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Don midwest

MLK Anti War speech 50 years ago

Jeremy Scahill on Tavis Smiley show

Investigative Reporter Jeremy Scahill

Jeremy is extremely articulate.

He says that MLK’s speech & Eisenhower’s MIC speech are the two most important political speeches in the last 50 years

And Obama was not following MLK but neo liberal econ and other stuff

Obama led to Trump according to Jeremy

I checked my local PBS station and it looks like Tavis is on both TV and PBS radio here in Columbus. If so, that is a breath of fresh air to hear this voice.


All this so-called ‘exceptional’ country exports is war, death, destruction, cheap and mostly crappy entertainment, and junk food!! To say I’m beyond sick and disgusted is the understatement of the century!!! My heart goes out to the innocent people killed, maimed, and/or grieving over their dead loved ones. BAH! T and R to the usual suspects!!

Spring Texan


The U.S. hand in negotiations over the fate of Bashar al-Assad is now strengthened. The Trump administration—in an about-face that’s left observers with whiplash—is now talking about the need for Bashar al-Assad to go.
That was the policy of the Obama administration as well, but poor John Kerry was left to bring that about in the last years of the administration with very few carrots and no sticks at his disposal. President Obama did not want to strike the regime, understandably uneasy about where such strikes might lead and not wanting to take everyone’s eye off the ball with respect to the Islamic State.
That did not stop the administration from pursuing quixotic and ultimately humiliating negotiations with the Russians throughout 2016. With the use of force off the table, we were forced to engage with the Russians over the fate of East Aleppo, in particular, as if the Russians were genuine partners for peace and not in fact enabling the very deliberate, brutal regime offensive that brought the last stronghold of the moderate opposition in Syria to its knees. We initially offered up carrots—such as increased military and intelligence cooperation with the Russians against Islamist extremists—if they would help us remove Bashar al-Assad from power, but by the end, we were practically begging the Russians to just let humanitarian aid shipments into East Aleppo. As one of the U.S. negotiators, I found the whole experience degrading.


Democrats, Neoconservatives Unite In Support Of Strikes In Syria As Trump Launches Attack

Gosztola believes there is still a question, as do I. The neolibcons have been itching for this for years and want to stir Russia, it seems. Remember, as always, we used to back Assad. Remember that we often find out, after we’ve started an everlasting war, that the “truth” was not the truth. Remember that Trump is trying to prove that he’s not in some sort of dark league with Russia as our corpse masters are trying so hard to convince us. And very few care that this rash bombing is unconstitutional.

I’m not saying Assad did or didn’t–only that I agree with Gosztola.

“The international community must urge a thorough investigation of these events before rushing either to a forensic judgment about what happened and to a response—particularly a military response—in retaliation,” Prashad urged. “Sober heads need to prevail. War is rarely the answer. Particularly when we don’t as yet know the question.”

However, despite an investigation in its nascent stages, world leaders have determined there is no dispute. Assad did it, even if it makes no sense from a strategic standpoint to gas civilians when winning a war and give the opposition a massive propaganda victory.


But in 2015, journalist Seymour Hersh exposed the flaws in the official narrative around the attack and linked the sarin back to Turkish intelligence, which shipped chemical weapons components to “anti-government rebels.”

Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern wrote:

In Antakya, senior Turkish, Qatari and U.S. intelligence officials were said to be coordinating plans with Western-sponsored rebels who were told to expect an imminent escalation in the fighting due to “a war-changing development.” This, in turn, would lead to a U.S.-led bombing of Syria, and rebel commanders were ordered to prepare their forces quickly to exploit the bombing, march into Damascus, and remove the Assad government.

A year earlier, The New York Times reported that the Antakya area had become a “magnet for foreign jihadis, who are flocking into Turkey to fight holy war in Syria.” The Times quoted a Syrian opposition member based in Antakya, saying the Turkish police were patrolling this border area “with their eyes closed.”

It is perhaps more commonplace than we want to admit for governments to stage their own crisis as an excuse to pour more money into the gaping MIC maw. It’s our economy now, right?

As always, more at the link.


Trump and Clinton, sitting in a tree….

Don midwest

Jeremy Scahill in his interview, ends it by noting that MLK ended his speech with a reference to trees

In your comment, more like Out of Their Tree – like nuts

Please don’t bring worthy trees in the same sentence with these scum bags

An insult to trees

(a dumb joke…)


Mine was a dumb joke, too. I almost took it out. You know, the old, Jack and Jill, sitting in a tree, K I S S I N G (spelled out). Was all the rage when i was a sprout.


remember that one well back in the day 😉


Cannot stand Terry McAuliffe! He is crooked like the Clintons. Hope his candidate looses. Bernie is all over and bringing positive energy where ever he goes.


I met a moderate Republican today who had a “Unseat Rodney Davis November 2018” (he’s an R who refuses to meet with anyone except big donors) magnet-type bumper sticker. She gave me one. She also said she was a “Bernie person” because his values about humans and common sense ideas. I mentioned that Carol Ammons was a Berniecrat and thinking about running against Davis.

She despises Trump.


I posted this tweet last night but it is worth repeating.


Emptywheel weighs in.




Unfortunately, not surprising at all.


Seems to be a bit of conflict as to the effects of the bombing.


WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Russia will maintain a hotline aimed at preventing midair collisions of their warplanes in Syria, senior U.S. military officials said Friday, contradicting Moscow’s claims that it has suspended the “deconfliction” talks in protest of America’s cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base.

The officials also said they’re looking into whether Russia participated in the chemical weapons attack in Syria earlier this week that prompted President Donald Trump’s order for a retaliation. They said Russia has failed to control the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons or to account for chemical agents that were supposed to have been eliminated under a 2013 agreement, and may have been complicit in Tuesday’s horrifying strike that involved the use of a sarin-like nerve gas.

Then there is this.


MOSCOW, April 7. /TASS/. Russian Defense Ministry suspends as of April 8 the operations of a communications hotline with the Pentagon, which the two sides established in line with a memorandum of understanding on prevention of incidents and ensuring of flight safety in Syrian airspace, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, the Defense Ministry’s official spokesman told reporters on Friday.
“About an hour ago, the US military attache in Moscow was summoned to the Defense Ministry to get an official note, which said the Russian side was suspending as of 00:00 hours on April 8 the observance of its obligations under the memorandum of understanding on prevention of incidents and ensuring of flight safety in the course of operation in the Syrian Arab Republic,” he said.
Gen. Konashenkov refuted US media reports claiming Russia had decided to keep the hotline open.


I wonder what the truth really is?


President Donald Trump reorganized his National Security Council on Wednesday, removing chief strategist Stephen Bannon from a key committee and restoring the roles of top intelligence and defense officials, according to a person familiar with the decision and a notice published in the Federal Register.

The realignment increases the influence of National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, whose public stances were sometimes at odds with those of Bannon. In addition to gaining greater control over the NSC, McMaster will have the Homeland Security Council under his authority


I surely looks like Bannon is in this group.



By John Walcott and Steve Holland | WASHINGTON/PALM BEACH
Hours after a poison gas attack in Syria killed dozens of civilians on Tuesday, President Donald Trump’s intelligence advisers provided evidence Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad was behind the atrocity, officials said.

Trump, who had long said the top U.S. priority in Syria should be to fight Islamic State, immediately ordered a list of options to punish Assad, according to senior officials who took part in the flurry of closed-door meetings that played out over two days.

Confronting his first foreign policy crisis, Trump relied on seasoned military experts rather than the political operatives who had dominated policy in the first weeks of his presidency and showed a willingness to move quickly, officials involved in the deliberations said.


Dam wordpress muddled up my comment. ( it couldn’t possibly be me lol)

Anyway here is the above mentioned image.



This is not money well spent!


A lot of school supply’s taken away for this. Pay for your own security for Christ’s sake your a f’n billionaire + your accountant would figure a way to write it off to boot


I wonder who was responsible for this move? Hmmm!


The most senior bank examiner for Wells Fargo & Co (WFC.N) has been removed by a U.S. regulator in the wake of the bank’s unauthorized accounts scandal, people familiar with the matter told Reuters this week.

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the lead regulator for national banks, stripped the examiner, Bradley Linskens, of his supervisory powers within the last two weeks, said three sources, who were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

Linskens did not immediately respond to requests for comment. OCC spokesman Bryan Hubbard declined to comment.

Linskens was responsible for day-to-day supervision of Wells Fargo and managed a staff of more than 60 people, according to past notices from the OCC. He joined the OCC in 1993 and earliest oversight of Wells Fargo began in 2006.

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