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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 19, 2017, 07:06:23 pm »

This is the Legend Of Colin Kaepernick (w/Guest Rock Newman  )


Sep. 18, 2017 4:00 pm

Alex is joined by Rock Newman to discuss the a skilled worker being denied a job because of his political beliefs, the NFL and Colin Kaepernick.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 17, 2017, 02:41:42 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: A film that accurately predicted what is happening in the Fascist USA RIGHT NOW.

Don't Be a Sucker - 1947

Don't Be a Sucker - 1947

775,693 views

Weirdo Video

Published on Sep 29, 2007

In this anti-fascist film produced by US Military in the wake of WWII, the producers deconstruct the politically motivated social engineering of Germany by the Nazi regime.

Its argument is just as timely today.


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 14, 2017, 11:27:58 pm »

Robert Reich: The Resistance Report 9/13/2017


Inequality Media Civic Action

Published on Sep 13, 2017

Join me for today’s Resistance Report, where we’ll be tracking issues we must not lose sight of: news on the Emoluments clause, an update on Medicare-for-all, dangerous new provisions in the Republican budget proposal, and more.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 14, 2017, 10:49:36 pm »

Why We Must Talk About Trump’s Mental Health | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ


GQ

Published on Sep 6, 2017

A majority of Americans now think he’s “unstable.” Yet we’ve decided this topic is somehow taboo?



Trump Will Soon Be the Ex-POTUS | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ


GQ

Published on Sep 7, 2017

Despite the distractions, Trump's Russia troubles are growing much worse.

How Did Trump Remember 9/11? | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ


GQ

Published on Sep 11, 2017

He hardly did.


Robert Mueller is Zeroing in on Trump’s Cover Up | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ


GQ

Published on Sep 12, 2017

The outlines of the case that Robert Mueller must be building can now be glimpsed.

The Media Doesn’t Understand What Trump is Doing | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ


GQ

Published on Sep 13, 2017

Donald Trump’s not pivoting. He’s not changing. He’s just crazy.

It’s Now Dawned on Trump: People Hate Him | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ


GQ

Published on Sep 14, 2017

In a flash of strange self-awareness, Donald Trump acknowledges the truth.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 13, 2017, 09:46:23 pm »

 

Republicans Won't Let Americans Vote (w/Guest Jason Kander)


Sep. 12, 2017 3:02 pm

Thom speaks with Jason Kander ( former Secretary of State (D-MO)/President-Let America Vote & Chair-DNC's Commission to Protect American Democracy) on voter intimidation, suppression and efforts by Republicans that make it harder for people to vote.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 12, 2017, 08:16:43 pm »

 

SEP 11, 2017

On 9/11: How We Hyped Terrorism and Slighted the Real Threat: Climate Change

SNIPPET:

But in the meantime, burning fossil fuels has been causing some 200,000 premature deaths each year. The plain way of putting it is that driving our cars and heating or cooling our homes is killing people ten years before their time. It is killing nearly 0.1% of the American population each year. That is more than the nearly 3,000 killed in 2001. And it is every year. Since 9/11, in other words, by burning fossil fuels at such a furious rate, by burning coal to make electricity and gasoline to move automobiles, we have sent 3,200,000 Americans to an early grave.

But that death toll is tiny compared to the Climate Genocide our political leaders and captains of industry have planned for us. The United States is emitting 5.4 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide each year. The world is emitting some 45 billion metric tons of CO2. That heats up the oceans, which in turn put more water vapor in the air and support more destructive hurricanes. It also raises the sea level by melting surface ice and by increasing the volume of the sea water itself (warm water takes up more space).

One storm, fed by the extra warm water of the Caribbean, Harvey, appears to have caused $180 billion worth of damage. It totaled one million automobiles! Harvey was a 1 in 500 years storm. But then Irma was likewise. At one point it just sped along for days at 185 m/h, at a combined speed and duration that has never before been recorded.

Harvey comes after Hurricane Sandy, which caused $120 bn.in damage. Sandy was able to get all the way up to New York City because the Atlantic has warmed up. In the old days New York water would have been cold and would have stopped the Hurricane from getting that far north.

The United State should have swung into action in the 1970s when Exxon (was it Esso then?) scientists discovered that burning fossil fuels was causing global heating. We needed a Manhattan Project in the Reagan years to develop solar and wind. It did not happen. Reagan and Bush were in the back pockets of Big Oil.

Since 1977, 50 years ago, have we put 25 trillion metric tons of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere? That kind of concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is like setting off large numbers of atomic bombs. It makes it hot.

We haven’t spent $4-6 trillion on fighting climate change, even though burning fossil fuels polishes off 200,000 Americans a year and even though extreme weather is submerging cities like Houston and Miami from time to time, and will do so with increasing frequency.

It isn’t just storms. The American West has suffered from a long drought and an unusual number of fires in recent years. These phenomena, like the storms, are not caused by man-made climate change. There have been hurricanes and wildfires all along. Climate change is just prolonging them and making them worse. It is adding to their severity and longevity by a certain percentage– 10%? 30%.

Global heating will go on increasing and producing extreme weather. In 1750 there were 270 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. It is now 410 ppm, the highest it has been for three million years. But the earth hasn’t yet heated up to the degree that such a high amount of CO2 in the atmosphere would predict. It will take centuries for that number to be translated into surface heat. All of Antarctica is going to melt. All of Greenland. Talk about a storm surge!

So we went in the wrong direction. Instead of invading and occupying Iraq, we should have created an army of scientists and engineers to invent better solar panels and better wind turbines and better batteries. The threat won’t come for the most part from hijacked jets. It will come from an atmosphere made angry and vengeful by our burning of fossil fuels. We should have been sending in the national guard to shut down the coal plants. We should have been banning gasoline cars.

Full article:

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/911-slighted-real-threat-climate-change-hyped-terrorism/

Agelbert NOTE: The following quote from a peer reviewed book is of extreme importance to all Americans:

Dilworth (2010-03-12). Too Smart for our Own Good (pp. 399-400). Cambridge University Press. Kindle Edition.

Quote
"As suggested earlier, war, for example, which represents a cost for society, is a source of profit to capitalists. In this way we can partly understand e.g. the American military expenditures in the Persian Gulf area. Already before the first Gulf War, i.e. in 1985, the United States spent $47 billion projecting power into the region. If seen as being spent to obtain Gulf oil, It AMOUNTED TO $468 PER BARREL, or 18 TIMES the $27 or so that at that time was paid for the oil itself.

In fact, if Americans had spent as much to make buildings heat-tight as they spent in ONE YEAR at the end of the 1980s on the military forces meant to protect the Middle Eastern oil fields, THEY COULD HAVE ELIMINATED THE NEED TO IMPORT OIL from the Middle East.

So why have they not done so? Because, while the $468 per barrel may be seen as being a cost the American taxpayers had to bear, and a negative social effect those living in the Gulf area had to bear, it meant only profits for American capitalists. "

Note: I added the bold caps emphasis on the barrel of oil price, money spent in one year and the need to import oil from the Middle East.

This totally unjustified profit, never mind the needless lose of lives, then increases the power of the fossil fuel corporations to perpetuate a biosphere harming dirty fuel status quo. How? By "funding" politicians with rather large "donations" to keep renewable energy from competing with dirty energy.

If all this was just about power politics, I might not be that concerned. Humans, particularly the overly ambitious and aggressive ones, have always fought and schemed to control and fleece the population at large.

But now we know the future of our biosphere is at stake. Now we know the entire edifice of dirty energy is a knife in the back of the biosphere that will destroy our species and many others.


The system, as defined by the fossil fuel fascist dystopia that currently runs most of the human affairs among the 1 billion population in the developed world that is saddling the other 6 billion, who are totally free of guilt for causing it, with this climate horror we are beginning to experience, IS quite stubborn and does not wish to change the status quo.

Mother nature will force it to do so.

Whether it is done within the next two decades or not (i.e. a switch to 100% PLUS bioremediation Renewable Energy steady state economy) will dictate the size of the consequent die off, not only of humans but thousands of other species as well.

We are now in a climate cake that has been baked for about 1,000 years according to atmospheric, objective, proven with experimental data, science.


The Fossil Fuelers DID THE Clean Energy  Inventions suppressing, Climate Trashing, human health depleting CRIME,   but since they have ALWAYS BEEN liars and conscience free crooks, they are trying to AVOID   DOING THE TIME or     PAYING THE FINE!     Don't let them get away with it! Pass it on!   

 


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 09, 2017, 02:07:34 pm »



September 8, 2017

Puerto Rico Drowning in Debt: Irma Deepens the Crisis

Mark Weisbrot says debt cancellation and restructuring will be the only answer to rebuild Puerto Rico


http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19959
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 08, 2017, 08:00:37 pm »



September 7, 2017

Clinton Attacks Sanders in New Book -- RAI With Thomas Frank (2/6)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Thomas Frank  , author of 'What's the Matter with Kansas?' and 'Listen, Liberal,' and Paul Jay discuss Hillary Clinton's new book 'What Happened,' and identify the real differences between Clinton and Sanders.


http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19944
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 04, 2017, 07:37:12 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: To be filed in the same category as questions about bears going poop in the woods.  ;D




Is Trump mentally unfit to properly run this country?

Jim Brasseur, Retired U.S. Naval Officer and Physician Assistant (1969-present)

Updated Aug 24, 2017

While I have had the privilege of over 45 years of medical practice, I do not believe that I have anywhere near the psychiatric or psychological experience to provide a knowledgeable clinical opinion of Mr. Trump’s mental fitness.

On the other hand, as a well experienced 67 year old American, my opinion is that Mr. Trump is screwy as a loon, is a threat to this country and the world and he shouldn't be allowed to lead a ghost town in Death Valley where he was the only occupant, let alone the United States.

It'd be one thing if he were just a clown, but given his actions to date and the global political environment, he is remarkably dangerous.



96.1k Views · 3,915 Upvotes

https://www.quora.com/Is-Trump-mentally-unfit-to-properly-run-this-country

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 03, 2017, 08:59:25 pm »

Democracy Now!

Published on Aug 30, 2017

John Nichols: "Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America"





How Trump Could Bring About The Apocalypse! (w/Guest John Nichols)

Thom Hartmann Program

Published on Aug 31, 2017

Thom speaks to long time friend and author John Nichols on his new book, Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse and the Trump Regime's plan to privatize and militarize space!
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 01, 2017, 09:29:34 pm »

Robert Reich: The Resistance Report 8/30/2017


Inequality Media Civic Action

Published on Aug 30, 2017

Join me for today’s Resistance Report, where we’ll be talking about Hurricane Harvey, Trump’s climate policies, and more.


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 01, 2017, 09:11:36 pm »

Robert Reich: The Resistance Report 8/28/2017


Inequality Media Civic Action

Published on Aug 28, 2017

Join us today as we talk about the ongoing investigation into Trump’s business dealings with Russia and how Trump is responding by riling up his base.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 01, 2017, 08:56:24 pm »

Would Impeaching Trump Truly Lead to Civil War?



GQ Published on Aug 30, 2017

Roger Stone may think so—but here’s why that doomsday scenario of violence is nuts.


Could Trump Try to Pardon… Everyone?


GQ Published on Aug 31, 2017

As Mueller closes in, the president's desperate options are about to grow thin.


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 01, 2017, 08:42:07 pm »

What Trump’s Trip to Texas Revealed



The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

Published on Aug 29, 2017

The president’s response to this natural disaster was its own disaster.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 01, 2017, 08:30:04 pm »


For Whom Has Trump Made America Great?


GQ Published on Aug 28, 2017

The matter of good and evil is more inescapable with each passing week.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 01, 2017, 08:25:27 pm »

Who’s Backing Away From Trump? Everyone


The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

GQ Published on Aug 23, 2017

There’s a stampede underway. To get as far away from Trump as possible.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 01, 2017, 08:21:10 pm »

The Trump Resignation End-Game?


The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

GQ Published on Aug 22, 2017

When it ends, Trump's presidency is going to end quicker than we think.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 01, 2017, 07:32:54 pm »

Ted Cruz IMPLODES on Live TV Over Hurricane Hypocrisy


Ted Cruz is a LIAR and a CROOK!
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 21, 2017, 02:18:08 pm »


"Any organization that disagrees with Trump, gets cut  .  Business committees, arts, and now science."

Even as reports from federal agencies demonstrate that the global climate scenario is becoming increasingly alarming, President Donald Trump has decided to continue the "wave of destruction" his administration is inflicting on the environment—and on the agencies tasked with studying climate change—by disbanding the federal advisory panel for the National Climate Assessment, which was tasked with helping government translate climate findings into plans for action.

As the Washington Post reported, the "charter for the 15-person Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment—which includes academics as well as local officials and corporate representatives—expires Sunday," and the Trump administration has decided the panel will not be renewed.

The Post continued:

    The National Climate Assessment is supposed to be issued every four years but has come out only three times since passage of the 1990 law calling for such analysis. The next one, due for release in 2018, already has become a contentious issue for the Trump administration.

    Administration officials are currently reviewing a scientific report that is key to the final document. Known as the Climate Science Special Report, it was produced by scientists from 13 different federal agencies and estimates that human activities were responsible for an increase in global temperatures of 1.1 to 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit from 1951 to 2010.

Recent reports have indicated that the Trump administration—more specifically Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—is taking direction from Big Oil, so the move to disband a key climate advisory board was not met with surprise by scientists and commentators.

Still, many expressed alarm at the speed with which the Trump administration is moving to dismantle what is left of Obama-era rules designed to protect the water and the air from dangerous pollutants.

The administration's decision to disband the federal advisory panel for the National Climate Assessment is just part of this broader deregulatory agenda, which will have both immediate and long-term effects, scientists warn.

"I think it's going to be a serious handicap for us that the advisory committee is not functional,"  Richard Wright, former chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers' Committee on Adaptation to a Changing Climate, told the Post.

For Ed Murray, the Democratic mayor of Seattle, the move is just another example of Trump "stepping away from reality."


https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/20/trump-wave-destruction-continues-decision-disband-key-climate-panel



Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 16, 2017, 03:12:59 pm »

GREAT posts from K-Dog and Surly!  


Yes, saying both sides are responsible for a murder was beyond stupid of him.


If I was within 500 miles of that Robert E. Lee statue that statue would be having a new coat of red paint.  Blood red.

Hint Hint Surly.  How far away are you?


Three hours. Locals are doing what they can.


K-Dog , glad to see you on the side of the angels here.   

Surly, thank you for tirelessly continuing to fight the good fight. Watch your back, bro.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 15, 2017, 10:58:38 pm »




Trump And Charlottesville: Too Little, Too Late | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ

Published on Aug 14, 2017



Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 15, 2017, 10:19:24 pm »


Agelbert NOTE: Please watch these videos from Thom Hartmann. They get right to the root of WHY this old FASCIST oligarchic tool of racist divide and conquer evil continues today to get Americans to fight each other, instead of bringing the Oligarchs to justice. Organized racism is FUNDED by the FASCIST Oligarchs!

August 14, 2017

Thom speaks with guest Mark Potok (Writer, speaker, former organizer with Southern Poverty Law Center.) on the disturbing white supremacist violence over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia and how it is related to Donald Trump and other republicans.


Thom looks at the history the violence of overt white supremacists and the support they've received from leading right wing institutions including the media and the police since the Greensboro Massacre in 1979 all leading up to the tragic murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville this past weekend.


Thom speaks with a caller who witnessed the tragic terror attack carried out by white supremacist over the weekend in Charlottesville, echoing the sentiments that fascism must be stopped at all cost.

Thom talks with Dr Randy Blazak on the fascist strategy of using free speech as a way to legitimize themselves and continue a conversation that we shouldn't even be having.


What We Can Do To Stop Fascism
Thom Hartmann takes your calls and answers a question on the mind of viewers and listeners around the world. What can we do to stop Fascism?
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 11, 2017, 08:06:06 pm »

Republicans Have Weaponized the Criminal Justice System (w/guest Gov. Don Siegelman)


Aug. 10, 2017 5:00 pm

Thom speaks with guest Don Siegelman  (Former Governor - Alabama, 1999-2003, profiled in the new documentary, Atticus v. the Architect: The Political Assassination of Don Siegelman).

Please go to http://free-don.org/ and sign the Petition  to allow the film in Montgomery:Stop Censorship: Urge Capri Theatre in Alabama to Show Siegelman Documentary Film
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 10, 2017, 07:53:22 pm »

The Political Assassination of Governor Don Siegelman


Aug. 9, 2017 5:00 pm

Thom is joined by guest Steve Wimberly (Director/Producer - Atticus v. the Architect: The Political Assassination of Governor Don Siegelman) to talk about the complete prosecutorial attack on Don Siegelman by his political enemies.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 06, 2017, 03:45:35 pm »

Why don't liberals admit that President Trump is and will be a good president and will make America great again? 

Quote

Bill Allen

Updated Jul 18, 2017

I'm 57 years old and was born under the Dwight Eisenhower administration. I'm also a registered Republican and always have been since I voted for Reagan in 1980. Though he's been in office just 6 months, Donald Trump is (hands down) easily the worst president of my entire life! Not only do I say this because he's accomplished almost nothing so far (granted, I will give him Gorsuch as his only accomplishment ), but he has the most serious credibility problem. 16 or 17 Republicans as nominees, and the man who was the worst candidate of all was chosen.

I think there's a fair chance he will be impeached with this Russian scandal too.

Most importantly, the key ingredient the POTUS needs—whether I agree with his policies or not—is integrity. Trump has zero integrity and is a chronic liar. He talks like he's in the 3rd grade and is an utter embarrassment to us as Americans. In fact, he’s turned out worse than I ever imagined.

His arrogance, his narcissism, his bravado, his stupidity make him probably the worst president in US history.

So the real question is “"Why are his supporters so blind and so stupid that they fail to see just how bad of a president he's been over the last half year?” And the only answer I can give is that these people must be watching Fox News. What you get from Fox News is an entity pretending to give us accurate news. But instead, they've followed the mantra of Joseph Goebbels (go look him up if you've never heard of him). Sean Hannity is Joseph Goebbels incarnate.

One more thing…as a Christian I'm absolutely appalled and puzzled as to why the evangelical community is so supportive of this man as president when he lacks such integrity. Evangelicals should know better and should be ashamed themselves for this. Trump bears no redeeming qualities that Jesus talks about. He lacks humility, he is arrogant, he puts himself in front of others. he is such a narcissist. Please go back to the Gospels and read the beatitudes of Jesus. Please!  


https://www.quora.com/Why-dont-liberals-admit-that-President-Trump-is-and-will-be-a-good-president-and-will-make-America-great-again
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 02, 2017, 09:59:39 pm »

Noam Chomsky on DemocracyNOW! 

Noam Chomsky (July 30, 2017) - President Donald Trump & America 2017

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 31, 2017, 05:40:00 pm »

Fired BEFORE his official START DATE! LOL!

Down Goes the Mooch! | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ

GQ

Published on Jul 31, 2017

The chaos comes at you quick, right? Anthony Scaramucci, "The Mooch," is out. Who will be in?
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 30, 2017, 05:38:18 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 30, 2017, 05:33:56 pm »


Good job sleuthing out the Sinclair broadcast group!



Sara Carter is quite prolific.


https://muckrack.com/sara-carter/articles


K-Dog, you bad, bad doggie! You just exposed yourself as a defender of right wing propagandist LIARS! Yes, I know you consider them "truth telling" pundists, but Snopes begs to differ:

Quote
We were unsuccessful in obtaining confirmation from the Syracuse affiliate that the segment Dafoe described in fact aired on that station in May, but the commentator she named, Sara Carter , is indeed a conservative pundit who appears regularly on the Fox News Channel in addition to working as a national security correspondent for Sinclair-owned Circa News.

Mark Hyman, a former Sinclair executive who delivers the “Behind the Headlines” op-ed segments SGB pushed out to affiliates, is a contributor to The Washington Times, Washington Examiner, American Spectator, Human Events, and other conservative publications. And former Trump staffer Boris Epshteyn was hired in April 2017 to serve as Sinclair’s chief political analyst, a job which so far seems to entail defending the president and castigating the mainstream media, according to a report by the Washington Post:

Epshteyn’s segments have added yet another pro-Trump shading to news and commentary offered by Sinclair, a Baltimore-area company with a long history of favoring conservative causes and candidates on its stations’ newscasts.

http://www.snopes.com/2017/07/11/sinclair-broadcast-group-propaganda/


GOTCHA, right winger!
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 30, 2017, 05:31:58 pm »

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-28/fbi-general-counsel-comeys-right-hand-man-reportedly-under-investigation-leaks-mains
FBI General Counsel Reportedly Under Investigation For Leaks To Mainstream Media
Sara Carter via Circa.com
Jul 28, 2017

FBI General Counsel James A. Baker is purportedly under a Department of Justice criminal investigation for allegedly leaking classified national security information to the media, according to multiple government officials close to the probe who spoke with Circa on the condition of anonymity.

Right wing agitprop. Circa is the seemingly normal appearing news portal owned and operated by the Sinclair broadcast group, the same people that are attempting to acquire the Tribune broadcast group, and and bring their special brand of right wing lunacy to your local station. They are also the same people who provide"must carry" propaganda segments featuring such luminaries as Boris Epshtyn for their group station's newscasts.


So now we have zero hedge quoting circa, in a perfect right-wing circle jerk. This is akin to Breitbart quoting Drudge on a news item.
Meanwhile, a search for, "James a baker DOJ investigation" yields no mainstream reportage, and only stories originated by circa, zero hedge, Fox, Breritbart, in the usual list of right-wing suspects, including the Epoch Times.

MAYBE the report is true, but what is certain is that this report is just the right wing media doing its part to help Trump win each and every day's news cycle, which is a matter of existential importance to the junta attempting to remain in power.




Where is the leak?  There is no 'MAYBE' because if there was a leak something would be getting wet which means we could find what the hell Baker is accused of.  We can't, so there is no leak.

Can't do the time if you don't do the crime.  Ooops, I take that back.

Good job sleuthing out the Sinclair broadcast group!



Sara Carter is quite prolific.

https://muckrack.com/sara-carter/articles


K-Dog, you are a Trumper.    You are also a loyal defender of Sessions.   . Why don't you admit that you wish they would kiss and make up instead of posting irrelevant arm waving about reactions to right wing (as in 24/7 LIES) media?

Right wing media just does what it does. Anyone that takes absolutely anything they say seriously is critical thinking challenged, if not hopelessly brain damaged.

Right wing media says this and says that and the other sensationalist mendacious baloney every single day.

THIS is the story that is important now, though you don't want to deal with it:



Trump v. Sessions: Who Do You Root For? The Truth
Saturday, July 29, 2017
By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed

Snippet:

I never thought we'd all live this long. My assumption after November was that Donald Trump would have figured out a way by now to blow the mantle off the planet and scatter our collective component elements into the farthest reaches of space. As we are somehow still here, let's take a moment to enjoy the ridiculous steel cage match unfolding between Trump and his attorney general, Jeff Sessions. There is so much wrong baked into this situation, so much error and ego and straight-up birdbrained ignorance, that we're left with a simple question.

Gadzooks, who do you root for?

Trump is a known quantity at this point. While his ultimate capacity for the demolition of all things moral, ethical, legal, intelligent or proper has yet to be established, he has done more than enough for us to cobble together a fair measure of the man, and it's pretty straightforward stuff. The president of the United States is, in no particular order, a boor, an oaf, a braggart, a bully, unlettered, inexplicably vain, immoral, amoral, orange for some reason, an unskilled congenital liar, a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, a cheat, a fraud, a terrible public speaker, a comprehensive embarrassment every single day and the purveyor of notoriously bad steaks.

We know this. We also know that Trump, the self-crowned king of social media, has unfriended Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the most OMG WTF LOL way history has ever seen. He says it's because Sessions hasn't been tough enough on Hillary Clinton and White House leakers, but again, he's a terrible liar. The reason Trump is going Donkey Kong on the attorney general has everything to do with a guy named Brian Benczkowski.

Benczkowski is a lawyer who came to work for the Department of Justice (DoJ) during the time of George W. Bush. He led Trump's DoJ transition team after the 2016 election. Last Tuesday, he testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee because he's been nominated to run the DoJ's criminal division, which is a damned big deal. During that testimony, Benczkowski informed the committee that he once represented a Russian-owned financial institution named Alfa Bank.

"Questions about the bank's activity first arose last year," reports CNN, "when a group of computer scientists raised concerns about internet records that showed that Alfa Bank servers repeatedly looked up the unique internet address of a Trump Organization computer server in the United States." Both the Trump for President campaign and Alfa Bank denied any relationship or wrongdoing. The whole matter was investigated by a team supervised by Brian Benczkowski from his partnership perch at Kirkland & Ellis, the world's second-highest-grossing law firm.

Brian Benczkowski, along with every other person on the planet who knows something about Trump's relationship with Russia, or thinks they know something, or might know something, is why Trump wants Jeff Sessions gone. Special counsel Robert Mueller and his ongoing Trump/Russia investigation are very interested in speaking to the Brian Benczkowskis of the world. This terrifies Trump, who wants Mueller's investigation stopped. Sessions could have done that, if he hadn't recused himself from all things Russia. Hilariously, Sessions is one of the people who knows something about Trump and the Russian government's electoral meddling, and is himself an established serial liar and perjurer on the topic. That's why Sessions recused himself from any part of any investigation. He didn't want to; he had to, after all those undisclosed, lied-about meetings.

Ah yes, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III,
son of Alabama, named after the president of the Confederate States of America and the general who opened fire on Fort Sumter. Once deemed too racist for a federal judgeship by his fellow Republicans, Sessions has managed over the years to establish himself as a stalwart ally of the religious right, the coal industry and of course, the war weapons manufacturers.

His overt racism, you see, is not Mr. Sessions' only selling point for the far right. In 2002, Sessions voted to authorize the invasion and occupation of Iraq, and in 2003 approved spending $86 billion on the endeavor. In 2005, he voted against paying for the war "on-budget," meaning on the books, and that same year voted against investigating outside contracts awarded to companies like Blackwater for work in Iraq and Afghanistan. At every opportunity afterward, he voted against withdrawing US troops from Iraq.

With that, the tale is told: Vote for an illegal war, fund it lavishly, invite your friends to the trough, hide the funding from prying eyes and the public, and keep the money machine going by refusing to end the war no matter how many die in the process.

The tension surrounding whether Trump will actually fire his attorney general has been ratcheting up for days, but as of this writing, that shoe has not yet dropped. Those who name the president a coward point to this situation as proof: The man lacks the sand to back up his bluster. The big question for the media has been "Will Sessions resign?" The answer is utterly obvious: Hell no. Sessions has a lot of friends on the Republican side of the Senate, several of whom have forbidden Trump from firing him while promising terrible consequences if he does. This is unprecedented.

FULL ARTICLE AT LINK:

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/41439-trump-v-sessions-who-do-you-root-for-the-truth

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