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orlbucfan

Seriously, why isn’t the fact that the PPACA/’Obamacare’ is based on a Repukelican plan designed by the FRightwing Heritage Foundation????? It needs to be yelled and screamed over all white noize generated by the Far Right. “Alt-Right” my arse, they are FAR Right. Call out the truth for a change! 🙁 T and R to the usual suspects!! Good morning LD/JD, you guys staying cool down there?

polarbear4

Trump‘s Red Line
Seymour Hersh

On April 6, United States President Donald Trump authorized an early morning Tomahawk missile strike on Shayrat Air Base in central Syria in retaliation for what he said was a deadly nerve agent attack carried out by the Syrian government two days earlier in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun. Trump issued the order despite having been warned by the U.S. intelligence community that it had found no evidence that the Syrians had used a chemical weapon.

The available intelligence made clear that the Syrians had targeted a jihadist meeting site on April 4 using a Russian-supplied guided bomb equipped with conventional explosives. Details of the attack, including information on its so-called high-value targets, had been provided by the Russians days in advance to American and allied military officials in Doha, whose mission is to coordinate all U.S., allied, Syrian and Russian Air Force operations in the region.

Some American military and intelligence officials were especially distressed by the president’s determination to ignore the evidence. “None of this makes any sense,” one officer told colleagues upon learning of the decision to bomb. “We KNOW that there was no chemical attack … the Russians are furious. Claiming we have the real intel and know the truth … I guess it didn’t matter whether we elected Clinton or Trump.“

from an article by Caitlin

polarbear4

More Reasons Have Emerged To Doubt The Official Narrative About Syria

We can all be forgiven at this point, I think, for indulging in a little feigned astonishment at the fact that a damning report on some deeply reprehensible behavior by Donald Trump has been forced to seek publication in Germany instead of at the Washington Post or the New York Times. The story has everything these outlets have become known for since November: it makes Trump look evil, it hints at the possibility of a hidden conspiracy that the US public is not privy to, its assertions are reportedly based on the testimony of anonymous insiders, and it describes conflict and a lack of cohesion within the administration. Oh, oops, except this one contains highly critical information about a despicable act of war, something these mainstream outlets have consistently stumped for and which they unequivocally applauded on April 6. …

Predictably, there was an instant attack on this article from the intensely shady neocon propaganda outlet Bellingcat. You may remember Bellingcat as the outlet which has defended the known Al Qaeda propaganda network White Helmets and made the absolutely pathetic and indefensible argument that Bana Alabed is a perfectly legitimate Twitter account and not the blatant psy-op that it unquestionably is.

Bellingcat is run by a man named Eliot Higgins, who is thoroughly exposed for the establishment propagandist he is in this excellent piece by Graham Phillips. Higgins is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, an extremely suspicious virulently anti-Kremlin think tank which is funded by both Saudis and a Ukrainian billionaire, which Paul Craig Roberts has labeled “the marketing arm of the military-security complex”. You may also remember the Atlantic Council as the home of the chief technical director of CrowdStrike, the cyber security firm which to this day is the only organization which has ever directly examined the servers alleged to have been hacked by Russia.
So things are already being shaken up a bit. It is absolutely infuriating that a mere 14 years after the US and coalition forces perpetrated the evil and unforgivable invasion of Iraq based on lies there is so little public skepticism of the narratives being promoted about the US war machine’s next target. I’m glad there are still a few real journalists like Seymour Hersh out there trying to get people asking the questions they should be asking.

Here’s a hyperlink to Hersh’s article again, here’s a link to Weld’s article about their involvement in its publication, and here’s a link to a chat protocol Hersh provided of a security advisor and an active American soldier on duty at a key base near the Syria strikes.

magsview

I saw the Atlantic Council do a fishing expedition a year or two ago for young sci-fi writers that they hoped they could work with and who would incorporate military adventurism into their writings. Pure propaganda.

Ben Norton went after Higgins, who then responded with the oft-used McCarthyist smear.

Benny

Greetings Birdies,

I just got back from a conference of folks who care about human rights, health care and other progressive ideas. Yesterday on the bus back to the hotel, I sat next to someone who lives in Wichita and we got on the subject of Clinton speaking at this particular conference tomorrow. Both of us had made plans only to stay until today so we will be missing the secret service security measures fun of (not)seeing Clinton speak in person.

As it turned out, the person from Wichita supported James Thompson in that special election and loves Bernie! And not a Hill fan.

There were some great speakers and some awards given out to folks who defended the First Amendment and also for creative works exploring the challenges of disabilities, immigrants, LGBTQ. I missed the Pride Parade (this conference was also in Chicago), but got to meet Ron Chernow, who wrote Hamilton, which inspired the musical. I also scored a free copy of his forthcoming book, Grant, and personally got his autograph in the book.

Boo to the SCOTUS who partially gave Trump some muscle on his executive orders regarding the Muslim ban! I had to stay in a hotel that had to look at his building everyday. I’ll post a pic in a moment, but it was comical to see gawkers snap selfies with the building in the background and flipping a middle finger while in the photo. Heh heh.

humphrey

I wonder how much Hillary is charging for spewing her greul.

Benny

Here’s that gawd-forsaking building I had to look at every morning.

Clinton’s publisher is paying for her appearance tomorrow. Trust me, I checked on that right away. I didn’t want my conference fees paying for her pity party speech. But maybe she’ll surprise the crowd and be more positive.

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humphrey

Nice to be optimistic but there is not a slim to none chance of that happening.

polarbear4

Thanks, Bernie! Sounds like it was good for the heart and the soul. :O)

jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/imminent-cbo-report-could-prove-pivotal-for-senate-republicans-health-care-bill/2017/06/26/cb8d61e2-59f7-11e7-a9f6-7c3296387341_story.html?pushid=59516d72f07ec1380000001d&tid=notifi_push_breaking-news&utm_term=.fb6a9a61feda

Senate Republicans’ bill to erase major parts of the Affordable Care Act would cause an estimated 22 million more Americans to be uninsured in the coming decade — about 1 million fewer than similar legislation recently passed by the House, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

The forecast issued Monday by Congress’s nonpartisan budget scorekeepers also estimates that the Senate measure, drafted in secret mainly by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and aides, would reduce federal spending by $321 billion by 2026 — compared with $119 billion for the House’s version.

Over the weekend, the senior Democrat on the Senate subcommittee that oversees the CBO said in a tweet that he had asked the budget office to estimate the Senate bill’s effect on insurance coverage over a longer time horizon. “GOP is hiding the worst Medicaid cuts in years 11, 12, 13 and hoping CBO stays quiet,” wrote Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)

jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/democrats-argue-over-how-to-attack-senate-health-care-bill/2017/06/26/08b12b04-5a92-11e7-9b7d-14576dc0f39d_story.html?utm_term=.ac5f5ccae8fb

Sanders, who wants Democrats to delay any vote on the bill past the July 4 recess — allowing more time for voter information, and more protests — is the one member of the Democratic caucus capable of pulling together big crowds in a hurry.

The Sanders tour tested that theory, carried out by a politician who still has high favorability ratings — unlike the leaders of the Democratic Party. His dinner Friday night, in territory that had voted solidly for Trump, was interrupted six times by well-wishers who recognized him and wanted photos. One asked him to reconsider his position on abortion (“think of the babies”) before saying he had impressed her with his bluntness. Others asked him to run for president again.

Sanders was focused on more than the health-care vote and the 2018 election. At each stop, he repeated his call for “Medicare for all” to replace the existing health-care system– and at each stop, he got loud cheers. When the Republicans’ health-care fight ends, with passage or failure, Sanders intends to release a single-payer bill that could take the place of the House legislation as a rallying point for Democrats and activists.

The special elections, he said, had proved the need to go large. “Democrats have to meet people where they are,” he said, pointing to polling that showed support for a “single payer” concept ticking up, even after California — and his own Vermont — bottled single-payer bills over worries about cost. The larger worry, about the Senate health-care bill and about 2018, was that Republicans had enough money to stop a backlash.

“My sense is that the Republicans understand that this bill is a disaster,” Sanders said. “You can’t throw 23 million people off health insurance, give tax breaks to millionaires and not know it’s a disaster. But I think what they believe is that with the Koch brothers, and with unlimited amounts of money, they will be able to survive. What Citizens United has done is change the dynamics of American politics so that anybody who runs against any of these incumbents will see massive amounts of personal attacks from Day One.”

jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/democrats-argue-over-how-to-attack-senate-health-care-bill/2017/06/26/08b12b04-5a92-11e7-9b7d-14576dc0f39d_story.html?utm_term=.b0428cb0c931

Sanders, who wants Democrats to delay any vote on the bill past the July 4 recess — allowing more time for voter information, and more protests — is the one member of the Democratic caucus capable of pulling together big crowds in a hurry.

The Sanders tour tested that theory, carried out by a politician who still has high favorability ratings — unlike the leaders of the Democratic Party. His dinner Friday night, in territory that had voted solidly for Trump, was interrupted six times by well-wishers who recognized him and wanted photos. One asked him to reconsider his position on abortion (“think of the babies”) before saying he had impressed her with his bluntness. Others asked him to run for president again.

Sanders was focused on more than the health-care vote and the 2018 election. At each stop, he repeated his call for “Medicare for all” to replace the existing health-care system– and at each stop, he got loud cheers. When the Republicans’ health-care fight ends, with passage or failure, Sanders intends to release a single-payer bill that could take the place of the House legislation as a rallying point for Democrats and activists.

The special elections, he said, had proved the need to go large. “Democrats have to meet people where they are,” he said, pointing to polling that showed support for a “single payer” concept ticking up, even after California — and his own Vermont — bottled single-payer bills over worries about cost. The larger worry, about the Senate health-care bill and about 2018, was that Republicans had enough money to stop a backlash.

“My sense is that the Republicans understand that this bill is a disaster,” Sanders said. “You can’t throw 23 million people off health insurance, give tax breaks to millionaires and not know it’s a disaster. But I think what they believe is that with the Koch brothers, and with unlimited amounts of money, they will be able to survive. What Citizens United has done is change the dynamics of American politics so that anybody who runs against any of these incumbents will see massive amounts of personal attacks from Day One.”

jcitybone

From Bernie:

This is what oligarchy looks like. As the attached article points out Tim Phillips, the president of the Koch-affiliated political advocacy group, Americans for Prosperity, reiterated a previously stated Koch network goal of spending between $300 million and $400 million on policy and political campaigns in 2017 and 2018, up from the roughly $250 million invested in the 2016 campaign season.

The Koch brothers, the second wealthiest family in the country, probably have more political power today than the entire Republican Party. Their goal is to move the country toward their extreme right-wing billionaire ideology. It’s not just that they think the disastrous and immoral Republican health care plan does not go far enough. They want to repeal virtually every major piece of legislation passed in the last 80 years which helps working people, the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor. They want to take us back to the time when working people had no rights at all.

Our job. Fight for democracy, not oligarchy. Fight for a government which represents all of us, not just the one percent.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-24/pence-meets-with-charles-koch-as-big-donors-convene-in-colorado?cmpid=socialflow-twitter-business&utm_content=business&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

humphrey

LOL! Just imagine that holding an all night protest when no one is watching is the proper tactic.

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/338355-senate-dems-to-hold-late-night-protest-monday-over-obamacare-repeal

I’ll bet that the Republicans were shaking in their boots.

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