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How Democrats Put Trump in the White House - This is a case where parody is the best way to the truth. Hilarious and well worth the 7 minute watch.


Portia Bulgher is Pissed! And we need to Listen! - I only listened to the first 5 minutes or so, but it was priceless.


Sourcewatch: Citizens for Self-Governance - This is the Koch Bros./ALEC funded group that is trying to stage, through its “Convention of States” project, a Constitutional convention in order to severely restrict federal power. It’s basically a “states rights” group, although it uses the phrase “local control”, that wants to get rid of child-labor and worker protections and eliminate the federal agency - such as EPA, Interior Dept., etc. - authority. If they can get Koch surrogate politicians in 34 states to call for a convention, and then get 38 states to ratify whatever resolutions they come up with, they can effectively re-write the Constitution.


Obama Deported More (By Far) Than Any Other President


Trump’s Cabinet and Actions


Jill Stein FAQ


Dr. Margaret Flowers: The Democrats want to create the appearance of a divide between themselves and the Republicans because that gives the voters something to fight about and keeps voters distracted. In fact, the two corporate parties work very well together to create illusions that distract the masses and allow the parties to continue to move their corporate agenda forward within the parameters of their limited differences. I do not want to maintain that illusion. That is why I support the Green Party.


Popular Resistance: Electoral politics has become nothing more than a periodic horse race between corporate candidates chosen through a rigged system.


Edward Snowden: “I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions, but I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon, and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant.”


The Thundering Failure of the Democrats - Originally written in May of 2015, this very short article still speaks directly to the point that Dems just don’t get. Spot on. If we don’t hold the psychopaths from both parties to account, then we are totally complicit and just as guilty.


Albert Einstein Institute: 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action


EFF Border Search Pocket Guide - How to protect your personal data at the border.


7/21/17


WashPo: Sessions Discussed Trump Campaign-Related Matters With Russian Ambassador - So now Sessions has lied to Congress twice.


Al Jazeera: World Reacts to Israel-Palestinian Fallout Over al-Aqsa


Democracy-NOW: Criminalizing Critics of Israel: Congress Considers Sweeping Bills to Fine and Jail Backers of BDS


7/20/17


Real News: Russiagate: Kooky Characters, Cold-War Liberals - Kind of long but interesting. Synopsis: Remember back to the Obama-Romney debates of 2012. Romney stated that the Russians were the greatest menace to peace and prosperity on the planet. Obama’s reply was “Hey Mit, the 80’s called. They want their foreign policy back.” Most of America regarded Romney’s remark as laughable. Then last May, the ‘Steele Memo’ was released - essentially the Dems and some Rethug opponents of Trump had paid a British spy to dig up dirt on Trump - which in reverse, is exactly what Donald Jr. is now accused of trying to do by meeting with the Russians. And now in turn, this meeting is being called by Rachel Maddow “the smoking gun” and as always, she makes it out to be definitive proof.


But what’s far more likely is that Trump is soliciting Putin and his oligarchs to help them launder their money in Trump’s foreign real estate. This would be a clear violation of the Constitution’s Emoluments clause. One possible reason the Dems are not much interested in that illegality is that it would take attention away from the ‘Russians hacked the election’ as the reason that Clinton lost and possibly force them to examine the real reason which is that the Democratic hierarchy made decisions during the election that were consistently, horribly wrong - and therefore that hierarchy needs to be removed and replaced.


7/17/17


Common Dreams: Billionaire Mega-Donor Gets It: Dems Need Bernie’s Message - ...though maybe not Bernie. Will the party leaders head this message? If not, we need to get a new party that has been pushing this message for decades.


Intercept: With New DC Policy Group, Dems Continue to Rehabilitate and Unify With Bush-Era Neocons -  Amazing! But not as much of a surprise when one considers the lack of any objective analysis on the part of the DNC regarding their horrible loss to cheeto-head. The same people are still in charge, pretending nothing happened. The Democratic party continues to seek new lows.


Greenwald: “Neocons have done far more damage to the U.S., and the world, than any other single group – by a good margin. They were the architects of the invasion of Iraq and the lies that accompanied it, the worldwide torture regime instituted after 9/11, and the general political climate that equated dissent with treason.


With the full-scale discrediting and collapse of the Bush presidency, these war-loving neocons found themselves marginalized, without any constituency in either party. They were radioactive, confined to speaking at extremist conferences and working with fringe organizations.

All of that has changed, thanks to the eagerness of Democrats to embrace them, form alliances with them, and thus rehabilitate their reputations and resurrect their power and influence. That leading Democratic Party foreign policy officials are willing to form new Beltway advocacy groups in collaboration with Bill Kristol, Mike Rogers, and Mike Chertoff, join arms with those who caused the invasion of Iraq and tried to launch a bombing campaign against Tehran, has repercussions that will easily survive the Trump presidency.”


7/15/17


Real News: Gaza Crisis, Global Silence


Intercept: Trump’s Team Overseeing Wall Street Brings in More Goldman Sachs Alums - SEC Deputy Chief of Staff Sean Memon, SEC Director of Enforcement Steven Peikin, and Under Secretary of State Eric Ueland now make 9 Goldman Sachs alums on Trump’s cabinet and staff. The other six are Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Dept. Secretary of Treasury James Donovan, SEC Chairman James Clayton, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, and Senior Counselor for Economic Initiatives Dina Powell.


7/14/17


Reuters: Lawyer for US Army Sergeant Accused of Terrorism Suggests Entrapment - The US government has prosecuted over 800 people for terrorism since 9/11. Most of them never got close to committing an act of violence.


7/13/17


Newser: Confident of Pope Francis Condemns US Religious Right - The only thing the organized religious right worships is money/capitalism - “The Dung of the Devil”.


Real News: Empire Files: Abby Martin Meets the Venezuelan Opposition - Ever since Hugo Chavez was democratically elected in 2002, the US government, both Dem and Rethug, has been attempting and/or funding coup after coup. The US press constantly portrays the situation exactly backward. Just one more country where the US wants regime change. The protests are funded by US taxpayer money and the protestors are far more violent than the National Guard which is attempting to maintain order.


7/12/17


Observer: Former DNC Interim Chair Cashes In After Being Exposed for Cheating During Democratic Primary - This is why the Democratic party is slowly dying. They will never clean house, ever.


New Yorker: Fear and Loathing in the Trump White House


Black Agenda Report: Democrats Gone Wild: The Year of Living Stupidly - The “two major parties” are one. It’s the corporate war party. “The dogs of war at the US intelligence agencies...joined with their longtime partners in corporate media propaganda...” make sure that “...the only politics allowed is war politics.” “All Russiagate all the time” has begun to undermine both parties and the press in the mind of the voters. There is never any talk of the issues that the voters really care about.


7/11/17


Medium: America’s Deep State Power Struggle Is At Its Most Interesting Point Yet


7/10/17


Observer: The DNC is Debt Ridden, Unpopular and Failing - A 4 minute read that outlines the problems and names the failing, corporate-serving leadership that is stumbling the party into oblivion.


New Yorker: Donald Trump Is Dragging America Down


7/8/17


Intercept: It Gets Worse: Ivanka Trump Takes Her Father’s Seat In Meeting of World Leaders


7/7/17


Intercept: Rachel Maddow’s Exclusive “Scoop” About A Fake NSA Document Raises Several Key Questions - There she goes with her Galloping Gish argument technique...make a series of confusing, partially true and sometimes completely untrue statements, then following up with The Resting Smug face for effect. People who aren’t listening carefully will think she just proved something.


7/6/17


UK Guardian: We Came to Hamburg to Protest G20 - But Found a Dystopian Nightmare and Democracy-NOW - Heavily armed police brought helicopters, tear gas, water canons, enhanced surveillance equipment, all of which was turned on the demonstrators with no provocation, before any sort of gathering took place. The interpretation of what followed is pure media spin, at which point peaceful demonstrators were summarily handcuffed, trussed up and taken to jail. No peaceful demonstration was ever allowed to take place.


7/5/17


Intercept: CNN Warns It May Expose An Anonymous Critic If He Ever Again Publishes Bad Content - Odd. CNN found the identity of the anonymous disguised troll user in about 2 days, but the FBI, CIA, and NSA cannot find any evidence of a Russia/Trump conspiracy after over a year of looking. When will the Democratic party start looking at the real reasons for Clinton’s loss to cheeto-head and stop looking for excuses?


7/4/17


Black Agenda Report: America’s Embarassment - Trump is a repugnant, boorish embarrassment and should have been gone on Jan. 22. But so far he hasn’t bombed 7 Muslim countries (Obama - the Nobel Peace Prize president), he hasn’t destroyed a major social safety net program (Clinton), and he hasn’t ruthlessly expanded the massive surveillance of American people (Bush and Obama).


7/3/17


Democracy-NOW: Bernie Sanders On Resisting Trump and Why the Democratic Party is an “Absolute Failure”


7/2/17


NYTimes: Trump Foot Soldier Sidelined Under Glare of Russia Inquiry


7/1/17


CNN: Defiant Trump Resumes Attacks On ‘Morning Joe’ Hosts, Despite Bipartisan Criticism - Trump is a deranged narcissist. Completely undignified, he debases and demeans his office, and the country. Every day he remains in office is a further disgrace on both parties in Congress, who should have already impeached him for violations of the Constitution, his public behavior and self-dealing in office. The Russia/Trump conspiracy theory should not be a deciding factor - whether it has any validity or not, it’s being used as a way to take attention away from the DNC’s horrible decision making in the run up to their convention - the real reason that he is now president. Meanwhile Trump systematically destroys every function of government not related to war.



Politics 1st Half 2017