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U.S. Provokes Russia, Acts Surprised to Get Nasty Reaction
Urkraine is NOT a real place. Ukraine has never been a real place, not in the sense that Madascar or Cuba are both undeniably real places with real edges.  Ukraine has no real edges, just lines on a map imposed by some treaty or army over the past several thousand years. To speak, as the more pompous do, of Ukraine’s “territorial integrity” is to speak of an imaginary construct, useful for blurring people’s minds for political purposes. 
Ukraine in recent years has been what the power brokers of the disintegrating Soviet Union decided to let it be in 1991. Ukraine has no coherent history as a nation. First inhabited some 44,000 years ago, most of the region’s history is as occupied territory. 
Russia’s history of maintaining a military presence in Crimea is older than United States history. The Russian Black Sea Fleet has been based in Sevastopol in Crimea continuously since 1783. For the Russians, this is a crucial warm water port, currently leased from Ukraine till 2042. 
Ukraine’s unfortunate but inescapable geographic location is bordering both Russia and NATO members Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland. As far as the NATO allies were concerned, Ukraine’s effort to be a buffer state with good relations with all its hostile neighbors was not enough. Both NATO and the European Union were pressuring Ukraine to choose sides, NATO’s side. How did they honestly expect Russia to react, sooner or later? 
These provocations have gone on for years in different forms, apparently with President Obama’s blessing, since he apparently did nothing, or nothing effective, to mitigate or even cease the relentless instigation of Ukrainians toward violence. In mid-December 2013, former Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich warned of the trap Ukrainian demonstrators in Independence Square were headed toward. 
The United States does not bear the sole responsibility for de-stabilizing Ukraine and risking a nuclear power confrontation, but there is little doubt that if the United States had not been an eager co-conspirator in twenty years of increasingly reckless global expansionism we wouldn’t be in this current quandary.

U.S. Provokes Russia, Acts Surprised to Get Nasty Reaction

Urkraine is NOT a real place. Ukraine has never been a real place, not in the sense that Madascar or Cuba are both undeniably real places with real edges.  Ukraine has no real edges, just lines on a map imposed by some treaty or army over the past several thousand years. To speak, as the more pompous do, of Ukraine’s “territorial integrity” is to speak of an imaginary construct, useful for blurring people’s minds for political purposes. 

Ukraine in recent years has been what the power brokers of the disintegrating Soviet Union decided to let it be in 1991. Ukraine has no coherent history as a nation. First inhabited some 44,000 years ago, most of the region’s history is as occupied territory. 

Russia’s history of maintaining a military presence in Crimea is older than United States history. The Russian Black Sea Fleet has been based in Sevastopol in Crimea continuously since 1783. For the Russians, this is a crucial warm water port, currently leased from Ukraine till 2042.

Ukraine’s unfortunate but inescapable geographic location is bordering both Russia and NATO members Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland. As far as the NATO allies were concerned, Ukraine’s effort to be a buffer state with good relations with all its hostile neighbors was not enough. Both NATO and the European Union were pressuring Ukraine to choose sides, NATO’s side. How did they honestly expect Russia to react, sooner or later? 

These provocations have gone on for years in different forms, apparently with President Obama’s blessing, since he apparently did nothing, or nothing effective, to mitigate or even cease the relentless instigation of Ukrainians toward violence. In mid-December 2013, former Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich warned of the trap Ukrainian demonstrators in Independence Square were headed toward.

The United States does not bear the sole responsibility for de-stabilizing Ukraine and risking a nuclear power confrontation, but there is little doubt that if the United States had not been an eager co-conspirator in twenty years of increasingly reckless global expansionism we wouldn’t be in this current quandary.

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Obama has achieved the once thought impossible! 

Obama has set the bar for incompetence at a lower mark than the drunken puppet before him. Maybe…maybe, it is better that American Presidents are drunken morons, if what little intelligence they do have is to be harvested for ill gains benefiting the corporate carpet baggers and their status quo.

Ukraine’s fake revolution is over. The Washington-backed coup in the Crimea was foiled and order was maintained
It ended when Russian Intelligence agents uncovered a plan by coup plotters to destabilize the Crimea using the same strategy they’d used in Kiev, that is, seizing government buildings,  inciting violence, and spreading terror. The discovery, which included “hacked” e mails,  shaped events on the ground. Russian troops were deployed to beef up security at the airports and government buildings making it impossible for the putsch to succeed.  In other words, the Kremlin implemented its own ”preemption” scheme and it worked like a charm.

The U.S. has Installed a Neo-Nazi Government in Ukraine
According to the New York Times, “The United States and the European Union have embraced the revolution here as another flowering of democracy, a blow to authoritarianism and kleptocracy in the former Soviet space.” ( After Initial Triumph, Ukraine’s Leaders Face Battle for Credibility,  NYTimes.com, March 1, 2014, emphasis added)
“Flowering Democracy, Revolution”?  The grim realities are otherwise. What is a stake is a US-EU-NATO sponsored coup d’Etat in blatant violation of international law.
The forbidden truth is that the West has engineered –through a carefully staged covert operation– the formation of a proxy regime integrated by Neo-Nazis.
Confirmed by Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, key organizations in the Ukraine including the Neo-Nazi party Svoboda were generously supported by Washington: “We have invested more than 5 billion dollars to help Ukraine to achieve these and other goals. … We will continue to promote Ukraine to the future it deserves.”

Meet Abdulelah Haider Shaye, The Other Journalist The Obama Administration Has Targeted
James Rosen got off easy. After searching his email and tracking his whereabouts, the Department of Justice has not jailed or prosecuted the Fox News journalist, which the Obama administration says reflects its deep respect for the role of a free press. On Thursday, a DOJ spokesperson said in a statement that “the Department does not anticipate bringing any additional charges. During the Attorney General’s tenure, no reporter has ever been prosecuted.”
The Obama administration gave no such leniency to Abdulelah Haider Shaye, a Yemeni journalist who had access to top officials in the militant Islamist group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and reported on evidence that the United States had conducted a missile strike in al Majala for which the Yemeni government had claimed credit.

After Shaye was initially imprisoned for alleged involvement with AQAP in 2010, supporters pressed for his release, and word leaked that the Yemeni president was going to issue a pardon. In early 2011, Obama personally intervened. “President Obama expressed concern over the release of Abd-Ilah al-Shai, who had been sentenced to five years in prison for his association with AQAP,” reads a summary of the call posted on the White House website.

Obama Drones Children to death and Lies to Americans
For years, senior Obama officials, including the president himself, have been making public claims about their drone program that have just been proven to be categorically false. The evidence of this falsity is so conclusive that even establishment sources are using unusually harsh language - including “lies” - to describe Obama’s statements. McClatchy’s national security reporter, Jonathan Landay, obtained top-secret intelligence documents showing that “contrary to assurances it has deployed US drones only against known senior leaders of al-Qaida and allied groups, the Obama administration has targeted and killed hundreds of suspected lower-level Afghan, Pakistani and unidentified ‘other’ militants in scores of strikes in Pakistan’s rugged tribal area.” That article quotes drone expert Micah Zenko of the Council on Foreign Relations as saying that “McClatchy’s findings indicate that the administration is ‘misleading the public about the scope of who can legitimately be targeted.’”

James Clapper is in your crapper, looking up your yapper and why? ‘Cause he loves you…No Lie!
“James Clapper Is Still Lying”: That would be a more honest headline for yesterday’s big Washington Post article about the director of national intelligence’s letter to the U.S. Senate.
Clapper, you may recall, unequivocally said “no, sir” in response to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., asking him: “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” Clapper’s response was shown to be a lie by Snowden’s disclosures, as well as by reports from the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Associated Press and Bloomberg News (among others). This is particularly significant, considering lying before Congress prevents the legislative branch from performing oversight and is therefore a felony.
Upon Snowden’s disclosures, Clapper initially explained his lie by insisting that his answer was carefully and deliberately calculated to be the “least untruthful” response to a question about classified information. Left unmentioned was the fact that he could have simply given the same truthful answer that Alberto Gonzales gave the committee in 2006.

Barrack Obama, Corporate Whore of the Mellinium…Fuck that Nobel Fecal Funtz prize!
Obama Nominates Former SOPA Lobbyist to Help Lead TPP Negotiations. 
President Obama has nominated former SOPA lobbyist Robert Holleyman to join the team of U.S. negotiators leading the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks. If confirmed by the Senate, the former chief executive officer of the Business Software Alliance (BSA) would serve as a Deputy to the U.S. Trade Representative. Coincidentally, the current head of the BSA is former White House IP Czar Victoria Espinel.
Obama’s choice to appoint a prominent supporter of the spectacularly failed SOPA bill indicates the White House’s unwillingness to let up on its extreme stance on copyright enforcement.
The evidence of corporate influence on trade talks doesn’t stop there. Recent reports revealed that prominent U.S. trade officials had received millions of dollars in bonuses before they left their corporate jobs to take up their position at the Obama administration. Soon after these revelations, the U.S. Trade Rep Michael Froman—who received $4 million in bonuses from banking giant CitiGroup—introduced plans to create a new Public Interest Trade Advisory Committee. If this was an attempt to address our criticism of the overwhelming influence of private interests in setting the U.S. trade agenda, it was—at best—a half-hearted one. As we’ve pointed out, fundamental issues underlie this trade advisory system, primarily that members would be gagged from discussing or publicly advocating on the provisions they have seen as a result of serving on this committee. This Washington Post graphic clearly illustrates the current dominating influence of corporate industries in these trade advisory committees.
Obama deserves ridicule as does most of the last 10 presidents and most of the whores in our legislatures.

Obama has achieved the once thought impossible!

Obama has set the bar for incompetence at a lower mark than the drunken puppet before him. Maybe…maybe, it is better that American Presidents are drunken morons, if what little intelligence they do have is to be harvested for ill gains benefiting the corporate carpet baggers and their status quo.

Ukraine’s fake revolution is over. The Washington-backed coup in the Crimea was foiled and order was maintained

It ended when Russian Intelligence agents uncovered a plan by coup plotters to destabilize the Crimea using the same strategy they’d used in Kiev, that is, seizing government buildings,  inciting violence, and spreading terror. The discovery, which included “hacked” e mails,  shaped events on the ground. Russian troops were deployed to beef up security at the airports and government buildings making it impossible for the putsch to succeed.  In other words, the Kremlin implemented its own ”preemption” scheme and it worked like a charm.

The U.S. has Installed a Neo-Nazi Government in Ukraine

According to the New York Times, “The United States and the European Union have embraced the revolution here as another flowering of democracy, a blow to authoritarianism and kleptocracy in the former Soviet space.” ( After Initial Triumph, Ukraine’s Leaders Face Battle for Credibility,  NYTimes.com, March 1, 2014, emphasis added)

“Flowering Democracy, Revolution”?  The grim realities are otherwise. What is a stake is a US-EU-NATO sponsored coup d’Etat in blatant violation of international law.

The forbidden truth is that the West has engineered –through a carefully staged covert operation– the formation of a proxy regime integrated by Neo-Nazis.

Confirmed by Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, key organizations in the Ukraine including the Neo-Nazi party Svoboda were generously supported by Washington: “We have invested more than 5 billion dollars to help Ukraine to achieve these and other goals. … We will continue to promote Ukraine to the future it deserves.”

Meet Abdulelah Haider Shaye, The Other Journalist The Obama Administration Has Targeted

James Rosen got off easy. After searching his email and tracking his whereabouts, the Department of Justice has not jailed or prosecuted the Fox News journalist, which the Obama administration says reflects its deep respect for the role of a free press. On Thursday, a DOJ spokesperson said in a statement that “the Department does not anticipate bringing any additional charges. During the Attorney General’s tenure, no reporter has ever been prosecuted.”

The Obama administration gave no such leniency to Abdulelah Haider Shaye, a Yemeni journalist who had access to top officials in the militant Islamist group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and reported on evidence that the United States had conducted a missile strike in al Majala for which the Yemeni government had claimed credit.

After Shaye was initially imprisoned for alleged involvement with AQAP in 2010, supporters pressed for his release, and word leaked that the Yemeni president was going to issue a pardon. In early 2011, Obama personally intervened. “President Obama expressed concern over the release of Abd-Ilah al-Shai, who had been sentenced to five years in prison for his association with AQAP,” reads a summary of the call posted on the White House website.

Obama Drones Children to death and Lies to Americans

For years, senior Obama officials, including the president himself, have been making public claims about their drone program that have just been proven to be categorically false. The evidence of this falsity is so conclusive that even establishment sources are using unusually harsh language - including “lies” - to describe Obama’s statements. McClatchy’s national security reporter, Jonathan Landay, obtained top-secret intelligence documents showing that “contrary to assurances it has deployed US drones only against known senior leaders of al-Qaida and allied groups, the Obama administration has targeted and killed hundreds of suspected lower-level Afghan, Pakistani and unidentified ‘other’ militants in scores of strikes in Pakistan’s rugged tribal area.” That article quotes drone expert Micah Zenko of the Council on Foreign Relations as saying that “McClatchy’s findings indicate that the administration is ‘misleading the public about the scope of who can legitimately be targeted.’”

James Clapper is in your crapper, looking up your yapper and why? ‘Cause he loves you…No Lie!

“James Clapper Is Still Lying”: That would be a more honest headline for yesterday’s big Washington Post article about the director of national intelligence’s letter to the U.S. Senate.

Clapper, you may recall, unequivocally said “no, sir” in response to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., asking him: “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” Clapper’s response was shown to be a lie by Snowden’s disclosures, as well as by reports from the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Associated Press and Bloomberg News (among others). This is particularly significant, considering lying before Congress prevents the legislative branch from performing oversight and is therefore a felony.

Upon Snowden’s disclosures, Clapper initially explained his lie by insisting that his answer was carefully and deliberately calculated to be the “least untruthful” response to a question about classified information. Left unmentioned was the fact that he could have simply given the same truthful answer that Alberto Gonzales gave the committee in 2006.

Barrack Obama, Corporate Whore of the Mellinium…Fuck that Nobel Fecal Funtz prize!

Obama Nominates Former SOPA Lobbyist to Help Lead TPP Negotiations.

President Obama has nominated former SOPA lobbyist Robert Holleyman to join the team of U.S. negotiators leading the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks. If confirmed by the Senate, the former chief executive officer of the Business Software Alliance (BSA) would serve as a Deputy to the U.S. Trade Representative. Coincidentally, the current head of the BSA is former White House IP Czar Victoria Espinel.

Obama’s choice to appoint a prominent supporter of the spectacularly failed SOPA bill indicates the White House’s unwillingness to let up on its extreme stance on copyright enforcement.

The evidence of corporate influence on trade talks doesn’t stop there. Recent reports revealed that prominent U.S. trade officials had received millions of dollars in bonuses before they left their corporate jobs to take up their position at the Obama administration. Soon after these revelations, the U.S. Trade Rep Michael Froman—who received $4 million in bonuses from banking giant CitiGroup—introduced plans to create a new Public Interest Trade Advisory Committee. If this was an attempt to address our criticism of the overwhelming influence of private interests in setting the U.S. trade agenda, it was—at best—a half-hearted one. As we’ve pointed out, fundamental issues underlie this trade advisory system, primarily that members would be gagged from discussing or publicly advocating on the provisions they have seen as a result of serving on this committee. This Washington Post graphic clearly illustrates the current dominating influence of corporate industries in these trade advisory committees.

Obama deserves ridicule as does most of the last 10 presidents and most of the whores in our legislatures.

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According to state law: NCDENR's lack of action is unconstitutional

The Constitution of the State of North Carolina Article XIV, Section 5 

“It shall be the policy of this State to conserve and protect its lands and waters for the benefit of all its citizenry, and to this end it shall be a proper function of the State of North Carolina and its political…

Lots of executives are Constitutional rapists…

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How a Yemeni Wedding Became a Funeral: The Harrowing Details of a U.S. Drone Attack




Investigation reveals that 12 civilians were killed when a U.S. drone targeted a wedding procession in Yemen.

A new  report has revealed that a U.S. drone strike that killed at least a dozen people in Yemen in December failed to comply with rules imposed by President Obama last year to protect civilians. The strike was carried out by the U.S. military’s Joint Special Operations Command and targeted vehicles that were part of a wedding procession going towards the groom’s village outside the central Yemeni city of Rad’a. According to the Human Rights Watch investigation, quote, “some, if not all those killed and wounded were civilians” and not members of the armed group al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula as U.S. and Yemeni government officials initially claimed. The report concluded that the attack killed 12 men between the ages of 20 and 65 and wounded 15 others. It cites accounts from survivors, relatives of the dead, local officials and news media reports.
Investigation reveals that 12 civilians were killed when a U.S. drone targeted a wedding procession in Yemen.
A new  report has revealed that a U.S. drone strike that killed at least a dozen people in Yemen in December failed to comply with rules imposed by President Obama last year to protect civilians. The strike was carried out by the U.S. military’s Joint Special Operations Command and targeted vehicles that were part of a wedding procession going towards the groom’s village outside the central Yemeni city of Rad’a. According to the Human Rights Watch investigation, quote, “some, if not all those killed and wounded were civilians” and not members of the armed group al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula as U.S. and Yemeni government officials initially claimed. The report concluded that the attack killed 12 men between the ages of 20 and 65 and wounded 15 others. It cites accounts from survivors, relatives of the dead, local officials and news media reports.

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"Stop the "Filthy Chicken Rule."

While some people might think chicken is a “healthier” meat, the truth about how most chicken is raised and processed by the huge corporations might surprise even the most ardent meat-eater. And right now, President Obama and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack are considering a proposal that could make chicken even less safe!

NSA, TPA, JSOC, GMO’s, Fascism….What else is Obama going to give us?

Filthy Chicken

Message

Stop Pushing the Filthy Chicken Rule

Dear [Decision Maker],

I urge you to withdraw the so-called “Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection” regulation, or the “Filthy Chicken Rule,” that would turn most poultry inspection over to poultry companies so that they can police themselves.

The proposed rule would decrease the number of USDA inspectors in poultry plants while increasing line speeds up to 175 birds per minute or three birds per second. In order to compensate for missed fecal contamination, the proposed rule would permit companies to use more anti-microbial chemicals to clean the poultry carcasses.

This rule will lead to unsafe food and unsafe working conditions, and will put consumer health at risk by allowing inadequate inspection of poultry. I urge you to withdraw this rule for privatizing poultry inspection.

Sincerely, Link

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Obama: The First Person in the Executive Office to Assassinate an American Citizen, the First President to Blatantly Wipe His Ass on the US Constitution

How Did This Come About?

The president can do little once in office. Corporations rule; the “Pres” can’t appoint judges, the financial industry owns the day and the opposing political party obstructs horrifically damn near anything the “Pres” tries to push, merely because he’s the one pushing.

The newly elected “Pres” is usually a former politician and knows next to nothing about the secret operations conducted by the White House: that information comes after one is elected. The new “Pres” is sat down by corporations and the military industrial complex, told the rules and of a world he is unaware of and handed a cowboy hat and told to go kill someone, the US is at war with the world. Little men, tiny corporate men that Obama and Bush are they use the JSOC to murder and kill without oversight like the NSA spies and like the Trans Pacific Partnership is devised - in secrecy that not even our legislators are allowed to participate in, much less the American people.

There is so much money in the election of an American President that he must pass through a corporate/military filter or simply he has no chance to be elected. Look at he last two presidential elections and the candidates. A field of silly saps, saps who will do what they are told like dogs.

Obama and Bush are so small they are microscopic and instead of doing nothing just like another tiny creature these exceedingly small men spread a cancer like the bubonic plague, destroying the US Constitution and keeping Americans farther and farther from participating in their own country.

Openness in government, a free internet and the reduction of corporations controlling our elections is the new order of the day.

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America: a rancid festering quagmire that hosts corporate cancer without peer

Proof That the United States Intentionally Tanked Climate Change Talks


“For negotiations as complex as these, we need maximum goodwill and trust. It is absolutely critical,” said Martin Khor, an advisor to developing nations during the Copenhagen summit. “If there is anything that prevents a level playing field, that stops negotiations being held on equal grounds. It disrupts the talks.”

Throughout the conference, U.S. delegates received secret intelligence from the NSA about other countries’ private perspectives on the policies being discussed. The document said that this information should be shared with Obama and Hillary Clinton so the United States would have an upper hand during negotiations.
There’s no use in excusing the environmental eavesdropping as an isolated incident, either. A previous, less publicized Snowden leak from last year demonstrated that the United States spied on Indonesia’s 2007 climate change summit, as well.
Instead of setting real environmental standards, Obama ultimately offered up the “Copenhagen Accord” along with other major polluters. The Accord called for each country to take it upon themselves to cut emissions, leaving no concrete regulations to hold countries accountable for making these changes. Though Obama was pleased with the outcome, declaring it “meaningful and unprecedented,” much of the rest of the world was less than impressed with an agreement that was all talk and no required action.
USA = Corporate Shithole


It’s time to call bull on the U.S.’s claim that the NSA is specifically for our safety. Forget the concerns of al Qaeda attacks because climate change threatens the entirety of the planet. Using surveillance techniques in order to more efficiently halt international environmental negotiations makes the United States the terrorists in this scenario.

America: a rancid festering quagmire that hosts corporate cancer without peer

Proof That the United States Intentionally Tanked Climate Change Talks

“For negotiations as complex as these, we need maximum goodwill and trust. It is absolutely critical,” said Martin Khor, an advisor to developing nations during the Copenhagen summit. “If there is anything that prevents a level playing field, that stops negotiations being held on equal grounds. It disrupts the talks.”

Throughout the conference, U.S. delegates received secret intelligence from the NSA about other countries’ private perspectives on the policies being discussed. The document said that this information should be shared with Obama and Hillary Clinton so the United States would have an upper hand during negotiations.

There’s no use in excusing the environmental eavesdropping as an isolated incident, either. A previous, less publicized Snowden leak from last year demonstrated that the United States spied on Indonesia’s 2007 climate change summit, as well.

Instead of setting real environmental standards, Obama ultimately offered up the “Copenhagen Accord” along with other major polluters. The Accord called for each country to take it upon themselves to cut emissions, leaving no concrete regulations to hold countries accountable for making these changes. Though Obama was pleased with the outcome, declaring it “meaningful and unprecedented,” much of the rest of the world was less than impressed with an agreement that was all talk and no required action.

USA = Corporate Shithole

It’s time to call bull on the U.S.’s claim that the NSA is specifically for our safety. Forget the concerns of al Qaeda attacks because climate change threatens the entirety of the planet. Using surveillance techniques in order to more efficiently halt international environmental negotiations makes the United States the terrorists in this scenario.

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Obama: Clapper Excused Because ‘Between Rock & A Hard Place’ and Edward Snowden a Piece of Shit
So Clapper’s crime is excused away as ‘being between a rock and a hard place’, but Snowden who was not subject to whistleblower protection, and the only outlets he could ‘legally’ take the information to were deeply involved in allowing the now known criminality to continue…. must be tried because ‘he broke the law’.


Dear Mr. Attorney General Holder, Congressional oversight depends on truthful testimony - witnesses cannot be allowed to lie to Congress. Accordingly, we request you investigate Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s “erroneous’ statements to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence earlier this year. 
At a March 12, 2013 Committee hearing, Senator Ron Wyden asked, “Does the N.S.A. collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” Director Clapper answered, “No, Sir.” Wyden Pressed, “It does not?” Clapper replied, “There are cases where they could inadvertently perhaps collect, but not wittingly.”
Senator Wyden had warned Director Clapper prior to the hearing that he would ask the question. Following the hearing, Wyden privately offered Clapper an opportunity to correct the record. Clapper declined. Four months later, in June 2013 after the Snowden leaks publicly exposed Clappers testimony as false, Clapper finally retracted his remarks. Clapper wrote, “My response was clearly erroneous - for which I apologize.”
Senator Dianne Feinstein, who as chair of the Intelligence Committee knew Clapper’s testimony was false, told the New Yorker she “was startled by the answer.” Senator Wyden said, “the answer was obviously misleading, false.”
18 U.S.C 1001 makes it a crime to “knowingly and willfully” make any “materially false” statement in the course of any “investigation or review, conducted pursuant to the authority of any committee.” One of the hallmarks of American democracy is that no one is above the law. In 1990, National Security Advisor John Poindexter was charged and convicted under 18 U.S.C 1001 for lying to Congress about the Iran Contra affair. In 2011, the D.C. Circuit upheld the conviction of David Safavian for false statements to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee while he was Chief of Staff of the General Services Administration administrator. Vice President Cheney’s Chief of Staff Scooter Libby was convicted under 18 U.S.C. 1001. Martha Stewart was jailed under the same statute.
Director Clapper has served his country with distinction, and we have no doubt he believed he was acting in its best interest. Nevertheless, the law is clear. He was asked a question and he was obligated to answer truthfully. He could have declined to answer. He could have offered to answer in a classified setting. He could have corrected himself immediately following the hearing. He did non of these things despite advance warning that the question was coming.
The country’s interests are best served when its leaders deal truthfully with its citizens. The mutual sense of good faith it foster permits compromise and concessions in those cases that warrant it. Director Clapper’s willful lie under oath fuels the unhealthy cynicism and distrust that citizens feel towards their government and undermines Congress’s ability to perform its Constitutional function. There are differences of opinion about the propriety of the NSA’s data collection programs. There can be no disagreement, however, on the basic premise that congressional witnesses must answer truthfully.
This is a matter of the highest priority and therefore, we respectfully request a response by January 10, 2014.
Sincerely
Rep F. James Sensenbrenner Jr  Rep Darrell Issa  Rep Trent Franks  Rep Ted Poe  Rep Trey Gowdy  Rep Raul Labrador  Rep Blake Farenthold

Clapper and Obama are two whores working on behalf of and covering each others asses for the elite of corporate America. Snowden is the only one of the three that has served the American people.

Obama: Clapper Excused Because ‘Between Rock & A Hard Place’ and Edward Snowden a Piece of Shit

So Clapper’s crime is excused away as ‘being between a rock and a hard place’, but Snowden who was not subject to whistleblower protection, and the only outlets he could ‘legally’ take the information to were deeply involved in allowing the now known criminality to continue…. must be tried because ‘he broke the law’.

Dear Mr. Attorney General Holder,
Congressional oversight depends on truthful testimony - witnesses cannot be allowed to lie to Congress. Accordingly, we request you investigate Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s “erroneous’ statements to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence earlier this year.

At a March 12, 2013 Committee hearing, Senator Ron Wyden asked, “Does the N.S.A. collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” Director Clapper answered, “No, Sir.” Wyden Pressed, “It does not?” Clapper replied, “There are cases where they could inadvertently perhaps collect, but not wittingly.”

Senator Wyden had warned Director Clapper prior to the hearing that he would ask the question. Following the hearing, Wyden privately offered Clapper an opportunity to correct the record. Clapper declined. Four months later, in June 2013 after the Snowden leaks publicly exposed Clappers testimony as false, Clapper finally retracted his remarks. Clapper wrote, “My response was clearly erroneous - for which I apologize.”

Senator Dianne Feinstein, who as chair of the Intelligence Committee knew Clapper’s testimony was false, told the New Yorker she “was startled by the answer.” Senator Wyden said, “the answer was obviously misleading, false.”

18 U.S.C 1001 makes it a crime to “knowingly and willfully” make any “materially false” statement in the course of any “investigation or review, conducted pursuant to the authority of any committee.” One of the hallmarks of American democracy is that no one is above the law. In 1990, National Security Advisor John Poindexter was charged and convicted under 18 U.S.C 1001 for lying to Congress about the Iran Contra affair. In 2011, the D.C. Circuit upheld the conviction of David Safavian for false statements to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee while he was Chief of Staff of the General Services Administration administrator. Vice President Cheney’s Chief of Staff Scooter Libby was convicted under 18 U.S.C. 1001. Martha Stewart was jailed under the same statute.

Director Clapper has served his country with distinction, and we have no doubt he believed he was acting in its best interest. Nevertheless, the law is clear. He was asked a question and he was obligated to answer truthfully. He could have declined to answer. He could have offered to answer in a classified setting. He could have corrected himself immediately following the hearing. He did non of these things despite advance warning that the question was coming.

The country’s interests are best served when its leaders deal truthfully with its citizens. The mutual sense of good faith it foster permits compromise and concessions in those cases that warrant it. Director Clapper’s willful lie under oath fuels the unhealthy cynicism and distrust that citizens feel towards their government and undermines Congress’s ability to perform its Constitutional function.

There are differences of opinion about the propriety of the NSA’s data collection programs. There can be no disagreement, however, on the basic premise that congressional witnesses must answer truthfully.

This is a matter of the highest priority and therefore, we respectfully request a response by January 10, 2014.

Sincerely

Rep F. James Sensenbrenner Jr
 Rep Darrell Issa
 Rep Trent Franks
 Rep Ted Poe
 Rep Trey Gowdy
 Rep Raul Labrador
 Rep Blake Farenthold

Clapper and Obama are two whores working on behalf of and covering each others asses for the elite of corporate America. Snowden is the only one of the three that has served the American people.

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Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) - Environment Chapter


When compared against other TPP chapters, the Environment Chapter is noteworthy for its absence of mandated clauses or meaningful enforcement measures. The dispute settlement mechanisms it creates are cooperative instead of binding; there are no required penalties and no proposed criminal sanctions. With the exception of fisheries, trade in ‘environmental’ goods and the disputed inclusion of other multilateral agreements, the Chapter appears to function as a public relations exercise.
Julian Assange, WikiLeaks’ publisher, stated: “Today’s WikiLeaks release shows that the public sweetner in the TPP is just media sugar water. The fabled TPP environmental chapter turns out to be a toothless public relations exercise with no enforcement mechanism.” Wikileaks


The Obama administration is retreating from previous demands of strong international environmental protections in order to reach agreement on a sweeping Pacific trade deal that is a pillar of President Obama’s strategic shift to Asia, according to documents obtained by WikiLeaks, environmentalists and people close to the contentious trade talks.
Ilana Solomon, the director of the Sierra Club’s Responsible Trade Program, said the draft omits crucial language ensuring that increased trade will not lead to further environmental destruction.
“It rolls back key standards set by Congress to ensure that the environment chapters are legally enforceable, in the same way the commercial parts of free-trade agreements are,” Ms. Solomon said. The Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the World Wildlife Fund have been following the negotiations closely and are expected to release a report on Wednesday criticizing the draft.

Black People Suck at Being President Too.

Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) - Environment Chapter

When compared against other TPP chapters, the Environment Chapter is noteworthy for its absence of mandated clauses or meaningful enforcement measures. The dispute settlement mechanisms it creates are cooperative instead of binding; there are no required penalties and no proposed criminal sanctions. With the exception of fisheries, trade in ‘environmental’ goods and the disputed inclusion of other multilateral agreements, the Chapter appears to function as a public relations exercise.

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks’ publisher, stated: “Today’s WikiLeaks release shows that the public sweetner in the TPP is just media sugar water. The fabled TPP environmental chapter turns out to be a toothless public relations exercise with no enforcement mechanism.” Wikileaks

The Obama administration is retreating from previous demands of strong international environmental protections in order to reach agreement on a sweeping Pacific trade deal that is a pillar of President Obama’s strategic shift to Asia, according to documents obtained by WikiLeaks, environmentalists and people close to the contentious trade talks.

Ilana Solomon, the director of the Sierra Club’s Responsible Trade Program, said the draft omits crucial language ensuring that increased trade will not lead to further environmental destruction.

“It rolls back key standards set by Congress to ensure that the environment chapters are legally enforceable, in the same way the commercial parts of free-trade agreements are,” Ms. Solomon said. The Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the World Wildlife Fund have been following the negotiations closely and are expected to release a report on Wednesday criticizing the draft.

Black People Suck at Being President Too.

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What it Is Like to Be Droned
Extraordinary new film: Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars

The moving stories of the victims, their families and communities are also powerful. The overwhelming trauma experienced by these communities is profound, as the drones fly overhead 24/7.  No one knows when and where they will hit next. Kids are afraid to go to school; people even fear going outdoors. I am not being hyperbolic when I say that watching this film will leave you changed for a long time.


"In Haig’s presence, Kissinger referred pointedly to military men as ‘dumb, stupid animals to be used’ as pawns for foreign policy." 
— Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein, The Final Days, p. 208

What it Is Like to Be Droned

Extraordinary new film: Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars

The moving stories of the victims, their families and communities are also powerful. The overwhelming trauma experienced by these communities is profound, as the drones fly overhead 24/7.  No one knows when and where they will hit next. Kids are afraid to go to school; people even fear going outdoors.

I am not being hyperbolic when I say that watching this film will leave you changed for a long time.

"In Haig’s presence, Kissinger referred pointedly to military men as ‘dumb, stupid animals to be used’ as pawns for foreign policy."

— Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein, The Final Days, p. 208

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Bill Moyers: The Corporate Plot That Obama and Corporate Lobbyists Don’t Want You to Know About

The pact, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is deliberately shrouded in secrecy, a trade deal powerful people, including President Obama, don’t want you to know about. More than 130 members of Congress have asked the White House for greater transparency about the negotiations and were essentially told to go fly a kite. While most of us are in the dark about the contents of the deal, which Obama aims to seal by year end, corporate lobbyists are in the know about what it contains.

Americans are cattle

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Obama is for Corporate America and Boehner is for Corporate America, Neither Work for Americans

A time bomb with a six-week fuse is still a bomb. And as long as the Republicans keep issuing threats and shutting down the government, they’re still playing with dynamite.

It was initially reported that the GOP’s “offer” to extend the debt ceiling for six weeks was rejected by the White House. There’s good reason to reject it. The Republican proposal isn’t a concession. They’re merely rescheduling their threat so that it can hang over the nation until Thanksgiving. They’d still keep the government closed.  And their proposal reportedly included provisions that would prevent the Treasury Department from taking “extraordinary measures” to keep paying the government’s bills – now, and in the future.

The GOP’s stance is: We won’t hurt you with the debt ceiling now, but we’re prepared to do it in a few weeks. We’ll hold off on wreaking widespread economic havoc until then, but in return you must render yourself helpless in the face of our threats – now, and forever – despite the fact that our corporate funders want us to hold off anyway. Oh – and we’ll keep on hurting you with the shutdown in the meantime.

You call that an offer?

Politico does. Itdescribed the proposal as “a relatively clean debt limit hike” that comes “with no ideological strings attached,” and gave the story this headline: “John Boehner’s offer puts President Obama on the spot.”

God help us.

The Fog

Reports that the President had rejected the deal were quickly walked back, or at least shrouded in a fog of uncertainty. That’s a shame. The situation calls for clarity, not obscurity, from the President and his party.

There’s no question that Boehner’s in a tough position. The shutdown, and the debt ceiling threat, is shattering his party’s standing in the polls. His party’s deep-pocket donors are understandably dismayed at the idea of allowing the government to default on its financial obligations, since it would cost them a lot of money. The six-week extension would mollify them, at least temporarily.

Unfortunately for Boehner, the New York Times reported that his party’s Tea Party members don’t want to pass that extension without extracting further concessions from the President and House Democrats. Since Democrats have already agreed to extend sequestration cuts, they’re understandably reluctant to give up anything else – especially for what is only, in practical terms, an extension in the blackmail threat’s duration.

Tea Party – and No Sympathy

But don’t bother feeling sorry for Boehner. And don’t waste any sympathy on his colleagues or their wealthy funders. Together they created and nurtured the Tea Party’s fanaticism for their own ends, showering the public with anti-government, anti-Democratic, and anti-Obama invective that bordered on obscenity and bigotry – and sometimes crossed the line.

As the old proverb says, “He who rides the tiger cannot dismount.” If the Tea Party tiger is biting them now, they’ve earned every toothmark on their posteriors.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had rejected the idea of Democratic concessions in return for a six-week delay on Thursday afternoon, according to Jim Acosta from CNN, which is the right way to go. But these new reports suggest that the White House may (or may not) be overruling him.

Joan Walsh from Salon reported that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi would demand concessions from Republicans in return for an extension, tweeting: “If Boehner needs Dem votes on a short-term debt-ceiling hike, @NancyPelosi says, ‘they don’t come with nothing.’”

Now you’re talking.

Unfortunately that hasn’t been confirmed as of this writing. But if Salon is correct, the Democrats are finally learning how to handle these threats. The GOP’s government shutdown has sent the party into a downward spiral in the polls. If it wants to buy some breathing room to rescue itself, the only question Democrats should be asking is: How much is that worth to you?

Reasons to Resist

Some people will argue that this is an irresponsible position. If a government default would wreak economic havoc – and it would – shouldn’t Democrats forestall it at any cost? The answer is no, for these reasons:

  1. Surrendering to threats will lead to more threats. In the long run, that’s the most harmful course of action imaginable.
  2. The Republicans’ demands will  hurt our already-damaged economy even more. Their  spending cuts will destroy even more jobs, over and above those lost in the last round of cuts, and will shrink the GDP even more.
  3. The government would remained shut down under the GOP’s proposal. Republicans would be allowed to act as if they were being reasonable – a perception that would almost certainly be reinforced by some media outlets – while continuing to damage the government and the public with their shutdown.
  4. Protracted negotiations – especially with a default hanging over both sides’ heads – are likely to lead to a destructive Grand Bargain which cuts Social Security and Medicare. Unfortunately, the President already included Social Security cuts (through the chained CPI) in his proposed budget, so negotiations would almost certainly lead to these harmful cuts.
  5. Democrats have already rewarded Republicans by agreeing to extend sequestration’s cuts. That means Republicans have already been offered 2013 spending levels billions of dollars below those which Congressional Republicans voted for after budget talks.
  6. A deferred threat of default would leave markets confused and uncertain, limiting certain kinds of investment in an already fragile economy.
  7. It would also be likely to continue weakening investors’ confidence in the US Treasury, which in turn will raise the cost of future borrowing – for the government and everybody else.
  8. There’s a good chance that the GOP’s paymasters will force it to end its strong-arm tactics anyway, without Democratic concessions. They’ve already begun pressuring them.
  9. Republicans know they’re being hammered in the polls and need to find a way out. Democrats don’t need to wave any white flags.

A Time to Lead

Negotiations would reward hostage-taking, which the President swore not to do with the debt ceiling, and would inevitably lead to similar showdowns in the future. There’s no way to spin this situation that avoids that simple reality.

Resisting the GOP will take firm leadership, especially when the media starts cranking out headlines like Politico’s, as they almost certainly will keep doing.  That resolve will reap great rewards – for Democrats and, more importantly, for the entire country.

Let’s hope the President and Congressional Democrats have what it takes to resist the distorted worldview of media and political elites. They must reject any deal which worsens this country’s long-term economic and legislative outlook. That’s especially true when the deal rewards Republicans for being destructive and protects them when they’re being self-destructive.

Sometimes the most responsible way to handle a crisis is by making sure it never happens again.

Obama and the GOP are both for corporate America

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"Inside the GOP: Report on focus groups with evangelical, Tea Party and moderate Republicans." 
- Greg Dworkin joins us for an extended segment diving into the Democracy Corps report - pdf document, with James Carville

Again, we underscore the uniqueness of what is happening in the Republican Party. We conduct homogenous groups to replicate real life homogeneity where people can feel free to talk about their feelings and emotions. We think this is what people say around the water cooler ora family dinner. But for the first time for me, it felt like we were creating a safe space where Republican voters could express feelings freely—and they did.We expected that in this comfortable setting or in their private written notes, some would make a racial reference or racist slur when talking about the African American President. None did. They know that is deeply non-PC and are conscious about how they are perceived. But focusing on that misses how central is race to the worldview of Republican voters. They have an acute sense that they are white in a country that is becoming increasingly “minority,” and their party is getting whooped by a Democratic Party that uses big government programs that benefit mostly minorities, create dependency and a new electoral majority. Barack Obama and Obamacare is a racial flashpoint for many Evangelical and Tea Party voters.



Daily Kos radio Link with Greg Dworkin 
- extended segment diving into the Democracy Corps report.

"Inside the GOP: Report on focus groups with evangelical, Tea Party and moderate Republicans."

- Greg Dworkin joins us for an extended segment diving into the Democracy Corps report - pdf document, with James Carville

Again, we underscore the uniqueness of what is happening in the Republican Party. We conduct homogenous groups to replicate real life homogeneity where people can feel free to talk about their feelings and emotions. We think this is what people say around the water cooler or
a family dinner. But for the first time for me, it felt like we were creating a safe space where Republican voters could express feelings freely—and they did.
We expected that in this comfortable setting or in their private written notes, some would make a racial reference or racist slur when talking about the African American President. None did. They know that is deeply non-PC and are conscious about how they are perceived. But focusing on that misses how central is race to the worldview of Republican voters. They have an acute sense that they are white in a country that is becoming increasingly “minority,” and their party is getting whooped by a Democratic Party that uses big government programs that benefit mostly minorities, create dependency and a new electoral majority. Barack Obama and Obamacare is a racial flashpoint for many Evangelical and Tea Party voters.

Daily Kos radio Link with Greg Dworkin

- extended segment diving into the Democracy Corps report.

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The real story of the shutdown: 50 years of GOP race-baiting
A House minority from white districts want to destroy the first black president, and the GOP majority abets the. 

On the day the Affordable Care Act takes effect, the U.S. government is shut down, and it may be permanently broken. You’ll read lots of explanations for the dysfunction, but the simple truth is this: It’s the culmination of 50 years of evolving yet consistent Republican strategy to depict government as the enemy, an oppressor that works primarily as the protector of and provider for African-Americans, to the detriment of everyone else. The fact that everything came apart under our first African-American president wasn’t an accident, it was probably inevitable.

People talk about the role of race in Richard Nixon’s “Southern Strategy”: how Pat Buchanan and Kevin Phillips helped him lure the old Dixiecrats into the Republican Party permanently. Far less well known was the GOP’s “Northern Strategy,” which targeted so-called white ethnics – many of them from the Catholic “Sidewalks of New York” like my working-class family, in the words of Kevin Phillips. Without a Northern Strategy designed to inflame white-ethnic fears of racial and economic change, Phillips’ imaginary but still influential notion of a “permanent Republican majority” would have been unimaginable.
“The principal force which broke up the Democratic (New Deal) coalition is the Negro socioeconomic revolution and liberal Democratic ideological inability to cope with it,” Phillips wrote. “Democratic ‘Great Society’ programs aligned that party with many Negro demands, but the party was unable to defuse the racial tension sundering the nation.” Phillips was not trying to defuse that tension, far from it – he was trying to lure those white ethnics to the GOP (although he later broke with the party he helped create.) But his Northern Strategy truly came to fruition in 1980, with the election of Ronald Reagan. Where Nixon swept the South, Reagan was able to take much of the North and West, too.
I loved Chris Matthews’ book “Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked,” but as I said in my interview with him, I think he let Reagan off the hook when it came to race. Ronald Reagan picked up the political baton passed to him by Barry Goldwater and Pat Buchanan, and played his role with genial gusto. Reagan had trafficked in ugly racial stereotyping over the years, about “young bucks” buying T-bone steaks with food stamps and Cadillac-driving welfare queens. But the Reagan who got elected president was better at using deracialized language to channel racial fears and resentment. He and his strategists had succeeded in making government synonymous with “welfare,” and “welfare” synonymous with lazy people, most of them African-American.
When Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg studied the voters of Macomb County, a hotbed of so-called Reagan Democrats – the county gave two-thirds of its votes to John F. Kennedy in 1960, and the same proportion to Ronald Reagan in 1980 — he found that they no longer saw Democrats as working-class champions. “Blacks constitute the explanation for their vulnerability and for almost everything that has gone wrong in their lives,” and they saw government “as a black domain where whites cannot expect reasonable treatment,” Greenberg wrote.
So for a lot of Democrat-turned-Republican voters, “government” was all about black people, Reagan knew. You didn’t have to be racist to thrill to Reagan’s declaration that “government is not the solution; government is the problem,” though it didn’t hurt. Republican strategist Lee Atwater explained exactly how it worked in a now-infamous 1981 interview that was secret for 30 years. Atwater explained how the GOP dialed down its racial rhetoric for fear of alienating white moderates who might buy the GOP’s anti-government crusade, but be uncomfortable with outright racism.
This is Atwater talking to an academic interviewer in 1981, Year One of the Reagan revolution:

You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger” — that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites … “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”

And then you say “Defund Obamacare,” and everyone knows why.
* * *
To be fair to Republicans, not everyone is or was comfortable with this strategy. One of the things I remember best from Richard Ben Cramer’s legendary history of the 1988 election, “What It Takes,” was the way both George H.W. Bush and Bob Dole grappled with whether and how to reach black voters, in the wake of the Reagan revolution. Each man struggled, in his own way, to understand and accept exactly how party leaders, starting with Goldwater, had actively pushed African-Americans out of the party of Abraham Lincoln. Dole’s discomfort seemed a little deeper and more genuine; in the end, Bush acceded to Atwater and Roger Ailes, one of Richard Nixon’s media henchmen, to produce the infamous Willie Horton ad that helped torpedo Michael Dukakis.
Over and over, that’s how things got worse: Republicans who know better, who probably aren’t “racist” in the old-fashioned sense of believing in black inferiority and opposing the equality and integration of the races, nonetheless pander to those who are, for electoral gain. And when the election of our first black president riled up the racists and launched the Tea Party – supposed deficit hawks who tolerated skyrocketing government spending under George W. Bush — too many Republicans went along.
Today, the entire government has been taken hostage by leaders elected by this crazed minority, who see in the face of Barack Obama everything they’ve been taught to fear for 50 years. Start with miscegenation: He’s not just black, he’s the product of a black father and a white mother. (That helps explain an unconscious motive for birtherism: They can’t get their minds off the circumstances of his conception and birth.) With his Ivy League degrees, they are sure he must be the elitist beneficiary of affirmative action. Steeped in Chicago politics, he’s the representative of corrupt urban machines controlled by Democrats – machines that ironically originated with the Irish and once kept African-Americans down, but which are now synonymous with corrupt black power. In Michele Bachmann’s words, Obama is a product of Chicago’s scary “gangster government,” or did she say “gangsta”?
Leading Republicans who know better have demeaned the president with a long list of racially coded slurs. Obama is “the food stamp president,” Newt Gingrich told us. He wants to help “black people” (or was it “blah people”?) “by giving them somebody else’s money,” Rick Santorum said.  Even his so-called GOP “friend” Sen. Tom Coburn insists Obama is spreading “dependency” on government because “it worked so well for him as an African-American male.”
Where Mitt Romney’s father, George, stood up to the rising tide of racism in his party and marched in fair housing protests in the 1960s, Mitt himself embraced the birther-in-chief Donald Trump during the 2012 campaign. And when things got tough in the fall campaign, he and Paul Ryan doubled down on racial appeals by accusing Obama of weakening welfare reform – he hadn’t – and of giving white seniors’ hard-earned Medicare dollars to Obamacare recipients. And we all know who they are.
Now we have John Boehner, elected House speaker thanks to the Tea Party wave of 2010, shutting down the government over Obamacare. Boehner has the power to open the government by bringing a clean continuing resolution to the floor and allowing it to pass with the help of Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats. Should we expect such courage?  In one of his first major media appearances after becoming speaker, he refused to rebuke the birthers in his caucus. “It’s not up to me to tell them what to think,” he told NBC’s Brian Williams.
Now he’s kowtowing to the roughly 30 House Republicans from bright red districts that also happen to be almost exclusively white, in a country that is more than one-third non-white. They want to shut down the government to torpedo Obamacare, the signature program of our first black president. Obviously, though he’s the leader, Boehner believes it’s not up to him to tell the GOP suicide caucus what to think. Although the speaker told reporters after Obama’s r-election that Obamacare was the law of the land, and that a government shutdown would be bad for the country, he changed his tune when confronted with an insurrection, and the de facto House speaker who happens to be a senator, Ted Cruz. (Cruz’s father, by the way, just joined the ranks of those who seem to believe Obama is a Muslim, telling a Colorado woman who made that claim: “[Sen. John] McCain couldn’t say that because it wasn’t politically correct. It is time we stop being politically correct!”
In the end, it’s all about Obama. I keep waiting for John Boehner to have his “Take this job and shove it” moment, since he’s not the House leader, he’s being led by Ted Cruz and the House suicide caucus. But I’ve been waiting a long time for Republicans to do the right thing and repudiate their party’s lunatic fringe, particularly its racist fringe. I assume I’ll be waiting a while longer.
The Un-American Republicans: giving white people a bad name.

The real story of the shutdown: 50 years of GOP race-baiting

A House minority from white districts want to destroy the first black president, and the GOP majority abets the.

On the day the Affordable Care Act takes effect, the U.S. government is shut down, and it may be permanently broken. You’ll read lots of explanations for the dysfunction, but the simple truth is this: It’s the culmination of 50 years of evolving yet consistent Republican strategy to depict government as the enemy, an oppressor that works primarily as the protector of and provider for African-Americans, to the detriment of everyone else. The fact that everything came apart under our first African-American president wasn’t an accident, it was probably inevitable.

People talk about the role of race in Richard Nixon’s “Southern Strategy”: how Pat Buchanan and Kevin Phillips helped him lure the old Dixiecrats into the Republican Party permanently. Far less well known was the GOP’s “Northern Strategy,” which targeted so-called white ethnics – many of them from the Catholic “Sidewalks of New York” like my working-class family, in the words of Kevin Phillips. Without a Northern Strategy designed to inflame white-ethnic fears of racial and economic change, Phillips’ imaginary but still influential notion of a “permanent Republican majority” would have been unimaginable.

“The principal force which broke up the Democratic (New Deal) coalition is the Negro socioeconomic revolution and liberal Democratic ideological inability to cope with it,” Phillips wrote. “Democratic ‘Great Society’ programs aligned that party with many Negro demands, but the party was unable to defuse the racial tension sundering the nation.” Phillips was not trying to defuse that tension, far from it – he was trying to lure those white ethnics to the GOP (although he later broke with the party he helped create.) But his Northern Strategy truly came to fruition in 1980, with the election of Ronald Reagan. Where Nixon swept the South, Reagan was able to take much of the North and West, too.

I loved Chris Matthews’ book “Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked,” but as I said in my interview with him, I think he let Reagan off the hook when it came to race. Ronald Reagan picked up the political baton passed to him by Barry Goldwater and Pat Buchanan, and played his role with genial gusto. Reagan had trafficked in ugly racial stereotyping over the years, about “young bucks” buying T-bone steaks with food stamps and Cadillac-driving welfare queens. But the Reagan who got elected president was better at using deracialized language to channel racial fears and resentment. He and his strategists had succeeded in making government synonymous with “welfare,” and “welfare” synonymous with lazy people, most of them African-American.

When Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg studied the voters of Macomb County, a hotbed of so-called Reagan Democrats – the county gave two-thirds of its votes to John F. Kennedy in 1960, and the same proportion to Ronald Reagan in 1980 — he found that they no longer saw Democrats as working-class champions. “Blacks constitute the explanation for their vulnerability and for almost everything that has gone wrong in their lives,” and they saw government “as a black domain where whites cannot expect reasonable treatment,” Greenberg wrote.

So for a lot of Democrat-turned-Republican voters, “government” was all about black people, Reagan knew. You didn’t have to be racist to thrill to Reagan’s declaration that “government is not the solution; government is the problem,” though it didn’t hurt. Republican strategist Lee Atwater explained exactly how it worked in a now-infamous 1981 interview that was secret for 30 years. Atwater explained how the GOP dialed down its racial rhetoric for fear of alienating white moderates who might buy the GOP’s anti-government crusade, but be uncomfortable with outright racism.

This is Atwater talking to an academic interviewer in 1981, Year One of the Reagan revolution:

You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger” — that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites … “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”

And then you say “Defund Obamacare,” and everyone knows why.

* * *

To be fair to Republicans, not everyone is or was comfortable with this strategy. One of the things I remember best from Richard Ben Cramer’s legendary history of the 1988 election, “What It Takes,” was the way both George H.W. Bush and Bob Dole grappled with whether and how to reach black voters, in the wake of the Reagan revolution. Each man struggled, in his own way, to understand and accept exactly how party leaders, starting with Goldwater, had actively pushed African-Americans out of the party of Abraham Lincoln. Dole’s discomfort seemed a little deeper and more genuine; in the end, Bush acceded to Atwater and Roger Ailes, one of Richard Nixon’s media henchmen, to produce the infamous Willie Horton ad that helped torpedo Michael Dukakis.

Over and over, that’s how things got worse: Republicans who know better, who probably aren’t “racist” in the old-fashioned sense of believing in black inferiority and opposing the equality and integration of the races, nonetheless pander to those who are, for electoral gain. And when the election of our first black president riled up the racists and launched the Tea Party – supposed deficit hawks who tolerated skyrocketing government spending under George W. Bush — too many Republicans went along.

Today, the entire government has been taken hostage by leaders elected by this crazed minority, who see in the face of Barack Obama everything they’ve been taught to fear for 50 years. Start with miscegenation: He’s not just black, he’s the product of a black father and a white mother. (That helps explain an unconscious motive for birtherism: They can’t get their minds off the circumstances of his conception and birth.) With his Ivy League degrees, they are sure he must be the elitist beneficiary of affirmative action. Steeped in Chicago politics, he’s the representative of corrupt urban machines controlled by Democrats – machines that ironically originated with the Irish and once kept African-Americans down, but which are now synonymous with corrupt black power. In Michele Bachmann’s words, Obama is a product of Chicago’s scary “gangster government,” or did she say “gangsta”?

Leading Republicans who know better have demeaned the president with a long list of racially coded slurs. Obama is “the food stamp president,” Newt Gingrich told us. He wants to help “black people” (or was it “blah people”?) “by giving them somebody else’s money,” Rick Santorum said.  Even his so-called GOP “friend” Sen. Tom Coburn insists Obama is spreading “dependency” on government because “it worked so well for him as an African-American male.”

Where Mitt Romney’s father, George, stood up to the rising tide of racism in his party and marched in fair housing protests in the 1960s, Mitt himself embraced the birther-in-chief Donald Trump during the 2012 campaign. And when things got tough in the fall campaign, he and Paul Ryan doubled down on racial appeals by accusing Obama of weakening welfare reform – he hadn’t – and of giving white seniors’ hard-earned Medicare dollars to Obamacare recipients. And we all know who they are.

Now we have John Boehner, elected House speaker thanks to the Tea Party wave of 2010, shutting down the government over Obamacare. Boehner has the power to open the government by bringing a clean continuing resolution to the floor and allowing it to pass with the help of Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats. Should we expect such courage?  In one of his first major media appearances after becoming speaker, he refused to rebuke the birthers in his caucus. “It’s not up to me to tell them what to think,” he told NBC’s Brian Williams.

Now he’s kowtowing to the roughly 30 House Republicans from bright red districts that also happen to be almost exclusively white, in a country that is more than one-third non-white. They want to shut down the government to torpedo Obamacare, the signature program of our first black president. Obviously, though he’s the leader, Boehner believes it’s not up to him to tell the GOP suicide caucus what to think. Although the speaker told reporters after Obama’s r-election that Obamacare was the law of the land, and that a government shutdown would be bad for the country, he changed his tune when confronted with an insurrection, and the de facto House speaker who happens to be a senator, Ted Cruz. (Cruz’s father, by the way, just joined the ranks of those who seem to believe Obama is a Muslim, telling a Colorado woman who made that claim: “[Sen. John] McCain couldn’t say that because it wasn’t politically correct. It is time we stop being politically correct!”

In the end, it’s all about Obama. I keep waiting for John Boehner to have his “Take this job and shove it” moment, since he’s not the House leader, he’s being led by Ted Cruz and the House suicide caucus. But I’ve been waiting a long time for Republicans to do the right thing and repudiate their party’s lunatic fringe, particularly its racist fringe. I assume I’ll be waiting a while longer.

The Un-American Republicans: giving white people a bad name.

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