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Liar War Criminal Trump continues Illegal Syria War, Syria says GTF Out

Between the Obama and Trump administrations, they've gone back and forth and back again on why they're in Syria. Remember when Obama, Kerry et all basically admitted the reason the U.S. was in Syria was because "Assad has got to go". Then they say he doesn't, then he does, then ISIS number two is shot, then ISIS number two is killed, then the beat goes on doncha miss Sonny and Cher. Or maybe not.

I wondered when someone would get around to Slick

Slick can blame this on his ‘bitter’ half in a way. She’s the one who kicked this ‘sexist’ thing (I don’t know what else to call it) into gear when she used it against Sanders and his male supporters. And it just grew from there to what we are seeing today. Which is BOTH good and bad.

Bill Clinton should have resigned
What he did to Monica Lewinsky was wrong, and he should have paid the price.
Updated by Matthew Yglesias on November 15, 2017 9:15 am

Mother Do You Think Trump Will Drop the Bomb?


North Korea has sent three emergency letters to the United Nations Secretary-General Guterres in the last 23 days regarding the war threats and preparations made by Madman Trump and the United States of America that elected him to represent this country.

(Trump represents this country. Heh. Get it?)

Here's the latest one:

Russia Caught Red-Handed Election Funding

Yesterday's BuzzFeed article titled "Secret Finding: 60 Russian Payments To Finance Election Campaign Of 2016" alerted us to the latest Russian election shenanigans uncovered by the FBI. It seems that Russia was caught red-handed channeling funds to its embassies around the world last year.

Almost no one believes the neoliberal lies anymore

As Congressional Republicans work hard to cut corporate taxes in order to boost economic growth (which is "totally not a huge giveaway to the wealthy elite and ownership class at the expense of the working class" wink, wink), a new poll came out concerning who still believes in trickle-down economics.

Things I learned on Twitter this Past Week From Dem Centrists

Bernie Sanders' campaign was orchestrated by Putin to sabotage Hillary and elect Trump.

Glenn Greenwald of the Intercept has deep ties to Putin.

So does Donna Brazile, who is a Putin stooge.

Mark Zuckerberg is a Putin propagandist. So are the folks that own Twitter.

Julian Assange should be executed for treason even though he's not an American. Also he is Putin's biggest propagandist and co-conspirator with Trump.

OK, Rant

You look for patterns. You find them in behavior. Like Jeff Sessions "I can't recall." Like Donald Trump's "Believe me."

There are three patterns at work tonight. I call them patterns solely because they repeat themselves in the behavior of the subject.

The House Serfdom Caucus

The House SERFdom Caucus logo (The Paragraph (CC BY-SA 3.0))

The House Freedom Caucus of the U.S. Congress has built a reputation for bullheaded pursuit of far-right policy, but not for pursuit of freedom, as its name would indicate. It has pushed federal government shutdown, caused the speaker of the House to quit, and scuttled the Republican bill to cut health care for not cutting enough. But, measured against the four freedoms once set down by President Franklin Roosevelt, the caucus seems more in pursuit of serfdom than freedom.

In his "Four Freedoms" speech, given eleven months before the nation's entry into World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt set down a standard of freedom:

In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.

The first is freedom of speech and expression – everywhere in the world.

The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way – everywhere in the world.

The third is freedom from want – which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants-everywhere in the world.

The fourth is freedom from fear – which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor–anywhere in the world.

Let's see how the caucus measures up to those four essential human freedoms.

Counterpunch bashes us again. Bernie=white supremacist.

The editorial choices of Counterpunch have made me very skeptical that it is a useful leftwing site anymore, as opposed to an ideologically pure, identity politics driven disinformation site in the business of discrediting the left.

Today, someone I never heard of, Rob Seimetz (who apparently has a radio podcast), offers this outright denunciation of Bernie as a racist:

Deep State and New Developments

Since October 30, followers of 4chan political boards have been abuzz over the posts of a user who has come to be known as "Q." I do not frequent 4chan myself, but have learned about these posts from a YouTuber that I follow and went to several related YouTube sites to learn more as a result. And now I have fallen down into the rabbit hole.