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la58

This is three days old https://thinkprogress.org/season-creep-spring-2017-6f09a394c4f4#.z0lwjxj63 I see it where I live. Last year when my asparagus came up way to soon because of early spring is properly going to happen again this year. I got less then half of the picking then I normal would last year.

Don midwest

Naked Capitalism on yet another attempt by establishment democrats to avoid facing up to their failures

Vanity Fair Acts as Democratic Party Enforcer Against Greenwald, NC, Others; Train Wreck Ensues

Don midwest

Emptywheel on strange case of Matt Dehardt

IS MATT DEHART BEING PROSECUTED BECAUSE FBI INVESTIGATED CIA FOR THE ANTHRAX LEAK?

In the comments one finds Joanne Leon — one of the strong voices at TOP/DK who had a morning post What’s Happening for years. She was one of the founders of the effort that led to caucus99percent.com along with Joe Shickspack. Joanne also writes at shadowproof.com

Don midwest

The United States of Secrets – a Frontline program a couple of years ago that has shown up on my twitter feeds. Is the deep state going to overthrow Trump and what does that mean?

A former head of National Security for a couple of presidents was in the meeting when the French asked the Eisenhower administration to take up their cause in Vietnam and Eisenhower said NO. The former head said that that was the last time there was civilan control of the military in the US. And that was before 1960!

Link to he frontline program

United States of Secrets

This is a link to Part I and shown on May 13, 2014

Don midwest

Thomas Drake on twitter this morning on the deep state. He saw it up front and personal as the person charged to find out if 9/11 could have been permitted. Answer YES. Result, attack Thomas Drake as a whistle blower. Notable that the case which totally fell apart at the end was by a US Atty who now has the job of investigating Trump and Russia.

I took the tweeds from the web, put them in WORD and stripped off the extra stuff and copied it here.

Thomas Drake‏ @Thomas_Drake1 March 6, 2017

Read this from the bottom to the top. The bottom is #1 and the top is #26

26 USA – a country so divided & lying against itself (and each other) cannot stand. Lots at stake. Any chance of a return to We the People?

25 And deeper Deep State danger happens when primacy & ‘sanctity’ of the National Security ‘true believer’ tail wags democracy’s underdog.

24 Perfect storm of info/disinfo ops, Art of the Deep Con seeding, payola & revisionist history as propaganda ‘truth’ projection.

23 Some are even leaking intel & info for blatant political purposes & personal brinkmanship under cover & color of National Security.

22 Some claiming friends in high places & sources as look-at-me attention grabbing bragging rights knowing secrets others don’t. Not helping

21 Many self-proclaimed experts providing misleading & inaccurate info on US intel, exec powers, EO 12333, FISA-AA, PRTT, NSL, ECPA et al.

20 There is also lots of grandstanding & oneupsmanship in rabid rabbit hole race to reveal most allegedly salacious & damning info & intel.

19 Who is telling the truth? So many omissions, memes, stereotypes, psyops, elisions & substitute faux facts or speculative opinion abounds.

18 Fact-less fire-for-effect brazen manipulation abounds. Lots manufactured, fragmented, fog-filled figleak & gaslighted narcissistic news.

17 Fueled by often unsubstantiated confirmation-biased fabulist innuendo, ‘secret’ info & rumors – some from whole hole-filled faux cloth.

16 Who speaks truth? Who do you trust for real news? Lots of clutching & clucking at pretend NewsPearls shark jumping. Who kidding who here?

15 Too much packaged as unverified, hyperbolic & conflated. Ends up creating a Chicken Little follower effect: Age of the great pretenders.

14 And this highly addicting latest news frenzy often faction-based, fact-light, evidence-free, drama saturated, dissembling Newspeak.

13 Now turning into free-for-all take no prisoners all too real partisan political soap opera feeding frenzy inside glass-lined echo chamber

12 Lots of sensationalism & ‘yellow news’ reporting in MSM & social media. Newsworthy standards devolve for maximum shock & awe effect.

11 Media of all stripes filled w/ reality distortion mixed in w/ ‘me too’ experts & pundits jumping all over StrawNews balloons with agendas

10 In addition, airwaves full of endless cognitive dissonance & distraction including pre-textual & preemptive framing – real & manufactured

9 What we read & see played out across the social media landscape is often deliberate diversion stained by lots of self-induced troll spray.

8 Welcome to daily saturated world of NewsRealityTV US-style starring Trump as mirror-on-America & big tent carnival coliseum merry-go-round

7 Any number of self-appointed & so-called experts, pundits & armchair ‘weak’ ender NatSec’ers making evidence-free or fact-shallow analyses

6 What happens if shadow gov’t power destroys democracy in order to save it through secrecy & political subterfuge under NatSec exemption?

5 Church Committee warning coming home to roost. State secrets info & tech surveillance too tempting to use as con & compromise from within.

4 US Deep State has backdoored democracy & disabled privacy for prevailing National Security narrative & political purposes.

3 “Across the gov’t, efforts are underway to find and punish officials who are leaking information to…news media”

2 Some of us have lived very deep personal nightmare as declared enemies of state simply defending our inalienable rights against the state.

1 Serious thoughts on reap the whirlwind centerpiece drama of TrumpCo dystopian event horizon descending on US as American nightmare sport.

LoneStarMike

Bratty Bernie Bros v. Entitled Hillbots — “Culling the Fringe”

OK, despite the title, I thought this was a good piece from The Progressive Army.

Some excerpts:

Talking about the current division within the Democratic Party

However, rather than determining what is actually at the heart of this division, the corporate media, along with Democratic politicians and their loyal backers, display near genius slight-of-hand by focusing all of the attention on “who” was responsible for the Democratic Party’s loss. The FBI, Russia, Facebook, fake news, propaganda, WikiLeaks, Twitter trolls, angry White men, disloyal women, and the electoral college are among the most notable scapegoats. However, what is not being discussed, and what might be less known to Clinton supporters, is that she was the most unpopular Democratic candidate in modern history.

On reports of Clinton’s “inevitability”

Similarly, Clinton supporters were bombarded with reports of her inevitability and simultaneously inundated with reports of Trump’s “nincompoopery,” and worse. In their minds, there was absolutely no way that she could lose, and, of course, because this was what Democrats wanted to hear, they did not seek out potentially contradictory evidence. Such is human nature; we simply prefer to hear information that confirms our own biases. Unfortunately, emboldened by this conveyed inexorableness, the oft-repeated message to Sanders’s supporters from Clintonites was, “we don’t need you” and “we can win without you.” But the fact remains that Democrats needed progressives then and they need them now.

And of course, we all know how that worked out.

On “culling the fringe”

So while Democratic politicians call for the party to “cull the fringe,” they are, to their great detriment, ignoring the fact that the Democratic Party has already been culled from more than 1000 seats in the last eight years

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Certainly, a great many Clinton supporters may also have been 100% in support of her platform. However, there is also a possibility that many others really didn’t give a shit what her platform was. For them, she was Democratic enough and they wanted to have a role in electing the first female POTUS.

Unfortunately, when you have one group who is loyal to a set of values, and another who is loyal to a party or candidate that does not represent those values, division will always be the outcome.

For argument’s sake, let’s assume that it is far easier to dislodge one’s self from a party than it is to abandon one’s core values. With that, it seems that the only way to determine if party unity is even a possibility is to determine whether or not Democratic Party-line voters and progressives actually have shared values.

orlbucfan

LD: Benny, humphrey, bebimbob, etc. did an excellent job covering the weekend. I wanted to give them a shoutout!! T and R to the usual suspects!! 🙂

LoneStarMike

Breaking: Nancy Pelosi Blames Media for ‘Undermining Our Election’ – The media had a role in the election but not in the way Pelosi claims

In 2013, polls found that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was the best known—but least popular—congressional leader. Currently, her favorability rating is at 27.5 percent, which is lower than both President Donald Trump’s and the Democratic Party’s. Her re-election as House Minority Leader was the first of many messages from the Democratic establishment that no reforms would be conducted within the party after its devastating loss in November. The status quo prevails, and Democrats are stuck with Pelosi as a leading spokesperson for the Democratic Party.

Since December 2016, Pelosi has been criticized for saying in an interview that she doesn’t think the Democratic Party needs a new direction, despite the losses they’ve suffered recently.

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During a press conference with the National Press Club in late February, Pelosi told reporters that she thinks Trump’s presidency might be a message from God.

The Clinton campaign and Democratic Party thought they could portray the Republican Party in such a negative light that Clinton’s candidacy would be embraced in a landslide. Instead, establishment’s hatred of Trump enabled his victory in the Republican primaries and general election. The mainstream media elevated two of the most unpopular and polarizing presidential candidates in recent history. Consequently, the public’s confidence in mainstream media has sunk to all-time lows.

Clinton’s election loss was the result of increasing resentment toward the status quo. The Russian election interference narrative is a public relations campaign that Democrats are employing to save their poor favorability ratings without making any policy concessions to voters. The mainstream media and Democratic Party failed miserably in the 2016 elections, and they are continuing to fail by depending on unpopular and out-of-touch leaders like Nancy Pelosi to help Democrats recover.

orlbucfan

Nancy is 70 like tRump, and she’s showing signs of dementia. She’s got plenty of coin and needs to retire.

LoneStarMike

Nancy is 70 like tRump

Nancy Pelosi was born March 26, 1940. She’ll be 77 in three weeks.

orlbucfan

Whoops, my bad, LSM. 🙂 Geez, 77 really explains how ragged she looks/sounds now. tRump is in poor mental shape. He’s definitely suffering from Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia/brain cancer.

Benny

JMO, Trump wants to be king or a dictator, and it’s not working out so far. (it’s more like delusions of grandeur, but I am not a trained psychologist!)

Regarding age I know Bernie is 75, and I think he’s pretty sharp. I was sorta annoyed during the primaries last year when especially when TOPpers brought agism up as a reason to vote against him.

I still smile at this video, captured by Ramala Mahmoud….

orlbucfan

Everyone ages differently, but Pelosi really needs to retire next year. She sounds and looks bad and spaced out. She’s a millionaire so what’s the problem? The Bernster is nothing short of incredible, but the fact he’s 75 means the younger generations need to get their leaders in gear.

phatkhat

Some people are “old” at 50 (or younger), and some are still “young” and sharp into their 90s. We’re all individuals, and I don’t think you can categorize simply based on a number.

That said, I do think Pelosi is past her expiry date. Bernie is not. Howard Zinn was brilliant to the end. Numbers are not everything.

jcitybone

Liar-in-Chief

From Bernie:

President Trump cannot continue to lie, lie, lie. It diminishes the office of the president and our standing in the world. Mr. Trump claimed without any evidence that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower last year—a claim which the FBI and intelligence officials have rejected as false. He said that 3 to 5 million people voted illegally. Another lie. He said “it looked like a million and a half people” at his inauguration. Not even close. He said his 2016 victory “was the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan.” Also a lie. And Mr. Trump has been lying long before he was president when he started the “birther” conspiracy against President Obama in an attempt to delegitimize our country’s first black president. The United States will not be respected or taken seriously around the world if Donald Trump continues to shamelessly lie.

jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/03/06/at-the-root-of-trumps-new-fury-total-contempt-for-american-democracy/?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-c%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.ad726bc522c9

President Trump is now wallowing in fury, we are told, because he can’t make the Russia story disappear; he can’t stem the leaks to the media; and he can’t seem to realize his promises. Some reports tell us that unflattering comparisons to Barack Obama’s early accomplishments are “gnawing at Trump,” while others say he went “ballistic” when Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia probe, because it telegraphed capitulation to Trump’s foes.

But all of these things are connected by a common thread: Trump is enraged at being subjected to a system of democratic and institutional constraints, for which he has signaled nothing but absolute, unbridled contempt. The system is pushing back, and he can’t bear it.

On Monday morning, the latest chapter in this tale — Trump’s unsupported accusation that Obama wiretapped his phones — took another turn. Trump’s spokeswoman said on ABC News that Trump does not accept FBI Director James Comey’s claim — which was reported on over the weekend — that no such wiretapping ever happened.

As E.J. Dionne writes, this episode is a “tipping point” in the Trump experiment. Trump leveled the charge based on conservative media. Then, after an internal search for evidence to back it up produced nothing, the White House press secretary called on Congress to investigate it and declared the administration’s work done. While the previous administration did wiretap, the problem is the recklessness and baselessness of Trump’s specific allegations, and the White House’s insistence that the burden of disproving them must fall on others — on Congress and on the FBI. Trump’s allegations must be humored at all costs, simply because he declared them to be true — there can be no admission of error, and worse, the White House has declared itself liberated from the need to even pretend to have evidence to back up even Trump’s most explosive claims.

This is more than disdain for the truth. It represents profound contempt for our democratic and institutional processes. In this sense, it’s only the latest in what has become a broader pattern.

orlbucfan

tRump doesn’t know what planet he’s on. THAT is scary!! This bozo space cadet has the nuclear codes????! Ye gods, man!!

Benny

Greenwald Unpacks the Demonization of Russia by the Dem National Party

The controversy began in July when the Washington Post reported that “the Trump campaign worked behind the scenes last week to make sure the new Republican platform won’t call for giving weapons to Ukraine to fight Russian and rebel forces.”

Ever since then, Democrats have used this language change as evidence that Trump and his key advisers have sinister connections to Russians and corruptly do their bidding at the expense of American interests. Democratic Senator Ben Cardin, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke for many in his party when he lambasted the RNC change in a July letter to the New York Times, castigating it as “dangerous thinking” that shows Trump is controlled, or at least manipulated, by the Kremlin. Democrats resurrected this line of attack this weekend when Trump advisers acknowledged that campaign officials were behind the platform change.

This attempt to equate Trump’s opposition to arming Ukraine with some sort of treasonous allegiance to Putin masks a rather critical fact: namely, that the refusal to arm Ukraine with lethal weapons was one of Barack Obama’s most steadfastly held policies. The original Post article that reported the RNC platform change noted this explicitly:

Of course, Trump is not the only politician to oppose sending lethal weapons to Ukraine. President Obama decided not to authorize it, despite recommendations to do so from his top Europe officials in the State Department and the military.

Early media reports about this controversy from outlets such as NPR also noted the irony at the heart of this debate: namely, that arming Ukraine was the long-time desire of hawks in the GOP such as John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio, but the Obama White House categorically resisted those pressures:

Republicans in Congress have approved providing arms to the Ukrainian government but the White House has resisted, saying that it would only encourage more bloodshed.

It’s a rare Obama administration policy that the Trump campaign seems to agree with.

There is more here: https://theintercept.com/2017/03/06/democrats-now-demonize-the-same-russia-policies-that-obama-long-championed/

jcitybone

KremlinGate Just Put the White House in a Precarious Place

To make matters worse, it turns out that Sessions was but one of seven members of Trump’s inner circle who had hush-hush discussions with Moscow’s emissaries in 2016. Several of those meetings happened at the Republican convention in Cleveland last July, which Ambassador Kislyak attended. It was much noted at the time that the GOP party platform on Ukraine—where Moscow continues its not-quite-frozen conflict, which began in 2014 after Putin’s theft of Crimea—suddenly shifted to a markedly more pro-Russian position. Suspicions of a Kremlin hand influencing Trump emerged at once, but the then-candidate flatly denied anything of that kind had occurred, telling a journalist that he “wasn’t involved” in the Ukraine policy shift.

Now, it turns out that several members of Team Trump met with Russian officials, including Kislyak, in Cleveland last summer, and according to members of his own policy team, Trump himself was involved in changing the party platform on Ukraine to something more pleasing to Moscow.

One of Trump’s people who met with Kislyak in Cleveland was Carter Page, a big-shot investor-manqué whose exact role in the Trump campaign was never precisely clear, but who possesses abundantly clear ties to the Kremlin. Page is so reliably pro-Putin that a speech he gave in Moscow last summer got top billing at a propaganda website run by Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service.

On Friday evening, Page went on CNN to push back the latest allegations regarding the president and his increasingly apparent ties to Moscow, but the interview turned into a debacle. Page was unable to keep his story straight about his meetings with Russian officials, and appeared confused about his own role in the Trump campaign. His incompetent effort to quash this story only made it a bigger and stranger one.

Perhaps in response to this setback, the president was up before dawn on Saturday, having fled Washington on Friday for his Florida hideaway at his Mar-a-Lago resort – and he was tweeting. In a stunning series of four incendiary tweets, President Trump accused his predecessor of high crimes, specifically “wiretapping” him at Trump Tower in Manhattan during the election campaign.

In perhaps the most bizarre public statements from any American president, Trump claimed that Obama had violated the law, “This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!” then added for good measure the accusation of “McCarthyism” perpetrated by his predecessor. The irony of Donald Trump—whose mentor was Roy Cohn, the notorious attorney who served as McCarthyism’s public face in the 1950s—making such a claim was not lost on many observers.

What’s certain is that KremlinGate isn’t going away, and the president’s bizarre efforts to make his links to Moscow a non-story have only made it a bigger one. Now the media is more curious than ever about Trump’s Russian connections, and no amount of chanting “fake news” will alter that. Neither will Team Trump’s obsession with the alleged “deep state” save them from awkward questions. Today the White House will seek to redirect again by talking about immigration and other Trump policy initiatives, hoping the press plays along and forgets about last week. It won’t work.

orlbucfan

What a trainwreck!! It’s beyond pathetic!

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