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alan smithee alan smithee's picture

First Amendment is in danger. Don't worry,the Second Amendment will be stregthened.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/11/11/1596982/-Donald-Trump-cannot-di...

josh

Supposedly anti-neo con Trump may be appointing neo-con John Bolton Secretary of State.

Doug Woodard

What do Bannon and Priebus tell us about Trump's coming reign?

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/14/steven-bannon-rein...

 

bekayne

Secretary of State will either be John Bolton (pushed by Dick Cheney) or Rudy Giuliani. So much for that slayer of neo-conservatives, that dove of peace, Donald Trump.

Rev Pesky

JKR wrote:

Or better yet they'll give the Nobel prize to al-Assad. It's amazing how peaceful and tranquil Syria is under Assad's thoughtful and benevolent leadership.

I don't want to derail this thread, but the above comment requires a response.

The USA didn't dislike Assad because he was a tyrant. Remember they sent Canadian citizen Maher Arar there for torture. They were perfectly happy with Assad, as long as he did what they wanted.

After all, when it comes to supporting tyrants, nobody does it better than the USA. The list of tyrannies they have nurtured over the years is long, and contains the names of some of the most vicious of dictators that have ever lived.

And strangely enough, Assad wasn't a vicious tyrant until the USA decided he had to go. Then suddenly he becomes the devil incarnate.

There is one thing I know for certain. That is, the USA wanted to overthrow Assad in order to allow them to replace him with someone just as bad or worse, preferably destroying a large part of the country's infrastructure in the process. That is precisley what they did in both Iraq and Lybia. 

JKR

Rev Pesky wrote:

JKR wrote:

Or better yet they'll give the Nobel prize to al-Assad. It's amazing how peaceful and tranquil Syria is under Assad's thoughtful and benevolent leadership.

I don't want to derail this thread, but the above comment requires a response.

The USA didn't dislike Assad because he was a tyrant. Remember they sent Canadian citizen Maher Arar there for torture. They were perfectly happy with Assad, as long as he did what they wanted.

After all, when it comes to supporting tyrants, nobody does it better than the USA. The list of tyrannies they have nurtured over the years is long, and contains the names of some of the most vicious of dictators that have ever lived.

And strangely enough, Assad wasn't a vicious tyrant until the USA decided he had to go. Then suddenly he becomes the devil incarnate.

There is one thing I know for certain. That is, the USA wanted to overthrow Assad in order to allow them to replace him with someone just as bad or worse, preferably destroying a large part of the country's infrastructure in the process. That is precisley what they did in both Iraq and Lybia. 

I agree that the U.S. has caused a lot of destruction and misery in Syria but I also think Assad also bears a lot of the responsibility for the horrible situation Syria finds itself in.

quizzical

becaue he wanted to put a pipeline through the US didn't want him to?

josh

Trump will begin looking at how to withdraw from NAFTA and the consequences of doing so on his first day in office, and he will notify Mexico and Canada that he may seek changes to the trade agreement, according to the memo reviewed by CNN. Trump would be looking at formally withdrawing from NAFTA by day 200, according to the memo. 

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-draft-memo-trade?utm_content=bufferf7d10&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer 

 

 

Unionist

Rev Pesky wrote:

The USA didn't dislike Assad because he was a tyrant. Remember they sent Canadian citizen Maher Arar there for torture. They were perfectly happy with Assad, as long as he did what they wanted.

After all, when it comes to supporting tyrants, nobody does it better than the USA. The list of tyrannies they have nurtured over the years is long, and contains the names of some of the most vicious of dictators that have ever lived.

And strangely enough, Assad wasn't a vicious tyrant until the USA decided he had to go. Then suddenly he becomes the devil incarnate.

There is one thing I know for certain. That is, the USA wanted to overthrow Assad in order to allow them to replace him with someone just as bad or worse, preferably destroying a large part of the country's infrastructure in the process. That is precisley what they did in both Iraq and Lybia. 

Thanks for that, Rev - it's important to recall facts from time to time, even if not many can hear.

You could also replace "Assad" and "Syria" with "Saddam Hussein" and "Iraq", and the same will be true.

Note also how the MSM deals with conflict. Two major cities - Aleppo and Mosul - are battlegrounds right now:

Aleppo is inhabited by "rebels" and "civilians" and "children". Jabhat al-Nusra - part of Al Qaeda? Nope, can't see 'em.

Mosul is inhabited by "ISIS". So no problem.

It was worth "derailing" the thread to recall the truth. Thanks yet again, Rev.

 

josh

Meet the new boss

Former Goldman Sachs partner Steven Mnuchin "has been recommended by Donald Trump's transition team to serve as Treasury secretary, according to two people familiar with the process, and the choice is awaiting the president-elect's final decision," Bloomberg reports. 

 

same as the old boss

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/wilbur-ross-commerce-secretary-trump-231421

 

 

mark_alfred

I believe there's a whole history of nonsense regarding USA's foreign policy surrounding Syria.  During the Reagan years various acts of terrorism that most believed originated from Syria resulted in the USA targeting Libya instead (since Libya was an easier and more isolated target than Syria).  A fiction that was more of a PR move on Reagan's part than anything else.  Of course, regarding fictions, I hear Putin propagates these aplenty.  If Trump and Putin become pals, it will more than ever become harder to know what's real and what isn't, I predict.

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Unionist wrote:

Rev Pesky wrote:

The USA didn't dislike Assad because he was a tyrant. Remember they sent Canadian citizen Maher Arar there for torture. They were perfectly happy with Assad, as long as he did what they wanted.

After all, when it comes to supporting tyrants, nobody does it better than the USA. The list of tyrannies they have nurtured over the years is long, and contains the names of some of the most vicious of dictators that have ever lived.

And strangely enough, Assad wasn't a vicious tyrant until the USA decided he had to go. Then suddenly he becomes the devil incarnate.

There is one thing I know for certain. That is, the USA wanted to overthrow Assad in order to allow them to replace him with someone just as bad or worse, preferably destroying a large part of the country's infrastructure in the process. That is precisley what they did in both Iraq and Lybia. 

Thanks for that, Rev - it's important to recall facts from time to time, even if not many can hear.

You could also replace "Assad" and "Syria" with "Saddam Hussein" and "Iraq", and the same will be true.

Note also how the MSM deals with conflict. Two major cities - Aleppo and Mosul - are battlegrounds right now:

Aleppo is inhabited by "rebels" and "civilians" and "children". Jabhat al-Nusra - part of Al Qaeda? Nope, can't see 'em.

Mosul is inhabited by "ISIS". So no problem.

It was worth "derailing" the thread to recall the truth. Thanks yet again, Rev.

Agreed on all points.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Of course progressives in the West should not accept the will of the Syrian people to move forward in peace. After this referendum the West and its allies doubled down on regime change and so did the "democratic" opposition who demanded the overthrow of the government before they would even sit down and talk peace. So we sent them more weapons that miraculously ended up in the hands of Islamic insurgents.

 

Quote:

Syrian constitutional referendum, 2012

Choice Votes Referendum passed Yes  7,490,31989.42

No       753,2088.99

Invalid or blank votes       132,9201.59

 Total votes 8,376,447100.00

Registered voters and turnout 14,589,95457.41

Source: Direct Democracy

With a voter turnout of 57.4% and 89.4% voting in favour, the new constitution was adopted.[16] President Al-Assad signed the new constitution into force on 27 February 2012.[17]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_constitutional_referendum,_2012

quizzical

there's been a couple of resignations or replacements on Trumps staff today. i found this one interesting.

Quote:
...Mr. Trump had removed a second senior defense and foreign policy official from his transition team, Matthew Freedman, who runs a Washington consulting firm that advises foreign governments and companies seeking to do business with the United States government...

seeing as how our esteemed former PM just started a new consulting firm to do this and is selling his services to foreign governments wanting to biz with each other...

just wonderin.....

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alan smithee alan smithee's picture

Billy Bush, who was destroyed by the Trump collateral damage in the pussy-gate video, is rumoured to become employed by Breitbart.com as the alt-right rag wants to expand in Hollywood,to legitimize them somehow.

I never thought I'd say this but I long for the days of the fair and balanced Fox News network.

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Quote:

Former Goldman Sachs banker Steven Mnuchin has been seen at Trump Tower amid rumors that he’s the leading candidate for Treasury secretary. Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross appears headed to the Commerce Department. Steve Bannon, another Goldman alum, will work steps from the Oval Office. JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon remains a possibility as Treasury secretary and will serve as an outside adviser if he doesn't get the job.

It’s a restoration of Wall Street power — and a potential flip in the way the industry is regulated — perhaps unparalleled in American history.

[url=http://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/donald-trump-wall-street-bankers-2... celebrate dawn of Trump era[/url]

Michael Moriarity Michael Moriarity's picture

It appears that Alabama senator Jeff Sessions is going to be nominated as Attorney General of the U.S. Interesting that the same Jeff Sessions was rejected by the senate when Reagan nominated him for the federal judiciary because he was openly racist.

bekayne

https://thinkprogress.org/white-nationalists-on-trumps-attorney-general-...

In an article titled “It’s like Christmas,” Anglin wrote “honestly, I didn’t even expect this to all come together so beautifully. It’s like we’re going to get absolutely everything we wanted…Basically, we are looking at a Daily Stormer Dream Team in the Trump administration.”

abnormal

If Trump's choice for Attorney General is any indication of what his administration is going to look like things are going to get ugly.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cxj19CMUsAIjW8J.jpg

NDPP

CrossTalk: Donald & Vladimir

https://youtu.be/wNDL3uEzNcc

"What does it mean to have better relations and will the American foreign policy establishment allow this to happen?"

bekayne

Ambassador to Israel: Mike Huckabee

SeekingAPolitic...

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/steve-bannon-trump-tower-interview...

Bannon is described as the vision guy in administration.

Bannon's believes in this, not sure if trump belives in economic nationalisim.  Nationalism movement based on economical populism chicken in every pot.

He absolutely — mockingly — rejects the idea that this is a racial line. "I'm not a white nationalist, I'm a nationalist. I'm an economic nationalist," he tells me. "The globalists gutted the American working class and created a middle class in Asia. The issue now is about Americans looking to not get f—ed over. If we deliver" — by "we" he means the Trump White House — "we'll get 60 percent of the white vote, and 40 percent of the black and Hispanic vote and we'll govern for 50 years. That's what the Democrats missed. They were talking to these people with companies with a $9 billion market cap employing nine people. It's not reality. They lost sight of what the world is about."

NDPP

bekayne wrote:

Ambassador to Israel: Mike Huckabee

"I have seen biblical prophecy fulfilled in Israel. And no one can deny that. America is looking into the mirror and it sees Israel. Every friend of Israel is a friend of the United States, and every enemy of Israel is an enemy of the United States." MH

Trump, also got $25 M from Zionist oligarch Sheldon Adelson a week before the election.

http://www.greanvillepost.com/2015/02/14/the-real-ruler-of-israel-sheldo...

Perhaps Mike Huckabee is part of what Adelson/Israel got in return...

 

bekayne

NDPP wrote:

bekayne wrote:

Ambassador to Israel: Mike Huckabee

"I have seen biblical prophecy fulfilled in Israel. And no one can deny that. America is looking into the mirror and it sees Israel. Every friend of Israel is a friend of the United States, and every enemy of Israel is an enemy of the United States." MH

Trump, also got $25 M from Zionist oligarch Sheldon Adelson a week before the election.

http://www.greanvillepost.com/2015/02/14/the-real-ruler-of-israel-sheldo...

Perhaps Mike Huckabee is part of what Adelson/Israel got in return...

 

http://www.jewsonfirst.org/08a/huckabee_christian_zionist.html

NDPP

Yes, and Ezra L finds The Donald 'pretty Jewey' as well...

The Donald Trump Video Every Jew MUST Watch!

https://youtu.be/U2G9MR1n7Es

josh

SeekingAPoliticalHome wrote:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/steve-bannon-trump-tower-interview...

Bannon is described as the vision guy in administration.

Bannon's believes in this, not sure if trump belives in economic nationalisim.  Nationalism movement based on economical populism chicken in every pot.

He absolutely — mockingly — rejects the idea that this is a racial line. "I'm not a white nationalist, I'm a nationalist. I'm an economic nationalist," he tells me. "The globalists gutted the American working class and created a middle class in Asia. The issue now is about Americans looking to not get f—ed over. If we deliver" — by "we" he means the Trump White House — "we'll get 60 percent of the white vote, and 40 percent of the black and Hispanic vote and we'll govern for 50 years. That's what the Democrats missed. They were talking to these people with companies with a $9 billion market cap employing nine people. It's not reality. They lost sight of what the world is about."

Well at least he's not predicting a 1000 year Reich. I remember Karl Rove predicting much the same thing in 2004.

And I like his idea of massive infrastructure spending. See, fascism isn't all bad,

SeekingAPolitic...

josh wrote:
SeekingAPoliticalHome wrote:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/steve-bannon-trump-tower-interview...

Bannon is described as the vision guy in administration.

Bannon's believes in this, not sure if trump belives in economic nationalisim.  Nationalism movement based on economical populism chicken in every pot.

He absolutely — mockingly — rejects the idea that this is a racial line. "I'm not a white nationalist, I'm a nationalist. I'm an economic nationalist," he tells me. "The globalists gutted the American working class and created a middle class in Asia. The issue now is about Americans looking to not get f—ed over. If we deliver" — by "we" he means the Trump White House — "we'll get 60 percent of the white vote, and 40 percent of the black and Hispanic vote and we'll govern for 50 years. That's what the Democrats missed. They were talking to these people with companies with a $9 billion market cap employing nine people. It's not reality. They lost sight of what the world is about."

Well at least he's not predicting a 1000 year Reich. I remember Karl Rove predicting much the same thing in 2004.

And I like his idea of massive infrastructure spending. See, fascism isn't all bad,

Your quite right about this being all talk at the moment, its going to be all about the results.  How is the left going to counter economic populism combined with nationalism?  Hoping that the whole implodeds in trump laps is not much of stragety.  

josh

bekayne wrote:

Ambassador to Israel: Mike Huckabee

Huckabee denies it. At least for now.

https://mobile.twitter.com/GovMikeHuckabee/status/799761730394095616

montrealer58 montrealer58's picture

I wonder how Sessions is going to reconcile States Rights with legal weed.

iyraste1313

Your quite right about this being all talk at the moment, its going to be all about the results.  How is the left going to counter economic populism combined with nationalism?  Hoping that the whole implodeds in trump laps is not much of stragety. ...

.....the left seems only to wish to support globalists and war mongers in the guise of the left...which has been totally perverted from its original base of ideas...sad to say......and no doubt the whole thing will implode...so that the left will take omn again the chains of free trade globalization and warmongering...pretty sick the whole scenario....it will implode because the financials are imploding...starting with the collapsing bond markets...inflationism gaining traction,making capital investment toxically expensive as governments scramble to make their payments...cutting off social programs....so people generally will flee from the political system...to what? That is the question...but where will it be discussed...certainly not amongst the warmongering globalist left!

6079_Smith_W
alan smithee alan smithee's picture

If I'm alive in 20 years and I'm asked by a young person how this happened, I will point the finger at faux leftists that played enabler and apologist to this Orange fascist.

iyraste1313

faux leftists that played enabler and apologist to this Orange fascist....

...you totally miss the point! The answers lie in the alternatives, desperately needed as the economics and finances especially here in North America grind down into collapse! While Trump at least has given us some breathing space turning the planet to ashes....of course his economic capitalist nationalist policies won´t cut it.......ridiculous the idea of talking about which corporatist is better...what is needd is serious discussions of the alternatives.....

6079_Smith_W

I just think it is a relief that we now know where he got the slogan for his hats.

 

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

And why they're red.

SeekingAPolitic...

Lets do a case study in faux leftists how they empower the right.

Lets look to france and the socialist's under hollande.  Because the hypocrisy and craven attitude towards the general public can not be hidden away.

On face of France has a main stream leftist party, the socialsits under hollande. Hollande ran 2012 on platform of anti-austerity and tax the "rich".  He got elected on those ideas but the people france got austerity and neo liberalism instead. 

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-economy-reforms-idUSKCN0UR0OO20...

 

Hollande came to power in 2012 on an anti-austerity ticket after declaring that the "world of finance" was his enemy and promising to slap a 75 percent tax on millionaires to subsidize jobs for young people.

But after economic growth failed to pick up and unemployment continued to rise, he engineered a major pro-business U-turn at the end of 2013. He has since offered 40 billion euros ($43 billion) in tax cuts for companies, cut government spending and eased regulation of sectors such as legal professions and bus transport.

His government has said it now wants to conduct a major overhaul of labor laws to give more flexibility to employers, cap compensation packages in cases of unfair dismissal to encourage companies to hire more, and deregulate certain so-called closed-shop professions by removing diploma requirements for jobs such as hairdressers or bakers

At this point if I could add sound, you would hear a slow mocking clap.  Well done mr. hollande your an inspiration to those who call themselves socialists world wide.

This kind of betrayal of the left no only does damage the case of every leftist in France and destroyes the main stream left party.  I think average socailist voter can conclude I voted socialist and i got this neoliberal garabage instead.  It also empowers Le Pen's statements of how useless the left is dealing with the economic concerns of the average person.  The left loses credibity among the voting public and rigth has message of only the right can solve your economic problems.

Again, you would hear a slow mocking clap.  Well done mr. hollande your an inspiration to those who call themselves socialists world wide.

 

 

 

alan smithee alan smithee's picture

Donald Trump : A True Narcissistic Sociopath

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGX2CV5w0qI

josh

Things Are About to Get Really Ugly for the Labor Movement.   Unions were finally on an upswing. Now, they're staring down the barrel of the GOP's gun. 

 

http://linkis.com/www.alternet.org/new/07EUE 

 

 

alan smithee alan smithee's picture

Mike Pence has some psychotic plans for America

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e19QQlwqdtg

Neocons,War Criminals and White Nationalists : Trump's cabinet picks and advisors

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJl1ENBYp-M

bekayne
Paladin1

I heard Trump is denying a DNA test because the truth will come our that he's a direct decendent from Adolf Hitler.

 

But I do have to admit I like the idea of the US no longer accepting foerign money for political campaigning. No more 25 million dollar bribes hopefully.

alan smithee alan smithee's picture

Can you spell race war? And how much will Americans take as Trump over reaches and fills up the swamp? How long is it going to take for people to realize they've been had? Will Trump end up being impeached or taken out some other way?

This is not going to end pretty.

josh
josh

Herr Trump puts the media in their place. He's his own Goebbles.

http://nypost.com/2016/11/21/donald-trumps-media-summit-was-a-f-ing-firi...

alan smithee alan smithee's picture

What everyone who voted Trump needs to hear

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OwciVuvviA

mark_alfred

josh wrote:

Herr Trump puts the media in their place. He's his own Goebbles.

http://nypost.com/2016/11/21/donald-trumps-media-summit-was-a-f-ing-firi...

Hmm.  Kind of amusing, actually.

quizzical

mark_alfred wrote:
josh wrote:
Herr Trump puts the media in their place. He's his own Goebbles.

">http://nypost.com/2016/11/21/donald-trumps-media-summit-was-a-f-ing-firi...

Hmm.  Kind of amusing, actually.

so is Josh's comment 'he's his own Goebbles'.

Trump's grandpa got kicked out of Germany in 1905 after they say he made his fortune on the foundation of gouging miners and exploiting women during the gold rush and tried to move back. Trump's gpa didn't even make the money on land in NY. his sisters they say were the brains behind it all.

 

mark_alfred

I think politics has entered the age of show business.  Here and in the US the leaders are more celebrity than anything else.  It's kind of like a declaration by the public that politics is meaningless.  They have no faith, so both nations chose charades.  Neither Trudeau nor Trump are a threat to the corporate sector or banks, who in both nations will be empowered even further under each respective administration.  In Canada and the US there was a chance to have government that would begin to lessen power of the banks and corporate sector (NDP/Sanders) and actually begin implementing some social programs (universal childcare, strengthen/create single payer health care) and each country instead opted for celebrity.  ETA:  mind you, the obnoxious themes that Trump ran on do merit full protest. 

mark_alfred
Rev Pesky

mark_alfred wrote:
... Neither Trudeau nor Trump are a threat to the corporate sector or banks, who in both nations will be empowered even further under each respective administration.  In Canada and the US there was a chance to have government that would begin to lessen power of the banks and corporate sector (NDP/Sanders) and actually begin implementing some social programs (universal childcare, strengthen/create single payer health care) and each country instead opted for celebrity.  ETA:  mind you, the obnoxious themes that Trump ran on do merit full protest. 

You have a charming simplicity of belief in the NDP, but to be specific, what was there in the recent federal election campaign in Canada that leads you to believe the NDP would threaten the corporate sector?

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