Saturday, August 10, 2019

Epstein & Michael Brown 8-10-2019

10, August 2019                  Epstein & Michael Brown

Epstein’s legal steam included luminaries like Watergate prosecutor Kenneth Starr and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, who boasted that his team basically “out-lawyered the locals”.

These legal sharks intimidated his victims and attempted to destroy their credibility and reputation. They were remarkably successful in crafting a sweetheart plea deal for Epstein and were also able to shield the unnamed “co-conspirators” granting them immunity!  Who are these powerful individuals? They MUST be unmasked!

Donald Trump was effusive in his praise of Epstein -“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy”. One of their victims, Katie Johnson made a video testimonial 3-years ago describing how Trump and Epstein raped her. She was 13-years old. This is the guy the "Christian" right-wingers support. How do those hypocrites sleep at night?

The sordid Epstein saga exposes a dual system that favors the rich and well-connected and is brutal to the poor, especially people of color. In a stark contrast to the lopsided criminal justice system, on Aug 10, 2014 African American, Michael Brown was on his way to his grandmother’s house in the city of Ferguson when he was gunned down at about 2:15 p.m. by a police officer. His grieving family is still waiting for justice.

Finally, Epstein death is highly suspect. If he attempted suicide in July why was he not on a suicide watch list?  Was he negotiating a plea deal to incriminate powerful friends or politicians to reduce his sentence?

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Moscow Mitch 8-4-2019

4, August 2019                         Moscow Mitch

Finally, the media has penetrated the poker face Mitch McConnell by labelling him “Moscow Mitch”, a description he richly deserves. By his inaction he has left the nation unprotected from Russian interference. 

The Republicans, bowing to their master, Donald Trump, have ignored dire warnings from special council, Bob Mueller who warned that Russia is still conducting aggressive cyber wars.

The usually placid McConnell, impervious to criticism, responded with fury when the media accused him of being a Russian asset. 

McConnell has only himself to blame for blocking federal election reform that would prevent Russian interference in our elections. He should stop whining and perform his duties as Senate Majority leader otherwise his nickname will stick. His critics rightfully accuse him of blocking stronger security measures to prevent a repeat of Russian interference in 2016. McConnell has left the door wide open hoping the other Russian asset, Donald Trump, will prevail in the 2020 election. 

More and more Americans are demanding to know why President Trump remains silent and refuses to heed such warnings. We must raise our collective voices and demand to see his tax returns which might reveal how he is being compromised by Russian oligarchs. We cannot have a Russian asset as our President.  This is no longer about party, this is a matter of national security.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Touché’ Mr. Trump 7-31-2019

31, July 2019                              Touché’ Mr. Trump

Donald Trump dug down into his bag of hateful, disgusting tweets and took aim at one of the most revered and respected members of Congress, Elijah Cummings. Even many of my Republicans friends winced at the depth the president would sink to try to score political points. The thin skinned Trump responded with fury at Cummings criticism of his border policy.

As usual, Fox News guided the president in formulating a hateful response by running an unflattering story about Baltimore, Cummings Congressional District. This latest spat has persuaded more and more moderate Republicans to tip toe around the radioactive president.

Officials across Baltimore and Maryland were unanimous in denouncing the president’s remarks. The Baltimore Sun responded by publishing an editorial titled “Better to have a few rats than to be one.” Well done Mr. Trump you have lost the African-American, Hispanic and an increasing number of white voters.

Perhaps Trump has forgotten his father’s own dark history when he was investigated by a U.S. Senate committee for profiteering in 1954 and again in 1966. Trump and his father were sued in 1971 by the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division for violating the Fair Housing Act in 1973.

Trump should also take a few moments from tweeting to admonish his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner who as a slumlord operates a rat and mice infested 9,000 units in Maryland. The company has been cited for 200 code violations. The pot calling the kettle black eh, Donald Trump?

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Iran – who are the villains? 7-24-2019

24, July 2019                                   Iran – who are the villains?

First, a quick historical perspective.

In 1953 the CIA/MI6 orchestrated a coup to overthrow the democratically elected  Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh in favor of strengthening the monarchical rule of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi on 19 August 1953 and handing over Iran’s oil to Britain who rebranded Iran’s oil company, British Petroleum (BP). By so doing, Britain and America violated one of the most important and basic tenets of Christianity whose teachings they both claim to revere.

Exodus 20:17 17"You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."

Or, in the modern vernacular, “do not covet or steal another country’s resources!

The blatant theft of Iran’s oil and the brutal rule of the US puppet, the Shah, caused seething resentment leading to the Iranian revolution of 1979 and the rise of Ayatollah Khomeini, the Shi’a cleric.

“This may come as a shock to Americans, who don't like to think of their country as an empire. But what else can you call America's legions of soldiers, spooks and Special Forces straddling the globe?” Michael Ignatieff, New York Times, Jul. 28, 2002

Fast forward to 26, March 2015 when foreign ministers of the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, France, China, the European Union and the Islamic Republic of Iran signed the nuclear accord limiting Iran’s ability to develop nuclear weapons. The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) group of scientists made scheduled visits to Iran and confirmed that Iran was in strict compliance. Enter President Trump, the “master deal makers” who vented his racist, anti-Obama anger to the delight of his adoring fans, and declared America was withdrawing unilaterally from the agreement. He imposed crippling sanctions on Iran in a vain and futile attempt to pressure Iran back to the negotiating table to usher a “better deal” and regime change (oh, how America loves regime changes) . War hawks John Bolton, his national security advisor, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Saudi Arabia and Israel prodded the windsock president to do their bidding. 

The once mighty independent Britain is once again dancing to US war drums rejecting their commitment to the nuclear accord. Forgotten is their foreign policy blunder accepting US bogus claims of WMD’s leading to the disastrous invasion of Iraq. 

Hijacking an Iranian tanker and then expressing outrage when Iran returned the favor.  Sadly, Britain has fallen into the tit-for-tat seizure of tankers trap set by US hawks that could easily spin out of control leading into a devastating conflict.

Shortly after British forces seized Grace 1, Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell confirmed the capture of the tanker was carried out under direct orders by Washington.

Despite its earlier misgivings, Britain has been co-opted and is on a collision course with Iran. It’s time for the P5+1 members of the nuclear accord adhere to their earlier commitments and resist the bullying of Trump and his war hawks and stop taking orders from a highly dysfunctional Washington.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Murder of Eric Garner 7-22-2019

22, July 2019                      Murder of Eric Garner

The failure of the Justice Department to charge the arresting officer with aggravated assault, or possibly murder by strangulation, and the female NYPD sergeant, Kizzy Adonim, for not interceding, is profoundly disturbing. There appears to be two sets of police guidelines, one for non-whites and a much milder version for whites. It’s hard to believe a white man would have suffered the same horrible fate as Eric Garner lying face on the pavement.

Garner’s offence, - selling cigarettes to earn money for himself and his family. A quiet conversation to deescalate the situation would have resulted in a very different outcome. Garner gasping for breath, cried out “I can’t breathe 11 times” before he fell unconscious. “I can’t breathe” become a rallying cry for activists demanding justice. Garner was not armed and imposed no threat.

Police guidelines need to be changed. How can the same set of rules be used for subduing an unnamed man selling cigarettes and a dangerous criminal toting a gun threatening to harm the public? Garner was guilty of a very minor offence. The police could have imposed a small fine much like handing a traffic ticket. If a social worker were present there is little doubt the “public nuisance crime” could easily have been averted and Garner would be alive today. African-Americans are severely handicapped by lack of access to education and job training. This travesty demands immediate action.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Trump & evangelicals 7-18-2019

18, July 2019                      Trump & evangelicals

Sycophancy has sunk to a new low. Rejecting the wonderful teachings of the Bible, Ralph Reed, the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s founder and chairman, has pledged his support to his new savior, “There has never been anyone who has defended us and who has fought for us, who we have loved more than Donald J. Trump.” No one!” Really? I wonder how the 22 women he has abused and the scores of business contractors he has stiffed would respond. Reed seems to be tone deaf to the weeping children snatched away from their parents at the US/Mexico border.

Who are these evangelical Christians? How can they blindly follow the anti-Christ who has violated or scorned the basic tenets of Christianity? This is the man who has mocked people of color and embraced falsehood. Senator Sanders describes Trump as a pathological liar. According to “fact checker” Trump has issued 10,796 lies in 869 days.

How is it possible that Americans who insisted that character and personal integrity were of paramount importance during Bill Clinton’s presidency turn  a blind eye to the ethical and moral transgressions of Donald Trump, and also constantly defend him? How can these evangelicals who promote family values continue to support a man who has such a sordid history sexual misconduct?

Why are his supporters so eager to overlook Trump’s warm cozy relationship with Kim Jong Un, the leader of the most grotesque regime in the world who has starved his people and persecuted Christians?

Perhaps Trump has taken “love thy enemy” too literally with his affection for other brutal regimes like Russia, Saudi Arabia (architects of 9-11), Egypt, UAE. . . .

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Mr. Trump why don’t you leave? 7-17-2019

17, July 2019                   Mr. Trump why don’t you leave?

Since you began campaigning for the presidency in 2016 your campaign of “hate America” began by insulting the first African American, Barack Obama, falsely accusing him of being un-American demanding to see his birth-certificate. After you became President with the help of your Russian friend, Vladimir Putin, you railed on hordes of caravan criminals and rapists invading our country. Then your vented your anger at poor trade deals which has driven a large number of our great American farmers on the verge of bankruptcy. You demonstrated your scorn for the nuclear agreement with Iran which has caused enormous suffering to the Iranian people in spite of Iran’s strict adherence to the deal. You attacked an American war hero, the late John McCain for voting in support of the Affordable Care Act. You squandered $550,000 per hour of taxpayer money to mobilize tanks, fighter jets and Air Force One on July 4 to ingratiate yourself on your never ending vanity projects. You rewarded the Republican Party National Committee with special VIP access. This is a clear violation of the Hatch Act that bars taxpayers from funding partisan events. Mr. President you are a very angry man, if you hate this wonderful country so much, why don’t you leave from whence you came and MAGA.