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Dianne Feinstein makes transparently phony move to the left

Ah, election season. It's a time when corporate Democrats endorse ideas that they've spent a lifetime fighting against, so that they can get the votes of people they hold in contempt.

Normally Senator Feinstein doesn't even bother to do that because of her massive warchest, consistent endorsements by the party establishment and news media, and support by moderate Republicans makes her immune.

Tulsi Gabbard is still fighting to stop war

Few people are hated more by the Democratic establishment than Tulsi Gabbard.
On TOP there have been diaries with titles like:

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has turned into a stooge for Syria's dictator. Who will primary her?
A Real Dem is Running to Replace DINO Tulsi
Tulsi Gabbard: The Curiously Conservative and Nepotistic Network of a Democratic Candidate
Tulsi Gabbard's popularity drops, but guess who's propping her up? Republicans

The failure of sanctions and the road to war with Iran

The news media has finally caught up with what I've been pointing out for weeks (here and here) - that our economic sanctions aren't working. In fact, the sanctions are completely backfiring.
Headlines from this morning spells this out in no uncertain terms.

Swamp update, part 1: divided loyalties.

Dear communitarians and fellow Swampers, please excuse my absence from our friendly swamp (or wish it had been extended). As I reported last year, my Cousin Adalbert, who is a "fixer" in the D.C. Swamp managed to get me a swamp cleaning job in DC. In fact, I passed the physical, how much carp crap I could ingest while diligently working. Wasn't hard at all.

War and & regime change drums beating for Iran: Part III, the Geopolitics (short, w/ dark blue ink)

Part I is here, Part II Café version;  the caucuc99% version.

First, the Geopolitics of Mackinder’s Heartland Sort, reminding us why Obama initiated his ‘Pivot to Asia’ policy that Beijing knew meant ‘China Containment’ policy, shrewd devils that they are:  ‘Iran’s Role in New Silk Road Emphasized’, May 17, 2017, financialtribune.com

The Democrats Heist Movie

Democrats are greedy bastards.

To be frankly honest, they couldn't give a shit about the poor, minorities, or anything else, it's all about the MONEY that those groups can give. As those groups have gotten poorer and poorer, the amount of money that they can squeeze out of their traditional groups has gotten smaller and smaller.

War & regime change drums beating for Iran: Part II (brief, w/ dark blue ink, smile)

Part I is here, ‘As the drumbeats for war on Iran grow more thunderous, ‘education is key’, some history of Iran by way of a Twitter storify by Nyusha (an orphan of the revolution).  It’s longish, and as I’d resized Tweets for the Café, for c99ers, I’d reckoned you could simply click in to read at your leisure without reading the much larger Tweets there, and having to go scrollingsrollingscrolling down.  She’s dug up fantastic archival photos, artwork, and a lot of history that was quite new to me.

Petition to end the Federal Reserve Edited

Edit: I am not here to argue with anyone about whether or not this petition will do anything or the value of having a petition. I originally posted this as an information item in case anyone wanted to view the petition or sign it.

For those so inclined, I am posting a link to a White House petition to end the Federal Reserve. I have signed it myself, but can understand if people here are leery of doing so.

The Weekly Watch

Is This the Moment to Build a Movement?

I think it is time...past time...to unite the fight to end poverty in the world's wealthiest country, address the systemic racism reflected in our immoral prison system and police shootings, stop environmental degradation, and fund these cultural transitions (and restore a sense of humanity) by ending war. These four issues - poverty, racism, ecological destruction, and endless war – are intrinsically bound together. The Poor People's Campaign began forty days of action last Monday. Each week represents a different theme, and there are concurrent actions in thirty capitols.


Popes Have Long Opposed Human Rights and Supported Tyrants: A (Relatively) Brief History

Most are familiar with the Crusades and Spanish Inquisition. Fewer know about Pius XII's embrace of fascism, his cooperation with the CIA, John Paul II's alliance with Reagan in support of dictators, the political consequences of his appointment of right-wing bishops in the U.S. and Latin America - including Pope Francis - and the current pontiff's unknown history.

Bombshell looming Re: Inspector General's report?

Much of this essay relies upon an article published by Zero Hedge on May 17. The Zero Hedge article is based upon the reporting of Paul Sperry who writes for the Wall Street Journal. I really like Zero Hedge because they seem to be on top of news in real time. However the Zero Hedge site drives me crazy with their pop up ads. So be forewarned about the pop up ads if you go there.