, and The Missoulian, their staff is overworked,” he said. “They’re putting out the same paper with a smaller staff, and I don’t think they’re in a position to devote resources to longform, long-term investigative journalism.

“It’s a bonanza for low-level, small town corruption.”

Brooks is absolutely correct in his assessment. Losing the Indy means much less scrutiny on local government and government-related agencies that receive Federal funding, like Mountain Line. I know the Indy would have been all over the selective removal of benches near the homeless shelter on Broadway.

I still get angry every Thursday. I get even angrier when I’m looking for information, and I think I find something, but it’s an old Indy article, so I get a redirect to the Missoulian website. In the excerpt above the term “salted the earth” definitely applies.

Now, more than ever, Missoula needs critical voices to counter the drumbeat of development. In a cheerleading piece from the Missoulian about “radical updates proposed for downtown Missoula” the rapacious appetite of development is salivating over getting its hooks on public spaces, like Caras Park. A few weeks ago the city brought in Jason King to present these radical ideas. The Missoulian article makes no effort to explain King’s role or even mention the agency he works for.

Quality reporting. From the link:

Imagine a parking structure instead of the one-level lot near Caras Park, with roof-top restaurants and decks overlooking the Clark Fork River and a main floor public market, where families can relax after playing on the carousel. Imagine a small, nearby winter ice rink that turns into a splash pond in the summer.

He expected the potential changes to the Caras Park area would be the most controversial, and was surprised when 70 percent of audience members taking part in an immediate key pad poll at The Wilma either voted “yes” or “probably yes.” Another 20 percent said they had more questions about it, and 10 percent were opposed.

King was quick to point out that the possible changes to the Caras Park area could top $20 million. He said they understand the public feels tapped out, and instead of floating a bond or using property taxes, the city may need to partner with a developer — something he called a “deal with the devil” as a city planner.

“Usually, we say you don’t give up public space because you will never get it back, but we can’t find any other way to pay for the improvements that people are looking at now,” he said. “This is one that our team had very mixed feelings about.”

Metropolis Missoula is coming. I think about this impending vision for the valley while I’m stuck in standstill traffic on Mullan going to work in the morning. Missoula’s infrastructure is showing serious strains from our growing population, and essential services are struggling. Or maybe I’m interpreting the inability to address criminal behavior in bus shelters during the day along Broadway wrong.

Who is going to fill the void left by the shuttering of the Indy? Not the Missoula Current, that’s for sure. And not some blogger putting up posts in his spare time.

I guess we’ll have to wait and see if local efforts can resurrect something to take the place of the empty space corporate greed (and fucking Matt Gibson) made when they shut the doors and salted the earth.

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The Don Pogreba Democratic Method: Unity Through Mockery

by William Skink

It must be hard for someone who has spent over a decade promoting Democrats and denouncing Republicans to acknowledge how little difference exists between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to disastrous American foreign policy.

All it took was a link to this pathetic attempt at unifying Democrats to get political scold Don Pogreba to make an appearance, using his highly advanced debating skills to mock my post with this comment:

I know this blog post will stop American militarism in its tracks. Well done!

Obviously my posts will never stop American militarism, that is the point of Pogreba’s mockery. Serious political partisans understand that American militarism is here to stay because they worship at the alter of American exceptionalism. Any critic who deviates from the consensus of American militarism, whether it’s a “humanitarian intervention” in Libya or a coup in Venezuela, deserves to be mocked.

The only presidential hopeful who has explicitly opposed the bipartisan support of the coup in Venezuela, Tulsi Gabbard, was also the target of Pogreba’s mockery. In response to a commenter who said this:

EZ choice. Tulsi Gabbard is the only real one out of that horrible corporatist warmongering bunch.

Don Pogreba had this reply:

Cool take, comrade.

For someone trying to get Democrats unified ahead of the 2020 election, insinuating Tulsi Gabbard and her supporters are communists is an odd way to go about it.

Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, will avoid the disdain of pathetic partisans for now after his tweets on Venezuela show Sanders to be more aligned with Trump and Neocons/Neoliberals than non-interventionists:

Here’s Shamus Cooke describing how Bernie and the Dems flunked Trump’s test on Venezuela:

After an excruciating day of silence Bernie finally found his voice— by sending three tweets. But the content was revealing, reinforcing the weakness that kept him silent during the first critical day.

Tweet #1 was essentially a point-by-point plagiarism of Trump’s lies used to justify the coup. Bernie Tweeted:

“The Maduro government has waged a violent crackdown on Venezuelan civil society, violated the constitution by dissolving the National Assembly and was re-elected last year in an election many observers said was fraudulent. The economy is a disaster and millions are migrating.”

Instead of targeting Trump’s coup actions Bernie targets the victim. Bernie’s allegation of a fraudulent election is simply slander, since Venezuela’s elections are widely regarded as among the best in the world.

Read the rest of the article for more analysis on Bernie’s disappointing take on the Venezuela coup.

I am not deluded enough to think my barely-read political posts will have any impact on American militarism. But I’m old and stuck in my ways. What Don Pogreba should do if he really wants to protect America’s capacity to kill and destroy is to make sure those high school students he “teaches” understand the futility of opposing war.

With Don’s help Democrats in Montana can identify any potential non-interventionist/communist high school students before they become adults, then Don can instill in them the hopelessness of opposing America’s war machine. If they do unfortunate things, like start reading Counterpunch articles, then Don’s weaponized mockery would be well-placed to ensure they are marginalized enough to understand their opinions don’t matter.

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Influencing The Outcome Of An Election…In Venezuela

by William Skink

How can politicians and media figures who have spent the past two years hyperventilating over Russia’s supposed influence over American elections shift so seamlessly to recognizing the unelected opposition in Venezuela?

I truly don’t understand how the cognitive dissonance doesn’t produce some physiological effect, like the exploding of a head or two.

There has been no objective, third party assessment of the validity or corruption of the Venezuelan elections that reelected Maduro. And there will be no significant political cross-winds in America to stop Trump’s deep-state handlers from doing something militarily stupid to assert the selfish interests of their oligarch/corporate funders.

Will Trump’s base absorb another glaring example of how their boy allows himself to be led by the interventionists he campaigned against during the 2016 election? Doubtful. Trump playing 4-D chess as “reported” by Q-anon is an easy, albeit deranged, rationalization over clear evidence Trump won’t oppose the bottomless appetites of empire.

And how about those Progressives? Will they even blink over another coming interventionist disaster, or are they too busy already worrying over party unity for 2020 to care about how Democrats and Trumplicans merrily walk hand-in-hand when it comes to bombing other countries that don’t bend to our imperial will?

I heard NPR casually report over the weekend how America is trying to play “king-maker” in Venezuela. Were the passengers of Suburus going out to recreate in our snowy wonderland (if you can afford it) alarmed at what could transpire?

Will it take a hot war and expensive gas prices to get Americans to pay attention to how America continues to steamroll non-aligned countries with lethal sanctions before trying to overtly capitalize on the chaos our policies help create?

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